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"Getting well" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/03/11
 

A big THANK YOU to the many folks that have expressed concern and encouragement regarding my recent prostate cancer surgery. I've turned the corner, and felling better each day, and can see my way back on the water not too far down the road.  This was a hell of a battle, not so much having the cancer, but getting rid of it. I have the highest respect for anyone who has had major surgery; recovery is tuff.

One common thread I have noticed from guys that have been thru this is their absolute willingness to share information. In that regard, here is my "boots on the ground" perspective which I will share with you. Prostate cancer is the number 1 cause of cancer death in men. However, it is treatable/curable; the trick is to catch it in time. So, the key is to watch for some common symptons. If your fishing buddies are complaing they can't get to the fishing spot because they are having to stop every 15 minutes so you can pee, that is an indication of something wrong. Getting PSA tests at least 2 times a year is critical. My PSA doubled in a year which led me to a visit with Dr. Blizzard who correctly suggested, "Houston we have a problem". That led to a biopsy, confirmation of cancer, and then surgery to get rid of it. Having the problem was no fun, but if you got to have a problem like this, have one that is fixable. That was possible beause of early detection. Men who get in big trouble are the ones that ignor the signs, have a problem and find it has moved out of prostate into limp nodes. At that point, you may have a problem that is not fixable.

So, there you have it. If you are over 50, there is a good chance you will have a problem in the next 20 years. Pay attention, be proactive, and you will be fine, and back to fishing. Thanks again for your thoughts. Rube McMullan 


- Rube McMullan
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""Seriously, What a trout!"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/02/11
 

Back on the water today. Aww...what a difference from yesterday. The wind laid down beautifully, blue bird skies, and warm sunshine made it feel like spring is right around the corner. The action started out pretty fast this morning as expected. Mr. Joe drilled a lower slot red, then another, and then an upper slot red. We picked a few more off and made a move. I found a few trout yesterday and headed that way to pass the time. Didn't take long as we had the first trout to the boat with just a few cast. We picked through several small ones and had some nice ones in the mix. We changed colors several times trying to turn the bite up. It still amazes me how color really can make a difference. I had several short hits on one color, it just seemed like they just wouldn't quite commit. Changed to just a slightly different color and next several cast they totally committed! Seriously!  We gave them a rest as the tide was looking right to go after some more redfish. Wait....Got checked by Marine Patrol...glad to see those guys out on the water. We burned it up and made it to the redfish grounds just in time. Caught five more fish really quick, with two nice ones in the mix. Decided to bring out the fly rod. Hadn't quite got that one figured out yet. Work'n on it...See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Year Round Rodeo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/02/11
 

The OIFC's Year Round Rodeo has begun!!!!  This past year was a success.  We were able to give out some good prize money and the trophies looked fantastic! We look forward to some intense competition and a large prize pot.  They more entries we have, the better the payout is and the better the trophies will look!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Gusting 35mph and catching trout"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/01/11
 

It seems that I have picked the worst days to go scouting for places that are holding fish right now. The wind was blowing terribly hard today and seemed to be coming from two directions at the same time. I was trying to find every curve, corner, or tree line to block the wind. I found a few places out of the wind, but no fish to be found in these areas. The wind has silted the water up quite a bit and with last nights rain the rivers are dirty. I kept beating the banks with one of my favorite soft plastics. Finally, I stumbled on the first bite of the day. A quick little thump, hook set, head shake, and pulled the hook. Hmm? I was looking for redfish, but that felt like a trout. Next cast, another quick little thump, light sweep with the rod, head shake, and a little trout that has survived the winter came to the boat. I worked the area over pretty hard as the wind was having her way with me. I had a ton of little strikes, but as you can imagine the bite was hard to feel. They were being pretty aggressive though, as the water temperature had approached 60 degress in this area. I landed 10 of the little guys, before I decided to put that in my file and head on down the bank. I worked my way in and out of creeks, weaving through the oyster beds. I decided to change to another bait that has done me some good here later. I worked down a particular bank with the wind helping me along, making very long cast. As I approached the very back of this creek, SMACk! I mean this fish crushed it! I have gotten some aggressive strikes out of this bait lately. I have often talked about a very slow presentation, but I have sped things up just a bit. I took some folks out a few weeks back and watched one fellow catch most of the fish. I noticed he was keeping the bait moving, almost like slow rolling a spinnerbait. When he got a strike it was hard! I have started doing that and have experiecned some hard hitting strikes lately. Not a lot of bites, but some very exciting bites! I landed a barely legal size redfish just under 27" and put that in my file. I will be back out tomorrow. I hope the wind gives us a break and we can find some more fish. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Hope For The Inlets" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/01/11
 

A N.C. Senate Subcommittee has approved a bill that would allow jetties to be constructed near inlets.  For more, read this story in the Wilmington Star News.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Zebra Firesback At Blackfin" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/01/11
 

This weekend, Jeff Smith and "Team Zebra" decided to go fishing from their home port of Carolina Beach.  They stopped in 220 ft. of water in the Steeples/Same Ole area and started vertical jigging. 

