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"Cast Net 101" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/26/13
 

Visit Ocean Isle Fishing Center's Facebook page and watch Captain Chris Dew give a lesson on throwing one of Captain Brant's Custom Nets.  I did the video on the "spur of the moment so the volume is low..."CRANK IT UP!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cast Net T" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/26/13
 


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"Grouper Season Opens Wednesday- CHARTERS OPEN" | OIFC | 04/26/13
 

Grouper season opens Wednesday, May 1.  The offshore forecast is looking very good.  The charter boats are open.  Let's go fishing!  It will take at minimum a 10 hour and truly a 12 hour trip would serve you best to catch Grouper.  The forecast is for 2 foot seas on Wednesday- let's go troll and catch some Wahoo, Blackfin and Mahi and finish up by jigging a limit of Gag Grouper.  Call 910-575-3474.

See you on the water -- speaking of fishing.  This weekend isn't looking too bad.  Sunday in fact is looking pretty decent.  There are rumors of Yellowfin Tuna running around, but I need proof.  Go out there and find them.  The Wahoo are there for sure- good luck!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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John 04/26/2013

Would love to be on that trip with you but will try to get my boat out near shore in hopes the blues or Spanish have begun to show up. Just heard 2'-3' Wednesday forecast. NC black sea bass limited opening for comms on May 1 also, 100# per trip and 1500# max through the end of May when the federal season opens.





"Rising water temps and full moon" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/25/13
 

What an awesome afternoon on the water. Mike,Travis,Jim and Jimmy from Charlotte NC  joined me for a fun X 10 redfish trip.  The name of my boat is Get Busy Fishing and I needed to change it to Get Busy Catching. Armed with some fresh caught mud minnows and a bag  giant secret weapons. Not sure what the final count was but somewhere between 20 to 30 redfish. Size? 16 to 28 inches. Found a creek with 68 degree water on the tail end of the falling tide.


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"New Sponsor" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/25/13
 

Team OIFC welcomes Drake's Mobile Detailing (843-385-3202) to our family of wonderful sponsors.  Join our Facebook page for a special discount.


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"Far Out Shoot Out/Rodeo" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/25/13
 

Mark your colander's..the Far Out Shoot Out begins May 10-18th.  Plus you can enter theRodeo and make even more money.  The Rodeo entry fees have been slashed & the Leader board position rules changed back to the old days....This makes the Rodeo more affordable and overall user friendly.  How many prices can you name have been cut these days!!!


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Matt 04/26/2013

Anyone heading out Saturday the 27th??....looking for a buddy boat to around the tower area. Plan to clear inlet at 6:15- 6:30

Corey 04/26/2013

I'm ready ... I can hear the reels screaming now





"Trout action..." | Tiberias - 22' | 04/24/13
 

Paul and Jennette joined me for a half day backwater adventure today. The plan was to get that one two pause and slammin action going with the trout. The first trout to slam the mirrolure was maybe an inch bigger than the lure. Well, that was the right species, but not what we had in mind. We continued to work the rips along the oyster bars and picked away at a few trout. Paul foul hooked a couple that made them fight like monsters. We had our hopes up for one of those big females today, but could only manage to catch the 16 to 18 inchers. We took a break at dead low tide to grab a little lunch at Inlet View Bar and Grill. Great service, great view, and awesome eating! We hit a few docks along the waterway after lunch and only managed to educate a few redfish, breaking all three off in the pilings. We tried for black drum in a few holes, but the water has warmed up enough to bring in the small pinfish. Bait stealers! I felt a little defeated after my trip and went looking for some revenge. I fished the banks hard to get one more bite. It was the kind of bite we had been looking for all day. I shared the photo opportunity with my boys and released the big female to fight another day. There are plenty of fish to be caught out there right now. You have just got to get out there and find them. Capt. Jeff found the redfish today, so stay tuned for his report. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Shallotte Inlet Buoys" | Real-Time Update | 04/24/13
 

Today I had the privilege of assisting a crew from the Wildlife Resources Commission in replacing the buoys in the Shallotte Inlet. I can tell you these guys worked hard to get the best position for the buoys. They were all about making us, the fishermen, happy with their placement. They truly have the interest of the inlet users at heart. I ran the newly established path at near dead low and had 4 feet or better all the way. The buoys were moved approximately 50-75 yards eastward and the outermost buoys are now on the offshore side of the outer bar. As always use your best judgement when running any inlet, but I am sure you will feel better about the current placement of the buoys. If you see these guys around the water please thank them. They truly deserve it.
- Chris Dew
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John 04/25/2013

