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"We'll See" | World Cat- 33' | 01/11/08
 

Capt. Roger going Bluefin fishing tomorrow, may also do the Stream in no BFT's-- according to what should be, bite at Morehead has been slow since last weeks bite-- logic would say the fish should be here. Stay tuned, we'll see what Capt. Roger can dig up.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Canal Dredging" | Stori Teller-24' | 01/10/08
 

In case you haven't already heard, Ocean Isle Beach has approved funds to begin dredging the natural canals, the entrances to the concrete canals and the boat ramp. This is according to the Brunswick Beacon and a conservation I recently had with newely re elected town committeeman Dean Walters, whom, by the way the OIFC supported and congratulates on his re election. The N. C. Wildlife Resources will help foot the bill, especially for the boat ramp. This is great news for those of us who fish, navigate the canals and use the boat ramp. Thanks OIB and Wildlife.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Red Fish" | Stori Teller-24' | 01/08/08
 

This will be the last report from me for awhile as Jeff has to go back on duty as a Brunswick County Deputy Sheriff and I'm finally giving in to shoulder reconstruction after felling a pine on myself a couple of years ago. That said, Jeff went in the backwater again with redfishing as the plan. Please be mindful that this type of sight fishing is new to us, and as we are avid hunters, this gets our hunting juices flowing. We've read about it and seen it on TV, but you have to experience it to appreciate the effort and excitement involved. This time he worked his way far up some tidal creeks using the push pole and trolling motor. He was able to again locate schools of reds tailing. He managed to boat about four nice red drum in one location, and then moved on as he had spooked the rest. An odd thing he did observe was some large reds, dead up near the marsh grass. Can anyone educate us as to why this is happening? A lesson learned was the need for stronger leader due to cut offs from oyster rocks. After leaving the backwater, and on a rising tide, he hit some unknown to me locations on the ICW, where he landed and released several more, which he reported were up to about 30 inches!!! Folks, there is NO off season as far as our inshore fishing is concerned. The spring and summer bring us the flounder, the fall and dead of winter is perfect for trout and redfishing. Don't winterize your boat, come down to south Brunswick County and experience our exciting fishing!!! (As an example of how shallow the water was, and the need for a push pole, in the first picture, our skiff is aground and Jeff has walked across the creek to take this shot.)
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Stalking" | Stori Teller-24' | 01/07/08
 

I'm still under the weather, however Jeff went out today. And for ya'll stuck in an office, you missed a beautiful day, sunny and in the 70's with flat crystal clear water. Jeff reported that he took the "Tale Chaser" up a local creek, then off exploring to a smaller creek. He says that he poled his way through about 8 inches of water, where he spied about 15 Redfish schooled up in a pool. He cast beyond them with a Berkley Gulp Crab and watched a 22 incher hammer the bait. The fish then hightailed it around an oyster bed. Jeff set the pole and pursued on foot. He was able to free his braid and successfully land this beautiful red. The only down side was the batteries in his camera were dead. This is inshore fishing at its most exciting. We plan to add kayaks to our fleet so we can further sneak up on these prized fish. What we want to try is to fly fish for them...Can you imagine that fun?
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | World Cat- 33' | 01/07/08
 

