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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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"90's are hot" | World Cat- 33' | 06/12/08
 

 Yesterday when I talked with Captain Chris and Captain Rudy, they told me that the Kings were hitting big time yesterday, they caught a Cobia and some barracuda.  The hot lure was the purple  C&H Smoker Choker with, the Yeh Haw Fish Call.  We had some good luck with the Yeh Haw last year and during its limited use this year.  Captain Brant had success on an earlier trip and Chris says he'll use it more this year.  I've heard him sharing fish stories with other anglers and he's adamant about the effectiveness of the Yeh Haw.  The hot spot has been the 90's.  Everyone I've talked with has done good there.

  Also I'm getting more and more reports  of Kings at the Yaupon Reef, the River Channel, The Jungle and in 90-100 ft of water.  The King bite is heating up closer in.  Our Captains are getting Pogies just off Holden Beach and VERY close in, just behind the breakers. Some fishermen have reported good catches of bait right at the Shallotte Sea Buoy. 


- Cabin Boy- Rickey Beck
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"Public Relations" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/11/08
 

Just a picture of Doppler doing what Doppler does best.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Short Report" | World Cat- 33' | 06/11/08
 

I was out of town most of the day, so Capt. Zach, and Will "Jet Ski" King talked to the Captains for me.

I've not been fully briefed, but I understand that Captain Chris Dew on the OIFC 2 had a great half day charter in the area of the 90's, and that a boat near him hooked up on a Sail Fish.

Also briefly talked with Captain Roger of the World Cat as he was headed in and he too, had a great day.  I am told that the wind finally cooperated and the seas laid down.

More to follow.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fish Meister" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/11/08
 

Captain Dean Spatholt, Russell  Spatholt, Brian Collins, Mark Fiutt, Dennis Watson and Dave Henderson fished today aboard the 36' Yellowfin "Fish Meister".  They were using Boston Mackerel and fishing in about 120 feet of water.

I ran into the crew  refueling at the OIFC.  They checked in two citation Grouper, among a catch of 28 Grouper, in the size range of the upper teens to 22 inches.  The Grouper consisted of Reds, 1 Scamp, and 1 Gag.  They limited on Pinkies, grunts, B-liners and Sea Bass.  

Dennis said that the seas were about 1 ft., and they were able to make 65 mph on the trip back thanks to triple Yamaha 350's.  This is an awesome boat!!!! 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Captain Rudy's believe it or not" | World Cat- 33' | 06/11/08
 

Wow, we need Rube to post a weather report, because NOAA sure can't get it right!!  The wind was supposed to be 5-10 knots yesterday.  Tell that to Captain Chris Burrows and Captain Rudy.

They were chartering on the World Cat in the "2-3 ft "seas yesterday.  It wasn't the greatest day, but considering all things, they came out OK with some Spanish, a handful of Kings and a great fish tale by Captain Rudy.

They were trolling the Shark Hole for Kings with the down rigger set at 40 ft. when it went off.  It just didn't seem like a King strike though.  After a struggle, the angler pulled up what looked like a brown box, only to discover it to be a BIG Gag Grouper.  After telling this story to a couple of fishermen I found it's not that unusual, but it was interesting

 

                                                             

                                                                  


- Cabin Boy- Rickey Beck
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"Even more gaffers!!!" | World Cat- 33' | 06/10/08
 

Just got these pictures from Steven Ritenour of some of the gaffers he and Jack Brautigam caught earlier this season.  What a year to be going dolphin fishing.  I think there have been more giant ones caught than any other year I can imagine.  They're still around, so get after them.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/10/08
 


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"Missed the weather" | World Cat- 33' | 06/10/08
 

  The weatherman predicted great seas for yesterday and the rest of the week.  ERROR. Yesterday was good, and the fishing great. But that got taken away and today the ocean was sloppy and made for less than stellar fishing.

A customer came by the store today and told me he had started towards the tower, and it was so rough he came back and decided to fish inshore.

Captain Chris Dew was hot!!!  He didn't even want to talk about his fishing.  All he wanted to talk about was the condition of the sea.  He said that at one point he was putting out lines, turned around and saw a 10 ft. swell at his bow.

Captain Roger also was not a happy camper.  He said the conditions prevented him from going where he set out to go.  He had a decent day with some Kings, Amber Jacks and good size Sea Bass. Let's check our fortune cookies for tomorrow's weather.

