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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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"Jolly Mon 1st place adult division-pogy bobbing" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/22/08
 

Crew member Dennis of the Fish Meister won the 1st place adult division of The Jolly Mon Pogy Bobbing Contest Friday night at the OIFC.  Dennis was the only contestant.  The first picture is of his good side.  The second picture is Dennis being elated over his victory.  Congratulations!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon-1st Place Flounder" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/22/08
 

Say What?!!!!!   Just when Rube was cleaning up at the Jolly Mon scales, young 4 year old Jacob Starnes of Albermarle, N. C. walked up with a bucket and asked Rube if he could weigh his fish.  Then out of the bucket Jacob pulled a 6.15 lb. flounder!

Jacob was fishing aboard the 19 ft. Sea Pro "My Dog House" in the Lockwood Folly River using pogies when he caught the fish.  His grandaddy said Jacob did All the angling...who's going to question a proud grandaddy?

Jacob also showed his salt as he was fishing the Jolly Mon yesterday when the storm hit.  They caught a sail fish.  Hopefully they'll be able to send me video so I can share it with you.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon Awards Pictures" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/22/08
 

I'm sure Captain Brant will do a full report, so I'll post some pictures.  The first three will be of the top three fish.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon concluded" | World Cat- 33' | 06/22/08
 

The weigh-in is over and Takin It Easy, a 22 foot boat captained by Cameron Bowers from Raleigh, NC wins with a 39 pounder !!  We had several 30's get weighed today and top shuffled a little, but not much.  CLICK HERE for all results  -- thanks to all for fishing.  Awards is tonight at 8pm, but come early to eat some of Capt. Amy's grilled hamburgers-- see you here.

JR JOLLY MON RESULTS:

1st King:  Griffin Canady (12)-15.15, 2nd King:  Jonathan Pugh (9)- 12.5, 3rd King:  Layton Perkins (12)- 11.75

1st Dolphin:  Tanner Junker (12)- 6.55, 2nd Dolphin:  Matilyn Wilson (7)- 4.10

1st Sea Bass:  Tanner Junker (12)- 1.55, 2nd Sea Bass:  Jaqcob Starnes (4)- 1.05, 3rd Sea Bass:  Jonathan Pugh (9)- .85

POGY BOBBING RESULTS

1st- Brandt McGilliwie (9):  9.15 seconds, 2nd- Nick Chase (13):  9.70 seconds, 3rd- Austin Aycock (9):  14.88 seconds


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"More Weigh In Pics" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/21/08
 


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"Jolly Mon Pictures" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/21/08
 

Today was a long eventful day full of an array of emotions.  I enjoyed talking to anglers jubilant with the feeling of victory and also felt the raw emotions of fellow fishermen who had lost one of their own.  Friends, who during the thick of a storm hunkered down together staying in touch by radio or cell phone keeping check on their fishing brothers' and sisters' well being. We may be competitors on tournament day, but we all have a common bond in our love of  fishing and each other.  I took some random pictures at the OIFC and am posting them for those who were unfortunate enough to be landlocked.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon day 1 complete" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/21/08
 

This morning was tough for everyone.  The freak thunderstorms that developed along the coast were some of the worst I've ever heard of.  The only boats that were spared were the ones that fished far offshore or to the south, otherwise, you likely saw terrential rain, lots of lightning and heavy winds.  It was very tough, and I know of two boats that did capsize, and one man drowned.  Our prayers go to him and his family.

After the weather cleared out around noon, many boats ventured back out and we did have a good weigh-in with a fairly strong showing of fish.  There were plenty of 10-15 pound fish but there were also quite a few over 20 pounds.  First to the dock was Ain't Life Grand, David Henderson and crew aboard a 23' Ken Craft who posted an awesome 36.5, caught at the Shark Hole.  Next in was Keith Logan on Logan's Love, a 21 foot boat and they posted a 36.65 pounder.  2 other fish in the 30's were caught and several high 20's.  COMPLETE RESULTS- CLICK HERE . 

Sunday there will be roughly 40 boats fishing.  We'll see if the leader board changes and hope for better weather conditions.

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Live bait problems equal "old school technique"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/21/08
 

Earler in the week the water was full of pogies and sure enough come tourney time they disapear. Haven't heard reports this morning if they resurfaced, however if live bait doesn't want to co-operate, time to go to "old school" fishing. Back before live bait fishing was invented, the #1 most productive bait/lure we used was the "Bait-O-Matic" rigged with a jigger ballyhoo[not the expensive BaitMasters ballyhoo, but the cheap "jigger" ballyhoo]. This lure's head has a planner effect and the lead hook locks into the head, thus causing it to swim like Mark Spitz. What I did was replace the trailer hook with 1 #4 or 2 #6 trebles[leaving one of the #6's freee floating in front of the 2nd treble]. The trailer hook is embedded in back of bait. If you get a strike and don't hook up immediatley free spool to drop bait back and the King will come back to finish off his work. Back in the early 70's I caught a lot of tourney caliber Kings fishing like this. Additionally you can pull this rig faster than standard dead bait fishing since the lure will keep the bait from spinning at faster speed; thus you cover more territory. If having live bait problems, give the Bait-O-Matic a shot.

