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"Trout Vacation" | Stori Teller-24' | 12/12/07
 

The weather turned beautiful so the trout decided to take a couple of days off. Things slowed down here, probably due to the warmer than usual weather. Bryan and Jeff went out yesterday and for the first time in a while got skunked. I knew it was slow when Austin Aycock and Tripp Hooks reported a slow day. Jeff, a good friend and offshore angler, Dan Ratley and I went out today and managed to land a few sheephead using live shrimp. We encountered a few folks with nice sized red drum however. One of them was a young lady, Nicky Kelly, who was fishing with her uncle and dad. They were successful using live mullet. The weather is supposed to cool down, so maybe the trout will get back to work and give us more action to report. Finally, Captain Chris was stocking the OIFC with a lot of trout tackle today and at the time of this report the Fishing Center had live shrimp in stock.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"And in the meantime..." | World Cat- 33' | 12/12/07
 

It's hard not to enjoy 80 degree weather in December in North Carolina. Unless, of course, you are the 52 pound wahoo that Jeff Martini and Ace Parker nailed this Sunday on the "Dirty Martini." Toss in some gargantuan trout, tons of king macs at the Frying Pan Tower and a bluefin tuna or two... What month is it again? I'm confused...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"The weather is here; wish you were beautiful" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/09/07
 

For all you folks back inland; you need to reconsider your geographic location. It is absolutely magnificant here at the beach. Flat calm, temp in low 70's. The weather's perfect, the oysters are salty, the fish are biting from inshore to the gulf stream; pal, it don't get no better than this.

The truth is the weather may be a little too nice as the hot trout bite seemed to cool off a little last couple of days, but good action still available on live shrimp or gulps. Gulf stream saw a few wahoo, but action was scatterred and not as good as recent[Black Dog had one close to 50 today, and another boat had one in mid 60's]. The sea bass bite is hot with the large winter bass we look forward to now showing up. The big news is the beginning of the giant bluefin tuna season which got kicked off yesterday with a good 80 incher caught by John Dosher. He caught his fish at the Fairway buoy along Frying Pan Shoals[right beside me and Brant]. Also congrats to Capt Hook who caught a 86 incher at Morehead yesterday. Today a short was caught also at the Fairway.

With stable weather all week, should be a great week of beach and fishing. Come on down!


- Rube McMullan
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"Trout Action Continues" | Stori Teller-24' | 12/08/07
 

I received an email from Brian Aycock saying the Trout action was still hot today. He sent along these pictures. Brian reported he caught a 5.8#, 4.8# and a 3.9#'er. Also as of today, the OIFC has live shrimp. Congratulations to Bryan. Also, no need to try to figure out where he landed these monsters by looking at the pictures. He's been known to change locations before taking them. I'm hep to his tricks!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"First bluefin killed today" | World Cat- 33' | 12/08/07
 

Ok folks.  It's officially happening.  After a week of bad weather and some close calls, the first local bluefin of 2007-2008 was brought to the dock at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center late this morning.  The crew of the Little John drew first blood of the year with their 80 inch fish.  Capt. John Dosher would like to thank his crew of Mike Linkous and Brian Rowley (the angler who caught his first ever bluefin, standing up with a 50W reel) for an excellent job on a tough fish, that first tried to run under Capt. Brant and Rube on the It Works and then tried to run into the props.  They all had their game faces on and managed to get a gaff in the fish.  They are also the proud recipients of a $500 gift certificate to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center for being the first of the year.  Congratulations to them--surely there will be more to follow.  Come on down and get after 'em folks!!!  Sure enough, they're here!!!


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"NOW OPEN!!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/07/07
 

The official OIFC Webstore is NOW OPEN click the following link http://www.oifishingcenter.com/fishingstore/.  We invite everyone to take a tour around the newly built site and ask you to bare with us as we are continually tweaking and adding products. Thank you.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Opening On Panama Trip" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/06/07
 

The Traveling Fisherman trip to Panama is fastly approaching.  We have 2 slots remaining for this adventure so act quick if you'd like to join us for a fishing excursion of a lifetime.  Could be a great Christmas present for a lucky fisherman!  Email captbarrett@oifishingcenter.com for more information. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefin Update!" | World Cat- 33' | 12/05/07
 

OK- final word for today- confirmed 16 on the dock with possibily of a few more. At least 30 fish hooked up this AM, but some were short and some broke off. The scene was described as chaotic as bite went off and boats all hooked up at same time. Not sure of exact location. Sounds like fun. I'm going to wait for them down here-- this weekend looks great.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin Update!" | World Cat- 33' | 12/05/07
 

