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"Good to be home" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/25/07
 

After a 2 week tour around the southeast that included fishing, family, friends and feasting, it sure felt good to get home pet the dog and catch up on what's been going on at the OIFC.  In addition to the fishing news around the docks, the big news is it looks like the OIFC webstore- www.oifc.net is finally about to open. We have brainstormed about this webstore idea for several years and thanks to our new web guru Anita the vision is close to becoming a reality.  We are excited to implement this "tentacle" of the business as we hope to offer more and better information and gear to OIFC friends through the web.  On the fishing scene around here it sounds like the trout and redfish are jumping in the boat, the kings are doing their normal late fall deal offshore and the giant bluefin tuna are on the brink of making their annual assault on our waters.  I've had solid reports of bluefin sightings and hookups from the canyons off Virginia all the way south to the Jungle right offshore of Ocean Isle.  The reports are becoming more and more frequent as the water cools and the fish move south. There is no need to wait any longer for tunas to arrive.  They are here and the next decent weather day should offer an opportunity for fishermen to tangle with a giant. 

As for my excursion around the southeast the past couple weeks I'd describe my fishing experiences and resulting demeanor like a trim tab.  We were up then down then up again and back down.  With expectations that could only be matched in size with our excitement we attacked the SKA National Championship in Biloxi.  Fishing aboard a borrowed 36' Yellowfin we were spoiled with a first class ride that kept any destination within 200 miles of checkout a possible destination.  We fished hard for 1 1/2 days in the supposed fertile waters of the Gulf and had yet to catch a king mackerel over 15pounds.  However in the last hour of prefishing before the tournament we came across a group of oil rigs loaded with bait and kingfish.  The first bait in the water affirmed our hopes.  We had found the fish.  We caught a few fish in the low thirties to confirm we had located our tournament destination and then decided to throw out one hawg gagger bait, a 3lb blue runner to determine if a larger bait would produce a bigger fish.  It didn't take long.  A couple minutes after deployment the hugh runner was donkey punched by a stud mackerel pushing the 50lb mark.  We were confident and ready for the tourney but like so often is the case a weather change the day before the tournament sent the fish into a tale spin and our school of ravenous monster kingfish had disappeared.  We never recovered from our failed gameplan and ended the tournament where we began our week, chasing our tails looking for the magical Gulf kingfish bite.  Fortunately for my girlfriend Stephanie and I we didn't immediately have to make the agonizing drive back to NC playing Monday morning quarterback on what "we should've done".  Instead we had made arrangements to head to Venice, LA and give the sight fishing for redfish a try with world renowned redfish tournament angler Mike Frenette.  I've watched the redfish tour on tv for years and have always been interested but never had the equipment or understanding on how to target these fish.  Folks, let me tell you right now.  There is nothing like it.  I've heard of people getting "buck fever" when they sight a deer down in their scope but I experienced something very different with the same effect "redfish fever".  It was truly incredible to work along the banks of the delta in less than 2 feet of water and spot redfish from 4 to 20 lbs push water, tail, or crash bait pods.  Next came stalking the fish and finally presenting an artificial lure in a spot that wouldn't spook the fish but close enough to get its attention.  Truly an awesome fishing experience.  We saw more than 50 fish and caught about 15. After having success sight fishing for redfish in Louisiana I can't wait to give the techniques a try in my homewaters.  I have a feeling places like the Shallotte River, behind Sunset Beach, and around Bald Head Island have the potential to be great sight fishing grounds.  And that's the state of the union.  It's good to be home and it's time to go fishing. Don't forget about the bluefin blitz this coming Saturday!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Final countdown to Bluefin Blitz" | World Cat- 33' | 11/24/07
 

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Guys, the 2007 Bluefin Blitz is only one week away!  Discounts on all bluefin gear (plus save up to 50% with our ongoing Captain's Club Sale) plus seminars with Capt. Brant, Barrett, and Roger, and a USCG officer on hand to answer your questions about safety gear requirements.  We have a fresh shipment of premium Bait Masters ballyhoo coming shortly after that, so it's a great time to get your name on the list for the best bait out there.  Come one, come all.  Even the food is free!!!


