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"Be On The Look Out" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/05/10
 

Saturday, Captain Steele took a group of guys from Fayetteville, N.C. on a full day charter.  Earl still had the water stirred up so he headed to 100 ft of water depth, with a temp of 82 degrees for a little bottom  fishing.  The results were a 23 lb gag and 23 beeliners.

Captain Steele reported using live bait and Braid Jigs. 

Today's bait report was the pogies, blues and mullet are thick just west of the Ocean Isle Pier.

Also, be on the lookout for Captain Steele's personal livebait combo that took a trip to Davie Jones Locker. The same combo that tackled a 61lb Wahoo, just 4 days before.

"Dock Boy" Rube told me there was a boat at the docks today with some nice looking grouper.  He was gone by the time I found out about it.  But now we know the bottom fish are biting.  The feeling from some of the veteran fishermen is the king bite should be firing off within a few days. 

Inshore, Captain Jeff Williamson had a very productive day at the Little River jetties.  J. Dogg said he had several under slot and over slot reds along with some flounder.  Jeff was fishing with live shrimp and mullet minnows.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fall Fishing" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/04/10
 

Most everyone was so preoccupied with hurricane Earl that we failed to think about the great fall fishing we have around here.  The water will start cooling soon and some of  the fish will be moving in closer.  Yet the stream will be warm and will offer great fall fishing.  I took the time early this morning to review the OIFC Fishing Report Archives, concentrating on September and October of the past couple of years.  It's amazing the info I picked up that I'd forgotten.  It is also amazing how fired up I got over fall and winter fishing.  Blue fin tuna fishing?  I remember 19 degree mornings wuth Captain Zach!

Below are a few pictures from last September and October.  Notice how people are dressed and how beautiful the ocean is, not to mention the quality fish being caught.  If this doesn't get you going I'm not sure what will!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bay Creek Classic Tournament Update" | Speckulator - 22' | 09/03/10
 

Brandon has updated his web page.  Please visit it at Bay Creek Classic.  Come out and support him on Sept 11th.
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"Pictures of OIB Surf" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/02/10
 

Below are some pictures taken by Dr. Ernie Ward  (Seaside Animal Care, Calabash, N.C.) taken this afternoon at the OIB pier.
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"Fresh Grouper!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/02/10
 

Enough about Earl.  It passed with good surfing waves and some flooding at the east end of OIB, but that was it.  The wind blew out of the north here just about the whole time, so there was no chop, just some good swells so the ocean shouldn't be dirty in our area.

Mullet, spanish and the blues have hung close enough to shore for the surfers to tell me they saw them jumping so I expect in addition to some great spanish fishing, the king bite should fire off soon.

Now is the time to think about fall fishing, and bottom fishing.  Speaking of which check out this picture of Cameron Sebastian of Coastal Scuba with a 29 lb grouper he shot TODAY!  This fish will find it's way to the Midtown Bistro via the proper channels. and Jeff Martini said there will be fresh fish this weekend at the Midtown Bistro.  We ate there last weekend and it was fantastic!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Thurs. 11:30 Earl Pictures" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/02/10
 

Here's some pictures of the ocean at Sunset Beach..so far, nothing.  Not even a Rube "mullet blow".
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"Hang Ten" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/02/10
 

All is calm here in Brunswick County except for some good waves for the surfers.  We ought to have some pictures later in the day.

We have the entry forms for the Bay Creek Classic at the OIFC.  Try to fish this inshore tournament.  It's for a great cause and a much needed operation for Brandon Matthews.

Below is a picture from local angler/surfer dude Ryan Neuwirth of  a drum he caught behind OIB.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Surf's Up!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/01/10
 

The surf is up at OIB.  This picture which was taken by Mark Lenard was just posted and was provided by Sea Tow OIB.

I'll be working at the Fishing Center from 2-9 pm Thursday night.  If you have any weather related concerns, need you boat checked or house and live near OIB give me a call during these hours and I'll try to get by your place. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Good Fish?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/31/10
 

The word around the OIFC today was Captain Steele had a good wahoo.  But no one seemed to know just how good.  Steele had taken his family fishing today.  Along with him were his dad Bruce, brother Trent, Mary Margaret Park, Julia Park and Mike Baldyga.

When the Parks returned to the Fishing Center from the York Hole everyone found out the definition of "good"....61 lbs = good.  What a wahoo!!!!  She was fat!  Trent said Steele fed a pogey to the whoo and when it finally took the bait Steele set the hook, and took the wheel handing the Speedmaster loaded with 20# line off to Trent.  About an hour later Steele put the gaff to the "good" wahoo.   Great job guys.   If you look close, you'll see some other fish they also brought home.


