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"OIFC News and Spring Kickoff Reminders" | OIFC | 02/24/14
 



**NOTES ON KICKOFF
The used tackle forum has been popular in the past, and I am getting a lot of interest this year.  There is no cost for you to bring your own stuff, but you will want to bring your own table to set up on and be prepared to stay with your stuff so long as it is available for sale.  Also, the Kickoff has proven a great place to sell used tackle, but only if you are willing to sell for what someone will buy.  Everyone is looking for a deal, so you will need to be aggressive if you want to move your old tackle and make some money to buy new.  See you at the Kickoff on March 15- Capt. Brant
 

 


FISHING REPORT
INSHORE: 

The spring like weather brought a few fisherman out this weekend. We were able to sneak up on a few redfish hanging around some of the docks along the waterway. Low tide continues to be the best time to locate schools of reds cruising the shallows. The water has not been as clear as past years during the winter. Darker colors like Gulp's new penny and Bass Assassin's new color the ripper have produced in the stained water. Gulp baits have great scent already added to them, but lack the action of other baits. Add pro-cure gel to your soft plastics that have great action and get the best of both worlds. There is nothing like getting a bite from a redfish on soft plastics.

-- Capt. Jacob Frick




OFFSHORE:  Great news, the Wahoo bite was very strong this past weekend.  Boats did well on Wahoo from the Steeples all the way down past the Winyah Scarp.  The boats that fished at the Steeples area had 1-3 Wahoo, but mostly smaller fish in the 20 pound class.  The Scarp was the place to be as boats that fished from the MacMarle'n ledges and south had 1-8 Wahoo, but most of them were much larger, from 30-80 pounds.  There were Blackfin mixed in as well and of course, plenty of False Albacore to keep the reels screaming.  Water temperatures were 70-72 and water was green/blue blended.  The hot lures include the new Bluewater Candy JAG 8 and Tweener JAG.  Things are starting to look up at the coast- let's go fishing!


 



2014 OIFC Schedule of Events
We apologize for not making these dates available sooner as we had to receive approval from the Town of Ocean Isle.  We hope you will join us in 2014.

March 15, 2014  -  OIFC Spring Kickoff
Line spooling at $.02/yd
FREE Seminars
FREE food
Used tackle sales forum (bring your own)
OIFC clearance sales

May 9-17, 2014  -  Far Out Shoot Out- tuna, dolphin, wahoo Rodeo
Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, May 9th at Wing & Fish Company in Shallotte.  Fish 1 out of 8 eligible days (Saturday, 10th – Saturday,17th)

May 30-31, 2014  -  Fisherman's Post Inshore Challenge
Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, May 30th at the OIFC. 
Fish Saturday, May 31st.

June 19-22  -  Yellowfin/Yamaha Jolly Mon King Classic
Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, June 20th at OIFC
Fish EITHER Saturday, June 21st or Sunday, June 22nd

October 10-12, 2014  -  Yellowfin/Yamaha Fall Brawl King Classic
Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, October 10th at OIFC
Fish EITHER Saturday, October 11th or Sunday, October 12th

OIFC Fishing Schools

Gulf Stream Trolling & Vertical Jigging:  April 18-19 & May 2-3
Live Bait King Mackerel fishing:  May 23-24, June 27-28 & July 3-4
Inshore fishing:  March 28-29, April 11-12 & 25-26, May 9-10, September 5-6 & 19-20, November 7-9


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Start of 2014" | Real-Time Update | 02/23/14
 

Here are a couple of pics from our first charter of 2014. More detailed report to follow.
- Chris Dew
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"Gulf Stream Sunday" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/23/14
 

This is not an older picture.  It as posted later this afternoon by Jeff Martini of The Midtown Bistro in North Myrtle Beach.  More info as it comes in.  Seems the guys had a little hammerhead action too.

Chris Campbell, owner of Campbell Photography Studieos fished  aboard The Bigger Whiskey reports a beautiful day on the water...calm seas and 70 degrees...will have plenty of wahoo, dolphin, and sea bass to last until the next trip.

