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"Scouting with Jake" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/27/14
 

My son Jake and I got out on the water today to see if the weather had shut down the bite. My last day out was Monday afternoon and the water temps were hovering around 60 degrees. The small trout were aggressively attacking soft plastics in several areas along the waterway.Today the water temps have dropped to near 50 degrees and the water color is deeply stained. The water is clean, but very dark. We set up shop in a deep curve surrounded by very shallow water and landed a couple of short reds. My goal was to locate fish, but at the same time allow Jake to catch a couple. After catching a couple I searched the surrounding shallows only locating a couple of lone reds in the middle of the slot. I decided to head for Sunset Beach on the backside of Bird Island to check out some shallow water areas. The water started to boil and smoke plums were showing up everywhere. I hooked our first fish in that area with a deep creek 3" pogy smoke silver flake and handed Jake the rod to finish the fight. Jake did an excellent job wrestling that 22 incher to the boat. Jake is just learning to cast a little better so we continued to try and work the school with soft plastics. We could not buy another bite on soft plastics, but Jake was struggling to make accurate cast. Hey...he's only 6...We backed off and regrouped with a new approach. I was able to get up wind and anchor the boat. We tipped our jig heads with live minnows and Jake went to work. Jake went 6 for 7 unassisted today. I could not have been more proud to net each of those fish. We brought two home in the livewell to show his Moma. The reds were still in great health and were released after a short photo shoot. See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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Paul Spreen 03/30/2014

Memories that will last a lifetime. A great career ahead!!

Joey Dail 03/28/2014

"Like Father, like Son" !





"SKA " | OIFC | 03/27/14
 

Southern Kingfish Association and OIFC events

Many of you have received notice that the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) has decided to close its doors.  After operating for over 20 years and taking the sport of King Mackerel tournament fishing to new heights, it has been deemed necessary to call it quits.  I have been fielding calls and emails from concerned fishermen.  The common theme has been the interest in preserving some form of organization that will band events together to create a greater meaning and affect to each individual event.  I have been deeply involved in King Mackerel tournament fishing and event directing for close to 20 years.  It is part of my heritage and my livelihood.  I have a father, brother, wife, and two children who all love competitive fishing; I truly have a vested interest. 

First let me say that I know for a fact that both the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl events will continue to operate as they have for many years.  The loss of the SKA will be missed, but it will not affect the quality of your event.  You will still get a family focused, quality fishing venue to enjoy competitive fishing amongst your piers.

As for the future of organized competitive King Mackerel fishing; sometimes you have to lose something before you can actually appreciated it.  I think the SKA has been such a rock for so long that many lost sight of its personal importance to them.  I think the same goes for the sponsors who began dictating terms based on their preferences rather than those of the fishermen.  I strongly believe that although change is hard, this may be the healthiest thing for the sport overall.

Thanks to all for their past support of the Jolly Mon, Fall Brawl and the SKA.  I look forward to seeing you at the events.  -- Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Please Say A Prayer" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/26/14
 

Many will remember Captain Lyndon Carter who ran charters for the OIFC aboard the "It Works", or as Lyndon recently called it the "Red Roof Inn".  Lyndon and his wife just lost their 10 day old baby girl today.  Capt. Lyndon kept us all up to date on his Facebook page.  just today he posted that Elysa Madison Carter "earned her wings".

Please keep Lyndon and his family in your hearts and prayers :(

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- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Capt. Rickey 03/27/2014

Not only will our Tournaments go on the "rumble In The Jungle" has announced it will too.

Friend 03/27/2014

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family my friend be strong brother.. She's ok now

Capt. Rickey 03/27/2014

This is what my good friend wrote on his Fb page "These past few weeks have been very difficult, but nothing could have ever prepared us for last night. Our sweet baby angel Elysa earned her wings. She caught an infection that turned to sepsis. Her little body just could not handle anymore. She also had a heart defect where one of the arteries did not close (we knew about when pregnant, but it was supposed to close when born). They were going to try medicine to close it, but tried to treat the infection first. We only had 10 days with our tiny angel. Yesterday was the first and last time we held her in our arms. We will never know why God took her from us and are all heartbroken. Elysa Madison Carter 3/15/14-3/25/14. We love you with all our heart baby girl!





