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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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"Relaxed Fishing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/06/08
 

Today I was invited to fish with Rube, Brant and Barrett on the Carolina Cat.  We first went to the 455 and jigged bait.  Then it was off to almost 70 degree water with a depth of around 80 feet where we dropped lines and began our hunt for grouper.  We, correction they, landed several gags, with Barrett taking home the honors with a 13.1 pounder, which put him on the Rodeo Leader Board.  Along with the grouper, we caught sea bass, B liners and an amber jack or two.

The seas were a little bumpy to say the least, but the World Cat made the ride a whole lot better.  There is none of that slamming of the bow or pitching in rough seas. If you ever got the chance to fish it, especially in rough seas do it.

Can you believe that Barrett laid on the deck and took a nap on the way back in?  Now that gives real meaning to relaxed!

The fall fishing is here and the fish are chewing.  Brant is running specials on several charters, including a mackerel/grouper trip.   Check them out and take advantage.

Last note, I noticed that our 100% gas is down to $2.69 on the dock.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"7 lb flounder" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/06/08
 

Tommy Helms told me that Dan "Rattlesnake" Ratley, Tommy Lytton and he went to Tubbs on Friday to try to find bait for a Saturday fishing trip.  He said the peanut pogies were thick as mud there.  After getting bait Tommy decided to drop a line to see if anything was going on.  What went on...the hook, was a 7 lb. flounder which was expertly netted by Dan.  The fish was weighed in by Rube at the OIFC and it put Tommy on the Rodeo leader board.

Speaking of the leader board, Brian Richard is in first place in the grouper class with a fish he weighed in while fishing with Captain Roger.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"More grouper pics" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/05/08
 

Brian Richard and co. sent me these other pictures from their trip with Capt. Roger on the Carolina Cat on Saturday.  I hope they have some freezer space...


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Fall Brawl Adwards Night" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/03/08
 

Thank goodness the rainy weather held off until today!  The Fall Brawl finished on a beautiful day Sunday.  The Leader Board changed very little with the crew of the Reel Fin Atic holding on to their commanding first place finish.  When asked where they caught their winning King, crew member Gabbie from Argentina said the "Beeelkie Beer", wherever that is. It was caught on a dead cigar minnow in 60 some degree water.  So much for the way off shore to warmer water theory.  Also it shows what a $15.00 box of frozen cigar minnows can do for you.  Congratulations to the fine crew from the Reel Fin Atic, have a safe trip home Miss Gabbie, and take care of your trophy.

The weigh ins went slowly as only about 15 boats fished.  The main goal of the OIFC crew members was to bury Capt. Chris and First Mate Jeff  of Team World Cat even deeper in the standings, which didn't seem to be hard to do.   While all this in house razzing was going on, Captain Amy,  Mrs. Pam (my lovely better half) and Morgan were steaming fresh Topsail Island oysters, cooking homemade chili and hot dogs.  As they dumped oysters on tables, Rube, Yorke Pharr, Woody Wooten and others were trailing close behind with oyster knives eating everything they put down.  I followed up with a bowl of chili.  It's been fun around my place today.  My compliments to the chef.

After chowing down the guys took to telling fishing stories while leaning up on the rail overlooking the canal.  We were entertained by Jeremy and Jay from Town Creek Marina/World Cat.  Not only are they a hoot, but they really know their boats, engines and fishing.  If you are ever in Morehead  City check them out at Town Creek.  We also learned a new word, which is now my favorite word...mommicked, as in I'm totally mommicked.

After laughing so much I had a dull headache Captain Brant began the awards ceremony. Brant's voice gave out shortly into the presentation so Amy had to take over.  This wasn't a bad thing because she looks better than Brant. Amy gave out all the usual awards which are presented at tournaments, but this year they began a new program which recognized young anglers.  Each youngster sponsored a prize which was given out to Teams and in return the child will be featured in next year's program.  Brant and Amy do a lot to try to make these events family oriented and to get the next generation involved in sport fishing.  This event turned out to be one of the best times I've had lately.

Overall the Fall Brawl was a huge success.  Everyone I talked to really enjoyed themselves.  Thanks to the OIFC and all the sponsors for making the Fall Brawl possible.  Surely Brant will have the updated standings posted, along with his comments.   See you at the next event, and don't forget the Captain's Club starts soon. 

