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"Galapagos- 2 Openings" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/15/10
 

As announced last month, in February of 2011 the OIFC's Traveling Fisherman is headed south to the world famous Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. The Galapagos are known mostly for the incredible protected wildlife that inhabit the islands. However, in recent years offshore fishing has been opened up to a select few operators who found the sportfishing to be equally as impressive and prehistoric as anything seen on land. Striped marlin by the thousands gather in the fertile currents that surround the islands which offers a unique angling opportunity for fishermen and fisherwomen who are willing to travel around the world looking for the next great bite. The OIFC trip will depart the US on January 30th and return home on February 6th. During the 8 days abroad we will spend a couple days in Ecuador, 4 days fishing off the coast of the Galapagos, and a couple days taking in the sights on the islands. We have a great group already signed up for the expedition. Currently there are 14 fishermen and fisherwomen on board and we have room for 2 more. This is a great opportunity to travel to an incredible fishing destination with a group of fellow anglers with a common background as "OIFC Friends". With only 2 spaces available please contact me soon if you have interest in joining the team on this great adventure. Capt. Barrett McMullan- captbarrett@oifc.com
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Georgia Boys" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/14/10
 

A few days ago Captain Jeff Williamson took a group from Georgia on a charter.  Of course Captain J. Dogg lost their names, but does remember that they were from Georgia.  As you can tell by the background they were fishing mostly at the jetties.  The Little River Jetties have been producing a great deal of reds lately.  If your down anytime soon  I'd give them a shot.

Captain Jeff is fishing in Paradise Cove this week and we'll have some pictures of his trip shortly.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jeremy Myer's King" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/13/10
 

While a bunch of us were struggling trying to hook up with THE king at the 90's Saturday, Butch Myers of Black Mountain, N.C. and his son 14 year old Jeremy were catching this teen age king within sight of the 90's.  Jeremy has become quite the king fisherman as this isn't the 1st nice fish he's weighed in at the OIFC.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Dirty Blue"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/13/10
 

Just when the bite should turn on we finally get some rain...lots of rain all at once. This has really stirred the water! First bite of the day was an 18lb. stingray that Gavin landed after several battling minutes. Bluefish continued to chop are baits in half as we tried to get the flounder and redfish to cooperate. A few flounder just under the mark and one for the frying pan. Then a redfish showed up to put up a nice little fight. Action was a bit slow and spread out. Tide was getting low enough to catch some shrimp, so we did. Gavin and Taylor stayed busy reeling in one bluefish after another! I even decided to throw a topwater plug and watched them explode all over it. Bob, Jen, Gavin, and Taylor enjoyed watching the bait get crushed! Gavin and Taylor would quickly take over on the angling once hooked up. Fast and furious...time flys when the action gets hot. Back to the dock we had to go. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Congrats and Advice" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/13/10
 

Congrats again to Team OIFC and Capt. Brant for his tournament win this weekend.  Now for the advice portion of the report.  Since Hurricane Earl passed by offshore, I have noticed that the Pogey's have been holding much deeper off the beach than just a few weeks ago.  The past 5-6 times I have been charter/fun fishing, I have found plenty of bait in the 20-25ft range off the beach.  Great big, beautiful pogey's and all I want.  I referenced Capt. Brant's win because I happened to be out there Saturday morning on a charter and when I went to catch bait, I noticed most of the Tournament boats throwing and throwing their normal 10 ft cast nets and bring up nothing.  I was using one of Capt. Brant's custom nets with 22lbs of weight, which he undoubtably used that morning as well,  and had more than I needed in just 1 throw.  I say this not to brag but to point out that it took me just over 5 minutes to locate, catch and put baits in the livewell while others spent an hour or more throwing and catching 1 or 2 baits at a time, if any at all.  When it comes to Tournament fishing, time is super critical.  Having a heavy net that will catch baits in deep water WILL save you time and effort, thus giving you a lot more time to fish.  Time and time again, I see guys out there getting super frustrated because they can see the pogey's flipping on top are marking them on the bottom and still cant catch them. Pogey's dive when a net lands on top of them and if it cant sink quickly, when the water gets deep, the fish have tons of time to get away. Stop by and check out Capt. Brant's custom nets and see why they make such a difference.
- Capt. Steele
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"Zach's Sailfish" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/13/10
 

Check out Captain Zach's sail he caught aboard the get Get Floor'd. ' Shame he caught it during an SKA Tournament and not the Cape Fear Sailfish Tournament.  Beautiful fish though.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Team OIFC Wins Brunswick Isles King Classic" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/12/10
 

