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"Fishing update" | | 06/29/16
 

Ok here's the state of the Union as I know it; Spanish Macs have been all along beach n 15-25'. They have been on glass minnows and also around edges of Pogy pods. Cobia have been thinning out but still an occasional on a Pogy Pod or offshore reef. I had a 46# yesterday in 80' and a 25# today in 50'. Kings have been MIA; at least legal sized. There are a lot of 20-22" Kings from the beach out to 65' which looks good for the future, but now has been slim. But, I got word today that the better 10-20# Kings are showing off Murrells Inlet and heading this way. Bottom fishing has been pretty steady in 90+ depths. Mahi are thin and that's about most of what I've seen. Wait! Almost forgot. I don't know if there is anything to it, but we have been seeing Tarpon every day off Tubbs Inlet. We caught one a few days back and I don't know if I'm looking harder now but they are for sure out there. Maybe it's another growing beach fishery that is responding to the abundance of Pogys; like the Cobia fishing. Stay tuned. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Change for the better" | OIFC | 06/29/16
 

As many fishermen are already well aware, success and failure on the water revolves around change. It could be blue bird skies turning to cloud cover, the wind turning from south to west or the always favored hard color edge from green to blue. These changes can be forecasted some three weeks in advance or unexpectedly. Yet as a charter captain, I hold myself responsible to monitor these changes to increase my chances of finding “the next good bite.” Well, as much as we all like to be the first ones to tell our buddies “yeah there’s some good fish at the shark hole” or “couldn’t keep baits in the water at the Hammer,” there hasn’t been much of that going on recently. A few large kings have been caught in the 100’ range while bottom fishing or trolling ballyhoo yet the large schools of 10-20# class fish haven’t shown up yet in our area. However, if your willing to make the run, I did confirm that there were a few kings caught in the mid 20’s in 80 feet off Topsail beach on Monday.

Here off the Brunswick Islands, most all of the action has been coming from just 200 yards off the beach while fishing the menhaden pods or 40-miles offshore bottom fishing. On our 4hr and 6hr trips, the OIFC charter fleet has focused mainly on trolling around the bait pods for Spanish mackerel then drifting near them for sharks or anything else in search of a meal. These bait pods are oftentimes overlooked as simply the source that fills your live well to run offshore. However, on the right bait pod anglers could have a shot at big kingfish, cobia, tarpon, and of course smaller species like spanish mackerel and bluefish. It does indeed take some patience and persistence to find that “perfect pod” but when found, it usually holds a fish for the photo album.

If looking to fill your freezer, look no shorter than 40 miles out. This 90-foot depth range out to 250 feet has been producing some great bottom fishing this year. Black sea bass, pink snapper, vermillion snapper as well as scamp and gag grouper have been pretty consistent while fishing small ledges and hard bottom areas in this range. And if for some reason an urge for a back and tricep workout occurs, just free line a live bait out near an offshore wreck for amberjack – they have been big and quite aggressive.

Regardless of what the target species is or how far your willing to run, keep in mind that with fishing and fishing during this year in particular, has revolved around ongoing changing conditions. However, my fingers have been crossed that this may be the week the typical 20-mile offshore bite fires off. With the calm, stable conditions we’ve has over the last three days, something is bound to start chewing.    


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Team Beeracuda" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/28/16
 

 Congratulations to Team Beeracuda. They took delivery on their new boat & she's a beauty!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Let Freedom Ring! " | OIFC | 06/28/16
 

OIFC has all the gear you need to make this holiday weekend the best one yet! Stop by and see us today! We will see you when you get here! 

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Flounder Pounder" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/27/16
 

local flounder expert Captain Tommy Helms caught this sweet flounder at the Jim Caudle Reef on a live Pogey.   He also landed this "citation" toad fish.  Toad fish tournament anyone?                                 

The 3rd picture is Jeff Bell at the Jetties Monday.  Jeff was using OIFC quality mud minnows


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Summer Kings" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/26/16
 

 

The summer king bite is on and we don't have to go far out to find it. Below is a picture posted by Tex's Tackle of Wilmington of a 47 lb 9 oz king caught on a live blue fish by Dave Wood of Wilmington. They posted that Dave was Spanish fishing with a Sea Striker Got-Cha plug when he caught the blue. He put the blue on a king rug and was drifting about 500 yards off Figure Eight Island.  He fought the king for 40 minutes on a 29 lb spinning    

The next picture is courtesy Chris Bryan. It is from Springmaud BeachResort Pier in Myrtle and is of Charlie with a 32.7 lb 53" long King he caught there yesterday

Meanwhile on the flounder front, I just got this picture of inshore expert Clay Morphis and two nice flat fish he caught


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"New era in OIFC charter fishing" | | 06/25/16
 

Capt Brody and mate Austin guided their group to a Tarpon release today in front of Tubbs inlet. We have seen a couple in the last week so maybe this is the start to a new fishery. Stay tuned. Congrats to the angler and crew. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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Alex 06/25/2016

What did it hit??





