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"No luck at all, if not for bad..." | World Cat- 33' | 02/03/08
 

The wind never blew yesterday, so we ran down south to put the dredge and the dead baits out again. We trolled well to the south of Boynton Inlet, and sure enough, a sailfish came right to the dredge. I was standing on the other side of the boat when I saw the fish, and jumped over to grab the pitch rod. My left foot hit the toe rail on Mike's boat, breaking the middle toe. I tried to feed the bait back while biting my lip, but the fish never ate. No other strikes. So now it's Sunday, my toe is swollen to a point where it hurts to walk, and the Patriots aren't on for another five hours. Ouch...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"" | Show Time- 34' | 02/02/08
 

 


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Sailfish/Snook 2--Team LaBonte/Burrows 0" | It Works- 27' | 02/01/08
 

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Fished the back end of Sebastien Inlet today for the opening of snook season. While we didn't connect with any linesiders, we caught enough sheepsheads and sharks to keep rods bent. The water in the Indian River Lagoon is something else if you want to fish inshore. Plenty of options there. People further up the river were doing well on redfish and trout while we tried for the elusive snook. Good news is, NE wind tomorrow. Time to get some livies and fly the kite. I'll keep you posted.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Sailfish/Snook 2--Team LaBonte/Burrows 0" | It Works- 27' | 02/01/08
 

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Fished the back end of Sebastien Inlet today for the opening of snook season. While we didn't connect with any linesiders, we caught enough sheepsheads and sharks to keep rods bent. The water in the Indian River Lagoon is something else if you want to fish inshore. Plenty of options there. People further up the river were doing well on redfish and trout while we tried for the elusive snook. Good news is, NE wind tomorrow. Time to get some livies and fly the kite. I'll keep you posted.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Let's go snookin'" | World Cat- 33' | 01/31/08
 

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Well, so far the sailfish have yet to cooperate on my 2008 Florida odyssey. We have seen a grand total of two fish. Winds have been pretty strong between the southeast and southwest, and we are facing another small craft advisory tomorrow. We did head offshore (which only means a couple of hundred yards down here) for awhile today to try and catch some meat. Even that was slow--we managed one skipjack tuna. So tomorrow we're going to shift gears and head up to Sebastien for the opening of snook season. We'll see what happens and report back.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Grounded again..." | World Cat- 33' | 01/26/08
 

Well, we tried it on Thursday and only saw one tailing sailfish. We didn't hear of a fish caught by the fleet all day, so I don't think it was hot for anyone. The wind picked back up on Thursday and we are currently under a small craft advisory, so we're going to wait this one out and give it a try early next week. In the meantime, Bob Newell and Ned Garber sent me a few pics of their trip to S. Florida, where they caught fish just to the north of Lake Worth Inlet. For the time being, that's what I've got. Conditions will improve and the fish will bite. By the way, good luck to Capt. B. Scott Hewett, Jeff Drake, and Michelle Evans, who are down in Key West for the Hogsbreath. The wind was forecasted to blow 30 so I hope they can make it happen somewhere close...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Is today the day???" | World Cat- 33' | 01/25/08
 

Well I guess it:s time to give ole mr bluefin another chance to make his self   famous. I am taking a group from Charlotte offshore today.When I      talked to


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Whats Going On ?" | OIFC.com- 36' | 01/22/08
 

