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"Morning Trip" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/19/09
 

Capt. Jeff Beck and I were joined by Courtney and Camdyn Beck and Jon and Leah Hayes for a King trip to the 90's.  Along with the OIFC boats we located pogies in front of the tower off OIB and at the mouth of Tubbs Inlet.  As soon as we reached the 90's and put lines in, I got a hit from a 4.5 lb. spanish which hit a naked pogy behind a Yea Haw Fish Call.  Right after that Jon hooked up with a 17.3 lb king in the propwash.  Then right after that, poor Camdyn wasn't feeling good so we headed for "the hill".
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Brunswick Co. Doormat" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/18/09
 

This isn't the kind of doormat you wipe your feet on.  It's the kind that's in the heart and soul of every flounder fisherman.  Pictured is an 8.2 lb. flounder caught by David Aldridge from Boone, N.C.  With David are Brett and Holly Aldridge and not pictured is Gene Norris.  They didn't share where they landed their citation flounder.  Congratulations and thanks for letting us weigh and do a write up  on your catch!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"one Tough Customer!" | OIFC 2- 27' | 07/17/09
 

Captain Chris Dew was as proud as a papa when he called to have me meet him at the dock.  He had taken John Aguiar and his 7 yr old son, Sabastian fishing today.  When the seas turned rough, Sabastian hung in like an "old salt" until he caught HIS fish.  Sabastian returned to the OIFC docks with a 4+ pound Spanish.  Captain Chris said that as they trolled the waves were almost breaking over the side of the 27 ft. Contender, yet Sabastian hung in!  A true future fisherman.  Perhaps a future charter captain?  They both hail from Hoboken, N.J.

While all this was going on Doppler was diligently performing his duties as official OIFC greeter as he posed with Robert from Pinehurst, N.C. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Reds and Flounder" | Speckulator - 22' | 07/16/09
 

Captain Kyle had a half day charter with D. J., Ryan, and David Savage of Dallas and Wilmington, N.C.  That group got into the Reds'.  Meanwhile Captain Jeff Beck and Jon Hayes caught flounder in the Shallotte River. Below are a couple of pictures of some of their fish.

Also while all the Charter Captains are out having "fun in the sun", don't forget the behind the scene store staff such as Virginia Beckham, shown here today spooling a reel.  Check the matching shirt and fishing line.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fish-N-Trip" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/16/09
 

Thanks to the crew of the Fish-N-Trip for stopping by the OIFC and letting us weigh the 29.2 King Billy McLean landed, and the 4.4 lb. Spanish Sarah McLean caught.  The crew of the triple engined Fountain was made up of Billy McLean, Matt Johnson, Mac McHenry and Sarah McLean.  I hope I got everyone's name correct as my pen failed me!  Let me know if I need to make changes.  Thanks for allowing me to take the pictures and use them on the Report
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"70 ft Hole" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/16/09
 

Our boats shifted gears and locations and went to the 70 ft. Hole.  Captain Zach and Captain Turtle chartered Ronnie, Garrett, and Dylan Helms, Mike and Ava Morris and Marissa Mull of Salisbury, N.C. on a very productive half day trip.  Ronnie landed the big Dolphin in the picture, and Garrett got the smaller one.  The crew trolled with Pogies. 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Morning Charters" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/16/09
 

Capt. Brant took Josh Weaver, Mandy Weaver, Doug Weaver, from Lima OH., MacKenzie Betts,of Columbus, OH. Amy Weaver and Melody Madigan of Conway, AK. for a morning charter.  The day began with Brant boating Pogies he caught just west of the Shallotte Inlet off of OIB.  They then went to 65 feet of water where Josh hooked up with the Bull Dolphin pictured below.  Also caught were several Sharks, Barracudas and Kings.  A very productive trip indeed.

