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"Gulf Stream School" | Catch All | 04/11/17
 

With all the spring break commotion going on this week, I lacked to report on this past weekends Gulf Stream school. On Saturday 4/8 the class spent about two hours learning about our gulf stream fishery on land. We covered quite a bit of info including local hot spots, tying rigs, and analyzing sea surface temperature charts. Then on Sunday we ventured out to an area near the Same Ole Hole to put all the info into play. The entire day the class did a great job rigging baits, managing lines and finding fish. Bites from average size wahoo were consistent yet like anyone new to wahoo fishing, the crew was having a hard time keeping fish hooked. After some angling adjustments we got the right bite and executed when it mattered the most with an 83-pound wahoo coming over the rail. The fish was not only a personal best for the crew but also proved that with a little instruction and experience, big gulf stream dreams can be achieved. Great job crew!


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Stick Slinger" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/11/17
 

The crew of Jim Bowen's Stick Slinger went sea bass fishing Sunday in 65-70 ft of water


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Spring season is happening" | OIFC | 04/11/17
 

In the fishing world, history will normaly repeat and so it is that the April Wahoo bite is on with multiple Wahoo bites occurring to most offshore anglers. The key to make the "catch" vs just getting the "bite" is getting a good hookset. That can best be accomplished by having a heavy drag setting on the strike and then relaxing the drag some after the hookup. Heavy means as heavy as your line test can stand without breaking. As April progresses, Mahi will start mixing in with the Wahoo and come May, Wahoo/Mahi and Blackfin Tuna will be on fire. No rocket science with this fishing forecast, just history.

Closer in the Kings are showing around the Tower and at SW ledges. Look for them to begin the move inshore to the 30 mile range soon, and then look for the first {big} kings of the year to show up off Long Beach Pier area the last few days of April and first days of May. Magically when our charter boats start catching Grey Trout at close in reefs, the beach Kings will appear soon thereafter. Again, it's history.

Inshore Trout/Reds and a few Flounder are showing.

Come on down and enjoy this magical time of the year when fishing is at it's absolute best. In the words of famous fishing legend Lentz...May only comes once a year and you don't know how many more Mays you will have.


- Rube McMullan
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"Reel Rescue" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/10/17
 

the Reel Rescue caught this 27.9 king today at the Tower. The picture is by Capt. Jeff Williamson of the OIFC


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David 04/13/2017

Way to go Brad, Nice fish!





"Retriever" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/10/17
 

Bob Newell, Chris Eckert, Scott Hamilton and Raleigh Davis fishing aboard the Retriever went 4 for 6 on the wahoo just west of the Same Ole today. The heaviest was 52.8 lbs with the others in the 40's. Austin Aycock of the OIFC weighed them in. Thank you for letting us report on your trip and for choosing the OIFC as your weigh station


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"NautiDreams" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/09/17
 

Jason Delong & crew of Team NautiDreams out of Winston Salem were cleaning these wahoo they caught at the OIFC this afternoon. Jason said he jumped the shoals and joined a fleet of boats who were catching a lot of wahoo. Jason said the seas were fine until you got about 10 miles out. Thanks for coming to the OIFC and for sharing the report Jason


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"IMG_7823.JPG" | | 04/08/17
 

Landon had the hot hook today aboard the OIFC Carolina Cat. He's pictured below showing off his first grey trout. Great job today guys! Capt. Derek Treffinger
- Derek Treffinger
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"Stream Class THIS WEEKEND- 1 spot open" | OIFC | 04/06/17
 

The weather looks great and April is here -- We have 1 spot open in the Gulf Stream Class for this weekend.  Land Class will be Saturday 5pm-7pm with fishing all day Sunday 6am-6pm.  This class will teach you new skill and provide confidence to take your own boat offshore and have success Gulf Stream trolling for Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo.  

We have dozens of success stories from past participants.  You can be one of them.  


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Douglas Cross 04/09/2017

Top right photo shows a picture of my son and I in the middle (Doug & Daniel Cross). We took your class 2 different times to learn how to fish in the Gulf stream. We learned a ton. I have my own boat and I can't remember the last time I went offshore and didn't come home with a boat load of fish. These guys are professionals at what they do. Great photo and thanks again for teaching us the right way to get it done.... Douglas Cross.





"OIFC News & Such" | OIFC | 04/04/17
 

 

 

 

WAIT LIST

If you wanted to fish the Kingfish Cup and you did not make the first 100, PLEASE get on the wait list. It is going to mean something. CLICK HERE to go to the page to join the WAIT LIST.THE WAIT LIST WILL CLOSE 4/16.

** IMPORTANT **

The Kingfish Cup WILL NOT in any way affect your participation in the Jolly Mon or Fall Brawl.  The Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl remain open to the public and registration will go just as it always has, closing the Friday evening prior to Saturday's fishing.  There has been some confusion between the limited entry Kingfish Cup and the Jolly Mon.  The Kingfish Cup is riding as an umbrella across the Jolly Mon, Got'em On, Fall Brawl and Rumble tournaments, but they will not be affected or changed in any way due to this.  These tournaments are open to the public as they always have been- see you at the weigh-in!


JOLLY MON VIP UPDATE

There has been some deep thought going into this year's Jolly Mon VIP.I feel like the format we have used the last two years has run its course, and it is time for something new.We may bring it back in the future, but let's switch it up.One of the big reasons for the VIP was to have an event that was completely different than what we typically see in a Kingfish tournament.It was designed to be more fun and relaxed than the coming weekend's main event.Thus, here's the plan.

