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"We're Still Here!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/13/10
 

We're still here.  There is no fishing action to report, but we are making good use of this slow time to freshen up the store and do winter maintenance on the boats.  The snow finally found us, but was pretty much gone by noon.  The ocean was flat as a table top today.  That's pretty much the story at the OIFC.  I've attached a couple of pictures of snow on the beach....Tight lines!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | Real-Time Update | 02/12/10
 

Snow! Its snowing at the beach. Stand by for full report from goorube can'tore and photo coverage of sledfest 10'. Brant w griswal -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Panama Reports Coming Soon" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/12/10
 

As if I even need to say it, the winter weather this year has been the real deal. Next August when it's 90+ every day I'll remember back to this February and keep my complaining to myself. While it's hard to imagine at this point as the snow falls, in just a couple months we'll be back on the water in short sleeves doing what we love to do. Even sooner than that a group of us will be getting a jump start on the warm weather and fishing by heading south to Panama. One month from now a group of OIFC fishing friends will venture to the Paradise Fishing Lodge in Panama and will be hunting marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, roosterfish and much more. We'll be fishing four days on the trip which is scheduled for March 14th-19th. Just like our last trip to Panama, I will be posting a detailed daily fishing report from Panama that will hopefully get everyone pumped up for the upcoming season at home. For anyone out there who has seen enough snow and cold weather and is looking for a last minute get away, I've had 3 spots come open for this trip. If you have interest you need to contact me immediately so we can get your travel arrangements made. Email captbarrett@oifc.com. For now, we'll huddle by the fire, sharpen hooks and rest. If Brant is right about weather being a balance, we're going to be very busy at some point in the near future.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Life is a Balance" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/11/10
 

I was reminded this morning about  a philosophy I prescribe to and firmly believe in.  Good friend and local fisherman Jim Bowen emailed a picture of White Marlin he released this very week last year- "will it ever stop blowing?" he wrote.  My answer is that the weather, like many things in our life, swings like a pendelum.  If it swings too far in one direction, it will swing too far in the other (politics is the immediate comparison that comes to mind).  Obviously we are way out there now on the bad side, so I firmly believe we will be blessed with overly nice weather in the future.  The trick is for the good to come at the right time; hopefully in about 2 months.  So, stay warm, sharpen your hooks, spool reels, upgrade your gear......  our time will come!

****  Speaking of upgrading your gear, we started our reel consignment program last Fall and its all but sold out.  We had a good stock of used equipment to start, but its nearly all gone.  If you want to upgrade your equipment, but you all ready have alot of money sunk in your current stuff, the OIFC may be able to help.  We will take in your used, grade it and price it.  When it sells, you will recieve an OIFC gift card for the sale amount; which you can then use to upgrade and buy new stuff ***

*** Also, put on your calendar- Spring Kickoff sales, line spooling and seminars is Saturday, March 27.  Have some great seminar speakers coming this year.  Have Tom Hilton from Hilton's sea surface analysis service (the one I now use to get all my temperature shots - www.realtime-navigator.com ) to discuss offshore currents, temperatures and how his service can help you catch more fish-- AND - Capt. Rick Croson from Living Waters guide service who specializes in vertical jigging for monster Grouper and Amberjack along the break. ***


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weather/Health Care" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/11/10
 

The 2 hottest topics in the news are the weather and health care.  Well, we here at the OIFC aren't suffering the effects of global warming's massive snowfalls like some of our friends elsewhere are.  But we are going to have a stroke and need health care if the weather here doesn't improve. 

 Wind, cold and rain, or all 3 combined have kept everyone landlocked and going nuts!  Looking at the picture below one would never know it was taken during 30 mph gusting to 40 and 50 winds.  You can't really see the horizon which looked about as flat as the Rocky Mountains.  It was blowing 30 to 35 out of the WNW at the Tower.

This picture was taken on the beach in Garden City, S.C. yesterday around 1:30 pm.  The wind was out of the north. It shows what most of us know, that winds out of the north in the Long Bay region (our fishing grounds) generally mean flat seas for a  few miles out as we are protected by land.  However go further out and it gets a little sporty, and the same is true if the direction changes.

Enough of my Weather Channel audition.  Let's hope things improve and quickly.  In the meantime we can all sharpen our hooks and check our equipment.  Some of us will be boarding a bus to D.C. to let our concerns he heard on the fishing scene.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"DC Rally Update- BUS IS FULL !" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/10/10
 

We did it!   We have filled the bus with ease- thanks to everyone.  The RFA was impressed with our response and the OIFC bus is the first bus they have listed as FULL - way to go !!!  Below is the schedule and plan.  Everyone here is confirmed.  If you do not see your name or your name is there and you cannot come EMAIL ME immediately.

BUS IS FULL- 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, John Bearden, Zack Faulkner, Chris Eckert, Brandon Sauls, Rick and Matthew Ryan, 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, 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, Keith Logan, David Bowman

*** 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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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 02/09/10
 

Hard at work here at oifc. Brayden
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 02/08/10
 

Turns out you can't cross bay bridge and tunnel with snow on car or boat. Two hours later three less fingers we finally get across!
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 02/08/10
 


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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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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"" | Real-Time Update | 02/05/10
 

To grandma's house we go! Just crossed bay bridge and tunnel...snow here we come! -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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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.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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


 


- Capt. Brant 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.

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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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!


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