- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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David Rouzer, candidate for the Congressional seat that has been held by Mike McIntyre will join us at the OIFC Spring Kickoff this Saturday at 10:00. With our involvement in various political issues over the years, our success has been limited to state fishery matters. On a Federal level, we have had little or no help from the previous Congressman. David lost in the last election to McIntyre by approx 100 votes. He is in good shape to get elected. As such we have reached out to him, in hopes of developing a "fishing friend" on a Federal level. David may be that guy. He has already passed the first test when I asked him to tell me the difference between a pogy and a menhaden. Truthfully, I don't think our previous Congressman knew the answer to that question. So, please make an effort to come to the OIFC this Saturday, meet candidate David Rouzer, and lets hear from him if he is the guy we have been looking for. In order to have success on fishery matters, we need "friends in high places". Thanks. Rube McMullan
After taking care of a few business errands this morning in Atlanta, I headed west with boat in tow. Surprisingly it was a very easy trip and I was making great time that is until I hit New Orleans. Boy if you thought Atlanta roads were confusing, give New Orleans at rush hour a try. A few wrong turns and a couple hours of turning circles in tight traffic I finally asked a nice looking group of young men for directions. Unfortunately I had to interupt their game of dice and chicken fighting but we got it sorted out! Back on the road and finally thru New Orleans I made to the final destination of Venice, LA just after sundown.
Venice has to be the most unique and identifable fishing location I've ever visited. This place eats, sleeps, and breathes fishing. It's intoxicating. Tonight I'm organizing tackle and cleaning up the boat in preparation for my first day of prefishing the HT E40 redfish tournament series which begins next week. To say I'm flying blind doesn't quite do justice to the way I'm currently feeling about redfishing down here in Venice. It's intimidating fishing a new area for a species I haven't totally figured out. Combine that with I'll be matching up against the most experienced redfish tournament anglers in the country and the result you ask....got them right where I want them! "Far greater is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure...than to rank with the poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
I've spoken with a few locals and tried to get some tips or at least starting points for tomorrow. The truth of the matter is this is going to be one of those deals you just have to figure out on your own. It's the school of hard knocks and I'm looking forward to it. I plan on being on the water first thing in the morning and will fish until I can't take it anymore. Stand by for day 3 of the redfish adventure/quagmire tomorrow.
The redfish are locked down in their favorite hiding spots this time of year. If you can find exactly where a school is hiding you have a good chance at getting the bite. The last couple of warm days provided a pretty good bite for those that have located schools of reds and found which tide they choose to feed. I fished the falling tide Tuesday morning which is usually a good time to catch the reds. We hit three really good areas without getting a bite. We did see another boat catch 2 reds in the second area. Capt. Jeff Williamson snagged a couple of reds dock hopping along the waterway. I couldn't stand getting my tailed whipped so I headed back out on the rising tide. The speckled trout bite was fair as I picked off 7 in my first hour back on the water. I still could not get a redfish to bite a soft plastic. I heading back out on the rising tide Wednesday afternoon and again found the speckled trout biting soft plastics. Please keep in mind that speckled trout are closed for harvest until June 15th. I resorted back to live mud minnows under docks and landed a few redfish before heading home. It seems like the tail end of the falling tide and well into the rising tide is best right now for catching. See ya on the water!
Today I began an adventure that has been several years in the making. A few years ago there used to be a redfish tournament series that was filmed for ESPN called the Redfish Cup. I was totally intrigued with the show and the idea of hardcore tournament fishing bass style but for a saltwater species. Thus I began doing my research and over the next couple years competed in a few redfish tournaments. During this time I remained dead ahead committed to the kingfish tournament world, but was learning everything I could about the redfish game in the meantime. It didn't take long until I was hooked. Just like the sound of a smoking reel with a big kingfish on the other end gets your heart beating, the sight of a school of redfish milling just feet away from the boat as you stalk them has the same effect. I particularly became even more interested when I saw the level of competition in the redfish tournaments and the dedication the pros were putting forth. Mixing it up with the best in any type of competition is exhillarating and redfish tournament fishing is no different. My intent moving forward is to stay dedicated to the kingfish tournament world but to also work on redfish tournament game.
The result of this new found challenge has me as a contestant in a couple different redfish trails. First up is the HT Elite 40 One Man series which is the reason for "day 1" of this adventure diary. After weeks of getting my equipment prepped, I left the Fishing Center today and trailered the boat to Atlanta where I'm camped out tonight at Rube's house. Tomorrow I pick back up on the trip and will make my way to Venice, LA. I will spend the next week pre fishing from basically New Orleans to Venice trying to learn the area and locate tournament quality redfish. I've fished the Gulf numerous times but never inshore for redfish. So to say I'm jumping in at the deep end would be an under statement. The E40 series is comprised of the top tournament redfishers in the country. I'm well aware I'm likely on my way to getting my nose bloodied but hey what better way to learn. Normally redfish tournaments are team events with 2 anglers per boat. This series however is mono y mono, one angler per boat. Might get lonely out there and there won't be anyone to blame or congratulate for failure or success. I relish this challenge. Stand by for tomorrows report.
