Check out Ethan Brown's first ever king mackerel, caught this morning at Yaupon Reef on the World Cat. The fish ate a live pogy in the propwash. Congratulations Ethan--I'm sure there will be more to come!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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I just received an email from Bob Black of the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association. He was inquiring if Team OIFC was going to participate in the Challenge again this. My reply was OF COURSE. We took top honors last year with Tommy Helms and Charlie Pistolas bringing home the bacon and we know we're a target this year.
Some local flounder experts have already committed, but we still need more in order to increase our odds......more lines = better chances. Contact me at the OIFC if you are interested in joining our team.
Even if you don't compete with us, I encourage you to participate as this is for a great cause that effects our fishery. Check out their website at the above link.
There’s a common saying amongst tournament fishermen, “I’d rather be lucky than good.” If you are a fisherman you understand exactly what this means. So much of fishing is about circumstance. Right place, right time and then having the fish bite your line instead of someone’s beside you. Also the factors that lead up to catching a particular fish can be a tangled web of fortune and misfortune, but somehow you end up where you are and then the fish bites. As such, let me tell you the story of one of the most unbelievable days of fishing in my life, it happened this past Sunday.
My father, Rube McMullan and cousin, Brian Aycock joined me aboard the OIFC 1 to fish in the annual Got’em On King Classic tournament out of
As for the fishing report, the fishing is exceptional right now. As we approach the full moon cycle the fish are feeding strong. On Friday, I hosted a live bait fishing school and we accomplished something I had never done before- we caught a near shore “trash slam” of Barracuda, Amberjack and Shark and then topped that with a near shore “superslam” of King Mackerel, Mahi, Cobia and Sailfish. The Kings were caught in 65 feet of water and the Cobia, Mahi and Sailfish were caught in 80 feet of water. We had an awesome day. There are a ton of Menhaden on the beach and catching live bait to fish with is no problem. The bite is red hot for Kings at the 390/390, Christina’s Ledge and Shark Hole and there are scatted Mahi mixed in and also a few Cobia and Sailfish as well. It’s a great time to go fishing, so get on the water and see if luck will turn your way to bring home the catch of a lifetime.
I have a Live Bait school this Thurs PM and all day Friday with 3 openings. The fishing is great, the weather looks good and if you are looking to hone your fishing schools to have more success on board your own boat, this will help-- ALOT- call (910) 575-3474 to make the reservation-- let's go fishing-- Capt. Brant--
I forgot to report on last week's school, but our class had the ultimate in live bait success. Every member cast netted Menhaden for the day's fishing and then every member succeeded in catching mulitple fish-- at day's end we landed a nearshore "trash" slam (Barracuda, Shark and Amberjack) and nearshore super slam of fish (King, Mahi, Cobia and Sailfish). All in one day of fishing.
Give us a call- I have 3 spots open for this week- (910) 575-3474
Just talked with Johnny Calhoon, captain of the "Bad Ride" Sea Pro. He and friends were fishing today and caught a slew of red drum. Johnny was fishing grassy areas around structure in the ICW using mud minnows
Is this supposed to be the summer dull drums? I've seen more fish, and bait both in shore and off shore caught in the last week than anytime this summer. Perhaps the winds have laid down, surely those who know more than I can offer reasons. At any rate, if you keep up with the fishing report you don't need me to tell you that the fishing is hot. Try to find a way around the fuel prices and come to the coast and get into the action.
Captain Chris Dew of the OIFC 2 had a half day charter today and reported catching several kings and dolphin. One of the kings weighed 19 pounds while the rest were a little smaller. The mahi ranged in the teens also. Captain Chris was pulling dead cigar minnows in the Shark Hole area. He said they hit on the top as well as on the downrigger. Yesterday's charter was a carbon copy with the addition of a citation barracuda.
Captain Roger was on the OIFC 1 and reported a buffet of cobia, mahi, and kings. He worked the 65 foot area and pulled dead cigar minnows as well as live bait. The bait was located about one half mile before the Lockwood Folly Inlet.
That's what 7 year old Katie Warren of Rock Hill, S. C. can say. Katie was fishing with her dad, Tommy, mom Holly and 9 year old brother Will today with Captain Kyle aboard his 21 foot Century, the Speckulator. They also had 8 or 9 other keeper flounder.
