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"Marshes Light Marina King Mackerel Tournament" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/21/10
 

Mark Ray of Mark Ray Studio Marine Wildlife Art just finished the artwork for The Marshes Light 1st Annual King Mackerel Tournament to be held over  Halloween.  They wanted  Halloween themed artwork and I thought this was too cool not to pass along.  Hope Mark doesn't mind.  


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More Cedar Island" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/20/10
 

For being located in the middle of no where, Cedar Island must be a busy place.  The OIFC just received these pictures from Andrew Strickland of Durham, N.C. (this reporters home town) of a trip he took along with Willis and Paul Warren this past weekend.

They fished the bottom using cut mullet and caught the biggest fish of the day at sunset.  All the reds were over slot and were released healthy.  Andrew usually fishes out of OIB and is headed to the Little River jetties this weekend.  We hope he gets into the action there.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Alyssa's Carolina Slam"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/20/10
 

Fished with Grandpa, Dad, and daughter today from Concord, NC area. Had a little electrical delay this morning. Once the electricity was turned off we headed out. The fishing started off a little slow, but when the next shower of rain started, so did the fish. One redfish after another...14" to 16"...not big, but a great little fighting fish. Everyone also caught a flounder, but right before we decided to make a move Alyssa drilled a 16" flounder for the dinner table. Of course we gave it a few more minutes, but it was time to go hunting for bigger fish. We headed to our next spot with no success...the 30" fish were not there this morning. So we moved to our next area...the fish were on fire here! Redfish exploding out of the water...so we put some shrimp on a popping cork...immediate hook up...put a pig fish(grunt) on a bottom rig and agian immediate hook up...23" trout...We caught several trout 16" to 23" and redfish from 14" to 25" in this area. Shrimp on a popping cork was killing the fish. Awesome! Grandpa and Dad after catching several fish themselves just sat back and watched Alyssa have some arm burning fun. We gave it one last try where some 30" fish had been hanging out. No such luck. I guess you can't have everything! Alyssa landed nice keeper fish in all three inshore species today completing a Carolina Slam. I enjoyed it...hope the memories stay with them forever! See ya on the water!

 

 

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Road Trip" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/19/10
 

It's become an annual pilgrimage, sort of a call of the wild.  Maybe it's a primal urge man has to provide food for the family.  Or maybe it's just a ROAD TRIP!!!!!!!  Every year a group of local Ocean Isle Beach buddies with a common love of fishing head up the N.C. coast to Cedar Island for a weekend of 'round the clock fishing and fun.

  This year Brandon Sauls, Brian Aycock and family, Jeff Beck, Clay Morphis,  Eddie Juliun and family, Scott Quaintance, and his family, and I'm sure I've left someone out, made the trip.  I am told that next year some of our smaller lady anglers will also be traveling along to show the guys some equal opportunity.

Here are a few pictures of the drum the guys caught and released.   


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""I am 7 and so is my flounder"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/19/10
 

INSHORE REPORT:

Seven year-old Carter and his dad fished for hours today all up and down the intercoastal waterway. They said they had very little success with catching much with any significance. So after a long day they finally headed back home to the dock. Carter just couldn't give up. Carter stayed on the dock and made a few cast. Next thing you know he is hooked up! Dad wasn't to excited at first, thinking it must just be another small fish. Then he saw the fish surface...GET THE NET! Carter landed his age today. Thats right...he weighed in a 7 pound 12 ounce flounder today caught right of the dock. Well folks, that goes to show you that the fish can be anywhere.

TIP: Don't give up...the next cast could be the big one!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"2nd Time Around" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/18/10
 

Nope, you're not seeing the same ole' pictures recycled on a new report.  Your are seeing the same young man, Alex Par of Allentown, Pa. who took his Dad Matt  with their favorite same ole' Captain, Jeff Williamson of the OIFC/Get Busy fishing just like last year.

And just like the last time, they caught fish.  Rather, Alex caught fish.  Again he out fished dad.  They also had several just undersized flounder and reds they let swim.  Alex had his good fortune fishing with mullet minnows which Captain "J. Dogg" said were plentiful.  Thanks for fishing with us again guys.


