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"Report from the stream" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/24/09
 

Report from our trip to the stream yesterday....everything went perfectly except the fish didn't co-operate. Weather was as good as it gets, seas flat, temps warm; however ocean seemed lifeless. No current, no bait, no fish. We did get our day saved by Capt Chris's new Black Bart high speed lure when a 40lb wahoo blasted it, threw the hook, and then fell back on a cedar plug which Amy took control of and captured her and new baby to be's first fish. Caught a few more unintended species and then resorted to loading up on a good catch of snapper and jumbo sea bass. Weird day, guess lack of current maybe is the excuse "du joir". Anyway, freezer  in good shape, and Amy is leading Capt Rickey's Ocean Isle Fishing Center Rodeo with her 39.1 lb wahoo. And I've taken early lead on sea bass with my 2.8lber. Come join the rodeo, only $20/species. Lets see who can knock me/Amy off the board. 


- Rube McMullan
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"Coastal Fishing Seminars This Weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/23/09
 

Mark your calendars for this Saturday.  The Coastal Saltwater Anglers Seminar will be taking place at Coastal Carolina in Conway, from 12-4.  The OIFC will be there, along with local angling legends such as Capt. Joe Winslow of "Hooligan" fame.  Tickets are available through the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  Please contact me at 910 575 FISH for any details.  Hope to see you down there!!!


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Gulf Stream bound" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/22/09
 

Gentlemen....start your catfish. Drop the flag, we're outahere. Leaving tomorrow morning 6:00. Weather looks perfect, water temp toward Black Jack looks good. Capt Roger leading expedition aboard Carolina Contender with Rube/Amy/Forrest/Tim/Barrett. Plan is to load up on tuna/wahoo/dolphin and then deep drop jigs for whatever is down there, and then finish off with a Blue Marlin with Capt Chris's Black Bart plastic lures. Oh yeah, not to forget the super size sea bass on the way home. Come join us. 
- Rube McMullan
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"For The Land Locked" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/21/09
 

I often have folks ask me to just put a picture of the ocean on the Fishing Report so they'll remember what it looks like.  As Brant said it's windy here, but it's still paradise, so take a look!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"What's Up" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/21/09
 

It's blowing and cold this Sat AM.  However, it looks like the weather is going to be fishable Sun and very good Mon.  Several guys are planning trips to the Stream on Monday, so stay tuned for a report.  I have heard the Kings are starting to move in toward the Tower area, so that will offer another offshore option as well.  Capt. Roger and Capt. Chris Dew both fished 1/2 day trips this week and they caught lots of 11 inch Sea Bass, a hand full of keepers and TON of Spiny Dog Sharks.  I don't know the exacts, but I think the Spiny Dogs are federally protected.  The good news is that protection seems to work incredibly well, the bad news is they are a total nuisance and in my opinion out of control- must be millions of them.  And thus that is why I recommend you use the Lucanus jigs for you Sea Bass fishing right now as the Sea Bass will bite the jigs but since they have no smell, the Sharks won't.  Plus, we are catching a few Flounder in the 50-70 foot depth range while using the jigs as well.  Stay tuned for more as we start to get the season cranked up.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gulf Stream calling" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/20/09
 

Just saw the sweetest words in the world of gulf stream fishing for Monday.....light and variable. All aboard? We'll be looking at water temps next several days and make a decision to go north or south Sunday. It's time to get fishing! Come on down.
- Rube McMullan
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"Sea Bass" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/19/09
 

Captains Chris Dew and Roger both had half day charters and both headed to the Christina's Ledge for a day of sea bass fishing.  The charters were rewarded with a large catch of sea bass, though admittedly some were undersized, (and released I might add) and more sharks than they cared to talk about.  They said that in order to get bigger bass and escape the sharks anglers would have to fish deeper waters.  They were using cut bait and squid.

Last week I delivered some Black Bart's to some customers in the Pawleys Island area.  It would seem that the delivery of Black Bart RPP's  was worth it as J. D. Carter hooked up an 800 lb. blue marlin on a boat Captained by Timmy Thompson in the Barcadi Tournament held in Port Luca, the Bahamas.  Congratulations!  We're awaiting pictures.  Between Kyles report yesterday, the action today, and the beautiful weather, it looks like things are heating up.

