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"Taking Reservations for Panama Trip" | Carolina Contender- 36 | 04/10/08
 

Greetings fishermen!  I wanted to remind those who might be interested in joining with fellow OIFC fishermen for the Panama trip that we are currently taking reservations.  We've had a lot of interest over the past month and spaces are filling.  We have 10-12 slots remaining so if you're planning on making this fishing excursion please don't wait to contact us.  I can be reached via email- captbarrett@oifishingcenter.com or by phone 910-575-3474 ext.4.  The trip details can be seen by clicking above on upcoming expeditions.  Below is a fishing report from this past winter's trips from the folks aboard the Coral Star in Panama.  Stay tuned for further updates.

So let’s talk fishing in Panama!!!  In fact, let’s just talk about fishing!!!  Where have you been?  What have been catching???  What is on “your catch list” that you have not caught yet???
 
I hope you and your family are well……..
 
Below are some recent highlights over the past few months of fishing in Panama.  Check it out!!!  Are you up for it, or are you going to “miss the boat”???  DON’T DO THAT!!!!
 
 
February 10-15 gave us a double hook-up on Black Marlin, one scrappy high flying 350 pounder and one nice fat 500 pounder, also this week would land over 40 big Pacific Sailfish, among other things!! 
 
February 24-March 1 brought in an amazing 1,000 pound Black Marlin, along with another well rounded 800 pounder.  Oh Yeah, among other things!!
 
Overall, in the last two months, over 24 Black Marlin have been landed, along with 2 Blue Marlin and 2 Striped Marlin.  132 Pacific Sailfish and at least that many more teased up, largest Yellowfin weighed in at 270 pounds and the Dorado numbered well over 103, largest bull weighed over 60 pounds.  Roosterfish are strong with over 52 landed, largest weighing in at 78 pounds and Wahoo, which typically prefer overcast skies, are still producing good numbers under clear, sunny skies!  22 nice Wahoo have been landed in February and March, largest 35 pounds.  Cubera “Dog-toothed” Snapper have been outstanding, over 190 have been landed, the largest weighing in at a whopping 70 pounds!  Amberjacks, Blue Jacks, Mullet Snappers, Groupers (one nice 178 pound), Pargo, Bull and White Tip Sharks, Barracudas, Pacific Black Snook and many other species numbering 170 plus…….landed!
FYI – La Nina is upon us…….so no matter where you go fishing next year????  You will not JUST BE FISHING…..YOU WILL BE CATCHING!!!!

- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"My Panama Experience" | Carolina Contender- 36 | 04/10/08
 

Capt. Barrett McMullan-
I can testify that the fishing adventure I took to Panama with the crew of the Coral Star was without a doubt a truly unique and unforgettable experience.  If I had to describe the fishery to someone who has never been to the Hannibal Banks and the nearby islands in one word I would say 'unimaginable'.  I have been on this trip once back in the mid 1990's with my father Rube, and though I probably can't do the description justice in words I'll try to convey my experience the best I can.

