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"King Mania, Giant Bluefin Tuna Siting" | It Works- 27' | 11/17/07
 

Had Tom Rybski and crew from Westerville, Ohio on board today for the hot king makerel bite. We fished the same area that I have been fishing all week, and it produced outstanding king fishing once again. In the first hour, we had our 12 fish limit, with all fish being 8-12 lbs. We decided to try to grouper fish, but ended being ate alive by sharks, so we ended up going back to king fishing for the last part of the trip. We released 13 more kings. On the way back in, as we were just west of the 7 mile, I was watching a flock of gannets diving on bait, when all of a sudden a bluefin jumped 5 ft. out of the water!!!! That's right, a GIANT BLUEFIN TUNA!!!!! Capt. Lee on the Cyclone, out of Calabash, reported hooking one Tuesday, and also saw a few busting the water this morning. My adrenaline is running in high gear, so I'm going to have to dust off the heavy tackle and give them a shot tommorrow morning before running offshore and trying to find a grouper. Give me a shout on channel 11 if you are out, and I will let you know what's happening. The weather is beatiful, the fish are chewing the props off the boat, so come on down and go fishing with us.     Capt. Lyndon


- Capt. Lyndon Carter
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"trout show" | Stori Teller-24' | 11/17/07
 

With colder water temps and a little fresh water coming down the local rivers the speckled trout have made their showing finally.They have been biting berkely gulps on 1/4 ounce jigheads.The top technique has been to troll these jigs very slowly in the channels and deeper holes.They have also been biting live shrimp under corks around the inlets and rocky or shelly bottoms.The live shrimp have been a litttle tough to get but if you can get in the back of a creek you can catch them in the areas where a feeder creek comes into the main creek on low tide.and don't forget about the upcoming inshore tournament november 23 and 24.
- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Wahoo!!!" | It Works- 27' | 11/16/07
 

I got a call from Captain Ed Shaw today who wanted me to share an article he had in the Star News newspaper's Cape Fear Outdoors Section , with our readers. It goes as follows, "Capt. Ed Shaw and John Respess took this 62 pound citation wahoo fishing at the Steeples on the 'Lieability' out of Carolina Beach. The rig Shaw made was a small Green skirt on a number 80 mono leader, rigged with a Baitmaster ballyhoo and a 7.0 hook. They were fishing Shimano TDL 25 reels with number 50 mono topshot and 65 pound braid under the mono. Shaw said it was "just like Captain Brant at Ocean Isle (Fishing Center) taught me. A couple of points I personnaly would like to make. 1- WHAT A 'HOO!!!, 2-I also attended Brant's school and highly recommend it no matter your level of fishing knowledge. 3-This is evidence that the wahoo are here. And 4-This is an excellent time of year for fishing which is overlooked by most folks. As you have read in my posts, the Kings are around in the 60-80 foot depth range, the Wahoo are here, and the blue fin are around the corner. On in inshore front, the Red Drum, Black Drum, Trout and Flounder are ready for the catch. There is something for everyone. The weather is great, Ocean Isle, Little River and other communities have Christmas parades, floatillas and other holiday events planned, Captain Stan has his Trout/Flounder Tournament for Thanksgiving at the OIFC. The OIFC has the Captains Points sale underway. This is an excellent time to enjoy our cool weather, and combine fishing with great family times. Come join us!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"SKA Nationals Update" | World Cat- 33' | 11/16/07
 

Just talked with Barrett--our boys got a small fish today, but looking at the leaderboard, this tournament is wide open. The leaderboard is all over the place in the Open Class. In the 23 and under division, NC's own Onslow Bay/Blue Water Candy is on top with a whopper 52 pounder. Jodie Gay, who makes the skirts we know and love said the monster fish ate a ribbonfish basically out of his hand, just as he was about to call it a day. Everyone I talked to said that Mother Nature was the major competitor today, but that the seas are suppossed to improve through the night and into tomorrow. On the home front, we're getting more and more reports of bluefin tuna in the area, mostly out of the Little River fleet. Shane Brafford caught last year's first tuna up in Morehead on November 18. So the time is here! Sharpen your hooks, put some fresh top-shots on your biggest reels, and grab some Blue Water Candy Jag heads and let's go do it. The kings continue to chew down here as well. Jim Bowen on the Stick Slinger smashed them at the Horseshoe earlier this week while Capt. Lyndon, Capt. Rickey, and Capt. Charles McClure continued their dead bait assault. Good luck tomorrow to Team OIFC, Onslow Bay/BWC, and the rest of our crews down there.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"One more set" | World Cat- 33' | 11/15/07
 

