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"NEW Shirts!" | OIFC | 11/19/15
LOTS of NEW Comfort Colors Long Sleeve Shirts have arrived just in time for our HUGE Black Friday Sale!!
(Captain's Club Members: Don't forget to come use your points, they do NOT roll over into the new year!!)
Stop in and check out all of the new merchandise!
"Black Friday Sale" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/19/15
Capt. Rickey Beck
"5.1 Speck" | | 11/18/15
Mike Cochran with a 5.1 pound Speck he caught yesterday. I couldn't get all the details but he DID NOT catch at the jetties!
OIFC has live shrimp, currently $8/dz as they are getting harder to catch. We will hopefully be able to keep in stock through Thanksgiving.
Fishing is good!
Capt. Brant McMullan
"BLACK FRIDAY EXTRAVANGANZA!" | OIFC | 11/18/15
You are not going to want to miss out on our
BLACK FRIDAY Extravanganza. (November 27,28,29th)
EVERYTHING in the store will be ON SALE!
ALL Clothing & Gifts- 40% OFF
ALL Tackle & Marine Supplies- 20% OFF (Includes YETI & Go Pro)
SATURDAY, November 28th
Join us for the Annual Flotilla!
We will be holding a Tacky Christmas Sweater Contest & Christmas Cookie Contest- Winners will receive a bag full of OIFC goodies!!
FREE TO ENTER :) Hope to see you all there in your tackiest attire!
"Get'n Bent Fishing Team" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/17/15
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We were at it again this past Sunday. Since King Mac season ended a few weeks ago, I have been itching to get to the Bluewater to try and bloody the boat with a Wahoo. Sunday looked like it was going to be pretty good(weather man lied!!, but it wasnt intolerable). Hunter, good friend Matt Owens and his son Mason loaded the Get'n Bent around 6 am and we started our trek. This was Masons first trip the the stream, So I had my hopes high that we could get him on his first Pelagic species. I took it easy running out trying not to stir the boat to much with the lil man on board. We arrived around the Blackjack 9 ish and deployed lines. It was a slow start for bites, but the ocean was very alive, so I was hopeful. We seen a pod of Dolphins jumping and playing, a couple massive Sea Turtles, an acre long school of jellyfish, a couple Man-O-Wars, and more tiny little flying fish than I have ever seen. We crossed a small mark way down and a little patch of grass and finally the long line started to pull, ever so gently.... It wasnt the blistering screem of the reel I was hoping for, but after a minute or two the acrobats started from a spunky peanut dorado(mahi). Mason got to handle the reel first and made pretty quick work of it, getting the fish in the box after a quick pic. We redeployed lines and started circling the bait. Not long and the rigger line went off and the reel screamed-- WAHOO... We had to put Mason back on the reel for this fish. Making his first stream trip awesome for him(HE IS HOOKED!!). Mason did work with the rod in the holder for 10-15 minutes and then the fish came to the surface behind the boat. We let him work the reel all the way to leader, then sunk the hook in the HOO. A respectable first wahoo for a 9 year old, Mason was lit up as bright as the 30lb fish. It was high 5s and I think a little tear in Dad Matts proud eye. We set the spread and in short order were hooked up again. Matt angled a nice 57 lb wahoo that made a long agressive run away from the boat. Once boat side, we all got a excited to see the bright stripes of another beauty-- I sunk the gaff in and in the box he went!! We had a couple short strikes and one fish that skied on the long line 6-8' out of the water. He was HUGE and nothing less, made a screaming run and then the rod straightened and line went limp..... reeled it up and the fish broke the crimp on the rig, taking a piece of lip jewelry from the Get'n Bent back into the wild deep blue. We reset lines and figured we would give it a few more minutes before taking the long ride back. It wasnt long and we had a double up of screamers. I cleared lines and had mason slinging ballyhoo rigs all around as Matt and Hunter cranked to keep the fish on. A true chinese fire drill ensued..... The fish crossed eachother, anglers were swapping and lifting rods over and under, passing and straightening lines out. We finally got both fish straight out behind the boat and it looked like the boys may manage the fish. Then Hunters fish ran right back across Matts and the lines got together. Within just a few seconds Matts line went limp..... Hunter continued to fight the fish on his line. Matt got his line back and we seen it was cut off. Hunter angled his fish to the boat and Matt sunk the steel in the biggest Hoo of the day. A nice 60 lber. On that note we cleaned up and pointed the boat to the inlet. A great ride and beautiful sunset on top of an awesome day in the stream... Sundays cant get much better!!!
