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"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" | | 05/06/14
 

My sincere apologies for the late report guys – it’s difficult to report when you have 6 final exams and two Gulf Stream trips all in a weeks’ time. Anyways, what a great weekend to be out on the water. The weather cooperated and the fish have finally started biting. Captain Chris Dew and I had the luxury of fishing in the Gulf Stream both Saturday and Sunday with two awesome groups of people. We broke Shalotte inlet Saturday around 6:30 with the MacMarlen Ledge as our first stop. After rigging baits, getting to know the customers, and eating a little breakfast we finally pulled the throttles back at our destination. Capt. Brant arrived in the same spot with his crew about 30 minutes prior to us, reporting the mahi were around and hungry. Like clockwork, the port side outrigger clip popped and we were on to our first mahi. The vigorous fight between Kirby Bridwell and the fish lasted about 10 minutes before the 12lb mahi was boated. With the monkey off our back, we reset the spread and continued fishing. We continued to pick at a few more mahi before seeing the one of a kind black fin blitz on the surface. However these tunas were being picky for some reason that day. They bit a variety of lures yet they would only bite one at time. Captain Chris and I changed up our lure placement in the spread, color, and even line diameter - still catching only one fish when passing through the school. After scratching our heads, changing skirts and lure sizes, we made the executive decision to live by the saying “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” We were consistently getting bites, therefore the lures were there to stay. Who knows? We called it a wrap on the troll and headed in about 20 miles to an area I heard that was producing cobia and BIG sea bass. The report I got was correct. At one point we had all 6 rods bent with 18” sea bass on the other end – they were rather large. After the backs of customers started to ache and the sea breeze picked up we decided to make the run back to OIB. We caught the majority of our black fin on a green machine equipped with a bird pulled about 25ft in front of the lure. It was fished way back on the shot gun rod. Hint- if your crew isn’t asking “hey what is that way back there splashing?” you’re not fishing it back far enough. On the near shore side of things, the fishing has picked up dramatically. King Mackerel were reported around the Yaupon Reef area, Shark hole and Ocean Crest Pier. These are the typical spots they show up at first before a larger body of fish will move in behind them. Pogies can be scarce this time of year. Thus, make sure you stop by the fishing center and pick up a box of cigar minnows to troll with. They will work equally as well this time of year for the smaller kings and Spanish. Speaking of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, for any of you Gulf Stream fisherman out there, here is the chance to show off your skills. We have our annual “Far Out Shootout” tournament starting this Friday 5/9 and lasting through Saturday 5/17. Don’t miss out on this. If the forecast holds, it looks like the fishing may be above average. The fish have finally showed up. Let’s go find them!
- "Treffinger, Derek James"
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Brent Boling 05/07/2014

Derek, we had a great trip. We appreciate how hard you and Capt. Chris worked all day. We have put a good dent in that cooler of fish already. Awesome day and a great experience at OIFC.





"Spanish and Bonito" | | 05/06/14
 

A quick shot if a couple of the fish that we caught this weekend
- Stan Gurganus
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"Near shore" | | 05/06/14
 

  While everybody was in the gulf stream this past weekend I was running the shorter near shore trips on the Carolina Cat. There were quite a few notable events that occurred that I want to pass along to hopefully inspire some fellow fisherman to get out there and get on the fish.  Let's start with the Spanish. They have officially shown up and are more than willing to cooperate. They seem to be more concentrated a few miles offshore in t 55 feet of water over hard bottom areas. Both Friday and Sunday we located large schools of spanish feeding on the surface and filled the boxes with them by pulling #0 clark spoons on planers. #00 Spoons were also productive and color didn't seem to matter. All you had to do was present a bait and however many lines you had out dictated how many bites you would get at a time. It was a lot of fun and made for some great dinners. There are also spanish to be caught on the beach around the inlet mouths but the fish were a little scattered and were a bit smaller than the ones feeding offshore. I also caught a Atlantic Bonito mixed in with the spanish on Sunday which was a nice surprise since we haven't seen any of those this spring at all. Now on the King mackerel side of things it definitely is looking up also. I heard radio chatter all weekend about kings in the 30 pound range being caught off of Oak Island. Seems that the pogeys have shown up also. I heard of the Southport guys catching them Friday and Saturday on the radio and on Sunday I saw them with my own eyes. As I was coming in through Shallotte inlet there was a huge school of what appeared to be good sized pogeys just west of the cans in about 20 feet of water. I think we are out of excuses not to go fishing now. The fish are out there from the beach to the stream.
- Stan Gurganus
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"flounder are starting to show themselves" | Get Busy | 05/05/14
 