This morning we're getting a ugly thunderstorm. It looks like it is running east/northeast right along the coast so all the guys that are in the Jungle area should hopefully miss it. The guys toward the Carolina Beach/30/30 waters are getting bombed. After it passes, appears worst is over as storms back west hopefully will lift north of us.


- Rube McMullan
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"Video Clips of Marlin Catch" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/20/08
 

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I'm Sure some of you are tired of my Marlin catch "comedy" comments.  But Captain Chris put the short videos together and I think you'll enjoy them
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/20/08
 

Were we busy today or what?!!  Bait and tackle were flying out of the store with people preparing for the Jolly Mon.  All of our boats were out today and the general report was plenty of spanish, and kings  with the kings in the 12-18 pound range.  They were mostly located in the Yaupon Reef and River Channel areas. in around 75 ft of water.  Captain Rudy of the World Cat said he fished 75 feet deep on a downrigger set at 25 ft.  The Smoker Choker was the weapon of choice.  Reports were that pogies were scarce today, so the captains fished with dead bait and were successful.  Sorry about not being more specific, but we were happily busy with getting ready for tonights festivities.

Speaking of which,  a great time was had by all.  Guy C Lee, and all the OIFC family put on a great dinner.  There were people of all ages in attendance, with a fun, family atmosphere.  Everyone was meeting up with old friends and exchanging fish stories.  There were a LOT of folks there and almost a carnival atmosphere.  The most fun event was the children poggy bobbing  contest which was won by Brant McGillowee. I'll post some pictures.  Good luck to all participants and tight lines.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon Registration" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/20/08
 

I am really thankful to all the fishermen and their families that turned out to fish this year's Jolly Mon.  Honestly, I didn't know what to expect in light of fuel and the economy- BUT YOU CAME !!! Thanks so much.  We are at 293 registered boats and maybe we'll add another couple before night end-- we may fall just short of the elusive 300 mark, but man, what a great turnout--  thanks you so much. 

The majority of boats are fishing on Saturday, and tomorrow I'll have all the stats and post the percentages.  Weigh-in results will be up immediately following weigh-in.

Come on by the OIFC Saturday or Sunday from 2-5pm to watch the weigh-in.  Please ride the shuttle to the site. 

Thanks again and now lets see who wins the big money!!!!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Jr. Jolly Mon Underway" | World Cat- 33' | 06/20/08
 

Had 36 kids from age 4-16 register to fish Jr. Jolly Mon-- they are out on the water now in search of great adventure and will be weighing in today from 2pm-4pm.  As for the Jolly Mon itself, early registration has been good, at least as good as last year and I hope that is a sign of a good turnout.  We are all set here and prepped for a big evening of good food, fun and festivities- so come on down.  We are working to procure some live Pogies for the evenings Pogy Bobbing and the mud minnows are on stand by-- we may actually wait and pull out the mud minnow spitting contest for the awards ceremony- not sure yet.  Otherwise, the weather looks to cooperate, Saturday looks better than Sunday, but either way, both days very fishable.  Pogys were at Little River yesterday but I have to think they are going to be back on our beach.  They were so thick off Ocean Isle and Holden early week- they must have heard the Jolly Mon was this weekend?  Honestly, we have been catching alot of fish and even many of the bigger Kings on dead Cigar Minnows, so don't leave without them.  We have hand caught Ribbonfish here at the OIFC too --  We're sitting on G, waiting on O- see you here this PM.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"It's Jolly Mon time!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/20/08
 

The Jolly Mon show is on starting today as the Jr. Jolly Mon jurnior anglers are on the water looking for their share of glory. We'll have a good read on where the fish are this afternoon when they return, but I can tell you yesterday we saw some good fish come in from the Jungle and Shark Hole. Also good bite continues at Lighthouse Rocks. The pogies have been more difficult last 2 days but hopefully will show back up in the numbers we saw them earlier in the week. Also, live cigars are available for jigging and blues are in the surf.

On the weather side, my guess is Saturday still looks like best day. There will be approx 10kt winds from south, there is no swell so wave height is low, so conditions should be ideal to fish where ever you want. One boat I spoke to yesterday fished 6 different spots and caught fish in each place so delima is do you fish the beach or 65 foot water depth?

Registration begins today, and we ask one major request. PLEASE ride our off island shuttle. It will begin running at 1:00 today. There is no tourney parking on the island and the only way we can hold the event at Ocean Isle is to be able to control parking. The off island shuttle works great, no hassel, no parking tickets, and riders are eligible for free raffle drawings for rods/reels/ect only for shuttle riders. Your co-operation is appreciated.

Pogy bobbin and mud minnow events will go off around 7:30 and the WECT TV folks are supposed to be here to film it for the evening news. Also Reprensntative Bonner Stiller is going to try to be here to give everyone an update on various fishery  issues he is working on in the State Legislature.  Join us for a great event! Thanks.


