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"Happenings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/24/11
 

Things are kinda slow around the southern end of Brunswick County.  It's just been too cold to get outside and do much and with the wind, too windy to get off shore.  Even if you could there's not much action.  In shore, the trout are closed down and a few red drum are being caught.

The real action is in the Division of Marine Fisheries meeting today.  They are talking about catch limits on several species of fish.  Hopefully we'll have an update on what went on.  On the home front, work continues on the Ocean Isle boat ramp.  Below are a few pictures I took yesterday.

I don't know about ya'll, be we are ready for some warm weather and a completed boat ramp!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Galapagos Here We Come!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/22/11
 

You have to love it when a plan comes together.  As I sit here pecking on my computer in Ocean Isle Beach, I'm watching a mixture of snow and ice fall outside my window.  It's been a brutal winter to say the least around here and for most of the country.  While the cold temperatures, windy conditions and overall crappy weather has been miserable, it sure is making our escape to the lower latitudes that more gratifying.  For those who follow these reports and are unable to join us on this trip I am truly sorry for the pain I will likely cause with my web reports over the next couple weeks.  In exactly one week from tomorrow, myself and a team of 15 fishermen and fisherwomen with some connection to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center family will be headed off to the wild blue yonder bound for the next frontier of big game fishing.  At the very least I think most of us will be satisfied if we find some warmer temperatures! 

This report is meant to be a "pre-game" countdown to get the fishing report followers up to date on the Galapagos adventure.  Like I have done in the past with our Traveling Fishermen excursions, I will be putting together a day by day account of the trip complete with a detailed report and pictures.  It is my understanding that while the Galapagos may be at the end of the earth, I will have Internet access so I hope to give a daily update with our findings. 

Members of our team will begin departing for South America this coming Friday and everyone will be in the capital city of Ecuador, Guayaquill by Sunday evening January 30th.  The following morning we will board a commuter plane for a 600 mile journey to the small island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos.  Over the next 5 days we will snorkel, scuba dive, big game fish, and explore the most pristine and natural environment left in the world before returning to Guayaquill and then back to the US on Sunday February 6th.  I know I can speak for the group and say we are all extraordinarly excited to get this show on the road and all have very high expectations for a monumentous expedition.  For this trip we are armed with our most advance array of media capabilities so we plan to share as much as we can of our experience with the audience.

At this time I am going to introduce our team of Traveling Fishermen that will be starring in the fishing reports over the next couple weeks as we explore the world of the Galapagos Islands.  Hopefully a little character familiarity will help the audience follow the stories.

  • Captain Barrett McMullan:  Adventure organizer, residential and commercial property manager, tournament fishing enthusiasts, Ocean Isle Fishing Center consultant; boat 31' Yellowfin- "OIFC", homeport Ocean Isle Beach
  • Captain Brant McMullan:  Charter boat Captain, Tournament fisherman and organizer, Ocean Isle Fishing Center General Manager, father of two; boats 32' Yellowfin-"Team OIFC", 33 World Cats x 2-"World Cat, Carolina Cat", homeport Ocean Isle Beach
  • Captain Amy McMullan:  Tournament fishermen, world record holder, Ocean Isle Fishing Center manager, mother of two; homeport Ocean Isle Beach
  • Rube McMullan:  Retired real estate entrepeneur, "Grandpa Rube", Tournament fisherman, Ocean Isle Fishing Center visionary; boat 27' Contender- "Whipper Snapper Whooper", home port Ocean Isle Beach
  • Brian Allen:  Tournament fisherman, President Precision Dry Wall, father of two; boats 36 Yellowfin-"Wall Hanger" and 33 Hydra Sport (for sale), home ports Little River and Morehead City
  • Stacy Allen:  Tournament fisherman, Premier Jewelry, mother of two; home ports Little River and Morehead City
  • Tom Bordeaux:  Offshore fishing enthusiast, Bordeaux Contruction General Contractor; boat 25' Contender-?, home port Ocean Isle Beach
  • Blair Bordeaux:  Offshore fishing enthusiast, surfing legend, Bordeaux Contruction, lead spanish interpreter; home port Ocean Isle Beach
  • Bryan Freeman:  Offshore fishing enthusiast, Costa Rica tarpon fishing expert, Dentist by trade; homeports Oregon Inlet, Morehead City, Ocean Isle Beach
  • Brian Robbins:  Offshore fishing enthusiast, concrete contractor; boat 29' Wellcraft-"Caught Ya Lookin'", homeport Ocean Isle Beach
  • Rick Blase':  Offshore fishing enthusiast, legendary hunter and outdoorsman, doctor by trade, travels fishing and hunting the world
  • Steve Austin:  Offshore fishing enthusiast, dentist by trade; homeport Ocean Isle Beach
  • Ken Hill:  Offshore fishing enthusiast, manufacturer, trucking business, grandpa; boat 21' Carolina Skiff-?, homeport Ocean Isle Beach
  • Kennan Hill:  Offshore fishing enthusiast, "Professional Tackle Tester", Trucking business, father of 2; boat 26' Regulator-"Truckin'", homeport Ocean Isle Beach
  • Benji Faulkner:  Offshore fishing enthusiast, Faulkner Flooring, father of 2; boat 36' Contender-"Get Floored", homeport Ocean Isle Beach
  • Andy Erbacher:  Offshore fishing enthusiast (primarliy in the gulf), AJ's Restaurant Owner in Atlanta, father of 1