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"Morning Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/18/10
 

Captain Chris Dew and 1st Mate Aaron Dew were joined on a half day charter by Ken White, (USMC, Camp Lejeune & Hubert, N.C.), John Park, (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Greg Erhard, (Pittsburgh, Pa.) for a morning charter.  The group fished the Youpon Reef and brought home some spanish mackerel.  They said the bite was sporadic at best, but a good time on the water was had by all.  Good news for the spanish fishermen is the spanish are there but you are going to have to work for them.

Ken has 21 years in The USMC and has recently returned from Iraq. The OIFC  staff wishes to extend our gratitude to Ken for his service to our country, just as we appreciate all members of the armed forces.


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""Texas Reds?"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/18/10
 

Chris and Cole from Houston, TX fished a half day inshore trip with us this morning. I was a bit nervous with this being my first trip representing Capt. Brant's Fishing Adventures. Also everything in Texas is known to be bigger. Expectations were high...I always put a ton of pressure on myself to locate and successfully coach my crew in landing fish. I was able to locate a few fish this morning and my crew did a great job at landing some nice fish. Cole started out with several redfish in the 14" to 16" range and a few flounder around 13" inches. Chris could only watch as his 8 year-old son was stacking the fish up on him. Dad stayed patient and allowed his son to continue hogging the hole. Finally, Cole got a little pre-occupied and stole his dad's Dr. Pepper from the cooler. I thought that was the deal...the guy who lands the first fish gets choice. :) Dad took advantage of his chance to get in the honey hole. Wham! Just that quick the drag started screaming...a nice 23" redfish in the boat. A couple casts later here comes a 16" flounder. Dad was just waiting to set the dinner table. The tide was bottoming out and the fishing slowed down. We made a move to check out a few more spots. We rolled up to the next place and caught another redfish on live shrimp. Made another move trying to locate some fish willing to bite. Then it happened...Both rods bent to their limits...Cole fought his for just a bit and it spit the hook....Dad was still hanging on...After a few minutes and a burning elbow dad landed a brute of a redfish...30 inches plus....A quick picture and released...We got reset for Cole....Just a few seconds and Cole was hooked up...Cole also landed a 30" plus brute after several minutes of an arm burning experience! We gave it a few more minutes before a little shower put us on the run. Cole was pretty much satisfied and ready to go. Dad and I hit a few more spots, but the tide had completely quit on us. We called it a day. A great day! There is nothing like a father & son enjoying time on the water together! See ya on the water!

Inshore tip for today: Locate the bait...watch the bait's reaction...the bait will tell you if the fish are there or not...follow the bait...catch the bait...and fish with the bait that is in that area.

    


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Traveling Fishermen Galapagos Roster" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/17/10
 

Just a quick update on the Galapagos trip planned for this winter. See the Traveling Fishermen page for details. Due to extreme demand after first posting this adventure I have been able to increase the number of available slots from 12 to 16 fishermen. Below is a list of OIFC friends who have committed to the Galapagos adventure in February. Barrett McMullan Stephanie McMullan Brant McMullan Rube McMullan Brian Allen Stacy Allen Kennan Hill Ken Hill Brian Robbins Tom Bordeaux Blair Bordeaux and...just in I have word that world famous sport fishing journalist Gary Caputi may be joining our group and will be writing an article about the experience for a major publication. Stand by for more details. We have a few spots left so if you're on the fence contact me and I'll fill you in on the details. captbarrett@oifc.com.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Tower Trip" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/17/10
 

Captain William Parker of the "Hound Dog" took a trip to the Frying Pan Tower today along with friend Duwane Wood and son Caleb White. Capt. Parker found plenty of pogies in the ICW between the Bentree Club House and the Shallotte Inlet, thanks to information provided by Captain Chris Dew of the OIFC World Cat.

