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"Day One: E40 Redfish" | OIFC | 03/12/14
 

Today I began an adventure that has been several years in the making.  A few years ago there used to be a redfish tournament series that was filmed for ESPN called the Redfish Cup.  I was totally intrigued with the show and the idea of hardcore tournament fishing bass style but for a saltwater species.  Thus I began doing my research and over the next couple years competed in a few redfish tournaments.  During this time I remained dead ahead committed to the kingfish tournament world, but was learning everything I could about the redfish game in the meantime.  It didn't take long until I was hooked.  Just like the sound of a smoking reel with a big kingfish on the other end gets your heart beating, the sight of a school of redfish milling just feet away from the boat as you stalk them has the same effect.  I particularly became even more interested when I saw the level of competition in the redfish tournaments and the dedication the pros were putting forth.  Mixing it up with the best in any type of competition is exhillarating and redfish tournament fishing is no different.  My intent moving forward is to stay dedicated to the kingfish tournament world but to also work on redfish tournament game. 

The result of this new found challenge has me as a contestant in a couple different redfish trails.  First up is the HT Elite 40 One Man series which is the reason for "day 1" of this adventure diary.  After weeks of getting my equipment prepped, I left the Fishing Center today and trailered the boat to Atlanta where I'm camped out tonight at Rube's house.  Tomorrow I pick back up on the trip and will make my way to Venice, LA.  I will spend the next week pre fishing from basically New Orleans to Venice trying to learn the area and locate tournament quality redfish.  I've fished the Gulf numerous times but never inshore for redfish.  So to say I'm jumping in at the deep end would be an under statement.  The E40 series is comprised of the top tournament redfishers in the country.  I'm well aware I'm likely on my way to getting my nose bloodied but hey what better way to learn.  Normally redfish tournaments are team events with 2 anglers per boat.  This series however is mono y mono, one angler per boat.  Might get lonely out there and there won't be anyone to blame or congratulate for failure or success.  I relish this challenge.  Stand by for tomorrows report. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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Russ 03/13/2014

Good luck, Capt. Barrett We know you'll do very well.





"It's Called Fishing" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/12/14
 

The following is Team Beeracuda's report from their Gulf Stream trip Monday.  They show a good example why it's called fishing and not catching.  Thanks for the report Tim:

Beeracuda Fishing Team
Here is the official report from yesterday. The sad news is there isn't much of a report to give. Lady Angler Courtney Gray and myself teamed up with Corey Bellamy Choice of Two/oifc Fishing Team and Chad Bazen Bazen Custom Rods on the first trip on the new boat in search of one specific species, WAHOO. We left the bottom gear at home and if we didn't catch what we went for we would just come back skunked and that is exactly what we did. We left out of Shallotte at 5:30 a.m w...ith Billy Nobles of Pack Man running to the Steeples with us. It was smooth sailing until we got past the shoals and then Mother Nature had different plans. We arrived at the steeples 80 miles offshore and were greeted with 4-6 ft seas with the wind blowing hard. We set out the spread and gave the fish pretty much any color choice they wanted all day but it wasn't happening. About 12:30 we moved to the Black Jack and after about an hour with no luck there we threw in the towel. The weather made that a much easier decision. The boat performed great even in the snotty conditions and for the most part we all remained really dry. If we hadn't of had our E-SeaRider Marine Bean Bags to take turns on the ride in, I'm pretty sure we all would be at the chiropractor this morning. We talked to a few others that had the same luck we did for the day at different locations so that eased the pain a little for us. So, sorry to say there are no pictures but it is what it is and they call fishing and not catching for a reason. With all that being said this is why we love it and can't wait to be back at it again!

- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"1st Wahoo/ 1st fish" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/11/14
 

Wendell Barnett posted this picture of Vincent with his 1st wahoo.  The hoo tipped the scales at 45 lbs.

  • Update from Anthony Jay Ford: Ricky, Wendell did an overnighter. They caught two Wahoo, Wendell got sick sea which I have fished with him for years and that would be a first. Water was muddy out to 600 feet. Thats all I know about the trip.

The 2nd picture is Parker Hayes' 1st fish.  Next thing you know his mom and dad will be buying a Yellowfin or Contender!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Zack Hayes 03/12/2014

Thanks for the post Rickey. We'll come by and see you soon with some more fishing stories, he's hooked! As for the yellowfin or contender... I approve of this message, I'll bring the wife by so you can help me explain the importance!





