Capt chris Dawson and mate chris eckert took a couple of half day trips today. Seas were flat and fish were biting. Season is just getting started. Looking forward to weeks ahead
- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Todd Helf fished aboard the "Salvation" in 68 degree water the Same Ole Friday the 18th and brought home some sweet wahoo. Let the wind die down and get after em'.
I'm not sure what Todd was using, but we recommend Fishizzle Troll Head, all the Blue Water Candy products and Islanders. They're the staple of the OIFC!
Not the kind of reporting I like to do, but you gotta keep it real. Things on the inshore scene have been extremely tough to say the least. I fished Friday afternoon for a while only catching one trout. I talked with two other fisherman on the water that day who had not had a bite. I have a friend from the Holden Beach area that fished most of the day on Saturday and reported no action. Our very own Capt. Jeff Williamson fished Saturday morning and spotted a few fish, but again no takers. Today was my chance to redeem us all. I figured I had an ace in the hole. I was able to find and cast net some live finger mullet on Friday. I also had a mixture of baby spots and pinfish. We hit the Shalloute River, got a great picture of a Bald eagle sitting in his usually morning spot. I think he caught all our fish. LOL! We headed back to the wind protected canals with no success. I headed for Sunset beach as the tide started to pull out. We hit every nook and crany between the Shalloute River and Sunset without a sniff! My trip did leave with a wealth of knowledge in knot tying, what rigs to use, and great areas to fish in the future. I believe if the tides and East wind will settle down, we should start to catch a few fish again. The water temperature is getting right for things to start happening. I will make another effort tomorrow to find some action and again on Tueday. I hope to be the first to report that the bite has fired off again. See ya on the water!
Capt. Jacob is one of our new inshore guides and a manager at the OIFC. He is a very good fisherman, and particularly excells in using artificial baits for inshore species. He often answers questions by email and copies me on them. And although his below answer states "...don't tell anyone..." as far as I'm concerned, once you put it in writing, its fair game. Fishing live bait for inshore species is certainly proven, but getting live shrimp can be next to impossible. Thus, learning to understand and use artificials is a great asset to your quest for inshore action -- trout, redfish & flounder. See his below comments to a customer, thought they might be useful to all.
"The canals were on fire in Feb. this year. Their are a few puppy drum still hanging out in the canals, but not in the numbers we were seeing. The trout seem to have taken the place of the large schools of red drum (18"-27" slot). The trout have been mostly small with just a few between 2 and 3 pounds. I am sure some larger ones are around. Reminder! Trout closed until June 15th! You can catch them, but must release them. A few flounder are also coming out of the mud. 15" TL The gulp baits are always a good choice. The trout should start hitting the gulp natural shrimp rigged 2 to 3 feet under a popping cork. I would also try live mud minnows under a float, as this should catch trout and red drum if they are in the area. Working something like the jerk bait or bouncing a light jig off the bottom can also be very effective. When I say light...I mean 1/16th ounce to 1/8 ounce jighead with your favorite soft plastic body attached. There is little to no current in the canals and you want your baits to sink as slowly as possible. Trout often hit a bait on the fall. I have experimented over the years with several different soft plastics and colors, I have found that Bass Assassins 4" Sea shads work well on the trout. They have extremely great action and a wide range of colors to choose from. My favorite colors are chartreuse diamond, rainbow trout, and shrimp. The fish have been keying in on chartreuse lately, so chartreuse diamond or electric chicken would be the colors I would try first. I truely believe color does make a difference when using artificials, but having confidence and working the lure correctly is more important. If you work any artificial correctly and get it in the strike zone you will most likely get some hits. Depending on how aggressive those hits are, I will sometimes change colors to see if I can get a better reaction out of the fish. Sometimes you will catch a few on one color and then they seem to wise up. You can change to just a slightly different color and catch a few more. I have also been fishing one color and gotten a lot of short strikes, like they were just not wanting to commit. Changed my color and gotten some aggressive hits. Top secret!! Please do not share with too many folks. A black sharpy marker can make a world of difference on your artificails when getting short strikes. Simply add one medium sized dot just behind the head of your bait followed by two or three smaller dots. They will usually drill the bait next time you get it in the strike zone! Well, enough of my secrets for now. Good luck! See ya on the water! "
This weekend is shaping up good for anyone looking to break out of the cabin fever. Our Friday Gulf Stream trip is still scheduled. I have 1 spot open if anyone wants to jump on board- cost is $375. I know we'll be doing a good bit of vertical jigging, and if the Gulf Stream moves in more, the trolling may be good as well. The truth is, regardless of the fishing, I just want to get on the water and out of the office! If you want to join me on this trip, call me today 910 367 2945.
Today is nice weather as well. I think a couple of boats may be heading out. If I get a report, I'll post here this PM. Come on down and see us this weekend. The store is looking good with all the new goodies to choose from.
See you here- Brant
Fished all day yesterday looking for that new honey hole. I can't say that I found anything that produced that magical bite yesterday. I picked up one here and one there. I also was on a scouting mission trying to find out just where I could take my boat before getting stuck. I found a place that looked promising, but did not see any fish other than large mullet. I am sure the redfish will be there at some point. All the canals have switched over to mostly trout, just a few puppy drum still hanging out. A few flounder have crawled out of the mud and getting hungry. It won't be long before an all out bite will bust loose in our backwaters. With that said get prepared! I ended up catching 8 trout and 3 redfish yesterday. See ya on the water.
I will be giving a seminar on March 26th on how to use artificial baits to catch trout, redfish, and flounder. The owner of Deep Creek Lures will be here at the OIFC showing off some of the artificials I love to use. Henry Smith has designed some of the best looking baits and colors I have seen in a while. Stop by and check it out! Proof is in the last several reports that these baits work great! This is the only place you can get'em, so you better get'em while the gett'n is good! March 26th 10:00am!!!
I do believe the weatherman has scared us all from making our first run to the gulf stream this year! Current conditions at the tower....NNW 5 knots...Wave height 3ft....Wave period...12 sec...The wind is already starting to turn out of the SSW here. That means I can see slick spots in the ocean from the porch here. I can almost hear the drags screaming off the reels. NO WAIT! That is just my ear ringing from the pure silence of disappointment in the weatherman!
On a different note...Trout are starting to bite in the creeks and a few flounder have come out of the mud lately. The redfish are still hanging around, but seem to be under lots of pressure or just in transistion. It is getting time for the reds to start feeding on soft shell crabs and they will be difficult to catch without that bait. Just a reminder...TROUT CLOUSURE in North Carolina...you can catch them, but you must release them. It looks like we are going to have a beautiful weekend, so get out and enjoy it! See ya on the water!