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"AR 465" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/18/08
 

I received these pictures from Pat Steele.  They are of William Parker and friends at the Gary Ennis.  They said there was lots of bait and that they got into the Kings pretty good. I had server problems so I was just able to post these pictures.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Diversity offshore" | World Cat- 33' | 08/18/08
 

Capt. Zach and I had a 14 hour Gulf Stream trip yesterday with David Logan, his brother, and his sons Ben and Max.  We left the dock before 5 a.m. and dodged thunderstorms all the way out to just inshore of the 100/400 area.  Meeting us out there was Capt. Joe Seegers on the Hooked Up, who made his way from Southport.  Marking a ton of bait, we set out live baits first and were immediately rewarded with a 10 pound king and a very nice 25 pounder.  Joe reported a sailfish release, and within about three minutes we had one try to eat our long live bait (he did not come tight).  We tried ballyhoo trolling, but could not stay out of the barracudas.  Jeff Martini was also in the vicinity and caught a nice dolphin.  Still marking bait way down deep, we started dropping live baits down and immediately hooked some African pompano.  Wow!  I had forgotten the brute strength of these fish.  We pulled hooks and broke leaders, but seeing a huge one come over the transom of the Hooked Up, we gritted our teeth and kept trying.  Finally, after about ten hookups, Max brought one to the boat.  Zach sunk the gaff and brought it aboard.  We let a few baits sink all the way to the bottom (dead cigar minnows) and ended up with a scamp and a speckled hind.  We also lost the largest American Red snapper I have ever seen to a six foot barracuda at the boat, bringing in only the lips.  Ouch.  Joe reported a massive (48") gag from the same spot.  Suffice to say, there is a lot of life just inshore of the break.  With sore arms, we decided to finish the day by pulling lures to stay out of the barracudas and possibly catch a wahoo.  We set out a spread of dark plugs and headed offshore.   Before too long, we were rewarded with a 35# hoo, which ate a navy/gold/silver Black Bart Super Pro Jet in the propwash.  Not too shabby.  We left the break and ran through a few gullywashers on the way in, but everyone was in good spirits and drying out as we cleaned fish back at the OIFC docks.

Closer to the beach, Kenny Clark and Tony Foster on the Liquidate caught this sailfish at the Jungle on Saturday on a dead bait.  We have had a sporadic sailfish bite this year, but the fish are definitely still around.  With all the bait we have seen in the 65-80 range over the past week, it is a great place to target them.  Congratulations to them and everyone else who has proved that August can be a good time to be productive out there if you are willing to work hard for your fish.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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""Spoty"" | World Cat- 33' | 08/15/08
 

That's how Captain Chris Burrows described the fishing today.  The ocean was beyond beautiful  as was the weather.  Reports were that a very large King was taken at the Tower and that the bite there was excellent.  Near shore, Captain Roger amassed a boat load of Spanish.  Roger was pulling Clark Spoons on #1 and #2 planers.

Speaking of Spanish, if you have access to the Brunswick Beacon, Captain Brant has an excellent article on the "how to's" of Spanish fishing


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Batting A Thousand" | World Cat- 33' | 08/14/08
 

All of our boats went out today and all were successful in landing a good amount of fish.  The weather yesterday  in paradise was terrible.  It cooled down and rained buckets.  There's no drought in Brunswick County!!  But today was a different story.  The sun was out this morning with just a whisk of clouds during the day and tolerable temperatures.  Tonight is clear with a big ole' full moon.

Chris Dew and son/mate Aaron had left the dock when I arrived this morning.  Captain Roger was loading up the new Carolina Cat with almost every rod in the Charter Room.  He said he wasn't going fishing he was going catching.  The World Cat with Captain Chris Burrows and Captain Zach left last with an afternoon charter.

I spoke with the Carolina Cat's charter group which consisted of Cliff Newcomb, Megan Dover her dad Shawn, Megan's grandfather and curt Dover as well as Scott Beck and Jeff Seacrest ( and no he's not kin to Ryan of American Idol fame, I asked).  They said the seas were fine and they really enjoyed the Carolina Cat.  The group caught several large jacks, and some vermilion snappers. Megan caught the biggest, while Grandad caught the first fish.  This only adds more support to my theory that women are better anglers then men.  Roger said they fished the  Gary Ennis, the York Hole and the 27 Mile Rock.  The other boats had a mix of kings and spanish.  First mate Turtle said the bait was plentiful about a mile west of the Holden Beach Pier.

