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"Jolly Mon conditions update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/07/10
 

Checked out conditions after all the rain and found beach water browned up from all the rain. Tried a couple beach spots and only got sharks. Pogies definitely showing up as rain pushed them out of Cape Fear river along beaches from Shallotte Inlet to Lochwood. My guess is rain pushed the fish off the beach to more normal 55-70 foot water. Our charters caught some 20's at the 90/90 so that confirms. Question now is if it stays dry and water clears back up, and bait moves on to beach, and does the beach bite kick off again. My long range crystal ball doesn't go out that far, so stand by. Come join us at the Jolly Mon! 


- Rube McMullan
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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 06/07/10
 

Team oifc at bald head rodeo weigh in. 48 lb mahi.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Team OIFC wins Bald Head Island Rodeo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/07/10
 

Capt. Barrett, brother- Mike and Mark Kennedy and myself joined forces aboard the OIFC Yellowfin to compete in the Bald Head Island Rodoe.  The tournament format is unique in that it is based on most total pounds weighed of Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo.  Tuna and Wahoo have to be at least 20 pounds and Dolphin have to be at least 15 pounds.  Other than that, stay within your legal limits and catch as many as you can for the most pounds.  I had gotten some information from a friend that fishes north of Morehead City about scattered Yellowfin and lots of big Dolphin.  I prefer fish near home, but the facts are that our Gulf Stream season has not been up to par this year and thus we felt we could use our mobility to make a run north and try to find better fish.  We put in the water at Morehead and ran way offshore to 600+ feet.  We found a fishy area with birds and no sooner had we set the spread than we were absolutely blasted by a school of Yellowfin.  They came up into our teasers and looked like bombs going off behind the boat as they ate the teasers and every line we had in the water.  We had 7 lines out and after it was over, we ended up with 5 Yellowfin in the box.  Man it has been a long time since I've done that.  It is still fun!  We reset and looked all over the place but we could not find the Tuna anymore.  They were gone.  We trolled until 10:30am then decided to run further offshore to look for a temperature edge and weed line to find the Dolphin.  We ran another 20 miles to 3000+ feet of water when we found the signs.  We set out and it was on.  Mahi all over;  A monster came into the spread and bombed the teaser.  Capt .Barrett grabbed the flat line and put it in front of the big fish and hooked up; BIG MAHI.  Meanwhile we had 3 others on as well going all over the place.  We boated Barrett's, which ended up being a 48 pounder!  Been a while since I've seen one of those- they are still fun too!  We fished on and caught a ton of Mahi.  The trick was that they had to be over 15 pounds to weigh, and you'd be surprised how many 10-14 pound Mahi are out there.  At mid day we were wore out and felt we had done what we came to do; we headed for the scales.  At weigh in we posted 247 pounds, very respectable.  The unfortunate thing was that the fishing locally was again subpar; the second place boat had 69 pounds.  We decided we had enough fun and were beat, so we opted not to fish the second day and let our day 1 effort stand for both days.  It was a risk as boats combine both days to get a total.  Fortunately, 120 pounds was the most that could be mustered by the competition and we held on for the win.  Unfortunately, we don't have any pictures.  We were moving so fast while we were fishing trying to keep lines in the water, we didn't have time to get any pictures.   Think I have one at the weigh in of the Mahi, I'll post. 

Locally, the weather is up and down this week as a couple of cool fronts are moving through the area.  Its nice to get some of the humidity out of the air, but the wind will typically blow from the south fairly hard before the passing of the front.  The King action was good the last few days.  The 90/90 has been good.  We have weighed in a few fish over 20 pounds this week from this depth range, which shows the bigger fish are starting to move in from offshore.  Our charter boats also had  Mahi, Sailfish and Cobia from this 55-70 foot depth range.  Pogys have been around from Shallotte to Lockwood this past few days. 

