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"Marathon rewards" | | 05/01/15
 

Marathon now offering $.50 gallon back for using their credit card at a Marsthon dealer- and that is the OIFC. The .$50 off deal is for 90 days which will cover your Summer fishing and then it goes back to the standard $.25/gallon. It's a heck of a deal. Get application at OIFC or online at Marathon website.
- Brant Mcmullan
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"Stream Bound" | | 05/01/15
 


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"Capt. Adam's Spanish Report" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/30/15
 

~Catching Spanish Mackerel
By Capt. Adam

This time of year during the transition from spring to summer, when weather is unpredictable and winds are constantly changing, Spanish mackerel is a great inshore fish to catch when you can't get off-shore. As a former charter captain, the Spanish mackerel was my "go to fish" when things weren't going as well as I would have liked with no fish in the box.
Twenty-five years ago Spanish mackerel were plentiful and you could catch a cooler full in a matter of minutes. Find the birds and you would find huge schools of Spanish. Throw out a couple of #0 Clark Spoons" and troll around the outside of the schools and catch them as fast as you could put the lures back into the water.
When I retired from charter fishing some years ago catching Spanish became less and less, due to a number of problems which I won't go into at this time. Has it improved since I retired, I doubt it. Today, they are harder to find, small, often times too small to keep. I have fished against the best of charter captains and none have come up with a true and guaranteed way of finding and catching them.
I experimented with different lures, under different conditions, rising, flood, falling, ebb tides, and over time came up with a system which worked very well when it came to locating and catching Spanish mackerel. First, I used #00 gold and #00 silver spoons for small Spanish, and the same in #0 – 01 for larger Spanish which hung around the 3 –mile reef off OIB sea buoy. Second, I used 30# pink leaders which are transparent in the water. I would start with 20’ leaders and increase by 10’ on #1 planners up to 40 -50 feet until we found Spanish. At 5 knots speed 10 seconds of line out on #1 planner will put it down 10’, guaranteed. 15 seconds 15’. Depending on tides 15’ may bump bottom near sand bar. You can also run a short line on #2 planner with #01 spoon and 15’ leader. Silver #00 works best early morning and afternoon, gold during noon time. I assure you that you will be catching Spanish when other boats will not. Most fish were caught between the sand bar and sea buoy.
Also, fishing the tide lines during slack tides also worked well as Spanish tend to follow small fish out of inlet on falling tide. Also, watch you fish recorder. If you see fish hanging on bottom it’s probably Spanish. Keep adjusting your leader length and line until they start to bite. Mark the spot and catch fish!
Happy Fishing,
Captain Adam (ret)
Adam’s Apple 2


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Capt. Brant 05/02/2015

I think we need a Capt Adam tip of the week? How bout it Capt Adam? Share more of that wisdom. U did forget to mention your #1 method for catching fish... Put me in the cockpit! We were a good team!

Rube McMullan 05/01/2015

Great to hear from a legendary OIB captain, Captain Adam Saunders. For those who don't know, Capt Brant's first mate job was working for Capt Adam on the Job Site; 25 years ago!!

Ernie Ward 04/30/2015

Great advice from a great fisherman! Good to hear from you, Captain Adam! Ernie Ward





"JOLLY MON VIP" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/30/15
 

Attention all Qualifying Jolly Mon VIP Captains -- If you have not submitted your $210 entry payment yet please call Capt. Derek at (704) 616-1615. Capt's that have not paid have until 11:59PM tonight (4/30). We only have four qualifying captains that have not paid yet. If you are one of those, please call the number listed above.


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Empty Pockets" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/29/15
 

Below is a picture of Wendell Barnett Capt. of the "Empty Pockets" and his Tuesday's catch.


