Capt. Brant's Fishing Report
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"Bluefin Adventures in Nags Head" | OIFC | 02/16/18
Had a good day fishing the 39 Yellowfin out of Nags Head for Bluefin yesterday. I had friends Wayne Tew, Clay Hughes and Corey Bellamy aboard for the heavy lifting, and they got plenty of work in!
We cleared the inlet at 5am and the Yellowfin put us first to the fishing grounds; and by chance we landed right on top of the fish first thing. I set the long line and turned around and it when to screaming off. It was a good bite, big fish, but oddly the 150# braid parted while still in the first big run. I am thinking it may have gotten frayed during the double of giants we caught last trip out which was quite chaotic. Anyway, I quickly redeployed and got two lines out. The downrigger went off and Clay jumped on it. I started pulling the throttles back and saw the Long rod get bit. I told Wayne to grab it; Little did he know. The fish wasn't tight so Wayne who was an innocent in the process, stepped up on the bait well, grabbed the rod and then the tuna felt the hook and proceeded to throw Wayne into the floor, flat on his butt. I looked down and Wayne's eyes were big as quarters and he was clinging to the rod, holding it over his head like someone who had fallen out of the boat while fighting a fish but had the presence to save the fish. Wayne was baptised by Bluefin! Fortunately that fish never came tight enough to get hooked and dropped the hook. That left Clay Hughes doing battle. We got him in the harness and with 30 minutes he brought a 75" Bluefin to boatside. I decided to gamble and released the fish for hopes of a bigger one to take to market. We rest and caught a double of 20lb Yellowfin. And then the bite died. Through this I had called Austin Aycock and Ben Morris onto the fish and they had hooked up and were doing battle, eventually landing a 92" Bluefin and heading home by 10am. However, we had to grind it out through the day looking for our big bite as the Bluefin sounded and hung around 400-500' deep. Although we did catch a 25 pound Wahoo around 1pm to add some color to the box. Finally at 3:30 we got a big bite on the long line and Corey Bellamy went to work. The fish came right to the boat and I thought it wasn't gonna be much, but then it realized there was a problem and went long and deep in a hurry. It is truly awesome to feel the power of these fish as they pull 20,30,40 pounds of drag like it's nothing. Corey used the fighting harness well to pump the fish up from the depths using mostly his legs. After 45 mins the fish was pinwheeling up. Over the rail and in the pale and off to make the sale we went with a 92" Bluefin that weighed 396 whole and 313 cored. I enjoyed my crews company and they did a good job. Below are some pictures from Lead order from 2/1/18. Check out the other videos I posted that show fight, kill and boating of fish.
If you want to join us for one of these trips, we have some dates left open through March 10. Message me from here or text me at 910-367-2945 - Capt. Brant
Corey bringing Bluefin to boatside
Getting the fish in the boat!
Capt. Brant McMullan
"2018 Fishing School Dates" | OIFC | 01/30/18
The OIFC has been hosting hands-on, fishing schools for the past 10 years with incredible success. There is a long line of fishermen who have passed through the OIFC fishing schools and are now experiencing great success on their own. This is the exact mission of the OIFC fishing schools; provide fishermen with the hands-on knowledge and experience to succeed on their own equipment. What is unique about our classes is that they are held in small groups of 3-4 students, depending if its a backwater or deep-sea class. Second, the class is on the boat, actually fishing. We spend a couple hours the evening prior to fishing going over all the background information; rigging, net throwing, fish location, philosophy....... Then the following day is a full day spent with your captain instructor actually fishing and experiencing real-life fishing scenarios and experience. The fishing day is not about catching fish as much as it is about understanding why you are or are not catching fish. The captain will move more methodically and take time to discuss the situation rather than rush through the day with nothing but catching fish in mind.
If you have interest in these classes, call Capt. Brant at 910-367-2945 to inquire and make a reservation. Limited availability, first-come.
