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""Shallotte Inlet"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/17/11
 

Capt. Steele and Capt. Chris Dew just broke the inlet. Capt. Chris Dew(a.k.a Old Law) called in on the radio to report all bouys have been removed by the storm yesterday. Capt. Brant has contacted wildlife and they are working on getting them placed back in the right place. We will continue to keep everyone posted on the situation.  

Jigging school is in!!!! I can smell the Ben Gay already!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Jigging School" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/16/11
 

Come rain or high wind the OIFC's Jigging School presented by Captain Steele went on!  The "classroom" portion was today and the plan for tomorrow is for Captain Steele to take the class to a break and test their knowledge.  There is a 2nd school in the offering April 30th and May 1st. Call the OIFC and reserve your spot!.

Pictured is the class consisting of Captain Steele Park, participants Jim Almond, Kevin Walter, Ben Rucker, and Kendall Hendrick.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"more pics from stream trip today" | Real-Time Update | 04/15/11
 

more pics from stream trip today
- Brant McMullan
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"good day in the stream" | Real-Time Update | 04/15/11
 

Felt good to be back in the stream. Weather was manageable at 15-20kts from east. I decided to run south and fish the macmarle'n and scarp area, think ing I'd get out in front of stream eddy and fish more blended water. Action started slow at macmarle'n, no trolling bites and only a few jacks jigging. We put the trolling gear back out and headed to the scarp. At 11:00am we g ot our first bite and from then until we left at 2pm it was on. Lots of bla ckfin and we finally caught the token wahoo as our final fish. Ajs were hungry too, covering us up twice on all lines! Day was a success. I think a big key to making a day right now is being able to target blackfin. Feathers and cedar plugs are deadly. Be back to OIFC this pm around 5:30pm, come down and check us out. Jig class tomorrow pm wit fishing on Sunday. Stay tuned. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Capt. Brant's Trip" | Get Busy | 04/15/11
 

Captain Brant wrote a report on Captain Steele and his trip to the Gulf Stream with Nathan Fields, Randy Kidd, and Danny DeHart of Morehead, Kentucky.  Captain Steele said they were fishing in 180 ft of water.  He said they attacked the fish with a plethora of methods ranging from tuna feathers, jigs to balleyhoo. 

In the picture are a 36.8 lb wahoo and a 26.6 lb black fin tuna.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Old Law World Cat"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/15/11
 

Captains Chris Dew and Charlie Wilson ran a 1/2 day charter with repeat customers Matthew Floyd, his son Jordan and father-in-law Larry Myers of Thomasville, N.C. this morning.  The group bottom fished catching and releasing several big sea bass.  They were using squid strips on standard bottom rigs. They also pulled spoons and caught some spanish mackerel.  Can't wait until we can start keeping some black bass.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Citation Black Fin" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/15/11
 

Daniel Simmons, along with his wife Amber came to the OIFC aboard the Reel McCoy Contender with a 27.2 lb black fin tuna they caught in good looking 300 ft deep water.  Daniel commented that the water would be perfect when the kings come in.  The tuna was citation size and took the lead in the rodeo..
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Good Luck" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/15/11
 

Good luck to Captains Brant and Steele on their charter to the Stream today.  This may be the last good day for the weekend as NOAA has posted a small craft advisory after midnight tonight.  The 2 key words are NOAA and predicting.  They have been known to ruin perfectly good weekend fishing days.

