Happy New Year from the OIFC Family !!!!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Several boats went out today and were met with rougher than expected seas. The Captains reported that the temperature breaks were there as was the bait but no one brought home the bacon. It was just a week or so later this time last year when the fish started showing up in our area. We just need the wind to settle down.
Inshore, the water temperature is in the upper 50's. The shrimp are getting scarce but the trout bite is still on, especially at the Jetties. It's cold and winter is here, but don't winterize your boats there is still action to be found.
Just talked with Capt. Jeff B. who said several boats are going out to bluefin fish tomorrow (Wednesday). The wind is down now at the Tower and it's calm on shore. Perhaps Wednesday and Thursday will be good and someone will hook up. I'll keep you informed as information comes in.
Capt.Zach Faulkner, who is in Morehead said it was way too rough to fish there today.
Remember to renew you HMS Permit by the 1st, Also the last day to use your Captains Club points is the 31st....there are still some good deals to be had.
It's blowing 23 to 31 at the Tower and has been at that speed pretty steadily. I think the fish are safe for a couple of days!
You might want to call out sick or take a vacation day Thursday..it's shaping up to be fishable.
Several Captains are taking advantage of the calm winds today. Captain Barrett, Captain Jeff B. as well as others were out of here by 5 am to bluefin tuna fish. Capt,. Jeff reported seas OK with 5 ft. swells. He's on a 31 ft. Contender so his definition of OK may be slightly skewed.
Captain Brant left around 5 am with a charter. He had bluefin rods aboard, so my thought is he doing a bluefin, then sea bass charter.
I'll update when I hear any news.
Captain Brant and Captain Steele were joined by Ian Vogler, Shannon Vogler, Gene Wyre and Jackie Wyre, all of the Winston Salem area, for a day of sea bass fishing. They fished in 80 ft of water using cut bait and were rewarded with a bounty of good looking sea bass, some of the best tasting fish in the ocean.
Meanwhile, Clay Morphis was joined by his son Clay for a morning of trout fishing at the Little River Jetties. Fishing with live shrimp the duo landed 3 trout in the 4 lb range and one weighing 6.7 lbs, which puts Clay squarely in 2nd place in the OIFC Year Round Rodeo. This moves Brian Aycock to 3rd and knocks Captain Kyle out of the money. I fully expect to see Kyle on the water seeking redemption. Clay very carefully released his trout after weighin.
The 1st picture is of the sea bass caught on the charter. The 2nd and 3rd pictures are of Ian Vogler and Gene Wyre with a couple of their bass and cleaning the bass they caught on the charter. The last 2 pictures are of Clay Morphis and his son Clay with the trout big Clay caught.
It looks like Sunday is going to be the best chance to get out and fish for the next few days. Some Captains are planning on heading out early to try to catch the morning bluefin bite. We'll be at the OIFC and monitoring the radio. If we hear any action it will be passed along on the Fishing Report. Let's hope as the week goes on the forecast will improve.
12 pm update....not much action. There was a good temperature break from 58 degrees to 64 degrees, but not much bait. Was told a couple of boats were hooked up but probably sharks. There are still some boats out fishing.
Inshore, a couple of people are trying their hand at trout fishing. They are fishing with live shrimp.
A fisherman was in the store earlier and reported a great sea bass bite a couple of days ago near the Ennis. Most were legal size.
Wrap up...Captain Chris Dawson just left. He said that as the afternoon wore on the signs got better. He and William Parker said the Gannets started diving and porpoises became more plentiful. William wasn't marking bait when he left, but Chris said he began marking some prior to his leaving.
But don't despair! The 1st tuna wasn't brought to the OIFC until 12-29 last year, then in early to mid January the bite really fired off. The signs are here and the time is fast approaching. Now if the wind will lay down we'll have it made!
We hope each and everyone had a merry Christmas. If you felt trapped and wished you were on a boat fishing for trout, sea bass or the elusive bluefin tuna.never fear, because as Rube would say "we had a little mullet blow" here at Ocean Isle Beach.
The winds are gone, but they howled today and it might take a day or so for the ocean to settle down. Below are a couple of pictures taken from a vacant lot, ocean front at OIB around 3:30pm. The water spots are not rain...they are spray from the ocean. Enjoy your holiday at least one more day, then fire up your motors and get back at it!
A reminder, your federal HMS permit expires December 31st.
The bluefin bite was pretty good in Morehead Monday but came to a screeching halt Tuesday. On Tuesday the bite was in Brunswick County near the Knuckle with an 80+ inch tuna caught, along with some small ones and some break offs. After getting that news most everyone did what we did and hauled buggy back to Brunswick County.
The bite off our shores Tuesday seemed to be in the morning. We arrived at the Knuckle area at about 6 am and the bite began. All the signs were there, birds, dolphin and even a good sized whale. Several small fish was brought in and Stuart Hamilton's crew hooked up with a good sized fish. We saw him sky a few times. Stuart had been wrestling his tuna about 1 1/2 hrs when we left. The tuna was foul hooked. Disappointment came when the fish measured just a fraction under commercial size.
