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"Good morning from Port Eads, LA" | | 08/17/17
 

Barrett and I are at the bottom of the world chasing Redfish for an upcoming IFA Redfish Tour event. We are staying at one of my favorite places, Port Eads, LA; the furthest South fish camp in LA. We just started fishing and have been on some fish, but there is still another day of prefishing before the event on Friday and Saturday. This is my first official Redfish Event, so I'm trying not to Googan it up too much for Barrett. Beautiful morning.... Meanwhile back at OIB the charter team has been smoking the Kings. Capt Ben guided John and Tyler Dicks from Greensboro, NC to a couple in the mid 20s. He's been crushing them all week on dead Cigar Minnows fishing in 65' depth range. Traditionally August is a slower month for Kings but it is continuing strong thus far. The other boats were working on the Spanish Macks and Shark yesterday which are also chewing. Capt. Brant
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
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"8-Hour Success " | Catch All | 08/16/17
 

Long time returning customer Eric Miller and Nate Sherrin climbed aboard the OIFC Catch All for an 8-hour trip yesterday (8/15). We started our day off with slow trolling a few live baits in 80 feet and found plenty of short strikes from small king mackerel. After the second short king we opted to run a few miles offshore to anchor up and see what was biting on the bottom. At this next location the bites were plentiful and the fishing really started to heat up. Vermillion snapper, amberjack, black sea bass, and grouper made up our bottom fishing bites while we caught keeper king mackerel, and a surprise mahi mahi on flat lines. Great fishing with great returning customers. Can’t beat it during the dog days of Summer.   


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Dock Flounder" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/15/17
 

Pictured is Jordan Wilks and a Flounder he caught using a mud minnow off the OIFC dock


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Erick Miller 08/16/2017

Captain Derek is the man! OIFC does not disappoint. There is not a better charter company out there. BOTTOM LINE! They will always be my only choice in NC/SC.





"Densmore Duo " | Catch All | 08/14/17
 

JD and Will Densmore from Davidson, NC, climbed aboard the OIFC Catch All with me today for an early 4-hour trip. Will started the day off right by bringing an 18” spanish mackerel in the boat for their first fish. Once the father and son duo had enough Spanish for dinner, it was off to Ocean Crest Pier for some shark fishing. With a dense chum slick behind the boat, the blacktip sharks kept us on our toes for the rest of the trip. Great job today crew!

 


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"UPDATE- OIFC Boat Fire" | OIFC | 08/13/17
 

I wanted to follow up to let everyone know that the two young men who were injured in the boat fire this early Summer are out of the hospital and doing much better.  David Martin and Jonathan Bicket both have spent weeks/months at the UNC burn center recieving treatment, but both have been released and are working to get back life as normal.  The recovery will take time, but they are thankful to be alive and thankful for all thoughts and prayers received.  Almost daily I have folks ask me about the young men, and after receiving their approval, I wanted to pass along the information.  

They are lucky to be alive.  They have made it past one difficult part, but the next phase of recovery is tough both physically and mentally.  They will need our support.  Wish them well and encourage them when possible.  

And to David and Jonathan, keep up the fight.  Time will be your best and worst frenemy; but give it a year and see where you are.   Give it two and you will be looking back at the anniversary.  Wishing you guys the best.  Stay strong and appreciate your family and  friends.

Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Mis's First Wahoo" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/11/17
 

Wendell Barnett of Cherry Grive and Mia Harrington fished today aboard Wendell's 2009 Sea Hunt with 4,000 hrs on the motor. They fished "blended" water and did well with the wahoo. Wendell takes care of his boat and fishes the mess out of it. Plus you can almost bet if he goes out he is going to catch fish. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Team OIFC White Marlin Open day 3" | | 08/11/17
 

We gave it all we had but didn't win; guess I'll be back at work Monday am. Over $4mil in prize money is being awarded to a hand full of winning teams for White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo and Shark catches. Two teams won over a $million for White Marlin. And as much as I wish we were one of them, we leave with no regrets. This truly is an event in which you just need to get lucky and get a bite from the right fish; there is skill in hooking and landing the fish when it bites. We ended the event 2 for 6 on bites so that's where we have to improve; one of those 4 we missed could have been the big one?! So we are back to OIB tomorrow and back on scene at the OIFC. We will be back next year.
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
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"Thought Shark Week Was Over?" | Catch All | 08/10/17
 

Amidst the stormy weather the fish continue to bite. Dianna Martin, Kylyn Leach, and Gabi, Aubrey, Jeff Bartlett joined me on a 4-hour trip aboard the Catch All on Wednesday (8/9). We started the trip off Spanish mackerel fishing about two miles outside Lockwood Folly inlet.  Kylyn, Gabi, and Aubrey made short work of the Spanish as they put six nice mackerel on ice for their warm up. The next objective was shark fishing. Luckily the sharks finally decided to cooperate as the whole crew got to reel in a shark. Size of the sharks varied from three to seven feet yet Gabi ended up with an impressive 90 pound blacktip to end their day of fishing. Great fishing with a great crew!