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Couldn't resist it. Here's four more videos. I hate I have to leave.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"More footage of the bite" | World Cat- 33' | 11/15/07
 

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While the action was hot and heavy, Barrett was feeding a 3 pound blue runner back into the spread. An estimated 35 pounder skied when the bait was no more than twelve feet from the boat and bounced off one of the motors. Wasn't quite quick enough to get that on film, but we got some other good stuff.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"What a day" | World Cat- 33' | 11/15/07
 

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I'm sitting here in the lobby of the Isle of Capri Casino just having finished my morning cup of coffee with SKA legend Jeff Reid. There are sponsor's hats and shirts everywhere, Yamaha, Contender, Yo-Zuri, you name it. Jack Holmes just walked by. And everyone is talking about the same thing. Yesterday, wherever you were in the Gulf of Mexico, lots of fish (and some big fish) were caught. I got in on the action, and all I can say is "Wow!" We ran through the thickest fog I have ever seen to the West Delta and started rig hopping. However, it wasn't until we ran a ways to the east that we really got into the main body of the fish. Doubles, triples, and even quads happened after that. I won't say any more, because I have proof. If you do nothing else with your day, watch the third video in this sequence. Sadly, I have to fly home tonight. I do that knowing I got to do something special down here. Not only that, but I'm excited--I really like the chances for team OIFC over the weekend. Good luck to them and the rest of our people down here.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Big Kings & Big Times" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/14/07
 

Finally found the fish today after a lot of searching.  I'm sure correspondent Chris will fill in the details but in the meantime check out the picture of this stud that team OIFC caught and released this afternoon. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | It Works- 27' | 11/14/07
 

I finally stopped being sore and once aagain was able to go out with Captain Lyndon on the "It Works". This time we were joined by Charles McClure. When we headed out the seas were choppy, but the weather was beautiful. We headed to a new location that Lyndon and I stumbled upon Monday which was very productive. Generally speaking it is located in about 80 feet of water with a water temp. of about 68 degrees. I can't give the location for a couple of reasons, first, I don't know it, and second Lyndon and Roger would beat me with a treble hook if I told it. Lyndon and Roger have named it "The Rickey", I'll forever be remembered. We were joined by Captain Roger (World Cat 33) and Captain David Hooks (The Black Pearl). Just like Monday, we marked bait and immediately started firing off with double, triple, and yes, believe it or not quadruple hookups!! Roger and his charter hooked up on a huge Cobia and the fight was on and on for them. Captain Hooks worked with us, left and immediately returned. He also began hooking up. If anyone is looking for a fishing partner, they may want to ask Captain Charles McClure, I'm almost certain he has a horseshoe in this back pocket! The day sped by, the seas calmed down and we fished on the rest of the day. Not only was the King fishing great, but the way the OIFC Captains work to- gether, have a great time and look out for each other makes fishing out of the OIFC a blast!! The fishing season here is FAR from over. The bite should be hot through mid December, when the blue fin season kicks off. Don't sit at home waiting for spring. The fishing is great and the weather is just as fine. Call the Fishing Center and book a trip with Lyndon or Roger, you will not be sorry. I'll be in the store at the Fishing Center Friday, give me a call for weather and fishing up dates. Remember the Captains Club sale begins the 15th, this is a wonderful opportunity to knock out your Christmas shopping with some cool nautical gifts. Jeff and I are going deer hunting later this weekend but hopefully will be back on the inshore scene early next week and we'll be providing you with the latest updates. Hook em up folks!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Kingfish Mania Part 2" | It Works- 27' | 11/13/07
 

