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- Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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MAY 7-15, 2016
JUNE 15-19, 2016
OCTOBER 7-9, 2016
Patrick Prince caught these nice sheep head today using live sandfiddlers. He said it was a little cool but a beautiful day Thanks for the report-Capt Rickey Sent from my iPhone
~~Brandon & Clay we have your new Team America gear at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. We are getting in new products daily. I'm liking the ocean digital break up myself. And for the trout fishermen we have the new VuDu Shrimp with the rattles. The trout bite slowed a little, in my opinion, because the water temp dropped. So the VuDu may be what's required to draw a little extra attention for next week when it is supposed to warm up.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to announce that I am accepting waiting list requests for the 2016 Jolly Mon VIP King Mackerel Tournament. Format, rules, and field information regarding this tournament can be found at 2016 Jolly Mon VIP . If you are unsure about if you qualified or not, check the invitee list located near the bottom of the tournament’s page. If you did not qualify and have serious interest in fishing this tournament, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your name on the list. For those who DID qualify, PLEASE email me either stating you will not be able to participate or give me your contact information if you are interested. I have quite a few email addresses from last year however I would like to have the address that is most convenient for anglers with interest. Thus, email me or call me at (704) 616-1615 to reserve a waiting list spot.
Attention Elite Anglers,
As symptoms of cabin fever start to set in, I have been kicking around some ideas for potential tournaments this year. Please take a moment to fill out this extremely short survey to assist the OIFC in creating another “can’t miss” king mackerel tournament. Click HERE to fill out the survey. If any problems occur while taking the survey, please contact me at email@example.com.
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OK, it is that time of year when the OIFC will begin to mold its employment team for the coming season. There are job opportunities for store clerks and watersports staff. NOW IS THE TIME, to fill out your application and get it to us so we know you have interest.
We have been hosting the OIFC year-round Rodeo out of the OIFC for years. I am interested in "livening it up" and trying to infuse some new energy into the Rodeo. I am seeking readers to reply to this report with their own thoughts and ideas on how to get more interest and entry into the an OIFC tournament that extends over at least a month or longer. We currently have 3 inshore inshore species and 3 offshore species and competition is from March 15 to Dec 31. Awards are for top 3 of each species and an overall winner for scoring highest in multiple divisions. Thanks for input Capt. Brant McMullan www.OIFC.com (910) 575-3474
~~Daniel Simmons, Bryan Freeman, Brian Robbins and Ben Jordan ran out to the Blackjack Hole Thursday morning. Trolling lines in at first light, water was 69.4 degrees. No bait marks, no bites in 2 hours of working it. Picked up and ran to the 100/400. Water was 68.8 and no life there, no bites in 2 hours of working it from 150 to 300 feet. Went to plan B and found the snowy groupers in a much better mood than the
wahoos. Got a limit of snowies and some nice yellowedges. Now I just need Jeff Martini to teach me some of his secret recipes!
~~We fished 4 hrs in afternoon. The next morning we fished 4 hrs, no wahoo just bonitas and cudas 2 wahoo average 59 lb each. We slept at breaks, The temp said it was 53 degrees but the wind chill made it was cold.
Thanks for the report Wendell. He's one hard core fisherman!!
~~Chance Martini Ryan Powers nice job today gentlemen, because it was ROUGH AS @#%& !
