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"Weekend report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/27/08
 

My family and I fished the Charleston Kingfish tourney on Saturday.  We weighed a very respectable 33.4, but unfortunately, so did several others.  When we left the scales we were in 7th, so maybe we held on for a top 10.  You can't control what others catch, so I'm thankful for a very nice fish.  We were fishing the Jungle and caught lots of fish as the bite turned on after 9am.  I came to find out when I got back to the dock that a 41 was caught right beside me as the fish was weighed at the Fishing Center-- the guy said he pulled it out from under us.  Oh well- go figure-- I don't know who caught the fish and haven't talked to him, but I'd be willing to bet it was on dead bait, rusty hooks and kinked wire-- that's just the way it goes in fishing sometimes.   You can have the best equipment, hottest techniques.... but it all boils down to being at the exact right spot when that one fish decides it is time to eat. 

I am leaving town today to head to Sarasota to pick up the new 32 Yellowfin.  I'm excited about the boat.  I'll post some pictures and info once I get it dialed in.  Only problem is my old 36' is making an extremely hard case for herself as she has been producing.  I think she must have heard me talking to folks about selling her- speaking of which-  The new boat is now here, so I've GOT to sell my 36 Contender- the hull is an 01', but if you know me or the boat, it is immaculate and there isn't a button that doesn't work.  The livewells are prime and it is turn key to win.  The motors are the best selling feature as they are 2008, Yamaha F350's with full warranty thru 2011.  I also have a brand new Magic Tilt trailer with electric disk brakes that I bought last Fall-- I have been asking $125k, but this is no joke-- I MUST sell this boat now and I will take $110k to the first taker- call me at (910) 367-2945

 


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Big Red-Get Busy" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/27/08
 

This is the picture of the massive Red Drum Rick  Gossin caught and released yesterday while on a charter with Jeff Williamson aboard the Get Busy.   Jeff said they were using crickets.  I think he's hosing me down and was using earth worms.

No matter, congratulations Jeff and thanks to you and everyone who fishes with the OIFC Captains!!  This humble reporter feels that we have the best the area has to offer.

I've got a write up of the trip and more pictures posted further down.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Rodeo Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/26/08
 

Tripp Hooks has just taken 1st place in theOIFC Year Long Rodeo.  A lot of nice fish have been weighed in recently, and I'm sorry for those people, as they were not in the Rodeo.  Don't be one of them.....sign up now!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Last In" | World Cat- 33' | 07/26/08
 

Captains Chris B. and Rudy were the last  of our boats  in. They'd been out with Rocky and Matt Rogers from Bladenboro.  The guys followed bait pods off shore most of he day, but mostly off the Horseshoe.  The World Cat caught a 32.5 lb. 'Jack, another Amberjack and several mahi.

On a personal note, this Clark Kent stuff is a j.o.b.  On good fishing days I feel like Superman after he's been around kryptonite...


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"GET BUSY" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/26/08
 

Captain Jeff Williamson took Herb Krumbein and Rick Gossin fishing today aboard the Get Busy.  Jeff said he fished his secrete hole using mud minnows on Custom OIFC Flounder Rigs.  Thy landed 8 good sized flounder, but so much more than that they caught a 45 inch Red Drum.  It took 20 minutes using 14 pound gear.  I am sure it was a grand looking fish and I've been promised an email picture of it, which I'll  surely post. 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Home Town" | Show Time- 34' | 07/26/08
 

Some folks from my home town joined Roger and Zach today on the Show Time.  They are Fred Young, owner of Young's Flooring, Troy, Zach, 7 yr. old Greyson Young, Blake White and  Fred's son in law Kevin Russell of Richmond. The guys fished Christina's Ledge using pogys  on Smoker Choker and caught several Kings.  As I told them the best view I ever had f my home town was in the rear view mirror while moving to the beach.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Team Suicidal Pogies" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/26/08
 

The Team, consisting of Rich Vanstory, Ted Johnson, Ted's son Teddy, Scott Lechtrcker, and his son Dylan of Greensboro, N.C. came by today and said they'd like to weigh in a citation King Mackerel.  This King weighed 40.35 pounds,.a shor'nuff citation winner!

The team, fishing a Grady White caught the King at the Jungle on a naked pogy with a down rigger set at about 45 feet.  They said the fight lasted about 20 minutes and that the reel messed up in the middle of the struggle.

Thanks to Team Suicide Pogies for allowing us to check in their  fish and take pictures.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Another Sailfish" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/26/08
 

Nick Battista, no relation to news anchor Bobbi Battista, came by and told me that while he and his  son, Mike and son in law, Tim Raines were fishing the World Cat with Captain Rudy and First Mate Turtle yesterday  Tim hooked up with a Sailfish.

