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"30 Miles Out in an 18ft Boat=Youth" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/30/15
 

~~After running 30 miles offshore on an 18 foot boat and our GPS quitting on us we managed to find this nice grouper that made it all worth it
--by 1st Mate Ben Morris


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Off Shore Action" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/29/15
 

~~Went to the Gulf Stream (Steeples) on Wednesday out of Masonboro. Slow but
did pick up a Wahoo and a King. Around 10 short bites. Flat seas but skirted
storms all day. Caught in 250 ft of water.
Captain Rich Carcich
Captain Scott Myerson
-----Thx for the report guys


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"This Weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/27/15
 

It amazes me every year how the busy summer season flies by. It starts with your dedicated gulf stream fishermen - eager to hook their first mahi-mahi of the year. Once the blue water bite fizzles its just about time for the annual Jolly Mon king mackerel tournament. Everyone gets their mind set on an award winning king and it normally stays this way throughout the summer. Dock talk will normally consist of “kings bit good at shark hole” or the frequent “man we tried everywhere in the ocean but couldn’t buy a bite today.” Then suddenly the tourists and weekend warriors pack their bags to head back home, leaving an incredible fishing opportunity behind. This time of the year through late October is by far my favorite time to go fishing off Brunswick County’s coast. Almost all targeted species are moving into what I call their “transition” phase. Meaning they haven’t quite made it to their fall hangouts but are slowly making their way there. The great part about this is you really never know what your going to catch when venturing offshore. When the right conditions are present, your average weekend angler can go out to places like the Atlantic ledge, BP 25, the hammer and actually have a shot at catching a big king mackerel, mahi-mahi or even a sailfish all in one day. Not to mention the gulf stream and bottom fishing that can be done when traveling further offshore. With this weekend’s marine forecast, almost all local boats will be sailing towards the blue water. My approach would be to high speed troll for wahoo early in the morning. Then once the sun gets up high, drop to the bottom for big vermilion snapper, black sea bass and grouper. Both OIFC charter boats have openings for these longer 10hr or Gulf Stream trips this weekend. Call (910) 575-3474 to book your trip offshore today.


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Fwd: NC Fisheries Management Continues to Amaze..." | | 08/26/15
 

The OIFC is in support of Flounder management changes. See the below information to be brought up to speed. CALL TO ACTION If we had not been present at last week's MFC meeting we would not have believed the turn of events that took place. On Thursday morning, DENR Secretary van der Vaart received a letter signed by 13 senators and representatives asking the Secretary "to rescind immediately the MFC's existing authority to supplement the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan." The Secretary deemed these 13 legislators as representative of "ample concern within both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly" to have one of the Department attorneys deliver his letter to the MFC meeting on Thursday asking the MFC to postpone the vote on adopting a supplement to the Southern flounder FMP presumably to give the newly appointed Commissioners "the necessary time to achieve an informed vote." But in an even more bizarre turn of events, Representative Steinburg made an unscheduled appearance before the Commission to issue a thinly veiled threat that "you could be voting on an issue tomorrow as it relates to the banning of gill nets and so forth" and "if any decision that's made is interpreted as not being fair, you will likely be dealing with the legislature moving forward." Rep. Steinburg from Edenton was one of the 13 legislators that signed the letter asking the Secretary to rescind the supplement authority. The others were Sen. Bill Cook, Sen. Brent Jackson, Sen. Bill Rabon, Sen. Norm Sanderson, Sen. Jerry Tillman, Rep. George Cleveland, Rep. Frank Iler, Rep. Pat McElraft, Rep. Chris Millis, Rep. Phil Shepard, Rep. Michael Speciale, and Rep. Paul Tine. All represent coastal counties with the exception of Sen. Jackson. The supplement process has been publicly transparent, allowing ample public input, through both oral and written comments. During this comment period the Division received 986 email comments, 260 letters, and 3,976 petition signatures. Only 45 comments out of 5,222 opposed significantly reducing the Southern flounder catch. That is less that 1% of the comments that did not support strong protection of the resource. CCA-NC fully supports the MFC's efforts to seek a supplement to the Southern flounder FMP to finally end overfishing and allow the stock to begin to recover. In all of the years that CCA NC has been working with the MFC on fisheries management issues, no one has ever seen this type of legislative move to influence a Commission of the executive branch. There was overwhelming public support in favor of efforts to reduce commercial harvest of Southern flounder by raising the minimum size limit to 15 inches, implementing a Total Allowable Catch limit for commercial harvest, the prohibition of large-mesh gill nets and no further reductions to the recreational limits. The MFC was told by the Secretary of DENR and 13 state legislators that it is not a matter of whether the public agrees with the need to protect a depleted fishery from continued overfishing, it is more important to continue to allow a very small sector of the commercial fishing industry to profit from a shrinking public trust resource. The citizens of North Carolina that have spoken up in support of the supplement process should be very upset with their representatives, and they should let them know. The Governor's office should also be very upset with the legislators that are seeking to circumvent the executive power of the MFC commissioners that were appointed as fisheries managers by the Governor. We are asking all concerned citizens to contact their legislators and express their concern. Please click on the following link to our Action Center for a sample message that we encourage you to edit in your own words and use to send a personal message to your representatives: NC Fisheries Management Continues to Amaze... Thank you for your support, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. David Sneed, Executive Director Click here to unsubscribe from this mailing list.
- Brant Mcmullan
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Steve Chase 08/28/2015

