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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 07/11/10
 

It seems like summer is literally flying by, and we are suddenly in the "dog-days" of summer, which means the inshore criiters are transitioning into their hot weather, hot water kind of patterns.  The flounder fishing remains consistent, but the fish have been very mixed size wise,  so you just have to keep grinding through the little ones to find the good ones.  That being said though, we have caught some really nice fish this week with several fish in the 3lb range, a couple of 4s, and a 5lber, so there are some nice ones out there.  One thing that is happening with the flounder is that the seem to being headed for deeper waters as they usually do this time of year, as the inlets have been producing quite well recently, and there have started to be some fish on the nearshore reefs and wrecks.  Also, there are still some nice redfish around that are willing to bite, both in the backwaters and around the inlets as well.  The trout have also made a few appearances lately, but as is typical with them this time of year, you tend to catch them one day and not the next, but even if they dont bite, some of your norma trout spots might be worth checking. 


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Another Carolina Slam" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/10/10
 

Reno and Naylor put a pounding on the flounder...Reno also landed a red fish and a trout successfully completing the inshore slam. Flounder continue to show a consistant pattern...The trout seem to be spread out, but if you work hard you can find a hand full or two between 2-3 pounds. The red fish also seem to be very spread out...I have only been able to locate one here and there. I am looking forward to fall when the reds stack up again to crush the mullet. See ya on the water!

  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Bottom Fishing" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/10/10
 

Mrs. Amber Simmons reports the grouper bite was hot off of OIB over the 4th week.  Fishing buddies, Kennon Hill, Dr. Bryan Freeman, Brian Robbins, Daniel Simmons (OIB Concrete)  limited out on groupers during 2 fishing trips.  They were using live bait in about 180 ft of water. Family and friends have enjoyed the catch, grilled grouper, grouper bites, grouper salad and grouper formage.

Thanks to Mrs. Amber, she contributes regularly to the fishing reports and helps us all keep up to date on the current fishing happenings.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Good News" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/10/10
 

Doppler is home safe and sound!!!  The OIFC family thanks everyone for their assistance, thoughts and prayers.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Carolina Slam" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/09/10
 

Went on a search for speckled trout this afternoon. Found a few fish willing to cooperate...released a 2 pounder and a 3 pounder...lost another 3 pounder at the boat and missed several bumps...Also managed to land a nice red and a fat flounder. No live bait was used this afternoon. No gulp either...4 inch Sea Assassins with 1/8 ounce red jig head...Carolina Slam on artificials...See ya on the water!

   

- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Four Mile Sail" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/09/10
 

Captain Zach and Captain Steele fished aboard the 36 ft Contender, the "Get Floor'd" along with Grant Boyd and Garrett Fiddynent, both hailing from Atlanta, Ga., Eldon Peters from the home of the UNC Tar Heels, Chapel Hill, N.C. and Garry Spencer from the home of the American Idol star Kelly Pickler, Albemarle, N.C.

Garrett was fly fishing with a pogey for spanish while four miles off shore when a sail fish showed up.  He kept feeding the pogey until the sail finally couldn't stand it anymore and hit it.  After a short fight the sail was along side the "Get Floor'd"  Garrett has some nice pictures which he will forward.  One of the pictures below is of Garrett taking the customary plunge off the front of the "Get Floor'd" for catching his 1st sail.

After the excitement of the sail fish the crew headed out  about 10 more miles where they caught kings and 3 cobia.  The biggest cobia was 33 lbs and took 2 hrs of fighting to get aboard.  They also had a 4th, but he eluded the fish box.  The cobia were caught in the area of the 65 ft Hole.

This dynamic duo proved they can catch quality fish, they also showed their dedication by extending the charter 2 extra hrs. Quality fishing and dedication are only a couple of the attributes of the OIFC Charter Captains.

Congratulations guys on a great day fishing.  I could tell by the excitement on the dock that everyone had a ball!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Junior Angler" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/09/10
 

Yesterday the OIFC had the privilege to weigh this 13.4  lb king.  It was caught by 7 yr. old Lilly Keel of Belmont, N.C.  Lilly, aboard the "Marlin Darlin", was on her first fishing trip.  Accompanying Lilly were Grace and Griffin Keel, Hannah, Henry and George Keel, as well as Pete Fickling.

