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"Morning of Fishing" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/19/12
 

Jake, Moma, and myself hit the water for a few minutes this morning. We didn't have to go very far to catch a few fish. Jake had a blast reeling in 10 trout and 2 redfish. I missed several strikes, but I also managed to get 2 trout and a redfish to the boat. Most were on the small side, but lots of fun!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Sorry for the delay on the report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/19/12
 

Was on the water all weekend and am just now getting my thoughts straight.  First let me tell you.  The weather was outstanding on Friday.  My crew consisted of the OIFC's own Capt. Chris Dew, the OIFC's newest Clerk/Photographer/Jack of all Trades, Terry and Richard Boles, his son Richie and Richies close friend.  We arrived in the area inshore of the Blackjack by about 8 oclock and before we had the whole spread out, had our first Wahoo on the line.  Richie faught the fish like a pro and brought it boatside in relatively short order, the gaff was sunk and the 40lb Wahoo was in the box. 15 seconds after I reset the flat line, it popped and the Tiagra 30 nearly exploded.  This fish pulled close to 400 yards on the first run.  After a 30 minute battle with the fish, the line went slack.  We were very dissapointed at losing this monster wahoo.  Back on the troll now.  For the next 3 hours the action was constant with single and multiple hookups of Bonitas and Barracudas.  We then went to the Jigs.  On the first drop, a monster Trigger Fish.  Second drop, Monster trigger fish.  We then got into an absolutely crazy Lionfish bite, catching one after the other.  All of them 4-5 lbs... Houston, we have a problem... They are thick offshore.  What happened next was something I have never witnessed.  We caught 2 huge Hognose Snappers on jigs... All in all, it was a great day on the water with steady action.  The trolling bite up and down the line was relatively slow.  Sounded like the bite happened down towards the Winyah but we had a great time none the less.  The bite is improving but you really need to keep an eye on the water temps.  Dont assume you have to go to the numbers at the break.  Its ok to fish in shallower water out there...
- Capt. Steele Park
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"A Getaway Adventure" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/18/12
 

Michelle Evans Drake, wife of Jeff Drake was joined by David Christian and Ashley Komoroski for a blue water trip this weekend.  She said the bite was fair,  they caught a few mahi, had several short strikes and some break offs.Otherwise, great to get on the water.

I asked Michelle to marry me because she washed the boat, mowed grass, washed the boat towels, fed Jeff and the labs BEFORE she ate and relaxed.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Got Busy" | Get Busy | 03/18/12
 

What a day on the water with Allen Collins and Steve Kennedy from Hope Mills. Fished the areas behind Sunset Beach and the spoil islands along the ICW.  We did venture into the Shallotte River to complete the inshore slam of flounder ,trout and drum. Gulp shrimp for the trout and live mud minnows for the flounder and reds. The surface water temps where as high as 70 degrees at dead low tide.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Reel McCoy" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/18/12
 

Yesterday, Daniel Simmons, Brian Freeman and "Big Kevin" went to the blue water aboard Daniel's Contender the "Reel McCoy".  Actually they went to the 100/400, the same place the "Dirty Martini" had been a couple of days prior.

The guys came to the OIFC with the wahoo in the picture.  They said they released some other blue water fish.  Daniel weighed a 41.1 lb wahoo for the rodeo which puts him in 1st.  Brian reported a warm eddy at the 100/400 which was @76 degrees.

Note:  Jeff and Daniel both said I could disclose the location in an effort to save everybody from burning a lot of fuel hunting for the fish.

Also my apologies to Kevin..man I've got a mental block on your last name!

BRAIN LOCK CORRECTED!!!!  Kevin isn't Kevin...He's really Brian Robbins!!!  Also Brian Freeman is actually Bryan Freeman.  I am going to start wearing a name tag so I can remember who I am.  Getting old isn't for sissies!!!!

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Just Killin Time" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/17/12
 

Worked in the store this morning and lots of people were out fishing today. I have not heard any reports back from anyone, but I am sure someone caught some fish today. It was absolutely gorgeous! Our backwaters are alive! Baby mullet minnows are as thick as I have ever seen them. The flounder should have plenty to eat this year! My Mom just got into town for a visit this afternoon, so a fishing assault has been postponed. I did talk my Mom into walking down to the dock for a few minutes which allowed me to make a few cast. Honestly, we were just enjoying the weather and having conversation! Apparently, a flounder wanted to join in on the action, my chartruese soft plastic on a 1/8 ounce jighead got slammed by a nice flounder. Who would have guessed? Supper on the table...See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Fishermen To Rally In D.C." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/17/12
 

Contained is a story about next week's ralley in D.C.  Also a bio I found on the bureaucrat in charge of the division of NOAA responsible for the regulations, Samuel Rauch III.

