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"Giant Tuna Anyone?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/25/11
 

All the details are set for the Giant Bluefin Tuna adventure to Prince Edward Island Canada this Fall.  This is our next excursion for the Traveling Fisherman program out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  Prince Edward Island (PEI) is the giant bluefin tuna capital of the world.  These cool water behmouths average 700lbs but often reach weights over 1000lbs.  They come to the nearshore waters in the Fall off PEI to gorge on the plentiful baitfish before making their migration.  That's is where we'll be to greet them from September 10th-13th of 2011.  If you've ever wanted to test your manhood against the most powerful creature that swims, this is your chance.  Whether you want to go toe toe stand up style or just hold on for dear life in the rod holder, this is the opportunity to make it happen.  We will be fishing 2 days with 2 boats capable of carrying 5 fishermen each.  Currently we have 3 spots left to fill.  Contact captbarrett@oifc.com or 910-279-6104 to claim your spot.  The cost is $1000 per person and includes 2 days fishing, accommodations and transportation from the airport to the marina/hotel.  The hotel is located right on the water at the wharf and there are restaurants within walking distance.  I'm very excited to fish a new piece of turf and have the chance to do battle with a true giant.  I have a score to settle from giant tuna that whipped my butt a few years ago locally.  Check out some pics from the PEI tuna fishery, check out the tuna marks on the recorder and live bait tanks....it's about to be on.  Sign up now!
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Got Tha Touch!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/25/11
 

Captains Steele and O.C. have got the touch when it comes to blue water fishing.  The ocean today was a little less than desirable, but the Captains along with "The Parker Boys", Capt. William (Hound Dog), Charles and Fred headed to the Steeples.  They returned with 15 mahi, 10 of which weighed over 20 lbs.  William said he'd have more info. and pics tomorrow.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Steele park" | Real-Time Update | 05/25/11
 

Took capt. William parker and his 2 brothers fishing today in the gulf stream. Mahis cooperated... Ended up with 12 gaffers and 4 bailers...
- Steele Park
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"SAVE OUR GOATS" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/24/11
 

Althought the State has backed off their plans to remove the Ocean Isle goats from Goat Island, they indicate the issue is not dead. SO........in case they bring this issue back up again, I think we need to establish a legal defense fund so the Goats can hire themselves a lawyer if it turns out they need one. The public did a great job getting the State to back off, but if this comes back up again, at that point we will probably need to throw a lawyer at them to represent the goats. SO.....let's establish the SAVE OUR GOATS FOUNDATION. This will be a war chest in the event the State can't find something more important to mess with than the goats. When the State learns the goats have their own lawyer, maybe they will decide they can better spend taxpayer money than fighting a goat lawyer over a goats right to live where it wants.

We will start the process by contributing the first $100 to the account. If you would like to support this effort[with any amount you can],  please send checks made out to:

SAVE OUR GOATS

c/o Ocean Isle Fishing Center[OIFC]

65 Causeway Drive

Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28459

If it turns out the State concludes this matter is closed, we can take the money and buy special food for the goats to celebrate their victory! Thanks for you help. Rube McMullan


- Rube McMullan
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"Just Floundering Around" | Tiberias - 22' | 05/24/11
 

I was joined by Micah, J.B., Seth, and Rick today for a 4 hour backwater Adventure. As always we try and capitalize the adventure part, becuase the fish don't always cooperate. Just so happens the adventure part was a bonus today. We started out looking for a redfish at dead low tide, but it wasn't meant to be. We headed for tubbs to see if we could get a parking space. We beat most of the crowd as Capt. Jeff and myself were the only two boats at first. I power drifted towards the mouth of the inlet. We hooked our first two fish and both were keepers. Sweet! We worked the area over pretty hard, but only picked up one more small one. Meanwhile, several more boats were stacking up in the landing pattern. I decided it was time to make a move. We rolled on up to the bridge and tried for a redfish. Just wasn't going to happen on the redfish today? We moved on towards the Shallotte Inlet. We started our drift and once I got everyone situated, I pulled out the artificials. Hehehe.... I made a few cast and hooked a flounder. One of the guys traded his live bait rod for mine real quick! I chunked the live mud minnow in the next flounders mouth and traded rods with another guy. I was back to fishing artificials again. J.B. had sat down to enjoy a beverage of choice. I hooked up on a fish...redfish! Nothing like seating down drinking a cold one and reeling in a fish. J.B. landed our one and only redfish of the day. Now lets find that trout for the slam. I think we had a few chances, but we lost alot of fish today. The flounder bite was on fire though. Micah landed our largest flounder of the day at 22 inches...and yes it was on artificials. We closed the day there and headed for the dock to prepare some great eating! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"390's" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/24/11
 

