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"Last day a single man." | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/06/13
 

And he spent it  on the Get Busy Fishing boat. After a Thursday of pouring rain I was'nt sure how the bite would be. We had to hold off on the start until around 10 a.m to let the showers clear out. It was dead low tide so I started out on some deep holes close to large areas of mud flats.  We did get a hook up right out the gate. As soon as the water started moving I started in on the dock pilings. Again the fish did'nt let me down. Numerous hookups but it took moving from dock to dock. Don't just camp out on one. Good luck Chad and  to the guys on the wedding today looks like a Beautifull day in store.  Sure you don't want to take your own captain to Belise? 


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/06/13
 


- Katelyn Kincer
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"swansboro " | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/06/13
 

Well team Choice of Two/OIFC made it just in time today for the 50 boat registration. We were team number 49 out of 50.. Thanks to Billy Goss for giving me the reminder today.. Alot of GREAT teams fishing this tournament and it should be a fun one ... 


- Capt. Corey Bellamy
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"Battling the Conditions..." | Tiberias - 22' | 04/05/13
 

It seems that I have been fishing in the wind and rain all week. To make things even more challenging my Thursday group packed a banana for their mid morning snack. We were going to do a drive by fruiting on Capt. Jeff's crew, but after a short conversation via cell phone, I found out his crew packed a whole stalk of bananas. We would have lost the banana battle as they had more ammo. Despite a stiff ENE 25kt wind, bananas, and fish hanging up in the pilings we still managed to get a few fish to the boat. Thank you Grandpa, Chandler and Hayden for fishing with us! Hope to see you guys again soon.

Friday morning was even more challenging with a straight East wind 25kts+ and horizontal rain. My Monday group, Chris and Jack were cut short because of the same kind of conditions. Chris and Jack were again on the water with me trying to get in a couple more hours in the rain and wind. Sometimes the conditions just aren't going to work to your advantage. As written in Capt. Barrett's last article in the Brunswick Beacon, you must adapt to the conditions. Some creative boat handling kept us in position and fish started to come out from under the dock. Jack landed 6 reds in an hour and a half. The two biggest reds were 24 inches and 26 inches...both were released to be caught another day. A huge THANKS goes out to Chris and Jack for coming out in tough conditions. I think we were all suprised to see the fish cooperate as well as they did. I love it! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/05/13
 

Sheri with a couple of nice bass.
- Chris Dew
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"1 spot left- Stream school Sat/Sun" | OIFC | 04/05/13
 

We have 1 spot left to fill the Stream class this Sat/Sun.  Land Class will be Saturday from 4-6pm with fishing all day Sunday.  The forecast for Sunday COULD NOT be any better - GINX!  Capt. Steele reported that he thought the warm water was now in the right places and thus he felt the fishing should be picking up.

Call 910-575-3474 to reserve that spot !  If you are not interested in the full school, but would like to audit the land class version, to watch and listen as the captains go over everything from tieing rigs, to rigging baits, to setting spreads..... you may do so at NO COST.  The only think we ask is that you give the OIFC an opportunity at your business.

Give us a call- Sunday looks great.  Let's go fishing!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Dorado" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/05/13
 

From Bob Newell:
 
Ok , so this is a dorado in So America, jumps like mahi , fights like a redfish
 
And down here they use whole doves for bait ?
 
 
If you have any fishing reports supported by photos in the JPEG format you think our readers would enjoy email them to me at sunset69@atmc.net.
 
Thanks Bob and everyone else who submits or reads our reports

- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"East wind and a box full of bananas" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/04/13
 

So these guys roll up from Indiana and S.C. and book Capt. Jacob and myself. With an east wind blowing 25 + knots and a cool 40 degrees at 7:30 a.m. I looked at Jacob and said I'm up for the challenge lets roll. The mornng got of to a bang with a quick fish and hit a slow spell while the tide changed. Then I found the box of bananas Wayne had stashed under my console. So with a banana snack and a change of zip code the bite was on.


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"It is spring right?" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/04/13
 

You would never guess with all the clothes we have on that it is NOT spring time. The water temp did jump from 48 last friday to a balmy 60 Thursday. The bite has'nt been on fire but we have managed to keep the lines tight. Redfish and yes a flounder on a gulp shrimp. Some of the OIFC  classic mud minnows statigicly placed around some dock pilings and hang on.


