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"GULF STREAM HEATING UP" | | 09/15/14
The gulf stream action is progressively getting better off our coast. We have had good reports of wahoo and a few stray mahi being caught in 150 to 250 feet. This Sunday (9/15) I had the opportunity to venture out to the gulf stream and experience the fishing first hand. To begin the journey 60 miles offshore, we were presented with some of the weirdest weather conditions I have ever faced as a captain - 5 knot South East wind out to 5 miles, 15-20 knot North East wind from 5-30 miles out, then dropped to an extremely weak 5 knot South West wind once we got offshore. Not to mention we dodged heavy rain the whole ride out. Variable was an understatement when describing these conditions. Finally we arrived at our first spot and it wasn't long before the flat line got bit and we were on to first wahoo. As we were fighting that fish, the long line also starts screaming as we were on to our second wahoo - doubled up. Like a light switch, the chaos was silenced as both fish threw the hooks, 0-2. Determined for another bite, we got back on the troll and began deploying baits. Not a minute after the long line was set it started screaming drag again. Luckily this fish stayed on the hook long enough to get brought in the boat. Unfortunately after that bite everything seemed to shut down for us. We managed to get three mahi bites and landed one of those three fish. Having known we fished around rain storms and windy conditions all day, we kept our heads held high and headed back to the dock. That's why they call it fishing not catching right? This wahoo bite should continue to get better once we get a few more cold fronts to push in cooling our near shore waters. These fish will begin to gang up on the local offshore hangouts such as the black jack, steeples, MacMarlen, and Winyah Scarp. Stop by the OIFC and pick up some purple/black and blue/white illand lures for your spread. Wahoo and mahi can't resist these lures trolled with a medium to select ballyhoo. Not to mention they're 25% off till October 1st. Or if you don't feel like buying the tackle, let one of our OIFC captains take you on a charter. This time of the until mid November is our peak season for wahoo and king mackerel so take your pick.
Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"2nd Place in Slidell" | OIFC | 09/15/14
~~I left off the Slidell report after day two fishing with Eddie Adams which put me into 3rd place going into the final day. The final day puts the top 10 pros and co anglers against each other where the highest 3 day weight of two slot redfish each day will determine the winner. On the third day I was paired with the pro in the third position, Fred Myers, from Panama City, FL. Red is perhaps the most accomplished angler on the redfish circuit. His home waters are Panama City but he knows the upper gulf inshore waters similar to how I feel like I know them for king mackerel.
For the second day in a row I was fishing with one of the best. My weekend was already a success no matter if the fish cooperated or not. And, for the second day in a row we took off on another 100+ mile run to get to Fred's fish. This time though the ride was on Fred's death machine a 20ft Lake and Bay with a 250hp Mercury. When he hit the flex capacitor I swear we went back in time as we reached ludicrous speed. 70 mph sitting 12 inches off the water will peal your eyelids over your head. With nothing really to speak of to hold onto except the jumper seat it made for a very scary, very fast ride. I know I left teeth marks in that seat but I promise they weren't from my mouth!
We got to the small pond where Fred had been on a large school of fish only to find the wind had changed directions and muddied the water plus the tide had fallen out a few inches. We could hardly get in the pond and when we did the fish were hard to see. We were strictly sight fishing. Finally we ended up catching a few reds including one nice 7lber. We had about 12lbs in the boat between 2 fish and Fred decided it was time to leave. We were going to hit another pond in the same area but when we were approaching it, a large squall popped up so we had to head the opposite direction. Running out of ideas we headed in the direction of weigh in thinking most other teams were going to struggle. We decided to make one more stop about half way back in a pond he had fished years ago. The weather had calmed and the sun came out making sight fishing possible again. With just a few minutes left to fish we see a group of reds coming down the bank. We both cast and hook up. My fish is 28 inches, too big to weigh and Fred's is 25 inches but very fat. We now had two 7+ lbers in the boat and he was feeling good about his chances.
Back at the scales, Fred's theory was proven correct. Several teams struggled with the changing conditions. We weighed the largest bag of the day at 15.12lbs. It was good enough to bump me into second place but not quite enough for me to make the 3lb difference to first. I ended up .5 lbs out of first. For Fred, he ended up winning the tournament by .4lbs.
This weekend was a research project for me and it couldn't have gone any better. I was able to fish with some of the best, most accomplished anglers in the sport and I feel like I was able to piece together a lot of valuable information. As usual I can't wait to get back down there and do it again.
