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"A Little Drum" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/12/15
 

Capt. Roger Gales and jason High did a litle drum fishing


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fwd: Southern Flounder Supplement (?6?/?12?/?2015)" | | 06/12/15
 

This is important. Please read and provide your public comment of how you would like to see Flounder managed. > > > > CALL TO ACTION > We need you to tell the Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) that you support pro-resource action on the Southern flounder FMP supplement! > > The MFC voted unanimously at their May meeting to move forward with a supplement to the Southern Flounder FMP seeking in essence an emergency plan to reduce harvest between 25% – 60%. On June 3rd the MFC announced they will receive public comments starting on June 10 and continuing through July 10 on six proposals for Southern flounder management. The public may submit comments in writing and at a public meeting on June 17th from 1:00 PM – 5:00 Pm at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. > > Beginning June 10, written comments may be electronically submitted to flounder.supplement@ncdenr.gov or mailed to: > > Southern Flounder Comments > c/o Nancy Fish > PO Box 769 > Morehead City, NC 28557 > > The six proposals are part of a draft supplement to the NC Southern Flounder FMP and can be found online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/southern-flounder-hot-topic > > The Commission is scheduled for a final vote in August on a plan that could finally end overfishing of Southern flounder in North Carolina and start the stock on the way to recovery. > > Thank you very much to everyone that has signed the petition in support of the Southern flounder supplement. If you have not signed on or shared the link with your friends please take a minute to click on the Action Center Link Southern Flounder Supplement Action Needed! > > Now we are asking CCA members, recreational anglers and conservation supporters to provide written comments to the Commission in support of the following actions for the recovery of Southern flounder: > No changes to the current recreational harvest rules. All previous attempts to reduce the harvest of Southern flounder have been directed at the recreational limits yet the commercial harvest accounts for almost 80% of the total annual harvest of Southern flounder. > A TAC (Total Allowable Catch) limit on commercial harvest that would reduce total commercial harvest by 50%. No depleted fish stock in North Carolina has ever recovered without the implementation of a TAC or quota. > A closure of the flounder large mesh gill net fishery in estuarine waters. We support recovery of our coastal marine resources by the use of cleaner, more efficient commercial gear specifically pound nets and commercial gigging. > A universal 15-inch minimum size limit for both commercial and recreational fishermen. > A moratorium on new pound net sets and permits until the stock has recovered with a provision for the event of death or disability of the owner. > > Your written comments must be received by July 10 and can be submitted electronically to flounder.supplement@ncdenr.gov . > > We also encourage you to copy MFC commissioners directly on your emails by using the following addresses: > > Sammy Corbett, Chairman, Commercial Industry, samjcorbett3@gmail.com > Anna Beckwith, Vice-Chairman, At-Large, annabarriosbeckwith@yahoo.com > Mikey Daniels, Commercial Fisherman, nccroakerjoe@yahoo.com > Kelly Darden, Recreational Fisherman, kdarden@embarqmail.com > Mark Gorges, Recreational Fisherman, captgorgesmfc@gmail.com > Chuck Laughridge, At-Large, sobxl1@gmail.com > Joe Shute, Recreational Industry, captjoemfc@yahoo.com > Mike Wicker, Scientist, amikewicker@gmail.com > Alison Willis, Commercial Fisherman, awillis.mfc@gmail.com > > And finally, you are encouraged to attend the public hearing in New Bern next week, Wednesday, June 17th. The Commission will hear public comments from both supporters and opponents of the Southern flounder supplement from1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Your presence and your voice will provide the support the pro-resource commissioners will need to approve this supplement. > > Please do not hesitate to reply to this email with your questions if you need more information or assistance with your public comments. > > Thank you for your support. > > > Click here to unsubscribe from this mailing list. >
- Brant Mcmullan
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"Set Sail" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/12/15
 

Yesterday’s offshore trip with Don Norman and his family was definitely one for the books. We trolled ballyhoo for 110 feet all the way out to 700 feet. The action was slow but one fish made the voyage out to the Gulf Stream worthwhile. Check out our first fish of the day --


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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Don 06/12/2015

Derek and Ben are great. Thanks for working so hard to make this trip one to remember. Already wondering how you are going to top this one next year.





"Late Night Day One Report" | OIFC | 06/11/15
 

Well I wish I had better news to report.  Everything went exactly according to plan right up until the actual catching.  Although I did push through that only to face more heartbreak.  

The wind was 15knots this morning which made the crossing difficult but doable.  The run to the fishing grounds took me 2 hrs and 5 minutes.  As soon as I arrived the wind died off and the sun came out.  The conditions were perfect.  Right on cue the fish were exactly where I had left them.  Everything was looking perfect.  That was until I actually started trying to catch them.  It was absoultely mind boggling and excruciating as I watched perfect size redfish basically do the back stroke around my boat all day.  They simply wouldn't eat.  I took well over 100 shots at sight casting and caught 6 redfish today.  It was tough.  I had to let one go that was 27 1/64th" that weighed almost 9lbs.  That was a tough decision.  I went from a 25lb sack with that one down to a 22.5lb sack without.  I should have done better with the great conditions.  To top it off somewhere along the way on the ride home the plug came out of my livewell without me knowing it and completely drained the tank.  I ended up with 3 dead fish and 2.25lb penalty.  Could've done without that.  I'm 32nd place at end of day one.  

