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"Upcoming Events" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/25/09
 

I'm sick of complaining about how bad the weather has been and how hard the wind has been blowing.  Finally we have some good weather forecasted for the second half of the week and I'm thinking there will be quite a few anglers that take advantage of the slick seas.  Yesterday's temp shot showed a nice eddy just offshore of the 100 fathom line, which the upcoming S/SE winds should push inshore to the break.  That should set things up nicely for wahoo on Friday, which so far looks like the best day.  Time to break out the high speed plugs and catch that monster fish we've been crowing about all winter.  Also, be sure to bring along a few heavy Butterfly jigs to load up on grouper on that offshore structure, where scamps, reds, and even a few gags spend their winter.  If you don't feel like going that far, the Lucanus jig is still mopping up on the blackfish from Lockwood's Ledge to past the Frying Pan Tower.  Catch 'em up!!!

AND DONT FORGET

We will be hosting our annual Spring Kickoff, Saturday, March 14th at the OIFC.  This year's venues include:  1)  Used tackle forum where you can bring your own stuff and sell it.  Unload your old gear to get new- FREE.  2)  Line spooling at $.02/yd- 20#, 30# and 50# available, first come first serve- limit 6 reels per person.  3)  FREE SEMINARS (schedule below).  4)  FISHLYMPICS- yes, you heard it right.  This is a concept I've wanted to execute for years.  We (the OIFC brain trust) will devise a series of fishing skill sets.  Individual winners will be awarded medals from each skill set and an overall winner will be determined.  I will keep you updated on the skill sets that will be tested- stay tuned.

SEMINAR SCHEDULE: 

10:00am- Cast Net Throwing (From a 4' net to a 10' net, the OIFC staff will teach you how to throw a cast net.  We will have our very popular custom nets on hand and available to throw as well so you can get a fell for them before upgrading and adding them to your fishing arsenal.   

11:00am- Speckled Trout Tricks- hosted by OIFC inshore guide and Trout guru- Kyle Hughes.  It is no secret that Kyle is THE authority on Speckled Trout fishing in this area.

12:00pm- Lunch break- the Giggling Mackerel is open on-site as well as Sharky's next door.

1:00pm-  FISHLYMPICS- One hour of heart pounding competition as fishermen compete against eachother for individual medals and the coveted overall champion.

2:00pm- Vertical Jigging (Capt. Brant)- utilizing Butterfly jigs and Lucanus jigs to catch a ton of fish

3:00pm- Lure fishing the Stream (Capt. Chris Burrows)- utilizing Black Bart lures to catch more and bigger fish while trolling the Stream.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"SPRING KICKOFF 09'" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/24/09
 

We will be hosting our annual Spring Kickoff, Saturday, March 14th at the OIFC.  This year's venues include:  1)  Used tackle forum where you can bring your own stuff and sell it.  Unload your old gear to get new- FREE.  2)  Line spooling at $.02/yd- 20#, 30# and 50# available, first come first serve- limit 6 reels per person.  3)  FREE SEMINARS (schedule below).  4)  FISHLYMPICS- yes, you heard it right.  This is a concept I've wanted to execute for years.  We (the OIFC brain trust) will devise a series of fishing skill sets.  Individual winners will be awarded medals from each skill set and an overall winner will be determined.  I will keep you updated on the skill sets that will be tested- stay tuned.

SEMINAR SCHEDULE: 

10:00am- Cast Net Throwing (From a 4' net to a 10' net, the OIFC staff will teach you how to throw a cast net.  We will have our very popular custom nets on hand and available to throw as well so you can get a fell for them before upgrading and adding them to your fishing arsenal.   

11:00am- Speckled Trout Tricks- hosted by OIFC inshore guide and Trout guru- Kyle Hughes.  It is no secret that Kyle is THE authority on Speckled Trout fishing in this area.

12:00pm- Lunch break- the Giggling Mackerel is open on-site as well as Sharky's next door.

