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"Tim Moon's big day" | World Cat- 33' | 07/31/08
 

Tim's story is better than anything I could write, so here it is:

"Went out Saturday for a couple hours of bottom fishing with Kim's boys, Brett and Hunter. Before I left the dock, I threw the cast net and grabbed a bunch on small menhaden and two large mullet. Went to a little hole near the 390's and caught some sea bass and a shark with one of the mullet. The boys decided they wanted to try for a king. It was like a lake, so I said we would head to Christina's Ledge. When we arrived there were about 20 boats including the Show Time with Capt. Roger. I put out a cigar minnow off each side and took the remaining mullet, put him on a king rig with a blue skirt and put it way out in the center. I told the boys, if something takes the mullet, it will be big....About 20 minutes into trolling between and around the numerous boats, the water explode way out back, the real started screaming....Brett grabbed the reel, Hunter and I pulled in the two other rods....about two hundreds yards were out and the spool was getting short. I turned the boat and gave chase. After about 20 minutes, the boys switching off to stay fresh, we pulled in a big king, Hunter gaffed, his first, and it took both of us to pull it over the
side.....What a day. 47.3 lb, 50" long...."

Wow--what a day.  Congrats to Tim and co.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Almost there !!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/31/08
 

Today I dropped OIFC gas to $4.05 / gallon -- if price drops again then we're going to get below the $4 mark-- YEAHHH !!!!  let's go fishing !!!!!
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"We're Back" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/31/08
 

Nice to be back at OIB.  New 32 Yellowfin
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"Animal Rescue 911" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/31/08
 

Jeff and I decided to take a day to relax inshore fishing today.  Our first stop was at the OIFC to check in with Captain Chris and Boston Rob and to stock up on  fuel, minnows, drinks and food.  The tide was high so we knew we'd have to wait to catch bait.  The weather this morning was beautiful and Tubbs was as flat as I'd ever seen it.  For some reason I really noticed how pretty it is back in there.

We started out fishing the Tale Chaser around a couple of sand bars, then docks and back in the creek.  We caught flounder, all be it they were undersized.  The as the tide started to fall it was like someone flushed Tubbs and we had to high tail it out.  We stopped to catch mullet minnows which are abundant and good sized right now.

We then headed to out favorite Red Fish/Flounder spot on the ICW.  I'd sent some tourists there earlier this week and they had success.  We came up zero on the Reds and one on Flounder.  I guess if you can't do it you write about it.  Maybe that's why Brant doesn't have me running charters.  On our way back in there was a boat sitting exactly where we were, and he was drilling the Red Fish.

We had changed location to the concrete wall at Shallotte Point.   We got positioned, I had just set anchor and cast out when I caught a flash out of the corner of my eye, and heard a great big Ker-Splash!!!  At first I thought someone had thrown something over the wall.  Then Jeff yelled out "Daddy, pull up the anchor, hand me a life jacket ,drop the anchor " then he jumped over board.  I looked up and saw a man standing at the top of the wall with a leash and a dog collar in his hand.  I looked down and Jeff was fighting the current and had a Golden Retriever in his hand.  We pulled the dog in the boat and headed to the gentleman's dock.  I was afraid the Retriever would jump out of the boat so I had a death grip on her.  But she loved the boat ride and once on shore she didn't want to get out.

As it turns out the man was dog sitting for his grandchildren and Ginger, the Retriever took off and ran off the wall.  He is an extremely nice and gracious man who shops with us at the OIFC, and if you've ever been here you know we are  all dog lovers.  So I guess you could say we caught several undersized flounder and one 70 pound Golden Retriever.  Not too shabby.  I really didn't embellish the story too much either...really.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Redemption" | World Cat- 33' | 07/30/08
 

Although the seas were still a little rough this morning from last night's blow, the World Cat Captained by Rudy along with first mate Boston Rob headed out.  The World Cat is one of the smoothest riding boats around due to the unique construction of her hull and the high quality of the boat.  Everyone is very anxious to see how the Cat's ride compares with the Yellowfin.

Anyway, aboard her were Odell Merryman of Pittsburg, Pa., Gary Neuses, 10 year old Ashton Neuses,and 91/2 year old Emily Schwenginoer of Debubuque, Iowa.  Captain Rudy called the OIFC and said they had a "plethora of fish".  Gary caught a shark, Ashton boated a shark and a cobia and they all took turns landing a decent King. I am still of the philosophy that the ladies usually land the best and the most fish.  Some of the Captains say it's because they listen to instruction better.  Go figure, my wife doesn't listen to a thing I say.