The Jolly Mon King Classic is only a week and half away.  Tournament programs went in the mail today, so you should see yours in a couple.  Early entry deadline is 6/15.  You can enter on-line - CLICK HERE or come by the OIFC to get an entry form or wait til yours comes in the mail.  Everything is lining up.  Bait is showing, fish are showing.... hopefully the weather will cooperate. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/07/10
 

Despite all of the rain and wind we had this past week, things reamined consistent on the inshore grounds.  The flounder fishing continues to be solid, with good numbers of fish still being caught.  The wind and rain has stirred the water some, so it is has been important to target the areas with the cleanest water possible in order to find success with the flounder.  The trout fishing is also fairly consistnet, with a few areas around holding decent numbers of trout, with the same being said for the redfish.  The shrimp have finally made there way into the tidal creeks where they can be caught with a cast net, which will certainly make the trout and drum fishing easier in the coming weeks.  As soon as we get a few days of calm, stable weather (whenever that might be), we should have some really good fishing, so get ready!
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"In Shore Weekend Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/06/10
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (OIFC/Get Busy) had a productive day of fishing Saturday.  The fish must have been attracted to Capt. Jeff's new metropolitan look fishing shirt as he along with Carl Jackson, Dan Jackson and Dave Panavas of Greenville, S.C. racked up pretty good on the flounder and drum.

Captain Kyle was on the docks today with a cleaning table full of flounder and drum.

Dr. Jeff Wallen also reported catching 10 really nice flounder, some 4+lbs and all but one over 16 inches.  All of his fish were caught on pogies and were boated between the swing bridge and the Shallotte River.  We really narrowed that down didn't we. 

Today Capt Jeff Beck and our family went out for a while and we caught a fair amount of live shrimp in a cast net.  We really didn't fish, we played in Tubbs Inlet.

The wind was blowing today so the off shore boats stayed in port.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Baldhead ISland Bluewater Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/06/10
 

Team OIFC wins Baldhead Island Bluewater Rodeo with record breaking one day total for the two day event. Details to follow. Congrats to Capt Brant/Capt Barrett and team.
- Rube McMullan
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"Bald Head Island Bluewater Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/05/10
 

Yesterdays results from Baldhead Island Bluewater Rodeo has Capt Brant/Capt Barrett ; Team OIFC in the lead with 247 points. Day 2 fishing today with weighin at 4:00. Pull for the home team!
- Rube McMullan
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"Drum'n" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/05/10
 

Quick trip this afternoon...looking for a drum bite...Michael and I had a blast! Flounder are still hitting strong in the creeks...mullet and small shrimp are showing up in the creeks now...reds and flounder will start keying in on the mullet, so keep an eye out for an opportunity to cast net a few. We caught flounder, trout, reds, and black drum today. See ya on the water!

   

- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Blackdog" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/04/10
 

Captain Bob Newell sent these great pictures taken of a fishing trip Monday aboard the Blackdog.  They were fishing somewhere between the 100/400 and the Blackjack.  The crew consisted of Bob, Edwin Newell, Nolan Newell, Casey Johnson and Ned Garber.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Mahi Have Moved In" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/03/10
 

The charter group, fishing with Captain Chris Dawson and Chris Dew aboard the World Cat hooked up with a nice mahi within eight miles of the coast today.  They said they got him along side the World Cat and he shook the hook loose and got away.  This isn't a war story, it's testimony from the folks on the charter...a good fuel saving sign for those of us who'd like to hook up with a mahi.  The group found good sized pogies about a 1/2 from the Shallotte Inlet just off of Holden Beach.

Meanwhile Gary Clair (Bainbridge, NY) landed a 23 lb king, Al Hartman (Clermont, Fla) caught a 19 lb cobia and Richard Cummings (Mocksville, NC) brought a 7.5 lb citation spanish in.  Joining these guys on the charter was Keith Devost of Bainbridge, NY.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Happy Annniversary" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/03/10
 

Mrs.Jenifer Cole surprised her husband Benji of Graham, N.C. with a fishing charter for their 5th anniversary.  Along with the Coles aboard the OIFC Cat boat were Jody and Christy Staley,and their daughter Logan from Mebane, N.C.  As we can tell by the pictures they had a great time.

