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"welcome Brayden" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/18/09
 

finally got some pictures of Brayden Atlie McMullan- now 9 days old and he and mom are doing great-- Caroline too -- thanks to all whom have emailed congrats --

Spanish Mack bite is RED HOT in 25-40 feet of water- most I've ever seen- that is mostly what we did today.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"The Spanish Are Here!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/18/09
 

Captain"J. Dog" Williamson of the Carolina Cat just called to report the Spanish Mackerel are"thick as thieves" just off the Lockwood Inlet.  All 3 of the OIFC boats are there and all are just before limiting out.  All are using various colors of 00 Clarkspooons  He also said the pogies are thick east of the Shalllotte Inlet.  The ocean is "oil Slick" smooth.  They are due back in at 11:30 so a report may follow around then.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pro Chip" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/17/09
 

Was talking with some guys who told me that Captain Jeff Keaton of the Reel Office, winner of the Sneeds Ferry Rotary King Mackerel Tournament with a 41.74 lb King was using a Pro Chip in his Raymarine unit.  Though skill was surely the biggest factor in the Reel Office's victory, surely the Pro Chip helped him locate the right spot.  Congratulations to the crew of the Reel Office.  We sell thePro Chip and it can be found on the OIFC Web Store page. 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Dog Days of Summer" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/17/09
 

Some people say you just can't catch fish during the hot, dog days of summer.  Don't tell that to the charter captains at the OIFC.  Early this morning Captains Chris Dew (OIFC 2), Jeff Williamson and Turtle Patterson (Carolina Cat)  were laying out a plan of action for today's charters.  They elected  to go about 15-20 miles out, try some spots and see what kind of success they'd have.

Aboard the Cat were the Juday's, Doug, Joel, Reid and Jeff, also fishing was Jason and Darrell McCutcheon.  The guys have the U.S. covered as far as residences go....Sacramento, Columbus, Phoenix, Dallas and Atlanta.

After finding  bait just off Holden Beach the guys headed out.  They got in the area of the Horseshoe where they found a weed line and it was game on!  The result was a big ole' bull dolphin, kings and AJ's.  Their catch looked like walking down an aisle at a seafood market.  Check out the pictures.  Thanks guys for fishing with us and letting us do this report.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Update" | Speckulator - 22' | 08/17/09
 

On the inshore grounds, we have continued to hold the same pattern as we have had the past couple of weeks, with the redfish and flounder being the dominant species on the inshore scene.  All of the local redfish hangouts seem to be holding a few fish, from pups to 30+ inchers.  The flounder bite continues to be consistnet as well, with the the offshore spots producing well right now.  There are also some fish inside as well, and many are nice fish, with a true doormat mixed in every once in a while. 


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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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.


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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. 
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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!
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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.


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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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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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