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"On the fisheries front..." | OIFC | 03/13/13
 

This should be interesting.  I have been going over some of the proposed actions by the SAFMC Dolphin/Wahoo Committee, whose advisory panel meets two weeks from today.  The committee will be looking at changing the allocation of the Annual Catch Limit between the recreational and commercial sectors.  Currently the recreational sector gets roughly 93%, with the other 7% going to commercial fishermen.  Bear in mind, this is from the NC/VA state line to the Atlantic side of Key West.  There are several alternatives that the committee can vote on.  One of the alternatives is "Do Nothing," which would keep the current recreational limits in place.  That would mean 10 fish/angler per day, with a maximum of 60 per boat.  The idea of a minimum size on dolphin may be revisited.  SC and FL have a minimum size as of today, NC and GA do not.  One option under the topic of wahoo management is the same as was introduced in 2011, limiting wahoo catches to 2/vessel/trip.  Sounds pretty harsh to me, and I don't think the committee will go that route, but it is worth mentioning that it is out there.  I'll keep reading my material, but in the meantime, would love to have some feedback from the fishermen out there.  You guys are who matters, what do you think?

Interestingly enough, SC has introduced another "home rule" bill with regards to their black sea bass fishery.  This bill would allow year round fishing for black sea bass in state waters, which is up to 3 miles out.  Where this matter gets murky is the question of whether or not the assumed weight of these fish would count against our ACL for the entire four state region.  If so, then black sea bass caught in SC state waters could mean a shorter season for everyone in federal waters when the season opens back up.  Very similar to what happened in Florida when the closures first started.  This bill is still in its infancy, so we'll see where it goes.  I have heard that there is some similar legislation being drafted in NC, but I have no concrete evidence that this is the case.

Open to comments, post on here, call me at 910 540 7581, or email me at cmburrows77@hotmail.com.  Let's see how this goes.  Maybe I'll run for Congress next?


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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John 03/15/2013

The comms are organized and lobby hard while the recs are much less vocal. The comms need to make a living, everyone agrees. They do contribute to the economy of NC too. The recs contribute a lot to the economy as well. Seeing how well the feds have done with the endangered black sea bass the thought comes they must feel a need to get involved with wahoo and dolphin too. The reason being they are interested in protecting jobs, sadly usually their own. Correct, Fl and GA have had a year round BSB season inside state waters. Surely it has had a positive impact on state revenues and costal business'. It is great to hear SC may follow. SC will see an increase in revenue as will business' along the coast. Some of that positive impact SC could receive will be a direct result of a loss in NC. When NC residents find the cost of fuel in SC along with an open season they will make it their 1st choice of fishing year round. As they get to know the area it follows they will vacation with family too. NC should have took charge of their waters long ago.

John 03/15/2013

I doubt your guest would be offended by hearing the opinion of a small business man with a business that relies on fishing.

Rube McMullan 03/14/2013

Good work Chris. I will post a letter I'm sending to Dr. Daniels[Director, NC Marine Fisheries on the sea bass subject[after our spring kickoff Saturday; don't want to offend our guest speaker from NCMF]. Rube

Butch 03/14/2013

Well they WILL add more limits Dolphin in some way. Do nothing for them is not an option. My guess on that is 18" with an 8 fish limit if we are lucky. Wahoo will be restricted also. They closed season for commercial last year for the first time I believe. So you know the recs. are next. I think they will close the season on them too. The really sad thing about all of this is that the fisherman just sit around and take it. Only a very few people that try very hard to represent us and they get almost no support from us. So Mr.Chris you have a long hard road ahead. Let me know and I will try to help. Butch

Tim Gray 03/14/2013

Good Luck Senator Burrows


Butch 03/14/2013

Well they WILL add more limits Dolphin in some way. Do nothing for them is not an option. My guess on that is 18" with an 8 fish limit if we are lucky. Wahoo will be restricted also. They closed season for commercial last year for the first time I believe. So you know the recs. are next. I think they will close the season on them too. The really sad thing about all of this is that the fisherman just sit around and take it. Only a very few people that try very hard to represent us and they get almost no support from us. So Mr.Chris you have a long hard road ahead. Let me know and I will try to help. Butch

Tim Gray 03/14/2013

Good Luck Senator Burrows




"Fin goes fishing" | Real-Time Update | 03/13/13
 

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"Baitmasters shipment arrives" | Real-Time Update | 03/12/13
 

New Baitmaster ballyhoo order is here! Just in time for 20% off entire store sale on Saturday- stock up now! Sent from my iPhone
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"Game On!" | Real-Time Update | 03/12/13
 

This could be yours. A corn hole game is going to break out this weekend at the OIFC. 10am-12pm Sent from my iPhone
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Corey Bellamy 03/13/2013

I see you have my trophy ready ...





"Guatemala W/Palegic Sportfishing" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 03/11/13
 

We went to Guatemala and fished with Mike Webb on a 28' super panga. It was a great trip.  We raised 55, hooked 25 and released 20 in 4 days. The real fun was that we did it ourselves.

