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"Bluefin (No) Action" | OIFC 1- 36' | 01/08/10
 

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Like Capt. Brant said, there was no action in Morehead.  I know because I joined Capt David Hook (Black Pearl) and Capt. Jeff Beck Do Work/OIFC)  on a bluefin trip.  The short and sweet is the ocean to begin with was rough.  We were greeted at 5:30 with around 20 mph winds and 19 degree temperature when we left the Turning Basin at Morehead.  It did settle down later in the day.  The water was cold, 48 degrees for most part, but we did find some in the upper 50 and even low 60 range.  We marked no bait, saw no birds, basicly no live.  Capt. Shane Holar (Bird Man) had a quick hook up and saw a tuna sky.  But that was it.

We talked with some locals here in Brunswick County who tried their hand here and was told there were birds, porpoises and even a slick spotted.  Just no action.  The wind may allow us to try it again Tuesday and maybe Wednesday.  Wind ought to get an award for being the most used word of the season...generally used with a colorful adjective right in front of it.

In shore, the trout should still be here.  Because of the cold you may want to check the shallow creeks, especially one with dark bottoms.  The freezing temperatures killed a lot of trout in the Carteret County waters.

Check out the video clip.  No fishing action, but those who haven't been able  to get out recently might enjoy it.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Good News-Bad News" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/08/10
 

Bad news first- the Bluefin did not bite yesterday.  There was good effort from north of Morehead City to south of Ocean Isle and the Bluefin were just plain not there.  This does not mean they won't be here and aren't on their way by the thousands, it just means they better hurry up, our patience is wearing! 

Good news- Jeff Martini of NMB decided to give the Wahoo a shot and in his words had, ".... one of the best days of fishing he's ever had..."  He fished 71-72 degree water, 180 foot depth, at the MacMarle'n ledge.  He boated a 35, 40, 60 and 77 pound Wahoos and reported missing a ton of bites and running out of bait before noon.  The action was red hot. 

So, in the midst of our Bluefin debacle, maybe we should not overlook this great fishery.  I've had my best day EVER Wahoo fishing in February.  In the Winter the Wahoo are bigger and if you hit them right, they can get packed up like wolves and be very aggressive. 

The weather right now looks good early next week, so I'm sure there will be more effort on the Bluefin.  I think I might give the Wahoo a try as well.  Good luck to all and stay tuned.

****  Myself and several well known area fishermen will be hosting some seminars at the Myrtle Beach Boat Show (Myrtle Beach Convention Center) this Saturday and Sunday.  Here is the weekend seminar schedule, come by and say hello.

GRAND STRAND BOAT SHOW SEMINAR SCHEDULE
JANUARY 8 - 10, 2010

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8


1:00 p.m. Capt. Mark Dickson Shallow Minded inshore Charters: Redfish

2:00 p.m. Capt. Mike McDonald with Gul-R-Boy Guide Services: Spot Tail Bass

3:00 p.m. Capt. Lin fore with Low Country Expeditions: Speckled Trout

4:00 p.m. Capt. Robert Thompson with Blind Hawg Charters: Bottom Fishing

5:00 p.m. Capt. Englis Glover or Reelin’ Up The Coast & Tee to Sea Fishing: In shore reef


SATURDAY, JANUARY 9


11:00 a.m. Capt. Brant McMullan with Ocean Isle Fishing Center: King Mackerel Advanced

12:00 p.m. Capt. Englis Glover of Reelin’ Up The Coast & Tee to Sea Fishing: In shore reef

1:00 p.m. Capt. Mike McDonald w/Gul-R-Boy Guide Services: Spot Tail Bass/Speckled Trout

2:00 p.m. Capt. Mark Dickson Shallow Minded inshore Charters: Redfish

3:00 p.m. Capt. Brant McMullan with Ocean Isle Fishing Center: Grouper Tactics

4:00 p.m. Capt. Robert Thompson with Blind Hawg Charters: Bottom Fishing

5:00 p.m. Capt. Brant McMullan with Ocean Isle Fishing Center: King Mackerel Beginners



SUNDAY, JANUARY 10

12:00 p.m. Capt. Lin Fore with Low Country Expeditions: In shore fishing

1:00 p.m. Capt. Englis Glover of Reelin’ Up The Coast & Tee to Sea Fishing: In shore reef

2:00p.m. Capt. Mike McDonald with Gul-R-Boy Guide Services: Spot Tail bass

3:00p.m. Capt. Brant McMullan with Ocean Isle Fishing Center: Gulf Stream trolling basics


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Thinking of Giving Up?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/05/10
 

If you are like me and these darn Bluefin are driving you crazy, check this out!  This will breathe new life into your efforts- GO GET'EM

 

 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/as_japan_giant_tuna_sold
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"2009 Fishing Rodeo Results" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/04/10
 

The 2009 OIFC Fishing Rodeo has come to a close.  Listed below are the results.   New this year, along with the prize money is trophies for the top 3 finishers in each division.  Congratulations to everyone, the winnings will be distributed as soon as the checks are written and the throphies are complete.