"Shallotte Inlet Dredging" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/10/14
 

The following couple of posts are pictures of the Shallotte dredging operation.  Benny Hipp took several pictures, I took several and a movie you can watch by clicking on this link.  Courtney Gray of Team Beeracuda took the coolest picture.  It is the one of the dredge in the dark  It was taken as they were heaading out to the Stream at 5:30 am in their new Cape Hor


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Dredging Pix" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 03/10/14
 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More pix" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 03/10/14
 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIFC No Limits Fishing TV Show" | OIFC | 03/10/14
 

Now you can watch past and present episodes of the OIFC No Limits Fishing TV Show at www.NoLimitsFishing.com

We are beginning filming now for the 2014 season which begins airing new episodes in mid May.  The TV show airs on local cable provider ATMC TV within Brunswick and Colombus counties-- THUS, it is quite possible that many of you have not seen the show.  Keep in mind this is our first attempt at doing a fishing show, so season one was certainly a learning process.  I will tell you that making a TV show out of fishing is kind of like fly fishing -- taking something that is all ready hard and making it harder! 

Check out the site - www.NoLimitsFishing.com


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Tubbs Inlet" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/10/14
 

Yesterday afternoon was so pretty that Capt. Papa D, aka Capt. Rickey and I decided to check Tubbs Inlet out on our 17 ft skiff 'Tale Chaser",  Folks believe me when I say it has changed.  We went on a mid tide and there were still sand bar growth that hindered navigation.  It was OK going in until we got to he 1st set of docks.  The bar has extended and narrrowed that channel.  It has also filled in along the beach and it appeared there was a bar at the ocean entrance that could be walked on from Sunset to Ocean Isle.  My advice to to explore it using caution.   We hope to get some low tide pictures soon.  Click on this link for a video posted on our FB page of our trip in.  Below are just random shots for people who haven't been able to get out.  But one shows a sand bar at mid tide and the other is of dredging in a Sunset Beach canal.


- Capt. Jeff Beck
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"St. Kitts" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/09/14
 

Jeremy Phillips a charter member of Team OIFC/Do Work is escaping the bad weather by fishing in St. Kitt.  In Jeremy's words :

Awesome time fishing in St. Kitts!!! Some of the biggest Spanish Mackerel I have ever seen!!!


- Capt. Jeff Beck
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Jamie 03/10/2014

They are big because they are Cero's,not Spanish. Cero's average a little bigger than Spanish.

Decoy 03/09/2014

In Panama they called them "sierra mackerel", does anybody know if they are "cero mackerel" "sierra mackerel" or just big Spanish?? Just curious.....





"Costa Rica" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/08/14
 

Larry Spainhour and his wife Becky have been in Coasta Rica.  They have been out fishing a couple of times with little luck.  He is Larry's account of the latest trip. 3rd time was the charm. Fished with my only mate of 46 years. Got to experienced the epic Costa Rica sailfish bite. In first 90 minutes raised 8 sails and caught 4 , 2 on a double. This was Becky's. Also caught a 40 lb mahi.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Spring Kickoff" | Real-Time Update | 03/08/14
 

Reminder that Spring Kickoff is next Saturday. I will post schedule again but basically 10am-3pm. I've been getting a lot of interest in used tackle sale forum. It's pretty much an open forum. You bring your stuff and your own table and manage your own sales. The OIFC is the meeting point. Based on early season fishing talks, it seems there are more people getting back into offshore fishing and looking to update equipment. There may be some good used options if you are in the market. Line spooling too. Mono at $.02/yd and braid at $.10/yd - $.15/yd. AND the big kicker, FREE seminar instruction from Capt. Brant and OIFC staff. See you there this coming Saturday, March 15th.
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
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"**wife not included." | N/A | 03/06/14
 

Now in stock. New OIFC X-Large, 65” x 20” x 20” Triangle base fish bag.  NO MORE fighting to squeeze in bags of ice and then wrestling with zippers to close, not to mention when you actually catch fish to go in the bag.  This new bag was designed by Capt. Brant to alleviate the hassle of a two-dimensional fish bag.  Now there is the new three-dimensional, triangle base bag with tons of room to put ice or fish, it stands up on its own and strategic zipper placement allows for easy drainage of excess water to keep your catch dry and fresh.  $149.95 *wife not included


- Shannon Reel
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"Throwback Thursday" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/06/14
 

Email me the oldest fishing picture of yourself or relative you have to sunset69@atmc.net and I will do my best to post it tonight!

