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""Steady Bite"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/14/11
 

Fished all day yesterday looking for that new honey hole. I can't say that I found anything that produced that magical bite yesterday. I picked up one here and one there. I also was on a scouting mission trying to find out just where I could take my boat before getting stuck. I found a place that looked promising, but did not see any fish other than large mullet. I am sure the redfish will be there at some point. All the canals have switched over to mostly trout, just a few puppy drum still hanging out. A few flounder have crawled out of the mud and getting hungry. It won't be long before an all out bite will bust loose in our backwaters. With that said get prepared! I ended up catching 8 trout and 3 redfish yesterday. See ya on the water.

I will be giving a seminar on March 26th on how to use artificial baits to catch trout, redfish, and flounder. The owner of Deep Creek Lures will be here at the OIFC showing off some of the artificials I love to use. Henry Smith has designed some of the best looking baits and colors I have seen in a while. Stop by and check it out! Proof is in the last several reports that these baits work great! This is the only place you can get'em, so you better get'em while the gett'n is good! March 26th 10:00am!!!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Spring Kickoff" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/14/11
 

A reminder that our annual Spring Kickoff event will be Saturday, March 26- 10am-3pm+.  There will be free seminars including topics on Speckled Trout, Monster Redfish, Kite fishing and targeting Blackfin Tuna.  We will again off the line spooling promo, with line at $.02/yd (please bring your reels with NO line on them).  The always popular used tackle forum will be in high gear as I know of quite a few folks planning to bring their gear to sell.  Bring yours too and find it a new home.  Finally, the OIFC has done alot of house cleaning this Winter and we've got some great deals on some very nice stuff.  Name brand lures and clothing up to 60% off.  Mark your calendar, see you at the OIFC on March 26th.  And, IT IS ALL FREE
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Concerned" | Get Busy | 03/13/11
 

The OIFC received the new fish size and quota regulations from the N.C.M.F. yesterday.  On it the flounder size was shown to be 15 " which is in conflict with the information provided by the N.C.M.F. on their web site.  I'll try to get clarification.  If anyone has further info. let us know.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Lets Go Get'em..... " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/13/11
 

Well folks,  I know its short notice but this week is looking VERY good for fishing. Unfortunately, this time of year, all we have is short notice. Looks like some GREAT weather and GREAT 72+ degree water in the gulf stream.  Monday and Thursday look like the best days to go with winds less than 10kts and long period swell on tap... We have availability on the boats if anyone wants to go.  We are looking for 4-6 folks to go.  Give us a call at 910.575.fish to book your spot.  Cost will be $375.00 each, less if we get 5 or 6.  Targeted fish will be Wahoo, Blackfin/Yellowfin Tuna.  If that is slow, we will do some Bottom Jigging for Cobia and BIG AJ's, but with a temp shot like this, it wont be slow.... Come on out and lets break in these new 300hp Yamaha's the right way...
- Capt. Steele Park
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""Carolina Slam'n in March"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/12/11
 

Started of this morning working in the store. Aww....what a beautiful morning! I was itching something terrible to get on the water. Finally, I got out of there around 2:00...just in time for the last bit of outgoing tide. Usually some of the best fishing is had during this tide, especially this time of year as the water gets warmer as the shallows drain. I did find some 60 degree water, but no fish were willing to bite in that area. I picked Tubbs Inlet apart today along with two kayakers. Lots of mullet and pelicans diving everywhere. I never got a bite in there and the two kayakers said the same. I headed toward the bridge and got my first bite of the day. First flounder of the season for me. Not much else happening at the bridge so I moved on. I worked a few more areas and was about to give it up. Then a red drum hit the bait, but kind of hesitate as I barely had him hooked. I worked that area over pretty hard and again was on my last cast before calling it the day. BAM! Speckled Trout absolutely hammered the bait! Amazingly, with lots of presistence I was rewarded with my first Carolina Slam of the year. I hope to have plenty more of those to come this year! See ya on the water!

