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"Beautiful Day" | Get Busy | 04/25/11
 

Wow...another beautiful day to fish in Paradise.  As we can see in the pictures, Jeff (Get Busy/OIFC) had good luck in the concrete canals and Tubbs.  He has stuck with the tried and proven Carolina Rig tipped with an OIFC Select Mud Minnows.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/25/11
 

Ben rucker, newest addition to the oifc ventured out this morning and caught some very nice spanish on the tideline outside shallotte inlet casting jigs. The spanish are here...
- Steele Park
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"2 days of Success" | Get Busy | 04/25/11
 

Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) delivered on his charters 2 days in a row.  It's pretty obvious where Jeff was fishing.  This time of year Jeff fishes like most everyone else....mud minnows on a Carolina rig.  There have been a lot of flounder and drum caught in Tubbs Inlet the past few days.  Many are undersized but several monsters have been pulled out.

The young men in the picture are Quinten and Jake.  Along with them were Andy and Mike.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Keep It Simple" | Get Busy | 04/25/11
 

The Beck clan fished Tubbs Inlet yesterday.  We trolled mud minnows on Carolina rigs using our trolling motor.  During the course of a few hours, not including visiting friends on the beach, we caught 12 flounder.  Camdyn caught 7 of them.  All but one were too short but made for fun and shows they are here.  We've probably got a month or two of the hot flounder bite so come and enjoy.  Bring along a child.  Just keep it simple!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Saturday Gulf Stream" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/24/11
 

The signal came for the bullpen and just like that I was out of retirement and back on the charter fleet team. Of course it didn't take much arm twisting as I have gone way too long without fishing from Ocean Isle Beach, and I this was an opportunity to start my 2011 OIB fishing by going to the Gulf Stream.  Capt. Chris Dawson and I guided a crew of great guys from the Raleigh area including trip organzier Jim Mcgovern who is the general manager at the world famous Angus Barn restaurant in Raleigh.  If you haven't visited the Angus Barn you are missing a dining experience unlike anything you've ever seen (not to mention if you order fish, it was likely caught right here in Ocean Isle Beach!). 

While anticipation was high to get this trip underway our moods were quickly tempered as we were greeted by a sloppy 3 to 5' and more southeast swell.  We were bound and determined to make it happen so off we went to the south in the direction of the MacMarlen hole.  The Hiltons chart showed nutrient rich water from the MacMarlen extending south so that combined with the sea direction led us in this direction.  The seas did not improve eventhough there was no wind.  The swell from the previous day's wind was brutal as we slugged it out at 20mph. 

When we arrived to our destination we had hoped to be rewarded for effort of making it out there despite the swell.  Unfortunately it was not to be.  The water color was a mixed dirty, blue green.  The water temperature was 69 and we marked very little bait.  We made the call to troll our spread of ballyhoo and feathers south to the Wynyah Scarp.  The further south we went, the better the conditions became.  While I liked what I was seeing better, the fish still weren't cooperating and our crew needed to pull on a fish.  There is only one answer at a time like this.  Time to get our jig on!  We found a few marks around the structure and started our vertical jigging approach.  A few mystery fish were hooked and lost.  Then a very unusual thing happened.  We caught a fish that I have never seen off Ocean Isle but have heard of.  The Rosco jig was nailed, the rod buckled and our guys battled to the surface 2 big mutton snapper.  These fish are very prevalent in south Florida, especially the Keys, but very rare for our waters.  Even more impressive was the size of one of the muttons weighing around 15lbs.  These fish were day savers and brought everyone's mood up.  We made the call to give the trolling another shot as I was convinced the fish would start biting considering the change in conditions we were seeing.

We kept trolling south and the water changed to a cobalt blue, we found several rips, a decent weedline, the flying fish were moving, and the water temps was up to 73 degrees.  It had to happen now.  Sure enough we started getting bites.  For the next hour the bites picked up and we caught barracudas, mahi, and blackfin tuna.  Another first for me was hooking into a nice 20+lb mahi only to have it attacked by sometype of sea monster which left nothing but the first 6 inches of the head on the hook for us.  Crazy. Unfortunately our time was short so we didn't get to do a lot of damage on the pelagics.  The guys wanted one more shot at the jigging so we stopped over a tell tale AJ mark and the crew did battle with a ravenous school of jacks for the next few minutes while we cleaned up the boat. 

