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"Jay Godwin's Flounder" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/15/10
 

Jay Godwin sent the OIFC this picture of himself, his daughter and some very nice flounder he caught Easter weekend.  The fish measure a whopping 21 and 23 inches.  He also had 10 keeper sea bass and several he released.  Jay was fishing near the Frying Pan Tower using a chartreuse  and white 7 oz. Lucanus Jig.

Jay should have been in the OIFC Rodeo.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cape Fear Sailfish Classic- set up to go" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/15/10
 

new Cape Fear Sailfish Classic tournament to be hosted from OIFC in August is set to go.  Local fishermen Will and Bob Newell will be directing the event.  The web site is up and working, so visit www.capefearsailfishclassic.com for details. 

Should be exciting and an entry way into a fishery that is highly under explored.  We have lots of Sailfish, we just never target them.  Heck, OIB might soon be the Sailfish capital of the East Coast?  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Jolly Mon Goes Racing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/14/10
 

The ASK A CAPTAIN menu button is up and running and I'm fielding questions.  Try to keep questions specific for best answers, but the service is there.  And for all you funny guys out there; don't ask a question unless you want your name attached to it.

Been pretty quiet here.  It was lively last week with the holiday and Spring Break, but the fosset has been turned off.  The weather has been good, with relatively light north winds.  Offshore its been a bit rougher, which has kept us from heading out just to mess around.  We have been working on the nearshore Sea Bass a good bit.  The kids are loving it. 

I am finalizing plans and sponsors for the Masters Series, Far Out Shoot Out and Jolly Mon; stay tuned for information on the events.

Now for the exciting news concerning the Jolly Mon.  The Jolly Mon King Classic has its own race car.  Jolly Mon Racing was founded this off season and is sponsoring a late model race car that runs in the NASCAR WHELEN series at Myrtle Beach Speedway.  The Jolly Mon car is #02 and captained by Justin Millikin.  The car owner is local celebrity Jamie Millikin and crew chief is "Tiny" Guyton.  The head mechanic is Willie Grainger.  And I am the fan club director.

The Jolly Mon car races pretty much every other Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway.  Races start around 8pm and run to around 11pm.  And if you think for a second this stuff isn't real, you need to make a visit.  These cars are fast, running up to 100 mph on the 3/8 mile track; very close to the current Nationwide Series cars that are run today.  Thus far, Justin and crew have run in 4 races this season.  He has 2nd, 5th, 2nd and 6th place finishes thus far this season.  A win has eluded us, but it is very close.  Currently the team sits in 2nd place in the track champion points race, which is the ultimate goal. 

Jolly Mon Racing will be continuing on their quest for a win and eventual track championship.  You are invited to attend the races, and I will keep the schedule posted via this report so you'll know when the Jolly Mon car is racing.  The next race is scheduled for Saturday, April 24th, so come on down and watch the show.  In addition, the team and car with hauler will be at the Jolly Mon King Classic with custom apparel and tours of their equipment.  Stay tune for more-- pictures of team logo and race shots below.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Simmons' Yellow fin" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/12/10
 

Mrs. Amber Simmons sent me these pictures of yellow fin tuna she and her husband Daniel (OIB Concrete) caught on a trip this weekend.  Amber said they were fishing with Bryan Freeman when they went " way out"..to 2,000 ft of water east of the Steeples.  There they found a temperature break that went from 65.5 degrees to  70 degrees.

She reports they were covered by the yellow fin all at once.  They had 6 on at one time and landed 3.  All were about the same size.  She said the water was beautiful.

The Simmons' are loyal customers of the OIFC and Amber is a regular contributor to the fishing report. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Rodeo Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/11/10
 

Was just advised that Captain Jacob Frick has upgraded his 2nd place trout with one he caught this afternoon which weighed in at 2.7 lbs.  Jacob reported that despite the winds this afternoon he landed some nice trout and a couple of keeper flounder.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"1/2 Day Sea Bass Trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/11/10
 

Captains Brant and Zach took James Conley of Ninety Six, S.C., his son Kevin, Kevin's girlfriend Sarah and John Bolen  for a Sea Bass trip.  The group used squid and boated a nice catch of Sea Bass.   

