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"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/07/08
 

A good friend of the OIFC, Jeff Martini, defiied small craft warnings and set out fishing yesterday. He had a rough time to begin with while fishing the 100-120 foot depth with multitudes of sharks, so he changed locations to the Black Jack Hole. There he boated 4 red grouper in the 15-20 lb range. March begins the fishing kick off and this wasn't a bad way to start. Also, I encourage everyone to visit Martini's Continental Resturant and Piano Bar located at 98 Kings Hwy in North Myrtle Beach when you come visit. It's an excellent place to unwind after a productive day fishing with the OIFC fleet. Be sure to remember Jeff's Wahoo Tournament in April. Visit www.martinisfinedinning.com for more info.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 03/05/08
 

Well folks, it getting to be that time of the year again...the water and air is getting warmer and the fishing is getting better. It time to dust of those inshore rods and get on the water. The are a few trout hanging out in the creeks and rivers, and have been responding well to shrimp imitations like the Betts Halo shrimp, or a mullet imitation like a mirrolure. The fishing can be painfully slow at times, but the fish are there to be caught, so put in your time and you'll be rewarded. The have also been quite a few redfish around from the skinny water in the backs of the creeks to the docks and bridges along the ICW, any of the your standard drum spots should be holding a few fish right now. A Berkley Gulp on a jighead on a piece of cut mullet on a carolina rig should do the trick. In other news, the annual Spring Inshore Classic in coming up May 2nd and 3rd, so mark your calenders. Check out the tournaments page for more info., but the format has not changed from last year.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Great NEW Wahoo Tournament" | World Cat- 33' | 03/04/08
 

Jeff Martini is starting what looks to be a really fun Wahoo tournament for early April- visit www.martinisfinedining.com for info on the event. I know we'll be there! Spring Kickoff March 15th- don't forget!!!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Tip of the Week" | OIFC 2- 27' | 03/03/08
 

This week's tip is don't waste your time pulling a shrimp net in the ICW. THEY'RE NOT HERE!!! Brian and Jeff worked all morning and all they had to show were 5 shrimp and a net full of beer cans and trash. At least they did their part in cleaning up the environment. I did talk with a trusted angler who told me he landed 5 trout Saturday. He swore me to secrecy as to location but I can report that they hit on mud minnows.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Spring Kickoff- March 15" | World Cat- 33' | 03/02/08
 

Many of you have likely recieved our postcard on the OIFC annual Spring Kickoff, but for those who haven't- please join us Saturday, March 15th all day for FREE seminars, Sufix line spooling at $.01/yd, used tackle show(bring your own) and the OIFC RED DOT sale with all items marked with red dot 50% off plus other great buys. Seminar schedule: 10:00-10:30am- Kyle Hughes Speckled Trout 10:45-11:15am- Dell Williamson Redfish 11:30-12:00pm- Jeff Beck Inshore kayak fishing 12:00-1:00pm- LUNCH 1:15-1:45pm- Joe Seegers Yellowfin tuna 2:00-2:30pm- Brant McMullan Anchor fishing king macks and grouper 2:45-3:15pm- Barrett McMullan Wahoo 3:30-4:00pm- Joe Seegers Billfish 4:00pm---- Chris Burrows Kite fishing workshop Break out table with hands-on demonstration from Jodie Gay of Bluewater Candy Lures and Capt. Roger Gales of OIFC pro staff- bait rigging, knot tying, rig making, net throwing........ Also, below are some more pictures of our Panama trip. I finally downloaded my camera. And check out the Wahoo we caught on Friday on the previous report I posted. Its getting warmer at the coast and it's beginning to feel like Spring. We are ready to go!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | World Cat- 33' | 02/29/08
 

Went to the Stream today.  Beautiful weather.  Started at Black Jack, water temp 69.9-70.5.  Trolled from 9am-11am and caught quite a few False Albacore towards 11am- mostly doubles and triples.  They make the reel sing and its fun to catch'em several at a time, but its not the desired species.  We did some bottom fishing from 11am-1pm and had a decent catch of Trigger fish and a couple of Grouper.  The current was running to the West at over 2 knots, and holding bottom was VERY tough.  At 1pm we picked up and ran to the Steeples to give it another go.  We deployed-- Oh yeah, I was fishing all Cedar Plugs on the top and had two Wahoo bombs with the NEW, top secret, soon to available at the OIFC swimming plug rigged on both- we immediately started catching Blackfin on the Cedar Plugs.  We caught them in doubles mostly.  The seemed to favor the Dolphin colored Cedar Plug.  Finally the flat line went off and we boated a 35 pound Wahoo.  We fished a while longer until 3pm and caught another Blackfin, but after 2pm, it pretty much shut down again. 
And thus the report.  Not great, not horrible.  I'm going to keep my eyes open for warmer eddy to move in.  I think if we can get that 74 degree water, we'll have the fish.  Anyway, nice to be on the water.  The boat ran great and the day ended in a success.  Pictured are Daniel and wife Laura Russ with Laura's wahoo she caught.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | World Cat- 33' | 02/27/08
 

