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"Scattered Bite" | Real-Time Update | 02/25/14
It’s official. The 2014 charter season has officially begun. Sunday, Capt. Chris Dew, his son Aaron Dew and I got the opportunity to fish with a great couple from Northern Virginia in the Gulf Stream. We departed from OIFC at 6:20 in search of Black Fin tuna, Wahoo, and whatever bottom fish we could get our hooks in. After a long, smooth ride out, we set the spread just a couple miles shy of the Steeples hoping to find a lively ocean and clean water. The clean water was there but no such luck with a lively ocean. While trolling we finally started to mark some bait anticipating the fish were close by. Once again, no such luck. Capt. Chris Dew decided to head off the actual numbers into some deeper water when suddenly the long rigger snaps and we had our first fish on. Somehow we landed our first Wahoo on a blue and white tuna feather rigged with monofilament leader.. With the sweat off our brow, the second bite came on our planer rod thankfully rigged with a lure equipped with 93 pound wire. We eventually wrestled that fish to the fish box giving us our second Wahoo for the day. Shortly thereafter, the spread was reset and the waiting game began. We trolled around the same numbers where the two fish were caught as well the general area of the steeples. No bites, no luck. Frustrated and anxious for a bite, we decided to head in about 15 miles to try some vertical jigging and bottom fishing. Finally the catching started. Rods were bending over and fish were being thrown into the box left and right. Trigger fish, Blue Tile fish, Grey Snapper, and massive Vermillion Snapper ended out our day. All bottom fish were either caught on a double dropper loop rig with squid or a 9 oz. Williamson Benthos jig. With Shalotte Inlet punched in the GPS, we headed home with a healthy box of fish.
In addition to this fishing adventure, my good friend Austin Keener out of Little River, fished in the Gulf Stream near the MacMarlen on Sunday. He reported a scattered bite as well. However, he did manage to land a 60 pound Wahoo, 1 Black Fin tuna and a Sailfish. The good news is the fishing will only get better from here. Warmer weather should bring the dolphin fish to our waters for a great spring time fishery. Late March and April is also a great time to catch Wahoo. Be sure to have some of your lures (black/purple, Red/Black, Blue/White) rigged with wire to prevent these toothy critters from putting you in tackle debt. A wolf pack of Wahoos’ are capable of taking a good chunk of change out of your spread if their hungry enough. Let’s go fishing!
-Captain Derek Treffinger
"Treffinger, Derek James"
"Teaching Tuesday" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/25/14
Chapter 1: Lady OIFC Employees. Often times us guys will come in seeking fishing advice and make the mistake of thinking our lady crew members don't know about fishing. Capt. Amy is a world record holder and fishes the tournaments with Team OIFC. Miss Amanda is relatively new to salt water fishing game but has several tournaments under her belt to include winning Lady Angler at the U.S. Open. Miss Shannon is an accomplished in shore angler. So don't make the mistake thinking all they know is t-shirts. The pictures below are of Capt. Amy reviewing cast net throwing with Amanda.
Also, Amy is a Crossfit Coach and kicks most mens' you know what including mine at Crossfit.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Tardy Tuesday" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/25/14
Hahaha..guess I should check my email more often. Tim Gallimore sent this report Sunday:
Daniel, Bryan, Schuyler, Corey, and I left the dock around 3:30 Sunday morning with wahoo on the brain. After a 2 1/2 hr ride due South, our first bait was deployed. It took all of 30 seconds for the long line to be crushed by a 60+ lb wahoo. With our first fish in the box before sunrise, our hopes were up that this would be a productive day. We proceeded to boat 7 more before 10:30 am, including going 4 for 4 on an unbelievable quadruple hookup. With tired arms and a healthy looking sea floor, it was time to hammer the bottom with lead. With a limit of gargantuan Beeliners and Bass, we headed to the hill. The freezer is full and the 2014 fishing season began with a bang
AND from Captain Barrett and Captain Brant who were shopping for the Wing & Fish Company..:http://Wow, what a weekend. I hope everyone enjoyed all the sports and festivities. We had big turnouts for basketball, UFC and the race all weekend. Thanks! Now onto this week. I have good news. I finally made it offshore, and along with my brother Capt. Brant, nephew Brayden, and deckhand JB was able to haul in another tasty catch. Beginning tomorrow night (Tuesday) we will have fresh catch off our OIFC boats- Snowy grouper! Some of the best eating out there. We'll update Facebook with the daily recipe. We did manage to catch just a couple of the elusive golden tilefish, which if you haven't tasted one of these, you're missing out. We will be featuring the Golden Tilefish on Thursday. Supplies are limited so if you want to give the Golden tile a try, I suggest making plans for Thursday night. Today is All you can eat wings Monday. See you soon
Capt. Rickey Beck
"New Look" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/25/14
Do y'all remember the blue and white Get Floor'd? Meet the newly painted Get Floor'd/OIFC!!!
