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"CCA Rodeo Final results update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 09/23/07
The last day of the tourney finally produded the perfect weather and all out bite that we had been hopeing for all week. It took 8 days to finally get a good weather day[there's no rhyme or reason to hurricane season], and with the stable weather, we knew the fish had to be hungrey, and were they ever. The King bite contined good at Yaupon for good sixe fish, the Jungle lit up like a firecracker with Kings biting as fast as you could put a bait in the water. Offshore, the Wahoo bite went nuts for boats in the Scarf area with double diget wahoo catches. Also boats reported seeing Yellowfin busting. The gulf stream is on and this week the weather looks excellent to get into the fall blue water bite. The bigest news has to be the inshore division, where Brandon Sauls on the Bone Crusher absolutely crushed them. He added a 9.40lb flounder to his already impressive catch and blew away the field by 7 pounds! His point total would have put him on the leaderboard in the King division! I saw his live well, and he had another flounder close to 8 pounds. Tricky Rickey added his 8.10 flounder and several others in the 5+ range.
We thank everyone who fished the event and came out to support the CCA and their plans for attacking fishery issues in our Brunswick County waters. True, the turnout was very disappointing and unfortunately that effected the prize money paid out. But hopefully, many of you can understand what we are trying to develop with the CCA folks as we attempt to strengthen our voice in attacking important fishery issues. If you will consider joining CCA, go to www.ccanc.org and print out a application. Be sure to mark "Brunswick County chapter" on your application. Again, thanks to all the participants and congrats to the leaderboard winners.
32.45 Coon Dog
31.65 Reel Music
31.00 Thats My Dog
29.55 Mr. Goodhands
27.35 No Alibi
27.15 Not Today
26.95 Simply Storage
26.95 Reel Salty
26.05 Miss Janelle
25.95 Reel Buzz
25.10 Liguid Fire
25.00 All In
24,45 Team Addiction
23.55 Bout Time
23.20 Wild Ride
22.95 Howg Daddy
22.55 Hot Rod
21.75 Capt Choice
Inshore Diivision[Combined weight Flounder/Trout/Redfish]
22.10 Bone Crusher
15.80 ASS Boat
15.40 Tim Parnell
11.70 Top Priority
Biggest inshore fish:
10.15 Bone Crusher
6.55 Jeff Taylor
5.70 Tim Parnell
5.35 Team Husqvarnah
3.85 Tim Parnell
3.55 One Shot
3.55 Casual Water
3.35 ASS Boat
2.95 Top Priority
9.40 Bone Crusher
8.10 Tricky Rickey
5.85 Tim Parnell
5.35 ASS Boat
5.10 Causal Water
[Combined weight Tuna/Dolphin/Wahoo
45.25 Crowd Pleaser
28.65 Top Shelf
45.25 Crowd Pleaser
14.55 Top Shelf
""I love to fish"" | Stori Teller-24' | 09/22/07
Dell Williamson came to the OIFC along with his future father-in-law and friends bright and early yesterday morning to load up on on Gulp and other artificial bait. He came back a short time later with a six pound trout, which won a friendly side bet. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention Dell got married yesterday! What's the Brad Paisley song about fishing......"I'm Gonna Miss Her"? GOOD LUCK TO MR. AND MRS. WILLIAMSON!!!!!!!!!!! I'll be fishing the flounder division of the LBARA Mackerel and Flounder Tournament along with Tommy Helms of the Tini Tuna and Brant and Barrett on the World Cat. More later.
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"A Day Late" | Stori Teller-24' | 09/19/07
Talk about a day late!!!!! It was a good luck/bad luck day for Odell Williamson of the El Patron II. First thing this morning Odell came to the OIFC where Captain Roger and I weighed a 4 pound trout and a 7.75 pound Red Fish, which he released in good condition. That would have made it a 8.75 pounder as per the CCA Rodeo rules. Only problem was that Odell had already fished his declared day, which he knew, but just wanted to get a weight on the fish. Was he broken hearted or what? Also Captain Stan of the Stori Teller had a half day charter during which he bagged several nice Flounder. The weather is cool, the bait is THICK, making for perfect conditions to catch your limit of fine reds, trout and flounder. Don't forget the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association's 2007 Club Challange, flounder, king mackeral tournament this weekend. The same fish can be weighed in at the OIFC for the CCA Rodeo AND at the LBARA weigh-in at Southport Marina giving you the opportinuity to participate in and win in both events. Live flounder weighed in for the LBARA event will be given to the aquaculture students at South Brunswick High School for spawning, thusly helping to increase the flounder population in our area. As a reward, all flounder weighed in alive and in good condition at the LBARA weigh-in location will be given an additional 10% weight in that tournament. Visit Long Bay Artifical Reef Association on the web for entry form and information. Join Team OIFC and fish this worthy event. It will be a rare occasion to fish as a team. Call me at the OIFC 910-575-FISH Thursday or Friday between 7am and 2pm and join our team. Good Fishing!!
