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"What are these??" | | 08/15/16
 

A glimmer of hope? Pogies off OIB this AM in 16' Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Bottom fishing school" | | 08/14/16
 

We r hosting a bottom fishing school this Saturday. I have one spot open - Cost is $400. The class will focus on anchoring, rigging, gear and techniques for snapper and grouper. Call 910-575-3474 to book Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Flounder" | | 08/14/16
 

4.4 Flounder by Derek Rukenbrod Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Fun at the Frying Pan Tower" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/14/16
 

Billy Noble had a big day at the Tower Friday  By 2:30 he'd gone through a box of cigar minnows.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Kingfish" | | 08/13/16
 

31.4 pounds from dead bait in 65'- High Cotton - Neill Newton Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Sea ya later alligator. " | OIFC | 08/12/16
 

After 6 years of "fun in the sun" this girl is heading back to college (again). This time I am going to nursing school! I am looking forward to this new adventure but I am definitely sad to be leaving my home away from home. I just wanted to take a quick second to say thank you to ALL of the awesome customers that I have had the pleasure of meeting over the course of the past few years. This experience has been wonderful for so many reasons... from catching my first offshore fish to learning how to change the oil on an outboard (haha). I can't thank "my" McMullans enough for everything that I have learned and had the opportunity to experience by being a part of Team OIFC. All of the life lessons from Grandpa Rube and the fun family fishing trips will forever hold a special place in my heart. I love y'all and I will "sea" you soon. (You know I can't stay away for too long) 

 

XOX,

KK


- Katelyn Kincer
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Michael M 08/25/2016

Katelyn, You know you're my favorite and you're gonna miss this old guy too!

Libby Taylor 08/13/2016

First Shannon and now you!! I'm sad that I won't get to see you when we come down again but happy for you to be pursuing your dreams. Good luck, best wishes and it has been a pleasure knowing you! Keep in touch!!

Rube McMullan 08/12/2016

Katelyn. You have been one of the most extraordinary persons to walk across our dock from day 1. Sorry to see you go, but glad to see you go, as the world is out there awaiting your limitless talents. Go get em girl!! GPR





"Team OIFC update" | | 08/09/16
 

I've been lax in reporting but this week Team OIFC is competing in the White Marlin Open tournament on Ocean City, MD. The tournament is the largest and richest Billfish tournament in the world. This years tournament has 328 boats competing. There are payouts for the largest White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphin and Shark. The biggest $ is in the White Marlin category. A White has to be 67" and over 70 pounds to be eligible for weigh-in. After two days of fishing and over 700 White Marlin releases, only one legal 76 pound White has been weighed. IF this were the only eligible White weighed in the tournament (there are still 3 more fishing days) then it is worth $2.4 million! Yesterday a 790 pound Blue Marlin was weighed and today a 233 pound Bigeye Tuna. This tournament has the best of the best on all the biggest and baddest sportfishing boats and teams in the world. BUT, because it is a big fish event and winners are decided by largest fish and not most releases, anyone can win- EVEN US! We went 1 for 3 yesterday, raising three and hooking and releasing one that was too small to weigh. Today we went 3 for 5, raising 5, hooking 4 and releasing 3- our biggest was 65", not quite big enough. We will use our last fish day on Thursday so wish us luck. We just need one White to come into the spread and take our circle hooked ballyhoo to change our fishing world forever! Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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Capt Mark 08/10/2016

Good luck guys! Positive vibes, the fish can feel them.





"WMO" | OIFC | 08/09/16
 

Capt. Brant and team are up in Ocean City Maryland currently competing in the largest billfish tournament in the world, the White Marlin Open.  The total purse is $4.4 mil!  This is primarily a white marlin tournament but there are prizes for blue marlin, mahi, wahoo, and tuna also.  I only got a brief report from Brant yesterday but I believe they fished there first out of three possible days and managed to go 1 for 3 on whites.  The objective is to catch a white marlin large enough to bring to the scales.  Not 100% sure what the minimum size is but I believe it to be around 70lbs.  The fish yesterday was released.  There were over 500 whites released on day on amongst the 300+ boats in the fleet.  One blue marlin was decked on a center console and dragged back to the scale that eventually weighed in at 790lbs!  Team OIFC is back at it again today.  Stand by for more.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"IFA Houma, LA" | OIFC | 08/06/16
 