OIFC is seeking a charter captain to join our charter fishing crew for the upcoming 2016 Summer season. The position is as a part-time captain, fishing 2-3 days/week on a set schedule in June, July and August. Experience in offshore boat operation, safety and fishing is required along with of course, a USCG captain's license. If you have interest email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Another Venice, Louisiana fishing trip is in the books. Captain Ben Morris and I ventured down to Cypress Cove Marina with orders to pick up a new addition of Captain Brant’s boat collection, a used 31’ Contender. Along with these orders, Brant generously gave me the go ahead to fish this boat before bringing it back to Ocean Isle. Of course I was all over this opportunity and couldn’t wait to try my luck in the Gulf. We were fortunate enough to fish offshore both Thursday (1/7) and Friday (1/8) however these two days of fishing could quite possibly be the most mentally challenging days of fishing I have ever had. Day one offshore began mid morning after we fixed a few things on the boat and headed out of Southwest Pass. Marine forecast’s showed winds in the 15-20 knot range, seas 4-6 feet with heavy rain most of the day. As many times he is wrong, the weather man was spot on this particular day. We trudged our way 12 miles out to a set of rigs in 72-degree water where I hoped a few wahoo or yellowfin tuna would be lurking. Once we got to the rigs, we set out a spread of swimming plugs similar to what the locals down there use to catch wahoo. Three to four rods, all rigged with hard body diving plugs in colors purple, green, and a gaudy bubblegum pink that supposedly catches the most fish – definitely different from our normal NC gulf stream spread. Not necessarily confident with my approach, I pointed the boat towards the nearest oil rig and before I could tell Ben how skeptical I was about this type of fishing, we had our first bite from a small yet encouraging 25-pound yellowfin. On our second pass of the rig we picked up a 30-pound wahoo. Both on the pink lure. It was actually working! Then like a light switch, the wind changed directions and the bite got real quiet, real quick. We trolled and chunk baited a few other rigs in the area yet our targeted species simply did not want to bite. With our heads held high we headed back to Cypress Cove with hopes of figuring out this off bite the following day. Marine forecasts for this day (1/8), showed light and variable winds most of the day with seas averaging around 2 feet. With calm conditions in mind, we woke up early and abruptly got hit with a fog bank just a few hundred yards from the dock. On charters in NC, I have encountered fog on many trips yet this fog was THICK. Couldn’t see the bow of the boat, much less anything around it. Two other local charter boats near the dock sat idle as we all contemplated on what to do. One boat, without radar, opted to stay at the dock and try their luck another day and the other boat, with radar decided to take it slow down the Mississippi until the fog lifted some. This other boat and I agreed to follow each other as best we could yet the fog had us separated in minutes. None the less, we turned our radar on and headed towards south pass. Two hours later we finally made it to the mouth. Our plan was to run about 30 miles to the east towards an area called the salt dome. This area is well known for its incredible king mackerel and yellowfin tuna action during certain times of the year. This area was also showing good 73 degree water when I checked the satellite shot prior to departure. Once we made out of south pass, we quickly realized that the weatherman was back to normal and wrong again. 3-5 foot seas kept the trim tabs down the whole ride out as we trudged out towards the legendary salt dome. With about 10 miles to go, I mentioned to Ben that the water clarity had failed to change and the sea temp was still residing in the low 60’s. With hopes of a miraculous temp break we continued on the last 10 miles. As we neared the numbers my hopes of giant yellowfin and skying king mackerel quickly diminished. After a 30 mile, back breaking wet ride, we had placed ourselves in 61 degree dirty green water. We deployed baits just in case the undesirable water was just a thin top layer but unfortunately we didn’t get any bites. “What now?” Ben asked as I pondered the GPS. My plan was to do what I and many other NC king mackerel fishermen would probably do, and that was to run offshore until I found good water. So off we went to the nearest rig offshore and thankfully we found a temp break in 1200 feet of water. We deployed our baits and fished hard for the next 2 hours culling through false albacore, small amberjacks and countless small sharks. We were in utter disbelief. This is Venice! Shouldn’t there be yellowfin tuna and wahoo waiting to engulf all our baits!? My thought was to run the break line until we found birds or some sort of activity as I had done in the past. However, after miles of searching with full confidence of finding something, I made the executive decision to wave my white flag and surrender to the Gulf. Once back at the dock I met up with the charter captain we had lost in the fog that morning. Unfortunately, he had experienced the same temperature, color and action we did. These two days of fishing were pretty eye opening to me. Many people think that once in famous fishing destination, it becomes more of a catching trip instead of a fishing trip. It shows you that no where you are, and what obstacles you have to face before you get there, there is always bad days of fishing. Regardless of the lack of evidence that we went fishing, the most enjoyable part of this trip was learning a new area. The people, the culture, the water and even that gaudy pink lure are the differences that make places like Venice, Louisiana unique. Till next time Venice --
The Off Season:
Brandon Sauls, Brian Walker and Clay Morphis enjoyed a day at Honey Hill Hunting Preserve with a little hunting and topping the day off with a trout bite. YuDu Shrimp my peeps....
Meanwhile Capt Jeff Beck of Team Do Work/OIFC laid some fiberglass with the Hail Yeah/OIFC Team on their latest project boat and I was joined my the lovely Miss Terri at the Myrtle Beach Boat Show. We all have the fever!!
This is it!! Only change was adding Dr Jeff Wallen's 5.03 trout. Be ready for 2016!!!!
Capt. Ben Morris of the OIFC is fishing in Venice, La and caught this wahoo along with some yellow fin tuna. He said the seas were rough as a...... cob, but they will get back at it tomorrow Sent from my iPhone