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"Red Drum Bite" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/07/09
 

Henry, last name withheld to protect his job, reported  catching multiple Red Drum behind Sunset Beach today using Berkley Gulp Nuclear Chicken.  Things are looking up.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Tunas? Wahoos?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/07/09
 

Capt. Roger and I just looked at the offshore temp shot and it looks just about perfect around the Winyah Scarp and the MacMarlen Ledge.  Nice hard break with 72.5 degree water on the offshore side.  Wish I was out there right now...  Maybe early next week, we'll see.  That is the most yellowfin tuna friendly shot I've seen in awhile.

If you want to see another species of tuna, check out this video.  Kind of a wrap on the bluefin season...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvJMUAhqnpo


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Oops and Other Things" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/06/09
 

Don't depend on Clark Kent to predict sea surface conditions.  This morning, when I did the report the ocean was glassy and the wind was calm.  This afternoon I needed an anchor to keep from getting blown away and the ocean was a little more than choppy.  My bad.

Stories have swirled about the buyer of the Frying Pan Tower.  As usual, Google to the rescue!!  The Sun News reported that Dr. Lee Spence, one of the owners of Shipwrecks Inc. bought the ole' fishing hole.  Also possibly operating out of the Tower may be the International Diving Institute of Charleston.  Check out the links I've provided, to include Wikipedia.  Dr. Spence seems to be a well traveled and colorful man of the sea who should have exciting things in store for the Frying Pan Tower.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"SPRING KICKOFF- NEXT SAT!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/06/09
 

We will be hosting our annual Spring Kickoff, Saturday, March 14th at the OIFC.  This year's venues include:  1)  Used tackle forum where you can bring your own stuff and sell it.  Unload your old gear to get new- FREE.  2)  Line spooling at $.02/yd- 20#, 30# and 50# available, first come first serve- limit 6 reels per person.  3)  FREE SEMINARS (schedule below).  4)  FISHLYMPICS- yes, you heard it right.  This is a concept I've wanted to execute for years.  We (the OIFC brain trust) will devise a series of fishing skill sets.  Individual winners will be awarded medals from each skill set and an overall winner will be determined.  I will keep you updated on the skill sets that will be tested- stay tuned.

SEMINAR SCHEDULE: 

10:00am- Cast Net Throwing (From a 4' net to a 10' net, the OIFC staff will teach you how to throw a cast net.  We will have our very popular custom nets on hand and available to throw as well so you can get a fell for them before upgrading and adding them to your fishing arsenal.   

11:00am- Speckled Trout Tricks- hosted by OIFC inshore guide and Trout guru- Kyle Hughes.  It is no secret that Kyle is THE authority on Speckled Trout fishing in this area.

12:00pm- Lunch break- the Giggling Mackerel is open on-site as well as Sharky's next door.

1:00pm-  FISHLYMPICS- One hour of heart pounding competition as fishermen compete against eachother for individual medals and the coveted overall champion.

2:00pm- Vertical Jigging (Capt. Brant)- utilizing Butterfly jigs and Lucanus jigs to catch a ton of fish

3:00pm- Lure fishing the Stream (Capt. Chris Burrows)- utilizing Black Bart lures to catch more and bigger fish while trolling the Stream

The Spring Kickoff is FREE.  It offers a good chance to sell your used tackle as fishermen have had good success with this in the past.  Line spooling, seminars and store discounts.  See you here!

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Nothin' really" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/06/09
 

Nothing new to speak of has happened since last night's report except the ocean report has improved for Saturday.  It is definitely fishable and the temperature break looks "OK".  Sunday's wind looks a little shaky right now, but that's no big thing as that's a travel day anyhow.  Right now there is NO wind and the sea at the Tower is 2.6 feet.  When I came over the Odell Williamson Bridge onto OIB this morning the ocean was flat  as glass all the way to the horizon.  I've just restocked the bait cooler with new BaitMaster Ballyhoo, so we're ready.  It will be a fantastic weekend to open your house up, get your boat ready for the summer or fish.  Drop by and say hello.  You can even help us with our bail out plan and buy something.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Beautiful Weekend" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/05/09
 

The weather finally looks like it is going to warm up, be sunny and overall beautiful on a weekend non- the-less.  It may be a little breezy off shore, but we can keep an eye on that and may still be able to venture out.  On the in shore scene, Captain Zach Faulkner just said that he caught two red drum behind Ocean Isle this afternoon on artificials.  As close as Zach and I are, he wouldn't tell me anything else. Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy) told me that "hammer handle" size whiting are being caught at the jetties and black drum are being caught at the swing bridge as well.  Things are looking up.  The G Mack is open, we're open later,   we've got some new shirt designs, we're all excited about the Black Barts and Lucanus Fishing Systems, daylight savings time begins this weekend so come visit us!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"I Smell Spring" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/05/09
 