Disclaimer and apology:  I wrote down all the information EXCEPT Grandfather's name.  Since I'm a Grandpa, I'm sure I left out the most important person' name on the boat.  My profuse apologies!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"William Parker's Fishing Trip" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/12/08
 

Thanks to William Parker who sent me these pictures he took Saturday while fishing with Dwayne Wood, Marc Fryar and his son Jarad.  William said the day started off feeding the pelicans after catching bait.  Jarad caught his first king and cobia while fishing at the Horseshoe.  Marc and Jarad also caught two barracuda there which they released. Dwayne caught a 300 lb tiger shark which was released at the boat. The shark was caught at the Tower.  Several kings were released.  William caught a 23 lb cobia.  As William put it "yet another day in paradise".

William is an excellent angler who is a valued friend of the OIFC family.  Again, thanks.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Flounder Get Busy" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/12/08
 

I received a phone call  this afternoon from Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy) who charters out of the OIFC.  He said he had a proud young man at the dock who had some good sized flounder.

And proud he should be, 5-1/2 year old ( he'll be 6 on September 7th, just ask him!), Liam Cottrill of Columbus Ohio was grinning from ear to ear as I took his picture with a 3.15 lb and a 2.75 lb  flounder.  He had a couple of others.  Liam said he had some which were too small so he released them.  He also said he had a real good time fishing with his Dad, Mike, and his Papaw from Parkersburg W. Va.  Congrations to Liam  early happy birthday and thanks for fishing with Captain Brant's Fishing Adventures.

While at the store I had some folks ask me about good places to go crabbing.  They told me they'd been crabbing off the dock at their  rental home on Raeford St. and had only caught a couple of crabs.  Then they said they caught a flounder in their crab cage and held their hands about 16 inches apart to indicate the size.  I think I'm giving up fishing and go crabbing instead!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Look At The Fish!!" | World Cat- 33' | 08/11/08
 

Kevin Mills of Garner is supposed to be looking a the fine catch of Spanish mackerel he and Suzanne Jordan, Clayton and Martha Mills of Garner landed today while fishing aboard the World Cat.

Captain Chris and Boston Rob , along with the crew landed these while on a half day charter to the AR 455.  Earlier in the day Captain Chris Dew had joined them for a quarter day aboard the It Works and also did damage. Roger and his charter pulled out on the new World Cat about 10am.  I haven't talked to him yet, but I'll hook up(a little fishing lingo) tomorrow.

The ocean was rough this morning making fishing a little uncomfortable.  It soon changed to 3 foot rolls and by a little later it smoothed out.  Roger had a child aboard, so hew poked his nose out of the Shallotte Inlet and returned.  He wanted the child to have a good experience on his first trip instead of being scared or sick.  We want people to have an enjoyable fishing experience.

My plan for tomorrow is to go kayak fishing with my new water proof camera I got for my birthday, and get some cool pictures for the report!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Boat trailering bill last shot" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/11/08
 

The Governor has until Aug 17 to veto the bill. We need to give the Gov one last blast from our fog horns requesting he NOT veto the bill that was passed by the Legislature. The contact info for the Governor is on the July 18 fishing report. Everyone send emails/teles/ect so he knows we're still out here watching how he chooses to leave his legacy to our state. Thanks.
- Rube McMullan
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"Dog days of August?" | World Cat- 33' | 08/11/08
 

Mike Herndon and crew made it look more like hawg days with this catch of kings and a dolphin on Saturday.  Live pogies accounted for these fish, the biggest weighing 34 and 32 pounds.  Carson Herndon and Zach Illing made up the crew on Mike's boat, the "Knot-a-Clue."  Congratulations to them for demonstrating that quality fish can be caught in the heat of the summer, if you make a good plan and stick to it.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Boat Trailering bill passes but awaits Governors v" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/11/08
 

The Senate has overwhelming passed the boat trailering bill. There was an amendment attached in hopes of getting the Governor's approval which lowered the width to 114 inches for 24/7 towing. Over 114 inches no permit, but no nightime towing. Even with this compromise the Governor is still threatening to veto. SO........same deal. We need everyone to continue to email the Governor seeking his support for the bill and DON'T VETO IT! The public has spoken, the Legislature listened with a resounding vote of support. Why would the Governor ignore the will of the people? Please email him at governor.office@ncmail.net. Or tele 800-662-7952; 919-733-5811;  919-733-4240;  or fax # 919-7332120. Thanks for your help!
- Rube McMullan
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"Horseshoe" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/10/08
 

No, not fishing the Horseshoe, but taking a good luck charm with us in the form of Austin Aycock and fishing with in sight of Captain Chris "hot hand" Dew on the It Works.

