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"More Wahoo News" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/21/10
 

Captain Zach Faulkner, Captain Steele Park, Zach's dad Benjy and Richie Heycock all went to the Blackjack Hole yesterday (Saturday) aboard Zach's 36 ft. Contender, the "Get Floor'd".  They absolutely spanked the wahoo, along with most everybody else out there.  They also released a sail fish making the 2nd sail released there yesterday.  Most all of their hook ups were multiple hook ups on the top.

There are a few boats out king fishing and wahoo fishing today.  It will be interesting to see how they do since the warm water has pushed in and there is a slight breeze from the east.  All that on a full moon should make the bite interesting.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fun On The Dock" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/20/10
 

There were 3 commercial center consoles and 2 other center consoles who had been pleasure fishing and had hammered wahoo, all  at the dock the same time.  Everyone knows each other and all get along well.  There was a festive atmosphere on this cool Saturday night at the OIFC.

Captain David Hooks owner of the Black Pearl Contender arrived at the dock with Forrest Taylor, his son Adam, Tripp Hooks and friend Alton Lloyd. David had 3 boxes of perfect king.  David will be taking a group out tomorrow for some of the same and I hope to have further reports.

Nesbitt Noble of the "Wide Spread" Privateer had 3-4 boxes of kings, a bonita and a mahi.

 Joining the commercial fishermen on the dock was Nesbitt Noble aboard his Privateer the"Wide Spread"  Nesbitt too had about 3 boxes of king.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"GPS Store/Commercial King" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/20/10
 

Captain Phillip Hooks and crew of thet GPS Store Contender slid up to the docks with 52 kings and some bonita.  The guys had been commercial fishing, and I found it very impolite to ask them where they caught their kings.  Suffice it to say the kings are out there and I'd give 65-70 feet of water a good look.  Nothing fancy, just plain king fishing.  We've got some of Captain Brant's pre made king rigs at the OIFC, which is what our charter boats use.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Monster Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/20/10
 

Bryan Freeman was in the OIFC Friday along with his crew stocking up on bait, lures and other tackle in preparation for what was reported to be a perfect fishing day.  The next time I saw Brian, he and Brian Robbin, Steve Austin and Tripp Cobb they had their Wellcraft, "Caught  Ya Lookin" docked at the Fishing Center saying they might have a couple of citation wahoo.  They were just messing with me because I'm old and don't know much about fishing.  The boys proceeded to pull out a 65.2 lb, a 56.5 lb and a 50.9 lb wahoo..and there were more on the boat.  Not to mention the 3 sailfish they hooked up with..2 broke off and one was released.

The guys, along with the rest of what seemed to be a fleet of center consoles were fishing the Blackjack Hole.  Brian said the wahoo were hitting almost any color, that all hit on the top and many were in the prop wash.  At one point they had 8 on at one time. 

As a side bar, they said they accomplished all this without any help from Kennon Hill or Daniel Simmons.  I don't know what they meant by that.  However when the lovely Mrs. Pam and I went to the MidTown Bistro for dinner, Jeff Martini said he told them where to fish.  There's a lot of smack talking going on with this bunch., and faw be it from me to stir anything. Jeff Martini will be headed out Monday to refresh the Bistro's menu.  I might add that the center cut prime rib and steamed veggies were fantastic

The "Caught ya' Lookn" experienced some mechanical issues .  Captain David Hooks of the Black Pearl, a noted boat motor technician checked it out, but said it would be out of commission until the 1st of the week.  Not to be deterred, the "Caught Ya' Lookn" crew have joined up with David to go out for another day of wahoo action Sunday...they've got it in their blood!  I'll be at the OIFC to check out their catch Sunday...ya'll come down too.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Undertaker" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/20/10
 

The National Weather Service had predicted this weekend to be beautiful.  They were right!  The morning was crisp, but no wind and the ocean was glass slick.  Talk around the OIFC was a lot of boats were going out today and take advantage of the fall bite.

With all this in mind, Captain Brant and I decided it would be a good idea for this reporter to hang around the Fishing Center and see who showed up with what.

The first boat to the dock was the Undertaker, owned and Captained by accomplished fisherman and diver Capt. Jeff McDonald.  Jeff's crew consisted of Jimmy Ward and Thomas Quick.

The crew elected to bottom fish today in 103 foot deep water.  The water temp was 70 degrees.  They were rewarded with a cooler full of sea bass, the largest was a citation 4.2 lbs., some trigger fish and a 12.8 lb black grouper with a taste for Bud Light.  If you drink like a fish you just might wind up with a hook in your mouth. 

