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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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"And More" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/22/08
 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"More Pictures" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/22/08
 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Feel The Love" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/22/08
 

Somehow I don't "feel the love from Captain Chris".. But doesn't matter, I love him anyway (In a man sort of way).  While Capt Chris B. and Capt. O C were out  I went with Captain Roger on the World Cat bottom fishing with the crew from Integrity Air  Monitoring, Inc. of Huntersville, N. C.  We were missing a key member of the team, but we "had a gas" anyway.  We started the day searching for bait.  It was spotty, but we found it in about 7 ft. of water just east of the Shallotte Inlet about 1/2 mile up the beach off Holden Beach. After a couple of throws we had enough Pogies to share.  Our other boats were successful in that area also.

We then headed a little further off shore and jigged up Pin Fish. Once in 80 ft. of water we began our quest for Grouper.  We were using the OIFC style custom Grouper terminal tackle.  Tony Blanton was using a butterfly jig and a couple of anglers were using cut squid fishing for B-liners.  We caught a huge AJ and a bunch of B-liners but no Grouper.   Believe it or not, Tom was catching good Spanish in 80 ft. of water.  Chris and O C sounded like they were having success.  Disappointed, Roger moved us to another location.  Around 3 o'clock, the Grouper bite turned on, with most everyone hooking up.  Tommy kept jigging and he too was hooking up.  Roger feels like we lost 3 Grouper for sure.  The bite was going so well that we extended the charter by an hour.

The ocean was a little choppy as headed out but the World Cat handled it like a champ.  It smoothed out and made for a fantastic day of fishing.  This was a very good group of guys who really got fired up when they hooked up.  I urge you to take advantage of Captain Brant's charter special.  Two of our charters yesterday did and I'm  booking folks everyday.

I Took a lot of pictures and will post some action shots.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl Weather Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/22/08
 

I have decided to postpone the Fall Brawl until the following weekend, October 31-November 2, same schedule of events, just different weekend. The reason that I have made this call is that Saturday is obviously a very bad fishing day. The southeasterly wind will not only make it very rough anywhere you fish on Saturday, but the large swell that will develop from these strong winds will dirty the water, and in my experience, this will cause Sunday’s sea conditions and fishing to be very poor. As a tournament fisherman, I prefer fishing under favorable conditions. Next weekend’s tournament schedule is open, and thus I think it best we take our chances and hope for better. Please pass the word to potential participants.

Capt. Brant

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- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"And more pics..." | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/21/08
 

Maybe it was a waterproof camera...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"The tempest" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/21/08
 

While Capt. Rube and others were busy staying dry, shucking oysters under tents.  Capt. Chris Dew ("O.C.") was soaked to the bone on the It Works, fishing with Jay Bucklen, Clay and Clint Daniels, and Jason Einbinder.  For those of you not in the know, Jay fishes his own boat, the Cape Contender in SKA events and is currently leading the OIFC rodeo with a 33.15 pound kingfish.  On Saturday, they fished Yaupon Reef and the beach at Oak lsland near Ocean Crest pier and managed some nice kingfish, despite less than ideal condtions.  I'll let the pictures tell the story about the weather and the fishing.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Take that Rickey!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/21/08
 

Not to bash good old Clark Kent, but Capt. Rickey Beck typically posts on the website early each day and pretty much bogarts the top of the fishing report. Not this time!!!  Wanted to report that there is a ton of bait at Christina's Ledge and a kingfish or two in the area as well.  I had a trip today with David Savage, D.J., Jeanie, and Bob (all experienced anglers who have experience fishing both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts) today, and we managed to catch a couple of them as well.  We also lost a chunky blackfin tuna at the boat.  Wish we could seen a more consistent bite, but I think a few days of more stable weather will really get the bite going there. 

Also, check out these wahoos, compliments of Jim Almond.  They were caught between the 100/400 and the Black Jack last week, in 275 feet of water.  JIm was fishing 30W reels and stated that these fish were only caught due to the braid backing he had on.  I guess when you go offshore, it's best to be loaded for bear!  Congrats to Jim and everyone else who has toughed it out lately in less than perfect weather conditions to get the job done on the kingfish, grouper, ane wahoos.

