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"Steeples On Fire" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/28/09
 

I'm at the OIFC and everyone who has come in here and went out yesterday have told me the Steeples were on fire!  One Captain said he had to run a little north to get in the frey but once there he said the Dolphin and Blackfin were thick as thieves.

If you can get out in the next couple of days I'd do it.   The ocean looks like a table top. Right now the weekend looks windy, but hopefully that will change.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Toothy critters" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/28/09
 

Sustained good weather, warm water offshore, and a day of fishing with friends.  What more can you ask for?  I got a chance to fish with Capt. Joe Seegers, Rick Stanley, and Stephen Hunter this Sunday on Joe's boat, the "Hooked Up."  We found a nice temp break just offshore of the Black Jack hole and had consistent action from dolphin on both ballyhoos and lures.  As the dolphin bite slowed, we got a nice suprise when a 55# wahoo ate the long rigger bait and came to the gaff 20 minutes later.  We then pushed offshore and put out a full lure spread, which led to more gaffer bites.  Late in the afternoon, we eased back inshore and started to pull our lines in when we got another suprise.  A 150# mako shark cracked the planer bait and peeled off a ton of braid before we figured out what we were dealing with.  After putting on a show and trying to lap the boat, we were able to subdue one of the oceans meanest (and best-tasting) species.  No one lost limb to the shark, but he did manage to haywire two gaffs together boatside and I think the snap swivel in the picture has lost most of its function.  We got home a little late, but all in all, I would have to say it was worth it.  Hard to imagine a better day on the water...

BY THE WAY, BARRY GARDNER WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ON THIS TRIP BUT DECIDED AT THE LAST MINUTE THAT HE DIDN'T WANT TO GO.  HA HA BARRY, YOU MISSED THE MAKO!  BETCHA WON'T SLEEP IN LATE NEXT TIME!!!


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"More Weekend Photos" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/28/09
 

Scott Ward sent these pictures of their catch this weekend.  They were at the Steeples.  The OIFC really appreciates all the photos and reports we receive.  A great many people  enjoy checking out the OIFC Fishing Report  and we take great pride and enjoyment in being able to share all the adventures and successes . Many  of  our readers  are landlocked and their only way to keep in touch with saltwater fishing is through reports like the OIFC's.  Again thank you and thank you Scott.

With all that said and with evidence that the spring bite is on we remind you that the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out is almost here.  Also. the OIFC Rodeo is going on.  Come join us.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"OIFC RODEO UPDATE" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/27/09
 

The OIFC Rodeo standings have been updated, so check it out.  Also the money for each species is as follows:

Flounder-$160, Speckled Trout-$170,Spanish Mackerel-$90, King-$120, Cobia-$70, Dolphin-$100, Yellowfin/blackfin Tuna-$50, Wahoo-$110, Gag Grouper-$50, Sea Bass-$90.

You will note that the Tuna has  been opened up to include Blackfin.  There are some nice Blackfins being caught, so you may want to sign up for that species.  Good luck!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Yet more weekend pics..." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/27/09
 

The promised pics from Chris Carroll's (Cape Fear Sportswear) weekend offshore.  He's headed back out there tomorrow, so I'm fairly certain we'll have some more pictures of his crowd coming soon.  Gotta' love those Black Bart plugs!!!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Blackfin destruction/more from the Steeples" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/27/09
 

Here's another addition to the weekend roundup.  Kennan Hill, Bryan Freeman, Brian Robbins,  and Tim Gallimore caught these blackfins near the Steeples on Friday.  Looks like there's a lot of seared blackfin loin and sashimi going around OIB these days. 

Also scoring at the Steeples this weekend were the Illings and Jeff Bowden, of Davie County.  They caught wahoos and gaffers out there on the Miss Louis, a 23' Sea Fox owned by Jeff.  Let's hope next weekend gives us the same weather and affords anyone with a skiff or larger to catch Gulf Stream fish.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"More weekend pics" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/27/09
 

Here's a bit more of the weekend roundup.  Check out Bob Newell with this nice gaffer, he and Yorke Pharr caught several other nice dolphins and some wahoo to the east yesterday.  Shane Wallace sent me the other pictures of his weekend.  He fished with Bounty Hunter on Saturday and Jamie Blue on Sunday.  Excellent fishing all around.  Spring Gulf Stream fishing is finally here and in full swing.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Great Fishing" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/27/09
 

A  LOT of anglers took advantage of the beautiful weather and calm seas and a lot, I men a LOT of fish were caught.  I'll name a few and apologize in advance to those whom I've forgotten.  Also several fishermen were going to send me pictures of their action which I'll post.

