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"Reconnected" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/07/10
 

Today I reconnected with an ole' work buddy, Jerry Johnson.  He fishes just up the road and was kind enough to forward these pictures of some of his catches from this summer.  Jerry had never caught a sail until this year when he caught 3.  Kinda gives you the fever doesn't it?  When you get finished shoveling snow come on down!

Couple of reminders...the trip to D.C., and the Rodeo are upcoming!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 02/06/10
 

Brant SAID "It is only going to rain where we were going!!!"
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Fishizzle" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/06/10
 

To jump on Capt. Rickey's info about Rosco jigs, he is right.  These BWC Rosco's are the dealio... In addition, Capt. Brant and I procured some new trolling lures that we are very excited about. These baits are made by Fishizzle lures and we are expecting the shipment very soon.  These lures are loaded with color and sparkle and I for one cant wait to add them to my spread. Stop by the shop and check us out.  We literally have new items arriving daily.  Everyone knows, February is the month to get your gear ready for the season because the wind sure isn't gonna let us out...


- Capt. Steele
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"Strugglin'" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/05/10
 

The weather is keeping everyone in our neck of the woods off the water which makes it very difficult for the OIFC Fishing Reporter.

But, along came Jodie of Blue Water Candy to the rescue.   There's been a lot of talk around the OIFC about how effective the Blue Water Candy Roscoe Jig is.  But when we watched the new DVD Jodie sent a new feel of excitement came over the staff.  I have heard great things about bottom fishing withe the Roscoe Jig, but king mackerel, dolphin and wahoo?  It was in living color on the DVD.  Stop by the OIFC and check it out.  I think you'll get pumped about the Roscoe Jig also.

The Roscoe Jig comes in 2, 4 and 7 oz's and in blue, brown and pink tailed colors.  Combine the Jigs with the OIFC Jig Combos and you are armed and dangerous.  One I have had an eye on is the Custom Offshore Spinning Combo.  It comes with the Shimano Saragosa 1400 spinning reel on a Travala Spinning Rod.  This set up is spooled with 350 yds of Daiwa Boat Braid.  The cool thing about this braid is that it is color coded to have a different color every 10 meters so you'll know how deep you are.  We also have 3 different combos with the the Tyrnos 16 Conventional Reel.  Take advantage of this rotten weather and come shop or just hang out and talk fishin'.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"DC Rally bus ride info" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/04/10
 

I currently have a 3 seats left on the bus- below is the list of everyone I have seats saved for- We will be calling to confirm you seat or you can EMAIL HERE to confirm you are coming:

Rickey Beck, Ron McManus and grandson, John Bearden, Zack Faulkner, Chris Eckert, Brandon Sauls, Rick and Matthew Ryan, Russ Martin, Butch and Barbara Foster, William Parker, Englis Glover and camera man, Grant Pait, Jeff Drake, Cain Faircloth, Richard Croom, Forrest Taylor, Brian Richarde, Dan Barber and family, Mike and Amy Baird, Ronnie Atkinson, Ed and Randy Elliot, Bill Whitesides, Brant and Amy McMullan, Jerry Dilsaver, Rob Barton, Paul Pancake, Dan McManus, Braxton Lewis, Buddy Dennis, Jim Moore, Chris Carbone, Mark Bender, Richard Flick, Jim and Keith Page, Billy Little, Robert Mazur, Bob Taylor, John McGarva

*** SCHEDULE ***

Trip is on Wednesday, February 24th- Bus leaves the OIFC at 4:15am SHARP- plan to be here at 4am.  The drive will take roughly 7 hours with 2 stops on the way to get food and stretch your legs.  The rally begins at noon and is scheduled to end at 3pm.  We should get out by at least 4pm and be back to the OIFC by 11pm, making 2 stops on the way home for food and exercise.  The bus has a bathroom and a DVD player.  Bring your favorite DVD and we'll vote on what to watch.  See you at the OIFC for the trip.

**** I am sure that there will be people who want to go that we will not have seats for.  If you reserve a seat and do not show, it would be a shameful.  **** If you are on the list above and can't go or have made other arrangements, EMAIL ME immediately to let me know.

