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"Heee's Baaack!" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 03/25/14
 

I dropped my jaw this afternoon when I saw Captain Brant cruise back in Crossfit Ocean Isle Beach and start working out under the watchful eye of his wife, Crossfit Coach Amy.  Prior to his injury Brant was a competitive and accomplished Crossfit athlete.  We used to pick on Brant about his "Capt. Brant stretch" which he gladly performed fo the camera.  Capt. Brant is one tough and determined man.  WELCOME BACK!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Turkey Huntin' Anglers" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/24/14
 

Camdyn and I loaded up the turkey gear and headed to Georgia with a good friend Chris to hunt the opening weekend of turkey season. We arrived in Twiggs County Georgia and met Brian and Brandon Aycock of Team Hail Yeah on their farm.  This is how the events unfolded.
 Day one:
 Brian and Brandon took us on a a guided tour and showed us the lay of the land. Just like fishing, we located the food sources and the roosting areas. We were able to roost a bird that evening and had a good area to start. I wish I could've taken a picture of Camdyn's face when she heard that turkey gobble less then 100 yards away. We then went back to camp and had a good spaghetti dinner and went to bed with dreams of big Tom turkeys.
 Day two:
 We woke up around 5:15 and got geared up and headed to where we heard the bird gobble from roost. At sunrise, Chris let out a big ole owl hoot and just like clock work the ole Tom let out a big gobble and we heard him fly down from the roost. Chris began to work the turkey as we set up to ambush him as he came in. The turkey was cooperating just fine until we heard a hen that began to compete against us. Well as most of you know the real hen won and the ole Tom refused to come any closer has he found the real thing. We regrouped and changed locations and found us another bird. Again, Chris began working him, and this bird was coming in hot! This ole Tom came in with authority, but I believe he spotted one of our anxious hunters and figured it may be best to change his course.
 We returned to camp and came up with a different game plan. Camdyn and I went to one side of the farm and began to call as Chris and Brandon went to the other side. Camdyn began to call and had a bird answer.  What an accomplishment for an 8 year old hunter. She continued to call and the bird just seemed not to move. Then out of nowhere we heard the thunder of a 12 gauge!  Shortly after, I received a message from Chris that Brandon had just downed his first turkey ever! Camdyn and I headed to camp to see Brandon's trophy. As we left our set up and headed in, we soon learned why the turkey she called was refusing to come. There was a a trail full of about 10 hens. Once at camp, Brandon was smiling ear to ear getting his picture made with his bird. Chris then taught Brandon how to clean and prepare his bird.
Once we had Brandon's turkey cleaned, we set back out. Here comes the most exciting part of the trip! Chris set up two decoys in a field and began to call. Out of nowhere, a loud gobble erupted from the woods and out stepped a true Tom in full strut. This bird strutted around and spotted the decoys. Then he took off in a full sprint and attacked the decoys,  strutting about 10 yards from the kids. Unfortunately none of us had a good shot. The wise ole tom then realized he stepped into a trap and turned and began to leave as fast has he came in. I then swung around and took two shots that were a complete swing and a miss!!!! Oh well it happens. The good part is Camdyn and Brandon got to see a show most have never seen. A big tom turkey in full strut spitt'in and drum'in, showing everyone who was boss! We all continued hunting until sunset, but couldn't get anything to commit. In all we worked 8 to 10 birds that day and we able to connect on one.
 Day three:
 Chris and I located several birds that were gobbling and on fire.  The problem was that all the birds had found hens. We hunted until around lunch and decided to call it a day when the rain moved in.
 What a trip, Brandon got his first turkey and everyone got to see and hear birds. Can't wait for the NC season to get here. I would like to thank Team Hail Yeah for opening up their hunting camp and Chris for showing our young hunters the art of Turkey hunting. Time to tune our calls for our season and sharpen our hooks for fishing season.


- Capt. Jeff Beck
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Doug - Toes Up Fishing 03/27/2014

Awesome report!! Congrats on the first bird too. Toes Up awaiting opening day too.

Rube McMullan 03/25/2014

Way to go Brandon! Out smarting a turkey has to be right up there with out smarting a big King. Hunting and fishing with the grownups...it's a beautiful thing for the young-ens!