 

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl-Day 2" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/02/08
 

We have a pretty good north wind this morning, which makes to ocean pretty slick near shore, but can cause a little bumpy conditions off shore.  There have been several contestants in this morning checking results as well as several boats going out trying to knock The Reel Fin-Atic off the "Pole" (NASCAR lingo).

The Locklears with son Cody checked in.  Cody is in the top 10 of the Junior Angler Division.  They said that they caught their fish after being persistent at the Black Jack, using a Captain Rube's Yee-Haw Fish Call.  They actually caught two.  Jeremy Foster (Tall Tales) said he caught his Kings with the Fish Call.  He was so happy with it's results that he's going to use it deer hunting next week.  Maybe we can get a camo version.  We'll be updating during the day. 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Oyster Roast tonight at awards" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/02/08
 

Don't forgoet our oyster roast tonight at Fall Brawl awards ceremony. Also, could be repeat of fried spots! Come join us.
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Grouper" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/01/08
 

While everyone was concentrating on the Fall Brawl, Captain Roger had a bottom fishing charter with some local top flite anglers made up of Drew Burachynski (Calabash), Adam Lockner (OIB), Tommy Lytton (OIB), Reggie Hucks (OIB), & Brian Richard (Shallotte).These "locals" headed to the  same spot that Roger and I had success last week.  This is 80 feet of water with good bottom structure.  They used Pinfish and caught over a dozen nice Grouper, some in the upper teens in weight, along with Snapper and Sea Bass.  These guys caught the attention of everyone at the docks.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Red Drum Pictures" | Speckulator - 22' | 11/01/08
 

These pictures are of the Reds Tom and Bill Brennen caught today while fishing with Kyle......My computer is still sick, but I figured out how to do my reports on my wife's new PINK Dell.  It takes a real man to use a pink computer.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl Day 1" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/01/08
 

Current Standings- CLICK HERE --  Finn-attic leads with a 35.55 reportedly caught in 63 degree water.  The weather man missed his mark today as boats were greeted to 15knot North winds most of the day, which made for choppy fishing conditions.  The best King bite reportedly occured around the Atlantic Ledge, Jungle, Frying Pan Tower and WR 4 --- there are 20 boats fishing tomorrow, so the finals are not in and anything can happen.  Stay tuned.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Captains' Meeting" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/01/08
 

The Captains' Meeting last night was met with temps. in the low 50's but the comrade was warm.  The OIFC provided excellent food for all.  We had our traditional minnow spitting contest as well as spot races.  Since it was Halloween,Captain Brant also included Halloween costume contest.

Most of the 178 boats entered in the Fall Brawl declared today as their fishing day and were greeted by a brisk 40 some degree morning.  The ocean temps have dropped since the last storm and warm water is well off shore, so it is believed they'll have to go out past 25 miles to find good fishing grounds.   I've talked with a couple of people who've told me that The Jungle was dead yesterday, and they didn't start catching much until they got to The Atlantic Ledge. The weigh-in starts at 2pm today.  If you cannot join in on the fun in person, watch it on the web cam.

A little in shore update.  I received a reliable report of Striped Bass and Red Drum being caught near Little River on live shrimp.  Captain Kyle chartered this morning with brothers Tom and Bill Brennen of N.C. And San Francisco and landed several nice size Red Drum west of the OIFC Canal.  Kyle was using live shrimp.  The inshore bite continues.

Finally, my computer got a serious virus  and is in computer intensive care so I haven't been able to post anything on it.  I've got a lot of pictures to post and will do so as soon as the computer is over its' health issues.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl entry etc." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/31/08
 

I have gotten many calls from folks who can't make the normal registration and Capt. meeting due to Halloween with their kids-- completely understandable- thus one of the big reasons we offer ON LINE ENTRY for the tournament.  When you enter on-line I will recieve the entry, process it and then email you back confirmation and your boat #.  You don't have to actually have the boat number to fish- so long as you know your boat #, it will help us to find you quicker when weighing in -- other than that, the rules are as written in the program and on the web at http://oifc.com/tournaments.cfm#T1  -- follow the rules and you can fish. 