 


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Fall Brawl Weather This Weekend" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/21/08
 

I'm going to have to put a muzzle on Capt. Rube-- every time he puts out his "blue bird" forecast, the weather goes to heck.  I do see that the weather looks less than great for the weekend and I am going to keep a close eye on it.  The forecast carries us through Sat- and it looks like it may be getting better later Saturday, which could possibly mean Sunday will be OK.  I will keep a watch and if there is a need to make a change to the tournament schedule, I will make that call by noon on Thursday.  Stay tuned and cross your fingers it will get better.  Capt. Brant
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Last Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/20/08
 

I promise, this is the last report for today.  Captain Chris Dew (OIFC2) took  Park Davidson (OIB),Jim Stewart ( San Antione, Tex.),  Ray Brokken (Corvalis, Oregon), and General Warren Lawson of Ankeny, Iowa on a charter today.  These gentlemen graduated from high school together.  They were in the class of 1951.

The men fished close to shore at the Shallotte Inlet trying to hook up on Kings.  Along with Kings they caught and released three Red Drum, a 38", 40", and a 42"'er. They took some excellent pictures of some of these beautiful fish and as soon as they send them to me I'll post them.

Captain Roger took a group of employees from Air Monitoring, Inc. of Mt. Holly on a full day King fishing trip aboard the World Cat.  The group consisted of Tony Blanton, Jim Lewis, Paul Jenkins, Rob Callahan. Andrew Dixon   and Rusty Caton, all of Charlotte. Roger spent a great  deal of time fishing Christina's Ledge.  He said the bite didn't really fire off until the afternoon.  After that it was on, including one triple hook up.  The Cat Boat came home with a load of Kings.  Although some of the guys have to fly back to Charlotte the rest, along with some of the company's clients will  head back out tomorrow.  I'll be in tow, doing some first mate stuff and taking pictures.

By the way, the Captain said the bait was heavy off  the Shallotte Inlet. Not only were to Pogies plentiful,  butthe Blues were thick.


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"FLW Winners" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/20/08
 

I know this sounds like a blog, but I'm trying to put out information as I get it.  Chase Williamson was just in and he said he was fishing Don Williamson's "Black Gold" 33'  Hydra Sport and they won the FLW Tournament this past weekend.  They caught a 30.13 lb King at the 1700 near Morehead Friday and a 14 lb King Saturday at the Lighthouse Rocks.  Chase said they were using Pogies on top and the big King was caught on a double Pogy.  In the interest of full discloser, Chase gave permission to publish this information knowing full well the Fall Brawl is this weekend and he is fishing it.  Thanks Chase. 
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Military Appreciation Day" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/20/08
 

In my report Saturday I mentioned some Oak Island fishermen taking members of the military fishing as part of Military Appreciation Day.  You can get more information at MilitaryAppreciationDay.org.  They usually hold this in Morehead City but tried it at Oak Island this year.  I told Mr. Thomas Richardson, who was involved that if he contacted me next year I would help. So I may be calling upon you for your assistance. I personally would like to do what I can to show the military how much they are appreciated.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Oyster Festival" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/20/08
 

Ocean Isle Beach had it's annual Oyster Festival this weekend.  Even though it rained cats and dogs several hardy souls attended Saturday. (I wanted to say catfish and dog sharks, but that's way over the top).  Thankfully Sunday was beautiful.  In attendance and defending his last year's third place, was Oyster Shucking Contestant, Rube McMullan.  Rube participated again this year, but  sadly didn't place.  He blamed his demise on a "bad bushel of oysters" and poking his finger with the oyster knife.  Rube failed to mention this to me, but Captain Barry Evans was more than happy to file a report.  It seems Rube beat Barry last year, and Barry beat Rube out this year.  Maybe they can settle this tie at the Fall Brawl's Spot Racing event.  We may present Rube with a Purple Oyster for his injury in the line of duty.

Today Rube has a meeting with Mother Nature in an effort to negotiate good weather for the Brawl.  I fully expect positive results.

I didn't hear back from any fishermen yesterday so I don't have a  fishing report as you can tell by this report.  However, Roger and Chris Dew have charters today and Brant is out also, if they do anything I'll pass it on.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Year Around Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/19/08
 

Entries for the Rodeo have slowed.  With the fall bite on, especially the Kings I encourage you to enter, especially with the Fall Brawl next weekend.  The first place King thus far is a beatable 33.15 lb.s.  The pot is at $200.00.  The more entries the more the money.

