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"Local Fishing Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/10/09
 

Finally got a chance to take my dad king fishing. He had heart valve replacement surgery 6 weeks ago and felt like going, so we went. He did good and Joshua did Great. We went 24 miles off shore and had a ball!!!!!!! Thankfully I had Dylan with me as we had a Chinese Fire Drill of sorts.. I was on the bow with Dad trying to gaff has king, ( he gave out half way through his first one he hooked up with but I talked him into staying with this one till we got him in) and had two reels peeling almost into a meltdown off the back. I finally gaffed Dad’s king and looked back to see Dylan on one rod and my 6 yr old Joshua holding and fighting the other.. It was nuts.. We only kept 4… 1 for supper and 3 I owed to a neighbor at the condo for letting me borrow his cordless drill last weekend. We had a ball!



Forgot to tell you that my Dad is 83.. what a great day..



Stick Slinger

Jim Bowen


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"Brayden update" | Real-Time Update | 11/10/09
 


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"www.OIFC.com Tournament Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/09/09
 

We have four boats fishing in the www.OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament today. Team OIFC, Hooyah, Release & Dig It. Can't wait to see what they bring to the scales this afternoon!

There were some good fish weighed over the weekend. Here are the current standings:

  1. OIFC - One fish - 46.95
  2. Release - One fish - 43.05
  3. Dig It - One fish - 32.85
  4. Blue Chips - Two fish - 31.10
  5. HooYah - One fish - 22.30
  6. Reel Lineman - One fish - 19.75
  7. Wild Ride - One fish - 15.75

You've still got time to ENTER, looks like the big fish are biting.  Check out the photos of all the fish weighed this past weekend.


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"www.OIFC.com Tournament Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/09/09
 

Here are more photos of fish weighed this past weekend in the www.OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament.
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"Team oifc update" | Real-Time Update | 11/09/09
 

Red hot bite at east rock today. Left gautesbs to find bait this morning and did not find until drum inlet so we decided to keep going south. Good thing as big fish were chewing. Released another at least this big too. You should have been here. Classic
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"Tournament Update Day Three" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/09/09
 

Holy *&%#!!!  What a day of fishing.  Today's fishing embodied precisely why this tournament was started.  The waters from Morehead to Hatteras in the late fall is a special place.  We've experienced the bite here in the past and thought it would be great if more kingfish  teams had a reason to explore the incredible fishery right here in our own state.  Thus, the OIFC.com KMT was born.  I'll admit it, Team OIFC is made up of kingfish junkies. We are always searching for the next great bite of kingfish.  Today we got a fix that none who were there will soon forget. 

I haven't received a report from everyone who fished today but I do have some information.  The teams of Dig It and Release fished from Morehead City today and absolutely put the smack down on the fish.  I know this because Team OIFC eventually joined in on the smack down on the east side.  Dig It put a 40lb slob together with their 32 from yesterday for a highly respectable two fish agg.  Release, who weighed a 43 yesterday, weighed the king of kings today with a 53 and change!  Wow!  That is the big fish of the tournament so far. 

Team OIFC and Team Hooyah left out of Hatteras inlet this morning in opposite directions.  Hooyah went north and OIFC south both looking for bait which proved to be difficult in both directions.  Hooyah gave up on the pogies that were so plentiful the day before and all but disappeared today and headed offshore.  The fished the same area from yesterday that was so productive but today it was dead.  However, they were able to jig up bluefish and croakers which made for great live bait.  With their hopes and dreams of catching monster NC kingfish all but dried up after a long day of fishing, Capt. Lee Frick reported they made one last move inshore to a cooler water temperature break.  At 3:00 just 15 minutes after dropping the lines in she hit.  By 4:00 she was on the scales at 51lbs and change.  That makes 2 50's so far.  Hooyah puts their 51 together with their 22 from yesterday. 

Team OIFC had the same bait struggles as Hooyah.  After running about 40 miles down the beach we finally found the pogies.  They were the same turbos from the day before.  If you haven't seen these pogies before you wouldn't believe it.  They are enormous.  Being that we were so far south from Hatteras we decided to fish some of the east side spots around Cape Lookout.  It was mid morning before we finally found the fleet of boats and the fish.  There was no question if we were in the right spot when we pulled up as there were 8 boats at the spot and 8 bow riders with bent rods.  For the rest of the day we went to battle with a class of kingfish that is hard to believe.  I don't know how many fish over 30lbs we released but we let 3-4 40lbers go and one fish that was between 50 and 55lbs.  During that stretch we kept one that would be our weigh fish.  We couldn't bring ourselves to kill two fish of that size.  At the scales our slob weighed 50.05lbs.  That makes 3 over 50 on the scales.  What a day!

I'll be the first to admit that this tournament hasn't caught on like we hoped.  The participation has not met expectations.  What has met expectations is the fish.  They have not disappointed and have been as advertised - big and hungry!  To have this many big fish with just a few boats fishing says a lot about the fishery.  I'm hoping there are some teams out there that are planning to register for the tournament this week, but if not, it sure has been fun for those of us who were out there over the last few days.  There is nothing like being in a bite of big fish. 

