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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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"King Ethan" | World Cat- 33' | 07/15/08
 

Check out Ethan Brown's first ever king mackerel, caught this morning at Yaupon Reef on the World Cat.  The fish ate a live pogy in the propwash.  Congratulations Ethan--I'm sure there will be more to come!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Club Challenge" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/15/08
 

I just received an email from Bob Black of the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association.  He was inquiring if Team OIFC was going to participate in the Challenge again this.  My reply was OF COURSE.  We took top honors last year with Tommy Helms and Charlie Pistolas bringing home the bacon and we know we're a target this year.

Some local flounder experts have already committed, but we still need more in order to increase our odds......more lines = better chances.  Contact me at the OIFC if you are interested in joining our team.

Even if you don't compete with us, I encourage you to participate as this is for a great cause that effects our fishery.  Check out their website at the above link.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"The One That Didn't Get Away" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/15/08
 

There’s a common saying amongst tournament fishermen, “I’d rather be lucky than good.”  If you are a fisherman you understand exactly what this means.  So much of fishing is about circumstance.  Right place, right time and then having the fish bite your line instead of someone’s beside you.  Also the factors that lead up to catching a particular fish can be a tangled web of fortune and misfortune, but somehow you end up where you are and then the fish bites.  As such, let me tell you the story of one of the most unbelievable days of fishing in my life, it happened this past Sunday.

My father, Rube McMullan and cousin, Brian Aycock joined me aboard the OIFC 1 to fish in the annual Got’em On King Classic tournament out of Carolina Beach.  I fish the tournament every year as it is well run and typically has a large number of participants and thus a substantial payout.  Also, I have historically done well in this event with several top 10 finishes, and it was my hope that this might be the year we crack into the top 5, who knows, maybe win it.  On Wednesday prior to the tournament fishing day, I had captured Menhaden and Mullet and pinned them up in a custom live tank I had designed.  The plan was to have good bait right off the bat and be fishing early.  Sunday morning I met Rube and Brian at the bait tank and we began loading the well.  Unfortunately, the Menhaden did horrible and they were not even worth using.  The Mullet were good to go and thus we still had confidence in our original plan to be fishing early.  We were clear of Shallotte inlet at 6:30am and fishing at the Jungle by 7:00am.  We were all alone at a spot that typically produces big fish, and I had confidence there was a big fish waiting for us.  By 8:30am we had not had a bite and few boats had moved in; confidence was slipping.  At 8:45am I turned around from the helm and said, “OK boys get them up”, and no sooner had I closed my mouth than the downrigger Ribbonfish went off with a fish that made a strong run.  I manned the rod and Rube steered toward the fish.  The fish made a good 200 yard run and I hoped it would be a good one.  Rube pulled up alongside the fish which I then presented to Brian who adeptly stuck home the gaff, pulling an estimated 28-29 pound King aboard.  We were all smiles.  We had a decent tournament fish that would at least have us on the leader board, now we just needed the big one.  We fished another hour or so before deciding to start looking at some areas offshore where a bigger fish might be holding.  We hit 3 or 4 spots from 75-110 feet of water but had no luck.  At around noon my brother Barrett, who was operating the parasail boat along Ocean Isle Beach, gave me a call on the VHF to let me know he had seen a nice King skyrocket on some bait along the beach.  We knew we could not run all the way back to Shallotte inlet to fish and still make the weigh-in at Carolina Beach, but it did give us the clue that there might be some fish close to shore.  We decided to run toward Carolina Beach and catch fresh bait and finish up around the inlet.  We caught fresh Menhaden along the Frying Pan Shoals and then stopped at a rock 2-3 miles away in 40 feet of water.  The area was loaded with bait and looked got, but after fishing there from 2pm to 3:15pm without a bite, we decided we’d run to Carolina Beach inlet to finish up.  We were fishing again by 3:30pm and the water really didn’t look that great:  it was kind of silty and there wasn’t much bait around.  We were basically killing time as the minutes passed and our enthusiasm for a miracle weaned.  I had trolled offshore of the sea buoy some ½ mile and at 4:15pm I turned the boat with the seas and put it in neutral.  I grabbed a scrub brush and started cleaning and told Rube and Brian to get ready to go.  Then it happened.  The downrigger Ribbonfish rod went down as a fish grabbed the bait and made a slow move back offshore while rising toward the surface.  My first thought was a shark but the fact the line was coming up gave me hope for a King.  Seconds later the run sped up past shark speed and then it went into supersonic gear as the fish smoked the reel, headed straight offshore.  There was now no doubt, we had a big Kingfish.  I spun the boat as Brian headed to the bow as we gave chase.  The King smoked off several hundred yards, a very impressive run.  We worked back toward the fish and it went deep, we still had not seen it.  The fish then made another lunge and surfaced in front of the boat before taking off.  Brian looked back at me and his eyes were big as he said, “Brant, it’s a hog.”  The actions of the fish all ready had me thinking this could be the one and the sight only confirmed that we were dealing with a fish that could potentially win the tournament.  We caught back up to the fish as it went deep again.  Brian began working it up, but we soon could see the big King was foul hooked in the stomach and any wrong move would tear the hooks from its flesh.  We were nervous!  Rube manned the wheel as I grabbed the 12’ gaff.  The King was easily in sight, circling below the boat.  I stuck the entire 12’ of gaff + my forearm into the water and swiped.  The end of the hook just grazed the fish.  Brian lifted and again I just bumped the fish’s tail.  I reached a little deeper and as the fish circled past the hook I eased the hook up and felt the oh so sweet “crunch” as the hook sunk into the fish.  I pulled her upward and over the gunnel and she was ours.  We were shocked.  The fish was big and were excited about that, but the shock of what just transpired left us in absolute disbelief.  We had just been struck by lightning.  The King was very long with a huge head, but we immediately noticed how skinny it was and then started worrying it wasn’t going to be big enough.  On another day, this fish was easily 40+ pounds, but at this stage in its life, I hoped it would be mid 30’s.  We packed up and headed only 15 minutes to the weigh-in at Carolina Beach.  We passed the check-in boat and they told us a 32 pounder was leading.  I was now very excited, I couldn’t believe it.  It normally takes a 40+ to win this event.  It was 4:45pm and there weren’t many boats behind us to weigh.  We might have a chance.  We came to the scales to cheers and camera flashes and posed with our fish before weighing it in at an official 34.15 pounds, the new leader!  We were very excited and nervous, but honestly I had still not gotten over the shock of catching this fish.  The last few boats weighed and our “miracle” fish held on to win the OIFC 1 first place honors in the 2008 Got’em On King Classic, defeating 186 other top fishing teams.  Now, analyze how we got where we were and you can quickly see that fishing is often about circumstance and timing and above all, LUCK.  We got lucky and as a wise fisherman once told me, “I’d rather be lucky than good any day.”

