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"" | Real-Time Update | 03/29/13
 

Chillin at the OIFC sandbox! Amy McMullan
- Amy McMullan
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"March Fishing" | Real-Time Update | 03/29/13
 

Beautiful conditions today as Capt. Stan works at keeping everyone baited up. Sea bass, two at the time. Come join us.
- Chris Dew
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Capt. Rickey 03/30/2013

Those pesky "endangered" sea bass are as thick as fleas on a dog's back. I'd love to see the scientific study the government did.





"Jeron with a stud sea bass at the 10 mile reef" | Real-Time Update | 03/29/13
 

Sent from my iPhone
- Steele Park
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"Bryson doubled up on sea bass...." | Real-Time Update | 03/29/13
 

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- Steele Park
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"Gulf Stream time" | OIFC | 03/29/13
 

Weather looks perfect tomorrow for trip to gulf stream. Boats leaving from OIFC at 6am. Come join us in search of tuna/dolphin/wahoo and everything in the world bottom jigging[cobia/african pompano/aj's/ect]. Seas 2 foot or less.


- Rube McMullan
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"" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/29/13
 

Miles McAliney, Scott McAliney,Harrison Bancroft Ken Bencroft and John Harrison on a 6hr trip with Capt Chris and Capt Stan aboard the World Cat. Also fishing a 6 he trip but aboard the Carolina Cat with Capt Steele and Capt Brad are Brian, Conner & Bryson Traywick along with Heron Ware & Stepen Muscarey


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 03/29/13
 

Daylight breaking at the OIFC


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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bill klinesmith 03/29/2013

watch this morning as ya;ll loaded up and headed out, wishing I was down there ..tight lines and have a safe trip !!





"Test" | Real-Time Update | 03/28/13
 

Test
- Capt. Chris Dawson
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"Full Moon Trout" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/28/13
 

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.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cold Bite" | Real-Time Update | 03/28/13
 

The Fisher family braved the cold to enjoy a morning of fishing on the World Cat with first mate Derek and me. Sea Bass are thick in 40ft which helped warm things up. Stay tuned.
- Chris Dew
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"2013 Rodeo" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/28/13
 

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..


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Facebook Page" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/27/13
 

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, sunset69@atmc.net.  I post my fishing reports from home and would love to have ya'll share your adventures.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Capt. Rickey 03/30/2013

Rube..there were so many pictures (182) that I couldn't get them on here. Caroline or Brayden can get you in the 21st century and on Facebook! lol

Rube McMullan 03/29/2013

Hey Rickey. For all those of us who are "non-facebookers", how about sharing your pics with us on this OIFC site?





"Its go time !!!" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 03/27/13
 

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 ... 


- Capt. Corey Bellamy
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Capt. Rickey 03/27/2013

Break the Cape Horn in right! Ahow her how it feels to hook up!!!





"Tuna Time" | Hail Yeah / OIFC | 03/26/13
 

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. 

Good Luck


- Brian Aycock
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Corey Bellamy 03/27/2013

Great report Brian





"Where did the Yellowfin Go? A Scientific answer..." | OIFC | 03/26/13
 

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.
 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Barrett 03/29/2013

Yes Ricky you are exactly right. Not sure if I totally buy the explanation on yellowfins, but something certainly changed. The bluefin deal is pretty simple. The US is over here taking protection measures to the extreme. There appear to be more bluefin around now than I've ever seen in the northern part of the state. However, those tuna while protected here, leave and head across to the Mediterranean and get absolutely hammered with no enforceable regulations to put an end to it. It's an impossible situation due to the politics. Heck we can't even agree on fish regulations between states here in the US. Imagine the complexities of telling someone half way around the world they need to stop catching the fish they've been catching for the last 100 years. But hey, if the regulators can stop a Brunswick County man from bringing home a sea bass I guess anything is possible on that front.

Capt. Rickey 03/27/2013

I may be mistaken but it's the same type of thing that affects our blue fin tuna fishery. The United States regulates it's fishery and the rest of the world does not.

Corey Bellamy 03/27/2013

They need to do something fast .. That being a major spawning area will certainly wipe out our fishery for yellowfin ... Purse siene fishing should be closed during the spawning months especially.. ...





"Get Ready- Time to Go Fishing" | OIFC | 03/26/13
 

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


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"A First Time for Everything" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/25/13
 

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!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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Andy MacKelfresh 03/27/2013

Jacob - we had a blast. Thanks for taking us out and braving the conditions. Back to work in Raleigh, missing the water....





"" | Real-Time Update | 03/23/13
 

Rickey is in charge of a full wrap up, but basically the days story for us was perseverance. We prefer live bait but the water was too cold and bait was not around. We had no choice but to head to the fish armed with the standard trolling ballyhoo, jigs and poppers. Different from previous years, most of the Bluefin were schooling at 150-200' down. We trolled for a couple of hours and we did have a planer bait down, but we could not get the bite. Finally we decided to leave our comfort zone and pulled out the vertical jigs; we know how to do it but we don't jig that much and have never done it for Bluefin- our jig tackle is set up for AJs and Grouper, not 300# tuna- but we decided to worry about that if it was a problem. Well, it was as we hooked 9 Bluefin in the next 3 hours. We broke off all the big ones ( after we got our fill ) as our tackle was not big enough. But we boated a 100 pound pup for the frying pan and got plenty of fight from the big ones. We also got an awesome popper bite that I think we have on video. That's the quick wrap up- stay tuned
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Austin Aycock 03/26/2013

This was a great time. We hooked up with fish and had a good time doing it. Thank you Capt. Brant and Capt. Barrett for the oppertunity. I looked at the other pictures and I saw some comments saying that they're boat was too small. Anybody can easily trailer theyre boat up there on a calm day and do exactly what we were doing.I mean we even saw Jet Ski Brian out there fishing on his Yamaha Jet ski. The tuna fishery up there is amazing and there was no shortage of ocean life where we were fishing. We saw numerous dolphins and hammerhead sharks, we also saw a small whale. The most impressive thing that we saw was probably the tuna that skyed on the popper, you dont get to see that every day. One thing i didnt see there was junior anglers like myself and i think we need to get more children out and fishing. Not just on the boat but putting in work and reeling in the fish and catching bait and helping out no the boat.





"" | Real-Time Update | 03/23/13
 

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
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"" | Real-Time Update | 03/23/13
 

Team OIFC went 1 for 7. All came from jigging. Our equipment was no match for the blue fin
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Doug Robson 03/24/2013

Congrats on a nice fish... Now you can head to Gloucester and give Tuna.Com a run for their money next year!!

Gary Reagan 03/24/2013

sounds like bigger rods are in order. Good job, looked like fun.

Ken 03/24/2013

Nice work fellas - know you had a ball - and great pictures - I do hope the video turned out and will be posted.

wb 03/24/2013

great picture

Martini 03/24/2013

Hell yea

Corey Bellamy 03/23/2013

Nice work guys .. Killer pics

wb 03/23/2013

what the weight on bluefin???

John 03/23/2013

Great pics! Congratulations! I'm jealous but my 21' boat just is not comfortable more than 20++ miles from shore!


wb 03/24/2013

great picture

Martini 03/24/2013

Hell yea

Corey Bellamy 03/23/2013

Nice work guys .. Killer pics

wb 03/23/2013

what the weight on bluefin???

John 03/23/2013

Great pics! Congratulations! I'm jealous but my 21' boat just is not comfortable more than 20++ miles from shore!




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