Capt. Brant's Fishing Report

HELP WANTED- JOIN THE OIFC TEAM
OIFC seeking full or part-time, year-round employees. Retail and saltwater fishing-boating experience required. CALL CAPT BRANT 910-367-2945

 

 

 

 

 

 
Search Fishing Reports:
Current Year All Years

Start Over

Watch the OIFC Crew in action.
Logo

Page 1 of 339

1 2 3 4 5 6next ›
"IFA Redfish Pro AM" | OIFC | 07/24/14
 

I'm on the road again this weekend chasing redfish.  This time however, the competition is being held by the Inshore Fishing Assoication and the format is what they are calling a pro/am.  I have entered as an amateur and as such am randomly paired with a "pro".  For anyone interested in getting involved in competitive redfishing, this pro/am format is ideal to learn people, places, and equipment.  I jumped all over the opportunity to fish in a new area with guys who have spent a week prefishing the area.  This particular event is in Jacksonville, FL.  I'm fishing another one of these in couple months in Slidell, LA. 

Today I took the opportunity to hook up with one my fellow HT anglers, who is also fishing this IFA pro/am but as a pro, on his boat for some scouting.  Besides learning new water, the biggest attraction for me to this event is checking out all of my fellow competitor's equipment. 

Tomorrow is day one of the event and tonight at the Captains meeting I was paired with a Tampa, FL guide Will Burbach.  Being the "amateur" in this tournament has it's advantages.  No worrying about getting the boat set up, finding fish, ect.  All I do is show up and go fish.  Perfect if you ask me.  We will be fishing for 2 redfish tomorrow within the Florida slot which is 18" - 27".  I will then be paired with a different pro on day two and my combined weight will determine my placing.  If I finish within the top ten then I fish a day three with 9 other competitors.  Stand by for tomorrow's report.

Check out www.ifatours.com/pro-am for more info.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*




"report" | OIFC | 07/24/14
 

GUY HARVEY APPAREL- SALES PROMOTION
STARTS FRIDAY, JULY 25th- BUY 1, GET 2nd AT 50% OFF
LIMITED TIME OFFER
 
Ocean Isle Fishing Center

JOB OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

 
Job Description:
Full or part-time staff to work year-round, not seasonal.  Jobs include store clerk, ringing up customers, answering and directing phones, straightening and maintaining product on display and keeping general appearance of the store.  Job may also include product check-in and restocking if interest and aptitude is displayed.
Retail experience and saltwater fishing and boating experience is required.
EMAIL or Call Capt. Brant McMullan at 910-367-2945 if you have interest in discussing opportunities working at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center
 


http://update.oifc.com/q/aGh9p602SLSpfhmcNEX3HcdTOJ2QhaB2Ijhhs0D6JpU_foQG_a5x-JhcG

Season 2 is underway and new episodes are being posted every 2 weeks- Check it out and watch as Capts Brant and Barrett and family go on fishing adventures.
 
 

 

