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"IFA Redfish Tourney" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/06/08
 

Last Thursday local fisherman and boat builder Scott Quaintance called me up and asked if I wanted to go fish the IFA redfish tournament in Charleston on Saturday. Seeing as how I've been begging Scott to tag along on an inshore fishing trip I jumped at the chance. Scott is an accomplished inshore and offshore angler and on this occassion we would be fishing his absolutely incredible 24' Yellowfin Bay Boat. This thing is awesome! We made quick plans, put his boat on the trailer and headed south towards Charleston around 10:30am on Friday. Scott wanted to check a few spots he'd fished in the past on the way down so we stopped around McClelanville and dropped the boat in for a short pre-fishing mission. I have been extremely interested in the redfish fishery for a long time, but do not have as much experience as I'd like and certainly a lot less than Scott. So, I was like a kid in a candy store eating up every piece of information I could and taking it all in. The weather was pretty tough. When we put the boat in the wind was blowing about 20-25knots which makes casting and more importantly seeing redfish difficult. We made a short run up the waterway and through a system of creeks and into an open bay with numerous fishy areas. We concentrated on fishing banks with oysters. We also focused on fishing banks that had land protection from the wind which made it easier to see fish, cast, and the water was cleaner. We fished for about an hour with no sign of fish. Finally on our last stretch of oyster bank before we had to head back to the ramp we began seeing lots of mullet. Soon after we spooked a redfish which is when you're moving slowly along in this case with the trolling motor and a redfish darts off leaving behind a cloud of mud. We were fishing about water about 2 feet deep. A few minutes later I made a long cast ahead of the boat with a gulp bait on a jig head and a couple twitches later I had him on. I fought the red for about 5 minutes and during the fight noticed several other mud clouds where other fish had been startled when we hooked this fish. I brought the fish along side and Scott handled the netting. The fish was absolutely perfect for what we were looking for. The South Carolina slot or size limit is 15-23" and this fish was 22 1/2 inches and healthy. We snapped a quick picture and sent him on his way. The tournament we would fish the next day is won by the team that weighs the heaviest 2 redfish in the slot and they must be alive to receive full points. Knowing we had found a school of fish Scott and I headed back to the ramp and eventually down to Charleston. Although we didn't exactly fit in with the high powered sponsored fishing crowd at the Captains meeting we did get some looks of approval when we pulled up in Scott's 24' Yellowfin. There was close to 70 teams competing in this event and they were in boats from 15 to 24 feet. Some are more geared towards skinny water fishing and draft less than 6" and others are made for rough water running and draft closer to one foot. We fall into the second class. The Captains meeting was like any king mackerel tournament Captains meeting with everyone sizing eachother up and discussing that they hadn't caught anything this week but "you should have been here last week". All of this is of course standard for pre-fishing tournament discussions. Most of it is not exactly a lie, but I would call it a fish story. The next morning we checked out as boat number 14 and put the afterburners on as we walked down the rest of the tournament boats with ease. We had to cross Charleston harbor to get where we were the day before which wasn't a lot of fun with 3 footers stacked close. We arrived to our area of flats and started fishing. It was high tide and we had no success. The fish were likely way up in the grass and out of our reach. We knew we needed to be back at the same spot we were the day before when the tide fell out of the grass so we positioned ourselves a little early and started working that bank. For the first hour we did nothing. We started over on the same bank and this with the tide out of the grass and the oysters starting to show, so did the redfish. We initially were using the trolling motor to work the oyster bank but Scott noticed a lot of mullet activity and thought he saw a redfish boil so we put the power pole down which acts like an anchor but is silent. We started to cast from the stationary position and just seconds later Scott hooked up on our first red. He quickly brought the fish boatside and I netted. He measured about 16 inches. Not great but at least we were in the game now and maybe there were other fish around. While I'm messing around with the fish and trying to get my backlash out Scott hooks up again. This time the fish is much larger. Unfortunately we get him in and he is 24 inches just a little too big to weigh. By this point I decide I better start pulling my weight or risk being left on the oyster flat with an incoming tide. Over the next hour Scott and I catch another 6 redfish and lose one more. The hot bait was a dark colored gulp jerk bait. The last fish we caught before having to leave in order to make the weigh in and not get stuck in the low water was the perfect fish. I got him in the boat and he measured 23" on the dot. With our two largest slot fish in the livewell we headed for the scales. We ended up weighing a 17" 2lb fish and our 23" 4.2lber for a total of 6.2lbs. Not bad for a couple of no name non sponsored guys from North Carolina. We ended up in sixth place overall and had the 2nd largest single fish. Ours was a bit skinny. The winners had over 8lbs between two fish. What a great experience and fun new competitive fishing arena. This type of artificial bait only, live weigh-in redfish events have not arrived to our area yet. I'm working to change this as I believe our area has potential to be a great redfish tournament destination. On a final note I would like to thank Scott Quaintance for an awesome fishing experience. Unfortunately though we did win money at this event, thanks to Scott he just cost me a whole bunch more than we won. I've got the redfish tournament bug now which means the new boat is on the way.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"OIFC family Day" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/04/08
 