Good friend Tim Gallimore (Breakwater Building and Design in Shallotte) sent these pictures of Courtney Waddell holding a 22 lb cobia and a 5.5 lb spanish they caught while fishing aboard Tim's 18 ft. Parker while slow trolling pogies at  the 390's Sunday.

Tim said there was about an acre of pogies being ambushed by blues and spanish.  He said he could not hardly pull his cast net in the boat because it was so full of pogies.

Thanks Tim and Courtney for the report and pictures.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"In Shore Action The Past Few Days" | Get Busy | 05/23/11
 

We've been covering the FOSO the past couple of days and neglected some of the in shore stuff.  As can be seen in the pictures the flounder are finally getting bigger so I can stow away my flounder stretcher.  Also Tommy Helms, flounder fisherman extraordinaire reported Tubbs Inlet full of pogies...most king fishing size.  (Thanks Rube and everyone involved for keeping the pogy boats away).

Below are some pictures of Tommy Helms with our old pal Tommy Lytten's nephew, Capt. J Dogg Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC), Ryan Neuwirth of OIB, and the lovely and gracious Miss Virgina Beckham, formally of the OIFC  and some of the nice flat fish they caught.

**** Capt. Brandon Sauls didn't catch any fish this weekend.  But I had to put this picture of him on the report.  As our t shirt says  "If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough".  After this, that saying may apply to me.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Ty's 1st fish" | Get Busy | 05/23/11
 

Ok...it may be fresh water, but this is Ty Bowman of Taylorsville's 1st fish.  Ty's family are regular visitors to OIB.  We need all the young anglers we can get to carry the torch when when we are long gone!  Congratulations Ty.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"GPS Store- Far Out Shoot Out - FINAL RESULTS" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/23/11
 

1st overall- OFFICE 2- John Munroe- 26.75 wahoo, 25.1 dolphin, 7.7 blackfin = 59.55

2nd overall- TOES UP- Richard Boles- 18.7 wahoo, 17.05 dolphin, 3.4 blackfin= 39.15

3rd overall- CARIBBEAN SOUL- Jamie Milliken- 19.05 wahoo, 18.15 dolphin = 37.20

1st tuna- OIFC- Brant McMullan -10.10 , 2nd tuna- GPS STORE- Scott Heffernan- 9.75

1st dolphin- BLACK GOLD- Don Williamson/Mike McDuffie- 32.25 , 2nd dolphin- B&C EXPRESS- Ed Coker- 25.75

1st wahoo- OFFICE 2- John Munroe- 26.75, 2nd wahoo- BLACK PEARL- David Hooks- 19.05

26 boats fished the tournament.  Thanks to all for entering and taking advantage of the 1 out of 8 day format.  The weather was not good the first weekend and most of the week, but it turned out great for the last weekend.  Most boats entered and fished Thursday-Saturday.  The only problem with this format is not many people come to either the Capt. Meeting or the Awards, as participants are dispersed since they have so much time to choose to fish.  In the past the Capt. Meeting has been a great social event with good food and camaraderie.  I hate to see this go away, but we also can't have a tournament without people who want to fish - and thus, the format attracts participation but we lose the social aspect.  I will work to come up with ideas to make this part better for the future.  Open to ideas- captbrant@oifc.com -  thanks again to all who fished and thanks to our sponsors www.thegpsstore.com , www.seatow.com , www.oceanislemarina.com and www.marineservicecenter.com -

here are some pictures from the tournament


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"RFA Fundraiser at OIFC" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/23/11
 

