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"Pogeys in south harbor marina." | Real-Time Update | 05/05/10
 

Pogeys in south harbor marina.
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"Random Reports" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/03/10
 

Overall we had a great weekend in the South Brunswick Islands.  Off shore, the winds were sporadic but still allowed for fishing.  The Gulf Steam is very active, especially with the arrival of mahi.

In shore, in addition to the trout bite and the red drum, the flounder are making their presence know.  The OIFC received several reports of keeper flounder in Tubbs and the other backwaters.  A great many undersized flounder were released.

There was no special hot bait.  Off shore fishermen were using everything from naked ballyhoo to skirts to Black Barts.  In shore DOA, Gulp Shrimp, live shrimp and mud minnows all caught fish.

Below are a couple of pictures of off shore catches as well as Capt. Jacob with his son and Brandon with his daughter Syd.  A great weekend of family fishing.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/03/10
 

Greetings from the inshore grounds!  After the long cold winter, it seems that things are finally progressing by leaps and bounds.  The warm air temperatures have translated in to warming water temperatures, which has helped to improve the fishing without a doubt.  The biggest news is that the flounder fishing has officially kicked off and I have been seeing some nice catches of fish, along with some nice size fish for this time of year.  Granted, there are still alot of throwbacks, but we caught fish to around 3.5lbs this week, and I have seen several pictures of more fish that size and larger.  It shouldn't be long before a few real doormats start showing up.  The redfishing coninutes to be good as there seem to still be plenty around, and they also seem to be starting to transition onto the more common summertime spots.  As for the trout,  there has yet to be a good bite of larger fish that we would expect to see this time of year, but there have been some smaller trout around, but even then it doesnt seem like there any big concentrations of trout.  The only thing that is really holding us back at this point is this persistent southwest wind that is stirring things up and making our backwaters look like a milky soup.  But once it finally lets up and the water clears, we should be in for some really good fishing.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"FL Recap" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/02/10
 

Before I get into our FL adventure, let me remind you that the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out capt. meeting/dinner is this Friday at OIFC.  The first eligible fishing day is this Saturday the 8th thru the following Saturday the 15th; choose 1 out of those eligible 8 days to compete.  CLICK HERE for tournament registration details and rules.  For all you Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl fishermen, remember this is the 1st event in the Masters Series; so if you want to win the Series, you need to compete in the Far Out first. 

As for FL, we didn't come away heroes, but I guess we didn't come away complete zeroes either.  We chose to fish to the North on day 1 where fished an area along the beach in 20-30 feet of water called the Cove.  We fished the area with about 15 other boats and after watching a few fish get caught, we heated up and from 9 to 12 we boated a dozen or more Kings in the 15-25 pound range.  We were pretty hot, but we still needed a big bite.  We noticed a school of bait move into the inshore portion of the cove and we followed.  Barrett was deploying a double bait when it was taken from his hand, the fish spooled off a couple hundred yards and were in quick pursuit to save the fish from the crowd of boats.  We got on top of the fish and it came to the surface quickly; I quickly surmised it was small fish as there was little weight, but it turned out the King had foul hooked itself in the tail and upon a visual, it was our biggest fish of the day.  The gaff was sunk and the scales at the weigh in later read 34 pounds.  Not great, but not horrible either.  We sat 16th at day end.  The big fish of the day was 51 pounds caught by the NC team Zebra.  10th place was 40 pounds.  Most of the larger fish came from south and thus we decided to head that way on day 2, we needed a big fish. 

Day 2 we fished South near West Palm.  The technique is to drift with the current along the 80-100 foot depth line and deploy baits free lined on one side of the boat and a kite with baits on the downwind side.  Fishing this way is fairly common, but it feels weird as you don't focus on any one spot.  The fishing can be very good, or very scattered, for this tournament it was scattered.  But the funny thing is that even when the fishing seems slow and bad, you come to the scales and it seems every other boat has a 40.  We fished hard and managed a half dozen fish through the day, the biggest a 32 pounder.  Not what we needed or wanted, but it was good enough to move us up a couple of spots to finish 14th overall; not great, not horrible, we live to fish another day.  The big story was once again the North Carolina fishermen.  Local Ocean Isle fisherman Forrest Taylor boated a 49 on day 2 to go with a 29 from day 1 to finish 5th overall.  However, it was Southport crew Deiter Cardwell and Mike Lundy of the "Tideline" that scored a monster 57 pounder on day 2 to win big fish of the event and go along with their 40 from day 1 to win the overall as well.  North Carolina fishermen took 3 of the top 5 places in the Pro division; wish one of them could have been us, but at least the state again proves dominant on the National field.  The next Pro tour event will be in Fourchon, LA in early June.  I'm not sure how the whole oil spill deal will affect it.  Fourchon is West of the Miss. river, so it may not be affected. 

