The "Black Gold" boat is on its way to the dock with a 75" Plus inch Bluefin Tuna. This will be the first Bluefin brought to the OIFC this year. Pics and stories to follow. Stay tuned.
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Captain Don Williamson along with Eric Gregory and Mike McDuffy were fishing aboard Don's 33 ft. Hydra Sport the Black Gold when they spotted birds and porpoises working around 100 ft of 64 degree water. They had been on their way to wahoo fish but decided this was just too good to pass up!
At around 9:30 am they hooked up on a small bluefin and released it. Determined that his big brother might be in the neighborhood they elected to stay. Shortly after that Don saw a big bluefin sky. His crew thought he was seeing things!
At 10:30 am the line on the out rigger began screaming and shore enough a big bluefin had hit on a pink Islander with a large ballyhoo. (We had stayed open 30 minutes late last night so Don could by bait..thought I'd throw that in). Eric, the youngest of the crew took the rod. They put it in a swivel rod holder amidships and 1 hr. and 10 minutes, the 86 inch, 300 lb. bluefin was alongside ready to be gaffed.
The rest is history. The fish was handled at the OIFC and is awaiting the dealer. Don said that Captain Brant's Bluefin Tuna School gave him the knowledge needed to land their tuna.
A reported 103" bluefin was weighed in at Morehead City a couple of days ago. A couple of short ones have been caught here and now the Black Gold hits pay dirt. The conditions are ripe for bluefin tuna fishing. Not only that but the wahoo bite is still strong. The winds are going to mess up our fishing the next couple of days, but be ready to hunt!
OK!!! We've got a long weekend it's supposed to warm up and maybe the rain will hold off. If you get down this way check by the OIFC as we are getting new merchandise in everyday!
Reports are there were some big bluefin caught in Morehead City yesterday. Coupled with the action off our beaches the odds are pretty good we may have some brought in here. Captain Zach (Get Floored 36' Contender/OIFC) is fishing Morehead with his dad, Benji and I'll be getting updates from them. Also Capts. Dew and Park are fishing one of our Cat boats and we'll get reports from them. All are wahoo/sea bass/bluefin fishing.
Thaw out, come on down and enjoy the coast!
Kennan Hill took his Regulator to the Steeples today wahoo fishing. Along withe Kennan were Brian Freeman, Brian Robbins and Mike Locklear. They went armed with an 80W in case they saw any signs of bluefin tuna.
The bluefin were not to be found by Kennan and crew, but a 45.28 lb Wahoo was. Brian Robbins was on the rod for this action. He caught his fish on the long line with a blue and white Islander and a ballyhoo.
It sounds like Capts. Brant, Barrett and Stephanie had an action packed day today. Capts. Chris Dew and Steele Par have a charter tomorrow and we'll have to wait and see what that brings.
I'll have a couple of pictures up tomorrow afternoon of Brian's wahoo..
Finally, the winds are going to be near calm and the ice in the canal has thawed to get the boat out- LET'S GO FISHING!
Lots of folks are calling the OIFC to get advice on what to do, where to go. I am fishing with Barrett tomorrow, and I think our plan is to go toward the Steeples and try to jig for Blackfin Tuna and likely also do some trolling for Wahoo. We will carry our Bluefin gear as well and if we see good sign, likely give them a shot. No matter what your plans, be sure to take your Bluefin gear. They can show up anywhere, so you want to be ready! The other good fishing will be for Black Sea Bass. The Feds shut down commercial Sea Bass trapping in late December, so they have gone unharrassed for nearly a month. From 60-110 feet of water should be loaded up with Jumbo Bass. Limit is 10 per person, 12" minimum. That should not be hard. Also, don't forget the Feds also shut down ALL fishing for Grouper, commercial and recreational. B-liner fishing is back open now. Hard to keep up with all this stuff. Anyway, stay tuned for a report and good luck fishing. Thursday and Friday look great.
The OIFC has received a lot of positive feedback on the 2009 trophies. We plan on awarding trophies and cash again for 2010 and have some exciting ideas in mind for this year's Rodeo. We put a couple of pictures on the Fishing Report.
Also, some participants have read the rules closely. Registration has begun as the rules say you can register anytime. Fishing will begin at 12:01 am on March 15th. When fish are weighed in the time is noted and in the event of a tie the 1st fish to be weighed in will place above the other fish. This early registration shows the level of competition. Something to think about. Thanks and good luck.
It is cold, as if I have to tell you, and a good time to check out your gear, rig some new terminal tackle, and read old fishing posts. Camdyn and I are kicked back in recliners, she watching Pinocchio on DVD and I'm checking out the 2007 Fishing Reports.
It's funny how things change, yet stay the same. We complain about the cold and the wind, which is the same thing we were doing in 2007. We search for bluefin, at the Knuckle, but I read where a couple were hooked up at the 390/390. Today, 3 yrs ago, Dale McDowell caught a 76" bluefin with a belly full of pogies and a lizard fish at the Knuckle.
