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START 1) 45.60 - Clearly Hooked     2) 44.00 - Team Grip Flip     3) 43.05 - Fish Hard Gear     4) 43.00 - Outta Line     5) 42.10 - Reel Methods     6) 41.05 - Open Wide     7) 39.45 - Shockwave     8) 39.35 - Beeracuda     9) 37.80 - Conference Call     10) 37.30 - Wilm Auto/King Hunter     11) 37.10 - Karma Bites     12) 36.85 - Four Sons     13) 36.20 - Lil John/Reel em up     14) 36.00 - Sea P.A.     15) 35.50 - OIFC     16) 35.15 - O D Bank     17) 34.80 - Max'd Out     18) 34.55 - On Point     19) 34.35 - King Carnivore     20) 34.35 - All In/AM    FINISH

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"Dog days of August?" | World Cat- 33' | 08/11/08
 

Mike Herndon and crew made it look more like hawg days with this catch of kings and a dolphin on Saturday.  Live pogies accounted for these fish, the biggest weighing 34 and 32 pounds.  Carson Herndon and Zach Illing made up the crew on Mike's boat, the "Knot-a-Clue."  Congratulations to them for demonstrating that quality fish can be caught in the heat of the summer, if you make a good plan and stick to it.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Boat Trailering bill passes but awaits Governors v" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/11/08
 

The Senate has overwhelming passed the boat trailering bill. There was an amendment attached in hopes of getting the Governor's approval which lowered the width to 114 inches for 24/7 towing. Over 114 inches no permit, but no nightime towing. Even with this compromise the Governor is still threatening to veto. SO........same deal. We need everyone to continue to email the Governor seeking his support for the bill and DON'T VETO IT! The public has spoken, the Legislature listened with a resounding vote of support. Why would the Governor ignore the will of the people? Please email him at governor.office@ncmail.net. Or tele 800-662-7952; 919-733-5811;  919-733-4240;  or fax # 919-7332120. Thanks for your help!
- Rube McMullan
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"Horseshoe" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/10/08
 

No, not fishing the Horseshoe, but taking a good luck charm with us in the form of Austin Aycock and fishing with in sight of Captain Chris "hot hand" Dew on the It Works.

We knew the day was going to be interesting when Austin did a spinning throw with the cast net and spun himself off the OIFC dock and into the drink.  But being the fisherman he is he held on to the net and caught bait.  Speaking of bait, the pogies and mullet minnows were thick in the commercial canal at the OIFC, in the ICW and the pogies were holding just off Tubbs Inlet.

After recovering Austin from the drink we headed the Scout 240 Bay Boat out of the Shallotte Inlet.   Iniatially the ride was bumpy, especially for a bay boat, but as the day wore on the ocean settled down, making for an enjoyable fishing day.   

 We set up at an AR within sight of the It  Works.  The highlight of this stop was Austin landing a 4.20 lb.  flounder. I bore easily so we moved to Jeff's secrete location where we again started picking up flounder.  Jeff "Captain Toad Fish" , a name Austin came up with because Jeff caught every toad fish on the east coast  definitely led the competition in catch and release of some of the biggest toad fish I remember ever seeing.  We've named the spot the toad fish hole.  We also set out Jelly Balls, but failed in our attempts at spade fishing. There were a bunch of Spanish here ,  I suggest those people wishing to fish for Spanish do so off of Bird Island.

As we were returning we talked with some of Jeff's Deputy feiends who were having a good time fishing and swiming.  They told us that the  cobia were thick as molasses at the 90's yesterday.  We had a ball fishing with Austin.  Not only is he a good young man, but he is very knowledge about fishing and boating. Overall it was a great day!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"LBARA Club Challenge" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/10/08
 

An announcement had been made that LBARA was going to have to cancel the Club Challenge.  The OIFC has stepped in and offered to help this fine cause.  There will be more info to come.  But mark your calendars for Sept. 5&6  as the show will go on.  More to come.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Touching Bases" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/09/08
 

I received bits and pieces of reports today, though nothing in depth.  Since my mention of Spade Fish I got a brief report that a good friend caught several yesterday around a wreck off Myrtle Beach.  Until I get an angler's permission I don't publish the exact location.  I've also received reliable information that several Kings were caught today in about 65 feet of water.  I listened to Channel 11 and it sounded like the Black Jack was a parking lot.  Finally, Jami Blue weighed in a 5.30 lb. Spanish today to take the Rodeo Leader Board.  Cong rations Jami and I need some pictures for the report.