Along with partner, Jay Cedotal, I fished the Inshore Fishing Association's Houma, LA redfish event today.  Apparently fishing with a partner is the influence I need to not get myself into the crazy situations that always seemed to find me in my past redfish tournaments.  Today was relatively uneventful.  No long runs, no mechanical issues, no almosts but not quites.  We fished very hard today and had a pretty slow day by Houma, LA standards catching around 8 fish and seeing in the neighborhood of 50.  For whatever reason today the fish were just not aggressive.  Down here we are sight fishing 100% of the time meaning we don't cast until we actually see a redfish.  It's a very fun way to fish but can be maddening when they don't eat.  It's a combination of hunting and fishing as you have to stalk the fish and then make a perfect cast to for optimal presentation.  Our best two fish of the day went 15.3lbs and landed us in 19th place out of 92 teams.  Nothing special but a decent day.  It's always great to fish with top level anglers like Jay.  I took close notes and tried to absorb as much knowledge as I could.  One take away I immediately noticed is that apparently I fish very fast.  It seems like slowing down while on the trolling motor and really picking a piece of marsh apart is more effective than spot hopping like I'm used to in king mackerel fishing.  Headed back home tomorrow but leaving my boat down here in Louisiana for the next few months.  Hopefully will get an opportunity to come back down for a couple more tournametns or just fun fishing.  Who wants to go?


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | Catch All | 08/05/16
 

9-year-old reels in state record 32-pound scamp; may be world's largest

WECT Staff
Aug 5, 2016 12:06 PM

MOREHEAD CITY, NC (WECT) - A 9-year-old Tennessee boy may have caught the world's largest scamp while fishing off the North Carolina coast.

According to officials, Teddy Wingfield from Lookout Mountain, TN, reeled in the fish on June 2 while fishing in the waters off of Atlantic Beach.

The scamp weighed in at 32 pounds, topping the previous state record by nearly 5 pounds and besting the world record by 2 pounds, 6 ounces.


- Austin Aycock
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"Back to the Marsh" | OIFC | 08/04/16
 

It's been a while but I'm back in the marsh of southern Louisiana chasing redfish and boy does it feel good.  I had to put my redfish tournament career on hold for most of the season due to work, kids, & life.  Traveling back and forth to the Gulf from Ocean Isle was tough on the schedule.  Fishing those one man tournaments alone was extremely difficult and frankly wore on me mentally.  So I opted out of the HT Elite one man events this year and instead decided to take a more relaxed approach and fish the tournaments that fit the schedule.  

I left out of Ocean Isle on Wednesday and made the long tow down about an hour west of New Orleans to Houma, LA.  There is an Inshore Fishing Association tournament this weekend that I will be fishing.  This time I am teaming up with one of my HT Elite competitors, Jay Cedotal, from Louisiana.  I'm eager to hit the water with someone else on the boat.  The one on one conversations I've been having with myself for the past few years fishing alone are getting old.  Jay is a top redfish angler so hopefully I'll be able to gain some knowledge and confidence after fishing with him.  

After making the long trip down yesterday, I got up early this morning, put the pieces back together and got on the water around 7:30.  With Jay unable to go today I was scouting by myself again.  Perfect weather conditions made getting back in the swing of things much more enjoyable.  It wasn't long until I was creeping up a shoreline with slick calm and sunny conditions when a square headed brute redfish started pushing a wake toward me from about 100 yards away.  I went ahead and got the jitters out of the way by first casting with my line wrapped around the rod tip, then backlashing, and finally nearly falling off my tower.  I eventually settled back into the groove and caught a ton of fish today and had a ball.  All the fish were 25" to 30" and weighed between 6 and 12lbs.  

Tomorrow Jay and I will scout one more day before fishing the tournament Saturday.  It was great to be back on the marsh today.  Caught tons of fish, saw more and the first boat I saw all day was the one I towed in on the way home.  Building up that good karma!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"From the Wrightsville Beach Magazine " | Do Work / OIFC | 08/04/16
 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Capt. Rickey 08/05/2016

Who would have thought the original Gotch Plug was made froma Bic Pen?





"Finally a wind change" | OIFC | 08/04/16
 

We are greeted this morning with the first north/northeast wind of the summer. Maybe this is the wind/weather change we need to shock the kings into acting like they are supposed to and start biting where they are supposed to. The north wind won't last long as it will eventually return to a summer southerly pattern, but looking forward, the wind speeds are less than they have been, so MAYBE there is a change occurring. It will be interesting to see if todays north winds magically makes something happen. Standby.