I guess we've been kind of quiet here.  Honestly, I've been working on STUFF- from rigging the new F350's on the 36 to prep work for the 08 OIFC season to playing with the family, I'm staying busy, just not necessary doing alot of fishing right now.  Really I'm gunning to have the 36 ready in a few days to hopefully pull her out for the last couple of days of the Bluefin season.  She has caught many Bluefin under my command and I'm anxious to get back on her to see if she can remind me what it used to be like. 
You may notice over the coming weeks some changes and updates to our site.  I have big plans for the coming year(s) on our site and we start by cleaning up and organizing what we are doing so you can better access it and then we will add some really cool features for you entertainment and fishing education.  You can now get to our site more easily with our new address-- www.OIFC.com -- "OIFC" will hopefully become synonymous with the Ocean Isle Fishing Center and thus also knowledgeable fishermen ready to help you--
One thing I am doing is beginning to put feelers out for good people looking for full or part time work-- seasonal or year round.  I will be hiring all sorts of positions from charter Captains, to dock boys, to store clerks to watersports staff...  the only positions that are full are first mates-- for some reason, that position always has a line waiting for it-- I guess its the glamour of fishing for a living- anyway, if you have interest in working with us, now is the time to email me--  captbrant@oifishingcenter.com
The Bluefin bite in Morehead has been slow for the past week and it reminds me of the last two years when we started catching fish down here.  I think there are a few locals leaving from our area tomorrow and I'll let you know if I hear anything.  I honestly have to believe there are Bluefin off our beach-- maybe they will find them tomorrow-- stay tuned-  
Also, weather looks good for the weekend- come on down and give it a last shot before the season closes on Jan 31--
Also, I'll be at the Raleigh Convention Center boat show this Saturday in the Town Creek Marina/World Cat booth -- come by and say hello


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Ain't no change in the weather..." | World Cat- 33' | 01/22/08
 

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So I'm safely here at the LaBontes in WPB, and it seems as if the weather has followed me down this way. Yesterday it was gusting to 40 as I was driving and I thought I was going to get blown off the bridge in Jacksonville. Nevertheless, spirits are high as this season has already been productive when conditions are favorable. The forecast is looking better for the weekend so hopefully we'll go out and make it happen. OIFC customers Michelle Evans and Jeff Drake are in Key West to fish the Hogs Breath and they're keeping their fingers crossed for the weekend weather as well. I've even heard talk that Capt. B. Scott Hewett may be down here to fish that very tournament as well. For a little while, anyway, this part of the world is OIFC south. That is, until February's Panama trip...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"ROAD TRIP!" | World Cat- 33' | 01/20/08
 

It's early Sunday afternoon, and the sun has just come out in Mt. Pleasant, SC, where I am sitting in a coffee shop with best friend Doug Vaughn, writing this report. It's chilly out and the wind is probably blowing 30 knots. We're going to go cheer for the Patriots in a little bit, but in the early morning hours of tomorrow, I'm headed south. I do this each year, and my mood seems to increase with each exit sign I pass on I-95 in Florida, as winter seems to fast-forward itself into spring. About 5:00 tomorrow I'm going to meet up with local legend Mike LaBonte, his wife Maria, and son Zach, who have graciously offered to host this fishing bum for the better part of the next month. And whenever the weather is right, you better believe that we're headed through Boynton Inlet on Mike's "Tequila Sunrise" to put the kites up and go sailfishing. Not only that, but there are days when we'll try to do an number on the local dolphin and wahoo, and nights where we just may go swordfising. There will be an interesting cast of characters on the boat as well as in the water. Oak Island mainstay Ray LaBonte (Mike's brother of course is going to head down in February). Albert Smith and Abel, the wily Cuban fishermen live right down the street. Hopefully Rickey's shoulder will allow him and Jeff to make the trip south. I've even hear rumors of a Capt. Drew Shytle cameo. So we'll see where it goes. I'll do everything I can to put video on the web and keep everyone in NC up to date. I talked with Tony Woodell yesterday and he said they went three for three in the morning just off of Lake Worth Inlet. All this while the first leg of S. Florida tournaments are going on. Not too shabby... I'll keep everyone posted.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Lazy Day" | Stori Teller-24' | 01/19/08
 

