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"Guanacaste, Costa, Rica" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/17/13
 


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"Guanacaste Costa Rica" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/17/13
 

Got a late night text from Dr. Jeremy Phillips supporter of Team OIFC and owner of  Elite Performance Chiropractic in Greensboro and Durham.  Jeremy is on vacation in Guanacaste, Costa Rica and has two fishing trips planned about the "La Chila G". The first trip was on Tuesday, where Jeremy told me they ran about 30 miles and got on a red hot sailfish bite.  He ended the day with 12 Sailfish caught along with 4 Mahi.  Jeremy said the bite was so hot that they had to pull the lines out of the water to eat lunch.  Jeremy has a Roosterfish, Grouper and Snapper trip planned for Thursday.  Hopefully I will get a good report to pass along.  


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"River Sweep" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/16/13
 

Getaway Adventures/The Law-team Snooky's participated in the 2nd Annual  River Sweep collecting over 50 bags of garbage plus misc bulk items. The event is hosted by the little River Chamber of Commerce and Harborgate Marina. The event had over 100 volunteers who collected enough trash to over-fill a large commercial dumpster. On board we had Capts Jeff and Michelle Drake, Billy berg, Kim heath, Cara McQueen, Colin McClain and many other volunteers.
All of our trash was collected off Waities Island.

Captain Michelle Drake
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Congratulations and a big debt of gratitude to the volunteers.  Please help keep the waterway and beaches clean.  If not for us humans, then for those fish and animals who live around and in them

If you have a story with pictures please send them to sunset69@atmc.net and I'll do my best to post them..Thanks


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"OIFC position open" | OIFC | 04/15/13
 

OIFC has one position remaining for a Summer job as store clerk.  If you have interest, email info@oifc.com by 4/19


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"Sea Bass update" | OIFC | 04/15/13
 

READ AND FOLLOW THE ENTIRE CHAIN OF OIFC COMMUNICATION SEA BASS ISSUE IN NORTH CAROLINA

As noted on the OIFC web site, we have been imploring Dr. Louis Daniel, Director of the NC Marine Fisheries to use his proclamation authority and open sea bass fishing in our state waters. Since then, I have had conversations with Dr. Daniel on this subject. Dr. Daniel fully and completely understands the issue of the highly questionable science that the Feds are using as the basis for keeping our waters closed to sea bass fishing. He is puzzled by the rulings that come forward impacting NC fisheries, often different than ruling impacting Florida and the northeast states. I'm not burdened by "political correctness" thus my answer to his puzzlement is NC is being played like a banjoe by political power horses in the northeastern states as well as Florida. Our federal political leaders don't have the "gravitas" or committment that is apparent in these other states and as a result we are getting the very short end of the stick.

Dr. Daniel states he is very concerned with the action being taken by Florida and SC which are basically thumbing their noses at the Feds, and thus opening their waters to sea bass fishing in conflict with the Fed rules. His concern is the result of this action is for these states to use up some of the ACL and thus put NC in jeoprady of seing our allocation used up before we even open.

We discussed the solution of his using his proclamation authority to open our waters and apparently there are some technical legal reasons why that won't work. He did, howver suggest the path to follow will be for him to make a request of the NC Marine Fisheries Commission that they allow him to "suspend the rules" preventing him from using his authority. If they agree then he indicated he would have the authorty to open up our waters and he indicated, as he sees things now with the threat of the action of SC to join Florida in opening, he would step forward to project the interest of NC fishermen to have a shot at the quota.

So; good news. Dr. Daniel has his heart in the right place I believe, and he has laid out a path to hopefully get our waters open. Please understand this is a difficult position for him to take, so everyone needs to show their support of his efforts by contacting him[louis.daniel@ncdenr.gov] and letting him know we appreciate his efforts.

So...standby....this is a "fluid situtation".

Rube McMullan 


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Rube McMullan 04/21/2013

Here's a quote I saw that tells the story of our appeal to everyone to help us on the sea bass deal: "Decisions get made by political leaders as a result of much public pressure....or none at all." Get involved, just a simple email is all it takes to build "public pressure". Thanks.

