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"The Saga Continues" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/09/11
 

The Get Floor'd crew got under way this morning.  They promptly blew a trailer tire.  That fixed, the last report was they had cleared Atlanta.  This is a real test of their determination!  Robbie Roberts of the King Hunter/Bell and Bell GMC heard of the Get Floor'd's truck problem and immediately offered the services of the dealership.  Bell and Bell is a loyal sponsor of the OIFC's Tournaments and also provides the shuttle vehicles.

The Hail Yeah crew were amazed with Biloxi and urges everyone to go to the Nationals next year just to see the event.  The wind is supposed to blow but settle down for the Tournament.  Below are a couple of pictures they sent. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Road To Biloxi" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/08/11
 

This almost sounds like the old gag "Who's On 1st.  Captain Jeff Beck (Team OIFC/Do Work), has joined forces with Brian Aycock and his crew of the OIFC/Hail Yeah.  Their battle cry is Hail Yeah Do Work!.  They left for Biloxi about 1 pm today and crossed into Mississippi about 10:30 pm.

Captain Zach Faulkner and Team Get Floor'd/OIFC left for Biloxi with his crew about 3:30pm.  They made it to Florence, S.C. and had tow vehicle trouble.  Not to be deterred, Capt. Jeff and Capt. Zach talked and decided on a plan of action.

Corey Bellamy, Ella's Fishing Team is going by Jeff's house on the way to Biloxi, pick up Jeff's truck and take it to Zach in Florence.  Corey will drop Jeff's truck off and continue on to Biloxi.  Zach will hook up Jeff's truck and he'll continue to Biloxi.

Is that confusing or what.  But it shows that Team OIFC sticks together and with Corey involved, Brunswick County boys will survive.  Meanwhile this reporter is hanging back in Brunswick Co. taking care of Mrs. Pam who is in good hands at Brunswick Novant Medical Center and coordinating efforts here.

The boat below is the Hail Yeah in for a final pit stop before the finish line at the Nationals.  Also below are pictures of Team Hail Yeah and their 2nd place Fall Brawl king and Team Get Floor's with their Fall Brawl 3rd place king.The final pic is the Get Floor'd on the road awaiting assistance.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"85 Year Old Catches Marlin" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/08/11
 

Pam being in the hospital has given me a LOT of time to read..maybe too much.

Below is a picture of an 85 yr.old woman who caught this 850 lb Marlin.  There's hope for us old folks yet!  Isn't that right Rube?


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Wahoo Make-up Charter part 2" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/07/11
 

WOW, folks are really wanting to get out on the water for some great fishing and great weather. Our Make-up charter for Saturday is fully booked.  Because of the popularity of the Make-up charter on Saturday, we are going to add an additional trip for Sunday. If anyone is wanting to get after the Wahoo's, Tuna and Billfish, call me at 910.620.9919 to book your spot. Weather is just getting better and better every time I check it. Should be light and slight all weekend. Lets go fishing. Cost is $395 per person for the trip on Sunday.  Call with questions or to book your spot.
- Capt. Steele Park
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"State Sets Catch Limit..." | Get Busy | 11/07/11
 

The state has new regulations on the speckled sea trout which go into effect immediately.  Linked is an article from Carolina Coast online.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Team Involve In Fatal Accident Enroute To Nationals" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/07/11
 

Team Reel Destruction was involved in a fatal traffic accident while on the way to the SKA Nationals.  The details are sketchy but it appears 2 team members, Robert Lawson and Paul Jackson Wood were killed in the accident, Calvin Holcomb was life flited from the scene in critical condition.  Calvin is pictured below holding the king.

Team Reel Destruction hails from Atlantic Beach, N. C. This link is an update on the accident..