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"On second thought" | World Cat- 33' | 09/19/07
Hmmmm... Maybe that winning king in the CCA tourney is going to come from a little closer to the beach. Bernie Sanchez at Marine Max sent in this picture of his customer's catch from the past weekend. He didn't say exactly where it came from, but hinted that it was a lot closer to shore than we've been thinking. With this cooler weather and rain earlier this week pushing the bait out of the creeks, that may be the winning combination. Either way, there are some good fish on the leaderboard, but with everyone getting two days to fish, the tourney is still wide open.
Capt. Chris Burrows
"Lucky Two" | World Cat- 33' | 09/19/07
Larry Fanella on his boat "Lucky Two" had the hot hand last Saturday at the Jungle as he caught these kings and a pile of spanish. As thick as the spanish were out there, it's hard to believe that there aren't some monster kings mixed in as well. Might be the place that the CCA tourney winner comes from. It's going to heat up for the weekend as the wind dies down so get ready.
Capt. Chris Burrows
"CCA Auction Sneak Peak" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 09/14/07
Brunswick County Anglers,
Our Captain?s Party and Banquet will be held this evening at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. The Captain?s meeting is at 6:00pm, and the banquet with live auction will be held at 6:30pm.
Admission to the banquet is included with your tournament registration. If you would like to attend, but are not fishing the tournament, admission is $10.00 and includes dinner.
Join us for a great event! Below is a preview of the live auction items that will be up for bid starting at 6:30pm tonight.
- Bryan Stange
Brunswick County CCA
Item#1____ Museum Marlin: This Bronze Sculpture of a Marlin would be the perfect addition to your beach home, office, mantle, or REALLY big boat. Donated by CCA.
Item #2____ Bristol Clean: Ocean Isle Fishing Center employee and mediocre saltwater angler Nolan Newell will wash the purchaser's boat, up to 28 feet, in the vicinity of Ocean Isle Beach by appointment. Call Nolan at 919.818.9685 to arrange redemption. Donated by Nolan Newell.
Item #3____ His and Her Ocean Waves Sunglasses: Choose your favorite style of polarized Ocean Wave Sunglasses. You get one $179.00 gift certificate and one $139.00 gift certificate to purchase the Ocean Waves shades of your choice. Donated by Ocean Waves.
Item #4____ High Speed Waterway: Enjoy a jet ski rental for four compliments of Captain Brant and the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Bring a few friends or your whole family. This rental is good for four people, May 15 ? June 15th 2008. See the Intracoastal in a whole new way. Contact the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Donated by Capt. Brant.
Item #5____ Ideal Reels: Due for some new offshore gear? This is your opportunity. Up for bid are these matching pair of Penn GLD 20 Graph-Lite lever drag reels. With four, shielded and sealed aircraft grade aluminum ball bearings, and stainless steel gears, these reels will take on smokers for years to come. Donated by Penn.
Item #6____ Captain Brant?s Live Bait Fishing School: Captain Brant will teach one angler the secrets of live bait fishing. Start catching more kings, and take advantage of this great learning experience. Must attend October 4-5 2008 and must RSVP for the trip. Contact the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Donated by Capt Brant.
Item #7____ Bustin? Kings Like a Champ: SKA National Champion Forrest Taylor takes two anglers live bait fishing for kings on his boat, ?That?s My Dog.? This is sure to be a trip you won?t soon forget. Expires 9/14/2008. Donated by Forrest Taylor.
Item #8____ Hand-Crafted Rocking Chair: This child?s rocker will make the perfect birthday or Christmas present for one lucky youngster. Get them into the greatest American sport at an early age. This rocker is hand pained by Holly Rinker of Rinker boats. Donated by CCA.
