Preliminary reports are that OiB has been spared. I have word the OIFC is in good shape. Will folllow with more when I have. Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Rob is making a delivery to the OIFC around Sept 15th. If you want one of his very durable, effective and popular bait pens, you will need to EMAIL ME HERE or text me (910) 367-2945 to place an order. He makes about any shape/size you want, but popular options are:
Goggle Eye Pen- OVAL - 60" x 36" x 36" with 1" mesh - $350
Leavenworth Pen- ROUND - 36" x 36" x 36" with 1" mesh- $330
** If you want a particular size or prefer 1/2" mesh, include in email or text.
This will be your last chance to get one of these pens until next Summer.
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!
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.
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!
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