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"As Big As A Toaster" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/17/10
 

In his song, Robert Earl Keen described a fish as being "as big as a toaster"!  I would say that would describe Clay Morphis Sr.'s 7.2# trout.  The speck catapulted Clay to the top of the Rodeo's Leader Board in big fashion!  I'm not sure if it's true or not, but I'm told Bonecrusher has tutored Clay through much of his fishing career.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"'Whoos Your Daddy" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/16/10
 

Just as Captain Barrett promised....pictures of Jeff Martini's wahoo.   Jeff reports 7 wahoo..3 mid 50's, 3 high 40's and 1 at 65#'s.  They had double and triple hook ups and still missed some.  He said it was the best wahoo trip he'd been on. Wonder what may be on the menu at the MidTown Bistro?

The bite is on here at Ocean Isle Beach..come get you some!!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bottom Fishing Excursion" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/16/10
 

Had the opportunity to do a little fun fishing aboard my boat the "Monkey Sea" yesterday.  Ran out of Southport and found absolutely specktacular conditions.  Plan was to do a little King fishing and bottom fishing.  At the first stop, it became apparent that the kings were not going to be found in that close as the temp was 61 degrees in 68 feet of water. I pushed off to about 22 miles offshore in 80 feet of water and started bottom fishing.  Caught several nice Gag's using frozen cigar minnows including one that bit squid on a bottom rig.  All in all, a nice day of bottom fishing in great conditions.  These fish should still be around for at least a couple more weeks.  Come get in on some of the action before grouper closes in January...
- Capt. Steele
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"NC KFC Day Four" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/16/10
 

No boats opted to fish the North Carolina Kingfish Championship today, Tuesday the 16th. This leaves team Open Wide standing alone atop the leader board with a 19.05lber. Not exactly what we had in mind when putting this event together as we expected a leader board stacked with 40's, and 50's. I guess you just never can tell what mother nature has in store for us. The current scenario is that all the water between Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras is cold cold cold. Typically there would be numerous temperature breaks from 50' out to 150' and the giant kingfish would be loaded up all over the breaks. The problem right now is there is only one break and it goes from 62 to upper 70's and it is way way offshore. Maybe the kings are out there??? I'm planning to fish the tournament on Saturday and Sunday and am hoping the water improves before then. Remember the tournament registration remains open until this Friday. The State title and prize is there for the taking. Back at home here in OIB the fishing is on fire. Big kings, mahi, and wahoo are running rampant offshore. It's time to get after them.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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""Tons of Trout"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/16/10
 

The trout fishing has really picked up. Capt. Jeff Williamson sent me a text yesterday saying he was killing them in the Cape Fear river area. Since my text box was full I didn't get until today, so I thought he was talking about today. The weatherman had me on standby with all this rain we were suppose to get today. Anyway, Jeff's text got me all worked up and I couldn't stand it. I decided I would give it a try and just stay close to the house. Didn't take long before I had 10 trout to the boat with a couple of nice ones in the mix. I moved around hitting docks, canals, and bridges...trout everywhere...I ended up catching over 30 trout, lots on the small side, but some nice ones hanging around. It should be right for Capt. Kyle's Thanksgiving Trout Tournament. You need to plan on fishing this tournament. Best format I have every seen in my opinion. Three fish aggregate...that means someone can't just get lucky and catch one big fish....you need three good ones...maybe two good ones and a kicker...we shall see! See ya on the water!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"NC KFC Day Three" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/15/10
 

Day three of the NC Kingfish Championship is in the books and unfortunately it's a quick read. No fish were brought to the scales by the boats fishing today and again the report was cold cold water on the east side of Cape Lookout shoals all the way to Hatteras. Many locals I've spoken with agreed this is extremely unusual to have such cold water covering such a large area this time of year. Apparently the consistent north west wind that they've had for the past couple months has slowly but surely pushed the warmer water offshore. The warm water is out there somewhere and there's a bunch of fish wherever it is. The forecast is calling for some southerly wind this week as a couple fronts approach the area. It is my hope this change in wind direction will help steer the currents so we'll see more traditional conditions for this time of year on the east side. My suggestion to those fishing the tournament and those planning to get in later in the week is to declare your fishing days as late in the tournament as possible in hopes the water will shift and warm up. My tentative plan is to fish next Saturday and Sunday which are the last two fishing days of the tournament. Again, registration will remain open until this Friday the 19th so there's plenty of time to get in. It's definitely anyone's game. Open Wide is still leading with their 19.05lber.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"NC KFC Notes" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/15/10
 

