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"Backwater class filled" | | 09/02/14
 

Capt Jacobs backwater class this weekend is now filled. Capt Jeff is hosting the last planned backwater school sept 19 ground school late pm and then all day fishing sept 20. Call 910-575-3474 to book Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"At It Again" | | 09/01/14
 

Below is the dynamic duo "Pork Chop" & "Bonecrusher" doing their usual thing Sent from my iPhone
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"Yesterday-Brad Caudle" | Do Work / OIFC | 09/01/14
 

Saturday Capt. Billy Goss, Aaron Wilkinson, Tim Upchurch, and Brad Caudle fished aboard Capt. Billy's 25ft Sea Fox, 28 miles out of Southport in 80 feet deep water at the Christmas Rock.


The crew has good crendintals as Billy, Aaron and Tim are on the Wahooligans Fishing Team and Brad Caudle is on Team Searious Fishing.
They caught
~~2- kings,4-Spanish,3- Bone Heads,2- Dolphin,1-Gag Grouper and
2- Grunts.

Thanks for taking the time to give us the report Brad.

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- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"High Speed Wahoo Trolling" | Do Work / OIFC | 09/01/14
 

~~Fishin' Physician fished near the Same Ole on Saturday and caught two Wahooswhile High Speed Trolling at around 17 mph.  Rachel Suh, 13 years old,caught her biggest fish ever, a Wahoo around 40 pounds.  E.J. Suh cranked inthe other.  Kendall drove and gaffed


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Toes-Up 09/02/2014

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"Backwater School" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/01/14
 

Want to ask a captain a bunch of questions? Want to see how it is done first hand? Want to learn more about our area? Join our backwater school this coming weekend September 5th and 6th. We will meet at the OIFC around 5 o'clock Friday afternoon to discuss game plan, answer questions, and talk technique. September 6th we will hit the water for a full day of fishing. Target species will be redfish and flounder. We will use both live bait techniques and artificial lures. Only one spot left. The cost is $225. Call the OIFC @ 910 575 3474 if you are interested. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"YETI" | | 08/31/14
 

The OIFC is the go to place for all your YETI needs Sent from my iPhone
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"Fatty Jiggin'" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/31/14
 

~~Me, Sydney and Clay Morphis went jigging this morning. I looked over and Syd was bowed up coming tight on this fatty flatty!! Girl has her priorities straight.-Brandon "Bonecrusher" Sauls.

 

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"Dr Jeff Wallen" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/31/14
 

This is Dr, Jeff Wallen and his 5.4 and 5.7 lb flounder.  The bigger flounder is a gulf flounder, a rare catch.  Dr. Wallen caught 5 total all over 3 lbs.

Thanks for the report Dr. Jeff

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"Citation Cobia" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/30/14
 

Below is Carlton Pittman of Raleigh, NC and his 45.40 lb 50" Cobia he caught at the 445 today. Carlton said he fished the 18 mile rock today without any luck. He came in to the 455 and this Cobia showed up in his prop wash he pitched a bait with his king set up and the rest is history. Sent from my iPhone


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"1st Mate Aaron Dew Flies" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/30/14
 

Anyone who comes to or follows the OIFC's Fishing Report knows 1st Mate Aaron Dew.  Aaron is one of the most squared away young men I have ever met.  He is also a ranking officer in the West Brunswick High School ROTC.  Today he had a thrill.

I if you visit our area you have seen the restored Russian Mig that zooms around.  Today Aaron flew in it.  Below are some pictures he took.

Just too cool Aaron!!!!

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"OIFC Rodeo as of 8-30" | | 08/30/14
 

The only change is Clay Morphes moving to 1st place in the Flounder Division with a 6.9# flatfish Sent from my iPhone
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"Heavy Heart" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/29/14
 

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 We have learned that a great friend, Boo Hodges has passed away from cancer.  We always enjoyed Boo coming to the OIFC and having endless chats.  Such a good man taken way too soon.  This is Boo's Life Legacy:

Edward “Boo” Ferrell Hodges III, age 51 of Fairmont died Saturday, July 26, 2014 surrounded by his family.

 He was born November 5, 1962, the son of Ed Jr. and Donna Hodges.

 He was President of Ed. F. Hodges, Inc. of Fairmont, NC and was a member of Baltimore Baptist Church. Boo was known for his smile and love of his family and friends. He never met a stranger and was an inspiration to all. His faith never waivered in his courageous battle against cancer. He won the fight because he is now in heaven. Well done our good and faithful servant. Some of his happiest times were spent hunting, fishing, and being at the beach.

