167 boats entered in tournament thus far- registration open on-line until 11:59pm. Most boats choosing to fish on Sunday. Thanks to all for participating and good luck- be safe.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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There's been a couple of changes in the OIFC Rodeo in the past couple of days. Cane Faircloth has taken the lead in the King Division with a 37.6 lb fish he caught on 10-20. This pushes Neal Loman to 2nd, Jeff Beck to 3rd and knocks Jay Bucklen off the board. Tripp Hooks took 2nd in the Spanish Division with a 5.8 lb Spanish he caught on 10-2. This pushes Austin Aycock to 3rd and knocks Jeff Beck off the board. Finally, Bryan Aycock weighed a 4.2 lb Sea Bass putting him in 1st place, moving Jimmy Lee Williams to 2nd, and Rube McMullan to 3rd.
That's a fair amount of movement in the course of a couple of weeks after a quiet summer as it relates to the Rodeo. Fall fishing is in full swing, get in the Rodeo, and if you are be sure to let the Fall Brawl Weigh Master know when you weigh in.
The Baltimore Fishing Club has fished with the OIFC the past two days. This is a group of gentlemen who enjoy themselves by fishing worldwide. The Club is made up of Joe Fontaine, Ken Cunningham, Arthur "Otts" Nash, Renfro Carter, Joe Cook, Thomas Cooper and "Big Fish" Cal Fleming.
The group fished with Captain Brant yesterday. They found pogies down by Myrtle Beach and caught kings at the Hammer. Captain Barrett and Rube also caught kings at the Hammer. This is an area which should surely be given serious consideration for the Fall Brawl. However, be reminded that several Fall Brawl winning kings have come from around the Shallotte Inlet sea buoy.
Today, the Baltimore Fishing Club joined Captain Chris Dew and 1st Mate Steele Parks for a day of bottom fishing aboard the Carolina Cat. They used cigar minnows, pin fish and squid as they landed several grouper, snapper, vermilion snapper,trigger fish, sea bass and AJ's in 85-100 ft of water. During their day of fighting bottom fish they broke several grouper leaders and snapped two rods. There was some serious fishing going on with this crew.
Thanks to The Baltimore Fishing Club for choosing the OIFC to fish with and hurry back!
WEATHER: forecast as shown by NOAA right now:
S WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS
S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT...BECOMING W
AROUND 10 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 4 TO 5 FT...SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 4
FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.
N WINDS AROUND 10 KT...BECOMING NE 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO
4 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.
It is absolutely beautiful all this week, but go figure, a front pushes through on Saturday. The forecast has been changing daily, but this report is actually pretty good and I'd take it any day. The tournament is on schedule and looking good.
FISHING: Pogys have gotten pretty tough to get as the beach water temperatures have fallen into the high 60's. The hot hole area and Myrtle Beach have been good places to get bait this week. However, we've been catching a ton of Kings this week in dead Cigar Minnows and also, most of the fishing spots have live Cigars to jig as well. We weighed a 37 pounder from Lighthouse Rocks yesterday and the bite has been red hot at the Shark Hole and Jungle- biggest I've seen from these spots was low 30's. Look for the 390/390 to be good and I'd say there's a great chance that the ledges off Shallotte inlet might produce the winner- lots of bait in this area. Stay tuned.
Today, the OIFC landed bottom fish by hook and line as well as by spear gun. To begin with, pogies were thick from the Shallotte inlet to the Lockwood Folly Inlet. The issue is that they have assumed their winter position in 20-25 feet of water. They will be tough to catch and impossible to get if you don't have a cast net suited for the job.
Captain Chris Dew had a productive charter today and landed several grouper and snapper.
Captains Amy, Brant, Barrett and Chris Eckert went on a diving mission today also. The seas were a little rough this morning, but flattened by afternoon. The ocean temperature ran from 72 to 75 degrees and the water was not in the least dirty. The crew dove in areas of 100 ft deep and 85 ft. deep and were rewarded with several lobsters and a hog nosed snapper. While in the 85 ft range several kings were seen skying while attacking bonitos..
