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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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"No Fair!!!!" | World Cat- 33' | 05/28/08
 

Wow!!!!!  How am I supposed to get your attention after Captain Chris' report submitted by the lovely Miss Wanda Hamilton.  All I have is pictures of wet cold anglers.  However, the World Cat under the command of Captain Rudy who was assisted by Captain Roger had a good stream trip today.  They took a charter consisting of Rocky Widner, Johnny, Widner, and first class baseball player and angler, 8 year old Riis Widner.

The crew returned to the OIFC dock with 3 wahoos, the biggest weighing 30.85 pounds, , and a fish box full of dolphin.  They fished 140 feet of water using the purple Bomber, a white and pink Islander as well as a Captain Rudy , OIFC hand made lure.  I looks like between Captain Rudy and Boston Rob the OIFC has a lot of lure making talent on staff.

The guys returned cold, wet, yet very happy.  The weather front caught them about 30 minutes from the OIFC docks, ant the temperature dropped to about 65 degrees.  Lesson learned, always pack for inclement weather.  You never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at you when at sea.  When asked if he'd like to make a comment  for the record, Riis said his dolphin fight was "hard".  The Widners said the longest they went without a bite was thirty minutes!!

Thanks for that statement to this OIFC roving reporter,  Riis, and thanks to the Windom's for chartering with us.  It seems they had an experience that Riis will always remember.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Gaffers galore!!!" | World Cat- 33' | 05/28/08
 

Check out this class of dolphin, caught by Jim Bowen, David Carter, Skip Kinipe, and Kurt Cross from last Friday.  They said they had to stand on the fish boxes to get them closed for the ride hom.  Now that's some action...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"More pics from the Hamilton/Hedgepeth/McMahon part" | World Cat- 33' | 05/28/08
 


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Slack Jack No Longer" | World Cat- 33' | 05/28/08
 

Gulf Stream action continues to be hot and heavy in Brunswick County.  Wanda Hamilton sent these pictures of her trip on Monday to the famed Black Jack Hole, where she, Vic Hedgepeth, and Jamie McMahon caught a box full of gaffers and finished up the day with some nice groupers on the way back in.  Vic is from Varnamtown, and they were fishing on his boat.  Wanda said the largest gaffer in the box was 32 pounds, and the groupers went anywhere from 17 to 25.5 pounds.  Wow!  Capt. Roger is on his way back in now and I'm sure he got a hold of some today.  Clark Kent, errrr I mean Capt. Rickey will keep us updated on what he did out there.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"OIFC Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/27/08
 

Don't be caught short like me and many others who have caught leader board size fish and were not entered in the Rodeo for that species.  The total take home payout  has now exceeded $1,200.  The fishing season is just heating up and it's early in the year.  Whether you are a local angler or signed up for a charter, here's the chance to win some good money.  You can enter in person, over the Internet or by phone.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Dirty Dozen" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/27/08
 

I just received a report that a good friend of the OIFC family caught 12 "keeper size" flounder today near the Sunset Beach bridge.  This angler is a respected offshore fisherman, but by his own admission is a novice at in shore fishing.  Of course he practices good fish management and used  proper catch and release practices.  In any rate, not only is the off shore hot, but the inshore is on fire also.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Black Jack Pay Back" | World Cat- 33' | 05/27/08
 

You may remember that a few fishing reports ago Captain Roger called the Black Jack Hole "Slack Jack".  Well today Captain Roger and first mate Captain Zach took Andy Carlyle of Surfside Beach and Drew Heger of Charlotte on a charter.  The first lines in  were at the Black Jack Hole.  A monster of a wahoo blasted a  purple , HST8 A Salt Bomber -hitting it so hard he destroyed the hooks and escaped.  That was the Black Jack's pay back.

