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"IFA Pro AM- Slidel" | OIFC | 09/13/14
 

I've been off the radar lately.  Between work, travel, babies and fishing it's tough to slow down long enough to post a report.  To catch every one up on my latest fishing adventures I'll go thru the last couple days.  With my HT Elite one man redfish tournaments wrapped up for the year I had a hankering to get back to the gulf and hunt redfish.  I got the chance when I was able to get into the Inshore Fishing Association's Pro Am event being held in Slidel, LA this weekend. 

I am here as a co-angler which means essentially I am filling the role of amateur.  20 Pros are randomly paired with 20 amateurs and then shuffled each day.  It's every man for himself but the pros are competing against pros and amateurs vs amateurs with one pro and one amateur on each boat.  As the co angler or amateur there's really not a whole lot you can do to influence the success or lackthereof your day.  It's also kind of nice because you have no responsibilities either which is perfect for me on my currently busy schedule!  No prefishing involved for me on this deal.  Just roll into town, go fish and let the cards fall.

Day one I was paired up with Rob Ferris, who ironically is an old king mackerel tournament guy from NC (Mad Mouse Team) who has converted to redfish.  We fished the Biloxi marsh and had a fair day.  We were able sight fish some and managed to scrape together a 2 fish sack of 13.11.  After day one I was in 9th place.  The top 10 boats at the end of day two move onto the final day of fishing on Sunday.

Day two, today, I was paired with Louisiana guide and redfish tournament legend Eddie Adams.  He did not dissapoint.  I saw parts of Louisiana today that I'm not sure too many people have seen.  We ran through bayous no wider than a parking space at 55mph, weaving through the marshes, bayous, lakes, ponds and rivers until we reached our fishing destination.  We fished some absolutely perfect conditions in gin clear water.  Unfortunately most of the fish he was on had disappeared.  We worked hard all day and had about 11lbs in the boat which wasn't going to do it for either of us.  I will admit Eddi caught most of the fish.  The guy has eyes for redfish like I've never seen.  With about 15 minutes left to fish before we had to go, patience and perseverence paid off.  We (he) nailed two quality fish.  The first was a stud that barely measured and ended up weighing 8.84lbs.  The second fish was 7.47 which gave us over 16lbs for todays sack.  It was good enough to put him into second place for the pros and me into 3rd place on the amateur side. 

Tomorrow is the final day of fishing and the top 10 pros and amateurs will be on the water.  I'm teamed up with another top redfish tournament pro, Fred Myers from Pensacola.  In all honesty the success in the tournament is not too important to me.  Getting the opportunity to fish on the same boat as some of the best in the business is what it's all about. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Va Bch revisited" | | 09/13/14
 

We have assembled again in Va Beach to try our hand at White Marlin? Not really sure but it's blowing about 15-20 out of the north and it's feeling a but like a Wicked Tuna episode- that "northern" feel is strong up here. Whoever said Va was southern hasn't been to Va Beach. So here we go. We may end up at the local diner but we will look at the ocean first. Stay tuned Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"" | | 09/12/14
 

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"Team hail yeah" | | 09/12/14
 

The king mackerel fishing has been a little slow lately but the cold weather is soon to come and the fish will follow. There have been a few fish caught in the 65' range and there is word of bait on the beach. The water is still a little warm but there are fish out there, all that's left is to go catch them. I went with a good buddy not to long ago and we were fortunate enough to catch a few kings. Our biggest was 35, and a 37. 37 pictured below. - Austin Aycock Sent from my iPhone
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"From Billy Berg" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 09/11/14
 

Billy fished with a friend out of murrells Wednesday around the scarp. They had lots of Bonita, 2 wahoo, and 5 dolphin.


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Paul P 09/12/2014

I know I know! Its the elusive Striped Spanish Mackerel!





"Kings today" | | 09/11/14
 

Had a couple decent kings today in 65 feet of water. The water was still green but the clarity was great. Caught some turbo pogies off of Ocean Isle beach this morning in about seventeen feet of water. The bite wasn't fast and furious but it was steady for the most part of the day. Sent from my iPhone
- Stan Gurganus
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Sam 09/12/2014

Awesome! Heading down there tonight hoping to fish tomm AM. where were these caught jungle?