8/28/2015 Hi Brandt, I wrote an email to Representatives Iler and Rabon last night. Included Jacob Frick's article from the Brunswick Beacon and copied Jacob on my email. Would have copied you also but do not know your email address. Jacob's article was spot on and I totally agree with it. All of the recreational fisherman should write to their representatives that are voting against the restrictions on the commercial fishermen. Here are the addresses of the two reps that I wrote to: FRANK.ILER@NCLEG.NET; BILL.RABON@NCLEG.NET

Tommy Helms 08/28/2015

What can we do at this point to help ? Who should I contact ? I would do what I can to help .

Gerald Turner, DDS 08/27/2015

MFC must keep total control of the flounder rules.





"Empty Pockets" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/26/15
 

Wendell Barnett with 15 wahoo and 2 kings.  the biggest was 50 lbs.  Wendell fishes out of Cherry Grove and usually heads south.

2nd pic is from Jim Bowen


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Mark 08/27/2015

Does Wendell spend the night out there or something? 15 in a day seams a bit crazy





"High Speed" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/24/15
 

Jim Bowen sent us these pictures of some wahoo he caught while high speed trolling with some friends Friday.

Thanks Jim!


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"Salt Terminator" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/23/15
 

 

Captain Kevin Sneed posted this on his Facebook page today.  If you scroll down you will see how my motors looked while flushing them with Salt Eliminator.   I strongly recommend you flush your motors regularly with Salt Terminator.  I appreciate when someone posts pictures that give credability to my reports.  Thanks for sharing Kevis. 

 A weeks worth of salt, salt away, lots of fresh water. Going to let her run in the tank (horse trough) tomorrow. I love the salt water, just don't want it in my engine! —

The 2nd pic is my moto on the Do Work while I was flushing it.  That is not smoke.  It's 100% salt build up.  The motor was not running


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"Sheriff Ingram's Flatfish Roundup" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/23/15
 

I was privileged to be the weighmaster at the Tournament in Southport yesterday.  What a success..58 boats in an inshore flounder/red tournament!!!!!!!!  Below are a couple of pictures. 

The 1st pic is Kala Brurer 1st place and 1st place lady Angler.  Picture 2 is TEAM AMERICA, featuring the Do Work's, Captain Jeff and OIFC Pro Staffer Brandon Sauls  Picture 4 is Roman Hewett, winner of the Jr Angler aboard the Finfever.  Picture 5 is the leaderboard.


