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"Near Shore Costa Rico" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/21/13
 

Dr. Jeremy Phillips completed his fishing adventure in Costa Rica by going on a near shore Rooster fishing trip.  Dr. Phillips fished on the boat "El Camarone" and fished an area called the "Cliffs".  They caught 8 Rooterfish, two mackeral and two needle fish.  Jeremy reported that the Roosterfish bit on the downrigger on live bait.  The mackeral bit gotcha plugs that were being casted whle troling, and the needlefish exploded on top water lures.  Jeremy said the Roosterfish gave a harder fight thens sailfish he caught on Tuesday.  The quote of the day from Jeremy was," I gave the crew some OIFC gear, heck, they did make sashim."  


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"Jolly Mon seeking support" | OIFC | 04/20/13
 

I am working on the Jolly Mon tournament right now, and I need help.  My ambitions are always bigger than my pocket book and thus I need some sponsor support to cover the "special" prizes that I want to give away.  Here is what I am looking for:

Sr. Division- I'm hoping to get a sponsor to contribute $500 to give away (or a great prize that is applicable to the division ie. Rogaine, Viagra, Weight Watchers.....)

Additional Species categories.  I want to add Mahi, Cobia and Spanish Mackerel as part of the tournament and give away prizes for the top 3 of each species.  But I need sponsors to cover the prizes.

EMAIL ME IF YOU HAVE INTEREST

Mahi- $1000

Cobia- $1000

Spanish Mackerel - $1000

*** If you have interest in joining the Jolly Mon as a sponsor and gaining exposure to its loyal participants, please EMAIL ME ASAP.  OR, maybe you don't have a business but want to recognize someone special in your life?  If you sponsor a prize you have naming rights, thus it can be a memorial to a lost loved one or a great surprise to a young angler to see their very own prize in the tournament book.  OR maybe a "Will you Marry me.....?"

The Jolly Mon is gonna be awesome this year.  I have some really great new things coming:  Cash is King, Rock the Dock Jr. Jolly Mon, Jr. Jolly Mon, Wheel of Fishing.... and more.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"New OIFC Cobia jig" | Real-Time Update | 04/19/13
 

Custom made and rigged by Capt Brant. These Cobia jig heads are epoxy so they are heavy enough to cast but they won't sink so fast the Cobia can't see them. Use them plain or add a squid to the hook for added scent. This is THE jig you need on your pitch rod. The Cobia are streaming by now! $7.95 Come and get them Sent from my iPhone
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eric 04/23/2013

Almost alive baits out of harkers island make some just like this, they also have soft plastics that look like an eel that go on them.

Steele 04/21/2013

Paul, its about an ounce jig but is resin coated so it sinks slow. Hook is black nickle, not sure of brand but looks/feels like gamakatsu.

Paul P 04/21/2013

how heavy is the jig and what kind (brand) of hook does it have?





"2013 Rodeo" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/19/13
 

Don't forget the OIFC Rodeo if yu0 want to win some $, a cool trophy and most important bragging rights!

The prize money as of today is:

Flounder: $80

Trout: $50

King: $240

Wahoo: $80

Red Drum: $70

In Shore Angler of the Year $150


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Bob Newell 04/19/2013

put me in wahoo and mahi categories how about a rodeo for sailfish releases?





"Capt. Casey Reeves's Report" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/18/13
 

Brant,

My name is Captain Casey Reeves I own OpenWater Charters on Lakes Hartwell and Lakes Keowee in the upstate of SC. I come to Ocean Isle a few times a year and had the pleasure of Fishing with Captain Jacob last year and had a wonderful time. I recently took my 22 Foot Ranger Bay boat to ClearWater Florida and wanted to share with you what we caught. We managed to catch close to 30 King Macks just a little over 8 miles offshore in the 10-25lbs range in 2 mornings that we fished offshore out of my boat. Just thought this would get the juices going because I know how big King Mack fishermen y'all are. Tight lines to all of the Crew at the OIFC.

 

Capt Casey Reeves

 


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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/18/13
 

New custom temporary tattoos- last 7 days.
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Capt. Rickey 04/18/2013

Hahahahahahaha!!!!!





