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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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"Misson Statement" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/18/09
 

The OIFC received the following email from Doug Montgomery.  It drives home our Mission statement.

Hey Captain Brant, I wanted to personally thank you for the information you gave me this morning.  We had originally planned to go out of Murrells Inlet and thought due to the weather we were going to have to call it a day.  The info you gave us this morning about the Jungle turned out to be great!  We got into a bunch of Kings and big Spanish, with a couple pushing 6 lbs.  When we got into the eye of the rain storm we headed out and actually zig zagged right down the water hooking up on one after another for an hour or so.  We eventually made our way to the 65 ft. hole and hooked up with more Kings, Spanish and Dolphin!

I think it really shows a lot about you as a person and your business that you are so good to people and locals, you definitely didn't have to give me that information, especially not knowing me....thanks again and relay to Roger as I was supposed to follow him out this morning but was unsure of making the trip to the stream on my 23 ft. Sea Hunt.....thanks again,-Doug Montgomery


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Quick Draw" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/17/09
 

Many teams, including Team Quick Draw elected to fish the Far Out Shoot Out Saturday.  Quick Draw worked the Scarp, Mac Marlin Hole as well some weeds along a 600 ft break.  The OIFC World Cats as well as Captain Steve on the Follow Me kinda of hung around these areas for a good bit of the day.

Capt.Chris, Jami Blue and Capt Zach on the World Cat were using Black Bart Lures exclusively, we combined Black Barts, Sea Witches, Aliens (Roger's favorites), and plugs throughout the day.  Jami was rewarded with a 27lb plus Mahi on his Barts and I landed a Rodeo 2nd place 19.7lb Mahi on an Alein.  Roger caught a Wahoo early as he was putting his out riggers out .

We fished hard and were rewarded handsomely with a fish box of nice Mahi.  We just couldn't catch a Tuna or Wahoo so as to be in contention for the Shoot Out.  Roger had a great charter, but they weren't signed up, while Team OIFC/Black Bart took home some green for Jami's Mahi.

Captain Brant has received positive feedback on this year's FOSO format, we had good attendence, great food prepared by Captain Amy and Crew for both the Captains' Meeting and the Awards Banquet, and a great time.  Thanks to all!

Also, I put in a couple of pictures taken Friday when Capt Barrett, Brian Aycock, and store employees Robert and Anita tried their hand.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"The GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out- FINAL RESULTS" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/16/09
 

