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"At Last!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/30/08
 

At last the fish are turning back on after the storm and the dirty water left behind.  Early this morning at the OIFC docks I took Captain Roger a drink crate  to stand on so he could see over the console of the World Cat as he and Captain Chris Dew prepared for a 3/4 day charter with Jane & Bo Camper (Johnson City Tenn.), Julie Mackenzie, Mike Collins (Raleigh, NC) Jo and Phil McAdams (Greensboro, NC).  This was the fun loving cast of character's third charter in the past three years with us.

Once they cleared Shallotte Inlet the crew caught some pogies off of Holden Beach and headed out to about 80 feet of water.  The water was described as a little rough at first but laid out once the wind changed direction.  The charter named each pogy as it was deployed.  They covered all nationalities in their choices of names.  This must of worked because they brought back Kings, Grouper, AJ and several snapper.  Roger examined the stomachs of the fish. The Kings' stomachs were empty, indicating they ought to be hungry.  We don't know why the AJ hit, other than he must be a glutton, because his stomach was full of Lizard Fish.

We are all happy to see the fall fishing begin to turn back on.  Be sure to check the Fishing Center Web Page for specials Captain Brant is running on charters, and for Mrs. Juanita's excellent Web Store specials. 

My computer is in the computer hospital's intensive care unit with a very serious virus it caught while navigating a bogus fishing web site.  As soon as he's released I'll add some pictures I took of this catch.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Evening Reds" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/29/08
 

Fished this afternoon and evening with Rube back behind Bald Head Island in search of redfish.  Jeff Beck and I are fishing a redfish tournament this weekend right now looking to scout out some good areas.  We fished for a few hours and spooked several fish but no big bites.  That was until late this evening when we left the creeks for an open bay and found a school of reds feeding hard on mullets.  I put on a top water plug and on the second cast I knew for sure what I was looking at.  I had a big red blow up on the plug twice but missed both times.  The next cast I was retrieving it and then my phone rang so I stopped to answer it and as soon as I took my eye off my bait it gets nailed.  This time I fight the fish near the boat and the hooks pull.  I make several more casts and then finally get one more explosion and this time I'm tight.  These fish are extraordinarily strong for their size.  I got him to the boat, took a couple pictures and sent him on his way just before sunset.  We'll mark this area as a potential spot for tournament day.  Still searching though.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Fooled" | Speckulator - 22' | 09/28/08
 

This morning I looked at the near shore weather forecast and it said "small craft advisory".  Some of the other Captains stood outside and there was no wind.  Not even a slight breeze.  Upon their returned, all the charter Captains said that once they cleared the inlets, the seas became fairly bumpy.  Fortunately we've got the World Cats which are the best at handling not so calm conditions.   Wow, was I fooled.

Captains Chris B. and Captain Jeff Williamson worked near shore on the World Cat.  They reported bait as being spotty off of Oak Island, with the water being just dirty enough to make seeing them a chore.  They had somewhat limited success.

Captain Kyle worked in shore with J.P. Russell and Bob Miller of Lake Wilie.  They  caught a handful of Flounder and a Carolina Trash Fish Slam.  But at least the bite is picking up after the storm.  J. P. and Bob are pictured here with two of their Flounder.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Sunday In Paradise" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/28/08
 

An old buddy of mine said of fishing on Sunday..."some people go to church and think about fishing, I go fishing and think about God". Agree or not, that was his philosophy.  We've got some folks out this morning and what a beautiful day  we were given in paradise!!! 

The reports I got from yesterday were not so beautiful.  In shore a couple of Reds and some Grouper were caught.  Near shore a few Spanish, but the pogies were thick.  Mostly  people reported that the water near shore was nasty.  I hope to hear back from today's anglers and have a more positive report.