The bait was found very close in off Holden Beach, this seems to be the place they are holding most of the time this season.  The charter used naked Pogys and fished the Shark Hole and the AR 455. 

Also if any of you are land locked and think of any gear, lures, or most any equipment for your fishing needs be sure to check out our Web Store.  If it's not listed on the web page it doesn't mean we don't have the item in stock or that we can't get it post haste.  We try to put links on the fishing report to make stuff easy to find on the Web Store site.  That probably sounds like a Ronco commercial, but I promised Mrs. Anita I'd do it for her.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Penthouse" | Show Time- 34' | 07/29/08
 

First, congratulations to Captain Brant on the new Yellowfin.  We're all excited and waiting to see it.

Captain Roger and Captain Zach of the Showtime were in the penthouse while the World Cat was in the ..restroom today.  They both had charters and headed to Christina's ledge, some 15 miles off shore.  The Captains on both boats are super excellent fishermen, today was the Show Times day to have the hot hand.

Along on the Showtime were the Youngs, Harvey, Spencer, Tyler all of Lynchburg, Va. and friend Domanic Espositon of Williamsburg, Va.( my spelling isn't bad for a boy with a public education!!!!  Just a joke, teachers, PLEASE don't sent nasty emails to Brant or Amy, I'm just getting over one.)  Spencer landed the biggest fish of the day, a citation 30 lb. King.  They also had several other Kings and some respectable Spanish.  The guys said they also hooked up with some Black Tip Sharks and some "brown Marlin".

The Show Time was pulling Zack's favorite, Smoker Chokers, naked pogies and double pogy.  The naked pogy was the ticket today.  The charters said the ride out was a little bumpy but smoothed out as the trip went on.   The Young's took some action shots and are going to email them to me for the fishing report The winds picked up late this evening, just as predicted as a front pushed through.  They are supposed to lay out tomorrow as per the last report I saw.

They said they saw one of out great friends and accomplished angler Woody Wooten hook up with a Sailfish, though they didn't think he got it to the boat.  Perhaps I'll see Woody and get the story from him. I'm sure Captain Chris and Captain Rudy will be ready to bring it on on their next charter.  They take a lot of pride in their fishing and won't take today's action laying down.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"My Report on Tournament last weekend" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/29/08
 

I need to clarify a point I made in my 7/27 report on the Charleston tournament my family and I fished over the weekend.  I made reference to a 41 pound King that was reportedly caught next to me at the Jungle, saying "it was probably caught on dead bait with rusty hooks and kinked wire".  Apparently the person who caught this fish took offense as he emailed my wife ( I accidentally used her name on the report instead of mine) and didn't have much good to say.  Here is what I wrote:

as posted on 7/27:  "I came to find out when I got back to the dock that a 41 was caught right beside me as the fish was weighed at the Fishing Center-- the guy said he pulled it out from under us.  Oh well- go figure-- I don't know who caught the fish and haven't talked to him, but I'd be willing to bet it was on dead bait, rusty hooks and kinked wire-- that's just the way it goes in fishing sometimes.   You can have the best equipment, hottest techniques.... but it all boils down to being at the exact right spot when that one fish decides it is time to eat."

I would like to clear the air as certainly there was no intent as offense.  First off I have no idea who caught the fish, so I never used any names.  Second, I was simply using the reference of catching the fish on "rusty hooks...." as an example of no matter how refined your technique and how great your bait, the big fish is going to eat when its ready and it often makes no difference what you are using.  Lastly and to the person who caught the very nice King- congratulations!  However, you killed this fish then weighed it in and then left it on our dock- fortunately I was able to find some folks who wanted to eat it, so it was not a total loss.

That's all I have to say about that. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"32' Yellowfin tested" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/29/08
 

I'm writing from the lobby of the Comfort Inn in Sarasota, FL.  I arrived to the Yellowfin factory in Sarasota yesterday AM.  I was on the boat and in the water with company owner Wylie Nagler by around 10am.  He went through the boat with me and then we headed out the inlet.  It was quickly apparent this is no Cadillac- it is a sports car- big time!  The Yamaha V8 F-350's are strong and as you push the throttles the boat ventilates and hops onto its steps and then simply glides across the water.  Wylie went through demonstrations on how to operate the boat, mainly on using the engine trim and trim tabs.  The Yellowfin is much different than any boat I've had before.  It's design seems to suck the hull to the water; whereas another boat would want to jump waves and thus you add trim tab, with this boat you simply advance the throttles further forward and that drops the bow and sticks it tighter to the sea.  This boat is not for the leisurely fisherman.  This boat is for the fisherman who wants to go faster than anyone else, in relatively more comfort than anyone else.  The boat does not beat and bang in the traditional sense like you and I know where the bow goes up and then pounds down.  The boat stays tight and soft to the water, however as the speed increases, you must constantly work the trim to keep it from breaking too loose and chine walking from side to side.  You must drive this boat, and man is it a thrill to do that.

