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"Updates" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/02/11
 

Pogys are now coming back toward Shallotte inlet after haning out off Long Beach for a couple of weeks.  This morning they were just west of the Holden Beach pier. 

Kings have been on and off.  Still catching some at Lighthouse Rocks and 390s as well as some Cobia.  Otherwise they've been pretty hard to come by.

Spanish bite red hot in 20 feet of water all along beachfront

Dolphin bite should be good.  Reports from south of us say there are more fish coming.  We are fishing the Stream Saturday. 

Also- congratulations to Capt. Brant fishing school graduate Raymond Delpezzo and angler Anthony Hinman who landed a 53 pound Mahi last weekend while fishing inshore of the Steeples.  NICE FISH!

See you on the water !!

Now for that fishing story:

My wife and I went diving/spear fishing on Wednesday.  We set up on a "top secret" wreck in 100 feet of water.  We were on our way to the bottom and encountered a thermocline at 50 feet, temps down to mid 60's- brrrrr.  Amy taps me on the shoulder and gives me the "shark" signal (hand over forehead) and points to our back quarter.  I look into dark bluish mist and all I can see is BIG tail and BIG dorsal fin- can't make out the body or head.  First thing I think is OK, not good -- if the Shark is this high off the bottom its not one of the fairly docile Sand Tigers we encounter- this is a "sport shark" I call them -- mid to top water, fast and possibly hungry for us!  The BIG shark is moving up our right side, gliding and slowly coming into view.  I can see the fins clearly and and start making out the body- I begin going thru my mental catalog.  First and most likely choice is Bull Shark - pretty common.  Nope, this shark is BIG and the tail is more half moon shaped, not off-center like a Bull, plus the body is too long whereas a Bull is more stubby.  I then think BIG Hammerhead, I"ve seen them that big before.  Dorcal and Tail is very straight and body shape similar, but I can't quite see the head.  I'm squinting to see better, to see the Hammer.  I am not happy about the thought of a Hammerhead, but images of the divers taking pictures of hundreds of Hammerheads does ease my tension a little- we'll be OK.  Uh oh, no hammer on that head.  Now the entire Shark is in plain site, approximately 30 feet away, gliding slowing to our right and towards our front.  Last catalog page before the final page- Mako - too long, too big and fins too long- Nope. 

Let me break at this point.  People who know me and know my fishing know that I DO NOT exagerate.  If I say I hooked a Blue Marlin, it's because it jumped in plain site.  If I say I lost a 40 pound King, its because I saw it with my own eyes.  Now this is where many of you will call me dillusional, but I flipped the last page in mental catalog and that was a GREAT WHITE SHARK !!!  There is no other way to put it, but I will kiss your rear if it was not.  Amy and I watched and digested what we were seeing in complete amazement.  As I made the mental distinguishment, my initial sense was "is this real", not so much fear- at least to start.  The BIG shark disappeared into the bluish mist.  I stared in the direction, looking for movement and some 15 seconds later, the shape comes back, this time coming straight toward us.  Uh oh!  I've had to fend off a few overcurious sharks on other occasions using the tip of my speargun.  I pointed my gun out toward the looming shape and stood firm, ready to jab with all I had.  As I'm watching all this unfold (everything is in slow motion) I'm thinking, this is going to look REALLY BIG up close -- I wonder if my spear tip will be enough?  The Great White moves directly towards us to within 20 feet or so before it casually makes a right turn and again disappears into darkness.  Oh yeah, did I mention the amazement had worn off by now and fear was looming large.  I started pushing Amy back up the rope and she got the point- get the heck out of here.  I DID NOT want to see that big boy come back for a third look.   We reached the surface and basically jumped into the boat.  The Shark never came to the surface.  I believe Great Whites are cool water sharks and as such, it preferred the staying under the thermocline.  A later assessment has Amy and I agreeing the Great White was 12-14 feet.

