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""Dream'n Gulf Stream"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/06/11
 

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Many of you are heading for the gulf stream tomorrow and dreaming about what might happen. We didn't have much time for day dreaming today in the stream. The first line we tried to set got hit this morning. We missed the fish, but that was a great sign of things to come. We got our full spread set and the long line got drilled. Capt. Steele called out billfish! Clear the lines! Clear the lines! I started with the short rigger, but didn't get far as that to got slammed! Yet another billfish! Double hook up on White Marlin!! I handed off the rod to the crew and began clearing the outside rigger. Again, as I reeled quickly to clear the line a mahi slammed the bait! Game on! We landed the mahi first and then both White Marlin for an awesome start to our day. After a few pictures and a quick wash down, we got busy setting lines. We were way off our numbers after fighting the White Marlins, so we had time to get set. As we got near our numbers flying fish were getting up everywhere. A mahi skied out of the water and ate one mid air just to the right of our boat. Awesome! It wasn't long before we had one grey hounding across our spread. After a couple of blackfin tuna and a mahi we were back to trying to get our spread fully set. Capt. Steele had his side set, I was still working on my outside rigger. Capt. Steele yells out, "There he is!" I glance back and didn't see anything. I was trying my best to drop my lines back. That is when I noticed the line I was trying to set peeling off the reel. I engaged the reel and game on! Awesome wahoo bite! He threw a rooster tail all the way across our spread and put on a show! Those are just a few of the high points for us today. We ended it with 2 wahoo and a mahi right at the end of our trip. Our total count of fish landed today was 4 Wahoo, 6 mahi, 2 blackfin tuna, and 2 White Marlin released at boat side. I hope you guys get to live the dream tomorrow! See ya on the water!  
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/05/11
 

Brrrrrrr - temperature on land 48 degrees this morning.  The guys had a morning half day and got confused and loaded up the Bluefin rods.  The wind is blowing, but forecast is to lay down and be pretty nice the next few days.  We have a Stream trip Friday, so we'll report on the latest.  Action in the Stream has been very good this past week. The Dolphin are really showing up good, which keeps everyone active in between Blackfin Tuna and Wahoo.  The Grouper jigging has been pretty good as well, particularly in the 150-300 foot depth range.

I am hosting a Gulf Stream trolling class coming up May 14-15.  The land class is the PM of the 14th and the fishing is all day the 15th.  I have ONE spot available- cost is $450 per person- call 910 367 2945 or email info@oifc.com for details and to sign up. 

Stand by for more reports. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""Gulf Stream Trip!!!"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/05/11
 

This Saturday's conditions look great to head for the gulf stream. We have four spots available @ $375 per person. The gulf stream action has been hot to say the least. Don't miss out on a great opportunity to catch some great eating fish. Grouper season is open allowing for some great bottom fishing as well. Give us a call 910 575 3474...
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"" | Real-Time Update | 05/05/11
 

We have filled the split party gulf stream trip for Saturday. One boat to stream tomorrow and both boats to stream Saturday, we hope to report great things.d Also got word of kings caught this pm off ocean crest pier. Lots of pogys there too. Stay tuned
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Noise Pollution And Fish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/04/11
 

What????  Studies say that most people do not click on links, but you have got to read this about noise pollution!!  I don't know whether to take it seriously or laugh!  It's not April 1st is it?
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Judy's Whopper" | Get Busy | 05/04/11
 

Captain Tommy Helms sent these pictures, one of which he named Judy's Whopper, a short (to say the least) flounder caught in Tubbs Inlet

Tommy redeemed himself in the next picture.  But, if you notice the picture was taken while the flounder were on the dock.  Tommy didn't bother to say where he caught them.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Chris" | Real-Time Update | 05/04/11
 


- Capt. Chris Dew
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"Steele park" | Real-Time Update | 05/04/11
 

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"Steele" | Real-Time Update | 05/04/11
 

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"Steele" | Real-Time Update | 05/04/11
 

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"Gagzilla" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/04/11
 

Brian Richard sent me these pictures from a trip he took along with Robert and Tony Hughes, and Tim Gallimore aboard Capt. Todd Helf's "Almost There" hailing from Ocean Isle Marina.

