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"Spots are here!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/08/08
 

I just got word from John McWhite (Sunset Beach resident and creator of ProFinder Charts) that the spots had finally arrived in the waterway.  The pandemonium that always goes along with the fall spot run has not yet started, but chances are good that it will be here by the afternoon are tomorrow.  The OIFC is well stocked on Berkley Gulp! bloodworm altermative, Fish Bites Bloodworms, custom spot rigs, and long shanked hooks.  Time to get on down here, put the little boat in the water, or reserve your "spot" at a local pier.  John said he will be unavailable for comment this afternoon, as he is going fishing.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Calm Seas" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/08/08
 

Captain Zach Faulkner (OIFC First Mate/Captain)  and his Dad, Benji sent these pictures of their family taken this weekend while they fished the 390/390's  Pictured are David, Luke and Harold Faulkner along with Boyd Safnt.

Check out how flat the seas were and the quality of the King.  Zach also "claimed" he had a King but said Benji forgot their camera.  How'd they get these pictures?  Zach?

If this along with the other fishing reports don't get you ready for the Rumble in the Jungle I don't know what will, except maybe the falling gas prices!

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"SKA Pro Tourney Rumble in the Jungle" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/07/08
 

Welcome to all the out of town SKA Pro Tour fishermen coming to our neighborhood for the last tourney on the pro tour this year. Best of luck to all the fishermen for the tour championship[go homeboy forrest!]. If anybody needs any help give me or Barrett a call or any of our captains here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center[910-575-FISH[3474].

I know it's no big secret where the big fish bite went down last week, so buckle up for a 100mile run and see who has the fastest machine on the tour. For those who missed out on what's happening, bite went down last weekend at 1700 Rock/Summerlin Reef/30 Minute Rock. However, don't overlook there were a lot of good fish caught in  our local waters. Good fish[40+] were caught at Jungle, 90/90, Shark Hole, River Channel; no 200 mile run required. That said, we do sell fuel[100% gas, NO ETHENHOL] so stop in. We appreciate your business.

Come see us here at OIFC. We have all tourney fishing needs...small NC style ribbonfish, cases of chum, pogy oil, my custom fast sink pogy nets/ect/ect.

Brant/Barrett


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"More Kings" | OIFC 2- 27' | 10/06/08
 

Kevin and Pam Wilson of Tega Cay, S. C. joined Captain Roger for a day of King fishing aboard the OIFC 2 Contender. Roger didn't have to look for bait, as there were plenty of Pogies in the newly built OIFC bait pen.

The crew headed for the Youpon Reef and worked it and some other holes pretty steady.  The fruits of their labor were two nice Kings.  Some other boats fishing in the same areas were all landing Kings.  Honestly, the bite was off today, especially after such a hot weekend.  Brant was out today but I haven't  talked with him.  I'll keep you posted.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"More bottom fish bonanza" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/06/08
 

Just like clockwork, October delivers fantastic fishing.  Despite high gas prices and erratic weather, the grouper have moved into depths of 80', easily accessible by most Brunswick County anglers.  Todd Helf, Brian Richard, and Charlie Terragrossa went out and demostrated this point on Friday as they whacked these gags, along with ten king macs and some other bottom dwellers.  They said that taking the time to jig live cigar minnows made all the difference in getting these studs to bite.  Folks, that's how you do it to it!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"WOW!!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/06/08
 

I just recieved a picture of an incredible kingfish, caught this Saturday at the Jungle by Nick Ryder.  Nick was fishing on "The Shark" with Capt. Ken Walter.  This fish went 42 pounds and 54 inches.  Even though the crew of "The Shark" wasn't entered in the US Open, some paydays are about more than money.  What a fish!!!


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Monday Recap/Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/06/08
 

I just received a report at 10:15 am from Captain Roger who told me the bait is off Holden Beach and the King bite is on  just off Ocean Crest Pier and the Youpon Reef.  Roger has a full day charter and Brant has a charter so I hope to have a full report on the day's action later.

Wayne Gray stopped but and said he went out by himself yesterday on his  '08 McKee Craft and killed the Kings just beyond the white buoy at Ocean Crest Pier.  He said the fish were skying all around him.  Wayne said his total of Kings for his weekend was 27.

