OIFC Spring Kickoff
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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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 email@example.com. Let's see how this goes. Maybe I'll run for Congress next?
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.
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!
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.