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"Final Bluefin Seminar for '09" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/13/09
 

The 7-10 day forecast says Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are going to be very fishable. Then, of course, the weekend is predicted to go straight ....well downhill.  Captain Zach and some others are planning to go to Morehead today and we'll get reports from them.

The last of four OIFC Bluefin Seminars was held today by Captain Brant.  These seminars have been chock full of information which should make everyone a better bluefin angler.  Today's Seminar was attended by around twenty people  Thanks to everyone who attended the Seminars. 

 For those who missed the USCG Vessel Safety Inspection, you may contact Larry Coble at 910-619-1274 and arrange an inspection.  Larry is authorized to inspect recreational, charter and commercial vessels.  I cannot stress the importance and benefits of this program.  Also a big OIFC thanks to Larry and his assistants for their inspections and the program they presented.

As an aside, we've had several people ask for horse ballyhoo. Our large ballyhoo is the same as horse.  We sell the two pack of large which is less expensive than the single pack of horse.  This is the same ballyhoo Capt. Brant used last year and will use this year.

The reports have been covering bluefin exclusively lately.  However this time of year is a great time to king mackerel fish around the Tower, and  inshore, the trout bite is on.  You don't have to be a bluefin fisherman to enjoy the fishery in our area.  However, if you want to try your hand at bluefin and don't have the equipment, or just aren't comfortable with your skill level, you make want to try one of Captain Brant's bluefin fishing charter specials.  Take a little time during the holidays to come and join us.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bluefin alert!!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/13/09
 

What we beleive to be true out of Morehead yesterday is that there were 15-20 fish caught, similar number hooked and lost, out of fleet of approx 80-100 boats. Not bad. Plan is for the fish to show up tomorrow along Frying Pan shoals as bunch of boats planning on getting after them down here. Good luck to everyone and let us hear from you. Brant and his winder[Amy] will be on the water.
- Rube McMullan
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"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/12/09
 

We enjoyed having everyone out this morning for the Bluefin Seminar and Coast Guard inspection/safety course this morning. Hope everyone was able to learn everything they needed to have a successful season. For those of you who were unable to attend, we will be holding another seminar tomorrow morning December 13th at 9:00 until… Hope to see you there. Monday looks like the day to go try based on the weather so come on out and get the latest info. 

- Capt. Steele
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"More Bluefin" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/12/09
 

As Steele reported, Captain Brant has been pleasantly surprised at the turnout for the OIFC Bluefin Seminars.  There were around 30 people at the Seminar today and the Coast Guard inspected 4 or 5 boats.  The inspection is a great thing to have in the event you're stopped.  It's our understanding that if you have the sticker the Coast Guard will not re-inspect the boat.  You may call the USCG and arrange for an appointment to have your boat checked if you didn't bring it today. 

Below are a couple of pictures I took today.  The 1st is of an inspection.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"6.90 Trout" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/12/09
 

Brandon Sauls braved the low 40 degree temperature in order to trout fish aboard the "Bone Crusher" today.  His reward was a 6.90 lb. citation trout and a 4.5 lb trout.  The 6.9 lb'r bested his 6.0 lb'r he caught in April, on the OIFC Rodeo Leader Board.  Brandon was fishing with live shrimp behind Ocean Isle Beach.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Enough!!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/11/09
 

Enough with the wind!!  Someone with connections has got to put in a humble request to put an end to this!  Right now it's blowing 21-23 at the tower and 14-17 three miles out and Saturday isn't looking too good either.  The good thing is that it's cooling down and the bluefin fishing is drawing even closer!

Captain Brant also has reminded the Staff that a lot of people who blue fin tuna fish have their commercial license.  If you do, tell the clerk, who can do a little paperwork and get you savings by keying in your tax exempt status.  Be sure to bring your commercial license, as we'll have to make a copy.

