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"OIFC Rodeo Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/25/08
 

Fall fishing is near and the OIFC RODEO winnings are mounting up.The money in the Rodeo is now up to $1,780.  If you are already in the RODEO don't forget to weigh in your fish.   If you aren't in the rodeo, enter now.  You have until mid December. The Fall Brawl is almost upon us and the RODEO is another way to win some money, or just enter the Rodeo and weigh in while you are recreational fishing. Check out this link for the standings, http://www.oifc.com/tournaments.cfm#T2.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"New pictures from last week" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/24/08
 

David Logan just sent me the pictures of last Sunday's Gulf Stream trip to the 100/400 area.  With a nice forecast this week, I can't wait to get out and do some more of that fishing. Seems like the wahoo action is heating back up a little early this year, I heard of some coming from the Little River fleet as well from before the storm.  Give us a call, we have some openings for the week. 
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Stay Inside" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/23/08
 

Don't stay inside your house, but today is a good day to stay inside fishing.  It was dark when I came to work so I couldn't see the ocean but I could sure hear it.  As the sun came up I could see that our canal at the OIFC was slam full of bait....so could the Egret who was sitting on the point waiting for breakfast.

George Powell came to the dock to fuel up, he lives ocean front and said the ocean was "snotty".  He as going flounder and drum fishing in his McKee Craft which is an off shore boat. Talk about about cabin fever.

George just returned from fishing in the Gulf.  He fished around an Exxon Oil Rig and said the fishing was great.  Remember that when you cast your vote in November.  Off Shore drilling is a good thing for fishing.

Tropical Storm Fay may have missed us, but she reeked havoc on our seas.  I'm not Rube, when it comes to weather, but in my opinion ( which doesn't hold much water, as I'm still a first mate), weather wise we dodged a bullet. History generally shows that when a storm crosses Florida east bound, it usually goes over the Atlantic, gains strength and returns to shore anywhere from South Carolina to the Outer Banks.  Enough Greg Fishel, George Elliott or Jim Cantore.

Most of our summer help has gone back to school,  Captain Zach, Will "jet ski" King,  and Justin "Dustin" Klein headed back to college, soon the high school guys, Morgan, Alex, and my special buddy, Nolan, will be gone.  Summer at the OIFC is ending.  I, for one wil l miss them, they add a lot of energy to the place.  The good thing is the end of summer signals the beginning of fall fishing!    Well, I'm getting all misty eyed now, so I'll sign off.  I hope to have some inshore action to report.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"The bite before the storm" | World Cat- 33' | 08/21/08
 

The ocean was nice and flat this morning.  It wasn't that way this afternoon.  In the meantime, Capt. Roger and Turtle made it offshore to the Blackjack, where they nabbed these two nice wahoo and a king mackerel before conditions became unfavorable. Roger said that the Blue Water Candy Charleston Mix Mini Jag was the ticket for these fish, and that they connected with two much larger fish that didn't make it to the gaff.  Good to see that the wahoo are starting to show again offshore, a little bit earlier than normal.  Can't wait for this storm to pass so we can get back after them.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Boat trailering bill vetoed by Governor- WE MUST F" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/20/08
 

The Governor has sited safety concerns as his reason for vetoing the bill that would allow boats over 96" to trailer at night and on weekends-- a 96" wide boat is basically 25-28', so if you're boat is bigger than this, you are likely at risk for being fined by the DMV for an oversized load.  We have been trailering boats of this size up and down the highways for years with no issues or "safety" concerns beyond the normal, but for an unknown reason, it has become and issue and is being strictly enforced.

CLICK HERE and read carefully to understand what you can do to help us override the Governor's veto.  It can be done


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Governor vetos trailering bill" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/20/08
 

Sure enough the Governor vetoed the trailering bill that was passed almost unanimously by the Legislature. The public spoke loud and clear, and our elected Reps in the Senate and House, Republicans and Democrats, listened and passed the bill. Mission accomplished? Who'd a thunk it; you succeed in getting the Republicans and Dems to agree and wham, from outer space the Gov steps in and protects his Highway Patrol buddies and vetoes the damn thing. This is nothing but a turf battle. The HP guys didn't like the Legislature taking away their power, they went to the Gov, and the Gov concluded he better look after the guys who are his chauffeur and security detail. He states his veto is due to "safety concerns" and a desire to be consistent with all the other coastal states. What he doesn't say is no other coastal state has been enforcing these antiquated rules passed many years ago, and the problem would never have come up if he had stepped in and managed his own folks. There were a couple over zealous out of control officers who created this entire mess, and if the Gov had put the word out to their bosses to stop the nonsense, then the Legislature would not have had to deal with the bill. As we see so many times, due to ego's within the Government bureaucracy, protecting your buddies became more important than listening to the will of the public.

