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"SPRING KICKOFF- NEED YOUR HELP" | OIFC | 01/27/16
 

I am working to AMP UP the Spring Kickoff this year.  Here is what is on tap thus far:

1- We are making this a 2-day event.  Saturday, April 16th (10am-2pm) and Sunday, April 17th (12pm-3pm)

2-  In-water fish boat show which will feature boats from Yellowfin, Onslow Bay, Freeman and Contender.  Each manufacturer will present their best fishing boat in the 31-34' range with twin power.  These boats will be in-water for display and for demo.  This is a rare opportunity to see the top level center consoles in the same size range, side by side AND be able to ride them.  There will also be additional boats from these manufacturers in the 25-30' range as well.

3- ALL of OIFC will be 20% off.  Clothing, gifts, tackle, marine supplies, bait....  (excludes fuel only).

4- Clearance of 50% and more on select tackle and clothing

5- SEMINARS -- I NEED YOUR HELP!!!  WHO DO YOU WANT TO SEE AND HEAR FROM?  AND WHAT DO YOU WANT TO HEAR ABOUT?  COMMENT TO THIS REPORT FOR INPUT.

6- Line spooling from 12#-80# at $.02/yd

MORE TO COME BUT THAT's A START  !!!!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Drew Hall 01/31/2016

Seminar- I'd like to hear about tactic changes for inshore species during the different seasons. Such as speck fishing in the spring vs. summer time etc. Also would like to know more about fishing the nearshore artificial reefs.

Michael Campbell 01/29/2016

Mr McMullan In regards to seminars I could list about a 100 topics because I just moved up from the gulf coast to Fort Bragg and I am trying to learn the area. So my top 3 would be King Fish(who would not wanna hear about that), Cobia fishing(over looked fishery), and throwing a cast net. This is just my two cents worth. Thanks for your time

James Taylor 01/28/2016

I want to hear about venice trips you were planning. Made plans for this Dec. 2015 and Derrick cancel. Boat problems i guess, maybe not enough people or just don't want to pursuit. Did you instead do a blue fin trip in Dec. that was on ATMC?





"VuDu Mullet" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/26/16
 

I recently read a report on Dave Workman's page that the VuDu 3.5" Mullet is a hot product in Florida.  It is fairly new to us but we have it in the OIFC.  Let me hear how it produces for you!!!


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"2016 Jolly Mon VIP" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/26/16
 

Thank you to qualifiers and waiting list members who have contacted me about this year's tournament. Once we get a little closer to the tournament (late february-early march) I will be sending all the invitees an email stating  that they are invited and when entries will start being accepted. Reminder - entries to this tournament are non-transferrable unless a captain has qualified twice. Meaning they have placed in the top 30 in both the 2015 Jolly Mon and 2015 Fall Brawl. Then one of the two entries can be transferred. If you are unsure of this check the invitee list that can be found here.

Also, I have been impressed with the number of anglers that have filled out the 2016 Jolly Mon VIP survey. Out of 107 participants, 55% would like to enter a 30 boat, $1500 entry tournament and 76% of the 55% would like the tournament to be in the fall. Whats your opinion? Click the quick and simple survey link below if interested in either of these options. https://www.esurveycreator.com/s/e38b570


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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""Dirty Martini" Report" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/26/16
 

~~Nothing worse than blowing a engine 60 miles offshore on way home urrrrr , 21 hrs on water is a long day, but 200 lbs of snowy will make my Bistro people HAPPY !

Sorry about the motor but congratulations on the fish and thanks for the report Jeff Martini!!

 


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"Capt. Rickey's Thought For The Day" | | 01/26/16
 

I'm ready for spring!! Sent from my iPhone
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"2016 Events- SAVE THE DATES" | OIFC | 01/25/16
 

 

 


 

SAVE THE DATES 

MAY 7-15, 2016

www.OIFC.com/FOSO


JUNE 15-19, 2016

www.OIFC.com/jmkc


 

OCTOBER 7-9, 2016

www.OIFC.com/fbkc

 

  

 

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"Patrick Prince-Sheephead" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 01/24/16
 

Patrick Prince caught these nice sheep head today using live sandfiddlers. He said it was a little cool but a beautiful day Thanks for the report-Capt Rickey Sent from my iPhone


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Kent Frazier 01/25/2016

Were those fish caught around Ocean Isle?

Chris 01/24/2016

That looks like a black drum instead of a sheep head.





"Red White & Blue" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/22/16
 

~~Brandon & Clay we have your new Team America gear at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  We are getting in new products daily.  I'm liking the ocean digital break up myself.   And for the trout fishermen we have the new VuDu Shrimp with the rattles.  The trout bite slowed a little, in my opinion, because the water temp dropped.  So the VuDu may be what's required to draw a little extra attention for next week when it is supposed to warm up.
 


