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"Fall Brawl recap" | OIFC | 10/16/13
 

Here is a recap of the top 10 fish.  Pretty neat to hear everyone's story.  We all try hard to catch a top 10 fish, but only a few can actually succeed.  So close yet so far if you are not one of the few.  There's always next time.  Congrats to all those who did make the cut this year.

Fall Brawl 2013 recap

 

Place/Weight:  1st- 51.25

Boat:  Final Approach

Capt.:  James Demyan

Crew:  Donald Johnson, Jason Tierney, Mike Williams

Boat size:  33 feet

Location:  Fairway ledges

What fish bit:  long, top lined Bluefish with Bluewater Candy skirt

Time of day:  Saturday, 8:50am

Angler- Mike Williams

Gaff- Jason Tierney

Boat- James Demyan

Story:  The big King engulfed the bait and made a very long, hard run; covering 200+ yards according to James.  The King then turned around and ran straight at the boat, and James reported throttling up to try to move away from the fish to keep the line tight.  Finally after 30 seconds of chaos, the big King settled into the fight.  The water was clear and upon a good visual, the crew knew this was the fish they were after.  Approximately 10 minutes later Jason gaffed the fish and put her on deck.  That was the end of the day and end of any other team’s chance at first place as the Final Approach dominated the scales with the 50 pound smoker. 

 

Place/Weight:  2nd- 38.60                    

Boat:  Team Onslow Bay

Capt:  David Smith

Crew:  Brad Knight, Alan Ambrose, Jeff Atkinson, Paul Green

Boat size:  32 feet

Location:  70’ of water near Hammer

What fish bit:  Double Pogy on short, top line

Time of day:  Saturday, 11am

Angler:  Paul Green

Gaffer:  Jeff Atkinson

Driver:  Brad Knight

Story:  The team had a double hook-up of quality Kings, but their 2nd place fish skied and made it known this was a fish to take care with.  The crew angled the fish as they did a dozen or more 20+ pounders during the day, but this fish netted them a nice payday.

 

Place/Weight:   3rd- 36.55

Boat:  Total Chaos

Capt:  Taylor Henkel

Crew:  Sid Cauble, Hugh Henkel, Charles McClure

Boat size:  27 feet

Location:  Hammer

What fish bit:  Bluefish on top line

Time of day:  Saturday, 10:30am

Angler:  Taylor and Hugh Henkel

Gaffer:  Charles McClure

Driver:  Sid Cauble

Story:  The big King skied on one bait then immediately shot over and bit another boat, hooking up solidly on two rods at one time, thus both Taylor and Hugh were anglers.  The team initially thought it was two fish, then they thought it was a tangle, but upon boating the King, it was evident the King ate both baits as both sets of hooks were deep within her mouth.  The crew reported a great bite of quality fish and said they had 3 Kings over 30 pounds, including a nearly identical 35.2 pounder.

 

 

Place/Weight:   4th- 34.90        

Boat:  Raunchy Conch

Capt:  Cameron Atkins

Crew:  Patrick Atkins, Chelsey Williams, David Griffith, Will King

Boat size:  25 feet

Location:  Old sea buoy position in Cape Fear Ship Channel

What fish bit:  single, naked Pogy fished on long, top line

Time of day:  Saturday, 9am

Angler:  Chelsey Williams

Gaffer:  Will King

Driver:  Cameron Atkins

Story:  The crew reported an overall slow day of fishing, but time went by without much pain as they had their prize King in the bag early.  They reported the King made one long run and couple of shorter ones before settling into circles before coming aboard.

 

 

Place/Weight:   5th-  34.80       

Boat:  Mr. Goodhands

Capt:  Toby Russ

Crew:  Rusty Russ,

Boat size:  29 feet

Location:  Old sea buoy position in Cape Fear Ship Channel What fish bit:

Time of day:  Saturday, 4:15pm

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Place/Weight:  6th- 34.50

Boat:  Wee Doggie

Capt:  Joey Crisp

Crew:  Andy McKinnis

Boat size:  38 feet

Location:  2 miles from Jungle on bait pod

What fish bit:  single, naked Pogy on medium, top line

Time of day:  Saturday, 3pm

Angler:  Joey Crisp

Gaffer:  Andy McKinnis

Driver:  Andy McKinnis

Story:  The two man team reported awesome action all day long as they started at the Jungle and then ended up on bait schools a couple miles offshore.  The team said they caught 32 Kings during the day include 10 Kings over 30 pounds.  This fish skied the bait which made it known that they needed to pay close attention and take care of the potential prize on the end of the line.

