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"Blackfin or Bluefin?" | | 01/03/16
 

Bluefin or Blackfin? Ronnie Joyce of OIB sent me this picture of a tuna he caught just a few miles offshore of Ocean Isle. He was attempting to find a Giant Bluefin, but this was a consolation award. He released the fish as he was unsure if it was a Blackfin or Bluefin. It measured 37". What do you think and why? Capt. Brant McMullan
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Nick 01/12/2016

Hmmmmm... Looks like a blueackfin to me.

Captain John Dosher 01/04/2016

You should put them back out!,. There is a Big Bluefin close By this year! No guess here as to what it is!,

joseph 01/04/2016

I figured bluefin based on short pectorals. How are others seeing long pectorals? (I realize it is coming directly at the camera)

Brant McMullan 01/04/2016

Personally I think its a Bluefin. I spoke to Ronnie Joyce regarding what he saw and experienced and it sounds like a Bluefin school. He said he left Shallotte Inlet running offshore and at about 4 miles off he saw a Gannet dive. He pulled the throttles back an set. He said he saw some bait flipping and then saw three different very large fish push V waves ahead of them as they chased bait. He said he had an OIFC bluefin rig by chance and put it on with a ballyhoo and threw it out. He said he trolled a minute and got hit to a screaming reel and then pulled hook. He said he did it again and again pulled hook. The third time he caught this tuna; he commented that the first two hook ups were of much bigger fish. He said he then noticed a large school of dolphins move into the area, but never again saw whatever kind of tuna it was. My analysis is that this was likely a school of Bluefin. I certainly could be wrong, but it just sounds too much like what I've seen from them before. Goes to show that too often we/me ingnores signs and continues to run to a destination when what we are looking for is right there in front of us; if we'd just stop and give it a try.

Keith Berciunas 01/04/2016

Blackfin.... Lack of vertical stripes along torso and yellow fin highlights along dorsal/anal to tail... My thought.. ??? What is it?

Matt Nelson 01/04/2016

Blackfin.....Reason being the second dorsal fin and anal fin are silver, and the finlets are black. On a Bluefin the finlets would be yellow, and the second dorsal and anal fins would be redish brown with some yellow. Also the pectoral fins are too long to be a Bluefin. In other words I belive that to be a stud of a blackfin!

Joe Seegers 01/03/2016

That is a Blackfin. Note the little triangular finlets leading down the tail. They would be bright yellow on a Bluefin, Bigeye, or Yellowfin. Also, a Bluefin has a proportionally shorter pectoral fin. Lastly, and less obvious, the tail is slightly stubbier and fatter than a Bluefin of that size.

Capt. Jon Tennant 01/03/2016

The ventral finlets (the series of fins from the anal fin to the tail) being silver to black is the biggest tell tell of it being a blackfin. Blue fin, yellow fin, & big eye tuna have yellow finlets although some juvenile bluefin will have darker lower finlets but the top will always have yellow in them. It is hard to tell from the photo but a blackfin pectoral fin will reach the the second dorsal fin where a bluefin's will not.

Joseph 01/03/2016

Bluefin due to short pectorals?


Brant McMullan 01/04/2016

Personally I think its a Bluefin. I spoke to Ronnie Joyce regarding what he saw and experienced and it sounds like a Bluefin school. He said he left Shallotte Inlet running offshore and at about 4 miles off he saw a Gannet dive. He pulled the throttles back an set. He said he saw some bait flipping and then saw three different very large fish push V waves ahead of them as they chased bait. He said he had an OIFC bluefin rig by chance and put it on with a ballyhoo and threw it out. He said he trolled a minute and got hit to a screaming reel and then pulled hook. He said he did it again and again pulled hook. The third time he caught this tuna; he commented that the first two hook ups were of much bigger fish. He said he then noticed a large school of dolphins move into the area, but never again saw whatever kind of tuna it was. My analysis is that this was likely a school of Bluefin. I certainly could be wrong, but it just sounds too much like what I've seen from them before. Goes to show that too often we/me ingnores signs and continues to run to a destination when what we are looking for is right there in front of us; if we'd just stop and give it a try.

Keith Berciunas 01/04/2016

Blackfin.... Lack of vertical stripes along torso and yellow fin highlights along dorsal/anal to tail... My thought.. ??? What is it?

Matt Nelson 01/04/2016

Blackfin.....Reason being the second dorsal fin and anal fin are silver, and the finlets are black. On a Bluefin the finlets would be yellow, and the second dorsal and anal fins would be redish brown with some yellow. Also the pectoral fins are too long to be a Bluefin. In other words I belive that to be a stud of a blackfin!