As for the fishing report, the fishing is exceptional right now.  As we approach the full moon cycle the fish are feeding strong.  On Friday, I hosted a live bait fishing school and we accomplished something I had never done before- we caught a near shore “trash slam” of Barracuda, Amberjack and Shark and then topped that with a near shore “superslam” of King Mackerel, Mahi, Cobia and Sailfish.  The Kings were caught in 65 feet of water and the Cobia, Mahi and Sailfish were caught in 80 feet of water.  We had an awesome day.  There are a ton of Menhaden on the beach and catching live bait to fish with is no problem.  The bite is red hot for Kings at the 390/390, Christina’s Ledge and Shark Hole and there are scatted Mahi mixed in and also a few Cobia and Sailfish as well.  It’s a great time to go fishing, so get on the water and see if luck will turn your way to bring home the catch of a lifetime.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Live Bait School openings this week !!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/15/08
 

I have a Live Bait school this Thurs PM and all day Friday with 3 openings.  The fishing is great, the weather looks good and if you are looking to hone your fishing schools to have more success on board your own boat, this will help-- ALOT- call (910) 575-3474 to make the reservation-- let's go fishing-- Capt. Brant--

I forgot to report on last week's school, but our class had the ultimate in live bait success.  Every member cast netted Menhaden for the day's fishing and then every member succeeded in catching mulitple fish-- at day's end we landed a nearshore "trash" slam (Barracuda, Shark and Amberjack) and nearshore super slam of fish (King, Mahi, Cobia and Sailfish).  All in one day of fishing. 

