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"Bonner Bridge" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/22/10
 

Any sportsman (woman..child) in North Carolina sooner or later crosses the Herbert Bonner Bridge that connects the Outer Banks and Hatteras Island..  Click on this link to read an update on a new bridge.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"WalMart Information" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/22/10
 

I was finishing up some shopping at the Walmart in greater Shallotte today when I ran into one of our local fishing "aces".  He told me that "the water had moved in" around the Tower and the kings were almost eating the bottom out of his boat.  He said most of the guys were pulling spoons and were killing the fish.  That if someone pulled "minnows" they could absolutely slay the kings.  All the emphasis has been on blue fins and most of us haven't really thought about kings. Maybe we need to.  I also had my bags checked by the Walmart Greeter.  I guess it was the "gangsta" look I had going in my hooded OIFC sweat shirt.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sea Bass Birthday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/22/10
 

What better family tradition than to celebrate a birthday sea bass fishing. Today is Capt Brant's birthday so me, Brant, and Caroline loaded up the Carolina Cat[with it's brand new 300HP Yamaha's] and headed out to 90-100 feet in search of the absolute best eating fish in the sea; which just happens to make it's home right here in North Carolina. We loaded up with 1-3 pounders, while dodging lots of sharks. Seemed like the best strategy was to drop on any rock, catch a couple before the sharks found us, and then move to another rock. Hopping around like this in a small area allowed us to catch the sea bass and miss most of the sharks which are thick out there right now. The weather today was perfect, but appears to be taking another downturn for the rest of the week and into next week. Didn't see any encouraging Bluefin signs, a few gannets and porpoises, nothing exciting. Hope everyone has a great Christmas; I will with a refrigerator full of fresh Sea Bass!


- Rube McMullan
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"Messed Up!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/20/10
 

Messed up!  That's what the weather man did.  The wind was supposed to blow Monday and Tuesday.  It blew hard out of the north Sunday, and then about 5 pm someone threw a switch and it stopped!  Tuna birds were thick right off the beach at Ocean Isle all day Sunday. The ocean was flat and beautiful Monday and there is not even a slight breeze now (Monday night).

I've talked with some guys who are going out blue fin huntn' Tuesday.  With the cold weather, the report of the tuna washed ashore at Ft. Fisher and the Gannets flying in our area the odds are in the favor of someone hooking up.  I wish all the anglers good luck and hope we'll have some pictures to post Tuesday evening.  Stay tuned!!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Washed Up Blue Fin" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/19/10
 

I just confirmed a report that an @80" blue fin tuna washed ashore at Ft. Fisher.  Good news is they have made it our way.  Bad news is one died and washed ashore.  Also, the  weather will not let us get out and fish for them.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bluefin Tuna Regulations Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/15/10
 

The OIFC received the following bluefin tuna regulations update from the Marine Fisheries:

Recreation/private boat:  1 fish per day per boat-27" to 59"-no fish over 59"

Charter boats:  2 fish per day/per boat- 1 can be 27" to 47", 2nd fish 47" to 59"-No fish over 59"

Commercial boats:  3 fish per day/per boat over 73"


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Plastics" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/13/10
 

It's cold, windy, Jeff and I are rigged for blue fin fishing, so there's not much left to do except read and study.  I found this article on Earth Sports, found it interesting so I thought I'd pass it along.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Uncommon Valor" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/12/10
 

What do you say?  Is it uncommon valor, or lack of common sense.  Brandon ain't skeer'd he's got plenty of sense, and a great love for in shore fishing.  I guess it's that passion and drive that motivates him to go fishing on such a raw day...rain, wind and 37 degrees.  No doubt his efforts paid off.  I'm not about to ask a man this dedicated to tell me what he was using or where he found his fish.  We'll save that for a fair weather trip.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Rain and Wind" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/11/10
 

