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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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"Today's Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/21/08
 

Had a Stream school today. We left inlet at 5am and had lines in at 7:30am- North winds 10-15 kts. We ran to the 100/400 and found a temp rip in 140 feet from 71-72.5 then go another 1/2 mile and another rip from 72-75 degrees-- ideal conditions, but the fishing just isn't hitting on all cylinders. We had a full moon and were under a big dome of low pressure, maybe that's the problem- but the conditions were very good. The day did start with a bang. I had the class rig the first two baits and they were setting them out. I had them both holding their rods and letting them to flat line distance to get an idea of where the line should be. WHAM- a 40 pound Wahoo skies up under one of the baits and nearly jerks the rod out of the anglers hands-- it was a clean hookup and the fish was angled and gaffed by the class. We worked on setting lines, working baits at depth and understand how the lines work together. We managed a few Kings and missed a couple of smaller fish. I noticed some commercial boats working offshore so we headed out to 300 feet to check it out. The water was bluer and we started to see a few Flying Fish. The planer rod went off and the class boated another 40 pound Hoo'. We picked up lines at noon as two of the class had to get home to D.C. that night. We had a decent catch, and I have high hopes for the next week once the moon dies out and the low pressure moves on. Stand by-Also, I've got a Stream class that was a reschedule date this Thursday PM and fishing all day Friday. The weather forecast for Friday is perfect and there are still 2 spots open-- give us a call and get on board to hone your Gulf Stream trolling skills- call (910) 575-3474
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""She Works"" | World Cat- 33' | 04/21/08
 

The OIFC isn't just family oriented, it is family owned and operated with everyone pulling their weight! Captain Brant is the name behind Captain Brant's Fishing Adventures, Captain Roger, one of the senior Captains is Captain Amy's brother and Captain Amy, Brant's wife a fishing record holder, is the driving force behind the OIFC Store. Captain Barrett, who is a noted offshore and inshore fisherman runs his parasail operation out of the OIFC and tournament fishes with brother Brant. Let's not forget Rube, an accomplished fisherman and a force behind the OIFC. Last but not least is Doppler, perhaps the most popular "employee" at the OIFC. To provide proof that Captain Amy really works, check out these pictures of her in action, doing the not so glamerous chore of cleaning the World Cat after a long day of Gulf Stream fishing.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"100/400 produces" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/21/08
 

The Fishin' Physician captained by Dr. Kendall Suh from OIB struck again today at the 100/400. Dr. Suh, accompanied by Mike Ennis, Nathan Ennis, Bob Johnson and Mark Speltzhausen landed 3 Dolphin, 1 King and 3 Wahoo, of which one weighed 45.55 lbs. and 42.20. That's the short and sweet of it, the story is in the pictures.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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""Slack Jack"" | Show Time- 34' | 04/21/08
 

That's what Captain Roger and first mate Boston Rob named the Black Jack Hole today because it just wouldn't give up many fish. The Showtime and her charter including Captain Jim Brincefield of Camden, N. C., and Scott Fairfax who put the trip together and won the biggest fish, managed to boat 3 Black Fin Tuna a 'cuda and a King while pulling cedar plugs. Capt. Jim said they had eight additional strikes they just couldn't land. The charter members said that the seas were perfect and they had a great time. Captain Jim runs a headboat out of Virgina Beach and will have action shots on his web site, Captjim.com.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fishing Monday" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/20/08
 

I tried to sneak out this AM (Sun) behind all the storms to get to the Stream.  I felt the wind was going to settle through the day and thus made the attempt- I was right about that.  Problem was that it blew so hard before and during the storms, there was a hellacious swell this early AM-- I cleared Shallotte inlet at 7am in the ShowTime and it was rolling pretty good-- even though the tide was high, the huge and sharp swells were breaking across the inlet which made getting out interesting-- not an issue of water depth, just waves.  Anyway, we cleared that hurdle and I pushed up the throttles but the swells were so sharp with no backs at all that I could only make 13 knots without jumping off the backs of them- it was obvious the ride would not work and thus I decided to turn it around before we got anywhere-- and then we got to go back through the inlet again-- WHEEE-- anyway, my group of father and son made adjustments in their schedule and we're going to go for it on Monday.  The weather looks like it will be nice and based on the satellite temp shot, there is a great eddy still over the Black Jack and 100/400 -- this eddy has been in place now for several days which should mean the fishing will be better than previous days-- Stand by for a report-- the objective is a slam-- Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo-- we'll see-- Capt. Roger will be out also on the ShowTime-- we'll be on VHF 11-


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Mud Crabs" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/20/08
 

