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"Last to the dock" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/12/08
 

Last in today was Will King, the manager of the OIFC's Jet Ski and Boat Rental operation.  Will was out early this morning throwing his cast net for bait.  He then went to the Sunset Beach Island area and fished for flounder using the mullet minnows he'd caught.  The hard work paid off with six keeper flounder and several which were released.  Will said the red's were thick, but he only had one hit, which he was unable to land.  But a good sign non the less. 

This afternoon was a great time at the OIFC docks. It's exciting to see so many boats bringing in so many quality fish.  As much fun are the families taking in the beautiful weather and enjoying the festive atmosphere as the boats come in.  We love to have folks join us when the charter boats are returning home,  Check in with us, shop, eat while waiting for the fleet and enjoy what the area has to offer.

Several area anglers are fishing a king tournament this weekend.  The OIFC wishes all of them good luck and safe trips.  We've got several trips chartered this week, but still have some open times.  If the weather and fishing stays as it was today we're in for more good times.  We look forward to seeing ya'll this week.  If you can't make it stay tuned to the fishing report and we'll do our best to make you feel like you're  with us in paradise.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Jamie's Got the Blues" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/12/08
 

A corny title, but the best I could do for now.  First in to the OIFC dock was Jamie  Blue with a crew consisting of the beautiful Miss Lindsay Wallace and her not so beautiful, but handsome brother Shane.  They had been to the Atlantic Ledge aboard Jamie's Sea Fox the "Into The Blue". 

 The crew was pulling a sailfish daisey chain when a big cobia appeared.  They hustled the daisey chain in and pitched a ballyhoo.  The cobia ignored the first offer, so they did it again, only this time smacking him up beside the head.  This "offering" apparently got his attention as he drilled it.  Miss Lindsey was the angler and eventually fought the 30.10 fish to he boat.

They also fished the 33 mile ledge, where they got  a dolphin and some kings.  As they were reeling in one of the dolphin, it was attacked by a hungry barracuda and bit in two.  Jamie worked at the OIFC last year and is an excellent captain and angler

Below is a photo of the crew with the cobia and Miss Lindsay with the mangled mahi.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Live Bait School Action" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/12/08
 

About 6:30 this morning Captain Brant was reviewing last night's on shore portion of his Live Bait School with anglers Tim Covington, Dan Thames , Eddie Matthews and Mike Bailey.  Shortly after leaving the OIFC dock Brant called the OIFC to tell us he'd found all the bait anyone needed just east of  the Shallotte Inlet,  just off Holden Beach and for us to advise anyone who asked about bait..

They then headed to about 75 feet of water and continued the practical portion of the school.  During the course of the day, Dan caught and released a sail fish, they caught about a dozen kings and released about as many.  One of the kings was bit in half by a barracuda. To complete the on sea portion of the school they caught a nice jack, cobia and dolphin...the cobia was a nice fish!  The class said the ocean started out a little bumpy, but improved greatly during the day.

Once on the dock, Brant completed the school by allowing the class hands on cleaning of the fish.

Below is a class picture, along with Mr. Covington's granddaughter, 3 year old Makayla Parks, whom he said was the love of his life.   Everyone graduated with honors.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Randy caught another big one" | World Cat- 33' | 07/12/08
 

Just got this pic from Randy Lingerfelt on the StitchWizard.  He, along with Jeff Lingerfelt, Doug Sweeney, and Chris Huneycutt caught this 28.70# king at the 18 Mile Rock yesterday on a green skirted ballyhoo on a Hank Brown Hookup rig.  Seems like these guys have had at least their share of nice fish this year.  I think they are set up to do well in this week's Got 'Em On Tournament.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"bait alert" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/12/08
 

Captain Brant just advised that there is all the bait you need just east of the Shallotte Inlet off Holden Beach.
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"half day" | World Cat- 33' | 07/11/08
 

Captain Roger and first mate Boston Rob had a half day charter this morning with the Green family from Millstone, New Jersey on the World Cat.  The computer was showing 10-15 winds and 3-5 ft. seas. Putting to use Captain Brant's Understanding Your Marine Forecast, this just didn't compute.  I get a lot of calls checking on the marine forecast and try to explain that our captains go mostly by wind speed and direction, not the wave height.

Anyway I was monitoring channel 11 on the radio and was hearing several hook ups other than and including the World Cat.  One Captain reported a hook up with a "brown marlin". For those like me who did not know, Captain Chris B. says a brown marlin is  angler slang for a dog shark

When the Cat returned Roger said the son, Christopher, had caught and released a citation 53 inch barracuda, and the dad Lou had done the same with a 49 inch-er.  They also had caught several kings and over a half dozen sharks.  Not bad for a half day's action.  Everyone said the seas were perfect.  The crew left on an afternoon charter, but a pretty strong thunderstorm popped up.  We don't need Captain Brant's "how to" to tell us that's "not too good".