The picture is of Attorney Rauch.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Choice Of Two" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/16/12
 

Corey Bellamy's new Fountain, "Choice Of Two",  must have come with the fish catchn' option.  Cory, Trask Cunningham, and Ryan Stevens fished between the Mac Marlin and the Scarp today.  They reported the waster was 69-71 degrees and they worked 150-200 ft of water depth.  They boated mahi and, wahoo, while losing several. Trask said they jumped a sail (sounds like someone else I know), but I digress.  His said that was an awesome sight.  Trask ended his report by saying black and red were the best colors.

The name "Choice of Two" is in reference to Beck's Seafood and Ella's Seafood in Calabash.  The Becks' are not related to me, in case you wanted to know, and Ella's was just voted Best Seafood In The State.  Congratulations!

Thanks for the report guys.  Also, tthe big guy in the picture is Corey.  He's sometimes mistaken for Howie Mandel.  I wanted to clear that up in case you're a fan of "Deal Or No Deal".


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"gulf stream report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/16/12
 

Our boats fished Black Jack and north today and found scattered wahoo and good deep jigging for variety of bottom fish. Sounded like best wahoo action was south toward scarf. Steele will give full report.
- Rube McMullan
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"Couple of Things" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/16/12
 

Our deisel is on $3.59...RIGHT NOW.  No tellng what it will be when we get another load.  We've got a boat headed to the Stream.  Ocean conditions are 3 ft. every 5 seconds (swells) with a SSW at 3.9.  What I know is fish are being caught at the 100/400.  With today's fuel costs it pays to go where you know the bite is as opposed to looking for the bite.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Dirty Martini" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/16/12
 

Captain Jeff Martini of the Midtown Bristol fished the 100/400 with his son Chance and friend Bill Hall. They caught mahi ,kings and black fin in 200 feet deep water.  The water was 74 degrees with great color.

As many off shore fishermen say, no need to go looking for fish if you know wher they are.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Two down, Two to go" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/15/12
 

There has been some interest in a Gulf Stream Trip on Saturday.  We have 2 people booked and ready.  Just need 2 more to make the trip happen.  Cost is $400 per person.  If more than 4 people want to go, the cost goes down.  Call the OIFC at 910-575-3474 to reserve your spot. Hopefully, I can find some fish tomorrow to put you on. 
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Seeger's Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/15/12
 

Captain Joe Seegers fished the Same Ole today.  He reported catching yahoo and a fair amount of black fin.  Joe said it sounded like the action was around the Blackjack Hole and the 100/400.

Thanks for the report Captain.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Team OIFC Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/15/12
 

Team OIFC, Brant, Barrett, and Rube combined forces and set sight on Bluefin Tuna action from Oregon Inlet. Also very cool was the addition of professi onal photo/videographer, Chris Campbell who's job was to document the adventure.

We arrived to the boat ramp to a hustle of action as dozens of boats were busy unloading, all with similar visions of bent rods and big fish.  We too had similar thoughts, but a plan to do it "our way" -- while most boats chose to troll ballyhoo, and most had success catching a few Bluefin, we made a stop inshore and loaded our well with 2-4 pound live Bluefish.  From there, it was just a matter of delivering these poor, innocent sacrifices to their demise.  I assure you that while Bluefin can stick their nose up at trolled ballyhoo, vertical jigs, poppers..... they WILL NOT turn down a live Bluefish.  It was automatic and it was ugly.  We started with 50# tackle to "have some fun" but quickly realized "fun" lasted WAY too long and hurt too much.  We caught and lost (break offs from putting too much pressure) dozens of Bluefin -our first fish to the boat was a 68 incher, good eating size, so we helped him make the decision to come home with us.  By 10am we were whooped and it was brake time.  We sat around eating lunch, lounging and messing with monster Hammerhead sharks until about 2pm when we decided we'd give it another go.  Luckily I had brought a couple of my TLD 50 reels on OIFC custom Bluefin rods, so we geared up.  We decided to spice things up as a 10-15 knot breeze had kicked up, thus allowing the chance to fly the kite.  We pulled upwind of the fleet and put the boat in neutral, deploying a bait from the kite on one side of the boat and another on a flat line on the other side.  It was quiet; action and reports seemed to be very scattered.  Then from nowhere, the biggest Bluefin that ever lived (at least it looked like it at that second), with no warning, erupted from under the kite with the Bluefish in its mouth and left a hole in the water that sent whitewater 10 feet up and bubble trail 20 feet down - IT WAS INCREDIBLY COOL.  The line came tight, the clip released, the circle hook set and Barrett went to work.  We were driting as Barrett did battle when the tell-tale marks of Bluefin showed under the boat--I just commented to Rube that if the other bait got eaten it'd be interesting -- and of course, it did.  I was hooked up and shoved the drag apparently too far and broke the Bluefin off on the initial run.  I wound in, retied, rerigged another sacrifice, freelined it down, felt it stop, twitch and then get heavy -- again, I engaged and again got too aggressive and again busted the fish off on the initial run; all while Barrett is working on his fish; making good runs, sounding and fighting like a nice fish.  Now I'm mad.  I had a weak link of 100# mono topshot over the 150# braid, so I spooled the 100# off and tied my leader straight to the 150# braid -- now I'm ready.  I again hooked the bait, threw it over and it swam right into another hungry mouth -- 15 seconds wait time, maybe.  I came tight and threw the drag in the corner- 30+ pounds.  The fish had some shoulders and did its thing.  Barrett worked his fish to boatside after about 20 minutes and we released his 82-84 inch (350lb) Bluefin.  My fish was now the focus and it fought hard, staying deep.  We had to spend 30 minutes on this fish but eventually Barrett had the leader and the 88-90 inch fish (400lbs+) was at boatside and released.  And that was all we wanted.  We released the remaining baits from the well and watched as the water around us boiled as big Tuna chased the Blues around the boat.  The fishery is obviously healthy and pretty darn cool.  Chris got a ton of footage, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with.  We had planned to fish 2 days, but as we rode back to the motel from the boat ramp this PM we concluded there really wasn't much more that could be accomplished.  So, I think we'll eat a good dinner, watch some NCAA tourney games and the head back to OIB in the early AM.  I love it when a plan comes together. 

