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"Get Over It" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/24/10
 

Wow...it's time for us to get over a disappointing bluefin season. Disappointing doesn't describe it!  A lot of people were like me..all geared up and nothing to catch.  Can you believe that last year this time about a dozen bluefin tuna were weighed in at the OIFC with the biggest one being 88 inches.  This year the winds kept us in shore and the cold really afected the bite.

Now it's time to look ahead.  Inshore the red drum bite ought to be on at the jetties.  Shrimp under a popping cork have proved productive in the past.  The OIFC is getting in new supplies everyday.  In fact we have a stack of boxes on the floor now.  One of the most productive artificials has been the Berkley Gulp Nuclear Chicken Shrimp.We've got a rack full, but generally sell out pretty quick.  Something I'm pretty excited about is DOA is now packaging their shrimp in 3 packs and it is a little more economical.

Off shore, it's time for the sea bass to start moving in closer, to just off the beaches.  The Lucanus Jig really proved itself as THE artificial last year.  As we've seen the wahoo bite is on.  Productive areas have been the Blackjack and the Steeples.  Most fishermen are finding them in @ 68-69 degree water.  Tuesday was the most productive day so far.  In a couple of weeks some billfish ought to be making their presence known.  Baits that have proved themselves in the past are Bomber Plugs and Blue Water Candy Jags and Mini Jags.  A brand you don't want to forget is Black Bart.  These lures have proven themselves worldwide.  Jeff caught his first blue marlin 15 minutes after putting out a Black Bart last year.

Now is the time to look ahead and start getting your tackle together.  We're now stocking the shelves for the late winter and spring bite.  With Valentines Day just around the corner don't you think your significant other would just love to get a box full of jigs and skirts?  Candy is always popular at Valentines...does Blue Water Candy count? Maybe not.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Terrific Tuesday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/22/10
 

This past Tuesday was most definitely a day of action.  Yesterday the OIFC did a report on the Getting Jiggy's trip and now we've got a report and pictures from a couple of the boats who were at the Blackjack, or at least in the area.

First there was the "Big Whiskey", a 22 ft single motored boat captained by Chris Campbell along with buddies Austin Eargle and Adam Witt.  This was Adam's 1st offshore trip so Chris was determined to put him on some fish.  They left the Ocean Isle Marina around 4:45 am and picked their way through the Shallotte Inlet, which had to be an adventure in itself.  About 45 miles out they saw signs of what Chris felt may be bluefin.  But as he was not equipped they continued to the Blackjack area.

Chris ran across a group of boats working the 100/400 area.  The water temp was 68-69 degrees.  He started working there and made his way towards the Blackjack.  Their 1st strike was about 9 am when a wahoo short struck on a ballyhoo with a black and purple skirt..  Not wanting to suffer another short strike Chris rigged a double hooked ballyhoo, put it with a red and black skirt, dropped it about 50 ft in a area where he'd marked action earlier, and let the good times roll.  Within 2 minutes the down rigger popped and the reel began screaming!  Adam took the rod and after a 20-30 battle, the big wahoo was close enough to the boat to be gaffed.  The fish darted under the boat, Chris took a chance and struck with the gaff without a good view of the 'hoo.  Luckily he was dead on.  They boated the fish which wouldn't fit in his fish box, so they iced it on the deck and headed home..   Great fish, great story and thanks Chris.

Also below is a picture of  Joey Crisp, of "Team McKee Craft" and his 44 lb wahoo.  This was Joey's 1st wahoo, and it too was caught at the Blackjack on Tuesday.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shallotte inlet coordinates" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/21/10
 

Here are the updated coordinates.  I have them listed as if you were going out of the inlet.  Pretty much a striaght 150 degree shot.  Again, we accept no liablity and these coordinates are to be used for reference, not as a sole means of navigation.

33 54 430 / 78 23 045
33 54 361 / 78 22 988
33 54 172 / 78 22 813
33 54 044 / 78 22 730
33 53 894 / 78 22 601
33 53 730 / 78 22 516

PS -- to heck with this cold and rain.  As Buffet said, "I've got to go where it's warm."  Taking the family on a little vacation to the Bahamas.  Will look to come back refreshed and hopefully with a tan.  Stay tuned for fishing reports from OIFC faithful Rickey, Steele and crew as they man the fortress.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Birthday Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/21/10
 

Tuesday was Keith Gurganus' 46th or 56th birthday, depending on who's telling it.  This time the reporter is Robbie Dial....yes, Robbie, I just threw you under the bus.