Today, I headed back out to the same new bottom that we found yesterday. Guess what, the kings were thick again. Solid action all day. This time of year, unlike summer and earlier in the fall, king mackerel tend to "camp out" in an area for extended periods of time, as long as the bait stays in the area, and the water temperature stays above 68 degrees, or 65-66 if the bait is exceptionally thick. Live cigar minnows or sardines are your best bet for larger fish, but dead cigar minnows, # 3 1/2 drone spoons fished behind planers, or swimming plugs, such as Yozuri Crystal Minnows or Manns Stretch 25's will catch you all the 6-12 pounders that you can stand. Right now, my best action has been in 80 feet of water, but there may still be some fish in 65-70 ft. it the water is above 68 degrees. The fish are chewing the bottom out of the boat, the weather is great, the only thing missing is you!! Come on down and go catching with us..


- Capt. Lyndon Carter
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"A kingfishing odyssey continues" | World Cat- 33' | 11/13/07
 

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Day 3 of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center road trip 2007 was a slick calm one in the Gulf of Mexico. We ran towards the east to see how well the nearshore oil and gas rigs were producing. A lot of rig hopping produced several king mackerel, but most importantly, a ton of gorilla sized blue runners. These big, frisky hardtails are the perfect bait for Gulf kings. It is simply amazing how these oil rigs hold fish, from the bottom to the surface. Our "bycatch" consisted of red snapper and juvenile grouper. Wow. Think of fishing the Frying Pan Tower, except, now there is a tower every three or so miles. I'll get back on here tomorrow--it looks like we are going to run West through the Mississippi Delta to see how the bite is down there.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"I am Tired!!!" | It Works- 27' | 11/12/07
 

Captain Lyndon asked me to fish with him today. Luckily I've got a doctor's appointment Tuesday. I NEED IT. The Kings were on today!! In all my years fishing, I've never fought so many quality fish in such a short time!! More than once we had double and triple hook ups. At times we had four and five on at a time. Captain Hooks, Capt. Strickland, Trip Hooks and Austin Aycock were fishing within sight of us and they were doing the same. Captains Hooks and Strickland won't be as sore as me because they had Trip and Austin doing their heavy work. The ocean was completely flat. God gave us a beautiful day, and the fish were biting. I book trips at the OIFC, and folks, I'm telling you first hand that this time of year fishing out of South Brunswick County is great. The trip I was privledged to go on today (one of the reasons I work at the OIFC), was the greatest fishing expenience I've ever had, short of takiing my son fishing for the first time. This is a full day's charter, and is well worth the money! As Lyndon wrote, the Yee Haw Fish Call was definately the ticket. This is a trip worth taking. Check out your Thanksgiving schedule and come book a trip with Captain Lyndon or one of our other fine Captains. It's well worth your money. Now I've got to get some rest as I told Lyndon I go back out Wednesday. Working at the OIFC is a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Kings ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!" | It Works- 27' | 11/12/07
 

Today, OIFC staffer Ricky Beck and myself took advantage of the beautiful weather and headed offshore in search of whatever we could get to bite. After stopping in at the 90/90 to jig pinfish for grouper bait, we punched in the Gary Ennis to try for grouper. Well, we never quite made it there. About 9 miles short, we came across some previously unknown to us bottom structure in 80 ft. water.Cigar minnows to see if there were any kings around while we explored the area. The second bait in the water, a naked cigar minnow with a Yee Haw fish call got nailed, then the other bait got hit as well. Double Hook Up!! Ricky fought the first one, I put the second one in a rod holder and flipped out a third bait, imediate hook up. Triple header, two people on board!!! We were able to keep this action up all day, which is the perfect opportunity to test your equipment. Out of approximately 75 hookups, 2/3 were on a naked cigar minnow with the Yee Haw fish call. I'll be back on the water tommorow, so stay tuned. The weather looks great all week, the late fall fishing is world class, so come on down and book a trip and see what catching, not fishing is all about.


