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"Crazy fishing" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 09/04/14
 

I've only seen this one other time. I was fishing for flounder three miles off Kure beach one hot day in August when a small school of Dolphin fish aka  Mahi Mahi swam by.  Well Dr. Jeff  Wallen got to see it for himself. 4 nice flounder and 2 mahi 3 miles off OIB. In the inshore waters I got to fish with Billy Thompson on his new nauticstar and broke it in on some real nice redfish.


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Unfamiliar Waters" | | 09/04/14
 

Capt. brant and Capt. Barrett are striking out to new territory today. For some reason we have no problem getting on the road and heading south for 15 hours but going north for 6 feels like a different world. We're headed out of Virginia beach this morning to some canyon we haven't got a name for. It's an adventure! White marlin are the target. We'll report in this evening. Sent from my iPhone
- Barrett McMullan
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"Nameless" | Do Work / OIFC | 09/03/14
 

Some friends of the OIFC caught this cobia while flounder fishing at the Jolly Mon Reef today.  They were using a medium weight flounder set up with a pogie.  I don't think they kept the baby flounder.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"New adventure" | | 09/03/14
 

Capt Barrett and I are headed to Oregon Inlet to try our hand at White Marlin fishing. Stay tuned Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Thinking Ahead..." | | 09/02/14
 

I know this is a long way off, but I was thinking about touring the Team OIFC boat to attend in a few Carolina Thanksgiving and Christmas parades. Who out there lives in a town with a Thanksgiving or Christmas parade and wouldn't mind Team OIFC coming to town to try to spread some holiday joy? I am looking for Towns and communities that host holiday parades and any contact info on who organizes the events would also be helpful. EMAIL captbrant@oifc.com -- Happy Holidays... Just practicing! Capt. Brant McMullan www.OIFC.com (910) 575-3474 --- This email is free from viruses and malware because avast! Antivirus protection is active. http://www.avast.com
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"Backwater class filled" | | 09/02/14
 

Capt Jacobs backwater class this weekend is now filled. Capt Jeff is hosting the last planned backwater school sept 19 ground school late pm and then all day fishing sept 20. Call 910-575-3474 to book Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"At It Again" | | 09/01/14
 

Below is the dynamic duo "Pork Chop" & "Bonecrusher" doing their usual thing Sent from my iPhone
- Capt Papa D
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"Yesterday-Brad Caudle" | Do Work / OIFC | 09/01/14
 

Saturday Capt. Billy Goss, Aaron Wilkinson, Tim Upchurch, and Brad Caudle fished aboard Capt. Billy's 25ft Sea Fox, 28 miles out of Southport in 80 feet deep water at the Christmas Rock.


The crew has good crendintals as Billy, Aaron and Tim are on the Wahooligans Fishing Team and Brad Caudle is on Team Searious Fishing.
They caught
~~2- kings,4-Spanish,3- Bone Heads,2- Dolphin,1-Gag Grouper and
2- Grunts.

Thanks for taking the time to give us the report Brad.

><))*>
 


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"High Speed Wahoo Trolling" | Do Work / OIFC | 09/01/14
 

~~Fishin' Physician fished near the Same Ole on Saturday and caught two Wahooswhile High Speed Trolling at around 17 mph.  Rachel Suh, 13 years old,caught her biggest fish ever, a Wahoo around 40 pounds.  E.J. Suh cranked inthe other.  Kendall drove and gaffed


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Toes-Up 09/02/2014

Looks like the Cowbell sounded off





"Backwater School" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/01/14
 

Want to ask a captain a bunch of questions? Want to see how it is done first hand? Want to learn more about our area? Join our backwater school this coming weekend September 5th and 6th. We will meet at the OIFC around 5 o'clock Friday afternoon to discuss game plan, answer questions, and talk technique. September 6th we will hit the water for a full day of fishing. Target species will be redfish and flounder. We will use both live bait techniques and artificial lures. Only one spot left. The cost is $225. Call the OIFC @ 910 575 3474 if you are interested. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"YETI" | | 08/31/14
 

The OIFC is the go to place for all your YETI needs Sent from my iPhone
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"Fatty Jiggin'" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/31/14
 

~~Me, Sydney and Clay Morphis went jigging this morning. I looked over and Syd was bowed up coming tight on this fatty flatty!! Girl has her priorities straight.-Brandon "Bonecrusher" Sauls.

 

><))*>J
 


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"Dr Jeff Wallen" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/31/14
 

This is Dr, Jeff Wallen and his 5.4 and 5.7 lb flounder.  The bigger flounder is a gulf flounder, a rare catch.  Dr. Wallen caught 5 total all over 3 lbs.