William said the water was so clear that he could see the bottom at 65 ft and could see the downrigger ball at 40 ft.  That visibility and 85+ degree made for some slow fishing.  They did manage some small 'cuda and a 15-18 lb mahi.  However, check out the picture and you can see the beautiful ocean conditions.

 


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""Double Slam"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/16/10
 

Fished yesterday with Dylan and his mom for a few hours in the morning. We had an incoming tide so I expected the water to be clear. The water was still a bit silty, but continued to improve as the current pushed fresh green ocean water into the creek. Once the water started to turn that green color the redfish started feeding. We caught several in the 14" to 16" range. Did not get the 20" fish in there like the other day. The redfish bite slowed and then the flounder started feeding. We landed three nice keepers for the dinner table. We wanted to complete our Carolina slams, so we headed to where some trout usually hang out. We started working a grass bank with some artificials and I hooked up with the first trout. Dylan hooked up at the same time I hooked up, but his was a flounder. However, it didn't take long and Dylan hooked up with a nice trout also completing his slam. With that said plenty of action out there on the inshore scene. See ya on the water!

   


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"Golden Isles Tournament- OIFC recap" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/16/10
 

This past weekend my wife, Amy, 5 year old daughter Caroline and myself packed up the OIFC Yellowfin and headed down to Golden Isles, GA to compete in the 2nd leg of the Yamaha Pro Kingfish tour.  Typically my brother and father fish with me, but they had all ready scheduled to fish the Onslow Bay King Tournament out of Swansboro, NC (See Barrett's recap of that tournament to follow).  Amy has been away from tournament fishing for a while; between kids and work, it has been hard for both of us to take off at the same time.  Caroline will be 6 in November, and she has done exceptionally well on the fishing trips I've had her on previous to this adventure.  She loves boats, loves to go fast and thus far, the sea conditions haven't bothered her.  My main concern was that fishing in GA is no picnic; one might say its about as exciting as King Mackerel fishing in Ocean Isle Beach in August, its tough.  It would be one thing to take Caroline when the action was good, but another to take her when it was slow.  However, when I asked her if she wanted to go and then added the perk of staying in a motel, she was all about it.  We loaded up coloring books, pillows, blankies, video games and lots of snacks and went on our way.  It is still the season at the OIFC, so we couldn't take additional time to leave early and scout the area; we left Thursday AM and arrived at dark to GA where we put the boat in the water, ate dinner and checked into the motel.  Fishing was set for both Friday and Saturday.  One nice thing about fishing with Amy and Caroline is the lack of pressure.  Amy and Caroline outvoted me and decided to set the alarm clock for 8am; check out was at 7am!  No matter.  We got a good nights rest, ate breakfast and checked out at 9:30am on Friday.  We headed out the inlet, caught bait and decided to run offshore some 20 miles.  We fished hard all day and it was HOT.  The conditions looked great with tons of bait, but the fishing was very slow.  By 1pm we had still not had a bite.  To Caroline's credit she had taken a nap, played games, ate and played in the baitwell all day, never once asking to go home.  At 1:30pm I decided we should head back and fish the mouth of the inlet on the falling tide.  We arrived back to the ship channel where we found a huge school of Pogys balled up in 30 feet of water near the end of the channel.  It looked fishy, so we deployed.  Amy kept us circling the bait while I ran the lines.  A fish took the middle top line- rigged with a Yee-Haw Fish Call (true story) and it swam right for the boat in classic big King style.  I was expecting it to pass the boat then go into high gear and smoke it down.  As it passed the boat, it just stopped and swam alongside the boat.  Then the long top line went off and a small black tip shark started jumping; I'm thinking Amy has a shark on as well.  She muscles the fish toward the boat as it continues to swim alongside the boat.  The water clarity was not good at all and we couldn't see a thing.  Then there in front of us just feet from the boat was a King Mackerel on Amy's line, and not a bad one.  I dove for the gaff and hit the fish; it went absolutely nuts and tore the gaff right off itself and took off.  The King made a couple of circles before I could hit it again and bring it aboard.  Caroline was cheering and watching and all into the action.  By gosh, we had just boated a King Mackerel and one worthy of the scales.  It would later weigh 27.55 pounds, but due to bad fishing all day for the fleet, we took the 4th place position going into the second day- last to leave the dock and first to come back, that's the way it is supposed to be.  Day 2 I  decided to take a gamble and head south; I thought if we could get a mid 30's we might just win.  We ran south and fished several locations, boating two small mid teens Kings.  A couple of times I found us fishing in places I had no ided where we were, but one thing I've learned in King Mackerel fishing; they can be anywhere and it only takes being in the right spot at the right time once to make a bad day good.  You just don't know.  We fished very hard all day before heading back to the ship channel to finish up, no way lightning could strike twice.  The conditions were just as good as the previous day, but it was not meant to be.  We settled for a 15.5 pounder which finished us in 12th, not as good as we had hoped going into the second day, but if you had asked me before the tournament, I would have settled for 12th.  Local fisherman and OIFC representative Dean Spatholt and the crew of the Fish Meister did well with a 25 on day 1 and a 27 on day 2 to finish 5th- good job to them.  The winner had a 41 and 33, a very nice catch for sure given the circumstances.  Anyway, that is a recap of our adventure.  I catch myself thinking "what if" and "I should have...", but in reality, we did great.  I've got a wife that likes to fish and is a heck of an angler and a daughter that likes to fish, ride boats, spend time with mom and dad and knows how to entertain herself.  That's a winning combination.  So look for a return of this newly formed team coming to a tournament near you.  Oh yeah, and while we were going through all this, Barrett and Rube laid a 40 on the scales at the Onslow Bay tournament and won it -- now that's a one-two punch- proud of you guys.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Tom and Tom's Tiger Shark" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/16/10
 

