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"The Backwater Captains" | Tiberias - 22' | 10/16/15
 

The north winds have allowed the backwater captains here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center to hit the beach several times this past week. We have enjoyed days with multiple hook ups on giant bull redfish. Some large sharks are in the mix and even a surprise 36 pound cobia showed up this week. Fishing in the bait pods can be very exciting as you just never know what might end up on the end of your line. Don't keep watching from the side lines. Give us a call today and lets go get in on the action! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Surf Fishing" | N/A | 10/15/15
 

Tim Sawyer caught and released this 40" redfish off the surf this morning. Good way to spend a beautiful morning!


- Shannon Reel
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"Stream Trip " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/14/15
 

On Monday 10/12 Richard and John Billings, Nicholas and Henry Miller, Captain Chris Dew and I made the trek out to the Gulf Stream in search of wahoo, blackfin tuna and anything else that decided to bite that day. We arrived just inshore of the black jack hole around 9:00 am and boy did it feel great to finally swing are outriggers out to start fishing. One can only take so much of sitting in front of Ocean Crest Pier hoping for a king mackerel bite. Right off the bat we hooked a bonita on our long line for our first bite of the day. Seven-year-old Henry made short work of the fat albert as we continued to troll to the main black jack numbers. Once I reset the shotgun bait I told Chris I was going to put a one of my favorite lures (purple/black mold craft little super chugger) on the flat line. I deployed the bait, turned around and walked to set the short rigger back when I heard the vicious sound of a Shimano Tiagra 30W drag humming. John Billings made short work of this fish as we put a forty-pound wahoo in the boat. We trolled back through the numbers where we had hooked the wahoo and immediately caught a small blackfin tuna. Thinking we had found some fish, we continued to troll through those numbers without a sniff. In search of another screamer, we pointed the world cat towards deeper water and found A LOT of scattered grass and current – no bites. Back to the shallower water we went when finally, the planer rod goes off, then the long rigger, then the short. The rigger bites weren’t exactly the screamers we were looking for yet we managed to sling two more nice size blackfin in the boat. Nicholas went to work on the planer rod as the other two fish were being pulled in and up came a nice forty pound hoo. Once again our hopes were through the roof as we trolled through the spot we got our bites at. Pass after pass was made with no more bites. We then decided to pack the trolling gear up and try some bottom bouncing for the remainder of time we had left. Young henry once again put on a clinic as he pulled up some of the biggest vermillion snapper I have ever seen. For his age, I was amazed at how well he handled himself on boat. Our total count was two wahoo, three blackfin, four-teen beeliners, three triggerfish, and a caught and released one hogfish. Our trolling bites came on blk/purp mold craft little super schugger, blk/purp sea star, pink sea witch, and blue/white iland lure. Hope this helps anyone going to the blue water in the next couple days. Great to be back near the stream. 


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"World Class Redfish update" | OIFC | 10/14/15
 

Yesterday the wind blew hard out of the SW so water stirred and no beach fishing. It layed out last night and this morning out of West. So water should be settling down, and pogy schools should be regrouping. Wind will then move to NW which is perfect to lite up another round of our world class red drum fishery right off the breakers along our south facing beaches at Ocean Isle/Holden/Long Beach. This afternoon should start it, but tomorrow and Thursday should be great. Wind then goes SW Friday afternoon and then back to NW for the weekend. Between this amazing fishing event going on our beaches and the Oyster Festival this weekend, it will probably look like July 4th on land and sea.

Technique is a simple Carolina rig with a live or dead pogy, lite spin or bait casting tackle, 6 feet of 20lb florocarbon leader and a 3-5/0 circle hook. Pitch your bait in middle of pogies and hang on. Come join the fun!


- Rube McMullan
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Jamie 10/15/2015

I'd recommend using the Owen Lupton rig to reduce gut hooking the fish and up your tackle to facilitate landing them quicker and improving survival on release. 8/0-10/0 inline circle such as the Owner Tournament Mutu that OIFC sells, 3-5 inch leader and 3 ounce egg sinker locked in place. Use the front 2-3 of a pogy (just cut the tail off). http://www.ncangler.com/images/articles/luptonrig/therig.jpg

Jamie 10/14/2015

Silly question- That carolina rig has a weight on it, correct? Seems like you wouldn't use a weight with this technique? Did the storms mess up the inlet? That "new" path on west side was great! Thank for all you do!