Captain Chris Dew came in with a young man from Raleigh, N.C., Steve Hooper, who'd been fishing with his dad and caught a 6.10 lb.spanish.  Folks need to be in the OIFC Rodeo and earn some money.

On the in shore note, some bank anglers were buying Berkley Gulp  chartreuse curly tails, saying the drum were tearing them up in the grass.  Another fisherman told me he was catching reds using live pogies he'd gotten out of the ICW with his cast net. We'll be at the store in the am Saturday if you want to check in and see what the weather or fishing action is.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Boat Trailering bill RED ALERT" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/10/08
 

Everything had been going well with boat trailering bill until  Governor Easley stated his intention to veto it unless the nightime towing restrictions were removed. This afternoon the Finance Committe[where bill is currently located] may vote to strip the nightime towing in order to avoid a veto by the Governor. My opinion is let him veto it and answer to the citizens and businesses of NC that have so strongley supported the work of the Legislature to get the bill passed. The pressure would then be on the Legislature to override the Governor's veto. The other theory is get passed what the Governor will sign, and then go back in next session and try to amend the bill. Either way, we need to immediatley contact the key folks and let them know how important this bill is; including night time towing. What good does it do to come to the beach to go fishing for the weekend if you can't get back home to go to work the next day.

Contact folks are:

Tony Rand[Tonyr@ncleg.net]

Marc Basnight[Marcb@ncleg.net]

Governor.office@ncmail.net


- Rube McMullan
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"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/09/08
 

It's a sad state of affairs when all your own son will tell you about getting big flounder is that it was a "Lockwood Folly drive by".  Three things I know, the Lockwood Folly River produces big flounder, Jeff was headed that way to meet a friend, and he was tieing some buck tails the night before. 

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Hero Biscuits" | World Cat- 33' | 07/08/08
 

Captains Chris B. and Rudy, on the World Cat came out on top today with a bunch of Kings in the 15 lb. class,  along with some Spanish and Dolphin.  They were fishing live cigar minnows with green Blue Water  Candy skirts at the Shark Hole.

Captain Roger said he gave them "hero biscuits" this morning when he brought them BoJangle's  Biscuits for breakfast,  (you'd think Bo's or Mickey D's would sponsor a tournament after they've been mentioned on the fishing report).  But whatever, Roger and Captain Zach on the OIFC 1 hooked up with some Kings and Spanish, but  did not  do as well as the World Cat.  Also, Captain Chris Dew aboard the OIFC 2 lost a stud Cobia right beside the boat.

According to weatherman Roger, we've fallen victim to weather fronts and rain which have had a negative impact on our fishing.  I'll defer to Captain Rube for analysis of that.

On the inshore scene, Austin Aycock was knocked off the OIFC Rodeo leader board in the Flounder division by his friend Jordan Sullivan.  They also caught and released some Reds. 

Below is a picture of Chris and Rudy cleaning up the World Cat


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Are we in Florida?" | World Cat- 33' | 07/07/08
 

Either that, or Al Gore was right.  This 18.92# permit was caught on Steve and Marisa Smith's boat, the "Beer Run," on a Clarkspoon, near the Frying Pan Tower.  Seeing as we have caught goggle eyes and blue runners at the AR 460 in the recent past, the only conclusion I can reasonably draw is that the world is getting warmer.  I can only guess what kind of a fight that fish put up when he hooked it.  Maybe Capt. Kyle and Capt. Jeff will be snook fishing before too long.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Mid Day Report" | World Cat- 33' | 07/07/08
 

The World Cat Captained by Captain Chris B. and Captain Rudy returned to the OIFC docks just ahead of a nasty looking storm that has been hanging south of Little River all morning  Captain Chris said that when they were off shore they could see lightning off in a distance on shore.

The charter consisted of Brian, Lindy, and Greg Ward of the Richmond area and David and Rick Walden of Memphis Tn.  David said they brought Elvis with them, but I couldn't score an interview.

The charter worked the Jungle area using live cigar minnows which they jigged on the numbers at the Jungle rigged with Blue Water Candy blue and white skirts.  David caught the king, while Rick and Brian caught the dolphin.  Everyone said along with the kings and mahi, they caught a bunch of sharks.