In case you missed the postcards we mailed out a few weeks ago I would like to remind everyone of the upcoming event we will be holding here at the Fishing Center on Saturday April the 12th. Our goal is that this will be a fun filled day for the entire family.  This event will give the women and children an opportunity to become more involved in the fishing scene. We will be holding several seminars that will help to explain fishing from the basics of boating to fishing for different species such as king mackerel and sea bass. I am sure at one time or another frustrion has set in when trying to explain to your wife how to tie a rig on the line or hook a pogy, thus causing a fight and ultimately leads to a miserable day of fishing. Perhaps you are tried of having to get your wife to hold the boat while you get the truck at the boat ramp. Bring her to the trailer backing class! This is your opportunity to let us help teach your wives and children some basic skills that will help you to fish together. Don't forget the kids, we will have fun activities just for the minnows - cast net lessons. knot tying , fish bobbing for prizes and free face painting. In case you just want a few minutes to relax we are offering free 20 minute waterway cruises. In addition we will be having a huge yard sale, raffle drawings and store specials. The fun will begin at 9:00am end at 4:00pm...    

 

 


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Tournament Preparations" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/03/08
 

It's windy and cold and fishing is out the question, so what do I do? Work on fishing to come! Been hard at work on preparations for the Far Out Shoot Out and Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl tourneys. Plans are coming together and I'd like to announce some our 2008 sponsors: Far Out Shoot Out It is now: the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out tournament. Many of you know the GPS Store and recognize their involvement in many of the area's tournaments. They have come forward and committed themselves as the sole title sponsor of the Shoot Out and will help in boosting prizes and adding to the venue quality. Gregory Poole CAT and Mercury Verado have again committed to the Shoot Out as has Town Creek Marina- your area World Cat boats dealer. Town Creek will have boats on-site and available for demos during the tournament if you have interest in their boats. Also supporting the Shoot Out are Sea Tow, Outback Steakhouse and of course, the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Thanks to all these sponsors for the committment and hope that as you conduct your business and recreation in the future, you will at least give these sponsors an opportunity to win your business. Jolly Mon King Classic It is now the: Yellowfin / Yamaha Jolly Mon King Classic presented by Sea Tow, BBT and Magic Tilt trailers. You will immediatly notice Yellowfin boats as the new player. Yellowfin has come forward with a committment to both the Jolly Mon and the Fall Brawl. Yellowfin has become well known as the premier hi performance fishing boat and I am happy to announce that I too will be a customer soon as I have a 32 Yellowfin with twin F350 Yamahas on the way. As for Yamaha, Sea Tow, BBT and Magic Tilt- what more can you say about these companies. They have been supporters of the Jolly Mon for years and continue to come back as thanks for your support of their products. Again I ask you consider all these sponsors when making purchases in the future. Thanks and stand by for fishing reports- weather looks to be clearing after the weekend.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Student of History" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/03/08
 

The wind is killing us here at Ocean Isle Beach....that's the bad news. However, the good news is that Saturday should see the calming of the seas, just in time for Jeff's Martini's Wahoo Rodeo.  Speaking of that, the bad weather has given me time to check my notes and read the OIFC Fishing Reports from last year. History shows that the Gulf Stream Fshing , the Frying Pan Tower as well as the Steeples were getting hot  this time last year, with  Kings, Wahoo, Tuna and Dolphin hitting.  On the inshore scene, the flounder were picking up, with a 9.5 lb. flounder caught in April of '07.  Also mixed in were trout.  I recommend that you take a little time and read our past reports for the hot bite locations, what was biting and just what they were hitting.  On another subject, I accompanied Captain Roger and Rube on the OIFC 2 in the ICW for what was the first "in water" run of a new lure Rube is working on.  It's still in the R & D stage, but may see action under fire soon.  I'll let Rube unveil the project when he is ready.  Don't forget the OIFC Year Long Rodeo.  You can sign up on line, by phone or snail mail.  Also Captain Kyle has his tournament comming soon, and I'm told that Austin Aycock and Trip Hooks are working on one of their own.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Martini Wahoo tourney" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/02/08
 

