I just finished updating the Rodeo standings. I THINK I've got it right. If I've made a mistake, let me know. I'll be updating it prior to it's end...
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Page 255 of 419
It is with great regret that I report that 17 year old Cy Garber, son to Ned and Caroline Garber of Ocean Isle has tragically passed away in a car accident. The Garber family is also kin to the Newell's, another Ocean Isle family; both fishing families. We are so sorry for the loss. Please keep the Garber and Newell family and all those close to Cy in your thoughts and prayers.
Below is the obituary taken from the Fayetteville Observer:
FAYETTEVILLE - Edgar Clyde "Cy" Garber IV passed away Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, evidencing that God's will surpasses our spiritual understanding and trumps our earthly wishes, as Cy received the call to return to the realm of our Lord.
In the wake of his departure, untold grief befalls the family and friends of this zestful and amicable young fellow, who wrenched the very marrow from the bones of his short life here on earth.
Cy was a lifelong member of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church. Yet it was beside the quiet, and not so quiet, waters and woods that Cy most intimately communed with our Lord. Cy was a senior at Terry Sanford High School. He attended dutifully, though sometimes wistfully. For while his body sat in its pew or at its desk, his spirit directed his eyes most frequently toward the windows of the room. It was out there that he longed always to be.
As a result of his passing, many a straight Harrells pine will never be climbed; many a still Carolina water will remain undisturbed by bow of boat or fin of ski; many a swampy bulrush will go untrodden by his boots; many a stainless hook will fail to taste the salt of the ocean; many a swollen wave will break un-surfed; many a dirt path will remain untracked; many a hand will go ungrasped; many a neck will remain unhugged; many a lady's lip will fail to part in the smile he would have brought to it; and many a man's head will remain unshook to the otherwise gently chuckled whispery phrase of "that daggum Cy Garber ..."
Cy was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Billy Niles and Lela Harrell of Harrells.
Cy leaves behind an emotionally broken but spiritually confident family. The greatest loss is felt by his father, mother, and sister, they being Edgar "Ned" C. Garber III and Caroline Harrell Garber, both of the home, and Molly Caroline Garber of Fayetteville. Also surviving Cy are his paternal grandfather and grandmother, Dr. and Mrs. Edgar Clyde Garber Jr. of Fayetteville; his aunts and uncles, Bob and Liz Newell of Winston-Salem, Niles and Linda Harrell of Cary, Amy Byrd of Fayetteville and Lee and Sharon Garber of Raeford; his cousins, Will and Lela Newell of Winston-Salem, Lizzie Harrell of Cary, and Ross and Anna Byrd of Fayetteville.
In that we, by faith, are sure of Cy's place with God today, we pray as one for your comfort, Lord, and that our days of grief may one day be replaced by a sense of celebration for our time spent with Cy and in acknowledgement of the assuredness of our one day being reunited with him and with You.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Cook and the Rev. Tim Register officiating. Interment will follow at Harrells Town Cemetery in Harrells.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday in the church gathering hall, prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Siloam Baptist Church, 833 Tomahawk Highway, Harrells, NC 28444.
Arrangements made by Rogers and Breece Funeral Home of Fayetteville
Rickey reported an all OIFC staff Wahoo trip that took place last Monday. I finally got around to downloading one of the pictures. After morning storms and wind, the skies opened up and a nice afternoon of fishing was had by all. Thanks to friend Dan Ratley who invited us all aboard his boat Quick Draw for the day of fishing.
For the record, Anita's Wahoo weighed 62 pounds and Jacob's 61, so Anita is officially holding the crown for big fish of the year right now. I'm sure more to follow.
Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) was chartered by Bruce Christison and his son Matt this weekend. Mat is a junior at Charleston College majoring in marine biology. As you can tell in the pictures they weathered the wind and cold and caught some nice fish at the old (thank goodness) Sunset Bridge.