Thanks to all and continue following the OIFC site for updates on the trip and additional information as I recieve it.  I encourage you to check out the RFA website at www.joinrfa.org for more detailed insight on the rally and process.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fuel Horror Story" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/04/10
 

Today another fuel customer told a story about fuel with ethanol causing expensive repairs to his boat.  In this case he was lucky enough to get by with a $ 900 repair.  We have had reports of double that amount.

There is a fuel additive that is supposed to take care of the ethanol problems.  We had some but at the moment are sold out.  If you have ethanol fuel in you boat I strongly suggest you run it out or treat it ASAP.  Please, only run pure gasoline in you marine motors.  We sell 100 percent gas plus provide the proper tax forms to take your road tax off.  If you don't buy from us make sure that the store you buy fuel from sells100 percent gas.   I don't think N. C. stores are not required to post that their fuel contains ethanol.


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"More fisheries info" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/03/10
 

This comes from a SC fisherman- apparently SC state legislature is fighting back against federal government fisheries rulings- very interesting- worth reading:

H 4497= http://www.scstatehouse.gov/cgi-bin/web_bh10.exe?bill1=4497&session=118

S 1095= http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess118_2009-2010/bills/1095.htm

The Senate version was introduced by Senators Ray Cleary and Ronnie Cromer. The House version by Thad Viers.



As the resolution states, the fishing area closure is clearly not justifiable with SC’s red snapper landings amounting to only 11% of the total red snapper landings in the South Atlantic.

Jobs and the coastal economy are at stake and the resolution is about protecting both. 

My opinion is this rally is more than to just show support for the Flexibility in Building Fishery Resources Act. First, you need to understand the dynamics of whats going on in fishery management. The fishery managers are required to make policy based upon the best available science. That sounds good, until you dig deeper and learn that the science they are relying on for the most part is created by grants provided to various research groups by the Pew Foundation. Dig further and you find the Pew folks are known as somewhat of a radical environmental group. I'm sure they do a lot of good things with their grants, but when fishery management is moving to the radical direction we are seeing with total closures and no fish zones; well you start to put the dots together and you can see whats really going on. Add to that the recent appointment by President Obama of the new head of NOAA, a lady who has spent her entire career doing various fishery research projects, funded by guess who...The Pew Foundation. SO....my view is this rally is the fishermen's Tea Party, a demonstration to the elected folks that hey, we're out here, and we have a different perspective on the issue, and maybe the actions being taken by the fishery managers are a little too radical. See us; hear us; and pay attention to this "silent majority" that is suddenly becoming louder and louder in our world of politics.
Rube McMullan


 


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"DC Rally Feedback" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/02/10
 

Getting lots of reply emails to my recent report and email on the DC Rally- will post some that are relevant and will help to futher the cause.  Thanks for the response.  Still a few seats left- email me at captbrant@oifc.com

***  Great - but a couple of comments. First, for those who can't make it to DC we've set up a web-based petition at http://fs16.formsite.com/FixMagnusonNow/form793561462/ so they can still be heard.
And also, this is a joint recreational and commercial and party/charter fishing effort, and I think that is giving us a huge political boost - the pols don't have to worry about getting caught in the middle. I'm not trying to take anything away from Jim D. and the other guys at the RFA, they're doing a fantastic job, but in future communications, if you can push the "multi-cultural" (not the right word, but I'm sure you know what I mean) aspects of this campaign, I think we'll all be better off for it.
Finally, NJ Congressman Frank Pallone introduce the House version of the Flexibility bill. I try to give both him and Senator Schumer equal billing. To most of us outside the beltway that might seem like a really minor point, but you never can tell.
Anyway, really good job and keep on beating those drums.

*** Hi Guys, Thanks for sending this alert.  I can’t go to DC but I just now joined the RFA.  Quick and easy.  Suggest you send a follow-up email out because I suspect I’m not the only one on your list from a state other than NC/SC.  Here is a link for folks to get contact info for their politicians:

http://conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm
***  Maybe this is quibbling, but the M-S re-authorization requires if a fishery is declared overfished, overfishing has to be stopped within one year and then rebuilt in a proscribed time, usually not to exceed 10 years. And NMFS has taken the approach it has to be as soon as possible. A total closure given the paucity and uncertainty of the data is unconscionable. Seasonable closures, time & area closure during spawning, scaled back quotas/creels would seem to be a better approach.