The pictures were taken by Captain Zach.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 04/11/10
 

Beautiful day for some sea bass fishing. 12 miles off, good bite, keepers mixed in pretty regular.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 04/11/10
 

Nice am on the water. Had half day, ran 12 off and had couple dozen keepers. Water temp now at 61. Atlantic bonito should be soon.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Rodeo Shake Up" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/11/10
 

There's been a change in the Trout Division on the OIFC Rodeo Leader Board.  Clay Morphis, Sr. has taken the lead from Jacob Frick with a 4.6 lb trout.  Clay Morphis, Jr. has made the board in 3rd place with a 1.9 lb trout.

Off shore, the water temp. just wasn't there yesterday.  Captain Steele said the warmest water they found was 68 degrees.  The temp shot today (Sunday) was no more promising.  Days like Saturday and Sunday are perfect days to break out the jigging gear.  That's exactly what Captains Dew and Park ending up doing and landed a couple of nice jacks.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"News" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/10/10
 

Getting lots of response on my survey question as to whether make the Far Out Shoot Out a 1 or 2 day event.  It is almost exactly 50/50 from those dozen or more replies I've gotten so far.  Thinking further.  The 8 day format opens the weather window, but it also dillutes the excitement.  What if we went back to a weekend fishing format?  Say fish 1 out of 3 days -- Thurs, Fri or Sat -- Capt. meeting Weds PM for those who can attend and then a really good awards ceremony on Saturday PM when everyone should be in town ???  It would be scheduled for May 5-8 but the backup dates in case of unfishable weather would be the 12-15.  Any comments on this?  EMAIL me- CLICK HERE.

Also -- We have started a new section on the web page-- ASK A CAPTAIN -- its on the menu bar about 2/3 way down on left margin.  This will allow you to ask a specific question and get an answer from OIFC pro staff -- give it a try, we want to help.  Also of course read past questions to see what has been asked in the past to get additional information.

Also - Capts Chris and Steele in the Stream today.  They called around lunch from Sat phone and reported seas 2-4' but cool water.  They were about to start vertical jigging at Black Jack then likely move toward Steeples to look for better trolling water.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weekend" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/09/10
 

A front sounding like a freight train rolled thru Brunswick Co. last night.  Right now it"s clear and calm on shore, the Tower is showing 21 gusting to 29 knots and the radar shows the front screaming east and north.  There is a small craft warning for the day but things should be settling down today and this weekend looks like it shaping up to be beautiful.

In shore, the trout red drum, black drum and flounder action is on.  Live shrimp are starting to show up.  The pictures below are of Jacob Frick yesterday with a 1st place OIFC Rodeo trout, which he released, and a black drum he released in the frying pan last night.  His fish were caught behind OIB on curly tail grubs.  Last, the Rodeo pot is up to $600.  See you this weekend


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"Far Out Shoot Out 2010" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/08/10
 

Getting ready to put the tournament details together.  I am looking for fisherman input.  Current format is fish 1 out of 8 days.  Some of expressed interest in fishing a possible 2 out of 8 days.  Please EMAIL me as to whether you'd prefer fish the Far Out Shoot Out as 1 out of 8 or 2 out of 8 ???
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Martini Hook A Rodeo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/08/10
 

Martinis Hook A Hoo Wahoo Rodeo starts next week - fishing is 1 out of 8 days, April 17-24.  The Capt. Meeting will be Monday, April 12th at Martinis Fine Dining restaurant in North Myrtle Beach.  Dinner is free.  For information visit www.martinisfinedining.com
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/07/10
 

I had the pleasure of spending yesterday mornng on the water with the Kirby family from the Hickory, NC area.  We started the day off at the jetties, where a consistent redfish bite happened over the weekend, but after an hour or so of fishing without a bite, we headed back inshore to look for some redfish in the shallows.  Fortunately, we were able to find a couple of schools of reds and we were able to pick away at them throughout the morning.  The fish were fairly mixed in size, as we caught fish form the lowerend of the slot (18 - 19"), to fish that were at the upper end in the 25-27" range, and even even found a couple brutes over 30".  The water continues to warm, as it averaged 67-69 degress inside yesterday, and 63 at the jetties.  It does look like our streak of good weather is going to end for a couple of days at the end of this week, with some rain and wind coming,  but hopefully it wont be substantial enough to sidetrack our fishing,  as it certainly seems like things are on the road to recovery form the winter. 
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Brandon's Red Drum" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/06/10
 

This report is nothing earth shattering...Barndon Sauls caught monster reds at the Jetties this weekend.  I didn't even give up some secret location.  This time of year, if you see Brandon's Bone Boat headed towards South Carolina on the ICW, you can bet he's going to the Little River Jetties and he is going to hook up on some goliath red drums. 