"Backwater Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/24/14
 

The redfishing has been pretty good so far this year. As usual the reds are holding tight to hard structure along the waterway and rivers. The warmer weather has brought some life back into the water with small minnows moving around. Live mud minnows have really gotten the redfish's attention lately. Fresh chunks of crab will also coax a few into biting as well. Speckled trout have also made a strong showing with the warmer water temperatures. Most are on the small side, but they are hitting chartreuse and white colored plastics very aggressively. Lots of FUN! Please keep in mind that speckled trout are closed for harvest until June 15th making them catch and release only for now. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Armageddon" | Real-Time Update | 03/24/14
 

Well, if u wonder why the oifc computer or web are down, this pic says it all. I see Capt Adam and Rickey behind an oifc computer at the same time! What am I thinking! Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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Capt. Rickey 03/26/2014

In talking to some local ladies I learned that Capt. Adam had a fishing team made of the local young ladies and they did really well in tournaments. Seems he is loved by everyone.





"Coming soon" | Real-Time Update | 03/24/14
 

New vehicle window decals- will post when thy arrive Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Black Bart sale " | Real-Time Update | 03/24/14
 

All Black Bart lures- 30% off Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Surf Bite" | Real-Time Update | 03/23/14
 

Please excuse my brief response. Sent from my iPhone5
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"Setting The Stage" | Do Work / OIFC | 03/22/14
 

Many members of Team OIFC and Team Anglers Marine met at The Wing & Fish Company to hammer out details of competition between the 2 teams.  The rules are we take the top 3 fish over 20 lbs from all of one team(s) vs the same from the other teams.

Can't wait for the Jolly Mon for the games to begin! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Georiga Turkey Hunt" | Real-Time Update | 03/22/14
 

Good action so far, report to follow. Sent from my iPhone
- Jeff Beck
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"Back n stock" | Real-Time Update | 03/22/14
 

Fishizzle Brass Ballyheads n purple and black- $15.25 Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"E40 Redfish Complete" | OIFC | 03/22/14
 

I'm late getting up my tournament wrap up report mainly because after fishing yesterday, I tucked my tail and started making tracks north.  After day one I was in 8th place with 5 live redfish at just over 26lbs.  Yesterday, day two, we checked out late in the morning because of a fog delay.  I opted to head right back to where I was on day one in hopes I could again find the fish and bring in another full sack. 

After weaving my way through the bayou I made it out to the outer reaches of the Biloxi marsh and set up in my first spot.  As soon as I got there I noticed the water had muddied, and it was much higher than the day before.  This is a bad combination as it totally eliminates any hopes of sight fishing.  Being able to see the fish you are hoping to catch is critical.  Just blind casting to fish is very ineffective which is one reason why the redfishing on artificials at home is difficult.  The water being higher was a result of several factors including the snow melt up north, wind direction and tides.  There are so many factors to take into consideration when trying to figure these redfish out. 

Spot one produced one keeper fish and that was it.  I struggled all day to catch fish among several spots I tried.  I put 3 keeper fish in the boat and lost one other good one but it still wouldn't of mattered.  I needed to put 5 solid redfish in the boat to make the final cut of the top 5 but it just wasn't to be.  I fished hard all day and could only  manage a 12lb sack.  I needed 30lbs to make the cut. 

This morning the top 5 anglers with the combined heaviest weights from the first two days of fishing went head to head to determine the finishing order.  It's hard to accept not being in the mix today but that's what will drive me to figure this game out.  These guys have been working the redfish tournaments as long as I've been on the kingfish trail.  It takes time to get dialed in where you can compete with these pros.  Be sure to tune into www.theredfishseries.com to follow the redfish tournament series I'm fishing this year.  The exact series is called the Yellowfin Elite 40 Series. 

