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

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"Caroline's Big Adventure" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/13/08
 

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Rube and I took Caroline for an afternoon of Sea Bass fishing aboard the OIFC 1. The ocean was great and it was a beautiful day on the water. Rube picked up Caroline early out of school and she was ready to go- equipped with Scooby and Sponge Bob rods. She caught until she was bored and more interested in playing with the fish in the bucket. I got some cute pictures and videos below. Caroline absolutely crashed on the way home as she was completely spent. Grandpa Rube had to hold her on the ride home and now she's rested up for dance tonight- oh boy! Rube and I had a good time- no pressure and regardless of the size of the fish and what we brought home, it was a huge success. Caroline loves the boat, loves to fish and wants to go FASTER-- Wheeee she shouts as we hit the swells. I'm looking forward to the Summer and Fall Kingfishing- I think she's ready. She will be a force to be considered on the SKA Jr. circuit this year so look out.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"445" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/12/08
 

Ocean Isle resident William Parker and his wife, Pat went to the 445 today on a sea bass mission. William said the ocean was a little rough this morning, but by afternoon it had layed down. They caught and released several undersized fish, but landed 3 keeper bass using squid. Oddly enough, they hooked up a bluefish on the bottom as well as a ringtail. William said he saw a lot of birds in the area. The Parkers have just moved here as fulltime residents from Charlotte. Welcome to OIB.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Trout Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 03/12/08
 

I had my early morning coffee at Big Nell's Pit Stop with the usual group of suspects. Jim Farson, a very talented local inshore guide and member of the breakfast club told me that yesterday he fished an area east of Holden Beach and caught/released 10 trout. Two of them were in the 6 lb range. Jim was fishing @ 9 ft of water on a falling tide using mud minnows on a carolina rig. Jeff and first mate Rob of the OIFC are fishing the flats today and I hope to have good news from them. Rob just came to work with us. He's an excellent fly fisherman and kayaker. I mentioned Big Nell's and would be remiss not to mention other local eateries you may wish to visit if you want some good local home cooking. All are located on Beach Dr. and in order of location they are the Dog House, Big Nell's and Mary B's (try the taco salad and chicken dumplins which Mary makes herself). All excellent Brunswick Co. places.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Wahoo again" | World Cat- 33' | 03/11/08
 

Captain Roger set out at 7 am and again headed to the Black Jack Hole. No need to look for fish if you know where they are. His charter consisted of Ken, Kris and Bobbie Williams from Akron Ohio. The Williams fished last year on the It Works where Ken landed a citation wahoo. The seas were 2-3 and the World Cat was jet smooth. Once at the Black Jack Roger began trolling his Cape Lookout "Barney Rig" with a medium ballyhoo. They hooked up on a wahoo with Kris on the rod. She fought the 25.15 lb 'hoo for 45 minutes befor he met his match and she landed him. Then Ken hooked up with a 23.60 lb citation black fin on a cedar plug. Ken fought the tuna for about 20 minutes on light tackle befor boating him. On the way back in they stopped at about 85 feet depth and landed several sea bass. All in all they finished the day with one wahoo, 7 black fin,and 8 respectible sea bass. The Williams were extremely happy with the World Cat and their long but productive day.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Bird Man" | World Cat- 33' | 03/11/08
 

I had a quick report from Woody Wooten as he passed the OIFC dock this evening on his World Cat 2700. He reported an excellent sea bass bite and two small grouper.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"flounder report" | Speckulator - 22' | 03/11/08
 

I talked with Ocean Isle Town Committeeman Mr. Dean Walters. Dean checks our reports on a regular basis and I wanted to be sure he and other officials understood I was not trying to be negative when I posted the pictures of the canals at the lunar low tides. He fully understood. I feel the town is doing its best with a limited budget and pressing matters such as beach erosion. Dean did inform me that he saw a man fishing from the bank in the Raeford St. canal pull in a 17-18 inch flounder yesterday. Woody Wooten stated that Johnny Calhoon was landing monster reds fishing from a dock on the ICW near Craven St. It appears fishing inshore and off shore is picking up.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Jeff Martini" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/10/08
 

On the 3-7-08 fishing report we spoke of Jeff Martini's fishing trip. Below is a picture he sent us of one of the 3 15 lb red grouper he landed . As you can tell, our fishing is heating up. Congratulations Jeff!
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Wahoo 56" | World Cat- 33' | 03/10/08
 