On the 13th, Captain Jon Tennent of the OIFC hooked up on a bluefin at the Shark Hole. On the same day Jerry Helms of South Port brought one to the docks which was 93". He caught that on a Blue Water Candy crystal colored jag head. The Reports also talked about a strong sea bass bite.
Meanwhile, inshore there was talk of trout holed up in deep holes and reds being caught in the shallows with soft plastics with 1/8 or 1/4 oz. jig heads.
The reports were pretty much the same, but with a few twists in locations, and baits. There are also names of Captains and old friends who have moved on to different pursuits. There's a lot to be learned and reminded of from them. I guess that's why Captain Brant has an archive section. The one thing that was the same was talk about the cold and the wind.
The check is in the mail...famous words. But this time they are true. The 2009 OIFC Rodeo is in the books, the checks are sealed and waiting to be mailed Monday. So I guess the check is not in the mail, yet. Whatever. Also, this year the OIFC is awarding very nice trophies to the top 3 anglers in each species. The trophies can be picked up at the OIFC. Just advise whoever is working and they'll get it for you.
Thank's to everyone who helped make the '09 Rodeo a big success and we hope to see you and maybe even more in the 2010 Rodeo. Registration will begin at our Spring Kickoff.
Bad news first- the Bluefin did not bite yesterday. There was good effort from north of Morehead City to south of Ocean Isle and the Bluefin were just plain not there. This does not mean they won't be here and aren't on their way by the thousands, it just means they better hurry up, our patience is wearing!
Good news- Jeff Martini of NMB decided to give the Wahoo a shot and in his words had, ".... one of the best days of fishing he's ever had..." He fished 71-72 degree water, 180 foot depth, at the MacMarle'n ledge. He boated a 35, 40, 60 and 77 pound Wahoos and reported missing a ton of bites and running out of bait before noon. The action was red hot.
So, in the midst of our Bluefin debacle, maybe we should not overlook this great fishery. I've had my best day EVER Wahoo fishing in February. In the Winter the Wahoo are bigger and if you hit them right, they can get packed up like wolves and be very aggressive.
The weather right now looks good early next week, so I'm sure there will be more effort on the Bluefin. I think I might give the Wahoo a try as well. Good luck to all and stay tuned.
**** Myself and several well known area fishermen will be hosting some seminars at the Myrtle Beach Boat Show (Myrtle Beach Convention Center) this Saturday and Sunday. Here is the weekend seminar schedule, come by and say hello.
GRAND STRAND BOAT SHOW SEMINAR SCHEDULE
JANUARY 8 - 10, 2010
FRIDAY, JANUARY 8
1:00 p.m. Capt. Mark Dickson Shallow Minded inshore Charters: Redfish
2:00 p.m. Capt. Mike McDonald with Gul-R-Boy Guide Services: Spot Tail Bass
3:00 p.m. Capt. Lin fore with Low Country Expeditions: Speckled Trout
4:00 p.m. Capt. Robert Thompson with Blind Hawg Charters: Bottom Fishing
5:00 p.m. Capt. Englis Glover or Reelin’ Up The Coast & Tee to Sea Fishing: In shore reef
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9
11:00 a.m. Capt. Brant McMullan with Ocean Isle Fishing Center: King Mackerel Advanced
12:00 p.m. Capt. Englis Glover of Reelin’ Up The Coast & Tee to Sea Fishing: In shore reef
1:00 p.m. Capt. Mike McDonald w/Gul-R-Boy Guide Services: Spot Tail Bass/Speckled Trout
2:00 p.m. Capt. Mark Dickson Shallow Minded inshore Charters: Redfish
3:00 p.m. Capt. Brant McMullan with Ocean Isle Fishing Center: Grouper Tactics
4:00 p.m. Capt. Robert Thompson with Blind Hawg Charters: Bottom Fishing
5:00 p.m. Capt. Brant McMullan with Ocean Isle Fishing Center: King Mackerel Beginners
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10
12:00 p.m. Capt. Lin Fore with Low Country Expeditions: In shore fishing
1:00 p.m. Capt. Englis Glover of Reelin’ Up The Coast & Tee to Sea Fishing: In shore reef
2:00p.m. Capt. Mike McDonald with Gul-R-Boy Guide Services: Spot Tail bass
3:00p.m. Capt. Brant McMullan with Ocean Isle Fishing Center: Gulf Stream trolling basics
Like Capt. Brant said, there was no action in Morehead. I know because I joined Capt David Hook (Black Pearl) and Capt. Jeff Beck Do Work/OIFC) on a bluefin trip. The short and sweet is the ocean to begin with was rough. We were greeted at 5:30 with around 20 mph winds and 19 degree temperature when we left the Turning Basin at Morehead. It did settle down later in the day. The water was cold, 48 degrees for most part, but we did find some in the upper 50 and even low 60 range. We marked no bait, saw no birds, basicly no live. Capt. Shane Holar (Bird Man) had a quick hook up and saw a tuna sky. But that was it.