The rest of the day yielded  a black fin tuna and several dolphin, the heaviest of which was over 28 pounds.  The best bite  then was in  78 degree 150 feet of water using a pink and silver C +H Lures Alien.  It pays to remember, it ain't over until it's over. 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"More pics from Swansboro tourney adventure" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/27/08
 

Notice how Rickey is holding his rod ????????????????
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing with the family" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/27/08
 

The family went fishing on Monday.  I woke up Mon AM and it was just too pretty not to take my daughter fishing.  When I wake up in the AM and its pretty like it was and I don't have any MUST DO's, I think- " When I was growing up, I remember fishing trips with my dad, grandpa, grandma, friends...  I want Caroline to have the same memories and learn to love and enjoy the ocean."  And thus, a perfectly reasonable excuse to take her fishing.  This time was special in that my mother, Susan was in town and despite her seasick fears, I knew the fact that Caroline would be on board would tempt her to join.  I hired Capt. Chris Dew, captain of the OIFC 2 to work as our Capt. for the trip so that I could focus more on family fun instead of driving and finding fish.  We started slow, but within short time Chris put us on a spot that bent rods for everyone.  Sharks, Kings and my big OIFC Rodeo leading Flounder were part of the action.  My mom actually hooked into and caught a 50# Shark of some sort-- much bigger than the normal Dog Sharks.  That fish gave her a fit, but I know she liked it.  We had a great morning and were back to the dock by 2pm.  Thanks to Capt. Chris.

Oh yes, you wonder how Caroline gets to be on so many successful fishing trips.  She picks the spots!  See the picture below.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Knife Fight" | Show Time- 34' | 05/26/08
 

You know you've had a great day fishing when the first mate's shirt looks like he's been in a knife fight.  That's how first mate Capt. Zach Faulkner looked when he and Captain Roger  came back from a gulf stream trip on the Show Time with Arthur Todd, Stephen Todd of Kingsport , Tenn. and Daniel Alexander of Smithfield, Tenn.  They boated many dolphin, one of which weighed 26 lbs., and a 41.8 lb.  wahoo.  One of the hot set ups was a Bluewater Candy pink and white with ballyhoo on the short rigger.  They caught the 'hoo in 165 feet of water  and later in the day they spotted a "tuna slick"  in about 200 ft. of water and wore the dolphin out.  The charter crew said the bite started out hot the first thing, slacked up and then got hot again.  Mr. Stephen Todd said this was the best fishing trip he'd ever been on.  The charter folks and their family were very happy with the trip as well as their catch.  As the charter crew were cleaning the fish the ladies were headed back to the house to start getting things ready for cooking  a fresh seafood supper.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Capt. Brant & flounder?" | OIFC 2- 27' | 05/26/08
 

Brant-flounder. That title doesn't even sound right, but it's true.  Brant took the OIFC Rodeo Leader board with a 4.20 flounder.  Today was a McMullan family fishing day. Brant, his mom Susan, Capt. Amy and Miss Carolyn chartered with Captain Chris Dew on the OIFC 2.  This trip was Brant's mom's first fishing trip.  Maybe she's a good luck charm as they had an excellent day.  Not only did they catch the leader board flounder, they had several Kings, Sharks and Sea Bass.  Brant reported that the most productive lure was the Hook Up Lures chartreuse buck tail tipped with Fish Bites flesh E-Z Squid on a Shamano Trevala Spinning Jig Combo.  Brant swears by the Shamamo Trevala  set up and says it is one of his favorites. A great day with the family.  Brant-flounder, still sounds fishy.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fishing is Red HOTTT" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/26/08
 

Just got word Capt. Roger is on his way in from Stream trip-- crushed the Dolphin and spiced up the trip with a nice Wahoo at the 100/400--- Also heard at least 2 Marlin caught there as well-- Roger reports his Hot lure today was the light blue/silver C & H Alien - Stay tuned for details from Capt. Rickey.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/26/08
 

Well folks, the inshore fishing is officially in full swing in the OIB area.  It seemed like all the inshore species were hungry this weekend.  The flounder bite really picked up, with Tubbs and Shallotte inlets being hot, as well as Shallotte river.  A lot more of the fish are keepers now also, and a couple of fish in the 5 - 6lb. range have been landed.  The trout fishing continues to be good around the inlets and in the ICW round the bridges and docks.  These areas are holding quite a few redfish also.  Any kind of shrimp imitating artificial or a mud minnow has been the top producer for these species.  Finally, the spanish mackerel bite along the beaches is red hot.  There are so many spanish around right now that I even seen a few jumping in the ICW.  #0 and #00 clarkspoons in silver or gold behind a #1 planer has been the ticket for them, and many of the fish have been close to the beach, with 15 - 25 feet of water being where most of the fish are.  So don't hesitate, the time to go fishing is now!
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"King Report" | Show Time- 34' | 05/25/08
 

I talked with Captain Roger just after he'd come in from a half day charter.  He fished the 90/90 with dead cigar minnows and landed about a dozen Kings.  That's the short of it.

