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"Dr. Jeff's Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/21/09
 

Dr. Jeff Wallen reported that he caught a couple of flounder in the 3.5+ range and some reds ranging 21" to 23" Sunday. He fished the Shallotte Inlet, Tubbs and the Sunset Beach Swing Bridge.  Tubbs didn't produce anything and the ribbonfish at the Swing Bridge made fishing almost impossible.  He reported that everyone he talked to were having a tough day.

Dr. Wallen sits atop the OIFC Rodeo Leader board and is a regular contributor to the OIFC Fishing Report.

A reminder...fall fishing is here, and the OIFC Rodeo is still wide open!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jimmy Buffett" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/21/09
 

Who'd a thunk that Jimmy Buffett would be hanging out at Ocean Isle Beach?  Check out the World Cat in the background. 

Katherine Norfleet sent the picture of Jimmy she took on the 17th.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"1 In Every Crowd" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/20/09
 

Captain Brant took Johnathan Joyner, Andrew Joyner, Carlton Gillis and Ian Kacalik all from Waxhaw, N.C. (all roads lead to Waxhaw), on a charter today.  The bait was easily found all along Holden Beach.  They fished in about 20 ft of water and caught a "mess" of spanish.  We talked about just how much a mess was and decided that it was a lot.

They were just off Ocean Crest Pier,  had taken all lines up, and as they were reeling up the last one a king hit.  I guess he either hated to see the guys go or he was just the"1 in every crowd" and decided he had to be caught.

Johnathan landed the fish, which was the first king he'd ever caught.  Also, Johnathan is getting married soon.  Congratulations Johnathan on catching the king and on getting married. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Stream Trip Cancelled" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/20/09
 

Jason Caudle, Donnie Tritt and son Derrick, along with Brent Finley had originally chartered a trip to the Stream.  But after checking the wind and talking it over with Captain Chris Dew and 1st Mate Aaron Dew, they all decided to stay near shore and see what would happen.  They spent the charter time trolling for spanish in about 20 ft. of water between the Holden Beach Pier and the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

It wasn't exactly the trip they had planned, but they all seemed to have had a great time and said they'd have to give the Stream another try.  Hurry back guys and we're glad you enjoyed your day. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Struggling!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/19/09
 

If everything reported here was all roses then the credibility of the OIFC Fishing Report would be in question.  Today really wasn't a rosy day, but it wasn't a total loss either.  The bait was easy to find from the Little River Jetties to the Holden Beach Pier.  And to start with the north wind made the ocean like a lake.

Early in the morning the radio chatter sounded positive.  But then the wind shifted to the northeast and later from the south.  All this made the seas rough and choppy. Channel 11 then began to be filled with talk about "goin' to the hill".

First of the OIFC boats back at the dock was Captain Zach Faulkner and 1st mate, Captain Chris Eckert and their charter of guys from Raleigh,  Scott Hatfield, David Hall, David Purks, Tim Wall and Scott Moore.  They had a couple of teenage kings on board, and talked about a couple of cut offs.

Team Coastal Carolina, aboard Joe Winslow's Yellowfin said they hadn't fared much better.  On a more positive note Captain Chris Burrows and first mate Steele Park aboard the World Cat did have some grouper and a couple of kings.  So today wasn't a total loss.

Captain Matt Johnson said he fished with Captain Trace Kirkland and Jimmy Day on Trace's boat the Carolina Saltwater on Wednesday.  They weighed a citation 30.5 lb. black fin tuna at the OIFC.  They also had some kings and a 6+ spanish.

The kings are here, there has also been mahi, wahoo and blackfin tuna caught in the past week.  If the wind will cooperate we can all get a piece of the action. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"8 am update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/19/09
 

Our Captains report the sea conditions good on the beach but "sporty" as you go further out.  Right now the wind is out of the north and strong enough to stand our flags at the OIFC straight out.  Check our weather page for the Tower and Sunset 3 miles out for live reports.  Pogies can be found at the Little River Jetties, east of the OIB Pier, the Holden Beach Pier and Lockwood Folly Inlet in the 20+ ft depth range.  Most boats headed further out, Box Cars, the 90's and the Jungle are the most talked about places.  Further here as I get it.

