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"Teamwork" | OIFC 2- 27' | 10/09/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson had a guide trip today with David and John Waite of Columbia, S.C.  At the same time  Captain Chris Dew aboard the OIFC-2-27' had a charter with Wade Mills, J.R. Little and Shelton Moore of Marshville, N.C.

The two boats stuck together and fished the Old River Channel Buoy using pogies they caught off the "High Hill".   They said the pogies floated the net. The crews said the ocean had some swells but was very fishable.  Along with the kings, John Waite landed a 6.60 lb citation spanish mackerel.

Check out the pictures below of today's catch.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/08/09
 

The 2nd Annual OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament is coming soon.  The competition will commence on November 7th, 2009 and run through November 15th.  Teams will be able to register online ONLY at www.oifc.com/tournaments beginning Monday October 12th.  Registration will remain open throughout the tournament until Friday November 13th at 11:59pm before the last weekend of fishing.  

The purpose of this event is to provide a competitive arena for fishing teams at a time and place where the kingfish bite is at its peak.  From Cape Lookout to Cape Hatteras in early November the kingfish are plentiful and they are LARGE!  Fish from 30 to 50lbs are common and watch out for the ocassional giant bluefin tuna mixed in.  The second idea behind this event is to promote the Ocean Isle Fishing Center's online webstore www.oifc.com/fishingstore.  Capt Barrett, Capt Brant and the OIFC staff hope fishermen will take a few minutes to look around the webstore and give us a chance to earn your business.  There is a plethora of custom products that are a must have for late fall North Carolina king mackerel fishing.  Some of which products will be put on sale beginning Monday the 12th until the tournament.  

This is a pick 2 out of 9 day format tournament.  Teams must declare their days of fishing be 6am of the day they will fish by calling the declaration hotline at (910) 253 3474.  The phone system is set up for teams to leave a message declaring their day.  The time of the call will be automatically recorded.  You MUST declare your day in order to weigh a fish on that day. 

There are two weigh stations available for this event.  The first weigh station is located at Hatteras Landing Marina in Hatteras.  Billy Webster is the harbor master and will also serve as weigh master.  Billy has been kind enough to put together special accomodation packages and dockage rates for tournament competitors.  I highly encourage anyone fishing this event to make the trip to Hatteras.  The fish are typically very close to the inlet and fishing Hatteras in the late fall is a "cultural experience" everyone needs to experience.  To secure your accomodations and dockage contact Billy direct at (252) 489-0458.  Make sure you let Billy know you are fishing the OIFC.com KMT.  For anyone unsure of navigating to Hatteras contact ME.

The second weigh station is at Town Creek Marina in Beaufort.  Shae Lewis will be the weigh master in Beaufort.  Town Creek has a newly built boat ramp perfect for large center consoles.  They also have plenty of overnight slips, ice and other supplies for kingfish teams.  Call (877) 347 4869 to arrange dockage. 

Early entry opens Monday October 12th and remains open until 11:59pm Friday November 6th.  The cost for early entry is $300.  Late entry will remain open during the competition until 11:59pm on Friday November 13th.  Late entry is $350.  There are also two $200 OPTIONAL TWT's available.  There is a big fish TWT and an aggregate TWT.  The winner of the general tournament and the aggregate TWT is the team that posts the largest combined weight of two kingfish, one per day.  The general tournament and the TWT's will payout the top 3 places.  1st- 50%, 2nd- 30% and 3rd- 20%.  This is a 100% payback event less operating expenses.  Operating expenses shall not exceed 10% of entries.  More boats = more payout.  The payout will increase with every additional participant. 

Additional information on RULES, REGISTRATION, RESULTS, and other general tournament information is posted on the tournament home site at www.oifc.com/tournaments

IMPORTANT INFO:

  • When:  November 7th - November 15th, 2009 (Pick 2 days)
  • Where:  Hatteras Landing Marina weigh-in and Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, weigh-in.
  • Notes:  Register online ONLY at www.oifc.com/tournaments.
  • Notes:  Early registration is $300.  Late Registration is $350.  Two $200 TWT's available
  • Notes:  Enter throughout the event until Friday, November 13th, 2009 before the last weekend of fishing
  • Notes:  Contact captbarrett@oifc.com with questions
  • Notes:  Shop online at www.oifc.com

 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"1st King Trip" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/08/09
 

The OIFC's newest employee, Steele Park took his mother-in-law, Pam on her 1st king trip this morning aboard their boat the Sea Monkey.  They weathered the"pleasant?" NE winds.  They started at the Youpan Reef, then  moved closer in to be protected from the uncomfortable NE wind.  Between the pier and the sea buoy thay hooked up with a 20 some lb king which Pam fought like a pro.