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"2016 Jolly Mon VIP" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/20/16
 

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to announce that I am accepting waiting list requests for the 2016 Jolly Mon VIP King Mackerel Tournament. Format, rules, and field information regarding this tournament can be found at 2016 Jolly Mon VIP . If you are unsure about if you qualified or not, check the invitee list located near the bottom of the tournament’s page. If you did not qualify and have serious interest in fishing this tournament, email me at djt3521@uncw.edu to get your name on the list. For those who DID qualify, PLEASE email me either stating you will not be able to participate or give me your contact information if you are interested. I have quite a few email addresses from last year however I would like to have the address that is most convenient for anglers with interest. Thus, email me or call me at (704) 616-1615 to reserve a waiting list spot.

Thanks, 


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"Tournament Survey" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/20/16
 

Attention Elite Anglers,

As symptoms of cabin fever start to set in, I have been kicking around some ideas for potential tournaments this year. Please take a moment to fill out this extremely short survey to assist the OIFC in creating another “can’t miss” king mackerel tournament. Click HERE to fill out the survey. If any problems occur while taking the survey, please contact me at djt3521@uncw.edu.

Thank You


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Bill Welborn "Billzfisher" 01/22/2016

What about a small weekend fun tournament with a $100.00 entry fee paid when you check out at OIFC on the morning of the tournament. Pay several places and maybe a Calcutta. Weigh in at 5:00 on that day. Could do a Saturday or Sunday. Also could have a Spanish mackerel tournament with the same format.

Patrick Prince 01/21/2016

Done the survey; maybe a two day tounament aggregated weight.





"YETI RESTOCK!" | OIFC | 01/19/16
 

***RESTOCK ALERT!!! ***

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"HELP WANTED- THAT TIME OF YEAR" | OIFC | 01/17/16
 

OK, it is that time of year when the OIFC will begin to mold its employment team for the coming season.  There are job opportunities for store clerks and watersports staff.  NOW IS THE TIME, to fill out your application and get it to us so we know you have interest. 

IF YOU HAVE INTEREST IN APPLYING FOR A JOB POSITION IN THE 2016 SEASON, EMAIL BY FEBRUARY 1st.  CLICK THE EMAIL LINK HERE


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"2016 OIFC RODEO ideas" | OIFC | 01/17/16
 

We have been hosting the OIFC year-round Rodeo out of the OIFC for years. I am interested in "livening it up" and trying to infuse some new energy into the Rodeo. I am seeking readers to reply to this report with their own thoughts and ideas on how to get more interest and entry into the an OIFC tournament that extends over at least a month or longer. We currently have 3 inshore inshore species and 3 offshore species and competition is from March 15 to Dec 31. Awards are for top 3 of each species and an overall winner for scoring highest in multiple divisions. Thanks for input Capt. Brant McMullan www.OIFC.com (910) 575-3474


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"Reel McCoy Grouper Report" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/16/16
 

~~Daniel Simmons, Bryan Freeman, Brian Robbins and Ben Jordan ran out to the Blackjack Hole Thursday morning.  Trolling lines in at first light, water was 69.4 degrees.  No bait marks, no bites in 2 hours of working it.  Picked up and ran to the 100/400.  Water was 68.8 and no life there, no bites in 2 hours of working it from 150 to 300 feet.  Went to plan B and found the snowy groupers in a much better mood than the
wahoos.  Got a limit of snowies and some nice yellowedges. Now I just need Jeff Martini to teach me some of his secret recipes!


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"Empty Pockets Report" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/16/16
 

~~We fished 4 hrs in afternoon.  The next morning we fished 4 hrs, no wahoo just bonitas and cudas 2 wahoo average 59 lb each. We slept at breaks,  The temp  said it was 53 degrees but the wind chill made it was cold.

Thanks for the report Wendell.  He's one hard core fisherman!!


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"Erensadictiontoo" | | 01/15/16
 

Jack & Eren Bracewell on their way home from Florida with their new Contender. Beautiful boat!!! Sent from my iPhone
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"Jeff Martini's Report" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/14/16
 

~~Chance Martini Ryan Powers nice job today gentlemen, because it was ROUGH AS @#%& !
 


