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"New Boat!" | Get Busy | 05/01/11
 

Saturday, Captain Jeff Williamson went with friends Charles and Debbie Davis on a shake down cruise in their new boat.  While out, they decided to try their hand at flounder fishing.  As you can see, they got the skunk out of the new boat are have taught it to catch fish!  Enjoy your boat!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Wahoo!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/01/11
 

This humble reporter must apologize for the tardiness in the fishing reports.  I have been out of town, but thankfully my sore and abused body is back in the healing climes of Paradise!

Whilst away, great friend and excellent angler, Edwin Newell sent these pictures of his son Nolan with a magnificent wahoo he'd caught.  Also check out the  flag!  Many will remember Nolan as a summer employee of the OIFC.  He has moved on to the institute of higher leaning known as NCSU.  Good fish "my bortha by anotha motha"!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"King kick off today" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/30/11
 

Weather is perfect, light winds, lite seas, water is clearing. Look for first Kings of year to be caught at Ocean Crest/Yaupon or 90/90's. Grouper season opens tomorrow!
- Rube McMullan
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""King Rube was Right!!!"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/30/11
 

Just as Rube predicted...Capt. Chris and Chris took a group of fishermen about 8 miles offshore today looking for the kings. Capt. Chris and Chris had located some pogies in front of the high rise yesterday and put them in a pen. All pogies made it through the night, which made finding bait easy this morning. Steve, Alf, Criag, and Mike enjoyed watching kings sky beside the boat and crush live pogies in their spread. It took a few hook ups before honing in on their skills, but finally a nice 15 pound king was boated. The crew ended up with 4 nice kings in the boat. The weather looks great for the next two days, so get out there. They are here!!! Just look at the picture. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Just One More Inch"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/29/11
 

Derwin, Bob, and Ray joined me for a half day inshore trip this morning. Despite a cold front passing through late last night our hopes remained high. The water clarity was surprisingly clear considering the windy conditions the last few days. We headed to our first spot looking for a flounder bite. No dice...just a redfish...we gave it a few minutes before heading to a spot where the redfish have chewed in the past. The redfish have not shown up there yet. We moved to the waterway to fish some docks. No bites there either...we moved back into the creeks and finally found several reds just under the slot. We needed one more inch! We thought about calling Rickey and asking for that fish stretcher he sells at the store...LOL! Live mullet, mud minnnows, and pinfish were getting it done. We had two really good hits that may have been our keepers for the day, but the hooks pulled. We also caught a trout on a live pinfish. He drilled it! Check out Ray in the picture below. I would say he is relaxed and enjoying himself. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"J. Dogg's Hot Hand" | Get Busy | 04/28/11
 

The fishing report has been full of news the past couple of days so I "sat on" Capt. Jeff's report.  Capt. Jeff took the Culpepper boys who are from Hickory, N.C. on a guide trip in shore fishing.  Jeff used mud minnows, which right now are the hot bait for inshore action.  Though he didn't say where he was fishing I would guess you can tell by looking at the pictures.

It's supposed to be beautiful here in Paradise this weekend.  We hope you drop by the OIFC.  If you get the chance take a child fishing!

If you want to take a kid fishing, stop by the now famous Goat Island and pick one up.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Tuna's" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/27/11
 

Well folks, Capt. Chris Dew and I ventured into the abyss with Rick Smith and crew yesterday.  We were greeted with less than ideal conditions created by a series of Squal lines that plagued us all day.  Lots of wind, rain and the occasional lightning bolt all around us... We put lines in near the Blackjack with an assortment of Wahoo and Tuna lures including my new absolute favorite lure, the Blue Water Candy Tweener Jag in red/black and purple/black. Tuna feathers and small cedar plugs were on the menu as well. We worked 77 degree water that was as blue and clear as it can be for quite a while before finally finding fish just west of the Blackjack.  We were very excited to have several multiple knockdowns with tuna including a game changing shot at 4 fish, all were boated. When the day came to an end, we had 11 Tuna's on the boat, including a couple of small Yellowfins as well as a large Amberjack.  Suprisingly enough, the Dolphins were not around which we could not believe.  I suspect the main body of them will be here any day now with the gulf stream pushed in so close.  Its firing off down here.  Come down and take a shot at some great fish.
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Saturday is a Bluebird Day" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/27/11
 

