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"" | Real-Time Update | 03/19/10
 

Almost home from panama adventure. Lots of good stories and pics to be posted soon. C. Dew and steele to the break tomorrow for jig -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weekend" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/18/10
 

There have been no recent offshore reports.  To my knowledge no one has been out because of the wind.  The weather looks most favorable for a Saturday trip if you are so inclined.

Inshore has been a different story.  The trout bite is on.  Based on reports the best bite has been WAY up the Shallotte River.  If you know the river I'd give that a try, although you may have to go as far up as the golf course.  If you don't know the river, I don't think now would be the time to try and learn it.

The trout and red bite has also been on around the docks the other side of the Sunset Bridge.  Bigger drum have been caught at the Jetties.  As far as baits, it's a toss up.  Gulp Shrimp, DOA Shrimp, Billy Bay Shrimp and shrimp on Hookup' Lures buck tails would be good ammo.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Greetings from Panama" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/16/10
 

Sorry for the delayed report but finally learned how to use computer keyboard in espanol.  will make this a short report.  we have found paradise! paradise fishing lodge that is.  all went as planned on our travels here except for kennan hill's luggage mishap.  no problem though, you'd be surprised how many days you can get out of a pair of underwear wearing them wrong side out.  this place is at the end of the earth in the middle of nowhere.  yesterday's fishing was tough.  we took a left when we should have taken a right.  however we all caught fish and some pretty remarakable fish at that.  we mostly fished inshore after we figured out the offshore game wasn't happening.  all 4 boats caught snapper, small yellowfin and roosterfish.  mike kennedy, blair bordeaux and tom bordeaux were boat of the day with a highlight of a 60lb cubera snapper.  today the fleet headed in a different direction with high hopes.  unfortunately it didn't work out.  we fished all day in the hot sun.  the sun is a different animal down here.  you feel like a boston butt on a slow cooker all day.  so anyway, fishing was super slow all day though the conditions looked great.  we tucked our tails and started the run back to the lodge.  that's when the world changed.  to try and describe in words what happened over the next hour is impossible.  we will share pics and vids when we return but for now the short description is pandemonium.  we found the entire gamefish population in the southern hemisphere located just a few miles from where we spent the entire day.  for the next hour all 4 boats caught huge mahi, sailfish and monster yellowfin tuna.  the tuna were balling bait like on discovery channel.  they were crashing the baits into the side of our boats.  unreal.  the tunas were 50 to 200lbs.  brant got some good underwater photos so we'll post those also.  we are getting ready to have dinner at which point i am expecting a serious discussion on determining boat of the day.  each team is coming to dinner with a pen, pad, calculator and attorney. will report in with results.  as for the lodge, it is perfect.  the accomodations are top knotch, the margaritas cold, the food plentiful and service unmatched.  back at em tomorrow.  stand by. 
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Raw Day" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/16/10
 

I received a report from Captain Jacob Frick who fished today despite the chilli temperatures and winds. Here it is:

Caught two trout and three red fish despite biter cold north wind....all five fish were caught on different artificial lures.  Sea Assassins, DOA Shrimp and Old Bayside Shadlyn..the fish would not hit live bait or Gulp, go figure that?  We were throwing everything to try and figure out a sweet spot...the bite was just not going to take off today.

Sounds like a fairly descent day on the water, especially for the raw conditions.  Thanks for the report!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Panama 1st day" | Real-Time Update | 03/15/10
 

More bottom fish. Brian C. Allen, LEED AP Precision Walls, Inc. 919.832.0380 office 919.839.1402 Fax 919.422.5865 cell ballen@precisionwalls.com
- "Allen, Brian"
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"Panama 1st day" | Real-Time Update | 03/15/10
 

More bottom fish. Brian C. Allen, LEED AP Precision Walls, Inc. 919.832.0380 office 919.839.1402 Fax 919.422.5865 cell ballen@precisionwalls.com
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"Panama 1st day" | Real-Time Update | 03/15/10
 

The bottom fish were biting. Brian C. Allen, LEED AP Precision Walls, Inc. 919.832.0380 office 919.839.1402 Fax 919.422.5865 cell ballen@precisionwalls.com
- "Allen, Brian"
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 03/15/10
 

Well guys, hopefully winter is on its way out and spring is on its way in.  The beautiful weather this past week or so certainly has improved things on the inshore scene, and will hopefully get the spring fishing started.  As for now, there are some reds to be caught in the backs of the creeks, although you need a boat that will float in some skinny water in order to get back there to catch them.  But, it shouldn't be long before we start to see more fish on the more normal redfish spots.  Also, the spring trout bite is right around the corner, and everyone knows early spring often produces some of the biggest trout of the year.  So its is getting to be the time of year to dust of your rods and get back on the water, because we certainly have some good fishing waiting in the near future.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Pay Back" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/14/10
 

