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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".


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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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"U.S. Turning Over Our Oceans To U.N.?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/20/12
 

I found this article and felt it may be of interest to you.  I am not posting it to be "political" and have not researched it to insure accuracy.  Simply put.."I report, you decide.  Click on this link.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Stick Slinger's Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/20/12
 

Yellow Fin Tuna inside the 100/400?  You read it right!  Captain Jim Bowen of the Stick Slinger reports he was blue water fishing with Captain David Cutler and his 15 yr old son Hayden.  Hayden landed 2 mahi and missed one.  They missed 2 wahoo but put this nice tuna in the boat.  They spent time fighting off hound fish and released several false albacore.

They switched over and did some catch and release fishing in 120 ft. of water.  They released sea bass, grouper, and trigger fish.

He said having Hayden along made his day!

Thanks Jim...Tight lines back at ya!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Threes a Company" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/20/12
 

Grady, Ernest, and Cathy joined us for a half day inshore trip this morning. The sky was gray and the wind was blowing hard from the ENE. It was a bit cooler and more windy than expected. We headed for some protected creeks deep in the back country. The grass was flooded and it looked like a perfect tailing tide. We hit several places in the hopes of seeing Mr. Redfish show up. The tide started to pull out of the grass and no redfish were to be found. We set up near creek mouths and drop offs looking for the flounder bite. After a few moves we had found the fish. Cathy was the first to strike with a short fish. Cathy strikes again and then Grady gets one to the boat. Pressure was on Ernest as he was labeled as the best fisherman of the three. Meanwhile, Cathy and Grady were steadily weeding through the small ones to find a couple of keepers. Ernest was holding out, saving the best for last. As my cell phone alarm sounded the whistle, Ernest hooks up hard! The fight lasted just a few seconds and the hook pulled. I hit the snooze button for just 5 more minutes. Ernest nails a nice 21 inch flounder to top off the trip and take top spot in the last 5 minutes of the trip. Notice the other anglers made him stand in the back to make his fish look smaller. LOL! What a great crew! I love it! Thanks for fishing with us! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Zebco 33?" | Get Busy | 04/20/12
 

Howard Cheek and his brother Tommy were back at it again today.  Howard told me this morning that the 2 black drum he caught yesterday were caught on a Zebco 33 combo.  The drum are pictured in yesterday's post.

Today they went to the Jim Caudle Reef and caught and released over 100 endangered sea bass and the 17.5" flounder in the picture.  I'll try to find out if he used the lucky Zebco or not.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIFC News" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/19/12
 

I was just reminded that Martinis Hook-A-Hoo Wahoo tournament is coming up- it snuck up on me.  April 20-29 with fishing 1 out of 10 possible days.  The tournament offers lots of weather windows and typically very good prize money.  Most of us will be fishing the Stream during that time anyway, why not enter?  I'm sure Team OIFC will assemble to give it a go, hope you will too- check out their site with all details- http://www.hookahoorodeo.com/ 

Also -- I like this video so much I thought worth posting back to top- in case you didn't get chance to watch, a great example of OIFC Gulf Stream charter trip --

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS0o8VazcwE&list=UUkSpU7T2RycHDa2Idh1iSzA&index=1&feature=plcp


Also- yesterday I had some very good friends- Jeff Martini and son Chance and Tracy Huggins join me on OIFC World Cat for day of leisure on the water.  It was a very nice day.  I couldn't keep those guys out of the water, so we abandoned fishing and went straight for the spear guns.  We dove from 110-125 foot depths and saw a decent amount of life.  Saw more Grouper in the deeper depths, lots of BIG Sea Bass in shallower - thankfully no sharks to report this time -- we all made it back safe and this a good thing.  Water temps in this depth range were 73-75 degrees- looked fishy.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/19/12
 

Reminder. Make up stream trip is this Saturday. Weather looks like we will get it in. Call 910-575-3474 to get a spot. Bite is on!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weather" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/19/12
 

I get countless questions on weather -- it is understandable as Mother Nature dictates our fishing schedule and certainly the Marine Forecast hasn't been very reliable.  You should check out this site - www.fishweather.com -- change your home setting to Frying Pan Tower and look at the 7 day outlook -- it is extremely accurate, with hourly wind forecasts.  It has allowed us to fish on MANY days when forecast wasn't great because we plan our trip around the timeline of wind forecast - whereas NOAA forecast is generic for the entire day. 

One last note - too many of you are looking at the forecasted sea height -- wind is what makes waves and chop is what beats us up when we are offshore -- a forecast with 10-15kt winds and 4-6 foot seas means it has been rough or there is a storm offshore, but you can be assured the interval between the seas will be large as there is little wind.  Watch the wind forecast, don't pay much attention to the sea height - it will cost you good fishing days. 

See you on the water.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Rocky! Rocky! Adriene!!" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/19/12
 

Rocky and Phil joined us for a half day inshore charter today. Last night the weather condtions were predicting light winds out of the NNE. I thought this might give us an opportunity to hit some nearshore areas, check on the spanish bite, and possibly be a hero getting a king to bite. The wind was a bit stronger than predicted making the nearshore idea quickly come to an end. We headed back inshore looking for a flounder bite. I baited a hook and made the first cast for Phil, handed him the rod explaining the feel of a flounder bite. Getting another minnow out the livewell for Rocky and I here Phil's drag slipping...? That doesn't sound like a flounder, maybe a bluefish...nope it was Mr. Redfish himself. How about that...first cast and a redfish...one more bluefish in that area and that was it. Not sure why more redfish were not biting? We moved around and finally found the flounder. We landed 8 to 10 flounder with some good ones in the mix. As always...the BIG one got away! My crew decided to release the red drum at the dock after a quick picture. They had plenty of flounder fillets to eat. Thank you guys for letting me release the redfish. Thanks for fishing with us! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"King News" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/19/12
 

I don't have any pictures but have very, very reliable information.  Capt. Wally has been catching the mess out of kings a little further out.  He told me today that he caught a 40" 46# king today.  Capt. Jeff Beck said a king was caught at Youpon Pier, always a good sign.  I failed to mention in Capt. William Parker's report, but he found a temp. break near the Cape Fear Rive of 67, or 68, I can't remember, to 70 degrees.  It's all shaping up to be a good king season!

