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"Friend's Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/16/08
 

Thanks to William Parker who sent me this fishing report along with the pictures.  William and his wife are avid anglers and great friends of the Fishing Center.  He always keeps me posted on  his fishing action.

In this report, William, Charles Parker and Dwayne Wood went to the Atlantic Ledge on the 14th aboard Dwayne's Key West. They caught several Kings, lost a Mahi, and caught several "reef donkeys", a term I just heard recently and cracks me up.  The pictures are Dwayne with the "Reef Donkey" and Charles with the dolphin.  William finished his email with "another day in paradise".  I agree.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Offshore report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/16/08
 

Got these pics from Yorke Pharr who fished with Dr. Kendal Suh and my dad Rube aboard Kendall's boat on Saturday-- they went to the Stream and had a good day on mahi and released a Marlin-- they claim small Blue, based on sketchy pics I see, I say White-- either way, a Marlin is a Marlin-- congrats !!

They were fishing 300-600 feet of water offshore of the Winyah Scarp


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weekend roundup" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/15/08
 

Happy Fathers Day from the OIFC!!!  Hope all you dads out there (and everyone else) got to take advantage of the hot fishing action this weekend.  The king bite has fired off at Yaupon Reef, as Capt. Rudy and I found out today.  There was plenty of bait to be caught at the Holden Beach pier, which we managed to turn into a low 20s fish at the reef., along with some other smaller fish.  We saw a low 30s caught right next to us and heard of another similar fish lost at boatside.  On the offshore side of things, the billfish bite is still hot and heavy.  Joe Seegers fishing on the Hooked Up out of Southport reports a small blue and a large white (he said the white was the same size as the blue!) from the 100 fathom line today south of the 100/400.  Dr. Kendall Suh had a blue one yesterday as well.  Good to know that there are still opportunities there.  As far as bottomfishing goes, Todd Helf, Brian Richard, Robert Hughes, and Drew Burachynski had quite the day in 120 feet, capped off by this prized hogfish--a rare feat in itself!!!  There is no lack of action out there.  Can't wait to see you at the Jolly Mon this weekend.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"First 2008 Jolly Mon outlook" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/15/08
 

It's Jolly Mon time next week and here's a quick report on what we're seeing on the water as relates to where the fish should be. EVERWHERE! The water is as "King Green" as I have ever seen it, pogy schools are more numerous along the beach, the cigars are moving into the 65foot water depth.

 Yesterday and day before I fished gulf stream with Capt Kendell on the FishinPhysician and we had decent catches of Dolphin at the 100/400 Friday and better action south at the MacMarlin hole Saturday. The big news was Capt Kendall caught his first blue marlin off his own boat, and since he has previously caught blues in Hawaii he is protesting the dunking he is due for the first blue off his own boat. Whether he gets wet or not, congrats to the FishinPhysician; it was a great day to be in the blue water.

Back to the Kings, on the way out, we noted big schools of sardines and cigars in the 65-70 waters, which heralds the call of the big kings to these productive spots. Capt Brant confirmed that yesterday fishing that area and catching several up to the mid to upper 20's. On the beach, history shows that when the water gets this clear and the pogies show as they are, Yaupon and the River Channel and Myrtle Beach rocks can also hold the winning fish. Conclusion; confusion, too many options right now, but stand by as our charter boats will be fishing all week and we'll get better and better read on where the fish are at.

On the weather side of the equation, I'm keeping my mouth shut as right now it doesn't look like my imaginary weather skills are needed. . Come join us this year at the Jolly Mon; the "one" to fish!


- Rube McMullan
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"Kings" | World Cat- 33' | 06/15/08
 

Yesterday at about 6:30 am Captains Roger and Zach eased out of the Shallotte Inlet with six clients from Salisbury, N.C., head ed for the 390's to King fish.  The 90's have been productive recently.  Once there they set about trolling with dead cigar minnows.  The 90's gave up some Kings and Spanish.

Not quite satisfied, the Cat boat went about 2 miles inshore of the Atlantic Ledge and got into more Kings and Mahi.  The biggest problem were the barracudas who more than once bit their catch in half while it was being brought in.

