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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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"Redemption" | It Works- 27' | 02/16/08
 

Saturday, they ladies went shopping. This gave us men folk a chance to prove our fishing skills. After refueling at the OIFC we headed directly to the same hole as yesterday. Using mud minnows we landed and released five reds. At one point all three of us were hooked up which caused a tangled mess as the reds were running for cover. While fishing, Captain Roger stopped by on his way in from a charter on the World Cat. He had a productive day sea bass fishing and his charter seemed extremely happy. We ended the day around lunch time as us big boys were hungry and the wind started picking up. Jeff and I have had productive fishing trips all during the winter season, catching fish during each"off month". In shore fishing wise, there is not off season. Those who winterized their boats have missed some of the best in shore fishing action there is. Get them out and wet a hook!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"redfish weekend" | It Works- 27' | 02/16/08
 

This weekend Jeff, Courtney and Camdyn hosted one of Jeff's college football buddies, John Hayes, and his lovely girlfriend Leah Sharpe for a weekend of fun and fishing. The weather was great!! Friday afternoon, Jeff, John and Leah hit some of our regular spots in search of red drum. As soon as they anchored the Tale Chaser and cast out a mud minnow on a carolina rig, bam, Leah hooked up a red (the fish had good taste, he probably skipped Jeff and John for Leah). This went on most of the afternoon with Leah showing the guys how it's done. Not to be left out, Camdyn joined in on the action. Though she came up empty, the look on her face shows her determination. All in all they caught and released around six respectable red drum,I guess demonstrating that women rule.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"anchor-tip of the week" | It Works- 27' | 02/15/08
 

I feel like I'm telling most of you something your already know. But I'll write this for the sake of those who like me,don't. Last week when we were fishing the Waterway, we missed some good spots because the tide was ripping and our anchor wouln't hold. So today we took the anchor from our 24 bay boat and used it on our 17 foot Polar. The tide was pulling hard, but the Tale Chaser stuck. Lesson learned for me was when fishing inshore in strong currents, it pays to go up an anchor size and use more chain, the chain part is for Brian Aycock, who gives me a hard time about too much chain. You miss a lot of good fish if you can't anchor up at a fovorite spot, and a dragging anchor will scare away any good thinking fish.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"" | It Works- 27' | 02/12/08
 

This just in latest report from the traveling fishermen Black Marlin and Sailfish were practicly jumping in the boat on yesterdays trip. Fishermen Ray and Jared Boyd and Brant Mc Mullan landed two black Marlin one in the 300 lbs range  the other was around 500lbs. Also in the mix was one sailfish about 120lbs with 5 other billfish bites they they missed.

Barrett and Rube McMullan along with Robbie Dail had ten dolphin, one sail, and missed five billfish bites.

Yorke Pharr, Tommy Lytton and Todd Shad caught one black Marlin, nine dolphin and  two sailfish. They missed three marlin and four sails. 

Todd Helf, Robert Hughes, and Brian Richards had three sailfish, one dolphin. They missed one marlin and several sailfish.

Last but not least  Richard and Tony McCrae and Forrest Taylor Caught seven dolphin and about a 450lb black marlin.

Sounds like all in all these guys are having a great time. I am told that they have been watching the marlin and sailfish  have been jumping about 500ft away from the boat as they eat dinner. WOW!!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Traveling Fisherman Update" | It Works- 27' | 02/11/08
 

 The Traveling fisherman have reported beautiful weather and good fishing thus far on their trip to Panama. They were able to get a half day of fishing in on Saturday. They caught some cubera snapper  that were around 30lbs. Also rooster fish and a few differant species of jacks. All fish were caught on live blue runners or on a top water jig. They ended their relaxed half day of fishing with a nice quiet dinner on the top deck at the Tiki Bar where they were served fresh snapper.

On Sunday they reported catching eight Sailfish,few dozen Dolphin and a variety of snapper while the Marlin remain elusive.  They were anchored in Monpoas where they will being fishing tomorrow .


