Wendell Barnett and Neal Loman caught 4 wahoo at the Steeples on Thursday the 26th in 71.5 ft. of water. The biggest was 61 lbs. They lost four hook ups.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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The Recreational Fishing Alliance is planning another rally in Washington DC on March 21. The idea is to reiterate and reinforce our resolve to correct fisheries issues as presented in the original rally in 2010. The OIFC will again be sponsoring a bus to carry concerned fishermen to DC- free of cost. The details of the rally are at http://www.joinrfa.org/ --
If you want a seat on the bus, you need to email me immediately- first come, first serve- email captbrant@OIFC.com
There will be more details to follow, but just wanted to get info out so bus seats can get filled.
It is that time of year! The water is extremely clear in our area and you can see the fish. The fish can also see you and hear you. They may tolerate seeing you and still bite. They may tolerate hearing you at a distance and still bite. Let them hear you and see you, game over! I spooked a large school of fish a couple of weeks ago and they would not bite that day. I went to check out the area this past week and worked my way in very slowly. I started making long cast up current from where I first spotted fish a week ago, letting the bait tumble back to them. I could feel my line going through the school, then one slammed it! Game on! I have been fortunate to catch several nice reds the last couple of days. I love it when a game plan comes together! Enjoy the pictures and video...See ya on the water!
Please go to this link and read how McMullan family supports our area. They do not know I am posting this news article and I hope they do not mind.
Pretty cool video that Jeff Beck took while we were running to the fishing grounds during Key West tourney - one of Jeff's Facebook buddies summed up the video .."Dude, I can hear the roar of synchronized horsepower, awesome"
Team OIFC, Capt. Brant, Capt. Barrett (yesterday) Capt. Amy, Capt Jeff Beck, Courtney Beck, Caroline McMullan and Camdyn Beck, finished in 10th place overall with a 36 lb king. Caroline and Camdyn unofficially placed 4th in the Jr. Division.
It's great that these two young ladies are being brought up in a way where they can enjoy off shore fishing in such a loving and family atmosphere.
This is an update on Blue Fin Tuna fishing, if you can figure it out.
Last updated: 1/20/2012
NMFS Closes BFT General Category (Commercial) January Fishery
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) closes the General category (commercial handgear) fishery for large medium and giant BFT (measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater) effective 11:30 p.m. local time on January 22, 2012, until it reopens on June 1, 2012. Based on the best available BFT landings... information for the General category BFT fishery (i.e., 17 mt of the available 23.1 mt landed as of January 17), NMFS has determined that the General category January BFT subquota will be reached by January 22, 2012. Therefore, through May 31, 2012, fishing for, retaining, possessing, or landing large medium or giant BFT by persons aboard vessels permitted in the Atlantic Tunas General and HMS Charter/Headboat categories (while fishing commercially) must cease at 11:30 p.m. local time on January 22, 2012. The General category will reopen automatically on June 1, 2012, for the June through August subperiod. Limited catch and release is permissible as described below. The intent of this closure is to prevent overharvest of the General category January BFT subquota
It is typical for things to be a little slow this time of year, however; for the diehard angler, redfish and trout are still hanging in the backwaters. We are finding trout in deep water ranging from 8 to 15 feet using quarter ounce jigheads paired with chartreuse colored soft plastics. Redfish are scattered all throughout the shallow marsh grass right now. One day you may see hundreds on a flat, the next just a few in a shallow water pocket. The porpoises and weather patterns are keeping them on the move is my best guess. We decided to stay with the trout action yesterday landing double digit numbers, but only having six keepers. Still not a bad way to spend a winter day! See ya on the water!
Mr. Jon White was kind enough to point out a transposing error I made on the final results of the OIFC Rodeo.
Mr. White won 1st place in the flounder division with a 6.9 lb flat fish.
My humble apologies. Those who know me know this wasn't my 1st error and won't be my last. I depend heavily on ya'll to keep me straight!
Flounder: 1-Jon White 6.9 lbs., 2-Jeff Wallen 5.9 lbs., 3-Dan Ratley 5.7 lbs.
Trout: 1- Brandon Sauls 6.0 lbs., 2- Brian Aycock 5.1 lbs, 3- Austin Aycock 3.9 lbs.
King Mackerel: 1- Neal Loman 23.6 lbs
Cobia: 1-Jeff Beck 24.8 lbs., 2-William Parker 23.7 lbs
Dolphin: 1-Bon Newell 39.2 lbs, 2-John Bird 16.5 lbs 3-Brian Freeman 12.38 lbs
Blk. Fin Tuna: 1-Daniel Simmons 27.2 lbs
Wahoo: Brian Freeman 30.4 lbs
Grouper: 1-Daniel Simmons 21.6 lbs, 2-Brian Freeman 30.4 lbs
Red Drum 1- Joshua Wallen 7.5 lbs.
Congratulations to all. The winnings are being tabulated by the OIFC Rodeo accounting firm of Howw, Wee, Robem, INC. and will be announced soon.