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"Groupies" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/06/08
 

Captain Kyle of the Speckulator arrived early this morning to prepare for a day's charter.  We were talking about how he'd hammered the inshore fish yesterday.  Then the World Cat came in flying a Blue Marlin flag.  Kyle's statement was thought provoking to this old in shore angler.  He said that he could come in with enough fish to make an oil slick, and no one got excited, yet a boat could come in flying an upside down Marlin flag and women started throwing bras and panties.  We in shore guys feel left out!  Brant may edit that story out, as this is a family report.

Anyway, he and Captain Jeff Williamson of the Get Busy joined forces today with a crew consisting of Dan O Conner of Knoxville, Tn., Dan Kuma of Knoxville, Chris Dadien of Cooksville, Tn. and some other guys for an in shore experience.  Combined they brought back some monster Trout, Red Fish, several Flounder, and a boat load of Spanish.

The Spanish were caught on OO Clark Spoons near the Ocean Isle High Rise and Tubbs.  The Flounder were from behind Sunset, which is code talk, and most in shore anglers know exactly where I'm talking about, while the Trout were hooked around structure in the ICW behind OIB.  They were using the same bait as usual, mud minnows, and what shrimp could be found.  The shrimp are about 2- 3 inches long, and Berkley Gulp is a good substitute.

Again, I've got to emphasize that the in shore bite is on, and you need to get in the Rodeo while it's hot!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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""Blue Marlin!"" | World Cat- 33' | 06/05/08
 

Just a note..have you ever written something on the computer, then hit a button and it disappeared?  That's what I just did with the first draft of this report...I told you I'm no pro, and these guys deserve a good report.  So Here I go again.

The World Cat with Captain Roger, and First Mate, Captain Zach left the OIFC dock early this morning with a charter consisting of Danny Alford of Youngsville, N.C., Danny Chappell of Willow Springs, N.C., Larry Gates of Smithfield, N. C., and Mike Kanlie, of Charleston, S. C....How'd a South Carolina boy get in with this crew?  But, I'd better be careful because Mike is a big guy who was a nose tackle for Ball State, and I've found them and linebackers to be a little off center..no offense...no pun.

Anyhow, on with the fishing, at about 9:30 am at the Blackjack, a barricuda hooked up.  Once the guys got rid of it, and about five minutes later, the TDL 25, on the left long rigger, rigged  with a pink and white Islander Mini Chugger went ablaze!!!!  After what seemed an eternity, Danny Chappell brought a Blue Marlin, which weighed an estimated 350 pounds along side the World Cat!  What a bad time not to be able to get a picture of what is probably the catch of a lifetime!

But let's not let this magnificent catch overshadow a spectacular day of fishing.  Along with the Marlin, the crew landed about a dozen Mahi, the largest of which was 38.38 lbs., the second largest was knocking on its' door, and a respectable Wahoo.

If you check out our archives, these guys are pictured with a Tuna at the OIFC dock which makes big Mike look small.....no easy task.

Roger didn't mind if I reported that the Blackjack was the spot to be today, and the Alein was the hot lure.  Also, Zach is due a swim for his first Blue Marlin.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"I'm Confusted" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/05/08
 

 Jeff Williamson ( Get Busy) had a charter this morning with Douglas Wolf of Altoona, Pa. and his family.  Doug  and his boys had fished off shore with us and some of the guys got a little green, so he switched to an in shore trip.  They got into the flounder and the trout in the ICW and behind Sunset, big time.

Kyle, ( Speckulator) took a trip with Charles Matthews and crew of Clayton, N.C.,  Jeff (Get Busy) took the rest of this group of folks out. in the afternoon  Between the two of them, they did a Carolina Slam, (in shore), which consisted of several good sized flounder, a LOT of trout, and some reds.

The Captains were using mud minnows, live shrimp, which you'll be glad to know can be caught with a cast net if you know where too look, and Captain Kyle's Signature Lures, available only on his charters.  They also hooked up on blues and sharks.   Most of the hits came on a changing tide. The Captains, jokingly, told the group that they'd mix it up, which they did!!  They've got the same group tomorrow, so I hope they have the same luck.  I'll report, so the pressure's on!!

 


- Cabin Boy- Rickey Beck
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"RODEO UPDATE" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/05/08
 

Cody Johnson just made the top of the leader board with a 24.7 lb. Dolphin.  He knocked Jeff Bird to second.  This is a good fish, but obviously beatable.  Brant had a charter catch a 46 lb. Cobia, which WOULD have taken the leader board had he entered the Rodeo.  We've got the Jolly Mon coming up so don't sell yourself short by not entering the Rodeo.  The pot is growing everyday.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Full Day" | World Cat- 33' | 06/04/08
 

The last boat in today was the World Cat captained by a tired looking Brant and first mate Captain Rudy finishing  a full day with the Anderson charter from Glaxon, Ky.  Brant spent most of the day trolling with dead cigar minnows in 70-85 feet of water.  He finished the day with a 46# Cobia, 2 nice mahi a "bunch" of Kings and dealing with more Amber jacks than they could talk about.  The comment of the day was that if you like AJ's, they're moving in thick.  If you want to avoid the AJ's and catch Kings, check out Brant's tip on his link.

