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"Jimmy Lee Williams" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/30/09
 

Just wanted to let everyone know that good friend Jimmy Lee Williams underwent surgery yesterday at Grand Strand Hospital to correct an intestinal problem.  To the best of my knowledge, he is in good spirits now and recovering in peace.   Lets keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers and he makes a swift and full recovery.  No doubt he'll be back in the blue water before you know it.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Congrats to Jeff Beck!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/29/09
 

Jeff has just passed his USCG Captain's Test, so we can officially call him Capt. Jeff now.  Also, Capt. Zach Faulkner and Capt. Chris Eckert are hard at work on their master's upgrades.  Good to see everyone getting ready for the season.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Dredging" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/27/09
 

I just got off the phone with my government contact who was returning my call about dredging  the Shallotte Inlet.  I will make an attempt to report the correct information.  If you have any questions I've got some contact people and I'll try to get answers.  So...here goes.

Lockwood Folly Inlet from the Intracoastal to the Atlantic is considered a navigable inlet, so it is being kept dredged.  What is referred to by the Corps of Engineers as the Crossroads, which is the intersection of the Shallotte River, the ICW and the Shallotte Inlet  is also a navigable  area.  Little River Inlet is considered a navigable inlet.  Thusly they will be kept open.

The Shallotte Inlet itself  (the stretch from the ICW to the Atlantic Ocean) is NOT defined as a navigable inlet by the Corps of Engineers  What dredging that is done there is for beach re nourishment for Ocean Isle Beach.  We, as boaters using the Shalotte Inlet benefit from that dredging simply as a by product.  The main purpose of the dredging is beach re nourishment, the sand to meet that goal just happens to come from the Shallotte Inlet.

The next beach re nourishment for OIB is scheduled to begin sometime after November 16th.  That is if the bidding process, etc. goes as planned.  Dredging cannot begin prior to November 16th due to CAMA regulations regarding marine life.

I hope I did a decent job of explaining the Shallotte Inlet situation and correcting misinformation I put out in an earlier report for which humbly I apologize.  It sure would be nice to see some of the newly authorized government money designited to create jobs go towards dredging the Shallotte Inlet.  Why doesn't somebody jump on that project?


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"March Stinks" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/27/09
 

Brant summed it up the other day when he said "March stinks",  or something like that.  When the sun shines it 's cold and windy, when it's cloudy, you can bet its going to be rainy and windy.  And then there's the weather pattern,  you can almost bet that the weekends are going to be rotten and Monday is going to be fishable.  So for anglers, March stinks!!!!  The only bright spot is that fishing gets better and better as the pages on the calender get torn off., and we  are seeing  more and more  good reports from the stream and hearing  stories that get us fired up such as the recent one I heard of the Kings firing off near the Tower.  We all know that April, May and June are hot fishing months and they are just a few days away.

So, I guess it's time to get the final tune up done to our fishing gear, or you can drop by Coastal Carolina University and knock some cob webs out of your head by listening to some local anglers bestow  some of their knowledge on us all. Or you can drop by the OIFC, and check out the new inventory of Black Barts Chris got in yesterday.  Friday is also a big stock shipment day, so no telling what new stuff he and Brant have in store for us.   Finally, the Rodeo money is beginning to pick up.  With the spring fishing season kicking off, now would be a good time to get in.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Catch More Offshore (or Inshore)" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/26/09
 

Don't forget, the Coastal Saltwater Anglers club at Coastal Carolina will be hosting their seminars on Saturday.  They will be inside, so don't worry about the terrible weather forecast.  The captains who will be speaking will be Capt. Joe Winslow of FLW/SKA/Ocracoke/Hooligan/other fishing fame, Capt. Patrick Smiley (inshore) out of Little River, Capt. Jay Biasch (inshore), and Capt. Fred Rourk (inshore) out of Georgetown.  I will be representing the OIFC and discussing a wide range of offshore subjects.  Please call me at 910 575 FISH if you are interested in picking up some fishing know-how from a wide range of fishing personalities, meeting some new faces in the local fishing scene, and supporting a great cause.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Red Snapper Off Limits?" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/25/09
 

The Star News of Wilmington, N. C.  (www.starnewsonline) has an article that should be of interest to us all.  Check out this link on Over Fished Red Snapper Could Be Off Limits.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"It's a boy!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/25/09
 

Two days after my wife, Amy caught a 40 pound Wahoo, I accompanied her to the baby doctor-- she's 4 1/2 months along and it was time to see what flavor we were going to have.  The doc put the camera on her belly and at first showed a look of concern as she thought the baby had grown a rare abnormality, a third leg.  Upon closer inspection, the baby was identified as a boy!  Our 4 year old daughter, Caroline was there and she's syked to be a big sister.  We counted fingers and toes and everything looked like it was in the right place.  Amy is due in mid August, so if you see a Grumpy, pregnant woman this Summer at the OIFC, it's her.  Yeehaw- its a boy!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Shallotte Inlet buoys" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/24/09
 

