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"Fall Brawl update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/21/11
 

OK, entries are winding down, still taking a few last minutes on-line.  But as of 9pm we have 190 boat entries !!!!  That is outstanding.  Thanks so much to all participants for joining in the 2011 Fall Brawl.  Good luck to all fishing tomorrow.  See you at the weigh in.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl morning recon report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/21/11
 

Rode out inlet from Shallotte to Little river. Water outside inlet is ugly but if you push off a mile, good tide line with king green water. Pelicans are diving scattered up and down beach; appears they having same trouble as fishermen as pogy pods broken up from yesterdays winds. My guess is this afternoon conditions will be different as wind moves to north from west, water will clear with incoming tide, and bait pods will reform. Fish wise, water mile or so offshore looks great, so all the spots where they should be is where they should be.
- Rube McMullan
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"Shallotte Inlet Bouys" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/21/11
 

Caution:  Red and green bouys, both sets outside the inlet are missing authority Capt. Steele.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/21/11
 

We've got boats on the water this morning, so soon as we get report of bait/waterconditions/fish we'll report. Weather for tourney looks perfect, northly winds will make for flat conditions along our beach. Kings last week were caught at Lighthouse Rocks, Lockwood Ledges, and Myrtle Beach Rocks. Hopeing for a repeat of 2 years ago when the bite was at Shallotte Inlet.
- Rube McMullan
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"Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/20/11
 

The wind blew hard West today but is supposed to lay tonight.  We have offshore trips scheduled for both boats tomorrow, so we will have a report tomorrow evening.  The weather report is actually looking pretty good.  Things may just come together for this one, possibly a repeat of last year?  Stay tuned --


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Don't Give Up On The Stream" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/19/11
 

The title came from Bob Newell's report of a trip he, Johnathan Olgesby, Andrew Sanderson and Matt Moore took on Bob's Black Dog.

They were all geared up for wahoo, but put one TLD 25 with a circle hook on board.  They caught a nice wahoo and some slinger mahi at the Steeples in the morning along a weed line in 78 degree water.  They decided to move at lunch and found nice 80 degree blue water at the 100/400.  They set out wahoo gear and worked the ledges.  Having no luck, they decided to leave at 3.  But as they were getting ready to take up the sail fish began showing up in the teaser and hitting planer rods, wire, you name it!  But they were skunked, going 0-4, missing strong hook ups with j hooks.  One of the crew, Johnathan started prospecting and sure enough fish on!! with a perfect drop back.

As Bob reiterated, don't give up on the stream!

Thanks for the report Bob!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Offshore report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/19/11
 

As Rickey reported, we ran a couple of full day charters yesterday.  We fished in 90 feet of water and caught a couple of Grouper, but the current was bad which made bottom fishing tough.  We decided to focus on topwater slow trolling and did quite well with a few surprises.  We saw plenty of the "auxillary" species (Jacks and Cudas) but spiced things up with Kings, Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna and Dolphin -- in October in 90 feet of water- pretty cool.  The conditions were pretty sloppy, but we ended up with a good catch and a good mixed bag.

For all you Fall Brawlers out there, there are Kings in the 80-100 foot depths, but as far as I've seen thus far, they are all in the 12-20 pound range.  Where are the big fish??  The deal this weekend is one of the gambles-- you can either wait at Lighthouse Rocks for the bite to turn on, and if it does, you are golden.  Or, you can bank on it NOT turning on and head offshore a bit to try to find action and hope to find a nice size fish.  It is a hard one to call.  Pogys have been tough for a week now.  We caught them yesterday on Jaybird shoal offshore of the lighthouse.  One thing, if you do head offshore, there are lots of Cigar Minnows at artificial reefs and wrecks.  If you stay inshore, the Bluefish have been around the inlet mouths- and, don't underestimate a Spot.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Returning Friends" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/18/11
 

Tim Blanton of Integrity Air Monitoring of Huntersville, N.C. made a return visit to the OIFC  chartering both Cat Boats  Captaining the Cats were Capt. Brant, Capt. Chris Dew and Capt. Steele Park.  Joining them were Jim Lewis, Tim Agner, Gary Yoder, Athena Strickland, Dave Mundy and Larry McCaskill.