Now we're talking.  70 degrees this weekend and light south winds!  The only problem is the Stream looks like its pushed offshore, so I don't have much faith in the Wahoo fishing.  But, I guarantee there are some very big and very hungry Sea Bass out there waiting.  There have also been good catches of Grouper in 150-200 feet on Butterfly jigs.  The Giggling Mackerel restaurant is back open now and things are starting to look and feel like normal again.  A little more warm weather and an inshore eddy from the Stream and it will be on!


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"A warming report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/04/09
 

If you haven't been outside in the past week, the weather is way, way, way too cold.  Maybe watching this will warm some of you guys up.  In any case, fishing season is not that far away--getting closer all the time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-raQVLdkO8I


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Tower sale closes today" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/04/09
 

At 2:00 today, the bidding for the Frying Pan Tower Lighthouse ended and the high bidder is "Hunley". We're getting 2 stories as to who they are; either a scrap metal dealer who plans to dimantle the Tower and transport it to China, or the National Underwater Marine Agency, a shipwreck exploration company. Either choice we think is a tradegy for the State of NC as the opportuity exists for NC to be home to the most incredible fishing pier in the world. Our hope is our political leaders will step in and request a seat at the table in terms of how the tower will be used. The Tower is a fishing treasure and it should be protected for fishing purposes in the same sense NC protects other popular state treasures. The only hope is for the public to let our elected folks know how important the Tower is to us and request they step in and exert their influence with the Feds. They can only know of our concern if we let them know, so again, we're asking everyone who wants to try to help save the tower to make contact with the folks listed on the Feb 28 report[or go to Political Issues on menu]. Thanks for your help.
- Rube McMullan
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"FOR SALE" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/03/09
 

I've got a couple of items that may be of interest:

1-  I won a $2000 gift certificate to Pacific Fins resort in Guatamala.  The certificate is valid thru July 09'.  I will not be able to as my wife is expecting, but I'd hate to see it go to waste.  Make me an offer!  Call (910) 367-2945 or EMAIL.

2-  I have a pair of Yamaha F 250's- 25" shafts.  They have 1200 hours on them, but they have warranty thru 2013 and they have been maintained to perfection.  The run and look great.  Controls, guages and props not included.  $18,000.  Call (910) 367-2945 or EMAIL.

On the fishing scene, it looks like the weather is going to get nice for the rest of the week.  The winds are supposed to lay tomorrow and I think by Friday it may be in the 70's!  It's too cloudy to get a Stream shot yet, but if the warm water is over the break- we are gone!-- stay tuned.

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Frying Pan Tower sale update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/03/09
 

Thanks to the many folks who have made contact with Rep Stiller and Congressman McIntyre regarding the US Gov's intent to sell the Frying Pan Tower. As stated in the Feb 28 fishing report below; we are asking our State elected officials to go to the GSA and request a "time out" in order to give the State the opportunity to examine the Frying Pan Tower and determine if there is a use for it that would be of benefit to the citizens of NC. On the current tract, the sale of the Tower is imminent, which may leave it as scrap material or some sort of industrial use. My view is the Tower is a State "Treasure" and should be viewed in the same sense as Grandfather Mtn/Blowing Rock or any of the other attractions in our state. Please make contact with the links below[Feb 28 report or click on "Political Issues"] if you agree the State should request of GSA the opportunity to look at what benefit the tower might offer to NC. To see the Tower cut up as scrap and hauled off to China would be a tradegy.
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"Frying Pan Tower contacts into" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/28/09
 

Here are the folks we believe are the key players.

Congressman Mike McIntyre worked on this project with me 10 years ago and I believe will be a great asset in this effort.  The best way to contact him via email is to go to US House web site and follow the links[www.house.gov]. His Washington tele # is 202-2252732; fax #2022255773

Governor Perdue:

email; governor.office@ncmail.net  tele # 919-7334240; fax #919-7332120

Representative Bonner Stiller: Bonner has always been a champion of the fishing interest and I'm sure he will jump on this thing.

Bonner.Stiller@ncleg.net

919-3101450

The guy with the GSA that is handling the auction for the US Gov is;

louis.mancuso@gsa.gov

404-3319451  fax #404-3312727

Thanks for you help! Everyone will remember from the Save Our Pogies deal and the boat trailering deal that the public can have a voice if we aggressively make our voice heard. Let em hear from us!


