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""Ever Fished in a Wind Tunnel"?" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/11/11
 

Well, that is what it felt like today. The wind was blowing a good 15 to 20 WNW and gusting up to 30 at times. They say the fish bite the best in a West wind. Maybe they meant a light breeze from the West? LOL! We beat it to death! Finally, a few fish bit out of pure exhaustion from seeing our baits go by them. We had a total of five bites today. We landed two redfish and a trout. Chartruese was the color again today. We threw everything else from gulp pogies to fresh cut mullet, but no takers. I really think the passing front slowed the fish down a little and the wind made things difficult for the anglers. Regardless, this crew was all smiles, as this day was much better than being in snowy Ohio. See ya on the water!   
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Inshore Rookies"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/10/11
 

I made an attempt to put a couple of OIFC's finest on some fish today. The weather would have made anyone look like a rookie today. The first couple of cast were blown way off their mark. Once making a few adjustments to the wind the casting got a little better.  Will and I both had a few bumps, but nothing willing to totally commit yet. Will finally got a hook up, but it was only for a few seconds. We moved around checking out a few different spots. We were experimenting with several different colors, but no serious takers. I finally switched over to a color that has been producing and landed a nice trout. We tried a couple more places, but the wind was really making things unbearable. We called it a day as the rain showers were also starting to show up. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Good Day To Read" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/10/11
 

It's windy, cloudy and just sort of a rotten in Paradise.  I doubt any one's fishing, maybe with the exception of Captain Jacob who is just stoned cold hard core. For me today is a good day to read current fishing events such as Jeffrey Week's article on Trout.  Click on this link to read it.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Mark Your Calender" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/08/11
 

Mark your calender for April 22 thru May 1st for Martini's Hook A Hoo Rodeo!  Click on the highlites for all the info.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Words of Wisdom" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/08/11
 

Here's some more words of wisdom from Earth Sports.  I don't know if they are always correct, but it does give some good info.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Reel Quick"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/07/11
 

Folded t-shirts until I couldn't stand it anymore today. I headed home for a quick break before CPR class tonight. I caught a second wind and realized I had about 2 hours to kill before class. What better way to pass the time? I decided to take a quick fishing trip. I hit the first creek and landed one little trout. I could have sworn a North wind was blowing when I entered that creek and landed that trout. Amazingly the wind switched straight out of the South that quick and not another bite in that creek. Wife called, so I needed to head back to the house. I couldn't stand it though, I hit one more spot on the way home. I got 4 bites and landed three of them reel quick! That is the way fishing can be sometimes. I love it! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Let's Go Fishing- Split Charter this Saturday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/07/11
 

The weather forecast for Saturday is looking very good.  We are dying to get on the water.  The boats are fueled, have brand new power and are ready to go!

Gulf Stream trip aboard the OIFC World Cat scheduled for Saturday, March 12th.  Leaves the OIFC docks at 6am and returns 6-7pm.  Trip will include trolling for Tuna and Wahoo and vertical jigging for Blackfin Tuna, Grouper, Cobia, Amberjack and whatever bends a rod. 

Per person cost = $375 (assuming 4 on board- cost will decrease if more people sign up)

To reserve your spot on this trip, call 910 575 3474 and ask for charter reservations- you'll get me and I'll get you on paper. 

Let's go fishing !!!!!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"What Fishn' Is All About" | Get Busy | 03/07/11
 

Brandon Sauls, ace in shore fisherman, the OIFC's webmaster, and fellow Crossfitter took his twins fishing this weekend aboard Brandon's new boat.  I looks like the ladies struck it rich with the red drum.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fishing For Blackfin" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/07/11
 

I ran across this article and thought I'd share it.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Boat Ramp Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/06/11
 

With the exception of the lights, the Ocean Isle Boat Ramp is open.  It has a little over 50 parking spaces, all be it they look narrow to me.  The state did a marvelous job on this facility.  Below are a couple of picks I took today.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Local Legends"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/05/11
 