Item #9____ Go After Grouper with a Pro: SKA Angler of the Year Dean Spatholtz takes two lucky anglers for a full day of grouper and king mackerel fishing on the ?Fishmeister.? This trip is sure to be action packed, and you will certainly learn a thing or two from spending the day on the water with Dean. Expires 9/14/08. Donated by Dean Spatholtz.
Item #10____ Sweet Success! This cast bronze statue depicts two billfish on a wave. This is one fishing-related item that your wife will actually be glad to see you bring home. Donated by CCA.
Item #11____ Flounder Poundin? Captain Woody Wooten (this guy?s good?he?s sponsored by Modern Lighting Systems and World Cat Boats) takes two anglers on a full day trip after big flounder. Learn the techniques that put the doormats on the dinner table. Donated by Captain Woody Wooten.
Item #12____ WOLF?PACK!!!! You and three of your friends will enjoy the NC State basketball game of your choice during November and December of the fall 2007 basketball season from your lower level, courtside seats. RBC Arena Parking Pass is included. Call Edwin at 919 345 8978 to select game and arrange to receive the tickets. Donated by Edwin Newell.
Item #13____ Arrrrrrr We Going Fishing!?!? Captain David Hooks gives you your choice: Inshore angling on a ?Trippin,? a 22-foot Nautic Star bay boat, powered by a 225 Mercury, or live bait fishing for kings on ?The Black Pearl,? a 2006 31-foot Contender powered by twin 275 Verados. Whether you catch fish or not, there?s no question that you?ll definitely be riding in style. Contact Capt Hook through www.captainhookoutdoors.com. Expires 9/14/2008. Donated by Captain Hook Outdoors.
Item #14____ Captain Brant?s Fishing Adventure: This is your opportunity to learn, first hand from the best. This trip is for two anglers for a full day lesson offshore, learning the ins and outs of grouper/snapper fishing with Capt. Brant and Capt. Lyndon. Bring a notepad and good set of biceps. Expires 9/14/08. Contact the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Donated by Capt. Brant.
Item #15____ Treadbrite Steamer: Make your house the neighborhood gathering place when it comes to oyster roast time. This full-sized treadbrite steamer can cook an entire bushel of oysters at once. Donated by CCA.
Item #16____ Bird?s Eye View of Brunswick County: This is the best way to get well above sea level while still enjoying the beach. The Flying Fish will provide you will an exceptional view of the Brunswick Beaches. See your beach house from a new angle, or get a pinpoint location on the pogies for your next day of fishing. Donated by Capt. Barrett. Expired 9/14/08.
Item #17____ Waterdog: Captain Tom Roller takes two anglers for a full day of inshore fishing for drum, flounder and trout in beautiful Beaufort, NC. Don?t have a beach house in Carteret County? We provide it for you. Your package includes a two nights stay at an upscale condo in Morehead City. Captain Tom is one of North Carolina?s premier inshore guides, and he will treat you to a wonderful day on the water. Schedule on a mutually agreeable day. Expires 9/14/08. Donated by Waterdog guide service and Dave Hawkins. 252-728-7907. Dave Hawkins (accommodations) 919-971-3665.
Item #18____ Trout Tackler: This matching pair of trout combos will be perfect for fall spec fishing. The CCA Special Edition G-Loomis rods have the perfect action for slinging light baits, but have the backbone to take any trout you may come across. They are perfectly paired with Penn Captiva reels, with 11 ball bearings for ultra smooth operation. Donated by Penn.
Item #19____ Inshore Slam: You and a friend will spend a full day (6 hours) fishing with Captain Brandon Sauls. Brandon has been fishing the waters of Myrtle, Ocean Isle and Little River for years (he?s even the back to back, defending champion of the Dixie Chicken Funament!). The two lucky anglers who win this trip will be targeting flounder, trout and drum. This is a sportsman?s trip?all fish will be released. All you need to bring is your sunscreen, camera, sunglasses, and drink/lunch. Schedule on a mutually agreeable date, Sunday through Friday. Donated by Captain Brandon Sauls: 910-443-1786. Expires 9/14/08.
Item #20____ Cape Lookout: This limited edition piece of art was sanctioned especially for CCA by North Carolina artist Bob Pittman. It is framed, matted, signed and numbered. Donated by CCA.
Item #21____ Red Drum Artwork: This painting was done by North Carolina artist and CCA supporter Mark Ray. It would look great in a beach house, home or office. Donated by Mark Ray Studios.