Thank you to the OIFC Editor In Chief Miss Virginia Beckham who monitors the Report from Clemson, S. C.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Nothing" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/18/09
 

How many words does it take to say nothing!  The OIFC boats haven't been out in the past couple of days, nor has anyone reported any action to the OIFC.

The weather report was calling for 10-15 out of the NE Saturday.  Right now (11:15pm) at the OIFC, the flags are hanging limp so maybe the winds will be on our side.   We've got a charter in the morning and as soon as it gets underway the OIFC will provide a bait and sea conditions report.  Call the Store, monitor Channel 11, or check the Fishing Report for updates. 

The past week has shown the Youpon Reef, the Old River Buoy, the Shark Hole, 70 ft. Hole and Christinas to be the places to fish.  A report came in tonight of grey trout and flounder still biting at the Caudle Reef. Bait has been at the mouth of the Shallotte Inlet or just east in about 20 feet of water.  Mullet minnows are still thick in the ICW and the Shallotte Inlet, but shrimp is scarce.  The sea conditions will dictate the best place to start.  Perhaps there'll be something to report the next couple of days.  That's how long it takes to say nothing!  Good luck!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/16/09
 

Captain Jeff Beck ("Do Work") and a fellow employee figured they would get in on some of the recent king action.  So armed with his Captain Brant's Custom Pogy net and his rods equipped with Speedmasters he headed out to the 90's.  They found bait just east of the Shallotte Inlet and also found seas flat enough to run his 24', 250 hp Yamaha powered 100% OIFC gas fueled, Sea Hunt 37 mph. (That's a lot of plugs at one time, almost like NASCAR).

Once there they set lines and immediately began getting king strikes, they also watched as a sail fish tailwalked for about 45 seconds right off their bow.  They also heard  an angler  catching kings at Christina's.  Check out some of the pictures they took while at the 90's. 


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"Carolina Slam!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/16/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC), once again showed his multi-talents.  Yesterday he was off shore on the "It Works"catching kings and today he is in/near shore in his bay boat the "Get Busy" with Joe Kaylor catching an inshore Carolina slam!  Where does it end?  Will he next be in a pond giving Jimmy Houston bass fishing lessons?  He'll be headed to Ohio before long deer hunting...he does it all, even bringing the store clerks and Fishing Reporter biscuits from the Dog House.  What a guy!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Gulf Stream" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/16/09
 

The crew of the "Salty Lady", Tom Dixon, David McKeethan and Milt Howard stopped by the OIFC Fuel pumps (100%gas) to fill up their twin Yamaha powered Polar after a day fishing at the stream.  The guys had gotten into black fin and mahi in the area of the Steeples and the Black Jack, they said the water was about 81 degrees and somewhat choppy.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bottom Fishing Too!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/15/09
 

Captain Chris Burrows and 1st Mate Steele Park were chartered by Perry Whitling, Ben Whitling, Joe McNutt, Mike Harper, Max Wonderling. John Rollinger of Brookville, Pa. (not the home of Poxatony Phil) for a bottom fishing trip.  They went about 30 miles out to 70 ft of water where they called out a grouper and a total of about 30 amber jacks.  One of the AJ's weighed 65 lbs.  Mike Harper had the golden hand and landed the grouper.

This IS the fisherman's time of year.  Don't let it slip away.  Come take advantage of the beautiful weather and seas.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Morning Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/15/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (It Works) just called the OIFC to report pogies "thick as thieves" at the Shallotte Inlet and a lot of spanish between the Holden Beach Pier and Lockwood Folly.  More at 11:00..not really but it sounds like a newscast. 
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"Kings and More Kings" | OIFC 2- 27' | 09/15/09
 

Today was an exceptional day for the OIFC Charter Fleet!  The radio at the Fishing was full of excitement and you could tell the Captains on the It Works and the Miss Janelle were having a blast!  They were both fishing in sight of each other in 70 ft. of water with live pogies and the kings were giving them all they wanted.  The radio was filled with "double hook up"..."one just skied behind you", at one time you could hear a reel screaming over the radio.  I f that doesn't get your juices flowing nothing will.