I'd never heard of these critters, but our supplier dropped off some today and says they are killer bait for Sheepshead, drum and the like. They are often confused for fiddler or stone crabs and are rigged like fiddler crabs. We'll have them on a trial bases and they will sell for $6.00 a dozen. Let's see how they work.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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""Sails'manship"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/20/08
 

Chris Mezzanotte of Charlotte told Capt. Brant and me that he was fishing with his sons, Chris, Jr., Zach, and John Hughes last Thursday when they hooked up with three sailfish. They were fishing 2 tenths of a mile from the 100/400 using ballyhoo. Shouldn't we all have this experience!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Rodeo Rumble" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/20/08
 

We've got us a sure enough competition going on in the trout division of the OIFC Rodeo. This pay per view pits Capt. Kyle of the Speckulator vs. Brandon Sauls of the Bone-Crusher. Both of these fishermen are heavy weights in the InShore Division. Capt. Kyle weighed in on 4-18 with a 5.20 pound Trout. The very next day Brandon struck a decisive blow weighing in a 7.95 pounder. I'm not one to stir things up, but Kyle has said no way will Brandon take this one. He said he told Sauls where to fish and that Brandon's luck was just that, and it has run out!!! I've not interviewed Bone-Crusher yet. This is just round one...stay tuned, Speckulator is on the ropes!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Black Dog On Tour" | World Cat- 33' | 04/20/08
 

Just got these pics from OIFC's "Black Dog," that is Bob Newell who has been busy slinging Crooked Island's blue marlin into the boat on TLD-25s and circle hooks with naked ballyhoos.  Hopefully he will come back full of knowledge on that fishery, ready to share what he's learned.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------On a little more local front, the Gulf Stream is starting to get pretty decent around here.  Yesterday was a bit sporty going out, but slicked down throughout the day and a decent amount of fish were caught between the 100/400 area and Black Jack holes.  Blue Water Candy Mini-Jags (Charleston and the Blue/White) accounted for nearly all of my bites.  This action will only heat up into May, and we'll see more and more gaffer dolphin around as well--Brant had a few over twenty pounds each yesterday--a really nice class of fish.  Should have some good weather this week, so get ready to bend some rods.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"" | World Cat- 33' | 04/19/08
 

The third boat to the OIFC dock was the World Cat Captained by Captain Chris Burrows and mated by Capt. Rudy. The crew consisted of a group from Albermale, N. C., Dan Tucker, Joe Loflin, Tony Creel, Mike Bowers and Randy Lingerfelt. Perhaps the best catch was saved for last as they landed a citation Black Fin Tuna, weighing 32.60 pounds, a 24.25 pound Wahoo, a 33.50 pound Wahoo and one other 'hoo that they did not weigh. Captain Chris also fished near the 100/400 at a depth of about 200 feet. Congratulations to all three boats and thank you from the OIFC!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fishin' Physican" | World Cat- 33' | 04/19/08
 

Dr. Kendell Suh, captained his Contender today with the vetern crew of expert anglers, Rube McMullian, York Pharr, and Chris Brown. Rube reported seeing a lot of flying fish and great fishing conditions. They also fished near the 100/400 and landed several fish on Rube's "Christmas Skirt" with a balleyhoo. The Fishin' Physican crew landed 4 nice Wahoo, 4 Kings and 2 dolphin. Rube should be awarded the purple fishing heart for fishing after an ankle injury. Good thing Dr. Suh was on board!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"" | Show Time- 34' | 04/19/08
 

The Showtime, Captained by Capt. Brant and assisted by first mate, Capt. Zach headed out this morning with a charter consisting of Stan Abretski (the captain of this "bunch") Chip Zaucha, Ric Halsaver, Tom Mattingly (not the baseball player), Ron Schuman and Eric Mellette, of Mt. Airy, Md., Ocean City Md., and Washington, D. C. They found fish near the 100/400, at 160 ft. using balleyhoo. The Showtime boated 4 Mahi, 2 Kings and 2 Wahoo. The 100/400 seemed to be the hot spot today.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"By Chance" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/19/08
 

Johnny Calhoon reports success in landing Red Drum yesterday on the ICW behind Ocean Isle. His grandson, Chance Collins landed two big Reds, one 26" and the other 27". Johnny and his two grandsons had a large day, catching several smaller drums in addition to the two big ones. The guys reported they got their Reds on a carolina rig with mud minnows. What a great way to spend time with kids!!!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Upcoming weekend looks good!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/16/08
 

Weather this Friday, Saturday and Sunday is looking good! Make plans to come down and get on the water. The Stream should be good for Wahoo, the Kings are around the Horse Shoe and Tower and the Atlantic Bonito will be between AR 460, 390/390 and the General Sherman-- LETS GO FISHING !!!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Boat Trailering issue update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/16/08
 