Many thanks to Captain Jeff and the crew of the Undertaker for letting us weigh their fish and get some pictures.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"NC KFC Day Eight" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/20/10
 

WOW!

Man, if you weren't on the water in some shape or form today then I'm sorry, this report is going to hurt a little.  I'm going to focus on the happenings out of Morehead City in the NC Kingfish Championship but I know the fish went crazy today back off Ocean Isle and I'm sure there will be a report to follow.

So here I've been singing the blues all week about our NC Kingfish Championship tournament as the fishing has been lackluster to say the least.  We've had nothing but cold water and just a few small fish.  As I said yesterday there was a glimmer of hope developing as a finger of warmer water was beginning to move over the fishing grounds.  This morning most of the boats in the tournament headed out to the east side of Cape Lookout shoals aiming towards the pocket of warm water.  We joined the fleet and the weather was absolutely perfect with flat calm seas and cool temps.  I wasn't real happy with my bait but we had a well full of small blues and small pogies.  We passed through 62 degree water most of the way out and finally when we reached the area around the chicken rock the temp climbed to 67 degrees.  Bingo!  This is what we needed.  Our baits hit the water and in 10 minutes big kingfish were flying through the air like bowling pins.  It was on.  About 30 boats showed up to the bite and everybody was catching fish.  Now I won't call this an epic bite but it was solid.  Lots of fish and some really big ones were mixed in.  We ended up 5 fish between 30 and 35lbs and a half dozen other 20lbers.  The big news makers were teams Dig It and Release who both scaled 50+lbers to take the lead in the tournament.  As soon as I get the results in this evening I will post the exacts and pictures.  In short, it was exactly as advertised.  Great weather, great fishing and a whole lot of fun.  Tomorrow is the last day of the tournament and the weather is supposed to remain good.  Hopefully the bite will continue.  Stay tuned for what's sure to be an exciting race for the title of NC State Champion.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 11/20/10
 

Well folks, we currently have 1 week until our Thanksgiving Inshore Classic trout tournament, and things are certainly shaping up nicely so that we should have some good fishing, as we usually do.  Without a doubt, the trout bite is good right now, so make plans to come and fish with us.  I won't dwell to much on the status of the trout fishing, because if you have seen any of the reports on this website recently, you already know that the fish are around.

On other fronts, we have continue to catch plenty of redfish recently, many in the same spots that we are trout fishing.  There have also been quite a few black drum around as well.  Black drum seem to always take back burner to their red cousins, but they are strong fighters as well.  So there you have, the fall fishing is cranking, so now is the time to go...


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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""Trout Bite"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/19/10
 

The water has cooled into the upper 50's to lower 60's making the trout come out of hiding. The trout seem to be in every little nook and cranny from the Little river jetties to Lockwood Folly river. If you have moving water and structure you can bet a trout is hanging close. I have been catching double digit numbers of trout for the last two weeks and a couple of days of 30+ catches. We got on the redfish a few days ago as well, but the story has been an exceptional trout bite. All fish were healthy and released to be caught another day. See ya on the water!

Tips:

Be quiet! Be courteous to others on the water! Common mistakes I have seen on the water lately. Anchors being thrown in the water...trout are sensitive to sound and will shut down or move on! Be quiet! Don't walk, slam, hit, get too excited when you hook a fish. Be quiet! When approaching another boat fishing, watch what side they are fishing on before passing, quietly if possible. If you don't know where you are going it is best to turn around and go back. Don't hit an oyster bar or sand bar near where someone is fishing. You have just ruined the fishing in that area for a while, if not for the entire day. You know when someone has been in your house and you see that dent in your car door after returning to the parking lot. Trout get the same feeling when some loud obnoxious creature plows into his living room or puts a dent in his oyster bar. Just food for thought...fish on brothers!

Slow it down! I fish a lot of artificials and it seems to be working well. Slow, Slow, Slow, little twitches or stationary twitch presentation will get the bite. I fished close to some guys using shrimp today and they could only watch as I pulled in several nice fish. huh!? Then they threw the anchor...the bite shut down...again you can have the best bait in the world, but if you set a bomb off in my living room I am probably going to leave.

