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"Spanish de'jure" | | 09/06/15
 

Capt. Chris asked me if I'd believe him if he said the Spanish Mackerel and sharks were nearly jumping in the boat? He said it's the best nearshore fishing we've had so far this year. Catch a kid of Spanish for dinner then battle 50-100# Blacktip Sharks until the crew give up. Am trips- we don't keep the Sharks, Spanish are for eat, Sharks are for fun
- Brant McMullan
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"Matt Young" | Do Work / OIFC | 09/06/15
 

Matt Youngs 1st wahoo caught Wednesday at the Scarp aboard the Miss Reagan.  The crew also picked up some mahi on the way in.

Reports have there WAS, check the temp shots, a large eddy of warm water in the Scarp arera.  A lot of beliners, and mahi have been cauht there by other boats.  If you venture to the far side of the eddy it is stacked with black fin and a few yellowfin thrown in with them.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Capt. Brant 09/07/2015

Due south of Ocean Isle Beach 57nm- 150-200' of water- area with tons of ledges

Robert Myers 09/06/2015

Just curious if you can tell me where the scarp area is? Not familier with the brunswick county waters. Thanks





"Back in stock" | | 09/05/15
 

Like nasal spray for your engine
- "Brant McMullan"
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"Match the hatch" | | 09/05/15
 

Mullet are running- what u think u want to be throwing to catch all the fish that are eating them? Available at OIFC Sent from my iPhone
- Brant McMullan
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"Shrimp Boat Shark Bite" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/04/15
 

Kenneth and Meaghan Keys caught this hefty black tip right behind one of our local shrimp boats off Holden Beach this morning. Nice work guys.


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Wahoo Bite continues" | | 09/04/15
 

Corey Bellamy and Choice Of Two team fished the stream yesterday from Winyah Scarp to the Heel. He reported having 7 bites and boating 2 fish. Red/black and purple/black skirts on medium and select ballyhoo were choice. The wahoo fishing has been good in that area for several weeks. Sent from my iPhone
- Brant McMullan
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"OIFC charter fleet n action" | | 09/04/15
 

Want to catch a big, hard fighting fish that runs and jumps like a marlin, BUT you only have to book a 4 or 6 hour trip and stay within sight of land-- It is Blacktip Shark season. Can't Derek is showing off a fine specimen here before release. Easy access and too much fun to catch. Sent from my iPhone
- Brant McMullan
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"Fall" | | 09/04/15
 

Yellow Butterflies- check Cooler air- check Northerly wind- check Mullet running the beach- check Fall on the Carolina Coast....priceless Sent from my iPhone
- Barrett McMullan
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"Mullet on the beach " | | 09/04/15
 

Light north wind and big mullets are all over beach- fishing about to go off.
- Brant McMullan
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"Wahoo Wednesday" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 09/03/15
 


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"Flounder Fishery - RFA-NC Meeting Announcement" | | 09/03/15
 

To all RFA members and potential members or fishermen who recognize the need for changes to Flounder regulations: September 8th at 730 PM there will be an RFA-NC meeting at the American Legion Building at Carolina Beach N C behind the Food Lion shopping center on Bridge Barrier Rd. This meeting will discuss the mess in Raleigh and how we can help this issue on flounder and other species. This is important so bring all your friends. Many thanks The RFA-NC board of directors
- "Brant McMullan"
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"30 Miles Out in an 18ft Boat=Youth" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/30/15
 

~~After running 30 miles offshore on an 18 foot boat and our GPS quitting on us we managed to find this nice grouper that made it all worth it
--by 1st Mate Ben Morris


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Off Shore Action" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/29/15
 

~~Went to the Gulf Stream (Steeples) on Wednesday out of Masonboro. Slow but
did pick up a Wahoo and a King. Around 10 short bites. Flat seas but skirted
storms all day. Caught in 250 ft of water.
Captain Rich Carcich
Captain Scott Myerson
-----Thx for the report guys


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"This Weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/27/15
 