Thank all of ya'll for choosing the OIFC to help make this a memorable anniversary.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon fish forecast" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/03/10
 

Since I'm not fishing the tourney, I'm happy to spill my guts with what I'm seeing/hearing concerning where the winning Jolly Mon king will be. Here's what I know:

The water along the beach has been as pretty as I've ever seen and is pure "king green". This has led to one of the best beach bites I can remember this early in the year, mostly concentrated in the Yaupon/Ocean Crest area. That concentration is probably because that is where most are fishing and I expect other beach spots would also be good. This spring, we have weighed more 35-40lb fish than I can remember and they all came from beach locations from Shallotte Inlet to Yaupon. What has been missing are the pogy bait pods but I expect with all the rain we have had last couple of days, the bait will now push out of the Cape Fear river and come our way. Also, there is alot of bait off Carolina Beach which also will be moving this way.

If you had to make a decision today as to where to fish, it would probably be on the beach, but the wild card is all the rain we have had, and whether that impacts the color/salinity, and thus the fish move to the more typical 65-70 water depths by tourney time. Stay tuned, as we will see what happens next week leading up to tourney time. Come join us and help make this the biggest Jolly Mon ever!


- Rube McMullan
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"Bait and Sea Conditions" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/03/10
 

Thursday morning 07:42.

World Cat reports nice sized pogies 1/2 mile east of the Shalotte Inlet.  Seas are 2 ft.  with swells and a little chop.  "Not bad".


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Memorial Day Grouper" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/02/10
 

Mrs. Amber Simmons reported that she and 1st mate Courtney joined Daniel Simmons and Tim Gallimore, all fishing out of Ocean Isle Beach  for a day of bottom fishing.  Amber and Courtney landed these very nice grouper while fishing "about 50 miles out and in over 100 ft of water".  Give Amber credit for not giving up prime fishing holes.  Amber also submitted this picture of a king she caught the other day, while Daniel is almost falling off the bow of the boat.

Thanks for the report and great catch ladies!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Near Shore Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/02/10
 

Hello Folks.  We are getting down to the last couple of weeks before the Jolly Mon and with that comes the inevitible secrecy on the location of bait and King Mackerel.  Just to give you guys an update on the current conditions, there is lots of bait to the east in the Cape Fear River and the Marina's around Southport.  Pogey's can be found along the beach at times but they have been very small for the most part.  There is a much better class of Bait in the river.  As far as the King bite, up until this week, there has been steady amount of action at all of the near shore reefs, including Yaupon and Ocean Crest Pier.  Captains Chris Dew, Zach Faulkner, Chris Eckert and myself had half day charters yesterday and the bite did not seem to be as hot as over the weekend.  We are all speculating that the fish have started to move offshore a bit and are all anxious to get out there and hunt for larger fish as most of them have been in the 8-15lb range near shore. Area's to check out might be the Shark Hole, Cabbage Patch, Cucumber, Jungle and area's in that range.  Hopefully we will be able to update you later in the week with talk of larger fish.  We are looking forward to the kick off of the tourney season and cannot wait to see you in the shop.  We have the equipment you need to catch the next "Kingzilla".  Speaking of that monster,  he is currently on display here in the shop.  Actually, I think he is staring at me......
- Capt. Steele
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/02/10
 

Hi there folks...thought is was time to give everyone an update on the inshore action. The fishing continues to be very consistent for all the target inshore species, despite the unstable weather and tons of rain we have had over the past few days.  The flounder bite remains very good in all the local flounder holes, with many of the fish good quality keepers.  The trout and redfish also continue to bite well, although it seems that bouncing around and covering a lot of spots has been the key to doing well with them.  So there you have it, short and sweet, the fishing continues to be good, so there is no reason not to go.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Spanish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/01/10
 

