This is Pierce Staab displaying a 3.5 to 4 lb bass he caught in a golf course pond down here today on a chatter bait. Congratulations!!! Sent from my iPhone
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I’m proud to announce that a new Cobia tournament will be coming to the OIFC over Memorial day weekend. This will be a three day, captain’s choice event that will give anglers one last shot at catching and keeping a Cobia before the season closure June 15th. I will start accepting early entries tomorrow (3/12) either online or by calling (704) 616-1615. If the warm weather isn’t making you think about spring, take a minute and visit the Capt. Derek’s Cobia Clash tournament page by clicking HERE.
Also, be sure to checkout the Jolly Mon VIP as well. Information regarding this tournament can be found by clicking HERE. I will begin accepting entries from qualifiers for this tournament on April 1st.
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~Eddie Rowell and Darien Crumbley hook up at same time with a pair of reds that hit artificial bait at the jetties on March 6. Fish were released after picture.
******Lesson learned. Please do not hold the reds vertical they will die. It shifts their guts around inside. Hold them horizontal. Not being critical, a lot of folks don't know this.
Probable true for all fish?
The new moon was yesterday and the tides are ripping. The water temperatures are on the rise and are consistently holding in the mid 50's. I expect to see water temps reach the lower 60's by week's end or early next week with the forecast. Redfish are holding really shallow in the backs of the creeks. Trout are hanging around the edges of oyster bars closer to deeper pot holes. A few flounder have also awakened in the shallow warmer waters on the flats. Live mud minnows did not produce the red hot bite I was expecting yesterday. We ended up catching most of our fish on 4" Sea Assassin's in various colors to include: Chartreuse, White, and Albino ghost. The Little River jetties has been seeing some action with folks tossing Vudu Mullet and the New! Vudu Rattling shrimp. Redfish and trout have been the main ones biting at the jetties. It is time to schedule that fishing trip. Lets go! See ya on the water!
We went 14 for 41 on Sailfish. The ocean was slick and the fish were cooperating in giving us shots. I think 15 of those 41 were me trying to catch one on fly, but I finally succeeded. The girls got much better at feeding fish on circle hooks which is a skill for sure. Experience, experience, experience-- we also spent most of the day working on "specialty shot" for No Limits TV which will begin airing the new season in May. We got some good stuff I think. Chris Campbell will be putting together some "teasers" when we return. Headed to the airport now and back in NC tonight. Capt. Brant McMullan
Eddie Rowell and Darien Crumbley hook up at same time with a pair of reds that hit artificial bait at the jetties on March 6. Fish were released after picture.
Thanks for the report!
Below are pictures from today of Clay Morphes & Brian Walker. Clay has his 1st 5 pound trout of the year
PSA: OIFC IS STOCKED WITH LIVE BAIT AGAIN! MUD MINNOWS $4.75 PER DOZEN!!
That's right, after a short winter hiatus which included a complete overhaul of the kitchen, staff, and menu, we are back in action at the Ocean Isle Fish Company beginning tomorrow, Thursday, March 3rd. We will be open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. We are very excited about the changes we've made and believe it will greatly enhance the dining experience at the Fish Co. Basically we are new, recharged, and ready for action but with the same great view and atmosphere. We look forward to seeing everybody again soon. Come join us this week/weekend and let's give this spring season a kickstart at the Fish Co.
OIFC No Limits Fishing TV show is southbound. Tomorrow, Amy and I along with our camerman extraordinaire Chris Campbell and his wife Robin are heading to Guatamala for a few days of fishing and filming. We will be fishing with Capt. Mike Webb of Morehead City who owns a charter operation in Guatamala, his Winter retreat. I don't have a lot of details on where we are going, but I understand its a nice, safe area with LOTS of Sailfish. Guatamala is known for its Sailfish in particular. One of the cool things about this adventure, is Capt. Mike, Pelagic Sport Fishing, allows his customers to be the mates. Instead of sitting back and letting the mate do all the work and simply winding in the fish, I'm looking forward to rigging, baiting and learning the fishery. One thing for certain about this fishing is that it will help you to become a better drop-back, circle hook fisherman. Chris Campbell has all his tricks packed including drone and dredge pro so we will hope to get some great footage and put multiple episodes of the 2016 OIFC No Limits Fishing TV show in the can for 2016 - the new season will begin airing in mid May.
I will do my best to update our progress. Keep an eye to the OIFC Facebook page and this report. Stay tuned.
With how cold and windy its been, its been all repairs and enhancements here at the OIFC. Capt. Brant and I have been working and reviving a new addition to the fleet – an old classic 31’ Contender cuddy. It’s been a long five-week journey of knuckle busting and heat shrinking but she’s finally coming together. From a fishing standpoint, there has been a heck of a wahoo bite just north of our typical Gulf Stream spots. The Swansboro Hole, The 272, and The Same Ole Hole have produced double digit catches for most boats fishing out of Masonboro Inlet and Carolina Beach Inlet. Bottom fishing inshore of the break has been producing quality fish as well. Vermillion snapper, black sea bass, and even a few cobia have been caught in the 35-45mile range. Anyone have solid info on our cobia fishery? The last I have heard is the limit is now one per person. If anyone else knows more on this regulation, please post in the comment section below.
Lastly, I apologize for the lack of updates on upcoming tournaments. The details regarding the cobia tournament I mentioned a few weeks ago, will be available the second or third week of March. I’m designing this tournament to be a family oriented, low entry event that will also include a TWT to benefit veterans. The next tournament will be the Jolly Mon VIP. For information regarding that tournament CLICK HERE . With all the new additions and tournaments the OIFC will be introducing, this fishing season should be one for the books. Spring can’t come quick enough!
Below is a picture of fishing friend Bryan Dressler's Crew and their haul from 2/28. Looks like they were nibblin!