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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.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Happenings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/24/11
 

Things are kinda slow around the southern end of Brunswick County.  It's just been too cold to get outside and do much and with the wind, too windy to get off shore.  Even if you could there's not much action.  In shore, the trout are closed down and a few red drum are being caught.

The real action is in the Division of Marine Fisheries meeting today.  They are talking about catch limits on several species of fish.  Hopefully we'll have an update on what went on.  On the home front, work continues on the Ocean Isle boat ramp.  Below are a few pictures I took yesterday.

I don't know about ya'll, be we are ready for some warm weather and a completed boat ramp!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Galapagos Here We Come!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/22/11
 

You have to love it when a plan comes together.  As I sit here pecking on my computer in Ocean Isle Beach, I'm watching a mixture of snow and ice fall outside my window.  It's been a brutal winter to say the least around here and for most of the country.  While the cold temperatures, windy conditions and overall crappy weather has been miserable, it sure is making our escape to the lower latitudes that more gratifying.  For those who follow these reports and are unable to join us on this trip I am truly sorry for the pain I will likely cause with my web reports over the next couple weeks.  In exactly one week from tomorrow, myself and a team of 15 fishermen and fisherwomen with some connection to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center family will be headed off to the wild blue yonder bound for the next frontier of big game fishing.  At the very least I think most of us will be satisfied if we find some warmer temperatures! 

This report is meant to be a "pre-game" countdown to get the fishing report followers up to date on the Galapagos adventure.  Like I have done in the past with our Traveling Fishermen excursions, I will be putting together a day by day account of the trip complete with a detailed report and pictures.  It is my understanding that while the Galapagos may be at the end of the earth, I will have Internet access so I hope to give a daily update with our findings. 

Members of our team will begin departing for South America this coming Friday and everyone will be in the capital city of Ecuador, Guayaquill by Sunday evening January 30th.  The following morning we will board a commuter plane for a 600 mile journey to the small island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos.  Over the next 5 days we will snorkel, scuba dive, big game fish, and explore the most pristine and natural environment left in the world before returning to Guayaquill and then back to the US on Sunday February 6th.  I know I can speak for the group and say we are all extraordinarly excited to get this show on the road and all have very high expectations for a monumentous expedition.  For this trip we are armed with our most advance array of media capabilities so we plan to share as much as we can of our experience with the audience.

At this time I am going to introduce our team of Traveling Fishermen that will be starring in the fishing reports over the next couple weeks as we explore the world of the Galapagos Islands.  Hopefully a little character familiarity will help the audience follow the stories.

  • Captain Barrett McMullan:  Adventure organizer, residential and commercial property manager, tournament fishing enthusiasts, Ocean Isle Fishing Center consultant; boat 31' Yellowfin- "OIFC", homeport Ocean Isle Beach
  • Captain Brant McMullan:  Charter boat Captain, Tournament fisherman and organizer, Ocean Isle Fishing Center General Manager, father of two; boats 32' Yellowfin-"Team OIFC", 33 World Cats x 2-"World Cat, Carolina Cat", homeport Ocean Isle Beach
  • Captain Amy McMullan:  Tournament fishermen, world record holder, Ocean Isle Fishing Center manager, mother of two; homeport Ocean Isle Beach
  • Rube McMullan:  Retired real estate entrepeneur, "Grandpa Rube", Tournament fisherman, Ocean Isle Fishing Center visionary; boat 27' Contender- "Whipper Snapper Whooper", home port Ocean Isle Beach
  • Brian Allen:  Tournament fisherman, President Precision Dry Wall, father of two; boats 36 Yellowfin-"Wall Hanger" and 33 Hydra Sport (for sale), home ports Little River and Morehead City
  • Stacy Allen:  Tournament fisherman, Premier Jewelry, mother of two; home ports Little River and Morehead City
  • Tom Bordeaux:  Offshore fishing enthusiast, Bordeaux Contruction General Contractor; boat 25' Contender-?, home port Ocean Isle Beach
  • Blair Bordeaux:  Offshore fishing enthusiast, surfing legend, Bordeaux Contruction, lead spanish interpreter; home port Ocean Isle Beach
  • Bryan Freeman:  Offshore fishing enthusiast, Costa Rica tarpon fishing expert, Dentist by trade; homeports Oregon Inlet, Morehead City, Ocean Isle Beach
  • Brian Robbins:  Offshore fishing enthusiast, concrete contractor; boat 29' Wellcraft-"Caught Ya Lookin'", homeport Ocean Isle Beach
  • Rick Blase':  Offshore fishing enthusiast, legendary hunter and outdoorsman, doctor by trade, travels fishing and hunting the world
  • Steve Austin:  Offshore fishing enthusiast, dentist by trade; homeport Ocean Isle Beach
  • Ken Hill:  Offshore fishing enthusiast, manufacturer, trucking business, grandpa; boat 21' Carolina Skiff-?, homeport Ocean Isle Beach
  • Kennan Hill:  Offshore fishing enthusiast, "Professional Tackle Tester", Trucking business, father of 2; boat 26' Regulator-"Truckin'", homeport Ocean Isle Beach
  • Benji Faulkner:  Offshore fishing enthusiast, Faulkner Flooring, father of 2; boat 36' Contender-"Get Floored", homeport Ocean Isle Beach
  • Andy Erbacher:  Offshore fishing enthusiast (primarliy in the gulf), AJ's Restaurant Owner in Atlanta, father of 1