"Weather" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/26/14
 

Don't let the over zealous predictions of this weekends weather keep you from coming to the beach. Sometimes I wonder just how much attention we should give to a 1 hour thunderstorm. We have all seen media over dramatize a situation for ratings. It is weather, it may happen, it may not. Most likely we will see some action, but not all day long. Come on down to the beach to enjoy the 70 degree temperatures and so what if the liquid sunshine peeks out for a few moments. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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Todd C 03/26/2014

Warms my heart and gets me excited for April 5-12 at OIB. Any details on tides, baits, rigs? Looks like almost dead low on the dropping tide.





"Blue Sunday" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/25/14
 

Bob Newell went 3 for 5 on blue marlin at Marina Casa Del Campo Dominican Republic.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Heee's Baaack!" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 03/25/14
 

I dropped my jaw this afternoon when I saw Captain Brant cruise back in Crossfit Ocean Isle Beach and start working out under the watchful eye of his wife, Crossfit Coach Amy.  Prior to his injury Brant was a competitive and accomplished Crossfit athlete.  We used to pick on Brant about his "Capt. Brant stretch" which he gladly performed fo the camera.  Capt. Brant is one tough and determined man.  WELCOME BACK!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Turkey Huntin' Anglers" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/24/14
 

Camdyn and I loaded up the turkey gear and headed to Georgia with a good friend Chris to hunt the opening weekend of turkey season. We arrived in Twiggs County Georgia and met Brian and Brandon Aycock of Team Hail Yeah on their farm.  This is how the events unfolded.
 Day one:
 Brian and Brandon took us on a a guided tour and showed us the lay of the land. Just like fishing, we located the food sources and the roosting areas. We were able to roost a bird that evening and had a good area to start. I wish I could've taken a picture of Camdyn's face when she heard that turkey gobble less then 100 yards away. We then went back to camp and had a good spaghetti dinner and went to bed with dreams of big Tom turkeys.
 Day two:
 We woke up around 5:15 and got geared up and headed to where we heard the bird gobble from roost. At sunrise, Chris let out a big ole owl hoot and just like clock work the ole Tom let out a big gobble and we heard him fly down from the roost. Chris began to work the turkey as we set up to ambush him as he came in. The turkey was cooperating just fine until we heard a hen that began to compete against us. Well as most of you know the real hen won and the ole Tom refused to come any closer has he found the real thing. We regrouped and changed locations and found us another bird. Again, Chris began working him, and this bird was coming in hot! This ole Tom came in with authority, but I believe he spotted one of our anxious hunters and figured it may be best to change his course.
 We returned to camp and came up with a different game plan. Camdyn and I went to one side of the farm and began to call as Chris and Brandon went to the other side. Camdyn began to call and had a bird answer.  What an accomplishment for an 8 year old hunter. She continued to call and the bird just seemed not to move. Then out of nowhere we heard the thunder of a 12 gauge!  Shortly after, I received a message from Chris that Brandon had just downed his first turkey ever! Camdyn and I headed to camp to see Brandon's trophy. As we left our set up and headed in, we soon learned why the turkey she called was refusing to come. There was a a trail full of about 10 hens. Once at camp, Brandon was smiling ear to ear getting his picture made with his bird. Chris then taught Brandon how to clean and prepare his bird.
Once we had Brandon's turkey cleaned, we set back out. Here comes the most exciting part of the trip! Chris set up two decoys in a field and began to call. Out of nowhere, a loud gobble erupted from the woods and out stepped a true Tom in full strut. This bird strutted around and spotted the decoys. Then he took off in a full sprint and attacked the decoys,  strutting about 10 yards from the kids. Unfortunately none of us had a good shot. The wise ole tom then realized he stepped into a trap and turned and began to leave as fast has he came in. I then swung around and took two shots that were a complete swing and a miss!!!! Oh well it happens. The good part is Camdyn and Brandon got to see a show most have never seen. A big tom turkey in full strut spitt'in and drum'in, showing everyone who was boss! We all continued hunting until sunset, but couldn't get anything to commit. In all we worked 8 to 10 birds that day and we able to connect on one.
 Day three:
 Chris and I located several birds that were gobbling and on fire.  The problem was that all the birds had found hens. We hunted until around lunch and decided to call it a day when the rain moved in.
 What a trip, Brandon got his first turkey and everyone got to see and hear birds. Can't wait for the NC season to get here. I would like to thank Team Hail Yeah for opening up their hunting camp and Chris for showing our young hunters the art of Turkey hunting. Time to tune our calls for our season and sharpen our hooks for fishing season.


