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"Backwater School September 16th" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/18/17
 

Tom, Kenny, and Mike joined me this past Saturday to learn a little more about our backwaters surrounding our immediate area. We met Friday afternoon for a couple of hours covering various topics like knot tieing, equipment, weather conditions, structure, technique, etc...We also worked deligently on learning how to throw a small cast net efficently. This time of year revolves heavily around catching and locating live bait. After getting everyone versed on what to expect we decided to meet back at the Fishing Center around 8am to get our day of fishing started. We hit a few flounder holes first and everyone picked up a few getting the feel for the bite. I also explained what to look for and why I was picking those particular areas for flounder. We moved to a few redfish spots finding everyone a nice redfish and again I explained why we targeted those particular areas. We then moved on to finding and catching black drum. We found plenty and even threw several back for next time. I feel that everyone did excellent and should see them on the water having success in the future. Thanks guys! See ya on the water!

My next scheduled backwater class will be geared towards finding and catching bull redfish, land class 5pm on Oct. 14th and full day fishing on Oct. 15th. My last class of the year will focus on casting soft plastics for speckled trout, land class 5pm Nov. 3rd and full day fishing Nov. 4th. If you are interested please sign up immediately, only 3 spots are available and they do go fast!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Flounder Tournament" | OIFC | 09/17/17
 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Capt Amy to the rescue" | | 09/17/17
 

The kids had soccer and dance and there was a tournament to fish. Luckily I have an awesome wife who stands by me and with me in everything! And she's also a good fishermen. Capt Amy (who actually is an official USCG captain) and I fished the Shallotte KMT and although all we could produce form Kings was a mid 20s, we had a good day all around with a variety of species. We fished the 80-100' depth range. Sent from my iPhone
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
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"OIFC Happenings" | OIFC | 09/17/17
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

  • $215 Entry Fee by 10/9/17, $250 after
  • Top 20 heaviest King Mackerel
  • Sea Tow Small Boat division, 1st- 500, 2nd- $400, 3rd $300
  • Cy's World Junior angler divsion, 1st-10th $$ payout 
  • Ocean Isle Marina Carolyn Black Lady angler divsion, 1st-10th $$ payout 
  • Sportsman's Choice Marine SPEEDY KING Award.  $500 paid to the first King weighed on Saturday and $500 paid to the first King weighed on Sunday.  Scales open at 7am and you can weigh-in and go back fishing as many times as you want.
  • Spanish Mackerel division, 1st-3rd prizes paid in OIFC gift card
  • OIFC Family Fishing Awards, ALL teams that weigh ANY tournament eligible species and have a lady, junior AND senior angler on board win a $100 OIFC gift card.
  • Wheel of Fishing.  Weigh any eligible species and spin the wheel.  If you hit your fish's weight, you win $100 on the spot 
  • CLICK HERE for entry form or to enter on-line

Fall Fishing Schools :

Learn to Fish from the OIFC Staff 

 

 Kite Fishing- September 22-23 (4 spots open)

Bottom Fishing- September 24  (1 spot open)

Inshore Fishing- Sept 29-30 (3 spots open), Oct 14-15 (3 spots open) 

These are the last OIFC fishing schools of the year.  Gain the knowledge you need to take full advantage of Fall fishing season 

 TO MAKE RESERVATIONS CALL 910-575-3474 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Post Irma Update" | Catch All | 09/14/17
 

Fall is an incredible time to go fishing off the Brunswick County Coast. Whether its catching big bull redfish on a 4-hour trip along the beachfront or running some 60 miles offshore on a 12-hour trip to find your personal record wahoo, fall is the best time to make it happen.  

After enduring a few small bands of weather from Irma, the seas have finally calmed allowing anglers to venture offshore and see what’s biting. Larger pogies have been between the big hill and Ocean Crest Pier in 15-25 feet. Larger mullet have made their way onto the scene as well with large schools making their migration south in 5-10ft. Once this bait is caught, lighthouse rocks has been holding some nice kings as well as the shark hole and 18-mile rock. Keep in mind the water temperatures in the 2-10-mile range are finally starting to cool down a bit. This decrease in temperature can only mean the larger, fall run of fish are on their way.

