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"Fishing with the family" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/27/08
 

The family went fishing on Monday.  I woke up Mon AM and it was just too pretty not to take my daughter fishing.  When I wake up in the AM and its pretty like it was and I don't have any MUST DO's, I think- " When I was growing up, I remember fishing trips with my dad, grandpa, grandma, friends...  I want Caroline to have the same memories and learn to love and enjoy the ocean."  And thus, a perfectly reasonable excuse to take her fishing.  This time was special in that my mother, Susan was in town and despite her seasick fears, I knew the fact that Caroline would be on board would tempt her to join.  I hired Capt. Chris Dew, captain of the OIFC 2 to work as our Capt. for the trip so that I could focus more on family fun instead of driving and finding fish.  We started slow, but within short time Chris put us on a spot that bent rods for everyone.  Sharks, Kings and my big OIFC Rodeo leading Flounder were part of the action.  My mom actually hooked into and caught a 50# Shark of some sort-- much bigger than the normal Dog Sharks.  That fish gave her a fit, but I know she liked it.  We had a great morning and were back to the dock by 2pm.  Thanks to Capt. Chris.

Oh yes, you wonder how Caroline gets to be on so many successful fishing trips.  She picks the spots!  See the picture below.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Knife Fight" | Show Time- 34' | 05/26/08
 

You know you've had a great day fishing when the first mate's shirt looks like he's been in a knife fight.  That's how first mate Capt. Zach Faulkner looked when he and Captain Roger  came back from a gulf stream trip on the Show Time with Arthur Todd, Stephen Todd of Kingsport , Tenn. and Daniel Alexander of Smithfield, Tenn.  They boated many dolphin, one of which weighed 26 lbs., and a 41.8 lb.  wahoo.  One of the hot set ups was a Bluewater Candy pink and white with ballyhoo on the short rigger.  They caught the 'hoo in 165 feet of water  and later in the day they spotted a "tuna slick"  in about 200 ft. of water and wore the dolphin out.  The charter crew said the bite started out hot the first thing, slacked up and then got hot again.  Mr. Stephen Todd said this was the best fishing trip he'd ever been on.  The charter folks and their family were very happy with the trip as well as their catch.  As the charter crew were cleaning the fish the ladies were headed back to the house to start getting things ready for cooking  a fresh seafood supper.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Capt. Brant & flounder?" | OIFC 2- 27' | 05/26/08
 

Brant-flounder. That title doesn't even sound right, but it's true.  Brant took the OIFC Rodeo Leader board with a 4.20 flounder.  Today was a McMullan family fishing day. Brant, his mom Susan, Capt. Amy and Miss Carolyn chartered with Captain Chris Dew on the OIFC 2.  This trip was Brant's mom's first fishing trip.  Maybe she's a good luck charm as they had an excellent day.  Not only did they catch the leader board flounder, they had several Kings, Sharks and Sea Bass.  Brant reported that the most productive lure was the Hook Up Lures chartreuse buck tail tipped with Fish Bites flesh E-Z Squid on a Shamano Trevala Spinning Jig Combo.  Brant swears by the Shamamo Trevala  set up and says it is one of his favorites. A great day with the family.  Brant-flounder, still sounds fishy.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fishing is Red HOTTT" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/26/08
 

Just got word Capt. Roger is on his way in from Stream trip-- crushed the Dolphin and spiced up the trip with a nice Wahoo at the 100/400--- Also heard at least 2 Marlin caught there as well-- Roger reports his Hot lure today was the light blue/silver C & H Alien - Stay tuned for details from Capt. Rickey.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/26/08
 

Well folks, the inshore fishing is officially in full swing in the OIB area.  It seemed like all the inshore species were hungry this weekend.  The flounder bite really picked up, with Tubbs and Shallotte inlets being hot, as well as Shallotte river.  A lot more of the fish are keepers now also, and a couple of fish in the 5 - 6lb. range have been landed.  The trout fishing continues to be good around the inlets and in the ICW round the bridges and docks.  These areas are holding quite a few redfish also.  Any kind of shrimp imitating artificial or a mud minnow has been the top producer for these species.  Finally, the spanish mackerel bite along the beaches is red hot.  There are so many spanish around right now that I even seen a few jumping in the ICW.  #0 and #00 clarkspoons in silver or gold behind a #1 planer has been the ticket for them, and many of the fish have been close to the beach, with 15 - 25 feet of water being where most of the fish are.  So don't hesitate, the time to go fishing is now!
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"King Report" | Show Time- 34' | 05/25/08
 

I talked with Captain Roger just after he'd come in from a half day charter.  He fished the 90/90 with dead cigar minnows and landed about a dozen Kings.  That's the short of it.