I am hoping this show of force will force the Sec. of Commerce to reconsider some of these awful options and put some reason back in S/G management.

 


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"DC Rally- What's it about?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/31/10
 

Here is the deal in a short version ---  environmentals are in control of fisheries and the current administration that is in place is listening to them.  I am all for conservation in fisheries, and there is no doubt many species need new rules.  BUT, the problem as if often the human nature case, is the pendelum is swinging too far in one direction.  For years there has not been enough legislation and laws and now they are going absolutely crazy.   You will likely here the word "Magnuson Stevens Act" get thrown around.  I don't know exactly what it is, but in a nut, it says that all fisheries must be brough to "maximum sustainability" in the very near future- think they put a year on it, maybe 10',11', 12'.  Thus, since this is place, fisheries panels as they put it "have no choice" but to shut down entire fisheries completely in order to bring them to "maximum sustainability" immediately.  And therin lies the problem.  There's no middle ground.  Instead of acknowledging that our Red Snapper population off of NC is depleted and shutting it down for 3, 6 or even 9 months, they shut it down completely because "they are forced" by the Magnuson Stevens Act.  So, where we are right now is that the fisheries councils have all ready agreed to shut down ALL bottomfishing from middle Florida to the Frying Pan Shoals-- the rough area covers depths from 80 feet o 150 feet.  That is everything!  No more Grouper, Snapper... AT ALL.  It is complete closures of fisheries that will snowball into further regulation on other species.  Even if you are not a bottom fisherman, if this goes forward, your King Mackerel, Dolphin, Wahoo, Cobia will be next.

So, the RFA (Recreational Fishing Alliance) has got the ball rolling on the Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act of 2009, sponsored by Sen. Charles Schumer.  The concept is that instead of shutting fisheries down to meet deadlines of the Magnuson Stevens, there is some flexibility built in that will still aim at achieving the goals of maximum sustainability, but the goals are to be achieved over several years, allowing fisheries to remain opened- not completely closed.

Thus, RFA has initiated and is organizing a Rally on DC on February 24th whereby all who have a care to save our fishing rights are asked to show up on the steps of the Capitol to show their support for the  Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act of 2009.

The OIFC is sponsoring a bus to carry you to DC to show support.  The bus leaves the OIFC at 4am on 2/24 and will get back late that same night.  The only expense you have is for your meals, as I'm sure we'll make stops along the way.  There are 50 seats on the bus, and the first 50 that commit, will have a seat.  If you prefer to travel by your own means, visit http://www.joinrfa.org/ for information. 

For complete details on what is going on with this issue, and not my abridged version visit http://www.joinrfa.org/ .

WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW?  If you cannot make the DC Rally, you should join the RFA at http://www.joinrfa.org/ .  Next, PRINT THIS FORM and fill out with your information and fax, mail, email it to your elected officials.  For contaction information for your elected official see below:

NC officials:  http://www.ncgov.com/1223,1223,Government_Officials,Government_Officials.html

SC officials:  http://www.scstatehouse.gov/cgi-bin/zipcodesearch.exe

REMEMBER- email me at info@oifc.com if you want to ride the OIFC bus to DC

 

Thank you for your support- the silent majority MUST be heard now or we risk losing our right to fish!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Ice Fishing Anyone?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/30/10
 

Global warming is just bunk!!!  28 degrees with ice in Paradise....weather too rotten to fish?  What's a reporter supposed to write about in order to keep the Fishing Report interesting?  Capt. Jeff B wants us to go to the Stream or at least sea bass fish on Monday.  The high is supposed to be 49, I'll have to think about that!

However I was saved by Darla Gales, (wife of, and mother of the future baby Roger/Darla Gales) when she put some beautiful pictures of their 2009 bluefin trip on Facebook.  I lifted them for the Report..I don't think they will mind.  Check them out.

Also, the store will open around 9 am Sunday due to the ice.  I'm running an unauthorized sale.  Buy one item and I'll sell you the 2nd item.  Drop by for a visit!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Flat and Slow" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/28/10
 

The ocean was flat as a table top today..but as usual it's flat during the week, then goes down the tubes for the weekend.  Just talked with Captain Roger who said a couple of friends of his went out today sea bass fishing and he will let me know if they did anything.  By the way, right now the only legal bottom fish are sea bass and grunts.  Thanks Captain Roger and Captain Jeff Williamson for reminding me to pass that info along. 