Tim won the fishing pool with a 46# 46" Gag which was caught in 200 ft. of water around the break on live bait.

Congratulations guys and thanks for sharing your pictures and information.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Goats We Saved" | Get Busy | 05/04/11
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (OIFC/Get Busy) took a group of folks to the dredge spoils behind OIB where our goats reside.  The purpose of the visit was for the group of professionals to study the goats.

I'm not about to attempt to guess what Captain Jeff is doing squatting in the brush.  I'll leave that up to your imagination.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Little Tuna" | Get Busy | 05/04/11
 

Captain William Parker fished the AR 460 this week and caught some Bonita.  William said they hit about 50 yds back on 00 Clarkspoons 8 ft. behind a pink bird with 25 ft floro-carbon leader.  Captain Parker said he also spotted pogies west of the Shallotte Inlet.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Gul Stream" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/03/11
 

Captains Steele Park and Chris Dew traveled aboard the OIFC World Cat to the Black Jack Hole with a charter consisting of business associates Will McKnight (Charlotte &OIB), Bob Feury (Hartsville SC) Dave Dailey (Saratoga Springs NY) Joe Bianchi (Columbia SC) & Steve Giles (Hartsville SC).  The crew fished the 74 degree water using cedar plugs, ballyhoo and Roscoe Jigs.  In addition to a yellow fin tuna, mahi, & black fin was a 41 # wahoo.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Finally, Time to give a report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/02/11
 

Its been a long weekend of fishing with tales of victory and defeat.  Saturday Capt. Zach and I took a "make-up" Charter to the gulf stream.  We started at the Blackjack trolling and immediately caught a decent Blackfin.  My immediate thought was that it was gonna be a great day.  After making several passes in the area that we received that first bite, I realized that the blackfin that bit must have been the only hungry one down there.  After covering the blackjack pretty well,  we started trolling east.  Around Gene's ledge, we picked up a nice Dolphin.  Again, no other takers.  When we arrived at the Steeples we found the "fleet" fishing several area's of bottom.  We picked at another dolphin and blackfin and saw really no major activity.  We decided to do a little jigging late in the day and were rewarded with a Huge Grouper(released)  and a bunch of AJ's.  It was a beautiful day on the water with ideal conditions.  I heard later that the bite went nuts up at the Same Ole hole with lots of Wahoo, Dolphin and Blackfins.  Upon Arrival back at the docks, I was greeted by my jigging class.  Capt. Zach took care of all of the cleanup of tackle, fish, boat and gear for which I am very thankful.  The class consisted of John Volosin, Terry Clifton(a.k.a. Amberjack Boy), Sandi Dunn(a.k.a Mahi Mayhem) and Steve Cargal(a.k.a Scuba Steve).  Captain Chris Dew came along to help out as well.  He has proven himself to be an outstanding wheel man when jigging.  The class was very casual, covering the basics of jigging and discussion about technique, knots and a game plan for the next day.  Sunday morning (open season on Grouper) came and we headed offshore to the south, armed with a ton of jigging gear.  I also took along some trolling gear, knowing that my crew would need a break at some point during the day.  Within a few minutes of arriving at the Macmarlen ledge, we were rewarded with Sandi's huge 22lb gag grouper on a BWC Roscoe jig.  A couple of minutes later, Steve hoisted a 18+ lb Gag into the boat... It was ON.... A few minutes later, it was Scuba Steve with yet another 12+ lb Gag.  While this was going on, Terry was steadily pulling up Amberjacks.  A short while later, John got a Nice Gag within site of the boat but it came unbottoned  from the hook.  The action slowed a bit from there so we headed out to the Winyah Scarp and took to jigging again.  I had to get in on some of this action and actually struck first blood with a huge Scamp.  John followed me up with another VERY nice Scamp.  Terry hooked up with a nice fish and as it got near the surface, it was a beautiful American Red Snapper which we promptly released.  It swam away just fine as were were not in super deep water.  Its a funny thing about jigging.  Everything is quited, the motors are in idle, there is some idle chit chat going on and then you hear someone grunt like they are being pulled overboard.  I heard that familiar grunt and saw Steve doing everything he could to stay upright in the boat.  He was hooked up to a BIG fish.  After a 10 minute battle, we had the first signs of what was on the other end, a 7 foot long shark.  He did battle with the shark for another 10 minutes before we released it to fight another day.  By this time, my crew was wiped out so I offered up a little trolling to give them a break.  Oops... Apparently the fish gods were not handing out breaks because a short while after starting to troll, we had a nice Dolphin on the line.  This was followed by another, and another, and another and then 2 at a time and finally a nice 25+ Wahoo came tight on the line.  As I said before Sandi is now known to me as Mahi Mayhem because of a situation that occured during a photo op.  She was holding up a small dolphin for a picture which was no big deal.  Well, this dolphin decided it was going to try to bite her like a vampire, then try to shake free,  everyone on board was covered with Mahi blood, the boat was covered.  I have never seen such craziness from one little fish.  After trollingfor a while, we went back to jigging. The bite had slowed a bit with the East wind picking up but there was a bit of a ray of light.  Terry was still working on the Amberjacks with authority.  He managed a great big Amberjack to finish out the day.  Everyone agreed that it was an outstanding day on the water.  Thanks to the folks that participated in this class.  We may be doing another one.  Let us know if you have some interest in getting in on this school and we will set one up. 


