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"IFA Houma, LA" | OIFC | 08/06/16
 

Along with partner, Jay Cedotal, I fished the Inshore Fishing Association's Houma, LA redfish event today.  Apparently fishing with a partner is the influence I need to not get myself into the crazy situations that always seemed to find me in my past redfish tournaments.  Today was relatively uneventful.  No long runs, no mechanical issues, no almosts but not quites.  We fished very hard today and had a pretty slow day by Houma, LA standards catching around 8 fish and seeing in the neighborhood of 50.  For whatever reason today the fish were just not aggressive.  Down here we are sight fishing 100% of the time meaning we don't cast until we actually see a redfish.  It's a very fun way to fish but can be maddening when they don't eat.  It's a combination of hunting and fishing as you have to stalk the fish and then make a perfect cast to for optimal presentation.  Our best two fish of the day went 15.3lbs and landed us in 19th place out of 92 teams.  Nothing special but a decent day.  It's always great to fish with top level anglers like Jay.  I took close notes and tried to absorb as much knowledge as I could.  One take away I immediately noticed is that apparently I fish very fast.  It seems like slowing down while on the trolling motor and really picking a piece of marsh apart is more effective than spot hopping like I'm used to in king mackerel fishing.  Headed back home tomorrow but leaving my boat down here in Louisiana for the next few months.  Hopefully will get an opportunity to come back down for a couple more tournametns or just fun fishing.  Who wants to go?


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | Catch All | 08/05/16
 

9-year-old reels in state record 32-pound scamp; may be world's largest

WECT Staff
Aug 5, 2016 12:06 PM

MOREHEAD CITY, NC (WECT) - A 9-year-old Tennessee boy may have caught the world's largest scamp while fishing off the North Carolina coast.

According to officials, Teddy Wingfield from Lookout Mountain, TN, reeled in the fish on June 2 while fishing in the waters off of Atlantic Beach.

The scamp weighed in at 32 pounds, topping the previous state record by nearly 5 pounds and besting the world record by 2 pounds, 6 ounces.


- Austin Aycock
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"Back to the Marsh" | OIFC | 08/04/16
 

It's been a while but I'm back in the marsh of southern Louisiana chasing redfish and boy does it feel good.  I had to put my redfish tournament career on hold for most of the season due to work, kids, & life.  Traveling back and forth to the Gulf from Ocean Isle was tough on the schedule.  Fishing those one man tournaments alone was extremely difficult and frankly wore on me mentally.  So I opted out of the HT Elite one man events this year and instead decided to take a more relaxed approach and fish the tournaments that fit the schedule.  

I left out of Ocean Isle on Wednesday and made the long tow down about an hour west of New Orleans to Houma, LA.  There is an Inshore Fishing Association tournament this weekend that I will be fishing.  This time I am teaming up with one of my HT Elite competitors, Jay Cedotal, from Louisiana.  I'm eager to hit the water with someone else on the boat.  The one on one conversations I've been having with myself for the past few years fishing alone are getting old.  Jay is a top redfish angler so hopefully I'll be able to gain some knowledge and confidence after fishing with him.  

After making the long trip down yesterday, I got up early this morning, put the pieces back together and got on the water around 7:30.  With Jay unable to go today I was scouting by myself again.  Perfect weather conditions made getting back in the swing of things much more enjoyable.  It wasn't long until I was creeping up a shoreline with slick calm and sunny conditions when a square headed brute redfish started pushing a wake toward me from about 100 yards away.  I went ahead and got the jitters out of the way by first casting with my line wrapped around the rod tip, then backlashing, and finally nearly falling off my tower.  I eventually settled back into the groove and caught a ton of fish today and had a ball.  All the fish were 25" to 30" and weighed between 6 and 12lbs.  

Tomorrow Jay and I will scout one more day before fishing the tournament Saturday.  It was great to be back on the marsh today.  Caught tons of fish, saw more and the first boat I saw all day was the one I towed in on the way home.  Building up that good karma!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"From the Wrightsville Beach Magazine " | Do Work / OIFC | 08/04/16
 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Capt. Rickey 08/05/2016

Who would have thought the original Gotch Plug was made froma Bic Pen?





