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"Shallotte Inlet contact info" | Mac Marle'n | 03/28/05
 

I think we may be making a little progress[maybe] on getting our buoys put back. McIntyre is working hard at it and may have come up with a plan to offer a "crack in the door" with our CG friends. Let's see what happens over next couple of days before we comment here.

In meantime, what's working is everyone pounding on our elected officials. Please keep it up. Our friends at www.fryingpantower.com have set up a direct link to US Congressional reps so you can  click on "Save our Inlets" and then click on a name and send a letter like we have set up on www.saveourpogies.com. So everyone please use the fryingpantower.com site and let them hear from us.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Weekend's Report" | Show Time | 03/28/05
 

If you're in the area, CCA is starting a Brunswick County chapter and the first meeting is Tues 3/29 at 6pm at the Fishing Center.  This chapter is being set up as a result of our political efforts as the CCA wants to join and help us make our fishery stronger.  Stop by to join the effort and show your support for the health of our sport fishery.

Fishing wasn't too hot this weekend.  Our offshore Gulf Stream waters were in the 68-71 degree range with water color a milky green.  We managed to catch a few Blackfin Tuna and Wahoo, but otherwise it was slow fishing.  To the south, the fishing was similar but the to the north off Swansboro they are having good action from Yellowfin.  This is a typical pattern as every year an early run of Yellowfin shows up to the north of us-- so don't fear.  Easter was a bit early this season and thus the fish just aren't quite ready.  Give it another week or two and it will be hot- any day now. 
Inshore, the big mystery is the Sea Bass fishing.  The waters are unusually cold and dirty and where we normally crush the Sea Bass while fishing 3-15 miles out, they are all but extinct.  I'm not sure if they aren't there or not biting, but its not what it should be.  We really need some warm, stable weather to get things on track.
 Picture is of a very rare fish to our area- Haddock- caught while fishing 12 miles off Ocean Isle.


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"Kinda Slow" | Capt. Hook | 03/27/05
 

We went to the stream Friday and it was kinda slow. We threw the lines out at Winyah in 68 degree water and immediatly missed a nice Wahoo. He skied on a purple and black Mega Bait and ended up taking the head, the tail and the whole---thing with him. We trolled out to 900 feet of water and never saw any temps warmer than 69.6. We ended up putting a nice wahoo in the boat and missing a couple of other strikes and that was pretty much it. I understand the bite was way North, on the northern side of the Same Ole.
Saturday we ran a 5 hour trip in the afternoon in search of Black Bass and they were in hiding also. We fished several places from the 65 foot hole to Christinas Ledge and could not get on them. We are supposed to return to the stream on Tuesday but Mother nature is not showing us any favortism.  But we will be back at it as soon as the weather breaks. Stay tuned it will get better!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Inlet update" | Mac Marle'n | 03/24/05
 

Mayor Debbie Smith is working hard as possible through Congressman McIntyre's office to try to get Coast Guard to use a little logic and common sense[and fair play] and put our inlet buoys back.I'm talking with my "friends" at CG but they are hardballing the deal. This is a tuff one as this is a Federal issue. If anybody out there is on a first name basis with George, this would be a good time to contact him.

In meantime Brant has mapped the route out the inlet and will have maps at the Fishing Center. You can use these to help you mark your own GPS chart.

The solution to this problem will occur this fall when the beach renourishment program is "supposed" to restart and the inlet will be dredged to make sand for the beach. This also is political so we must pound away on our US elected officials[McIntyre/Dole]. 


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"Gulf Stream declared Open for Business" | Mac Marle'n | 03/23/05
 

Spoke with Jim Can'torie at WC and here's his official forecast.

Saturday you can skip a nickel all the way to Frying Pan Tower. Flat calm seas. On way in you will pick up a light southerly tail wind.

Sunday will be also good with light southwesterly wind in morning. Ride the trougff out to Black Jack/Steeples and ride it back in the afternoon when southwesterly wind will increase a little to 10-15.

Thaanks Jim.Thats what we've been waiting for. Let's go get em. Game on!


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"Weekend Outlook" | Show Time | 03/22/05
 

Weather is looking good starting on Thursday.  We have a 1/2 day set for Thurs then plan to run to the Stream on Friday and Saturday.  Check in with the Fishing Center the evening before the trips to see what time we're leaving if you'd like to follow us out the inlet.

*** OTHER NOTE***
I'm putting together a ROFFERS satellite surface temperature group to get discounted rates-- if you sign up as a group you get 50% off-- 25 analysis per year $1160-- group rate- $580.  Call Capt. Brant (910) 575-3474 xt3 or email captbrant@oifishingcenter.com with your name and number if you want to be included in the group rate package.