While fishing near or offshore of the Shark Hole don’t forget to drop down a grouper rig to see if the gags have moved into the shallows. Typically, these gag grouper will move into the 75-90 foot range the first week of October yet it is very common to catch one in mid-late September on your favorite dropper rig while fishing for black sea bass.  

Lastly, the wahoo fishing was really starting to heat up before Irma paid us a visit. I know a few boats are headed to the break today for the hoos. Stay tuned -


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Fall Brawl coming soon" | | 09/12/17
 

Programs are in the mail. Be on the lookout or stop by any area tackle shop or certainly the OIFC!
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
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"Fishing School" | | 09/09/17
 

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- Tiffany Aycock
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"Still searching" | | 09/04/17
 

Their boat was found a few mikes offshore of the jungle but we are still looking for Steve and David. If you find ANY evidence that could possibly help, please report it to the Coast Guard. Thoughts and prayers with family
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
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"Flounder!" | | 09/04/17
 

Jeff and Josh Wallen with 8.5 pound Flounder weighed at oifc yesterday. These two are master reef fishermen; They had a cooler with several nice fish. Interesting part of conversation with Dr Jeff was his belief that when you catch one you continue to fish that spot as the Flounder often congregate very close together, not spread across the reef. Sent from my iPhone
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
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"Wahoo report " | | 09/04/17
 

Email received from Jeff Duggins- "Service Call" - nice catch! "Capt brant bluefin rig put it on the wahoo today, caught 3 out of 4 in the black jack area" Jeff is showing a "secret" technique that I often employ for wahoo- using heavy 200-300# fluoro leader for wahoo instead of wire. It will occasionally get bit off but I have tested evidence that shows the technique gets more bites.- Capt Brant
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
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"Team Adventure" | OIFC | 09/01/17
 

Yesterday all the charter capts and mates jumped on board with fishing friend and captain Brody Heath on the Emma Rose boat -- The mission was to do a little Wahoo fishing, but mainly focus on trying to catch a Swordfish.  We ran to the Scarp area and had quite a few bites, landed a Wahoo and then headed off another 25 miles to 1300' of water in search of Sword.  That is feast of famine fishing, and unfortunately we stayed hungry despite giving it a sold 5 hours of fishing.  On the way home we got to go through a Hurricane Harvey feeder band, which was fun, and then made it back well past my bedtime.  The day was intended to be relaxing, no pressure, fishing with friends in an attempt at glory.   We fell short on the glory but the company was fun.  Our rookie mate this year Ty Starling caught his first Wahoo also; congrats.

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Missing Fishermen " | | 08/30/17
 

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- Tiffany Aycock
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"Fall Brawl King Classic- October 13-15" | Catch All | 08/29/17
 

All this cool weather has me thinking about Fall fishing.  The Fall Brawl event program will be out within a week and available.  This year's Fall Brawl will be held October 13-15, so mark your calendar.  Good times and Great fishing!!!

If you want to recieve a Fall Brawl program and have not been normally recieving them in the past, email captbrant@oifc.com with name and address and request a program.

* Payout to 20th place ($30,000 total payout)

*Top 10 Jr. Anglers ($1600 total payout) , Top 10 Lady Anglers ($1600 total payout)

*Spanish Mackerel division ($2000 total payout)

*Small Boat division ($1500 total payout)

Visit www.OIFC.com/FBKC for Fall Brawl 17 event details and entry forms


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bottom Fishing School " | Catch All | 08/26/17
 

Another successful bottom fishing school is in the books. Dale Hall, David Lowman, Phil Hester and Aaron Hester climbed aboard the OIFC Catch All yesterday to learn how to bottom fish off our coast. Like most trips offshore, it started with catching some sort of bait. With scamp grouper in our sights, we loaded the Catch All live well with about 30 pinfish for bait. After brief instruction on where we were headed and why we were heading there we made the 48 mile run to a large hard bottom area in about 115 feet of water. Upon arrival, the school learned how to quickly tie chicken rigs, what bait to use, and most importantly that the weatherman is always wrong. Despite the bumpy conditions we caught fish all day long and managed three very nice scamp grouper. With everyone’s arms tired and some nice fish to clean, we packed it up and head home around 3PM. After careful evaluation, everyone got an A in the class. Great job crew!