Flounder:

1- Jeff Wallen-------06-20-09------10.90 lbs-----$ 155

2-Brian Aycock------08-08-09--------9.20 lbs-----$   93

3-Tommy Helms---09-21-09--------6.40 lbs------$  62

Trout:

1-Brandon Sauls----12-12-09------6.90 lbs-----$105

2-Clay Morphis-------12-27-09------6.70 lbs-----$  63

3-Brian Aycock--------04-18-09-------6.10 lbs-----$ 42

Spanish Mackerel:

1-Amy McMullan-------10-02-09--------7.50 lbs-----$ 75

2-William Parker-------05-08-09--------7.20 lbs-----$ 45

3-Tripp Hooks----------11-29-09--------6.00 lbs-----$ 30

King Mackerel:

1-Cane Faircloth-------10-20-09------37.60 lbs------$ 105

2-Neal Loman----------07-19-09-----34.00 lbs------$    63

3-Randy Lingerfelt-----10-06-09-----33.65 lbs------$    42

Dolphin:

1-John Bird------------------04--5-09---19.80 lbs-----$ 120

2-Rickey Beck--------------05-16-09---19.70 lbs----$    80

Wahoo:

1-Amy McMullan--------------03-23-09---39.10 lbs----$ 160

Gag Grouper:

1-Brant McMullan--------------04-24-09--17.45 lbs----$   48

2-John McLarein---------------11-07-09--10.50 lbs----$   32

Sea Bass

1-Brian Aycock-----------------10-21-09---4.20 lbs----$  75

2-Jimmy Lee Williams-------04-30-09---3.60 lbs----$  45

3-Rube McMullan--------------03-23-09---2.80 lbs----$ 30


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"SKI TRIP ?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/03/10
 

Thinking of going on a ski trip in late January / early February.  Probably out to Utah; Likely Amy and I, not sure on kids or not.  Anyone have interest in joining.  Email me at captbrant@oifc.com if you do ---


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"2009 OIFC Fishing Rodeo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/03/10
 

The 2009 edition of The OIFC Rodeo officially ended at closing time December 31st.  Almost 70 anglers entered this year and 50+ fish were weighed in.  Several divisions enjoyed intense yet friendly competition.  We hope everyone had a good time.

The results have been submitted to the accounting firm of Wii, Ketchem and Howe.  As soon as they complete their tabulation the winners will be announced and prize money paid out.   The standings are posted on the OIFC Tournament page. Again we hope everyone had fun.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Lazy Pelican" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/02/10
 

New Years Day was very productive for Michael Palmer who posted on Facebook that he caught 20 trout, 1 striper and had a lazy pelican hitch a ride while fishing OIB.

The winds may be kickin' too much for an enjoyable day off shore, but the fishing is great for in shore guys.  If you have an in shore boat I suggest you fire it up.  The trout, striper (though mostly found down by the Little River Swing Bridge), and black drum action is hot this time of year.

Shrimp are starting to get scarce, so you will probably have to switch to artificials.  I suggest using Hank Brown buck tails tipped with fresh shrimp, Berkley Gulp, Hank Brown Jig Heads tipped with artificial shrimp, DOA Shrimp, Billy Bay Shrimp or OIFC Custom Trout Rigs.  If you're new to the in shore game, stop by the OIFC and we'll help you get started. 

I just received an email from Michael.  He said that he and  "Jeff" fished together and caught 4 of their trout on an out going tide the 1st thing in the morning.  They were using live shrimp and  green Billy Bay  Halo Shrimp.  He said the green Halo out performed the live shrimp on this trip. 

 The pelican in the picture kept hanging around trying to take their trout as they caught them.  He got caught in their line a couple of times and they had to free him.  He finally hitched a ride on their engine..Silly pelican!   Many thanks to Michael for sharing his story.

Also, there was a recent article in the paper about pelicans being rescued and their wings were broken.  Some had to be put down.  The thinking of those involved at the shelter is people were getting tired of them in their nets so they were breaking their wings.  No comment needed.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Happy New Year!!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 01/01/10
 

Happy New Year from the OIFC Family !!!!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Rough Day" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/30/09
 

Several boats went out today and were met with rougher than expected seas. The Captains reported that the temperature breaks were there as was the bait but no one brought home the bacon.  It was just a week or so later this time last year when the fish started showing up in our area.  We just need the wind to settle down.