Jeff, Chris and I went inshore fishing Tuesday, the day prior to my shoulder reconstruction surgery. It was cold but sunny and beautiful. We fished the Craven Street docks and came up with a big fat ZERO...skunk,, not even a strike!!! I think we were just too lazy to put forth effort. Fishing is like that sometimes, just enjoy the weather and friends. While just over in South Carolina, at the Jetties, a friend whose first name is Jim (sometimes a first name is all you need) caught 20 trout on mud minnows. He's supposed to bring pictures to me pictures this week as he doesn't like computers. Just goes to show that the right frame of mind and a little effort will still bring 'em home this week. Also, Barrett has got hold of a Wilderness angler kayak and is testing his back water skills. More to come on that. Chris is taking a winter break by going fishing in Florida, we hope to be getting some interesting reports from him.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | World Cat- 33' | 01/14/08
 

Hate to admit it, but Capt. Rogers trip this weekend didn't go well. No Bluefin, No Wahoo and had to result to bottom fishing- did decent on Grouper and Bass. It was a tough day. The Bluefin continue to show off Morehead but seem to be road blocked or slipping by us here. My nerves can't take much more as the need to hear a clicker going off is overcoming my pride to continue to fish from OIB. As soon as I go up there, they'll bite here, sure enough. Anyway- stay tuned. ** I have updated all of the 2008 tournament information. I hope we can have another great tournament year like 2007 with great fishing and great turnouts. One thing we're doing different is the September rodeo will still go on, however not as a CCA event. The OIFC will be directing and headlining and this time, we're going to give the poor old King Mackerel a break. This tournament will feature inshore Trout, Flounder and Redfish- Offshore Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo and GROUPER- Yes, Grouper! Its time to lay off the Kings and go for something different. Septemeber is a good month for Grouper and I personally can't wait to fish the tournament myself. ** JOB OPPORTUNITIES- I am starting to look at help for the 2008 season. Everyone wants to be a mate, I know, but those positions are full. However, we are in need of charter boat Captains, store clerks, dock boys, Jet Ski/Boat Rental staff and parasail Captains, mates and staff. If you have any interest in any of these positions, you need to email captbrant@oifishingcenter.com to begin discussion and the interview process. Stay tuned for more from the OIFC
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"We'll See" | World Cat- 33' | 01/11/08
 

Capt. Roger going Bluefin fishing tomorrow, may also do the Stream in no BFT's-- according to what should be, bite at Morehead has been slow since last weeks bite-- logic would say the fish should be here. Stay tuned, we'll see what Capt. Roger can dig up.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Canal Dredging" | Stori Teller-24' | 01/10/08
 

In case you haven't already heard, Ocean Isle Beach has approved funds to begin dredging the natural canals, the entrances to the concrete canals and the boat ramp. This is according to the Brunswick Beacon and a conservation I recently had with newely re elected town committeeman Dean Walters, whom, by the way the OIFC supported and congratulates on his re election. The N. C. Wildlife Resources will help foot the bill, especially for the boat ramp. This is great news for those of us who fish, navigate the canals and use the boat ramp. Thanks OIB and Wildlife.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Red Fish" | Stori Teller-24' | 01/08/08
 

This will be the last report from me for awhile as Jeff has to go back on duty as a Brunswick County Deputy Sheriff and I'm finally giving in to shoulder reconstruction after felling a pine on myself a couple of years ago. That said, Jeff went in the backwater again with redfishing as the plan. Please be mindful that this type of sight fishing is new to us, and as we are avid hunters, this gets our hunting juices flowing. We've read about it and seen it on TV, but you have to experience it to appreciate the effort and excitement involved. This time he worked his way far up some tidal creeks using the push pole and trolling motor. He was able to again locate schools of reds tailing. He managed to boat about four nice red drum in one location, and then moved on as he had spooked the rest. An odd thing he did observe was some large reds, dead up near the marsh grass. Can anyone educate us as to why this is happening? A lesson learned was the need for stronger leader due to cut offs from oyster rocks. After leaving the backwater, and on a rising tide, he hit some unknown to me locations on the ICW, where he landed and released several more, which he reported were up to about 30 inches!!! Folks, there is NO off season as far as our inshore fishing is concerned. The spring and summer bring us the flounder, the fall and dead of winter is perfect for trout and redfishing. Don't winterize your boat, come down to south Brunswick County and experience our exciting fishing!!! (As an example of how shallow the water was, and the need for a push pole, in the first picture, our skiff is aground and Jeff has walked across the creek to take this shot.)
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Stalking" | Stori Teller-24' | 01/07/08
 

