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"Dock Rodeo!" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/19/18
 

You have all seen him. A blonde ball of fire running around the dock helping tie up boats, greeting customers, and wrangling the dock monster. Brayden McMullan the future leader of our troops here at the OIFC. I was pulling up with my afternoon charter and could not dock up as Brayden was literally riding a fishing pole like a bullrider. On the other end was a stingray that had to be at least 5 feet across. The next day Brayden was at it again and had drawn a sizable audience. This stringray was a little bit smaller, but still giving Brayden all the fun he could handle. Great to see our youth enjoying the outdoors. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Bottom class opening this weekend" | | 08/16/18
 

One spot open for this weekends bottom school. Learn to catch Grouper and Snapper on your boat. Land class tomorrow 6-7pm and fishing all day Saturday. Cost is $400. Call 910-575-3474
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"Capt. Jacob's Backwater report" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/14/18
 

The heavy rains from July into early August has really messed our water color up. I took a little vacation to the mountains the first week of August and it was the same their as well. Our hopes of catching a Virginia small mouth in the Shenadoah river was shot. The river was a clemson orange and swift to say the least. We made the best of it and found a small pond where the largemouth bass cooperated a little bit for us. Got back in town middle of the second week of August only to find that conditions here had only worsen with more rain. I did manage to find plenty of live shrimp for my charters, but was prepared for a slow go at fishing. Fishng has been tough but with patience and hard work some nice ones are still hanging around. Live shrimp and live mullet have been the ticket to getting the bite. Tide and timing has also been a key factor in getting the right bites. Here is a few pictures from last weeks action and my son Jake's best largemouth in Virginia. Thanks for fishing with us! See ya on the water.


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Charter report" | | 08/12/18
 

Very good fishing for 3-6lb Spanish over structure in 50' depth range. Dead cigars, finger mullet or med sized Pogies are hot ticket. Capt OC charter report on 4hr today- The Leonard family from Bristol, TN enjoyed reeling in big Spanish Mackerel today while fishing with Capt’s. OC and Zack on board the OIFC World Cat. Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Team OIFC White Marlin Open campaign " | | 08/07/18
 

The good news is we held our own on day 1. The bad news is we didn't win and fishing was very slow for all. The tourney has a record field of 281 boats and over $5.4mil in prize money to be awarded. We saw and hooked 3 Billfish yesterday, released two Whites and pulled off a small Blue. The top boat in the tourney had 4 releases. That is poor fishing overall. Thus, many teams including ours are going to take lay days on Tues and Weds in hopes changing wx conditions will also change the fishing. Stay tuned. A monster 881lb Blue Marlin was weighed which will certainly wrap up that division. But no legal Whites have been weighed and that is where the big money is. Team OIFC is on the hunt! Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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Douglas Cross 08/14/2018

OK guys don't leave us hanging. How did the rest of the trip go?





"Stream report" | | 08/06/18
 

Wahoo are starting to show back up! Bob Newell, Ned Garber and Yorke Pharr had a couple yesterday at 100/400 Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Team OIFC on the road" | | 08/05/18
 

Team OIFC is Virginia Beach to participate in the White Marlin Open. A record field of 380+ boats and $5mil+ in prize money is on the line. Fishing hasn't been anything special, but it will only take one white Marlin to win a LOT of $$$$ crew: Brant, Barrett and Brayden McMullan, Brody Heath and Austin Eubank. A strong team with a will to win!
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"Charter report" | | 08/04/18
 

Capt Brad and mate Jonathan I. Carolina Cat getting it done on 6hr trip fishing 65-70' of water. Beth,Marvin,and Danie McDonald,Alex and David ratley and Jhonathan rich from NC.
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"Charter report " | | 07/29/18
 

Capt Chris- World Cat- 8hr The Hamrick party from Shelby, NC didn’t let the threat of rain deter their desire to go fishing today. They enjoyed great action with King Mackerel, Mahi and the occasional Barracuda while fishing on the OIFC World Cat with Capt. OC and First Mate Edward.
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"Capt Chris charter report" | | 07/24/18
 

Capt Chris on World Cat report from Sunday: The Duerk family had a fun filled day of King and Spanish Mackerel, Mahi and Cobia on board the OIFC World Cat wit Capt OC and First Mate Edward.
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"Capt. Jacob's Backwater Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/22/18
 

Backwater fishing has been good this year. Flounder, reds, trout, black drum and sheepshead have all cooperated on charters so far this year. Live bait is thick along the intercoastal waterway and can be caught easily with a cast net. Live mullet, menhaden, and shrimp have all produced good bites from above mentioned fish. Gulp baits and bass assassin plastics pinned to  a light jig head fished along the grass banks and oyster beds have also produced many flounder, reds, and trout this year. Below are some of our highlights from last week. Congratulations to Bode Busch a 7 year old with a monster 7.4 pound flounder. Jack Warren caught a big sheepshead weighing 8.5 pounds late last week as well. The Mashburn crew on Monday last week caught a limit of reds with in minutes of starting our charter and finished the day putting 7 keeper flounder in the boat. It has been a good season so far. Please go away rain so we can stay at it. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Capt Brad charter report" | | 07/16/18
 

6hr trip Max and Keith belward ,will and Carl Ferraro and mike bowman ,Nc,Ny,Ct
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Keith Belward 07/17/2018

Couldn’t have asked for a better day and a better crew to fish with. Thanks Captain Brad!