It amazes me every year how the busy summer season flies by. It starts with your dedicated gulf stream fishermen - eager to hook their first mahi-mahi of the year. Once the blue water bite fizzles its just about time for the annual Jolly Mon king mackerel tournament. Everyone gets their mind set on an award winning king and it normally stays this way throughout the summer. Dock talk will normally consist of “kings bit good at shark hole” or the frequent “man we tried everywhere in the ocean but couldn’t buy a bite today.” Then suddenly the tourists and weekend warriors pack their bags to head back home, leaving an incredible fishing opportunity behind. This time of the year through late October is by far my favorite time to go fishing off Brunswick County’s coast. Almost all targeted species are moving into what I call their “transition” phase. Meaning they haven’t quite made it to their fall hangouts but are slowly making their way there. The great part about this is you really never know what your going to catch when venturing offshore. When the right conditions are present, your average weekend angler can go out to places like the Atlantic ledge, BP 25, the hammer and actually have a shot at catching a big king mackerel, mahi-mahi or even a sailfish all in one day. Not to mention the gulf stream and bottom fishing that can be done when traveling further offshore. With this weekend’s marine forecast, almost all local boats will be sailing towards the blue water. My approach would be to high speed troll for wahoo early in the morning. Then once the sun gets up high, drop to the bottom for big vermilion snapper, black sea bass and grouper. Both OIFC charter boats have openings for these longer 10hr or Gulf Stream trips this weekend. Call (910) 575-3474 to book your trip offshore today.


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Fwd: NC Fisheries Management Continues to Amaze..." | | 08/26/15
 

The OIFC is in support of Flounder management changes. See the below information to be brought up to speed. CALL TO ACTION If we had not been present at last week's MFC meeting we would not have believed the turn of events that took place. On Thursday morning, DENR Secretary van der Vaart received a letter signed by 13 senators and representatives asking the Secretary "to rescind immediately the MFC's existing authority to supplement the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan." The Secretary deemed these 13 legislators as representative of "ample concern within both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly" to have one of the Department attorneys deliver his letter to the MFC meeting on Thursday asking the MFC to postpone the vote on adopting a supplement to the Southern flounder FMP presumably to give the newly appointed Commissioners "the necessary time to achieve an informed vote." But in an even more bizarre turn of events, Representative Steinburg made an unscheduled appearance before the Commission to issue a thinly veiled threat that "you could be voting on an issue tomorrow as it relates to the banning of gill nets and so forth" and "if any decision that's made is interpreted as not being fair, you will likely be dealing with the legislature moving forward." Rep. Steinburg from Edenton was one of the 13 legislators that signed the letter asking the Secretary to rescind the supplement authority. The others were Sen. Bill Cook, Sen. Brent Jackson, Sen. Bill Rabon, Sen. Norm Sanderson, Sen. Jerry Tillman, Rep. George Cleveland, Rep. Frank Iler, Rep. Pat McElraft, Rep. Chris Millis, Rep. Phil Shepard, Rep. Michael Speciale, and Rep. Paul Tine. All represent coastal counties with the exception of Sen. Jackson. The supplement process has been publicly transparent, allowing ample public input, through both oral and written comments. During this comment period the Division received 986 email comments, 260 letters, and 3,976 petition signatures. Only 45 comments out of 5,222 opposed significantly reducing the Southern flounder catch. That is less that 1% of the comments that did not support strong protection of the resource. CCA-NC fully supports the MFC's efforts to seek a supplement to the Southern flounder FMP to finally end overfishing and allow the stock to begin to recover. In all of the years that CCA NC has been working with the MFC on fisheries management issues, no one has ever seen this type of legislative move to influence a Commission of the executive branch. There was overwhelming public support in favor of efforts to reduce commercial harvest of Southern flounder by raising the minimum size limit to 15 inches, implementing a Total Allowable Catch limit for commercial harvest, the prohibition of large-mesh gill nets and no further reductions to the recreational limits. The MFC was told by the Secretary of DENR and 13 state legislators that it is not a matter of whether the public agrees with the need to protect a depleted fishery from continued overfishing, it is more important to continue to allow a very small sector of the commercial fishing industry to profit from a shrinking public trust resource. The citizens of North Carolina that have spoken up in support of the supplement process should be very upset with their representatives, and they should let them know. The Governor's office should also be very upset with the legislators that are seeking to circumvent the executive power of the MFC commissioners that were appointed as fisheries managers by the Governor. We are asking all concerned citizens to contact their legislators and express their concern. Please click on the following link to our Action Center for a sample message that we encourage you to edit in your own words and use to send a personal message to your representatives: NC Fisheries Management Continues to Amaze... Thank you for your support, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. David Sneed, Executive Director Click here to unsubscribe from this mailing list.
- Brant Mcmullan
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Steve Chase 08/28/2015

