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"" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 11/11/14
 

Thanks to everyone for all of the kind words. I still cannot believe we actually pulled it off, we are the 2014 Small Boat National Champions! It has been a really long year and at times I was pretty sure the boat wouldn't be ready, but we made it by the skin of our teeth. The entire ride back from Biloxi, I reflected on the rebuild and all the people that helped and contributed to the process. The one thing that I kept coming back to was, there would have been no way for us to complete this huge task without the generosity of Mike Kennerly. He allowed us to use his shop over the winter so we could begin the repairs indoors. For his kindness, we might let Mike touch the trophy? Also, much free labor was provided by friends and several members of Team OIFC. Thanks for all the help, we will see about getting everyone an autograph, but touching the trophy is out of the question. I was a little worried that we would be a little under-manned this year with only 2 people, but fortunately we managed. Austin and I had 3 bites and caught 3 fish. The pro tourney saw a lot of fish come from the Salt Dome, but we wanted a little less traffic. With only 2 people we would need to be able to let a fish get a little stretched out and not have to worry about getting tied up in someone else’s lines. Eddie Julian of the “Off Limits” had been on some fish earlier in the week at the Exxon and it sounded like a perfect place to set up. We checked out and headed straight to the Exxon. As we arrived it looked like several boats were hooked up. As we settled in, the bite shut down. The area we were fishing had 5 boats when we arrived, by the time we were hooked up to our first fish, everyone was clearing out. We were alone for the rest of the day. We hung out in the same spot all day. After we caught our third fish, we decided it was getting time to head to the scales. We left a little earlier than we probably should have, but after missing weigh in last year with some nice fish, we were determined to make it to the scales this year. The whole ride in, I played “what if” in my mind. Finally, after running for about an hour, the question finally came up, “what do you think about our fish?” I don’t think either of us really wanted to say we had good fish, we just didn’t want to jinx it. When we got back in phone range I received a text saying that a small boat had just weighed a 61# fish. My heart hit my shoes. Devastation. I cannot express the empty feeling that I had. We had given it our all, and had been beaten by the first boat to weigh in. It seemed like hours to get an answer to my question, “what is their 2nd fish”? I bet I looked at my phone 30 times in 30 seconds. Then I got the text beep, I couldn’t look, I couldn’t face the fact that our National Championship dreams had been destroyed by the first boat to weigh, I couldn’t imagine that the news on that phone screen could be good, I just couldn’t face it. Time stopped. The boat stopped moving, but the ocean kept going by. I finally took a deep breath, turned the phone over and saw my new favorite number of all time, 16! It was at that exact point that I knew 2014 would be our year. We went to the scales and weighed a 42.14 and a 44.82 and took the lead. Anyone that knows me, knows that I try to fish until the last possible minute. I never have weighed in really early. This time we were one of the first boats to weigh and it was an absolute gut wrenching couple of hours watching the weigh in. It seems like 400 small boats weighed in. With each passing boat the excitement built. We kept getting closer and closer to another devastating blow as I waited for someone to drop a couple of 50’s on the scale. It never happened, it was our year to bring the Championship back to NC. It was our year to be the Small Boat National Champion. I think only Disney could have scripted a better story than ours. I would like to thank the OIFC and the entire McMullan family for tolerating us as team members, looks like you are stuck with us now. Thanks also to SeaTow Ocean Isle Beach, I’m not sure there is a better group of people to count on in an emergency. Angler’s Marine was instrumental in getting the engines dialed in after all the repair work. Livewire Electronics also took the mystery out of the boats electrical system. Thanks to Team Do Work/OIFC for letting us tag along in several tourney this year. Rickey Beck kept the entire OIFC family back home updated on what was happening in Biloxi. It was a job someone else will have to do next year, as I expect Rickey will not spend another Nationals on the sidelines! Thanks for reporting for us Rickey. Again, thanks to Mike Kennerly. Finally and most importantly, thanks to my wife Tiffany for always being there to support us in our tournament dreams. Maybe one day I will actually tell you how much this addiction really costs! The Southern Kingfish Association did a great job with the nationals this year. Please encourage all of your tournament fishing friends to join the SKA and participate in the nationals next year. Only 361 more days till the 2015 National Championship!
- Brian Aycock
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"Backwater School Sunday" | Tiberias - 22' | 11/11/14
 

