Capt. Brant's Fishing Report
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"Kings ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!" | It Works- 27' | 11/12/07
Today, OIFC staffer Ricky Beck and myself took advantage of the beautiful weather and headed offshore in search of whatever we could get to bite. After stopping in at the 90/90 to jig pinfish for grouper bait, we punched in the Gary Ennis to try for grouper. Well, we never quite made it there. About 9 miles short, we came across some previously unknown to us bottom structure in 80 ft. water.Cigar minnows to see if there were any kings around while we explored the area. The second bait in the water, a naked cigar minnow with a Yee Haw fish call got nailed, then the other bait got hit as well. Double Hook Up!! Ricky fought the first one, I put the second one in a rod holder and flipped out a third bait, imediate hook up. Triple header, two people on board!!! We were able to keep this action up all day, which is the perfect opportunity to test your equipment. Out of approximately 75 hookups, 2/3 were on a naked cigar minnow with the Yee Haw fish call. I'll be back on the water tommorow, so stay tuned. The weather looks great all week, the late fall fishing is world class, so come on down and book a trip and see what catching, not fishing is all about.
Capt. Lyndon Carter
"Let's get this show on the road" | World Cat- 33' | 11/12/07
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Well, Barrett, myself, and the boat arrived in Biloxi, MS about three hours ago. We left the OIFC yesterday at 10 a.m., took a two hour nap at some point this morning, and now we're here. Brant and Amy should be here in a bit, followed by Rube. It's all coming together on the Gulf, hopefully setting up for a big team OIFC victory. I took some video of the drive, so I thought I'd share. Seen a few familiar faces as well. I think we're going to pre-fish tomorrow, so I'll try to get some pics and video as well to keep everyone up to date on what's going on down here.
Capt. Chris Burrows
"Biloxi bound" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/11/07
OIFC team of Brant, Barrett, Rube and Amy are heading down to Biloxi, MS to compete in SKA National Championship. We are looking forward to the great atmosphere and hopefully great fishing. The area has always produced awesome king fishing and it will likely take a 2 fish aggregate of 100 pounds to win. You can get results at www.fishska.com- stay tuned and wish us luck!
Fishing at OIB is still very good. The kings are biting like crazy at the Atlantic Ledge and Horseshoe. Also, the inshore fishing for Trout and Drum is VERY good. The wahoo bite and Grouper bite are also good. It may be a bit chilly, but it is good fishing. Weather looks great early week- skip on work and come on down.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Bottomfish at the tower" | World Cat- 33' | 11/09/07
I just got these pictures from Philip Brock on the "Judy Bee," who mugged the fish while dropping live bait he jigged up at the tower. He said he was west of the tower, but not exactly so far. So it's safe to say that there are fish out there, and that they're moving closer. Catch 'em up.
Capt. Chris Burrows
"Capt. Club Sale starts Thursday- Nov 15th !" | World Cat- 33' | 11/08/07
The Capt. Club sale starts on Thursday, Nov. 15th. If you are a member and have made purchases at the OIFC in 2007, then you have points- and that means BIG SAVINGS. You may recall when you joined our Captain?s Club there are a variety of benefits we offer including:
We will take 10% of all of your purchases during the year and allow you to use that amount to get 50% off on clothing and gifts. ( Example: You spent $1000 during 2007 at the OIFC and thus are credited $100. You can now buy $200 worth of clothing and gifts and you will only have to pay $100 as your Captain?s Club credit you earned will cover the other $100 ). Simply visit the OIFC between November 15th and December 31st and we will have your credit ready for you to go shopping.
The state of North Carolina charges a road tax of $.30 per gallon. Since you have purchased the fuel for use in a boat and not on the road, you should not have to pay the road tax. The state does not allow the road tax to be discounted on the front end of the purchase, thus you must fill out a State of NC form # 1201GS and include your fuel receipts in order to receive a refund for the road tax you have been charged.
