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"today's stream report" | Real-Time Update | 04/18/11
 

Fished the stream today with Jim Steed of Raleigh, Rob Carmichael and son T ucker Carmichael of Tyngsboro, Mass. I ran back down to the scarp to try t o focus on the blackfin we had found there a few days earlier. The ocean wa s the flattest it's been this season, but as normal I couldn't locate the bl ackfin; I had good bait marks bit they either weren't there or the full moon had it messed up? Anyway, we started off jigging and got warmed up with a barrage of aj's. We then got to trolling and soon boated a mahi. More acti on came from aj's taking our trolled baits, cudas, another Maui and a small wahoo. After 12:30pm it died. The water was slick and the fish were just not biting. We decided to go back to jigging and in between aj's, Rob caught a monster gag grouper, 30lbs+. Man that stunk to send that fish back! Anyway, the action was not terrible but the trolling bite was lacking without Blackfin. The weather was the best part of the day. Steele will be heading to the stream tomorrow. He'll probably run to the east so we'll have another report. Stay tuned
- Brant McMullan
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""Shallotte Inlet"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/17/11
 

Capt. Steele and Capt. Chris Dew just broke the inlet. Capt. Chris Dew(a.k.a Old Law) called in on the radio to report all bouys have been removed by the storm yesterday. Capt. Brant has contacted wildlife and they are working on getting them placed back in the right place. We will continue to keep everyone posted on the situation.  

Jigging school is in!!!! I can smell the Ben Gay already!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"sea bassin" | Real-Time Update | 04/17/11
 

Young Troy Bolgic shows off his bass catch. He and mom joined me on a nice 2 hour fishing trip this pm. Weather was great and looks good next few days Steele is still in the stream with jig school and I'm heading to stream tomorrow. Lots of fishing his week so stay tuned. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Take A Child Fishn'" | Get Busy | 04/17/11
 

If you are looking for something fun and fulfilling to do, take a child fishing.  My son, Capt. Jeff Beck, his wife Courtney and I took their daughter Camdyn fishing today.  Thanks to Capt. Brandon Sauls we went to the super secret "Sydney and Sloan Spot" flounder fishing.  In fact we were soon joined by Brandon, Whitney and the twins.  There were a couple of guys just inside the creek mouth where we wanted to be, catching red drum.  No problem though, as Camdyn cast an OIFC Super Premium Mud Minnow with her pink Zebco on a pink and black Shakespear 6 1/2' pole and caught our 1st fish of 2011!!!  It was an undersized flounder, but she got the skunk out of the "OIFC Talechaser" Polar, and it showed that the flounder are around..

We only had a couple of hours to play because Camdyn had a horseback riding lesson.  But what a great way to spend a beautiful Sunday in Paradise.  Ya'll come join us, and bring a child.  We might even tell you where Sydney and Sloan's Secrete Spot is.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jigging School" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/16/11
 

Come rain or high wind the OIFC's Jigging School presented by Captain Steele went on!  The "classroom" portion was today and the plan for tomorrow is for Captain Steele to take the class to a break and test their knowledge.  There is a 2nd school in the offering April 30th and May 1st. Call the OIFC and reserve your spot!.

Pictured is the class consisting of Captain Steele Park, participants Jim Almond, Kevin Walter, Ben Rucker, and Kendall Hendrick.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"good day in the stream" | Real-Time Update | 04/15/11
 

Felt good to be back in the stream. Weather was manageable at 15-20kts from east. I decided to run south and fish the macmarle'n and scarp area, think ing I'd get out in front of stream eddy and fish more blended water. Action started slow at macmarle'n, no trolling bites and only a few jacks jigging. We put the trolling gear back out and headed to the scarp. At 11:00am we g ot our first bite and from then until we left at 2pm it was on. Lots of bla ckfin and we finally caught the token wahoo as our final fish. Ajs were hungry too, covering us up twice on all lines! Day was a success. I think a big key to making a day right now is being able to target blackfin. Feathers and cedar plugs are deadly. Be back to OIFC this pm around 5:30pm, come down and check us out. Jig class tomorrow pm wit fishing on Sunday. Stay tuned. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"more pics from stream trip today" | Real-Time Update | 04/15/11
 

more pics from stream trip today
- Brant McMullan
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"Good Luck" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/15/11
 

Good luck to Captains Brant and Steele on their charter to the Stream today.  This may be the last good day for the weekend as NOAA has posted a small craft advisory after midnight tonight.  The 2 key words are NOAA and predicting.  They have been known to ruin perfectly good weekend fishing days.

