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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
"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
"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
"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!
"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
"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
"picture" | | 05/08/14
Picture from May 7th Stream trip.
"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
"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"
"Spanish and Bonito" | | 05/06/14
A quick shot if a couple of the fish that we caught this weekend
"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.
"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
"Mahi Mania" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/04/14
Pat Prince submitted these pictures and write up over the course of the past 2 days. His crew caught 10 mahi and a 35 lb wahoo. Pat was fishing with his son Peter and Capt. Jay and his son Jude in 350 feet deep 72 degree water.
Pat said he was beat down from having fun catching 2 at a time. He said they got into them so thick he caught one on a chicken bone. Serious, that's what he said. Barrett caught a king on a pickle...sooooooo. The crew couldn't resist a selfie at the Frying Pan Tower.
Thanks for the report Pat.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Reel'in for Research" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/04/14
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I'm not sure that I can put my weekend into words, but I'm going to give it my best attempt. Here it goes. I was invited by Team Do Work member Dr. Jeremy Phillips to fish The Reelin’ for Research Tournament out of Morehead City this weekend. I went into the event not knowing much about Reelin’ for Research or what this Tournament really meant. Really, all I knew was that all the money raised goes to benefit the UNC Children’s Hospital. Friday afternoon after Camdyn got out of school, Courtney, Camdyn, Roxy (K-9 angler) and I got on the road and headed to Morehead. We arrived Friday evening and settled in. Base camp for the weekend was one of our best friend’s house in Beaufort on Taylors Creek. Camdyn made herself right at home in the hammock watching the wild horses on Carrot and Sand Dollar Island. We then meet Jeremy and Ashley for dinner, and I was told to be at the Dock at Atlantic Beach at 5:30 a.m. In typical tournament fashion, I got zero sleep due to being too excited and worried I would over sleep.
Saturday morning the clock went off and Courtney, Camdyn and Roxy gave me a ride to the dock where I could meet my teammates and board the boat. They told me to have fun and they would see me at the scales. When I boarded the boat, I was greeted by a group of the nicest people I’ve ever met. The team consisted of Mike, Pete, Mark, Dr. Jeremy and Dr. Sam. I was then handed a tournament t-shirt and a orange t-shirt. I was told the orange t-shirt was our team shirt and was what we would wear to weigh in. This is where the importance and the real meaning of this tournament set in. I unfolded the shirt and saw a picture of a young boy walking down the beach and a fishing boat in the background, with the words “ Reelin’ for Dylan”. I then asked, “What does our team name mean?” Everyone then explained that Dylan was a young boy who was diagnosed with luekemia and had just passed away 7 months ago. Pete told me that Dylan was his neighbor and was his son’s best friend and that Dylan’s dad was on the other boat that was also Team Reelin’ for Dylan.
We then pulled out of the dock and set our sights on the Gulf Stream hoping to catch a good showing of fish. The rules of the Tournament were weigh your heaviest three fish. You could weigh Mahi, Wahoo or Tuna. We ended up having a blast on the water. We had several Mahi to bring back to the scales. We had a great First Mate named Donnie, who I was able to learn several tips and tricks from. I don’t have much to report on the fishing side due to I was only a passenger. From what I hear the bite was a lot better down here.
We weighed our catch and headed in to get cleaned up for the awards dinner. At dinner, the purpose of this Tournament really sank in. We sat down and had a great meal of BBQ, Chicken and all the fixings. As each speaker presented, you could just see, hear and feel the passion they have for the event. Reelin’ for Research began in 2009 and has been going each year since. The speakers told how each year the fund raising has increased and how the Tournament has grown. The tournament director then called two representatives from UNC Hospital to the stage and told the crowd that the committee has checked the amount over and over and it’s really true. He then turned a check around and the amount raised was $429,000! The place went wild and the room was filled with cheers, high fives, hugs and tears! This is the point when I knew I would be coming back with my rig next year. I couldn’t even tell you where we finished or what our total weight was. Scales really don’t matter in this tournament. What I can tell you is that between the two Reelin’ for Dylan teams there was about $30,000 raised. I encourage and challenge each and every one of you out there to add this event to your schedule next year. It’s a true family event that supports one hell of a cause. Here is the website, www.reelinforresearch.org The website doesn’t do this Tournament justice, but it can give you some background information. The tournament is always held the first weekend of May. Hope to see you there next year!
Capt. Jeff Beck
"Class graduated" | | 05/04/14
We had a good day of Gulf Stream school yesterday. Conditions were good with seas 2-3' most of the day. We went to the MacMarlen ledges and began work practicing the techniques we had discussed at land class the eve prior. We hadn't gotten the second line out before we had a dolphin hooked up. The class did a good job working together and helping each other learn rigging and dealing with hookups. We stayed busy most all day with action from Dolphin, Blackfin and a Wahoo. We trolled until about 12:30 and then decided to work on vertical jigging. I set the class up over a rock in 180' and rods started bending. AJs were of course plentiful but we did manage a 30 pound Cobia. We finished up with trolling and boated a double of 20# Blackfin. It was a good day to teach/learn as the action was diverse and steady. Good job guys!
Capt. Brant McMullan
Ocean Isle Fishing Center
"Capt. Brant McMullan"
"Going back" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 05/04/14
Headed back out to the Gulf Stream today. Y'all stay tuned.
"The Fishing Is Hot!!!!!" | OIFC | 05/03/14
The 1st two pictures are of Logan Pennington & his Dad Roger of Aiken, S.C. & Ocean Isle Beach, As well as Corey & Gary DiFazio of Charlotte. These folks attented Capt. Brant's Off Shore Fishing School. Roger, the winner of the Fall Brawl said he had been a king fisherman for awhile but wanted to learn more about other types of fishing so he signed up for Brant's school
The next 2 pictures are of Tripp Muldrow, Rus Rushton, Kirby Bridwell, Jason Raines, Si Henson & Brent Browling of Greenville, S.C. They fished with Captains Chris Dew and Derek Triffinger. Capt, Chris said they fished in 170-180 feet deep water which was 72 degrees. He said there was no one "hot" color, but added all the blackfin were caught on a long-long-long line.
The seas were great when the boats headed out but got a little "bumpy" on the trip home.
Capt. Rickey Beck