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"Citation Black Fin" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/15/11
 

Daniel Simmons, along with his wife Amber came to the OIFC aboard the Reel McCoy Contender with a 27.2 lb black fin tuna they caught in good looking 300 ft deep water.  Daniel commented that the water would be perfect when the kings come in.  The tuna was citation size and took the lead in the rodeo..
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Good Luck" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/15/11
 

Good luck to Captains Brant and Steele on their charter to the Stream today.  This may be the last good day for the weekend as NOAA has posted a small craft advisory after midnight tonight.  The 2 key words are NOAA and predicting.  They have been known to ruin perfectly good weekend fishing days.

Also I was in touch with a couple of commercial hook and line anglers out of Southport who said they struck out yesterday. I don't think they fished the Steeples or the Blackjack and it's impolite to ask where they fished, especially a man who makes his living fishing.  We'll just have to wait and see how it goes today.  <*(((><


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"stream report" | Real-Time Update | 04/14/11
 

Bob Newell, Andrew Sanderson and matt Moore teamed up today to break in the new fishing season. They reported lots of wahoo action fishing the blackjac k to steeples area. They had 9 Hopkins and hosted 3 wahoo 30-40 pounds. They caught most fish high speed trolling. Looks like the bite has started. Steele and I are going tomorrow. Stay tuned. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"sea bass assassin" | Real-Time Update | 04/14/11
 

The brown party from Charlotte and Atlanta is wearing them out. Nice day on the water. 2 miles offshore. NOAA needs to see this. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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""Add whiting to the list"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/14/11
 

I beat few banks yesterday and headed for the flooded grass flats looking for the redfish. The first bank that I hit produced trout and bluefish. As I rounded the corner approaching a deeper hole, I got a bite. Pretty aggressive hit and not a bad little fight. I thought it was going to be a flounder, turned out to be a whiting. Thats right! Add that one to the artificial list. That is the first whiting I have ever caught on artificial bait. I proceeded to catch a spot on the next cast. I would hate to see what I could have done with blood worms. I caught a couple more bluefish and then headed for the grass flats. On my last trip I had spotted some reds tailing in the back of a creek, but spooked them as I approached. I headed back to that area, but never saw any signs of fish moving through the grass. Mullet are thick and the redfish shouldn't be too far away. I watched Capt. Mark Dickson work a flat across the marsh from me where I have seen fish this past week as well. I am not sure if they hooked up or not. The wind was blowing pretty hard out of the WSW making spotting fish difficult. The water was silted up pretty good as well. Regardless, I am sure the redfish are there at some point and I will be back. The first part of next week looks great in the morning to hit the grass flats. See ya on the water!   
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Today's Action" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/13/11
 

Captain Brant and Captain Chris Dew are taking the newly repowered (twin 300 hp Yamahas) World Cat on a couple half day charters.  The guests are interested in catching and releasing sharks.  They're going to try to throw in a couple other species also.  We'll see later in the day.

Remember, Capt. Brant has a couple of openings for the Crew Matching trip Thursday.  And don't forget to enter the Rodeo.  The flounder and red fish bite is on!  <*(((><


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Tommy Can Hear Flounder" | Get Busy | 04/12/11
 

Our friend Tommy Helms is back on the water.  This time with Captain Dan "Rattlesnake" Ratley.  The duo located some 70 degree water in a creek near Little River.  They did not start fishing until about noon, but caught and released several undersized flat fish, including 2 that were barely legal.

Dan, a noted off shore fisherman, was manning the rods. At one point Tommy told him he had a fish on.  The fish was a 4" flounder.  Dan couldn't believe Tommy could hear a flounder bite.

Tommy usually has pictures to support his reports, but forgot his camera. Hmmmm....