Jake and I got on the water for a little while yesterday. Mommy needed a well deserved break from both of us. LOL! The first bank we hit, a small trout decided to get a little aggressive. Jake likes to ride, so we headed to another spot. We ran into local legend Clay Morphis Jr. He must have caught them all by the time we got there. We eased around looking in the water for any action. I saw one nice redfish cruise by the boat and a ton of 8 inch mullet. Jake's patience was running thin, so we headed back to house. Approaching our canal another local legend Brandon Sauls was loading his girls up in the boat. He posted pictures later on facebook showing off their success. Looks like the redfish were cooperating nicely for them. Purdy work! I am not sure when I will make it back out on the water, but I will keep you posted when I do. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Things opening all over the place" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/05/11
 

Great news folks, the OIB boat ramp has reopened with a great new facelift.  The most exciting part is that they paved the road to the actual ramp. No more beating your truck, trailer and boat going to launch.  Speaking of openings, the Giggling Mackerel opened this weekend for the season.  As always we are open.  We have extended our hours Thursday through Sunday to better meet your needs.  In addition, if the weather looks good for offshore fishing, we will open early on the weekends for those of you venturing offshore. Stop by, talk fishing, get excited and get geared up for the season.  Now is the time to do your gear checks and replace that old stuff...
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Grouper Season Kick Off" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/04/11
 

I know,  the title of this makes you think we know something you dont... Truth is,  Grouper are still closed until May 1st.  That doesn't mean we can plan ahead for it.  Capt. Brant has put together a Grouper/Bottom fishing school slated for May 1st.  In addition,  we are going to offer up the Carolina Cat, the sister boat to the World Cat for a Grouper charter for folks that want to go after them.  Unlike the usual charter system we have in place for "private" parties, we are putting together a group of anglers that just want to go fishing.  The price will be a per person price of $183.33 each(assuming 6 sign up). If only 4 sign up, the price will be $250.00 per person.  Also Capt. Brant still has some spaces open aboard the World Cat for the Grouper/Bottom School if you want a little more in depth/hands on experience. The cost for the Grouper/Bottom school is $350 per person.  Its been a long cold winter, why not start out the season with some delicious eating fish and an opportunity to get to know some folks that share a common interest that may become future crew aboard your boat.  Email Capt. Brant at info@oifc.com if you are interested in either of these trips. The OIFC is also going to offer "make-up" trips this season where folks can get together and go fishing with us.  Stay tuned for info on these trips.  We will be keeping a close eye on the weather and as it permits, we will start offering some of these trips.  Again, a great way to build your network of fishermen but also a great opportunity to learn from the folks that are on the water all the time. Upcoming trips will most likely be, Gulf Stream jigging and trolling... Now is the time to go after Blackfin's and Monster Wahoo. Not to mention Cobia, Popano, Grouper(release) and Mutton Snapper's... 
- Capt. Steele Park
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"The Fishing Matters To me Rally" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/03/11
 

Anglers from all over the U.S. met in Fla. to peacefully voice their thoughts on the many fishing regulations.  Read this article from the Bradenton Times.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Boat Ramp Paved!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/03/11
 

The OIB Boat Ramp and parking lot are now paved.  The contractor said it would cure out in a few days and be able to withstand the sharp turns of multi-axle trailers with no problem.  There are pedestals in place for lights also.  The side on the canal doesn't have a fence so larger trailers and trucks will have ample room to back in and leave the travel lane open.  The spaces were being marked late this afternoon, so hopefully we can let ya'll know how many parking slots there will be.  The only down side I see right now is we lost the parking under the bridge where some of the larger trailers backed in.  I think that's because of drainage.  I'll check on the ramp progress under the Sunset Beach Bridge and advise later.
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"Getting well" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/03/11
 

A big THANK YOU to the many folks that have expressed concern and encouragement regarding my recent prostate cancer surgery. I've turned the corner, and felling better each day, and can see my way back on the water not too far down the road.  This was a hell of a battle, not so much having the cancer, but getting rid of it. I have the highest respect for anyone who has had major surgery; recovery is tuff.

