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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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"Oyster Festival" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/20/08
 

Ocean Isle Beach had it's annual Oyster Festival this weekend.  Even though it rained cats and dogs several hardy souls attended Saturday. (I wanted to say catfish and dog sharks, but that's way over the top).  Thankfully Sunday was beautiful.  In attendance and defending his last year's third place, was Oyster Shucking Contestant, Rube McMullan.  Rube participated again this year, but  sadly didn't place.  He blamed his demise on a "bad bushel of oysters" and poking his finger with the oyster knife.  Rube failed to mention this to me, but Captain Barry Evans was more than happy to file a report.  It seems Rube beat Barry last year, and Barry beat Rube out this year.  Maybe they can settle this tie at the Fall Brawl's Spot Racing event.  We may present Rube with a Purple Oyster for his injury in the line of duty.

Today Rube has a meeting with Mother Nature in an effort to negotiate good weather for the Brawl.  I fully expect positive results.

I didn't hear back from any fishermen yesterday so I don't have a  fishing report as you can tell by this report.  However, Roger and Chris Dew have charters today and Brant is out also, if they do anything I'll pass it on.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Year Around Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/19/08
 

Entries for the Rodeo have slowed.  With the fall bite on, especially the Kings I encourage you to enter, especially with the Fall Brawl next weekend.  The first place King thus far is a beatable 33.15 lb.s.  The pot is at $200.00.  The more entries the more the money.

As an afterthought, It seems early to be talking about Christmas, but it's only 2 months away.  If you don't know what to get "that special person" (sounds like a TV commercial doesn't it) check out our Charter Specials, the Web Store and our gift Cards.

On another note, the wind is up, but the ocean is flat as far as you can see., as is the case here with a north wind.  There's a few people out this morning. They were headed to the Youpon Reef and possibly the River Channel.  I hope to hear from them later today and I 'll post a report if I do.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Late Night" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/18/08
 

While kicking back with Jeff and Captain Chris B., watching the Red Sox/Tampa Bay game I received an email from Doug Montgomery.  Doug stopped by the OIFC to weigh a King.  He sent me an email describing his fishing trip yesterday, along with a picture of his 27lb. King.

Doug and Dave Cutler pulled out from the Little River Jetties, headed north where they saw birds diving and Dolphin feeding.  There they caught blue runners and headed out to the Shark Hole.  Upon arrival at about 8:45 they deployed a long line with bait and a gold skirt.  About the time they started putting out the line they took a shot from a King.  David landed the fish while Doug  captained the boat and manned the gaff.

Great job, and story.  Thanks for sharing it with our readers.  And thanks to ya'll for checking out the Fishing Report!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Global Warming?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/18/08
 

Global Warming!!!???  Tell our charters that.  The weather was windy out of the north, a high of 56 degrees and rain most of the day. And this is paradise!!?  All three of our boats had full day charters and had hard core clients aboard when it comes to fishing.

The World Cat with Captain Chris Burrows and first mate Jeff Beck  took out part of a group of employees from Conveyor Technologies of Sanford, N.C. as part of a company paid outing.  The rest of the group was on the Carolina Cat with Captain Roger and first mate Jack Joyce (Fishin Mission).  What a great boss!

The World Cat  mostly worked the Youpon Reef for the day with the crew of Brian Horton, Clayton Vaught, and George Hollar managing to boat several Kings in the 20 lb. range.  They also did battle with a 7 foot Black Tip Shark for about 45 minutes.  The Black Tip wore out the entire charter before being brought along side, pictured and released, healthy.

Meanwhile the Carolina Cat, working nearby with Chad Green, Johnathan Haithcox, Kevin Womack and Pedro Villa Gomez were having good luck of their own.  They left the Youpon for the Cape Fear River Channel for a short time, where they also had good fortune.  The biggest King of the day was a 26.1 which was caught by Chad Green.

Also out from the Fishing Center was Captain Chris Dew on the OIFC 2.  He had a seasoned captain with him in the person of Jay Bucklin (Cape Contender).  Jay, too was taking his employees on a day of fishing.  Captain Chris fished the Youpon with a lot of success.

One of our "neighbors", the Carolina Saltwater with Captain Tres Kirkland was out this morning, fishing near the Ocean Crest Pier and landed  his share of Kings.

