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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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"Flounder Time" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/04/08
 

Captain Kyle returned to the docks after a half day's charter with Doug Wolf and friends. He got into the flounder using OIFC Specialty Mud Minnows behind Sunset Beach.  All total Kyle had close to a dozen flat fish.  No doubt the inshore action is picking up.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Scott Allen's sail" | World Cat- 33' | 06/03/08
 

It seems all three billfish species are prevent in Brunswick Co. waters lately.  Here is a sail caught on Scott Allen's Wellcraft, the "Double Down."  I, for one, can't wait until these fish push inshore and we can get after them a little closer to the beach.  In the meantime, congrats to Scott and his crew on a nice fish.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Mike Kennerly's marlin" | World Cat- 33' | 06/03/08
 

Just got these pics in from good friend Mike Kennerly, who caught this white one fishing on Memorial Day on his 34' Fountain, the "Reel-X-Stream." 
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Gaffers galore and good gracious" | World Cat- 33' | 06/03/08
 

Had a memorable Gulf Stream trip yesterday with Jack Bodolosky and his friends from Fendale, NY.  First mate Boston Rob and I met at the dock at 3:45 and got the World Cat ready to go and find some fish.  We headed inshore of the 100/400 and right off the bat got into a really nice class of gaffers.  Doubles were the norm instead of the exception.  The fish were hungry, Aliens, Ilanders, and sea witches all got chewed on.  The bite slowed a little around lunchtime, but picked right back up around 1:00 as we headed to the east around the 090/390.  Pushing into deeper water, we caught our largest gaffer of the day (we had three over 30 pounds) and a wahoo, and then the day got interesting.  We were trying to tease up a big gaffer to throw a 20 pound pitch outfit at when we saw the good old "windshield wiper" just behind the squid chain.  Rob pulled the teaser in and what I thought was a sailfish turned into a marlin just at the edge of the prop wash.  Thinking it was a white, I went ahead dropping back the dink ballyhoo on the 20#.  The fish turned off of the teaser and piled on the bait, streaking away from the boat.  I locked up the real and the fish jumped, exposing the fact that it was a  small blue and not a white.  Wow.  We got the cockpit clear and started working on the fish, who put on two more aerial displays for us.  Between backing down and chasing it good old king mackerel style we were alongside the fish in just under two hours and were able to get a good look at our prize.  This one was on the small side as blue ones go, maybe 120 pounds, but no one really seemed to care.  The fish swam off as if it had never been hooked.  It felt good to get that monkey off of my back--I've always felt as if I had some sort of blue marlin jinx.  Whatever the case, there are plenty of others out there, as John Bird on the Living Water jumped one off today in the same area.  By the way, there were some wet people back at the OIFC dock, the guy writing this post included.  Great guys, great fishing, great day.  I'm ready to go and do it all again.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/03/08
 

I must confess I am more than a little reluctant to sign on to one of my father Rube's fishing inventions. As such, I tried the Yee Haw Fish Call last year some. I think it was working but honestly I didn't give it the full bore test I should have. Well, this year I have been giving it a shot, and now I find myself in a position Rube points out to me I have been in many times in the past. He's right,  IT WORKS! The Yee Haw is the real deal. I've been using it King fishing with dead cigars as well as pogies. I've been  running one Yee Haw and the rest my normal spread. The YeeHaw is outcatching the other 5 lines 2 to 1. Doesn't seem to matter whether live bait or dead, same results. So here's to you, GuRube; I've gotten convinced. YeeHaw Fish Call! 

- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Mid Day Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/03/08
 

Captain Roger took Andrew Dawson, Mike Ablaufo, of Pittsburg, along Todd Bovenizer of Raleigh to the Shark Hole on a half day charter.  Pulling Cape Lookouts with cigar minnows they landed several Kings, got into sharks and Barracuda.  Mike wanted it known that he caught the biggest King while Todd had the smallest.

Captain Chris is on a full day.  If today is anything like yesterday I cannot wait to read his post!!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Trout Time" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/02/08
 

Captain Kyle took Doug Roeder of Harrisburg, Pa. on a half day inshore charter.  They got into the trout and reds behind Ocean Isle Beach.  Some of the reds escaped but many of the trout, including a 22 incher were boated.  Kyle said the most damage was done with mud minnows and Halo Shrimp.