It's that time of year, the time beween Easter and Mothers day when the water is heating up bait starting to show themselves and small flounder in big numbers. Crusing the ICW small schools of small pogies are popping up everywhere. We hit several spots from the SC/NC line to the Shallotte River and found small 13 inch flounder on all of them. Redfish are still around on the oyster rocks and docks.


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Yamaha F300s" | OIFC | 05/05/14
 

I am selling a set of the F300 Yamahas off a charter boat.  I sold one set over the Winter and have one set left that I'm ready to go ahead and move.  Engines are 2013s with warranty April 20, 2016.  1000 hours, well maintained and serviced and in good working condition.  Deal is for engines only- no controls or props.  If you have an older boat and are looking repower, you will have to upgrade to the electronic controls which usually run around $4000.  Selling price is $28,500.  EMAIL Capt. Brant if you have interest or pass this along if you know anyone who might be looking.  Engines are ready to go- instant repower!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Flounder and Redfish" | Tiberias - 22' | 05/05/14
 

Flounder are getting thicker by the day. We should start to see more fish reach the keeper size soon. Live mud minnows and soft plastics have been the most assessable baits to target flounder lately. We should start to see a few menhaden show up any day. If you don't mind a boat ride to get bait, a few live menhaden have been flipping in the waterway about half way between the Shallotte River and Holden Beach Bridge. Redfish are scattered all over place as they stay on the move to find a good food source. Crabs are molting so redfish should be up on the flats looking for a easy meal. We fished hard yesterday on one of my favorite flats and only saw a few singles. We never found that wolf pack, but we did get a 15 minute flurry with 5 opportunities. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Mahi Mania" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/04/14
 

Pat Prince submitted these pictures and write up over the course of the past 2 days.  His crew caught 10 mahi and a 35 lb wahoo. Pat was fishing with his son Peter and Capt. Jay and his son Jude in 350 feet deep 72 degree water.

Pat said he was beat down from having fun catching 2 at a time.  He said they got into them so thick he caught one on a chicken bone.  Serious, that's what he said.  Barrett caught a king on a pickle...sooooooo.  The crew couldn't resist a selfie at the Frying Pan Tower.

Thanks for the report Pat.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Class graduated" | | 05/04/14
 

We had a good day of Gulf Stream school yesterday. Conditions were good with seas 2-3' most of the day. We went to the MacMarlen ledges and began work practicing the techniques we had discussed at land class the eve prior. We hadn't gotten the second line out before we had a dolphin hooked up. The class did a good job working together and helping each other learn rigging and dealing with hookups. We stayed busy most all day with action from Dolphin, Blackfin and a Wahoo. We trolled until about 12:30 and then decided to work on vertical jigging. I set the class up over a rock in 180' and rods started bending. AJs were of course plentiful but we did manage a 30 pound Cobia. We finished up with trolling and boated a double of 20# Blackfin. It was a good day to teach/learn as the action was diverse and steady. Good job guys! Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
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Roger Pennington 05/07/2014

We had an excellent day of fishing with Capt. Brant. All the fishing I have ever done was King mackerel and this was different. I will go again this weekend and see how my education worked out. Again, it was a great time and thanks a lot. I still love King Mackerel fishing. If you wish to learn offshore this is an excellent class to take. Thanks again and now the test begins.