Long range forecast looks very good for midweek to weekend.  I will hope to see you on Friday at the Far Out registration.  You can enter in person or on-line.  CLICK HERE for details.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"6:40 am Report..Spanish off the Beach" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/01/10
 

Just received a report that the spanish mackerel are just off the pier at OIB.
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"Again" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/01/10
 

Tommy Helms and Tommy Lytton have been up to it again.  The flounder are showing up and they are not save with this duo on the water.  They decided to keep this flounder for lunch, but released about a dozen.
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"Opening Day For Grouper Fishing" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/30/10
 

Saturday, May 1st marks what many fishermen have been waiting for...the opening day of grouper fishing.  The OIFC has had numerous questions about size, bag limits and the required equipment.  Here are a couple of links to the federal and state regulations  which should be helpful.  If anyone finds out anything different please call us so we can share the info.

Also stop by the OIFC or check our online store for the latest in jigs, to include the 7oz Roscoe Jig which has proven its worthiness in  bottom fishing.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Late Nite Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/30/10
 

Just talked with a friend via FaceBook who said he caught 7 Mahi and a Yellowfin today near the Georgetown Hole.  Said they found a 69-74 degree break in about 700 ft. of water.  Reported they were around a weedline which was headed our way.  He's headed back out in the am and will let me know how they did Saturday night.
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"In Shore Greats" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/29/10
 

As is par for this time of year the winds have hampered the off shore guys.  But as the 3 major fisheries have arrived in shore, many fishermen are scoring nice catches.  This was the case for local in shore legends Tommy Helm and Tommy Lytton.  The pair were fishing Tommy Lytton's boat somewhere near Bonaparte Creek when the caught these beauties.  I was told they were using OIFC Mud Minnows.  Thanks to Tommy Helms who regularly shares his fish stories with the OIFC.
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"FL Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/28/10
 

Rube, Barrett and myself are waking up to sunny S. Florida this AM.  We trailered the 31 Yellowfin down yesterday to Ft. Pierce, FL in prep for the weekend's coming Kingfish tournament.  Weather is light North winds, a little cool, crystal clear water.  As always, reports of Kingfish are scattered, not good.... all the stuff we hear every time before a tournament, then its always miraculous that when the scales open, big fish start pouring in.  We are going to stay here at Ft. Pierce today and tomorrow then move down to Jensen Beach where the tournament is hosted from on Friday and Saturday.  Last year we did pretty good here, finished 4th, but it was pure luck as we stumbled on the fish.  I don't have a lot of confidence at this point, and I'm pretty sure it will take a stroke of blind luck for us to have success this time.  But it is fishing, and we have been pretty lucky here the past few tournaments, so we'll try to ride the wave as long as we can.  Stay tuned for reports.  I'm actually a bit upset to leave NC right now as the fishing has gotten so good.  I think the wind is blowing now, but it looks to get better by weekend?  If I were you and I was there, I'd go fishing for sure.  Time to get on the water no matter what part of the country you're fishing.  I'll keep you posted on our experiences in FL and I'm sure Rickey will keep you posted on OIFC fishing info
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"OIFC has a Winning Weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/26/10
 

OIFC fishing team WINS MARTINIS HOOK A HOO WAHOO TOURNAMENT
After weighing a 74 pound Wahoo last Tuesday, the OIFC fishing team held on to the lead to take first place as well as top Jr. Angler in the Martinis Hook A Hoo Wahoo Rodeo. The team consisted of Capt. Brant McMullan, wife, Amy, Brant's cousin Brian Aycock and Brian's 11 year old son, Austin. The team chose to fish the Black Jack area on Tuesday where they deployed a spread of high speed trolling lures targeting Wahoo. The day yielded Wahoo of 35, 39, 56 and 74 pounds. The great action was consistent with the other 50 competing teams in the tournament that chose to compete throughout the week. Most boats caught multiple Wahoo and as the week progressed, action for Blackfin Tuna and Dolphin began to heat up as well. Top 5 finishers below:

1 Ocean Isle Fishing Center Brant McMullan 74.08
2 Gettin' Jiggy David Braswell 66.86
3 Sing Fling Kevin Singletary 58.50
4 Pilot Watch Bobby Hall 56.56
5 Full Time Bob Anderson 53.92

JOLLY MON RACING WINS AT MYRTLE BEACH SPEEDWAY


Justin Milliken, driver of the 02 Jolly Mon Racing car drove like a mad man on Saturday night to put the Jolly Mon Racing team into victory lane. The weather threatened to delay the night's racing, but it held off long enough for Justin and crew to get the job done. The night consisted of 2, 50 lap races in the Late Model class. The first race Justin had qualified in 6th place; his work was cut out to get to the front, but that is where the car was going. After "laying back" for the first 10 laps or so, Justin struck out and picked off the 5th and 4th place cars. Shortly after passing the half way mark, Justin caught up to the 2nd and 3rd place cars which were battling for position. Justin came off turn 4 and got a run low on the straighaway, going 3 wide. The Jolly Mon car was on rails as Justin took turn 1 and ducked under both cars, sliding ahead and clear coming out of turn 2. The first place car had created a large lead, but as luck would have it, a caution brought the field back together at lap 40. The restart made for tight racing as Justin ran bumper to bumper with the leader, past track Champion, Rick Smith in the #28. However, Rick and the #28 were too strong and were able to hold the lead to take the victory, making Justin and the Jolly Mon Racing team a close 2nd finish. Very strong considering the 6th place start, but still the win stays elusive for the team.
The second race had Justin starting in 4th place. The green flag dropped and the Jolly Mon car picked up where it left off; on the move. Justin moved to 2nd in a hurry and found himself nose to tail with last year's track champion, Brent Brinson in the Western Auto #1. The two are no strangers, and this time they had 40 laps to work out their differences. The Jolly Mon car ran the low line while the Western Auto car ran one groove higher on the track. Justin got his nose under the #1 car and found himself in the lead by lap 15. Brent took the high line back to the lead as the two continued to swap the lead for the next 30 laps. At lap 45 the #1 car slipped a bit coming out of turn 4 and Justin got his nose under him to take the lead coming out of turn 2. The two raced door to door for the final laps, but it was Justin in the 02 Jolly Mon Racing car that made the final move and took the checkered flag and headed to victory lane. Not only was it a win, it was an incredible race. As a spectator, it kept me on the edge of my seat. Congratulations to driver, Justin Milliken, crew chief, Tiny Guyton, lead mechanic, Willie Grainger and owner, Jamie Milliken.

If you missed this weekend’s race, do not fret as there are many more to come this season. The Late Models will not race for the next few weekends, but will be back in action Saturday, May 22nd. Come join the fun and root on the Jolly Mon Racing team as they will again seek victory lane. Also, the NEW Jolly Mon Racing apparel will be available at the OIFC this week, so come by and get your official gear.








FISHING REPORT

The Gulf Stream fishing made the biggest advance this week. Finally, warm water pushed inshore from the Gulf Stream and provided favorable water conditions, and like clockwork, the fish showed as well. In particular, the Wahoo action was strong. Also, the Blackfin Tuna showed up in good numbers as they pushed schools of Flying Fish to the surface. They were quick to bite small trolled feathers, and some fishermen even targeted them by sight casting surface plugs. A few Mahi began to show as well, but it is early yet for them. Look for the next week or two to provide mixed action from Wahoo, Tuna and Mahi before the big push of Mahi shows up in mid May. Great fishing lay in wait in the Stream.
That's the report. Stay tuned to www.OIFC.com for daily reports on fishing action. The OIFC fishing team is packing up and heading to Jensen Beach, FL to compete in the first leg of the SKA Pro Tour. Last year the team finished 4th in the event; maybe this year's event will be as successful.
Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Loose Ends" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/25/10
 

Congratulations to Capt. Brant, Capt. Amy, Brian Aycock and Austin Aycock.  The results are final and they have been declared the winners of Martini's Wahoo Tournament.

I received a report of spanish mackerel just off the Shallotte Inlet.