Some of the folks who went out and had great success with Mahi and Wahoo were Bob Newell and York Pharr, Jami Blue and Shane Wallace, Scott  Ward  and his crew and Ronnie Kelly and his son Ryan who had success bottom fishing.  Capt. Roger also said he loaded his cooler with some Rodeo winning Sea Bass Saturday.  Below are some pictures Jami and Shane sent me as well as one I took of the Kellys.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Friday Pics" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/26/09
 

What a weekend.  If you weren't on the water this weekend you missed out on some of the most spectacular weather conditions possible.  Of course it might feel that way due to the extreme winter we had this year, nevertheless the light southerly breeze, warm temperatures and calm seas were a welcome condition.  The good news is the weather is supposed to stick around for a few more days so if you  missed out there is still time.  For a generalization of offshore, inshore and in between I wouldn't classify the fishing as on fire, but it certainly had its bright spots as some boats did well in the Gulf Stream, some did well in the backwater and some fishermen even started catching spanish macks near the beach.  I believe that on all fishing fronts we haven't reached the peak spring run yet.  It seems like this April has been closer to a typical March so if that theory holds true, we'll have a couple of more great months of spring fishing.  I've heard many good fishing stories this weekend from the inshore tournament to an overnight swordfish/shark trip.  I'm sure we'll have reports coming in tomorrow which we will post.  Here a couple pics from a Friday deep jigging trip.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Weekend Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/26/09
 

Greetings from the backwaters!  I have been on the water since thursday, and Im pleased to report that the fish are still biting.  Thursday, we went on a flounder mission, and managed to catch handful (albeit most of them undersized), but we had quite a few bites from fish that we either missed or pulled off.  I believe the still cool water (low 60 deg. range) still had them a little lethargic and not in the mood for eating fast.  Still it was encouraging to get plenty of bites, and the flounder should be in full swing in a week or two.  On Friday, we set out in search of a redfish and managed to find a really nice one in the 33 - 34" range.  After that, we and a flounder and trout or two to the tally to finish of a sucessful morning.  On saturday, my dad nad I fished Tripp and Austin's Backwater Battle tournament based out of Holden Beach.   I admit we had a slow morning without many bites, and got to watch most of our competition catch fish around us. We hung in there though and put a nice trout  in the boat around 2:30 in the afternoon.  We them switched gears to try and find a keeper flounder in our last hour of fishing.  We succeeded, catching him at 3:35, witch then led to a 50 mph ride to scales, which we made with only a few minutes to spare.   In the end, our trout and flounder were big enough to put us in the money, making the day even more successful.  Besides the fish we weighed, we also caught a couple more trout, flounder and redfish throughout the course of the day.

**In regards to tournaments, I regret to inform that the Spring Inshore Classic won't be happening this year, due to a number of different circumstances.  I'm sure many have heard this news by now, but I wanted to let everyone know who haven't.  Again, Im sorry and we will try to put something together in the fall as we always do.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Saturday Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/26/09
 

I've had several  people come to the store with fishing reports from Saturday.  It sounds as if a lot of dolphin were landed as we'll as Wahoo.  One example was Chris Carroll (Cape Fear Shirts) who said he had over a half dozen Wahoo in the 30-40lb weight class.  He said one Wahoo exploded on a Black Bart in his prop wash.

I know it sounds as if we're hyping Black Bart Lures, but the majority of the fish caught yesterday were on Black Barts.   Facts are facts.  Another example is Steven Hunter whom I mentioned in an earlier report.  Captain Caveman Burrows is fishing with Steven today using Black Barts and he will probably post a report on his action.

Chris Carroll owners Cape Fear Shirts, which has great graphics and are excellent quality.  We just happen to carry them in our store.  That IS a cheap advertisement for the OIFC.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Saturday/Sunday'sFishing" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/26/09
 

The OIFC fleet was in full action Saturday.  Captain Roger made a run to the Steeples with success in landing dolphin.  Captain Chris Burrows had two half day trips and saw action with bottom fishing, landing several sea bass among other quality bottom fish.

There were several reports of dolphin being landed.  But for the moment, Steven Hunter, Barry Gardner and Shane Wallace aboard Steven's Bounty Hunter Cape Horn were the hot hands.  They were fishing the Stream using Black Barts and landed over a half dozen gaffer dolphin.  Congratulations.  Steven will have pictures of his trip for us to post ASAP.  He and Captain Chris B. will be headed back out today armed with Black Barts.  Check in later as I'm sure Captain Chris will have a post.

Bob Newell and York Pharr just returned from the Stream with an excellent catch of Wahoo ans Dolphin.  Bob is sending pictures ans I'll post ASAP.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Redemption" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/25/09
 

A couple of weeks ago Robbie Dial sent a picture which I posted of a puny red fish.  In an effort to redeem himself he went to the Jetties and someone caught this beautiful red that Robbie's holding in the photo.  He claims he caught it...we'll take his word as he is an honest man.  Check out the before and after pictures below.  You'll also be glad to know he caught it using pogies, which is a great sign that the pogies are here.  I've heard reports of them ranging from the Cape Fear, from Brant, near the Oak Island Coast Guard Station from Jeff and now from Robbie.  A word of caution..be careful where you poke your nose around the Coast Guard Station they're serious about their security.

