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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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"Thanksgiving Inshore Classic Results" | Speckulator - 22' | 12/01/08
 

We put another Thanksgiving Inshore Classic trout tournament in the books this past weekend, in some slightly less than desirable conditions.  Only 10 teams elected to brave the cold and unrelenting rain on Saturday, and while we were all cold and wet, the fishing was good and the trout actually bit very well.  When the scales finally closed the resulted were as follows(keep in mind that the tournament was based on a 3 - fish aggregate weight format):

1st- Mike Fields/Adam Sellars - 14.90 (1st Big Fish = 5.20)

2nd- Brandon Sauls/Clay Morphis - 12.00 (2nd Big Fish = 4.60)

3rd- Kyle Hughes/Nathaniel Hughes - 11.00 (3rd Big Fish = 4.20)

4th- Robert Hughes - 9.40

5th- Larry Spainhour - 8.20

Once again, thanks to all that fished this year, and everyone who was scared by the weather, well, fishing isn't for wimps.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Who needs turkey anyway?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/30/08
 

Certainly not the crew of the "Double D," who went offshore with Capt. Dickie to the Steeples on Thursday. The crew caught several species, including this wahoo and this king, which marked 10 year old Sterlin's first offshore trip.  I'm sure they celebrated with some pumpkin pie when they got back.  Congrats to them, while the rest of us were on the couch watching football, they were out there getting it done!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"OIFC.com Hatteras Tourney" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/30/08
 

Quicl update from OIFC. com Hatteras tourney. Team OIFC Yellowfin pulled out of Morehead early Saturday morning; good seas, lite rain, rolled up to Ocracoke and out inlet on to Hatteras. Water from Ocracoke all the way to Hatteras absolutely full of pogies and ganets diving. We threw the net couple times, mostly peanuts. Made it on to Hatteras out to area along shoal and found massive kingfish bite. Fast as you could put bait in water. Kings skyrocketing, classic Hatteras bite, only problem class of fish not what we were looking for. Most in mid to upper 20's. Biggest fish was 31.75. The good news is we're leading the tourney; the bad news is I think we were only boat to fish Saturday. As day progressed weather went to hell and we made it back to Morehead. Looks like Wednesday/Thursday is next best shot. 

Very warm water from east of shaols on to Hatteras. We caught 2 15+ dolphin and another boat caught a Blue Marlin on a king rig at the Smell wreck. That's Hatteras folks.


- Rube McMullan
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"OIFC.com Tournament Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/29/08
 

The OIFC.com Hatteras/Morehead King Mackerel Tournament starts today. So far we have no reports of fishing, but we do have a few entries. I will post any updates that I hear of right here, so stay tuned.

Entries as of Friday, Nov. 28th

Larry Barnes; Joe Buie; Carroll Construction, Inc.; Linwood Clark; Field Hucks; Damien James; David Mason - Knot Kiddin; Capt. Brant McMullan - Team OIFC; Henry Moore - Bobcat; Will Moore; Jeff Morris; Stacy Webster - Big Bad Wolf


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"OIFC Rodeo Leaderboard Shuffle-up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/28/08
 

The king mackerel division of the Rodeo got turned on its ear today as Randy Lingerfelt weighed in a 37.6 pound smoker at the OIFC docks (sorry, Jay).  Fishing with Randy when he caught this stud were Corey Swink, Scott Lomas, Jeff Lingerfelt, Joshua Lingerfelt, and Nathaniel Lingerfelt.  This moves Randy into first place with time ticking down in this year's event.  Folks, there's still time left to get out there and catch a bigger one, but it's at the point where it's time to get motivated.  Congrats to Randy and crew--that's one nice fish.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Morning Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/28/08
 

Not a great deal to report as far as fish being caught as it's still early in the morning, however there are a lot of anglers up and stirring.  It's light enough to safely get on the water at about 6:30.  This morning the near shore wind was blowing about 5-7 mph from the north.  The wind at the Frying Pan Shoals is showing 15 gusting to 19 mph, so it might be a little bumpy today.