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Mixed bag" | World Cat- 33' | 11/21/07
 

Capt. Roger is up in West Virginia right now, probably about to get up early to go buck hunting. In the meantime, I just recieved some pictures of his trip from a few days ago with Kirk Strause, Amber Strause, and Paul Cooper from Sanford. It seems like these guys caught a couple of everything, including some nice gags. This is what fall is all about, just before bluefin fishing breaks loose. You can catch it all in the fall!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Bluefin Tuna nd Trout" | World Cat- 33' | 11/21/07
 

Trout and Drum bite have been hot in the ICW- looks like inshore tourney this weekend should be a blast. We are planning on getting live shrimp on Friday- hope you'll come out and fish in Capt. Stans inshore tourney-- sign up on Friday at 6pm- Next weekend's Bluefin Blitz is shaping up- so far there have been 8 BFT's landed out of Morehead and several have been hooked, but not landed from our area. So, they are real, they are back and its time to get ready. Schedule for the Dec 1st OIFC Bluefin Blitz: 10AM- Capt. Brant on tackle options and setup 11AM- Tag A Giant program on their research and understanding of BFT migration and status 12:30PM- Break for fresh steamed Oysters or lunch at Sharkeys. 2PM- USCG commercial vessel safety inspector Barry Everhart on requirements to land and sell BFT 3PM- BFT broker Donald Deihl of True World fish sales on how to handle and prep your fish for sale 4PM- Capt. Brant on setting your spread, hooking, fighting and landing a BFT. THIS IS FREE- come on out- EVERYTHING IN THE OIFC THAT HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH BLUEFIN WILL BE AT LEAST 10% OFF! LINE SPOOLING SET UP AND READY TO GO!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"upcoming tourney" | Stori Teller-24' | 11/20/07
 

Folks fall inshore fishing is in full swing just in time for the upcoming fall inshore classic at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center Nov. 23rd and 24th.The trout bite has been absolutely incredible almost anywhere you want to cast a berkely gulp.Everyone that has been fishing in the last few days(including myself)have found good numbers of trout with many being citation size fish.And with our warmer than usual temperatures the flounder bite has been consistent with fish being caught at the usual trout holes on the same gulps that we are using to target the trout. The tournament will be held on friday and saturday with the captains meeting being held friday night at 6o'clock sharp.We will also be providing Capt. Stan's famous bar-b-que dinner for all participants friday night.And fishing on saturday from 7 till 4 and the awards will be presented at 5. We are going to award prizes for the top 5 places for combined weight of 3 trout.their will be calcuttas for the largest trout and the largestflounder but the flounder will not play a role as a primary prize.We also will have prizes for the top lady and junior anglers. So come on out have some fun and win some money!
- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"First bluefin hooked today" | World Cat- 33' | 11/20/07
 

Just got off the phone with Capt. Roger, who confirmed that a Little River charter boat hooked a bluefin tuna today near Lighthouse Rocks.  Looks like these fish are just about on schedule to show up and assault the bait here on the NC/SC border.  I put a bunch of bluefin rigs together today so don't be shy.  Also, the OIFC/Blue Water Candy custom JAG 3 head is in stock.  Sure to be a bluefin killer all season.  Catch 'em up!


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"" | It Works- 27' | 11/18/07
 

