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START 1) 45.60 - Clearly Hooked     2) 44.00 - Team Grip Flip     3) 43.05 - Fish Hard Gear     4) 43.00 - Outta Line     5) 42.10 - Reel Methods     6) 41.05 - Open Wide     7) 39.45 - Shockwave     8) 39.35 - Beeracuda     9) 37.80 - Conference Call     10) 37.30 - Wilm Auto/King Hunter     11) 37.10 - Karma Bites     12) 36.85 - Four Sons     13) 36.20 - Lil John/Reel em up     14) 36.00 - Sea P.A.     15) 35.50 - OIFC     16) 35.15 - O D Bank     17) 34.80 - Max'd Out     18) 34.55 - On Point     19) 34.35 - King Carnivore     20) 34.35 - All In/AM    FINISH

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"Take A Kid Fishing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/11/08
 

Today Capt. Roger, Capt. Amy and myself loaded the Carolina Cat up with a bunch of kids and we took them fishing.  One of the children was 10 year old Heather Cartland who won the "Capt. Brant Best Fishing Story" contest held through the Brunswick Beacon.  Along with Heather was a group of my wife Amy's Sunday school class- 7 kids from 12 to 16 years old -- it was quite the crew and most had never been on the ocean.  We headed out some 3 miles and anchored up over some hard bottom where the kids had a blast catching Sea Bass, Bluefish, Gray Trout, Sharks and to top it all off, they landed a double header of 40 inch Red Drum!  People often ask me what type of fishing I like to do best?  The answer is I like doing any fishing where the fish bite and fishermen truly appreciate and enjoy the experience.  Such was the case this AM. 

 L-R: Summer Phelps, Cody Thorpe, Dalton Hernandez, Alexis Phelps, Heather Cartland (bottom), Tyler Evans, Chad Milligan, Austin Rhodes – this group of outstanding young fishermen and fisherwomen are all members of the United Vision Pentecostal Church with the addition of Heather Cartland who was the winner of the Capt. Brant Best Fishing Story contest. The children had a great day catching tons of Sea Bass, Bluefish, Grey Trout, Sharks and topped of their catch with a double header of citation size Red Drum, pictured.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Trout King" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/10/08
 

Jeff and I were making our rounds this afternoon.  Our first stop was Gordens Net Shop on Bricklanding Rd. to order Camdyn a set of kid's Grundens.  This is a cool place to check out even if you're not into netting and the folks there are as nice as can be.

After that we cruised by Captain Steve Previtte's (U Hook'em) house.  We caught Steve in the middle of bagging trout he'd just finished cleaning.  Knowing I write the fishing report and had just caught him red handed, he just kind of gave me his sheepish grin.  After swearing not to give specifics, he told me he'd caught them and some red drum using live shrimp while fishing with his son Saturday in the Lockwood Folly River.  I've included a couple of clandestine pictures I took.  They're pretty dark so I hope you can see all the trout.

Remember Capt. Kyle's Thanksgiving Inshore Tournament which is coming up at the OIFC on November 28-29 and that the trout are around.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Movin' off shore" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/10/08
 

Captain Roger had a king fish charter Sunday with Ken Aadsen (Calabash transplant), Joel  (Anacortes, Washington state) and Tele (Sitka, Alaska).  Joel and Tele were visiting with Ken and decided they'd like to experience our fishing.  They are both commercial fishermen (fishing people as one is a lad) in Alaska and fish a boat Ken built.  They've got some great stories and are going to send me some photos of some of their fish which I'll post.

Roger had to take them 24 miles out before he found warm enough water to really get into the kings.  He was pretty amazed about how the warm water had moved.  The ocean was still swelly after Saturday's blow but was fishable.  They scored several kings off dead cigar minnows and threw in a few good tasting sea bass for good measure.  Someone in the Rodeo needs to catch a sea bass because no one is on the leader board yet.  As soon as I can make an off shore trip I'm going to try it. 

 Finally I tried to recover Roger's cell phone from where he dropped in the water, but with no luck.  I forgot that Captain Amy and Captain Barrett just got their diver's certification and could have done a recovery dive.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Time to go catching" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/09/08
 

I know with the world depression going on, it's hard to think about good things, but folks, you need to think fishing right now. This is the time of the year the kings school up in tight packs where you can put the boat in neutral and free line baits to skyrocketing kings as fast as you can catch them. The cooling water will push them either to the jungle/horeshoe/27 mile rocks areas and they will be feeding on schools of cigars or chub mackerel. You can jig live baits or use dead cigars.