John 04/17/2013

Rube - I believe Dr Daniels may have his hands tied and would like to help. I also believe FL and SC are doing the correct thing by opening the season year round. By observing the stock they can set catch limits and seasons as needed. Two different stocks sounds unlikely. Different DNA? The fish will go where the water temperature is comfortable and food readily available. The numbers currently near shore will deplete their food source and that of other species. Relying on obsolete information would be a retired man spending according to his income while working years ago. Like much of what the federal govt does, current seasons and limits on BSB make no sense.

Rube McMullan 04/17/2013

It's important to stay focused on the goal; that being to get our waters open to sea bass fishing. Dr. Daniel is the key, and he has indicated a willingness to help. He needs "political cover" and a show of support by the public is what he needs. Please drop him a email of support[louis.daniel@ncdenr.gov]. Thanks. Rube

w. Parker 04/16/2013

So I'm looking at a copy of the N.C. coastal recreational anglers guide, and I noticed that they only identify one type of Black Sea Bass. Do you know where I might find a pic of the species of Black Sea Bass that have taken up residence north of the Cape Hatteras light house? Would hate to go fishing and not be able to tell which is which, next trip to Hatteras. Or do you think they installed a fence out in the ocean to keep them separated ? Sure would hate to think Marine Fisheries would lie about something like this. W Parker

Scott Rubow 04/16/2013

Rube, I hope Dr. Daniel's heart is in the right place. Wether it is the NC Fisheries Commision or the NC Wildlife Commision, those in Raleigh seem to only care about what is good for political gain and not the concerns of the people. (JMHI)

Rube McMullan 04/16/2013

John. The response you received is the "company line" response. There are bigger dynamics at play here[read my above post]. Dr. Daniel is on it and I accept him at his word that he will approach the MFC and try to fix our NC problem by getting our southern waters open. Standby; lets see what happens with his efforts. Rube McMullan

John 04/15/2013

I had sent a reply to Dr Daniels BSB proclamation and today a response was received from Chris Batsavage of the NC Division of Marine Fisheries. The gist of his response is black sea bass north and south of Cape Hatteras are managed under different federal fishery management plans. Research has shown that aside from some mixing of fish around Cape Hatteras, the black sea bass north of Cape Hatteras are a separate stock from the ones south of Cape Hatteras. As such, there are different management measures in place for the different populations. He suggested to call or email him with any questions or for more information which I will do on Wednesday. Seasons, limits, and etc is based on old and questionable science should be put aside for the health of the fishery. An over population of any species is unhealthy and negatively impacts other species as well.


w. Parker 04/16/2013

So I'm looking at a copy of the N.C. coastal recreational anglers guide, and I noticed that they only identify one type of Black Sea Bass. Do you know where I might find a pic of the species of Black Sea Bass that have taken up residence north of the Cape Hatteras light house? Would hate to go fishing and not be able to tell which is which, next trip to Hatteras. Or do you think they installed a fence out in the ocean to keep them separated ? Sure would hate to think Marine Fisheries would lie about something like this. W Parker

Scott Rubow 04/16/2013

Rube, I hope Dr. Daniel's heart is in the right place. Wether it is the NC Fisheries Commision or the NC Wildlife Commision, those in Raleigh seem to only care about what is good for political gain and not the concerns of the people. (JMHI)

Rube McMullan 04/16/2013

John. The response you received is the "company line" response. There are bigger dynamics at play here[read my above post]. Dr. Daniel is on it and I accept him at his word that he will approach the MFC and try to fix our NC problem by getting our southern waters open. Standby; lets see what happens with his efforts. Rube McMullan

John 04/15/2013

I had sent a reply to Dr Daniels BSB proclamation and today a response was received from Chris Batsavage of the NC Division of Marine Fisheries. The gist of his response is black sea bass north and south of Cape Hatteras are managed under different federal fishery management plans. Research has shown that aside from some mixing of fish around Cape Hatteras, the black sea bass north of Cape Hatteras are a separate stock from the ones south of Cape Hatteras. As such, there are different management measures in place for the different populations. He suggested to call or email him with any questions or for more information which I will do on Wednesday. Seasons, limits, and etc is based on old and questionable science should be put aside for the health of the fishery. An over population of any species is unhealthy and negatively impacts other species as well.