Captain Brant had his Bottom Fishing School today.  I haven't talked to him so I don't know how they did.  He's got another school later this month and it still has some openings.

The weather forecast was a bit off this morning with the seas being rough behind a decent north wind.  However it slicked out later in the day.  If the weather holds, Jeff  and I are going to fish some local AR's with master Junior Angler Austin Aycock Sunday.  Standby Dad (Brian) we'll give you the report.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fishing Cable" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/08
 

Jeff and I fished with Captain Jeff Williamson on the Get Busy this afternoon.  They had located a little known wreck off Sunset Beach and wanted to try it out.  The afternoon began with us loading up on Pogies in Tubbs Inlet then heading a short distance off shore.  The seas were still flat even later in the afternoon so the Get Busy 21 foot Kenner Bay Boat had no problem making short order of the trip.

Once we located their super secret AR we anchored off and commenced losing terminal on the jagged edges of the wreck.  I believe Captain Jeff fishes with steel cable.  Once,  we got hung up and he had to put the boat in gear and pull forward just so we could break off.  If he ever broke down all he'd have to do would be cast to the Sea Tow  Boat and get a tow.

This reef was alive with Flounder, Spanish and huge Spade Fish.  We caught several Flounder using Pogies, and released a couple of undersized flat fish.  A couple of Toad Fish were caught and released just to make it interesting.  We weren't set up for Spade Fish or Spanish.  We caught a couple of the many Jelly Balls out there and worked one curious monster Spade Fish, but couldn't get him interested.  The Spanish chased our Pogies, but were a little spooky.  Captain Jeff finally began having luck with a live Pogy on a float.

We had a productive trip and a lot of fun. It's not every job that you can get off work, walk out the back door and hop on a boat with a seasoned charter Captain and guide.  It's tough being me.  I've included a couple of pictures that were censored by Jeff & Jeff so as not to disclose their fishing hole.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"KAYAK" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/08
 

If you want to be stealthy a  Wilderness Systems Kayak is the way to fish.  Earlier this week OIFC guide Jeff Beck took a group to the grassy flats behind OIB and caught some Flounder and juvenile Grouper.  Jeff fished the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 rigged for fishing.  The charter fished the Tarpon 130 T, which is a tandem along with another 120.

Having just gotten over shoulder reconstruction, I was hesitant to try Kayaking.  However I ventured out Wednesday to explore and try my shoulder out.  They are COOL.  I could slide into inches of water which would then drop off into big holes.  I was able to get places I'd never be able to reach by boat.  I actually slid in on top of massive schools of bait and tailing Red Drum. 

Today, Jeff took a group to fish along the ICW.  They were able to sneak up on fish right in the grass.  The kayak also let them get under piers and around structure that we normally would not be able to reach. The trips were successful in that they landed several flounder.  As soon as I get an Olympus 1030 SW water proof camera I'll get us some pictures.  With an upcoming birthday perhaps my significant other will get the hint.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"KAYAK" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/08
 

If you want to be stealthy a kayak is the way to fish.  Earlier this week OIFC guide Jeff Beck took a group to the grassy flats behind OIB and caught some Flounder and juvenile Grouper.  Jeff fished the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 rigged for fishing.  The charter fished the Tarpon 130 T, which is a Tandem along with another 120.

Having just gotten over shoulder reconstruction, I was hesitant to try Kayaking.  However I ventured out Wednesday to explore and try my shoulder out.  They are COOL.  I could slide into inches of water which would the drop off into big holes.  I was able to get places I'd never be able to reach by boat.  I actually slid in on top of massive schools of bait and tailing Red Drum. 

Today, Jeff took a group to fish along the ICW.  They were able to sneak up on fish right in the grass.  The kayak also let them get under piers and around structure that we normally would not be able to reach. The trips were successful in that they landed several flounder.  As soon as I get an Olympus 1030 SW water proof camera I'll get us some pictures.  With an upcoming birthday perhaps my significant other will get the hint.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Flat Seas" | OIFC 2- 27' | 08/08/08
 

Today's weather was perfect.  Not too hot (as compared to recent days), just a little breeze and a glass flat ocean. The weekend forecast is for more of the same!

The day belonged to Captain Chris Dew and his son who served as first mate on board the OIFC 2 (formally the It Works).  Chris had two- half day charters and slayed the fish on both.