"Capt Chris charter report" | | 07/16/18
 

10hr trip on World Cat The Hines family of North Carolina had a fun filled day of fishing on board the OIFC World Cat. King Mackerel, Snapper, Grouper and Sea Bass kept them busy all day.
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"Report" | OIFC | 07/16/18
 

Competitive Fishing; Where the Highest Highs are Just Barely Higher than the Lowest Lows

This past weekend the annual Got’em On King Classic, King Mackerel fishing tournament was hosted out of Carolina Beach.  The tournament has been going on for at least 30 years, and is one of the country’s largest.  225 fishing teams signed up to compete in the 2018 event, which meant the competition would be strong and the prize payouts would be big.

Team OIFC (Ocean Isle Fishing Center) was in for the competition, as we always are, and the team consisted of Capt. Brant McMullan, wife- Amy, son- Brayden, daughter- Caroline, with day 2 guest appearance from Grandpa- Rube.  The tournament allows for two days of competition, and day 1 for Team OIFC was as dismal as it gets.  It was rough as the wind blew near 20kts from the East.  We fished all the wrong places and were always one step behind where the fish were being caught.  As the saying goes, “by the time you hear about the bite, you’re too late for it.”  By the end of day 1, Brant, Amy, Carolina and Brayden (especially Brant), were demoralized.  We had tried hard, fought the conditions, but had no results, despite quite a few other local teams finding good fish.  It is demoralizing.  But when the alarm rang for day 2 at 4:30am, we were all back up, ready to try our luck again.  As a parent, I feel competitive fishing is a way to instill values of hard work and never quitting in my kids.  We talk about these things, and its particularly sweet when they get to see the reward.  So day 2 Grandpa Rube joined the team and the weather got very nice.  We started out in a good bite of Kings, but they were relatively small at 10-15 pounds.  Around 8am we landed a mid 20’s fish, which was a decent start to the day, but by 10am the bite slowed.  We made the decision that it was time to do something different.  We ran offshore to a spot in 90’ of water.  Our first stop yielded nothing, so we moved; keep trying.  Second stop, same; keep trying.  Third stop, as confidence was fading, lightning struck.  The downrigger went off as a fish smoked the reel.  You can often tell by the sound of the reel if it’s a quality fish, and this fish was doing all the right things.  I was actually on the rod, and as I worked the fish, Amy and the kids cleared lines and then kept them straight in case another fish was out there that was ready to bite.  We pulled over top of the fish, which had exhausted itself from the long run, and simply put the gaff in her and slung her over the rail.  Bam!  Suddenly our day and half of misery, demoralization, suffering…… was cured.  This King Mackerel ended up weighing 38.36 pounds, which ended us in 6th place overall.  We were very pleased with the fish and thankful that the fish Gods gave us the opportunity.  And that my friends is the essence of King Mackerel tournament fishing:  the highest highs are just barely higher than the lowest lows.

Also a big congratulations to local fishermen Robbie Roberts and Ronald Sutton on the Wilmington Automotive Fishing Team for weighing a 40.72 pound King Mackerel to win first place and take home over $57,000 in prize money! 

As for the fishing report:  We were in a little lull of activity this past week as Spanish Mackerel and King Mackerel fishind had slowed.  However, the cool front that recently passed brought East winds, which pushed in clean water, and has resparked our fishing.  The Spanish are showing back up in the 25-30’ depth range up and down the beachfront.  The King Mackerel really sparked to life as they are holding in good numbers in the 55-70’ depth range.  Spots like the Jungle and Shark Hole have been producing not only good numbers, but some very good size fish as well.  There has also been a little resurgence of Cobia moving through the area in that same depth range.  The bottom fishing for Snapper, Grouper, Sea Bass et al… is always consistent in the 90-120’ depth range through the Summer.  All in all, we are having a very good fishing season.  Stay tuned on a daily basis to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center fish report at www.oifc.com/fishing_report for a daily update and then check out The Beacon for your w


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Team OIFC repping" | | 07/15/18
 

Brant, Amy, Caroline, Brayden and Grandpa Rube fished the East Coast Gotem On Classic this weekend and after a poor day 1 performance, we bounced back with a solid 38.36 pound King to finish 6th overall, 1st Junior, 2nd Lady and 2nd Senior. Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Capt Derek charter report " | | 07/11/18
 

Chris Bussen from Kansas City with a nice King he caught in 50' of water yesterday
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"Capt Derek charter report" | | 07/11/18
 

Julie and Steven Bussen from Kansas City got on a good shark bite on 4hr trip.
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"Pic" | | 07/10/18
 

Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Live bait school this week" | | 07/09/18
 

I have 2 spots open for the year's last live bait school; Weds and Thurs, July 12-13. We do land class Weds from 6-7:30 and fish all day Thursday on Yellowfin 39. Cost is $400pp. Join the list of graduates who are now having great success live bait fishing on their own boat- latest superstar graduate is Glenn Krofchick, Capt of the "Lil John" fishing team and winner of the 2018 Jolly Mon King Classic. Call 910-575-3474 to book. Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Capt Chris charter report" | | 07/08/18
 

The Yaris family from Ohio enjoyed a good morning of King Mackerel and Mahi action in 65 feet of water on the OIFC World Cat. They then did battle with some nearshore sharks. Let's go fishing!!
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