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"Offshore Capts Hit the Backwater " | Catch All | 12/09/17
 

While winter has slowly crept into Ocean Isle Beach with cold temperatures and high winds, the OIFC offshore captains still couldn’t help but to go fishing. Captain Ben Morris and I tried a little backwater fishing Tuesday night around some of the docks up towards Holden Beach. Our goal was to find fish exclusively using artificial baits. Then after we caught a few, switch over to live shrimp and compare the results between live and dead bait offerings. And to my surprise, we caught larger trout and even two redfish on the artificial baits. Whereas the live shrimp were definitely producing tons of bites, yet didn’t yield the 16”-22” fish we caught on artificial baits. It may have been luck, tide, moon or the fried chicken we ate but I’m sold on the 1-2 twitch of a VUDU shrimp and walking a Mirrolure Top Dog Jr. on the down current side of a waterway dock. We used the Bayou Brew and the gold/chartreuse tail VUDU shrimp to get most of our trout bites. Yet the Top Dog Jr. got the two reds. All three presentations are sold at the OIFC. Don’t forget your VUDU sauce either – it seemed to really help pick up a few more bites during the slack high tide. Get yours while supplies last!   


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Bluefin Tuna charters" | OIFC | 12/06/17
 

We will be offering Bluefin Tuna charters starting January 1st.  The deal will be that up to 2 people can come with us for a Bluefin trip.  The trip length might be from dawn to dusk or it might just be a few hours, based on what we are seeing.  If we get hooked up, you will be a needed crew member, and thus will be involved in the landing of the Bluefin.  The cost to you is Fuel (prob around $200 or so) +$100 for miscellaneous expenses.  The boat will own and keep the fish to sell.  

Call Capt. Brant at 910-575-3474 if you have interest in joining us as a crew member when the season reopens.

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Hot Bite!" | | 12/03/17
 

Definite hot bite today!  Congratulations to Mark Lennon and crew.  These were caught on live shrimp!

 


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"Bluefin Tuna are HERE!" | OIFC | 12/03/17
 

Barrett and I teamed up on opening day of Bluefin Tuna season (Monday) and drove to Morehead City where we heard some Bluefin were being seen.  We started fishing at 6am.  We trolled ALL DAY with nothing but False Albacore bites.  I brought 10 Ballyhoo plus borrowed two from another boat, 12 total.  It was 4pm and we were down to just one bait that hadn't been eaten by an Albacore.  We decided to pull up and head in.  Just 5 miles from the inlet we saw a whale and then marked a nice haystack of bait.  I'm a firm believer in opportunistic fishing, meaning fish where the signs tell you to fish!  We threw out the one bait we had and set it on the downrigger.  I made half a circle around the bait pod when the reel went off, this time for real!  Barrett and I did battle and landed a nice 84" Bluefin Tuna just after sunset. 

The next day Rube drove up to join us.  I had saved the spot where we caught the fish the eve before and as we were approaching the area we marked a couple of haystacks of bait.  We set lines and maybe 10 minutes after setting the third line the downrigger gets bit and goes supersonic.  Seconds later the long top line does the same- DOUBLE!  And these fish are not playing as they roll off line, fortunately in generally the same direction.  We scrambled to say the least but I had to put the boat up on plane to keep from losing line while Barrett and Rube cranked feverishly to regain line.  Rube's fish settled in while Barrett's just kept going and going, but now splitting off in another direction.  Meanwhile we have Barrett's fish stretched out 500 yards or more and Rubes probably 200 yards in opposite directions now and boats starting to circle.  It was tense having to yell them off over VHF, but fortunately the boats were listening and turned off.  Rube's fish just dug in and paced from side to side at 50 yards or so while Barrett's quit running and started coming back; rather easily.  Apparently Barrett's fish had gotten tail wrapped and finally died, so after stretching us out to nearly the end, it came right to the boat where we put a rope in her and she was done- 103" monster!  Meanwhile we played with Rubes which I decided to get in the stand up harness for and let it beat on me.  It was very alive and gave us good practice on boat manuevering and working a fish.  We couldn't keep it anyway.  We fought the fish right to the side of the boat before I put too much pressure on it and broke it off at the hook; it was probably a 90" fish or so.  And that was day 2 of our season.  