Our adventure started in Atlanta where we hopped a plane to Miami.  From Miami the next stop was Panama City, Panama in Central America.  We arrived in Panama City early afternoon and did some quick sightseeing and experienced the local cuisine that evening before crashing that night at a nice hotel in the heart of the city.  The next morning we were guided by a travel agent to the airport where we took a short flight from Panama City to a small coastal town called David pronounced Daveed.  At David we were greeted by representatives of the Coral Star and we packed our luggage into their vehicles and headed down to the docks where we met the boat.  At the docks we transferred our gear onto to the 28' sportfish boat and headed off to meet the mothership the Coral Star.  My geography and memory is a little hazy at this point, but I believe we ran down an inland river for a while before getting to open water where we intercepted the Coral Star.  I believe the itenerary has changed a bit now, but back then once on the Coral Star while we got aquainted with the boat and unpacked, the mothership was already making ground towards the fishing grounds.  It was a 6 day trip and it was obvious the crew was ready to make sure we got the most out of every minute.  We had incredible meals every night that consisted of the catch that day or if you preferred more turf than surf that was also available.  Anyway, after a night where excitement blocked any hope of sleep we stepped out of our individual cabins to the outside deck to find we had traveled through the night and were now anchored about 2 miles from a mountainous island in the middle of the ocean.  Finally, it was time to go fishing.  Back then the Coral Star operation and recreation sport fishing the Hannibal Banks was still in the early stages of discovery.  We had fished Costa Rica many times and had great days on sailfish, but we had no clue what we were about to find.  The mountainous island provided a lee where the mothership was anchored in calm water.  From there we boarded one of the sportfishing boats and traveled about 6 miles offshore until we reached the Hannibal Banks.  It felt like we had arrived to a place on Earth where man had never been.  In broken English the Captain descibed the method of fishing we would be employing and the mate quickly tossed over two small bucktail rigs on 20lb tackle while we trolled the area.  We were working the Hannibal Bank area which is basically a serious of mountains and a plateau that rises from the extremely deep waters of the Pacific to about 300 feet beneath surface.  About 5 minutes after putting the lines in both rods with three bucktail rigs on each bent over and line starts screaming off the reel.  Dad and I are chomping at the bit at this point and quickly take action thinking 'man that was quick'!  After short battles on both sides of the boat we're thinking 'ok not a bad way to start off the day two double header bonitas on each rod in the 8-10lb range for a total of 4 bonitas'.  Just as we expect the mate to release the bonitas we see him and the Captain quickly scurry around the deck and say 'now we're ready'.  They expertly rigged two of the bonitas on bridle rigs and deployed them in seconds so they were good and lively.  Holy smokes, we are about to use these things as bait.  That's when the nerves set in.  It wasn't 15 minutes later when both baits started shaking the rods violently.  The Captain says, 'get ready'.  At that time two 120lb sailfish simultaneously engulf the monster baits and take off in opposite directions.  That was just the beginning of our incredible fishing expedition to Panama.  During the week we trolled huge live bonitas over the bank and had some of the most extraordinary sportfishing action imaginable.  We never trolled more than 30 minutes without action.  During a 3 1/2 day span of fishing the bank I caught and released a blue marlin about 350lbs, a black marlin about 250lbs, a striped marlin about 150lbs, countless sailfish in the 80 to 140lb range.  For the dinner table we also caught two enormous yellowfin tuna between 180 and 220lbs.  My dad also caught numerous sailfish, mahi, and a couple marlin.  The top water fishing was off the charts, but maybe the most impressive thing I saw was when the Captain became frustrated after trolling the live bonitas for about 30 minutes without a bite.  He tried to piece together some directions for me but just ended up putting the fighting harness on me and handed me the rod.  I noticed the mate positioning himself behind me with a two handed grip on my belt.  I didn't understand what we were doing at the time, but the boat was in neutral and was told to freespool the reel.  After about 45 seconds the Captain and mate in unison said 'ok go'! as the mate threw the Penn International into gear.  At that point I was nearly pulled out of my shoes as the rod doubled and I lunged forward and caught myself on the gunnel with my chin.  After a 10 minute all out war of up and down battling, from the depth rose the biggest snapper I had ever seen.  It was called a dog snapper and had to weigh over 60lbs.  After witnessing my ordeal my dad had to get a piece of the action and he busted another snapper of a different species about 45lbs.  So that was their version of bailing out when the top water action wasn't  fast and furious.  Very impressive!  One morning we opted to spend the first half of the day trying out the inshore fishery around the island near where we had anchored the Coral Star.  In that half day of trolling top water plugs within a 100 yards of shore we caught huge snapper, grouper in the 20-40lb range, several roosterfish between 25 and 45lbs, mackerel, and some kind of jack.  In the evenings we would return to the Coral Star and tell fish stories on the upper deck where drinks and snacks were served.  From the upper deck we watched the sun sink down while you could actually see sailfish busting bait and tailwalking off in the distance.  While this fishing report sounds like we hit the jackpot on our trip, we were assured by the crew that we had just an average catch.  From a pure fishing perspective the Panama trip aboard the Coral Star is at the top of my list. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"More pics" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/10/08
 

So far I have been posting pictures from the Panama trip that I had taken with my camera and also pictures from Yorke Pharr's camera.  I just got in a whole new set with pictures from Brian Richard. Brian fished with Todd Helf and Robert Hughes all week and had a variety of catches.  I'll continue to post pictures as I receive them.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More Pics " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/10/08
 