You don?t normally equate calm seas with fishing in January, but it does happen, and on a pretty regular basis. Many fishermen put up their boats and fishing equipment by November and shift gears to hunting and focus in on work. However, there is a growing contingency of fishermen that are taking advantage of the great Winter fishing that our area offers, and also, believe it or not, the great fishing weather that we get in the Winter. Sure it gets cold, but I?d much rather be able to dress warm and take off layers to stay comfortable in the Winter than to burn up no matter what I?m wearing in the Summer. Of course, no body wants to fish when its windy and cold, and thus it is important to get a sense of the weather and be able to predict when good fishing weather will prevail. The rule that I use is to look at the 7 day temperature outlook. Focus in on the low temperatures and follow them through week. Watch as they rise and then fall to a peak low and then begin to rise again. This up and down of temperature mostly has to do with the approach and passing of cold fronts. As such, 80% of the time you will have light wind conditions on the first day the low temperature is higher than the previous day. This is the day that the High Pressure ridge has moved just offshore and thus will bring either calm or light south winds. The light wind conditions may only last one or two days, or like this past week, they may last 5 or 6 days. As an overall rule I use for the length of the weather window, the stronger the front the longer the weather window. Basically, the weather balances itself out. As bad as it may have been last weekend and early week with the strong winds and cold temperatures, it has been just as good since Friday and looks to continue very nice through Wednesday or so. And thus you know have a reference to look out up to 7 days and start making a plan to go fishing. The one wrench that can get thrown into this equation is cut off low pressure systems as they are their own animals and don?t follow any rules. Anyway, let?s go fishing. On the fishing scene, I hate to report it, but the Giant Bluefin Tuna that I have been so pumped up on and so excited to see to our area, are just plain MIA. They are biting pretty good up in Morehead City, which is only some 60-80 miles from our fishing grounds, but the Bluefin just won?t seem to make the transition. The reports are that there is a lot of bait off Morehead and it is holding there consistently. And thus, as long as the food is there, the fish will have no reason to leave. I was fully expecting us to have a good bite this past weekend after last week?s strong front, but it just didn?t happen. That?s the bad news, however, all is not doom and gloom. And just because they aren?t here today, doesn?t mean those Bluefin won?t be here tomorrow. They?ve got to come by us eventually. The good news is in the other types of fishing. The King Mackerel bite has continued good in the Frying Pan Tower area as well as great bottom fishing for big Sea Bass, Snapper and Grouper. Wahoo fishing offshore along the edge of the break continues very good as well as fishermen are averaging 6-10 bites per day from Wahoo that are particularly large, many pushing the 100 pound mark. To date there have been several Wahoo in the 60?s and 70?s landed, but it is always the story of the big one that got away. For me, the challenge of landing a 100 pound wahoo is near the top of my list of fishing achievements I?m after. Of course, if you don?t have a boat you feel comfortable getting offshore in or just have a few hours to burn, you can catch a nice bag of Sea Bass within just a few miles of shore. On Sunday I finally got around to taking my 3 year old daughter Caroline fishing again. It?s funny, but as much time as I fish and spend around boats, it seems hard to mix my home life with my work. However, Caroline loves to fish and talks about catching Sea Bass and Sharks and King Mackerel all the time, and thus I?ve got to get over the barrier of mixing work with personal and take my baby fishing. As such, we ran out on Sunday afternoon and fished some ledges and rocks three miles off of Shallotte Inlet. Caroline was armed with a brand new Scooby rod and the Sea Bass just didn?t stand a chance. She and I had a ball catching them two at time at which point Caroline would name the Sea Bass, determine if it was a daddy, mommy or baby and then give it a pat and we?d set it free. We fished for no more than hour and caught plenty of fish for Caroline?s entertainment until she declared she was ready to go home. We released all the Sea Bass, but you could catch a decent dinner?s worth in an hour or so between the 1 keeper for every 10 throw back Sea Bass you caught. Caroline slept on the ride home and through the entire time while I cleaned the boat. She woke just as I finished everything up, and with a smile declared she was hungry and it was time to go. That?s what I call a successful fishing trip. Pictured below are the Wahoo that the Ray group from Marietta, GA caught on Saturday while fishing with Capt. Roger aboard the It Works. Also pictured with the huge AJ are Dave Henderson, Ben Vaughn, and Barry Kirkman caught aboard Dave's boat Ain't Life Grand. This AJ was caught on a live Snapper in 160 feet of water. It weighed 110 pounds and broke the old OIFC AJ record by over 25 pounds. WOW!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Wildeyes" | Stori Teller-24' | 01/06/08
 

Sorry I have not done any reports lately, but I've been laid up with the Brunswick County Crud. However I just received a report from a friend, Merle Utley that he nailed the trout today in the 18" to 20" range. He was fishing at the Sunset Harbor dock in Little River, S. C. using a Wildeye by Storm. Jeff will be going out tomorrow so hopefully I'll have more to write about.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Gulf Stream action takes center stage" | World Cat- 33' | 01/06/08
 

With the beautiful weather over the weekend, it seems like everyone went fishing. I've only heard of a few small bluefin caught, but the crowd that went offshore was rewarded with good wahoo fishing and some blackfins. Capt. Roger caught 4 on the It Works, and Barrett just called in to say they caught some as well, along with a dolphin. Mahi in January? Works for me. Mark Miller sent in these pics from his Saturday trip on the "Tina Louise," they fished alongside the It Works and did quite well also. There are also reports of good king fishing out towards the Frying Pan Tower. Let's hope this nice weather hangs around for awhile.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"What Was and What Should Be" | World Cat- 33' | 01/03/08
 