Also I was in touch with a couple of commercial hook and line anglers out of Southport who said they struck out yesterday. I don't think they fished the Steeples or the Blackjack and it's impolite to ask where they fished, especially a man who makes his living fishing.  We'll just have to wait and see how it goes today.  <*(((><


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"stream report" | Real-Time Update | 04/14/11
 

Bob Newell, Andrew Sanderson and matt Moore teamed up today to break in the new fishing season. They reported lots of wahoo action fishing the blackjac k to steeples area. They had 9 Hopkins and hosted 3 wahoo 30-40 pounds. They caught most fish high speed trolling. Looks like the bite has started. Steele and I are going tomorrow. Stay tuned. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"sea bass assassin" | Real-Time Update | 04/14/11
 

The brown party from Charlotte and Atlanta is wearing them out. Nice day on the water. 2 miles offshore. NOAA needs to see this. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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""Add whiting to the list"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/14/11
 

I beat few banks yesterday and headed for the flooded grass flats looking for the redfish. The first bank that I hit produced trout and bluefish. As I rounded the corner approaching a deeper hole, I got a bite. Pretty aggressive hit and not a bad little fight. I thought it was going to be a flounder, turned out to be a whiting. Thats right! Add that one to the artificial list. That is the first whiting I have ever caught on artificial bait. I proceeded to catch a spot on the next cast. I would hate to see what I could have done with blood worms. I caught a couple more bluefish and then headed for the grass flats. On my last trip I had spotted some reds tailing in the back of a creek, but spooked them as I approached. I headed back to that area, but never saw any signs of fish moving through the grass. Mullet are thick and the redfish shouldn't be too far away. I watched Capt. Mark Dickson work a flat across the marsh from me where I have seen fish this past week as well. I am not sure if they hooked up or not. The wind was blowing pretty hard out of the WSW making spotting fish difficult. The water was silted up pretty good as well. Regardless, I am sure the redfish are there at some point and I will be back. The first part of next week looks great in the morning to hit the grass flats. See ya on the water!   
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Today's Action" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/13/11
 

Captain Brant and Captain Chris Dew are taking the newly repowered (twin 300 hp Yamahas) World Cat on a couple half day charters.  The guests are interested in catching and releasing sharks.  They're going to try to throw in a couple other species also.  We'll see later in the day.

Remember, Capt. Brant has a couple of openings for the Crew Matching trip Thursday.  And don't forget to enter the Rodeo.  The flounder and red fish bite is on!  <*(((><


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Tommy Can Hear Flounder" | Get Busy | 04/12/11
 

Our friend Tommy Helms is back on the water.  This time with Captain Dan "Rattlesnake" Ratley.  The duo located some 70 degree water in a creek near Little River.  They did not start fishing until about noon, but caught and released several undersized flat fish, including 2 that were barely legal.

Dan, a noted off shore fisherman, was manning the rods. At one point Tommy told him he had a fish on.  The fish was a 4" flounder.  Dan couldn't believe Tommy could hear a flounder bite.

Tommy usually has pictures to support his reports, but forgot his camera. Hmmmm....


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Stream Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/12/11
 

I did get some good news from a couple of boats that made the Stream on Saturday and Sunday.  The weather conditions were'nt that great, but they did pretty good on catching.  Water temperatures were cool at 69-70 degrees, but both boats reported catching a couple of Wahoo, several Blackfin in the 15-25 pound range and yes, even a few Mahi.  The weather looks good for a Thursday trip and then the weekend looks like it will blow before giving way to a very nice early next week -- typical, wind blows on the weekend.  Anyway, I'm looking for the Stream fishing to get good starting immediately as we are coming into prime time.  Break away from work and go fishing- it is time!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""Weird Day?"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/11/11
 

Wow! The weather looked promising for a good day on the water today. Winds were light this morning and the tide was low. We hit the first creek and found a strike netter making a little racket. We moved on to another creek and saw some redfish, but they spooked before we could make our move. We headed on down the creek and Kristin caught the first fish of the day. A nice little trout. We worked the entire creek until we just couldn't go any further. Mr. Phil hooked a little trout there, but didn't quite get him all the way to the boat. I decided to head back to our first creek, thinking maybe the fish had time to settle down. The strike netter was still busy at it. We went on past him as the tide was high enough to get further back in the creeks. We rounded the corner and I spotted some redfish pushing along the grass. About the time I pointed them out to my crew they made us. They headed for deeper water and we could never locate them or get them to bite. I decided that this area was completely rattled from all the commotion earlier. We moved on, but could never really get on the bite. We ended the day with a few trout, a flounder released at boat side, a blue fish, and 5 croaker. The weather? Well, the fog didn't go away until late this afternoon. The tide? I guess the quarter moon was causing a neap tide today. The tide never started to pull, it was very weak. Good news! I survived to fish another day! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Lookn' Up" | Get Busy | 04/11/11
 

