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"Mixed Catch" | Catch All | 06/01/16
 

The OIFC Catch All and World Cat both had successful & fun charters today in 100 ft of water   Aboard the Catch All Contender were Mark Boles, Matthew Boles & Steven Frost all of Dublin, Ga. They are pictured with the mahi

On the Cat boat were Antonella Biundi,Trevor Spock, & Charles Spock. They are shown with the bottom fish & the king 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fishing is Good even on Bad days" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/01/16
 

I stress all the time about catching fish and often clients remind me that a bad day on the water still beats a great day at the office. The problem is this is my office and catching fish often dictates how I feel about my day. I can promise you nothing makes me more happy than clients bringing fish to the boat. My goal and hope is for all my clients to experience the awesomeness our fishery has to offer at its peak. That doesn't always happen, but most of the time we do grind out a few fish even on the bad days. Lately, the fishing has been pretty good. Flounder have been good targets that have been willing to bite. Speckled trout have also been good targets early in the morning and even a few good ones show up in the mix while targeting flounder with live baits. Black drum have been hit or miss with lots of small ones hanging around. Redfish have also been hit or miss as it seems to be fewer of these fish around right now. On calm days we have been out on the beach drilling the spanish mackerel and even picking on the sharks for good measure. Come on down and lets go find some fish! These fine folks did! See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"#viralhenry" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 05/31/16
 

This is a photo from a trip Henry Beckham and Hackney Parker took to the Jetties Sunday. They want to thank the OIFC 's Capt Jeff Williamson for putting them in the fish


- Austin Aycock
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"Flounder Hunter" | Tiberias - 22' | 05/31/16
 

Elizabeth Hunter had a blast catching some nice flounder for dinner. The flounder bite has been pretty good in our area, but lots of fish are still on the small side. Elizabeth also won the award for most species caught today. She landed toadfish, pinfish, black drum, croakers, grunts, speckled trout, flounder, and finished the day with a nice redfish. Her grandfather Jesse even pulled a shark out of the water for a little extra excitement. The water is heating up and the baitfish are getting thick. Opportunities to catch fish should get greater with each passing day. Come on down and lets go fishing! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"From WECT-TV" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/30/16
 

 

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - The Fourth Annual Ocean Isle Inshore Challenge, hosted by Fisherman’s Post Newspaper, is set for June 3 and 4.

According to a news release, boats will compete to earn eight payout spots in flounder and red drum categories. The entry fee is $150 per boat with no limit to the number of fisherman per boat. No-boundaries fishing starts at 6 a.m. and ends at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at 4 p.m.

Secondary prizes will be given to lady, junior and senior anglers. Bonus payouts will be awarded to fish that are alive and in good condition. All live flatfish and red drum will be released following weigh-in and some of the flounder will be given to South Brunswick High School’s Aquaculture Program.

 

Participants are invited to attend the Captains’ Party and Awards Dinner to be held at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Proceeds will go to the Wilmington Elks #532, who invest in programs that help children remain drug-free and healthy.

The tournament welcomes all ages and skill levels. Register at www.fishermanspost.com under the Tournaments tab.

Copyright 2016 WECT. All rights

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Patriotic Monday" | | 05/30/16
 

Brayden is feeling the 'Merican spirit Pelagic style. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Happy Memorial Day" | Tiberias - 22' | 05/30/16
 

The picture below says it all. Gus was treated by his daughters to a backwater fishing trip. As his family stands behind him and he admires the fine flounder that he caught I couldn't help but notice his hat. A man that represents a generation of men that proudly stood in front of us to protect us. A generation proud to call themselves Americans. Thank you to all those that have served and are actively serving! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Man in the blue suit" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/28/16
 

Paul Cochrane, Madison Cochrane, Devrin Avant, Keith Duncan, Jake Raynor, Kevin Mack, Brooke Atwell and Keith Guerin caught their first blue marlin yesterday aboard the "On the Dot" while fishing near the 100/400. The fish hit a black/red lil' stubby in the prop wash. The fish was safely released. 


