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"Paradise Found" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/31/11
 

Wow....words can't do it justice. We got up around 8am this morning in Guayaquil at our very nice hotel, ate breakfast and headed to the airport. Our guide, Julio Rosas helped to get us to and thru the airport using his skills proving once again it's not what you know but who you know. The flight left at 11am on a jet and 90 minutes later we touched down at San Cristobal in the Galapagos. Stepping off the plane we were greeted with 80+ degree temps and a nice sea breeze. The mission is a success at this point as far as I'm concerned. Warm weather was the goal the rest is gravy. We were met at the airport by Capt. Braden and his crew where we loaded up in several pick up trucks and headed down the road to our hotel. Hotel Miconia is located right on the waterfront and is absolutely perfect. The only thing you to have to be careful of is not tripping over the lounging sea lions that hang out in front of the hotel on the edge of the harbor. After getting settled in the hotel, all 16 in our group loaded up into 2 boats for our afternoon snorkel adventure. We ran about 20 minutes to "kicker rock" which is basically a gigantic rock that sticks up about 400ft above the surface in the middle of the ocean. Brant and Amy chose to scuba dive and the rest of us snorkeled. If you ever wanted the thrill to swim with sharks this place will accomodate. We snorkeled around the massive rock and saw 100's of sharks that were thankfully very docile, a bunch of turtles, fish and even blue footed boobies! After that experience we headed back towards to the harbor but made a stop off in a lagoon where we all jumped out and snorkeled again. This time we were greeted by curious sea lions. These guys are awesome. They are very playful and have the sweetest faces you've ever seen. We are literally swimming with them inches from each other's face. I know we got a bunch of good pics and videos. Everybody is back at the hotel now and having evening cocktails before dinner in about an hour. Fishing begins tomorrow and the word is there is a lot of stripe marlin around so we're all pretty anxious. It's truly amazing you can get on an airplane from NC and in less than 24 hours be in a place like this. The island is a national park and kept extremely clean and regulated. The wildlife we've seen so far is amazing. So far I'm very impressed with everything we've encountered on this trip. Now if the fishing is good too I may just put in my resignation papers at OIFC- NC and set up shop down here! ps. Stephanie, can't get my email to work. I will call.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Phase 2 and 3 good" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/31/11
 

Atlanta to Miami- no problem. Miami to Guayaquil Ecuador- slight delay. After an hour wait on the runway we finally took off this evening around 8pm from Miami. Barrett, Rube, Brian and Stacy Allen, Benji Faulkner, Brant and Amy and Andy Erbacher all were on board for the flight. It is 2:24am and we are all set in our hotel. It took a while to get thru customs but everything went pretty smooth. The hotel we are at is super nice. First impressions of Guayaquil Ecuador are good. The people seem very nice (of course those out and about this time of night might be leaving the party), the city is clean and it appears to be a wealthy city. We'll get a better picture of what we're dealing with tomorrow but so far so good. We have a short night of sleep and then tomorrow at 11am we take off for the Galapagos. It's about an hour flight. Hopefully internet access is still good over there so we can give regular updates.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Gorgeous Day" | Get Busy | 01/30/11
 

Henry Beckham took advantage of today's gorgeous weather to do some back water fishing.  He landed and released this small red using cut mullet.

I expect the pelicans wanted some of the cut mullet as well.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Congratulations" | Get Busy | 01/30/11
 

Jim Bowen of the "Stick Slinger" passed his captain's course this weekend.  Congratulations Captain Bowen!
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"More Sea Bass Info." | Get Busy | 01/30/11
 

I've received a few more questions on the sea bass restrictions.  Click here if you'd like to read some more about it.
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""Park on a Redfish"" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/30/11
 

