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"Fishing update " | | 10/16/18
 

Today was a big change for fishing in our area. The Pogies showed up from Ocean Isle to Long Beach and with them came the Kings and Bull Drum. We caught Kings and Drum today at Shallotte Inlet and Oceancrest pier smoked the Kings. All this is setting up for the Rumble in the Jungle Kingfish tournament this weekend. Good luck to all. Fall is finally here!!!!! Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
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"Capt Roger letter" | | 10/16/18
 

I got this email that was intended for Capt Roger and have to share it. I don’t know the author, but it’s a great story and one which many of us can identify: > Capt.Rog, I don’t know You and You don’t know me but I had to share my experience of fishing The US Open for the first time. I’ve gotten to know You recently through stories and legends of awesome catches You have made and the many anglers that You have helped achieve great catches. > I had it won Rog. I did my home work. I drove to every pier from Apache to Wrightsville. I had so many of those “pier walker” bracelets on my wrist that I could have been mistaken for a skittle. So, there were a few kings at Wrightsville and green water. Murky but green. They had decked a few kings and Spanish. No bait to speak of in the area but there were blues. > I headed down to Cherry Grove. Grew up in the area and luckily caught more than my fair share of kings fishing the piers. Pogies were everywhere. I knew Apache had caught fish but was it enough to change my tournament strategy? > I’m in Oak Island. If I fish down that way I’d need to stay at Mom and Dads in North Myrtle and put in at little river. My wife wanted no part in helping me trailer the boat around. I’m fishing a 1978 mako deep vee that I had recently rebuilt from the ground up. I knew I was limited in a small boat but with bait AND kings so close to the beach how could I turn it down? Did I mention I was so excited I couldn’t sleep? > My original plan was to pen up some blues and head to the cabbage patch area. Either that or the river channel. > I was all messed up. I had all week to plan and it was a day before the tournament and I wasn’t confident in any one place. I was fishing solo and didn’t want to fish in a crowd because of that. I built bait pens and everything-FOR NOTHING! No need to pen up pogies down south if I wasn’t fishing down there. I needed an advantage to help with my very uncertain plans. I grabbed my throw net and went to the beach. I filled up a 5 gallon bucket with finger mullet. Some were what I like to refer to as king candy. They were big finger mullet. Ok so I had a bucket of mullet. I’m thinking bait to catch blues and chum. I’m set. With no sleep, no bait, and knowing the fleet would be at my preferred spot, NorthMyrtle to Garden City, I decided to hit lighthouse rocks and the river channel. > Now remember, I’ve never fished a tournament. This is where it gets good.....well, not so good for me. > I had put bread and nuts on the back porch just outside of my bedroom sliding glass door for the squirrels. The storm had been hard on them so why not. Well, at 11:00 a dang possum shows up to eat. My dog bob goes ape. Night before tournament no sleep. I gave up and went to blue water point at 3 a.m. I put in and tried to find my way around in the dark. My spot light died. I get near the Lockwood inlet, cut up some mullet and start trying to catch blues. It wasn’t long until boats were whizzing by me, over me, through me, I knew I needed to move and fast. I gave up on the blues and headed to cape fear. I had never gone through Lockwood but had gotten to know Cape fear pretty good. I get in the end of the line and let the big dogs go. I punched it with my heavy old mako and 175 Yamaha. I was going about 35 when I got near open water. Tide going one way wind another next thing I know I’m in 6 footers! Oh snap! If I keep going I’ll sink if I turn around I’ll sink. I timed it all out and back inside I went. I decided to go up the river, hit snows cut(first time) and fish the green water off Wrightsville. There’s NO water in the river near snows cut. I almost got stuck twice. > Took that long ride caught a few blues and decided not to troll. I was sleepy and I wanted a nap. Put the blues out under balloons and tried to doze off. I was at a spot a few miles off the beach. About the time I doze off, the closest bait gets hit. Not the typical king run. He takes about a hundred yards then its side to side. Unlike a big shark I could turn him and gain on him. Then line two takes off. I could tell it was a shark so I tightened it a tad and left it in rod holder. I keep fighting my fish. He felt heavy and never acted like a shark. I was bringing him in. Then all of that he sudden he said seeee ya! He burned it down. Then I felt pretty sure it was a nice king. I’m anchored so I couldn’t chase him down. I start cranking it in and I was thinking this is a king for sure. I had forgotten the other line with the shark. I had this fish back to around 50 yards from the boat when I realized he was over/ under whatever the line with the shark. Seconds before my knife blade cut the shark line, pop. He was gone. Was he 20lns? 30? 50? Dang. That hurt. I had no more blues. Sucked it up went back to beach got the bait rod out and chunked some mullet just behind the breakers. Bam. Nice blue. Throw out again. Bam. Small blue. I took off back out. Get there and my big blue is dead. What? What happens? Two blues in a 50 gallon tank. I can keep 30 pogies happy in there. So I put the little blue out. Then I bait up my bait rod why not. I threw it out,sat down, and went to pick up the bait rod as I always keep it in a rod holder. Faster than I’ve ever seen it happen,that rod flew out of the boat. Really? Are You serious? > I’m at Wrightsville, 12 foot cast net no pogies no bait rod and 1 blue fish. Being the optimist that I am, I figured I’d catch the winning fish right there. What a story that would be. Nope! Wind switched from blowing off the beach to an onshore blow that was enough to make me pull anchor and scoot. > Possums,sharks,and the one that got away. To add insult to injury, many fish were caught right in my old stomping grounds just off the beach. I couldn’t help but to wish I had that 38lb fish I had caught off the old Tillman’s pier back in 87 when I was 17. Oh well. It was fun. Meet great people, learned a lot. It was an unusual year with the water messed up. They shouldn’t have caught kings in that water down around Apache but they did. > My biggest lessonslearned? Never put bread and nuts on your porch the night before a tournament if You have a dog. Go where the bait is even if You have to fish in a crowd. > As a successful captain, You have lived a life that many including myself had hoped to have. You have and will continue to bring smiles to many people’s faces. Putting fish on the deck simply makes You a successful captain. Being a successful captain AND a loving person who so many people enjoy fishing with and being with make you....... A LEGEND. > For what it’s worth my dad went through what You are dealing with.He made it throughso You keep up the fight and know EVERYBODY in the fishing community loves You and are pulling for You!
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
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Mike Fowlkes 10/17/2018

