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"Senior Moment" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/27/09
 

Just in....the 2 fishermen in "the Tubbs Inlet Traffic Jam" report were Kennan Hill and Bryan Freeman.  They ended up with 3 Flounder ranging in the 18.5 to 20  inch range.  Thanks for helping an old guy out.  I really don't have a memory problem.  Thanks for helping an old guy out.  Did I mention that I don't have a memory problem?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Capt'n Dad" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/26/09
 

Check out Chris Denny, ("Capt'n Dad") getting in on the dolphinfish action Saturday at the Winyah Scarp.  He and his crew ventured out of Little River on their 23' Sea Fox and managed to put five nice gaffers in the box, even without bringing a gaff!!!  They must be livin' right.  Seas are looking ok for tomorrow so I think we'll head that way again.  We'll let you know what happens.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Year Round Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/26/09
 

My apologies to Jay Bucklen for not posting the 8.8 lb. King he weighed in during the Far Out Shoot Out.

Congratulations to John Starnes who won the Rodeo Bonus Gift Card for his 6.2 lb Flounder which he caught over the Memorial Day weekend.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/26/09
 

Hello from the inshore grounds once again.  Memorial Day weekend proved to be very busy for me, as I have been on the water for the past five or six days.  Last week, and continuing into this week, we have been plagued by seemingly unrelenting NE/E/SE winds, with seemed to have made the trout and redfish bite a little tricky.  But, we still managed to catch a few over the weekend. Things in the trout and redfish department should heat back up  once our weather stabilizes.  However, the flounder bite continues to be consistent in all the local flounder spots.  There were a  lot of flounder caught over the course of the weekend by a lot of fishermen.  The overall average size of the fish that are being caught also seems to be improving as there were quite a few fish in the 18 - 20 " and even some fish up to 6 lbs. caught.  So, there you have it, the fish are, here, so all you have to do is come and catch them.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Dixie Chicken Offshore Roundup" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/26/09
 

While Brian Aycock and sons were busy tying up the inshore division  this past Saturday, the offshore boys were at it as well, in some pretty nasty seas.  Here is Mark Poff, Rob Van Blaricum, Butch Gardner, and Carsen Fischer of Mark Poff Yacht Sales Fishing Team, showing off their 50.7# wahoo, caught near the Winyah Scarp on their 35' Jefferson Marlago center console.  In addition to largest fish, Mark and crew took the overall offshore win as well.  A nice reward for braving the seas we found at the break that day.   Congrats to Mark and the team.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Traveling Fisherman Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/26/09
 

A quick update on the OIFC's Traveling Fisherman program:

We are working on a new trip for early 2010.  The adventure will be to the secluded fertile waters off Panama in Central America.  We are currently researching the new operation, which is a land based fish camp located in close proximity to the ultimate big game fishing grounds.  The cost will be significantly less than past trips and the accomodations, equipment, and service appear to be second to none.  As the trip and dates are firmed up I will post the details.  Keep in mind a fishing get away in early 2010. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Tubbs Traffic Jam" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/25/09
 

Tubbs Inlet needed a traffic cop today there were so many boats fishing.  But EVERYBODY was pulling in Flounder.  There were several undersized flat fish hitting, but there were just as many keepers.  In the picture below the angler is holding up two 18 inchers. (I apologize, but I"m having a senior moment and their names escape me).  Also shown below is Captain Kyle in action on his Century bay boat Speckulator.  Now is the time of year to book a charter with Kyle or Capt. Jeff Williamson on his "Get Busy" Kenner and get a piece of the action.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Just In" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/24/09
 

Mentioned in yesterday's report Captain Jeff Williamson(Get Busy) landing a bunch of Spanish off Holden Beach.  He just sent me these pictures:
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Double Trouble" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/24/09
 

Once again, congratulations to Team Double Trouble for winning the in shore division of The Dixie Chicken Funament.  This was no easy victory  as several of the local big gun in shore anglers compete each year, and is one that is well respected in our area.

The Team consists of Brian Aycock and his two sons Brandon and Austin.  They fish their Mako and are a valuable part of the OIFC family.  Way to go!!!!!!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Busy Dock" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/23/09
 

Today was the kind of day you can really enjoy if you like fishing.  Both Captain Chris and Captain Roger had returned from Gulf Stream trips and had the dock full of Mahi, Black Fin Tuna and smiling faces.  Also there was Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy) fresh off catching all the Spanish Mellisa Collins and Mellisa Kennedy could want right off Holden Beach Pier.  Jeff said he was using gold spoons ans was fishing about 35 ft. deep.  To add icing to the cake, Brian Aycock arrived to inform us that he and his sons Austin and Brandon (Double Trouble..that's the boat's name also) had just won the Dixie Chicken Tournament.  Brandon was given credit as having the good luck horse shoe this time.