It could have been better but also worse.  I was a little disappointed we didn't find a wahoo but I guess you can't catch em all. Once we found the right condition the fishing did pick up.  Like always you can't catch em if you're not where they're at.  The ride in was much better with the diminished swell now behind us.  So, my return to the charter team was great, I got my 2011 OIB fishing season started and I saw a couple things I've never seen before.  Success!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Picking The Correct Prop" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/24/11
 

Have you ever been told you have the wrong prop?  I have.  Ever wondered what prop would make your boat come out of the hole quicker, or make it plain out better or give you more top end speed?  This link will help explain some of the basics of "prop talk".
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"SAVE OUR GOATS; update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/24/11
 

Read our April 22 fishing report post on the State's plan to get rid of the Ocean Isle goats. Help us stop this stupidity and preserve this bit of island culture. Here is contact info to the parties that need to hear from everyone.

Brunswick County Representative Frank Iler: Frank.Iler@ncleg.net

State of NC property department: sspinfo@doa.nc.gov

NC Wildlife: gordon.myers@ncwildlife.org

On May 4th at 10:00am, the State plans to have a "pre-bid" meeting with the goat hunters/herders at the Ocean Isle boat ramp[adjacent to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center]. Put this date/time on your calender and join us at this meeting to let the State folks hear the goats side of the story. Stay tuned to our web site for updates.


- Rube McMullan
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"What does Jigging and May 1st mean?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/24/11
 

GROUPER...... We are having another jigging school next weekend.  This school coincides with the opening of Grouper season on May 1st. I have 2 spots left for this school.  We will specifically target Blackfin Tuna and Grouper on this trip.  The class will take place on Saturday, April 30th and the fishing will be on Sunday, May 1st.  That's right, the opening day of Grouper season 2011. Cost is $450.00 per person which includes all instruction, equipment and fishing.  Call 910.575.3474 to book your spot.  These last 2 spots will fill up fast. 
- Capt. Steele Park
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""Dad is a Hero"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/24/11
 

I took Mark Wood out a few days ago on a half day trip and we caught a few redfish. He talked about his kids often and wanting to put them on some fish. Looks like he picked up a few tips on his charter with me. Nothing like seeing a smile on your kids face and being their hero! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Hot Flounder Bite" | Get Busy | 04/23/11
 

Changing tide+live bait+location=flounder bite.  We've had extreme lunar tides the past several days causing a lot of bait movement .  Mud Minnows have been the hot bait as of late.  I have been told that there are some good sized mullet minnows and tiger minnows showing up.  If you're proficient with a small cast net then you're set.  Otherwise stop by and we can hook you up with mud minnows.  The hot locations seem to be in the grass along the ICW, the creeks and as you can tell Tubbs Inlet. A LOT of flounder are being caught near our base of operations.  The bite usually fires off behind Cherry Grove Beach prior to ours taking off, but it seems we are having an early bite.  There is quite a mixed bag in sizes.  A 10# fish taken in the ICW, a couple in the 3 &4 # range down to 6" flounder in creeks and Tubbs Inlet.  Come see us, get the latest update and try your hand!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Save Our Goats" | Get Busy | 04/23/11
 

In the linked article, the state uses terms such as "may, could, believes".  It seems obvious that the removal of these animals is not based on any study or fact.  Don't sit around and let these harmless animals be sold off by the state for no proven reason.  What will happen to them.  I cannot believe anyone would eat them or try to keep them as pets.  Click on this link for contact information and let your voice be heard!  SAVE OUR GOATS!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Rub it In!!!"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/23/11
 

Thats right! I am stuck in the store and my boat has experienced a little engine trouble. Dr. Jeff Wallen was first to come by today and show off some nice redfish he caught earlier. His son caught one that wieghed 10.5 lbs. on the bogy grips. Joshua is pictured below with a nice 25" fish! The redfish bite remains strong! Clay Morphis Jr. another inshore legend was second to stop in and rub a little fish slime into my wounds. Clay worked the creeks and found some nice flounder action. He is on the rodeo board with a nice 4.7 lb flounder. The picture below has him holding the nice 22" flounder. Great job guys! I hope to be out there with you soon! See ya on the water!   

