Travis Mabe sends us this picture of a Spanish he caught on a Yozuri diving plug in 30' of water. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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The good size mullet minnows showed up yesterday running the middle of the waterway. The flounder, redfish, and trout fishing should improve with the mullet showing up in large schools. The moon phase is also growing and approaching full which should also get the bite back on track. Meanwhile, we have been steady picking at flounder, trout, black drum, and a few nice redfish. Plenty of smaller fish to keep you busy until a big one comes along. Live shrimp, small menhaden, and finger mullet have all taken their fair share of the catch this past week. A few pictures below show some of the action. Still have some openings for Friday and Saturday if anyone is interested in giving it a try. See ya on the water!
A few people have noticed that I have been absent from the OIFC and the Do Work/OIFC didn't fish this past weekend. The reason is I had heart bypass surgery Friday. Brant & Amy have worked with me while I haven't felt good and only they, my CrossfitOIB family and a couple of close friends knew what was going on. Yes, I workout like a fool & eat clean too. The doctor said that probably saved my life. You just can't control heredity. I'll be back stronger than ever soon but I think my tournament season for this year is on hold.
The backwater bite in the creeks and along the waterway has been a bit inconsistent so far this July. The water temperature starts off around 82 in the mornings and tops out around 90 in the afternoons. We hung out in the pool this afternoon, but the water felt like bath water not giving us much relief from the heat. As the conditions appear to be stacked against us we have remained steadfast in finding some action for our clients. It has taken a little while for my brain to cool off and reflect on this weekend's action. Live shrimp is the ticket to keep some kind of action going. Small critters to large critters are eating shrimp right now. The mullet minnows are finally big enough to catch in a 3/8 inch mesh net and have been productive on trout, flounder, and a few redfish lately. Have not thrown many soft plastics lately, but have talked to a few anglers that are doing well with vudu shrimp and gulp shrimp. Morning trips are very popular this time of year, but fishing the backwater is all about the tide. The second half of this week looks good for both morning and afternoon trips. Give us a call if you want to go give it a try. Below are a few pictures from this weekend's action. See ya on the water!
The heat, traffic, and winds have brought on some difficult days for catching fish in our backwaters. We continue to beat the grass banks for trout, hard structures for redfish, deep holes for black drum, and dragging the mud for flounder. Each day seems to produce a little different bite right now. A few good flounder one day, black drum the next, and the occassional redfish bite on other days. The trout bite was pretty good toward the end of June, but the heat and dirty water has slowed that action. There is plenty of action from many different critters in the backwater though...ladyfish, stingrays, croakers, black drum, bluefish, redfish, flounder, even a few small sharks...we have caught all sorts of stuff lately. You just never know what you might catch this time of year. Still a few openings for July. Come on down and lets go give it a try! See ya on the water!
Brian Wilkinson of Syracuse, IN. Weighed in this 9.5 lb flounder at the OIFC This morning. Brian said he caught it on a jig head tipped with Gulp. He did not share the location :)
Billy Leonard and I took his nephews Reid and Weston Eden for their first ever trip to the Gulfsteam aboard Retriever . We managed a few Blackfin tuna and bailer mahis at the 100/400. We dodged offshore storms all day and picked up at 1:00 to head inshore and check out the famous Frying Pan Tower, which had some nice fingers of blue water pushed in over the SW portion, we finally ducked in at the River Channel and checked out Old Baldy and the Southport riverfront
Report by Bob Newell
Aka " Retriever"
Ok here's the state of the Union as I know it; Spanish Macs have been all along beach n 15-25'. They have been on glass minnows and also around edges of Pogy pods. Cobia have been thinning out but still an occasional on a Pogy Pod or offshore reef. I had a 46# yesterday in 80' and a 25# today in 50'. Kings have been MIA; at least legal sized. There are a lot of 20-22" Kings from the beach out to 65' which looks good for the future, but now has been slim. But, I got word today that the better 10-20# Kings are showing off Murrells Inlet and heading this way. Bottom fishing has been pretty steady in 90+ depths. Mahi are thin and that's about most of what I've seen. Wait! Almost forgot. I don't know if there is anything to it, but we have been seeing Tarpon every day off Tubbs Inlet. We caught one a few days back and I don't know if I'm looking harder now but they are for sure out there. Maybe it's another growing beach fishery that is responding to the abundance of Pogys; like the Cobia fishing. Stay tuned. Capt. Brant McMullan
As many fishermen are already well aware, success and failure on the water revolves around change. It could be blue bird skies turning to cloud cover, the wind turning from south to west or the always favored hard color edge from green to blue. These changes can be forecasted some three weeks in advance or unexpectedly. Yet as a charter captain, I hold myself responsible to monitor these changes to increase my chances of finding “the next good bite.” Well, as much as we all like to be the first ones to tell our buddies “yeah there’s some good fish at the shark hole” or “couldn’t keep baits in the water at the Hammer,” there hasn’t been much of that going on recently. A few large kings have been caught in the 100’ range while bottom fishing or trolling ballyhoo yet the large schools of 10-20# class fish haven’t shown up yet in our area. However, if your willing to make the run, I did confirm that there were a few kings caught in the mid 20’s in 80 feet off Topsail beach on Monday.