-Report by Keith Bercuinas
Capt. Rickey Beck
"It's the BEST time of the year!!" | OIFC | 11/16/15
2015 Annual Captain's Club Sale
November 15, 2015- January 3rd,2016
It is now time for you to come and redeem your points that you have accumulated all year long! You may use your points to purchase Clothing & Gifts at 50% off.
EXAMPLE: You bought $1000 worth of goods from OIFC in 2015. You have 100 points. You may buy $200 worth of Clothing & Gifts for $100.
You may use your Captain's Points if you ORDER ONLINE!
*Please leave a comment if you would like to redeem your points on your Online Order*
NEW for 2015
This year your points have TRIPLED in value-
Points can now be used at the Shallotte River Swamp Park& Ocean Isle Fish Company!
Brand names such as Southern Tide, Hey Bo and Live Oak are available as well as custom Swamp Park wear and accessories. Same deal as OIFC- You may use your points to purchase Clothing & Gifts at 50% off.
You may use your points to receive 50% off Entrees (excludes drinks and appetizers). Enjoy Grouper, Mahi, Sea Bass, Tilefish and other high-end, fresh catches that are often featured at the Fish Company for half the cost. EXAMPLE: You bought a beer $5, Pepsi $2, Grouper entree $20 and Key Lime Pie dessert $5. You use 10 points towards the Grouper entree and thus instead of the meal costing $32, it costs you $22.
Head on over to the Webstore to get some Christmas Shopping Done!
"Kings still on the beach" | | 11/16/15
> Mike bonner, dale hall & Joe zurad fished yesterday afternoon around the Shallotte ledge for kings. We caught 5 nice kings in the 20 to 35 lb. Range on pogies. It was a beautiful afternoon an almost flat ocean at times! Here is a picture of mike with one of the kings. Joe zurad
"2nd leg- Brunswick County High School Fishing Association" | OIFC | 11/16/15
Saturday the OIFC hosted the 2nd leg of the 2015-16 Brunswick County High School Fishing Association tournament series. Each month students who attend West Brunswick and BCA who are in the fishing club and who have formed their two-person teams compete in a fishing event on local waters. The target saltwater inshore species: Flounder, Speckled Trout and Redfish. Prizes are awarded to the the team weighing the heaviest fish from each species as well as an overal prize for the team posting the heaviest combined weight of the three species. This past Saturday's event went off great as 9 teams from West and 4 teams from BCA competed.
Weigh-in Results as follows:
Roy Simmons / Tyler Long / Capt. Roy Simmons
Speckled Trout- 2.45- live = 2.95
Wil Warner / Davis Julian / Capt. Dan Ratley
Speckled Trout- 1.0 - live = 1.5 / Redfish- 2.30 - live = 2.80
4.30 Overall points
Kaitlyn Miller / Savannah Wright / Capt. Jon Fields
Jackson Goodman / Jaquan King / Capt. Ron Binetti
Redfish- 6.50- live = 7.00
Dillon Walston / Danny Walston / Capt. Clay Morphis
Redfish - 2.4 live = 2.90 / Trout - 4.10 live = 4.60 *** WINNER
Overall points- 7.50
Joseph Childers / Joseph Holden / Capt. Robert Hughes
Redfish 6.55 - live = 7.05 *** WINNER / Flounder- 3.85 - live = 4.35 ***WINNER / Trout- 3.40 - live = 3.90
Overall points - 15.30 *** WINNER
Zach Rubio / Capt. Derek Treffinger
Austin Aycock / Edward Julian / Capt. Brian Aycock
Trout- 1.95 - live = 2.45
Tripp Hooks/ John Cook / Capt. David Hooks
Trout - 1.05 - live. = 1.55
Overall Team of the Year standings after 2 events:
1- Joseph Childers / Joseph Holden - WBHS- 15.30
2- Dillon Walston / Danny Walston- BCA- 7.50
3- Wil Warner / Davis Julian- WBHS- 4.30
**NOTES- - teams must weigh at least two out of the three eligible species in order to earn overall points (in the 1st leg of series in October no team qualified for overall points) - team of the year will receive "continuing education" scholarship
*** Be sure to visit and LIKE the new Brunswick County High School Fishing Association FACEBOOK page for updates ***
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Pork Chop Reports In" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/16/15
Clay Morphis fished with the OIFC's Will Warner and Davis Julian, a 2nd gen. awesome OIB angler. They said the bite was hot on OIFC live shrimp
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Cape Lookiut Shootout Tournament Series" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/15/15
Congratulations to the Blue Water Candy Team for winning in steller fashion!!!