A couple of reminders...the bluefin seminar continues Saturday with the Coast Guard boat inspection included,  the Captain's Club program is still ongoing, as is the Rodeo.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bluefin/Vessel Compliance Seminar" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/11/09
 

Just a quick reminder to let all you Bluefin Crazy fishermen know that there will be a Bluefin/Vessel Compliance Seminar here at the Fishing Center from 9am till whenever tomorrow, December 12th.  The USCG will be on hand to inspect your vessel either on the trailer or in the water.  Time will be a bit limited in the afternoon as Capt. Barrett is taking the "vows" tomorrow afternoon... He will be on hand in the morning to offer Bluefin tips/advice and to throw the garter at a time to be determined.  The OIFC staff will be on hand to assist with you tackle needs to include reel spooling and combo building.  Take advantage of the excellent Bluefin Blitz Sale and grab some combos.  Look forward to seeing everyone here tomorrow.
- Capt. Steele
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"Congratulations!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/09/09
 

Congratulations to Mr. Benjy Faulkner, and his son Captain Zach, a charter captain for Captain Brant's Fishing Adventures, on their purchase of a twin 350 hp Yamaha  powered 36 ft Contender.  The boat is named "Get Floor'd".  It was a proud member of the OIFC charter fleet.  The "Get Floor'd" was one of the best buys of any boat in the region.  She's been worked over and is like new.

  Most important, this boat knows how to catch fish.  So does Captain Zach. They will certainly be a force in our area.  The entire OIFC family is extremely happy for The Faulkners and happy to keep the "Get in the family".

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fish Fry!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/08/09
 

Brandon Sauls (Bone Crusher) fried up some of the many trout he caught this weekend and didn't invite any of us..bummer!  Brandon was fishing the Lockwoods Folly/Oak Island vacinity and was using live shrimp.

Captain Steele Park (OIFC) was fished the same area while waiting for Zoe's arrival.  He landed some nice trout.  Is that a flounder hiding in his cooler?  He failed to mention that.  That shows they are still around.

Captain Kyle (Speckulator/OIFC) had a charter Sunday and he  brought some trout to the OIFC dock.

If you are waiting for the winds to settle down, the bluefin to get here and have an inshore boat, now is the time to trout fish.  You don't have to have live shrimp to be successful, but it would help.  The next best thing would DOA Shrimp or Berkley Gulp under a cork.  We have both at the OIFC.  While there check out some clothes and decor (I hated to use that sissy word), that Mrs.  Anita has out and use your Captains Club points.  If you're not in the club, sign up and receive some bonus points.

Don't forget the Year Around Rodeo.  It's not over. I'll be tallying up the weights and announce the winners shortly.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Six and Counting" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/08/09
 

That's right..Captain Brant has confirmed 6 bluefin have been brought to the Morehead City docks today!  Some  fishermen will get anxious and head that way.....But wait!  Hold your horses!!  They'll be here soon!!

It was about this time last year when the monster fish started invading the Brunswick County shores.  Knowing this, several captains have been upgrading their gear to meet legal requirements.  They've been checking their harnesses, rods, reels and line as well as tying rigs.  I know because that's exactly what we've been doing.     

I've attended 2 of Captain Bant's seminars and learned something new at each one.  The most important thing I have realized, is that this old reporter had better be ready.  This fishing is exciting and involves a certain amount of risk, which adds to the excitement. 

I strongly encourage all to attend the Bluefin Seminar and Coast Guard Safety Check at the OIFC Saturday.  We not only have the risk of fighting a 500 lb missile in 60 degree water, but we have three layers of law enforcement to get through...NOAA, USCG, and Marine Fisheries...  this seminar is a chance to make sure your equipment is right and  to ask the Coast Guard any questions you may have.  The rules are endless, complicated and expensive if violated, especially if you intend to sell your fish.

Hope to see you Saturday if not on the water!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"NEW- OIFC used reel sales program" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/07/09
 

We are initiating a brand new, used reel sales program.  Details as below:

1- You bring in reel. Clerk will with your name, phone and email. Capt. Brant will process and price the reel based on the following formula: Immaculate means never been used and will receive 80% of retail value. Good means used but still looks and works good and will receive 60% of retail value. Fair means used and still works but not perfectly and likely looks beat up and will receive 40% value. If the reel does not sell for 2 months, the reel will be downgraded to the next lowest level. .
2- When your reel sells, you will be issued a gift card for 100% of the value of the sale and you will contacted to let you know reel is sold and a gift card is available for pick up at the front counter.