Thanks for the report Dr. Jeff

><))*>J


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"Citation Cobia" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/30/14
 

Below is Carlton Pittman of Raleigh, NC and his 45.40 lb 50" Cobia he caught at the 445 today. Carlton said he fished the 18 mile rock today without any luck. He came in to the 455 and this Cobia showed up in his prop wash he pitched a bait with his king set up and the rest is history. Sent from my iPhone


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"1st Mate Aaron Dew Flies" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/30/14
 

Anyone who comes to or follows the OIFC's Fishing Report knows 1st Mate Aaron Dew.  Aaron is one of the most squared away young men I have ever met.  He is also a ranking officer in the West Brunswick High School ROTC.  Today he had a thrill.

I if you visit our area you have seen the restored Russian Mig that zooms around.  Today Aaron flew in it.  Below are some pictures he took.

Just too cool Aaron!!!!

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"OIFC Rodeo as of 8-30" | | 08/30/14
 

The only change is Clay Morphes moving to 1st place in the Flounder Division with a 6.9# flatfish Sent from my iPhone
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"Heavy Heart" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/29/14
 

~~

 We have learned that a great friend, Boo Hodges has passed away from cancer.  We always enjoyed Boo coming to the OIFC and having endless chats.  Such a good man taken way too soon.  This is Boo's Life Legacy:

Edward “Boo” Ferrell Hodges III, age 51 of Fairmont died Saturday, July 26, 2014 surrounded by his family.

 He was born November 5, 1962, the son of Ed Jr. and Donna Hodges.

 He was President of Ed. F. Hodges, Inc. of Fairmont, NC and was a member of Baltimore Baptist Church. Boo was known for his smile and love of his family and friends. He never met a stranger and was an inspiration to all. His faith never waivered in his courageous battle against cancer. He won the fight because he is now in heaven. Well done our good and faithful servant. Some of his happiest times were spent hunting, fishing, and being at the beach.

 In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife, Devon; daughter Bishop; sister Rose Simmons and husband Gary; brother Jim Hodges and wife Julie; father and mother-in-law, Lyndell and Brenda Bullock; sister-in-law Dahlia Hunt and husband Ozro; brother in law Clay Bullock; nephews Hamilton and Matt Hodges, Dawson “Boodro” Hunt; nieces Brianna, Kaylee, and Grace McMillian; aunts, uncles, cousins, and a multitude of friends

Rest in peace my good friend.  :(

 


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Capt Brant 09/03/2014

He will be missed.





"AR buoys" | OIFC | 08/29/14
 

Please see the below recent communications we have had with the NCDMF regarding the buoys on our area Artificial Reefs.  In a short, they are going to be removed because the USCG has deemed them not necessary.  NCDMF is seeking public response.  Read below:

EMAIL FROM RUBE MCMULLNA:  As noted the MF plans to remove all artificial reef buoys due to cost and somebody at the Coast Guard determining they are no longer needed due to modern navigation equipment. Obviously they have missed the point that near shore reefs are attractive to small boaters who may not have modern "big boat" navigation equipment. In talking to Chris Jensen of NCDMF, I suggested once the public hears of this plan, they may want to "rethink that one". He asked that  we encourage public response. So...small boat fishing folks, please share your thoughts with Chris.  chris.jensen@ncdenr.gov
Rube McMullan
OIFC
 

On Monday, August 25, 2014 12:38 PM, "Jensen, Chris" <chris.jensen@ncdenr.gov> wrote:

