237 boats fished today. Travis Ketch on the Ketch This leads with a 37. For a list of all current standings- overall, jr., lady, sr..... CLICK HERE
- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Captain Roger and Turtle went out today and had success fishing with dead cigar minnows. However the Pogies were not to be found. It has been reported smaller pogies are in the ICW near the the new OIB Boat Condos. On the charter were the Nelsons, Mark, who caught the Mahi, 12 year old Susie, 15 year old Colin, 12 year old Jessie, all of whom caught Sharks and Kings, and all from Tucson, Az.., and the last Nelson, David from D.C., as well as Sarah Bock.
Captain Chris Burrows had a 3/4 day charter to the 10 mile Rock. He fished with naked dead cigar minnows and landed over a dozen Kings, some Mahi and some Spanish.
It is imminent-- The 2009 Yellowfin/ OIFC.com Jolly Mon King Classic is going to happen. Preregistration has been very strong, nearly double what we've ever had before. The weather forecast has been flip flopping worse than a presidential candidate but is currently settled on 10-15kts, 2-3 foot seas. The Kings are biting very strong in 50-70 feet of water, but we haven't seen many fish over 25 pounds. The Pogys heard there was a tournament coming so they've scattered to all corners. Bait on the beach has been sporadic the last couple of days, but its been consistent in the waterway near Lockwood inlet, Shallotte Point and in the Cape Fear. The OIFC has plenty of hand caught Ribbonfish and of course Cigar Minnows, so don't forget those. The Capt. dinner is at 6pm tonight and will be grilled chicken, beans, potatoes and all the trimmings.... The meeting will be roughly 7pm with Pogy Bobbing to follow. Remember if you are coming tonight to ride the free shuttle from off the island over to the OIFC- raffle prizes are awarded to those who ride. See you tonight.
*** Also, please don't call the OIFC to ask questions concerning the event. The SCHEDULE IS HERE. Entry will be open at the OIFC until 9pm and ON-LINE ENTRY will be available until midnight tonight. If you enter on-line, I will process your entry and send a confirmation via email with your boat #. If you do not recieve this confirmation by midnight, then EMAIL with your contact info and I'll get up with you to get it worked out. There have been no problems with on-line entry to date, as it is running smooth. If you have another question or concern, please EMAIL ME and I'll either call you or email back tonight after 9pm. Thanks- Capt. Brant **
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Below are some pictures sent in by Ed Ganus of Old Berlin, Wisconsin of his nephew Sam Kratzer and Sam's father Joe of Old Bennington, Vermont with the 4 ib flounder Sam caught in Tubbs Inlet. They were fishing aboard Captain Jeff Williamson's "Get Busy". The family was here to attend a funeral, and decided to take advantage of some quality family time as well as some of Brunswick Co, fishing. The last picture shows that Captain Jeff does know how to clean fish!
Thanks for the pictures and for fishing with OIFC.
Captain Roger, 1st Mate Turtle on the Carolina Cat and Captain Chris Dew along with his son and 1st Mate Aaron on the World Cat joined forces today at the 90's. They said the water looked "pretty". They both pulled dead Cigar Minnows with skirts, fishing for Kings. They said that Pogies weren't quickly found at the usual locations and since they were on half day charters they didn't spend much time looking, they wanted to fish. They brought home King, Spanish and Mahi. One of the guys told his wife we called them Mahi because we didn't want people to think we were eating Flipper. Good point!
Aboard the Carolina Cat were Tom Antolini and his 11 year old son Romeo of Huntersville. Romeo caught 2 big Kings. Lee Rosencrance and son Cory, age 12, of Huntington, W.Va. Cory is the one in the picture with the biggest King. Also fishing were Jarrod Miller, age 11, and Chad Bourgeois from Texas.
Aboard the World Cat were Steve Giunto, Robert "Pops" Giunto, Dean Wagoner, Steve Keba,and son Zak, all from Ohio, and Jim Heidish from Fla. The family meets at Ocean Isle every year for a family reunion, and this year decided to join us for a charter. Thanks everyone for fishing with Captain Brant's Fishing Adventures.