Lot of behind scene work going on with the boat trailering issue. A legislative bill is being prepared which will be introduced in the State Legislature in May. As soon as I see how the language is written, we will inform everyone that we got a winner or a looser. I am encouraged we will have a winner as there is broad support for the bill on both sides of the political aisles in the House and Senate. Definitely encouraging seeing our elected officials not playing political games and working toward solving a problem for us citizens.They are to be commended for their work. The attached letter from DMV Commissioner Gore to the Highway Patrol Commander is definitely a step in the right direction, and indicates a desire to apply a level of "reasonableness" to the issue. Standby. Thanks. Rube McMullan   See letter below.

                                        

April 11, 2008

 

 

 State Highway Patrol

 Captain M. Nichols

 4701 Mail Service Center

 Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4701

 

 

Dear Captain Nichols:

 

     After reviewing the information in General Statue 20-4.01 (32a), and the Division?s previously established procedures, I have determined that no statutory change or procedure change has occurred concerning the consideration of a boat and trailer as a recreational vehicle. Historically, the Division has considered boats and their trailers as recreational vehicles and will continue to do so until such time as the General Assembly changes the law to reflect that they are not recreational vehicles. Absent some indication of commercial purposes, when a consumer is paid some small purse during a fishing tournament, it is my opinion the primary purpose of the vessel and its related trailer is still recreational.

 

     Thank you for interest in this matter. Please call if you have any questions.

 

 

Sincerely;

 

 

William C. Gore Jr.

Commissioner of Motor Vehicles

 

 

 

Cc: Wayne Hurder, Deputy Commissioner

      Portia Manley, Assistant Director VR

      Paula Windley, Administrative Officer II, VR

 

 

 


- Rube McMullan
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"Flounder Alert" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/15/08
 

Well folks, I'm issuing the first flounder alert for the 2008 fishing season. Based on this past weekend, the flounder bite should start to get really good in the coming weeks, as quite a few fish are being caught already. I fished the Tubbs Inlet area and found success using the old faithful mud minnows fished on a carolina rig. As is usual this time of year, many of the flounder are undersized, but there have been some keepers mixed in as well. We managed to boat a 3.5 - 4lber on Friday, so there should be some doormats making an appearance shortly. I saw water temperatures as high as 68 degrees over the weeekend, so the big trout should be on the feed prior to spawning. There are a few being caught now, and if the wind will stop blowing for a few days, they should really turn on. Finally, on the redfish scene, I pleased to report that they are still hanging out in their normal haunts along the ICW and in the backs of the creeks. I tried some skinny water redfishing on Saturday, and even though we were unsuccessful, I feel like we were in the right area, only a half - dozen porpoises had beaten us to the reds. As we eased into the back of creek, we were greeted by this pod of porpoises in 2 feet with their backs out of the water, and any reds that had previously been there had vacated the premesis. P.S. - Don't forget the Spring Inshore Classic, May 2nd - 3rd!
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Inshore Weekend Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/15/08
 

I spoke with some locals this morning who said that while I was enjoying Family Day at the OIFC, they were fighting the wind and tide fishing inshore. All said the tide was so bad Saturday that their anchors would hardly hold. But in spite of that they were able to boat several nice trout and even some keeper flounder. Based on their weekend's fishing they feel that this year's flounder fishing should be great. About time!!! These guys were using mud minnows and Gulp on the bottom. They were fishing structure behind Sunset Beach, but of course they weren't giving up anymore info than that to "Clark Kent". The weather is supposed to get nicer as the week rolls on so get out and get after some fish. Don't forget the OIFC Year Long Rodeo. The pot is growing and these guys think they are going to win it.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"King whackin'" | World Cat- 33' | 04/14/08
 

Just got word from Joel Bucklen that he and Jason Einbinder gave the king mackeral a good, old-fashioned whoopin' offshore of the Frying Pan Tower yesterday fishing on the "Cape Contender" out of Holden Beach.  The boys fished pink/white and blue/white Ilander/ballyhoo combos and said the kings tried to basically chew the props off of the boat.  Not the biggest fish, but they more than made up for their lack of size in sheer numbers and aggression.  Good to see this strong showing so early.  It won't be too long before you can catch these fish closer to the beach.  Congratulations to the crew of the "Cape Contender" for a great day on the water and a great catch.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"This Past Weekend" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/14/08
 