With a lunar low tide at 5:33 am, Captain Roger braved Shallotte Inlet in search of some early season seafood. Roger said navigating the Inlet was "harry". Aboard with Roger on the World Cat were Mark, Dennis and Chuck Bucsek from Pittsburg, Pa. By our standards the temperture was cold enough to stay in the bed, but the Bucsek's said it was like springtime to them. Upon arrival at the Black Jack Hole the crew set up in 69.3 degree water. They pulled some naked ballyoo as well as a cedar plug, pink sea witch and a Cape Lookout Sea Jet. The OIFC's version of Clark Kent (that's me) met the anglers at the Fishing Center's dock where they unloaded five nice black fin tuna and a monster 56 pound wahoo which hit on the Sea Jet and was angled by Dennis Bucsek. Check out the pictures here in the Daily Planet (aka OIFC Fishing Report). The World Cat will be pulling out in the morning for another charter. I should have a report on this trip tomorrow evening. Our Kick Off is this Saturday, Weather.com's forcast is 72 degrees and only 30 percent of isolated showers. More reliable than that is Rube's prediction of perfect weather. The Kick Off also marks the first day of fishing for the OIFC's Year Long Fishing Rodeo. Registration has begun and we already have several entrants, the pot is growing! You can sign up during business hours in person or by phone. You may also join anytime on the internet. Check out the Tournament section of our web site. Today's wahoo would have been a good entrant.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Lunar Low" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/09/08
 

Yesterday's winds and terrible seas kept even us inshore anglers in port. But could we have even got on the water in light of our lunar low tides? Attached are photos I took of the Raeford St. canals today about one hour AFTER low tide. I've had a home here since 1985 and have only seen this a few times. Also, Captain Roger has a Gulf Stream trip tomorrow. I should have a report with pictures.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Congrats New Capts" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/08/08
 

A congratulations is in order for 3 of our OIFC fishermen and workers.  During this offseason Rudy Upton, Chris Eckerd and Zack Faulkner took on the task of becoming Coast Guard certified Captains and each has passed the required exam with flying colors.  These 3 are young, dedicated, hard working watermen who have taken the initiative and become certified Captains.  The OIFC and the "old salts" that work here salute you.  Congratulations. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Tip of the Week" | Speckulator - 22' | 03/07/08
 

I encourage inshore anglers to read Jeffrey Weeks' Fishing Insider column in this week's Brunswick Beacon. In this article Jeff writes passionately about his thoughts on North Carolina's new size limit on flounder. He also lays out his case for developing a slot limit for flounder similiar to the one for red drum. It is a very thought provoking read.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Dressed for Success" | World Cat- 33' | 03/07/08
 

Captain Roger donned his special good luck clothes and headed out for a full day's fishing on the World Cat with four defensive linemen from Vanderbilt University yesterday. As big as these guys were he had to pull out all stops to catch 'em up. The crew landed 65 sea bass with 15 in the 3+ lb. range. They were anchored about 26 miles from shore in 70 to 80 feet of water. Captain Rog said the seas were 2 to 3 feet and the water temp. was 63.7 degrees which is a little cold for this kind of success. He also saw a Cobia which he estimated to weigh around 50 lbs. but could not get him to eat anything. To finish off the day they caught a 3 1/2 lb. flounder and 4 b-liners. Roger also reported they caught about "24 dozen sharks"(?), did I hear him right?. Needless to say the sharks are bad!! Everone was well pleased with the World Cat. When you charter with Captain Roger, be sure he's dressed for success!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/07/08
 

A good friend of the OIFC, Jeff Martini, defiied small craft warnings and set out fishing yesterday. He had a rough time to begin with while fishing the 100-120 foot depth with multitudes of sharks, so he changed locations to the Black Jack Hole. There he boated 4 red grouper in the 15-20 lb range. March begins the fishing kick off and this wasn't a bad way to start. Also, I encourage everyone to visit Martini's Continental Resturant and Piano Bar located at 98 Kings Hwy in North Myrtle Beach when you come visit. It's an excellent place to unwind after a productive day fishing with the OIFC fleet. Be sure to remember Jeff's Wahoo Tournament in April. Visit www.martinisfinedinning.com for more info.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 03/05/08
 

Well folks, it getting to be that time of the year again...the water and air is getting warmer and the fishing is getting better. It time to dust of those inshore rods and get on the water. The are a few trout hanging out in the creeks and rivers, and have been responding well to shrimp imitations like the Betts Halo shrimp, or a mullet imitation like a mirrolure. The fishing can be painfully slow at times, but the fish are there to be caught, so put in your time and you'll be rewarded. The have also been quite a few redfish around from the skinny water in the backs of the creeks to the docks and bridges along the ICW, any of the your standard drum spots should be holding a few fish right now. A Berkley Gulp on a jighead on a piece of cut mullet on a carolina rig should do the trick. In other news, the annual Spring Inshore Classic in coming up May 2nd and 3rd, so mark your calenders. Check out the tournaments page for more info., but the format has not changed from last year.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Great NEW Wahoo Tournament" | World Cat- 33' | 03/04/08
 

