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"Sheriff Ingram's Flatfish Roundup" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/21/14
 

Sheriff Ingram's Flatfish Roundup

Captain’s Meeting Friday, August 22, 2014
 @ Southport Marina, Southport, NC
 6:30pm-8:30pm
 Boat Number’s Issued
Tiki Bar Open

 Yeti Cooler Raffle
 Mermaid Raffle
 T-shirts and Visors Available

 Accepting Cash, Personal Check, and Personal Debit/Credit Cards

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"Fish biting- boats open" | | 08/21/14
 

Well, just as the fishing is finally getting good, the charter boats are getting available. Our crews have hustled all Summer to make action amidst conditions that have often been less than great. But we managed and by most accounts, I'm certain 9 out of 10 would recommend fishing with us. HOWEVER- the fish are finally biting- Kings and Wahoo namely and we ARE NOT booked up. We have availability this weekend. Don't discount the inshore guys too- The big Bull Reds are starting and that's a bite not to miss! Call us at 910-575-3474 to set up a trip. Let's go fishing!! Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
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"Bigger Scamp Grouper" | | 08/21/14
 

Father Ronnie Joyce posed with a 20lb Scamp he and family caught last week on this site. This week son Harrison outdoes dad with a 25lb Scamp. The family was fishing in 110' of water SW of the Tower. Nice catch. Fishing for all species is really starting to pick up!! Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"They're back" | | 08/21/14
 

We had a great day of fishing today aboard the Carolina Cat. We started our morning by catching a live well full of 12 to 15 inch mullets in the waterway near the inlet. After we cleared the inlet and ran west for about 1/2 mile we saw a huge school of pogies getting bombarded by a few ravenous pelicans that were making them breakfast. Soon after we filled our other live wells with them and decided to give them all a ride out to 65 feet of water to see if we could capitalize on the information we had received from Capt. OC last night. We pulled up at our first spot and deployed a full spread and were soon rewarded with a king mackerel. We figured the fish that we had heard about must still be around and willing to bite but after several more passes without any results we decided to make a short move. At our next stop the action was fast and furious for the next few hours. At one point we were barely able to get one line out before we would get bit. We caught seven kings, with one being twenty five and one twenty eight and lost two or three big ones, along with a few sharks thrown in for good measure. It was good to hear the reels hit second and third gear on these fish's first runs. It sounded like October at the river channel out there today. So with the few days of stable south winds the fish have settled into where they are supposed to be in 65 feet of water. Go get'em!
- Stan Gurganus
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"Throwback Thursday Video" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/21/14
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIesvKNbo0Y&list=UUkSpU7T2RycHDa2Idh1iSzA

It is that time of year when things should really start to get interesting on the redfish front. My son was born Sept. 2nd 2007 and I remember fishing at night on full moon nights after pulling baby duty. Many folks that know me well, know that I am way behind the times. Even today I am still carrying around an old flip phone. Back then I was still using 35mm film to take pictures. Hech, I thought I was high tech then becuase the camera had a timer, so I could pose and take a picture at the same time. Sitting in the dark and hearing an Abu Garcia 6000's clicker start screaming with a 30 plus inch redfish at the other end is an awesome expericence. That same area has produced 30 inch redfish nearly every year starting in mid August and lasting thru October at times. Redfish periodically show up their thoughout the year, but really get schooled up once the mullet start pouring out the inlet. There are some tricks to landing these brutes around the docks and you can just about forget pulling one out of the pilings. You have got to pick them off on the outer edge of the dock and hope he heads for the deeper water towards the inlet mouth. I have beefed up my gear a little over the years as well. You can land these fish with 15# gear and I will still go that light if I am not getting bites on the beefer gear. I now like to use 65# braid with a 30# fluorocarbon leader and really put the heat on these fish. It helps get them turned a bit quicker ending the fight quickly to keep the redfish healthier for release. It is time to polish up your gear and get it ready to be tested once again for the fall bull redfish run.Take a look at the video above from August 2012. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"5 Floundfish" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/20/14
 

I am very very very happy to anounce that our web page is up and running!  To celebrate I've posted a picture sent to us by Capt. Tommy Helms one of the must unsung flounder catchers in OIB!

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"World Cat" | | 08/20/14
 

Good day so far with kings and Spanish.
- Chris Dew
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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

- Capt. Brant McMullan
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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
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
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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.

 

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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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
- Capt Papa D
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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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