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"Stream today" | | 04/29/15
 

We snuck in the weather window that was available today and had a good day on the water. It was surprisingly nice all day until about 2pm when it blew up for the ride home. We fished the Steeples and found it covered up with Blackfin Tuna. They were jumping and busting most of the day and had no problems biting the green machine/bird rig as well as small rigged ballyhoo on 80# fluoro- the best skirts today were pink/white 1/2oz sea witch, pink/white little stubby bubbler and a chartreuse/yellow baby Islander. We also were running two squid teaser chains rigged with a hookless ballyhoo and those attracted the Mahi which made for fun bait and switch. We didn't see many Mahi, we boated 5 and pulled off a couple I believe. We also caught two Weehoos which were a nice surprise and believe it or not a 25# King in 300' of water. It was a steady and busy day for us-- On board were Capt Chris Eckert, Billy Noble, Brayden McMullan and myself. I'm looking forward to the Far Out Shoot Out which starts next week- first fishing day is Sat 9th. Www.oifc.com/foso
- Brant Mcmullan
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"Waterway Sweep!" | OIFC | 04/28/15
 

Waterway Sweep Planned for May 2nd from 9am - 11am

Cash Prizes will be awarded to the heaviest amount of trash weighed in, strangest item found and a scavenger hunt!


When: May 2nd - Saturday from 9am - 11am
Where: Ocean Isle Fishing Center
Sign Up: Sign-up at 8:30 - 8:45am at the OIFC to be eligible for cash prizes.
Boundaries: Pickup will be in the ICW between the Holden Beach Bridge to the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge


General Info:
BYOTB - Bring your own trash bag
Come by boat, kayak, or walk the shoreline
Dumpster will be located at OIFC - bring your trash to the dock and we will cart it to the dumpster
For additional information and updates please visit our Facebook page.

Objective of the Project:
In an effort to keep Brunswick county beautiful for the enjoyment of all of our waterway travelers and protection of our local environment, and through our partnership with Brunswick Catch, The Ocean Isle Fishing Center, Waste Managment, our Leadership Brunswick County Group plans to organize a waterway cleanup, picking up and removing all trash and debris from the Ocean Isle area of the Intracoastal waterway venturing up the Shallotte River, specifically in the area between the Holden Beach bridge and the Ocean Isle bridge.

If you have any questions, comments - feel free to
Call me: (910) 575-6095 OR Email me at brunswickwaterwaysweep@gmail.com!

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- Katelyn Kincer
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"JOLLY MON VIP" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/28/15
 

Attention all invited members for the 2015 Jolly Mon VIP tournament – this is your 2 day notice to get your entries submitted for this tournament. If you have not done such, please contact capt. Derek at (704) 616-1615.


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Jerry Porter's Flounder" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/26/15
 

~~Jerry Potter caught a lot of small flounder but some large ones mixed in on mud minnows from ofic near Little River Inlet
 


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"Way of the Future?" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/25/15
 

Capt. Brant took a trial run today on a natural gas powered Intrepid.


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"River Sweep" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/25/15
 

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Today Kyle Hughes and I participated in the Little River South Carolina River Sweep hosted by Patrick Kelly! Although it rained the event went on. Kyle and I collected 12 bags of trash and 3 crabpots along the shoreline between Ocean Isle Beach and the Little River Cross Roads in 1 1/2 hours. We left plenty behind - it is amazing how dirty our waterways are.


Looking forward to seeing everyone next weekend at the WaterwaySweep held out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center! 9 - 11am - cash prize will be awarded to the heaviest amount of trash weighed! Message me with any questions you may have.

Report by Brandon "Bonecrusher" Sauls


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"JOLLY MON VIP" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/25/15
 

Jolly Mon VIP qualifying captains - this is your FIVE DAY NOTICE for the Jolly Mon VIP. If you have not given Capt. Derek your credit card information to enter the tournament, please do so by calling (704) 616-1615.


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Austin Aycock" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/25/15
 

Looks like Austin hit the big time.  I don't have any info on the trip.  Perhaps Austin will write a report..Hint, Hint

The last 3 pictures are of Jeff Martini and the crew of the "Dirty Martini" today.


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"Day two HT Elite Battle at Boomtown" | OIFC | 04/24/15
 

So recall yesterday I was contemplating whether all my redfish tournament mishaps were just the nature of the beast or was it a “me” problem.  On several occasions that obstacles I’ve faced have been out of my control.  Today, though, I can say it was an absolute 100% “me” problem.  Before I get to that let me start at the beginning.

After yesterday’s unraveling of my game plan due to the trolling motor fire I was pretty down in the dumps.  Here it is the first main event of the new HT Elite Redfish Series and on lap one I have equipment problems that totally handicapped my day.  I somewhat overcame the obstacle yesterday and managed five fish for just under 23lbs, which put into 27th place out of 42 anglers.  Last night I had a good meal with the wife and kids which helped me to clear my mind and refocus on the mission at hand.  I knew making the top 10 was going to be a pretty big reach but I wanted to salvage my week by doing better on day two than day one.  The goal I created in my head was to try and crack the top 20.  There is a season long points race and if I could salvage a top 20 finish I would still be in striking distance for the next event. 

