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"Pics from OIB" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/26/11
 

Below are some pictures taken by Dr. Ernie Ward of Seaside Animal Care @ 6:30 pm on Ocean Isle.

Pic 1-A house that has had sandbags around it for a while on the Shallotte Inlet end of the island.

Pic 2-A flooded road on the east end.

Pic 3-Another flooded road at the east end

Pic 4-The OIFC Commercial Canal at high tide

Pic 5-The west end of OIB down by Tubbs Inlet and the marsh behind the High Rise during high tide.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Irene At Sunset Beach" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/26/11
 

A few pictures from Sunset Beach of Irene just prior to the bridge closing at 5 pm.  You can see how this reporter put his life in danger in order to bring you these photos.  Thank goodness the pole was there for me to hold on to.

I may be speaking too soon, but I've seen far worse Nor'easters here than Irene.  The news and weather channels are blowing this way out of proportion as far as Ocean Isle and Sunset Beaches are concerned, as exemplified by my Weather Channel like picture!

The OIFC will be open at 2 pm Saturday with your's truely at the helm!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pictures from OIB" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/26/11
 

A few pictures of the surf at Ocean Isle Beach around 4:30 pm.  The bridge at Sunset  closed at 5:00 pm.  I don't know about OIB.  Things are not bad here now.  Rain and wind, but nothing we haven't seen before.  I would love to have gotten pictures of the Shallotte Inlet.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Hurricane report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/26/11
 

Probably for the first time in my life I am missing in action on the hurricane team as I ended up in Atlanta doing some doctoring work. Over the years I have sacrificed myself more than once with the time tested formula of how you keep the hurricanes away from a direct hit to us. I will share this with our friends north of us who appear to be in the cross hairs. Formula: Get a bottle of Don Ricardo Coconut Rum[only Don Ricardo works, none of that Mailbu stuff in the white bottle]; build a camp fire; gather your friends and proceed to use the cap to take sips of the rum as you dance around the campfire backwards in a clockwise direction. The effect is to basically unwind the hurricane as your alcohol induced turbulance runs counter to the counterclockwise motion of the hurricane. Question this if you will, but my OIB track record has been spotless for the 30+ years I've been there.

Best of luck to everyone in the path. Hopefully Rickey is going to camp out at the OIFC to keep the web cam working so we can all watch the action from the safety of our homes.


- Rube McMullan
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"Irene" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/26/11
 

This reporter/meteorologist now predicts the brunt of the storm will miss up.  We will get tropical force winds and some storm surge.  No big problem expected.  Stay tuned for more.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Irene Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/26/11
 

It looks like Irene is tracking towards the east for land fall between Surf City and the Morehead area.

We're getting the 1st rain bands from Irene.  The swells are picking up, but that's it for now.  I've text Capt Brant to see if he is pulling the boats out.  They pulled the It Works out yesterday.

I'll post throughout the day.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Is there bad weather coming or something?" | Get Busy | 08/25/11
 

OIB has been a ghost town this week. The only thing Capt. J.Dogg has been pulling in is patio furiture and boats untill today when My WI group called and said lets go catch some fish. Why not I said and catch we did. Flounder and redfish where biting ahead of this little hurricane coming up from the Bahamas. We are going to try to go again in the morning. Be safe out there this weekend folks.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Irene" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/25/11
 

Close friends and family know me as a hurricane watcher/worrier and landfall predictor extraordinaire since we first bought a home here in 1985.  I am generally correct.

That being said, if I was asked for a prediction at 9 am today I would have said no sweat!  By mid day I was worried.  Now I am a little more relaxed.  I am gassing up the car, but it was on empty anyway.  I'm not running out to by milk and bread But I'm not a milk drinker nor do I eat bread.  If my boat were in the water, I'd probably pull it out.

  I think we'll get tropical force and maybe more winds, heavy rain and probably a pretty good storm surge...depending on exactly when the storm hits.  This is because we are on the cusp of a new moon which brings with it extreme tides.  I think we'll have erosion and some wash over. 

Let's hope and pray that's all we get.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"This Week" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/23/11
 

The pictures below are several miscellaneous shots from the past few days.

The 1st is from Brian Aycock from his and his sons trip to Cedar Island.

The 2nd is of McClures 33" red drum.

The 3rd is a shark Capt. Chris Dew and Capt. Chris Dawson caught and released today in 25 ft. of water off of Bird Island.  They're still not sure what kind of shark it was.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cedar Island" | Get Busy | 08/23/11
 

This weekend the Ocean Isle Inshore fishing crew took their annual trek to Cedar Island, for a weekend of fun and fishing.  The group was made up of:

Brandon "Bonecrusher" Sauls, with hired guns Kyle Hughes and Gordon Grady.  They were the top hook in the fleet with 12 monster reds, 5 on Friday night and 7 on Saturday night.  They ranged in size from 25 lbs to 50 lbs.