"New JR ANGLER rod" | Real-Time Update | 04/18/13
 

OIFC custom king rod redesigned for junior anglers. It is the exact same rod that we have been selling and getting race reviews but the butt has been shortened to enable Jr anglers to be able to use the rod easier. Cost is $99.95 and is available on special request. Email info@oifc.com or comment a request to this report. I will be doing a batch of these next week, so I need to hear from you if u want any. I'm really excited about this as I think it will bring my 8 year old and 3 year old more into the action.
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Toby Russ 04/23/2013

I need one of these for Grayson as well.

Capt. Brant 04/18/2013

You got it. Anyone else?

Jeff Beck 04/18/2013

I would like two of these rods for my junior angler. We use the OIFC custom rods on all our trips and would like to add these to the spread.





"Update" | Real-Time Update | 04/18/13
 

Just returned to the dock with the Barrett family from a 4hr trip. Of course we caught sea bass, but the most interesting part of the trip was seeing 68 degree water with a lot of suspended bait. After marking several schools just off the bottom, we made a few drops into them and found pinfish. Also, bass were spitting up glass minnows. Things are shaping up.
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Rube McMullan 04/19/2013

Watch for the first kings of the year to show up next week at Yaupon/Long Beach after cold front comes thru and winds settle down to a lite north-northeast. I've watched this pattern for over 30 years and just like clockwork, when the schools of pinfish show up on the near shore wrecks/ledges, the Kings will show up at Yaupon and Long Beach area. We have theorized the hot water discharge at the hot hole off Yaupon warms the water a little and thus provides the perfect conditions for the sping king kick off to occur. Write it down; it will happen.





"Mid-Week Backwater Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/18/13
 

The Biersbach family consisting of Ron(grandpa), Bret(daddy), Nicole(momma), and 3 year old son Camdon joined me for a half day of backwater fishing yesterday. Our number one goal was to keep Camdon busy! We started hitting some well known redfish spots and the no-seeums were bitings like crazy! I provided some heavy duty bug spray that only seemed to keep them from biting for a few seconds. If we could only get the fish to bite like the no-seeums! We finally managed to get the cork to go down a few times, but most of the redfish were just to strong for us to get out of the pilings. Camdon did manage to wrangle 1 of the 4 bites out from under the dock landing a 26inch brute of a redfish. We made several more moves looking for action and running from the no-seeums. We settled into a nice breezy little spot along the intercoastal waterway and started to catch some bluefish. Bluefish provide action, but not exactly what we had in mind. I made a little adjustment in location and the black drum started coming to the boat. We steadily feed hooks to the occassional bluefish, broke a few lines on some massive strikes, but ended up landing several black drum. It was the action we had been so eager to find. Fresh shrimp on a carolina rig or float rig will get the bite. Thank you guys for coming out and fishing with the OIFC. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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scott hamilton 04/19/2013

Awesome idea on the bond as prizes for the Jr Anglers!! Great way to show them the power of saving!!





"Jolly Mon in the Works" | OIFC | 04/18/13
 

I need some input.  I am working on the Jolly Mon and I have some great new ideas and plans that I need input on.

First off- the Cash is King program is going to happen.  That will be HUGE- Big $$ is coming to the Jolly Mon

NEW--  I am starting a kids only "Jolly Mon Rock the Dock" tournament.  It will be held from the OIFC docks on Thursday, June 13th.  I need help defining some of the parameters.

1.  What should the max age limit be?  This is intended particularly for kids that are too small to participate in big Jolly Mon.  But, I don't want to leave anyone out.  Need ideas on max age to participate?

2.  I need to decide on what awards are to be given.  Heaviest fish?  Longest fish?  Ugliest fish?  Prettiest fish?  Smallest fish?  OR -- do I award species- Flounder, Pinfish.....

Also, I am planning on giving away some pretty nice prizes in the way of savings bonds.  Anybody have any issues with that?  I don't want to hand a 7 year old kid a $500 check -- I'd prefer a $1000 bond that matures in 10 years. 

Thanks for the help -- some exciting and fun new things coming.  Help me on this one and I'll have a new one if a few days.


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Tim Gray 04/19/2013

Another great way to get the family involved. My little guys look forward to the race every year at fall brawl and this will only make them look forward to being at every tournament hosted by the OIFC even more!