The problem I was fighting, besides mechanical issues, was that I really didn’t have any numbers of good fish that I could run to.  The day was going to be cloudy also so I needed to be in an area I was familiar with such that I could concentrate my efforts on very specific pieces of water where I knew there should be fish.  Cloudy days makes sight fishing super difficult.  There was fish where I was yesterday but I just didn’t feel like those fish were large enough (or better put, too large) to help me accomplish my goal.  I wrestled with a plan all night and morning and just before take off I decided to make another long run (surprise, surprise) to an area I had fished many times in the past that held big fish.  I did scout the area earlier in the week and saw some fish but not very many and the water was dirty.  I felt it gave me the best shot after taking into consideration all the factors.

Off I go, 90+ miles to the west to Bayou Dularge about 15 miles further than yesterday.  The day was cloudy and there was more wind today than yesterday.  It took me exactly 2 hours to get my first spot after beating my way across the big lake and then running the waterways and canals for the rest of the trip.  I sat down and immediately noticed the water was very dirty.  It didn’t take long though until I saw the first fish.  It was dirty water but I slowed my approach way down and was able to faintly see the fish.  Truthfully I believe the dirty water helped me because the fish were having a hard time seeing me and they acted very hungry.  I caught two good ones right off the bat in the first pond.  I hopped around in the same area to other ponds and banks and over a 3 hour period I was able to catch 6 redfish, all measurable fish and keep a nice 5 fish limit.  During that three hour period I’m always thinking, ‘2 down, 3 more to go, 3 down, 2 more to go, 4 down, 1 more to go, will I see another fish?’  Finally, I get 5 in the boat and I’m feeling relieved, and satisfied.  I still have about an hour and fifteen minutes to fish if I want to push it but I on this rare occasion I don’t get greedy and I start heading back thinking I will stop off at more spot on the way home to try and upgrade. 

Remember that “me” problem.  Here she comes.  So I take off out of my small ponds and start the 90 mile trip towards the launch.  I get about 10 miles into the run and have to make a crossing over a big lake and with the wind blowing now the lake is rough.  I’m taking a beating in my flat bottom boat making the crossing and I’m over on the edge trying to get relief from the lee of the bank.  It wasn’t working.  It was a tough run but I had just about made it across and I start to intently study my gps chart, mind you still getting beat to death and trying to read the chart, as I was approaching the marsh area I was going to stop off at on the way home for one last shot.  That lesson they teach in driving school, don’t take your eyes off the road, ya that’s one to remember.  Somehow from the time I looked down at my gps to the time I looked up, I covered a lot more ground than I thought.  My eyes left the gps just in time to refocus and realize, “OH S***!” It was too late.  I jerked the wheel hard and came off the throttle but I piled it up.  I’m talking full blown wrecked it.  I ended up in the middle of a peninsula of land at about a 30 degree angle.  I’m done.  I jump out and try pushing, ya right.  She is high and dry.  I start trying to dig a hole around my prop thinking I could maybe dredge my way out.  Nope, its hard clay.  I’ve done everything possible and I aint going no-wheres.  Remember I’m in the far reaches of southern Louisiana stuck on the edge of Lake Mechant.  Not a whole lot of options.  I was about ½ mile from an old abandoned fish camp so I’m thinking well worst comes to worst I could swim over to the fish camp and hunker down for the night.  That was until I saw a gator swimming across the channel.  That’s out.  Thankfully I had a little bit of cell service.  I start calling other anglers hoping somebody is in the area that could pull me off.  Nobody is answering.  I knew there was one other boat behind me and I did everything possible to reach him but his phone went unanswered.  After about 30 minutes of sitting there and trying everything to get off I make the text of shame to Clay Hughes with Sea Tow at home in OIB asking to get the number for the Sea Tow closest to me.  He obliges.  About that time I see an old crab boat making its way out the bayou about ¼ mile from me so I jump into action.  I grab my flare gun and shoot a couple flares and bust off the hand flares.  Either he didn’t see them, not likely, or he didn’t give a damn to help a “go fast” tournament sport angler.  There was hope and then it was gone.  Another 20 minutes goes by and I’m working on logistics of getting Sea Tow to me, which wasn’t going to be an easy task.  Just then I see another boat coming up the lake from a few miles away and he’s running fast.  “Maybe this is a tournament guy?”  I’m talking to myself, “please don’t turn off into the marsh before you get to me, come on baby!”  I have one flare left in my gun.  I wait until he gets about a mile from me and I shoot in his direction.  “Bingo!”  He makes a turn.  Let me tell you about what RELIEF feels like.  Shane Pescay, (my new best buddy) who happened to be in the top 10 after day one and today has a camera guy on board rescues me.  We hooked up a rope and with several attempts the boat finally came free. 