GREAT STORY! Loved it.

Jim Anderson 10/16/2018

Beautiful!





"" | Catch All | 10/13/18
 

It is with a heavy heart that I am letting you know that our fishing communities “Super Rog”, Roger Gales, is fighting for his life. Roger began presenting symptoms in mid-September and by the first week of October was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Roger is at Chapel Hill where he is undergoing treatment and is fighting for his life. He is surrounded by his family who has been providing comfort and confidence.

Capt Roger is a fishing celebrity, known by many as Super Rog for his always energetic pep and tendency to jump in on any project and just get it done. Capt. Roger served as one of the OIFC’s premier offshore charter captains through the early to late 2000s. He guided hundreds of people to memorable fishing experiences. Capt Rog is well known for his Wahoo fishing prowess.  He also spent many Winters as the Captain aboard the ShowTime, plowing the waters of Morehead City in search of Bluefin Tuna. He and brother Henry were a great duo as the two fished side by side to catch and sell Bluefin Tuna. In recent years he spent Winters up North on a dredge boat providing for his family and Summers working as an inshore guide with Ollie Raja charters. Capt. Roger would spend hours pulling a shrimp net to insure he had the best live shrimp to use for his charter’s bait. He is dedicated, and he is very good.

Capt Roger is my wife’s brother, my brother in-law. He is loved and appreciated. The experiences that he and I had together, both of us growing up together as professional offshore fishermen, are memories that I will never forget.

Roger is alive, and he is fighting. He asked that I let you all know of his situation and asked that you all pray for him and his family. He also asked that you remember the good times you shared with him and keep those memories close to your heart.

If you would like to send Roger a message, you can email him at captroger@oifc.com

 


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"OIFC Mass Emails" | OIFC | 10/12/18
 

We had to purge our email list of a bunch of old and bad email addresses, and in doing so, many good emails were also taken away.

If you haven't gotten an email communcation from the OIFC within the past 30 days and would like to receive direct emails with OIFC news and events, please visit the OIFC home page and just below the header bar you will see a place to enter your email to join the OIFC mail list.

www.OIFC.com 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Rumble in the Jungle NEXT WEEKEND" | OIFC | 10/12/18
 

OCTOBER 19-21

The time is here for the 2018 Rumble In The Jungle. We are looking forward to having a great event this year and I have highlighted the main need to know items for this year.

1. $25,000 to 1st Place Overall and $5,000 to 1st Place Single Engine, both Guaranteed.