 In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife, Devon; daughter Bishop; sister Rose Simmons and husband Gary; brother Jim Hodges and wife Julie; father and mother-in-law, Lyndell and Brenda Bullock; sister-in-law Dahlia Hunt and husband Ozro; brother in law Clay Bullock; nephews Hamilton and Matt Hodges, Dawson “Boodro” Hunt; nieces Brianna, Kaylee, and Grace McMillian; aunts, uncles, cousins, and a multitude of friends

Rest in peace my good friend.  :(

 


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"AR buoys" | OIFC | 08/29/14
 

Please see the below recent communications we have had with the NCDMF regarding the buoys on our area Artificial Reefs.  In a short, they are going to be removed because the USCG has deemed them not necessary.  NCDMF is seeking public response.  Read below:

EMAIL FROM RUBE MCMULLNA:  As noted the MF plans to remove all artificial reef buoys due to cost and somebody at the Coast Guard determining they are no longer needed due to modern navigation equipment. Obviously they have missed the point that near shore reefs are attractive to small boaters who may not have modern "big boat" navigation equipment. In talking to Chris Jensen of NCDMF, I suggested once the public hears of this plan, they may want to "rethink that one". He asked that  we encourage public response. So...small boat fishing folks, please share your thoughts with Chris.  chris.jensen@ncdenr.gov
Rube McMullan
OIFC
 

On Monday, August 25, 2014 12:38 PM, "Jensen, Chris" <chris.jensen@ncdenr.gov> wrote:

 
Mr. McMullan,
Thank you much for your interest and comments concerning the artificial reef buoys. I entered some information that might help understand the buoy removal process.
The buoy systems are not funded by Coastal Recreation Fishing License (CRFL) proceeds; rather they are funded from Sport Fish Restoration Funds.  CRFL funds are only available for State Territorial waters (3 nautical miles), and therefore could not be used for a majority of the NC artificial reef buoy system. These Sport Fish Restoration funds, when issued under various research projects, are ultimately at the disposal of the director of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF).
The buoys, which mark the artificial reefs, have been a permitting requirement of the U S Coast Guard (USCG) for navigation and safety. However, the relative inexpense of GPS receivers allows private citizens access through the NC artificial reef guide, and the buoys are no longer necessary for navigation or safety.
Due to increasingly tighter budgets, NCDMF management has been reviewing ways to reduce operating budget costs. Recent cost estimates for maintaining the artificial reef buoy system range from a complete replacement of $421,127.81, a typical service year of $59,048.74, a maximum typical service year of $120,192.37, and a mean typical service year of $89,620.
NCDMF has been looking at this option since 2009 as a way to reduce the budget. In January 2014, the USCG 5th District in Portsmouth, Virginia granted an official letter stating “In response to your letter dated 13 November 2013, you are hereby authorized to discontinue the Private Aids to Navigation established to mark North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program”. This letter was then sent for review to U S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) office in Wilmington, NC and North Carolina Division of Coastal Management (NCDCM). The USACE and NCDCM concurred with the USCG’s findings to authorize the removal of buoys from ocean artificial reefs in North Carolina. The USACE General Permits and NCDCM’s Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) permits have a condition which maintains USCG regulations will be followed in reference to permiting artificial reef sites. Therefore, USACE and NCDCM have agreed to the official USCG letter authorizing discontinuance of the artificial reef buoy system is in compliance.
As of now there are no public hearings or comment periods planned for the removal of the artificial reef buoy system. DMF management has decided to remove the buoys as soon as possible. For some reefs, this will require making sure permitted reef boundaries to correctly depict the reef sites on the NOAA nautical charts. Since most of these artificial reef sites were authorized prior to GPS, conversions from Loran to GPS were not always accurate.  Currently, buoys are being removed from properly charted reef sites while buoys will be serviced and maintained on improperly charted reef sites until such time NCDMF has modified those permitted boundaries thru the USACE, NCDCM, and charted by NOAA’s Nautical Data Branch/Marine Chart Division Office of Coast Survey/National Ocean Service.
 
Additionally, the public has reported that buoys are lost on several artificial reef sites since the 12 month service interval has passed. If the reef sites with lost buoy’s require boundary corrections to be charted properly, buoys will be replaced until the boundaries are corrected and properly charted.
 
