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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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"And More" | World Cat- 33' | 06/09/08
 

I know you're tired of this. But, Have I told you about the Blue Marlin we caught? Really, just some more pictures.  I can't put but 5 per post.  We've got a video coming.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"And More" | World Cat- 33' | 06/08/08
 

Hey, who's the gray haired guy with the hole in his hair?
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"And More" | World Cat- 33' | 06/08/08
 


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"More Mahi/Marlin Pictures" | World Cat- 33' | 06/08/08
 


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"The Bill (fish) is Ratley-fied" | World Cat- 33' | 06/08/08
 

Don't you just love it when a plan comes together???  Yesterday, our plans seemed down the tubes.  Believe it or not, Dan {Ratley, thusly the title} lost the keys to the Quick Draw.  We  all went over to his house to help him find them, but to no avail.  Finally we were saved by Jacks Lock Shop, who made a house (boat) call and had us ready to go in minutes..cheaper than I ever dreamed.  Lesson learned, don't loose your boat keys.  If you do,  callJack's Lock Shop.

Back to the fish tale.  Dan, Capt Chris (World Cat) and Jeff made a pretty aggressive game plan for today.  It was simple, we'd Dolphin fish 'till around noon, move to a location in about 600 ft. of water and fish exclusively for Blue Marlin.  Remember Chris had just caught one this week.

We hit the ocean at 6:45 am, running a little late.  By 9:15 am we were putting lines in, when the right flat line went off.   Something had hit our Blue Water Candy 1 oz.  green Bling!  Dan was standing right there so he jumped on  the TLD-25 and brought in the first Mahi of the day.  Things slowed a little, and I was worried that our troubles from yesterday may be following us.  Then once again the TLD 25 on the flat line started singing.  This time, Courtney was the angler.  The pressure was on.  This was her first blue water trip and her first saltwater catch.  Being the athlete she is, Courtrney hung in a gave the fish a battle,  which the fish lost.  Courtney had just landed a Barracuda.  All of us were high fiveing over her first battle.

Things once again slowed a little, but gave us a chance the straighten up the deck and lines.  Again we got hit.  And again Courtney was the angler. Jeff strapped a fighting belt on her and off to races she went.  After several long minutes, she landed a nice Mahi.  Fantastic!!!!

Next Jeff was up.  The left short line went off.  Another Mahi had struck, again on a Blue Water Candy run off a Penn 50 wide.  As Jeff was working his fish, another line went off and yet a third line went off.  Dan and I were reeling in teasers as fast as we could.  Remember, I was just going to take pictures.  By a little after noon our aft fish box was full. Jeff's Dolphin put him in second place on The OIFC Rodeo Leader Board and Courtney in third.  It was time to take up lines and begin phase 2 of our plan.

Dan turned the Quick Draw and we headed to the deep water.  A little while later we were in 600 feet of water off shore of the 100/400.  Chris and Jeff put out all artificials and we settled in for what I figured to be a long wait.  About the time I was dozing off I heard Jeff yell out "Marlin".  Everyone jumped up and into battle mode.  The Blue Marlin skyed just after hooking up, then he sounded deep.  Jeff, thank God is a big guy and in shape, as it became obvious we'd be there for awhile.  Dan had to back down on the Quick Draw because of the runs the fish was taking.  By his actions and after seeing his jump, we knew Jeff had a big fish. The battle went on.  Jeff said his arms were going to sleep because of the fight, Capt. Chris was clearing the deck,  Captain Dan was doing a stellar job positioning the boat.  It was obvious this was not Dan's first rodeo.  Courtney  and I staffed the cameras so we'd have documentation and so I could put them on the Fishing Report.

Dan was concerned about how the fish was headed straight down then making a run for the surface.  He'd seen fishermen get seriously injured when a Marlin decided to sky right at the angler.  Chris was directing the operation and Jeff was asking him for guidance through the fight.  This went on for about 45 minutes.  At last, Jeff and Chris got the big Blue along side the Quick Draw.  Courtney  and I were snapping away on our cameras.  Chris grabbed the Blues' bill, Jeff touched the Marlin, they very carefully freed the lure from the beautiful bill fish, made sure it was revived and released him.