 


- Cabin Boy- Rickey Beck
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"Sail Away!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/09/08
 

Toby Russ of Mr. Goodhands sent these magnificent pictures of a Sail Fish they caught Saturday at the 100/400. He hit a chartreuse Alien on the short rigger. They released him without ever lifting him out of the water.  Great job, great photos and thanks to an excellent person and angler!

Readers, keep me posted with your fishing action so I can share it.

 


- Cabin Boy- Rickey Beck
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"And More" | World Cat- 33' | 06/09/08
 

I know you're tired of this. But, Have I told you about the Blue Marlin we caught? Really, just some more pictures.  I can't put but 5 per post.  We've got a video coming.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"And More" | World Cat- 33' | 06/08/08
 

Hey, who's the gray haired guy with the hole in his hair?
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"And More" | World Cat- 33' | 06/08/08
 


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"More Mahi/Marlin Pictures" | World Cat- 33' | 06/08/08
 


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"The Bill (fish) is Ratley-fied" | World Cat- 33' | 06/08/08
 

Don't you just love it when a plan comes together???  Yesterday, our plans seemed down the tubes.  Believe it or not, Dan {Ratley, thusly the title} lost the keys to the Quick Draw.  We  all went over to his house to help him find them, but to no avail.  Finally we were saved by Jacks Lock Shop, who made a house (boat) call and had us ready to go in minutes..cheaper than I ever dreamed.  Lesson learned, don't loose your boat keys.  If you do,  callJack's Lock Shop.

Back to the fish tale.  Dan, Capt Chris (World Cat) and Jeff made a pretty aggressive game plan for today.  It was simple, we'd Dolphin fish 'till around noon, move to a location in about 600 ft. of water and fish exclusively for Blue Marlin.  Remember Chris had just caught one this week.

We hit the ocean at 6:45 am, running a little late.  By 9:15 am we were putting lines in, when the right flat line went off.   Something had hit our Blue Water Candy 1 oz.  green Bling!  Dan was standing right there so he jumped on  the TLD-25 and brought in the first Mahi of the day.  Things slowed a little, and I was worried that our troubles from yesterday may be following us.  Then once again the TLD 25 on the flat line started singing.  This time, Courtney was the angler.  The pressure was on.  This was her first blue water trip and her first saltwater catch.  Being the athlete she is, Courtrney hung in a gave the fish a battle,  which the fish lost.  Courtney had just landed a Barracuda.  All of us were high fiveing over her first battle.

Things once again slowed a little, but gave us a chance the straighten up the deck and lines.  Again we got hit.  And again Courtney was the angler. Jeff strapped a fighting belt on her and off to races she went.  After several long minutes, she landed a nice Mahi.  Fantastic!!!!

Next Jeff was up.  The left short line went off.  Another Mahi had struck, again on a Blue Water Candy run off a Penn 50 wide.  As Jeff was working his fish, another line went off and yet a third line went off.  Dan and I were reeling in teasers as fast as we could.  Remember, I was just going to take pictures.  By a little after noon our aft fish box was full. Jeff's Dolphin put him in second place on The OIFC Rodeo Leader Board and Courtney in third.  It was time to take up lines and begin phase 2 of our plan.

Dan turned the Quick Draw and we headed to the deep water.  A little while later we were in 600 feet of water off shore of the 100/400.  Chris and Jeff put out all artificials and we settled in for what I figured to be a long wait.  About the time I was dozing off I heard Jeff yell out "Marlin".  Everyone jumped up and into battle mode.  The Blue Marlin skyed just after hooking up, then he sounded deep.  Jeff, thank God is a big guy and in shape, as it became obvious we'd be there for awhile.  Dan had to back down on the Quick Draw because of the runs the fish was taking.  By his actions and after seeing his jump, we knew Jeff had a big fish. The battle went on.  Jeff said his arms were going to sleep because of the fight, Capt. Chris was clearing the deck,  Captain Dan was doing a stellar job positioning the boat.  It was obvious this was not Dan's first rodeo.  Courtney  and I staffed the cameras so we'd have documentation and so I could put them on the Fishing Report.

Dan was concerned about how the fish was headed straight down then making a run for the surface.  He'd seen fishermen get seriously injured when a Marlin decided to sky right at the angler.  Chris was directing the operation and Jeff was asking him for guidance through the fight.  This went on for about 45 minutes.  At last, Jeff and Chris got the big Blue along side the Quick Draw.  Courtney  and I were snapping away on our cameras.  Chris grabbed the Blues' bill, Jeff touched the Marlin, they very carefully freed the lure from the beautiful bill fish, made sure it was revived and released him.