The Fall Brawl is next weekend and the Kings are already in attendance doing their part.  Now it 's up to us to catch 'em up!

Finally, an angler from Oak Island stopped by in his boat with 2 Marines.  He told me that a group out of Oak Island, consisting of about 30 boats were honoring the military by taking service people out fishing.  I'm sorry, but I don't remember his name nor the organization's name, but I am proud to see anglers honoring our servicemen in this way.  I thanked Marines for their service, and they responded "no problem".  What they are sacrificing for our freedom and allowing us to be able to do things freedom lets us do, and they say, no problem?


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Almost There" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/18/08
 

The wind was howling today, but conditions were much more favorable earlier this week, which allowed Todd Helf to get his 32 Outrage "Almost There" out to where the gags live.  Check out what he, Robbie Dial, Robert Hughes, and Brian Richard did to them.  Can't wait for the wind to die out so we can get back after them.  In the meantime, the kings are still biting on the beach.  I'm sure Capt. Rickey will keep us updated on that bite.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Fall Brawl weather/fishing report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/18/08
 

For all the Fall Brawl fishermen, I know everyone is waiting on my unofficial but actually official weather report for the tourney this next weekend. So here goes...PERFECT!. Well of course, but here's the science, gained from my meterology course at Wingate circa 1970[passing grade of D]. Cold front passing thru our area today. Afterward weather stabalizes, water cools down, and Kings go nuts. Wednesday another smaller front passes, reinforces high pressure. Weather stabalizes, water cools and Kings go nuts X 2. Thursday, high pressure begins to move offshore, no significant weather fronts behind it, so wind moves to light southerly direction. Saturday is as perfect as perfect gets. Sunday, high pressure has moved out, but no significant front coming, however chance of showers exist as southerly flow continues. Sunday also almost perfect.

On fishing scene, Kings as we speak are chewing at River Channel and Lighthouse rocks. After front, they should move to beach and be at Yaupon and Lockwood early in the week, and by tourney days, should be at Shallotte Inlet. This means you can fish this tourney and burn as little fuel as last years winner[15 gallons]. As you will recall, tourney winner has been coming from Shallotte Inlet[inside of sea buoy]. With conditions in place, same thing should happen again this year.

So, for all you fishermen and your families who would like to experience  spectacular fall King fishing within a nine iron of the beach,combined with a entertaining tourney event, come on down and join us at the Fall Brawl King Classic. It's inexpensive to enter, lots of family fun, and a potential payout to the winner of more than $20,000. It's the perfect event for the small boater, as the winner is usually caught right on the beach, and with our south facing beach, it will be flat this time of year, irrespective of the cold fronts.

Come join us!


- Rube McMullan
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"King Day" | OIFC 2- 27' | 10/17/08
 

Captain Roger (OIFC 2) took  Horace Slate (OIB) and Mike Idol (Winston Salem) to the Cape Fear Rocks on a half day charter.  Roger had a heck of a time catching bait, as did everyone I talked to.  But this did not slow his productivity.  The OIFC 2 returned with several nice Kings, including a 36 lb'er.  He would have ben on the Rodeo Leader board and in the money.

In the meantime one of our in shore charter captains, Jeff Williamson (Get Busy) decided to take Rob Yoder, a landscape business owner from Morgantown, West Va. to the Youpon Reef to try his hand.  He kept hearing Roger on the radio talking about double hook ups and in  general having a good time.  He couldn't  stand it any longer and took his 21 ft. Kenner to the Rocks to fish with Roger.  Jeff, too, returned to the docks with a box full of Kings and an almost empty gas tank.

Also, while on the docks, a couple of boats showed up with Kings in the 20 lb range and some came up skunked.

Bottom line the Kings are here, drop a line.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Bottom Fishing 101" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/16/08
 

Captain Brant held his Bottom Fishing 101 class on this beautiful day today.  The morning started out crisp and warmed up to a nice high 80's, sunny with 2 foot seas.  What a perfect day in paradise!

