HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAPTAIN BRANT FROM EVERYBODY AT THE OIFC!!!!!!!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAPTAIN BRANT FROM EVERYBODY AT THE OIFC!!!!!!!!
December rolls in and that means two things, speckle trout and in-laws. If you've had all the Christmas shopping you can stand or the in-laws wearing on your last nerve, get out on the water with some of Capt. Ricky's mud minnows and some Gulp baits. I had the pleasure of fishing with Dr. Jeff Wallen his son Josh yesterday. We hammered the L.R. jetties and scored a big fat zero. I knew of the Shallotte River bite so we ran north and started catching. No big trout but 73 degrees on the first day of winter catching trout. Not too shabby.
The ocean has been slick as grease the past few days and Wendell Barnette of the "Empty Pockets" took advantage. I do not know any more details but he has wahoo, bonita and blackfin in his pictures. These 70 degree December days are great!
I am sorry to announce we are out of live shrimp & they are nowhere around here to be found. Our shrimpers made four pulls Thursday and yeilded 12 shrimp, a ball cap and an old rod and reel. Three pulls were made today yeilding 5 shrimp, 3 abandoned crab pots and a horseshoe crab shell that the shrimper found last week. All that is true. We will keep trying. I am told there is a man who pulls in the Cape Fear and there may be some shrimp for sale in Southport.
While poor Capt. Rickey stays at the coast of N.C. holding down the OIFC with other members of the crew, Capts. Brant, Barrett & Amy headed off to Fla. to pick up the new Yellowfin, Miss Amanda is in the Bahamas with her brother Noah and family, and Capt. Derek Treffinger along with OIFC 1st Mate Ben Morris are in Fla. red drum fishing. We I was on the water with Capt. Roger and we ran up on Robbie Roberts trying out new props on his twin 150 Mercs mounted to his 23 ft. Contender. It was beautiful on the ICW and the ocean was slick flat. It's not a bad life.
Don't forget the Captain Rickey's Annual Specktacular Tournament the Saturday after Christmas. Capts. "meeting" will be in the parking lot of the OIFC Friday night the 29th and "feed" at Clay Morphes' house Saturday night.
If you are gettng in that last minute crunch and need some ideas a couple of things I would suggest are a Sea//Tow package or a chart..even better a Pro Chip for your boat.
You can't do wrong with OIFC apparel!!! Drop by or order on line.
Also, don't forget our Trout Tournament Saturday Dec. 30th with a fun dinner and get together at Clay's house on the Shallotte River.
Santa Rick is tying on line order stocking stuffer OIFC Flounder/Drum Rigs
I just happened to notice my calendar today read December 14th. Why is this siginificant in our fishing world? Well, I'm not usually the one to start the speculation and hype that surrounds the giant bluefin tuna fishery in our area so I'll just stick to facts and let yall decide. It's true over the last few years the bluefin have not shown up in good numbers off our coast like they did in the mid 2000's. However, every year multiple reports come in of "sightings" from net boats, airplanes, or fishermen heading to the Gulf Stream. This year is no exception as rumors began at the end of November of giant bluefin harrassing the whiting netters off Topsail Beach. To my knowledge, there has not been a confirmed bluefin hookup this year off our coast but if it's going to happen the time is now. History says that from December 15th to January 15th is the peak time when the bluefin would normally show up in our waters. There has been very little effort to find the bluefins in the last couple years which is likely one reason they haven't been located. This could be the year. You never know. So, if you're headed offshore over the next month keep your eyes open and your guns cocked. Carry a pack or two of horse ballyhoo, a couple 50 wides and a strong back just in case you stumble across paydirt. In year's past the bluefin would typically be found within a 10 mile perimeter of Frying Pan shoals but truthfully they can be anywhere. We've seen them in water 10 feet deep to 3000 feet deep. One variable will always be consistent, where there is tuna there will be bait and sometimes vice versa. If you see big bait marks out there this time of year it's a reasonable bet there could be tuna nearby. So, the time is right and now we just need somebody to be a hero. A fun trip this time of year is to leave early, troll for bluefin for a couple hours near the shoals and then depending on what you are seeing, either catch giant tunas or run another 30 miles offshore and catch wahoos. If anyone wants to give this a try and needs more information, come by the Fishing Center and we'll happily tell you everything we know. Getting the bluefin madness cranked up again around here sure makes for an exciting winter.
Here a few pics from the glory days of bluefinning out of OIFC
I think what the OIFC's Amanda said was a cold day on the water is better than a cold day on land..Anyway, Amanda, Capt. Roger Gales & I decided we'd had enough of the dry land and needed some time on the water. Roger is home for a couple weeks before he heads back to the tug so we took his 23 ft. Contender and messed around on the Intracoastal. We caught skate, Roger showed Amanda how to hold it without hetting stung, some small black drum. a very small flounder and a toad fish. Above all. Amanda showed the guys she's not too sissy to go out and fish in the cold. A big thanks to my good friend and former OIFC Captain Roger for taking us out and teaching Amanda manny great lesssons. Anytime I am on the water with Roger I learn also.
Here's the proof!!! Our live shrimp has done so well we've made the big time! We still have live shrimp which were hand fed by Captain Brant. Enjoy trout season with the OIFC's live hand fed shrimp.
Chris Campbell owner of Campbell Photograpy Studio went out with the 3 time SKA National Champions the other day and took some great sunset pictures.
I thought I'd share.
Below is a picture of Joe Burger's 8.1 lb. 30 inch trout he caught behind Sunset Beach using The OIFC's live shrimp.
We still have live shrimp! Also, the Saturday after Christmas is Capt. Rickey's Spec-Tacular Trout Tournament. This trout would be the winner!
Terry Frink (Capt. John's Seafood) & Richie Heycock (O.I.B.P.D.) fished the Stream today.
Terry reports:I was really foggy on the trip out but a nice ride going and coming ocean was glassy and beautiful. We went to blackjack picked up two hoo's early but couldn't get anymore .The Shallotte Inlet is shallow where it comes into waterway
The 3rd Annual Captain Rickey's Spec-tacular Trout tournament will be the Saturday after Christmas, which is 12-30. The Captains meeting will be held the night before at the OIFC which will consist of anglers bringing thir own beverage and/or snack. We will cover the rules and any possible changes. The entry fee is $50 (subject to modification by the Rukes Committee). This is a winner-take-all, LAYED BACK & FUN tournament.
The tournament itself will be the next day. There is no "lines in the water" time,or boundries but the trout must be caught the day of the tournament by hook and line from a boat. Weigh in will be at 4:00 pm on the dot at the OIFC.
That night we've have an awards dinner and get together at Clay Morphis' house on the Shallotte River. Clay will be serving barbecue, beans and cole slaw. The prize $ will be awarded then. The winner's name will go on the plaque and proudly displayed at the OIFC.
More information will follow. or bou
Josh Benton and Brad Crowell of Whiteville had a pretty good fortune trout fishing today. Below are a few they caught using Mirror Lures, including a 4.85 lb he weighed at the OIFC.
Thanks everyone who took part in the Ocean Isle Fishing Center's Black Friday (Saturday & Sunday) Sale. It was great to see everyone and we hope y'all got some great deals!!!! Our Captains Club Sale continues!!!
-The OIFC Crew