A glimmer of hope? Pogies off OIB this AM in 16' Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Billy Noble had a big day at the Tower Friday By 2:30 he'd gone through a box of cigar minnows.
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)
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
Tradk & crew with a recent wahoo
kerri Helms Lockley showed her dad Tommy how it's done yesterday
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.
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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.