- Rube McMullan
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"Frying Pan Tower sale: HELP!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/28/09
 

Many of you  are aware the US Gov is conducting an auction to sell the Frying Pan Tower Lighthouse. You may also be aware approx 10 years ago, I worked on a project with  UNC-W to acquire the tower from the Coast Guard and set it up as an offshore labatory for the school along with a fishing component. That project died for lack of funding. Fast forward 10 years and the Government has decided to sell it and is conducting an auction[www.auctionrp.com].

 OIFC has been an active bidder on the project as it was our hope to make the Tower the ultimate offshore mothership fish camp, which would obviously be a nice extension of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Unfortunately, the bidding has now escalated to a point where we have left the realm of any reasonable hope of the Tower being used for fishing purposes. We don't know who the bidders are, but we are certain their use is not fishing. We have heard "rumors" one of the bidders wants to use the Tower as an offshore base for their underwater shipwreck exploration business. A nice industrial use, but definitely not fishing 

So...where we started off with a great idea in hopes of establishing a offshore fish camp; we have now converted the effort to a rescue mission to "SAVE THE TOWER". Our view is this asset offers to the State of NC the opportunity to have the most extroadinary tourism asset for the world of fishing that exists anywhere in the world. We're not inventing the "mothership" concept, but to have a mothership on a fixed platform on the edge of the gulf stream is truely a unique opportunity. It is our view the State of NC should "weighin" on how the tower is going to be used, and if it's use is not compatiable with the best interest of the citizens of NC, then the State should step in and voice their concerns. The way the GSA bid program is set, the GSA has the right to accept or reject a bid, thus the path is open for the State to take a position on behalf of the citizens of NC. This thus leads us to the place where we are putting this out to the fishing public. If you agree that the State should step forward and take a position on how the Tower will used, we encourage you to contact the following folks and let them know your opinion. Thanks for your help and we'll keep you posted on what we know. The addresses will follow on next post. Thanks.


- Rube McMullan
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"Dredging" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/27/09
 

I try very hard not to pass along information unless it is confirmed.  But this comes from an excellent source.  I've been told that as soon as the dredging of the Lockwood Folly Inlet is complete, the Corps of Engineers is going to dredge the bar that has built up just outside of the Shallotte Inlet.  If anyone has any  more info  on this get up with me at the OIFC and I'll pass it along.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Upcoming Events" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/25/09
 

I'm sick of complaining about how bad the weather has been and how hard the wind has been blowing.  Finally we have some good weather forecasted for the second half of the week and I'm thinking there will be quite a few anglers that take advantage of the slick seas.  Yesterday's temp shot showed a nice eddy just offshore of the 100 fathom line, which the upcoming S/SE winds should push inshore to the break.  That should set things up nicely for wahoo on Friday, which so far looks like the best day.  Time to break out the high speed plugs and catch that monster fish we've been crowing about all winter.  Also, be sure to bring along a few heavy Butterfly jigs to load up on grouper on that offshore structure, where scamps, reds, and even a few gags spend their winter.  If you don't feel like going that far, the Lucanus jig is still mopping up on the blackfish from Lockwood's Ledge to past the Frying Pan Tower.  Catch 'em up!!!

AND DONT FORGET

We will be hosting our annual Spring Kickoff, Saturday, March 14th at the OIFC.  This year's venues include:  1)  Used tackle forum where you can bring your own stuff and sell it.  Unload your old gear to get new- FREE.  2)  Line spooling at $.02/yd- 20#, 30# and 50# available, first come first serve- limit 6 reels per person.  3)  FREE SEMINARS (schedule below).  4)  FISHLYMPICS- yes, you heard it right.  This is a concept I've wanted to execute for years.  We (the OIFC brain trust) will devise a series of fishing skill sets.  Individual winners will be awarded medals from each skill set and an overall winner will be determined.  I will keep you updated on the skill sets that will be tested- stay tuned.

SEMINAR SCHEDULE: 

10:00am- Cast Net Throwing (From a 4' net to a 10' net, the OIFC staff will teach you how to throw a cast net.  We will have our very popular custom nets on hand and available to throw as well so you can get a fell for them before upgrading and adding them to your fishing arsenal.   

11:00am- Speckled Trout Tricks- hosted by OIFC inshore guide and Trout guru- Kyle Hughes.  It is no secret that Kyle is THE authority on Speckled Trout fishing in this area.