She looks beautiful Benji and Capt. Zach!
Capt. Rickey Beck
"OIFC News and Spring Kickoff Reminders" | OIFC | 02/24/14
**NOTES ON KICKOFF
The used tackle forum has been popular in the past, and I am getting a lot of interest this year. There is no cost for you to bring your own stuff, but you will want to bring your own table to set up on and be prepared to stay with your stuff so long as it is available for sale. Also, the Kickoff has proven a great place to sell used tackle, but only if you are willing to sell for what someone will buy. Everyone is looking for a deal, so you will need to be aggressive if you want to move your old tackle and make some money to buy new. See you at the Kickoff on March 15- Capt. Brant
The spring like weather brought a few fisherman out this weekend. We were able to sneak up on a few redfish hanging around some of the docks along the waterway. Low tide continues to be the best time to locate schools of reds cruising the shallows. The water has not been as clear as past years during the winter. Darker colors like Gulp's new penny and Bass Assassin's new color the ripper have produced in the stained water. Gulp baits have great scent already added to them, but lack the action of other baits. Add pro-cure gel to your soft plastics that have great action and get the best of both worlds. There is nothing like getting a bite from a redfish on soft plastics.
-- Capt. Jacob Frick
OFFSHORE: Great news, the Wahoo bite was very strong this past weekend. Boats did well on Wahoo from the Steeples all the way down past the Winyah Scarp. The boats that fished at the Steeples area had 1-3 Wahoo, but mostly smaller fish in the 20 pound class. The Scarp was the place to be as boats that fished from the MacMarle'n ledges and south had 1-8 Wahoo, but most of them were much larger, from 30-80 pounds. There were Blackfin mixed in as well and of course, plenty of False Albacore to keep the reels screaming. Water temperatures were 70-72 and water was green/blue blended. The hot lures include the new Bluewater Candy JAG 8 and Tweener JAG. Things are starting to look up at the coast- let's go fishing!
2014 OIFC Schedule of Events
We apologize for not making these dates available sooner as we had to receive approval from the Town of Ocean Isle. We hope you will join us in 2014.
March 15, 2014 - OIFC Spring Kickoff
Line spooling at $.02/yd
Used tackle sales forum (bring your own)
OIFC clearance sales
May 9-17, 2014 - Far Out Shoot Out- tuna, dolphin, wahoo Rodeo
Capt. Brant McMullan
Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, May 9th at Wing & Fish Company in Shallotte. Fish 1 out of 8 eligible days (Saturday, 10th – Saturday,17th)
May 30-31, 2014 - Fisherman's Post Inshore Challenge
Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, May 30th at the OIFC.
Fish Saturday, May 31st.
June 19-22 - Yellowfin/Yamaha Jolly Mon King Classic
Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, June 20th at OIFC
Fish EITHER Saturday, June 21st or Sunday, June 22nd
October 10-12, 2014 - Yellowfin/Yamaha Fall Brawl King Classic
Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, October 10th at OIFC
Fish EITHER Saturday, October 11th or Sunday, October 12th
OIFC Fishing Schools
Gulf Stream Trolling & Vertical Jigging: April 18-19 & May 2-3
Live Bait King Mackerel fishing: May 23-24, June 27-28 & July 3-4
Inshore fishing: March 28-29, April 11-12 & 25-26, May 9-10, September 5-6 & 19-20, November 7-9
"Maintenance. " | Real-Time Update | 02/23/14
All that Brian mentioned on his report was done to the OIFC charter boats yesterday. All they need now for the upcoming season is crew members to to fill the seats on the way to the Gulf Stream. Actually Capts. Chris and Derek are out there as we speak I believe. As far as our maintenance yesterday, we also treated all the electrical connections with a corrosion resistant spray. We also checked the functionality of all the pumps including bilge pumps and bait well pumps. We checked all electronics as well as the VHF radios to make sure we could communicate should an emergency arise or if we wanted to tell a fishing story to another boat. All of the down riggers on the boats were taken apart and inspected for warn parts and were replaced as needed. Anchor lines and windlasses were inspected for wear and function. It is very important that you take the time to do these things now while you have the down time. It's a lot easier to fix these things at the dock or on the trailer than it is 65 miles away from the inlet on your first Gulf Stream trip. Also it's not a bad idea to check up on your sea tow membership. In case you run into an unforeseen issue it's very comforting to know that someone will be on their way to assist you.