The OIFC Rodeo is up to $650.  A breakdown of the winnings is on the tournament page.  Please understand this is by math and is subject to change after review by our bookkeeper, the lovely and gracious Mrs. Diane.  <(((((><


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/24/10
 

I am pleased to report that the inshore bite continues to be consistent.  We managed an inshore slam on my last trip, catching a handful of each of the three target inshore species.  I actually devoted some time to flounder fishing this week and thankfully it worked out, as we found them to be biting pretty well, even though most were throwbacks, as is the norm this time of year.  I have seen a lot of flounder fishermen on the water the past couple of days, so I'm sure quite a few have been caught, and I would expect to start seeing some big ones soon.  The redfishing continues to be good, as we are finding reds of all sizes in most of the normal redfish spots.  As for the trout, they are around and are biting, but it still seems that the fish are a little behind schedule.  However, I know of a couple of big fish (5+ lbs.) fish that were caught this week, so hopefully that means that the trout fishing will be back where it should be in the next few days.  Finally, another postitve that came about this week is that I am beginning to see more and more bait inshore, as there are a few mullet around in the creeks and the peanut pogies showed up, which will certainly help to improve things on the inshore grounds.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Blackjack Friday" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/24/10
 

Kennan Hill, Daniel Simmon, Brian Robbins and Bryan Freeman made a run to the Blackjack Hole Friday on Kennan's 26 ft Regulator and had a great day with the Pelagics.  They caught four wahoos from 20-41 lbs, six blackfin tuna, the biggest being 27 lbs and the rest 25+lbs, one 17 lb mahi and a king mackerel.  The water was 72 degrees, it became a little "sporty" (tell me about it) later in the day.  They had a good "Carolina meat slam"

Again many thanks to Mrs. Amber Simmon for the report and pictures...This group makes up one heck of a team!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Seniors' Day" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/23/10
 

Capt.'s Zach, Jeff B. and Rudy U. picked up Benji Faulkner and myself from the senior center and took us wahoo fishing this morning.  We took the Get Floor'd/OIFC 1 36' Contender to the Steeples area where we fished using most everything from ballyhoo with pink and white skirts to Black Barts.   Webound the break within 1/4 mile of the Steeple.  We spent the day in 73-74 drgree water.  Our fish were canght in 300+feet deep ocean.

The weatherman had predicted that the seas would become sloppy after lunch and you know he made his point when the captain says.."here comes the water", just prior to waves breaking over the bow.

Regardless, we managed 3 wahoo prior to noon.  They weighed 15, 16 and 26 lbs.  There was one nice break off.  We were also hearing other boats hooking in the same area we were in.  At the end of the day the guys took Benji and I back to the Center in time for our feeding.  All in all it was a great day of fishing.


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"Rodeo Shake Up" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/22/10
 

Martini's Wahoo Rodeo has brought about a major shake up in the 2010 OIFC Rodeo Leader Board in the Wahoo Division.  Now in 1st place is Austin Aycock with a massive 73.9 lb wahoo, 2nd is Amy McMullan with a 56.4 lb's and rounding out the top 3 is John Bird with a 41.4 lb fish.

On the in shore scene in the Trout Division, Clay Morphis Sr holds onto 1st place with his 4.6 lb trout.  Jacob Frick upgraded his 2nd place spot on 4-18 to 3 lbs and Brandon Sauls joined the competition 4-18 with a 2.5 lb trout. 

The earnings have vastly improved with several new entries and an update will be posted soon.

Do not forget to enter the Rodeo when you enter the Far Out Shoot Out which is May 8th-15th. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Smorgasbord" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/22/10
 

Didn't think I could spell that one did ya? 

That's what Captain Jacob of the OIFC caught today...several trout, red drum, some short flounder and even ventured out to the 460 and caught sea bass 2 at a time.

Several people have asked about the AR fishing  in particular flounder and sea bass fishing near shore.  Stop by the OIFC after 1 pm Saturday and get the skinny from Captain Jacob.


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"OIFC leads Martini Wahoo tourney" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/21/10
 