"Saturday Gulf Stream Charter" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/15/13
 

Well, Capt. Chris (OC) Dew and I made the decision to head offshore Saturday with Dolan Dull and his 3 sons in less than favorable weather conditions, under the pretext that the weather was supposed to improve by mid day and make for a really nice day.  First let me say, the conditions did not improve.  We fished in a steady 6 foot sea with a 2-3 foot wind chop on top of it.  Not comfortable... What was favorable was the beautiful water color and temperature we were greeted with after arriving at the blackjack.  This trip was an opportunity for our group to learn how we use certain techniques to catch fish in the gulf stream and thankfully, they were able to see first hand that these techniques do work.  After making a pass over the blackjack, we noted lots of scattered bait and flying fish, a good sign.  on our second pass, we caught a nice Blackfin and thought, well, ok, there are at least a handfull of fish here.  Soon after that, chaos insued with multiple knockdowns on every pass and wahoos skying out on baits in the spread.  Around 2:30, we had boated 5 Wahoos and 3 Blackfins with the action still hot and heavy.  Lots of bites coming with Wahoo's jumping straight out of the swells with the lures in there mouths. very exciting stuff.  We even had a big billfish attack a blue and white jag 25 feet behind the boat, leaving a huge crater in the water but not coming tight.  I know I have talked about it often but the hot bait was the Fishizzle troll head in purple/black.  At one point, I was pulling 3 of them in the spread and lost 2 of them to tail cuts or bite offs. There were that many fish there.... Capt. Brant has ordered a large supply of these great trolling baits and I cannot wait to stock up on them again.  He assures me they will be arriving very soon.  When the dust settled, We finished the day with 6 wahoos and 3 Blackfins.  If I had to estimate total bites, I would say we had between 20 and 30 throughout the day, many of them multiple hookups.  It reminded me of that fall day 2 years ago that I fished with Capt. Zach on the Get Floor'd in what proved to be one of the most epic wahoo bites any of us had ever seen.  It was great to get out, even on a less than ideal weather day and have some great fishing with a great group of guys.  The schoolie size of the fish tells me that the wahoo fishing will likely be slowing down very soon with the tuna's and Dolphins really picking up over the next couple of weeks.  We did manage 1 Citation 43 pound fish, the others being in that 15-38 pound range.  Fishing is getting hot.  Give us a call, we would be more than happy to take you out for a great adventure.  Also, like this group, if you just want to see how we do it, in a hands on capacity, we are more than happy to conduct some on the water training to help you gain the experience needed to make that gas burn worth it on your boat. 


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Corey 04/16/2013

Nice job guys heck of a haul is some snotty weather

Jerry Mann 04/15/2013

Can anyone tell me what radio channel the captains stay on, or a listing of the channels used, hopefully I can pick up some tips on where the fish are near shore, I'll be down next week, hope its a lot warmer than WV, I have a 24 boat, and I fish nearshore, some help is always welcome, thanks again.

wb 04/15/2013

great job steel and chris

Capt. Jacob Frick 04/15/2013

Great report Steele! I don't particularly like to give Steele the big head, but I have learned a great deal from him about bluewater fishing. You want to learn more about being successful in bluewater. Capt. Steele is the right person for the job. From jigging to split billing ballyhoo...if we could just get those Marlin stickers off his glasses...he is started to sound like Uncle Si seeing all those black panthers. LOL!


Capt. Jacob Frick 04/15/2013

Great report Steele! I don't particularly like to give Steele the big head, but I have learned a great deal from him about bluewater fishing. You want to learn more about being successful in bluewater. Capt. Steele is the right person for the job. From jigging to split billing ballyhoo...if we could just get those Marlin stickers off his glasses...he is started to sound like Uncle Si seeing all those black panthers. LOL!




"Hello--Jay Murphy" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/15/13
 

 
 
Dr. Jay Murphy with another fine stream trip. 4 Yahoo and 4 black fin tuna.
Jay is a loyal OIFC customer.  The reference to "Hello-Jay Murphy" is because he knows I can't remember names and he used to re-introduce himself every time he came in the store.
 
Thanks to Kay for letting us get his picture and report.  Thanks to Capt. J. Dogg Williamson for being the on dock reporter.
 
