Team oifc back into tournament action. Would you believe this is the small one? More to follow. Heading to the scales.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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It's great to report that there was some in shore action this weekend despite the murky water and wind. Captain Jacob Frick boated a nice flounder and a 3 lb trout that will improve his OIFC Rodeo position. Jacob has a goal of winning the trout division and may very well do it.
Also, Captain Jeff Williamson, a charter captain for the OIFC, went to the Jetties and landed a good class of trout. All in all the in shore guys did pretty well while the off shore fishermen were left working on their tackle, boats, or heaven forbid, mowing the grass.
It looks like Martini's Wahoo Rodeo is going to see some nice conditions. Let's hope the contestants can find some good water.
The Long Bay had a pretty decent south west blow Saturday which kept off shore fishermen "on tha'hill". A few people came to the OIFC with intentions of going out and were discouraged. The last report indicated that Monday,'s and more likely Tuesday ' weather will will begin the most comfortable weather conditions the fish Martini's Hook a Hoo Rodeo.
While we're on the subject of Rodeos..ours is a little above $1,000 total, and it's early yet. There have been some good fish weighed in by people not in the rodeo. An example is the wahoo brought to the dock the other day by Daniel Simmon. My puny 16.4 lb wahoo should have been off the board a long time ago.
On the in shore side of fishing, the winds stirred the water, making it so cloudy that it cooled the catch. Many of the better area fishermen either struck out or just caught a few. Most catches were flounder hat reportedly came from behind Cherry Grove, Tubbs Inlet and some docks behind OIB and Holden Beach. Most all caught were caught with premium OIFC mud minnows,
As a side note, some people don't understand why the OIFC charges what it does for the mud minnows. I've talked with our supplier trying to get a handle on his operation, It's very interesting and far more involved than I ever dreamed. Sometime when you stop by be sure to ask me about it. You'll leave with a renewed attitude about "raising" mud minnows. Hopefully we'll have some good news to report soon, and I won't have to make you read four paragraphs of me saying absolutely nothing.<^_^>
new Cape Fear Sailfish Classic tournament to be hosted from OIFC in August is set to go. Local fishermen Will and Bob Newell will be directing the event. The web site is up and working, so visit www.capefearsailfishclassic.com for details.
Should be exciting and an entry way into a fishery that is highly under explored. We have lots of Sailfish, we just never target them. Heck, OIB might soon be the Sailfish capital of the East Coast? Stay tuned.
Jay Godwin sent the OIFC this picture of himself, his daughter and some very nice flounder he caught Easter weekend. The fish measure a whopping 21 and 23 inches. He also had 10 keeper sea bass and several he released. Jay was fishing near the Frying Pan Tower using a chartreuse and white 7 oz. Lucanus Jig.
Jay should have been in the OIFC Rodeo.
The ASK A CAPTAIN menu button is up and running and I'm fielding questions. Try to keep questions specific for best answers, but the service is there. And for all you funny guys out there; don't ask a question unless you want your name attached to it.
Been pretty quiet here. It was lively last week with the holiday and Spring Break, but the fosset has been turned off. The weather has been good, with relatively light north winds. Offshore its been a bit rougher, which has kept us from heading out just to mess around. We have been working on the nearshore Sea Bass a good bit. The kids are loving it.
I am finalizing plans and sponsors for the Masters Series, Far Out Shoot Out and Jolly Mon; stay tuned for information on the events.
Now for the exciting news concerning the Jolly Mon. The Jolly Mon King Classic has its own race car. Jolly Mon Racing was founded this off season and is sponsoring a late model race car that runs in the NASCAR WHELEN series at Myrtle Beach Speedway. The Jolly Mon car is #02 and captained by Justin Millikin. The car owner is local celebrity Jamie Millikin and crew chief is "Tiny" Guyton. The head mechanic is Willie Grainger. And I am the fan club director.