There have been several boats fueling up this morning with most heading out to grouper fish.  Captain Brant has a charter and maybe between him and the others we'll have something to report.

There were several in shore boats going out.  Clay Morphes and Scott Quaintance were among those.  Also Clay's Trout from Wednesday weighed 7.1 lbs., which put him in 2nd place on the Rodeo Leader Board.  Hopefully there will be more to report later today.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"OIFC.com Hatteras Tourney" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/27/08
 

OIFC.com Hatteras/Morehead King tourney  starts this weekend. Fish any 2 days from this Saturday thru next Saturday.

 Just got call from Brant. Looking at weather looks like we will drive up to Morehead tomorrow and run to Hatteras Saturday morning to fish the world famous Hatteras early winter King bite on Saturday. THe wind direction is perfect for Saturday and then goes down hill for next couple of days. Next opportunity appears to be probably Wednesday/Thurs/Friday. We'll get in day one on Saturday and see what we can put up on the board.

Anyone that wants to run up with us Saturday morning early, call us on cell 9103672944 or we will monitor channel 11 on VHF Saturday.  The Hatteras King bite is legendary for BIG fish. Same will be true for boats fishing out of Morehead at the Atlas Tanker. These are the locations of where Kings over 70 lbs have been caught this time of year. Maybe somebody will break the North Carolina world record that I think I recall is over 80lbs!!! Come join us in the OIFC.com King tourney at Hatteras/Morehead. Go to our web site and click on scroll for info and to register. Deadline is Friday night at midnight.


- Rube McMullan
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"Happy Thanksgiving!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/27/08
 

Wow, it doesn't seem like Thanksgiving should be here.  I seems like it was only a year ago it was here.  Rube says time flies when you get old.  I guess we'll find out when we get to be his age.

Miss Niki said Clay Morphus who runs a Majak boat weighed in an OIFC Rodeo Leader Board trout yesterday at the OIFC docks.  I was out of town and have yet to get the scoop.  Speaking of Rodeo Leader Board and trout, Capt. Kyle's Trout Tournament is Saturday.  Be sure to fish it, and to get into the Rodeo as time is winding down for this year's Tournament.  I fished with Captain Roger Sunday and took 1st place in the Rodeo in the sea bass class.  The sad thing is I'm the only one on the Leader Board in the sea bass class and I weighed in a  puny1.5 ib bass.  That's pitiful!!!!  Someone ought to knock me off the Board before the Rodeo ends.  For those of you who have Captains' Club points don't forget to shop at the OIFC and  spend them on my Christmas present.

The OIB Christmas Flotilla takes place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.  Anyone interested in watching the water parade can view it from behind the OIFC.  From all of us at the OIFC have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  We hope to see you this weekend.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"OIFC.com tourney- let's go fishing" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/26/08
 

Registration closes for this tournament on Friday PM at midnight-- We've got a decent number of entries to date, but need you to join us.  I've gotten reports today that the fish are chewing hard- and I just checked the water temps-- IT IS GOING TO BE ON !!!!  There's a 66 degree edge around the Bad Bottom off Hatteras and a huge edge to 70+ degrees off the Smell Wreck -- I think the fish will be on the cooler break, but if not, for sure on the warm one.  Also, if you plan to fish out of Morehead, the warm water has pushed in over the Atlas Tanker and that could mean HUGE fish.  Looking at the weather, it looks like Sat and Sun may both be decent days.  My experience at Hatteras says the best fishing is usually on a 10-15kt North wind, which is forecast both days.  My plans as of now are to run up on Saturday- I'll likely be running the backwater at least to Ocracoke, so if you want run with me- COME ON!  Call me at (910) 367-2945
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"FOR SALE" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/25/08
 

Spoils from the SKA Nationals- we have won a Mercury 225 Optimax engine.  I am looking for a buyer- asking price is $9500 -- EMAIL me if you have interest


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"SKA Championship to NC Championship" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/25/08
 

