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"Easter Stream Trip" | Sea P.A. / OIFC | 04/02/13
 

Team Sea P.A./OIFC cleared the inlet saturday morning around 6:15 and headed to steeples. We pulled up around 8:30 and deployed a spread of ballyhoo and cedar plugs. The intial move was to troll offshore hoping for warmer water. We got about a mile offshore of the steeples and decided to turn around troll towards genes ledge after having no luck. At genes ledge we found the same 68 degree water temp and there was not a lick of bait in the water column. We trolled around genes ledge for an hour or so and picked at several boneheads and had one cut off before we headed back to the steeples.There we began vertical jigging which is something that we have never done. Capt. Brant set us up with three jigging combos friday and the got broken in right on saturday. We played with amber jacks until everyone on board was worn slam out. I would suggest not going out to the stream without jigging gear.Its AWESOME.  It provides a back up to fishing when the trolling is slow.  Even though we didnt bring any meat home we caught some fish and had a good time. Thanks Capt. Brant for setting us up with all the equipment we needed. 


- Matt Ritch
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/02/13
 

Morning action from the World Cat
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"Weather wins again..." | Tiberias - 22' | 04/02/13
 

Chris and his 11 year-old son Jack joined me for a half day of fishing in the backwaters yesterday morning. We headed to our first spot and the tide had already started to rise. I was really wanting to fish the last bit of falling tide in this area. I gave it a quick try anyway. Some upper slot reds have been hanging around the area and there is nothing quite like fighting a 26" redfish. We used a few tactics from using live mud minnows on carolina rigs to floating live mullet under a cork. The brusiers were not interested in eating what we had to offer. We eased over the area just to see if the fish were actually there...indeed...roughly 15 to 20 upper slot reds were sitting in that little pot hole...none willing to cooperate. That can be fustrating, but what can you do? We headed for the docks along the ICW in search of another school willing to cooperate. As expected the 17 to 19 inchers were hungry and eating live mud minnows like popcorn at your favorite movie theatre. I barely got the second line set when the first rod bent and the second rod bent just seconds after the first. We got started with a double...Jack continued to pick away at the lower slot reds, while his dad, like any good dad would do, stood by and enjoyed watching his son work on the fish. We landed several fish before the rain cut us short and headed back to the dock.  All fish were released to be caught another day. These moments are priceless between father and son! I am so glad to be part of that experience. Thank you Chris and Jack for fishing with us! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Political Issue: Sea Bass" | OIFC | 04/02/13
 

Fellow anglers; we need your help. Please read below. I believe Dr. Daniel wants to help, he just needs some "political cover". Hearing from many fishing folks is what he needs. Please contact him.
 
Below is a letter we have sent Dr. Daniel regarding the Sea Bass closure. Michele from MF put on an excellent Q&A at the OIFC Spring Kickoff, and the bottom line seems very clear. Everyone agrees there is no problem with the Sea Bass population. The answer is very simple....Dr. Daniel: use your proclamation authority as the Director of NC Marine Fishieries and open state waters to sea bass fishing. It is likely the Feds are going to change their position at the May meeting therefore there is no reason to continue to hold the fishing folks hostage to the absurb position the Feds have taken by their closure of sea bass fishing. NC needs to take the same independent step taken by Florida and in the works for SC and declare our state waters open. Please contact Dr. Daniel at Louis.Daniel@ncdenr.gov and ask him to exercise his power to declare by proclamation sea bass open to fishing. Thanks. Rube McMullan OIFC

March 16, 2013

 

TO: Dr. Louis Daniels

NC Marine Fisheries, Director

 

FROM: Rube McMullan

Ocean Isle Fishing Center

 

Dr. Daniels;

 

As you certainly are well aware, our North Carolina waters subject to Sea Bass rules set forth by the SAMFC have kept fishermen from south of Cape Hatteras to the state line shut off from being able to fish for Sea Bass. This is based upon science that is generated by the SAMFC which suggest Sea Bass are overfished and thus drastic action is required to improve the population.

 

As you also are well aware, there is much discussion as to the true status of the Sea Bass population in our waters. All accounts indicate not only a healthy population, but in fact an overabundance such that reefs are being subjected to overfeeding by Sea Bass, thus placing stress on other fish feeding in the same waters.

 

The economic impact of this fishery being shut down has been devastating to tourism and recreational fishing. During the winter months, Sea Bass is the only species available for near shore fishing, and with the shut down, has come a complete collapse of fishing, as catch and release Sea Bass fishing has not become a popular alternative.

