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"Dylan on Fire!" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/01/12
 

They are all around us...Little River Jetties, Calabash crossroads, Tillman's Wall, Sunset Bridge area, Carven Street Docks, and the Shallotte Inlet have all been great places to find the bite. Live shrimp has been hard to beat catching everything from pinfish to 30 inch reds. Live mullet and mud minnows continue to work on the flounder. Use carolina rigs to hit deep holes as we approach low tide to find the fish. Float corks near the grass edges as the tide rises to get the bite. Good luck! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Helping hand" | Get Busy | 07/01/12
 

 This story started over a year ago when this young man was sitting in a little blue boat named the "Reel Cheap" he had the cutest girl nt here with him. Well he was reel close to where I wanted to fish. I eased in there and dropped the anchor. After about the 5th redfish we boated he said to me. I was'nt going to say anything about you fishing that close but I'm tired of watching you catch those reds. We have been here for 2 hours without a bite. After hooking them up with the proper tackle he too caught his girlfriend a nice redfish or two. Today Claytons dad  Leonard Eudy from Mt. Pleasant N.C.in the same boat was sitting in that spot in the same boat when I pulled up and dropped anchor. Again after about the 4th redfish I offered up some advice and tackle.He would throw me his line and I would bait it. he would cast out and catch a redfish. This went on 3 times and he landed 2 of them and released one. he keep this nice 24 inch for dinner. The Get Busy boat never too busy to help out. Next time bring Channing and leave Clayton at home.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Live Bait School" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/01/12
 

The crew of Captain Brants Live Bait School fished 100 ft deep, 84 degree water using pogies they caught just outside the Shallotte Inlet and brought back quite a catch.

Pictured below are John Hess, Randy Kirkman and Bo Eagle of Rockwell, N.C. and Lamar Singletary of Huntersville, N. C. 

Bo caught the 33.9 lb king and made most of us Jolly Mon anglers sick.

We thank ya'll for participating in Capt. Brant's School and hope you enjoyed yourselves.

A special thanks to our lovely dock reporter Miss Madeline for the pictures and interview.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Plumb Crazy" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/01/12
 

Below is a picture of Ray Labonye and friends with a 30 lb cobia they caught Saturday inshore of the 100/400 aboard the Plumb Crazy out of Oak Island.  They also caught 13-14 mahi and a limit of sea bass.

Thanks to our good friend Joe Seegers for the report. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The HEAT is ON" | Get Busy | 07/01/12
 

The drag washers that is. Man it has been hot the past few days. It's crazy that the fishing has been as hot as it has been. The water temp today was 85.6 degrees. We caught fish under docks and the deep water hole at Sunset. The fish only bit in the shade of the bridge. I do love how Government works. They had the GRAND OPENING for the Sunset boat ramp Saturday at noon. It was low tide. There was not enough water to launch the boat they brought down there for the "1st launch". Today the tide was so low the new dock was sitting on the mud and the boats could not even pull up to it. Great job to all the thousands of dollars spent on planning a boat ramp that cannot be used at low tide.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Schrimp" | Get Busy | 07/01/12
 

Live shrimp is the ticket!!!!  This is further displayed by the slam Todd Helf got while fishing the Calabash area with Brian Richard.

Congratulations Todd and Brian.  Looks like a Carolina Slam with extra credit.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"In His Own Words" | Get Busy | 07/01/12
 

Story telling is a dying art, but Tommy Helms keeps the tradition alive.  That's why for the most part I just cut and paste his reports.  Not many people can tell a story like Tommy.  Except maybe the OIFC's Capt. Jeff (J. Dogg) Williamson.   Here's Tommy's...
Good Morning Dude ! I wanted to tell you this fish story . Started Sat. morning early , fell in the ocean trying to catch bait.  With salt water in my eyes and no towel I could not see so I tried some blind cast and mustered up a few.  Thank goodness I had some tiger minnows left from the day before . We headed out to a wreck not far from the beach and by 11:10 we had 7 fish in the boat. At that point June Bug said we had one dead tiger minnow left and he was going to arrange funeral service for it. I said give it to me and I would feed it to the sea bass , We caught the biggest fish of the day on that dead minnow , We were back home by 12:00 and had Flounder ,tomatoes and fried squash for dinner.
Thanks Tommy..You Da Man!

- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"So Bill's The One" | Get Busy | 07/01/12
 

I heard someone fell off the OIFC dock, and come to find out it was our old friend Bill Poplin.  Seems he was excited about the 5.5 lb flounder he caught at the Jetties while fishing with Tommy Helms.  They caught several on live shrimp, but the 5.5 was the Mac Daddy.  Seems live shrimp is the hot bait.  I don't know of anyone locally who sells live shrimp so I suggest you invest in a GOOD cast net.  Maybe at least a 6ft that sinks quick .  The flats are pretty full of shrimp now.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"What's Going On" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/30/12
 

OK -- I've been working this week on tying up loose Jolly Mon ends so that one can be put in the record books and move on.  The Jolly Mon went as good as it could, and I thank all the fishermen who participated.  I have some new ideas going forward that I may try to implement in the Fall Brawl, so be on the look out.

As for the fishing:  We squeeked the Jolly Mon in with good weather but Monday after the tournament it all went to heck as North winds from 20-35 knots blew Monday-Wednesday.  It was tough!!  The winds would shift to the East in the afternoon which resulted in very dirty water some 20+ miles offshore.  We have really struggled all this past week to catch fish anywhere within 20 miles, and the weather wouldn't let us get offshore.  However, yesterday it started to get better and we got off a bit. I found that as the wind shifted to the SW the cleaner water was beginning to move inshore within 10 miles.  Capt. Steel caught a few large Spanish at the 90's, which is evidence the water quality is getting tolerable.  We have not caught any Kings inside of 20 miles, but today the winds are light and the boats have offshore trips, so I'm hoping between the water clearing and the seas settling, we can bring the King bite back.  The big problem offshore is weeds.  Man are they terrible.  That strong NE winds blew them all into the 20-40 mile range and it is a real mess.  A consistent SW wind will bring them together in large patches and begin to push them inshore.  This could be good or bad - will see.  As for now, we are holding to see if the Kings start back biting like they did during the Jolly Mon.  We are crossing our fingers.  It is all about stable weather and clean water.  Stay tuned
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Savanna In The Sun" | Get Busy | 06/29/12
 

The song is really Savannah in the Rain, but 11 year old Savanna Hinson brought a ray of sunshine in the OIFC today as she showed me this picture of her flounder she caught today.  She proudly announced it was bigger than anything the guys caught.

As I told her, Trey Strickland and Jamie, girls can just out fish guys!!!

And, as Miss Savanna reminded me, it's Savanna without the h!  Thank ya'll so much for brightening our day with the picture and the story.  Keep it up Savanna without the H!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Toes Up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/29/12
 

The Toes Up Fishing Team put together a pretty cool video of some of their Jolly Mon action. Click on this link to enjoy it!

Thanks guys!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Clemson vs. Georgia" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/28/12
 

First group this morning were Clemson fans...Go Tigers! We got off to a slow start this morning only landing one short flounder at our first spot. We hit several more spots, but the action was so quiet we could here the crickets chirping. We continued to move and stick with it. We found them...over the slot reds one after another...I couldn't keep baits in the water and tackle repaired fast enough...My second group caught the rising tide and with it came silty ocean water from the last few days of wind chop. Never fear with a Georgia Bull dog on the boat. Jo, 12 years old found out real quick just how hard a bull dog can fight. Thats right! A bull dog redfish! Fishing live shrimp on the bottom with just a light jighead and 10lb test line. Jo had her hands full. Jo did an awesome job angling the fish and landing the 27 1/4" brute. Awesome job! Go Bull dogs!!