Captain Chris Dawson, along with Captain Brad Stevens (Sea Tow OIB) had limited out on kings before half the day was over and "headed for the hill".  Captain Jeff Williamson was right behind. Chartering with Capt. Jeff were Rev. Tony Compton, Davie Compton, along with Vaughn and Quentyn Rouse  It seems Captain Brant was wrong in his comment that the kings would be in by the 20th.  They're already here!!!!


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"Picture Perfect Conditions" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/14/09
 

This report was submitted by Amber Simmons of the Reel McCoy and OIB Concrete:

The Reel McCoy and the GPS Store teamed up for a weekend of off shore fishing fun.

The crew caught several groupers and bottom fish on live bait at the Tower.  A few kings were also caught.  The crew may have also caught the world's largest lizard fish.  Saturday was a picture perfect day.  Cannot say the same about Sunday.  Fall fishin' is off to a good start!

Thanks for a great report Amber...


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Got Em OnLive Bait Club Ladies Tournament" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/14/09
 

An earlier report covered Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) and  Donna Gurganus' victory in the Got Em On Live Bait Lady's Tournament which was held at Carolina Beach the weekend of September 12th.  Below are some pictures of the fish Capt. Jeff and Donna caught.  Again, congratulations Donna and Capt. Jeff!
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"Today" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/14/09
 

Just weighed a 25 caught by the David Lambeth and crew of the Wave Walker- at the Shark Hole.  Got word the King bite was red hot from Yaupon Reef to the River Channel.  Time to go fishing!!!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Sailfish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/13/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson and Captain Chris Dew rolled into the OIFC docks around 4 pm.  Both boats unloaded several teenage kings, but the better story line was that between the two of them they hooked up on six sailfish!

They started at the jungle where they got into their first sailfish.  The action was slow there so they moved six miles further out which put them in deeper water, 70 ft. to be exact and it was there they had the rest of their sailfish action and got into the kings.

They wind turned north east at about 15 mph, so they called it a day and took the bumpy ride towards the beach where it settled down.  Then they made their run to the house. 

In shore, Larry Spainhour and his wife stopped by and weighed in a 6+lb flounder and judging by his facebook, Brandon Sauls had yet another action filled in shore day of flounder and trout.

Meanwhile, while they were fishing, Captain Brant and Amy put on an employee cookout.  It was food and games on at the OIFC.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Another grouper method" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/13/09
 

What does one do when the grouper are thick, but won't always bite your baits.  Easy, according to Howard Ducreyi, Scott Ward, and Shane Wallace.  Just swim down and shoot a couple.  And that's exactly what this trio did yesterday at the Atlantic Ledge.  In addition, they had some black bass and a sheepshead.  Thanks to our new grouper regulations, you limit out very quickly, but there are definitely other species to pursue down there.  Every diver I have talked to lately has said that the gags are thick as fleas in depths of 80-90 feet, so holes like the Atlantic Ledge and the Gary Ennis are definitely in play if you want to put grouper on the menu, whether you are angling or spearing.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Just In!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/12/09
 

Mr. Robbie Dial fished today with David Braswell aboard David's new Yellowfin to celebrate Robbie's graduation from the 6th grade.  Robbie said it took him several attempts, but he finally made it out.  Congratulations!!

The guys fished a live bottom in 70 ft. of water, in the same area as the World Cat.  Robbie said there was bait almost everywhere in the water column. 

 Robbie threw in a picture of the ocean to show how rough the seas were and why only experienced captains should have gone out today.  Also, I was just kidding about Robbie and the 6th grade thing...he didn't have to repeat the grade, he graduated after his first try.


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"Miss Janelle" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/12/09
 

Veteran charter captain Chris Dawson and his family fun fished today.  They fished in 70 feet of water using pogies.  Pictured aboard the "Miss Janelle" are  wife/mom Janelle Dawson and daughter Cassie with a couple of the nice kings they boated.

Captain Chris is the newest member of the OIFC fishing fleet and brings years of fishing experience to the program.

This report caps off a great day of king fishing in the S. Brunswick Islands area.  Captain Brant was correct in his prediction that the kings show up around the 20th of September.  It was a fun afternoon at the OIFC!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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