As a member of the OIFC Capt. Club, all of your fuel purchases are recorded and at the end of the year, you will be supplied with a report of all your fuel purchases from the OIFC. Since the OIFC only sells fuel to boats, there is no disputing or hassles from the state that may argue the road tax refund is not due.
Just think, $.30 per gallon you are going to get back by simply purchasing your fuel at the OIFC and being a member of the Capt. Club. There is no hassle of keeping up with various receipts and no hassle from the state as to whether your receipts are valid or not. So next time you step up to the pump, don?t fret the high prices, instead, know that you are actually paying the pump price less $.30/gallon, and that isn?t so bad!
On behalf of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center Captain?s Club, we are taking a leadership role in addressing various fishery related political issues. This year our efforts were instrumental in finally getting a ban on all commercial Menhaden netting off Brunswick County beaches. Other projects in the works involve waterway trawling and gill netting.
You are on our mail list and will receive promotional flyers as well as the upcoming OIFC custom catalog.
Also- we have several in store promotions taking place that offer great deals on fishing equipment. Right now we are offering big discounts on gear for the upcoming Bluefin Tuna season- See the photo below for a copy of print ad for Bluefin discounts.
Also, our web store will officially open on Nov. 21st. We are bringing the service and many unique products of the OIFC direct to you on your computer at any time. We have all of our products you may have all ready seen plus many new additions, including lots of custom rigged tackle. Check us out at www.oifc.net --
As for fishing news- it has been pretty quiet for the past couple of weeks. We finally got some cool weather and it has pushed the kings offshore into the 20-35 mile range. Hot spots have included the Horse Shoe and Frying Pan tower. Also, the Grouper have been biting pretty good in 65-90 feet of water and the wahoo are on the edge of the break- hungry and BIG! The wind has been blowing alot over the past couple of weeks and thus we haven't done much fishing, but we will be fishing when it breaks, so stay tuned.
This next week my family and I will be travelling to Biloxi, MS to fish in the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) national championship. We qualified second in our division and are excited about visting this very entertaining venue- for the casinos and for the incredible fishing. Stay tuned for a report- you can watch www.fishska.com for tourney updates if you are interested.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"1 More for Panama?" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/07/07
It's officially cold here on the Carolina coast which makes thinking about our excursion to the lower latitudes a lot easier. In just a few short months the Ocean Isle Fishing Center's Traveling Fisherman program will be heading south to fish the fertile waters of the Hannibal Banks off the coast of Panama in Central America. We'll be chasing a variety of billfish, hugh yellowfin tuna, groupers, snappers, roosterfish and much more. We have a great team on this inaugural mission that are sure to bring back fish stories and experiences that will last a lifetime. Currently we have 14 Traveling Fishermen on board. There is 1 slot still left open for somebody who wants to join this exotic fishing adventure. If you want to fill this position I encourage you to act quickly as this is the final spot available for the OIFC group's trip. Contact me immediately if you have interest- email@example.com The trip is scheduled for Feb. 8th, 2008 - Feb. 15th, 2008. On the team so far:
Go to http://www.oifishingcenter.com/traveling_fisherman.cfm
for additional trip information
Capt. Barrett McMullan
"Fall fishing continues" | World Cat- 33' | 11/05/07
Check out this stud king mackerel, caught by Pete Fickling on Jack Joyce's Fishin' Mission. They hooked this estimated 40 pounder at the 390/390 on a dead cigar minnow. Wow! Congrats to the guys for releasing the fish in good shape--treble hooks removed. Remember, you can still get a citation for releasing the big ones, so don't be shy about returning these breeder size fish to fight (and spawn) again. Some studies have suggested that a 40 pound mackerel is 25-30 years old... At any rate, these fish have moved off the beach but not that far. If they are being caught at the 90s, imagine what the Jungle will be like in a few days. Catch 'em up...
