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"OIFC Fishing Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/28/08
 

The Rodeo is gaining steam with more anglers signing up each day. Right now flounder and trout are leading in interest. I've talked with Jeff Martini and I'll be at his captains meeting with sign up forms. You can fish Jeff's Wahoo Tournament and if you are signed up for the rodeo you can bring your fish, by land or sea to the OIFC to be weighed and be eligible to win the Wahoo division of the Rodeo. Hope to see you in The OIFC Rodeo and good luck!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Kayak" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/28/08
 

We fished inshore today without any luck. The wind was our enemy as was a ripping current. So we decided to play with the kayaks. As I'm still on injured reserve I was relegated to taking pictures while Jeff and Camdyn paddled around. The kayak they were out on is the Wilderness Pamlico 100, which is a sit in, light weight, very maneuverable kayak. It comes in as the least expensive kayak in the Wilderness line. Come see us at the OIFC and try out the Wilderness System line of kayaks. They are great for folks of all ages and sizes as see in these pictures.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Martini's Wahoo Hook A Hoo Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/28/08
 

Don't forget that the capt. meeting and final sign up for Martini's Hook A Hoo Wahoo tournament is next Monday at 6pm. The tournament offers you the chance to pick 1 out of 6 days to fish, starting Tuesday and ending on Sunday- which will take the problem of weather out of the equation. Entry forms are at http://www.martinisfinedining.com/about.html and can be dropped off at Martini's restaurant in N. Myrtle through Monday or here at the OIFC as I will be going to the Capt. Meeting on Monday and can take your info down-- there will be a folder at the OIFC front desk labeled WAHOO TOURNEY and be sure to tell clerk to put money and entry there-- however remember, if you do not attend the Capt. Meet you are responsible for rule changes. I'll try to keep things updated on our site here and I'm sure tourney info will stay current on the above web site. This is a great tournament to kick off the season, so I encourage you to enter and then pick the right day to fish for the big hoo-- my guess is that it will take a 70+ pounder to win the event. We'll see-- Also, Capt. Roger has been fishing the OIFC World Cat the last couple of day on 3/4 and 1/2 day trips. If you had any questions about the boat, they have been answered as the steady 15-20 knot winds have brought a constant 3-5 foot sea, and the boat has been great. It isn't the boat to get you there first or fastest, but if 30kts at smooth and steady is your game, the boat is very versatile and come recommended. As for the fishing, that has been pretty tough. Bottom fishing is the only game and offshore in the 80 foot range Roger found some larger Sea Bass as well as a few keeper Genuine Red Snapper--- these Snapper are common during the early Spring over bottom in the 80-100 foot range and if you want to target them, fish "Grouper" style, except use lighter (50-80#) fluorocarbon leaders that are 6-10' long with a sliding egg sinker set up-- live cigar minnows or small pinfish are the best baits, but a dead cigar minnow is also good. Snapper are more weary than Sea Bass and thus the traditional Chicken rig doesn't usually work too good. Inshore, Roger has found lots of Bass, but mostly in the 10"-11" range, just short of the required 12"-- anyway, the water is still cool at 58-60 degrees, but it is starting to rise and things will begin happening. Stay tuned.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Great Day" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/27/08
 

OIFC guide Jeff Beck was joined by a great friend of the Fishing Center family Dan Ratley and his grandson, David, for an afternoon of good times inshore aboard the Tale Chaser. The goal was to have a fun day with David. The trip began with fishing for red fish, but soon turned to David crabbing and driving the boat under the watchful eye of Jeff and Grandpa Dan. While out, David was able to explore the dredge spoils, seeing wildlife including a heard of deer. One of life's greatest gifts is to be able to spend time on the water showing a child the wonders of our nature. A great day!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Deadliest Catch" | World Cat- 33' | 03/27/08
 

Captain Roger and first mate Boston Rob chartered a 3/4 day trip with the Juercap family of Minnesota. The greatest success was had about 24 miles out in about 70-75 feet of water. There and during the rest of the trip the charter boated around 13 keeper bass and a 26 lb. red snapper. Various other "trash" fish were angled, but of course released. That's when danger struck. A "killer skate" chomped down on Roger's finger and refused to release him. Roger battled the vicious sea creature until he was rescued by Rob who used pliers to pry the monster's mouth open thusly saving Roger's digit and avoiding injury. The crew was then able to take the trip back to the safety of the OIFC dock.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Maiden Voyage" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/26/08
 

