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"Report By The LAW" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/15/15
 

~~What a day! To start with the weather man is a LIAR! Fished down south and went 4/4 on wahoo, 5/5 on black fin tuna and 2/2 on king mackerel, we released one to fight another day and had a few short strikes! All in all, a FABULOUS day!
--Michelle Evans Drake


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cape Lookiut Shootout Tournament Series" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/15/15
 

Congratulations to the Blue Water Candy Team for winning in steller fashion!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Holidays are almost here and OIFC is ready" | | 11/15/15
 


- Brant McMullan
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"Fishing is Good" | Tiberias - 22' | 11/15/15
 

Lots of boats on the water this past weekend. Most boats reported action from speckled trout and black drum. Most anglers reported that many of their black drum and specks were on the smaller side not making the keeper mark. The OIFC hosted its second high school tournament this weekend and some solid fish were found. I don't think anyone got into a hot bite, but I believe a solid trout around 4 pounds was caught. Another boat found a solid 4 pound flounder and another boat found a solid redfish going over the 5 pound mark. The fish are here, but the darker water has made it more challenging than past November's. Black drum have been my primary target on my charters with some speckled trout fishing in the mix. Black drum have been chewing on live and fresh cut shrimp. Lots of smaller black drum from 6 to 8 inches keep the action going until some grown 3 to 5 pounders show up. Put a few solid black drum in the box and we start throwing soft plastics for trout. Trout fishing has seen about the same result with lots of smaller fish 11 to 13 inches keeping the action going until you find some solid keepers. I expect that the speckled trout fishing will get stronger as Thanksgiving approaches. We have openings this coming weekend and I will be glad to take folks out Thanksgiving weekend. So give us a call and lets go have some fun! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Flushing Yur Motor" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/13/15
 

~~  That's what Bobby Lovinggood of Bobby's Mobile Marine Repair  said it felt like in trying to correct a heating issue we have had on the Do Work's port motor.  We have done everything and STILL got the heat alarm when trolling at 600rpm.  After replacing everything we could think of Bobby said I needed to flush the cooling chambers with CRC Salt Terminator.  I used to do it a loooong time ago with other boats, but with the past couple of boats I thought flushing it with fresh water would do the trick.

At Bobby's suggestion I flushed both motors several times because to my knwledge they had never been treated with a salt treatment.  The motors are NOT running in the pictures below.  That is not smoke,  That is 100% salt build up being flushed from the engines.  The final picture of the rear of the boat shows no salt in the water at all.  We are not declaring total victory because we were able to MAKE the alarm come  on once the other day.  But in the past we were having to troll with one motor because the alarm ALWAYS came on.  However I think we have finally got that pesky booger picked.

Also Camdyn and Caroline are modeling our new shipment of CRC Salt Terminator at the OIFC.  I seriously recommend you treat your motors.

BTW//Bobby is a proud supporter of Team Do Work/OIFC

I am reposting because I think flushing your motors are that important.  Jeff ran the Do Work this week and the 1st thing we did was use this product to flush our motors.  It may be expensive but we also rinse the trailer and especially the brakes with it.  In the long run I think it's saving money AND trouble.

++++The pictures are from this summer.  Knock on wood our heating issue is gone!!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Capt Jacob tells all" | | 11/13/15
 