Austin Keener got in on the action and said a Sailfish a 60 lb wahoo and a blackfin ain't nothing better that a blue water fix


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Maintenance. " | Real-Time Update | 02/23/14
 

All that Brian mentioned on his report was done to the OIFC charter boats yesterday. All they need now for the upcoming season is crew members to to fill the seats on the way to the Gulf Stream. Actually Capts. Chris and Derek are out there as we speak I believe. As far as our maintenance yesterday, we also treated all the electrical connections with a corrosion resistant spray. We also checked the functionality of all the pumps including bilge pumps and bait well pumps. We checked all electronics as well as the VHF radios to make sure we could communicate should an emergency arise or if we wanted to tell a fishing story to another boat. All of the down riggers on the boats were taken apart and inspected for warn parts and were replaced as needed. Anchor lines and windlasses were inspected for wear and function. It is very important that you take the time to do these things now while you have the down time. It's a lot easier to fix these things at the dock or on the trailer than it is 65 miles away from the inlet on your first Gulf Stream trip. Also it's not a bad idea to check up on your sea tow membership. In case you run into an unforeseen issue it's very comforting to know that someone will be on their way to assist you.
- Stan Gurganus
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"Down Time" | Hail Yeah / OIFC | 02/22/14
 

I guess the good thing about this time of year is that it gives us all an opportunity to get our gear ready for the upcoming fishing season.  I'm sure everyone has been through their tackle two or three times by now.  Be sure to also take a good look at your boat.  We had a few issues in Biloxi and when we started looking around, things were  a little worse than originally thought.  The main fuel tank had broken loose from the stringers and caused several various issues.  Fortunately, the small problems led us to find the big problems.  I would have never taken off all the hatches and access panels otherwise.  So, spend a couple of days really going through the boat.  Take all the inspection hatches out and look under the deck for any hidden suprises, make sure the fuel tanks and lines are not cracking or leaking, check all the plumbing and through hull fittings and inspect the wiring and all electrical connections.  Don't forget to give the trailer a little attention.  There is time to take care of most issues before you miss out on all the great fishing to come.  Hopefully , Hail Yeah/OIFC will be back on the water in time for Jolly Mon. 


- Brian Aycock
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"Slimey Saturday" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/22/14
 


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"Backwater Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 02/21/14
 

Redfish are still hanging around our area. Early in the week the water clarity was good enough to see a few schools of fish. Sunday I located a large school of reds, but when I checked on them Wednesday I only spotted a hand full. I really look forward to scouting this time of year as the water is usually clear enough to see the fish. The water conditions have been really inconsistent with the erractic weather pattern. Picking pretty days and the right tide have allowed me to get a few bites. I have kept one in the live well each day to share a photo and release opportunity with my boys. Trying to get them exciting about going fishing. Scented soft plastics worked slowing across the bottom on a light jig head should draw some interest. If you have the patience to sit and wait on a bite...live mud minnows and fresh cut mullet will also attract some action. Remember my advice from last year and put two mud minnows on your hook. This trick will keep the minnows aggrevated and create movement that will attract more strikes. The last few days suggest that Spring time fishing is on its way. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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Capt. Rickey 02/21/2014

Great to see your boys getting in to fishing. I really love the fact that my entire family loves it. It started with a Zebco 202 in a small lake. Now it has cost us a 27 ft Contender and a 17 ft Polar. My advice..SAVE UP...!!!!!!!!!





"Flounder Friday" | N/A | 02/21/14
 

Flounder Friday - This is from a few guys reminiscing about a day this past summer where it looks like they got real lucky on the REEL WET  - Trent Little, Tommy Helms, Michael "Decoy" Lee, and Jamie Watts


- Shannon Reel
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Jamie Watts 02/22/2014

Need to get after 'em!





"Flatfish Friday" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/21/14
 

Flatfish Friday - Awesome day back in October...11 flatfish over 4 pounds. Biggest was 9.2 lbs and 7.9 lbs! Come on summer time!-Brandon Sauls

Travis Ketchie of Ketchie Outdoors adds to Flatfish Friday!!!


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"33 Minutes Until Friday" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/20/14
 

It's almost Friday and I just saw where I missed Capt. Tim Gallimore's Wahoo Wednesday.  My apologizes!


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"Throwback Thursday" | N/A | 02/20/14
 

Lynden Lee, Lady Jr Angler of Streamin' Live from OIB is ready for summer and to get back to some fishing action!