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"slow day" | It Works- 27' | 02/09/08
 

Jeff and I joined an excellent fisherman Jim Fagan early this morning and took the long trip to St. James. In the meantime the Hook 'm Up with Captain Steve headed to the Jetties. All of us had a slow day, with Jim boating two nice trout, I caught a red drum and Capt. Steve also landed a red drum. On the way back in we did see an angler in a Jones Brothers flats boat land several small trout. Maybe a slow day, but it was beautiful. Jeff is starting the day watch and I'm still bumbed up so I don't know when I'll have another report.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Call to Arms" | It Works- 27' | 02/08/08
 

Jeff, Jimmy Lively, Jim Farson and hopwfully Capt. Steve, and I are meeting at the the Ocean Isle Boat Ramp at 0615 Saturday to go in search of trout! This is a call to all those who can make it, to be there. If you get out later, I'll be on channel 11 as Tale Chaser, or call me 910-443-0531 & we'll let you know the skoop! Got reports today that nothing major went on in the Lockwood Folly River. We intend to try St. James, then Lockwood Folly River and maybe the jetties. The weather is supposed to be good so lets catch 'em up!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Rambling" | It Works- 27' | 02/07/08
 

The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce must have an inside track with The Lord, because we have had perfect chamber of commerce weather the past couple of days. The weekend weather is predicted to be nice as well. The only downside was a pretty strong blow offshore, which didn't bother us inshore guys at all. My shoulder is better so Jeff and I went out on the Tail Chaser to do some scouting. We were the "floating wounded" though, as Jeff got rearended in his patrol car night before last by someone running about 50 mph. How do you think they felt when they looked up to see that they hit a patrol car? Anyway,we explored on a lunar low tide. It would pay for inshore anglers to check out Tubbs Inlet as it has really filled in. The east end of Ocean Isle Beach has greatly eroded and it seems most of the sand ended up in Tubbs. The water temp was 59 degrees and very clear. We saw some mullett minnows in the creeks and some mullett in the concrete canals. They were in the 10-12 inch range. We then parked at the OIFC and traded fishing info with some local anglers. Captain Steve of "U Hook'em Fishing" advised that anglers in the Lockwood Folly River/Varnumtown area were hammering the trout using dark with metal flake grubs. Jimmy Lively said that trout were being caught from the bank at the Little River Swingbridge on green D.O.A. shrimp. He said he personally saw about 40 trout landed on a falling tide. However, be aware that you must have a South Carolina fresh water fishing license to fish there as the S.C.D.N.R. was there writing tickets right and left. Beautiful days and good fishing friends is part of what it's all about! This weekend looks to be a great time to come down to the Brunswick county/Myrtle Beach area for a relaxing weekend. Come visit us at the OIFC. Capt. Amy and Mrs. Anita have been busy putting out new stock and the stuff looks great...lucky for me I been out injured.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Tips to fish by" | It Works- 27' | 02/06/08
 

wear shoes on a boat if you plan on running on the deck- OR, Capt. Brant says to remain calm in the face of overwhelming excitement and chaos and you won't need to wear shoes because you won't be running-
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"A Tip to Remember" | OIFC.com- 36' | 02/06/08
 

Here's something I toyed with the other day. I was out with Amy and Barrett doing a bit of Sea Bass fishing, but mostly running the 36 with its new power to get some time on it. Anyway, I had some of the artificial squid strips and we were using them and catching some Sea Bass, mostly small with a few keepers-- seems finding legal 12" Sea Bass these days is pretty darn tough. Anyway, Barrett decided to switch over to cut Sea Bass since the "real" stuff normally works better. His first drop he caught a Spiny Dogfish- a major Winter nuissance. By then I had put some on my line, figuring it would work better. I caught a Dogfish. We had not caught a single one until we switched to cut bait. We then started experimenting using the artificial vs. the real cut bait. What we found was that when you arrive to a spot if you use the artificial only, you will pretty much only catch Bass. As soon as you use cut bait, the Dogfish will get wind and get all stirred up and then will not only eat the cut bait but also the artificial squid. Thus, we went back to only the artificial and didn't have to deal with the Dogfish anymore. Interesting I thought. The Dogfish are a major nuissance during the cold weather months of Jan-March. They are supposedly caught commercially and I think are alot of the fish and chips served overseas, but I'm not sure. Anyway, I've never tried one, but I think they are protected or something like that. Maybe someone out there knows more about their table fare and whether you can even keep them ???
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"A Tip to Remember" | It Works- 27' | 02/06/08
 

Keep a package of "GULP" squid flavored cut bait in the boat for a quick hop nearshore for black bass no refridgeration needed; no spoiled bait forgotten in the boat. Perfect for getting those first few for cut bait or for a few live baits for the GrouperSnapper offshore. The ultimate in convience.
- OIFC Staff- Don Coley
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"Tips to fish by" | It Works- 27' | 02/06/08
 

