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"A New Reef?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/21/12
 

There's talk of a new AR off the shore of Oak Island.  Click here to "read all about it".
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"team OIFC in key west" | Real-Time Update | 01/21/12
 

Barrett and I fished first day of key west king tourney today and weighed a 43. I think 7th after day 1. Tomorrow is new day and we will give it a sho t again. Lucky charms coming tomorrow- Caroline and Amy with special guests the Beck family. Barrett and i worked hard today catching 20 or so Kings, most in the 30-35lb range- good fun. Pic is of one we released. You can watch the weighin live tomorrow at www.fishska.com. And for all u stuck n the cool Carolinas, it's a nice 75 degrees in the Keys. I'll drink an umbrella drink for u! Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"BFT Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/20/12
 

This is an update on Blue Fin Tuna fishing, if you can figure it out.

Last updated: 1/20/2012
NMFS Closes BFT General Category (Commercial) January Fishery

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) closes the General category (commercial handgear) fishery for large medium and giant BFT (measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater) effective 11:30 p.m. local time on January 22, 2012, until it reopens on June 1, 2012. Based on the best available BFT landings... information for the General category BFT fishery (i.e., 17 mt of the available 23.1 mt landed as of January 17), NMFS has determined that the General category January BFT subquota will be reached by January 22, 2012. Therefore, through May 31, 2012, fishing for, retaining, possessing, or landing large medium or giant BFT by persons aboard vessels permitted in the Atlantic Tunas General and HMS Charter/Headboat categories (while fishing commercially) must cease at 11:30 p.m. local time on January 22, 2012. The General category will reopen automatically on June 1, 2012, for the June through August subperiod. Limited catch and release is permissible as described below. The intent of this closure is to prevent overharvest of the General category January BFT subquota


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"here we go!" | Real-Time Update | 01/19/12
 

In S Fl fishing out of west palm. Going to fish half day for sails before h eading to keys. North wind 20kts. Stay tuned. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Inshore Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/17/12
 

It is typical for things to be a little slow this time of year, however; for the diehard angler, redfish and trout are still hanging in the backwaters. We are finding trout in deep water ranging from 8 to 15 feet using quarter ounce jigheads paired with chartreuse colored soft plastics. Redfish are scattered all throughout the shallow marsh grass right now. One day you may see hundreds on a flat, the next just a few in a shallow water pocket. The porpoises and weather patterns are keeping them on the move is my best guess. We decided to stay with the trout action yesterday landing double digit numbers, but only having six keepers. Still not a bad way to spend a winter day! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Correction" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/16/12
 

Mr. Jon White was kind enough to point out a transposing error I made on the final results of the OIFC Rodeo.

Mr. White won 1st place in the flounder division with a 6.9 lb flat fish.

My humble apologies.  Those who know me know this wasn't my 1st error and won't be my last.  I depend heavily on ya'll to keep me straight! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"2011 OIFC Rodeo Final Results" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/14/12
 

Flounder:  1-Jon White 6.9 lbs., 2-Jeff Wallen 5.9 lbs., 3-Dan Ratley 5.7 lbs.

Trout:  1- Brandon Sauls 6.0 lbs., 2- Brian Aycock 5.1 lbs, 3- Austin Aycock 3.9 lbs.

King Mackerel: 1- Neal Loman 23.6 lbs

Cobia:  1-Jeff Beck 24.8 lbs., 2-William Parker 23.7 lbs

Dolphin:  1-Bon Newell 39.2 lbs, 2-John Bird 16.5 lbs 3-Brian Freeman 12.38 lbs

Blk. Fin Tuna:  1-Daniel Simmons 27.2 lbs

Wahoo:  Brian Freeman 30.4 lbs

Grouper:  1-Daniel Simmons 21.6 lbs, 2-Brian Freeman 30.4 lbs

Red Drum 1- Joshua Wallen 7.5 lbs.

