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"Reds and Kings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/03/10
 

The red drum bite has been hot as fire the past few days, especially down towards South Carolina.  This may be in part due to the large amount of mullet just off shore.  Here's a couple of pictures of a 32lb'r caught by Nesbitt Noble and a 22 lb'r caught by Brandon Sauls yesterday.

Also, just got word from a friend of mine, Jennifer, who said she caught two kings and had two get away from her while fishing at the Cherry Grove Pier today.  This lady is a pier fishing expert and her reports are VERY credible.  This is definitely a great sign!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Red Drum" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/03/10
 

The OIFC has received numerous reports of a hot red drum bite very near shore and at the Little River Jetties.  Several drum were well over slot.  Though we can't keep them, they make for a great fight on light tackle, and a good photo op.  Also the bait mullet are extremely thick near shore.  No reports of pogies.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"New Fishing School Dates" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/02/10
 

I'm hosting a Grouper fishing class on Sunday, October 10th and a live bait King Mackerel slow trolling/kite fishing class on Thursday, October 14th.  Each class cost is $350 per person, 4 per class max.  Call 910 575-3474 to reserve.  Limited spots, limited classes.  The fishing should be at near peak for these dates.  Good learning and good catching.

CAPT. BRANT'S FISHING SCHOOL- NEW DATES
Grouper Fishing
Sunday, October 10th- class 7am to 9am, fishing from 9am to 4pm
4 person max- $350 per person

Live Bait King Mackerel slow trolling and kite fishing
Thursday, October 14th- class 7am to 9am, fishing from 9am to 4pm
4 person max- $350 per person


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""Down and Dirty"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/02/10
 

Had a great time on the water with Jason and Kristin Parker yesterday. After all this rain the water is a dark brown color and smells like pond water. Regardless, it was the first beautiful day we've had all week and we were determined to get out on the water. My first plan of attack was to try topwater in a few places. The wind was not about to let that happen...scatch that idea...live shrimp on the bottom found some grunts, bluefish, and pinfish at our first location. We moved around hitting some docks trying to find some redfish...no such luck there either. We were waiting for the tide to turn around and start falling...tide was about two hours off yesterday. We stuck it out and as the tide lowered the redfish and flounder started biting. We landed a few redfish, flounder, and lots of trash fish in between. Looking at the conditions...I think we had a pretty good day. Talking to a few other inshore Captains and reading their reports...it sounds like a lot of small redfish are hanging around with some brutes still mixed in the bunch. I personal have not found any brutes since August, but will be on the prowl early this week coming up. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Bluegill/catfish bite is on" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/02/10
 

Heard of a 25lb catfish caught yesterday in intracoastal. Also heard someone thru their cast net on what they thought were pogies, and came up with net full of blue gills. The water obviously looks terrible. The good news is our charter boats are on trips today, so we should get some sort of a report of whats happening. Capt Chris and Capt Steele will definitely earn their stripes today if they can do some magic.

As the water settles down this week, look for King bite to start in river channel, as flushing effect of river current seems to always make that spot recover first. Also, fishing in dark water, use noise type lure heads[Yee Haws/Turbos] to help the Kings find you.


- Rube McMullan
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"Insomnia" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/02/10
 

What do you do when there's not much to report and you can't sleep?  Wright a fishing report!  I'm not sure where the small craft warning is coming from.  Yes, it's blowing 19 to 21 at the Tower, but near shore it' 8-9 with 1.6 swells.  I'm going to become a weather forecaster.  That way I can be wrong most of the time and still get paid.  The water may look like chocolate milk but I think you can stick you nose out of the inlet and see for sure what it's like and possibly give a little fishing a shot.  Speaking of the Shallotte Inlet, Capt. O C said the outside cans were gone and the channel had shifted a little to the east.  You may have to explore some to get out.

I also talked to Kyle.  He said he  had 10 reds in the 16-18 inch range and a flounder Friday.  Kyle was fishing with Matt Starbuck from  the Winston Salem area.  They targeted the shallows using finger mullet.  Kyle said they did far better than he thought they'd do.

Maybe later in the week we'll have some off shore action to report, but right now this reporter is struggling for an interesting report.  I feel like a crime beat reporter on a slow Sunday night.  Good night, I hope!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"What's the story" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/01/10
 

Sure many of you may be waiting for word on what's going on down here- HECK of a raing storm, that's for sure-- last count we were over 25 inches in 4 days -- so what's that mean for fishing?

Kyle caught some Redfish this AM on a morning charter.  Reds seem least affected by fresh water, so they should continue to do well.

OC ran a half day recon/fishing trip.  It wasn't good.  There's a hard tideline where ocean meets fresh outside the inlet, but the ocean got very stirred up as we had winds over 40knots on Thursday AM.  I don't worry as much about the fresh water as I do the silt in the water.  It was so bad that OC couldn't even get Sea Bass or Pinfish to bite on the rocks 3 miles out of the inlet.  That is a sure sign the bottom is very silty.  They also trolled along the tide line and reported massive amounts of finger Mullet with some surface activity from maybe Blues or Spanish- but none would take a hook.  Fishing was tough to say the least.