And that’s it folks.  I continued on my way for 80 more miles and made the weigh in on time.  31.5 lbs with a .75 lb penalty for one dead fish.  He died when the boat went on an angle during the wreck which caused the water to drain from the well.  I had one of the largest bags of the day and moved from 27th to 17th place just 4lbs out of the top ten.  Mission accomplished, in a not so routine manner.

I’m beaten, battered, bruised and exhausted.  I barely made my flight after all that but am headed back home tonight.  All said, it was exactly what I said it would be all along…..an adventure.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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Forrest Taylor 04/26/2015

Great Job, Can't keep a Carolina Boy down. Be safe coming home.

Steve Chase 04/26/2015

Great comeback Capt Barrett! Glad you did not try to swim to that old fish camp??. Have a safe trip home.





"Saturday we have boats open" | | 04/23/15
 

The wind forecast is looking really good for Saturday and we have NO boats booked to the Stream??? It's crazy!! It looks like it may rain but the fish are allready wet! This is our window of time to capitalize on the Stream so let's go! Call 910-575-3474
- Brant Mcmullan
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"YETI " | OIFC | 04/23/15
 

We just received lots of NEW Yeti Products!

Now IN STOCK: 20 Oz Yeti Ramblers, Yeti Koozies, Yeti Croakies & MORE

DONT FORGET- If you buy your Yeti Cooler from OIFC, we will customize it for FREE!

 


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"HT Elite Bayou Segnette Day One" | OIFC | 04/23/15
 

Had a late night last night getting everything ready to go for what was day one today of the HT Redfish Series Elite event in Bayou Segnette, LA.  The weather was calling for severe thunderstorms today so we were all prepared to fish under tough, no sun conditions.  Sun is critical for this style of redfishing.  Fortunately, the weather man missed it and it was a perfect day.

I've said before that a day on the water with me for one of these tournaments should be documented for reality tv.  It never fails.  Whatever could go wrong will go wrong to the point of it being almost comical.  Almost... So far in the previous event's this year I've been battling mechanical breakdowns at every turn.  It's funny though how I can prefish for 5 days and everything is perfect.  Come tournament day and the whole world falls apart.  And so it was today.

I drew boat #1 this morning so I was first to check out.  I busted out at wide open throttle and kept her hooked up for 90 miles through lakes, swing bridges and back waterways of southern Louisiana.  From Bayou Segnette to Lake Boudreaux was the run and it took 1 hour and 47 minutes.  I didn't have great fish I was going to but I felt like this was my best shot.  As soon as I sat down I went to turn on the trolling motor and yep, you guessed it, a flicker of a light then nothing.  "REALLY!, You have to be kidding".  This trolling motor has given me fits for the last two events but I thought I had it resolved now.  It worked without a hitch all week.  So here I am 90 miles away and not much time to fish and the one piece of equipment that is more important than any other has gone on the fritz.  I do what every good boat mechanic would do.  I kick it, bang on it, and cuss at it.  She's alive!  Ok time to go to work.  I work the first area for about 30 minutes and see some fish.  I put a small one in the livewell and catch one a 1/2 inch too long.  I decide to move just around the corner.  Trolling motor up.  Nope.  Here we go again.  Wasting precious time.  I get down out of the tower to do my banging routine when a funny smell and quick glimpse of smoke around the trolling motor catches my eye.  I open the hatch and smoke billows out.  Not good, I'm on fire.  Yep, I swear to it.  Like I said, if it's not one thing it's ten others.  I rip the power supply chords out of the plug and when I did this, they made an arc and sent sparks shooting across the boat.  I throw the wires down and they burn the deck a little bit.  Thinking I had the situation under control I regain my wits and notice the smoke coming back and getting more concentrated.  The hole where the plug had been had exposed raw fiberglass and now it was smoldering.  I'm thinking, "ok, is this really happening?  I'm on fire.  Am I supposed to get the fire extinguisher?"  I tried a bucket of water first and that did the job.  The trolling motor is now halfway deployed and totally out of commission.  I spend the next 30 minutes dismantling it so I can stow it and figure out what to do next.  You can imagine the smoke coming out of my ears at this point.  In my mind I'm selling the boat, rods, reels and never coming back to Louisiana.  A cooling off period then ensued.  I'm just wondering now, do the other guys fishing this series have the same trials and tribulations as me and thus it's the nature of the beast or is this a "me" problem?