Captain Chris Dew (It Works) had a charter Saturday with Drew Hager and some friends (Chris is so old he couldn't remember the other names).  Chris said that he'd never seen the Kings sky like they were that day.  His charter wanted to Grouper fish as well as King fish and they were catching Kings while Grouper fishing. The fall bite is definitely in full swing.

Also, everyone check your email for our specials we are running.  We have some really good buys, not only on clothing but also on fishing related items.  Mrs. Juanita, our Web Store Manager has just shown me how to link to the Web Store for our specials.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Panama Trip Revamped" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/06/08
 

It's tough to lift focus from the incredible fishing we're experiencing right here at Ocean Isle Beach, but I must remind everyone about the Traveling Fisherman trip planned for this winter.  The return trip to Panama fishing the renowned and pristine Hannibal Banks in February just became more attractive.  See the press clip below.  In short I spoke with Captain Donald of the Coral Star and he explained the Coral Star operation was getting a major facelift.  They have rebuilt and repowered all the boats, purchased the latest and greatest tackle and have hired several new Captains with a wealth of billfishing experience.  The Coral Star operation has improved upon their already impressive offering and I can't wait to go back to Panama.  If anyone has interest in this trip please check out http://www.oifc.com/panama_09.cfm or email me at captbarrett@oifc.com.  If this thing is going to happen we need to get our group together over the next few weeks. 

 

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Two Great Fishing Names Merge Together to Provide an Outstanding Fishing Experience!
 
Chatsworth, CA – AVET Reels announced today that it has purchased controlling interest of the M/V Coral Star of Panama.  The M/V Coral Star is a live-aboard fishing and diving operation with a fleet of seven sport boats that operates in Panama's Pacific waters surrounding the Coiba National Park and Hannibal Bank.  It is the only operation in the area that keeps anglers on the fishing grounds with quick access to the fertile fishing of the Hannibal Bank and the many offshore islands.
Exciting new changes are already underway to maximize our anglers’ fishing and lodging experience. “We are looking forward to an outstanding year of fishing and service, each of these areas will see changes designed to improve the overall fishing experience,” Sarkis Alajajyan, co-owner of AVET Reels stated. In Panama, the crew is busily working to implement these changes and updates prior to the season. Harout Alajajyan added, “AVET and the Coral Star are a perfect match, both strive to land big fish and deliver a quality product and excellent customer service!” 
"The best possible chance to land big fish is if lines are in the water, therefore our itinerary will remain the same.  Weather permitting; we anchor several days at Montuosa Island, that’s the closest anchorage to the Hannibal Bank. Montuosa Island is where you need to be for the Marlin and big Yellowfin bite." said Captain Donald Perkins.  "By being out at Montuosa, you are 5 minutes from fantastic, world class fishing. Our hardcore anglers recognize this and an hour boat ride to and from the most productive fishing grounds every day just isn't acceptable.  Add all that up over a 6 day charter and the Coral Star gives you over 12 hours of additional fishing time over a land based operation."  Captain Donald added, "Coral Star is the only ship in the area that is equipped to safely anchor at Montuosa Island at this time.”
For a complete update on happenings in Panama or to secure your booking for an unbelievable fishing adventure, call today!  Season begins in December.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"OIFC only sells 100% gas" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/05/08
 

We're ONLY selling 100% gas at OIFC. No ethenhol. Read NC Sportsman September issue article on dangers of using ethenhol in your outboards and tanks. It costs a little more but protect your engines/boat.
- Rube McMullan
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"Kee Hole" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/05/08
 

Will Grey stopped in this morning just packed full of King stories.  Will fishes a beautiful 2008 28 foot McKee Freedom powered by twin 250 Yamaha's. Kee McKee is a friend of Will's and has a place at OIB so I thought I throw in a little plug for him.  But no kidding that is some fine boat.

Will went in the direction of the Frying Pan Tower to some numbers given to him by Kee McKee.  We decided to name the spot the Kee Hole in honor of Kee.  He loaded up on B liners using a Sabiki Rig and then proceeded to tear up the Kings.  One fish rolled on a B liner and proceeded to strip his reel.  His partner, who was operating the boat was busy getting lines in so he didn't follow after the fleeing King, and the fish stripped his reel and broke off.  Often, all the reels were screaming.  He said it looked cool to see line pealing off and moisture flying off the reel.