So there it is.  I am telling you without a shadow of a doubt Amy and I  dove without a cage with a Great White shark.  That just saved me a load of money having to travel to South Africa or Australia to see a Great White- mark that off the bucket list!  Upon further investigation and discussion with a few commercial fishermen, they were not surprised at all.  Gee thanks for telling me!  They have apparently seen Great Whites in this general area (100-130 feet, SW of Frying Pan Tower) during May and June for many years.  According to one source, their numbers and sightings have been increasing for the past few years.  And that's my story and I'm sticking to it !!!!!!!  Wish I had a camera for proof, but honestly I don't think Amy nor I would have had the presence to take a picture.  That was not the priority at the time.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Mr. and Mrs. Carman with their boys!" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/01/11
 

A picture is worth a million words, but I must explain that this trip was a blast! Bryce and Jaren were a hoot on the boat today. Nothing like brotherly love! Mrs. Carman was pretty quiet for the first 20 minutes of the trip. I was beginning to wonder if she was out voted and forced to join the trip as she was not interested in fishing. As we hooked the first fish, I found out real quick why she came along. She loves her boys! We actually double hooked up, but one of the hook ups was a large skate. We landed the skate for pictures, while also landing our first flounder of the day. Mrs. Carman was going crazy! She just couldn't believe we had already caught something. She was running around trying to find her camera, phone, or anything that would take a picture. It was halarious! I quickly baited another hook and got bait back in the water. Immediately another hook up. It did not look like the fish was very big, but flounder have the tendency to run to the boat, then start their fight under the boat. We boated our first keeper of the day and it was a respectable 4 pounder. We landed one flounder after another for about two and a half hours. The boys started playing rocks, paper, scissors to see who was going to drill the next one. Mr. Carman was my artificial jig man today. I worked the live bait rods for the boys, while Dad worked the jig. Mr. Carman got quite a few on the jig, but it took a few hits for him to get the hang of it. Once he did though, game on! We were catching them two at a time several times today. One on the jig and one on live bait. The boys really wanted to see another species of fish. I really thought we would have landed a trout in the area we were fishing. We left the area in pursuit of speckled trout. I figured it was not going to be a problem as Mr. Carman was working the jig extremely well. I jumped on the front working the trolling motor and making a few cast mysefl. It just wasn't meant to be for the trout today. We picked up two more keeper size flounder on the jig. We wrapped it up there and headed for the OIFC. The Carman family was from Kentucky and did not want to keep the fish. I kept them in the livewell and released most of the fish at the dock after a quick picture. I know what your thinking...Of course, I kept a few for the frying pan! Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Carman, Bryce, and Jaren for joining us on a trip out of the OIFC. We look forward to seeing you guys again soon! See ya on the water!  
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Amber Simmon's Reel McCoy Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/01/11
 

The husband/wife fishing team consisting of Amber and Daniel Simmons fished aboard their Contender, the "Reel McCoy" with Tim Gallimore and Courtney Waddell on May 30th.

The crew had a productive day bottom fishing all be it they had to drown a few baits in order to locate the hot spot.  They proceeded to make their limit within an hour.  The gags and scamps weighed in the 14-22 lb range.  The crew saw a full days action, catching 2 cornet fish, and 6 mahi by light lining behind the boat, not to mention the herd of reef donkeys.

Thanks to the crew of the "Reel McCoy".  I can always count on ya'll for great fishing reports.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Toes Up Fishing Team" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/01/11
 

Richard Boles "Toes Up Fishing Team sent these cool pictures he took on a fishing trip they made on the 30th.  Nice looking king they caught also.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bryan Freeman's Reel McCoy Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/01/11
 

Bryan ran off shore aboard Danial and Amber Simmon's Contender the "Reel McCoy".  Along with Bryan, Amber and Daniel were Tim Gallimore and Courtney Waddell.

The group bottom fished and got their limit of gags and scamps, some trigger fish and 6 small mahi who had to check the action out.  Daniel got the big grouper of the day with a 21.6 lb. gag.  They also caught a couple of blue spotted cornet fish and had plenty of amberjack action.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"9.2 lb Flounder" | Get Busy | 05/31/11
 

In the picture is Mike Trost of N. Myrtle Beach and a 9.2 lb flounder he caught at Cherry Grove this weekend. 

I just learned that Mike followed up his flounder fishing with an excursion to the Gulf Stream where he caught 18 Mahi.  Pretty exciting Memorial Day weekend if I say so myself.!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Mad Gaffer" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/31/11
 

Captain William Parker (Hound Dog) sent this picture of a nice mahi and kings he caught at the 65 ft Hole.  William said he had a big cobia on line but he missed with his gaff shot, only tearing away a little meat.  He tried to blame his sad gaffing abilities on some dolphin swimming around the cobia.  I think William has been watching too much "Flipper" on TV!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Paddle Board" | Get Busy | 05/31/11
 

Capt. Jeff "J. Dogg " Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) fished Tubbs inlet and the mouth of the Shallotte River this weekend and had great fortune.  Capt. Jeff said he was using OIFC Premium Mud Minnows.