Mr. Park, Adam, and his friend Chad joined me on a redfish hunt today. We found a couple early right in front of the OIFC. They wised up pretty quick putting us back on the hunt. We moved around until we caught a few more just around the corner. They also wised up so we again moved on. We headed for a place that has been producing several bites, but we made several casts without a bite. I was getting disappointed with the area until Chad screamed out "I got one"! Indeed he did...As we danced around the boat making lots of noise our goal was to land this fish.  Chad had his hands full with a 24" redfish on 6lb. test line. The fish came to the boat pretty easy until he saw the net. Game on! Stripping line! Second pass by the boat and strip, strip, strip...Third pass was a charm! Blacken redfish for supper! With all the commotion I decided to move to a new area. Chad on his first cast nailed another redfish and Mr. Park hooked up at the same time. Double!! I netted Mr. Park's and it was hooked well. I handed the net to Adam to land Chad's fish. We all vowed that it was Adam's turned to land a fish. We gave Adam five minutes to catch a fish, then we all pitched in to help. Chad of all people hooked up and passed the rod. Adam landed the fish and we called it a day. Lots of excitment on the water for January! I love it!! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Park on a Redfish"" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/30/11
 

Mr. Park, Adam, and his friend Chad joined me on a redfish hunt today. We found a couple early right in front of the OIFC. They wised up pretty quick putting us back on the hunt. We moved around until we caught a few more just around the corner. They also wised up so we again moved on. We headed for a place that has been producing several bites, but we made several casts without a bite. I was getting disappointed with the area until Chad screamed out "I got one"! Indeed he did...As we danced around the boat making lots of noise our goal was to land this fish.  Chad had his hands full with a 24" redfish on 6lb. test line. The fish came to the boat pretty easy until he saw the net. Game on! Stripping line! Second pass by the boat and strip, strip, strip...Third pass was a charm! Blacken redfish for supper! With all the commotion I decided to move to a new area. Chad on his first cast nailed another redfish and Mr. Park hooked up at the same time. Double!! I netted Mr. Park's and it was hooked well. I handed the net to Adam to land Chad's fish. We all vowed that it was Adam's turned to land a fish. We gave Adam five minutes to catch a fish, then we all pitched in to help. Chad of all people hooked up and passed the rod. Adam landed the fish and we called it a day. Lots of excitment on the water for January! I love it!! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/30/11
 


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"The Journey Begins" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/30/11
 

I'm sitting in the Atlanta airport with Rube waiting to board a plane for the first leg of our journey to the Galapagos islands. We're headed to Miami first where we'll meet up with about half our crew there and then take off for Guayaquil, Ecuador this evening. A few of the gang is already in Guayaquil and the reports are everything is great so far. Stand by for updates.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"News Article" | Get Busy | 01/29/11
 

Click here to read the latest article about the black sea bass in the Myrtle Beach Sun News.
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""Steele catch'n reds"" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/29/11
 

Finally, Steele and I get our day on the water. We landed our first fish right in front of the OIFC. We saw a few fish everywhere we went, with the exception of the Shallote river. They are dredging in the inlet, so it is stirring the water up quite a bit. Steele caught three fish to my two fish. We both had several bumps, but it is hard to feel the bite this time of year. We cruised around looking in the clear shallow water scouting for more fish. We saw three fish in the upper slot, but they would not bite. I will be looking for those fish to bite tomorrow as I will be back on the water. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Clay's New Boat" | Get Busy | 01/29/11
 

Below are pictures of Clay Morphis' new Sea Hunt BX 24.  She's rigged and ready to go!  Inshore fishermen watch out, Clay and Brandon Sauls both have new bay boats!
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""Still catch'n reds"" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/28/11
 

Fished for a little while today looking for surviving fish. The water is very clear and the fish are easy to see. Which also means they can see you as well. I saw several fish in the shallows, but they were not willing to eat. I moved around and finally got a bite right in front of the OIFC. That was the only fish willing to eat in there. I fished the Shallote river with no luck. Moved back into the canals and found a group of fish willing to eat the bottom out of the boat. I landed 5 fish really quick, then they wised up. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Sea Bass Closure Dates" | Get Busy | 01/28/11
 

NOAA Fisheries Service has determined that the 2010-2011 recreational annual catch limit (ACL) of 409,000 lbs. for black sea bass has been reached.  As a result, the recreational sector for black sea bass in federal waters of the South Atlantic from Cape Hatteras Light, N. C. to Key West, Fl. will be closed, effective 12:01 am (local time) Feb., 12, 2011 through 12:01 am June 1, 2011.-South Carolina-Offshore.com.


