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"Backwater School" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/29/14
 

Finally, after nearly 36 hours of no internet and cable at my house I am back in business. The weather cooperated this weekend and I was able to squeeze in our backwater fishing school trip. We arrived at our first spot around 8:30 and put our first technique discussed in class to the test. I didn't get a second hook baited before the technique proved itself. Martin quickly landed our first 25 inch redfish of the day. A quick snap shot and released to fight another day. I quickly got another hook baited and it was Bob's turn to see if it would work for him. Fish on! We quickly went through the rotation and all three anglers got the feel for redfishing. We tried several techniques throughout the day to target flounder and trout, but were not successful at landing either species. To end our day we tried a couple more spots for redfish and were successful at landing a few more. My students did an excellent job and graduated with honors. See ya on the water!   


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Swinging for the Fences" | OIFC | 04/29/14
 

When you swing for the fences, you will strike out.  BUT- nobody ever gets on Sports Center for hitting singles or doubles!

Yesterday I took Corey Bellamy and Kurt Hardee- my unsuspecting sacrifices- on a home run trip.  I fished the stream on Sunday with the family and we did nothing on the break at the Winay, but ran out 8 miles and found an edge and caught a dozen or so Mahi 10-20 pounds.  I had gotten reports of very good Mahi fishing off Charleston and south.  So, I inferred that the Dolphin were out there and thus assumed there should be a large body of big fish offshore on the edge of the core Gulf Stream water.  And sooooo.....  We ran 120 miles one way, hitting a few small weed lines on the way and catching a few small fish, all the while holding out hope for the desert oasis just over the horizon.  I was giving up hope as we approached my destination coordinates (pulled off Hilton's temp chart where edge had been day before).  We set lines just to say we did it and as I looked on the horizon I could see huge mats of grass- as big as the boat and bigger.  It was going to be on!  We were fired up as we pulled up to the first mat -- and what?  NOTHING!  It was absolutley devoid of life.  We fished mat after mat of grass, 2000+ feet of water, 79 degrees- and nothing!  What can I say.  We made a quick stop on the break on the way in and missed one wahoo, but it was allready over by then.  Swing and miss!

I did get reports that more and bgger Dolphin moved up from the south and the Georgetown hole was supposed to be very good on Monday.  All those fish are heading this way.  The Mahi fishing should be very good for the next few weeks --

And that's how the story went -- no Sports Center this time, but I'm not giving up!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Corey 04/29/2014

Just one more mile Capt ! We had a good time and certainly could have caught fish had we given it a little time at the first few weed lines along the break ~ Capt Brant had bigger plans and once we arrived 120 miles offshore it was clear as to why ~ it couldn't have been any more fishy . Birds , weed mats for days , flyers , perfect water the fish just hadn't quite made it there yet ... Like Capt B said you can't make sports center by hitting doubles and he clearly wanted a home run as we all did We had a good time I learned a few new tricks and got to hear a few reels scream.. Can't wait to do it again soon . Thanks again Capt.





"Dawg Doc" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/28/14
 

Devan Murphy caught his first wahoo on the Dawg Doc and earned a citation at 54# and 4 mahi too!!!  They caught the wahoo and a mahi early at the Blackjack and then it got slow.  The Aqua Loco Team out us back on the fish with some very good advice.  Thanks guys.  Bruce and Tina Mullis accompanied us too. Great day!!!! (Someone out there reported catching half a yellow fin).

-Jay Murphy


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"New Boat" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/28/14
 

Congratulations to the Bocks of Taylorsville, N.C. on their purchase of Contender 25T. They bought it from Marine Service Center of Little River Sent from my iPhone


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Fish Hard Gear 05/03/2014

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"Black Jack Mahi" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/27/14
 

Trask Cunningham and Austin Keener fished just off the Blackjack in 74 degree water and boated these mahi.

 


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"" | | 04/27/14
 

Good fishing in 50-60 feet today. The Everheart group joined me for some bottom action and the result was great. They managed nice sea bass, grunts, and some really nice gray trout.
- Chris Dew
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"HT Redfish Houma Wrapup" | OIFC | 04/27/14
 

After a week of hardcore redfishing and another 15 hour drive back east, I slept in my own bed last night.  Man it felt good.  While I do prescribe to the theory there is no place like home, I'll also confess there is no place like Louisiana.  The fishing, the people, the wildlife, the scenery, the food...it's all unique to that area and I'm declaring it my new playground.  I'm already thinking about my return trip. 

