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"Jr. Jolly Mon Underway" | World Cat- 33' | 06/20/08
 

Had 36 kids from age 4-16 register to fish Jr. Jolly Mon-- they are out on the water now in search of great adventure and will be weighing in today from 2pm-4pm.  As for the Jolly Mon itself, early registration has been good, at least as good as last year and I hope that is a sign of a good turnout.  We are all set here and prepped for a big evening of good food, fun and festivities- so come on down.  We are working to procure some live Pogies for the evenings Pogy Bobbing and the mud minnows are on stand by-- we may actually wait and pull out the mud minnow spitting contest for the awards ceremony- not sure yet.  Otherwise, the weather looks to cooperate, Saturday looks better than Sunday, but either way, both days very fishable.  Pogys were at Little River yesterday but I have to think they are going to be back on our beach.  They were so thick off Ocean Isle and Holden early week- they must have heard the Jolly Mon was this weekend?  Honestly, we have been catching alot of fish and even many of the bigger Kings on dead Cigar Minnows, so don't leave without them.  We have hand caught Ribbonfish here at the OIFC too --  We're sitting on G, waiting on O- see you here this PM.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"It's Jolly Mon time!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/20/08
 

The Jolly Mon show is on starting today as the Jr. Jolly Mon jurnior anglers are on the water looking for their share of glory. We'll have a good read on where the fish are this afternoon when they return, but I can tell you yesterday we saw some good fish come in from the Jungle and Shark Hole. Also good bite continues at Lighthouse Rocks. The pogies have been more difficult last 2 days but hopefully will show back up in the numbers we saw them earlier in the week. Also, live cigars are available for jigging and blues are in the surf.

On the weather side, my guess is Saturday still looks like best day. There will be approx 10kt winds from south, there is no swell so wave height is low, so conditions should be ideal to fish where ever you want. One boat I spoke to yesterday fished 6 different spots and caught fish in each place so delima is do you fish the beach or 65 foot water depth?

Registration begins today, and we ask one major request. PLEASE ride our off island shuttle. It will begin running at 1:00 today. There is no tourney parking on the island and the only way we can hold the event at Ocean Isle is to be able to control parking. The off island shuttle works great, no hassel, no parking tickets, and riders are eligible for free raffle drawings for rods/reels/ect only for shuttle riders. Your co-operation is appreciated.

Pogy bobbin and mud minnow events will go off around 7:30 and the WECT TV folks are supposed to be here to film it for the evening news. Also Reprensntative Bonner Stiller is going to try to be here to give everyone an update on various fishery  issues he is working on in the State Legislature.  Join us for a great event! Thanks.


- Rube McMullan
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"LBARA" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/19/08
 

I just received an email from Bob Black of the Long Bay Artificial Reef Assoc.  Their tournament will be September 6.  Last year Team OIFC won, beating long time winner The Charlotte Sport Fishing Club. I'm sure they'll be back with renewed determination. We need to be ready and with good anglers again this year.  Call me at the OIFC or email me there if you'd like to join Team OIFC and keep the trophy in the S. Brunswick Island area where it belongs.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Store Hours-Jolly Mon" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/19/08
 

The OIFC will open at 5:00 am Saturday for the Jolly Mon.
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"Kings=Jolly Mon" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/18/08
 

Today, Captain Roger chartered for a half day.  He went to the areas of the Yaupon Reef and the River Channel, pulling Cape Lookouts and dead bait.  He landed several Kings in the area along with Spanish.  Yesterday Captain Brant took the OIFC 1 out and he too had good fortune with the King's.  I wasn't there when he came in for pictures. ..my bad, but he looked like he'd been mud wrestling.  Brant netted pogies off of Holden Beach.  Roger, on the other hand said the water was murky today and he didn't see many birds, but was sure the bait was there.  From my landlocked vantage point the ocean looked smooth today .About 10:00 am I saw birds diving just beyond the breakers at Ocean Isle  Beach.