1:00pm-  FISHLYMPICS- One hour of heart pounding competition as fishermen compete against eachother for individual medals and the coveted overall champion.

2:00pm- Vertical Jigging (Capt. Brant)- utilizing Butterfly jigs and Lucanus jigs to catch a ton of fish

3:00pm- Lure fishing the Stream (Capt. Chris Burrows)- utilizing Black Bart lures to catch more and bigger fish while trolling the Stream.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Near Shore Flounder" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/23/09
 

I have been receiving a lot of  reports of good sized flounder being caught off the near shore reefs.  The anglers were using the Shimano Lucanus Jig , which is what Captain Brant caught his fluke of a flounder  on last year to make the Rodeo Board.....I couldn't pass up the play on words.  I haven't tried this jig yet, but I've heard good things about it in sea bass, grouper, and now flounder fishing.  I'll be checking it out soon.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Plug Life" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/21/09
 

The Ocean Isle Fishing Center is happy to announce that it is now a dealer of the finest trolling lures on the planet.  We now carry a full line of Black Bart lures, lure packs, and rigging accessories.  These products are certain to make you a better offshore fishermen and diversify the ways you fish offshore.  If you have dreamed of catching more tuna/dolphin/wahoo/billfish, this is the best way I know to go about it.  We'll have the products online shortly, in the meantime come on in and check out what we've got.  We'll be glad to help you with any rigging or fishing questions you might have.  Gulf Stream season is right around the corner--let's make it happen!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"2009 Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/20/09
 

The time is near for the beginning of the 2009 OIFC Rodeo season. Sign up is underway now and may be done over the internet, by phone, or in person.  Last year several fish which would have been winners were caught early in the Rodeo season, but the fishermen were not yet in the Rodeo.  One who comes to mind is Randy Wallace of the Roofing Contender.  Randy landed some huge Wahoo prior to getting in the Rodeo.  After signing up lady luck was not so kind to him.  We'll have folks signing up anglers at this years Spring Kick Off.  Don't wait too long. If you snooze, you lose.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"The wind is blowin..." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/19/09
 

...but that hasn't stopped me from dreaming of being offshore all day long.  Here's my advice for this upcoming king mackerel tournament season:  WATCH OUT for Jay Bucklen on the "Cape Contender."  Jay and his crew have been on the up and coming list in the SKA for awhile, and I think 2008 was their "near-miss" year.  They finished 3rd in the final point standings for Division 9, having spun a prop in the Rumble in the Jungle.  Sometimes all it takes is one bad break, but third is none too shabby.  Jay was also leading the OIFC Fishing Rodeo's king mackerel division until about a week before New Years.  Congrats to them for a great year, and look for even better things from the "Cape Contender" in the near future.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"More Costa Pictures" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/18/09
 

Bob sent me these pictures of Edwin's Costa Rica trip.  Looks like the action continues...  Nice blue one, by the way...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"The pacific report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/17/09
 

Well, I just got back from the west coast with my best friend Doug Vaughn.  While we had an absolute blast in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the climate left a lot to be desired.  The weather in Santa Monica was dark, cloudy, cold, and a little wet.     Guess we didn't get far enough south into the Pacific.  I got this note from Edwin Newell today:

"Fishing out of Los Seunos on the Sails Call this week. Doing ok with the billfish. I got Keith Harrison and Travis Sharpe down here in the heat. We are fishing lots of teasers with a spread of naked ballyhoo chasing circle hooks. Here are a couple of nice sails that we have released."

And WOW, what a picture!  That's all I've got to say about that...


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Gulf Stream strategy for 2009" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/16/09
 

The Bluefin season is behind us and now we need to take a couple weeks to get our mind right for the upcoming Gulf Stream season. Since we're "convinced" the Yellowfin Tuna will return to our waters this year, it's time to reverse the video and remember how we used to do the gulf stream deal.

