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"Salty Daze" | | 05/11/14
 

Nice fish- 26.35 Mahi- 2nd Mahi Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
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"Shoot Out update" | | 05/11/14
 

Emma Rose still in the lead with 67.6 points. Casual Water in second with 39.75. 5 boats fished today. Currently there are 20 boats entered and more to come. I will be on the water tomorrow competing on Oifc World Cat- right now 6 other boats are declared for Monday as well. Stay tuned. Scale Bound, Jeff and Trask Cunningham released a Sail today to make the Don Leonard Memorial Billfish trophy- nice job guys. Everyone had lots of Mahi today! Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
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"Backwater Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 05/11/14
 

Redfish action has been steady over the weekend. We landed a few reds yesterday along with trout and flounder to complete Carolina slams for both anglers on board. Today the redfish had a serious attitude making it difficult to wrangle them out of the oyster beds. We managed to get one good fish out of about 7 opportunities first thing this morning. We made a move to our second spot and landed a double right out of the gate. The redfish are all over the crab right now, but so are all the other little bottom feeders. You can burn through lots of crab chunks if you are not careful. See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Shoot Out leader" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 05/10/14
 

Emma Rose- 28 Mahi and 3 Wahoo. A great day of fishing! Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center


- Austin Aycock
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Jaw Breaker 05/16/2014

Beautiful fish but such an ugly captain.





"Gulf Stream Charters" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 05/10/14
 

The Ocean Isle Fishing Center Charters had a magnificant day at the Gulf Stream.  The 1st 4 pictures are of Captain Chris Dew and Captain Derek Treffinger's charter.  Aboard were Donald Bean, Robert Hill, Richard Pratt, Eric Smith, Jim Farson and Bill Hayward all of the Sunset Beach area.  The heaviest wahoo weighed 59.20, the biggest mahi weighed 23.60 and the largest king was 25.65 lbs.

The last picture is of Capt. Steele Park's group made up of Gary Geig his son Pierce and relatives Jake and Eddie Mayer.  (I hope I spelled that right.  I couldn't read my own writing..lol).  Please correct it in the coments section.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Far Out Shoot Out 1st In" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/10/14
 

The Emma from Ocean Isle Beach was the 1st to weigh fish for The Far Out Shoot Out.  The crew consisting of Rachel Wordsworth, Dan Myers and Capt. Brody Heath weighed a 39.1 wahoo and a 28.5 mahi.  GAME ON!!!

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Back Water Britt Style" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/10/14
 

All off bucktails and Gulp.  Shane makes his own bucktails thaat in my opinion ought to be in a show case instead of fished with.  A good 2nd choice, unless you are tight with Shane is Spro.  They are made from authinic deer tail fur and work great.  We happen to sell a varity of sizes and colors at the OIFC.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Far Out Shoot Out" | OIFC | 05/09/14
 

Currently 14 boats are registered in the tournament.  Entry remains open thru next Friday.  One boat has declared to fish tomorrow.

**** NOTE *** In an email sent this past week, I incorrectly noted the declaration hotline phone number.  It is-- 910-253-3474

**** Tournament VHF channel will be 65 - monitor or at least scan in when competing to communicate with other boats


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"The Big Day" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/09/14
 

Tomorrow two wonderful people will exchange vows and begin a new chapter in thier lives.  Capt. Chris Borrows and Sarah Parker Lesley will be married!

We "old timers" remember Chris as the OIFC Store Manager, Charter Captian and accomplished writer.  He now is the manager of the OIFC Wing & Fish Co. in downtown Shallotte.

Good luck to you both and remember we all love y'all


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"FOSO Capt.'s Meeting" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/09/14
 

As the title says the Far Out Shoot Out Captains' Meeting  held at the OIFC tonight.  The folks enjoyed seeing each other after a long cold winter, Capt. Amy whipped up some great food, Capt. Brant covered the rules then everybody dug in!  Keep a close check and hopefully there will be some good pictures posted.  Everyone, whether in the tournament or not, have fun, be safe and TIGHT LINES <*(((((><


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"fish fish" | OIFC | 05/09/14
 

Rode out the inlet the other day and boy does it look King fishy right on the beach. Big school of pogies at the last set of cans, water crystal clear, could see the bottom and the pogies AND 2 30lb Kings working the schools. Only had a cobia jig but snagged a pogy and dropped it in the school. Got bite, no wire leader, end of story. But very cool to see water so clear, big pogy schools already and big kings right on the beach. I hear there has been a good king bite at Ocean Crest pier. Reminds me of the old days of pulling a pogy around the sea buoy on a late afternoon. Time to go fishing!


- Rube McMullan
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"Throw Back Thursday/FOSO" | OIFC | 05/08/14
 

I was looking through some old pictures and found one of a past Far Out Shootout Victory aboard the MacMarlen.  Thought it was appropriate to post on this throw back Thursday Far Out Shoot Out EVE.  Not sure what I miss more, my weight or the yellowfin! 