Capt. Chris Burrows
"Instant Replay" | Stori Teller-24' | 11/04/07
Today we took a relative, Jimmy Lively, out on his first saltwater fishing trip in years. Figuring that you never leave fish to hunt for fish, we headed directly back to the ICW docks. We almost couldn't find a "fishin' hole" due to the number of boats fishing the docks. Kind of reminded me of the song "Redneck Yatch Club". I would like to think that many of them had read my yesterday's posting. As soon as we found a spot we worked our way in as quietly as possible. Once again we were armed with Berkley Gulp natural shrimp on 1/8 oz jigs. We let things settle down and began seeing tailing redfish. This is a beautiful and exciting sight to all inshore anglers. After casting just off the grass and down current near the pier pillions, Jeff hooked a red. Upon boating him, we measured him and found him barely legal, so we released him to grow. The next catch was mine!! After a valiant struggle I landed a trophy lizard fish, which we also released. During the remaining time we caught and released two flounder. Judging by the sounds of nearby fisherman, I assume that they too were hitting pay dirt.
It is my intention to give accurate fishing reports and am truely happy to see fellow anglers in areas I mention. Readers may also notice that we practice catch and release on many of our trips. We do this because we feel that our flounder and red drum fisheries are in trouble and are doing what we can to ensure these fish for future anglers. I hope that my readers also take care to protect this resource. We'll be out again Monday attempting to hook em up. If we have any success I'll report back. The weather is great so come to Brunswick County and join us. Also check with the staff at the OIFC for tackle and good info.
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"Fish Story" | Stori Teller-24' | 11/03/07
Captain Chris let me off work from the OIFC at about 1 p.m. today. Jeff was waiting at the dock with the "Tail Chaser" and we went directly to the docks just north of the Fishing Center canal on the Intracoastal. Armed with Berkley Gulp natural shrimp on 1/8 oz. jig heads we went after red fish. Jeff was casting by the dock up current from our position and on about his third cast he got drilled by an awsome red. We were using light gear so the fight was intense. Finally after what seemed to be about five minutes the fish was boated, pictured and released. Just afterwards I got hit hard by a red. We fought and he headed to a dock where sadly I got cut off. I handed my rod off to Jeff and as soon as I took his I was hit by a freight train. I battled a red for several minutes. He was pealing line off my reel like it was nothing. I tightened the drag three times as he was working his way to the dock. We finally got him to the side of the boat, and he broke off. We estimated him at about thirty inches. My next cast brought up a decent sized flounder and I released him also. The tide went slack and the bite stopped. We are still pumped over this action and expect to be back on the water at the same time Sunday. Hopefully I'll have some more action to report. Remember, the docks on the intracoastal, on a rising tide, using Gulp, natural shrimp on a 1/8 oz. jig head was the winning combination for today!! Good luck to all who can get out and fish, and remember to hook em up!!!!!!! We're off now to check the spot bite at the Ocean Isle Pier.
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"trout show" | Stori Teller-24' | 11/03/07
Sorry you haven't heard from me in a while but I am still alive, kickin',and fishin'.The fishing inshore has been pretty productive lately with lots of reds showing around structure and ledges in the waterway.They have been biting anything from berkley gulps to mullet minnows.The finger mullet schools have thinned some but you can still find them on low tide.On the trout scene they are out in full force biting well on live shrimp fished underneath a slip cork.The key to catching them has been getting the shrimp down to one to two feet off of the bottom.The shrimp are abundant in creek mouths on low tide and are easy to catch with a small cast net.And don't forget the upcoming Thanksgiving inshore tournament the fishing is heading toward greatness.
Capt. Stan Gurganus
"SKA/FLW National Championships" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/31/07
For all the fishermen heading to Biloxi to fish the SKA and FLW championships next couple weeks, come on by and talk with us. We have fished it numerous times and know the area and techniques well. We are stocked up on "Biloxi" tackle.