Here off the Brunswick Islands, most all of the action has been coming from just 200 yards off the beach while fishing the menhaden pods or 40-miles offshore bottom fishing. On our 4hr and 6hr trips, the OIFC charter fleet has focused mainly on trolling around the bait pods for Spanish mackerel then drifting near them for sharks or anything else in search of a meal. These bait pods are oftentimes overlooked as simply the source that fills your live well to run offshore. However, on the right bait pod anglers could have a shot at big kingfish, cobia, tarpon, and of course smaller species like spanish mackerel and bluefish. It does indeed take some patience and persistence to find that “perfect pod” but when found, it usually holds a fish for the photo album.
If looking to fill your freezer, look no shorter than 40 miles out. This 90-foot depth range out to 250 feet has been producing some great bottom fishing this year. Black sea bass, pink snapper, vermillion snapper as well as scamp and gag grouper have been pretty consistent while fishing small ledges and hard bottom areas in this range. And if for some reason an urge for a back and tricep workout occurs, just free line a live bait out near an offshore wreck for amberjack – they have been big and quite aggressive.
Regardless of what the target species is or how far your willing to run, keep in mind that with fishing and fishing during this year in particular, has revolved around ongoing changing conditions. However, my fingers have been crossed that this may be the week the typical 20-mile offshore bite fires off. With the calm, stable conditions we’ve has over the last three days, something is bound to start chewing.
Congratulations to Team Beeracuda. They took delivery on their new boat & she's a beauty!!
OIFC has all the gear you need to make this holiday weekend the best one yet! Stop by and see us today! We will see you when you get here!
local flounder expert Captain Tommy Helms caught this sweet flounder at the Jim Caudle Reef on a live Pogey. He also landed this "citation" toad fish. Toad fish tournament anyone?
The 3rd picture is Jeff Bell at the Jetties Monday. Jeff was using OIFC quality mud minnows
The summer king bite is on and we don't have to go far out to find it. Below is a picture posted by Tex's Tackle of Wilmington of a 47 lb 9 oz king caught on a live blue fish by Dave Wood of Wilmington. They posted that Dave was Spanish fishing with a Sea Striker Got-Cha plug when he caught the blue. He put the blue on a king rug and was drifting about 500 yards off Figure Eight Island. He fought the king for 40 minutes on a 29 lb spinning
The next picture is courtesy Chris Bryan. It is from Springmaud BeachResort Pier in Myrtle and is of Charlie with a 32.7 lb 53" long King he caught there yesterday
Meanwhile on the flounder front, I just got this picture of inshore expert Clay Morphis and two nice flat fish he caught
Gulf Stream expert and Capt. Of the Reel McCoy, Daniel Simmons shows off a Tubbs Inlet flounder he caught yesterday. When it's too windy to go out you must adapt and overcome
I am getting around to posting the results and some pictures from the Jolly Mon Pogy Bobbing contest we had on Friday eve. I thank everyone who came out despite the tournament being postponed. It was nice to see so many of you continue tradition in enjoying great food from our friends at Guy C Lee, win some free stuff from the shuttle raffle and then of course, partake or spectate in Pogy Bobbing.
10 and under division-
Mason Owens (10) - 12.02 seconds
George Coker II (11) - 18.36 seconds
Katelyn Kincer (too old to be acting like this!) - 3.5 seconds
OIFC Staff member Will is so excited about the new donut floats that came in today! Donut miss out come in today to get yours!!