Odell DeCarol Williamson jr 04/18/2013

I love the bond idea Brant. That way it stays in the kids name. When i was younger probably as you remember winning some jr angler awards and only getting a small plaque (if i was lucky) but never any $ (DAD:)but this is a way to keep a child excited and inspired about fishing for years to come. I love it!! And as for ages i was blessed and capable enough to start fishing big game tournaments with my dad when i was 7..So age wise I think 7 is a good number, but thats just my opinion. My daughter Lillian will probably be there and she's only 3 so watch out all you 4, 5, 6 or 7 yr olds she's got laddy luck on unprecedented skills with her pink princess fishing rod :)

John 04/18/2013

Great idea!!!!!!!!





"" | Real-Time Update | 04/18/13
 

Headed out with the Barrett family from Massachusetts. Stay tuned.
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/18/13
 

Captain Derreck and I fished all day at the Winyah Scarp area on my 22' STEELER REELER ... Derreck caught this beautiful MAHI on a Purple-Black Cedar Plug ... We saw very little bait, caught way too many Boneheads, and no Wahoos unfortunately, but we had a great day on the Bluewater ...
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Ken 04/18/2013

Nice job Terry

Ernie ward 04/18/2013

nice! congrats!

Capt. Rickey 04/18/2013

Good work!!

Stick Slinger - Capt Jim Bowen 04/18/2013

Congrats Capt Terry! they will be here thick soon!


Stick Slinger - Capt Jim Bowen 04/18/2013

Congrats Capt Terry! they will be here thick soon!




"" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/17/13
 


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Dr. T 04/22/2013

Corey, Yeah, we did get my boat "bloody" out there. It was a very good experience for us both; Derrick is very good at managing a spread, and I can drive quite well. Out "team-work" has been good exceptional from my perspective. We put out some very unique lures and a wide variety of scenarios, but we just didn't find the Wahoo like we did the week before in the very same location. I also learned my boat limitations with gas consumption, which was something I really wanted to know. We fished the Navy Wreck the end of last season successfully, so we thought we could run further in the right conditions, and it did work out, just not enough "action" out there, no flying fish, no bait seen, etc., with the exception of many boneheads; we reeled a lot of them in. I appreciate all you guys encouraging me and Derrick as well. We will keep going after them! SEE YA ON THE WATER SOON! T

Corey Bellamy 04/17/2013

Did you get some blood on that boat ..Dr. Terry ?





"Big Changes Today" | OIFC | 04/17/13
 

Big news:

Atlantic Bonito being caught in 45-60 feet of water off our beach right now.  The catches today that I know of were in the vicinity of the Sherman wreck.

Cobia were caught today at the Jungle.

A red hot King Mackerel bite went down today at the Navy Wreck.  The fish were all school size, but the water was a steamy 75.

Lots of big news today!  Spanish Mackerel will be here before May 1 - guaranteed!


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Gary Reagan 04/18/2013

That is good news. Kings will be following soon after.

Corey Bellamy 04/17/2013

Nice !!!!

Decoy 04/17/2013

What were the bonito being caught on?? Spoons, Yo-zuri's??





"" | Real-Time Update | 04/17/13
 

Dr. Terry is out on his very first captained Stream trip aboard his boat 24 footer. Co captain Derek is with him. Most who have been in the shop over the past year recognize Terry and his enthusiasm to learn more about fishing. He has been taking steady steps toward becoming a good fisherman in his own right. The duo headed toward the MacMarlen ledge this am with Wahoo on the brain. I am hopeful for them. Stay tuned for a report. One thing I am sure of is that there is a black/purple cedar plug in the water- Terry's favorite!
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Rube McMullan 04/18/2013

Add to Ricky's description of Dr. Terry....Princeton University graduate; has a doctorate in religion phylosphy [or something like that]; is a preacher; and can tell you a story that takes from OIB to Sarasota Florida; and back! Truely one of the most interesting guys I have ever met. Plus, he has learned from us the difference between a menhaden and a pogy. Has a great future in fishing!

Capt. Rickey 04/18/2013

Capt. Brant is correct..Dr. Terry has fallen for off shore fishing hook, line and sinker...Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Dr. T is an accomplished surfer, singer/writer, teacher..you know it. Thse who haven't met him are in for a real treat.

Ken 04/17/2013

Way to go Terry! I want to hear all about it and good luck to you both. I hope you have a go pro on board.

