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"Day one in the books" | OIFC | 04/09/15
 

Man, it's too bad there isn't a hidden camera on my boat during these one man redfish tournaments.  I swear I can't get a day where it's not a drama fest, action packed, calamity of errors.  

I start off this morning in my tower boat headed across Lake Borne towards Delacroix, LA.  The tower boat is a flat bottom so it's not made for big water.  Lake Borgne is big water.  I was beaten to a pulp.  Halfway thru the run, my gps bracket gave up so I had to zip tie my gps to dash for the rest of the run.  Next my seat dismantled itself which made for an interesting run the rest of the way trying to hold it in place.  

Somehow I miscalculated the distance but it ended up being about a 65 mile run.  The first 35 was rough as hell and the next 30 was fine except for the eye piercing rain at 45mph.  I finally arrived to the A spot and immediatley saw a few fish.  Unfortunately they didn't want to eat and then it got tough.  The wind picked up to 20 knots and combined with the clouds and rain, it made seeing the fish next to impossible.  I spent a lot of my fishing time trying to make my A spot work.  I finally caught a 6 1/2 lber but time was getting low and I needed two more fish.  I made the move to my B spot and was disappointed with very few fish.  I saw a couple nice ones but they snubbed me and I was still stuck on one fish.  So, time was getting low and I had to put some fish in the boat.  I made the call to buck up and run another 10 miles to C spot.  I didn't feel like these fish would do me much good in the tournament but desperate times call for desperate measures.  I had an hour left to fish when I got there and immediately put a 4 1/2lber in the boat.  A few minutes later I caught a 29" 10lber which was good because we were allowed to keep one up to 30".  At least I now had my 3 fish limit in the boat.  I fished a little while longer and saw a decent number of fish but no takers.  

It was time to make the 2 hr run back to the check in.  This was not without drama.  The first mistake was a wrong turn which was no big deal.  I made it a big deal though when I tried to whip the boat back around at wide open throttle.  The boat pretty much lost controll and skidded sideways until it stopped on top of an island in the marsh.  Oh crap.  I jumped out onto the island which happened to look like a great spot for an alligator to live.  I tried to push the boat back in the water but it wouldn't budge.  I was however able to swing it side to side so I simply rotated the direction of the stern so the motor would be in the water and the rest of the boat was on land.  I jumped back in the boat and laid on the reverse throttle until it caught and pulled me off.  Close one.  I then made the run back on the inside rather than going thru Lake Borgne as the wind had now picked up significantly.  This was a mistake because the waterway I had to ride in was straight with the wind so I had 2+ ft following sea which beat me to death.  Finally, I got to the spot where I could cut through the marsh and hook up to the more protected intercoastal waterway.  As I approached the cut I noticed the water moving in a weird way so I stopped just in time to float right on top of a concrete wall that was 6" below the water.  No reason to stop now.  Give it more gas.  I pushed myself across the concrete wall and I'm off again. Having traveled 70+ miles now and getting close to the check in my heart sank when I saw the last obstacle.  I had never traveled this way and I came to an old abandoned swing bridge.  I'm in a tower boat and the bridge was low clearance.  You can imagine what I was thinking when I came around the corner and saw that.  I eased up to it and saw it would be close.  I had to stand on the tower and push the boat down as I floated underneath.  After all that, I made it to the check in!

The weigh in was an hour away from check in.  We trailered the boats with our fish to the Gulfcoast Boat Show and weighed in by truck/trailer/boat.  My weight was just over 21lbs.  I'm in 12th place and about 4lbs out of the lead.  It's a fairly large gap to close but I'm going to give it hell again tomorrow.  I can pretty much guarantee it will be another epic adventure.

Tune into www.theredfishseries.com tomorrow around 5pm to see the weigh in.  


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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Rube McMullan 04/10/2015

Maybe Barrett should consider King Mackerel tourney fishing....hard to believe but it sounds easier!





"Last Minute Trip" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/09/15
 

Jimmy Godwin and his Pastor Keith joined me this morning for a quick last minute trip. We got started pretty quickly with some aggressive bluefish and then started picking away at the trout. We took a quick break do duck a thunder shower and went right back to it. However, the trout action had slowed after the rain shower, but a few short flounder started biting. The action dwindled, so we took a few minutes to try for a redfish to complete a slam. Our minnows never really got excited and our crab chunks were only getting nibbled by small critters. We elected to go and try another spot for trout. We finished our day with another nice keeper with a few shorts in the mix along with another aggressive bluefish. The trout were scattered for the most part, but aggressively striking white colored lures. Thanks for fishing with me guys! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Gulf Stream Yesterday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/09/15
 

Gulf Stream action was steady yesterday. Great fishing with a great crew - will report in full tomorrow.

The weather is looking good for saturday April 11th. We are doing a make up charter deal for $425 per person -- need 4 people to go. Please call 910-575-3474 to reserve a spot today!


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"HT Elite Gulfport Open " | OIFC | 04/08/15
 

It's late and just getting things wrapped up and ready to go for tomorrow, the first day of the tournament.  There will be 22 anglers competing this week.  All 22 have chosed to fish LA waters so we will be looking for 3 fish with 2 under 27" and one up to 30".  

