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START 1) 45.60 - Clearly Hooked     2) 44.00 - Team Grip Flip     3) 43.05 - Fish Hard Gear     4) 43.00 - Outta Line     5) 42.10 - Reel Methods     6) 41.05 - Open Wide     7) 39.45 - Shockwave     8) 39.35 - Beeracuda     9) 37.80 - Conference Call     10) 37.30 - Wilm Auto/King Hunter     11) 37.10 - Karma Bites     12) 36.85 - Four Sons     13) 36.20 - Lil John/Reel em up     14) 36.00 - Sea P.A.     15) 35.50 - OIFC     16) 35.15 - O D Bank     17) 34.80 - Max'd Out     18) 34.55 - On Point     19) 34.35 - King Carnivore     20) 34.35 - All In/AM    FINISH

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"Bummed..Sort Of" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/24/09
 

The past couple of weeks have made writing the Fishing Report fun and easy if not repetitive, you know.  pogies off OIB and Kings at the 90's.  Well things have slowed the past couple of days.  Inshore there are still reds and good size flounder being caught.

Jeff and I made a short inshore trip today and to be honest, we got skunked.  I don't feel too bad though because everyone I talked to were having the same misfortune.  Bait was easy enough to find, with the best place being the beach at the campground at Shallotte Inlet.  Not to make excuses but the water was very murky probably due to the wind and extremely high tides.

I've written a lot, to say there is really nothing to report....sort of like a politician.  But I'm not giving up, with your help we'll find the fish and the reports will be easy to write.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Traveling Fisherman Next Trip" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/24/09
 

For those not familiar with OIFC's Traveling Fisherman program, essentially it is meant to be an opportunity for fishing friends of the OIFC to travel together to unique and extraordinary fishing destinations around the world.  Captain Brant and I are fortunate to have made many contacts in the fishing industry over our careers through the Ocean Isle Fishing Center platform and thus we have access to information that allows us to distinguish quality fishing adventures from potential disappointments and unmet expectations. 

It's hard to imagine right now in the middle of summer, but come January many of us will be ready for a trip to the lower latitudes in search of sun and fish.  I'm happy to report we have found the next destination for the Traveling Fisherman in 2010.  After significant research, we have decided to put a trip together to head back to Panama and fish the world renown Hannibal Banks and Montosa Island.  Different from our trip in 2008, this time we will be stationed landside at the Paradise Fishing Lodge.  Check out www.paradise-fishing-lodge.com to see more details about the location and fishing options.  The resort sits on the side of a mountain over looking Coiba National Park and the river that feeds out to the Pacific.  The name of the town is Quebrada de Piedra GPS N 08.06.410 W 081.41.778.  This trip can accomodate up to 15 fishermen and fisherwormen.  Fishing is done from 25'-30' center consoles with between 2 to 4 people per boat.  The dates are not set in stone, but currently it looks like the trip will take place March 4th, 2010 thru March 9th, 2010, 5 nights and 4 days fishing.  March 4th is a travel day.  March 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th are all fish days and the 9th is a travel day home.  Rates for this trip will vary depending whether you would like to fish 2, 3, or 4 to a boat.  I am recommending 3 per boat at the request of the camp operator and thru personal experience. The fishing is typically phenomenal during this time in Panama.  You will have the option to throw popping plugs to yellowfin tuna up to 200lbs, troll live tunas for giant black marlin, throw jigs and topwater plugs to rooster fish and snapper, or sit at the pool and drink margaritas!