"Finally a wind change" | OIFC | 08/04/16
 

We are greeted this morning with the first north/northeast wind of the summer. Maybe this is the wind/weather change we need to shock the kings into acting like they are supposed to and start biting where they are supposed to. The north wind won't last long as it will eventually return to a summer southerly pattern, but looking forward, the wind speeds are less than they have been, so MAYBE there is a change occurring. It will be interesting to see if todays north winds magically makes something happen. Standby.


- Rube McMullan
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"Trask Cunningham " | Do Work / OIFC | 08/04/16
 

Tradk & crew with a recent wahoo


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"How It's Done" | Do Work / OIFC | 08/02/16
 

kerri Helms Lockley showed her dad Tommy how it's done yesterday


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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BP 08/02/2016

Nice flounder. Wow. I will be in IOB week of August 22 with my 14' deep vie. Are nice flounder like these still around in late August? This will be my first trip to ocean isle. I know nothing about this area. Thanks!





"No fish" | OIFC | 08/01/16
 

The lack of recent fishing reports unfortunately is a reflection of the facts. Fishing ain't good. The constant S/SW wind 15-20, ocean pogies MIA doesn't help, and combine that with Where the heck are the Kings? continues to make life difficult for our charter captains. Word has it Kings are being caught down in Murrells Inlet waters and north above Morehead. What the heck is going on? Best hope is nothing stays the same, and magically they will figure it out and show up. Patience-Patience. In meantime, bottom fishing in 90-110 is good, if you can get there.


- Rube McMullan
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"Sta-Bil" | Catch All | 07/29/16
 

Used STA-BIL BottleUnderstanding the basic process of how gasoline degrades can help explain the shelf life of STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer. Gasoline is made up of various chemicals and when these components are exposed to oxygen, oxidation begins. Simply stated, oxidation is what occurs between oxygen and gasoline when they come into contact with one another.  The resulting oxidation reaction creates gum and varnish that will cause engine starting and run-ability problems.

STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer provides a sacrificial molecule to the oxidation process allowing oxygen to attack this STA-BIL® molecule and not oxidize gasoline.

The properties of STA-BIL® formula that allow it to do this are not resistant to the effects of oxygen themselves. At some point, the components of STA-BIL® will begin to oxidizeas well, and the resulting changes diminish its capability to continue providing effective protection to stabilized gasoline.

These reasons can explain why an opened, but tightly capped, bottle of STA-BIL®Fuel Stabilizer is effective for about two years.The oxygen molecules immediately initiate oxidation as soon as the bottle is opened.  You should only be using the most effective products for the best classic cars.

The effectiveness of older, opened bottles of STA-BIL® can also be determined by a color examination due to the dye included in the formulation. As the dye ages, it gets darker. An older variation of this dye may also crystallize as it ages and form flakes in the bottle. These flakes are actually a result of oxidation and the stabilizer will no longer be able to offer the protection to gasoline that a newer bottle will.

An unopened bottle of STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer will remain viable on the shelf for approximately two years because its exposure to oxygen has been limited in a factory sealed container when it is kept in a cool, dry place. Although oxygen can still permeate the bottle, it does so at a much slower rate than if the bottle were opened. However, please note that excessive heat can speed up the oxidation process.

Extended storage of unopened STA-BIL® bottles is not recommended.  Make sure you purchase bottle sizes that can be used within two (2) years of purchase.

If you are still unsure of the date of expiration for a bottle of STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer, the stamped production code on the bottle can tell you when the bottle was produced. The first five digits of the number indicate YYDDD, with YY indicating the last two digits of the year of production and DDD representing the number of the day of that year of production. For example, a production code of 12272-73995-10:30 indicates the bottle was produced on September 28, 2012.  September 28th was the 272nd day in the year 2012. (Julian Day calendar)

Older Bottles made in early 2011 and before used a different coding system where the first letter represented month alphanumerically, the following two digits represented the day of the month and the fourth number represented the year.  Months were in order of A= January, B=February, C=March, etc.  So, C169 meant March 16, 2009.  C is March, 16 is the day in March and 9 is the year, in this case 2009.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Reliving the Glory" | | 07/28/16
 

