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"" | Real-Time Update | 12/29/10
 

Multimedia Message Had a good day with the Wu party from Buffalo. Started out trying to catch a bluefin.  Found tons of birds and bat 3 miles inshore of shark hole..  Water a bit cool at 47 but worth a shot.  Struck out.  Ran offshore to 90 feet at 11am and smoked the big sea bass, most big ones I've seem in a while.  Caught all we could by 3pm and are on the way home now.  Tomorrow think I'll head off and try for wahoo and do some vertical jogging.  Maybe web can sneak an end of season grouper.  Stay tuned.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 12/29/10
 

Multimedia Message Had a good day with the Wu party from Buffalo. Started out trying to catch a bluefin.  Found tons of birds and bat 3 miles inshore of shark hole..  Water a bit cool at 47 but worth a shot.  Struck out.  Ran offshore to 90 feet at 11am and smoked the big sea bass, most big ones I've seem in a while.  Caught all we could by 3pm and are on the way home now.  Tomorrow think I'll head off and try for wahoo and do some vertical jogging.  Maybe web can sneak an end of season grouper.  Stay tuned.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"EPIRB" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/28/10
 

Check the attached link for information.  Also, beginning in 2011the SKA is requiring all participants in tournaments to have Epribs and ditch bags.  Follow this link.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Family Support" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/27/10
 

Barbara Yow Newton sent this picture of her grandchildren.  She said they all stop in the OIFC everytime they are down.  Thanks for the support and the picture guys.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pendulum May Be Swinging?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/26/10
 

As bad as the weather is now, looking just ahead the forecast is looking very promising.  The winds are supposed to go light on Wednesday and I believe I saw Friday with a high in the 60s ?????   I'll believe it when I see it.  But, I know we are going to be ready.  Of course, Christmas Day the weather was absolutely perfect with flat seas AND the Gulf Stream was perfect for big time Wahoo fishing.  Its cloudy now, so I can't see, but the water at the Black Jack and Steeples was over 74 degrees on Christmas Day.  If that water will just hold until mid week I guarantee I'll be there.  The best days of Wahoo fishing I've ever had have been mid Winter unders such conditions.  They are fairly rare.  Also, looked like a finger of upper 60s water was moving around the Frying Pan Tower which should bring the Kings.  Bluefin are still the wild card.  I expect a good amount of effort if the weather does get good this next week.  Come on down to the beach.  Enjoy the coast when its laid back and not crowded.  Best of all, send out 2010 with one last fishing trip and hang around to ring in 2011 at the beach.  Where else would you rather be ???

Happy Holidays to all.......


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 12/26/10
 

Multimedia Message Hot redfish bite on oib canals.  Brandon Sauls leads the way.  U know they r biting if even I caught one!!  Can u see the snow falling! 
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Hardcore" | Speckulator - 22' | 12/26/10
 

Hardcore, crazy or bored...Regardless Capts. Brandon Sauls, Kyle Hughes and Brant braved the 32 degree temps. and snow to hit Brandon's hot spot from yesterday.  Judging by Brant's and Brandon's pictures they hit pay dirt again.

I'm sworn not to give too many details, but I'd say to hit the waters behind OIB and you too should strike gold..or red.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Poor Benjy" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/26/10
 

Poor Benjy Faulkner, stuck in Winston Salem in @ 8" of snow with the only thing to remind him of the sea is a snow man with an OIFC shirt.  32 degrees and snow flurries at the beach is better than snow men inshore!
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Christmas Day Slam" | Speckulator - 22' | 12/25/10
 

Local inshore angler extraordinaire Brandon Sauls took a break from the Christmas gala to slip out for a little inshore fishing in the Ocean Isle backwaters.  If you study the flounder closely you can get a rare glimpse at the bait he was using.  Along with the winter flounder, Brandon brought in some drum and more than 2 dozen trout.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Merry Christmas" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/24/10
 

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from all of us at the OIFC!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | Real-Time Update | 12/23/10
 

Multimedia Message Spent morning yesterday filling stockings with fresh sea bass.  Caroline, rube and myself fished 90-100 feet to find nice bass. Ocean was nice.  Also was a test trip for oifc world cat.  I just got it back marine service center or with new power.  She's sporting the new yamaha 300s.   Had 250s.  Speed and efficiency has increased.  A nice upgrade that will save fuel and give our customers more fishing time.   Happy holidays to all.  Stay tuned for reports
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Sea Bass Birthday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/22/10
 

What better family tradition than to celebrate a birthday sea bass fishing. Today is Capt Brant's birthday so me, Brant, and Caroline loaded up the Carolina Cat[with it's brand new 300HP Yamaha's] and headed out to 90-100 feet in search of the absolute best eating fish in the sea; which just happens to make it's home right here in North Carolina. We loaded up with 1-3 pounders, while dodging lots of sharks. Seemed like the best strategy was to drop on any rock, catch a couple before the sharks found us, and then move to another rock. Hopping around like this in a small area allowed us to catch the sea bass and miss most of the sharks which are thick out there right now. The weather today was perfect, but appears to be taking another downturn for the rest of the week and into next week. Didn't see any encouraging Bluefin signs, a few gannets and porpoises, nothing exciting. Hope everyone has a great Christmas; I will with a refrigerator full of fresh Sea Bass!


