Capt. Brant's Fishing Report
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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
"NC citations" | | 06/02/15
For those who wonder where your 2014 NC fish citation is, they look to finally be arriving. This is Brayden's from last year and it's finally here. So look in the mail.
"Woke up to a Calm Ocean" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/02/15
Woke up at day break to see calm conditions. It is the end of the school year for my 7 year old son, so I decided to keep him out of school. You don't get too many days the ocean is that calm and you don't have something else going on. Jake and I caught blue fish, spanish, and sharks until our arms hurt. The menhaden were thick in about 35 feet of water with sharks, spanish, and blues feeding on them hard. I am amazed nothing else was there, but it was still lots of fun to watch my son freak out on all the action. Great day on the water and memories that will forever be fresh on his mind. See ya on the water!
Capt. Jacob Frick
"Mahi fun" | | 06/02/15
I assembled a willing crew and we set out for glory yesterday. I wanted to find the east side of the stream. 135nm later we found it. The edge was not made up very strong which is what I was hoping for. It pretty much looked like the edge on our side and the fish pretty much acted the same. I had visions of fish begging to jump in the boat. It was a slick calm day and relaxing, and that was nice. Been there done that!
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"Fisherman's Post Tournament" | Tiberias - 22' | 05/31/15
~~I really felt like we struggled all day in the tournament. We struggled to catch bait. We struggled to keep the boat in position. We struggled to hook and land a flounder. We caught lots of flounder, but many of them were short of the keeper mark. We stayed in places much longer becuase we kept getting bites thinking Mr. Big would show up, but our largest flounder was only 19 or so inches. We had to pull anchor and head for our red drum spots as the tide was getting right. First cast and a 28 incher jumped all over it. TOO BIG! Can't catch a flounder big enough and now can't catch a redfish small enough. That would be a great charter fishing day, but we needed a tournament fish. We doubled up with a short redfish and another 28 inch fish. Hooked up and broke off on the oysters. Got another bite and saw the fish surface. He looks perfect! We fought the fish all the way to the boat and one final headshake sawed the line into right above the hook. Needless to say, the air had left our sails. It was getting hard to stay focused, but we managed to get three more lines set. We double up. Jake's fished looked smaller. Scott's fish rolled and looked good. We quickly landed Jake's fish and quickly released as it was short. Scott kept working on what appeared to be a good looking fish. We GOT 'EM! We measure him twice, three times, maybe even four times flipping each time. He was rubbing the line on one side, but a good quarter inch short of 27 inches on the other side. We put him in the live well. We set out lines one more time and Jake drilled a respectable 24 inch fish. The tide stopped and so did the redfish bite. We debated as we measured our large redfish several times checking to make sure he was legal. Well, as luck would have it, we got checked by Marine Fisheries. I told Scott we are about to find out if he is going to pass or not. The officer measured the fish on both sides and noted that I needed to make sure his mouth was closed and to pitch the tail. I guess in all the excitment I didn't notice the fishes mouth was open. Once closing his mouth he was a good quarter of an inch in the slot on both sides. He's a winner! That is a stud no doubt. We could not have been more pleased. Shocked! Surprised! Our slot fished weighed 7.62 pounds which is great for our area. I have only seen a few bigger than that and that is usually in the fall time. We did finally pull out a 20 inch flounder at 2.97 pounds and that was good enough to put us in the top spot! I expected a better flounder and didn't even think we had a chance at catching a drum. I guess that is fishing and you just never know. See ya on the water!
Capt. Jacob Frick
"3rd Overall" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/30/15
~~Fished the Fisherman's Post Ocean Isle Inshore Challenge today with Clay Morphis We were not the champs, but we were not losers either. We landed a 5.71lb redfish and a 3.08lb flounder for a total aggregate weight of 8.79lbs which was good enough to place us 3rd overall in the aggregate division! I take that for a fun day of Saturday fishing!
Capt. Rickey Beck
--Thx for the report Brandon
"Today's Stream" | | 05/30/15
Mahi were biting good around MacMarlen ledge area from 170-350'.
"Stream report" | | 05/30/15
"Treffinger, Derek James"
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"Black Drum" | N/A | 05/30/15
Friday some of our OIFC store staff went out in search of bait. While the crew was out store team member Emily Heeseman caught her first black drum!
"Former Off-Shore School Member" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/30/15
Now this is heading out in the morning. May 5th caught eight nice dolphin and two wahoo
Former student of yours
26 ft Glacier Bay
Thank you John. See what happens when you pay attention in class?
Capt. Rickey Beck
"New Regs" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/30/15
This article is about approved Sheepshead regs and possible future flounder regs.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Jolly Mon VIP" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/29/15
The tournament field is finally set. Capt's that have entered - please visit http://www.oifc.com/tournaments#T4 to read over all the rules, and checkout time. Thank you all for your particpication and cooperation thus far. Now all we need is some fish to show up!
Capt. Derek Treffinger
"Citation Speckled Trout" | Tiberias - 22' | 05/28/15
~~For years, a friend from years ago has been trying to arrange a trip with me. Life catches up with us all and sometimes other things take priority over fishing. Joe Collepardi finally got to get on the water with me this past weekend as things lined up perfectly. Joe is a great man with a big heart and the trip really had very little to do with him. Joe has been taking care of a young lady for years and see has become more like a daughter to him. This young lady will be getting married in the near future and asked Joe to walk her down the aisle. What an honor! That says a lot about a man's character. Joe's soon to be, sort of son-in-law is what this trip was all about. Andrew Dodson drilled some nice flounder and hammered a North Carolina Citation trout. Not a bad day! See ya on the water!
Capt. Jacob Frick