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"A Raw Weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/29/10
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) was chartered by Bruce Christison and his son Matt this weekend.  Mat is a junior at Charleston College majoring in marine biology.  As you can tell in the pictures they weathered the wind and cold and caught some nice fish at the old (thank goodness) Sunset Bridge.

Meanwhile, Brandon Sauls, aboard his new Triton took the lead in the OIFC Rodeo with an unbelievable 9 lb. trout. Brandon and his trout are in the next to the last picture.  The last picture is Brandon's partner, witness and accomplished fisherman in his own right, Clay Morphis, Sr.  Clay caught a 7.2 lb trout himself.  On any other day, that fish would have won Capt. Kyle's Tournament.

  It will take  some getting used to not seeing Brandon in the Bone boat with his sunvisor on upside down and backwards.  That boat would make someone a nice ride, and it knows how to catch fish!

Meanwhile, the off shore guys were hanging around the OIFC or coffee shops talking about the upcoming blue fin season.  Also, as a side note, Capt. Rube and Capt. Chris Eckert were cleaning some big ol' Mahi on the OIFC dock.  The word is they came from an undisclosed location far out in the Gulf Stream.  Add that to the recent wahoo bite and the prospect of landing a big money blue fin and a lot of people are "chomping at the bit" to wet a hook.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fishing Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/28/10
 

Sorry to say that there really isn't much to report from the offshore scene this past weekend.  The weather didn't let up enough for anyone to get offshore to get back after the Wahoo, Kings and Grouper.  No doubt they are still out there, but we just need Mother Nature to help us out.  Right now the weather looks to blow most of the week, but maybe we'll get a window by next weekend.  Stay tuned.  On the inshore side, you can see from Capt. Kyle's tournament that the trout fishing is not lacking. 

For those who were at OIB this weekend, hope you enjoyed the flotilla-- a dozen or more boats were dressed to the T with lights and decorations and made for a great parade on Saturday evening.  The flotilla has become very popular over the past few years as hundreds if not thousands come out to watch.  The OIFC is a great place to watch and we certainly welcome our customers to watch the flotilla in coming years from the OIFC.  Better yet, next year, join in and decorate your boat. 

The cold weather has got me thinking more toward Bluefin now.  I'm getting rigs ready and making sure that the boats are ready with correct permitting and such.  A good trip to plan is Bluefin Tuna fishing in the AM until 11am or so and then run off another 30 or so miles to fish for Wahoo until 3pm or so and then head home.    I'm going to start planning my coming trips along these lines.  Stay tuned to our reports and the weather and then come join us, either on your boat or ours. 

Happy Holidays-


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Trout Tournament Results" | Speckulator - 22' | 11/28/10
 

Another Thanksgiving Inshore Classic is now in the books, and it will certainly be one that will be remebered for many years to come.  Conditions were forcasted to be tough, so only 9 teams mustered up the courage to brave the cold, wind, and dirty water.  While it is safe to say that most of us had a tough day of it yesterday, Capts. Brandon Sauls and Clay Morphis had one of those days that doesn't come around very often, and that few trout fishermen will ever have.  They slid into the scales aboard Brandon's brand new 24' Triton, the "El Diablo/Bonecrusher II" with a 3 - trout aggregate totaling 23.7lbs.  Thats right 23.7lbs people.  There fish weighed in a 9.0, 8.5, and 6.2, and the had another one over 6 as well.  Throughout my trials and travels fishing trout tournament over the years, I only know of 1 other time in a 3 - fish tournament where the winning weight was over 20lbs.  The only way I could describe the magnitude of this feat to those who don't trout fish would to that it is the equivalent to Team OIFC's 74lb king in the National Champioship last year.  In 2nd place was Robert Hughes and Brian Richard with an aggregate of 8.5lbs.  3rd place was claimed by Mike Fields and Jason Mc Dowell with an aggreate of 8.4lbs.  So there you have it...I can't explain what happened or why no one else managed to find a good one, but I will go on record that I saw Brandon and Clay catch their fish, just for anyone sittling at home who might have doubts.  Good job boys, I'm not sure how you're gonna top that one.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Get Busy" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/27/10
 

