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"Hot Off Shore Bite" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/20/09
 

Amber and Daniel Simmons of OIB Ready Mix came to the OIFC dock today with the results of a very productive day of fishing near the Black Jack.  Aboard their center console Contender they had several Black Fin Tuna,a handful of sizable Mahi,and some excellent sized Wahoo, one which weighed 36.2 lbs and was just a little bigger than the next smallest.

The crew authorized me to share the particulars of the trip.  They started south of the Black Jack but didn't get any real action until just north of the Black Jack.  The seas were a little over 5 feet and the water was 73 degrees.  They were using a purple braid high speed plug.  They said they used a "Florida style lure" for the Black Fin.  This lure has been very effective for them in the past.  I'll post some pictures ASAP.

Captain Brant reported catching Pogies in the Cape Fear near the American fish Co. and Provisions.

Captain Chris Dawson reported he caught a cooler full of Sea Bass, with several weighing 5lbs+.  He fishing in 80 ft of water.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Another Hot Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/19/09
 

 Dean, Spatholt, Dennis Watson and the rest of the crew of the Fishmeister Yellow Fin had an impressive catch of of Wahoo and Grouper Saturday. The Wahoo were caught while high speed trolling.  Though this wasn't passed on, it sounded like the trolling technique for Black Barts.

They crew also moped up on Grouper while vertical jigging in 130 feet of water.  This is a new method that not only puts more action in bottom fishing but is extremely effective.  We have all the equipment needed for this new exciting type of fishing, including light weight super strong rods, reels, braid and jigs.  Check out our Custom Off Shore  Conventional  Jigging Combo, the OIFC Custom Spin Jigging Combo and the Shimano Lucanus Jigs  If you haven't tried this yet, you ought to give it a shot.

Also on the bottom fishing subject, Captain Chris Dawson reported catching  big Sea Bass, some of which were in the 5 lb+ range Saturday in 80 feet of water.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Sea Bass & Beeliners" | OIFC 2- 27' | 04/19/09
 

Yesterday I had the privelege of taking John Sr. of Shallotte, his sons, John Jr. and Steve on a 3/4 day venture in search of Black Sea Bass. The sea was beautiful and we headed out to the Governor to start the day. On the ride out we kept our eyes open for Bonita but did not see any action. The water temperature was 59 until we were about 12 miles out and began seeing 60 degree water. Upon arrival at the Governor we marked good bottom and dropped our lines. We were immediately rewarded with some sea bass. We dropped anchor and deployed a chum bad to entice the fish away from the structure. Several fish were caught but most were undersized. When we started catching sharks I decided to make a move to deeper water so we packed up and headed to the Clay hole. We were marking fish all over the bottom. After anchoring John Sr. dropped his rig to the bottom and immediately pulled up two keeper Sea Bass. For the next couple of hours we caught several nice Sea Bass (Green Backs) and beautiful Vermillion Snapper in the 14-15" range. As it was nearing the end of our day we made a couple of stops on the way in without much luck. Most of the bass caught in less than 70' of water were undersized. All in all a great day of fishing. Stay tuned as things pick up.
- Capt. Chris Dew
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"End of Day" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/18/09
 

The morning report wished everyone good huntin'.  Maybe that should be done everyday.  Captain Roger and Captain Zach on in Carolina Cat found 76 degree water, along with Mahi, Black Fin and Grouper.  Zach said the seas were only 2-3 feet.   Never being satisfied, Captain Roger said the biggest problem they faced was  a lack of bait in the area, even the flying fish were scarce today.   Continued warm weather will correct this problem quickly.  You just can't satisfy some people.

The in shore bite also heated up, not just  the bite, but more so the competition among friends in the Rodeo.  Brian Aycock avenged his son Austin, by knocking Brandon Sauls down a notch in the trout division of the OIFC Rodeo.  Brian weighed in a 6.1 lb trout early in the morning.  The cell phones started  buzzing and before the smoke settled Brandon showed up at the scales with a big trout of his own.  But it wasn't quite big enough.  When it  went on the scales, the weight jumped back and forth between 6lbs and 6.1 lbs., but settled on 6 lbs even.   Brandon released the trout alive. Later in the day Captain Kyle weighed in his own 6.1 lb trout, but since Brian was first to draw blood he is still in first place.  This battle isn't over.