Well, hate to sound like a broken record, but a few short weeks ago you read Capt. Barrett's report about his win at the Onslow Bay King Mackerel Tournament-- he quoted "I love it when a plan comes together..... everything went too smooth" on the way to he and father's, Rube win with a 40.77.  Well, I got say, "I love it when a plan comes together."  This weekend OIFC charter mate Chris Eckert, my father, Rube, 5 year old daughter, Caroline and myself teamed up to compete in the Brunswick Islands King Classic tournament.  We were actually seeking to defend our title as Team OIFC won this very same event last year with a 29 pound King.  This year we had the same results, but with a lot more class.  We weighed an awesome 43.14 pound King to win the tournament.  I decided to fish offshore in 100 feet of water as nearshore water temperatures remain warm and action had been lacking.  As such, the plan was to fish over bottom fishing grounds where hopefully there might be a big King that had taken up residence feeding on Snapper during the Summer.  Our second stop proved to be the jackpot as a spread of live Pogys was set.  After 10 minutes of trolling, the downrigger set at 30 feet went off and Chris grabbed the rod.  As he came tight, the medium flat line rod bent double, and I grabbed the rod.  My fish sent the reel into a smoking, high speed run, indicating it was a fish of size; the only question was if it was a wahoo or king?  We kept the boat at idle while Chris fought his fish and I quietly worked his fish back to the boat.  After 15 minutes or so, my fish came into sight and revealed the silver sides and yellowish tale that signal a Kingfish deep below.  It was apparent it was a big fish.  The King made one circle and I brought it to the surface where Rube gaffed and asked for assistance; I dropped the rod and grabbed the big tail and the fish was on the deck of the Yellowfin.  It was one of those magical days as now all that was left was to weigh-in.  It was only 11am, but my 5 year old daughter, Caroline came to fish, and she was having a blast.  The team reset and Caroline boated another King and a nice Dolphin.  We eventually set for home and made the weigh-in shortly after 3pm and the rest is history.  Don't you just love it when a plan comes together.  I will give credit where it's due as the common factor in both recent wins is Rube "the GooRube" McMullan.  Most exciting to me was Caroline winning Jr. Angler.  She won $300 of her own and got a first place trophy; she is fired up. 

Included are some pictures of the day's action.  I don't have a picture of the winning fish, but I'll post it when I get in a day or two.  As you can see, the main focus is Caroline.  If she's into it, we are all into it. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Report Card" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/12/10
 

Congratulations to Capt. Brant for his win the the  Brunswick Islands Saltwater Classic.  Also onboard with him were Rube, Caroline, Captain Chris Eckert.  Brant will tell you more about his trip.

Today was a tough day as far as king Mackerel fishing was concerned.  It seems the weatherman missed his wind speed prediction by a good 10 mph. We caught several smaller kings, spanish and cobia, I even heard of mahi being caught.  Most of us fished the 90's with either mullet or pogies.  The bait was just off Bird Island.

Below are a couple of pics I took of the boats catching pogies, then just random pictures


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Word is..." | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/11/10
 

I've heard a rumor that Capt. Brant, Rube & Caroline have caught a big king for the tournament.... stay tuned for more info!
- Technical director-Anita
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"Update " | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/10/10
 

These pictures are an update on Captain Jeff's Sunday charter.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shane Britt Update" | Speckulator - 22' | 09/10/10
 

Below is a picture of the flounder Shane Britt that I reported on yesterday.  Shane can't get off work so he will not be able to fish the Bay Creek Classic..The OIFC hopes you will fish it.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shane Britt's report" | Speckulator - 22' | 09/09/10
 

Shane fished the backwaters and some other undisclosed areas around Ocean Isle this weekend.  He reported that he used mullet minnows which, along with pogies are extremely plentiful.  Among other fish, Shane caught a 5.18 and a 4.3 lb flounder.

Shane will be fishing the Bay Creek Classic this weekend.

NOTE:  Shane, your pictures didn't come through.  Please resend, I'd love to put them on the Fishing Report.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Quickie" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/09/10
 

Captain Barrett and Rube bottom fished with pogies in water about 200 feet deep yesterday.  The seas were a little bumpy, but the catch was well worth it.  He's a picture of the last 2 fish that Barrett hadn't cleaned when I caught up with him.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sunday=Funday" | Speckulator - 22' | 09/08/10
 

Captain Jeff Williamson of the "Get Busy"/OIFC was chartered Sunday by the Conrad family of Ocean Isle Beach as a 42nd birthday present for Shannon Conrad.  The following is what Shannon wrote to the OIFC.  He tells the story the best.

"Hey guys, just wanted to send a couple of photos that we took on Sept 5th of an inshore charter trip we took with Captain Jeff Williamson for my 42nd birthday (actually the 6th).  We were fortunate to be with Jeff as he put us on several nice reds at the Little River jetties.  We boated three, had a break off, and one other nice fish that got off right as the net was being lowered for the snag.  All in all it was a great birthday trip for me and to spend it with my dad (Vic Conrad-pocketbook for the trip), two of my four sons, Adam Conrad 7 and Thomas (Hardcore) Conrad 4.  We would recommend a trip with Jeff to anyone as we spent the day laughing and cutting up telling fish stories and having a great time.  My dad loves to hunt so he and Jeff had a lot in common".