As an afterthought, It seems early to be talking about Christmas, but it's only 2 months away.  If you don't know what to get "that special person" (sounds like a TV commercial doesn't it) check out our Charter Specials, the Web Store and our gift Cards.

On another note, the wind is up, but the ocean is flat as far as you can see., as is the case here with a north wind.  There's a few people out this morning. They were headed to the Youpon Reef and possibly the River Channel.  I hope to hear from them later today and I 'll post a report if I do.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Late Night" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/18/08
 

While kicking back with Jeff and Captain Chris B., watching the Red Sox/Tampa Bay game I received an email from Doug Montgomery.  Doug stopped by the OIFC to weigh a King.  He sent me an email describing his fishing trip yesterday, along with a picture of his 27lb. King.

Doug and Dave Cutler pulled out from the Little River Jetties, headed north where they saw birds diving and Dolphin feeding.  There they caught blue runners and headed out to the Shark Hole.  Upon arrival at about 8:45 they deployed a long line with bait and a gold skirt.  About the time they started putting out the line they took a shot from a King.  David landed the fish while Doug  captained the boat and manned the gaff.

Great job, and story.  Thanks for sharing it with our readers.  And thanks to ya'll for checking out the Fishing Report!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Global Warming?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/18/08
 

Global Warming!!!???  Tell our charters that.  The weather was windy out of the north, a high of 56 degrees and rain most of the day. And this is paradise!!?  All three of our boats had full day charters and had hard core clients aboard when it comes to fishing.

The World Cat with Captain Chris Burrows and first mate Jeff Beck  took out part of a group of employees from Conveyor Technologies of Sanford, N.C. as part of a company paid outing.  The rest of the group was on the Carolina Cat with Captain Roger and first mate Jack Joyce (Fishin Mission).  What a great boss!

The World Cat  mostly worked the Youpon Reef for the day with the crew of Brian Horton, Clayton Vaught, and George Hollar managing to boat several Kings in the 20 lb. range.  They also did battle with a 7 foot Black Tip Shark for about 45 minutes.  The Black Tip wore out the entire charter before being brought along side, pictured and released, healthy.

Meanwhile the Carolina Cat, working nearby with Chad Green, Johnathan Haithcox, Kevin Womack and Pedro Villa Gomez were having good luck of their own.  They left the Youpon for the Cape Fear River Channel for a short time, where they also had good fortune.  The biggest King of the day was a 26.1 which was caught by Chad Green.

Also out from the Fishing Center was Captain Chris Dew on the OIFC 2.  He had a seasoned captain with him in the person of Jay Bucklin (Cape Contender).  Jay, too was taking his employees on a day of fishing.  Captain Chris fished the Youpon with a lot of success.

One of our "neighbors", the Carolina Saltwater with Captain Tres Kirkland was out this morning, fishing near the Ocean Crest Pier and landed  his share of Kings.

The Fall Brawl is next weekend and the Kings are already in attendance doing their part.  Now it 's up to us to catch 'em up!

Finally, an angler from Oak Island stopped by in his boat with 2 Marines.  He told me that a group out of Oak Island, consisting of about 30 boats were honoring the military by taking service people out fishing.  I'm sorry, but I don't remember his name nor the organization's name, but I am proud to see anglers honoring our servicemen in this way.  I thanked Marines for their service, and they responded "no problem".  What they are sacrificing for our freedom and allowing us to be able to do things freedom lets us do, and they say, no problem?


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Almost There" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/18/08
 

The wind was howling today, but conditions were much more favorable earlier this week, which allowed Todd Helf to get his 32 Outrage "Almost There" out to where the gags live.  Check out what he, Robbie Dial, Robert Hughes, and Brian Richard did to them.  Can't wait for the wind to die out so we can get back after them.  In the meantime, the kings are still biting on the beach.  I'm sure Capt. Rickey will keep us updated on that bite.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Fall Brawl weather/fishing report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/18/08
 

For all the Fall Brawl fishermen, I know everyone is waiting on my unofficial but actually official weather report for the tourney this next weekend. So here goes...PERFECT!. Well of course, but here's the science, gained from my meterology course at Wingate circa 1970[passing grade of D]. Cold front passing thru our area today. Afterward weather stabalizes, water cools down, and Kings go nuts. Wednesday another smaller front passes, reinforces high pressure. Weather stabalizes, water cools and Kings go nuts X 2. Thursday, high pressure begins to move offshore, no significant weather fronts behind it, so wind moves to light southerly direction. Saturday is as perfect as perfect gets. Sunday, high pressure has moved out, but no significant front coming, however chance of showers exist as southerly flow continues. Sunday also almost perfect.