 

Our neighboring states to the south are experiencing the same hardship as NC, and have begun to take steps to manage their state waters, irrespective of the rules affecting the Federal waters. Florida has kept their season open, stating “Florida is not compliant with the federal season because there is no established closed season for federal waters off our coast, and FWC do not want blanket provisions that shut down state waters wherever federal waters close. FWC prefers to consider season closures on a case by case basis”. In South Carolina, a bill has been introduced to allow SC fishery managers to take the same action as Florida.

 

In North Carolina, you as the Director of Marine Fisheries have the power via proclamation authority to declare open season in NC waters for Sea Bass. Respectfully, we ask that you use your authority.

 

In anticipation of the argument of why not to do this, I respond as follows:

-If state waters are opened, there is concern the ACL will be reached sooner and cause a closure of Federal waters sooner than their schedule dictates.

*Factually, very little of the quota of sea bass is caught within the state’s 3 mile waters, and thus the impact on the Federal ACL is very low. Additionally, an evaluation of the ACL is throughout the entire South Atlantic region, again acknowledging the impact of opening state waters is insignificant.

 

-To be non-compliant with Fed rules may invite retaliatory action from the Feds

*The Feds know their science is flawed and the population is healthy, however they are trapped by their obligation to conform to Magnusson Stevens Act and thus must rely on the bad science until new better science can be created. Thus with the groundswell of independence being shown by other southern states [including the Gulf States as relate to Red Snapper], this fear of retaliatory action is of little concern

 

Dr. Daniels; there is momentum occurring in our adjoining states to recognize how out of touch the Fed rules are, and thus these states are making a decision to protect the rights of their fishermen rather than handcuff their fishery economy. We call on you to take the courageous position and declare by proclamation our state waters open to Sea Bass fishing.

 

Thank you.

Rube McMullan

Ocean Isle Fishing Center

 

 


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John 03/23/2013

Thank you for sending that. If/when SC opens BSB season it will have a negative impact on business near the SC border. It will mean people launching at OIB or Sunset running out of Little River. Some may launch from Little River. The restaurants, fuel docks, bait providers, hotels, and more in SC will benefit to the detriment of NC business. There may be some doing that anyway due to the LR jetties making the channel much more navigable than Shallotte Inlet as it is. NC should not be in the business of promoting SC tourism.

Stick Slinger 03/22/2013

Thanks Rube for always being our voice... I charter fish in both NC and SC and I appreciate all you do for us on the NC side.. Capt Jim Bowen





"White Marlin" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/01/13
 

Robert Free reports:

Thought I would report our day last Saturday. Fishing included Robby Free, Jack Dietrich, Steve Moneypenny and myself out of Holden Beach. Headed to the Steeples hoping for warm water. Only found around 66 degree water so we headed further East. Hooked up a White Marlin in 700 feet. He gave us a nice show for about 15 minutes. He hit an old red and white cedar plug which in the end snapped off at the hook. Needless to say but every artificial we have got a good inspection upon our return. First Marlin action on my boat and it made the trip for us. Came back to the Steeples and had several knockdowns stripping the ballyhoo but no meat to bring home. Great day for us.

Thank you for the report Robert.

Remember if you have ant pictures and reports of your fishing adventures email them to me at sunset69@atmc.net and I'll post them asap..Thanks
 


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"Easter Weekend Inshore Bite" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/01/13
 

I spent Saturday morning with my wife and two boys at a church gathering celebrating Easter. Saturday afternoon was way too pretty to stay on dry land. I invited my next door neighbor and his kids to join me for a couple of hours on the water. We started off fast and furious landing a lower slot red before getting another line in the water. Thats a good sign...We worked the area over landing several more reds in the upper slot! Nice fish...bout time this school of reds decided to eat. As usual they shut down and went back into their unpredictable feeding pattern. We moved on to another spot and started picking at lower slot reds. We ended up landing several more reds with a couple more good ones. I love it when kids are having a great time!

Sunday morning I was joined by Curtis, Jason, and Brent. We celebrated a sunrise service on the water. Again, we started with several reds keeping only one 20 inch fish for dinner. We made some adjustments to find the speckled trout. The trout are still scattered hiding in deeper holes or in the far back reaches of the shallows waiting for the temperature to rise a bit. We did manage to find one nice 18 inch trout to go along with our redfish dinner. Thanks guys for fishing with me! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Licking Wounds" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/01/13
 