Capt. Jacob Frick and Capt. Jeff Williamson instructors
3/16-17: Capt. Jacob Frick
3/30-31: Capt. Jeff Williamson
4/13-14: Capt. Jacob Frick
4/27-28: Capt. Jeff Williamson
5/11-12: Capt. Jacob Frick
9/7-8: Capt. Jacob Frick
9/14-15: Capt. Jeff Williamson
10/5-6: Capt. Jacob Frick
10/19-20: Capt. Jeff Williamson
11/2-3: Capt. Jacob Frick
King Mackerel- $400pp
Capt. Brant McMullan and Capt. Derek Treffinger instuctors
5/26-27: Capt. Brant McMullan
6/12-13: Capt. Derek Treffinger
7/11-12: Capt. Brant McMullan
Gulf Stream Trolling- $500pp
Capt. Brant McMullan and Capt. Derek Treffinger insturctors
4/6-7: Capt. Brant McMullan
4/27-28: Capt. Brant McMullan
5/11-12: Capt. Derek Treffinger
Bottom Grouper & Snapper- $400pp
Capt. Brant McMullan and Capt. Derek Treffinger
5/4-5: Capt. Derek Treffinger
6/8-9: Capt. Brant McMullan
8/17-18: Capt. Derek Treffinger
If you have interest in these classes, call Capt. Brant at 910-367-2945 to inquire and make a reservation. Limited availability.
Capt. Amy McMullan
"102 Pound Wahoo " | N/A | 01/26/18
100 pound Wahoo alert!
Capt. Ben Morris
Pictured from left to right are anglers Scott Lanford, Nate Horn, Brad Wood and Lee Roberts with 4 stud wahoo caught just inshore of the Same Ole hole today. Nate's wahoo tipped the scales at 102.3 pounds! They also had 3 more hoo's that weighed in at 77, 52 and 48. Captaining the crew was Brad Wood, who is a 2017 graduate of Captain Brants Gulfstream school. Captain Brad reported catching 3 wahoo on ballyhoo ran with ilanders as well as one coming on a black bart san sal candy black and purple wahoo lure. He also reported that the action was steady and had numerous other bites. The wahoo fishing is hot and the full "blue moon" is coming up on the 31st so gear up and get ready. Congrats Nate Horn for passing the century mark!
"OIFC 2018 Schedule of Events" | OIFC | 01/12/18
2018 Schedule of Events
* dates are pending approval from Ocean Isle Beach Town Board- to be finalized or amended 2/13
Saturday, March 24: 9am-4pm - Sunday, March 25: 10am-3pm
May 5-May 19: Fish 1 out of 15 possible days
June 13-17, 2018: Fish 1 out of 2 days
October 12-14: Fish 1 out of 2 days
The Ocean Isle Fishing Center crew is gearing up for another great year. We have all sorts of plans in the works with many details to follow, but for now, hopefully these dates will find a firm place on your "TO DO" calendar. Stay tuned to www.OIFC.comand our Facebook page @oceanislefishingcenter for the latest news and information on fishing happenings on the coast.
*Coming soon: 2018 Fishing School dates
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Spring seminars" | OIFC | 01/01/18
I'm about to start working on preps for the Spring Kickoff, of which FREE seminar instruction is a big part. I'm looking for suggestions and requests on what topics you'd like to learn more about and whom you might like to hear from, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions. Thanks- Capt. Brant
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Trout Bite" | | 12/28/17
Congratulations to Mark Lennon and crew on a great day on the water!!! Dale Todd weighed in the large one at 6.02 pounds.
"Satellite Phone For Sale" | OIFC | 12/27/17
Lightly used Globalstar Sat phone. Worked great the couple times it was used offshore. Purchased new 2 years ago. A great insurance policy if you fish offshore. $350. Email: email@example.com
Capt. Barrett McMullan
"Fishing Forecast and Last Minute Gift Ideas" | OIFC | 12/22/17
LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS
Holiday Fishing Forecast
The Speckled Trout fishing remains very good. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50's, which is keeping the Trout active. The big difference between Christmas fishing and Thanksgiving fishing is that most of the shrimp have left the waterway and thus live shrimp are very hard to find for bait. Thus, most fishermen turn to artificial baits from December to March. Vudu Shrimp are very popular, but the old tried and true Bass Assassin on a 1/4oz jig head still gets the job done. Color variations are plentiful, but it is recommended you try one bait with some chartreuse in it and another that is more natural to see which the fish are preferring. Lastly, slow down your presentation. Cast upcurrent and allow the bait to fall with semi-slack line. Then slow bounce it back, keeping semi-slack line to feel the "tick" as the fish picks up the bait on the fall. Another way to fish artificials is to rig them under popping corks. Fish a Vudu shrimp about 3'-4' below the cork and cast it upcurrent. Every 15 seconds or so give the rod tip a twitch, which will make the cork "pop". This sound mimics a fish feeding will stimulate fish in the area to want to feed, and thus hopefully find your bait. The last bit of magic is to use bait scent on your artificial to help making the fish commit.
** New Four Horsemen Tackle popping corks, available ONLY at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center **
Family adventure in the outdoors for ages 4 & up: Zipline, Adventure Park, Swamp Boat EcoTour.