Inshore, Jeff Beck managed  to land some nice Reds in the shallows from his            Wilderness Systems kayak  He had to head out of town, but I hope to have some pictures later.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/14/08
 

Had a full day today on OIFC 1 with co-captain Rudy.  We didn't find Pogies on Ocean Isle, later heard they were off Oak Island, but headed to the Little River Offshore and jigged some Cigar Minnows to have some live stuff.  Started running offshore toward 90 feet of water and about 3 miles offshore of the 70 foot hole came across a big area of topwater bait- Cigars, Herring, Boston Macks... I had Rudy drop the jig rig over to catch some more bait and as he was bringing it in a 20 pound Mahi grabbed the baits and took off.  I had a rod ready and pitched the Mahi a bait and we were hooked up.  We caught that fish then deployed to troll and before the third line was out the downrigger was smoking.  Kingfish.  Again same thing.  We trolled from pod to pod and caught our limit of Kings, the biggest was on the scales at 24.65 pounds and the others were 12-18 pounds.  We also had 3 more Mahi in the 10-12 pound range.  After the topwater action we headed a few more miles offshore and caught a basket of big Sea Bass, Pink Snapper and couple of Genuine Red Snapper.  The ocean was perfect, the fishing was good and it was just one of those days.

As for the Kingfish, these big schools of bait are what I've been looking for.  They are moving in from offshore and they are the key to the Kings setting up in the 55-70 foot depth range.  The pods we were fishing were moving inshore, so I look for there to be a drastic improvement in King fishing this week.  Hopefully in time for the Jolly Mon!  Don't forget--


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Kayak Time" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/13/08
 

 Jeff Beck, the OIFC Kayak guide and salt water "expert" and rod builder Jeb Thomas took the Kayaks in behind Ocean Isle.  They managed some trout and blues. It was a short, but productive trip.

They were on a falling tide and were using some of Jeb's custom artificials.  I'm working on Jeb to sell some of his stuff, but so far to no avail


- Cabin Boy- Rickey Beck
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"Trout-man" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/13/08
 

Captain Kyle told me, yesterday, that he had his best and worst charter day all in one day.  His morning trip blasted the trout in number and size.  He also got 3 monster flounder.  He was in 7-10 feet of water and using shrimp, which is plentiful.  His afternoon trip was not as productive

Today, Kyle again had a morning trip with Joe Kaylor of Charlotte.  He brought in 10 good size trout.  Kyle was again in 7-10 feet of water. 


- Cabin Boy- Rickey Beck
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"Double Time" | OIFC 2- 27' | 06/13/08
 

Captain Chris Dew had 2 half day charters yesterday.  One was with Pastor Robby of Jenny's Branch Baptist Church here in Ocean Isle, and the other with an Ohio State Trooper Christopher Goss and his son. 

Both his charters got into the Kings hot and heavy.  The hot location was the 390's, with the active lure being anything blue and white.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/13/08
 


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"Local Fishing Legend Passes Away" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/13/08
 

Larry Fowler passed away on Thursday after a long battle with cancer.  For those of you who didn't know Larry or "know of" Larry, let me give you a little insight.  Larry's boat was the "Heather Renee" and in my mind, he was one of THE big-time King Mackerel tournament fisherman in the sport.  I began tournament fishing back in the early 90's and at that time you measured your success by how well you did against Larry Fowler.  He and long time friend Wyndal Vereen- I guarantee won over $250,000 at the once secret 410/510.  That was their spot and back in the 90's it was unbelieveable how many tournament winning fish Larry caught from there.  But his skill and accomplishment went well beyond the 410/510 or even the Carolinas.  Fishing aboard the "Heather Renee" as a founding member of the Hydra Sports fishing team, Larry and crew travelled the Southeaster US fishing the SKA circuit.  They were exceptionally consistent and at year end, you never had to look past the top 10 overall standing to find the Heather Rennee and Larry Fowler.  I knew Larry well through fishing and also through our common bond as fellow tournament directors.  He started the Frantic Atlantic King Mackerel tournaments out of Little River and helped to further grow the sport of tournament kingfishing.  I had the utmost respect and admiration for what Larry had accomplished as a fisherman and how he had always conducted himself proffessionally and always been very nice and welcoming.  He was a true ambassador to fishing and I will certainly not forget him nor his boat, "Heather Rennee"  (also his wife's name)  will be remembered as one of the sport's greats.  Thoughts and prayers to Larry's wife and daughter--  he was a good man.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"90's are hot" | World Cat- 33' | 06/12/08
 

 Yesterday when I talked with Captain Chris and Captain Rudy, they told me that the Kings were hitting big time yesterday, they caught a Cobia and some barracuda.  The hot lure was the purple  C&H Smoker Choker with, the Yeh Haw Fish Call.  We had some good luck with the Yeh Haw last year and during its limited use this year.  Captain Brant had success on an earlier trip and Chris says he'll use it more this year.  I've heard him sharing fish stories with other anglers and he's adamant about the effectiveness of the Yeh Haw.  The hot spot has been the 90's.  Everyone I've talked with has done good there.

