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"Fall Brawl King bite" | OIFC | 10/06/15
 

Looks like the weather is stabalizing this week just in time for the Fall Brawl. My guess is there should be a whole lot of big kingfish showing up in next few days along the beach. They want to be on the beach this time of year and with weather stabalizing they should flood[bad word choice] back in. Add to that the US Open being cancelled and thats a couple thousand more fish out there looking for a #4 treble. As week progresses we'll be able to report on what we are seeing, but best guess is it should be ON FIRE on the beach/riverchannel for the Fall Brawl.


- Rube McMullan
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"Fall Brawl THIS WEEKEND" | OIFC | 10/05/15
 

THIS WEEKEND

OCTOBER 9 - 11, 2015

 

 Friday, October 9th

  • 12pm-9pm: On-site registration at OIFC
  • 6pm: Complimentary dinner by Guy C. Lee of Shallotte
  • 7:15pm: Capt. Meeting
  • 8pm: Spot Derby
  • 11:59pm: On-line registration closes

Saturday, October 10th  (optional fish day)

  • 7am: Lines in & Scales open
  • 5pm: Weigh-in line closes

Sunday, October 11th  (optional fish day)

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    • 7am: Lines in & Scales open
    • 5pm: Weigh-in line closes
    • 6:30pm: Complimentary Dinner by Wing & Fish Company 
    • 7:15pm:  Awards

FALL BRAWL KING CLASSIC ENTRY FORM, RULES & INFO

 

 

 


What Does All the Rain Mean to the Kings?

 I remember back in the late 90's when Hurricane Floyd dumped 15-20" of rain on the area and caused major flooding.  The beach waters were stained tea brown for the entire Fall, but once the sediment settled and the water was just stained, the Kings did not seem to mind.  In fact I clearly recall hot bites at Yaupon and Shallotte Inlet during those conditions.  I do not believe we are going to see quite that much rain, but none-the-less, the rivers are going to be flooding and a large amount of sediment filled, fresh water is being dumped into what might likely be a Fall Brawl fishing spot.

 So, how to approach this scenario given the Fall Brawl coming next weekend?  Sediment in the water is the biggest turn-off to the Kings.  The good news is winds never got up over 25 knots, so I'm hoping that we can find clean water in 60+ foot depths or also on the East side of the Frying Pan Shoals, away from the river's influence.  The rain will push all the Pogies out of the Cape Fear River, so there should be good bait along the beach.  IF the sediment will settle out, then I'm looking for fish on the beach from Lockwood down to Cherry Grove.  Sometimes the water down off Myrtle clears up faster.  If the sediment is too stirred, then I'd look at the Shark Hole and Jungle areas or Fairway Ledges.   Good luck to all.  After this weekend of rain I'm ready to get out and stretch my legs and get on the water.  See you at the Fall Brawl- Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Traveling Fishermen" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/04/15
 

I'm convinced that the rain and wind are not going to let up here in soggy Ocean Isle. Therefore, I'm looking for fishermen interested in venturing to the pristine waters of Venice, Louisiana with me. Dates are:

October 31st-November 4th **Need TWO people for this trip. The rest of the dates we will need FOUR.

November 20th-24th

December 11th-15th

December 15th-19th.

 

Cost is $325 + fuel per person, per day, for a full day offshore (tuna, wahoo, king mackerel.) Near shore fishing full day (BIG keeper red snapper, cobia, redfish) will be $225 + fuel per person, per day. If you are wondering why the two options are offered, we will need to be flexible if the weather does not permit us to get offshore or the crew simply wants to try something different. Keep in mind that in Venice there is always some sort of fishing to be done if we get blown out.

 

Included in the trip cost: I will provide the boat, tackle, ice, coolers and assistance with lodging and flights. 

Not included: Flight to and from New Orleans, LA, shuttles from the airport to Venice (about 45 min ride), lodging at Venice Marina, snacks, drinks and any other personal needs such as rain gear. Take a look at  http://www.venicemarina.com/10_accommodations.htm to see where we normally stay. These cabins are perfect for what we’re set out to do while in Venice - catch fish. They are very clean and are a stones throw away from the dock where we’ll be leaving out of.