Live Mud Minnows are getting the flounder bite! Cut fresh mullet did the trick on the redfish this morning. As for any more details??? The fisherman seem to have lock jaw all the sudden!!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"The Week In Pictures" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/22/11
 

The week started out with a bang!  We were running charter trips to the Gulf Stream and wearing the wahoo and tuna out.  As the week rolled on our trips grew shorter, but fun none-the-less.  Here are a couple of pictures from our "at sea" camera.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Save Our Goats" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/22/11
 

This is a letter sent by Rube McMullan to the journalist who wrote the story about the State's intention to "eliminate" our goats from goat island.  This article is not the end of the goats, it is the beginning of our fight to stand up to ridiculous government intervention that has taken aim at an innocent Ocean Isle Beach attraction.  It's a call to arms.  Time to stand up and be heard yet again.  More info to come.  SAVE OUR GOATS!!!

Your article on the Ocean Isle Beach goats offers another example of why there is a national drum beat of "too much government in our lives". Here's the "real story" on the OIB goats, and the important role they serve in our community, and why the State government needs to leave them alone!

 

The charter fishing Captains working out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center all know they are in the entertainment business. This involves catching fish of course, but when the fish don't bite, creativity must be employed to insure there are happy charter customers who hopefully enjoy their experience and come back year after year. As such, when the fish won't bite, the Captains often have to pull out of their bag of tricks "wildlife viewing". This can include ospreys, porpoises, deer/ect. Just like fishing, sometime you get lucky and see these creatures, and sometimes you don't. However, the one constant over the years has been the Ocean Isle goats. They have provided many a enjoyable viewing experience for kids and adults, and most of the time, the Captains can depend on spotting them along the intercoastal waterway. Seeing  goats is interesting, sorta, but when you add the "true story" of how they got there, then you have a entertainment venue worth seeing. Here's the "real story" as told by the Captains, that has been passed down within the Captain "fish story" lore for year after year.

 

In the late 1880's, I think maybe 1887, a unidentified ship ran aground during a storm off of the Ocean Isle side of Little River inlet. Back in those days, there was no refrigeration on ships, so when long trips were being made, livestock was carried on board for the sailors to use for food. On this ship, goats were the meat of choice. When the ship ran aground, the goats were lucky enough to make it to shore[the sailors weren't], and for the last 100+ years, they have lived and thrived peacefully on the spoil islands at Ocean Isle Beach. Since goats don't swim, they have been trapped on the islands and have made themselves a happy existence for these many years, raising their families, and enjoying life in the manner that goats enjoy.

 

Now our State government wants to come in and "eliminate" the goats. The result will be to eliminate a bona fide tourist attraction for Ocean Isle, not to speak of the Captains who will now be forced to dream up a new attraction for the times when the fish won't co-operate. The goats are no problem to anyone, leave them alone, and allow this little piece of OIB lore to continue to live on. 

 

SAVE OUR GOATS!!!

Rube McMullan

Ocean Isle Fishing Center 


- Rube McMullan
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"Goats To Be Removed" | Get Busy | 04/22/11
 

Everyone who boats on the ICW near Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach have seen the goats.  Look fast because the State is removing them.Here's an article in the Star News.

While you're getting up to speed on events that affect boaters and anglers, you may want to read this article about the bill that will ban the sale of red drum, striped bass and speckled sea trout in N.C.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Black Dog's" Bluewater Trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/21/11
 

Bob Newell reports that he, Andrew Sanderson and Matt More of Harrells Store, N.C. made up the crew of Bob's "Black Dog" for an off shore trip to the blue water on Thursday the 14th.

The crew found some 74 degree water near the Steeples where they did some high speed trolling.  You can tell by the picture what the hot color was.

