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"Trout Blitz" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/02/14
 

Justin, Robert, and Ryan joined me for a half day morning trip last week. Fishing has been inconsistent at best lately. The redfish bit like bulldogs the day before in the afternoon. Capt. Jeff Williamson headed that way to check on the action. I decided to head in the opposite direction to check another area the fish had bit a few days earlier. We landed a trout, croaker and a bluefish before calling Capt. Jeff to share information. Capt. Jeff said the crickets were chirping at the redfish hole. He was moving to find the flounder action. We continued to steadily pick at the trout until the action slowed. We decided to make a few moves to find a line stretcher. Robert drew first blood on the redfish and made beautiful work of a 26 7/8 inch redfish. Justin and Ryan could only watch as Dad showed them how its done. Justin did hammer a nice 22 inch red a few minutes later. We couldn't get Ryan a redfish, but he did catch the biggest trout just over 4 pounds. Ryan also had a mystery opportunity that he tangled with for a few minutes. The fish took several yards of line before making a turn back toward the boat. It made two really good swirls on top, so I don't think it was a stingray. It acted more like a pretty good size shark, maybe a big red. Not sure! We will have to get him next year. Clemson fans have been saying that for five years now! Give me a high five! LOL! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Report From Keith Williams" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/01/14
 

Here is picture of Garrett Williams catch at the 90’s, we were fishing alongside our good friends and neighbors Brent and Matt Elliot on a lake like day.

 

On follow up trip to Jolly man reef last Friday on our awesome new Shearwater, with Holden and Garrett, we experienced something we had never seen before. We were anchored and drifting pogeys on balloons when two Barracuda crashed some pitched baits next to the boat. One hooked up for short fight and cut off while the other monster skied 12 feet high over our T-Top and flew in the air some 40 feet crashing near one of our balloons. It was wild! We have three witnesses should we be threatened with trip to the Liars Club!

Thanks for the report Keith and just so you will know our Liar's Club is closed. :)

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- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"They were bite'n" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/01/14
 

Well, earlier last week the redfish were biting. Richard and John joined me for a full day of fishing with the morning starting off with a steady bite. We caught a nice flounder and a couple of nice reds first thing in the morning. We moved to our afternoon spot and started working on some sore elbows. We enjoyed several double hook ups on 26 inch redfish while we got surrounded by other boats. We were content to be in the middle of a redfish blitz. We caught our share and then moved on to make room for other guides. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Bottom fishing is where its at" | OIFC | 07/31/14
 

We spend so much of our fishing time staring at the bottom recorder, trying to invent a tourney winning king over a ledger or rock. Watching the recorder and seeing all the bottom fish all I can think about is dropping a chicken rig down and turning on the frying pan. Well, yesterday me and Capt Brant and soon to be 4 year old Capt Brayden went to work on the Jumbo seabass, and a mix of triggers/bee lines, genuine reds[can't keep them], and way to many AJ's protecting the grouper from getting caught. With the summer doldrums going on and Kings not co-operating, bottom fishing is the fun game in town. Any rock or ledge in 90-100 feet deep will produce big sea bass and all the other bottom critters. Grouper are there if you can get past the AJ's. When the weather cools a little the kings should be back.


- Rube McMullan
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"Driving Me Crazy" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/31/14
 

This is driving me crazier than I already am!  80+ degrees of no so pretty water and kings are eing caught off Oceancrest Pier.  It stands to reason though, they are following the bait and our pogeys are plentiful this year.  The same theory ought to apply when we locate cigar minnows off shore.