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"Close In King" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/31/10
 

Captains Chris Dew and Chris Dawson fished with Don Priebe (Pinckney, Mich), John Messisco (Stockbridge, Mich), Travis Messisco (Stockbridge, Mich), and Jeremy Herbertson (Dallas, Tx) today.

They started the day by catching some great king sized pogies in the mouth of Tubbs Inlet.  The pogies have been plentiful both inshore and near shore.  The spanish and blue fish continue to be thick near shore also.  This has got to be a good sign for the close to shore king bite to start firing off.  Plus the yellow butterflies are all over the place...another good sign in Brunswick County.

The cat boat then concentrated it's efforts about 8 miles out in 55 ft of 85 degree water.  Soon Travis was on the business end of a Speedmaster with a nice king putting up a 20 minute struggle.  Travis prevailed!  The king, along with some spanish, some sea bass and beautiful weather made for a fun fishing trip.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"100/400 This Week" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/30/10
 

Wendell Barnett sent this picture of a monster mahi and wahoo he caught late last week at the 100/400.  This came in just as we at the OIFC were talking about how it won't be long before we need to start heading out to the Gulf Stream for some of our fishing.  We're also already shifting mental gears towards blue fin tuna fishing 


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"Alert! New pogy efforts for Giant Bluefin Tuna" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/29/10
 

The Giant Bluefin Tuna fishery has become a great winter time fishing and economic engine for coastal North Carolina over the last 10+ years. This fishery initially was in the Outer Banks and progressed south to the Morehead waters. A few years ago, Capt Brant and other fishermen found them here in our local Brunswick County waters, and great success was had by many fishermen catching these world class fish, right here in our home waters.

Fast forward to this past year, and the fishery totally collasped. The fish didn't show in our waters at all, and very few were caught in the Morehead waters. What happened? The answer we believe was seen by Team OIFC as we traveled from Hatteras to Morehead in mid November last year. We came upon the entire Omega Protein menhaden netting fleet. There were 12 100+foot mother ships and the numerous catch boats operating from the mother ships. They were totally wiping out every menhaden from south of Ocracoke to north of Cape Lookout.

In that the Bluefin migration from up north to our waters was about that same time, we believe when the Bluefin arrived, expecting to find their winter food source of menhaden, only to find they were gone, wiped out by Omega, they were forced to pack their bags and head off somewhere else in search of the massive amount of food they need to fill their appetite. The result was the Bluefin season crashed, and virtually no fish were caught. There is an excellent article Jerry Dilsaver wrote on this subject[NC Sportsman Magazine, May 2010 edition].

Following that occurence we observed in mid November 2009, we appealed to Dr. Louis Daniels, Director of NC Marine Fisheries. Our request was for him to issue a proclamation that Omega's pogy netting would not begin until the end of Bluefin season[Jan 31]. By doing so, the food source for the migrating Bluefin would be preserved and thus their normal migration pattern in NC would not be interrupted. Dr. Daniels response was "there is no scientific evidence that menhaden are overfished". This of course is the same standard baloony response we got regarding our Brunswick County waters, that eventually led to our successful effort to eliminate pogy netting in our waters.

So..as a new winter Bluefin season is soon approaching, where do things stand. Hopefully/possibly there is light on the horizon. Enter David Redwine, a candidate for the NC Senate representing southeastern NC. He is a fishermen and understands the pogy issue. More importantly, he served in the NC House for 15+ years, and held very important committe positions while serving. Additionally, he was instrumental in establishing the NC Fisheries management programs. Bottom line is.."it's not what you know, but who you know that knows what". I have been talking to David on the Bluefin/pogy issue, and he has agreed to make every effort to try to get approal of our request to delay Omega's netting until after the close of the Bluefin season.

No guarantees, but for a Senate candidate with a lot of clout, to step forward and help attack this very important issue, speaks well for his committment to the fisheries. Let's see what happens. Standby. Rube McMullan[OIFC]


- Rube McMullan
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""Nearshore and Inshore Action"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/28/10
 

Fished along the beach in about 23ft of water on Wednesday this week and found lots of spanish out there. Some of the fish are small...to catch the larger ones I picked up my speed to between 7 and 8mph. I caught all that I wanted and only saved a few for the dinner table. Just outside the inlet, OIB pier, and tubbs inlet area in that magically depth of 23ft was producing the best bite. Came back in and hit a few spots for trout...the topwater bite was on! I caught ladyfish, blues, needlefish, trout, and the occassional redfish. I released almost all the fish...I did save a couple of trout for the dinner table. See ya on the water!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Spearfishing" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/28/10
 