Captain Chris Dew took Blake Steen, Joel White, Jarrett Sparks and Ken Sparks from Concord, N.C. on a half day trip.  Joel experienced the excitement of hooking up with a Sail, while Ken landed the big King in the picture below and Jarrett boated the smaller one.  Both boats are out on afternoon charters now.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"2nd Trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/15/09
 

Capt. Jeff Williamson and Capt. Turtle Patterson finished their day out with a 2nd trip to the 90's.  Pictured below is J.D. Ray of Concord, N.C. with a King he landed.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Do Work" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/15/09
 

Captain Jeff Beck (Do Work) fishing out of the OIFC took good friends and newlyweds, Jon and Leah Hayes, of Taylorsville, N. C. fishing this morning.  They began their day by netting Pogies just west of the Shallotte Inlet, and in 10 ft. of water.  They then joined the OIFC boats at the 90's and spent the rest of the day catching Kings and Spanish.  The couple released all but a few of their fish.  The are pictured with a couple of the Kings they elected to keep.  Leah's King weighed 19.2 lbs.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sailfish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/15/09
 

Captain Brant took a 3/4 day charter made up of dad, Dan White,  son Zach and daughter Gemma, along with Kelly Racette and Kelly Smathers , all of Tiffin, Ohio.  They fished in 75 ft. of water and caught/released a Sailfish which was fought by Dan.  Also boated were Amberjack, Mahi (caught by Gemma), Spanish and Kings all caught while trolling with Pogies.. 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 07/15/09
 

Hello again from the inshore grounds, where the fishing coninues to be very good.  The summertime redfishing is in full swing, as we have been catching reds of all shapes and sizes recently, from 16" pups to the 30+" bulls.  The trout bite also continues to be consistent despite water temps slowing creeping into the low to mid 80 degree range.  As with the reds, the trout have been coming in all sizes, and there are certainly still big ones around, as we have caught some 5lb class fish recently.  Finally, on the flounder scene, things are transitioning into a typical summer pattern as well, as we seem to be catching more fish around the inlets now, with the average size being slightly larger, meaning more keepers.  All in all, things are good on the inshore scene.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Still at the 90's" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/15/09
 

Captain Jeff Wiliamson along with Captain Turtle Patterson were joined for a morning charter by the Warrens, Gray, Ben, and Kyle,  of Sophia, N. C. the Cullers, Brian and Chad,  as well as Mark Plumlee, all from Anderson, S. C., for a morning charter.  They too went to the 90's and struck gold with several Kings and a Spanish caught while trolling with Pogies.  Below is Captain Turtle feeding one of the young men some Brunswick County Sushi.  Actually it was a citation Spanish that got hammered by a 'cuda as it was being reeled it. 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More R & R" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/15/09
 

Here are a few more photos from the weekend trips with our Army boys from Fort Bragg.  Can't wait to see them back down this way to go and do it again.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Morning at the 90's" | OIFC 2- 27' | 07/15/09
 

Captain Chris Dew aboard the OIFC 2 was joined this morning by the Carter's, Kelsey, MacKenzie and daddy, Ron along with father-in-law Charles "Dimp" Snipes from Lancaster, S.C.  They started the day by netting pogies just west of the Shallotte Inlet.  Then they went to the 90's and were joined later by the Carolina Cat.

They reported Kings skying all over the area and several boats landing Kings and Spanish.  Kelsey landed a nice Spanish and MacKenzie had two Kings, one being the biggest.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Tarpon sighted" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/14/09
 

As I referenced the other day all the Pogys- it is usually only a matter of time before the fish find the bait.  Capt. Barrett called me today from the parasail boat- he reported several big schools of Tarpon running the beach and feeding in Pogy pods.  Tarpon are not uncommon in our area, but they are not common enough to target.  I haven't heard of a sighting in a few years of schools.  There is certainly plenty of food, maybe the Tarpon will stay and become a fishing option for us in the Summer?  Wouldn't that be something.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Received Pogies" | OIFC 2- 27' | 07/14/09
 