Below is Chris Williamson and a 27 lb 8oz king he caught yesterday.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shark Fishing" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/30/14
 

Nesbitt Noble said his son Collin have been watching TV shows about sharks and Collin was really wanting to catch one.  So Nesbitt found a nice calm day and took Collin shark fishing on their bay boat. Sharks can put up one heck of a fight and are perfect if you are just looking for a good fun time.  You can see Collin had his hands full.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Gett'n Lucky" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/30/14
 

Trying to avoid the crowd, my crew and I hit a few other spots to see if we could find action elsewhere. We were looking for the flounder, but the trout were busting it. We put a limit in the box fishing live mullet on Carolina rigs in about an hour. We did find a couple of flounder in the same spot, but only one keeper. We decided to move around looking for a redfish. It didn't take long to find a 28 inch line stretcher! We couldn't get anything else going on the reds, so we went back to another flounder hole. We finished off the morning with a few more flounder just short of the mark. Great morning! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Carolina Slamm'n" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/29/14
 

Well, our big school of redfish took a break. We bounced around hitting a few other spots and found the action else where. A few redfish stretched the line to its limits for us. The trout shook their heads hard, but couldn't shake our hooks. The flounder scraped their noses on the bottom, but couldn't escape the frying pan. We turned a slow day into a slamm'n day. Thanks for fishing with us guys! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Rodeo Update as of 7-28-14" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/28/14
 


- Capt. Jeff Beck
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"Backwater Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/28/14
 

Redfish can provide some fast and furious action when they are around. We have found them cooperating a few times lately. Live mullet fished on Carolina rigs have been a really good way to find the action. Throwing scented soft plastics or soft plastics with great action down your favorite stretch of bank can also produce some action. Gulp mullet curly tails and sea shads by Bass Assassin are among the favorites of soft plastics to throw for redfish, trout, and flounder. Spro Bucktails tipped with live mullet or a gulp curly tail mullet can also provide some good action from the backwater species. See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Killing Me!!!" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/27/14
 

This was posted today by Jason McAlister..A 42 lb king caught off the Carolina Beach Pier.  I think I'm fishing near shore where the pogies are hanging.  But the water is 81 degrees..  I'm shaking my head.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Near Shore Reef Action" | N/A | 07/27/14
 

The Wallen family strikes again, on Friday Dr. Jeff Wallen and his first mate Josh hit the water. The catch of the day was a 28.80 Cobia caught at the Jolly Mon. Josh made sure to remind me that his Cobia was caught on his new OIFC rod.Great job guys!


- Shannon Reel
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Capt. Rickey 07/27/2014

Way to go Joshua! Y'all said you were going to catch a cobia with it Please give the folks the specs on your new set up, I know I loved it!!!





"Black Drum Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/27/14
 

Where are all the black drum? Well, there are several around in many different areas right now. Most are running on the small side between 12 and 13 inches. Please be aware that these fish now have new regulations, size limits, and a creel limit. Black drum must fall in a slot between 14 and 28 inches with a daily creel limit of 10 per day. If folks will adhere to these new regulations the future looks bright for these tasty critters and not to mention their line tigthening ability. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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Capt. Jacob Frick 07/29/2014

Thanks Steve! Hope you picked up a few things that will help you win that club tournament.

Steve Chase 07/27/2014

7/272014 Capt. Jacob, Thanks for the nice day on the water yesterday, on my birthday. We looked hard for the redfish but could not find them. However, the 5 flounder we hooked (3 throw backs) still made it a nice day. Always look forward to fishing with you because you are a nice person to spend the day with and have lots of fishing knowledge. Hope you have many successful trips ahead! Steve Chase





"Congratulations Windy Conditions" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/27/14
 

Congratulations  Windy Conditions fishing team for winning the Raleigh Saltwater Fishing Club King Tournament!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"IFA Pro/Am Day 2" | OIFC | 07/26/14
 

