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"Cape Fear Kings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/08/09
 

While they didn't quite make it to the Gulf Stream, Chris Carroll (Cape Fear Sportswear) still managed to put a nice catch together this Saturday with his daughter, Madi C, and her friend, Madi O.  They caught these kings fishing out of Wrightsville Beach.  Next time you are in the store at the OIFC, come by and check out some of the shirts Chris' company makes.  Good looking stuff.  Congrats to him and the Madis on taking care of business this weekend.  The kings are nearshore both down here and up there, so it looks like it's shaping up to be another great Jolly Mon.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Late Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/07/09
 

A lot's been going on at the OIFC with the start of the season so the Fishing Report is a little late.

Saturday, Captain Chris Dew had a half day charter.  He went to the Box Cars,  the 90's and Christinas and had a successful trip catching Spanish and Kings.  The folks he chartered are supposed to email some action pictures and they'll be posted as soon as they come in.  Several people have reported landing Kings as of late, so there's no doubt they're here.

Captain Chris Burrows had a good Gulf trip as did Roger, with both bringing home some Dolphin.

Today, Roger took Al Scott and Dave Jones of Cleveland, Ohio to the Scarp and the Georgetown Hole where they landed some Dolphin some Grouper and AJ's..  Honestly, Roger said they struggled getting Dolphin today.

For those interested in Sharks, Mrs. Amber sent these pictures of a catch and release  Shark off of OIB.  Obviously he was a little unhappy.  If you are interested in Sharks we have had several "close encounters of the Shark kind" on a regular basis.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/07/09
 

The fishing continues to be good on the inshore grounds.  The flounder bite continues to be good in all the local flounder spots.  We also had a couple of good catches of trout this week, with most of them being nice fish, with an average one being around 3 lbs. or so.  The redfish also made a showing this week to let us know that they are still around, even though we haven't taken as much time to target them lately as we have the other species.  So there you have it, things are good in the backwater and will hopefully stay that way.  Stay tuned, as I have a busy week ahead and will keep everyone posted on the action.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Morning Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/06/09
 

Inshore, there was a 4.4 lb 21 inch flounder caught in Tubbs.  Pogies seem to be the premo bait, with mud minnows 2nd.  We just got a shipment of mud minnows and they are very active.

Off shore, the ocean is in good shape, one of our Cat Boats was making 28 mph if that gives you any idea.  I have not gotten a bait report today, but yesterday pogies were reported between the Shallotte Inlet and the Holden Beach Pier.  I've heard reports today of King bites at the 390, hitting on cigar minnows.  More to come as I get it.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"La. Fishin'" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/04/09
 

Austin, Brandon and Tripp musta' taught their daddies how to fish!!!  Check out Brian Aycock, David Hook, Ryan Strickland and Forrest Taylor on Forrest's Yellowfin in the Gulf of Mexico,
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More marlin pics" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/03/09
 

It can be done folks.  Just get some big plugs (we have our recommendations, just give us a ring) and get out to the 100 fathom line.  Let's get it done.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"OIFC Roadshow goes to Morehead" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/03/09
 

Okay, so it's official.  The three youngest members of the OIFC, Will King, Zach "Lug Nut" Faulkner, and Chris "Li'l B Mack" Eckert, along with Will's fraternity brother Owen caught a monster marlin on Monday.  Fishing on the "Southern Hook," Chris' father's 28' Scout, the group had already caught 2 sails, a pile of gaffers and a 30 something pound wahoo and were just about to go in when this fish piled on a large plug.  Two plus hours later, they got a good release and watched her swim off.  They said the reel will never be the same.  I am also told that they saw the black on the spool several times during the fight.  The video will be ready before long, but in the meantime, enjoy the pictures.  WOW!!!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"The show continues" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/03/09
 

Well, the good weather is still here and evidently the fish are too.  There was a crowd at the 100/400 on Monday, among them were Chad McIntyre and Billy Leonard on the "Billfish," Chase Childers, Cody Chillders, Scott Childers, and Elizabeth Nuss on the "No Worries," and Mike Kidd and Will Talton on Mike's new Sailfish.  Plenty of gaffers were caught along with some really nice wahoos.  Is that a white marlin flag I see flying on the "Billfish's" outrigger?!?  Talk about doing Don proud.  Good work to all who played hooky or called in sick to go fill the freezer. 
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Maiden Voyage" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/02/09
 

Today Capt Jeff Beck and  I were joined by Capt. Roger for our new Sea Hunt's ( Do Work) first trip to the Gulf Steam.  We thought we'd check her out to see if she knew how to fish and how she handles the seas.