The Jolly Mon VIP will be a 3 fish aggregate:1 King Mackerel, 1 Barracuda and 1 Amberjack.The heaviest combined weight of one fish per species will be the winner.You HAVE TO HAVE all three species to be eligible to win the primary prizes.There will be no check-out and the boundaries will be the same as the Jolly Mon.All other rules are the same as the Jolly Mon except:All boats must be in weigh-in line by 3pm.The entry fee will be $210, with the 3 highest aggregate weights winning the primary prize money.There will also be optional TWT's of $105 each for the largest fish of each species, winner-take-all.

Lastly, entry to fish the VIP will be open to anyone; there is no qualification required.In the spirit of fun, let's allow anyone to get out and have a fun day on the water turning these "trash" fish into treasure.The deadline to enter will be when on-line registration closes at 11:59pmon Tuesday, June 13th. Entry will be available on-line or by mail - CLICK HERE - or visit www.OIFC.com 


 

 
 
 
 

FISHING SCHOOLS SET AND FILLING UP

Call (910) 575-3474 to reserve your spot

 INSHORE:

 March 24-25 (FULL), April 14-15 (2 SPOTS), April 21-22 (FULL), April 28-29 (2 SPOTS), May 5-6 (3 SPOTS), May 19-20 (3 SPOTS), September 15-16 (3 SPOTS), October 13-14 (3 SPOTS) , November 3-4 (3 SPOTS)

GULF STREAM TROLLING:  

April 7-8 (FULL), April 22-23 (2 SPOTS)

LIVE BAIT KING MACKEREL:

May 18-19 (4 SPOTS), June 10-11(2 SPOTS), July 1-2 (2 SPOTS)

BOTTOM FISHING:

August 26 (1 SPOT)

KITE FISHING:

 September 4 (4 SPOTS)


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Trout Season" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/03/17
 

Brandon Sauls and Clay Morphes had 20 trout on a 2 hr outing Sunday


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"MAKE UP TRIP" | Catch All | 03/29/17
 

The wahoo have been biting and Sunday (4/2) is looking good for some trolling in the Gulf Stream. $425/person. We need four people to make the trip. Call Capt. Derek at (704) 616-1615 to reserve your spot. 


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Wahooooo" | | 03/29/17
 

Day 1 of SC Wahoo Series tournament in books. Team OIFC partnered with Team YellowfinOnly and scaled an 82.8 (Austin Aycock, Scott Smith and Kelly Fisher. It is a 2 fish aggregate deal, so we are in contention. The leading team put a 97# on the board so plenty of work to be done and still plenty of teams to fish. Fishing days extend til April 16. Good news is no matter who catches what they will have to work for it. Nice fish being weighed. Scales at Tollers Cove convenient. Caught her at the Scarp. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Abandoned Boat Ordinance " | Do Work / OIFC | 03/28/17
 

 
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Brunswick County Abandoned BoatAn abandoned boat sits in the water near the bridge at Holden Beach on March 21, 2016. People who live and work in the area say it had been abandoned for almost four years. (Photo: Alexa Block/WWAY)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After years of work, the Brunswick County Commissioners passed the abandoned boat ordinance.

Captain Mose Highsmith of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office was the person designated to draft the boat ordinance several years ago.

The plan regulates the docking and anchoring of boats in the county and prohibits them from being abandoned.

Captain Highsmith says that the abandoned boats have been a major problem in the area and this decision is the right one.

“Well there’s been a need recognized for the last couple years that there is a growing number of boats that have been left in various areas of the county,” Highsmith said. “They become either obstacles to navigation or they sink in place and become somebody’s problem to deal with.”

Captain Highsmith says the decision tonight came with very little discussion as the change needed to happen.

Captain Highsmith says that the job is not done.

It’s up to his team to enforce the laws to make the change for the area.


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"April is Wahoo month" | OIFC | 03/27/17
 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bout that time...." | | 03/27/17
 

Capt Jeff says the Reds are biting this am. It is bout time to start thinking fish. Call us at 910-575-3474 to book your inshore or offshore fishing trip. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Backwater School was a Success! " | Tiberias - 22' | 03/26/17
 

Chai Lee, Joe Bode, Jeff Edwards, and Chase Edwards joined me for my first backwater school of the year. We only offer a few of these each year and they fill up fast. These schools give anglers new to the area or just new to backwater fishing opportunities to learn techniques and skills directly from a guide with 8 hours of on the water instruction after a 2 hour land class discussion. The weather was near perfect yesterday with winds so light the no-seeums dang near carried us away. It was aggrevating for the first few hours as we moved a few times just to get away from the no-seeums. We managed to catch fish in every area we went to yesterday despite some nasty looking water in the bonaparte creek area. My class members where very gracious letting go all but one redfish yesterday even though we easily put a limit of keepers in the livewell. We even let go a few trout, no need to keep what you are not going to eat. Thank God for true sportsmen that understand the need to leave some for next time! The next school is scheduled for April 14th and 15th hosted by Capt. Jeff Williamson. My next school is scheduled for April 21st and 22nd. You can see all school dates and information listed under our Fishing tab and scroll down to fishing schools. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Spring Kick Off" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/25/17
 

Here are a few pictures from day one of our very successful Spring Kick Off and Boat Show. Join us Subday for more boat rides and classes. Also grab a meal at the Fish Company. I did


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"We Are Ready" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/24/17
 

we are ready for the boat show Saturday 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Dredging" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/24/17
 

Below are some pictures I took today (Friday) of the dredging operation at the ICW & the Shallotte Inlet


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rickey beck 03/25/2017

Where the Inlet meets the Waterway. I THINK Inlet Dredging will begin later as they start the jetty

Jay 03/25/2017

Are they actually dredging the inlet or only where it meets the shalotte river (east west)?





"Finishing Touches" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/24/17
 

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we are putting the finishing touches on the OIFC getting ready for the Spring Kick Off this weekend!


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