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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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"Keepn' Up With the Jones" | Get Busy | 09/27/11
 

Below are some pictures of Eddy Jones and Ocean Isle Beach Councilman Grantham on the recent trip they took to the Little River Jetties.

Also pictured is Eddy's daughter, Sydney and the flounder she landed.  Sydney, and some other of the young folks are the future of salt water fishing.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Horseshoe" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/26/11
 

John Winter of the St. James Fishing Club and two friends ventured to the Horseshoe.  They only got to fish a couple of hours because a storm chased them away.  While there the fishermen caught 2 kings, including this 19 lb'r pictured below.

Thanks for the report John


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Dodge them showers" | Get Busy | 09/26/11
 

Will, John and Chris drove down from Raliegh skipped out of work for a couple of days for some inshore fishing and golf. The fishing could have been better. We blew an hour and some change chasing those jettie reds but could not get them to bite. We came back down the ICW and started picking apart the docks.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Fish report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/26/11
 

OK -- here is the deal.  I know a lot of you have been watching our site waiting to go fishing until the fish started biting.  I don't half blame you, although it does put a lot of pressure on us to find fish all by ourselves- lots of ground to cover.  The biggest thing slowing more fishing has been the lack of Kings; it has been tough fishing for them this Summer.  But, here is the fishing deal right now that will hopefully get you moving and on the water

We have been fishing100 feet to find Kings.  I fished that depth Saturday and had fun with Wahoo and Sailfish, but no Kings.  I was disappoined in my effort, but also encouraged as I found out that there has been a good bite in 50 feet of water at spots such as the 390s....  Also there has been a beach bite going on near the Cherry Grove pier.  Up towards the Cape Fear the bite has been slower with a few fish coming off Yaupon, but the water is pretty dirty up that way and action is slower.  This will change. 

Further offshore, the Gag Grouper bite has started to take off.  Fishing 60-80 feet has been producing limits of Gags in the 10-20 pound range for our recent 8 and 10 hour charters.

There is a ton of bait along the beach as well, so live bait fishing should not be a problem.

That's the report.  The ocean is coming to life and it is time to get on the water.  This coming weekend is the US OPEN King Mackerel Tournament, so come on down and fish the tournament -- stop by the OIFC for all your fishing needs, we have them.

See you here.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

US OPEN- this weekend

Rumble in the Jungle- Little River- Oct 7-8

Swansboro King Mackerel Tournament- Oct 14-15

Fall Brawl King Classic- OIFC- Oct 21-23

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Buoys" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/25/11
 

This article appeared in the Wilmington newspaper today regarding buoys in shallow draft inlets.  Click on this link to read.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore blitz" | Get Busy | 09/25/11
 

The Redfish bite is ON. From the Little River Jetties to the docks of the ICW. Live shrimp which are getting harder and harder to find and mullet minnows were the bait of choice.Just Get Busy Fishing!
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Panga Attack!" | Get Busy | 09/25/11
 

Eddie Jones hurried in the OIFC to pay for gas Sunday afternoon.  He and Corey Bellamy were trying to catch the rising tide at the Little River Jetties so they could jump on the Red Drum bite.

They braved the iffy weather aboard Eddie's Panga and caught and released some beauties.

The Red Drum bite has been off the charts this year!

The weather off shore was what the locals call snotty.  The Carolina Cat made a valiant effort to boat some grouper but to no avail.  They pulled up anchor and came back to the hill early. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Confirmed...Kings are close!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/24/11
 

Capt. Chris Dawson just docked the boat from his 4 hour trip this morning. You know he had to be close as a 4 hour trip doesn't allow for much travel time. If you know Capt. Chris Dawson very well you can just about guess where he found the action. The Sabo group enjoyed catching large spanish and a nice king mackerel. Fall is here! Capt. Chris also reported seeing a few more kings sky rocketing on near by bait pods, but ran out of time to stick around for another bite. Awesome job Capt. and crew! Thanks for fishing with us and hope to see ya next year! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Kings and Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/23/11
 

In an earlier report Rube talked about kings moving in. Well yesterday Captain Brant and Captain Steele went to the deep water, trolled and brought home some fine kings and wahoo.  They used pogies which are thick near shore from the Lockwood Inlet to west of the Shallotte Inlet.  Along on the charter were Chris Rogers, Josh Chase, Miles Chase, Scott Gregory  and John Richardson.