The offshore fishing has continued very good. Many fishermen put their boats in storage and hang up the rods and reels for the Winter, but the fishing is very good. If you are into making food, there is none better than Sea Bass, and the Winter is THE time to catch the big ones. Concentrate efforts from 60'-80' and you should be rewarded with a box full of great eating fish. The offshore trolling for Wahoo and Blackfin Tuna is very good all Winter long. Albeit the weather windows are fewer, the fish are there. If you want to focus on Wahoo, high-speed trolling from 12-18 knots has become very popular and productive. If you want to focus on Blackfin, trolling Green Machines and 1oz Tuna Feathers at 7-8 knots will keep you busy. If you want to mix up your efforts, try Green Machines and Tuna Feathers fished long and then fish large rigged Ballyhoo behind dark colored skirts on the close and deep trolled lines; fishing 7-8 knots. And lastly, the Bluefin Tuna seas opens back up on January 1. Regulations are very strict, and the limits have not been announced as of yet, but if you aspire to challenge yourself, Bluefin Tuna are your target.
** Cowbells now available at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center
Recent catches of note from OIFC crew and staff
** All pictures taken since November 27th, 2017 **
Capt. Brant McMullan
"COWBELLS INSTOCK" | | 12/20/17
The oifc is officially a carrier of Ballyhood Cowbells.
Out of Christmas ideas for an offshore fisherman? Look no further than the cowbell. I've caught wahoo, mahi, and even king mackerel pulling these things between 12-16 knots. They get the job done!
Capt. Derek Treffinger
"Sunday Stream Report" | Catch All | 12/19/17
Couldn’t have asked for better weather on Sunday (12/17). John Holmes, Jeff Rumsey and Keith Rumsey joined Capt. Roger Gales and I on a 12-hour wahoo trip. The action was painfully slow in the morning with only false albacore to claim as our catch. Then once the tide turned around 12:30PM, the bite finally started to pick up. Surprisingly out of four wahoo bites, we managed four nice wahoo – one of which went 60#. We also picked at the blackfin tuna throughout the day as well. Perfect weather day with a heck of a crew. We fished around the Winyah Scarp area in 180’ most of the day. Three out of our four wahoo bites came on inline trolling sinkers with Illand Lures paired up with select ballyhoo.
Capt. Ben Morris ventured out to the same area in the OIFC World Cat with long time customer Scott Allen and family. They ended up with one wahoo, five blackfin, and a big sailfish!
Also, congratulations to Jack Donoghue on the reel blessed for going 6-10 on sails Sunday!
The wahoo fishing should only get better with the full moon coming around the new year. December 29th and December 30th should both be good fishing days if the weather allows. Call 910 575 3474 to book your trip today!
Capt. Derek Treffinger
"Hot Bite!" | | 12/03/17
Definite hot bite today! Congratulations to Mark Lennon and crew. These were caught on live shrimp!
"Bluefin Tuna are HERE!" | OIFC | 12/03/17
Barrett and I teamed up on opening day of Bluefin Tuna season (Monday) and drove to Morehead City where we heard some Bluefin were being seen. We started fishing at 6am. We trolled ALL DAY with nothing but False Albacore bites. I brought 10 Ballyhoo plus borrowed two from another boat, 12 total. It was 4pm and we were down to just one bait that hadn't been eaten by an Albacore. We decided to pull up and head in. Just 5 miles from the inlet we saw a whale and then marked a nice haystack of bait. I'm a firm believer in opportunistic fishing, meaning fish where the signs tell you to fish! We threw out the one bait we had and set it on the downrigger. I made half a circle around the bait pod when the reel went off, this time for real! Barrett and I did battle and landed a nice 84" Bluefin Tuna just after sunset.
The next day Rube drove up to join us. I had saved the spot where we caught the fish the eve before and as we were approaching the area we marked a couple of haystacks of bait. We set lines and maybe 10 minutes after setting the third line the downrigger gets bit and goes supersonic. Seconds later the long top line does the same- DOUBLE! And these fish are not playing as they roll off line, fortunately in generally the same direction. We scrambled to say the least but I had to put the boat up on plane to keep from losing line while Barrett and Rube cranked feverishly to regain line. Rube's fish settled in while Barrett's just kept going and going, but now splitting off in another direction. Meanwhile we have Barrett's fish stretched out 500 yards or more and Rubes probably 200 yards in opposite directions now and boats starting to circle. It was tense having to yell them off over VHF, but fortunately the boats were listening and turned off. Rube's fish just dug in and paced from side to side at 50 yards or so while Barrett's quit running and started coming back; rather easily. Apparently Barrett's fish had gotten tail wrapped and finally died, so after stretching us out to nearly the end, it came right to the boat where we put a rope in her and she was done- 103" monster! Meanwhile we played with Rubes which I decided to get in the stand up harness for and let it beat on me. It was very alive and gave us good practice on boat manuevering and working a fish. We couldn't keep it anyway. We fought the fish right to the side of the boat before I put too much pressure on it and broke it off at the hook; it was probably a 90" fish or so. And that was day 2 of our season.
