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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
 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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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
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
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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
 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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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
 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"This Ain't Right" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/18/14
 

Kimberly Munley (The Police Officer who was wounded at Ft. Hood)  Posted this picture of her brother and his girlfriend.  They are fishing in Coasta right now with Kimberly's parents.  Her dad and Kimberly fish the SKA Circuit and he owns Island Tackle in Carolina Beach.

Kimberly is spearheading the movement assisting the victims of the terror attack on Ft. Hood.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Happy Happy Happy" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/17/14
 

I borrowed this picture from Amy's Facebook page.  It's captioned :Guess who is happy to get their cast off?


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Break" | Real-Time Update | 02/17/14
 

Hello guys, we are all suffering from a severe case of cabin fever. I could only imagine how hard it would be living in some northern climate where you are sentenced to months of being indoors by Mother Nature. I doubt I could handle it based on how bad I want to get out there and go fishing. I personally am setting my sights on the near shore sea bass fishery that is out there waiting for us to muster up the motivation to get on a couple layers of clothes and go get them. I believe the sea bass should be fairly easy to catch from 45 feet of water on out to 90 feet. The closer you get to the 90 foot mark the more likely your keeper ratio will improve. Recently the sea bass have been so plentiful that drifting the boat over an area rather than anchoring has been very productive. I prefer this method on most occasions as it allows you to cover more bottom around an area and could lead to a better knowledge of that spot when it comes time to fish for kings or other pelagics in the warmer months. Also while sea bass fishing, give uncle josh pork rinds a try. They are sold at the fishing center and come in small jars. Each rind has two holes perforated into the top of it for you to lace your hook into. Once they are hooked properly you can catch almost as many sea bass as you can reel in all day long without them coming off. At the end of the day, what I do is take the hook off my rig with the rind still attached and put the whole thing back into my jar for future use. Keep an eye on the weather between fronts in hopes of the wind laying down for a day or so. As spring gets closer hopefully the fronts will get farther apart and the good days won't be quite so elusive.
- Stan Gurganus
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"Mahi Monday" | Real-Time Update | 02/17/14
 

Send us your Mahi Monday photos. Info@oifc.com. If we can't get offshore, lets at least talk about it. Sent from my iPhone
- Barrett McMullan
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"Spring Fever" | N/A | 02/17/14
 

I hope everyone is as ready as we are here at Ocean Isle Fishing Center for some warm, sunny weather! We have been working hard stocking up new merchandise and can't wait for you guys to come see us!


- Shannon Reel
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"" | Real-Time Update | 02/17/14
 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Capt Brant 02/17/2014

Now in stock. 1/8 and 1/4 oz sizes in variety of colors including Cajun Pepper and Brown





"Congraulations" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/16/14
 

Congratulations to Tim Gray of "Team Beeracuda".  Tim picked up his trophy and check today for 2nd place in the King Div of the OIFC Rodeo.  Team Beeracuda will be fishing their new Cape Horn this season.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Congraulations" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/16/14
 

Congratulations to Tim Gray of "Team Beeracuda".  Tim picked up his trophy and check today for 2nd place in the King Div of the OIFC Rodeo.  Team Beeracuda will be fishing their new Cape Horn this season.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"WHO'S READY??" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 02/16/14
 

Well its about time to focus on the upcoming fishing season.  The upcoming spring kickoff at the oifc usually gets everyone fired up and ready. Cheap line re-spooling , used tackle sales , and discounts from the store certainly will have me there bright and early..This is the best time of year to get motivated about preparing for this years fishing. Sharpen hooks, make your rigs,re-spool your reels,check all the eyes on your rods, and ,make sure all your reels are in good working condition .HAVE your boat serviced . Nothing more frustrating than hooking a monster fish and losing it due to mechanical failure or faulty line etc.  One other thing to do is go ahead and bring that castanet out and soak it in a little fabric softener overnight to soften it and freshen it up a little . Hope to see everyone at the spring kickoff . Tight lines


- Capt. Corey Bellamy
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"Time to Get Busy" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 02/14/14
 

It's that time of year. Dust off the reels charge up the batteries. Put a fresh coat of wax on the boat and change the lower unit oil. We have done some winter fishing and thanks to Capt. Jacob enjoyed a fresh catch of redish fillets this week just before the second ice storm hit. I've been to Aruba and Florida just wishing spring would get here a little sooner. Looking at the extended forcast next week looks like temps in the 70's YES!!!!! NC has shut down speckle trout fishing but thank goodness for the reds. Come on by and see us. The guys and girls in the shop have not slowed down with tons of new suff for this year. Going to post a couple of last winters pix just to get the blood in your eyes flowing.


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"2014 Schedule of Events" | OIFC | 02/14/14
 

OIFC Spring Kickoff

March 15, 2014

  • Line spooling at $.02/yd
  • FREE Seminars
  • FREE food
  • Used tackle sales forum (bring your own)
  • OIFC clearance sales

 

Far Out Shoot Out- tuna, dolphin, wahoo Rodeo

May 9-17, 2014

  • Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, May 9th at Wing & Fish Company in Shallotte
  • Fish 1 out of 8 eligible days (Saturday, 10th – Saturday,17th)

 

Fisherman’s Post Inshore Challenge

May 30-31, 2014

  • Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, May 30th
  • Fish Saturday, May 31st  

 

Jolly Mon King Classic

June 19-22, 2014 

  • Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, June 20th
  • Fish EITHER Saturday, June 21st or Sunday, June 22nd

 

Fall Brawl King Classic

October 10-12, 2014

  • Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, October 10th
  • 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 4-5

Inshore fishing:  March 28-29, April 11-12 & 25-26, May 9-10, September 5-6 & 19-20, November 7-8

***visit www.OIFC.com on the FISHING SCHOOL pages to see costs and details


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"0212141254.jpeg" | Real-Time Update | 02/12/14
 

Sent from my iPhone
- Livingbird777
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"While We Are Freezing" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/10/14
 

I fished Los Suenos Costa Rica the week of Jan. 20th with Capt. Bubba Carter on Tijereta. caught 40 sails in 2 days and it was "slow". This is a video of a sail that went wild at the boat.-Kenny Clark of the "Liqui-Date

Click here to watch the You Tube video.

Great Video and thanks for making all of us feel better.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Brian Matthews 02/13/2014

Fished there the last two years with capt James on the Dragon Fly (owner George Beckwith from Moorhead) awesome place to fish dec-march!!! Sweet video.

John 02/13/2014

You really know how to hurt a guy with a terrible case of cabin fever! Great to hear of your trip!





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