Working at the OIFC has afforded me the unique opportunity to see what products the charter captains use to help maintain their boats.The following are just some of the products they use and I have tried myself and give them the "RB" stamp of approval. First, and one of my favorites is Aluma Guard. This is a spray marine Aluminum protectant. IT REALLY WORKS. Just one application removes saltwater spots snd dullness and protects all metals on your boat. I use it every time I clean my boats. The second is Plexus. You spray this on plexiglass and it removes all scratches and swirls. I couldn't believe how well it worked on my flats boat which had a terribly scratched windshield. Last, but not least I wash my boats with OrPine wash and wax. No matter the brand , it is very important for the life of your gelcoat to use a boat wash, not a dish detergant or even a car wash soap. As a cheap commercial, I might add that we sell all these products at the OIFC, where we sell the best and use what we sell!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"The Fisherman?s Cure to February Cabin Fever" | OIFC.com- 36' | 02/06/08
 

Historically February is a most difficult time for the saltwater angler who calls coastal Carolina home. At one time it was more than just February that Carolina fishermen had resided to sitting by the fireplace with the only type of fishing taking place was that done from the couch. Whereas before, the arrival of Thanksgiving meant packing up the fishing gear and going into a fishing hibernation for the winter in recent years the discovery of the giant bluefin tuna and striped bass fisheries within close distances from shore have expanded the fishing season into the months of December and January. So, through exploration and discovery Carolina fishermen have been able to eliminate over half of the wintertime blues. Now we are left to deal with February. By this time the bluefin have passed by our coast for the most part on their annual migration and the striped bass fishing is on the decline and to top it off the typical weather forecast dances around gail force wind conditions and small craft advisories. There are two options the Carolina saltwater fisherman can take from this point. First, for the fisherman or woman who fished hard all summer and fall and kept it right up for the bluefin and striped bass season February presents a great opportunity to analyze, regroup and repair the previous year?s equipment. But for those who opted out of the bluefin and striper game and thusly has all of their equipment in perfect working order and is chomping at the bit to hit the high seas there is salvation on the horizon in the form of the black sea bass. Black sea bass are bottom feeding schooling fish that congregate into tight pods in late winter and range in size from 1 to 3 lbs. Despite their relatively small size, they make up for it in quantity, fight and table fare. When the right weather forecast presents itself for a near-shore fishing trip in February, black sea bass are typically prevalent in areas where there is plenty of structure for habitat in 65 to 95 feet of water. As the season progresses into March and April the sea bass will move in closer to the 40 to 60 foot range. Artificial reefs and known rocks and ledges are always a good bet to find plenty of black bass action, but to find the monster bass, also referred to as ?blue heads or knot heads?, searching for the less known areas of structures that are likely to be fished less will yield better catches of bigger fish. The actual hooking and angling of black sea bass is not rocket science. Once you arrive to the area you plan to fish pay close attention to the fish finder as you move about the area at about 8-10 mph. When you pass over a good mark of fish on your electronics hit the man overboard button and then return to the spot to set up a drift. Now in position you are ready to begin fishing. A traditional medium to light action rod and opened face reel with 20 to 30lb test line will be sufficient gear to handle the bass. On the business end a most effective and easy to make rig is the chicken rig. Simply make three separate loops in the main line by tying double granny knots. Next slip a 4 to 8oz. sinker onto the bottom loop and two 5/0 Mustad stainless steel hooks onto the other two loops. Many types of bait will work for black bass, but typically cut squid or freshly cut fish make for a good starter. With the boat at a stand still drop the rig all the way to the bottom and get ready to go to work. It usually doesn?t take very long at all for the bass to find your hook. When the fish starts to nibble on your bait do not be bashful. Set the hook like you were trying to come out of your shoes. If the fish is hooked bring him on in, but if he escapes drop the rig back to the bottom and try again. Granted February does not typically provide the Carolina saltwater angler with the prospect of catching the glory species from the deep that can be found at other times of year, but it does offer a great chance to put some excellent meat on the table and most importantly the excuse to get out of the house and cure cabin fever.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Dad Look What I Caught" | OIFC.com- 36' | 02/05/08
 

Anyone for grouper?
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Business Opportunity" | OIFC.com- 36' | 02/05/08
 