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"Finally, At Last..." | Tiberias - 22' | 08/22/15
 

George, Sam, and Max joined me for a half day charter just looking to find some kind of action. They explained that they had been out several times and had struggled to find any good action. They had tried offshore a few times in the past but one of the boys struggles with sea sickness. We elected not to try for the hot spanish bite because of that. The tide was high and finding good mullet minnows was a bit of a challenge. We found a good school of menhaden and caught a net full of those. We kept looking for the finger mullet and did finally find a few dozen. We headed for a flounder hole and quickly got a few bites. They were all short of the 15 inch mark. The next hour or so went completely dead. It was looking like a few short flounder was going to be it for our trip. I was getting a bit fustrated to say the least. Finally, a small red hit and gave us some hope. We stuck around for a little while with only bluefish and pinfish nipping at our baits. I decided to make one more short move to check out an area that usually holds redfish. First cast we were hooked up! I couldn't get another bait in the water quick enough. We ended up tripled up on solid over the slot reds between 28 and 30 inches. We hooked up several more times and landed a few more with a couple of keepers in the slot. It is the kind of action a guide enjoys seeing and wishes all his clients could enjoy each time out. Fall fishing is just around the corner and now is the time to reserve your spot. Come on down and go fishing with us! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Spanish Mackerel" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/21/15
 

The spanish mackerel bite has fired back off along the beachfront. The bait is thick between 25 and 33 feet of water. Spanish are jumping all through the silver sides in this area.  Small Clarkspoons trolled between 6 and 7 miles per hour on #1 planers has been the ticket to loading up the fish box with these great tasting mackerel. The hot spots seem to be East heading toward the Lockwood Folly area. Lets go get some! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Sheriff Ingram's Flatfush Round Up" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/21/15
 

~~Count down to Flatfish Roundup Sat @ Southport Marina get your teams ready!
 Anyone who CANNOT make it to registration in Southport tmrrw night but would like to enter a team in the tournament please email Laurie Watson at flatfishroundup@gmail.com to register by phone.
 Thanks hope to you see there. Lots of prizes & fun for the whole family!!!!
~~Weather looks great for the tournament!! Hope we have a record number of boat entries this year. If you're not fishing come to weigh ins to see all the excitement! Remember $1000 guaranteed first place for largest flounder!! Lots and lots of door prizes and raffles!!


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"Diggin' a Booger" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/18/15
 

Tell me you have never had a booger waaaayyyyy up you nose and you never thought you'd get rid of it!   Bahahahah!   That's what Bobby Lovinggood of Bobby's Mobile Marine Repair  said it felt like in trying to correct a heating issue we have had on the Do Work's port motor.  We have done everything and STILL got the heat alarm when trolling at 600rpm.  After replacing everything we could think of Bobby said I needed to flush the cooling chambers with CRC Salt Terminator.  I used to do it a loooong time ago with other boats, but with the past couple of boats I thought flushing it with fresh water would do the trick.

At Bobby's suggestion I flushed both motors several times because to my knwledge they had never been treated with a salt treatment.  The motors are NOT running in the pictures below.  That is not smoke,  That is 100% salt build up being flushed from the engines.  The final picture of the rear of the boat shows no salt in the water at all.  We are not declaring total victory because we were able to MAKE the alarm come  on once the other day.  But in the past we were having to troll with one motor because the alarm ALWAYS came on.  However I think we have finally got that pesky booger picked.  

Also Camdyn and Caroline are modeling our new shipment of CRC Salt Terminator at the OIFC.  I seriously recommend you treat your motors. 

BTW//Bobby is a proud supporter of Team Do Work/OIFC


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Gary Reagan 08/21/2015

I learned the hard way on this Rickey. If I had used that over the years to flush my motor I would have probably not had to buy a motor. I did use engine flush in the later years of the motor and it helped. I also use to get the alarms at low trolling speed. I will be using the flush from now on for the other motor.





"Yesterday's Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/18/15
 

We hit several spots looking for redfish, speckled trout, and flounder. While looking for bait we actually spooked a few lower slot redfish. After catching bait we set out a spread of live mullet and live shrimp in that area. Bluefish were the only fish chewing in that area. We made a move to another redfish hot spot that did not produce a single bite. Slid around the corner to a trout hole and found a couple of keepers. The pinfish quickly honed in on our shrimp forcing us to make yet another move. We hit a few muddy points and some creek mouths finding several flounder, but only 2 keepers in the mix. The action is a steady grind with a few chaotic moments between the constant pinfish nibbles. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Sheriff Ingram's Flatfish Round up" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/17/15
 

The tournament is at Southport Saturday the 22nd.  I am the weighmaster and I'm getting nervous.  The OIFC has donated a Yeti Cooler..I hope not to pt me on ice


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"Backwater Action" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/17/15
 

