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"Caught a Few..." | Tiberias - 22' | 03/26/15
The backwater action is starting to pick up and we should start to see steady improvement over the next few weeks as the water continues to warm. Redfish are still the main species stirring in our waters with a few black drum and speckled trout hanging aroud as well. Some anglers have actually caught some flounder on the warmer days near low tide. That really is not uncommon this time of year, but I wouldn't say you could target them right now. If the warm weather stays with us Cherry Grove just might fire off about the 3rd week of April. We battled the east winds today, not only was it out of the east, but it really got cranking about mid day. We did manage to find a few reds pushing water in our first spot. They were stubborn, but we did snag one short, one slot fish, and one over the slot fish. We made several more moves searching high and low for redfish. We did manage to find a couple more schools with one school having quite a few fish in it. We managed a few cast before the school saw the boat and left the country. We found another small school of 15 to 20 fish and got another opportunity. Another nice slot fish probably around 24 inches released itself just out of dip net range. This school also found a good hiding spot and the east wind was slapping the hull pretty good by this time, so there was no sneaking back on them. We checked a few docks along the waterway with no luck. More fish should start to move in along the waterway any day now. See ya on the water!
Capt. Jacob Frick
"Spring Kickoff Raffle!" | OIFC | 03/25/15
Spring Kickoff is THIS Saturday, March 28th!
Don't miss out on the opportunity to win a YETI, Ocean Isle Fishing Center Gift Card or an Ocean Isle Fish Company Gift Certificate!
Make a purchase at either establishment and you will be entered to win!
"" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 03/24/15
SPRING KICKOFF 2015
Saturday, March 28th
New “panel style” FREE SEMINARS”. Capt. Brant will serve as moderator as noted successful fishermen discuss and compare tactics as well as take questions on specific species.
10am- Ban Gill Nets- CCA
10:45am- Speckled Trout- Jacob Frick & Brandon Sauls
11:30am- King Mackerel- Brett Barnes & Austin Aycock
12:15pm- Reef Flounder- Clay Morphis & Jeff Williamson
1:00pm- NC Marine Fisheries - Michelle Duval & Chris Burrows
1:45pm- Dolphin- Joe Seegers & Larry Spainhour
USED TACKLE SALES FORUM
This is an excellent opportunity to bring your used fishing gear and sell it. We have seen some really good gear and good deals come through this forum in years past as fishermen seek to upgrade and refit their equipment to be ready for the upcoming season. *** Tables will be available, so all you need to bring is your gear.
MONO- $.02/yd- 20#, 30# and 50#
$04/yd- 80#, 100# and 130#
BRAID- $.07/yd- 20#, 30# and 65#
$.10/yd- 80#, 100# and 150#
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ABOUT THE OCEAN ISLE FISHING CENTER
Our mission at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center is to be the ultimate source for fishing in the Carolinas; providing the what, when, where and how-to you need to be a better fisherman. Beyond helping you to "be good", the Ocean Isle Fishing Center can help you "look good" as well. Featuring products by Guy Harvey, Salt Life, Pelagic, Eliza B., Atlantic Drift, Southern Marsh and Southern Fried Cotton.
"SPRING KICKOFF THIS WEEKEND" | OIFC | 03/23/15
SPRING KICKOFF- SATURDAY, MARCH 28th - 10am-3pm
Used Tackle Sales Forum
OIFC clearance sale
It's going to a good show this weekend. Come get geared up and ready for the Spring and Summer fishing season. See you here.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Hot vudu mullets" | | 03/23/15
The Oifc isn't big enough to carry every size and color of every lure, but we are expertise enough to know what lures in what sizes and colors you need to catch fish in this area: and thus we have all the Vudu Mullet you need, stocked and ready.
"Sea Bassin" | | 03/22/15
Fresh Sea Bass soon to be on menu at Fish Company thanks to Brayden McMullan,
Austin Aycock and Capt dad.
Thanks to all that have come to try out the new Ocean Isle a Fish Company and welcome to those who have not. There's a lot of pressure to produce and keep our customers with the freshest of fish on the menu, but we are working to continue that- fishing when you have to catch fish is different than going for fun. Brayden says this afternoon after we got back from fishing, "dad, can I go play in the sandbox? I've been working all day." That's from a 5 year old.