Jeff and Boston Rob headed out late this afternoon on a maiden voyage of the new Wilderness kayaks. The tide was riping and the wind was howling, not the greatest conditions for a trip. They both reported that they handled the kayaks with ease in less than perfect conditions. They said they were able to slip up on fish, bait and other wildlife unnoticed, that they were able to float in around 3 inches of water, Jeff dresses out at about 260 lbs, and get to places they could never reach by foot or boat. The OIFC is proud to be the exclusive dealer in our area of the Wilderness System kayaks, which are the top of the line in the kayak market. Jeff is also guiding fishing and eco tours using the Wilderness kayak. Come check out our line and book a trip with Jeff. We expect fishing and eco tours by kayak to open a whole new world. I've attached a couple of pictures of the first trip.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Traveling Fisherman Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/25/08
 

Ahoy Traveling Fisherman!  I've been receiving numerous comments on the 2009 plans for the OIFC's Traveling Fisherman program.  We had a great inaugural trip to Panama this past February and hope to expand the opportunities for next season.  I am currently working diligently on several options.  Planning and logistics takes time on theses exotic excursions.  It is my intention to only offer the absolute premier fishing adventures to fellow OIFC'ers.  I'm hoping to have things set very soon and will broadcast the destinations and trip plans as soon as I have them set. 

In the meantime.....For those who were on the trip to Panama this year, you are well aware of the reality of the following story.  For those who weren't, perhaps the most interesting event, person, or sight we experienced while on this trip was that of sharing a week aboard the mothership Coral Star with Mr. Raymond Boyd. 

Here's how the story starts:

On our trip to Panama, we saw many amazing things. One of the most amazing we actually brought with us. Meet Ray Boyd, Rube's real estate friend from Atlanta. To make a very long strory short, Ray took one look at the island of Montosa and decided right then he wanted to buy it. So, one day while we were fishing, Ray swam over to the island, hiked across the island where supposedly the owner lived, walked up to the front door, introduced himself, and with the benefit of a personality that only Ray could make this work, made best friends with the owners, spent the day, toured, lunched, and before the day was over, had made a deal to trade them 2 jets he owned for the island.
 
By this point I know you're thinking....yeah, sure. Well, the day Ray got back from our trip, he was on the phone with the owners, their attorneys, his attorneys. Two weeks later he is back on his jet, headed to Panama with a generator, a inflatabile raft, and a suitcase full of money. He hires the Coral Star captain to take him the 50+ miles out into the middle of the Pacific to get to Montosa, drops him off in his raft with his generator, and Ray tells him to come back in a couple of days to check on him.
 
Ray hikes back to the owners camp, sets up home with the 2 Panamanian caretakers. Come dinner time they try to show him how to catch fish trapped in lagoons by hacking at them with a machette. Ray takes over, and with his south Georgia roots, shows them how to "coon" for fish, which is a means to catch them with your hands by corraling them up against a ledge. By the way, this is done at night. In the process, one of the ledges he is "cooning" happens to be the home of a moray eel; but again with his south Georgia roots, a moray is no competition to a guy accustomed to snapping snake necks. So dinner that night is fresh fish, broiled moray, with a side dish of hermit crab. Life is grand, except the 2 Panamanians refuse to give up the hammock so Ray gets to sleep on the floor with the local varmits.
 
Next morning daylight finally arrives so he can see the bugs and mosquittos that have been eating him all night. Breakfast of left over hermit crab soup, and one egg the resident chicken layed during the night. A three and 1/2 hour walk around the island, a day of Robinson Crusoe, and pick up by Capt Don and back to civilization.
 