Back at OIB, I've gotten several reports of good Wahoo action.  Capt. Steele and team are heading to the Stream tomorrow, so hopefully we'll get a good start to the Stream season as well.  It sure is beautiful at the coast, come on down and join us.  See you at the OIFC -- when we get some video footage from our trip on-line I'll post it to the report to check out --


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Early Report is???" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/15/12
 

Just got a text report from Brant and Barrett who are on a Tuna mission to our north... Sounds like the same great bite we had the opportunity to get in on last year with the Bluefin Tuna's in Hatteras.  In his words, "About the same as last year but the fish are way bigger" and "Bluefin bites on a Kite bait are SICK"... I am sure he will elaborate.  The Carolina Cat will be running offshore a little closer to home tomorrow with visions of a Carolina Slam in mind... We will keep you posted as to how we do out there and like I said, I am sure Brant will give the Play By Play as soon as gets back tomorrow night... If you want to try to go Saturday, I still have 4 openings. Just leave me a message on my Cell at 910-620-9919 and I will confirm when I get to the dock tomorrow night.


- Capt. Steele Park
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"Saturday looks good too" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/15/12
 

Well, with the reports of some great fishing offshore, we are ready to roll with some marathon fishing.  Looks like the weather is going to be nice Saturday as well so we are putting together another make-up gulfstream charter for Saturday.  sounds like lots of Wahoos, dolphins and Tuna being caught.  If you want a spot on the Carolina Cat call me at 910-620-9919 to reserve your spot.  Cost is $400 per person up to 4 people.  If a 5th or 6th person wants to go, the price for everyone goes down.  Lets not miss this opportunity to put some blood in the boat and fish in your cooler.
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Gone Huntn'" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/15/12
 

Chris Campbell took this picture at @4:45am and said he and Team OIFCwere going tuna hunting!  Hope they bag some.  Stream fishing is ON!!  Not sure if Capt Brant has any slots open for this Friday's trip or not.  Check with us at 910-575-FISH (3474)

And by the way, if you want some great pictures check with Chris Campbell of Campbell Photography Studio.  You can also keep up with Chris and the OIFC on FaceBook.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"On The Menu" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/14/12
 

Jeff Martini of Midtown Bistro in N. Myrtle Beach fame contacted me and said he got 5 wahoo, 4 mahi and some black fin tuna today.  Pictures will follow.  Looks like now is "prime time"..
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"Shallotte Inlet" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/14/12
 

The inlet buoys in Shallotte Inlet have been moved to what, as of today, is the best route[basically a straight line out]. The only bad place is the last 2 sets of buoys which is where the bar is located however as of today there is at least 3 feet at low tide. There is one red buoy that is reversed in its location from a green, but just follow the line of buoys out and you should be fine. Everyone should mark their own course out the inlet, the buoys are only intended to be a guide and all inlets are subject to change thus the course shown today is only good for today[a disclaimer]. GO FISH!
- Rube McMullan
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"" | Get Busy | 03/13/12
 

Tough morning on the water It was warm ,No wind ,no rain and the fish bit a little.. So  what's tough about that? The No see ums ate us alive. The water is between 58 and 61 degrees and cyrstal clear.OIFC live mud minnows where the ticket. We did throw some gulps for trout after the tide got up but no luck.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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