Truth is...I am a South Carolina Gamecock fan!! Go Gamecocks!! Thanks for fishing with me guys! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Just in!" | Real-Time Update | 06/28/12
 

Just in for you sea turtle lovers! This message has been sent using the picture and Video service from Verizon Wireless! To learn how you can snap pictures and capture videos with your wireless phone visit www.verizonwireless.com/picture. Note: To play video messages sent to email, Quicktime@ 6.5 or higher is required.
- Anita Moore- OIFC Manager
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"Over the slot" | Get Busy | 06/27/12
 

I have a hard time explaining to folks they can't keep a fish because it is TOO BIG. They are fun to catch.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Weekend Bruisers" | Get Busy | 06/27/12
 

Jason Sessoms was kind enough to share his weekend fishing trip with his Dad with us in this report.

"I made it back up to Holden beach this past weekend to put to use some tips
I've gotten by reading your reports. My dad, Andy, and myself had a
productive time. Four upper slot reds, several keeper flounder, black drum,
and one nice sheepshead. The sheepshead was 9lbs and the black drum in the
picture was 28" and bottomed out our 15lb boga grip. Keep the reports
coming. "

Thanks for the report and the pictures.  We'll keep the reports comming as long as folks enjoy them.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Today's Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/27/12
 

My first group today ate banana chips all morning and caught several redfish, black drum, flounder, and trout completing an inshore slam. Jeff Jones (aka Toad) couldn't get a redfish to the boat, but sure put a hurt on the toadfish. LOL! He ate most of the banana chips. My second group shows up and was so excited that we ended up fishing one of them out of the marsh before we could get started. Everyone on the boat with fresh live bait and we were off into the East wind. Despite the silty water and howling East wind...we managed to find yet another inshore slam with a bonus sheepshead. Today was a great adventure with an awesome group of folks. Thank you guys for fishing with me! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Little Debby Banana Cakes?" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/26/12
 

Mr. Almond and his son Zach joined me this morning for a half day backwater adventure. Debby to the South of us has sent a few showers our way and high pressure building to the North of us has the wind howling. We are stuck right in the middle of a pressure battle between two air masses. Our best hope is that high pressure to our North wins the battle sending Debby well South and bringing stable weather to our region. Despite all the changing weather conditions we were determined to give it a go this morning. Our first spot was void of live. We hit our secondary spot and game on! We landed several nice redfish and battled with some large stingrays. Mr. Almond was hooking all the fish and Zach was complaining that his rod wasn't getting hit. It was a good thing Daddy was lettting him reel in all the fish. We found out shortly after a long battle with a stingray why Zach's rod wasn't getting hit. Zach sat down for a quick snack...a BANANA! I am just glad it wasn't effecting the whole boat. We had a great morning on the water despite some tough conditions. Thank you guys for fishing with us! See ya on the water!

Live shrimp fished on a carolina rig in deep holes produced most of the bites. We also floated live shrimp over shallow oyster bars producing a few bites.


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Over size load" | Get Busy | 06/26/12
 

I made mention of the over the slot redfish that have hit the ICW and the jetties of Little River. Keep in mind that if you stop to fish your favorite dock or deep hole in N.C. waters and catch that nice 26 inch slot red DO NOT cross the border down around corner and hit the jetties as that 26 inch red will be over the S.C. slot for keeper redfish. 18 to 27 in N.C. and 23 inches being the upper end of the slot in S.C.. Remember to pinch the tail. NOT to the fork.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Busy weekend " | Get Busy | 06/26/12
 

With all the hipe centered around the arrival of the kingfish it seems the backwaters took the backseat.. I still fished and fun was had by all. I know this sounds crazy but the speckle trout have shown up in the creek mouthes in the rips in great numbers. put you a float on a line about 4 feet up. Flounder, reds and yes trout are wacking them. The water temps are bumping the high 70's to low 80's. Big baits have produced some really big redfish on the nearshore wrecks as well as deep holes in the ICW.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"More Jolly Mon Pix" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/25/12
 

Below is Mr. Richard Boles and his crew of the "Toes Up" with a couple of Jolly Mon pictures.

Also is a picture of Brandon Aycock  of the "Hail Yeah" with his 1st mahi.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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