It would behoove every boat owner to check out Jerry Dilsaver's article titled "High Tides and Tall Tales,The dirty word in marine fuel" , in this month's edition of North Carolina Sportsman.  In it he talks about the effects of ethanol in boat motors.  We did a fishing report on this a couple of months ago.  In short, it NOT good for boat motors. I had heard about this and read about it, and kinda looked it the situation with a jaundice eye.  But this week a local fisherman called here to see if we had ethanol in our gas, to which I replied no, ours is 100% gas, Brant special orders it.  This fisherman told me had been running gas with ethanol in it and it cost him in the thousands of dollars to have his motor repaired.  Service stations are not required to post whether they have ethanol in their fuel or how much, and many times the clerk has no Idea.  Also, our diesel fuel is low sulfur which is better on those engines.  We are our biggest fuel customers, buying fuel for our charter boats, and Captain Brant is very particular about his equipment, we cannot afford breakdowns. .... Just some food for thought on a Sunday morning.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Jimmy Lee Williams" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/27/08
 

I got word late yesterday that the OIFC's good friend Jimmy Lee Williams had been hospitalized in Myrtle Beach for a heart ailment.  For those of you that don't know Jimmy Lee, he is an active member of the Little River Fishing Club and an outstanding blue water fisherman himself.  Without Jimmy Lee's efforts, events like the Dixie Chicken Tourmanent and the Rumble in the Jungle would look very different.  Also, there would be a few less marlin in the ocean with holes in their jaws!  Jimmy Lee caught the largest marlin of the 2007 season in the area, which pictures estimate at more than 400 pounds.  I am told that Jimmy Lee is in good spirits at Grand Strand Hospital, and that he may be able to return early next week.  Let's keep him in our thoughts and prayers as he recovers--I'm sure he is ready to get better and get ready to go fishing again!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Go Fishin'" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/27/08
 

It's 7:00 am, there's no wind  the water is flat and  we have clear skies.  The boat ramp parking lot already has a few trucks in it.  We've got plenty of bait and fuel.  Take advantage, get rid of the cabin fever.......go fishin'!!!!!!

Update...lot of boats are out and reports are that the pogies are holding right of shore off of Holden Beach near the Shallotte Inlet.  Also the ocean is smooth, at least near shore.  No one has told me anything about off shore.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Hold Your Horses!!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/25/08
 

I just read Weather.com and even though I'm at the coast I scared me.  I don't know what's going on up the coast, but what we have here is what Rube calls a "Mullet blow",  I've seen a couple of hard heads blow by me at  the Trailer Park Yacht Club and Marina .Granted the wind is kicking out of the NNE and it's raining cats and dogs, but we're not having problems of the proportion that the Weather Channel is describing on the east coast.  Brunswick county is OK.

  I checked on a couple of houses this afternoon and the ocean near shore was almost flat.  It had some rollers, but nothing like I expected.  Even the east end was not taking a beating like I thought it would.  A pleasant surprise. Hopefully this system will get out of here and we can get some fishing before Kyle slides up off the coast


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Reds before the storm" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/25/08
 

Terry Franklin, of Denver, NC sent me these pictures from his trip to the Little River Jetties last Thursday before the wind and rain started down there.  He caught 10 drum from 25-31 inches on Gotcha! plugs, along with some monster spanish mackerel.  I fished there on Tuesday with Bill Creveling and was amazed at the amount of bait we saw, Terry's email made it sound like there was even more down there later in the week.  I can't wait for this terrible weather to move on so we can get back to soaking some hooks--I bet the fish will be biting from Bonaparte's creek all the way to the blue water.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Thar She Blows" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/25/08
 

I'm sure anyone reading this report knows how to check the weather report.  However, since I'm on the scene I can tell you wind is BLOWING!!! out of the north north east.  It feels like its blowing harder than Hanna.  The OIFC canal is white capping and the sea gulls are grounded.  No telling whats happening to the east end of Ocean Isle.

If anyone wants me to go by and check your boat or property call the OIFC and I'll be glad to.  I don't get off until two, but will check it as soon as I do.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"King Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/22/08
 

Just received a report  from Captain Roger that the King bite was hot yesterday between Youpon and Ocean Crest Pier. Some 40 lbers were caught.  There were about 8 boats out and the Kings were skying.  Thankfully the wind is not blowing like predicted.  The temps. have dropped, so the bite may be on.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"On Shore" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/21/08
 

Is anything safe from an outdoors man?  Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy) sent me this picture of a buck he took yesterday while bow hunting.  The economy may be bad, but I believe Jeff will always have food on his table.  As soon as the winds die down he'll give the deer a break and get back on the water.