Meanwhile, back at the OIFC store, the whole crew was busy getting ready for the Jolly Mon.  Brant, Rube and Will were putting up the leader board, while Captain Chris and staff were putting out new stock and assisting anglers.  The hot products for the Jolly Mon were, the Yeh Haw Fish Call, Blue Water Candy Naked King  Mackerel Rigs and the C & H Lures Smoker Choker.  I'll keep you updated.


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"Jolly Mon update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/18/08
 

We're going into Jolly Mon mode today as we begin to set up for the tourney. It's all coming together and we hope you will join us for a fun filled event and great King Mackerel fishing. Here's where things stand on weather/fishing.

 Saturday appears to be the best weather day. It should be flat Saturday morning and with a sea breeze in the afternoon. There is no swell now so the waves will be only about 2 feet in the afternoon. Sunday also will be about 2-3 feet and will actually get better as a returning warm front pushes through. There is a better chance of showers Sunday afternoon. Bottom line; PERFECT!

On the fishing scene, pogies are up and down the beach, cigars and sardines have moved into the 65-70 foot waters. The great thing about the Jolly Mon is this is not rocket science. The winner will either be caught just off the beach  at Yaupon/River Channel/Lighthouse Rocks/Myrtle Beach Rocks; or just offshore at the 90/90/Jungle/Sharkhole/30/30. It's all a matter of who gets lucky, as with boundaries in place, everyone is playing on a level field. Our charter boats have been catching fish at these locations all week.

So, please join us at this great event. We'll have a great dinner,fun filled Capt meeting, and great weather for great King fishing Saturday and Sunday. Very important, PLEASE ride our off island free shuttle. There is NO PARKING on the island, and the shuttle is the only way the Town allows us to hold the event at Ocean Isle. We need you co-operation by riding the shuttle. There will be lots of raffle drawings for rods/reels/ect, ONLY for the shuttle riders. We will have 3 shuttles running beginnning 12:00 Friday afternoon and they will run Saturday and Sunday for spectators coming to weighin.

Hope to see you there!


- Rube McMullan
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"Nice dolphin fish!" | World Cat- 33' | 06/17/08
 

Here's Tommy Arnold holding a nice gaffer he caught last Thursday at the Blackjack with Hal Blackmore and David Mabe.  The group was fishing on Tommy's 27' Contender, the "Net Profit."  Let's hope these fish hang around for a little while longer--there are few fish in the ocean I enjoy catching more!!!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Lockwood Alert!!!!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/17/08
 

Just received a reliable report of a center console and a sail boat having run aground at the Lockwood Inlet.  Remember, we are on a lunar tide!!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Just In Time" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/16/08
 

Captain Roger (OIFC 1), and Captain Chris Burrows (World Cat) both had 3/4 day charters with similar reports.  The first back to the dock was the OIFC 1, so I'll start with his report.

Roger reported that he fished with live pogies which he found just off Holden Beach near the Shallottte Inlet.  He also said he saw a school of pogies about 3 acres big just east of the water tower on Holden Beach.

The OIFC 1, with a charter of the McElwet's of Charleston W. Va., first went to the Yaupon Reef, had a lot of success with the Kings in the 15 lb. class.  They then went to the Cape Fear Rocks and again were successful.  In total they had 15+ Kings.

Chris, on the World Cat along with a charter booked by Joe Kaylor left the docks about the same time as the OIFC 1.  He too reported plenty of pogies off Holden Beach near the Shallotte Inlet.  They were marked by a lot of pelicans.  Chris said they got all the bait they needed with one throw of a Captain Brant's  Custom Pogie net.

After getting bait he too went to the Yaupon Reef where he caught several Kings in the 15-17 lb. range.  He said they were a good class of fish. His charter also wanted to catch a dolphin.  So, he headed to the 70 foot hole and did just that.

It looks like the bait is coming in, followed by the hungry Kings just in time for the Jolly Mon!  Below is a picture of some of Chris' catch


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Friend's Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/16/08
 

Thanks to William Parker who sent me this fishing report along with the pictures.  William and his wife are avid anglers and great friends of the Fishing Center.  He always keeps me posted on  his fishing action.

