Capt. Brant's Fishing Report
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"US Open Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/01/11
It felt wierd being on land during the US Open and getting reports from friends on the water. Team OIFC is normally right in the middle of the action, but this year "stuff" came up and we couldn't make it. However, apparently the fish don't need us on the water to bite, as I am excited to report some pretty good beach fishing activity. Was it hot? No. But it was good enough that most people fishing the beach caught fish and good enough to be declared a viable fishery. You also have to remember the tournament was held on Friday and Saturday, the day before and after the cold front. These were not very good conditions and as such, I beleive once the weather and fish settle into the big Fall weather change, the bite will be on big time. A 43 pounder won. It was caught by James Joine and crew aboard the Deep End
. The fish was caught near the Lockwood's Folly sea buoy around 2:30pm on Saturday. The second place fish was caught by the 2010 Jolly Mon winner, Charles Reese; a 38 pounder that came from the Yaupon Reef area. 3rd came from the River channel and a couple of the other top 10 fish came from Shallotte inlet. There were fish caught up and down the beach as no particular area seemed to produce more fish than another. This coming weekend is the Rumble in the Jungle tournament out of Little River- www.littleriverfishingclub.com
for info - It looks like the weather and fish may be coming together for a collission course in this event, it could be epic? I woudl recommend making plans to participate if for nothing more than to get in on the action. Team OIFC is planning to rejoin the circuit and get back to work for this event. See you on the water.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Open" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/30/11
I talked with a couple of trusted local anglers about the U.S. Open. They told me a few kings were caught at the 90's and Youpon Reef. The size and quantity was nothing to write home about. But as Rube said, the size of the winning fish isn't important because it's bigger than the 2nd place fish.
Good luck to the fishing teams on Saturday. Stay safe.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"US OPen king update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/29/11
Nothing good to report from our charter boats today. Fished at Yaupon and it was rough. No action. SW wind tomorrow will be difficult. Best bets will be to get out to 60 feet and anchor/chum/kite fish or fish along beach on the north side of Frying Pan Shoals where you get land protection from a west/southwest wind. Other option will be down toward Myrtle around Apache Pier as also some land protection there. Most likely the game will be about Saturday fishing as once the front comes thru wind will be hard out of the north, and conditions along our Brunswick County beaches will be flat close to the land. Hopefully the SW wind won't stir the beach water up too bad. If history means anything, they should bite Saturday on the north wind from river channel to Yaupon/Ocean Crest. Good luck to everyone fishing. Plenty of pogies along the beach.
"Pogies scattered in 12 to" | Real-Time Update | 09/28/11
Pogies scattered in 12 to 18 feet off of oib
Capt. Steele Parks
"US Open king report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/28/11
Today is first day our boats have been back on the water this week, so this evening we should have a good read on whats happening where. Short of the facts, history and theory is what we've got right now. History says Kings should/will mysteriously show up in the River Channel as they seem to do every year at the US Open. However, as of last week, nothing to show that is happening. The water temp is still 80 degrees which isn't what we would expect this time of year. The winds this week have been fairly lite, so beach water shouldn't be stirred up too bad. The only "indication" we've seen last few days is over the weekend, spanish were thick at the 90/90 and there was a little bit of a beach bite. The beach has been thick with pogies and glass minnows which should translate into Kings. Nothing definitive to report, but when our boats get in this evening we'll post what we know.
"Us Open king update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/28/11
Report from our charter boats:
Capt Brant fished 90 feet; grouper/bee liners/sea bass, top line no Kings.
Capt Chris/Capt Steele fished 90's; nothing but sharks and fished Little river Inlet, only big spanish.
Report from Yaupon there were some Kings caught there today. Our boats are out tomorrow so will provide updated info. Plenty of pogies up and down the beach. My guess is Friday will be a challenge prior to front coming thru as should be west/sw wind[I don't have a clue where the fish will be]. Front comes thru Friday ev ening so Saturday will be fall conditions, hard north wind...AND beach bite SHOULD kick off between river channel and Yaupon/Ocean Crest. Thats about all I can see at this point. Standby.
"Offshore Grouper" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/28/11
Did some Grouper fishing today -- Caught a few nice Gags in 100 feet of water- inshore of that was SHARK CITY -- couldn't get a bait down! There was a strong SE current which made fishing difficult as well. A lot of grass on top made trolling nearly impossible. It was one of "those" days, but we scratched through it with plenty of good eating Grouper, Snapper and Sea Bass for everyone.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Fish report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/26/11
OK -- here is the deal. I know a lot of you have been watching our site waiting to go fishing until the fish started biting. I don't half blame you, although it does put a lot of pressure on us to find fish all by ourselves- lots of ground to cover. The biggest thing slowing more fishing has been the lack of Kings; it has been tough fishing for them this Summer. But, here is the fishing deal right now that will hopefully get you moving and on the water
We have been fishing100 feet to find Kings. I fished that depth Saturday and had fun with Wahoo and Sailfish, but no Kings. I was disappoined in my effort, but also encouraged as I found out that there has been a good bite in 50 feet of water at spots such as the 390s.... Also there has been a beach bite going on near the Cherry Grove pier. Up towards the Cape Fear the bite has been slower with a few fish coming off Yaupon, but the water is pretty dirty up that way and action is slower. This will change.
Further offshore, the Gag Grouper bite has started to take off. Fishing 60-80 feet has been producing limits of Gags in the 10-20 pound range for our recent 8 and 10 hour charters.
There is a ton of bait along the beach as well, so live bait fishing should not be a problem.