Thanks Bob and the crew of the "Black Dog" for the info and pictures!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More Pictures" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/21/11
 


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""Rescued"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/21/11
 

Three kittens rescued last night just before high tide would have drowned them in my canal. I have been nursing them back to health, so if anyone is interested in helping out with this rescue. Call me @ 910 579 8212. Thanks!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""What Happened?"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/20/11
 

My trips on Monday and Tuesday this week caught redfish. We were looking for the same results today with no luck. We caught the usual bluefish, trout, and a last year keeper flounder. Our flounder was 14 & 7/8 inches long...my mouth was watering, but we had to let'em go. For those who may have missed the regulation change...FLOUNDER must be 15" to keep now. I always hate it when the fish don't cooperate as planned. Although, it makes me feel a little bit better as most people I spoke with today on the water had the same result. That still bites or in this case not! Our offshore guys had quite an adventure today. That is why we call it Capt. Brant's Fishing Adventures. Fishing is not catching, so we can only guarantee an adventure you are sure to never forget. Some days you win and some days the fish win.

As the saying goes,"If you are going to be dumb, you better be tough"! Good news! We are all tough and survived to fight another day. As for the dumb part, I would say the fish agree on that one today. We will get"em next time! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"OIFC News and Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/20/11
 

OIFC Weekly News and Fishing Report

What a great week we've been having at the OIFC.  The weather has been good, the fish have started biting and many families have chosen to visit Ocean Isle Beach for their Spring Break vacation.  The excitement and energy has successfully snapped the OIFC staff out of the Winter doldrums; it's time to get to work!  There are lots of "happenings" going on.  Read below for details.


the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out - May 13-21

Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo Rodeo- May 13-21.  The annual Far Out Shoot Out is coming in only a few weeks.  Entries are being accepted now via mail, by visiting the OIFC or on-line.  To recieve tournament details and print an entry form, CLICK HERE
The Far Out Shoot Out is a Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo tournament whose winner is determined by amassing the most pounds from weighing one Tuna, one Wahoo and one Dolphin.  This combined weight must be achieved in one day of fishing; your declared tournament fishing day.  The Far Out Shoot Out extends from May 13-21, which offers eight possible fishing days.  As such, participants can choose to compete on the day that best fits their schedule and has the most favorable weather.  Participants can wait as late as 8am of the same day they are competing to declare their fishing day:  This is done by calling a designated hotline.  The entry fee is low, the fishing is great and there are multiple ways to win cash prizes. 
The event's title sponsor is the GPS Store, one of the countries largest GPS dealers, located right here in Ocean Isle Beach.  It is extremely nice to be able to walk into their store and get consultation on whatever electronics you are considering; knowing their prices are nationally competitive.  You can visit their on-line store at www.thegpsstore.com .  Also thanks to Sea Tow, the NEW Ocean Isle Marina and Marine Service Center: Little River for their support.

Shallotte Inlet Update

Last Saturday we had terrible wind ahead of the very strong front that brought all the severe weather to the southeast.  It blew an easy 30 knots with gusts over 50 knots.  As a result, all of the ocean side buoys in Shallotte inlet were washed away.  On Monday morning I emailed Gordon Myers, head of NC Wildlife to notify him of the situation.  I requested his immediate attention to the inlet as the Easter Weekend was coming up, and no doubt, many boaters would be trying to use the inlet.  I recieved a reply email Tuesday morning that his crews were scrambling all over the state repairing storm damage, but he'd try to help.  Tuesday evening a guy walks into the OIFC shop and introduces himself as NC Wildlife staff; he is here to replace the buoys in the inlet.  I was shocked.  All day Wednesday a crew worked out of the OIB boat ramp and successfully remarked the inlet, better than ever.  I have personally thanked Gordon Myers and his crew at NC Wildlife, and I hope you will do the same.  Let's go fishing!

House Bill 421 - LOWER YOUR BOAT GAS COST

Fishing friends/boaters. We need your help.We have been working with Representative Frank Iler from Brunswick County regarding a bill that would allow marinas to pass on to customers, at the point of sale, the gas tax refund due boaters for off road usage[which is not taxable]. The effect of this would be that marinas could reduce your gas cost by approximately 15-30cents/gallon[based upon recreation use or commercial use]. True, at the end of the year you can apply to the State of NC for the refund, but if you could receive the refund when you purchase the fuel by virtue of the marina discounting the price to you and the marina then receives the refund, the impact to you would be to immediately save you some money. Obviously with the increasing cost of fuel, this bill is intended to help lower your cost of fuel, and maybe encourage you to get on the water.  House Bill 421[HB421] has been introduced by Representative Iler and he needs your support. The bill has been assigned to the Consumer and Job Development Committee, and if the committee members don't hear from us fishermen/boaters as to the benefit of this bill, then it will likely die in committee. SO.....we need everyone who thinks this is a good bill to contact the Reps who are on this committee, as well as you own local Rep.

