What can we say? Thank you isn't enough! Because of your loyal support, the Jolly Mon was the #3 Brunswick County Event in the "Best of Brunswick" for 2012. Coming in 3rd to 1st place Oyster Festival, and 2nd place Festival By the Sea is a feat to be proud of.
Many of you saw this last year, but we just now got around to posting it on YouTube -- this was video that Chris Campbell shot while fishing with Team OIFC for Bluefin Tuna last year out of Oregon Inlet -- We are watching the weather right now, looking for a break. These Bluefin are holding off Oregon Inlet now! If we get a trip together, I'll post on the site and if you can move fast, grab your boat and gear and come on with us.
February always seems to be our coldest and most brutal month. Despite the conditions there is one pro to this time of year. Crystal clear water! It makes for great underwater footage. See ya on the water!
Got out for a little while today. Myself and a good friend Joe Zurad battled the bitter cold ENE winds in hopes of catching a redfish. The weatherman was dead on with the wind direction, but where was that sunshine until 2 pm today? We woke up to cloudy conditions and never saw the sun peak at us once. This made it very difficult to scout out and see the redfish. Water conditions were very clear, but again low light conditions made it tough. The water temperature started off at 49 degrees. When the water temp gets into the 40's the fish really seem to get sluggish. We moved around looking hard and watching water temps. We found some water reaching the 51 degree mark and got our first bite of the day. We worked the area over pretty hard without another sniff. We moved to another area and found some more water around that 51 degree mark. The bite was on! The majority of the fish were just in the lower slot around 19 inchs or so. Joe finally got a bite and landed a nice red. Bitter sweet! We ended the day with a dozen reds, not too shabby for February. See ya on the water!
What were they biting? The 4" sea shad by Bass Assassin in grey ghost tied to the end of my line! If you look real close you can see one hanging out of the fish's mouth in the picture. Don't forget the red jigheads!
We just couldn't sit inside any longer with the nice weather and calm seas close to the beach. Camdyn, Capt. Rickey and myself loaded up the Do Work and put her in the water. We had several missions planned for today's trip. So with that in mind, we ran out the inlet and set our course toward the Jim Caudle Reef. First thing to do was launch Camdyn's monkey kite. So we hooked it up to a rod and let it go. Just hearing that speed master as that kite went up brought a smile to my face. After Camdyn got the kite almost out of sight, she decided that it was time to start reeling it back in. We did this several times until Camdyn decided she had enough. That was great practice for her for this up coming season. After that I wanted to play with the new side scan sonar we had installed, I only have one word, "AWESOME". It's going to take some time to learn how to use it, but I think it's going to be a great tool. Below are a few pictures from todays trip.
Capt. Jeff Beck
Been a long winter and I'm so ready for the JOLLY MON to hurry up and get here.. Found a video we would like to share with you guys from Biloxi National Championship this year. What an awesome fishery and if you've never been do yourself a favor and make it happen this year......Its time to sharpen them hooks, change lines,check all down riggers,rods,etc... check out the go pro video keep in mind it was my first time ever using the gopro and the software. http://youtu.be/7ncHXRUPbvE
Capt. Corey Bellamy
Here are a couple more pictures I just received fro Bob Newell while on his fishing adventure in Guatemala. I am also posting a video on out facebook page. If you haven't friended us on FB you are missing some pretty good "stuff"
Capt. Rickey Beck
I have a friend who runs an auto service center. He said several people had brought their cars in with performance issues. He tested the fuel and in each and every one he found 20% ethanol! We all know what ethanol does to marine motors. Now with seemingly 20% in the fuel be advised for further performance issues and possible damage.
The OIFC sells 100% ethanol ffree fuel as well as ethanol fue. We also sell STA-Bill Ethanol Treatment and Performance Enhancer.
This is a re-post of CaptRodeo Format- we need help!" | OIFC | 02/21/13
Rickey and I are hoping to get input from readers on how they would like to see the 2013 OIFC Annual Rodeo be set up. Please post a comment to the following questions as well as add any ideas or you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you prefer entry by the boat or by the person?
What cost would you suggest the entry be?
Do you like the current species included: Flounder, Speckled Trout, Redfish, King Mackerel, Wahoo, Mahi ?
Would you get rid of or add any species? suggestions?ain Brant's request for input on how to inprove the OIFC Rodeo:
It's been awhile since I last posted on the OIFC website, and I have to say it feels good to be back on here. As some of you know, I left the area in late 2009, but it wasn't long before I came back to my adopted home. Recently, I was asked to join the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Dolphin/Wahoo Advisory Panel, reinforcing the idea that it's not WHAT you know... In any event, the advisory panel has a meeting on March 27 in Charleston (my first as a member), so I'll be attempting to keep readers informed on what is going on at the regional level in fisheries management, at least as far as dolphin and wahoo are concerned. In the meantime, many thanks to the crew at the OIFC, it's good to be back home.
Capt. Chris Burrows
Bob Newell sent this picture and report for us to share. Bob said they raised 15, hooked 13, released 10 mostly all pitched baits, "no mate just us boys on a 28 panga" with mike Webb of Pelagic Sportfishing. They were 15 miles off the beach and were fishing beside the fleet from Casa Vieja Lodge withthe fly fisherman on board. " lots of fun"