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"Family Fishing " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/06/11
 

Barrett and I made a quick round-trip run t Sarasota, FL to pick up the new Team OIFC touranment boat-- Yellowfin 32.  This boat is the same as the one's we have been running in previous years, but powered with F300s instead of the F350s.  We did give up some accelleration and top-end speed, but we are still plenty quick (hard to catch a fish at 60mph) and the economy is very impressive.  I am glad to have a 32 Yellowfin back on our team as the ride and fishability are awesome. 

So, we got back late Tuesday and why not go fishing?  Wednesday was forecast nice, so Caroline and Brayden played hookie from school while Grandpa Rube and I hosted the two junior anglers on a fishing trip/boat break-in trip.  We ran out toward the Jungle to try to find a King, but found none- I was surprised at this.  However, we headed a bit deeper and caught several nice Grouper.  I later found out that a red hot King bite had ensued that afternoon at Lighthouse Rocks -- no matter, Grouper eats better anyway.  The boat did good, but most important, my two kids are really doing great on the boat.  Even 2 year old Brayden is in to all of it -- I'm excited to have them as part of the team; they give me enthusiasm to go "fun" fishing more often.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Grouper/King report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/06/11
 

On board yesterday with Brant and grandkids Caroline and Braydon as we cristened Brant's new 32 Yellowfin. Ran off to the Hammer[at 60mhp] thinking the Kings would be thick there. Water was ugly with lots of weeds, nothing but sharks. Moved further off to the BP-25, water looked much better, but still no Kings. Abandoned the Kings and went to work on Grouper, and I watched Brant catch our limit of Grouper while all I could catch were butt busting AJ's. Definitely got my feelings hurt as I "thought" I could catch grouper with the best of them. He finally disclosed on way back in that he was using floro-carbon leaders while I wasn't. I hope that was the problem with my catching. Heard the King bite went off at Lighthouse Rocks in the afternoon and mulitple fish being caught.

Looking at the weather for next few days, the only good news is our waters have pretty good protection from hard north/northeast winds, so anyone wanting to fish the beach for Kings should be able to do so, and probably, if the body of fish is finally arriving at Lighthouse Rocks, the wind should push them[and the bait]on into the beach. Yaupon/Lockwood Folly/Shallotte Inlet should produce fish. Beyond that, with the weather forecast, the spot bite should be on big time. Late next week a weak front comes thru, and hopefully the weekend should be good to get us back on the King tourney trail as both the Rumble and Swansboro will fish next weeked.


- Rube McMullan
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"Every Picture Tells A Story-Rod Stewart" | Get Busy | 10/05/11
 

This reporter is showing dedication by carrying out his duties while in Daytona Beach.  What I should have done was stayed put in Ocean Isle Beach and gone fishing with Henry and his daughter Virgina Beckham of O.I.B.  Both are accomplished in shore anglers and can always be counted on to catch great fish.  As the pictures show they were fishing at the Little River Jetties when they caught a 36 " drum, a 26" spanish as well as the others in the pictures.

Virginia was my sidekick at the OIFC a couple of years ago and she and her dad can always be counted on to give us good reports and pictures. 

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"current conditions report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/04/11
 

Just returned from a pre-tourney recon mission. The good news is I have never in my 60+years seen so much bait in the water. Pogies are from 10 feet on out past the sea buoy to 40 feet. Glass minnows are mixed in with the pogies[never seen that before]. Blues and spanish are wearing out the pods, especially the glass minnows. You can have some fun with a gotcha plug. The bad news is while we were out doing recon work for the tourney, we heard they cancelled the tourney this weekend I guess due to the front thats coming Thursday[we love a hard north wind in October????].

With the conditions, you would think the Kings would be on fire, but only a scatterred bite. But standby, surely the word will get out to the Kings of the smorgasborg thats waiting for them right outside our inlets.Maybe they are just now moving in and  maybe this year will be a repeat for the Fall Brawl where an epic bite happened at the Shallotte sea buoy. Standby for updates. Thanks.


