Capt OC and I are heading toward the Black Jack in search of wahoo. Stay tuned. Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Brandy Turbeville lands her first redfish. We fought the strong westerly winds again Saturday as a strong cold front approached. The day started off extremely slow as the outgoing tide was extremely dirty. We did have some opportunities on flounder, but we just couldn't get the hooks in them. The one flounder we got to the boat spit the bait out just as I slipped the net under him. It was clear the fish just were not in the feeding mood. We headed deep into the backwater looking for a redfish. Finally, a redfish drilled it, but he was 16 inches long. A good sign that we were onto something, but not quite the size we needed. Got another bite and it was a keeper black drum. Made a little adjustment to our setup and got the right bite. Brandy went to work and landed a nice 26 inch redfish. It was slower than expected for this time of year, but patience paid off as Brandy also drilled a 28 inch stud in just inches of water. We had a few more opportunities on reds, but were plagued by pulled hooks and cutoffs in the shells. Thanks for fishing with us! See ya on the water!
The Fall Brawl is this weekend at OIFC and if you're following our fishing reports the Kings continue to chew the bottom out of the boats[and piers]. We are seeing the best King fishing I can remember since I was a kid pier jockey at Carolina Beach Fishing Pier 50+ years ago. It's a all out bite from the beach to the normal 65 feet deep spots. Looking at the weather this week, it's looks pretty stable. A weak cold front comes thru late in the week but then goes back to lite south winds. In the words of King Mackerel fishing legend Stuart Ballard, "when the wind goes round and round, the fish go round and round". What I think that means for us is the wind will go from south to north back to south; and the interpretation I draw is the fish will end up this weekend back to where they are now...EVERYWHERE. So for all the King fishermen, the Fall Brawl is the last tourney opportunity in our neighborhood this year to experience the classic Carolina king bite. Come on down and join us.
Thanks. Rube McMullan
The stiff westerly winds put a stop on the beach bite. We attempted to find bait on Friday, but it was well off the beach. We tucked tail trolling our way back for spanish. We found a few spanish, but quickly ducked back into the inlet finding calmer water. The backwater is still providing good action from flounder and some nice redfish are prowling around. See ya on the water!
Thursday last week the winds were light and slight most of the day allowing smaller boats to fish along the beach front. We hit the first bait pod to the east of Shallotte inlet that allowed us to go 2 for 3 on bull reds right out of the gate. That bait pod was quickly surrounded by several other boats. We elected to move on down the beach hitting the next good bait pod. That bait pod provided one more bull red for us. After that we couldn't buy a bite, so we changed gears. False albacore and spanish were busting all over the place in 25 to 30 feet of water. Fat alberts on light gear will wear some elbows out! We worked on the schools for awhile before moving into the backwater. We went 1 for 4 on slot reds in the skinny water. We finished our day with a few more spanish and some hard fighting albacore. Not a stellar bull redfish day, but we found plenty of line stretching action. Sometimes you just have to take what the ocean will give you. See ya on the water!