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"Gett'n Lucky" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/30/14
 

Trying to avoid the crowd, my crew and I hit a few other spots to see if we could find action elsewhere. We were looking for the flounder, but the trout were busting it. We put a limit in the box fishing live mullet on Carolina rigs in about an hour. We did find a couple of flounder in the same spot, but only one keeper. We decided to move around looking for a redfish. It didn't take long to find a 28 inch line stretcher! We couldn't get anything else going on the reds, so we went back to another flounder hole. We finished off the morning with a few more flounder just short of the mark. Great morning! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Carolina Slamm'n" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/29/14
 

Well, our big school of redfish took a break. We bounced around hitting a few other spots and found the action else where. A few redfish stretched the line to its limits for us. The trout shook their heads hard, but couldn't shake our hooks. The flounder scraped their noses on the bottom, but couldn't escape the frying pan. We turned a slow day into a slamm'n day. Thanks for fishing with us guys! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Rodeo Update as of 7-28-14" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/28/14
 


- Capt. Jeff Beck
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"Backwater Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/28/14
 

Redfish can provide some fast and furious action when they are around. We have found them cooperating a few times lately. Live mullet fished on Carolina rigs have been a really good way to find the action. Throwing scented soft plastics or soft plastics with great action down your favorite stretch of bank can also produce some action. Gulp mullet curly tails and sea shads by Bass Assassin are among the favorites of soft plastics to throw for redfish, trout, and flounder. Spro Bucktails tipped with live mullet or a gulp curly tail mullet can also provide some good action from the backwater species. See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Killing Me!!!" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/27/14
 

This was posted today by Jason McAlister..A 42 lb king caught off the Carolina Beach Pier.  I think I'm fishing near shore where the pogies are hanging.  But the water is 81 degrees..  I'm shaking my head.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Near Shore Reef Action" | N/A | 07/27/14
 

The Wallen family strikes again, on Friday Dr. Jeff Wallen and his first mate Josh hit the water. The catch of the day was a 28.80 Cobia caught at the Jolly Mon. Josh made sure to remind me that his Cobia was caught on his new OIFC rod.Great job guys!


- Shannon Reel
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Capt. Rickey 07/27/2014

Way to go Joshua! Y'all said you were going to catch a cobia with it Please give the folks the specs on your new set up, I know I loved it!!!





"Black Drum Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/27/14
 

Where are all the black drum? Well, there are several around in many different areas right now. Most are running on the small side between 12 and 13 inches. Please be aware that these fish now have new regulations, size limits, and a creel limit. Black drum must fall in a slot between 14 and 28 inches with a daily creel limit of 10 per day. If folks will adhere to these new regulations the future looks bright for these tasty critters and not to mention their line tigthening ability. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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Capt. Jacob Frick 07/29/2014

Thanks Steve! Hope you picked up a few things that will help you win that club tournament.

Steve Chase 07/27/2014

7/272014 Capt. Jacob, Thanks for the nice day on the water yesterday, on my birthday. We looked hard for the redfish but could not find them. However, the 5 flounder we hooked (3 throw backs) still made it a nice day. Always look forward to fishing with you because you are a nice person to spend the day with and have lots of fishing knowledge. Hope you have many successful trips ahead! Steve Chase





"Congratulations Windy Conditions" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/27/14
 

Congratulations  Windy Conditions fishing team for winning the Raleigh Saltwater Fishing Club King Tournament!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"IFA Pro/Am Day 2" | OIFC | 07/26/14
 

Man I'm glad that one is over!  Note to self...don't go to Jacksonville, FL for redfish.  Well at least that was the case this weekend.  Fishing for the entire field, save one competitor, was absolutely dismal.  This competition was a pro/am meaning co-anglers were randomly teamed with pro anglers each day and the heaviest two slot redfish stringer was the goal.  I fished day one with Will Burbach from the Tampa area and struggled all day only scratching out one 3lber.  Believe it or not I was only 3lbs off the cut which was 6lbs after day one.  The top 10 after day would qualify for the championship round three.  Today I fished with Mike Taylor from Swansboro, NC and it was the same story.  The fish just weren't around and even when you did find a few they were extremely skittish and wouldn't eat.  We did put one decent red in the boat late that was just over 5lbs.  To give you an idea of how bad the fishing was, even with my pitiful two day weight I was out of the top 10 by just 1lb.  Think I'll stick to fishing redfish in the Gulf.  Results of this event are below.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"IFA Pro/Am Day 2" | OIFC | 07/26/14
 