CAUTION IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY CUSS WORDS MUTE YOUR COMPUTER PRIOR TO WATCHING.  I debated putting this on the Fishing Report because it does have cuss words in it and I may have to remove it.  But it is just too funny!  This is a You Tube of Tommy Helms and Tommy Lytton of Ocean Isle Beach patting a BIG tiger shark.  As I've said in the past, you  have just got to know thesE guys!! 

AGAIN A SECOND WARNING...ADULT LANGUAGE!!!!!

Go to Toms and Toms TigerShark on Youtube.


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"Drum Roll" | Speckulator - 22' | 08/16/10
 

Corny title, but the red drum bite seems to be on a roll right now.  Captain Kyle had a charter this morning with Nate McLean (Cheyenne, Wy.),, Jason McClean, John McClean and Ed Nenningern, all of Charlotte, N.C.  They fished the backwaters behind Ocean  Isle and Sunset Beach and brought home these great looking drum and flounder.  The guys said they had releases which were over slot.

Sorry about any specifics, but when I asked Kyle where he caught the fish his reply was "In the jaw".  I knew he'd say that, so that's why I asked.


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"That's how you do it boys!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/16/10
 

Man, you got to love it when a plan comes together. I can honestly say our latest success on the king mackerel tournament trail was lacking any drama as things went way to smooth from start to finish. The only drama of the entire weekend was the brief panic that set in when the toilet paper went missing on board the boat. While Capt. Brant, Amy and team leader Caroline took on the challenge of the king mackerel tournament in Golden Isles, GA this weekend, Rube and I loaded up my 31' Yellowfin headed north to Swansboro for the Onslow Bay Open KMT. We left out Friday mid morning and arrived in Morehead City in the afternoon with the plan of locating and catching some bait. We checked all the typical bait spots around Morehead but were unable to locate any. About to give up, we spotted several sea gulls picking over a shallow flat and we proceeded to put a handful of prime bluefish in the well. The next morning the plan was to get a later start than normal so that the menhaden would have time to come up making catching them a little easier. The plan worked as we joined about 20 other boats behind Harkers Island and located a large school of quality pogies. After catching bait we made a leisurely run to the east side of Cape Lookout shoals where we stopped a couple times checking the water conditions at a couple spots. Deciding to keep going until we found the right water ended up being the correct choice. The seas were 3 to 5 so we took our time but eventually settled in and began fishing. After about an hour of nothing and doubts on our chosen location creeping into our minds the quietness was interrupted by a baracuda first and next a shark. Not what we were after but at least it was a sign of life. Just a few minutes later a bluefish on top was drilled and off we went. Unfortunately the clicker was off by mistake so we didn't get to hear that telltale sound of a true smoker but this one sure did his part. I was holding the rod as line disappeared off the spool. The fish did everything right. He smoked it straight into the sea and then came to the top. Rube and I traded positions behind the rod several times as we worked around the other lines and got in position to gaff the fish. We could see the fish down about 20 feet in the clear blue water and knew this was a good one. After a couple tense laps around the boat I was finally able to sink the gaff and bring the log on board. Just like that it was over by about 11:00. We packed the fish away and began a slow scenic cruise along the Outer Banks back to the scales as we had decided our work was done for