- Rube McMullan
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"Rumble In The Jungle Postponed" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/04/11
 

The Rumble In The Jungle has been postponed until next weekend.  Stay tuned as the OIFC MIGHT put something on this weekend for those who still need to play on the water. 

As more info on the Rumble or our plans come in I'll post it immediately.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Capt. Dawson's Cobia" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/03/11
 

Captain Chris Dawson Ryan Chapman and Brad High were fishing aboard Capt, Chris' Sea Hunt the "Miss. Jannelle today when they landed this 44.8 pound cobia and a teenage king, both of which are in the picture below.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"BURRRR!!!!!" | Get Busy | 10/02/11
 

What happened Friday night? The rain rolled thru around 6:00 p.m. and Saturday morning the cold air was on us.`Un sure of what that cold front was going to do the fishing we headed out. I found some flounder up the Shallotte River friday so I thought lets see if they are still there. They where 3 quick fish. Then start hitting the docks and see what happens.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Poor Boy Tournament" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/02/11
 

Inlet View Bar and Grill at Shallotte Point is considering putting on "A Real Poor Boy King Fish Tournament.. Entry Fee $150 10% to go to Duke Children's Hospital 1st Place $5000 * 2nd $2500 * 3rd $1200 * 4th - 10th $400 * 11th - 20th $200 Based on 100 boats. Just an Idea. What do you think? It's for a good cause and the kings sould biting real good that time of the year.Maybe we can have a Oyster Roast too?.The Poor Boy Kingfish Tournament (Catching Kings for Kids) All money goes to Duke."

Let the folks at Inlet View know how interested you are.  You can also visit their Facebook page for updates.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"U.S. Open" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/02/11
 

Captain Mike McDuffie (Max Bait Tray Systems) send this pic. of David Holland's fishing team," Deep End" out of Raeford, N.C. accepting the check for winning the U. S. Open.  Mike said the fish was caught at 1:30 pm at the mouth of the Lockwood Folly Inlet.  The king weighed 43.5.  The "Deep End" was one of the 324 entries

Capt. McDuffie and the OIFC congratulate the crew for their win!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"US Open Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/01/11
 

It felt wierd being on land during the US Open and getting reports from friends on the water.  Team OIFC is normally right in the middle of the action, but this year "stuff" came up and we couldn't make it.  However, apparently the fish don't need us on the water to bite, as I am excited to report some pretty good beach fishing activity.  Was it hot?  No.  But it was good enough that most people fishing the beach caught fish and good enough to be declared a viable fishery.  You also have to remember the tournament was held on Friday and Saturday, the day before and after the cold front.  These were not very good conditions and as such, I beleive once the weather and fish settle into the big Fall weather change, the bite will be on big time.  A 43 pounder won.  It was caught by James Joine and crew aboard the Deep End.  The fish was caught near the Lockwood's Folly sea buoy around 2:30pm on Saturday.  The second place fish was caught by the 2010 Jolly Mon winner, Charles Reese; a 38 pounder that came from the Yaupon Reef area.  3rd came from the River channel and a couple of the other top 10 fish came from Shallotte inlet.  There were fish caught up and down the beach as no particular area seemed to produce more fish than another.  This coming weekend is the Rumble in the Jungle tournament out of Little River- www.littleriverfishingclub.com for info - It looks like the weather and fish may be coming together for a collission course in this event, it could be epic?  I woudl recommend making plans to participate if for nothing more than to get in on the action.  Team OIFC is planning to rejoin the circuit and get back to work for this event.  See you on the water.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"U. S. Open Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/01/11
 

I've received unconfirmed reports of a 43 (?) pound king being brought to the scales.  A  38 pounder caught a Youpon was leading.  I was told that kings were caught at the mouths of Shallotte Inlet, Tubbs and Hog.

Again, not confirmed.


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Shallotte Inlet" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/01/11
 

Word was some good fish caught in the U. S. Open came from the entrance to the Shallotte Inlet Friday..  Do you think to word got out?

These pictures were taken at 10:30 Saturday morning at a crossover near the Shallotte Inlet.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Open" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/30/11
 

I talked with a couple of trusted local anglers about the U.S. Open. They told me a few kings were caught at the 90's and Youpon Reef.  The size and quantity was nothing to write home about.  But as Rube said, the size of the winning fish isn't important because it's bigger than the 2nd place fish.

