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Last Updated - 10/15/2017 06:07:26 PM

START 1) 45.60 - Clearly Hooked     2) 44.00 - Team Grip Flip     3) 43.05 - Fish Hard Gear     4) 43.00 - Outta Line     5) 42.10 - Reel Methods     6) 41.05 - Open Wide     7) 39.45 - Shockwave     8) 39.35 - Beeracuda     9) 37.80 - Conference Call     10) 37.30 - Wilm Auto/King Hunter     11) 37.10 - Karma Bites     12) 36.85 - Four Sons     13) 36.20 - Lil John/Reel em up     14) 36.00 - Sea P.A.     15) 35.50 - OIFC     16) 35.15 - O D Bank     17) 34.80 - Max'd Out     18) 34.55 - On Point     19) 34.35 - King Carnivore     20) 34.35 - All In/AM    FINISH

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"King Mac Charters Are Hot" | OIFC | 10/08/17
 

Capt. "Bad" Brad Faulk and first mate Jonathan "I'm not usually" Wright guided Brian and Sally Bolt from Apex, NC and Owen Lowdermilk from Hope Mills, NC for an 8hr trip of red hot King Mackerel fishing over the weekend.  October is King Mackerel month.  6 and 8 hour trips will get them biting.  Give us a call to book your trip- (910) 575-3474


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"US Open - Record Breaking Fishing" | OIFC | 10/08/17
 

Fishing is the most humbling of sports.  One day you think you are great and have it figured out and the next month you spend hours agonizing on what you are doing wrong and why you are so bad at this.  Then the next big bite comes and you are back on top.  As a wise and experienced fisherman once told me, "We tournament fish becasue the highest highs are just ever so slightly higher than the lowest lows".  However, when you are in a low that comes to question.

I say all this with this past weekend's US Open King Mackerel Tournament in mind.  I can't say this was officially the strongest leaderboard in tournament history, but I've been fishing the event for more than 20 years, and I've never seen a leader board that had 10th place at 38 pounds and 50th place at 30 pounds.  It was impressive.  But then you pick out any 10 teams that fished and 8 of them will tell you it was terrible; they caught little or no fish.  And half of those teams could be high-level experienced teams.  And thus the humbling effect of a fishing tournament.  

But, if you can look past the incredibly strong desire to win and analyze the fishing and the weather and the experience, I will admit it was a great weekend of fishing.  It was classic US Open fishing with 200+ boats sitting in the Cape Fear Ship Channel fighting over the same fish.  While the other 300 boats were scattered across 100 miles of coast, catching King Mackerel from water depths of 10' all the way out to 100'. The majority of the bigger fish came from the Cape Fear Ship Channel, East Beach off Bald Head and Topsail Beach area, but there were fish caught all in between.  

First place was an impressive 49 pounds caught by the "Keep it Reel" fishing team out of Southport, NC.

And thus all this incredible fishing comes just ahead of the next big Kingfish event- the Fall Brawl King Classic.  The Fall Brawl will be hosted from the OIFC next weekend- October 13-15th.  This is a one day fishing tournament, with registration on October 13th and then teams choose fish either Saturday, October 14th or Sunday, October 15th.  Visit www.OIFC.com/FBKC for information and entry forms or on-line entry.

Pictured below is Caroline and Brayden McMullan with their 34.95 pound, 27th place King Mackerel they caught aboard the Team OIFC boat during the US Open this past weekend.


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"Fishing School Change...Oct. 20th and 21st" | Tiberias - 22' | 10/08/17
 

Due to schedule conflict I have moved my October fishing school to the 20th and 21st of this month. Please sign up early for this school as only three slots are available. Call now 910 575 3474! These schools have tremendously helped anglers over the years improve their confidence, skills and success on the water. Weather permitting this class will have a focus on how to target bull redfish this time of year. If weather does not cooperate we will focus more on the backwaters concentrating on flounder, drum, and trout. Eitherway, lots of information will be given that should give any angler a good jump start on how to approach our fishery. Come on down and lets go fishing. Below are a few pictures from this past week's action. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"BAIT PENS ARE HERE" | Catch All | 10/03/17
 

  
Having trouble with keeping your blues and pogies alive before a tournament? These pens are the fool proof solution. 

