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"Congratulations!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/09/09
 

Congratulations to Mr. Benjy Faulkner, and his son Captain Zach, a charter captain for Captain Brant's Fishing Adventures, on their purchase of a twin 350 hp Yamaha  powered 36 ft Contender.  The boat is named "Get Floor'd".  It was a proud member of the OIFC charter fleet.  The "Get Floor'd" was one of the best buys of any boat in the region.  She's been worked over and is like new.

  Most important, this boat knows how to catch fish.  So does Captain Zach. They will certainly be a force in our area.  The entire OIFC family is extremely happy for The Faulkners and happy to keep the "Get in the family".

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Six and Counting" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/08/09
 

That's right..Captain Brant has confirmed 6 bluefin have been brought to the Morehead City docks today!  Some  fishermen will get anxious and head that way.....But wait!  Hold your horses!!  They'll be here soon!!

It was about this time last year when the monster fish started invading the Brunswick County shores.  Knowing this, several captains have been upgrading their gear to meet legal requirements.  They've been checking their harnesses, rods, reels and line as well as tying rigs.  I know because that's exactly what we've been doing.     

I've attended 2 of Captain Bant's seminars and learned something new at each one.  The most important thing I have realized, is that this old reporter had better be ready.  This fishing is exciting and involves a certain amount of risk, which adds to the excitement. 

I strongly encourage all to attend the Bluefin Seminar and Coast Guard Safety Check at the OIFC Saturday.  We not only have the risk of fighting a 500 lb missile in 60 degree water, but we have three layers of law enforcement to get through...NOAA, USCG, and Marine Fisheries...  this seminar is a chance to make sure your equipment is right and  to ask the Coast Guard any questions you may have.  The rules are endless, complicated and expensive if violated, especially if you intend to sell your fish.

Hope to see you Saturday if not on the water!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fish Fry!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/08/09
 

Brandon Sauls (Bone Crusher) fried up some of the many trout he caught this weekend and didn't invite any of us..bummer!  Brandon was fishing the Lockwoods Folly/Oak Island vacinity and was using live shrimp.

Captain Steele Park (OIFC) was fished the same area while waiting for Zoe's arrival.  He landed some nice trout.  Is that a flounder hiding in his cooler?  He failed to mention that.  That shows they are still around.

Captain Kyle (Speckulator/OIFC) had a charter Sunday and he  brought some trout to the OIFC dock.

If you are waiting for the winds to settle down, the bluefin to get here and have an inshore boat, now is the time to trout fish.  You don't have to have live shrimp to be successful, but it would help.  The next best thing would DOA Shrimp or Berkley Gulp under a cork.  We have both at the OIFC.  While there check out some clothes and decor (I hated to use that sissy word), that Mrs.  Anita has out and use your Captains Club points.  If you're not in the club, sign up and receive some bonus points.

Don't forget the Year Around Rodeo.  It's not over. I'll be tallying up the weights and announce the winners shortly.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Welcome" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/07/09
 

The OIFC happily welecomes our newest family member.  Miss Zoe Jane Park  was born to Mr. and Mrs. Steele Park on December 4th at 9:26 am.  Miss Zoe weighed in at 8 lbs.  5 oz..  She was  20 3/4 inches,   Which makes her a citation baby and thusly "a keeper".

Zoe has said she can't wait to catch her first Bluefin and is waiting for her pink Grundens to come.

Welcome to the world Zoe!!


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"Todays Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/07/09
 

Got reliable word that 2 BFT's were brought to dock today in MHC.   One was a whopping 104 inches and dressed at 500 pounds!  Reports were of a few others hooked and lost.  This should be just the beginning as typically the bite starts slow and builds.  The cool weather this week will help!

FOR LEASE- NC Standard Commercial Fishing Vessel license (the license you have to have to sell BFT's in NC) -- I have an extra one and if someone wants to use it for the BFT season, I'll lease it for $750.  Email me at captbrant@oifc.com if you are interested.

Below are some items you may need to be legal for USCG safety requirements- OIFC can get those for you at a VERY good price- see below.

COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSEL
USCG REQUIREMENT ITEMS

AVAILABLE BY SPECIAL ORDER- ALLOW 1-3 DAY DELIVERY TIME


-Flare Kits- USCG commercial vessel approved to 50 miles- $265

-Stearns Survival Suits- USCG approved- $425

-Type I life vest- USCG approved- $50

-ACR life vest lights- USCG approved- $10

** Any other specialty items available upon request
Call (910) 575-3474 or stop by

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin News Flash" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/07/09
 

The OIFC just received a very reliable report that 3 bluefins are on the way to the Morehead City docks.......It can't be long for us!!!!


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"Bluefin News Flash" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/07/09
 


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"NEW- OIFC used reel sales program" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/07/09
 

We are initiating a brand new, used reel sales program.  Details as below:

1- You bring in reel. Clerk will with your name, phone and email. Capt. Brant will process and price the reel based on the following formula: Immaculate means never been used and will receive 80% of retail value. Good means used but still looks and works good and will receive 60% of retail value. Fair means used and still works but not perfectly and likely looks beat up and will receive 40% value. If the reel does not sell for 2 months, the reel will be downgraded to the next lowest level. .
2- When your reel sells, you will be issued a gift card for 100% of the value of the sale and you will contacted to let you know reel is sold and a gift card is available for pick up at the front counter.

NOTES:  A customer has the right to take their reel back any time for whatever reason.

That’s pretty much the plan. Not too complicated.  There is no negotiation in pricing, so everything will be on the up and up.  If you are not happy with how Capt. Brant prices your reel, you can discuss with him or take them back; no harm either way. The OIFC's goal is to price the reels so they have a fair value, but are not unrealistic so that they just sit on the shelf. We aim to turn reels quickly.

Let the games begin- I have started the inventory with some of my own personal gear that I was wanting to sell.  We've got several SpeedMasters, TLD15's, TLD20's, Shimano Sustain 8000's and Penn Intl II 30TW's.  Come on by and check it out.

Also a reminder- next Sat and Sun from 9am-12pm I'll be available at the OIFC to offer Bluefin Tuna advice and instruction.  Also, the USCG safety inspectors will be here on Sat from 9-12+ to inspect vessels or answer questions.  You are welcome to bring your boat by water and tie to the dock or by land and park at boat ramp so the USCG can inspect you on-site.

First Bluefin was caught out of Morehead on last Friday, but I haven't heard much since.  This cold weather should really help, and I think we'll hear of catches this week.  Stay tuned.

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin Seminar Day 2" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/06/09
 

Once again Captain Brant put on as excellent Bluefin Tuna Seminar.  We then finished the morning spooling reels with braid and OIFC Custom TopShot and getting some of the custom bluefin setups and ecomony combos ready for customers..  The fever is certainly here. Pictured is the OIFC's  youngest model showing off one of the OIFC's latest bean bag chair.  This would make a great, affordable Christmas present for your boat.

Check out our web site or your email for when the Coast Guard will be on hand to inspect your boat.  Please let us know if you plan on being here so we can give the Coast Guard some idea of how many boats to expect.

Don't forget to take advantage of Captain Brant's hands on bluefin school mentioned in an earlier report.  Also, Captain Brant offers Bluefin Charters.  Check them out.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bluefin Seminar" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/05/09
 

The 1st bluefin was just brought to the docks in Morehead City.  This generally means that our bite should fire off in about two weeks.  What great timing!!!  Captain Brant held the 1st of 4 bluefin seminars today at the OIFC.  The turnout was better than expected because of the weather and the short notice of the Seminars.  This is a tribute to Captain Brant's knowledge, experience and his willingness to share this information.  Also helping is the full stock of gear needed for successful bluefin tuna fishing.

In short, Brant covered legal issues, locating the tuna fighting the fish, boat operation, landing the bluefin, and how to properly handle your fish to maintain it in the best condition for sale.

Also of great importance is that the OIFC provides facilities for you to off load your fish and have it stored in an ice vat for the dealer to pickup at no charge to you.

Plan on attending one or all of the seminars.  There is a lot of information to be absorbed.  Remember the Coast Guard will be conducting inspections at the OIFC next Saturday.