Our standard attack mode would be to have a trolling plug ready to deploy as soon as we slowed the engines down as we approached our spot. My theory was the fish would hear the steady hum of engines, but when they slowed down, and the sound changed, it would peek their interest and they would come investigate. Thus, dropping a swimming plug overboard at the instant of slowing down put a bait in the right place at the right time. I can't tell you how many times we would get bit doing this, usually a yellowfin, and a great way to start your day off.

Once we recovered from that first bite and got our spread deployed which included small ballyhoo for tuna, a couple plugs on short lines, and a big ballyhoo on a islander way way back. This would lead to a multiple tuna hookup, and if everything went as good as it could, we'd get maybe 50% in the box. Back at it again, and before long, we'd have a box of tuna, mixed dolphin, and maybe a wahoo.

Now, it was time to be a hero. We'd break out the trolling plastics and head out to deep water in search of Mr. Blue Marlin. I think probably 50% of the time it would happen, as well as often finding more tuna and big dolphin. Fast forward to 2009, and hopefully we fill our box with the yellowfin, so it's off to the deep water. Capt Chris is bringing in the famous Blue Marlin lures, Black Bart. Additionally we just got in our BaitMaster supply. So the strategy is put out a spread of Black Barts, and with the super durable Baitmaster baits, mix in a couple large ballyhoo on blue or red islanders. Put a green machine long down the middle. Then standback, pop a cold one, and let the fish come to you. Come join us for a great 2009 GS season.


- Rube McMullan
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"Speargun Hunter" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/15/09
 

There hasn't been much fishing action to report on, but behind the scenes things have been busy.  Mrs. Juanita is getting the new merchandise out,  Captain Chris (aka Captain Caveman) is ordering a lot of new tackle,  and Captains Brant and Roger are getting stuff checked out for the upcoming season.  Me,...well Jeff and I caught the offshore fever and bought a new boat.  We're getting it rigged and are very excitedly waiting to make a shakedown run.

In the meantime, Barrett and Amy got me interested in scuba diving, so I've been working on my certification,  which has led me to watch a TV show named      Speargun Hunter on the Outdoors Channel.  In this week's episode they were free diving the Frying Pan Tower.  It was cool to see the bottom and all the fish around the Tower.  I recommend  everyone who fishes the Tower watch this show.   The show last night was part 1 of 3 about the Tower.  I've done a link to their website so you can find when it is on.  Check it out and check us out.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Corrections" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/08/09
 

Rumours of poor fishing on Saturday may have been overstated.  Here are some wahoos caught by the "Covered Up" fishing team.  They caught their fish in 72 degree water east of the 100/400.  I also talked with Gary Sheaff today.  He ended up with a 35 pound 'hoo and lost a few more.  I can't wait to see what happens when that warm water pushes back on the break.  Wahoo-zilla is out there somewhere...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Story of My Life!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/08/09
 

It was nice to see so many folks out fishing yesterday.  The action was not what I had hoped as the Gulf Stream pushed offshore the day prior to our trip and gave us water temperatures of less than 70 degrees.  I have found that fishing 68-70 degrees is acceptable for catching Wahoo, but I personally have never been in a good bite in these conditions- always just average, with a few fish here and there.  Such seemed to be the case yesterday as there were a few Wahoo landed at the Black Jack hole in 69 degree water, but it was certainly not red hot.  HOWEVER, take a look at the Gulf Stream water temperature shot today.  A warm water eddy has kicked in over the Steeples and Black Jack and they both look to be in the 72-74 degree range.  Now that's what I'm talking about!  My suspiscion is that they are biting there today, but as is the story of my life, a day late and a dollar short!  Weather looks fair early week then looks pretty good on Friday, so maybe another shot then.  Stay tuned.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Another take on Saturday's action" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/08/09
 