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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Jeff Bartlett 08/11/2017

Captain Derek provided a fishing trip that will forever be in our memories!The entire trip was flawless. While taking this picture of the three of us holding the large shark, one of my other daughters was realing in another. The highlight of our vacation!!!





"White Marlin Open day 2" | | 08/10/17
 

Well some days you win and some you lose and some days you just walk away shaking your head. This is REAL reporting, not just the good stuff. We went 0 for 4 on bites from White Marlin today. Each time the fish bit good but each time between the actions of the fish and inactions of crew, we swung and missed. And so we have one more day to be heroes. That's the good thing about this event; we aren't fishing for numbers. We simply need to be lucky enough to have a big White Marlin to find us and then skilled enough to hook him. Stay tuned. FYI we have been running to the various canyons to fish. Yesterday we fished the Poor Mans and Washington canyons which were 65 miles and today we fished the Wilmington canyon which was 85 miles. Sorry no pictures, no fish !
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
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Barrett McMullan 08/11/2017

Far greater is it to dare mighty things...... Keep at it.





"White Marlin Open day 1" | | 08/09/17
 

Team OIFC is in Ocean City, MD to compete in the largest and richest Billfish tournament in the world; $4.9 million in prize money! Team members- Brant and Brayden McMullan, Brody Heath, Brandon Sauls and Clay Morphis. Today the fishing was very slow for the fleet. We went 1 for 1 on White Marlin but we had to release the fish as they must be 67" to take in to weigh. There was an 86 pounder weighed which is set to win $2.6mil but we've got two more days to try to beat it. Stay tuned. I'm hoping we see more fish tomorrow. Sent from my iPhone
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
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"The fish are already wet" | Catch All | 08/08/17
 

Greg Righter, Sam Righter, Bob Howard, and Frankie, Sarah and Nancy Goodnight joined Capt. Brad and I on an early 4-hour on Friday (8/4). The ride in was a little moist but the fish actually bit better when clouds and rain showers were around. Sharks and plenty of Spanish mackerel kept us entertained for the morning. The fish are already wet. Let’s go fishing – call 910 575 3474 to book your trip today.  


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"OIFC Flounder" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/07/17
 

Brayden McMullen caught their Flounder today while fishing off the dock at the OIFC.   He said he caught him on a mud minner 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Flounder report" | OIFC | 08/07/17
 

Rex Steward sent me this email and picture- Saturday I caught a flounder limit fishing by myself in shallotte river. Flounder fishing is picking up. Size 15 to21 inch 

I will support his report by noting that the watersports staff has recently been catching quite a few keepers off the OIFC docks.  

And then here's a pic of the Bonecrusher Brandon Sauls who was fishing with Clay Morphis from yesterday. 

Flounder fishing is picking up.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fish Fry" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/06/17
 

Brandon Sauls and Clay Morphes had four sweet Flounder today. They went straight to the fryer!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"S.H.A.R.E Champs" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/06/17
 

Congratulations to the Grays and Team Beeracuda on their victory in the Share Tournament. The total weight of their fish was $32k


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"Good to be back on the water" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/03/17
 

Recently my wife Kelly and I were blessed with our first child, Heidi. After Heidi’s birth I decided to take a week off the water to take it all in and practice being a normal human with minimal sleep. It hasn’t been near as bad as people said it would be, but the sudden withdrawal of saltwater is what really got to me. Luckily yesterday (8/2), I was able to get back on the water to check the scene.  

Steve Carnes, Dyke Davies, Scott Wise, Demvs, Noah and Mandi Oxford came aboard for an early eight-hour trip. Despite hungry sharks and barracuda eating our fish, our crew battled king mackerel, big spanish mackerel and Amberjack. Once the dust settled, all arms were sore, the fishbox was full and the seas laid down to almost nothing for a nice ride back to the dock.