*** There will be sure to get in the gun raffles, which will be held at the banquet.***
Capt. Barrett McMullan
"CCA Tourney weather update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 09/14/07
Although the concept of the extended 8 day fishing time frame for the CCA North Carolina Rodeo was intended to accomodate fishermen who might want to fish multiple divisions[King; Flounder/Trout /Redfish; Tuna/Dolphin/Wahoo], probabaly the biggest benefit is to take the weather man out of the equation. If it doesn't look good one day, you've got 7 more days to work with, thus insuring you can pick the ideal conditions to fish the days you choose.
Looking at the forecast, it looks like Saturday is good, the cold front comes thru late Saturday with strong north winds Sunday and Monday. High pressure builds in, doesn't appear there is another one coming, therefore everything should stabalize and flatten out beginning Tuesday thru the rest of the week.
We hope you will come join us in introducing CCA to Brunswick County and promoting the fishery conservation agenda of CCA. Capt meeting is this evening, dinner, and CCA benefit auction[open to the public]. Hope to see you at OIFC!
"Mullett" | Stori Teller-24' | 09/13/07
I talked with a local fisherman Dwayne Ward tonight who told me the Mullett were thick today around the Tubbs Inlet area in and just beyond the breakers. He did not see any pogies. I'll keep you updated.
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"CCA Kingfish Clarification" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 09/13/07
Once again this is a clarification on the rules/scheduling of the kingfish portion of the CCA tourney taking place this weekend and coming week. If you are fishing the kingfish division of the CCA event, you may fish ANY 2 days starting Saturday the 15th and concluding the following Saturday the 22nd. You must declare your fishing day by 6am of the day you are fishing. Again, you have a choice to fish any 2 out of the 8 available days for the kingfish division and all divisions. You may also fish multiple divisions on the same day if you choose.
Capt. Barrett McMullan
"CCA tourney weather/fish update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 09/12/07
An update to yesterdays fish/weather report forecast for the CCA tourney this weekend at OIFC. Looks like the front will come thru Saturday and high pressure will build in Sunday. Saturday looks lite out of the northwest; Sunday will see a fall northeast wind 10-15kts. The mullets will run with the Kings in hot pursuit. All next week high pressure will build in and weather will become very stable offerring great conditions all week for the offshore guys.
Received a rumor Kings were seen yesterday heading toward the Jungle and Lighthouse Rocks. Standby for updates.
Also heard a rumor, the CCA guys will have their "Atlanta models" conducting the CCA auction Friday following the Capt meeting. The auction is open to the public, whether fishing the tourney or not. Ever been to a Ducks Unlimited banquet?
"CCA Fishing Rodeo starts this weekend" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 09/11/07
Coastal Conservation Association's North Carolina Fishing Rodeo will begin this weekend with registration Friday at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. For full info on the tourney, click on our tourney page on our web site.
On the fishing and weather scene, it's time for my official unofficial fearless forecast. Here is what I see looking thru my cloudy cristaless ball. The weather will be perfect; the fish will bite like bulldogs. Now for the science: After the tropical storm last week, the fish are beginning their journey back from the safety of the deep water which they run to when they sense a dropping barometer[low pressure storm]. They packed up their bags and left the gulf stream waters yesterday when Jim Cantorie gave them the all clear, and are working their way back to the Jungle/Shark Hole/Horeshoe as we speak. They are tired, hungrey, and ready for some exercise, so my forecast is a all out bite starting Saturday morning coninuing all thru next week. With the weather pattern shifiting to a fall flow with north and northeastly winds, our Carolina classic fall fishing is ready to begin and should arrive this weekend right on schedule. Although the above mentioned locations should be hot, don't overlook the closer in spots such as Lighthouse Rocks and the River Channel as the water has been full of mullets with the northly winds.
As to the weather, a weak front is trying to come thru this weekend but will probably stall out leaving us 10kt or less winds Saturday and Sunday. Next week the weather stabalizes further and should be light southerly winds. So long as a hurricane doesn't jump up on us, the weather throughout the entire tourney period looks "perfect".
So, come on down and join us in introducing CCA to Brunswick County and help us build a power base thru CCA to address various fishery conservation issues effecting our waters.
