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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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"Same Ole' Song" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/04/08
 

Same ole' song, but one we never get tired of hearing.  Kings, Kings and more Kings. Again, Roger aboard the Carolina Cat with Chris and Mason Muhlsteff, Davis and Ched Grey, along with Rock and Josh Culbertson of Weddington, N. C. went to the 390's and slaughtered the Kings.  They trolled with naked Pogies just as before.  There's just not much left to say.  I took pictures, but couldn't find then when I downloaded my camera.  I'll keep looking..sorry.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"More Kings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/04/08
 

The Carolina Cat Captained  by Roger along with Ashville residents, Greg Parlier. Brant Shepherd, Leo Payne, Jim Lewis, Lance Shaw, and Ms. Terry Costill, went to the 390's and got hot action from the Kings trolling Pogies on naked rigs.  In addition to Kings, they brought back a citation Spanish.  My theory on ladies being better anglers on charters was once again proven.  Again, the weather was beautiful.  Don't be left out, this is prime fishing season and the bite is on.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"King Season" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/04/08
 

In short, the Kings are here, and in a big way!  I was fortunate enough to fish with Capt. Brant, Capt. Barrett and Jeff Beck in the U. S. Open King Tournament.  There were literally hundreds of boats King fishing and the majority were landing Kings. Now that the Tournament is over, I can identify the hot spots.  They're everywhere!  The hottest of the spots seemed to be the 390's, Youpon Reef and later in the day the river channel.

Our day began with Brant making a stop in an area where the birds were diving and the water was active with life.  Jeff and Barrett began casting top water Gotcha Plugs with their spinning reels and were bringing in Blues hand over fist.  They already had some Pogies.

We then rocketed to the River Channel on BRANT'S new 32' Yellowfin.  This is one beautiful and great riding machine, and with the twin Yamaha 350's we had no trouble getting from fishing spot to fishing spot quickly.  We fished the Channel and had little luck.  Brant then lit the candle on the Yellowfin and we headed to another spot.  We fished so many places that I can't recall what we caught where.

By mid day we had landed about a dozen or so Kings, but not the one we felt would place high in the Tournament.  Then Mother Nature smiled down on us.  We saw a Brown Pelican laying on it's side in the ocean.  We all decided to back burner our trolling and see what was wrong.  Barrett piloted the Yellowfin, while Jeff and Brant scooped the bird from the water.  They found that she was tangled up in fishing line and had treble hooks in her wings.  Brant removed the hooks and line while Jeff  held the bird.  They then sat her back in the water and off to freedom, sore maybe, but free.

It was shortly there after Brant landed a 30.7 lb. King.  (pictured below) Unsatisfied with our fish, but satisfied that we'd done the best we could, we headed to the weigh in.  The River channel was boiling  like a washing machine.  A boat with four 250's blew bast us on the flat ocean, but when we got in the River Channel, the Yellowfin brought smoke, while others were having to slow down greatly.  If this sounds like bragging, it's coming from me, not Brant.  That boat is awesome!

Back to business.  We had Pogies, Mullet and Blue Fish.  We had our best luck on the top water with Blues.  We had absolutely no action on the down rigger.  To sum it up, the Kings are here, the weather is great and the bait plentiful, today I had reports of bait at the Shallotte Inlet and Tubbs Inlet.  I had a blast fishing with this talented and knowledgeable crew and hope you enjoyed my version of Friday's action..


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"A cornucopia of bottom fish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/04/08
 

The boys from North Myrtle and Ocean Isle are at it again.  Tracy Huggins, Jeff Martini, Ace Parker, and John McLaurin speared these gems in 100' of water at an "undisclosed" location.  Sounds like payback for Capt. Rickey keeping the hush on about the king bite earlier this week.  They also got these beautiful spiny lobsters.  An outstanding day of diving and spearing, no doubt.  I'm guessing the grill is getting fired up right about now...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Beach bite is on!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/02/08
 

Considering there were close to 100 boats fishing the Yaupon reef area yesterday, I'm not saying anything that isn't already known...The beach bite is on!

The bait is thick from Lockwood to Cape Fear, mullets/pogies/glass minnows, and the Kings are responding as seems to happen the first week of October every year. Right now, they are along the beaches and at Yaupon; if history follows history, they should move to the river channel for the US Open. The weather is stable, a front came thru last night, and it should be an all out red hot bite this weekend for the tourney. Folks, October is the time to be here at the beach. Going fishing is great, but this month, you can actually go catching. It's that classic time when the Kings are very aggressive and most bites are skyrocketing explosions, a site not to be missed. Come on down and join us for this very special time of the year on the water.


- Rube McMullan
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"NC Wildlife to the rescue" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/02/08
 

After our 2 tropical storms, the buoys in Shallotte Inlet ended up in all the wrong places thus creating a dangerous navigation situtation for all the boaters who will be fishing our area this fall.I made a  telephone call to Gordon Myers,[ recently promoted to Director of NC Wildlife], and the very next day the WIldlife guys were here at OIB to replace the buoys. Great job NCWildlife! And congrats to Gordon on his promotion to Director of NCWildlife. As you will recall Gordon was the key to getting the buoys put back in Shallotte Inlet after the Coast Guard removed them a couple years ago. Gordon is doing a great job for all us boaters who use Shallotte Inlet. [You can drop him[and Erik Christofferson and Bill Johnstone] a note of appreciation at Gordon.Myers@ncwildlife.org]. Thanks. Brant 
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Good Decision" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/30/08
 

Yesterday Allen Collins and Steve Kennedy of Fayetteville, N.C. came to the OIFC wanting to book an inshore charter for yesterday afternoon.  I called Capt. Jeff (Get Busy) and he couldn't run that charter but could do it this morning. Fate was good to them!

Around 12:30 today  Captain Jeff called me, all excited.  He said he took his charter off shore and got in the middle of a school of Kings who were skying all around him. The guys, who were fishing with Pogies, began an exciting time of catching extremely aggressive Kings.  Some were hitting so hard that they were clearing the water completely while nailing the bait!  I was getting phone calls from all over telling me of the catch, the excitement was.......well, exciting  But what is an in shore guide doing off shore bringing smoke to the Kings? 

 It should obvious what is missing from my report.  The location of this action.  The U. S. Open  King Tournament is this weekend and I've been invited to fish with Brant, Barrett, and Jeff Beck, so I'm not about to come off this highly confidential info...sorry.

Yesterday Kyle had a good day inshore and Roger experienced the fish bite turning on.  Finally, today the BITE began at last.  If the weather continues to hold the fall bite ought to be on.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Go west, young man! (or south west)" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/30/08
 

Jeff Williamson and I beat up Yaupon Reef pretty hard on Sunday, without much action.  Looks like the bite was further down the beach, as Donald and Catherine Clifton caught two nice kings in the vicinity of the 410-510.  It makes sense that the dirty water coming out of the Cape Fear River has affected the area closer to the cape more than down the beach.  Whatever the case, the weather for the week is forecasted to be perfect, which should result in a clearing of the water, a subsequent big fish bite in the shadow of the beach at Oak Island, and a great U.S. Open.  I for one, can't wait.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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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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