One common thread I have noticed from guys that have been thru this is their absolute willingness to share information. In that regard, here is my "boots on the ground" perspective which I will share with you. Prostate cancer is the number 1 cause of cancer death in men. However, it is treatable/curable; the trick is to catch it in time. So, the key is to watch for some common symptons. If your fishing buddies are complaing they can't get to the fishing spot because they are having to stop every 15 minutes so you can pee, that is an indication of something wrong. Getting PSA tests at least 2 times a year is critical. My PSA doubled in a year which led me to a visit with Dr. Blizzard who correctly suggested, "Houston we have a problem". That led to a biopsy, confirmation of cancer, and then surgery to get rid of it. Having the problem was no fun, but if you got to have a problem like this, have one that is fixable. That was possible beause of early detection. Men who get in big trouble are the ones that ignor the signs, have a problem and find it has moved out of prostate into limp nodes. At that point, you may have a problem that is not fixable.

So, there you have it. If you are over 50, there is a good chance you will have a problem in the next 20 years. Pay attention, be proactive, and you will be fine, and back to fishing. Thanks again for your thoughts. Rube McMullan 


- Rube McMullan
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""Seriously, What a trout!"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/02/11
 

Back on the water today. Aww...what a difference from yesterday. The wind laid down beautifully, blue bird skies, and warm sunshine made it feel like spring is right around the corner. The action started out pretty fast this morning as expected. Mr. Joe drilled a lower slot red, then another, and then an upper slot red. We picked a few more off and made a move. I found a few trout yesterday and headed that way to pass the time. Didn't take long as we had the first trout to the boat with just a few cast. We picked through several small ones and had some nice ones in the mix. We changed colors several times trying to turn the bite up. It still amazes me how color really can make a difference. I had several short hits on one color, it just seemed like they just wouldn't quite commit. Changed to just a slightly different color and next several cast they totally committed! Seriously!  We gave them a rest as the tide was looking right to go after some more redfish. Wait....Got checked by Marine Patrol...glad to see those guys out on the water. We burned it up and made it to the redfish grounds just in time. Caught five more fish really quick, with two nice ones in the mix. Decided to bring out the fly rod. Hadn't quite got that one figured out yet. Work'n on it...See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Year Round Rodeo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/02/11
 

The OIFC's Year Round Rodeo has begun!!!!  This past year was a success.  We were able to give out some good prize money and the trophies looked fantastic! We look forward to some intense competition and a large prize pot.  They more entries we have, the better the payout is and the better the trophies will look!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Gusting 35mph and catching trout"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/01/11
 

It seems that I have picked the worst days to go scouting for places that are holding fish right now. The wind was blowing terribly hard today and seemed to be coming from two directions at the same time. I was trying to find every curve, corner, or tree line to block the wind. I found a few places out of the wind, but no fish to be found in these areas. The wind has silted the water up quite a bit and with last nights rain the rivers are dirty. I kept beating the banks with one of my favorite soft plastics. Finally, I stumbled on the first bite of the day. A quick little thump, hook set, head shake, and pulled the hook. Hmm? I was looking for redfish, but that felt like a trout. Next cast, another quick little thump, light sweep with the rod, head shake, and a little trout that has survived the winter came to the boat. I worked the area over pretty hard as the wind was having her way with me. I had a ton of little strikes, but as you can imagine the bite was hard to feel. They were being pretty aggressive though, as the water temperature had approached 60 degress in this area. I landed 10 of the little guys, before I decided to put that in my file and head on down the bank. I worked my way in and out of creeks, weaving through the oyster beds. I decided to change to another bait that has done me some good here later. I worked down a particular bank with the wind helping me along, making very long cast. As I approached the very back of this creek, SMACk! I mean this fish crushed it! I have gotten some aggressive strikes out of this bait lately. I have often talked about a very slow presentation, but I have sped things up just a bit. I took some folks out a few weeks back and watched one fellow catch most of the fish. I noticed he was keeping the bait moving, almost like slow rolling a spinnerbait. When he got a strike it was hard! I have started doing that and have experiecned some hard hitting strikes lately. Not a lot of bites, but some very exciting bites! I landed a barely legal size redfish just under 27" and put that in my file. I will be back out tomorrow. I hope the wind gives us a break and we can find some more fish. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Hope For The Inlets" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/01/11
 

A N.C. Senate Subcommittee has approved a bill that would allow jetties to be constructed near inlets.  For more, read this story in the Wilmington Star News.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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