And the winner is.............The GALAPAGOS!!! January 30, 2011 - February 6, 2011. More details to follow.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Breaking News!!! Just in, the OIFC's Traveling Fisherman program has signed on for what is sure to be an unbelievable fishing adventure to the fertile and untouched waters off the Galapagos Islands in South America. After a significant research effort and logistical planning we are pleased to announce the latest exotic fishing expedition for the Traveling Fishermen program. One of our many goals with this program is to plan, organize and offer unique fishing excursions to our OIFC fishing friends. When I first began researching new destinations for the Traveling Fisherman I knew we had a lot to live up to after the super succesful trip to Panama in 2008. Not just any destination or operation would suffice. Fortunately I was able to locate Capt. Pete Santini and his fishing operation on San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. I stayed in contact with Capt. Pete through the winter fishing season and his daily reports were more than enough to convince me this was the spot we needed to go. The Galapagos Islands are known for their tremendous array of wildlife including perhaps their most famous inhabitants the enormous turtles. These islands are those that Charles Darwin wrote about in his journals describing the creatures as of not of this planet. Little did many know that the sportfishing was equally as "wild" just offshore of the islands. The biggest sport fishing draw is the abundance of marlin. On numerous occassions this winter Capt. Pete reported more than 20 shots at marlin and on several days over 40 shots. They catch mostly stripes, but blacks and blues are not at all uncommon. In addition there is a great giant big eye tuna run, plenty of yellowfin tuna and wahoo. I will continue to update this page as I learn more about this untapped fishery.
We are now taking reservations for this trip! There is room for only 9 fishermen/fisherwomen so if you have interest be sure to contact me immediately. firstname.lastname@example.org.
HI folks, just wanted to let all of you inshore folks about an upcoming redfish tournament that ALL of you need to fish. Eric Powell, who operated New River Marina in Snead's Ferry, has been faced with some serious health issues recently and friends and locals have organized a benefit redfish tournament to raise money for him and his family. The tournament will be held April 30 at New River Marina, with the capts. meeting on the 29th. Sponsers are putting up a guaranteed pursue, so all the proceeds from the entries are going to Eric and his family. Eric always fished our inshore tournaments at the OIFC in the past, so lets show some support and go fish this tournament. Not knowing the area and being afraid of not being competitive aren't reasons not to fish this one. For you Facebook users, here is a page that has been set up...http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=156298611097375. If you have any questions call (910) 327-2106.
Doug, Tom, and Bob from Canada joined me on a half day trip this morning. The passing weather last night had me a bit worried about having successful results this morning. We headed for a place that I landed a few red drum on Friday. The large mullet were stacked up just outside this creek mouth. I think we had a couple of short strikes, but really couldn't tell from all the mullet hitting the line. We headed on around the corner into another creek. We worked a piece of bank that has been productive lately without a strike. I had just gotten the words out of my mouth, "Sure thought we would have gotten a bite right there". Bob hooked up! NICE fish! HANG on to him Bob! ROD tip high! Let him run! Keep the line tight! Put some pressure on him! Don't let him get in that crab pot! Don't let him get under the boat! Finally, Bob landed our first fish of the day. A nice 29" 8lb. redfish. What a nice way to start the day. Bob went on to land another red drum, a trout, and a flounder to complete the slam. Doug also landed a red drum, trout, and flounder. Tom was the only one not to complete the slam, only lacking the speckled trout bite. We headed toward the River where the azaleas and dogwoods were in full bloom reminding me of "Amen Corner". Again Bob topped the day off with a nice 24" red drum. We put him in the livewell and thought about making a meal of him. Instead, we took a photo of everyone and released him to be caught another day. That is the way its done! See ya on the water!
All fish were caught on artificials again today and released in good health! Deep Creek plastics and Sea Assassins in charturese colors matched with 1/8oz. jighead is still getting it done. Good Luck!
The SKA has change the 23' and Under Class to the Small Boat Class. This was done because many people had bought 24' or 25' boats only to find they could not fish the 23'and under class.
Now boats which measure no more than 23'11" at the water line qualify for the Small Boat Class. To get the measurement, put your boat in the water. Mark the bow (pencil is ok). Take your boat out of the water. Run a straight line beginning at the transom. Run a line from the mark on the bow. Where the lines intersect is the water line measurement. It cannot exceed 23' 11" at that point.
Refer to the April SKA publication of Angler for more info. Also the SKA says they will have a tape measure and they can measure the boat on your trailer for you. Please don't come during peak hours.
Capt. William Parker left the OIFC on his 21 ft f.Carolina Skiff, the Hound Dog with the his system blaring "Who Let The Dogs Out". William, like everyone else was suffering cabin fever and need his salt water fix. Later in the day he posted that he had caught and released multiple sea bass. June 1st hurry and get here so we can start keeping this tastey fish.
A group went to the Steeples Thursday and mostly jigged. Daniel said the sharks ate almost everything he hooked up before he got the fish up. Word is the Steeples is shark infested so be prepared. The "Hot Rod" Contender finished the day throwing poppers on the surface with pretty good results.
The wind blew until about 2 am this morning. When I arrived at the OIFC at 6 am the conditions were calm and only blowing 3 to 5 at the Tower. I could hear the surf, indicating there may be some residual waves near shore Problem is, good water is WAY off shore..