2. There will be a checkout. Little River Inlet. Checkout opens at 6:30 am and there will be a shotgun start at 7 am.

3. Boundaries will be South of 34.10 and North of 33.10.

4. Fish Saturday (20th) or Sunday (21st), Captain's Choice.

5. Captain's Meeting will be 7 pm Friday (19th) and Capt Archies Bar & Grill. It will also be streaming live on Facebook at Rumble In The Jungle Kingfish Tournament. (this is technology that is beyond me)

6. Weight In will also be streaming live.

7. We will have bands playing all 3 nights at the bar so come join the comrade. 

     Friday: Tim Clark Band

     Saturday: Charlie Snuggs Blues Crew

     Sunday: Jim Quick and Coastline

8. Rules and Entry Forms are attached to this email and at www.rumblekmt.com. Print, scan and email to rumblekmt@gmail.com. We will send your boat number back.

9. Questions: email rumblekmt@gmail.com or call 843-781-4089. Remember we all have real jobs and will respond as soon as we can. 

10. Have Fun, Look Good, Place Well.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Hurricane Michael " | | 10/10/18
 

Just talked to a friend in Pensacola who reported they got 45mph winds and a little surge. Great news for them as I think the WX Channel had them as worst case.
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"Fall Brawl 18- RESCHEDULED" | | 10/10/18
 

The Fall Brawl will be postponed to October 26-28. I believe I am uniquely qualified to predict the state of the King Mackerel fishery, and it is my firm belief that given the current state of the fishery and then the affects of 40+ knots of South wind on top of that; fishing the event on schedule would be a very negative experience for participants. Further, the forecast of East winds 15-20kts on scheduled Fall Brawl fish days following the big blow would exacerbate the situation; offering no fair opportunity for fishermen to find fish. The Fall Brawl’s planned reschedule date has been the Oct 26-28 weekend. The kink that has been thrown into the equation is the rescheduling of the SKA’s Shallotte Point events onto these same dates. I made contact with Howard Poe, the event’s director, immediately after his event postponement to let him know of the potential conflict should the Fall Brawl or Rumble in the Jungle need to be postponed. I made contact with Howard on Monday morning to let him know the Fall Brawl’s postponement was a possibility and requested he consider moving his events back one weekend to Nov 1-4 and let the Fall Brawl have the Oct 26-28 dates. The backstory here is that the Kingfish Cup Championship is Nov 1-4 and thus as the Fall Brawl is a qualifying event for the Kingfish Cup, it can only be held the Oct 26-28 weekend. The good news is that the Shallotte Point events are to be fished Friday and Saturday, Oct 26-27. IF a fisherman wanted to fish both of those events and the Fall Brawl, the Fall Brawl offers Saturday OR Sunday as fish days. Thus Sunday, Oct 28th is not a date of conflict. I know it is a lot, and I do not want to put fishermen in the position of having to choose, but this is my only move. The Fall Brawl schedule will stay as advertised with Capt Meeting on Friday and fishing as a Captain’s Choice on Saturday or Sunday; it will just be moved back to the weekend of October 26-28th. I thank all the fishermen for their understanding and hope you will choose to fish the Fall Brawl Oct 26-28. See you at the Rumble weekend after this coming. Keep our Gulf friends in your prayers. We know all too well the adversity that lies ahead. Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing Report" | OIFC | 10/08/18
 

The annual Fall Brawl King Mackerel Tournament will be hosted from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center this coming weekend.  The event’s registration and Captain’s meeting will be held on Friday, October 12th with competition taking place on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th.   The team that weighs the single largest King Mackerel will win the event’s grand prize which will be well in excess of $20,000.  For additional event details, visit www.OIFC.com/FBKC.  The public is invited to attend the event weigh-in at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center on October 13th and 14th from 2-5pm each day.

This past weekend marked the first Fall season King Mackerel tournament of the year; the US Open King Mackerel Tournament.  This is the largest King Mackerel tournament on the East Coast and this year’s field consisted of 432 fishing teams seeking a piece of the $200,000+ prize payout.  The event’s winner was Dieter Cardwell of the “Tideline” fishing team.  Dieter won the US Open in the past, but this years’ reward was quite a bit different.  Because of an additional TWT that the US Open added a couple years back and because of the large field, Dieter and his crew won a record break $107,000 in prize money for their 37 pound King Mackerel.  To my knowledge, that is the largest single payout in King Mackerel tournament fishing history.  Now let’s talk about the fishing:  It was not typical.  The Cape Fear River outflow is pushing the King Mackerel away.  Typically it is a homing beacon that brings the large King Mackerel to its nutrient rich waters, but as of right now, they are avoiding it like the plague.  The vast majority of placing fish including the top 3 winners, all caught their prize winning Kings while fishing less than a mile offshore of Myrtle Beach.  The water down to the south is cleaner and clearer.  It is holding more baitfish and in turn the King Mackerel are there.  The key to catching a decent fish in the tournament and quite likely in the coming week’s Fall Brawl, was to find clearer water, near bottom structure and near baitfish.  We shall see what this next week brings as a Tropical Storm is coming out of the Gulf and is likely to impact us in some form; it seems like all of them do.