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"CHARTER CAPTAIN WANTED" | OIFC | 01/13/16
 

OIFC is seeking a charter captain to join our charter fishing crew for the upcoming 2016 Summer season.  The position is as a part-time captain, fishing 2-3 days/week on a set schedule in June, July and August.  Experience in offshore boat operation, safety and fishing is required along with of course, a USCG captain's license.  If you have interest email - captbrant@oifc.com


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"YETI Cups" | OIFC | 01/13/16
 

YETI 30 Oz Cups are In-Stock

Available Online & In-Store

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"Venice Trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/10/16
 

Another Venice, Louisiana fishing trip is in the books. Captain Ben Morris and I ventured down to Cypress Cove Marina with orders to pick up a new addition of Captain Brant’s boat collection, a used 31’ Contender. Along with these orders, Brant generously gave me the go ahead to fish this boat before bringing it back to Ocean Isle. Of course I was all over this opportunity and couldn’t wait to try my luck in the Gulf. We were fortunate enough to fish offshore both Thursday (1/7) and Friday (1/8) however these two days of fishing could quite possibly be the most mentally challenging days of fishing I have ever had. Day one offshore began mid morning after we fixed a few things on the boat and headed out of Southwest Pass. Marine forecast’s showed winds in the 15-20 knot range, seas 4-6 feet with heavy rain most of the day. As many times he is wrong, the weather man was spot on this particular day. We trudged our way 12 miles out to a set of rigs in 72-degree water where I hoped a few wahoo or yellowfin tuna would be lurking. Once we got to the rigs, we set out a spread of swimming plugs similar to what the locals down there use to catch wahoo. Three to four rods, all rigged with hard body diving plugs in colors purple, green, and a gaudy bubblegum pink that supposedly catches the most fish – definitely different from our normal NC gulf stream spread. Not necessarily confident with my approach, I pointed the boat towards the nearest oil rig and before I could tell Ben how skeptical I was about this type of fishing, we had our first bite from a small yet encouraging 25-pound yellowfin. On our second pass of the rig we picked up a 30-pound wahoo. Both on the pink lure. It was actually working! Then like a light switch, the wind changed directions and the bite got real quiet, real quick. We trolled and chunk baited a few other rigs in the area yet our targeted species simply did not want to bite. With our heads held high we headed back to Cypress Cove with hopes of figuring out this off bite the following day. Marine forecasts for this day (1/8), showed light and variable winds most of the day with seas averaging around 2 feet. With calm conditions in mind, we woke up early and abruptly got hit with a fog bank just a few hundred yards from the dock. On charters in NC, I have encountered fog on many trips yet this fog was THICK. Couldn’t see the bow of the boat, much less anything around it. Two other local charter boats near the dock sat idle as we all contemplated on what to do. One boat, without radar, opted to stay at the dock and try their luck another day and the other boat, with radar decided to take it slow down the Mississippi until the fog lifted some. This other boat and I agreed to follow each other as best we could yet the fog had us separated in minutes. None the less, we turned our radar on and headed towards south pass. Two hours later we finally made it to the mouth. Our plan was to run about 30 miles to the east towards an area called the salt dome. This area is well known for its incredible king mackerel and yellowfin tuna action during certain times of the year. This area was also showing good 73 degree water when I checked the satellite shot prior to departure. Once we made out of south pass, we quickly realized that the weatherman was back to normal and wrong again. 3-5 foot seas kept the trim tabs down the whole ride out as we trudged out towards the legendary salt dome. With about 10 miles to go, I mentioned to Ben that the water clarity had failed to change and the sea temp was still residing in the low 60’s. With hopes of a miraculous temp break we continued on the last 10 miles. As we neared the numbers my hopes of giant yellowfin and skying king mackerel quickly diminished. After a 30 mile, back breaking wet ride, we had placed ourselves in 61 degree dirty green water. We deployed baits just in case the undesirable water was just a thin top layer but unfortunately we didn’t get any bites. “What now?” Ben asked as I pondered the GPS. My plan was to do what I and many other NC king mackerel fishermen would probably do, and that was to run offshore until I found good water. So off we went to the nearest rig offshore and thankfully we found a temp break in 1200 feet of water. We deployed our baits and fished hard for the next 2 hours culling through false albacore, small amberjacks and countless small sharks. We were in utter disbelief. This is Venice! Shouldn’t there be yellowfin tuna and wahoo waiting to engulf all our baits!? My thought was to run the break line until we found birds or some sort of activity as I had done in the past. However, after miles of searching with full confidence of finding something, I made the executive decision to wave my white flag and surrender to the Gulf. Once back at the dock I met up with the charter captain we had lost in the fog that morning. Unfortunately, he had experienced the same temperature, color and action we did. These two days of fishing were pretty eye opening to me. Many people think that once in famous fishing destination, it becomes more of a catching trip instead of a fishing trip. It shows you that no where you are, and what obstacles you have to face before you get there, there is always bad days of fishing. Regardless of the lack of evidence that we went fishing, the most enjoyable part of this trip was learning a new area. The people, the culture, the water and even that gaudy pink lure are the differences that make places like Venice, Louisiana unique. Till next time Venice -- 


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