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"Time to Wake Up -- November Election Critical " | N/A | 09/19/12
 

Follow me on this, it will take a bit to connect the dots, but start by reading this email I received from the RFA--

Recreational Fishing Alliance  
Contact:  Jim Hutchinson, Jr. / 888-564-6732  
For Immediate Release
September 18, 2012     
 

NORTHEAST GROUNDFISHERY DECLARED A DISASTER

RFA Says Party/Charter Boats Also Deserves Federal Financial Aid

 

September 18, 2012 - On September 13, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca M. Blank sent letters to the governors of the New England states declaring a "Commercial Fishery Failure" for the Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Complex. Species in the complex include cod, haddock, and flounder, important to both the recreational and commercial fishing sectors. Despite cutbacks in catches and other restrictions, some stocks are not rebuilding as fast as originally predicted.

 

The formal declaration opens the door for federal financial aid to the states' affected fishermen, which could be significant. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is reportedly seeking $100 million in assistance to the region.

 

The disaster relief funding is being offered by the federal government almost exclusively for New England commercial fishermen, but according to the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA), the recreational sector is just as deeply impacted the Commerce Department's actions through NOAA Fisheries in recent years and just as deserving of any federal assistance made available to fishermen.


OK- so hopefully you can see that the Northern Congressmen have been successful in securing "disaster relief" money due to fishery closures.  Money to go to commercial fishermen and possibly charter/party boat companies.   Stay with me....
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We have been pounding the drums since it became clear to us that powerful politicians in the northern big cities are manipulating so called scientific studies in order to get the desired result to protect the right to fish for their constituents up north. This was made so clear at the Fishermens rally in Washington DC last year where we watched as the most powerful members of Congress got up on stage and pledged to protect the right to fish for their constituents. Senators Kerry/Frank/Shulman/ect championed the cause for their voters. A end result of this, close to us southern fishermen is what happened with the sea bass closure. A study for the fish north of Cape Hatteras showed not only was the fishery healthy, but it was under-fished which led to a doubling of limits and open season. From Cape Hatteras south to Florida the opposite result came in from the study and thus we are closed down. The answer is, questions on the northern study were manipulated so that the desired result would be obtained. The powerful northern politicians found a way to beat the Fed's system and protect their constituents right to fish.
 
Now fast forward to the above RFA article, and they have taken it to the next level of setting forth the mechanism to provide financial help to the northern fishermen who have been restrained from fishing due to closures in other fisheries. Again, it's the same thing. The northern politicians have the power to work the game to the benefit of their constituents all the while we are not only shut out from fishing, but our tax dollars get directed to underwrite the fisheries in their waters.
 
Obviously the question is:  WHERE ARE OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ON THIS?? Apparently asleep at the trigger or not interested. As you consider who to vote for in the coming election, seems it appropriate to ask the question of them as to what are they going to do to get us the right to fish which has been taken away from us for no valid reason.

- Rube McMullan
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"NEW Guy Harvey college long sleeve tees at OIFC" | Real-Time Update | 09/19/12
 

NEW Guy Harvey college long sleeve tees at OIFC
- Anita Moore- OIFC Manager
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"Hook a Hoo Rodeo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/18/12
 

Follow this link for the annual Martini's Fall Hook-A-Hoo.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Kings On The Beach" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/18/12
 

It is happening.  Reports are filtering in of Kings being caught at Fall haunts.  There have recently been Kings caught in the Cape Fear River Channel, Yaupon Reef, Myrtle Beach rocks, Apache pier.... Last week the Pogys and Spanish were thick off Long Beach.  There were many people who saw Kings skying in the bait.  A few fishermen targeted the beach kings and reports of skied baits and smokers tail whipping lines followed.
Watch out this weekend.  I think the fishing is getting ready to get good.  The weather is looking like it might be great.  We are going to have a nice cool down, which means North wind- and that means calm seas near shore AND it can be the spark to beach Kings.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Drum Action" | Get Busy | 09/18/12
 

Below is picture of Joe Lyerly of Granit Falls with a drum he caught while fishing with his son.  Also pictured is Dennis Pethel with the drum he caught while fishing with Joe aboard the "Smokin Reels" this weekend.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sea Bass Season Closed" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/17/12
 

This link to the Star News On Line tells the story.  I wish I could have copied the story but copyrite laws prevent it.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fishing Secrets Revealed on Get Busy" | Get Busy | 09/17/12
 

I asked my clients not to allow any video taken on board during fishing trips to be made public.  I have top secret techniques and locations that must never be revealed.  However, just like the government, apparently I too have "leaks". 

CLICK HERE- BUT JUST DON'T TELL ANYONE ELSE
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"The Law" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/17/12
 

Here is a post from Michelle Evans Drake of "The Law" Fountian.

Here are some pics from a very rewarding day of fishing! We took our friend's little boy, Nolan Long who is 6 on his first trip offshore. We may not have caught a tournament winner but we gave him a day to remember, he gave us a day to remember as well!  Nolan also made a testimonial for E Sea Rider bean bags. He allowed me to share it with him on the ride out, after that I was on my own.

And I give props to all parents and grandparents for taking little ones fishing!

Thx for the picturs and the report-OIFC


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bay Pirate Fishing Team" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/16/12
 

 
Lizard Licked
Saturday Brian Fimbel and his Father Paul joined the Bay  Pirate Fishing Team aboard their Yellowfin, fishing for some kings and a little bottom fishing. We caught bait right off the beach and proceeded to head 40 miles offshore to Dales Rock. When we got there the water temp was 79 degrees at 90ft of sloppy 3-5ft slow rollers. We turned and started trolling into the wind so we could bottom fish at the same time. We jigged up a lizard fish and put it back down on the down rigger set at 60 ft and after a few minutes of trolling the lizard fish got nailed. Paul fought the fish while the lines were cleared.  After a 10 minute fight we had the 18lb king to the side of the boat and Frollie tailed the king to bring him in the boat. After trolling for a little while longer and no more strikes we found structure for some bottom fishing. We picked through a dozen or so seabass and got 3 spanish mackerals on Roscoe Jigs
Write up and pics by Patti Sellers Hughes..Thx for sharing..

- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sail Fish Action" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/16/12
 

Bob Newell sent this picture of a catch and release sail fish he caught today while fishing with Yorke Pharr at the 100/400.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Catch and Release" | Get Busy | 09/16/12
 

Pictured is Benny Hipp with his "catch and release in the grease" flounder from today.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Toadfish Fillets!!!" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/16/12
 

Scott, Alan, and myself did some serious fishing Thursday morning and Saturday. Thursday was a less than favorable day to be targeting some of the nearshore structures, but we were pretty set on getting out there. We braved a hard ESE wind to push on out. We dropped anchor and yes, I had the rope tied to it this time. We were immediately hooked up with toadfish and a few blues. Things were not looking too promising? Then Scott hooks up hard...our first flounder of the day a solid 4 pounder! The action heated up and we were all catching flounder. We ended up landing 15 to 20 with 9 solid keepers. The seas were getting very sloppy, so we headed for the safety of the backwater. Saturday the seas were very cooperative making it much easier to do some reef hopping nearshore. It was Alan's turn to bring the first fish to the boat. Alan hooked up hard! Drag screaming of the reel. At first we were all worried that a large toothy critter might be on the line. Then after several minutes it came apparent that it must me a nice red drum. Sure enough Alan landed a beautiful 35" red drum. Awesome! We continued to look for the flounder, but could only muster up three solid keepers. In the meantime, bluefish and gray trout kept us very busy. We must have caught close to 20 trout and kept three nice ones for the dinner plate. All and all not bad action the past few days! It was just great to have a couple of stress free days of fishing with friends. I love it! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Sky Rocket!!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/16/12
 

Capt. Steele called in via radio this morning reporting that king mackerel were sky rocketing on bait pods along the Lookwood Folly ledge area. Really no suprise there...the bait is thick out there! Getting one to bite a hook is a different story. Maybe Capt. Steele will make hero status today. I sure hope so!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"AR 460 Gives Up 6.1 lb Flounder" | Get Busy | 09/16/12
 

Below are pictures of John Pavy, of Myrtle Beach with his 6.1 lb, 24 in. flounder he landed while fishing the Ar 460 aboard Jeff Wallen's Triton with Jeff.  They were using large mullet and landed several more flounder in addition to the one in the picture.

Pictures and story courtesy of the OIFC's Terry Johnson.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fishermans Post Flounder Tournament" | Get Busy | 09/16/12
 

Pictured below is Al Fulford and his 11 lb 8 oz flounder as he awaits the awards ceremony at the Fishermans Post Flounder Tournament at Carolina Beach.  Way to represent Brunswick County Al.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Marshwalk Kingstalk" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/15/12
 

Congratulations to everyone who fished in the Marshwalk Kingstalk King fish tournament.  On a personal note a big congratulations to Amy Metzgar Morris and the crew of the Yellowfin "Seahorse" who have become friends of the "OIFC/Do Work" Team.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Big Whiskey's Trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/15/12
 

I did a short report on Chris Campbell's trip yesterday during which he caught a nice kink, mahi, grouper and snapper.  Here is Chris's account in his own words:

We got our you know what beat by mother nature all morning trying to find bait and running offshore....had to jig cigar minnows, sardines, and blue runners up till 11:30, then headed out to 130ft of water and started kite fishing since it was too sloppy to troll....we got lucky when a school of 200+ dolphin showed up about 5 minutes after putting our first line in the water and they didnt leave for 3 hours while we picked them off one by one with live sardines on spinning rod....we rigged one of the smaller dolphin up on a rod and let him swim behind the boat which seemed to keep his buddies around all day.....caught 16 of them until we ran out of bait (lost about 10 also from spitting the hook)....while I was busy catching the dolphin on top, my buddy Andy Justice (capt of The Reel Justice) was busy bottom fishing for snapper and grouper....then late in the afternoon around 4:30pm, the long line went off on a live cigar minnow w/ green skirt....after 4 nice runs I finally got our eyes on the broad side of a nice king as it laid up next to the side of the boat.....Andy tail grabbed him and brought him into the boat for a few pictures and GoPro video before releasing him back into the ocean to fight another day....Our rough estimate on size was between 30-34lbs....

it was one of the sloppiest days ive been out in a long time, but the fishing was great and we were rewarded for our effort....it finally laid down with a nice sunset for a boat ride back to the docks .


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Where In The World?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/14/12
 

That's right......Where in the world did Chris Campbell go today?  Along with the king in this picture he had 16 mahi, some snapper and grouper.  I'll see if I can get the scoop and pass it along.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Thursday's Action" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/14/12
 

Capt. Chris Dew and Capt. Chris Dawson took a charter near shore fishing Thursday.  They caught 55 Spanish Mackeral and several blues trolling with spoons between the Youpon Reef and the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

Better yet Capt. Chris said the bait was holding thick right off Holden beach, the water was 80 degrees and king green..  The kings should be near shore in the next couple of weeks.  For now, Captain Brant says we should fish in 80 ft. of water depth and suggested the Atlantic Ledge area.  I'll get an update from Capt. Chris Dew in the morning and will post it.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Another Picture" | Get Busy | 09/13/12
 

Here is an on-the-scene picture of Todd Helf and his 8.2 lb flounder he caught Wednesday. 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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