There you have it, a hodpodge of fishermen and fisherwomen with different background but a commonality of a love for fishing set to strike out on adventure.  Expect reports to begin a week from tomorrow assuming technology allows. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"NFM Meeting" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/22/11
 

There is a lot happening with the National Marine Fisheries Division meet in New Bern.  This link has to do with Blufin Tuna.  Monday, the NMF will take up bag limits on wahoo and other species.  Capt. Chris Burrows  isl attending that meeting and provide an update.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""More sore lips"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/21/11
 

Pictures? Dead batteries! Wind blowing...but the tide is right. Sun is shining and pretty warm for Jan. I decided to give it a try for a few hours today. The redfish have continued to hang around in the canals and way back in the shallow creeks. Fished right in front of the OIFC where a few fish have been hanging out, couldn't find them there today. Moved into the back of a shallow creek and located some nice fish. The bait of choice has been a 3" Gulp smelt pogy rigged onto a 1/8oz. flat jighead. Letting the current drag it over rough bottom and slow bouncing has done the trick the last few times out. Caught 4 fish in the mid slot and broke a 30" bruiser off after a 10 minute fight on 6lb test. WIth that said, get out of the snow and go fishing with us. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"New OIFC Youtube Channel" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/19/11
 

We have set up a new OIFC channel on Youtube.  This channel will show all OIFC videos from the past and many new ones to come in the future.  We are geared up with new camera equipment and plans to be able to update this channel very regularly. 

Subscribe to the channel by clicking this link http://www.youtube.com/user/oifc1?feature=mhum .  Once you subscribe, you will automatically be notified of new videos so you can keep up with our exploits.

Also, a few months ago we purged our mass email list which we use to email fishing reports, sales and other OIFC happenings.  If you have not been getting these emails, please resubscribe by clicking this link - http://www.oifc.com/join_email.cfm

We are working to get the store set up and cleaned and restocked for 2011.  Also the travelling fisherman trip is coming up soon, and we are looking forward to that. 

Also, I have scheduled the annual Spring Kickoff for Saturday, March 26th.  This is a great forum to sell your used tackle, attend FREE seminars hosted by OIFC staff and guests, line spooling CHEAP and this year- BIG TACKLE SAVINGS on clearance items from the OIFC. 

Work hard now.  It won't be long before we all will get to play harder.  Stay tuned.

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""Heat Wave"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/19/11
 

After several days of traveling, being locked up in the shop, and just plan dodging cold temperatures we get a beautiful day. Temperatures were in the upper 50's today and made for an excellent day to look for some surviving fish. Lots of gloom and doom out their being reported about all our fish dying. This is nature's vicious cycle of life! We had three opportunities to land a nice redfish today. The first fish on was close to 30 inches, but put a nice roll on me right at the boat. The second fish came straight to the boat before realizing he was hooked, then went deep and shook the hook. The third fish was a charm...Jake (a.k.a net man) grabbed the net while I (a.k.a Daddy) tangled with the beast. We successfully landed our third redfish bite of the day together in fashion. Seen in the picture below is my son Jake, myself, and what Jake calls the beast (24" redfish). See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Birth Announcement" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/19/11
 