Teams fishing the North Carolina Kingfish Championship: if you are weighing in Beaufort, Shae Lewis is your weighmaster. If you need to reach her by phone, her number is 252-269-4286. She will be present at the weighstation from 4pm to 5pm daily. The weigh in will be set up next to the fuel docks at Town Creek Marina. If anyone has any questions about entering or anything else call me, Barrett McMullan, at 910-279-6104. Good luck.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Local Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/15/10
 

While all I've had to report for the fishing from Morehead City to Hatteras is bad news, on a brighter note the fishing here at home in Ocean Isle has caught fire. It seems those monster king mackerel that inhabit the east side of Cape Lookout year and year out may have taken a vacation to the southern part of the state. Reports from David Hooks and others who fished for king mackerel today were great. David reported catching extremely large kingfish up to 50lbs and a bunch of them! That's highly unusual for our waters but hey we'll take it. In addition to the giant kings, they also caught mahi mixed in. To top the kingfish report we had a great report from the gulf stream also. Jeff Martini on the Dirty Martini reportedly put 8 wahoo in the boat today! That's incredible. Hopefully we'll get some pics of these catches. Looks like the weather may get better towards the end of the week so get ready to go!
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bounty Hunter" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/15/10
 

Captain Chris Burrows sent this report about Stephen Hunter, the Captain of the "Bounty Hunter", Lee Moore and Player Gardner's king fishing trip yesterday.  The guys caught their limit of kings and released about 30 more using dead bait while trolling near the Jungle.

Thanks for the report Captain Chris, and congratulations guys!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Weekend's Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/15/10
 

My crew and I have spent the last 4 days on the water catching Kings and Grouper.  Here is the lay of the land and what went down.  The water inside of 70 feet has been cold (62-64 degrees) and dirty.  This is not typical, but all the strong north wind and large swell apparently stirred up the water.  Normally we'd be catching Kings like crazy at spots such as the Jungle, Shark Hole.....  We did do pretty good on them at the 65 foot hole on Thursday, then the bite there slowed on Friday and by Saturday the water was very dirty, cold and no fish at all.  So, luckily the weather got better by the weekend and we were able to stretch it offshore where we found an awesome temperature break and color change near the Atlantic Ledge- dirty green to crystal clear green and 64 to 69 degree temperature edge.  The Kings were biting good along this edge and at nearby structure on the clean side.  After catching quite a few Kings through the day, we spent the last hour targeting Grouper and landed our limit of nice Gag Grouper.  Sunday, the focus was Grouper.  However, conditions were apparently changing as we went to the same areas where we had luck on Saturday and found only sharks.  We worked very hard all day and it was not until we moved to 100 feet that we finally got on the Gags and caught our 1 per person limit.  I later talked to a dive friend who dove in the same areas and range as we were fishing and he reported 0 visibility on the bottom.  That explains a lot and goes to show, its a totally different world on the bottom than it might be on top -- what you see is not always what you got.  Monday, my wife Amy and a couple of friends went out on our own diving expedition.  We ran offshore to 100-110 feet of water and found 74 degrees.  The color wasn't great.  Talking and listening to the King Mackerel fishermen over the previous day and that AM, it was apparent the King bite was not great.  It seemed curious, but upon entering the water, it became clear ( or maybe not so clear ).  The water was murky with lots of "stuff" in it.  Visibility was about 15 feet and unless you put a bait close to any fish, it wasn't going to see it.  Diving is n't ideal in those conditions, but it actually makes for more effective spear fishing.  We had a pretty good day in that arena. 