As far as tournament standings, I can't post anything official yet because my best calculation has it so close I don't want to say without know for sure.  There is a dead heat for top honors in the agg between Release and OIFC.  Dig IT and Hooyah are also neck and neck for 3rd and 4th.  Release does have the big fish so far. 

More tournament updates will be posted as they come in.  For Team OIFC it's time to rest for a few days. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"www.OIFC.com Tournament Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/08/09
 

We have 6 teams fishing today in the www.OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament.

Wild Ride, Dig It, Team OIFC, The Release, Bluechips, & Hooyah

Stay tuned for updates! Hopefully I will have some photos of a few nice kings waiting on me in my email Monday morning.


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"Team oifc update" | Real-Time Update | 11/08/09
 

Think this one is worth weighing
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"Local Scene" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/08/09
 

What a king Rube and Barrett have in their report.  Meanwhile, back at the ranch, inshore Bo Tucker and Glenn Hess had a great morning on the ICW behind OIB.  They were fishing with live shrimp on a rising tide.  Bo caught the shrimp in a creek yesterday.  If you've got live shrimp then "you da man!"

Offshore...The pogies were around the mouth of the Shallotte Inlet though most everyone skipped looking for them and used frozen cigar minnows.  Seemed the Horse Shoe and the Shark Hole were the best places to be for king action.

Jamie Blue has just reported that he fished aboard a friends Grady yesterday.  He said they caught blackfins, 3 of which they kept, they kept a 25 # king and several false albacore which were released at the Steeples.  He also lost what he thinks was a big wahoo when a line broke.  The bite didn't start until about 1:30.  The fish were hitting dark colors..blue/black, red/black and a blue bling head.  Jamie's day was completed when his Clemson Tigers beat FSU at Clemson in what was a great game to watch.

Matt Holt of Sunset Beach, aboard his black Contender "GutSea" bottom fished.most of the day today at the Atlantic Ledge.  Using dead cigar minnows he caught several keeper sea bass, bee liners and a gag grouper.  He reported that they were catching sea bass two at a time on squid.   They had two grouper get off.

This weekend has probably been the prettiest here this year and a lot of boats took advantage.  Hope everyone had a great weekend! 

Thank's to everyone who provide reports to the OIFC so we can share them!


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"Day Two Tourney Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/08/09
 

Wow, what a difference a day makes!  The weather up here in Hatteras is absolutely magnificent.  Calm seas, blue skies, cool temps and hungry kingfish.  Teams fishing the OIFC.com KMT hit the water today in search of monster kingfish from Morehead City to Hatteras. 

I have limited communications here in Hatteras but it is my understanding Mike Williams on the Release scaled a stud 43+lb kingfish today that was weighed in Morehead.  Team Dig It also posted a 32 and change.  The bite was apparently very strong as all the boats fishing had a load of kingfish. 

Team Reel Linemen, Team Hooyah, and Team OIFC fished from Hatteras today.  The day started for us by departing the inlet and locating a school of pogies just down the beach.  Now these are not your average pogies.  These are super turbos.  The pogies weigh between 1 and 3 pounds each.  Trying to pull a net load over the side is quite the chore.  Armed with the best live baits possible we each of the three teams headed out and set up on different areas of a temperature change.  The bite was awesome early with double and triple hook ups the norm.  The majority of the fish were in the 15-20lb range but bigger fish were around.  Note the picture in an earlier report.  At the end of the day, Team Reel Lineman scaled a 19 and change and told a sad story of a monster that was eaten by a shark.  Team Hooyah posted a 22 and change and Team OIFC lucked into a 46.95lb hog.  This is why we come to Hatteras!  If you ever wanted a chance at catching giant kingfish now is the time. 

Tournament registration remains OPEN.  The weather is still perfect and the fish are only just getting started.  Team OIFC and Hooyah are back at it again for the second day of the tournament tomorrow.  I'm sure others will also be fishing.  More news tomorrow. 


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"www.OIFC.com Tournament Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/07/09
 

We have two teams fishing in the www.OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament today.

Bluechips - Radford Brown

Reel Lineman - Darryl Taylor

Stay tuned to see what they caught & tournament results!


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"Day one tourney" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/07/09
 

Day one of nine is in the books for the OIFC.com KMT.  Apparently the bite of big fish wasn't great for the boats fishing the tournament today.  Team Blue Chips was the only boat to weigh with a fish just over 13lbs.  The good news is there is 8 more days to fish.  The tournament is still wide open for the taking and registration is open until next Friday. 

Team OIFC consisting of myself, Rube, and Brant headed north this morning.  We left out of Ocean Isle around 5am and fished our way to Hatteras from Morehead City.  We found plenty of bait, both pogies and blues, and lots of hungry small kingfish.  Now if we can just turn those hungry kingfish into 40lbers we'll be in good shape.  Tonight we're camped out here in a luxury condo at Hatteras Landing Marina along with fellow Ocean Isle based team, Team Hooyah.  The weather is supposed to be perfect for the next couple days so we're headed out tomorrow and will declare tomorrow as one of our fishing days for the tournament.  Stand by for the report tomorrow. 

