Capt. Brant's Fishing Report
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"Team OIFC Strikes Again" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/30/10
Congrats to Team OIFC with today's victory in the first annual Marshes Light Marina Kingfish Tournament with a 41.90 lb kingfish. This tournament was held up in Hatteras which verifies that the big Kings are up there just in time for the NC Kingfish Championship. Congrats again to Capt. Brant, Capt. Amy and Capt. Rube on a job well done. Team OIFC is now headed down to Ft. Pierce for the SKA Nationals in an attempt to defend their national title... With the "hot hooks" these guys have had this year, I would gladly put my money on them.
"More on Bluefin " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/29/10
From everything I know, Dr. Daniel, Director of NC Marine Fisheries, is a good man who is trying very hard to do a difficult job. I believe he wants to be responsive to the public, and I believe he will if the public weighns in loud enough. Thus the key to this effort is for fishing folks to make contact with him and express your views. We think this is a no brainer as it makes zero sense for MF to over look "localized depletion" of the Bluefin's food source as they migrate to our waters, and it makes zero sense for NC's management authority not to take action that will benefit NC industry[hotels/motels/restaurants/tackle shops/ect]. People travel to NC from all over the world to have a chance to fight these amazing fish. If the fish don't stay in our waters because their food source has been taken, then they leave, and no fish means no economic benefit to NC. Dr. Daniel's email is firstname.lastname@example.org
. Thanks for you help in this effort. Rube McMullan
"Reds on a Sabiki?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/29/10
Whle Team-Toes Up aboard Richard Boles' Contender was jigging for bait near the Little River Jetties in preparation for the Fall Brawl they jigged up this red drum on a sabiki rig. In the picture is Doug Robson.
Sound like a fish story? I Don't think so.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Confused" | Speckulator - 22' | 10/28/10
When you reach the age that qualifies you for senior angler you find that it's easy to get confused. That is exactly what I did with Jeff Furr's Carolina Slam write up.
That excuse being offered here is the correct report. This past Friday Jeff Furr and his friend Tommy caught 8 reds, 4 flounder and a 20" trout, all within a few hours. This was Jeff's 1st "trifecta"!
My humble apologies for screwing up the report on your great accomplishment. Now I'm off to the store to by some Centrum Silver...Wonder if I need some more Depends?
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Kingfishing Getting Better and Better" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/28/10
Man, how about that Fall Brawl! That was fun. Great weather, great turnout and great fishing. As I said when the SKA's division one in northern NC concluded a couple weeks ago, I sure hate to see the king mackerel tournament season end just when the fishing is getting good.
So, for those who just can't get enough, let me remind everyone about the NC Kingfish Championship slated for November 13th - 21st. That's right, 9 DAYS!. Teams will select 2 of those 9 days to count as their fishing days. That decision can be made up until 6am of the fishing day selected by calling the declaration hotline at 910-253-3474. This tournament does not have a captains meeting as all entries and awards take place on line at www.oifc.com. Teams must enter either on line or by printing off an entry form from the tournaments page on the website and mailing it in. Before fishing teams must select their fishing days and lastly, GO FISH!
This is a simple tournament designed to be easy for the fishermen to fish. We have TWO weigh in locations. Teams may either weigh their fish at Town Creek Marina in Beaufort, NC or Hatteras Village Marina in Hatteras, NC. The idea behind the weigh in locations was to offer options for the fishermen on the north and south end of the fishing grounds again in an attempt to make it easy to fish. Entry fees are low with several TWT options for the gamblers. Most importantly somebody is going to walk away as the 2010 NC State Champion.
Fishing Report: The big fish have already started showing up on the east side of Cape Lookout all the way to and past Hatteras. I have reports of giant kingfish just on the east side of Cape Lookout with fish being caught over 60lbs already. Up towards Hatteras fish in the 40lb range are becoming more and more prevalent every day with the monster kingfish to arrive any day. There are lots and lots of fish right now in Hatteras.
