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"Redfish Tournament Trail Update" | OIFC | 07/23/17
 

I have not done a very good job with reporting recent redfish tournament adventures.  While the reporting hasn't been very good, the adventures have been exactly as intense as always so I thought heading into the last event of the year, I would do a quick catch up.  

This year I jumped back into the one man Elite Redfish Series which includes three tournaments over the spring and summer and a championship in early 2018.  The first event was back in March at the Louisiana Crawfish festival in Chalmette, LA.  If I remember correctly, I posted a fairly thorough recap of that adventure/debacle right after the event.  To make a long story short, I ended up in 4th place after a very slow start on day one and major breakdown on day 3.  Making the top 5 cut to be able to fish the final day and weigh in amongst the crowds at the Crawfish Festival was pretty wild.  I charged on hard on day two and three but couldn't claw my way to the top after starting from behind.  

Event 2 took place in Bayou Segnette, LA which is just below New Orleans.  This was a cool event because anglers had so many options on strategy.  The field spread out 100 miles in both directions of weigh in.  We had really windy conditions but sunny so fishing was good.  I fished within the same 3 square mile area each day and managed to make the cut again going into the final day in 4th place.  On the final day I truly made the conscious decision to swing for the fences. I had a good bag of five fish on board that I knew would move me up but wouldn't be enough to chase down the leader.  At the last minute I caught a monster but he was riding the edge of the legal length.  The safe play was to let him go and hope for a top 3 finish.  Taking the, "if you're not first you're last" mentality I opted to bring the big fish in and go for the win.  It backfired as my fish just wouldn't give up that 1/16" and ended up weighing 4 instead of a 5 full bag limit.  5th place was my reward.  

The angler of the year award would normally be in sight with 2 top 5 finishes in 2 events but the two guys ahead of me have also had a great season finishing in the top 3 for each event.  So going into the final event angler of the year is likely out of the question which leaves only one thing to do.  Win.  I've had a steep learning curve over the last few years fishing this one man redfish series in the gulf states.  Everything that could go wrong has.  From Dukes of Hazard style groundings, to boat fires, to fish not measuring, I've had it all.  For whatever reason, this season things seemed to have clicked.  I can't put my finger on it, but I'd say the biggest difference is the ability to recognize when you're on the right path.  

The final regular season event of the season is this coming week held out of Biloxi, MS.  This one will present quite a challenge for me and my equipment.  Most of the competitors will have larger bay boat style rigs to run across the Mississippi sound and Lake Borgne to the LA marsh.  Unfortunately, I'm in my flat bottom tower boat.  Any type of wave action at all creates a major problem.  With 25 miles of open Gulf of Mexico running required to get to the marsh it'll be tricky for sure.  For this event we are allowed to weigh 3 live redfish.  If fishing in LA waters two fish must be under 27" and one fish under 30".  If fishing MS waters all three must be under 30".  Weather will be my deciding factor.  Most anglers will opt to fish LA waters due to the heavier weights of the fish and ease of catching.  I'll have a couple days to do some scouting and put together a good weather and bad weather plan.  While winning this event is the objecting and would be sweet revenge, I do have the pressure of weighing at least one legal redfish so I can qualify for the championship.  One fish should guarantee me a top 10 finish for the season which is what qualifies you for the championship.  The championship will be next February and will put the 10 finishers in the east division (my division) vs the top 10 finishers in the west division in a head to head, match play championship.  I plan on being there for that so catching a fish this week is important.  I will do my best to update the report with how the week is going.  To keep up with the standings and happenings be sure to follow the Elite Redfish Series on Facebook, Instagram and all that stuff.

Scouting starts tomorrow afternoon.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Local Heroes In Action" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/23/17
 

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From Heather Hughes Facebook page:

 

So this happened Saturday


Couldn't be more proud of my hubby (and #1 captain ??) for saving FOUR lives today after their boat drifted into the breakers and subsequently overturned.

After losing power in their cabin cruiser outside of Shallotte Inlet and drifting into the breakers, the boaters put a call out to notify the Coast Guard they were taking on water. Capt. Clay (SeaTow 8) and Capt. Kendrick Schwarz (SeaTow 6) responded and were able to work their way in closer to the distressed vessel. Once Clay started to approach, the vessel took a couple of waves over the stern and quickly overturned throwing the family into the water. Clay quickly realized two of the PIWs were little girls and thankfully was able to maneuver close enough to pluck the girls and their parents from the water. Once safely onboard our Sea Tow vessel, Clay was able to ferry them inside the inlet and transfer them over to OIB Fire & Rescue. 
Today was a good day.
#SeaTowLife #waterrescue #mymansgotskills #myhero #SeaTow #ShallotteInlet #OIB


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Kings biting" | | 07/22/17
 

Meagan Smith and Austin Dunlap of Charlotte, NC show off a couple of several kings they caught today with friend Jeff Rosowski of Raleigh, NC, on board the OIFC World Cat with Captain OC. A few big Spanish were caught as well. King bite continues good, come fish with us at the OIFC. Sent from my iPhone
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
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"49 King" | Catch All | 07/21/17
 

Here is a pic of the 49 pound King we weighed at oifc couple days ago- Ricky Byrd. What a fish!! Caught in 60' Capt. Brant


- Aaron Dew
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Brian 07/21/2017

Great job Ricky and Mac. Mac's first king!!!!