 

 

Place/Weight:  7th-  33.45                    

Boat:  Hot Rod

Capt:  Brett Barnes

Crew:  Alan Barnes, Sierra Sharpe, Carlie Barnes

Boat size:  25 feet

Location:  Jungle

What fish bit:  single, naked Pogy on top

Time of day:  Saturday, 2:30pm

Angler:  Alan Barnes

Gaffer:  Brett Barnes

Driver:  Brett Barnes

Story:  Brett and Alan brought along a couple of lady anglers as their designated fish catchers, but by 2:30pm, with over 40 Kings brought to boatside, the ladies were worn out.  Alan grabbed the next rod that went off and after making a little stronger run than the other fish, they crew soon found out this was to be their big fish of the day.

 

 

Place/Weight:   8th- 32.90        

Boat:  The Sweet Life

Capt:  JJ Smith

Crew:  Steve Hondorp, Josh Hondorp, Zach Snavley

Boat size:  21 feet

Location:  Shark Hole

What fish bit:  single, naked Pogy on top

Time of day:  Saturday, 10am

Angler:  Josh Hondorp

Gaffer:  JJ Smith

Driver:  Zach Snavley

Story:  The crew fished their 21 foot boat to the top of the 23 and under class.  They reported a good bite of quality size King Mackerel, but their big fish made its presence known with 3 long runs and deep circles under the boat.  The crew reported boating a total of 4 Kings through the day with many other quality fish released.

 

 

Place/Weight:   9th- 31.45        

Boat:  OIFC Carolina Cat

Capt:  Derick Treffinger

Crew:  Ben Morris, Austin Allen, Todd Williams, Heather Williams, Sam Williams, Ashley Williams

Boat size:  33 feet

Location:  70 foot hole

What fish bit:  single, naked Pogy on long top line

Time of day:  9:30am

Angler:  Sam Williams

Gaffer:  Ben Morris

Driver:  Derek Treffinger

Story:  The Williams family chartered the OIFC World Cat with Capt. Derek Treffinger and mate Ben Morris as OIFC crew members.  The family fished with Capt. Derek back in the Summer and had so much fun catching Kings they decided to try their hand at tournament fishing.  They are hooked as they once again experienced a great day of fishing, including a top ten fish, a ton of King Mackerel action and a several Cobia to boot as well.  Derek reported the crew was doing battle with a Cobia and a King when the long line was taken by their prize winning fish.

 

 

Place/Weight:   10th- 30.95

Boat:  Blue Ice Bandit

Capt:  Tim Lowry

Crew:  Jimmy Lowry, Ricky Allen, Will Lowry

Boat size:  23 feet

Location:  Jungle

What fish bit:  nake, single Pogy in propwash

Time of day:  1:45pm

Angler:  Jimmy Lowry

Gaffer:  Ricky Allen

Driver:  Tim Lowry

Story:  The crew was enjoying a good day of fishing when they realized they had not put out “Mikey”, their old, lucky rod.  Jimmy picked up the rod and began setting back a bait into the propwash position when the prize winning King grabbed the bait and made what Tim described as the longest Kingfish run he has ever heard.  The team gave chase and after many circles under the boat, the fish was gaffed and pulled aboard. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl Pictures" | Do Work / OIFC | 10/16/13
 


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"Fall Brawl Pictures" | Do Work / OIFC | 10/16/13
 


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"Troll Pro footage- COOL" | OIFC | 10/15/13
 

Check out this Troll Pro footage taken by boat while offshore trolling -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRenod6OXbo

Troll Pro housing holds Go Pro camera- both of which the OIFC carries

 


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"FALL BRAWL FINAL RESULTS" | OIFC | 10/15/13
 

In case you have had a problem finding the results-- CLICK HERE FOR ALL FALL BRAWL RESULTS


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"2013 Fall Brawl" | Do Work / OIFC | 10/14/13
 

Go to our Facebook page and enjoy the 100+ pictures I posted there of the Fall Brawl Awards Night.https://www.facebook.com/OceanIsleFishingCenter


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Rube McMullan 10/15/2013

Hey Rickey. How about us non Facebookers. Can we access OIFC facebook pics without being a facebooker?





"Fall Brawl Causes Shake Up" | Do Work / OIFC | 10/14/13
 


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"Congratulations" | Do Work / OIFC | 10/13/13
 

Comgratulations to the crew of the "Final Approach" for winning the Fall Brawl King Classic with a 51.25 lb king!!


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Choice of Two/oifc 10/14/2013

Good Job heck of a fish

Doug - Toes Up Fishing Team 10/14/2013

Congrats to all the members of the Final Approach Fishing Team!! Well deserved and long over due WIN!!

Doug McKenzie 10/14/2013

Good job James. Glad to hear some home boys brought in the prize.