- Capt. Steele Park
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"More Pics from recent trips" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/02/11
 


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"The Bachelor" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/02/11
 

I have never watched "The Bachelor" on TV.  But after meeting these guys who were here on a "bachelor party weekend", I'd given a million dollars to watch their show.

The crew consisted of Henry Boyd (Belhaven, NC), Matt Fehling (D.C.), John Fowler (Charleston, SC), Tim McNeill (Southern Pines), and Ryan Paschal (Southern Pines).  The Captains were Captains Chris Dew and Chris Dawson.  As this was a 4 hr. trip they didn't go far out and spent the morning blue fishing and spanish fishing.  They seemed to have a ball!!  I get the last word...GO DUKE!!!!!!!!!.haha


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Off Shore/In Shore" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/02/11
 

Captain Jeff Beck, Ritchie Heywood and I took the "OIFC It Works" out for a shake down run mid morning today.  After that we elected to hit Tubbs Inlet on the "OIFC Talechaser".  This time flounder fishing was on the agenda.  Armed with OIFC Select mud minnows, the docks were the target area.  Slow trolling turned up a half dozen flounder, including the one Ritchie is holding in the picture.  I understand the Jeff Beck family is having fresh flounder for supper.  Living at the beach is tough, but somebodies got to do it!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shallotte Inlet report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/01/11
 

I surveyed Shallotte Inlet the other day at low tide and here is what I found. Plenty of water to enter the inlet from Ocean Isle by hugging the beach just like we have done for years[stay off of beach approx 50 feet]. When you make the turn watch out for the bar protruding from the beach, but plenty of water at tip of beach[drops to 20+ feet]. Follow the cans on out, plently of water until you get to can #3[green]. Stay to right hand side of #3 and there is plenty of water. Between the cans[#3 and #4 is a sand bar]. When Brant gets back in town, he will contact NC Wildlife and get their permission to move #3 and #4 as they need to be shifted west from their current location. From there on out there is plenty of water.

I was surprised, there seems to be plenty of water in the inlet[I marked approx 4-5 feet at low tide at shallowest spot]. Come on down, conditions this week will allow for water to continue to clear up which should translate into an excellent early spring king bite in the Ocean Crest/Yapon beachfront, as well as 90/90.  Some pogies have already been found along the beach.


- Rube McMullan
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