Caroline and Brayden McMullan cleaning up the NC Wildfife boat ramp parking lot at OIB for their school civics project Sent from my iPhone
- Rube McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Below is a picture of local fisherman Shane Britt with his gator 8 1/2 lb trout.
Rodeo participants, I have not forgotten about the trophies & payouts. I've have been out of town on an unexpected family emergency. At this point I am not sure when I'll be back.
Shane Britt went commercial trout fishing and he saw no negative effects of the recent cold weather. I fact he slammed the trout.
I hope this global warming event is over and that I will see you soon.
This will probably come as a shock -- The NC Dept of Revenue has decided not to accept gas tax refund applications in a paper form, only via internet submission- OK. However, as of today, the website needed to enter and apply for your 2013 Gas Tax Refund is NOT UP and NOT WORKING. The OIFC is communicating with politicians and continuing efforts to get through to NC Dept of Revenue. As of today, we have made a dozen or more calls, left that many messages and have yet to receive any word back. I know this likley comes as a shock, so I am sorry for the disturbing news. The OIFC will continue to try to figure out what is going on and hopefully help to open up the process SO WE CAN GET THE MONEY BACK THAT THE STATE OWES US. I wonder if they will pay us interest and penalties on this money owed to us?
We suggest that you contact your local politician to make him aware that you are trying to file your Gas Tax Refund from 1201 but cannot due to the above. If anyone has any information or news on this, please email email@example.com so that we may share the news.
In the mean time, we have the refund forms printed and ready to send to you. We always try to include instructions on how to file for the refund, and thus we will give it another couple of weeks to see if something changes. If not, we will go ahead and send the refund information to you by mid February regardless.
On the bright side- this weekend's weather is looking good. We are hoping to make an offshore trip on Saturday. The temps are 50-60 and winds are called for light. Wahoo and Blackfin fishing can be very good this time of year
Most of the east coast was hit with an ice storm today and tonight. The OIFC's Amanda Bennett took it upon herself to volunteer with The American Red Cross Brunswick Co. Shelter to assist people who had to leave their homes. Earlier this year Amanda coordinated an American Red Cross Blood Drive for her Senior Project.. It was so successful the Red Cross had to turn people away. Amanda continues the OIFC's goals of public service in Brunswick Co.
Amanda is a memer of Team OIFC/Do Work and was 2nd place Lady Angler in the U.S.Open this year.
Borrowed from Team Beeracuda!!!!
The cold weather has really put a damper on keeping a fresh updated fishing report. The bite has been fair on the days that I have been motivated enough to battle with the conditions mother nature has dealt us lately. My last day on the water was January 15th in my kayak. I will share a few of those pictures. We are still seeing some mild conditions in between extremely cold conditions. This last cold spell and the one forecasted this week could be dangerous for the fish stocks. As you can see from one of our lastest reports the canals froze completely over in the dead end areas. We will be back out on the water as soon as the weather breaks to see if we can find any action. Meanwhile, keep warm by checking out two videos from this past season when the big bull reds were biting like crazy. See ya on the water!
The OIFC's senior 1st Mate, and son of Capt. Chris Dew, Aaron is pictured below just prior to his Military Ball. Aaron Serves in the W. Brunswick High School Army ROTC. Making the OIFC proud!
Team OIFC/Get Floor'd member Richie Heycock sent this picture of the water in the canals at Ocean Isle frozen over this morning. The OIFC will be offering Ice Fishing Charters as well as Mud Minnow Cycles as displayed by Miss Amanda and a special on ice water as long as the weather permits.
Miss Amanda broke away from her winter cleaning and organizing duties at the OIFC to enjoy Tuesday afternoon's rainbow. I took off from my important duties of cleaning up the gifts Finn left me in the back yard, loving on my minnows and checking around the Ocean Isle Beach boat ramp to take the picture.. These are the slowest couple of months in the year.
