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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.


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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 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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"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 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.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Hot wahoo bite" | OIFC 1- 36' | 01/20/10
 

Hot wahoo bite continues with fish reported up to 100lbs. Best action has been at Black Jack, morning bite. In addition verticle jigging in 200 feet+ waters catching all sorts of major rod benders; lots of action. Forget winter, watch the cold fronts, and when wind lays out, now is the chance to catch that mystical 100lb wahoo. Come on down! It's always warm in the gulf stream.
- Rube McMullan
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"More Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/17/10
 

When Don Williamson's crew aboard the "Black Gold" caught their bluefin Saturday, they were actually on their way to go wahoo fishing.  And for good reason.  Friday, Capt. Roger Gales, Wendell Barnett and Chuck Owens had gone to the Blackjack Hole and hit the jack pot.  The group caught 4 wahoos, 45, 58, 70 and 75 lbs each.

As Captain Brant recommended, go fully armed and be ready for anything from bluefin to sea bass. The wahoo bite is on, and so it seems with the bluefin.  

To give an idea of how beautiful the weather was I included a couple of pictures Captain William Parker took while he was fishing. 


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"Panama Trip Openings" | OIFC 1- 36' | 01/16/10
 

The Ocean Isle Fishing Center's Traveling Fisherman program is heading to Panama in a couple months.  The trip is scheduled for March 14th thru the 19th when we will be targeting marlin, sails, yellowfin, mahi, snapper and roosters.  Two spots have recently opened up so if anyone wants to jump on board for what is sure to be an incredible fishing adventure there is an opportunity.  Email captbarrett@oifc.com if you'd like to claim one or both spots.  Airline tickets would need to be purchased quickly so don't hesitate.  Currently the team on board is:

Barrett McMullan
Stephanie McMullan
Bob Weathersby
Mike Kennedy
Mark Kennedy
Brant McMullan
Rube McMullan
Brian Allen
Stacy Allen
Tom Bordeaux
Blair Bordeaux
Kennan Hill
Ken Hill

We have room for 2 more. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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""Black Gold" Strikes it rich" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/16/10
 

The "Black Gold" boat is on its way to the dock with a 75" Plus inch Bluefin Tuna. This will be the first Bluefin brought to the OIFC this year.  Pics and stories to follow. Stay tuned.
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"300 lb. Bluefin" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/16/10
 

Captain Don Williamson along with Eric Gregory and Mike McDuffy were fishing aboard Don's 33 ft. Hydra Sport the Black Gold when they spotted birds and porpoises working around 100 ft of 64 degree water.  They had been on their way to wahoo fish but decided this was just too good to pass up!

At around 9:30 am they hooked up on a small bluefin and released it.  Determined that his big brother might be in the neighborhood they elected to stay.  Shortly after that Don saw a big bluefin sky.  His crew thought he was seeing things!

At 10:30 am the line on the out rigger began screaming and shore enough a big bluefin had hit on a pink Islander with a large ballyhoo. (We had stayed open 30 minutes late last night so Don could by bait..thought I'd throw that in).  Eric, the youngest of the crew took the rod.  They put it in a swivel rod holder amidships and 1 hr. and 10 minutes, the 86 inch, 300 lb. bluefin was alongside ready to be gaffed.

The rest is history.  The fish was handled at the OIFC and is awaiting the dealer.  Don said that Captain Brant's Bluefin Tuna School gave him the knowledge needed to land their tuna. 

A  reported 103" bluefin was weighed in at Morehead City a couple of days ago.  A couple of short ones have been caught here and now the Black Gold hits pay dirt.  The conditions are ripe for bluefin tuna fishing.  Not only that but the wahoo bite is still strong.  The winds are going to mess up our fishing the next couple of days, but be ready to hunt! 


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"Long Weekend !!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 01/15/10
 

OK!!!  We've got a long weekend it's supposed to warm up and maybe the rain will hold off.  If you get down this way check by the OIFC as we are getting new merchandise in everyday!

Reports are there were some big bluefin caught in Morehead City yesterday.  Coupled with the action off our beaches the odds are pretty good we may have some brought in here.  Captain Zach (Get Floored 36' Contender/OIFC) is fishing Morehead with his dad, Benji and I'll be getting updates from them.  Also Capts. Dew and Park are fishing one of our Cat boats and we'll get reports from them.  All are wahoo/sea bass/bluefin fishing.

Thaw out, come on down and enjoy the coast!


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"Rodeo Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 01/15/10
 

The starting date for the OIFC Year Long Rodeo has been changed to March 1st. Competitors may enter at anytime.  The Rodeo begins at 12:01 AM March 1st.  The fish must be weighed in the same day they are caught at the OIFC.
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"Yesterdays Wahoo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 01/15/10
 

Here are a few pics from yesterday's trip to the Steeples of Stephanie's 58.1lber.  A beautiful day, decent fishing and a great way to beat winter cabin fever.  And yes....we planned our wardrobe
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"Steeples' Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/14/10
 

Kennan Hill took his Regulator to the Steeples today wahoo fishing.  Along withe Kennan were Brian Freeman, Brian Robbins and Mike Locklear. They went armed with an 80W in case they saw any signs of  bluefin tuna. 

The bluefin were not to be found  by Kennan and crew, but a 45.28 lb Wahoo was.  Brian Robbins was on the rod for this action.  He caught his fish on the long line with a blue and white Islander and a ballyhoo.

It sounds like Capts. Brant, Barrett and Stephanie had an action packed day today.  Capts. Chris Dew and Steele Par have a charter tomorrow and we'll have to wait and see what that brings. 

I'll have a couple of pictures up tomorrow afternoon of Brian's wahoo..


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