Capt. Barrett McMullan
"Not bad" | | 09/14/14
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"" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 09/14/14
Took the Contender out for what the weather man said was gonna be a slick calm day.. He was wrong it was pretty snotty all day . We made the best of it and landed 3 nice Sails and some other fish in the mix as well . Although most fishermen will tell you they hate any East winds , NE is my favorite for sailfish .Choice of Two
Capt. Corey Bellamy
"VA Beach Adventure Continued" | OIFC | 09/14/14
OIFC charter crew members- Capt. Chris Dew, first mate Aaron Dew and first Ben Morris joined my son Brayden and I aboard the Team OIFC boat for a day of White Marlin fishing out of VA Beach. Barrett and I fished up here last week and had some decent success catching White Marlin. I was not satisfied as I would like to hone skills in this style of fishing. It is so very different than we have out of Ocean Isle, but actually very similar to fishing that many travel to distant foreign lands to experience.
We cleared Rudee Inlet around 6am and pointed the bow of the 32 Yellowfin due East 64 nm. The wind was dying down and was blowing around 10-15kts. There was still a residual sea from the previous winds and we trudged ahead a 25-27knots to make it to the fishing grounds; the further we got the better the conditions got.
Upon arrival we set a spread of squid teaser chains and circle hook Ballyhoo. None of the crew had experienced this style of fishing before. I did my best to explain scenarios, albeit my experience is not worthy of much direction. About 30 minutes in all the direction went out the window as a White pulled in on the starboard teaser and proceeded to beat it to death. I was yelling orders, which by the time they cleared my tongue were now irrelevanet. The White never turned focus off the teaser and after a couple minutes got bored and left. We again kept on and then again the next fish on the teaser. Tangled lines, people falling, me yelling...... it was just as it should be. Somehow though OC had picked up the long rigger bait and after the White made a mockery of the teaser bait guys, he fell back onto the long rigger and found a hook. We caught and released. We reset and again same game.... we did not get good, but we did get better as time progressed. We caught 3 Whites in total while trolling ballyhoo. One came off the teaser and the other two came off the long riggers after we swung and missed on the teaser bite. I know on at least two of the encounters we had more than one fish in the spread. We also stopped to try the live bait style for Whites that is being done up here. We jigged Tinker Mackerel from 350 feet down and bridled a spread and began slow trolling. We are experienced live bait fishermen, but the White Marlin again made us look silly. As best I can tell there was 3 or maybe more Whites that came in and tied a bowtie in our lines and left us scratching our head. However, I had boobie trapped a downrigger bait with automatic drop back which caught one of them by surprise. We caught and released one before choosing to get back to Ballyhoo fishing. At around 5pm we had just released our 4th white and I set our single large MoldCraft chugger in the middle of the spread and put it in the T top rod holder. This large lure is designed to act as a teaser and it is also set to entice a Blue Marlin. I had hardly set the rod down when it bent over and line began spooling off at a moderate rate. OC grabbed the rod. Nothing unusual; I just figured a White had grabbed it and got the hook. Then out of the water a 300+ pound Blue surfaces and then erupts straight up in the air. Things spead up after that- on deck and on the reel spool. I'm shouting orders, line is screaming off..... we were making a turn on the big Blue to get off the bow and slow progress. And although we were losing line fast, we were doing pretty good- and then the line parted. Darn it! The fish had a few hundred yards on us and the line was 60lb and it had been through a lot of fish over the Summer. It was heart breaking to lose the fish, but what a thrill. I had set aside a TLD30 for the Blue Marlin reel, but I think that will be rethought. I have a bad habit of underestimating the tackle needed for certain species. Thus it will be a 50W for the next outting.
We ended up with 4 White Marlin releases out of maybe 12 or so Whites in the spread and a miss on a Blue Marlin. That is not great catching, but it is great fishing. And like anything who seeks to be better at anything, experience will make the difference. Thus, my team has headed home but I'm staying and a new crew will be here in a day when the next weather window opens up. Stay tuned.
It is typical though that I would leave OIB and the weather would be great and the fishing great too. The Kings seem to be showing themselves as the weather and water are finally clearing up. And the Wahoo fishing has been red hot on the break. The Winyah Scarp has had some good fish as well as the areas North of the Steeples. These Wahoo come and go, so they can be anywhere on any given day.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"" | | 09/13/14
This is Pat Prince and the 25 lb king he caught at the 90's today aboard the "Screaming Reels". Pat was using pogeys which he said were thick on the beach. Thanks for the report Pat
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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
"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
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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
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"" | OIFC | 09/12/14
"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.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"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.
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"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 -
- 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
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
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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!
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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
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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
"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