In the morning  the OIFC 2 went to the 90's with the Pacewicz's, Ed and son Eric.  They fished on top using cigar minnows and green Cape Lookout Smokers Only Skirts.  They boated several Kings and a couple of large Spanish.  Some smaller Kings were released.

In the afternoon the crew took Connor Purcell and his wife out.  The Purcells hail from Ireland and come to the states to visit relatives.  One of the reasons the Purcell's chose OIB is because they wanted to catch some big fish. They worked the AR 445 and caught plenty of Spanish.  They caught and released several Barracuda including a citation sized 'cuda.  Chris said they had several short strikes.  His son was a big help and put in a l-o-n-g day.  When I left them at 6:30 pm he was just getting ready to help his dad wash the boat.  The kind of young man we all like to meet.

Captain Chris Burrows and Boston Rob had a quarter day charter.  Even during this short time they managed to land 20 some Spanish at the AR 455.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/08
 

Pogys off Holden Beach.  Kings at 90/90-mostly small with some large Spanish mixed in.  Also some small Kings at 65 foot hole.  Think the bigger fish weren't eating today- frontal pass ??
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Island Style Yachts comes to life" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/07/08
 

Island Style Yachts of Ocean Isle Beach is officially well under way as they flipped their first hull yesterday-congratulations to company owner Scott Quaintance- can't wait to see her take shape
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Lightning strikes twice" | World Cat- 33' | 08/06/08
 

Once upon a time, Austin Allen hopped into a 21' NauticStar bay boat with his father, ran through the inlet with dear old dad, tossed out a few baits around the sea buoy, and ended up with a giant king that won the 2007 Fall Brawl King Classic.  Ancient history, right?  Lucky?  Once-in-a-lifetime kind of fish deal?  Nawwww...

Yesterday, Austin hopped on the "Junkyard Dog" with Mason Linker Jr., Mason Linker III, and Molly Linker (the Linkers are out of Winston Salem) and gave the rest of the local fishermen on the water a one-sided lesson in how to catch a big flatfish.  A tiger minnow hooked the monster (location undisclosed) and then we all saw Austin at the OIFC docks, grinning like a jack-o-lantern.  And YES, Mr. Austin had the foresight to enter in the OIFC rodeo.

Austin's fish weighed 8.3 pounds.  World fisheries biologists Dr. Zach Faulkner and Dr. Rudy Upton, Jr. confirmed it was indeed a massive flounder and not a small halibut, as was the original rumor at the dock.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Island Style Yachts- Making Progress" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/05/08
 

You may recall a while back I reported on local home builder Scott Quaintance chasing a dream to become a custom boat builder.  He has named his company Island Style Yachts and the first boat, a 42 express is coming along nicely.  He is planning on flipping the boat on Thursday, and if anyone is interested in the boat or the process, Scott welcomes calls (910) 279-4590 or visitors- the shop is located behind Fountain Head Landing on 179 between Ocean Isle and Seaside. 
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bottom School this Weekend" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/05/08
 

I have openings for my bottom fishing school scheduled for this Friday PM and Saturday.  The weather looks pretty good for the weekend and the Grouper fishing should be good.  Come and join me-- call (910) 575-3474 to set up-- I currently have 2 spots open
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"JOLLY MON 08 UPDATE" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/05/08
 

2008 Jolly Mon King Classic: NEW Winner’s Announced

As a tournament fisherman as well as a tournament operator, I feel I have the highest level of responsibility to insure the rules of my tournaments are followed. As such, and with the commitment to uphold the honor and integrity of the Jolly Mon King Mackerel Classic, the tournament committee has made the decision to disqualify the boat Takin It Easy captained by Cameron Bowers for failure to comply with tournament rules. The winner of the tournament is Keith Logan and crew of Logan's Love. The full leader board will be posted on the web site at www.OIFC.com and adjusted winnings will be paid out in accordance with the order of finish.

2008 Yellowfin/Yamaha Jolly Mon King Classic results:

 