Well folks, yet another windy, rainy weekend in OIB and at the OIFC.  The mood is a little grim around here as we all realized yesterday that it has been almost 3 weeks since any of us broke the inlet and headed to the deep.  This is the longest any of us have been off the water this year and there is a bit of withdrawl going on... Good news though, there are fish to be caught out there and we are all checking the weather forecast several times a day with cautious optimism that we will be able to get out this week. There ARE Bluefin Tuna out there, the numbers are not quite there but all the signs say, they are on their way.  Sea Bass are out there waiting to be punished and it looks like there is still a little bit of warm water left around the Blackjack and Steeples area, meaning, Wahoo's and Blackfin must still be around. Also, if you head to the deep, DO NOT forget your jigging equipment.  It was this time last year that we started really having a lot of success with jigging at the gulf stream ledges. The other news is, while it is very difficult to be "landlocked", we are doing lots of things here at the OIFC to get ready for next season.  Should be some pretty dramatic changes around here in an effort to better meet your needs.  The most exciting thing we are working on is a whole line of Custom King rigs that are being build here, in house.  These are going to be top of the line rigs using only the best products from Cape Lookout Lures, Fishizzle lures and Redfishone hooks. Not to mention Spro and AFW hardware.  The best part? A great price.  These products will be going into production any day now and we will keep you posted.  While we are staying very busy with various projects, we are never too busy to stop and talk fishing with you.  Its mighty quiet here at the shop so stop by and get some 1 on 1 time with our Captain's.  We will happily help you catch more fish. 
- Capt. Steele
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"Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/10/10
 

Well, no sooner did I send out a mass email pronouncing this weekend as a great weekend to get offshore than the weather forecast totally changed and went to poo.  Its still cold as heck and the wind has layed a bit, maybe 15kts or so, but 15kts at 25 degrees on the open water .... you do the math.  But, those are ideal Bluefin conditions.  I think there may be a few guys trying for them today locally, I'll keep you posted.  In Morehead, there's been one or two Bluefin brought in every day.  Nothing has broken open yet, but there are fish there.

We finally got the web cam fixed.  Not that there's a lot to watch, but at least now you can see the sunrise over Ocean Isle in the AM.  And occasionally maybe you can watch us pace up and down the docks messing with stuff or simply trying to burn off energy.  It is quiet here!

Hope everyone is planning a nice holiday.  Merry Christmas.  Stay tuned for updates as we get them.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Help For Ricky" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/08/10
 

I can't stand to watch Ricky struggle for a fishing report.  Here are some bluefin tuna pictures from recent years.  These ought to get your blood pumping.  Man, I'm going to go re-check my gear, sharpen my hooks and buy a new Bluewater Candy Jag.  So here you go Ricky, you can relax a little. 
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Help For A Struggln' Reporter" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/07/10
 

A good friend of the OIFC, Bryan Freeman sent the attached pictures.  Bryan heard my plea for help because the weather was keeping most people on shore.  Not so for Bryan, Daniel Simmons and Victor Jones. These brave souls battled their way to the Steeples on a cool Friday.  They marked several tuna, though Bryan said they were all little.  Not the kind size the blue fin hunters are after.  He said all they could score were  false albacore, but they did manage to land one wahoo after several break off's.  The wahoo are still here, at least they were Friday.

The pictures do not do the sea conditions justice.  Check out the stance in the pictures and the spray in the 2nd picture.

The last picture is of their wahoo dinner.  Thanks for helping a brother out Bryan!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Largest Yellow Fin Tuna On Rod And Reel" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/06/10
 

Jamie Blue posted thisYou Tube link on Facebook today.  It's of the largest Yellow Fin Tuna caught on a rod and reel.  It was caught aboard the Vagabond sport fishing boat out of San Diego on 12-6th and weighed 405.2 lbs. on a modified Penn 30W, 100lb Spectra and 100 lb mono leader.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Right Whales" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/06/10
 

Blue Fin Tuna will be here within a matter of days.  Along with them come the Right Whale.  Along with the whale come several regulations we need to be aware of.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Dive" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/05/10
 

Follow this link to Jeff Martini's (MidTown Bistro) Facebook page.  He spear fishing a wreck Captain Brant took him too.  By looking at the Fishing Report, you've shown you love the sea and fishing.  This video is beautiful!
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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""Jetty Trout"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/05/10
 