I asked Capt. Jacob to give the high school teams competing tomorrow some tips on how to win. He wrote a book full of great tips. Try to dissect to see the mind of a professional fisherman. Most think the more you fish the easier it gets. I say the more you fish, the more you know which just adds that many more variables to have to consider, which in turn makes it even harder! Case in point, read Jacobs plan to win tourney..... Speckled trout will be the primary target tomorrow. The 4" Sea Shad in Chartreuse Diamond made by Bass Assassin sold at the OIFC paired with an 1/8th ounce jig head has produced the best action from the trout on my boat. However, the biggest trout will most likely come from the jetties floating live shrimp. You can bet Clay and Brandon will be out there. Grass banks in the Calabash river near creek mouths will produce plenty of action from trout and everyone should have a chance to catch a keeper. Bonaparte creek is also another great place to work the grass banks close to creek mouths with soft plastics or floating live shrimp. Working soft plastics will allow anglers to work large areas more quickly to locate the trout. The Shallotte river has seen a little bit of action mostly in the horse shoe area in front of Lloyd's oyster house. The freshwater runoff has kept the trout from moving further up the river lately. However, the first three hours of falling tide has been key in the Calabash, Bonaparte creek and Shallotte areas. The last three hours of falling is usually the best at the jetties. However, high tide will be first thing in the morning and hitting the outside of the rocks on either side first thing could produce a good bite floating live shrimp. Flounder are still hanging around Tubbs Inlet, but I wouldn't rule out jigging one up in the canals. Lots of small menhaden are in the canals that should attract a big flat fish. Tubbs has the cleanest greenest water in our area. All three species could very well come from this area. Really working the docks along the Sunset side could result in a redfish, flounder, and trout. Tubbs Inlet area and the rock jetties is probably the best places to come up big with all three species. I personally would pick one of these areas and work them hard. Redfish have been tough in the creeks. The best redfish action has been around the rocks at the jetties closer to the high tides. Problem with the jetties is the South Carolina slot 15 to 23 inches, most fish have been larger than that. Second, if someone lucks up and catches a 26 incher in North Carolina they have gotcha. I would probably hit the docks along Carven street near low tide or the docks along the back of the Shallotte inlet in hopes of a larger North Carolina slot redfish. Again, mullet minnows and perfect size menhaden have been hanging in the canals. This bait will be easier to find once the sun heats the surface water temps a bit about mid morning or high noon. Game plan options...hit the jetties hard with live shrimp...this game plan may require lots of patience and commitment to stay too long missing opportunities else where. Jetties is a go big or go home empty plan. But, there is no doubt that all three species are out there. When will they decide to bite? That has been anyone's guess out there lately. I have heard the last three hours of rising has been great on the redfish. That tide will not be during the time limits of the tournament. Speckled trout have historically bit well on the last three hours of the fall. The freshwater runoff is throwing the timing off in all areas. Working soft plastics along the grass banks will keep you on the move covering ground. Chartreuse Diamond color has been getting the most bites from speckled trout. The Cool Ice color produced a solid three pound flounder last Saturday. I would have my anglers using different colors until one starts to out produce the other. In my opinion, this would be the best game plan to luck up on an all three species day. I would expect that getting a redfish will be the toughest. So if I hand a decent trout and a flounder early, I would switch to live bait hitting docks or the rocks depending on time left. In closing, don't get caught hanging around too long if you aren't getting any action. Best way to check for action is putting a live shrimp on the bottom. If you are getting lots of pecks really quick then you are close to a good area. If you throw a live shrimp on the bottom and it takes a while for it to get a tap. Best to move to another area. All fish hang around together in fertile areas. If you can't lose a live shrimp on the bottom, that area is dead. MOVE! Thanks, Capt. Jacob
- Brant McMullan
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"OIFC live shrimp IN STOCK" | | 11/12/15
 

OIFC had live shrimp and they are warming up for a big weekend of Trout fishing. $6/dozen at OIFC. First come.......
- Brant McMullan
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"Rodeo Update" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/11/15
 

Daniel Simmons of the Reel McCoy takes 2nd in the wahoo division with a 53.2 lb'r.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Black Friday Extravaganza" | OIFC | 11/11/15
 

Get Ready for November 27,28,29th!!! 

Join us for our BIGGEST Black Friday Event EVER
All merchandise will be ON sale 
20-75% OFF of everything in the store!!

In addition to the incredible savings we will also be holding a TACKY Christmas Sweater Contest & Christmas Cookie Contest on SATURDAY, November 28th! 


*Winners will receive an OIFC gift bag with lots of fun goodies.*
 

DON'T MISS OUT- Join us in watching the 12th Annual Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla in your TACKIEST attire and enjoy hot chocolate while helping us judge the Cookie Contest!

Judging will be held after the conclusion of the Flotilla! 