The  "University of OIFC graduating ,class of '09" consisted of William Parker (OIB), Buck Jenkins (Dillon, SC), Robert Coleman (Dillon, SC) and Michael Cole (Surfside Beach, SC).  They went to the Shark Hole and other Professor Brant numbers in about 65 feet of water to complete the practical portion of their course.  Several of the students were ripped off by monster mystery fish,  they got a 35+ pound King along side the World Cat and released it.  Someone was almost kicked out of school because they failed to have a gaff on board.  Captain Roger took the heat for this little "gaff", (corny..but I couldn't pass it up).

The bait of the day was Pin fish and small  jack.s  The bounty consisted of a fish box full of gag groupers, amberjacks, and kings.  Congratulations!

Check out the 'Jack William Parker caught on a spinning rod.  Thanks to Pat Parker for the pictures.  I flunked the course because I forgot my camera.

Remember that Captain Brant is running specials on Bottom, King Charters as well as other characters..check out this link.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Big sail" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/16/08
 

Capt. Chris Dawson called me last night to let me know that he had caught an 84" sailfish at the Jungle while mackerel fishing yesterday.  The sail hit a naked pogy on the long line and put on a show for nearly an hour until he was boated for a few quick pictures and a good release.  Hard to beat that!  The ocean was slick calm yesterday (just look at the picture) and looks even nicer today.  Several boats from the area are out in the Gulf Stream--can't wait to hear the reports from out there.  Congrats to Capt. Chris and the rest of the crew on the Pearl.  With a 21" girth, that may well have been a 75 pound sail!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Get Busy's Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/15/08
 

I just got finished watching the depressing Presidential Campaign Debate.  Needing some sort of uplifting message, I checked my email as it's usually good for joke mail from some of my friends. What I found was some pictures from Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy) of a fishing charter he had today.  Jeff took, and I quote, "the famous Glen Moss of the famed Old Glen's Sweat Corn and Melons from Nichols Iowa no less, where 14 ears make a dozen".  Also along were Ed and E. J. form Pa. and as well as Paul from Illinois.  I met these guys in the Fishing Center, bibs and all.  They are surely a cast of characters and just as nice as you would want to ever meet.

The guys caught 35 Trout and a 4.2 lb. Flounder within sight of the Little River Jetties.  With that bunch, it had to be a fun day.  After taking them back to their house on Sunset Beach, Jeff went to his deer stand and smoked a buck.   Not only did Jeff show that the fall bite is definitely on , he also  gave real meaning to "a country boy can survive!".

****The Oyster Festival is this weekend.  Weather.com predicts a chance of showers Friday and Saturday and a beautiful day Sunday.  Not a bad report.  Come to OIB and enjoy the Festival and while you're here stop in at the OIFC, go fishing and catch some Trout, charter a trip, go kayaking or just enjoy shopping.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"www.OIFC.com Kingfish Tournament" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/14/08
 

OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament
Saturday, November 29th thru Saturday, December 6th
Fellow Tournament Fishermen-

As many of you are aware the Ocean Isle Fishing Center has been tossing around the idea of hosting a king mackerel tournament at Hatteras in the late fall, with the objective to give tournament fishermen an arena to compete while fishing during the most productive time of year in the most fertile waters.  The idea has received much input from fishermen and thus has changed numerous times on the way to becoming an event.  Initially the thought was to expand our Traveling Fishermen program by hosting a "local getaway" to Hatteras during the great fall kingfish bite.  When we began asking if anyone would have interest in a trip like this, the answer was an overwhelming yes, but more ideas began to flow.  It was apparent fishermen wanted to get in on the fall kingfish bite, but were more interested in fishing a more traditional tournament event than going on an excursion.  If this was going to be the case we had to completely change our thinking and put on the tournament directors cap and look at this thing from the fishermen's perspective.  One of the many things that we believe makes a tournament successful in this day and age is ease of fishing.  We needed to develop a plan that would make this event easy to fish, while keeping it at a time and a place that gave everyone a chance at catching big kingfish.  Many factors went into the decision making on the details of this event.  We took all comments from the fishermen and thoughts of our own and put them together to form what we hope will be a unique, memorable, and incredible king mackerel fishing experience. 