I consider throwing in the towel and heading back as trying to redfish with aritificials without a trolling motor is not exactly the way you want to go about it.  Nevertheless, I was here let's just see if we can make something of what's left of the day.  I figure out that I can use my big motor to position the boat so that I can then have a slow drift across a pond or down a shoreline.  Not ideal, but it can work.  I spend the next 2 hours fishing this way and surprisingly it's pretty effective.  Apparently by slowing down I wasn't spooking fish and was actually seeing a few fish.  I worked hard and ended up catching a fish.  I had my heart broken by catching 4 more fish just over 27" but I was able to catch my 5 fish limit of measurable fish.  They weren't very big but 5 fish considering my circumstances was an accomplishment.  I didn't know whether to feel angry about the day or satisfied for having somewhat overcome the major obstacle I was dealt.  

With just under 23lbs for 5 fish I'm nowhere near the top but I'm also not at the bottom of the leaderboard.  I briefly considered packing it in and heading home but then I got to thinking about Nascar of all things.  This situation is kind of like wrecking on lap one of the first race of the year, the Daytona 500.  You either head to the garage or you put the pieces back together the best you can, get back on the track and log a few points laps and stay in the game for the season points race.  I got back this afternoon, visited the pits, put it back together and I'll be on the track again tomorrow.  Hopefully I'll get a few laps or in this case fish in but I'm most certain that something will break, something unexpected will happen and I will story to tell.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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Steve Chase 04/24/2015

Capt. Barrett, Cheer up, at least you didn't sink and get eaten by a gator. Negative thinking never gets it done so keep smiling and think positive! Can't be all bad, after all at least you're fishing (well kinda)!!! SC





"Make up trip to Stream Saturday" | | 04/23/15
 

Have a couple spots left to fill to go to the Gulf Stream on Saturday- call 910-575-3474.
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"Jolly Mon is coming" | | 04/23/15
 

I'm going over final proof before printing 2015 Jolly Mon program. The Jolly Mon is coming soon! This will be T shirt design this year
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"Stream today" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/22/15
 

Capt OC and I on duty with local crew from Sea Trail- Bob Clingensmith, Brian Blaine, John Young, Bob Vollmer, Wayne Hellmann, Larry Hershoff. Weather was acceptable but not great- west, southwest at 15-20kts. We started at Blackjack and found 75 degree blended blue water but no action. We were working the 160-180' ledge and got to the East end when we started seeing a lot of flying fish being pushed up. We hooked up on the bird/green machine shotgun and boated a Blackfin. While fighting that fish we had several flyers nearly jump in the boat and we saw several good size Blackfin piling on the flyers. Capt OC and I reset out spread and changed the long riggers to 1/4oz blue/white and solid crystal Bluewater Candy sea witches with small ballyhoo on 80# fluoro- to mimic the flying fish. It worked. We rest and caught two Mahi and two more Blackfin quickly. Again we did the same. From 9:30-1pm it was very busy with action from Mahi and Blackfin. All bites came on the shotgun bird/green machine or long riggers with small skirts and ballys. It slowed after 1 but we did finish up with one more nice Blackfin to call it a day. The World Cat does well in a trough sea and we cruised home relatively comfortable. It was a good day as we stayed busy most of the time and caught some nice fish and great eating. We did not have any wahoo bites today although I did have several baits set for them all day. The fish are biting- lets go fishing! Makeup trip this Saturday for anyone who wants to go- call me at 910-575-3474


- Austin Aycock
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