Joe Seegers 01/03/2016

That is a Blackfin. Note the little triangular finlets leading down the tail. They would be bright yellow on a Bluefin, Bigeye, or Yellowfin. Also, a Bluefin has a proportionally shorter pectoral fin. Lastly, and less obvious, the tail is slightly stubbier and fatter than a Bluefin of that size.

Capt. Jon Tennant 01/03/2016

The ventral finlets (the series of fins from the anal fin to the tail) being silver to black is the biggest tell tell of it being a blackfin. Blue fin, yellow fin, & big eye tuna have yellow finlets although some juvenile bluefin will have darker lower finlets but the top will always have yellow in them. It is hard to tell from the photo but a blackfin pectoral fin will reach the the second dorsal fin where a bluefin's will not.

Joseph 01/03/2016

Bluefin due to short pectorals?




"Hot Hooks" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 01/03/16
 

Mark Coley and crew of Hot Hooks had a good day wahoo fishing. 58, 54, 46, 25 pounds. I didn't get info on where they were fishing. Maybe Mark will comment to this report and share some details. Great job! Capt. Brant McMullan


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Mark 01/04/2016

To the south 180'





"Sunday Funday! " | N/A | 01/03/16
 

Rise & Shine Everyone! Come by OIFC today a present this fishing report post at check out and recieve 20% off your entire purchase! Excludes Yeti  and Shimano products! We will see you soon!! 


- Shannon Reel
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"Final OIFC Rodeo Results" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/02/16
 

Please check the leaderboard results and make sure I haven't made a mistake...Congratulations to all and let's do it again next year.  This year ended with a bang!!!


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"Sunday make-up trip" | | 01/01/16
 

I have two signed up so far for a stream wahoo trip. There are 2-4 open spots left. Trip cost is $1500, so however many sign up, will determine cost per person. Call 910-575-3474 and ask for charter reservations to get to me and set up a trip. The Wx looks awesome this Sunday! Capt. Brant McMullan
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"New Flounder Regs in Effect" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/01/16
 

http://www.wect.com/story/30853228/contentious-flounder-regulations-to-take-effect-january-1

Click on the link for the story


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"Hard to Believe" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/31/15
 

It's December 31st and Captain Chris Dew said the water at the Shark Hole was 74 degrees.  He had a charter and caught 7 kings on dead cigar minnows.  Capt Chris will post pictures but  in the meantime here are some pictures Patrick Prince posted from his trip today.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


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Libby Taylor 12/31/2015

Happy New Year Rickey and all of the staff at OIFC! Capt. Stan and Capt. OC did a great job of putting us on the fish our two trips this year!! Looking forward to more opportunities in 2016 to take Tim and Noah out fishing! Still enjoying the King from our trip earlier this month!





"New Years Eve" | | 12/31/15
 

What a way to end 2015. First Mate Aaron Dew and I took Mark Erlandson and family on a 8 hr charter aboard the World Cat to complete our 2015 Charter season. Aaron was dressed like it was May or June with shorts and flip flops. The temperature was in the low 60's and a little overcast. We pointed the bow south and ran about 20 miles and watched the water temp steadily increase. At 18 miles it was 70 degrees. We ran a couple more miles and it jumped to 74. Remember this is New Years Eve! Aaron deployed only a couple lines before we had our first run. After about 5 mins the hooks pulled. Before we could even pout over the loss of our first fish, our long line began screaming. It was only a few minutes later that Aaron stuck the King and the loss of the first fish was soon forgotten. From that moment on our crew stayed busy with school sized kings. We lost a couple to sharks and a few more to missed strikes and pulled hooks, but did manage 7 for the box. We decided to bottom fish the same area and was soon rewarded with some nice Beeliners and sea bass. It was hard to imagine that we were fishing on the last day of the year in summer clothing in 74 degree water only 20 miles off the beach. A great end to an awesome year. Let's kick off 2016 right where we left off today. Give OIFC a call and let's get started. *I would like to thank all of our customers this year and wish you all a very Happy New Year! Capt. OC
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"Spreens' at it again" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/31/15
 

The fog was thick, storms were near, and the sea conditions weren’t the best but with a determined crew, we made it happen. The Spreen crew – Paul, Jack and Will Spreen along with Jack’s friend Forrest accompanied captain Ben Morris and I on a 10-hour trip yesterday in search of a grouper, snapper, or anything else that decided to bite. With excellent angler skills onboard, we managed to bag both grouper, snapper and quite a few other bottom fish. Almost 90% of our keeper bottom fish came on squid or live pinfish in 90 feet of water. Hopefully with the cooler weather approaching, the bottom and top water fishing should only get better. Our prime trip this time of year is the 12hr gulf stream. To compliment the good fishing in this 12hr range, we are running a $200 discount for this trip. $1500 for a trip to the Gulf Stream. Weather looks great for Sunday (1/3) - call (910) 575-3474 to book your trip today! 