Give us a call- I have 3 spots open for this week- (910) 575-3474


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Late Night Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/14/08
 

Just talked with Johnny Calhoon, captain of the "Bad Ride" Sea Pro.  He and friends were fishing today and caught a slew of red drum.  Johnny was fishing grassy areas around structure in the ICW using mud minnows

Is this supposed to be the summer dull drums?  I've seen more fish, and bait both in shore and off shore caught in the last week than anytime this summer. Perhaps the winds have laid down, surely those who know more than I can offer reasons.  At any rate, if you keep up with the fishing report you don't need me to tell you that the fishing is hot.  Try to find a way around the fuel prices and come to the coast and  get into the action.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Flounder Update" | Speckulator - 22' | 07/14/08
 

Capt. Rickey failed to include the weight of Katie Warren's doormat flounder from earlier today in his report.  The fish weighed a whopping 7.70lbs!! I was very excited to see this young angler catch that trophy, and the only downside is that it may be a long time before she catches another one like that.  So congratulations to Katie for an exceptional catch.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Today's Action" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/14/08
 

Captain Chris Dew of the OIFC 2 had a half day charter today and reported catching several kings and dolphin.  One of the kings weighed 19 pounds while the rest were a little smaller.  The mahi ranged in the teens also.  Captain Chris was pulling dead cigar minnows in the Shark Hole area.  He said they hit on the top as well as on the downrigger.  Yesterday's charter was a carbon copy with the addition of a citation barracuda.

Captain Roger  was on the OIFC 1 and reported a buffet of cobia, mahi, and kings.  He worked the 65 foot area and pulled dead cigar minnows as well as live bait.  The bait was located about one half mile before the Lockwood Folly Inlet.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Team OIF Wins: followup" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/14/08
 

Captain Brant hasn't done a post on Team OIFC's victory in the Got Em On King Tournament.  Here's a couple of links that will  help tell the  story.  Check out  WWAY and the Got Em On 's web sites. Also, Austin Aycock and Tripp Hooks won the junior angler division.  Please check out the links and congratulations guys!!!!!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Please Wipe Your Feet" | Speckulator - 22' | 07/14/08
 

That's what 7 year old Katie Warren  of Rock Hill, S. C. can say. Katie was fishing with her dad, Tommy, mom Holly and 9 year old brother Will  today with Captain Kyle aboard his 21 foot Century, the Speckulator.  They also had 8 or 9 other keeper flounder.

I asked the family where they caught the fish  and they wouldn't say.  Kyle had already schooled them.  Kyle did say that they were caught near OIB in 4 ft of water on mullet minnows.  Congratulations!!

Captain Jeff Williamson had a half day  in shore charter today on Jeff's boat the Get Busy. His group lander 9 flounder and one 21" red drum.  Jeff said he was using OIFC premium mud minnows.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Boat Trailering TRIPLE RED ALERT" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/14/08
 

On July 10th fishing report we reported possible action of the Governor to veto the boat trailering bill. Here's an update and an important call for help from everyone out there.

Yesterday the Finance Committe passed the bill WITHOUT removing the night time trailering provision. This was very courageus action by the committee. The bill will return to the floor next week and it is expected it will be passed. However, what appeared to be a clear path for solving this problem has now become clouded because the Governor has been influenced by the Highway Patrol folks to possibly veto the bill due to "safety concerns". So what we have is the Dems and Reps in the State Legislature coming together to pass a bill as a result of a tremondous level of public support and encouragement, and now, due to the HP guys wanting to protect their turf, somehow they have influenced the Governor to veto the bill. What I believe is the Governor just hasn't heard from the public on this issue and doesn't understand the importance of it to the fishing boating world as well as the economic impact to the boating fishing industry. All the focus of effort from everyone out there has been directed to the Legislature, and they listened and in an [unusual] bipartisian manner, approved the bill. They are to be commended for listening to the public.

Now, we get to fight the battle again. This time we need to let the Governor hear[over and over] how important this bill is. Please email/call the Governor ASAP and let him hear your request for him to support Bill #2167 and NOT VETO it! It is suggested your commuication be short, brief and to the point, and of course polite. My guess is the Governor just hasn't heard from the public how important this bill is and thus is only listening to the Highway Patrol guys who apparently are wanting to protect their turff without intervention from the Legislature/Public.