This picture got me thinking about the "old days"-  90's and early 2000's and the gulf stream fishing out of Ocean Isle.  In those days on any given good weather morning from April through July and then again from September through November you'd see a minimum of 20 boats heading out to the break.  I can remember the excitement surrounding the new "Gulf Stream" fishery back then as we all felt like explorers traveling to the edge of the world.  The anticipation and passion for fishing offshore on the break back then was justified by the catches of yellowfin tuna, wahoo, monster mahi and occassional blue marlin.  I can remember being so fired up about gulf stream fishing we'd do back to back to back trips, which now seems crazy. 

Granted, things have changed since then.  In particular fuel prices make the trip more expensive.  Nevertheless, the bluewater off Ocean Isle can still be a magical place especially this time of year.  This year in particular has gotten off to a great start with awesome wahoo fishing in the early spring and now mahi catches rivaling those of the old days. 

For those who were around back then, you can remember the excitement of the fishery and even moreso the excitement surrounding the Far Out Shoot Out tournament.  It was the only and premiere offshore tournament in our area.  At the peak of the fishery, the tournament would have 50+ boats competing for big $ and bragging rights all headed 60 miles offshore together.  The rigging preparation, Captain's meeting, dock talk, radio chatter, fishing, weigh in and awards were intoxicating venues injected with a feeling of camraderie that was truly unique to the time and place.  I miss those days.  With the Far Out Shoot Out beginning again this weekend, and with the great offshore catches of late, I hope a spark of that old excitement still exists and we can re-energize this tournament.  It was a special event for our area and can be again. 

The Captain's meeting is Friday evening at the Fishing Center and I look forward to seeing everyone there.  To further enhance the camraderie and atmosphere of the event, I along with several other Captains will be at the Wing & Fish Company Saturday evening from 7:30 until either talking about the fishing we did or will be doing.  There might even be an old FOSO story or two told.  Come join us for the tournament and at the Wing & Fish and let's get this event back to where it used be. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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Ben Speir 05/11/2014

Barrett- Good memories for sure. I miss those days...the little Albemarle (us) following the big Albemarle (MacMarlen)out and crushing the fish. We could fish a full day for about $100 in gas!

Rube McMullan 05/09/2014

Gulf Stream is on fire; weather looks perfect as far as can see into next week. Come on down for the magical fishing we have in the gulf stream during May. The Far Out Shoot Out starts tomorrow for the next 10 days. Local bragging rights are on the table.





"Boys Day Out" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/08/14
 

Toby Russ and his son Grayson, (Mr. Goodhands) along with their friend took a stream trip yesterday and landed over a dozen mahi.  The ocean is on fire and the weather looks accomodating.  Come get you some!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"picture" | | 05/08/14
 

Picture from May 7th Stream trip.
- "RUSS, TOBY"
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"Mahi Mania" | | 05/07/14
 

Everything finally came together and I was able to get offshore for the first time this spring. Myself, my son Grayson, Captain Zach Faulkner, and Chris Jernigan and his son Gage loaded up the Mr. Goodhands and set out for the 100/400. We arrived at 8:00 and put the lines in at 150ft. It was just a matter of minutes before the first Mahi came calling. Grayson and Gage made short work of that one taking turns on the reel. We proceeded to put 4 more Mahi in the box over the next 45 minutes. We decided to troll out to 600ft to see what was in the deep and did not see much action, so we started trolling towards the Black Jack to see what we could find. When we got to 400ft, it was on. For the next 4 hours we proceeded to put 17 more Mahi and one nice Blackfin in the box working a mile radius between 300-400ft just off shore of the Black Jack. The water temp was 76.9 to 77.1 most of the day. They were hitting anything we put out today. We pulled Islanders, Sea Witches, Tuna Feathers, and chuggers in all colors. It was a great day to be on the water with good friends and some great junior anglers who fought majority of the fish. The Far Out Shoot out starts this weekend and the weather looks like it will cooperate to fish. If you want to have some fun, win a little money, and take home the bragging rights, do yourself a favor and take part in this event. Good luck and tight lines everyone. Captain Toby Russ Mr. Goodhands/OIFC Fishing Team Toby Russ Sales Agent Allstate Insurance 910-754-6596 910-754-7305 Fax
- "RUSS, TOBY"
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"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" | | 05/06/14
 