I asked the family where they caught the fish and they wouldn't say. Kyle had already schooled them. Kyle did say that they were caught near OIB in 4 ft of water on mullet minnows. Congratulations!!
Captain Jeff Williamson had a half day in shore charter today on Jeff's boat the Get Busy. His group lander 9 flounder and one 21" red drum. Jeff said he was using OIFC premium mud minnows.
On July 10th fishing report we reported possible action of the Governor to veto the boat trailering bill. Here's an update and an important call for help from everyone out there.
Yesterday the Finance Committe passed the bill WITHOUT removing the night time trailering provision. This was very courageus action by the committee. The bill will return to the floor next week and it is expected it will be passed. However, what appeared to be a clear path for solving this problem has now become clouded because the Governor has been influenced by the Highway Patrol folks to possibly veto the bill due to "safety concerns". So what we have is the Dems and Reps in the State Legislature coming together to pass a bill as a result of a tremondous level of public support and encouragement, and now, due to the HP guys wanting to protect their turf, somehow they have influenced the Governor to veto the bill. What I believe is the Governor just hasn't heard from the public on this issue and doesn't understand the importance of it to the fishing boating world as well as the economic impact to the boating fishing industry. All the focus of effort from everyone out there has been directed to the Legislature, and they listened and in an [unusual] bipartisian manner, approved the bill. They are to be commended for listening to the public.
Now, we get to fight the battle again. This time we need to let the Governor hear[over and over] how important this bill is. Please email/call the Governor ASAP and let him hear your request for him to support Bill #2167 and NOT VETO it! It is suggested your commuication be short, brief and to the point, and of course polite. My guess is the Governor just hasn't heard from the public how important this bill is and thus is only listening to the Highway Patrol guys who apparently are wanting to protect their turff without intervention from the Legislature/Public.
email@example.com 800 -662-7952 or 919-733-5811 or 919-733-4240 or fax #919-733-2120
Thanks for your help. This is time critical as the bill will be passed first of week and then to the Governor where he can immediately veto it. Need action on this ASAP.
Last in today was Will King, the manager of the OIFC's Jet Ski and Boat Rental operation. Will was out early this morning throwing his cast net for bait. He then went to the Sunset Beach Island area and fished for flounder using the mullet minnows he'd caught. The hard work paid off with six keeper flounder and several which were released. Will said the red's were thick, but he only had one hit, which he was unable to land. But a good sign non the less.
This afternoon was a great time at the OIFC docks. It's exciting to see so many boats bringing in so many quality fish. As much fun are the families taking in the beautiful weather and enjoying the festive atmosphere as the boats come in. We love to have folks join us when the charter boats are returning home, Check in with us, shop, eat while waiting for the fleet and enjoy what the area has to offer.
Several area anglers are fishing a king tournament this weekend. The OIFC wishes all of them good luck and safe trips. We've got several trips chartered this week, but still have some open times. If the weather and fishing stays as it was today we're in for more good times. We look forward to seeing ya'll this week. If you can't make it stay tuned to the fishing report and we'll do our best to make you feel like you're with us in paradise.
A corny title, but the best I could do for now. First in to the OIFC dock was Jamie Blue with a crew consisting of the beautiful Miss Lindsay Wallace and her not so beautiful, but handsome brother Shane. They had been to the Atlantic Ledge aboard Jamie's Sea Fox the "Into The Blue".
The crew was pulling a sailfish daisey chain when a big cobia appeared. They hustled the daisey chain in and pitched a ballyhoo. The cobia ignored the first offer, so they did it again, only this time smacking him up beside the head. This "offering" apparently got his attention as he drilled it. Miss Lindsey was the angler and eventually fought the 30.10 fish to he boat.
They also fished the 33 mile ledge, where they got a dolphin and some kings. As they were reeling in one of the dolphin, it was attacked by a hungry barracuda and bit in two. Jamie worked at the OIFC last year and is an excellent captain and angler
Below is a photo of the crew with the cobia and Miss Lindsay with the mangled mahi.
About 6:30 this morning Captain Brant was reviewing last night's on shore portion of his Live Bait School with anglers Tim Covington, Dan Thames , Eddie Matthews and Mike Bailey. Shortly after leaving the OIFC dock Brant called the OIFC to tell us he'd found all the bait anyone needed just east of the Shallotte Inlet, just off Holden Beach and for us to advise anyone who asked about bait..