While fishing Kyle ran into another angler who had caught a King at the Jim Caudle Reef using a Gotcha Plug.....that's a Rickey's believe it or leave it aloneism.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"In memory of Don Coley" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/02/08
 

On behalf of my family and our entire OIFC family, it is with great saddness I report the loss of one our OIFC "team" members, Don Coley. Don died Saturday night. Don has been a valued member of the OIFC staff for a couple years, and always was ready with a fish story, a smile, and a friendly face. His death is a great loss to our OIFC team. Our thoughts are with Don's wife Kitty, their sons,  and their entire family.

 


- Rube McMullan
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""Knife Fight Update"" | Show Time- 34' | 06/01/08
 

I did a report on 5-26 titled "Knife Fight".  That was the one where Captain Zach was on a charter with Captain Roger.  Well below are a couple of pictures Stephen Todd, who was on the charter just sent me.  For the faint of heart I left out the one with the blood on the deck. Thanks Stephen


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Valley Boys" | Show Time- 34' | 06/01/08
 

Captain Roger and First Mate Captain Zach had a full day charter, they were headed off shore when they marked fish in about 55 feet of water at a spot known as The Valley.  On board were John and Joe Firebaugh and Robby Clark.  By the way, Robby spent part of the day "chumming".

The guys landed a handful of Kings, with the biggest being lost in the prop.  Then things became a shark fest and the day slowed down.  The most productive lure  was the Cape Lookout smokers with cigar minnows.

While at the dock a friend idled by and said he landed several flounder behind Sunset and about 14 trout at the jetties.

We have several charters this week, so look for more posts on the fishing report.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Day Off" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/31/08
 

Ole' Clark Kent took the day off today, to spend time with Camdyn and the rest of the family an the beach.  Camdyn spent most of her beach trip in time out for throwing sand.  I the spent the rest of the day ridding around on my Harley. Ain't living in paradise tough?

However I received a report that Will (the OIFC Jet Ski) King killed the flounder in our usual spot behind Sunset Beach yesterday.  His biggest flat fish was in the 20 inch range. Naturally Will wasn't entered in the OIFC Rodeo and missed a golden opportunity to knock Brant off the leader board and get into the money. He's since then signed up.  We can't have an off shore angler like Brant stay on top of the leader board in an in shore division.

The in shore guys are smokin' the pot in the Rodeo.  I'm sort of surprised the Spanish, King, Dolphin and Wahoo divisions haven't taken off.  The Jolly Mon is coming up and I'm sure some quality fish will be weighed in, so let's make the pot grow and win somebody some big money!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Best for Last" | World Cat- 33' | 05/30/08
 

The World Cat, Captained by Captain Brant pulled in to the docks around 7 pm from a 14 hour trip.  Aboard were John Hurlocker from Kannapolis, NC (he looked just like Dale Earnhardt, Jr.),  Mark Farmer of Gastonia, Mark caught the biggest Mahi, Kevin Harkey of Marshville, NC, Bruce Mullis, of Charlotte, NC, Colton Williams, of Indian Trail, NC and, last but not least, Tony Ferrellie of Charlotte, NC

The guys  were a very "hands on" crew with a lot of fishing knowledge and caught a dock cart load of Dolphin, some of which are pictured behind them.  They said that most of the Mahi were still green when they put them in the boat and about whipped them. A little lesson...don't do that!!!  One of the fish looked like it had been shot with a shot gun, but they swore they gaffed him.

Captain Brant said there was no rhyme or reason to where they caught the fish.  He told me he fished mostly north of the Mac Marlin hole , and was in anywhere from 100 ft. to 500 ft.  of water. Several of the Mahi were caught on the OIFC custom squid  nation teaser, and the  Trevela combo. 

The fish cleaning and my professional reporting was all under the watchful eye of Doppler.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Hooked!!!!" | Show Time- 34' | 05/30/08
 

Captain Roger and first mate Captain Zack set out on a half day charter with Tom, Judy, Quentin and Tomika Heighland of Rodbridge, Ohio. They trolled with cigar minnows with little luck, so they turned to Clark Spoons and slammed the Spanish on Clark Spoons and Gotcha Plugs.