As for me, I tried my hand at hull repair on my Wave Runner after getting tips from Trent Taylor of Taylor's Marine Repair.  This sounds like an advertisement, (maybe it is) but Trent has passed the scrutiny of the OIFC and is highly recommended.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"2 Best Fishing Days" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/20/08
 

There's a saying that goes "the two best fishing days are yesterday and tomorrow".  That's the way it was today.  Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy) had a half day inshore/near shore charter.  When he returned he was ab-so-lut-ly discusted!!!  Yesterday everyone was limiting out on Spanish Mackerel.  Today you couldn't buy one.  Jeff trolled from Shallotte Inlet to the Sunset Pier and back to the Lockwood Folly Inlet and only caught one Spanish.  He worked every location he'd marked on his GPS and all but got skunked.  He even went Flounder Fishing and only caught one.  Jeff was so upset that he rescheduled his afternoon trip until Sunday morning.  He didn't want to just take someone's money, he wanted to give them their money's worth and have a opportunity to catch fish.

I heard Captain David Hooks along with  his son Tripp, and Austin Aycock on the radio.  They were Mullet fishing, "looking for dinner", I don't think they did too well.Jeff Beck (Hook 'em Up) fished the Carolina Beach Flounder Tournament and he didn't fair much better.  All of these guys are excellent fishermen with track records to prove it.

The OIFC Service Award goes to Captain Roger. (he's not eligible for Employee Of The Month, just me) .  Thursday, he gave the shirt off his back.  Today, an angler spun a prop and Roger took time to get him back on the water.  Seriously, not everyone is as good hearted as Captain Roger.  When they made him they threw the mold away,  that could be a good thing.  But that's  part of why I enjoy working at the OIFC.  Our folks are always ready and willing to help, whether it's like Roger today, giving fishing advice, and sometimes the shirt off Roger's back..

I don't get any pleasure writing about poor fishing, but there's always tomorrow.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Spanish Again!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/19/08
 

Captain Chris Dew (OIFC 2) and Captain Roger (Carolina Cat) just called me here at the OIFC  with a Spanish report as well as an update on the ocean conditions.

They are both fishing the Youpon Reef and the Holden Beach areas and judging by their radio traffic and reports they are putting a big dent in the Spanish Mackerel population.   Also, Rick Harrison of Lexington N.C.  came in and said he and his fishing partner caught so many Spanish, so fast that they had to go to the G-Mack to re-energize.  We have a "slight breeze" of maybe 15- 20 knots out of the east north east and both  Captains report 2-3 ft seas near shore.  But the weather is cool, perfect for fishing.

Now is the time to get into the Rodeo in the Spanish division.  You can sign up over the phone or email with a credit card, or better yet come on down!!

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Espanol Caballay y Jurel Ray" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/18/08
 

Just a little Spanish lingo since the catch of the day was Spanish Mackerel with a few Kings thrown in for good measure!  Captain Roger was the first away with Tim Craft (New Jersey) and Manfred Buller (Pinehurst, N.C.)  They fished from the Youpon Reef to the Shallotte Inlet.  The bait was thick and marked by the birds diving.  Shortly thereafter, Captain Jeff Williamson of the "Get Busy" went Spanish fishing with Sean Carr and his friend Keary of Virginia.  He joined Roger off Holden Beach.  They were trolling silver Clark Spoons behind #1 planers.  Both caught a bucketful of Spanish each and Roger topped the morning off with two very nice Kings.

The day started off beautiful and sunny  with a lunar high tide, as you can see in the picture.  About 10 am the wind kicked up, but the ocean was calm near shore.  By later in the day the wind shifted and laid out.  In fact it was smooth enough for me to take the jet ski out to  the Little River Reef  area as I was exploring back water fishing grounds around Hog Inlet.  Jeff took the day to pre fish for this weekend's Flounder tournament at Carolina Beach.  Barrett went out on his Ranger Extreme.  Jeff and his crew got into the Flounder behind Bald Head Island and I have not talked to Barrett.  Capt. Chris B had an afternoon near shore charter on the Carolina Cat, I hope to have his report tomorrow.

