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"AR's Producing" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/16/09
 

Jeff and I didn't have much time today, so we decided to take our Sea Hunt "Do Work" to the AR's for some flounder action.  First off we found pogies, which were all over the ICW.  One cast of Capt. Brant's Custom Net and we filled our live well.  This made catching bait a breeze.  We're talking about going to a smaller version of of the net for inside.

We headed out  to the Caudle reef where Jeff has some productive structure marked on his GPS.  We threw out a marker and in a short time landed three good fish.  The place was loaded with spade fish and jelly balls.  We fished them but couldn't catch any.  I'll have to get the low down on spade fishing.  When the tide went slack the bite stopped and we headed to the hill..


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Tower-William Parker" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/15/09
 

William Parker reported that he went to the Tower today.  By the time he made it out to look for bait it was so scattered he had no luck,  So he proceeded with frozen cigar minnows.  William had limited success, catching kings, barracuda and sharks.  He said people with live bait were slaying the african pompano and other species.  He suggests if you go use live bait.

Brandon Sauls (Bone Crusher) has a nice flounder posted on his Facebook page.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Wave/Pogy Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/15/09
 

At 0630 Captain Brant reports the ocean is flat and the pogies are holding in 25 ft. of water about 2 miles east of the Shallotte Inlet.  He said there were about a dozen pods.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Error" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/14/09
 

Thanks to Brandon "Bone Crusher" Sauls for pointing out to me that I didn't put the picture I took of Clay Morphis's 6.2 lb flounder on the Fishing Report..  The flat fish is now in 3rd place in the OIFC Rodeo's Flounder Division.  Also, Clay released his fish as soon as the picture was taken. 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Thunder and Lightening" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/14/09
 

Our charters were greeted with thunder and lightening early this morning.  As soon as the light show ended the boats took off.  All the boats found bait in the ICW.  When they cleared the Inlet they found the ocean to be relatively flat, with only a few white caps.  The downside was the pouring rain they encountered.  The fish didn't seem to mind. The boats scattered at first, but they all ended up at the 26 Mile Rock.

The World Cat, under the command of Captain Chris Burrows and 1st mate Mitch returned to the docks with a booty of AJ's and Spanish.  The charter was made up of Jack Gabor, Pete Gabor, Steve Gabor, Phil Gossie and Wayne Homell.

Next up was the Carolina Cat staffed by Captain Jeff Williamson and Turtle Patterson.  They brought back a heavy, 60 lb. citation amberjack which was tag teamed by Mike Harshberger and Darrin Gray.  Also comprising the charter were Barry Stanley and Todd Peters. 

The OIFC 2 aka It Works, Captained by Captain Chris Dew and chartered by Greg Boush of Greenville and Mark Dilday also went to the 26 Mile Rock.  Captain "OC"  pulled green, pink and white and pink and purple rubber skirts.  They guys  had a nice cobia show up in their prop wash, a place cobia like to appear.  They also had a couple of jacks.  By the time the boats returned to the OIFC the rain had stopped.  Once the fish were cleaned and the boats restocked they headed back out. 

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Tower" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/13/09
 

Captain Brant, aboard the World Cat took David Smith, his son Brad and Randy Daniels and his son Matt on a trip to the area of the Frying Pan Tower.  While fishing in 60 to 80 ft. of water they boated Pompano, Amberjack, Sea Bass and Kings.  Did Brant take them to a seafood buffet?

On an inshore note, Clay Morphis weighed in a 6.2 lb. Flounder which put him in 3rd place in the OIFC Rodeo.  Also reported were several Trout caught on live shrimp which are plentiful in the ICW and easily caught in a cast net.  Sheephead and Red Drum are reported  hanging around the Sunset Beach bridge. 