Well, after having a wonderful Easter Sunday with the family, I have had some time to debrief fully from a TOUGH day of fishing Saturday.  We knew the fishing would be difficult based on what we had seen from a water temp perspective but decided to give it an honest college try... We ran straight to the east of the Steeples to the 100 fathom line and put out the spread... It was a very slow morning with not even a single knockdown... Decided to head back towards the Steeples where we knew there would be some Blackfins.  Got there, marked a little suspended bait but still could not raise a bite.  Went to the Jigs where we immediately boated a 15 plus pound Snowy Grouper.  Encouraging... Shortly after that, we began losing a lot of hardware to big sharks.  Started getting word from Wendell Barnett that he was getting a steady pick of Wahoo's way up north of where we were in Shallow, cold water.  We started trolling again, heading in his general direction, About 4 miles into our troll, we finally marked what I wanted to see... Good suspended bait in 190 feet.  We began working that area very hard and caught a nice blackfin right away.  FINALLY... Reset and made another pass, This time we had a triple knockdown but no hookups. Dropped back baits but no love.  Brought baits in to check them and all of them had slash marks on them... Sailfish??? Cant confirm it because we didn't see them but they were very suspicious bites and typical of sailfish bites... Went back to the jigs for the end of the day and released a ton of BIG jacks as well as a Beautiful 20+ pound Gag Grouper, after venting him of course.  To put it simply, we just were not fishing where the main body of fish were.  A lot of the boats that fished to the north of us had very productive days and I am glad they did.  Hate it was not us but we live to fight another day. I had a great time fishing with our group that comes to fish with us every Easter.   The good news is, there is going to be some heavy wind this week with a lot of S and SW wind with it.  This should push some of the water from down south up our way and bring some good fishing with it.  Long range forecast looks like Sunday will be fishable...For those of you that went out there and had the same tough fishing, dont let it get you down, it is still VERY early in the season, especially with the late warming we are experienceing... Mid April through June is the best time of the year for Gulf Stream action.... Plan on some great fishing this year....


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"Slob!!!" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/31/13
 

This is from Bryan Freeman:
 
Hey Ricky, ran up to the Same Ol Saturday with Todd Tansky and Schuyler Duncan. Ended up with 5 wahoos and a blackfin.
They were all nice fish. The one in the picture is a real slob, thick and 68 inch fork length. Wish we had time to weigh it but had to
get home for Easter festivities.
 
 
Remember email your fish tales with pictures to me at sunset69@atmc.net-Capt. Rickey

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Bryan Freeman 04/01/2013

Brant, we had 2 Go Pro's running for the whole thing... including it skying on the flat line, so I'm hoping we have immortalized that nice fish in deserving fashion. Everyone too busy with Easter plans to have looked at the video yet. We all had to scatter when we got back and could not find any scales that could handle the fish so no official weight. But yeah, it was a good 'un.

Capt. Brant 04/01/2013

Good Lord! That is a BIG fish. Shame on you Bryan. That fish deserves a good picture! I'd say 80+. Did you ever get a scale on it?





"Empty Pockets" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/31/13
 

Wemdell Barnett reports:
Jay Ford and I rode 100 miles to the Same Ole , When we got there we could see off the horizon there must been 20 boats fishing and complaining about no fish. We fast trolled, figured out the water  temperature and water color and fast trolled.  I have no love of fast trolling, and threw out dead baits.  The went by with first hour no bites then we started catching fish .
We ended up with 6 wahoos in the box lost 3 hook ups.  The scales don't lie...the biggest was 62lb and next one was 58 lb
 
Thank you for the report Wendell.
 
REMEMBER IF YOU HAVE ANY PICTURES AND REPORTS YOU WANT TO SHARE EMAIL THEM TO ME AT  sunset69@atmc.net


 


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wb 04/02/2013

thanks brant , for the hook up ratio we run all 50 wides two speed with 80lb test mono no braid and close to 24lb of drag on strike zone on reel . all fish fought in rod holder never leaves until fish going to be gaft . we wind the fish in minumium 4.5 mph in the grandy gear . we use the boat as part of the drag that way no slack in line for hook to be pull.I realize this is not the way for charter boats customers to have good time fighting fish but this systems work for me. thanks wendell barnett// emptypockets

Capt. Brant 04/01/2013

I hereby claim Wendell as the Wahoo king! He finds and catches the Wahoo when others cannot. AND he has the best hookup to catch ratio I know. Tell us oh wise one, what is the secret?





"Bananas on Board" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/31/13
 

John Thompson of Albermarle, N.C. wrote:

It's all Lee's ({Timberlake} fault--the reason we didn't catch any wahoo or tuna yesterday. Serious offshore fishermen will note the brand of sunblock that he had on the boat. Lucky we didn't sink!


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"Carlie's 1st Stream Trip" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/31/13
 

I received this picture from Brett Barnes of the" Hot Rod Contender" of thier catch from Carlie Barnes' 1st trip to the Gulf Stream trip.

I would suggest you take Carlie on all your trips.

Thanks for sharing your adventure with everyone.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Brett 04/01/2013

5 miles inshore of the Steeples - afternoon bite.