Accommodations: For those teams with 2 or 3 days to devote to this event I highly encourage you to check into staying in Hatteras. I just spoke with Billy Webster of Hatteras Landing Marina (our host location) and he has put together some smoking deals for us on accommodations and boat slips. Contact Billy at 252-489-0458 and tell him you're coming to fish the tournament. His facility is top of the line with your choice of condos overlooking your boat in the marina or hotel rooms. Both options are priced very very reasonably. The condos are big with 4 or 5 bedrooms so sharing with another team is also an option. He is also going to have a vehicle for us to use if there are teams who travel to Hatteras by boat. We will be up there for the week staying in a condo.
Some folks who haven't been to those waters may be a little hesitant as you've heard the legend and lore of the outerbanks. Fishing Hatteras from a weather perspective is very similar to fishing the Brunswick county coast. If it's blowing hard out of the south it's going to be rough. The nearshore waters are protected on a north wind. The good news is the fish are usually within sight of land and the weather typically in years past has given us ample opportunity to get our fishing days in. For those with questions or concerns about getting to Hatteras, navigating around or fishing Hatteras please don't hesitate to contact me and I'll do everything I can to help (email@example.com). We may try to organize a boat caravan up to Hatteras if everyone's schedule works out where we drop in the water at Morehead and run to Hatteras. But, if Hatteras isn't your game, Morehead has plenty of fish to offer and is certainly easier to get to.
Next week we're headed down to Ft Pierce, Fl to defend the SKA National Title but when we get back it'll be time for the NC Kingfish Championship and the biggest and best king fishing of the year. Come check it out, you won't be disappointed.
Capt. Barrett McMullan
"REGISTRATION IS OPEN" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/28/10
Oh yeah, forgot to mention. Registration for the NC Kingfish Championship is now open and active online. You may either enter online, which I encourage, or you can print an entry form and mail it.
To enter go to
Capt. Barrett McMullan
"Menhaden issue " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/28/10
If you haven't been watching Political page, you need to catch up. Rube is in deep conversation with NCMF and NCDNR regarding Menhaden harvest and its affect on our Bluefin Tuna fishery. CLICK HERE
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Sweet " | Speckulator - 22' | 10/28/10
Captain Kyle and Mrs. Emilie Limpel of Arcadia, Mi. have good reason to smile as Mrs. Emilie hooked up with this over slot red drum at the Sunset Beach Bridge. Mrs. Emilie was visiting the area with her husband Ray. This huge red comes on the heels of Donnie Clark's blue caught at the Bridge. Could there be something in the water?The Limpel's said they took home a big box of sweet 'taters. I hope they also took home some good memories of their stay here and their trip with Kyle.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Productive Week In Shore" | Speckulator - 22' | 10/27/10
Not only were the fishing conditions great at the Light House Rocks this weekend, it has been fantastic for in shore anglers too. Pictured below is Miss Amy who fished with Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) for her birthday. They caught a "mess" of trout using mullet minnows under a popping cork. Jeff also had a Carolina Slam on an earlier charter. And finally the last picture is Donnie Clark with his 12 lb. blue he caught at the Sunset Bridge. Donnie, an avid fisherman has just moved to Cherry Grove full time so we'll be seeing him around.
The mullet minnows and flounder sized pogies have been plentiful as have the fish. I've got reports of reds being caught in Tubbs Inlet. Perhaps the new Sunset Bridge as well as what is proposed to be left of the old bridge will create very productive structure for in shore fishing. Can't wait for the old bridge to be removed. I will miss the siren...I'd like to have it mounted at my house!
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Bluefin crisis" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/27/10
Fishing friends: We need your help in our efforts to get Marine Fisheries to issue a proclamation to delay start of Omega's menhaden netting north of Cape Lookout until the end of the commercial Bluefin season. Read the info under "politifcal issues" on our menu bar on web page.
