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"Fall Brawl Day 1" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/01/08
 

Current Standings- CLICK HERE --  Finn-attic leads with a 35.55 reportedly caught in 63 degree water.  The weather man missed his mark today as boats were greeted to 15knot North winds most of the day, which made for choppy fishing conditions.  The best King bite reportedly occured around the Atlantic Ledge, Jungle, Frying Pan Tower and WR 4 --- there are 20 boats fishing tomorrow, so the finals are not in and anything can happen.  Stay tuned.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Captains' Meeting" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/01/08
 

The Captains' Meeting last night was met with temps. in the low 50's but the comrade was warm.  The OIFC provided excellent food for all.  We had our traditional minnow spitting contest as well as spot races.  Since it was Halloween,Captain Brant also included Halloween costume contest.

Most of the 178 boats entered in the Fall Brawl declared today as their fishing day and were greeted by a brisk 40 some degree morning.  The ocean temps have dropped since the last storm and warm water is well off shore, so it is believed they'll have to go out past 25 miles to find good fishing grounds.   I've talked with a couple of people who've told me that The Jungle was dead yesterday, and they didn't start catching much until they got to The Atlantic Ledge. The weigh-in starts at 2pm today.  If you cannot join in on the fun in person, watch it on the web cam.

A little in shore update.  I received a reliable report of Striped Bass and Red Drum being caught near Little River on live shrimp.  Captain Kyle chartered this morning with brothers Tom and Bill Brennen of N.C. And San Francisco and landed several nice size Red Drum west of the OIFC Canal.  Kyle was using live shrimp.  The inshore bite continues.

Finally, my computer got a serious virus  and is in computer intensive care so I haven't been able to post anything on it.  I've got a lot of pictures to post and will do so as soon as the computer is over its' health issues.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl entry etc." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/31/08
 

I have gotten many calls from folks who can't make the normal registration and Capt. meeting due to Halloween with their kids-- completely understandable- thus one of the big reasons we offer ON LINE ENTRY for the tournament.  When you enter on-line I will recieve the entry, process it and then email you back confirmation and your boat #.  You don't have to actually have the boat number to fish- so long as you know your boat #, it will help us to find you quicker when weighing in -- other than that, the rules are as written in the program and on the web at http://oifc.com/tournaments.cfm#T1  -- follow the rules and you can fish. 

Weather looks perfect, fish should bite-- don't let Halloween stop you-- just enter on-line and go fishing Sunday if you can't make it down until Saturday ---

See you here


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Pogy report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/31/08
 

Got word Pogys off Yaupon and N. Myrtle Beach-- they are BIG and scattered and skittish -- Also caught good Mullet off Sunset Beach yesterday PM and Blues at Cape Fear rip and nearshore reefs- try vertical jigging with a small Diamond jig --
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl fish report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/30/08
 

Went out this morning to look at conditions. Here's what I saw. The water along the beach has cleared up and has the "King green" look we like to see. The water temp showed 62 but that was after a night time temp in mid 30's so I'm not sure if that really reflects the temp as it probably warmed up during the day. The beach was loaded with mullets running just past the shorebreak. There were pods of bluefish blitzes approx 1 mile offshore, and plently of blues at Little River inlet.

Where to fish? There are the "no brainer" spots like 90/90; Sharkhole; Jungle; Cucumber, which I feel certain will have fish. However, with the mullets running, don't overlook the beach or maybe Lighthouse Rocks where water will be a little warmer. If you fish any of the offshore spots, be sure to have sabiki rigs, as the cigars and chub mackerel should have moved in to these locations, and jigging live bait is a guaranteed bite. Also good idea to take box of dead cigars. For some reason you can always catch bait when you have bait.

Amy has fried spots on the menu for the Captains meeting. Also scheduled is spot races, mud minnow spitting contest[Capt Roger has been practicing all day to overcome his defeat last year when he swallowed his minnow]. Come join us!


