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"" | OIFC | 05/26/16
 

This article, written by national writer Gary Caputi, tells the story of how the menhaden netting ban occurred in our Brunswick County waters and eventually across the entire State of NC.

Click Here---> http://yamahaoutboards.com/yamaha-advantage/news/fishing-tips/brunswick-county%E2%80%99s-redfish-and-cobia-revival


- Rube McMullan
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"Hammerhead " | | 05/25/16
 

Nice hammerhead the Bechtold family caught and released today. 10 year old Micah did a fantastic job of keeping the hammer hooked and bringing him to the boat.
- "Treffinger, Derek James"
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"Bait Pen Orders" | OIFC | 05/25/16
 

DEADLINE 5/31 TO ORDER- 

EMAIL captbrant@oifc.com 

Rob of "Rob's Bait Pens" will be making his annual pilgrimage to the OIFC around June 1, and he will be loading his trailer up with as many pens as he can fit. BUT, he can only bring Pre-Orders, so if you want a pen, I need to get your order. Here is what he will be able to make and bring- ROUND1/2 square mesh- 48"wide x 36" tall - $350 /  1/2" square mesh 48" wide x 48" tall - $380 OVAL1/2" square mesh- 48" long x 30" wide x 30" tall - $235 / 1" square mesh- 60" long x 36" wide x 36" tall - $275 ** INSHORE FISHERMAN'S VERSION* ROUND- 1/2" square mesh- 24" wide x 24" tall - $115. To place order Email- captbrant@oifc.com ** There is a limited number of Pens that can be fit on the trailer so first come?. ** 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"The Retriever's Report" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 05/24/16
 

The Retriever Crew had6 gaffers and 8 Blackfin at the Steeples aboard Retriever with Larry Spainhour and Chris Eckert today 


- Austin Aycock
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"Live bait school report" | | 05/24/16
 

Yesterday live bait class went well. My three students all successfully netted bait, tied their own rigs, rigged their one baits, set lines, hooked fish, gagged fish and cleaned fish: Kings cobia and Jack. We stayed very busy most of the day with a solid King bite at the shark hole; albeit the kings are small this time of year in the 8-10# range, they bite just the same and offer way better gagging practice! The Pogy we found were small, but we doubled them up on rigs and caught kings on them as well as dead cigars. Thanks to class for job well done. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"COBIA CLASH UPDATE" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/23/16
 

***ATTENTION ANGLERS

Due to the recent adjustment to recreational cobia limits, I am forced to make this years first annual Cobia Clash a one day of competition tournament. SATURDAY MAY 28th, will be the only day of competition for participating anglers for this tournament. I have pasted the NCDENR proclamation regarding the adjustment below.

The good news is (knocking on wood, fingers crossed) the weather is forecasted to be light and variable for this particular day (5/28) and that some really large cobia have been caught this past week. Captain Ben and Sean Morris hauled in a 77#, a 100# was weighed in off Wrightsville beach, and quite a few over 60# have been caught near the river channel. Thus, if the weather holds and we get a few more entries, this could be the start of something great. Don’t forget I will be giving a $100 OIFC gift card to the father/son, father/daughter, mother/son, mother/daughter team who weighs in the largest single or aggregate amount of cobia.

To enter online, CLICK HERE

To print out an entry form, CLICK HERE

For questions or concerns regarding the tournament, please do not hesistate to email me at derek@oifc.com   

 

RE: COBIA - COASTAL FISHING WATERS- RECREATIONAL SEASON HARVEST AND SIZE LIMITS AND COMMERCIAL HARVEST AND SIZE LIMITS-TEMPORARY RULE SUSPENSION

 

Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Monday, May 23, 2016, the following restrictions will apply to the cobia fishery in Coastal Fishing Waters:

 

I. SUSPENSION OF N.C. MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION RULE 15A NCAC 03M .0516

N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M. 0516 that reads as follows is suspended in its entirety:

(a) It is unlawful to possess cobia less than 33 inches fork length.

(b) It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) cobia per person per day.

