Once again the OIFC hosted the Fishermans' Pist Inshore Tournament. Below is the leader board
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Once again the OIFC hosted the Fishermans' Pist Inshore Tournament. Below is the leader board
OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Three people were injured when a boat exploded in Ocean Isle Beach on Friday afternoon.
EMS crews arrived on the scene shortly after 4 p.m. at the Ocean Isle Fishing Company on Causeway Drive.
NC Wildlife Resource Commission Master Officer Scott Pritchard said the victims were boat owner and operator David Richard Martin Jr., 40, of Charlotte; passenger Jonathan Leslie Bickett, 35, of Charlotte and Sea Tow employee Kendrick Stanley Schwarz, 24, of Brunswick County.
Pritchard did not know their conditions and the Chapel Hill Burn Clinic, where Martin and Bickett were airlifted, did not release any information on the patients' status Friday night. Schwarz was taken to the Grand Strand Medical Center.
Pritchard said Martin and Bickett were fueling up the boat, but instead of putting fuel in the gas tank, 28 gallons of gas went into a fishing rod holder.
Jeff Williamson, who runs a fishing charter out of Ocean Isle Beach, said he warned Martin and Bickett before the explosion.
"I noticed a sheen of gas on the water and thought he might have misfueled," Williamson said. "I advised him he better call a tow company to tow him back to the marina instead of cranking the boat because it might explode. The inevitable happened."
Sea Tow's Schwarz arrived and advised the pair to disconnect battery cables so a spark would not ignite the gas.
However, when they were disconnecting the cables, a spark ignited the gasoline, causing the explosion.
"I've seen a boat explode before with a fuel leak, so I was aware of what would happen if a spark got in that much fuel," Williamson said.
The nearby restaurant and fishing center were evacuated. It took crews 10 to 15 minutes to put out the fire.
"I've been to Fort Fisher when they do the cannon firings," Williamson said. "It was like a cannon exploded and then it was just a huge ball of fire with a lot of black smoke."
Pritchard said a wildlife officer in the Chapel Hill area went to the hospital and that Martin and Bickett were able to talk to the officer.
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The Beeracuda Fishing Team joined forces with The Choice of Two for a great day on the water. They let the boys do all the work and topped the day off with sea bass and grouper
Inshore slam, red on top water and the rest on Berkley swimming mullet
Ken and Matt Ritch along with Justin O'Brien took Brian Ciarrocca and his daughter Anna Lisa and son Grant fishing this past Saturday and had a ball with this sailfish. Ken told me they were near the 100/400 and caught mahi and king along with the sailfish. Thanks for sharing
Below is a picture is South Bellamy and a very nice flounder he caught locally. The 2nd picture is of Larry Spainhour of Sunset Beach and his Flounder
This is a great picture of Brandon Sauls and his dog Sailer pulling for shrimp in the ICW
Captain Jeff and crew report that redfish and speckled trout fishing has been AWESOME!!! Small flounder are around with very few Keepers. Live shrimp and mud minnows have been the baits of choice.
Come see us at the OIFC for your mud Minnows!
Pierce Staab was taken for a ride by this 25.5 inch drum he caught from a a paddle board using frozen shrimp under a popping cork in the Lockwood Folly River. Pierce is famous for his pond fishing and is an avid angler
The OIFC/OIB folks had a busy weekend! The 1st picture is of Captain Zach Faulkner who, along with his dad Benji, cousin Jess and Team Get Floor'd/OIFC teammate Richie landed this 194 lb big eyed tuna at Oregon Inlet yesterday. This will be the site of the Kingfish Cup Finals. Picture 2 is Leff Frick and the trophy his team name is inscribed on for the Farout Shootout. Picture 3 is Greg Hanson "Calabash Creamery" and a red he boated. The last picture is a selfie of me in front of Al Gore's vacation home at Figure Eight Island. Some friends gave me a ride on this beautiful weekend while I'm rehabbing The last picture is Capt Zach & Richie at the OIFC.