Speaking of battles, next weekend is Tripp and Austin's Back Water Battle Tournament.  This is the 2nd year of this tournament and it is growing in popularity.  The 3 amigos will surely continue their war in this event, so the trout should be ware!  Anyone wanting more information can contact  at the OIFC or  the several other area business who support this growing event.

Meanwhile, back at the Craven St. docks, Captain Jeff Beck was joined by Steve Lanier and his sons Chase and 3 year old Braden on Steve's Sea Pro bay boat.  These guys did battle with black drum all day long.  Jeff said the drum were hitting one right after another with one dressing out at 10 lbs.  Young Braden hung with them the whole day.  A couple of future anglers in the making?

If you don't have access to live shrimp, the next best bait  in shore is DOA  Shrimp, Billy Bay Halo's, Berkley Gulp Shrimp, or live mud minnows.

Captain Zach just  sent a text and said their bite was on cedar plugs, with the 2 hottest being the ones 3 year old  Camdyn Beck painted with glitter paint  for Captain Roger to use.  Also some live mullet and blues didn't hurt, and if you can't get  someone  to paint your cedar plugs, the OIFC has an assortment, or you can try your hand with one of the hottest lures on the market, the Black Bart.  Hope to have more hot action to report soon.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Morning Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/18/09
 

Looks like the warmest water is around the Black Jack, some folks are headed to the Steeples, with the Tower as a back up plan. We've got a swell at the Tower and the wind is 0.0 mph......it looks fantastic for fishing today.  I've got the radio on at the OIFC and it sounds like a lot of boats are out. including Team GPS Store...'bout time the wind layed down and let us fish!!!

Near shore, we hace reports of Spanish off the Youpon Pier.  The Inshore bite has been hot for the last week.  All bases are covered.

 Capt. Roger and Capt. Zach are headed to the Black Jack on the Carolina Cat.  I hope to have a great report tonight and some action pictures.  GOOD HUNTIN' EVERYBODY.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"RODEO UPDATE" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/16/09
 

Brandon Sauls knocked Austin Aycock out of first place in the Speckled Trout Division with a 5.4 lb Trout.  Brandon caught his leader board Trout on 4-12-09.  This puts Austin in 2nd place.  Also on the leader board are Amy Mcmullian-39.9 lb Wahoo, Rube McMullan-2.8 lb Sea Bass, John Bird-19.8 lb Dolphin, Austin Aycock-2.6 Trout, and Brandon Sauls with his 5.4 ib. Trout.  The total pay out is $760.  Not to jinks things, but Saturday is looking better and better for fishing, come down, join up and go fishing!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Rodeo + Other Things" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/15/09
 

 

First thing , the OIFC Rodeo total jackpot has well surpassed the $700 mark, and it's only April.  Be sure to sign up soon, and don't forget to sign up at our fishing tournaments.  Speaking of which, the Far Out Shoot is coming in May,the Jolly Mon is in June, Tripp and Austin's Backwater Brawl is April 24-25,  Though it's not an OIFC Tournament, you can call us for information.  These two awesome anglers put a lot of effort in to putting this tournament together and they do it BY THEMSELVES!

Keep a close check on our Weather Page for this weekend. It looks like Saturday is going to be the day to get our "fish on".  I'll be open and ready for business by 6 am.

Finally, check out Starnewsonline.  In one of their stories thy report that the winning bidder has withdrawn his offer for the Frying Pan Tower.  The second highest bidder now has the option to buy it.  if he declines the bid is reopened.  It might be an interesting story to follow.  Captain Chris ought to be back Friday evening.  I hope we'll see you Saturday!!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Great weather weekend ahead- recommended fisheries" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/15/09
 

It has been a long time coming, BUT, the weather is really looking good for both Saturday and Sunday!  Warm, light winds and I predict the start of some good fishing.  I GUARANTEE the Atlantic Bonito will start biting this weekend somewhere between the General Sherman wreck off Little River and the 390/390 off Ocean Isle.  Saturday they should bite, but Sunday AM should be the best as the water will have settled and warmed.  The OIFC has put together an Atlantic Bonito "Starter Kit" that includes all the rigs you'll need to catch these hard fighting and great eating fish- CLICK HERE.