Overall the OIFC had a very productive day, as well as week.  The weather looks like it's going to hold.  Come on down to "paradise" and join us for a big time on our  jet ski's, rental boats, kayaks and parasails in and above the water with the OIFC Watersports and charter fishing.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Martini and co. at it again" | World Cat- 33' | 06/04/08
 

You have to hook 'em to cook 'em right?  Well, evidently not.  Check out Jeff Martini, John McLaurin, and the rest of the crew diversifying the menu with airtanks, spearguns, and lobster tickle sticks.  Is this Florida?  Not even close.  It's Brunswick County, NC/Horry County, SC.  With those lobsters, I just hope no one's allergic to shellfish!  You could wipe out world hunger with about a dozen of those bugs. 
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Left Overs" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/04/08
 

Could Captain Roger and his charter of Ron Johnson, Dave Regnery, Chris, 11 year old Mark  Regnery, Jacob Johnson , Carolyn and Madison Miller, have been catching Captain Chris Dew's throw backs?  After all they were fishing the same area and landed around 2 dozen Spanish on Clark Spoons.  Just kidding, Roger!  They also caught a couple of nice size Kings near the 485.  All in all the OIFC Fleet and expert Captains had a pretty good morning.  Captain Brant is due back in later today and I'll try to get the scoop from his trip.  This fishing report detail is wearing me out!!!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Spanish" | OIFC 2- 27' | 06/04/08
 

Captain Chris Dew put in a good day's work on the OIFC's 27' Contender the It Works.  Captain Chris worked the beaches off Holden and Ocean Isle using Clark Spoons for Spanish.  He reported a lot of action and a whole lot of fish. His charter didn't particularly want the Spanish, so they released them to fight another day.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"The Get Busy's Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/04/08
 

The Get Busy with Captain Jeff Williamson and his charter consisting of Arnold Kessler of Charlotte, Clay Kessler of Memphis, Gordon Diegelman of Charlotte, 9 year old Jared and 7 year old Zach Diegelman dift  fished the same area behind Sunset Beach as Kyle.  This charter landed several nice flounder on OIFC Mud Minnows.  It seems that both the charter captains had their best action on a falling tide.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Flounder Time" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/04/08
 

Captain Kyle returned to the docks after a half day's charter with Doug Wolf and friends. He got into the flounder using OIFC Specialty Mud Minnows behind Sunset Beach.  All total Kyle had close to a dozen flat fish.  No doubt the inshore action is picking up.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Scott Allen's sail" | World Cat- 33' | 06/03/08
 

It seems all three billfish species are prevent in Brunswick Co. waters lately.  Here is a sail caught on Scott Allen's Wellcraft, the "Double Down."  I, for one, can't wait until these fish push inshore and we can get after them a little closer to the beach.  In the meantime, congrats to Scott and his crew on a nice fish.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Mike Kennerly's marlin" | World Cat- 33' | 06/03/08
 

Just got these pics in from good friend Mike Kennerly, who caught this white one fishing on Memorial Day on his 34' Fountain, the "Reel-X-Stream." 
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Gaffers galore and good gracious" | World Cat- 33' | 06/03/08
 

Had a memorable Gulf Stream trip yesterday with Jack Bodolosky and his friends from Fendale, NY.  First mate Boston Rob and I met at the dock at 3:45 and got the World Cat ready to go and find some fish.  We headed inshore of the 100/400 and right off the bat got into a really nice class of gaffers.  Doubles were the norm instead of the exception.  The fish were hungry, Aliens, Ilanders, and sea witches all got chewed on.  The bite slowed a little around lunchtime, but picked right back up around 1:00 as we headed to the east around the 090/390.  Pushing into deeper water, we caught our largest gaffer of the day (we had three over 30 pounds) and a wahoo, and then the day got interesting.  We were trying to tease up a big gaffer to throw a 20 pound pitch outfit at when we saw the good old "windshield wiper" just behind the squid chain.  Rob pulled the teaser in and what I thought was a sailfish turned into a marlin just at the edge of the prop wash.  Thinking it was a white, I went ahead dropping back the dink ballyhoo on the 20#.  The fish turned off of the teaser and piled on the bait, streaking away from the boat.  I locked up the real and the fish jumped, exposing the fact that it was a  small blue and not a white.  Wow.  We got the cockpit clear and started working on the fish, who put on two more aerial displays for us.  Between backing down and chasing it good old king mackerel style we were alongside the fish in just under two hours and were able to get a good look at our prize.  This one was on the small side as blue ones go, maybe 120 pounds, but no one really seemed to care.  The fish swam off as if it had never been hooked.  It felt good to get that monkey off of my back--I've always felt as if I had some sort of blue marlin jinx.  Whatever the case, there are plenty of others out there, as John Bird on the Living Water jumped one off today in the same area.  By the way, there were some wet people back at the OIFC dock, the guy writing this post included.  Great guys, great fishing, great day.  I'm ready to go and do it all again.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/03/08
 