Steve Gassaway and his sons Patrick and Kevin of Charlotte, N.C. fished in shore yesterday with Captain Jeff Williamson aboard the Get Busy and went 2 for 3 on an in shore slam.  The charter group took advantage of the morning weather before the rain set in using live shrimp and Gulp Swimming Minnows.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Trout Time" | Speckulator - 22' | 11/27/10
 

Scott Allen and his son Austin joined Captain Kyle aboard the Speckulator on a blustery Friday to do some trout fishing.  The group worked the docks and shallows using live shrimp and caught a live well full of nice specks.  Scott said they released more than they caught.  The cool weather trout bite is on at the OIFC.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Wendell the Wahoo Slayer Barnett Strikes again" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/26/10
 

Wendell Barnett sent me this picture of an 80 lb Wahoo that he caught last weekend during the Wahoo Blitz of '10. This fish was caught near the Blackjack. Great fish Wendell.
- Capt. Steele
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"Gator Caught this morning" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/26/10
 

Darren Cranfield just stopped by to weigh this nice 4.8lb Trout that he caught on Artificials first thing this morning.  Great Job Darren. 


- Capt. Steele
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"East of The Shoals" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/26/10
 

"Team McKee Craft"  made up of Jeff Reid,Matt Watson and Joey Crisp headed east of the shoals on some numbers provided by John McWhite of ProFinder Charts.We are a dealer for the charts and chips..check our web store. They were on a great bottom about 37 miles out a few miles east of the Tower and in about 100-120 ft. of 74 degree water.They kept their limit of grouper, caught many kings, released several red group just below minimum size, caught trigger fish and various other bottom dwellers.

Of great interest to many of us is they saw a blue fin tuna and some whales.  The sky was also thick with "tuna birds".  The picture below of the ocean was one they tried to take of the tuna, the whales,  and the grease slick they made.  But it didn't show up.  Hopefully they will be off Brunswick County soon!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Thanksgiving Inshore Classic Update" | Speckulator - 22' | 11/25/10
 

Just a reminder for all you trout fishermen who will hopefully be fishing the tournament.  Registration will be tommorrow afternoon, Nov. 26th, at the OIFC from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Fishing hours will be from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sat.  You must be in the weigh in line by 4:00 p.m. The scales will open at 3:30 p.m.  If anyone has any questions feel free to give me a call.  Look forward to seeing some of you tommorrow evening.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"NC KFC PICS" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/25/10
 

A few more weigh in pics from the NC KFC. Great weather, great fishing, great competition- It was a great tournament!
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"NC KFC PICS Cont'" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/25/10
 

More Pictures of teams weighing in at the NC Kingfish Championship
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"NC Kingfish Championship PICS" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/25/10
 

Below are pictures taken of the teams fishing the 2010 North Carolina Kingfish Championship at weigh in last week in Beaufort, NC. Team Release is the 2010 State Champion with an aggregate weight of 78.65lbs!
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Visit With A Soldier" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/25/10
 

OIFC charter Captain Jeff Williamson had a great day fishing inshore with a family who were in the area visiting their son before he deployed to Iraq.

The primo bait is live shrimp.  There are some stores in the area selling the for $6.50 a dozen.  They are tough to find in the waterway.  Second to them would be to float an artificial such as a Berkly Gulp under a cork.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Marine Fisheries Menhaden meeting" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/25/10
 

Results for the NC Marine Fisheries Commission meeting Tuesday is that they decided not to open up waters south of Cape Lookout for commercial menhaden  netting. I have requested a copy of the discussion on this subject as I'm curious to learn more of the what/why this subject was brought up. Also whether they discussed the issue of not allowing Omega to net north of Cape Lookout until close of commercial Bluefin season. Thanks to everyone for contacting them, as apparently they got a strong message from the public. Standby for more info. Rube McMullan
- Rube McMullan
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"Perspective" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/25/10
 