"Live Bait School" | | 06/25/16
 

I have 3 spots open for a live bait class: Land class Wednesday, July 6th at 6pm and fishing Thursday, July 7th all day. If you want to reserve spot, call me at 910-575-3474. Capt. Brant McMullan www.OIFC.com (910) 575-3474
- "Brant McMullan"
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"Flounder Action" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/24/16
 

Gulf Stream expert and Capt. Of the Reel McCoy, Daniel Simmons shows off a Tubbs Inlet flounder he caught yesterday. When it's too windy to go out you must adapt and overcome 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pogy Bobbing" | OIFC | 06/22/16
 

I am getting around to posting the results and some pictures from the Jolly Mon Pogy Bobbing contest we had on Friday eve.  I thank everyone who came out despite the tournament being postponed.  It was nice to see so many of you continue tradition in enjoying great food from our friends at Guy C Lee, win some free stuff from the shuttle raffle and then of course, partake or spectate in Pogy Bobbing.

10 and under division-

Mason Owens (10) - 12.02 seconds

11-14 division-

George Coker II (11) - 18.36 seconds

Adult division

Katelyn Kincer (too old to be acting like this!) - 3.5 seconds


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Smithe105 06/23/2016

I genuinely enjoy studying on this website, it holds good content. Never fight an inanimate object. by P. J. O'Rourke. ebddekdkecdfadea





"Cast net class" | | 06/22/16
 

Brayden is in full motion as he whips his new 6' net into the canal. His buddy Maddox is manning the 4' net. It's a "cast-off" to see who can throw better and catch more. Watching my son grow up on the dock and be so immersed into everything fishing has been a great joy. Him bopping around in bare feet and bleach blonde hair reminds me of me! Chasing fiddler crabs, harassing mud minnows, selling live shrimp to innocent charter captains.. This is the life for him. Capt. Brant McMullan www.OIFC.com (910) 575-3474
- "Brant McMullan"
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Steve Chase 06/23/2016

Brayden is absolutely adorable! It is amazing to watch him bring in fish bigger than himself! He has a wonderful personality and a true love of fishing.





"Donut Miss Out!" | OIFC | 06/21/16
 

OIFC Staff member Will is so excited about the new donut floats that came in today! Donut miss out come in today to get yours!! 


- Shannon Reel
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"Monday Morning Pancake" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/20/16
 

A perfect pancake during the Jolly Mon VIP by the Kryptec Fishing Team.  We got our bait at the starting line in 30 ft of water with the help of our Capt Brant's Custom Pogey Net


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Thank You! " | Tiberias - 22' | 06/20/16
 

Brian and Brynne Coaker joined me in the afternoon on Friday this past week. We worked hard to find a nice sheephead, a solid black drum, and a beautiful speckled trout. We had many other smaller critters that kept us busy including sharks, toadfish, bluefish, and pretty good sized croakers. Brain and Brynne have both served in the military and Brian is still currently serving in his 16th year with the Army. Awesome couple! We greatly appreciate your sacrifice and commitment to serve and protect our country. Thank you! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Black Drum Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/19/16
 

The black drum action in our area has been pretty good lately. Some small black drum and craokers have been keeping the action steady while we wait for the more significant bites from the larger 3 to 6 pound black drum. John, Lisa and Eric had a blast catching some nice ones earlier this week. Truth be told Lisa(Mom) not pictured caught the most. Eric did drill the biggest hitting the scales just shy of 8 pounds. Gordon and Cathy Lavin joined me in the afternoon finding a slower bite, but managed to put three beautiful black drum in the boat for dinner. We all had a blast! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Sailfish Caught!" | OIFC | 06/18/16
 

Sailfish was caught using the Red Sea witch lure with ballyhoo trolling at about 7 mph. The names of the people from left to right are Caitlin Mehaffey, Ben Williams, Hunter Mehaffey, and Glen Williams and Rachel Mehaffey taking the picture.The crew ended up catching two sails offshore near the Blackjack about one week ago!

Nice job guys! 

- Katelyn Kincer
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"Citation Speckled Trout" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/18/16
 

Chad Winchester caught and released a 26 inch speckled trout earlier this week during his backwater fishing trip with Capt. Jacob Frick. The trout fell for a live finger mullet on a carolina rig fished on the bottom. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"FW: Flatty" | | 06/18/16
 

Hey Capt. Brant, caught this 22" today on vudo shrimp. Hate the Jolly Mon got postponed, was a pretty good day today but looks rough the rest of the weekend. Travis Mabe
- "Brant McMullan"
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"Backwater Flounder" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 06/18/16
 

Ella Bellamy shows her dad Corey (Choice of Two) how it's done in the backwaters of Sunset/Bird Island. The water temp is perfect for the local flounder bite


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon. Captains Dinner" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/17/16
 

We had a good turnout for the Jolly Mon Captains dinner and as always a great Pogey bobing contest. Below are a few pictures along with a picture of Capt Brant presentingTeam Reel Methods Captained by Pete Peterson the winners award for this year's VIP Tournament


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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