- Rube McMullan
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"Fall Brawl Bait Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/30/08
 

Capt. Jeff Beck and I went bait gathering this morning at the Little River jetties.  The water at the inlet was fairly cold at 61 degrees, but warmed up as we ran up Sunset Beach.  We were able to find good numbers of mullets (perfect size for kingfish, too) just to the east of the Sunset Beach pier in very shallow water, right at the edge of the breakers.  Capt. Barrett and Capt. Rube reported bluefish at the Jim Caudle reef.  I also just spoke with Jodie Gay (of Bluewater Candy fame) and he said that the east side of the shoals was literally covered in schools of big pogies, all the way to Topsail Island.  With all this bait, Capt. Rube's prediction of a near shore bite may not be too far off.  Certainly, with what we've seen and heard today, good live bait will not be an issue for this tournament.  Hope to see you guys all down here tomorrow ready to catch the big one this weekend!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Fall Brawl THIS WEEKEND- Great Weather Forecast!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/30/08
 

FALL BRAWL KING CLASSIC- THIS WEEKEND
After having to postpone last week due to weather, the show is ON!  We have finally gotten lucky, and the weather is forecast to be absolutely perfect with 10 kt winds on Saturday.  Below is a copy of the forecast:
FRI
NE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.
FRI NIGHT
NE WINDS AROUND 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. 
SAT
NE WINDS AROUND 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.
SAT NIGHT
NE WINDS AROUND 10 KT. SEAS AROUND 2 FT.
SUN
NE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS AROUND
3 FT...BUILDING TO 4 FT.
I know that tomorrow is Halloween and many of you may have conflicts in getting to the Captain's meeting, BUT, you do not have to come to enter the tournament.  You can simply CLICK HERE and enter-online.  There are no rule changes other than the new dates need to be inserted where the original dates were.  DON'T FORGET about daylight savings time.  That changes on Saturday PM, so if you plan on fishing Sunday, you need to be sure to adjust or you may unintentionally break a rule.  Registration will be open at the OIFC until 9pm, and the Spot Races and Mud Minnow spitting likely won't occur until 8pm, so bring the kids by after trick or treating-- I'll offer a $50 OIFC gift card to the best kids costume!

Friday, October 31st
2pm-9pm: Registration
6pm: Complimentary dinner
7pm: Capt. Meeting
8pm: Spot Derby / Mud Minnow Spitting

Saturday, November 1st
(optional fish day)
7am: Lines in
2pm: Scales open
5pm: Weigh-in line closes

Sunday, November 2nd
(optional fish day)
7am: Lines in
2pm: Scales open
5pm: Weigh-in line closes
8pm: Awards ceremony

FISHING REPORT:
Not a sole has fished that I know of since at least Sunday.  What I found last Sunday was the water was filthy dirty out to at least 15 miles from the bad storm on Friday and Saturday.  Now, the wind has been blowing all week, but it hasn't be so hard to stir up the water and there has not been much of an easterly swell.  This should have cleared up the water a good bit.  I believe the Kings will be holding in the 65-70 foot depth range- Shark Hole, Jungle, 70' hole.., but you may also need to consider a bit deeper in 80-90 feet if the water is still dirty- Horseshoe, Atlantic Ledge...  My father has predicted Shallotte Inlet, and although I think the water might be too cool, if it has cleared, it may well produce.  As you can see, its pretty much a toss up.  I haven't gotten much word on Pogys either.  Typically they get very elusive once it gets cold, so they may not be an option.  The Kings will be feeding on Cigar Minnows offshore, so I'd be sure to arm up with Sabiki rigs and dead Cigar Minnows.  Ribbonfish will do well and there are still Blues around the inlets.  Good luck to all.  It should be interesting to see where the fish turn up.

- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl a GO" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/27/08
 

All systems are GO here at the OIFC.  The weather looks like it may just cooperate.  If the fish will do the same, we'll be in business.  I have read Rube's fish report- no comment.  My feeling is that I'd look to concentrate in the 55-70 foot depth range and Cigar Minnows will be the bait of choice.  I think the Pogys are going to be very hard to get.  Maybe Blues or Spots, but the fish should be feeding on Cigar Minnows.  See you here Friday.  If you can't make it due to Halloween, there are no rule changes- JUST REMEMBER to set your clock back on Saturday night or else you'll mess up.  You may enter on-line all week thru Friday PM at 9.  Dinner will be FREE of coures on Friday at 6pm and Amy is serving fried Spots, slaw and baked beans- YUM!  Spot Races and Mud Minnow spitting will likely break out.  I understand if many of the kids will be trick or treating on Friday PM, but please try to include them in the fishing.  Keep your fingers crossed for good weather- see you at the OIFC.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl forecast" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/27/08
 

After my last shot at Fall Brawl weather forecasting I have been banned from any future forecasting, so for the sake of family unity, I will refrain. However, no such orders have been given for fish forecasting so here is what i see looking thru my clouded crystal ball.

After big blow past Friday/Saturday, water in process of clearing. This week strong cold front coming and with it will be much cooler temps and strong north winds. The water temp is still 70 and we have not had our late fall beach bite. Also the spots haven't really cranked it up nor have the mullet runs. SO, this cold front is exactly what we need to cool the water down, get the spots moving, the mullets running, and the Kings stopping by the beach to fill up before packing their bags for their migration. After the front comes thru, high pressure will build in, and the weather will stabalize. Everything is setting up for an all out King Mackeral Beach Bite and I forecast the real competition will be to see if someone can beat last years winner on the amount of gas consumed[15 gallons]. It should happen at Shallotte Inlet! Come join us for the Fall Brawl.  


- Rube McMullan
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"Learning Early" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/26/08
 

Camdyn Beck took her parents and grandparents inshore fishing today.  She said bait was tough to find, but she finally found plenty of peanut pogies in the concrete canals at O I B. She then got into the Reds like the one in the picture. She was using a Carolina Rig with a pogy.  She's learning early because when I asked her where she was catching them she replied "in the water".  She'll make a good fisherman!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Right Call" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/25/08
 

Captain Brant definitely made the right call to postpone the Fall Brawl.  As I was on my way in this morning I had to dodge trash cans and limbs in the road.  I could feel the "breeze" blowing my car around. The OIFC, tables were turned over and the OIFC wind gauge showed the wind at 19 knots out of the SE.  Not a great day to fish.  Obviously Captain Rube' meeting with Mother Nature didn't go to well. My only hope is that the Weather Channel will sendAlexranda Steele to cover the story.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Way, way, WAY inshore!!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/23/08
 

If the wind doesn't quit blowing soon, there may be no more bucks to shoot at in Brunswick County.  Capt. Jeff Williamson blasted this massive 12 pointer (yes, 12 scorable points) yesterday late in the afternoon.  This beast weighed 190 pounds and had a 23 1/2' outside spread.  To anyone who thinks we don't have big deer in eastern North Carolina, better think again.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"And More" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/22/08
 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"More Pictures" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/22/08
 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Feel The Love" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/22/08
 

Somehow I don't "feel the love from Captain Chris".. But doesn't matter, I love him anyway (In a man sort of way).  While Capt Chris B. and Capt. O C were out  I went with Captain Roger on the World Cat bottom fishing with the crew from Integrity Air  Monitoring, Inc. of Huntersville, N. C.  We were missing a key member of the team, but we "had a gas" anyway.  We started the day searching for bait.  It was spotty, but we found it in about 7 ft. of water just east of the Shallotte Inlet about 1/2 mile up the beach off Holden Beach. After a couple of throws we had enough Pogies to share.  Our other boats were successful in that area also.