Unfortunately for you Stream trolling guys, the Stream continues to run well offshore of the break, which will likely make trolling slow.  I'll keep an eye on it though, as the wind shifts to the north and east, it may well push inshore for the weekend.  HOWEVER, even if it doesn't, this makes for the perfect opportunity to get into the vertical jigging craze that is becoming so popular.  Go to the Steeples, Black Jack or Winyah Scarp area armed with jigging outfits in the 60-80# class spooled with braid and Shimano Butterfly jigs or the BWC Roscoe jigs and you'll be set.  The Gag Grouper bite has been good using this technique in addition to catches of Cobia, African Pompano, Snapper and of course Amberjack.  Vertical jigging is a ton of fun as it keeps the fisherman very involved and leads to constant action.  You never know what you'll pull up next.  CLICK HERE for the OIFC's complete list of jigging equipment.

Lastly, you may want to try some fishing for Genuine Red Snapper.  Genuine Reds have become fairly rare in our area, but the best time to catch them seems to be in the Spring.  Without a doubt, the hot bait is a live Cigar Minnow and it just so happens they are plentiful and easy to jig right now over wrecks and structure in 75-80 feet of water.  You will want to then fish thes live Cigar Minnows similar to Grouper fishing, using the three way swivel rig, but with a few tweaks.  Scale your leader down to 50 or 60# fluorcarbon and make the leader a bit longer- 6-10 feet.  Also, use a smaller circle hook, a 6/0 Eagle Claw 2022 works well.  Fish this setup with a live Cigar Minnow over your typical Grouper hotspots in 75-110 feet of water and you should catch Genuine Reds.  Beware, you may encounter Grouper as well and they will be tough on the lighter leader.  Be prepared to scale up to 80-100# fluoro if needed.

Finally, inshore fishing is really heating up.  The Speckled Trout bite is really starting to go off and the Little River jetties should be hot this weekend.  The Sunset and OIB bridges have been good as well.  CLICK here for a variety of equipment the OIFC offers for Speckled Trout fishing.

I'm excited about the prospects for great fishing this weekend.  The OIFC will be open from 6am-9pm, Friday thru Sunday.  Stop in and visit our professional staff for last minute advice before you stock up to go fishing.  See you this weekend!

** I've got openings for my 1st fishing class of the season- Gulf Steam fishing- land class Sunday PM- 4/26 with fishing all day Monday- 4/27- call (910) 575-3474 to sign up

Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Info Passed On" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/14/09
 

Captain Chris Burrows is out of town for a few days due to the illness of a close friend.  However he forwarded these pictures from Michael Goodwin of a recent in shore fishing trip.   Michael thanked Chris for his info on the drum bite,  including a 5lb. a 3.5lb. and a barely legal red drum.

Michael also was hitting Chris up for his secrete recipe for his Wahoo Salad.  I had some and it's great.  Chris should  post it on our web site. 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"App State" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/13/09
 

I received this picture from from John Thompson Jr who fished in shore with Captain Kyle today.  I don't know the details, but I do know that Kyle's struck gold on every trip he's had this spring.  Mr. Thompson wanted to be sure we gave a shout out for Appalachian State, which is a I-AA football powerhouse.   Thanks for the Picture John.  Go Mountaineers!!!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"state record AJ" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/13/09
 

Got this report in-- thanks for contributing and congrats on an awesome catch!

My name is Andy Duskie and I was on the boat and took the photos of the state record Amberjack that was caught on 3-31-09. I wanted to share this with you in hopes that you can share this info with the fisherman that look at your site on a daily basis. Feel free to post the photos as they have already been in the paper and on various websites. Anyhow here is how it went down.

Report From 3-31-09

We left out of Bogue Inlet at 6 on the Deuces Wild with Mike Krantz, his father Ron and myself. (Andy Duskie). We started off nicely as we boated a Wahoo and a few Blackfins in no time at all. Then it started to get a little slow so we decided to do a little jigging. On our first drop I ended up with a average Gag and Mike and Ron both fought AJ's. So we got back out the trolling gear and steady picked at the Blackfins then we saw a school of them busting the surface so we packed up the trolling gear and got the jigs out as we wanted to catch a tuna on a jig. So Mike drops first and is fighting a big fish, now his dad Ron is hooked up and fighting an AJ. I pulled my jig in so that I could assist in releasing Ron's fish. Now we are razzing Mike a little because he is taking a little longer than usual. We were soon to understand why he took so long. Thirty minutes later it emerges from the deep, a big ole AJ. We knew it was at least a citation so we boated it. We continued fishing and catching Blackfins and then we called it a day. As we made the ride into Dudley's we were guessing at what the fish would weigh and if it would even be close to the State Record. We arrive at Dudley's and weight the fish, the AJ weighed in at 126.5, what do you know, a New State Record has been set. The fish might have gone 135 if we would of had ice to put on. (as we did not due to the fish box being full of meat fish). We are high fiving at this point and Mike is filling out paperwork. While we were there I saw quite a few Wahoo coming in and getting weighed for citations. All in all it was a great day and still would of been a great day even if Mike had not set a NEW NC STATE AJ RECORD!!!