After testing the boat with Wylie I met a local guide- Damien- at the ramp.  We loaded on a few fishing rods and odds and ends.  The plan was to run offshore and "mess around".  The main objective was to learn more about running the boat and how it handles and also to try to shake it down before towing it back home.  Florida fishermen are very good fishermen, but I have to say they are a bit spoiled with their weather (at least West coast FL guys).  There were some storms nearby and the wind had kicked up to 15kts and there were some white caps- it looked like good boat testing conditions to me.  Plus I had Sirius satellite weather installed on this boat and the radar showed the storms as only nearshore and wouldn't affect us offshore.  We punched in a spot 25 miles offshore and we were gone.  No kidding, we were there in 30 minutes- skimming along at 55mph.  The speed is decieving as you don't think you are really going that fast.  We jigged some Sardines and Cigar Minnows and slow trolled them around the buoy- putting the first fish to the boat as we landed 4 Kings in the 15-20 pound range.  We ran a few more miles to try some bottom fishing, but didn't have much luck with that.  We called it a day at 4pm and cruised home.  And thus the new OIFC.com Yellowfin 32 has been christened.

Performance specs to date (200 gallons of fuel, 2 people):  top speed-65mph with current Yamaha, 3 blade, 23 pitch propellers- 1.0mpg .  Best efficiency at 4000 rpm, 40mph and 1.7mpg.  Best operating speed seemed to be 4700rpm at 50mph and 1.5mpg.

I will have the boat back home on Thursday AM- looking forward to being back.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Welcome to the Jungle" | World Cat- 33' | 07/28/08
 

Just got these pics from good buddy Benny Hipp, along with fishing pals Duke and Tom.  Benny runs the "Mojo" out of Sunset Beach, and he and his crew crushed the kings at the Jungle on Friday, up to the high 20 pounds.  They also added a nice cobia for good measure. 
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"More weekend rundown" | World Cat- 33' | 07/28/08
 

Looks like the fish bit just about everywhere this weekend.  Captializing on the hot bite at Christina's Ledge were two boats whose anglers are good fishermen and good friends.  On the "Just Fine," Doug Illing put Zack Illing and Carson Herndon on this really nice king and a pair of big cobias.  On the "Stich Wizard," Randy Lingerfelt and his brother-in-law Tracy Burgess caught ANOTHER big king along with some nice spanish.  Thanks to all of them for sharing these pictures with us and for the good fishing reports.  Let's hope these fish hang around for awhile.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Nick Battista's Sail" | World Cat- 33' | 07/27/08
 

Nick sent me the pictures of the Sailfish he caught Friday.  Remember, the Sail was released alive.  We encourage catch and release on all Billfish.

Thanks to Nick and everyone who share their pictures with the OIFC Fishing Report.  Also, a big thanks to our charter captains for calling me to take pictures and get stories to share with you! 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Mixed bag on the World Cat" | World Cat- 33' | 07/27/08
 

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Had a very fun charter with friend Matt Rogers and his father yesterday.  Capt. Rudy and I caught bait inside Shallotte Inlet.  We got offshore to 65 feet of water and decided to try sailfishing first, so we set out the dredge and naked ballyhoos.  The sailfish wouldn't cooperate, so we pushed offshore and chased bait pods, fishing our live baits around them.  It wasn't long until we were knee deep in big amberjacks.  We kept two but released several others up to 55 pounds or so.  We also managed three small dolphin, lost a nice king at the boat, and landed a 60" barracuda.  Matt was lucky enough to grab the rod at the right time and ended up with a citation for his big aj and the barracuda.  All in all, a good day fishing with a good crew.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Weekend report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/27/08
 

My family and I fished the Charleston Kingfish tourney on Saturday.  We weighed a very respectable 33.4, but unfortunately, so did several others.  When we left the scales we were in 7th, so maybe we held on for a top 10.  You can't control what others catch, so I'm thankful for a very nice fish.  We were fishing the Jungle and caught lots of fish as the bite turned on after 9am.  I came to find out when I got back to the dock that a 41 was caught right beside me as the fish was weighed at the Fishing Center-- the guy said he pulled it out from under us.  Oh well- go figure-- I don't know who caught the fish and haven't talked to him, but I'd be willing to bet it was on dead bait, rusty hooks and kinked wire-- that's just the way it goes in fishing sometimes.   You can have the best equipment, hottest techniques.... but it all boils down to being at the exact right spot when that one fish decides it is time to eat. 