And never say Roger won't give you the shirt off his back.  He was cleaning charter's catch when several ladies came out with a list of things they needed for a scavenger hunt.  First on the list was they had to have a picture of them on a fishing boat.  Done!  We took a photo of them on the OIFC 2.  Then they needed a small fish.  Bang!  We hooked them up with an OIFC select mud minnow.  Third on the list was, you guessed it, the shirt off a man's back...and there was Roger.  He gave him his fish scented SKA T- shirt right off his back.  The OIFC is here to serve your every need...pretty much.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Cool Air Hot Bite" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/17/08
 

What a relief this morning waking up to mid 60 degree weather.  I was supposed to work in the office all day, but with the first day of cool air I had to break free for an evening on the water.  There is no more pleasant time to be on the water than a crisp fall afternoon/evening.  I left the OIFC around 5:00pm in the Ranger Banshee Extreme and headed south in the waterway.  I decided to target shallow water redfish this afternoon because the tide was just right going from dead low to mid low.  I dropped the trolling motor in and tied on a redfish magic spinnerbait on one rod and a berkley Gulp jerk bait on the other.  I worked the banks with the spinnerbait as I moved further back in the creek.  Things just looked fishy so I kept a keen eye out for any sign of a redfish.  The first encounter was a couple of fish I spooked that left their calling card of stirred up mud.  I kept seeing more and more bait and bait being attacked.  Finally I came around a corner where the creek opened up more into a small bay and between two oyster bars I saw what had to be a redfish.  The fish was making a huge wake as bait schools were trying to avoid the ambush.  I quietly shut off the trolling motor, stopped the boat with the power pole and grabbed the Berkley Gulp jerk bait.  I made one cast from the bow in a pocket about 3 feet wide.  After one twitch I was tight to a very angry redfish.  Hooking and fighting an upper slot red in less than a foot of water is awesome.  The fish went tearing across the creek with his back out of the water.  After an exciting 5 minute battle I brought the fish alongside and put him in the boat.  I was anxious to test out my livewell system so I kept him until I got back to the Fishing Center where he was released.  I fished for about 30 more minutes and saw more action but was unable to attract another strike.  I saw redfish feeding with their tails out of the water on two occassions.  I spooked several more fish and saw others pushing water.  I have a long way to go in figuring this fishery out, but every time I'm able to get on the water I learn something new. All in all it was a great evening to be outside.  The fish was just icing on the cake. 
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Fishy Time" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/16/08
 

Fall is definitely in the air and in the forecast.  Today the temps were down a bit from the sweltering heat we've had, but with a northeast wind forecasted for the rest of the week I'm sure it will feel like Fall.  Today I ventured out on the Ranger Banshee Extreme to survey the inshore fishing scene.  When I arrived at the dock, Capt. Jeff Williamson had a wide eyed look on his face and began to poor out a story about an enormous school of big tarpons he found on his charter that morning.  Jeff reported that on his way in from Yaupon reef towards the beach he came across a school of spanish, which he stopped on and began fishing.  Immediately he noticed huge splashes and then seconds later identified the splashes as tarpon rolling in the bait.  He said the school had hundreds of fish in it.  He tried trolling plugs for the tarpon but they were uninterested.  He did attract a couple strikes from large black tip sharks.  Other than the tarpon and sharks Jeff brought back a limit of big spanish mackerel that were readily available.  We don't see tarpon all that often in these parts, but if it's going to happen this is the right time of year.  Typically they will be found near inlets or in baits pods on the beach.  Interested by this report but too short on time to make the run to Yaupon, I decided to run down the waterway and came out of Tubbs inlet in the ocean and headed for the Little River jetties.  That's the great thing about this boat.  It's not afraid of skinny water.  I ran out of Tubbs at dead low with no problem and into the flat calm ocean.  I arrived to a very alive scene at the jetties.  School after school of finger mullets were making their way out with the tide and being ambushed by predator fish.  There was also a school of big Fall mullets on the south side of the jetties as well acres of pogies.  There is plenty of food around for the gamefish.  My first plan of attack was throwing a jig around the tip of the jetties in hopes of finding a redfish bite.  Unfortunately I was unsuccessful, either due to the fact I likely didn't have enough weight for the current or I was impatient.  The impatiency came from the fact I was so distracted by the constant barrage of bait fish being exploded from the surface by topwater feeders.  I made my way to the north jetty and began throwing a topwater plug and it was on.  For the next hour I watched fish explode on my topwater plug, which to me is the most exciting strike in fishing.  The spanish were so thick one would miss the plug and before he could relaunch himself another had picked it up.  These were all quality fish up to 5lbs.  In addition the ladyfish bite was on fire.  I hadn't caught many of these before but they are a ton of fun especially on light gear.  They look like a baby tarpon and fight the same way making jump after jump once hooked up.  Lastly, I was really surprised when I was working my plug back to the boat and a 100+lb black tip shark blew up on it right next to the boat.  This didn't work out too good on my light tackle outfit and was quickly busted off.  With all the excitement fishing I forgot to keep an eye on the sky, which I paid for with a ride back to the OIFC in lightning and stinging rain.  Besides the ride home it was a pretty fun afternoon of inshore fishing.  Redfish are still at the top of my desired species list, but it's hard to pass up that kind of feeding frenzy no matter what type of fish it is.  The water is alive with bait fish right now so I expect the predator fish to go on the feed very soon. 
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Gagalicious" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/15/08
 