Fishing along with Capt. J. Dogg were John and Ross Porter and friend Conrad Cutler.  The beauty on the paddle board is the lovely and gracious Virginia Beckham a former employee of the OIFC..  Virgina and her dad are excellent in shore anglers.  This picture has absolutely NOTHING to do with fishing, Jeff just wanted everyone to know there's more beauty in our area besides fish and goats.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The 90's" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/31/11
 

The pictures below are by Miss Cassie Dawson.  She was taking pictures of me taking pictures of her as her mom Mrs. Janelle landed this big ol' cobia Monday.  We boated one, had one break off in the props, Chris Campbell and his wife of "Big Whiskey" caught a big one and Capt.Chris Dawson's wife caught the one in the picture
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sea Bass WATCH OUT" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/31/11
 

Sea Bass season opens tomorrow.  Limit is still 12" and 15 fish per person.  I'll be there !!  They will be thick !!!!  80-100 feet is where the real golly whoppers are hiding.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Stream Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/31/11
 

I know many of you including myself have been a bit discouraged over the slow down in action in the Stream this past week.  I've heard several mention the season was past.  Not True.  I just got off the phone with a very knowledgeable fisherman from Charleston who was griping about last week's Stream action too -- BUT, he said it got red hot on big Dolphin starting on Sunday and it is on right now.  So, there is another wave of Dolphin coming-- oh yeah, did I mention he also released two Whites a Blue and a Sail in 3 days of fishing.  Billfish too coming this way -- get ready.  Weather LOOKS PERFECT for this weekend- DO NOT miss this one -- going south may be the way to go to meet the fish head on -- we'll see you there.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Morgan Carter" | Tiberias - 22' | 05/30/11
 

Eddie my next door neighbor has watched me clean fish for years on my dock. His son in law Brad Carter was in for the weekend with his two children, Morgan and Logan. Brad asked me to take them out for a little while to catch a few fish. I love kids! There is nothing like seeing kids get all excited catching fish. The difficult part is reeling the kids back in from all the excitment, so we don't lose the fish on the other end of the line. I eased into the area I wanted to fish, but the tide didn't quite look right. I asked them to just let me make a few cast to see if we had any action yet. I told Morgan to get ready just in case I hooked up, she was going to get the rod. My third cast produced the first fish of the day. I decided to pull up current of the spot and anchor up. We started tossing live bait and caught a few small ones. I decided the action was a little slow and time to move. I gave Brad and Eddie a quick lesson on working the jig and we difted on down the bank trying to locate some more fish. Eddie drilled a nice trout. Brad was getting the hang of it and was drilling some nice flatfish. Morgan and Logan kept busy running from the back to the front of the boat grabbing bent rods from us. I anchored up again and we fished the area over pretty hard. We picked up several flounder with a couple keepers in the mix. Again the action slowed, so we went back to the jig and drift technique. We picked up two of our best fish of the day at the same time. Double hook up!  It was time to head for the house and prepare for some great eating! I think we ended the day with 15 to 20 fish and several more opportunities. We had five keepers over 15" inches, which was more than enough for supper.  Thanks Eddie, Brad, Logan and Morgan! Jake also enjoyed playing with Logan and Morgan. We look forward to seeing you guys again soon. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Thank you!" | Tiberias - 22' | 05/30/11
 

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you all for serving and proctecting our great nation!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Lady Angler of the Year" | Tiberias - 22' | 05/30/11
 

Jimmy, Jerry, and Alyssa just took their third trip in less than a year this past Sunday with me. They took their first trip with me this past August and we caught close to 40 fish. We only kept one of each species that day, although everyone on the boat Carolina Slammed at least twice. Jimmy couldn't believe the incrediable action and was disappointed he did not bring along his youngest daughter Marley. I explained that we had a great day and the action is not quite that hot all the time. Jimmy called me again in November and booked a trip for both his girls this time. I greeted them with this request. Since Marley was left behind on the first trip everyone was going to watch her fish until she caught one. Well, that didn't take long! Marley had a nice redfish to the boat on our second cast of the day. We picked threw a few redfish and several trout ending up with 15 to 20 fish landed that day. Just a little slower than our first time out, but enough to keep the girls busy. Jimmy called the other night looking for another great trip. The pressure was on to live up to the expectation of our last two trips. The flounder didn't let us down! We boated 25 to 30 flounder with 10 of them being keepers over the 15" mark. We had several more that just barely didn't make the new mark. An absolutely great day on the water! Alyssa gets my vote for Lady Angler of the Year! Great job guys! I enjoyed watching and netting each fish. Hope to see you guys again soon. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"It Do Work" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/30/11
 