The seas  for the weekend are predicted to be great, so come join us for some fishing fun.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Big Catch!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/12/09
 

Amy, Caroline and I welcomed home our new baby boy yesterday- Brayden Atlie McMullan -- to be called BAM (maybe) -- he was 7.1 oz, 20.75 inches long -- a citation sized Flounder, Trout or Spanish Mack --- he is a machine- eat, sleep, poop -- Doc says he's healthy, mom is healthy and all appears to be good.  We are thankful and blessed.  I'll have some pictures of Brayden up soon -- I'm currently booking him for bilge work jobs, so if you've got any super hard to reach places- maybe a bilge pump you can't reach or whatever, email your request and I'll get you on his calendar.  I'm working with him on gripping a screwdriver and electrical pliers, so I believe we'll be up to speed soon.  This boy just doesn't know what he's in store for!

On the fishing scene- the fishing is paralleling the weather-- the Kings don't seem to be too happy about Southwest winds over 10kts - when it blows above 15kts they seem to shut it down- the weekend was nice and the bite was VERY good in 65 feet of water, including surprise catches of Cobia and Mahi.  The last couple of days have been tougher- they are still there.  The weather looks to get nicer the next couple of days and looks very nice for the weekend.  Come on down and join the fun.  Other than the days of aggravating Southwest wind, the fishing has been well above average for the month of August-- I'm all ready looking forward to the Fall-- can't wait!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Just In, Tower Action" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/11/09
 

The OIFC received a report and pictures of a trip Captain Jeff Sronce took while fishing aboard "Daddy's Addiction on Saturday August 8th.Along with Jeff were Alyssa, Drew Lee and Mark.    Fishing with cigar minnows and small blue fish they caught african pompano, kings, banito, amber jacks, sharks and a 50+lb barracuda.  Thanks for the info!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 08/11/09
 

Well folks, August has officially set in, and it is HOT out there on the water.  The water is also hot, but thankfully there are still some fish bitng.  Most of you have already read about the good flounder bite that occured over the weekend, so they are certainly still around and biting.  The redfish bite has also been really consistent as well, with the fish ranging from 16" pups to some 27+" over-slot sized fish as well.  It is certainly nice to still have some cooperative fish around with the hot weather and hot water.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Entire Fleet" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/10/09
 

All the charter boats fished the Shark Hole today with positive results.  The World Cat with Captain Chris Burrows and 1st Mate Virginia Beckham were the first to the OIFC docks today.  Fishing aboard the W. C. were Mike Holland, Dan Rutterman, Alex Patton, Pam Wertz and Rob Wertz, all from western N.C.  Pam had a bull dolphin who tail cut the line when it cleared the water.  The World Cat fished with cigar minnows.

Captain Chris Dew and 1st Mate Jeremy fished with Mike Presta, Rob Dicamillo, and Don Carpentieri, all of Long Island. Mike had 2 kings, Rob a spanish and Don a king.  Chris was pulling dead cigar minnows with a pink skirt.

Captain Jeff Williamson and Captain Turtle Patterson had a full day charter and they too went to the Shark Hole.  Aboard the Carolina Cat were Nick Seagle, Hayden Seagle (8), Casey Seagle, Nathan Eckard (15), Jackson Southard (15), and Mike Bonds.  They caught kings, cobia and dolphin.  Jeff managed to find some pogies, but would not tell me where.  He also trolled dead cigar minnows with pink skirts.  He said he had his baits so far back that they were in a different zip code. 

Judging by the pictures today was an extremely good fishing day.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"New Baby!!!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/10/09
 

Captain Brant advised that he and Mrs. Amy are the proud parents of a 7 lb. 1. oz baby boy.  Brant said the baby was a citation spanish mackerel.  They still have not named the young man.  Mom and the baby are doing fine, and so is Brant.
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"Eggs In 1 Basket" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/10/09
 

Capt. Jeff B and I were joined by Brian and Austin Aycock aboard our Sea Hunt the "Do Work" Sunday for a day of near shore flounder fishing.  The 1st target being the Melon Hole.  Yes, they were going to let us in on the new secret spot! 