In this report, William, Charles Parker and Dwayne Wood went to the Atlantic Ledge on the 14th aboard Dwayne's Key West. They caught several Kings, lost a Mahi, and caught several "reef donkeys", a term I just heard recently and cracks me up.  The pictures are Dwayne with the "Reef Donkey" and Charles with the dolphin.  William finished his email with "another day in paradise".  I agree.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Offshore report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/16/08
 

Got these pics from Yorke Pharr who fished with Dr. Kendal Suh and my dad Rube aboard Kendall's boat on Saturday-- they went to the Stream and had a good day on mahi and released a Marlin-- they claim small Blue, based on sketchy pics I see, I say White-- either way, a Marlin is a Marlin-- congrats !!

They were fishing 300-600 feet of water offshore of the Winyah Scarp


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weekend roundup" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/15/08
 

Happy Fathers Day from the OIFC!!!  Hope all you dads out there (and everyone else) got to take advantage of the hot fishing action this weekend.  The king bite has fired off at Yaupon Reef, as Capt. Rudy and I found out today.  There was plenty of bait to be caught at the Holden Beach pier, which we managed to turn into a low 20s fish at the reef., along with some other smaller fish.  We saw a low 30s caught right next to us and heard of another similar fish lost at boatside.  On the offshore side of things, the billfish bite is still hot and heavy.  Joe Seegers fishing on the Hooked Up out of Southport reports a small blue and a large white (he said the white was the same size as the blue!) from the 100 fathom line today south of the 100/400.  Dr. Kendall Suh had a blue one yesterday as well.  Good to know that there are still opportunities there.  As far as bottomfishing goes, Todd Helf, Brian Richard, Robert Hughes, and Drew Burachynski had quite the day in 120 feet, capped off by this prized hogfish--a rare feat in itself!!!  There is no lack of action out there.  Can't wait to see you at the Jolly Mon this weekend.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"First 2008 Jolly Mon outlook" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/15/08
 

It's Jolly Mon time next week and here's a quick report on what we're seeing on the water as relates to where the fish should be. EVERWHERE! The water is as "King Green" as I have ever seen it, pogy schools are more numerous along the beach, the cigars are moving into the 65foot water depth.

 Yesterday and day before I fished gulf stream with Capt Kendell on the FishinPhysician and we had decent catches of Dolphin at the 100/400 Friday and better action south at the MacMarlin hole Saturday. The big news was Capt Kendall caught his first blue marlin off his own boat, and since he has previously caught blues in Hawaii he is protesting the dunking he is due for the first blue off his own boat. Whether he gets wet or not, congrats to the FishinPhysician; it was a great day to be in the blue water.

Back to the Kings, on the way out, we noted big schools of sardines and cigars in the 65-70 waters, which heralds the call of the big kings to these productive spots. Capt Brant confirmed that yesterday fishing that area and catching several up to the mid to upper 20's. On the beach, history shows that when the water gets this clear and the pogies show as they are, Yaupon and the River Channel and Myrtle Beach rocks can also hold the winning fish. Conclusion; confusion, too many options right now, but stand by as our charter boats will be fishing all week and we'll get better and better read on where the fish are at.

On the weather side of the equation, I'm keeping my mouth shut as right now it doesn't look like my imaginary weather skills are needed. . Come join us this year at the Jolly Mon; the "one" to fish!


- Rube McMullan
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"Kings" | World Cat- 33' | 06/15/08
 

Yesterday at about 6:30 am Captains Roger and Zach eased out of the Shallotte Inlet with six clients from Salisbury, N.C., head ed for the 390's to King fish.  The 90's have been productive recently.  Once there they set about trolling with dead cigar minnows.  The 90's gave up some Kings and Spanish.

Not quite satisfied, the Cat boat went about 2 miles inshore of the Atlantic Ledge and got into more Kings and Mahi.  The biggest problem were the barracudas who more than once bit their catch in half while it was being brought in.