8/28/2015 Hi Brandt, I wrote an email to Representatives Iler and Rabon last night. Included Jacob Frick's article from the Brunswick Beacon and copied Jacob on my email. Would have copied you also but do not know your email address. Jacob's article was spot on and I totally agree with it. All of the recreational fisherman should write to their representatives that are voting against the restrictions on the commercial fishermen. Here are the addresses of the two reps that I wrote to: FRANK.ILER@NCLEG.NET; BILL.RABON@NCLEG.NET

Tommy Helms 08/28/2015

What can we do at this point to help ? Who should I contact ? I would do what I can to help .

Gerald Turner, DDS 08/27/2015

MFC must keep total control of the flounder rules.





"Empty Pockets" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/26/15
 

Wendell Barnett with 15 wahoo and 2 kings.  the biggest was 50 lbs.  Wendell fishes out of Cherry Grove and usually heads south.

2nd pic is from Jim Bowen


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Mark 08/27/2015

Does Wendell spend the night out there or something? 15 in a day seams a bit crazy





"High Speed" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/24/15
 

Jim Bowen sent us these pictures of some wahoo he caught while high speed trolling with some friends Friday.

Thanks Jim!


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"Salt Terminator" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/23/15
 

 

Captain Kevin Sneed posted this on his Facebook page today.  If you scroll down you will see how my motors looked while flushing them with Salt Eliminator.   I strongly recommend you flush your motors regularly with Salt Terminator.  I appreciate when someone posts pictures that give credability to my reports.  Thanks for sharing Kevis. 

 A weeks worth of salt, salt away, lots of fresh water. Going to let her run in the tank (horse trough) tomorrow. I love the salt water, just don't want it in my engine! —

The 2nd pic is my moto on the Do Work while I was flushing it.  That is not smoke.  It's 100% salt build up.  The motor was not running


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sheriff Ingram's Flatfish Roundup" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/23/15
 

I was privileged to be the weighmaster at the Tournament in Southport yesterday.  What a success..58 boats in an inshore flounder/red tournament!!!!!!!!  Below are a couple of pictures. 

The 1st pic is Kala Brurer 1st place and 1st place lady Angler.  Picture 2 is TEAM AMERICA, featuring the Do Work's, Captain Jeff and OIFC Pro Staffer Brandon Sauls  Picture 4 is Roman Hewett, winner of the Jr Angler aboard the Finfever.  Picture 5 is the leaderboard.


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"Finally, At Last..." | Tiberias - 22' | 08/22/15
 

George, Sam, and Max joined me for a half day charter just looking to find some kind of action. They explained that they had been out several times and had struggled to find any good action. They had tried offshore a few times in the past but one of the boys struggles with sea sickness. We elected not to try for the hot spanish bite because of that. The tide was high and finding good mullet minnows was a bit of a challenge. We found a good school of menhaden and caught a net full of those. We kept looking for the finger mullet and did finally find a few dozen. We headed for a flounder hole and quickly got a few bites. They were all short of the 15 inch mark. The next hour or so went completely dead. It was looking like a few short flounder was going to be it for our trip. I was getting a bit fustrated to say the least. Finally, a small red hit and gave us some hope. We stuck around for a little while with only bluefish and pinfish nipping at our baits. I decided to make one more short move to check out an area that usually holds redfish. First cast we were hooked up! I couldn't get another bait in the water quick enough. We ended up tripled up on solid over the slot reds between 28 and 30 inches. We hooked up several more times and landed a few more with a couple of keepers in the slot. It is the kind of action a guide enjoys seeing and wishes all his clients could enjoy each time out. Fall fishing is just around the corner and now is the time to reserve your spot. Come on down and go fishing with us! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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