Congratulations Miss Lilly.  You and other young folks like you are the future of salt water fishing. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"This Week Inshore" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/09/10
 

This week has been extremely productive inshore, especially flounder fishing.  Several "tourists",   meaning those not familiar with the local fishing spots, as opposed to" terrorists" who drive mini vans with out of state license plates and give obscene hand gestures in traffic, reported catching flounder,  sometimes called fluke at the Sunset Beach Bridge.

Jeff Wallen fished the weekend and reported a double slam on trout Friday.  Saturday, he and his son Josh caught 7 keeper flounder before 11 am as well as a 6 lb red.  Some were caught behind Sunset Beach, while others were caught in the Shallotte Inlet.  The fish were caught  on pogies.  The ones he and Josh are holding in the pictures were released.

Dr Wallen sits on a committee for the S.C. DNR.  He said that biologists have told him that the flounder over 16 " are females, and the bigger the flounder the more eggs they produce and the more often they produce them.  Thusly releasing them improves the flounder fishery.

The othe picture is of Captain Jeff Williamson's charterf rom yesterday.  Not too shabby for a half day trip.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The OIFC has issued an APB for one of our own" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/09/10
 

If you spend any time here at the OIFC,  there is a familiar face that you undoubtably know.  One of our own, Doppler is missing.  Last night, he was scared by the storm that hit Ocean Isle and was outside.  He broke out of his back yard and has been missing since.  If you are in the area of Bent Tree, on the mainland side, please keep an eye out for him.  He is a Large Golden Retriever with a short summer haircut.  If you have seen him please call the OIFC at 910-575-3474 and let us know.  Thanks for all of your help and support.
- Capt. Steele
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""Mountianeers"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/08/10
 

First cast for each angler produced a flounder, making for a double hook up. We managed a few more flounder, which were all released. I just did not have it in me to release the 4 lber in the picture below. Captain has got to eat something! Flounder remain to stay consistent, but other fish have stayed elusive. Trout and red fish have been hit and miss at best. Spanish are usually a fish you can always count on, but they are even getting harder to entice. We did hook some red fish today and managed a spanish, but still not the bite I expect. Looking forward to Fall time when the water cools a bit, then hopefully the fish will really eat! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Three Generations" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/07/10
 

Fished a half day with Bill Sr., Bill Jr., Rocco, and Gino...Papa, Daddy, sons, and grandsons...Nothing like seeing the tradition of fishing being passed down from one generation to the next. I enjoyed watching the two boys 4 and 6 put a pounding on some flounder and a red drum early this morning. Then moved to a black drum hole that only produced one fish. So we opted to head for the beach to catch some spanish since the tide was slack. Action started a bit slow, but I finally located a good school just in front of OIB pier. The boys went to work on them and as I was making one last pass through the school a nice spanish nailed the spoon. What a great way to end the day.  See ya on the water!

  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Dave's Cobia"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/07/10
 

Captain Chris Dew and Captain Chris Eckert on the World Cat were joined by Dave Sedney, Dan Sedney, Ron Remirez and Jeff Coffman all of W.Va on a charter to Christina's Ledge.  They had got the bait, pogies in 8-10 ft of water just off of Ocean Isle.  The group brought back a nice cobia which was caught by Dave.

Captain Chris Dawson aboard the Carolina Cat fished with Chad, Seth and Danny Correll as well as Jeff "I wish you were here"  Bowden, who joined them in spirit..an inside joke.  This group bottom fished the Jungle and caught a 43 lb cobia.

Captain Zach Faulkner and Captain Jeff Williamson, aboard the "Get Floor'd"  fished with Bobby Usher (Atlanta), Erik Usher (Ashville), Richard Lehnhoff (Charleston, Sc), and Will, Sam, and Nick Smith (Knoxville, Tenn).  The group fished about  8 miles out using naked pogies and landed several kings.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"40.6 lb king" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/07/10
 

Captain William Parker of Ocean Isle Beach, Duwane Wood and stepson Caleab White took to the high seas on Duane's 23 ft. Keywest yesterday in search of kings. Caleab caught 3 with the biggest being 18 lbs., and a shark.  William caught 2.  Duwane has been catching the big one that always got away..until now!  He caught a 40.6 lb king!  William said they would have released him, except he was already dead when they brought him along side.  The fish were hitting naked pogies about 25 yards. back.  Their catch totaled 98.7 lbs., which paid for their fuel and fed some hungry mouths.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Join The Crowd" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/06/10
 

While on the OIFC dock weighing and photographing fish Teak Hemphill of Shallotte and Al Dempaire drove up on the "Playin Hooky" with a 36 lb cobia.  They caught the fish on pogies they caught in the waterway.  The fish bit in the prop wash, a favorite place for the curious cobia.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"1/2 Day On A Cat" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/06/10
 

Captains Chris Dew and Chris Eckert fished with Jeff Lane (Spartenburg, SC), Russell, Rusty and Jamie Wilson (Tifton, Ga) aboard an OIFC World Cat.  They fished in about 70-75 ft of water about 24 miles out.