That's pretty much the deal for the weekend.  But, here's the best part.  Monday afternoon some very nice Kings started biting offshore of the Atlantic Ledge.  Mixed in with the Kings were quite a few Mahi, which is odd.  The water was reportedly clearing a lot and conditions looked good.  Now, looking forward.  The weather this week is looking really good.  There's a weak front coming on Wednesday, and it will blow for a short while on Tuesday, but then it settles right back down and looks to be very nice all week and into the weekend.  I predict if this forecast holds, this will be a BIG weekend for all fishing.  The water should have settled and the fish will be biting like crazy.  This weekend was only a taste and in my opinion, if we caught what we did in less than favorable conditions, then when the conditions get right, it will be out of control.  Come visit us at the OIFC.  We are open 7 days a week. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Rodeo Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/14/10
 

Clay Morphis Sr. has taken the lead in the trout division with a 7.2 lb'r and Brandon "Bone Crusher" Sauls has moved up to 2nd place with 4.4 lbs.  This puts Jeff Wallen in 3rd with a 4.35 lb trout.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"NC KFC Day Two" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/14/10
 

No boats fished on day one of the NC Kingfish Championship yesterday (Saturday the 13th). Today, Sunday the 14th, we had 5 boats fishing in absolutely perfect weather. That was the good news. The bad news is by some unlikely alignment of moon, stars and whatever other excuse I can come up with the water temperatures on the East Side of Cape Lookout are frigid. If a king mackerel is going to be around he better have on his winter jacket as boats fishing reported temperatures peaking out at 63 degrees. Teams scattered out at all the major fish holding spots on the East Side and even up towards Hatteras and offshore but still nothing but cold water temps. This is extremely unusual as I've never seen this condition on the East Side with virtually no variation in water temperatures out past 200' of water. Something has got to change. The positive as I mentioned is the weather is absolutely magnificent with sunny skies, light winds and flat seas. The fish are supposed to be the easy part this time of year. If there's one thing I do know about fishing up here it's that things rarely stay the same for long so I'm holding out hope we'll get some warm water in here very soon. With all that doom and gloom we still are in the midst of a kingfish tournament and like always "somebody is gonna catch one". That was true today as a congratulations goes out to the early leader in the clubhouse- Team Open Wide, Captain Benson Ybanez. Open Wide was the sole boat to weigh a fish today and they are in the lead with a 19.05lber. Not exactly the monsters we are hunting for up here but with the conditions the catch was a heck of an accomplishment. There's a few boats headed out tomorrow so I'll report back tomorrow with what they find. Team OIFC will be out to defend our title in this event towards next weekend hoping for a change in water conditions.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Oyster Toads" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/13/10
 

Would you eat an Oyster Toad.? Check this link.  There is only one person who probably has....Rube.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"NC Kingfish Championship Fish Plan" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/13/10
 

Tomorrow (Sunday) Stephanie and I are heading up to Morehead City to do some scouting for the NC Kingfish Championship that is now underway. The first few boats will be competing in the tournament tomorrow out of Morehead City as the weather looks like it is going to break. I expect some tremendous fish brought to the scales. I will be fishing Monday and then coming back to Ocean Isle for a couple days during mid week as it looks like a small front will pass thru the area. This hopefully points to great conditions for the end of the week and weekend. So, any of you guys sitting on the fence about whether or not to get in this tournament come on and get some! The weather looks great for tomorrow, Monday and maybe even Tuesday and then the long range forecast looks good for end of the week and weekend. I will report back with my findings over the next couple days so hopefully I'll have a good story to tell. Stand by. DONT FORGET....Teams can enter this tournament all the way until next Friday night so it's not too late to get in. You can enter online at www.oifc.com.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Pogy netting" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/12/10
 

The NC Marine Fisheries Commission has announced a meeting November 22 to discuss opening up waters south of Cape Lookout to commercail menhaden netting. We are trying to find out whether this was initiated by a Commissioner or Omega. We will let everyone know exactly what is going on as soon as we can get all the info.  As you know, irrespective of what the MFC might choose to do south of Cape Lookout, our Brunswick County waters are not subject to MFC directives, as we passed legislation that prevents netting in our waters, and to change that would require a new bill to be passed. The battle never ends, but with a Republican controlled legislature, seems like that would be quite a challenge. Standby. 
- Rube McMullan
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"Sunset Beach Bridge" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/12/10
 

