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"FEEDING FRENZY" | | 10/06/14
 

What an exciting weekend of fall fishing. Friday we had multiple boats report double digit catches of king mackerel. Saturday there was a slight lull in the action with all the hard winds we had yet some boats still managed to catch a few kings. Then on Sunday the action picked right back up with an incredible bite just a few miles off the beach. Pogies rigged with or without skirts have been doing the trick for these kingfish. Any areas with a sharp ledge or hard bottom should produce quality fish this time of year. However, be sure not to run past these fish – they will hold anywhere from 65 to 10 feet of water at times. We as anglers get used to running 25+ miles to catch bigger kings yet the beach is normally where you’ll find bigger fish during the first few weeks of fall. The best part about this fall king bite is that it lines up perfectly with the Fall Brawl King Classic. This kingfish tournament provides anglers with an ample opportunity to catch fish closer to the beach, spend less money on fuel, and to have fun with the family while doing so. Come out to the OIFC on Friday 10/10 to register and get in on the action. The Gulf Stream fishing remains strong as well. Catches of wahoo and mahi are steadily increasing. These cooler temperatures like we had this past weekend are sure to enhance the fishing out in that range. More pronounced warm water eddies will begin to form which will better the fishing. Right now through the end of October is when the OIFC produces some of the best fishing trips for customers. Whether it’s targeting kings on a 6hr or wahoo on a Gulf Stream trip, this time of the year is normally when we have our best success. Call and book your charter today while the fishing is at its peak! Capt. Derek Treffinger
- "Treffinger, Derek James"
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"Fall Brawl this weekend" | OIFC | 10/06/14
 

The Fall Brawl is this weekend at OIFC and if you're following our fishing reports the Kings continue to chew the bottom out of the boats[and piers]. We are seeing the best King fishing I can remember since I was a kid pier jockey at Carolina Beach Fishing Pier 50+ years ago. It's a all out bite from the beach to the normal 65 feet deep spots. Looking at the weather this week, it's looks pretty stable. A weak cold front comes thru late in the week but then goes back to lite south winds. In the words of King Mackerel fishing legend Stuart Ballard, "when the wind goes round and round, the fish go round and round". What I think that means for us is the wind will go from south to north back to south; and the interpretation I draw is the fish will end up this weekend back to where they are now...EVERYWHERE. So for all the King fishermen, the Fall Brawl is the last tourney opportunity in our neighborhood this year to experience the classic Carolina king bite. Come on down and join us.

Thanks. Rube McMullan


- Rube McMullan
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"" | | 10/06/14
 

Another great fall day. Capts. Stan and Zach on the Carolina Cat and First Mate Aaron with me on the World Cat enjoyed a fantastic day with the Vaughn party. Both boats fished 60-70 feet of water to produce these fish. The weather is great and the fish are hungry. Come join us.
- Chris Dew
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"Backwater Action..." | Tiberias - 22' | 10/06/14
 

The stiff westerly winds put a stop on the beach bite. We attempted to find bait on Friday, but it was well off the beach. We tucked tail trolling our way back for spanish. We found a few spanish, but quickly ducked back into the inlet finding calmer water. The backwater is still providing good action from flounder and some nice redfish are prowling around. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Redfish, Albacore, Spanish..." | Tiberias - 22' | 10/05/14
 

Thursday last week the winds were light and slight most of the day allowing smaller boats to fish along the beach front. We hit the first bait pod to the east of Shallotte inlet that allowed us to go 2 for 3 on bull reds right out of the gate. That bait pod was quickly surrounded by several other boats. We elected to move on down the beach hitting the next good bait pod. That bait pod provided one more bull red for us. After that we couldn't buy a bite, so we changed gears. False albacore and spanish were busting all over the place in 25 to 30 feet of water. Fat alberts on light gear will wear some elbows out! We worked on the schools for awhile before moving into the backwater. We went 1 for 4 on slot reds in the skinny water. We finished our day with a few more spanish and some hard fighting albacore. Not a stellar bull redfish day, but we found plenty of line stretching action. Sometimes you just have to take what the ocean will give you. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Fall fishing" | | 10/04/14
 

Two Fall highlights are Grouper and Kin Mackerel. The Grice Construction boys had a good day with both fishing aboard the Carolina Cat with Capt Brant. Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- Brant McMullan
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"" | Do Work/OIFC | 10/03/14
 


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"" | Do Work/OIFC | 10/03/14
 


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"" | Do Work/OIFC | 10/03/14
 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More King Action" | | 10/03/14
 

