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"Sailfish Bite Heats Up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/01/11
 

I have started to here quite a few reports of Sailfish being seen, hooked and/or caught over the past week.  It seems like most reports I'm getting are of people catching multiple fish.  Apparently most of the Sails are travelling in small groups of 2-4 fish.  The bite was very good last week at the Eddie Hanaman Sailfish tournament out of Wrightsville Beach and that actions seems to be transferring to waters off our coast as well.  Recent reports have Sails being caught at Horseshoe, Christinas ledge and Shark Hole. 

Remember the annual Cape Fear Sailfish Classic tournament hosted from the OIFC will be held next week- Aug 12-14.  To get information visit the tournament site at www.capefearsailfishclassic.com  --  

Take this opportunity to take part in this new fishery that is developing off our coast.  The Sailfish numbers seem to be increasing every year, and thus targeting Sailfish is becoming a viable opportunity.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Mac Daddy's Sail" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/01/11
 

Captain David Kiser and Jim Kiser of the Mac Daddy Fishing Team along with Kevin Smith made a run to the Horseshoe Saturday morning.aboard their 23 ft Sea Fox.  They were pulling ballyhoo on Islanders at about 6 knots when they hooked up with 2 sailfish back to back within 30 yds. of the boat.  The 1st fish was brought aboard for a photo op while the 2nd shook the hook after a good run. Things went dead after the action. They were slow trolling when they hooked up to and landed yet another sailfish.  The guys have brought home mahi every trip to the Horseshoe except this one.  But they aren't complaining.

Capt. Jeff Beck and I have hooked up with a sailfish.  Nesbitt Nobel went 2 for 3 on sailfish.  It would be a pretty sure bet that if you went to the Horseshoe area you'd hook one up yourself!.

Thanks for the info. guys.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Light winds and Tight lines" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/01/11
 

Bill Serafini called and said his two boys were ready for some spanish action again. Rocco and Gino. two of the cutest, yet the roughest toughest kids on the block. I love those names! We worked hard to catch the 4 Spanish we got to the boat. We also caught several sharks, toadfish, bluefish, and croakers. I hit one more spot on the way home and the flounder were pounding it. They were all just a bit shy of the new 15" mark. The kids were pooped and ready to head to the house, so we cut the flounder bite short.

Bart and John joined me today. We picked up right where we left the flounder biting the day before. The flounder were biting pretty good and we ended the day with 10 keepers. Hopefully the 40 fillets will feed the 22 folks back at the beach house! I enjoyed it folks. Thanks for fishing with us and hope to see ya next year.

Mullet minnows are getting the flounder bite. Shrimp are catching a few, but aggrevating to deal with all the trash fish. Pogies for some reason are not producing like you would think. Artificials in charturese, white, and smoke are still producing a few keepers in the canals. Spanish mackerel are scattered throughout the beach front with clarkspoons producing the action. Red drum have been scarce the last few times out, but we have seen a few nice black drum caught. Live shrimp is the ticket in catching the drum, but have a lot and be ready to deal with the trash fish. As you will see in one of my pictures, I refused to feed all of my shrimp to the fish. I ate them! That is a wrap for now. See ya on the water!   


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Josh Hughes" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/01/11
 

Below is a picture of a catch and release red snapper Brian Fimbel hooked up today while fishing with Josh Hughes and William "Frollie" Hughes" aboard Frollie's Yellowfin, the "Bay Pirate" at the Gary Ennis.  Josh said the water was still 80 degrees at 40 miles out.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"They do exist" | Get Busy | 07/31/11
 

Speckle Trout that is. Josh Wallen brought in this one for a photo op  and was released to fight another day.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Men and new toys" | Get Busy | 07/31/11
 

A few weeks ago I rode with Kris Thompson and brother Billy out to some nearshore reefs to check out his new toy. Kris put the new Lowrance side scan on his Carolina skiff. This is an awesome piece of equipment. Today we put it to test to see if it was worth the price tag. I think the pictures speak for the test results. Today is the first day w/o the usual 15 to 20 knot S.W. winds. The day started out with a double hook up. We tried drifting but the winds did pick up and switch and the changing of the tide so we anchored up and landed right on the spot. The side scan allowed us to back right up to the edge of the structure. No more rigs were lost and fish caught.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Big John's Flounder" | Get Busy | 07/30/11
 

It's hot enough to fry these flounder on the front of the Sea Hunt Big John Thompson, Pete and Lee were fishing.  They caught these flat fish in the Oak Island/Southport area using finger mullet.

Nice fish and thanks for permission to use  the pic and the info.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bonescrusher's Smoke" | Get Busy | 07/30/11
 

Captain Nesbitt Noble and his nephew Ian were fishing around the Sunset Bridge when Ian hooked up with this 18" trout.  The 1st thing he wanted to know was is The Bonecrusher was around.