Mostly thanks to ya'll for supporting the OIGC.  If you want to share a report with pictures, either motor up to the dock at the OIFC or send them to me, Capt. Rickey at sunset69@atmc.net

 


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Capt Gary Reagan 04/16/2013

Nice catch. Capt R B Mullis told me about this today .

Gary Reagan 04/16/2013

Nice catch. Capt R B Mullis filled me in today. Hope to go after some soon.

Dr. T for OIFC 04/15/2013

Way to go, guys! I know how exciting it is out there right now; let's go get'em again! : )





"New Supporter" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/14/13
 

Getaway Adventures of Little River/N. Myrtle Beach has joined our family of supporters bringing us to an even dozen.  The other proud members include, in no particular order:

The OIFC                                         Seatow of Ocean Isle

Becks Resturant of Calabash        Calabash Creamery

Ella's of Calabash                           CrossfitOIB

Fish Fnder Tackle                           Seaguar

Elite Chiropratic Performance        Yete Coolers

Anglers  Marine

 


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"Weekend Inshore Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/14/13
 

I had two lovely couples join me this weekend. Alan and Dorrie celebrated thier 13th wedding anniversary catching some great eating fish. Jamie and Richard celebrated Richard's 29th birthday trying to load up the fish box with some great eating. Despite the freshwater run off from Friday mornings thunder showers we managed to successfully put a few fish in the box. The water has turned milky in several places in the backwater and you can even smell the freshwater in places. The water temperature is in the high 60's and some places are showing 70 degrees. These temperatures will get the fish moving and Cherry Grove is already reporting a good flounder bite. Tubbs Inlet should start to fire off any day now. Look to target the incoming tides this coming week drifting live mud minnows near the inlet mouths for flatfish success. Many fish will probably be on the small side, but a large nugget could be hidden among the small ones. Good luck out there! See ya on the water!


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"Team OIFC's Newest Supporter" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/13/13
 

Team OIFC proudly welcomes Capt Joe Shute and his Fish Finders Tackle to our family of supporters!!!! 

 


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Capt. Rickey 04/14/2013

I am anxious to try the Jack O' Lantern

Corey Bellamy 04/13/2013

Everyone should really give these lures a try ... I love them ..





"" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/13/13
 

Stopped by yesterday and saw alot of good stuff on the 40 percent off wall at the fishing center ... I'll be back tomorrow to come stock up !!! Awesome prices throughout the store. .. 


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"Must be getting warmer" | Real-Time Update | 04/13/13
 

These guys flew up today and took a rest on the Oifc lawn. Must be headed back north for Summer. Proof Spring is here! Sent from my iPhone
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"Capts Chris and Steele offshore" | Real-Time Update | 04/13/13
 

Why wait until the weather settles? OIFC crews charge into the teeth of Mother Nature. Otherwise it's just too easy! Looks a little sloppy out this am, but it's supposed to lay out nice today and be really nice tomorrow. Stay tuned for a report from Capts Steele and Chris and if you need supplies for tomorrow, come see us.
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Corey 04/13/2013

Nice .. Awesome job Steele and Chris !!

Capt. Brant 04/13/2013

Just got call from Capt Chris on SAT phone. At Blackjack, 75 degrees. 5 wahoo and 4 Blackfin in the boat and still fishing. Seas 4-6', but manageable. They should be back to dock around 6:30. Great report!





"Stilwell Bills" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/12/13
 

John & Marcia Stilwell of the Stil-Away Fishing team, Denver, NC just returned from the Los Suenos Resort in Herradura, Costa Rica. This is largest of the 2 sails John caught while fishing in the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean.

 

While the Stilwell’s were there, the Los Suenos Billfish Tournament was concluding and the 30+ tournament boats caught / released over 1100 billfish in the 3 day tournament.

 

 

John Stilwell

 

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1529 Industrial Center Circle, Charlotte, North Carolina 28213

(: 704.596.8686 | 7: 704.596.0096 | *: john@idsacr.com

Thank you for your report John.

 


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"My Toy's Wahoo" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/12/13
 

My buddy Terry Frink who owns Capt. John Seafood in Calabash just bought a 31t Cape Horn from Anglers and named her "My Toy". They went to the scarp and boated three wahoos today. The biggest one was 30 pounds. The water temp was from 70-72 degrees. Brought no bait and caught all three on high speed trolling lures in the afternoon. They also missed a couple.

