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"US Open king report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/28/11
 

Today is first day our boats have been back on the water this week, so this evening we should have a good read on whats happening where. Short of the facts, history and theory is what we've got right now. History says Kings should/will mysteriously show up in the River Channel as they seem to do every year at the US Open. However, as of last week, nothing to show that is happening. The water temp is still 80 degrees which isn't what we would expect this time of year. The winds this week have been fairly lite, so beach water shouldn't be stirred up too bad. The only "indication" we've seen last few days is over the weekend, spanish were thick at the 90/90 and there was a little bit of a beach bite. The beach has been thick with pogies and glass minnows which should translate into Kings. Nothing definitive to report, but when our boats get in this evening we'll post what we know. 
- Rube McMullan
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"Pogies scattered in 12 to" | Real-Time Update | 09/28/11
 

Pogies scattered in 12 to 18 feet off of oib
- Capt. Steele Parks
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"Keepn' Up With the Jones" | Get Busy | 09/27/11
 

Below are some pictures of Eddy Jones and Ocean Isle Beach Councilman Grantham on the recent trip they took to the Little River Jetties.

Also pictured is Eddy's daughter, Sydney and the flounder she landed.  Sydney, and some other of the young folks are the future of salt water fishing.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Horseshoe" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/26/11
 

John Winter of the St. James Fishing Club and two friends ventured to the Horseshoe.  They only got to fish a couple of hours because a storm chased them away.  While there the fishermen caught 2 kings, including this 19 lb'r pictured below.

Thanks for the report John


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Dodge them showers" | Get Busy | 09/26/11
 

Will, John and Chris drove down from Raliegh skipped out of work for a couple of days for some inshore fishing and golf. The fishing could have been better. We blew an hour and some change chasing those jettie reds but could not get them to bite. We came back down the ICW and started picking apart the docks.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Fish report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/26/11
 

OK -- here is the deal.  I know a lot of you have been watching our site waiting to go fishing until the fish started biting.  I don't half blame you, although it does put a lot of pressure on us to find fish all by ourselves- lots of ground to cover.  The biggest thing slowing more fishing has been the lack of Kings; it has been tough fishing for them this Summer.  But, here is the fishing deal right now that will hopefully get you moving and on the water

We have been fishing100 feet to find Kings.  I fished that depth Saturday and had fun with Wahoo and Sailfish, but no Kings.  I was disappoined in my effort, but also encouraged as I found out that there has been a good bite in 50 feet of water at spots such as the 390s....  Also there has been a beach bite going on near the Cherry Grove pier.  Up towards the Cape Fear the bite has been slower with a few fish coming off Yaupon, but the water is pretty dirty up that way and action is slower.  This will change. 

Further offshore, the Gag Grouper bite has started to take off.  Fishing 60-80 feet has been producing limits of Gags in the 10-20 pound range for our recent 8 and 10 hour charters.

There is a ton of bait along the beach as well, so live bait fishing should not be a problem.

That's the report.  The ocean is coming to life and it is time to get on the water.  This coming weekend is the US OPEN King Mackerel Tournament, so come on down and fish the tournament -- stop by the OIFC for all your fishing needs, we have them.

See you here.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

US OPEN- this weekend

Rumble in the Jungle- Little River- Oct 7-8

Swansboro King Mackerel Tournament- Oct 14-15

Fall Brawl King Classic- OIFC- Oct 21-23

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Buoys" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/25/11
 

This article appeared in the Wilmington newspaper today regarding buoys in shallow draft inlets.  Click on this link to read.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore blitz" | Get Busy | 09/25/11
 

The Redfish bite is ON. From the Little River Jetties to the docks of the ICW. Live shrimp which are getting harder and harder to find and mullet minnows were the bait of choice.Just Get Busy Fishing!
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Panga Attack!" | Get Busy | 09/25/11
 

Eddie Jones hurried in the OIFC to pay for gas Sunday afternoon.  He and Corey Bellamy were trying to catch the rising tide at the Little River Jetties so they could jump on the Red Drum bite.

They braved the iffy weather aboard Eddie's Panga and caught and released some beauties.

The Red Drum bite has been off the charts this year!