When you looked around you could see the walkways and decks full of people snapping pictures.  It was an exciting, fun, family atmosphere of the kind the OIFC strives for.

Captain Roger was with Randy Kidd, Nathan Fields,and Darin Dehon of Morehead Ky.  They fished near the Scarp using using Blue Water Candy Mini Jags.  Captain Chris also fished the Winyah Scarp area with Landon Beaver, Yonnie Beaver, Kristi Rivenbark of Burgaw, N.C.,  Jason Lanier and Crystal Lang of Advance, N.C.  He didn't say, but I expect Chris was using Black Barts.  In addition to the Mahi, Capt. Chris's crew landed a nice Black Fin.  Both Captains said they were fishing 130 ft. of water with a temp of 77-78 degrees.

  After conducting extensive interviews it was learned that the ladies put a hurtin' on the guys when it came to landing fish.  This adds further support to Captain Roger's theory that women make better anglers partially because they LISTEN!  Disclaimer:  the aforementioned theory is the sole theory of Captain Roger Gales and may not necessarily reflect that of the OIFC.  Any comments may be directed to Roger.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Leader Board Change" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/22/09
 

The OIFC Rodeo has a new leader in the Flounder Division.  John Starnes broke to the top with a 6.2 lb Flounder.  He has bumped Clay Morphes to 2nd place.  Also we're awarding a $25 OIFC Gift Card to the heaviest flounder and the heaviest King weighed in by a Rodeo participant from this morning until Monday at 8 pm.  No one  has  weighed in a King for the Rodeo
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Follow Up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/22/09
 

Just to follow up on Capt. Brant's report, Roger and I were out today.  I've been spoiled fishing with Roger as we've been bringing home up to 2 dozen Mahi each time we've fished together.  But as Brant said, the ocean was still a little murky this morning, however as the day wore on it started to get better.  The seas were much flatter than expected after reading the off shore report.  Based on how the ocean improved through the course of the day I feel that tomorrow ought to be a totally different story. 

Check out the picture of the Cobia below.  It was caught this the morning with a pitch bait (cigar minnow) in our prop wash.  If you look closely you can see the water was chalky.  That cleared as the day progressed.  You can also check out the sea conditions in the other pictures.  I'd give fishing a shot Saturday and Sunday.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Great weekend ahead" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/22/09
 

Man did it turn pretty today.  Aside from a SE swell, the ocean was flat.  There was a huge school of good size Pogys off Holden Beach with a whale feeding in them this PM- neat.  The Kings didn't do much today, likely the water will have to settle before they feed- my guess is Sat will start the bite again.  We have several boats going to the Stream tomorrow, so hopefully the Dolphin will be biting again- stand by.  There was a Cobia caught today in 55 feet of water, so look for them to be moving in. 

Stay tuned to great reports - weather forecast looks great!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"RODEO BONUS!!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/21/09
 

The OIFC Rodeo is very happy to announce a new bonus pay out periodically for the largest species of fish caught during a certain time frame.  Participants must be entered in the OIFC Rodeo and all Rodeo rules apply.

 The 1st Bonus will be for Memorial Day Weekend.  The OIFC will give a $25 OIFC Gift Card for the heaviest King Mackerel weighed in at the OIFC between Friday May 22nd at 8 am and Monday May 25th at 8PM.  We will also award a $25 OIFC Gift Card for the heaviest Flounder weighed in here during the same time period.  Good luck to all!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Carolina Beach...." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/21/09
 

...is a great place to catch a king mackerel just beyond the breakers.  Just ask Dennis Spanger, who caught this early season mackerel on a 2" Yo-Zuri jerkbait while trolling for spanish mackerel last week.  He said the spanish bite was slow, and no wonder!  Some bigger fish had moved in and were competing for the same spanish.  Another person who has made Carolina Beach inlet pay off big is Capt. Brant, who won the "Got 'Em On" tournament there at the sea buoy last July.  Let this serve as a lesson, from this point forward, there will be at least a few kings hanging around the beaches, nearshore ARs, and inlets.  Don't overlook them when you are spanish fishing.  Try a ballyhoo or a plug back there in the spread.  Now and then, you'll get a nice suprise...


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"What's Up" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/20/09
 

The web cam is back working!  Now you can watch as the sun rises and the boats head out in the AM and watch as they come in and unload catches in the PM.

The weather has been windy all week and no one has been fishing.  But, the good news is that the winds and seas are supposed to subside on Friday which will lead to an unmolested fishery- the fish have all week to fatten up.  The East wind will have blown the Stream waters closer in, so I expect to see good numbers of Dolphin in as close at 80-100 feet of water.  There will likely be weed lines along the break offshore as well. 