- Katelyn Kincer
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"High School Fishing Association second event" | | 11/10/15
 

This Saturday 4 teams from Brunswick Academy and 9 teams from West Brunswick high schools will compete in their second tournament of the year. Teams consist of two students that stay together the entire 6 tournament series year. Each event offers prizes for the largest of three eligible species: Flounder, Speckled Trout and Redfish along with an overall prize for heaviest combined weight of one fish from each species (must have at least two of the species to qualify for this prize). Through the 6 event series, teams will accumulate points based on their overall score and the team with the highest score will receive a scholarship, awarded upon graduation and required to be used for some form of continuing education. We are thankful that 13 boat owners have volunteered their boat and their time to guide the teams on Saturday. Weigh will be at the OIFC on Saturday from 2-4pm, so come by and check the kids out and cheer them on. We will be needing more boats and volunteer captains for the December event so stay tuned for your opportunity to join and help with this pilot program that shows great promise. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Rodeo Update" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/09/15
 

Scale Bound takes the lead in the OIFC Rodeo.  This may mean war!!!!


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"Box Office Report" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/09/15
 

~~There were 2 of us on "Box Office", and had to stop wahoo fishing after an hour, because we each had 2.  5 gal. bucket for scale.  50#+ average weight.  Ocean was alive 3-4 miles down the beach from Same Ole in 25-40 fathoms.  Saturday, 11-7-15.

Joe Seegars

Helping the Shriners help children!
www.hookahoo.com


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"Volunteers" | | 11/08/15
 

Next weekend is he second high school inshore fishing tourney. We only have 6 boats committed to take the kids. We need 14 boats. PLEASE HELP and volunteer your time and boat to take a team of 2 kids fishing next Saturday. You still get to fish yourself, so it's a day of fishing and helping our youth to learn and compete on the water. Valuable life lessons learned. Please email me captbrant@oifc.com ASAP!!
- Brant McMullan
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"Reel McCoy Report" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/08/15
 

~~Daniel Simmons, Brian Robbins and Bryan Freeman went wahoo fishing on Friday. Ended up a bit shy of our 500 lb limit, had a good day with 9 wahoos in the box from 38 to 53 pounds.  Really good fishing out there right now.  Lots of little bonitos busting, lots of rigger bites. Fun Fun.

Thanks for the report Brian and thanks for the on dock advice Daniel ;)


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"Trask Cunningham" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/07/15
 

Trask fished with Elizabeth Kahn aboard his 27' Contender the "Scale Bound" today and got a few kings.  The fun and games are probably over as I hear thunder now (10:13pm).


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"Friday King Fishing" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 11/07/15
 

I borowed these pix from Travis Overman from yesterday


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Curmudgeon 11/10/2015

Sorry I couldn't go, Travis. Oh, wait, Oh, wait, my phone never rang ...

Curmudgeon 11/10/2015

Sorry I couldn't go, Travis. Oh, wait, you didn't invite me ...

Curtis 11/09/2015

Because they are easier to eat when they are dead...

Harold 11/08/2015

Why where all those king macs killed?


Harold 11/08/2015

Why where all those king macs killed?




"Oysters" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/06/15
 

~~The water in each tank was taken from the same body of water at the same time.
 The only difference is that one tank also contains oysters. A single adult oyster can filter and clean up to 50 gallons of water every day.-From an Emerald Isle Post  Thank you Shaun Bellamy for posting this.  I foound it interesting.


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"Jeff Reid" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 11/06/15
 

Here are some pictures posted by Jef Reid.  He had  his limit and was home by lunch.  Look at that beautiful ocean!!!

+++++The king bite is on fire.  I'm seeing reports of record numbers of kings being caught.  Better make your plans for tomorrow (Sat) because a front is coming thru.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Make up trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/06/15
 

We have openings for offshore trips this Saturday (11/7). The king mackerel bite has been pretty darn good in the 65 to 80 foot range and the wahoo reports coming in have been quite impressive. The cost for an eight-hour king mackerel/grouper trip is $200 per person and we need at least four people for the trip. Gulf Stream trips will be $400 per person for a twelve-hour trip trolling for wahoo, blackfin tuna and maybe a stray mahi-mahi. We also need a minimum of four people for this trip. This time of the year can provide some of the best fishing our coast has to offer. Therefore, call up your long lost fishing buddies, pack your cooler and let’s go fishing. Call (910) 575-3474 to book your charter today. The fish are biting!


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Wahoo" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/05/15
 

This is a Nicholas James Sizemore picture with Kevin Sneed of a 40= lb wahoo they caught today.  I hope to be getting more pics and info.


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