The GPS Store Fishing Team: Saturday: DNW

7th Heaven:  Friday: 19.85- Dolphin - 19.85

Free Style:  Friday: 23.2- Dolphin = 23.2

That's My Dog:  Saturday: DNW

Lazee Daze:  Friday: 16.8- Dolphin, 10.65- Tuna = 27.45

Southern Hook: Monday:  22.35-Dolphin, 14.65-Wahoo=   37.0

Malyn Jean II: Friday: 21.4- Dolphin= 21.4

Dirty Martini: Monday: DNW

Quick Draw: Saturday: 19.7- Dolphin = 19.7

Dirty Dog:  Saturday: 23.85- Dolphin, 11.65- Tuna, 39.45- Wahoo = 74.95

Bounty Hunter: Saturday: 14.4- Dolphin = 14.4

Blue By U!:  Sunday:  26.7-Dolphin, 19.4-Wahoo=   46.1

Liquid Assets: Saturday: 22.95- Dolphin, 17.35- Wahoo = 40.3

Gracie May:  Monday: DNW

Bloodline:  Sunday:  16.85-Dolphin, 5.35-Tuna=   22.2

Ocean Isle Fishing Center: Friday: 15.0- Dolphin, 27.95- Tuna = 42.95

Priceless:  Monday:  21.20-Dolphin, 25.15-Wahoo=   46.35

Mean C: Friday: 23.7- Dolphin, 25.65-Wahoo, 16.25- Tuna= 65.6

Salty Lady: Friday: 16.6- Dolphin, 44.95- Wahoo= 61.55

Pomolas: Friday: 18.55- Dolphin, 19.5- Wahoo= 38.05

Fish-N-Trip: Saturday: DNW

Sandy Beach: Friday: DNW

Bar Whiskey: Saturday: 17.5- Dolphin = 17.5

Family Tradition: Saturday: 18.1- Dolphin, 13.1- Tuna = 31.2

Feeding Frenzy: Friday: DNW

Hooya: Saturday: 19.35- Dolphin, 36.0- Wahoo = 55.35

Black Dog: Friday: 21.4- Dolphin, 10.2- Tuna = 31.6

Reel X-Stream: Friday: 24.1- Dolphin = 24.1

OIFC/ Black Bart: Saturday: 27.25- Dolphin = 27.25

Living Water: Saturday: DNW

Holden On: Saturday: DNW

Reel Deal: Saturday: 19.6- Dolphin = 19.6

Sea Hag: Saturday: DNW

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

 Fishing was exceptional again today.  Boats fishing up and down the break had great catches of Dolphin with a few scattered Wahoo and Blackfin Tuna.  Thanks to all who participated, you are now on your way to winning the 2009 Masters tournament series.  Pictures and more detail to follow.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Shoulda'" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/15/09
 

Captain Roger had an exceptionally successful charter today with Ron Heisler and John Psaroudis representing PurAqua Products of Rock Hill S.C.  So successful in fact that had they entered the Far Out Shoot Out, they would be in the lead.  Shoulda', coulda', woulda'.  What would have propelled them to fame were the 28 lb. Yellowfin Tuna and 21 lb. Wahoo Ron caught added with the 21 lb Dolphin they landed to make 70 lbs. total weight.  As you can tell by the picture they put the hurt on some good fighting and better eating Dolphin.  Roger and Chris both have charters Saturday and many boats are fishing the Far Out Shoot Out so we should have a lot of exciting action to report Saturday.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"1st Place Flounder" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/15/09
 

Clay Morphis weighed in this 4+lb Flounder he caught on 5-14 in Tubbs Inlet to put him in first place in the OIFC Year Around Rodeo.  Congratulations Clay!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"The GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out- update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/15/09
 

Fishermen have continued to enter the tournament over the past couple of days.  As of Friday at 5pm, we have 29 boats entered in the tournament and I believe there are a few more planning on entering.  Today (Friday), there are 12 boats fishing.  Results to follow, but word is the weather was good and the fishing is red hot!

7th Heaven: Dolphin- 19.85

Free Style: Dolphin- 23.2

Lazee Daze: Dolphin- 16.8, Tuna- 10.65

Malyn Jean II: Dolphin- 21.4

Ocean Isle Fishing Center: Dolphin- 15.0, Tuna- 27.95= 42.95 

Mean C: Dolphin- 23.7, Wahoo- 25.65, Tuna- 16.25 = 65.6

Salty Lady: Dolphin- 16.6, Wahoo- 44.95 = 61.55

Pomolas: Dolphin- 18.55, Wahoo- 19.50 = 38.05

Sandy Beach:

Feeding Frenzy:

Black Dog: Dolphin- 21.4, Tuna- 10.2 = 31.6

Reel X-Stream: Dolphin- 24.1

Fishing and weather were good today.  Aside from spot showers, the seas were nice and most boats made 25-30mph running offshore this AM.  The Dolphin bite continues red hot as every boat was loaded up.  The Salty Lady team nailed a nice 44.95 pound Wahoo just south of the Steeples which propelled them to 2nd overall.  The Ocean Isle Fishing Center team had a rare find- a Yellowfin Tuna at 27.95 pounds.  In addition, Capt. Roger on the Carolina Cat also had a 28 pound Yellowfin- both of them were fishing the Winyah Scarp area. 

More boats have continued to enter the tournament and the boat count is currently at 33.  Saturday is the last fishing day and 15 boats are slated to fish.  They will be weighing in between 6 and 8 pm, so come on down to watch the show.  We'll be grilling fresh Mahi from 7-8pm for participants and their families, so come on down.

Current Standings- CLICK HERE


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today report from stream" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/15/09
 

Just heard from Captain Roger. Fishing south in scraf area, loading up on dolphin. Also has a tuna and wahoo; but he is on a charter and not in  tourney. Says sea conditions are good. Able to run approx 30mph going out. Weather tomorrow looks even better. Not to late to enter Far Out Shoot Out.
- Rube McMullan
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""Curve Ball"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/14/09
 

NOAA threw us a curve ball with the forecast for today.  The wind at the Tower was humming this morning, but had laid down by the afternoon.  It's a good thing the Far Out Shoot Out  declaration day format is set up the way it is, as several people had planned on fishing today.