Just in, a picture of the king!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"heading off" | Real-Time Update | 04/18/12
 

The misfit team is heading off aboard the OIFC World Cat. Stay tuned. If t hey don't bite we may have to jump in and get them.
- Brant McMullan
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"Hound Dog Finds Spanish" | Get Busy | 04/18/12
 

Captain William Parker and his wife Pat headed to the Youpon Reef this morning.  William said when they arrived they saw Spanish busting all over.  They deployed an Alabama Rig with 00 Clark  Spoons a fair distance behind the boat,  All was going well until William called me to say he had a big Spanish and the action was hot.  As soon as he put his mike up the action shut down!  But there is going to be no freezer burn on these fish.  They became tonight's dinner.

But they did weigh a citation Spanish.  Click on this link to see the Parkers at the OIFC dock with their theme song.  Dancing With The Stars....Not!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Couple of Random Pics" | Get Busy | 04/18/12
 

Finally, after we've tried to get the pics in the right format, I happy to be able to share Kevin Sneed's wahoo trip the later part of last week.

Also enclosed are a couple of photos of Howard Cheek's black drum.  No doubt the fishing season is here!  In shore, near shore or off shore there's something for everybody.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Catching Bait" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/17/12
 

Here is a quick video on what bait, where, when, and how I have been catching it. Live finger mullet have been producing some flounder and red drum for me here in the past weeks. Artificials have also caught there fair share of both as well. However, as a dedicated guide I like to keep my boat fully stocked with options! I love it! See ya on the water!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUHIhfrbbLY&feature=g-upl&context=G2ec218eAUAAAAAAAAAA

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Capt. Jeff Eternal Reef follow up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/16/12
 

Capt. Jeff just noted Eternal Reefs being loaded in Calabash.  I have been in contact with Marine Fisheries on this because they are being dropped on the Jolly Mon Reef off Ocean Isle.  Apparently the Jolly Mon reef is preferred by the Eternal Reef group as it is just outside state waters (just over 3 miles) but still very close and accessible.  They plan on using this reef frequently to drop Eternal Reefs, thus enhancing fishing strucuture continually- plus, you can know you are fishing over somebody's grandpa, grandma......  isn't that heart warming! 

Capt. Rube is hot on the "feeding station" program and he is poised to set up at the Jolly Mon reef in near future- stand by for report.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Friday The 13th Hangover" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/16/12
 

Johnathan Sweeney submitted this report:

 I Finally got a chance to go offshore and do a little king fishing.  It started out as a terrible morning.  We got a late start, the down rigger broke on the ride out, and then after getting about 10 miles out the gps stopped working.  We got to the Frying Pan Tower and ended up getting 3 Kings and a nice Spanish in the boat.  It was awesome because I got to
 catch my first king which was between 20-25# . After a 20 minute fight we ended up breaking off something of pretty good size but we never got a chance to see it

    We saw a large school of cigar minnows beside the tower and  decided to have some fun with the sabiki rigs. We caught and released many small minnows, about 40  endangered black sea bass ( some up to 8#) and 1 red snapper.


 We saw the OIFC Cat going out  to the gulf stream.   We were just head and to the left of ya'll heading out this morning (Saturday).  I read the report and it looked like ya'll had a pretty good day on the water.  I'm really looking forward and ready for that live bait king class to get here.

Thanks for the report!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Blackjack" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/16/12
 

Pattie Hughes sent me these absolutely stunning action shots from William Froley Hughes, Billy Nobles and a couple of anglers ( I don't recognize) trip to the Blackjack aboard their 31' Yellowfin the "Bay Pirate" Saturday. They brought 5 mahi to the boat using Blue Water Candy Jags.  Not a bad way to start the season!
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/16/12
 

20 pound King caught off Ocean Crest pier today. First of the year!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"New Video Service from OIFC" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/16/12
 

Many of you have gotten to know Terry Johnson, new OIFC staffer.  He came on board in March and has been working his way into the system.  Besides becoming an expert T-shirt folder, Terry has also been honing his video skills; taping fishing trips and editing them into short "video diaries" to chronicle the fishing day.  He has been practicing for a month now and his videos have been playing in the OIFC daily.  But now Terry is ready to take it to the big-time and I'm excited to now offer "Video Diaries" for charter customers.  If you come on board a charter fishing adventure with us you will have a choice to have your trip videoed, edited, posted to You Tube and copies sent to all fishing party members.  It is a great way to remember the trip and relive it until the next adventure.  Here is Terry's first "OIFC Video Diary" -- filmed last Friday with the Fulcher party - check it out, pretty cool.  It gives a good idea of how things operate on board an OIFC charter boat.  Great job Terry!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS0o8VazcwE&list=UUkSpU7T2RycHDa2Idh1iSzA&index=1&feature=plcp


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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