The OIFC crew is in Panama having a large time while the rest of us are minding the fort with the wind keeping us landlocked.  The assistant OIFC mascot, Mack, took it upon himself to express our feelings.  Notice the wink!!  Stay as long as you like...everything is going just fine!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Next Stop Panama!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/12/10
 

The bags are packed with shorts, tshirts, sun block, and cameras. Finally, it's time to head south! Our OIFC Traveling Fishermen team is assembled and ready for an adventure of a lifetime to the Paradise Fishing Lodge in Panama. My wife, Stephanie, Rube and I are driving to Miami from Atlanta and will meet up with Brant tomorrow evening. We have a side mission going of hand delivering "kingzilla" to a taxidermist in south Florida on the way to Miami. On Sunday morning we meet up with the rest of the gang and we're off to Panama. We will arrive to the fishing lodge Sunday evening and begin our assault on gamefish and margaritas immediately (not necessarily in that order). We are scheduled to fish the next four days (Monday-Thursday) and have a variety of targeted species on the list. Blue Marlin, black marlin, sails, cubera snapper, yellowfin tuna are just a few on the list to conquer. We will be fishing with a variety of methods from live baiting with 5-8lb bonitas to throwing top water plugs to crashing yellowfin. Hopefully all works out as planned and we'll have a whole new chapter to add to the fishing reports. We will have cameras and video cameras so we are going to be posting as many updates on the fishing report as we can. Not sure yet if we'll be able to post from Panama but for sure when we return. Wish us luck and wish you were coming! Panama Team: Barrett McMullan Stephanie McMullan Brant McMullan Rube McMullan Mike Kennedy Mark Kennedy Ken Hill Kennan Hill Tom Bordeaux Blair Bordeaux Brian Allen Stacy Allen
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Rodeo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/11/10
 

The pot thus far is $ 130.  We'll be at the Spring Kick off and you can sign up there or anytime for that matter.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Additional Pictures" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/11/10
 

Kennen Hill sent a few more pictures from his bluefin trip......
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Traveling Fisherman" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/10/10
 

Kennan Hill is headed to Panama next week with the OIFC team but decided to get his travels started early with a trip up to Oregon Inlet to hunt for the Bluefin that have been gracing the area up there... He sent this photo along with some stats.  2 Bluefin biggest being 150 pounds, 10 Blackfin Tuna's and a nice Wahoo.  Great job Kennan, have a great trip to Panama.
- Capt. Steele
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"Today's Stream Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/09/10
 

How'd our Gulf Stream trip go?  NOT TOO GOOD!  We checked the temperature shot this morning and saw that the warm water had moved.  But since we were already dressed up and had our crew together we elected to go anyway.

We worked the Black Jack and the Steeples pulling ballyhoo with Aliens and other skirts.  The warmest water we found was 68 degrees at a depth of 300 feet.  The only fish to strike was a false albacore.  Apparently we didn't go far enough.  Another crew fished between the Nipple and the Steeples and struck gold! Check out their information on this link.

We elected to shift to bottom fishing using Roscoe Jigs (check Zach's groujper) and squid.  We caught several sea bass and the all protected grouper.  Which we released.  That's right Mr. President we let them go free.  See this link.

The seas were beautiful as was the overall weather.  No doubt as spring approaches and based on the good fortune of the Blu by U fishing team the game is on!  As you can tell by the pictures, we had a blast

Another note, I took 1st place in the sea bass division of the OIFC Rodeo,  Benji Faulkner is in 2nd, and Captain Roger Gales is in 3rd.  I'll have a full update on the Rodeo in the next couple of days.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fisherman's Voice" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/09/10
 

Please follow this link to find information on the status of the Federal Fish Strategy.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Blackfin Today" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/08/10
 

Captains Chris Dew and Steele Park took Chuck Bucsek, his son Mark, (Pittsburg), and Chuck's brother Dennis (Wilksboro, NC) on a charter to the Steeples.  They found 72 degree water and fished 300 feet deep.  Mostly, they jigged using Roscoe,  Shamano butterfly jigs and Williamson Benthos. 

The Williamson caught a good sized blackfin tuna, while the others were hit by amberjacks and bonita.  They marked a lot of bait while there.  The sharks became an issue as they nailed several fish as they were being brought to the boat.  The Bucsek's will be sea bass fishing with us tomorrow.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Excused Absence" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/07/10
 

I bought every type Rosco Jig, Lucanus  Jig, Butterfly Jig and Gulp in the OIFC planning to go sea bass fishing today.  I even made sure I was in the OIFC Rodeo's sea bass division.  Then wake up with the "Brunswick County Crud" and didn't go.  I would like to extend my gratitude to the little bug that got in my system!