 And now, the rest of the story--- current standing at bottom--

 wife Amy, cousing Brian and 11 yr old nephew Austin joined forces with me to compete in annual Martinis Hook A Hoo wahoo tournament.  This year the tournament has 51 boat entries which is outstanding and deserves congratulations.  Anyway, I had a plan and we decided to implement and take a shot at tournament.  I took my Bluefin Tuna gear (bent butt 50's) and took off the mono topshot so I had 500 yards of 130# braid left.  I then tied on 200# ball bearing snap swivels to each rod.  I made up 50' sections of 150# mono leader with 200# ball bearing snap swivels crimped to each end.  I then took Black Bart Wahoo lures and rigged with cable and hooks and also bought 3 of the Black Bart High Speed wahoo leads- 2 in the 48oz size and 1 in the 32oz size.  And off we went.  I've never considered myself a great wahoo fisherman, thus I went 180 and decided to try a completely new technique for which I'd never done before-- off we go.  We arrived to the Black Jack area at 8am and deployed three bent butt 50's with Black Bart lures, leader and trolling leads and picked up trolling speed to 12 knots.  We were all skeptical, but what the heck.  At 8:30 the 32oz lead got nailed and we were hooked up.  Brian reeled in the Wahoo, which later weighed at 39 pounds.  We were cautiously optimistic.  Maybe this works?  We were off again at a blistering 12+ knots.  It was quiet until 10am when the same 32oz lead bait got nailed, this time the fish meant business.  11 year old Austin Aycock went to work on the reel and after a long battle, the fish showed color.  I leadered the fish to the surface where it showed itself.  Brian struck with the gaff and hauled aboard what at the time looked like a 100 pounder, later to weigh in at 74 pounds.  It'd been so long since I fished, my internal scale was off calibration; nonetheless, a nice fish.  We were excited.  It was 10:45 when we boated the fish and reset.  From there on, whatever we caught was gravy.  Austin caught another smaller Hoo around 35 pounds that ate the lure while I was deploying it, only feet from the boat!  Finally, at 1:30pm we had another big bite; this fish took more line than the 74 and we wondered, could this be the mystical 100 pounder?  My wife Amy did the honors and worked the fish for what seemed like forever; we were all very anxious as we honestly thought it was going to be bigger than the 74.  Turned out the fish had foul hooked itself in the side of the face and was getting extra leverage, but it was boated and later weighed in at 56 pounds.  We missed a couple of other bites through the day, but all in all, 4 wahoo is not bad; I am a believer in the high speed stuff.  Anyway, that is our story.  The tournament goes on through Sunday and approximately half of the field has yet to fish, so our 74 is far from a lock.  It's a nice fish but I guarantee there were several others bigger lost yesterday by tournament competitors, so it will just take one team to land the big one to topple our 74.  Good luck and stay tuned as we report weigh - in results.

The best news of all this is that the fishing is REALLY picking up.  The water temperatures were 72-75 degrees and color was clear blue.  There was a red hot Blackfin Tuna bite at the Steeples and lots of Flying Fish around.  Surprisingly, no Dolphin were to be found, but that will not be long.  The conditions are right.  I'm looking forward to fishing again, maybe Friday?  It looks pretty.  See you on the water.

Martinis Wahoo Tourney - CURRENT STANDINGS AS OF WEDS. AM --

Wahoo:1st

74.08lbs OIFC Brant McMullen

2nd 66.86lbs Getting Jiggy David Braswell

3rd 58.50lbs Sing's Fling Kevin Singletary

Dolphin:

21.58lbs Sing's Fling Kevin Singletary

Tuna:

17.90lbs Chasin Bugs Eric Jordan

Congratulations to Brant and his team and good luck to everyone yet to fish.

Total Boats: 51

Boats fished through Tuesday: 26

Fishing today, Wednesday: 1


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/20/10
 

Things have continued to improve on the inshore scene.  The fishing is becoming more consistent as the water temps continue to creep toward 70 degrees.  The redfishing has been particularly good the past few days, as it has seemed like most all of the normal redfish spots have been holding fish.  The big gator trout still haven't made a showing, but there more and more trout are beginning to show, especially in the creeks and rivers.  Most of these fish have been mixed in size ranging for undersize fish to 3lbs or so.  Finally, although I have admittedly spenty most of my time recently either redfishing or trout fishing, and haven't devoted a lot of time to flounder fishing, there are beginning to be more and more of them caught.  As is normal this time of the year, many of the fish are undersized, but I have seen some nice keeper fish up to 18 - 20in. caught recently, which is certainly encouraging.  Hopefully, we will continue to have some good weather that will continue to make the fishing better and better as we progress through the spring.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Matini Wahoo tourney report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/20/10
 

Just had a satalite tele call from Brant in the Gulf Stream fishing the Martini's Wahoo Tournament. Said wahoo bite is hot; got a hog on board. I asked how big and his response was "stupid big". Last time he used that description was when we caught King Zilla in SKA King Championship. Rumors have it caught on a Black Bart lure.
- Rube McMullan
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