They then headed to about 75 feet of water and continued the practical portion of the school. During the course of the day, Dan caught and released a sail fish, they caught about a dozen kings and released about as many. One of the kings was bit in half by a barracuda. To complete the on sea portion of the school they caught a nice jack, cobia and dolphin...the cobia was a nice fish! The class said the ocean started out a little bumpy, but improved greatly during the day.
Once on the dock, Brant completed the school by allowing the class hands on cleaning of the fish.
Below is a class picture, along with Mr. Covington's granddaughter, 3 year old Makayla Parks, whom he said was the love of his life. Everyone graduated with honors.
Captain Roger and first mate Boston Rob had a half day charter this morning with the Green family from Millstone, New Jersey on the World Cat. The computer was showing 10-15 winds and 3-5 ft. seas. Putting to use Captain Brant's Understanding Your Marine Forecast, this just didn't compute. I get a lot of calls checking on the marine forecast and try to explain that our captains go mostly by wind speed and direction, not the wave height.
Anyway I was monitoring channel 11 on the radio and was hearing several hook ups other than and including the World Cat. One Captain reported a hook up with a "brown marlin". For those like me who did not know, Captain Chris B. says a brown marlin is angler slang for a dog shark
When the Cat returned Roger said the son, Christopher, had caught and released a citation 53 inch barracuda, and the dad Lou had done the same with a 49 inch-er. They also had caught several kings and over a half dozen sharks. Not bad for a half day's action. Everyone said the seas were perfect. The crew left on an afternoon charter, but a pretty strong thunderstorm popped up. We don't need Captain Brant's "how to" to tell us that's "not too good".
Captain Chris Dew came in with a young man from Raleigh, N.C., Steve Hooper, who'd been fishing with his dad and caught a 6.10 lb.spanish. Folks need to be in the OIFC Rodeo and earn some money.
On the in shore note, some bank anglers were buying Berkley Gulp chartreuse curly tails, saying the drum were tearing them up in the grass. Another fisherman told me he was catching reds using live pogies he'd gotten out of the ICW with his cast net. We'll be at the store in the am Saturday if you want to check in and see what the weather or fishing action is.
Everything had been going well with boat trailering bill until Governor Easley stated his intention to veto it unless the nightime towing restrictions were removed. This afternoon the Finance Committe[where bill is currently located] may vote to strip the nightime towing in order to avoid a veto by the Governor. My opinion is let him veto it and answer to the citizens and businesses of NC that have so strongley supported the work of the Legislature to get the bill passed. The pressure would then be on the Legislature to override the Governor's veto. The other theory is get passed what the Governor will sign, and then go back in next session and try to amend the bill. Either way, we need to immediatley contact the key folks and let them know how important this bill is; including night time towing. What good does it do to come to the beach to go fishing for the weekend if you can't get back home to go to work the next day.
Contact folks are:
It's a sad state of affairs when all your own son will tell you about getting big flounder is that it was a "Lockwood Folly drive by". Three things I know, the Lockwood Folly River produces big flounder, Jeff was headed that way to meet a friend, and he was tieing some buck tails the night before.
Captains Chris B. and Rudy, on the World Cat came out on top today with a bunch of Kings in the 15 lb. class, along with some Spanish and Dolphin. They were fishing live cigar minnows with green Blue Water Candy skirts at the Shark Hole.
Captain Roger said he gave them "hero biscuits" this morning when he brought them BoJangle's Biscuits for breakfast, (you'd think Bo's or Mickey D's would sponsor a tournament after they've been mentioned on the fishing report). But whatever, Roger and Captain Zach on the OIFC 1 hooked up with some Kings and Spanish, but did not do as well as the World Cat. Also, Captain Chris Dew aboard the OIFC 2 lost a stud Cobia right beside the boat.
According to weatherman Roger, we've fallen victim to weather fronts and rain which have had a negative impact on our fishing. I'll defer to Captain Rube for analysis of that.
On the inshore scene, Austin Aycock was knocked off the OIFC Rodeo leader board in the Flounder division by his friend Jordan Sullivan. They also caught and released some Reds.
Below is a picture of Chris and Rudy cleaning up the World Cat