I am told I missed beautiful conditions and a respectable bite at the Gary Ennis.  My plan had been to go to the Bill Perry Reef due to reports I'd received and the temperature shot.  Inshore, one report was of some massive red fish in the Sunset Beach-Little River area, where as friend reported finding the reds in the creeks but being unable to get them to bite.

None the less, bite or no bite the weather was beautiful and is predicted to stay that way for the next few days.  Hopefully I'll feel well enough to make a trip to the Steeples I've been invited on the first part of the week....Would it be bad luck to sign up in the wahoo division of the Rodeo now?


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Actually, that's 34... " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/07/10
 

Boy, its amazing how 1 day of fishing can age a fella. Capt. Rickey, you were close enough on the age… As a follow-up to yesterday’s report, we headed out yesterday morning with high hopes of finding the Black Sea Bass in a little closer than they have been but alas, it was not to be. While the water temps were about the same as they were offshore, the Spiny Dog Sharks had taken up residence. The last couple of trips Capt. Chris Dew has taken, his mates have managed to get speared by the vicious spines that these sharks posses. This was not to be the case with me, breaking his streak ;-), despite the hundreds of attempts the sharks made… If you catch these fish/pests, please be careful. These sharks swing that tail aggressively trying to stick you. Now, on to the Sea Bass. Squid were the primary bait but I just recently purchased some Jigging equipment from the OIFC and was dying to break it in. Several of our charter members were more than willing to try out this exciting style of fishing. Armed with Shimano Butterfly/Lucanus jigs and the Blue Water Candy Roscoe jigs, the sea bass didn’t stand a chance. Quite a few of the quality keeper fish we brought in fell to these jigs, not to mention a very large fish that acted a lot like the Gag variety of Grouper but that one could not be confirmed. If you have not tried this style of fishing, you are missing out. All the guys kept saying how exciting and interactive this style of fishing was for them. Stop by the shop and I or the staff here will be more than willing to share our knowledge of jigging. We are going to break in the equipment with bigger, stronger species tomorrow in the Gulf Stream. Stand tuned for a report on that. 
- Capt. Steele
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"Happy 47th Birthday Steele!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/06/10
 

The birthday boy, Captain Steele Parke celebrated his 47th birthday with a sea bass charter aboard the World Cat.  Joining Steele was Captain Chris Dew and a group of guys from all over America..Chicago, N.Y., Baltimore and Raleigh.

Mario Russon, Sanjay Ginde, Adam Parrish, Kevin Mitchell, Randy Loo and Marcel Walden fished the 7 Seas in search of the perfect sea bass habitat which wasn't also infested with Spiny Dog Sharks.  Their best attempts were in 80 ft of water with temps of around 49 degrees.

The good thing was they found plenty of sea bass, enjoyed doing battle with the sharks and helped Steele celebrate his birthday doing what Steele loves to do...FISH!!  I did get your age correct didn't I?


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"New Sailfish Tournament at OIFC" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/06/10
 

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Cape Fear Sailfish Classic. This event, hosted by OIFC, has been created by local fisherman Bob and Will Newell. The event will take place August 12-15th. The format is 2 fishing days of 3, with payouts each day and overall. This format, unique to this area, features an all-release, circle hook tournament for catch and release, taking advantage of this time of year when this trophy fish swim nearer to shore and are often the by-catch of our local king fisherman. The tournament also features boundaries, designed to keep all boat sizes and anglers involved. The anglers will have the opportunity to fish either side of the shoals, roughly from the "Parking Lot' about 10 miles off of Masonboro Inlet out to the Tower, and west to the Jungle and north to the inlets. The east side of the tower will feature committee boats and camera drop offs at another sponsor, Atlantic Marine of Wrightsville Beach. The west side drop off is the OIFC. We will pay out based on 35 boats, with anglers earning the opportunity for trophies, cash payouts for sailfish releases and largest dolphin, and overall bragging rights for this challenging and unique fishery. Thursday night will be the captains meeting, featuring a pig picking with pitmaster Bob Newell, and a "circle hook rigging demo" for those anglers not as familiar with this method of trolling dead baits. We seek a fun and challenging format, well have an excellent "captains bag' for the teams and their participants, and of course tee-shirts and all the requisite items. We expect this tournament to build every ear, and the website is expected to be up in mid March. the website will be www.capefearsailfishclassic.com. Entry fee is $350 per team, with a TWT also available for $100. Put this one on your fishing calendar!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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