Everyone was high fiving, slapping each other on the back and complimenting each other on a job well done.

With our mission accomplished we headed home, tired but very happy. At the OIFC dock, Jeff and Chris cleaned fish.  Then Captain Chris disappeared.  He returned with a crowd from the OIFC Store and the G-Mack, announced that Jeff had just caught his first Blue Marlin, that it was OIFC tradition that he be thrown in the water, and proceeded to kick him in the butt, knocking him in the water.  Chris then dove in too.  Both were high fiveing and carrying on to the delight of the crowd.

Jeff asked it I'd had fun..he was concerned that I didn't catch a fish all day.  I told him my day was perfect.  I watched the daughter-in-law I love very much catch her first salt water fish as well as being there when my son caught his first Bill Fish, all in the company of good friends.  Don't you just love it when a plan comes together!!! 

(We've got more pictres and a video of the Marlin action.  I'll post them ASAP)


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"News at 11" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/07/08
 

Just in.....Captain Zach emailed me reporting that Kent Fraizer of the "Let's Go", a 31 foot Cape Horn weighed in a 46.65 lb. Mahi tonight at the OIFC.  The fish was caught at the 100/400.  He was not in the Rodeo.  What have I been saying?

Looks like the 100/400 and the Black Jack are 2 hot spots.  The weather is perfect, they may be good places to start.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/07/08
 

I am stoked...tomorrow, Captain Chris Burrows, my son Jeff, his wife Courtney and I are headed to the Stream with Dan Ratley on his Tiara.  Dan is not only an accomplished seaman, angler and friend of the OIFC, but he is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

I'm along for the ride and hope to get some great pictures,  Jeff and Chris are in charge of the plans.  We'll be headed out  early to deep water in hopes of catching some monsters.

Courtney has never been to the Gulf Stream and is excited about going. But I think that we are more excited about her going and seeing her hook up with a big Dolphin, Wahoo, and if things workout a bill fish. She and Jeff have been here since October and between working and Camdyn, Courtney hasn't been able to enjoy the sea.  I'm excited to have her go out and hope she puts us guys to shame

It is my hope to be able to have a great report with a lot of pictures.  Wish us luck!!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Black and Blue" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/07/08
 

Late this afternoon I talked with Jami Blue, aka Jami Black & Blue.  Jami worked with us at the OIFC last year and is an excellent fisherman who is unafraid to take his Sea Fox out to sea.

Jami, accompanied by some young ladies ventured to the Shark Hole today and hooked up with a gaggle of Kings.  Jamie said he lost a couple of nice ones, but managed to land some more....King Fish.

A word of caution.  Jamie said he bumped bottom today coming in the Lockwood Folly Inlet. He said the cans were not accurate.  Jami operates a 21or 22 foot Sea Fox.  I'm not exactly sure of the exact length, but it's in that neighborhood.  BE CAREFUL!!!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Week in Review" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/07/08
 

First and foremost, I need to thank Capt. Rickey for keeping everyone up to date on the fishing this past week.  I have fished every day this week, so his reporting is very appreciated, since adding fishing reports is something I been known to forget to do - sorry.  Anyway, As you have seen from his reports, the inshore fishing is on fire right now.  Everything - trout, flounder, redfish, spanish mackerel is biting right now, so now is the time to get on the water and go fishing.  Here are a few more photos of some of our catches over the past week.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Panama Connection" | World Cat- 33' | 06/07/08
 

Check out Robert Hughes and Tommy Lytton, two veterans of this year's Traveling Fisherman trip to Panama, teaming up on this nice 40 pound wahoo.  The fish was caught in the vicinity of the Steeples.  Talk about a great time for diverse fishing in Southern NC.  From red drum to blue marlin, there is a trophy waiting out there for every angler.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"AJ's" | World Cat- 33' | 06/06/08
 

The World Cat under command of Captain Chris Burrows and First Mate Zach Faulkner had a 3/4 day charter with Todd Bonnett of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., Darren Wood of Charlotte, Mark Rowland, also from Charlotte, and Doug Hightower of Belmont, N.C.  The Kitty Cat and crew fished the Horseshoe and the Raritan wreck and brought back a couple of huge Jacks and some Dolphin.  Captain Chris advised that the hot bait for the Amber Jacks was live pin fish.