On the same fishing trip Robbie caught a 15 inch Flounder in the ICW.  They had several blues and some short strikes.  He said they were only out for 3-4 hrs.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Friday stream report " | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/25/09
 

Made trip yesterday south to MacMarlin ledges. Found water cool and green. Didn't bother to put out lines so shifted game tp bottom fishing. Tried deep jigging in 150-180 ft deep. Caught grouper/triggers on Roscoe jigs and big white feather jigs. Got our butts kicked by BIG groupers, too much for our gear. Plan to retool and have a rematch after we lost $100 worth of jigs.

Sounded like best water at Steeples as boats found good gulf stream blue water and good catches of blackfin tuna and dolphin. Our boats and others out today so stand by for report this evening. Weather continues to be perfect and many folks going tomorrow.


- Rube McMullan
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"Warm Water" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/25/09
 

To the point, the warm water is around the Nipple (72-73 degrees), Same Ole (72-73), and to some degree the Black Jack (@70 degrees)  The Steeples seem to be giving up the warmest water with the water in about the 75 degree range.The temperature shot I was using was taken at 5pm yesterday.

Several boats are headed to the Steeples and the Tower.

Reference Tripp and Austins Backwater Battle, I've heard of a 4.5 lb Trout.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"New Wreck" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/25/09
 

Anglers who frequent Morehead City, or anyone else interested in a wreck  in the shipping channel  there might want to check out this link from the Army Corps of Engineers.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Here we go...." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/23/09
 

Finally, we have a good weather forecast for the next few days.  Folks, the fish are here!  Inshore is blowing up with good red drum and speckled trout reports, just in time for Trip and Austin's Backwater Battle.  The bottomfish are out there, as the pictures below from Brian Richard, Todd Helf, and Tommy Lytton will attest to.  And the southerly wind that started today is pushing the Gulf Stream back to 30 fathoms of water.  I talked with a few folks out of Southport today that caught wahoo and gaffer dolphin right around the 100/400.  It's shaping up to be a great weekend in coastal NC.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Wildfire/ICW" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/23/09
 

I just received an email from  the Corps of Engineers advising the ICW is closed from mile 347.3 to 365.4 due to the wildfires around Myrtle Beach.  The smoke is heavy enough that ashes are falling at Sunset Beach. Further as I get it.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"TRIPP & AUSTIN'S BACKYARD BATTLE" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/22/09
 

Right to the point....one of the premier inshore tournaments is on tap this weekend.  Tripp and Austin's Backyard Battle, in it's 2nd year is the brain child of two fine young men who in their own right are the two top young anglers in Brunswick Co.  These guys do all the work for these tournaments themselves and deserve a standing ovation.

Now to the particulars.  The Captains meeting is Friday night at Holden Beach Marina.  There will be food, games and raffles for door prizes.  Registration is from 4 pm to 8 pm with dinner at 6pm.  If for some reason you have a problem making the meeting, call the OIFC and we'll put you in touch with Austin's dad.  Lines are in the water at 6am Saturday.  Scales will be open  at Holden Beach Marina at 2pm.  The angler can keep their fish so enter the OIFC RODEO, weigh your catch at Holden Beach Marina, then weigh it in at the Fishing Center and stand a chance to increase your winnings.

The OIFC is proud to award $500 to the winning Junior Angler.  Other sponsors are awarding Junior Angler awards of $300 for 2nd place and $200 for 3rd place.

Check out our marine forecast and The Weather Channel forecast and you'll see this is predicted to be the first and best fishing weekend of the season.  Buy some sunscreen, coat the family and come to paradise.  The OIFC will open at 6am and we look forward to seeing you!!!! 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"NEW- Masters tournament series" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/21/09
 

the Masters tournament series- A tradition like no other.......  or at least soon to be a tradition.  I've come up with the bright idea to take the Far Out Shoot Out- Tuna, Dolphin & Wahoo rodeo, Jolly Mon King Classic and Fall Brawl King Classic and make them the part of the new Masters tournament series.  The winner of the series will be determined by achieving the best/lowest average finish in all three of the events.  The ranking is based on the Captain, so the same Captain must to be registered in each event.  The concept is to hopefully get more of the Kingfish tournament guys interested in fishing the Far Out Shoot Out and to work toward crowning a fisherman that can truly lay claim to being the best.  You can be great at offshore fishing or great at King fishing, but can you be a great all around fisherman?  My plan is to add a bottom fishing tournament and inshore tournament to the series for next season to create a well rounded series.  CLICK HERE for complete details.

The winning Captain will recieve:

$1000 OIFC gift card, $5000 credit toward the purchase of a new Yellowfin boat, Free entry into 2010 Masters series events, assorted prizes and products from event sponsors AND the Captain will be awarded the prestigious BLUE JACKET to wear throughout the 2010 fishing season and the Captain and his/her crew will be immortalized in the OIFC Masters Memorial on display at the OIFC for all to see.

I know the prizes aren't much, but you have to start somewhere.  Maybe we can get this thing going and next year I'll be able to come up with something really special for the winner. 

Remember, the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out- Tuna, Dolphin & Wahoo tournament is the first event and you must enter this in order to be eligible to win the Masters tournament series.  CLICK HERE for Shoot Out details and entry information.

Stay tuned for an exciting fishing year at the OIFC!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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