It looks like the offshore report from Saturday was less than epic around the 100/400 and the Black Jack hole.  Don't tell Jim Bowen on the "Stick Slinger."  He fished to the east (offshore of the Steeples) and look what he found out there.  As is usually the case, his marlin jumped on a Blue Water Candy  "Mr. Sparkle" with a ballyhoo behind it.  Jim said he found some water and a big grass mat out there just inshore of 100 fathoms, and quickly caught a couple of gaffers and lost a nice wahoo, just before he got his big bite.  So let's look at the big picture here.  It's the first week in February, and our fleet is in the Gulf Stream, getting bites and catching a billfish.  Sounds to me like it's shaping up to be an okay year, to say the least.  Don't want to jinx myself so I'll leave it at that.  Congrats to Jim and the crew of the "Stick Slinger."  That's how you get it done in the dead of winter.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Gulf Stream report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/08/09
 

Rickeys dockside report was pretty much on the money for yesterdays gulf stream adventure but I'll expound a little from being on board. Capt Roger and our team started at 100/400. Water temp was 65.7. Amazingly, first bait out we caught a 20+ dolphin. Why he was there I have no idea, but we fished a bait pod he came off of with no other success. No other action at 100/400 so moved toward Blackjack and found a good rip with 69 degree water. Confidence level much higher for us and the 20+ other boats fishing this area. No runs/no hits/no errors; nothing but amberjacks who were so aggressive they were hiting trolling baits. To add insult to our injuries, our team, with Capt Roger leading us, accomplished a new low in the world of angling, by catching a triple header of a hound fish, a bonito, and a amberjack. We topped the box off with a few sea bass and a bunch of dog sharks. I think there was one boat that caught a couple wahoo, but for the rest of the fleet, to my knowledge it was a blank.

Where did we go wrong? Probably with our enthusiam to go after the 100lb wahoos, maybe we misread the water temps. No doubt the very cool water effected the fishing. So... the good news. The 100lb monster is still out there. We'll watch the water temps closely and when the warm water  returns and we'll tee em up again.  


- Rube McMullan
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"Wahoo Trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/06/09
 

Saturday is D-Day for the OIFC Fleet as far as Wahoo is concerned.  Ever since the report of the 92 pounder hit, our Captains have been going nuts waiting for the weather to break.  Hopefully Saturday they will get a piece of the action as the Wahoo Season kicks off for us big time.  They were also loading up on  lures in case they get a break in the Wahoo action  and can try their hands at Grouper or Sea Bass.

Captain Brant and Captain Roger were stocking up on lures today while Captain Chris was helping several fishermen get ready for tomorrows action.  The prized lures for them seemed to be Bomber PlugsBlue Water Candy Jags and Mini Jags in varied colors such as red/black, blue/purple and blue/black.  They'll pull medium or select ballyhoo behind them.  On the Sea Bass front, the lure of choice was the Shimano Lacanus 100 gram Jig and the 150 gram for Grouper.  We have six colors in them and it seemed to be Captains' choice as to which to try.

The boats will be pulling out around 6 a.m. and I hope to have some action to report Saturday night


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Gulf Stream calling" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/05/09
 

Come join the OIFC fleet heading to the gulf stream Saturday, Capt Brant on OIFC Worldcat 1 and Capt Roger on OIFC Worldcat 2. The weather looks perfect and hopefully the incredible wahoo bite of last weekend will occur again this weekend. Worst case, super size seabass for dinner. We'll be leaving the OIFC dock by 7:00am. Time to shift gears and get over the Bluefin Tuna fever so we can develop the yellowfin/wahoo fever. Maybe this is the year the yellowfin will return to our waters like it used to be with multiple hookups. Maybe we'll catch that 100lb wahoo that is in our waters late winter/early spring.

Fuel is cheap, weather is perfect, fish are biting. Come on down!


- Rube McMullan
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"Snow Pictures" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/04/09
 

Just to add a couple of pictures to Brant's report........  Two are the bridge we love to hate (Sunset) at low tide. One is the OIFC and the other is a tug boat "grounding" itself to wait out the Sunset Bridge at an extreme low tide.  We've all had to wait on that!