Please let us know if we can help answer or elaborate more on questions you may have as well as suggestions,
All the best,
Chris
Chris Jensen
Artificial Reef Biologist
Shark Biologist
NC Division of Marine Fisheries
3441 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557

chris.jensen@ncdenr.gov
wk 252-808-8051 (main)
cell 252-808-7199 (field) 
 
 

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"Clay's 6.90 Flounder" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/29/14
 

Real time update: pictured is Clay Morphes and among other flounder a 6.9 lb OIFC RODEO leader. I am proud to say Clay caught his fish on a combo of Capt Rickey's Invisa-Line Carolina Rigs & Snag-Less Rigs. These are the same ones Bonecrusher Sauls & Capt Jeff won $1,800 last weekend! Sent from my iPhone


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"Makeup charter" | | 08/29/14
 

I can't believe it but our offshore boats are wide open this weekend. The weather is forecast great too. I am taking names for make up trips on Saturday and Sunday. We will do either an offshore bottom trip or a stream trolling trip-- call 910-575-3473 Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Fish Report" | | 08/29/14
 

I fished yesterday offshore and wanted to provide a report of what I saw. There was still some residual swell left from the offshore storm of early week. It was dying away and should be gone by now, but it was apparent the swell was large and had thus stirred up the water pretty bad. The water seemed pretty sandy out to 80' offshore and then it started to clear. I don't think the Kings bit anywhere inside of 80' yesterday, but with the stable weather that is forecast through this weekend, I'd think that by Saturday or Sunday, it should settled out enough that they may get going again. The same thing goes for the Spanish on the beach. They too will get going within a day or two, but it was pretty silted up yesterday. Don't be discouraged at this as again I say the weather is supposed to be really nice the next few days and it usually only takes a couple days of calm weather to straighten the water clarity back out. On a very positive note, we spent a few hours yesterday bottom fishing with some of the crew from local business Grice Construction and had a very nice bottom fish catch. We started out with the first line down producing a 40 pound Cobia and backed that up with a good catch of Grouper and mixed bottom fish. The Grouper fishing was better than I have experienced this year as we produced 3 keeper Gags and 3 keeper Scamps. One of the Gags, pictured, was as big as I've seen in a while off one of our boats- 25 pounds. We were fishing in 95-110 feet of water and using live Pogys and cut Pogy and cut Squid. Also, with the good North wind we had this week, I think the Wahoo should be moving around in the Stream. Further, this is White Marlin and Sailfish time as well. I am certain we have a viable fishery for Billfish in the 300+ foot depths in late August and early September, we just need to get out there and explore it! Good luck to all this weekend in their fishing. Capt. Brant McMullan www.OIFC.com (910) 575-3474 --- This email is free from viruses and malware because avast! Antivirus protection is active. http://www.avast.com
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"Pogy report" | | 08/29/14
 

They were outside Shallotte inlet this am, just a little to the East Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"No Limits Help" | OIFC | 08/29/14
 

This is a call to the OIFC Fishing Report readers.  We hope our OIFC TV show, No Limit's Fishing, is providing an entertaining look into some of our fishing adventures.  Currently the show aires on ATMC tv here in our local Brunswick County market.  Next on the agenda is to broaden our coverage.  We are striving to have this show broadcast throughout the Carolina’s.  The only problem is we aren’t familiar with how the TV programming industry works.  Anyone out there have any contacts or information on how we achieve this goal?  Email captbarrett@oifc.com or captbrant@oifc.com.  Thank you.

 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"GoPro sale" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 08/27/14
 

All GoPro accessories now 10-30% off-- limited time Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center


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"Snead Family Returns" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/27/14
 

The Snead family fished with me last year in the pouring rain. We picked up several redfish last year despite the conditions. This year the conditions were beautiful and we couldn't ask for better weather. We headed for a flounder hole. Mom and Dad were on fire with the short fish, but their son Logan stayed patient pulling in two 16 inch keepers. We hit another flounder hole as the tide ran us out of our first spot. Not much more going on with the flounder for us. We headed for a red drum/black drum hole finding one 21 inch redfish. It was time to move on looking for better action. We headed to an area that I have caught just about everything at some point. I pulled out the small hooks and ultra light gear. We worked the croakers and black drum over pretty hard. Charles was fishing with my 5 foot ultra light outfit when something larger than expected hammered a live shrimp. It was awesome to see such a little rod bend to its limits and line screaming off this small reel. All at the same time nerve racking as all Charle's could do was hang on. After seeing the fish roll several yards from the boat and watching the fight unfold, I knew Charles had a nice redfish on the end of the line. Charles landed a solid 23 inch redfish several minutes later with a sigh of relief and then celebration erupted. Every one on the boat will remember that fight for years to come. After seeing that fight, Logan and Aimee just had to get another one for themselves. Logan got  a solid 26 inch fish and Aimee polished our day off with a 22 incher. Great day on the water! First picture is our bounty from last year, note the ponchos. No ponchos this year! See ya on the water!


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