Spent some time today talking with a couple of fishermen this evening.  One an excellent off shore angler, and the other an in shore expert.

The off shore  guy said he and his crew braved the wind Saturday and made a run to the Stream.  They were in head seas going out.  The wind shifted and they were in head seas returning.  While at the Stream they hooked a wahoo that striped 250 yards of 130# top shot on 130# braid.  They kinda horsed him and pulled the hooks.  They also hooked up some black fin.  Things are lookn' up in the Stream.  He said he felt like he'd been in a fight when they got back.

In shore, 70 degree water was found in a couple places in the ICW and the majority of the water in the shallows was 70 degrees.  He and his partner were scouting some areas today and said the bite was a little slow, but the flounder are starting to show up.

  Behind Cherry Grove, which usually fires off shortly before the bite around OIB, is starting to pick up.  Usually some big flounder come from Dog Inlet.

Remember, the Rodeo allows fish caught anywhere to be weighed in at the OIFC  and count in the Rodeo, so long as they are weighed in the same day.  You can bring them by boat, car, moped (if you lost your license because of a DWI), scooter  (if you have your license), bicycle or foot.  Heck you can even sky dive your fish.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Galapagos Itenerary" | OIFC 1- 36 | 04/10/11
 

Day 1, 2011
- Arrive in Guayaquil, EC.
- A company host will be outside of admissions area waiting to greet us.
- Hotel van transfer to Oro Verde Hotel 5 Star and Casino
- Night at Oro Verde Hotel
- Dinners at your leisure (not included)
 
Day 2, 2011
- Breakfast at the Oro Verde Hotel
- Private transfer to Guayaquil airport with company guide
-Flight check-in and Galapagos screening procedures. A company guide will help us with this
- Depart Guayaquil to San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
- Arrive in San Cristobal (You will be one hour behind mainland Ecuador)
** Pay the Galapagos National Park admission (currently USD 100.00) upon entering the park
- Host will be outside of GNP admissions area waiting for us to take us to hotel
-Transfers from Airport to Galapagos Hotel. Hotels to be confirmed depending on availability
- After we check in, we have time to rest a little and change for the Lobos Island and Kicker Rock TourTime: 3 to 4 hours approximately private boat transfer
-Enjoy the afternoon at Lobos Island where we will be able to snorkel in the pristine and clear waters with sea lions, sting rays and reef fish. All snorkel gear will be provided. Next if you have energy left venture to the Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock) and see the vast rock formations protruding from the water and the animals that live amongst them. (Snacks and beverages included)
- After tour return. Night at hotels, depending on availability
- Dinners at your leisure (not included)
 
 
 
 
Days 3-4-5 and 6, 2011
- Breakfast at the Hotel or aboard the boat
- Full day of fishing aboard boats 34, 35 and 36ft custom sportfishers with twin outboard engine, fly bridge, fighting chair, tackle and crew
- Beverages, snacks and lunches on the boat are included
- Depart 7:00 am and return to port approximately 5:00 pm
- Night at hotels
- Dinners at your leisure (not included)
 
Day 7, 2011
- Breakfast at the Hotel
- Return flight San Cristobal to Guayaquil and transfer to Hotel Oro Verde 5 Star and Casino.
- Night at Hotel Oro Verde 5 Star and Casino
- Dinners at your leisure (not included)
 
Day 8, 2011
-Breakfast at Hotel Oro Verde
-Hotel transfer to airport
- Depart Ecuador
 