Remember, the rodeo offers 3 different fishing venues; King Mackerel division, Flounder/Trout/Redfish division, and Tuna/Dolphin/Wahoo division. You can fish any division any 2 days beginning Sept 15 thru the following Saturday, Sept 22. Also don't forget the CCA auction at the Capt meeting which will feature fishing tackle and trips offered by the top fishermen in our area including Capt Brant, Capt Hooks, Capt Sauls, Capt Woody, SKA Angler of the Year Dean Spatholtz's Fishmeister; SKA National Champion Forrest Taylor's "That's My Dog", Spring Inshore champions Austin Aycock and Tripp Hooks, and others to be added. Bid on a trip with these experts and learn from the best of the best.All proceeds go to CCA-NC and are fully deductible as a non-profit. The auction is open to the public, whether you are fishing or not.
Registration begins Friday at 3:00 and dinner/capt meeting/auction starts at 6:00-8:00. Our off island shuttle will be running so please ride the free shuttle as there is no tourney parking on the island.
"CCA Fishing Rodeo September 14" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 09/06/07
A reminder to everyone out there that CCA's North Carolina Fishing Rodeo will begin Sept 14 at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. There are 3 divisions; King Mackerel Division[SKA 9], Tuna/Dolphin/Wahoo Division, and Flounder/Trout/Redfish Division. You can fish any or all divisions and can fish any 2 days per division beginning Saturday Sept 15 thru Saturday Sept 22. This expanded time frame hopefully takes weather issues out of the equation plus offers the opportunity to fish multiple divisions. Registration begins Friday Sept 14 at 2:00, dinner at 6:30, capt meeting at 7:00, and at 7:30 CCA will have a benefit auction for a variety of fishing equipment, fishing trips/ect. The auction is open to the public, so whether you are fishing or not, please come join the auction. CCA state reps will be on hand to answer question regarding CCA and set forth their conservation political agenda for our Brunswick County waters. Our goal is to build a strong CCA chapter for Brunswick County that can be used as a vehicle for fighing various fishery issues effecting our waters. CCA will set out the plan at the tourney. Also, hopefully, our elected officials who got our pogy bill passed in the State Legislature will also be in attendance, a great opportunity for us to thank them for their efforts in getting this very important bill for Brunswick County passed. Please join us. Our off island shuttle will be running beginning Friday afternoon. Thanks. Rube McMullan
"Panama Trip- Still Taking Reservations" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 09/05/07
The mothership excursion to the remote Hannibal Banks off Panama in Central America is slated for Feb 8th-15th 2008. Our objective is to fill this trip with OIFC "fishing friends" in order to keep control of the fishing agenda as well as be surrounded with a good group. Currently 8 spots remain and will be filled first come first serve. A deposit of $1,125 will guarantee your spot. This exotic fishing expedition is nothing less than a trip of a lifetime. We are likely to encounter Sailfish, Marlin, giant yellowfin tuna, huge grouper and snapper, roosterfish and much more. In addition to incredible fishing and great camraderie, we will focus time each evening on specific big game tactics used in Panama that can be applied to our fishing in home waters. If you need additional information on the trip please check out http://www.oifishingcenter.com/traveling_fisherman.cfm or email email@example.com.
Capt. Barrett McMullan
"World Cat report" | World Cat- 33' | 09/04/07
We've had a chance to run the new OIFC World Cat 33 and thus, far I am very pleased. As is the case with all boats, it is not perfect in every aspect, but as I had hoped, it has thus far proven a very good compromise between the big boat diesel feel and speed/fishability of a center console. Last week we had a lull in activity here at the OIFC and myself and father Rube, fishing friend Yorke Pharr and OIFC employee of the month Rickey Beck got together for a day of bottom fishing aboard the new OIFC World Cat 33. Winds were East at 10-15kts and seas were 2-3 feet. Hardly a hard core boat test, but conditions in which you get a feel for the boat and hope to be comfortable. We were not disappointed. The boat ran easily in a side see, cruising at 30 mph and burning 1.2mpg with the twin Yamaha F250's. We jigged bait around a nearshore AR and headed offshore some 30 miles to 90 feet of water. I set the TR-1 autopilot on course and we all set back. One of the better aspects of the boat and a reason why I chose the boat as a good option for our charter fleet, is all the seating. You can comfortable seat 6 people behind the console, out of any spray. And speaking of spray, we encountered no wind driven spray as the boat pushed the water down the side and not into the cockpit. However, we did get a little mist every once and while as a result of the air being forced between the hulls and pushing out forward-- called "sneezing" in the world of catamarans. It is a very light mist and the curtains caught all of it. Fishing was great. Tons of room to work and the boat anchored very easily. It was stable despite a side current that kept the boat cocked almost sideways to the seas. The boat handled the current fine, but the fish didn't. We worked hard to land a hand full of grouper and snapper, with the current fighting us all day. We called it an early day at 2pm and headed back. The wind had come around a bit more from the north, so we had a slight head sea. The boat ate it up at 30mph cruise as it gently rolled off the wave tops. We did experience a little sneezing, but other than that and having to fight to stay awake, the ride home was pleasant. First analysis. Very functional boat that should our operation as a charter boat due to its smooth, dry ride, fishability, stable drift, relative speed, bathroom and comfortable seating. The only negative that I can comment on thus far is having to learn how to deal with "sneezing" and "hull slap". Hull slap occurs when doing less than 15mph and heading directly into the sea. The center of the two hulls falls onto the sea and slaps, rattling the boat. I haven't played with it much, but my experimenting thus far shows that if you can keep the boat at at least 30 degrees or more off the sea while trolling, you will avoid this aggravating pitfall to catmarans. It will require slight adjustment, but I don't see it as a deal breaker. Stay tuned for more fishing reports and Cat reports.
