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"House Bill 421" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/04/11
 

Thank you to all the folks that have made contact with the Reps we listed on the March 31 report in support of HB 421 which will allow marinas to pass on to you at point of sale the gas tax refund, thus saving you 15-30cents/gallon at the pump. We need more contacts to be made with the committee members shown on the March 31 report as well as your own local Reps. Everyone remembers how this works with the passing of the menhaden net ban. The elected officials want to be responsive to their constituents, they just need to hear from you so they will know an issue is of importance. With the ever increasing cost of gas for boats, this is a good bill and will pass a savings on to you when you buy your fuel at a marina. Please make contact with the Reps. Thanks. Rube McMullan
- Rube McMullan
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""Diving for Fishing Poles"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/04/11
 

Took a couple of buddies fishing today. As always any day on the water is an adventure. That is why we call it Capt. Brant's Fishing Adventures. Today was nothing short of an adventure. We headed for the cement canals looking for a little action. First stop was a bust. We headed to another and found the bluefish. Landed a few and had several cut offs. Just as we were about to move away because of the blues, the first keeper flounder of the season came to the boat. Things were just getting heated up. Then one of my buddies decided to toss my fishing pole overboard. We won't mention any names for that purpose. Both of us were in shock for a few seconds as we watched it slowly sink to the bottom. I made a quick decision, not always the best decision. I dove in after it! Again, not the smartest thing I have ever done. I was unsuccessful in retrieving my fishing pole, but very successful in blowing up my cell phone. Hilarious! I managed to regain my composer and we landed several more trout before heading for dry clothes. After the break in action, the tide was getting ripe. We headed for the redfish grounds. We hit the first creek and landed some 15" to 17" reds, along with a few trout. The wind started to howl and was making things difficult. I was losing my confidence as we continued looking for bigger fish. Finally, it happened. A nice redfish slammed the bait, but shortly released itself. It was not long before another one slammed the bait. This time we landed a nice 25" red. Then another quick hook up and yet another quick release. Finally, I got a bite. I set the hook! I put  it through the steel plate in his head. He wasn't going anywhere unless he broke the line. I win! Another 25" redfish was landed and we headed for the house. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"1st Mates" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/03/11
 

Our charter season is upon us.  We have some top quality 1st mates serving on our boats.  It's sometimes a thankless job and we forget how important they are to a successful charter.  This link reminded me of them.  Good luck and tight lines!  <*(((><

Below is a picture of our youngest 1st mate Aaron Dew.  Aaron is the son of Captain Chris Dew and this will be his 3rd year (at least) as a first mate.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Gettin Jiggy With It" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/03/11
 

We have filled 3 out of 4 slots for the upcoming Vertical Jigging School.  If this is something you have considered doing, its time to jump on the bandwagon before the class fills up.  In case you missed the previous info reports, this is a 2 day school, the first day is a couple hour seminar in the evening on Saturday the 16th of April to learn all of the basics followed by a Gulf Stream trip on Sunday the 17th to put the info you gather to the test on a variety of species.  Cost is $450 per person and as I mentioned, there is one spot left.  Give us a call at 910.575.3474 to schedule for this school.  Turns out, Brant didn't kill me for offering a discount on Jigging Tackle to those who sign up.  We will provide all the tackle for the trip but if its something you want to do moving forward, anything you buy that is jigging related will be 15% off here in the shop.  Look forward to turning you guys on to this VERY exciting fishery.
- Capt. Steele Park
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""Its a Beautiful Thing!"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/03/11
 

My wife and son joined me on a short trip today. As we entered the creek one boat was already there. I asked the gentleman if he had any bites. He shook his head no. I eased on around him to the back of the creek and proceeded to hit the little cuts feeding into the main creek. On about our fifth cast Mandy was hooked up on a nice red. A few more cast and another, then another, another....Jake was netting them as fast as we could get them to the boat. Finally, another slot red and we decided to give them a rest. We brought them home in the livewell for a few pictures and then released them here at the dock. It doesn't get any better than this. Sharing something you love with you family! I love it! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Hard Fishing" | Get Busy | 04/02/11
 

When I arrived at the OIFC early this morning the ocean looked flat and there was no wind.  By 7:30 am the temperature had dropped and the wind was ripping out of the west.  Captain Chris Dew had driven to the Shallotte Inlet to take a look.  He then studied several web sites and decided to cancel his off shore charter.