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"Shallotte Inlet War" | Carolina Contender | 03/22/05
 

When I established the Ocean Isle Fishing Center I remember saying that one of the things I hoped to accomplish was for the Fishing Center to become a vehicle of such significance that it could be used as a platform to address various fishing related issues. I don't think I had a clue as to how many wars were out there to be fought but here we go again with another battle; the Shallotte Inlet issue.

Gary Sink[Magic Moment] sent me an excellent letter that hits the issue dead on.[We'll post his letter as soon as Brant/Barrett gets a minute]. Gary's letter addresses the fact we are being used as "political pawns" in this matter by the Feds. There is tremondous political pressure being applied in many directions concerning the intercoastal and inlet dregging situtation. From a personal standpoint I have been traversing the Shallotte Inlet for 30 years and we've always had various problems with sandbars, but you learn to work around them. In these 30 years, the Coast Guard NEVER pulled our buoys and I can assure you it has been in worse shape in past history than it is in now. So why do they now choose to pull the buoys? And for the most ridiculios reason you could imagine[their 65 foot buoy tender might run aground therefore they consider the inlet unsafe]. The answer is obvious...politics; we're being screwed with and what we must do is declare WAR! This is a Federal isssue so our missles need to be pointed at our US Congressmen and US Senators and Governor. We will post contact info asap. In the meantime, understand whats going on here and get ready to do another battle.


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"Letter to Reps." | Carolina Contender | 03/22/05
 

Hi Guys,
FYI, the attached is a letter I have sent to every elected official I found an email address for. I'm sure I've missed some, but hopefully they will see it somewhere.

Gary N. Sink
Account Manager
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An ISO Registered Company
336-956-8318 direct line
800-422-4397
336-880-0419 cell

From Gary Sink (Magic Moment):

March 21, 2005


I would like to inform you of an issue that is very important to me that I hope you will help correct. As an avid sport fisherman, I look forward to this time of the year when we open our vacation homes and began our season of recreational sport fishing. I was shocked and very disappointed to learn that the Coast Guard has pulled the navigational markers from Shallotte inlet. This action has effectively closed the inlet to all navigation. However, Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach have many renters who choose the location for easy access to the ocean and far too many will attempt to navigate the inlet without the navigation aids and risk great harm to themselves, crews, vessels and equipment. When those accidents happen, and they will, most of the victims will learn too late that their liability insurance carriers probably do not cover damages or liabilities done while vessels are in non-navigable waters. To pull navigation aids with no notice, and at the beginning of the season, just before the Easter Holiday, is an irresponsible act that is suspect of an action taken to make a statement. What is really accomplished is that the tax payers become “political pawns” and we then must let our voices be heard. 

 

One can argue that the Coast Guard was correct in their actions if they do not have the appropriations in their budget to “tend the buoys”. Surely it is not that simple. Unless Shallotte Inlet is re-opened, we as boaters will have to travel the Intercoastal Waterway for several miles; north to Lockwood Inlet, which recently suffered the same action but has been re-opened; or travel several miles to the south to Little River Inlet. Either alternative will add at least an hour to each direction of the trip, two hours burning many extra gallons of fuel. What a waste of resources.

 

Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach are home to many canal properties and hundreds of fishing vessels are kept at the canal homeowner’s docks. Not having reasonable access to the ocean via Shallotte Inlet will devalue our homes and land values. Many businesses will suffer if this inlet is not re-opened. Fishing centers, boat yards, restaurants and charter boats will suffer; rentals will suffer and the ripple effects go on and on and on. This action will have a negative impact on the multi million-dollar sport fishery that exists along our coast and therefore has long ranging effect on many aspects of our State's economy.

Property along our coast is very valuable and we sincerely wish to keep it that way. Otherwise, the tax base will suffer as well. Do we not pay enough in taxes to keep our inlet navigable? Most of the homeowners, myself included, enjoy our property at the coast as our 2nd home. Therefore, most live inland and have other homes and businesses where we also pay taxes. I can say with reasonable certainty that the vast majority of the property owners along our coast certainly have already paid more than enough taxes and deserve to have Shallotte Inlet re-opened and placed on a maintenance schedule so as to never face this situation again.


My request of you is to provide your support and take all actions needed to bring Shallotte inlet back to navigable standards immediately. Additionally, to establish and fund a maintenance schedule to insure the safety and navigable waters of Shallotte. Please take what ever action was required to re-open Lockwood Inlet and accomplish the same outcome for Shallotte Inlet. Your support is greatly appreciated.