Also in fishing, the Kings are beginning to get the itch to head inshore. This North and East wind are getting the mullet running and the kings will sense the food opportunity. Look for the kings to move back into the 65 foot depth range over the next 2 weeks and be close to shore within 3 weeks. I can't wait !
Capt. Brant McMullan
""the spanish are here!"" | Stori Teller-24' | 09/01/07
All reports are that the spanish mackeral are here. I talked with two anglers today while manning the command center behind the counter of the OIFC who told me that they hit the spanish yesterday between the Shallotte Inlet and the Ocean Isle Fishing Pier. Later while pulling in Flounder behind Sunset Beach, which is another story, I talked with the McKinney's of Sunset Beach who were unloading several nice spanish from their boat. They said they made their catches near the Little River Jetties while pulling gold and silver clark spoons and crystal minnow Yo-Zures. They said their fish were full of glass minnows and were chasing glass minnows when caught. They further noted some Kings in the area. Back to the flounder. Jeff restocked our fishing tackle at the OIFC. His idea was to downsize all the terminal tackle in our flounder arsenal to make it less visable and more sensitive. We then carried out our attack in the finger canels behind Sunset Beach. His plan worked as we landed several "barely legal" fish, which we released so they could grow into more formidable foes. All told, after a rather slow and hot August it seems the fish are back in our area!!
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"CCA Tourney" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 09/01/07
Finally, it's September 1st and finally, the winds have moved to the north, and finally, the summer heat spell is broken, and finally, the fish will wake up and we can get back to catching instead of just fishing.
It's delightful this morning with a north/northeast wind. For past two days we have seen an excellent mullet run, another signal of our coming fall. The ocean and waterway has been full of mullets. Today the South Brunswick King Tourney is underway, and although all reports of King action during the previous weeks suggest deep water, I'm betting with the north wind and mullet run occurring, the winner may be at Yaupon or the River Channel. We'll see this evening.
Seeing the weather change and the signals of coming fall, timing is coming together for the Coastal Conservation Association[CCA] Fishing Rodeo to be held at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center September 14- September 22. By mid September, the first cold fronts will have passed, the waters will have cooled, the mullets will be migrating, the pogies will re-apear, and the Kings should be chewing at the traditional fall locations from the River Channel to the Jungle setting up a great tourney for the King Mackerel division. For the inshore division of trout/flounder/redfish, the cooling of the water will get the inshore fish moving, and all 3 species should be abundant. Remember, in the inshore division, there will be a 1 pound per species bonus added to the weight of each species you weigh if the fish is weighed alive and released alive at the weighin docks at OIFC. A great way to improve your score and support the conservation agenda of CCA. Offshore, same story; cooling water should lite up the wahoo/tuna/dolphin. We've had a great wahoo fishery all summer, but the fall is what really gets the gulf stream going, so great blue water fishing should be available to everyone fishing the offshore division.