The only hope of success in any of these efforts is that the fishing public steps forward and sends a contact to Marine Fisheries. MF wants to be responsive to public concerns. You will see in a letter response from Randy Gregory, that he references 6 contacts on this subject. I can assure you if we can't generate any more support than 6 contacts, MF will not listen to our call. OIFC is only a platform to voice concerns; it's up to the fishing folks to make noise. Our position is valid, and I think they will listen, but more folks have got to get on board. Please send a email or tele to Randy Gregory or Dr, Daniels. Their email contacts are on the correspondence under "Political issues". Thanks. Rube McMullan
""Carolina Slam on Film"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/26/10
We fished yesterday despite having to dodge a few showers. First on the agenda was to locate a few trout. As usual the weatherman made things challenging...called for 10 to 15 SSE...NOT!!! Try 20 to 25 with the occassional 30 gust from the SSW...Again despite the conditions we landed two nice trout with a few misses as conditions made it difficult to feel the bite. Second on the agenda was locating the flounder...we caught a few on live mullet minnows, but the bite stopped on us...we took a break from fishing to upgrade our menu...didn't take me long to find a perfect school of flounder size pogys. We quietly slipped back into our spot and as expected the bite turned back on immediately, but again after a few fish stopped. We had our flounder, so we opted to try for a redfish to complete the slam. First cast for a redfish produced an 18 inch flounder. Next cast produced our redfish and completed the slam. We stuck around to hammer a few more redfish and pounded a few more flounder! All in all a great day on the water! We ended up with 2 trout, 15 flounder, and 12 redfish. See ya on the water!
Capt. Jacob Frick
"Thank You" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/26/10
Team Do Work/OIFC wishes to thank Captain Brant, the McMullan family and the staff of the OIFC for allowing us to represent the OIFC in our rookie year. Team Do Work finished 1st overall in Division 9, 1st Senior Angler and 3rd Lady Angler (Courtney only fished 2 tournaments).
On the way to the Division 9 championship Do Work finished 1st and 1st Senior Angler in the "Jolly Mon," 12th, 1st Angler, and 1st Lady Angler in "the Got Em On", and 8th with 3rd Senior Angler, 1st Lady Angler and 1st Jr. Angler in the "Fall Brawl".
Also thank you to all who supported us along the way. Now on to represent the OIFC, Division 9 and Brunswick County in the Nationals.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Fall Brawl winner pic" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/26/10
Jay Bucklen, Jonathan Stiener and Jason Einbinder
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Today's Report- Fall Brawl final" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/25/10
Fished a half day charter this AM and headed back to the Lighthouse Rocks to see if the Kings were still there? They are! The conditions were pretty tough with south winds of 20 knots, so we anchored up, chum and flew the kite. We boated 3 out of 6 Kings and a very nice 60 pound Cobia. Tons of Pogys west of Ocean Crest pier.
Finally got the final on all Fall Brawl results- 245 boat entries- thanks to all for participating. We'll be heading to Ft. Pierce, FL in a week to fish the SKA Nationals, we hope you'll come join us. If you need to stock up on supplies and tackle, we got it- including charts for the area.
FALL BRAWL RESULTS CLICK HERE
Capt. Amy McMullan
"Unheard Of!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/25/10
Congratulations to Jay Bucklin and the crew of The Cape Contender for their 1st place in this year's Fall Brawl. No only did they win it, but they did it it a BIG way....a 56.80# King.
The Cape Contender crew caught their fish at the Lighthouse Rocks prior to 8:30 am. Fearing some sort of unforeseen problem they headed for the Shallotte Inlet and hung out until the scales opened.
A big thanks and congratulations to all the crews of the 248 entries. Also thanks to all the spectators and everyone who made this year's Fall Brawl one of the most successful yet.
We would br remise if we did not thank the McMullan family and the OIFC for putting on their fantastic tournaments.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Oyster shucking tonight at Fall Brawl" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/24/10
All Fall Brawl participants and families; don't forget tonight at awards we will have the first eating of local steamed oysters. I sampled them, they are excellent. Also the 2010 NC amateur Oyster Shucking Champion will be on hand to sign autographed oyster shells.
"Hot bite at Fall Brawl today" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/24/10
Word is HOT bite this morning with rumors of a 60+ coming to scales. Scales open at 2:00 today.