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Holidays are almost here and OIFC is ready" | | 11/15/15
"Flushing Yur Motor" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/13/15
~~ That's what Bobby Lovinggood of Bobby's Mobile Marine Repair said it felt like in trying to correct a heating issue we have had on the Do Work's port motor. We have done everything and STILL got the heat alarm when trolling at 600rpm. After replacing everything we could think of Bobby said I needed to flush the cooling chambers with CRC Salt Terminator. I used to do it a loooong time ago with other boats, but with the past couple of boats I thought flushing it with fresh water would do the trick.
At Bobby's suggestion I flushed both motors several times because to my knwledge they had never been treated with a salt treatment. The motors are NOT running in the pictures below. That is not smoke, That is 100% salt build up being flushed from the engines. The final picture of the rear of the boat shows no salt in the water at all. We are not declaring total victory because we were able to MAKE the alarm come on once the other day. But in the past we were having to troll with one motor because the alarm ALWAYS came on. However I think we have finally got that pesky booger picked.
Also Camdyn and Caroline are modeling our new shipment of CRC Salt Terminator at the OIFC. I seriously recommend you treat your motors.
BTW//Bobby is a proud supporter of Team Do Work/OIFC
I am reposting because I think flushing your motors are that important. Jeff ran the Do Work this week and the 1st thing we did was use this product to flush our motors. It may be expensive but we also rinse the trailer and especially the brakes with it. In the long run I think it's saving money AND trouble.
++++The pictures are from this summer. Knock on wood our heating issue is gone!!!!
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Capt Jacob tells all" | | 11/13/15
I asked Capt. Jacob to give the high school teams competing tomorrow some tips on how to win. He wrote a book full of great tips. Try to dissect to see the mind of a professional fisherman. Most think the more you fish the easier it gets. I say the more you fish, the more you know which just adds that many more variables to have to consider, which in turn makes it even harder! Case in point, read Jacobs plan to win tourney.....
Speckled trout will be the primary target tomorrow. The 4" Sea Shad in Chartreuse Diamond made by Bass Assassin sold at the OIFC paired with an 1/8th ounce jig head has produced the best action from the trout on my boat. However, the biggest trout will most likely come from the jetties floating live shrimp. You can bet Clay and Brandon will be out there. Grass banks in the Calabash river near creek mouths will produce plenty of action from trout and everyone should have a chance to catch a keeper. Bonaparte creek is also another great place to work the grass banks close to creek mouths with soft plastics or floating live shrimp. Working soft plastics will allow anglers to work large areas more quickly to locate the trout. The Shallotte river has seen a little bit of action mostly in the horse shoe area in front of Lloyd's oyster house. The freshwater runoff has kept the trout from moving further up the river lately. However, the first three hours of falling tide has been key in the Calabash, Bonaparte creek and Shallotte areas. The last three hours of falling is usually the best at the jetties. However, high tide will be first thing in the morning and hitting the outside of the rocks on either side first thing could produce a good bite floating live shrimp.