Man I'm glad that one is over!  Note to self...don't go to Jacksonville, FL for redfish.  Well at least that was the case this weekend.  Fishing for the entire field, save one competitor, was absolutely dismal.  This competition was a pro/am meaning co-anglers were randomly teamed with pro anglers each day and the heaviest two slot redfish stringer was the goal.  I fished day one with Will Burbach from the Tampa area and struggled all day only scratching out one 3lber.  Believe it or not I was only 3lbs off the cut which was 6lbs after day one.  The top 10 after day would qualify for the championship round three.  Today I fished with Mike Taylor from Swansboro, NC and it was the same story.  The fish just weren't around and even when you did find a few they were extremely skittish and wouldn't eat.  We did put one decent red in the boat late that was just over 5lbs.  To give you an idea of how bad the fishing was, even with my pitiful two day weight I was out of the top 10 by just 1lb.  Think I'll stick to fishing redfish in the Gulf.  Results of this event are below.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"IFA Pro/Am Day 2" | OIFC | 07/26/14
 

Man I'm glad that one is over!  Note to self...don't go to Jacksonville, FL for redfish.  Well at least that was the case this weekend.  Fishing for the entire field, save one competitor, was absolutely dismal.  This competition was a pro/am meaning co-anglers were randomly teamed with pro anglers each day and the heaviest two slot redfish stringer was the goal.  I fished day one with Will Burbach from the Tampa area and struggled all day only scratching out one 3lber.  Believe it or not I was only 3lbs off the cut which was 6lbs after day one.  The top 10 after day would qualify for the championship round three.  Today I fished with Mike Taylor from Swansboro, NC and it was the same story.  The fish just weren't around and even when you did find a few they were extremely skittish and wouldn't eat.  We did put one decent red in the boat late that was just over 5lbs.  To give you an idea of how bad the fishing was, even with my pitiful two day weight I was out of the top 10 by just 1lb.  Think I'll stick to fishing redfish in the Gulf.  Results of this event are below.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"No "Crusher" Needed" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/26/14
 

Clay Morphes without his assistant "Bone Brusher" Sauls put the smack down on the flounder today.  He was fishing near Dr. Jeff Wallen on some near shore AR's.  Dr. Wallen just took delivery on a new OIFC special order jigging set up he is using to pull the monster flatfish out of the wrecks.  These guys are serious flounder hunters.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"To Travel or Not Travel" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/25/14
 

Team "Do Work/OIFC" traveled a total of 127 miles during the S.H.A.R.E. Tournament for a 22+lb king.  A few days later Dave Roseman caught a 26lb 4oz king off Oceancrest Pier.  This isn't a fluke.  There have been more caught there and near shore.  We caught our bait near Oceancrest and a couple of days ago Capt. Chris Dew caught a 30 lb king while fishing near Oceancrest.   So does it pay to run to deeper?  It did for Capt. Brant and did somewhat for Team Do Work and many other Teams.  What a delemma!  What I read, have experienced and been told is to run offshore, find deeper, cooler water.  I don't know the answer.  What do y'all think?


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"IFA Pro/AM day one" | OIFC | 07/25/14
 

Today I reconfirmed my belief that redfishing in Louisiana and the Gulf is the best on Earth.  This is to say, redfishing in Florida is Tough!  My assigned pro today felt good going into the day as he had located fish prefishing and planned to go right back to his fish today.  Unfortunately it just didn't work out for him/us.  The fish were nowhere to be found and we scratched along all day for a handful of flounder, trout and one small redfish.  It was going for most of the field day.  Tomorrow I'll give it another go with NC angler Mike Taylor.  Mike had a tough day today also so hopefully tomorrow we both can redeem ourselves.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"When in doubt, look for a fin" | | 07/25/14
 

Fishermen start to wonder what to do when the nearshore bite just isn't happening. I'm here to tell you that shark fishing is the way to go. This nice 5-1/2 foot black tip was brought aboard the Carolina Cat yesterday using butterflied Pogies under a balloon. This type of fishing can be done by almost any angler with a boat. Be sure to grab a box of chum, and pogy oil from the OIFC to ensure your chum slick will attract those big sharks to your boat. Lockwood folly inlet all the way to the cape fear river channel has been producing a lot of good size sharks in the past few weeks for my charters. Get the family together and go on a shark adventure. You'll be surprised what you end up finding.
- "Treffinger, Derek James"
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