I hope to hear from Captain Brant of the OIFC 1 later and will report on his action then.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"OIFC Rodeo Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/07/08
 

I just updated the OIFC Fishing Rodeo leader board and we have a total of $1,580.  We have some species in which no one has weighed a fish in at all.

The following is a break down of the leader board: flounder 1} Captain Brant, 2} Brian Aycock 3} Austin Aycock, trout 1} Brandon Sauls, 2} Kyle Hughes, 3} Jeff Beck, spanish, 1} Doug Allen,  king, 1} Jay Bucklen, 2} Brant, cobia--none, Dolphin, 1} Cody Johnson, 2} Courtney Beck, 3} Jeff Beck, tuna - none, wahoo, 1} Larry Spainhour, gag grouper, -none, sea bass-none-.  We've got money to give away, and some wide open species, so weigh in some fish if you are entered in the Rodeo, and if you haven't signed up, join in on the fun.  The Rodeo runs through December and we hope to have a lot of money to present.

Also Captain Brant is on a gulf stream charter and Capt.'s Chris B. and Rudy are on a 3/4 day charter  so I hope to have something to report on upon their return.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Offshore action cotinues" | World Cat- 33' | 07/06/08
 

It was a little choppy on the beach the last few days with that southwest wind, but once you got a few miles out, the ocean slicked down and created some really nice fishing conditions.  Taking advantage of those conditions were Billy Leonard and Chad McIntyre, who caught this BIG sailfish at the 100/400 on a small Ilander/ballyhoo behind a bird.  Also, Capt. Ed and his son on the LieAbility picked up a new OIFC Grouper combo with a Daiwa 50HSD reel (spooled with our favorite oceanic blue line) and put a hurtin' on some grouper.  Capt. Ed said they were limited out by noon!  I bet there were some sore arms on that trip.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"It Looks Bigger Than It Is" | Show Time- 34' | 07/05/08
 

Is that how the saying goes?  Anyway, Captain Roger called the OIFC and wanted this reporter to stand by because he had a nice king on board.  It looked bigger than it was, but still weighed in at 26 ibs. The big king was landed by Troy Thompson who was fishing along with his family, Tad, Todd, Cheryl, Meaghan and Nancy of Michigan.  The family also caught a bunch of sharks, a half dozen of other keeper kings, spanish and numerous throw backs.  Not a bad way for a family to spend the July 4th weekend!

The charter went out in bumpy conditions  on a half day trip and caught their fish in 48 feet of water using a dead cigar minnow with a green C & H Lures Smoker Choker.

Also, Austin Aycock took 3rd place in the OIFC Rodeo 's flounder division. His dad, Brian is in 2nd, and their relative Captain  Brant is still in 1st.  A family affair that needs to be dealt with. Off shore angler Brant has got to go!!!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Time to target sails" | World Cat- 33' | 07/05/08
 

Check out Stitch Wizard's sailfish, caught at the Atlantic Ledge on a pink skirted ballyhoo.  Guess it's about time to break out the dredge.  This fish was caught on July 3rd by Randy, William, and Nathan Lingerfelt, top competitors in the SKA who can go out there and catch it all.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Happy July 4th" | OIFC 2- 27' | 07/04/08
 

First, let's take a moment to remember those who have and are sacrificing to keep us free to celebrate the 4th of July.

Today was kind of a carbon copy of the previous reports.  Captain Roger and Captain Chris Dew both had half day charters off shore.  They reported a handful of kings and some spanish.  The bait is still hanging just off the beach.  I'm told the barges and the 65 foot hole, along with the Jungle are where it's happening.  Live bait is the ticket, frozen cigar minnows are second.

In shore, Captain Jeff Williamson of the Get Busy reports flounder and trout action are what's happening.  Bait is still thick enough to walk on in the channels and the ICW.  Shrimp have been plentiful, especially in the ICW, if you know where to look, I've promised not to give up exact locations, but if you call me at the OIFC I can point you in the right direction. 

 For those who are "boat deprived", I've received reports of flounder and trout action in the channel at the west end of OIB and at the end of Shallotte Blvd. on the east end of OIB.  I also saw some people down by the Swing Bridge bring in some drum while wading.  The catches have been on frozen shrimp and live mud minnows. " Don't give up hope because you don't have a boat." 

The weather is July 4th great.  Right now we've got a moderate sea breeze, which may not be conducive to boating, but is fantastic for relaxing.  This morning Ocean Isle Beach had a great parade and there are several fireworks displays in the area tonight, the stores are bustling and  the smell of charcoal grills is making everyone hungry.  It's great to see people enjoying the south Brunswick Islands, especially in light of the gas prices.  From us at the OIFC have a happy and safe 4th of July!!!!!!!!