This trip will accomodate 15 fishermen and yes this a fisherwomen friendly adventure.  For those that have interest please email me captbarrett@oifc.com and I will answer all the questions I can and get answers to the rest.  I will drop reminders over the next few months in the OIFC fishing report.  Thanks and let's go fishing!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Name That Baby" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/23/09
 

Most of you know that my wife Amy is due with our 2nd child- a boy.  She has 3 weeks left and we STILL do not have a name.  Names such as Jackson, Benjamin, Griffin have come from her side and names such as Mackerel (call him Mac), Penn, Knot..  have come from my side- but nothing has really popped.  I'd like a name that is original, says I'm a man's man, but not too stuffy -- and be nice if it has some sort of nautical conotation was involved.  So, I am reaching out for help.  EMAIL ME your idea and if we pick your name, I'll send you some OIFC stuff -FREE --

On the fishing scene- the bite has slowed down the past few days.  This is due either to the East wind or the fact that the Kings typically slow down this time of year- we'll see.  Still been catching a Mahi or two on every trip while fishing in 65 feet and a few Sails to boot.  Pogys still plentiful, but I think they may be thinning as well -- we'll see, not quite as optomistic today as early in the week.  I"ll keep you posted on the fishing and prospective baby names.

Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Wed.'s King Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/22/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson and Captain Turtle Patterson took a charter made up of Andy Hart, Jordan Hart, Tim Tyo, Jake Tyo of Massena, NY and Marty Ziarko of Rochester, NY to the 90's on a half day charter.  While there they caught several Kings and had some break offs. Andy landed the biggest King, weighing 22.9 lbs.

Meanwhile Captain Chris Dew also went to the 90's with Todd Tharpe, Eddie Tharpe, Nathen Bell, and Ryan Hayes  all from western N.C.'s Wilkes County.  They are pictured below with their catch.

Meanwhile, William and Pat Parker headed to the Atlantic Ledge.  William said the cigar minnows were thick enough to walk on.  While there they caught dolphin and lost a sail fish.  Sounds like the Ledge may be a good place to try.  Unfortunately, William's camera failed him.  Perhaps we should take up a collection and get William a new camera.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Kenzie Hill's Flounder" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/22/09
 

WOW!!!  Check out Kenzie's flounder!  She was fishing in Tubbs Inlet Saturday with her Mom Daniele, Dad, Kennon, and friend Thomas Willis when she landed this 4.2 lb. Flounder.  The doormat hit a mullett on Kenzie's kiddie Zebco rod and reel.  Great job and keep it up!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Stud mackerel" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/22/09
 

Check out this silver missle, weighed in Sunday in the OIFC Rodeo.  I will have to get with Rear Admiral Rickey Beck to get the weight and current standings, but it's safe to say that this one is near the top.  Neal Loman and Kathy Davis (both pictured) along with Robin Loman were the ones that put this smoker on ice.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Tuesday's Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/21/09
 

Captain Turtle and Captain Zach had a charter to the 70 ft. Hole today.  They found their bait just west of the Shallotte.  On the half day trip they landed a alf dozen kings, dolphin and they caught and released a sail fish.

Also Captain Chris Dawson of the 22 ft Sea Hunt, Miss Janelle stopped by the scales and weighed in a citation 32.3 lb king.  Chris was fishing with the Cauble's of Salisbury, N.C., Miss Stacy, Travis, Steve and Jason who landed the king.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Chase Downing's Trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/21/09
 

Below are pictures sent to me by Clark Downing of a charter he and his brother, Kyle and Kyle's son 7 yr old Chase had on the World Cat with Captain Chris Dew  Monday.  As Clark said,  "there's nothing better than watching a child catch their first huge fish".  The Downings came and visited us from Columbus, Ohio.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/21/09
 

pictured below:

top- Mackelfresh family from Charlotte, nice AM trip with me on Sunday- big fish 26+ pounds

2nd to top- 6 year old David Ratley got some help from grand dad Dan Ratley, Tommy Helms and captain Tommy Litton of the Superficial in catching this citiation size 34 pound King at the 390/390.

