- Capt. Chris Dawson
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Brian Richard of OIB caught the two nice 4.5 and 5 lb trout in the Shallotte River. Brian was using 1/4 oz jig heads and grubs.
Thank for the report Brian.
Remember, the Rodeo fires up the 1st of April. These two trout would have been contenders.
The 2013 OIFC Rodeo will begin at 12:01am on April 1st!!!! There are a few changes...the entry fee per species is reduced to $20, the blanket fee per boat per species is $60 and there will NOT be a clean sweep 1st, 2nd,3rd place per species In other words if you have the 3 biggest trout, you can only place 1st, not 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Next, be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules, especially if you are shooting for Angler of the Year.
Good luck and have fun..
The Ocean Isle Fishing Center's Facebook page reached 65,655 this week. We owe it all to ya'll...Thank you for supporting us!
If you haven't joined our Facebook page you don't know what you are missing. For example I posted over 100 pictures of our blue fin tuna adventure this past weekend.
And by-the-way..If you take any pictures of your fishing adventures send them to Info@OIFC.com or my email, email@example.com. I post my fishing reports from home and would love to have ya'll share your adventures.
Alright it's looking good Saturday .. Light winds finally so the fish should be hungry ... Team Choice of Two/Oifc will be out there and on channel 11 give us a shout . Check out the new high speed wahoo lures at the fishing center they are deadly ...
As many people have seen on the fishing report, Austin and I recently traveled to Oregon Inlet with team OIFC to fish for Bluefin tuna. We had a blast and really got to see some awesome sights. Whenever I get to fish out of town, I find myself analyzing the trip to determine if this is a trip that could be made in a 23’ and under boat. A trip out of Oregon Inlet during the winter definitely will give a “small” boat person the chills, but it is doable. We hear the talk about how nasty that inlet is, but in reality, it is no different than trying to get out of Shallotte or Lochwood Folley. We got in a line of boats around 6:00 am and followed them out. This was not a line of skiffs and flat bottom boats. There were 10+ boats ahead of us that were 50+ footers. No way, this would go down at Shallotte inlet. If you are tired of sitting at home watching “Wicked Tuna”, then plan to head up to Oregon Inlet and experience it live. You need to watch the weather, get a group of buddies together and head up. It is an easy weekend trip. The drive will take 5-6 hours from Ocean Isle. There are plenty of hotels in Nags Head and the boat ramp is right behind the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. One thing to consider is that HWY 64 will be closing April 2 to allow for repairs to the Alligator River Bridge, so plot a route in from the Kitty Hawk area. The charter boats leave around 6:00 am, you will need to follow them out of the inlet to see where the channel is on that particular day. The charter guys up there have the tuna dialed in, so you may want to even follow them to the grounds? I’m sure they would love to read that little bit of advice. I would probably stay out of throwing distance from them. Stop by the OIFC and ask Capt. Rickey, Capt. Brant or Capt. Barrett any questions you may have about making a trip up there. They will be able to fill you in on all the needed tackle. It is easy and I will hopefully be hauling the “Hail Yeah” up there before the end of the season.
We had Michelle Duval of NC Marine Fisheries at the OIFC Spring Kickoff last week to answer questions regarding fishery management in our state. The question was asked, "Where did all our Yellowfin Tuna go?" Michelle does not work with HMS species, but she promised to take the question back to the home office and get a response. Here is what she supplied:
I wanted to follow up on a question that was asked regarding yellowfin
tuna - basically, why have there been none around for the past five years?
Apparently, this has been the case up and down the coast, not just in NC.
I checked in with Randy Gregory, who sits on the HMS Advisory Panel,
and he stated that the fish have just started to show up again in the
Gulf of Mexico. However, it was discovered that there is a purse
seine fishery for skipjack in the Gulf of Guinea (Africa), which is a
major spawning area for yellowfin and unfortunately this fishery was
catching a lot of 6 and 7 inch bigeye and yellowfin tuna. Regulations
to control this fishery were just put in place last year, so hopefully
we will begin to see some benefits in the not too distant future.
The weather is starting to look very good for the weekend. Saturday in particular the winds are light and the seas are forecast to be slight. Let's keep our fingers crossed- but, if it holds, it will be great conditions to get offshore and tangle with the Wahoo and Tuna and do some vertical jigging. The OIFC charter fleet will be on the water Fri for half days and Saturday and Sunday in the Gulf Stream. We monitor VHF 11 if you want to hail us and typically leave the inlet around 6:15am. See you on the water
Andy and Sebastian joined me on a very windy morning with high expectations of catching a few fish. The west wind was blowing in excess of 20kts with gust well over 30kts making boat handling very difficult. After some creative anchoring we were able to position the boat just up current of our target. The first live mud minnow went sailing in the wind and missed the mark. Made an adjustment allowing for the wind hitting the mark on the second attempt. Loaded up a second live minnow sending him on a ride. Two lively baits holding strategic positions...tick tock, tick tock, tick tock...are they going to bite? I guess we were a good 45 minutes into the trip before our first minnow got drilled. It was steady action for 2 hours once they got fired up. Sebastian landed his first redfish today. It may have been the first fish he has ever caught? We steadily picked away at the reds battling high winds, missing strikes, breaking a few off, and dragging them over Yamaha motors. There is a first time for everything! I was really suprised how well they bit today with the high winds, dirty water, and strong current. It goes to show, you'll never know unless you go. The near full moon may have been the deciding factor on the bite despite all other conditions today. I had a blast guiding these two guys today! Thanks for going fishing with us! See ya on the water!
Last night Capt. Jeff and I hosted OIFC's first backwater fishing land class. We dicussed with our 4 class members the importance of the details. Covering topics on best line choices, equipment, anchors, knots, and the importance of shealth in your approach to the fish. This morning we all met at the dock to take the classroom to the water. Mother nature continues to dish out some uncomfortable weather for fishermen. All four guys agreed to getting in a half day of fishing despite the extremely wet conditions. Bob and Kevin were the two class members that I had the priviledge of guiding this morning. We could not have started out in better conditions first thing this morning. The boat was stocked with artificials, clams, and live mud minnows. We made our approach as dicussed in class and hooked our first redfish with in a few minutes. Most of the reds were just below the 18 to 27inch slot and were released to be caught another day. We did manage to find a few slot fish and even upgraded to a nice 24" red to top off the livewell. The rain started to fall. We were determined to get the half day completed. We headed up the Shallotte River to practice our artificial lure presentation. We got a lot of practice with little feed back. One keeper trout did smack an artificial to prove they will eat a soft plastic! The rain had turned into a steady soaking, so we headed back to the dock. Thank you Bob and Kevin for joining our class. I feel confident that you learned many great things from our class today and I am sure we will see ya on the water!