Here are a few shots of today's action aboard the World Cat from the stream. More to follow.
- Chris Dew
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It has been quite a week. The Dolphin/Wahoo meeting took place in Charleston on Wednesday as scheduled and I am still sifting through the details. More on that issue to follow...
In the meantime, I got a chance to go fishing with my two buddies Sammy and Daniel Macdonald, two brothers from Weaverville, NC. Joining us on the trip were their mother, Woodeane Macdonald, and longtime fixture on the Brunswick County fishing scene, Stephen "Puddin" Hunter. With a great weather forecast, this was the first trip offshore for Sammy and Daniel.
Finding 63 degree water at the Steeples, we started jigging immediately, and didn't really stop until we had thoroughly demolished a Saragosa 14000. The bite started slow, but when it turned on, it was pretty consistent action for the rest of the day. Several different species were brought boatside, and we sacrificed a LOT of tackle to some fish that just weren't meant to be caught. Sammy and Daniel showed a real aptitude for the fishing we were doing. Can't wait to go fishing with these two again when the weather gets warmer and the dolphinfish are thick! Won't be long...
Daylight breaking at the OIFC
Miles McAliney, Scott McAliney,Harrison Bancroft Ken Bencroft and John Harrison on a 6hr trip with Capt Chris and Capt Stan aboard the World Cat. Also fishing a 6 he trip but aboard the Carolina Cat with Capt Steele and Capt Brad are Brian, Conner & Bryson Traywick along with Heron Ware & Stepen Muscarey
Weather looks perfect tomorrow for trip to gulf stream. Boats leaving from OIFC at 6am. Come join us in search of tuna/dolphin/wahoo and everything in the world bottom jigging[cobia/african pompano/aj's/ect]. Seas 2 foot or less.
If today didn't give me Spring Fever, nothing will. It was nice to just sit around the OIFC and watch all the boats come in for fuel as they prep for their offshore adventures tomorrow. Watching the kids run and play in the grass as the dogs ran along with them. What's gonna make it worse is when all the boats return tomorrow with their catch form their offshore adventure. Make plans to be at the OIFC docks tomorrow evening to see what comes in, I promise that I will have my crew there.
The 2013 OIFC Rodeo will begin at 12:01am on April 1st!!!! There are a few changes...the entry fee per species is reduced to $20, the blanket fee per boat per species is $60 and there will NOT be a clean sweep 1st, 2nd,3rd place per species In other words if you have the 3 biggest trout, you can only place 1st, not 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Next, be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules, especially if you are shooting for Angler of the Year.
Good luck and have fun..
Brian Richard of OIB caught the two nice 4.5 and 5 lb trout in the Shallotte River. Brian was using 1/4 oz jig heads and grubs.
Thank for the report Brian.
Remember, the Rodeo fires up the 1st of April. These two trout would have been contenders.
Alright it's looking good Saturday .. Light winds finally so the fish should be hungry ... Team Choice of Two/Oifc will be out there and on channel 11 give us a shout . Check out the new high speed wahoo lures at the fishing center they are deadly ...
The Ocean Isle Fishing Center's Facebook page reached 65,655 this week. We owe it all to ya'll...Thank you for supporting us!
If you haven't joined our Facebook page you don't know what you are missing. For example I posted over 100 pictures of our blue fin tuna adventure this past weekend.
And by-the-way..If you take any pictures of your fishing adventures send them to Info@OIFC.com or my email, email@example.com. I post my fishing reports from home and would love to have ya'll share your adventures.
The weather is starting to look very good for the weekend. Saturday in particular the winds are light and the seas are forecast to be slight. Let's keep our fingers crossed- but, if it holds, it will be great conditions to get offshore and tangle with the Wahoo and Tuna and do some vertical jigging. The OIFC charter fleet will be on the water Fri for half days and Saturday and Sunday in the Gulf Stream. We monitor VHF 11 if you want to hail us and typically leave the inlet around 6:15am. See you on the water
We had Michelle Duval of NC Marine Fisheries at the OIFC Spring Kickoff last week to answer questions regarding fishery management in our state. The question was asked, "Where did all our Yellowfin Tuna go?" Michelle does not work with HMS species, but she promised to take the question back to the home office and get a response. Here is what she supplied:
I wanted to follow up on a question that was asked regarding yellowfin
tuna - basically, why have there been none around for the past five years?
Apparently, this has been the case up and down the coast, not just in NC.
I checked in with Randy Gregory, who sits on the HMS Advisory Panel,
and he stated that the fish have just started to show up again in the
Gulf of Mexico. However, it was discovered that there is a purse
seine fishery for skipjack in the Gulf of Guinea (Africa), which is a
major spawning area for yellowfin and unfortunately this fishery was
catching a lot of 6 and 7 inch bigeye and yellowfin tuna. Regulations
to control this fishery were just put in place last year, so hopefully
we will begin to see some benefits in the not too distant future.
As many people have seen on the fishing report, Austin and I recently traveled to Oregon Inlet with team OIFC to fish for Bluefin tuna. We had a blast and really got to see some awesome sights. Whenever I get to fish out of town, I find myself analyzing the trip to determine if this is a trip that could be made in a 23’ and under boat. A trip out of Oregon Inlet during the winter definitely will give a “small” boat person the chills, but it is doable. We hear the talk about how nasty that inlet is, but in reality, it is no different than trying to get out of Shallotte or Lochwood Folley. We got in a line of boats around 6:00 am and followed them out. This was not a line of skiffs and flat bottom boats. There were 10+ boats ahead of us that were 50+ footers. No way, this would go down at Shallotte inlet. If you are tired of sitting at home watching “Wicked Tuna”, then plan to head up to Oregon Inlet and experience it live. You need to watch the weather, get a group of buddies together and head up. It is an easy weekend trip. The drive will take 5-6 hours from Ocean Isle. There are plenty of hotels in Nags Head and the boat ramp is right behind the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. One thing to consider is that HWY 64 will be closing April 2 to allow for repairs to the Alligator River Bridge, so plot a route in from the Kitty Hawk area. The charter boats leave around 6:00 am, you will need to follow them out of the inlet to see where the channel is on that particular day. The charter guys up there have the tuna dialed in, so you may want to even follow them to the grounds? I’m sure they would love to read that little bit of advice. I would probably stay out of throwing distance from them. Stop by the OIFC and ask Capt. Rickey, Capt. Brant or Capt. Barrett any questions you may have about making a trip up there. They will be able to fill you in on all the needed tackle. It is easy and I will hopefully be hauling the “Hail Yeah” up there before the end of the season.