DON'T FORGET TO GET INTO THE OIFC RODEO!!!!!!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Dog Sharks, Bass & Flounder" | OIFC 2- 27' | 03/19/09
 

Today I ventured offshore in search of sea bass. On board was Mr. Calvin Riddle of Fayetteville, NC and his son, Trey. Trey is on spring break from Clemson Univ. We left OIFC just after sunrise and headed to Christina Ledge where we began picking bass up as soon as we dropped our baits. However, they all were 10-11 inches. Then the shark patrol arrived. Spiny Dog Fish everywhere. We picked up and headed out to about 70ft. and again caught bass. In the mix were keeper size. But it wasn't long before the Sharks showed up again. When the bass stopped biting we moved again. This time we picked up flounder, some more bass and a nice snapper. All in all a beautiful day and the Riddles caught fish. Thanks to them both for getting the OIFC2 broken in for the 2009 season. Stay tuned.
- Capt. Chris Dew
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"Inshore Update" | Speckulator - 22' | 03/19/09
 

Well folks, I started my 2009 Inshore charter fsihing season this week, and I'm happy to say that we were sucessful on every trip...no skunk flags!  The trout have actually been fairly cooperative as I managed to catch a handful each of the past three days.  There not huge fish, but they're trout nonetheless, and are willing to bite.  We have caught all of our trout this week on artificials, with the halo shrimp, and gulp baits being the top producers.  The water temp is still hanging in the low to mid 50 degree range, so all we need is a few warm days to get it closer to 60 degrees and I feel the trout fishing will improve dramatically.  While my focus has been on the trout this week, we took time to try to catcha redfish yesterday, and were rewarded with a nice 25 incher.  It seems most of the reds and still backed up in the creeks, but will make a move toward the ICW when the water begins to warm.  Also, on a positive note I caught my first keeper flounder of the season this week as well.  So things are starting to come around, the winter is over and some great spring fishng is right around the corner.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Thanks for coming" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/15/09
 

Thanks to all those who attended the OIFC's annual Spring Kickoff yesterday.  I was pleased that so many of you made your way out to take in the seminars and sales opportunities.  The first annual Fishlympics competition took place as well- a wire tieing strength contest to see who had the strongest haywire twist.  None other than OIFC store manager and charter Captain Chris Burrows won the title, with a perfect 5-0 record.  Fun was had by all.

We now look forward to Spring and what should be some great fishing.  Last week's catches of monster Wahoo is enough to get anyone excited.  I am looking forward to getting out myself.  I have high hopes of catching that elusive 100# wahoo, and it my plan to utilize the high-speed trolling technique, using artificials to land this monster along with what I think will be more Wahoo.  The OIFC is stocking Black Bart lures and after talking to the company owner in depth about fishing for Wahoo with his "San Sal Candy" lures, designed specifically for Wahoo, I'm excited.  The lures are designed to fish most effectively at 10-15 knots, typically pulled in-line with a 16-48oz trolling lead.  The technique requires a bit heavier tackle (80# min), but it should allow us to cover lots of ground.  I think combining a spread of 3 or 4 of these Black Bart wahoo lures on flat lines with a few Cedar plugs on the long riggers will give me a great shot at wahoo and tuna.  The high speed spread could also be used to travel between spots.  It's 13 miles from the Black Jack to the Steeples- you could cover that while fishing effectively in less than an hour!   On a Wahoo note, Jeff Martini is again hosting his annual Hook-a-Hoo Wahoo tournament April 4-12.  Fishing is 1 out of 8 possible days.  Visit www.martinisfinedining.com for information.

Closer to shore, you can sleigh the Sea Bass anywhere from 50-90 feet of water.  Now is the time to catch these awesome eating fish as they will soon be much harder to catch.

Inshore the waters are warming and will continue to yield catches of Redfish with improving Speckled Trout fishing.

Again, thanks to all for attending this weekend.  If you did not get a chance to come, we will likely offer another Spring event in April- so stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Spring Kick Off" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/13/09
 

OK, the skies are supposed to be gray with a 30 to 60% chance of rain.  Turned around that could mean a 70 to 40% chance that it won't rain.  You could sit inside and veg out on the couch, or you could come to the Kick Off check out the new and used fishing stuff, stick your head in the G'Mack to check out the ACC Tournament, grab a cold one, get a bite to eat and swap fishing stories.  The latter sounds like a plan to me.  Also your significant other won't be hounding you to clean the bathrooms or vacuum.