And like Kenny Rogers says, "you gotta know when to walk away.."  and we did.  I've got to work landside this week, so maybe Barrett or Derek or others on the staff will be chasing Bluefin.  The BIG NEWS is that a 92" BLuefin was caught this morning off Carolina Beach and several more were lost.  They are without question here in our area!  The OIFC has been waiting as we are stocked with all the gear and bait.

This is a short BLuefin season which will last maybe a week or two at most.  Then it will reset January 1 for a longer season that lasted through most of January last year.


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Matt Sobota 12/05/2017

Great Job guys. Nice Fish!





"Great Catch!" | OIFC | 12/01/17
 

Congratulations on a great catch!!!  Captain Bill reports, "This citation level 26 pound red grouper was caught by Hanley Ervin and myself Bill Creveling this past Tuesday while fishing the blackjack". 

 

 


- Tiffany Aycock
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"What a day!" | | 11/29/17
 

You know how you get that itch that you have to scratch? For me it's catching big fish, and near the top of my list is big King Mackerel. I was hoping to cure that itch at the The Kingfish Cup Championship on Ocracoke earlier in the month but the weather messed that dream up. But today, with the help of brother Barrett McMullan and comrade Brad Faulk my inner Kingfish spirit is feeling at ease. All day we battled Kings in the 20+ pound class, keeping the smalls and releasing those over 30lbs. The fish were holding in 65 degree water and they were spunky; burned the clickers out of two of my Speed Masters. Check out this one we got on video catching and then releasing. This is the largest King that I've caught out of Ocean Isle and I'm happy to say she's still swimming; hopefully to see me again at one of next season's tournaments! We were fishing all dead Cigar Minnows slow trolled on OIFC dead bait rigs at 2kts. We were fishing on a temp edge from 65-71 degrees in 85' of water. Next on the "itch" list is Bluefin Tuna. Time to get the gear ready! Oh yeah, also finished the day with a Blackfin bonus for the grill. Life was grand today on the water out of OIB. ** See video of catch and release on OIFC Facebook page Capt Brant
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Rube McMullan 12/01/2017

And that's what a 60 looks like!





"MAKE UP TRIP " | Catch All | 11/28/17
 

Tis the season to be fishing - From speckled trout and reds in the backwater to wahoo and blackfin action offshore, the fishing has only improved over the past week. Thus, we are offering a Gulf Stream make up trip for Friday December 1st. We only have TWO SPOTS left so call immediately to reserve your spot. Make up reservations can be taken by calling Capt. Brant at 910 575 3474 or Capt. Derek at 704 616 1615.

Cost is $425/person 

Wrapping presents and hanging lights can wait till the weekend - lets go fishing!! 


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Brayden Troutin'" | | 11/26/17
 

#Pelagicworldwide #oifc #bonecrusherbeware Sent from my iPhone
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"Fish Report" | OIFC | 11/26/17
 

               

*  OIFC Custom Cast Nets, Nautical Dog Collars, Yeti Cups, Reels, Rods, OIFC Apparel  .......


 

Big Fishing Weekend

Inshore:

The OIFC hosted the annual Cy's World Inshore Tournament over the weekend, and once again the Bonecrusher team of Bradon Sauls, Clay Morphis with special guest, Sydney Sauls came through with another victory.  This team has now won this tournament 6 years in a row, and is so confident that they in fact put their money where their mouth is.  Of course its all in good spirit, but the Bonecrusher team puts up $500 as a bonus challenge to any team that can beat them!  But, the challenge is still out there as they have yet to be beat.  The format called for the heaviest two fish combined aggregate of any combination including Trout, Redfish and Flounder.  It has been proven over the past years that weighing two Redfish is the path to victory.  Cy's World is a non-profit that supports and promotes youth involvement in fishing and hunting.  Funds that are generated through events and donations are contributed to local events and charities that share the same interests in getting kids on the water and in the woods.  If you have interest in learning more about Cy's World, visit www.cysworld.org 

