Capt. Brant's Fishing Report
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"Monday Wahoo recap" | OIFC | 02/26/14
Jeff and Chance Martini, SC wahoo extraordinaires and OIFC captain Chris Dawson joined me on a wahoo outting on Monday. Somewhere between the WX forecast and Mother Nature there was some confusion as a 10kt E forecast was really a 20kt SW wind. Running out was not bad but you could tell the wind was wanting to blow, but we were there, so let's find Wahoo. We were fuels by weekend reports of good fishing near the Wintag Scarp. I was liking forward to wahoo fishing with Jeff Martini who is known as a wahoo master. I learned some tricks and maybe he picked up a thing or two. That is the cool thing about fishing with other experienced people; a great chance to learn new tricks. We caught a line fish around 9am but didn't find the fish until 11. The group seemed to have moved further south a few miles, but once were in the area the bites were steady. We had quite a few multiple bites, and as I've complained in the past, the catch to bite ratio I always experience is less than 50%. We caught some good ones and lost some good ones. Most of the fish were in the 35-40 pound range with our biggest around 60 and a couple of WeeHoos thrown in. Chris did a good job rigging and Jeff and Chance were great entertainment. Thanks to my crew for the fun times. By the end of the day we were looking at 3-5' easy, quarter following sea which gave Jeff and Chance an opportunity to wash all the fish blood off themselves. Once you cross over the 50 degree inshore waters it gets cold!! Brrrrrr. The water temp all day was 67.5-69.5. The water was green. I usually preach finding warmer water and blue, but as we know, fish go where their food is and there are no exact formulas. So to all you out there waiting for a report to get you out and moving,aye this is it. The Wahoo are biting!
Capt. Brant McMullan
"New Look" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/25/14
Do y'all remember the blue and white Get Floor'd? Meet the newly painted Get Floor'd/OIFC!!!
She looks beautiful Benji and Capt. Zach!
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Tardy Tuesday" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/25/14
Hahaha..guess I should check my email more often. Tim Gallimore sent this report Sunday:
Daniel, Bryan, Schuyler, Corey, and I left the dock around 3:30 Sunday morning with wahoo on the brain. After a 2 1/2 hr ride due South, our first bait was deployed. It took all of 30 seconds for the long line to be crushed by a 60+ lb wahoo. With our first fish in the box before sunrise, our hopes were up that this would be a productive day. We proceeded to boat 7 more before 10:30 am, including going 4 for 4 on an unbelievable quadruple hookup. With tired arms and a healthy looking sea floor, it was time to hammer the bottom with lead. With a limit of gargantuan Beeliners and Bass, we headed to the hill. The freezer is full and the 2014 fishing season began with a bang
AND from Captain Barrett and Captain Brant who were shopping for the Wing & Fish Company..:http://Wow, what a weekend. I hope everyone enjoyed all the sports and festivities. We had big turnouts for basketball, UFC and the race all weekend. Thanks! Now onto this week. I have good news. I finally made it offshore, and along with my brother Capt. Brant, nephew Brayden, and deckhand JB was able to haul in another tasty catch. Beginning tomorrow night (Tuesday) we will have fresh catch off our OIFC boats- Snowy grouper! Some of the best eating out there. We'll update Facebook with the daily recipe. We did manage to catch just a couple of the elusive golden tilefish, which if you haven't tasted one of these, you're missing out. We will be featuring the Golden Tilefish on Thursday. Supplies are limited so if you want to give the Golden tile a try, I suggest making plans for Thursday night. Today is All you can eat wings Monday. See you soon
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Teaching Tuesday" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/25/14
Chapter 1: Lady OIFC Employees. Often times us guys will come in seeking fishing advice and make the mistake of thinking our lady crew members don't know about fishing. Capt. Amy is a world record holder and fishes the tournaments with Team OIFC. Miss Amanda is relatively new to salt water fishing game but has several tournaments under her belt to include winning Lady Angler at the U.S. Open. Miss Shannon is an accomplished in shore angler. So don't make the mistake thinking all they know is t-shirts. The pictures below are of Capt. Amy reviewing cast net throwing with Amanda.
