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"SAVE OUR GOATS; update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/24/11
 

Read our April 22 fishing report post on the State's plan to get rid of the Ocean Isle goats. Help us stop this stupidity and preserve this bit of island culture. Here is contact info to the parties that need to hear from everyone.

Brunswick County Representative Frank Iler: Frank.Iler@ncleg.net

State of NC property department: sspinfo@doa.nc.gov

NC Wildlife: gordon.myers@ncwildlife.org

On May 4th at 10:00am, the State plans to have a "pre-bid" meeting with the goat hunters/herders at the Ocean Isle boat ramp[adjacent to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center]. Put this date/time on your calender and join us at this meeting to let the State folks hear the goats side of the story. Stay tuned to our web site for updates.


- Rube McMullan
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"What does Jigging and May 1st mean?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/24/11
 

GROUPER...... We are having another jigging school next weekend.  This school coincides with the opening of Grouper season on May 1st. I have 2 spots left for this school.  We will specifically target Blackfin Tuna and Grouper on this trip.  The class will take place on Saturday, April 30th and the fishing will be on Sunday, May 1st.  That's right, the opening day of Grouper season 2011. Cost is $450.00 per person which includes all instruction, equipment and fishing.  Call 910.575.3474 to book your spot.  These last 2 spots will fill up fast. 
- Capt. Steele Park
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""Dad is a Hero"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/24/11
 

I took Mark Wood out a few days ago on a half day trip and we caught a few redfish. He talked about his kids often and wanting to put them on some fish. Looks like he picked up a few tips on his charter with me. Nothing like seeing a smile on your kids face and being their hero! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Hot Flounder Bite" | Get Busy | 04/23/11
 

Changing tide+live bait+location=flounder bite.  We've had extreme lunar tides the past several days causing a lot of bait movement .  Mud Minnows have been the hot bait as of late.  I have been told that there are some good sized mullet minnows and tiger minnows showing up.  If you're proficient with a small cast net then you're set.  Otherwise stop by and we can hook you up with mud minnows.  The hot locations seem to be in the grass along the ICW, the creeks and as you can tell Tubbs Inlet. A LOT of flounder are being caught near our base of operations.  The bite usually fires off behind Cherry Grove Beach prior to ours taking off, but it seems we are having an early bite.  There is quite a mixed bag in sizes.  A 10# fish taken in the ICW, a couple in the 3 &4 # range down to 6" flounder in creeks and Tubbs Inlet.  Come see us, get the latest update and try your hand!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Save Our Goats" | Get Busy | 04/23/11
 

In the linked article, the state uses terms such as "may, could, believes".  It seems obvious that the removal of these animals is not based on any study or fact.  Don't sit around and let these harmless animals be sold off by the state for no proven reason.  What will happen to them.  I cannot believe anyone would eat them or try to keep them as pets.  Click on this link for contact information and let your voice be heard!  SAVE OUR GOATS!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Rub it In!!!"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/23/11
 

Thats right! I am stuck in the store and my boat has experienced a little engine trouble. Dr. Jeff Wallen was first to come by today and show off some nice redfish he caught earlier. His son caught one that wieghed 10.5 lbs. on the bogy grips. Joshua is pictured below with a nice 25" fish! The redfish bite remains strong! Clay Morphis Jr. another inshore legend was second to stop in and rub a little fish slime into my wounds. Clay worked the creeks and found some nice flounder action. He is on the rodeo board with a nice 4.7 lb flounder. The picture below has him holding the nice 22" flounder. Great job guys! I hope to be out there with you soon! See ya on the water!   

Live Mud Minnows are getting the flounder bite! Cut fresh mullet did the trick on the redfish this morning. As for any more details??? The fisherman seem to have lock jaw all the sudden!!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"The Week In Pictures" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/22/11
 

The week started out with a bang!  We were running charter trips to the Gulf Stream and wearing the wahoo and tuna out.  As the week rolled on our trips grew shorter, but fun none-the-less.  Here are a couple of pictures from our "at sea" camera.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Save Our Goats" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/22/11
 

This is a letter sent by Rube McMullan to the journalist who wrote the story about the State's intention to "eliminate" our goats from goat island.  This article is not the end of the goats, it is the beginning of our fight to stand up to ridiculous government intervention that has taken aim at an innocent Ocean Isle Beach attraction.  It's a call to arms.  Time to stand up and be heard yet again.  More info to come.  SAVE OUR GOATS!!!