My sincere apologies for the late report guys – it’s difficult to report when you have 6 final exams and two Gulf Stream trips all in a weeks’ time. Anyways, what a great weekend to be out on the water. The weather cooperated and the fish have finally started biting. Captain Chris Dew and I had the luxury of fishing in the Gulf Stream both Saturday and Sunday with two awesome groups of people. We broke Shalotte inlet Saturday around 6:30 with the MacMarlen Ledge as our first stop. After rigging baits, getting to know the customers, and eating a little breakfast we finally pulled the throttles back at our destination. Capt. Brant arrived in the same spot with his crew about 30 minutes prior to us, reporting the mahi were around and hungry. Like clockwork, the port side outrigger clip popped and we were on to our first mahi. The vigorous fight between Kirby Bridwell and the fish lasted about 10 minutes before the 12lb mahi was boated. With the monkey off our back, we reset the spread and continued fishing. We continued to pick at a few more mahi before seeing the one of a kind black fin blitz on the surface. However these tunas were being picky for some reason that day. They bit a variety of lures yet they would only bite one at time. Captain Chris and I changed up our lure placement in the spread, color, and even line diameter - still catching only one fish when passing through the school. After scratching our heads, changing skirts and lure sizes, we made the executive decision to live by the saying “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” We were consistently getting bites, therefore the lures were there to stay. Who knows? We called it a wrap on the troll and headed in about 20 miles to an area I heard that was producing cobia and BIG sea bass. The report I got was correct. At one point we had all 6 rods bent with 18” sea bass on the other end – they were rather large. After the backs of customers started to ache and the sea breeze picked up we decided to make the run back to OIB. We caught the majority of our black fin on a green machine equipped with a bird pulled about 25ft in front of the lure. It was fished way back on the shot gun rod. Hint- if your crew isn’t asking “hey what is that way back there splashing?” you’re not fishing it back far enough. On the near shore side of things, the fishing has picked up dramatically. King Mackerel were reported around the Yaupon Reef area, Shark hole and Ocean Crest Pier. These are the typical spots they show up at first before a larger body of fish will move in behind them. Pogies can be scarce this time of year. Thus, make sure you stop by the fishing center and pick up a box of cigar minnows to troll with. They will work equally as well this time of year for the smaller kings and Spanish. Speaking of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, for any of you Gulf Stream fisherman out there, here is the chance to show off your skills. We have our annual “Far Out Shootout” tournament starting this Friday 5/9 and lasting through Saturday 5/17. Don’t miss out on this. If the forecast holds, it looks like the fishing may be above average. The fish have finally showed up. Let’s go find them!
- "Treffinger, Derek James"
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Brent Boling 05/07/2014

Derek, we had a great trip. We appreciate how hard you and Capt. Chris worked all day. We have put a good dent in that cooler of fish already. Awesome day and a great experience at OIFC.





"Spanish and Bonito" | | 05/06/14
 

A quick shot if a couple of the fish that we caught this weekend
- Stan Gurganus
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"Near shore" | | 05/06/14
 

  While everybody was in the gulf stream this past weekend I was running the shorter near shore trips on the Carolina Cat. There were quite a few notable events that occurred that I want to pass along to hopefully inspire some fellow fisherman to get out there and get on the fish.  Let's start with the Spanish. They have officially shown up and are more than willing to cooperate. They seem to be more concentrated a few miles offshore in t 55 feet of water over hard bottom areas. Both Friday and Sunday we located large schools of spanish feeding on the surface and filled the boxes with them by pulling #0 clark spoons on planers. #00 Spoons were also productive and color didn't seem to matter. All you had to do was present a bait and however many lines you had out dictated how many bites you would get at a time. It was a lot of fun and made for some great dinners. There are also spanish to be caught on the beach around the inlet mouths but the fish were a little scattered and were a bit smaller than the ones feeding offshore. I also caught a Atlantic Bonito mixed in with the spanish on Sunday which was a nice surprise since we haven't seen any of those this spring at all. Now on the King mackerel side of things it definitely is looking up also. I heard radio chatter all weekend about kings in the 30 pound range being caught off of Oak Island. Seems that the pogeys have shown up also. I heard of the Southport guys catching them Friday and Saturday on the radio and on Sunday I saw them with my own eyes. As I was coming in through Shallotte inlet there was a huge school of what appeared to be good sized pogeys just west of the cans in about 20 feet of water. I think we are out of excuses not to go fishing now. The fish are out there from the beach to the stream.
- Stan Gurganus
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"flounder are starting to show themselves" | Get Busy | 05/05/14
 

It's that time of year, the time beween Easter and Mothers day when the water is heating up bait starting to show themselves and small flounder in big numbers. Crusing the ICW small schools of small pogies are popping up everywhere. We hit several spots from the SC/NC line to the Shallotte River and found small 13 inch flounder on all of them. Redfish are still around on the oyster rocks and docks.


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Yamaha F300s" | OIFC | 05/05/14
 

I am selling a set of the F300 Yamahas off a charter boat.  I sold one set over the Winter and have one set left that I'm ready to go ahead and move.  Engines are 2013s with warranty April 20, 2016.  1000 hours, well maintained and serviced and in good working condition.  Deal is for engines only- no controls or props.  If you have an older boat and are looking repower, you will have to upgrade to the electronic controls which usually run around $4000.  Selling price is $28,500.  EMAIL Capt. Brant if you have interest or pass this along if you know anyone who might be looking.  Engines are ready to go- instant repower!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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