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"Goat lovers rejoice" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/26/11
 

It's a great day for goat lovers as I received a call this afternoon from Carla Farmer, legislative assistant to Representative Frank Iler of Brunswick County. She had just got off the phone with Gordon Myers, Director of NC Wildlife. He advised her that the goat removal program was "put on hold". The Goats are saved! To be sure, nobody knew how many goat lovers that there are out there, but apparently our elected and state officials got the message, as they all have been bombarded with calls from the public. This proves again, if the public will rally behind a good cause, the folks making these kind of decisions will listen, and respond to the wishes of the public. Time and again, it seems like it's Gordon Myers coming to the rescue on various issues, whether it's putting the buoys back in Shallotte Inlet, or saving goats. Gordon's the Man! Good job to everyone and thanks for your help in this effort. As I understand it, the "official" word is that more study is going to be preformed on this issue, possibly involving public comment/ect. We'll keep you informed if this occurs. Thanks.
- Rube McMullan
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""Spanish Attack"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/26/11
 

Capt. Charlie Wilson and myself headed out first thing this morning on a half day nearshore charter. We had Mom and five kids on board. How Dad pulled that one off? I don't know...I should have taken notes. It wasn't long before Capt. Wilson had us on the fish. We caught several blues and the spanish started in on the action as well. The little fellows wanted to head for deeper water to maybe catch a big sea monster. We headed on out towards the 460. We marked some great bottom and what looked like a big school of black sea bass. We were getting a lot of nibbles, but the action was a bit slower than expected. We did land some nice black bass, but the little guys got tried of holding on to the rods. Capt. Charlie and I elected to troll in from the 460 letting the crew sit back and relax as we headed home. We caught two of our nicest spanish right around the Shallotte ledge area. We had 10 keeper spanish making a great meal for our crew tonight.

Then the phone call from the boss. Back out on a 2 hour trip! I love it! Scott and his wife brought there two kids out to catch their first fish with us. Benton caught his first bluefish and he wasn't done there. We landed several more blues and some more spanish. All in all a great day to be on the water. Looks like we got the fishing done just in time. As the rain has just started coming down here at the OIFC. I hope our boys are get'em in the stream and have a safe trip back home this afternoon. Stay tuned for Capt. Steele's stream report. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Save Our Goats - UPDATE" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/26/11
 

We just got the news that Representative Ilers, Legislative Office, received word from Gordon Myers with NC Wildlife that the goat removal project has been cancelled.

Stand by for more complete details!


- Technical director-Anita
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"Beautiful Day" | Get Busy | 04/25/11
 

Wow...another beautiful day to fish in Paradise.  As we can see in the pictures, Jeff (Get Busy/OIFC) had good luck in the concrete canals and Tubbs.  He has stuck with the tried and proven Carolina Rig tipped with an OIFC Select Mud Minnows.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/25/11
 

Ben rucker, newest addition to the oifc ventured out this morning and caught some very nice spanish on the tideline outside shallotte inlet casting jigs. The spanish are here...
- Steele Park
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"2 days of Success" | Get Busy | 04/25/11
 

Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) delivered on his charters 2 days in a row.  It's pretty obvious where Jeff was fishing.  This time of year Jeff fishes like most everyone else....mud minnows on a Carolina rig.  There have been a lot of flounder and drum caught in Tubbs Inlet the past few days.  Many are undersized but several monsters have been pulled out.

The young men in the picture are Quinten and Jake.  Along with them were Andy and Mike.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Keep It Simple" | Get Busy | 04/25/11
 

The Beck clan fished Tubbs Inlet yesterday.  We trolled mud minnows on Carolina rigs using our trolling motor.  During the course of a few hours, not including visiting friends on the beach, we caught 12 flounder.  Camdyn caught 7 of them.  All but one were too short but made for fun and shows they are here.  We've probably got a month or two of the hot flounder bite so come and enjoy.  Bring along a child.  Just keep it simple!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Saturday Gulf Stream" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/24/11
 

The signal came for the bullpen and just like that I was out of retirement and back on the charter fleet team. Of course it didn't take much arm twisting as I have gone way too long without fishing from Ocean Isle Beach, and I this was an opportunity to start my 2011 OIB fishing by going to the Gulf Stream.  Capt. Chris Dawson and I guided a crew of great guys from the Raleigh area including trip organzier Jim Mcgovern who is the general manager at the world famous Angus Barn restaurant in Raleigh.  If you haven't visited the Angus Barn you are missing a dining experience unlike anything you've ever seen (not to mention if you order fish, it was likely caught right here in Ocean Isle Beach!). 

While anticipation was high to get this trip underway our moods were quickly tempered as we were greeted by a sloppy 3 to 5' and more southeast swell.  We were bound and determined to make it happen so off we went to the south in the direction of the MacMarlen hole.  The Hiltons chart showed nutrient rich water from the MacMarlen extending south so that combined with the sea direction led us in this direction.  The seas did not improve eventhough there was no wind.  The swell from the previous day's wind was brutal as we slugged it out at 20mph. 

When we arrived to our destination we had hoped to be rewarded for effort of making it out there despite the swell.  Unfortunately it was not to be.  The water color was a mixed dirty, blue green.  The water temperature was 69 and we marked very little bait.  We made the call to troll our spread of ballyhoo and feathers south to the Wynyah Scarp.  The further south we went, the better the conditions became.  While I liked what I was seeing better, the fish still weren't cooperating and our crew needed to pull on a fish.  There is only one answer at a time like this.  Time to get our jig on!  We found a few marks around the structure and started our vertical jigging approach.  A few mystery fish were hooked and lost.  Then a very unusual thing happened.  We caught a fish that I have never seen off Ocean Isle but have heard of.  The Rosco jig was nailed, the rod buckled and our guys battled to the surface 2 big mutton snapper.  These fish are very prevalent in south Florida, especially the Keys, but very rare for our waters.  Even more impressive was the size of one of the muttons weighing around 15lbs.  These fish were day savers and brought everyone's mood up.  We made the call to give the trolling another shot as I was convinced the fish would start biting considering the change in conditions we were seeing.

We kept trolling south and the water changed to a cobalt blue, we found several rips, a decent weedline, the flying fish were moving, and the water temps was up to 73 degrees.  It had to happen now.  Sure enough we started getting bites.  For the next hour the bites picked up and we caught barracudas, mahi, and blackfin tuna.  Another first for me was hooking into a nice 20+lb mahi only to have it attacked by sometype of sea monster which left nothing but the first 6 inches of the head on the hook for us.  Crazy. Unfortunately our time was short so we didn't get to do a lot of damage on the pelagics.  The guys wanted one more shot at the jigging so we stopped over a tell tale AJ mark and the crew did battle with a ravenous school of jacks for the next few minutes while we cleaned up the boat. 

It could have been better but also worse.  I was a little disappointed we didn't find a wahoo but I guess you can't catch em all. Once we found the right condition the fishing did pick up.  Like always you can't catch em if you're not where they're at.  The ride in was much better with the diminished swell now behind us.  So, my return to the charter team was great, I got my 2011 OIB fishing season started and I saw a couple things I've never seen before.  Success!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Picking The Correct Prop" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/24/11
 

Have you ever been told you have the wrong prop?  I have.  Ever wondered what prop would make your boat come out of the hole quicker, or make it plain out better or give you more top end speed?  This link will help explain some of the basics of "prop talk".
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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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