"Reel'in for Research" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/04/14
 

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I'm not sure that I can put my weekend into words, but I'm going to give it my best attempt.  Here it goes.  I was invited by Team Do Work member Dr. Jeremy  Phillips to fish The Reelin’ for Research Tournament out of Morehead City this weekend.  I went into the event not knowing much about Reelin’ for Research or what this Tournament really meant.  Really, all I knew was that all the money raised goes to benefit the UNC Children’s Hospital.  Friday afternoon after Camdyn got out of school, Courtney, Camdyn, Roxy (K-9 angler) and I got on the road and headed to Morehead.  We arrived Friday evening and settled in.  Base camp for the weekend was one of our best friend’s house in Beaufort on Taylors Creek.  Camdyn made herself right at home in the hammock watching the wild horses on Carrot and Sand Dollar Island.  We then meet Jeremy and Ashley for dinner, and I was told to be at the Dock at Atlantic Beach at 5:30 a.m. In typical tournament fashion, I got zero sleep due to being too excited and worried I would over sleep.

    Saturday morning the clock went off and Courtney, Camdyn and Roxy gave me a ride to the dock where I could meet my teammates and board the boat.  They told me to have fun and they would see me at the scales.  When I boarded the boat, I was greeted by a group of the nicest people I’ve ever met.  The team consisted of Mike, Pete, Mark, Dr. Jeremy and Dr. Sam.  I was then handed a tournament t-shirt and a orange t-shirt.  I was told the orange t-shirt was our team shirt and was what we would wear to weigh in.  This is where the importance and the real meaning of this tournament set in.  I unfolded the shirt and saw a picture of a young boy walking down the beach and a fishing boat in the background, with the words “ Reelin’ for Dylan”.  I then asked, “What does our team name mean?”  Everyone then explained that Dylan was a young boy who was diagnosed with luekemia and had just passed away 7 months ago.  Pete told me that Dylan was his neighbor and was his son’s best friend and that Dylan’s dad was on the other boat that was also Team Reelin’ for Dylan.

    We then pulled out of the dock and set our sights on the Gulf Stream hoping to catch a good showing of fish.  The rules of the Tournament were weigh your heaviest three fish.  You could weigh Mahi, Wahoo or Tuna.  We ended up having a blast on the water.  We had several Mahi to bring back to the scales.  We had a great First Mate named Donnie, who I was able to learn several tips and tricks from.  I don’t have much to report on the fishing side due to I was only a passenger.  From what I hear the bite was a lot better down here.

    We weighed our catch and headed in to get cleaned up for the awards dinner.  At dinner, the purpose of this Tournament really sank in.  We sat down and had a great meal of BBQ, Chicken and all the fixings.  As each speaker presented, you could just see, hear and feel the passion they have for the event.  Reelin’ for Research began in 2009 and has been going each year since.  The speakers told how each year the fund raising has increased and  how the Tournament has grown.  The tournament director then called two representatives from UNC Hospital to the stage and told the crowd that the committee has checked the amount over and over and it’s really true.  He then turned a check around and the amount raised was $429,000!  The place went wild and the room was filled with cheers, high fives, hugs and tears!  This is the point when I knew I would be coming back with my rig next year.  I couldn’t even tell you where we finished or what our total weight was.  Scales really don’t matter in this tournament.  What I can tell you is that between the two Reelin’ for Dylan teams there was about $30,000 raised.  I encourage and challenge each and every one of you out there to add this event to your schedule next year.  It’s a true family event that supports one hell of a cause.  Here is the website, www.reelinforresearch.org   The website doesn’t do this Tournament justice, but it can give you some background information.  The tournament is always held the first weekend of May.  Hope to see you there next year! 


- Capt. Jeff Beck
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Myra Phillips 05/05/2014

You did a great job on this article explaining the tournament Jeff! I am so glad it was such a success.

Jeremy Phillips 05/05/2014

This tournament was way more than I expected. A very well ran tourney for a great cause. I would love to see boats from OIB involved with this next year!!!