Good luck to the fishing teams on Saturday.  Stay safe.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Just before the cold" | Get Busy | 09/30/11
 

Awesome day on the water today.Rob,Pam and grandson Owen from Ohio in the a.m and Ray and Holden from Cary in the p.m. The fish bit all day with the exception of the extreme high tide. As soon as the water started moving again so did the bite. We found some nice flounder in Tubbs this morning and Shallotte River this afternoon.The redfish still are in love with the BIG live shrimp when you can find them.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Inshore Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/29/11
 

Steve and Jim finally got on the water with me today. We tried to battle the rain on Tuesday, but the electricity was just too much. We rescheduled for today. The current was ripping. wind blowing, and water stirred up from both forces. Again, the conditions pushed us to alternative plans. I really wanted to get out on the beach and nearshore wrecks to find flounder and the big reds. The ocean wasn't going to allow that today. We ended up hitting the docks landing 12 reds, 3 grouper, and monster toadfish! The bite seems to have slowed a bit with the water temperatures rising near 80 degrees again. An approaching cold front should change these conditions and get the fish biting again early next week. Thanks for fishing with us! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"US OPen king update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/29/11
 

Nothing good to report from our charter boats today. Fished at Yaupon and it was rough. No action. SW wind tomorrow will be difficult. Best bets will be to get out to 60 feet and anchor/chum/kite fish or fish along beach on the north side of Frying Pan Shoals where you get land protection from a west/southwest wind. Other option will be down toward Myrtle around Apache Pier as also some land protection there. Most likely the game will be about Saturday fishing as once the front comes thru wind will be hard out of the north, and conditions along our Brunswick County beaches will be flat close to the land. Hopefully the SW wind won't stir the beach water up too bad. If history means anything, they should bite Saturday on the north wind from river channel to Yaupon/Ocean Crest. Good luck to everyone fishing. Plenty of pogies along the beach.
- Rube McMullan
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"Offshore Grouper" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/28/11
 

Did some Grouper fishing today -- Caught a few nice Gags in 100 feet of water- inshore of that was SHARK CITY -- couldn't get a bait down!  There was a strong SE current which made fishing difficult as well.  A lot of grass on top made trolling nearly impossible.  It was one of "those" days, but we scratched through it with plenty of good eating Grouper, Snapper and Sea Bass for everyone.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Us Open king update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/28/11
 

Report from our charter boats:

Capt Brant fished 90 feet; grouper/bee liners/sea bass, top line no Kings.

Capt Chris/Capt Steele fished 90's; nothing but sharks and fished Little river Inlet, only big spanish.

Report from Yaupon there were some Kings caught there today. Our boats are out tomorrow so will provide updated info. Plenty of pogies up and down the beach. My guess is Friday will be a challenge prior to front coming thru as should be west/sw wind[I don't have a clue where the fish will be]. Front comes thru Friday ev ening so Saturday will be fall conditions, hard north wind...AND beach bite SHOULD kick off between river channel and Yaupon/Ocean Crest. Thats about all I can see at this point. Standby.


- Rube McMullan
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"US Open king report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/28/11
 

Today is first day our boats have been back on the water this week, so this evening we should have a good read on whats happening where. Short of the facts, history and theory is what we've got right now. History says Kings should/will mysteriously show up in the River Channel as they seem to do every year at the US Open. However, as of last week, nothing to show that is happening. The water temp is still 80 degrees which isn't what we would expect this time of year. The winds this week have been fairly lite, so beach water shouldn't be stirred up too bad. The only "indication" we've seen last few days is over the weekend, spanish were thick at the 90/90 and there was a little bit of a beach bite. The beach has been thick with pogies and glass minnows which should translate into Kings. Nothing definitive to report, but when our boats get in this evening we'll post what we know. 
- Rube McMullan
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"Pogies scattered in 12 to" | Real-Time Update | 09/28/11
 

Pogies scattered in 12 to 18 feet off of oib
- Capt. Steele Parks
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