 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"welcome home!!" | OIFC 2- 27' | 02/26/08
 

Local inshore fishing expert Brian Aycock has made it back from being out of town on business. He kept up with the inshore action via the OIFC fishing reports and was hungry to get in the action. Sunday, Jeff, Courtney and Camdyn Beck hit the water in the Tale Chaser. They were targeting red fish. Soon they were joined by Brian, his son Austin and friend, Tripp Hooks, the present and future of fishing in our area. Everyone came up empty. My theory is that the recent rains affected the bite. With Bryan back in town and Jeff having a commercial fishing license I hope the OIFC will have some live shrimp for sale soon. Monday, Brian and Jeff hooked up is search of shallows which would be profitable for Jeff's kayak fishing and eco tours. They were very excited with what they found I feel that this will become a popular form of fishing in our area since it has exploded in Flordia and the Gulf states. It is the first in our area. Jeff has been selected as exclusive guide for Heritage Kayaks. Capt. Brant is the exclusive dealer for our area. Try out kayak fishing and the line of kayaks which will be at the OIFC.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Panama Pics" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/25/08
 

 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Tip of The Week" | It Works- 27' | 02/22/08
 

In an earlier tip I wrote about excellent products for your boat. I left off one the the better ones. That being PB Fabulous Blaster Penetrating Catalyst. This is excellent for freeing rusted and corrioded parts such as lug nuts. It has many other uses as listed on the can. We sell and our charter captains use this on a regular basis, that's where I heard about it. Speaking of rust and corrosion, now is the time to go over your boat trailer and service the hubs. It's about time to hit the water.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Seminar this Weekend" | OIFC.com- 36' | 02/18/08
 

Come by and see us this weekend- looks to be a good show! Coastal Carolina Saltwater University 1st Annual Coastal Carolina University Fishing Seminar- Saturday February 23rd, 2008 Hosted by the Coastal Carolina University Student Fishing Club Location: Wall Building Room 309 Follow the signs. http://www.coastal.edu/tour/stour.html (number 15 on map) Tickets are a steal at $10 minimum donation at the door. Local Sponsors Include: Waccamaw Marine Sales and Service Perry?s Bait & Tackle Ricks Bait & Tackle Seven Seas Seafood Captain Dicks Marina Pawleys Island Outdoors Fire House Subs National Sponsors Include: Aftco/Guy Harvey Maverick Boats Diachi Hooks Eagle Claw Hooks Ande Monofilament Bass Assassin Lures Betts Tackle Company Power Pro Fish-N-Drinks.com Yamaha Sundance Boat There will be tons of great door prizes and giveaways from these fine sponsors. Speakers Include: Inshore: Fred Rourk-Sweet Tea Charters-Red fishing Steven Roff-Barrier Island Guide Service- Tarpon in the Carolinas Offshore: Joe Winslow-Team Hooligan-King Mackerel Fishing Brant McMullan-Ocean Isle Fishing Center-Offshore Trolling Englis Glover-Tea 2 Sea Charters- Offshore Bottom Fishing & Fish Cleaning Doors Open at 930am first speaker will go on at around 10am and we are planning on it being over by 5pm. Post questions here or email bmcox@coastal.edu.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Redemption" | It Works- 27' | 02/16/08
 

Saturday, they ladies went shopping. This gave us men folk a chance to prove our fishing skills. After refueling at the OIFC we headed directly to the same hole as yesterday. Using mud minnows we landed and released five reds. At one point all three of us were hooked up which caused a tangled mess as the reds were running for cover. While fishing, Captain Roger stopped by on his way in from a charter on the World Cat. He had a productive day sea bass fishing and his charter seemed extremely happy. We ended the day around lunch time as us big boys were hungry and the wind started picking up. Jeff and I have had productive fishing trips all during the winter season, catching fish during each"off month". In shore fishing wise, there is not off season. Those who winterized their boats have missed some of the best in shore fishing action there is. Get them out and wet a hook!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"redfish weekend" | It Works- 27' | 02/16/08
 

This weekend Jeff, Courtney and Camdyn hosted one of Jeff's college football buddies, John Hayes, and his lovely girlfriend Leah Sharpe for a weekend of fun and fishing. The weather was great!! Friday afternoon, Jeff, John and Leah hit some of our regular spots in search of red drum. As soon as they anchored the Tale Chaser and cast out a mud minnow on a carolina rig, bam, Leah hooked up a red (the fish had good taste, he probably skipped Jeff and John for Leah). This went on most of the afternoon with Leah showing the guys how it's done. Not to be left out, Camdyn joined in on the action. Though she came up empty, the look on her face shows her determination. All in all they caught and released around six respectable red drum,I guess demonstrating that women rule.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"anchor-tip of the week" | It Works- 27' | 02/15/08
 

I feel like I'm telling most of you something your already know. But I'll write this for the sake of those who like me,don't. Last week when we were fishing the Waterway, we missed some good spots because the tide was ripping and our anchor wouln't hold. So today we took the anchor from our 24 bay boat and used it on our 17 foot Polar. The tide was pulling hard, but the Tale Chaser stuck. Lesson learned for me was when fishing inshore in strong currents, it pays to go up an anchor size and use more chain, the chain part is for Brian Aycock, who gives me a hard time about too much chain. You miss a lot of good fish if you can't anchor up at a fovorite spot, and a dragging anchor will scare away any good thinking fish.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"" | It Works- 27' | 02/12/08
 

This just in latest report from the traveling fishermen Black Marlin and Sailfish were practicly jumping in the boat on yesterdays trip. Fishermen Ray and Jared Boyd and Brant Mc Mullan landed two black Marlin one in the 300 lbs range  the other was around 500lbs. Also in the mix was one sailfish about 120lbs with 5 other billfish bites they they missed.