I will be giving a seminar on March 26th on how to use artificial baits to catch trout, redfish, and flounder. The owner of Deep Creek Lures will be here at the OIFC showing off some of the artificials I love to use. Henry Smith has designed some of the best looking baits and colors I have seen in a while. Stop by and check it out! Proof is in the last several reports that these baits work great! This is the only place you can get'em, so you better get'em while the gett'n is good! March 26th 10:00am!!! 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Seriously, Weatherman!"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/12/11
 

I do believe the weatherman has scared us all from making our first run to the gulf stream this year! Current conditions at the tower....NNW 5 knots...Wave height 3ft....Wave period...12 sec...The wind is already starting to turn out of the SSW here. That means I can see slick spots in the ocean from the porch here. I can almost hear the drags screaming off the reels. NO WAIT! That is just my ear ringing from the pure silence of disappointment in the weatherman!

On a different note...Trout are starting to bite in the creeks and a few flounder have come out of the mud lately. The redfish are still hanging around, but seem to be under lots of pressure or just in transistion. It is getting time for the reds to start feeding on soft shell crabs and they will be difficult to catch without that bait. Just a reminder...TROUT CLOUSURE in North Carolina...you can catch them, but you must release them. It looks like we are going to have a beautiful weekend, so get out and enjoy it! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Ever Fished in a Wind Tunnel"?" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/11/11
 

Well, that is what it felt like today. The wind was blowing a good 15 to 20 WNW and gusting up to 30 at times. They say the fish bite the best in a West wind. Maybe they meant a light breeze from the West? LOL! We beat it to death! Finally, a few fish bit out of pure exhaustion from seeing our baits go by them. We had a total of five bites today. We landed two redfish and a trout. Chartruese was the color again today. We threw everything else from gulp pogies to fresh cut mullet, but no takers. I really think the passing front slowed the fish down a little and the wind made things difficult for the anglers. Regardless, this crew was all smiles, as this day was much better than being in snowy Ohio. See ya on the water!   
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Inshore Rookies"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/10/11
 

I made an attempt to put a couple of OIFC's finest on some fish today. The weather would have made anyone look like a rookie today. The first couple of cast were blown way off their mark. Once making a few adjustments to the wind the casting got a little better.  Will and I both had a few bumps, but nothing willing to totally commit yet. Will finally got a hook up, but it was only for a few seconds. We moved around checking out a few different spots. We were experimenting with several different colors, but no serious takers. I finally switched over to a color that has been producing and landed a nice trout. We tried a couple more places, but the wind was really making things unbearable. We called it a day as the rain showers were also starting to show up. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Good Day To Read" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/10/11
 

It's windy, cloudy and just sort of a rotten in Paradise.  I doubt any one's fishing, maybe with the exception of Captain Jacob who is just stoned cold hard core. For me today is a good day to read current fishing events such as Jeffrey Week's article on Trout.  Click on this link to read it.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Mark Your Calender" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/08/11
 

Mark your calender for April 22 thru May 1st for Martini's Hook A Hoo Rodeo!  Click on the highlites for all the info.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Words of Wisdom" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/08/11
 

Here's some more words of wisdom from Earth Sports.  I don't know if they are always correct, but it does give some good info.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Reel Quick"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/07/11
 

Folded t-shirts until I couldn't stand it anymore today. I headed home for a quick break before CPR class tonight. I caught a second wind and realized I had about 2 hours to kill before class. What better way to pass the time? I decided to take a quick fishing trip. I hit the first creek and landed one little trout. I could have sworn a North wind was blowing when I entered that creek and landed that trout. Amazingly the wind switched straight out of the South that quick and not another bite in that creek. Wife called, so I needed to head back to the house. I couldn't stand it though, I hit one more spot on the way home. I got 4 bites and landed three of them reel quick! That is the way fishing can be sometimes. I love it! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Let's Go Fishing- Split Charter this Saturday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/07/11
 

The weather forecast for Saturday is looking very good.  We are dying to get on the water.  The boats are fueled, have brand new power and are ready to go!

Gulf Stream trip aboard the OIFC World Cat scheduled for Saturday, March 12th.  Leaves the OIFC docks at 6am and returns 6-7pm.  Trip will include trolling for Tuna and Wahoo and vertical jigging for Blackfin Tuna, Grouper, Cobia, Amberjack and whatever bends a rod. 

