"Man in the blue suit" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/28/16
Paul Cochrane, Madison Cochrane, Devrin Avant, Keith Duncan, Jake Raynor, Kevin Mack, Brooke Atwell and Keith Guerin caught their first blue marlin yesterday aboard the "On the Dot" while fishing near the 100/400. The fish hit a black/red lil' stubby in the prop wash. The fish was safely released.
Capt. Derek Treffinger
"Live bait school report" | | 05/24/16
Yesterday live bait class went well. My three students all successfully netted bait, tied their own rigs, rigged their one baits, set lines, hooked fish, gagged fish and cleaned fish: Kings cobia and Jack. We stayed very busy most of the day with a solid King bite at the shark hole; albeit the kings are small this time of year in the 8-10# range, they bite just the same and offer way better gagging practice! The Pogy we found were small, but we doubled them up on rigs and caught kings on them as well as dead cigars. Thanks to class for job well done.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"COBIA CLASH UPDATE" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/23/16
Due to the recent adjustment to recreational cobia limits, I am forced to make this years first annual Cobia Clash a one day of competition tournament. SATURDAY MAY 28th, will be the only day of competition for participating anglers for this tournament. I have pasted the NCDENR proclamation regarding the adjustment below.
The good news is (knocking on wood, fingers crossed) the weather is forecasted to be light and variable for this particular day (5/28) and that some really large cobia have been caught this past week. Captain Ben and Sean Morris hauled in a 77#, a 100# was weighed in off Wrightsville beach, and quite a few over 60# have been caught near the river channel. Thus, if the weather holds and we get a few more entries, this could be the start of something great. Don’t forget I will be giving a $100 OIFC gift card to the father/son, father/daughter, mother/son, mother/daughter team who weighs in the largest single or aggregate amount of cobia.
To enter online, CLICK HERE
To print out an entry form, CLICK HERE
For questions or concerns regarding the tournament, please do not hesistate to email me at email@example.com
RE: COBIA - COASTAL FISHING WATERS- RECREATIONAL SEASON HARVEST AND SIZE LIMITS AND COMMERCIAL HARVEST AND SIZE LIMITS-TEMPORARY RULE SUSPENSION
Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Monday, May 23, 2016, the following restrictions will apply to the cobia fishery in Coastal Fishing Waters:
I. SUSPENSION OF N.C. MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION RULE 15A NCAC 03M .0516
N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M. 0516 that reads as follows is suspended in its entirety:
(a) It is unlawful to possess cobia less than 33 inches fork length.
(b) It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) cobia per person per day.
II. RECREATIONAL SEASON, HARVEST AND SIZE LIMITS
A. RECREATIONAL SIZE LIMIT AND SEASON
1. It is unlawful to possess cobia less than 37 inches fork length.
2. It is unlawful to possess a commercial and recreational limit of cobia on the same vessel.
3. The season for the recreational harvest of cobia will close September 30, 2016 unless closed earlier by proclamation.
B. FOR-HIRE VESSEL (While engaged in a For-Hire Vessel operation)
1. It is unlawful to possess more than four (4) cobia per vessel per day or one (1) cobia per person per day if fewer than four (4) people are on board.
2. Harvest will be allowed seven (7) days per week.
C. PRIVATE VESSEL (All vessels not engaged in a For-Hire Vessel operation)
1. It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) cobia per vessel per day or one (1) cobia per person per day, if there is only one person on board.
2. It is unlawful to possess cobia except on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday of each week.
D. SHORE-BASED FISHERY (Including beach, bank and manmade structures such as piers, docks, bridges and jetties)
1. It is unlawful to possess more than one (1) cobia per person per day.
2. Harvest will be allowed seven (7) days per week.
III. COMMERCIAL HARVEST AND SIZE LIMIT
A. It is unlawful to possess cobia less than 33 inches fork length.
B. It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) cobia per Standard Commercial Fishing License holder per day in a commercial fishing operation.
C. It is unlawful to possess a commercial and recreational limit of cobia on the same vessel.
V. GENERAL INFORMATION
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of North Carolina G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, and 03M .0512.
B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. The intent of this proclamation is to manage the cobia fishery in Coastal Fishing Waters and extend the length of the recreational season.
D. All undersized or over limit cobia shall be immediately returned to the waters where taken regardless of the condition of the fish.
E. In accordance with North Carolina G.S. 113-174.3 it is unlawful for a person to engage in a For-Hire operation without having obtained one of the following licenses issue by the Division: Blanket For-Hire Captain’s CRFL, Blanket For-Hire Vessel CRFL or a Non-Blanket For-Hire Vessel License. These licenses allow individuals properly licensed by the United States Coast Guard to carry passengers.
F. In accordance with North Carolina G.S. 113-130 (8) a vessel is defined as every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on the water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on the water.
G. In accordance with North Carolina G.S.113-174 a For-Hire Vessel is defined as a charter boat, head boat, dive boat, or other vessel hired to allow individuals to engage in recreational fishing.
H. Contact the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at www.ncmarinefisheries.net.
I. In accordance with North Carolina General Statute 113-221.1(c) all persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.
J. This proclamation supersedes FF-9-2016, dated February 24, 2016. It implements a recreational minimum size limit of 37 inches fork length. It also implements a three-day per week harvest allowance of two (2) fish per vessel (or one (1) per person per day whichever is more restrictive) for the Private Vessel fishery. It implements a four (4) fish per vessel limit and a seven (7) day per week harvest allowance for the For-Hire Vessel fishery. It also implements a one (1) fish per person per day harvest limit for the shore-based fishery, including pier and surf fishing. It closes the recreational cobia season on September 30, 2016, unless the season is closed earlier by proclamation. It maintains a 33-inch fork length minimum size limit and a two (2) fish per Standard Commercial Fishing License holder per day limit for the commercial fishery.
Capt. Derek Treffinger
"Fish weather this week" | OIFC | 05/22/16
We have a little cold front moving thru this morning which will put us under a steady dome of high pressure for this next week. That means lite seas and considering where we are in the calendar it means this is the best opportunity to take advantage of our May gulf stream fishing for tuna/mahi/wahoo. Once the water warms the concentration of fish along the break will dissapate and they will be scattered. All this week is the time to go. Also I bet with the steady weather pattern, the beach King bite will continue off Ocean Crest as well as good kng action in the 65 foot water spots.
In the words of fishing guru Capt Lentz..."Boys, May only comes once a year and you don't know how many more May's you will have".