Next day fly over to Panama City to meet with the owners, attorneys/ect. Over the next 2 days the deal comes together, blows up, and repeats itself in a manner that apparently is customary in Panama. Finally, everyone is happy, a deal is struck, the owner wants the keys to the jets, and Ray says sounds great, but where is my clear title to the island. No problemo, the owner tells him, you will have it in 90 days. So Ray says ok, hops on the jet, and heads back to Atlanta, with one quick side trip. In order to pay back his island roomates who refused to give up their hammock to their guest/potential boss, he takes the jet on a side trip and does a fly by of the island at deck level, cranking her up to 500mhp so the full benefit of the power and noise of the jet is translated to the hammocks the guys are so comfortably sleeping in. No report of if/how they survived the fly by.
 
Thats the status of the moment. Standby as this is clearly a very "fluid" situtation

- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Boat Report- local OIB builder has big plans!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/24/08
 

Many of you may know local builder and engineer, Scott Quaintance of Carolina Bluewater Construction. He is one of the area's most respected and known builders of custom homes. However, one look at the name of his business and you know where his mind really is. If you don't know Scott personally, you might recognize him in his 34 Yellowfin, painted Clemson orange that resides on a lift along the ICW-- often only seen as a blur of orange. Scott has decided to take his extensive knowledge of engineering and building and mesh it with his fishing and boating expertise to form a new boat building corporation- run locally from the Ocean Isle Beach area. And I don't mean jon boats- Scott's first boat is a 42' express. I visited his building warehouse today located behind his office at Fountain Head Landing on Beach Drive between Ocean Isle and Seaside. Scott told me of the process he has been heading up for many months now- visiting numerous boat shows, building a warehouse suitable to house and build large custom sport fishermen and the hiring of a master builder from the Manteo, NC area. The boat Scott is building is a 42' Express that will be powered with twin CAT C-15's. The boat is expected to weigh 39,000 pounds when complete, top out at 42 knots and cruise comfortably at 35 knots. The hull will feature the renowed sea ability of the "Carolina flare" but will also have prop pockets that will limit the draft to 42 inches, making this big boat suitable for the skinniest of waters (Scott actually consulted me on the draft restraint of our inlet prior to construction. The Show Time drafts 41 inches and is able to traverse Shallotte inlet most any time). If you know Scott, you know that he pays attention to details. This boat will be finished out to the T with I'm sure incredibly detailed wood work and attention to the smallest of details- making the boat strong, durable and functional. Scott has an open door policy at his warehouse and he invites anyone to come by and take a look. You can call him directly at (910) 279-4590 and he'd be happy to meet you to give you a guided tour. It truly is neat to see a boat, particularly of that size, go up from the very beginning. If I didn't mention, the boat will be cold molded. The only left for Scott to finalize in his plans is the name of the boat. He is offering a $500 reward to the person that comes up with the best name for the boat. Scott wishes the name to reflect his pride in the area- you can email him - blueh2o@atmc.net - your entry through April 1st. Scott plans to build and sell these custom sport fishing boats. So if you've got your eye on a bigger boat, keep this one in mind. It is going to be awesome I'm sure. Email, call or stop by- he'd love to hear from you.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Growin' Pot!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/23/08
 

No, not that kind of pot!!!! The pot for the OIFC Fishing Rodeo. The sign up began on the 15th and it's grown to almost $1,000. Not great, but getting there. The sign up lasts all year so we expect great things. Wahoo fishing is on so don't miss entering BEFORE you catch your big one.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 03/22/08
 

After a long day on the water, I'm pleased to report that the redfish bite is still strong around the OIB area. I fished to the west toward Little River this morning and to the east toward Southport this afternoon and found some reds on both trips. Mud minnows under a cork on on the bottom on a carolina rig were the ticket. All of my fish today came from less than 3 feet of water, so dont be afraid to look for them in the shallows. Don't wait any longer, its time to go bend a pole now! P.S. - Don't forget the Spring Inshore Classic, which is coming up on May 2nd & 3rd.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"OIFC year long Fishing Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/22/08
 