We knew the day was going to be interesting when Austin did a spinning throw with the cast net and spun himself off the OIFC dock and into the drink.  But being the fisherman he is he held on to the net and caught bait.  Speaking of bait, the pogies and mullet minnows were thick in the commercial canal at the OIFC, in the ICW and the pogies were holding just off Tubbs Inlet.

After recovering Austin from the drink we headed the Scout 240 Bay Boat out of the Shallotte Inlet.   Iniatially the ride was bumpy, especially for a bay boat, but as the day wore on the ocean settled down, making for an enjoyable fishing day.   

 We set up at an AR within sight of the It  Works.  The highlight of this stop was Austin landing a 4.20 lb.  flounder. I bore easily so we moved to Jeff's secrete location where we again started picking up flounder.  Jeff "Captain Toad Fish" , a name Austin came up with because Jeff caught every toad fish on the east coast  definitely led the competition in catch and release of some of the biggest toad fish I remember ever seeing.  We've named the spot the toad fish hole.  We also set out Jelly Balls, but failed in our attempts at spade fishing. There were a bunch of Spanish here ,  I suggest those people wishing to fish for Spanish do so off of Bird Island.

As we were returning we talked with some of Jeff's Deputy feiends who were having a good time fishing and swiming.  They told us that the  cobia were thick as molasses at the 90's yesterday.  We had a ball fishing with Austin.  Not only is he a good young man, but he is very knowledge about fishing and boating. Overall it was a great day!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"LBARA Club Challenge" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/10/08
 

An announcement had been made that LBARA was going to have to cancel the Club Challenge.  The OIFC has stepped in and offered to help this fine cause.  There will be more info to come.  But mark your calendars for Sept. 5&6  as the show will go on.  More to come.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Touching Bases" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/09/08
 

I received bits and pieces of reports today, though nothing in depth.  Since my mention of Spade Fish I got a brief report that a good friend caught several yesterday around a wreck off Myrtle Beach.  Until I get an angler's permission I don't publish the exact location.  I've also received reliable information that several Kings were caught today in about 65 feet of water.  I listened to Channel 11 and it sounded like the Black Jack was a parking lot.  Finally, Jami Blue weighed in a 5.30 lb. Spanish today to take the Rodeo Leader Board.  Cong rations Jami and I need some pictures for the report.

Captain Brant had his Bottom Fishing School today.  I haven't talked to him so I don't know how they did.  He's got another school later this month and it still has some openings.

The weather forecast was a bit off this morning with the seas being rough behind a decent north wind.  However it slicked out later in the day.  If the weather holds, Jeff  and I are going to fish some local AR's with master Junior Angler Austin Aycock Sunday.  Standby Dad (Brian) we'll give you the report.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fishing Cable" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/08
 

Jeff and I fished with Captain Jeff Williamson on the Get Busy this afternoon.  They had located a little known wreck off Sunset Beach and wanted to try it out.  The afternoon began with us loading up on Pogies in Tubbs Inlet then heading a short distance off shore.  The seas were still flat even later in the afternoon so the Get Busy 21 foot Kenner Bay Boat had no problem making short order of the trip.

Once we located their super secret AR we anchored off and commenced losing terminal on the jagged edges of the wreck.  I believe Captain Jeff fishes with steel cable.  Once,  we got hung up and he had to put the boat in gear and pull forward just so we could break off.  If he ever broke down all he'd have to do would be cast to the Sea Tow  Boat and get a tow.

This reef was alive with Flounder, Spanish and huge Spade Fish.  We caught several Flounder using Pogies, and released a couple of undersized flat fish.  A couple of Toad Fish were caught and released just to make it interesting.  We weren't set up for Spade Fish or Spanish.  We caught a couple of the many Jelly Balls out there and worked one curious monster Spade Fish, but couldn't get him interested.  The Spanish chased our Pogies, but were a little spooky.  Captain Jeff finally began having luck with a live Pogy on a float.

We had a productive trip and a lot of fun. It's not every job that you can get off work, walk out the back door and hop on a boat with a seasoned charter Captain and guide.  It's tough being me.  I've included a couple of pictures that were censored by Jeff & Jeff so as not to disclose their fishing hole.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"KAYAK" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/08
 

If you want to be stealthy a  Wilderness Systems Kayak is the way to fish.  Earlier this week OIFC guide Jeff Beck took a group to the grassy flats behind OIB and caught some Flounder and juvenile Grouper.  Jeff fished the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 rigged for fishing.  The charter fished the Tarpon 130 T, which is a tandem along with another 120.