While Austin and I were getting ice, and the fisherman's essential food stuff at the OIFC, Jeff and Brian went to get bait.  The pogies were so thick in the ICW, that it only took 2 throws of the Bett's 5 ft. radius cast net to get all the quality size pogies we needed. 

We cleared the Shallotte Inlet and headed for the Melon Hole.  We noticed a lot of small jelly balls near the Shallote Buoy.  But as we were headed to a new honey hole to catch flounder we passed them up.  Wrong!!!

Once  we arrived at what Brian alleged to be the Melon Hole we found that someone had picked all the melons and left only toad fish, lizard fish and enough barracuda to make sure we didn't  get most of them to the boat.  We could hear boats at the 90's getting single, double and even triple king hook ups.  But since all we brought was flounder gear we couldn't join in the action.  Wrong!!

We pulled up stakes and headed to the 455.  The AR was crawling with spade fish and barracuda.  The jelly balls were sparse and only about the size of a silver dollar.  After feeding the 'cudas,the  lizard fish and listening to the king fishermen still slaying the kings at the 90's we elected to give up on flounder and give spade fishing a try.  The only spade fishing gear we had was net to scoop them up.  And how did that go you might ask?  Not to good!!  Needless to say we were "ill prepared".  Jeff hates it when I say that!!

Having suffered defeat we elected to boat ride and get me some action shots of our new boat.  All the while listening to the 90's sizzle with action.

And what lesson did we learn?  Don't go off shore fishing with only the gear to target one species.  It hurts to hear that another bite is on.  We also learned that Brian may had led us astray by a couple tenths of a mile because he and Brandon Sauls had a good laugh at our experience.

No matter, the ocean was beautiful in color, clarity and conditions.  We got some sun and had a blast playing around with the boat.  All was not lost. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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"Melon Ball" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/09
 

Three of the most notorious fishermen in S. Brunswick County, Brian Aycock, his son Austin and Brandon Sauls went on a flounder mission today.  Brian caught a 9.2 lb. flounder, and Brandon landed a 5 lb'r. Austin brought in what was left of a flounder after it was nailed by a barracuda as he was catching it, and what was left still weighed 4.5 lbs!

Now, this bunch said they were fishing their new hot spot named the Melon Ball,  this reporter isn't too sure about that!

Brandon wanted it known that Brian's flounder was caught via Brandon aboard the Bone Crusher......see what we have to deal with at the OIFC.  Brian's Flounder lands him in 2nd place in the flounder division of the OIFC Rodeo.


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"Four Sons" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/09
 

The David family, Douglas, Patricia,and Alex, along with the Tabbert's, Wayne, Colton and Landon all of Raleigh and OIB were joined by Yorke Pharr today aboard the David's Four Sons center console Boston Whaler as they fished the Shark Hole.

Alex and Colton landed the biggest 28.3 king any of us have ever seen.  Everyone on the OIFC docks guessed it would be a citation fish, but we were fooled!  Yorke said the mackerel was caught with an OIFC pink skirt.  Congratulations on a fine fish! 


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"Good News" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/08/09
 

It's still August, and the fish are still biting.  Today saw a lot of action.  Brandon Sauls, Brian Aycock, and Austin Aycock caught some monster flounder, with the largest weighing 9.2 pounds.  An equally large flounder was hooked, but a barracuda ate half of it.  Capt. Chris Dawson on the "Miss Janelle" struck gold when he caught 2 kingfish over 30 pounds (along with 10 other, smaller fish) only 9 miles off of the beach.  Spanish are thick at the nearshore ARs, and here's the kicker: the Gulf Stream fish are biting again!  Brett Yauger caught this nice wahoo (his first) at the Steeples) with Capt. Jeff McDonald on Jeff's boat, the "Undertaker."  You might remember the "Undertaker" as the crowd who got the bluefin bite going in December of 2006.  They had some other wahoo and some blackfins to boot today while they were offshore.  Congrats to them and everyone else who got it done out there today.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Dates Set for 2010 Panama Trip" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/09
 