We have an incredible opportunity at some beautiful weather and conditions for this weekend.  We are putting together a make up charter for Saturday to go to the gulf stream to target Wahoo, Dolphin and Tuna.  We have 3 spots available so call us ASAP to go.  The cost will be $375 per person.  Call 910.575.3474 to book your spot. Also, I currently have 2 spots available for the Jigging school taking place on Sunday.  The weather is also going to be beautiful Sunday and Grouper will be back in season.  Cost for that trip is $450 which includes a class Saturday night and fishing in the Gulf Stream Sunday.  Better yet, come down and fish 2 great days on the water, back to back...
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Goat "fishy" story authenticated" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/27/11
 

I've received more than a few raised eyebrows regarding the "fishy" story of the origination of the goats here at Ocean Isle. As I stated in an earlier report, there was a ship wreck off Ocean Isle in the late 1880's. Ships back then didn't have refrigeration so they carried live stock with them for a food source. In this case, it was goats, and when the ship ran aground, the goats made it to land, but the sailors didn't, thus the goats survived. Since they can't swim they stayed on the islands. 

I can report I have new info that validates[well sorta] my story. In a conversation with the executive director of the American Livestock Breeders Association, apparently they have determined our goats are "Spanish goats", a breed that is considered to be almost extinct. So, there you have it; the ship that sunk was a Spanish ship, carrying Spanish goats. Thus we now know the origination of the Ocean Isle goats. It is further rumored that the Spanish ship that sunk was carrying great treasures, and when the sailors knew they had to abandon ship, they tied packets of the treasure around the necks of the goats. It is unknown if the packets have been passed from goat to goat, or is buried somewhere on the islands where they live.


- Rube McMullan
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"Save Our Goats - UPDATE" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/26/11
 

We just got the news that Representative Ilers, Legislative Office, received word from Gordon Myers with NC Wildlife that the goat removal project has been cancelled.

Stand by for more complete details!


- Technical director-Anita
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""Spanish Attack"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/26/11
 

Capt. Charlie Wilson and myself headed out first thing this morning on a half day nearshore charter. We had Mom and five kids on board. How Dad pulled that one off? I don't know...I should have taken notes. It wasn't long before Capt. Wilson had us on the fish. We caught several blues and the spanish started in on the action as well. The little fellows wanted to head for deeper water to maybe catch a big sea monster. We headed on out towards the 460. We marked some great bottom and what looked like a big school of black sea bass. We were getting a lot of nibbles, but the action was a bit slower than expected. We did land some nice black bass, but the little guys got tried of holding on to the rods. Capt. Charlie and I elected to troll in from the 460 letting the crew sit back and relax as we headed home. We caught two of our nicest spanish right around the Shallotte ledge area. We had 10 keeper spanish making a great meal for our crew tonight.

Then the phone call from the boss. Back out on a 2 hour trip! I love it! Scott and his wife brought there two kids out to catch their first fish with us. Benton caught his first bluefish and he wasn't done there. We landed several more blues and some more spanish. All in all a great day to be on the water. Looks like we got the fishing done just in time. As the rain has just started coming down here at the OIFC. I hope our boys are get'em in the stream and have a safe trip back home this afternoon. Stay tuned for Capt. Steele's stream report. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Goat lovers rejoice" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/26/11
 

It's a great day for goat lovers as I received a call this afternoon from Carla Farmer, legislative assistant to Representative Frank Iler of Brunswick County. She had just got off the phone with Gordon Myers, Director of NC Wildlife. He advised her that the goat removal program was "put on hold". The Goats are saved! To be sure, nobody knew how many goat lovers that there are out there, but apparently our elected and state officials got the message, as they all have been bombarded with calls from the public. This proves again, if the public will rally behind a good cause, the folks making these kind of decisions will listen, and respond to the wishes of the public. Time and again, it seems like it's Gordon Myers coming to the rescue on various issues, whether it's putting the buoys back in Shallotte Inlet, or saving goats. Gordon's the Man! Good job to everyone and thanks for your help in this effort. As I understand it, the "official" word is that more study is going to be preformed on this issue, possibly involving public comment/ect. We'll keep you informed if this occurs. Thanks.
- Rube McMullan
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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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"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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"" | 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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"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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""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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"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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"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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"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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