A quick reminder with the forecast.  We've had strong east winds all week and thus the seas have been building over a long distance and are very large.  The wind is forecast to drop to 5-10kts on Saturday, and although the forecast isn't out, I guarantee you it will say the seas are 6+ feet.....  DO NOT LET THIS KEEP YOU FROM FISHING.  A 5-10kt wind will never make 6+ foot seas.  A 5-10kt wind makes 2 foot seas, 10-15kts makes 3-4', 15-20kts makes 3-5' and after that its probably too rough to worry about.  The seas that are forecast are in swell- and a swell is a residual sea created from either rough conditions a long way away, ie. a hurricane or from bad weather prior to the current conditions.  A swell is a long, rolling sea that is spaced far apart and besides sometimes making the run offshore a bit slower, it is hardly noticeable when fishing.  I hope you will take this advice into account when planning your next trip or else you, like many others that didn't fish last weekend because of a similar forecast, will be reading about all of the great fishing instead of experiencing it yourself!  See you on the water- Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"RODEO UPDATE" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/20/09
 

Check out our Tournament Page for updates on the OIFC Rodeo.  I've also included the purse for each species.  Disclaimer:  I have not double checked my math with the bookkeeper so the purse amount may need some tweaking.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/20/09
 

Captain Roger reported that he limited out on Kings on his last charter.  He in fact released more than he kept.  I'll get an update from him and post the wheres and hows as soon as I talk with him again.  William Parker had a nice Cobia the same day.  Again I'll follow up and post the information before the weather settles this weekend, which gives all indications of being great fishing  weather.

Our friend Robbie Dial was kind enough to forward the following report to the OIFC:  

 Robbie,  Mike  Kennerly, and Ray Blanchet fished the Steeples in calm seas and caught Mahi until they were tired of reeling them in.  He said they even tried to snatch hooks away from them and the Mahi would chase the lures down.  He  alleged one was bumping the side of the boat. ( Somehow I think Robbie might have got a little too caught up in his report, but you be the judge).

Robbie advised he was very pleased with the FOSO shoot out format as well as the results they got from the Black Barts they were using.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Thanks" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/19/09
 

Thanks to The GPS Store and Sea Tow for their support of the Far Out Shoot Out- we had a good turn out with 33 entries, and I think the format of leaving the entry open thru the event worked well.  The fishing was exceptional for Dolphin the entire week and those that found the Wahoo and Tuna made up the winners.  There were actually a couple of Yellowfin Tuna caught over the weekend, so there may still be hope for the species.

This weekend is looking great.  It is blowing like crazy now, but its supposed to get nice on Friday and the wind is forecast light on Fri, Sat and Sun -- come on down and go fishing. 

Kings bit like bull dogs at the Jungle and a few were caught at the 390/390.  They will continue to move inshore and I'm sure this weekend will be excellent fishing for them.  Also, look for Cobia and be sure you're prepared for them with 1oz. jigs tipped with squid strips on 4 feet of 30# fluoro carbon on a 15-30# spin outfit.  Available on OIFC web store- CLICK HERE.

Spanish still on the beach too.  Look forward to seeing you this weekend.  Congratulations to all Shoot Out winners again - pics of winners below.

FINAL STANDINGS

1st overall: Dirty Dog, 2nd overall: Mean C , 3rd overall: Salty Lady

1st Tuna: Ocean Isle Fishing Center, 2nd Tuna: Mean C

1st Wahoo: Salty Lady, 2nd Wahoo: Dirty Dog

1st Dolphin: OIFC/Black Bart- 27.25, 2nd Dolphin: Blue By U!

1st Meatfish TWT: Dirty Dog- 39.45 Wahoo

1st High Rollers TWT: Dirty Dog, 2nd High Rollers TWT: Mean C, 3rd High Rollers TWT: Hooya

1st -25 TWT: 7th Heaven

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Cody's First Sailfish" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/18/09
 

Cody Childers caught his first sailing type fish this weekend while fishing on the "No Worries" at the 100/400.  This spindlebeak put on a show after Cody hooked him on a pink and white Ilander/ballyhoo combo and came to the boat after 25 or 30 minutes.  Hopefully there will be many more billfish to come for this young angler.  There were a rash of sails caught this weekend--and that's a good thing.  It looks like summer is getting here early in 2009.  It may be 50 degrees outside now, but that is temporary.  The Gulf Stream is hot, kingfish are biting at the 390/390, and the flounder will chew your toes off in Tubbs if you dunk your feet.  Gotta love NC in the month of May...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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