What disappointed them was they saw a huge, possibly 35-40 lb king sky just before they hooked up.  Steele said the king Pam hooked up with was on a live pogy with a white skirt.

With it seemingly to appear the kings have moved in closer everyone needs to get "ready to Rumble", in the Jungle that is!!!  Congrats Pam and thanks for sharing your achievement.

Steele is the newest employee of the OIFC and has a lot to offer.  Stop by and meet Steele and take advantage of his fishing knowledge.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sunday at the Sherman" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/07/09
 

Kennen Hill and Brian Robbins took Kennon's Dad, Ken,, Kennen's brother Kevin, Kevin's 7 yr old son Hunter and Phillip Crawford of Ashboro, NC to the Sherman Sunday..  Phillip and Hunter had never been on the ocean before.

They departed at lunchtime.  First they got bait, which was no problem, then headed to the 90's.  Having no luck they moved to the Sherman.  There they saw spanish skying everywhere.  There was also plenty of AJ's,.  So after Hunter and Phillip landed a few 30 or so lb jacks and some spanish they headed back in.  Sounds like a good 1st trip out.  Maybe we have some more anglers coming up!  


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Little River Jetty Drum Bite" | Real-Time Update | 10/07/09
 

30lb drum we just wrestled to the boat. The fall bite is on! ********************* InterCoastal Net Designs - Mobile www.icoastalnet.com 910-443-1786
- "Brandon Sauls - ICND"
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"nice catch" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/07/09
 

Was watching your reports and decided to go out and try for some grouper at a secret bottom spot of myrtle beach in 90 ft.  Hit on a dead mullet on bottom rig.  This scamp weighed 34 lbs and is possibly the unofficial SC state record. Thanks for the help with your reports, keep them coming.
 
Michael Regan

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"Fishing Grapevine" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/06/09
 

It's not really a grapevine because the Fishing Report tries to only report facts.  Over the past few days, including the U. S. Open, there have been plenty of kings landed.  Toby Russ reported catching in the 20's, Joel Foster had many.  Joel's were on naked pogies, some on double of pogy rigs.  Several of the kings were from the area of the shark hole,though I haven't got the scoop on where the others were caught, and with the Rumble In The Jungle on the horizon I doubt I will. Off shore there was a confirmed report of a wahoo in the 80 lb. range.  Don't forget the earlier reports from the weekend of the cobia that were landed.

In shore and near shore the reds are hot.  Brandon Sauls slayed a bunch of them at the Jetties.  I also got confirmed reports of several in the 30 lb range.  One angler said boats were lined up at the Jetties and most all were hooking up.

Donnie Clark, of the Raleigh/Cary area said he caught spanish and blues just off the Jetties.  Donnie was pulling Clark Spoons and using Yo-zuri's.  The king fishermen know the value of blue fish.

Bait is still plentiful off OIB and Holden Beach.  The weather appears to be funky for the next few days, but the way the forecast has been changing perhaps we can get out and do something within a few days!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sunday fishing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/06/09
 

Took the Allen family fishing on Sunday.  The targeted species was Grouper and I had all ideas we'd limit out early then spend the rest of they day catching Kings.  Either I've forgot how to do it or they just weren't biting, but we worked very hard for only a few Grouper.  The fish we did boat were in 65 feet of water and we added a nice Genuine Red Snapper for a bit of color.  Fortunately the weather was great and the company was good, xcept for a few foul odors, and a good time was had by all.  I will note that it was a full moon and I am officially filing this as my excuse.  I've had recently been diving on a couple of the spots we fished and I know for a fact there are Grouper there.

Also- there is an epic red hot Kingfish bite going on this very minute at Lighthouse Rocks and the Shark Hole -- Pogys thick at Shallotte inlet


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"nice catch" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/06/09
 

Report from Michael Herndon- We had a great day on Saturday and caught and released a sailfish, this time we actually had a camera on board. The sailfish was caught by Zach Illing, in the picture is Carson Herndon, and Tanner Junker. (Davie
County) All three boys did a fantastic job getting the sailfish in the boat, taking a few pictures and releasing him. The sailfish was caught at the 390 hole, headed out to the jungle in the afternoon and limited out on Kings all using poagies. Weather was great and seas were awesome.
I will send photos of the 12 kings and 2 spanish. Wow what a day to be on the water.

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"Gray Day" | OIFC 2- 27' | 10/06/09
 

What started off as a gray, foggy, drab day at the OIFC turned out to be alllllright!  First of all Captain Chris Dew showed up for a last minute half day charter. with Charles Wilkinson, a builder from Little River, S.C. and his employee Jose Hernanfaz.