The boats stopped on their way out and got pogies in 8 ft. of water and jigged up some monster cigar minnows.  They started working in 100 foot deep water in the area of the Horseshoe.  The water was in the low 70 degree mark.

Jim caught a wahoo, Tim landed a king, Gary a blackfin and an amberjack and Dave boated a mahi and a grouper.

The happy crew made it to the docks just before the rain set in.  The rain couldn't dampen their spirits. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl fishing forecast" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/18/11
 

I have drawn on all the highly technical data out there, and have concluded there is no way possible that this weekend at the Fall Brawl that the famous Carolina fall King Mackerel beach bite won't be on fire. It has to happen. The front coming Wednesday will cool the waters down, and by Sat/Sun the conditions will have stabalized. It should happen at Shallotte Inlet or Lighthouse Rocks. We'll have boats fishing Thursday/Friday so we will have up to the minute intel to report. The weather looks classic fall; northly winds thus flat on the beach. This may be the year that the record is broke for the closest in the winning king has been caught. Current record is a 9 iron off the beach[inside the Shallotte Inlet sea buoy]. Come on down and join us for a magnificent fall Carolina weekend of King fishing.
- Rube McMullan
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"Another citaion for Jeremy" | Get Busy | 10/17/11
 

My good friend Jeremy Ridenhour did it again. Jeremy erelier in the year came to the OIFC docks with a fine 9.6 lb flounder text me this picture of a giant redfish caught while drifting Lockwood Folly Inlet Sunday.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Reason for Delay?" | Tiberias - 22' | 10/17/11
 

After a full day of work for both parents our bun in the oven dinged! Thats right! Just shortly after getting in the bed my wife is hollering at me. My water broke! As Capt. Brant would say, "Oh Crap!!!", my words exactly too. The chaos was somehow handled in organized fashion. I thought the baby was going to come a lot faster, but it turned out to be a slow drawn out process. What started at 12:30a.m. Saturday morning did not come to an end until 1:59p.m. Saturday afternoon. Jasper Carlton Frick arrived at 1:59pm shortly after halftime of the South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Mississippi State game. Jasper weighed in a 8lbs. 8ozs and measured 20 inches. Healthy baby boy! You couldn't have asked for a better day than that! A successful delivery of a healthy baby boy and the Gamecocks won. Two miracles on the same day. LOL! See ya on the water!

In the picture below: Capt. Jacob, (wife) Mandy, (son) Jake, and (son) Jasper


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Delayed Reporting?" | Tiberias - 22' | 10/17/11
 

David McConnell and friends joined me on Friday of last week for a half day trip. The redfish bite has been exceptional here lately, so we went after them. The first good hook up of the day was a nice trout. I continued to look for a zinger redfish, but we could not find one. We worked through a handfull of trout, rat reds, and one nice black drum. Some good eating at least. I am sure the redfish will come back to life as soon as the weather gets consistent again. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Why?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/17/11
 

Why in the world had the bait on the beach been so thick you could walk on it, then decide to hide out yesterday.  Team "Do Work/OIFC" looked for bait all morning.  The crew, aboard OIFC's It Works looked for bait from the Shallotte inlet all the way to Snow's Cut and back.  Finally at 12:10 there were a couple of flips near the Ocean Isle pier.  Captain Jeff Beck threw his Capt. Brant's custom heavy net blind and floated the net.  "Do Work/OIFC" wasn't the only team experiencing the same problem.

When the scales closed at 5PM, "In Too Deep" won the gold and Keith Berciunas, Christa Lee, Samantha Thompson and Hunter Berciunas of the "EZ Now" got the sliver a mere 12 oz. behind the 1st place "In Too Deep".  Samantha was the angler of the 2nd place king, she also won the Lady Angler Award.  This was also her 1st king!  Christa is the lady holding the king on the boat.  Samantha and Hunter are pictured at the weigh in.  I do believe they are hooked on tournament fishing.  Which is a good thing. 

 The OIFC's teams suffered, with Capts. Brant, Barrett, Amy and 1st mate Caroline weighing in a 20 Lb king.  We're licking our wounds but will be cocked and locked for this week's Fall Brawl.