12:00pm- Lunch break- the Giggling Mackerel is open on-site as well as Sharky's next door.

1:00pm-  FISHLYMPICS- One hour of heart pounding competition as fishermen compete against eachother for individual medals and the coveted overall champion.

2:00pm- Vertical Jigging (Capt. Brant)- utilizing Butterfly jigs and Lucanus jigs to catch a ton of fish

3:00pm- Lure fishing the Stream (Capt. Chris Burrows)- utilizing Black Bart lures to catch more and bigger fish while trolling the Stream.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"SPRING KICKOFF 09'" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/24/09
 

We will be hosting our annual Spring Kickoff, Saturday, March 14th at the OIFC.  This year's venues include:  1)  Used tackle forum where you can bring your own stuff and sell it.  Unload your old gear to get new- FREE.  2)  Line spooling at $.02/yd- 20#, 30# and 50# available, first come first serve- limit 6 reels per person.  3)  FREE SEMINARS (schedule below).  4)  FISHLYMPICS- yes, you heard it right.  This is a concept I've wanted to execute for years.  We (the OIFC brain trust) will devise a series of fishing skill sets.  Individual winners will be awarded medals from each skill set and an overall winner will be determined.  I will keep you updated on the skill sets that will be tested- stay tuned.

SEMINAR SCHEDULE: 

10:00am- Cast Net Throwing (From a 4' net to a 10' net, the OIFC staff will teach you how to throw a cast net.  We will have our very popular custom nets on hand and available to throw as well so you can get a fell for them before upgrading and adding them to your fishing arsenal.   

11:00am- Speckled Trout Tricks- hosted by OIFC inshore guide and Trout guru- Kyle Hughes.  It is no secret that Kyle is THE authority on Speckled Trout fishing in this area.

12:00pm- Lunch break- the Giggling Mackerel is open on-site as well as Sharky's next door.

1:00pm-  FISHLYMPICS- One hour of heart pounding competition as fishermen compete against eachother for individual medals and the coveted overall champion.

2:00pm- Vertical Jigging (Capt. Brant)- utilizing Butterfly jigs and Lucanus jigs to catch a ton of fish

3:00pm- Lure fishing the Stream (Capt. Chris Burrows)- utilizing Black Bart lures to catch more and bigger fish while trolling the Stream.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Near Shore Flounder" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/23/09
 

I have been receiving a lot of  reports of good sized flounder being caught off the near shore reefs.  The anglers were using the Shimano Lucanus Jig , which is what Captain Brant caught his fluke of a flounder  on last year to make the Rodeo Board.....I couldn't pass up the play on words.  I haven't tried this jig yet, but I've heard good things about it in sea bass, grouper, and now flounder fishing.  I'll be checking it out soon.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Plug Life" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/21/09
 

The Ocean Isle Fishing Center is happy to announce that it is now a dealer of the finest trolling lures on the planet.  We now carry a full line of Black Bart lures, lure packs, and rigging accessories.  These products are certain to make you a better offshore fishermen and diversify the ways you fish offshore.  If you have dreamed of catching more tuna/dolphin/wahoo/billfish, this is the best way I know to go about it.  We'll have the products online shortly, in the meantime come on in and check out what we've got.  We'll be glad to help you with any rigging or fishing questions you might have.  Gulf Stream season is right around the corner--let's make it happen!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"2009 Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/20/09
 

The time is near for the beginning of the 2009 OIFC Rodeo season. Sign up is underway now and may be done over the internet, by phone, or in person.  Last year several fish which would have been winners were caught early in the Rodeo season, but the fishermen were not yet in the Rodeo.  One who comes to mind is Randy Wallace of the Roofing Contender.  Randy landed some huge Wahoo prior to getting in the Rodeo.  After signing up lady luck was not so kind to him.  We'll have folks signing up anglers at this years Spring Kick Off.  Don't wait too long. If you snooze, you lose.
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"The wind is blowin..." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/19/09
 

...but that hasn't stopped me from dreaming of being offshore all day long.  Here's my advice for this upcoming king mackerel tournament season:  WATCH OUT for Jay Bucklen on the "Cape Contender."  Jay and his crew have been on the up and coming list in the SKA for awhile, and I think 2008 was their "near-miss" year.  They finished 3rd in the final point standings for Division 9, having spun a prop in the Rumble in the Jungle.  Sometimes all it takes is one bad break, but third is none too shabby.  Jay was also leading the OIFC Fishing Rodeo's king mackerel division until about a week before New Years.  Congrats to them for a great year, and look for even better things from the "Cape Contender" in the near future.
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