Their biggest catch was Captain Zach on a treble hook.  After a valiant fight Zach was released at the OIFC dock.  Zach's okay and will be fit to fish another day.  The cool thing was I got to see Roger remove the hook from Zach's well endowed mid section.  Roger looped a piece of fish line on a barb of the hook and snatched it out before Zach new what was going on.  I'd heard of this method, but never seen it.  Captain  Zach is officially awarded the OIFC Purple Hook medal.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Spanish Time" | OIFC 2- 27' | 05/30/08
 

Around 7:00 am Captain Chris Dew arrived at the OIFC dock to prepare for a half day charter with the Dan Killen group.  He had a very productive day catching King on cigar minnows and Spanish near shore on Clark Spoons just east of the sea buoy.  I didn't get any pictures because I was feeding my face on some excellent seafood at the Giggling Mackerel.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Busy Dock" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/30/08
 

Early this morning I was greeted by by 12 year old Sam McLamb and Mrs. Donna McLamb ( she said she was 29) at the OIFC dock.  Miss Donna said Sam had been up since 5 am he was so excited about going fishing.  As well as he should have been.  They had chartered with one of the best in shore guides in the area, Jeff Williamson of the boat Get Busy.

Get busy they did! Sam wanted to catch a flounder, they did.  He wanted to see a sea turtle, they  did.  He wanted to catch some more fish and they caught a ton of Spanish.  He wanted to see a porpoise, they got almost within touching distance of one.  They also stopped and had lunch.  What a day!!!!

Jeff said he caught the Spanish near the beach and the Shallotte inlet buoy pulling silver Clark Spoons on a # 1 plainer.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fishin' Chick" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/29/08
 

Jeff, my granddaughter Camdyn and I went flounder fishing this afternoon.  We fell into a plethora (college talk for a lot) of flounder on a rising tide.  They slowed on slack tide and were ok but hard to get on the falling tide.  All were in the 12 and a half to thirteen inch range, but showed they're around.  Our mission was to knock Brant off the Rodeo Leader Board, but that will have to wait 'till another day.  Fishing with Camdyn in her lady bug life jacket was a hoot.  We ran out of mud minnows because she kept getting them out of the live well and letting them go home to their mommy.

The hot places are the Shallotte Inlet, the Shallotte River and Tubbs Inlet.  They are all producing fish.  We experimented around with Carolina rigs, the OIFC custom flounder rig and a Boston Rob red and black buck tail, tipped with a mud minnow.  Jeff really likes the buck tail but wouldn't share with me.  I mostly fished the OIFC custom and drew first blood.

The pictures are of Camdyn headed out, then fishing, practicing catch and release on mud minnows, then on the dock after a long day. The two "blondes on the beach", Carolyn and Camdyn don't know how good life is living in Paradise..yet


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Black Dog continued" | World Cat- 33' | 05/29/08
 

More pics of the Newells getting down on the dolphinfish...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Team Black Dog in on the action" | World Cat- 33' | 05/29/08
 

You had to expect that the Newells weren't going to miss out on this extreme dolphin bite that's going on right now.  Sure enough, here are some shots of Bob, Edwin, Nolan, and Chris getting in on the bloodbath on Monday, in the vicinity of the 100/400.  These guys should be on the Regulator webpage, they're putting this boat through it's paces!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"HUGE Gaffer" | World Cat- 33' | 05/29/08
 

I just got these pictures from Capt. John Stephens IV who caught this awesome gaffer on Tuesday fishing offshore with his father.  It was just the two of them, and they had an outstanding day on the dolphinfish.  They broke off a stud wahoo as well.  Closer to the beach, things are continuing to heat up.  Capt. Rudy and I caught a ton of spanish off of Hog Inlet this morning--they were jumping everywhere as the tide started to turn.   Then we ran offshore twelve miles and got some kingfish to boot.  The fish in this range are still on the smaller end of the spectrum, but bigger ones are starting to show up as well.  I was hoping to see a cobia, but the chop on the water made visibility tough.  No doubt there are a few lurking around at all nearshore structure.   It is hot from the Shallotte sea buoy to the Steeples!!!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Tiger Shark!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/28/08
 

I don't know what's the deal with sharks lately.  Errol McGillowee was fishing with his dad Monday when they pulled an eight foot Hammerhead beside their boat.  Dan Ratley, Woody Wooten and Dan's grandson David saw three good sized sharks in Tubbs Inlet in about 3 feet of water, yesterday. 

 Today, Captain Brant and Boston Rob were on a half day charter and they pulled an approximately 350 lb Tiger Shark along side the boat.  That report could be bad  for business, but who believed Jaws anyway?  Along with the Tiger, Captain Brant and Boston Rob returned to port with a couple hand fulls of nice Kings.  I don't have photographic proof because I didn't know they were back.  Rob said they used OIFC Custom King Rigs and a new Boston Rob OIFC Custom lure.  He and Rudy may want to get busy making some lures for public consumption.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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