I've attached a few photos of a nice trip I had with the Smith family back on Dec 27. We spend the AM trolling Bluefin and landed a mini- not to be confused with a Blackfin, Bigeye or Yellowfin-- we released it and later headed offshore where we had a mixed bag- nice day, nice weather. And with that- this cold weather will likely get the Bluefin moving. Traditionally, the day after the strong blow, which will be Friday should lead to a few hookups, and if so, the next day, which will be Saturday should lead to strong action. The water has really cooled off and that should also help the fishing. What we don't know is if the blow has pushed alot of the bait that has been holding off Morehead has moved off of our area. We will soon find out. I plan to fish on Saturday for sure and then we'll see from there. The OIFC is ready if you need any last minutes. We still have the best baits in stock and anything else- buy on-line or come by. See you on the water.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"no skunk!!" | Stori Teller-24' | 12/31/07
 

After my last glowing report, Jeff and I decided to take the "Tale Chaser" out for a piece of the action. We knew we were in trouble when every fisherman at the boat ramp said they hoped we had better luck than they did. Jeff and Brian haven't pulled for any live shrimp lately, and it appeared that someone or something had raided Jeff's bait pen, so we used mullett minows, mud minnows and Gulp. We hit every productive place we could think of and came up with only one Red. He was undersized, but he did save us from being skunked!! Hopefully our luck will turn around in early '08. Happy new year!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Good News" | Stori Teller-24' | 12/30/07
 

Good news for the inshore anglers. Today started of with a phone call asking the legal size of red fish. Turns out that a Mr. Beckham, (sorry, I forgot your first name..age does that) landed at least one red in the Intracoastal Waterway. He said he was using Berkley Gulp. Later another customer reported slaying the Trout at Tar landing in the Shallotte River. He said he had some weighing 4 pounds and limited out, again using Gulp. Finally, Captain Roger reported Trout being limited out around the Tar Landing area by an angler using mud minnows. Good news for after Christmas. Reports from offshore anglers are that Wahoo, sailfish, grouper and even flounder are being landed. I had one unconfirmed report of a bluefin hookup. Stay tuned to see if we hear any further. On a year end note, I'm nearing completion of my first year with the OIFC family. Thanks to all the customers who put up with me during my learning curve. Thanks also goes out to those who have provided information for the fishing report. Folks from all over the U.S. tell me that they check the report daily and really enjoy reading it. Our Captains Club sale seems to have been a great success. Be sure to shop with us during '08 so you can take advantage of this great sale. The OIFC sends out a form to all those who are in the Captains Club and purchase fuel from us, that allows you to take the road tax off your income tax....yet another benifit. If you aren't a member, let us know, it doesn't cost you a thing. The OIFC has some exciting things planned for '08, including our online store, schools and tournaments. Come join us in '08. Happy New Year!!!!!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Back in business" | World Cat- 33' | 12/27/07
 

You gotta love it when a plan comes together.  Last night, the crew of the Fish-A-Holic spent several hours rigging up, trailering their 27 Contender up from Murrell's Inlet, and generally getting psyched up to do battle with a big bluefin.  They said they were going to get one this morning, so it was no suprise to me when Larry Eisenberger, Matt Eisenberger, and Matt Venuto showed up around 12:30 today asking me to come down and tag their fish.  The tuna went 69 inches, and as I'm writing this they're down there getting it ready to go on the grill for a New Years Party. A Blue Water Candy JAG 3 Head (Pink Tips) and ballyhoo was the undoing of this fish.  Congratulations to them on their hard work--it certainly paid off in the form of some sore muscles, smiles, and a fridge full of tuna.  I spoke with Capt. Kyle Hughes earlier, and he confirmed that there were other tunas biting as well.  He and his father were fishing Robbie Robert's Contender "King Hunter" and were hooked up when someone got a little too close and cut them off.  Worst possible scenario there, but I'm confident they'll get another bite.  Capt. Roger is on the It Works, and Capt. Brant is on the World Cat, so chances are good we'll see some more blood on the docks by the end of the day.  In other news, Dr. Kendall Suh went offshore to the Blackjack Hole and ended up with a 68.3 pound wahoo and a double-header of sails.  Did I mention he was solo!!!  And that it's December!!!  Not too shabby for Christmas vacation.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Merry Christmas!" | World Cat- 33' | 12/25/07
 