Here is the opportunity- The OIFC is looking for a good inshore fisherman who wants to guide kayak fishing charters from the OIFC. I think this is a fishery that could become very popular and certainly it would offer plenty of business from May-August. Anyone out there have any aspirations to be a kayak fishing guide? Email captbrant@oifishingcenter.com or call (910) 575-3474 xt 3 to discuss.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Nothing is wasted I guess" | World Cat- 33' | 02/04/08
 

Despite all the bad luck (hope it's not my karma here) there is something to be learned on any fishing trip. By hanging around some of the charter boats down here and asking questions I was taught a cool new way to rig ballyhoo with circle hooks. Instead of using rigging wire, you use floss and a rigging needle to hold the chin weight in place and sew the bait's mouth shut. You thread the floss through a quarter ounce weight so it comes out as a loop. Run the bait's head through the loop and cinch the floss down behind the gill plate. When you pull it tight, the weight will slide between the gills. By looping the floss back through the eye sockets you secure the weight in place, then you loop it back through the sockets and over the top of the skull, bringing the floss behind the gill plates again to create an "X" on top of the bait's head. Then take your rigging needle and bring both strands of thread back through the bait's chin (from the bottom up) and through the nose. Wrap his beak shut and hitch the thread, then trim the tag ends and you are done. When you deploy the bait, simply run the circle hook under the "X" you created and put it in the spread. Two things make this rig very useful. First of all, there is no wire and therefore, less reason for a finicky fish to spit the bait when he eats. Also, you can make your bait swim to the side by changing the angle at which you run your hook through the "X". The bait will "chase" the point of the hook, meaning that if you run the hook through from the right side (bait's beak facing you) of the "X" he will swim to the left as you face the transom of the boat. It's a great way to keep baits out of the prop wash if you are running outboards. I'm not going to mention how many ballyhoos I butchered before I got one to swim well, but hey, it's not like we're thick into the fish down here...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"She Is Back !" | OIFC.com- 36' | 02/03/08
 

Welcome back to the new OIFC.com boat- formerly the Carolina Contender-- She's been out since late October as I decided to repower from my triple 225's to twin 350's.  It took a good bit of rerigging and new setup, but the boat is in the water and I ran her through Shallotte Inlet today, it felt good.  With the twin Yamaha F350's I gain 25 hp overall and lose 200 pounds as well as lose the drag of the additional lower unit.  Of course, the Yamaha F225's were retired gracefully as they eclipsed the 6000 hour mark and were still running smooth the day they were taken off- as a matter of fact, they are allready on another boat and have been fishing strong.  Anyway, I had 200 gallons of fuel on the boat and 4 people and she topped out at 54mph burning 64gph.  Cruise really is a wide range between 32 and 40mph and getting 1.2mpg on average.  I have a few tweaks to make and I think I may be able to get a little more out of her, so I'll keep you informed.  So far I'm pleased with what I see.  As a matter off fact, I think I"ll go harrass a Sea Bass tomorrow.  Oh yes, and don't forget the trip to Panama with our Travelling Fisherman group.  We leave on Friday and I'm sure looking forward to it.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"No luck at all, if not for bad..." | World Cat- 33' | 02/03/08
 

The wind never blew yesterday, so we ran down south to put the dredge and the dead baits out again. We trolled well to the south of Boynton Inlet, and sure enough, a sailfish came right to the dredge. I was standing on the other side of the boat when I saw the fish, and jumped over to grab the pitch rod. My left foot hit the toe rail on Mike's boat, breaking the middle toe. I tried to feed the bait back while biting my lip, but the fish never ate. No other strikes. So now it's Sunday, my toe is swollen to a point where it hurts to walk, and the Patriots aren't on for another five hours. Ouch...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"" | Show Time- 34' | 02/02/08
 

 


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Sailfish/Snook 2--Team LaBonte/Burrows 0" | It Works- 27' | 02/01/08
 

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Fished the back end of Sebastien Inlet today for the opening of snook season. While we didn't connect with any linesiders, we caught enough sheepsheads and sharks to keep rods bent. The water in the Indian River Lagoon is something else if you want to fish inshore. Plenty of options there. People further up the river were doing well on redfish and trout while we tried for the elusive snook. Good news is, NE wind tomorrow. Time to get some livies and fly the kite. I'll keep you posted.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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