I have 1 spot left open for Split charter Stream trip on Saturday- cost is $375 -- call 910 575-3474 to sign up -- let's go fishing
- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Talked to our cat boat at 09:35. Capt. Chris Dew said the sea conditions we "nice" near shore. The water is a little silty but clears up nicely at the tide line. He wasn't looking for bait but said the birds were workng between the Shallotte Inlet and The Ocean Isle Pier. He's at the 90's now and said the water is clear. More later
Rodeo Update: The pot is up to $530.
The fish weighed in so far are:
Flounder-Clay Morphis 4.7#
Mahi-John Bird 16.5#, Bryan Freeman 12.38#
Tuna-Daniel Simmons 27.2#
Wahoo-Bryan Freeman 25.58#
John Bird 11.1#
Not to hurt anyone's feelings but they are all beatable. Don't forget to enter the Rodro when you fish the Far Out Shoot Out.
The Gulf Stream is just begging for the Far Out Shoot Out participants to catch some winning fish! Today is yet another example of the action in the Stream. Captain Zach and Captain Steele were joined by Greg Griffin (Greenville, SC), David Van Gelder (Atlanta, Ga.) and Gil Carroll (OIB) and fished the 100/400. The charter group caught 2 wahoo, a black fin and around 8 mahi. These guys were a fun buch, as displayed in the pictures!
This was indicative of the recent fishing in the Gulf Stream and should encourage us to the The Far Out Shoot Out!
The annual GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out- tuna, dolphin and wahoo rodeo tournament will start this coming weekend from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. The Shoot Out has been an area fixture in offshore tournaments for 15+ years and not only pitts area fishermen against eachother for opportunity at cash winnings, but it also carries the much more important prize of bragging rights. The tournament format includes prizes for the largest tuna (blackfin or yellowfin), wahoo and dolphin weighed. The overall winner of the tournament is determined by the largest combined weight of one fish of each species. Typically a team that ammasses 80-100 points will win the overall title, but it has taken as much as 120 pounds to take the title. Registration for the Shoot Out is currently open by visiting the OIFC or on-line. This coming Friday, May 13th the official Captain's dinner and meeting will be held at the OIFC between 6 and 7pm. Fishing days start Saturday, May 14th and extend until the following Saturday, May 21st. Teams that sign-up for the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out have the option to compete one out of the eight eligible competition days between May 14th and 21st. This format allows the competitors lots of flexibility, allowing them to pick a suitable day for their personal schedule as well as a suitable day for Mother Nature's schedule. Registration for the tournament remains open all the way until Friday, May 20th, thus fishermen in smaller boats that are most concerned with weather conditions can watch the weather and wait to enter until conditions look most favorable. For all the information on the 2011 GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out, CLICK HERE - or call (910) 575-3474
The OIFC will be hosting its first annual Summer Kickoff this coming Saturday, May 14th. Much like the earlier season Spring Kickoff, the Summer Kickoff will offer FREE SEMINARS on a variety of seasonally relative fisheries, a location for you to bring your own used tackle to sell, line spooling at $.02/yard and overstock clearance sales of many name brand fishing supplies and apparel.
The Summer Kickoff is absolutely free to attend and free to anyone wanting to set up and try to sell their used tackle. The Kickoff will officially open at 9am. If you have reels that need spooling, they can be done on-site at $.02/yd for line test up to 50 pounds and $.03/yd for 50+ pound test.
OIFC overstock sales: ( 1 day sale only- Saturday, May 14th )
BaitMasters ballyhoo by the case- 15% OFF
Monster Kingfish bags- 25% OFF
OIFC T-shirts- Buy 1 get 1 Free (limited supply)
Capt. Brant custom cast nets- 20% OFF
NEW- OIFC custom King rigs- 20% OFF
OIFC Squid chain teaser- 15% OFF
MUCH MUCH MORE......
1pm- Spanish Mackerel
Seminars will be conducted by OIFC Pro Staff
Mark your calendar, the Jolly Mon is coming. Programs are being printed right now and should go out in the mail in the next couple of weeks. This year's Jolly Mon will include great prizes, entertainment, food and hopefully great weather and fishing. Don't forget the Jr. Jolly Mon will be held on Friday, June 17th. Take this opportunity to get a young person on the water. Registraton for the Jr. Jolly Mon and the Jolly Mon are open on-line now. One fun thing we're adding this year is a fund raiser for the RFA (Recreational Fishing Alliance). The Jolly Mon will be hosting local and regional celebrities into the Jolly Mon dunk tank. It should make for good entertainment. Mark your calendar, more information to follow.
Tubbs Inlet is full of life. Flounder, blues, mullet and the beautiful red drum are all thriving in this estuary. I was just told by a man today that a hot spot for red drum fishing is by the 1st pier in Tubbs. I guess, based on Captain Jeff Williamson's pictures he must be correct.
Also, Jeff took a reporter from The Brunswick Beacon newspaper to Goat Island today. She doing a story on the goats. Seems we caused quite a stir!!
Capt. Jacob pretty well covered the action. Thought I would add a couple of pics. Stay tuned to our Youtube page for some great video of Dolphin and Marlin action live and in color. Think there was some language on there that may be disturbing to some viewers but I will add anyway. Just turn the sound off. ;-)
Here is a picture of a 60.65 lb king caught May 7th by Tom Cavin of Kannapolis, N.C. It was caught at the AR 460 on a pogy. It took Tom about 30 minutes to get the fish in. This picture and information is courtesy of the Oak Island Pier web site.
Let's sum up. Wahoo, white marlin, mahi, black fin in the stream. Cobia and kings near shore. Flounder and red drum inshore. It is THAT time!!!
I was at the helm of the OIFC until 1pm today. That's when I joined Captain Jeff Beck and Richie Heywood aboard the OIFC/Talechaser for a little inshore action. We hit Tubbs on a falling tide and immediately picked up 4 short flounder while trolling the docks. Richie boated a 16" which we put in the live well in case we caught a few more keepers.
Richie had a creek he wanted to try on the backside of Tubbs. We plained out the 17 ft skiff and skimmed over some VERY skinny water and made it to some deep holes. We anchored and fan cast with mud minnows and Berkley Gulp 3" white shrimp. I struck gold when I was hammered by a drum. I lost it beside the boat when a knot gave way and the red fish escaped. GRR! I wonder who tied that knot?
Richie and Jeff hit pay dirt with 2 other drum. They were barely legal but we released them. The tide began to rise and the bite stopped. We trolled our way out and picked up another short flounder. In all (I think) we had 7 flounder and 3 red drum.