What do you get when you cross the OIFC's 27' Contender, the It Works with the OIFC's fishing team, Do Work?   You get a fairly good king fishing team aboard  a boat that knows how to fish.  We shouldn't become the OIFC/It Do Work instead of just going as "Do Work" do you agree?

Our day started by us finding a BIG school of pogies almost at the Coast Guard Station/light house.  We got enough bait to share, which we did,  Then we shot out to The Lighthouse Rocks".  There was absolute nothing going on.   OIFC Captain Dawson call us to meet him at the 90' Once there we pulled pogies on a green skirt, and pink skirt.  While we were getting rigged,  Captain Dawson hooked with a nice cobia.  Mrs. Jannell fought the cobia while Miss Cassie took pictures.

We had 2 kings break off and a nice ciobia cut the line on  a prop.  But we landed 2 kings and a 24.8 lb cobia before heading in so Coach Steve Lanier could coach his champion youth baseball team! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Tubbs Inlet Fun" | Get Busy | 05/29/11
 

While the OIFC Charter Captains were running charters, I was at Tubbs Inlet on a play day with Camdyn's jet ski which I bought from Capt. Brant at the end of the season a couple of years ago.

While there I met Joey Holden who was spending the afternoon with Captain Jamie and Missy Millikin of Shallotte Electric and the new Beach Hardware on 179.  Joey had just landed this flounder and was preparing to release it when I snapped this photo.  Good job Joey!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Russian Jammer" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/29/11
 

Captains Chris Dew and Zach Faulkner headed to the Gulf Stream with Dana Walker, Phil Walker, Mark Swisher and Scrogg Wood, all of Tenn.   These guys raise Russian Jammer dogs in the Volunteer State  They fished the Black Jack area using OIFC ballyhoo.  Below is a picture of a grouper and a mahi they brought back. 

The Memorial Day weekend is drawing to a close, but it's been a fish filled active weekend at the OIFC.  Let's hope the remainder of the season gets even better.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Whole Family" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/29/11
 

Dr. Jay Murphy, DVM, Patrick Hobson, Dan McArdle, all of Charlotte, N.C.  went fishing aboard Dr. Jay's Regulator boat today.  The crew went to the Black Jack Hole and caught, not a school, but a family of mahi.  They had a big ol' bull, a cow and a small dolphin who must have been the kid!  Jay said the water at the Black Jack was 75 degrees, not much of a change from the beach water temps.

While Jay was refueling the boat, Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) cleaned the fish.  Not a bad deal. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Wilmington Three" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/29/11
 

Captain Steele took a trio from Wilmington, Chad Ludeig, Jamie Kubrock, and Richard Chandler to the Horseshoe yesterday.  Steele said they fished ballyhoo in the 76 degree water.  The group returned to the OIFC around 5:45 pm with several mahi and teenage kings.

This past week has been a productive week from the inshore to the blue water.  The wind blew a couple of days, but the ocean really started to flatten by Saturday afternoon.  The kings are playing games with us right now but based on past history that ought to be changing shortly.  We have a boat in the Gulf Stream today.  I hope to have some good reports by tonight.  Right now I'm jumping on one of Brant's referbed jet skis and headed to Tubbs Inlet for a day of fun with the fam! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Tree Shaker" | Get Busy | 05/29/11
 

Capt. Brandon Sauls weighed this 4.2 lb tree shaker in at the OIFC Saturday after noon.  This was one of several flounder he caught that day.  His goal was to knock Clay Morphis off the oIFC Rodeo Leader Board.  It was not meant to be yesterday.  But the Rodeo is far from over and the big flounder are starting to appear. 

Brandon said the flat fish are best caught on the in coming tide.  The baits of choice are, in order right now, pogies, most often found in front of the Ocean Isle Marina, and then mud minnows.  Captain Jacob of the OIFC has fantastic luck with Berkley Gulp artificials.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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