I skipped going deer hunting with Jeff so I could stay home and help "the wife" get ready for Thanksgiving. In performing the mans' duties of gathering food, I made the ultimate sacrifice and again went fishing with Captain Lyndon on the It Works. We were not sure we'd get to go because the offshore winds were gusting around 17 knots. But after some serious discussions, we headed for the high seas. However, as Lyndon would say,"it was a little bumpy". We began the day trolling for bluefin, Lyndon had seen some yesterday. My goal was to be the first member of the OIFC to catch one this year so I could brag about it. But it just wasn't to be. So we continued with plan B..bottom fishing. We jigged some pin fish and pig fish, then proceeded to areas such as the Atlantic Ledge. By days end we had four good looking Gag Grouper, three Amberjacks and several sea bass. The action was not as fast and furious as the Kings were earlier this week, but it was a totally different type of fishing and target. The Kings are still hot! All in all we had a great trip. The Lord settled the seas, they were flat when we headed home, and the quality of fish was excellent. Please join us this holiday. You can fish while your significant other shops our Captains Club sale at the OIFC!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Nice speck Larry!" | World Cat- 33' | 11/18/07
 

Captain Rickey and Captain Stan have been doing an excellent job of keeping everyone current with the inshore bite, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to show how right they are. Larry Spainhour sent me a picture of this great speck that he caught yesterday. You can bet he'll be fishing Capt. Stan's tournament this weekend. The trout fishing is only going to get better, and there are quite a few red drum around too.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"King Mania, Giant Bluefin Tuna Siting" | It Works- 27' | 11/17/07
 

Had Tom Rybski and crew from Westerville, Ohio on board today for the hot king makerel bite. We fished the same area that I have been fishing all week, and it produced outstanding king fishing once again. In the first hour, we had our 12 fish limit, with all fish being 8-12 lbs. We decided to try to grouper fish, but ended being ate alive by sharks, so we ended up going back to king fishing for the last part of the trip. We released 13 more kings. On the way back in, as we were just west of the 7 mile, I was watching a flock of gannets diving on bait, when all of a sudden a bluefin jumped 5 ft. out of the water!!!! That's right, a GIANT BLUEFIN TUNA!!!!! Capt. Lee on the Cyclone, out of Calabash, reported hooking one Tuesday, and also saw a few busting the water this morning. My adrenaline is running in high gear, so I'm going to have to dust off the heavy tackle and give them a shot tommorrow morning before running offshore and trying to find a grouper. Give me a shout on channel 11 if you are out, and I will let you know what's happening. The weather is beatiful, the fish are chewing the props off the boat, so come on down and go fishing with us.     Capt. Lyndon


- Capt. Lyndon Carter
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"trout show" | Stori Teller-24' | 11/17/07
 

With colder water temps and a little fresh water coming down the local rivers the speckled trout have made their showing finally.They have been biting berkely gulps on 1/4 ounce jigheads.The top technique has been to troll these jigs very slowly in the channels and deeper holes.They have also been biting live shrimp under corks around the inlets and rocky or shelly bottoms.The live shrimp have been a litttle tough to get but if you can get in the back of a creek you can catch them in the areas where a feeder creek comes into the main creek on low tide.and don't forget about the upcoming inshore tournament november 23 and 24.
- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Wahoo!!!" | It Works- 27' | 11/16/07
 

I got a call from Captain Ed Shaw today who wanted me to share an article he had in the Star News newspaper's Cape Fear Outdoors Section , with our readers. It goes as follows, "Capt. Ed Shaw and John Respess took this 62 pound citation wahoo fishing at the Steeples on the 'Lieability' out of Carolina Beach. The rig Shaw made was a small Green skirt on a number 80 mono leader, rigged with a Baitmaster ballyhoo and a 7.0 hook. They were fishing Shimano TDL 25 reels with number 50 mono topshot and 65 pound braid under the mono. Shaw said it was "just like Captain Brant at Ocean Isle (Fishing Center) taught me. A couple of points I personnaly would like to make. 1- WHAT A 'HOO!!!, 2-I also attended Brant's school and highly recommend it no matter your level of fishing knowledge. 3-This is evidence that the wahoo are here. And 4-This is an excellent time of year for fishing which is overlooked by most folks. As you have read in my posts, the Kings are around in the 60-80 foot depth range, the Wahoo are here, and the blue fin are around the corner. On in inshore front, the Red Drum, Black Drum, Trout and Flounder are ready for the catch. There is something for everyone. The weather is great, Ocean Isle, Little River and other communities have Christmas parades, floatillas and other holiday events planned, Captain Stan has his Trout/Flounder Tournament for Thanksgiving at the OIFC. The OIFC has the Captains Points sale underway. This is an excellent time to enjoy our cool weather, and combine fishing with great family times. Come join us!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"SKA Nationals Update" | World Cat- 33' | 11/16/07
 