This picture should give a little perspective to the size of the 76.2lb wahoo Jeff Martini's crew landed on the 22nd.  The bite is still on and right now the wind isn't blowing like was originally predicted.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Make Good Use of Your Time" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/24/10
 

It has been fun reporting on the fishing this past week.  Being able to share reports and especially pictures makes doing the Fishing Report very fulfilling.  But I'm afraid if the weather prediction is correct my computer will fall silent for the next few days.  But that doesn't mean ya'll should take a break also.

Reading this week's reports there is a common thread...bluefin tuna!  Barrett's latest report ties it all together.  Now we need to make use of our down time and test our equipment, make up rigs and buy bait before it all gets gone.  Our shipment of jumbo ballyhoo has just arrived, it looks great and I've already sold a case myself.  Steele is stocking our shelves with high quality supplies.  I just talked with Captain Brant and he is going to teach his bluefin seminars again this year.  We had a great turnout for them last year and Brant provided a lot of important, valuable information.  He'll post his schedule soon.

Everyone have a happy and safe holiday...don't forget the Captain's Points Sale.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bluefin ARE in the area" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/23/10
 

For the past week or so we've been hearing reports of bluefin sightings and positive signs for the tuna to be here.  The weather has made for slick seas which lends itself to being able to see the massive fish easier when they push their 400+lb bodies out of the water after bait fish.  The reports of bluefin sightings continued this weekend out of Ocean Isle and Southport by the king mackerel fishermen fishing in the 100' depth range.  While I was in Morhead over the weekend it was the same thing.  Numerous reports of fish being seen jumping combined with bait marks, gannets and whales had every body up that way to start thinking tuna.  The ultimate confirmation came on Sunday when apparently a boat fishing for wahoo offshore of the Atlas Tanker out of Morehead hooked a giant bluefin and fought the 250+ lb monster to boatside before the fish broke off.  Although it's a little early as compared to the last couple years, if you're a tuna fishermen it's time to bust out the 50 wides and start those early morning trolls.  It's an exciting time to be offshore fishing right now out of Ocean Isle with the kings, wahoo, and now the ultimate challenge BLUEFIN TUNA.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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""Jimmy's Girls Carolina Slamm'n"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/23/10
 

The fishing has been awesome! An approaching full moon, perfect water temps, and great weather conditions have set the fish in full feeding mode. I had the privilege of taking a couple of young ladies fishing this past Sunday. On the second cast Marley landed her first redfish. A few cast later Alyssa landed another. We ended up catching three reds, before looking for the trout bite. It did not take long before picking up a few trout with a couple of them being nice. While beating the banks for trout we picked up a few flounder completing inshore slams for Marley and Alyssa. Congratulations ladies! See ya on the water!

     


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"More Weekend Kings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/23/10
 

Corey Bellamy went bottom fishing this weekend on some numbers he had in 69 degree water and couldn't get the bottom dwellers to cooperate.  That being the case they jigged some cigar minnows at the Little River Off Shore and took to trolling.  The king bite was so hot for them that they even caught a nice one on a butterfish about the size of a silver dollar.

Thanks Corey. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Law Review" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/23/10
 

Michelle Drake reports that Saturday The Law fishing team partnered with Kenny Clark to fish 100 ft. of water.They took a bait buffet of frozen cigar minnows, squid, & assorted bottom rigs. The crew started trolling at 9:30 and had 3 kings in the box by 10, with numerous short strikes and break offs.  By noon they had their 3 person limit of kings.

They then switched to bottom fishing using squid and various bottom jigs.  Immediately they began catching keeper sea bass and the usual assortment of bottom dwellers.  Michelle fished a blue and white Shimano Lucanus Jig, which is now in need of a skirt and hooks.  At times she was catching 2 at a time.  She reports a beautiful sea and a great time!

Thanks for the report! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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