- Rube McMullan
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"LBARA" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/19/08
 

I just received an email from Bob Black of the Long Bay Artificial Reef Assoc.  Their tournament will be September 6.  Last year Team OIFC won, beating long time winner The Charlotte Sport Fishing Club. I'm sure they'll be back with renewed determination. We need to be ready and with good anglers again this year.  Call me at the OIFC or email me there if you'd like to join Team OIFC and keep the trophy in the S. Brunswick Island area where it belongs.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Store Hours-Jolly Mon" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/19/08
 

The OIFC will open at 5:00 am Saturday for the Jolly Mon.
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"Kings=Jolly Mon" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/18/08
 

Today, Captain Roger chartered for a half day.  He went to the areas of the Yaupon Reef and the River Channel, pulling Cape Lookouts and dead bait.  He landed several Kings in the area along with Spanish.  Yesterday Captain Brant took the OIFC 1 out and he too had good fortune with the King's.  I wasn't there when he came in for pictures. ..my bad, but he looked like he'd been mud wrestling.  Brant netted pogies off of Holden Beach.  Roger, on the other hand said the water was murky today and he didn't see many birds, but was sure the bait was there.  From my landlocked vantage point the ocean looked smooth today .About 10:00 am I saw birds diving just beyond the breakers at Ocean Isle  Beach.

Meanwhile, back at the OIFC store, the whole crew was busy getting ready for the Jolly Mon.  Brant, Rube and Will were putting up the leader board, while Captain Chris and staff were putting out new stock and assisting anglers.  The hot products for the Jolly Mon were, the Yeh Haw Fish Call, Blue Water Candy Naked King  Mackerel Rigs and the C & H Lures Smoker Choker.  I'll keep you updated.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/18/08
 

We're going into Jolly Mon mode today as we begin to set up for the tourney. It's all coming together and we hope you will join us for a fun filled event and great King Mackerel fishing. Here's where things stand on weather/fishing.

 Saturday appears to be the best weather day. It should be flat Saturday morning and with a sea breeze in the afternoon. There is no swell now so the waves will be only about 2 feet in the afternoon. Sunday also will be about 2-3 feet and will actually get better as a returning warm front pushes through. There is a better chance of showers Sunday afternoon. Bottom line; PERFECT!

On the fishing scene, pogies are up and down the beach, cigars and sardines have moved into the 65-70 foot waters. The great thing about the Jolly Mon is this is not rocket science. The winner will either be caught just off the beach  at Yaupon/River Channel/Lighthouse Rocks/Myrtle Beach Rocks; or just offshore at the 90/90/Jungle/Sharkhole/30/30. It's all a matter of who gets lucky, as with boundaries in place, everyone is playing on a level field. Our charter boats have been catching fish at these locations all week.

So, please join us at this great event. We'll have a great dinner,fun filled Capt meeting, and great weather for great King fishing Saturday and Sunday. Very important, PLEASE ride our off island free shuttle. There is NO PARKING on the island, and the shuttle is the only way the Town allows us to hold the event at Ocean Isle. We need you co-operation by riding the shuttle. There will be lots of raffle drawings for rods/reels/ect, ONLY for the shuttle riders. We will have 3 shuttles running beginnning 12:00 Friday afternoon and they will run Saturday and Sunday for spectators coming to weighin.

Hope to see you there!


- Rube McMullan
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"Nice dolphin fish!" | World Cat- 33' | 06/17/08
 

Here's Tommy Arnold holding a nice gaffer he caught last Thursday at the Blackjack with Hal Blackmore and David Mabe.  The group was fishing on Tommy's 27' Contender, the "Net Profit."  Let's hope these fish hang around for a little while longer--there are few fish in the ocean I enjoy catching more!!!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Lockwood Alert!!!!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/17/08
 

Just received a reliable report of a center console and a sail boat having run aground at the Lockwood Inlet.  Remember, we are on a lunar tide!!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Just In Time" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/16/08
 

Captain Roger (OIFC 1), and Captain Chris Burrows (World Cat) both had 3/4 day charters with similar reports.  The first back to the dock was the OIFC 1, so I'll start with his report.

Roger reported that he fished with live pogies which he found just off Holden Beach near the Shallottte Inlet.  He also said he saw a school of pogies about 3 acres big just east of the water tower on Holden Beach.

The OIFC 1, with a charter of the McElwet's of Charleston W. Va., first went to the Yaupon Reef, had a lot of success with the Kings in the 15 lb. class.  They then went to the Cape Fear Rocks and again were successful.  In total they had 15+ Kings.

Chris, on the World Cat along with a charter booked by Joe Kaylor left the docks about the same time as the OIFC 1.  He too reported plenty of pogies off Holden Beach near the Shallotte Inlet.  They were marked by a lot of pelicans.  Chris said they got all the bait they needed with one throw of a Captain Brant's  Custom Pogie net.

After getting bait he too went to the Yaupon Reef where he caught several Kings in the 15-17 lb. range.  He said they were a good class of fish. His charter also wanted to catch a dolphin.  So, he headed to the 70 foot hole and did just that.

It looks like the bait is coming in, followed by the hungry Kings just in time for the Jolly Mon!  Below is a picture of some of Chris' catch


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