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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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"Best for Last" | World Cat- 33' | 05/30/08
 

The World Cat, Captained by Captain Brant pulled in to the docks around 7 pm from a 14 hour trip.  Aboard were John Hurlocker from Kannapolis, NC (he looked just like Dale Earnhardt, Jr.),  Mark Farmer of Gastonia, Mark caught the biggest Mahi, Kevin Harkey of Marshville, NC, Bruce Mullis, of Charlotte, NC, Colton Williams, of Indian Trail, NC and, last but not least, Tony Ferrellie of Charlotte, NC

The guys  were a very "hands on" crew with a lot of fishing knowledge and caught a dock cart load of Dolphin, some of which are pictured behind them.  They said that most of the Mahi were still green when they put them in the boat and about whipped them. A little lesson...don't do that!!!  One of the fish looked like it had been shot with a shot gun, but they swore they gaffed him.

Captain Brant said there was no rhyme or reason to where they caught the fish.  He told me he fished mostly north of the Mac Marlin hole , and was in anywhere from 100 ft. to 500 ft.  of water. Several of the Mahi were caught on the OIFC custom squid  nation teaser, and the  Trevela combo. 

The fish cleaning and my professional reporting was all under the watchful eye of Doppler.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Hooked!!!!" | Show Time- 34' | 05/30/08
 

Captain Roger and first mate Captain Zack set out on a half day charter with Tom, Judy, Quentin and Tomika Heighland of Rodbridge, Ohio. They trolled with cigar minnows with little luck, so they turned to Clark Spoons and slammed the Spanish on Clark Spoons and Gotcha Plugs.

Their biggest catch was Captain Zach on a treble hook.  After a valiant fight Zach was released at the OIFC dock.  Zach's okay and will be fit to fish another day.  The cool thing was I got to see Roger remove the hook from Zach's well endowed mid section.  Roger looped a piece of fish line on a barb of the hook and snatched it out before Zach new what was going on.  I'd heard of this method, but never seen it.  Captain  Zach is officially awarded the OIFC Purple Hook medal.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Spanish Time" | OIFC 2- 27' | 05/30/08
 

Around 7:00 am Captain Chris Dew arrived at the OIFC dock to prepare for a half day charter with the Dan Killen group.  He had a very productive day catching King on cigar minnows and Spanish near shore on Clark Spoons just east of the sea buoy.  I didn't get any pictures because I was feeding my face on some excellent seafood at the Giggling Mackerel.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Busy Dock" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/30/08
 

Early this morning I was greeted by by 12 year old Sam McLamb and Mrs. Donna McLamb ( she said she was 29) at the OIFC dock.  Miss Donna said Sam had been up since 5 am he was so excited about going fishing.  As well as he should have been.  They had chartered with one of the best in shore guides in the area, Jeff Williamson of the boat Get Busy.

Get busy they did! Sam wanted to catch a flounder, they did.  He wanted to see a sea turtle, they  did.  He wanted to catch some more fish and they caught a ton of Spanish.  He wanted to see a porpoise, they got almost within touching distance of one.  They also stopped and had lunch.  What a day!!!!

Jeff said he caught the Spanish near the beach and the Shallotte inlet buoy pulling silver Clark Spoons on a # 1 plainer.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fishin' Chick" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/29/08
 

Jeff, my granddaughter Camdyn and I went flounder fishing this afternoon.  We fell into a plethora (college talk for a lot) of flounder on a rising tide.  They slowed on slack tide and were ok but hard to get on the falling tide.  All were in the 12 and a half to thirteen inch range, but showed they're around.  Our mission was to knock Brant off the Rodeo Leader Board, but that will have to wait 'till another day.  Fishing with Camdyn in her lady bug life jacket was a hoot.  We ran out of mud minnows because she kept getting them out of the live well and letting them go home to their mommy.

The hot places are the Shallotte Inlet, the Shallotte River and Tubbs Inlet.  They are all producing fish.  We experimented around with Carolina rigs, the OIFC custom flounder rig and a Boston Rob red and black buck tail, tipped with a mud minnow.  Jeff really likes the buck tail but wouldn't share with me.  I mostly fished the OIFC custom and drew first blood.