We caught several Dolphin in the Black Jack and 100/400 areas.  We hooked up on a big Bull only to have it spit the hook just before getting the gaff and high tail it away  Then we went to the Navy Wreck to try out bottom fishing.  We managed to hoist some huge AJ's which we released.  Later in the day we headed back to the OIFC with our test complete.  Do yourself and your family a favor.....take your son and/or your daughter fishing,  it's something you nor they will ever forget.

Check out the ocean in the pictures.  It doesn't get much prettier.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIFC anglers to the east" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/02/09
 

I just got off the phone with Michael Ward, a good friend of the OIFC who lives in Wilmington and fishes his Parker, the "Black Flag" out of Wrightsville Beach.  He went up to Topsail Island this weekend with a few friends and scored on some nice wahoos on Saturday and Sunday's fishing.  Check out a few of these pigs, caught with Clifton Owen, Doug Dan, Jeff Newman, Paul, and Wayne the Puker.  Not a bad haul.  Nice rods, Michael!!!  I think I've seen that design before!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"They Exist!!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/02/09
 

Richard Smith just sent me these pictures of some yellowfins they found during the Bald Head Island Rodeo, just north of the Steeples.  It's about time to see multiple tunas on the same boat!!!  So let's see.  We have an amazing gaffer bite, scattered wahoos, a couple of tunafish, and a strong showing by billfish.  Could it be any better?!?  Capt. Rickey and Capt. Jeff Beck are fishing on their boat ("Do Work") today with Capt. Roger.  I bet they see something cool out there.  Can't wait for a report.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/02/09
 

Hello to all inshore fishermen! I got back on the water yesterday after taking the weekend off to spend some time in the bluewater.  The consistent flounder bite continued yesterday, as I think we ended up catching a handful, and probably could have caught more had we not left to go trout fishing.  The trout bite was good over the weekend, but seemed to have slowed a little yesterday, but we still managed to catch a fish or two.  On an even more positive note, there was more bait around yesterday than I have seen all year.  Pogies, Mullet, and we were even able to cast net some live shrimp.  With all of the bait finally showing up in full force, the fishing for all the inshore species should really take off.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Rube's King Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/01/09
 

Adding to Rube's report, I was fortunate enough to be with Captain Roger on this charter.   Local family Michael Power, his wife Ronda, whose birthday it is today and their daughter Kristin made up the charter.  Rhonda didn't bring any birthday cake to share!

  We began the morning pulling  silver Clarkspoons on #1 and #2 planers in 30 ft of water just off O I B at the Shallotte Inlet.  We could see the birds and the Spanish flicking the water.  After just a few passes we had all the Spanish the Power's were interested in.  So we decided to head to the 90's to try our hand at King fishing.  Roger began pulling naked Cigar minnows and we commenced to absolutely slay the Kings.  This was an exciting time to say the least.  We arrived at about 9:15 am and caught Kings until 11:00 am, when the tide went slack and the action stopped.  But only for a short time, because as quickly as it stopped, it took off again. and stayed hot until we had to leave.  

As most people know, the 90's are within sight of land and accessible to even small boats.  The Jolly Mon is right around the corner and the Kings are here an waiting!   


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Action Packed" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/01/09
 

Reports kept coming in Sunday about the Mahi and Wahoo being caught at the 100/400  as well as the Scarp.

Mr. Charles McClure (Holden On)  friends Griffen Bailey, John Bailey, and brothers Bill and John Burkett fished the 100/400.  Among other fish they  caught they boated a 36 lb. Wahoo, and 2 bull dolphin weighing 22& 25 lbs respectively.  All this by 1pm so they could bottom fish.

Captain Chris Dew (It Works) and 1st mate Aaron Dew  did damage of their own at the 23 mile ledge with a charter consisting of Jason Eggret, David Morgan,  Tommy Gordon and son Tom Gordon Jr.  Captain Chis forgot to let me know he as at the dock, so the only picture I got was of this lonely AJ.  Believe me, he had a cleaning table full of fish!  UPDATE. I SAID THAT CAPTAIN CHRIS AHD MORE FISH THAN THE LONELY AJ.  CHECK OUT THE PICS THEY SENT ME!

Captain Roger and 1st mate Zach took a charter of six to the 100/400 and caught multiple Mahi, and Wahoo.  Roger said they pulled ceder plugs and blue and white Mini Jags.