Robbie, Keith, the birthday boy, Jim (?), there I go again Robbie, joined David Braswell aboard his "Getting Jiggy" Yellowfin for a great day of wahoo fishing.  Robbie said the water was glass slick and the bite was red hot.  They went 3 for 4 with their fish weighing in the 60, 50 and 30 lb range.  There were several boats fishing with them and many were having multiple hook ups.

If the weather cooperates it ought to be game on!  Thanks for the report Robbie, and good luck with your fishing buddies.  I am getting in more reports of wahoo hook ups so stay tuned to the fishing report.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shallotte inlet remarked" | OIFC 1- 36' | 01/21/10
 

As most of you know who traverse Shallotte inlet, she is not in good shape.  Currently you are looking at 3' on moon tide, 4' on regular tide at dead low- worst point.  I am constantly through the inlet and where we used to have a "cut" to get a bit deeper water, we now have none- just a wide open bar that raises to a peak just before dropping off.  The maintaining of the inlet is a whole nother ball of wax for which I/OIFC is working on- stand by.  Currently, the best we can do is to help the NC Wildlife to keep buoys in the inlet to mark the "best" path through.  Yesterday I spent a couple of hours with them in the inlet moving buoys and setting the new path.  Turns out a 33 World Cat makes for an excellent buoy tender.  So, if you go through Shallotte inlet at this moment, know it is marked correctly.  I will keep an eye on it  and try to keep the buoys in the right places.  Now if we can just get some water in there.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Hot wahoo bite" | OIFC 1- 36' | 01/20/10
 

Hot wahoo bite continues with fish reported up to 100lbs. Best action has been at Black Jack, morning bite. In addition verticle jigging in 200 feet+ waters catching all sorts of major rod benders; lots of action. Forget winter, watch the cold fronts, and when wind lays out, now is the chance to catch that mystical 100lb wahoo. Come on down! It's always warm in the gulf stream.
- Rube McMullan
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"More Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/17/10
 

When Don Williamson's crew aboard the "Black Gold" caught their bluefin Saturday, they were actually on their way to go wahoo fishing.  And for good reason.  Friday, Capt. Roger Gales, Wendell Barnett and Chuck Owens had gone to the Blackjack Hole and hit the jack pot.  The group caught 4 wahoos, 45, 58, 70 and 75 lbs each.

As Captain Brant recommended, go fully armed and be ready for anything from bluefin to sea bass. The wahoo bite is on, and so it seems with the bluefin.  

To give an idea of how beautiful the weather was I included a couple of pictures Captain William Parker took while he was fishing. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"300 lb. Bluefin" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/16/10
 

Captain Don Williamson along with Eric Gregory and Mike McDuffy were fishing aboard Don's 33 ft. Hydra Sport the Black Gold when they spotted birds and porpoises working around 100 ft of 64 degree water.  They had been on their way to wahoo fish but decided this was just too good to pass up!

At around 9:30 am they hooked up on a small bluefin and released it.  Determined that his big brother might be in the neighborhood they elected to stay.  Shortly after that Don saw a big bluefin sky.  His crew thought he was seeing things!

At 10:30 am the line on the out rigger began screaming and shore enough a big bluefin had hit on a pink Islander with a large ballyhoo. (We had stayed open 30 minutes late last night so Don could by bait..thought I'd throw that in).  Eric, the youngest of the crew took the rod.  They put it in a swivel rod holder amidships and 1 hr. and 10 minutes, the 86 inch, 300 lb. bluefin was alongside ready to be gaffed.

The rest is history.  The fish was handled at the OIFC and is awaiting the dealer.  Don said that Captain Brant's Bluefin Tuna School gave him the knowledge needed to land their tuna. 

A  reported 103" bluefin was weighed in at Morehead City a couple of days ago.  A couple of short ones have been caught here and now the Black Gold hits pay dirt.  The conditions are ripe for bluefin tuna fishing.  Not only that but the wahoo bite is still strong.  The winds are going to mess up our fishing the next couple of days, but be ready to hunt! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Black Gold" Strikes it rich" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/16/10
 

The "Black Gold" boat is on its way to the dock with a 75" Plus inch Bluefin Tuna. This will be the first Bluefin brought to the OIFC this year.  Pics and stories to follow. Stay tuned.
- Capt. Steele
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"Panama Trip Openings" | OIFC 1- 36' | 01/16/10
 