II. RECREATIONAL SEASON, HARVEST AND SIZE LIMITS

A. RECREATIONAL SIZE LIMIT AND SEASON

1. It is unlawful to possess cobia less than 37 inches fork length.

2. It is unlawful to possess a commercial and recreational limit of cobia on the same vessel.

3. The season for the recreational harvest of cobia will close September 30, 2016 unless closed earlier by proclamation.

B. FOR-HIRE VESSEL (While engaged in a For-Hire Vessel operation)

1. It is unlawful to possess more than four (4) cobia per vessel per day or one (1) cobia per person per day if fewer than four (4) people are on board.

2. Harvest will be allowed seven (7) days per week.

C. PRIVATE VESSEL (All vessels not engaged in a For-Hire Vessel operation)

1. It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) cobia per vessel per day or one (1) cobia per person per day, if there is only one person on board.

2. It is unlawful to possess cobia except on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday of each week.

D. SHORE-BASED FISHERY (Including beach, bank and manmade structures such as piers, docks, bridges and jetties)

1. It is unlawful to possess more than one (1) cobia per person per day.

2. Harvest will be allowed seven (7) days per week.

III. COMMERCIAL HARVEST AND SIZE LIMIT

A. It is unlawful to possess cobia less than 33 inches fork length.

 

B. It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) cobia per Standard Commercial Fishing License holder per day in a commercial fishing operation.

 

C. It is unlawful to possess a commercial and recreational limit of cobia on the same vessel.

 

V. GENERAL INFORMATION

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of North Carolina G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, and 03M .0512.

 

B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

 

C. The intent of this proclamation is to manage the cobia fishery in Coastal Fishing Waters and extend the length of the recreational season.

 

D. All undersized or over limit cobia shall be immediately returned to the waters where taken regardless of the condition of the fish.

 

E. In accordance with North Carolina G.S. 113-174.3 it is unlawful for a person to engage in a For-Hire operation without having obtained one of the following licenses issue by the Division: Blanket For-Hire Captain’s CRFL, Blanket For-Hire Vessel CRFL or a Non-Blanket For-Hire Vessel License. These licenses allow individuals properly licensed by the United States Coast Guard to carry passengers.

 

F. In accordance with North Carolina G.S. 113-130 (8) a vessel is defined as every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on the water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on the water.

 

G. In accordance with North Carolina G.S.113-174 a For-Hire Vessel is defined as a charter boat, head boat, dive boat, or other vessel hired to allow individuals to engage in recreational fishing.

 

H. Contact the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at www.ncmarinefisheries.net.

 

I. In accordance with North Carolina General Statute 113-221.1(c) all persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.

 

J. This proclamation supersedes FF-9-2016, dated February 24, 2016. It implements a recreational minimum size limit of 37 inches fork length. It also implements a three-day per week harvest allowance of two (2) fish per vessel (or one (1) per person per day whichever is more restrictive) for the Private Vessel fishery. It implements a four (4) fish per vessel limit and a seven (7) day per week harvest allowance for the For-Hire Vessel fishery. It also implements a one (1) fish per person per day harvest limit for the shore-based fishery, including pier and surf fishing. It closes the recreational cobia season on September 30, 2016, unless the season is closed earlier by proclamation. It maintains a 33-inch fork length minimum size limit and a two (2) fish per Standard Commercial Fishing License holder per day limit for the commercial fishery.


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Do Crew" | | 05/22/16
 

The Do Crew had no problem finding bait just off the "High Hill" this morning. Also reported watching a couple nice cobia being caught. Bait =fish Sent from my iPhone
- Rickey Beck
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"Fish weather this week" | OIFC | 05/22/16
 

We have a little cold front moving thru this morning which will put us under a steady dome of high pressure for this next week. That means lite seas and considering where we are in the calendar it means this is the best opportunity to take advantage of our May gulf stream fishing for tuna/mahi/wahoo. Once the water warms the concentration of fish along the break will dissapate and they will be scattered. All this week is the time to go. Also I bet with the steady weather pattern, the beach King bite will continue off Ocean Crest as well as good kng action in the 65 foot water spots.