So far I have been posting pictures from the Panama trip that I had taken with my camera and also pictures from Yorke Pharr's camera.  I just got in a whole new set with pictures from Brian Richard. Brian fished with Todd Helf and Robert Hughes all week and had a variety of catches.  I'll continue to post pictures as I receive them.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More pics" | Get Busy | 04/10/08
 

So far I have been posting pictures from the Panama trip that I had taken with my camera and also pictures from Yorke Pharr's camera.  I just got in a whole new set with pictures from Brian Richard. Brian fished with Todd Helf and Robert Hughes all week and had a variety of catches.  I'll continue to post pictures as I receive them.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"More Pics" | Get Busy | 04/10/08
 

So far I have been posting pictures from the Panama trip that I had taken with my camera and also pictures from Yorke Pharr's camera.  I just got in a whole new set with pictures from Brian Richard. Brian fished with Todd Helf and Robert Hughes all week and had a variety of catches.  I'll continue to post pictures as I receive them.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More Pics" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/10/08
 

So far I have been posting pictures from the Panama trip that I had taken with my camera and also pictures from Yorke Pharr's camera.  I just got in a whole new set with pictures from Brian Richard. Brian fished with Todd Helf and Robert Hughes all week and had a variety of catches.  I'll continue to post pictures as I receive them.
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"More Pics" | Get Busy | 04/10/08
 

So far I have been posting pictures from the Panama trip that I had taken with my camera and also pictures from Yorke Pharr's camera.  I just got in a whole new set with pictures from Brian Richard. Brian fished with Todd Helf and Robert Hughes all week and had a variety of catches.  I'll continue to post pictures as I receive them.
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Family Day on Saturday" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/10/08
 

Don't forget this Saturday is the 1st annual OIFC Family Day-- bring the wife and/or kids and come have a nice day at the beach. There will be instruction all day long for kids on net throwing and knot tying as well as for moms, dads, women..... seminars on various topics including fishing together, trailer backing, cast net throwing..... in addition, the OIFC will be hosting a large yard sale as we clean out the closets to make way for the new. Lots of clothing and home decor items at cheap prices. The day's schedule starts at 9am and runs to 4pm with a lunch break around noon. We hope to see you here.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Changes in latitudes, Changing in attitudes" | Get Busy | 04/10/08
 

The time has finally arrived.  We're out of here!  This evening, along with 14 other OIFC'ers, I'll be heading south to Panama City in Central America on our first Traveling Fisherman excursion.  By this time tomorrow we'll be making 6 knots and keeping watch for lurking billfish underneath teasers.  It's my understanding that so far this year aboard the Coral Star operation the marlin fishing has been excellent.  Both Brant and I are equipped with all kinds of electronic media devices so that we're sure to bring back evidence with our stories.  I will be keeping a day by day journal of the expedition and will post that journal on the Traveling Fisherman link off our website upon our return next week.  Wish us luck.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Things to come..." | World Cat- 33' | 04/09/08
 

The weather that has landlocked us for three or so weeks is finally starting to lift. Brant and Barrett fished today in Jeff Martini's tournament, and I'm waiting to see how they fared. I got this picture from Edwin and Nolan Newell, who had a great day fishing out of Key West on Nolan's spring break. They went 3/3 on sails along with some dolphin and cobia. It won't be long before we start seeing fishing like that right here in the Carolinas. Any body out there ready?
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Name Withheld" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/07/08
 

Congratulations to Barrett and Scott.  Yesterday was the first decent fishable day in our area.  But as I am writing this, the wind has picked up again from the north east.  I didn't take advantage of the weather as my partner was working, I went to church and NASCAR was on.  But I did talk to a local angler (name withheld to protect his reputation) who told me he fished the backwaters of Sunset Beach.  As he got to some real skinny water he decided to walk and stalk some reds.  He was using a Gulp New Penny on a quarter ounce jig and was able to land several reds, of which he kept one which was just short of the upper slot.  He also hit some flounder, which he said were small and black as the mud they were in.  When he returned to his flats boat, he found it sitting high and dry.  There was no breeze and the no see 'ums were eating him up.  He found some Skin So Soft after a frantic search of his boat.  He had a couple of adult beverages in his cooler, so he kicked back and waited for the tide to float him out.  I don't condone boating while drinking, but it does make a good fish story.  The weather is supposed to get better and I am going Wahoo fishing with Roger Thursday, so stay tuned.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"IFA Redfish Tourney" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/06/08
 