Just talked with Barrett--our boys got a small fish today, but looking at the leaderboard, this tournament is wide open. The leaderboard is all over the place in the Open Class. In the 23 and under division, NC's own Onslow Bay/Blue Water Candy is on top with a whopper 52 pounder. Jodie Gay, who makes the skirts we know and love said the monster fish ate a ribbonfish basically out of his hand, just as he was about to call it a day. Everyone I talked to said that Mother Nature was the major competitor today, but that the seas are suppossed to improve through the night and into tomorrow. On the home front, we're getting more and more reports of bluefin tuna in the area, mostly out of the Little River fleet. Shane Brafford caught last year's first tuna up in Morehead on November 18. So the time is here! Sharpen your hooks, put some fresh top-shots on your biggest reels, and grab some Blue Water Candy Jag heads and let's go do it. The kings continue to chew down here as well. Jim Bowen on the Stick Slinger smashed them at the Horseshoe earlier this week while Capt. Lyndon, Capt. Rickey, and Capt. Charles McClure continued their dead bait assault. Good luck tomorrow to Team OIFC, Onslow Bay/BWC, and the rest of our crews down there.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"One more set" | World Cat- 33' | 11/15/07
 

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Couldn't resist it. Here's four more videos. I hate I have to leave.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"More footage of the bite" | World Cat- 33' | 11/15/07
 

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While the action was hot and heavy, Barrett was feeding a 3 pound blue runner back into the spread. An estimated 35 pounder skied when the bait was no more than twelve feet from the boat and bounced off one of the motors. Wasn't quite quick enough to get that on film, but we got some other good stuff.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"What a day" | World Cat- 33' | 11/15/07
 

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I'm sitting here in the lobby of the Isle of Capri Casino just having finished my morning cup of coffee with SKA legend Jeff Reid. There are sponsor's hats and shirts everywhere, Yamaha, Contender, Yo-Zuri, you name it. Jack Holmes just walked by. And everyone is talking about the same thing. Yesterday, wherever you were in the Gulf of Mexico, lots of fish (and some big fish) were caught. I got in on the action, and all I can say is "Wow!" We ran through the thickest fog I have ever seen to the West Delta and started rig hopping. However, it wasn't until we ran a ways to the east that we really got into the main body of the fish. Doubles, triples, and even quads happened after that. I won't say any more, because I have proof. If you do nothing else with your day, watch the third video in this sequence. Sadly, I have to fly home tonight. I do that knowing I got to do something special down here. Not only that, but I'm excited--I really like the chances for team OIFC over the weekend. Good luck to them and the rest of our people down here.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Big Kings & Big Times" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/14/07
 

Finally found the fish today after a lot of searching.  I'm sure correspondent Chris will fill in the details but in the meantime check out the picture of this stud that team OIFC caught and released this afternoon. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | It Works- 27' | 11/14/07
 

