These guys flew up today and took a rest on the Oifc lawn. Must be headed back north for Summer. Proof Spring is here! Sent from my iPhone
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John & Marcia Stilwell of the Stil-Away Fishing team, Denver, NC just returned from the Los Suenos Resort in Herradura, Costa Rica. This is largest of the 2 sails John caught while fishing in the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean.
While the Stilwell’s were there, the Los Suenos Billfish Tournament was concluding and the 30+ tournament boats caught / released over 1100 billfish in the 3 day tournament.
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Thank you for your report John.
My buddy Terry Frink who owns Capt. John Seafood in Calabash just bought a 31t Cape Horn from Anglers and named her "My Toy". They went to the scarp and boated three wahoos today. The biggest one was 30 pounds. The water temp was from 70-72 degrees. Brought no bait and caught all three on high speed trolling lures in the afternoon. They also missed a couple.
More Pictures to come.
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If you have any reports with pictures, or want to join Tea, OIFC's supporters, contact me, Capt Rickey at sunset69@at,c.net
Spring breaks were just a few days early. Now most of you are back at the daily grind wishing you were here enjoying this weather. Tomorrow is Friday! Ya'll come on down and join us. It looks like a few storms are approaching, but shouldn't be a big issue on Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, I couldn't stand it any longer with all this perfect weather and headed out on the water yesterday evening. I picked at the trout, one red, and a nice black drum all on artificials. I picked up a stranger fishing off his dock late yesterday. The youngman offered up a secret lure and proceeded to put on a clinic catching trout, solid trout. I felt the boat move side ways as the youngman hooked up hard...I thought I heard Troy say, choot'em Jacob, choot'em...we gotta Treeshaker here! We landed the beast and stuck'em in the livewell. Come to find out the youngman is in the OIFC Rodeo...we weighed the fish and just that quick the Bronecrusher has got some work to do. Come join the fun in the year round rodeo and poke a little fun at last year(s) past winners. You can't win it, unless your in it! See ya on the water!
Kennan Hill, fishing with friends out of Asheboro, NC landed TWO Citation Wahoo today at the "Same Ole" in 300 ft. water using Blue-White and Purple-Black Islanders. Found bait at 120 ft. of water, with temperatures between 73.5-74.5 degrees. WAY TO GO WAHOOFISHERMEN!!! 44.4 lbs.
Kennan is in 1st place in the OIFC Rodeo's Wahoo Division.-Capt. Rickey
Team OIFC proudly welcomes Team Get Floor'd to our fleet. Team Get Floor'd consists of the father/son duo Benji & Capt. Zach Faulkner and crew member/CrossfitOIB Coach Richie Heycock.
Keith Berciunus' Report: A 35# Snowy Grouper!! Caught in 900 foot of water... FUN TIME!!
We left out around 530 am in search of some wahoo today. The ride out was a little bumpy but the ocean layed out flat around noon.. We arrived at the scarp around 7;15 with water temps at 70 degrees we put out a spread of ballyhoo .Was'nt long after we put our first wahoo in the boat. After I planted the gaff in the fish Richie Haycock pulls out a banana from his bag and says see boys its just a myth.. After making him throw it off immediatly we hooked up again to our second wahoo. We battled a few boneheads and barracuda for a while then got a double hookup of wahoo and landed them both.. We went 4 for 6 on wahoo biggest around 50 and went through 3 packs of ballyhoo on bonita and cudas...Its time...
I did not fish Friday as I took the time to catch up on bills, paperwork, and store duty. Saturday morning was another cool start and the fish did not seem to be very active. We caught several reds under the slot, but nothing really to write home about. My sister and eight kids were scheduled to fish with me in the afternoon. After the morning trip showed slow results I was a bit discouraged that I would not be able to show the kids a good time. Her husband and I loaded the boat with the three boys that were the most eager to go fishing. We started working the docks and the fish started to cooperate. We continued to skip and jump from one little area to the next. I get so busy trying to catch fish that counting them is not important to me. Of course, the boys were keeping score. I am not saying they can't count, but I won't share the numbers with you just cause they will sound unbelievable. The point is the fish bit well and the boys had fun. I even got my sister out on the water for about 20 minutes and caught two more to bring the day to a close. Sunday fortunely had the same result as Saturday afternoon. Don Copley, Banks, and John enjoyed catching several reds and the bite continues to suprise me. I sincerely hope that I can continue to provide this expericence with future clients. See ya on the water!