The weather off shore was what the locals call snotty.  The Carolina Cat made a valiant effort to boat some grouper but to no avail.  They pulled up anchor and came back to the hill early. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Confirmed...Kings are close!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/24/11
 

Capt. Chris Dawson just docked the boat from his 4 hour trip this morning. You know he had to be close as a 4 hour trip doesn't allow for much travel time. If you know Capt. Chris Dawson very well you can just about guess where he found the action. The Sabo group enjoyed catching large spanish and a nice king mackerel. Fall is here! Capt. Chris also reported seeing a few more kings sky rocketing on near by bait pods, but ran out of time to stick around for another bite. Awesome job Capt. and crew! Thanks for fishing with us and hope to see ya next year! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Kings and Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/23/11
 

In an earlier report Rube talked about kings moving in. Well yesterday Captain Brant and Captain Steele went to the deep water, trolled and brought home some fine kings and wahoo.  They used pogies which are thick near shore from the Lockwood Inlet to west of the Shallotte Inlet.  Along on the charter were Chris Rogers, Josh Chase, Miles Chase, Scott Gregory  and John Richardson.

I recieved information from a confidential and reliable source that between 3 and 8 kings were caught at the Youpon Reffas well as some being th of Hogg Inlet.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Team Coca Cola" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/23/11
 

Captain Chris Dew aboard the Carolina Cat headed to about 90 ft deep water and set up for bottom fishing with pogies and pin fish.  On this day, earlier in the week, Capt. Chris said the water didn't look right for trolling for kings.  Captain Chris did say the beach was loaded with pogies.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Traveling Fisherman- NEXT UP!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/23/11
 

Okay, this one's been in the works for a while. 

The Traveling Fisherman program was originally initiated for the purpose of helping fisherman with a common tie (OIFC) come together and experience some of the world's most amazing sport fishing opportunities.  Over the past few years we've had some incredible adventures abroad and made many new great friendships with fellow travelers and fishing crews from around the world.  The past Traveling Fisherman destinations have included the Coral Star in Panama, Paradise Lodge in Panama, The Galapagos Islands, and most recently Prince Edward Island, Canada. 

Next up on the Traveling Fisherman agenda is Guatemala! 

I have connected with a US based Captain who owns and operates the very renowned Buena Vista Sportfishing Lodge in Guatemala.  The fishing attraction for Guatemala is Sailfish and lots of them!  Certainly daily catches vary, but double digit sailfish catches are more common than anywhere else in the world.  Guatemala boasts the record for most Pacific sailfish caught in a day on both conventional and fly tackle.  Each year Guatemala sees more sailfish action than Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico and any other tropical destination in the world.  In addition, over the past couple years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of blue marlin encounters. 

This trip is scheduled to take place February 17th - February 21st, 2012.  This is peak sailfish season out of the Buena Vista Sportfishing Lodge year in and year out and not a bad time to be away from the cold weather here at home.  We will arrive in Guatamala City on Friday, the 17th of February and be shuttled the lodge approximately an hour away.  Fishing will commence the next day the 18th and continue on the 19th, and 20th.  We will head home the morning of the 21st. 

The Buena Vista Sportfishing Lodge is full service accommodations.   The meals are 5 star fresh seafood daily, laundry is also done daily, and the rooms are very nice.  The cost for this excursion is $2,385 and is all inclusive less liquor and tips.  The only other cost will be your plane ticket.  We'll be fishing 3 days on the fleet of 30+ ft center consoles and potentially a sportfish style boat.  We'll be fishing 3 fisherman to a boat. 

I'll continue to update the fishing report with more details and pictures of the destination.  Very Important:  if you are interested in joining this adventure I need to hear from you.  I can be reached via email- captbarrett@oifc.com or call The Fishing Center at 910-575-3474. 