~~Had a great opportunity to put my cool cousin on some incredible redfish. Putting the brakes on them wasn't easy in 16" of water. @plfmartin67 ?#‎sunsetbeachnc? ?#‎oceanislebeachnc? ?#‎summertideadventuretours? ?#‎hurricanekayaks? ?#‎goodcleanlivin

Thank you for the report Rip Van Winkle
 


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"Wahoo at the Scarp" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/17/15
 

~~Caught this 35 pound hoo on a blue white islander trolled with a ballyhoo near Winyah Scarp pictured is Edwin Newell the angler aboard Retriever with Bob Newell.
Action was fairly slow but there were at least 8 local boats out on the Scarp
We went 1-4 on the hoos


Thanks for the report Bob


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"Galveston Redfish Conclusion" | OIFC | 08/17/15
 

This report is late in posting.  Many may have heard but in case not, see this link:  http://theredfishseries.com/tour-loses-top-angler/

 

Surreal situation.  Around 1pm on Saturday on my way back to the weigh in approximately 115 miles from Galveston in Sabine lake I saw two tower boats congregated and a third boat off in the distance.  This was unusual seeing boats together so I ran to them and what I saw next will be etched in mind for a long time.  One boat had three men in it.  The angler, the camera man and another man laying on the deck of the boat.  At first I thought there must be a mechanical problem and he is laying down trying to fix something.  This was quickly dispelled as I saw the man laying there motionless.  Just minutes before my arrival another tournament angler had been running across the lake and saw Manny's boat stopped.  He ran to it and saw there was no one on board.  He quickly called the tournament director and asked if Manny had called in to say he was riding in with someone else.  The director informed this angler he had not.  The angler immediately proceeded up wind of the boat and within minutes found Manny Perez face down in the water.  The angler and camera man brought him on board and began CPR.  I'm not sure the time line but at this time another tournament angler pulled up and supported the effort.  A couple minutes later I pulled up and at this time it was evident there was nothing else to be done.  There is no official word on what happened to Manny to cause him to come out of his boat.  He was wearing a kill switch and a life vest and that's how he was located.  He was brought into a marina nearby and met by paramedics where they once again tried to revive but to no avail.  

We all three proceeded back to Galveston less Manny.  At the tournament site the field of top 10 anglers, tournament staff and cameramen were in a state of shock.  We had all spent time with Manny that morning and now he was gone.  When they brought Manny into the paramedics the angler that found him asked the wildlife officers to weigh his catch as this is what Manny would have wanted.  He had 24.07lbs, one of the biggest bags of the week.  Manny went out smiling after a great day of fishing.  Back at the tournament site the remaining 9 anglers quietly and independently released their fish back into the water.  No weigh in was going to happen today except for Manny's fish.  

Please read the link I posted to learn a little about who Manny Perez was.  

As always I anticipate time will heal the wounds of all of us anglers.  At somepoint I will be struck with the motivation to recap my experience on the Elite Series One Man event in Galveston and the year in full.  For now, it just doesn't seem to matter much.  


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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Stephen 08/22/2015

Sorry to here that saw your yellow fin add on TV this morning great job sorry for your loss hope u win one soon





"Backwater Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/17/15
 

I have recieved a few phone calls wondering about my long absence from reporting. I am still here, it has just been a tough few weeks with my son making it to the Dixie Youth World Series and trying to make it to his games. I have also been plagued by mechanical problems with both my boats therefore reporting was put on the way side. The fishing has been sporadic on the days that I have fished. One day you will catch a few speckled trout along with a bunch of croakers. The next day a few black drum along with a bunch of croakers. The next a few flounder along with a bunch of croakers. I don't won't to even discuss our redfish fishery right now. Thier are a few small pockets of reds hanging around, but you better hit them just right. Hopefully, more redfish will start to move in around the inlets with the movement of the fall mullet run. It is getting that time of year. The bottom line is fishing is just that, FISHING. You just never know until you go. You might wax them or barely catch a few for the dinner table. I will say that we have ran very few trips without catching something lately. It might be a bunch of croakers, but that is good action when nothing else is going on. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Good Day" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/16/15
 

I believe Jim Bowen had a pretty good day.  More as I get it.


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"Rite Now!" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/15/15
 

OIFC Charter Captain Jeff Williamson on the job


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