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Political Issue: Sea Bass" | OIFC | 04/04/13
 

Fellow anglers; we need your help. Please read below. I believe Dr. Daniel wants to help, he just needs some "political cover". Hearing from many fishing folks is what he needs. Please contact him.
 
Below is a letter we have sent Dr. Daniel regarding the Sea Bass closure. Michele from MF put on an excellent Q&A at the OIFC Spring Kickoff, and the bottom line seems very clear. Everyone agrees there is no problem with the Sea Bass population. The answer is very simple....Dr. Daniel: use your proclamation authority as the Director of NC Marine Fishieries and open state waters to sea bass fishing. It is likely the Feds are going to change their position at the May meeting therefore there is no reason to continue to hold the fishing folks hostage to the absurb position the Feds have taken by their closure of sea bass fishing. NC needs to take the same independent step taken by Florida and in the works for SC and declare our state waters open. Please contact Dr. Daniel at Louis.Daniel@ncdenr.gov and ask him to exercise his power to declare by proclamation sea bass open to fishing. Thanks. Rube McMullan OIFC

March 16, 2013

 

TO: Dr. Louis Daniels

NC Marine Fisheries, Director

 

FROM: Rube McMullan

Ocean Isle Fishing Center

 

Dr. Daniels;

 

As you certainly are well aware, our North Carolina waters subject to Sea Bass rules set forth by the SAMFC have kept fishermen from south of Cape Hatteras to the state line shut off from being able to fish for Sea Bass. This is based upon science that is generated by the SAMFC which suggest Sea Bass are overfished and thus drastic action is required to improve the population.

 

As you also are well aware, there is much discussion as to the true status of the Sea Bass population in our waters. All accounts indicate not only a healthy population, but in fact an overabundance such that reefs are being subjected to overfeeding by Sea Bass, thus placing stress on other fish feeding in the same waters.

 

The economic impact of this fishery being shut down has been devastating to tourism and recreational fishing. During the winter months, Sea Bass is the only species available for near shore fishing, and with the shut down, has come a complete collapse of fishing, as catch and release Sea Bass fishing has not become a popular alternative.

 

Our neighboring states to the south are experiencing the same hardship as NC, and have begun to take steps to manage their state waters, irrespective of the rules affecting the Federal waters. Florida has kept their season open, stating “Florida is not compliant with the federal season because there is no established closed season for federal waters off our coast, and FWC do not want blanket provisions that shut down state waters wherever federal waters close. FWC prefers to consider season closures on a case by case basis”. In South Carolina, a bill has been introduced to allow SC fishery managers to take the same action as Florida.

 

In North Carolina, you as the Director of Marine Fisheries have the power via proclamation authority to declare open season in NC waters for Sea Bass. Respectfully, we ask that you use your authority.

 

In anticipation of the argument of why not to do this, I respond as follows:

-If state waters are opened, there is concern the ACL will be reached sooner and cause a closure of Federal waters sooner than their schedule dictates.

*Factually, very little of the quota of sea bass is caught within the state’s 3 mile waters, and thus the impact on the Federal ACL is very low. Additionally, an evaluation of the ACL is throughout the entire South Atlantic region, again acknowledging the impact of opening state waters is insignificant.

 

-To be non-compliant with Fed rules may invite retaliatory action from the Feds

*The Feds know their science is flawed and the population is healthy, however they are trapped by their obligation to conform to Magnusson Stevens Act and thus must rely on the bad science until new better science can be created. Thus with the groundswell of independence being shown by other southern states [including the Gulf States as relate to Red Snapper], this fear of retaliatory action is of little concern

 

Dr. Daniels; there is momentum occurring in our adjoining states to recognize how out of touch the Fed rules are, and thus these states are making a decision to protect the rights of their fishermen rather than handcuff their fishery economy. We call on you to take the courageous position and declare by proclamation our state waters open to Sea Bass fishing.

 

Thank you.