Peter, Ross, and Cody joined me Sunday to learn the soft plastic technique to put a few trout in the box. It took a bit more patience and persistence than expected for this time of year. We did manage to get our limit and even had to throw a few back with a nice 4.6 flounder in the mix. We caught all of our fish on 4" Sea Shads by Bass Assassin. Top three colors were limetruese ghost, albino ghost, and sand trout. The highlight of our trip was seeing tailing redfish. Yes! We did manage to double up on reds before watching them tail away into the sunset. Thanks Peter, Ross, and Cody for fishing with me! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Backwater School Saturday" | Tiberias - 22' | 11/10/14
 

Cary, Joe, and Tom joined me this past Saturday eager to take their new classroom knowledge to the water. The guys quickly put a limit in the live wells and we picked through them all day. A few flounder and a redfish also joined the action late in the day to complete our Inshore Carolina Slam. Our biggest trout for the day hit the scales at 4.5 pounds. The class focused on using soft plastics only to target speckled trout. We used Vudu Shrimp, Pro-cure scents, and 4" Sea Shads by Bass Assassin in various colors to do our damage. Pairing 4" Sea Shads with a 1/8th ounce jig head in limetruese ghost, albino ghost, and sand trout colors produced the most vicious strikes. Trout were schooled best near slack water areas just up or down current of small creeks. More trout were scattered throughout numerous little rip lines behind oyster bars and sand bars. Sure hope more of this action continues through the next several weeks. Thanks Cary, Joe, and Tom for fishing with me. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"" | | 11/09/14
 

It has been a year in the making but we have finally finished the boat. This story starts last year at the ska nationals when we tore the boat up and broke almost everything. In the winter of 2013-2014 we decided we were going to fix it on our own which we did, but we had a lot of help of course. This year we were able to fish two tournaments- the fall brawl and the ska national championship. The national championship took place in Biloxi, Mississippi. We were there for a whole week and were able to fish every day which was a nice surprise as we were only able to fish one day last year. Day one was getting settled and getting the boat in the water. Day two I fished in the pro tournament on The Choice of Two fishing team. The bite was good and we caught a good amount of fish just not the right ones. Day three the weather was a little bumpy, but my dad and I went to the 908 rig 7 miles out of Pascagoula. "It was the longest seven miles of my life" my dad said. We made it maybe a little later than sooner. We pulled up to the rig with bait in our minds, so I casted my yellow flex it spoon up to the rig and immediately hooked up with a decent sized blue runner. After that it was nothing but action for the next hour or so catching blue runners, bluefish, red snapper, and bonito. On the fourth day the weather was forecasted to be calm, so we decided to go try to find some king mackerel and bigger baits. We ran 53 miles and deployed two baits we had caught earlier. As soon as we made our first loop around the rig we both hooked up, it turns out that we had found a world class barracuda fishing hole. We decide to divert our attention to bait. At the same rig we caught large blue runners, but you had to race the barracudas to the boat. It was the most frustrating and fun thing. We lost numerous rigs and baits to the cudas that day. Day 5 we were shore bound due to rough weather as was everyone else. It was deemed the repair day. Day 6 was tournament day. We loaded our bait and headed offshore at 6:00 am after we checked out. We had 69 miles to the Exxon rig, and we made it in about 2 hours. We fished for about 45 minutes before hooking up with our first fish(42 pounder). My dad gaffed and them him in the boat while the other boats were leaving. Soon we were by ourself and we had our second bite(mid 30s). This was a long fight because he was fowl hooked. Our third bite came at 12:30. I was letting the line out, and I called my shot. I spotted a dinner plate size jellyfish and said "were about to get bit". As soon as it was out of site the line started running off the reel. We knew it was a good one. With my dad at the wheel and me on the rod we took our time. The fish came up with little resistance and we put him in the boat(44 pounder). We knew we had some good fish but we did not know how good. We went to weigh in with hope in our hearts. They told me we were in the lead and we had a 86 pound aggregate. We had a ten pound lead over second place and we hoped our fish would hold. We sat biting our fingers as we watched weigh in. When the last boat weighed we realized what had happened. My dad and I had just become the 2014 Small boat class SKA National Champions. We had a great week with great weather and great people. We can't wait to do it again next year. -Austin Aycock Sent from my iPhone
- Austin Aycock
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Rube McMullan 11/10/2014

Never has there been a more deserving winner than Team Hail Yeah. To have seen the dust pile of their boat after last year's tourney and the amazing work commitment they made to tear it down to nothing but splinters, and then put it back together with effort and love....that's how you do it boys...love on her and she will love you back. Congrats to Brian and Austin!





"Hail Yeah!" | | 11/09/14
 

23' and under 2014 National Champions. Brian and Austin Aycock Sent from my iPhone
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Dr. T 11/09/2014

SWEEEET! Congratulations!!!!!





"Red Hot Trout Bite" | OIFC | 11/09/14
 

The speckled trout bite is on fire right now. Stop by OIFC and get what you need to catch them!