Around noon Kyle Warren of Shallotte, N.C. wanted to know if someone could weigh a flounder he had landed at the wall at the Shallotte River.  The flat fish weighed in as a citation 6.60 lb'r!  Kyle said he was using mullet minnows.  He also said he'd been catching spanish on mullet minnows at the same location.  We appreciate him stopping by so we could weigh his fish.

 Shortly thereafter Captain Kyle Hughes (Speckulator), arrived at the docks with a 4.6 and a 3.5 ln flounder Ray Kimpel caught while fishing with his wife Emilie.  They are from Arcadia, Michigan and this is their 2nd charter with Kyle.  They always take the fish they catch and good ole N.C. sweet potatoes back to their home state.

Around 3 pm Captain Chris (OC) Dew and his guys to the OIFC.  With them was a 26.70 lb king Jose caught on the long line as well as three more kings.  They caught the fish in 65 ft of water on Captain Chris' signatureBlue Water Candy skirted king rigs. 

What a great way to get out of the dreary day funk!


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"Dylan's First Sail" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/05/09
 

As told by Jim Bowen:

My son Dylan caught his first sail at the Shark hole on Friday during the tournament. Took us a little over an hour to get him in the boat. Also, at the jungle on Saturday, we caught a gag grouper on the outside line, top water on a pogie.. 2 cobia also on top with pogies, a huge black sea bass on the down rigger, and limited out on kings both days most in the mid twenties. We cooked up some mighty good food Sat night… picked up 7 lbs of shrimp at Holden Beach off the shrimp boat and went to bed early!!

**I am told the sailfish swam off without a problem, evidently ready to head back to an exciting day of balling all that bait at the Shark Hole!**

 


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Wahoo report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/05/09
 

Several boats took advantage of a nice day yesterday and ventured out to the blue water.  Here you have Ned Garber with Andrew Sanderson of Harrell's Store, NC with a nice 'hoo they caught on Bob Newell's "Black Dog."  This fish hit a green sea witch/ballyhoo.  Capt. Joe Seegers squared (both father and son have the same name) ran the "Hooked Up" to the Steeples/Blackjack hole yesterday and put a 52 pounder in the box.  He also reported some blackfins and a ton of false albacore.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Saturday's Fishing" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/04/09
 

Congratulations to Larry Deal and the Mako Warrior winners of the U. S. Open King Mackerel Tournament with a 40.30 lb king.  There were a LOT of kings  caught this weekend.

Not only were kings landed but Byran and Janet Hagler of Laurinburg, NC weighed a citation 51 lb. cobia in at the OIFC.  They also had two 20+lb'rs on board.  Bryan fought the cobia for two hours just off the Shark Hole.  At one point he had a double hook up!  The first cobia struck a regular store bought (OIFC, I do believe) king rig.  The citation fish was caught on a pink C & H Lures Stubby.  They said there were plenty more to be caught but the 2 hr. fight wore him out.

He fished using pogies he caught with a heavy net he's had for years just off Holden Beach.  They were so thick they floated his net, yet he only had to use two of them for his bounty.

I promised not to tell that Janet should get an award for hanging in during the fight while she was a little green around the gills.  See Janet, I didn't tell anyone.  Thank ya'll for stopping by the Fishing Center and letting us weigh your catch and do the report. 

The pictures are of the Tournament and Bryan and Janet's cobia aboard their Sea Fox.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Major Results" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/04/09
 

I talked with Todd Helf  and Brian Richard on Wednesday of last week, and they informed me that they were headed offshore to do battle with some big bottomfish.  After looking at these pictures, it is evident that they did that and more.  Evidently the NC lionfish problem is a real threat, but there are plenty of other critters out there that won't sting you.  Actually I hear that the lionfish is excellent tablefare if you can clean it very carefully.  In the meantime, I'm sure Todd, Brian, and the rest of the crew are enjoying fresh grouper as we speak.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Fall Fishing" | OIFC 2- 27' | 10/02/09
 

Yesterday I took the Dixon party on a 3/4 day trip. Their goal was to fish for grouper and if they did not cooperate, look for kings. We left the dock and as reported, we found all the pogies you could ever want just outside of Shallotte Inlet. With the north wind still blowing we decided to fish the beach for a while and wait for the seas to lay down a bit offshore. We worked our way east and put lines out in about 35-40 feet of water near Lockwood Folly inlet. It wasn't long before a king boiled our propwash bait. Unfortunately, he missed the hook. In 30 mins of fishing this area we had another king sky and miss a bait and one good run on another bait before the hooks pulled. With the seas laying down we ran offshore to 65 feet of water and began looking for grouper. Several grouper were caught and others were determined not to come up. All in all, a very good day. While fishing near the Shark Hole, I saw several boats battling kings.
- Capt. Chris Dew
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"U.S. Open" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/02/09
 

The weather today for the U. S. Open King Mackerel Tournament was beautiful.  Totally opposite what was predicted, though participants said the ocean turned fairly rough after the passing of a front.