So where do we go from here?  Good news is the wind is going to blow this week, so we won't be tempted to get offshore anyway.  It will take time for things to settle out, and by the time the weather gets better by week end, the water will likely be more conducive.  The good news is the rain and cool temps will cool the water into mid 70's, prime Kingfish temps.  Just like always after a big weather event, the Kings will be non existent until on day suddenly the switch will flip and they'll be biting like mad everywhere-- I believe that may be Saturday's deal -- stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Its Yee Haw Fish Call time" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/30/10
 

Remembering back to the last time we had 20 inches of rain right in the middle of the fall fishing season was Hurricane Floyd. Following that, after things settled down, an excellent bite developed in the Caoe Fear River. The water was dark brown from all the rain, but it was clear dark brown. The key to fishing this type of water is to use lure heads that will help the Kings find the bait as their sight abilities will be hindered by the brown water. The answer is....The Yee Haw Fish Call. It's so called hydro-kenetic energy announces to the Kings that theres something going on, and draws them to your bait spread where they can find their dinner. It will be important to use whatever type of lure heads you like to make your bait more visible, or noisey. Also, in these conditions, works better to run your baits closer to your boat than normal, as the boats noise will act as an attractor to the predador fish.
- Rube McMullan
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"Bluefin Tuna/Pogy effort" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/30/10
 

Click on the Political Page for updated info on our efforts to get Dr. Daniels, Director of NC Marine Fisheries to delay start of Omega's menhaden netting until close of commercial Bluefin Tuna season[approx Jan 31]. We need your help!
- Rube McMullan
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"Flounder" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/29/10
 

Here's some more pictures of flounder Tommy Lytton of Ocean Isle Beach caught.
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"Congratulations" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/29/10
 

Congratulations to Mr. ans Mrs. Dusty Bowick, Mrs. Bowick's maiden name is Sally Rice,  who were married Saturday September 25th at Holden Beach, N. C. The couple then boarded Richard Boles' "Toes Up" for  a ride to the OIFC.

Dusty had charter fished with Captain Steele and fishes with Richard on the "Toes Up".

Best wishes from the OIFC!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"another test" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/29/10
 

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we're bored, can't you tell -- a good day to work on expanding our angling horizons.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/29/10
 

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this is a test, only a test - stand by for the real deal
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"U. S. Open" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/28/10
 

TheU. S. Open has been moved to the weekend of Oct. 16th due to weather.
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""Rain, Rain, Rain!"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/28/10
 

We have endured several inches of rain the last couple of days. Today was our first break in about 36 hours. We just got another shower of rain a few minutes ago. The weather forecast is predicting another 6 inches of rain or more by Thursday evening. Needless to say our water is extremely dirty to say the least. I am always up for a challenge though. I went on a mission to see if I could catch a fish in such nasty water. Good news...the fish are still here and if you hit one in the head he will eat. Actually, I started off using topwater baits this afternoon and had four explosions on the bait, no hook ups though. I went to live mullet on a carolina rig and started catching a few fish. Several redfish just under the slot and several flounder with a few making the mark. Not bad considering the water conditions! See ya on the water!

  

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Judy Bee"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/27/10
 

Phillip Brock fishing out of Holden Beach aboard his Contender the Judy Bee landed these nice grouper Saturday while fishing in 100 ft. of water.
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"Gentlemen; start your catfish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/27/10
 

Thats right folks, the call for action; it's time to go fishing. After enduring the hottest summer and early fall in history, and un-cooperative fish, a weather change has finally come. And with the weather change, it is almost guaranteed the fish will start the delayed fall fishing all out bite. All the rain of today will push the pogies out the river so they should be on the beach fronts in a couple of days, the mullets are everywhere, and the spots are not far behind.

This weekend we finally had some dock excitement as several boats that fished the stream all had decent catches of wahoo. Also they found football blackfins, which are candy to the wahoo. As the water cools down a little, the wahoo bite should go wild.

Inshore the King fishing has been terrible, but sure enough, Saturday we weighed a 36+ King that came from the 90/90. Meanwhile, Team OIFC fishing the Atlantic Beach King Classic couldn't buy a bite for 2 days. All that should change with the cooler weather coming. Looking at the long range, after the rain and the cold front passes, appears to be long period of stable clear beautiful fall weather. The Kings will go crazy starting next week in the River channel and Yaupon, and eventually will move down to Shallotte Inlet, hopefully perfectly timed for the Fall Brawl.

So in the immortal call to action words of "Grandpa Mac".....gentlemen, start your catfish!. It's time, finally.


- Rube McMullan
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"Bottom Fishing This Weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/26/10
 

Pictured below is a nice gag grouper Forest Taylor and Brian Richard caught while fishing the break Saturday aboard Forest's 36 ft Yellowfin "That's My Dog".

Also is a picture of a couple of sea bass William Parker caught in  85 to 120 ft of water.  William said they caught a couple of dozen sea bass and some big grunts.  He thought they had some grouper, but they swam back into their holes and escaped.  William's largest black bass weighed 2.75 lbs.  Had his partner not cleaned it he would have made the Rodeo Leader Board.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 09/26/10
 

Well folks, it is supposed to officially be fall, even though it still feels a lot like summer outside.   It seems that they fish are ready to go into all out fall feeding mode, but dont know what to do because our water temps are still pushing 80 degrees.  However, all is not lost, and there are plenty of fish being caught on the inshore grounds this time right now.  The redfishing is really good in the backwaters right now, plenty of fish ranging from 15" rats all the way up to some 30+" fish. The flounder fishing has also been strong the past couple weeks, both in the backwater and on the nearshore reefs in the ocean.   There have been some really nice flounder around lately, with a lot of nice 2 - 3lb fish, and even a couple of doormats pushing 8 or 9.  Fall is literally right around the corner at this point, so the good fishing we have now should only turn into better fishing in the coming weeks.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Rodeo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/26/10
 

Benji Faulkner weighed in a 53.9 lb wahoo yesterday.  This puts Benji in 3rd place in the Wahoo Division and knocks John Bird off the board.

The fall bite is starting to happen.  If history serves itself the king bite should be moving close to shore very soon.  Now would be a good time to enter the OIFC Year Around Rodeo.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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