We then headed a little further off shore and jigged up Pin Fish. Once in 80 ft. of water we began our quest for Grouper.  We were using the OIFC style custom Grouper terminal tackle.  Tony Blanton was using a butterfly jig and a couple of anglers were using cut squid fishing for B-liners.  We caught a huge AJ and a bunch of B-liners but no Grouper.   Believe it or not, Tom was catching good Spanish in 80 ft. of water.  Chris and O C sounded like they were having success.  Disappointed, Roger moved us to another location.  Around 3 o'clock, the Grouper bite turned on, with most everyone hooking up.  Tommy kept jigging and he too was hooking up.  Roger feels like we lost 3 Grouper for sure.  The bite was going so well that we extended the charter by an hour.

The ocean was a little choppy as headed out but the World Cat handled it like a champ.  It smoothed out and made for a fantastic day of fishing.  This was a very good group of guys who really got fired up when they hooked up.  I urge you to take advantage of Captain Brant's charter special.  Two of our charters yesterday did and I'm  booking folks everyday.

I Took a lot of pictures and will post some action shots.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl Weather Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/22/08
 

I have decided to postpone the Fall Brawl until the following weekend, October 31-November 2, same schedule of events, just different weekend. The reason that I have made this call is that Saturday is obviously a very bad fishing day. The southeasterly wind will not only make it very rough anywhere you fish on Saturday, but the large swell that will develop from these strong winds will dirty the water, and in my experience, this will cause Sunday’s sea conditions and fishing to be very poor. As a tournament fisherman, I prefer fishing under favorable conditions. Next weekend’s tournament schedule is open, and thus I think it best we take our chances and hope for better. Please pass the word to potential participants.

Capt. Brant

** On-line registration will remain open through Fri, Oct 31.

 



- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"And more pics..." | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/21/08
 

Maybe it was a waterproof camera...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"The tempest" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/21/08
 

While Capt. Rube and others were busy staying dry, shucking oysters under tents.  Capt. Chris Dew ("O.C.") was soaked to the bone on the It Works, fishing with Jay Bucklen, Clay and Clint Daniels, and Jason Einbinder.  For those of you not in the know, Jay fishes his own boat, the Cape Contender in SKA events and is currently leading the OIFC rodeo with a 33.15 pound kingfish.  On Saturday, they fished Yaupon Reef and the beach at Oak lsland near Ocean Crest pier and managed some nice kingfish, despite less than ideal condtions.  I'll let the pictures tell the story about the weather and the fishing.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Take that Rickey!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/21/08
 

Not to bash good old Clark Kent, but Capt. Rickey Beck typically posts on the website early each day and pretty much bogarts the top of the fishing report. Not this time!!!  Wanted to report that there is a ton of bait at Christina's Ledge and a kingfish or two in the area as well.  I had a trip today with David Savage, D.J., Jeanie, and Bob (all experienced anglers who have experience fishing both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts) today, and we managed to catch a couple of them as well.  We also lost a chunky blackfin tuna at the boat.  Wish we could seen a more consistent bite, but I think a few days of more stable weather will really get the bite going there. 

Also, check out these wahoos, compliments of Jim Almond.  They were caught between the 100/400 and the Black Jack last week, in 275 feet of water.  JIm was fishing 30W reels and stated that these fish were only caught due to the braid backing he had on.  I guess when you go offshore, it's best to be loaded for bear!  Congrats to Jim and everyone else who has toughed it out lately in less than perfect weather conditions to get the job done on the kingfish, grouper, ane wahoos.

 


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Fall Brawl Weather This Weekend" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/21/08
 

I'm going to have to put a muzzle on Capt. Rube-- every time he puts out his "blue bird" forecast, the weather goes to heck.  I do see that the weather looks less than great for the weekend and I am going to keep a close eye on it.  The forecast carries us through Sat- and it looks like it may be getting better later Saturday, which could possibly mean Sunday will be OK.  I will keep a watch and if there is a need to make a change to the tournament schedule, I will make that call by noon on Thursday.  Stay tuned and cross your fingers it will get better.  Capt. Brant
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