Will said one King weighed 30 lbs. and the "one that got away" would have probably checked in at 50 lbs.  Of course, at the time he wasn't in the Rodeo.  He'd made the top of the leader board. if he had been

Lastly, his fishing partner is a civilian contractor who works on Black Hawk helicopters.  He is deploying to Afghanistan shortly.  We wish him and all our freedom fighters God's Speed.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Happpening Inshore Also" | Speckulator - 22' | 10/05/08
 

Captain Kyle (Speckulator) reports that the Flounder and Red Drum bite is on. On his last 2 trips he's had success with both.  Kyle hasn't worked Tubbs lately and has had his good fortune in the ICW.

Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy) has got into the King action near shore.  He struck gold just off of Shallotte Inlet with enough Pogies to share with our other charter boats.  He then went on to the Youpon Reef where he hooked up on a monster King.  His charter fought the Smoker about 30 minutes, only to have him break off at the boat


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Family Fun" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/04/08
 

I had just left the OIFC when I got a call to come back.  I went out on the dock and was greeted by Shane Wallace.  He along with  Bunny Wallace were fishing under the direction of Captain "Grandpa" Wilford  Williams all from Southern Pines, on their boat Sea Possum.  Believe it or not they landed a good sized King trolling with a Croaker on a circle hook.  Thanks guys for calling me back and sharing this good time with everyone.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Same Ole' Song" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/04/08
 

Same ole' song, but one we never get tired of hearing.  Kings, Kings and more Kings. Again, Roger aboard the Carolina Cat with Chris and Mason Muhlsteff, Davis and Ched Grey, along with Rock and Josh Culbertson of Weddington, N. C. went to the 390's and slaughtered the Kings.  They trolled with naked Pogies just as before.  There's just not much left to say.  I took pictures, but couldn't find then when I downloaded my camera.  I'll keep looking..sorry.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"More Kings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/04/08
 

The Carolina Cat Captained  by Roger along with Ashville residents, Greg Parlier. Brant Shepherd, Leo Payne, Jim Lewis, Lance Shaw, and Ms. Terry Costill, went to the 390's and got hot action from the Kings trolling Pogies on naked rigs.  In addition to Kings, they brought back a citation Spanish.  My theory on ladies being better anglers on charters was once again proven.  Again, the weather was beautiful.  Don't be left out, this is prime fishing season and the bite is on.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"King Season" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/04/08
 

In short, the Kings are here, and in a big way!  I was fortunate enough to fish with Capt. Brant, Capt. Barrett and Jeff Beck in the U. S. Open King Tournament.  There were literally hundreds of boats King fishing and the majority were landing Kings. Now that the Tournament is over, I can identify the hot spots.  They're everywhere!  The hottest of the spots seemed to be the 390's, Youpon Reef and later in the day the river channel.

Our day began with Brant making a stop in an area where the birds were diving and the water was active with life.  Jeff and Barrett began casting top water Gotcha Plugs with their spinning reels and were bringing in Blues hand over fist.  They already had some Pogies.

We then rocketed to the River Channel on BRANT'S new 32' Yellowfin.  This is one beautiful and great riding machine, and with the twin Yamaha 350's we had no trouble getting from fishing spot to fishing spot quickly.  We fished the Channel and had little luck.  Brant then lit the candle on the Yellowfin and we headed to another spot.  We fished so many places that I can't recall what we caught where.

By mid day we had landed about a dozen or so Kings, but not the one we felt would place high in the Tournament.  Then Mother Nature smiled down on us.  We saw a Brown Pelican laying on it's side in the ocean.  We all decided to back burner our trolling and see what was wrong.  Barrett piloted the Yellowfin, while Jeff and Brant scooped the bird from the water.  They found that she was tangled up in fishing line and had treble hooks in her wings.  Brant removed the hooks and line while Jeff  held the bird.  They then sat her back in the water and off to freedom, sore maybe, but free.

It was shortly there after Brant landed a 30.7 lb. King.  (pictured below) Unsatisfied with our fish, but satisfied that we'd done the best we could, we headed to the weigh in.  The River channel was boiling  like a washing machine.  A boat with four 250's blew bast us on the flat ocean, but when we got in the River Channel, the Yellowfin brought smoke, while others were having to slow down greatly.  If this sounds like bragging, it's coming from me, not Brant.  That boat is awesome!