After the fishing day yesterday, I packed it up and headed north to Altanta and tomorrow I'll be back home to Ocean Isle Beach.  This past week and a half has been quite the adventure.  I saw a whole new world in the inshore waters of southern Louisiana and was able to compete in the ultimate redfish competition.  There were lots of bumps in road, literally and figureatively, but with an objective in mind I will push forward in learning this exciting new game.  The next event I'm fishing is out of Houma, LA at the end of April.  This will be another totally new area so let the school of hard knocks continue. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Neck Gator" | Real-Time Update | 03/21/14
 

Now available at the OIFC Sent from my iPhone
- Dick Belk
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"FOG-tournament on delay" | Real-Time Update | 03/21/14
 

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"Getting Rid of Winter" | OIFC | 03/21/14
 

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Wednesday I was business as usual, running around putting out fires and making more of them.  Capt. Barrett calls me from Louisiana and says the Wing and Fish Company is out of fish.  So, I decided to take a stand.  Thursday was to be the last day of Winter, and there was a small window from mid afternoon to night of good weather.  I decided since it was to be the last official day of Winter, I would help encourage it to get gone by defying the enjoyment of keeping me off the water. 

I recommend you take a look at a site called Fish Weather -- it is phone app and it is usually very good at predicting hourly wind forecasts.  I saw 15 knot West winds until 2pm and then laying down to near calm the remainder of the day.  I called OIFC staffers Sean Morris and Terry Johnson to join.  Brayden caught wind of the trip and there was no way he wasn't coming- the boy is fishing crazy.  We loaded up Sea Bass, Deep drop bottom and trolling gear.  I was hoping the wind might die sooner than expected and we could get off to the break to deep drop for Tilefish and then do some Wahoo fishing.  It was not to be.  We left the dock on a 10kt West wind which according to the Tower buoy then blew 15-19kts until noon.  It was sloppy, but I was determined to make something of the day - at least bringing some fresh fish back to the Wing & Fish.  We found very cold water and thus few and small Sea Bass all the way out to 35 miles.  However, once we got into the 90+ foot depth range and 40 miles out, we found the 55+ degree water and big Bass.  Everyone worked like a machine as we "up and downed" Sea Bass on 4 hook rigs.  The majority of the fish were in the 13-16 inch range, but we certainly caught some that were much bigger, pushing 4-5 pounds I'd say.  I kept pushing out a little at a time in the 3-5 foot seas, all in hopes that it might lay down.  Finally at 1pm the wind died and the seas backed off to where we could run.  I asked the crew if they had anything to do that night, and with that, we struck out another 30 miles to look for some Tilefish.  At 2:30pm we pulled up and began looking.  It has proven a difficult fish for me to figure, but I see pictures, so I know they are out there.  Tilefish is a commercial fishery almost exclusively as the recreational limits are so low its typically not considered worth the 20+ more miles one has to travel past the break to get to where they live.  As for eating though, that is definitely worth doing.  Anyway, we worked hard into the dusk.  We fished until 7:45 pm and made it back to the dock at 10:05pm.  My crew were champs and now we hope you can enjoy some fresh Tilefish, Grouper and Sea Bass at the Wing & Fish Company.  Check out photos and video


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Terry 03/26/2014

Brayden is one tough 4-year-old, on the water from 6:00AM till 10:05PM, and yes, Richard, Brayden knows that electric reel a lot better than Sean or I! It was an extraordinary and memorable trip, especially after completely loading the boat with Tile Fish and Snowy Grouper and Sea Bass, and then the ride back in pitch dark, after we watched the sunset! Tile Fish, Snowy Grouper ... Ummmm, GOOOD EATIN! T

Toes-Up 03/23/2014

Great looking crew you havether Capt. Brant I hope Sean and Terry took some notes from Brayden!!!!





"Tournament Day One: E40 Redfish" | OIFC | 03/20/14
 

~~ of my first HT Redfish Tournament is in the books.  Man, I was having flashbacks at check this morning to my younger days in kingfish tournaments.  I can remember looking around at the Fountains and Hydra Sports and seeing my hero's like Clayton Kirby, Larry Fowler, Chip Maree and many other kingfish highliners and thinking how those guys had it all figured out.  I'm not sure if intimadation is the right word but there was definitely a feeling of uncertainty then just as there was this morning when I stacked up against these redfish tournament pros.  Names like Manny Perez, Charlie Thomason, and Clark Jordan among others are the highliners of the redfish tournament game.  Nearly every angler fishing this series is highly accomplished in the redfish world that is except me!  Like I said before, I got em right where I want em!  Yeah right.