Also, Amy is a Crossfit Coach and kicks most mens' you know what including mine at Crossfit.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Scattered Bite" | Real-Time Update | 02/25/14
It’s official. The 2014 charter season has officially begun. Sunday, Capt. Chris Dew, his son Aaron Dew and I got the opportunity to fish with a great couple from Northern Virginia in the Gulf Stream. We departed from OIFC at 6:20 in search of Black Fin tuna, Wahoo, and whatever bottom fish we could get our hooks in. After a long, smooth ride out, we set the spread just a couple miles shy of the Steeples hoping to find a lively ocean and clean water. The clean water was there but no such luck with a lively ocean. While trolling we finally started to mark some bait anticipating the fish were close by. Once again, no such luck. Capt. Chris Dew decided to head off the actual numbers into some deeper water when suddenly the long rigger snaps and we had our first fish on. Somehow we landed our first Wahoo on a blue and white tuna feather rigged with monofilament leader.. With the sweat off our brow, the second bite came on our planer rod thankfully rigged with a lure equipped with 93 pound wire. We eventually wrestled that fish to the fish box giving us our second Wahoo for the day. Shortly thereafter, the spread was reset and the waiting game began. We trolled around the same numbers where the two fish were caught as well the general area of the steeples. No bites, no luck. Frustrated and anxious for a bite, we decided to head in about 15 miles to try some vertical jigging and bottom fishing. Finally the catching started. Rods were bending over and fish were being thrown into the box left and right. Trigger fish, Blue Tile fish, Grey Snapper, and massive Vermillion Snapper ended out our day. All bottom fish were either caught on a double dropper loop rig with squid or a 9 oz. Williamson Benthos jig. With Shalotte Inlet punched in the GPS, we headed home with a healthy box of fish.
In addition to this fishing adventure, my good friend Austin Keener out of Little River, fished in the Gulf Stream near the MacMarlen on Sunday. He reported a scattered bite as well. However, he did manage to land a 60 pound Wahoo, 1 Black Fin tuna and a Sailfish. The good news is the fishing will only get better from here. Warmer weather should bring the dolphin fish to our waters for a great spring time fishery. Late March and April is also a great time to catch Wahoo. Be sure to have some of your lures (black/purple, Red/Black, Blue/White) rigged with wire to prevent these toothy critters from putting you in tackle debt. A wolf pack of Wahoos’ are capable of taking a good chunk of change out of your spread if their hungry enough. Let’s go fishing!
-Captain Derek Treffinger
"Treffinger, Derek James"
"OIFC News and Spring Kickoff Reminders" | OIFC | 02/24/14
**NOTES ON KICKOFF
The used tackle forum has been popular in the past, and I am getting a lot of interest this year. There is no cost for you to bring your own stuff, but you will want to bring your own table to set up on and be prepared to stay with your stuff so long as it is available for sale. Also, the Kickoff has proven a great place to sell used tackle, but only if you are willing to sell for what someone will buy. Everyone is looking for a deal, so you will need to be aggressive if you want to move your old tackle and make some money to buy new. See you at the Kickoff on March 15- Capt. Brant
The spring like weather brought a few fisherman out this weekend. We were able to sneak up on a few redfish hanging around some of the docks along the waterway. Low tide continues to be the best time to locate schools of reds cruising the shallows. The water has not been as clear as past years during the winter. Darker colors like Gulp's new penny and Bass Assassin's new color the ripper have produced in the stained water. Gulp baits have great scent already added to them, but lack the action of other baits. Add pro-cure gel to your soft plastics that have great action and get the best of both worlds. There is nothing like getting a bite from a redfish on soft plastics.
-- Capt. Jacob Frick
OFFSHORE: Great news, the Wahoo bite was very strong this past weekend. Boats did well on Wahoo from the Steeples all the way down past the Winyah Scarp. The boats that fished at the Steeples area had 1-3 Wahoo, but mostly smaller fish in the 20 pound class. The Scarp was the place to be as boats that fished from the MacMarle'n ledges and south had 1-8 Wahoo, but most of them were much larger, from 30-80 pounds. There were Blackfin mixed in as well and of course, plenty of False Albacore to keep the reels screaming. Water temperatures were 70-72 and water was green/blue blended. The hot lures include the new Bluewater Candy JAG 8 and Tweener JAG. Things are starting to look up at the coast- let's go fishing!