The Ocean Isle Fishing Center/Jolly Mon King Classic will be hosting an RFA fundraiser on Friday, June 17th from 5-7pm. The main attraction will be a dunking booth featuring: Jack Holmes (SKA director), Tim Haney (Yamaha promotions) and Brant McMullan (OIFC manager/Jolly Mon director). The event should be a hoot and I know there are MANY fishermen out there who would to see Jack dunked. Sorry boys, the safety net will be up, despite several attempted bribes to remove it for Jack's turn. Also, there will be raffles for all sorts of items from Penn, Yamaha, Star Rods, Pelagic, Salt Life, Ocean Tamer.........
This fundraiser will be held in conjunction with the Jolly Mon captain's dinner and meeting. It should be an exciting atmosphere. Family involvement is always a priority and great food will be served compliments of sponsor Guy C. Lee of Shallotte. You won't want to miss this one! ---

Contact Capt. Brant McMullan with questions- 910 367-2945 or info@oifc.com


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out- REPORT" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/22/11
 

26 boats registered and fished the 2011 GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out.  The weather was pretty tough for the first part of the week, but it really got nice by the last weekend.  The majority of the boats fished on Friday the 21st, including the tournament overall winner, John Munroe of Bald Head Island aboard the Office 2.    He and team caught all three species for a total of 59 pounds aggregate.  The largest fish scaled of the tournament was a 32 pound Mahi caught by the Black Gold team. 

I am on my way to the Gulf Stream this AM myself, so I'll have to report on the details and all results on Monday.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"In The Books" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/22/11
 

The 2011 Far Out Shoot Out is in the books and filed away for safe keeping in the OIFC  vault which is hidden deep in the Green Swamp.  The FOSO was plagued by high winds and seas the first part of the week.  But when Thursday arrived some teams ventured out to the blue water.  Friday and Saturday brought excellent conditions and that's when the bulk of the boats fished. Captain Brant will provide the final results and we'll get them to you later today.  Thanks to everyone who fished and to the supporters of the FOSO.

Below are some pictures of mahi which were brought to the dock Saturday.  Pictured are Jason Tolar, Justin Obrien, Matther Rich and Ken Rich with their 17 lb mahi.

Also pictures are Joseph Cannarella, Bo Brown, D. Brown, Ed Coker, and children Heyward Brown and Laurie Beth Brown with the group's 25.75 lb mahi


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shoulda'" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/22/11
 

Pictured below are of Mike Kidd, Will Talton, Jason Britt and Jessica Bailey, the angler who fished aboard the "Water Boader" hailing from Holden Beach with their 36.46 lb. mahi.  They wished they had been in the Far Out Shoot Out, or at least the OIFC Rodeo.  But as my loving son  would say, "you can wish in one hand and__________ in the other and get the same results".
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Not Bad for a Rookie!"" | Tiberias - 22' | 05/22/11
 

I fished Friday inshore despite being invited to fish on two different boats in the gulf stream. The bite inshore was pretty good with 9 flounder caught, 6 being over 14 inches, but only two made the new mark over 15 inches. Would have been a banner day last year. I landed every single flounder on artificials again today. I missed one trout and a flounder on topwater. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a flounder appear from under the boat to swipe at my topwater bait. Unbelievable! Well, I get home and get invited yet on another boat to the stream on Saturday. I decided why not?