There you have it, a hodpodge of fishermen and fisherwomen with different background but a commonality of a love for fishing set to strike out on adventure.  Expect reports to begin a week from tomorrow assuming technology allows. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"NFM Meeting" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/22/11
 

There is a lot happening with the National Marine Fisheries Division meet in New Bern.  This link has to do with Blufin Tuna.  Monday, the NMF will take up bag limits on wahoo and other species.  Capt. Chris Burrows  isl attending that meeting and provide an update.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""More sore lips"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/21/11
 

Pictures? Dead batteries! Wind blowing...but the tide is right. Sun is shining and pretty warm for Jan. I decided to give it a try for a few hours today. The redfish have continued to hang around in the canals and way back in the shallow creeks. Fished right in front of the OIFC where a few fish have been hanging out, couldn't find them there today. Moved into the back of a shallow creek and located some nice fish. The bait of choice has been a 3" Gulp smelt pogy rigged onto a 1/8oz. flat jighead. Letting the current drag it over rough bottom and slow bouncing has done the trick the last few times out. Caught 4 fish in the mid slot and broke a 30" bruiser off after a 10 minute fight on 6lb test. WIth that said, get out of the snow and go fishing with us. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"New OIFC Youtube Channel" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/19/11
 

We have set up a new OIFC channel on Youtube.  This channel will show all OIFC videos from the past and many new ones to come in the future.  We are geared up with new camera equipment and plans to be able to update this channel very regularly. 

Subscribe to the channel by clicking this link http://www.youtube.com/user/oifc1?feature=mhum .  Once you subscribe, you will automatically be notified of new videos so you can keep up with our exploits.

Also, a few months ago we purged our mass email list which we use to email fishing reports, sales and other OIFC happenings.  If you have not been getting these emails, please resubscribe by clicking this link - http://www.oifc.com/join_email.cfm

We are working to get the store set up and cleaned and restocked for 2011.  Also the travelling fisherman trip is coming up soon, and we are looking forward to that. 

Also, I have scheduled the annual Spring Kickoff for Saturday, March 26th.  This is a great forum to sell your used tackle, attend FREE seminars hosted by OIFC staff and guests, line spooling CHEAP and this year- BIG TACKLE SAVINGS on clearance items from the OIFC. 

Work hard now.  It won't be long before we all will get to play harder.  Stay tuned.

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""Heat Wave"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/19/11
 

After several days of traveling, being locked up in the shop, and just plan dodging cold temperatures we get a beautiful day. Temperatures were in the upper 50's today and made for an excellent day to look for some surviving fish. Lots of gloom and doom out their being reported about all our fish dying. This is nature's vicious cycle of life! We had three opportunities to land a nice redfish today. The first fish on was close to 30 inches, but put a nice roll on me right at the boat. The second fish came straight to the boat before realizing he was hooked, then went deep and shook the hook. The third fish was a charm...Jake (a.k.a net man) grabbed the net while I (a.k.a Daddy) tangled with the beast. We successfully landed our third redfish bite of the day together in fashion. Seen in the picture below is my son Jake, myself, and what Jake calls the beast (24" redfish). See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Birth Announcement" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/19/11
 

Congratulation to Becky and Nesbitt Noble on the birth of their son Collin Nesbitt Noble, known already as Little Nez.  Fish watch out!!!
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"More on the Striper Kill at Oregon Inlet" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/19/11
 

Just got a call from one of the folks on the trip that we reported on.  He wanted us to mention that they had caught just 3 fish prior to witnessing this going on.  Once they saw what was happening, they were too disgusted and quit fishing.  The remainder of their limit was taken from the dead fish floating as they didn't see the point in killing additional fish.  
- Capt. Steele
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"Striped Bass" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/18/11
 

Amber Simmons, Daniel Simmons, Brian Freeman and some others trekked to the Oregon Inlet for some striped bass fishing.  The recreational limit is 2 fish person, while the commercial limit was 100 per boat for this weekend.  Amber and crew were shocked at the way trawlers, pulling nets, cut right through the sport fishers.  The trawlers were catching and culling fish by the 100's.  Any fish under 40# was thrown overboard either dead or dying..they said the trawlers were decimating the striped bass population.

Daniel sent a YouTube link to back up what he was saying.  Also if you look closely at the 1st picture you'll see a trawler pulling right through the center condoles. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Making You Aware...." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/17/11
 

Please check out this link as the proposals affect most all the east coast.  I've been hearing rumblings about these proposals, but was unable to find something understandable until now.  Stay tuned..more as we get it.
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"Trout Kill" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/17/11
 

Look at this YouTube video Capt. Brandon Sauls published.  It will give you something to think about.
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"Fishing Products Show" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/14/11
 

Captains Brant, Steele, Jacob and I attended the Henry's Outdoors Products Show in Raleigh, N.C.  There are several new products on the market and the OIFC will be one of "the 1st on the block" to have them.

****The OIB boat ramp is completely close...signs blocking the ramp.  We'll keep you informed.


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"OIB Boat Ramp Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/13/11
 

I was just advised the OIB Boat Ramp is closed.  The ramp is blocked with signs.  The company has 60 days from 1-3-11 to complete their work..I will post more as I get it.

Several of us will be in Raleigh at a fishing products show Friday 1-14-11.  The OIFC will be open as usual.


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