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT- Capt. Brant McMullan

The Spanish Mackerel fishing is finally coming back along our coast.  The water is finally cleared up pretty decent and schools of Spanish are balling up Glass Minnows in the 25-35' depth range along the beach.  We have also seen some larger Kings in the past few days feeding on and around the Spanish schools.  OIFC Capt. Chris Dew guided a group to a 29.8 pound King, caught on Tuesday, while drifting for sharks outside of Shallotte inlet. 
Just today I put in a strong effort to see if the Kings might have moved back into the 65-70' depth range and I totally struck out.  I fished the Jungle and Hammer area and saw no Kings.  However, at the Hammer I ran across a rogue school of Bull Redfish which were being blanketed by herds of 5-8' Blacktip Sharks.  It was pretty crazy as the Redfish would take the downrigger baits and then you'd look down and see Sharks all over the place, which would then of course take any baits still left out.  I'm not sure if the Sharks were feeding on or with the Redfish?  We did not have any of the Reds we caught get eaten, so I'm thinking they must have been working together in some fashion?
This past weekend Brant, Barrett, Amy, Caroline and Brayden- Team OIFC- (minus Rube) fished the SHARE King Mackerel tournament out of Wrightsville Beach.  We chose to fish off of Ocean Isle in the100' depth range.  It was one of those "meant to be" days as the seas were dead flat and success was just too easy.  We pulled up at 8:00am and began setting lines.  Barrett had just set a third line out and turned around to say something to me when the rod he just set down doubled and peeled off 50 yards.  The fish then ran straight back to the boat before making another 50 yard dash and then repeated.  It circled across the back of the boat and then made a strong run.  I did not give it much attention as this is a very common Wahoo performance- a cool catch but not what we were looking for.  Barrett was up front minding his own and doing battle while Amy and I worked and continued to fish.  Then the cry "GET THE GAFF" comes from Barrett as the fish presents itself and low and behold, Kingfish.  It was slick calm, the water was clear and you could see the fish so perfectly.  When I looked down there are seconds of thinking how big this fish is.  At 40' down it may well be 50 pounds.  It looks like it and I sure as heck am hoping for it.  As it nears the surface, perspective narrows and reality kicks in.  However, we know its a good fish, and for us, our goal is to catch a 30 pounder when we leave the dock for a tournament.  We consider that a very respectable fish, and this would clearly accomplish that objective.  The fish layed out nicely and I placed the gaff in the rear quarter.  It was 8:30am, we had the fish we wanted in the bag-- now what?  This is a situation most all tournament anglers dream of, but I can say for one that I have not experienced it but on just a very few occasions.  We decided to do some looking around for the future and through this, Brayden landed his first billfish; a nice Sailfish.  He was fired up for sure.  We then caught a few Snapper and a Grouper to boot to make for a fresh dinner and made our way to Wrightsville Beach for the weigh-in.  We were excited to finish second with our 37.14 pound King, finishing just .26 pounds behind the Intercoastal Angler team which weighed the winning 37.40 pound King.  Congratulations to all winners including OIFC Team Mr. Good Hands, Toby Russ for a 32 pound, 7th place King as well.  It was quite a day and one which helps build the motivation to endure days on end of no fish and foul weather in search of that highest high; just one more time.


Brant and Amy McMullan with 2nd place, 37.14 pound King.  Not pictured:  Barrett, Caroline and Brayden McMullan


4 year old Brayden poses with his very first Sailfish caught and released this past weekend.  Not pictured:  Barrett
 

- Capt. Brant McMullan
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*




"Cobia Action" | | 07/24/14
 

First mate Sean Morris, and The Wahba family hold up two nice Cobia we caught near the Shalotte ledge. They bit live menhaden baited up on flounder rigs. These fish should continue to populate the nearshore reefs and wrecks off our coast until our first cold snap pushes them offshore. Just because you don't see them, doesn't mean their not there. Drop some menhaden down on your favorite bottom rig and see what you find.
- "Treffinger, Derek James"
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*




"S.H.A.R.E . Tournament" | | 07/23/14
 

As Colonel Hannibal Smith from the TV Show the A-Team always said, "I love it when a plan comes together." That's exactly what happened this past weekend when The Mr. Goodhands Team fished the 4th annual S.H.A.R.E. tournament out of Wrightsville Beach. Myself and team mates Jeff McDonald, Andy Russ, and Dur Thomason had discussed all week our plans of catching and penning up bait before our declared fishing day of Sunday. We caught bait Friday and Saturday and had enough, providing they all lived for Sunday. Part one of our plan was a success and we loaded seven dozen lively pogies into the livewell on Sunday morning. Part two of our plan was to depart the dock early enough to put lines in at Christmas rock as soon as lines in time of 7am as we could. We departed the dock at 5:40am and headed towards Lockwood Folly inlet. Once we broke the inlet we were greeted with flat seas. I pushed the throttles up to 4800 and we were cruising at 36 knots on our way to our destination. We crossed the shoals as the Sun was coming up. We pulled the throttles back at 7:15 and were the 5th boat there. Part two of the plan was complete. Once we arrived Jeff and Andy put out the spread and now its time to find an ole Mossy Back. For the next hour an a half we proceeded to catch sharks at every depth we set our down riggers. At 8:30 the downrigger popped and Dur grabbed the rod to what we all thought was another shark until it got close to the boat and then the fish decided to let us all know that it was not a shark and just about melted the Torium 30. We got the lines cleared and started to run the fish down. For the next 15 minutes it was a battle of up and down until we saw the flash of Silver. We took our time and as soon as the big girl gave us a shot, Jeff stuck the gaff into our king and she was in the boat. After high fives all around the boat we put her in the bag and iced her down good. We felt good about our fish and decided we would be at the scales when they opened at 3pm. We continued to fish until 1:30 without another strike. Once we got to the scales our fish would weigh in at 32.48lbs. We finished 7th overall and our Junior Angler Grayson Russ finished 3rd. We had a great weekend of fishing. Congrats to Capt. Brant and family for their 2nd place finish and to all the OIFC fishing teams that weighed a fish this past weekend. Hope to see everybody at the Rumble in the Jungle in late September. In case you have not seen the info on this tournament this year, first place is $35,000 guaranteed on one boat entry. Until next time, tight lines everyone. Captain Toby Russ Mr. Goodhands Fishing Team
- William russ
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*