Today Capt. Stan and I ran another half day trip. We caught bait in Shallotte Inlet and headed offshore to 65 feet of water where the kings have been making their presence known the last few days. Almost immediately we hooked up and for the next couple hours we stayed busy. To top an already fabulous day as we were getting ready to clear lines and head in our medium bait was inhaled by another hungry fish. Only this time it acted like a much bigger fish than we had been catching. After about 25 minutes a 40 pound Wahoo showed himself just enough to allow me to get the gaff in him. Come join us while the long awaited fall bite is on.
- Chris Dew
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"" | Do Work/OIFC | 10/02/14
 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | | 10/02/14
 

Wurtz party catch today on the World Cat
- Chris Dew
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"" | | 10/02/14
 

Capt. Zack joined me and the Wurtz party for a half day trip aboard the World Cat today. We fished 65 foot of water with pogies caught at Shallotte Inlet. The result was a limit of king mackerel. The fishing was what you expect in the fall. All boats in the area caught fish. Awesome group we had today and the fish made it even better. More pics to follow.
- Chris Dew
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"" | Do Work/OIFC | 10/02/14
 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIFC/Choice of Two" | | 10/01/14
 

Attached are pictures of Corey and Shaun Bellamy catching bait for the U.S. Open this Friday and Saturday
- "Capt. Papa D"
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"Test" | | 10/01/14
 

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- Brant McMullan
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"Fishing crisis" | OIFC | 09/29/14
 

To add to Barrett's report; there is a legitimate fishing crisis going on right now right on the beach. Can you imagine a situtation where you can't catch a king mackerel feeding on a school of pogies within 100 feet of the beach because you can't get a bait past monster 20-40 lb redfish. That is what a number of anglers fishing the Rumble in the Jungle King tourney experienced this weekend. The Kings are right on the beach at the inlets and so are the pogies, and so are the giant redfish. I heard of one boat quading up on 4 giant reds while trying to catch a king that was skyrocketing on the same pogy school[in 15 feet of water!].

Congrats to all the local boats that did good in the tourney. The hot bite continues off Ocean Crest Pier, but after Team OIFC ran over 100 miles trying to invent a fish offshore, we stopped at Shallotte Inlet for one last gasp and immediately caught a nice junior angler fish that took us to the scales. The fish are wherever the pogies are at and right now they are everywhere.

Come on down folks, it don't get any better than this and should continue thru the month of October.


- Rube McMullan
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"Fish Fish Fish" | OIFC | 09/27/14
 

The only explanation for a lack of offshore reports lately is because everyone is too busy catching fish.  Got to keep this short right now because I'm headed out the door for some more as I type.  In spite of the hard wind and rain we've had the last few days, or maybe because of, the fish have shown up close to shore in a big way.  The giant red drum are thick within a 9 iron from the beach.  They are schooling underneath the large schools of pogies in 10-15 feet of water.  It's as good as I've every seen.  Cast net a livewell full of ocean pogies.  Stick one on a flounder rig with a larger circle hook.  Toss it in the school of pogies and hang on.  If it doesn't get eaten quick, move to the next school of bait. 

If red drum aren't enough to satisfy your angling needs, the king mackerel have officially arrived on their Fall migration.  Great catches of king mackerel are happening right along the beach front as well.  The inlet mouths and nearshore reefs are all holding king mackerel.  The Rumble in the Jungle king mackerel tournament is taking place today and tomorrow and 95% of the fleet will be fishing the beach.  Partly out of necessity and partly because that's where the fish are. 

If you're on the sidelines waiting for the Fall bite to kick off, wait no more.  It's on.  More reports and pics to come.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"BULL REDFISH! " | Tiberias - 22' | 09/25/14
 

We have patiently waited for their arrival. Redfish from 35 to 45 inches have started to show themselves feeding inside the menhaden schools along the beach front. The sharks are still pretty thick out there as well. We doubled up and tripled up at times yesterday. Unfortunately, we only had one true double on bull redfish. Our triple hook up was two 5 foot sharks and then a 40+ inch redfish. Kind of crazy that it appears the reds are right in there feeding with the sharks! Plenty of action out there to keep your lines tight right now. Come on down and let us take you fishing! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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Toes-Up Fishing 09/26/2014

If these picture don't make you want to go fishing then you need to stay in the office!!!!!!!!





"A Little Flounder Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/25/14
 

Brian, Chris, and Gary joined me for a half day Monday morning. We targeted flounder first finding a few keepers for the dinner table. After that we bounced around trying to find some line stretchers. Trout were not cooperating, but some redfish did join the show. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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