If you ever wanted to travel to a unique fishing destination with incredible billfish action and with the comfort of a group of fishermen/fisherwomen with a common background, this is it.  Come join us in February for the next Traveling Fisherman adventure to Guatemala!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Fall King bite "trying" to get started" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/23/11
 

Checked out  Yaupon Wednesday; water perfect, water full of glass minnows and pogies. Fished couple hours at Yaupon and Ocean Crest, no bites. No way the fish aren't going to bite, which is what happened Thursday as there were Kings caught in the Yaupon/Ocean Crest area. Hopefully this opens the door for our famous fall NC beach bite. Also Brant/Steele fished offshore and reported water looked bad from 8 miles to 30 miles but looked good before and after. They caught Kings and Wahoo in 90 feet. Looking at long term forecast, high pressure moves back in mid/late next week which should bring back northerly winds and the Kings should go nuts in the river channel/Yaupon/Ocean Crest right on schedule for the US Open King tourney.
- Rube McMullan
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"Plan B" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/23/11
 

Capt. Barrett had planned to go grouper fishing Thursday.  But as happens, something came up and he switched to Plan B...inshore fishing.  Along came Capt. Bonecrusher Sauls to the rescue and off they went...to the Little River Jetties.

The crew, fishing with live bait got into some monster red drum.  As you can see, they were't the only ones with that idea.

Capt. Brant and Capt. Steele were able to go with their Plan A and from what I hear it paid off.  Pictures and report on their trip later today.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fishing Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/22/11
 

Good morning. The pogeys remain thick off the Shallotte Inlet in 24 ft of water, in front of Ocean Isle Beach.  There is still no acton on the king front.  I had a report of a king being caught off the Ocean Crest Pier, but there is no mention of it on their web site.

The good news is the grouper and other bottom dwelling fishing has been excellent.  As soon as I get the "gaff cam" back I'll post picutres.  We've got 2 charters out today.

Inshore, the red bite continues and there is plenty of bait in the ICW.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bottom Fishing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/20/11
 

Pictured below are Charles and Anita Stroudt of Harrisburg, Pa.,Pete, Dale and Carolyn Stroudt of Strausburg, Pa., and Peter Priest and Lynn Brown of Harrisburg, Pa. with the grouper, trigger fish and B-liners they caught today.  The group was fishing aboard the Carolina Cat, captained by Steele and O.C.  They fished in water 90' deep and with a temperature of 78 degrees.

Mack also wanted to get in on the act. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fall in a Hurry?" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/20/11
 

Steven, Tom, and Jeff joined me for a half day fishing trip this morning. There has been a big change in conditions! Last week we were still fishing in 84 degree water and this morning it was 73 degrees. The mullet minnows are so thick you can just about throw a cast net blind folded and still catch a livewell full. Shrimp are still holding in the shallow creeks and they are eating size! We had plenty of bait, we just needed to find something to eat it. The tide was a little slow to get moving this morning, but once it did, the fish started biting. Our first fish of the day broke the line immediately. No worries! Tom followed it up with another bite, but I wrote it off as a stingray the way it was fighting. Jeff also hooked up while Tom was fighting his mystery fish. I could tell Jeff had what we were looking for, REDFISH! We landed Jeff's first redfish just in the slot, 26 inches and some change. Meanwhile, Tom is still working on his fish as I am trying to get Steven in better postion for a hook up. Tom hollers out, it is a REDFISH! Finally, Tom landed our second fish of the day, 28 inches and some change, over the slot. We moved around a bit and found several more fish in the middle of the slot, 22 inches to 25 inches. It was a great day on the water, we landed 20+ redfish on live mullet and shrimp. Fall is here and the fish are feeding hard! Give Capt. Jeff or myself a call and we will get you hooked up! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"New Tourney to the Area" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/20/11
 

There is a new King Mackerel tournament that is being hosted out of Murrells Inlet- Marshwalk Kingstalk -- It is hosted from 3 Sisters Marina and the tournament director is Jared Floyd.  The tournamend is Division 3 SKA sanctioned. 

Jared has been tournament fishing for a long time and been to enough events that he knows what it takes to host a good tournament that will be enjoyable to all. 

The weather this weekend is looking pretty good, and I'm sure Team OIFC will be in the mix, so come join us for this first annual, up and coming tournament.

For information, email Jared Floyd at jaredbfloyd@yahoo.com or call 843-995-7446


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bait/King Report 9:00 am" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/20/11
 

Capt. Steele of the Carolina Cat reports pogeys are thick just west of the Shallotte Inlet in 24 ft. of water.

Also report of a king being caught off Ocean Crest Pier.  Maybe with the cooler weather and the bait being so thick the kings will start moving in.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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