Thanks for all you do for the fishing community and I look forward to fishing your Far Out Shoot Out, Jolly Man, and the Fall Brawl again this year.

Andy Duskie


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/13/09
 

The good fishing continued today on the inshore grounds, as John Thompson, of Albemarle, NC and myself set out on a speckled trout mission.  We succeeded, ending up with a solid catch of specks up to 3.5lbs or so.  We also add a couple of redfish and a flounder to the tally to complete an inshore slam for the day.  Most of our bites were on live shrimp, because fortunately I had a few left, but we also managed a couple of fish on artificials as well.  So even if you don't have access to live shrimp, there in still no reason to not go trout fishing right now, as they are responding well to shrimp imitations such as the Halo shrimp and the D.O.A.  The fishing is getting better by the day, so come on down and lets got get'em!


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"The State of the Union" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/13/09
 

I know its cliché to complain about the weather, but man do we ever get a break?  Offshore fishermen such as myself are chomping at the opportunity to head out in search of Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo, Mackerel, Grouper…. but the wind and thus resulting high seas has been relentless.  Low pressure systems have marched across the southeast for the past two plus weeks, bringing heavy rains and strong westerly winds.  The other problem with this scenario is the west wind is not conducive to kick starting the Spring fishing.  A west wind will blow off the land and thus pushes the warmer, offshore waters further offshore.  The Gulf Stream is over 80 miles away and thus, even when the winds do settle for a small opportunity to head off, the fishing has been less than average as a result of the unseasonable cool water; a result of all the west wind.  In a nut shell, we’re in a bad weather rut that is putting a damper on offshore fishing.  However, as I’ve said in the past, weather is a balance.  As bad as it is at one point in time, it will be just as good at another.  And thus I am saving up hope that once this current pattern changes, we will be left with a prolonged period of stable weather at a time of year when the fishing should be at peak.

The hottest fishing going has been the inshore fishery.  Capt. Kyle Hughes of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center charter fleet has reported very good fishing for Speckled Trout and Redfish over the past week.  He noted that last week the inshore waters warmed up to the low 60’s and the shrimp started filling the Intracoatal waterway.  Shortly after, he began catching good numbers of 2-3 pound Speckled Trout and Red Drum up to 6 pounds around docks and creek mouths off the Intracoastal.  Kyle admits there’s no replacement for a live shrimp under a popping cork, but he along with many island visitors that were fishing this past weekend had good luck using DOA and Halo shrimp under popping corks or bouncing GULP shrimp rigged on a jig head along the bottom.  The other good news is the Flounder are starting to show around the inlet mouths as well.  Mud minnows and GULP minnow jigs have been the ticket.  The inshore fishery will continue to get better of the coming weeks with May being considered one of the best months.

Despite the weather, there have been a couple of windows for fishermen to head offshore.  Jeff Martini of Martini’s Fine Dining in Little River has been hosting his annual Hook-A-Hoo Wahoo Rodeo over the past week.  42 boats registered to compete and the first place prize pot exceeded $10,000.  Last Sunday week, Ocean Isle Beach fishermen Lee Frick, Nathan Frick, Jason Foster and Jeremy Foster fished their boat Hooya in the vicinity of the Black Jack hole in an effort to win the tournament.  Lee reported they went 5 for 9 on Wahoo and weighed in an awesome, tournament record, 88 pound Wahoo to blow the tournament away.  Lee said they got most of their bites on a temperature edge just West of the Black Jack that went from 66 to 69 degrees.  Kendal Suh, also of Ocean Isle, was not in the tournament, but he weighed in a pair of Wahoo at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center last Saturday, a 45 and a 70 pounder.  Those are some nice fish!  Closer inshore, I had a few charters over the past week and did some Black Bass and a little Grouper fishing.  Many of the larger Sea Bass that move inshore for the Winter have all ready moved offshore in to the 85-100 foot depth ranges.  There are still plenty of Sea Bass in close, but you’ll have to work hard to find a 12 inch keeper.  I was able to venture out to 75 feet of water yesterday and found that the Cigar Minnow schools have moved in thick over structure in this depth range.  That peaked my interest, for if there is bait, there will also be predators.  My party jigged some of the Cigar Minnows and spent a little time focusing on Grouper and Genuine Red Snapper.  They landed a couple of nice Gag Grouper in the 10 pound class, caught a throwback Scamp Grouper and also landed a 24 inch Genuine Red Snapper.  They had several other good bites that did not connect, but certainly proved that there are fish down there. 