"Start of 2014" | Real-Time Update | 02/23/14
Here are a couple of pics from our first charter of 2014. More detailed
report to follow.
"Slimey Saturday" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/22/14
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Flatfish Friday" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/21/14
Flatfish Friday - Awesome day back in October...11 flatfish over 4 pounds. Biggest was 9.2 lbs and 7.9 lbs! Come on summer time!-Brandon Sauls
Travis Ketchie of Ketchie Outdoors adds to Flatfish Friday!!!
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Flounder Friday" | N/A | 02/21/14
Flounder Friday - This is from a few guys reminiscing about a day this past summer where it looks like they got real lucky on the REEL WET - Trent Little, Tommy Helms, Michael "Decoy" Lee, and Jamie Watts
"Throwback Thursday" | N/A | 02/20/14
Lynden Lee, Lady Jr Angler of Streamin' Live from OIB is ready for summer and to get back to some fishing action!
"33 Minutes Until Friday" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/20/14
It's almost Friday and I just saw where I missed Capt. Tim Gallimore's Wahoo Wednesday. My apologizes!
Capt. Rickey Beck
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Capt. Barrett McMullan
"Frigid Conditions" | Real-Time Update | 02/19/14
All avid fishermen wait for that one distinct break in the weather patterns during the offseason. The snow, sleet, and freezing rain stops falling. The temperatures get into the 70’s, the cold front’s become milder and all we wish to hear is that drag screaming from a nice gaffer dolphin. Fortunately, those spring temperatures and sounds are coming and will be here before we know it. This is the perfect time to sharpen your hooks, tie some rigs, and ensure that your boat is ready to go for the upcoming season. Tackle and marine maintenance is convenient this time of year, yet some of the best sea bass fishing to be done also. Any type of bottom structure from 45-100ft should produce keeper size bass. As Captain Stan stated in a prior report, the deeper you fish, the bigger bass will show up in greater numbers. One technique I enjoy doing while anchored up fishing for these bass is chumming. Most anglers relate chumming to shark, cobia and even king fishing. However, this tactic has proven effective on some of my charters when the bass just will not cooperate. Those days where you pull back throttles at your favorite bottom spot, the depth finder marks up, you make your first drop anticipating a nice 4 pound sea bass and to your astonishment nothing is on the other end. This is where the chumming comes into play. Before departure, have your boat rigged with one king mackerel downrigger setup (8 pound ball), your favorite chum block mixture, and a chum bag. Once your crew has made a few drops on your bottom spot with nothing to show for it, anchor up on the marks you were reading on your depth finder. Grab your chum bag, fill it with chum and attach it to the snap swivel that your downrigger ball is attached to. Then tighten your drawstring on the chum bag and send it down to the bottom with the downrigger. The objective here is to create your own active ecosystem on the bottom. The small fish such as pinfish, hardtails, and small jacks will start to feed on the particles floating off the chum block. Soon thereafter, the bigger sea bass and the occasional grouper will come over to feed on and investigate these smaller fish. Meanwhile, your baiting your crews hooks with your favorite cut bait or lure. Finally order your crew to drop and watch that 4 pound bass that wouldn’t eat before jump on the hook, slide through the fillet knife, and dive into the skillet. All these products mentioned are sold at the OIFC. From the chum to the rod and reel you’ll bring that 4 pounder up with, we got it. Our employees would be more than happy to help you find what you need to execute this technique properly. In addition to your chum bag setup, we recently received and stocked the shelves with our big tackle order we get in every first of the year so come on by and take a look. Believe it or not folks spring is coming, the fish are hungry, and will be biting somewhere. It’s the “somewhere” part we’ll have to figure out.
Captain Derek Treffinger
"Treffinger, Derek James"
"Possible fishing day" | Real-Time Update | 02/19/14
The weekend weather report has a glimmer of hope. It just may be fishable. I will be keeping an eye on it.