Daniel Simmons and Amber Simmons (OIB Ready Mix) took a productive trip themselves, landing several dolphinfish and the citation Wahoo pictured below which Amber landed.  This couple are great friends of the OIFC, and are an accomplished fishing team.  Thanks for the pictures!

I received several other reports of  hot Wahoo and Dolphin action at both the 100/400 and the Winyah Scarp.  I should have more reports to post as folks send them in.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Stick Slinger rides again" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/01/09
 

From all reports I've heard, yesterday was one of those days that everyone dreams about offshore.  And I was at my parents house in Charlotte, arguing with my father over some trees he has let grow into the power lines and the concept of emminent domain.  Oh well, it was good to see the folks.  The "Stick Slinger," captained by Jim Bowen and crewed by David Carter, Wil Calihan, and Wiil Scott was in the gulf stream, and they scored well on over a dozen dolphin fish and this nice wahoo.  Jim said the hot bite was on the Blue Water Candy pink/white spreader bar.  Not only was it catching fish (including their wahoo) but it was bringing other fish into the spread as well.  Pink and white has been the color so far this year, and the fishing remains hot.  Come on down here and catch some!!!

Also, check out these nice gaffers from Kennan Hill's trip to the Winyah yesterday.  The dolphin seem to be chewin' up and down the break.  Jeff Drake and Michelle Evans caught a blue one to the south as well, fishing on "The Law."  Finally, spoke to Chris "L'il B Mack" Eckert, who took his 28' Scout, the "Southern Hook" to the Big Rock with Zack Faulkner and Will King.  They reported about 20 gaffers, a nice wahoo, two sails and a BIG blue marlin.  Now folks, that's how you do it.  I guess lure fishing for marlins really does work...


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"King bite on at 90/90" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/01/09
 

Cap Roger just pulled in with an impressive catch of Kings[up to 20lbs] caught this morning at 90's. Capt Rog said lots of bait, Kings biting like bulldogs...just in time for the Jolly Mon, coming in a couple weeks. Roger also loaded up on spanish at the inlet.
- Rube McMullan
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"Report from the stream" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/01/09
 

Had pleasure yesterday of spending day in the gulf stream aboard the Black Dog, with Capt Bob at the helm, mate extroadinare Ned running the pit, me and York as designated winders. We fished the 100/400 and picked away at em till we scored a Carolina Slam with a half doz dolphin, several blackfins, and wahoo. Think most of the other 20+ boats fishing the area had same results. Did see one boat hooked up fighting a very mad marlin as it tore the water up. Not sure who it was but looked like they had their hands full. Appears action has cooled down from the slaughter thats been going on last several weeks, but still plenty of fish for a good days work. Water full of flying fish, so fish should stay in our areas as long as good bait supply is available.  Also, guaranty that anyone willing to put dedicated effort into marlin fishing will score. With amount of blackfin and dolphin around, he's bound to be there too.

Weather looks great for the week. Come on down!


- Rube McMullan
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"Bait and Flounder Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/31/09
 

The pogies were plentiful in the ICW and seemed to be the hot Flounder bait.  Also, tiger minnows were easy to find, especially in the tidal pools and  proved themselves as good bait.  Capt. Jeff B. and I scored several Flounder behind Sunset Beach this morning.  Capt. Jeff had the hot  hand landing several keepers and releasing  several undersized.

On the Rodeo front, Jeff Wallen of Myrtle Beach took over the second spot in the Flounder Division with a 6 lb Flounder he weighed in at the OIFC yesterday.  The entries keep increasing!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Light and Variable" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/30/09
 

The favorite words known to the gulf stream fishermen...light and variable. Those are the words being spoken by National Weather Service for next several days so whatever you're doing back in land needs to be dropped immediately and you need to get down here and take advantage of perfect weather and the incredible dolphin bite thats been going on this spring. We'll be out there tomorrow so we can give everyone a direction pointer tomorrow evening. Come on down. We need to even the score with the fish; they're winning.
- Rube McMullan
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"Morning Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/30/09
 

Anglers report Spanish being caught near the Lockwood on silver/green Clarkspoons Friday.  There are several boats going King fishing today with most talking about going to the Jungle.  Right now (8:20 am) I'm hearing reports of 4 ft swells out of the SW with a north wind close to shore,  However they are saying the further you go out the better conditions are.

RODEO UPDATE:  The total purse is $1,500. But remember I was the one doing the figuring!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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