Man I'm glad that one is over!  Note to self...don't go to Jacksonville, FL for redfish.  Well at least that was the case this weekend.  Fishing for the entire field, save one competitor, was absolutely dismal.  This competition was a pro/am meaning co-anglers were randomly teamed with pro anglers each day and the heaviest two slot redfish stringer was the goal.  I fished day one with Will Burbach from the Tampa area and struggled all day only scratching out one 3lber.  Believe it or not I was only 3lbs off the cut which was 6lbs after day one.  The top 10 after day would qualify for the championship round three.  Today I fished with Mike Taylor from Swansboro, NC and it was the same story.  The fish just weren't around and even when you did find a few they were extremely skittish and wouldn't eat.  We did put one decent red in the boat late that was just over 5lbs.  To give you an idea of how bad the fishing was, even with my pitiful two day weight I was out of the top 10 by just 1lb.  Think I'll stick to fishing redfish in the Gulf.  Results of this event are below.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"No "Crusher" Needed" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/26/14
 

Clay Morphes without his assistant "Bone Brusher" Sauls put the smack down on the flounder today.  He was fishing near Dr. Jeff Wallen on some near shore AR's.  Dr. Wallen just took delivery on a new OIFC special order jigging set up he is using to pull the monster flatfish out of the wrecks.  These guys are serious flounder hunters.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"To Travel or Not Travel" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/25/14
 

Team "Do Work/OIFC" traveled a total of 127 miles during the S.H.A.R.E. Tournament for a 22+lb king.  A few days later Dave Roseman caught a 26lb 4oz king off Oceancrest Pier.  This isn't a fluke.  There have been more caught there and near shore.  We caught our bait near Oceancrest and a couple of days ago Capt. Chris Dew caught a 30 lb king while fishing near Oceancrest.   So does it pay to run to deeper?  It did for Capt. Brant and did somewhat for Team Do Work and many other Teams.  What a delemma!  What I read, have experienced and been told is to run offshore, find deeper, cooler water.  I don't know the answer.  What do y'all think?


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"IFA Pro/AM day one" | OIFC | 07/25/14
 

Today I reconfirmed my belief that redfishing in Louisiana and the Gulf is the best on Earth.  This is to say, redfishing in Florida is Tough!  My assigned pro today felt good going into the day as he had located fish prefishing and planned to go right back to his fish today.  Unfortunately it just didn't work out for him/us.  The fish were nowhere to be found and we scratched along all day for a handful of flounder, trout and one small redfish.  It was going for most of the field day.  Tomorrow I'll give it another go with NC angler Mike Taylor.  Mike had a tough day today also so hopefully tomorrow we both can redeem ourselves.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"When in doubt, look for a fin" | | 07/25/14
 

Fishermen start to wonder what to do when the nearshore bite just isn't happening. I'm here to tell you that shark fishing is the way to go. This nice 5-1/2 foot black tip was brought aboard the Carolina Cat yesterday using butterflied Pogies under a balloon. This type of fishing can be done by almost any angler with a boat. Be sure to grab a box of chum, and pogy oil from the OIFC to ensure your chum slick will attract those big sharks to your boat. Lockwood folly inlet all the way to the cape fear river channel has been producing a lot of good size sharks in the past few weeks for my charters. Get the family together and go on a shark adventure. You'll be surprised what you end up finding.
- "Treffinger, Derek James"
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"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
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"report" | OIFC | 07/24/14
 

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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
 

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"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"
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"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
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"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
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"Big Blacktips" | | 07/23/14
 

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