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Stream Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/12/11
 

I did get some good news from a couple of boats that made the Stream on Saturday and Sunday.  The weather conditions were'nt that great, but they did pretty good on catching.  Water temperatures were cool at 69-70 degrees, but both boats reported catching a couple of Wahoo, several Blackfin in the 15-25 pound range and yes, even a few Mahi.  The weather looks good for a Thursday trip and then the weekend looks like it will blow before giving way to a very nice early next week -- typical, wind blows on the weekend.  Anyway, I'm looking for the Stream fishing to get good starting immediately as we are coming into prime time.  Break away from work and go fishing- it is time!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""Weird Day?"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/11/11
 

Wow! The weather looked promising for a good day on the water today. Winds were light this morning and the tide was low. We hit the first creek and found a strike netter making a little racket. We moved on to another creek and saw some redfish, but they spooked before we could make our move. We headed on down the creek and Kristin caught the first fish of the day. A nice little trout. We worked the entire creek until we just couldn't go any further. Mr. Phil hooked a little trout there, but didn't quite get him all the way to the boat. I decided to head back to our first creek, thinking maybe the fish had time to settle down. The strike netter was still busy at it. We went on past him as the tide was high enough to get further back in the creeks. We rounded the corner and I spotted some redfish pushing along the grass. About the time I pointed them out to my crew they made us. They headed for deeper water and we could never locate them or get them to bite. I decided that this area was completely rattled from all the commotion earlier. We moved on, but could never really get on the bite. We ended the day with a few trout, a flounder released at boat side, a blue fish, and 5 croaker. The weather? Well, the fog didn't go away until late this afternoon. The tide? I guess the quarter moon was causing a neap tide today. The tide never started to pull, it was very weak. Good news! I survived to fish another day! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Lookn' Up" | Get Busy | 04/11/11
 

Spent some time today talking with a couple of fishermen this evening.  One an excellent off shore angler, and the other an in shore expert.

The off shore  guy said he and his crew braved the wind Saturday and made a run to the Stream.  They were in head seas going out.  The wind shifted and they were in head seas returning.  While at the Stream they hooked a wahoo that striped 250 yards of 130# top shot on 130# braid.  They kinda horsed him and pulled the hooks.  They also hooked up some black fin.  Things are lookn' up in the Stream.  He said he felt like he'd been in a fight when they got back.

In shore, 70 degree water was found in a couple places in the ICW and the majority of the water in the shallows was 70 degrees.  He and his partner were scouting some areas today and said the bite was a little slow, but the flounder are starting to show up.

  Behind Cherry Grove, which usually fires off shortly before the bite around OIB, is starting to pick up.  Usually some big flounder come from Dog Inlet.

Remember, the Rodeo allows fish caught anywhere to be weighed in at the OIFC  and count in the Rodeo, so long as they are weighed in the same day.  You can bring them by boat, car, moped (if you lost your license because of a DWI), scooter  (if you have your license), bicycle or foot.  Heck you can even sky dive your fish.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Galapagos Itenerary" | OIFC 1- 36 | 04/10/11
 

Day 1, 2011
- Arrive in Guayaquil, EC.
- A company host will be outside of admissions area waiting to greet us.
- Hotel van transfer to Oro Verde Hotel 5 Star and Casino
- Night at Oro Verde Hotel
- Dinners at your leisure (not included)
 
Day 2, 2011
- Breakfast at the Oro Verde Hotel
- Private transfer to Guayaquil airport with company guide
-Flight check-in and Galapagos screening procedures. A company guide will help us with this
- Depart Guayaquil to San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
- Arrive in San Cristobal (You will be one hour behind mainland Ecuador)
** Pay the Galapagos National Park admission (currently USD 100.00) upon entering the park
- Host will be outside of GNP admissions area waiting for us to take us to hotel
-Transfers from Airport to Galapagos Hotel. Hotels to be confirmed depending on availability
- After we check in, we have time to rest a little and change for the Lobos Island and Kicker Rock TourTime: 3 to 4 hours approximately private boat transfer
-Enjoy the afternoon at Lobos Island where we will be able to snorkel in the pristine and clear waters with sea lions, sting rays and reef fish. All snorkel gear will be provided. Next if you have energy left venture to the Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock) and see the vast rock formations protruding from the water and the animals that live amongst them. (Snacks and beverages included)
- After tour return. Night at hotels, depending on availability
- Dinners at your leisure (not included)
 
 
 
 
Days 3-4-5 and 6, 2011
- Breakfast at the Hotel or aboard the boat
- Full day of fishing aboard boats 34, 35 and 36ft custom sportfishers with twin outboard engine, fly bridge, fighting chair, tackle and crew
- Beverages, snacks and lunches on the boat are included
- Depart 7:00 am and return to port approximately 5:00 pm
- Night at hotels
- Dinners at your leisure (not included)
 