Capt Dan Ratley and Jeff are making plans for a Wahoo trip Saturday.  They may also stop off and jig for Bass and Grouper.  Come join them.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"SUMMER EMPLOYMENT" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/04/09
 

Time flies when you're having fun!  It is time for the OIFC and its various water sports venues to begin to look ahead to the Summer season.  I will begin making plans for the Summer by the end of this month and thus, if you have interest in joining our team for the season, please EMAIL me your interest.  From there, I will get some information and we can begin communicating to get you on board with the OIFC team.

Thanks, Capt. Brant

Oh yeah, it snowed at OIB today.  We awoke this AM to snowfall and a heavy dusting.  Caroline determined it was time she be taken to go sledding.  We mustered up the best sled we could find - FYI, a fish bag actually works pretty good- The snow didn't last long and you might call our entertainment a cross between sledding and mud bogging, but we got it done!  The weather looks AWESOME this weekend.  The wahoo bite was RED HOT last weekend and I guarantee the Bluefin are biting.  I think we might go and fish Bluefin for a couple of hours and then head out to do some Wahoo fishing.  I'm also excited about doing some deep jigging with all the new Lucanus jig system stuff we have here at the OIFC.  Let's go fishing!

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Blackened redfish, anyone?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/03/09
 

Looks like that's what's on the menu for John and Johnny Schuchman, who did a number on these redfish yesterday at the Little River jetties.  They said that fresh shrimp under a popping cork was the magic bait.  Don't worry--it's legal to keep three red drum, per person/per day in SC!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"You Can't Win Em' All...." | OIFC 1- 36' | 01/31/09
 

If you did they wouldn't let you play anymore!  I've been quiet for the past week since returning from Key West for good reason.  After a lackluster performance in the first leg of the Yamaha pro kingfish tour, Team OIFC tucked tail and made the 20 hour journey home.  We prefished for two days before the tournament collecting bait and trying to locate the kingfish.  In the late afternoon the day before the tournament we thought we were onto something as we released the monster kingfish pictured below in a place where no other boats would be fishing.  However, come tournament morning that fish proved to be our undoing as we returned to the location and were blanked while a decent bite went off 30 miles away.  That's tournament fishing.  It was a fairly uneventful tournament aboard Team OIFC.  We caught just a handful of fish each day and never really had an opportunity at big fish.  On day one we ended up with a 27 and day two a 30.  That's not real great for that fishery as I believe tenth place big fish was around 45lbs.  It's been a while since we've fished down there and fished the pro tour.  It's only fitting we take our lumps again and re-learn the fishery.  The next stop is Jensen Beach, FL on Florida's east coast in May.  We'll have to make up some ground with two large fish in this event.  While fishing was tough, and we didn't acomplish our tournament objective, it was still nice to wake up to 70 degree temps and sunshine.  It was a much needed winter reprieve. 

Back at home, I understand the bluefin bite was great off Morehead and this week a pretty good bite went off close to home around the Horseshoe.  Reading back thru the reports, it looks like Chris and Rickey are on top of it.  It appears the bluefin bite will still be a fishing option for the coming weeks as fish are being caught daily to our north.  For many picking a fight with a 300+lb ball of muscle isn't the game of choice.  Fortunately, while all seems doom and gloom with the winter month February, this is the time of year when the jumbo black bass school up nearshore presenting a primary target for fishermen more concerned with the status of the frying pan.  Over the next two months the jumbo bass will migrate from the 80ft depths approx 25-30miles in close to just a few miles off the beach.  They'll school up over artificial reefs and natural rocky bottom.  Be sure to come by the store before heading out and check out the new Lucanus jigs we're carrying.  They are deadly on the jumbo bass.  We'll try to get them up on the online store soon in case you can't make it by.  Lastly, don't hesitate to make a run at the deep water on a decent weather day.  From the sound of the reports coming in, the wahoo are stacked up with knife and fork in fin ready to be caught.  From a fishing perspective the only difference between winter and summer is the temperature.  The fishing opportunities are abundant.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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