For those who may have interest in our Traveling Fisherman program, we now have our dates set for the 2010 trip to Panama.  As posted earlier on the OIFC fishing report the trip is slated to visit the Paradise Fishing Lodge in Panama where we will be fishing the surrounding waters of Coiba Island, the legendary Hannibal Banks, and Montosa Island.  The trip consists of 5 nights in the Paradise Lodge resort and 4 full days fishing.  We will depart the US on Sunday, March 14th and arrive at the resort that evening.  Fish days are Monday, March 15th thru Thursday, March 18th and the return trip to the US is Friday, March 19th.  If anyone would like to stay longer that option is available.  We have put this extraordinary trip together with the purpose of giving OIFC friends an opportunity to travel to one of the most incredible fishing destinations on Earth with a group of familiar faces with a common background of being Carolina fishing enthusiasts.  In addition to researching and finding a great operation with top shelf fishing action, we have been fortunate enough to secure the trip at a bargain.  The cost of the trip will vary depending upon how many you choose to fish on each boat.  The recommended number of fishermen per boat is 3.  The price per person for 3 fishermen per boat is $2600.  This price includes everything including; three meals per day, boat food, boat drinks, evening drinks (includes alcohol), 5 nights in Paradise Fishing Lodge, and 4 days fishing.  It does not include air fare from the US to Panama City, gratuity for the boat crews and gratuity for the resort staff.  Also, we will be provided a charter bus from Panama City to the resort, which all travelers will share the cost.  Once again we have 15 spaces to fill.  In order to hold a space contact Barrett via email.  For more details email me. 


Trip Dates:  March 14th, 2010 - March 19th, 2010
Cost:  3 Anglers Per Boat $2600 per person
Contact:  Barrett McMullan

A few pics from the last excursion to Panama with OIFC friends.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Shark Hole/Youpon" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/09
 

Good sized Mahi were caught at the Shark hole.  Captain Jeff "J Dog" Williamson and Captain Turtle landed kings at the Youpon yesterday.  William Parker called them and said the Spanish were thick at the 455 so they went after some of that action using a #2 Plainer and a pink  Clarkspoon. The ICW is wall to wall with pogies, some as big as your hand.  Sizes to suit every fishing need. 

Just received a report that the pogies are off the Shallotte Inlet in about 15 ft. of water.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Local boys strike it rich at the WMO" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/07/09
 

This email was just recieved at the OIFC:
Brant,
 
My friends on the "No Problem" (58' Viking from Dock Holidays) broke the Maryland state record today with a 1062 lb. blue marlin at the "White Marlin Open in Ocean City". Check out www.whitemarlinopen.com. Fought the fish for 3 hours and 5 minutes. The boat owner is Mark Becker, captain is Skip Opalka both of N.M.B. and the angler was Bob Farris from Charlotte. The fish is worth estimated $550,000.
 
Regards,
Kenny Clark
Liquidate (Cricket Cove)
One additional note, the fish was caught on a Black Bart Lure (big suprise, huh?).
Here is a link to the Charlotte Observer's writeup on this incredible catch:
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/232/story/873083.html?mi_pluck_action=comment_submitted&qwxq=990500#Comments_Container

Congrats to all involved in the capture of the new MD state record.

- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Shark Hole alive and well again" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/07/09
 

Gary Sheaff just drove his Grady White "Island Time" to the OIFC docks to show off the nice gaffer he and his crew of James Donati and Mike McDonell caught at the Shark Hole this morning.  They also reported king and spanish mackerel, along with some barracuda bites.  In the past summers I have fished here, I cannot remember having fishing this good in the month of August.  Good for that.  Let's go catch 'em while they're still here!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Been Slack" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/06/09
 

I just checked the OIFC Rodeo standings page and realized I hadn't updated it lately.  I'll make that a priority.  As you have been reading, since the wind has settled the fishing has picked up.  With September only 20 some days away it is destined to only improve, so don't forget about the Rodeo.  It's not too late to enter and the opportunity to land some big fish is getting better.
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