Barrett and Rube McMullan along with Robbie Dail had ten dolphin, one sail, and missed five billfish bites.

Yorke Pharr, Tommy Lytton and Todd Shad caught one black Marlin, nine dolphin and  two sailfish. They missed three marlin and four sails. 

Todd Helf, Robert Hughes, and Brian Richards had three sailfish, one dolphin. They missed one marlin and several sailfish.

Last but not least  Richard and Tony McCrae and Forrest Taylor Caught seven dolphin and about a 450lb black marlin.

Sounds like all in all these guys are having a great time. I am told that they have been watching the marlin and sailfish  have been jumping about 500ft away from the boat as they eat dinner. WOW!!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Traveling Fisherman Update" | It Works- 27' | 02/11/08
 

 The Traveling fisherman have reported beautiful weather and good fishing thus far on their trip to Panama. They were able to get a half day of fishing in on Saturday. They caught some cubera snapper  that were around 30lbs. Also rooster fish and a few differant species of jacks. All fish were caught on live blue runners or on a top water jig. They ended their relaxed half day of fishing with a nice quiet dinner on the top deck at the Tiki Bar where they were served fresh snapper.

On Sunday they reported catching eight Sailfish,few dozen Dolphin and a variety of snapper while the Marlin remain elusive.  They were anchored in Monpoas where they will being fishing tomorrow .


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"slow day" | It Works- 27' | 02/09/08
 

Jeff and I joined an excellent fisherman Jim Fagan early this morning and took the long trip to St. James. In the meantime the Hook 'm Up with Captain Steve headed to the Jetties. All of us had a slow day, with Jim boating two nice trout, I caught a red drum and Capt. Steve also landed a red drum. On the way back in we did see an angler in a Jones Brothers flats boat land several small trout. Maybe a slow day, but it was beautiful. Jeff is starting the day watch and I'm still bumbed up so I don't know when I'll have another report.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Call to Arms" | It Works- 27' | 02/08/08
 

Jeff, Jimmy Lively, Jim Farson and hopwfully Capt. Steve, and I are meeting at the the Ocean Isle Boat Ramp at 0615 Saturday to go in search of trout! This is a call to all those who can make it, to be there. If you get out later, I'll be on channel 11 as Tale Chaser, or call me 910-443-0531 & we'll let you know the skoop! Got reports today that nothing major went on in the Lockwood Folly River. We intend to try St. James, then Lockwood Folly River and maybe the jetties. The weather is supposed to be good so lets catch 'em up!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Rambling" | It Works- 27' | 02/07/08
 

The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce must have an inside track with The Lord, because we have had perfect chamber of commerce weather the past couple of days. The weekend weather is predicted to be nice as well. The only downside was a pretty strong blow offshore, which didn't bother us inshore guys at all. My shoulder is better so Jeff and I went out on the Tail Chaser to do some scouting. We were the "floating wounded" though, as Jeff got rearended in his patrol car night before last by someone running about 50 mph. How do you think they felt when they looked up to see that they hit a patrol car? Anyway,we explored on a lunar low tide. It would pay for inshore anglers to check out Tubbs Inlet as it has really filled in. The east end of Ocean Isle Beach has greatly eroded and it seems most of the sand ended up in Tubbs. The water temp was 59 degrees and very clear. We saw some mullett minnows in the creeks and some mullett in the concrete canals. They were in the 10-12 inch range. We then parked at the OIFC and traded fishing info with some local anglers. Captain Steve of "U Hook'em Fishing" advised that anglers in the Lockwood Folly River/Varnumtown area were hammering the trout using dark with metal flake grubs. Jimmy Lively said that trout were being caught from the bank at the Little River Swingbridge on green D.O.A. shrimp. He said he personally saw about 40 trout landed on a falling tide. However, be aware that you must have a South Carolina fresh water fishing license to fish there as the S.C.D.N.R. was there writing tickets right and left. Beautiful days and good fishing friends is part of what it's all about! This weekend looks to be a great time to come down to the Brunswick county/Myrtle Beach area for a relaxing weekend. Come visit us at the OIFC. Capt. Amy and Mrs. Anita have been busy putting out new stock and the stuff looks great...lucky for me I been out injured.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Tips to fish by" | It Works- 27' | 02/06/08
 

wear shoes on a boat if you plan on running on the deck- OR, Capt. Brant says to remain calm in the face of overwhelming excitement and chaos and you won't need to wear shoes because you won't be running-
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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