 

Lastly, I cannot describe to you how enjoyable this trip is. The sights, smells, and solitude is unlike any place I have ever visited. Islamorada, FL was a fun destination, had many attractions and the fishing was a bonus. I would compare Venice to being in another country. The yellowfin tuna bite can be red hot this time of year. During mid October-November the horse mullet begin to migrate out of the Mississippi river for the winter. And instead of twenty-pound king mackerel waiting on them like in Ocean Isle, there are 100-pound yellowfin.

Send interest to djt3521@uncw.edu

 


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"East End of Ocean Isle Beach" | Do Work / OIFC | 10/04/15
 

This was drone footage from Saturday.from Captainjohnathon28's Instagram..J. W. Gull.  Hope you didn't mind me posting it


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Little River Jetties Drum" | Do Work / OIFC | 10/02/15
 

The pictures below are of Corey Bellamy and Trask Cunningham at the Jetties yesterday.  Check out the boats in the background!  I hope everyone is as careful in handling these beauties as Corey and Trask are.  It's very important to hold them horizontal so as not to kill or injure them.  Beautiful fish guys


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Robs Bait Pens in stock" | | 10/02/15
 

I ordered some extras so if you need a great pen for Pogys or Blues, the OIFC has them in stock for now. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Prefishing before the storm" | | 10/01/15
 

Brian Allen with a 30lb King he released this am while fishing in 60' of water. Too bad there's a hurricane coming. Maybe it will get on by and leave stable weather for next week's Fall Brawl. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Grey day redfish" | | 10/01/15
 

Dan Wines from Akron Ohio smoking the redfish on this beautiful day.
- Stan Gurganus
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"Fwd: Sailfish off southport" | | 09/30/15
 

Check out! I got this email report > > Captain Brant, > > I stopped by the OIFC today and they wanted me to email you this picture. Myself (chad Whitley) and my brother (Matthew whitley) were fishing with my dad on some live bottom in 35' off southport and caught this sailfish on a king rig and live pogie, it was caught today. Thought you might like to share it on the site and thanks for telling my brother we should fish up there! Good luck in Biloxi! > > Thanks > > Chad Whitley > > > > > Sent from my iPhone
- Brant McMullan
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"Wahoo bite ahead of storm" | | 09/30/15
 

Billy Berg of Murrells Inlet sent me this pic of his Wahoo catch today. This is from the scarp! 72 was biggest! What a catch! Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"U.S. open postponed" | | 09/30/15
 

Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"June at it again " | | 09/30/15
 

> Bryan Strickland of OIB sent this in > > > > Sent from my iPhone
- Brant McMullan
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"Rainbows on the fly." | | 09/29/15
 

People have ask had I lost my mind leaving town just as the big reds are starting to show? I booked this trip to Big Sky Montana 9 months ago. You kinda get in a comfort zone and I needed to experience a first. It is so beautiful out here and fly fishing the upper Madison River outside Yellow Stone. All I can say is WOW!!!

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Smartphone
- Jeffrey S Williamson
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"Be on the look out." | OIFC | 09/29/15
 

Sent in  from Team EfishNC:

This past week we were coming down to fish and discovered that our Lowrance HDS 8 with a Pro Chip inside and Yamaha Gauges had been stolen off our boat at the Omni Storage in Shallotte. Some low life stole them somewhere between the end of August and the 3rd of September. Interesting enough the cameras at the lot don't happen to go back quite far enough. If anybody knows anything or sees these come up for sale and it looks fishy please let us know.

-Team EfishNC


If you or someone you know has any info about this please contact us at OIFC--->email us : info@oifc.com or (910) 575-3474


- Katelyn Kincer
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"US Open this weekend" | OIFC | 09/29/15
 

For all the US Open fishermen coming to fish this weekend, here's a quick recap of whats happening on the water from this past weekend.

Most of the top fish came off of Ocean Crest Pier area in 35+- feet of water. It was not a good bite, just scattered fish. Those that got  bit caught good fish, those that didn't[like us] caught zip. Most boats that got a bite got just a bite. The water color was perfect and lots of bait marks. My guess is the fish were just moving onto the beach, and my guess is with the weather being stable this week, the fish should move in with more numbers. Of course, since there is a tourney , the weather may go to you know where, but if it stays out of the north, the beach bite should be good.

Best pogys were around Yaupon pier area. Blues were mixed in with the pogies and could be caught on planers/clark spoons. Several of the leader board fish were caught on ribbonfish which have been at Little River Jetties.