In shore, the water temp Sunday was 49 degrees.  Enough  said.

I just talked with Dan Ratley of theQ uick Draw.  Dan stated that he and friends fished the 100/400, Blackjack and the Steeples areas today.  Dan said the water was 68-70 degrees.  Dan caught several blackfin tuna, which he said was "wahoo candy".  He had 1 cutoff which he feels sure was a wahoo.  The seas started kicking up so he headed home.

Captain Chris Dawson of The Miss Janelle Fishing Team also reported on today's fishing.  Chris,  Brad High and Jeff Stocks fished in 80-90 feet of water in the area of the Atlantic Ledge.  Chris said they fished a couple of hours and limited out on sea bass, catching around 200.  Chris sent some pictures which I will attempt to upload.

Thanks to Dan and Capt Chris for their information.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"DC Rally" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/27/10
 

I have been getting quite a bit of interest from fishermen who want to know more about the DC trip.  The plan is to leave the OIFC at 4am on Weds, Feb 24th and drive to DC on a 50 passenger coach bus.  Visit the rally and show support, add our 2 cents where needed.  We then leave around 3pm and should be back late PM, same day.  The OIFC is sponsoring the bus ride, the first 50 who commit will be at no cost.  The bus will make stops for meals, which are your only financial responsibility.  Currently I have 10 committed and there are more on the way- first come, first serve.  If you want to commit, EMAIL at captbrant@oifc.com  me with your name and phone # and I will put you on the list.

Also, I am working on getting a letter drafted that we can all send to our elected officials.  Stand by for that.


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"Blackfin" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/26/10
 

While everyone was winding down on bluefin "huntin'" from Morehead City to OIB,  on Jan. 17th Senter Currin, Bill Currin, Butch Gardner, Carstin Fischer, Rocco Nosi, and Mark Poff headed up the coast for some blackfin tuna fishing.  The group went to 200-250 ft of water and jigged for blackfin. You can see the results  in the pictures which were provided by Senter.

This trip brought Mark to the OIFC to check out our Jigging Combos and Jigs .

Our thanks to Senter for his photos and information.  We had a little problem uploading pictures but finally got it worked out.  


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"Get Over It" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/24/10
 

Wow...it's time for us to get over a disappointing bluefin season. Disappointing doesn't describe it!  A lot of people were like me..all geared up and nothing to catch.  Can you believe that last year this time about a dozen bluefin tuna were weighed in at the OIFC with the biggest one being 88 inches.  This year the winds kept us in shore and the cold really afected the bite.

Now it's time to look ahead.  Inshore the red drum bite ought to be on at the jetties.  Shrimp under a popping cork have proved productive in the past.  The OIFC is getting in new supplies everyday.  In fact we have a stack of boxes on the floor now.  One of the most productive artificials has been the Berkley Gulp Nuclear Chicken Shrimp.We've got a rack full, but generally sell out pretty quick.  Something I'm pretty excited about is DOA is now packaging their shrimp in 3 packs and it is a little more economical.

Off shore, it's time for the sea bass to start moving in closer, to just off the beaches.  The Lucanus Jig really proved itself as THE artificial last year.  As we've seen the wahoo bite is on.  Productive areas have been the Blackjack and the Steeples.  Most fishermen are finding them in @ 68-69 degree water.  Tuesday was the most productive day so far.  In a couple of weeks some billfish ought to be making their presence known.  Baits that have proved themselves in the past are Bomber Plugs and Blue Water Candy Jags and Mini Jags.  A brand you don't want to forget is Black Bart.  These lures have proven themselves worldwide.  Jeff caught his first blue marlin 15 minutes after putting out a Black Bart last year.

Now is the time to look ahead and start getting your tackle together.  We're now stocking the shelves for the late winter and spring bite.  With Valentines Day just around the corner don't you think your significant other would just love to get a box full of jigs and skirts?  Candy is always popular at Valentines...does Blue Water Candy count? Maybe not.