 

Best Regards,

 

Gary N. Sink

48 Leland St. Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

5599 NC hwy 109 S. Thomasville, NC 27360

 

 


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"Shallotte Inlet Status" | Show Time | 03/22/05
 

Here's the deal.  Inlet is OK, but certainly not great.  Its comparable to last year, maybe a touch worse.  By my measurements, 3' of water at dead low.
USCG has taken buoys away, but truthfully that's fine as they were way wrong anyway.
I have plotted the new course through the inlet and will have a map available in the Fishing Center and hopefully on-line within a few days.
Don't fret, our inlet will be passable most of the time.
Stand by.


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"Shallotte inlet crisis" | Carolina Contender | 03/21/05
 

Got to bottom of Coast Guards decision to pull our buoys. They have a 65 foot buoy tender["Blackberry"]. It requires 6 feet minimum depth for safe draft. In that our inlet is 4-5 feet at low tide at the outer sand bar that's causing the problem, the CG says they can't take a chance on getting their 65 foot boat on the oceanside of the bar in that they don't consider their buoy tender to be "ocean worthy". As a result of this concern for their 65 foot boat they have now pulled our buoys. Analyzing this from a practical perspective is probably a waste of analysis but here's some facts:
-There are no 65 foot boats that use Shallotte inlet. A boat that large would only use Southport, Little River, or Georgetown. Our inlet is primarily used by small boats[under 35 feet and mostly outboards].
-If the CG needed to work on a buoy why not do so at high tide. We have almost a 6 foot tide swing therefore at high tide their Blackberry would have 10+ feet to work with.
-How often do they move buoys in the first place?
-If there is such concern of getting the Blackberry caught on the oceanside of the bar, by simply tuning into the Weather Channel would tell you when a north wind was coming and as we know a north wind leaves the beach flat for at least a mile offshore.

If all this sounds like baloney to you in terms of their decision you are 100% correct. Unbelieveable decision strategy. All I know to do is get on our horses and try to influence our Congressman Mike McIntyre to try to convince the CG to use a small amount of judgement and common sense in their decision making process. The economic impact to our community for the CG's unwillingness to use a little common sense will be very damaging. Apparently they don't realize that our economy is what generates tax revenue which is the funding vehicle for their existance.

Everyone please get busy emailing/communicating with McIntyre.


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"Spring Kickoff a Success!" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 03/21/05
 

We, at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, would like to thank everyone who came out on Saturday to our first Spring Kickoff.  Though the weather man wasn't kind, a good time was had by all.  The highlights of the event included a tournament king mackerel seminar hosted by Capt. Brant, Angler of the Year Dean Spatholt, and Capt. Barrett.  Also there were several other seminars throughout the day, a used tackle swap, and pig picking.  We appreciate everyone who used the off island parking shuttle system, which dramatically reduced any sign of a  traffic problem.  Judging by the large turnout for this first year's event despite the less than perfect weather, hopefully we will be able to grow the event and turn it into a yearly event. 

Now that the season has officially started it's time to go fishing.  It's still early in the week but the long range forecast for this weekend is shaping up nicely.  Right now Friday's forecast is for light and variable winds.  It's Gulf Stream time!  Come on down for Easter weekend and help us round up the yellowfin tuna and wahoo that are probably about to starve waiting on us. 


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"Shallotte Inlet buoys pulled by Coast Guard" | Carolina Contender | 03/21/05
 

The Coast Guard pulled our inlet buoys Friday afternoon/evening.To my knowledge there was no advance notice to the Town or anyone. I called them and asked definition as to what standard CG uses in making decision to pull the buoys. We use the inlet every day and other than low tide it is not a problem. Soon as we can find out what's what we'll be back to you.

They replaced buoys at Lockwood.


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"Seminar Parking Shuttle" | Carolina Contender | 03/18/05
 

It's sounding like we will have a large turn out for our Spring kick off tomorrow therefore it will be important for everyone to please use the free shuttle we will be running. Park at our new shopping center[behind Citgo at stoplight on mainland side] and our shuttle will bring you here to the OIFC. No hassel, no parking problem. Please help us out by using the shuttle as there will not be parking available here at the Fishing Center.

Come join the fun and camaradie. Free how to seminars, free pig pickin, free used tackle sale tables. Bring your retired equipment and give it a chance for a new life. Starts at 11:00am.