Day 7, 2011
- Breakfast at the Hotel
- Return flight San Cristobal to Guayaquil and transfer to Hotel Oro Verde 5 Star and Casino.
- Night at Hotel Oro Verde 5 Star and Casino
- Dinners at your leisure (not included)
 
Day 8, 2011
-Breakfast at Hotel Oro Verde
-Hotel transfer to airport
- Depart Ecuador
 
Included:
-Local airfare Guayaquil-San Cristobal-Guayaquil
-All guides, hosts and transfers
-All hotels
-Breakfast at hotels and lunches while fishing and on tours mentioned
-Sodas, water, beer and more beverages while fishing
-All tours mentioned (additional tours can be purchased from company representative)
- Fishing days mentioned
- 4 days fishing
-Tackle, bait and crew
 
Not Included:
$ 100 USD Park entrance fee to Galapagos. Entrance fee subject to change without notice
INGALA Cards
Tips for captain, crew and guides
Liquor
Dinners and lunches where not mentioned
* The Ecuadorian Government has mandated as of February 25th, 2008 that all passengers now have to pay $10.00 US for INGALA card in order to enter into the Galapagos. Your host will assist you.
 
** Upon entering Galapagos in San Cristobal you will be briefed on their natural habitat, disinfected (As to not carry any bacteria or microscopic organisms to the island.), given rules of the islands and will be charged $100 US per person as entrance fee into the Galapagos National Park.
 
Passports are necessary for travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos. Please make sure to pack your passports first.
 

- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"2011 Trip Announced" | OIFC 1- 36 | 04/10/11
 

And the winner is.............The GALAPAGOS!!!  January 30, 2011 - February 6, 2011.  More details to follow.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Galapagos Islands is on the Map for 2009!" | OIFC 1- 36 | 04/10/11
 

Breaking News!!! Just in, the OIFC's Traveling Fisherman program has signed on for what is sure to be an unbelievable fishing adventure to the fertile and untouched waters off the Galapagos Islands in South America.  After a significant research effort and logistical planning we are pleased to announce the latest exotic fishing expedition for the Traveling Fishermen program. One of our many goals with this program is to plan, organize and offer unique fishing excursions to our OIFC fishing friends.  When I first began researching new destinations for the Traveling Fisherman I knew we had a lot to live up to after the super succesful trip to Panama in 2008.  Not just any destination or operation would suffice.  Fortunately I was able to locate Capt. Pete Santini and his fishing operation on San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos.  I stayed in contact with Capt. Pete through the winter fishing season and his daily reports were more than enough to convince me this was the spot we needed to go.  The Galapagos Islands are known for their tremendous array of wildlife including perhaps their most famous inhabitants the enormous turtles.  These islands are those that Charles Darwin wrote about in his journals describing the creatures as of not of this planet.  Little did many know that the sportfishing was equally as "wild" just offshore of the islands.  The biggest sport fishing draw is the abundance of marlin.  On numerous occassions this winter Capt. Pete reported more than 20 shots at marlin and on several days over 40 shots.  They catch mostly stripes, but blacks and blues are not at all uncommon.  In addition there is a great giant big eye tuna run, plenty of yellowfin tuna and wahoo.  I will continue to update this page as I learn more about this untapped fishery. 

We are now taking reservations for this trip!  There is room for only 9 fishermen/fisherwomen so if you have interest be sure to contact me immediately.  captbarrett@oifc.com


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Benefit Redfish Tournament" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/10/11
 

HI folks, just wanted to let all of you inshore folks about an upcoming redfish tournament that ALL of you need to fish.  Eric Powell, who operated New River Marina in Snead's Ferry, has been faced with some serious health issues recently and friends and locals have organized a benefit redfish tournament to raise money for him and his family.  The tournament will be held April 30 at New River Marina, with the capts. meeting on the 29th.  Sponsers are putting up a guaranteed pursue, so all the proceeds from the entries are going to Eric and his family.  Eric always fished our inshore tournaments at the OIFC in the past, so lets show some support and go fish this tournament.  Not knowing the area and being afraid of not being competitive aren't reasons not to fish this one.  For you Facebook users, here is a page that has been set up...http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=156298611097375.   If you have any questions call (910) 327-2106.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Split Charter" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/10/11
 