John 04/17/2013

Wishing them the best!


John 04/17/2013

Wishing them the best!




"Guanacaste, Costa, Rica" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/17/13
 


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"Guanacaste Costa Rica" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/17/13
 

Got a late night text from Dr. Jeremy Phillips supporter of Team OIFC and owner of  Elite Performance Chiropractic in Greensboro and Durham.  Jeremy is on vacation in Guanacaste, Costa Rica and has two fishing trips planned about the "La Chila G". The first trip was on Tuesday, where Jeremy told me they ran about 30 miles and got on a red hot sailfish bite.  He ended the day with 12 Sailfish caught along with 4 Mahi.  Jeremy said the bite was so hot that they had to pull the lines out of the water to eat lunch.  Jeremy has a Roosterfish, Grouper and Snapper trip planned for Thursday.  Hopefully I will get a good report to pass along.  


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"River Sweep" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/16/13
 

Getaway Adventures/The Law-team Snooky's participated in the 2nd Annual  River Sweep collecting over 50 bags of garbage plus misc bulk items. The event is hosted by the little River Chamber of Commerce and Harborgate Marina. The event had over 100 volunteers who collected enough trash to over-fill a large commercial dumpster. On board we had Capts Jeff and Michelle Drake, Billy berg, Kim heath, Cara McQueen, Colin McClain and many other volunteers.
All of our trash was collected off Waities Island.

Captain Michelle Drake
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Congratulations and a big debt of gratitude to the volunteers.  Please help keep the waterway and beaches clean.  If not for us humans, then for those fish and animals who live around and in them

If you have a story with pictures please send them to sunset69@atmc.net and I'll do my best to post them..Thanks


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"OIFC position open" | OIFC | 04/15/13
 

OIFC has one position remaining for a Summer job as store clerk.  If you have interest, email info@oifc.com by 4/19


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"Sea Bass update" | OIFC | 04/15/13
 

READ AND FOLLOW THE ENTIRE CHAIN OF OIFC COMMUNICATION SEA BASS ISSUE IN NORTH CAROLINA

As noted on the OIFC web site, we have been imploring Dr. Louis Daniel, Director of the NC Marine Fisheries to use his proclamation authority and open sea bass fishing in our state waters. Since then, I have had conversations with Dr. Daniel on this subject. Dr. Daniel fully and completely understands the issue of the highly questionable science that the Feds are using as the basis for keeping our waters closed to sea bass fishing. He is puzzled by the rulings that come forward impacting NC fisheries, often different than ruling impacting Florida and the northeast states. I'm not burdened by "political correctness" thus my answer to his puzzlement is NC is being played like a banjoe by political power horses in the northeastern states as well as Florida. Our federal political leaders don't have the "gravitas" or committment that is apparent in these other states and as a result we are getting the very short end of the stick.

Dr. Daniel states he is very concerned with the action being taken by Florida and SC which are basically thumbing their noses at the Feds, and thus opening their waters to sea bass fishing in conflict with the Fed rules. His concern is the result of this action is for these states to use up some of the ACL and thus put NC in jeoprady of seing our allocation used up before we even open.

We discussed the solution of his using his proclamation authority to open our waters and apparently there are some technical legal reasons why that won't work. He did, howver suggest the path to follow will be for him to make a request of the NC Marine Fisheries Commission that they allow him to "suspend the rules" preventing him from using his authority. If they agree then he indicated he would have the authorty to open up our waters and he indicated, as he sees things now with the threat of the action of SC to join Florida in opening, he would step forward to project the interest of NC fishermen to have a shot at the quota.

So; good news. Dr. Daniel has his heart in the right place I believe, and he has laid out a path to hopefully get our waters open. Please understand this is a difficult position for him to take, so everyone needs to show their support of his efforts by contacting him[louis.daniel@ncdenr.gov] and letting him know we appreciate his efforts.

So...standby....this is a "fluid situtation".

Rube McMullan 


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Rube McMullan 04/21/2013

Here's a quote I saw that tells the story of our appeal to everyone to help us on the sea bass deal: "Decisions get made by political leaders as a result of much public pressure....or none at all." Get involved, just a simple email is all it takes to build "public pressure". Thanks.