   


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"NC KFC Day Seven" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/19/10
 

Registration closes tonight at 12pm! Hot off the press.... a king mackerel hit the scale today in the NC Kingfish Championship. The boat Mr. Needmore came to the scales in Beaufort with a 21.35lber and took over the lead from Team Open Wide. Good job guys. We had expected to be catching much larger fish during this tournament but the cold water conditions have made for tough fishing this week. Team OIFC consisting of Rube, Chris Eckert and myself are in Morehead City tonight ready to give it a shot over the weekend. Most boats fishing the tournament will hit the water over the next couple days so hopefully the fish will be found. There's a little glimmer of hope out there as there appears to be some warmer water near the Atlas Tanker which is a known spot for big kingfish this time of year. We'll likely start in this area but have our eyes open for fishy signs. On another topic, a lot of the local guys up here are setting out on a bluefin tuna hunt tomorrow. Apparently all the right signs are present (bait, whales, water temp ect). We've got our big gear with us so if one gets in the way we'll be ready for it. Stand by for hopefully a good fishing report tomorrow.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Menhaden issue " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/19/10
 

The following is email I sent to NCDNR regarding hearing scheduled to discuss reopening of Menhaden fishery to SC state line.  Feel free to copy and paste the below email to Nancy Fish and express your concerns over this issue.

From: Rube McMullan <rubemc@att.net>
To: Nancy Fish <nancy.fish@ncdenr.gov>
Sent: Thu, November 18, 2010 10:21:14 AM
Subject: November 22 commission meeting

Nancy. I won't be able to attend the Nov 22 Commission meeting, so need to take you up on your offer to pass on my comments to the Commission regarding the menhaden netting subject. Thanks. Rube McMullan
 
NC Marine Fisheries Commission:
 
It is my understanding you have placed on your November 22 meeting agenda, a discussion of opening up menhaden purse seine netting from Cape Lookout south to the South Carolina state line. Reading "between the lines", it is likely this action on your part is a result of efforts initiated by me and others to encourage the issuance of a proclamation to delay the opening of commercial menhaden netting north of Cape Lookout until the end of the Giant Bluefin commercial season[approx Jan 31]. The purpose of this action would be to prevent the netting of the food source of Bluefin Tuna as they begin their migration into NC waters this coming month. If the food source of these fish are removed, then localized depletion occurs, and the Giant Bluefin likely leave NC waters in search of a food source to satisfy their large appetites. This is an issue of significant importance to many NC businesses that depend on the commercial fishery for Giant Bluefin Tuna during the winter months. No food source, no Bluefin Tuna.
 
Apparently 4 members of the Commission[Mann,Daniels,Styron,Smith] decided if the public is going to throw spears at the Commission on this subject, [despite the good job the Commission has done in reaching agreements with Omega Proteins to not net south of Cape Lookout], then perhaps the Commission should give up on trying to make the citizens happy, and should just open up all the waters to Omega. This is a very aggressive action on the part of the Commission, and puts the Commission in the role of serving as a lobbyist for Omega. Certainly it is understood Omega has lobbyist in the State Legislature, but if now members of the Commission are going to take on that role, I fear the public will scream foul, the end result leaving the public with little confidence that the Commission is managing the fishery resource in the best interest of the citizens of NC. This presents the opportunity to open up a large can of worms which I can't see serving any benefit to MFC, the fishery resources, the citizens, and I also expect the Governor[who appointed each of you to your position] would not wish to be distracted by what could become an explosive issue.
 
So, my request is repeated again, don't open waters north of Cape Lookout to commercial netting until the close of the Bluefin season, and certainly withdraw the agenda item of discussion of opening up the waters south of Cape Lookout.
 
Thank you.
Rube McMullan  

- Rube McMullan
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"NC KFC Day Five and Six" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/18/10
 

Yesterday (Wednesday) the 17th was day five of the North Carolina Kingfish Championship and no boats opted to fish. Today, the 18th, was day six and a couple boats declared today as a fish day. The weather was forecast to be very good but it turned it to be a little sloppy yet. Once again the boats left out of Morehead City and once again the story was cold water everywhere. Team Makhunter did manage to capture an elusive king mackerel which is quite an accomplishment these days. Unfortunately the fish was just over 11lbs. Not exactly what we've had in mind but I guess sometimes the biggest small fish will win a tournament. On the bright side, the tournament is still wide open. It's anybody's game at this point as only two fish have been put on the scales with team Open Wide's 19.05lber still holding the lead. There are 3 days left in the tournament to choose 2 from so there's still time to get in. Registration will close for good tomorrow night (Friday) at midnight. We've had several more boats enter the tournament over the last couple days bringing the total up to 19 boats. There's a nice chunk of change and some fairly important bragging rights on the table so if you're thinking about it, come on and give it a shot. My latest fishing forecast has some new found optimism. I've been watching the water temperatures and currents over the last few days between Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras. While the water over the typical areas remains cold, there are a couple warm water eddies beginning to spin off the gulf stream and head towards the area where we would typically find the monster kingfish. I feel if this water makes it to the kingfish grounds we will have exceptional kingfishing this weekend. The wind direction is favorable for bringing the water into where we need it so we're still holding out hope that we're going to see some monster kingfish in the NC Kingfish Championship.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"As Big As A Toaster" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/17/10
 