The offshore fishing this Summer has been nothing short of phenomenal.  The weather has been cooperative and the Kings, Mahi and Cobia have been available for anglers live bait fishing from 5-20 miles offshore.  As I said last week, I think a key ingredient to the exceptional fishing this Summer has been the abundance of Menhaden along the Brunswick County beaches.  If the food is present, the fish will not be far.  Beyond this, the availability and ease to which you can find and net Menhaden to use for fishing is at historic levels.  For over 15 years I have operated a charter fishing business from Ocean Isle, and never have I seen Menhaden so plentiful.  Having live Menhaden to use for bait almost always makes a day of fishing more successful and certainly it increases the size of the fish you will catch.  Charter fishing has been great for our customers and satisfied customers equals returns visits, which means more visitors to the area.  Our fishing has always been good, but I am sincere in saying it has gone to another level.  Hopefully it will continue and area visitors and home owners can partake in this great fishery that is once again developing off our beaches.
This past week saw the return of the Mahi and Cobia.  We had a great June and early July for catching a mix of Mahi, Cobia and Kings while fishing the 50-70 foot depth range, but the last couple of weeks, the Mahi and Cobia pretty much disappeared the Kings were left to rule.  However, I won’t go further without mentioning the influx of Sailfish that also began around this time.  Just last week, I know of a dozen Sailfish hooked by live bait fishermen, including Yorke Pharr of Ocean Isle who released two Sailfish over the weekend while live bait fishing in 60 feet of water.  Midweek last week the Mahi and Cobia began to show again and not a day has gone by that one of our charter boats has not brought back at least one or both species, as well as still releasing the occasional Sailfish amongst the red hot King Mackerel bite.  Hot fishing spots have been the Shark Hole, 65 foot hole, 70 foot hole, 390/390, and Jungle.  I personally haven’t been off to the 100 foot depth range to do any Grouper fishing , but I understand they are biting pretty good around the southwest Tower bottoms in 95-120 feet of water.  In addition, the Gulf Stream trolling will still produce Wahoo and Mahi.  From now through September is your best chance to find Sailfish and White Marlin in the Stream as well.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"New Week" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/20/09
 

A lot of fish were caught  last week, and this week is starting off with a bang.  In the first picture are Jeremy and Andrew Walling from Virginia.  Andrew is holding a Cobia, while Mike, the third angler caught a Dolphin, which had already made his way to Captain Jeff Williamson's cleaning table.

In the next picture are Spencer Young family, from Lynchburg, Va. along with Dominic Esposito of Va. Beach, Va.  They caught their fish fishing with Captain Chris Dew.  All  the charters caught their fish using pogies which were caught just off OIB.

The last picture is of Capt.  Matt Owens holding a 51 lb. Cobia he caught while fishing the 70 ft hole Saturday at about 8:30 am.  Capt. Matt said the Cobia was caught in the prop wash after several attempts to get him to bite.  He bit a pogy to start with, spit the hooks, then four tries later he swallowed a double pogy rig and the fight was on!  Matt won.  Captain Matt got his pogies in the ICW just beyond the Shallotte River.  He said for the most part they were about hand sized.  Matt fishes a 1970's Parker that he has reworked and re powered.  He fishes inshore shallows as well as off shore.  This is a sweet all around boat and is named the Mac Solo. (I hope I got the spelling right..I'll double check).


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"At the 90's" | OIFC 2- 27' | 07/19/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy) fished the OIFC 2 Contender with Marie Irby of Charlotte, N. C.  They were a little later getting started and got to the 90's about the time we were leaving.  Captain Jeff said it was a little slow for him, until the tide turned, then the 90's came to life.  Marie limited out on kings.  Below is a picture of one really nice one she had
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Further out" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/19/09
 

Captain Brant and his charter,  the Mackelfresh family of Charlotte, N.C.,  father, Richard, and sons Andy, Richie and and Rob, passed us and went to 70 ft. of water.  There a landed kings and amberjacks.  The guys said they caught their limit of kings and had thrown some back.  They each caught an amberjack.  They said kings were skying all around them, that they'd never seen anything like it.  Below are a couple of pictures with some of their kings, Andy is holding a 26.4 lb king he caught.    
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Morning Trip" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/19/09
 