Inshore, Jeff Beck managed  to land some nice Reds in the shallows from his            Wilderness Systems kayak  He had to head out of town, but I hope to have some pictures later.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/14/08
 

Had a full day today on OIFC 1 with co-captain Rudy.  We didn't find Pogies on Ocean Isle, later heard they were off Oak Island, but headed to the Little River Offshore and jigged some Cigar Minnows to have some live stuff.  Started running offshore toward 90 feet of water and about 3 miles offshore of the 70 foot hole came across a big area of topwater bait- Cigars, Herring, Boston Macks... I had Rudy drop the jig rig over to catch some more bait and as he was bringing it in a 20 pound Mahi grabbed the baits and took off.  I had a rod ready and pitched the Mahi a bait and we were hooked up.  We caught that fish then deployed to troll and before the third line was out the downrigger was smoking.  Kingfish.  Again same thing.  We trolled from pod to pod and caught our limit of Kings, the biggest was on the scales at 24.65 pounds and the others were 12-18 pounds.  We also had 3 more Mahi in the 10-12 pound range.  After the topwater action we headed a few more miles offshore and caught a basket of big Sea Bass, Pink Snapper and couple of Genuine Red Snapper.  The ocean was perfect, the fishing was good and it was just one of those days.

As for the Kingfish, these big schools of bait are what I've been looking for.  They are moving in from offshore and they are the key to the Kings setting up in the 55-70 foot depth range.  The pods we were fishing were moving inshore, so I look for there to be a drastic improvement in King fishing this week.  Hopefully in time for the Jolly Mon!  Don't forget--


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Kayak Time" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/13/08
 

 Jeff Beck, the OIFC Kayak guide and salt water "expert" and rod builder Jeb Thomas took the Kayaks in behind Ocean Isle.  They managed some trout and blues. It was a short, but productive trip.

They were on a falling tide and were using some of Jeb's custom artificials.  I'm working on Jeb to sell some of his stuff, but so far to no avail


- Cabin Boy- Rickey Beck
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"Trout-man" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/13/08
 

Captain Kyle told me, yesterday, that he had his best and worst charter day all in one day.  His morning trip blasted the trout in number and size.  He also got 3 monster flounder.  He was in 7-10 feet of water and using shrimp, which is plentiful.  His afternoon trip was not as productive

Today, Kyle again had a morning trip with Joe Kaylor of Charlotte.  He brought in 10 good size trout.  Kyle was again in 7-10 feet of water. 


- Cabin Boy- Rickey Beck
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"Double Time" | OIFC 2- 27' | 06/13/08
 

Captain Chris Dew had 2 half day charters yesterday.  One was with Pastor Robby of Jenny's Branch Baptist Church here in Ocean Isle, and the other with an Ohio State Trooper Christopher Goss and his son. 

Both his charters got into the Kings hot and heavy.  The hot location was the 390's, with the active lure being anything blue and white.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Local Fishing Legend Passes Away" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/13/08
 

Larry Fowler passed away on Thursday after a long battle with cancer.  For those of you who didn't know Larry or "know of" Larry, let me give you a little insight.  Larry's boat was the "Heather Renee" and in my mind, he was one of THE big-time King Mackerel tournament fisherman in the sport.  I began tournament fishing back in the early 90's and at that time you measured your success by how well you did against Larry Fowler.  He and long time friend Wyndal Vereen- I guarantee won over $250,000 at the once secret 410/510.  That was their spot and back in the 90's it was unbelieveable how many tournament winning fish Larry caught from there.  But his skill and accomplishment went well beyond the 410/510 or even the Carolinas.  Fishing aboard the "Heather Renee" as a founding member of the Hydra Sports fishing team, Larry and crew travelled the Southeaster US fishing the SKA circuit.  They were exceptionally consistent and at year end, you never had to look past the top 10 overall standing to find the Heather Rennee and Larry Fowler.  I knew Larry well through fishing and also through our common bond as fellow tournament directors.  He started the Frantic Atlantic King Mackerel tournaments out of Little River and helped to further grow the sport of tournament kingfishing.  I had the utmost respect and admiration for what Larry had accomplished as a fisherman and how he had always conducted himself proffessionally and always been very nice and welcoming.  He was a true ambassador to fishing and I will certainly not forget him nor his boat, "Heather Rennee"  (also his wife's name)  will be remembered as one of the sport's greats.  Thoughts and prayers to Larry's wife and daughter--  he was a good man.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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