No doubt, the fish have followed the bait inshore and are being caught not far at all from the beach. Here we have Garret Williams, fishing with his father, Keith on their new 31' Cape Horn. Derek caught these kings (his first) at Christina's Ledge. They had Derek, who normally fishes on the "Eagle" on board to assist with this catch as well. This nice dolphin was caught by Jeff Drake, Michelle Evans, and friends on board Jeff's boat "The Law," out of Little River. In addition, that crew caght king mackerel, a citation spanish, three cobia (two of which were citation sized) and a giant tiger shark. I guess the moral of the story is that you don't have to go very far to find good fishing right now. A nice segue to this weekend's Jolly Mon...
Captain Chris Dew and 1st mate Aaron Dew took Mary and Russ Lane of Seattle, Wa., Tim and Gloria Cravens of Cedar Lake, Indiana, Daniel Hart of Chicago, and Lane Cravens of Greensboro, NC to the Atlantic Ledge. The charter folks were full of good stories such as when they hooked up a Mahi twice before he was boated. Tim Cravens hooked up 1st and the Dolphin escaped, then came back and struck Rus Lane's line was it was curtians. Mary Lane landed a King, while Gloria fought and beat a Mahie by herself. Another memory they'll cherish will be the docking of the cat boat.
The basics of the trip were they found a large pod of Pogies at the mouth of the Shallotte Inlet. They fished some with skirts and some naked Pogies. The results were the same on both. With the Jolly Mon on the horizon and the plentiful Pogies we again strongly recommend one of Captain Brant's Custom Pogy Nets.
Today is the last day to enter at the early entry rate of $215. Entry will remain open at the OIFC until 9pm on Friday, June 19th and until midnight on Friday, June 19th on-line at www.OIFC.com --
The fishing this past week has been nothing short of excellent. The fish are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing as they move into the 50-65 foot depth range. Capt. Roger posted an impressive 40.7 pound King last Wednesday from 60 feet of water and we have weighed several of Kings in the 25-30 pound range from 50-55 feet of water. The Pogys are very plentiful all along the beaches. The wild card this year may be a possible beach bite. Last week the Kings lit up in 20-30 feet of water from Lockwood inlet to the mouth of the Cape Fear. The Pogys and Glass Minnows were thick along this stretch and just offshore off all this bait, hungry Kings were biting. The bite was very strong as many boats had double digit catches of Kings up to 43 pounds and I know of several in the 30+ pound range. This bite slowed as we began to get evening storms and the beach water dirtied. If those storms subside this week and the water clears up, keep it in mind.
I have instructed Rube NOT to post a weather forecast as he is notorious for jinxing the event. I am simply copying and pasting the Marine Forecast for you to make your own decisions.
SE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT... SUBSIDING TO 2 TO
3 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS IN THE MORNING.
SE WINDS AROUND 10 KT...BECOMING SW AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT... BUILDING TO 2 TO
The food for the Capt. Meeting is being prepared, the Pogy Bobbies are doing laps and the Kings are out there waiting. We hope to see you at the festivities Friday evening, however, if you can't make it, you can ENTER ON-LINE and stay tuned to the web site for any rule changes or format adjustments. At this time, there are none anticipated.
*** Also*** Don't forget the Jr. Jolly Mon- you can enter this special Jr. tournament until the OIFC closes at 9pm on Thursday, then go fishing on Friday. Rules and details are in your program. BIG NEWS- Iron Horse Auction Company is auctioning off some prime lots on Ocean Isle and Monk Island this Saturday- they will be at the event on Friday to provide info AND as thanks for being invited to the Jolly Mon- They are donating an additional $500 to the Jr. Jolly Mon prizes! Sign up and take some kids fishing with you on Friday- all the info is in your Jolly Mon program.
Today was a beautiful day to be on the water and several anglers took advantage of it. Captain Roger and 1st Mate Turtle took Bob Logan and friends from the Charlotte area to the Atlantic Ledge. They caught a Cobia on the downrigger with a pinfish. They also boated a 17ib Grouper, several Sea Bass and Amberjacks. Speaking of Cobia, I received reports of several being caught in areas such as the 90's, Christina's Ledge, and the Blackjack.
Captain Chris Burrows was on a Guide Trip and was the first to locate Pogies . They were between Shallotte inlet and the Holden Beach Pier. There were also reports of very good sized Pogies in the ICW near the Shallotte River.