While I'm thinking about it, The Brunswick Beacon reported Wednesday that Sunset Beach is purchasing land beside the old swing bridge to put a boat landing.  It's contingent on being able to cut a channel to the deep water of the ICW.  They are also planning to leave a span of the bridge to make a pier on the inland side. 

The pictures are of Mack and the OIFC's newest addition, Capt. Will's lab Fisher.  The other is Captain Barrett's Parasail Boat calling it a day.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Hot Kingfish bite" | OIFC 2- 27' | 07/03/08
 

Capt. Chris Dew guided the Sakowizc family from Berthoed, CO aboard his charter boat OIFC 2 to an awesome morning of King Mackerel today.  He reportedly caught Pogies outside Shallotte inlet and fished the Jungle area.  Pictured are a pair of 28's and others in the 15-20 pound range.  Capt. Roger had a few Dolphin from the 70 foot hole and Capt. Chris Burrows had a few kings and Dolphin from the 65 and 70 foot holes.  Bite is pretty good right now and lots of Pogies on Ocean Isle Beach.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Top Billing" | World Cat- 33' | 07/02/08
 

Captain Rudy and Boston Rob on the World Cat get top billing today as they brought a 28 lb king to the dock.  Along with him they had several more kings, Rudy said he had them stacked up like cord wood, but I'll let you decide on the validity of that description,  they also had some  amber jacks and a bunch of sharks.  They lost only one fish today, so maybe that bad luck is out of the boat.  Boston Rob said the most productive lure was the pink C H Lures Smoker Choker.  They also reported action around the 65 Foot Hole and the Atlantic Ledge.

Captain Chris Dew on the OIFC 2 had a good day around the 90's.  His charter landed several kings, a 4.5 lb. Spanish mackerel (they should have been in the Rodeo) and a citation barracuda.

I don't have pictures because I went inshore fishing today.  Jeff and I finally got the skunk out of the boat by catching a few flounder. Most were not keepers, but a couple were.  We caught them in the ICW and the Shallotte Inlet using mullet minnows.  Speaking of minnows, the bait, to include shrimp was crazy thick.  We had enough after two throws to last the day.  It's no secret where to look, the channels and the ICW.  We also watched an angler on a blue Triton bay boat put the smack on the red drum.  I wanted to get his name and some pictures, but didn't want to mess up his fishing.

We have a lunar tide going on so for you inshore guys be careful.  At low tide there is no getting into Tubbs.  I saw several people run aground in Tubbs as well as the ICW.  Off shore the ocean was great, ideal for fishing, just like inshore.  The weather is great, it's supposed to drop down to the upper 60's tonight and tomorrow is going to be a carbon copy of today.  Come, enjoy, and stay safe.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"At Last" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/01/08
 

Finally, once again the winds have stopped howling and the ocean has laid out.  All our boats had charters ranging from half day to full day.  Fishing wise, though, today seemed to be break off day.

Captain Chris Dew started at the 90's with minimal luck and then moved to the barges, where the bite was on.  His charter hooked up several smaller kings and managed a handful of keepers.  The disappointment of his day was a good sized fish a young lady hooked up with.  After a decent battle they got the king along side the boat and saw it was hooked with one barb in the belly.  They tried to let him wear down, at which time they planned to ease him to the boat, but he started shaking and managed to free himself.  A good fight non the less.

Captain Chris B. and Captain Rudy took the World Cat out.  I'm not sure who's turn it was to be first mate this trip.  But anyway they too suffered break off fever.  Some were bite offs on wire leader.  Chris said they started at the 90's but had their best luck at the 65 foot hole, where they hooked up with kings, a couple cobia and some barracuda.  No real war stories as they were happy with their catch, but bummed over the cut offs.

Captain Roger seemed to be "the man" today.  He had a full day on the OIFC 1 and landed several kings.  They were all busy cleaning their boats getting ready for a busy day tomorrow so I didn't get a real chance to put the "Clark Kent" on him.

It was good the see the docks full of people today.  The charter captains were cleaning their boats, Cody was scrubbing the Tide High parasail boat ( she is a lot better looking than Roger), and  the jet skis were hustling.   It's really great to see people enjoying the beautiful weather and what the Fishing Center and our beaches have to offer.  I think the weather is supposed to hold, so leave the hustle and bustle of work and come relax with us. 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"SHE'S BACK!!!!" | Show Time- 34' | 07/01/08
 

After being laid up for repairs the backbone of the OIFC fleet , The Showtime is back in service.  Captain Roger is happy to be back with his girl!
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