On the local OIB scene, the kingfish bite was good today and improving.  They should hit 5th gear tomorrow as the water continues to clear with the stable weather.  65 to 85 feet of water is the best bets for kingfish action.  The Jungle, Shark Hole and Atlantic Ledge are all producing.  Go get em!


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"Radio Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/07/09
 

The OIFC radio (channel 11) was rockin' today.  There were a lot of boats out king fishing.  According to what I heard the pogies WERE on the beach,  it sounded like they were being caught off Holden, but having cigar minnows onboard was still a good idea.  Several teens to twenties kings were being caught.  The seas were in great shape, but grass was a problem.  Some of the captains were reporting that close in the grass was so thick you could hardly pull a line.  More Sunday as I get it.
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"OIFC.com KMT Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/06/09
 

Attention teams fishing the OIFC.com KMT.  You MUST declare the days you are fishing prior to 6am of the days you fish by calling our hotline at 910-253-3474.  Also, when declaring your day on the phone message please give us your best guess on which weigh station you will be reporting to, either Hatteras or Beaufort.  You are not bound to that weigh station if your circumstances change but it will give us a general idea if we need to have our weigh master on duty. 

Lastly, VERY IMPORTANT, remember that registration remains open until next Friday the 13th of November.  Teams may enter anytime during the course of the event until next Friday.  So, if you're waiting on a weather window you can still enter until next Friday. 

The weather appears to be lining up perfect for the next 4 or 5 days.  This should be a great opportunity to take revenge on the fish as the conditions are just right for an all out blitz of huge NC kingfish.  Looking forward to this one!


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"King Shopping List" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/06/09
 

A lot of anglers are getting ready for the SKA Tournament in Biloxi, the OIFC.com King Tournament in Hatteras, or just taking advantage of the perfect fishing weather the next several days.  With that in mind, Captain Brant has compiled a shopping list of gear you would be wise to use.  He has also updated the staff so we can better assist you.

The following is a general list  Brant suggests, stop by or call and the staff can give you the particulars:

Sabiki Rigs

Diamond Jigs

Gotcha Plugs

6' to 8' cast net

4/0 hooks

#1 and #2 trebble hooks

Ribbonfish Skirts

Yee Haw Fish Calls

Turbo Rattlers

60# braided wire or #6 or #7 Straight Wire

#30 lb floro

We have everything you need in stock even though it may not be highlighted

 

 

 


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"Latest News" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/06/09
 

The OIFC has received reports of fantastic sea bass action.  They are biting as close in as the Youpon Reef, and the Shallotte Ledges.  Many are keepers. With the cooler weather the sea bass are moving closer in.  Still the chances of catching the biggest are in deeper water.....65 ft or so.

The gray trout are also showing up around the Youpon and the 460.  They are hitting Betts Spec Rigs tipped with 1" to 2" squid strips or shrimp.  Fishermen have been having a blast with them on spinning tackle.

Reports are the kings are hanging in 80-90 ft of water with the Horseshoe and the Atlantic Ledge showing promise.  The Shark Hole has also been productive.  Right now the pogys are not around...dead cigar minnows or live cigar minnows jigged up are the ticket. 

Have fun!!!!


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"Recent Action" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/05/09
 

William Parker and Steele Park have reported that the Sea Bass action is hot and heavy at the Youpon Reef.  Steele fun fished today and caught a bunch.  William and his wife fished yesterday and said they were catching them 2 at a time.  He said that most were undersized, but there were several keepers mixed in.  William further reported that he had a lot of king action at the Shark Hole but did not elaborate on his bait.

The weather this weekend is supposed to be superb with 10 knot winds and the  temperatures to be in the low 70's along with plenty of sunshine.  This is a perfect scenario for a fantastic weekend of fall fishing.  I am looking forward to having a lot of action to report!


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"Heading to Hatteras" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/05/09
 

Team OIFC is gearing up for the 2nd Annual OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament.  We will be heading to Hatteras early Saturday morning and staying for the week.  The weather looks great and the monster kingfish are chewing.  Anyone who wants to join the fun should register for the tournament online at www.oifc.com.  Remember, you can enter anytime through November 13th.  Fishing begins this Saturday, November 7th and goes through Sunday November 15th.  Teams have the option to choose 2 out of 9 possible fishing days.  The conditions are lining up perfect for an epic bite.  Give us a shout if you're heading to Hatteras or Beaufort.  See you up north!
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"Trout and Albies" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/04/09
 

Donnie Clark sent these photos of a recent fishing trip he took with his son Jason aboard their boat the "Duckin Out".  They fished using silver Yoziri Sp's while site casting.  Some were caugt while trolling when the bite wasn't on top.  They also caught some gray trout using spec rigs tipped with shrimp and blue stingsilvers jigged on the bottom.  The best bite was about 2 hrs before high tide.


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"Inshore Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/03/09
 

Got these pictures from Seth "River Rat" Strickland who has been crushing the big Drum at Little River for the last month.  He reports live baits on the bottom around the inlet are the ticket. 
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