Also, on this Memorial Day weekend let's remember those in the military who have sacrificed so we are able to go fishing and have fun at the beach. Along with the soldiers, sailors and airmen, lets also keep their families close to our hearts.  When you see a vet or active duty military man or woman, please say thank you..


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Tournament Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/25/08
 

Yesterday had the pleasure of fishing the Swansboro Rotery Club King Mackerel Blue WaterTournament with Captain Brant and a good friend of the OIFC, Robby Dial.  We met at the OIFC at 4:30 am, readied the OIFC 1, and Brant went over the day's game plan.  Basically we were going out to a good bottom fishing spot, Robby and I were going to bottom fish,  create some action, and Brant was going to King fish at the same time.  We would try to catch a 20 some pound King, then blast off for the weigh in which began at 3 PM.

We cleared the Shallotte Inlet at 5:30, and Brant put the pedal to the metal.  A short while later we were fishing in about 100 ft of water, approximately 43 miles off shore in 73 degree water. The plan began to work.  Robby and I were feverishly winding in Pink Snapper and Sea Bass, while Brant was catching Kings.  The quality of the Kings was not what we were hoping for, so we moved about seven miles away.

Again the action picked up.  This time the Kings were bigger and dolphin were hitting. We were using pogies, dead cigar minnows and ribbon fish.  All three baits were working but the dead cigar minnows with a pink and white Islander skirt seemed to be the hot ticket.  We caught and released several Kings as well as catching some nice dolphin.  Brant landed a King which weighed in the low 20 pound range.  Close, but no cigar.  Finally, a reel went off, with drag  screaming indicating a big King had hit it.  Robby fought him for what seemed to be 20 minutes. While this was going on I had a King of my own on.  Brant stood by with Robby with the gaff in hand.  I boated mine while Robby was still locked in his fight.  I then hooked up with a dolphin.  I stood by before landing my fish while Captain "Gaff" McMullian and Robby boated our best King. 

The wind shifted to out of the north and the bite stopped.  As the wind was picking up, it seemed we had our target fish aboard and time was tight for making the 3 o'clock weigh in, we straightened up the boat and high tailed it out.

The ride to Southport was a little "sporty" .  We picked up the ICW and headed to the scales. We weighed in our 27.55 pound King which put us in third place overall  behind the winning 42.20 pound King, and me in first place senior angler.

We made arrangements for Brant's OIFC Jet Ski "king", Will King to meet up with trailer in Swansboro. The ride home was a blast, as we were picking on each other about the day's "mishaps".  The results were posted and we learned we finished 5th overall, with me as 2nd in the senior division.  I got beat our by an "old guy",  I'm young for my age.  It's tough to beat a 42.20 lb. King.  History had shown that our King would have won the tournament in the past.  But we did set out  to do.

At the OIFC docks we weighed Brant's fish, which put him in first place in the OIFC Rodeo King Mackerrel division.  Like a dummy I didn't sign up for any off shore species before we left.  You can bet I'm signed up now!

We limited out on Kings early.  In fact we released several nice ones in hopes of catching a big one for the tournament.  There is a lot of fishing action going on right now.  The Spanish are thick nearshore,and the Kings, Dolphin and Wahoo are there for the taking without doing anything fancy  I appreciate being able to fish yesterday,  with Brant and Robbie. After having a ball I went home with a lot of Dolphin and King for dinner, a 5th place overall and a 2nd place senior division.  All in all a pretty good day


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Blue Marlin!" | World Cat- 33' | 05/24/08
 

