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"Sunset Beach Bridge" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/12/10
 

I was just advised by Captain Josh Tew of Sea Tow OIB that the new Sunset Beach bridge is now open.  The old bridge is tied back and will only be used when the construction company needs it.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pogy netting" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/12/10
 

The NC Marine Fisheries Commission has announced a meeting November 22 to discuss opening up waters south of Cape Lookout to commercail menhaden netting. We are trying to find out whether this was initiated by a Commissioner or Omega. We will let everyone know exactly what is going on as soon as we can get all the info.  As you know, irrespective of what the MFC might choose to do south of Cape Lookout, our Brunswick County waters are not subject to MFC directives, as we passed legislation that prevents netting in our waters, and to change that would require a new bill to be passed. The battle never ends, but with a Republican controlled legislature, seems like that would be quite a challenge. Standby. 
- Rube McMullan
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"Perfect Sized Kings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/11/10
 

Bob Fischer an d Casey Nix of Casper, Wyoming joined Tom Fischer of Greenville, S.C. and Papy Fisher of New Hill, N.C. for a half day charter aboard the Carolina Cat with Captains Chris Dew and Steele Park.  The group battled sharks for a good part of the morning, but struck gold in 65 ft. of water.  Fishing with frozen cigar minnows, they loaded the dock cart with perfect sized kings.  If they were fishing commercially, these teenage kings would bring top dollar on the market.  It's good to see the wind laid out enough and the kings were in close enough to allow them to be caught on a half day charter.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/11/10
 

Hard to tell what's going on with the weather.  Forecast is bad, but wind has been in and out, not really that bad.  Today the Carolina Cat ran a 3/4 charter and did great on Kings fishing the 65 foot hole.  Capt. Chris reported the area was loaded with schools of live Cigar Minnows- find the bait and the fish are there.  November is historically the best month to catch numbers of Kings.  They school up around the Cigar Minnows, typically in 65-80 feet of water.  Right now they are at the Shark Hole, 65 foot hole and Jungle-- there will be some stragglers in closer at Christinas and 90's as well.  The great thing about this fishery is it is easy.  Dead Cigar Minnows are a guarantee, but if you want to be creative, you can easily jig live Cigar Minnows while you are fishing.  They will speed the action up and get bites from larger fish.  We have charters through the weekend, so I'll keep you posted.

The weather looks really good this weekend.  You should come down and enjoy the weather and the fishing.  The King bite will be red hot.  Oh yeah, the Grouper too.  They get hot and heavy when the Cigar Minnows move in as well.  Fish same spots as Kingfishing over the structure.  Live Cigar Minnows are like candy.  See you on the water.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"NC Kingfish State Championship On Tap" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/11/10
 

The North Carolina Kingfish State Championship is set to begin this Saturday the 13th of November and run all the way through the following Sunday, November 21st. This king mackerel tournament is being held at a time and place when the king mackerel fishing off the Carolina coast should be at its peak. Extremely large and large numbers of fish congregate on the east side of Cape Lookout in November between Cape Lookout shoals and Cape Hatteras shoals. For this reason we have 2 weigh in locations: location number one is at Town Creek Marina in Beaufort with kingfish tournament legend Shae Lewis acting as weigh master and location number two is at Hatteras Landing Marina with local fishing expert Billy Webster as weigh master. You will notice this tournament stretches over a 9 day period which the purpose of this is to give all fishermen ample opportunity to fish in good conditions. Fishermen will choose their 2 out of 9 fishing days at their own convenience by calling the tournament declaration hotline at 910-253-3474. The weather this Saturday, the first of the 9 possible tournament fish days, looks a little iffy but greatly improves Sunday and through the first part of the week. I will be heading to Hatteras on Saturday and planning to fish Sunday and Monday and depending on the weather just might stay the week. This is the best time of year to fish king mackerel on the Carolina coast and the attraction to the area known as the "East Side" between Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras is the size of the kingfish. Average size kingfish for this time of year in that area is 30-35lbs. Numerous fish over 40lbs will be caught with 50's very common and I'm not going to be surprised to see fish over 60lbs. It's an amazing fishery and sincerely hope as many of you tournament guys as possible will join us for this unique formatted tournament with the goal of becoming North Carolinas first kingfish state champion. Registration is open online at www.oifc.com. Be sure to read the rules and tournament details to fully be informed of all your options.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"SKA Nationals Pictures" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/10/10
 

Jeff Reid posted these pictures taken by David Wicker of the SKA Nationals.  In the pictures are Jeff, David and Stephanie Ferrell.