It seems that Jeff Martini did a bit of diving this weekend on the "Dirty Martini."  It also seems that the gags may be moving inshore.  Check out this nice grouper.  Won't be long before we can catch them at their usual late season haunts.  Yet another sign that fall is near.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Hey, we're Hooked Up! Again!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/14/08
 

I got a chance to do some long overdue Gulf Stream fun fishing yesterday, and was it ever worth it!  Joe Seegers invited me to join him and his co-workers Rick and Bobby from Crocker's Marine on the "Hooked Up" out of Southport.  I brought along Greg Bullock and Ray LaBonte and we all met on the docks at 5:30.  The seas were nearly perfect and we rolled out to the Steeples at nearly 26 knots, a quick ride in a 40 foot custom diesel boat.  The first hour was almost uneventful as we pulled off a wahoo and watched an uninterested sail sniff at our short rigger bait.  We tried to drop on some grouper and certainly got our share of bites, but had problems overcoming 2.5+ knots of current in over 300 feet of water.  I donated a large supply of jigs to whatever lives in that depth--had no problem hooking them but could not get them up on my 80# leader.  Anyways, we wen't back to trolling and were rewarded with two nice (30#-40#) wahoo, two chunky blackfin tunas, two dolphinfish, and the final bite of the day, a 50# sailfish.  Add that to two scamps and a few jacks, and not a bad day at all.  It's always nice to come back to the dock with meat in the box and a flag flying.  Great day with a great crew.  Can't wait to do it all again.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/13/08
 

I couldn't think of a snappy title, so I just went with what I had.  Today was a beautiful day here. This time of year is perfect, the weather is great, the traffic and crowds are such that you can get around, launch a boat and go out to eat with relative ease.  Also, the fishing is picking up.  In the past few days, the Red bite has been on at the Jetties, while Flounder are hitting in the Shallotte Inlet.

Offshore, the Wahoo bite has picked up in the Stream.  I also heard a lot of double and triple hook up talk on the radio.  Roger had a near shore charter today and reported the Spanish being thick along Holden Beach as well as ample bait.  In addition to this, young Rhett Clodfelter caught a Citation 54" Barracuda.

The OIFC Year Round Rodeo has picked up a few more entries, so the pot is continuing to increase.  Prime fishing time is near and the Rodeo goes on until December 6th so it 's not too late to enter.  The more the merrier!! 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Red Hot" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/12/08
 

Captain Roger passed on to me reports of a hot Red Drum bite going on today.  He gave me the location but promised bodily harm if I reported it.  Just know the bite IS on.

I took the jet ski out today to explore the back waters.  If you want to take a beautiful and exciting trip, go up the Shallotte River to the bridge in Shallottte.  It was a goal I had and fulfilled it.  I also took old Mad Inlet up to the Main St. of Sunset Beach.  I am going to test all these areas for fishing.

I've gotten several phone calls regarding navigation the Shallotte Inlet.  Roger has made two trips since Hannah and said it is unchanged.  The buoys are missing.  Be reminded that he went out on the World Cat with outboards.

Our weather is going to be great so take a trip, if you can afford the gas and come visit up.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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