Photo 1 submitted by Brian Aycock..Brandon Sauls, Brian Aycock, Brant McMullan and John Lathem.

Photos 2 & 3 are of Todd Miller's children at Tubbs Inlet

Photo 4 is Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey's dad Kermit Marvin Holden in Feb. 1961.

Photo 5 is from Kevin Sneed


- Brian Aycock
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Cody Tucker 03/07/2014

Those pinfish look like some good king bait!

BoneCrusher 03/06/2014

I know who "those guys" are in Brian's photo!! That was the Carolina Contender Traveling Dream Team! I feel sure what ever $$$$ we won that day I woke up without a dime in my pocket! When do you want to reassemble that Dream Team?





"Wahoo Wednesday" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/05/14
 

Recent wahoo catches...


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shallotte Inlet Dredging" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/04/14
 

The dredging of Shallotte Inlet is underway full steam ahead. At this point I don't have that much info except they are cutting a channel about 15 ft deep and depositing the sand of the beach as part of the beach renourishment project. Capt. Jeff of the "OIFC/Do Work" Contender went out Sunday sea bass fishing he returned on a new moon low tide and said the sand bar outside the inlet was not an issue. The pictures are courtesy of Butch Myers, Jeff Beck & Richie Heycock. Here is a link to the Town of Ocean Isle Beach for more info on this project, the dredging of the Shallotte ICW Intersection and the Concrete Canals. —


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Rube McMullan 03/06/2014

Terminal groin project progressing....many many government hoops to jump through.

Capt. Rickey 03/05/2014

Jay I am supposed to talk with Mayor Debbie Smith about the dredging tomorrow. I will try and remember to ask her if she knows anything about the groins.

Jay 03/05/2014

Are they considering groins still? Wish they could anchor the cans better! Thanks for the update.





"Internet Fishing" | Hail Yeah / OIFC | 03/04/14
 

Seems like the weather is out to get us this year.  Just when we think we have turned the corner, we get blasted with another brutal cold front.  Capt. Jeff Beck and his crew were smart, they took advantage of the small window in the weather this past weekend and were rewarded with a real nice catch of seabass.  The only fishing I have been able to do so far this year is on the internet.  I check into the OIFC report about 5 times a day hoping that someone was able to get on the water.  I also have found that a lot of fishing teams throughout the Carolina's have started facebook pages.  So, all you facebook fans can troll around for a little more fishing action.  Team OIFC has several teams with pages.  Check out Hail Yeal/OIFC fishing team, Choice of Two/OIFC fishing team, Get Floor'd/OIFC fishing team and the Ocean Isle Fishing Center on Facebook. 


- Brian Aycock
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Jason Tierney 03/05/2014

Thanks for sharing our page on Facebook guys. We'll keep sharing yours. Final Approach Fishing Team





"Wing & Fish Menu Tonight" | Real-Time Update | 03/04/14
 

FYI- Tonight at the Wing & Fish Company in Shallotte we are serving a very special dinner. Fresh golden tilefish tenderloin sautéed with a lemon butter white wine caper sauce. Folks this is as good as you could ever hope for. We saved the most tender part of the golden tile for tonight. I don't have much so make sure you're at Wing & Fish tonight if you want to try the best tasting fish in the ocean. Sent from my iPhone
- Barrett McMullan
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"New dredge troll pro" | Real-Time Update | 03/03/14
 

The top unscrews and you slide your normal 4 or 6 arm dredge inside and then screw cap back on. Put GoPro inside housing and you can get some awesome footage. Now at the oifc. $139.95 Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
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"New offshore rig bag" | Real-Time Update | 03/03/14
 

We've had requests for rig bags to accommodate offshore rigs. Walah! $29.95 Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
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"Backwater Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/03/14
 

Redfish are biting pretty good considering the up and down weather pattern. Some small trout have come out of hiding with a slight increase in water temperature with last week's warm up. Chartreuse colored soft plastics have worked the best for locating trout and an occassional redfish. I expect the trout will shut down again after this cold front passing us this week. Keep in mind that speckled trout are closed for harvest until June 15th. Adding a little pro-cure scent to your favorite soft plastics seem to get the redfish fired up. Remember that the water is cold...very slow to no retrieve will get the bite from a redfish. Join our facebook page to see more reports and pictures. See ya on the water.  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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Joey Dail 03/03/2014

Great fish Jacob, especially this time of year!





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