The first three are before the Tournament and are Jeff, David and Stephanie catching blue runners for bait.  Ain't the weather perfect? The last pictures are during the tournament.  Notice how they are bundled up and the 6 to 10's in the background.  The pictures do not do the seas justice.  You can also see how close to the shore the bite was.  Thanks for the use of the pictures Jeff.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""60 degrees"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/10/10
 

The water temperature has dropped rapidly in the last couple of weeks. I expect that it should level out and stay consistent for the next few weeks. This is the best time of year to get out and get on a hot bite. The fish are in all out feeding mode. They know this may be their last chance to have a full course meal until spring next year. In past years I have located fish and they have stayed in one place for weeks feeding. Yesterday, I found a large school of redfish with a few trout mixed in with them. I ended up catching 30+ redfish and 6 trout. They were all in two areas about the size of a beach ball. If you missed the ball, no bite. If you hit the ball, game on! I headed back there today lining up conditions expecting similiar results. As Rube reported the wind kicked up quite a bit today. The wind changed conditions ever so slightly in the area I caught fish yesterday. I also had my 3 year-old on the boat today as well. We had 5 bites, landing one small trout and one decent redfish. Either the slightly different conditions made the fish move somewhere different or they all had sore mouths. This time of year can be challenging, but large schools of fish are out there waiting to be found. Conditions are key to success...yesterday light north winds, 60 degree water tempeture, and crystal clear water...today stronger north wind, 59 degree water temperature, and slightly off color water. I noticed the changing conditions and probably could have located the school again today with a little recon; however, a 3 year-old has very little patience. What changed the conditions? The stronger north wind was blowing hard enough to slow the current down. This causing the pretty green ocean water not to push into the creek we were fishing. Also I noticed the temperature was warmer at the mouth of the creek as we were leaving. These are only small pieces of the puzzle, but extremely important for success. My tip in this report is pay attention to the conditions, especially when you get on a hot bite. Write them down or remember them for your next trip out on the water. Some conditions to consider: tide, current, wind direction and speed, structure, moon phase, water temperature and clarity. Yeah, I hear you already complaining about making fishing so difficult. Well, if you are going to be successful that is what it takes. Still yet, the fish are going to win more days than not. See ya on the water!

  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"King report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/10/10
 

Tried to get out this morning, but north wind kicker up harder than we wanted to kick so came home. Looked for pogies toward Holden and all the way to Little River and they had disappeared from yesterday. Kings have moved off to the Jungle/Shark Hole; biting on dead cigars.
- Rube McMullan
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"Conditions report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/09/10
 

Rode down beach today to Southport. Water still full of pogies along beach, however they are doing their flip and run deal. Didn't try to catch any, but difficult this time of year. Water temp on beach is 62 degrees. Going out tomorrow to check out how close kings are still in; will report back.
- Rube McMullan
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"Galapagos Opening" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/09/10
 

We've had an opening come available for the Galapagos trip scheduled for January 30th - February 6th. This trip has been full for a couple months with 16 fishermen and fisherwomen but one spot has now opened up. If anyone out there is interested in joining our group for what is sure to be a trip one of the most incredible fishing destinations on earth contact me immediately. We'll need to get travel arrangements handled quickly. This is a great once in a lifetime fishing trip that you don't want to miss. Contact me at captbarrett@oifc.com. Thanks.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Thanksgiving Inshore Classic " | Speckulator - 22' | 11/09/10
 

Well folks, it is that time of year again and Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means our annual Thanksgivinig Inshore Classic is right around the corner as well.  The tournament will be held the Saturday after Thanksgiving as always, November 27th.  Registration will be on November 26th at the OIFC.  More info on the tournament can be found on the tournaments page, at http://www.oifc.com/tournaments.cfm

The trout fishing has been exceptional the last few days, and we are starting to see more and larger fish all the time.  The fishing should only improve over the next couple of weeks, and we should have hot fishing, as usual, for the tournament.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Plan B" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/09/10
 

The crew of "The Law" couldn't make the Nationals due to lower unit issues on their off shore boat.  Still needing a fishing fix they opted for Plan B.  They took Michelle Drake's 17 ft. skiff in shore fishing.

