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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.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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..


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Golden Isles Kingfish Tournament" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/13/10
 

Update, Captain Amy weighed in a 27.55 lb King today at the Golden Isles Kingfish Clasic....Caroline is fishing with them and "has been a trooper".


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Morning Charter" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/13/10
 

Captain Jeff Williamson and Captain Chris Dawson fished with Kathy Hester, Chloe Kaylor, Cecelia Fesperman and Jeff Kaylor from downtown Mt. Holly, N.C.  The group fished the 90's using pogies and frozen cigar minnows.  The pogies were found in the OIFC canal and just outside the Shallotte Inlet.  They caught several spanish, kings, saw a sailfish sky beside the boat and saw our all to well known tiger shark
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cape Fear Sailfish Classic" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/13/10
 

Today was the 1st day of the Cape Fear Sailfish Classic.  Several boats reported seeing some sails and some even said they had some in their spread, but no sail fish were landed.

Several mahi were brought to the OIFC docks. 1st in was Greg Whitley and Sam Pate of the "Catitude"  They weighed a 7.1 lb mahi.  Next was Bob Newell, son Will Newell,  Ned Garber and Casey Johnson aboard the "Black Dog".  This group weighed in a 6 lb mahi.  Then the crew of the "Four Hookes weighed a 12.1 lb mahi.  The members of this team are Brent Stewart,  and Ted Young. .Last in to the OIFC to weigh a fish John Poulus, his son Manual Poulus, and Lee Forbis of the "Lab Cab".  This group weighed a 10.1 lb mahi.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Caught And Released" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/12/10
 

Below are pictures of a big 5.8 lbs trout Dr. Jeff Wallen of Myrtle Beach and OIB caught and released alive and well.  He also released the other trout which weighed 4.15 and 4.45 lbs.

Dr. Jeff, who sits on the South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources Saltwater Fisheries Advisories Recreational Committee said that in a conversation with a biologist, Dr. Charlie Wenner he learned that the big fish was over 10 yrs old and represented less than 1% of the trout population.  They spawn from late April to early September, and the bigger fish produce the most eggs.  It is important we release these fish to sustain the population according to Dr. Wenner.  I urge you that unless you intend to eat the fish you caught for the Rodeo weigh in, keep them alive until after you weigh them and release them.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sailfish tourney" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/12/10
 

For all the folks fishing the sailfish tourney this weekend, just a old school thought to go with all the new age techniques out there in the world of sailfishing. Couple years ago when I was testing the "Yee Haw Fish Call", over a period of 5 different fishing trips, I caught a bunch of kings AND 3 sailfish. I ran a spread of 1 Yee Haw and 3 other baits with standard skirts. Of the 3 sailfish I caught, 100% of them were on the Yee Haw. In this instance I was using live bait, so not saying that the Yee Haw is the answer to winning the tourney this weekend, but just passing this on for what it's worth. Good luck to all the teams fishing this weekend. Catching a sailfilsh in our world of fishing is hero material, so go out there and be a hero!
- Rube McMullan
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""Chumming for Reds?"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/12/10
 

Planned a 3/4 quarter trip offshore this morning that was shortened to a half day. Myself and another guy chummed up two large spanish, two sharks, and a hound fish for the rest of the crew. Mother ocean was a little rough on us today...too say the least. Back to the hill and I feel in love with dirt again! However, back on the water I go again this afternoon. I stayed inshore this time...I had a great family from Charlotte, NC on board. We were looking for flounder, but the water had gotten a bit dirty with the wind and choppy conditions. We did manage to land one short fish and then the redfish showed up...we welcomed the redfish aboard. Melanie handle the rod and did a great job at angling. I believe this was Melanie's first redfish. We caught a few more rat reds. Moved around a bit looking for clear water and hide from the wind. The fish just stopped cooperating with the tide bottoming out. We did manage a black drum, croaker, and few pinfish to finish the day. See ya on the water!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Spanish NEAR the Youpon" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/11/10
 

Captain Chris Dew and Captain Chris Eckert were joined by Brad Lemon (Oklahoma City, OK) and Adam Houcrmale (Albany, W. Va.) for a half day fishing trip aboard the 33' World Cat.  They saw birds working near the Youpon reef so they put out Clark Spoons on #1 planers and played with the spanish mackerel all morning until they reached their limit.  They wanted to throw plugs but every time they neared where the birds were diving the planers would trip.