There were also several radio reports of excellent king catches throughout the area. You may notice I've not given specific locations. With the Fall Brawl this weekend, anglers are holding this information close to their chest and have not given me permission to disclose their spots. Suffice it to say, the kings, just like the bait are here.
The most asked question today at the OIFC was "where's the bait"? Captain Chris Dew found it......between the Holden Beach Pier and the Lockwood Folly Inlet in about 30 ft of water. He also found a good deal of Spanish there too. Then the group from Charlotte, Tony Blanton, Jimmy Lewis, Drew Dickson, Robert Callahan and Rusty Caton headed to water 65 ft. deep. There they jigged with Shimano Butterfly jigs and pogies. The result was several groupers including these caught by Drew, Robert, and Rusty in the pictures.
Also on the 16th Captain Barrett caught two grouper weighing 17.6 and 12.9 lbs.
Last, but surely not least...I humbly apologize to Miss Caroline McMullan for misspelling her name in an earlier report...I'll probably do it again, and I hope an apology will work..(lol).
Also sign up for the Rodeo and have a chance at even more winnings!! When you weigh in notify the Weigh Master if your in the Rodeo so we can record that weight. See you here........
We tournament fishermen and fisherwomen work so hard during the dog days of summer. Sometimes we're lucky and the conditions are nice on any given Saturday but most of the time we are faced with a southwest wind 15-20mph, 3-5ft seas and fish that aren't really in our area in great numbers. We struggle to locate bait, we slave away all day in the hot sun, and we hope to squeak out a couple bites during a full day of fishing. Well...it probably isn't quite that bleak, but the point is, times they are a changin'. It's fall, the weather is here, the bait is here, the fish are here and I wish you were beautiful said Buffett. Typical fall weather is moderate temperatures and wind from the north. The great thing about a north wind is that no matter how hard it blows, the ocean will always remain smooth within a few miles of shore due to the land blockage. The other great thing about the fall and the north wind is the massive amounts of bait that is triggered to migrate right along our beaches during this transition season. And, oh yeah, one more great thing about all this is the opportunistic kingfish isn't missing out on the party. He'll be patrolling the beaches intercepting the migrating baitfish fattening up for his winter migration. Not only is he attracted to the beach because of the baitfish, but also because the water is calmer and clearer than it is offshore if a hard north wind is blowing. Fall is natures way of rewarding the hard working fishermen who battle the many obstacles during summer. Bait is plentiful, the fish are plentiful, the fish are close, and you can almost always fish in calm water if you choose. So if you are a tournament fisherman or fisherwoman now is the time to cash in those chips you earned by fishing all summer and come enjoy fishing the way it should always be.
With the tournament season winding down I encourage everyone to join in on the last two events of the year here in the Carolinas. The first of which is the annual Fall Brawl King Class held at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center next weekend October 23-25th. Registration is on friday and teams may choose to fish either Saturday or Sunday. This tournament annually hosts between 150 and 275 boats. Fishing should continue to be outstanding and the winner almost always comes within a driver of land.
The very last event of the season here in North Carolina is the 2nd Annual OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament. This event is planned at a time and place where the biggest kingfish of the year and in the southeast congregate on the East Side of Cape Lookout between Beaufort, NC and Hatteras, NC. The average fish is around 30lbs with fish over 40lbs common and up to 60lbs possible. Fishing teams will have a choice with their fishing days. Between November 7th and November 15th (9 days) teams will choose and declare 2 fishing days. Registration will be online at www.oifc.com/tournaments and will remain open furing the competition until Friday November 13th at 11:59pm. Check out the OIFC.com tournaments page for more information on this event including accomodations, prize structure, rules, and additional tournament details.
The air is cooling and the fishing is getting hot. Come join the fun and camraderie for the last two kingfish events of the season and reward yourself with a great catching experience after a long summer of fishing.
The king bite was on yesterday at the Lighthouse Rock. Our charter boats were in them hot and heavy as was Miss Caroline who took her dad, Brant and uncle Barrett fishing on Barrett's Yellowfin. Caroline said her little brother Brayden couldn't go because he didn't have a life jacket that would fit. Carolyn also reported that she caught two kings on her own!