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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


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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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


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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
 


- Capt. Jeff Beck
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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!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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
- Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 10/13/13
 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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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

- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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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!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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.


- Rube McMullan
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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.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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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!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Fall Brawl THIS WEEKEND" | OIFC | 10/07/13
 

Conditions are setting up for a classic Fall beach bite this weekend.    Sunday, the day after the US Open the Cape Fear River lit up with big Kings as they finally arrived inshore in big numbers and big size.  It has been warm the last few days, but a strong cold front should really bring them to the beach and make for great beach fishing from the Cape Fear down to Shallotte.  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. 


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"Us open" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 10/07/13
 

What a weekend of good fishing, and awesome weather . Team choice of two/Oifc fished day 1 in the crowd and saw some really good fish including the winner come from the area we fished .. The ocean was perfect and the fish were biting although we couldn't dredge anything bigger than 20lbs or so on day 1. We did manage to catch and release  a very nice sail . On day 2 we fished offshore of little river and had an awesome bite with a steady 25lb class of fish all day long. I bet we went through 50 rigs on Saturday throwing everything we had at the kings trying to get something just a little bigger to make the run up to southport .. The bite lasted from 8 am till 1:30 or so and fired back up a little around 3:30 . The fish are definently here and just in time for one of my favorite tournaments " The Fall Brawl ".  


- Capt. Corey Bellamy
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"Wouldn't Change A Thing" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 10/07/13
 

Great week of fishing started off with a few bull redfish then fished the us open and caught a ton of king mackerel all ranging from 20-26 lbs just couldn't find the big one we were looking..I wouldn't change a thing as we were in the right place on day 1 and day 2 we got away from the pack and had a blast catching tons of kings and a beautiful sailfish


- Capt. Corey Bellamy
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"U. S. Open Recap" | Do Work / OIFC | 10/06/13
 

The week of the U.S. Open was eventful to say the least!  My week started Tuesday when I received a phone call telling me that the lower seal of my starboard motor was leaking.  So we made a phone call to Bobby Lovingood and he responded right away and solved the issue.  The same day Capt. Rickey did his once over inspection of the Do Work and found a slight oil leak in the port motor!    I'll skip telling what my response was when I found that out, but the ones who know me will have a good guess.  Once again a call was made to Bobby Lovingood and he responded right away to fix the leak.  So a special thanks to Bobby Lovingood!  Without his assistance, none of the rest of the story would' ve ever happened.    

The Do Work/OIFC team consisted of Capt. Rickey aka Papa D (we all know him), Steve Lanier, Amanda Bennett (OIFC Staff), Ben Morris (OIFC Staff), and myself.  Courtney and Camdyn had to sit this one out.  They had to go to Durham and represent us at a family reunion and birthday party.  I had a spot in mind in about 65 foot of water to start the fishing on Friday morning.  We loaded the Do Work and pulled away from the dock and took our time getting to the Lockwood Folly Inlet to check out.  Once we made our way through the check out, we found our bait just down from the inlet.  With one throw of our Capt. Brant’s Custom Cast net, we had all the big pogies we needed.  I then turned the Do Work offshore and away we went.  We arrived at our spot around 8:00 a.m.  The crew put the baits out and we began to troll.  At 8:45 everything went WILD!  We had a triple header on and all the fish seemed to be a good class of fish.  I knew the one Papa D was fighting was the one we wanted.  Lucky for us, all the fish ran in opposite directions.  The first two fish were landed and all focus was put on Papa D’s fish, which struck a naked pogey.    He battled the fish like a pro, and once the fish came into gaff range Ben stuck it and she was brought on board.  Hugs and high fives were given, and our fish was iced down.  We continued to catch a good class of fish for the remainder of the time we spent out there.  The anticipation finally got to us and we had to go weigh.  So around 11:00ish we pulled all lines in and headed towards Southport.  Once at the scales, we discovered that our fish weighed 35.45.  Once again hugs and high fives were given.  We paused long enough for a quick photo op, then loaded back up and headed to the same spot to try and better our fish.  Once we arrived back to the fishing grounds, we learned that the bite had slowed.  We continued to fish and were picking at a few fish.  Ben was putting a bait back out when it got absolutely SMOKED.  It was like nothing I have ever seen before.  The fish stripped several hundred yards of line then did a complete circle around the boat and headed off shore.  I would’ve bet you at the time we hooked a submarine.  You could hear the line cutting through the water and it was making a wake.  Ben fought the fish and eventually it was brought in close enough to be gaffed.  YES, wahoo steaks for everyone.  The fish was iced and later weighed at the OIFC where it tipped the scales at 44 pounds.  For everyone wondering, did I get excited when the fish hit?  YES!  At the end of day one, we had a 35.45 KIng at the scales and a 44 pound wahoo on the dock.  What a great day!  The team did awesome for the first time fishing together.  We landed every fish we had on with the exception of one.  That included a triple header where one fish was 35 lbs. along with several double headers.    

Day two was no where near as exciting on the fishing scene as Friday.  We checked out and finding bait was no problem again.  We headed to the same area hoping for the same action.  The action was just not there.  In the famous words of a good friend of the mine, “it started off slow and just tapered off from there”.  We only had one strike.  It was a good one on the down rigger, but the wire broke.  We then jumped around to several different water depths and only caught one Spanish Mackerel all day.  We then pulled lines in and headed to the dock to prepare to head to Southport to see how Team Do Work/OIFC finished.

Now here’s where the day two excitement begins.  We look at the board and see where we finished 8th overall, 2nd place lady and won a special weight.  Once again hugs and high fives were passed around.  What a great feeing it was, one  I will never forget.  It was nice seeing all the local teams receiving awards and seeing the OIFC name on the leader board several times.  I would like to thank everyone for the calls, texts and handshakes of congratulations.  I would personally like to thank all the members of the team, Papa D, Steve Lanier, Amanda Bennett and Ben Morris, you did awesome!  A special thanks goes to Ocean Isle Fishing Center and the McMullan family, Dr. Jeremy Phillips of Elite Performance Chiropractic, and Bobby Lovingood.  They are the ones who have taught me a ton and help keep Team Do Work/OIFC on the water.  That’s our recap of the 2013 U.S. Open, can’t wait to see everyone at the Fall Brawl next weekend! 


- Capt. Jeff Beck
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