Jim Bowen of the "Stick Slinger" passed his captain's course this weekend. Congratulations Captain Bowen!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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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.
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.....
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.