1    36.65  Logan's Love         Keith Logan             Longs, SC               

2    36.50  Ain't Life Grand     David Henderson         Charlotte, NC               

3    34.95  Reel Action          Jeremy B Harrelson      Hope Mills, NC             

4    33.35  Keepin It Reel       Jared Floyd             Murrells Inlet, SC         

5    33.15  Cape Contender       Jay Bucklen             Wake Forest, NC            

6    32.15  Tailwalker           Stuart Ballard          Georgetown, SC            

7    29.80  Hot Rod              Brett A Barnes          Wilmington, NC            

8    29.60  Dirty Girl           Renny DelosSantos       Inman, SC                 

9    29.60  Coon Dog             Samuel J Cernugel       Wilmington, NC            

10   29.00  Got-Tu               Charles Randy Smith     Carolina Beach, NC          

11   27.55  Rawhide              Terry Godwin            Wilmington, NC           

12   26.35  Strickly Business    Jeff Crouch             Bolivia, NC                

13   25.30  Trick C              Jeff York               Burlington, NC            

14   25.05  Contend This         Hunter Woodell          Sanford, NC                

15   24.05  Eren's Addiction Too Jack Bracewell          Summerville, SC           

16   23.25  Oil Slick            Jack Kyle White         Shallotte, NC               

17   22.85  Sea'n is Believe'n   Anthony Queen           Rock Hill, SC              

18   22.45  Four Sons            Douglas David           Ocean Isle Beach, NC       

19   22.15  Reel Nautie          Fred Trull              Midland, NC                

20   21.65  Iron Man             Ironman Fishing Team L  Georgetown, SC             

21   21.15  Wrench Head          Kevin W Lawson          Ramseur, NC                 

22   20.90  Simply Storage       Michael Kennedy         Winnabow, NC               

23   20.85  Mad Mouse            Robert Ferris           Harrisburg, NC           

24   20.80  Hooligan             Joseph R Winslow III    Sunset Beach, NC            

25   20.60  Cash Flow            James Shackleton        Sanford, NC                 

26   20.45  Schneider Stone      Tommy Schneider         Asheboro, NC          27   19.25  Total Chaos          Jamey Cauble            Belmont, NC                 

28   19.10  Tide Line            Dieter W Cardwell       Winston Salem, NC           

29   18.85  Orange Crush         Jody Clemmons           Holden Beach, NC 

30   18.55  Sarah Jo/Bluewater C Charles Edens           Wilmington, NC         
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"'half day "445"" | Show Time- 34' | 08/04/08
 

Captain Roger and Boston Rob fished along with Scott and Anna Ambrose as well as their friends John and Julia Mader, and James Dorn on a half day trip to the AR 445.

The seas began as three foot rolling swells, but as the wind shifted they smoothed out.  Pulling Clark Spoons on #1 and #2 planers about 20 and 30 seconds back ,the charter landed several Spanish.  Scott caught and released a 60" Barracuda and James watched as a 49" 'cuda smashed his bait.  Both fish qualified as citation size and we filed the forms for the guys.

Our Captains as well as others I copied on the radio could not find any pogies so they jigged greenies.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"90's" | OIFC 2- 27' | 08/04/08
 

Captain Chris Dew took the Bucks of Apex, N.C. to the 90's yesterday and slayed the Kings and got into some sharks.  Chris was using cigar minnows.  The weather down here was fantastic.  Right now (06:00) there is some lightning way to the south and east, but the radar is showing it pulling off to the east, so it should be another great day at OIB.  We've got two charters this morning so I hope to have something to report later.  


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Get Busy" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/02/08
 

Captain Jeff Williamson took Tubby, Brent and Tylor Pace of Richmond, Va. in shore fishing this morning.  Jeff used fresh OIFC mud minnows to boat several flounder and trout.  Jeff said the water was 86 degrees this morning.  He's supposed to email me some pictures which I'll pass on.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Lay'n Down Tha Law"" | Show Time- 34' | 08/02/08
 

The Show Time with Captain Roger in the tower and Captain Zach on the deck took out Attorney Kevin Connor, his wife, Rachel, sons CJ (age14), 9 year old Ryon and CJ's friend Trevor Chase all from Marrietta, Ga.

  Along with other action, CJ hooked up on a 54 inch Barracuda while Ryon did battle with a 20.40 pound Cobia, both on the hook and in the boat.  I'm told it looked like WWE wrestling in the boat with Ryon Vs. Cobia.  In the end Ryon was holding the Cobia on the dock so I guess Ryon won the championship belt.  We enjoyed having the Connor's with us today.  We were busy so I failed to get the scoop on where they fished or what they were using.

Again the bait was holding off the beach near the Holden Beach Pier


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Capt. Jeff stays busy" | World Cat- 33' | 08/01/08
 

Capt. Jeff Williamson on the "Get Busy" is staying on the redfish bite down here, and that's a good thing.  Late summer means big channel bass in this area, and the proof is in the pictures.  Check out these guys, which came on his morning charter yesterday.  If you think an ICW redfish pulls hard, try snagging one of these beasts.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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