Rube McMullan

Ocean Isle Fishing Center

 

 


- Rube McMullan
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John 04/08/2013

On 4/8 Dr Daniels issued a proclamation on black sea bass. http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamation-ff-24-2013

John 04/05/2013

I have sent Dr Daniels an email and hope everyone does. Not simply so we can fish but to protect the fishery. We must also think of the local economy, especially if SC opens the season all year. Many NC business will be impacted when people travel to SC to fish as they will buy bait, fuel, lodging, and food there instead of here.

John 04/04/2013

Cancel that-- email addy has been provided! Sorry

John 04/04/2013

It would get more action if Dr Daniels email address or mailing address was provided.


John 04/04/2013

It would get more action if Dr Daniels email address or mailing address was provided.




"" | Real-Time Update | 04/04/13
 

Even Mack is rockin the OIFC apparel!
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Gulf Stream Class Saturday and Sunday" | OIFC | 04/04/13
 

I have had some interest from a couple of folks wanting to attend just the land "warm-up" portion of the Gulf Stream fishing class this weekend.  Right now, the weather is looking very good on Sunday, so I am hoping to find a few more fishermen who want to attend the land class AND the fishing side on the boat Sunday.  BUT, the land class on Saturday will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC if anyone wants to get a refresher on tieing rigs, rigging baits......  The land class will be Saturday from 4-6pm at the OIFC.  There will be no charge, the only request is that you consider starting or continuing to do business with the OIFC.

*** HOWEVER- I need a few more people looking to go to the Stream on Sunday.  I have 1 person signed up, and the weather looks great.  Give us a call at 910-575-3474 to reserve a spot on the boat.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/03/13
 

Sea Bass action at the jolly mon reef! Sent from my iPhone
- Chris Eckert
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/03/13
 

Kids showing us how its done
- Chris Dew
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Capt. Rickey 04/04/2013

The near shore charter is a perfect way to get children involved in fishing. They have a ball catching the sea bass





""Greetings from Islamorada"" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/03/13
 

David Loman sent this report ad picture:

It was nice to run across 1/2 dozen Mahi just off the reef. It's a bit early for that here but they will be near OIB in a couple months. Great fun and good eating!

 

Thanks for the report and remember if you have a report supported by a picture you would like to share email Captain Rickey at sunset69@atmc.net

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Gulf Stream Trolling & Jigging Class THIS WEEKEND" | OIFC | 04/03/13
 

There will be a Gulf Stream trolling and jigging class hosted this weekend from the OIFC.  The land class will be on Saturday from 5-7pm with fishing scheduled for all day Sunday.  The cost for the class is $450 per person and is limited to 4 people. 

If you are wanting to become more proficient at Gulf Stream fishing on your own boat, this class will shorten the learning curve dramatically; thus saving you money for fuel burned and less fish caught. 

The weather is looking good for fishing on Sunday.  There are 3 spots left open.  Call 910-575-3474 and ask for fishing reservations. 

CLICK HERE to visit the link that describes the class in greater detail. 

These are pictures from last year's classes


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Be prepared " | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/02/13
 