Fishermen finally got a reprieve from Mother Nature toward the end of last week as the winds and seas settled. Many of the area?s offshore fishermen were registered for the Martini?s Wahoo Tournament and headed offshore to the edge of the Gulf Stream in search of big Wahoo as well as Tuna and Dolphin. Wednesday and Thursday both provided fair weather with winds from the Northeast at 10-20 knots and Friday was by far the best weather with flat calm seas, sunny skies and warm temperatures. The Gulf Stream waters had pushed up over the edge of the 30 fathom curve and provided favorable water temperatures in the 70-75 degree range. To be quite honest, the conditions were such that they should have leant themselves to some spectacular action, but it was truthfully not that way. Most boats managed a few Blackfin and a scattered Dolphin or two, but the Wahoo, which are typically plentiful, just weren?t hitting on much. However, as is the case with any tournament, fishing is all relative as somebody is going to win. On Thursday, Calabash fisherman Dean Spatholt and crew of the Fish Meister weighed in a monster 65.12 pound Wahoo and narrowly beat out Danny Juel and Chuggy Vereen of Little River aboard On The Way who weighed a 60.38 pounder. Other top finishers were Reel Relief with a 43.8 pound Wahoo, Chasin Bugs with a 19.04 pound Dolphin and The Law with a 20.90 pound Blackfin Tuna. Congratulations to all who placed in the tournament and thanks to Jeff Martini and Ace Parker for putting on the tournament. You noticed I didn?t mention my tournament results, and that?s pretty much because I didn?t have much to report. My brother and I chose to try to ?outsmart? everyone and fish Wednesday under mediocre weather conditions. We were the only boat to fish the tournament that day, and it was our thought that we?d rather fish alone and thus have a better chance. The concept was good, the execution was poor as we only managed a few King Mackerel and Dolphin during our day. On Friday, I sought to redeem myself as I took a group from Charlotte offshore aboard the OIFC 1 for a day of Gulf Stream fishing. On this day I decided to troll artificials at higher speeds and found the technique effective on Blackfin Tuna particularly as well as a lone Wahoo. By noon we decided to try something different. I had brought along a couple of my electric fishing reels, and we began dropping baits down to the bottom to try for Grouper. We tried several holes in 140-160 feet, but it wasn?t until I moved to a ledge in 240 feet that we found the Grouper and hit paydirt. We boated a half dozen Red Grouper in the 15-20 pound range and combined with our Tuna and Wahoo, we ended up with a decent box of fish and certainly some great eating. All in all, the Gulf Stream fishing wasn?t up to par this past weekend. I am expecting and hoping that it should improve and become more characteristic of the excellent action that April and May usually bring to offshore fishermen. Speaking of which, this is the first reminder that the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out tuna, dolphin and wahoo rodeo will be taking place May 9-17 out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Registration is May 9th and fishermen then have a chance to choose the best 2 out of 8 days between May 10th and 17th to go fishing. Prizes are awarded to the top combined weight of all three species as well as for the largest of each species caught. For additional information visit www.OIFC.com or call (910) 575-3474. Closer in, the King Mackerel began to move inshore as the water temperatures rose significantly. On Wednesday they were near the Frying Pan Tower and by Friday they had moved inshore and were nearly to the Horse Shoe. I also talked to some guy who were catching Grouper and Snapper in this same area as well as seeing quite a few Cobia. Even closer in, the Atlantic Bonito also showed up in their normal haunts around the General Sherman wreck and the 390/390. Surprisingly, they were also seen and caught near the Shallotte and Lockwood?s Folly inlet sea buoys. Inshore the fishing heated up just like the water temperatures. Capt. Kyle guided a trip on Saturday and boated Flounder in Tubbs Inlet, which is a sign of the new season. I also got reports of live shrimp in the waterway which means the Trout are going to be around as well. All this inshore action comes just ahead of Capt. Kyle?s Inshore Classic- Trout and Flounder tournament, May 2-3 out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Registration is Friday, May 2nd and fishing is Saturday, May 3rd. For complete details visit www.OIFC.com or call (910) 575-3474.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Family Day!!" | World Cat- 33' | 04/12/08
 

The OICF Family Day was today and what a great day it was. The weather was beautiful for the fun and games. Captain Amy and the rest of the OIFC "family" out did themselves. The children enjoyed face painting by Lisa, knot tying by Mrs. Anita, who is a former Coast Guard Boatswains Mate, cast net throwing by Captain Zack, free messages by Dr. Rick of Shallotte and free boat rides on the World Cat with Captain Roger. Jeff was also available for kayak rides. There was a GREAT yard sale with great buys on nautical themed wall art and other really unique items. Captain Brant and Amy provided refreshments and activities free. It was a great family activity which is one of the goals of the OIFC.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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