Your article on the Ocean Isle Beach goats offers another example of why there is a national drum beat of "too much government in our lives". Here's the "real story" on the OIB goats, and the important role they serve in our community, and why the State government needs to leave them alone!

 

The charter fishing Captains working out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center all know they are in the entertainment business. This involves catching fish of course, but when the fish don't bite, creativity must be employed to insure there are happy charter customers who hopefully enjoy their experience and come back year after year. As such, when the fish won't bite, the Captains often have to pull out of their bag of tricks "wildlife viewing". This can include ospreys, porpoises, deer/ect. Just like fishing, sometime you get lucky and see these creatures, and sometimes you don't. However, the one constant over the years has been the Ocean Isle goats. They have provided many a enjoyable viewing experience for kids and adults, and most of the time, the Captains can depend on spotting them along the intercoastal waterway. Seeing  goats is interesting, sorta, but when you add the "true story" of how they got there, then you have a entertainment venue worth seeing. Here's the "real story" as told by the Captains, that has been passed down within the Captain "fish story" lore for year after year.

 

In the late 1880's, I think maybe 1887, a unidentified ship ran aground during a storm off of the Ocean Isle side of Little River inlet. Back in those days, there was no refrigeration on ships, so when long trips were being made, livestock was carried on board for the sailors to use for food. On this ship, goats were the meat of choice. When the ship ran aground, the goats were lucky enough to make it to shore[the sailors weren't], and for the last 100+ years, they have lived and thrived peacefully on the spoil islands at Ocean Isle Beach. Since goats don't swim, they have been trapped on the islands and have made themselves a happy existence for these many years, raising their families, and enjoying life in the manner that goats enjoy.

 

Now our State government wants to come in and "eliminate" the goats. The result will be to eliminate a bona fide tourist attraction for Ocean Isle, not to speak of the Captains who will now be forced to dream up a new attraction for the times when the fish won't co-operate. The goats are no problem to anyone, leave them alone, and allow this little piece of OIB lore to continue to live on. 

 

SAVE OUR GOATS!!!

Rube McMullan

Ocean Isle Fishing Center 


- Rube McMullan
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"Goats To Be Removed" | Get Busy | 04/22/11
 

Everyone who boats on the ICW near Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach have seen the goats.  Look fast because the State is removing them.Here's an article in the Star News.

While you're getting up to speed on events that affect boaters and anglers, you may want to read this article about the bill that will ban the sale of red drum, striped bass and speckled sea trout in N.C.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Black Dog's" Bluewater Trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/21/11
 

Bob Newell reports that he, Andrew Sanderson and Matt More of Harrells Store, N.C. made up the crew of Bob's "Black Dog" for an off shore trip to the blue water on Thursday the 14th.

The crew found some 74 degree water near the Steeples where they did some high speed trolling.  You can tell by the picture what the hot color was.

Thanks Bob and the crew of the "Black Dog" for the info and pictures!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More Pictures" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/21/11
 


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""Rescued"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/21/11
 

Three kittens rescued last night just before high tide would have drowned them in my canal. I have been nursing them back to health, so if anyone is interested in helping out with this rescue. Call me @ 910 579 8212. Thanks!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""What Happened?"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/20/11
 

My trips on Monday and Tuesday this week caught redfish. We were looking for the same results today with no luck. We caught the usual bluefish, trout, and a last year keeper flounder. Our flounder was 14 & 7/8 inches long...my mouth was watering, but we had to let'em go. For those who may have missed the regulation change...FLOUNDER must be 15" to keep now. I always hate it when the fish don't cooperate as planned. Although, it makes me feel a little bit better as most people I spoke with today on the water had the same result. That still bites or in this case not! Our offshore guys had quite an adventure today. That is why we call it Capt. Brant's Fishing Adventures. Fishing is not catching, so we can only guarantee an adventure you are sure to never forget. Some days you win and some days the fish win.