The house voted 100-1 on Rep Goldfinch's plan to keep BSB open year round in SC. Here is his post on charlestonfishing: Today, The South Carolina House of Representatives passed Black Sea Bass legislation opening a Black Sea Bass season year-around in South Carolina waters. This is a good start in addressing the overpopulation and under-thinking of common-sense fisheries management by SAFMC and the Marine Advisory Board. In a disappointing move, DNR's Marine Advisory Board voted yesterday to try to kill the bill. The will of the legislature is clear: South Carolina will not be bullied by the federal government or environmentalists with ill intentions for fishermen. The bill can be seen here: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/3735.htm _________________

John 04/25/2013

Last year I spoke with a ranking Coastie. That is when he told me Shallotte Inlet was not their responsibility and the state had taken over. He stated their tender is 61' long and has a draft of 5' making it impossible for them to work Shallotte Inlet. Just his $0.02. I see today Dr Daniels issued a proclamation giving comms north of Hatteras restricted permission to take black sea bass beginning May 1. 100# per trip by trawl and total landings of 1500# no smaller than 11". Good for them and the fishery,,,,

Rube McMullan 04/25/2013

Just to add a little more to the story for those who don't know....Several years ago the Coast Guard made the decision they were pulling the buoys from the Shallotte Inlet as they determined it was not safe for their buoy tender to operate in the inlet. That left us with NO buoys in the inlet, a blind pass for those who didn't have a GPS tract to follow. This ignited a war with the Coast Guard folks which we knew we would never win. Fighting with the Fed agencies is hopeless. So we enlisted the help of then State Senator Bonner Stiller[a fisherman] and he made contact with Gordon Myers, head of NC Wildlife and asked for their help. Gordon responded immediately, came to the OIFC, and with a team of officials, Wildlife took over buoying the Shallotte Inlet with Brant as "inlet master" to help in defining the route and moving buoys as needed. So this goes back a few years, and if wasn't for the Wildlife folks, Shallotte Inlet would not have buoys. Thats why we need to let them know how much we appreciate their help! Thanks. Rube McMullan

Ernie Ward 04/25/2013

Rube, Done. Thanks for the contact info. Ernie

Rube McMullan 04/25/2013

Everyone please drop a email to erik.christofferson@ncwildlife.org to thank him for the work of the Wildlife crew. These guys get a lot of spears thrown at them so I know they appreciate hearing when their work is appreciated.

scott 04/25/2013

Great news. For sure a BIG THANK YOU to the Commission, and to the OIFC for being so involved in these issues for us!!!!!

Captain Rickey 04/25/2013

Great job Captain Chris, the N.C. Wildlife Commission and Capt Brat for making all this possible!!!

John 04/24/2013

Great to hear! I must have came past just before you arrived. Glad to know the channel is marked. 4' at low tide will work.


Ernie Ward 04/25/2013

Rube, Done. Thanks for the contact info. Ernie

Rube McMullan 04/25/2013

Everyone please drop a email to erik.christofferson@ncwildlife.org to thank him for the work of the Wildlife crew. These guys get a lot of spears thrown at them so I know they appreciate hearing when their work is appreciated.

scott 04/25/2013

Great news. For sure a BIG THANK YOU to the Commission, and to the OIFC for being so involved in these issues for us!!!!!

Captain Rickey 04/25/2013

Great job Captain Chris, the N.C. Wildlife Commission and Capt Brat for making all this possible!!!

John 04/24/2013

Great to hear! I must have came past just before you arrived. Glad to know the channel is marked. 4' at low tide will work.




"Trout Reflections by Mirrolure" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/23/13
 

I headed out this morning on a simple little scouting mission. The windy conditions have held me back at the dock long enough. I do the majority of my scouting with artificial lures and I have gotten that bug for throwing hardbaits again. Over the years I have thrown all sorts of hardbaits: rattle traps, rapala sub walks, yo-zuri cystal minnows, etc...These have all worked well from time to time. I have been really working areas over hard with the 52MR series III by Mirrolure. It seems that any color will do. Stop by the store, talk to Terry or myself to get hooked up! The trout are pre-spawn and are getting more aggressive with the approaching full moon. Please don't kill the big ones! Take a pretty picture and release to secure a good fishery for us all in the future. Wet your hands before touching trout that you plan on releasing and be gentle with hook removal. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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Clay 04/23/2013

Dr. Terry

Chris Campana 04/23/2013

Fudge, i was gonna come down this weekend but my place is booked





"Near Shore Costa Rico" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/21/13
 

Dr. Jeremy Phillips completed his fishing adventure in Costa Rica by going on a near shore Rooster fishing trip.  Dr. Phillips fished on the boat "El Camarone" and fished an area called the "Cliffs".  They caught 8 Rooterfish, two mackeral and two needle fish.  Jeremy reported that the Roosterfish bit on the downrigger on live bait.  The mackeral bit gotcha plugs that were being casted whle troling, and the needlefish exploded on top water lures.  Jeremy said the Roosterfish gave a harder fight thens sailfish he caught on Tuesday.  The quote of the day from Jeremy was," I gave the crew some OIFC gear, heck, they did make sashim."  