Last hope is to contact the Speaker of the House, Joe Hackney[919-733-3451, and request he call the Legislature back into session and override the veto. If that fails, you can be assured this will be a campaign issue for the upcoming election.


- Rube McMullan
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"Sick Leave" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/19/08
 

I've been puny the past few days, thus the lack of fishing reports.  Captain Jeff "Get Busy" Williamson called me today and he'd cut a charter short because he had the funk.   And NO we didn't give it to each other, we're friends, but NOT that good of friends.

My back up reporter talked to Captain Roger, Captain Chris B. and Captain Chris Dew all of whom had either 1/4 or 1/2 day charters and each one limited out on Spanish Mackerel.  They were pulling Clark Spoons in 20-25 feet of water.

Jeff Beck , my back up reporter, fished the Scout today along  with Justin Brown of Jabertown and Eric Sykes from the "Go Gas Estates" in the Southport area.  They worked the AR's which just didn't produce like they'd thought, so the crew of Brunswick County's finest (Deputies, all) moved in shore where they hit pay dirt behind the Islands.  All the fish were caught fan casting while anchored using buck tails tipped with Berkley Gulp Cut Bait. I've been advising using mullet minnows.  Different strokes for different folks.  Check out the pictures and you'll see some of their catch.

I've also thrown in a picture of a young man who fished with Captain Roger, his uncle and a friend aboard the It Works (OIFC 2, just can't get used to that).  I had server problems on top of a raging headache and lost all the information.  I do remember they had such a good time that they extended their half day to a full day.  Sorry guys.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Sailing fish and crustacea" | World Cat- 33' | 08/19/08
 

Got these pics today from Capt. Joe Seegers on the Hooked Up and Jeff Martini on the Dirty Martini from Sunday's offshore day.  Catching his first sail was Darren Harrington (wearing the belt) of Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry on Oak Island.  The fish ate a dink ballyhoo in about 130'.  On the Dirty Martini, Jeff, Trayce Huggins, and John McLaurin did a little diving after catching their dolphin and came up with these stud lobsters.  The sailfish was released to fight another day--the lobsters were released onto a hot grill with a little butter, garlic,  and lime, I imagine.
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"Happenings" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/18/08
 

Today is OIFC super staffer Anita Moore's birthday- she's 40 !!!!

I am starting work on the Fall Brawl and am seeking help from sponsors to help with this year's event.  If you plan on fishing and you have a business that might benefit from exposure to 1000's of area fishermen and their familes (or if you just want to write the tournament entry off as a business expense), I have a great package available that includes advertising and an entry into the event.  Please email me ASAP at captbrant@oifc.com if you have interest. 

In the fishing news, the big move has come offshore in the Stream where the Wahoo seemed to have stepped it up a bit.  Several boats had good catches in the 100/400 and Black Jack area, most with Wahoo in the 20-40 pound range.  There were also a few Mahi and Sailfish mixed in with catches as well.  Closer in, the Kings are biting pretty good in 90-110 feet of water and so are the Grouper and Snapper.  We haven't seen much from the Kings in the 50-70 foot range this past week, but we are doing well on the Spanish Macks in 15-25 feet of water.  That's pretty much the story.  We are in the heat of the Summer and the Kings won't likely be back in until mid September.  The best thing should be Wahoo as they typically really pick up into September and the Fall.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"AR 465" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/18/08
 

I received these pictures from Pat Steele.  They are of William Parker and friends at the Gary Ennis.  They said there was lots of bait and that they got into the Kings pretty good. I had server problems so I was just able to post these pictures.
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"Diversity offshore" | World Cat- 33' | 08/18/08
 

Capt. Zach and I had a 14 hour Gulf Stream trip yesterday with David Logan, his brother, and his sons Ben and Max.  We left the dock before 5 a.m. and dodged thunderstorms all the way out to just inshore of the 100/400 area.  Meeting us out there was Capt. Joe Seegers on the Hooked Up, who made his way from Southport.  Marking a ton of bait, we set out live baits first and were immediately rewarded with a 10 pound king and a very nice 25 pounder.  Joe reported a sailfish release, and within about three minutes we had one try to eat our long live bait (he did not come tight).  We tried ballyhoo trolling, but could not stay out of the barracudas.  Jeff Martini was also in the vicinity and caught a nice dolphin.  Still marking bait way down deep, we started dropping live baits down and immediately hooked some African pompano.  Wow!  I had forgotten the brute strength of these fish.  We pulled hooks and broke leaders, but seeing a huge one come over the transom of the Hooked Up, we gritted our teeth and kept trying.  Finally, after about ten hookups, Max brought one to the boat.  Zach sunk the gaff and brought it aboard.  We let a few baits sink all the way to the bottom (dead cigar minnows) and ended up with a scamp and a speckled hind.  We also lost the largest American Red snapper I have ever seen to a six foot barracuda at the boat, bringing in only the lips.  Ouch.  Joe reported a massive (48") gag from the same spot.  Suffice to say, there is a lot of life just inshore of the break.  With sore arms, we decided to finish the day by pulling lures to stay out of the barracudas and possibly catch a wahoo.  We set out a spread of dark plugs and headed offshore.   Before too long, we were rewarded with a 35# hoo, which ate a navy/gold/silver Black Bart Super Pro Jet in the propwash.  Not too shabby.  We left the break and ran through a few gullywashers on the way in, but everyone was in good spirits and drying out as we cleaned fish back at the OIFC docks.