Finally got the team Choice of Two/OIFC out on the water..We cleared little river inlet and were chasing some warm water in search of wahoo..I had my brother in law with me and he has never caught a wahoo so i was determined to let him hear the chaotic wahoo reel scream. We headed along with most of the fleet to the same ole hole as soon and as we arrived it was apparent that the 70-71 degree water that was showing on the satellite shot just hours before had pushed offshore. the temps there were 65 degrees so we deployed our high speed gear and searched for some better water.  We trolled to 800ft without a sniff so we eased back in and headed a little southwest of the same ole where Wendel had been getting a few bites. We switched over to ballyhoo then and it wasn't long before we started marking bait balls and a few blackfin... 1st bait in the water was a black and orange blue water candy jag on the long line ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Literally almost spooled my 50w avet in a matter of seconds it was a stud wahoo for sure. I handed the rod to my brother in law who was pumped up and ready for his first wahoo, but after a 10 minute battle the fish came towards the boat and spit the hook on him..Oh well we put them back out and this time we made the same pass over the bait ball and the port rigger went off and a 65+lb  wahoo went airborne on our blue and white islander zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..This time Ryan grabbed the rod and began the fight with the monster.. Once again after a 5 minute fight with this wahoo he did his magic and spit the hook again nearly at boatside ... Now at this time im steady watching wendel bring 40-60 lb wahoo over the gunnels and we are 0 for 2 already.. Our ballyhoo baits were pitiful looking to say the least (((READ THE END STATEMENT) so we decided to switch back over to high speed the next hour only to end up catching a few boneheads and a bite off...We had Easter plans so had to leave early and come home but had a good time and got to atleast let my  bro in law hear the reels scream and pull on a few fish. .. BE PREPARED .. we were late Friday night getting everything ready and my freezer full of ballyhoo from the OIFC had quit working and left me with a horrible smell not to mention NO BAITS.. With the fishing center closed we ventured to wal **** and ryan picked up what they had in stock.. these were the roughest looking baits I've ever seen.. ryan brined them over night and they were still soft and mushy .. So while wendel was over there slaying the wahoo literally 50 ft from me we were steady swapping washed out baits out every 10 minutes.  I'm 99 percent sure these baits were thawed and refrozen several times so do yourselves a favor and buy from a tackle shop  where the people pride themselves in quality and understand the importance of good quality baits.. I always keep my freezer full of the OIFC baitmasters and bionic ballyhoo and will certainly never ever ever ever buy from anywhere else after this last trip...   ......All in all a funday on the water and got to run the new  boat some .. Fish won  this time but ill be back


- Capt. Corey Bellamy
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corey 04/06/2013

thanks bryan i didnt want to interrupt your wahoo smackdown you had going on over there lol... nah man it just wasnt our day had a few good fish that should of made it to the deck but oh well....thanks man and same goes for you give me a shout out there next time >

Bryan 04/03/2013

Dang Corey, we were within spitting distance of you all morning... with a case of ballyhoos on the boat. So were a couple other buddy boats you know. We would have been more than happy to toss you a couple dozen. Just holler if you get stuck out there needing something! (Probably be me missing something important next time)





"Try Something New" | Sea P.A. / OIFC | 04/02/13
 

This past Saturday the crew of the Sea P.A. headed offshore to the Steeples in search of wahoo and whatever else might cooperate with our baits. However, my son Matt talked me into stocking up on some gear to try some vertical jigging. After getting past my notion (if your not moving your not fishing) and talking to Capt. Brant I gave Matt the green light to stock up and am I glad I did. Upon reaching the Steeples we found 68 degree water, set out our spread and began catching bonita after bonita after bonita. The decision was then made to try the jigging and see what might happen. After locating the fish on our scope we dropped to the proper depth and it was on. I felt as though I had been through a cross fit workout. My arms hurt, my back hurt, my son and Justin were laughing at me but I knew we were onto a new fishery and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We brought back no fish and released everything we caught to catch another day but we had a ball. If you have never done this I highly recommend it and the OIFC can set you up with everything you need. Overall great day on the ocean with my son Matt and son-in-law to be Justin!
- Ken Ritch
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Corey 04/03/2013

Never saw you guys but glad to hear ya on the radio .. Glad you guys got go experience the vertical jig .. I love it





"Easter Stream Trip" | Sea P.A. / OIFC | 04/02/13
 

Team Sea P.A./OIFC cleared the inlet saturday morning around 6:15 and headed to steeples. We pulled up around 8:30 and deployed a spread of ballyhoo and cedar plugs. The intial move was to troll offshore hoping for warmer water. We got about a mile offshore of the steeples and decided to turn around troll towards genes ledge after having no luck. At genes ledge we found the same 68 degree water temp and there was not a lick of bait in the water column. We trolled around genes ledge for an hour or so and picked at several boneheads and had one cut off before we headed back to the steeples.There we began vertical jigging which is something that we have never done. Capt. Brant set us up with three jigging combos friday and the got broken in right on saturday. We played with amber jacks until everyone on board was worn slam out. I would suggest not going out to the stream without jigging gear.Its AWESOME.  It provides a back up to fishing when the trolling is slow.  Even though we didnt bring any meat home we caught some fish and had a good time. Thanks Capt. Brant for setting us up with all the equipment we needed. 


- Matt Ritch
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/02/13
 

Morning action from the World Cat
- Chris Dew
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