Joe Seegers just sent this cool pic of our Swordfish trip last week. It was one of those days you want to remember; glad the kids were part of it. Capt. Brant McMullan www.OIFC.com (910) 575-3474
- "Brant McMullan"
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"OIFC weighed 10.4 Flounder" | | 07/26/16
 

Big fish week continues. Chris Smith send us this pic of Joann Taylor with her 10.4 pounder Flounder caught out of Tubbs on Monday. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"8 hour action " | Catch All | 07/26/16
 

This past week has brought a new meaning to “the dog days of summer.” From swordfish, cobia and giant king mackerel; its been unbelievable what has been brought to the OIFC dock.

Pictured below was a fantastic crew I had from an 8hr trip on 7/23. We struck the variety bell and managed to find king mackerel, amberjack, vermillion snapper, triggerfish, grouper and a last minute cobia. Big thanks to Neil Cox, Bryan Cox, Paul Blackwell, and Corey Craig for being a great group and joining Capt. Sean and I on another offshore adventure. The Cobia pictured below tipped the scales at 55-pounds.


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Found a welcome mat in Tubbs" | OIFC | 07/25/16
 

If you were looking for your doormat, don't worry Joann Taylor found it today! She caught it using live bait in Tubbs Inlet. It weighed a whopping 10.4 pounds!!! Congratulations again.


- Katelyn Kincer
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"6 Hr Fun" | | 07/25/16
 

Here is a nice Mahi caught by the Richards crew on board the World Cat with Capt. OC and mate Aaron. Also released another Mahi and king mackerel. Sent from my iPhone
- Chris Dew
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Libby 07/25/2016

Nice catch! Can't wait to book our next trip!





"Couple of Off Shore Pics" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/25/16
 

by Daniel Simmons.  Pictures from the swordfishing trip. I had the privilege of being on board the Reel McCoy with Daniel Simmons Chris Crowley and Chris Eckert as we set out to catch swordfish, not knowing what was in store for us, 5 hours of fighting this monster we landed it and headed in to see just how big it was, final weigh in was 409 pounds! A fishing trip that will be hard to beat, very thankful to have been apart of this trip with 3 great guys!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Full Moon, Big Fish?" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/23/16
 

WOW! Have you seen the reports lately? It has been a big fish kind of week. First swordfish, then a monster swordfish, then the biggest king every weighed in our area. That is all offshore reporting. Can you catch something big in the backwater? Sure can! Jack Ellis from West Virginia drilled this huge 50 inch 53 pound black drum while fishing with me this past week. Unbelievable! Live shrimp on a carolina rig with 15 pound test line and fully decked out in Huk gear. We have awesome high performance fishing apparel made by Huk and Palegic that will keep you cool on the hottest days fighting the biggest fish. Folks, you can't go fishing sitting on the couch watching the rest of us do it. Give us a call, cause you just never know until you go. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"66 pound King" | | 07/23/16
 

Capt. Brant McMullan
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Soon Rolader 07/24/2016

Holy Cow! No need to go to Mississippi. Fish OIB. Got 'em ON!





"66 pound Monster King" | | 07/23/16
 

Biggest ever weighed at OIFC and I think maybe biggest ever weighed in the area. 66.0 pounds- caught on 80' of water on a dead Ballyhoo. They also weighed a 49 pound Cobia. I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see with my own eyes, but that is a legite 66 pounds. Cory Swink and Katherine McClure on the Hawg Hunter Capt. Brant McMullan Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"OIFC is Swordfish ready" | | 07/23/16
 

Harpoon and electric reels- we got it Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Monster OIB Swordfish" | | 07/23/16
 

Congratulations to Daniel Simmons and crew of the Reel McCoy, an Ocean Isle Beach based fishing adventure that led to this awesome 409 pound Swordfish! The crew was fishing 92nm from Ocean Isle Beach in 1300' of water. That's the second monster Sword landed by Ocean Isle Beach fishermen this week. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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