Just got word that the bite went off today at Morehead. 5 on the dock this AM, but "supposedly" at least 20 on boats and more hooked up. I'll get the final word this PM and report. Plenty of rumors going, so this is not 100% confirmed other than the fish on the dock. Stand by. Don't have word on local hookups yet, really not much effort as everyone seems to be waiting on a pioneer to pave the way. This weekend looks absolutely beautiful and will be the perfect opportunity to get out and find them. If they are up there, they are here too!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Where's my cork at?!?" | World Cat- 33' | 12/04/07
 

I had the opportunity to fish inshore today with locally renowned trout enemy Jeff Beck. We left the dock around 9:30 at dead low tide so we could fish the rise, promptly decided we didn't have enough clothes on, ran back for more layers, and gave it another try. When the water began to run, the specks turned into absolute kamikazes. In about a two hour stretch we caught between 25 and 30 of an excellent class of fish. A good many were over 3 pounds, but we were too busy re-baiting and releasing to weigh the fish and get the exact numbers. Two of the fish were kept for the frying pan but the rest were released. We ran out of live shrimp as the bite was slowing, but managed to get bites on Berkley Gulp! shrimp as well. We kept a few trout in the livewell for pictures on the way home, at a spot where we could get the lighting right in the background. All in all, an outstanding day on the water, in December, in Ocean Isle Beach.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"NEW BAIT SHIPMENT HERE" | World Cat- 33' | 12/04/07
 

We just got in our new shipment of Bait Masters ballyhoo- We've got a ton of everything, but pertinent to now, we have some awesome horse and jumbo baits-- these are THE best baits you can pull, I guarantee- no brining, just rig and pull to something bites them, they will not wash out! You can come by or we can ship- (910) 575-3474
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"The Future Is Now!!" | Black Pearl- 31' | 12/02/07
 

I received these pictures today along with a report that Brian Aycock,his son Austin Aycock, Tripp Hooks and his dad, David Hooks put the hammer to the trout and sheepshead at undisclosed locations on the Intracoastal Waterway and Little River. (Who's boat is that on the lift, a clue perhaps?) Local anglers say that Austin and Tripp are the future superstars on the fishing scene. I've fished alongside these young men both offshore and inshore and I say that the future is now. Their dads are excellent fishermen in their own right and they are doing a great job coaching Tripp and Austin. The rest of the dads out there would be well served to get their sons and daughters started!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Ready to break loose" | World Cat- 33' | 12/02/07
 

Nasty seas kept all but the hardiest anglers on shore around here, but our counterparts up on the Crystal Coast killed a confirmed four bluefin today, a 96", 92", and two in the mid-seventies. This to go with three confirmed fish from yesterday. One thing suprising about this class of fish so far--they have averaged over 300 pounds, which is unusual for the early "spotter" fish that show up before the main schools arrive. With a better forecast for the middle and later part of the week, it's a good bet that the first giant tunas will show up on the OIFC docks by next weekend, keeping them right on schedule with last year. Scale your drags and wet-pack your braid, it's time to do it to it!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"It's Bluefin Time!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/01/07
 

Thanks to everyone that attended our Bluefin Blitz seminar at OIFC. A great turn out and hopefully everyone left with good info. For us, nothing left on the calender but to GO FISHING! Heard today a couple fish hooked in our waters and 3 were caught at Morehead. We'll have boats on the water tomorrow so stand by. The Ocean Isle Fishing Center is offering a $500 OIFC gift certificate bounty for the first Giant Bluefin Tuna[73 inches+] brought to our dock this season. TrueWorld Fisheries is setting up brining tanks here at OIFC and will handle everything to get your fish to the market. So lets get it on and see who will be the hero who brings the first one to OIFC. Tomorrow looks like good weather day.


- Rube McMullan
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"Bluefin Blitz Saturday" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/30/07
 

Looks like the weather man has done another 180 on us and delivered up perfect weather for Saturdays Bluefin Blitz here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. It had looked like Saturday was going to be a good day to be on the water, but now, a northeast wind 15-20kts doesn't sound very friendly. So.......the weather is perfect to spend a day at the OIFC, free how to seminars from Captain's Brant/Barrett/Roger, line spooling, demo's, special guest from Tag a Giant and Coast Guard, all  to fully inform and prepare you on everything Bluefin. Festivities start at 10:00 for all day series topped off by oyster roast. Sharkys has offered up extra parking in their lot if needed, and will be open for lunch during the lunch break from the seminars. 