Hope everyone has a merry and relaxing Christmas. We'll be closed today but will be there at 9:00 tomorrow. The bluefins will probably take today off as well but should get back to snapping within the next 48 hours or so. We'll see everyone soon.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Today's Report" | World Cat- 33' | 12/21/07
 

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all you fishermen and women out there. And since this is the season of giving, I?d thought I?d offer up a great fishing report. Inshore the Speckled Trout fishing is picking back up again as the water and weather have gotten back together and began to cool back down. All the hot weather we had last week threw the Trout for a loop, but the cold weather has got them snappin?. Of course, my area of expertise is the deep-sea and for me, that?s where the reel appeal is. The Giant Bluefin Tuna have made several showings to our area, however, as is their nature, they are unpredictable. You just never know when the best day and best bite will be. The only thing you can do is give it a try. Here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center we?ve weighed in five Bluefin up to 300 pounds so far this year. We haven?t seen any real monsters yet, but they have started catching some upwards of 600 pounds out of Morehead City this week, and this year is similar to last, that means those fish will be in our waters very soon. The hottest area has been in the vicinity of the Frying Pan shoals, particularly between the Knuckle buoy and the Horseshoe bottom. One thing that is consistent with Bluefin Tuna is that the colder the weather, the better the fishing. So bundle up and get out there. One tip I can suggest to help you endure Bluefin Tuna fishing is to have an alternative plan. The facts are that fishing for Giant Bluefin is much like sitting in a deer stand and committing to only shooting a buck of at least 8 points. If you?re a hunter, think how much time it takes to see that one right deer and how much time is spent in total boredom. Unfortunately when you fish for Bluefin, there just aren?t any other species to ?coincidentally? bite and keep you occupied while you wait for the big one. It is boring fishing and that is just the cold hard fact. However, when you get the bite, it will turn into the most exciting fishing adventure of a lifetime and that is what keeps me and all those who have caught Giant Bluefin Tuna before coming back for more. Typically the Bluefin bite in the morning between 7 and 11am. You can get a good idea as to how the day will go by 9am. If there have been bites and you are seeing bait, chances are it is worth sticking out and waiting for your turn. If no one has had a bite and particularly if you are not seeing signs of bait, then chances are you may be barking up an empty tree. As such, this past Thursday I decided to change my approach at Bluefin fishing. I had been 100% hero or zero fishing Bluefin all week, and unfortunately despite others hooking up, I had not gotten the big bite. I loaded up my Bluefin gear but also loaded on my Gulf Stream trolling rods and some extra bait. The plan was to fish until 10 or 11am and then decide whether to stick it out for Bluefin or retreat another 25 miles offshore the Gulf Stream to troll for Wahoo. It happened on Thursday that the Bluefin decided they?d take the day off and by 10am no one had any bites and there was no indication it was going to change. I had my fishing friend Ricky Danford on board and we reeled?em in and headed only another hour offshore before we were trolling the 100/400 area. It is a fact that the Winter is the best time catch big Wahoo off our coast, and if you can hit it right, you can see lots of action from them as well. We put in and trolled about 30 minutes before our first bite. A couple of Blackfin tuna pulled on our two short baits and missed the hooks. We trolled another hundred hards and the long rigger went down and reel smoked off several hundred yards of line. Ricky began doing battle and about 10 minutes into the fight the other long rigger that I left out went down and screamed. This second fish was no doubt huge as it just wouldn?t stop. Meanwhile, Ricky?s fish was closer and we worked to keep the second fish hooked and boat Ricky?s as well. The second fish made another huge surge and in the midst of its third big run the hook simply pulled- darnit. We refocused on Rickys fished and boated his Wahoo which went 56 pounds, not too shabby, but of course, the big one got away. We reset and hadn?t gone another ¼ mile when the short line was hit and missed and then the short rigger behind it was nailed and the reel screamed again. This time the line again went limp, but all we got back was a frayed up, broken line. This happens occasionally when you are fishing around a lot of Wahoo as undoubtedly another Wahoo struck the lure as the hooked Wahoo swam away with it trailing behind him. We reset again and it was all over. We trolled another two hours and never had another bite. The Wahoo bite right at the turn of the tide and it was as hot as it gets from fish that were definitely oversized. However, as is often the case in fishing, it was feast and then famine. None the less, we boated one good Wahoo and hot shots at others, which made for a nice afternoon. And so the moral of the story is that it is well worth while to give Bluefin Tuna fishing a shot, but in doing so, you are putting yourself close to other action. Whether it is Wahoo on the break, jumbo Sea Bass holding in 80-90 feet of water, Grouper and Snapper in 100-150 feet of water or Kings around the Frying Pan Tower, there is lots of fishing action available offshore. I hope you all have a happy holiday and great New Year. Stay tuned for more. I fully expect the Bluefin fishing to improve over the next couple of weeks.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Wahoos, too..." | World Cat- 33' | 12/20/07
 