Contact info:

 governor.office@ncmail.net  800 -662-7952 or 919-733-5811 or 919-733-4240 or fax #919-733-2120

Thanks for your help. This is time critical as the bill will be passed first of week and then to the Governor where he can immediately veto it. Need action on this ASAP.


- Rube McMullan
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"NEWS FLASH" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/13/08
 

Team OIFC wins SKA Tournament.  More to come later...
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Last to the dock" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/12/08
 

Last in today was Will King, the manager of the OIFC's Jet Ski and Boat Rental operation.  Will was out early this morning throwing his cast net for bait.  He then went to the Sunset Beach Island area and fished for flounder using the mullet minnows he'd caught.  The hard work paid off with six keeper flounder and several which were released.  Will said the red's were thick, but he only had one hit, which he was unable to land.  But a good sign non the less. 

This afternoon was a great time at the OIFC docks. It's exciting to see so many boats bringing in so many quality fish.  As much fun are the families taking in the beautiful weather and enjoying the festive atmosphere as the boats come in.  We love to have folks join us when the charter boats are returning home,  Check in with us, shop, eat while waiting for the fleet and enjoy what the area has to offer.

Several area anglers are fishing a king tournament this weekend.  The OIFC wishes all of them good luck and safe trips.  We've got several trips chartered this week, but still have some open times.  If the weather and fishing stays as it was today we're in for more good times.  We look forward to seeing ya'll this week.  If you can't make it stay tuned to the fishing report and we'll do our best to make you feel like you're  with us in paradise.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Jamie's Got the Blues" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/12/08
 

A corny title, but the best I could do for now.  First in to the OIFC dock was Jamie  Blue with a crew consisting of the beautiful Miss Lindsay Wallace and her not so beautiful, but handsome brother Shane.  They had been to the Atlantic Ledge aboard Jamie's Sea Fox the "Into The Blue". 

 The crew was pulling a sailfish daisey chain when a big cobia appeared.  They hustled the daisey chain in and pitched a ballyhoo.  The cobia ignored the first offer, so they did it again, only this time smacking him up beside the head.  This "offering" apparently got his attention as he drilled it.  Miss Lindsey was the angler and eventually fought the 30.10 fish to he boat.

They also fished the 33 mile ledge, where they got  a dolphin and some kings.  As they were reeling in one of the dolphin, it was attacked by a hungry barracuda and bit in two.  Jamie worked at the OIFC last year and is an excellent captain and angler

Below is a photo of the crew with the cobia and Miss Lindsay with the mangled mahi.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Live Bait School Action" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/12/08
 

About 6:30 this morning Captain Brant was reviewing last night's on shore portion of his Live Bait School with anglers Tim Covington, Dan Thames , Eddie Matthews and Mike Bailey.  Shortly after leaving the OIFC dock Brant called the OIFC to tell us he'd found all the bait anyone needed just east of  the Shallotte Inlet,  just off Holden Beach and for us to advise anyone who asked about bait..

They then headed to about 75 feet of water and continued the practical portion of the school.  During the course of the day, Dan caught and released a sail fish, they caught about a dozen kings and released about as many.  One of the kings was bit in half by a barracuda. To complete the on sea portion of the school they caught a nice jack, cobia and dolphin...the cobia was a nice fish!  The class said the ocean started out a little bumpy, but improved greatly during the day.

Once on the dock, Brant completed the school by allowing the class hands on cleaning of the fish.

