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
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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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!
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 Reps on the Consumer and Job Development Committee are:
Mark your calendar for May 14th. More details to follow.
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.
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.
For those who are concerned about the massive kill of striped bass that happened not long ago and the number of red drum taken by nets in shore, this link ought to be of interest and worth a read.
For those who like to fish for and eat spanish mackerel, our Captains fishing very short trips have been getting into the spanish and blues as recent as today.
On another note...if you need your cleaning knives sharpened call Jimmy Watson at 910-754-6773. He'll suprise you with how quickly he can have them done, the low cost and the quality of his work. I have seen split a hair with a knife he sharpened...for real!
Myself and Capt. Chris Dew(aka OC) had the privilage of taking a great group of guys offshore fishing yesterday as a culmination of our first Vertical Jigging School. Accompany me were Jim Almond, Ben Rucker, Kendal Hendrick and Kevin Walter. We spent Saturday evening going over some of the details of vertical jigging including knots, leaders, tackle and technique. We met at the "liars lounge" here at the OIFC so we were exposed to the tremendous wind accompaning the storms that came through Saturday afternoon. The number one thing on everyones mind was, are we going to be able to go, including myself... We ajurned the class at around 8 with a plan to tentatively leave around 8am the next morning. When I went to bed around 11pm, it was still blowing 35kts and the seas were 11 ft every 6 seconds at the tower. I assumed there was no way it was going to lay down in time, boy was I wrong. When I arrived at the OIFC in the morning, the seas were falling almost exponentially. We made the decision to go. Seas offshore still had some roll to them but were VERY comfortable all day. We fished Gene's ledge first and didn't have much action so it was on to the Steeples. When we got to the steeples, we found great bottom fishing but the tuna were attempting to elude us. Finally, while Ben was working the Roscoe jig up from the depths using perfect High Speed Jigging technique, his line came tight with a nice Blackfin. There were cheers all around with thoughts of Sushi on the dinner table. We caught a variety of fish, including, Amberjacks, Grouper, Tuna, Bonita and even Lizard fish... Go Figure. On the ride home at 30kts, the whole group was sound asleep. Everyone agreed that it was a very fun trip and they learned a lot of valuable information. Capt. Rickey is going to post pics from the trip asap. We have another school scheduled for the first of may. 2 spots left. Call 910.575.3474 to book your spot.
If you are looking for something fun and fulfilling to do, take a child fishing. My son, Capt. Jeff Beck, his wife Courtney and I took their daughter Camdyn fishing today. Thanks to Capt. Brandon Sauls we went to the super secret "Sydney and Sloan Spot" flounder fishing. In fact we were soon joined by Brandon, Whitney and the twins. There were a couple of guys just inside the creek mouth where we wanted to be, catching red drum. No problem though, as Camdyn cast an OIFC Super Premium Mud Minnow with her pink Zebco on a pink and black Shakespear 6 1/2' pole and caught our 1st fish of 2011!!! It was an undersized flounder, but she got the skunk out of the "OIFC Talechaser" Polar, and it showed that the flounder are around..
We only had a couple of hours to play because Camdyn had a horseback riding lesson. But what a great way to spend a beautiful Sunday in Paradise. Ya'll come join us, and bring a child. We might even tell you where Sydney and Sloan's Secrete Spot is.
Capt. Steele and Capt. Chris Dew just broke the inlet. Capt. Chris Dew(a.k.a Old Law) called in on the radio to report all bouys have been removed by the storm yesterday. Capt. Brant has contacted wildlife and they are working on getting them placed back in the right place. We will continue to keep everyone posted on the situation.
Jigging school is in!!!! I can smell the Ben Gay already!
Come rain or high wind the OIFC's Jigging School presented by Captain Steele went on! The "classroom" portion was today and the plan for tomorrow is for Captain Steele to take the class to a break and test their knowledge. There is a 2nd school in the offering April 30th and May 1st. Call the OIFC and reserve your spot!.
Pictured is the class consisting of Captain Steele Park, participants Jim Almond, Kevin Walter, Ben Rucker, and Kendall Hendrick.