The Sail blasted a live pogy and fought hard for about 1 and 1/2 hours.  While the battle was on going a second sail came up to the lines but didn't hit.  They brought the fish along side, took him by his bill, took pictures, made sure he was revived  and released him.  He was 72 inches long and estimated about 60 pounds.  He was caught in about 60 feet of water.  Upon returning to the docks, both the angler and first mate were chunked into the drink as is an OIFC tradition when someone catches their first billfish.  I should be getting pictures and will post them once I do.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Bubba" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/26/08
 

While working early this morning I noticed a boat go by that looked unique.  It resembled an Atlantic net boat but wasn't.  A few minutes later it stopped at our docks and I had to check it out.

Two men, Ken and Less along with Less's Lab. Bubba, the boat's namesake, were aboard. Less told me he built the boat in his garage while living in Florida.  It was supposed to be 20 feet long, but his garage was too short, so he made it 18 feet, not counting the anchor pulpit.  It 's equipped with top flight electronics and even trim tabs.  Less said he's fished it all over and caught a ton of fish on it.

Later in the day, a man I'd never seen before told me that the guys on a homemade boat named Bubba had caught a sailfish. And that's all I have to say about that.-Bubba Gump


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Big Red" | Speckulator - 22' | 07/26/08
 

A beautiful 42 inch Red Drum was definitely the story of the day. This fish was landed by Mark Fox while fishing with his children 19 year old Catlin and 13 year old Daniel of Florance,   S.C. while aboard Captain Kyle's 22 foot Century.  They also caught several Spanish.  The anglers were using mullet minnows and were in the Sunset Beach/Bird Island area.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"It Works" | OIFC 2- 27' | 07/26/08
 

That's the previous name of the OIFC and she did work yesterday.  Captain Chris Dew took Lee, Tom Torey and Kerry Lowen from Mooresville, N.C. on a half day's charter.  They fished the 65 foot hole using dead cigar minnows with success.  Tom Younts caught the biggest fish, an 18.5 lb. King and Torey said she caught the "middle fish".  The ocean and weather was great yesterday and so was the fishing.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fishing Hub" | Show Time- 34' | 07/26/08
 

With all the fishing activity around the OIFC I felt like it was a fishing hub.  If you are an angler, or just like to see the boats bring in the fish, the Fishing Center is the place to be.

All  the action has run together especially since I dozed off in my recliner last night and didn't get a report done.  I'll start with yesterday.  The Showtime started the day on a half day charter with the Kremperts, Caden, age 4, Dennis, Charlie Tracy  Matt and 7 year old Isaac Byers  of Mooresville, N. C.  The crew  tried several locations, including the 10 mile rock and caught some keeper Kings, about a dozen throw backs and had about 20 short bites.  At the 445 they caught a 51" and a 39" barracuda.  Captain Roger said the 445 was loaded with barracuda.

The afternoon trip with the Sedwicks , consisting of Mike, Bob, Jason, Terri, Niki and Nikki from the Albany, N.Y.  area was not quite as productive in numbers but Mike managed to land an 18.30 pound King, which was the biggest King of the trip.  The fish were caught about 5 miles off shore on a down rigger set at 40 feet deep. 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Good Fishing Time" | Show Time- 34' | 07/24/08
 

In a conversation with Captain Brant today, he shared his thinking as to why the bite  had picked up today. It was a mixture of science and old timers' experience.  He relayed that the bite would be hot at least through the weekend.  A great fishing report would be Brant's knowledge  of moon phases, winds, and storms affecting fishing as he relayed it today.

In shore, Jeff Beck joined some friends and worked on the flounder, landing seven keepers and a throw back Gag Grouper.  He said they fished mullet minnows while anchored and fan casting around docks and structure.

Off shore, Captain Brant had a bottom fishing charter yesterday and limited out on Grouper.  He said that most of the Groupers they caught  were in the 20-26 inch class.  Brant was in about 65 feet of water.  He said the Gags in the 15-25 pound range should be in in about a month and would be hot in the fall.

Today, Captains Roger and Zach on the Showtime and Captains Rudy and Chris B. on the World Cat both had 2-half day charters.

In the morning the Showtime was the hero. Along on the trip were Kimberly Allbritton, her dad, Tim of Swepsonville, N.C., Curtis Barker of Haw River, N.C. and Jerry Sparrow of Graham, N.C.  The group boated several Kings and Spanish.  The largest King weighed 31.5 pounds and was caught by Jerry.  Kimberly had the next biggest.  The Showtime was using a green Yeh Haw with a green skirt in about 65 feet of water.