"Venice, LA Bulls" | | 10/13/15
 

Shot down to Venice, LA for a quick trip and met up with elite series pro Kevin Aiken today for some skinny water red fishing. Catching Bulls off OIB in the ocean is a thrill and a world class fishery. Sight fishing 40+lb Bulls in 12" of water down here is a whole different animal and equally as thrilling. Whacked em today! Sent from my iPhone
- Barrett McMullan
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"National Championship" | Hail Yeah / OIFC | 10/13/15
 

We received out National Championship invitations in an email today.  It is important to note that all registration forms and fees are due for division 9 by October 19, 2015.  It doesn't appear that you will be able to pay onsite.  If you qualified and have not received an email you can get the entry form at www.fishska.com


- Brian Aycock
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"Monday" | Do Work / OIFC | 10/13/15
 

Randy Lingerfelt (Tideline Promotionaal Products) and a fun day on the water Monday.  They caught this 33" drum and then some little tunas using top water plugs.

Ryan Neuwirth, sporting his Shalotte Reebocks, got in on the big drum action too


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bull Red bite us on" | | 10/13/15
 

Even the old guys are catching them. Rube/York/George Sent from my iPhone
- Rube McMullan
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"World class fishing occuring at Ocean Isle beach front" | OIFC | 10/13/15
 

Years ago we experienced undisputed "World Class Fishing" off Ocean Isle and our Brunswick Island area with the influx of Giant Blue Fin Tuna. The world spot light was shown on us for a couple years, and then the Tuna disappeared.

Fast forward to October 2015 and I can attest we have another "World Class Fishery" occurring along our beaches. Giant schools of pogies are just outside the breakers and they are being fed on by giant Redfish from 20-40lbs. . Simple fishing using a Carolina Rig with a live pogy, spin or baitcaster tackle, lite tackle fishing at its finest. Our Brunswick County coastline is particularily suited for this fishery as our island face south, and with a cold front and north wind, it is flat calm right on the beach. Any size boat can participate in this fishery, jon boats on up.

In addition, yesterday, there were cobia caught in these same schools and we weighed at OIFC a 48lb King, a 35 and a 25, all caught right in the pogy schools mixed in with the Reds.

Watch the weather and next cold front that comes thru, with a north wind, don't miss out on this unbelieveable fishing event. I'm hearing boats from all over the country are coming to join in this amazing fishery. As soon as the water cools and the pogies move on, it will be over.


- Rube McMullan
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"Wahooligans/Angler's Marine" | Hail Yeah / OIFC | 10/12/15
 

~~The standings have been updated and the list of boats qualifying for the SKA National Championship has been posted for division 9.  Once again, division 9 leads the SKA in participation and will hopefully have a good showing in Morehead this year. 

Wahooligans/Angler's Marine stared the year off strong by winning the Jolly Mon King Classic and finished the year in 4th place in the small boats for division 9.  They are headed back to the National Championships for the fourth straight year.    This team, based out of Holden Beach, has not finished outside of the top 10 in the small boat class since the team's inception in 2012.  The team is made up of Billy Goss, Aaron Wilkinson, Daniel Blanks and Doug Farlow.  They fish a 24’ Cape Horn powered with a pair of Yamaha 200’s.  Team sponsors include:  Anglers Marine, Clean Green Environmental Services and The Tackle Box.  Take a look at their team page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Wahooligans-Fishing-Team-412907545429012/timeline/.


- Brian Aycock
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"Do Work End of Season Recap" | Do Work / OIFC | 10/12/15
 

Team Do Work/OIFC's number wasn't pulled in the Fall Brawl.  We think the problem may have been that the pogies we'd penned up assumed the rusty color of the canal water they were in, or as Rube would say..."it's called king fishing".  Anyway we did the same as we have done and as most everyone else was doing at the same place.  We did catch and release a pelican, when we refreshed our bait we caught a huge red drum in out Capt. Brant's Heavy Pogey net and on the next throw Capt. Jeff Beck caught a skate as big as a Mini Cooper.  We stopped throwing because we were afraid we might catch a Mini Cooper.  I might add, the net wasn't hurt.

However, we had a successful season.  We are a family centered team.  It was a difficult year because as most know my wife, Jeff's Mom, Courtney's mother-in-law and Camdyn's Nanny passed away rather suddenly in May.  We struggled through that.  When you see the bird decals on the Contender, they are in memory of our "Nanny Bird".  But our Jr. Angler, Camdyn Beck finished 1st in our Division, I finished 3rd in the Senior Class and Team Do Work/OIFC finished 7th overall, and we qualified for the Nationals.  We'll take that as a successful season.  Good luck to everyone fishing the Nationals.  We enjoyed the competition during the season and look forward to the Natiionals and next season.