In these same waters you will find our late fall grouper bite is in full force. Jig up a grunt or any small fish, drop him down, and hang on. The grouper will be in this water depth for next several weeks.

Next on the fishing agenda is our late fall/winter JUMBO Seabass bite which will start soon and be at all the close in rocks. This is the time of the year we catch the biggest seabass[up to 4 pounds], and everyone knows how they eat, the best of the best.

After Thanksgiving, it's Bluefin Tuna time, and hopefully the Bluefins will return to our waters like we had them 2 years ago. Look for them to be along the Frying Pan shoals, feeding on pogies. Look for the ganents and you've likely found the Bluefin. Anybody needing any help on the how to of Bluefins, email Brant or Barrett at Capt Brant[or Capt Barrett] @oifc.com.

Also, any one going to the SKA National King Mackerel Championship in Biloxi, Mississippi that needs any info, contact Brant/Barrett. Team OIFC will be attending along with many other NC teams, so pull for us NC fishermen to bring the championship trophey back to Carolina.

Fuel prices are back down to reasonable levels, the fish are biting, oysters are in, still some spots around.....get down to the coast and help us enjoy this great time of the year!


- Rube McMullan
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"Sunday a.m." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/09/08
 

Be sure to check the Tournament Section.  Captain Kyle has his Tournament coming up the latter part of this month.  Also there have been no sea bass weighed in in the OIFC Rodeo.  I'm sure with "grouper season" in full swing some decent sea bass ought to be caught.

The sun is out, there is no wind so the seas should be settling down making for a perfect fishing day no matter whether you decide to go in or off shore.  Roger is out on the Carolina Cat.  Hopefully I'll hear from him so I can post a report, but since he dropped his cell phone in the drink I may not.  I'll update this report if anything comes in.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"A New World" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/08/08
 

Now the fish are really in trouble.  We often encounter the problem when fishing that we believe the fish are around but they're just not biting.  Yesterday we figured out how to combat this problem.  After years of procrastination a few weeks ago Amy, Stephanie and I began the process of becoming certified scuba divers.  Between fear of ear problems, sharks and a number of other excuses we had never pursued scuba until this fall.  In summer I watched shark week on tv and talked myself into overcoming my shark fear.  Then, in September I received clearance from a ENT doctor that my ears were good to go for diving.  There were no more excuses.  We decided to give it a try and put our diving future in the hands of Coastal Scuba in North Myrtle Beach and diving expert Cameron Sebastian.  Cameron and his team at Coastal Scuba took us through the classes and spent time with us in the pool to make sure we were ready for the open water.  We then did 4 dives under their supervision at the Sherman wreck and the Barges to earn our certification.  Yesterday, our skills were officially put to the test as Cameron accompanied Amy and I on our first offshore diving adventure from our boat the OIFC World Cat.  It was a decent weather day with the morning starting off a little bumpy for the ride out but by afternoon it was flat.  Divers dive for many reasons, but my interest is in checking out what we've been fishing over for so many years, and of course spear fishing.  Knowing the grouper were hanging in 70-80 feet of water lately we headed off to a series of ledges in 80 feet.  We dropped anchor and began the process of suiting.  Needless to say nerves were present.  We were about to jump in the water in the middle of the ocean where I have seen so many things that I don't want to be in the water with.  Thankfully Cameron was there to keep us focused on the mission at hand.  On this dive Amy and I would stay right behind Cameron and just check things out while Cameron led the way with his speargun.  We got into the water and made our way to the anchor line where we followed Cameron to the bottom.  The water was very clear for the first 30 feet and then we hit a thermocline and the water dirtied up to about 15 feet visibility.  Once we hit the bottom we began exploring the ocean floor.  It consisted of rolling sand like a desert with starfish and sand dollars everywhere.  Wouldn't you know it, the first thing we see is a shark.  Fortunately it was just a dog shark and I was able to restart my breathing and continue the dive.  The first 70% of the dive we were off in the desert and then finally we found the ledge.  This is where the life was at.  The fish definitely key in on the structure.  As soon as we saw the ledge two big grouper appeared, and Cameron took a shot.  This part was really awesome.  He shot the grouper and connected then threw his gun back behind him which caught me directly in the mask.  I was seeing stars but refocused and watched Cameron in hand to hand combat with a 17lb grouper.  He had him in a headlock and then Cameron reversed the hold and pinned the fish to his belly and got him on the stringer.  This new concept of "getting fish" opened my eyes to a new world.  At this point it was time to ascend from our first dive.  Back on the boat Amy and I were like kids playing 20 questions with Cameron.  We were talking a million miles an hour absolutely overcome excitement in what we had just experienced.  The next dive went much smoother.  We moved over to the Atlantic ledge and this time we dropped right in on the ledge.  The ledge had about 4 feet of relief and much like before the fish were hovering around the structure.  Cameron got two more nice grouper and then it was my turn.  I had my speargun ready to go and was leading the way.  My air was starting to get low so time was limited.  Just as I was about to turn back I spotted two grouper one of which was big over 20lbs.  I chased him for about 50 feet realizing it was time to shoot or give up, I took a difficult shot with the fish facing away from me and just missed behind the tail.  Still, it was an adrenaline rush like no other I've had.  Although I didn't get a grouper Amy and I were extatic with our first day of diving and can't wait to go again.  We dropped Cameron on another spot and he returned with yet more grouper.  He is a deadeye with his spear gun.  We returned to the dock with a box full of grouper, a new perspective on fishing and a newfound excitement for a new activity.  Look out fish.  Now there's no escaping.  Anyone interested in learning scuba or if you are already certified and are looking to go with someone experienced should definitely contact Cameron at Coastal Scuba in North Myrtle Beach
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Saturday Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/08/08
 