With an on-the-water police escort all the anglers filed out one by one for checkout at safe light this morning at 7am.  The flag was dropped and it was on.  This part I know how to do.  A great boat race ensued down the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet from the checkout at Chalmette down to Hopedale.  At Hopedale every single boat in the tournament took a right headed to the inner marsh in Hopedale and Delacroix.  Every boat that is except me.  Go figure.  Some things never change whether it's kingfish or redfish.  The truth of the matter is I know so little about the area I was uncertain on the navigation around the inner marsh so I was left to go places where I've been this week.  I wanted to make sure I'd make it home tonight instead of sleeping on a mud flat somewhere.

I made a 70 mile run to the outer parts of the Biloxi marsh to an area where I caught some fish a couple days before.  When I arrived the water was totally different as the wind had dirtied the lagoon I was fishing.  Apparently it didn't matter too much as it was on as soon as I got there.  In the first 30 minutes I put 4 keeper fish in the boat.  I know right.  I was shocked as anyone but when you're fishing by yourself there's no one to discuss the situation with so I just kept fishing.  I fished all week and didn't catch a fish small enough to fit in the slot.  Today every fish I caught was in slot.  The rules of the tournament are you can weigh up to 5 redfish between 16 and 27 inches.  I had 4 in the boat immediately.  My 5th fish came about an hour later and it was an excruciating 27.5incher.  I had to let her go.  I hit a lull for a couple hours then made a move for my last 30 minutes of fishing.  I ended up landing on a whole covey of slot reds on this stop and got my 5th fish and culled a couple more in the last 30 minutes.  By this time in the day the weather had calmed, the water was clearer and I was sight fishing all these fish.  Talk about fun.

I knew my bag of fish wasn't anything too impressive compared to what it would take to do well in the tournament but considering my expectations and level of experience I was very pleased with being able to weigh my 5 fish.  As it would turn out, fishing for the rest of the fleet was a little tough.  The leader for the day had 5 fish that weighed just over 35lbs.  My 5 fish went just over 26lbs and I'm currently in 8th place.  Not last!

Tomorrow I'm sticking with the same game plan as today.  Not by choice but more by necessity.  I don't know how to get anywhere else yet!  Maybe it'll work out, maybe it won't.  Several things I know for sure though, these guys who do this are very good what they do, I have a lot of work to get this sport figured out, heading to the scales with a fish in the bag or in this case fishes in the well is what it's all about.  Tune into the weigh in again tomorrow at 4pm eastern www.theredfishseries.com.  The top 5 after tomorrow will fish Saturday.


Today's results:    http://theredfishseries.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/day1results.pdf


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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Ben Rucker 03/21/2014

This trip has kept me checking in every day for an update. Sounds like some incredible fishing. Keep it up you are only a couple pounds out of the top 3! GOOD LUCK!!!

Jay 03/21/2014

Barrett- Thanks for the updates. Good writing, it makes for good reading. We are pulling for you!!





"VVenice Redfish tourney" | OIFC | 03/20/14
 

Barrett weighing in at Venice La Redfish tourney. www.theredfishseries.com

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- Rube McMullan
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"Tournament Eve" | OIFC | 03/19/14
 

Finally it's tournament time.  I've had a great time this week and learned a lot about redfishing in Louisiana but I'll go ahead and say it, I'm ready for this one to be over with! 

I fished out of Venice this morning in hopes of stumbling across the fish I've been searching out all week.  I tried thinking outside the box and went at redfish from an angle that probably gets overlooked most times.  I went out into the gulf and fished around the inshore oil rigs.  My hunch was right as I immediately found redfish.  The downside was all the fish I caught were way too big for the tournament.  I need the heaviest fish possible under 27"'s.  All of these fish were 20-25lbs which is like a 35" fish.  Lots of fun but not the objective today.

Around lunch I put the boat on the trailer and made my way back across the river and headed north to Chalmette, LA where the tournament is being held.  This tournament is what they are calling an Open event basically kind of like a preseason tournament.  It's being held in conjunction with the Chalmette crawfish festival- kind of a big deal down here.  I'll be competing against 24 of the top redfishermen in the country tomorrow and Friday.  The top five after the two days of fishing will go again on Saturday.  This tournament series is unique in that it is one man per boat format.  Also we'll be weighing the LA creel limit which is 5 fish per boat.  I have my work cut out for me to say the least.

