Beautiful day for some sea bass fishing. 12 miles off, good bite, keepers mixed in pretty regular.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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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
This report is nothing earth shattering...Barndon Sauls caught monster reds at the Jetties this weekend. I didn't even give up some secret location. This time of year, if you see Brandon's Bone Boat headed towards South Carolina on the ICW, you can bet he's going to the Little River Jetties and he is going to hook up on some goliath red drums.
Soon it will be time for Brandon to jump on the OIFC Rodeo Leader Board with some quality trout and flounder. His biggest competition in shore, will be Dr. Jeff Wallen, last year's winner in the flounder division, Clay Morphes, Brian Aycock (if we can get him home), Brians boys and Tripp Hooks.
Speaking of the Jetties, don't forget to have you South Carolina fishing license if you're fishing the Jetties or returning from off shore via the Little River Inlet.
The pictures below were submitted by the OIFC's own Captain Jacob Frick. There is little that can be more relaxing than fishing with your son at sundown. On this trip Jacob caught several trout and red drum.
Jacob is a valued employee of the OIFC and offers a unique method of inshore fishing. Stop by when he's working and talk inshore fishing with him. You'll leave with a different take.
Congratulations to Capt. Zach Faulkner, his dad Benji and the entire crew of the "Get Floor'd"/OIFC 36 ft Contender. Zach was high speed (14 mph) when these 2 missiles hit his baits. Each fish weighted 54.1 and 36.6 respectively.
Just prior to catching the 1st wahoo, Zach smelled sunscreen. He found his dad spreading "Banana Boat" sunscreen lotion. Zach destroyed the lotion and explained to everyone that bananas on the boat bring bad luck About that time the 1st wahoo struck. Benji's wahoo puts him in 1st place in the OIFC Rodeo and moves me to 2nd.
Captain Zach has followed up with the following information. Some of it may be helpful for those going wahoo fishing: Aboard the "Get Floor'd" were Tod Isenhour, Garrett Isenhour from Winston Salem and David Faulkner from Charlotte, N.C. The crew fished the John's Rock area southwest of the Scarp. The water temp. was69 to 71 degrees.
The lures used by Captain Zach were custom blue and white and pink and white, 3 oz., an Alien and a few other Islanders. High speed lures were Black Bart San Sal Candy as well as Ace Wahoo King Lures. The trolling speed for them was 14.5 knots.
Thanks to Captain Zach Faulkner for sharing what is usually kept secret by most Captains. Sharing this information is in keeping with the philosophy of the OIFC.
Trask Cunningham sent these pictures of three wahoo which were caught today by bu Buddy Smith of Myrtle Beach. They weighed 25, 40 and 81 lbs. You can keep up with buddy and Trask Cunningham on FaceBook.
Buddy was fishing with his dad Jay Smith on the "Pretty Work" in the Same Ole' area..
Ryan Neuwirth is shown in the photo with a fthe first flounder he has caught this year. Ryan is a local and one heck of a fisherman and surfer.
Captain Jacob Frick sent several pictures of trout and reds he caught 4-2-10 behind Ocean Isle Beach. Jacob said he caught all the fish on a RattleTrap. All the fish were released live, ready to fight another day. The pictures are a sure sigh that spring inshore fishing is getting ready to bust wide open!!
OIFC boats were out in full force today. Boats did a combination of trolling and vertical jigging. We fished the MacMarle'n ledge area and south. The jigging was very good for a variety: jacks, cobia, grouper, shark.... Trolling was decent, seemed best further south of the MacMarle'n where water jumped to 72 degrees and was blue. The trolling bite seemed best early AM as well, but bites were coming throughout the day- definintely more activity than we've been seeing. I believe the action was similar up toward the 100/400 and BlackJack. Ocean is absolutely flat as a pancake, great days ahead to go fishing. Good luck.
Just weighed an 80# Wahoo from MacMarle'n ledge and talked to another boat that had a 50# and 60# from just south of there.
Captain Jeff Beck and I, aboard the "Do Work" Sea Hunt 24 ft, left the OIFC with the rest of the OIFC Fleet. However, based on some information Jeff got, we headed to the Blackjack. Upon arriving there we found 67 degree water.
We put in lines, dead bait, skirts and tuna feathers and trolled towards the 100/400. BINGO, just as Jeff said we found a break and the water climbed to 70-73 degrees. Just after passing into the warmer water I saw 2 wahoo sky! One of them drilled our pink/white feather. A short while later he was toast. The seas were beautiful as is the weather. Two of our boats were still out and hopefully they'll have good reports and pictures.