But....fear not!  The winds have calmed!  Right now it blowing 7mph, gusting to 9mph at the Tower.  The forecast is for 10-15 mph out of the south through Saturday, with  seas of 4-6 ft.  I don't think there is any way that 10-15 mph overnight can support those kinds of seas.   The Weather Channel is calling for 79 degrees and 40% chance of rain Friday and 80 degrees and 10% chance of rain Saturday.  Bottom line.......LET'S GO FISHIN' AND WIN SOME MONEY$$$$$


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/13/09
 

The fishing continues to improve on the inshore grounds, as it seems the flounder bite is now in full swing.  All of the usual spots are holding fish, and while there are alot of throwbacks, there are starting to be some bigger ones around as well.  I know of some fish up to 6 lbs. that have been caught in the past week, and there may have been some bigger ones that I haven't heard about.  The trout and redfish are also still biting well, and the trout bite will probably continue to improve as they transition into the post-spawn in the next month or so.  So there you have it, there is no reason not to head to the beach and go fishing!


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/12/09
 

Jeff Martini,  Joey Arackas, John McLaurin  and Jimmy Martini caught 30 dolphin and a wahoo offshore yesterday on the "Dirty Martini."  It is awesome to see John back offshore and in good health!  Good work guys--once again proof positive that our Gulf Stream holes are hot right now.


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"Tubbs On Fire !!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/12/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson "Get Busy" and crew consisting of Donna Gurganus landed this 120 lb Tarpon in Tubbs Inlet on mud minnows Saturday.  NOT!!  It seems that our charter captains have caught Florida fishing fever.  Jeff landed and released alive and healthy the Tarpon which is pictured below while on a trip to Florida this weekend.  Now,  we've got all  the Captains back home, the Far Out Shoot Out in full swing and what appears to be a great fishing weekend on the horizon all we are missing is you. 

 There is no doubt that the Mahi bite is in full swing, and that's no Tarpon story.  This years' bite reminds me of a couple of years ago when the dolphinfish were a nuisance,  getting in the way when we were trying to catch Wahoo and other species.  What a fun and tasty problem.  They are hitting everything from ceder plugs,  to Islanders to Aliens, all with Ballyhoo, to probably Sun drop cans.  Join us in this fun.  Fun fish, get in the Rodeo, the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out or just come to the Awards Night.  Also, as a final thought, we have F.O.S.O. shirts for sale, they generally go fast so don't wait too long to get yours.

 Oh, by the way, Tubbs Inlet IS on fire.  I've talked to a lot of fishermen who are slaying the Flounder in Tubbs.  Many are still small, but more and more keepers are being landed.  One person has been catching them fishing from the bank behind the west end of OIB.  I am also receiving reports of Flounder being landed in the ICW near the Shallotte Inlet.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Feedin' Frenzy" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/11/09
 

Dolphin fishing is really heating up, and the crew of the Fishin' Frenzy has taken full advantage.  Check out Kevin Sneed, Randy Lingerfelt, and Nick Sizmore's catch of 19 dolphinfish and two kings.  The weather looks to be awesome for late week/weekend, so take full advantage.  It's not too late to get in the Far Out Shootout, so put your money where your mouth is!!!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"The GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/11/09
 

Monday- 4 boats declared today.  The ride out was good, the fishing conditions were great and the first 30 miles home were good, but after that it got ROUGH as the strong North winds pushed up tall, sharp seas. 

Priceless:  21.2 Dolphin, 25.15 Wahoo = 46.35  **  new leader

Southern Hook:  22.35 Dolphin, 14.65 Wahoo = 37

Gracie May and Dirty Martini did not weigh.

Knock on wood- Friday and Saturday are looking GREAT- 5-10kts SW winds forecast!  Get geared up.  The tournament is wide open.  


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bar Pirate" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/11/09
 

Here's the fish that everyone is looking for in the Far Out Shootout, a 74 pound wahoo caught by team Bar Pirate.  Scott Aldridge, Clifton Watson, and Todd Jones nailed this stud on a red and black Ilander in the vicinity of the Steeples last week.  A fish like that would go a loooong way towards that coveted Masters jacket at the end of the year.
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