Why are we doing this?  Number one, we love to fish competitively ourselves and can’t wait to fish this event. However, year after year we find ourselves asking the question why are there no tournaments during the peak season of king mackerel fishing?  We beat ourselves to death all summer chasing kingfish that are not prevalent in comparison to fall.  In addition, we felt like many fishermen are unaware of the king mackerel fishery in Nov-Dec from Cape Lookout to Cape Hatteras due to time of year and the fact most tournaments have this area as out of bounds.  Having a tournament in this area during this time presents an opportunity to blow off some steam after a long tournament season as well as gives those who have never fished the area to do so with the safety and help of a large group of boats.  The final reason for getting involved in hosting another event is for business reasons. Our Ocean Isle Fishing Center has recently implemented a web store as part of our offering (www.oifc.com/fishingstore).  In order to gain publicity and awareness of the newly introduced web store, we will operate the tournament completely from this website.  www.oifc.com and the corresponding web store, which is accessed by clicking on the web store menu item at www.oifc.com, is sponsoring this event and anything tournament related will be found by using the site.  Leading up to and during the event we will continually post information including names of entrants, travel plans, fishing reports, and links to specific equipment on the web store that will be useful for fishing this tournament. While there will be many experienced tournament teams taking part, we invite fishermen of all experience levels to join as this will be a great opportunity to learn a new area, new techniques and catch monster kingfish. We are excited about hosting the event and hope that the fishermen will check out the new web store and potentially become customers. 
Please read the tournament highlights/rules carefully as this is a unique format with rules some may be unfamiliar with.  Direct all questions and comments to captbrant@oifc.com or captbarrett@oifc.com

OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament HIGHTLIGHTS
Saturday, November 29th thru Saturday, December 6th
-Event to be held Saturday, November 29th to Saturday, December 6th.
-Fish 2 out of 8 days (you must declare your fish day or change your fish day by calling the tournament hot-line (910) 253-3474 by 6am of fishing day)
-Registration is online only (www.oifc.com- click on Web Store tab and find "OIFC.com King Mackerel Item"
-This is a two fish aggregate tournament (1 fish per day)
-Tournament Entry is $300
-Big Fish TWT is $300
-Aggregate TWT is $300                                                                                                       -Primary and TWT payout is 1st 50% 2nd 30% 3rd 20% (a 10% retainer of entries and TWT’s will be kept by the OIFC to cover administrative costs, web development, labor, CVSA tester etc… If costs equal less than the 10% retainer kept, the balance will be distributed with winnings.)
-Two weigh in sites- Hatteras- Hatteras Landing Marina (weigh master Billy Webster) and Morehead City- Town Creek Marina (weigh master Shea Lewis). We have two identical scales that are both certified by the state and exactly the same.
-Weigh in is open ONLY one hour each day from 5pm to 6pm. You must be in line to weigh-in by 6pm in order to weigh. 
-Pictures with time, weight and team will be posted online daily at the web store http://www.oifc.com/fishingstore/.
-The tournament will pay the top 3 highest aggregate weight teams. All winners are required to take voice stress test within 96 hours of the event’s conclusion. If the voice stress test is failed, winnings are forfeited.
PAYOUT (based on 50 boat entries, if more entries prizes go up proportionately)
Primary prizes- 1st: $6750, 2nd: $4050, 3rd: $2700
Big Fish TWT- 1st: $6750, 2nd: $4050, 3rd: $2700
Aggregate TWT- 1st: $6750, 2nd: $4050, 3rd: $2700

More information will be provided shortly at www.oifc.com.  Thank you all again for your input and we look forward to seeing the biggest fish of the year. 
 
OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament RULES
Saturday, November 29th thru Saturday, December 6th
  1. Registration is available online only at http://www.oifc.com/fishingstore/ which is accessed by going to www.oifc.com and clicking on the web store menu item.  Registration closes for entry at 10pm, Friday, November 28th.
  2. Each team may fish 2 out of the 8 scheduled days of the event
  3. Each team must declare their fishing day by calling the hotline # (910) 253-3474 by 6am of the day they choose to fish. If you have declared a day and then decide not to fish that day, you may also change your declared day by calling (910) 253-3474 before the 6am deadline.
  4. This is a no checkout event. Lines in the water time is 7am.
  5. Two separate weigh-in sites are available to competing teams. These sites are located at Hatteras Landing Marina in Cape Hatteras, NC- weigh master Billy Webster- (252) 986-2077/ (252) 475-0569 and Town Creek Marina in Beaufort, NC- weigh master Shea Lewis- (252) 725-4346.
  6. Each team intending to weigh a fish must do so by 6pm on their declared day. Both weigh in sites will be open for 1 hour only between 5pm and 6pm each day of the competition. Teams must be in sight of the weigh master by 6pm to be eligible to weigh. The decision to allow weigh-in is at the sole discretion of the weigh-master.
  7. This is an aggregate, 1 fish per day. Primary prizes, 1st thru 3rd are based on the combined aggregate weight of your two largest King Mackerel, one from each day of fishing.
  8. All tournament eligible fish must be weighed on the day in which they were caught.
  9. The same boat may only be fished under one entry during the tournament. You may not enter the same boat twice and simply change the boat name.
  10. All tournament eligible fish must be caught on the same boat in which they are delivered to weigh-in.
  11. No overland transport of tournament eligible fish is permitted prior to weigh-in.
  12. All tournament eligible fish must be caught on hook and line. 
  13. The tournament entry is $300. There will be a big fish TWT available for $300 and an aggregate TWT available for $300.
  14. Payout for the primary prizes and TWT’s is 1st 50%, 2nd 30%, 3rd 20%. (a 10% retainer of entries and TWT’s will be kept by the OIFC to cover administrative costs, web development, labor, CVSA tester etc… If costs equal less than the 10% retainer kept, the balance will be distributed with winnings.)
  15. The big fish TWT is won by the team entered in the category that weighs the largest king mackerel.
  16. The aggregate TWT is won by the team entered in the category that accumulates the most weight with up to 2 king mackerel weighed (1 per day).
  17. Contestants that weigh fish must be available to have their picture taken with the fish after weighing so that results can be posted at www.OIFC.com.
  18. All winning captains and/or crew members are required to take and pass a voice stress test (CVSA) before winnings will be awarded. The initial CVSA will be administered via telephone and must be taken by Tuesday, December 9th at 12pm. If the CVSA operator requests, winning captains and/or crew members will be required to submit to a second CVSA test in person and will have until Monday, December 15th at 12pm to take and pass this test. Should any of these requirements not be met, winnings will be forfeited and awarded to the next highest finishing participant. 
    1. The CVSA operator cannot be held civilly liable for any damages as a result of his/her determinations.
  19. Tournament directors, weigh masters or anyone else associated with this tournament are eligible to compete and win prizes. 
  20. All protests must be emailed to captbrant@oifc.com or called-in (910) 367-2945 by Monday, December 8th at 9am.
IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION:
Hatteras weigh-in, accommodations and dockage- Hatteras Landing, host marina:
(252) 986-2077/ (252) 475-0569
Hatteras weigh master (Billy Webster): (252) 986-2077/ (252) 475-0569
Beaufort dockage- Town Creek Marina, host marina: (877) 347-4869
Beaufort weigh master (Shea Lewis): (252) 725-4346  
Declaration hot-line: (910) 253-3474
Tournament questions: captbrant@oifc.com

- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Climate Change" | Speckulator - 22' | 10/13/08
 

The day started windy, 66 degrees and overcast.  I looked down the canal and here comes Kyle on the Speckulator.  Neither one of us could believe he had a charter on such a rotten day.  His charter consisting of 3 generations, Grandad Gus Sams, daughter, Terry Anne, her two boys 7 yr. old  John Charles and his 4yr. old brother McGowen, all from Southern Pines, N. C., arrived.  I was afraid that they wouldn't  exactly enjoy this trip.

As the day wore on, the conditions quickly improved.  Around noon Kyle summoned ole' Clark Kent to the dock for a picture.  Seems John Charles had landed a fine Red Drum.  The whole family was just beside themselves!  They had caught and released about a half dozen Reds and a Flounder.  Kyle said they used OIFC Select Mud Minnows and Pogies.  He had the crew well trained, because when I asked Gus where they caught their his he replied "in the water". The Sams' were one Trout away from an Inshore Slam.  From September to December, and then again in the spring are the best times to fish for Flounder, Trout and Red Drum.  Now would be a good time to do like the Sam's and give it a try.