I scouted day in pretty good conditions.  I did not find any great answers but maybe found a "C" spot.  I have about a 50 mile run tomorrow over to the Delacroix area of LA.  It's not a simple path but hopefully the weather will be decent enough to make the run doable.  

I'm not on great fish but you never know for sure until they hit the scales.  It is supposed to be cloudy tomorrow so that is not ideal.  I am sight fishing almost 100% of the time so clouds are a real problem.  

Time to get a couple hours sleep then up at 430am to get this show on the road.  Not totally sure but possibly the weigh in will be broadcast live on www.theredfishseries.com tomorrow around 5pm Eastern time.  


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"2015 Redfish Season Begins" | OIFC | 04/07/15
 

My 2015 HT Elite Redfish Series is kicking off this week in Gulfport, MS.  Before I go into detail on this event I should give a recap of the last several months.

A lot has changed since I left off in October after the IFA Championship tournament in Houma, LA.  First and foremost, I spent the winter months designing and building a brand new ride for this tournament season.  Having observed the competition last season and understanding the challenges I faced during each tournament I realized I would be best served for these tournaments in a Majek tower boat.  The Majek is a very shallow draft, tunnel hull/flat bottom boat that has a tower built in the middle where I drive from.  It is unlike anything most around our area have ever seen.  In the short time I've had the boat I can honestly say my expectations have been exceeded.  It is a game changer.  

Two weeks ago I fished the HT Elite 2014 Championship tournament in Chalmette, LA in this boat.  I rolled into town having hardly splashed the boat but I was able to scout a few days with it and then fish the tournament.  I didn't provide a report for that event because I was just too busy fishing all day and then working out all the new boat kinks all night.  As is the case with most new boats, I had a lot of adjustments to make.  In fact some of those adjustments actually cost me the tournament.  It's a long, eventful and dramatic story that I will share at some point but for now the focus is on the new season.

This series, titled HT Elite, puts 40 anglers against each other for a season long tour in a battle to see who can catch the best tournament redfish.  There are 3 main events with one in Mississippi, one in Louisiana and one in Texas.  There are also 3 open events that are open to the Elite 40 and other HT members.  These events are used to help anglers qualify for the championship tournament and it's also a decent pay day.  This is not team tournament fishing.  There is one angler per boat and we fish for the state creel limit in each event.  

This first event of the season is an Open and it's in Gulfport, MS.  The MS creel limit is 3 redfish up to 30".  This presents an interesting dilemma.  The Louisiana limit is 5 fish with 4 up to 27" and one over 27". Gulfport is about 10 miles on the MS side of the LA/MS state line.  Anglers are forced to choose whether they are fishing LA or MS waters.  The disadvantage of fishing LA waters is that you can only keep one fish over 27".  So you would be aiming for two 26 7/8" redfish and one 29 7/8" redfish.  If you fish MS waters you can have 3 29 7/8" redfish and likely a heavier bag of fish.  The issue though is LA redfishing in general is MUCH better than MS.  I believe most anglers will choose to fish LA waters.  I will be one of them.  

I arrived to Chalmette, LA yesterday where I'm basing my practice days from.  I was here just 2 weeks ago so I opted not to spend too much time scouting.  I was able to scout all day today and I will have a half day tomorrow.  Tomorrow evening is the Capt's meeting in Gulfport at the Island View Casino which is also hosting the Gulf Coast boat show during our event.  It will be a lot of activity and a big show.  Tournament days are Thursday, Friday with the top five qualifying for Saturday.  Having spent today on the water, I was able to see the conditions have changed dramatcially from a couple weeks back.  The water is much higher which makes seeing the fish difficult as they will get into the grass.  Not the grass like we are used to at home but grass actually under water.  They burrow in the grass becoming invisible and then ambush prey.  I did find a bunch of fish which was once a big challenge last year but now is the norm in this new boat.  Getting them to bite will be a different story I'm sure.  I have another area I will be chekcing tomorrow and will then make a decision on my tournament game plan. 

The HT Elite Series has taken off this year.  It has gotten very strong support from sponsors and this year each event will be filmed by an outside production company and broadcast Saturday mornings on Destination America TV.  Check out www.theredfishseries.com to see what this deal is all about.  


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"The Trull boys are Fishing Specialist" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/07/15
 

Black drum have been providing the majority of the action lately. Most bites have been around hard live bottoms near docks and bridges in 4 feet of water using fresh cut shrimp. We have also soaked fresh blue crab chunks and clams, but are only getting small nibbles from baby croakers and spots.

John, Garret, and Marshall joined me Monday for a half day of tough fishing in the East winds. We hit several areas soaking fresh cut shrimp, fresh crab chunks, and live baits. Fresh cut shrimp produced the majority of the bites that came from black drum. We also hit a few areas throwing soft plastics despite the windy conditions and actually pulled out a couple of trout. Garret found a keeper! Considering all the conditions we had a pretty good day. As always thank you guys for fishing with me! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Good Friday! " | OIFC | 04/07/15
 

Jerry Potter was able to catch a few on Good Friday even though conditions were not ideal- thanks for the report!