I have been in contact with Wildlife and have been informed that they plan to relocate the inlet buoys to their correct coordinates by the end of the month.  Until then, you can use these coordinates to safely navigate the inlet- CLICK HERE FOR COORDINATES
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Report from the stream" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/24/09
 

Report from our trip to the stream yesterday....everything went perfectly except the fish didn't co-operate. Weather was as good as it gets, seas flat, temps warm; however ocean seemed lifeless. No current, no bait, no fish. We did get our day saved by Capt Chris's new Black Bart high speed lure when a 40lb wahoo blasted it, threw the hook, and then fell back on a cedar plug which Amy took control of and captured her and new baby to be's first fish. Caught a few more unintended species and then resorted to loading up on a good catch of snapper and jumbo sea bass. Weird day, guess lack of current maybe is the excuse "du joir". Anyway, freezer  in good shape, and Amy is leading Capt Rickey's Ocean Isle Fishing Center Rodeo with her 39.1 lb wahoo. And I've taken early lead on sea bass with my 2.8lber. Come join the rodeo, only $20/species. Lets see who can knock me/Amy off the board. 


- Rube McMullan
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"Coastal Fishing Seminars This Weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/23/09
 

Mark your calendars for this Saturday.  The Coastal Saltwater Anglers Seminar will be taking place at Coastal Carolina in Conway, from 12-4.  The OIFC will be there, along with local angling legends such as Capt. Joe Winslow of "Hooligan" fame.  Tickets are available through the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  Please contact me at 910 575 FISH for any details.  Hope to see you down there!!!


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Gulf Stream bound" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/22/09
 

Gentlemen....start your catfish. Drop the flag, we're outahere. Leaving tomorrow morning 6:00. Weather looks perfect, water temp toward Black Jack looks good. Capt Roger leading expedition aboard Carolina Contender with Rube/Amy/Forrest/Tim/Barrett. Plan is to load up on tuna/wahoo/dolphin and then deep drop jigs for whatever is down there, and then finish off with a Blue Marlin with Capt Chris's Black Bart plastic lures. Oh yeah, not to forget the super size sea bass on the way home. Come join us. 
- Rube McMullan
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"For The Land Locked" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/21/09
 

I often have folks ask me to just put a picture of the ocean on the Fishing Report so they'll remember what it looks like.  As Brant said it's windy here, but it's still paradise, so take a look!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"What's Up" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/21/09
 

It's blowing and cold this Sat AM.  However, it looks like the weather is going to be fishable Sun and very good Mon.  Several guys are planning trips to the Stream on Monday, so stay tuned for a report.  I have heard the Kings are starting to move in toward the Tower area, so that will offer another offshore option as well.  Capt. Roger and Capt. Chris Dew both fished 1/2 day trips this week and they caught lots of 11 inch Sea Bass, a hand full of keepers and TON of Spiny Dog Sharks.  I don't know the exacts, but I think the Spiny Dogs are federally protected.  The good news is that protection seems to work incredibly well, the bad news is they are a total nuisance and in my opinion out of control- must be millions of them.  And thus that is why I recommend you use the Lucanus jigs for you Sea Bass fishing right now as the Sea Bass will bite the jigs but since they have no smell, the Sharks won't.  Plus, we are catching a few Flounder in the 50-70 foot depth range while using the jigs as well.  Stay tuned for more as we start to get the season cranked up.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gulf Stream calling" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/20/09
 

Just saw the sweetest words in the world of gulf stream fishing for Monday.....light and variable. All aboard? We'll be looking at water temps next several days and make a decision to go north or south Sunday. It's time to get fishing! Come on down.
- Rube McMullan
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"Sea Bass" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/19/09
 

Captains Chris Dew and Roger both had half day charters and both headed to the Christina's Ledge for a day of sea bass fishing.  The charters were rewarded with a large catch of sea bass, though admittedly some were undersized, (and released I might add) and more sharks than they cared to talk about.  They said that in order to get bigger bass and escape the sharks anglers would have to fish deeper waters.  They were using cut bait and squid.

Last week I delivered some Black Bart's to some customers in the Pawleys Island area.  It would seem that the delivery of Black Bart RPP's  was worth it as J. D. Carter hooked up an 800 lb. blue marlin on a boat Captained by Timmy Thompson in the Barcadi Tournament held in Port Luca, the Bahamas.  Congratulations!  We're awaiting pictures.  Between Kyles report yesterday, the action today, and the beautiful weather, it looks like things are heating up.