The pictures are of Camdyn headed out, then fishing, practicing catch and release on mud minnows, then on the dock after a long day. The two "blondes on the beach", Carolyn and Camdyn don't know how good life is living in Paradise..yet


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Black Dog continued" | World Cat- 33' | 05/29/08
 

More pics of the Newells getting down on the dolphinfish...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Team Black Dog in on the action" | World Cat- 33' | 05/29/08
 

You had to expect that the Newells weren't going to miss out on this extreme dolphin bite that's going on right now.  Sure enough, here are some shots of Bob, Edwin, Nolan, and Chris getting in on the bloodbath on Monday, in the vicinity of the 100/400.  These guys should be on the Regulator webpage, they're putting this boat through it's paces!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"HUGE Gaffer" | World Cat- 33' | 05/29/08
 

I just got these pictures from Capt. John Stephens IV who caught this awesome gaffer on Tuesday fishing offshore with his father.  It was just the two of them, and they had an outstanding day on the dolphinfish.  They broke off a stud wahoo as well.  Closer to the beach, things are continuing to heat up.  Capt. Rudy and I caught a ton of spanish off of Hog Inlet this morning--they were jumping everywhere as the tide started to turn.   Then we ran offshore twelve miles and got some kingfish to boot.  The fish in this range are still on the smaller end of the spectrum, but bigger ones are starting to show up as well.  I was hoping to see a cobia, but the chop on the water made visibility tough.  No doubt there are a few lurking around at all nearshore structure.   It is hot from the Shallotte sea buoy to the Steeples!!!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Tiger Shark!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/28/08
 

I don't know what's the deal with sharks lately.  Errol McGillowee was fishing with his dad Monday when they pulled an eight foot Hammerhead beside their boat.  Dan Ratley, Woody Wooten and Dan's grandson David saw three good sized sharks in Tubbs Inlet in about 3 feet of water, yesterday. 

 Today, Captain Brant and Boston Rob were on a half day charter and they pulled an approximately 350 lb Tiger Shark along side the boat.  That report could be bad  for business, but who believed Jaws anyway?  Along with the Tiger, Captain Brant and Boston Rob returned to port with a couple hand fulls of nice Kings.  I don't have photographic proof because I didn't know they were back.  Rob said they used OIFC Custom King Rigs and a new Boston Rob OIFC Custom lure.  He and Rudy may want to get busy making some lures for public consumption.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"No Fair!!!!" | World Cat- 33' | 05/28/08
 

Wow!!!!!  How am I supposed to get your attention after Captain Chris' report submitted by the lovely Miss Wanda Hamilton.  All I have is pictures of wet cold anglers.  However, the World Cat under the command of Captain Rudy who was assisted by Captain Roger had a good stream trip today.  They took a charter consisting of Rocky Widner, Johnny, Widner, and first class baseball player and angler, 8 year old Riis Widner.

The crew returned to the OIFC dock with 3 wahoos, the biggest weighing 30.85 pounds, , and a fish box full of dolphin.  They fished 140 feet of water using the purple Bomber, a white and pink Islander as well as a Captain Rudy , OIFC hand made lure.  I looks like between Captain Rudy and Boston Rob the OIFC has a lot of lure making talent on staff.

The guys returned cold, wet, yet very happy.  The weather front caught them about 30 minutes from the OIFC docks, ant the temperature dropped to about 65 degrees.  Lesson learned, always pack for inclement weather.  You never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at you when at sea.  When asked if he'd like to make a comment  for the record, Riis said his dolphin fight was "hard".  The Widners said the longest they went without a bite was thirty minutes!!

Thanks for that statement to this OIFC roving reporter,  Riis, and thanks to the Windom's for chartering with us.  It seems they had an experience that Riis will always remember.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Gaffers galore!!!" | World Cat- 33' | 05/28/08
 

Check out this class of dolphin, caught by Jim Bowen, David Carter, Skip Kinipe, and Kurt Cross from last Friday.  They said they had to stand on the fish boxes to get them closed for the ride hom.  Now that's some action...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"More pics from the Hamilton/Hedgepeth/McMahon part" | World Cat- 33' | 05/28/08
 


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"Slack Jack No Longer" | World Cat- 33' | 05/28/08
 

Gulf Stream action continues to be hot and heavy in Brunswick County.  Wanda Hamilton sent these pictures of her trip on Monday to the famed Black Jack Hole, where she, Vic Hedgepeth, and Jamie McMahon caught a box full of gaffers and finished up the day with some nice groupers on the way back in.  Vic is from Varnamtown, and they were fishing on his boat.  Wanda said the largest gaffer in the box was 32 pounds, and the groupers went anywhere from 17 to 25.5 pounds.  Wow!  Capt. Roger is on his way back in now and I'm sure he got a hold of some today.  Clark Kent, errrr I mean Capt. Rickey will keep us updated on what he did out there.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"OIFC Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/27/08
 