Jeff Martini had a great showing and now has 30 boat entries-- per our previous posts, he decided to hold off on fishing and that will start this Sunday and run the following week through Friday- Registration is still open and I know many more folks, including myself have not even turned in entries yet. I bet he'll end up with 40+ boats and he just called me to tell me there was over $5000 in the Wahoo calcutta alone and with more boats, the primary prizes + the calcuttas could bring winnings over $15,000 !!! The weather looks like it may finally break at the end of the weekend with the following week looking nice. Stay tuned- I'm starting to feel it now-- the bite is about to be ON !
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Martinis tournament update" | Show Time- 34' | 03/31/08
 

I JUST TALKED TO JEFF MARTINI ,HE HAS SUGGESTED THAT    HE WAS GOING TO CHANGE THE FISHING DAYS  FOR  HIS WAHOO TOURAMENT FROM APR 5 -APR 13 . DUE TO THE FORCAST MODELS ARE SHOWING WINDY  CONDITIONS AND ROUGH SEAS  .WHICH  IS  A GOOD THING  FOR THOSE PEOPLE WITH SMALLER BOATS .THE CAPT MEETING IS STILL BEING HELD  TONIGHT at 6 pm ON THE MENU IS PRIME RIB , SHRIMP  AND VEGGIES . YOU CAN STILL ENTER THE TOURAMENT TONIGHT . HOPE TO SEE  THERE .                                                                                                                                       


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Local Happenings" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/30/08
 

The World Cat, Captained by Roger and First Mate Zach took the Dixon family on a 1/4 charter Saturday. The weather wasn't great and the charter short so they decided to stay near shore. A good decision too! The group found some awesome sea bass action about 3/4 miles from shore just east of the sea buoy. At first I thought they were telling a fish story, but they all swore that they were pulling bass in one after another with a LOT of keepers. Not bad for a 1/4 day's action. The bait of choice was squid on the usual rig. The weather went down hill after that with a strong blow out of the east. Today it feels like a North Carolina winter. But this is the end, by tomorrow we'll be climbing back in the seventies and the rest of the 10 day forecast is beautiful. Just in time for Jeff Martini's Wahoo Tournament and a great next weekend. Don't forget to enter the OIFC Rodeo, we've got 10 species and no telling what you might catch while trying to win Jeff's money. Finally, congratulations from the OIFC family to first mate Zach who just passed his Captain's test.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 03/29/08
 

I'm pleased to report that I had another good day with the redfish yesterday. We fished down towards to Little River area, and managed to boat a handful of nice reds in the 16" - 18" range. Once again these fish were caught in shallow water (3' or less) and respond best to live mud minnows suspended just off the bottom with a float. I also tried flounder fishing for a while but had no luck. There are a few being caught, so it shouldn't be long before the spring flounder bite kicks off. The water temperature seems to be hanging between 57 - 60 degrees. I feel that a few more degrees of water temp. should really get the inshore fishing fired off, so lets hope that happens soon!
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"OIFC Fishing Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/28/08
 

The Rodeo is gaining steam with more anglers signing up each day. Right now flounder and trout are leading in interest. I've talked with Jeff Martini and I'll be at his captains meeting with sign up forms. You can fish Jeff's Wahoo Tournament and if you are signed up for the rodeo you can bring your fish, by land or sea to the OIFC to be weighed and be eligible to win the Wahoo division of the Rodeo. Hope to see you in The OIFC Rodeo and good luck!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Kayak" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/28/08
 

We fished inshore today without any luck. The wind was our enemy as was a ripping current. So we decided to play with the kayaks. As I'm still on injured reserve I was relegated to taking pictures while Jeff and Camdyn paddled around. The kayak they were out on is the Wilderness Pamlico 100, which is a sit in, light weight, very maneuverable kayak. It comes in as the least expensive kayak in the Wilderness line. Come see us at the OIFC and try out the Wilderness System line of kayaks. They are great for folks of all ages and sizes as see in these pictures.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Martini's Wahoo Hook A Hoo Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/28/08
 