"Spanish bite hot" | Catch All | 07/21/17
 

Jack and Drew Warren of Charlotte, NC with a few of the Spanish caught on board the OIFC World Cat. Spanish are great fun for kids and they are biting strong on Clarkspoons in 25-35' depths around bait pods. Capt Brant


- Aaron Dew
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"World Cat" | | 07/21/17
 

King Mackerel bit well today in 60-65 feet. Spanish Mackerel and Sharks are still chewing along the beach. Take advantage of the good weather and the good fishing now and call 910-575-3474 to book your charter. Capt OC Sent from my iPhone
- Chris Dew
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"Weds report" | | 07/21/17
 

Had a nice day on the water with OIFC friends Brandon Sauls and Brian Walker. We targeted Grouper, caught a couple in the 90' depth range and plenty of other less desirable critters. Beautiful day. While we were offshore, the Kings turned on closer to shore. The charter boats reported very good catches of 8-12# fish while in the 65-80' depth range. We also weighed in a 49 pounder caught by Ricky Byrd while fishing in 60' and I've also attached pics of a couple big Kings that Aaron Miller caught yesterday in 55'. Fishing is great right now. Also the charter boats reported red hot Spanish Mac bite off Shallotte in 30'. Capt. Brant McMullan
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
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"Congrats to CAPT Austin" | Catch All | 07/21/17
 

Congrats to Austin Aycock for achieving his capt license. He has been an OIFC mate for many years and has earned his official wings. He is without question one of our very best. Come fish with Capt Austin at the OIFC; fishing has been great. Check out these pics of Capt Austin and Capt Brad on their 10 hour trip from yesterday. They had some nice kings and a load of bottom fish- Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Inshore fish are biting!" | | 07/21/17
 

Despite the high water temperatures bumping 85 degrees and the constant boat traffic in the icw fishing is still pretty good. Finding hidden spots and really working them. Flounder are around. Lots of shorts but some nice keepers mixed in. Both Red and Black drum numbers are still good. Sent from my iPhone
- Tiffany Aycock
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"Brayden doing work today on OIFC docks" | | 07/21/17
 

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- Brant McMullan
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"Nearshore Action" | Catch All | 07/21/17
 

Spanish Mackerel and sharks are still providing plenty of action on nearshore trips this week. Sent from my iPhone


- Aaron Dew
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"Kings " | Catch All | 07/19/17
 

Today the Bingham family had a day full of steady action, ending the half day trip with 9 Kings and a big shark! 


- Capt. Ben Morris
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"Maiden Voyage " | Do Work / OIFC | 07/19/17
 

Jeff, Camdyn and I took the Parker out in the ocean for the first time today to see if she could catch fish   She didn't let us down. The short story is there were plenty of pogies just outside the Shallotte Inlet.  We filled the bait well with one throw of a Capt. Brant's Custom Net and proceeded directly to the 90's. As soon as we got the lines out Camdyn hooked up with a king. The drag was a little tight & it got off. But right afterwards she got another. Then we had a short strike followed by a Spanish.  This was a short experimental trip so we headed in.  All the fish were released to grow. If you want some good action I suggest a quick trip to the 90's


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Mark H 07/20/2017

That's a real nice Spanish. Delicious





"Hand Sized Pogeys" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/19/17
 

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The big pogeys were thick this morning off Ocean Isle Beach right outside the Shallotte Inlet. Earlier we had no problem filling out livewell with smaller ones


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Good Day Off Shore" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/18/17
 

Good day offshore for this crew . Several low 30s released and some nice bottom fish to keep em busy.  All fish were released to fight another day.   The crew consisted of Caleb Hardee Luke Hardee Trask Cunningham 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Hardee Boyz" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/13/17
 

The Hardee boys joined uncle Corey and South today for a big day  fishing mostly in  80ft water couple kings on drift lines  , grouper , big bass , b liners , red snapper and cobia . Calm ocean not much current at all . 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More 8HR Action" | Catch All | 07/12/17
 

The fishing has been good both near and far yet the 25 to 40 mile range has been very reliable and rewarding lately. Today (7/12) I had the pleasure of taking Chris Stanfield, Luke Rappold, Drew Blast, Benicio Duarte, and Marcelo Duarte offshore to this range to try our luck. We started and spent most of the day about 35 miles offshore catching king mackerel. After catching nine kings and hooking a big shark, my crew decided to head inshore to check some bait pods for cobia. Luckily on our second bait pod stop we hit paydirt - two thirty pounders heading straight towards the boat. Both fish immediately ate freelined pogies and before we knew it, the fish were on the boat, pictures were taken and it was time to head back home. 

The kingfish bites came off both live and dead bait trolled around 1.5kts near suspended sardine schools. If these sardine and cigar minnow schools stick around for the rest of July, you can bet the kings will not be far behind. Stable weather and good bait is key this time of year. Get in on the action before its too late. Call 910 575 3474 to book your trip today.


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Summer is heating up" | Catch All | 07/11/17
 

The fishing has been consistent this July. From Spanish mackerel along the beachfront to scamp grouper some 50 miles offshore – the fish have been there. Hopefully this consistency will continue throughout the month of July.  Call (910) 575 – 3474 to book your trip today!   


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Not A Bad Day" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/11/17
 

Mike Niels got these 2 Flounder, limit on gray Trout and a 15 inch black bass


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"East Coast Got em On" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/10/17
 

These girls fished hard today Fish Hard Gear. 30+ lb fish that didn't make the scales in time by a couple minutes. If it wasn't for bad luck, we'd have no luck at all. Proud of these lady anglers . Choice of Two/OIFC Fishing Team . Congrats to everyone that weighed today . Glad to see a couple fish are actually around .


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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