Per person cost = $375 (assuming 4 on board- cost will decrease if more people sign up)

To reserve your spot on this trip, call 910 575 3474 and ask for charter reservations- you'll get me and I'll get you on paper. 

Let's go fishing !!!!!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"What Fishn' Is All About" | Get Busy | 03/07/11
 

Brandon Sauls, ace in shore fisherman, the OIFC's webmaster, and fellow Crossfitter took his twins fishing this weekend aboard Brandon's new boat.  I looks like the ladies struck it rich with the red drum.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fishing For Blackfin" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/07/11
 

I ran across this article and thought I'd share it.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Boat Ramp Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/06/11
 

With the exception of the lights, the Ocean Isle Boat Ramp is open.  It has a little over 50 parking spaces, all be it they look narrow to me.  The state did a marvelous job on this facility.  Below are a couple of picks I took today.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Local Legends"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/05/11
 

Jake and I got on the water for a little while yesterday. Mommy needed a well deserved break from both of us. LOL! The first bank we hit, a small trout decided to get a little aggressive. Jake likes to ride, so we headed to another spot. We ran into local legend Clay Morphis Jr. He must have caught them all by the time we got there. We eased around looking in the water for any action. I saw one nice redfish cruise by the boat and a ton of 8 inch mullet. Jake's patience was running thin, so we headed back to house. Approaching our canal another local legend Brandon Sauls was loading his girls up in the boat. He posted pictures later on facebook showing off their success. Looks like the redfish were cooperating nicely for them. Purdy work! I am not sure when I will make it back out on the water, but I will keep you posted when I do. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Things opening all over the place" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/05/11
 

Great news folks, the OIB boat ramp has reopened with a great new facelift.  The most exciting part is that they paved the road to the actual ramp. No more beating your truck, trailer and boat going to launch.  Speaking of openings, the Giggling Mackerel opened this weekend for the season.  As always we are open.  We have extended our hours Thursday through Sunday to better meet your needs.  In addition, if the weather looks good for offshore fishing, we will open early on the weekends for those of you venturing offshore. Stop by, talk fishing, get excited and get geared up for the season.  Now is the time to do your gear checks and replace that old stuff...
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Grouper Season Kick Off" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/04/11
 

I know,  the title of this makes you think we know something you dont... Truth is,  Grouper are still closed until May 1st.  That doesn't mean we can plan ahead for it.  Capt. Brant has put together a Grouper/Bottom fishing school slated for May 1st.  In addition,  we are going to offer up the Carolina Cat, the sister boat to the World Cat for a Grouper charter for folks that want to go after them.  Unlike the usual charter system we have in place for "private" parties, we are putting together a group of anglers that just want to go fishing.  The price will be a per person price of $183.33 each(assuming 6 sign up). If only 4 sign up, the price will be $250.00 per person.  Also Capt. Brant still has some spaces open aboard the World Cat for the Grouper/Bottom School if you want a little more in depth/hands on experience. The cost for the Grouper/Bottom school is $350 per person.  Its been a long cold winter, why not start out the season with some delicious eating fish and an opportunity to get to know some folks that share a common interest that may become future crew aboard your boat.  Email Capt. Brant at info@oifc.com if you are interested in either of these trips. The OIFC is also going to offer "make-up" trips this season where folks can get together and go fishing with us.  Stay tuned for info on these trips.  We will be keeping a close eye on the weather and as it permits, we will start offering some of these trips.  Again, a great way to build your network of fishermen but also a great opportunity to learn from the folks that are on the water all the time. Upcoming trips will most likely be, Gulf Stream jigging and trolling... Now is the time to go after Blackfin's and Monster Wahoo. Not to mention Cobia, Popano, Grouper(release) and Mutton Snapper's... 
- Capt. Steele Park
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"The Fishing Matters To me Rally" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/03/11
 

Anglers from all over the U.S. met in Fla. to peacefully voice their thoughts on the many fishing regulations.  Read this article from the Bradenton Times.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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