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"At Least We Can Talk Fishing" | Carolina Contender | 03/17/05
 

Mother Nature is NOT being nice to us itchy fishermen.  Rain and wind are the rule and looks to continue for the next several days.  BUT, Saturday looks like a nice day for our Spring Kickoff and I've gotten alot of inquiries about the day.  I think we'll have a good crowd of fishermen there to enjoy the food, seminars, tackle trade/sell and SUFIX line spooling promo.  In case you missed it, here's what's on tap

OIFC- Saturday, March 19th- 11am-4pm
***PARKING*** The shuttle will be running from off-island to the OIFC- if there is no parking at OIFC, ride the shuttle- easy*****
-Used tackle swap/sale- bring your own tackle and
trade or sell it with other fishermen
- SUFIX line spooling promo- all line is $.01/yard.
-Free Pig Pickin' at 12pm
-Free Seminars
11am- Dean Spatholt, Capt. Brant & Capt. Barrett McMullan - Kingfishing Tactics
1pm- Capt. David Hooks- Flounder and Trout tactics
2pm- Capt. Barrett McMullan-  Yellowfin Tuna tactics
3pm- Capt. Brant McMullan- Grouper tactics
4pm- OIFC Staff- Castnet throwing lessons
 It's all free and best of all, an excuse to talk fishing.  Come on by.


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"CCA Meeting" | Ocean Isle Fishing Center Team | 03/14/05
 

The Ocean Isle Fishing Center is pleased to host a organizational meeting for the Coastal Conservation Association[CCA] for the purpose of establishing a CCA chapter for Brunswick County. The CCA is a leader in dealing with fishing conservation issues throughout the US and North Carolina. Their web site is www.ccanc.org. The meeting will be held March 29 at 6:00pm here at the OIFC. Please come and here the CCA story.


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"SAVE OUR POGIES" | Carolina Contender | 03/11/05
 

Thanks to our computer guru[who works for free], Brandon Sauls of Intercoastal Net Design, our www.saveourpogies.com web site is now set up so all you have to do is click on your legislator of choice and you can send him a email letter electronically.Simply now to let them hear from you regarding pogy deal. Let em have it will both barrels!


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"SAVE OUR POGIES" | Carolina Contender | 03/11/05
 

Thanks to our computer guru[who works for free], Brandon Sauls of Intercoastal Net Design, our www.saveourpogies.com web site is now set up so all you have to do is click on your legislator of choice and you can send him a email letter electronically.Simply now to let them hear from you regarding pogy deal. Let em have it will both barrels!


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"Shrimp Advisory Committee Meeting" | Carolina Contender | 03/11/05
 

I mentioned in previous post that the Shrimp Advisory Committee will be meeting Tuesday March 15 at Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia. The meeting will be held 6:00pm at the Commissioners Chambers, 75 Courthouse Drive.

The committee will be focusing on trawling in the intercoastal and creeks waters of Brunswick County and if you have an opinion on this issue I strongly encourage to attend the meeting. It is important all sides of this issue are heard. The shrimp trawlers have made it known they will be attending in numbers.

The Committee's role is to make recommendations to the Mraine Fisheries Commission as to how shrimp should be managed. Obviously this is a very important subject to our Brunswick County waters.


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"Blown out" | Mac Marle'n | 03/10/05
 

We had trips to the Stream on Fri and Sat but Mother Nature isn't going to let it happen- stay tuned for a report-- don't forget next Sat to come to OIFC for Spring Kickoff--
OIFC- Saturday, March 19th- 11am-4pm
***PARKING*** The shuttle will be running from off-island to the OIFC- if there is no parking at OIFC, ride the shuttle- easy*****
-Used tackle swap/sale- bring your own tackle and
trade or sell it with other fishermen
- SUFIX line spooling promo- all line is $.01/yard.
-Free Pig Pickin' at 12pm
-Free Seminars
11am- Dean Spatholt, Capt. Brant & Capt. Barrett McMullan - Kingfishing Tactics
1pm- Capt. David Hooks- Flounder and Trout tactics
2pm- Capt. Barrett McMullan-  Yellowfin Tuna tactics
3pm- Capt. Brant McMullan- Grouper tactics
4pm- OIFC Staff- Castnet throwing lessons


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Spring Kickoff- March 19th" | Carolina Contender | 03/08/05
 

OIFC- Saturday, March 19th- 11am-4pm
***PARKING*** The shuttle will be running from off-island to the OIFC- if there is no parking at OIFC, ride the shuttle- easy*****
-Used tackle swap/sale- bring your own tackle and
trade or sell it with other fishermen
- SUFIX line spooling promo- all line is $.01/yard.
-Free Pig Pickin' at 12pm
-Free Seminars
11am- Dean Spatholt, Capt. Brant & Capt. Barrett McMullan - Kingfishing Tactics
1pm- Capt. David Hooks- Flounder and Trout tactics
2pm- Capt. Barrett McMullan-  Yellowfin Tuna tactics
3pm- Capt. Brant McMullan- Grouper tactics
4pm- OIFC Staff- Castnet throwing lessons
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