Last Thursday local fisherman and boat builder Scott Quaintance called me up and asked if I wanted to go fish the IFA redfish tournament in Charleston on Saturday. Seeing as how I've been begging Scott to tag along on an inshore fishing trip I jumped at the chance. Scott is an accomplished inshore and offshore angler and on this occassion we would be fishing his absolutely incredible 24' Yellowfin Bay Boat. This thing is awesome! We made quick plans, put his boat on the trailer and headed south towards Charleston around 10:30am on Friday. Scott wanted to check a few spots he'd fished in the past on the way down so we stopped around McClelanville and dropped the boat in for a short pre-fishing mission. I have been extremely interested in the redfish fishery for a long time, but do not have as much experience as I'd like and certainly a lot less than Scott. So, I was like a kid in a candy store eating up every piece of information I could and taking it all in. The weather was pretty tough. When we put the boat in the wind was blowing about 20-25knots which makes casting and more importantly seeing redfish difficult. We made a short run up the waterway and through a system of creeks and into an open bay with numerous fishy areas. We concentrated on fishing banks with oysters. We also focused on fishing banks that had land protection from the wind which made it easier to see fish, cast, and the water was cleaner. We fished for about an hour with no sign of fish. Finally on our last stretch of oyster bank before we had to head back to the ramp we began seeing lots of mullet. Soon after we spooked a redfish which is when you're moving slowly along in this case with the trolling motor and a redfish darts off leaving behind a cloud of mud. We were fishing about water about 2 feet deep. A few minutes later I made a long cast ahead of the boat with a gulp bait on a jig head and a couple twitches later I had him on. I fought the red for about 5 minutes and during the fight noticed several other mud clouds where other fish had been startled when we hooked this fish. I brought the fish along side and Scott handled the netting. The fish was absolutely perfect for what we were looking for. The South Carolina slot or size limit is 15-23" and this fish was 22 1/2 inches and healthy. We snapped a quick picture and sent him on his way. The tournament we would fish the next day is won by the team that weighs the heaviest 2 redfish in the slot and they must be alive to receive full points. Knowing we had found a school of fish Scott and I headed back to the ramp and eventually down to Charleston. Although we didn't exactly fit in with the high powered sponsored fishing crowd at the Captains meeting we did get some looks of approval when we pulled up in Scott's 24' Yellowfin. There was close to 70 teams competing in this event and they were in boats from 15 to 24 feet. Some are more geared towards skinny water fishing and draft less than 6" and others are made for rough water running and draft closer to one foot. We fall into the second class. The Captains meeting was like any king mackerel tournament Captains meeting with everyone sizing eachother up and discussing that they hadn't caught anything this week but "you should have been here last week". All of this is of course standard for pre-fishing tournament discussions. Most of it is not exactly a lie, but I would call it a fish story. The next morning we checked out as boat number 14 and put the afterburners on as we walked down the rest of the tournament boats with ease. We had to cross Charleston harbor to get where we were the day before which wasn't a lot of fun with 3 footers stacked close. We arrived to our area of flats and started fishing. It was high tide and we had no success. The fish were likely way up in the grass and out of our reach. We knew we needed to be back at the same spot we were the day before when the tide fell out of the grass so we positioned ourselves a little early and started working that bank. For the first hour we did nothing. We started over on the same bank and this with the tide out of the grass and the oysters starting to show, so did the redfish. We initially were using the trolling motor to work the oyster bank but Scott noticed a lot of mullet activity and thought he saw a redfish boil so we put the power pole down which acts like an anchor but is silent. We started to cast from the stationary position and just seconds later Scott hooked up on our first red. He quickly brought the fish boatside and I netted. He measured about 16 inches. Not great but at least we were in the game now and maybe there were other fish around. While I'm messing around with the fish and trying to get my backlash out Scott hooks up again. This time the fish is much larger. Unfortunately we get him in and he is 24 inches just a little too big to weigh. By this point I decide I better start pulling my weight or risk being left on the oyster flat with an incoming tide. Over the next hour Scott and I catch another 6 redfish and lose one more. The hot bait was a dark colored gulp jerk bait. The last fish we caught before having to leave in order to make the weigh in and not get stuck in the low water was the perfect fish. I got him in the boat and he measured 23" on the dot. With our two largest slot fish in the livewell we headed for the scales. We ended up weighing a 17" 2lb fish and our 23" 4.2lber for a total of 6.2lbs. Not bad for a couple of no name non sponsored guys from North Carolina. We ended up in sixth place overall and had the 2nd largest single fish. Ours was a bit skinny. The winners had over 8lbs between two fish. What a great experience and fun new competitive fishing arena. This type of artificial bait only, live weigh-in redfish events have not arrived to our area yet. I'm working to change this as I believe our area has potential to be a great redfish tournament destination. On a final note I would like to thank Scott Quaintance for an awesome fishing experience. Unfortunately though we did win money at this event, thanks to Scott he just cost me a whole bunch more than we won. I've got the redfish tournament bug now which means the new boat is on the way.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"OIFC family Day" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/04/08
 