And like Kenny Rogers says, "you gotta know when to walk away.." and we did. I've got to work landside this week, so maybe Barrett or Derek or others on the staff will be chasing Bluefin. The BIG NEWS is that a 92" BLuefin was caught this morning off Carolina Beach and several more were lost. They are without question here in our area! The OIFC has been waiting as we are stocked with all the gear and bait.
This is a short BLuefin season which will last maybe a week or two at most. Then it will reset January 1 for a longer season that lasted through most of January last year.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Great Catch!" | OIFC | 12/01/17
Congratulations on a great catch!!! Captain Bill reports, "This citation level 26 pound red grouper was caught by Hanley Ervin and myself Bill Creveling this past Tuesday while fishing the blackjack".
"What a day!" | | 11/29/17
You know how you get that itch that you have to scratch? For me it's catching big fish, and near the top of my list is big King Mackerel. I was hoping to cure that itch at the The Kingfish Cup Championship on Ocracoke earlier in the month but the weather messed that dream up. But today, with the help of brother Barrett McMullan and comrade Brad Faulk my inner Kingfish spirit is feeling at ease. All day we battled Kings in the 20+ pound class, keeping the smalls and releasing those over 30lbs. The fish were holding in 65 degree water and they were spunky; burned the clickers out of two of my Speed Masters. Check out this one we got on video catching and then releasing. This is the largest King that I've caught out of Ocean Isle and I'm happy to say she's still swimming; hopefully to see me again at one of next season's tournaments! We were fishing all dead Cigar Minnows slow trolled on OIFC dead bait rigs at 2kts. We were fishing on a temp edge from 65-71 degrees in 85' of water. Next on the "itch" list is Bluefin Tuna. Time to get the gear ready! Oh yeah, also finished the day with a Blackfin bonus for the grill. Life was grand today on the water out of OIB. ** See video of catch and release on OIFC Facebook page
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"Brayden Troutin'" | | 11/26/17
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"Fish Report" | OIFC | 11/26/17
* OIFC Custom Cast Nets, Nautical Dog Collars, Yeti Cups, Reels, Rods, OIFC Apparel .......
Big Fishing Weekend
The OIFC hosted the annual Cy's World Inshore Tournament over the weekend, and once again the Bonecrusher team of Bradon Sauls, Clay Morphis with special guest, Sydney Sauls came through with another victory. This team has now won this tournament 6 years in a row, and is so confident that they in fact put their money where their mouth is. Of course its all in good spirit, but the Bonecrusher team puts up $500 as a bonus challenge to any team that can beat them! But, the challenge is still out there as they have yet to be beat. The format called for the heaviest two fish combined aggregate of any combination including Trout, Redfish and Flounder. It has been proven over the past years that weighing two Redfish is the path to victory. Cy's World is a non-profit that supports and promotes youth involvement in fishing and hunting. Funds that are generated through events and donations are contributed to local events and charities that share the same interests in getting kids on the water and in the woods. If you have interest in learning more about Cy's World, visit www.cysworld.org
Bonecrusher- L to R: Clay Morphis, Sydney Sauls, Brandon Sauls
Bradley Turner with a citation Trout he landed while fishing over the weekend with Capt. Jeff Williamson of Get Busy fishing charters
The OIFC Charter crew was fishing on Saturday and had good luck with King Mackerel and assorted bottom fish. They found water temps around 70 degrees in the 80' depth range offshore of Ocean Isle, and the King Mackerel were more than willing to take slow trolled, dead Cigar Minnows. The big Black Sea Bass have started to show up in the 65-80' depth range as well. The Snapper were holding in the warmer 74 degree water, which was also in 80' of water, just offshore of the Kingfish grounds along a temperature edge. Finally, Bluefin Tuna season is almost here. Different than last year, we will have a December season! Stay tuned to OIFC.com for updates on Bluefin fishing and other on-water happenings.
Roberts family from Hickory, NC
Come see the OIFC illuminary extravaganza in person. Tis' the season to shop the OIFC for great holiday gifts!
Capt. Brant McMullan