  Also I'm getting more and more reports  of Kings at the Yaupon Reef, the River Channel, The Jungle and in 90-100 ft of water.  The King bite is heating up closer in.  Our Captains are getting Pogies just off Holden Beach and VERY close in, just behind the breakers. Some fishermen have reported good catches of bait right at the Shallotte Sea Buoy. 


- Cabin Boy- Rickey Beck
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"Public Relations" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/11/08
 

Just a picture of Doppler doing what Doppler does best.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Short Report" | World Cat- 33' | 06/11/08
 

I was out of town most of the day, so Capt. Zach, and Will "Jet Ski" King talked to the Captains for me.

I've not been fully briefed, but I understand that Captain Chris Dew on the OIFC 2 had a great half day charter in the area of the 90's, and that a boat near him hooked up on a Sail Fish.

Also briefly talked with Captain Roger of the World Cat as he was headed in and he too, had a great day.  I am told that the wind finally cooperated and the seas laid down.

More to follow.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fish Meister" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/11/08
 

Captain Dean Spatholt, Russell  Spatholt, Brian Collins, Mark Fiutt, Dennis Watson and Dave Henderson fished today aboard the 36' Yellowfin "Fish Meister".  They were using Boston Mackerel and fishing in about 120 feet of water.

I ran into the crew  refueling at the OIFC.  They checked in two citation Grouper, among a catch of 28 Grouper, in the size range of the upper teens to 22 inches.  The Grouper consisted of Reds, 1 Scamp, and 1 Gag.  They limited on Pinkies, grunts, B-liners and Sea Bass.  

Dennis said that the seas were about 1 ft., and they were able to make 65 mph on the trip back thanks to triple Yamaha 350's.  This is an awesome boat!!!! 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Captain Rudy's believe it or not" | World Cat- 33' | 06/11/08
 

Wow, we need Rube to post a weather report, because NOAA sure can't get it right!!  The wind was supposed to be 5-10 knots yesterday.  Tell that to Captain Chris Burrows and Captain Rudy.

They were chartering on the World Cat in the "2-3 ft "seas yesterday.  It wasn't the greatest day, but considering all things, they came out OK with some Spanish, a handful of Kings and a great fish tale by Captain Rudy.

They were trolling the Shark Hole for Kings with the down rigger set at 40 ft. when it went off.  It just didn't seem like a King strike though.  After a struggle, the angler pulled up what looked like a brown box, only to discover it to be a BIG Gag Grouper.  After telling this story to a couple of fishermen I found it's not that unusual, but it was interesting

 

                                                             

                                                                  


- Cabin Boy- Rickey Beck
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"Even more gaffers!!!" | World Cat- 33' | 06/10/08
 

Just got these pictures from Steven Ritenour of some of the gaffers he and Jack Brautigam caught earlier this season.  What a year to be going dolphin fishing.  I think there have been more giant ones caught than any other year I can imagine.  They're still around, so get after them.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Missed the weather" | World Cat- 33' | 06/10/08
 

  The weatherman predicted great seas for yesterday and the rest of the week.  ERROR. Yesterday was good, and the fishing great. But that got taken away and today the ocean was sloppy and made for less than stellar fishing.

A customer came by the store today and told me he had started towards the tower, and it was so rough he came back and decided to fish inshore.

Captain Chris Dew was hot!!!  He didn't even want to talk about his fishing.  All he wanted to talk about was the condition of the sea.  He said that at one point he was putting out lines, turned around and saw a 10 ft. swell at his bow.

Captain Roger also was not a happy camper.  He said the conditions prevented him from going where he set out to go.  He had a decent day with some Kings, Amber Jacks and good size Sea Bass. Let's check our fortune cookies for tomorrow's weather.

 


- Cabin Boy- Rickey Beck
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"Sail Away!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/09/08
 

Toby Russ of Mr. Goodhands sent these magnificent pictures of a Sail Fish they caught Saturday at the 100/400. He hit a chartreuse Alien on the short rigger. They released him without ever lifting him out of the water.  Great job, great photos and thanks to an excellent person and angler!

Readers, keep me posted with your fishing action so I can share it.

 


- Cabin Boy- Rickey Beck
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