"Scuba trip Wednesday" | | 09/11/14
 

Cameron Sebastian of Coastal Scuba helped to reintroduce Amy and I back to Scuba/spear fishing yesterday. Capt. Jacob joined us as our "top man" to be sure the boat would be there when we came up- pretty important! We dove in areas SW of the Frying Pan Tower in 75-105 feet of water. The visibility out in 100 foot was around 50', very good. We saw lobster and Hogfish in this depth, but really no Grouper to speak of. There were of course Amberjack and some schools of Cigar Minnows, but it was kind of quiet. We moved inshore a little and dove 75-90 feet and found much more Grouper activity. We were attempting to film our next show of No Limits Fishing - www.NoLimitsFishing.com - so hopefully we got some good footage of master diver Cameron spearing Grouper and Hogfish. We went Shark free the entire trip up until the very end of the last dive when Mr. Bull Shark showed up. Luckily we were all ready making our ascent and thus he was left wondering what had just happened down there- not as many Grouper as he remembered last time he was there? I will hold the pictures as you will have to tune in to watch www.NoLimitsFishing.com or you can see on ATMC cable when you are at the beach. Other things I saw - large concentrations of top water Cigar Minnow schools in 70' offshore of Cape Fear River. Lots of scattered weed in the 70-110 depth range. It would be hard to topwater fish this area. Capt. Brant McMullan www.OIFC.com (910) 575-3474 --- This email is free from viruses and malware because avast! Antivirus protection is active. http://www.avast.com
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INSHORE FISHING REPORT- Capt. Jacob Frick
We are catching reds below the slot, in the slot and a few over the slot. Mullet minnows are thick just about everywhere and menhaden are starting to stack up along the beach front. A cool front is suppose to ease our way late this week. All the ingredients are in place for another great fall bite. As always the last two weeks of September and most of October should see some really strong action from redfish in our area. Plan your trip now!

Head on over to the fishing report to read more from Captains Jacob and Jeff on the inshore bite!
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Captains Brant and Barrett McMullan took off for an adventure in Virginia Beach in hopes of catching some white marlin. They were able to catch and release a few, here is a picture of Capt. Brant with one! Head on over to the fishing report for a full recap of their trip!
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Photo: Capt. Brant McMullan with a white marlin caught off of Virginia Beach
Not Pictured: Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Grocery Shopping" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/10/14
 

We have had just about enough rain for this month already. We got a break yesterday and the next two days look great. Thunderstorms are forecasted in the afternoons again this coming weekend and more rain early next week. I got out yesterday for a little while just to check on the action and possibly gather up enough fish for a meal. I started off throwing soft plastics with just a few bumps. Decided to cheat pulling out the live mullet minnows, it didn't take long before a 30 inch redfish was tugging on the line. I went back to throwing soft plastics finding a nice trout for the dinner table. The tide was right, so I added a few nice shrimp to the grocery list. I lightly pan fried the trout along with about a half pound of shrimp for dinner. I love the saltwater! See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Backwater School" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/08/14
 

We actually got to fish Saturday in between the rain showers. Plenty of flounder are hanging in the creeks, but we only managed to find the short ones. We found plenty of nice size croakers and the black drum are getting a little bit bigger. We had been catching black drum between 12 to 13 inches and there are still plenty of those out there. However, we did find a pretty good group of black drum between 14 to 16 inches this past Saturday. Please keep in mind the new regulations on black drum. Black drum must fall in a slot now 14 to 25 inches and they have a creel limit of 10 per person per day. Great eating fish! Redfish were a bit more stubborn for us Saturday, but we did manage to find a few. Our best was 32 inches. If the rain will let up we should see the redfishing drastically improve over the next several weeks. Below is my backwater school from this past Saturday. If you are interested in taking one of our schools we have two more left this year. Capt. Jeff Williamson is hosting our next school September 19th and 20th targeting bull redfish. I will be hosting our final school November 7th and 8th targeting speckled trout and redfish using soft plastics. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"interesting week for sure" | Get Busy | 09/07/14
 

From Bachelorette party fishing to dock flounder fishing to some good ole creek smack down redfishing. Some days I have to remind myself that sometimes it's not all about fishing. I had a great time with Michelle and her brides maids fishing and just making memories for what should be some great stories on Oct 11, 2014. How about some dock flounder? I was watching Capt. Derrick clean some offshore bottom fish and noticed a nice 3.5 lb flounder busting pin fish. I caught that one and 5  more flounder in 30 minutes.  Redfish in the creek, I got-em. 27 to 32 inches.


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Hooked up" | | 09/07/14
 

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"VA Beach Recap" | OIFC | 09/06/14
 

~~Back at home today after two days of white marlin fishing out of Virginia Beach.  Capt. Brant and I heard there was a strong bite of white marlin going on earlier this week so we took off out of Ocean Isle Wednesday afternoon with our sights set on Oregon Inlet.  After more investigation we found out the bite was better further north so we altered course and headed for VA Beach.  It's about a 6 hour tow from OIB.  For some reason going north 6 hours seems like a much bigger deal than going south.  I can tell you the landscape and people sure change a lot more going north vs south.