As for other fishing news, the Wahoo fishing has been very good along the edge of the break in 150-200’ of water.  The Blackjack hole was the place to be this past week, but the Winyah Scarp was the place to be the week before that.  The bottom fishing for Grouper and Snapper continues good in the 80-120’ depth range.  There are school size King Mackerel holding in 70-90’ of water that will provide steady action.

That’s pretty much the state of the fishery right this minute.  The water is still off from Hurricane Florence, but most fisheries have come back strong.  The inshore fishing never missed a beat as the OIFC inshore guides are crushing the Drum, Flounder and Trout.  The main fish that seems to be suffering at this time is the King Mackerel.  Time will continue to bring things back to normal. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Capt OC Report" | | 10/08/18
 

Capt OC can’t be left out. He too was in on the King Mac action with the Shivley family.
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"Capt Brad charter Report" | Catch All | 10/08/18
 

King bite has been strong for school size fish in the 8-15lb range. Using dead Cigar minnows has been the key. The Fish have been in 70-80’ of water. Pictured: Jeff Davis,Tom wolf,joe donadio from Nc


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Fall Brawl " | | 10/08/18
 

A decision will be made regarding Fall Brawl potential postponement on Weds at noon. It has been in print and known that the planned reschedule dates are Oct 25-27. I called Howard Poe Black Tie Excursions who directs the Shallotte Point events and let him know this the day after he cancelled his events. I want to avoid conflict if at all possible and thus I’m hoping we can have Brawl on schedule. If the storm comes through Thurs and then it lays nice by Friday, the weekend may be workable still. Sunday is a fish day, so that will help also. I want to say again, I will do all I can to avoid fishermen having to make a choice between which event to fish and thus we need to have the Brawl this weekend if that is to be accomplished. Fishing will be tough for sure, but it can’t always be like it was last Fall. I hope everyone understands and will be understanding of whatever decisions is made. There are a lot of dynamics at play. Stay tuned. A final decision will be made Weds at noon. One reminder. The Weather Channel does not make money off telling people good news. They will build this up, so use your own sense. Let’s hope things work out.
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
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Jeff Jackson 10/08/2018

Team BoatSales will be there with the 2019 Pioneer Pelagic 266 CC, cant wait to fish it. Weather looks great just confirmed the room. Sunday will look like last year >{(())> Lets go get em

Larry Laye 10/08/2018

It’s going to blow all week but I think it’s forecast to be Nne @8mph sat. and less on Sunday. If that holds, along with cooler weather, it will be a great tournament! I’m in whenever it’s held and a huge thanks for the updates!





"Fall Brawl King Classic- THIS WEEKEND" | OIFC | 10/07/18
 

Friday, October 12th
12pm-9pm: On-site registration at OIFC
6pm: Complimentary dinner 
7:15pm: Capt. Meeting 
8pm: Spot Derby 
11:59pm: On-line registration closes

Saturday, October 13th (optional fish day) 
7am: Lines in & Scales open
5pm: Weigh-in line closes

Sunday, October 14th (optional fish day) 
7am: Lines in & Scales open
5pm: Weigh-in line closes
6:30pm: Complimentary Dinner by Wing & Fish Company                         7:15pm:  Awards


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"US Open This Weekend" | OIFC | 10/03/18
 

Here is what I am seeing on the water:

There are NO Pogies, and I mean none.  August didn't have much to start with as most were up near or in the Cape Fear River or way south at Georgetown.  Since the storm, they have been gone from the Cape Fear.  Unless there is a crazy dramatic change, you will be fishing the US Open without Pogies.  But don't lose faith.  The fish still have to eat, and it appears they are choosing Bluefish as their main source at this time.  There are Bluefish around the inlet mouths, holding just outside the breakers.  To catch them troll Mackerel Tree rigs, Clark Spoons or swimming mullet imitations in 4-8' of water.  Blues keep good in bait pens also.  In addition, Ribbonfish will become a good bait as they are a natural food source and they are going to show up good in the brown water.