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"Updated Panama Team" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/04/09
 

The Panama Team is still growing. This is turning into a heck of a group of fishermen. There are now 2 spaces remaining for the trip.  Contact captbarrett@oifc.com if one is yours. 

Barrett McMullan
Stephanie McMullan
Brant McMullan
Rube McMullan
Tom Bordeaux
Blair Bordeaux
Bob Weathersby
Brian Allen
Stacy Allen
Lee Frick
Mike Kennedy
Mark Kennedy
Tim Hudson


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefin Seminars and more" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/04/09
 

The Bluefin are coming, the Bluefin are coming!  One if by land, two if by sea.... or something like that.  Here at the OIFC we've got our lanterns poised to give the signal of the arrival of the Bluefin Tuna.  Consistent with every early season, rumors have begun to swirl about the possibility of a fish or two being landed and "sightings" are a daily occurence.  As water temperatures are finally getting to the optimal range, I anticipate the first Bluefin of the season will be landed any day now, likely out of the Morehead City area.  Once we get reports of the these first fish, you can typically expect 1-2 weeks before those fish will make it to our local waters off Southport and Ocean Isle.  In anticipation of the fishery, the Ocean Isle Fishing Center will be offering special instruction and demonstration on how to successfully hook and land a Giant Bluefin Tuna; everything from tackle, to rigs, to hookup, to landing.  Below is a SALE FLYER and CAPT. BRANT'S BLUEFIN CHECKLIST with everything you'll need to catch a Bluefin and some discounts that will help you save on things you do need.  Click, print and bring by to save or use promo code on bottom of coupon for on-line purchases.

Bluefin Blitz Sale Flyer_09.pdf
Bluefin Checklist.pdf

OIFC Bluefin Instruction and Seminars
Saturday, December 5 - 9am to 12pm
Sunday, December 6- 9am to 12pm
**Saturday, December 12- 9am to 12pm**
Sunday, December 13- 9am to 12pm
** USCG safety inspectors will be on hand to answer questions and to inspect your vessel to be sure you meet USCG safety requirements to catch Giant Bluefin Tuna.  If you are planning on coming by boat to the OIFC to have your vessel inspected, RSVP to this email with information on your boat and it will be forwarded to Coast Guard Inspectors so they can be prepared.

Capt. Brant's Giant Bluefin Tuna School
December 15th - January 15th I will be offering a class to anyone interested in learning how to fish for Bluefin first-hand.  The fishing will consist of leaving the OIFC around 5:30am and returning around around 2pm+/-.  The focus will be on teaching you first-hand how to rig, set your spread, look for fish and hopefully hook and land a Giant Bluefin Tuna.  Cost varies, so if you are intersted, please email or call the OIFC at (910) 575-3474.

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"Back In Business" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/03/09
 

The OIFC Fishing Report Headquarters, located in a highly classified bunker well below the Intracoastal Waterway had experienced possible terrorist activity which prevented the transmission of valuable information to the sport fishing world.  Thanks to Brandon Sauls and company at InterCoastalNet Disigns the Fishing Reports Division is now operational and able to publish pictures.

Randy Lingerfelt and friends fished the Atlantic Ledge this past weekend with very good results.  Randy said they used Bait Masters Cigar Minnows, small Balleyhoo and  C&H pearl and pink skirts which they trolled at 2.5 to 3.5 knots.  The results were Blackfin Tuna and several nice kings.

Thanks for the information and the pictures.  Now that the Fishing Report Unit is back in operation important information can be passed on in a timely manner.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Panama Last Call" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/03/09
 

Last call for Panama!  Warm temps, cool drinks, big fish abound, it's time to make plans to head south this winter. 

We have just a few spots left for the Panama trip scheduled for March 14-19th 2010.  After tomorrow the trip will be opened up to the general public to fill the remaining few spots.  We'd love to keep this an all OIFC trip if possible but if all spots aren't filled tomorrow the lodge operator will open up the trip to fill the remaining slots.  We have a great group put together so far which should produce great fish and great stories. 