In case you missed the postcards we mailed out a few weeks ago I would like to remind everyone of the upcoming event we will be holding here at the Fishing Center on Saturday April the 12th. Our goal is that this will be a fun filled day for the entire family.  This event will give the women and children an opportunity to become more involved in the fishing scene. We will be holding several seminars that will help to explain fishing from the basics of boating to fishing for different species such as king mackerel and sea bass. I am sure at one time or another frustrion has set in when trying to explain to your wife how to tie a rig on the line or hook a pogy, thus causing a fight and ultimately leads to a miserable day of fishing. Perhaps you are tried of having to get your wife to hold the boat while you get the truck at the boat ramp. Bring her to the trailer backing class! This is your opportunity to let us help teach your wives and children some basic skills that will help you to fish together. Don't forget the kids, we will have fun activities just for the minnows - cast net lessons. knot tying , fish bobbing for prizes and free face painting. In case you just want a few minutes to relax we are offering free 20 minute waterway cruises. In addition we will be having a huge yard sale, raffle drawings and store specials. The fun will begin at 9:00am end at 4:00pm...    

 

 


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Tournament Preparations" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/03/08
 

It's windy and cold and fishing is out the question, so what do I do? Work on fishing to come! Been hard at work on preparations for the Far Out Shoot Out and Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl tourneys. Plans are coming together and I'd like to announce some our 2008 sponsors: Far Out Shoot Out It is now: the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out tournament. Many of you know the GPS Store and recognize their involvement in many of the area's tournaments. They have come forward and committed themselves as the sole title sponsor of the Shoot Out and will help in boosting prizes and adding to the venue quality. Gregory Poole CAT and Mercury Verado have again committed to the Shoot Out as has Town Creek Marina- your area World Cat boats dealer. Town Creek will have boats on-site and available for demos during the tournament if you have interest in their boats. Also supporting the Shoot Out are Sea Tow, Outback Steakhouse and of course, the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Thanks to all these sponsors for the committment and hope that as you conduct your business and recreation in the future, you will at least give these sponsors an opportunity to win your business. Jolly Mon King Classic It is now the: Yellowfin / Yamaha Jolly Mon King Classic presented by Sea Tow, BBT and Magic Tilt trailers. You will immediatly notice Yellowfin boats as the new player. Yellowfin has come forward with a committment to both the Jolly Mon and the Fall Brawl. Yellowfin has become well known as the premier hi performance fishing boat and I am happy to announce that I too will be a customer soon as I have a 32 Yellowfin with twin F350 Yamahas on the way. As for Yamaha, Sea Tow, BBT and Magic Tilt- what more can you say about these companies. They have been supporters of the Jolly Mon for years and continue to come back as thanks for your support of their products. Again I ask you consider all these sponsors when making purchases in the future. Thanks and stand by for fishing reports- weather looks to be clearing after the weekend.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Student of History" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/03/08
 