Right now the weather is beautiful.  The radar shows a band of rain will pass through here @10 am or so.  Fishing off shore isn't recommended today due to the wind.  However it's supposed to settle by tomorrow. Roger has a trip  Sunday and I'll try to give a real time report.

On the Rodeo scene Brian Richard raised the bar in the Gag Grouper division.  He weighed in an 18.90 yesterday.  This indicates that now is a good time to be grouper fishing.  If I get any further scoop during the day I'll update this report.

After getting off work I went in shore fishing with Jeff, Courtney and Camdyn on the Scout 240.  Armed with live shrimp from Jeff and Brian Aycock's secrete stash we set out to some usual spots for trout fishing.  They were all packed with boats so we decided to go WAY back up the Shallotte River.  Rather than catching trout we were surprised by red fish.  We started catching them as soon as our bait hit the water.   They were all undersized but were fun non the less and all were released healthy.  After a while the bite stopped, probably due to us scaring them off.  The wind picked up, Camdyn woke up and the sun started setting, so we headed for the barn.  You can't do this just anywhere.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Kings For A Day" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/07/08
 

Today was picture perfect in Paradise.  There were a lot of people taking advantage, gassing up their boats, buying bait and taking off to go fishing.  Even Doppler and Mac were cooling out as you can tell by their picture.

Chris Dew had a half day charter on the It Works, but slipped in without me talking to him.  Captain Amy and Captain Barrett went scuba diving at some of our fishing locations.  Amy said they saw grouper and of course sharks.  Barrett took his camera so perhaps he'll post some stuff.

Meanwhile, Captain Roger chartered the World Cat with a group from Charlotte made up of Bruce Cole, Chris Mauth, Chip Crumpler, and Matthew Wilson.  I would have guessed them to be from Tennessee because most of the had on orange hats with a big T.  Maybe they were kin to Bill Dance....They  started by jigging bait about 3 miles off shore (wonder where that was?).  Then they went to the 27 mile rock with the intentions of Grouper fishing.  While bottom fishing they kept seeing kings skying all over the place.  After catching a couple of grouper, they couldn't stand it any more. The put out some blue fish and frozen cigar minnows and it was on!  Today was blue fish day apparently, because the kings tore the blues up and ignored the cigar minnows.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is showers in the morning and wind picking up in the afternoon, but that's always subject to change.  Come on down and enjoy a relaxed time with us.  As you can tell by my last reports the fishing business is picking up.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Land Locked" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/06/08
 

Attached are a couple of pictures I took today on our grouper trip.  I thought I'd share them with those who are land locked and need an "ocean fix"
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Relaxed Fishing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/06/08
 

Today I was invited to fish with Rube, Brant and Barrett on the Carolina Cat.  We first went to the 455 and jigged bait.  Then it was off to almost 70 degree water with a depth of around 80 feet where we dropped lines and began our hunt for grouper.  We, correction they, landed several gags, with Barrett taking home the honors with a 13.1 pounder, which put him on the Rodeo Leader Board.  Along with the grouper, we caught sea bass, B liners and an amber jack or two.

