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- Steele Park
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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I got an email from NC Wildlife that they are scheduled to come down and do maintenance on the inlet buoys in the next couple of weeks. They will be moving the buoys back to the East to mark the movement of the channel and replacing a few lost buoys. The inlet currently has 5' at low tide. It seems like less in some conditions, but my suggestion is to either idle or run through it (if you know where you are going). Bogging down at 1800 RPMs could have you touching sand if you get in the trough of a wave. It's not great, but its better than many of the inlets along our coast.
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?
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 ...
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!
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!
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.
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.
March 16, 2013
TO: Dr. Louis Daniels
NC Marine Fisheries, Director
FROM: Rube McMullan
Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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.
Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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.