I am a ROOKIE when it comes to the gulf stream. Mr. Norris Buff wanted to take his friend Ivey Curly, 80 years-old to the gulf stream just one more time. The conditions looked absolutely awesome for a smooth ride. So, I just couldn't stand it anymore...you guys twisted my arm! I just had to go! We were very lightly prepared on the equipment side. We only had two penn 30T reels and 4 penn 113h reels spooled with 30 pound mono line. We only had about a dozen or so ballyhoo rigs...three wire rigs and a few 60 pound fluorocarbon rigs. My plan...rig one of the penn 30T's deep on a trolling wieght with wire for the wahoo, just in case? I mixed the rest of the spread up with small and medium ballyhoo rigged naked, pink/white, and blue/white skirts. I also bought two rigged daisy chains from the store. I ran a daisy chain off the opposite corner of my deep line and ran a medium line just behind it. I put the pink/white on the outside rigger way back. Sent a blue/white king skirt way way way back down the center line with a small ballyhoo. Sent back a blue/white islander on the other outside rigger well back of my deep line. Then I put another medium above my deep line with a naked medium ballyhoo. Needless to say, it didn't take long! Lines were in the water around 8:45 and the long line was screaming at 9:00! We never saw the fish as it quickly released itself. I brought it in and rerigged. Outside rigger pops out! No hook up, but ballyhoo gone. I don't like springs! I needed rigging wire. Springs are fast though. Deep line takes off on short strike, I quickly drop it back, he takes, drops it, I drop back and he crushed it! Off to the races! At first the line was peeling off the reel fast, then it slowed to just a steady pull. Shark! I worked on him for a while thinking I could maybe get my rig back. Midway through fighting the shark I see a mahi jumping way back in the spread. No lines were sounding off, but I know he wasn't jumping for fun. We had slowed down trying to fight the shark and a nice mahi had found our long line. I quite fighting the shark and gave us a little speed to tighten up on the mahi. Fish on! We boated our first mahi of the day. I went back to the shark and got him all the way to the wire leader before he broke us off. I was tired at this point. I got all the lines rerigged, clear of grass, and reset like I wanted them. I headed for the cabin to get a snack and water. I didn't make it. Three lines went too screaming, mahi jumping all over the place. All three of us were fighting fish when a fourth hit the outside rigger! Nice bull! I had to take a break from my fish to gaff Mr, Norris's fish, but I did my usual farmer John hoeing episode and ended up losing the fish. I was a little upset with myself to say the least! We also lost the bull as he was able to cut through our light leader. We did land two nice cows. That is three nice fish in the box by 12:00pm. I got lines reset and we headed back over our newly marked spot. We had two more knocks downs, hooked up a with another nice cow and landed it for our fourth fish. Mr. Ivey and Mr. Norris were about pooped and were ready to head for the house. I tried my best to get them to hang out for one more good bite. We picked up one more little slinger dolphin and headed for the house by 1:00pm. Not bad for a bunch of rookies! See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Shallotte Inlet Buoy report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/22/11
 

For those traversing the Shallotte Inlet: There is plenty of water in the inlet, BUT you need to hug the green markers going out the inlet.  At marker #3, stay to the right of the green going out. Brant tried to relocate the #3 markers further to the west, but said they are buried and he couldn't move it. There is a sand bar to the east of #3, so staying to the right[west] of #3 will give you plenty of water.
- Rube McMullan
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"FOSO Pics" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/22/11
 

Brian Richard sent these pictures of the "That's My Dog" and "Black Golds" crews during the Far Out Shoot Out.  That's two forces to reckon with!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Black Bart's" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/22/11
 

Bob Newell sent this picture of a mahi they caught just off shore of the 100/400 during the Far Out Shoot Out.  They also fought a blue marlin that hit on a black bart.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Next Day" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/22/11
 

Chris Critz caught this mahi Saturday and brought it to the OIFC to be weighed today.  This dolphin fish tipped the scales a day after it was caught at 50.7 lbs.  WOW!
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"Steele park" | Real-Time Update | 05/22/11
 

Fished the gulf stream today aboard a friends boat, the Over Equipped. Fished to the east around the same ole hole. 1 nice wahoo, 6 gaffer dolphins, 2 blackfins and 2 grouper. Wish we could have had that day yesterday during the foso. Fish are still out there, just a little tough as they are scattered. Best advice I can give is fish inshore of the numbers. They seem to be holding in shallower water. Got some good video of the hoo. Will post on our youtube page asap.
- Steele Park
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"Far Out Shoot Out" | Get Busy | 05/20/11
 

Today was picture postcard of the Atlantic off the coast of OIB.  Tomorrow (Saturday) ought to be even better.  Several boats took advantage of the break in weather and hit the "high seas",  many reported a hot blackfin bite as well as mahi bite.  We had our best luck at the steeples.  Word has it that the wahoo bite is a little just before Charleston.

I took a couple of pics. my trip with Capt. Jeff B. and Toby and Rusty Russ.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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