We woke up early Thursday morning and put the boat in not really knowing where to start.  We put in at Rudee inlet at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center but it didn't look like there was much activity around the docks.  We finally decided to head offshore around 630am and hope we would find the fleet.  Apparently they leave the dock really early around there so missed our chance to latch onto the charter boats.  Nevertheless it was calms seas and we had mobility so off we went at 50mph due east toward the Norfolk canyon with white marlin on our mind.  We came prepared with all the high level white marlin gear we've heard about (dredges, teasers, dink baits etc).  After about 65 miles of running offshore we began to see boats in the distance it quickly became apparent we were in the right place.  We stopped on the outside of about 30 charter boats who were chattering on the radio about how the bite had been very good in previous days but starting off slow this morning.  As we organized our gear we heard several boats catching white marlin and a few blue marlin we're being battled.  Getting a white marlin trolling spread in the water is no small task.  Between the dredges, squid chains and hooked baits, there is a lot of rigging involved.  We put the boat in idle ahead and as we completed rigging each step we'd put it behind the boat sort of setting the stage for when we'd actually start actively trolling/fishing.  The first thing in the water was a squid chain and keep in mind we are just moving forward at idle speed, not trolling speed.  I went back to rigging the dredge and about 2 minutes later Brant was working on getting the riggers set up and he shouts, "there he is".  I'm confused as we haven't really started fishing.  "There he is? What!"  I look up and about 20 ft behind the boat I see a bill and dorsal fin going nuts on our squid chain.  We go into a Chinese fire alarm trying to get a hook in a bait so we can get it in front of the white.  We finally did but he wasn't keen on our bait just preferred to destroy our teaser.  After a few minutes he swam off.  0 for 1.

We got our spread together and began fishing a short time after our first encounter.  It wasn't long until we had two more whites come up on our long riggers.  Brant fed one and we were on.  The fish was angled, posed for pics and released.  1 for 3.  Success!  We had officially left our neighborhood, travled to a new place with an objective and accomplished the goal.  We're thinking this is easy, now let's put some numbers on the boat.  As is typical with that frame of thought, the bite totally died.  The fleet was moaning about how bad the fishing was as apparently they were all catching double digit whites leading up to the day.  What was interesting was observing these local boats.  Like is always the case, these guys had it dialed in.  We were under the impression white marlin fishing was a trolling fishery but up there these guys were into a new tactic of live baiting.  This was right up our alley.  So after a few hours without a bite, we studied what they were doing and dropped a jig 400 ft to the bottom to try and jig up live bait.  Sure enough, we found jumbo tinker mackerel were thick on the bottom.  This is why the fish were there.  We quickly transitioned to live bait gear and we were fishing.  It still wasn't hot and heavy but we finally did get another couple bites and landed one white before the end of the day.  2 for 5 was the result.  We had learned a lot and still had a lot to learn.  The plan was to try again in the morning for a half day.  Day two report coming later.  No Chris Campbell on board so these few pics and vid is all we have for now.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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Dr. T 09/08/2014

Very impressive fishing up there ... Very interesting to see. Thanks for sharing with us. Terry





"Day 2" | | 09/06/14
 

We fished a half day on fri and went. 3 for 5. We are seeing and catching fish but we are not up to speed with the locals as they are out producing us. We are heading home for a few days to regroup and let the wx work itself out and then I'm planning head back up next week. Stay tuned Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Old Dog Can Still Hunt" | Do Work / OIFC | 09/06/14
 

Below is Larry Spainhour and a door mat he caught yesterday.  Larry is an accomplisshed tournament willing off shore angler and is shore agler,


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Steady Redfish Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/06/14
 

Floating live shrimp over your favorite oyster bar or simply dead sticking a live mullet close to structure will give you a good chance at a nice redfish. I can not confirm nor deny this story. I will say that I was pretty close to the boat that was hooked up. We saw a very large tail that appeared to be blue in color that indicated a very large redfish. The two guys were in a small jon boat and appeared they were going to need a bigger boat. After several minutes of battle and seeing the fish roll close to the boat the hook pulled. Bummer dude! The guys said it was the biggest redfish they had ever seen in that area. Side note: The big boys are lurking. Don't be afriad to set out a big bait near your favorite spot. Whole blue crab, 8 inch croakers, corn cob mullet, king size pogies, etc...Those are the baits the 40+ inch reds love to eat. See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Empty Pockets" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 09/05/14
 

Wendell Barnett solo fishing ended up with 11 wahoos, the biggest of which was 60 lb and 2 blackfin one king and also sailfish which was release alive

Thx for the report Wendell

><))*>J
 


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"Reef Fishing" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/05/14
 

If you keep up with our reports you have seen that the nearshore reef fishing has been on fire for a few individuals. Having the right equipment sure helps to find the fish. I-pilot trolling motor is the trick. Structure scan sonar would also be a huge benefit. The I-pilot trolling motor has an anchor feature with GPS. Plug in your favorite numbers and the I-pilot will keep you right there without having to drop a clumsy anchor. Fish aren't there? Take trolling motor off anchor and scan the bottom until you find good structure again. Hit anchor feature on trolling motor. Drop down and check for action. My budddy Scott has these high tech features on his boat making it pretty easy to move around until you find some action. A couple of weeks ago on a pretty weekend we made it out to the 460/Jolly Mon Reef. We found a couple nice flounder and an 18 pound Cobia. We had a few more shots at another cobia, but our flounder gear was no match to keep them out of the wreck. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"White Marlin" | OIFC | 09/05/14
 

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Interesting day on the water for Team OIFC off the coast of Virginia Beach. Once we figured out where to be we had to analyze and make some adjustments to our fishing. By late in the day we got a little more dialed in and went 2 for 5 on white marlin. The bite was slower today for the fleet than it had been but still cool to have multiple billfish shots. Still working on a plan for tomorrow but we may give it another go. — with Barrett McMullan.


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