Feeding station set up at OIFC Reef

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Staff Report

Last year the N.C. Marine Fisheries designated AR460 (Artificial Reef 460) as OIFC/Jolly Mon Reef in honor and appreciation of the work done by Ocean Isle Fishing Center to enhance and promote the fisheries. (AR460 was established by the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association 3 miles off Ocean Isle Beach.)
At the presentation ceremony, Capt. Brant McMullan said, “Our goal at OIFC will be to make this the best artificial reef along the coast and we will put our minds to work to come up with a plan to make that happen.”
Fast forward to now and the OIFC announces the establishment of a research project for the Jolly Mon reef as approved by N.C. Marine Fisheries wherein a “feeding station” will be located at the buoy at Jolly Mon Reef.
Each day the OIFC charter fleet will deposit fish cascaras from the previous day’s fishing into the feeding station.
“The hope is this chumming action will draw a variety of fish to Jolly Mon Reef and thus enhance the fishing at this location,” McMullan said.
“It is requested those fishing the site report to info@OIFC.com the results of their fishing at Jolly Mon Reef. It is the hope this project enhances the fishing at Jolly Mon Reef and thus becomes a model for other artificial reef sites along the North Carolina coast.”