NOTES:  A customer has the right to take their reel back any time for whatever reason.

That’s pretty much the plan. Not too complicated.  There is no negotiation in pricing, so everything will be on the up and up.  If you are not happy with how Capt. Brant prices your reel, you can discuss with him or take them back; no harm either way. The OIFC's goal is to price the reels so they have a fair value, but are not unrealistic so that they just sit on the shelf. We aim to turn reels quickly.

Let the games begin- I have started the inventory with some of my own personal gear that I was wanting to sell.  We've got several SpeedMasters, TLD15's, TLD20's, Shimano Sustain 8000's and Penn Intl II 30TW's.  Come on by and check it out.

Also a reminder- next Sat and Sun from 9am-12pm I'll be available at the OIFC to offer Bluefin Tuna advice and instruction.  Also, the USCG safety inspectors will be here on Sat from 9-12+ to inspect vessels or answer questions.  You are welcome to bring your boat by water and tie to the dock or by land and park at boat ramp so the USCG can inspect you on-site.

First Bluefin was caught out of Morehead on last Friday, but I haven't heard much since.  This cold weather should really help, and I think we'll hear of catches this week.  Stay tuned.

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin News Flash" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/07/09
 


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"Bluefin News Flash" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/07/09
 

The OIFC just received a very reliable report that 3 bluefins are on the way to the Morehead City docks.......It can't be long for us!!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Todays Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/07/09
 

Got reliable word that 2 BFT's were brought to dock today in MHC.   One was a whopping 104 inches and dressed at 500 pounds!  Reports were of a few others hooked and lost.  This should be just the beginning as typically the bite starts slow and builds.  The cool weather this week will help!

FOR LEASE- NC Standard Commercial Fishing Vessel license (the license you have to have to sell BFT's in NC) -- I have an extra one and if someone wants to use it for the BFT season, I'll lease it for $750.  Email me at captbrant@oifc.com if you are interested.

Below are some items you may need to be legal for USCG safety requirements- OIFC can get those for you at a VERY good price- see below.

COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSEL
USCG REQUIREMENT ITEMS

AVAILABLE BY SPECIAL ORDER- ALLOW 1-3 DAY DELIVERY TIME


-Flare Kits- USCG commercial vessel approved to 50 miles- $265

-Stearns Survival Suits- USCG approved- $425

-Type I life vest- USCG approved- $50

-ACR life vest lights- USCG approved- $10

** Any other specialty items available upon request
Call (910) 575-3474 or stop by

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Welcome" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/07/09
 

The OIFC happily welecomes our newest family member.  Miss Zoe Jane Park  was born to Mr. and Mrs. Steele Park on December 4th at 9:26 am.  Miss Zoe weighed in at 8 lbs.  5 oz..  She was  20 3/4 inches,   Which makes her a citation baby and thusly "a keeper".

Zoe has said she can't wait to catch her first Bluefin and is waiting for her pink Grundens to come.

Welcome to the world Zoe!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bluefin Seminar Day 2" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/06/09
 

Once again Captain Brant put on as excellent Bluefin Tuna Seminar.  We then finished the morning spooling reels with braid and OIFC Custom TopShot and getting some of the custom bluefin setups and ecomony combos ready for customers..  The fever is certainly here. Pictured is the OIFC's  youngest model showing off one of the OIFC's latest bean bag chair.  This would make a great, affordable Christmas present for your boat.

Check out our web site or your email for when the Coast Guard will be on hand to inspect your boat.  Please let us know if you plan on being here so we can give the Coast Guard some idea of how many boats to expect.

Don't forget to take advantage of Captain Brant's hands on bluefin school mentioned in an earlier report.  Also, Captain Brant offers Bluefin Charters.  Check them out.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bluefin Seminar" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/05/09
 

The 1st bluefin was just brought to the docks in Morehead City.  This generally means that our bite should fire off in about two weeks.  What great timing!!!  Captain Brant held the 1st of 4 bluefin seminars today at the OIFC.  The turnout was better than expected because of the weather and the short notice of the Seminars.  This is a tribute to Captain Brant's knowledge, experience and his willingness to share this information.  Also helping is the full stock of gear needed for successful bluefin tuna fishing.