The following is Team Beeracuda's report from their Gulf Stream trip Monday. They show a good example why it's called fishing and not catching. Thanks for the report Tim:
Wendell Barnett posted this picture of Vincent with his 1st wahoo. The hoo tipped the scales at 45 lbs.
The 2nd picture is Parker Hayes' 1st fish. Next thing you know his mom and dad will be buying a Yellowfin or Contender!
The following couple of posts are pictures of the Shallotte dredging operation. Benny Hipp took several pictures, I took several and a movie you can watch by clicking on this link. Courtney Gray of Team Beeracuda took the coolest picture. It is the one of the dredge in the dark It was taken as they were heaading out to the Stream at 5:30 am in their new Cape Hor
Now you can watch past and present episodes of the OIFC No Limits Fishing TV Show at www.NoLimitsFishing.com
We are beginning filming now for the 2014 season which begins airing new episodes in mid May. The TV show airs on local cable provider ATMC TV within Brunswick and Colombus counties-- THUS, it is quite possible that many of you have not seen the show. Keep in mind this is our first attempt at doing a fishing show, so season one was certainly a learning process. I will tell you that making a TV show out of fishing is kind of like fly fishing -- taking something that is all ready hard and making it harder!
Check out the site - www.NoLimitsFishing.com
Yesterday afternoon was so pretty that Capt. Papa D, aka Capt. Rickey and I decided to check Tubbs Inlet out on our 17 ft skiff 'Tale Chaser", Folks believe me when I say it has changed. We went on a mid tide and there were still sand bar growth that hindered navigation. It was OK going in until we got to he 1st set of docks. The bar has extended and narrrowed that channel. It has also filled in along the beach and it appeared there was a bar at the ocean entrance that could be walked on from Sunset to Ocean Isle. My advice to to explore it using caution. We hope to get some low tide pictures soon. Click on this link for a video posted on our FB page of our trip in. Below are just random shots for people who haven't been able to get out. But one shows a sand bar at mid tide and the other is of dredging in a Sunset Beach canal.
Jeremy Phillips a charter member of Team OIFC/Do Work is escaping the bad weather by fishing in St. Kitt. In Jeremy's words :
Awesome time fishing in St. Kitts!!! Some of the biggest Spanish Mackerel I have ever seen!!!
Larry Spainhour and his wife Becky have been in Coasta Rica. They have been out fishing a couple of times with little luck. He is Larry's account of the latest trip. 3rd time was the charm. Fished with my only mate of 46 years. Got to experienced the epic Costa Rica sailfish bite. In first 90 minutes raised 8 sails and caught 4 , 2 on a double. This was Becky's. Also caught a 40 lb mahi.
Now in stock. New OIFC X-Large, 65” x 20” x 20” Triangle base fish bag. NO MORE fighting to squeeze in bags of ice and then wrestling with zippers to close, not to mention when you actually catch fish to go in the bag. This new bag was designed by Capt. Brant to alleviate the hassle of a two-dimensional fish bag. Now there is the new three-dimensional, triangle base bag with tons of room to put ice or fish, it stands up on its own and strategic zipper placement allows for easy drainage of excess water to keep your catch dry and fresh. $149.95 *wife not included
Email me the oldest fishing picture of yourself or relative you have to email@example.com and I will do my best to post it tonight!
Photo 1 submitted by Brian Aycock..Brandon Sauls, Brian Aycock, Brant McMullan and John Lathem.
Photos 2 & 3 are of Todd Miller's children at Tubbs Inlet
Photo 4 is Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey's dad Kermit Marvin Holden in Feb. 1961.
Photo 5 is from Kevin Sneed
Recent wahoo catches...
The dredging of Shallotte Inlet is underway full steam ahead. At this point I don't have that much info except they are cutting a channel about 15 ft deep and depositing the sand of the beach as part of the beach renourishment project. Capt. Jeff of the "OIFC/Do Work" Contender went out Sunday sea bass fishing he returned on a new moon low tide and said the sand bar outside the inlet was not an issue. The pictures are courtesy of Butch Myers, Jeff Beck & Richie Heycock. Here is a link to the Town of Ocean Isle Beach for more info on this project, the dredging of the Shallotte ICW Intersection and the Concrete Canals. —