Weather looks perfect, fish should bite-- don't let Halloween stop you-- just enter on-line and go fishing Sunday if you can't make it down until Saturday ---

See you here


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Pogy report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/31/08
 

Got word Pogys off Yaupon and N. Myrtle Beach-- they are BIG and scattered and skittish -- Also caught good Mullet off Sunset Beach yesterday PM and Blues at Cape Fear rip and nearshore reefs- try vertical jigging with a small Diamond jig --
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl fish report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/30/08
 

Went out this morning to look at conditions. Here's what I saw. The water along the beach has cleared up and has the "King green" look we like to see. The water temp showed 62 but that was after a night time temp in mid 30's so I'm not sure if that really reflects the temp as it probably warmed up during the day. The beach was loaded with mullets running just past the shorebreak. There were pods of bluefish blitzes approx 1 mile offshore, and plently of blues at Little River inlet.

Where to fish? There are the "no brainer" spots like 90/90; Sharkhole; Jungle; Cucumber, which I feel certain will have fish. However, with the mullets running, don't overlook the beach or maybe Lighthouse Rocks where water will be a little warmer. If you fish any of the offshore spots, be sure to have sabiki rigs, as the cigars and chub mackerel should have moved in to these locations, and jigging live bait is a guaranteed bite. Also good idea to take box of dead cigars. For some reason you can always catch bait when you have bait.

Amy has fried spots on the menu for the Captains meeting. Also scheduled is spot races, mud minnow spitting contest[Capt Roger has been practicing all day to overcome his defeat last year when he swallowed his minnow]. Come join us!


- Rube McMullan
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"Fall Brawl Bait Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/30/08
 

Capt. Jeff Beck and I went bait gathering this morning at the Little River jetties.  The water at the inlet was fairly cold at 61 degrees, but warmed up as we ran up Sunset Beach.  We were able to find good numbers of mullets (perfect size for kingfish, too) just to the east of the Sunset Beach pier in very shallow water, right at the edge of the breakers.  Capt. Barrett and Capt. Rube reported bluefish at the Jim Caudle reef.  I also just spoke with Jodie Gay (of Bluewater Candy fame) and he said that the east side of the shoals was literally covered in schools of big pogies, all the way to Topsail Island.  With all this bait, Capt. Rube's prediction of a near shore bite may not be too far off.  Certainly, with what we've seen and heard today, good live bait will not be an issue for this tournament.  Hope to see you guys all down here tomorrow ready to catch the big one this weekend!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Fall Brawl THIS WEEKEND- Great Weather Forecast!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/30/08
 

FALL BRAWL KING CLASSIC- THIS WEEKEND
After having to postpone last week due to weather, the show is ON!  We have finally gotten lucky, and the weather is forecast to be absolutely perfect with 10 kt winds on Saturday.  Below is a copy of the forecast:
FRI
NE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.
FRI NIGHT
NE WINDS AROUND 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. 
SAT
NE WINDS AROUND 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.
SAT NIGHT
NE WINDS AROUND 10 KT. SEAS AROUND 2 FT.
SUN
NE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS AROUND
3 FT...BUILDING TO 4 FT.
I know that tomorrow is Halloween and many of you may have conflicts in getting to the Captain's meeting, BUT, you do not have to come to enter the tournament.  You can simply CLICK HERE and enter-online.  There are no rule changes other than the new dates need to be inserted where the original dates were.  DON'T FORGET about daylight savings time.  That changes on Saturday PM, so if you plan on fishing Sunday, you need to be sure to adjust or you may unintentionally break a rule.  Registration will be open at the OIFC until 9pm, and the Spot Races and Mud Minnow spitting likely won't occur until 8pm, so bring the kids by after trick or treating-- I'll offer a $50 OIFC gift card to the best kids costume!