I finally stopped being sore and once aagain was able to go out with Captain Lyndon on the "It Works". This time we were joined by Charles McClure. When we headed out the seas were choppy, but the weather was beautiful. We headed to a new location that Lyndon and I stumbled upon Monday which was very productive. Generally speaking it is located in about 80 feet of water with a water temp. of about 68 degrees. I can't give the location for a couple of reasons, first, I don't know it, and second Lyndon and Roger would beat me with a treble hook if I told it. Lyndon and Roger have named it "The Rickey", I'll forever be remembered. We were joined by Captain Roger (World Cat 33) and Captain David Hooks (The Black Pearl). Just like Monday, we marked bait and immediately started firing off with double, triple, and yes, believe it or not quadruple hookups!! Roger and his charter hooked up on a huge Cobia and the fight was on and on for them. Captain Hooks worked with us, left and immediately returned. He also began hooking up. If anyone is looking for a fishing partner, they may want to ask Captain Charles McClure, I'm almost certain he has a horseshoe in this back pocket! The day sped by, the seas calmed down and we fished on the rest of the day. Not only was the King fishing great, but the way the OIFC Captains work to- gether, have a great time and look out for each other makes fishing out of the OIFC a blast!! The fishing season here is FAR from over. The bite should be hot through mid December, when the blue fin season kicks off. Don't sit at home waiting for spring. The fishing is great and the weather is just as fine. Call the Fishing Center and book a trip with Lyndon or Roger, you will not be sorry. I'll be in the store at the Fishing Center Friday, give me a call for weather and fishing up dates. Remember the Captains Club sale begins the 15th, this is a wonderful opportunity to knock out your Christmas shopping with some cool nautical gifts. Jeff and I are going deer hunting later this weekend but hopefully will be back on the inshore scene early next week and we'll be providing you with the latest updates. Hook em up folks!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Kingfish Mania Part 2" | It Works- 27' | 11/13/07
 

Today, I headed back out to the same new bottom that we found yesterday. Guess what, the kings were thick again. Solid action all day. This time of year, unlike summer and earlier in the fall, king mackerel tend to "camp out" in an area for extended periods of time, as long as the bait stays in the area, and the water temperature stays above 68 degrees, or 65-66 if the bait is exceptionally thick. Live cigar minnows or sardines are your best bet for larger fish, but dead cigar minnows, # 3 1/2 drone spoons fished behind planers, or swimming plugs, such as Yozuri Crystal Minnows or Manns Stretch 25's will catch you all the 6-12 pounders that you can stand. Right now, my best action has been in 80 feet of water, but there may still be some fish in 65-70 ft. it the water is above 68 degrees. The fish are chewing the bottom out of the boat, the weather is great, the only thing missing is you!! Come on down and go catching with us..


- Capt. Lyndon Carter
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"A kingfishing odyssey continues" | World Cat- 33' | 11/13/07
 

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Day 3 of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center road trip 2007 was a slick calm one in the Gulf of Mexico. We ran towards the east to see how well the nearshore oil and gas rigs were producing. A lot of rig hopping produced several king mackerel, but most importantly, a ton of gorilla sized blue runners. These big, frisky hardtails are the perfect bait for Gulf kings. It is simply amazing how these oil rigs hold fish, from the bottom to the surface. Our "bycatch" consisted of red snapper and juvenile grouper. Wow. Think of fishing the Frying Pan Tower, except, now there is a tower every three or so miles. I'll get back on here tomorrow--it looks like we are going to run West through the Mississippi Delta to see how the bite is down there.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"I am Tired!!!" | It Works- 27' | 11/12/07
 

Captain Lyndon asked me to fish with him today. Luckily I've got a doctor's appointment Tuesday. I NEED IT. The Kings were on today!! In all my years fishing, I've never fought so many quality fish in such a short time!! More than once we had double and triple hook ups. At times we had four and five on at a time. Captain Hooks, Capt. Strickland, Trip Hooks and Austin Aycock were fishing within sight of us and they were doing the same. Captains Hooks and Strickland won't be as sore as me because they had Trip and Austin doing their heavy work. The ocean was completely flat. God gave us a beautiful day, and the fish were biting. I book trips at the OIFC, and folks, I'm telling you first hand that this time of year fishing out of South Brunswick County is great. The trip I was privledged to go on today (one of the reasons I work at the OIFC), was the greatest fishing expenience I've ever had, short of takiing my son fishing for the first time. This is a full day's charter, and is well worth the money! As Lyndon wrote, the Yee Haw Fish Call was definately the ticket. This is a trip worth taking. Check out your Thanksgiving schedule and come book a trip with Captain Lyndon or one of our other fine Captains. It's well worth your money. Now I've got to get some rest as I told Lyndon I go back out Wednesday. Working at the OIFC is a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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