 


- Shannon Reel
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"Congratulations" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/19/14
 

The OIFC and Team OIFC/Do Work are very proud of Team member Amanda Bennett for the Citation she received for the 35 lb 7 oz King she caught in the Fall Brawl.  This was Amanda's 1st year of King fishing and her 1st Tournament season.

Yaaayyyy, Rah Rah..that's history...How arre you going to top it this season?


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"Possible fishing day" | Real-Time Update | 02/19/14
 

The weekend weather report has a glimmer of hope. It just may be fishable. I will be keeping an eye on it.
- Stan Gurganus
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"Frigid Conditions" | Real-Time Update | 02/19/14
 

All avid fishermen wait for that one distinct break in the weather patterns during the offseason. The snow, sleet, and freezing rain stops falling. The temperatures get into the 70’s, the cold front’s become milder and all we wish to hear is that drag screaming from a nice gaffer dolphin. Fortunately, those spring temperatures and sounds are coming and will be here before we know it. This is the perfect time to sharpen your hooks, tie some rigs, and ensure that your boat is ready to go for the upcoming season. Tackle and marine maintenance is convenient this time of year, yet some of the best sea bass fishing to be done also. Any type of bottom structure from 45-100ft should produce keeper size bass. As Captain Stan stated in a prior report, the deeper you fish, the bigger bass will show up in greater numbers. One technique I enjoy doing while anchored up fishing for these bass is chumming. Most anglers relate chumming to shark, cobia and even king fishing. However, this tactic has proven effective on some of my charters when the bass just will not cooperate. Those days where you pull back throttles at your favorite bottom spot, the depth finder marks up, you make your first drop anticipating a nice 4 pound sea bass and to your astonishment nothing is on the other end. This is where the chumming comes into play. Before departure, have your boat rigged with one king mackerel downrigger setup (8 pound ball), your favorite chum block mixture, and a chum bag. Once your crew has made a few drops on your bottom spot with nothing to show for it, anchor up on the marks you were reading on your depth finder. Grab your chum bag, fill it with chum and attach it to the snap swivel that your downrigger ball is attached to. Then tighten your drawstring on the chum bag and send it down to the bottom with the downrigger. The objective here is to create your own active ecosystem on the bottom. The small fish such as pinfish, hardtails, and small jacks will start to feed on the particles floating off the chum block. Soon thereafter, the bigger sea bass and the occasional grouper will come over to feed on and investigate these smaller fish. Meanwhile, your baiting your crews hooks with your favorite cut bait or lure. Finally order your crew to drop and watch that 4 pound bass that wouldn’t eat before jump on the hook, slide through the fillet knife, and dive into the skillet. All these products mentioned are sold at the OIFC. From the chum to the rod and reel you’ll bring that 4 pounder up with, we got it. Our employees would be more than happy to help you find what you need to execute this technique properly. In addition to your chum bag setup, we recently received and stocked the shelves with our big tackle order we get in every first of the year so come on by and take a look. Believe it or not folks spring is coming, the fish are hungry, and will be biting somewhere. It’s the “somewhere” part we’ll have to figure out. Captain Derek Treffinger
- "Treffinger, Derek James"
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"" | Real-Time Update | 02/19/14
 


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"Reminder" | Real-Time Update | 02/18/14
 

It's been so long since I've come back to the OIFC via water I thought I'd take a picture in case you may have missed it like I have? Finally a sunny, warm day. Hope it's not much longer Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Ready for Spring" | Real-Time Update | 02/18/14
 

Well guys and gals, we are nearing the end of a long hard winter. That means spring is around the corner and with it some awesome spring time fishing. We are all preparing our gear as well as making sure our boats are up and running for you. So stay tuned and prepare yourself to come on down and help us kickoff 2014.
- Chris Dew
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"" | Real-Time Update | 02/18/14
 


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wb 02/18/2014

i know that cant be frying pan tower





"New T Shirt Logo?" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/18/14
 


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"? Tuesday" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/18/14
 

Brandon Sauls has trout Tuesday with a 9lb+ trout

Steele Park has a trigger fish Tuesday with a Go-Pro pic (we sell Go Pro's at the OIFC.

Zach Faulkner, Steele's often time 1st Mate has tuna Tuesday with a bluefin tuna.

Brian Williams has tautog Tuesdar

Kevin Smith with Tuna Tuesday.  Note:  A big THANK YOU to Kevin and his fellow power linemen who came to all our rescue during the recent snow/ice storm


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