The weather is supposed to be bad tomorrow so I'm not sure what my game plan is.  If doable I will give it another shot and try to redeem myself after today's disappointment.  This game aint easy.  


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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Andrew Pepsny 06/12/2015

Good Luck you sure put in your road work with scoping! Interesting to follow your updates and adventures!





"Shark Week early this year?" | | 06/11/15
 


- Chris Dew
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"Jack is wearing out the sharks!" | | 06/11/15
 

Another nice Blacktop and a good Hammerhead.
- Chris Dew
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"Jack's Shark" | | 06/11/15
 


- Chris Dew
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"Shark!!!" | | 06/11/15
 

Shark fishing on the World Cat
- Chris Dew
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"Jolly Mon " | OIFC | 06/11/15
 

OIFC Eblast


   THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015

  • 7:00am-7:30am- Registration for "Rock the Dock" 12 and under kids dock fishing tournament
  • 7:30am-10:30am- "Rock the Dock" fishing competition and awards
  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm - Registration for the "Jr. Jolly Mon" at OIFC
  • 11:59pm- On-line Jr. Jolly Mon registration closes

FRIDAY, JUNE 19 , 2015

  • 12:00pm to 9:00pm - Tournament Registration at the OIFC
  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm - Weigh-In for "Jr. Jolly Mon"
  • 6:00pm - Complimentary dinner for fishermen and all guests
  • 7:00pm - "Jr. Jolly Mon" Awards Ceremony
  • 7:15pm - Captain's meetings
  • 7:30pm - Pogie Bobbing Contest 
  • 10:00pm- On-site registration closes
  • 11:59pm-  On-line registration closes 

    SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2015 - Optional Fish Day

  • 7:00am - Lines in the water
  • 2:00pm - Weigh-in opens
  • 5:00pm - All boats with fish must be in weigh-in line (see rules for details)

    SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2015 - Optional Fish Day

  • 7:00am - Lines in the water
  • 2:00pm - Weigh-in opens
  • 5:00pm - All boats with fish must be in weigh-in line (see rules for details)
  • 7:00pm- Complimentary Dinner
  • 8:00pm- Awards Ceremony

 


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"Night Before Tournament" | OIFC | 06/10/15
 

I have not done a very good job with my day to day reporting of the latest redfish tournament adventure this week.  I've spent most of the week in Delacroix, LA hunting up the famed Louisiana pond pumpkins.  The fish over in that area are notoriouxly orange and fat.  Brant and I looked around for a few days, found some fish and caught a few.  Yesterday, Brant went home and my wife and daughter came in to pump some new life into me as I was beginning to drag a little after the full week of hunting.  I've covered over 500 miles of shoreline in Louisiana and MIssissippi trying to find THE hotspot.  In general what I've found is scattered fish in multiple areas.  

I'm now in Gulfport, MS which is where the tournament is being hosted.  The big issue that's been on my mind all week is getting to the fishing grounds.  We are checking out here in Gulfport and must cross about 25 miles of open water before we can get protection from the islands.  The plan is to run back to Louisiana about 70 miles.  That first 25 miles is going to be questionable for the guys in flat bottom tower boats like me.  I will struggle in the rougher sea conditions but once to the fishing grounds I'll be in good shape.  That's IF I make it to the fishing grounds.  There is a distinct possibility I won't be able to make the crossing and thus won't be able to fish.  It's a tough situation but unavoidable at this stage.  

Nevertheless, I'm fueled up and staged for battle tomorrow.  I'm not on the greatest body of fish but I'm hopeful I can pull it together.  We are fishing for 2 redfish up to 27" and one redfish up to 30".  Weigh in will be broadcast live tomorrow at www.theredfishseries.com around 4pm-5pm.  Time to get it done!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Robs bait pen" | | 06/10/15
 

Ended up with one extra bait pen. 1" mesh, $275. First come- only one we got left. Also- I have unveiled our top secret for the year. Oifc invested in a bulk order of prime, grade A Ribbonfish this early Spring. They are hand caught and vacuum sealed in 2 paks- $11/2 pak. Not cheap in price but not cheap in quality either. These are the ones you want!!
- Brant Mcmullan
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"Shark bite!" | | 06/10/15
 


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"Birthday Gift" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/10/15
 

~~A month ago my girlfriend Kristen asked what I wanted for my birthday, and my response was "a big old doormat flounder".  After this stud wrapped the prop on the Yamaha, one final swoop with the landing net and she delivered!  This was by far one of the best presents ever (besides the Yeti)!
--Capt. Tim Gallimore