John Winter & Bob Paloncy

Thanks for the report guys.  Reports like this helps keep us energized until our season starts.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"SPRING KICKOFF THIS SATURDAY" | OIFC | 03/11/13
 
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The Spring Kickoff is this Saturday.  Come one, come all.  We have a some interesting seminar speakers and great activities to enjoy- WHILE - you get line spooled at $.02/yd, get 20% off ANYTHING in the OIFC + 40%-50% OFF SELECT ITEMS and SWAP/TRADE/SELL your used tackle. 

See you at the OIFC this Saturday.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Capt. Rickey 03/11/2013

This year's event ought to be fun and you can save somebucks too. Come see us!!!





"Mud Minnows" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/10/13
 

Fresh delivery of live mud minnows in today! Come and get'em!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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John 03/11/2013

Great! I've had to drive to Cherry Grove for minnows for too long this winter!





"Frustrating..." | Tiberias - 22' | 03/09/13
 

You don't say...March...the month of the winds. I am not sure we have had a day of wind under 15kts since March started. Sunday and Monday are forecasted to be the best days so far. We will have to see if it holds? Today the wind was a steady 15kts out of the NNE and gusty up to 25kts. We worked the OIB canals over pretty hard picking at the edges and down the middle. We worked, worked, and worked...Finally, Doug drilled a decent trout. We worked, worked, and worked...Made a move...Quartered out some live crabs and put'em under a dock. Waited...one got drilled...rod bent, line screaming...get him! Hook pulled...not another bite after 30 more minutes of waiting. Frustrating to say the least...We went back to work in the canals. I finally made the call...last cast here guys...Bailey says, I got one! Your kidding me? Sure enough...Bailey struck gold on the last cast! I guess that is like hitting the perfect golf shot into the 18th green after having a tough day. It is whats keeps us coming back for more. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"" | Real-Time Update | 03/09/13
 

More pictures of the Rugged Maniac mud run in Charleston and Team OIFC participants: Before and After. They have made it past this obstacle. One step closer to being tournament ready.
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"Team OIFC off-season work out" | Real-Time Update | 03/09/13
 

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So you think it's easy being member of Team OIFC? All members must submit to a myriad of tests; all aimed at determining internal fortitude. Here you see members of OIFC home team, Capt Amy and OIFC/ Do Work, Jeff and Courtney Beck and Get Floor'd, Richie Heycock. I hope all you other teams are ready- Team OIFC is ready to go! Sent from my iPhone
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Jeff 03/09/2013

Had a fun day running the Rugged Manic, which is a 5K through the mud. Just a little off season prep getting ready for the fish to start biting. I checked all the pools we ran through for bait, but I think the water temps were to low. Maybe they'll show up soon.





"Red Fish One" | Toes Up / OIFC | 03/09/13
 

King Mackerel....No, this is not a report on a giant King being caught, but I had to get your attention. With Spring just around the corner and the King Mackerel fishing soon to follow, now is the perfect time to start tying those rigs up ...to get ready for fishing and tournament season. Also, with the OIFC Spring Kickoff coming, that will be the perfect time to stock up on your king rig supplies. Here on the Toes Up Fishing Team, we love using those RedFish One Hooks. We started using those about 3 years ago and have been very impressed with their strength and sharpness. If a King grabs a hold, that hook bites back and doesn't turn loose. Look for them when you go to the OIFC.

http://bit.ly/WPzHsv - Doug Robson

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"" | Real-Time Update | 03/09/13
 

The ocean is slick near shore with only a slight wind out of the north. However if u look closely on horizon you can see the camel backs.
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Capt. Rickey 03/09/2013

Take a look at our FaceBook page for more pictures from this morning.





"King Mackerel" | Toes Up / OIFC | 03/08/13
 

No, this is not a report on a giant King being caught, but I had to get your attention.  With Spring just around the corner and the King Mackerel fishing soon to follow, now is the perfect time to start tying those rigs up to get ready for fishing and tournament season.  Also, with the OIFC Spring Kickoff coming, that will be the perfect time to stock up on your king rig supplies.  Here on the Toes Up Fishing Team, we love using those RedFish One Hooks.  We started using those about 3 years ago and have been very impressed with their strength and sharpness.  If a King grabs a hold, that hook bites back and doesn't turn loose.  Look for them when you go to the OIFC.


- Doug Robson
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"SPRING KICKOFF SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH" | OIFC | 03/07/13
 
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SPRING KICKOFF - MARCH 16TH -- CLICK THE .PDF TO GET THE FLYER.