Michelle nailed some bait in Calabash, displaying her skills with a cast net and  they headed for the soon-to-be tourist attraction, the old Sunset Beach bridge.  The primarily off shore anglers anchored up and within a few minutes Stephen Welborne started moving around the boat, obviously with a strike.  He began calling for the net.  Being more used to gaffing fish with an 8 ft. gaff as opposed to netting them Michelle was struggling getting what they could see was a big flounder in the landing net.  Jeff took the net and brought a 5.8 lb. flounder aboard. Jeff also caught and carefully released an undersized red a little later.

Michelle claims to be a lousy in shore angler, but she did her part catching bait and posing with the flounder.  Thanks for sharing your trip with us.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"SKA Nationals Cont. " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/08/10
 

I know that it seems that is all you are reading about on the reports this week but the reality is, that's where we all were so we have to report on where we fished.  I also had the opportunity to fish down in Ft. Pierce last week aboard the Toes Up with Richard Boles and Doug Robson. I had not had the opportunity to fish with these two guys before the trip down but have gotten to know them very well over the past year as customer's here at the OIFC and as friends.  Anyway, we headed down bright and early Monday morning and arrived in Ft. Pierce just in time to get the boat in the water just prior to sunset Monday.  Tuesday was an exciting day and a truly great learning experience as Capt. Brant, Capt. Barrett and Capt. Rube allowed me to tag along with them for the first day of the Pro Tournament. It was truly incredible to have the opportunity to fish with these guys.  Their tactics and techniques are a bit humbling to say the least.  We managed to catch a few fish but the big one eluded us.  Wednesday, I had an opportunity to do a little pre-fishing for the tournament aboard the "Toes Up", a 23t Contender owned by Richard. While we called it pre fishing, the real agenda for the day was to venture 8-12 miles offshore to the gulf stream to do a little sportfishing.  Yes, I said 8-12 miles to the gulf stream.... It was incredible to catch 24+ lb dolphin's within sight of land.  Ended up with a handful of Dolphins and steady action all day.  Then the Wind really started blowing.... The story of the week was ROUGH conditions and it was.  Thursday was a no fish day as it galed all day and rained cats and dogs.  What is a fisherman to do when he cant fish?  Hit the local tackle shops for info. We developed a plan for Friday based on the info we had and what we were looking at with the weather forecast, and what a plan it was.  The tournament was in a Bimini Start format which means that all boats take off from the inlet at the same time when the tournament commitee says go.  They said go and the whole fleet took off as fast as they could go in 4-6 ft seas with occassional 8 footers mixed in.  Instead of taking off, we put lines out right at the inlet.  Within 30 minutes we had 3 fish in the boat, including what would have been a stud fish had it not had a rig from another fisherman in its throat and been on the verge of starving to death.  We ended up catching 6 or 7 fish and never left the area around Ft. Pierce inlet.  Alas, the big fish eluded us and we ended up with a combined total of 31lbs+ which was good enough for 19th place in the 23 and under class.  All in all, it was a great week but would have loved to have had better conditions.  Looking forward to this week, looks like the wind is going to force us to fish on the beach but I hear there are fish to be caught.  I am going to go out there tomorrow and see if I can find the fish to let you know where they are hiding.  See you out there.
- Capt. Steele
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"Catch and Release" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/08/10
 

Most of us practice catch and release.  I ran across this article  on Earth Sports and found it interesting.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Checkers or Wreckers" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/07/10
 