Chris said that they caught the kings while fishing for AJ's on circle hooks with pogies.  Then they caught the AJ's on the top while trolling for kings.

Sounds like a fish story doesn't?  I made Chris cross his heart and hope to die if he was making this story up...I'm sure he was telling the truth.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Chasin Tail"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/06/10
 

Garth McGillewie, his sons Brandt and Errol, neice Gabiella Carpenter and her BFF Margaret Wilkerson spent a beautiful day aboard the McGillewies' "Chasin' Tail" Fountain fishing.

They worked 62 ft of water with naked pogies.  Errol nabbed a 26.6 lb king in the prop wash and Garth caught the 14.3 lb mahi.  They said the mahi showed up and started eating the pogey oil.  They almost had to hit him over the head to get him to take the pogey.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Bite Is Back!" | OIFC 2- 27' | 07/05/10
 

It seems the front has passed, the east winds are laying down and the kings have decided to chomp again.

Captains Jeff Williamson and Zach Faulkner caught nice pogies just west of the Shallotte Inlet, then headed out  about 18 miles.  Along with them were Tom Antolini, Romeo Antolini of Huntersville, NC and Chad Bourgeois of Texas and Jeff Simmons of W.Va. Once there they got into the kings using naked pogey rigs.

Not to be done in, Capt Chris Dew worked the coastline and took advantage of the very plentiful spanish.  On the charter were Matt Floyd, Harry Myers and 9 yr old Jordan Floyd all of Thomasville, NC  Captain Chris said that Jordan was the real fisherman of the group.

Further action on the mackerel front was evident by the 32.4 lb citation king brought in aboard the "Wave Walker".  The angler was Gary Williams.  Also aboard were Ellen Williams, David Lambeth and David Lambeth Jr. This big king hit a naked pogey on the long line.

Captain Chris Dew had an afternoon trip during which his group caught a handful of excellent sized kings.

Not to be outdone, our inshore Capyain, Kyle Hughes aboard his 22' Century the "Speckulator" brought some first class flounder to the dock.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Hit or Miss" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/04/10
 

Today was one of those days where you either hit a couple of nice kings or missed the boat altogether.  The pogies were easy to find just off the Shalllotte Inlet.  Good bait does not always mean cooperative fish though.  Most folks I talked with struck out on the kings but were covered in spanish.

We did have a couple of nice fish come to the dock today though.  The crew of the GPS Store boat weighed a nice 23.5 lb king and had another good sized king to boot.  Aboard the GPS Store boat were Scott Hefferton, Aidan Hefferman, Kaylie Miller, Phillip Hooks, Brian Rock and Farah Arnette.  The big king was caught by young Aidan Hefferman and Kaylie Miller.  Way to go kids!

At about the same time Hal Moore, Bret Moore, and Josh Bailey of Lumberton weighed a 24.1 king in.  

Everyone I talked to said the bite was at the Jungle.   


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"What?" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/03/10
 

Does anyone notice something a little strange in this picture?
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Rodeo Action" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/03/10
 

Just as I was updating the OIFC Rodeo with Clay Morphis in 3rd place in the flounder division with a 5.6 lb fish, his partner, Brandon "Bone Crusher" Sauls weighs in a 5.8 lb'r.

Not only did he knock his buddy Clay off the board, but he also weighed in a 4.3 lb trout to kick Kyle Hughes to 3rd and remove Jeff Wallen altogether.  This just after Jeff and I wrote over Brandon's name in red marker as Jeff had taken 3rd and knocked Brandon off the board. 

So it goes, action heating up in the rodeo and fun rivalries ongoing.  Needless to say the flounder and trout bite is hot inshore  The king and mahi bite has been on the past week, so if your not in the Rodeo its not too late to get in on some of the fun.

The 2 pictures in between Brandon's flounder and trout are of Clay Morphis and a 148 lb tarpon he caught in Tubbs Inlet on a mud minnow...NOT!  He caught the monster on a recent trip to Florida and wanted to show that he didn't need Brandon along to catch fish.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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