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"wallen flounder" | Real-Time Update | 09/04/11
 

Jeff and Josh wallen with another big flounder. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Team OIFC" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/04/11
 

 Team OIFC carried the winning banner for the OIFC Tournament Fishing Fleet, aboard Capt. Barrett's Yellowfin in the South Brunswick Islands SKS Tournament.  Along the way Capt. Barrett, Capt. Brant, Caroline and Rube picked up these wahoo.

Pictured below are Capt. Barrett and Capt. Brant.  Rube and Caroline were no place to be found when it came time for the picture.  They were met at the OIFC dock , by Stephanie and her and Barrett's beautiful daughter, Blakely.  (If I misspelled young Miss. McMullan's name, Mom is going to have my hide!)

Congratulations to Team OIFC.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"South Brunswick tourney" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/04/11
 

I'm getting a little spear chucking for my reports last week suggesting the inshore waters looked like the best place to fish the tourney, and then we head offshore and catch the winner in the deeper water. I'm sticking with my story; the inshore waters look the best and the winner "should" have been caught in the river channel. Everything continues to look perfect for the inshore bite to kick in; water color, lots and lots of bait. For Team OIFC, as usual there was a early morning argument about where to fish, and as usual I lost the argument, and as usual I was proved wrong. Decision was to fish close or fish far. Far won out as the thought of fishing for that one big bite in the river channel didn't seem to be an acceptable plan to keep 7 year old Caroline occupied all day. Offshore hope was we would find more excitement. And did we ever! We bounced around to a variety of Brant/Barrett's scuba diving rocks and found a spot in 110ft where a color change ended up on one of the spots. In approx 1 hour we caught 3 wahoo up to 50+, and what we thought was a 4th wahoo turned out to be the winning king. The coolest part was watching Caroline fight her fish from the rod holder while Barrett and I were fighting wahoo. Only when we saw that her fish was the king did the envirnoment on the boat change from lots of fun to full bore tournament seriousness. Fish in the boat...head to the scales....a 3-peat for Team OIFC!
- Rube McMullan
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"Coastal Carolina Univ. Fishing Team" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/04/11
 

Captain Joe Winslow and members of the Coastal Carolina University Fishing team, Steven Van, Billy Berg, Nick Palambi, and Matt Corbit, ventured to 120 ft of water depth, where Billy Berg hooked up with the 63 lb wahoo in the picture.  They had other's also, but were most proud of this 'hoo.

Info by Katlyn Kincer, OIFC


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/03/11
 

I have been a little absent from reporting lately. Hurricane Irene put a damper on my fishing as I prepared for the worst. Again, we have been spared until the next round. Irene only left a slight skid mark with her presence here on the island. The water is a little stirred and the inlets are a bit different. All and all everything is pretty much the same. The fishing has been a little slow on the inshore scene, but not much different from before Irene. It has been tough at times to locate lots of fish and we have worked for every one that we have caught. Today things picked up a little bit as some of the locals brought several fish to the dock. Tommy Helms, Dan Ratley, and Grandson targeted the flounder this morning landing a citation 5.7 flounder with a few more nice ones in the mix. Jeff Wallen and son Joshua were targeting the flounder, but found several redfish between 25 and 30 inches. Jeff Wallen also landed a nice speckled trout to get the rodeo started. Live finger mullet and peanut pogies seem to be the bait of choice. Artificial baits were also used and that is what the speckled trout drilled. Other reports suggest that the jetties are firing off with trout and red drum floating live shrimp under a cork. We shall see what we can find tomorrow. It will be my first full day back on the water since Irene. I hope to find some great action as it looked promising from the folks I talked to today. Stay tuned and enjoy the pictures. See ya on the water!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Team OIFC wins South Brunswick King Classic" | Real-Time Update | 09/03/11
 

More details later but Brant, Barrett, Rube and Caroline weighed a 36.45 pou nd king to win tourney.... Believe it or not third year in a row. We also a good catch of wahoo, fished color change in 110' of water. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Post Irene inshore" | Get Busy | 09/03/11
 

The fishing has been steady despite terrible water and east winds. My local guys from the Myrtle Beach ventured out and found a few flounder and reds biting around times of high tide.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"water condition report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/02/11
 