Don't forget to buy your Rodeo ticket before you go fishing.  Each species is $20 and the board is wide open.  $$ from tickets sold go back into each individual species' prize pot, and we expect by tournament end in December, the pots for all species should be worth the $20 entry.  You can buy your tickets on-line by CLICKING HERE  or you can call the OIFC at (910) 575-3474 and buy them over the phone or you can certainly stop by.  Once you have your ticket, all you have to do is weigh-in whichever species you have purchased tickets for and you are on the board-- You must weigh-in at the OIFC docks and there are rules about when fish must be weighed in, so be sure to read the rules- CLICK HERE - Updates and scores will be posted on the OIFC Rodeo page with all the other tournament information.  Don't go fishing and risk catching a prize worthy fish without getting your ticket first.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Boat trailering legislation" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/20/08
 

Although it probably appears we've been quiet lately on the political front, behind the scenes we've been busy on a couple of subjects. On the boat trailering problem with the DMV, I am delighted to report a solution is being crafted. Our #1 legislator hero, Representative Bonner Stiller, will be co-sponsoring a bill in the legislature to fix the ridicious rules in place regarding trailering boats. As you know, Bonner is a fisherman, one of us, and he fully understands the problem. When we went to him with the issue, he immediately jumped on board and agreed to do what was needed to change the rule. This will be done in the State Legislature when they go back in session in mid May. There is a critical point however. It appears there will be a different bill introduced in the Senate on the same subject, sort of competing bills. I'm not sure what that bill will provide, but I will be working with Bonner to help craft the language of his bill to insure it does what we need, and when the bills are filed, we need everyone to jump on board supporting Bonner's bill. We will let everyone know when to crank it up. The second issue we are working on is still in top secret form, but we hope to be able to go public with it soon. Need to make sure we've got our ducks lined up properly. Standby, as this will be a "really big deal" for our boating/fishing world. Thanks. Rube McMullan
- Rube McMullan
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"Fishing tip of the week." | World Cat- 33' | 03/20/08
 

Think kingfish skirts are just for live bait fishing or cigar minnows? Think again. While Jodie and Terry Gay of Blue Water Candy were here at the Spring Kickoff on Saturday, we got a chance to experiment with rigging skirts with circle hooks. Using 20# monel, we came up with a rig that pulls and looks great when circle hooks are required. You make a haywire in the end of the wire, then thread on the skirt and chin weight. The bait is rigged as normal, going behind the gills, through the eye sockets twice to pin the chin weight, up through the bait's chin and nose to secure its mouth shut, finishing with a few wraps up towards its beak. A good trick to know, as circle hooks start to become more widely used in bluewater fishing.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"S-L-O-W" | Speckulator - 22' | 03/19/08
 

I would surely lose any credibility I have if I reported great action in each of my fishing reports. As such I find it important to tell about the slow days. And that is exactly what we had today. Jeff, "Boston Rob" and I took the Tale Chaser out on the ICW today and managed only one red fish. We stayed out about three hours on a rising tide and worked one of our favorite holes, which is where Johnny and Margie Calhoon struck gold just a few days ago. It just wasn't ment to be. However I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the OIFC's newest employee, Rob Alexander, whom we've named Boston Rob. Rob comes from a saltwater fly fishing and kayaking background and will be a great addition to the OIFC "family".
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Night Off" | World Cat- 33' | 03/18/08
 

Ever wonder what OIFC Captains, guides and family do on their time off? How about tying sea witches, and tisten' wire, all in preparation for a day's charter. Check out Captain Chris, Jeff, Camdyn and Courtney last night.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Reds" | Speckulator - 22' | 03/18/08
 

Jeff and I ran into an old friend, Johnny Calhoon today. I had heard tale of some of his receint red fishing success, but as President Ragen said, "trust but verify". So I wanted to get the scoop from Johnny himself. Basically he told me that he and his wife, Margie, had been fishing from a dock on the ICW near Craven St. and had slammed the reds. They were fishing with mud minnows which seems to be the bait of choice for trout and reds lately. Johnny said the fish ranged from below the slot to 29 inches. Of course they released those not in the slot.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Rodeo Time!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/16/08
 