Congratulation to Becky and Nesbitt Noble on the birth of their son Collin Nesbitt Noble, known already as Little Nez.  Fish watch out!!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More on the Striper Kill at Oregon Inlet" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/19/11
 

Just got a call from one of the folks on the trip that we reported on.  He wanted us to mention that they had caught just 3 fish prior to witnessing this going on.  Once they saw what was happening, they were too disgusted and quit fishing.  The remainder of their limit was taken from the dead fish floating as they didn't see the point in killing additional fish.  
- Capt. Steele
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"Striped Bass" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/18/11
 

Amber Simmons, Daniel Simmons, Brian Freeman and some others trekked to the Oregon Inlet for some striped bass fishing.  The recreational limit is 2 fish person, while the commercial limit was 100 per boat for this weekend.  Amber and crew were shocked at the way trawlers, pulling nets, cut right through the sport fishers.  The trawlers were catching and culling fish by the 100's.  Any fish under 40# was thrown overboard either dead or dying..they said the trawlers were decimating the striped bass population.

Daniel sent a YouTube link to back up what he was saying.  Also if you look closely at the 1st picture you'll see a trawler pulling right through the center condoles. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Making You Aware...." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/17/11
 

Please check out this link as the proposals affect most all the east coast.  I've been hearing rumblings about these proposals, but was unable to find something understandable until now.  Stay tuned..more as we get it.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Trout Kill" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/17/11
 

Look at this YouTube video Capt. Brandon Sauls published.  It will give you something to think about.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fishing Products Show" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/14/11
 

Captains Brant, Steele, Jacob and I attended the Henry's Outdoors Products Show in Raleigh, N.C.  There are several new products on the market and the OIFC will be one of "the 1st on the block" to have them.

****The OIB boat ramp is completely close...signs blocking the ramp.  We'll keep you informed.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIB Boat Ramp Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/13/11
 

I was just advised the OIB Boat Ramp is closed.  The ramp is blocked with signs.  The company has 60 days from 1-3-11 to complete their work..I will post more as I get it.

Several of us will be in Raleigh at a fishing products show Friday 1-14-11.  The OIFC will be open as usual.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"News Release From NCDMF" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/12/11
 

I received a heads up call from Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC)Please read today's news release  regarding the spotted seatrout, also known as the speckled trout, from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"FaceBook" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/12/11
 

Not on FaceBook ? You may want to join.  The Ocean Isle Fishing Center has a page.  Also this Saturday there will be a live Q&A sponsored by Sta-bil on the effects of Ethanol on your fuel system.  We carry Sta-bil products at the OIFC if you need them.

Also, the staff of the OIFC will be attending a fishing products show this Friday.. We hope to bring back some exciting new products.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Trout" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/11/11
 

Here is an interesting article about speckled trout by Jeffrey Meeks as it appears in the Charlotte Examiner
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Test" | Real-Time Update | 01/11/11
 

Test Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T
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"Ice And Other Stuff" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/11/11
 

There is absolutely nothing to report on except ICE.  That says it all!  Brant and Steele have been busy rearranging the tackle area of the OIFC,  I've been working on finalizing Rodeo stuff and getting the fuel reports (for gas tax) ready to be mailed out. 

I gave Jeff and myself a Dubro Wire Twist Tool which makes twisting haywire twists quick, easy and perfect.  You can special order one through the OIFC.  Jeff has tied enough rigs to last us most of the season.

Below are a couple of pictures I took Sunday of progress at the OIB boat ramp parking lot.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Rodeo Trophies" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/09/11
 

The following anglers can pick up their Fishing Rodeo Trophy(s) at the OIFC.  Take this opportunity to sign up for the 2011 Rodeo, or call, drop by or sign up at the Spring Sale in March. Congrtulations to the winners!  I hope everyone enjoyed the Rodeo and likes the trophies!

Neil Loman

Chris Dawson

Clay Morphes

Jeff Wallen

Tommy Helms

Kyle Hughes

Benjy Faulkner

Kennon Hill

Brad Stevens

The prize money should be mailed out this week.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"EPIRB" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/08/11
 

An EPIRB payed off last night.  Remember the SKA will be requiring them soon.  Jeff and I bought ours at the GPS Store.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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