As the saying goes,"If you are going to be dumb, you better be tough"! Good news! We are all tough and survived to fight another day. As for the dumb part, I would say the fish agree on that one today. We will get"em next time! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"OIFC News and Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/20/11
 

OIFC Weekly News and Fishing Report

What a great week we've been having at the OIFC.  The weather has been good, the fish have started biting and many families have chosen to visit Ocean Isle Beach for their Spring Break vacation.  The excitement and energy has successfully snapped the OIFC staff out of the Winter doldrums; it's time to get to work!  There are lots of "happenings" going on.  Read below for details.


the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out - May 13-21

Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo Rodeo- May 13-21.  The annual Far Out Shoot Out is coming in only a few weeks.  Entries are being accepted now via mail, by visiting the OIFC or on-line.  To recieve tournament details and print an entry form, CLICK HERE
The Far Out Shoot Out is a Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo tournament whose winner is determined by amassing the most pounds from weighing one Tuna, one Wahoo and one Dolphin.  This combined weight must be achieved in one day of fishing; your declared tournament fishing day.  The Far Out Shoot Out extends from May 13-21, which offers eight possible fishing days.  As such, participants can choose to compete on the day that best fits their schedule and has the most favorable weather.  Participants can wait as late as 8am of the same day they are competing to declare their fishing day:  This is done by calling a designated hotline.  The entry fee is low, the fishing is great and there are multiple ways to win cash prizes. 
The event's title sponsor is the GPS Store, one of the countries largest GPS dealers, located right here in Ocean Isle Beach.  It is extremely nice to be able to walk into their store and get consultation on whatever electronics you are considering; knowing their prices are nationally competitive.  You can visit their on-line store at www.thegpsstore.com .  Also thanks to Sea Tow, the NEW Ocean Isle Marina and Marine Service Center: Little River for their support.

Shallotte Inlet Update

Last Saturday we had terrible wind ahead of the very strong front that brought all the severe weather to the southeast.  It blew an easy 30 knots with gusts over 50 knots.  As a result, all of the ocean side buoys in Shallotte inlet were washed away.  On Monday morning I emailed Gordon Myers, head of NC Wildlife to notify him of the situation.  I requested his immediate attention to the inlet as the Easter Weekend was coming up, and no doubt, many boaters would be trying to use the inlet.  I recieved a reply email Tuesday morning that his crews were scrambling all over the state repairing storm damage, but he'd try to help.  Tuesday evening a guy walks into the OIFC shop and introduces himself as NC Wildlife staff; he is here to replace the buoys in the inlet.  I was shocked.  All day Wednesday a crew worked out of the OIB boat ramp and successfully remarked the inlet, better than ever.  I have personally thanked Gordon Myers and his crew at NC Wildlife, and I hope you will do the same.  Let's go fishing!

House Bill 421 - LOWER YOUR BOAT GAS COST

Fishing friends/boaters. We need your help.We have been working with Representative Frank Iler from Brunswick County regarding a bill that would allow marinas to pass on to customers, at the point of sale, the gas tax refund due boaters for off road usage[which is not taxable]. The effect of this would be that marinas could reduce your gas cost by approximately 15-30cents/gallon[based upon recreation use or commercial use]. True, at the end of the year you can apply to the State of NC for the refund, but if you could receive the refund when you purchase the fuel by virtue of the marina discounting the price to you and the marina then receives the refund, the impact to you would be to immediately save you some money. Obviously with the increasing cost of fuel, this bill is intended to help lower your cost of fuel, and maybe encourage you to get on the water.  House Bill 421[HB421] has been introduced by Representative Iler and he needs your support. The bill has been assigned to the Consumer and Job Development Committee, and if the committee members don't hear from us fishermen/boaters as to the benefit of this bill, then it will likely die in committee. SO.....we need everyone who thinks this is a good bill to contact the Reps who are on this committee, as well as you own local Rep.

 The Reps on the Consumer and Job Development Committee are:

Danny.McComas@ncleg.net
Bill.Brawley@ncleg.net
Craig.Horn@ncleg.net
Carolyn.Justice@ncleg.net
Tim.Moffitt@ncleg.net
Phil.Shepard@ncleg.net
Fred.Steen@ncleg.net
Michael.Stone@ncleg.net
Also let Rep Iler[Frank.Iler@ncleg.net] know his willingness to introduce this bill is appreciated by fishermen/boaters.
Thanks for your help --  Rube McMullan, Ocean Isle Fishing Center[www.OIFC.com]

OIFC Summer Kickoff- Saturday, May 14, 2011

The OIFC is expanding its "Kickoff" series to include an all new, Summer Kickoff.  The event will be hosted from the OIFC on Saturday, May 14th, and much like the Spring Kickoff held in March, the event will offer free seminars, a forum for fishermen to sell their used tackle, line spooling promotions and discounts on tackle and clothing from the OIFC.  The event is completely FREE to attend.  Seminar schedule as follows:
10am:  Grouper Fishing- Capt. Barrett McMullan
11am:  Beginner King Mackerel fishing- Capt. Chris Dew
12pm:  Flounder Fishing- Capts. Jeff Williamson and Jacob Frick
1pm:    Dolphin Fishing- Capt. Steele Parks
2pm:    Cobia Fishing- Capt. Brant McMullan
3pm:    Cast net throwing lessons- 10'-12' nets  

Mark your calendar for May 14th.  More details to follow. 