2014 OIFC Schedule of Events
We apologize for not making these dates available sooner as we had to receive approval from the Town of Ocean Isle. We hope you will join us in 2014.
March 15, 2014 - OIFC Spring Kickoff
Line spooling at $.02/yd
Used tackle sales forum (bring your own)
OIFC clearance sales
May 9-17, 2014 - Far Out Shoot Out- tuna, dolphin, wahoo Rodeo
Capt. Brant McMullan
Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, May 9th at Wing & Fish Company in Shallotte. Fish 1 out of 8 eligible days (Saturday, 10th – Saturday,17th)
May 30-31, 2014 - Fisherman's Post Inshore Challenge
Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, May 30th at the OIFC.
Fish Saturday, May 31st.
June 19-22 - Yellowfin/Yamaha Jolly Mon King Classic
Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, June 20th at OIFC
Fish EITHER Saturday, June 21st or Sunday, June 22nd
October 10-12, 2014 - Yellowfin/Yamaha Fall Brawl King Classic
Registration & Capt. Meeting Friday, October 10th at OIFC
Fish EITHER Saturday, October 11th or Sunday, October 12th
OIFC Fishing Schools
Gulf Stream Trolling & Vertical Jigging: April 18-19 & May 2-3
Live Bait King Mackerel fishing: May 23-24, June 27-28 & July 3-4
Inshore fishing: March 28-29, April 11-12 & 25-26, May 9-10, September 5-6 & 19-20, November 7-9
"Start of 2014" | Real-Time Update | 02/23/14
Here are a couple of pics from our first charter of 2014. More detailed
report to follow.
"Maintenance. " | Real-Time Update | 02/23/14
All that Brian mentioned on his report was done to the OIFC charter boats yesterday. All they need now for the upcoming season is crew members to to fill the seats on the way to the Gulf Stream. Actually Capts. Chris and Derek are out there as we speak I believe. As far as our maintenance yesterday, we also treated all the electrical connections with a corrosion resistant spray. We also checked the functionality of all the pumps including bilge pumps and bait well pumps. We checked all electronics as well as the VHF radios to make sure we could communicate should an emergency arise or if we wanted to tell a fishing story to another boat. All of the down riggers on the boats were taken apart and inspected for warn parts and were replaced as needed. Anchor lines and windlasses were inspected for wear and function. It is very important that you take the time to do these things now while you have the down time. It's a lot easier to fix these things at the dock or on the trailer than it is 65 miles away from the inlet on your first Gulf Stream trip. Also it's not a bad idea to check up on your sea tow membership. In case you run into an unforeseen issue it's very comforting to know that someone will be on their way to assist you.
"Slimey Saturday" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/22/14
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Flounder Friday" | N/A | 02/21/14
Flounder Friday - This is from a few guys reminiscing about a day this past summer where it looks like they got real lucky on the REEL WET - Trent Little, Tommy Helms, Michael "Decoy" Lee, and Jamie Watts
"Flatfish Friday" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/21/14
Flatfish Friday - Awesome day back in October...11 flatfish over 4 pounds. Biggest was 9.2 lbs and 7.9 lbs! Come on summer time!-Brandon Sauls
Travis Ketchie of Ketchie Outdoors adds to Flatfish Friday!!!
Capt. Rickey Beck
"33 Minutes Until Friday" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/20/14
It's almost Friday and I just saw where I missed Capt. Tim Gallimore's Wahoo Wednesday. My apologizes!
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Throwback Thursday" | N/A | 02/20/14
Lynden Lee, Lady Jr Angler of Streamin' Live from OIB is ready for summer and to get back to some fishing action!
"Congratulations" | Do Work / OIFC | 02/19/14
The OIFC and Team OIFC/Do Work are very proud of Team member Amanda Bennett for the Citation she received for the 35 lb 7 oz King she caught in the Fall Brawl. This was Amanda's 1st year of King fishing and her 1st Tournament season.
Yaaayyyy, Rah Rah..that's history...How arre you going to top it this season?
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Possible fishing day" | Real-Time Update | 02/19/14
The weekend weather report has a glimmer of hope. It just may be fishable. I will be keeping an eye on it.