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START 1) 45.60 - Clearly Hooked     2) 44.00 - Team Grip Flip     3) 43.05 - Fish Hard Gear     4) 43.00 - Outta Line     5) 42.10 - Reel Methods     6) 41.05 - Open Wide     7) 39.45 - Shockwave     8) 39.35 - Beeracuda     9) 37.80 - Conference Call     10) 37.30 - Wilm Auto/King Hunter     11) 37.10 - Karma Bites     12) 36.85 - Four Sons     13) 36.20 - Lil John/Reel em up     14) 36.00 - Sea P.A.     15) 35.50 - OIFC     16) 35.15 - O D Bank     17) 34.80 - Max'd Out     18) 34.55 - On Point     19) 34.35 - King Carnivore     20) 34.35 - All In/AM    FINISH

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"Cast Net Throwing Lessons" | N/A | 04/27/12
 

Miss Caroline showed us a thing or two about throwing a cast net this afternoon. She even had Mack & Fin paying attention.


- Store Manager- Anita
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"Fin fun" | Real-Time Update | 04/27/12
 

Sometimes we all wish we could be a dog. I have a feeling that Fin will mak e us all jealous for many years. He seems to have taken on the role as OIFC mascot and is all ready quite skilled. Come visit Fin and Mac at the OIFC.
- Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/26/12
 


- Katelyn Kincer
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/26/12
 

Come test your knowledge @ the OIFC! We just finished our Trivia Wheel, stop by and give it a whirl! :) (see pic below)
- Katelyn Kincer
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"We Need Your Support!!" | Get Busy | 04/26/12
 

The OIFC's own Katelyn Kincer's picture has been nominated as The SaltWater Fisherman's  Fish Babe's On The Month.  No offense to the other young ladies, but we all know the OIFC and it's supporters have the most beautiful ladies in the fishing world! 

  Miss Katelyn is not only "easy on the eyes", but is a beautiful, highly intelligent angler who fishes inshore and offshore as well as occasionally serves as 1st mate.  She is definitely loved by all the OIFC children and represents the qualities the OIFC family stands for.

Let's join our collective OIFC supporter powers and vote for Katelyn!!  Click on this link to cast your vote!!! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Passing fronts" | Get Busy | 04/26/12
 

Making it tough on fishing and even harder on catching. Between the wind blowing and the rain. The inlets are totally mudded up. Slow down your baits and keep fishing. They will bite. 
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Weekend Plans" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/26/12
 

The wind has been BLOWING !!  But, we are hoping for a weather window that will allow us to get in trips on Saturday and Sunday.  I expect Saturday will be decent, probably sloppy on the break in the warm water.  Sunday could go one of two ways, great or horrible.  We will of course analyze in the early AM's before we leave, but right now plan is for both boats to be on the water this weekend -- VHF 19 -- Black Jack area most likely.  Hope to see you on the water.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Break in the Weather" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/25/12
 

The wind has been howling...The weather broke about mid afternoon today and I was feeling quite a bit better after another dose of the stomach flu. I headed for the OIFC to check on the mud minnow tanks. Mud Minnows will be fully stocked tomorrow morning. The tide was about right to go hit my secret bait catching spot. Mullet minnows were thick! I made a few cast getting plenty for a little fishing myself this afternoon. I made a short run to a spot that has not produced in a few years, but decided to give it a shot today. First cast produced a nice flounder. Second cast produced a nice trout. I caught 5 flounder and a trout in about 45 minutes. I made a move back towards home and decided to give the Ocean Isle Bridge a shot. Capt. Brant gave me a visit and took video of me catching another nice flounder under the bridge. The flat fish are here and biting well! I love it! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Helping Hand" | N/A | 04/24/12
 

Miss Caroline stopped by today to lend a hand. Anything to put off homework right? LOL
- Store Manager- Anita
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"Bluefin Video" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/24/12
 

If you recall a couple of months ago Team OIFC travelled to Oregon Inlet for our annual Bluefin Tuna harrassment outing.  We carried very talented film maker, Chris Campbell - this has been out a while, but I've been lax in making it public to all --

Check it out-- Click this link -  http://vimeo.com/38964238

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Chris' Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/23/12
 

Chris Campbell was the angler aboard the "Lein Holder" when this wahoo struck.  The wahoo hit a blue and white skirted ballyhoo in 68 degree, 175 ft. deep water.  He fought the fish for about 20 minutes and said it skyed about 7 to 8 ft. behind the boat.  He said it was a beautiful sight.
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"Sperry Clearance!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/23/12
 

We have limited sizes left of some of our Ladie's Sperry Shoes, they are going fast at 50% off! Stop by & see if we have your size before they are all gone.

~ Anita


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"Sea Bass rules" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/23/12
 