Flounder are still hanging around Tubbs Inlet, but I wouldn't rule out jigging one up in the canals. Lots of small menhaden are in the canals that should attract a big flat fish. Tubbs has the cleanest greenest water in our area. All three species could very well come from this area. Really working the docks along the Sunset side could result in a redfish, flounder, and trout. Tubbs Inlet area and the rock jetties is probably the best places to come up big with all three species. I personally would pick one of these areas and work them hard.
Redfish have been tough in the creeks. The best redfish action has been around the rocks at the jetties closer to the high tides. Problem with the jetties is the South Carolina slot 15 to 23 inches, most fish have been larger than that. Second, if someone lucks up and catches a 26 incher in North Carolina they have gotcha. I would probably hit the docks along Carven street near low tide or the docks along the back of the Shallotte inlet in hopes of a larger North Carolina slot redfish. Again, mullet minnows and perfect size menhaden have been hanging in the canals. This bait will be easier to find once the sun heats the surface water temps a bit about mid morning or high noon.
Game plan options...hit the jetties hard with live shrimp...this game plan may require lots of patience and commitment to stay too long missing opportunities else where. Jetties is a go big or go home empty plan. But, there is no doubt that all three species are out there. When will they decide to bite? That has been anyone's guess out there lately. I have heard the last three hours of rising has been great on the redfish. That tide will not be during the time limits of the tournament. Speckled trout have historically bit well on the last three hours of the fall. The freshwater runoff is throwing the timing off in all areas.
Working soft plastics along the grass banks will keep you on the move covering ground. Chartreuse Diamond color has been getting the most bites from speckled trout. The Cool Ice color produced a solid three pound flounder last Saturday. I would have my anglers using different colors until one starts to out produce the other. In my opinion, this would be the best game plan to luck up on an all three species day. I would expect that getting a redfish will be the toughest. So if I hand a decent trout and a flounder early, I would switch to live bait hitting docks or the rocks depending on time left.
In closing, don't get caught hanging around too long if you aren't getting any action. Best way to check for action is putting a live shrimp on the bottom. If you are getting lots of pecks really quick then you are close to a good area. If you throw a live shrimp on the bottom and it takes a while for it to get a tap. Best to move to another area. All fish hang around together in fertile areas. If you can't lose a live shrimp on the bottom, that area is dead. MOVE!
"OIFC live shrimp IN STOCK" | | 11/12/15
OIFC had live shrimp and they are warming up for a big weekend of Trout fishing. $6/dozen at OIFC. First come.......
"Rodeo Update" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/11/15
Daniel Simmons of the Reel McCoy takes 2nd in the wahoo division with a 53.2 lb'r.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Black Friday Extravaganza" | OIFC | 11/11/15
Get Ready for November 27,28,29th!!!
Join us for our BIGGEST Black Friday Event EVER
All merchandise will be ON sale
20-75% OFF of everything in the store!!
In addition to the incredible savings we will also be holding a TACKY Christmas Sweater Contest & Christmas Cookie Contest on SATURDAY, November 28th!
*Winners will receive an OIFC gift bag with lots of fun goodies.*
DON'T MISS OUT- Join us in watching the 12th Annual Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla in your TACKIEST attire and enjoy hot chocolate while helping us judge the Cookie Contest!
Judging will be held after the conclusion of the Flotilla!
"High School Fishing Association second event" | | 11/10/15
This Saturday 4 teams from Brunswick Academy and 9 teams from West Brunswick high schools will compete in their second tournament of the year. Teams consist of two students that stay together the entire 6 tournament series year. Each event offers prizes for the largest of three eligible species: Flounder, Speckled Trout and Redfish along with an overall prize for heaviest combined weight of one fish from each species (must have at least two of the species to qualify for this prize). Through the 6 event series, teams will accumulate points based on their overall score and the team with the highest score will receive a scholarship, awarded upon graduation and required to be used for some form of continuing education.
We are thankful that 13 boat owners have volunteered their boat and their time to guide the teams on Saturday. Weigh will be at the OIFC on Saturday from 2-4pm, so come by and check the kids out and cheer them on.
We will be needing more boats and volunteer captains for the December event so stay tuned for your opportunity to join and help with this pilot program that shows great promise.
Capt. Brant McMullan