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"Travelling Fisherman 2011- Galapagos" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/28/11
 

Here we go!  We're heading out on Sunday- A group of 16 OIFC'ers.  All heading to one of the most remote fishing destinations in the world; Galapagos Islands.  I kept getting asked "where are these islands?"  So I mapquested it, cause I sure didn't know.  The driving directions are too long to put here, but in a nut shell, if you drew a straight line due South of New Orleans, LA and went through Central America and kept going 1000 miles off that coast and then drew another line due west from the country of Ecuador in S. America for 500 miles, the 2 lines would intersect in the Galapagos.  Apparently it is a chain of several islands, some inhabitate and some not.  I honestly didn't even know any were inhabitated.  I'm hoping so, because I have an airplane ticket for the Galapagos and I'm counting on landing on runway, not deploying a parachute.  I wonder?  I did some more internet searching and You Tube was helpful when looking up Galapagos fishing.  Seems like most videos are about Stripe Marlin fishing.  Looked pretty good.  I didn't see wahoo, tuna or dolphin, so not sure on those.  Think they have some bottom fishing.  Apparently the water temperatures are not overly warm as the islands are near some cold water currents.  We are taking our diving gear, I look forward to checking out their waters.  Of course I'll have to leave the spear gun at the house- darn!  I did come by some videos of the Sea Sheperds patrolling the islands and running off commercial fishermen.  That could be an interesting encounter.  Don't think they want to mess with a bunch of Carolina fishermen.  Just saying.  Stay tuned to reporrts.  I'm not sure if we can update from down there, but we are taking all sorts of cameras and videos, so we will certainly have good stuff when we get back.  I've started an OIFC YouTube channel where I'm uploading videos.  It is going now and has mostly dated videos, but it will be getting very current after this trip and during this coming season.  Click http://www.youtube.com/user/oifc1?feature=mhum and then click the SUBSCRIBE button and you will get an email update of when new videos are out. 

So, here we go on our trip.  The OIFC staff of Anita, Steele, Jacob and Rickey will be holding down the fort, so stop by and say hello.  They have been working hard to reset and restock the store, and we are excited about our new look.  Some big clearance sections have been set up to make way for the new. 

Also, don't forget the Spring Kickoff is Saturday, March 26th.  Line spooling, seminars, used tackle sales, OIFC clearance sale..... 

Bon Voyage


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing Regulations" | Get Busy | 01/27/11
 

Attached is the Sun News article about the Fishing Regulations Meeting yesterday in Charleston.
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"" | Get Busy | 01/26/11
 

Area fishermen met at Little River and headed to Charleston, S. C. to offer their input regarding regulations on salt water fishing.  News 13, SCNOW has some coverage on this link as does WMBF on this link.
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"Regulations Continued" | Get Busy | 01/25/11
 

Here is yet another news story about the sea bass and other bag limits.
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"Federal Regulations" | Get Busy | 01/25/11
 

The Myrtle Beach Sun has a good article on the Sea Bass regs. which ill come into effect this year and proposed wahoo and dolphin regulations.   Click on this link to read it.
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"Time to March Again!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/25/11
 

The fish Feds are at it again.  This time aiming to shut down Black Sea Bass indefinitely and limit Wahoo to 2 per boat per day and Dolphin to nine per person per day.  Based on what?  They don't even know.  The madness behind their logic is more apparent than ever this time around.  Sure you might be able to roughly count Sea Bass and maybe Grouper and Snapper, but how in the heck can you even begin to think you know how many Wahoo are out there? 

There is a hearing in Charleston on Wednesday- Jan 26th.  We are meeting with a bunch of people from the Little River and Myrtle Beach area at 10am.  The meeting will be at the ramp next to Harbourgate Marina which is under the big bridge that crosses the ICW from Little River to N. Myrtle Beach.  From there, the group will head to Charleston. 

You are encouraged to attend if you have any care for any of the above mentioned species.  Thanks- Brant


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