Congratulations to all.  The winnings are being tabulated by the OIFC Rodeo accounting firm of Howw, Wee, Robem, INC. and will be announced soon.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"At The Jetties" | Get Busy | 01/13/12
 

Captain Gary Sheaff and Graham Struther braved the 50 degree water  on the 8th to boat these fine fish.  They were fishing the Jetties using Berklry Gulp.

Thanks for the report guys!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Wahoo-A Little More Scoope" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/11/12
 

 Wendell Barnett and Steve fished the Blackjack on Jan. 9th aboard the Empty Pockets.  The water was 72 degrees and the weather was spectacular.  They ended the day with 4 wahoo, the biggest was 75 lbs.  The guys also caught a sailfish.

Great day on the water and thanks for the report.


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"Speck Check" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/11/12
 

Swinging weather patterns have the fish on the move...The redfish have been thick on the shallow flats, but spooky. I have pushed several schools of reds and even seen some trout hanging around the outer oyster bars. The water has been so clear that you can see the bottom in 8 feet of water at times. Spotting fish is very exciting, but can be aggrevating when they won't bite. Finally, I have had enough...a friend around the Southport area has been drilling the trout, so I went to check it out. If you don't mind a long boat ride the fish seem to be cooperating a little better in the Southport area. The water temperature seems to be holding about 3 to 4 degrees warmer and water color is a little darker making it easier to do a sneak. A good class of trout in the 2 to 4 pound range are biting a variety of soft plastics in bright color patterns. Even a flounder or two is still hanging around. Check it out! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Empty Pockets" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/11/12
 

Wendall Barnett sent in these pictures from a stream trip he took on Jan. 9th. Looks like the wahoo bite is still pretty good out there. Some quality fish! Looks like a sailfish release as well.
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"2012 Schedule of Events" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/10/12
 

OIFC Spring Kickoff

March 31, 2012

·        Line spooling at $.01/yd

·        Seminars

·        Used tackle sales forum (bring your own)

·        OIFC clearance sales

 

Far Out Shoot Out- tuna, dolphin, wahoo Rodeo

May 4-12, 2012

·        Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, May 4th

·        Fish 2 out of 8 eligible days (Sat. 5th- Sat. 12th)

 

Jolly Mon King Classic

June 15-17, 2012

·        Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, June 15th

·        Fish EITHER Sat. June 16th or Sun. June 17th

 

Fall Brawl King Classic

October 19-21, 2012

·        Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, June 19th

·        Fish EITHER Sat. October 20nd or Sun. October 21rd

 

***Other OIFC events.  Dates to be announced-follow OIFC.com*** 

 

Capt. Brant’s Fishing Schools

Gulf Stream Trolling/Jigging:  April 21-22 & April 28-29

Live Bait King Mackerel fishing:  June 23-24 & June 30-July 1

Bottomfishing:  May 13

***visit www.OIFC.com on the FISHING SCHOOL pages to see costs and details- email or call to reserve.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Skinny Water" | Get Busy | 01/08/12
 

Captains Brandon Sauls and Kyle Hughes took advantage of today's great weather to once again go on a fishn' mission in the backwaters of the S. Brunswick Islands.  Brandon said he saw the most fish he'd seen in a while.  If you can't afford to run off shore, the in shore bite is red hot.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Somewhere N the Rocks" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/08/12
 

Gary Sheaff and his son stopped in yesterday to fuel up the boat. They were headed for the jetties even though reports showed slow action. The weather was gorgeous and who could pass up such a great day to be on the water! Gary called me back at the store within minutes of leaving, reporting that the bite was great. First three cast of the day produced a nice red and a beautiful trout. After ending a great day of fishing he sent us these fine pictures!

The fish are still hanging around. I fished Thursday afternoon spotting several redfish, but could only get three rat reds to bite. Fished Friday morning, again spotting several fish, reds, trout, and even black drum sunning themselves on the flats. Needless to say, I could not get them to buy anything I was selling. I will be back at it tomorrow regardless the weather. It is going to be tough to see fish with cloud cover and rain, but I know where some should be hanging out. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Beautiful Day" | Get Busy | 01/07/12
 

Kevin Sneed took advantage of a great Brunswick County day and slayed the trout.  Kevin said the bite wasn't as hot today as yesterday.  Meanwhile Bonecrusher Sauls and Marky-Mark hit the skinnies and got into the red drum.  Come on down and enjoy our winter (?).