Please everyone remember, the objective of this tourney is to introduce CCA to you fishermen and allow CCA to set forth their agenda for our Brunswick County waters. We have talked CCA into focusing their efforts on our part of the state with the hope that successes can be accomplished in our area that is so heavily dominated by conservation minded fishermen. By supporting the tourney, you endorse our efforts with CCA and justify their committment to our waters. Although our grass roots efforts certainly have been successful, looking toward the future, we need a "bigger stick", and the CCA, with their national organization, professional lobbyist, and political clout on a statewide and national basis,offers the perfect vehicle for us to use in the fight for other critical fishery conservation issues. Representaties from CCA will be at the tourney to explain their plans for Brunswick County and answer any and all questions regarding CCA and why your help and support is vital. Please join us at the tourney and demonstrate your committment to a fishery conservation agenda. Thanks and for tourney info, click on the tourney page on our web site[www.oifc.net]
"OIFC Welcomes New Fleet Addition" | World Cat- 33' | 08/28/07
With time, all things change. As such, the good ole' MacMarle'n has moved on and has been replaced with the new. Before I get to the new, just a few words on the MacMarle'n. She was and still is a great boat. A true workhorse that in my opinion, was at the forefront of establishing Ocean Isle Beach as a fishing destination. She pioneered the Spring yellowfin fishery and Fall wahoo fishery off our waters and has seen MANY a fish come across her gunnels. Heres to you old girl- may you live out your life on calm seas!
And the new--- I have chose a World Cat 33. A catamaran? Yes, that is right. Many of you laugh or scoff, but I too had my doubts. However, if you can get past the unconventional looks, the boat is extremely functional, and thus my reason for choosing it as the fleet addition. My ambition for the World Cat 33 is for it to bring the best of both boating worlds-- the comfort, size and ammenities of a comparable sized diesel boat and the speed, agility and fishability of a center console. The boat has huge deckspace with plenty of seating and storeage. It has a forward cabin for catching a nap as well as a toilet for the women. The boat if fully walk around, has 2 standard live wells and on mine a third center console live well for serious live bait fishing. The cruising speed with twin F250's is a smooth 30mph with top speed at 42mph loaded. Not a speed boat by any stretch, but at 1.4mpg loaded and making over 30mph in sloppy seas, you won't find much better. And with the outboards, no more engine room nightmares and inboard problems. Outboard mechanics are available and the engines are certainly easier to access!
And thus my reason for choosing the World Cat. However, I am very much in the testing - learning phase with this boat. I have not officially fished the boat and have only had it on a few ocean test drives. I plan on reporting to you my finding with the boat, good or bad, so stay tuned
Capt. Brant McMullan
"YEEEEHAWWWW!!!" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 08/27/07
Okay, I'll admit that I was one of the skeptics, but I had the opportunity to fish one of Rube's yeehaw fish call devices last Thursday and was quite pleased with the result. It was in the water for about fifteen minutes with a dead cigar minnow behind it at the Atlantic Ledge and caught a sailfish. So now I am a believer. We also caught amberjack and mackerel that day, but a slower-than-normal prompted the "extreme measure," and hence the lure got put in the spread towards the end of the day. It will be used much more often now, of course. In other news, Michelle Evans of "The Law" fishing team reports a good bite in the area of the MacMarlen ledge. They were out there on Friday when Cody Childers caught his very first wahoo!!! Congratulations to Cody and the rest of the team, who also managed a couple of tuna. Good to know that they are around, just in time for the CCA deep water/shallow water tournament. Finally, the sails bit again, today down at the Jungle. The heat has broken (albeit just a little) and the winds are supposed to be reasonable for the rest of the week. What is everyone waiting for? There is success to be had out there.
Capt. Chris Burrows
"Bank Fishing" | Stori Teller-24' | 08/24/07
Not often do anglers fishing from the surf, or banks of the Intracoastal provide us with fishing reports. However, Tuesday a lady came in the OIFC beaming with pride that her 12 year old son had caught two flounder from the bank at the end of Shallotte Ave. on the east end of OIB. Then today she and her husband stopped by the OIFC to buy tackle and I told her I'd do a report if her son was successful again. Later this afternoon, sure enough, they returned with their 12 year old son Josh Schlude all from Cary, N.C. to report that Josh had landed an 18 inch flattie. All total this week Josh caught a 15 1/2, 16, and 18 inch flounder using minnows he caught with his cast net while at OIB on vacation this week. Sounds like an angler with a future. This shows that people fishing from the banks can be very successful. Congratulations Josh from the team at OIFC!!
First Mate- Rickey Beck