I must confess I am more than a little reluctant to sign on to one of my father Rube's fishing inventions. As such, I tried the Yee Haw Fish Call last year some. I think it was working but honestly I didn't give it the full bore test I should have. Well, this year I have been giving it a shot, and now I find myself in a position Rube points out to me I have been in many times in the past. He's right,  IT WORKS! The Yee Haw is the real deal. I've been using it King fishing with dead cigars as well as pogies. I've been  running one Yee Haw and the rest my normal spread. The YeeHaw is outcatching the other 5 lines 2 to 1. Doesn't seem to matter whether live bait or dead, same results. So here's to you, GuRube; I've gotten convinced. YeeHaw Fish Call! 

- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Mid Day Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/03/08
 

Captain Roger took Andrew Dawson, Mike Ablaufo, of Pittsburg, along Todd Bovenizer of Raleigh to the Shark Hole on a half day charter.  Pulling Cape Lookouts with cigar minnows they landed several Kings, got into sharks and Barracuda.  Mike wanted it known that he caught the biggest King while Todd had the smallest.

Captain Chris is on a full day.  If today is anything like yesterday I cannot wait to read his post!!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Trout Time" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/02/08
 

Captain Kyle took Doug Roeder of Harrisburg, Pa. on a half day inshore charter.  They got into the trout and reds behind Ocean Isle Beach.  Some of the reds escaped but many of the trout, including a 22 incher were boated.  Kyle said the most damage was done with mud minnows and Halo Shrimp.

While fishing Kyle ran into another angler who had caught a King at the Jim Caudle Reef using a Gotcha Plug.....that's a Rickey's believe it or leave it aloneism.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"In memory of Don Coley" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/02/08
 

On behalf of my family and our entire OIFC family, it is with great saddness I report the loss of one our OIFC "team" members, Don Coley. Don died Saturday night. Don has been a valued member of the OIFC staff for a couple years, and always was ready with a fish story, a smile, and a friendly face. His death is a great loss to our OIFC team. Our thoughts are with Don's wife Kitty, their sons,  and their entire family.

 


- Rube McMullan
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""Knife Fight Update"" | Show Time- 34' | 06/01/08
 

I did a report on 5-26 titled "Knife Fight".  That was the one where Captain Zach was on a charter with Captain Roger.  Well below are a couple of pictures Stephen Todd, who was on the charter just sent me.  For the faint of heart I left out the one with the blood on the deck. Thanks Stephen


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Valley Boys" | Show Time- 34' | 06/01/08
 

Captain Roger and First Mate Captain Zach had a full day charter, they were headed off shore when they marked fish in about 55 feet of water at a spot known as The Valley.  On board were John and Joe Firebaugh and Robby Clark.  By the way, Robby spent part of the day "chumming".

The guys landed a handful of Kings, with the biggest being lost in the prop.  Then things became a shark fest and the day slowed down.  The most productive lure  was the Cape Lookout smokers with cigar minnows.

While at the dock a friend idled by and said he landed several flounder behind Sunset and about 14 trout at the jetties.

We have several charters this week, so look for more posts on the fishing report.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Day Off" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/31/08
 

Ole' Clark Kent took the day off today, to spend time with Camdyn and the rest of the family an the beach.  Camdyn spent most of her beach trip in time out for throwing sand.  I the spent the rest of the day ridding around on my Harley. Ain't living in paradise tough?

However I received a report that Will (the OIFC Jet Ski) King killed the flounder in our usual spot behind Sunset Beach yesterday.  His biggest flat fish was in the 20 inch range. Naturally Will wasn't entered in the OIFC Rodeo and missed a golden opportunity to knock Brant off the leader board and get into the money. He's since then signed up.  We can't have an off shore angler like Brant stay on top of the leader board in an in shore division.

The in shore guys are smokin' the pot in the Rodeo.  I'm sort of surprised the Spanish, King, Dolphin and Wahoo divisions haven't taken off.  The Jolly Mon is coming up and I'm sure some quality fish will be weighed in, so let's make the pot grow and win somebody some big money!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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