Good luck everyone, and if you need anything King, come on by OIFC. We will try to keep everyone dialed in as week progresses as to movement of the fish.


- Rube McMullan
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"Backwater School" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/29/15
 

Will Glover, Alex Sasser, and Will McKnight joined me for my first backwater school for the fall season. We met Friday evening for quick instruction on cast netting, casting, and techniques. We hit the water Saturday to see if the students could take what they learned in the classroom to the water. Will McKnight was the first to prove he had been listening as he landed our first flounder. We found enough flounder on a couple of stops for every angler to get a feel for the technique. We changed gears to target black drum and like most rookies they missed their first couple. However, the bite was strong and the students quickly grasped the technique putting some nice black drum in the boat. Some redfish joined the action while we were catching black drum and that pretty much covered the classroom materail. I took a few minutes to show my students where to locate bait. We quickly found plenty of live shrimp, big mullet, and a nice menhaden pod. With all livewells over flowing with bait and a fish box busting at the seams. It was time to head for the jetties to graduate these green horns. We were a little light on tackle for the big brutes, but we did manage to close our day out going 3 for 5 on the bulls. To sign up for one of our schools please call the Fishing Center 910 575 3474. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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Dave gould 10/01/2015

I'm interested in your next backwater school, if your planning another one





"Rumble in the Jungle tournament winner" | | 09/28/15
 

Dr. Kendal Suh and team of the Fishin' Physicial from Ocean Isle wins 1st and David Hooks (Capt. Hook) from Ocean Isle wins 2nd. Way to go guys! Dr. Suh responded after an email of congratulations: Thanks for the congrats. Yep she burned it down heading offshore, so there was no question what I had on the end of the line. I was worried about it getting in to other boats. Yep I hope it holds up but at least we were first for a day. We were blessed to have one good bite! Earlier in the morning, we got swarmed with 30 pound Redfish that hit 5 out of 6 lines and messed everything up. It was like a school of amberjacks on attack mode they came up to the top to attack. Never had that happen before. It would have been great fun if we weren't fishing a King Tournament. Yesterday, we were trying to get blues and got absolutely smoked on a Clark Spoon on a planer. I was thinking Tarpon but there were no jumps so I eliminated Tarpon. Then, I was thinking smoker king but it didn't cut the line so I eliminated King. Then I was thinking False Albacore because it was darting all over the place. I had to get on plane to catch up to the fish! Then when we got him near the boat a giant Tarpon around 150 pounds jumped when it saw the boat. He jumped about 8 times right at the boat and put on an aerial show that would shame circus acrobats. Yep on a Clark spoon. We leadered him and were going to release him when the Clark Spoon hook finally straightened and released him. Capt. Brant McMullan www.OIFC.com (910) 575-3474
- "Brant McMullan"
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"Backwater Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/28/15
 

The bull redfish action is not the only action in town. I do wish I could have concentrated a little more on the bull reds, but the wind and wave action has been a bit much. I have run the majority of my trips in the creeks and the action has not disappointed. Black drum are hanging around the Sunset Beach area in the deeper holes and flounder are still biting in Tubbs Inlet. It is that time of year that no matter what decision you make you are bound to find some action. On a really good day you can catch a few in the creek to eat and then hit the inlet for a trophy. Bait is thick, you can just about catch it blind folded. Mullet and menhaden are all over the waterway. Shrimp is abundant at low tide in front of just about every little muddy cut in the grass. Lets go get them! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"1st Place Jr. Angler" | Do Work / OIFC | 09/27/15
 

Congratulations to Grayson Russ of Team Mr. Goodhands/OIFC for 1st place Jr. Angler in the Rumble In The Jungle.  Mr. Goodhands finished 9th overall with their king.

Congratulations to Dr. Kendell Suh winner of the Rumble and Capt David Hooks 2nd place.

Finally, Union Elementary School in Brunswick Co was well represented.  Grayson Russ was 1st place Jr. Angler,  Cayson Coley won 2nd place and Camdyn Beck place 3rd.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Reds Still Biting" | Do Work / OIFC | 09/27/15
 

The drum bite is still on at the Jetties.  So if you aren't into the king action give the drum a shot.  Reminder, be careful handling them.  Don't hol them vertically, just carefully in a horizontal position.

Below are Virginia Beckham, her boyfriendAndy Traynham, Eddy Jone and Brandon Sauls' girls and friend enjoying the day.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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