Everyone was high fiving, slapping each other on the back and complimenting each other on a job well done.

With our mission accomplished we headed home, tired but very happy. At the OIFC dock, Jeff and Chris cleaned fish.  Then Captain Chris disappeared.  He returned with a crowd from the OIFC Store and the G-Mack, announced that Jeff had just caught his first Blue Marlin, that it was OIFC tradition that he be thrown in the water, and proceeded to kick him in the butt, knocking him in the water.  Chris then dove in too.  Both were high fiveing and carrying on to the delight of the crowd.

Jeff asked it I'd had fun..he was concerned that I didn't catch a fish all day.  I told him my day was perfect.  I watched the daughter-in-law I love very much catch her first salt water fish as well as being there when my son caught his first Bill Fish, all in the company of good friends.  Don't you just love it when a plan comes together!!! 

(We've got more pictres and a video of the Marlin action.  I'll post them ASAP)


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"News at 11" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/07/08
 

Just in.....Captain Zach emailed me reporting that Kent Fraizer of the "Let's Go", a 31 foot Cape Horn weighed in a 46.65 lb. Mahi tonight at the OIFC.  The fish was caught at the 100/400.  He was not in the Rodeo.  What have I been saying?

Looks like the 100/400 and the Black Jack are 2 hot spots.  The weather is perfect, they may be good places to start.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/07/08
 

I am stoked...tomorrow, Captain Chris Burrows, my son Jeff, his wife Courtney and I are headed to the Stream with Dan Ratley on his Tiara.  Dan is not only an accomplished seaman, angler and friend of the OIFC, but he is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

I'm along for the ride and hope to get some great pictures,  Jeff and Chris are in charge of the plans.  We'll be headed out  early to deep water in hopes of catching some monsters.

Courtney has never been to the Gulf Stream and is excited about going. But I think that we are more excited about her going and seeing her hook up with a big Dolphin, Wahoo, and if things workout a bill fish. She and Jeff have been here since October and between working and Camdyn, Courtney hasn't been able to enjoy the sea.  I'm excited to have her go out and hope she puts us guys to shame

It is my hope to be able to have a great report with a lot of pictures.  Wish us luck!!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Black and Blue" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/07/08
 

Late this afternoon I talked with Jami Blue, aka Jami Black & Blue.  Jami worked with us at the OIFC last year and is an excellent fisherman who is unafraid to take his Sea Fox out to sea.

Jami, accompanied by some young ladies ventured to the Shark Hole today and hooked up with a gaggle of Kings.  Jamie said he lost a couple of nice ones, but managed to land some more....King Fish.

A word of caution.  Jamie said he bumped bottom today coming in the Lockwood Folly Inlet. He said the cans were not accurate.  Jami operates a 21or 22 foot Sea Fox.  I'm not exactly sure of the exact length, but it's in that neighborhood.  BE CAREFUL!!!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Week in Review" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/07/08
 

First and foremost, I need to thank Capt. Rickey for keeping everyone up to date on the fishing this past week.  I have fished every day this week, so his reporting is very appreciated, since adding fishing reports is something I been known to forget to do - sorry.  Anyway, As you have seen from his reports, the inshore fishing is on fire right now.  Everything - trout, flounder, redfish, spanish mackerel is biting right now, so now is the time to get on the water and go fishing.  Here are a few more photos of some of our catches over the past week.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Panama Connection" | World Cat- 33' | 06/07/08
 

Check out Robert Hughes and Tommy Lytton, two veterans of this year's Traveling Fisherman trip to Panama, teaming up on this nice 40 pound wahoo.  The fish was caught in the vicinity of the Steeples.  Talk about a great time for diverse fishing in Southern NC.  From red drum to blue marlin, there is a trophy waiting out there for every angler.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"AJ's" | World Cat- 33' | 06/06/08
 

The World Cat under command of Captain Chris Burrows and First Mate Zach Faulkner had a 3/4 day charter with Todd Bonnett of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., Darren Wood of Charlotte, Mark Rowland, also from Charlotte, and Doug Hightower of Belmont, N.C.  The Kitty Cat and crew fished the Horseshoe and the Raritan wreck and brought back a couple of huge Jacks and some Dolphin.  Captain Chris advised that the hot bait for the Amber Jacks was live pin fish.

Just a note, you should have seen Will (OIFC JET SKI) King back the World Cat into its' slip.  I bet Captain Brant had a strange feeling even though he wasn't there.  Sorry Will, I told you I wouldn't take pictures, but I didn't say I wouldn't rat you out.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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