With all the break offs reported, there is a possibilty some anglers may be going to a gun fight with a knife. Equipment heavy enough and made for heavy action is a must....50-80 wide reels, 50-130 lb rods with a strong back bone, 150 lb baid, and 200 lb leader, and at least 130 lb top shot.. An option would be one of Captain Brant's combos. If you plan on fighting your fish stand up, a Braid Products Harness and Rod Belt are a must. I think I've covered what we sell. Seriously though, if you want to catch a bluefin you need the proper equipment. Also, if you want hands on instruction, book one of Captain Brants bluefin charters.
There are also other fish in the water waiting to be caught. One boat went out a little further and tore up the kings and albacore. He was pulling drone spoons. Inshore, now is time for the trout bite.
Finally, we just received our 1st shipment of Yeti Coolers. Capt. Jeff B has one and it keeps ice forever. They are well worth the money.
Everyone have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and tight lines
Well, the fleet is out there, no word on catches as they are just on the edge of VHF range. We are anxiously awaiting word from them and should hear something soon as to whether or not the Bluefin bite was going on. In the meantime, thought a little holiday reading was in order.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. See you out there!!!
The title explains the bite at Morehead City. I fished with Captain Zach (OIFC) aboard his 36 ft. twin Yamaha 350's, the Get Floored. There were 70+ boats fishing with us. No one got a bite. All boats did what should be done, but with negative results.
All that changed when we learned of the bluefin bite off the shores of Brunswick County. Many loaded their boats on their trailers and headed to Ocean Isle Beach.
Captain Jeff Beck (OIFC) and I will give it a shot aboard his boat the "Do Work". Included are some pictures for those are land locked.Give the video clips a little time as they down.
It looks like the weather is going to cooperate for the next few days. Captain Brant as well as several more fishermen are heading out tomorrow to bluefin fish. Judging by the ballyhoo the OIFC has sold today there are going to be quite a few boats out. Speaking of ballyhoo, what we have in stock now is some of the best quality I've seen.
The OIFC Rodeo is winding down. It officially ends at closing time December 31st. As of today the total prize money is $1,680. That's by my math and is subject change. The standings as of today are:
Flounder: 1) Jeff Wallen, 2) Brian Aycock 3) Tommy Helms
Trout: 1) Brandon Sauls 2) Brian Aycock 3) Kyle Hughes
Spanish: 1) Amy McMullan 2) William Parker 3) Tripp Hooks
King Mackerel: 1) Cane Faircloth 2) Neal Loman 3) Randy Lingerfelt
Cobia: 1) 2) 3)
Dolphin: 1) John Bird 2) Rickey Beck 3)
Tuna: 1) 2) 3)
Wahoo: 1) Amy McMullan 2) 3)
Gag Grouper: 1) Brant McMullan 2) John MacLarein
Sea Bass: 1) Brian Aycock 2) Jimmy Lee Williams 3) Rube McMullan
A final total and distribution of the prize money will be done shortly after January 1st.
I did forget to mention that we ran across a good many King Mackerel yesterday. The Raritan was 64 degrees and the Kings were there- we caught one around 30 pounds on our Bluefin gear. I'm sure its warmer at the Horseshoe and I bet they are chewing it up there. Just in case Bluefin isn't your bag. Happy holidays.
TOP 10 GIFT IDEAS FROM THE OIFC:
1- OIFC gift card
2- Capt. Brant's Fishing School gift certificate
3- Capt. Brant's Fishing Charter gift certificate
4- Jet Ski Rental gift certificate
5- Entry into 2010 Jolly Mon King Classic gift certificate
6- Entry into 2010 Fall Brawl King Classic gift certificate
7- Entry into 2010 Far Out Shoot Out gift certificate
8- OIFC custom Giant Bluefin Tuna rod/reel combo
9- OIFC gift card
10- OIFC gift card
Purchase last minute gifts by visiting the OIFC, calling (910) 575-3474 or shop on-line at www.OIFC.com
Happy holidays to all -- Brant
I arrived at the OIFC at 6:45 am only to find Capt. Brant's and Captain Steele's trucks in the parking lot and a Cat Boat missing. I assume they have gone bluefin hunting. More later in the day!! Hope it will be positive!!!
Everyone has been jacked up ever since Joe Segeers hooked up! Several anglers were planning to go Friday, the weather looked good. The key being looked. All that went down the tubes with today's forecast.
We know the bluefin are here, we pretty much know where here is and it isn't a secret. We need to know when...when is the wind going to cooperate? When are we going to be able to put stock in the weather forecast? Who knows....as some would say, "whatever".
What we can do is keep checking out our gear, practice putting on our harnesses, working the drag and testing it for proper strike drag, making game plans with your partners, and so on. Bluefin are nothing to play with. Plus, this keeps the juices flowing and keeps us from going crazy until we can get on the water. Whatever...