Here is Capt. Jeff Williamson and his charter with their awesome catch.


- Katelyn Kincer
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"SKA Leaderboard" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 11/09/14
 

The SKA Leaderboard is up.  We at the OIFC are extremely proud of the father/son  Team Hail/Yeah/OIFC the Champions of the small boat class.  We are proud of all the boats that comprise Team OIFC.   Brunswick Co. had a great showing at the Tournament.  I would venture to say there were more boats from Brunswick and the Grand Strand area than any other county/area.

Follow thi link to the Leaderboard:http://fishska.com/nat14/NationalChampionship/


- Capt. Jeff Beck
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"Team OIFC at the scales" | | 11/09/14
 

Amy, Caroline and Brayden at the SKA Nationals weighing in a fish. 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
- "Brant McMullan"
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"Team OIFC catch" | OIFC | 11/08/14
 

Although we did not succeed in our effort to defend our National Championship title, I believe we may have won the Wahoo tournament?  Catching a big Wahoo like this on live bait is not uncommon down here, but the fight on the light tackle live bait is quite the challenge. 

What a good looking mom and kids -- dad is looking pretty rough though.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Capt. Rickey 11/09/2014

Y'all did pretty good as all the Team OIFC boats did. Brunswick County had a good showing and I am proud of that. A huge congratulations to the father/son team of Brian & Austin Aycock of Team Hail Yeah/OIFC the reining Small Boat Class Champions!!!





"Hail Yeah/ OIFC Prevails" | OIFC | 11/08/14
 

Brian and Austin Aycock of the Hail Yeah/OIFC have won the small boat class National Championship!  Another title is coming back to Ocean Isle Beach!  Congratulations guys.

In an annual tradition, last night all Team OIFC teams met for a pretournament dinner.  So far this tradition is 2 for 2- at least one team has won a National Championship at this dinner for the past two years.  Our dinner party was over 30- can you find a 2014 National Champion in this picture?

I could not be happier and more proud of Brian and Austin.  All OIFC teams represented and worked hard.  Of course we all can't win, but we made a good showing and they knew we were here.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Small Boat National Champs" | Hail Yeah / OIFC | 11/08/14
 

CONGRATULATIONS Team Hail Yeah/OIFC Brian & Austin Aycock SKA Small Boat National Champions!!!!  Austin also won 3rd place Div 9 "regular season" .  Pictured with his is Brayden McMullan 2nd place finisher.Jr. Angler

-Jr. Angler Camdyn Beck


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pack Man" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/07/14
 

Billy Noble and his crew went pre fishing today at the Nationals.  They took some pretty cool pictures.

-Jr. Angler Camdyn Beck


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pack Man (1)" | Do Work / OIFC | 11/07/14
 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pre-Game" | | 11/07/14
 

OIFC teams join together the night before the big game.
- "Capt. Papa D"
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"TEST" | | 11/07/14
 

TEST-- :-) 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
- "Brant McMullan"
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"Mr. Good Hands- Sea PA in Biloxi" | | 11/07/14
 

Jeff McDonald and Matt Ritch with a nice King before release. Capt. Brant McMullan www.OIFC.com (910) 575-3474 -----Original Message----- From: Brant McMullan [mailto:captbrant@oifc.com] Sent: Friday, November 07, 2014 9:34 AM To: captbrant1 Subject: IMG_1090.jpg Team Mr. Goodhands/Sea P.A. prefishing for the SKA Nationals. Jeff McDonald and Matt Ritch with a nice king we released on Thursday. --- This email is free from viruses and malware because avast! Antivirus protection is active. http://www.avast.com
- "Brant McMullan"
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"Mr. Goodhands/Sea PA at Nationals" | | 11/07/14
 

Team Mr. Goodhands/Sea P.A. prefishing for the SKA Nationals. Jeff McDonald and Matt Ritch with a nice king we released on Thursday.-Toby Russ
- Brant McMullan
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"Live From Biloxi" | | 11/07/14
 

The Contender Dinner Good food, live music, great friends and a pool I'm getting ready to jump in. -Jr. Angler Camdyn Beck
- Capt Papa D
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"Carolina Cat in Biloxi" | | 11/07/14
 

The team Carolina Cat is in Biloxi to cheer all the Carolina teams on- thanks for the support! Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- Brant McMullan
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"Setting up" | Do Work/OIFC | 11/07/14
 

The SKA and vendors are getting set up for the big show. Most teams will be bait fishing and scouting tomorrow. Having a blast here fishing and hanging out with the teams. Sent from my iPhone
- Jeff Beck
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