After cleaning the Drum, we went into the Fishing Center to look at a picture of Kyle's lovely girlfriend in the Fisherman's Post.  We're a rough crowd and  as you can only imagine, it went downhill from there.  This family were great sports, fun to be around, and we really enjoyed having them.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Weekend Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/12/08
 

WHEW!  Man did it blow this weekend.  Of course, there was a fishing tournament and of course, my good sense wouldn't win over and I had to participate.  It was the Rumble in the Jungle tournament which my brother and I actually won last year.  The guys with the Little River fishing club to a VERY good job putting on this event and they deserve thanks. 

The forecast for SAT was 15-20kts gusting to 25kts and it was pretty much exactly that.  The good news is the wind was from the NE, so the beach from Shallotte inlet to the Cape Fear stayed pretty calm.  There was a good bite of Kings caught all along the beach in this area, most were smaller at 10-15 pounds, but a 34 was caught off the Big Hill just east of Lockwood's by Dan Upton and Jack Wood of Team Donzi to win the event.  As my brother and I, we laid caution to the wind and ran 85 miles south in a 6-8 foot following sea and fished off between Georgetown and Charleston-- It was rough and amongst all the Amberjacks, we caught a 24.5 pound King that ended up finishing us 6th overall.  It was an adventure and I was VERY pleased with how the 32 Yellowfin performed.

Looking at the weather this week, it is going to be great.  Sunny, clear, light north winds.  I expect the fishing is going to be nothing short of incredible.  There is still plenty of bait on the beach and I believe Shallotte inlet is going to be the place to be.  See you there.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Ruff!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/12/08
 

I mean rough.  Ruff is what my dog Mackerel said as I was leaving the house yesterday morning to fish the Rumble in the Jungle tournament with Brant.  He was correct with that forecast.  Brant and I loaded up the 32' Yellowfin and made our way through the dark and rain to Little River for the checkout.  We had hoped to run to the north for our fishing day but with the radar looking like somebody threw up yellow and green all over it we decided it probably wasn't feasible giving the distance of the run and the conditions.  Did I mention it was blowing yesterday also?  Wow!  Instead of running north we did the exact opposite and went way south hoping to escape the most severe of the wind and rain.  It was a good try, but to no avail.  The wind blew steady between 20 to 25knots all day and gusted higher at times.  I felt like Leutinant Dan and Forest Gump trying to stand up in the boat and catch fish with all the rain and wind.  Nevertheless we made the long run south in 6 to 8 footers in decent time.  That Yellowfin is an incredible boat.  We were the second boat to the spot and 12 other pro boats eventually showed up.  The Rumble is piggybacked by the final leg of the pro division kingfish circuit.  As soon as we put baits in it was on.  Well, kind of on.  We were attacked by ferocious amberjacks a.k.a. reef donkeys.  This would be a common theme for the day and the fleet.  However on the second round of baits we did get lucky.  Brant was letting out a bait when it was inhaled and this time there was no mistaking the species.  The fish let out on a blistering run along the surface which meant we likely had a kingfish.  We fought the fish in the huge seas for about 15 minutes before we could get a gaff shot.  Not really knowing what to expect for the rest of the day we iced her down good and went back to it.  The next several hours brought more and more aj's and one other small kingfish.  The rest of the fleet was enduring the same result for the most part.  We did see two other decent kingfish caught, a 29lber by team Posse and a 23 by Hannons Cannon.  After lunchtime the weather remained windy and wet we decided to head for the scales.  Our fish weighed 24 and some change and when we left was in 2nd place.  Not a bad result and a fish we were proud of considering the conditions.  We justified fishing by making a game of overcoming the conditions and realizing what a great challenge had been presented.  We have to trick ourselves somehow!  At events end we slipped to 6th but anyone who caught a fish today earned it.  A 34lb fish won the tournament caught by the Upton's and Jack Wood on Team Donzi. I understand there was a good bite of fish along the beach here locally off of Ocean Crest pier and Lockwood Folly inlet.  The bait is prevalent along the beach and the fish didn't seem to mind the wind or rain- they are already wet.  This week in my opinion should be the pinnacle of fall king mackerel fishing.  We have bait, we have fish and now we are going to have the weather.  The weather forecasted calls for temps highs in the low 80's lows in the low 60's, sunny, and light north winds.  Look for an all out bite along the beaches later this week with the conditions lining up perfect.  If there were ever a time to come down for fall fishing this would be it.  You should be able to catch bait with ease, and find fish very close which means little fuel burn.  Stay tuned for reports this week.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Luminescent" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/12/08
 