Don't be caught short like me and many others who have caught leader board size fish and were not entered in the Rodeo for that species.  The total take home payout  has now exceeded $1,200.  The fishing season is just heating up and it's early in the year.  Whether you are a local angler or signed up for a charter, here's the chance to win some good money.  You can enter in person, over the Internet or by phone.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Dirty Dozen" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/27/08
 

I just received a report that a good friend of the OIFC family caught 12 "keeper size" flounder today near the Sunset Beach bridge.  This angler is a respected offshore fisherman, but by his own admission is a novice at in shore fishing.  Of course he practices good fish management and used  proper catch and release practices.  In any rate, not only is the off shore hot, but the inshore is on fire also.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Black Jack Pay Back" | World Cat- 33' | 05/27/08
 

You may remember that a few fishing reports ago Captain Roger called the Black Jack Hole "Slack Jack".  Well today Captain Roger and first mate Captain Zach took Andy Carlyle of Surfside Beach and Drew Heger of Charlotte on a charter.  The first lines in  were at the Black Jack Hole.  A monster of a wahoo blasted a  purple , HST8 A Salt Bomber -hitting it so hard he destroyed the hooks and escaped.  That was the Black Jack's pay back.

The rest of the day yielded  a black fin tuna and several dolphin, the heaviest of which was over 28 pounds.  The best bite  then was in  78 degree 150 feet of water using a pink and silver C +H Lures Alien.  It pays to remember, it ain't over until it's over. 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"More pics from Swansboro tourney adventure" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/27/08
 

Notice how Rickey is holding his rod ????????????????
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing with the family" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/27/08
 

The family went fishing on Monday.  I woke up Mon AM and it was just too pretty not to take my daughter fishing.  When I wake up in the AM and its pretty like it was and I don't have any MUST DO's, I think- " When I was growing up, I remember fishing trips with my dad, grandpa, grandma, friends...  I want Caroline to have the same memories and learn to love and enjoy the ocean."  And thus, a perfectly reasonable excuse to take her fishing.  This time was special in that my mother, Susan was in town and despite her seasick fears, I knew the fact that Caroline would be on board would tempt her to join.  I hired Capt. Chris Dew, captain of the OIFC 2 to work as our Capt. for the trip so that I could focus more on family fun instead of driving and finding fish.  We started slow, but within short time Chris put us on a spot that bent rods for everyone.  Sharks, Kings and my big OIFC Rodeo leading Flounder were part of the action.  My mom actually hooked into and caught a 50# Shark of some sort-- much bigger than the normal Dog Sharks.  That fish gave her a fit, but I know she liked it.  We had a great morning and were back to the dock by 2pm.  Thanks to Capt. Chris.

Oh yes, you wonder how Caroline gets to be on so many successful fishing trips.  She picks the spots!  See the picture below.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Knife Fight" | Show Time- 34' | 05/26/08
 

You know you've had a great day fishing when the first mate's shirt looks like he's been in a knife fight.  That's how first mate Capt. Zach Faulkner looked when he and Captain Roger  came back from a gulf stream trip on the Show Time with Arthur Todd, Stephen Todd of Kingsport , Tenn. and Daniel Alexander of Smithfield, Tenn.  They boated many dolphin, one of which weighed 26 lbs., and a 41.8 lb.  wahoo.  One of the hot set ups was a Bluewater Candy pink and white with ballyhoo on the short rigger.  They caught the 'hoo in 165 feet of water  and later in the day they spotted a "tuna slick"  in about 200 ft. of water and wore the dolphin out.  The charter crew said the bite started out hot the first thing, slacked up and then got hot again.  Mr. Stephen Todd said this was the best fishing trip he'd ever been on.  The charter folks and their family were very happy with the trip as well as their catch.  As the charter crew were cleaning the fish the ladies were headed back to the house to start getting things ready for cooking  a fresh seafood supper.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Capt. Brant & flounder?" | OIFC 2- 27' | 05/26/08
 

Brant-flounder. That title doesn't even sound right, but it's true.  Brant took the OIFC Rodeo Leader board with a 4.20 flounder.  Today was a McMullan family fishing day. Brant, his mom Susan, Capt. Amy and Miss Carolyn chartered with Captain Chris Dew on the OIFC 2.  This trip was Brant's mom's first fishing trip.  Maybe she's a good luck charm as they had an excellent day.  Not only did they catch the leader board flounder, they had several Kings, Sharks and Sea Bass.  Brant reported that the most productive lure was the Hook Up Lures chartreuse buck tail tipped with Fish Bites flesh E-Z Squid on a Shamano Trevala Spinning Jig Combo.  Brant swears by the Shamamo Trevala  set up and says it is one of his favorites. A great day with the family.  Brant-flounder, still sounds fishy.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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