"Happening now" | Real-Time Update | 10/13/13
 

Terry singing Kingfishers on stage at Fall Brawl awards Capt. Brant McMullan OIFC
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"" | Real-Time Update | 10/13/13
 


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"Mr. Good Hands" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 10/13/13
 

  1. Nothing like waiting till the last minute to catch a good fish in the Fall Brawl. Not a bite all day and at 4:10 get a smoker on. Thanks to Dad's boat driving and my crew clearing everything out of the way, we were able to put fish in boat and run wide open to make the weigh in by 5:00. Weighed a 34.80 and currently in 5th and first place Junior Angler for Grayson

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Toby Russ 10/14/2013

Thanks Courtney and Corey. It was a fun weekend of fishing.

Corey 10/13/2013

Nice job Toby

Courtney 10/13/2013

Great job Team Mr Goodhands! Way to grind it out





"Fall Brawl current standings" | OIFC | 10/12/13
 

Final Approach scales a 51 pound smoker to lead.  Click here for a list of all Kings weighed today


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Jody Demyan 10/12/2013

Awesome fish Dad!! Were all pulling for ya!





"Fall Brawl Capt.'s Meeting" | Do Work / OIFC | 10/11/13
 

As usual there was a lot of great food, folks and Yellowfin Boats. Come join us for the weigh in tomorrow!


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"Fall Brawl field set" | Real-Time Update | 10/11/13
 

173 boat entries. All is ready. I predict lots of 30+ pound Kings. We will see. Barrett, Caroline, Brayden and I will be on the water competing for Team OIFC- we will be on VHF 72 and will try to keep the field abreast of tournament news. Good luck to all- hope to see you at the scales. Capt. Brant McMullan OIFC
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"King recon report" | OIFC | 10/11/13
 

Yesterday we made a recon trip to look at conditions. Wind was blowing NW 15-20. Flat on the beach. Beach loaded with pogies up and down. Little River Inlet loaded with bluefish and mullets. Water color on the beach not good when we got there in early afternoon but by evening it had cleared up a lot. Water at Cauble Reef[2 miles offshore] crystal clear. Today wind has layed out, maybe blowing 5-10. Water along beach should be clearing on each tide. Yesterday was probably the transition day for Kings looking for the better conditions that are improving now. My guess is the Kings will lite it up today, and tomorrow/Sunday will be the classic Carolina beach bite. Come join us at the Fall Brawl.


- Rube McMullan
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Steve Jordan 10/12/2013

I did a solo run out of Lockwood Folly this morning. Went to the AR425. Had five lines out with a variety of bait from ballyhoo to buck tail. Picked up a 20lb king and I thought ...OK it will be a good day.. Next thing I know all five lines are screaming! I ended up with four big red drum in the boat in the 30 inch range. I can't believe I let that fifth one get away. Needless to say being by myself in the boat there was a lot of tangled line and chaos. What a great morning! Steve





"Seeing is Believing" | Do Work / OIFC | 10/10/13
 

Below are pictures I took today at 5:30 pm beside the Ocean Isle Pier.  The wind was blowing out of the north at 15-20.  When we say the ocean is flat near shore during a north wind we aren't just trying to get people in the Fall Brawl.  Go to our Facebook page and watch a video I made of the ocean.

The picture of the john boat was taken by Captain Jeff Beck while he was out testing the OIFC/Do Work.  Once again Bobby Lovingood pulled us through!


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"Fall Brawl report" | OIFC | 10/10/13
 

Took a look at beach front this morning, and with a north wind and our south facing beaches, you could skip a nickel out to the buoy[make that Shallotte Buoy, not Frying Pan]. Looking out to the horizon, I think I see Kings skyrocketing[or maybe a elephant parade]. Just kidding, sorta. North wind stays with us thru the tourney, thus it will be flat on the beach front. Fortunately, this is the October week the Kings will be right on the beach and this will probably be a repeat of a few years ago when the winning King was caught inside of the sea buoy in 18 feet of water. We will make a bait recon today and will report on where its at. Come on down for the classic Carolina October King beach bite.


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"Fall Brawl prep" | Real-Time Update | 10/09/13
 

Step 1- wait til windiest day of year to set up leader board Step 2- Fall Brawl coming to the OIFC Capt. Brant McMullan OIFC
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"Fall Brawl THIS WEEKEND" | OIFC | 10/08/13
 

EVERYTHING IS ON SCHEDULE AS PLANNED.  HOT BITE STARTED IN RIVER CHANNEL ON SUNDAY AS FISH ARE MAKING FINAL MOVE TO THE BEACH.  FORECAST IS NORTH WINDS 10-20KTS, MAKING FOR CLASSIC FALL BEACH KING MACKEREL FISHING.  LOOK FOR GOOD FISH FROM RIVER DOWN TO SHALLOTTE -- GAME ON!- CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM
 
