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"3 Generations" | Get Busy | 08/09/11
 

Jeff Furr, his son George Coker and his father-in-law Charles "Pa" Rayfield braved 85 degree water to catch 12 flounder 2 reds and a trout.  5 of the flounder were keepers.  One of the drum measured @28" and they lost 2 or 3 around pilings.

Jeff said his son and Pa are both now hooked on fishing, which is a good thing.  I'm still trying to figure out where they were based on the pictures...I think I can tell...Any hints there George?


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Kings Show Up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/08/11
 

PTL!!! Kings have finally shown up someplace between Virginia and S. Georgia!  In fact they were in @60ft of 83 degree water 20 miles off shore in the morning today.  They weren't huge, but as Capt. Rube would say about King Mackerel Tournament fishing, "size is relative".

Captain Steele and Captain Chris Eckert were trolling with frozen cigar minnows on a 6 hr charter booked by Greg and Colleen Gutirrez, Randy and Julia Shearer, James Reid and Dan Kudia.  Julia caught the biggest king and Randy caught the littlest.  Only re-enforcing my theory that ladies are better fishermen than men.  Let's hope these kings will bring along a whole colony!

Gaff Cam pictures by Capt. Chris

Dock pictures and reporting by 1st Mate Katy B.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Federal Regulators Meeting" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/08/11
 

The Star News Newspaper of Wilmington, N.C. has an article on proposed and current fishing regulations. It's rather long but talks about the king mackerel deep in the article.  Click on this link to read the article.

Radio station 99.9 out of Wilmington, N.C. reports that Federal Regulators will be meeting this week to discuss catch limits on several species, to include grouper, snapper, kings and spanish.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Humbled" | Get Busy | 08/07/11
 

I was moved, to say the least, by a surprise birthday party for my 60th birthday at the OIFC this afternoon.  Gathered at my home away from home were my family and closest friends from both my worlds of fishing and fitness.  Rarely am I speechless, but I was today.  I am warmed and humbled by the love and friendship shown today.

Capt. Brant...get the elevator fixed, I'm going to be around for a long time!!! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Big Red" | Get Busy | 08/07/11
 

I wonder where Ryan Neuwirth caught this red?  I can't believe he stopped surfing long enough to fish.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIFC rodeo red" | Real-Time Update | 08/06/11
 

Dr jeff wallen and son Joshua wallen caught this 26 inch/6.6lb drum in shall otte river- current 3rd on rodeo leaderboard. They reported slow fishing but did manage a few nice ones. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Within Sight" | Get Busy | 08/04/11
 

My friend and very accomplished angler Tim Gallimore fished within sight of the OIFC and prevailed using his "Channelside" rig.  Tim is keeping this top secret weapon very close to the vest, but is willing to share it with the Bonecrusher under certain conditions. Negotiations must  be channeled through this reporter.

Back to the catch...On this trip Tim caught and released a  a 22" and a 26.5" red drum and a 7 lb black drum using live shrimp and pogies on a Channelside rig.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Drum Roll" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/03/11
 

Reno, Naylor, Ian, and Joey joined me for a half day of fishing this afternoon. It started off pretty slow. We started off targeting flounder and only landed two short fish. The wind was making things a bit difficult and had the water stirred up. I decided to change gears and see if we could get a few red drum to bite. The tide was low enough to catch a few shrimp. We loaded the livewell with plenty of shrimp in just a few cast. Headed to our first dock and only produced pinfish. Second stop also produced pinfish and one nice croaker. Our third stop and what was going to be our last hope for the day started producing. I should say, Joey started catching the fish. Joey hooked 5 of the 7 redfish we caught today. Everytime he touched a rod a fish would strike. Unbelievable! He was nice enough to pass the rod to Ian twice. Ian had one hook up, but it quickly broke the line. Finally, Reno and Naylor both hooked up and landed a nice fish. We were going to end the day after landing Reno's redfish. However, I try to leave a line in the water at all times. As we were pulling in the last line and packing up, something drilled the bait. The best fight of the day, but it was only a sting ray. Great job guys! I enjoyed it! Hope to see you again next year. See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Cape Fear Sailfish Classic" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/03/11
 

