First Bluefin of the season was landed today at Morehead. The OIFC has what you need. Horse Ballyhoo, leader, swivels, harpoon, swim hook.......... we go it Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant. McMullan"
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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In honor of Capt. Roger Gales, the OIFC is starting what we hope will be an annual Wahoo tournament in rememberance of Capt. Roger and a fundraiser to assist his family.
Capt. Roger Gales was a giver. Every day he spent around the water, he gave his heart, his soul and his knowledge. If you met Roger, you remember. Roger passed away 10/18/18 and left his wife, Darla and 8 year daughter, Paisley. In his final days, Roger's main concern was for the security of his wife and child.
Thus, this tournament is designated in memory of Capt. Roger and as a financial support mechanism for his family. 25% of all entries and TWT's received in this event will be kept and paid directly to the Capt. Roger Legacy Fund for his family's benefit.
Capt. Roger loved to Wahoo fish; it was his passion. As you plow the seas in search of the next big bite, think about Capt. Roger and other great fishermen who have done the same, and loved it as much as you do. They are certainly looking down on you and waiting for the next strike.
Click HERE for Projected Prize Structure details
MINIMUM entry = $500
ALL-IN buy-in = $1900
Projected payout with win and MINIMUM entry = $9375
Projected payout with a sweep of big fish and aggreate and ALL-IN = $35,629
Projected funds raised for Capt. Roger's family with 50 boats ALL-IN = $22,500
Click HERE for Rules
Best Costume we've seen! The Shallotte Sea Buoy... great job Hank Frick- 2 years old!
Mark Lennon reports that he had a good day on the water! Congratulations on your nice catch! Nothing like fresh flounder for dinner.
Gone Again, Dan Mason and Mark Hewett win the Fall Brawl with a 40.45 pound King. The duo chose to fish the Shallotte Ledge. At around 9:30am they came in to weigh the first fish of the day, which wins the Speed King Award -- 1st fish in gets $500 regardless of size. They weighed a 14 pound King to take the lead in the tournament. Remember day 1, only 1 team weighed in a fish, as all but 10 teams chose to fish day 2. After day 1, Keith Wood was leading with a 13 pounder. So when Dan and Mark weighed their Speedy King day 2 winning 14 pound King, they were now the official leaders. Per the rules, they went back fishing to try to do better. At 2:30pm the duo showed back up the dock as the second team of the day to weigh-in. The pulled their 40.45 from the bag and took the new lead. They bumped themselves out of first place! Congrats to this great accomplishment in defeating 161 other teams to win the Fall Brawl King Classic
Last night officially kicked off the Fall Brawl King Classic. This weekend is the reschedule date after it was postponed due to Hurricane Michael. But, the show is on!
161 teams have entered to fish. Teams can choose one day to compete, either Saturday or Sunday. All but a dozen or so have chosen Sunday due to improving weather conditions. If you want to see the boats come weigh their fish and cheer them on, I'd suggest Sunday from 2-5pm.
Also, last night was the annual Spot Derby, which always follows the Fall Brawl captain's meeting. 8 year old Sarah Holt showed all the young participants how its done as she raced 5 consecutve heats with a perfect 5-0 record to take the crown. A dozen or so kids from 4-14 enjoyed the fun seeing who could make their fish swim the fastest down the 8' long raceway. It was good fun for all to participate and to watch.
Good luck to teams on the water today. The winds are settling and we know for a fact the big Kings are close by. But will they bite?
When voting be sure to see the amendment on the ballot that creates a constitutional amendment in NC to guaranty the right to hunt and fish. It's been done in many other states, and NC is doing it this election. By voting for, this codifies into law, the right to hunt and fish in NC. Sounds like a no-brainer, but you never know who out there might try to prevent hunting and fishing on into the future.
Reminder- Tomorrow is Capt. Roger's celebration of life. It will take place at the United Vision Pentecostal Church outside of Shallotte - 2408 A I Clemmons Rd, Shallotte, NC 28470 -
Visitation starts at 4pm with the Celebration ceremony to start at 6pm. Come pay your respects to Capt. Roger and share a fishing story in his memory
Another good fishing day with Captain Jeff! Congratulations to Rose Arant from Hickory, NC. She wanted to catch a flounder and that's exactly what she caught! She didn't mind the cool wind a bit with her new OIFC beanie!