The OIFC Rodeo is underway, so sign up. The Far Out Shoot Out is quickly approaching (May 13-21), and Brant has his Crew Matching Program in full swing. We're ready for the season!
Just in case you missed my seminar recently here at the OIFC during our Spring Kickoff. I have had a few questions from a few that did miss it. Here is one of my responses.
Targeting speckled trout? You said you have had lots of success using the gulp shrimp on a jighead, but catching other species as well. That is why I enjoy using artificials. It is not uncommon to pick up flounder and red drum trying to target trout. Trout, from my experience seem to be the most tempermental of all the inshore species. One day they are there, next gone. One day extremely aggressive, next barely pick up the bait. Couple of things that may help. Remember, red drum and flounder are primarily bottom feeders. Red drum are use to grubbing or rooting up the bottom looking for crabs, shrimp, or scaring minnows out of the oyster shells. Flounder usually lay completely still and ambush minnows that get too close. If you drag the bait or short hop it is when red drum and flounder will get the bait. Getting a bait to fall slowly and suspend just a few feet off the bottom will usually pick up mostly trout as they tend to feed upwards. Look closely at your fish when you catch them next time. Red drum have eyes in the middle of the head and mouths are pointed downward. Flounder of course are flat and lay on the bottom. Trout have eyes positioned close to the top of the head pointed upwards and their mouths look like a largemouth bass or tarpon's. When trout get aggressive they will often fall for a topwater bait. They are designed for it.
My technique to keep it in the trout's strike zone. Trolling motor is my ticket to success on trout. I guess you could call it a reverse trolling technique. I point my boat into the current and adjust my speed so the boat is drifting back slowly. I toss my lure roughly 45 degrees down current and let the current suspend the bait while working the bait in a one two jig and pause motion. Letting the bait drift back to the fish then jerking it up quickly and then falling back to the fish. Trout will hit it on the fall 9 out of 10 times. I use 1/8th ounce jighead for this technique with my choice of soft plastic. Some of my favorite soft plastics are Bass Assassins Sea Shads in 4" paddletail. This soft plastic has great action and comes in several different colors. Deep Creek Lures has developed a 4 inch mullet shaped more like a pogy with great action and smell. I have had great success with this bait on several outings this year. My favorite colors....because I think the trout like them too...chartreuse diamond, rainbow trout, space guppy, and shrimp. Colors vary depending on water clarity and conditions. Rootbeer and new penny get the nod after a little rainstorm usually. Chartreuse has been hard to beat so far this year. I look for the natural colored baits to start producing as more bait shows up. Looking back at last years reports...the last part of April into May is the best time to catch a nice trout and lots of them. They have already started to show up in numbers, but are small. I expect to see some two and three pound fish show up consistently around the third week in April. Water temperature will have a lot to say about that. It is looking good and right on track for now. I hope this didn't blow your mind and helps you out on your next trip. Stop by and see me in the shop sometime. See ya on the water!
This Saturday, April 9th -- the weather looks good and the fish should be biting. I am looking to mount a trip to the Stream and need volunteers. Cost is $375 per person and there are 4 spaces open at this minute. Call me direct at 910 367 2945 to reserve your spot- LET'S GO FISHING
New Vertical Jigging school date- Capt. Steele has filled his first class to be held April 16th pm with fishing the 17th. As such, we have added another class date for April 30th pm with fishing the 1st (yes, the 1st is the opening day of Grouper season). Call 910 575 3474 to reserve a spot.
Man is it blowing! 30kts + from the southwest. That's the bad news. The good news is it might just blow itself out. I hate to even say, but "possibly" the weather looks really good from Thursday through the weekend. There have been a couple days over the past week and a half that boats have made trips offshore to the Stream and every trip seems to be reporting better catches. Wahoo, Blackfin and yes, Yellowfin Tuna as well. I have it from a good source there were Yellowfin caught at the Steeples recently. The water temperatures looked good last week, and as soon as the clouds get out of here, we should be able to take another look. Maybe we'll have something good to fish to. However, even if not, there's always the vertical jigging. That will produce Blackfin and the occasional Wahoo along with all the bottom monsters you want. I'm looking forward to getting on the water later this week. Come on down and join us.
My wife and son joined me on a short trip today. As we entered the creek one boat was already there. I asked the gentleman if he had any bites. He shook his head no. I eased on around him to the back of the creek and proceeded to hit the little cuts feeding into the main creek. On about our fifth cast Mandy was hooked up on a nice red. A few more cast and another, then another, another....Jake was netting them as fast as we could get them to the boat. Finally, another slot red and we decided to give them a rest. We brought them home in the livewell for a few pictures and then released them here at the dock. It doesn't get any better than this. Sharing something you love with you family! I love it! See ya on the water!
Our charter season is upon us. We have some top quality 1st mates serving on our boats. It's sometimes a thankless job and we forget how important they are to a successful charter. This link reminded me of them. Good luck and tight lines! <*(((><
Below is a picture of our youngest 1st mate Aaron Dew. Aaron is the son of Captain Chris Dew and this will be his 3rd year (at least) as a first mate.