Lets try this again.  The weather made this weekend a bit questionable.  This Thursday, while during the week is looking like the best shot for weather and water we have had in quite a while... We fully anticipate this being the first shot at consistant good fishing we have had this year.  Come on and go fishing aboard our comfortable, fast 33 ft World Cat and lets catch some Wahoo and Tuna.  Cost is $375 per person.  Call 910.575-3474 to reserve your spot.  Call your friends and lets go.
- Capt. Steele Park
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""Amen Corner"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/10/11
 

Doug, Tom, and Bob from Canada joined me on a half day trip this morning. The passing weather last night had me a bit worried about having successful results this morning. We headed for a place that I landed a few red drum on Friday. The large mullet were stacked up just outside this creek mouth. I think we had a couple of short strikes, but really couldn't tell from all the mullet hitting the line. We headed on around the corner into another creek. We worked a piece of bank that has been productive lately without a strike. I had just gotten the words out of my mouth, "Sure thought we would have gotten a bite right there". Bob hooked up! NICE fish! HANG on to him Bob! ROD tip high! Let him run! Keep the line tight! Put some pressure on him! Don't let him get in that crab pot! Don't let him get under the boat! Finally, Bob landed our first fish of the day. A nice 29" 8lb. redfish. What a nice way to start the day. Bob went on to land another red drum, a trout, and a flounder to complete the slam. Doug also landed a red drum, trout, and flounder. Tom was the only one not to complete the slam, only lacking the speckled trout bite. We headed toward the River where the azaleas and dogwoods were in full bloom reminding me of "Amen Corner". Again Bob topped the day off with a nice 24" red drum. We put him in the livewell and thought about making a meal of him. Instead, we took a photo of everyone and released him to be caught another day. That is the way its done! See ya on the water!

All fish were caught on artificials again today and released in good health! Deep Creek plastics and Sea Assassins in charturese colors matched with 1/8oz. jighead is still getting it done. Good Luck!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"NEW TRIP: Traveling Fisherman" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/10/11
 

2011 PEI Extreme Giant Tuna Expedition
As promised, the next phase of the OIFC’s Traveling Fisherman program is taking shape. For the last several years, with the Ocean Isle Fishing Center serving as the common thread, groups of fishermen and fisherwomen have traveled to remote and exotic fishing destinations to find incredible fisheries and share unforgettable experiences with fellow anglers.   Up until now each of our Traveling Fisherman adventures has been scheduled during our winter months with the goal to find warm weather and hot fishing in the southern latitudes. Our next adventure will shake things up a bit as the plan is to head the opposite direction, north. Beyond cooling off, the fishing goal of this adventure is to go toe to toe with the accurately named Giant Bluefin Tuna. 
The next Traveling Fisherman destination is Prince Edward Island located in the Canadian Maritimes. On September 9th, 2011 a group of hardcore fishermen with OIFC ties will head north in search of the elusive “Grander” giant Bluefin tuna. This is a relatively easy trip to make as September 9th is the travel day; fish days are September 10th and 11th; return home on September 12th.   
FISHING:
The fishing grounds are close to shore (less than 3 miles) and typically include a run of up to an hour up or down the coast. We will be fishing aboard Capt. Greg Norton’s Downeastern style boat that was featured on the television show “Quest for the One” with Dennis Braid. Normally the day starts by collecting bait, live and dead mackerel out of a gill net. The giant tunas are located by birds, jumping fish, or marking bait balls and fish. They are then chunked up and into plain sight of the boat. Bait is either a chunk or a whole dead or live mackerel. After that…..HANG ON! The enormous tunas average 700+lbs and many are over 1000lbs- catch and release only. Angling is either done out of a rod holder with an 80 to 130lb class tackle or standup with 80 wides, and harnesses (got to give that a try!)
TRAVEL:
To get to PEI you fly direct to Charlottetown, PEI and then rent a car. The harbor is an hour car ride from the airport.
ACOMMODATIONS:
We will stay at local bed and breakfast which is located about 20 minutes from the harbor. Single or double rooms are available.  
WEATHER:
Typically during September the temperatures are chilly but can be variable much like late fall in NC. Sea conditions also vary and are similar to our late fall conditions. Fortunately the fish are typically close to shore (less than 3 miles) and the boat we’ll be fishing is very capable of fishing in any reasonable conditions.
 