I am leaving town today to head to Sarasota to pick up the new 32 Yellowfin.  I'm excited about the boat.  I'll post some pictures and info once I get it dialed in.  Only problem is my old 36' is making an extremely hard case for herself as she has been producing.  I think she must have heard me talking to folks about selling her- speaking of which-  The new boat is now here, so I've GOT to sell my 36 Contender- the hull is an 01', but if you know me or the boat, it is immaculate and there isn't a button that doesn't work.  The livewells are prime and it is turn key to win.  The motors are the best selling feature as they are 2008, Yamaha F350's with full warranty thru 2011.  I also have a brand new Magic Tilt trailer with electric disk brakes that I bought last Fall-- I have been asking $125k, but this is no joke-- I MUST sell this boat now and I will take $110k to the first taker- call me at (910) 367-2945

 


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Big Red-Get Busy" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/27/08
 

This is the picture of the massive Red Drum Rick  Gossin caught and released yesterday while on a charter with Jeff Williamson aboard the Get Busy.   Jeff said they were using crickets.  I think he's hosing me down and was using earth worms.

No matter, congratulations Jeff and thanks to you and everyone who fishes with the OIFC Captains!!  This humble reporter feels that we have the best the area has to offer.

I've got a write up of the trip and more pictures posted further down.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Rodeo Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/26/08
 

Tripp Hooks has just taken 1st place in theOIFC Year Long Rodeo.  A lot of nice fish have been weighed in recently, and I'm sorry for those people, as they were not in the Rodeo.  Don't be one of them.....sign up now!
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"Last In" | World Cat- 33' | 07/26/08
 

Captains Chris B. and Rudy were the last  of our boats  in. They'd been out with Rocky and Matt Rogers from Bladenboro.  The guys followed bait pods off shore most of he day, but mostly off the Horseshoe.  The World Cat caught a 32.5 lb. 'Jack, another Amberjack and several mahi.

On a personal note, this Clark Kent stuff is a j.o.b.  On good fishing days I feel like Superman after he's been around kryptonite...


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"GET BUSY" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/26/08
 

Captain Jeff Williamson took Herb Krumbein and Rick Gossin fishing today aboard the Get Busy.  Jeff said he fished his secrete hole using mud minnows on Custom OIFC Flounder Rigs.  Thy landed 8 good sized flounder, but so much more than that they caught a 45 inch Red Drum.  It took 20 minutes using 14 pound gear.  I am sure it was a grand looking fish and I've been promised an email picture of it, which I'll  surely post. 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Home Town" | Show Time- 34' | 07/26/08
 

Some folks from my home town joined Roger and Zach today on the Show Time.  They are Fred Young, owner of Young's Flooring, Troy, Zach, 7 yr. old Greyson Young, Blake White and  Fred's son in law Kevin Russell of Richmond. The guys fished Christina's Ledge using pogys  on Smoker Choker and caught several Kings.  As I told them the best view I ever had f my home town was in the rear view mirror while moving to the beach.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Team Suicidal Pogies" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/26/08
 

The Team, consisting of Rich Vanstory, Ted Johnson, Ted's son Teddy, Scott Lechtrcker, and his son Dylan of Greensboro, N.C. came by today and said they'd like to weigh in a citation King Mackerel.  This King weighed 40.35 pounds,.a shor'nuff citation winner!

The team, fishing a Grady White caught the King at the Jungle on a naked pogy with a down rigger set at about 45 feet.  They said the fight lasted about 20 minutes and that the reel messed up in the middle of the struggle.

Thanks to Team Suicide Pogies for allowing us to check in their  fish and take pictures.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Another Sailfish" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/26/08
 

Nick Battista, no relation to news anchor Bobbi Battista, came by and told me that while he and his  son, Mike and son in law, Tim Raines were fishing the World Cat with Captain Rudy and First Mate Turtle yesterday  Tim hooked up with a Sailfish.

The Sail blasted a live pogy and fought hard for about 1 and 1/2 hours.  While the battle was on going a second sail came up to the lines but didn't hit.  They brought the fish along side, took him by his bill, took pictures, made sure he was revived  and released him.  He was 72 inches long and estimated about 60 pounds.  He was caught in about 60 feet of water.  Upon returning to the docks, both the angler and first mate were chunked into the drink as is an OIFC tradition when someone catches their first billfish.  I should be getting pictures and will post them once I do.


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