"2015 dock staff training" | | 03/21/15
"Welcome Back!!!" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/21/15
Welcome back to the world of off shore fishing Lee Frick! This is a picture of Lee Frick fueling his twin 300 hp Merc powered 27 ft Onslow Bay yesterday at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Lee is a long time friend and accomplished off shore angler who took a short break. Glad to see you back and our compliments on a beautiful boat!
Capt. Rickey Beck
"JOLLY MON VIP" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/20/15
We now have our online entry and mail-in entry forms prepared for participants. Individuals who have qualified will be emailed an invitation on April 1st containing a password and two web links which bring you to either the online or mail-in entry page. To prevent confusion, please email email@example.com the email address you wish to be contacted if you have qualified for the tournament.
Capt. Derek Treffinger
"Testing the Vudu Mullet" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/18/15
The backwater action is about what is expected for this time of year. Look hard for large groups of schooling fish and then go to work on them. One day they may bite and the next they just won't look at a bait. Yesterday, I did finally stumble up on a large school of reds and tested out the NEW! Vudu mullet. Either the reds were really hungry or the Vudu is no joke. Spring break and Easter weekend bookings are filling up fast so give us a call before it is too late. See ya on the water!
Capt. Jacob Frick
"Inshore action" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 03/16/15
Rick Roberts from Charlotte reported good redfish action in back creeks between Sunset and Little River. He caught a half dozen keeper size Reds and a few Trout on Gulp Shrimp in White and also New Penny colors. He reported action by working bait very slow along flats outside creek channels in 18-24" of water.
"Spring Kick Off" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/13/15
~~ OIFC Spring Kickoff 2015
SATURDAY, MARCH 28th, 2015
Don't miss out on this fun family event! Lots of sale merchandise, FREE fishing seminars and new products!! We are excited for everyone to see the renovations and to dine at the NEW Ocean Isle Fish Company
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Spring Break Road Trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/13/15
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~~Spring break to most collegiate students includes loud music, cheap hotels, and crowded beaches along Florida’s coastline. For some this is the ultimate vacation. However being a charter fisherman, if I was going to get a week off school, I was going fishing. My tight collegiate budget landed my girlfriend Kelly and I in Islamorada, Florida for four days. With my 19’ sea pro center console in tow we departed at 3am on 3/6. The plan was to splash the boat upon arrival, fish as much as we could, and most importantly relax.
Capt. Derek Treffinger
After 14 hours of toll roads and fast food we finally made it to the sport fishing capital of the world – Islamorada. The first day of fishing took me by surprise. Everyone I talked to that had fished down there had told me the wind blows constantly. With this in mind, I checked the marine forecast which showed light to variable winds for the first day then increasing to 15-20 knots the last two days we had to fish. Well the weather man was wrong once again. Upon making my way through snake creek entering the Atlantic we were greeted with a steady 15 knot wind straight out of the north east. In my mind I’m thinking “great, with this wind it’s going to make it extremely tough to catch bait and even more difficult to travel to the fishing grounds.” Thus, I made the executive decision to ditch netting pilchards and head offshore to jig up some bait. This way I’d be heading in the direction of the fishing grounds while being in range to catch bait. Upon arrival we anchored up, set out a chum block, and began the waiting game. Small reef fish began to pick off small pieces of chum yet they weren’t the ballyhoo, or cigar minnows I had hoped for. Suddenly Kelly gets a tug from what seems to be a decent fish on her Sabiki rig. She manages to pull up two 7” speedos. Now I’m thinking “that’s a start but those baits are a little big for bottom fishing.” About 30 minutes pass and it seemed the speedos were all we were going to catch. With the bigger picture in mind I told Kelly since we already made the trek out here, we might as well see what we could catch with the bait we had. My plan was to head just offshore of the reef edge, anchor up, dangle the speedos from a kite, and bottom fish while doing so. For those of you unaware of this reef edge – it is a drastic slope about 3 miles off of the FL, keys. It ranges in depths yet we were fishing in about 90 feet just a couple hundred yards off the shallow reef. With high hopes, we began to fish. Dropping squid down to the bottom, flying the kite, while attracting reef fish with our chum block. Unfortunately, my grand plan became a swing and miss after fishing for an hour with only remoras and small bottom fish to show for it. Now I’m thinking “Guess I’m not in Kansas anymore Toto.” With conditions worsening, I tucked my tail between my legs and headed back to the dock. I had realized the wind was playing a major factor on how effective we were fishing and I need to adapt the next two days.