Below is a class picture, along with Mr. Covington's granddaughter, 3 year old Makayla Parks, whom he said was the love of his life.   Everyone graduated with honors.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Randy caught another big one" | World Cat- 33' | 07/12/08
 

Just got this pic from Randy Lingerfelt on the StitchWizard.  He, along with Jeff Lingerfelt, Doug Sweeney, and Chris Huneycutt caught this 28.70# king at the 18 Mile Rock yesterday on a green skirted ballyhoo on a Hank Brown Hookup rig.  Seems like these guys have had at least their share of nice fish this year.  I think they are set up to do well in this week's Got 'Em On Tournament.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"bait alert" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/12/08
 

Captain Brant just advised that there is all the bait you need just east of the Shallotte Inlet off Holden Beach.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"half day" | World Cat- 33' | 07/11/08
 

Captain Roger and first mate Boston Rob had a half day charter this morning with the Green family from Millstone, New Jersey on the World Cat.  The computer was showing 10-15 winds and 3-5 ft. seas. Putting to use Captain Brant's Understanding Your Marine Forecast, this just didn't compute.  I get a lot of calls checking on the marine forecast and try to explain that our captains go mostly by wind speed and direction, not the wave height.

Anyway I was monitoring channel 11 on the radio and was hearing several hook ups other than and including the World Cat.  One Captain reported a hook up with a "brown marlin". For those like me who did not know, Captain Chris B. says a brown marlin is  angler slang for a dog shark

When the Cat returned Roger said the son, Christopher, had caught and released a citation 53 inch barracuda, and the dad Lou had done the same with a 49 inch-er.  They also had caught several kings and over a half dozen sharks.  Not bad for a half day's action.  Everyone said the seas were perfect.  The crew left on an afternoon charter, but a pretty strong thunderstorm popped up.  We don't need Captain Brant's "how to" to tell us that's "not too good".

Captain Chris Dew came in with a young man from Raleigh, N.C., Steve Hooper, who'd been fishing with his dad and caught a 6.10 lb.spanish.  Folks need to be in the OIFC Rodeo and earn some money.

On the in shore note, some bank anglers were buying Berkley Gulp  chartreuse curly tails, saying the drum were tearing them up in the grass.  Another fisherman told me he was catching reds using live pogies he'd gotten out of the ICW with his cast net. We'll be at the store in the am Saturday if you want to check in and see what the weather or fishing action is.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Boat Trailering bill RED ALERT" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/10/08
 

Everything had been going well with boat trailering bill until  Governor Easley stated his intention to veto it unless the nightime towing restrictions were removed. This afternoon the Finance Committe[where bill is currently located] may vote to strip the nightime towing in order to avoid a veto by the Governor. My opinion is let him veto it and answer to the citizens and businesses of NC that have so strongley supported the work of the Legislature to get the bill passed. The pressure would then be on the Legislature to override the Governor's veto. The other theory is get passed what the Governor will sign, and then go back in next session and try to amend the bill. Either way, we need to immediatley contact the key folks and let them know how important this bill is; including night time towing. What good does it do to come to the beach to go fishing for the weekend if you can't get back home to go to work the next day.

Contact folks are:

Tony Rand[Tonyr@ncleg.net]

Marc Basnight[Marcb@ncleg.net]

Governor.office@ncmail.net


- Rube McMullan
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"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/09/08
 

It's a sad state of affairs when all your own son will tell you about getting big flounder is that it was a "Lockwood Folly drive by".  Three things I know, the Lockwood Folly River produces big flounder, Jeff was headed that way to meet a friend, and he was tieing some buck tails the night before. 

 


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"Hero Biscuits" | World Cat- 33' | 07/08/08
 

Captains Chris B. and Rudy, on the World Cat came out on top today with a bunch of Kings in the 15 lb. class,  along with some Spanish and Dolphin.  They were fishing live cigar minnows with green Blue Water  Candy skirts at the Shark Hole.

Captain Roger said he gave them "hero biscuits" this morning when he brought them BoJangle's  Biscuits for breakfast,  (you'd think Bo's or Mickey D's would sponsor a tournament after they've been mentioned on the fishing report).  But whatever, Roger and Captain Zach on the OIFC 1 hooked up with some Kings and Spanish, but  did not  do as well as the World Cat.  Also, Captain Chris Dew aboard the OIFC 2 lost a stud Cobia right beside the boat.

According to weatherman Roger, we've fallen victim to weather fronts and rain which have had a negative impact on our fishing.  I'll defer to Captain Rube for analysis of that.

On the inshore scene, Austin Aycock was knocked off the OIFC Rodeo leader board in the Flounder division by his friend Jordan Sullivan.  They also caught and released some Reds. 

Below is a picture of Chris and Rudy cleaning up the World Cat


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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