In his song, Robert Earl Keen described a fish as being "as big as a toaster"!  I would say that would describe Clay Morphis Sr.'s 7.2# trout.  The speck catapulted Clay to the top of the Rodeo's Leader Board in big fashion!  I'm not sure if it's true or not, but I'm told Bonecrusher has tutored Clay through much of his fishing career.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Thomas Willlis'7# Bass" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/17/10
 

The OIFC doesn't deal much with fresh water fishing.  But when an accomplished salt water angler like Thomas Willis displays a 7# bass on a Yeti Cooler,  we just couldn't pass up the opportunity.

It just so happens that the OIFC is a dealer for Yeti Coolers.  And yes, they are all they are cracked up to be.  They are expensive, but well worth the money.  Captain Jeff (Beck) and I have one that serves several functions on our inshore boat..a cooler, a seat and our fishing platform on the front.  It held our weight before we both loss weight and really keeps stuff cold.  We also have a bigger one we keep on the Sea Hunt.  We loaded it down when we went to the Nationals in Florida and it kept our food cold the entire time.  A Yeti would make a great Christmas gift.  We've got some in stock.

Now if that wasn't some cheap gratuitous advertisement I've never seen any....But it is the truth.  <*(((><.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Capt. Jeff's Inshore Slam" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/17/10
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC), fresh back from deer huntn' took his brother Lynn Williamson and Captain Bill West on some good ol' Brunswick County flounder, red and trout huntn' on our flats.  Armed with Berkley Gulp Shrimp and Swimming Minnows, instead of rifles, the boys scored an inshore slam.

The off shore king and wahoo bite is hot and so is the fall inshore bite..The weather is beautiful so ya'll come on down and go fish huntn' with us!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Could it Be? Bluefin's getting close?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/17/10
 

Just received some credible intel from one of the boats fishing the NC Kingfish Championship offshore of Bogue Inlet.  The crew was fishing in 100 ft. along a very destinct temperature break when they saw a MASSIVE school of GIANT sized Mullet swim past their boat.  Before they knew what was happening, they were smack dab in the middle of a Bluefin feeding frenzy that went on for over an hour all around their boat.  They mentioned that the Tuna were absolutely pillaging the mullet and truthfully, they could not believe their eyes. While this does not prove that there are tuna in our waters, it is a VERY promising sign.  Other signs to think about.  There have been schools of Pogey's holding offshore of Bald Head Island on the shoals for the past couple of weeks.  Anglers that have caught kings near the Horseshoe report the kings bellies are full of Pogey's, not Cigar Minnows which is usually the case. When returning from a fishing trip Monday, I personally saw tons of Gannetts and Porpoises working bait to the west of the shoals.  In addition to the reports from up the road several fishermen from Southport to Ocean Isle fishing this week reported seeing bluefin jumping and also whales which is the ultimate tuna sign.  This is already more activity than we saw last year during the whole Bluefin Season.  Last year, the Pogey's did not hang around. Perhaps this will be the year that the Bluefin's return in good numbers.  Several guys from around here are reportedly going to give the tuna a shot starting tomorrow considering the recent activity and great weather predicted.  The OIFC will keep you posted on any additional activity that we either experience or hear about from credible sources.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.  
- Capt. Steele
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""Tons of Trout"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/16/10
 

The trout fishing has really picked up. Capt. Jeff Williamson sent me a text yesterday saying he was killing them in the Cape Fear river area. Since my text box was full I didn't get until today, so I thought he was talking about today. The weatherman had me on standby with all this rain we were suppose to get today. Anyway, Jeff's text got me all worked up and I couldn't stand it. I decided I would give it a try and just stay close to the house. Didn't take long before I had 10 trout to the boat with a couple of nice ones in the mix. I moved around hitting docks, canals, and bridges...trout everywhere...I ended up catching over 30 trout, lots on the small side, but some nice ones hanging around. It should be right for Capt. Kyle's Thanksgiving Trout Tournament. You need to plan on fishing this tournament. Best format I have every seen in my opinion. Three fish aggregate...that means someone can't just get lucky and catch one big fish....you need three good ones...maybe two good ones and a kicker...we shall see! See ya on the water!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"NC KFC Day Four" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/16/10
 