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Working the AR's" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 05/27/16
 

Capt Tommy Helms shows us the flounder have arrived at the AR's Sent from my iPhone


- Austin Aycock
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"COBIA CLASH UPDATE" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/27/16
 

Per angler request and the weather channel's relentless flow of exaggerated information, I've made the executive decision to change the fishing days for this years Cobia Clash. Anglers will now have the option to either fish tomorrow (5/28), Monday (5/30), Wednesday (6/1) and Saturday (6/4). Anglers must register and declare their day of fishing before 7AM of the day they wish to fish. The awards breakfast will be held Sunday (6/5) at 9am. Same rules, same boundaries, just a slight a adjustment to the fishing days. Please call me with any questions - (704) 616-1615 


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Cobia Clash" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/27/16
 

The first annual Cobia Clash is still on for tomorrow. Many anglers have been skeptical due to the wind forecast yet the wind direction is key. Tomorrow the wind is forecasted to be a light northeast breeze which will flatten the beachfront and nearshore waters. This time of year is prime time to catch cobia nearshore on the bait pods and our local artificial reefs. Infact, there were quite a few caught near the cape fear river channel yesterday and today. So the bottom line is, the wind should be minimal, the fish are already wet, lets go fishing!

To enter online CLICK HERE

To print out an entry form CLICK HERE

 


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Ketchie Outdoors" | | 05/27/16
 

Our good friend Travis Ketchie of Ketchie Outdoors posted these beautiful pictures from their trip to the Gulf Stream yesterday Sent from my iPhone
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"Bigger Whiskey" | | 05/26/16
 

Chris Campbell worked hard for these 5 fish during a half day in the Stream Sent from my iPhone
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"" | OIFC | 05/26/16
 

This article, written by national writer Gary Caputi, tells the story of how the menhaden netting ban occurred in our Brunswick County waters and eventually across the entire State of NC.

Click Here---> http://yamahaoutboards.com/yamaha-advantage/news/fishing-tips/brunswick-county%E2%80%99s-redfish-and-cobia-revival


- Rube McMullan
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"Hammerhead " | | 05/25/16
 

Nice hammerhead the Bechtold family caught and released today. 10 year old Micah did a fantastic job of keeping the hammer hooked and bringing him to the boat.
- "Treffinger, Derek James"
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"Bait Pen Orders" | OIFC | 05/25/16
 

DEADLINE 5/31 TO ORDER- 

EMAIL captbrant@oifc.com 

Rob of "Rob's Bait Pens" will be making his annual pilgrimage to the OIFC around June 1, and he will be loading his trailer up with as many pens as he can fit. BUT, he can only bring Pre-Orders, so if you want a pen, I need to get your order. Here is what he will be able to make and bring- ROUND1/2 square mesh- 48"wide x 36" tall - $350 /  1/2" square mesh 48" wide x 48" tall - $380 OVAL1/2" square mesh- 48" long x 30" wide x 30" tall - $235 / 1" square mesh- 60" long x 36" wide x 36" tall - $275 ** INSHORE FISHERMAN'S VERSION* ROUND- 1/2" square mesh- 24" wide x 24" tall - $115. To place order Email- captbrant@oifc.com ** There is a limited number of Pens that can be fit on the trailer so first come?. ** 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"The Retriever's Report" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 05/24/16
 

The Retriever Crew had6 gaffers and 8 Blackfin at the Steeples aboard Retriever with Larry Spainhour and Chris Eckert today 


- Austin Aycock
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"Live bait school report" | | 05/24/16
 

Yesterday live bait class went well. My three students all successfully netted bait, tied their own rigs, rigged their one baits, set lines, hooked fish, gagged fish and cleaned fish: Kings cobia and Jack. We stayed very busy most of the day with a solid King bite at the shark hole; albeit the kings are small this time of year in the 8-10# range, they bite just the same and offer way better gagging practice! The Pogy we found were small, but we doubled them up on rigs and caught kings on them as well as dead cigars. Thanks to class for job well done. Capt. Brant McMullan
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"COBIA CLASH UPDATE" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/23/16
 

***ATTENTION ANGLERS

Due to the recent adjustment to recreational cobia limits, I am forced to make this years first annual Cobia Clash a one day of competition tournament. SATURDAY MAY 28th, will be the only day of competition for participating anglers for this tournament. I have pasted the NCDENR proclamation regarding the adjustment below.

The good news is (knocking on wood, fingers crossed) the weather is forecasted to be light and variable for this particular day (5/28) and that some really large cobia have been caught this past week. Captain Ben and Sean Morris hauled in a 77#, a 100# was weighed in off Wrightsville beach, and quite a few over 60# have been caught near the river channel. Thus, if the weather holds and we get a few more entries, this could be the start of something great. Don’t forget I will be giving a $100 OIFC gift card to the father/son, father/daughter, mother/son, mother/daughter team who weighs in the largest single or aggregate amount of cobia.