"6hr on Carolina cat" | | 07/23/14
 

We ran into a school of big red drum in 70' of water. They were surrounded by a school of 60-80lb Blacktip sharks. It was pretty wild. We did not see any bites from Kings but gave it a good shot Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*




"Big Blacktips" | | 07/23/14
 

Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*




"Red drum offshore" | | 07/23/14
 

Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*




"Redfish Frenzy" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/23/14
 

After dealing with heavy rains from a hurricane, more rain from cold fronts, and windy conditions stirring the water. We have finally found a large school of redfish feeding in the backwater. It is about time they showed up! Baitfish are thick in the waterway from Little River to Shallotte River. Redfish should continue moving in and out with the tides feeding on the large pods of mullet minnows. My last few trips have enjoyed catching several redfish in the 24 to 30 inch range. I am looking forward to more and more of these great fighting fish to show up for the mullet run. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*




"More S.H.A.R.E." | Do Work / OIFC | 07/22/14
 

 

Marcus Dening and the crew of the "Screaming Decon" caught this nice king in 80 ft. deep wated.  The fish swam up to check the boat out, they tossed it a pogey and he jumped all over it.

Thanks for the report Marcus

The other picture is of Jonathan Staley and his king taken during the SHARE Tournament

><)})*>J


- Capt. Rickey Beck
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*




"Great day with the Wilsons" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/22/14
 

The day started off absolutely gorgeous with light winds and cooler than normal weather. By the end of our trip the East wind was blowing near 20 kts. making things difficult. Ronnie landed our first keeping flounder first thing in the morning along with a few short fish. Sandra found our first redfish and some more short flounder. As the conditions got worse the fishing seemed to pick up. Sandra busted another nice flounder while Ronnie struggled to get two really good bites to the boat. Ronnie finally stuck the hooks in a short fish. We made our final move and found some trout to complete the Carolina Slam. Sandra also found another nice flounder, bluefish, and a ladyfish. It was great just spending time on the water and catching a few fish with these folks. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*




"Team OIFC 37.14" | | 07/21/14
 

Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*

Jay 07/23/2014

Great job! We missed that tournament, but plan to do "fish for miracles" out of Charleston "Team Aqua Loco"





"Brayden's first sail" | | 07/21/14
 

Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*

Cane Faircloth 07/22/2014

Beautiful sail Brayden congrats!!!





"Hammer time " | | 07/21/14
 

Graham just captured a nice hammer head shark!
- "Treffinger, Derek James"
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*




"Team OIFC follow up" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 07/21/14
 

Our King Mac that we were headed to the scales with yesterday ended up weighing 37.14 pounds. We finished 2nd behind Intercoastal Angler who won the event with a 37.4. Congrats to their team. Also great job to all the OIFC team boats who weighed-- Toby Russ and the Mr Goodhands/OIFC crew finished 7th with a 32.5, Do Work/OIFC had a 23.5, Choice of Two/OIFC had a 24 and Sea PA/OIFC had a 21.9-- great job and thanks for the strong effort. Brayden caught his first Sailfish yesterday. He is fired up. He has been all over me for the past month about wanting to catch a Marlin. This wasn't an exact fix, but it did simmer down the fire a little. While catching the Sail he made sure to remind his mother and I that his birthday was coming up and he was told he could have a Marlin necklace if he caught one- not much gets by him. Yesterday was one of those magical days that keeps you coming back. We have been beat, soaked, wind burned, skunked...... many trips. However on this one we hit it just right with weather and incredible fishing luck. And thus through all the trials and tribulations of fishing, particularly competitive fishing, the highest high, is just slightly higher than the lowest low and so we will go back again in search of that feeling. Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center


