Jeff and Josh wallen with another big flounder. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Fall was in the air this morning. Low humidity and a cool breeze in our face. Mr. Barnhill, his son Paul and myself headed for the Shallotte Inlet where the bait was thick and the spanish were cutting through the mullet. We only landed a bluefish among all the action. We headed on around the corner into the river. The water has a tea stain tint, but is pretty clean. A couple of flounder cooperated and even a trout was foolish enough to bite our hook. We also had several redfish and even doubled up. A really good sign that Fall is just around the corner. Most fish were caught on live mullet on a carolina rig. However, Paul did manage to complete an inshore slam on artificials today. Mr. Barnhill also added to the inshore species by landing a black drum on live shrimp. Great job guys! I enjoyed it! Hope to see you next year. See ya on the water!
I have been a little absent from reporting lately. Hurricane Irene put a damper on my fishing as I prepared for the worst. Again, we have been spared until the next round. Irene only left a slight skid mark with her presence here on the island. The water is a little stirred and the inlets are a bit different. All and all everything is pretty much the same. The fishing has been a little slow on the inshore scene, but not much different from before Irene. It has been tough at times to locate lots of fish and we have worked for every one that we have caught. Today things picked up a little bit as some of the locals brought several fish to the dock. Tommy Helms, Dan Ratley, and Grandson targeted the flounder this morning landing a citation 5.7 flounder with a few more nice ones in the mix. Jeff Wallen and son Joshua were targeting the flounder, but found several redfish between 25 and 30 inches. Jeff Wallen also landed a nice speckled trout to get the rodeo started. Live finger mullet and peanut pogies seem to be the bait of choice. Artificial baits were also used and that is what the speckled trout drilled. Other reports suggest that the jetties are firing off with trout and red drum floating live shrimp under a cork. We shall see what we can find tomorrow. It will be my first full day back on the water since Irene. I hope to find some great action as it looked promising from the folks I talked to today. Stay tuned and enjoy the pictures. See ya on the water!
There has been a change in the red drum division with Ron Benetti taking the lead weighing in a 7 pound spot tail on 8-28. This puts Brandon Sauls in 2nd and Josh Wallen in 3rd.
Picture by Captain Jeff Williamson
Capt. Tim Gallamore with the flounder he "bagged" just prior to Irene. Tim was using his Capt. Tim's Channel Rig.
Meet Captain Tommy Helms' new fishing partner Trent. He's been nicknamed P. As soon as I can figure out a diplomatic way of explaining why I'll do it.
Check out P's flounder he landed a couple of days before Irene.
Can anybody here me? Are we live? If you can here me, we are OK. Despite a sleepless night, dealing with the acorns being pounded onto my roof, we have arisen this morning to more chaos. I have all ready broken one of the blades on my rake, so things may be worse than I feared. BUT, despite all this, the boats we left at the dock are still floating, the American flag on the dock is still flying and the OIFC will be open for business today at 2pm.
More reports to follow.