We talked with some locals here in Brunswick County who tried their hand here and was told there were birds, porpoises and even a slick spotted. Just no action. The wind may allow us to try it again Tuesday and maybe Wednesday. Wind ought to get an award for being the most used word of the season...generally used with a colorful adjective right in front of it.
In shore, the trout should still be here. Because of the cold you may want to check the shallow creeks, especially one with dark bottoms. The freezing temperatures killed a lot of trout in the Carteret County waters.
Check out the video clip. No fishing action, but those who haven't been able to get out recently might enjoy it.
If you are like me and these darn Bluefin are driving you crazy, check this out! This will breathe new life into your efforts- GO GET'EM
The 2009 OIFC Fishing Rodeo has come to a close. Listed below are the results. New this year, along with the prize money is trophies for the top 3 finishers in each division. Congratulations to everyone, the winnings will be distributed as soon as the checks are written and the throphies are complete.
1- Jeff Wallen-------06-20-09------10.90 lbs-----$ 155
2-Brian Aycock------08-08-09--------9.20 lbs-----$ 93
3-Tommy Helms---09-21-09--------6.40 lbs------$ 62
1-Brandon Sauls----12-12-09------6.90 lbs-----$105
2-Clay Morphis-------12-27-09------6.70 lbs-----$ 63
3-Brian Aycock--------04-18-09-------6.10 lbs-----$ 42
1-Amy McMullan-------10-02-09--------7.50 lbs-----$ 75
2-William Parker-------05-08-09--------7.20 lbs-----$ 45
3-Tripp Hooks----------11-29-09--------6.00 lbs-----$ 30
1-Cane Faircloth-------10-20-09------37.60 lbs------$ 105
2-Neal Loman----------07-19-09-----34.00 lbs------$ 63
3-Randy Lingerfelt-----10-06-09-----33.65 lbs------$ 42
1-John Bird------------------04--5-09---19.80 lbs-----$ 120
2-Rickey Beck--------------05-16-09---19.70 lbs----$ 80
1-Amy McMullan--------------03-23-09---39.10 lbs----$ 160
1-Brant McMullan--------------04-24-09--17.45 lbs----$ 48
2-John McLarein---------------11-07-09--10.50 lbs----$ 32
1-Brian Aycock-----------------10-21-09---4.20 lbs----$ 75
2-Jimmy Lee Williams-------04-30-09---3.60 lbs----$ 45
3-Rube McMullan--------------03-23-09---2.80 lbs----$ 30
The 2009 edition of The OIFC Rodeo officially ended at closing time December 31st. Almost 70 anglers entered this year and 50+ fish were weighed in. Several divisions enjoyed intense yet friendly competition. We hope everyone had a good time.
The results have been submitted to the accounting firm of Wii, Ketchem and Howe. As soon as they complete their tabulation the winners will be announced and prize money paid out. The standings are posted on the OIFC Tournament page. Again we hope everyone had fun.
Thinking of going on a ski trip in late January / early February. Probably out to Utah; Likely Amy and I, not sure on kids or not. Anyone have interest in joining. Email me at email@example.com if you do ---
New Years Day was very productive for Michael Palmer who posted on Facebook that he caught 20 trout, 1 striper and had a lazy pelican hitch a ride while fishing OIB.
The winds may be kickin' too much for an enjoyable day off shore, but the fishing is great for in shore guys. If you have an in shore boat I suggest you fire it up. The trout, striper (though mostly found down by the Little River Swing Bridge), and black drum action is hot this time of year.
Shrimp are starting to get scarce, so you will probably have to switch to artificials. I suggest using Hank Brown buck tails tipped with fresh shrimp, Berkley Gulp, Hank Brown Jig Heads tipped with artificial shrimp, DOA Shrimp, Billy Bay Shrimp or OIFC Custom Trout Rigs. If you're new to the in shore game, stop by the OIFC and we'll help you get started.
I just received an email from Michael. He said that he and "Jeff" fished together and caught 4 of their trout on an out going tide the 1st thing in the morning. They were using live shrimp and green Billy Bay Halo Shrimp. He said the green Halo out performed the live shrimp on this trip.
The pelican in the picture kept hanging around trying to take their trout as they caught them. He got caught in their line a couple of times and they had to free him. He finally hitched a ride on their engine..Silly pelican! Many thanks to Michael for sharing his story.
Also, there was a recent article in the paper about pelicans being rescued and their wings were broken. Some had to be put down. The thinking of those involved at the shelter is people were getting tired of them in their nets so they were breaking their wings. No comment needed.