Also, on this Memorial Day weekend let's remember those in the military who have sacrificed so we are able to go fishing and have fun at the beach. Along with the soldiers, sailors and airmen, lets also keep their families close to our hearts.  When you see a vet or active duty military man or woman, please say thank you..


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Tournament Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/25/08
 

Yesterday had the pleasure of fishing the Swansboro Rotery Club King Mackerel Blue WaterTournament with Captain Brant and a good friend of the OIFC, Robby Dial.  We met at the OIFC at 4:30 am, readied the OIFC 1, and Brant went over the day's game plan.  Basically we were going out to a good bottom fishing spot, Robby and I were going to bottom fish,  create some action, and Brant was going to King fish at the same time.  We would try to catch a 20 some pound King, then blast off for the weigh in which began at 3 PM.

We cleared the Shallotte Inlet at 5:30, and Brant put the pedal to the metal.  A short while later we were fishing in about 100 ft of water, approximately 43 miles off shore in 73 degree water. The plan began to work.  Robby and I were feverishly winding in Pink Snapper and Sea Bass, while Brant was catching Kings.  The quality of the Kings was not what we were hoping for, so we moved about seven miles away.

Again the action picked up.  This time the Kings were bigger and dolphin were hitting. We were using pogies, dead cigar minnows and ribbon fish.  All three baits were working but the dead cigar minnows with a pink and white Islander skirt seemed to be the hot ticket.  We caught and released several Kings as well as catching some nice dolphin.  Brant landed a King which weighed in the low 20 pound range.  Close, but no cigar.  Finally, a reel went off, with drag  screaming indicating a big King had hit it.  Robby fought him for what seemed to be 20 minutes. While this was going on I had a King of my own on.  Brant stood by with Robby with the gaff in hand.  I boated mine while Robby was still locked in his fight.  I then hooked up with a dolphin.  I stood by before landing my fish while Captain "Gaff" McMullian and Robby boated our best King. 

The wind shifted to out of the north and the bite stopped.  As the wind was picking up, it seemed we had our target fish aboard and time was tight for making the 3 o'clock weigh in, we straightened up the boat and high tailed it out.

The ride to Southport was a little "sporty" .  We picked up the ICW and headed to the scales. We weighed in our 27.55 pound King which put us in third place overall  behind the winning 42.20 pound King, and me in first place senior angler.

We made arrangements for Brant's OIFC Jet Ski "king", Will King to meet up with trailer in Swansboro. The ride home was a blast, as we were picking on each other about the day's "mishaps".  The results were posted and we learned we finished 5th overall, with me as 2nd in the senior division.  I got beat our by an "old guy",  I'm young for my age.  It's tough to beat a 42.20 lb. King.  History had shown that our King would have won the tournament in the past.  But we did set out  to do.

At the OIFC docks we weighed Brant's fish, which put him in first place in the OIFC Rodeo King Mackerrel division.  Like a dummy I didn't sign up for any off shore species before we left.  You can bet I'm signed up now!

We limited out on Kings early.  In fact we released several nice ones in hopes of catching a big one for the tournament.  There is a lot of fishing action going on right now.  The Spanish are thick nearshore,and the Kings, Dolphin and Wahoo are there for the taking without doing anything fancy  I appreciate being able to fish yesterday,  with Brant and Robbie. After having a ball I went home with a lot of Dolphin and King for dinner, a 5th place overall and a 2nd place senior division.  All in all a pretty good day


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Blue Marlin!" | World Cat- 33' | 05/24/08
 

Check out Dan Barber's blue marlin, caught offshore of the Georgetown Hole in 80 degree water.  He said the fish hit the smallest reel in the spread (30 wide pulling a Jr. Ilander) and that the battle lasted 90 minutes.  With reports of marlin being caught offshore of the Steeples, the Georgetown Hole, and three caught in the Swansboro Tournament today, it seems we're shaping up for another outstanding billfish year.  Make sure you take some big tackle on your next trip offshore.  When you are catching those dolphin, you can guess what is lurking around for an easy mahi snack.  A big Blue Water Candy Jag 3 head in front of a horse ballyhoo (blue/white, pink/white, or dolphin colors) or some Moldcraft lures will do the trick.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Gulf Stream still smokin' hot" | World Cat- 33' | 05/24/08
 