- Capt. Jeff Beck
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Doug - Toes Up Fishing 03/27/2014

Awesome report!! Congrats on the first bird too. Toes Up awaiting opening day too.

Rube McMullan 03/25/2014

Way to go Brandon! Out smarting a turkey has to be right up there with out smarting a big King. Hunting and fishing with the grownups...it's a beautiful thing for the young-ens!





"Backwater Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/24/14
 

The redfishing has been pretty good so far this year. As usual the reds are holding tight to hard structure along the waterway and rivers. The warmer weather has brought some life back into the water with small minnows moving around. Live mud minnows have really gotten the redfish's attention lately. Fresh chunks of crab will also coax a few into biting as well. Speckled trout have also made a strong showing with the warmer water temperatures. Most are on the small side, but they are hitting chartreuse and white colored plastics very aggressively. Lots of FUN! Please keep in mind that speckled trout are closed for harvest until June 15th making them catch and release only for now. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Armageddon" | Real-Time Update | 03/24/14
 

Well, if u wonder why the oifc computer or web are down, this pic says it all. I see Capt Adam and Rickey behind an oifc computer at the same time! What am I thinking! Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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Capt. Rickey 03/26/2014

In talking to some local ladies I learned that Capt. Adam had a fishing team made of the local young ladies and they did really well in tournaments. Seems he is loved by everyone.





"Coming soon" | Real-Time Update | 03/24/14
 

New vehicle window decals- will post when thy arrive Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Black Bart sale " | Real-Time Update | 03/24/14
 

All Black Bart lures- 30% off Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Surf Bite" | Real-Time Update | 03/23/14
 

Please excuse my brief response. Sent from my iPhone5
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"Setting The Stage" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/22/14
 

Many members of Team OIFC and Team Anglers Marine met at The Wing & Fish Company to hammer out details of competition between the 2 teams.  The rules are we take the top 3 fish over 20 lbs from all of one team(s) vs the same from the other teams.

Can't wait for the Jolly Mon for the games to begin! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Georiga Turkey Hunt" | Real-Time Update | 03/22/14
 

Good action so far, report to follow. Sent from my iPhone
- Jeff Beck
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"Back n stock" | Real-Time Update | 03/22/14
 

Fishizzle Brass Ballyheads n purple and black- $15.25 Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"E40 Redfish Complete" | OIFC | 03/22/14
 

I'm late getting up my tournament wrap up report mainly because after fishing yesterday, I tucked my tail and started making tracks north.  After day one I was in 8th place with 5 live redfish at just over 26lbs.  Yesterday, day two, we checked out late in the morning because of a fog delay.  I opted to head right back to where I was on day one in hopes I could again find the fish and bring in another full sack. 

After weaving my way through the bayou I made it out to the outer reaches of the Biloxi marsh and set up in my first spot.  As soon as I got there I noticed the water had muddied, and it was much higher than the day before.  This is a bad combination as it totally eliminates any hopes of sight fishing.  Being able to see the fish you are hoping to catch is critical.  Just blind casting to fish is very ineffective which is one reason why the redfishing on artificials at home is difficult.  The water being higher was a result of several factors including the snow melt up north, wind direction and tides.  There are so many factors to take into consideration when trying to figure these redfish out. 

Spot one produced one keeper fish and that was it.  I struggled all day to catch fish among several spots I tried.  I put 3 keeper fish in the boat and lost one other good one but it still wouldn't of mattered.  I needed to put 5 solid redfish in the boat to make the final cut of the top 5 but it just wasn't to be.  I fished hard all day and could only  manage a 12lb sack.  I needed 30lbs to make the cut. 

