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"OIFC News & Events" | OIFC | 08/19/14
 

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INSHORE FISHING REPORT- Capt. Jeff Williamson

Well it's August. I like to think of it like fishing in March. Fish are broken up or schooled up. We've picked at them on the docks and crushed them when we find them grouped up in the deep creeks. Even with the 8th month being possible the wettest ever, the bait mullets,shrimp and pogies are everywhere.  What we are now starting to see is the beginning of the Bull Redfish run.  It usually starts mid August and runs well into October.   This past week we have been catching some 30"+ Reds in Shallotte Inlet and Little River Inlet is beginning to produce as well.  The preferred technique is to fish 3-5" live Menhaden on a 2oz Carolina Rig on the bottom.   We certainly don't discount the Flounder either.  They are still around and the nearshore Reefs have been producing some really good fish lately.  A great technique is to fish a SPRO 1.5, 2 or 3oz jig in white or chartreuse with a Sea Rind tail or a Berkly Gulp Jerk Bait tail.  The real trick is to set up over the structure, but if you can anchor the boat or use an auto anchoring trolling motor to sit over the structure, you will catch fish.  One other thing to note is the tackle to use when fishing the nearshore reefs.  Don't show up to a gun fight with a knife.  You will need some heavier tackle to get the Flounder out of the structure.  Dr. Jeff Wallen is a good friend and OIFC customer who had Capt. Brant set him up with a Shimano Trevala 66MH rod and Shimano Saragosa spin reel spooled with 50# braid.  If you prefer conventional, the Torium 20 or 30 would do a great job as well.  Dr. Wallen has put many 5+ pound Flounders on the dock and he has credited some of that success to using the needed tackle. 

 
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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 from 20' depths along the beach all the way out to 50' of water some 5 miles offshore.  We have also seen some larger Kings in the past few days feeding on and around the Spanish schools and the numerous Menhaden schools. 
The Kings are still being finicky in our area.  There are scattered fish in the 80'+ depth range, but we have not seem them move back into the typical 65' range as of yet.
We are seeing a greater abundance of Mahi still hanging around than is usual for August.  From 100' depths on out you can find scattered Mahi.  There are better numbers along the break, particularly on the weed beds that are formed up in the deep water.  The Wahoo fishing is coming back to life after a few month break.  The Wahoo typically show back up to area in later August and they are not disappointing.  This fishing will only get better right on into the Fall.
Another thing not to look past in August is the bottom fishing.  If you just want to bend rods and put a bunch of meat on the deck, August is a good month to get into the 100'-130' depth range and either drift or anchor to load the boat with a mix of Snappers and throw in a bonus Grouper or two.  The Vermillion Snapper and Triggerfish are particularly thick this time of year, but there is a trick to target them.  Rig up a standard 2 or 3 hook drop rig, but set the weight about 3' below the first hook.  For hooks, use 4/0 to 7/0 light wire circle hooks.  For bait use small thumb nail size pieces of squid.  The Vermillion and Triggers will hold 15-30' above the bottom.  On your first drop, don't put on any bait, but just see how many counts it takes for the weight to hit the bottom -- one Mississippi, two Mississippi........  Now you know its 30 Mississippi to the bottom.  Wind up and bait up and drop to 20 Mississippi.  Wait 30 seconds.  If no bites, drop another 2 seconds.  Continue this process until you get your first bites.  These bites will almost always be Vermillion or Triggers.  Once you find the "sweet count", drop to this spot every time and you will be putting food on the table.  Go getm!


THROWBACK PHOTO - 89.75 POUND WAHOO CAUGHT SEPT 9, 2006 BY OIFC ALUM CAPT ROGER GALES

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"No Photo Shop" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/19/14
 

Let me begin by thanking Donna Gurganus for these beautiful pictures.  When I 1st saw them I made one as my background on my home page.  These were taken by Donna on her iphone.  She could not reall tell what she was photographing  and they have NOT be photo enhanced.

Here is Donna's short version of the bill fish release.  "I was fishing with Bruce Martin on the 'Ante Up'-24 Cape Horn out of Carolina Beach.  We were fishing the Same Ole and the Nipple in about 330 ft of water.  We were putting lines back out after fighting a wahoo when the blue hit the short left on a Lil' Stubby.  We saw it right away and knew it was a billfish-as it proceeded to tail walk about three times!  I fought the fish just at two hours on a 6/0 with 50 lb test line and wind-in leader.  He was released strong with good color and swimming strong."