Captain Zach was a Guide on a trip with Buck Jenkins and others. He began at the 90's where he, and everyone else, caught some Kings. The water at the 90's was a balmy 78.8 degrees He then headed off shore and among other fish they hooked up with a Sailfish. William Parker hooked up with a Dolphin and some Kings at the 90's. The OIFC Guide Program is worth looking into if you want a professional show you the ropes while on your own boat.
Captain Jeff Beck (Do Work) took his Mom, Pam, wife Courtney, daughter Camdyn and me to the 90's. The ladies caught several Kings, but released them as we weren't going to eat the anytime soon. Jeff pulled dead Cigar Minnows, with BlueWater Candy Skirts. The first strike was on a green B.W. Candy. The hottest was a Blue Water Candy Private Stock.
Dr. Ernie Ward (Seaside Animal Hospital) advised he took his girls out and caught some Kings. Bottom line, is evidence indicates that the Kings are here, and are moving close to shore just in time for the Jolly Mon.
Once again this past weekend delivered some excellent inshore fishing to the Ocean Isle area. First of all, the flounder fishing was consistent again, with quite a few certified doormats being caught. There were quite a few over 5lbs caught, including several 7+ lbers and one that I know of that was over 10. Being the trout junkie that I am, I have been focusing more on them thatn any other species, and we have produced some excellent catches of trout lately. It seems like the trout are really mixed as far as size goes, one cast might produce a 12 incher and the next a 4lber, but the bottom line is that they are biting. Finally, I also found myself in the midst of a couple of good redfish bites recently, producing fish that ranged for 16 - 30 in., so they to around around and are biting. So there you have it, there is no reason not come and go fishing.
Captain Roger and 1st Mate Turtle had a full day charter with a group from Charlotte, N.C., many of whom have fished with us for the past several years in a row. These Carolina Panthers fans consisted of Tyson Hartnett, Wes Lathe, Brian Smith and Johnathan Causey.
Captain Roger elected to fish the 90's where they landed several Kings and two 5+ pound Spanish. They then changed to Christina's Ledge where they were rewarded with Dolphin. Roger and Turtle fished with Pogies they caught in front of the high rise at Ocean Isle Beach.
This week has been one full of young people either catching their first fish or their biggest fish. Non the less the youth have taken the lead. Not to be left out was 12 year old Will Zierden who was fishing with his Dad Dennis aboard the OIFC 2 with Captain Chris Dew and 1st mate Aaron Dew.
The guys fished from the AR 440 to the 455 using cigar minnows. Will fought and landed the King by himself. Along with the King they landed Spanish and additional Kings. Thusly Will adds his name to the growing list of the youth movement !
The boats reported a 2-3 ft swell every 7 seconds this morning. Captain Roger just reported that the bait is just off the high rise at OIB. Stuart Hamilton reported catching Dolphin and King off shore of the Gary Ennis yesterday. Captain Brant reported several Kings were caught at the Ocean Crest Pier yesterday.
In Shore, I know there is an 8 lb flounder in Tubbs Inlet as it broke off beside the Get Busy yesterday, Sorry Captain Jeff, I couldn't help myself. Between Capt Jeff (Get Busy) and Capt. Kyle (Speculator) they put together an in shore slam for the O'Conner's. It is also reported that the pogies were near the mouth of the Shallotte River and the Lockwood Folly River yesterday. More as I get it.
Jackson and Chris Combis, Dave Savage and Chris, Chip and Justin Abernethy of Charlotte joined Captain Roger and 1st mate Captain Zach on the Carolina Cat for a half day's fishing at the 90's. On their way out they stopped at the Shallotte Inlet and loaded up on pogies.
At he 90's Jackson set the bar pretty high by catching a 19+lb King. The other guys loaded up on Cobia and more Kings. Along with those fish pictured were 4 Cobia which were released.
For those who are relatively new to catching pogies, you need a very good heavy net. This isn't a cheat plug, really!, but I highly recommend one of Captain Brant's custom pogy nets. Jeff and I bought one long before I started at the OIFC and it is well worth the money. If you buy one, Brant, Roger, Barrett or someone will teach you how to throw it.