The second day of the tournament was full of trials and tribulations for me again.  What I'm learning is that over the last 20 years we've dialed in king mackerel tournament fishing so much that very little unexpected events occur on tournament day.  There is a plan and while we don't always catch the big fish, the plan is typically executed.  I think we probably take this for granted.  Being a newcomer on the redfish trail it seems like every possible thing that could go wrong does for me right now.  With that said, I'm having an absolute blast figuring it out.  Getting 100+ shots a day at sight fishing redfish is an unmatched fishing experience. 

My second day started with a plan of swinging for the fences again.  I had pretty much played myself out of the tournament with day one's performance so I was using this day as an exploratory day trying to learn more about what the fish were doing.  I knew where the best bags of fish came from so I peppered the surrounding area.  In this sport, unlike king mackerel tournament fishing, it is not acceptable to fish on the same school of fish as a competitor.  A 1/4 mile is about the closest you can get to eachother.  Anyway, the day started out great.  I went to a totally new area and immediately started hammering the redfish.  I did get frustrated though as I released 3 fish that measured 27 1/8" .  I know everybody is saying, can't you just fudge it.  I wish.  The truth is the measuring system is very precise for these fish.  All the anglers know this and pay extremely close attention to fish lengths.  In fact, it is common practice and something I did as well to keep a fish that is just barely over and hold him in your well and measure him later in the day. Oftentimes the fish will tense up being in the well and measure because of this.  I spent the morning and early afternoon jumping from spot to spot catching fish everywhere.  I caught a ton of over slots but also had managed a decent bag in the low to mid 30's.  At 1:30 I went to measure another fish and found I had accidentally left my pumps running when I was in a very shallow pond.  I had pumped a bunch of mud into the tanks causing the pumps to seize and my fish had paid the price.  They were in bad shape so I had to make the agonizing decision to let them go and start over at 1:30 in the afternoon.  If you bring more than 2 dead fish to the scales you are DQ'd.  I had an hour left to fish and managed to scramble and put together 4 fish to go along with one dead fish.  My five fish would go an unimpressive 29lbs but the manner in which they were captured was an accomplishment.

Lessons learned.  Don't run your pumps when sitting on a mud flat!  Like I said, everything that can go wrong, will.  I had a great experience at this event and learned a ton.  I'm not a threat right now on the circuit to take any of these guys money but I'm studying, learning and will be coming for them soon.  Heck it only took 15 years of king mackerel tournament fishing before we finally won one.  I don't think I can take that kind of agony so I hope I can expedite this process!

My buddy Gritter Griffin from Troy, AL came in day two with another impressive 38lb bag.  He went into the final day in the lead but a weather change on the final day caused his fish to change behavior and he could only manage 31lbs.  He ended the event in 2nd place behind Shane Pescay from south Louisiana who had a 40lb bag on day 2 and a 38lb bag on the final day.  He won 25k + for his hard earned victory.  Check out www.theredfishseries.com for a full run down of the event if you are interested. 

There are two more Elite 40 events on the HT trail.  Next up is Biloxi, MS (home away from home) May 29-30. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Los Espanoles Estan Aqui" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/26/14
 

The Spanish are here!!!

Pat Prince reported the gold spoon stayed busy today.   He had a lot of bites in 22 ft of water around th Shallotte Inlet bouy.  Pat submitted the 1st pic.

The 2nd picture was sent in by Brian Fimbel.  He too was fishing around the sea bouy.

Thanks for the reports guys!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OPENING EARLY" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/26/14
 

THE OIFC WILL OPEN AT 6am SUNDAY TO ACCOMADATE ANGLERS GETTING AN EARLY START!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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"First Spanish of year" | | 04/26/14
 

Carolina Cat beings back first Spanish of year. Caught this Spanish at inlet on spoon- water temp 65 Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
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"First one" | | 04/26/14
 

The first Spanish of the year. Caught him in 30 feet of water on the tide line at shallotte inlet.
- Stan Gurganus
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"Hot bite" | | 04/26/14
 

The bite is on- watch out inshore guides- new show in town Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
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"Vudu back in stock " | | 04/26/14
 

Cajun pepper with chartreuse tail is back in stock Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Congratulations Joshua Bowen" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/25/14
 

Joshua Bowen of 'The Stick Slinger" is pictured with his N.C. Saltwater Citation for a catch and release Red Drum.  Congratulations Joshua!