In the words of fishing guru Capt Lentz..."Boys, May only comes once a year and you don't know how many more May's you will have".


- Rube McMullan
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"Live bait class" | | 05/21/16
 

One spot open. Land class tomorrow at OIFC at 3pm and fish all day Monday; learning to throw big cast net, catching bait, rigging and setting spreads, where fish are when and why..... Call 910-575-3474 to book Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Live bait school" | | 05/21/16
 

I have two more spots open for live bait school- land class tomorrow eve at 5 and fish all day Monday. Weather is looking good. Got to call immediately though as time almost out. 910-575-3474 Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"" | OIFC | 05/21/16
 

It appears the Town of Ocean Isle has been successful in getting approval to build the terminal groin system at the east end of the island at Shallotte Inlet. I don't claim to have any knowledge of the science of whether or how these systems work in terms of stopping beach erosion; HOWEVER I can spot a fishing hole when I see it. The groin should give us a fishing spot similar to Little River Jetties. Flounder/Trout/Redfish and who knows what else may be attracted to the rock structure. Congrats to the Town of OIB staff, Mayor and Council for their persistence in getting this approval.


- Rube McMullan
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Rube McMullan 05/22/2016

In talking to the Town, it is believed this will be a 2017 project.





"Marty's 2.50 flounder" | | 05/20/16
 

This is Marty Ferrell's flounder she caught on a mud minnow in Tubbs Inlet while fishing this morning with her husband Marty Sent from my iPhone
- Rickey Beck
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"Flounder Tournament Postponed" | | 05/20/16
 

Every weather outlet I've checked predicts unfun weather this weekend so I've made an executive decision to postpone the tournament. We will find a better time-Capt Rickey Sent from my iPhone
- Rickey Beck
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"Flounder Tournament" | | 05/19/16
 

Seems the weather folks are having a hard time deciding on rain this weekend. I will post a final call on the tournament by 4pm Friday. Maybe do a Saturday or Sunday fishing day or cancel altogether? I will keep you posted Sent from my iPhone
- Rickey Beck
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"Far Out Shoot Out- FINAL RESULTS" | OIFC | 05/18/16
 

 

2016 Far Out Shoot Out - RESULTS 

27 teams competed in the 2016 event, and it was the last boat to weigh and possibly the smallest that took home most of the top honors- MacAttack, Capt. William McCann

 

1st Overall- MacAttack -89.0 - 58.5 Wahoo, 12.4 Tuna, 18.1 Mahi

 * Interesting fact about the MacAttack team.  They finished second in last year's Far Out Shoot Out and weighed a 58 pound Wahoo in that tournament as well- redemption*

* The team won the Big Fish TWT and Overall TWT in addition to the Overall and biggest Wahoo to take home $7950 in prize winnings*

2nd Overall- OIFC - 69.35- 29.55 Wahoo, 19.7 Tuna, 20.1 Mahi

3rd Overall- Contagious- 66.75- 26.35 Wahoo, 19.95 Tuna, 20.45 Mahi

4th Overall- The Law- 62.2- 44.4 Wahoo, 7.8 Tuna, 10.0 Mahi

5th Overall- Carolina Cat/OIFC- 60.55- 23.8 Wahoo, 17.7 Tuna, 19.05 Mahi

1st Mahi- Hail Yeah/OIFC- 25.15

1st Wahoo- MacAttack-58.5

1st Tuna- Reel Fast- 24.0

Monday:
Reel Fast- 24.0 Blackfin / 21.05 Mahi = 45.05
Retriever- 17.4 Mahi = 17.4
Dirty Dog- 32.8 Wahoo / 23.15 Mahi = 55.95
Hail Yeah/OIFC - 8.25 Blackfin / 25.15 Mahi = 33.40
7th Heaven - 22.9 Blackfin / 20.9 Mahi = 43.80

Tuesday:

Scale Bound - 25.9 Wahoo / 17.8 Blackfin / 15.45 Mahi = 59.15

Contagious - 26.35 Wahoo / 19.95 Blackfin / 20.45 Mahi = 66.75


Wednesday:

MegaByte- 19.25 Wahoo / 19.25 Mahi = 38.5 ** Also released a Sail

Billie I - 23.85 Wahoo / 13.25 Mahi =37.1

Choice of Two/OIFC - 42.75 Wahoo / 17.25 Mahi = 60.0

OIFC- 29.55 Wahoo / 19.70 Tuna / 20.10 Mahi = 69.35

Thursday:

Mackerel Mafia- 21.6 Wahoo / 22.0 Mahi = 43.60

The Law- 44.40 Wahoo / 7.8 Tuna / 10.0 Mahi = 62.2

OIFC Carolina Cat- 23.8 Wahoo / 17.7 Tuna / 19.05 Mahi = 60.55

Saturday:

Get Floor'd- 14.95 Tuna, 21.9 Mahi = 36.85

Black Gold- 25.05 Mahi = 25.05

Raunchie Conch- 18.55 Tuna / 19.35 Mahi = 37.9

MacAttack- 58.5 Wahoo / 12.4 Tuna / 18.1 Mahi = 89.0


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Upcoming Fishing Schools" | OIFC | 05/18/16
 

INSHORE-  Capt. Jacob has added an inshore class- land class is Saturday, May 28th with fishing on Sunday, May 29th.  He currently has 3 spots open.  Call 910-575-3474 to book- CLICK HERE for class details

LIVE BAIT KING MACKEREL-  Capt. Brant has 2 spots open for live bait class- land class is Sunday, May 22dn and fishing is Monday, May 23rd.  Call 910-575-3474 to book- CLICK HERE for class details


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Monster Cobia" | | 05/18/16
 

Capt Ben and Sean just scaled a 77lb Cobia at OIFC from today's charter- If memory serves me right this is new dock record. Nice! Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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Matt Schaeffer 05/23/2016

Thanks Ben and Sean for the great charter! Was an amazing day! You guys went out of your way to make it a great time!





"Monster Cobia" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/18/16
 

Captain Ben Morris, Captain Sean Morris and crew just weighed in this 77# cobia. A remarkable catch to the least. These larger fish should continue to move nearshore as the water temperatures rise. Don't forget to get your entry in for this years Cobia Clash if you wish to compete for fish like this! CLICK HERE for the online entry link. CLICK HERE for the print out entry.


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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Dr. T 05/19/2016

Wow! BIG DADDY!!! Way to go Ben and Sean.





"Reminder of Flounder Tournament" | | 05/17/16
 

The OI Fishing Club is putting on a flounder tournament this Saturday, May 21st. Entry fee is $50 per boat and this is a winner take all event. This is a 3 flounder aggregate weigh in but you do NOT have to weigh 3 flounder. Fishing is from a boat, lines in at 6 am with weigh in via boat only from 3 to 5pm. Boats must be tied to the OIFC Dock by 5pm. There are no boundaries. Entry is via on line, see the tournament page for entry or in person at the OIFC. Entry closes at the end of the OIFC Store business hours Friday. Contact Capt Rickey for info. I look forward to seeing you Saturday! Sent from my iPhone Sent from my iPhone
- Rickey Beck
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"Rest in Peace" | OIFC | 05/17/16
 

This is a picture of Radar when he was tournament fishing. I am sure many folks remember seeing the Chevy sponsored boat.  

Radar was a good fisherman and a better man -- nice as they come.  A lot of knowledge in that head.  He was THE guy to get your trailer fixed with.  Radar was also Anita Moore's father, who used to be the OIFC manager for many years.  We keep her and family in our thoughts.  

Tight lines Radar


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Aqua Loco 05/20/2016

A huge loss for sure. A great man and fishermen. our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Toes-Up 05/18/2016

Many good memories of spending time with Mr. Radar while he worked on our trailer at his shop. May God Bless his family during this time of remembering and celebrating his life.





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