Capt OC and first mate Aaron proved yesterday that despite the strong winds and dirty nearshore waters, the Kings are still holding in 65'. The Hoffman family enjoyed a successful trip- nice job!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Capt. Ryan Strickland is home on a short break from his tugboat career and decided he hadn't had enough of the salt water. So he went bottom fishing with a friend in 165 feet deep water and scored his limit.
The OIFC has 2 good friends living the "Tug Life", Capt. Ryan and Capt. Zach. We wish them the best. You can friend them on FB and see some cool pictures of places they visit.
Team Toes Up/OIFC, staring Richard Boles, co-staring Doug Robson, Jordan Robson and Glenn Boles finished a strong 8th in the Got'em On King Classic with a 33.15 lb king. This fish would have won most Tournaments in the area.
Click here to watch a video of the epic battle of angler vs. king.
Congratulations to Team Toes Up/OIFC and all the OIFC Tournament Teams.
Congratulations to all the OIFC Fishing Teams for their success at the Got em On King Classic this past weekend.
Team OIFC Toes Up finished 8th overal with a 33.15 lb king.
6yr old Camdyn Beck of Team OIFC/Do Work finished 4th place jr. angler in the Got em On King Classic and earning herself $100 plus 16 SKA points.
Mrs. Tiffany Aycock won 1st place Lady Angler fishing with team OIFC/Hail Yeah.
We kinda like this team concept!!!
From Michelle Evans Drake of "The Law" telling about their (miss)fortune during the Got 'em On King Classic:
Ok Rickey here is the saddest, most depressing story ever.
As usual we were running late, we didn't leave the dock until 730, we got to the ocean and had trouble finding bait, and ran from Sunset pier back south to the Cherry grove pier, it's been over a year since I've thrown a cast net and Jeff started with, "I'll throw if you can't!" oh boy was that a mistake. I threw what felt like 500 pounds, the net flattened out like a pancake and began to sink, the cone barely disappeared and it started to shake. First throw and I floated the net! It was 8:37 when we headed out, I nominated a spot in 65' of water and he agreed and we were off. A 34' Fountain with no trim tabs and head sea = no fun. We had lines in the water about 9:45, a little after 10 the long flat line peels off, I grabbed the rod while Jeff an Billy Earnhardt, no relation to Dale, cleared lines, I was losing line at a rapid pace, Jeff turned the boat and began to chase the fish, after a short battle she was rolling under the boat, Jeff sank the gaff and over the side she came, decent fish, 25 pounds. Not exactly what we hoped for, we turned the boat and headed back, I put the same Fishizzle skirt in the same place.....WAYYYYYYY BACK! And at 10:30 the same flat line screamed off, there she was, Billy grabbed the rod that turn and I cleared lines, she made two long runs and stayed deep, I saw the fish first and can't repeat my exact statement, but we similar to WOW, Jeff sees the fish second and says "you can't gaff that fish..." again dont tell me I can't do something, billy worked her up nice and easy an had her close and I sank as much of the 8' gaff as I could deep an missed, Jeff is livid, Billy is sweating bullets as we've all seen her up close and personal, so I now begin to shake, Billy worked her back to the top, Jeff was giving me careful instructions on what to do, I said calmly, "I've got this..." and in the back of my mind wasn't sure, she started her circle of death under the boat, I got behind billy and reached for every inch in my 5' 2" self and with one hand on the gaff I sank it deep in her head and then it happened, "oh crap....she's fat" Billy dropped the rod as he and Jeff grabbed the gaff and over the side she came, when she hit the deck there was silence followed by lots of high fives, cheers and big smiles!!!! We cut the rig and slid her in the box to cool off, not one drop of blood. We reset lines, not really sure why... we had a fish that was definitely scale acceptable even with a 56 lb on the board. It was a little after 11, when Billy and I moved the fish to the fish bag and she barely fit. I said "ok I'm ready to head to Carolina Beach!" and for the first time of the day my vote was denied, we agreed to leave at 12, which turned to 1230, at 1230 we were running. It was all smiles, we aimed for Shallotte Inlet, if you've ever fished a boat with a trim tab stuck down you know how comfortable of a ride we were having, we cleared Shallotte Inlet and we're north bound, a 2 x 4 couldn't knock off our smiles! We slowed for the no wake zone at Holden beach cleared through went to throttle up and wahhhhhh, the starboard engine lost power! I steered the boat while Jeff and Billy did everything under the sun to bring her back to life. With no such luck we continued north at a screaming 10 knots, we moved every item on the boat to the bow that was not bolted down, nothing seemed to help. We knew it would be close on time but continued on, this fish was 59.9" inches long and as fat as I used to be, we crossed the river an were greeted with a falling tide and east wind! Still continuing on, and at 5 minutes to 5:00 Jeff pulled the throttle back and said "we tried," we were still two miles from Snows Cut. We turned around and just idled....we called TowBoatUS, we had been hard on the engines, time for them to have a break! We arrived back to Dock Holidays at 8:00PM an got the weight of our could've should've would've been 2nd place fish....52.4lbs!
That's the story...sad but true.
Codey Prince reports that bait was thick off the Shallotte Inlet this morning. Not a bad fish either.
Sean, aka Josh, aka Clerk Boy Morris of the OIFC's dad, Ed, Derrick Pannell and G'Momma (Sean/Josh/Clerk Boy's) Grandmother hit the backwaters armed with some OIFC Select Mud Minnows Saturday and did pretty good. This after Capt. J. Dogg saw them Friday and their fortune wasn't quite as good.
I should not that Sean is the Asst. Aquatic Engineer In Charge of The Mud Minnow Environment at the OIFC so his family may have had an inside advantage.
Congratulations to "Team OIFC/Hail Yeah", Austin and Brandon Aycock, Alex Mercer, Edward and Davis Julian and Mrs. Tiffany Aycock (minus the team Capt. Brian Aycock) for their 17th place in the Got 'em On King Classic. Tiffany won 1st place overall!!!!
I understand Grandma took a picture of the "little fish". Grandparents...what are we gonna do with THEM?