To enter online, CLICK HERE

To print out an entry form, CLICK HERE

For questions or concerns regarding the tournament, please do not hesistate to email me at derek@oifc.com   

 

RE: COBIA - COASTAL FISHING WATERS- RECREATIONAL SEASON HARVEST AND SIZE LIMITS AND COMMERCIAL HARVEST AND SIZE LIMITS-TEMPORARY RULE SUSPENSION

 

Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Monday, May 23, 2016, the following restrictions will apply to the cobia fishery in Coastal Fishing Waters:

 

I. SUSPENSION OF N.C. MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION RULE 15A NCAC 03M .0516

N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M. 0516 that reads as follows is suspended in its entirety:

(a) It is unlawful to possess cobia less than 33 inches fork length.

(b) It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) cobia per person per day.

II. RECREATIONAL SEASON, HARVEST AND SIZE LIMITS

A. RECREATIONAL SIZE LIMIT AND SEASON

1. It is unlawful to possess cobia less than 37 inches fork length.

2. It is unlawful to possess a commercial and recreational limit of cobia on the same vessel.

3. The season for the recreational harvest of cobia will close September 30, 2016 unless closed earlier by proclamation.

B. FOR-HIRE VESSEL (While engaged in a For-Hire Vessel operation)

1. It is unlawful to possess more than four (4) cobia per vessel per day or one (1) cobia per person per day if fewer than four (4) people are on board.

2. Harvest will be allowed seven (7) days per week.

C. PRIVATE VESSEL (All vessels not engaged in a For-Hire Vessel operation)

1. It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) cobia per vessel per day or one (1) cobia per person per day, if there is only one person on board.

2. It is unlawful to possess cobia except on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday of each week.

D. SHORE-BASED FISHERY (Including beach, bank and manmade structures such as piers, docks, bridges and jetties)

1. It is unlawful to possess more than one (1) cobia per person per day.

2. Harvest will be allowed seven (7) days per week.

III. COMMERCIAL HARVEST AND SIZE LIMIT

A. It is unlawful to possess cobia less than 33 inches fork length.

 

B. It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) cobia per Standard Commercial Fishing License holder per day in a commercial fishing operation.

 

C. It is unlawful to possess a commercial and recreational limit of cobia on the same vessel.

 

V. GENERAL INFORMATION

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of North Carolina G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, and 03M .0512.

 

B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

 

C. The intent of this proclamation is to manage the cobia fishery in Coastal Fishing Waters and extend the length of the recreational season.

 

D. All undersized or over limit cobia shall be immediately returned to the waters where taken regardless of the condition of the fish.

 

E. In accordance with North Carolina G.S. 113-174.3 it is unlawful for a person to engage in a For-Hire operation without having obtained one of the following licenses issue by the Division: Blanket For-Hire Captain’s CRFL, Blanket For-Hire Vessel CRFL or a Non-Blanket For-Hire Vessel License. These licenses allow individuals properly licensed by the United States Coast Guard to carry passengers.

 

F. In accordance with North Carolina G.S. 113-130 (8) a vessel is defined as every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on the water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on the water.

 

G. In accordance with North Carolina G.S.113-174 a For-Hire Vessel is defined as a charter boat, head boat, dive boat, or other vessel hired to allow individuals to engage in recreational fishing.

 

H. Contact the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at www.ncmarinefisheries.net.

 

I. In accordance with North Carolina General Statute 113-221.1(c) all persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.

 

J. This proclamation supersedes FF-9-2016, dated February 24, 2016. It implements a recreational minimum size limit of 37 inches fork length. It also implements a three-day per week harvest allowance of two (2) fish per vessel (or one (1) per person per day whichever is more restrictive) for the Private Vessel fishery. It implements a four (4) fish per vessel limit and a seven (7) day per week harvest allowance for the For-Hire Vessel fishery. It also implements a one (1) fish per person per day harvest limit for the shore-based fishery, including pier and surf fishing. It closes the recreational cobia season on September 30, 2016, unless the season is closed earlier by proclamation. It maintains a 33-inch fork length minimum size limit and a two (2) fish per Standard Commercial Fishing License holder per day limit for the commercial fishery.


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Do Crew" | | 05/22/16
 

The Do Crew had no problem finding bait just off the "High Hill" this morning. Also reported watching a couple nice cobia being caught. Bait =fish Sent from my iPhone
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