Brant and Ricky Danford gave the tunas another shot this morning, but for whatever reason, they didn't cooperate at the Horseshoe. Soooo, they headed off to the 100/400 to make a reel scream. And they certainly did that, getting six wahoo bites on the changing tide. Only one of those fish made it into the box, but the fish weighed almost 56 pounds! Brant said they had one on that would have eaten it as well. Would have been nice to grab that one as well, but that's how it goes. If you're coming down for Christmas, it looks like the weather will be decent the day after to head out to the break.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Why re-tell a good story...here's the original" | World Cat- 33' | 12/19/07
 

Capt Ed is a graduate of Capt. Brant's fishing school and sent this to me today. It's tough to edit perfection... Citation Cobia aboard the LieAbility December 18, 2007 started out cold and windy with most boats staying on the hill. Captain Ed Shaw was thinking I'm 63 years old and may not have many fishing opportunities left; maybe I better give it a try today. After waiting on the sun to come up and warm the air a little; I took the 24 McKee "LieAbility" out for some bottom fishing about 0900. Around 1200 the wind had stopped and it was like a beautiful spring day. Fishing about 30 miles out in 106 feet of water, the Grouper were cooperating and with four in the ice box, I was thinking about calling it a day around 1400. Then the rod bent double, the drag started slipping and I thought the mother of all groupers was on the other end. All I could think about was, just how good did I retie (used Ng knot) that hook after the shark bit it off? After about 30 minutes of backbreaking cranking the big head of a Cobia came into view, and then disappeared just as quick. By now I was thinking that I really wished I had someone on the boat with me to lend a hand. The fish would get close enough to almost gaff and then he was gone again. Everyone who has ever tried to gaff a fish while holding a rod in the other hand knows it is easier said than done. We almost wore out the deck plate with me walking from one side of the boat to the other trying to keep up with his antics. Finally I sank the gaff into the Cobia and managed to pull him aboard after about 45 minutes. I am not sure who was the tiredest, but neither one of us was in any shape to brag about. We both just lay there for a few minutes looking at each other; two old timers thinking neither one of us won or lost the battle this day; it was just his time. The Island Tackle store weighted him at 54 pounds with a length of 52" and a girth of 24"; a citation Cobia! The Cobia was caught while drifting a whole frozen Boston Mackerel on a Mustad 13/0 Circle hook and tied on with a 130# leader. Equipment was a Daiwa Sealine HSD reel spooled with 80# mono on a Star Aerial 6', 20-50# rod, a Capt Brant grouper setup. A good day Best Wishes, Capt. Ed.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Bluefin Update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/19/07
 