The rest of the group consisted of:

Brian Aycock and his boys Austin and Brandon aboard the "Hail Yea"

Daniel Simmons and Mark Staci

Eddie Jones on Team Panga

Eddie Julian and his sons

Scott Quaintence and his boys on Scott's Yellowfin bay boat

Clay Morphes and his brother on the Pork Chop

Will King

Everyone caught fish with Daniel catching 44 flounder at Drum Inlet in 2 hrs and 15 min.  The bite was red hot, but not so for the Boncrusher.

There were, as usual, several stories told.  But what happens at Cedar Island stays at Cedar Island.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Channelside Rig" | Get Busy | 08/23/11
 

Tim and Jack Gallimore hit the waters the other night seeking red drum under the dock lights.  They fished using Tim's favorite weapon, Capt. Tim's Channelside drum and flounder rig.  I couldn't get anymore information out of Tim.  He's pretty tight jawed.  Judging by his, Capt Jeff and Capt. Jacobs' catches the flounder and drum bite is on!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Yesterday's Charter Pictures" | Get Busy | 08/23/11
 

I had a great charter yesterday with 11 year old Matt Nobers, his dad Jeff, Josh Haas and Fred Turner, all from Pittsburg, Pa.  Matt had the hot hand, landing a 26.5" red drum and 2 flounder. We used minnows and live shrimp as bait.  The flounder hit the minnows.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Before the blow" | Get Busy | 08/22/11
 

Lo.ok out here comes Irene.The Haas crew from Pa. showed up to get in some fishing before the winds and rain come in this weekend. We started out with live shrimp around the Sunset Beach/OIB bridge and hit some docks. When the tide got a little higher ,up in the grass we switched over to flounder gear and caught a few of those.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Inlet Dredging" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/22/11
 

I ran across this article on dredging inlets and found it interesting.  It's pretty short and it appears this program doesn't apply to the Shallotte Inlet.  Follow this link to read it.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Nice Drum" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/22/11
 

Robert Hughes of Calabash sent me this picture and report- nice catch.  He caught the 42" drum / 24" girth in the Calabash river on a live shrimp using 20# spinning tackle -- it was quite a fight. 
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Blue water to Back water" | Get Busy | 08/21/11
 

How do you convince a blue water fisherman to convert over to the shallows of the near shore waters. Put him on a hot big flounder bite on light tackle. Capt. Chris Burrows and I took a ride to the east side today to do some wreck searching. I can't give away all the details but it was a blast. I did make note of the spots in the spring kickoff siminars. Where you paying attention? Carolina Beach was loaded with 6 to 8 inch mullets. We filled the live well and the Get Busy , Got Busy..
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"am catch" | Get Busy | 08/21/11
 

Jacob trotter and David Lambeth caught these two cobia this am at shark hole .
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Why not during the Capr Fear Classic?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/21/11
 

Jim Taylor of Holden Beach fishes aboard his boat the "Reel Action".  On this day he had the unforgettable experience of fishing with his dad, 61 yr.old James Taylor, who has always dreamed of catching a sail fish.  He was also privileged to have his brother Johnathan and a few other friends.

The crew of the Reel Action fished north of the shoals and east of Wrightsville Beach.  They departed Masonboro Inlet @5 am and put out lines some 20+ miles out.  In short order they had 2 gaffer mahi and a couple of peanuts aboard.  They also had 2 sails show up in their spread and devour about $25 worth of balleyhoo before they picked up lines and moved on.

The Reel Action found bait over a hard bottom and put lines out, circling the bait.Then both outriggers popped at the same time.  Jim grabbed the TLD 25 and his dad grabbed the TLD 15 with 20# test that would go on to catch a 65+/-# sail fish.  While they were getting set to fight, a 3rd line on an outrigger went off and sail fish #3 was on.

They successfully landed 3 sail fish and kept them long enough for pictures then released them safe and sound.

The crew went on to land a 28 # king, a barracuda some spanish and saw some leatherback turtles prior to returning to the dock at 5 pm.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Horseshoe" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/21/11
 

Bob Newell, the director of the Cape Fear Sail Fish Classic went fishing for sail fish at the Horse Shoe aboard the "Black Dog".  Along with Bob were Liz Newell and Niles Harrell.  They were fishing ballyhoo with circle hooks.  Liz landed her 1s wahoo, pictured below and Miles released a citation sail fish.  Based on recent reports there are plenty of sails in our area.

Also pictured is OIFC Dock Master Mitch Stephens with a combo Capt. Jeff Williamson caught at an off shore reef.  I'm ashamed to admit that I lost one out there a couple of summers ago while trying to scoop jelly balls.  Wouldn't it be funny it that was it!!

OIFC dock pictures by 1st Mate Cassie Dawson


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Seegers' Bailers" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/21/11
 

We just received this report  from Joe Seegers about his fishing at the Blackjack.  He had 6 wahoo, 3 kings, one gaffer, and 1 albert, (pictured).  Joe had already cleaned the bailers on the way home
- Capt. Roger Gales
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