Capt. Brant 04/01/2013

Those are some really big Blackfin. Nice catch. I did not get any reports of Blackfin. Where did you catch those?





"Pictures" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/31/13
 

If you have any good pictures of yesterday's fishing send them along with a short blurd to sunset69@at and I will post them


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"Paper Weight" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/31/13
 

A report from yesterday,, Jay Easterling, Matt Hyman and Neil Grantham aboard the Paper Weight hailing from O.I.B. fished the steeples yesterday ended up with a  catch of 7 Black fin all came on cedar plugs.

 

Report submitted by OIFC field reporter Trask Cunningham.


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"Great end to a busy week." | OIFC | 03/30/13
 

It has been quite a week.  The Dolphin/Wahoo meeting took place in Charleston on Wednesday as scheduled and I am still sifting through the details.  More on that issue to follow...

In the meantime, I got a chance to go fishing with my two buddies Sammy and Daniel Macdonald, two brothers from Weaverville, NC.  Joining us on the trip were their mother, Woodeane Macdonald, and longtime fixture on the Brunswick County fishing scene, Stephen "Puddin" Hunter.  With a great weather forecast, this was the first trip offshore for Sammy and Daniel.

Finding 63 degree water at the Steeples, we started jigging immediately, and didn't really stop until we had thoroughly demolished a Saragosa 14000.  The bite started slow, but when it turned on, it was pretty consistent action for the rest of the day.  Several different species were brought boatside, and we sacrificed a LOT of tackle to some fish that just weren't meant to be caught.  Sammy and Daniel showed a real aptitude for the fishing we were doing.  Can't wait to go fishing with these two again when the weather gets warmer and the dolphinfish are thick!  Won't be long...


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Wahoo At The Scarp" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/30/13
 

Lyn Chambers and friends, aboard the Selvey's Passtime (named for Lyn's son) fished the Scarp today and caught the wahoo pictured below.  They fish out of Murrell's Inlet and hail from Myrtle Beach.

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"Today's Action" | Real-Time Update | 03/30/13
 

Here are a few shots of today's action aboard the World Cat from the stream. More to follow.
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"Pre-Rodeo Fishing" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/30/13
 

Brandon Sauls push polled his way to the reds today.  He said he caught and released a total of seven.  I especially like it when they are released to fight another day.  I'm sure he's warming up for 2013 edition of the OIFC Year Around Rodeo.

By the way, if you haven't picked up your trophy and money, both are ready at the OIFC


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"Cuddled up headed offshore...." | Real-Time Update | 03/30/13
 

Sent from my iPhone
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Capt. Rickey 03/30/2013

There is no better sleeping thn on a boat headed out, or there, or returning for that matter.





"Started Off Slow and Tapered Off..." | Tiberias - 22' | 03/30/13
 

The Full moon this morning had the tide way back in the grass. The winds were light enough to search out the schools of reds in the shallow grass. We headed way back into the grass looking for any signs of life. No mullet, no reds, no trout, no life on this planet...we were down by 10 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning looking for a miracle. Dragging the boat over one sand bar to the next testing each little pot hole with live mud minnows. I believe I saw that rod tip jump a bit there. Go down baby, please go down! Nothing...we pulled in both lines to check for signs of a bite. Cabbage! Green cabbage is everywhere! We got the lines reset, the rod tip was bouncing again with just a few seconds in the water. Thats him! No doubt! Bust'em! Nicholos drags our first lower slot red to the boat. He's on base...Kerry is up to bat...hard swing and he connects...its way back, way back...close to foul territory...get'em out of the pilings...Home run baby! Kerry lands a solid 25 inch brute! We landed a few more lower slot reds and headed for the dock. I'll bet Kerry is still given them fellows a hard time about his awesome angling skills. Hey! We all had fun and everyone did a great job angling. I don't think we lost any solid hook ups today. A huge thanks to Chris, Kerry and Nicholos for getting out on the water with me this morning! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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Capt. Jacob 04/01/2013

Thanks Chris!

Chris 04/01/2013

You are right about Kerry, he won't stop talking about his angling skills. If you have never gone out with Capt. Jacob you have to try it. He knows his stuff and will do whatever it takes to find the fish.





"Spring Fever" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/29/13
 

If today didn't give me Spring Fever, nothing will.  It was nice to just sit around the OIFC and watch all the boats come in for fuel as they prep for their offshore adventures tomorrow.  Watching the kids run and play in the grass as the dogs ran along with them.  What's gonna make it worse is when all the boats return tomorrow with their catch form their offshore adventure.  Make plans to be at the OIFC docks tomorrow evening to see what comes in, I promise that I will have my crew there. 


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