COST:
Two days fishing, tips for the crew, shared rental car, 3 nights stay in bed and breakfast,- $1000 per person- holding on for dear life as a 1000lb tuna buckles your knees- PRICELESS!
(Not Included)- Dinners, boat food, plane ticket to PEI,…..visits to ER, CPR or any other medical service required after doing battle with a Volkswagen sized tuna
Personal notes: with our other Traveling Fisherman adventures I have encouraged family participation, and painted pictures of 80+ degrees, sunny skies, and umbrella drinks. This is NOT that kind of adventure. This is a hardcore fishing excursion for hardcore fishermen. Typically the action is incredible as giant Bluefin surround the boat eating up the chunked mackerel. Whoever is brave enough to put a hook in a chunk and step behind the rod is taking their well-being into their own hands. These fish will punish you especially if you dare to tangle with them stand up. It is a true test of physical, mental and equipment capabilities. With that said, I can’t think of a more attractive angling challenge for any serious sportfisherman. 
As noted this trip is limited to 5, make that 4 fishermen (I’m In!). If you have interest, contact me via email at captbarrett@oifc.com
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"SKA Small Boat Class" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/09/11
 

The SKA has change the 23' and Under Class to the Small Boat Class.  This was done because many people  had bought 24' or 25' boats only to find they could not fish the 23'and under class.

Now boats which measure no more than 23'11" at the water line qualify for the Small Boat Class.  To get the measurement, put your boat in the water.  Mark the bow (pencil is ok).  Take your boat out of the water.  Run a straight line beginning at the transom.  Run a line from the mark on the bow.  Where the lines intersect is the water line measurement.  It cannot exceed 23' 11" at that point.

Refer to the  April SKA publication of Angler for more info.  Also the SKA says they will have a tape measure and they can measure the boat on your trailer for you.  Please don't come during peak hours.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Who Let The Dogs Out" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/09/11
 

Capt. William  Parker left the OIFC on his 21 ft f.Carolina Skiff, the Hound Dog with the his system blaring "Who Let The Dogs Out".  William, like everyone else was suffering cabin fever and need his salt water fix.  Later in the day he posted that he had caught and released multiple sea bass.  June 1st hurry and get here so we can start keeping this tastey fish.

A group went to the Steeples Thursday and mostly jigged.  Daniel said the sharks ate almost everything he hooked up before he got the fish up.  Word is the Steeples is shark infested so be prepared. The "Hot Rod" Contender finished the day throwing poppers on the surface with pretty good results.

The wind blew until about 2 am this morning.  When I arrived at the OIFC at 6 am the conditions were calm and only blowing 3 to 5 at the Tower.  I could hear the surf, indicating there may be some residual waves near shore  Problem is, good water is WAY off shore..

The OIFC Rodeo is underway, so sign up.  The Far Out Shoot Out is quickly approaching (May 13-21), and Brant has his Crew Matching Program in full swing.  We're ready for the season!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Live Bait?" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/08/11
 

I have fished hard the last two days. We caught 5 bluefish and 4 trout yesterday, no drum. The blue fish are starting to show up and are scattered all over the place. Trout are here as well, but seem to be scattered as well. I caught a trout in just about every place I went today. The redfish are still hanging around. You have just got to find them. If you do, you will usually catch several pretty quick. I was able to find one group pushing water early today, but only picked off one. As the tide turned I started hitting the creek mouths and landed two more reds. I pulled the hooks on the best bite of the day and the bite shut down for the redfish. I worked that area over hard trying to get another chance at a drag screamer, but only managed to complete my inshore slam with a flounder. Every bite other than one blue fish was caught on artificials despite having live peanut pogies. I was able to locate a nice school of pogies up the Shallotte river today and fished most areas with them, with little success. You would think the trout, flounder, and red drum would light a pogy up right now. Oh well? I have also worked extremely hard in finding some live mullet minnows for my upcoming fishing days. As well as baby spot and pinfish. I'll keep you posted. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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