I'm still under the weather, however Jeff went out today. And for ya'll stuck in an office, you missed a beautiful day, sunny and in the 70's with flat crystal clear water. Jeff reported that he took the "Tale Chaser" up a local creek, then off exploring to a smaller creek. He says that he poled his way through about 8 inches of water, where he spied about 15 Redfish schooled up in a pool. He cast beyond them with a Berkley Gulp Crab and watched a 22 incher hammer the bait. The fish then hightailed it around an oyster bed. Jeff set the pole and pursued on foot. He was able to free his braid and successfully land this beautiful red. The only down side was the batteries in his camera were dead. This is inshore fishing at its most exciting. We plan to add kayaks to our fleet so we can further sneak up on these prized fish. What we want to try is to fly fish for them...Can you imagine that fun?
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | World Cat- 33' | 01/07/08
 

You don?t normally equate calm seas with fishing in January, but it does happen, and on a pretty regular basis. Many fishermen put up their boats and fishing equipment by November and shift gears to hunting and focus in on work. However, there is a growing contingency of fishermen that are taking advantage of the great Winter fishing that our area offers, and also, believe it or not, the great fishing weather that we get in the Winter. Sure it gets cold, but I?d much rather be able to dress warm and take off layers to stay comfortable in the Winter than to burn up no matter what I?m wearing in the Summer. Of course, no body wants to fish when its windy and cold, and thus it is important to get a sense of the weather and be able to predict when good fishing weather will prevail. The rule that I use is to look at the 7 day temperature outlook. Focus in on the low temperatures and follow them through week. Watch as they rise and then fall to a peak low and then begin to rise again. This up and down of temperature mostly has to do with the approach and passing of cold fronts. As such, 80% of the time you will have light wind conditions on the first day the low temperature is higher than the previous day. This is the day that the High Pressure ridge has moved just offshore and thus will bring either calm or light south winds. The light wind conditions may only last one or two days, or like this past week, they may last 5 or 6 days. As an overall rule I use for the length of the weather window, the stronger the front the longer the weather window. Basically, the weather balances itself out. As bad as it may have been last weekend and early week with the strong winds and cold temperatures, it has been just as good since Friday and looks to continue very nice through Wednesday or so. And thus you know have a reference to look out up to 7 days and start making a plan to go fishing. The one wrench that can get thrown into this equation is cut off low pressure systems as they are their own animals and don?t follow any rules. Anyway, let?s go fishing. On the fishing scene, I hate to report it, but the Giant Bluefin Tuna that I have been so pumped up on and so excited to see to our area, are just plain MIA. They are biting pretty good up in Morehead City, which is only some 60-80 miles from our fishing grounds, but the Bluefin just won?t seem to make the transition. The reports are that there is a lot of bait off Morehead and it is holding there consistently. And thus, as long as the food is there, the fish will have no reason to leave. I was fully expecting us to have a good bite this past weekend after last week?s strong front, but it just didn?t happen. That?s the bad news, however, all is not doom and gloom. And just because they aren?t here today, doesn?t mean those Bluefin won?t be here tomorrow. They?ve got to come by us eventually. The good news is in the other types of fishing. The King Mackerel bite has continued good in the Frying Pan Tower area as well as great bottom fishing for big Sea Bass, Snapper and Grouper. Wahoo fishing offshore along the edge of the break continues very good as well as fishermen are averaging 6-10 bites per day from Wahoo that are particularly large, many pushing the 100 pound mark. To date there have been several Wahoo in the 60?s and 70?s landed, but it is always the story of the big one that got away. For me, the challenge of landing a 100 pound wahoo is near the top of my list of fishing achievements I?m after. Of course, if you don?t have a boat you feel comfortable getting offshore in or just have a few hours to burn, you can catch a nice bag of Sea Bass within just a few miles of shore. On Sunday I finally got around to taking my 3 year old daughter Caroline fishing again. It?s funny, but as much time as I fish and spend around boats, it seems hard to mix my home life with my work. However, Caroline loves to fish and talks about catching Sea Bass and Sharks and King Mackerel all the time, and thus I?ve got to get over the barrier of mixing work with personal and take my baby fishing. As such, we ran out on Sunday afternoon and fished some ledges and rocks three miles off of Shallotte Inlet. Caroline was armed with a brand new Scooby rod and the Sea Bass just didn?t stand a chance. She and I had a ball catching them two at time at which point Caroline would name the Sea Bass, determine if it was a daddy, mommy or baby and then give it a pat and we?d set it free. We fished for no more than hour and caught plenty of fish for Caroline?s entertainment until she declared she was ready to go home. We released all the Sea Bass, but you could catch a decent dinner?s worth in an hour or so between the 1 keeper for every 10 throw back Sea Bass you caught. Caroline slept on the ride home and through the entire time while I cleaned the boat. She woke just as I finished everything up, and with a smile declared she was hungry and it was time to go. That?s what I call a successful fishing trip. Pictured below are the Wahoo that the Ray group from Marietta, GA caught on Saturday while fishing with Capt. Roger aboard the It Works. Also pictured with the huge AJ are Dave Henderson, Ben Vaughn, and Barry Kirkman caught aboard Dave's boat Ain't Life Grand. This AJ was caught on a live Snapper in 160 feet of water. It weighed 110 pounds and broke the old OIFC AJ record by over 25 pounds. WOW!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Wildeyes" | Stori Teller-24' | 01/06/08
 