John 04/17/2013

Rube - I believe Dr Daniels may have his hands tied and would like to help. I also believe FL and SC are doing the correct thing by opening the season year round. By observing the stock they can set catch limits and seasons as needed. Two different stocks sounds unlikely. Different DNA? The fish will go where the water temperature is comfortable and food readily available. The numbers currently near shore will deplete their food source and that of other species. Relying on obsolete information would be a retired man spending according to his income while working years ago. Like much of what the federal govt does, current seasons and limits on BSB make no sense.

Rube McMullan 04/17/2013

It's important to stay focused on the goal; that being to get our waters open to sea bass fishing. Dr. Daniel is the key, and he has indicated a willingness to help. He needs "political cover" and a show of support by the public is what he needs. Please drop him a email of support[louis.daniel@ncdenr.gov]. Thanks. Rube

w. Parker 04/16/2013

So I'm looking at a copy of the N.C. coastal recreational anglers guide, and I noticed that they only identify one type of Black Sea Bass. Do you know where I might find a pic of the species of Black Sea Bass that have taken up residence north of the Cape Hatteras light house? Would hate to go fishing and not be able to tell which is which, next trip to Hatteras. Or do you think they installed a fence out in the ocean to keep them separated ? Sure would hate to think Marine Fisheries would lie about something like this. W Parker

Scott Rubow 04/16/2013

Rube, I hope Dr. Daniel's heart is in the right place. Wether it is the NC Fisheries Commision or the NC Wildlife Commision, those in Raleigh seem to only care about what is good for political gain and not the concerns of the people. (JMHI)

Rube McMullan 04/16/2013

John. The response you received is the "company line" response. There are bigger dynamics at play here[read my above post]. Dr. Daniel is on it and I accept him at his word that he will approach the MFC and try to fix our NC problem by getting our southern waters open. Standby; lets see what happens with his efforts. Rube McMullan

John 04/15/2013

I had sent a reply to Dr Daniels BSB proclamation and today a response was received from Chris Batsavage of the NC Division of Marine Fisheries. The gist of his response is black sea bass north and south of Cape Hatteras are managed under different federal fishery management plans. Research has shown that aside from some mixing of fish around Cape Hatteras, the black sea bass north of Cape Hatteras are a separate stock from the ones south of Cape Hatteras. As such, there are different management measures in place for the different populations. He suggested to call or email him with any questions or for more information which I will do on Wednesday. Seasons, limits, and etc is based on old and questionable science should be put aside for the health of the fishery. An over population of any species is unhealthy and negatively impacts other species as well.


w. Parker 04/16/2013

So I'm looking at a copy of the N.C. coastal recreational anglers guide, and I noticed that they only identify one type of Black Sea Bass. Do you know where I might find a pic of the species of Black Sea Bass that have taken up residence north of the Cape Hatteras light house? Would hate to go fishing and not be able to tell which is which, next trip to Hatteras. Or do you think they installed a fence out in the ocean to keep them separated ? Sure would hate to think Marine Fisheries would lie about something like this. W Parker

Scott Rubow 04/16/2013

Rube, I hope Dr. Daniel's heart is in the right place. Wether it is the NC Fisheries Commision or the NC Wildlife Commision, those in Raleigh seem to only care about what is good for political gain and not the concerns of the people. (JMHI)

Rube McMullan 04/16/2013

John. The response you received is the "company line" response. There are bigger dynamics at play here[read my above post]. Dr. Daniel is on it and I accept him at his word that he will approach the MFC and try to fix our NC problem by getting our southern waters open. Standby; lets see what happens with his efforts. Rube McMullan

John 04/15/2013

I had sent a reply to Dr Daniels BSB proclamation and today a response was received from Chris Batsavage of the NC Division of Marine Fisheries. The gist of his response is black sea bass north and south of Cape Hatteras are managed under different federal fishery management plans. Research has shown that aside from some mixing of fish around Cape Hatteras, the black sea bass north of Cape Hatteras are a separate stock from the ones south of Cape Hatteras. As such, there are different management measures in place for the different populations. He suggested to call or email him with any questions or for more information which I will do on Wednesday. Seasons, limits, and etc is based on old and questionable science should be put aside for the health of the fishery. An over population of any species is unhealthy and negatively impacts other species as well.




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