The second day of fishing was my recon day. I figured if I can’t figure out how to catch the fish, I’m going to find someone who does. After consulting with tackle shops, charter captains, and mates I came to the conclusion that our speedos were decent baits to use however pilchards, goggle eyes and ballyhoo were better baits for sailfish and other predatory pelagics. After the recon mission we decided to do a little back water fishing. This type of fishing had us fishing bridges and mangroves with decent luck. We managed to hook a few small grouper, mangrove snapper, and jack crevalle. Bored and sunburnt Kelly and I headed back to the dock to prepare for the day ahead. Once again, the forecast called for light and variable winds with 2-3 foot waves; and once again it was incredibly wrong.
On the third and final day of fishing, I decided to bring along Kelly’s father Jack who had been vacationing in Islamorada near us. We winded through snake creek and this time greeted with 20 knot winds on top of 3-4 foot seas. However bound and determined to catch the big one, we pushed off to the reef edge at a bumpy 14 knots. This time the plan was to make do with what we had. I dropped the chum in the water and this time our target species of bait showed up – Ballyhoo and blue runners. I was aware how delicate ballyhoo can be therefore we sabiki’d about 3 ballyhoo and 3 blue runners and headed a little further offshore to begin fishing. Shortly after getting everything situated, I noticed what looked like yellowtail snapper feeding on chum about 10 feet under the surface back behind the boat. I’m thinking “I’ve read about how to catch these fish. Light leaders, small hooks, small pieces of bait.” Well I am here to tell you that these critters are much harder to catch than what people make it out to seem. We tried everything down to 8lb test, a hair hook, with a small piece of de-shelled shrimp attached to it – no takers. Then I figured “well we must need to get them really fired up to get them bite something with a hook in it.” I began to ground up the chum and toss it back to the school while Kelly would pitch a bait when they came up to feed – STILL no takers. My last explanation to my problem was that I was a rookie and I was mistaking yellowtails for another fish. Thus, there was only one way to be sure I wasn’t going senile. With my mask on and flippers strapped I jumped in the water. And to my disappointment they were in fact big fat yellowtail snappers. Angered with disbelief I focused my attention on something I actually knew how to do well – kite fishing. Dangled off the long kite line was a ballyhoo and off the short was a lively blue runner. Once again we sat and waited. About an hour passed and I mentioned to Kelly’s father than I was going to let the kite back a little father to see what happens.
It was the bottom of the ninth, tie ballgame, 3-2 count – this was my last technique to entice something that pulled drag. Apparently I swung at the right pitch because shortly after I let the kite back, a 60 pound sailfish piled onto the long bait. FINALLY we were hooked up. Jack manned the rod as I eased the boat closer and closer to grab the leader. Remember that there are 3 adults in a 19 foot bay boat in 3 foot seas – a sight to say the least. The sail put on a show for us before I grabbed the leader, carefully brought him aboard, took pictures and revived him back to life.
After that fish and the weather we had done it in, our trip was made. For me it wasn’t necessarily about the fish being caught or how big it was. It was simply the fact of going to a completely foreign fishery, finding the right bait, to catch fish. Some people call it luck, I call it adaptation. Long story short the trip was a success from the warm tempered climate and the memories made while in it. Islamorada, FL is an excellent fishing and vacation destination. I can assure it won’t be my last trip down there.
"Now available- vudu mullet" | | 03/10/15
These were top secret hot inshore baits for Trout and Redfish this Fall. OIFC now stocking- VUDU mullet
Please excuse the brief response. Sent from my phone. Capt. Brant McMullan
"Team Aqua Loco" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/09/15
Team Aqua Loco fished the scarp area 67/68 degree water using planners and blue and white Islanders and a mix of black and red all with Bally hoo. both wahoo hit the long flat line. They had several short strikes. Pictured are Adrian and Daniel
Capt. Rickey Beck
"2015 Edition of the OIFC Year Round Rodeo" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/09/15
Yes there will be a Rodeo and lines can be in the water at 12:01am the morning of April 1st!!!! Same rules as last year, maybe a couple of tweeks to clean up some grammer but no real changes. Go to our tournament page and read it over. Everything you need to know is there. If something isn't clear shoot me an email at the OIFC. I would love to see some new winners this year. It only takes one bite and you can walk away with a nice trophy and some $$$$$. Not a bad investment for $20 an individual per species or $60 for a boat per species.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Let's Begin" | | 03/07/15
First Mate Aaron and I are hosting our first charter of the season. Stay