Closer to the beach, Kenny Clark and Tony Foster on the Liquidate caught this sailfish at the Jungle on Saturday on a dead bait.  We have had a sporadic sailfish bite this year, but the fish are definitely still around.  With all the bait we have seen in the 65-80 range over the past week, it is a great place to target them.  Congratulations to them and everyone else who has proved that August can be a good time to be productive out there if you are willing to work hard for your fish.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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""Spoty"" | World Cat- 33' | 08/15/08
 

That's how Captain Chris Burrows described the fishing today.  The ocean was beyond beautiful  as was the weather.  Reports were that a very large King was taken at the Tower and that the bite there was excellent.  Near shore, Captain Roger amassed a boat load of Spanish.  Roger was pulling Clark Spoons on #1 and #2 planers.

Speaking of Spanish, if you have access to the Brunswick Beacon, Captain Brant has an excellent article on the "how to's" of Spanish fishing


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Batting A Thousand" | World Cat- 33' | 08/14/08
 

All of our boats went out today and all were successful in landing a good amount of fish.  The weather yesterday  in paradise was terrible.  It cooled down and rained buckets.  There's no drought in Brunswick County!!  But today was a different story.  The sun was out this morning with just a whisk of clouds during the day and tolerable temperatures.  Tonight is clear with a big ole' full moon.

Chris Dew and son/mate Aaron had left the dock when I arrived this morning.  Captain Roger was loading up the new Carolina Cat with almost every rod in the Charter Room.  He said he wasn't going fishing he was going catching.  The World Cat with Captain Chris Burrows and Captain Zach left last with an afternoon charter.

I spoke with the Carolina Cat's charter group which consisted of Cliff Newcomb, Megan Dover her dad Shawn, Megan's grandfather and curt Dover as well as Scott Beck and Jeff Seacrest ( and no he's not kin to Ryan of American Idol fame, I asked).  They said the seas were fine and they really enjoyed the Carolina Cat.  The group caught several large jacks, and some vermilion snappers. Megan caught the biggest, while Grandad caught the first fish.  This only adds more support to my theory that women are better anglers then men.  Roger said they fished the  Gary Ennis, the York Hole and the 27 Mile Rock.  The other boats had a mix of kings and spanish.  First mate Turtle said the bait was plentiful about a mile west of the Holden Beach Pier.

Disclaimer and apology:  I wrote down all the information EXCEPT Grandfather's name.  Since I'm a Grandpa, I'm sure I left out the most important person' name on the boat.  My profuse apologies!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"William Parker's Fishing Trip" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/12/08
 

Thanks to William Parker who sent me these pictures he took Saturday while fishing with Dwayne Wood, Marc Fryar and his son Jarad.  William said the day started off feeding the pelicans after catching bait.  Jarad caught his first king and cobia while fishing at the Horseshoe.  Marc and Jarad also caught two barracuda there which they released. Dwayne caught a 300 lb tiger shark which was released at the boat. The shark was caught at the Tower.  Several kings were released.  William caught a 23 lb cobia.  As William put it "yet another day in paradise".

William is an excellent angler who is a valued friend of the OIFC family.  Again, thanks.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Flounder Get Busy" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/12/08
 

I received a phone call  this afternoon from Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy) who charters out of the OIFC.  He said he had a proud young man at the dock who had some good sized flounder.

And proud he should be, 5-1/2 year old ( he'll be 6 on September 7th, just ask him!), Liam Cottrill of Columbus Ohio was grinning from ear to ear as I took his picture with a 3.15 lb and a 2.75 lb  flounder.  He had a couple of others.  Liam said he had some which were too small so he released them.  He also said he had a real good time fishing with his Dad, Mike, and his Papaw from Parkersburg W. Va.  Congrations to Liam  early happy birthday and thanks for fishing with Captain Brant's Fishing Adventures.