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"New Record" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/30/15
 

http://forums.noreast.com/17-inshore-tackle-techniques-lep/163398-flounder-length-age-weight-chart.html  (This is a link to one of MANY sites on determining the age of flounder).  Clay's flounder MAY have been around 8 yrs old.  Feel free to comment.

Here is a picture of me holding Clay Morphis' 13 lb flounder.  This Floundilliza not only takes 1st place in the OIFC Rodeo, but takes the leaderboard as the heaviest flounder weighed in at the OIFC.  It was caught on a VuDu Shrimp, the same lure that won Clay the Trout Tournament.  Congratulations !!!!!


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Clay Morphis 12/31/2015

Near the mouth of the North Santee River

Jonathan 12/30/2015

Where was he caught





"VuDu You" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 12/29/15
 

I just got this from Clay Morphis. He & "Bonebrusher" Sauls caught this and it's somewhat smaller relatives in the river. They haven't headed to the scales but estimate it to weigh 12 lbs. this "Southern Halibut " was caught on Vudu Shrimp Sent from my iPhone


- Austin Aycock
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"Tuna Report From Saturday" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/26/15
 

~~No luck on the blue fin today! Little fog delay tis morning; got one hook up and good screamer and you know the rest of the story.....-Patrick Prince


~~Well tuna fishing today! Had bluefin in the middle of our spread breaching the water and one knockdown. Was a very exciting day out there today. There's always Tom......
Billy Noble (Pack Man)

 


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"Fish report" | | 12/26/15
 

Water has gotten hot. Believe it or not there were kings caught at light house rocks today! Go fish for kings like it was October I guess? Al Gore is licking his lips Capt. Brant McMullan
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Steve Hallus 12/26/2015

It sure is Steve... earth seems to have one every 100,000 years or so. Then another global freezing will be coming in 90,000 years or so according to history. I glad to be hear for the warming instead of the freezing...

Steve Chase 12/26/2015

Global warming is real folks!





"Captain Rickey's Annual Christmas Spectulaculer Trout Tournament" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/26/15
 

For the 3rd year in row "Team America", Clay Morphis and Brandon Sauls won the Tournament.  This years fish weighed 4.85 lbs, with Steve Fennell placing second with a 4.45 and Brody Hughes placing 3rd with a 3.85 lb trout.  Clay was the angler of record and poscketed $500 in the winner take all event.  Most fun was the crowd we had and the great bar-b-que served by Clay.  Hope we do it again next year!!!!


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"Winning Lures" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 12/26/15
 

The top lures fit the Captain Rickey's Annual Christmas Spectacular Trout Tournament was the Vudu Shrimp followed by the MirrOlure Sent from my iPhone


- Austin Aycock
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"4 lb Trout" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 12/26/15
 

This trout was caught today in a canal at Ocean Isle Beach on a MirrOlure from a dock while the angler was "dock hopping". He told me he had caught several in the 22" range Sent from my iPhone


- Austin Aycock
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"YETI CUPS!" | OIFC | 12/26/15
 

We still have a few 20oz YETI Ramblers IN STOCK

If you want one, come get one today before we sell out!!

BUY ONE NOW!


- Katelyn Kincer
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"Saturday open" | | 12/25/15
 

OIFC opens at 7am on sat and Sunday. The Wx looks good. Time to go fishing. Here are places to look for various species: Bluefin- area from Knuckle Buoy to Radar Buoy King Mac- Horseshoe, York Hole, Atlantic Ledge, AR 465 Wahoo- 100/400, Black Jack, MarMarlen Ledges Stand by for an inshore report Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Reminder!!!" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/25/15
 

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 "THIS SATURDAY!!!" Capt Rickeys Annual Christmas Trout Spectacular Tournament.!!!!!

The tournament will be held the Saturday after Christmas, which is the day after Christmas, December 26th to be exact. Lines in at 7am and weigh in at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at 4pm. You must be at the scales at 4pm. Entry fee is $50 per person. It is an ARTIFICIAL BAIT only tournament!!!! Clays famous BBQ will be served at the OIFC right after the weigh in. There will be NO Captain's meeting so if you want to compete contact Clay at 803-600-6321, Brandon Sauls at 910-443-1786 or advise me (Capt. Rickey by 7am Dec 26th. This has always been a fun and very competitive tournament. By being artificial bait only the playing field should be leveled. It is a winner take all tournament!!!! Let the smack talk begin!!!!
 


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"GIVE THE GIFT OF ADVENTURE" | OIFC | 12/24/15
 

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