 

Bonecrusher- L to R:  Clay Morphis, Sydney Sauls, Brandon Sauls

Bradley Turner with a citation Trout he landed while fishing over the weekend with Capt. Jeff Williamson of Get Busy fishing charters


 

 

 

Offshore:  

The OIFC Charter crew was fishing on Saturday and had good luck with King Mackerel and assorted bottom fish.  They found water temps around 70 degrees in the 80' depth range offshore of Ocean Isle, and the King Mackerel were more than willing to take slow trolled, dead Cigar Minnows.  The big Black Sea Bass have started to show up in the 65-80' depth range as well.  The Snapper were holding in the warmer 74 degree water, which was also in 80' of water, just offshore of the Kingfish grounds along a temperature edge.  Finally, Bluefin Tuna season is almost here.  Different than last year, we will have a December season!  Stay tuned to OIFC.com for updates on Bluefin fishing and other on-water happenings.

 

 Roberts family from Hickory, NC


Come see the OIFC illuminary extravaganza in person.  Tis' the season to shop the OIFC for great holiday gifts!

 

 

 


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"Fish report" | | 11/25/17
 

The Roberts family from Hickory, Nc joined Capts Brad and Austin for an 8hr today and had a good catch of Kings and bottomfish while fishing the 85' depth range Sent from my iPhone
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"NEW VUDU " | | 11/25/17
 

We have the new VUDU Vixen in stock! Get yours while supplies last. Perfect for trout, reds and flounder. Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"CYBER MONDAY- SALES + FREE SHIPPING" | OIFC | 11/22/17
 


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"Fish Report & Thanksgiving Sale" | OIFC | 11/21/17
 

       

 

Big Fishing Weekend Ahead

Inshore:

Capt. Jacob and Capt. Jeff both report extremely good fishing for Speckled Trout, throwing in quite a few Flounder, Red Drum and Black Drum in the mix.  Hot spots have included Saucepan Creek area, Shallotte River area up past Holden Seafood, Rock wall in back of Shallotte Inlet, Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach bridges and Little River Jetties.  OIFC HAS LIVE SHRIMP and without a doubt that is a very effective way to fish for Trout and other inshore species.  However, the water has cleared up nicely and the Trout are responding to artificials; and thus with clearer water, you will want to choose colors that are more natural.

Check out this HOW-TO from Capt. Jacob on using artificials for Speckled Trout- CLICK HERE

 


 

 

Offshore:  

We learned last year that November is the new October, and this year is no different.  Fishing for King Mackerel, Grouper and Wahoo is very good.  The Kings are going to be holding in the 65'-80' depth range at spots such as the Shark Hole, Jungle, Atlantic Ledge, York Hole and Horseshoe.  The Menhaden have gotten tough to catch on the beach, so I wouldn't spend any time with that but rather focus on using dead Cigar Minnows and jigging live Cigars on the fishing grounds.  The Grouper are in the same places you are King Mackerel fishing right now.  A live Cigar Minnow will get a bite; the key is to be anchored up directly over the structure.  The Wahoo bite has been good at the MacMarle'n and Winyah Scarp ledge areas.  It has seemed the best fishing has been inshore of the break from 140'-180' as of late.  There will also be Blackfin mixed out there as well.

CLICK HERE for How-To on Grouper fishing

CLICK HERE for How-To on Wahoo fishing

  


We hope to see you this upcoming holiday weekend.  Use the sale opportunity to fill someone's or your own stocking.  Tis' the season.


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

   


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"7th ANNUAL FLOUNDER, TROUT AND REDFISH RODEO 2017" | OIFC | 11/20/17
 

Update - the previous set of rules indicated incorrect boundaries.  Please note the boundaries are from LITTLE RIVER to SOUTHPORT with NO OCEAN FISHING!

We hope you come out to support this great cause!