 
Mr. McMullan,
Thank you much for your interest and comments concerning the artificial reef buoys. I entered some information that might help understand the buoy removal process.
The buoy systems are not funded by Coastal Recreation Fishing License (CRFL) proceeds; rather they are funded from Sport Fish Restoration Funds.  CRFL funds are only available for State Territorial waters (3 nautical miles), and therefore could not be used for a majority of the NC artificial reef buoy system. These Sport Fish Restoration funds, when issued under various research projects, are ultimately at the disposal of the director of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF).
The buoys, which mark the artificial reefs, have been a permitting requirement of the U S Coast Guard (USCG) for navigation and safety. However, the relative inexpense of GPS receivers allows private citizens access through the NC artificial reef guide, and the buoys are no longer necessary for navigation or safety.
Due to increasingly tighter budgets, NCDMF management has been reviewing ways to reduce operating budget costs. Recent cost estimates for maintaining the artificial reef buoy system range from a complete replacement of $421,127.81, a typical service year of $59,048.74, a maximum typical service year of $120,192.37, and a mean typical service year of $89,620.
NCDMF has been looking at this option since 2009 as a way to reduce the budget. In January 2014, the USCG 5th District in Portsmouth, Virginia granted an official letter stating “In response to your letter dated 13 November 2013, you are hereby authorized to discontinue the Private Aids to Navigation established to mark North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program”. This letter was then sent for review to U S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) office in Wilmington, NC and North Carolina Division of Coastal Management (NCDCM). The USACE and NCDCM concurred with the USCG’s findings to authorize the removal of buoys from ocean artificial reefs in North Carolina. The USACE General Permits and NCDCM’s Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) permits have a condition which maintains USCG regulations will be followed in reference to permiting artificial reef sites. Therefore, USACE and NCDCM have agreed to the official USCG letter authorizing discontinuance of the artificial reef buoy system is in compliance.
As of now there are no public hearings or comment periods planned for the removal of the artificial reef buoy system. DMF management has decided to remove the buoys as soon as possible. For some reefs, this will require making sure permitted reef boundaries to correctly depict the reef sites on the NOAA nautical charts. Since most of these artificial reef sites were authorized prior to GPS, conversions from Loran to GPS were not always accurate.  Currently, buoys are being removed from properly charted reef sites while buoys will be serviced and maintained on improperly charted reef sites until such time NCDMF has modified those permitted boundaries thru the USACE, NCDCM, and charted by NOAA’s Nautical Data Branch/Marine Chart Division Office of Coast Survey/National Ocean Service.
 
Additionally, the public has reported that buoys are lost on several artificial reef sites since the 12 month service interval has passed. If the reef sites with lost buoy’s require boundary corrections to be charted properly, buoys will be replaced until the boundaries are corrected and properly charted.
 
Please let us know if we can help answer or elaborate more on questions you may have as well as suggestions,
All the best,
Chris
Chris Jensen
Artificial Reef Biologist
Shark Biologist
NC Division of Marine Fisheries
3441 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557

chris.jensen@ncdenr.gov
wk 252-808-8051 (main)
cell 252-808-7199 (field) 
 
 

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Kirk Gibson 09/05/2014

Why not just leave the buoys until something (storm, hurricane etc) takes them??? What harm are they doing. We have been fishing for years and use these to know where the ARs are. We just have a small boat and it is nice to know you are really at the AR and not just near it. What is done to "maintain" them??? It is just a large round float attached to an anchored cable right?? What costs so much? Just leave them be and at least we will get some use out of them until something does take them...you will have to spend money to remove them. Come on guys save the removal money for something else and let us have the ARs marked for now.

Steele 08/30/2014

I suggest the state conduct an ecological impact survey regarding the impact of removing these bouys. In essence, these bouys, connected to an artificial reef become a fad(floating artificial debris), attracting various baitfish species which in turn attract pelagic species. Seems to me this could potentially impact the migratory patterns of cobia, king mackerel, dolphinfish, sailfish and other highly migratory species. Just my two cents.

Brian 08/30/2014

Looks to me like we are all in the wrong business.

Steve Chase 08/29/2014

I was shocked to hear the Artificial Buoy Buoys will be removed. When I first moved down here, in 2010, I was very impressed that the ARs were marked by buoys as, in New Jersey, they are not marked. It is reassuring when I run offshore, in 18ft center console, to come up on the buoys as they let you know that you are at the AR. Hold public hearings and I think you will be surprised by how many fishermen rely on these buoy markers. Why is it the things that help the little guy are the first things taken away when the government wants to save money!!!!


Steve Chase 08/29/2014

I was shocked to hear the Artificial Buoy Buoys will be removed. When I first moved down here, in 2010, I was very impressed that the ARs were marked by buoys as, in New Jersey, they are not marked. It is reassuring when I run offshore, in 18ft center console, to come up on the buoys as they let you know that you are at the AR. Hold public hearings and I think you will be surprised by how many fishermen rely on these buoy markers. Why is it the things that help the little guy are the first things taken away when the government wants to save money!!!!




"Clay's 6.90 Flounder" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/29/14
 

Real time update: pictured is Clay Morphes and among other flounder a 6.9 lb OIFC RODEO leader. I am proud to say Clay caught his fish on a combo of Capt Rickey's Invisa-Line Carolina Rigs & Snag-Less Rigs. These are the same ones Bonecrusher Sauls & Capt Jeff won $1,800 last weekend! Sent from my iPhone


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"Makeup charter" | | 08/29/14
 

I can't believe it but our offshore boats are wide open this weekend. The weather is forecast great too. I am taking names for make up trips on Saturday and Sunday. We will do either an offshore bottom trip or a stream trolling trip-- call 910-575-3473 Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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