The OIFC offers our prayers and condolences to Team Reel Destruction.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Robert's Reds" | Get Busy | 11/07/11
 

Robert Speir caught these red drum around the Craven St docks Sunday afternoon.  He had a double on to start off, then another he released.  The action was fast and furious then turned off.  Robert was using shrimp and mud minnows.
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"Trad Garrett's 1st Trout" | Get Busy | 11/07/11
 

Tim Garrett sent this picture of Trad Garrett's 1st trout. Trad caught it despite windy conditions, this weekend on the ICW.
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"WAHOO this weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/07/11
 

Folks, looks like we are finally going to get a break from the wind this coming weekend.  There is stable weather coming and the ocean is going to be beautiful.... This IS the best time of the year for outstanding Wahoo action in the Gulf Stream.  I am putting together a Make up charter for this Saturday to go to the Gulf Stream to whack the Wahoo's.  There are also plenty of Blackfin Tuna and Sailfish out there to be caught as well.  The Hook a Hoo tournament is going on as well so if those who sign up are interested in entering, we can discuss that as well.  I am looking for 4 folks to go along on this adventure.  Cost is $395 per person.  This will be a 12-13 hour trip offshore hopefully with lots of action.  If you have never been to the Gulf Stream, NOW is the time. If you have been before, then you know its the time.  Call me at 910.620.9919 for details and to book your spot on this trip.  If more than 4 want to go, the price will be less. 
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Team OIFC headed to Biloxi" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/06/11
 

Barrett and I are heading out tomorrow AM with boat in tow, heading to Biloxi,MS.  The drive is not much to look forward to, 13 hours.  The hope is to keep all the tires on the trailer between here and there, and the boat on the trailer; not always a guarantee.  We plan to do some scouting/messing on Tuesday and Wednesday before competition begins on Friday and Saturday.  Winning is really a second thought when making this voyage.  The hope is to find the "bite" of fish where we can enjoy some of the best King Mackerel fishing in the country; catching the biggest fish will be luck and a bonus.  Many Carolina teams will be making the trip and hopefully the title will be brought back to the Carolinas.  We will try to report from down there, so stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Windy Conditions" | Tiberias - 22' | 11/06/11
 

The windy conditions have been keeping offshore fisherman at bay. It appears that the wind is not going to let up anytime soon and allow for any ocean fishing this week. Inshore action remains strong as the wind only seems to brother the fishermen and not the fish. Jeff Wallen proved just that yesterday. We had brutally strong winds 25 to 35kts with gust up 40kts. yesterday, yet Mr. Wallen and son Josh managed to find a few fish. Mr. Wallen wieghed in a 2.1 trout and 2.3 trout which improved his rodeo standings. Unfortunely, still not quite big enough to take over Brandon Sauls 3.9 lead. Mr. Wallen released his fish alive and well here at dockside. Also in the livewell were a nice redfish and a black drum. Conditions may have been tough, but the fish were still biting.

What is working? Live shrimp, floating them under a cork has been the go to method to finding the big ones. Can't get shrimp? Artificials on a light jighead worked slowly across mud bottom, shell banks, and grass beds will also work well this time of year. Reports have been coming in from Little River to Wrightsville Beach that the bite has been good. Locally we have been catching them around the Sunset Beach area and the Shallote Inlet. During windy conditions find the sheltered side of the intercoastal waterway, inlets, and canals to be successful. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Important Dredging News" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/06/11
 

This report provides a link to an article in the Wilmington Star News about buoy removal, how it effects charter insurance and dredging.  To me it is a must read in order to stay up to date on inlet issues.

Just speaking for me and not representing any position the OIFC may have (because I haven't talked with anyone about the subject) I think the state purchasing it's own dredge to keep the inlets clea is a good idea.

On the fishing front there is little going on because of the weather.  Most everyone is preparing to go to the SKA Nationals and will pull out Monday or Tuesday.  Also anyone who needs trailer repairs we use a local man, Radar, (Anita's dad).  All the OIFC teams headed to Biloxi have had him go through their trailers. The OIFC only recommended people we use for our own needs.  Contact the OIFC for his number.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pre Fall Brawl Flounder" | Get Busy | 11/04/11
 

Captain Tommy Helms is one of the hottest flounder fishermen in our area.  He caught these flatties just prior to the Fall Brawl and thought he'd let all that settle down before sending pictures to the OIFC.

Tommy's daughter just got married and she and her husband, Dan stopped by on the way home from their honeymoon for a little golf and fishing.  Flounder fishing with Mr. Helms ought to be called catching instead of fishing.

Congratulations Dan on your marriage and on the nice flounder.  You've got a great mother and daddy in law. Thanks for the pics. Tommy.


