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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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"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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