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"Jolly Mon seeking support" | OIFC | 04/20/13
 

I am working on the Jolly Mon tournament right now, and I need help.  My ambitions are always bigger than my pocket book and thus I need some sponsor support to cover the "special" prizes that I want to give away.  Here is what I am looking for:

Sr. Division- I'm hoping to get a sponsor to contribute $500 to give away (or a great prize that is applicable to the division ie. Rogaine, Viagra, Weight Watchers.....)

Additional Species categories.  I want to add Mahi, Cobia and Spanish Mackerel as part of the tournament and give away prizes for the top 3 of each species.  But I need sponsors to cover the prizes.

EMAIL ME IF YOU HAVE INTEREST

Mahi- $1000

Cobia- $1000

Spanish Mackerel - $1000

*** If you have interest in joining the Jolly Mon as a sponsor and gaining exposure to its loyal participants, please EMAIL ME ASAP.  OR, maybe you don't have a business but want to recognize someone special in your life?  If you sponsor a prize you have naming rights, thus it can be a memorial to a lost loved one or a great surprise to a young angler to see their very own prize in the tournament book.  OR maybe a "Will you Marry me.....?"

The Jolly Mon is gonna be awesome this year.  I have some really great new things coming:  Cash is King, Rock the Dock Jr. Jolly Mon, Jr. Jolly Mon, Wheel of Fishing.... and more.  Stay tuned.


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"New OIFC Cobia jig" | Real-Time Update | 04/19/13
 

Custom made and rigged by Capt Brant. These Cobia jig heads are epoxy so they are heavy enough to cast but they won't sink so fast the Cobia can't see them. Use them plain or add a squid to the hook for added scent. This is THE jig you need on your pitch rod. The Cobia are streaming by now! $7.95 Come and get them Sent from my iPhone
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eric 04/23/2013

Almost alive baits out of harkers island make some just like this, they also have soft plastics that look like an eel that go on them.

Steele 04/21/2013

Paul, its about an ounce jig but is resin coated so it sinks slow. Hook is black nickle, not sure of brand but looks/feels like gamakatsu.

Paul P 04/21/2013

how heavy is the jig and what kind (brand) of hook does it have?





"2013 Rodeo" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/19/13
 

Don't forget the OIFC Rodeo if yu0 want to win some $, a cool trophy and most important bragging rights!

The prize money as of today is:

Flounder: $80

Trout: $50

King: $240

Wahoo: $80

Red Drum: $70

In Shore Angler of the Year $150


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Bob Newell 04/19/2013

put me in wahoo and mahi categories how about a rodeo for sailfish releases?





"Capt. Casey Reeves's Report" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/18/13
 

Brant,

My name is Captain Casey Reeves I own OpenWater Charters on Lakes Hartwell and Lakes Keowee in the upstate of SC. I come to Ocean Isle a few times a year and had the pleasure of Fishing with Captain Jacob last year and had a wonderful time. I recently took my 22 Foot Ranger Bay boat to ClearWater Florida and wanted to share with you what we caught. We managed to catch close to 30 King Macks just a little over 8 miles offshore in the 10-25lbs range in 2 mornings that we fished offshore out of my boat. Just thought this would get the juices going because I know how big King Mack fishermen y'all are. Tight lines to all of the Crew at the OIFC.

 

Capt Casey Reeves

 


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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/18/13
 

New custom temporary tattoos- last 7 days.
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Capt. Rickey 04/18/2013

Hahahahahahaha!!!!!





"New JR ANGLER rod" | Real-Time Update | 04/18/13
 

OIFC custom king rod redesigned for junior anglers. It is the exact same rod that we have been selling and getting race reviews but the butt has been shortened to enable Jr anglers to be able to use the rod easier. Cost is $99.95 and is available on special request. Email info@oifc.com or comment a request to this report. I will be doing a batch of these next week, so I need to hear from you if u want any. I'm really excited about this as I think it will bring my 8 year old and 3 year old more into the action.
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Toby Russ 04/23/2013

I need one of these for Grayson as well.