The title has nothing to do with anthing.....I just promised Dennis (a colorful friend of the OIFC) that I'd use it in a Fishing Report.   He used it yesterday. I HEARD that a 49 lb. King was the big fish in the Rumble in the Jungle.  Also, I don't know for a fact, but I was told that Brant and Barrett finished 6th.   Congratulations! Some friends of ours spent time yesterday with their own private inshore tournament and caught several flounder and reds.  Again, I don't know where as they were going out for round two when I talked with them.  Captain Kyle ( Skeckulator) had a charter yesterday morning and reported catching reds.  That wraps up what I was told yesterday and last night.

This morning in paradise, 6 am, finds the wind still strong out of the east and cloudy with a few stars.  It's entirely too early!!  Recognizing the tough economic times folks are enduring, Brant is running some real deals on charters.  We've sent out mailers and posted them on the scroller on our main page.  But,  he's running a King/Grouper charter for $800 (4 person boat) and $1,000 on the 6 person boat.  The Giant bluefin is $500+fuel for 7-9 hrs. and $700+fuel for 12-14 hrs. and a Gulf Stream, Tuna, Dolphin Wahoo charter for $1500 for 14 hrs, and $1300 for a 12 hr. trip.  Captain Brant's fishing customers can stay at the Ocean Isle Inn for 20% off.  Give us a call to book your trip.  Captain Amy and Mrs. Juanita (really Anita) have marked down the mens dress shirts and fishing shirts 40%.  This is as good as the Captain's Club sale.  I just bought a good looking Guy Harvey for ME.  You can check these and other great deals on our http://www.oifc.com/fishingstore/page.

Brant has been able to follow suit with  the market on our fuel prices and and has been able to lower them.  Not to harp on the ethanol thing, but another boater filled up here yesterday after having what he thinks is ethanol problems with his motor.  He had to buy an additive for $20 in hopes of saving the old fuel he has in his boat.  Brant has to pay more for 100% gas, and must pass that on, but it's worth it in repair bills.  We are our best customer and have had not fuel related problems.  I also run only our gas in my Trailer Park Yacht Club and Marina Fleet.  That wraps up what's going on here.  If I get anymore reports, I'll be sure to pass them on.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Blue Fish" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/09/08
 

I received a report from Captain Roger that the Blue Fish are being located just off of the Little River Jetties.  There is a red buoy and Roger said he anchored up about 30 yrds. southeast of it in about 5 feet of water and caught some.  This is FYI for those looking for Blue Fish for bait for the tournaments.

Also the weather now is cloudy with some sprinkles.  The prediction is showers this afternoon.  The wind is calm here at the OIFC.  It is predicted to be "snotty" later this weekend.  But if it holds out of the north, the islands usually protect the near shore so there is a possibility of descent fishing.  We open at 6am Saturday if you need bait, gas, etc.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"fishing report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/08/08
 

** Grouper school Monday, October 13th has openings- cost is $300 per person- Gag Grouper are biting- let's go!  Call (910) 575-3474 to sign up**

Welcome to all of the out of town fishermen arriving this week to fish the last leg of the SKA's pro tour.  If you find yourself in need of any last minute items or local information, stop by the Ocean Isle Fishing Center and we'll help you out.

Of course, the big question is always, where are the fish?  The past weekend the bite went off strong in the Cape Fear Ship Channel near the old sea buoy position.  A cold front is going to pass on Thurs PM and bring north winds for Fri and Sat, which should mean the beach bite for Kings will turn on.  Look for the Ship Channel and Lighthouse Rocks to be hot.  Also the 390/390 was good this past weekend and it too should produce a few big fish.  Pogys have been plentiful along the beaches from Shallotte inlet north and the Bluefish have been schooling around the mouths of inlets on the falling tide.  I'd also look for the Fairway ledges on the north side of Frying Pan Shoal to heat up as well.