Jeff Martini is starting what looks to be a really fun Wahoo tournament for early April- visit www.martinisfinedining.com for info on the event. I know we'll be there! Spring Kickoff March 15th- don't forget!!!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Tip of the Week" | OIFC 2- 27' | 03/03/08
 

This week's tip is don't waste your time pulling a shrimp net in the ICW. THEY'RE NOT HERE!!! Brian and Jeff worked all morning and all they had to show were 5 shrimp and a net full of beer cans and trash. At least they did their part in cleaning up the environment. I did talk with a trusted angler who told me he landed 5 trout Saturday. He swore me to secrecy as to location but I can report that they hit on mud minnows.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Spring Kickoff- March 15" | World Cat- 33' | 03/02/08
 

Many of you have likely recieved our postcard on the OIFC annual Spring Kickoff, but for those who haven't- please join us Saturday, March 15th all day for FREE seminars, Sufix line spooling at $.01/yd, used tackle show(bring your own) and the OIFC RED DOT sale with all items marked with red dot 50% off plus other great buys. Seminar schedule: 10:00-10:30am- Kyle Hughes Speckled Trout 10:45-11:15am- Dell Williamson Redfish 11:30-12:00pm- Jeff Beck Inshore kayak fishing 12:00-1:00pm- LUNCH 1:15-1:45pm- Joe Seegers Yellowfin tuna 2:00-2:30pm- Brant McMullan Anchor fishing king macks and grouper 2:45-3:15pm- Barrett McMullan Wahoo 3:30-4:00pm- Joe Seegers Billfish 4:00pm---- Chris Burrows Kite fishing workshop Break out table with hands-on demonstration from Jodie Gay of Bluewater Candy Lures and Capt. Roger Gales of OIFC pro staff- bait rigging, knot tying, rig making, net throwing........ Also, below are some more pictures of our Panama trip. I finally downloaded my camera. And check out the Wahoo we caught on Friday on the previous report I posted. Its getting warmer at the coast and it's beginning to feel like Spring. We are ready to go!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | World Cat- 33' | 02/29/08
 

Went to the Stream today.  Beautiful weather.  Started at Black Jack, water temp 69.9-70.5.  Trolled from 9am-11am and caught quite a few False Albacore towards 11am- mostly doubles and triples.  They make the reel sing and its fun to catch'em several at a time, but its not the desired species.  We did some bottom fishing from 11am-1pm and had a decent catch of Trigger fish and a couple of Grouper.  The current was running to the West at over 2 knots, and holding bottom was VERY tough.  At 1pm we picked up and ran to the Steeples to give it another go.  We deployed-- Oh yeah, I was fishing all Cedar Plugs on the top and had two Wahoo bombs with the NEW, top secret, soon to available at the OIFC swimming plug rigged on both- we immediately started catching Blackfin on the Cedar Plugs.  We caught them in doubles mostly.  The seemed to favor the Dolphin colored Cedar Plug.  Finally the flat line went off and we boated a 35 pound Wahoo.  We fished a while longer until 3pm and caught another Blackfin, but after 2pm, it pretty much shut down again. 
And thus the report.  Not great, not horrible.  I'm going to keep my eyes open for warmer eddy to move in.  I think if we can get that 74 degree water, we'll have the fish.  Anyway, nice to be on the water.  The boat ran great and the day ended in a success.  Pictured are Daniel and wife Laura Russ with Laura's wahoo she caught.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | World Cat- 33' | 02/27/08
 

 


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"welcome home!!" | OIFC 2- 27' | 02/26/08
 

Local inshore fishing expert Brian Aycock has made it back from being out of town on business. He kept up with the inshore action via the OIFC fishing reports and was hungry to get in the action. Sunday, Jeff, Courtney and Camdyn Beck hit the water in the Tale Chaser. They were targeting red fish. Soon they were joined by Brian, his son Austin and friend, Tripp Hooks, the present and future of fishing in our area. Everyone came up empty. My theory is that the recent rains affected the bite. With Bryan back in town and Jeff having a commercial fishing license I hope the OIFC will have some live shrimp for sale soon. Monday, Brian and Jeff hooked up is search of shallows which would be profitable for Jeff's kayak fishing and eco tours. They were very excited with what they found I feel that this will become a popular form of fishing in our area since it has exploded in Flordia and the Gulf states. It is the first in our area. Jeff has been selected as exclusive guide for Heritage Kayaks. Capt. Brant is the exclusive dealer for our area. Try out kayak fishing and the line of kayaks which will be at the OIFC.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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