After a memorable week in Biloxi where we experienced a full array of conditions and emotions we are back home in NC and looking forward to one last kingfish tournament for the 08' season.  This coming Saturday is the first of eight possible days to fish the OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament.  As a reminder, registration is exclusively online at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center webstore at www.OIFC.com.  You can read all the details and rules on the tournament homepage.  Basically this is a fish 2 out of 8 day format.  No checkout but a lines in the water time.  Two weigh-in sites, 1 in Morehead City, 1 in Hatteras.  The winner is determined by the heaviest combined weight of 2 king mackerel (1 fish per day).  There are two twt's available. Registration closes at midnight this Friday the 28th.  You may fish any two days beginning Saturday the 29th of November thru Saturday the 6th of December, but MUST declare ahead of time by calling the hotline.  We invite all participants and spectators to keep up with the results daily on our Fishing Report at www.OIFC.com.  Also, we hope you will take a minute to look around our webstore and keep us in mind the next time you're in need of fishing related supplies or apparel, and give us your thoughts on how to make it better or if we're missing any products.  Our objective was to present quality name brand products as well as a wide array of our custom products at great value and competitive pricing.  Thank you for everyone's interest in this event and we look forward to seeing everyone on the water and hooked up!

On to a pre-tournament fishing report and game plan.  I don't have a detailed kingfish report at this time due to being out of town the last week.  However, it's no secret the biggest fish of the year in NC are typically taken from Morehead's east side to the Hatteras temp breaks during the end of November and early December.  There has been a great fall bite up that way for the past few weeks with numerous fish over 40 and several 50's that I know of.  The report is the bait (pogies) is plentiful along the beach from Drum to the north.  I would imagine the blues are on the wrecks.  For those fishing the area for the first time, the pogies we will be using are not your average summer pogy.  They can weigh up to 3lbs and be about 18" long.  Many will use gill nets to catch them, but we've had good success using our super fast sinking heavy cast nets that we custom design, which happen to be available on our webstore.  From the sounds of things up there right now perhaps the biggest challenge we may have is distinguishing a smoker kingfish run from a giant bluefin run.  If he doesn't stop it was bluefin!  For those entering the tournament if you don't mind, shoot one of us an email and let us know when you're heading up and if you'll be staying in Morehead or Hatteras.  That way we can give better web updates and maybe plan to meet for dinner one night.  The OIFC team is currenly planning on staying at Hatteras and heading up the first pretty day after this coming Sunday (we have a trout tournament at the OIFC in Ocean Isle we are hosting this weekend).  If anyone is planning on running the back way up to Hatteras and either knows the way and doesn't mind others following or is interested in following somebody that does know the way, shoot us an email and we'll try to help.  I'm not sure yet whether we are running the boat up or taking the ferry. 

After experiencing an absolutely incredible bite in Biloxi this past weekend it's going to be tough to top it (FYI-It's true we did catch a kingfish on a pickle:  I have video).  But, if there is anywhere on the planet that can compete it's Morehead/Hatteras during this time.  We'll see.  With 8 possible days to choose from, we should be able to give them a good shot in decent conditions.    Registration ends this Friday at 12pm.  Go to www.OIFC.com to register.

Capt's Barrett and Brant McMullan
captbrant@oifc.com
captbarrett@oif.com


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Kings at or near the Frying Pan" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/24/08
 

The area around the tower was on fire yesterday for good-sized king mackerel.  Jim Bowen on the "Stick Slinger" was out there after missing a wahoo or two at the Black Jack hole.  Jim reported being hooked up with multiple fish for about four hours, sometimes with triples and quads!  He also said that it was a nice class of fish, with several in the mid to low twenties.  Judging by the pictures he sent, I have no doubt.  To finish out the day, Cameron Byrd released an estimated 100 pound shark on 20 pound line.  Jim said they got back well after dark but that it was definitely worth it.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Birthday Boy" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/23/08
 

Captain Roger's birthday was Saturday and he didn't even tell us.  I'm hurt! No one would have messed with him....not us.  But today turned out to be a bitter sweet birthday present.  He and I had a charter with a fun group of guys who are all neighbors in Sanford.  Somehow an angler /friend named Buck from Supply was thrown in the mix.