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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Dale Hall 08/28/2017

Bottom school was a lot of fun and we all learned a lot. Capt Derek was a class act and a great catch. We learned all about rigging, techniques and strategies for catching grouper. Since this was a "school" Capt Derek has given me advice and tips even after days after the school. One heck of an investment!! Now I feel like I can go out and have a good shot of catching grouper in the 20 mile range in my boat this Ovtober! Thanks Capt Derek!

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"Eclipse Ffounder" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/23/17
 

Tomnmy Helms took these young men out for some reef eclipse fishing. They caught his fish


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"6-Hour action" | Catch All | 08/22/17
 

Tracey Sheriff, Leslie Innis and Patrick and Colan McBee climbed aboard the OIFC Catch All with me today on an early 6-hour trip. After running about 18 miles offshore we finally found a nice class of king mackerel to pick at for the most of trip. Not to mention the huge Spanish mackerel mixed in with the king bites. Great day of Summer king mackerel fishing for this crew.  

Both the Spanish and king mackerel have been keyed in on the dead bait presentations this year. Whether its dink ballyhoo or your favorite cigar minnow rig, the mackerels have preferred the freshly frozen, store bought offerings. With fall right around the corner, the larger kings should start to move in with cooler weather. Look for large schools of Spanish mackerel or cigar minnow pods on the surface for a king mackerel bite. Let’s go fishing! Call 910 575 3474 to book your trip today.  


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Red Drum" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/21/17
 

Ella Bellamy landed this nice drum a couple of days ago. The big bull drum are due anytime now. Come get you some.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fishing Schools- UPCOMING " | OIFC | 08/21/17
 

OK we are bringing the Summer season to an end so its time to refire the FISHING SCHOOLS.  Here is what we have available this Fall.

We have a bottom school coming up THIS Saturday, August 26th and we have 1 spot left open.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON CLASS

Other classes take place in September, October and November

Backwater:  CLICK HERE FOR SCHOOL DETAILS

Sept 8-9: Capt. Jeff

Sept 15-16:  Capt. Jacob

Sept 29-30:  Capt. Jeff

Bottom:  CLICK HERE FOR SCHOOL DETAILS

Sept 23-24:  Capt. Brant / Capt. Derek

 

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS CALL 910-575-3474


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Salty Daze" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/20/17
 

Below is a photo of a 39.38 lb king our good friends the Stanleys caught at the Sneeds Ferry Rotary KMT. Congratulations!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Team OIFC Louisiana Redfish Tourney Adventure " | Catch All | 08/19/17
 

Day 1 prefish: 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. Day 2 prefish: Well what started as fun and games ended with a reality check; or in this case a "Louisiana sleigh ride". Look at pictures and I think you will get the picture. Team motto: without risk their is no opportunity at greatness! Day 3 tournament day 1: We found nada prefishing so Barrett and I did what we normally do in fishing tournaments; we went the opposite direction of everyone else. It never fails. We are fishing a 30 boat event and when all checked out we were the only boat to take a right and never saw another boat all day. But, we stumbled onto some success with a 6.89 and a 8.88 pounder for a 15.74 aggregate and 4th overall and big fish of the day; first was 16.51 so we are within striking distance. Stay tuned. Day 4, tournament day 2. Well I was riding high yesterday after day 1 of the IFA Redfish Open; we had the biggest fish of the event and were sitting less than a pound out of the lead. Day 2 we actually saw and caught more fish, but we couldn't get the right size. We had two fish to measure 28", one inch oversized and they were FAT, but a centimeter over 27" and they don't count so we had to let them go. We had a 6.4 and 6.95 whereas yesterday we had the 6.98 but we also had that big 8.88 which actually held on for biggest fish of the tourney. That's the one we needed today to take home the first place trophy; so close. The winner ended up with a 4 fish aggregate of 31.95 pounds. This was my first experience Fishing a Redfish tourney and it was humbling and exciting. I'm going home and practicing my casting! That is critical in this game. Barrett is very good at seeing fish and casting accuracy and presentation. It's an art and he's on it, I was impressed. I'm not sure what the next OIFC adventure will be, but we are heading back to OIB to regroup and hug the family. Oh yeah, Barrett in his hockey mask: ran into a LA thunderstorm and that's his gettup to allow him to drive in heavy rain, the stinging kind. Capt. Brant


- Aaron Dew
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