Had a nice patch of weather this week and the fish continued to cooperate offshore.  Robert Hughes and Todd Helf nailed this 50 pound wahoo in 300 feet of water near the Steeples.  Randy Wallace on the Roofing Contender got another one over 60 further to the south.  Randy has had the hot hand on the wahoos this year for certain.  There have also been some great dolphin catches reported in similar depths--lots of fish between 15-25 pounds.  The offshore action was a little late getting started this year so I think it will hang around for another few weeks.  I can't wait to get back after them myself.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Waho-o-o !!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/23/08
 

I saw  Randy Wallace (Roofing Contender) at the OIFC late this afternoon and signed him up for several categories in the OIFC Rodeo.  He'd just landed a 60 lb. wahoo that he caught near the 100/400.  Congratulations on the 'hoo, and I hope his luck continues.  Just think he'd be at the top of the leader board  and in the money if he had signed up earlier.  Don't be caught in the same situation.  Make every fishing day a money day.  Sign up now.  The Kings, Wahoo, and Dolphin are hot!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Memorial Day action" | OIFC 2- 27' | 05/23/08
 

Captain Chris Dew had a half day charter on the OIFC 2 today.  Their mission was to apprehend as many Spanish Mackerel as they could.  Mission accomplished!!  Captain Chris said they loaded up on good size Spanish using silver Clark Spoons on planers set at about 20 feet.  He said he was trolling at about 6 knots and was just off Holden and Ocean Isle Beaches.

One of our regulars from OIB came in the store today and was proudly showing  us pictures of some very nice dolphin he caught yesterday.  He said he found a temperature break fishing at about 200 feet of water.  He found a piece of cardboard floating and drilled all of his dolphin within 100 yards of  it.  It doesn't take much cover for dolphin to hang around looking for dinner.

Thankfully it seems that fuel prices are not keeping folks at home.  When I left the island today at about 2 o'clock, traffic was picking up.  Hopefully folks will have a nice , enjoyable weekend.  I spent the morning stocking our coolers with a fresh shipment of ballyhoo, cigar minnows, calamari,  and chum.  Miss Juanita, Niki, and Captain Amy were getting out new shipments of clothes and wall art, while Capt Chris was stocking new lures.  Captain Roger and Brant were checking out the charter boats.  The town of OIB has the Band of Oz scheduled for their concert series tonight  just down from us at the Museum.  We are all ready for a fun and busy weekend.  Stay safe.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"A diverse day inshore" | World Cat- 33' | 05/23/08
 

It is pretty rare that I get to go fun fishing, especially in the month of May.  So when Brian Aycock invited me to help him pre-fish for this weekend's Dixie Chicken Tournament out of Little River, I was all over it.  We left the Ocean Isle Fishing Center around 8:30, and scooted down the ICW to the Little River rock jetties.  After getting anchored up, we started an all out assault on the trout and drum down there.  The first thirty minutes produced a few bites, but as the tide began to run, it was impossible to keep a bait in the water for more than thirty seconds or so.  For close to an hour this kind of action held up.  The bite slowed up a bit, and we ran to Calabash for lunch.  After shrimp and hushpuppies, we decided to give flounder fishing a try.  I admitted to Brian that I had never caught an inshore slam of a trout, flounder, and redfish in the same day.  After about 15 minutes of drifting near Shallotte Inlet I was able to strike that from my list.  What a day.  Our fish totals were 5 redfish, maybe 18 or 20 trout, and 3 flounder.  Many thanks to Brian, and the best of luck to him and Austin this weekend.  Time to head back offshore for the weekend.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Flounder Time" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/22/08
 