The Ocean Isle Fishing Center's Traveling Fisherman program is heading to Panama in a couple months.  The trip is scheduled for March 14th thru the 19th when we will be targeting marlin, sails, yellowfin, mahi, snapper and roosters.  Two spots have recently opened up so if anyone wants to jump on board for what is sure to be an incredible fishing adventure there is an opportunity.  Email captbarrett@oifc.com if you'd like to claim one or both spots.  Airline tickets would need to be purchased quickly so don't hesitate.  Currently the team on board is:

Barrett McMullan
Stephanie McMullan
Bob Weathersby
Mike Kennedy
Mark Kennedy
Brant McMullan
Rube McMullan
Brian Allen
Stacy Allen
Tom Bordeaux
Blair Bordeaux
Kennan Hill
Ken Hill

We have room for 2 more. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Yesterdays Wahoo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 01/15/10
 

Here are a few pics from yesterday's trip to the Steeples of Stephanie's 58.1lber.  A beautiful day, decent fishing and a great way to beat winter cabin fever.  And yes....we planned our wardrobe
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Rodeo Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 01/15/10
 

The starting date for the OIFC Year Long Rodeo has been changed to March 1st. Competitors may enter at anytime.  The Rodeo begins at 12:01 AM March 1st.  The fish must be weighed in the same day they are caught at the OIFC.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Long Weekend !!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 01/15/10
 

OK!!!  We've got a long weekend it's supposed to warm up and maybe the rain will hold off.  If you get down this way check by the OIFC as we are getting new merchandise in everyday!

Reports are there were some big bluefin caught in Morehead City yesterday.  Coupled with the action off our beaches the odds are pretty good we may have some brought in here.  Captain Zach (Get Floored 36' Contender/OIFC) is fishing Morehead with his dad, Benji and I'll be getting updates from them.  Also Capts. Dew and Park are fishing one of our Cat boats and we'll get reports from them.  All are wahoo/sea bass/bluefin fishing.

Thaw out, come on down and enjoy the coast!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/14/10
 

Just got back in from a day on the water fishing aboard Capt. Barrett's 31' Yellowfin with his new wife, Stephanie.  Although a bit chilly, the seas are flat calm and the ride was perfect.  We pointed the bow toward the Steeples this AM with plans of doing some Wahoo trolling and jigging for Blackfin and Amberjack.  We  had our Bluefin  gear ready in case we saw good sign on the way.  Offshore of the Horseshoe, near the Houston wreck we encountered a hard temperature edge that went from the mid 50's to low 60's.  We soon got word via radio that one boat had hooked up and lost a fish and another boat had hooked a double and lost one and still had one on.  We were close, and we could see some birds and dolphins working , so we threw the baits out.  The boat Schneider Stone ended up catching their Bluefin which measured 68 inches, 200lbs or so.  We worked the area for an hour but the signs of fish diminished and I did not hear of any more hookups.  There are definitely still a few Bluefin out there to be caught.  Focus your efforts on the temperature edge that runs from near the Horseshoe and west of the Tower.  Look for birds and dolphins and hang on.  We headed on off to the Steeples and began trolling for Wahoo.  We trolled for an hour when the flat line Yozuri Bonito swimming lure was nailed.  Line peeled off the reel and Stephanie took control of the reel.  She worked the fish in like a champ and after a good up and down struggle that had us circling hard around the fish, Barrett sunk the gaff in a 57 pound Wahoo.  Mission accomplished, now time to move on to phase 3.  We headed over to one of the Steeple mounds and began jigging.  Our hopes were to locate the schools of Blackfin Tuna that often hang on these mounds during the Winter, but no such luck today.  However, by simply dropping the jig to 100 feet and working it hard, Amberjack galore.  I know Jacks don't get much respect, but for shear challenge and sport, you won't find a better fighing fish.  And when you hook them on the jigging tackle and tighten down, its a battle of wills.  We landed several Jacks up to 50 pounds, gaming to see who could catch theirs the fastest.  We later picked up and made a stop in 100 feet where we caught a few Jumbo Sea Bass to finish off the dinner plate.  It was a very relaxing and enjoyable day.  No stress, good weather, good company and relatively good fishing.  As you can see, being diverse in your fishing attack will help to add entertainment value to the day and add more variety to the fish box.  I know lots of folks are heading out tomorrow, so good luck and tight lines.  On the Wahoo, there were also several caught around the Black Jack hole as well. 
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Steeples' Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/14/10
 

Kennan Hill took his Regulator to the Steeples today wahoo fishing.  Along withe Kennan were Brian Freeman, Brian Robbins and Mike Locklear. They went armed with an 80W in case they saw any signs of  bluefin tuna. 