Meanwhile, Brandon Sauls, aboard his new Triton took the lead in the OIFC Rodeo with an unbelievable 9 lb. trout. Brandon and his trout are in the next to the last picture. The last picture is Brandon's partner, witness and accomplished fisherman in his own right, Clay Morphis, Sr. Clay caught a 7.2 lb trout himself. On any other day, that fish would have won Capt. Kyle's Tournament.
It will take some getting used to not seeing Brandon in the Bone boat with his sunvisor on upside down and backwards. That boat would make someone a nice ride, and it knows how to catch fish!
Meanwhile, the off shore guys were hanging around the OIFC or coffee shops talking about the upcoming blue fin season. Also, as a side note, Capt. Rube and Capt. Chris Eckert were cleaning some big ol' Mahi on the OIFC dock. The word is they came from an undisclosed location far out in the Gulf Stream. Add that to the recent wahoo bite and the prospect of landing a big money blue fin and a lot of people are "chomping at the bit" to wet a hook.
Sorry to say that there really isn't much to report from the offshore scene this past weekend. The weather didn't let up enough for anyone to get offshore to get back after the Wahoo, Kings and Grouper. No doubt they are still out there, but we just need Mother Nature to help us out. Right now the weather looks to blow most of the week, but maybe we'll get a window by next weekend. Stay tuned. On the inshore side, you can see from Capt. Kyle's tournament that the trout fishing is not lacking.
For those who were at OIB this weekend, hope you enjoyed the flotilla-- a dozen or more boats were dressed to the T with lights and decorations and made for a great parade on Saturday evening. The flotilla has become very popular over the past few years as hundreds if not thousands come out to watch. The OIFC is a great place to watch and we certainly welcome our customers to watch the flotilla in coming years from the OIFC. Better yet, next year, join in and decorate your boat.
The cold weather has got me thinking more toward Bluefin now. I'm getting rigs ready and making sure that the boats are ready with correct permitting and such. A good trip to plan is Bluefin Tuna fishing in the AM until 11am or so and then run off another 30 or so miles to fish for Wahoo until 3pm or so and then head home. I'm going to start planning my coming trips along these lines. Stay tuned to our reports and the weather and then come join us, either on your boat or ours.
Darren Cranfield just stopped by to weigh this nice 4.8lb Trout that he caught on Artificials first thing this morning. Great Job Darren.
"Team McKee Craft" made up of Jeff Reid,Matt Watson and Joey Crisp headed east of the shoals on some numbers provided by John McWhite of ProFinder Charts.We are a dealer for the charts and chips..check our web store. They were on a great bottom about 37 miles out a few miles east of the Tower and in about 100-120 ft. of 74 degree water.They kept their limit of grouper, caught many kings, released several red group just below minimum size, caught trigger fish and various other bottom dwellers.
Of great interest to many of us is they saw a blue fin tuna and some whales. The sky was also thick with "tuna birds". The picture below of the ocean was one they tried to take of the tuna, the whales, and the grease slick they made. But it didn't show up. Hopefully they will be off Brunswick County soon!
OIFC charter Captain Jeff Williamson had a great day fishing inshore with a family who were in the area visiting their son before he deployed to Iraq.
The primo bait is live shrimp. There are some stores in the area selling the for $6.50 a dozen. They are tough to find in the waterway. Second to them would be to float an artificial such as a Berkly Gulp under a cork.
It has been fun reporting on the fishing this past week. Being able to share reports and especially pictures makes doing the Fishing Report very fulfilling. But I'm afraid if the weather prediction is correct my computer will fall silent for the next few days. But that doesn't mean ya'll should take a break also.
Reading this week's reports there is a common thread...bluefin tuna! Barrett's latest report ties it all together. Now we need to make use of our down time and test our equipment, make up rigs and buy bait before it all gets gone. Our shipment of jumbo ballyhoo has just arrived, it looks great and I've already sold a case myself. Steele is stocking our shelves with high quality supplies. I just talked with Captain Brant and he is going to teach his bluefin seminars again this year. We had a great turnout for them last year and Brant provided a lot of important, valuable information. He'll post his schedule soon.
Everyone have a happy and safe holiday...don't forget the Captain's Points Sale.