On fishing scene, Kings as we speak are chewing at River Channel and Lighthouse rocks. After front, they should move to beach and be at Yaupon and Lockwood early in the week, and by tourney days, should be at Shallotte Inlet. This means you can fish this tourney and burn as little fuel as last years winner[15 gallons]. As you will recall, tourney winner has been coming from Shallotte Inlet[inside of sea buoy]. With conditions in place, same thing should happen again this year.

So, for all you fishermen and your families who would like to experience  spectacular fall King fishing within a nine iron of the beach,combined with a entertaining tourney event, come on down and join us at the Fall Brawl King Classic. It's inexpensive to enter, lots of family fun, and a potential payout to the winner of more than $20,000. It's the perfect event for the small boater, as the winner is usually caught right on the beach, and with our south facing beach, it will be flat this time of year, irrespective of the cold fronts.

Come join us!


- Rube McMullan
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"King Day" | OIFC 2- 27' | 10/17/08
 

Captain Roger (OIFC 2) took  Horace Slate (OIB) and Mike Idol (Winston Salem) to the Cape Fear Rocks on a half day charter.  Roger had a heck of a time catching bait, as did everyone I talked to.  But this did not slow his productivity.  The OIFC 2 returned with several nice Kings, including a 36 lb'er.  He would have ben on the Rodeo Leader board and in the money.

In the meantime one of our in shore charter captains, Jeff Williamson (Get Busy) decided to take Rob Yoder, a landscape business owner from Morgantown, West Va. to the Youpon Reef to try his hand.  He kept hearing Roger on the radio talking about double hook ups and in  general having a good time.  He couldn't  stand it any longer and took his 21 ft. Kenner to the Rocks to fish with Roger.  Jeff, too, returned to the docks with a box full of Kings and an almost empty gas tank.

Also, while on the docks, a couple of boats showed up with Kings in the 20 lb range and some came up skunked.

Bottom line the Kings are here, drop a line.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Bottom Fishing 101" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/16/08
 

Captain Brant held his Bottom Fishing 101 class on this beautiful day today.  The morning started out crisp and warmed up to a nice high 80's, sunny with 2 foot seas.  What a perfect day in paradise!

The  "University of OIFC graduating ,class of '09" consisted of William Parker (OIB), Buck Jenkins (Dillon, SC), Robert Coleman (Dillon, SC) and Michael Cole (Surfside Beach, SC).  They went to the Shark Hole and other Professor Brant numbers in about 65 feet of water to complete the practical portion of their course.  Several of the students were ripped off by monster mystery fish,  they got a 35+ pound King along side the World Cat and released it.  Someone was almost kicked out of school because they failed to have a gaff on board.  Captain Roger took the heat for this little "gaff", (corny..but I couldn't pass it up).

The bait of the day was Pin fish and small  jack.s  The bounty consisted of a fish box full of gag groupers, amberjacks, and kings.  Congratulations!

Check out the 'Jack William Parker caught on a spinning rod.  Thanks to Pat Parker for the pictures.  I flunked the course because I forgot my camera.

Remember that Captain Brant is running specials on Bottom, King Charters as well as other characters..check out this link.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Big sail" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/16/08
 

Capt. Chris Dawson called me last night to let me know that he had caught an 84" sailfish at the Jungle while mackerel fishing yesterday.  The sail hit a naked pogy on the long line and put on a show for nearly an hour until he was boated for a few quick pictures and a good release.  Hard to beat that!  The ocean was slick calm yesterday (just look at the picture) and looks even nicer today.  Several boats from the area are out in the Gulf Stream--can't wait to hear the reports from out there.  Congrats to Capt. Chris and the rest of the crew on the Pearl.  With a 21" girth, that may well have been a 75 pound sail!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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