Included:
-Local airfare Guayaquil-San Cristobal-Guayaquil
-All guides, hosts and transfers
-All hotels
-Breakfast at hotels and lunches while fishing and on tours mentioned
-Sodas, water, beer and more beverages while fishing
-All tours mentioned (additional tours can be purchased from company representative)
- Fishing days mentioned
- 4 days fishing
-Tackle, bait and crew
 
Not Included:
$ 100 USD Park entrance fee to Galapagos. Entrance fee subject to change without notice
INGALA Cards
Tips for captain, crew and guides
Liquor
Dinners and lunches where not mentioned
* The Ecuadorian Government has mandated as of February 25th, 2008 that all passengers now have to pay $10.00 US for INGALA card in order to enter into the Galapagos. Your host will assist you.
 
** Upon entering Galapagos in San Cristobal you will be briefed on their natural habitat, disinfected (As to not carry any bacteria or microscopic organisms to the island.), given rules of the islands and will be charged $100 US per person as entrance fee into the Galapagos National Park.
 
Passports are necessary for travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos. Please make sure to pack your passports first.
 

- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"2011 Trip Announced" | OIFC 1- 36 | 04/10/11
 

And the winner is.............The GALAPAGOS!!!  January 30, 2011 - February 6, 2011.  More details to follow.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Galapagos Islands is on the Map for 2009!" | OIFC 1- 36 | 04/10/11
 

Breaking News!!! Just in, the OIFC's Traveling Fisherman program has signed on for what is sure to be an unbelievable fishing adventure to the fertile and untouched waters off the Galapagos Islands in South America.  After a significant research effort and logistical planning we are pleased to announce the latest exotic fishing expedition for the Traveling Fishermen program. One of our many goals with this program is to plan, organize and offer unique fishing excursions to our OIFC fishing friends.  When I first began researching new destinations for the Traveling Fisherman I knew we had a lot to live up to after the super succesful trip to Panama in 2008.  Not just any destination or operation would suffice.  Fortunately I was able to locate Capt. Pete Santini and his fishing operation on San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos.  I stayed in contact with Capt. Pete through the winter fishing season and his daily reports were more than enough to convince me this was the spot we needed to go.  The Galapagos Islands are known for their tremendous array of wildlife including perhaps their most famous inhabitants the enormous turtles.  These islands are those that Charles Darwin wrote about in his journals describing the creatures as of not of this planet.  Little did many know that the sportfishing was equally as "wild" just offshore of the islands.  The biggest sport fishing draw is the abundance of marlin.  On numerous occassions this winter Capt. Pete reported more than 20 shots at marlin and on several days over 40 shots.  They catch mostly stripes, but blacks and blues are not at all uncommon.  In addition there is a great giant big eye tuna run, plenty of yellowfin tuna and wahoo.  I will continue to update this page as I learn more about this untapped fishery. 

We are now taking reservations for this trip!  There is room for only 9 fishermen/fisherwomen so if you have interest be sure to contact me immediately.  captbarrett@oifc.com


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Benefit Redfish Tournament" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/10/11
 

HI folks, just wanted to let all of you inshore folks about an upcoming redfish tournament that ALL of you need to fish.  Eric Powell, who operated New River Marina in Snead's Ferry, has been faced with some serious health issues recently and friends and locals have organized a benefit redfish tournament to raise money for him and his family.  The tournament will be held April 30 at New River Marina, with the capts. meeting on the 29th.  Sponsers are putting up a guaranteed pursue, so all the proceeds from the entries are going to Eric and his family.  Eric always fished our inshore tournaments at the OIFC in the past, so lets show some support and go fish this tournament.  Not knowing the area and being afraid of not being competitive aren't reasons not to fish this one.  For you Facebook users, here is a page that has been set up...http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=156298611097375.   If you have any questions call (910) 327-2106.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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