Phil Goodloe and Kobi Goodloe were fortunate enough to get some Pogies from Capt Chris Dew of the OIFC 2 before heading to the 90's aboard their 21' Sea Hunt.  And look what they caught right beside Capt. Chris, a 21.3 lb King!!!!!  They wanted me to thank you.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Good Guy!" | OIFC 2- 27' | 07/14/09
 

Captain Chris Dew chartered Mike Giacomantonio, his 9 yr old son, Noah, Ron Overbeck and his 12 yr old (not 11!) son, Devon, of Michigan this morning.  On they way out they loaded up on Pogy's and were kind enough to share them with Phil and Kobi Goodloe.  Both boats then headed to the 90's and landed some Kings.  Noah and Devon caught the Lings and a lot of Sharks.  They had several Kings to break off 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"At Last!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/14/09
 

Back online at last!!  Below are a few pictures taken of people and their fish I was unable to publish.  If you were told you'd be emailed copies, please email me at sunset69@atmc.net and I'll get them to you.  I think I've got some more and they'll be online shortly. 

A Great deal of these fish were caught at the 90's, the 65 ft hole, and the 410/510 as reported earlier.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"R & R" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/13/09
 

For the past three months, I had been emailing back and forth with Josh Woodruff, a soldier stationed in Iraq, who wanted to catch a sailfish as soon as he returned to the states.  The stars must have aligned pretty well, because even though they delayed his unit's return, he and Jim Moses, Mark Yeoman, Craig Ulrich, and Craig's father Dan Ulrich (who lives in Illinois) flew back into Fayetteville and were released at 2:00 Saturday morning, just in time for them to go fishing.  The weather was perfect, bait was available, and the fish were ready.  We caught ten nice kingfish around the Jungle, then hooked up on one of two sails we saw balling bait.  The boys should be sending me pictures shortly, the way this fish put on a show there have got to be some good ones!  We headed home and four exhausted soldiers went to get some sleep at their hotel.  The next day we all met again and headed offshore to see what we could find.  Weather conditions were a bit snotty and the trolling bite wasn't exactly going on, so we dropped down Roscoe jigs to see what we could connect to.  Seconds later a 27# cobia doubled over one of the Star jigging rods.  We stayed with the jigging and nailed some monster amberjacks and a few kingfish.  Not a bad way at all to celebrate a safe return home to the States for the boys and a 29th birthday for Josh.  For everything these guys do to keep us safe in the world, I hope the fish bite everytime they go!  More pictures to come, I am told.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Weekend report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/13/09
 

The weekend proved to be nice, particularly Saturday.  The winds shifted from the East to light south and the fishing was VERY good on Saturday.  Hot spots for Kings were the Jungle, 65 foot hole, 90/90, 410/510, Shark Hole.  Most of the fish were in the 12-15 pound range, but many fish over 20 pounds were caught, including a 44 pounder by Richard Boles to win the Got'em On Clasic tournament out of Carolina Beach.  That fish was caught at the 410/510.  Offshore, there was a good Dolphin bite in 110 feet of water near the Navy wreck and quite a few of the boats fishing for Kings caught or hooked Sailfish on Saturday.  Sunday the winds shifted southwest and blew 15kts and pretty much shut the bite down.  The fish bit for an hour or two in the morning, but Saturday proved the day to go fishing. 

Beyond the Kings, in my opinion the biggest news is all the Pogys we have.  I have NEVER seen so much bait.  Pod after pod of Pogys on all the area beaches.  I have a friend in Morehead City who says the same thing.  So much bait.  The Pogys have been on the small side, but late last week we started seeing pods of larger baits, some of them jumbos.  I know we fought the Pogy netting hard a few years ago and I'm not claiming that is the reason for the all the Pogys, but you use your own judgement.  Either way, it is very nice to be able to come out the inlet and find and catch bait with no problem.  The next step is for the Kings, Tarpon.... to catch up with the bait and we'll be living large. 

This week looks like stable Summer pattern.  Southwest winds 10-15kts all week.  We'll be on the water so stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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