The Starnewsonline (Wilmington) has an excellent article on the D. C. Ralley. Follow this link...
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Page 289 of 421
We were all missing Captain Jeff Williamson until he sent this picture of a big red fish he caught will fishing in Charlotte Punta Gorda Fla.. Capt. Jeff said the water temperature dropped so low it killed the young tarpon and most of the snook. He did find some red fish, trout and a whole lot of sun while fishing with Captain Rhett Morris.
There was a big trout kill in Morehead City, N.C. due to the cold. there was even one of the biggest snow falls recorded in the recent past in Moscow and a fish kill due to the cold now in southern Fla. Perhaps Captain Brant should invite Al Gore and some other global warms to speak at the Spring Kick off in March..
Also, it is with great regret that I am unable to make the trip to D.C. I feel strongly about this issue, will miss the bus ride which ought to be a blast, and I love a good protest! Someone get locked up for me. Good luck, and I hope this will have the desired impact.
Let the games begin. The bus will leave the OIFC at 4:15am SHARP on Wednesday, February 24th. If you have been in contact with me and I've saved a spot for you, you are committed to show. The bus is full and many have been turned away who wanted to attend.
The bus will leave the OIFC at 4:15am and make 2 stops on the way for food and leg stretching. There is a bathroom on the bus, but for the sake of everyone's health and comfort, let's save those morning "duties" for the stops. We should arrive in DC around 11am and the rally is scheduled from 12pm-3pm. We will leave shortly after 3pm, make a couple of stops on the way home again and hopefully arrive back to the OIFC around 11pm. I have a bunch of picket signs that were provided by Charter Lakes Insurance, so don't worry about signage.
Bus entertainment is up in the air. We will have a wide range of characters on board and I'm looking forward to the trip. If anyone has any DVD's, games, stories... bring them.
Again, tomorrow 4am at the OIFC the bus will be leaving. Be there.
Capt. Zach reported that while we were fishing the Georgetown Hole a friend went the opposite direction and fished off Swansboro on Sunday. They caught a 45 lb wahoo and several black fin tuna.
We are 2 days and counting until the trip to D.C.
OK..all rational thinking was that if we went out we wouldn't catch anything. The temperature shot showed the warm water had moved out. It was decision time..do we stay home and think about fishing, or do we take advantage of the excellent conditions and go fishing and not care what others think?
You know the answer! Captain Zach Faulkner and his dad, Benji, Captain Jeff Beck with me and my camera in tow left the OIFC at 6:15 am. We went as far as the Georgetown Hole.Not suprisingly, the warmest water we found was 65 degrees. But no problem..we had a couple of knockdowns by kings, a strike that acted like a wahoo, and one false albacore. But we did get out on a beautiful sea with good friends aboard a marvelous boat the "Get Floored". Any fish would have just been an added bonus. You can't do that in the big city!
Also, a sigh of relief..Captain David Hooks and his wife were involved in an accident .Their vehicle flipped and landed upside down in a roadside ditch.Thank God.no one was hurt!!!
A check of Reef Cast, The National Weather Service and The Weather Channel ALL indicate that Saturday may be THE day !!!!! 10-15 winds, 1-2 ft seas and sunny..could it be true? Find out!
Now is a good time to impart some of Captain Brant's weather knowledge on some who may not have been around the seas in our area long enough to understand reading the various weather reports. For most this is a refresher. The following is part of Brants's 5-20-09 report:
"We've had strong winds and the seas have been building over a long distance and are very large. The wind is forecast to drop to 5-10 knots by Saturday, and although the forecast isn't out I guarantee you it will say 6+ feet....DO NOT LET THIS KEEP YOU FROM FISHING. A 5-10 kt wind makes 2 ft seas, 10-15 makes 3-4ft, 15-20 makes 3-5 ft, and after that it's too rough to worry about. A swell is a residual sea created from rough conditions a long way away, i.e. a hurricane, or from bad weather prior to the current conditions. A swell is a long rolling sea that is spaced far apart and besides sometimes making the run off shore a bit slower, it is hardly noticeable when fishing."
I've been around Captain Brant and other knowledgeable Captains long enough to find this a good rule to go by. I hope it is helpful to you. See you this weekend!
** NOW HIRING ** OIFC is currently looking for a full or part-time person to work as a clerk in the OIFC. Skills required are retail, customer service and a background in saltwater fishing is helpful. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Further, I am now accepting applications for Summer jobs as well. Email to the above address as well, and I will send and application.
Rickey Beck, Ron McManus, John Bearden, Zack Faulkner, Chris Eckert, Brandon Sauls, Rick and Matthew Ryan, Butch and Barbara Foster, William Parker, Englis Glover and camera man, Grant Pait, Jeff Drake, Cain Faircloth, Richard Croom, Forrest Taylor, Brian Richarde, Dan Barber and family, Mike and Amy Baird, Ronnie Atkinson, Ed and Randy Elliot, Brant and Amy McMullan, Jerry Dilsaver, Rob Barton, Paul Pancake, Dan McManus, Braxton Lewis, Buddy Dennis, Jim Moore, Chris Carbone, Mark Bender, Richard Flick, Jim and Keith Page, Billy Little, Robert Mazur, Bob Taylor, John McGarva, Keith Logan, David Bowman, Danny Juel and Fred, Ace Parker
*** SCHEDULE ***
Trip is on Wednesday, February 24th- Bus leaves the OIFC at 4:15am SHARP- plan to be here at 4am. The drive will take roughly 7 hours with 2 stops on the way to get food and stretch your legs. The rally begins at noon and is scheduled to end at 3pm. We should get out by at least 4pm and be back to the OIFC by 11pm, making 2 stops on the way home for food and exercise. The bus has a bathroom and a DVD player. Bring your favorite DVD and we'll vote on what to watch. See you at the OIFC for the trip.
Fishing log...sounds like a good name for a grouper set up. But it's not, yet. Most good fishermen I know keep a log book of what was biting, when, on what and where. Yesterday I had a call asking for a report on the spring bite. At the same time a gentleman and his wife came in and thanked us for our honest fishing reports. I began reviewing the archives and realized 2 things...one I have a terrible memory and two, the Report serves a a great fishing log.
Sure, you're getting tired of the cliches, sharpen your hooks and so on. But during these cold windy days take time to study the reports. You'll find stuff, like, we were complaining about the same weather, it snowed February 4th of '09, and the wind was howling. You'll also be reminded of the hot lures for last year...such as the wahoo bite was on Islanders, Yo Zure Bonita, Cape Lookout C-Jets, and the product that we had just began carrying thanks to Captain Chris Burrows, theBlack Bart San Sal Candy...we miss Chris, but Captain Steele has stepped up to the plate in fine fashion.
A further look and you'll be reminded that a 800 lb blue marlin was caught on a black and purple Black Bart RPP. That Captain Roger's weapon of choice for mahi was a blue and white Alien. We miss Rog also, the only constant in life is change You'll further remember where the bites were and when. They make for pretty good fishing logs, and fair to below average reading. Rest assured that the OIFC will live up to it's Mission Statement and keep our reports honest and as accurate as possible. We'll also attempt to support our reports with pictures whenever possible. So, sharpen your hooks and all that other good stuff.