 Soon it will be time for Brandon to jump on the OIFC Rodeo Leader Board with some quality trout and flounder.  His biggest competition in shore, will be Dr. Jeff Wallen, last year's winner in the flounder division, Clay Morphes, Brian Aycock (if we can get him home), Brians boys and Tripp Hooks. 

Speaking of the Jetties, don't forget to have you South Carolina fishing license if you're fishing the Jetties or returning from off shore via the Little River Inlet.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fishing at Sundown" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/05/10
 

The pictures below were submitted by the OIFC's own Captain Jacob Frick.  There is little that can be more relaxing than fishing with your son at sundown.  On this trip Jacob caught several trout and red drum.

Jacob is a valued employee of the OIFC and offers a unique method of inshore fishing.  Stop by when he's working and talk inshore fishing with him.  You'll leave with a different take.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIT has Arrived at the OIFC" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/05/10
 

So,  all great things must come to an end.  Looks like tomorrow is going to be the end of our SPECTACULAR fishing weather for a couple of days. 5 days of fishable weather in the past week... Really???   As of right now,  it looks like Saturday will be the next fishable time offshore.  By then,  I expect the water will be in the temp range to possibly hold a variety of Pelagic Species. Meaning, a few more degrees and maybe, just maybe, there will be some Tuna and Dorado showing up... Please dont quote me on this but I would not be suprised. While you are waiting for the blow to stop,  come by the shop.  We just got a shipment of new jigs from OTI and Nasout.  These are the highly regarded "Japanese" style jigs without the extreme import pricing... These jigs look great and have the weight to get down in the water column.  Speaking of new,  we now have Daiwa Saltist 30T reels available to go on your new Jigging rod.  These are an extremely affordable reel with the backbone to handle some very large fish,  I have personally caught sharks up to 200 lbs using this reel on a Trevala rod.  As always,  we have my best friend Roscoe, who caught a very nice Cobia this past Friday on our first drop of the charter trip.  We have been able to get quite a few folks set up for jigging recently and most have come back and said, it is about as intense an experience as you can have while fishing. These jigs, simply put, catch fish EVERY time... As we have all said, this is just another method in your arsenal,  spring is absolutely the best time to troll in the gulf stream.  We have a huge selection of Black Bart Lures as well as Fishizzle lures.  I will get off my soapbox now, just wanted to let everyone know that we are super excited about spring fishing starting up after a brutally cold winter and want to be your resource to help you be more successful on your upcoming trips.  Stop by for the latest tips and tactics and get loaded up for your next outing.
- Capt. Steele
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"Weekend Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/04/10
 

Well folks, it has been a busy weekend in the inshore waters.  At times it looked more like the 4th of July than Easter.  While the excessive pressure and boat traffic certainly made things tougher, we were still able to find a few fish to pull on.  The redfish was certainly the fish of the weekend, and I was fortunate to find a school of nice reds on Friday that provided us with a few fish throughout the weekend.  While there weren't big numbers of them the certainly made up for it in size, as all were 26 - 30", with made them a ton of fun to catch in the shallows.  We also found a red or two around the Jetties, in our pursuit of a big trout, which did not materialize by the way.  We did manage to catch a few trout in the creeks though, and although most were the average 12-14" fish that are normally in the backwaters this time of year, we did find a couple of better fish up to 18 - 20".  Perhaps the most positive thing the weekend though was the warm weather ceratinly did wonders for our water temperature.  Temps varied from the high 50s around the inlets to the upper 60s in the creeks during the afternoon low tide, which means should really start to shape up as all the inshore critters become more active.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Just Goofin'" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/04/10
 

Here are some pictures of Captain Chris Dawson's charter having fun while fishing aboard one of our Cat Boats.  Also shown is Tripp Hooks and friends at the docks after a successful day Saturday.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Triple Header" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/04/10
 

Trask Cunningham sent these pictures of three wahoo which were caught today by bu Buddy Smith of Myrtle Beach. They weighed 25, 40 and 81 lbs.  You can keep up with buddy and Trask Cunningham on FaceBook.

Buddy was fishing with his dad Jay Smith on the "Pretty Work" in the Same Ole' area..


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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