Be sure to send us your fish photos and reports to info@oifc.com


- Katelyn Kincer
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"East Winds" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/06/15
 

~~Worked hard to defeat the east wind today. 70 degree water means flounder.-Capt. Jeff Williamson


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Gulf Stream Time" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/06/15
 

With the weather starting to heat up, the Gulf Stream fishing is doing the same! There’s been reports of Wahoo and Blackfin tuna when boats were able to find a decent weather day.  Luckily this Wednesday and Thursday looks like it could be very fishable if the forecast holds. There is only one boat left available on both 4/8 and 4/9. Therefore, please call 910-575-3474 to book a trip of a lifetime today.


- Capt. Ben Morris
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"Gulf Stream Fishing School" | OIFC | 04/06/15
 

I have 2 spots open in my Gulf Stream fishing school next week- April 17 & 18.  CLICK HERE to view details on class and call 910-575-3474 to book- Let's Do This!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Jolly Mon VIP" | OIFC | 04/06/15
 

REMINDER that entries have gone out to the 50 teams who have qualified for the NEW 2015 Jolly Mon VIP event.  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW INVITEES) The top 25 from the 2014 Jolly Mon and top 25 from the 2014 Fall Brawl make up the initial invitees to compete in the $10,000 winner-take-all event.

Invites to these 50 captains went out on April 1st.  These teams have until May 1 to pay their entry.  We have made contact with all qualifying captains and will send multiple reminders that the deadline is May 1. 

Once the deadline passes, we will move to the waiting list which has been open to sign up for over a month (CLICK HERE TO JOIN WAIT LIST- ENTER NAME AND BOAT NAME AND SEND) -- (CLICK HERE TO VIEW WAIT LIST)

This is a new and unique event that features a limited field and some special rules designed to take the thinking and secrecy out of the event and just make it good old fashioned head-to-head fishing.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW FORMAT AND RULES


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Toughed It Out" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/05/15
 

It was a little cool and breezey but "Taterbug" Staley from Burlington, N.C. got her a nice one.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Save The Date - Waterway Trash Sweep Planned for May 2nd" | OIFC | 04/05/15
 
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In conjunction with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and other local area businesses, we will be putting on an InterCoastal Waterway Trash Sweep on Saturday May 2nd from 9am until 11am.

We are going to be focusing on the area from the Holden Beach Bridge - Up the Shallotte River - To the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge. 

Join in and bring your trash to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center to be weighed and dumped into the trash container.  Yes, I mentioned "weighed" because we will be giving away cash prizes for the most amount of trash weighed on the scales.  Total payout to be determined, but at this moment we are up to $300 in donations from local area businesses.

We will keep event information posted on this Facebook Page >> https://www.facebook.com/WaterwaySweep

Please "Join" the event from the Facebook Event Page >> https://www.facebook.com/events/1569169570028497/

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Contact brandon@icnd.net if you have any questions.

Thank you!
Brandon Sauls


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Easter Saturday" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/04/15
 

It's fun just hanging out at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center on a beautiful day.  We were honored by a visit by N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory today.  And, of course I could pass up a photo op with the Shallotte River Swamp Park's gator.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"New electric kite combo" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/04/15
 

Daiwa Tancum 1000 electric kite combo. If you are serious about kite fishing this is what you need. $669.90 in stock at Oifc


- Austin Aycock
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"OIFC Webcam!" | OIFC | 04/03/15
 

The OIFC Dock Webcam is FINALLY working again!

Check it out here ----> WEBCAM

 


- Katelyn Kincer
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"A Quick Look..." | Tiberias - 22' | 04/02/15
 

Another Vudu Mullet photo opportunity. A friend helped me splash my boat this afternoon, so we went to take a quick look around. We found a few scattered fish and then found a good school bunched up in a little pocket. We spooked them as we drifted through them, but the Vudu Sexy Mullet snagged one anyway. We chased them down a few times, but they knew we were there and would not bite. It was still cool just to see some fish! We found another good school later, but also bumped them before getting a good opportunity. The backwater is coming alive with the water temperatures on the rise and a full moon upon us. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Jolly Mon VIP" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/02/15
 

The 2015 Jolly Mon invitations were sent out to qualifying captains yesterday April 1st. If you have qualified for the tournament and have not received an email containing the two entry links and the password, please contact derek@oifc.com.


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Spring Kickoff Winners!" | OIFC | 04/02/15
 

Congrats to the lucky winners from the Spring Kickoff Raffles!!
Brody Heath won the YETI Tundra 35
Cody Tucker won the Ocean Isle Fish Company Gift Certificate
and Dave won the Wing & Fish Company Gift Certificate

Thanks for a great turn out! We look forward to seeing lots of familiar faces this weekend!


- Katelyn Kincer
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"Under Construction" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/02/15
 

Below are a couple pix of Team Choice of Two/OIFC's new Contender being built.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Capt. Brant 04/06/2015

Is there a new size class being created for "battleships" in SKA? I protest





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