7th ANNUAL FLOUNDER, TROUT AND REDFISH RODEO 2017

www.cysworld.org

 

Date:      NOVEMBER 25, 2017 (Saturday after Thanksgiving)

Entry Fee:            Minimum donation of   $50 per boat

 

Boundaries: Little River to South Port, no ocean fishing.  NEW

 

Time:  Lines in @ 7 am.  Be in weigh-in line at OIFC by 4 pm

 

Rules:

  1. Winner is determined by a combination of two fish per boat.  Fish can be of any combination of flounder, trout or redfish.
  2. Fish must be legal as determined by the NCMF guidelines
  3. Only one prize per entry.
  4. SKA Celebrity Chris Bryan will be the Weigh Master

 

Awards to follow weight in at Ocean Isle Fishing Center

 

Primary:

1st                            25%

2nd                           15%

3rd                           10%

Cy’s World            50% (Thank you)

Junior Angler:  Participating Junior Angler, 15 years and younger, with heaviest combination will win a OIFC inshore spin combo, courtesy of OIFC. 

 

Secondary:

Beat the Champs: Five repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat Champs Brandon Sauls and Clay Morphis of the Bonecrusher are putting up $500 to any boat that can take them out of 1st Place.  The challenge is set.

 

Beat the Bonecrusher TWT:  $20 entry. 

If…..that is a big IF, you can beat the “BONECRUSHER” (Brandon Sauls & Clay Morphis) you get 50% of the pot.   Much thanks to Brandon & Clay for agreeing to put himself on the (hook and) line.

 

Duck Award:  no entry fee

In honor of Cy, who loved to shoot ducks at OIB, we will have a rotating trophy for the most legal Ducks shot on the day of the tournament.  All legal shooting times and species to be observed, bring your ducks to the weigh in for bragging rights.   Same boundaries apply.

 

Please send entries (Boat name and donation) to:

Please note on entry if you have a Junior Angler Participating

 

Ned Garber, P.O. Box 188, Fayetteville, NC. 28302, nedgarber@rubiconnc.com: 910-237-2586

 

We will be at OIFC on Friday 11/24/16 from 3 to 5pm accepting entries.  Look for the Cy’s World Logo.

Much thanks to Brant and the crew of OIFC


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"Another great day on the water!" | | 11/20/17
 

Congratulations to Mark Lennon and crew for another great day on the water!!!


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"Bite is On!" | | 11/19/17
 

Incredible day on the Shallotte River yesterday (11/18) for Mark Lennon and crew!


- "tiffany@oifc.com"
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"OIB fishermen in LA" | | 11/18/17
 

Dale Hall, Joe Zurad and Mike Bonner sight fishing with Capt Britt Ordes this week in St. Bernard, La. This picture of one of three "triple hookups". Thanks to Barrett McMullan for referring us to Capt Ordes!
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"OIFC Illumination Extravaganza Kickoff TONIGHT" | OIFC | 11/18/17
 

7pm tonight, the OIFC will have its official lighting cermony.  Over 10,000 lights and 1/2 mile of lighting wires have been strung.  Come see the illumination extravaganza at the official lighting ceremony tonight at 7pm.

All Ocean Isle Fish Company appetizers half-off tonigth!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Kingfish Cup news" | OIFC | 11/16/17
 

If you haven't been tuning in, the Kingfish Cup culminated this past weekend with the 25 boat Champioship event in Ocracoke, NC.  25 boats competed for a $192,000 payout. 

Liquid Fire Fishing Team came out on top with a 61 pound, two fish aggregate to take home a cool $96, 410 in prize money!!!!

If you weren't following this year's Kingfish Cup, it was very exciting as teams fished to win big $ but also to qualify to fish the Championship.  Check out this year's Championship final standings and Qualifier standings.  Also, be sure to join the email list and visit the Kingfish Cup Facebook Page to follow and stay in-tune.  2018 is going to be a very exciting year!


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"Thanksgiving Holiday SALE" | OIFC | 11/16/17
 


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