Thursday, Captain Brant, Jeff Martini, Chance Martini and Tracy Higgens went spearfishing on Brant's Yellowfin at several undisclosed locations.  Basically, they were so tired when they returned to the dock, and I was so busy goofing around with Captain J. Dogg, Mrs. Amy and Caroline that I didn't push for locations.  One location I do know of is Jeff's new eatery The Midtown Bistro in N. Myrtle Beach where they will be serving fresh grouper and probably one mangrove snapper Brant shot.  Sorry, the lobster is not for sale.  Go check it out, if Jeff is running it you can bet it's nice.
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"Frying Pan Tower Article" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/28/10
 

This ilnk to theCharlotte Observer is an interesting read about the Tower.
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"Bay Creek Classic" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/27/10
 

The 4th Annual Bay Creek Classic has announced it it's FaceBook site that Captain Brant and the OIFC have pledged $500 to the Tournament.  Captain Brant asked that this pledge be used for the Junior Angler Division and the Tournament has designated it for that purpose.

Many anglers who would normally fish the Bay Creek Tournament are fishing for points in the SKA Division 9.  Because of weather predictions for this weekend the Brunswick King Mackerel Tournament has been rescheduled for the same weekend as the Bay Creek inshore tournament, Sept 11th so we can't fish the Bay Creek.

To show support for the Bay Creek Tournament, team "Do Work" (Jeff's and my crew) and team "Hail Yeah" (Brian Aycock's crew) have joined many others and each donated Penn Slammer Reels for auction at the Bay Creek.  Please go to the link and see how you can support this great cause, even if you can't fish it. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Vague" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/27/10
 

The Mission Statement for the OIFC says that we should share our fishing information with you.  But in this case partially because of the upcoming king tournament I was asked not reveal any information.  Because the person was kind enough to share these pictures I'll honor his request.

This is a 40 + pound king caught this week from a jon boat using a mullet and at the mouth of an inlet near here.  What IS important is that it shows is that the kings are back near shore.  A local told me that when the yellow butterflies show up the kings are not far behind.  We've got a ton of yellow butterflies, the bait is on the beach and the water has cooled a tad AND this king was on the beach!  May be some truth to that.


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"Citation Flounder" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/26/10
 

Today has been beautiful at OIB.  The temperature, and humidity are lower than they have been.  Even the water temperature is falling..just a little.  The seas were in great shape as well as the backwater.

Captain Jeff Williamson of the "Get Busy/OIFC" fished north of OIB with his brother using pogies and had great fortune.  He brought several flounder back to the OIFC, including this citation 7.1 lb.r which put him in 3rd place in the OIFC Year Around Rodeo.  All reports indicate that pogies and mullet minnows are plentiful.

Captain Steele Park fished his Sailfish "Sea Monkey" near shore.  Captain Steele reported a lot of pogies off Holden and Oak Island.  Steele had several spanish, including a 5.7 lb.r.  I didn't get pictures of Steele's fish because he needed to get home.  All in all a great day to be at the coast.

Below are Capt. Jeff being assisted by Captain Amy and 1st mate Caroline with showing us his flounder.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"4th Annual Bay Creek Classic" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/25/10
 

Just a quick report in hope you will adjust your schedule and fish this tournament.   Quickly, The Ocean Isle Fishing is doing our best to help support the 4th Annual Bay Creek Classic Tournament honoring Brandon Matthews.  The tournament will be held September 11th.  The "Fishing Center" has pledged to be a "Captains' Sponsor", offering to help support the Junior Angler Division.

Please check out the link...Fish the tournament and/or be a sponsor.  We'll have more updates to follow.  You can also keep up by visiting Bay Creek Classic on FaceBook.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Reel Quick"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/24/10
 

Working in the store again today...had a report from a guy fishing in the surf today. He said he was catching nice red drum in the surf and getting chopped off by a lot of bluefish. I have seen lots of spanish jumping in the waterway lately and even seen some jumping up the Shallote river. Our charter boats have been catching spanish mackerel everywhere...from the beach to the hammer...king mackerel should be somewhere in the middle of all that action. We have not seen much action from them though. Don't worry...it won't be long before the bite just amazingly turns on out of no where. Looking to fish offshore? The bottom fish seem to be cooperating in 90 to 100 feet of water. I had a guy today say they went yesterday and limited out on grouper and had several triggerfish. This depth range seems to be the most productive right now for anything offshore. Kings, Mahi, and Cobia have all been caught in this depth range lately. So if you want to tug on something big, you better plan on a full day trip. If you are just looking for something good to eat then stay right off the beach and catch lots of spanish. Well, don't forget about the inshore species....the full moon has brought on a good bite...I have landed several trout, red fish, and keeper flounder my last two outings this week. Look for me tomorrow on the water. I may bring out the fly rod if I see the same action as I have seen. See ya on the water!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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