- Rube McMullan
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"WalMart Information" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/22/10
 

I was finishing up some shopping at the Walmart in greater Shallotte today when I ran into one of our local fishing "aces".  He told me that "the water had moved in" around the Tower and the kings were almost eating the bottom out of his boat.  He said most of the guys were pulling spoons and were killing the fish.  That if someone pulled "minnows" they could absolutely slay the kings.  All the emphasis has been on blue fins and most of us haven't really thought about kings. Maybe we need to.  I also had my bags checked by the Walmart Greeter.  I guess it was the "gangsta" look I had going in my hooded OIFC sweat shirt.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bonner Bridge" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/22/10
 

Any sportsman (woman..child) in North Carolina sooner or later crosses the Herbert Bonner Bridge that connects the Outer Banks and Hatteras Island..  Click on this link to read an update on a new bridge.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Messed Up!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/20/10
 

Messed up!  That's what the weather man did.  The wind was supposed to blow Monday and Tuesday.  It blew hard out of the north Sunday, and then about 5 pm someone threw a switch and it stopped!  Tuna birds were thick right off the beach at Ocean Isle all day Sunday. The ocean was flat and beautiful Monday and there is not even a slight breeze now (Monday night).

I've talked with some guys who are going out blue fin huntn' Tuesday.  With the cold weather, the report of the tuna washed ashore at Ft. Fisher and the Gannets flying in our area the odds are in the favor of someone hooking up.  I wish all the anglers good luck and hope we'll have some pictures to post Tuesday evening.  Stay tuned!!!!


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"Washed Up Blue Fin" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/19/10
 

I just confirmed a report that an @80" blue fin tuna washed ashore at Ft. Fisher.  Good news is they have made it our way.  Bad news is one died and washed ashore.  Also, the  weather will not let us get out and fish for them.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bluefin Tuna Regulations Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/15/10
 

The OIFC received the following bluefin tuna regulations update from the Marine Fisheries:

Recreation/private boat:  1 fish per day per boat-27" to 59"-no fish over 59"

Charter boats:  2 fish per day/per boat- 1 can be 27" to 47", 2nd fish 47" to 59"-No fish over 59"

Commercial boats:  3 fish per day/per boat over 73"


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Plastics" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/13/10
 

It's cold, windy, Jeff and I are rigged for blue fin fishing, so there's not much left to do except read and study.  I found this article on Earth Sports, found it interesting so I thought I'd pass it along.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Uncommon Valor" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/12/10
 

What do you say?  Is it uncommon valor, or lack of common sense.  Brandon ain't skeer'd he's got plenty of sense, and a great love for in shore fishing.  I guess it's that passion and drive that motivates him to go fishing on such a raw day...rain, wind and 37 degrees.  No doubt his efforts paid off.  I'm not about to ask a man this dedicated to tell me what he was using or where he found his fish.  We'll save that for a fair weather trip.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Rain and Wind" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/11/10
 

Well folks, yet another windy, rainy weekend in OIB and at the OIFC.  The mood is a little grim around here as we all realized yesterday that it has been almost 3 weeks since any of us broke the inlet and headed to the deep.  This is the longest any of us have been off the water this year and there is a bit of withdrawl going on... Good news though, there are fish to be caught out there and we are all checking the weather forecast several times a day with cautious optimism that we will be able to get out this week. There ARE Bluefin Tuna out there, the numbers are not quite there but all the signs say, they are on their way.  Sea Bass are out there waiting to be punished and it looks like there is still a little bit of warm water left around the Blackjack and Steeples area, meaning, Wahoo's and Blackfin must still be around. Also, if you head to the deep, DO NOT forget your jigging equipment.  It was this time last year that we started really having a lot of success with jigging at the gulf stream ledges. The other news is, while it is very difficult to be "landlocked", we are doing lots of things here at the OIFC to get ready for next season.  Should be some pretty dramatic changes around here in an effort to better meet your needs.  The most exciting thing we are working on is a whole line of Custom King rigs that are being build here, in house.  These are going to be top of the line rigs using only the best products from Cape Lookout Lures, Fishizzle lures and Redfishone hooks. Not to mention Spro and AFW hardware.  The best part? A great price.  These products will be going into production any day now and we will keep you posted.  While we are staying very busy with various projects, we are never too busy to stop and talk fishing with you.  Its mighty quiet here at the shop so stop by and get some 1 on 1 time with our Captain's.  We will happily help you catch more fish. 
- Capt. Steele
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