While at the store I had some folks ask me about good places to go crabbing.  They told me they'd been crabbing off the dock at their  rental home on Raeford St. and had only caught a couple of crabs.  Then they said they caught a flounder in their crab cage and held their hands about 16 inches apart to indicate the size.  I think I'm giving up fishing and go crabbing instead!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Look At The Fish!!" | World Cat- 33' | 08/11/08
 

Kevin Mills of Garner is supposed to be looking a the fine catch of Spanish mackerel he and Suzanne Jordan, Clayton and Martha Mills of Garner landed today while fishing aboard the World Cat.

Captain Chris and Boston Rob , along with the crew landed these while on a half day charter to the AR 455.  Earlier in the day Captain Chris Dew had joined them for a quarter day aboard the It Works and also did damage. Roger and his charter pulled out on the new World Cat about 10am.  I haven't talked to him yet, but I'll hook up(a little fishing lingo) tomorrow.

The ocean was rough this morning making fishing a little uncomfortable.  It soon changed to 3 foot rolls and by a little later it smoothed out.  Roger had a child aboard, so hew poked his nose out of the Shallotte Inlet and returned.  He wanted the child to have a good experience on his first trip instead of being scared or sick.  We want people to have an enjoyable fishing experience.

My plan for tomorrow is to go kayak fishing with my new water proof camera I got for my birthday, and get some cool pictures for the report!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Boat trailering bill last shot" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/11/08
 

The Governor has until Aug 17 to veto the bill. We need to give the Gov one last blast from our fog horns requesting he NOT veto the bill that was passed by the Legislature. The contact info for the Governor is on the July 18 fishing report. Everyone send emails/teles/ect so he knows we're still out here watching how he chooses to leave his legacy to our state. Thanks.
- Rube McMullan
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"Dog days of August?" | World Cat- 33' | 08/11/08
 

Mike Herndon and crew made it look more like hawg days with this catch of kings and a dolphin on Saturday.  Live pogies accounted for these fish, the biggest weighing 34 and 32 pounds.  Carson Herndon and Zach Illing made up the crew on Mike's boat, the "Knot-a-Clue."  Congratulations to them for demonstrating that quality fish can be caught in the heat of the summer, if you make a good plan and stick to it.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Boat Trailering bill passes but awaits Governors v" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/11/08
 

The Senate has overwhelming passed the boat trailering bill. There was an amendment attached in hopes of getting the Governor's approval which lowered the width to 114 inches for 24/7 towing. Over 114 inches no permit, but no nightime towing. Even with this compromise the Governor is still threatening to veto. SO........same deal. We need everyone to continue to email the Governor seeking his support for the bill and DON'T VETO IT! The public has spoken, the Legislature listened with a resounding vote of support. Why would the Governor ignore the will of the people? Please email him at governor.office@ncmail.net. Or tele 800-662-7952; 919-733-5811;  919-733-4240;  or fax # 919-7332120. Thanks for your help!
- Rube McMullan
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"Horseshoe" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/10/08
 

No, not fishing the Horseshoe, but taking a good luck charm with us in the form of Austin Aycock and fishing with in sight of Captain Chris "hot hand" Dew on the It Works.

We knew the day was going to be interesting when Austin did a spinning throw with the cast net and spun himself off the OIFC dock and into the drink.  But being the fisherman he is he held on to the net and caught bait.  Speaking of bait, the pogies and mullet minnows were thick in the commercial canal at the OIFC, in the ICW and the pogies were holding just off Tubbs Inlet.

After recovering Austin from the drink we headed the Scout 240 Bay Boat out of the Shallotte Inlet.   Iniatially the ride was bumpy, especially for a bay boat, but as the day wore on the ocean settled down, making for an enjoyable fishing day.   

 We set up at an AR within sight of the It  Works.  The highlight of this stop was Austin landing a 4.20 lb.  flounder. I bore easily so we moved to Jeff's secrete location where we again started picking up flounder.  Jeff "Captain Toad Fish" , a name Austin came up with because Jeff caught every toad fish on the east coast  definitely led the competition in catch and release of some of the biggest toad fish I remember ever seeing.  We've named the spot the toad fish hole.  We also set out Jelly Balls, but failed in our attempts at spade fishing. There were a bunch of Spanish here ,  I suggest those people wishing to fish for Spanish do so off of Bird Island.

As we were returning we talked with some of Jeff's Deputy feiends who were having a good time fishing and swiming.  They told us that the  cobia were thick as molasses at the 90's yesterday.  We had a ball fishing with Austin.  Not only is he a good young man, but he is very knowledge about fishing and boating. Overall it was a great day!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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