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This is an update on Blue Fin Tuna fishing, if you can figure it out.
Last updated: 1/20/2012
NMFS Closes BFT General Category (Commercial) January Fishery
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) closes the General category (commercial handgear) fishery for large medium and giant BFT (measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater) effective 11:30 p.m. local time on January 22, 2012, until it reopens on June 1, 2012. Based on the best available BFT landings... information for the General category BFT fishery (i.e., 17 mt of the available 23.1 mt landed as of January 17), NMFS has determined that the General category January BFT subquota will be reached by January 22, 2012. Therefore, through May 31, 2012, fishing for, retaining, possessing, or landing large medium or giant BFT by persons aboard vessels permitted in the Atlantic Tunas General and HMS Charter/Headboat categories (while fishing commercially) must cease at 11:30 p.m. local time on January 22, 2012. The General category will reopen automatically on June 1, 2012, for the June through August subperiod. Limited catch and release is permissible as described below. The intent of this closure is to prevent overharvest of the General category January BFT subquota
It is typical for things to be a little slow this time of year, however; for the diehard angler, redfish and trout are still hanging in the backwaters. We are finding trout in deep water ranging from 8 to 15 feet using quarter ounce jigheads paired with chartreuse colored soft plastics. Redfish are scattered all throughout the shallow marsh grass right now. One day you may see hundreds on a flat, the next just a few in a shallow water pocket. The porpoises and weather patterns are keeping them on the move is my best guess. We decided to stay with the trout action yesterday landing double digit numbers, but only having six keepers. Still not a bad way to spend a winter day! See ya on the water!
Mr. Jon White was kind enough to point out a transposing error I made on the final results of the OIFC Rodeo.
Mr. White won 1st place in the flounder division with a 6.9 lb flat fish.
My humble apologies. Those who know me know this wasn't my 1st error and won't be my last. I depend heavily on ya'll to keep me straight!
Flounder: 1-Jon White 6.9 lbs., 2-Jeff Wallen 5.9 lbs., 3-Dan Ratley 5.7 lbs.
Trout: 1- Brandon Sauls 6.0 lbs., 2- Brian Aycock 5.1 lbs, 3- Austin Aycock 3.9 lbs.
King Mackerel: 1- Neal Loman 23.6 lbs
Cobia: 1-Jeff Beck 24.8 lbs., 2-William Parker 23.7 lbs
Dolphin: 1-Bon Newell 39.2 lbs, 2-John Bird 16.5 lbs 3-Brian Freeman 12.38 lbs
Blk. Fin Tuna: 1-Daniel Simmons 27.2 lbs
Wahoo: Brian Freeman 30.4 lbs
Grouper: 1-Daniel Simmons 21.6 lbs, 2-Brian Freeman 30.4 lbs
Red Drum 1- Joshua Wallen 7.5 lbs.
Congratulations to all. The winnings are being tabulated by the OIFC Rodeo accounting firm of Howw, Wee, Robem, INC. and will be announced soon.
Captain Gary Sheaff and Graham Struther braved the 50 degree water on the 8th to boat these fine fish. They were fishing the Jetties using Berklry Gulp.
Thanks for the report guys!
Wendell Barnett and Steve fished the Blackjack on Jan. 9th aboard the Empty Pockets. The water was 72 degrees and the weather was spectacular. They ended the day with 4 wahoo, the biggest was 75 lbs. The guys also caught a sailfish.
Great day on the water and thanks for the report.
Swinging weather patterns have the fish on the move...The redfish have been thick on the shallow flats, but spooky. I have pushed several schools of reds and even seen some trout hanging around the outer oyster bars. The water has been so clear that you can see the bottom in 8 feet of water at times. Spotting fish is very exciting, but can be aggrevating when they won't bite. Finally, I have had enough...a friend around the Southport area has been drilling the trout, so I went to check it out. If you don't mind a long boat ride the fish seem to be cooperating a little better in the Southport area. The water temperature seems to be holding about 3 to 4 degrees warmer and water color is a little darker making it easier to do a sneak. A good class of trout in the 2 to 4 pound range are biting a variety of soft plastics in bright color patterns. Even a flounder or two is still hanging around. Check it out! See ya on the water!