The wind is killing us here at Ocean Isle Beach....that's the bad news. However, the good news is that Saturday should see the calming of the seas, just in time for Jeff's Martini's Wahoo Rodeo.  Speaking of that, the bad weather has given me time to check my notes and read the OIFC Fishing Reports from last year. History shows that the Gulf Stream Fshing , the Frying Pan Tower as well as the Steeples were getting hot  this time last year, with  Kings, Wahoo, Tuna and Dolphin hitting.  On the inshore scene, the flounder were picking up, with a 9.5 lb. flounder caught in April of '07.  Also mixed in were trout.  I recommend that you take a little time and read our past reports for the hot bite locations, what was biting and just what they were hitting.  On another subject, I accompanied Captain Roger and Rube on the OIFC 2 in the ICW for what was the first "in water" run of a new lure Rube is working on.  It's still in the R & D stage, but may see action under fire soon.  I'll let Rube unveil the project when he is ready.  Don't forget the OIFC Year Long Rodeo.  You can sign up on line, by phone or snail mail.  Also Captain Kyle has his tournament comming soon, and I'm told that Austin Aycock and Trip Hooks are working on one of their own.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Martini Wahoo tourney" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/02/08
 

Jeff Martini had a great showing and now has 30 boat entries-- per our previous posts, he decided to hold off on fishing and that will start this Sunday and run the following week through Friday- Registration is still open and I know many more folks, including myself have not even turned in entries yet. I bet he'll end up with 40+ boats and he just called me to tell me there was over $5000 in the Wahoo calcutta alone and with more boats, the primary prizes + the calcuttas could bring winnings over $15,000 !!! The weather looks like it may finally break at the end of the weekend with the following week looking nice. Stay tuned- I'm starting to feel it now-- the bite is about to be ON !
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Martinis tournament update" | Show Time- 34' | 03/31/08
 

I JUST TALKED TO JEFF MARTINI ,HE HAS SUGGESTED THAT    HE WAS GOING TO CHANGE THE FISHING DAYS  FOR  HIS WAHOO TOURAMENT FROM APR 5 -APR 13 . DUE TO THE FORCAST MODELS ARE SHOWING WINDY  CONDITIONS AND ROUGH SEAS  .WHICH  IS  A GOOD THING  FOR THOSE PEOPLE WITH SMALLER BOATS .THE CAPT MEETING IS STILL BEING HELD  TONIGHT at 6 pm ON THE MENU IS PRIME RIB , SHRIMP  AND VEGGIES . YOU CAN STILL ENTER THE TOURAMENT TONIGHT . HOPE TO SEE  THERE .                                                                                                                                       


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Local Happenings" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/30/08
 

The World Cat, Captained by Roger and First Mate Zach took the Dixon family on a 1/4 charter Saturday. The weather wasn't great and the charter short so they decided to stay near shore. A good decision too! The group found some awesome sea bass action about 3/4 miles from shore just east of the sea buoy. At first I thought they were telling a fish story, but they all swore that they were pulling bass in one after another with a LOT of keepers. Not bad for a 1/4 day's action. The bait of choice was squid on the usual rig. The weather went down hill after that with a strong blow out of the east. Today it feels like a North Carolina winter. But this is the end, by tomorrow we'll be climbing back in the seventies and the rest of the 10 day forecast is beautiful. Just in time for Jeff Martini's Wahoo Tournament and a great next weekend. Don't forget to enter the OIFC Rodeo, we've got 10 species and no telling what you might catch while trying to win Jeff's money. Finally, congratulations from the OIFC family to first mate Zach who just passed his Captain's test.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 03/29/08
 

I'm pleased to report that I had another good day with the redfish yesterday. We fished down towards to Little River area, and managed to boat a handful of nice reds in the 16" - 18" range. Once again these fish were caught in shallow water (3' or less) and respond best to live mud minnows suspended just off the bottom with a float. I also tried flounder fishing for a while but had no luck. There are a few being caught, so it shouldn't be long before the spring flounder bite kicks off. The water temperature seems to be hanging between 57 - 60 degrees. I feel that a few more degrees of water temp. should really get the inshore fishing fired off, so lets hope that happens soon!
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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