The trout bite continues to be strong! Dr. Wallen and I headed for the jetties yesterday with live shrimp. It took us longer to anchor, than to catch our first trout. We landed 8 nice trout, 3 redfish, and 2 great eating black drum. I couldn't help but try a few artificials since that is what I like to do. Artificials will work at the jetties, but it is a challenge to keep them in the strike zone. Dr. Wallen and I both landed trout on artificials. I caught a nice one on an Old Bayside shadlyn and another on a 4" Sea Assassin. Dr. Wallen caught his on a DOA Cal electric chicken. The fact is trout will readily take artificials, but the jetties are difficult to fish that way. Floating shrimp is the best way to go out there. Water temp is in the low 50's and will be dropping with this weeks forecast. As long as you can find water temp in the 50's the fish will bite. This is the time of year going shallow, very shallow is where you will find warmer temperatures. The redfish bite stays great all year long here. You just gotta know where to look and have a boat that will get you there. QUIETLY!!! Fish gulp and jigs very slow! Hang on! See ya on the water!

  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Friday and Saturday Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/05/10
 

Captain Zach fished Morehead Friday and Saturday.  There was a 90 and a 74" bluefin brought to the docks Friday.  He said there were hook ups Saturday, but did not hear of any brought to the docks.  The good thing is they should be headed here soon.  Last year it was around Dec 20th when we started getting the bite.

Captain Brant fished Friday.  He said the water was a little murky for the bluefins, although some signs were there.  He caught some kings off the Raritan and around the B.P using bluefin gear.  He said there were some kings just off the beach and the bait was just off the beach.

Looks like it going to blow for awhile so I'm going to have trouble keeping our report interesting.  But if it blows out of the north like it is now the water ought to be calm enough to fish, and maybe hook up with a king.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | Real-Time Update | 12/04/10
 

Capt kyle working on rebuiling his trout ego. Bite is on!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Not To Jinx" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/03/10
 

I don't want to Jinx the man, maybe just put pressure on him..but.....Captain Zach Faulkner, Benjy and Richie HAITHCOCK (inside stuff) loaded up the "Get Floor'd", 36' Contender and trucked her to Morehead yesterday.  It's, true 'cause I passed that huge monster on Hwy 17 yesterday.

Zach has spent the last month, it seams, tying rigs and checking gear for this day.  Let's all hope Zach does well. He's got the reputation of the OIFC on his back...no pressure "dude".....Catch 'm up Big Zach!!!

(Here's a reason to look for a slick in the water or  gannet "tuna birds" diving  to eat bait left overs.  You see that, add in some dolphin and maybe a whale or two, and you'd better be ready to hang on!)

I hope that not too much pressure on Capt. Zach!

***The You Tube video references a bait ball of mackerel.  That's not the case in N.C. or the east coast in general. The Pogy is the food of choice for our blue fin.  They follow the pogies down past our shores during the blue fin migration.  An important reason to hang with Rube when he talks about the commercial pogy netting that takes place by out-of-state boats in our waters. 

 As far as trolling bait we have just the ballyhoo you need.  Capt. Brant ordered and inspected some quality bait just for blue fin tuna fishing.  The ballyhoo he fishes come out of the same stock we sell..nothing secret, nothing special.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Bluefin Confirmed!!"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/02/10
 

The bluefin bite was confirmed on 11/29/10...a 77" 199lb. core weight hit the dock in Moorehead this past Monday...Lots of folks have been reporting whales, birds, and oil slicks. Capt. Brant is planning on doing his bluefin seminars again this year with the action already heating up out there. I have been tying topshots and Steele has an end cap built with all the tackle you need on it. We have several options in combo rods and reels to fight these monsters as well. This Saturday's weather looks to be fishable as of right now. NW 10kts. or less switching to the West seas 2 to 3....Go look for the bluefin early and then go get a wahoo! The wahoo were thick a couple of weeks ago out on the break. I would imagine not much has changed since this is usually where they stay for the winter months. It is going to be cold, but a giant bluefin will warm you up quick! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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