Not to stir up any trouble, but I think Kevin has got the Bonecrusher's milk when it comes to trout fishing.  Just sayn'.


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"Backwater Fishing New Year's Day" | Get Busy | 01/04/12
 

David Ciesla of Supply sent these awesome pictures from a trip he took on New Year's Day.
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"Hard Core" | Get Busy | 01/03/12
 

It's 34 degrees with a NW wind of 30 gusting to 40, but Kevin Sneed is trout fishing.  I say hard core, with a touch of crazy!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"NEW YEARS EVE trip" | Get Busy | 01/01/12
 

What a way to end one of the best fish catching years of my life. 12/31/11 and 65 degrees  w/ a water temp of 56 and the fish are still biting. Falling tide made for a fun time casting some gulp baits. pearl  shrimp and new penny shrimp. I had a few mullet minnows left in my bait pen so for kicks I baited up a carolina rig and in less then a minute I had a flounder bite double heading flounder and trout. Crazy!!!!! Lets do it again in 2012 Happy New Year to All.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Layn' Down The Law" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/30/11
 

Michelle Evans Drake, Billy Berg and David Christian of The Law braved the early morning cool weather, yet flat, beautiful seas to go wahoo fishing at the Blackjack Hole.  The 64 lb wahoo they came back with made the trip worth while. 

Everyone who has made the ride to the Blackjack on a cool morning knows how good it feels to bundle up in a bean bag chair and catch some z's.  Man that is some goooood sleeping!

There is a video, but I can't post it because you can hear Michelle layn' down the law to Billy!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Today's Stream Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/29/11
 

The conditions this morning were great as we arrived to the 100/400 with flat calm seas and water temps of 73-74 degrees- apparently the fish didn't get the memo?  We set out and after about 20 minutes a weighted line was taken and we were hooked up.  John Richardson Sr. went to work and after a hard fought battle, landed a 40.5 pound Wahoo.  The day was young and things were looking up.  From there however, the action go SLOW.  We caught quite a few small False Albacore on the tuna feathers I had set on the long riggers and we pulled off a good Wahoo bite, but by noon I was struggling for answers.  I made my way to the Black Jack hole which was now vacant as all the boats that started there in the AM had moved on to the Steeples.  The winds had picked up to 15kts or better and the sharp 2-4 foot chop made trolling a bit tougher.  As I pulled down "main street" I noticed a slick on the water and made a turn, passing downwind and catching the unmistakable scent of fish.  As I circled back into the sea the long rigger feather was taken and this time by a decent fish.  John Jr. went to work and after a tense boatside "tuna style" struggle, he brought a nice Blackfin aboard.  It was the fourth quarter and we were in rally mode.  But it was getting pretty sloppy.  We set again and made another pass up main street and just as I reached the top end the planer rod went off and we stayed connected to an obvious high-speed Wahoo.  John Jr. again did the honors and angled a 39.6 pound Wahoo to the gaff.  Now we were moving in the right direction.  We had about 30 more minutes to fish, and one more good fish would put the ledger back in our favor.  Another pass up main street and the planer rod again went off, this time however it was the oh too familiar screaming reel followed by sudden silence- pulled hooks.  Arghhh!  We reset and fished a bit longer, but did not get another shot.  We ended up with 2 nice Hoos and a Blackfin - I think we had in total 7-8 solid Wahoo bites, which is pretty consistent with my .300 Wahoo batting average.  The Richardsons were great sports and they never lost hope and stayed confident.  It was a good day of mediocre fishing that at least ended on a relative up note.  Not sure what it translates to for 2012, but I'm sure its my last offshore trip of the year. 

It was nice to see quite a few other fishermen on the water in the Stream as well.  The action for everyone seemed pretty consistent, with the Steeples sounding like the best, albeit not hot. 

I wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope to see more of you on the water more often in 2012- make it a resolution- GO FISH !


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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