Jeff and I took the Hook 'm Up out today to  target flounder.  We worked the ICW as well as areas behind Holden Beach.  The water temp was in the low 70's and we fished a falling tide.  This was our first effort this year at exclusively targeting flounder.  Jeff was using an OIFC "Boston Rob" red and black custom buck tail rigged with a mud minnow.  This too was a first for us.  I was using one of Captain Brant's custom flounder rigs.  Jeff drew first blood with a decent flat fish.  He said that unlike a Carolina rig, when the flounder hit, he really hit.  There was no bumping and waiting..this was a strike!  I hit second with a just under legal flounder.  He bumped me about three times, I waited and set the hook.  The hurt of the day was when Jeff had an about 22 incher beside the boat and he broke free just as I was reaching for the net.  Awww, the one that got away.  Captain Chris Burrows was trying his hand at inshore fishing with Brian Aycock and had an inshore Carolina Slam!!!!  He'll do his own report on their adventure.  Hope to see ya'll Memorial Day weekend.  Have a safe trip and hook 'm up.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"News from state Legislature" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/22/08
 

Two big deals going on in State Legislature:

Boat Trailering deal looks good. There is a Senate bill that is about a 90% deal that has already cleared the Transportation Committee. This bill reflects good efforts by Senators Tillman/Jenkins/Preston. Then there is a House bill that is the 100% deal which is sponsored by our Rep Stiller and about 40 other House Reps. The major difference is Rep Stillers bill allows towing of boats over 120 inches anytime. The Senate bill doesn't allow towing boats over 120 inches at night. Also, Stiller's bill sets fee the a permit[if required] at $25 and places the fine for violations at $50. When they get back to session next week, we'll get guidance of what we need to do to support either or both of these efforts.

On a new subject, Rep Stiller also has introduced a bill to put "off limits", commercial netting and trapping within 1000 yards of any artificial reef within 3 miles of Brunswick County waters. The issue Bonner raises is: The AR's are for what purpose? Where does the money come from to help fund the AR projects? What group of citizens "work" to supply and place the materials?

This is going to be a "hot" one as the commercial trappers and netters up in the Outer Banks areas will aggressively fight this one even though the bill only applies to our Brunswick County waters. They are circulating emails asking folks to contact Speaker of the House Joe Hackney[Joeh@ncleg.net] and President Pro Tem of the Senate Marc Basnight[Marcb@ncleg.net to express objection to the bill. Of course, if you agree with Rep Stiller's position and efforts with this bill, a email to Senators Hackney and Basnight supporting Bonners efforts would be appropriate[copy Bonner at bonners@ncleg.net]

Stand by as things should get interesting next week as Bonner carries the wagon for our fishing interest. Thanks. Rube McMullan                                                                                    


- Rube McMullan
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"First Blood" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/21/08
 

Brian Aycock , fishing aboard the Double Trouble is the first  angler to make the OIFC Year Long Rodeo leader board in the flounder division.  He  landed  the flat fish on mud minnows in the Intracoastal Waterway this afternoon.  The fish is decent but very beatable.  He's issued a challenge to all inshore anglers.  Those of you not yet in the Rodeo need to sign up. The money is building and  the smack talk is a blast.  In shore the flounder bite is just beginning.  Off shore the dolphin, king, spanish, wahoo and cobia are hot. So get in the money pot!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Stick Slinger rides again" | World Cat- 33' | 05/20/08
 

Check out David Carter getting in on the action with this nice wahoo taken last week at the 100/400.  He was fishing with Jim Bowen on the new "Stick Slinger."  Jim is a good friend  who has recently gotten into the Gulf Stream action out of Ocean Isle.  Keep up the good work and keep your hooks sharp--it's almost blue marlin time...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Lady's Day" | Show Time- 34' | 05/19/08
 

Captain Roger and Captain Zach had a productive gulf stream trip today with Chris Aeycock, Rich Aeycock and Dane Barretto. They spent the trip working  the Black Jack and the 100/400. Aliens, Islanders and Chuggers were the hot lures.  The hot colors were pink and white along with blue and white.  Dane's birthday is tomorrow and she celebrated by catching the biggest dolphin of the day.  Happy birthday from the OIFC  Check out the webstore for the lures used on today's charter.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Far Out Shoot Out- FINAL RESULTS" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/19/08
 