Here at home, water finally cooling a little although Kings still close in. Should move to 90/90 ; Christina/ Jungle/Shark Hole areas by this weekend. weather looks much better for weekend. Come on down and enjoy natures greatest treat; fall in coastal NC.
"Fall Brawl Final" | World Cat- 33' | 10/28/07
Team Double Down from Ocean Isle Beach wins. Scott Allen and 10 year old son Austin Allen and friend Derek McKee landed a 36.75 pound king to win 1st place. The team owns a 32 Wellcraft but since they are trying to sell the boat, opted to fish their 18 foot Nautic Star boat. All week Scott had been emailing me as to whether to fish or not. My advice- "trust me". My exact words "Even if you don't fish Saturday, you know it will be flat on Sunday on the beach and that is where the fish will be. All you have to do is drop in at Shallotte and that is where the winning fish will come." It seems I often give better to others than to myself as this was the exact case. At around 2:30 Scott, Austin and Derek boated their fish which ate a long lined Pogie behind the one and only YeeHaw Fish Call- red. The boated the fish and came straight to the scales. And that folks is what Fall tournament fishing is all about! This marks 3 diffent years the Fall Brawl has been won at Shallotte inlet.
Go to the tournament page for final results.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"what about us?" | Stori Teller-24' | 10/27/07
With all the Fall Brawl goings on, what about us inshore anglers? Here's some of the scoop. Thursday when I did my National Weather Service test run out to the Caudle Reef in my 17ft. Polar during "small craft warnings" (that was a major error on the NWS's part) Jeff and I also fished the Sunset Bridge and Tubbs during a dead low tide. I was just killing time, jigging with a mullett minnow and caught 2 13-1/2 inch flounder, which I did release. Up in Tubbs I caught a blue and a trout, so they are around. I talked with Bob Niebauer today who told me that he had caught red drum around the docks on he intracoastal on mullett minnows and "any Berkley Gulp" he put out. We have an amply supply of Gulp at the OIFC, a little plug for the store. Bob was headed to the jetties today and hopefully will give me a report. The docks we are speaking of are across from Craven St. on the intracoastal where Woody Wooten has a World Cat for sale,another cheap plug on my part. The recent rain and resulting fresh water runnoff will probably change the complexion of our inshore fishery for a while, yet the front may bring in some cooler weather and really turn the bite on. For those interested, the reports from the piers are that the spot run has begun! For you novice anglers, or those with limited time, the OIFC has our own pre-tied spot, trout and flounder rigs. Also don't forget that we charter inshore fishing trips. Check us out for supplies, charters, up-to-date weather, or help with any salt water fishing needs you might have, another cheap commercial. As always be safe and hook 'em up.
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"Fall Brawl Report" | World Cat- 33' | 10/27/07
Despite bad weather on the Capt Meeting day which is always tough and a less than great forecast, a total of 155 teams registerd for 2007 Fall Brawl. I consider that a great success and would like to thank all the participants for their committment.
The actual weather, has turned out pretty good for Saturday. As I noted earlier in the week, Saturday might be the best day, despite a poor forecast. It would depend on the timing of the front. The front passed this Sat at 7AM. It was raining a monsoon at 6am and dozens of folks called and changed their fishing day to Sunday. However, the front passed shortly after and now we have light North winds. Sunday will still be a good day too as the North winds will increase, but that will still work just fine for comfortable fishing close to the beach. Stay tuned for results from today and tomorrow.
Representative from World Cat are on hand if anyone is intersted in a ride on one of their boats. I think you'd be surprised.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Fall Brawl underway" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/27/07
Thanks to the 150+ boats who entered the Fall Brawl. It was a little wet at the Capt meeting, but everyone had a great time, spot racing; mullet minnow spiting, and ate well courtesy of Amy and the Causeway Gormet's shrimp and grits.
