Saturday, August 27, 2011

OCP Post Irene

Photo by Jerry Dilsaver

OCP survived and is waiting for the rest of the storm to pass through. Nice shot by Jerry Dilsaver. Vance and the crew will be out checking out the pier house today. --What's a little water? We are impatiently waiting for calm and clear water to arrive so we can get back to
business as unusual! That is FISHING OF COURSE!

Friday, August 26, 2011

OCP Preparing for Irene(H2) Friday 8/26/11

Did you get cash out of ATM? Have batteries? Water? Propane for BBQ? Coolers w/ ice? Generator? Gas? Electricity may be out for days. PLEASE PREPARE AND BE SAFE!

Vance reporting 20-30mph winds at 11:00am, no rain. Staff & friends of the pier helping with boarding up pier house and Island Way Restaurant. Looking for brighter days and the fish to return after Irene for some awesome fishing. Thanks to: Chad & Steve, Sanders & Nancy, Brian & Bobbi for helping us get the job done quickly!

 CHECK OUT STORM PULSE: It's really cool!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Irene: Strongest Hurricane to Hit Carolinas Since 1996

By , Senior Meteorologist
Aug 23, 2011; 7:01 AM ET
"Residents of the Carolinas should not underestimate the power Irene has the potential to unleash..."

Irene is projected to become the strongest hurricane to hit the Carolinas since 1996 this weekend. Six years have passed since the entire United States endured a blow like Irene is forecast to unleash.
The Hurricane Center is expecting Irene to blast onto the Carolina coastline in between Myrtle Beach and Morehead City this weekend as a strong Category 3 hurricane.
Irene even has a good chance of strengthen into a dangerous Category 4 hurricane by Thursday, and it is not out of the question that Irene maintains this powerful strength through its landfall in the Carolinas.
Whether at strong Category 3 or 4 status, Irene will pose a serious threat to lives and property at landfall as reported by Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
Residents of the Carolinas should not underestimate the power Irene has the potential to unleash, especially since these states have not been the target of such a fierce hurricane in 15 years.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

OCP Web Cam Up & Running on Web Site

Ocean Crest Pier
Pier Cam Live
We are happy to inform you all that the OCP Web Cam is up-and-running. Finally! And it was worth the wait. Now everyone can check their  favorite fishing spot, view wind direction(via flag), see who's on the pier, check out the local action, see what's biting, and view the waves. 
Some browsers & systems may require you to first install the ActiveX Plugin before viewing  camera for the first time. Then you proceed to view the pier with two options. You have the option of clicking on Stream 1 or 2(these are same) for Real Time Streaming Protocol, or clicking on M-JPEG for frame-by-frame still shots. Please be patient with us on the load and refresh rates as we are   testing out the bandwidth to see its affects on your viewing quality. If you have any questions or comments concerning OCP Web Cam, PLEASE REFER THEM TO: Jaymie Christine.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Successful Queen of King's Tournament

Thanks to all the "Queen of Kings",  ladies & coaches for making a successful 2011 tournament. You all really showed great spirit, teamwork, and camaraderie! And that created a day full of fun, fellowship, and Great fishing.  Your teamwork and devotion to OCP is what makes us such a fabulous community fishing venue, and a great place to hang out. OCP appreciates your support. 

We look forward to a great FISHING season! 
Keep up the great work, and until next year's "Queen of Kings"

Friday, June 10, 2011

Final Catch of Queen of Kings Tournament- Day 1

Final Catch of the Day for Queen of Kings Tournament Day 1

Sweet Pea King, 1lb .5oz Spanish
Brenda Parker, 13oz Blue
Bobby Diaz-Welch, 11oz Blue
Courtney Caudle, 13oz Blue
Teresa Leach-Youssef, 13oz Blue
Wanda Johnson, 13oz Blue
Chloe Grant, 1lb .02oz Blue
Cathy Basom, 15oz Blue
Jennifer Haas, 11oz Blue

2011 Speckled Trout Season Re-opens


Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, 
hereby announces that effective 12:01 A.M., Thursday, June 16, 2011, 
the following will apply to spotted seatrout in the recreational fishery:

 North Carolina Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0504 (a) and (b) are suspended.  