As for fish.  Apache pier has been hot the past week for Kings.  Oceancrest pier has been producing as well.  This is proof there are Kings on the beach.  However, I don't think its going to be a typical Fall beach bite as the fish are more scattered.  But, the winner will likely come from less than 20' of water in my opinion.  There are good numbers of Kings offshore in 80'+ of water, but we haven't seen any in the middle, in the 65' range.  All is subject to change, but that's what we saw this week on our charter boats.  

All in all, it likely won't be a typical US Open.  But things can't always be great.  The competition is still there and someone is going to win alot of money.  Good luck to all.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bait Pens at OIfC" | | 10/02/18
 

We have a few Robs Bait Pens that are not spoken for. If you want to keep your bait, these pens are proven. Stop by the OiFC.
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"Charles McClure service" | | 09/26/18
 

Here is the info for Charles McClure’s service on Thursday at the River Hills Community Church 104 Hamilton's Ferry Road. Lake Wylie, SC. 29710. at 4:30 Reception following at the River Hills Marina
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Penny McClure 10/06/2018

My daughters and I appreciate the love and support the fishing community has shown us during this unimaginably, difficult time. We are so proud of team Total Chaos as they celebrate a 4th place finish today! Charles would say the ribbon fish were the ticket! Love and gratitude to all who made the trip to Lake While for the service and to those who have shared comments and condolences. Penny





"Capt. Charles McClure - R.I.P." | OIFC | 09/26/18
 

The local fishing community has lost one of its dearest members.  Charles McClure passed today.  He has been a guaranteed participant at most all Kingfish tournaments for at least the past 25 years.  Charles was as postive as they come, always inquisitive and ALWAYS ready to talk about the big one that got away.  The OIFC family loved Charles, and he will be missed.  R.I.P. Chales McClure.  You are sure to finally catch the big one on the next bite.  Our thoughts and prayers to his family.


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"Redfish are in the surf!" | | 09/25/18
 

The drum are biting!!! We've gotten reports that they are right off the surf and they are hungry. The bait that was used was cut mullet at low tide.
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"Drum Smack Down" | Catch All | 09/24/18
 

Brayden and I joined Brandon Sauls this afternoon for a “quick and easy” Drum effort. He picked us up at the OIFC docks at 3pm and at around 4:45pm Brandon stated “This is probably one of my top 3 Drum trips ever.” That peaked my interest. “So what does it take to be #1?” A natural question right? The record was deemed to be 32 I believe. I turned my hat around and flipped the switch; we went into full production mode. After reusing about a dozen baits and getting down to using just Mullet heads, we had to put the rods down as we were out of bait. It was 6:15pm and Brayden says we were at 38. Every single Drum was revived and released and swam away. Here are a few tips: Live bait is usually best, but using fresh cut bait can also be very effective. Rig with a 2oz egg sinker and 12” of 30# fluoro to a 4/0-6/0 light wire circle hook. Use gear in the 20# class so you can put good pressure on the fish so as not to make the fight last so long it hurts the fish. When releasing, hold the fish’s tail and move the fish back and forth in the water, forcing water into its gills. After a dozen or so times the fish will likely kick off. Don’t just toss the fish over or it will likely float belly up. It this happens, you need to take your net and give the Drum a nudge and it will normally right itself. Remember these fish are a prescious resource. They are the stock that make baby Redfish. And they are an awesome fishery for us. All the Drum are over slot, so you should not see anyone keeping fish. Report them if you do. This is OUR fishery. It needs to be protected. Also- CIRCLE HOOKS ONLY please! Thanks to Brandon for helping to mentor Brayden and making a great fishing memory for all of us.


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"Beach King" | OIFC | 09/24/18
 

22# King landed today off Ocean Crest Pier.  They will continue to move into the area.  This is just the start.  Great days ahead.


