Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Barrett McMullan. The couple said their vows at the Frank H. Kenan Chapel in Landfall Saturday evening!! The wedding ceremony was beautiful. All in the OIFC family wish them well and send our love.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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As Steele reported, Captain Brant has been pleasantly surprised at the turnout for the OIFC Bluefin Seminars. There were around 30 people at the Seminar today and the Coast Guard inspected 4 or 5 boats. The inspection is a great thing to have in the event you're stopped. It's our understanding that if you have the sticker the Coast Guard will not re-inspect the boat. You may call the USCG and arrange for an appointment to have your boat checked if you didn't bring it today.
Below are a couple of pictures I took today. The 1st is of an inspection.
Enough with the wind!! Someone with connections has got to put in a humble request to put an end to this! Right now it's blowing 21-23 at the tower and 14-17 three miles out and Saturday isn't looking too good either. The good thing is that it's cooling down and the bluefin fishing is drawing even closer!
Captain Brant also has reminded the Staff that a lot of people who blue fin tuna fish have their commercial license. If you do, tell the clerk, who can do a little paperwork and get you savings by keying in your tax exempt status. Be sure to bring your commercial license, as we'll have to make a copy.
A couple of reminders...the bluefin seminar continues Saturday with the Coast Guard boat inspection included, the Captain's Club program is still ongoing, as is the Rodeo.
Congratulations to Mr. Benjy Faulkner, and his son Captain Zach, a charter captain for Captain Brant's Fishing Adventures, on their purchase of a twin 350 hp Yamaha powered 36 ft Contender. The boat is named "Get Floor'd". It was a proud member of the OIFC charter fleet. The "Get Floor'd" was one of the best buys of any boat in the region. She's been worked over and is like new.
Most important, this boat knows how to catch fish. So does Captain Zach. They will certainly be a force in our area. The entire OIFC family is extremely happy for The Faulkners and happy to keep the "Get in the family".
That's right..Captain Brant has confirmed 6 bluefin have been brought to the Morehead City docks today! Some fishermen will get anxious and head that way.....But wait! Hold your horses!! They'll be here soon!!
It was about this time last year when the monster fish started invading the Brunswick County shores. Knowing this, several captains have been upgrading their gear to meet legal requirements. They've been checking their harnesses, rods, reels and line as well as tying rigs. I know because that's exactly what we've been doing.
I've attended 2 of Captain Bant's seminars and learned something new at each one. The most important thing I have realized, is that this old reporter had better be ready. This fishing is exciting and involves a certain amount of risk, which adds to the excitement.
I strongly encourage all to attend the Bluefin Seminar and Coast Guard Safety Check at the OIFC Saturday. We not only have the risk of fighting a 500 lb missile in 60 degree water, but we have three layers of law enforcement to get through...NOAA, USCG, and Marine Fisheries... this seminar is a chance to make sure your equipment is right and to ask the Coast Guard any questions you may have. The rules are endless, complicated and expensive if violated, especially if you intend to sell your fish.
Hope to see you Saturday if not on the water!
Brandon Sauls (Bone Crusher) fried up some of the many trout he caught this weekend and didn't invite any of us..bummer! Brandon was fishing the Lockwoods Folly/Oak Island vacinity and was using live shrimp.
Captain Steele Park (OIFC) was fished the same area while waiting for Zoe's arrival. He landed some nice trout. Is that a flounder hiding in his cooler? He failed to mention that. That shows they are still around.
Captain Kyle (Speckulator/OIFC) had a charter Sunday and he brought some trout to the OIFC dock.
If you are waiting for the winds to settle down, the bluefin to get here and have an inshore boat, now is the time to trout fish. You don't have to have live shrimp to be successful, but it would help. The next best thing would DOA Shrimp or Berkley Gulp under a cork. We have both at the OIFC. While there check out some clothes and decor (I hated to use that sissy word), that Mrs. Anita has out and use your Captains Club points. If you're not in the club, sign up and receive some bonus points.
Don't forget the Year Around Rodeo. It's not over. I'll be tallying up the weights and announce the winners shortly.
The OIFC happily welecomes our newest family member. Miss Zoe Jane Park was born to Mr. and Mrs. Steele Park on December 4th at 9:26 am. Miss Zoe weighed in at 8 lbs. 5 oz.. She was 20 3/4 inches, Which makes her a citation baby and thusly "a keeper".
Zoe has said she can't wait to catch her first Bluefin and is waiting for her pink Grundens to come.
Welcome to the world Zoe!!
Got reliable word that 2 BFT's were brought to dock today in MHC. One was a whopping 104 inches and dressed at 500 pounds! Reports were of a few others hooked and lost. This should be just the beginning as typically the bite starts slow and builds. The cool weather this week will help!
FOR LEASE- NC Standard Commercial Fishing Vessel license (the license you have to have to sell BFT's in NC) -- I have an extra one and if someone wants to use it for the BFT season, I'll lease it for $750. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Below are some items you may need to be legal for USCG safety requirements- OIFC can get those for you at a VERY good price- see below.
COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSEL
USCG REQUIREMENT ITEMS
AVAILABLE BY SPECIAL ORDER- ALLOW 1-3 DAY DELIVERY TIME
-Flare Kits- USCG commercial vessel approved to 50 miles- $265
-Stearns Survival Suits- USCG approved- $425
-Type I life vest- USCG approved- $50
-ACR life vest lights- USCG approved- $10
** Any other specialty items available upon request
Call (910) 575-3474 or stop by
The OIFC just received a very reliable report that 3 bluefins are on the way to the Morehead City docks.......It can't be long for us!!!!
We are initiating a brand new, used reel sales program. Details as below:
1- You bring in reel. Clerk will with your name, phone and email. Capt. Brant will process and price the reel based on the following formula: Immaculate means never been used and will receive 80% of retail value. Good means used but still looks and works good and will receive 60% of retail value. Fair means used and still works but not perfectly and likely looks beat up and will receive 40% value. If the reel does not sell for 2 months, the reel will be downgraded to the next lowest level. .
2- When your reel sells, you will be issued a gift card for 100% of the value of the sale and you will contacted to let you know reel is sold and a gift card is available for pick up at the front counter.
NOTES: A customer has the right to take their reel back any time for whatever reason.
That’s pretty much the plan. Not too complicated. There is no negotiation in pricing, so everything will be on the up and up. If you are not happy with how Capt. Brant prices your reel, you can discuss with him or take them back; no harm either way. The OIFC's goal is to price the reels so they have a fair value, but are not unrealistic so that they just sit on the shelf. We aim to turn reels quickly.
Let the games begin- I have started the inventory with some of my own personal gear that I was wanting to sell. We've got several SpeedMasters, TLD15's, TLD20's, Shimano Sustain 8000's and Penn Intl II 30TW's. Come on by and check it out.
Also a reminder- next Sat and Sun from 9am-12pm I'll be available at the OIFC to offer Bluefin Tuna advice and instruction. Also, the USCG safety inspectors will be here on Sat from 9-12+ to inspect vessels or answer questions. You are welcome to bring your boat by water and tie to the dock or by land and park at boat ramp so the USCG can inspect you on-site.
First Bluefin was caught out of Morehead on last Friday, but I haven't heard much since. This cold weather should really help, and I think we'll hear of catches this week. Stay tuned.
Once again Captain Brant put on as excellent Bluefin Tuna Seminar. We then finished the morning spooling reels with braid and OIFC Custom TopShot and getting some of the custom bluefin setups and ecomony combos ready for customers.. The fever is certainly here. Pictured is the OIFC's youngest model showing off one of the OIFC's latest bean bag chair. This would make a great, affordable Christmas present for your boat.
Check out our web site or your email for when the Coast Guard will be on hand to inspect your boat. Please let us know if you plan on being here so we can give the Coast Guard some idea of how many boats to expect.
Don't forget to take advantage of Captain Brant's hands on bluefin school mentioned in an earlier report. Also, Captain Brant offers Bluefin Charters. Check them out.
The 1st bluefin was just brought to the docks in Morehead City. This generally means that our bite should fire off in about two weeks. What great timing!!! Captain Brant held the 1st of 4 bluefin seminars today at the OIFC. The turnout was better than expected because of the weather and the short notice of the Seminars. This is a tribute to Captain Brant's knowledge, experience and his willingness to share this information. Also helping is the full stock of gear needed for successful bluefin tuna fishing.
In short, Brant covered legal issues, locating the tuna fighting the fish, boat operation, landing the bluefin, and how to properly handle your fish to maintain it in the best condition for sale.
Also of great importance is that the OIFC provides facilities for you to off load your fish and have it stored in an ice vat for the dealer to pickup at no charge to you.
Plan on attending one or all of the seminars. There is a lot of information to be absorbed. Remember the Coast Guard will be conducting inspections at the OIFC next Saturday.
The Panama Team is still growing. This is turning into a heck of a group of fishermen. There are now 2 spaces remaining for the trip. Contact email@example.com if one is yours.
The OIFC Fishing Report Headquarters, located in a highly classified bunker well below the Intracoastal Waterway had experienced possible terrorist activity which prevented the transmission of valuable information to the sport fishing world. Thanks to Brandon Sauls and company at InterCoastalNet Disigns the Fishing Reports Division is now operational and able to publish pictures.
Randy Lingerfelt and friends fished the Atlantic Ledge this past weekend with very good results. Randy said they used Bait Masters Cigar Minnows, small Balleyhoo and C&H pearl and pink skirts which they trolled at 2.5 to 3.5 knots. The results were Blackfin Tuna and several nice kings.
Thanks for the information and the pictures. Now that the Fishing Report Unit is back in operation important information can be passed on in a timely manner.
Last call for Panama! Warm temps, cool drinks, big fish abound, it's time to make plans to head south this winter.
We have just a few spots left for the Panama trip scheduled for March 14-19th 2010. After tomorrow the trip will be opened up to the general public to fill the remaining few spots. We'd love to keep this an all OIFC trip if possible but if all spots aren't filled tomorrow the lodge operator will open up the trip to fill the remaining slots. We have a great group put together so far which should produce great fish and great stories.
We will be fishing 4 full days targeting marlin, sailfish, giant yellowfin tuna, roosterfish, cubera snapper and mahi. The cost is $2600 and includes everything (fishing, accomodations, food, open bar, ect). The only things not included are air fare to Panama City, travel to the lodge and gratuity for the crew.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have interest.