Just a note, you should have seen Will (OIFC JET SKI) King back the World Cat into its' slip.  I bet Captain Brant had a strange feeling even though he wasn't there.  Sorry Will, I told you I wouldn't take pictures, but I didn't say I wouldn't rat you out.


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"Groupies" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/06/08
 

Captain Kyle of the Speckulator arrived early this morning to prepare for a day's charter.  We were talking about how he'd hammered the inshore fish yesterday.  Then the World Cat came in flying a Blue Marlin flag.  Kyle's statement was thought provoking to this old in shore angler.  He said that he could come in with enough fish to make an oil slick, and no one got excited, yet a boat could come in flying an upside down Marlin flag and women started throwing bras and panties.  We in shore guys feel left out!  Brant may edit that story out, as this is a family report.

Anyway, he and Captain Jeff Williamson of the Get Busy joined forces today with a crew consisting of Dan O Conner of Knoxville, Tn., Dan Kuma of Knoxville, Chris Dadien of Cooksville, Tn. and some other guys for an in shore experience.  Combined they brought back some monster Trout, Red Fish, several Flounder, and a boat load of Spanish.

The Spanish were caught on OO Clark Spoons near the Ocean Isle High Rise and Tubbs.  The Flounder were from behind Sunset, which is code talk, and most in shore anglers know exactly where I'm talking about, while the Trout were hooked around structure in the ICW behind OIB.  They were using the same bait as usual, mud minnows, and what shrimp could be found.  The shrimp are about 2- 3 inches long, and Berkley Gulp is a good substitute.

Again, I've got to emphasize that the in shore bite is on, and you need to get in the Rodeo while it's hot!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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""Blue Marlin!"" | World Cat- 33' | 06/05/08
 

Just a note..have you ever written something on the computer, then hit a button and it disappeared?  That's what I just did with the first draft of this report...I told you I'm no pro, and these guys deserve a good report.  So Here I go again.

The World Cat with Captain Roger, and First Mate, Captain Zach left the OIFC dock early this morning with a charter consisting of Danny Alford of Youngsville, N.C., Danny Chappell of Willow Springs, N.C., Larry Gates of Smithfield, N. C., and Mike Kanlie, of Charleston, S. C....How'd a South Carolina boy get in with this crew?  But, I'd better be careful because Mike is a big guy who was a nose tackle for Ball State, and I've found them and linebackers to be a little off center..no offense...no pun.

Anyhow, on with the fishing, at about 9:30 am at the Blackjack, a barricuda hooked up.  Once the guys got rid of it, and about five minutes later, the TDL 25, on the left long rigger, rigged  with a pink and white Islander Mini Chugger went ablaze!!!!  After what seemed an eternity, Danny Chappell brought a Blue Marlin, which weighed an estimated 350 pounds along side the World Cat!  What a bad time not to be able to get a picture of what is probably the catch of a lifetime!

But let's not let this magnificent catch overshadow a spectacular day of fishing.  Along with the Marlin, the crew landed about a dozen Mahi, the largest of which was 38.38 lbs., the second largest was knocking on its' door, and a respectable Wahoo.

If you check out our archives, these guys are pictured with a Tuna at the OIFC dock which makes big Mike look small.....no easy task.

Roger didn't mind if I reported that the Blackjack was the spot to be today, and the Alein was the hot lure.  Also, Zach is due a swim for his first Blue Marlin.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"I'm Confusted" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/05/08
 

 Jeff Williamson ( Get Busy) had a charter this morning with Douglas Wolf of Altoona, Pa. and his family.  Doug  and his boys had fished off shore with us and some of the guys got a little green, so he switched to an in shore trip.  They got into the flounder and the trout in the ICW and behind Sunset, big time.