- Rube McMullan
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"Trask Cunningham " | Do Work / OIFC | 08/04/16
 

Tradk & crew with a recent wahoo


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"How It's Done" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/02/16
 

kerri Helms Lockley showed her dad Tommy how it's done yesterday


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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BP 08/02/2016

Nice flounder. Wow. I will be in IOB week of August 22 with my 14' deep vie. Are nice flounder like these still around in late August? This will be my first trip to ocean isle. I know nothing about this area. Thanks!





"No fish" | OIFC | 08/01/16
 

The lack of recent fishing reports unfortunately is a reflection of the facts. Fishing ain't good. The constant S/SW wind 15-20, ocean pogies MIA doesn't help, and combine that with Where the heck are the Kings? continues to make life difficult for our charter captains. Word has it Kings are being caught down in Murrells Inlet waters and north above Morehead. What the heck is going on? Best hope is nothing stays the same, and magically they will figure it out and show up. Patience-Patience. In meantime, bottom fishing in 90-110 is good, if you can get there.


- Rube McMullan
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"Sta-Bil" | Catch All | 07/29/16
 

Used STA-BIL BottleUnderstanding the basic process of how gasoline degrades can help explain the shelf life of STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer. Gasoline is made up of various chemicals and when these components are exposed to oxygen, oxidation begins. Simply stated, oxidation is what occurs between oxygen and gasoline when they come into contact with one another.  The resulting oxidation reaction creates gum and varnish that will cause engine starting and run-ability problems.

STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer provides a sacrificial molecule to the oxidation process allowing oxygen to attack this STA-BIL® molecule and not oxidize gasoline.

The properties of STA-BIL® formula that allow it to do this are not resistant to the effects of oxygen themselves. At some point, the components of STA-BIL® will begin to oxidizeas well, and the resulting changes diminish its capability to continue providing effective protection to stabilized gasoline.

These reasons can explain why an opened, but tightly capped, bottle of STA-BIL®Fuel Stabilizer is effective for about two years.The oxygen molecules immediately initiate oxidation as soon as the bottle is opened.  You should only be using the most effective products for the best classic cars.

The effectiveness of older, opened bottles of STA-BIL® can also be determined by a color examination due to the dye included in the formulation. As the dye ages, it gets darker. An older variation of this dye may also crystallize as it ages and form flakes in the bottle. These flakes are actually a result of oxidation and the stabilizer will no longer be able to offer the protection to gasoline that a newer bottle will.

An unopened bottle of STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer will remain viable on the shelf for approximately two years because its exposure to oxygen has been limited in a factory sealed container when it is kept in a cool, dry place. Although oxygen can still permeate the bottle, it does so at a much slower rate than if the bottle were opened. However, please note that excessive heat can speed up the oxidation process.

Extended storage of unopened STA-BIL® bottles is not recommended.  Make sure you purchase bottle sizes that can be used within two (2) years of purchase.

If you are still unsure of the date of expiration for a bottle of STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer, the stamped production code on the bottle can tell you when the bottle was produced. The first five digits of the number indicate YYDDD, with YY indicating the last two digits of the year of production and DDD representing the number of the day of that year of production. For example, a production code of 12272-73995-10:30 indicates the bottle was produced on September 28, 2012.  September 28th was the 272nd day in the year 2012. (Julian Day calendar)

Older Bottles made in early 2011 and before used a different coding system where the first letter represented month alphanumerically, the following two digits represented the day of the month and the fourth number represented the year.  Months were in order of A= January, B=February, C=March, etc.  So, C169 meant March 16, 2009.  C is March, 16 is the day in March and 9 is the year, in this case 2009.


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"Reliving the Glory" | | 07/28/16
 

Joe Seegers just sent this cool pic of our Swordfish trip last week. It was one of those days you want to remember; glad the kids were part of it. Capt. Brant McMullan www.OIFC.com (910) 575-3474
- "Brant McMullan"
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"OIFC weighed 10.4 Flounder" | | 07/26/16
 

Big fish week continues. Chris Smith send us this pic of Joann Taylor with her 10.4 pounder Flounder caught out of Tubbs on Monday. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"8 hour action " | Catch All | 07/26/16
 

This past week has brought a new meaning to “the dog days of summer.” From swordfish, cobia and giant king mackerel; its been unbelievable what has been brought to the OIFC dock.

Pictured below was a fantastic crew I had from an 8hr trip on 7/23. We struck the variety bell and managed to find king mackerel, amberjack, vermillion snapper, triggerfish, grouper and a last minute cobia. Big thanks to Neil Cox, Bryan Cox, Paul Blackwell, and Corey Craig for being a great group and joining Capt. Sean and I on another offshore adventure. The Cobia pictured below tipped the scales at 55-pounds.


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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