In an earlier report I lamented about the number of sailfish being hooked up..Nesbitt went 2 for 3, Jeff Beck hooked up as Christina's (oops it slipped), the Mac Daddy had a couple.  In reporting this action I failed to mention the somewhat new but exciting Cape Fear Sailfish Classic.  Click on the link for all the info.!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Hit and run" | Get Busy | 08/03/11
 

Well the S.W. winds returned today so the Get Busy crew stayed inshore. Hitting the docks and moving a lot.. The water in the river looked like chocolate milk. We plugged along and pulled out a couple of flounder and a nice 21 inch Redfish. We moved over to Tubbs were the incoming tide had the water much clearer. The bite was much better. 2 of the 8 flounder caught in Tubbs had gig marks in  them. Gig and release works I guess.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Spear Fishing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/03/11
 

Jeff, Chase Martini, owner, operator and chef of the MidTown Bistro in N. Myrtle Beach and crew went diving earlier this week and managed to bring home several fine fish.  The fin fish don't seem to want to bite but they are fair game for the spear gun.  Jeff posted several other pictures, however they weren't in the JPEG format and I could use them.  But I do recommend Midtown Bistro.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Barracuda Eats Flounder" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/02/11
 

I took Olivia, OIFC Team member out fishing around the newly rename AR460 "Jolly Mon Reef". We were scouting the area out for flounder. We picked up several small fish, but only had one possible keeper that was eaten at boatside. We were both a little upset as a barracuda stole our best flounder of the day. Just a few drops later Olivia catches a lizard fish. Perfect! I put him on a king rig and set him sailing. It was not long before Olivia was hooked up and getting revenge on a 50" Barracuda(a.k.a flounder theif). We landed him and took a few pictures. I believe this was the largest fish Olivia has had the opportunity of landing in saltwater so far. She did a great job at angling! We continued to bottom fish and caught another lizard fish. Bait! Olivia had so much fun fighting that first barracuda, she was ready for round two. It didn't take long and she was battling yet another barracuda over 45 inches. We landed the beast for a photo and a quick release. There is also a video of the fight. We had to start heading back as I had store duty. We decided to troll for a few spanish on the way back. We landed four spanish and cooked them up for lunch. Any day is a great day on the water and catching fish made this one even better! I love it! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Bonecrusher Again" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/02/11
 

The Bonecrusher took old college buddy Brad for an afternoon of fishing.  They landed some reds and 7 flounder.  There was some mention of learning how to catch cobia.  Crusher...you will have to pay for missing your other obligation to go fishing!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Prince Edward Island Tuna Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/02/11
 

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Had an email from Capt. Greg Norton today from Prince Edward Island Canada.  Simply put, "Fish R Thick Already,".  Check out the video below.  This is where the OIFC's Traveling Fisherman group is headed in just over a month.  If there are any last minute travelers out there, we have 2 spots open.  Email captbarrett@oifc.com for details.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Got Busy" | Get Busy | 08/02/11
 

Craig, wife Kim and the boys Will and Hayden from Greenville S.C..The conversation started at the dock. Do you want to go flounder fishing or flounder catching? We started out on the nearshore ledge and right off the bat hooked up flounder catching. The bite was on until  Mom and little Hayden started feeling under the weather.We ran down to Little River jetties and came back on the inside for some flounder fishing. The first stop Dad hooked up on a nice 17 inch keeper. ended up the double digit day with 4 nice keepers, a handful of throwback shorts and a fun family day.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Josh Hughes" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/01/11
 

