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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.
- Rube McMullan
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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.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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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.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"More Costa Pictures" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/18/09
 

Bob sent me these pictures of Edwin's Costa Rica trip.  Looks like the action continues...  Nice blue one, by the way...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"The pacific report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/17/09
 

Well, I just got back from the west coast with my best friend Doug Vaughn.  While we had an absolute blast in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the climate left a lot to be desired.  The weather in Santa Monica was dark, cloudy, cold, and a little wet.     Guess we didn't get far enough south into the Pacific.  I got this note from Edwin Newell today:

"Fishing out of Los Seunos on the Sails Call this week. Doing ok with the billfish. I got Keith Harrison and Travis Sharpe down here in the heat. We are fishing lots of teasers with a spread of naked ballyhoo chasing circle hooks. Here are a couple of nice sails that we have released."

And WOW, what a picture!  That's all I've got to say about that...


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Gulf Stream strategy for 2009" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/16/09
 

The Bluefin season is behind us and now we need to take a couple weeks to get our mind right for the upcoming Gulf Stream season. Since we're "convinced" the Yellowfin Tuna will return to our waters this year, it's time to reverse the video and remember how we used to do the gulf stream deal.

Our standard attack mode would be to have a trolling plug ready to deploy as soon as we slowed the engines down as we approached our spot. My theory was the fish would hear the steady hum of engines, but when they slowed down, and the sound changed, it would peek their interest and they would come investigate. Thus, dropping a swimming plug overboard at the instant of slowing down put a bait in the right place at the right time. I can't tell you how many times we would get bit doing this, usually a yellowfin, and a great way to start your day off.

Once we recovered from that first bite and got our spread deployed which included small ballyhoo for tuna, a couple plugs on short lines, and a big ballyhoo on a islander way way back. This would lead to a multiple tuna hookup, and if everything went as good as it could, we'd get maybe 50% in the box. Back at it again, and before long, we'd have a box of tuna, mixed dolphin, and maybe a wahoo.

Now, it was time to be a hero. We'd break out the trolling plastics and head out to deep water in search of Mr. Blue Marlin. I think probably 50% of the time it would happen, as well as often finding more tuna and big dolphin. Fast forward to 2009, and hopefully we fill our box with the yellowfin, so it's off to the deep water. Capt Chris is bringing in the famous Blue Marlin lures, Black Bart. Additionally we just got in our BaitMaster supply. So the strategy is put out a spread of Black Barts, and with the super durable Baitmaster baits, mix in a couple large ballyhoo on blue or red islanders. Put a green machine long down the middle. Then standback, pop a cold one, and let the fish come to you. Come join us for a great 2009 GS season.


- Rube McMullan
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"Speargun Hunter" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/15/09
 

There hasn't been much fishing action to report on, but behind the scenes things have been busy.  Mrs. Juanita is getting the new merchandise out,  Captain Chris (aka Captain Caveman) is ordering a lot of new tackle,  and Captains Brant and Roger are getting stuff checked out for the upcoming season.  Me,...well Jeff and I caught the offshore fever and bought a new boat.  We're getting it rigged and are very excitedly waiting to make a shakedown run.

In the meantime, Barrett and Amy got me interested in scuba diving, so I've been working on my certification,  which has led me to watch a TV show named      Speargun Hunter on the Outdoors Channel.  In this week's episode they were free diving the Frying Pan Tower.  It was cool to see the bottom and all the fish around the Tower.  I recommend  everyone who fishes the Tower watch this show.   The show last night was part 1 of 3 about the Tower.  I've done a link to their website so you can find when it is on.  Check it out and check us out.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Corrections" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/08/09
 

Rumours of poor fishing on Saturday may have been overstated.  Here are some wahoos caught by the "Covered Up" fishing team.  They caught their fish in 72 degree water east of the 100/400.  I also talked with Gary Sheaff today.  He ended up with a 35 pound 'hoo and lost a few more.  I can't wait to see what happens when that warm water pushes back on the break.  Wahoo-zilla is out there somewhere...
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"Story of My Life!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/08/09
 

It was nice to see so many folks out fishing yesterday.  The action was not what I had hoped as the Gulf Stream pushed offshore the day prior to our trip and gave us water temperatures of less than 70 degrees.  I have found that fishing 68-70 degrees is acceptable for catching Wahoo, but I personally have never been in a good bite in these conditions- always just average, with a few fish here and there.  Such seemed to be the case yesterday as there were a few Wahoo landed at the Black Jack hole in 69 degree water, but it was certainly not red hot.  HOWEVER, take a look at the Gulf Stream water temperature shot today.  A warm water eddy has kicked in over the Steeples and Black Jack and they both look to be in the 72-74 degree range.  Now that's what I'm talking about!  My suspiscion is that they are biting there today, but as is the story of my life, a day late and a dollar short!  Weather looks fair early week then looks pretty good on Friday, so maybe another shot then.  Stay tuned.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Another take on Saturday's action" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/08/09
 

It looks like the offshore report from Saturday was less than epic around the 100/400 and the Black Jack hole.  Don't tell Jim Bowen on the "Stick Slinger."  He fished to the east (offshore of the Steeples) and look what he found out there.  As is usually the case, his marlin jumped on a Blue Water Candy  "Mr. Sparkle" with a ballyhoo behind it.  Jim said he found some water and a big grass mat out there just inshore of 100 fathoms, and quickly caught a couple of gaffers and lost a nice wahoo, just before he got his big bite.  So let's look at the big picture here.  It's the first week in February, and our fleet is in the Gulf Stream, getting bites and catching a billfish.  Sounds to me like it's shaping up to be an okay year, to say the least.  Don't want to jinx myself so I'll leave it at that.  Congrats to Jim and the crew of the "Stick Slinger."  That's how you get it done in the dead of winter.
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"Gulf Stream report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/08/09
 

Rickeys dockside report was pretty much on the money for yesterdays gulf stream adventure but I'll expound a little from being on board. Capt Roger and our team started at 100/400. Water temp was 65.7. Amazingly, first bait out we caught a 20+ dolphin. Why he was there I have no idea, but we fished a bait pod he came off of with no other success. No other action at 100/400 so moved toward Blackjack and found a good rip with 69 degree water. Confidence level much higher for us and the 20+ other boats fishing this area. No runs/no hits/no errors; nothing but amberjacks who were so aggressive they were hiting trolling baits. To add insult to our injuries, our team, with Capt Roger leading us, accomplished a new low in the world of angling, by catching a triple header of a hound fish, a bonito, and a amberjack. We topped the box off with a few sea bass and a bunch of dog sharks. I think there was one boat that caught a couple wahoo, but for the rest of the fleet, to my knowledge it was a blank.

Where did we go wrong? Probably with our enthusiam to go after the 100lb wahoos, maybe we misread the water temps. No doubt the very cool water effected the fishing. So... the good news. The 100lb monster is still out there. We'll watch the water temps closely and when the warm water  returns and we'll tee em up again.  


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