The seas were a little bumpy to say the least, but the World Cat made the ride a whole lot better.  There is none of that slamming of the bow or pitching in rough seas. If you ever got the chance to fish it, especially in rough seas do it.

Can you believe that Barrett laid on the deck and took a nap on the way back in?  Now that gives real meaning to relaxed!

The fall fishing is here and the fish are chewing.  Brant is running specials on several charters, including a mackerel/grouper trip.   Check them out and take advantage.

Last note, I noticed that our 100% gas is down to $2.69 on the dock.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"7 lb flounder" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/06/08
 

Tommy Helms told me that Dan "Rattlesnake" Ratley, Tommy Lytton and he went to Tubbs on Friday to try to find bait for a Saturday fishing trip.  He said the peanut pogies were thick as mud there.  After getting bait Tommy decided to drop a line to see if anything was going on.  What went on...the hook, was a 7 lb. flounder which was expertly netted by Dan.  The fish was weighed in by Rube at the OIFC and it put Tommy on the Rodeo leader board.

Speaking of the leader board, Brian Richard is in first place in the grouper class with a fish he weighed in while fishing with Captain Roger.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"More grouper pics" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/05/08
 

Brian Richard and co. sent me these other pictures from their trip with Capt. Roger on the Carolina Cat on Saturday.  I hope they have some freezer space...


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Fall Brawl Adwards Night" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/03/08
 

Thank goodness the rainy weather held off until today!  The Fall Brawl finished on a beautiful day Sunday.  The Leader Board changed very little with the crew of the Reel Fin Atic holding on to their commanding first place finish.  When asked where they caught their winning King, crew member Gabbie from Argentina said the "Beeelkie Beer", wherever that is. It was caught on a dead cigar minnow in 60 some degree water.  So much for the way off shore to warmer water theory.  Also it shows what a $15.00 box of frozen cigar minnows can do for you.  Congratulations to the fine crew from the Reel Fin Atic, have a safe trip home Miss Gabbie, and take care of your trophy.

The weigh ins went slowly as only about 15 boats fished.  The main goal of the OIFC crew members was to bury Capt. Chris and First Mate Jeff  of Team World Cat even deeper in the standings, which didn't seem to be hard to do.   While all this in house razzing was going on, Captain Amy,  Mrs. Pam (my lovely better half) and Morgan were steaming fresh Topsail Island oysters, cooking homemade chili and hot dogs.  As they dumped oysters on tables, Rube, Yorke Pharr, Woody Wooten and others were trailing close behind with oyster knives eating everything they put down.  I followed up with a bowl of chili.  It's been fun around my place today.  My compliments to the chef.

After chowing down the guys took to telling fishing stories while leaning up on the rail overlooking the canal.  We were entertained by Jeremy and Jay from Town Creek Marina/World Cat.  Not only are they a hoot, but they really know their boats, engines and fishing.  If you are ever in Morehead  City check them out at Town Creek.  We also learned a new word, which is now my favorite word...mommicked, as in I'm totally mommicked.

After laughing so much I had a dull headache Captain Brant began the awards ceremony. Brant's voice gave out shortly into the presentation so Amy had to take over.  This wasn't a bad thing because she looks better than Brant. Amy gave out all the usual awards which are presented at tournaments, but this year they began a new program which recognized young anglers.  Each youngster sponsored a prize which was given out to Teams and in return the child will be featured in next year's program.  Brant and Amy do a lot to try to make these events family oriented and to get the next generation involved in sport fishing.  This event turned out to be one of the best times I've had lately.

Overall the Fall Brawl was a huge success.  Everyone I talked to really enjoyed themselves.  Thanks to the OIFC and all the sponsors for making the Fall Brawl possible.  Surely Brant will have the updated standings posted, along with his comments.   See you at the next event, and don't forget the Captain's Club starts soon. 