Spent some good tele time today with both the Mid Atlantic Marine Fisheries and South Atlantic folks, trying to understand the reason why the rules north of Cape Hatteras would be relaxed and our rules are not. Here's the story. First, the commissions believe there are 2 stocks of seabass that have genetic differences. Therefore they break out the 2 stocks geographically and thus study sea bass from Cape Hatteras north and Cape Hatteras south as 2 distinct seperate groups of fish. They acknowledge there may be some mixing but they contend they are different fish. The recent studies are complete and the north of CH study shows not only are sea bass not overfished, but in fact they are underfished. The end result is they are re-opening their sea bass season May 19, and are increasing the limits to 25 fish per person, in order to get the fish mass back to a controlable level[figure that logic out]. Whereas the study for south of CH shows that sea bass are not overfished, however they are not fully recovered, thus our season remains closed. All of us "boots on the ground" raise our eyebrows and say how can this be? We can't hardly fish for kings on a downrigger, bee liners, or grouper because the sea bass eat our baits first and are basically jumping into the boat. My conclusion is politics are influencing the manner that the studies are being done. That thought comes from what we saw on our trip to Washington a few weeks ago at the fishing rally. At the rally, there were several of the most powerful northern  members of Congress there, pounding the podium, and telling their constituents from the northern states this issue has their attention and they are committed to fixing it. Senators Kerry, Franks, Schumer,ect all were there, lending their support to the fishermen. As I recall, in our area, only Senator Jones from NC spoke and Senator West from Florida. A couple other Reps from Florida also spoke, but the sea bass deal is mostly a NC/SC/Ga issue. These decisions are being made on a federal level, so when you have the most powerful Senators championing a cause, it makes me suspicious that how a study is interpreted or how it is prepared, could in fact lead 2 studies for the same basic fish, fish that mix together in certain areas of the study, to somehow come to a 180 degree different determination. If my conclusion is correct, the challenge becomes more difficult, as even if our elected folks stepped up their game, none of them are from the large population centers like in the northern cities, thus it is difficult for them to have much power. I don't know the answer, but since this is a federal issue, as election season rolls around and they seek your support, make sure they understand you want their support as well.
- Rube McMullan
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"Yesterday" | Get Busy | 04/22/12
 

Brandon Sauls with 8 redfish and a trout.  Howard and Tracy Cheek some more catch and release sea bass and at least A flounder.

The flounder are certainly here.  I seen pictures posted by flounder giggers and by anglers which prove it.  The trout and drum, both red and black are plentiful also.  From the back water to the blue water it's shaping up to be a good season!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIFC World Cat heading off" | Real-Time Update | 04/21/12
 

OIFC gulf stream fishing class heading out. We got blown out yesterday but we are going to give it another shot today. Wind is light but SE swell maki ng run off a bit slow. Stay tuned, fish or not we will at least learn something, maybe we will get lucky. Heading toward MacMarlen ledge and Scarp.
- Brant McMullan
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"Stream school report" | Real-Time Update | 04/21/12
 

What a nice day. Southerly winds 5-12 kts and a steady, manageable bite fro m tuna, dolphin and wahoo that lasted all day; perfect teaching conditions. We started hot with a Wahoo third line out and got solid bites at least eve ry 30 minutes or so. The class learned from early mistakes and by noon they were finely tuned; I enjoyed sitting back and watching them work together. There are definitely more Mahi starting to show with most in the 10-12 pound class, but a full small Bulls showing. We boated 3 Wahoo and pulled hooks on several other solid bites. The tuna feather produced a couple of Blackfin; final tally was 2 Blackfin, 3 Wahoo and 6 Mahi. We trolled the MacMarlen ledge area all day and got most bites in 155-170'. Hopefully weather will get good soon as fishing is well worth the effort. If u r around we will be back to OIFC dock at 5:45pm. Also noting on the way in lots of topwater cigar minnow pods in the 50-65' r ange. Kings soon to follow if not already caught today. Water temp 71. Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Spanish Bite" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/21/12
 

All you Spanish Mackerel aficionados will be happy to learn that once again Captain William Parker, accompanied by the OIFC's own Terry Johnson mopped up on the Spanish today.  They were at the Youpon Reef and same as Wednesday pulled an Alabama Rig with 00 Clark Spoons  pulled pretty far behind the boat.  The Alabama rig, to a Spanish looks like a school of bait fish.  Also, William said they caught a small King at the Youpon but released it.

The OIFC has all this tackle in  stock and I strongly suggest you give them a try.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Lesson Learned" | Get Busy | 04/21/12
 

Eddie Julian and his Dad, Ed came in the Fishing Center in need of a good landing net. They had an even better fish story.  Seems they were fishing in Tubbs Inlet when Ed hooked up with a slab of a flounder.  They both said it looked to be 2 ft. long.  Eddie grabbed his WalMart landing net, scooped the fat flat fish up and guess what happened.....You got it! The net snapped right at the handle.  Mr. Julian was able to hang on to the flounder, but it shook the hook loose before they could try to net him again.

Lesson learned..Sorta like, you don't go to a gun fight with a knife.  But they did have 2 keepers I was able to get pictures of.  And a new landing net too!

That was a story worth telling and I'm sure they will both be tellling it for a good while.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pogey Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/21/12
 

The Captain of the "Judy B" told me that he saw a lot of pogies just outside the Shallotte Inlet today.  He noticed them after seeing the birds dive.

Reports of Kings caught at the Ocean Crest Pier + William Parker catching one today + pogies=a good King bite!!!  I stunk at school math, but I can do "fish math".


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"Twisted my Arm!!!" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/21/12
 

Terry and William left the OIFC at 7am this morning. I was invited, but declined so I could catch up on my husband duties. Terry text me at 8am letting me know that the spanish were thick and they had two in the boat. I get breakfast for my oldest and take care of my youngest one's tummy issues. I finally get out in the yard preparing to cut the grass. Rodney from across the canal calls me and ask why I wasn't fishing today. The weatherman missed the conditions badly. The ocean was mirror perfect this morning! Rodney twisted my arm and made me go! LOL! Truthfully, Terry was taunting me with text messages. The ocean was saying I don't give you too many days this pretty. We loaded up Rodney's boat with spanish gear and headed for Yaupon. We ran into the birds thick just off Holden Beach and caught one spanish in that area. I saw some good fish jumping, but they went down and never came back up. Terry was steadily giving me the report via text. We motored on towards Yaupon and the first spoon in the water was nailed. The action was pretty steady with a good mix of small and large spanish. We ended the day with 11 keeper spanish and several throw backs. We did not run the Alabama rig. Looking at William and Terry pictures...looks like we should have given it a try! See ya on the water!  
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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