The Jolly Mon car races pretty much every other Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Races start around 8pm and run to around 11pm. And if you think for a second this stuff isn't real, you need to make a visit. These cars are fast, running up to 100 mph on the 3/8 mile track; very close to the current Nationwide Series cars that are run today. Thus far, Justin and crew have run in 4 races this season. He has 2nd, 5th, 2nd and 6th place finishes thus far this season. A win has eluded us, but it is very close. Currently the team sits in 2nd place in the track champion points race, which is the ultimate goal.
Jolly Mon Racing will be continuing on their quest for a win and eventual track championship. You are invited to attend the races, and I will keep the schedule posted via this report so you'll know when the Jolly Mon car is racing. The next race is scheduled for Saturday, April 24th, so come on down and watch the show. In addition, the team and car with hauler will be at the Jolly Mon King Classic with custom apparel and tours of their equipment. Stay tune for more-- pictures of team logo and race shots below.
Mrs. Amber Simmons sent me these pictures of yellow fin tuna she and her husband Daniel (OIB Concrete) caught on a trip this weekend. Amber said they were fishing with Bryan Freeman when they went " way out"..to 2,000 ft of water east of the Steeples. There they found a temperature break that went from 65.5 degrees to 70 degrees.
She reports they were covered by the yellow fin all at once. They had 6 on at one time and landed 3. All were about the same size. She said the water was beautiful.
The Simmons' are loyal customers of the OIFC and Amber is a regular contributor to the fishing report.
There's been a change in the Trout Division on the OIFC Rodeo Leader Board. Clay Morphis, Sr. has taken the lead from Jacob Frick with a 4.6 lb trout. Clay Morphis, Jr. has made the board in 3rd place with a 1.9 lb trout.
Off shore, the water temp. just wasn't there yesterday. Captain Steele said the warmest water they found was 68 degrees. The temp shot today (Sunday) was no more promising. Days like Saturday and Sunday are perfect days to break out the jigging gear. That's exactly what Captains Dew and Park ending up doing and landed a couple of nice jacks.
Captains Brant and Zach took James Conley of Ninety Six, S.C., his son Kevin, Kevin's girlfriend Sarah and John Bolen for a Sea Bass trip. The group used squid and boated a nice catch of Sea Bass.
The pictures were taken by Captain Zach.
Getting lots of response on my survey question as to whether make the Far Out Shoot Out a 1 or 2 day event. It is almost exactly 50/50 from those dozen or more replies I've gotten so far. Thinking further. The 8 day format opens the weather window, but it also dillutes the excitement. What if we went back to a weekend fishing format? Say fish 1 out of 3 days -- Thurs, Fri or Sat -- Capt. meeting Weds PM for those who can attend and then a really good awards ceremony on Saturday PM when everyone should be in town ??? It would be scheduled for May 5-8 but the backup dates in case of unfishable weather would be the 12-15. Any comments on this? EMAIL me- CLICK HERE.
Also -- We have started a new section on the web page-- ASK A CAPTAIN -- its on the menu bar about 2/3 way down on left margin. This will allow you to ask a specific question and get an answer from OIFC pro staff -- give it a try, we want to help. Also of course read past questions to see what has been asked in the past to get additional information.
Also - Capts Chris and Steele in the Stream today. They called around lunch from Sat phone and reported seas 2-4' but cool water. They were about to start vertical jigging at Black Jack then likely move toward Steeples to look for better trolling water. Stay tuned.
A front sounding like a freight train rolled thru Brunswick Co. last night. Right now it"s clear and calm on shore, the Tower is showing 21 gusting to 29 knots and the radar shows the front screaming east and north. There is a small craft warning for the day but things should be settling down today and this weekend looks like it shaping up to be beautiful.
In shore, the trout red drum, black drum and flounder action is on. Live shrimp are starting to show up. The pictures below are of Jacob Frick yesterday with a 1st place OIFC Rodeo trout, which he released, and a black drum he released in the frying pan last night. His fish were caught behind OIB on curly tail grubs. Last, the Rodeo pot is up to $600. See you this weekend