  So, for those who love spanish fishing, especially the fishermen with smaller boats who don't want to go way out to find kings, I'd suggest giving the near shore AR's a shot.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Horseshoe?"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/11/10
 

Fished the Carolina Cat with a great family from right here in North Carolina today. The wind chopped the seas up a bit making the run a little tough, but the fishing conditions were fine. We started the day trolling near the Horseshoe area picking up a couple of kings and a mahi. Then a large amberjack hit one of the king rigs which made for a long and exciting fight. The kings and mahi bite slowed on the troll, so we anchored up over some structure looking for grouper. The amberjack started hammering the baits! Broke off a few in the structure, but we toughened up a bit and landed a few finely. At the last minute a nice mahi crushed a live bait on top and the dinner table was set! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Good Advice" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/11/10
 

C. D. Rhodes stopped by the OIFC and asked advice on king fishing the other day.  Apparently the information he got was good!  He went to the 90's with David and Tara Felder of Columbia, S.C. aboard the "First Born" on August 9th where Tara landed   this  37 inch king.  Tara is shown in the picture "seriously freakin' excited" just after the king was boated.  They caught the 37 incher about a 1/2 mile SE of the 90's.

C.D. said he would like to thank the OIFC staff for their assistance.

Pictured are Tara and David Felder.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cape Fear Sailfish Classic" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/10/10
 

I dont know about you guys but I am chomping at the bit for this weekend to get here.  The 1st Annual Cape Fear Sailfish Classic is right around the corner and based on the weather report I am looking at right now, its gonna be a perfect weekend for the Brunswick/New Hanover small boat fleet to go out and work the Sails.  I am hearing a lot of interest from folks and speaking with Bob Newell, it sounds like he is putting together quite the spread for the Captain's meeting Thursday night.  He said something about BBQ and Ballyhoo... Guess we will have to be here to find out what that means. 

I have had a lot of questions from folks wanting to enter and trying to find out how.  The only way to do it right now is on the official website www.capefearsailfishclassic.com.  There is a PDF file that can be printed off and fill it out.  Bob mentioned that it is VERY important that there be at least 1 crew member from the boat here Thursday evening because there are some specifics that will need to be covered and items that are tournament required items  that will need to be picked up.  Look forward to seeing everyone here and a great weekend of fishing. See everyone out there this weekend.


- Capt. Steele
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"Inshore Bite Still On" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/10/10
 

Below is a picture taken of a charter Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) had with a group from Greenville, S.C. Saturday.  There were several undersized fish released.  Captain Jeff assured me the fish were caught in shore, not on a reef, I didn't ask and he didn't share the exact location.  What is important is that folks who are not comfortable with going outside can still have great success fishing inside.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Traveling Fishermen- Galapagos" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/09/10
 

Greetings Traveling Fishermen and interested parties!

I have posted details regarding the 2011 trip to the Galapagos we have recently announced.  Click the link provided below to see details.  While there is much more information to provide, my typing fingers need a break and hopefully this gives everyone a general idea of the expedition planned.  Email captbarrett@oifc.com with questions and I will responds asap.  Check out a few pics below.

Click the link for the 2011 trip to the Galapagos.  More info to follow.  http://www.oifc.com/travelfisherman_detail.cfm?id=1113


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Happy Birthday" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/10
 

Today we celebrated Future Captain Brayden McMullan's 1 st birthday.  There was also a surprise birthday cake for Rube.  Happy birthday Brayden and Rube!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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