"Fall Brawl results" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/24/10
This is an abbreviated recap of results- all the standings with all fish weighed and family awards etc.. will be up tomorrow.
$11450 1 56.80 10/24 14:08 167 Cape Contender Jay Bucklen
$5725 2 40.35 10/24 14:46 216 Top Choice David Gore
$2863 3 37.45 10/23 16:15 69 Prime Time Jamie Milam_Jr
$2290 4 36.55 10/24 14:49 107 Tailwalker Stuart Ballard
$1718 5 35.20 10/24 14:52 4 Reel Buzz Chip Nifong
$1145 6 34.85 10/24 16:50 94 Bad Habit Brian Walker
$1031 7 33.70 10/23 15:46 210 King Machine Donald G Cyphers_Jr
$916 8 33.65 10/24 15:14 36 Do Work Jeff Beck
$802 9 32.95 10/24 16:44 150 Steel Fishing Randy Spainhour
$687 10 32.80 10/24 16:43 241 Linda Lee Bill Kish
$573 11 32.80 10/24 16:57 233 East Coast Sports W Randall Edens
$573 12 32.35 10/23 14:44 33 Whipsum Tail Daniel D Snyder
$573 13 32.30 10/23 16:22 222 Grace James W Hammonds_Jr
$573 14 32.15 10/23 16:48 220 Contend This Hunter Woodell
$573 15 29.75 10/24 16:39 225 King Creecher Al Fulford
$573 16 29.00 10/24 16:33 9 Finatic Henry Tillett
$573 17 28.75 10/23 17:07 244 Let It Ride A Thomas Vangritis_
$573 18 28.50 10/24 16:23 232 Dirty White Boy Robert Loft III
$573 19 27.65 10/23 16:36 3 Final Approach James M Demyan_Jr
$573 20 27.50 10/24 16:30 141 Inlet View Tim Milliken
$573 21 27.40 10/24 16:46 97 Game Face III Matthew R Wilson
$573 22 27.25 10/23 16:20 195 Diggin It Todd Schad
$573 23 26.85 10/24 16:52 77 NevereNuff Kenneth Clark
$573 24 26.65 10/24 16:56 84 Simply Storage Michael Kennedy
$573 25 26.55 10/23 16:49 152 Not Today James T Turlington_J
$1145 26 26.05 10/24 16:49 2 Rollin' Out Jack Paczosa_III
$ 100 GC 1 33.65 10/24 15:14 36 Do Work Jeff Beck Ocean Isle Beach, NC 24
$ 100 GC 1 17.90 10/23 17:01 14 Wishful Thinking Frank Byrum Monroe, NC 21
$ 100 GC 1 14.15 10/23 17:09 37 Scott Bookout Shallotte, NC 23
$ 100 GC 1 23.90 10/24 16:44 148 The Sea Horse Chad R Morris Troy, NC 36
$ 500 1 33.65 10/24 15:14 36 Do Work Camdyn Beck Sea Tow 24
$ 300 2 32.35 10/23 14:44 33 Whipsum Tail Trevor Snyder The GPS Store 22
$ 200 3 27.40 10/24 16:46 97 Game Face III Cory Street Sea Tow 20
$ 100 4 27.25 10/23 16:20 195 Diggin It Kali Enoch The GPS Store 35
$ 100 5 26.65 10/24 16:56 84 Simply Storage Eithan Kennedy Sea Tow 29
$ 100 6 25.20 10/24 15:42 168 Kayla Nicole Kayla Allen The GPS Store 17
$ 100 7 24.75 10/24 17:06 63 Fire Bug Alex Felder Sea Tow 23
$ 100 8 24.55 10/24 16:55 203 Trick C Kaitlyn York The GPS Store 33
$ 100 9 24.35 10/24 16:46 122 Wire Nut Nathan Bridgeman Sea Tow 26
$ 100 10 23.90 10/24 16:36 87 Black Cat David T Purifoy The GPS Store 35
$ 500 1 33.65 10/24 15:14 36 Do Work Courtney Beck OIFC 24
$ 300 2 29.00 10/24 16:33 9 Finatic Wendy Tillett OIFC 23
$ 200 3 28.75 10/23 17:07 244 Let It Ride Jodi Chilcote OIFC 31
$ 100 4 27.40 10/24 16:46 97 Game Face III Darrise Hogan OIFC 20
$ 100 5 26.05 10/24 16:49 2 Rollin' Out Jennifer Watson OIFC 23