Capt. Rickey has been know to error. I depend on our loyal readers and participants in the Rodeo, or anything else for that matter to help me out. Bob Newell weighed a dolphin in and is the 1st place winner in the Dolphin division. Thanks folks for pointing that out. Congratulations Bob!!!
The checks have been made out. The trophies have been ordered and SHOULD be ready by the end of the week. Capt. Brant & I plan on having an awards dinner at the Wing & Fish Company as soon as the trophies are complete and he get's back in town. We'll pass along the date shortly.
Miss. Amanda is planning a flounder tournament similiar to the trout tournament, with some fine tuning. We've listened to y'alls comments and are working on improving each tournament. Amanda plans on giving the details at the awards dinner.
Looks like senior OIFC reporter, Rickey, beat me to it, but I'll elaborate on our recent fishing expedition to the deep.
A combination of factors went into the necessity of this particular fishing excursion. First, the OIFC's Wing & Fish Company restaurant has enjoyed a very busy holiday seaon and thus the cupboard was looking bare of most all local caught fish. Second, I am leaving town at the end of the week for vacation and if we didn't go now the Wing & Fish Company was going to be just the Wing Company until I got back. Lastly, the restaurants GM, Chris Burrows, yes the same Chris Burrows who was the OIFC GM for several years was looking pretty grim and he confessed he hadn't been on the water since April. One excuse is usually enough to get me to go fishing but with three big ticket items coming to the surface, it was an all out crisis, call to arms, we're outta here.
I loaded up the boat and OIFC Capt. OC and Chris Burrows joined me for an offshore trip. The weather would determine if we went way offshore looking for glory species or stayed close and worked on the black sea bass. Keeping the restaurant stocked with fish this time of year is difficult with the weather. We've been able to make it happen taking shorter trips and loading up on black sea bass which are excellent tasting fish just a pain in the rear to clean.
As luck would have it, the weather was perfect. From the time we got on plane in the waterway until we got home, we never saw less than 40knots when running. With weather and crew lined up I made the call to go for the glory species and head to the deep in search of snowy grouper and whatever else we could find. It took some hunting around but once we got dialed in we began putting meat on the boat.
First in the boat was grey tilefish. These fish range from 4 to 9lbs and are incredible tablefare. If a sea bass is a 9 and a grouper a 10, the grey tile is an 11. Next in the boat was snowy grouper. We found a covey of snowies and got our limit of 15 to 30lbers in no time. Snowies are highly regulated by marine fisheries even for commercial fishermen. Saving the best for last, we dropped down again and this time the rod bent like it hadn't bent all day. Up from the depths came a 25lb golden tilefish! This was my first and we added a couple more for good measure. Let me tell you, if a sea bass is a 9, a grouper a 10 and a grey tile an 11 on the tablefare scale, a golden tile is a 20. It is the most unique fish meat I've seen.
For the last hour of the day we trolled along the break and captured one nice blackfin tuna. Overall the day was a major success on all fronts. We procured fresh fish for the restaurant and Chris Burrows got breathe some gulf stream air. The only problem with catching all those fish is cleaning all those fish which myself and OC did all day yesterday.
Starting tonight we'll be featuring local fresh snowy grouper at the Wing & Fish Company. By the weekend we'll have the tilefish ready. I will confess with this much fish we could never serve it all before needing to store it. You can keep fresh off our boat fish for 12-14 days, if cared for properly, before needing to store it. However we stick to 7 days. So we'll keep out 7 days worth of fish and go ahead and vaccum seal and flash freeze the rest. We call this process fresh frozen. We've found that using this process the quality does not suffer at all and in fact when compared to never frozen product, you really can't see or taste the difference.
Come by and see us for the tastiest fish that swim in our oceans at the Wing & Fish Company on Main Street in Shallotte. Also, please vote for us in the Best of Brunswick Competition online at this link.
Afternoon inshore slam 4 trout biggest a little over 4 lbs, a flounder and I released a red fish. First inshore slam of 2014.-Shane Britt