I was just advised by Captain Josh Tew of Sea Tow OIB that the new Sunset Beach bridge is now open.  The old bridge is tied back and will only be used when the construction company needs it.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"NC Kingfish State Championship On Tap" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/11/10
 

The North Carolina Kingfish State Championship is set to begin this Saturday the 13th of November and run all the way through the following Sunday, November 21st. This king mackerel tournament is being held at a time and place when the king mackerel fishing off the Carolina coast should be at its peak. Extremely large and large numbers of fish congregate on the east side of Cape Lookout in November between Cape Lookout shoals and Cape Hatteras shoals. For this reason we have 2 weigh in locations: location number one is at Town Creek Marina in Beaufort with kingfish tournament legend Shae Lewis acting as weigh master and location number two is at Hatteras Landing Marina with local fishing expert Billy Webster as weigh master. You will notice this tournament stretches over a 9 day period which the purpose of this is to give all fishermen ample opportunity to fish in good conditions. Fishermen will choose their 2 out of 9 fishing days at their own convenience by calling the tournament declaration hotline at 910-253-3474. The weather this Saturday, the first of the 9 possible tournament fish days, looks a little iffy but greatly improves Sunday and through the first part of the week. I will be heading to Hatteras on Saturday and planning to fish Sunday and Monday and depending on the weather just might stay the week. This is the best time of year to fish king mackerel on the Carolina coast and the attraction to the area known as the "East Side" between Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras is the size of the kingfish. Average size kingfish for this time of year in that area is 30-35lbs. Numerous fish over 40lbs will be caught with 50's very common and I'm not going to be surprised to see fish over 60lbs. It's an amazing fishery and sincerely hope as many of you tournament guys as possible will join us for this unique formatted tournament with the goal of becoming North Carolinas first kingfish state champion. Registration is open online at www.oifc.com. Be sure to read the rules and tournament details to fully be informed of all your options.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/11/10
 

Hard to tell what's going on with the weather.  Forecast is bad, but wind has been in and out, not really that bad.  Today the Carolina Cat ran a 3/4 charter and did great on Kings fishing the 65 foot hole.  Capt. Chris reported the area was loaded with schools of live Cigar Minnows- find the bait and the fish are there.  November is historically the best month to catch numbers of Kings.  They school up around the Cigar Minnows, typically in 65-80 feet of water.  Right now they are at the Shark Hole, 65 foot hole and Jungle-- there will be some stragglers in closer at Christinas and 90's as well.  The great thing about this fishery is it is easy.  Dead Cigar Minnows are a guarantee, but if you want to be creative, you can easily jig live Cigar Minnows while you are fishing.  They will speed the action up and get bites from larger fish.  We have charters through the weekend, so I'll keep you posted.

The weather looks really good this weekend.  You should come down and enjoy the weather and the fishing.  The King bite will be red hot.  Oh yeah, the Grouper too.  They get hot and heavy when the Cigar Minnows move in as well.  Fish same spots as Kingfishing over the structure.  Live Cigar Minnows are like candy.  See you on the water.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Perfect Sized Kings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/11/10
 

Bob Fischer an d Casey Nix of Casper, Wyoming joined Tom Fischer of Greenville, S.C. and Papy Fisher of New Hill, N.C. for a half day charter aboard the Carolina Cat with Captains Chris Dew and Steele Park.  The group battled sharks for a good part of the morning, but struck gold in 65 ft. of water.  Fishing with frozen cigar minnows, they loaded the dock cart with perfect sized kings.  If they were fishing commercially, these teenage kings would bring top dollar on the market.  It's good to see the wind laid out enough and the kings were in close enough to allow them to be caught on a half day charter.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"King report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/10/10
 

Tried to get out this morning, but north wind kicker up harder than we wanted to kick so came home. Looked for pogies toward Holden and all the way to Little River and they had disappeared from yesterday. Kings have moved off to the Jungle/Shark Hole; biting on dead cigars.
- Rube McMullan
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