Congratulations to all the teams weighing in fish, especially "In Too" Deep" who also won the Rumble last year!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl this weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/17/11
 

The annual Fall Brawl King Classic is this coming weekend.  The capt meeting will be on Friday and fishing will be allowed 1 out of 2 days- Saturday OR Sunday.  You can enter-online thru Friday PM or stop by the OIFC any time this week.  For information and entry form on the Fall Brawl- CLICK HERE

The weather usually plays a big role in deciding whether or not to fish.  Keep an eye out as at this point, the timing is looking pretty good for a front to pass midweek which may mean good conditions for the weekend.  Be ready!

This past weekend the Rumble in the Jungle tournament was held from Little River.  The bite was pretty slow all around as the weather was very unstable, with winds shifting through most of the tournament.  There were fish caught at Lighthouse Rocks and Myrtle Beach Rocks, both historically good places this time of year.  I'd look for them to produce again this coming weekend.

Hope to see you at the Fall Brawl ----

Also in other news, the Wahoo bite was good at the Black Jack on Sunday.  Conditions were a bit sloppy, but boats that made it all reported multiple bites and catches.  This fishery is typically exceptional thru Christmas.  Gag Grouper still in the 70-90 foot depth range.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Yahoo, Wahoo!!" | Get Busy | 10/17/11
 

While most boats were fishing the Rumble In The Jungle, Jim Almond and his crew consisting of Darren Cranfill and Bart Norwood braved the rough seas aboard Jim's "Never Satisfied" to push out and Wahoo Fish.  They were rewarded for their efforts by landing 3 wahoo ranging from 40 lbs. tow the 30 lb range.

This is a good indicator of the bite for Jeff Martini's (Midtown Bistro N. Myrtle Beach), Nov. 4th Hook A Hoo Tournament.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"She has still got it." | Get Busy | 10/15/11
 

Many will know this smiling face. Had a great time fishing today with Louise Ingram from here at OIB. Her smile says it all. We did not find as many as we would have liked but had a beautiful day up the Shallotte River.


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Back to the east side" | Get Busy | 10/14/11
 

Tom Earp from Raliegh called me a month ago t o plan a trip to fish there at Carolina Beach. The 25 knot winds keep us close to the beach. The near shore wrecks did not produce many reds so we moved back to the ICW and went to work.Mulllet minnows. We managed to bang out a double handful of reds and called it a great time.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Don and Corinne" | Tiberias - 22' | 10/13/11
 

Don and Corinne from Nebraska joined me for a half day trip this morning. We started off targeting trout with artificials, but never connected. We moved on to try and find the redfish. Corinne hooked up on a live mullet and the drag was slipping just a bit. The fight was on! Its a trout! We got Corinne reloaded and the next bite was a redfish. I am not sure Corinne was quite ready for the fight. She did a great job sticking with it and landed our first slot red of the day. Meanwhile, Don hooks up hard, drag screaming, angler and reel both straining under pressure. Don did quick work and did a great job at angling another nice slot red to the boat. Corinne hooks up again and it is another nice trout. Lady Luck! We had a couple more mystery hook ups and quick break offs. We landed a couple of toadfish and the action went dead. I was getting ready to pull the lines and head elsewhere. Corinne's reel started whining, then screaming and the fight was on again! Corinne landed a 26" brute of a redfish. I decided to go look for a flounder to complete her slam. We could not find one willing to bite a hook. I decided to try and end the day with one more redfish. We doubled up and ended the day on a great note! I love it! Thanks for fishing with me guys! See ya on the water!  
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Fall Brawl fishing forecast" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/13/11
 

Looks like things are coming together for a repeat of last years Fall Brawl King Mackerel Tourney where most of the fish were caught at Lighthouse Rocks. Last couple days have seen improving King fishing coming from Lighthouse Rocks. Have heard of some good ones being caught there. Looking out to next weeks weather, it looks stable. A weak front comes thru next Thursday and weekend looks excellent. As fish start to build into LHR, if weather stays stable, fish should also stay stable. Hoping for a all out classic fall Carolina King bite!
- Rube McMullan
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"Bait Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/13/11
 

Captain Chris Dawson just reported there is plenty of bait on the beach in 16 ft. of water.  He also said the water is clearing up.  Capt. Chris said "the water is clear enough to see the jelly fish".

Good news for the upcoming tournaments!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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