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36"x60"x"36" OVAL PEN w/ 1" SQUARE MESH - $335

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36"X36" CIRCULAR PEN w/ 1/2" MESH - $300 

 

GET YOURS AT THE OIFC BEFORE THE U.S OPEN THIS WEEKEND - CALL CAPT. DEREK AT 704 616-1615 TO RESERVE YOUR PEN TODAY. 

 


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"King Fishing at its Finest " | Catch All | 09/29/17
 

The kings are close to the beach and very very hungry. Pictured below William Hastings, David Colwell and Mathew Colwell joined me yesterday on the OIFC Catch All to venture out and see if we could find a trophy king mackerel. Our biggest was 31 pounds and set a personal record for Matthew. Great job yesterday guys!

The fishing along the beach has been pretty darn good here lately. Redfish and sharks up north towards the river channel and big king mackerel just outside Shallotte Inlet. We wait all year for this fall run. Call 910 575 3474 to book your trip today.  

 


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"Playing Hooky" | OIFC | 09/28/17
 

I can clearly remember growing up and dad would come and snatch Brant and I out of school and we would head east on I20.  This was particularly the case when October came round and Fall fishing hit its stride.  Well full circle to today and after seeing the calm forecast for this morning and hearing of the continued off the charts king mackerel bite going on just outside of Shallotte inlet I kept the family tradition alive and took my oldest daughter Blakely fishing this morning.  On our way to the boat, we had to pass our cousin Brayden getting ready for school so he piled in the truck too.  The deal was we had to be back at school at 11 so the fish needed to bite quick.  It did not disappoint.  Bait was thick right outside the inlet and seas were flat.  We joined about 20 other boats just offshore of Shallotte inlet and enjoyed a steady bite of quality king mackerel.  It wasn't red hot but most boats were catching fish.  Most fish were very good size averaging 20+lbs up to 45lbs.  I even heard of a big cobia being caught.  We accomplished our mission when we captured the 25lber seen below and missed a 30+ that skied about 20 feet in the air.  We washed the slime off the kids and put on different clothes and were back in school by 11.  Got love it when a plan comes together.  


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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Rube McMullan 09/29/2017

AND; in the immortal words of fishing legend Lentz H......."Boys, October only comes once a year, and you don't know how many more Octobers you will have." So let it be said; so let it be done.

Rube McMullan 09/29/2017

Now, that is a beautiful story!





"Playing Hooky" | OIFC | 09/28/17
 

I can clearly remember growing up and dad would come and snatch Brant and I out of school and we would head east on I20.  This was particularly the case when October came round and Fall fishing hit its stride.  Well full circle to today and after seeing the calm forecast for this morning and hearing of the continued off the charts king mackerel bite going on just outside of Shallotte inlet I kept the family tradition alive and took my oldest daughter Blakely fishing this morning.  On our way to the boat, we had to pass our cousin Brayden getting ready for school so he piled in the truck too.  The deal was we had to be back at school at 11 so the fish needed to bite quick.  It did not disappoint.  Bait was thick right outside the inlet and seas were flat.  We joined about 20 other boats just offshore of Shallotte inlet and enjoyed a steady bite of quality king mackerel.  It wasn't red hot but most boats were catching fish.  Most fish were very good size averaging 20+lbs up to 45lbs.  I even heard of a big cobia being caught.  We accomplished our mission when we captured the 25lber seen below and missed a 30+ that skied about 20 feet in the air.  We washed the slime off the kids and put on different clothes and were back in school by 11.  Got love it when a plan comes together.  