Below is a picture of a catch and release red snapper Brian Fimbel hooked up today while fishing with Josh Hughes and William "Frollie" Hughes" aboard Frollie's Yellowfin, the "Bay Pirate" at the Gary Ennis.  Josh said the water was still 80 degrees at 40 miles out.
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"Light winds and Tight lines" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/01/11
 

Bill Serafini called and said his two boys were ready for some spanish action again. Rocco and Gino. two of the cutest, yet the roughest toughest kids on the block. I love those names! We worked hard to catch the 4 Spanish we got to the boat. We also caught several sharks, toadfish, bluefish, and croakers. I hit one more spot on the way home and the flounder were pounding it. They were all just a bit shy of the new 15" mark. The kids were pooped and ready to head to the house, so we cut the flounder bite short.

Bart and John joined me today. We picked up right where we left the flounder biting the day before. The flounder were biting pretty good and we ended the day with 10 keepers. Hopefully the 40 fillets will feed the 22 folks back at the beach house! I enjoyed it folks. Thanks for fishing with us and hope to see ya next year.

Mullet minnows are getting the flounder bite. Shrimp are catching a few, but aggrevating to deal with all the trash fish. Pogies for some reason are not producing like you would think. Artificials in charturese, white, and smoke are still producing a few keepers in the canals. Spanish mackerel are scattered throughout the beach front with clarkspoons producing the action. Red drum have been scarce the last few times out, but we have seen a few nice black drum caught. Live shrimp is the ticket in catching the drum, but have a lot and be ready to deal with the trash fish. As you will see in one of my pictures, I refused to feed all of my shrimp to the fish. I ate them! That is a wrap for now. See ya on the water!   


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Mac Daddy's Sail" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/01/11
 

Captain David Kiser and Jim Kiser of the Mac Daddy Fishing Team along with Kevin Smith made a run to the Horseshoe Saturday morning.aboard their 23 ft Sea Fox.  They were pulling ballyhoo on Islanders at about 6 knots when they hooked up with 2 sailfish back to back within 30 yds. of the boat.  The 1st fish was brought aboard for a photo op while the 2nd shook the hook after a good run. Things went dead after the action. They were slow trolling when they hooked up to and landed yet another sailfish.  The guys have brought home mahi every trip to the Horseshoe except this one.  But they aren't complaining.

Capt. Jeff Beck and I have hooked up with a sailfish.  Nesbitt Nobel went 2 for 3 on sailfish.  It would be a pretty sure bet that if you went to the Horseshoe area you'd hook one up yourself!.

Thanks for the info. guys.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sailfish Bite Heats Up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/01/11
 

I have started to here quite a few reports of Sailfish being seen, hooked and/or caught over the past week.  It seems like most reports I'm getting are of people catching multiple fish.  Apparently most of the Sails are travelling in small groups of 2-4 fish.  The bite was very good last week at the Eddie Hanaman Sailfish tournament out of Wrightsville Beach and that actions seems to be transferring to waters off our coast as well.  Recent reports have Sails being caught at Horseshoe, Christinas ledge and Shark Hole. 

Remember the annual Cape Fear Sailfish Classic tournament hosted from the OIFC will be held next week- Aug 12-14.  To get information visit the tournament site at www.capefearsailfishclassic.com  --  

Take this opportunity to take part in this new fishery that is developing off our coast.  The Sailfish numbers seem to be increasing every year, and thus targeting Sailfish is becoming a viable opportunity.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Men and new toys" | Get Busy | 07/31/11
 

A few weeks ago I rode with Kris Thompson and brother Billy out to some nearshore reefs to check out his new toy. Kris put the new Lowrance side scan on his Carolina skiff. This is an awesome piece of equipment. Today we put it to test to see if it was worth the price tag. I think the pictures speak for the test results. Today is the first day w/o the usual 15 to 20 knot S.W. winds. The day started out with a double hook up. We tried drifting but the winds did pick up and switch and the changing of the tide so we anchored up and landed right on the spot. The side scan allowed us to back right up to the edge of the structure. No more rigs were lost and fish caught.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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