I've caught a ton of redfish this week but catching the right size fish has been a difficult challenge.  My plan tomorrow is to make a long run out to the Biloxi marsh.  It's the only area where I found fish small enough that I can weigh in the tournament.  It's not an ideal situation but it's the best option I have at this point.  It's fishing though.  You never know what I'll find when I get there.  Truthfully just navigating from Chalmette to my destination will be a job in itself.  Navigating these waters offers a whole new set of challenges that we don't get at home. 

I think this redfish tournament series has a live weigh in broadcast on their website.  If you're interested, tune into www.theredfishseries.com tomorrow around 3pm central/4pm eastern and click on the media button then watch live.  Don't expect me to make a strong showing on there but at least you can see how these live fish weigh in's work.  Everything is ready to go and it's time to hit the sack.  Tomorrow is going to be a long one!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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Stick Slinger 03/20/2014

Surprised there are not more comments about your trip Barrett. Be safe and catch um up man! You are living the dream! Wish you well at the weigh in! Capt Jim

Darrell Starnes/FishingToo 03/20/2014

I'm thinking you might mess around and win this thing. Best of luck Barrett!!!!





"Day 7: E40 Redfish" | OIFC | 03/18/14
 

Now I get it.

After several days of tough weather and lackluster fishing, the world changed today.  The wind was out of the northwest this morning about 10-15 knots and no rain in the forecast.  I needed to make the most of this weather window for my prefishing agenda.  I've been struggling to find fish in the dirty water around the tributaries of the Mississippi River this week so today I had it on my mind to change zip codes. 

I crossed the River and headed northeast into a 2ft sea towards the Biloxi marsh.  This is an absolutely beautiful set of uninhabited islands between Louisiana and Mississippi in the Mississippi sound.  After a long run I made it to my desitnation that I picked off a map.  It didn't take long until the payoff came.  The water was much clearer, still a brown color but definitely clearer.  As began to work my way into the back of a pond I started to see redfish pushing down the bank.  Once I made it to the back I came up on my first gulf school of redfish.  It was picture perfect.  They were just laying on a mud flat kind of milling around and when my spinner bait crossed their nose it was on.  I picked at the fish all morning in several locations around the Biloxi marsh and had a ball sight fishing them.  It's a rush to see a redfish before he sees you as you quickly and quietly try to present a bait to him before he spooks. 

The Biloxi marsh produced fish but still not the size I need for the tournament.  I'm looking for a 26" 8lb fish.  I caught 5lbers and 10lbers but nothing in between.  Go figure.  On my pre fishing agenda for the day I had planned to also fish the Chandelieur island chain.  This is a chain of islands out in the middle of the gulf that stretch about 30 miles long.  I made a few stops along the island chain and didn't have any success.  Time was getting short so I had one more stop towards the end of the islands before it was time to head in.  I came off plane and never even had to put the trolling motor down.  This is what gives this area the legendary repuation for redfish.  I sat in one place literally watched thousands of redfish swim around, into and over my boat.  And man were they hungry!  As soon as lure hit the water it was on.  I took out some frustrations on about 20 fish before I called it a day.  The good news is I found plenty of fish today, the bad news is I'm still in search of the right fish for the tournament.  Oh well, keep hunting.  Today was a good time and exactly why I came here to chase redfish.  There's no where else like it. 

Tomorrow I will try a few more spots nearby in the morning and then I will put the boat on the trailer and head north to Chalmette.  The Captains meeting is tomorrow night and day one of the tournament the next day.  At this point my tournament prospects aren't looking too good but I'm going to give it another shot tomorrow.  If all else fails I'll go back to the islands and have fun catching 30 inchers all day!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Backwater Fishing Schools" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/18/14
 

1 Spot Left! Backwater Fishing School...March 28th land class 5 to 7pm...March 29th full day of fishing...$225 per person

Get inside the head of a guide for a day and learn how we go about locating fish day to day. This class will concentrate on finding speckled trout and redfish. Call 910 575 3474 to sign up now.

 


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"Forgot sale item" | Real-Time Update | 03/18/14
 

I forgot to out these rod racks out for clearance sale on Sat. These were our in store display holders and have 44 holes for rods. $30 each- 3 left. First come Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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