Don't forget that the capt. meeting and final sign up for Martini's Hook A Hoo Wahoo tournament is next Monday at 6pm. The tournament offers you the chance to pick 1 out of 6 days to fish, starting Tuesday and ending on Sunday- which will take the problem of weather out of the equation. Entry forms are at http://www.martinisfinedining.com/about.html and can be dropped off at Martini's restaurant in N. Myrtle through Monday or here at the OIFC as I will be going to the Capt. Meeting on Monday and can take your info down-- there will be a folder at the OIFC front desk labeled WAHOO TOURNEY and be sure to tell clerk to put money and entry there-- however remember, if you do not attend the Capt. Meet you are responsible for rule changes. I'll try to keep things updated on our site here and I'm sure tourney info will stay current on the above web site. This is a great tournament to kick off the season, so I encourage you to enter and then pick the right day to fish for the big hoo-- my guess is that it will take a 70+ pounder to win the event. We'll see-- Also, Capt. Roger has been fishing the OIFC World Cat the last couple of day on 3/4 and 1/2 day trips. If you had any questions about the boat, they have been answered as the steady 15-20 knot winds have brought a constant 3-5 foot sea, and the boat has been great. It isn't the boat to get you there first or fastest, but if 30kts at smooth and steady is your game, the boat is very versatile and come recommended. As for the fishing, that has been pretty tough. Bottom fishing is the only game and offshore in the 80 foot range Roger found some larger Sea Bass as well as a few keeper Genuine Red Snapper--- these Snapper are common during the early Spring over bottom in the 80-100 foot range and if you want to target them, fish "Grouper" style, except use lighter (50-80#) fluorocarbon leaders that are 6-10' long with a sliding egg sinker set up-- live cigar minnows or small pinfish are the best baits, but a dead cigar minnow is also good. Snapper are more weary than Sea Bass and thus the traditional Chicken rig doesn't usually work too good. Inshore, Roger has found lots of Bass, but mostly in the 10"-11" range, just short of the required 12"-- anyway, the water is still cool at 58-60 degrees, but it is starting to rise and things will begin happening. Stay tuned.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Great Day" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/27/08
 

OIFC guide Jeff Beck was joined by a great friend of the Fishing Center family Dan Ratley and his grandson, David, for an afternoon of good times inshore aboard the Tale Chaser. The goal was to have a fun day with David. The trip began with fishing for red fish, but soon turned to David crabbing and driving the boat under the watchful eye of Jeff and Grandpa Dan. While out, David was able to explore the dredge spoils, seeing wildlife including a heard of deer. One of life's greatest gifts is to be able to spend time on the water showing a child the wonders of our nature. A great day!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Deadliest Catch" | World Cat- 33' | 03/27/08
 

Captain Roger and first mate Boston Rob chartered a 3/4 day trip with the Juercap family of Minnesota. The greatest success was had about 24 miles out in about 70-75 feet of water. There and during the rest of the trip the charter boated around 13 keeper bass and a 26 lb. red snapper. Various other "trash" fish were angled, but of course released. That's when danger struck. A "killer skate" chomped down on Roger's finger and refused to release him. Roger battled the vicious sea creature until he was rescued by Rob who used pliers to pry the monster's mouth open thusly saving Roger's digit and avoiding injury. The crew was then able to take the trip back to the safety of the OIFC dock.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Maiden Voyage" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/26/08
 

Jeff and Boston Rob headed out late this afternoon on a maiden voyage of the new Wilderness kayaks. The tide was riping and the wind was howling, not the greatest conditions for a trip. They both reported that they handled the kayaks with ease in less than perfect conditions. They said they were able to slip up on fish, bait and other wildlife unnoticed, that they were able to float in around 3 inches of water, Jeff dresses out at about 260 lbs, and get to places they could never reach by foot or boat. The OIFC is proud to be the exclusive dealer in our area of the Wilderness System kayaks, which are the top of the line in the kayak market. Jeff is also guiding fishing and eco tours using the Wilderness kayak. Come check out our line and book a trip with Jeff. We expect fishing and eco tours by kayak to open a whole new world. I've attached a couple of pictures of the first trip.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Traveling Fisherman Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/25/08
 

Ahoy Traveling Fisherman!  I've been receiving numerous comments on the 2009 plans for the OIFC's Traveling Fisherman program.  We had a great inaugural trip to Panama this past February and hope to expand the opportunities for next season.  I am currently working diligently on several options.  Planning and logistics takes time on theses exotic excursions.  It is my intention to only offer the absolute premier fishing adventures to fellow OIFC'ers.  I'm hoping to have things set very soon and will broadcast the destinations and trip plans as soon as I have them set. 

