Headed out with the Barrett family from Massachusetts. Stay tuned.
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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!
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.
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
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
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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[email@example.com] and letting him know we appreciate his efforts.
So...standby....this is a "fluid situtation".
Well, Capt. Chris (OC) Dew and I made the decision to head offshore Saturday with Dolan Dull and his 3 sons in less than favorable weather conditions, under the pretext that the weather was supposed to improve by mid day and make for a really nice day. First let me say, the conditions did not improve. We fished in a steady 6 foot sea with a 2-3 foot wind chop on top of it. Not comfortable... What was favorable was the beautiful water color and temperature we were greeted with after arriving at the blackjack. This trip was an opportunity for our group to learn how we use certain techniques to catch fish in the gulf stream and thankfully, they were able to see first hand that these techniques do work. After making a pass over the blackjack, we noted lots of scattered bait and flying fish, a good sign. on our second pass, we caught a nice Blackfin and thought, well, ok, there are at least a handfull of fish here. Soon after that, chaos insued with multiple knockdowns on every pass and wahoos skying out on baits in the spread. Around 2:30, we had boated 5 Wahoos and 3 Blackfins with the action still hot and heavy. Lots of bites coming with Wahoo's jumping straight out of the swells with the lures in there mouths. very exciting stuff. We even had a big billfish attack a blue and white jag 25 feet behind the boat, leaving a huge crater in the water but not coming tight. I know I have talked about it often but the hot bait was the Fishizzle troll head in purple/black. At one point, I was pulling 3 of them in the spread and lost 2 of them to tail cuts or bite offs. There were that many fish there.... Capt. Brant has ordered a large supply of these great trolling baits and I cannot wait to stock up on them again. He assures me they will be arriving very soon. When the dust settled, We finished the day with 6 wahoos and 3 Blackfins. If I had to estimate total bites, I would say we had between 20 and 30 throughout the day, many of them multiple hookups. It reminded me of that fall day 2 years ago that I fished with Capt. Zach on the Get Floor'd in what proved to be one of the most epic wahoo bites any of us had ever seen. It was great to get out, even on a less than ideal weather day and have some great fishing with a great group of guys. The schoolie size of the fish tells me that the wahoo fishing will likely be slowing down very soon with the tuna's and Dolphins really picking up over the next couple of weeks. We did manage 1 Citation 43 pound fish, the others being in that 15-38 pound range. Fishing is getting hot. Give us a call, we would be more than happy to take you out for a great adventure. Also, like this group, if you just want to see how we do it, in a hands on capacity, we are more than happy to conduct some on the water training to help you gain the experience needed to make that gas burn worth it on your boat.
Getaway Adventures of Little River/N. Myrtle Beach has joined our family of supporters bringing us to an even dozen. The other proud members include, in no particular order:
I had two lovely couples join me this weekend. Alan and Dorrie celebrated thier 13th wedding anniversary catching some great eating fish. Jamie and Richard celebrated Richard's 29th birthday trying to load up the fish box with some great eating. Despite the freshwater run off from Friday mornings thunder showers we managed to successfully put a few fish in the box. The water has turned milky in several places in the backwater and you can even smell the freshwater in places. The water temperature is in the high 60's and some places are showing 70 degrees. These temperatures will get the fish moving and Cherry Grove is already reporting a good flounder bite. Tubbs Inlet should start to fire off any day now. Look to target the incoming tides this coming week drifting live mud minnows near the inlet mouths for flatfish success. Many fish will probably be on the small side, but a large nugget could be hidden among the small ones. Good luck out there! See ya on the water!
Team OIFC proudly welcomes Capt Joe Shute and his Fish Finders Tackle to our family of supporters!!!!
Stopped by yesterday and saw alot of good stuff on the 40 percent off wall at the fishing center ... I'll be back tomorrow to come stock up !!! Awesome prices throughout the store. ..
John & Marcia Stilwell of the Stil-Away Fishing team, Denver, NC just returned from the Los Suenos Resort in Herradura, Costa Rica. This is largest of the 2 sails John caught while fishing in the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean.
While the Stilwell’s were there, the Los Suenos Billfish Tournament was concluding and the 30+ tournament boats caught / released over 1100 billfish in the 3 day tournament.
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Thank you for your report John.