the day. We were at the scales when they opened at 3:00pm where we hoisted our bounty for pics and then put her on the scales. She was long and skinny and pulled down the scales to 40.77lbs. Not a monster but certainly a great catch. I honestly didn't think it would hold up, but as luck would have it we held off all challengers and took home top prize in the tournament. While winning is a great charge I felt a little cheated on this one because of the lack of drama. This was a no pressure, easy going, go with the game plan event. Maybe my empty feeling is because I'm so used to nothing ever going as planned which puts us in positions of having to come up with miracles. No I'm not complaining about catching a 40lber in a tournament, I'm just caught a little off guard by the simplicity of this tournament experience. Wake up late, catch bait, ease to fishing spot, fish for a little while, get bite, catch fish, ease to scales, collect check. Like I said, you got to love it when a plan comes together! Don't worry, I won't get used to it!
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Another Victory" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/15/10
 

The OIFC had another victory this weekend.  This one was on land!!!  Last night Team Jolly Mon,  owned by Captain Jamie Milliken with driver Justin Milliken and sponsored by the OIFC won both heats at the Myrtle Beach Speedway last night.  Congratulations!!
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"Both Ways" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/14/10
 

Captain Jeff "J Dogg" Williamson has proven yet again that he goes both ways and is very good at it....Both ways, in that he is an excellent in shore and off shore fisherman with a nose for finding the fish.  When a lot of fishermen are struggling in the dog days of summer, Jeff always seems to be able to sniff out where the fish are hanging out.

Just yesterday he and Captain Chris Dawson brought home spanish and kings from the 90's.  These in shore pictures were made from an in shore charter Jeff had while fishing aboard the "Get Busy" earlier this week.  I don't know where he was, but if you're familiar withe the area you can get some idea by the background scenery.  Unless he does like some people and takes the pictures at another location to throw us off.


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"SKA Tournament Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/14/10
 

Captain Barrett and Rube have weighed a 40.77 lb king at the THE REEL OUTDOORS-BONE SUCKIN' SAUCE ONSLOW BAY KMT in Swansboro to put the in the lead in this SKA Division 1 Tournament.


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"SKATournaments Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/14/10
 

Congratulations to Rube and Barrett for wining the Onslow Bay SKA Tournament in Swansboro with their 40.77 lb king.

Also congratulations to Brant, Amy and Caroline for finishing 12 in the Pro Division of the Golden Isles Kingfish Classic.


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"Action Packed" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/13/10
 

This weekend is a busy one for the OIFC crew.  We've got the Cape Fear Sailfish Classic underway with 21 plus boats including Captain Zach on the "Get Floor'd" and Capt. Steele fishing with a crew out of Southport, the McMullans have split forces and gone different ways fishing SKA Tournaments and the "OIFC Posse", minus Kyle have gone to Cedar Island for a weekend of red drum fishing and Lord knows what else. Not to mention Team Jolly Mon racing at the Myrtle Beach Speedway Saturday night 

The seas here should be ideal for a fun weekend fishing. We hope to see you here.  If now the road crews ought to be reporting in periodically and I'll try to keep you informed..


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