They finished off by fishing most of the day  around the Jetties.  The Bonecrusher said Ian talked trash to every boat out there.  He said Ian was a trip..coming from  'Crusher that means a lot!  Keep it up Ian! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Raleigh Saltwater King Tournament" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/30/11
 

A 60 lb king was weighed in today at the Raleigh Saltwater King Tournament in Morehead City.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"2 for 3" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/30/11
 

Captain Nesbitt Noble of Ocean Isle Beach went 2 for 3 on sailfish while fishing aboard his Privateer the "Widespread".
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Team Bonecrusher" | Get Busy | 07/30/11
 

Team Bonecrusher had a great day on the in shore waters landing 15-18 flounder (counting was never one of the 'crusher's stroung suits).  They also had 9 keepers.  Members of Team Bonecrusher were Tommy, RJ and Jay Paul.  Bonecrusher doesn't share his fishing holes and I wouldn't even venture a guess. 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bottem of the ninth bases loaded" | Get Busy | 07/29/11
 

 

Allen swings hard and connects with a HOME RUN. This nice 5.0 citation size flounder on a 2 inch figer mullet minnow. The bite was steady but not many keepers. Hitting every deep hole I knew at low tide. Allen,Dirk ,Charlie and Cheer leader Jean. I think Charlie  sized it up best. Todays fishing was like watching a soccer game when we scored it was big. P.S. That was Pastor Allens 1st salt water fish.


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"afternoon trip" | Get Busy | 07/29/11
 

7/29/11 P.M. trip with Howard and Teri Buonasera and nephew Alec. Slow but steady was the pace combined w/ the ole hit and run. Bouncing around from spot to spot. We managed to find some fish. Black drum ,redfish and flounder.Not all keepers but fun none the less. Live shrimp and mullet minnows seem to be the ticket today.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"At The Jetties" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/29/11
 

Jason DeLany and Rich Merrell from Dothan, Al. fished the Little River Jetties using finger mullet.   They very proudly brought a 6.8 lb. citation flounder they caught there by the OIFC to be weighed and photographed.

Congratulations and thanks for bringing your fish to the OIFC.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Week So Far" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/28/11
 

Wind and rain, words that describe this week.  But earlier in the week and then again today our boats did make it out.  Below are a couple of pics. that should help to satisfy our thirst for salt water.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Kiss of Death" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/28/11
 

Randy Beane and son Brett joined me on a half day inshore trip today. We pulled out of the OIFC canal at 7am this morning. First thing on the agenda was stock up on fresh bait. We found little peanut pogies and a few mullet minnows. I got us anchored up on our first spot and made the first cast. As I was showing and explaining the technique to feel the bite of a flounder one drilled it. I set the hook and handed the rod to Brett. Brett landed a nice 17" fish and supper was already looking good. Unfortunely, catching a fish on the first cast seemed to be the kiss of death for that spot. We caught a few more small flounder and a couple of small red drum in various places. The bite never really took off like it appeared it was going to on the first cast. The week has been tough with rain, wind, and dirty water. We have still managed to find a few fish willing to bite a hook. Capt. Jeff Williamson found a nice one late in the day. As he put it...Bottom of the 9th with 2 outs, but he hit one out of the park. Capt. Jeff should be sharing pictures with us soon. Give us a call if you want to have fun and catch a few fish. See ya on the water!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Slippery When Wet" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/26/11
 

Leonard, Robert, Michael, and Josh joined us for a half day of inshore fishing yesterday morning. The sunrise was gorgeous, but the dark clouds moved in quickly. Did not see any electricity in the clouds so we kept on fishing. Caution: Fish are slippery when wet, especially on rainy days. We caught quite a few flounder with two at a time coming to the boat on occassion, but they were all short of the new 15" mark. We made a move to try for redfish. The second shrimp in the water got drilled! A nice redfish was peeling off the line. We hooked one more redfish in that area, but he quickly put us in the oyster shells. We moved back to our original starting point to see if we could pick up a keeper flounder. Just a couple more small ones. We hit a few spots on the way back to the dock. Our last stop produced 4 hook ups and 3 nice redfish came to the boat. What a great way to end a fishing trip! See ya on the water.
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Slippery When Wet" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/26/11
 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Minuteman" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/26/11
 

Mike Powell called and booked a last minute charter with us today. Jeff and I both were asked to take a group of six die hard fisherman out in the weather today. I had the great privilege of having Mike, Chris, and Eric on my boat. These guys were a blast! We got started quick landing a nice 19" redfish in sight of the fishing center. We limited out on redfish pretty quickly and opted to go flounder fishing. The flounder were not cooperating very well for me today. We landed one fish and lost one at boatside. Capt. Jeff Williamson got several short flounder to the boat with one solid keeper in the mix. Regardless of the fishing we had enormous amounts of fun on the water. Throwing ribbonfish from one boat to the other and so forth. Cutting up and joking around! That is what it is all about, having a good time and catching a few fish is a bonus! I love it! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"McIntyre's Kings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/24/11
 

Paul McIntyre, his son Chris, who used to mate for Capt. Brant, Pauls's daughter Kelly, friends Josh Hatfield and David Wygonil  went on a couple of successful king fishing trips last week.

In the course of a couple of trips they caught kings at Christina's and the 90's.  They also landed some nice mahi and kings at the Jungle.

Good work and thanks for the report.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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