This morning the fleet was greeted to clearing skies, north winds approx 10 kts, and for all the fishermen that sat this one out, [listening to weather forecasters who get paid to forecast]....when will you guys just listen to me? As "I" forecasted a week ago, the front came on thru, the winds shifted to the north thus providing flat conditions on the beach, high pressure is building in and thus the skies are clearing, and everyone will have a great weather day on the water with similiar conditions for tomorrow. Standby as we update what goes on today.
"Big King! Wow!" | World Cat- 33' | 10/26/07
Jody Wicker sent in these pictures yesterday of a good day fishing out of Southport with one monster in the group. He said his brother caught the big one, which weighed in at 55 pounds. And just in time for the Fall Brawl. I'm pretty certain that fish has a brother or a cousin hanging out near the beach. We may get wet, but the fish are already. Got get 'em.
Capt. Chris Burrows
"Fall Brawl Registration Today" | World Cat- 33' | 10/26/07
Yes its raining, BUT, the wind is light and seas are slight. Forget this NOAA weather crap with 4+ foot seas... They are forecasting the swell and not the true wave height, which is wind driven. Further, I think the winds are going to be light South tomorrow, and I think the fish are going to bite. I know it doesn't look great, and it probably isn't going to be great, but I think the winds and seas are going to be good, at least much better than the majority of the tournaments I've fished this year. Great food, entertainment and fishing ahead. See you at the OIFC this evening.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Tourney conspiracy weather report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/26/07
I believe there is a possibility somehow the fish and the weather folks have hooked up to put out weather forecasts to try to scare the fishermen away from the tourney so the fish can survice the onslaught from the fishermen. I drove in from Atlanta today, and coming across the bridge, you could skip a nickel all the way to Frying Pan Tower. It was flat. Meanwhile the marine forecast say 4-6 foot seas. Where do they get that stuff from? For all you Fall Brawl fishermen, here is the real forecast.
There is a front trying to come thru and I think it will make it during Saturday. That will offer southerly winds moving to southwest and eventually northwest during the day. My guess is when the wind shifts to the NW the bite will lite up. Sunday, the front has passed and we will have lite to moderate northly winds. It will be flat on the beaches due to the islands facing south, thus protected from the north wind. This will ignite a major bite at the inlets or River Channel. The water is full of bait, the spots have showed up, the water is 76 degrees! If you think you have to venture offshore, the furtherest you should go is the 90/90. This reminds me of 2005 when 19 out of the top 20 fish were caught at the Shallotte Sea Buoy.[20th was caught at the 90/90].
I'm thinking there should be a catagory for the team that can burn the least fuel.
Hope to see you at the Fall Brawl and please park at our off island parking lot and ride the free shuttle. There is no tourney parking on the island. By riding the shuttle you can win rods/reels/ect just for the shuttle riders. Brant has a great meal planned and then we will have our mud minnow spiting contest, spot races, free how to's, and whatever else our devious minds can conjure up tomorrow. Join us for the fun and comaradie.
"Live Weather" | Stori Teller-24' | 10/25/07
Whew!!!! I read Brant's report and I don't think I can match his forcast abilities.... can you say Jim Cantore? But I do know first hand what the current weather is. All day I was checking various reports, and they just didn't match up to what I was experiencing and what I was being told by anglers who were on the water. I would NEVER recommend that you ignore small craft advisories, but at 3:45 pm I was in the ocean in my 17 ft. skiff and could have skipped a rock across the surface it was so flat. There was no breeze...the "no see'ums" were eating me up while I was fishing in the intracoastal, (another fish story for later), which is a true sign of NO breeze in Brunswick County. The 70% chance of rain was just clouds. The bottom line is the weather reports were saying one thing and I was experiencing another. So, don't let the profets of doom keep you away this weekend. I'll make it my top priority to keep up with the real time weather and the pogy reports. I'll open the Fishing Center every day through Sunday at 6 a.m., PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL ME AT ANYTIME for pogy and actual weather reports, ANYTIME!!!! Come down this weekend and enjoy a great fishing tradition and some good family fun.
First Mate- Rickey Beck