Capt. Brant's Fishing Report
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"Night Before Tournament" | OIFC | 06/10/15
I have not done a very good job with my day to day reporting of the latest redfish tournament adventure this week. I've spent most of the week in Delacroix, LA hunting up the famed Louisiana pond pumpkins. The fish over in that area are notoriouxly orange and fat. Brant and I looked around for a few days, found some fish and caught a few. Yesterday, Brant went home and my wife and daughter came in to pump some new life into me as I was beginning to drag a little after the full week of hunting. I've covered over 500 miles of shoreline in Louisiana and MIssissippi trying to find THE hotspot. In general what I've found is scattered fish in multiple areas.
I'm now in Gulfport, MS which is where the tournament is being hosted. The big issue that's been on my mind all week is getting to the fishing grounds. We are checking out here in Gulfport and must cross about 25 miles of open water before we can get protection from the islands. The plan is to run back to Louisiana about 70 miles. That first 25 miles is going to be questionable for the guys in flat bottom tower boats like me. I will struggle in the rougher sea conditions but once to the fishing grounds I'll be in good shape. That's IF I make it to the fishing grounds. There is a distinct possibility I won't be able to make the crossing and thus won't be able to fish. It's a tough situation but unavoidable at this stage.
Nevertheless, I'm fueled up and staged for battle tomorrow. I'm not on the greatest body of fish but I'm hopeful I can pull it together. We are fishing for 2 redfish up to 27" and one redfish up to 30". Weigh in will be broadcast live tomorrow at www.theredfishseries.com around 4pm-5pm. Time to get it done!
Capt. Barrett McMullan
"Robs bait pen" | | 06/10/15
Ended up with one extra bait pen. 1" mesh, $275. First come- only one we got left.
Also- I have unveiled our top secret for the year. Oifc invested in a bulk order of prime, grade A Ribbonfish this early Spring. They are hand caught and vacuum sealed in 2 paks- $11/2 pak. Not cheap in price but not cheap in quality either. These are the ones you want!!
"Shark bite!" | | 06/10/15
"Treffinger, Derek James"
"Birthday Gift" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/10/15
~~A month ago my girlfriend Kristen asked what I wanted for my birthday, and my response was "a big old doormat flounder". After this stud wrapped the prop on the Yamaha, one final swoop with the landing net and she delivered! This was by far one of the best presents ever (besides the Yeti)!
Capt. Rickey Beck
--Capt. Tim Gallimore
"Sharks, Spanish, Blues" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/07/15
The nearshore action right along the beach front has been red hot with plenty of bluefish, spanish, and sharks willing to bite. There are some really nice sharks out there that will really stretch your line. Look for the bait pods and drop a bloody fillet down in the bait pod. Hang on! Most of that action is happening in 30 feet of water our less. To our East around the Yaupon and Oceancrest area the King mackerel have been biting around the pogy pods in 30 feet of water or less. A few Cobia could and should be hanging close to these bait pods as well. How do you locate the bait pods? Look for the PELICANS! They will most likely tell you where the bait is. As you get close look for the flips or a dark purple mass in the water. You should see the bait flashing up to 15 feet deep. The water has been clear and clean out there. For those that can venture a little further offshore. The 10 to 15 mile range has been seeing more action for Cobia, Spadefish, and King mackerel. The 390's, Sherman, and the Shark hole have all produced action from these critter. Plenty of cannonball jellies to scoop up just outside the inlet for the spades. See ya on the water!
Capt. Jacob Frick
"Backwater Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/07/15
The bait of choice has been small menhaden that have finally started to consistently show themselves in the waterway flipping in front of the Ocean Isle Marina. If you are heading toward the Shallotte River they are also flipping in the waterway in front of the Holden beach canals on a regular basis as well. The flounder are the main ones taking an interest in the little menhaden fished on a carolina rig drifted or slowly dragged along in an anchored position. Deeper holes 6 to 8 feet at lower tide levels have been producing some decent flounder. During the higher tides 2 to 4 feet of water around docks, slick muddy spots around oysters beds, and sand bar edges with hard current is where the fish are most likely hanging out. Redfish and trout are also taking an interest in the little menhaden around the docks and submerged oyster beds. Same carolina rig will work, but do not move the bait. Black drum are also hanging around deep holes with hard structure near by. Fresh cut shrimp or live shrimp will work for black drum. Live shrimp or blue crab chunks will also increase your chances at catching a red drum in the same area as black drum. See ya on the water!
Capt. Jacob Frick
"OIFC customer loyalty - SWAMP PARK ZIP" | OIFC | 06/07/15
If you follow this site you are certainly aware of the new Shallotte River Swamp Park - Zipline adventure the OIFC has built near OIB. The park is open and we want to thank our loyal OIFC customers for their support by offering them first crack at the awesome mile+ zipline at a 50% savings.