The Spanish bite is great just outside the shalloute inlet. I have caught the Spanish from 18ft to 31ft of water using #1 planers and 2oz. trolling weights. Bigger Spanish are hanging around the sea bouy and the #1 planer is needed to get down to the fish. Some good Spanish are also hanging around between the OIB pier and water tower in 23 ft of water, the 2oz. trolling weights are effective in this area. I have not been able to locate a feeding frenzy on top yet. This is when stopping the boat near a school and throwing gotcha plugs can be very exciting. Hopefully, we will see some good weather soon and with the new moon see some Spanish on top feeding. See ya on the water.

  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Rodeo Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/01/10
 

The excellent fishing during the Memorial Day holiday week end brought about some changes in the OIFC Rodeo.  Captain Brant is in 1st place in the mahi division with a 31.4 lb mahi.  In the king division, Austin Aycock is in 1st place with a 20.4 lb king.  In the spanish division, Tiffany Aycock is in 1st place with a 5.1 mackerel , Austin Aycock is in 2nd at 4.7lb'r, and his brother Brandon is in 3rd with 1.9 lbs. Dr. Jeff Wellan knocked Brandon Sauls off the trout leader board with a 3.68 lb trout putting Wallen in 3rd place

Rodeo action is picking up!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Deep Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/01/10
 

Headed out yesterday with wife Stephanie on a Mahi mission. I thought I had pin pointed a good temperature break on the computer before I left about 8 miles offshore of the Wynyah Scarp. So off we went in search of what Brant found a few days before. We were looking for the classic current rip and weed line in hopes of loading the boat with Mahi. The ride was a little tough on the way out thanks to a 3ft southerly swell. We made the trip at about 30 knots with one brief stop on the way where we made a rare catch of a 27lb Warsaw grouper. My pics are blurry. We put lines in on the break and pointed it towards the bubble rock thinking we would cross paths with the temp change/weed line. Unfortunately it was never found. The water was blended and weed scattered. We found areas loaded with flying fish but never really got on a good bite. Like Ricky said in a recent report, sometimes we have to report the fish don't bite or we'd lose credibility. Although the fish didn't fully cooperate we did end up with a handful of mahi up to 15lbs, a nice grouper and a mixed bag of bottom dwellers. In addition we did witness an incredible action sequence that will stick with us for a while. We were trolling in 600ft of water with big plastic trolling lures and cedar plugs. One of the cedar plugs went off (barely) as a small 4lb mahi got ambitious. I kept the boat moving forward and proceeded to skip the mahi to the boat. Once next to the boat I casually used the rod to sling the mahi out of the water and into the boat. All went according to plan except when I went to sling the mahi in the boat I mis calculated and overshot as the fish went flying over the opposite side of the boat, came un-hooked and went onto live another a day or so he thought. I stepped to the back of the boat and began deploying the cedar plug as the boat moved forward. About that time I looked back and between my flat line and outside bait I see a 250lb blue marlin greyhounding across the spread and then make a full vertical jump right in the middle of the spread. I'm scrambling to figure out which line he is on but upon further look I see the marlin is vertical out of the water with that little mahi we caught a few minutes ago knocked up into the air spinning cartwheels. Apparently the marlin had his sights set on that mahi as we reeled him in and took advantage of my slinging miscalculation and capitalized on a tired mahi. What a show!
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Memorial Day Gulf Stream" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/31/10
 

Captain David Hooks took the Black Pearl to the Gulf Stream today.   Along with David were his son Tripp, Captain Jeff Beck,  Dr. Jeremy Phillips, Keith Berciunas, his son Hunter.  The Pearl encountered some "bumpy" conditions but rewarded her crew with mahi, a yellow fin tuna, and a trigger fish.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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