In the meantime.....For those who were on the trip to Panama this year, you are well aware of the reality of the following story.  For those who weren't, perhaps the most interesting event, person, or sight we experienced while on this trip was that of sharing a week aboard the mothership Coral Star with Mr. Raymond Boyd. 

Here's how the story starts:

On our trip to Panama, we saw many amazing things. One of the most amazing we actually brought with us. Meet Ray Boyd, Rube's real estate friend from Atlanta. To make a very long strory short, Ray took one look at the island of Montosa and decided right then he wanted to buy it. So, one day while we were fishing, Ray swam over to the island, hiked across the island where supposedly the owner lived, walked up to the front door, introduced himself, and with the benefit of a personality that only Ray could make this work, made best friends with the owners, spent the day, toured, lunched, and before the day was over, had made a deal to trade them 2 jets he owned for the island.
 
By this point I know you're thinking....yeah, sure. Well, the day Ray got back from our trip, he was on the phone with the owners, their attorneys, his attorneys. Two weeks later he is back on his jet, headed to Panama with a generator, a inflatabile raft, and a suitcase full of money. He hires the Coral Star captain to take him the 50+ miles out into the middle of the Pacific to get to Montosa, drops him off in his raft with his generator, and Ray tells him to come back in a couple of days to check on him.
 
Ray hikes back to the owners camp, sets up home with the 2 Panamanian caretakers. Come dinner time they try to show him how to catch fish trapped in lagoons by hacking at them with a machette. Ray takes over, and with his south Georgia roots, shows them how to "coon" for fish, which is a means to catch them with your hands by corraling them up against a ledge. By the way, this is done at night. In the process, one of the ledges he is "cooning" happens to be the home of a moray eel; but again with his south Georgia roots, a moray is no competition to a guy accustomed to snapping snake necks. So dinner that night is fresh fish, broiled moray, with a side dish of hermit crab. Life is grand, except the 2 Panamanians refuse to give up the hammock so Ray gets to sleep on the floor with the local varmits.
 
Next morning daylight finally arrives so he can see the bugs and mosquittos that have been eating him all night. Breakfast of left over hermit crab soup, and one egg the resident chicken layed during the night. A three and 1/2 hour walk around the island, a day of Robinson Crusoe, and pick up by Capt Don and back to civilization.
 
Next day fly over to Panama City to meet with the owners, attorneys/ect. Over the next 2 days the deal comes together, blows up, and repeats itself in a manner that apparently is customary in Panama. Finally, everyone is happy, a deal is struck, the owner wants the keys to the jets, and Ray says sounds great, but where is my clear title to the island. No problemo, the owner tells him, you will have it in 90 days. So Ray says ok, hops on the jet, and heads back to Atlanta, with one quick side trip. In order to pay back his island roomates who refused to give up their hammock to their guest/potential boss, he takes the jet on a side trip and does a fly by of the island at deck level, cranking her up to 500mhp so the full benefit of the power and noise of the jet is translated to the hammocks the guys are so comfortably sleeping in. No report of if/how they survived the fly by.
 
Thats the status of the moment. Standby as this is clearly a very "fluid" situtation

- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Boat Report- local OIB builder has big plans!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/24/08
 