That’s all for this week.  I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter holiday and if you are like me, you can’t wait for sunshine and warmth.  Here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center we are putting the final preparations on events for the 2009 fishing season.  The Far Out Shoot Out Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo tournament is first, held May 9-16 with the Jolly Mon King Classic to follow in late June and the Fall Brawl King Classic in October.  Visit our web site at www.OIFC.com for event details and daily fishing reports.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Good Times" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/12/09
 

Today is the kind of day we live for at the OIFC.  Captain Roger had an extremely productive day on the Carolina Cat.  He had a 3/4 day charter,  bottom fishing with Al Thompson, Manny Thompson, Jerry Prater Sr., Jerry Prater Jr., and Tommy Hunt.

The crew fished several locations in 65 feet of water with a water temperature of 63.6 degrees.  They used cut bait, squid  as well as cigar minnows and pin fish they jigged.   Jerry Jr. had the hot hand and was rewarded with 2 fine flounder and a great snapper.  In addition they boated several keeper sea bass and had fun fighting sand tiger, dog and black tip sharks.

The first boat to leave the docks this morning was the "Get Busy", captained by one of the best in shore captains in our area,  Captain Jeff Williamson. Jeff's operation is "Get Busy Charters" and can be chartered through the OIFC.  Jeff was accompanied by Captain Jeff Beck of the OIFC.  They fished exclusively with live shrimp, which Jeff Beck and Brian Aycock had netted earlier on their "Shrimpn' Ain't Easy" Atlantic.  Jeff and Jeff struck gold catching flounder, red drum and black drum.  The trout eluded them so they couldn't knock Austin Aycock off the Rodeo Leader Board which was one of their goals.  The flounder were in the 13 inch size range so they were released.  The drum were all legal, but they too were released.  People knowledgeable of our area can take one look at the pictures and tell where they were fishing. 

Today is the kind of day we live for in our world...beautiful weather, fish that cooperate and fishing with good friends.  That's the OIFC Stimulus Package.  Come and be a part of it.

Camdyn Lynne Beck was a contributing reporter.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Captains Wanted" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/12/09
 

NC Watersports is hiring Captains.  Available positions include shuttle boat Captain and banana boat Captain.  Must have USCG Capt. license, be physically fit and able to work long hours on the water.  Contact captbarrett@oifc.com if interested. 
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Double Trouble" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/11/09
 

Local in shore fishing legend Austin Aycock and his dad, Brian fished the OIB /Sunset Beach areas today, I expect using live shrimp, and were rewarded with several nice Trout, one of which put Austin on top of the Leader Board for the Rodeo in the Trout division.  Austin's Trout was weighed, released alive and weighed in at a very beatable 2.6 lbs.  I'm sure I'll see Austin with bigger Trout as well as Flounder before all is said and done.  If my figures are correct there is already over $ 700 for the pick'n in the Rodeo and the season is still early.  I'll pull the exact figures together and post them as well as update the leader board.

Trout were not the only fish being caught today.  Reports are that respectable Flounder are to be had behind Sunset Beach and in the canals at Ocean Isle.  The Trout are hitting DOA's under a cork, as well as Berkley Gulp Electric Chicken and white grubs.  The Flounder were hitting mostly  Mud Minnows.  If the wind won't let you off shore, try some local in shore fishing. 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/11/09
 

Well folks, the consistent fishing continues on the inshore grounds, with myself and crew(s) having a couple of days of sucessful fishing since my last report.  Yesterday was a great day on the water, as the trout and drum were really in the feeding mood.  After catching 7 or so trout in the morning, we got into the drum (both reds and blacks) in the afternoon and ended up catching about 15 or so.  All in all, in was a great day on the water.  Today, the winds really kicked up with the passing of the front that blew through last night, which made the fishing a little tougher.  We still managed to find a couple of flounder and trout to pull on though.  I feel like the fishing is really going to take off as soon as we get some stable weather and light(er) winds.  I'll be back at it monday morning, so I'll keep everyone posted.  I hope everyone has a happy Easter!
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Saturday's Action" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/11/09
 