Captain Brant has assembled 6 of who he feels are Teams that best represent the image of the OIFC and put us all under the umbrella of Team OIFC. You can read about each team under the heading of fishing on the Fishing Report. Each team has been posting reports regularly. I have been hot and heavy on our Facebook page, then I had an epiphany (new word for me) this morning....not everyone goes to Facebook.
Anyway the Team consists of Do Work/OIFC (Capt Jeff Beck), Hail Yeah/OIFC,( Brian Aycock), Toes Up ( Richard Boles), Sea P A (Ken Ritch, Choice of Two (Capt.Corey Bellamy), and the flagship team, Team OIFC (Capt. Brant).
So far we are proudly representing the following sponsors in no particular order: OIFC, Sea Tow of OIB, Yeti, Seaguar Products, Beck's of Calabash, Ella's of Calabash, Calabash Creamery, Elite Performance Chiropractics & CrossfitOIB. Please support the fine sponsors as they are supporting salt water fishing.
If you think you would like to become a sponsor contact the OIFC or one of the team members and they can direct you to the right person.
Matt Sobota reports:
Caught and released sailfish Sunday at Black Jack hole. Fishing aboard Salt Times 28ft Regulator . Fishing were Jeff Dickerson, Matt Sobota, and Mark Hungate. We also caught three Mahi one over 20 pounds. We worked a break in 240 ft of water with 66 degree water inshore and 69 degree water offshore of it. A lot of current made it rough on the offshore side. Don't see that much around here. We couldn't find a wahoo. Good luck all excited to see the Mahi and billfish here!
Thank you very much Matt.
If you have a fishing story you would like to share sent it along with pictures to Sunset69@atmc and I post it ASAP. Thanks-Capt. Rickey
Folks, please forgive my tardiness in posting a run-down of the events in Charleston from a week and a half ago. In the time that has passed since the meeting I actually got to go fishing, and then came down with a case of strep throat, which put me on my back for about 2.5 days. I guess better late than never...
The good news from the meeting is that there are no further restrictions on the immediate horizon for either dolphin or wahoo. Don Hammond, who runs the dolphin tagging program out of Charleston, gave a presentation on the perceived status of the dolphin stock, and nothing much has changed there. Due to their biology, dolphin are still seen as an annual resource, as the vast majority of their population does not make it past year one. There is far more concern over growing Chinese fishing interest in the Carribean than concern over what East Coast anglers are doing to the dolphinfish population. Don stressed the need to continue tagging these fish, and I couldn't agree more. I am personally a big fan of the program. Years ago, Capt. Roger and I managed to tag a handful of them and even caught a tagged fish. If you would like to participate, check out www.dolphintagging.com or call the lab at (843) 795 7524.
On the other hand, the landings data presented to the Advisory Panel is non-sensical at its best, dangereous at its worst. We are being told that the landings of wahoo doubled from 2011 to 2012, yet there is nothing out there (that I can see) to support these numbers. We are told that the MRIP method is producing better data that the old MRFSS method, but the question of HOW(?) remains. Even if the wahoo fishing was that much better in 2012 than 2011, there is still no method to factor in the effort, along with the fact that fuel prices were higher in 2012 than 2011, which (most would agree) decreases the effort to some degree.
As far as sector allocations go, the commercial sector is getting roughly 10% of the dolphin ACL, which is a slight adjustment from where it was. The panel voted against a commercial trip limit for dolphin. I'm not sure this is in the best interests of the commercial crowd, as a large operation could conceivably clean out there entire ACL in one trip, if so motivated. I am also of the opinion that the market would see a more stabilized and fisherman-favorable price if the right trip limit was set, but at this point, that's never here nor there.
So, in the meantime, go fishing for dolphin and wahoo! If you get a chance to slide a tag or two in an extra dolphin, it would be greatly appreciated. Finally, since anyone with a semi-functional brain could devise a better way to count caught fish than the current method the feds are using, please make some noise about that as well.
Your thoughts, please.