Inshore, the water temperature is in the upper 50's.  The shrimp are getting scarce but the trout bite is still on, especially at the Jetties.  It's cold and winter is here, but don't winterize your boats there is still action to be found. 


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"Wednesday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/29/09
 

Just  talked with Capt. Jeff B. who said several boats are going out to bluefin fish tomorrow (Wednesday).  The wind is down now at the Tower and it's calm on shore.  Perhaps Wednesday and Thursday will be good and someone will hook up.  I'll keep you informed as information comes in.

Capt.Zach Faulkner, who is in Morehead said it was way too rough to fish there today.

Remember to renew you HMS Permit by the 1st,  Also the last day to use your Captains Club points is the 31st....there are still some good deals to be had. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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"23-31" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/28/09
 

It's blowing 23 to 31 at the Tower and has been at that speed pretty steadily.  I think the fish are safe for a couple of days!

You might want to call out sick or take a vacation day Thursday..it's shaping up to be fishable.


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"Sea Bass and Speckled Trout" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/27/09
 

Captain Brant and Captain Steele were joined by Ian Vogler, Shannon Vogler, Gene Wyre and Jackie Wyre, all of the Winston Salem area, for a day of sea bass fishing.  They fished in 80 ft of water using cut bait and were rewarded with a bounty of good looking sea bass, some of the best tasting fish in the ocean.

Meanwhile, Clay Morphis was joined by his son Clay for a morning of trout fishing at the Little River Jetties. Fishing with live shrimp the duo landed 3 trout in the 4 lb range and one weighing 6.7 lbs, which puts Clay squarely in 2nd place in the OIFC Year Round Rodeo.  This moves Brian Aycock to 3rd and knocks Captain Kyle out of the money.  I fully expect to see Kyle on the water seeking redemption.  Clay very carefully released his trout after weighin.

The 1st picture is of the sea bass caught on the charter.  The 2nd and 3rd pictures are of Ian Vogler and Gene Wyre with a couple of their bass and cleaning the bass they caught on the charter.  The last 2 pictures are of Clay Morphis and his son Clay with the trout big Clay caught.

 


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"Window Of Opportunity" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/27/09
 

Several Captains are taking advantage of the calm winds today.  Captain Barrett, Captain Jeff B. as well as others were out of here by 5 am to bluefin tuna fish.  Capt,. Jeff reported seas OK with 5 ft. swells.  He's on a 31 ft. Contender so his definition of OK may be slightly skewed.

Captain Brant left around 5 am with a charter.  He had bluefin rods aboard, so my thought is he doing a bluefin, then sea bass charter.

I'll update when I hear any news.


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Sunday Trips" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/26/09
 

It looks like Sunday is going to be the best chance to get out and fish for the next few days. Some Captains are planning on heading out early to try to catch the morning bluefin bite.  We'll be at the OIFC and monitoring the radio.  If we hear any action it will be passed along on the Fishing Report.  Let's hope as the week goes on the forecast will improve.

12 pm update....not much action.  There was a good temperature break from 58 degrees to 64 degrees, but not much bait.  Was told a couple of boats were hooked up but probably sharks. There are still some boats out fishing.

Inshore, a couple of people are trying their hand at trout fishing. They are fishing with live shrimp.

A fisherman was in the store earlier and reported a great sea bass bite a couple of days ago near the Ennis.  Most were legal size.

Wrap up...Captain Chris Dawson just left.  He said that as the afternoon wore on the signs got better.  He and William Parker said the Gannets started diving and porpoises became more plentiful.  William wasn't marking bait when he left, but Chris said he began marking some prior to his leaving.

But don't despair! The 1st tuna wasn't brought to the OIFC until 12-29 last year, then in early to mid January the bite really fired off.  The signs are here and the time is fast approaching.  Now if the wind will lay down we'll have it made!

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Christmas Conditions" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/25/09
 

We hope each and everyone had a merry Christmas.  If you felt trapped and wished you were on a boat fishing for trout, sea bass or the elusive bluefin tuna.never fear, because as Rube would say "we had a little mullet blow" here at Ocean Isle Beach.

The winds are gone, but they howled today and it might take a day or so for the ocean to settle down.  Below are a couple of pictures taken from a vacant lot, ocean front at OIB around 3:30pm.  The water spots are not rain...they are spray from the ocean.  Enjoy your holiday at least one more day, then fire up your motors and get back at it!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Summary" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/24/09
 

A reminder, your federal HMS permit expires December 31st.

