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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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"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.
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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.
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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.

 


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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 
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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.
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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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"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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"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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"Same Ole Song" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/11/09
 

There's really nothing new to report.  The pogies are still thick from Lockwood to Tubbs Inlet.  I was told the ones just off Tubbs were a good quality size.  The Kings are still being caught at the 90's and so forth, Captain Jeff Williamson's charter boated at 29+ pounder yesterday at the 410/510.

I am having issues with my computer downloading pictures to the Fishing Report, so please bear with me while I get that taken care of.


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"Last 2 Days" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/10/09
 

All the OIFC charter boats have been booked the past couple of days.  They have had a great deal of success at Christina's, the 90"s, and late yesterday at the 410/510.  The pogies have been thick in 20 ft of water just off OIB and Holden Beach.  The OIFC boats have had success using pogies on top as well as on a downrigger set at @25 ft.  Other reports are that Kings have been caught at the Sherman and near the Tower in 100 ft of water.  Dolphin have been caught  there also.  There have been decent size spanish caught at these locations and at least one  25 lb king.  The weather report regarding wind direction keeps changing so keep an eye on that.  Hope to see you this weekend.
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"Todays Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/08/09
 

Great day on the water today.  Crushed the Kings in the 10-25 pound range while fishing the 70 foot hole area- half day charter called it early for being tired and had enough.  Plenty of Pogys on the beach.  1/4 day this PM got onto the big sharks behind the shrimp boats-- easy fun if you want to stay close.  Weather was great.  Sure is nice when things are easy.  Wish it were always this way!
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"Rodeo Leader" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/07/09
 

Below is a picture of Jeff Wallen's 10.9 lb flounder which put him atop  the Year  Round Rodeo in the flounder category.  Though this is a massive flat  fish it's not too late for someone to still land a doormat and take the lead, just remember Larry Spainhour's slab from a couple of reports ago.  'shame he wasn't in the rodeo.  But that's often the case in any of the divisions.

It's not too late to join the OIFC's Year Round Rodeo or to land the winning fish.  You can bet several of us are trying!  Enter now!

Congratulations to Jeff and his fishing partner on their extraordinary flounder!!


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"Just In!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/07/09
 

I just received a photo of Chris Bedenbaugh, Kimberly Grey, Travis Howard,  Norman Clark, Mickey Hammonds, and Tiffany Hammonds, who landed these kings while they were fishing aboard the OIFC World Cat  with Captain Chris Burrows.   If these pictures make you wish you could land a nice fish just call the OIFC at 910-579-3474 and reserve a charter.
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"Windy" | Speckulator - 22' | 07/06/09
 

None of our boats went out today due to the wind and residual seas from last night,  Check out Weather Report regularly for updates.

On the inshore note, it's a different tune altogather.  There have been some slabs caught as shown in the picture of Larry Spainhour.  Local legend Brandon Sauls has also been hammering the flounder.  You can check the pictures out on FaceBook.  I'll see if he'll email those pictures to me.  Further, Will King, (OIFC jet ski, boat rental  manager. and all around good guy), while fishing with his mother caught around a dozen flounder, of which a few throw-backs.  Botttom line...if you can't get out. stay in and enjoy some of our shallow water bounty.


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"Offshore with the Dukes" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/06/09
 

Capt. Jeff Williamson and I had an extended trip on Saturday, July 4 with Bill, Lynn, Ethan, Erica, and Ben Duke, along with Erica's friend Abby Havari.  The Dukes live in Goldsboro, while Ben (Bill's dad) lives right here in Ocean Isle Beach.  We caught bait early and headed for the Shark Hole, where we immediately counted 47 boats.  Looking for less pressure on the fish we headed offshore to the Raritan/Horseshoe area, where we got into some steady action with a variety of species.  The bait was thick, and we got bites from kingfish, dolphin, barracudas and sharks.  Ethan caught the largest kingfish of the day, while Erica connected on a great summer gaffer dolphin, right in the neighborhood of 20 pounds.  The action slowed a little bit as the wind fell out, so we headed offshore a bit more to try some vertical jigging.  We found hot and heavy action on the amberjacks, as the pictures will attest to.  It's safe to say that the Dukes are all offshore fisherman now and will be back! 
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"More pictures from the Duke's offshore adventure" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/06/09
 


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"Images from the weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/05/09
 

What's better than fishing on July 4th weekend?  Easy answer, it's catching a trophy fish on July 4th weekend.  Bob Newell and the crew of the Black Dog demonstrated once again that there is a viable fishery for sails off our coast as they caught one sailing-type fish at the Horseshoe on a naked, circle hook rigged ballyhoo.  Larry Spainhour caught this doormat flounder/halibut hybrid (halider?  floundabut?) in Tubbs Inlet on Friday, which begs the question, why was he not entered in the OIFC Rodeo?  The former Charlotte Observer "Angler of the Week" should know much better than that.
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"1st Hand" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/04/09
 

I fished today with Capt. Jeff Beck on the "Do Work".  We  found pogies about 1/2 mile west of the Shallotte Inlet, just off of OIB, but heard other boats finding them all the way to the Lockwood Folly Inlet.  Most of the OIFC boats headed to the 90's where the King bite fired off early.  The first bite we had was on a downrigger set about 40 ft. deep.  The rest were caught on green skirts, with, believe it or not, the Yew Haw Fish Call.  The bite dried up around 11 am, so a lot of us headed to the Shark Hole.  A few Kings were caught there but it wasn't enough to keep out interest.  We then headed to the 65 Foot Hole which produced absolutely nothing. On the way back in we saw pogies as far as the eye could see just outside the 90's. It was a sight to behold.

Just confirmed that Stuart Hamilton caught and released a sail fish.  I'll pass on the particulars with his approval, when I see Stuart.

I will say that the water was in very good shape and holding around 80 degrees.  By mid afternoon it was as flat as any lake I've ever seen.

If you are planning on going out, I would suggest the Atlantic Ledge.  We heard a lot of talk about hook ups, to include one report of a King between 35-40 lbs.  I don't know that for a fact, but I did hear several boats reporting hookups.  Below is a picture Capt. Zach (Carolina Cat) took for me of their morning charter.  Check out the picture of a party barge someone had on the ICW at Shallotte Inlett.


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"Update 8:00 pm" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/02/09
 

Just talked with Captain Brant who reported the following.  The pogies are off Holden Beach. The Kings are still bitting at the 65 Foot Hole, but the bite was not as good today, probably due to the SW wind. Also he didn't see any dolphin.  The live cigar minnows are there for jigging.  Brant says the fish are still there and since the wind is shifting possibly the bite will pick up.

I Was also told of a tarpon being caught by  theLittle River Jetties and dolphin being caught at the Sherman last week.


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