$ 100 6 25.45 10/24 16:58 194 Black Gold Lacey Gaddy OIFC 33
$ 100 7 25.10 10/24 16:37 146 In 2 Deep Michele Stroud OIFC 23
$ 100 8 24.75 10/24 17:06 63 Fire Bug Dana McDuffie OIFC 23
$ 100 9 24.65 10/23 17:05 95 Wet Flash Liz Elvington OIFC 31
$ 100 10 24.00 10/24 16:51 128 Bay Pirate Patti Hughes OIFC 29
$ 500 1 40.35 10/24 14:46 216 Top Choice David Cavenaugh JP Russ & sons 31
$ 300 2 36.55 10/24 14:49 107 Tailwalker Stuart Ballard JP Russ & Sons 33
$ 200 3 33.65 10/24 15:14 36 Do Work Rickey Beck JP Russ & Sons 24
$ 500 1 56.80 10/24 14:08 167 Cape Contender Jay Bucklen Bell & Bell 21
$ 300 2 37.45 10/23 16:15 69 Prime Time Jamie Milam_Jr Bell & Bell 23
$ 200 3 35.20 10/24 14:52 4 Reel Buzz Chip Nifong Bell & Bell 23
$ 200 1 56.25 10/24 16:33 9 Finatic Henry Tillett Beaufort, NC 23
$ 200 1 6.50 10/23 16:58 164 All In Ken Strickland Greensboro, NC 31
$ 7310 1 40.35 10/24 14:46 216 Top Choice David Gore Wilmington, NC 31
$ 4386 2 37.45 10/23 16:15 69 Prime Time Jamie Milam_Jr Rocky Point, NC 23
$ 2924 3 36.55 10/24 14:49 107 Tailwalker Stuart Ballard Georgetown, SC 33
TWT - Boat <= 23'
$ 3103 1 56.80 10/24 14:08 167 Cape Contender Jay Bucklen Wake Forest, NC 21
$ 1862 2 37.45 10/23 16:15 69 Prime Time Jamie Milam_Jr Rocky Point, NC 23
$ 1241 3 35.20 10/24 14:52 4 Reel Buzz Chip Nifong Hampstead, NC 23
TWT - High Roller
$ 7650 1 40.35 10/24 14:46 216 Top Choice David Gore Wilmington, NC 31
$ 4590 2 36.55 10/24 14:49 107 Tailwalker Stuart Ballard Georgetown, SC 33
$ 3060 3 34.85 10/24 16:50 94 Bad Habit Brian Walker Randleman, NC 25
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 10/23/10
Fall is finally here, and the cooler air and water temps are heating up the inshore fishing. The redfish bite has been very strong, starting with the our run of bull reds a couple weeks ago, which has tapered off now that the water temps have dipped into the mid 60s. Since the fishing for the big ones has slowed, we have focused more on fishing for reds in the backwaters, and have found plenty of them there as well. There are a lot of fish in the 15-18" range around, but we have caught some nice ones up to 30" in the shalllows recently as well. Next, we have experienced an awesome fall flounder bite this year, as we have run up some big numbers of flounder in the past week or two. However, some days it has seemed like we were stuck in an april flounder bite as most were throwbacks. But on other days, the fish averaged a little bigger, and we have managed a couple around 4lbs recently, and a 5.5lber yesterday, so there are still some good ones around. Finally, I have spent some time looking for the trout this week, and have had some success, but the best trout fishing is certainly yet to come, and the fishing will continue to improve over the coming weeks. So now is the time to get to the beach, as the best fishing of the year is here now.
Capt. Kyle Hughes