"We felt pretty good when we got back to the docks at the OIFC and Rube commented that our fish were the first fish he had seen come in since the water got stirred up from the storm."

What everyone at the OIFC wants to know is, Shanon..did you really write this or did J. Dogg?

Thanks for fishing with the OIFC.  We're  all very happy you caught fish, and more importantly had a good time with your family.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon Racing- End of Season Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/08/10
 

The Jolly Mon Racing team ended the season on an incredible note.  After a rocky middle of the season with 2 DNF's and several 3-6th place finishes, something clicked and the team turned it on.  Over the season's last four races, driver Justin Millikin and Jolly Mon Racing team won all four races.  That is an incredible achievement.  The team finished up the season at 2nd place in the track championship race.  They needed one more weekend of racing to catch the track champion, Rick Smith, but the season ran out.  However, the "BIG" race is on Saturday, November 20th in which a full field of 43 cars will fill the .58 mile track and compete for the $10,000 first place prize. 

Congratulations again to Justin and the Jolly Mon Racing team for a great job.  Thanks for representing the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, the Jolly Mon King Classic and its sponsors.

If you didn't make it out to see a race, plan on the November race.  The Jolly Mon car will be there and racing for the lead.  For race details and schedule visit www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com or I'll be sure to keep you posted.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""Inshore Bite"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/08/10
 

Fished this morning with the hopes of some explosive action...tons of bait in the waterway...wind started to blow a little harder than predicted...the fishing was a bit slow...We did catch some rat reds and lots of 13" flounder...two flounder did make the frying pan eventually...one 16" and another 18"...Not the bite I expected...

Here at the store for the rest of the afternoon...recieved a phone call from a gentleman who apparently found the bite this morning. Several flounder with one citation and another just missing the mark. He will be sending Capt. Rickey photos that will be posted soon. No doubt  the fish, bait, and all the other ingredients are here for some tremendous fall fishing. Don't miss it...Stop by sometime and get the rest of the story. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Flounder Dinner" | Speckulator - 22' | 09/07/10
 

Captain Tommy Helms and Mr. Tommy Lytton, both infamous inshore fishermen and tiger shark whisperers have been at it again.  This time they took Wayne "Paw Paw" Smith of Charlotte, N.C. out to catch dinner.  They caught plenty flounder for the main course.  As you can see they enjoyed an adult beverage prior to preparing the main entree.

Captain Tommy indicated to me that he and others will be fishing the Bay Creek Classic  Saturday.  I cannot  emphasize enough how worthy of a cause this tournament supports.  Were it not for an SKA points tournament this weekend we would be right in the middle of the competition.  The OIFC and others are supporting the Classic in every way we can.  We ask that ya'll help out by participating.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""TroutKiller!"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/06/10
 

Took a friend out this past Wednesday....we were looking for some red drum in the 25 inch range...I had located a school a few days ago and was eager to put my friend on them. We arrived at the area and immediately saw the bait scattering...it still looked fishy and hopes were high. We started working the area and it didn't take long, fish on! Problem? It was a trout, then another, and another trout...we caught several trout, but the redfish had not shown yet. We changed bait and tactics...redfish on! Not the size we were looking for, but a redfish none the less. Then a flounder to complete an inshore slam!

Took my mom back out and landed a few more trout on Sunday morning. We actually started off looking for spanish just off the beach. The water had a gray color to it...so we gave up on that idea pretty quick. We did land a bluefish...I would imagine once the water clears, the spanish bite will follow and kings won't be far behind. I can feel it...Fall is just around the corner...it is still warm outside, but the humidty has really dropped. The fishing should start to fire off any day now! See ya on the water!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Labor Day Flounder" | Speckulator - 22' | 09/06/10
 

Below is a picture of Miss Lindsey Evans with a nice flounder she caught behind Ocean Isle Beach.  Lindsey was fishing with Ryan Neuwirth of Shallotte Point. They were using pogies.

The flounder bite has been excellent and consistent in shore, while the bite on the artificial reefs has not really fired off. It was just a few summers ago we were concerned about the lack of flounder being caught in our back waters, but it seems that with pogies being more plentiful the flounder population has increased.  That's my unofficial observation.

Also now is a good time to remind everyone of the Bay Creek Classic which is this weekend.  Please participate..it is for a great cause!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fish are hungry" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/06/10
 

Watching the weather getting very stable after last weeks Weather Channel hurricane, and my bet is the fish will go nuts this week as they should be very hungry. Bad news is don't see any big cold fronts coming, but cooler weather or not, fall is approaching, and the fish will be moving. Tourist season ending today, so come this week plan is to go hurt some fish. Weather looks perfect. Come on down!
- Rube McMullan
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