1st overall-- Sea P.A. , Ken and Matt Ritch - 70.25 - $8200
2nd overall- Sea Bandit , Lee Frick - 67.8 - $4510
3rd overall- No Quarter , Wayne Tew- 67.45 - $2665
1st Tuna , Mac Attack - 25.3 - $1025
1st Mahi , Conference Call - 34.25 - $1025
1st Wahoo , No Quarter - 37.95 - $1025
1st Big Fish TWT , No Quarter - Wahoo, 37.95 - $2550
2nd Big Fish TWT , Sea Bandit - Wahoo, 36.7 - $1530
3rd Big Fish TWT , Conference Call - Mahi, 34.25 - $1020
1st High Roller TWT , Sea P.A - 70.25 - $4035
2nd High Roller TWT, Sea Bandit - 67.8 - $2420
3rd High Roller TWT, Timber Sails - 52.7 - $1615
TOP 3 PAYOUT WINNERS
Sea P.A. - $12,235
Sea Bandit- $8460
No Quarter - $6240
A total of 41 teams signed up and competed in the 2017 Far Out Shoot Out. The weather was not as good the first week and a half of competiton, but the majority of the placing fish were caught in conditions that were not as nice as they ended up being toward the last part of the event.
The awards breakfast will be at the Ocean Isle Fish Company, Sunday, May 21st at 9am. Trophies will be presented to winners and fish stories are guaranteed.
Thanks again to all! Next up -- Jolly Mon
FINAL RESULTS SHOWING ALL CATCHES AND COMPETITORS- CLICK HERE
Far Out Shoot Out UPDATE- We ended with 41 boat entries; congratulations and thanks! Payouts were based on 40 boats, so it is a full payout + some good $ in the TWTs. There are 6 boats fishing today trying to topple Ken and Matt Ritch of the Sea P.A. fishing team who have a 70 pound aggregate point total to lead the overall standings. Go to www.OIFC.com/FOSO to see whose in, standings and whose left to weight today. Stay tuned for the final results.
below are some pictures of Jeff Martini's crew aboard the "Dirty Martini" in the Stream a. Opulent of days sgo
This is One of Team Beeracuda's black fin the caught recently. The weather is beautiful, make good use of it!
4 boats fished today. The big shake up came from the Sea Bandit team who weighed an aggregate of 67.8 pounds to take 2nd place; their catch was anchored by a 36lb Wahoo. They also released a Blue Marline and thus are members of the Don Leondard Memorial Billfish Award. Also the Conference Call team weighed a 34.25lb Mahi to take the lead in that species division.
At this moment we have 32 boats registered. Two are set to fish tomorrow thus far. Entry remains open, but Friday, May 19th is the last day to enter. Go to www.OIFC.com/FOSO to see complete weigh-in results and whose entered and to enter yourself.
30 BOATS NOW AND COUNTING........The total overall primary prize purse is now in excess of $13,500, Big fish TWT has $3570 in it and High Roller TWT has $5500 in it.
Today we had 7 boats fish, and only 3 weighed in. What was supposed to be a 2' sea and light winds was apparently a 4' Northeast chop.
4 boats have declared for Wednesday thus far.
Registration remains open through Friday, May 19th (www.oifc.com/foso) with the last fishing day as Saturday, May 20th. Team Sea P.A. is clinging to the lead with a 70 pound, 3 fish aggregate but they got a scare today from the No Quarters team who weighed the biggest fish of the event thus far, a 37 pound Wahoo.