While you're here don't forget to sign up for the Rodeo,  if the rest of the year is like this past week we should be seeing some big fish caught.  The more entries, the more money to be won.  Hope to see everybody Saturday!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Shallotte Inlet" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/12/09
 

As many of you prepare to go fishing, be aware that Shallotte inlet has changed.  Currently the buoys are WAY out of place, but I am working with Wildlife to get them updated.  Until then, I am pasting the correct path coordinates that we use to navigage the inlet safely.  You will have 5 feet at low water.

Coordinates are given from ocean to waterway


Shentr 33.53.746 78.22.307

Sh1 33.53.815 78.22.392

Sh2 33.53.868 78.22.471

Sh3 33.53.921 78.22.547

Sh4 33.54.024 78.22.678

Sh5 33.54.107 78.22.769

Sh6 33.54.238 78.22.881

Sh7 33.54.339 78.22.974

Sh8 33.54.350 78.23.046

Sh9 33.54.338 78.23.125

Sh10 33.54.315 78.23.238


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"What does a 100 pound wahoo eat?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/12/09
 

Two schools of thought here:

1)  Whatever he wants.

or...

2)  The wrong bait, or he would grow to be a 105 pound wahoo!!! 

Jeff Martini fed one the right bait yesterday, which turned out to be that wrong bait for the fish, and landed this stud 'hoo, which tipped the scales at 101 pounds.  What a catch.  Bear in mind now, that this is the man who puts on the Martini Hook-A-Hoo tournament, which raises a ton of money for the Shriners.  That tournament will be early next month out of Little River.  Does Jeff have any triple digit wahoo magic left for his own event?  Based on what I have seen him, his son, and Ace Parker put on the dock from his Robalo over the last three years, I wouldn't count him out.  Congrats to Jeff and the crew of the "Dirty Martini" on a truly outstanding catch.

****Update****  Just heard from a good source that a Blue Water Candy purple/black Jag head with a big ballyhoo was the undoing of this monster fish.  Wahoozilla made a poor decision, but fear not, there are always sequels...  Can't wait for that tournament next month.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"2009 OIFC Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/12/09
 

Lines in the water for the 2009 edition of the OIFC Fishing Rodeo begin this weekend with the Spring Kick Off.  I'm still so upset with being knocked completely off the leader board in the Sea Bass Division last year that  in addition to the prize money I am personally offering a $50.00 gift card to the OIFC to the 1st place winner in the Sea Bass Division. I intend to use this money to buy my granddaughter a nice present.

We'll be offering entry to the Rodeo at the Kick Off.  Hope to see you there and good luck!! 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Malyn Jean" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/11/09
 

There's nothing like the first offshore trip of the season.  We had heard good reports from the weekend, and the forecast looked decent, so Kelly WIlliamson, Capt. Joe Seegers, and I met at 5:30 this morning to give it a try on Kelly's Grady White, the "Malyn Jean."  The fog was going to be an issue, so we teamed up with Michael Goodwin on the "Oil Slick" and slopped it offshore.  Michael's crew ran to the 100/400 while we headed towards the Black Jack hole to find the best bite.  It seems that there are fish up and down the break, as there were good bites in both places.  The water was a blended blue, and the temperature was right around 74 degrees all way.  We were rewarded with our efforts with blackfin tunas and a couple of wahoos, the largest of which went 55 pounds.   We had a few kingfish as well.  The "Oil Slick" found some dolphinfish, few blackfins and mackerels to boot.  The fish were caught on a combination of ballyhoos and Black Bart lures--with purple and black the most productive color.  Too bad the fog slowed us down from getting out there, with a few more hours we might have been able to fill the boat!  I guess that just means there will be more fish left out there for Sunday, when the forecast looks good again.  Congrats to Kelly on his fish and many thanks to him for carrying us out there.  Ditto to Michael Goodwin and the rest of the "Oil Slick" crew on their day--it's good to have a friend out there, especially this early in the year.  I can't wait to get out there and give it another shot.  Should be some yellowfins offshore of the pack of fish we caught today.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/11/09
 