I recieved information from a confidential and reliable source that between 3 and 8 kings were caught at the Youpon Reffas well as some being th of Hogg Inlet.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Team Coca Cola" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/23/11
 

Captain Chris Dew aboard the Carolina Cat headed to about 90 ft deep water and set up for bottom fishing with pogies and pin fish.  On this day, earlier in the week, Capt. Chris said the water didn't look right for trolling for kings.  Captain Chris did say the beach was loaded with pogies.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Traveling Fisherman- NEXT UP!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/23/11
 

Okay, this one's been in the works for a while. 

The Traveling Fisherman program was originally initiated for the purpose of helping fisherman with a common tie (OIFC) come together and experience some of the world's most amazing sport fishing opportunities.  Over the past few years we've had some incredible adventures abroad and made many new great friendships with fellow travelers and fishing crews from around the world.  The past Traveling Fisherman destinations have included the Coral Star in Panama, Paradise Lodge in Panama, The Galapagos Islands, and most recently Prince Edward Island, Canada. 

Next up on the Traveling Fisherman agenda is Guatemala! 

I have connected with a US based Captain who owns and operates the very renowned Buena Vista Sportfishing Lodge in Guatemala.  The fishing attraction for Guatemala is Sailfish and lots of them!  Certainly daily catches vary, but double digit sailfish catches are more common than anywhere else in the world.  Guatemala boasts the record for most Pacific sailfish caught in a day on both conventional and fly tackle.  Each year Guatemala sees more sailfish action than Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico and any other tropical destination in the world.  In addition, over the past couple years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of blue marlin encounters. 

This trip is scheduled to take place February 17th - February 21st, 2012.  This is peak sailfish season out of the Buena Vista Sportfishing Lodge year in and year out and not a bad time to be away from the cold weather here at home.  We will arrive in Guatamala City on Friday, the 17th of February and be shuttled the lodge approximately an hour away.  Fishing will commence the next day the 18th and continue on the 19th, and 20th.  We will head home the morning of the 21st. 

The Buena Vista Sportfishing Lodge is full service accommodations.   The meals are 5 star fresh seafood daily, laundry is also done daily, and the rooms are very nice.  The cost for this excursion is $2,385 and is all inclusive less liquor and tips.  The only other cost will be your plane ticket.  We'll be fishing 3 days on the fleet of 30+ ft center consoles and potentially a sportfish style boat.  We'll be fishing 3 fisherman to a boat. 

I'll continue to update the fishing report with more details and pictures of the destination.  Very Important:  if you are interested in joining this adventure I need to hear from you.  I can be reached via email- captbarrett@oifc.com or call The Fishing Center at 910-575-3474. 

If you ever wanted to travel to a unique fishing destination with incredible billfish action and with the comfort of a group of fishermen/fisherwomen with a common background, this is it.  Come join us in February for the next Traveling Fisherman adventure to Guatemala!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Fall King bite "trying" to get started" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/23/11
 

Checked out  Yaupon Wednesday; water perfect, water full of glass minnows and pogies. Fished couple hours at Yaupon and Ocean Crest, no bites. No way the fish aren't going to bite, which is what happened Thursday as there were Kings caught in the Yaupon/Ocean Crest area. Hopefully this opens the door for our famous fall NC beach bite. Also Brant/Steele fished offshore and reported water looked bad from 8 miles to 30 miles but looked good before and after. They caught Kings and Wahoo in 90 feet. Looking at long term forecast, high pressure moves back in mid/late next week which should bring back northerly winds and the Kings should go nuts in the river channel/Yaupon/Ocean Crest right on schedule for the US Open King tourney.
- Rube McMullan
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