Yesterday had opportunity to ride around offshore and observe conditions. Lots of activity around Shark Hole, gannets, birds, spotted porposies, big pods of bait; it looked pretty fishy. We trolled around a little while and conclusion is everything is here except the Bluefin which should show up very soon. Think season will be a little late as have all species this year. Did finish off the day catching a sea bass dinner of the winter big boys which are now moving into our waters.

Join us tomorrow at the OIFC and help us kick off the Bluefin season.


- Rube McMullan
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"Kidnapped" | Stori Teller-24' | 11/29/07
 

This morning I was blindfolded and taken to an undisclosed fishing hole somewhere on the ICW and made to fish. Jeff and I caught several black drum, trout, a red, and even a couple of blue fish in a short time. Later I was released, unharmed, after I promised not to divulge the locations. Jeff then joined up with his partner in crime, Bryan. They too got into the trout on the Intracoastal, then relocated to the Jetties. There they said they were catching black drum on almost every cast along with trout once again. One of the keys to our success was shrimp!! This appears to be the bait of choice although I've gotten reports of mud minnows working well. Anywhere along the Intracoastal, the creeks and the Jetties are producing trout. If I can catch them anyone can, so come and join in on the fun. Also, don't forget the action at the OIFC Saturday. I'll be at the OIFC Friday helping get ready for the Bluefin Blitz. Don't forget to use your Captain's points and save on some great Christmas presents. We just put out some new OIFC pullovers that look great, Calcutta T's, a good looking picture of the Frying Pan Tower I took while fishing on the "It Works" and all kinds of unique wall art.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Ice Fishin'?" | Stori Teller-24' | 11/28/07
 

First, I must apologize for misspelling Brian Aycock's name in my last report, my spellin' just ain't too good and his wife is a teacher! That said, the guys set out this morning with the temp at 42 degrees and slayed the trout, flounder and black drum again, just missing a Carolina Slam two days in a row. It may be chilly, but the inshore fishing is hot. The pictures will give some idea of the trout action. Jeff slipped up and gave me an "on the scene" picture. Those anglers familiar with the area will definately recognize the location. Told you I'd find out where they were!! Brunswick County is a great place to be this time of year. Come down, enjoy Brant's Bluefin Blitz and take in some inshore action!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"It's tuna time" | World Cat- 33' | 11/28/07
 

The weather offshore has been nothing short of miserable for the last few days in Ocean Isle Beach. That being said, a break is about to come. I spooled about three miles of braid and topshots today at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, and there will be activity tomorrow as the first effort to target these giants in earnest will be underway. If the conditions are like what I saw the last time I was out there, with gannets diving everywhere, a bite shouldn't be hard to find. Let's get it on!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Carolina Slam!" | Stori Teller-24' | 11/27/07
 

Jeff and Bryan Aycock went inshore fishing today and scored a Carolina Slam. For those who may not know, that's trout flounder and drum. Where did they fish and what did they use, you might ask. I asked and would still like to know. They used my boat and still won't tell me anything because they're afraid I'd post it on the Fishing Report. Stay tuned..because when I find out I'll tell you. On the serious side they did catch a lot of trout, a flounder, red and black drum. This shows the trout are hot, the drum are on and the flounder are still around.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"OIFC 2008 Schedule of Events" | World Cat- 33' | 11/27/07
 

I've had a few people asking about schedule for 2008 OIFC events- FYI OIFC 2008 Schedule of Events: March 15, 2008- Spring Kickoff - line spooling at $.01/yd - seminars - used tackle sales (bring your own) April 13, 20, 27/May 4, 2008- Capt. Brant?s Gulf Stream fishing school May 2-3, 2008- Spring Inshore Classic - Flounder, Trout & Drum May 9-17, 2008- Far Out Shoot Out- Tuna, Dolphin & Wahoo Rodeo - Registration & Capt Meeting Friday, May 9th - Fishing days Saturday, May 10 ? Saturday, May 17 (fish 2 out of 8 possible days) June 20-22, 2008- Jolly Mon King Classic - Registration & Capt Meeting Friday, June 20th - Fish EITHER Saturday, June 21 or Sunday, June 22 July 11, 18, 25, 2008- Capt. Brant?s Live Bait King Mackerel school October 24-26, 2008- Fall Brawl King Classic - Registration & Capt Meeting Friday, October 24th - Fish EITHER Saturday, October 25th or Sunday,
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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