Looked at water yesterday and it is almost perfect "king green" on the beach. Our charter boats report water offshore[out to 20 miles] still blue-ish/milky.Didn't see Cape Fear,  although alot of water still flowing, it should be clean under surface. Mullets running the beach, pogies showing back up, glass minnows out to 40 feet......for those fishing South Brunswick Island King tourney this weekend....you get the picture.
- Rube McMullan
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"Lets Go Fishing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/01/11
 

The weather is looking great for this weekend.  I have a couple of spots left open for a Wahoo excursion in the gulf stream this Saturday aboard the Carolina Cat.  If you have never had the opportunity to fish for Wahoo's or have tried repeatedly and been unsuccessful, this may be your chance to experience the fastest fish in the ocean and enjoy a great day on the water.  We will be trolling almost exclusively, possibly mixing in some high speed trolling with lures as well. We had an incredible gulf stream season this spring and it looks like the late summer/fall season is going to be as good as last year with some absolutely epic days mixed in.  There are likely some Blue Marlin, White Marlin and Sailfish still in the area and would be a welcome bonus on this trip.  Cost is $400 per person. This is hardcore fishing at its finest and we will be on the water for approximately 12-13 hours.  Call 910.575.3474 by Friday afternoon to get in on the action.
- Capt. Steele Park
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"water condition report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/01/11
 

Report from our charter capts today is water color toward Ocean Crest looks very good, much better than off shore where still green/milky. Beach front full of mullets, pogies showing back up, glass minnows being ravaged by bonito.....what does that tell you?
- Rube McMullan
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"water conditions" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/31/11
 

The key to getting the fish to start to biting is to get the water color right. Its a little messy following storm, but nearly as bad as some of previous storms. The inside waters are somewhat muddy, but canals full of bait. Water should be getting better and better on every tide and with amount of bait in water, bite should kick off soon with a vengence. Offshore, water still milky which is not good, however with a northeast breeze, that wind direction very favorable to clear water up quicker. We have a charter out 20+ miles today so should have a good report this evening.
- Rube McMullan
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"The Day After" | Get Busy | 08/30/11
 

The OIFC has fielded many questions about the bite after Irene.  This picture of Seth Strickland's red fish caught 8-28-11 along with pictures on previous post ought to serve as an answer.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Rodeo Leader Board Change" | Get Busy | 08/30/11
 

There has been a change in the red drum division with Ron Benetti taking the lead weighing in a 7 pound spot tail on 8-28.  This puts Brandon Sauls in 2nd and Josh Wallen in 3rd.

Picture by Captain Jeff Williamson


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Frying Pan Tower Post Irene" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/29/11
 

To see how the "Tower" fared during Irene, click on this link.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"New Partner" | Get Busy | 08/28/11
 

Meet Captain Tommy Helms' new fishing partner Trent.  He's been nicknamed P.  As soon as I can figure out a diplomatic way of explaining why I'll do it.

Check out P's  flounder he landed a couple of days before Irene.


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Sharing The Evening Sun" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/28/11
 

Doppler has a big fan club.  People from all parts of America ask about him whenever they come in.  He get's plenty of lovn'.  In this picture he is sharing the evening sun with his newest friend Gracie Westphal as he keeps a watchful eye on the OIFC docks.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Impressive!!" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/28/11
 

Irene looked impressive at a distance, but she ended up just like that girl across the room. As she got closer she just fell apart. Thank goodness right! If she would have looked any better up close, you could have ended up married with two kids and broke! The point is, just because you escaped this disaster, don't think you can predict the next one. I haven't met a woman that was predictable yet. It is best to look straight ahead, give quick yes or no answers until you find out what you are being accused of. Then agree, shut up, and do what you are told. As you can see I have weathered many storms and will live to weather many more. It is always best to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. You just never know when she might turn on you. LOL! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Irene Flounders" | Get Busy | 08/28/11
 

Capt. Tim Gallamore with the flounder he "bagged" just prior to Irene. Tim was using his Capt. Tim's Channel Rig.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Greatest near miss" | Get Busy | 08/27/11
 

For all the out of town people that visit the fishing report for updates I am glad to say I rode the Island from one end to the other. That was the Greatest close call I can remember. I checked ten homes and boats of friends and NO damage. Should be a great Labor Day weekend ahead.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"The Worst I Saw" | Get Busy | 08/27/11
 

This picture was taken by Mrs. Jill Carter.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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