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Clark Hammock report" | | 09/25/17
 

Here are 2 pictures of my father/son fishing trip this past Saturday, 9/23. My son is George Hammock and this was his first Spanish Mackerel. We caught several big ones trolling clark spoons around the Shallotte River buoy. Landed a king as well slow-trolling a cigar minnow in ~45 ft. of water off of Shallotte River channel. We finished off our trip with lunch at the O.I. Fish Company. Take care, Clark Hammock
- "Brant McMullan"
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"Bottom Fishing School" | Catch All | 09/23/17
 

Another bottom fishing school in the books. Scott and Colton Price, Greg McLaughlin and Keith Wood climbed aboard the OIFC Carolina Cat today for an all day trip to learn our coast’s bottom fishery. The day started with making bait and man was it everywhere. Big, fat pogies from 10ft of water outside the inlet to 45 feet in the river channel. Once we captured enough live bait, we made about a 40 mile run to a spot on the east side of frying pan shoals. Upon arrival, the class made their first few drops with decent results from vermillion snapper and black sea bass yet not the size we were looking for. Small adjustments were made and we were finally positioned close to the hard bottom structure at anchor. Once this adjustment was made, the keepers started rolling in. After the dust settled and everyone’s arms were tired we headed in a little early to try some king mackerel fishing along the beach. No love from the kings but the school went home with plenty of bottom fish for dinners to come. Great job guys! Class dismissed.


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"Wwwaaahhhoooooo!!!!!" | Catch All | 09/23/17
 

Congratulations to Bill Creveling aboard the Fish Finder for a great Wahoo catch!  Bill reported that he hooked up on a king rig about 35 miles off of Ocean Isle Beach.


- Tiffany Aycock
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"Amy's Cover Girl" | OIFC | 09/22/17
 

Check out Capt. Amy as the new cover girl for RFA magazine -- 

 


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"Hot King Bite" | | 09/22/17
 

Capt "Bad" Brad guided Brenda Turner, Chelsea Gautreaux, Jodi Clutts and Jeremy Morris from Arkansas, Missouri and VA to a red hot King bite yesterday morning. The beach bite has begun and fishermen can now enjoy great action from quality Kings within sight of land. These fish were caught just outside Shallotte Inlet in 40' of water **** we have a boat open tomorrow and it's supposed to be perfect weather. Let's go fishing! Call us at 910-575-3474 to book Sent from my iPhone
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"They Have Arrived" | OIFC | 09/21/17
 

What a fortuitous report by Capt. Derek yesterday.  Yes, they have arrived.  The king mackerel are here.  They are on the beach.  And from a first hand account, they are HUNGRY!  Got word the charter boys were wearing them out today so dropped the bay boat in on lunch break and it didn't take long.  Big bait right outside the inlet and the big king mackerel right outside the bait.  Fished for one hour and had 4 on at once and all 4 were sky rocketers.  Biggest was 31lbs.  It appears fall fishing has beaten the fall weather here.  Fine by me.  

Side note, we also weighed an 81lb wahoo today at OIFC from 85' of water.  Not bad.  Go ahead and put notice in at work.  It's fall fishing on the Carolina coast.  They'll understand....


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Fall Bite Firing Off" | Catch All | 09/20/17
 

In between dodging hurricanes, both the fishing and the weather have been very good this week. The fall run of big spanish mackerel is officially here and with them comes of course, big blacktip sharks. In the midst of this migratory, a few big king mackerel have started to show up as well. Last week, a few nice kings were caught around Ocean Crest Pier during the South Brunswick Islands King Mackerel Tournament. And with how stable and calm things have been the past few days, I bet there will be some really nice fish showing up in the river channel today, tomorrow, and Friday. Everything is right for an all out river channel bite. The time to go fishing is now! Call 910 575 3474 to book your trip today.  


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Backwater School September 16th" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/18/17
 

Tom, Kenny, and Mike joined me this past Saturday to learn a little more about our backwaters surrounding our immediate area. We met Friday afternoon for a couple of hours covering various topics like knot tieing, equipment, weather conditions, structure, technique, etc...We also worked deligently on learning how to throw a small cast net efficently. This time of year revolves heavily around catching and locating live bait. After getting everyone versed on what to expect we decided to meet back at the Fishing Center around 8am to get our day of fishing started. We hit a few flounder holes first and everyone picked up a few getting the feel for the bite. I also explained what to look for and why I was picking those particular areas for flounder. We moved to a few redfish spots finding everyone a nice redfish and again I explained why we targeted those particular areas. We then moved on to finding and catching black drum. We found plenty and even threw several back for next time. I feel that everyone did excellent and should see them on the water having success in the future. Thanks guys! See ya on the water!