- Capt. Lyndon Carter
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"Let's get this show on the road" | World Cat- 33' | 11/12/07
 

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Well, Barrett, myself, and the boat arrived in Biloxi, MS about three hours ago. We left the OIFC yesterday at 10 a.m., took a two hour nap at some point this morning, and now we're here. Brant and Amy should be here in a bit, followed by Rube. It's all coming together on the Gulf, hopefully setting up for a big team OIFC victory. I took some video of the drive, so I thought I'd share. Seen a few familiar faces as well. I think we're going to pre-fish tomorrow, so I'll try to get some pics and video as well to keep everyone up to date on what's going on down here.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Biloxi bound" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/11/07
 

OIFC team of Brant, Barrett, Rube and Amy are heading down to Biloxi, MS to compete in SKA National Championship. We are looking forward to the great atmosphere and hopefully great fishing. The area has always produced awesome king fishing and it will likely take a 2 fish aggregate of 100 pounds to win. You can get results at www.fishska.com- stay tuned and wish us luck! Fishing at OIB is still very good. The kings are biting like crazy at the Atlantic Ledge and Horseshoe. Also, the inshore fishing for Trout and Drum is VERY good. The wahoo bite and Grouper bite are also good. It may be a bit chilly, but it is good fishing. Weather looks great early week- skip on work and come on down.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bottomfish at the tower" | World Cat- 33' | 11/09/07
 

I just got these pictures from Philip Brock on the "Judy Bee," who mugged the fish while dropping live bait he jigged up at the tower. He said he was west of the tower, but not exactly so far. So it's safe to say that there are fish out there, and that they're moving closer. Catch 'em up.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Capt. Club Sale starts Thursday- Nov 15th !" | World Cat- 33' | 11/08/07
 

The Capt. Club sale starts on Thursday, Nov. 15th. If you are a member and have made purchases at the OIFC in 2007, then you have points- and that means BIG SAVINGS. You may recall when you joined our Captain?s Club there are a variety of benefits we offer including: Benefit #1 We will take 10% of all of your purchases during the year and allow you to use that amount to get 50% off on clothing and gifts. ( Example: You spent $1000 during 2007 at the OIFC and thus are credited $100. You can now buy $200 worth of clothing and gifts and you will only have to pay $100 as your Captain?s Club credit you earned will cover the other $100 ). Simply visit the OIFC between November 15th and December 31st and we will have your credit ready for you to go shopping. Benefit #2 The state of North Carolina charges a road tax of $.30 per gallon. Since you have purchased the fuel for use in a boat and not on the road, you should not have to pay the road tax. The state does not allow the road tax to be discounted on the front end of the purchase, thus you must fill out a State of NC form # 1201GS and include your fuel receipts in order to receive a refund for the road tax you have been charged. As a member of the OIFC Capt. Club, all of your fuel purchases are recorded and at the end of the year, you will be supplied with a report of all your fuel purchases from the OIFC. Since the OIFC only sells fuel to boats, there is no disputing or hassles from the state that may argue the road tax refund is not due. Just think, $.30 per gallon you are going to get back by simply purchasing your fuel at the OIFC and being a member of the Capt. Club. There is no hassle of keeping up with various receipts and no hassle from the state as to whether your receipts are valid or not. So next time you step up to the pump, don?t fret the high prices, instead, know that you are actually paying the pump price less $.30/gallon, and that isn?t so bad! Benefit #3 On behalf of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center Captain?s Club, we are taking a leadership role in addressing various fishery related political issues. This year our efforts were instrumental in finally getting a ban on all commercial Menhaden netting off Brunswick County beaches. Other projects in the works involve waterway trawling and gill netting. Benefit #4 You are on our mail list and will receive promotional flyers as well as the upcoming OIFC custom catalog. Also- we have several in store promotions taking place that offer great deals on fishing equipment. Right now we are offering big discounts on gear for the upcoming Bluefin Tuna season- See the photo below for a copy of print ad for Bluefin discounts. Also, our web store will officially open on Nov. 21st. We are bringing the service and many unique products of the OIFC direct to you on your computer at any time. We have all of our products you may have all ready seen plus many new additions, including lots of custom rigged tackle. Check us out at www.oifc.net -- As for fishing news- it has been pretty quiet for the past couple of weeks. We finally got some cool weather and it has pushed the kings offshore into the 20-35 mile range. Hot spots have included the Horse Shoe and Frying Pan tower. Also, the Grouper have been biting pretty good in 65-90 feet of water and the wahoo are on the edge of the break- hungry and BIG! The wind has been blowing alot over the past couple of weeks and thus we haven't done much fishing, but we will be fishing when it breaks, so stay tuned. This next week my family and I will be travelling to Biloxi, MS to fish in the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) national championship. We qualified second in our division and are excited about visting this very entertaining venue- for the casinos and for the incredible fishing. Stay tuned for a report- you can watch www.fishska.com for tourney updates if you are interested.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"1 More for Panama?" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/07/07
 