IT IS GONNA BE A GOOD ONE THIS YEAR.  BRING FRIENDS AND FAMILY.  BRING YOUR GEAR TO SELL, TRADE, SWAP.......
- Anita Moore
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"CCU Seminar" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 03/07/13
 

The OIFC received this from John who attended the Seminar-

Saturday Coastal Saltwater Anglers put on a seminar to help defray costs of these college students fishing. There were four presentations. The 1st was offshore trolling and everyone had to learn something. Next was Jacob from OIFC and he did a great job with an inshore presentation. I recognized one of my favorite fishing spots on the Shallotte River in the short video. It was nice to see his young son land a redfish on the video. Jacob was very open showing everyone the tackle he used and described his presentation too. He informed the group of boat position depending on tides also. He answered questions from the group when he finished. I no longer have my 17’ skiff and since the restaurant added docks in the river I may not get back there as much. At low tide with boats at the dock my larger boat may have a problem with the sand bar. Like Jacob, I preferred the river through the tide change. When finished Jacob had to leave as he had a client to take fishing while the rest of us talked among ourselves during the lunch provided. The next presentation was given by two kingfish tournament anglers. With my bigger boat curtailing trips to the river and Tubbs Inlet I was anxious to hear what they had to say. I ran charters on Lake Erie long ago and am anxious to begin trolling and drifting in the ocean, especially trolling. I really needed to find trolling speed ranges and etc. That info and much more was provided. The last presentation was by a charter boat mate on near shore techniques. The raffle—well let’s just say there was so many items I believe everyone left with one or two fishing items! I’ll go back next year and suggest everyone consider helping these young men and having a good time learning something too. Jodie Gay of Bluewater Candy lures will be giving a different presentation in Wilmington on the 16th. Sadly, the same day as OIFC is having a special day…. Bet I can make both!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Billy Berg 03/08/2013

Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the kind words about the seminar. Seemed like everyone enjoyed it. Will continue to keep it going and improve on it every year. Thanks for your support of our fishing club at Coastal Carolina University.





"Winter Time Blues" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/07/13
 

Bob Newell sent these pictures from his recent trip to Guatemala for posting in hopes of helping his fellow fishermen deal with the winter time blues.

On behalf of all of us stuck on shore a big  "THANK YOU"....Now back to Duck Dynasty.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Rube McMullan 03/07/2013

Hey Bob. I know the stock market is at a all time high, but man, you need to go back to work. I see you in Key West, see pics of you in Guatemala, now see pics of you back in Guatemala again! Jealousy is killing me. Rube





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"Facebook Page" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/06/13
 

This week the Ocean Isle Fishing Center's Facebook page reached 60,745 people. Thank ya'll for checking us out. We will continue to make the page interesting, informative and fun. I have to be careful on the fun part.-Capt. Rickey
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"New Real time video feature" | Real-Time Update | 03/06/13
 

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We are working on being able to submit videos realtime like we do reports, from our phone on the water. This is a test. Sent from my iPhone
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SPREEN 03/10/2013

Video works great! Can't wait to see some tight lines...

Doug Robson 03/08/2013

Awesome!! This looks good from where I am sitting.

Steve Chase 03/06/2013

Video was sharp and clear...worked just fine!

Capt. Rickey 03/06/2013

This feature is going to be too cool!!! Also, I can tell that wasn't taken today...

Corey Bellamy 03/06/2013

Looking good ..


Capt. Rickey 03/06/2013

This feature is going to be too cool!!! Also, I can tell that wasn't taken today...

Corey Bellamy 03/06/2013

Looking good ..




"" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 03/05/13
 

A friend of mine TIm and I made a couple of these this weekend and thought id share this simple and cheap solution to rod storage. I will be using this for whenever I get done from a day of fishing. I'll simply take all my rods off the boat and stick them all in this rack as well as all of my used lures/rigs for the day..Rinse everything at one time and let it dry and your done.. I trailer my boat and usually when i get done i'll lay the rods against the boat and rinse them that way and usually end up having my rods sliding down the boat scratching it up. Im sure most of you guys have seen similar stuff but heres what we used << For one just like this that holds 8 rods You will need 2-12ft 2inch pvc ,12 pvc T jointsand 4 end caps, pvc glue and thats it . If you want add a bungee chord around the whole thing and hang your lures from there to be rinsed off. Takes about 20 minutes to build and will be great storage for brushes,rods,gaffs,lures,etc..


- Capt. Corey Bellamy
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Corey Bellamy 03/07/2013

Rod vertical cuts were 11 inches .. And the horizontal end pieces were 2ft and get 2 Hollow T joints for them to slide fully onto the 2 inch PVC.. .. The cuts in between each rod holder for me was 3 inches but I think 4 would of been a little better if your carrying anything bigger than a 50 w reel

Steve Pfaff 03/07/2013

Nice job. Would you share the cut length (pre-glued)of the rod verticals and the three horizontal end leg sections?

Eddy Jones 03/07/2013

Those Calabash boys are pretty Sharp!!

Tim Gray 03/06/2013

I'm ready to get to use them now!

wb 03/06/2013

i like rack, but those baits on rod rack got my attention

Corey Bellamy .. 03/06/2013

Exactly right Rickey... That blacks gonna be tough to keep up ...

Capt. Rickey 03/06/2013

Great idea and I'm sure you don't want them scratching your new Cape Horn.


Tim Gray 03/06/2013

I'm ready to get to use them now!

wb 03/06/2013

i like rack, but those baits on rod rack got my attention

Corey Bellamy .. 03/06/2013

Exactly right Rickey... That blacks gonna be tough to keep up ...

Capt. Rickey 03/06/2013

Great idea and I'm sure you don't want them scratching your new Cape Horn.




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