Having just gotten over shoulder reconstruction, I was hesitant to try Kayaking.  However I ventured out Wednesday to explore and try my shoulder out.  They are COOL.  I could slide into inches of water which would then drop off into big holes.  I was able to get places I'd never be able to reach by boat.  I actually slid in on top of massive schools of bait and tailing Red Drum. 

Today, Jeff took a group to fish along the ICW.  They were able to sneak up on fish right in the grass.  The kayak also let them get under piers and around structure that we normally would not be able to reach. The trips were successful in that they landed several flounder.  As soon as I get an Olympus 1030 SW water proof camera I'll get us some pictures.  With an upcoming birthday perhaps my significant other will get the hint.


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"KAYAK" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/08
 

If you want to be stealthy a kayak is the way to fish.  Earlier this week OIFC guide Jeff Beck took a group to the grassy flats behind OIB and caught some Flounder and juvenile Grouper.  Jeff fished the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 rigged for fishing.  The charter fished the Tarpon 130 T, which is a Tandem along with another 120.

Having just gotten over shoulder reconstruction, I was hesitant to try Kayaking.  However I ventured out Wednesday to explore and try my shoulder out.  They are COOL.  I could slide into inches of water which would the drop off into big holes.  I was able to get places I'd never be able to reach by boat.  I actually slid in on top of massive schools of bait and tailing Red Drum. 

Today, Jeff took a group to fish along the ICW.  They were able to sneak up on fish right in the grass.  The kayak also let them get under piers and around structure that we normally would not be able to reach. The trips were successful in that they landed several flounder.  As soon as I get an Olympus 1030 SW water proof camera I'll get us some pictures.  With an upcoming birthday perhaps my significant other will get the hint.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Flat Seas" | OIFC 2- 27' | 08/08/08
 

Today's weather was perfect.  Not too hot (as compared to recent days), just a little breeze and a glass flat ocean. The weekend forecast is for more of the same!

The day belonged to Captain Chris Dew and his son who served as first mate on board the OIFC 2 (formally the It Works).  Chris had two- half day charters and slayed the fish on both.

In the morning  the OIFC 2 went to the 90's with the Pacewicz's, Ed and son Eric.  They fished on top using cigar minnows and green Cape Lookout Smokers Only Skirts.  They boated several Kings and a couple of large Spanish.  Some smaller Kings were released.

In the afternoon the crew took Connor Purcell and his wife out.  The Purcells hail from Ireland and come to the states to visit relatives.  One of the reasons the Purcell's chose OIB is because they wanted to catch some big fish. They worked the AR 445 and caught plenty of Spanish.  They caught and released several Barracuda including a citation sized 'cuda.  Chris said they had several short strikes.  His son was a big help and put in a l-o-n-g day.  When I left them at 6:30 pm he was just getting ready to help his dad wash the boat.  The kind of young man we all like to meet.

Captain Chris Burrows and Boston Rob had a quarter day charter.  Even during this short time they managed to land 20 some Spanish at the AR 455.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/08
 

Pogys off Holden Beach.  Kings at 90/90-mostly small with some large Spanish mixed in.  Also some small Kings at 65 foot hole.  Think the bigger fish weren't eating today- frontal pass ??
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"Island Style Yachts comes to life" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/07/08
 

Island Style Yachts of Ocean Isle Beach is officially well under way as they flipped their first hull yesterday-congratulations to company owner Scott Quaintance- can't wait to see her take shape
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Lightning strikes twice" | World Cat- 33' | 08/06/08
 

Once upon a time, Austin Allen hopped into a 21' NauticStar bay boat with his father, ran through the inlet with dear old dad, tossed out a few baits around the sea buoy, and ended up with a giant king that won the 2007 Fall Brawl King Classic.  Ancient history, right?  Lucky?  Once-in-a-lifetime kind of fish deal?  Nawwww...

Yesterday, Austin hopped on the "Junkyard Dog" with Mason Linker Jr., Mason Linker III, and Molly Linker (the Linkers are out of Winston Salem) and gave the rest of the local fishermen on the water a one-sided lesson in how to catch a big flatfish.  A tiger minnow hooked the monster (location undisclosed) and then we all saw Austin at the OIFC docks, grinning like a jack-o-lantern.  And YES, Mr. Austin had the foresight to enter in the OIFC rodeo.

Austin's fish weighed 8.3 pounds.  World fisheries biologists Dr. Zach Faulkner and Dr. Rudy Upton, Jr. confirmed it was indeed a massive flounder and not a small halibut, as was the original rumor at the dock.


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