- Austin Aycock
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*

Capt. Rickey 07/21/2014

Team Do Work was proud to have Austin Aycock of Team Hail Yeah/OIFC join us. I can see this young man as Captain of an OIFC Charter Boat in the very near furture.





"The Wrong Flatfish? Fun?" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/21/14
 

When the action is slow thank goodness for a stingray or two. Stingrays aren't the most glamorous species, but they sure will tug on your line. It is just plain fun to tangle with one of these to test your arm strength and your gear. We did find a few of the right flatfish for the dinner table and released a few reds. Live mullet on a carolina rig is getting done. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*




"Team OIFC adventures" | | 07/20/14
 

Brant, Barrett, Amy, Caroline and Brayden joined forces again this weekend to compete in the SHARE King Mackerel tournament out of Wrightsville Beach. The weather was as good as we have seen this year- slick calm seas. And..... We had a good day of fishing. 4 year old Brayden released his first Sailfish and we are headed to the scaled now with a decent fish. It may not be a winner but it's a good fish and we are proud of it. Stay tuned for the final report on how we do. Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*

Joe Seegers 07/20/2014

Congratulations, Brayden! I hope it is the first of thousands of billfish for you.

Joe Seegers 07/20/2014

Congratulations, Brayden! I hope it is the first of thousands of billfish for you.

Jeff malpass 07/20/2014

where did you guys catch that sailfish

Jeff malpass 07/20/2014

Where did you guys catch that sailfish.

Rube McMullan 07/20/2014

Just heard from them...37.14 currently in 2nd place. Brayden caught his first sailfish[at age 4!]. Congrats Team OIFC!!


Jeff malpass 07/20/2014

Where did you guys catch that sailfish.

Rube McMullan 07/20/2014

Just heard from them...37.14 currently in 2nd place. Brayden caught his first sailfish[at age 4!]. Congrats Team OIFC!!




"Working Hard for those Smiles" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/20/14
 

Plenty of small nibblers out there to keep you busy baiting hooks. Flounder have been providing some good action. Redfish have been hard to find at times, but once you do it is game on! Speckled trout have also been scattered around providing some headshaking action at times. Mullet minnows are thick as fleas in the waterway. Pogies have made a better showing the last few days as well. The bait is thick and the predators can't be too far away. Some trips we find a few, others we don't find them at all, and then others we can't shake them off the hook. Live mullet have been my favorite bait on a carolina rig lately. Soft plastics in white and chartreuse colors will also work well. Gulp 4" mullet cruly tails and Bass Assassins sea shads are great alternatives to live baits. See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*




"Mayson" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/19/14
 

Mayson is a young man who is a great and loyal customer of the OIFC.  He lives on and fishes Wilmington St canal regularly.  He sent me this picture of 2 flounder he caught on Capt. Rickey's Custom Flounder and Red Drum Rigs on a recent outing.  But, he also caught a keeper flounder in an empty crab cage too.

Thank you for being an enthusiastic angler, & a loyal customer.

><)})*>J


- Capt. Rickey Beck
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*




"Happy Girls" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/19/14
 

Bonecrusher Sauls says his girls seem happier than him about catching a red drum and fishing than he was.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*




"Facebook" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/19/14
 

Folks don't forget to take a look at our facebook page and like us for additional pictures and reporting. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
Post Comment
Name:*

Email:*

Comment:*




1 2 3 4 5 6next ›

Charters Fishing Reports Webstore Contact ©2014 Ocean Isle Fishing Center. All Rights Reserved
Ecommerce Website Design by InterCoastal Net Designs
Myrtle Beach Fishing | Sunset Beach Fishing | Holding Beach Fishing | Cherry Grove Fishing | Things To Do In Ocean Isle Beach