No boats opted to fish the North Carolina Kingfish Championship today, Tuesday the 16th. This leaves team Open Wide standing alone atop the leader board with a 19.05lber. Not exactly what we had in mind when putting this event together as we expected a leader board stacked with 40's, and 50's. I guess you just never can tell what mother nature has in store for us. The current scenario is that all the water between Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras is cold cold cold. Typically there would be numerous temperature breaks from 50' out to 150' and the giant kingfish would be loaded up all over the breaks. The problem right now is there is only one break and it goes from 62 to upper 70's and it is way way offshore. Maybe the kings are out there??? I'm planning to fish the tournament on Saturday and Sunday and am hoping the water improves before then. Remember the tournament registration remains open until this Friday. The State title and prize is there for the taking. Back at home here in OIB the fishing is on fire. Big kings, mahi, and wahoo are running rampant offshore. It's time to get after them.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bottom Fishing Excursion" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/16/10
 

Had the opportunity to do a little fun fishing aboard my boat the "Monkey Sea" yesterday.  Ran out of Southport and found absolutely specktacular conditions.  Plan was to do a little King fishing and bottom fishing.  At the first stop, it became apparent that the kings were not going to be found in that close as the temp was 61 degrees in 68 feet of water. I pushed off to about 22 miles offshore in 80 feet of water and started bottom fishing.  Caught several nice Gag's using frozen cigar minnows including one that bit squid on a bottom rig.  All in all, a nice day of bottom fishing in great conditions.  These fish should still be around for at least a couple more weeks.  Come get in on some of the action before grouper closes in January...
- Capt. Steele
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"'Whoos Your Daddy" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/16/10
 

Just as Captain Barrett promised....pictures of Jeff Martini's wahoo.   Jeff reports 7 wahoo..3 mid 50's, 3 high 40's and 1 at 65#'s.  They had double and triple hook ups and still missed some.  He said it was the best wahoo trip he'd been on. Wonder what may be on the menu at the MidTown Bistro?

The bite is on here at Ocean Isle Beach..come get you some!!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Weekend's Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/15/10
 

My crew and I have spent the last 4 days on the water catching Kings and Grouper.  Here is the lay of the land and what went down.  The water inside of 70 feet has been cold (62-64 degrees) and dirty.  This is not typical, but all the strong north wind and large swell apparently stirred up the water.  Normally we'd be catching Kings like crazy at spots such as the Jungle, Shark Hole.....  We did do pretty good on them at the 65 foot hole on Thursday, then the bite there slowed on Friday and by Saturday the water was very dirty, cold and no fish at all.  So, luckily the weather got better by the weekend and we were able to stretch it offshore where we found an awesome temperature break and color change near the Atlantic Ledge- dirty green to crystal clear green and 64 to 69 degree temperature edge.  The Kings were biting good along this edge and at nearby structure on the clean side.  After catching quite a few Kings through the day, we spent the last hour targeting Grouper and landed our limit of nice Gag Grouper.  Sunday, the focus was Grouper.  However, conditions were apparently changing as we went to the same areas where we had luck on Saturday and found only sharks.  We worked very hard all day and it was not until we moved to 100 feet that we finally got on the Gags and caught our 1 per person limit.  I later talked to a dive friend who dove in the same areas and range as we were fishing and he reported 0 visibility on the bottom.  That explains a lot and goes to show, its a totally different world on the bottom than it might be on top -- what you see is not always what you got.  Monday, my wife Amy and a couple of friends went out on our own diving expedition.  We ran offshore to 100-110 feet of water and found 74 degrees.  The color wasn't great.  Talking and listening to the King Mackerel fishermen over the previous day and that AM, it was apparent the King bite was not great.  It seemed curious, but upon entering the water, it became clear ( or maybe not so clear ).  The water was murky with lots of "stuff" in it.  Visibility was about 15 feet and unless you put a bait close to any fish, it wasn't going to see it.  Diving is n't ideal in those conditions, but it actually makes for more effective spear fishing.  We had a pretty good day in that arena. 

That's pretty much the deal for the weekend.  But, here's the best part.  Monday afternoon some very nice Kings started biting offshore of the Atlantic Ledge.  Mixed in with the Kings were quite a few Mahi, which is odd.  The water was reportedly clearing a lot and conditions looked good.  Now, looking forward.  The weather this week is looking really good.  There's a weak front coming on Wednesday, and it will blow for a short while on Tuesday, but then it settles right back down and looks to be very nice all week and into the weekend.  I predict if this forecast holds, this will be a BIG weekend for all fishing.  The water should have settled and the fish will be biting like crazy.  This weekend was only a taste and in my opinion, if we caught what we did in less than favorable conditions, then when the conditions get right, it will be out of control.  Come visit us at the OIFC.  We are open 7 days a week. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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