Capt. Jeff Beck and I were joined by Courtney and Camdyn Beck and Jon and Leah Hayes for a King trip to the 90's.  Along with the OIFC boats we located pogies in front of the tower off OIB and at the mouth of Tubbs Inlet.  As soon as we reached the 90's and put lines in, I got a hit from a 4.5 lb. spanish which hit a naked pogy behind a Yea Haw Fish Call.  Right after that Jon hooked up with a 17.3 lb king in the propwash.  Then right after that, poor Camdyn wasn't feeling good so we headed for "the hill".
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Brunswick Co. Doormat" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/18/09
 

This isn't the kind of doormat you wipe your feet on.  It's the kind that's in the heart and soul of every flounder fisherman.  Pictured is an 8.2 lb. flounder caught by David Aldridge from Boone, N.C.  With David are Brett and Holly Aldridge and not pictured is Gene Norris.  They didn't share where they landed their citation flounder.  Congratulations and thanks for letting us weigh and do a write up  on your catch!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"one Tough Customer!" | OIFC 2- 27' | 07/17/09
 

Captain Chris Dew was as proud as a papa when he called to have me meet him at the dock.  He had taken John Aguiar and his 7 yr old son, Sabastian fishing today.  When the seas turned rough, Sabastian hung in like an "old salt" until he caught HIS fish.  Sabastian returned to the OIFC docks with a 4+ pound Spanish.  Captain Chris said that as they trolled the waves were almost breaking over the side of the 27 ft. Contender, yet Sabastian hung in!  A true future fisherman.  Perhaps a future charter captain?  They both hail from Hoboken, N.J.

While all this was going on Doppler was diligently performing his duties as official OIFC greeter as he posed with Robert from Pinehurst, N.C. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Reds and Flounder" | Speckulator - 22' | 07/16/09
 

Captain Kyle had a half day charter with D. J., Ryan, and David Savage of Dallas and Wilmington, N.C.  That group got into the Reds'.  Meanwhile Captain Jeff Beck and Jon Hayes caught flounder in the Shallotte River. Below are a couple of pictures of some of their fish.

Also while all the Charter Captains are out having "fun in the sun", don't forget the behind the scene store staff such as Virginia Beckham, shown here today spooling a reel.  Check the matching shirt and fishing line.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fish-N-Trip" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/16/09
 

Thanks to the crew of the Fish-N-Trip for stopping by the OIFC and letting us weigh the 29.2 King Billy McLean landed, and the 4.4 lb. Spanish Sarah McLean caught.  The crew of the triple engined Fountain was made up of Billy McLean, Matt Johnson, Mac McHenry and Sarah McLean.  I hope I got everyone's name correct as my pen failed me!  Let me know if I need to make changes.  Thanks for allowing me to take the pictures and use them on the Report
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"70 ft Hole" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/16/09
 

Our boats shifted gears and locations and went to the 70 ft. Hole.  Captain Zach and Captain Turtle chartered Ronnie, Garrett, and Dylan Helms, Mike and Ava Morris and Marissa Mull of Salisbury, N.C. on a very productive half day trip.  Ronnie landed the big Dolphin in the picture, and Garrett got the smaller one.  The crew trolled with Pogies. 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Morning Charters" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/16/09
 

Capt. Brant took Josh Weaver, Mandy Weaver, Doug Weaver, from Lima OH., MacKenzie Betts,of Columbus, OH. Amy Weaver and Melody Madigan of Conway, AK. for a morning charter.  The day began with Brant boating Pogies he caught just west of the Shallotte Inlet off of OIB.  They then went to 65 feet of water where Josh hooked up with the Bull Dolphin pictured below.  Also caught were several Sharks, Barracudas and Kings.  A very productive trip indeed.

Captain Chris Dew took Blake Steen, Joel White, Jarrett Sparks and Ken Sparks from Concord, N.C. on a half day trip.  Joel experienced the excitement of hooking up with a Sail, while Ken landed the big King in the picture below and Jarrett boated the smaller one.  Both boats are out on afternoon charters now.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"2nd Trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/15/09
 

Capt. Jeff Williamson and Capt. Turtle Patterson finished their day out with a 2nd trip to the 90's.  Pictured below is J.D. Ray of Concord, N.C. with a King he landed.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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