Kyle, ( Speckulator) took a trip with Charles Matthews and crew of Clayton, N.C.,  Jeff (Get Busy) took the rest of this group of folks out. in the afternoon  Between the two of them, they did a Carolina Slam, (in shore), which consisted of several good sized flounder, a LOT of trout, and some reds.

The Captains were using mud minnows, live shrimp, which you'll be glad to know can be caught with a cast net if you know where too look, and Captain Kyle's Signature Lures, available only on his charters.  They also hooked up on blues and sharks.   Most of the hits came on a changing tide. The Captains, jokingly, told the group that they'd mix it up, which they did!!  They've got the same group tomorrow, so I hope they have the same luck.  I'll report, so the pressure's on!!

 


- Cabin Boy- Rickey Beck
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"RODEO UPDATE" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/05/08
 

Cody Johnson just made the top of the leader board with a 24.7 lb. Dolphin.  He knocked Jeff Bird to second.  This is a good fish, but obviously beatable.  Brant had a charter catch a 46 lb. Cobia, which WOULD have taken the leader board had he entered the Rodeo.  We've got the Jolly Mon coming up so don't sell yourself short by not entering the Rodeo.  The pot is growing everyday.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Full Day" | World Cat- 33' | 06/04/08
 

The last boat in today was the World Cat captained by a tired looking Brant and first mate Captain Rudy finishing  a full day with the Anderson charter from Glaxon, Ky.  Brant spent most of the day trolling with dead cigar minnows in 70-85 feet of water.  He finished the day with a 46# Cobia, 2 nice mahi a "bunch" of Kings and dealing with more Amber jacks than they could talk about.  The comment of the day was that if you like AJ's, they're moving in thick.  If you want to avoid the AJ's and catch Kings, check out Brant's tip on his link.

Overall the OIFC had a very productive day, as well as week.  The weather looks like it's going to hold.  Come on down to "paradise" and join us for a big time on our  jet ski's, rental boats, kayaks and parasails in and above the water with the OIFC Watersports and charter fishing.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Martini and co. at it again" | World Cat- 33' | 06/04/08
 

You have to hook 'em to cook 'em right?  Well, evidently not.  Check out Jeff Martini, John McLaurin, and the rest of the crew diversifying the menu with airtanks, spearguns, and lobster tickle sticks.  Is this Florida?  Not even close.  It's Brunswick County, NC/Horry County, SC.  With those lobsters, I just hope no one's allergic to shellfish!  You could wipe out world hunger with about a dozen of those bugs. 
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Left Overs" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/04/08
 

Could Captain Roger and his charter of Ron Johnson, Dave Regnery, Chris, 11 year old Mark  Regnery, Jacob Johnson , Carolyn and Madison Miller, have been catching Captain Chris Dew's throw backs?  After all they were fishing the same area and landed around 2 dozen Spanish on Clark Spoons.  Just kidding, Roger!  They also caught a couple of nice size Kings near the 485.  All in all the OIFC Fleet and expert Captains had a pretty good morning.  Captain Brant is due back in later today and I'll try to get the scoop from his trip.  This fishing report detail is wearing me out!!!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Spanish" | OIFC 2- 27' | 06/04/08
 

Captain Chris Dew put in a good day's work on the OIFC's 27' Contender the It Works.  Captain Chris worked the beaches off Holden and Ocean Isle using Clark Spoons for Spanish.  He reported a lot of action and a whole lot of fish. His charter didn't particularly want the Spanish, so they released them to fight another day.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"The Get Busy's Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/04/08
 

The Get Busy with Captain Jeff Williamson and his charter consisting of Arnold Kessler of Charlotte, Clay Kessler of Memphis, Gordon Diegelman of Charlotte, 9 year old Jared and 7 year old Zach Diegelman dift  fished the same area behind Sunset Beach as Kyle.  This charter landed several nice flounder on OIFC Mud Minnows.  It seems that both the charter captains had their best action on a falling tide.
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