Thanks to all the fishemen and sponsors for their support of the 2007 Far Out Shoot Out.  21 boats registered for this year's event, down from 45 last year- a true sign of fuel prices and the economy, coupled with a not so great forecast.  Regardless, the Far Out Shoot Out was never about big money and big boats.  It has always been about local pride, bragging rights and little extra cash to boot if you do good.  A few boats fished Saturday, May 10th, however the catches were mostly of smaller Dolphin and Wahoo, nothing over 20 pounds was weighed in.  The weather improved greatly on Wednesday and Thursday, and the majority of the tournament chose to fish those two days.  The fleet spread out between the Same Ole hole to north and the Georgetown hole and fish were caught everywhere.  However, it was the 7th Heaven fishing team guided by Sunset Beach fisherman Larry Spainhour that took to the waters and to the fish with a vengeance.  Larry had something to prove after finishing second in last year’s event by 9/10ths of a pound.  He and crew deployed lines inshore of the 100/400 and before they could get all the lines out had hooked up to a big Mahi.  They boated the 39.25 Mahi which would end up being the tournament’s largest Mahi.  The continued fishing and an hour or so later another reel went off and this time they boated a 40.55 pound Wahoo.  This Wahoo would end up being the event’s largest Wahoo.  So in a span of less than 2 hours the 7th Heaven team had caught the two largest fish of the tournament, and unbeknownst to the rest of the fleet, the tournament victory had all ready been secured.  With the 39 pound Mahi and 40 pound Wahoo, Capt. Larry and crew of the 7th Heaven amassed an aggregate of 79.8 pounds and won 1st Mahi, 1st Wahoo, 1st largest fish on the dock and 1st place overall.  Talk about a clean sweep!  Fortunately for the other 20 boats, there were other prizes.  Capt. Scott Heffernan and crew of The GPS Store Fishing Team boat landed a 26.4 pound Mahi and 33.7 pound Wahoo on Wednesday to amass 60.1 overall points and take home 3rd largest Wahoo and 2nd place overall.  Frank Price and crew of the Dirty Dog weighed a 23.7 pound Mahi and 36.25 pound Wahoo on Wednesday as well for a total of 60 points to take home 2nd largest Wahoo and 3rd place overall.  2nd largest Mahi was taken by Jason Bryan on the Big Time Baby with a 38.9 pounder and 3rd largest Mahi was taken by Jeremy Foster on the Job Site, last year’s overall winner.  The weather was certainly a factor during the week as Wednesday and Thursday were really the only two exceptional days to fish.  However, as is the case in all tournaments, you pay your entry and you play the game.  The weather is certainly a distraction and sometimes  uncomfortable, but the fish are out there and when you’re catching fish, the seas are much less painful.  Congratulations to all this year’s winners and thanks to all participants for fishing. 

** ALSO of note- the Don Leonard Memorial Billfish award was introduced- see picture below.  This trophy will be kept at the OIFC as a memorial to a great fisherman, friend and past winner of the Shoot Out.  Any boat that catches and releases a Billfish during the Shoot Out will get the Capt. name and boat name engraved on the trophy and immortalized.  Unfortunately this year there were no Billfish caught, but the tradition will continue from this point forward.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Good action continues" | World Cat- 33' | 05/18/08
 

Capt. Rudy and I had a great time yesterday with Jamie Darmody of Pawleys Island, SC with his friends Ray, Andy, and Rich.  We got a late start with the hard north wind that was blowing when we woke up, and had kind of a squirrelly ride to the 100/400, but were able to score right of the bat with a nice wahoo and a few dolphins.  The bite slowed right around lunchtime, but we stayed in the same area and worked the numbers where we caught the first fish.  About 2:30 they turned back on and we enjoyed pretty steady action on the dolphinfish until we had to leave and run home.  I hate to leave fish when they are biting, but sometimes you just have to head for the hill.  We lost one dolphin at the gaff that was the biggest one I have seen all year--at least Jamie was quick enough to get a good picture to prove that there are fish like that out there.  The hot bite was on the Blue Water Candy Mini-Jags in the Charleston Mix and light blue/white color.  I am now certain that if we could get some consistently good weather we could do some serious numbers on dolphin and wahoo.  The fish are definitely there.  Capt. Roger and Capt. Brant enjoyed similar action over at the Blackjack hole, so it seems like there is action all the way up and down the break.  Roger is out there again today so I'm interested to see what he did.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"FLOUNDER ALERT!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/18/08
 

I just received a live report from my roving reporter on the scene at the  Lockwood Folly boat ramp. he observed a little girl landind a monster flounder.  He's been unable to get an interview as she was still in action fishing.  It seems the action inshore and off shore is picking up.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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