Here is how it works. Go to www.shallotteriverswamppark.com or call 1-844-778-9471 and make your reservation to do the Zipline and/or Swamp tour. When you arrive to check-in, simply mention that you are an OIFC customer and you'd like to request your 50% savings. A manager will sign and date your Zip and Swamp tour receipt, which you then can take to the OIFC to redeem for a gift card for 50% of the cost of your Swamp Park adventure. PLEASE BE AWARE THIS OFFER EXPIRES JUNE 11 AND ALL TRIPS MUST BE COMPLETED BY JUNE 11.
You have got to try the zipline. It has received really good reviews from patrons thus far. And you will not believe the Swamp Tour. You'd never know such a natural beauty existed in the area- very serene.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Empty Pockets" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/06/15
~~Where did big dolphin go release 5 dolphins back in water kept 9
-Wendell Barnette of the Emptu Pockets
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Redfish Tournament Time Again" | OIFC | 06/06/15
Back at it. This time Brant has come along for the adventure. We left out of Wilmington yesterday and flew into New Orleans. From there we picked up the boat and truck and made our way down to Delacroix, LA. The second seasonal event begins this coming Thursday out of Gulfport, MS but today and for the next few days we'll be scouting around south Louisiana looking for tournament quality redfish. The mission within the mission is shooting another episode for No Limit's Fishing Show. Today we had perfect conditions. Light winds, bright and sunny skies should mean excellent fishing. Unfortunately they didn't get the memo. We covered a couple hundred miles of shoreline today hoping to find a large body of quality redfish. It wasn't to be. We did find scattered fish all day but nothing that really had tournament potential. Some of the fish we caught were really good size but there just weren't enough of them. Tomorrow we will change zip codes and fish an area known as the Biloxi Marsh. It's all about covering ground.
Capt. Barrett McMullan
"Gulf Stream today on the World Cat" | | 06/06/15
"Jolly Mon seeking help " | | 06/05/15
I am putting together the labor force that will help to insure this year's
Jolly Mon goes off as smooth as ever. If you have interest in helping at
the Jolly Mon King Classic please email me - email@example.com - your name
and cell number. The days the event will need help are Thurs, June 18th
thru Sunday, June 21st so also put which days you can be available.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Another Less than 70' report" | | 06/03/15
Cobia continue to show in the 50-70' depths. Also kings are biting good in same depths and today OC had a couple of nice Mahi in same depth. Pogys thick outside Shallotte inlet in 25-30'. Spanish there too. Fish are chewing. OC had 3 cobia to go along with Mahi and Kings today all in less than 70'.
"NEW ATTRACTION" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/03/15
Have you ever wanted to take the family or visiting guests somewhere fun and exciting without driving far? If you said yes to the question, take some time this weekend to check out the brand new Shallotte Swamp Park. This establishment offers zip line tours, aerial park adventures and swamp boat eco-tours that will leave you with a more appreciative outlook on Brunswick County’s swamp ecosystem. Not to mention the intense thrill zip lining through the tree tops brings most customers. Visit http://www.shallotteswamppark.com/faqs/ for more information about this new and attractive business.
Capt. Derek Treffinger
"Jolly Mon juniors and ladies get ready" | | 06/03/15
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"Nearshore report" | | 06/02/15
I recently received some constructive criticism requesting more news on
nearshore action - "Less than 70 foot" was the title of the email. I admit
we could be guilty of just reporting on the glamourous stuff offshore and
maybe not giving the nearshore enough credit. Sorry for that. Glamour is
relative to the size of the boat I suppose.
I Spanish fished yesterday and caught plenty just outside Shallotte Inlet in
18-25' of water. There were Spanish jumping all around, but they were not
biting near as good as I would have thought with all that I was seeing. I
tuned in my spread to #0 chartreuse spoons on 30' of 20# leader and #1
planers and did better. I also found them to be a little more active around
the Pogy schools outside the inlet although I was seeing the jump randomly
all over the place. On another note, there were several Pogy schools
outside the inlet and a couple of them had BIG fish in them. I came onto
one pod that had a group of a dozen 20 pound plus Jack Crevalle cruising
through them. That is some fun fishing - they fight like crazy. I did not
see any Cobia, but there has to be some around. There are certainly plenty
of Sharks under the schools. Speaking of Cobia, we are starting to see more
of them in 50-65 feet while King fishing. The Kings have been biting good
in this depth on live and dead bait. We are seeing lots of 5-10 pound Kings
with a few bigger- Lighthouse Rocks, 90/90, Shark Hole and Jungle have all
And that's the nearshore report. I leave the inshore stuff to Jacob and
Jeff. I'm looking for them to chime in with their news.
Capt. Brant McMullan