To see complete leaderboard updated go to www.OIFC.com/FOSO
Capt Jeff Beck took the 21 ft Parker out checking for Cobia while I'm on the mend from a heart procedure. Doesn't look too smooth
One of a bakers dozen. Beautiful day on the water
The gulf stream bite has been incredible and the weather looks great for the next few days. Who wants to go fishing?? We have availibity for a make up trip on Wednesday 5/17. FOUR SPOTS LEFT. $425/person. Call 910 575 3474 to reserve your spot today
HALFTIME UPDATE - FAR OUT SHOOT OUT- Tuna, Dolphin & Wahoo Rodeo
As of Saturday, May 13th, halfway through eligible competition days -
1st overall- Sea P.A- 70.25, 2nd overall- Reel Fast- 58.35, 3rd overall- OIFC Carolina Cat- 55.8
1st Mahi- Get Floor'd- 33.25, 1st Tuna- MacAttack- 25.3, 1st Wahoo- Wasted Time- 25.45
For all weigh-in results and to see whose in and whose not- go to www.OIFC.com/FOSO
-ENTRY REMAINS OPEN THROUGH FRIDAY, MAY 19th- Enter On-Line www.OIFC.com/FOSO or visit the Ocean Isle Fishing Center
-Fishing is 1 out of 15 possible days (Saturday, May 6 to Saturday, May 20, 2017)
- AWARDS BREAKFAST at the Ocean Isle Fish Company , Sunday, May 21st @ 9am
- Register by dropping entry at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, mailing to: FOSO- PO Box 895- Shallotte, NC 28459 or Enter On-line CLICK HERE
-You have until 8am the same day you plan to fish to declare your fishing day. Call (910) 253-3474 to declare.
-Meatfish TWT- $200 (based on largest fish weighed in tournament- Pays 1st-3rd)
-High Roller TWT- $500 (based on overall aggregate of one fish per species- Pays 1st-3rd)
-Lines in 8am- Lines out 4pm -- Must be to scale by 8pm
AVAILABLE OIFC FISHING SCHOOLS
** Call 910-575-3474 to book **
Inaugural Ron McManus Memorial Fishing Tournament Slated for Memorial Day Weekend
North Myrtle Beach, SC— The Inaugural Ron McManus Memorial Fishing Tournament, a fundraising fishing tournament honoring North Myrtle Beach businessman and avid fisherman, Ron McManus, is scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28, 2017, at Harbourgate Marina in North Myrtle Beach.
The Ron McManus Memorial Fishing Tournament, whose major sponsors are Sandhills Bank, Sportsman’s Choice, Mama Jean’s, Captain Archie’s and the City of North Myrtle Beach, is the first of what will be an annual mixed species fishing tournament and fundraiser that attracts fishermen from all over the United States. This two-day tournament will also feature the 2017 Flounder Frenzie sponsored by the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Entry fees for the Ron McManus Memorial Fishing Tournament are $100 for the Inshore Division, and $200 for the Offshore Division, with additional fees for the Flounder Frenzie. The event features over $20,000 in cash and prizes. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Ron McManus Artificial Reef Foundation which supports PA-04, the Ron McManus Artificial, located five miles from the Little River Inlet’s south jetty.
When Ron McManus organized the Dixie Chicken Funament in 2000 to honor his friend and fishing buddy, Jim Caudle, he had no idea that it would become one of the East Coast’s most popular fishing tournaments. Nor did he realize the impact that the tournament would have on South Carolina's economy and its ecosystem. In less than a decade, the proceeds from this small but powerful tournament turned the Little River Inshore Reef, renamed the Jim Caudle Artificial Reef, into South Carolina’s second largest and most visited artificial reef, a ranking still maintained thanks to Ron.
The Dixie Chicken ran for 10 years cut short by Ron’s illness and subsequent death.
Now, it seems only fitting that the tournament be reintroduced--this time as the Ron McManus Memorial Fishing Tournament honoring Ron and the good work that he has done. While the name has changed, some things remain constant--take for instance the fun and comradery, not to mention the excellent fishing.
“Nothing would please Ron more than to know that this tournament is being held in his honor,” said Chip Floyd, Tournament Director. “Ron’s spirit lives among us.”
For details on the Ron McManus Memorial Fishing Tournament visit ronmcmanusreef.com/fishingtournament or call Tournament Director, Chip Floyd at 843-597-3479