The Showtime's afternoon charter was with Marcie Ciotoli,of Charlotte, who caught the biggest King, Kevin Cutaia, and his wife, Shana, of Rochester, N.Y., Wayne Bubb, Marcie's dad, and Calleen and her husband A J  Kapase of San Fransisco.  Marcie caught the biggest King.  The Showtime was fishing 65 feet deep using a green Smoker Choker.

Captain Chris and Rudy led the afternoon charters with the most Kings.  Word is that live bait was the key.  The bait was found east of the Shallotte Inlet and down by the Sunset Pier.  Regarding bait, Chris said if the pogies couldn't be found there was plenty of bait to be jigged in the 460 area.  Reports also said that the Jungle was on fire today.  The fishing should stay steady through the weekend.

There seems to be a pattern of the lady anglers landing the biggest fish, so guys you need to step it up.  Also, in writing this report, one had better be good at spelling last names!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Boat Trailering bill" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/22/08
 

Spoke to the Governor's office and they say they are getting bombarded with calls/emails requesting the Governor not veto the trailer bill. Great job everyone! Keep it up. The way this works is they catalog the number of calls they get and that info is given to the Gov. More calls/emails, the more he gets the idea of where the public stands on this issue. I think he has until August 19 to veto or not.

 Granted, the bill is not everything we wanted, but if we can avoid the Gov's veto, it may be possible to go back to Legislature next year and amend it with the hope that whoever the new Governor is will be sensitive to the issue[i.e. campaign issue]. Keep the calls/emails coming! The public has power, we just have to exert it.


- Rube McMullan
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"Ocean Isle Melt Down" | Show Time- 34' | 07/21/08
 

The temperature at the bank  read 93 degrees.  The gauge on my car said 98.  No matter, the OIFC Dock Boys and Jet Ski Rental guys were burning up.  A customer walked up the metal ramp bare footed and then bought sandals.  Captain Roger sun burned his feet in the tower on the Show Time.  Get the picture....it was HOT today.

All of our boats had charters.  The World Cat had a quarter day, The OIFC 2 had a half day as did the Show Time.  The ocean was "snotty" this morning but calmed down as the day went on.  Our fleet caught a handful of Kings, and I talked to some other Captains on the radio (channel 11) and that's what they all did.  The storm has passed and the ocean is settling down so the fishing is destined to pick back up where it left off.  The bait is back and is hanging around the Sunset Pier and east of the Shallotte Inlet.  We've got a lot of charters booked, but quite a few dates left so come on down, book a charter and stop by the store to shop and "talk fish'n"


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"The report from Beaufort" | World Cat- 33' | 07/20/08
 

I have just gotten back to Ocean Isle from Carteret County, where neither high gas prices nor a tropical storm could slow down the 5th annual Barta Boys and Girls Club Billfish tournament.  Capt. Dan Ratley, with his crew of Alan Murray, Bryan Aycock, Austin Aycock, David Ratley, and Tyler Holden represented Ocean Isle and the Fishing Center admirably on the "Quick Draw."  Ausitn won second place honors in the Overall Tuna and the Junior Anglers Tuna Division, David caught his first dolphin, and Tyler kept the two youngest fishermen in line as they fished hard for two days away from home!  Todd Schad fished the tournament on the "Diggin It," and reported a few billfish jumped off.  OIB local Eddie Julian also fished the tournament on the "Dancin' Outlaw" and his son Edward won first place in the dolphin division (Junior and Overall) with a giant 44 pounder!  Many thanks to Capt. Dan and crew, Todd, Eddie, Cynthia and David Barber (Cynthia is the tournament director whose year round, hard work makes this tournament and it's contribution to the Boys and Girls Club of Coastal Carolina possible) and to the other participants and volunteers who fished and worked this event.  I hope to see some more familiar faces from Brunswick County up there next year.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"The Southport Way" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/18/08
 

It is always fun and educational to fish with anglers from a different area.  Today Jeff Beck, an OIFC guide was aboard his 24 ft Scout Bay Boat the "Hook 'm Up" fished with his coworkers, Eric Sykes, Justin Brown of the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office and Captain Zach of the OIFC.

The guys fished the Ocean Isle Beach area on both a falling, then rising tide and scored a Carolina In Shore Slam. Jeff had been wanting to fish with the guys from Southport because not only are they excellent anglers, but they fish a little differently there than we in the southernmost part of the county do. They use buck tails tipped with Berkley Gulp Fish Bites.  Their presentation is different in that work  a variety structure and water depth with great preciseness while anchored, though we sometimes anchor off, we do as much  drift fishing as anchor fishing.