Friday, October 31st
2pm-9pm: Registration
6pm: Complimentary dinner
7pm: Capt. Meeting
8pm: Spot Derby / Mud Minnow Spitting

Saturday, November 1st
(optional fish day)
7am: Lines in
2pm: Scales open
5pm: Weigh-in line closes

Sunday, November 2nd
(optional fish day)
7am: Lines in
2pm: Scales open
5pm: Weigh-in line closes
8pm: Awards ceremony

FISHING REPORT:
Not a sole has fished that I know of since at least Sunday.  What I found last Sunday was the water was filthy dirty out to at least 15 miles from the bad storm on Friday and Saturday.  Now, the wind has been blowing all week, but it hasn't be so hard to stir up the water and there has not been much of an easterly swell.  This should have cleared up the water a good bit.  I believe the Kings will be holding in the 65-70 foot depth range- Shark Hole, Jungle, 70' hole.., but you may also need to consider a bit deeper in 80-90 feet if the water is still dirty- Horseshoe, Atlantic Ledge...  My father has predicted Shallotte Inlet, and although I think the water might be too cool, if it has cleared, it may well produce.  As you can see, its pretty much a toss up.  I haven't gotten much word on Pogys either.  Typically they get very elusive once it gets cold, so they may not be an option.  The Kings will be feeding on Cigar Minnows offshore, so I'd be sure to arm up with Sabiki rigs and dead Cigar Minnows.  Ribbonfish will do well and there are still Blues around the inlets.  Good luck to all.  It should be interesting to see where the fish turn up.

- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl a GO" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/27/08
 

All systems are GO here at the OIFC.  The weather looks like it may just cooperate.  If the fish will do the same, we'll be in business.  I have read Rube's fish report- no comment.  My feeling is that I'd look to concentrate in the 55-70 foot depth range and Cigar Minnows will be the bait of choice.  I think the Pogys are going to be very hard to get.  Maybe Blues or Spots, but the fish should be feeding on Cigar Minnows.  See you here Friday.  If you can't make it due to Halloween, there are no rule changes- JUST REMEMBER to set your clock back on Saturday night or else you'll mess up.  You may enter on-line all week thru Friday PM at 9.  Dinner will be FREE of coures on Friday at 6pm and Amy is serving fried Spots, slaw and baked beans- YUM!  Spot Races and Mud Minnow spitting will likely break out.  I understand if many of the kids will be trick or treating on Friday PM, but please try to include them in the fishing.  Keep your fingers crossed for good weather- see you at the OIFC.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl forecast" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/27/08
 

After my last shot at Fall Brawl weather forecasting I have been banned from any future forecasting, so for the sake of family unity, I will refrain. However, no such orders have been given for fish forecasting so here is what i see looking thru my clouded crystal ball.

After big blow past Friday/Saturday, water in process of clearing. This week strong cold front coming and with it will be much cooler temps and strong north winds. The water temp is still 70 and we have not had our late fall beach bite. Also the spots haven't really cranked it up nor have the mullet runs. SO, this cold front is exactly what we need to cool the water down, get the spots moving, the mullets running, and the Kings stopping by the beach to fill up before packing their bags for their migration. After the front comes thru, high pressure will build in, and the weather will stabalize. Everything is setting up for an all out King Mackeral Beach Bite and I forecast the real competition will be to see if someone can beat last years winner on the amount of gas consumed[15 gallons]. It should happen at Shallotte Inlet! Come join us for the Fall Brawl.  


- Rube McMullan
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"Learning Early" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/26/08
 

Camdyn Beck took her parents and grandparents inshore fishing today.  She said bait was tough to find, but she finally found plenty of peanut pogies in the concrete canals at O I B. She then got into the Reds like the one in the picture. She was using a Carolina Rig with a pogy.  She's learning early because when I asked her where she was catching them she replied "in the water".  She'll make a good fisherman!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Right Call" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/25/08
 

Captain Brant definitely made the right call to postpone the Fall Brawl.  As I was on my way in this morning I had to dodge trash cans and limbs in the road.  I could feel the "breeze" blowing my car around. The OIFC, tables were turned over and the OIFC wind gauge showed the wind at 19 knots out of the SE.  Not a great day to fish.  Obviously Captain Rube' meeting with Mother Nature didn't go to well. My only hope is that the Weather Channel will sendAlexranda Steele to cover the story.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Way, way, WAY inshore!!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/23/08
 

If the wind doesn't quit blowing soon, there may be no more bucks to shoot at in Brunswick County.  Capt. Jeff Williamson blasted this massive 12 pointer (yes, 12 scorable points) yesterday late in the afternoon.  This beast weighed 190 pounds and had a 23 1/2' outside spread.  To anyone who thinks we don't have big deer in eastern North Carolina, better think again.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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