Steele park 05/04/2014

Jeff, thank you for sharing. This brought tears to my eyes, but also brought pride that my friends and fishing coleagues are doing such great things for an amazing cause...I will absolutely participate next year.

capt. rickey 05/04/2014

I have to love it when Team OIFC/Do Work members rep the OIFC no matter where they fish.


capt. rickey 05/04/2014

I have to love it when Team OIFC/Do Work members rep the OIFC no matter where they fish.




"Going back" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 05/04/14
 

Headed back out to the Gulf Stream today. Y'all stay tuned.


- Austin Aycock
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"The Fishing Is Hot!!!!!" | OIFC | 05/03/14
 

The 1st two pictures are of Logan Pennington & his Dad Roger of Aiken, S.C. & Ocean Isle Beach, As well as Corey & Gary DiFazio of Charlotte.  These folks attented Capt. Brant's Off Shore Fishing School.  Roger, the winner of the Fall Brawl said he had been a king fisherman for awhile but wanted to learn more about other types of fishing so he signed up for Brant's school

The next 2 pictures are of Tripp Muldrow, Rus Rushton, Kirby Bridwell, Jason Raines, Si Henson & Brent Browling of Greenville, S.C.  They fished with Captains Chris Dew and Derek Triffinger.  Capt, Chris said they fished in 170-180 feet deep water which was 72 degrees.  He said there was no one "hot" color, but added all the blackfin were caught on a long-long-long line.

The seas were great when the boats headed out but got a little "bumpy" on the trip home.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Just In & Spanish Armada" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/03/14
 

Shane Britt sent me a picture of this red drom this morning.  He said he went 2 for 3 using top water lures.

Capt. Chris & Capt Stan caught a coole full of spanish yesterday.  Stan said they we 8 miles off shore and deeper than they usually hang out in.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Headed off" | | 05/03/14
 

I'm heading out with a stream class and OC and Derek are close behind on Worldcat for stream trip. We are heading toward the MacMarlen ledges. Winds 12-15 from west now. Hope it holds at this or less? Back to dock at 6pm. It's been cloudy so no satellite temp shots. Flying blind Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
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"Kings At Ocean Crest" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/02/14
 

To king fishermen the announcement that kings are being caught at Ocean Crest Pier is like telling a child school is out for summer!

Today John Gornto caught a reported 33 lb 7oz  king and won $100 for the 1st king caught.

School's out for summer!!!!!!!!!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Captain America" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/01/14
 

Our extremely patriotic web master and local in shore OIFC Pro Staff Member Brandon Sauls is having a ball at Hawk Cay, Fl. doing one of the many things he loves.  Nice tarpon Brandon!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sunday at the Steeples" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/01/14
 

Butch Myers fished with Mike Kennerly aboard Mike's "Blue Pearl" Sunday.  They fished mainly the Steeples area in 71.5 degree water.  Butch said they missed more than they got.  He reprts the mahi weighed @ 10 lbs and the wahoo @35.

Thanks for the report and pix guys


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More Redfish Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/30/14
 

Dale, Joe, and Larry joined me for a half day this week. We caught several redfish right out of the gate. After giving that first school the sore mouth we moved around looking for more action. We picked at them in a few more locations landing redfish from 16 to 26 inches. Live mud minnows, fresh crab chunks and white colored soft plastics have gotten us on the action lately. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Free money!" | | 04/30/14
 

Just got my monthly Marathon gift card rebate. I get .$25/gal back for using a Marathon credit card and buying Marathon brand fuel. Pick up application for card at OIFC. It's a no brainier deal if you have a boat. Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
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"Empty Pockets" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/30/14
 

Wendell Barnett of the "Empty Pockets"  made this catch pictured below near the Same Ole'.  He said the water was between 72-75 degress and there was no particular color that was hot.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"So Many Fish, So Little Time" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/29/14
 

The 1st two pictures are of Terry Frink of Sunset Beach and his catch of the day.  The 3rd picture is of "JB" Bowen of the "Stick Slinger" and his mahi and the last picture is of Chance Martini of The Midtown Bistro in N. Myrtle Beach with a pending S.C. State record Snowey Grouper.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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