Also I was in touch with a couple of commercial hook and line anglers out of Southport who said they struck out yesterday. I don't think they fished the Steeples or the Blackjack and it's impolite to ask where they fished, especially a man who makes his living fishing.  We'll just have to wait and see how it goes today.  <*(((><


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Citation Black Fin" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/15/11
 

Daniel Simmons, along with his wife Amber came to the OIFC aboard the Reel McCoy Contender with a 27.2 lb black fin tuna they caught in good looking 300 ft deep water.  Daniel commented that the water would be perfect when the kings come in.  The tuna was citation size and took the lead in the rodeo..
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Old Law World Cat"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/15/11
 

Captains Chris Dew and Charlie Wilson ran a 1/2 day charter with repeat customers Matthew Floyd, his son Jordan and father-in-law Larry Myers of Thomasville, N.C. this morning.  The group bottom fished catching and releasing several big sea bass.  They were using squid strips on standard bottom rigs. They also pulled spoons and caught some spanish mackerel.  Can't wait until we can start keeping some black bass.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Capt. Brant's Trip" | Get Busy | 04/15/11
 

Captain Brant wrote a report on Captain Steele and his trip to the Gulf Stream with Nathan Fields, Randy Kidd, and Danny DeHart of Morehead, Kentucky.  Captain Steele said they were fishing in 180 ft of water.  He said they attacked the fish with a plethora of methods ranging from tuna feathers, jigs to balleyhoo. 

In the picture are a 36.8 lb wahoo and a 26.6 lb black fin tuna.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Add whiting to the list"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/14/11
 

I beat few banks yesterday and headed for the flooded grass flats looking for the redfish. The first bank that I hit produced trout and bluefish. As I rounded the corner approaching a deeper hole, I got a bite. Pretty aggressive hit and not a bad little fight. I thought it was going to be a flounder, turned out to be a whiting. Thats right! Add that one to the artificial list. That is the first whiting I have ever caught on artificial bait. I proceeded to catch a spot on the next cast. I would hate to see what I could have done with blood worms. I caught a couple more bluefish and then headed for the grass flats. On my last trip I had spotted some reds tailing in the back of a creek, but spooked them as I approached. I headed back to that area, but never saw any signs of fish moving through the grass. Mullet are thick and the redfish shouldn't be too far away. I watched Capt. Mark Dickson work a flat across the marsh from me where I have seen fish this past week as well. I am not sure if they hooked up or not. The wind was blowing pretty hard out of the WSW making spotting fish difficult. The water was silted up pretty good as well. Regardless, I am sure the redfish are there at some point and I will be back. The first part of next week looks great in the morning to hit the grass flats. See ya on the water!   
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"sea bass assassin" | Real-Time Update | 04/14/11
 

The brown party from Charlotte and Atlanta is wearing them out. Nice day on the water. 2 miles offshore. NOAA needs to see this. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"stream report" | Real-Time Update | 04/14/11
 

Bob Newell, Andrew Sanderson and matt Moore teamed up today to break in the new fishing season. They reported lots of wahoo action fishing the blackjac k to steeples area. They had 9 Hopkins and hosted 3 wahoo 30-40 pounds. They caught most fish high speed trolling. Looks like the bite has started. Steele and I are going tomorrow. Stay tuned. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Today's Action" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/13/11
 

Captain Brant and Captain Chris Dew are taking the newly repowered (twin 300 hp Yamahas) World Cat on a couple half day charters.  The guests are interested in catching and releasing sharks.  They're going to try to throw in a couple other species also.  We'll see later in the day.