The rescheduled Fall Brawl will be hosted from the OIFC this weekend, October 26-28. Registration is open on-line through the 26th at www.OIFC.com/FBKC or can be done in person at the OIFC on the 26th from 12-9pm. The winning team will walk away with over $20k as the total cash prize purse will likely exceed $100k. If you want to challenge your skill and luck for a shot at the big money, ENTER. If you want to watch the boats weigh-in come to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center this Saturday and Sunday from 12-5pm.
For event details visit www.OIFC.com/FBKC
Thursday, October 18 at 9:05pm this fishing community lost one of its great characters and assets. Capt. Roger Gales passed away at Chapel Hill hospital from pneumonia on top of lung cancer. In his final days Capt. Roger was conscious, alert and of course, joking. He was surrounded by family throughout his entire hospital stay, and many a fish story was reminisced. Capt. Roger began waterman’s life working on shrimp boats. He eventually got his own boat, the Blue Devil, which ran out of Holden Beach. I married Roger’s sister, Amy, in 2000, and that was how I came to know, mentor and love Capt. Roger. Roger had spent hundreds of days on the waters off Brunswick County, but he had never done any offshore fishing. I was fresh into my charter fishing career at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, and upon getting to know Roger, it was evident he was the type of guy you wanted on your side. I tell aspiring charter fishermen that the charter business is 70% show business and 30% fishing. Roger clearly had the show business down. He was an absolute character; full of energy and always ready to lend a hand. He was the most unselfish person I’ve ever met. He had the 70% right out of the gate, which happened to my weakness. Thus, Roger and I were a great team as we fished together as captain and mate. In a short time, Roger became an excellent fisherman. Again though, you ask anyone that knew Roger and they will certainly agree he was a great fisherman, but I promise you they will spend most of their time talking about what a great person he was. Roger got his Captain’s license around 2005 and began running a charter boat from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Thousands of people from all over the country enjoyed Roger’s company as a person and skills as a fisherman. He made the day-to-day grind of charter fishing a joy for all of those that worked around him. He mentored young fishermen as they followed his path though mating to becoming a captain. His fishing influence lives on through the dozens of fishermen he taught and helped guide to success. Roger later moved onto working on dredge boats and then to becoming an inshore guide with Ollie Raja charters out of Holden Beach. His life as a shrimper served him well with inshore fishing as catching and thus using live shrimp for bait gave him a big advantage. Again, Roger continued his influence and support in helping others to have fishing success. Roger’s illness came on suddenly. If you ran across him in early September, you likely had an encounter filled with jokes, fishing knowledge and stories of family life. His heart and mind were healthy and strong, but his body couldn’t keep up. With all of Roger’s energy, it does make sense that he used up all his body’s battery life within half a life span; he operated at twice the normal speed of those around him. Roger leaves behind his wife, Darla, and eight-year-old daughter, Paisley. In his last days, Roger never shed a tear. His mind was between two places; his concern for his wife and child and his memories with family and friends. The Capt. Roger Legacy Fund is being established to assist his wife with their home and an NC529 educational fund is being set up for his daughter.
Roger’s celebration of life will be at 6pm, this Thursday October 25th at United Vision Pentecostal Church. R.I.P Roger Gales.
May the seas be flat, and the Wahoo bite be epic. You will not be forgotten.
Capt. Roger has gone to heaven. He passed away last night at 9:05pm. He has been surrounded by his family for every minute of the last two weeks as he battled for his life. Capt. Rog has left behind an incredibly dedicated and supportive wife (Darla) and an 8 year old daughter (Paisley) who is just as sweet and mischievous as he was.
In the days leading up to his final breaths, Roger was sound of mind and spirit. His body was failing him, but his mind was not. It was clear that something very important on Roger's mind was his home: He had concern that Darla and Paisley would not be able to afford it. Hundreds of emails and calls from family, friends and complete strangers have been pouring in asking "how can I help?" And now that opportunity is afoot. Rogers owes $170k on his family's house and Paisley will need a jump start to help with her later education. The goal is $200k; the house will be paid for and an additional $30k will be held in an NC529 educational fund for Paisley. The Capt. Roger Legacy Fund is being established. A website to remember Roger, track our success toward helping him accomplish his objective and to announce events and functions being hosted for Roger and his family is being set up.
If you would like to contribute toward Roger's goal, please visit his GoFundMe Page where you can contribute by credit card. If you prefer write a check, make it to: Capt. Roger Legacy Fund, P.O. Box 895, Shallotte, NC 28459
Stay tuned for news regarding "A Capt. Roger celebration of life", coming soon. Get your memories in order as you will have a chance to tell all.
Bless Roger and thank you all from the Gales family.
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 email@example.com