We all met at the OIFC dressed in our best warm foul weather gear. Fortunately for us it wasn't as cold as we expected.  We then went about 10 miles out and jigged some bait.  We put fishing lines in a while later, in 80 ft of water.  As soon as the first line struck the bottom a 15 lb gag grouper hit it.  We fished there for a while with mostly AJ's biting.

The next stop was in @100 feet of water with a temp. of 72 degrees.  Again it was mostly sea bass and AJ's.  That was pretty much the story for the rest of the day...grouper, AJ's sea bass and pink snapper. Although Buck quickly became the Shark Master after hooking up with 3 monster sized Sand Tigers.   Roger estimated them to be in the 300 lb. range.  They were all released quickly.

The fishing was action packed and non stop.  The ocean and weather was even better.  It was cool, but that helped  keep the guys from overheating when they were reeling in what felt like a Volkswagen from about 100 feet below.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Speck bite in full effect" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/23/08
 

It's official, the specks are here and hungry.  Today was a little warmer than yesterday and Austin Aycock, Brian Aycock, and Jeff Beck took full advantage on the Hook Em Up Scout.  The crew were using live shrimp that they caught themselves.  A good precursor to next weekends inshore tournament, hosted right here at the OIFC.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"SKA Championship update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/23/08
 

In the world of King Mackerel fishing, we often question the the logic of trying to outsmart a critter that doesn't have a measurable brain. And sure enough, if you get lucky enough to figure that one out, then you get smacked from trying to figure out the proper strategy to use in the modified tourney format in fishing the SKA Championship. Due to the adverse weather, the SKA came up with a very creative solution to allow teams to fish Friday or Saturday and weigh 2 fish, but if they weighed no fish on Friday, they could still weigh 2 fish Saturday. So being  hard core Carolina fishermen, of course Brant/Barrett weren't going to miss the chance to basically have a free pass for Friday. So despite 30+ winds they went at it. The problem was they caught a medium fish[32 pounds], and so the delimina of whether to weigh it or not, since they still had the option of weighing 2 fish Saturday. They rode aound in the channel about an hour mulling that one over, and based upon the anticipated bad weather for Saturday, they decided to weigh their 32. That put them in 8th place.   Day 2, Saturday started with the same 20-25kt winds, so their strategy was looking good, however as the day progressed, the winds layed, and in the words of kingfishing legend, Wayne "Kingfish" Hill, "if they don't chew today, they'll chew tomorrow". And thus it was as an all out bite developed around the Horseshoe Rigs. Brant/Barrett weighed a 47, had a 43 and a 41, and if they had made the decision not to have weighed the 32 on Friday, they would have finished 2nd to Fish Fever and their 57 and 38. As it was they finished a very respectable 6th, but damn! the bad luck on strategy. That's racing.

So, now on to the next shot at 50lb Kings; don't forget the OIFC.com Hatteras King tourney. You can fish 2 out of 8 days, starting Saturday after Thanksgiving. Weighin locations are at Hatteras and Morehead. Go to www.oifc.com for info.


- Rube McMullan
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"Trout Time" | Speckulator - 22' | 11/22/08
 

Two great friends of the OIFC, Scott Allen and his son Austin joined Captain Kyle on the Speckulator for a day of trout fishing . Captain Kyle started this chilly day out with a dozen OIFC premium mud minnows, whether they caught their fish on them or some other bait is a mystery.  With the tournament this weekend I operated on the "ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies" premise, so I haven't any details on the day's experience.  All I know is this father son duo brought a bunch of nice trout back to the OIFC dock, including the 4.5 pounder in the picture.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"A pickle in Biloxi" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/22/08
 