Check out Dan Barber's blue marlin, caught offshore of the Georgetown Hole in 80 degree water.  He said the fish hit the smallest reel in the spread (30 wide pulling a Jr. Ilander) and that the battle lasted 90 minutes.  With reports of marlin being caught offshore of the Steeples, the Georgetown Hole, and three caught in the Swansboro Tournament today, it seems we're shaping up for another outstanding billfish year.  Make sure you take some big tackle on your next trip offshore.  When you are catching those dolphin, you can guess what is lurking around for an easy mahi snack.  A big Blue Water Candy Jag 3 head in front of a horse ballyhoo (blue/white, pink/white, or dolphin colors) or some Moldcraft lures will do the trick.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Gulf Stream still smokin' hot" | World Cat- 33' | 05/24/08
 

Had a nice patch of weather this week and the fish continued to cooperate offshore.  Robert Hughes and Todd Helf nailed this 50 pound wahoo in 300 feet of water near the Steeples.  Randy Wallace on the Roofing Contender got another one over 60 further to the south.  Randy has had the hot hand on the wahoos this year for certain.  There have also been some great dolphin catches reported in similar depths--lots of fish between 15-25 pounds.  The offshore action was a little late getting started this year so I think it will hang around for another few weeks.  I can't wait to get back after them myself.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Waho-o-o !!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/23/08
 

I saw  Randy Wallace (Roofing Contender) at the OIFC late this afternoon and signed him up for several categories in the OIFC Rodeo.  He'd just landed a 60 lb. wahoo that he caught near the 100/400.  Congratulations on the 'hoo, and I hope his luck continues.  Just think he'd be at the top of the leader board  and in the money if he had signed up earlier.  Don't be caught in the same situation.  Make every fishing day a money day.  Sign up now.  The Kings, Wahoo, and Dolphin are hot!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Memorial Day action" | OIFC 2- 27' | 05/23/08
 

Captain Chris Dew had a half day charter on the OIFC 2 today.  Their mission was to apprehend as many Spanish Mackerel as they could.  Mission accomplished!!  Captain Chris said they loaded up on good size Spanish using silver Clark Spoons on planers set at about 20 feet.  He said he was trolling at about 6 knots and was just off Holden and Ocean Isle Beaches.

One of our regulars from OIB came in the store today and was proudly showing  us pictures of some very nice dolphin he caught yesterday.  He said he found a temperature break fishing at about 200 feet of water.  He found a piece of cardboard floating and drilled all of his dolphin within 100 yards of  it.  It doesn't take much cover for dolphin to hang around looking for dinner.

Thankfully it seems that fuel prices are not keeping folks at home.  When I left the island today at about 2 o'clock, traffic was picking up.  Hopefully folks will have a nice , enjoyable weekend.  I spent the morning stocking our coolers with a fresh shipment of ballyhoo, cigar minnows, calamari,  and chum.  Miss Juanita, Niki, and Captain Amy were getting out new shipments of clothes and wall art, while Capt Chris was stocking new lures.  Captain Roger and Brant were checking out the charter boats.  The town of OIB has the Band of Oz scheduled for their concert series tonight  just down from us at the Museum.  We are all ready for a fun and busy weekend.  Stay safe.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"A diverse day inshore" | World Cat- 33' | 05/23/08
 

It is pretty rare that I get to go fun fishing, especially in the month of May.  So when Brian Aycock invited me to help him pre-fish for this weekend's Dixie Chicken Tournament out of Little River, I was all over it.  We left the Ocean Isle Fishing Center around 8:30, and scooted down the ICW to the Little River rock jetties.  After getting anchored up, we started an all out assault on the trout and drum down there.  The first thirty minutes produced a few bites, but as the tide began to run, it was impossible to keep a bait in the water for more than thirty seconds or so.  For close to an hour this kind of action held up.  The bite slowed up a bit, and we ran to Calabash for lunch.  After shrimp and hushpuppies, we decided to give flounder fishing a try.  I admitted to Brian that I had never caught an inshore slam of a trout, flounder, and redfish in the same day.  After about 15 minutes of drifting near Shallotte Inlet I was able to strike that from my list.  What a day.  Our fish totals were 5 redfish, maybe 18 or 20 trout, and 3 flounder.  Many thanks to Brian, and the best of luck to him and Austin this weekend.  Time to head back offshore for the weekend.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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