Captain J. Dogg Williamson had come to the dock on the "Get Busy".  Jeff was bundled up and still cold.  He and his charter Scott Winslow , his son Collin and friend Trent Griffin, decided they wanted to catch some red drum.

They fished a lot in the canals behind OIB which offered some refuge from the wind.  The guys were using D.O.A. root beer and chartrous artificals.  It was a tuff day fishing, but they managed to land this nice red in the canals. 

When the sun was setting it was 68 degrees and no wind.  We've got to have a talk with Mother Nature.


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"" | Get Busy | 04/02/11
 


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"New Blue Fin Regs." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/01/11
 

Authority of the N.C.M.F. the following is in effect immediately:

Private Vessels:  May keep 1 per day per boat 27"59".  No trophy fish..(73"+)

Charter Vessels:  May keep 1 per day 27" to 47" and 47" to 59".  No trophy fish (73 +) 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"We need your help on House Bill 421" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/31/11
 

Fishing friends/boaters. We need your help.
 We have been working with Representative Frank Iler from Brunswick County regarding a bill that would allow marinas to pass on to customers, at the point of sale, the gas tax refund due boaters for off road usage[which is not taxable]. The effect of this would be that marinas could reduce your gas cost by approximately 15-30cents/gallon[based upon recreation use or commercial use]. True, at the end of the year you can apply to the State of NC for the refund, but if you could receive the refund when you purchase the fuel by virtue of the marina discounting the price to you and the marina then receives the refund, the impact to you would be to immediately save you some money. Obviously with the increasing cost of fuel, this bill is intended to help lower your cost of fuel, and maybe encourage you to get on the water.
 
House Bill 421[HB421] has been introduced by Representative Iler and he needs your support. The bill has been assigned to the Consumer and Job Development Committee, and if the committee members don't hear from us fishermen/boaters as to the benefit of this bill, then it will likely die in committee. SO.....we need everyone who thinks this is a good bill to contact the Reps who are on this committee, as well as you own local Rep.
The Reps on the Consumer and Job Development Committee are:
Danny.McComas@ncleg.net
Bill.Brawley@ncleg.net
Craig.Horn@ncleg.net
Carolyn.Justice@ncleg.net
Tim.Moffitt@ncleg.net
Phil.Shepard@ncleg.net
Fred.Steen@ncleg.net
Michael.Stone@ncleg.net
Also let Rep Iler[Frank.Iler@ncleg.net] know his willingness to introduce this bill is appreciated by fishermen/boaters.
Thanks for your help.
Rube McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center[www.OIFC.com]
 

- Rube McMullan
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""Say CHEEZ!"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/31/11
 

I picked up Capt. Steele just after lunch time and headed for the fishing grounds. We hit a few docks and the cement canals with no luck. Not much happening here close to home for some reason, so we headed for the border. We found some strong fighting reds and some head shaking trout. The water was rising fast and once the water hit the grass, the bite shut down on us. I had my fun and judging by the pictures so did Capt. Steele. He was all smiles while posing with two slot reds we released at the dock here at the OIFC. I got to pose with my 28" red and a nice trout before quickly releasing them on the spot. I love it! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Shark Video" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/30/11
 

Folks,  we have had a lot of requests for a great shark video we got from our last offshore trip.  I know I promised to upload it.  For some reason I keep getting an error message.  I will continue to try to get it on there.  Please bear with me,  I am a technical idiot...
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Sunset Bridge Boat Ramp" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/30/11
 

I spoke with the Sunset Beach Town Administrator today.  I asked him the status of the boat ramp at the new Sunset Beach Bridge.  He told me all permits had been approved.  The state construction crews responsible for building the boat ramp are book and on schedule until December this year.  Construction on the new boat ramp is scheduled to begin right after the 1st of 2012.  The facility will be a single ramp with parking for around 41 boats.  I did not asked him whether the lot will be paved or not.
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"Jigging School" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/29/11
 