The Open was well represented by S. Brunswick County by "The Fishin Physician", the "Carolina Saltwater, the "Miss Janelle, as well as the OIFC Yellowfin.  There were approximately 450+ entries and a lot of kings were weighed in.  The 1st place fish was  40.? lbs, 2nd was 38 lbs caught by John Brown of Bolivia, N.C., and the 3rd was 35 lbs. caught by Thomas Hayes of Thomasville, N. C. The average weight was in the mid 20 lb range with a few in the 30's. Tomorrow is yet another day of fishing and we'll see what it brings.

The important message the Tournament has sent is that the kings are along our coast.  Also in talking with some fishermen it seems that the best places to get bait is from the Lockwood Folly Inlet to just off OIB.  Perhaps once the Tournament is over we can learn where are the best places to find the kings.

****Just in at 11:00 pm..received unconfirmed report of a 43 lb king being weighed at the end of the day

The pictures are of The OIFC Yellowfin, Captain Amy, and 1st Mate Carolyn, as well as random shots of the weigh in.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Hot King Bite" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/01/09
 

The weatherman missed it this morning.  A lot of boats fished today, and from our 1st hand experience and the radio traffic it was obvious that we  were all taken by surprise.  We had to return to port early for work reasons, but it seemed that there was improvement in conditions as the day went on.

The bait was unreal!!!  We ran up on a pod of pogies in 23 ft of water just off of Shalotte Inlet that were at least 2 acres across.  Pogies were being caught all along Holden Beach.One throw did it for most everybody.  But we did see one poor sole trying to get bait was a standard 8 ft. cast net.  I'm not making from of him, but it is obvious that one of Captain Brant's Custom Nets is a must have.

Several kings were caught, but because of the tournament no one is talking.  Below is a picture of Amber Simmons, taken by her husband Daniel (OIB Concrete) of some kings they caught at the "Cup Cake" today.  See what I mean by fishermen keeping secretes.  You can't blame them.  Amber and Daniel are gracious enough to share pictures and reports with the OIFC on a regular basis, for which we are very grateful.

Also,Mr. William Whicker reported to the OIFC that yesterday he was fishing within sight of land and landed some blues and kings.

The OIFC has bait, rigs, sweat shirts,  foul weather gear, 100% pure gasoline and will be opening early.  The Store will be open and ready for business at 6 am.  Good luck to everyone fishing the U.S. Open and everyone be safe.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Red Hot Thursday" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/30/09
 

The bait is in place, the wind is laying down, the fish haven't eaten in the past few days, all these forces are pulling together to make Thursday a red hot fishing day.  If it isn't this reporter is really going to look bad.  I'm going out with my two favorite Captain Jeffs...Beck ans Williamson for a morning of near shore king fishing so I have no excuses.

Several accomplished fishermen called the OIFC today and said they were also going to give it a try.  There should be something to report tomorrow unless the fish "pull a David Copperfield" and disappear. I must admit I heard that at the Fishing Center today and wanted to use it.

I'll have all my OIFC gear on, so as Captain Brant told me, "if I can't  be good, I can look good".  Wish us all luck so maybe I'll have something to report.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"What A Difference" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/29/09
 

What a difference a day can make.  Yesterday the ocean was all but "nasty".  This morning it was beautiful near shore, with "camel backs" on the horizon.  Later in the afternoon we got our usual Brunswick County chop.  The Tower right now indicates fishable conditions but we'll have to keep an eye out on the conditions for the weekend as the wind is predicted to blow again.

However, the big picture looks positive as at night our temperatures are dropping with the days being in the mid 70's.  This is KINGFISH weather.  We've got the bait, the rigs,king combos,  cool weather and foul weather gear which will have you set up to fish.  We'll also be here  monitoring the bait, fishing hot spots and whether..  Keep an eye on the Reports, call or better yet drop by for the latest info.

I've just finished getting my personal boat set up for the cold weather...looking forward to blue fin fishing.  I've also got my eye on an OIFC Custom Blue Fin Combo


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shark Hole" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/28/09
 

Check out Garrett Williams king mackerel that came from the Shark Hole last week.  He was fishing with his father Keith Williams on their 31' Cape Horn.  I saw Keith there that same day, and he was kind enough to spot me a bucket of pogies before they went home.  He said he and his son had been releasing fish all day--and they finally had to quit for sore arms.  Not a bad way to spend a Thursday!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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