We will be fishing 4 full days targeting marlin, sailfish, giant yellowfin tuna, roosterfish, cubera snapper and mahi.  The cost is $2600 and includes everything (fishing, accomodations, food, open bar, ect).  The only things not included are air fare to Panama City, travel to the lodge and gratuity for the crew. 

Email captbarrett@oifc.com if you have interest.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Panama Trip Roster Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/02/09
 

The Panama trip scheduled for March is filling in.  We have a few spots left so be sure to get up with me if you have interest.  I can fill you in on the details or you can read about them in recent fishing reports.  Search "Panama" in the fishing reports section.  Here is the updated list of the crew so far:

Barrett McMullan
Stephanie McMullan
Rube McMullan
Brant McMullan
Tom Bordeaux
Blair Bordeaux
Bob Weathersby
Brian Allen
Stacy Allen
Mike Kennedy
Lee Frick


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"69 lb Wahoo!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/01/09
 

Jeff Martini (Martini's Fine Dinning in N. Myrtle Beach) sent this picture.  Robin Williams of Sanford, N.C. ( in the OIFC hat) was the angler on the fish.  Joey Brinn is also in the picture.  The guys were using reels spooled at the OIFC and wanted to thank Captain Steele and the OIFC for the tips and the reel spooling..

Also, Randy Lingerfelt reported catching black fin tuna, bonita and several kings while fishing the Atlantic Ledge this weekend.  Randy stated he was trolling between 2.5 and 3.5 mph and was pulling Bait Master Cigar Minnows with pink and pearl C&H skirts.  I am at this time unable to download his pics.


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"Testing with Pictures" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/01/09
 

Testing Fishing Reports with pictures
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"Panama Trip Filling In" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/30/09
 

The OIFC's Traveling Fisherman program is set to head to Panama in March.  The trip is scheduled for March 14-19th to the Paradise Fishing Lodge on the Pacific side of Panama.  We will be hunting some of the most fertile waters on the planet in search of marlin, sails, yellowfin, roosterfish, snapper and more.  We still have spaces available and we need to fill them soon.  Deposits are due this week.  Email captbarrett@oifc.com for details on the adventure.  So far joining the trip are:

Barrett McMullan
Brant McMullan
Rube McMullan
Tom Bordeaux
Blair Bordeaux
Bob Weathersby
Brad Lovin


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"Triple Treat" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/30/09
 

The OIFC has received 3 reports from in shore anglers about their fishing experiences the past few days.

Aaron Miller, his father in law James Byrd and brother in law Wes Byrd caught 21 fish ranging in size from 18" to 25" near the Lockwood Folly Inlet while fishing Aaron's boat  "Reel Game".

Micheal Palmer fished with his business partner James Losee and his son Carter this past Friday evening on a falling tide.  Carter out gunned both adults by landing the trout in the picture below.  Micheal is trying to convince his 6 yr old daughter that fishing in the cold can be fun.

Local up and coming fishing star, Ryan Neuwirth fished the past couple of days using artificial bait and landed a fine 5-6 lb 28 inch flounder, several speckled trout and a red drum caught by Miss Lindsey.  The flounder was pictured in a short report a couple of days ago.  Ryan said his best luck was a couple of hours before high tide and on the beginning of the falling tide. 

Ryan's girlfriend Lindsey is pictured with a 23 inch 5 lb drum she caught Sunday  on a mud minnow .  The drum made Lindsey's day!!!  He saw " a ton of people absolutely slaying the trout and red drum using live shrimp".

Ryan describe it best when he said 'we are so blessed to live in such a nice place where the fishing is awesome right out of the back door..."

Thank ya'll for taking the time to share these reports.

 


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"Follow Up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/29/09
 

Captain Brant and Captain Steele definitely had a productive day with Alex and Lex Simakas aboard the World Cat.  The Captains,  joined by the Pennsylvania duo on a father-son trip, fished the Atlantic Ledge area using pinfish, live cigar minnows they jigged in the area as well as dead Bait Master Cigar Minnows from the OIFC.

The seas had laid out since yesterday and were beautiful.  The water temperature was 68 degrees.  This combo yeilded several kings, grouper, AJ's and sea bass.  By this time Monday the catch will be on it's way via air cargo to Pennsylvania.  It's good to find the fish are still around.


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