More Pictures to come.

Richie Heycock

4-11-13

Thank you for sending us this report

I might note that Angler's Marine is a proud supporter of Team OIFC!

If you have any reports with pictures, or want to join Tea, OIFC's supporters, contact me, Capt Rickey at sunset69@at,c.net


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Capt. Brant 04/13/2013

Marine Service Center is also a sponsor and my recommendation for Yamaha service / sales. Former OIFC manager Chris Burrows is the service manager and he is an OIFC customer's friend. Go see them and tell them to give the "Capt Brant discount"





"Empty Pockets" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/12/13
 

Wendell Reports:

 
I went fishing Wednesday morning. The day started bad as one of my fishing buddies wasn't going because was sick , So my best buddy was my new auto pilot .  We  had reduce down to 6 lines and we usually run 9 lines, but it wasn't bad. I was trolling in 76 degree water with pretty water.  We  had pretty good action and ended up with 5 wahoos the biggest was 60llb caught on the planner rod, but did have 3 wahoos in the bunch in the 20lb range.
Thank you for your report
 
If you have any reports email them along with pictures to sunset69@atmc.net

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"Pat's 1st Red" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/11/13
 

William Parker's Report :
Check out Pat's Zebco 606 , " IT Works "!  The  fish didn't have a problem with it. Also caught a 13.5 " flounder, and several that didn't get hooked good were lost. But a Great day on the water. The big red was 24.5 # Pats was 17.75 #, close but no cigar. We fished the falling tide, the water east of the canals is 57 degrees,too cold.The  canals to Sunset Bridge 65.
 
Thanks for the report William.  Again if you have a report with pictures send them to me at sunset69@atmc.net.

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John 04/11/2013

Went out Saturday ( 4/10 ) on a falling tide. Ran to the Shallotte River where fishing was slow but dolphins were fun to watch even if they ate what we were hoping to catch. Sea weed was a problem. Headed to Sunset Beach bridge area and found the sea weed and kelp floating to be ugly. Toss a line and before another could be baited the 1st was loaded. My guest did not have a SC license or I would have gone to the jetties and maybe the AR. Never saw so much floating. Hoping SC follows FL with a year round BSB season as it looks like NC will only do a little and only north of Hatteras





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The Kings from Kingsport, Tenn headed  out on a 4 hr trip aboard the World Cat
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"Daily Grind" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/11/13
 

Spring breaks were just a few days early. Now most of you are back at the daily grind wishing you were here enjoying this weather. Tomorrow is Friday! Ya'll come on down and join us. It looks like a few storms are approaching, but shouldn't be a big issue on Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, I couldn't stand it any longer with all this perfect weather and headed out on the water yesterday evening. I picked at the trout, one red, and a nice black drum all on artificials. I picked up a stranger fishing off his dock late yesterday. The youngman offered up a secret lure and proceeded to put on a clinic catching trout, solid trout. I felt the boat move side ways as the youngman hooked up hard...I thought I heard Troy say, choot'em Jacob, choot'em...we gotta Treeshaker here! We landed the beast and stuck'em in the livewell. Come to find out the youngman is in the OIFC Rodeo...we weighed the fish and just that quick the Bronecrusher has got some work to do. Come join the fun in the year round rodeo and poke a little fun at last year(s) past winners. You can't win it, unless your in it! See ya on the water!  


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Clay morphis 04/15/2013

Old "pork Chop" secret. Mirror lure mullet color somewhere in the Shallotte river.

Capt. Jacob Frick 04/12/2013

Secret bait? I was using a 4" Bass Assassin in sand trout color paired with an 1/8oz red jighead. I gave up my secret bait. I will leave it up to Clay to share what he was using.

rich chesser 04/12/2013

So What was the secret bait. Gonna be plenty of trout this year. No need to keep secrets.:)

Brandon Sauls 04/11/2013

Nice job there Clay Boy!! Enjoy being on top while you can!!


Brandon Sauls 04/11/2013

Nice job there Clay Boy!! Enjoy being on top while you can!!




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