 The Reps on the Consumer and Job Development Committee are:

Danny.McComas@ncleg.net
Bill.Brawley@ncleg.net
Craig.Horn@ncleg.net
Carolyn.Justice@ncleg.net
Tim.Moffitt@ncleg.net
Phil.Shepard@ncleg.net
Fred.Steen@ncleg.net
Michael.Stone@ncleg.net
Also let Rep Iler[Frank.Iler@ncleg.net] know his willingness to introduce this bill is appreciated by fishermen/boaters.
Thanks for your help --  Rube McMullan, Ocean Isle Fishing Center[www.OIFC.com]

OIFC Summer Kickoff- Saturday, May 14, 2011

The OIFC is expanding its "Kickoff" series to include an all new, Summer Kickoff.  The event will be hosted from the OIFC on Saturday, May 14th, and much like the Spring Kickoff held in March, the event will offer free seminars, a forum for fishermen to sell their used tackle, line spooling promotions and discounts on tackle and clothing from the OIFC.  The event is completely FREE to attend.  Seminar schedule as follows:
10am:  Grouper Fishing- Capt. Barrett McMullan
11am:  Beginner King Mackerel fishing- Capt. Chris Dew
12pm:  Flounder Fishing- Capts. Jeff Williamson and Jacob Frick
1pm:    Dolphin Fishing- Capt. Steele Parks
2pm:    Cobia Fishing- Capt. Brant McMullan
3pm:    Cast net throwing lessons- 10'-12' nets  

Mark your calendar for May 14th.  More details to follow. 


Fish Report

Inshore:  The Redfish are still biting.  They are all through the marshes and creeks, moving into the grass on the rising, high tides and then pushing out along the edges of the grass during the low, falling tide.  Some guys are starting to get aggressive and move into the grass flats at high tide to catch the Reds.  Preferred baits have been Berkley Gulp Shrimp, Berkley Gulp Crabs or live mud minnows.  The Flounder are just now beginning to show up.  Tubbs inlet is starting to hold a few fish, but its still a couple of weeks before that fishery really kicks off.
Nearshore:  We caught the first Spanish Mackerel of the year yesterday.  The OIFC charter boats have been trolling along the beach front and around Shallotte inlet, catching lots of Bluefish over the past week.  As the beach water temperatures have now risen into the mid to upper 60's, the Spanish are beginning to show.  There have been scattered reports of Atlantic Bonito being caught, mostly down towards the General Sherman wreck off Little River.  Best of all, a couple of early season King Mackerel have been caught near the 390/390's and General Sherman wreck.  The weather is forecast warm all week, and the Mackerel fishing will greatly improve over the coming week.  
Offshore:  The Gulf Stream has really gotten going.  A variety of Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo and Mahi are providing good action for trolling and jigging boats.  Yesterday Capt. Chris Dew and Steele Parks guided the Kinner party from Annedale, VA on a Stream trip.  They started out West of the Steeples where they found little action.  As they neared the Steeples, they found a good temperature edge and rip where the Blackfin Tuna were schooled up; happily taking rigged Ballyhoo and tuna feathers.  Capt. Steele predicted a late bite due to the full moon, and at 1pm the fish promptly went to chewing.  The crew stayed overbusy doing battle with Blackfin, Wahoo and Mahi.  At day end, they had landed two Carolina slams consisting of four NC Citation size fish; 38 pound Blackfin (2 pounds off state record), 30 pound Blackfin, 56 pound Wahoo, 54 pound Wahoo -- along with quite a few other smaller Blackfin and a couple 10 pound Mahi.  
Although previous day's Stream trips were not quite this successful, all trips have yielded Blackfin, Wahoo and Mahi.  In addition, vertical jigging has been a great way to break up the day; yielding plenty of Amberjack but also giving up the occasional monster Grouper that makes the effort worth while (Grouper season is closed until May 1).
Overall, the fishing is really starting to pop.  Spring fishing will soon turn to Summer, so don't waste time in getting on the water to take advantage of this small window.  



- Capt. Brant McMullan
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