** Forecast is calling for chance of rain- we will move everthing under cover- NO PROBLEM- the show will go on ***

SPRING KICKOFF 09'- THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 14
Come on down to the beach and visit the Ocean Isle Fishing Center this Saturday for our annual Spring Kickoff sale and seminar.  The day offers great discounts on fishing equipment and FREE seminars along with a brand new entertainment venue- FISHLYMPICS.  Here's the highlights.
-  Line spooling at $.02/yd.  We'll have 20#, 30# and 50# on hand.  6 reels per person max.
-  Used tackle sales forum- you bring your own.  In the past the guys that have brought stuff have done very well.  Bring whatever you want to sell and display and we have plenty fo space to set up. 
-  10%-50% off everything in-stock at the OIFC
-  FREE seminars- OIFC captains will be speaking on the following topics
10:00am- Cast Net Throwing (From a 4' net to a 10' net, the OIFC staff will teach you how to throw a cast net.  We will have our very popular custom nets on hand and available to throw as well so you can get a fell for them before upgrading and adding them to your fishing arsenal.   
11:00am- Speckled Trout Tricks- hosted by OIFC inshore guide and Trout guru- Kyle Hughes.  It is no secret that Kyle is THE authority on Speckled Trout fishing in this area.
12:00pm- Lunch break- the Giggling Mackerel is open on-site as well as Sharky's next door.
1:00pm-  FISHLYMPICS- One hour of heart pounding competition as fishermen compete against eachother for individual medals and the coveted overall champion.
- event 1-  line splicing- you must splice 2 pieces of 50# test together.  Fastest time wins, but the knot must pass OIFC stress test
- event 2-  wire tieing- you must execute a haywire twist to a barrell roll (min 3 twists and 3 rolls) using wire provided.  Fastest time and best looking wins.  OIFC judges will grade and determine winners
-event 3- ballyhoo rigging- you must rig a ballyhoo using a provided "pin rig".  Fastest time and best looking wins.  OIFC judges will grade and determine winners.
Points will be awarded to the top finishers in each event with the overall Gold medal being awarded to the finisher with the highest point total.No restrictions, anyone can compete.
2:00pm- Vertical Jigging (Capt. Brant)- utilizing Butterfly jigs and Lucanus jigs to catch a ton of fish
3:00pm- Lure fishing the Stream (Capt. Chris Burrows)- utilizing Black Bart lures to catch more and bigger fish while trolling the Stream
***  The weather forecast is calling for a chance of rain on Saturday, but no worry, we have the space to move everything under cover and the show will go on. We hope to see you here ***

On the fishing scene, several boats are in the Stream today.  Check back tomorrow for a full report.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Hiring Captains" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/09/09
 

With Spring in the air, it's time to start putting the watersports team together for the upcoming summer season.  I will be heading up NC Watersports for a 5th season and am looking for a few hard working, physically fit, and dependable Captains to help run the show.  Experience in water sports operations is not a requirement but a USCG 6 pack license is.  If anyone out there has interest please email captbarrett@oifc.com.  Thank you. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"SPRING KICKOFF THIS SATURDAY" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/08/09
 

Our Spring Kickoff is this SATURDAY!  Come on down to the beach and join us for a day of FREE seminars, line spooling at $.02/yard, in-store sales of 10-50% off and a used tackle sales forum-- bring your own "experienced" gear and sell it-- I plan on selling some of my Gulf Stream fishing equipment to freshen up for the new year- great deals!

Check out this Gulf Stream shot I pulled off the computer this AM.  The Stream pushed in fast over top of the Black Jack and Steeples and man does it look good.  This is exactly what we look for this time of year.  Unfortunately I was asleep at the wheel and it looks like the wind is going to blow for a few days, so I don't see an immediate window to get out there.  Anyway, these types of Stream eddy's will become more frequent this month and particularly in April.  Keep your eyes to them for hot Wahoo and Yellowfin action!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Red Drum Bite" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/07/09
 

Henry, last name withheld to protect his job, reported  catching multiple Red Drum behind Sunset Beach today using Berkley Gulp Nuclear Chicken.  Things are looking up.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Tunas? Wahoos?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/07/09
 

Capt. Roger and I just looked at the offshore temp shot and it looks just about perfect around the Winyah Scarp and the MacMarlen Ledge.  Nice hard break with 72.5 degree water on the offshore side.  Wish I was out there right now...  Maybe early next week, we'll see.  That is the most yellowfin tuna friendly shot I've seen in awhile.

If you want to see another species of tuna, check out this video.  Kind of a wrap on the bluefin season...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvJMUAhqnpo


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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