Thank you to our supporters, The OIFC, Burcor Fencing.com Burcor 1.com  Bobby's Mobile Marine Service and Sea Tow Ocean Isle Beach.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl full results" | OIFC | 10/12/15
 

Go to Tourneys page on main menu and scroll down to Fall Brawl and click on 2014 and full results for 2015 are shown there.

Congrats to all. Full recap story  coming asap.


- Rube McMullan
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"Fall Brawl stats" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 10/10/15
 

174 boats fished today. 55 fishing tomorrow

Hot Rod leads with a 41lbs

10th place 32lbs

20th place 29lbs

 


- Austin Aycock
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"Current leader" | | 10/10/15
 

Scale Bound 39.85 Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"SPEEDY KING!" | OIFC | 10/10/15
 

Congrats to Matt Ward and Crew on the Nauti Boy for weighing in the FIRST King of the day! Their King weighed in at 29.30 lbs!! Pretty work guys! $500 Prize for bringing the first king to the dock.


- Katelyn Kincer
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"First fish weighed" | | 10/10/15
 

Nauti Boy 7:54am 29.30 pounds Sportsmans Choice Marine Speedy King WINNER Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Big Fish Action" | Do Work / OIFC | 10/09/15
 

The 1st picture is of June Strickland and her 39 lb (I think that's what she told me) cobia she caught near the jetties yesterday.  June was at the OIFC along with her husband Bryan (Guy C. Lee) cooking and serving some great food at the Fall Brawl Captains Meeting and Dinner.  I hope they are given the proper appreciation for all they do by everyone as they are being fed.

The 2nd picture is of a 54 + lb wahoo which was brought to the dock during the Captains Meeting.by the crew of the Emma Rose.  The crew was made up of Frank Johnson, Brad Murphy, Adam Williams, Billy Clifford, Jeff Byers,  Josh Ashton, and Brody Heath.  

The last 3 pix are from the well attended Fall Brawl Captain's Meeting.  I do not have an official count but I did see a boat #108 early in the evening so I'd say there was a good turn out and I expect to see some big fish caught near shore.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Team Profile" | Hail Yeah / OIFC | 10/08/15
 

~~Since it looks like Choice of Two/OIFC is on the fish this week and has to be the early favorite to bring home the victory in the Fall Brawl, I will make them the first daily profile team. 

Choice of Two/OIFC Fishing Team is based out of Calabash, NC and is made up of Corey and Shaun Bellamy, Ryan and Elizabeth Stevens, Eddy Jones and Caleb Hardee.  They fish a 39’ Contender powered by triple Yamaha 300’s and are sponsored by Beck’s Restaurant, Contender, OIFC, Sportsman’s Choice and Smith Outdoors.  Corey and crew are currently in 8th place overall in division 9 and hopefully in place to qualify for the SKA National Championships.  This team is always on the leaderboard and Corey has even been selected for the special advisory boards of some of the most elite king mackerel teams in the country.    Watch out for this team in this weekend’s Fall Brawl and at Nationals in Morehead Oct. 21-24.  Be sure to check out their Facebook Team page at https://www.facebook.com/Choice-of-Twooifc-Fishing-Team-589486577738225/timeline/ and on the OIFC website at http://www.oifc.com/oifc_fishing_teams?id=11. 


- Brian Aycock
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"Fall Brawl fish report" | | 10/08/15
 

Blues are pretty easy around inlet mouths by trolling Spanish gear in the shallows- 5-15' or so. The Pogies are on the beach, but they are getting scattered and harder to catch. There are rumblings of kings being found in a few different areas, but nothing solid confirmed as everyone is in "pre tournament" hush mode. Something between Christmas Ledges, Cabbage Patch, Old Sea buoy, Ocean Crest, Shark Hole and Myrtle Beach Rocks-all have been mentioned but nothing admitted to ??? Its gonna be a wide open game. One note - I keep hearing guys talk about how dirty the water looks and no chance to catch fish in it.... Do not be fooled. Dark water is not dirty water. The brown water you are seeing is mostly clear, just stained dark. And be rest assured that many big Kings have and will come from that water - likely this weekend. You watch. Good luck to all, see you at the Capt. Meeting tomorrow night. Capt. Brant McMullan www.OIFC.com (910) 575-3474
- "Brant McMullan"
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"Bryan Strickland" | Do Work / OIFC | 10/08/15
 

This morning.  The ocean is beautiful.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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