My two-hour trip provided non stop action from black sea bass, tom-tates, ring tails, and pinfish. We attempted to catch a flounder on one of the artificial reefs but came up empty.

Rachel Turkal and Dani and Joseph Herron joined me on an evening four-hour trip to target spanish and sharks. With high hopes and flat calm conditions, we bullseye’d our target with catching some nice spanish mackerel for dinner then fell into a shark feeding frenzy at sunset. Rachel even managed to reel in a nice keeper king mackerel while spanish mackerel fishing with a #00 clarkspoon with attached to #10 fluorocarbon – little sketchy on the leader. All in all, I was able to put fish in the boat for some great customers.

The bait has shown back up in the 25-mile range but it’s a lot smaller than it was three weeks ago – smaller bait yielding smaller fish. However, mixed in with the small mackerels, bonita, and barracudas have been huge Spanish mackerel. Dead cigar minnows pulled behind Bluewater Candy Wedgies produced the best for us yesterday. Especially the candy apple red head with a glow squid skirt – great lure, sold at the OIFC, Aisle 1. If fishing in this 25-mile range be on the lookout for the nonexistent Long Bay sailfish. They start to come in a little shallower this time of year and a ball of 3 inch sardines that’s currently out there is just ticket to keep them around.

The near shore action has been hot as well. Just like Brant’s recent fishing report, it’s Spanish for dinner and sharks for a show. Simple as that – call 910 575 3474 to book your trip today. 


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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Jeff Davis 08/05/2017

Fished with Capt. OC and Capt. Brad on Thursdaymon an 8 hr trip. Awesome guys to fish with. Caught Kings all day. We had a great time! They shared some tips that helped me catch my own the next day. Looking forward to another trip with them soon.





"4hr charters great family option" | | 08/01/17
 

Here's what we are doing on our 4hr charters. Spanish for food and Sharks for fun; a great recipe. Let's go fishing. Call 910-575-3474 to book your trip with the OIFC crew. Spanish biting great around bait pods in 20-30' on Clark Spoons but Sharkin ain't easy; fresh meat on 200# mono with 8/0 on 50# tackle will get it done. Capt Brant Sent from my iPhone
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
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Stephen bailey 08/03/2017

Were the Spanish along the beach (OIB?, Holden?) or near reefs and wrecks? Thanks

Troy Faulkner 08/01/2017

We had a wonderful day fishing with Captain Austin. We caught over twenty Spanish Mackeral and several nice Blues. The boat was clean and comfy and Captain Austin and his mate were very knowledgeable and friendly. We were able to fill our bucket with dinner and then we caught three nice sharks that provided plenty of excitement to end the trip. We pan fried the Mackeral with Cajun seasoning and we tried Captain Austin's bacon broiled recipe. Everything came out really good and we liked the blues too after soaking them in buttermilk for a couple of hours. Thanks again and we'll see you next year! The Faulkner's......





"Retriever's Report" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/30/17
 

Good day offshore Thursday on the Retriever with Will Newell and Chris Eckert .  They got 7 triggerfish and a dozen fat beeliners


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Redfish Elite Final" | OIFC | 07/30/17
 

The final regular season event for the Elite Redfish Series out of Biloxi is in the books.  And I for one am relieved.  3 days of the most intense competition and challenging conditions has me beat down and needing some recovery time.  I backed into the final 5 on day three despite dead fish penalties and a lackluster day one.  Day three the conditions totally changed and we were greeted by stiff west winds, clouds and rain.  No big deal just another 75 mile run aboard my piece of plywood with a 250hp strapped to the back!  Without being able to see the fish because of the dark cloudy conditions it made catching difficult.  Despite the conditions I landed in a good area where a few schools showed up.  The right fish were there, unfortunately my execution was poor.  When the dust settled I only was able to put together a 21lb and change bag. It did move me up to 4th place for the event but truthfully I had the opportunity to do much better.  

It's been a solid year on the trail for me.  I began to understand what it took to consistently catch the right fish.  3 top 5's out of 3 events is an accomplishment.  I finished the year in 4th place overall and have qualified for the match play championship in March.

Now time to get back to the east coast and a more reasonable lifestyle.  This one man tournament fishing is for the birds!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Kings biting" | | 07/29/17
 

Sister family from Alabama with a nice catch of Kings on a 6hr fishing with Capt Brad on the OIFC World Cat; and of course, the big one got shark bit! - Capt Brant
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