            It is unlawful to possess spotted seatrout (speckled trout) less than 14 inches total length.

           It is unlawful to possess more than six (6) spotted seatrout per person per day by hook 
           and line or for recreational purposes.  Of those six, no more than two (2) shall be greater
           than 24 inches total length.

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of 
        N.C.G. S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. 
        Fisheries Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, and 03M .0512.

B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director 
        under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C. On November 4, 2010, the Marine Fisheries Commission authorized interim management 
        measures to ensure the viability of spotted seatrout until final approval of the Spotted Seatrout 
        Fishery Management Plan.

D. This proclamation supersedes Proclamations FF-7- 2011, dated January 12, 2011 and  FF-30-2011, 
        dated February 14, 2011.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fish Biting Again at OCP- King's back on-line!

Thanks for breaking the 18-day spell. Last fish caught was on 5/14. At least we know there's more than mosquitoes and no-seeums biting at the pier!

FYI: GET YOUR GIRL ON! ~ Ladies Only
We still have plenty of spots available for the
"QUEEN OF KINGS Tournament June 10-12. 
$50 reserves your spot. 
Sign up at OCP Pier House

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Queen Of Kings Fishing Tournament!

Calling all ladies! Get your Girl On!        Where: Ocean Crest Pier
Day & Times:
Fri. – Sat: 6am - 5pm
Sunday: 6am – 2pm
*No lines, including anchor rods in the water before ball draw50-30-20 cash payout
Registration fee: $50
Additional pier fees apply: $15.00 Day Pass or Season Pass.
Day & Times:

Friday, May 6, 2011

Rebel King Tournament Off To a Screaming Start

Rebels On Deck 6am
Anchor lines were humming like birds-in-the-wind at the end of the pier Thursday. This was a tale-tale sign that our Rebel King Tournament would kick off screaming. And it did! 
Anxious rebels rolled into OCP parking lot with coffee, fish carts, and camaraderie in tow. Competitive spirits started after the ball draw. Fishing began around 9am. The best is yet to come.
Rumor has it when the lines sing loud enough the night before you know the Kings are on their way!
Perfect Day for Big Kings
With warm weather and low wind, we expect to catch some kings today. According to NOAA Weather
Humidity: 46 %
Wind Speed: S 7 MPH
Barometer: 30.11"
Dewpoint: 45 °F (7 °C)

Today: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. South wind between 13 and 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 56. West wind between 8 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 74. West wind between 5 and 8 mph.

Saturday Night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 62. West wind around 10 mph.

Sunday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

OCP-1 Buoy Data Water Conditions

 Here's a link to our buoy. Check out water conditions daily.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

First Citation on Chopper Blue at OCP - Dustan McDaniels

Dustan McDaniels
Dustan brings in a Chopper Blue that brings him a citation.


Weight: 15lbs
Length: 38"
Girth: 16"


Another Chopper Blue.
Great Catches of the Day at OCP!

Going to be a great Weekend 
for the Rebel King Tournament!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Changes to Coastal Recreational Fishing Regulations

Anglers Should Note Changes to NC's Coastal Recreational Fishing Regulations

MOREHEAD CITY – Recreational fishing season is fast upon us, and fishermen should be aware of new size and bag limits and seasons that have gone into effect for North Carolina coastal waters since last summer.
On Feb. 21, the minimum size limit increased to 15 inches and the daily bag limit decreased to six fish per person in all coastal waters of the state.
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission agreed to the change after a 2009 stock assessment found that while the southern flounder stock has improved since 2005, ...check out the rest of N.C.'s Marine Fisheries Story here...
*Story sourced from Marine Fisheries, Fish Eye News

1st Citation at OCP-Largest Flounder Yet!

Chuck Nicholson AKA Flounder Boy, 2011
"Flounder-Boy" Nicholson, brings in the biggest Flounder yet on Wed.,  April 27. 

Weight: 7lbs, 1oz
Length: 27.5"
Girth: 25" 

Now here's one you can REALLY sink your teeth into!

Congrats from everyone at the pier!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ocean Crest Pier's First King Catch of 2011- Colleen Brings it in

Colleen's 1st catch, 2011
Tuesday, April 26--With a screaming reel, and a real fight to bring it up, Colleen brings in the first King of the 2011 season at Ocean Crest Pier. 