Capt. Brant 04/18/2013

You got it. Anyone else?

Jeff Beck 04/18/2013

I would like two of these rods for my junior angler. We use the OIFC custom rods on all our trips and would like to add these to the spread.





"Update" | Real-Time Update | 04/18/13
 

Just returned to the dock with the Barrett family from a 4hr trip. Of course we caught sea bass, but the most interesting part of the trip was seeing 68 degree water with a lot of suspended bait. After marking several schools just off the bottom, we made a few drops into them and found pinfish. Also, bass were spitting up glass minnows. Things are shaping up.
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Rube McMullan 04/19/2013

Watch for the first kings of the year to show up next week at Yaupon/Long Beach after cold front comes thru and winds settle down to a lite north-northeast. I've watched this pattern for over 30 years and just like clockwork, when the schools of pinfish show up on the near shore wrecks/ledges, the Kings will show up at Yaupon and Long Beach area. We have theorized the hot water discharge at the hot hole off Yaupon warms the water a little and thus provides the perfect conditions for the sping king kick off to occur. Write it down; it will happen.





"Mid-Week Backwater Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/18/13
 

The Biersbach family consisting of Ron(grandpa), Bret(daddy), Nicole(momma), and 3 year old son Camdon joined me for a half day of backwater fishing yesterday. Our number one goal was to keep Camdon busy! We started hitting some well known redfish spots and the no-seeums were bitings like crazy! I provided some heavy duty bug spray that only seemed to keep them from biting for a few seconds. If we could only get the fish to bite like the no-seeums! We finally managed to get the cork to go down a few times, but most of the redfish were just to strong for us to get out of the pilings. Camdon did manage to wrangle 1 of the 4 bites out from under the dock landing a 26inch brute of a redfish. We made several more moves looking for action and running from the no-seeums. We settled into a nice breezy little spot along the intercoastal waterway and started to catch some bluefish. Bluefish provide action, but not exactly what we had in mind. I made a little adjustment in location and the black drum started coming to the boat. We steadily feed hooks to the occassional bluefish, broke a few lines on some massive strikes, but ended up landing several black drum. It was the action we had been so eager to find. Fresh shrimp on a carolina rig or float rig will get the bite. Thank you guys for coming out and fishing with the OIFC. See ya on the water!


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scott hamilton 04/19/2013

Awesome idea on the bond as prizes for the Jr Anglers!! Great way to show them the power of saving!!





"Jolly Mon in the Works" | OIFC | 04/18/13
 

I need some input.  I am working on the Jolly Mon and I have some great new ideas and plans that I need input on.

First off- the Cash is King program is going to happen.  That will be HUGE- Big $$ is coming to the Jolly Mon

NEW--  I am starting a kids only "Jolly Mon Rock the Dock" tournament.  It will be held from the OIFC docks on Thursday, June 13th.  I need help defining some of the parameters.

1.  What should the max age limit be?  This is intended particularly for kids that are too small to participate in big Jolly Mon.  But, I don't want to leave anyone out.  Need ideas on max age to participate?

2.  I need to decide on what awards are to be given.  Heaviest fish?  Longest fish?  Ugliest fish?  Prettiest fish?  Smallest fish?  OR -- do I award species- Flounder, Pinfish.....

Also, I am planning on giving away some pretty nice prizes in the way of savings bonds.  Anybody have any issues with that?  I don't want to hand a 7 year old kid a $500 check -- I'd prefer a $1000 bond that matures in 10 years. 

Thanks for the help -- some exciting and fun new things coming.  Help me on this one and I'll have a new one if a few days.


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Tim Gray 04/19/2013

Another great way to get the family involved. My little guys look forward to the race every year at fall brawl and this will only make them look forward to being at every tournament hosted by the OIFC even more!

Odell DeCarol Williamson jr 04/18/2013

I love the bond idea Brant. That way it stays in the kids name. When i was younger probably as you remember winning some jr angler awards and only getting a small plaque (if i was lucky) but never any $ (DAD:)but this is a way to keep a child excited and inspired about fishing for years to come. I love it!! And as for ages i was blessed and capable enough to start fishing big game tournaments with my dad when i was 7..So age wise I think 7 is a good number, but thats just my opinion. My daughter Lillian will probably be there and she's only 3 so watch out all you 4, 5, 6 or 7 yr olds she's got laddy luck on unprecedented skills with her pink princess fishing rod :)

John 04/18/2013

Great idea!!!!!!!!





"" | Real-Time Update | 04/18/13
 

Headed out with the Barrett family from Massachusetts. Stay tuned.
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