Remember, Capt. Brant has a couple of openings for the Crew Matching trip Thursday.  And don't forget to enter the Rodeo.  The flounder and red fish bite is on!  <*(((><


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Stream Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/12/11
 

I did get some good news from a couple of boats that made the Stream on Saturday and Sunday.  The weather conditions were'nt that great, but they did pretty good on catching.  Water temperatures were cool at 69-70 degrees, but both boats reported catching a couple of Wahoo, several Blackfin in the 15-25 pound range and yes, even a few Mahi.  The weather looks good for a Thursday trip and then the weekend looks like it will blow before giving way to a very nice early next week -- typical, wind blows on the weekend.  Anyway, I'm looking for the Stream fishing to get good starting immediately as we are coming into prime time.  Break away from work and go fishing- it is time!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Tommy Can Hear Flounder" | Get Busy | 04/12/11
 

Our friend Tommy Helms is back on the water.  This time with Captain Dan "Rattlesnake" Ratley.  The duo located some 70 degree water in a creek near Little River.  They did not start fishing until about noon, but caught and released several undersized flat fish, including 2 that were barely legal.

Dan, a noted off shore fisherman, was manning the rods. At one point Tommy told him he had a fish on.  The fish was a 4" flounder.  Dan couldn't believe Tommy could hear a flounder bite.

Tommy usually has pictures to support his reports, but forgot his camera. Hmmmm....


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Lookn' Up" | Get Busy | 04/11/11
 

Spent some time today talking with a couple of fishermen this evening.  One an excellent off shore angler, and the other an in shore expert.

The off shore  guy said he and his crew braved the wind Saturday and made a run to the Stream.  They were in head seas going out.  The wind shifted and they were in head seas returning.  While at the Stream they hooked a wahoo that striped 250 yards of 130# top shot on 130# braid.  They kinda horsed him and pulled the hooks.  They also hooked up some black fin.  Things are lookn' up in the Stream.  He said he felt like he'd been in a fight when they got back.

In shore, 70 degree water was found in a couple places in the ICW and the majority of the water in the shallows was 70 degrees.  He and his partner were scouting some areas today and said the bite was a little slow, but the flounder are starting to show up.

  Behind Cherry Grove, which usually fires off shortly before the bite around OIB, is starting to pick up.  Usually some big flounder come from Dog Inlet.

Remember, the Rodeo allows fish caught anywhere to be weighed in at the OIFC  and count in the Rodeo, so long as they are weighed in the same day.  You can bring them by boat, car, moped (if you lost your license because of a DWI), scooter  (if you have your license), bicycle or foot.  Heck you can even sky dive your fish.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Weird Day?"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/11/11
 

Wow! The weather looked promising for a good day on the water today. Winds were light this morning and the tide was low. We hit the first creek and found a strike netter making a little racket. We moved on to another creek and saw some redfish, but they spooked before we could make our move. We headed on down the creek and Kristin caught the first fish of the day. A nice little trout. We worked the entire creek until we just couldn't go any further. Mr. Phil hooked a little trout there, but didn't quite get him all the way to the boat. I decided to head back to our first creek, thinking maybe the fish had time to settle down. The strike netter was still busy at it. We went on past him as the tide was high enough to get further back in the creeks. We rounded the corner and I spotted some redfish pushing along the grass. About the time I pointed them out to my crew they made us. They headed for deeper water and we could never locate them or get them to bite. I decided that this area was completely rattled from all the commotion earlier. We moved on, but could never really get on the bite. We ended the day with a few trout, a flounder released at boat side, a blue fish, and 5 croaker. The weather? Well, the fog didn't go away until late this afternoon. The tide? I guess the quarter moon was causing a neap tide today. The tide never started to pull, it was very weak. Good news! I survived to fish another day! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"2011 Trip Announced" | OIFC 1- 36 | 04/10/11
 

And the winner is.............The GALAPAGOS!!!  January 30, 2011 - February 6, 2011.  More details to follow.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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