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"Terrific Tuesday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/22/10
 

This past Tuesday was most definitely a day of action.  Yesterday the OIFC did a report on the Getting Jiggy's trip and now we've got a report and pictures from a couple of the boats who were at the Blackjack, or at least in the area.

First there was the "Big Whiskey", a 22 ft single motored boat captained by Chris Campbell along with buddies Austin Eargle and Adam Witt.  This was Adam's 1st offshore trip so Chris was determined to put him on some fish.  They left the Ocean Isle Marina around 4:45 am and picked their way through the Shallotte Inlet, which had to be an adventure in itself.  About 45 miles out they saw signs of what Chris felt may be bluefin.  But as he was not equipped they continued to the Blackjack area.

Chris ran across a group of boats working the 100/400 area.  The water temp was 68-69 degrees.  He started working there and made his way towards the Blackjack.  Their 1st strike was about 9 am when a wahoo short struck on a ballyhoo with a black and purple skirt..  Not wanting to suffer another short strike Chris rigged a double hooked ballyhoo, put it with a red and black skirt, dropped it about 50 ft in a area where he'd marked action earlier, and let the good times roll.  Within 2 minutes the down rigger popped and the reel began screaming!  Adam took the rod and after a 20-30 battle, the big wahoo was close enough to the boat to be gaffed.  The fish darted under the boat, Chris took a chance and struck with the gaff without a good view of the 'hoo.  Luckily he was dead on.  They boated the fish which wouldn't fit in his fish box, so they iced it on the deck and headed home..   Great fish, great story and thanks Chris.

Also below is a picture of  Joey Crisp, of "Team McKee Craft" and his 44 lb wahoo.  This was Joey's 1st wahoo, and it too was caught at the Blackjack on Tuesday.


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"Shallotte inlet coordinates" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/21/10
 

Here are the updated coordinates.  I have them listed as if you were going out of the inlet.  Pretty much a striaght 150 degree shot.  Again, we accept no liablity and these coordinates are to be used for reference, not as a sole means of navigation.

33 54 430 / 78 23 045
33 54 361 / 78 22 988
33 54 172 / 78 22 813
33 54 044 / 78 22 730
33 53 894 / 78 22 601
33 53 730 / 78 22 516

PS -- to heck with this cold and rain.  As Buffet said, "I've got to go where it's warm."  Taking the family on a little vacation to the Bahamas.  Will look to come back refreshed and hopefully with a tan.  Stay tuned for fishing reports from OIFC faithful Rickey, Steele and crew as they man the fortress.


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"Birthday Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/21/10
 

Tuesday was Keith Gurganus' 46th or 56th birthday, depending on who's telling it.  This time the reporter is Robbie Dial....yes, Robbie, I just threw you under the bus.

Robbie, Keith, the birthday boy, Jim (?), there I go again Robbie, joined David Braswell aboard his "Getting Jiggy" Yellowfin for a great day of wahoo fishing.  Robbie said the water was glass slick and the bite was red hot.  They went 3 for 4 with their fish weighing in the 60, 50 and 30 lb range.  There were several boats fishing with them and many were having multiple hook ups.

If the weather cooperates it ought to be game on!  Thanks for the report Robbie, and good luck with your fishing buddies.  I am getting in more reports of wahoo hook ups so stay tuned to the fishing report.


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"Shallotte inlet remarked" | OIFC 1- 36' | 01/21/10
 

As most of you know who traverse Shallotte inlet, she is not in good shape.  Currently you are looking at 3' on moon tide, 4' on regular tide at dead low- worst point.  I am constantly through the inlet and where we used to have a "cut" to get a bit deeper water, we now have none- just a wide open bar that raises to a peak just before dropping off.  The maintaining of the inlet is a whole nother ball of wax for which I/OIFC is working on- stand by.  Currently, the best we can do is to help the NC Wildlife to keep buoys in the inlet to mark the "best" path through.  Yesterday I spent a couple of hours with them in the inlet moving buoys and setting the new path.  Turns out a 33 World Cat makes for an excellent buoy tender.  So, if you go through Shallotte inlet at this moment, know it is marked correctly.  I will keep an eye on it  and try to keep the buoys in the right places.  Now if we can just get some water in there.
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