In short, Brant covered legal issues, locating the tuna fighting the fish, boat operation, landing the bluefin, and how to properly handle your fish to maintain it in the best condition for sale.

Also of great importance is that the OIFC provides facilities for you to off load your fish and have it stored in an ice vat for the dealer to pickup at no charge to you.

Plan on attending one or all of the seminars.  There is a lot of information to be absorbed.  Remember the Coast Guard will be conducting inspections at the OIFC next Saturday.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bluefin Seminars and more" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/04/09
 

The Bluefin are coming, the Bluefin are coming!  One if by land, two if by sea.... or something like that.  Here at the OIFC we've got our lanterns poised to give the signal of the arrival of the Bluefin Tuna.  Consistent with every early season, rumors have begun to swirl about the possibility of a fish or two being landed and "sightings" are a daily occurence.  As water temperatures are finally getting to the optimal range, I anticipate the first Bluefin of the season will be landed any day now, likely out of the Morehead City area.  Once we get reports of the these first fish, you can typically expect 1-2 weeks before those fish will make it to our local waters off Southport and Ocean Isle.  In anticipation of the fishery, the Ocean Isle Fishing Center will be offering special instruction and demonstration on how to successfully hook and land a Giant Bluefin Tuna; everything from tackle, to rigs, to hookup, to landing.  Below is a SALE FLYER and CAPT. BRANT'S BLUEFIN CHECKLIST with everything you'll need to catch a Bluefin and some discounts that will help you save on things you do need.  Click, print and bring by to save or use promo code on bottom of coupon for on-line purchases.

Bluefin Blitz Sale Flyer_09.pdf
Bluefin Checklist.pdf

OIFC Bluefin Instruction and Seminars
Saturday, December 5 - 9am to 12pm
Sunday, December 6- 9am to 12pm
**Saturday, December 12- 9am to 12pm**
Sunday, December 13- 9am to 12pm
** USCG safety inspectors will be on hand to answer questions and to inspect your vessel to be sure you meet USCG safety requirements to catch Giant Bluefin Tuna.  If you are planning on coming by boat to the OIFC to have your vessel inspected, RSVP to this email with information on your boat and it will be forwarded to Coast Guard Inspectors so they can be prepared.

Capt. Brant's Giant Bluefin Tuna School
December 15th - January 15th I will be offering a class to anyone interested in learning how to fish for Bluefin first-hand.  The fishing will consist of leaving the OIFC around 5:30am and returning around around 2pm+/-.  The focus will be on teaching you first-hand how to rig, set your spread, look for fish and hopefully hook and land a Giant Bluefin Tuna.  Cost varies, so if you are intersted, please email or call the OIFC at (910) 575-3474.

- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Updated Panama Team" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/04/09
 

The Panama Team is still growing. This is turning into a heck of a group of fishermen. There are now 2 spaces remaining for the trip.  Contact captbarrett@oifc.com if one is yours. 

Barrett McMullan
Stephanie McMullan
Brant McMullan
Rube McMullan
Tom Bordeaux
Blair Bordeaux
Bob Weathersby
Brian Allen
Stacy Allen
Lee Frick
Mike Kennedy
Mark Kennedy
Tim Hudson


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Panama Last Call" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/03/09
 

Last call for Panama!  Warm temps, cool drinks, big fish abound, it's time to make plans to head south this winter. 

We have just a few spots left for the Panama trip scheduled for March 14-19th 2010.  After tomorrow the trip will be opened up to the general public to fill the remaining few spots.  We'd love to keep this an all OIFC trip if possible but if all spots aren't filled tomorrow the lodge operator will open up the trip to fill the remaining slots.  We have a great group put together so far which should produce great fish and great stories. 

We will be fishing 4 full days targeting marlin, sailfish, giant yellowfin tuna, roosterfish, cubera snapper and mahi.  The cost is $2600 and includes everything (fishing, accomodations, food, open bar, ect).  The only things not included are air fare to Panama City, travel to the lodge and gratuity for the crew. 

Email captbarrett@oifc.com if you have interest.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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