Fish Report

Inshore:  The Redfish are still biting.  They are all through the marshes and creeks, moving into the grass on the rising, high tides and then pushing out along the edges of the grass during the low, falling tide.  Some guys are starting to get aggressive and move into the grass flats at high tide to catch the Reds.  Preferred baits have been Berkley Gulp Shrimp, Berkley Gulp Crabs or live mud minnows.  The Flounder are just now beginning to show up.  Tubbs inlet is starting to hold a few fish, but its still a couple of weeks before that fishery really kicks off.
Nearshore:  We caught the first Spanish Mackerel of the year yesterday.  The OIFC charter boats have been trolling along the beach front and around Shallotte inlet, catching lots of Bluefish over the past week.  As the beach water temperatures have now risen into the mid to upper 60's, the Spanish are beginning to show.  There have been scattered reports of Atlantic Bonito being caught, mostly down towards the General Sherman wreck off Little River.  Best of all, a couple of early season King Mackerel have been caught near the 390/390's and General Sherman wreck.  The weather is forecast warm all week, and the Mackerel fishing will greatly improve over the coming week.  
Offshore:  The Gulf Stream has really gotten going.  A variety of Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo and Mahi are providing good action for trolling and jigging boats.  Yesterday Capt. Chris Dew and Steele Parks guided the Kinner party from Annedale, VA on a Stream trip.  They started out West of the Steeples where they found little action.  As they neared the Steeples, they found a good temperature edge and rip where the Blackfin Tuna were schooled up; happily taking rigged Ballyhoo and tuna feathers.  Capt. Steele predicted a late bite due to the full moon, and at 1pm the fish promptly went to chewing.  The crew stayed overbusy doing battle with Blackfin, Wahoo and Mahi.  At day end, they had landed two Carolina slams consisting of four NC Citation size fish; 38 pound Blackfin (2 pounds off state record), 30 pound Blackfin, 56 pound Wahoo, 54 pound Wahoo -- along with quite a few other smaller Blackfin and a couple 10 pound Mahi.  
Although previous day's Stream trips were not quite this successful, all trips have yielded Blackfin, Wahoo and Mahi.  In addition, vertical jigging has been a great way to break up the day; yielding plenty of Amberjack but also giving up the occasional monster Grouper that makes the effort worth while (Grouper season is closed until May 1).
Overall, the fishing is really starting to pop.  Spring fishing will soon turn to Summer, so don't waste time in getting on the water to take advantage of this small window.  



- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""Gulfstream? and Action!"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/19/11
 

I will let those that were there write the report. You be the judge on how much fun this trip was just by looking at the pictures. Wahoooooo....What a BLACKFIN!!! and yes there was a yellowfin caught today. Capt. Steele and Capt. Chris Dew were on fire today! Punter Kees, Megan Tereshko, and Steve Kinner did the angling! Mighty fine job folks! Looking forward to seeing you again in July! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Red-Wood"" | Get Busy | 04/19/11
 

Mark and Jason joined me on a half day inshore trip today. We landed several bluefish, trout, flounder, and redfish today. Not much size to the trout and flounder. Some of the redfish had shoulders on them though. I know Jason enjoyed catching several redfish and Mark got a couple to the boat. Mark let the big one get away, but Jason was there to back'em up. Great job guys! I enjoyed! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"ICW Flounder" | Get Busy | 04/19/11
 

Below is a picture of Daniel Simmons with a flounder he and his wife Amber landed today.  Daniel, mostly known for his off shore skills said they caught this flatty in the ICW on a rising tide using a mud minnow on a Carolina Rig.  Just keepn' it simple!
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"Pictures" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/19/11
 

The pictures below are of Captain Steele Park and Captain Chris Dew's Gulf Stream trip today with Steve Kinner, Kees Punter and Megan Tereshkl all from Annedale, Va.  No doubt about it our Gulf Stream charters for the past three days have been on fire!

Captain Steele will fill in the blanks, yes this sounds corny, but when he and Capt. Dew finish cleaning all the fish they caught, and get the boat ready for tomorrow's charter.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Gulf Stream Tuesday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/19/11
 


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"Gulf Stream Tuesday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/19/11
 


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