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"In The River" | Get Busy | 11/04/11
 

If you hear a local talk about the river, or REAL locals will call it the reever, they are making reference to the Intracoastal Waterway.  Tommy Helms and some folks fishing with him caught these red drum in the river and at the Jetties.   He said the ICW and the Little River Jetties are loaded with reds.
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"Hook A Hoo Rodeo update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/04/11
 

The Hook A Hoo Wahoo tournament starts today.  It was scheduled for one week, fishing 1 out of 9 possible days.  BUT, the weather report is sketchy next week so it has been extended to 2 weeks.  You can enter any time during that period -- pretty cool format. 

Click www.hookahoorodeo.com for information and to enter.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/03/11
 

We haven't posted many offshore fishing reports lately becase we just can't get out.  The wind will not let up.  Normally you get a front, it blows a couple of days then you get a couple of nice days to fish.  For the past month at least the fronts are one after the next, leaving VERY narrow windows to fish.  Today was just one of the windows as it blew 25kts northeast yesterday and is forecast to blow 25kts tomorrow, but today was a nice 10kt day.  Barrett, Jacob and I loaded up on the OIFC Yellowfin and headed offshore with visions of Gag Grouper -- I just knew we could rehash old times and hammer them in 80 feet of water.  Well, guess again.  The water out to 35 miles looks like a mud puddle.  It is truly terrible dirty and lifeless.  We wasted a good portion of the day forcing the issue in 70-90 feet of water, but finally wisened up and ran offshore until we found good water-- 100 feet, 40 miles offshore.  We arrived and magically the fish were biting.  The bad news was the Red Snapper ate up all our Grouper baits.  No kidding, we hit a spot and caught 6 Red Snapper 10-25 pounds, cool but painful to have to release.  Anyway, we did catch our 3 fish limit of Gags pretty quick once we found the water and then messed with the Kings & Sharks for a while before heading in.  It was a nice day on the water. 
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"Rodeo Update" | Get Busy | 11/03/11
 

Brandon Sauls has improved his lead in the Trout Division by weighing a 3.9 lb trout on 11-2.  Neil Loman is in 1st place in the King Division with a 23.6 lb king he weighed in on 10-7.

The Rodeo goes on until December 31st.  On the inshore scene the trout bite is heating up, so is the red drum action and the flounder are still hitting.  I'll have a couple of pictures of Captain Tommy Helms' flat fish Thursday. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Catch and Share" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/03/11
 

It's amazing what one can run across while sitting in a hospital room.  In this case I found a story by the Fisherman's Voice about Congressman Walter B. Jones of N.C. 3rd District and Rep. Mike McIntyre of N.C. requesting  the Appropriations and Authorizing Committee not to fund the Catch and Share Program.  Their request is based on the financial hardships the program would cause fishermen during this already struggling economy.  The letter was signed by 19 congressmen of the eastern seaboard states.  Click on this link for the news article from Walter B Jones. 

When the time comes, remember those elected officials who support the fishing industry.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Dawson's Trout" | Tiberias - 22' | 11/02/11
 

The trout are biting! From Little River to Lockwood Folly River reports are coming in from all over that the bite is hot. We started out first thing this morning and found a few. We pounded the banks with artificials picking at a few here and there. After a few hours and several double hook ups with trout we ended the day with 25+ trout landed and 3 flounder. We saved a few good ones for the dinner table and released a bunch in the 2 to 3 pound range once we had six in the box. We were looking for a big one...I think our biggest one of the day was around 4 pounds. Still a great day on the water. I love it! Call us to get in on the action. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Got Trout?" | Tiberias - 22' | 10/29/11
 

The last two years winter has brought brutally cold weather to our area. The speckled sea trout population has suffered some loss no doubt as few were caught in the spring and summer months. Closures and lack of targeting the species may have also contributed to the lack in numbers caught earlier this year. I targeted the trout twice this past week and feel that we had a good spawning year. Lots of small fish in the 11" to13" range have been showing up with some 2 to 3 pounders in the mix. We have also caught several little trout in our cast nets as well. All good signs that trout are around and should rebound in numbers with hopefully a mild winter ahead of us. I look forward to some good fishing this next month targeting trout, reds, and flounder on artificials. Chase and Josh got in on the action yesterday! We landed several trout, 2 flounder, and one redfish. Thanks for fishing with me guys! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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