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Trout & Flounder" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/19/14
 

David Young, Eric Young from Raleigh & Kansas fished with Capt Jeff today Sent from my iPhone


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"Change of Venue contd" | | 08/19/14
 

Downtown Asheville- lots of nature lovers up here. Not sure I fit in with my fish blood stained OIFC T shirt. Kids are finding entertainment. Yesterday we toured the Biltmore house. I'm pretty sure that's not my thing. But apparently Mr Vanderbilt had plenty of time. Today we raft the French Broad river. I think I'm getting sea sick with all this elevation and low humidity!
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"Change of Venue" | | 08/18/14
 

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"Change of venue" | | 08/18/14
 

After a long Summer of fishing and work, Brant, Amy, Caroline and Brayden are changing venues. Mountains, cool weather and 4-legged animals--- no fins or scales or sand for a few days. The last hoorah before school is back in. Currently at The Biltmore outside of Asheville and soon to be followed by Dollywood. It's a Griswold family vacation! Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Quick Backwater report" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/18/14
 

Mullet minnows are thick in the waterway. Low tide they are extremely easy to find, but during high tide you have to look a little harder. Flounder, reds, and trout are around, but they don't seem to be hanging around in one place for long. Moving around until you find a few seems to be the ticket. Of course, fishing is fishing, you never know if you were 15 mintues early or 15 minutes late. The fall migration of mullet has started and the predator fish will not be far behind. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Fall Ahead" | OIFC | 08/18/14
 

Althought its August now, Fall is not too far off.  The kids go back to school next week and like Jimmy Buffet sings, "...... when the coast is clear."  Here are a couple of Fall fishing pictures just to stir the soul a little.

 

 


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"Good Morning" | | 08/18/14
 

What a beautiful view to start the week! We hope to have the Fishing Report in full swing this week Sent from my iPhone
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"Circle E Candles" | | 08/17/14
 

We are now carrying Circle E Candles at OIFC. These are excellent candles for your home and would make the perfect gift! Come see us! Shannon
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"Scamp" | | 08/17/14
 

Ronnie Joyce of Mt Airy with super nice Scamp Grouper taken from 100' of water within sight of the Frying Pan Tower Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Woody Wooten" | | 08/17/14
 

This is Woody's 7 lb Flounder he caught last week Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Throwback" | | 08/14/14
 

Too bad had to throw it back! Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Thank You" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/14/14
 

Thank y'all for bearing with us while we are wrestling with web page issues.  In the mean time some of the Captains are posting on our facebook page.  Keep your reports and pictures coming and we will publish them as soon as we can.

Also Capt. Jacob told me a picture of an African Pampano mysteriously changed to a mahi.  Trust me I know the difference.  But I may not know what a king looks like because of the way the "Do Work"s season has gone.

Thanks again from the entire OIFC Crew!

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"Red & Trout Action" | | 08/13/14
 

Shane Britt (Britt's Bucktails) sent me these pictures of fish he caught between Lockwood & Shallotte. He said he caught a lot of short fish & a few keepers. Shane reports the best action has been trout & drum Sent from my iPhone
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"Circle E Candles Now Available At The OIFC" | N/A | 08/13/14
 

The exclusive Circle E candles are now available at the OIFC. We now have 6 different beach inspired scents in two sizes. We will see you soon!


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"Technical Difficulties" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/11/14
 

Please bear with us.  We are having technical difficulties that allow us tp post pictures from our phones but on our computers.  I have several pictures and will get them up ASAP.  Please keep them coming!

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"Grouper 80'" | | 08/10/14
 


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"Heartbreak" | | 08/10/14
 

This is a picture of a king caught by Team Windy Conditions after being nailed by a shark the remains weighed 31 lbs. The misfortune happened during the Onslow Bay Tourney Sent from my iPhone
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"Supermoon" | | 08/09/14
 

This weekend is the "Supermoon" which is when the moon is closest to the Earth. Beware if extreme tides Sent from my iPhone
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