The bluefin were not to be found  by Kennan and crew, but a 45.28 lb Wahoo was.  Brian Robbins was on the rod for this action.  He caught his fish on the long line with a blue and white Islander and a ballyhoo.

It sounds like Capts. Brant, Barrett and Stephanie had an action packed day today.  Capts. Chris Dew and Steele Par have a charter tomorrow and we'll have to wait and see what that brings. 

I'll have a couple of pictures up tomorrow afternoon of Brian's wahoo..


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Let's Go Fishing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/13/10
 

Finally, the winds are going to be near calm and the ice in the canal has thawed to get the boat out- LET'S GO FISHING!

Lots of folks are calling the OIFC to get advice on what to do, where to go.  I am fishing with Barrett tomorrow, and I think our plan is to go toward the Steeples and try to jig for Blackfin Tuna and likely also do some trolling for Wahoo.  We will carry our Bluefin gear as well and if we see good sign, likely give them a shot.  No matter what your plans, be sure to take your Bluefin gear.  They can show up anywhere, so you want to be ready!  The other good fishing will be for Black Sea Bass.  The Feds shut down commercial Sea Bass trapping in late December, so they have gone unharrassed for nearly a month.  From 60-110 feet of water should be loaded up with Jumbo Bass.  Limit is 10 per person, 12" minimum.  That should not be hard.  Also, don't forget the Feds also shut down ALL fishing for Grouper, commercial and recreational.  B-liner fishing is back open now.  Hard to keep up with all this stuff.  Anyway, stay tuned for a report and good luck fishing.  Thursday and Friday look great.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/12/10
 

The OIFC has received a lot of positive feedback on the 2009 trophies.  We plan on awarding trophies and cash again for 2010 and have some exciting ideas in mind for this year's Rodeo.  We put a couple of pictures on the Fishing Report.

Also, some participants have read the rules closely.  Registration has begun as the rules say you can register anytime.  Fishing will begin at 12:01 am on March 15th.  When fish are weighed in the time is noted and in the event of a tie the 1st fish to be weighed in will place above the other fish.  This early registration shows the level of competition.  Something to think about.  Thanks and good luck.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Couch Time" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/11/10
 

It is cold, as if I have to tell you, and a good time to check out your gear, rig some new terminal tackle, and read old fishing posts.  Camdyn and I are kicked back in recliners, she watching Pinocchio on DVD and I'm checking out the 2007 Fishing Reports. 

 It's funny how things change, yet stay the same.  We complain about the cold and the wind, which is the same thing we were doing in 2007.  We search for bluefin, at the Knuckle, but I read where a couple were hooked up at the 390/390.  Today, 3 yrs ago, Dale McDowell caught a 76" bluefin with a belly full of pogies and a lizard fish at the Knuckle.

On the 13th, Captain Jon Tennent of the OIFC hooked up on a bluefin at the Shark Hole.  On the same day Jerry Helms of South Port brought one to the docks which was 93".  He caught that on a Blue Water Candy crystal colored jag head.  The Reports also talked about a strong sea bass  bite.

Meanwhile, inshore there was talk of trout holed up in deep holes and reds being caught in the shallows with soft plastics with 1/8 or 1/4 oz. jig heads.

The reports were pretty much the same, but with a few twists in locations, and baits.  There are also names of Captains and old friends who have moved on to different pursuits.  There's a lot to be learned and reminded of from them.  I guess that's why Captain Brant has an archive section.  The one thing that was the same was talk about the cold and the wind.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"FINALLY!!! A break in the weather..." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/10/10
 

Looks like a solid week of good weather... If the Bluefin are around, they're gonna get caught this week.  Dont forget your blueweather tackle when you head out for the Bluefin as it might be worthwhile to head out to target a red hot Wahoo bite... We have LOTS of small, medium and large hoos here at the shop.  As you may have read before, Jeff Martini encountered a bite that cleaned him out pretty quickly.  We also have some pre-made Wahoo rigs all set to fish.  Stop by and pick some up.  See you out there!
- Capt. Steele
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"The Check's In The Mail" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/09/10
 

The check is in the mail...famous words.  But this time they are true.  The 2009 OIFC Rodeo is in the books, the checks are sealed and waiting to be mailed Monday.  So I guess the check is not in the mail, yet.  Whatever.  Also, this year the OIFC is awarding very nice trophies to the top 3 anglers in each species.  The trophies can be picked up at the OIFC.  Just advise whoever is working and they'll get it for you.

Thank's to everyone who helped make the '09 Rodeo a big success and we hope to see you and maybe even more in the 2010 Rodeo.  Registration will begin at our Spring Kickoff.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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