No, this doesn't have anything with being a cowboy, however if you want to wear cowboy boots while you're fishing, well, knock yourself out.. Yesterday marked the first day of the OIFC Fishing Rodeo. This is a year long fishing tournament in which you can sign up at anytime to fish for ten species of fish for $20 per species.The winners will be announced December 5th along with the presentation of what is a fast growing pot!! We had a lot of anglers sign up along with a bunch more taking a brochure. Don't forget to sign up when you book a charter..it's an excellent way to cover some of the costs. Enyone can sign up on the internet, by phone or in person at the OIFC.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Double Hookup" | World Cat- 33' | 03/16/08
 

Woody Wooten, local fishing legend and sales rep for World Cat boats was just beside himself yesterday at the Kickoff. It seems he took his World Cat out this week and had a double hookup with Grouper. One weighed 26lbs. Woody was just as proud of the fact that he did it using pork rinds. He was in the Frying Pan Tower area in about 80 ft. of water. He wanted everyone to hear this story.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Spring Kickoff '08" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/16/08
 

What a great day!! The weather was sunny, warm and a little too much breeze to go out and have an enjoyable day fishing. Perfect conditions for the OIFC Spring Kickoff. The staff was busy setting up at dawn. Folks began arriving early checking out the deals on new and used tackle. Captain Amy had tables set up with up to half off on a lot of neat items. One of the busiest places was the line spooling station!! Zack and the guys worked constantly all day..they were still at it at 6 o'clock, long after most shoppers had left. Captain Roger of the OIFC and Jodie Gay of Bluewater Candy Lures always had crowds around them as the were giving hands on demonstrations in lure tying, etc. Tony Turner with Wilderness Kayaks was on the dock giving free demo rides on the Wilderness Kayaks, along with Woody Wooten of World Cat boats. The OIFC is soon to be a Wilderness dealer, with Jeff Beck running kayak fishing and eco tours out of the OIFC. This is a great way to sneak up on those easy to spook species in our backwaters. There is also talk of taking them out on a "mother boat" for some exciting off shore fishing. Can you imagine hooking up with a King!! All the experts put on excellent seminars, I didn't get to hear everyone, but the ones I did see were great. One of the coolest was the kite fishing class put on by Joe Seegers and Captain Chris. My grandaughter wants Chris to take her to the beach to fly a kite, ahh to be two years old again. The Kickoff stayed on schedule with the crowd taking a lunch break at the G'Mack or Sharky's, while Brant reduced prices on everything in the store ten percent during the break. If this didn't get you in the mood to start fishing, nothing will. The best part of the event was seeing old friends, making new ones and talking about fishing and boating. Fellowship. Thanks to all who attended for a fun day.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Thanks for coming" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/16/08
 

Thanks to all for coming yesterday to the OIFC kickoff.  We had a good day with over 200 participants and when the smoke from the line winder cleared, we had spooled over 60,000 yards of Sufix monofilament.  The seminars went on all day with special guests Capt.Kyle Hughes and Dell Williamson covering the inshore and Joe Seegers, Chris Burrows, Barrett McMullan and myself heading up the offshore.  Meanwhile during the seminars Capt. Roger Gales and Jody Gay of Bluewater Candy were hosting a rigging table, providing hands-on demonstration on rigging ballyhoo and making rigs.  Further, there were hands-on cast net demos all day with all 3 of the OIFC custom nets- teaching the differences between the nets, their different application and of course, how to throw them effectively.  The used tackle sales were a big hit as well.  Several folks from the area brought tackle and almost everything that was brought sold.  Gene Parker of Ocean Isle fishing lore cleaned out his basement and sold 10 50W combos and 4 80W combos and 30's and tons of other stuff.  I had cleaned out my closet as well and so did the OIFC as various odds and ends were offered at dirt cheap prices.  Also, The Palms development was on hand offering free drinks and snacks. 
In my opinion the day was a success and thanks to all for coming.  Next year we'll again host the Spring Kickoff- so know that you'll have a place to hock your fishing gear if the time comes.  I'd like to get more folks to bring their used tackle to sell.  It is free and I'm 100% sure that anyone that has ever brought used tackle to our Kickoff has never left with any of still in their possession.
Now its time to go fishing.  We are ready here at the OIFC, so now we just need the fish to start moving in.  Stay tuned for more.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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