Well, it was wreckers for Team OIFC in this year's SKA National Championship held in Ft. Pierce, FL. It was a tough event for all teams competing for the National Title this year due to the perfectly timed arrival of the first big cold front of the year on the morning of tournament day one (Friday). While the forecast was for strong winds, it was expected the direction would have some west in it making the beach calm and very fishable. Unfortunately the part the weather man got right was the strong winds, he missed the direction as it was mostly from the north which meant a steep and tight 4 to 6 ft sea with nowhere to hide. We had planned to return to the same area to the south of Ft. Pierce in 25 feet of water just off the beach where we had fished a couple days prior during the pro tournament. There was a good bite of big fish there and we were hoping to find the same condition. It seemed most other boats in the tournament had the same plan as the 200+ boats fishing scattered out along the beach with more than 100 in the one small area. The beach water had changed color due to the heavy winds and seas but surprisingly some fish still hung around in the silty water. However, the main bite of fish was not to be in our chosen area and instead about 10 miles down the beach from us around schools of spanish mackerel. Note to self: find the bait, find the fish- kingfish 101. Oh well, we fished very hard all day but if you aren't around the fish you aren't going to catch them. It was a disappointing event for Team OIFC but truthfully we were accepting of the outcome as we simply weren't where the fish were. We learned a lot about south Florida style kite fishing from some local gurus and are excited to bring that technique back to Ocean Isle. In the past we have dabbled in the kite fishing for kingfish but we found there is a whole new level out there that can be a deadly technique when around the fish. This would be considered kingfish 202. Despite the horrific weather there is always going to be a winner and some really nice fish ended up being caught. It just goes to show that kingfish can be anywhere at anytime and just when you think you've got them figured out, they change. Ft. Pierce can be a tough place to figure out but I guess if you caught a good fish you might not think so. Next year the championship is headed back to Biloxi, MS and I know I can speak for Team OIFC when I say BRING IT ON! We will be extremely excited to travel back to the Gulf next year to experience a truly amazing king mackerel fishery and once again compete for the honor of being the kingfish National Champion. We're all back here at home now and patiently waiting for the weather to give us a break so we can take revenge on the kingfish after they embarrassed us so badly last weekend!
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Photo Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/07/10
 

Just got this picture of a red caught on Jeff Williamson's (Get Busy/OIFC)  recent charter for the "Ellen Fights Like A Girl" Charity.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cassie Dawson's "Rumble In The Jungle" Video" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/07/10
 

If you're checking this Fishing Report, then I know you enjoy salt water fishing.  That being the case, take time to link to Casie'svideo of Brant, Amy, Caroline, Chris Eckert and Cassie's Rumble In The Jungle trip.  She did a great job abd I think you'll like it.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Number Not Pulled!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/05/10
 

The 2010 SKA Nationals' is in the books and preparation for the next tournament is underway.  I think I'll whine and get it out of my system.  The fishing conditions were a little rough...there was a slight mullet blow of 29-35 NNW all day.  The tournament was changed to a 1 day 2 fish event due to the weather.  That's not what I'm whining about.  The top 7 boats fished right beside us all day!  We were at the Kingfish Holes 1&2.  Most teams fished goggle eyes, blue runners or mullet.  Many of the blue runners were jigged on sabiki rigs tipped with shrimp.  Some bought their blue runners and goggle eyes, which were very expensive.  Mullet could be caught in the back waters.  Captain Brant's Stealth net worked great for us.  We upsized our nose hooks to #2 off sets.  Otherwise, king fishing is king fishing..all the same techniques.  The winning team fished beside us and is staying at the same place we are, why was their number pulled and not ours?...whine, whine, whine!

Ya'll do know Team "Do Work/OIFC" isn't whining.  Just kidding.  As Rube would say, "Welcome to the world of king fishing".  Team "All In" on a 30 ft. Wellcraft took top honors with a total of 69.75 lbs., and a nicer bunch of guys couldn't be found.  CONGRATULATIONS!  Locally the top team was "Black Gold",  Captained by Mike McDuffie and owned by Don Williams, the winner of this years OIFC Master's Division.  "Black Gold" finished 4th with a total of 62.86 lbs.

If the wind lays down tomorrow, we're going to try our hand at some of the monster tarpon we saw yesterday while catching bait.  Rube, Brant and Barrett are heading back to Ocean Isle for Granny Mac's 90th birthday celebration.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANNY MCMULLAN!!!!!!!!  We'll head back early Sunday morning.  If you ever get the opportunity to fish a SKA National event, jump on it.  No matter the weather it's something all king fishermen need to experience.

Check out this link for the leaderboard, and you can go to my FaceBook page for a lot of pictures.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Reds and Thomas Conrad's Flounder" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/05/10
 

The story continued into Sunday when the guys and Shannon's sons Adam and Thomas decided to go back to the Jetties for some more action.  That's when they heard Thomas say "Dad I've got a BIG ONE"!  He fed his family with this nice flounder he had caught.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl Reds" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/05/10
 

Shannon Conrad reported that he, his dad Vic, sons Adam and Thomas as well as their friend Scott Fleming fished the Friday of the Fall Brawl.  They had not entered the Brawl, but trolled around for some kings at the Light House Rocks, the Youpon and ended up at the Sherman.  Just as they were getting ready to grab a snack, their reel screamed with what they declare was the big one that got away.

Having had enough of that excitement for the day they elected to go to the jetties and drift fish for a while.  That's when they caught this 42" hoss and some 28 inchers....To be continued..........


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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