We really enjoyed seeing everyone at the Spring Kickoff this weekend.  Hope everyone learned some good info from the seminars.  As you may or may not know, Capt. Brant does a series of hands on fishing schools covering everything from Live Bait fishing to Gulf Stream trolling.  New this year, we are rolling out a Vertical Jigging School.  I covered a very high level outline while discussing Blackfin Tuna fishing in the Seminar but this is a much more in depth format with a 2 hour or so "land" class followed by a day on the water the next day.  Targeted species will be Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, Grouper, Cobia, Amberjacks and whatever else feels like biting. We have a couple of spots still available  for the first school on April 16th and 17th.  The cost is $450 per person.  I can assure you, this will be money well spent if you are interested in getting in on this action.  Capt. Brant may kill me for doing this but for those who sign up,  I am willing to do 15% off on any jigging tackle you chose to purchase before or after the school.  We have all of the tackle you will need to go with us but if it is something you want to get into moving forward, you can get geared up with us.  Please call 910.575.3474 to get in on this great opportunity.


- Capt. Steele Park
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"Cape Fear Sailfish Classic" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/27/11
 

The Cape Fear Sailfish Classic announces an off shore division.  For those wishing to fish off shore of the current boundaries please check out Cape Fear Sailfish Classic.  The Tournament will award 100 points for sails released inside the current boundaries and 75 points for sailfish released off shore of those boundaries.  This change is made to accommodate those who like to fish off shore and those with smaller boats who fish near shore.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Lazy Sunday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/27/11
 

It's cool and drizzly here in Paradise.  The rains have washed some of the pollen away, giving the allergy sufferers some much need relief.  For me, I'm trying to figure out which recliner I'll nap in and whether to watch basketball or NASCAR.  It's also a good day to read about fishing.  Here is a link to Earth Sports about red drum fishing you may enjoy.  Another good read is a book presented by the SKA , "King Mackerel The Ultimate Saltwater Game Fish" by Terry LaCoss.  It's a great beginner's guide and reference guide for seasoned king fishermen.  I keep it in my "reading room".  Sometimes I get so interested my legs go numb.  We sell it at the OIFC.

Join us on our FaceBook site under Ocean Isle Fishing Center.

Enjoy a great lazy Sunday!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Reds Galore" | Get Busy | 03/26/11
 

Brandon Sauls, Jeff Beck and Willy who is a friend of Brandon's fished "the river" Friday and caught 20 red drum and a trout.  Getting information out of the guys is like pulling eye teeth.  I did good to get "the river". 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Thanks!!"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/26/11
 

Just wanted to take a minute to thank all those who attended our spring kickoff here at the OIFC. I hope the information in our seminars makes for many successful trips on the water this year. Those of you that stopped by and checked out Deep Creek Lures, THANK YOU! I am sure if you give these baits a chance they will exceed your expectations. Those of you that missed the opportunity to check out these new baits, look for them to show up in our store soon. Meanwhile, I am planning my next attack on giving our local redfish population a sore mouth. The speckled trout continue to filter in from hiding and each day another flounder comes out of the mud. Next weekend looks great, so get after'em. See ya on the water!   
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Spring Kick Off A Success!!" | Get Busy | 03/26/11
 

The weatherman cooperated and allowed perfect conditions for the OIFC Spring Kick Off.  The only weather issue was there wasn't enough wind for Capt. Brant to demonstrate kite fishing.  It was great seeing everone there and we're all ready for the spring fishing to begin!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | Real-Time Update | 03/26/11
 

Capt chris Dawson and mate chris eckert took a couple of half day trips today.  Seas were flat and fish were biting.  Season is just getting started.   Looking forward to weeks ahead 
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 03/26/11
 

Capt chris Dawson and mate chris eckert took a couple of half day trips today.  Seas were flat and fish were biting.  Season is just getting started.   Looking forward to weeks ahead 
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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