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"World Cat" | | 06/09/15
 

Yesterday Capt.. Sean and I ventured to the Gulf Stream in hopes of finding a few Mahi. On board was Erroll Sherrod and his son Lucas. We knew that the Mahi have started moving to near shore waters recently, based on out catches of them while king mackerel fishing, but I felt that if we located the bait we could find some fish. In about ared 120 feet of water we started seeing large amounts of flying fish and we deployed our spread. The first hour was relatively slow although we did have a couple of knockdowns. As we ventured a little bit deeper I started marking suspended bait. We then had our first mahi. We continued to work this area and it played off. We caught several real nice Mahi. Patience and persistance was the game plan. Great job by Erroll and Lucas.
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"Sharks, Spanish, Blues" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/07/15
 

The nearshore action right along the beach front has been red hot with plenty of bluefish, spanish, and sharks willing to bite. There are some really nice sharks out there that will really stretch your line. Look for the bait pods and drop a bloody fillet down in the bait pod. Hang on! Most of that action is happening in 30 feet of water our less. To our East around the Yaupon and Oceancrest area the King mackerel have been biting around the pogy pods in 30 feet of water or less. A few Cobia could and should be hanging close to these bait pods as well. How do you locate the bait pods? Look for the PELICANS! They will most likely tell you where the bait is. As you get close look for the flips or a dark purple mass in the water. You should see the bait flashing up to 15 feet deep. The water has been clear and clean out there. For those that can venture a little further offshore. The 10 to 15 mile range has been seeing more action for Cobia, Spadefish, and King mackerel. The 390's, Sherman, and the Shark hole have all produced action from these critter. Plenty of cannonball jellies to scoop up just outside the inlet for the spades. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Backwater Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/07/15
 

The bait of choice has been small menhaden that have finally started to consistently show themselves in the waterway flipping in front of the Ocean Isle Marina. If you are heading toward the Shallotte River they are also flipping in the waterway in front of the Holden beach canals on a regular basis as well. The flounder are the main ones taking an interest in the little menhaden fished on a carolina rig drifted or slowly dragged along in an anchored position. Deeper holes 6 to 8 feet at lower tide levels have been producing some decent flounder. During the higher tides 2 to 4 feet of water around docks, slick muddy spots around oysters beds, and sand bar edges with hard current is where the fish are most likely hanging out. Redfish and trout are also taking an interest in the little menhaden around the docks and submerged oyster beds. Same carolina rig will work, but do not move the bait. Black drum are also hanging around deep holes with hard structure near by. Fresh cut shrimp or live shrimp will work for black drum. Live shrimp or blue crab chunks will also increase your chances at catching a red drum in the same area as black drum. See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"OIFC customer loyalty - SWAMP PARK ZIP" | OIFC | 06/07/15
 

If you follow this site you are certainly aware of the new Shallotte River Swamp Park - Zipline adventure the OIFC has built near OIB.  The park is open and we want to thank our loyal OIFC customers for their support by offering them first crack at the awesome mile+ zipline at a 50% savings.

Here is how it works.  Go to www.shallotteriverswamppark.com or call 1-844-778-9471 and make your reservation to do the Zipline and/or Swamp tour.  When you arrive to check-in, simply mention that you are an OIFC customer and you'd like to request your 50% savings.  A manager will sign and date your Zip and Swamp tour receipt, which you then can take to the OIFC to redeem for a gift card for 50% of the cost of your Swamp Park adventure. PLEASE BE AWARE THIS OFFER EXPIRES JUNE 11 AND ALL TRIPS MUST BE COMPLETED BY JUNE 11.

You have got to try the zipline.  It has received really good reviews from patrons thus far.  And you will not believe the Swamp Tour.  You'd never know such a natural beauty existed in the area- very serene. 


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"Empty Pockets" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/06/15
 

~~Where did big dolphin go release 5 dolphins back in water kept 9

-Wendell Barnette of the Emptu Pockets
 


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"Redfish Tournament Time Again" | OIFC | 06/06/15
 

Back at it.  This time Brant has come along for the adventure.  We left out of Wilmington yesterday and flew into New Orleans.  From there we picked up the boat and truck and made our way down to Delacroix, LA.   The second seasonal event begins this coming Thursday out of Gulfport, MS but today and for the next few days we'll be scouting around south Louisiana looking for tournament quality redfish.  The mission within the mission is shooting another episode for No Limit's Fishing Show.  Today we had perfect conditions.  Light winds, bright and sunny skies should mean excellent fishing.  Unfortunately they didn't get the memo.  We covered a couple hundred miles of shoreline today hoping to find a large body of quality redfish.  It wasn't to be.  We did find scattered fish all day but nothing that really had tournament potential.  Some of the fish we caught were really good size but there just weren't enough of them.  Tomorrow we will change zip codes and fish an area known as the Biloxi Marsh.  It's all about covering ground.


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"Gulf Stream today on the World Cat" | | 06/06/15
 


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