Many of you may know local builder and engineer, Scott Quaintance of Carolina Bluewater Construction. He is one of the area's most respected and known builders of custom homes. However, one look at the name of his business and you know where his mind really is. If you don't know Scott personally, you might recognize him in his 34 Yellowfin, painted Clemson orange that resides on a lift along the ICW-- often only seen as a blur of orange. Scott has decided to take his extensive knowledge of engineering and building and mesh it with his fishing and boating expertise to form a new boat building corporation- run locally from the Ocean Isle Beach area. And I don't mean jon boats- Scott's first boat is a 42' express. I visited his building warehouse today located behind his office at Fountain Head Landing on Beach Drive between Ocean Isle and Seaside. Scott told me of the process he has been heading up for many months now- visiting numerous boat shows, building a warehouse suitable to house and build large custom sport fishermen and the hiring of a master builder from the Manteo, NC area. The boat Scott is building is a 42' Express that will be powered with twin CAT C-15's. The boat is expected to weigh 39,000 pounds when complete, top out at 42 knots and cruise comfortably at 35 knots. The hull will feature the renowed sea ability of the "Carolina flare" but will also have prop pockets that will limit the draft to 42 inches, making this big boat suitable for the skinniest of waters (Scott actually consulted me on the draft restraint of our inlet prior to construction. The Show Time drafts 41 inches and is able to traverse Shallotte inlet most any time). If you know Scott, you know that he pays attention to details. This boat will be finished out to the T with I'm sure incredibly detailed wood work and attention to the smallest of details- making the boat strong, durable and functional. Scott has an open door policy at his warehouse and he invites anyone to come by and take a look. You can call him directly at (910) 279-4590 and he'd be happy to meet you to give you a guided tour. It truly is neat to see a boat, particularly of that size, go up from the very beginning. If I didn't mention, the boat will be cold molded. The only left for Scott to finalize in his plans is the name of the boat. He is offering a $500 reward to the person that comes up with the best name for the boat. Scott wishes the name to reflect his pride in the area- you can email him - blueh2o@atmc.net - your entry through April 1st. Scott plans to build and sell these custom sport fishing boats. So if you've got your eye on a bigger boat, keep this one in mind. It is going to be awesome I'm sure. Email, call or stop by- he'd love to hear from you.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Growin' Pot!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/23/08
 

No, not that kind of pot!!!! The pot for the OIFC Fishing Rodeo. The sign up began on the 15th and it's grown to almost $1,000. Not great, but getting there. The sign up lasts all year so we expect great things. Wahoo fishing is on so don't miss entering BEFORE you catch your big one.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 03/22/08
 

After a long day on the water, I'm pleased to report that the redfish bite is still strong around the OIB area. I fished to the west toward Little River this morning and to the east toward Southport this afternoon and found some reds on both trips. Mud minnows under a cork on on the bottom on a carolina rig were the ticket. All of my fish today came from less than 3 feet of water, so dont be afraid to look for them in the shallows. Don't wait any longer, its time to go bend a pole now! P.S. - Don't forget the Spring Inshore Classic, which is coming up on May 2nd & 3rd.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"OIFC year long Fishing Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/22/08
 

Don't forget to buy your Rodeo ticket before you go fishing.  Each species is $20 and the board is wide open.  $$ from tickets sold go back into each individual species' prize pot, and we expect by tournament end in December, the pots for all species should be worth the $20 entry.  You can buy your tickets on-line by CLICKING HERE  or you can call the OIFC at (910) 575-3474 and buy them over the phone or you can certainly stop by.  Once you have your ticket, all you have to do is weigh-in whichever species you have purchased tickets for and you are on the board-- You must weigh-in at the OIFC docks and there are rules about when fish must be weighed in, so be sure to read the rules- CLICK HERE - Updates and scores will be posted on the OIFC Rodeo page with all the other tournament information.  Don't go fishing and risk catching a prize worthy fish without getting your ticket first.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Boat trailering legislation" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/20/08
 

Although it probably appears we've been quiet lately on the political front, behind the scenes we've been busy on a couple of subjects. On the boat trailering problem with the DMV, I am delighted to report a solution is being crafted. Our #1 legislator hero, Representative Bonner Stiller, will be co-sponsoring a bill in the legislature to fix the ridicious rules in place regarding trailering boats. As you know, Bonner is a fisherman, one of us, and he fully understands the problem. When we went to him with the issue, he immediately jumped on board and agreed to do what was needed to change the rule. This will be done in the State Legislature when they go back in session in mid May. There is a critical point however. It appears there will be a different bill introduced in the Senate on the same subject, sort of competing bills. I'm not sure what that bill will provide, but I will be working with Bonner to help craft the language of his bill to insure it does what we need, and when the bills are filed, we need everyone to jump on board supporting Bonner's bill. We will let everyone know when to crank it up. The second issue we are working on is still in top secret form, but we hope to be able to go public with it soon. Need to make sure we've got our ducks lined up properly. Standby, as this will be a "really big deal" for our boating/fishing world. Thanks. Rube McMullan
- Rube McMullan
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