I fished the Stream on Monday with the Allen family.  As typically goes in fishing, the Allen's could only fish Monday and of course it was beautfiul all the way up to Sunday, but Monday a Northeast wind at 15-20 made fishing tough.  The seas were reasonable at 3-5 feet until we hit the Stream where we found 3 knots of current from the southwest, jacked straight into the wind and standing the seas up straight and tight.  Couple that will a mess of scattered grass and we had our work cutout for us.  We worked the Black Jack area and caught a Blackfin Tuna within minutes. We reset and 30 minutes later the inside rigger popped and a Sailfish erupted from the water. Doug Allen of Charlotte did the honors and we released an estimated 60 pound Sailfish after a 20 minute fight. We reset again and trolled another half hour when I caught a fish skyrocketing through the waves and then the long rigger came to life. Derek McKee also of Charlotte fought this fish and we landed a 30 pound Wahoo. Despite the weather, we were holding our own. However, that was pretty much the end of the story for us. A bunch of scattered weed moved into the area and plagued our spread as we couldn’t troll a hundred yards without getting weeds on the lines. Couple the weed with 4-6+ foot waves and 20 knot winds and it was extremely tough fishing. We caught a fish Kings, Cudas and False Albacore, but we never got another bite from a desirable species. The water color looked good and water temperatures were in the low 80’s. I feel like under better conditions we could have done better, but regardless, Tuna, Wahoo and Sailfish isn’t too bad of a day

Pictured below is Derek's Wahoo.  Also pictured are some nice Kings weighed here at the OIFC this past week. 

This weekend is the Rumble in the Jungle tournament- it is held in conjunction with the SKA pro tournament.  Registration is Friday at Harbourgate marina, so come join the event and fish for big $$$.  In addition, alot of the pros will also be fishing, so we've got to work to keep the prize money local and the bragging rights local.

If you are looking at the weekend's weather and considering- it will be perfect weather to fish the beach for Kings.  The Grouper are 20-30 miles out and it will probably be 3-5 feet in that range.  I think the Stream will be a bit too tough for most including myself.  Come on down and lets go fishing.  Forget the stock market and all the craziness.  I say the best cure for down economy is a screaming reel!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Spots are here!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/08/08
 

I just got word from John McWhite (Sunset Beach resident and creator of ProFinder Charts) that the spots had finally arrived in the waterway.  The pandemonium that always goes along with the fall spot run has not yet started, but chances are good that it will be here by the afternoon are tomorrow.  The OIFC is well stocked on Berkley Gulp! bloodworm altermative, Fish Bites Bloodworms, custom spot rigs, and long shanked hooks.  Time to get on down here, put the little boat in the water, or reserve your "spot" at a local pier.  John said he will be unavailable for comment this afternoon, as he is going fishing.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Calm Seas" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/08/08
 

Captain Zach Faulkner (OIFC First Mate/Captain)  and his Dad, Benji sent these pictures of their family taken this weekend while they fished the 390/390's  Pictured are David, Luke and Harold Faulkner along with Boyd Safnt.

Check out how flat the seas were and the quality of the King.  Zach also "claimed" he had a King but said Benji forgot their camera.  How'd they get these pictures?  Zach?

If this along with the other fishing reports don't get you ready for the Rumble in the Jungle I don't know what will, except maybe the falling gas prices!

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"SKA Pro Tourney Rumble in the Jungle" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/07/08
 

Welcome to all the out of town SKA Pro Tour fishermen coming to our neighborhood for the last tourney on the pro tour this year. Best of luck to all the fishermen for the tour championship[go homeboy forrest!]. If anybody needs any help give me or Barrett a call or any of our captains here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center[910-575-FISH[3474].

I know it's no big secret where the big fish bite went down last week, so buckle up for a 100mile run and see who has the fastest machine on the tour. For those who missed out on what's happening, bite went down last weekend at 1700 Rock/Summerlin Reef/30 Minute Rock. However, don't overlook there were a lot of good fish caught in  our local waters. Good fish[40+] were caught at Jungle, 90/90, Shark Hole, River Channel; no 200 mile run required. That said, we do sell fuel[100% gas, NO ETHENHOL] so stop in. We appreciate your business.

Come see us here at OIFC. We have all tourney fishing needs...small NC style ribbonfish, cases of chum, pogy oil, my custom fast sink pogy nets/ect/ect.

Brant/Barrett


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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