Weight: 19lbs, 4oz

Yeah, you go girl! 
That's one for team, if we're taking numbers. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Here's the King. Who Will Be the First at OCP?...

Holy Mackerel, it's a King thing!

OCP Got the Blues; Biting on the King Rigs

Tom Sheppard - April 2011

 The kings are a comin'... 

As of April 17, the blues at the "T" started biting. They're small, but they're
back and biting.

Look at Tom Sheppard's catch of the day! Is that a shark? Sure is.
Not only were the shark biting, but also the blues. Lot's of blues biting at the "T".

Bobbi Diaz-Welch, April 2011

Bobbi's catch of the day-
Can anyone say, "shark infested waters?"

It's starting off as a great season. 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

New Management? Now the fish are really jumpin'!

Something Fishy!
A little fishy (probably a whiting) told me that Vance Courson, new manager for Ocean Crest Pier is just what the Dr. ordered to get things back on track, and get the fish jumpin’ at Ocean Crest Pier.

Best Bait on the Pier
If you haven't already met Vance, then most likely, you haven't been back to the pier this season. Well, what are you waiting for?  Get out your gear and come see what's happening at Ocean Crest Pier. You won’t be disappointed.

Who's Vance Courson?
Vance Courson, a transplant from the hot "A", that's Hotlanta (Atlanta, GA) to all you familiar with the South. Vance is the new pier manager ready to make positive changes and many friends. Asked what changes will he make, and he responds, "The only drastic changes I need to make that are critical to retaining the OCP community and success of this pier, is to ensure that everyone who walks through the door is greeted with a firm handshake, a big smile and plenty of one-liners that are sure to make you laugh", said Vance. Vance brings over 10 years experience in customer service, sales, and business administration. With a can-do attitude, and a personal and comedic style you've got to see to love, Vance is dedicated to his new community of anglers, the pier, and creating a unique experience for visitors.

Bait and Hook-Not Bait and Switch
Due to some much-needed changes at the pier, we are currently undergoing reorganization of management, products and services, events, maintenance and cleanup, and even a new Web site to better serve our local community and out of town guests. We continue to offer locals and visitors that down-home, southern experience they’ve grown to love. Our main focus is to provide a community of fun, safety, and a calendar packed full of events, spectacular fishing, and activities guaranteed to leave you with sand between your toes.

Thanks Ocean Crest Pier Community
We appreciate your patience as we continue to make OCP a place you can always come home to. A place you're sure to find the "biggest one yet"!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Welcome to the new official blog of Ocean Crest Pier!

Welcome All Locals, Anglers, and Visitors
Holy Mackerel!
Ocean Crest Pier, located in Oak Island-- home to the King Mackerel and Loggerhead Turtle, welcomes you to Fish Tales, our new community blog about pier happenings, tournaments, “what’s biting”, and holy mackerel!, “biggest Catch of the day!

About Fish Tales
Our main focus is providing our locals and visitors an online community where they can share up-to-date fishing news and personal experiences; get valuable information, tips, and find out what’s biting, what’s not! We encourage community involvement, and look forward to reading your incredible fish tales of the 2011 season.

We plan to blog weekly to keep you informed of any pier changes, updates, and additions to the pier including hours of operation, fees, and detailed information on fishing events like our upcoming: 

Upcoming Tournament
REBEL KING PIER TOURNAMENT May 6-8, 2011. Get rigged up and test your skills as OCP kicks off the season with the fight to conquer the Rebel, in our King Mackerel, CASH GUARANTEED, 50-30-20 cash payout tournament. --Registration fee $50
Date & Times:
Friday, May 06 from 6am - 5pm
Sat., May 07 from 6am – 5pm
Sun., May 08 from 6am – 2pm
For more information contact:
Vance Courson, Pier Manager
1405 Beach Dr. Oak Island, NC 28465
(910) 278-6674
We hope you enjoyed this introduction to the Ocean Crest Pier Blog. In our sidebar, you'll find a way to subscribe to our blog, which will deliver new postings directly to your e-mail. Or you can bookmark our page for easy retrieval. So tackle up, and click the comment button below, and tell us what you think!--Stay tuned for our next post, which will introduce you to the pier’s new management.