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"Sunday=Funday" | Speckulator - 22' | 09/08/10
 

Captain Jeff Williamson of the "Get Busy"/OIFC was chartered Sunday by the Conrad family of Ocean Isle Beach as a 42nd birthday present for Shannon Conrad.  The following is what Shannon wrote to the OIFC.  He tells the story the best.

"Hey guys, just wanted to send a couple of photos that we took on Sept 5th of an inshore charter trip we took with Captain Jeff Williamson for my 42nd birthday (actually the 6th).  We were fortunate to be with Jeff as he put us on several nice reds at the Little River jetties.  We boated three, had a break off, and one other nice fish that got off right as the net was being lowered for the snag.  All in all it was a great birthday trip for me and to spend it with my dad (Vic Conrad-pocketbook for the trip), two of my four sons, Adam Conrad 7 and Thomas (Hardcore) Conrad 4.  We would recommend a trip with Jeff to anyone as we spent the day laughing and cutting up telling fish stories and having a great time.  My dad loves to hunt so he and Jeff had a lot in common".

"We felt pretty good when we got back to the docks at the OIFC and Rube commented that our fish were the first fish he had seen come in since the water got stirred up from the storm."

What everyone at the OIFC wants to know is, Shanon..did you really write this or did J. Dogg?

Thanks for fishing with the OIFC.  We're  all very happy you caught fish, and more importantly had a good time with your family.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Flounder Dinner" | Speckulator - 22' | 09/07/10
 

Captain Tommy Helms and Mr. Tommy Lytton, both infamous inshore fishermen and tiger shark whisperers have been at it again.  This time they took Wayne "Paw Paw" Smith of Charlotte, N.C. out to catch dinner.  They caught plenty flounder for the main course.  As you can see they enjoyed an adult beverage prior to preparing the main entree.

Captain Tommy indicated to me that he and others will be fishing the Bay Creek Classic  Saturday.  I cannot  emphasize enough how worthy of a cause this tournament supports.  Were it not for an SKA points tournament this weekend we would be right in the middle of the competition.  The OIFC and others are supporting the Classic in every way we can.  We ask that ya'll help out by participating.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fish are hungry" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/06/10
 

Watching the weather getting very stable after last weeks Weather Channel hurricane, and my bet is the fish will go nuts this week as they should be very hungry. Bad news is don't see any big cold fronts coming, but cooler weather or not, fall is approaching, and the fish will be moving. Tourist season ending today, so come this week plan is to go hurt some fish. Weather looks perfect. Come on down!
- Rube McMullan
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"Labor Day Flounder" | Speckulator - 22' | 09/06/10
 

Below is a picture of Miss Lindsey Evans with a nice flounder she caught behind Ocean Isle Beach.  Lindsey was fishing with Ryan Neuwirth of Shallotte Point. They were using pogies.

The flounder bite has been excellent and consistent in shore, while the bite on the artificial reefs has not really fired off. It was just a few summers ago we were concerned about the lack of flounder being caught in our back waters, but it seems that with pogies being more plentiful the flounder population has increased.  That's my unofficial observation.

Also now is a good time to remind everyone of the Bay Creek Classic which is this weekend.  Please participate..it is for a great cause!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""TroutKiller!"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/06/10
 

Took a friend out this past Wednesday....we were looking for some red drum in the 25 inch range...I had located a school a few days ago and was eager to put my friend on them. We arrived at the area and immediately saw the bait scattering...it still looked fishy and hopes were high. We started working the area and it didn't take long, fish on! Problem? It was a trout, then another, and another trout...we caught several trout, but the redfish had not shown yet. We changed bait and tactics...redfish on! Not the size we were looking for, but a redfish none the less. Then a flounder to complete an inshore slam!

Took my mom back out and landed a few more trout on Sunday morning. We actually started off looking for spanish just off the beach. The water had a gray color to it...so we gave up on that idea pretty quick. We did land a bluefish...I would imagine once the water clears, the spanish bite will follow and kings won't be far behind. I can feel it...Fall is just around the corner...it is still warm outside, but the humidty has really dropped. The fishing should start to fire off any day now! See ya on the water!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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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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"Team Jolly Mon" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/05/10
 

Congratulations to Justin Milliken, driver of the 02 "Jolly Mon" Impala on his win last night at Myrtle Beach Speedway.  This made 4 in a row!!!


- 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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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