Regarding our charter Captains, Captain Jeff Williamson  of the "Get Busy"had a good day though he had to battle pin fish and blue fish. through out the day  The man fished hard, and earned every dime he made on his charter.  Jeff always gives 110% when he fishes and is an excellent charter captain!!!

Our other in shore Captain Kyle Hughes , of the "Speckulator"also earned his keep today, boating several flounder.  Kyle too, like all our Captains give fishing their all, and I would stack them up against any angler in the area.

We've got a storm down south, with the center of circulation sitting off the Ga./Fla. boarder this morning.  It's just close enough to make today's off shore charters less than jet smooth.  For the sake of our all off shore anglers let's hope it makes up its mind and gets out of here.

For those folks wondering where Captain Chris Burrows is.  Chris is working the Tred Barta Tournament in Morehead City.  One of our local captains, Dan Ratley of the Quick Draw out of OIB,  has taken some kids up to fish the Tournament and I'm sure they will both have some excellent stories.

As for Clark Kent, I've had to go out of town for a wedding, (lucky me).  I'm relying on some ace cub reporters to keep me informed for the report.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Laying Low" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/18/08
 

They say you are only as good as your last tournament and thus the OIFC team has decided to lay low this weekend.  If we put off fishing another tournament for a week or two, then we are still winners- right?

East wind has been blowing and bite has been off- I think the fish are out there, but they are just  not biting. 

I went rogue yesterday and headed up to the Cape Fear to do some shark fishing.  It the Kings don't want to bite and its rough offshore- why not?  We caught 10 or more Blacktips from 50-80 pounds- the poor man's Blue Marlin-- run hard, jump and pull like the devil.  It was also perfect because I had 6 guys from 15-23 years old who were up to the task-- a nice half day trip.

Anyway, going to be hanging out this weekend.  Maybe some yard work, playing with daughter and getting in the mind set to hopefully get back after the fish next week.

Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"HOT BITE" | Speckulator - 22' | 07/17/08
 

Not only is the weather hot, but so is the in shore bite.  This morning, Captain Jeff Williamson chartered Scott Gavigla, Robert Hyde and David McMillian of Cincinnati, Ohio aboard the "Get Busy" .   Along with some Flounder the crew landed a citation 7.3 lb. Trout.  The biggest aggravation they had was Blue Fish taking their bait.  The charter fished mostly in the Sunset Beach area using mullet minnows.

Next in was Captain Kyle Hughe's Century bay boat the "Speckulator.  Along with Kyle were Randy and Ben Claninger of Mooresville and Josh Shepherd of Newton-Conover.  These anglers landed several Trout and Flounder.  They were fishing just west of OIB and were also using Mullet Minnows and Pogies.

There is plenty of bait in the ICW, canals and channels.  All you need is a cast net and accurate aim.  If you need a net we have them.  If you need instruction on how to throw one, stop by the OIFC and we'll gladly help you.

I also included a picture of Captain Roger and a young man checking out the tower on the Show Tme. You can't go just anywhere and climb aboard a sport fishing boat with a Master Captain.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Go Fly a Kite" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/17/08
 

Go fly a kite,  is what Captain Brant did yesterday. Brant headed out to sea armed with a SFE Kite and custom set up.  Kite fishing is an exciting way to go, you  get to watch the bait skip along the top of the water and see the fish clear the water and attack.  Sometimes it takes several tries before the prey is nailed   Brant and Captain Chris Burrows are our resisent experts on kite fishing. By day's end Brant had caught some King, Mahi and a treasure trove of other fish.  Our other boats also had charters and faired as well along with some good sized Amberjack included, which were absconded by Captain Tom of the Tide High Parasail Boat.  All reported plenty of bait, especially down by the Little River Jetties.  We were also informed of Blue Fish just off the piers, which make for excellent bait.

On the inshore note, Jeff Beck and some friends went Flounder and Red Drum fishing. Jeff reported plenty of mullet minnows and pogies.  He found most of his bait  in the concrete canals at OIB.

During the course of the day he limited out on Flounder, though a lot of them were small.   The Flounder were behind Sunset Beach. They also got several Red Drum in the 20 some inch range.  The Drum were caught on a falling tide, as the bait was being sucked out of the grass.  The guys used minnows and pogies.  The Drum bit better on the pogies.  Jeff further said the was better on bait tipped with buck tails.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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