That's the report. The ocean is coming to life and it is time to get on the water. This coming weekend is the US OPEN King Mackerel Tournament, so come on down and fish the tournament -- stop by the OIFC for all your fishing needs, we have them.
See you here.
US OPEN- this weekend
Rumble in the Jungle- Little River- Oct 7-8
Swansboro King Mackerel Tournament- Oct 14-15
Fall Brawl King Classic- OIFC- Oct 21-23
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Horseshoe" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/26/11
John Winter of the St. James Fishing Club and two friends ventured to the Horseshoe. They only got to fish a couple of hours because a storm chased them away. While there the fishermen caught 2 kings, including this 19 lb'r pictured below.
Thanks for the report John
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Panga Attack!" | Get Busy | 09/25/11
Eddie Jones hurried in the OIFC to pay for gas Sunday afternoon. He and Corey Bellamy were trying to catch the rising tide at the Little River Jetties so they could jump on the Red Drum bite.
They braved the iffy weather aboard Eddie's Panga and caught and released some beauties.
The Red Drum bite has been off the charts this year!
The weather off shore was what the locals call snotty. The Carolina Cat made a valiant effort to boat some grouper but to no avail. They pulled up anchor and came back to the hill early.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Buoys" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/25/11
This article appeared in the Wilmington newspaper today regarding buoys in shallow draft inlets. Click on this link
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Confirmed...Kings are close!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/24/11
Capt. Chris Dawson just docked the boat from his 4 hour trip this morning. You know he had to be close as a 4 hour trip doesn't allow for much travel time. If you know Capt. Chris Dawson very well you can just about guess where he found the action. The Sabo group enjoyed catching large spanish and a nice king mackerel. Fall is here! Capt. Chris also reported seeing a few more kings sky rocketing on near by bait pods, but ran out of time to stick around for another bite. Awesome job Capt. and crew! Thanks for fishing with us and hope to see ya next year! See ya on the water!
Capt. Jacob Frick
"Plan B" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/23/11
Capt. Barrett had planned to go grouper fishing Thursday. But as happens, something came up and he switched to Plan B...inshore fishing. Along came Capt. Bonecrusher Sauls to the rescue and off they went...to the Little River Jetties.
The crew, fishing with live bait got into some monster red drum. As you can see, they were't the only ones with that idea.
Capt. Brant and Capt. Steele were able to go with their Plan A and from what I hear it paid off. Pictures and report on their trip later today.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Fall King bite "trying" to get started" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/23/11
Checked out Yaupon Wednesday; water perfect, water full of glass minnows and pogies. Fished couple hours at Yaupon and Ocean Crest, no bites. No way the fish aren't going to bite, which is what happened Thursday as there were Kings caught in the Yaupon/Ocean Crest area. Hopefully this opens the door for our famous fall NC beach bite. Also Brant/Steele fished offshore and reported water looked bad from 8 miles to 30 miles but looked good before and after. They caught Kings and Wahoo in 90 feet. Looking at long term forecast, high pressure moves back in mid/late next week which should bring back northerly winds and the Kings should go nuts in the river channel/Yaupon/Ocean Crest right on schedule for the US Open King tourney.
"Traveling Fisherman- NEXT UP!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/23/11
Okay, this one's been in the works for a while.
The Traveling Fisherman program was originally initiated for the purpose of helping fisherman with a common tie (OIFC) come together and experience some of the world's most amazing sport fishing opportunities. Over the past few years we've had some incredible adventures abroad and made many new great friendships with fellow travelers and fishing crews from around the world. The past Traveling Fisherman destinations have included the Coral Star in Panama, Paradise Lodge in Panama, The Galapagos Islands, and most recently Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Next up on the Traveling Fisherman agenda is Guatemala!
I have connected with a US based Captain who owns and operates the very renowned Buena Vista Sportfishing Lodge in Guatemala. The fishing attraction for Guatemala is Sailfish and lots of them! Certainly daily catches vary, but double digit sailfish catches are more common than anywhere else in the world. Guatemala boasts the record for most Pacific sailfish caught in a day on both conventional and fly tackle. Each year Guatemala sees more sailfish action than Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico and any other tropical destination in the world. In addition, over the past couple years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of blue marlin encounters.
This trip is scheduled to take place February 17th - February 21st, 2012. This is peak sailfish season out of the Buena Vista Sportfishing Lodge year in and year out and not a bad time to be away from the cold weather here at home. We will arrive in Guatamala City on Friday, the 17th of February and be shuttled the lodge approximately an hour away. Fishing will commence the next day the 18th and continue on the 19th, and 20th. We will head home the morning of the 21st.
The Buena Vista Sportfishing Lodge is full service accommodations. The meals are 5 star fresh seafood daily, laundry is also done daily, and the rooms are very nice. The cost for this excursion is $2,385 and is all inclusive less liquor and tips. The only other cost will be your plane ticket. We'll be fishing 3 days on the fleet of 30+ ft center consoles and potentially a sportfish style boat. We'll be fishing 3 fisherman to a boat.
I'll continue to update the fishing report with more details and pictures of the destination. Very Important: if you are interested in joining this adventure I need to hear from you. I can be reached via email- firstname.lastname@example.org or call The Fishing Center at 910-575-3474.
If you ever wanted to travel to a unique fishing destination with incredible billfish action and with the comfort of a group of fishermen/fisherwomen with a common background, this is it. Come join us in February for the next Traveling Fisherman adventure to Guatemala!
Capt. Barrett McMullan