DON'T FORGET TO GET INTO THE OIFC RODEO!!!!!!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Dog Sharks, Bass & Flounder" | OIFC 2- 27' | 03/19/09
 

Today I ventured offshore in search of sea bass. On board was Mr. Calvin Riddle of Fayetteville, NC and his son, Trey. Trey is on spring break from Clemson Univ. We left OIFC just after sunrise and headed to Christina Ledge where we began picking bass up as soon as we dropped our baits. However, they all were 10-11 inches. Then the shark patrol arrived. Spiny Dog Fish everywhere. We picked up and headed out to about 70ft. and again caught bass. In the mix were keeper size. But it wasn't long before the Sharks showed up again. When the bass stopped biting we moved again. This time we picked up flounder, some more bass and a nice snapper. All in all a beautiful day and the Riddles caught fish. Thanks to them both for getting the OIFC2 broken in for the 2009 season. Stay tuned.
- Capt. Chris Dew
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"Inshore Update" | Speckulator - 22' | 03/19/09
 

Well folks, I started my 2009 Inshore charter fsihing season this week, and I'm happy to say that we were sucessful on every trip...no skunk flags!  The trout have actually been fairly cooperative as I managed to catch a handful each of the past three days.  There not huge fish, but they're trout nonetheless, and are willing to bite.  We have caught all of our trout this week on artificials, with the halo shrimp, and gulp baits being the top producers.  The water temp is still hanging in the low to mid 50 degree range, so all we need is a few warm days to get it closer to 60 degrees and I feel the trout fishing will improve dramatically.  While my focus has been on the trout this week, we took time to try to catcha redfish yesterday, and were rewarded with a nice 25 incher.  It seems most of the reds and still backed up in the creeks, but will make a move toward the ICW when the water begins to warm.  Also, on a positive note I caught my first keeper flounder of the season this week as well.  So things are starting to come around, the winter is over and some great spring fishng is right around the corner.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Thanks for coming" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/15/09
 

Thanks to all those who attended the OIFC's annual Spring Kickoff yesterday.  I was pleased that so many of you made your way out to take in the seminars and sales opportunities.  The first annual Fishlympics competition took place as well- a wire tieing strength contest to see who had the strongest haywire twist.  None other than OIFC store manager and charter Captain Chris Burrows won the title, with a perfect 5-0 record.  Fun was had by all.

We now look forward to Spring and what should be some great fishing.  Last week's catches of monster Wahoo is enough to get anyone excited.  I am looking forward to getting out myself.  I have high hopes of catching that elusive 100# wahoo, and it my plan to utilize the high-speed trolling technique, using artificials to land this monster along with what I think will be more Wahoo.  The OIFC is stocking Black Bart lures and after talking to the company owner in depth about fishing for Wahoo with his "San Sal Candy" lures, designed specifically for Wahoo, I'm excited.  The lures are designed to fish most effectively at 10-15 knots, typically pulled in-line with a 16-48oz trolling lead.  The technique requires a bit heavier tackle (80# min), but it should allow us to cover lots of ground.  I think combining a spread of 3 or 4 of these Black Bart wahoo lures on flat lines with a few Cedar plugs on the long riggers will give me a great shot at wahoo and tuna.  The high speed spread could also be used to travel between spots.  It's 13 miles from the Black Jack to the Steeples- you could cover that while fishing effectively in less than an hour!   On a Wahoo note, Jeff Martini is again hosting his annual Hook-a-Hoo Wahoo tournament April 4-12.  Fishing is 1 out of 8 possible days.  Visit www.martinisfinedining.com for information.

Closer to shore, you can sleigh the Sea Bass anywhere from 50-90 feet of water.  Now is the time to catch these awesome eating fish as they will soon be much harder to catch.

Inshore the waters are warming and will continue to yield catches of Redfish with improving Speckled Trout fishing.

Again, thanks to all for attending this weekend.  If you did not get a chance to come, we will likely offer another Spring event in April- so stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Spring Kick Off" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/13/09
 

OK, the skies are supposed to be gray with a 30 to 60% chance of rain.  Turned around that could mean a 70 to 40% chance that it won't rain.  You could sit inside and veg out on the couch, or you could come to the Kick Off check out the new and used fishing stuff, stick your head in the G'Mack to check out the ACC Tournament, grab a cold one, get a bite to eat and swap fishing stories.  The latter sounds like a plan to me.  Also your significant other won't be hounding you to clean the bathrooms or vacuum.

While you're here don't forget to sign up for the Rodeo,  if the rest of the year is like this past week we should be seeing some big fish caught.  The more entries, the more money to be won.  Hope to see everybody Saturday!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Shallotte Inlet" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/12/09
 

As many of you prepare to go fishing, be aware that Shallotte inlet has changed.  Currently the buoys are WAY out of place, but I am working with Wildlife to get them updated.  Until then, I am pasting the correct path coordinates that we use to navigage the inlet safely.  You will have 5 feet at low water.

Coordinates are given from ocean to waterway


Shentr 33.53.746 78.22.307

Sh1 33.53.815 78.22.392

Sh2 33.53.868 78.22.471

Sh3 33.53.921 78.22.547

Sh4 33.54.024 78.22.678

Sh5 33.54.107 78.22.769

Sh6 33.54.238 78.22.881

Sh7 33.54.339 78.22.974

Sh8 33.54.350 78.23.046

Sh9 33.54.338 78.23.125

Sh10 33.54.315 78.23.238


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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