Back to business.  We had Pogies, Mullet and Blue Fish.  We had our best luck on the top water with Blues.  We had absolutely no action on the down rigger.  To sum it up, the Kings are here, the weather is great and the bait plentiful, today I had reports of bait at the Shallotte Inlet and Tubbs Inlet.  I had a blast fishing with this talented and knowledgeable crew and hope you enjoyed my version of Friday's action..


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"A cornucopia of bottom fish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/04/08
 

The boys from North Myrtle and Ocean Isle are at it again.  Tracy Huggins, Jeff Martini, Ace Parker, and John McLaurin speared these gems in 100' of water at an "undisclosed" location.  Sounds like payback for Capt. Rickey keeping the hush on about the king bite earlier this week.  They also got these beautiful spiny lobsters.  An outstanding day of diving and spearing, no doubt.  I'm guessing the grill is getting fired up right about now...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Beach bite is on!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/02/08
 

Considering there were close to 100 boats fishing the Yaupon reef area yesterday, I'm not saying anything that isn't already known...The beach bite is on!

The bait is thick from Lockwood to Cape Fear, mullets/pogies/glass minnows, and the Kings are responding as seems to happen the first week of October every year. Right now, they are along the beaches and at Yaupon; if history follows history, they should move to the river channel for the US Open. The weather is stable, a front came thru last night, and it should be an all out red hot bite this weekend for the tourney. Folks, October is the time to be here at the beach. Going fishing is great, but this month, you can actually go catching. It's that classic time when the Kings are very aggressive and most bites are skyrocketing explosions, a site not to be missed. Come on down and join us for this very special time of the year on the water.


- Rube McMullan
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"NC Wildlife to the rescue" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/02/08
 

After our 2 tropical storms, the buoys in Shallotte Inlet ended up in all the wrong places thus creating a dangerous navigation situtation for all the boaters who will be fishing our area this fall.I made a  telephone call to Gordon Myers,[ recently promoted to Director of NC Wildlife], and the very next day the WIldlife guys were here at OIB to replace the buoys. Great job NCWildlife! And congrats to Gordon on his promotion to Director of NCWildlife. As you will recall Gordon was the key to getting the buoys put back in Shallotte Inlet after the Coast Guard removed them a couple years ago. Gordon is doing a great job for all us boaters who use Shallotte Inlet. [You can drop him[and Erik Christofferson and Bill Johnstone] a note of appreciation at Gordon.Myers@ncwildlife.org]. Thanks. Brant 
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Good Decision" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/30/08
 

Yesterday Allen Collins and Steve Kennedy of Fayetteville, N.C. came to the OIFC wanting to book an inshore charter for yesterday afternoon.  I called Capt. Jeff (Get Busy) and he couldn't run that charter but could do it this morning. Fate was good to them!

Around 12:30 today  Captain Jeff called me, all excited.  He said he took his charter off shore and got in the middle of a school of Kings who were skying all around him. The guys, who were fishing with Pogies, began an exciting time of catching extremely aggressive Kings.  Some were hitting so hard that they were clearing the water completely while nailing the bait!  I was getting phone calls from all over telling me of the catch, the excitement was.......well, exciting  But what is an in shore guide doing off shore bringing smoke to the Kings? 

 It should obvious what is missing from my report.  The location of this action.  The U. S. Open  King Tournament is this weekend and I've been invited to fish with Brant, Barrett, and Jeff Beck, so I'm not about to come off this highly confidential info...sorry.

Yesterday Kyle had a good day inshore and Roger experienced the fish bite turning on.  Finally, today the BITE began at last.  If the weather continues to hold the fall bite ought to be on.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Go west, young man! (or south west)" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/30/08
 

Jeff Williamson and I beat up Yaupon Reef pretty hard on Sunday, without much action.  Looks like the bite was further down the beach, as Donald and Catherine Clifton caught two nice kings in the vicinity of the 410-510.  It makes sense that the dirty water coming out of the Cape Fear River has affected the area closer to the cape more than down the beach.  Whatever the case, the weather for the week is forecasted to be perfect, which should result in a clearing of the water, a subsequent big fish bite in the shadow of the beach at Oak Island, and a great U.S. Open.  I for one, can't wait.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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