Some people I love ( you know, man love,,,got to be clear on that ), had a problem while "way" off shore.  They were able to reach Sea Tow  by radio and get the situation resolved.  Apparently Sea Tow must have a Flame thrower of a radio system.  I have Sea Tow and have since I bought my boat.  I've used them, once on another person's boat a good distance off of Morehead city.  I HIGHLY recommend that if you aren't already a member you should join today!!!  We have their membership packages here, or you can join on line.  Also, though there was no need to use them, I was told that there was more than one EPIRB on board.  Again,  you don't have one, get one.  Maybe the Easter bunny can make arrangements to bring you one.  I bought mine at theGPS Store.  The good news is thet they got into some mahi and kings.

On a lighter note, Captain Kyle had a charter yesterday and he blasted the fish in shore.  No, he wasn't fishing with dynamite, but I have a strong feeling that live shrimp were involved.  He had two of the prettiest Red Drum I think I've ever seen.  He estimated one at about 6 lbs.  The shrimp are in the ICW, but you'll have to work to get them.  "Shrimp'n ain't easy".  The way the wind has been, some in shore action may be the ticket.  I've got a picture of Kyle's fish and I'll post it later.

We've got a "slight breeze" so to speak from the west right now, so it may be a little hairy getting out today.  Keep a check at our Weather Report site.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/09/09
 

I was back on the water today with good friend Greg York and his son and daughter.  Once, again we found some action, only lacking a trout to complete our inshore slam.  We did find some nice black drum, some puppy sized reds and a flounder to pull on though.  The water cooled off a few degrees from what it was this past weekend, put it should come right back up with some warm weather this weekend.   I'll be on the water for the next three days, so I'll try to keep everyone up to date on the action. 
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Happy Easter" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/09/09
 

It's nice to see a lot of activity around the OIFC.  When I got here today there were people pulling away from the docks on the rental jet skis,some folks were out on the kayaks,  Captain Barrett was getting the Parasail boat ready for the long weekend, Captain Brant and Captain Roger were headed out on the Cat Boats for charters.  Ahhh springtime at last. 

 As for the off shore anglers, keep a check on our weather reports as they seem to be changing hourly.  However it may be worth trying to stick your nose out of the inlet as the bite is definitely picking up.  This week, Team Frick-Foster weighed in a 88# Wahoo going 5-for-9 at the Black Jack.  Dr. Kendal Suh brought a 70# Wahoo to the OIFC dock while other boats reported several nice catches of Wahoo, Dolphin, Blackfin Tuna and Amberjack, one of which reportedly weighed @ 60#'s.  The Kings are biting as well as Sea Bass are being jigged.

A common thread of the fishing reports indicates the Black Jack being the hot spot. The fish are hitting on our favorite,  the Black Bart,as well as ballyhoo being pulled behind a black and purple skirt.

In shore there have been reports, as late as today of Flounder being caught.  A family came in the OIFC today saying that their child had caught a 15 inch  flounder off a dock in the concrete canals of OIB.  Captain Kyle reported a Carolina Slam on a charter earlier this week.  I've seen Red Drum which were caught behind Sunset Beach and near the Jetties.  We've seen Black Drum being landed around the Sunset  Beach Bridge.  Last, but not least, some Pompano have been landed near shore around Oak Island.

Captains Brant and Barrett fished the Ft. Pierce, Fla. area this past week and brought us home some nice, ready for the grill Yellowfin Tuna.  Brant said Florida has been experiencing the same problem with their Yellowfin fishery as we are having.  He received advice to fish the east side of the Gulf Stream, which resulted in them loading up with 70# class Yellowfin.  Brant said he's going to check out the eastern side of our Gulf Stream as soon as possible.

Capt. Robbie Dial sent me a short update on some inshore fishing he'd done the other day.  They caught some Black Drum, the Red in the picture and over all what Robbie called a "local slam".  I've also instructed Robbie to either catch bigger fish or hold them closer to the camera!

All said, it's getting ready to go down at Ocean Isle Beach, NC.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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