Sorry I have not done any reports lately, but I've been laid up with the Brunswick County Crud. However I just received a report from a friend, Merle Utley that he nailed the trout today in the 18" to 20" range. He was fishing at the Sunset Harbor dock in Little River, S. C. using a Wildeye by Storm. Jeff will be going out tomorrow so hopefully I'll have more to write about.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Gulf Stream action takes center stage" | World Cat- 33' | 01/06/08
 

With the beautiful weather over the weekend, it seems like everyone went fishing. I've only heard of a few small bluefin caught, but the crowd that went offshore was rewarded with good wahoo fishing and some blackfins. Capt. Roger caught 4 on the It Works, and Barrett just called in to say they caught some as well, along with a dolphin. Mahi in January? Works for me. Mark Miller sent in these pics from his Saturday trip on the "Tina Louise," they fished alongside the It Works and did quite well also. There are also reports of good king fishing out towards the Frying Pan Tower. Let's hope this nice weather hangs around for awhile.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"What Was and What Should Be" | World Cat- 33' | 01/03/08
 

I've attached a few photos of a nice trip I had with the Smith family back on Dec 27. We spend the AM trolling Bluefin and landed a mini- not to be confused with a Blackfin, Bigeye or Yellowfin-- we released it and later headed offshore where we had a mixed bag- nice day, nice weather. And with that- this cold weather will likely get the Bluefin moving. Traditionally, the day after the strong blow, which will be Friday should lead to a few hookups, and if so, the next day, which will be Saturday should lead to strong action. The water has really cooled off and that should also help the fishing. What we don't know is if the blow has pushed alot of the bait that has been holding off Morehead has moved off of our area. We will soon find out. I plan to fish on Saturday for sure and then we'll see from there. The OIFC is ready if you need any last minutes. We still have the best baits in stock and anything else- buy on-line or come by. See you on the water.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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