Lots of bluefin fishing going on yesterday and today and not a lot of time for reporting.  Yesterday was the first fishable day due to weather and the fish were ready for us.  I was aboard the OIFC World Cat and headed out Shallotte inlet around daybreak.  A spread of pristine Baitmasters Jumbo ballyhoo were deployed about 6:30am near the slu at Frying Pan shoals.  Man it was cold.  The water was dirty and the seas were 3 to 4 feet.  About 30 minutes after getting lines in, Wally on the Fishwhistle from Southport hooks up around the horseshoe about 10 miles from where we are.  We scurry around the back deck clearing lines and head for the bite.  We are the second boat to the area where Wally is still doing battle when we arrive 20 minutes later.  First bait out is the long line on top.  Second bait out is the deep planer bait.  Next bait....ooops there he is- GOT HIM ON!!!  The planer bait with a crystal and pink head Jag lure from bluewater candy (http://www.oifishingcenter.com/fishingstore/product-details.cfm?ItemID=108&id=21) is destroyed and it's time to go to work.  We work efficiently clearing lines and angling the fish.  Within 10 minutes the estimated 75" 250lb fish is boatside.  I grab the leader and uh oh "I think he just figured out what is going on".  The relatively calm fish to this point goes insane.  He dives hard, then surfaces, then zig zags.  The handled the situation with expertise and proceeded to spit the hook-"DANG!" That's ok we're near the fish and only 2 other boats arrive.  Lines back in the water.  This time I get all three out and just take over the helm when WHAM!  There goes the top line, an all crystal Jag head from Bluewater Candy, screaming in high gear at 30lbs of drag.  We run circles first, then gain composure and begin clearing lines.  Too late, the fish pulls off-"not again!"  Down but not out we continue on our mission.  By this time Patrick Bryant on the Twister is right next to us and has missed two fish and is hooked up to number 3.  We fish the rest of the morning and believe it or not we get 2 more chances.  This time we succeed but of course wouldn't you know it both fish were small.  Too small to keep.  So we intentionally released 2 undersized bluefins and unintentionally released 2 giants.  My best guess is 10-12 boats fishing and around 15 bites.  There were more undersized fish than normal but at least there was action.  Wally and Patrick both got their fish and were in the mid 70 inch range.  We fished in 59 to 62 degree water with moderate bait marks.  We had two bites on the crystal with pink head Jag and two bites on the all crystal Jag both from Bluewater Candy.  Also I believe having the absolute largest and highest quality bait possible is a huge key to getting bites.  We are carrying the best bait I've seen in years right now in Baitmaster's here at the OIFC and we can ship to you an order 910-575-FISH. Conditions are improving but I wouldn't call it stellar yet.  Definitely though there are fish to be caught.

Today I didn't make it out but I believe the bite was similar but more boats had to share them.  I know of at least 3 fish taken and I've heard of many more shorts released.  I also understand the bite in Morehead was very good today, which means we should continue to see more tuna in our waters every day.  The weather is perfect so come on down and get in on this unique fishery.  If you need supplies or direction we have both here at the OIFC.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefin bite continues" | World Cat- 33' | 12/19/07
 

The bluefin bite continued today.  Wade Long out of Little River got this 77 incher on the Longshot, with a crew of Billy Long and Scott McClary.  They also released a short fish.  It looks as if last weekend's cold front pushed these fish right into out backyard.  With the weather having stabilized, it looks as if they'll hang around for some time.  Come on down, now is the time!!! 


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Bluefin biteis on!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/18/07
 

Just as I forecasted the Bluefin bite turned on today in our waters. Don't have the details yet but there were several fish caught. Standby.
- OIFC Staff- Don Coley
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"Bluefin Tuna bite scheduled this week" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/16/07
 

We're all getting impatient in our southern NC waters, waiting for the Bluefin bite to kick into high gear. A study of the dynamics reveals interesting facts and points to a big change. Here's what [I think] is happening:

The fish have stayed up in the Morehead waters due to the abundance of menhaden up there. The menhaden are staying there because the water is so warm. I have heard the pogies are thick in the rivers up north. The tuna caught up there are fat with pogies. Down here, the few fish that have been caught are eating needle fish and crabs, definitely not their favorite menu item. So....with the cold air blast we're getting today, the water will cool, thus pushing the pogies out the rivers and then south toward us. The weather will be a factor in causing this along with the normal southwest migration of the pogies this time of year.

The front is blasting through, and will lay out late Monday with perfect conditions beginning Tuesday. Thus, all the science and clouded crystal balling points to the fish showing up along Frying Pan Shoals and other area hotspots later this week. Once the bite starts, it should continue later this year due to everything running a couple weeks late  thus giving us good action on into February. Come on down and help us catchem! Our boats will be on the water starting Tuesday, so stand by for reports.


- Rube McMullan
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"They're Baaack!" | Stori Teller-24' | 12/14/07
 

The inshore fish are back! Jeff and Capt. Chris took Jeff's Scout 240 Bayboat out this morning and caught/released 11 red drum, several large black drum, one trout, and an assortment of other inshore fish. They reported that at times they had double hook ups. Some of their good fortune was around the docks near the Sunset Bridge. Brian Aycock ventured out on his own and landed several trout. Brian said the water temprature in most areas was in the mid to low 60's. He located a spot where the water was @59 and started getting one bite after another. All the guys were using live shrimp, which are as hard to come by as....well, live shrimp. Thanks to all who have told me they appreciate the inshore reports. I'll keep the comming.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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