The guys hooked up with Blackfin, which made the dinner table.  They also caught and released a 41" long with a 30" girth fireback.

That ought to worsen every one's fishing fever.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More Pics from the Galapagos" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/27/11
 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"OIB Boat Ramp Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/27/11
 

It was so foggy this morning I couldn't hardly see to drive across the OIB Bridge.  But by the end of the day the boat ramp progress was plainly visible.  I've attached some pictures so you can see for yourself.

++++Update...Captain Brant advised they hope to have the ramp open this weekend.  We' update later in the week.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Storm'n Redfish"" | Tiberias - 22' | 02/25/11
 

Wind blowing and rain approaching fast from the west! No worries, I am all for a challenge. I figure if you can catch them on a day like today, you can catch them anytime. I managed to squeeze out a few nice fish, with some little ones in the mix before the rain ran me off. I headed to the house for a snack and dry clothes. Turns out the rain passed quickly and the sun came out. The wind was the only challenge now and the fact a front just passed. Couldn't stand it...headed back and actually found a few more fish willing to bite. So get out this weekend and give it a try. Doesn't seem like the fish were brothered by the front moving through. See ya on the water!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Galapagos Pics" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/25/11
 

Sorry for the delay, here are some pics from the OIFC's Traveling Fisherman Galapagos trip.  I'm currently working on future destinations and will announce them on the Fishing Report for those interested in joining an adventure.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Inlet report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/25/11
 

Well folks, its been a little while since we have been on the water but I used the nice weather yesterday to take the "Monkey Sea" out for a little end of winter test run.  Came down the waterway from Southport and went out Lockwood Folly Inlet to check it out.  The markers seem to be in the right places as I saw nothing below 9 feet all the way out.  Came back in from the ocean at Shallote inlet to check it out.  They have just completed some dredging in the waterway but they did nothing in the inlet itself.  Good news is, there is still plenty of water to get in and out of the inlet.  The Sandbar hump in the waterway is gone as well.  There are a few markers still in place in the inlet.  I did notice that it has shoaled up quite a bit on the inside on the Ocean Isle side.  Tons of water to the east side of the inlet though.  Simply put, stay on the east side as you make the turn to go out, then follow the on the outside.  Please call or stop by the shop if you need clarification on these directions.  Again, the inlet seems to be in great shape as compared to years past.
- Capt. Steele Parks
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""Article on Trout Closure"" | Tiberias - 22' | 02/24/11
 

Here is a link to an article the Sun News posted last week about the trout closure. I am looking forward to seeing smiling faces like the picture below. Protect our resource so in the future our children have the same opportunity to smile like this young lady! Contagious! I love it! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Jetties" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/23/11
 

Are you interested in keeping the Shallotte Inlet open?  How about beach erosion?  A bill has been introduces allowing hardened barriers to protect inlets and beaches.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sailfish Article" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/23/11
 

With little going on offshore wise, I figured I share articles I find interesting such as this one from Earth Sports.  I hope you too find them helpful.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"I'm Not Skeered!!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/22/11
 

I'm not too proud to admit that there's a whole heck of a lot I don't know about fishing.  Kite fishing is one of those things!  But I'm studying.  For like me, YouTube is a good source.  Here's a link you might find helpful.   The kite fishing portion starts about 2 minutes in the video. 