It's officially cold here on the Carolina coast which makes thinking about our excursion to the lower latitudes a lot easier.  In just a few short months the Ocean Isle Fishing Center's Traveling Fisherman program will be heading south to fish the fertile waters of the Hannibal Banks off the coast of Panama in Central America.  We'll be chasing a variety of billfish, hugh yellowfin tuna, groupers, snappers, roosterfish and much more.  We have a great team on this inaugural mission that are sure to bring back fish stories and experiences that will last a lifetime.  Currently we have 14 Traveling Fishermen on board.  There is 1 slot still left open for somebody who wants to join this exotic fishing adventure.  If you want to fill this position I encourage you to act quickly as this is the final spot available for the OIFC group's trip.  Contact me immediately if you have interest- captbarrett@oifishingcenter.com  The trip is scheduled for Feb. 8th, 2008 - Feb. 15th, 2008.  On the team so far:

Robby Dial
Larry Terrell
Yorke Pharr
Tommy Lytton
Todd Schadd
Robert Hughes
Todd Helf
Brian Richard
Richard McCrae
Richard's brother
Forest Taylor
Rube McMullan
Brant McMullan
Barrett McMullan

Go to http://www.oifishingcenter.com/traveling_fisherman.cfm for additional trip information
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Fall fishing continues" | World Cat- 33' | 11/05/07
 

Check out this stud king mackerel, caught by Pete Fickling on Jack Joyce's Fishin' Mission.  They hooked this estimated 40 pounder at the 390/390 on a dead cigar minnow.  Wow!  Congrats to the guys for releasing the fish in good shape--treble hooks removed.  Remember, you can still get a citation for releasing the big ones, so don't be shy about returning these breeder size fish to fight (and spawn) again.  Some studies have suggested that a 40 pound mackerel is 25-30 years old...  At any rate, these fish have moved off the beach but not that far.  If they are being caught at the 90s, imagine what the Jungle will be like in a few days.  Catch 'em up...


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Instant Replay" | Stori Teller-24' | 11/04/07
 

Today we took a relative, Jimmy Lively, out on his first saltwater fishing trip in years. Figuring that you never leave fish to hunt for fish, we headed directly back to the ICW docks. We almost couldn't find a "fishin' hole" due to the number of boats fishing the docks. Kind of reminded me of the song "Redneck Yatch Club". I would like to think that many of them had read my yesterday's posting. As soon as we found a spot we worked our way in as quietly as possible. Once again we were armed with Berkley Gulp natural shrimp on 1/8 oz jigs. We let things settle down and began seeing tailing redfish. This is a beautiful and exciting sight to all inshore anglers. After casting just off the grass and down current near the pier pillions, Jeff hooked a red. Upon boating him, we measured him and found him barely legal, so we released him to grow. The next catch was mine!! After a valiant struggle I landed a trophy lizard fish, which we also released. During the remaining time we caught and released two flounder. Judging by the sounds of nearby fisherman, I assume that they too were hitting pay dirt. It is my intention to give accurate fishing reports and am truely happy to see fellow anglers in areas I mention. Readers may also notice that we practice catch and release on many of our trips. We do this because we feel that our flounder and red drum fisheries are in trouble and are doing what we can to ensure these fish for future anglers. I hope that my readers also take care to protect this resource. We'll be out again Monday attempting to hook em up. If we have any success I'll report back. The weather is great so come to Brunswick County and join us. Also check with the staff at the OIFC for tackle and good info.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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