 

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl-Day 2" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/02/08
 

We have a pretty good north wind this morning, which makes to ocean pretty slick near shore, but can cause a little bumpy conditions off shore.  There have been several contestants in this morning checking results as well as several boats going out trying to knock The Reel Fin-Atic off the "Pole" (NASCAR lingo).

The Locklears with son Cody checked in.  Cody is in the top 10 of the Junior Angler Division.  They said that they caught their fish after being persistent at the Black Jack, using a Captain Rube's Yee-Haw Fish Call.  They actually caught two.  Jeremy Foster (Tall Tales) said he caught his Kings with the Fish Call.  He was so happy with it's results that he's going to use it deer hunting next week.  Maybe we can get a camo version.  We'll be updating during the day. 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Oyster Roast tonight at awards" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/02/08
 

Don't forgoet our oyster roast tonight at Fall Brawl awards ceremony. Also, could be repeat of fried spots! Come join us.
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Grouper" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/01/08
 

While everyone was concentrating on the Fall Brawl, Captain Roger had a bottom fishing charter with some local top flite anglers made up of Drew Burachynski (Calabash), Adam Lockner (OIB), Tommy Lytton (OIB), Reggie Hucks (OIB), & Brian Richard (Shallotte).These "locals" headed to the  same spot that Roger and I had success last week.  This is 80 feet of water with good bottom structure.  They used Pinfish and caught over a dozen nice Grouper, some in the upper teens in weight, along with Snapper and Sea Bass.  These guys caught the attention of everyone at the docks.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Red Drum Pictures" | Speckulator - 22' | 11/01/08
 

These pictures are of the Reds Tom and Bill Brennen caught today while fishing with Kyle......My computer is still sick, but I figured out how to do my reports on my wife's new PINK Dell.  It takes a real man to use a pink computer.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl Day 1" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/01/08
 

Current Standings- CLICK HERE --  Finn-attic leads with a 35.55 reportedly caught in 63 degree water.  The weather man missed his mark today as boats were greeted to 15knot North winds most of the day, which made for choppy fishing conditions.  The best King bite reportedly occured around the Atlantic Ledge, Jungle, Frying Pan Tower and WR 4 --- there are 20 boats fishing tomorrow, so the finals are not in and anything can happen.  Stay tuned.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Captains' Meeting" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/01/08
 

The Captains' Meeting last night was met with temps. in the low 50's but the comrade was warm.  The OIFC provided excellent food for all.  We had our traditional minnow spitting contest as well as spot races.  Since it was Halloween,Captain Brant also included Halloween costume contest.

Most of the 178 boats entered in the Fall Brawl declared today as their fishing day and were greeted by a brisk 40 some degree morning.  The ocean temps have dropped since the last storm and warm water is well off shore, so it is believed they'll have to go out past 25 miles to find good fishing grounds.   I've talked with a couple of people who've told me that The Jungle was dead yesterday, and they didn't start catching much until they got to The Atlantic Ledge. The weigh-in starts at 2pm today.  If you cannot join in on the fun in person, watch it on the web cam.

A little in shore update.  I received a reliable report of Striped Bass and Red Drum being caught near Little River on live shrimp.  Captain Kyle chartered this morning with brothers Tom and Bill Brennen of N.C. And San Francisco and landed several nice size Red Drum west of the OIFC Canal.  Kyle was using live shrimp.  The inshore bite continues.

Finally, my computer got a serious virus  and is in computer intensive care so I haven't been able to post anything on it.  I've got a lot of pictures to post and will do so as soon as the computer is over its' health issues.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl entry etc." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/31/08
 

I have gotten many calls from folks who can't make the normal registration and Capt. meeting due to Halloween with their kids-- completely understandable- thus one of the big reasons we offer ON LINE ENTRY for the tournament.  When you enter on-line I will recieve the entry, process it and then email you back confirmation and your boat #.  You don't have to actually have the boat number to fish- so long as you know your boat #, it will help us to find you quicker when weighing in -- other than that, the rules are as written in the program and on the web at http://oifc.com/tournaments.cfm#T1  -- follow the rules and you can fish. 

Weather looks perfect, fish should bite-- don't let Halloween stop you-- just enter on-line and go fishing Sunday if you can't make it down until Saturday ---

See you here


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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