        
  
Fall Brawl King Classic
      
 
October 11-13


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, October 11th
12pm-9pm: On-site registration at OIFC
6pm: Complimentary dinner by Guy C. Lee of Shallotte
7pm: Capt. Meeting
8pm: Spot Derby
11:59pm: On-line registration closes


Saturday, October 12th (optional fish day)
7am: Lines in & Scales open
5pm: Weigh-in line closes

Sunday, October 13th (optional fish day)
7am: Lines in & Scales open
5pm: Weigh-in line closes
7pm: Dinner & Awards ceremony


NEW TO THE FALL BRAWL IN 2013

  • GPS Store 23 and under division, 1st-3rd $$ payout

  • Calcutta apparel Junior angler divsion, 1st-10th $$ payout  NEW** top 5 recieve custom Fall Brawl pendant from Silverstar Jewelry

  • Ocean Isle Marina Lady angler divsion, 1st-10th $$ payout  NEW** top 5 recieve custom Fall Brawl pendant from Silverstar Jewelry

  • BrightStar Senior angler division, 1st-3rd $$ payout

     

  • NEW Marine Service Center First King to the Scales Award.  $500 paid to the first King weighed on Saturday and $500 paid to the first King weighed on Sunday.  Scales open at 7am and you can weigh-in and go back fishing as many times as you want.

     
  • NEW Cobia division, 1st-3rd $$ payout
  • NEW Spanish Mackerel division, 1st-3rd $$ payout
  • OIFC Family Fishing Awards, ALL teams that weigh ANY tournament eligible species and have a lady, junior AND senior angler on board win a $100 OIFC gift card.

  • NEW Cy's World Junior Angler Participation Award, ALL juniors who weigh any tournament eligible species go into a drawing to win a $1000 savings bond.

  • NEW NBOA Wheel of Fishing.  Weigh any eligible species and spin the wheel.  If you hit your fish's weight, you win $100 on the spot and enter into drawing for guaranteed $1000.

    CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OR TO ENTER


    FISHING REPORT 10/7/13
    INSHORE:  Redfish continue to be on fire, particularly the big bull Reds.  Everywhere from waterways, to inlets to 50' of water offshore has been holding schools of big Redfish.  It is a growing fishery that stands to really gain some traction in the area.  I have also seen quite a few nice Flounder and am getting word of the Trout beginning to make their appearance.  All in all, inshore fishing is very good right now.

    OFFSHORE:  Last email I sent out I said the King fishing was "on the brink" of cutting loose.  Well, it cut loose this past weekend at the US Open as it took a 32 pounder to make the top 30, with a 47 pounder taking all the money.  The fishing was great with the majority of the fishing action from 50-70 feet of water.  I made a run offshore to 100 feet to check it out, but it was a desert out there; the Kings had all moved inshore.  Thus I believe the fish were on the move this weekend.  The day after the US Open, this past Sunday, I got a report that the Cape Fear Ship Channel had turned on big time with lots of big King Mackerel.  The fish were one day behind for the Open, but I believe are going to be right on time for the Fall Brawl.  This weekend the forecast is for North winds in the 10-20kts range.  That will make for ideal Fall beach fishing conditions, which is what I think the fish are going to be ready to provide.  I certainly like my odds in the Ship Channel but I'm thinking Yaupon or Lockwood might just be a surprise.  Shallotte has a chance too, but typically you see the best fishing start in the Ship Channel then move down the beach toward Shallotte Inlet.  Either way I think back several years ago when the Allen family fished their 22 foot bay boat at Shallotte Inlet in a 20+kts North wind and won with a 36 pounder.  Get out your chum grinders, balloons and kites -- its gonna be a perfect setup to get on the hook.  Also not to be overlooked is the Wahoo fishing.  It was off the hook last week as I finally timed it right and hit a hot Wahoo bite.  A few friends joined me on Wednesday for an all-out Wahoo bonanza as we boated 11 out of 25 or so Wahoo bites, ranging in size from 20-48 pounds.  This action is just in time for the annual Hook A Hoo  Wahoo tournament- October 12-27.  The tournament's format allows you to choose your fishing day over the two weeks.  The OIFC is a weigh-station as well this year.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.


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"Backwater Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 10/08/13
 

This past week was just a steady picking away at the fish. It doesn't seem like any of the backwater species are really schooled up in any particular spot. We have stayed on the move in the creeks finding one or two fish at each spot. Redfish, flounder, black drum, and sheapshead have all made a showing this week. The Little River jetties was still producing some bull redfish over 40 inches with plenty of 30 inchers in the mix. This severe cold front should get the fish schooled back up and in feeding mode. Here are a few pictures of the success we did enjoy this past week. See ya on the water!


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