OIFC Spring Kickoff
March 31, 2012
· Line spooling at $.01/yd
· Used tackle sales forum (bring your own)
· OIFC clearance sales
Far Out Shoot Out- tuna, dolphin, wahoo Rodeo
May 4-12, 2012
· Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, May 4th
· Fish 2 out of 8 eligible days (Sat. 5th- Sat. 12th)
Jolly Mon King Classic
June 15-17, 2012
· Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, June 15th
· Fish EITHER Sat. June 16th or Sun. June 17th
Fall Brawl King Classic
October 19-21, 2012
· Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, June 19th
· Fish EITHER Sat. October 20nd or Sun. October 21rd
***Other OIFC events. Dates to be announced-follow OIFC.com***
Capt. Brant’s Fishing Schools
Live Bait King Mackerel fishing: June 23-24 & June 30-July 1
Bottomfishing: May 13
***visit www.OIFC.com on the
Gary Sheaff and his son stopped in yesterday to fuel up the boat. They were headed for the jetties even though reports showed slow action. The weather was gorgeous and who could pass up such a great day to be on the water! Gary called me back at the store within minutes of leaving, reporting that the bite was great. First three cast of the day produced a nice red and a beautiful trout. After ending a great day of fishing he sent us these fine pictures!
The fish are still hanging around. I fished Thursday afternoon spotting several redfish, but could only get three rat reds to bite. Fished Friday morning, again spotting several fish, reds, trout, and even black drum sunning themselves on the flats. Needless to say, I could not get them to buy anything I was selling. I will be back at it tomorrow regardless the weather. It is going to be tough to see fish with cloud cover and rain, but I know where some should be hanging out. See ya on the water!
Kevin Sneed took advantage of a great Brunswick County day and slayed the trout. Kevin said the bite wasn't as hot today as yesterday. Meanwhile Bonecrusher Sauls and Marky-Mark hit the skinnies and got into the red drum. Come on down and enjoy our winter (?).
Not to stir up any trouble, but I think Kevin has got the Bonecrusher's milk when it comes to trout fishing. Just sayn'.
Michelle Evans Drake, Billy Berg and David Christian of The Law braved the early morning cool weather, yet flat, beautiful seas to go wahoo fishing at the Blackjack Hole. The 64 lb wahoo they came back with made the trip worth while.
Everyone who has made the ride to the Blackjack on a cool morning knows how good it feels to bundle up in a bean bag chair and catch some z's. Man that is some goooood sleeping!
There is a video, but I can't post it because you can hear Michelle layn' down the law to Billy!
The conditions this morning were great as we arrived to the 100/400 with flat calm seas and water temps of 73-74 degrees- apparently the fish didn't get the memo? We set out and after about 20 minutes a weighted line was taken and we were hooked up. John Richardson Sr. went to work and after a hard fought battle, landed a 40.5 pound Wahoo. The day was young and things were looking up. From there however, the action go SLOW. We caught quite a few small False Albacore on the tuna feathers I had set on the long riggers and we pulled off a good Wahoo bite, but by noon I was struggling for answers. I made my way to the Black Jack hole which was now vacant as all the boats that started there in the AM had moved on to the Steeples. The winds had picked up to 15kts or better and the sharp 2-4 foot chop made trolling a bit tougher. As I pulled down "main street" I noticed a slick on the water and made a turn, passing downwind and catching the unmistakable scent of fish. As I circled back into the sea the long rigger feather was taken and this time by a decent fish. John Jr. went to work and after a tense boatside "tuna style" struggle, he brought a nice Blackfin aboard. It was the fourth quarter and we were in rally mode. But it was getting pretty sloppy. We set again and made another pass up main street and just as I reached the top end the planer rod went off and we stayed connected to an obvious high-speed Wahoo. John Jr. again did the honors and angled a 39.6 pound Wahoo to the gaff. Now we were moving in the right direction. We had about 30 more minutes to fish, and one more good fish would put the ledger back in our favor. Another pass up main street and the planer rod again went off, this time however it was the oh too familiar screaming reel followed by sudden silence- pulled hooks. Arghhh! We reset and fished a bit longer, but did not get another shot. We ended up with 2 nice Hoos and a Blackfin - I think we had in total 7-8 solid Wahoo bites, which is pretty consistent with my .300 Wahoo batting average. The Richardsons were great sports and they never lost hope and stayed confident. It was a good day of mediocre fishing that at least ended on a relative up note. Not sure what it translates to for 2012, but I'm sure its my last offshore trip of the year.
It was nice to see quite a few other fishermen on the water in the Stream as well. The action for everyone seemed pretty consistent, with the Steeples sounding like the best, albeit not hot.
I wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope to see more of you on the water more often in 2012- make it a resolution- GO FISH !