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"Report" | OIFC | 09/24/18
 

Thanks to all those who have sent best wishes to the OIFC as we weathered Hurricane Florence.  We were very lucky in our outcome as the storm stayed to our North and thus left us on the weaker side.  We experienced max winds around 80mph and had very little storm surge.  However, as most know, Florence left her mark on coastal communities from Wilmington to Morehead and continues to devastate inland Carolina.  Thoughts, prayers and best wishes go out to all who have affected.  #Carolinastrong

Having something to look forward to can often help during times of strife.  And thus a reminder and reconfirmation, the Yellowfin/Yamaha Fall Brawl King Classic will be hosted from the OIFC, October 12-14.  The show will go on.  Check out my article below as I recount Fall fishing memories after the area was impacted by Hurricane Floyd; a very similar storm to Florence.                  - Capt. Brant

PS- Fall Brawl program will go out in the mail on Monday.  Be on the lookout !

www.oifc.com/FBKC

Friday, October 12th

12pm-9pm: On-site registration at OIFC
6pm: Complimentary dinner by Wing & Fish Co.
7:15pm: Capt. Meeting 
8pm: Spot Derby 
11:59pm: On-line registration closes

Saturday, October 13th (optional fish day) 
7am: Lines in & Scales open
5pm: Weigh-in line closes

Sunday, October 14th (optional fish day) 
7am: Lines in & Scales open
5pm: Weigh-in line closes
6:30pm: Complimentary Dinner by Ocean Isle Fish Company  
7:15pm:  Awards

1999 FLOYD vs 2018 FLORENCE: A Quick Look Back At How Fall Fishing Went Down After Hurricane Floyd
Hurricane Floyd hit the Cape Fear area on September 16, 1999 as a Category 2 Hurricane.  It brought severe wind and storm surge destruction along the coast as well as massive, record-breaking flooding to eastern NC counties.
Hurricane Florence hit the Cape Fear area on September 13, 2018 as a Category 1 Hurricane.  It too brought wind and surge damage similar to Floyd as well as new, Floyd record-breaking flooding to eastern NC and SC counties.
From 1997 to present I have been writing a weekly fishing report for the Brunswick Beacon newspaper, so it just so happens I have a week by week archive of how our area's fishing responded post Hurricane Floyd.
9/22/99- article entitled "Remember the Good Ole’ Times".  Not a good report.  A few boats were venturing out 40+ miles and catching Grouper/Snapper with no topwater action of any kind to be found.
9/29/99- article entitled "Fishing on the Mend".  Not a great report, but some hope.  The Pogies had shown up thick along the beach with Blues and Spanish starting to mix in with them.  The offshore bottom fishing and Stream trolling was good, but no King Macs had been reported.
10/6/99- article entitled "Back on Track".  The Grouper and King Mackerel bite had turned on hot in 90' of water.  There were a few Kings starting to show up in the 65' depth range and both Pogies and Spots were thick on the beach.
10/13/99- article entitled "The Bite is On!"  The school Kings of 10-15 pound range were chewing hard in the 70' depths and then the wind went light south and the Cape Fear Ship Channel lit up with a red hot bite.  The Frantic Atlantic King Mac tourney took place that weekend and 30th place was 25 pounds.  

And there you have it.  If we can stay away from weather "events" and just stick with old-fashioned early Fall weather, we should see a steady improvement in offshore fishing over coming weeks.  We are already one week into the process.  My prediction is the fishing will be getting back to great by the US Open King Mackerel tournament, to be held out of Southport October 5th weekend   INSHORE REPORT:  
The water is stained brown, but its not muddy.  And believe it or not, the Red Drum and Flounder have been biting about like normal since the weather calmed enough to fish.  It is crazy to think, but a school of Redfish that was biting in one location the days leading up to the storm bit in the exact same location the days after the storm.  And I had a report from a friend who had a two-person limit of keeper Flounder in the Shallotte River.  The waterway is full of Mullet minnows.  No good reason not to be back fishing.  In fact, as proof, this picture of Brayden McMullan was taken this afternoon 9/21, by Bonecrusher Sauls who proved to me the fish were in fact biting despite conditions that look less than favorable.   OFFSHORE REPORT:
I don't have much to report as of yet on this front.  I do know that commercial boats have been catching Vermillion Snapper very good in the 110-150' depth range.  Those guys reported the water was green all the way out to 150', which I will take as a positive; it could be stained brown!  The beach is stained brown, but Capt. Barrett McMullan ventured out a couple miles to look around and reported seeing Spanish and Blues in the stained water.  Remember, "stained" is not "dirty".  There is a difference.  Dirty has sediment in it and the fish will not tolerate that.  Stained is just dark, but clean/clear water.  It has been proven in past years that the fish have no problem biting in the stained water.  It is likely that our Fall Kingfish season is going to be a stained water season.  That just means brighter skirts and Yee-Haw fish calls to get their attention!  
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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