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
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The prize money should be mailed out this week.
The boat ramp itself is still open. The parking lot is closed while it is expanded. The good news is the private parking area as you turn in the service road to the boat ramp is open. The manager said users of the boat ramp may park there for a "small donation". There is a donation box at the front of the parking lot.
We've started our work resetting the store, buying new product and getting things in order. In between occasionally breaking away for a Sea Bass, Bluefin, King Mackerel trip.
As part of 2011 preparations we are now taking job applications for the Spring and Summer season. If you have interest in joing the OIFC team for the 2011 season, please email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a job application. The OIFC is looking for a few good men/women. Come join us!
The Sea Bass are thick as fleas once you get past 90 feet of water. Inside of that are alot of Sharks. The King bite was good southwest of the Tower in 100 feet a couple of days ago. Look for 66+ degree water and bait. The Bluefin are always a wild card. They have not been caught, but you never know what you will see if you are out. Take a couple of Bluefin worthy outfits on any offshore trip just in case you see the "Bluefin buring bush". Stay tuned