Y'all don't forget to obtain your citation for your catches.  It's probably the only citation from the State you will be happy to recieve.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"SKA News" | OIFC | 04/25/14
 

We are in direct contact with the new owners of the SKA[NBOA Boat Insurance] and I am pleased to report they are asking me for, and are receptive to input as to how to make the King trail more "angler friendly". They have agreed to offer free entry to the national championship to top 10 division finishers, a great step to re-energize competition at the divisional level. Also, they are looking to move the dates back to hopefully more friendly weather conditions. They are listening and acting....good news for the future success of the SKA. Standby for more exciting news.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Jack Offenhauser 04/25/2014

Have them change the location of Nationals every year; like every year have a different division host it that way it can give some anglers a home field advantage and also have the other anglers adapt to different environments to fish in to add a more competitive edge. Plus the hosting city in that division would benefit from the tourism.

Fish Hard Gear 04/25/2014

Positive first steps...good news indeed!





"SPLIT GULF STREAM CHARTER" | OIFC | 04/25/14
 

Sunday the weather is looking very good.  We have a boat open and will offer a split charter to the Stream -- $400 per person, 4 max.  Call 910-575-3474 to reserve a spot -- fishing should be good, it is time!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Off Shore Liquid Gold, In Shore Candy" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/25/14
 

The OIFC now has a limited supply of pogey oil. During a tournament this oil can be the difference between a hero and a zero. On an inshore front the ticket has been a white buck tail tipped with Gulp shrimp or live mud minnows. I would take some minnows as a back up Sent from my iPhone


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"First Cast?" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/25/14
 

First cast, fish on! It is going to be an awesome day. Baron made quick work of a nice 25 inch redfish. That proved to be the only fish that was willing to eat in our first spot. We made a move and quickly landed another lower slot fish. Again, that was the only one that was willing to eat there as well. It was starting to look like one of those days. We made another move and found a little rythum getting 4 bites in our next spot, but only connected with 2 of them. Barry hammered a nice 27 1/2 incher to land our biggest fish of the day. We hit a couple more spots with about the same result. Found a few under the slot, one over the slot, and a few in between. It depends on what you call awesome, but any day on the water, well, is a great day! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Doings of The Store Crew" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/24/14
 

I've been trying to make our readers aware of the changes in Tubbs Inlet.  OIFC Store Crew member Duncan unfortunately demonstrated it.  Duncan basically said he zigged when he should have zagged.  Thanks to some locals he made it to shore and returned later in his john boat to get the stranded vessel.  Please beware!

Duncan is a big outdoorsman and has a beautiful lab.  She has had puppies. If anyone is interested in a lab with good bloodlines he still has a few for sale.

Meanwhile OIFC Store Crewmember, and Team OIFC/Do Work Team Member Amanda went to Panama City, Fla. for spring break.  Rather than doing an espisode of "Girls Gone Wild" she went fishing.  Here is her report:

After a week on Panama City Beach for spring break, I decided to finish the week out right by going fishing!   I made a quick decision and called Capt. Anderson's Fishing Adventures and decided I'd spend my last day here bottom fishing.  When I arrived at the dock I was pleased to find out that the seas would be 1-2 ft and it was a beautiful 78 degrees on the water.  After boarding the boat we headed 12 miles off shore.  With lots of cut squid and the reels ready we dropped lines.  It wasn't very successful at 1st so I began to lose hope.  Just as I started to sit back and enjoy the sun it was fish on!!!!  The 6 hr trip was a lot of fun and informative.  It's always good to see how the fishing is in other places.  Now it's time to head back to the ranch and the OIFC for the weekend.  Enjoy your time on the Brunswick Co. Coast and the Grand Strand and come by the OIFC to check out our new merchandise!!!-Amanda, Team OIFC/Do Work


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Capt. Rickey 04/24/2014

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"Tough" | | 04/24/14
 

Bites were slim pickins today. Missed 3 wahoos, and boated a pair of gaffer dolphin. Dropped to the bottom on the way home picking up some nice bass. Will report in full tomorrow. For any of you eager to go this weekend - black jack hole had blended water, 72. Found clean 75 water west of steeples.
- "Treffinger, Derek James"
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