This morning the top 5 anglers with the combined heaviest weights from the first two days of fishing went head to head to determine the finishing order.  It's hard to accept not being in the mix today but that's what will drive me to figure this game out.  These guys have been working the redfish tournaments as long as I've been on the kingfish trail.  It takes time to get dialed in where you can compete with these pros.  Be sure to tune into www.theredfishseries.com to follow the redfish tournament series I'm fishing this year.  The exact series is called the Yellowfin Elite 40 Series. 

After the fishing day yesterday, I packed it up and headed north to Altanta and tomorrow I'll be back home to Ocean Isle Beach.  This past week and a half has been quite the adventure.  I saw a whole new world in the inshore waters of southern Louisiana and was able to compete in the ultimate redfish competition.  There were lots of bumps in road, literally and figureatively, but with an objective in mind I will push forward in learning this exciting new game.  The next event I'm fishing is out of Houma, LA at the end of April.  This will be another totally new area so let the school of hard knocks continue. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Neck Gator" | Real-Time Update | 03/21/14
 

Now available at the OIFC Sent from my iPhone
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"Getting Rid of Winter" | OIFC | 03/21/14
 

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Wednesday I was business as usual, running around putting out fires and making more of them.  Capt. Barrett calls me from Louisiana and says the Wing and Fish Company is out of fish.  So, I decided to take a stand.  Thursday was to be the last day of Winter, and there was a small window from mid afternoon to night of good weather.  I decided since it was to be the last official day of Winter, I would help encourage it to get gone by defying the enjoyment of keeping me off the water. 

I recommend you take a look at a site called Fish Weather -- it is phone app and it is usually very good at predicting hourly wind forecasts.  I saw 15 knot West winds until 2pm and then laying down to near calm the remainder of the day.  I called OIFC staffers Sean Morris and Terry Johnson to join.  Brayden caught wind of the trip and there was no way he wasn't coming- the boy is fishing crazy.  We loaded up Sea Bass, Deep drop bottom and trolling gear.  I was hoping the wind might die sooner than expected and we could get off to the break to deep drop for Tilefish and then do some Wahoo fishing.  It was not to be.  We left the dock on a 10kt West wind which according to the Tower buoy then blew 15-19kts until noon.  It was sloppy, but I was determined to make something of the day - at least bringing some fresh fish back to the Wing & Fish.  We found very cold water and thus few and small Sea Bass all the way out to 35 miles.  However, once we got into the 90+ foot depth range and 40 miles out, we found the 55+ degree water and big Bass.  Everyone worked like a machine as we "up and downed" Sea Bass on 4 hook rigs.  The majority of the fish were in the 13-16 inch range, but we certainly caught some that were much bigger, pushing 4-5 pounds I'd say.  I kept pushing out a little at a time in the 3-5 foot seas, all in hopes that it might lay down.  Finally at 1pm the wind died and the seas backed off to where we could run.  I asked the crew if they had anything to do that night, and with that, we struck out another 30 miles to look for some Tilefish.  At 2:30pm we pulled up and began looking.  It has proven a difficult fish for me to figure, but I see pictures, so I know they are out there.  Tilefish is a commercial fishery almost exclusively as the recreational limits are so low its typically not considered worth the 20+ more miles one has to travel past the break to get to where they live.  As for eating though, that is definitely worth doing.  Anyway, we worked hard into the dusk.  We fished until 7:45 pm and made it back to the dock at 10:05pm.  My crew were champs and now we hope you can enjoy some fresh Tilefish, Grouper and Sea Bass at the Wing & Fish Company.  Check out photos and video


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Terry 03/26/2014

Brayden is one tough 4-year-old, on the water from 6:00AM till 10:05PM, and yes, Richard, Brayden knows that electric reel a lot better than Sean or I! It was an extraordinary and memorable trip, especially after completely loading the boat with Tile Fish and Snowy Grouper and Sea Bass, and then the ride back in pitch dark, after we watched the sunset! Tile Fish, Snowy Grouper ... Ummmm, GOOOD EATIN! T

Toes-Up 03/23/2014

Great looking crew you havether Capt. Brant I hope Sean and Terry took some notes from Brayden!!!!





"FOG-tournament on delay" | Real-Time Update | 03/21/14
 

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