The bluefin bite was pretty good in Morehead Monday but came to a screeching halt Tuesday.  On Tuesday the bite was in Brunswick County near the Knuckle with an 80+ inch tuna caught, along with some small ones and some break offs. After getting that news most everyone did what we did and hauled buggy back to Brunswick County.

The bite off our shores Tuesday  seemed to be in the morning.  We arrived at the Knuckle area at about 6 am and the bite began.  All the signs were there, birds, dolphin and even a good sized whale.  Several small fish was brought in and Stuart Hamilton's crew hooked up with a good sized fish.  We saw him sky a few times.  Stuart had been wrestling his tuna about 1 1/2 hrs when we left.  The tuna was foul hooked.  Disappointment  came when the fish measured just a fraction under commercial size.

With all the break offs reported, there is a possibilty some anglers may be going to a gun fight with a knife.  Equipment heavy enough and made for heavy action is a must....50-80 wide reels50-130 lb rods with a strong back bone, 150 lb baid,  and 200 lb leader, and at least 130 lb top shot..  An option would be one of Captain Brant's combos.  If you plan on fighting your fish stand up, a Braid Products Harness and Rod Belt are a must.  I think I've covered  what we sell. Seriously though, if you want to  catch a bluefin you need the proper equipment.  Also, if you want hands on instruction, book one of Captain Brants bluefin charters.

There are also other fish in the water waiting to be caught. One boat went out a little further and tore up the kings and albacore.   He was pulling drone spoons. Inshore, now is time for the trout bite.

Finally, we just received our 1st shipment of Yeti Coolers.  Capt. Jeff B has one and it keeps ice forever.  They are well worth the money.

Everyone have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and tight lines


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Early results" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/23/09
 

Word on the street is that there were several short Bluefins caught today.  One boat still hooked up fighting a fish but not sure if its a Big Bluefin or a Big Shark.  Stay tuned for the late afternoon wrap-up...
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"Merry Christmas to All. " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/23/09
 

Well, the fleet is out there, no word on catches as they are just on the edge of VHF range.  We are anxiously awaiting word from them and should hear something soon as to whether or not the Bluefin bite was going on.  In the meantime, thought a little holiday reading was in order. 

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
by Clement Clarke Moore
or Henry Livingston
Modified by Steele Park

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the boat;
Not a creature was stirring, except for Mother Nature;
The Shimano 50W Combos were hung by the console with care,
In hopes that Mr/Mrs Bluefin soon would be there;
The Ballyhoo were nestled all snug on their rigs,
While visions of multiple hookups danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'Pelagics, and I in my Grundens;
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out at the Knuckle there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the leaning post to see what was the matter.
Away to the gunnels I flew like a flash,
Tore open the curtains and threw up the drag.
The moon on the breast of the new NE Swell
Gave the lustre of mid-day to pogeys below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than Gannets his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, Doppler! now, Mak! now, Tugboat and Cinco!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the Frying Pan Tower! to the top of Old Baldy!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As red flags that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the T-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of OIFC Custom Combos, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the top
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the VHF Antenna St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in Orange Foul Weather Gear, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with Scales and blood;
A bundle of Flouro and Black Barts he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a vendor just opening his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as sea foam;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like morning fog;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the tarps with Bluefin; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the antenna he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good, Safe, Bluefin Season."

Happy Holidays from all of us here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. See you out there!!!


- Capt. Steele
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"Zip, Nada, None" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/22/09
 

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The title explains the bite at Morehead City.  I fished with Captain Zach (OIFC) aboard his 36 ft. twin Yamaha 350's, the Get Floored.  There were 70+ boats fishing with us.  No one got a bite.  All boats did what should be done, but with negative results.

All that changed when we learned of the bluefin bite off the shores of Brunswick County.  Many loaded their boats on their trailers and headed to Ocean Isle Beach.

Captain Jeff Beck (OIFC) and I will give it a shot aboard his boat the "Do Work".  Included are some pictures for those are land locked.Give the video clips a little time as they down.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Eureka!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/22/09
 

The first Bluefin is coming to a Brunswick County dock!  Capt. Walley Traya aboard the Fish Whistle has just called and reported he has landed an 83 inch Bluefin.  Walley fishes out of Southport, so the fish will be off loaded there.  He reported hooking a double header and releasing one short fish and landing this one.  He reported a handful of other hookups, but he wasn't sure if any had been landed.  Way to go Walley-- hopefully this will open the gates for more fish to be landed from our area.  Good luck and happy holidays.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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