My next scheduled backwater class will be geared towards finding and catching bull redfish, land class 5pm on Oct. 14th and full day fishing on Oct. 15th. My last class of the year will focus on casting soft plastics for speckled trout, land class 5pm Nov. 3rd and full day fishing Nov. 4th. If you are interested please sign up immediately, only 3 spots are available and they do go fast!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Flounder Tournament" | OIFC | 09/17/17
 


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"Capt Amy to the rescue" | | 09/17/17
 

The kids had soccer and dance and there was a tournament to fish. Luckily I have an awesome wife who stands by me and with me in everything! And she's also a good fishermen. Capt Amy (who actually is an official USCG captain) and I fished the Shallotte KMT and although all we could produce form Kings was a mid 20s, we had a good day all around with a variety of species. We fished the 80-100' depth range. Sent from my iPhone
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"OIFC Happenings" | OIFC | 09/17/17
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

  • $215 Entry Fee by 10/9/17, $250 after
  • Top 20 heaviest King Mackerel
  • Sea Tow Small Boat division, 1st- 500, 2nd- $400, 3rd $300
  • Cy's World Junior angler divsion, 1st-10th $$ payout 
  • Ocean Isle Marina Carolyn Black Lady angler divsion, 1st-10th $$ payout 
  • Sportsman's Choice Marine SPEEDY KING Award.  $500 paid to the first King weighed on Saturday and $500 paid to the first King weighed on Sunday.  Scales open at 7am and you can weigh-in and go back fishing as many times as you want.
  • Spanish Mackerel division, 1st-3rd prizes paid in OIFC gift card
  • OIFC Family Fishing Awards, ALL teams that weigh ANY tournament eligible species and have a lady, junior AND senior angler on board win a $100 OIFC gift card.
  • Wheel of Fishing.  Weigh any eligible species and spin the wheel.  If you hit your fish's weight, you win $100 on the spot 
  • CLICK HERE for entry form or to enter on-line

Fall Fishing Schools :

Learn to Fish from the OIFC Staff 

 

 Kite Fishing- September 22-23 (4 spots open)

Bottom Fishing- September 24  (1 spot open)

Inshore Fishing- Sept 29-30 (3 spots open), Oct 14-15 (3 spots open) 

These are the last OIFC fishing schools of the year.  Gain the knowledge you need to take full advantage of Fall fishing season 

 TO MAKE RESERVATIONS CALL 910-575-3474 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Post Irma Update" | Catch All | 09/14/17
 

Fall is an incredible time to go fishing off the Brunswick County Coast. Whether its catching big bull redfish on a 4-hour trip along the beachfront or running some 60 miles offshore on a 12-hour trip to find your personal record wahoo, fall is the best time to make it happen.  

After enduring a few small bands of weather from Irma, the seas have finally calmed allowing anglers to venture offshore and see what’s biting. Larger pogies have been between the big hill and Ocean Crest Pier in 15-25 feet. Larger mullet have made their way onto the scene as well with large schools making their migration south in 5-10ft. Once this bait is caught, lighthouse rocks has been holding some nice kings as well as the shark hole and 18-mile rock. Keep in mind the water temperatures in the 2-10-mile range are finally starting to cool down a bit. This decrease in temperature can only mean the larger, fall run of fish are on their way.

While fishing near or offshore of the Shark Hole don’t forget to drop down a grouper rig to see if the gags have moved into the shallows. Typically, these gag grouper will move into the 75-90 foot range the first week of October yet it is very common to catch one in mid-late September on your favorite dropper rig while fishing for black sea bass.  

Lastly, the wahoo fishing was really starting to heat up before Irma paid us a visit. I know a few boats are headed to the break today for the hoos. Stay tuned -


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Fall Brawl coming soon" | | 09/12/17
 

Programs are in the mail. Be on the lookout or stop by any area tackle shop or certainly the OIFC!
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