Just got word from our boys at SKA nationals in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Capt. Brant and Capt. Barrett reported that the hottest kingfish bite of all time took place in less than comfortable conditons today.  Brant said that the bite was so good he managed to catch a 25 pounder on a pickle!  The good news is that they have to upper 40 pounders on ice right now, the bad news is that they are only able to weigh one of them.  Hopefully the bigger one will go nicely with the 32 pounder they weighed yesterday.  Kudos to those who went ahead and toughed it out there today--that's what it's all about.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Biloxi Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/22/08
 

Report from SKA King Championship in Biloxi.
As is typical, the weather before the tourney was perfect and everyone enjoyed 2 great days of prefishing. The fish were dialed in around the Exxon Rig, so Team OIFC went on a mission of trying to find out where they weren't in hopes of finding a body of fish that everyone else didn't know about. We succeeded in finding out where they weren't; fished day one in the West Delta with perfect conditions, perfect water color, surface bait everywhere, and no Kings. We stayed with Bill and Mike Butler at their great fishermans facility in Venice. They've done a great job putting Venice Marine back together after the storms and if you ever want to go on a fishing adventure you should come to Venice. You can catch anything from large mouth bass to blue marlin. It's an amazing fishery and the Butlers are great host.
 
Day 2 shifted to the east side, same strategy, same results. So, game plan tourney morning is to go where they're at, which is where everyone else will be. During night major cold front came thru. Early morning Friday, wind blowing 25, gusting to 30[thats from buoys 20 miles out, fish are 70 miles out]. My decision was to respect the weathered condition of my body, so I gave Brant/Barrett my best Rick Hendricks speech and told them to "go get em boys". All during the day boats were coming back in early with horror stories of broken windshields, damaged curtains/tee tops/consoles/ect. Everyone said it was terrible, but to my knowledge, noone got hurt. As always there are a few who somehow tuff it out, and at weighin, there were approx a dozen fish weighed, including a 44,43,3 38's, a 34, and 2 32's. Brant and Barret came thru with a 32 and were in 8th place. Randal Edens, good fishing friend from the Topsail area was leading the 23 under group with the 43, caught right beside Brant/Barrett.
 
Day 2, early, wind report 20, gusting to 25. Wind has moved more to east, sea conditions are 1 foot higher than yesterday at the buoy reporting station 20 miles out. Gave Brant/Barrett repeat of yesterdays speech and sent them out. Seeing boats returning early just like yesterday so conditions are terrible again. Best of luck to everyone fighting it out. Rube

- Rube McMullan
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"Global Warming????" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/22/08
 

President elect Obama hasn't even taken office and he's already resolved the global warming crises here in Paradise.  Al Gore should be ecstatic!!!!!  I don't know where you are, but it's freezing here.  But...that ought to make the trout bite take off.  Kyle has a trip this morning so I hope we'll find out.  Jeff is fishing Sunday and if I don't go out with Roger I'll fish with him and file a report. I learned that line from Clark Kent.  As I said Roger has a charter Sunday, we're going to target Kings and possible grouper.

It appears the weatherman missed the wind reports for today because it's calm here.  The beach looked flat, the horizon had some camel backs, but should settle down.

Captain Brant, Captain Barrett and Rube fished in their tournament yesterday, maybe we'll hear some good news from them.  Captain Amy is in Florida scuba diving with the crew from Coastal Scuba in N. Myrtle Beach.  We hope she has a good time and will have some great stories to tell.  Meanwhile, back at the ranch, us commoners are holding down the fort and freezing!

Thanksgiving is upon us with most people having a long weekend.  Enjoy your day with your family, then beg out and come wet a hook!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Thanksgiving Inshore Classic Update" | Speckulator - 22' | 11/17/08
 

Well guys, fall is officially here, but the way the weather looks fot this week, it may feel more like winter.  But the cold air temperatures should have the opposite effect on the inshore fishing, especially the trout and drum fishing...things should be HOT!  The cold weather will casue the fish to "bunch up" in all the normal fall spots, just in time for the Thanksgiving Inshore Classic, the weekend after Thanksgiving.  See the tournaments page for more details...hope to see all of you there!


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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