While I've got your attention...the OIFC sells all you need to get going on kite fishing!  Also the countdown is on for the Rodeo!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bluefin Trip pics" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/19/11
 

Here are a few pics from our Bluefin adventure the other day.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""Friday Highlights"" | Tiberias - 22' | 02/19/11
 

My neighbor Tim Garret has been after me for a while to show him the ropes on the inshore grounds. It seems like I have always been too busy when he has been around. However, this time worked out, still lots to do...but sometimes things just have to wait when it comes to fishing. Fresh bottom paint and a boat full of gulp we headed for the fishing grounds. I was a bit reluctant with Tim sporting the hi-vis line on his outfits. No worries...as on the first few cast Tim was hooked up! The slight rise in water temperature has put a little step back in their fight. After a minute or two Tim landed his first redfish. A nice 25" redfish. A few cast later and he had another one. We managed to get one more small fish to the boat and had one other bite. We started fast and ended slowly, but enough to keep us coming back. See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Gettn' Ready" | Get Busy | 02/19/11
 

The weather is here, wish you were beautiful!  Somehow that didn't come out right.  Anyway, you get the drift.  Mother Nature is teasing us with with this spring like weather.  But it is a good time to get out, check your boat and gear and be ready.

If you don't feel like that, drop by the OIFC and let Steele and Jacob make you jealous as they tell you about their trip to Hatteras with Brant and Barrett.  I've been off (from work) most of the winter, so I helped hold down the fort while they took a much deserved break, and I helped cover while Anita and Amy put out new stock.

The store is a wreck, please overlook that and come see us.  We can talk about what we intend to do this spring or complain about fish closures and negative effect of gill nets.  Maybe even formulate a plan of action.  Perhaps one of ya'll would like to take the lead?

Don't forget the spring kick off and the Year Around Fishing Rodeo.  I think the trophies turned out great this year and the money wasn't bad either.  Finally, a get well soon to Clay Morphis.  Hurry up start fishing your new bay boat and take some more Rodeo Money!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bluefin Tuna???" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/18/11
 

Yes its true.  Yesterday, Team OIFC headed out on the road on a recon mission to check on rumors of a hot Bluefin bite taking place offshore of Cape Hatteras.  Capt. Brant, Capt. Barrett, Capt. Jacob and myself loaded up the Yellowfin at 3am and hit the road in search of what we have coined "The Unicorn".  We arrived in Morehead City around 6am and were off on a quick 80 mile trip north to the waters off of Diamond Shoals.  Along the way, we stopped at a wreck to pick up a little ammo which Brant said was going to be our "secret weapon".   At that point, I should have realized that Brant and Barrett, being the infamous masters of live bait fishing were up to something.  We made short work of filling the livewell with huge bluefish, and then we were off to find the fish.  When we got close to our destination, the VHF was alive with the Hatteras fleet hooked up and following a huge mass of Tuna's.  It took us a little while to get set up so we put a traditional spread of ballyhoo out while we got our bearings.  The bite seemed to slow down as we really got going and we all had the "day late, dollar short" feeling.  That was not to be the case, as it turned out, they were just having a morning siesta... Around noon, we started marking huge pods of fish and started seeing Tuna's busting on the surface, at times by the dozens.  We quickly learned that all you had to do was ride till you saw them on top or marked them on the bottom sounder and pitch out live bait.  While the Tuna's made quick work of the live bait, we were on the bow casting Poppers for some topwater action.  Capt. Jacob was the first to draw blood with a very respectable 100+ lb fish, caught on live bait.  The action continued at a fevered pitch with several fish swirling and biting at the poppers while Brant and Barrett continued hooking fish after fish on live Bluefish.  Finally late in the day, we managed to hook up on topwater with an explosive strike and two other fish on live bait for a triple header to cap off what ended up being one of the most explosive, consistant Bluefin Tuna bites we have experienced in a very long time.  We headed back to Morehead with "mission accomplished" stirring in all of our minds. We ended the day with 4 fish boated and another 10-12 hookups. After having a good night of rest to decompress, I have to say, the most exciting part of the day was watching two brothers, who have mastered the skill of live bait fishing for King Mackerel, adapt that same technique and apply it to tuna to turn what could have been an average day into one of the coolest fishing trips I have been on. 


- Capt. Steele Parks
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""Statistics Show"" | Tiberias - 22' | 02/16/11
 

There has been much debate on gill netting here in North Carolina over the years. I think I speak for most when I say this is not a war on commercial fishing. We need a commercial fishery, but the method in which we choose to harvest must change. I have linked an article to this report that will explain how the State of Texas has benefited greatly, both on the commercial side and recreational side by removing gill nets. I truly feel that the future will be much brighter for both commercial and recreational anglers if we were to remove gill netting from our backwaters. Change is not easy and just plan hard to live with at times, but change in this case is best! Please click on links above to see a youtube video on refish gill netted (method) and the article is linked to (State of Texas). Enjoy...See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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