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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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"Capt Brad charter report" | | 07/08/18
 

Been catching up on pics I meant to post. Busy busy.... Zander,Taylor,Tyler,Blu West and Nathan Mitchell from NC - catching Kings.
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"Capt Brad charter report" | | 07/08/18
 

Been crushing the Kings on 6 and 8hr trips. Let's go! Capt Brad- OIFC Luke,Matt,Ben and Mike freel from Indiana.
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"Hot Weather, Hot Bite " | Catch All | 07/07/18
 

Despite the miserably hot weather, fishing has been very good lately. The nearshore Spanish mackerel bite has remained strong as well as the big black tip shark bite on an outgoing tide. The offshore bite hasn’t disappointed either. King mackerel fishing has been consistent with good quality kings coming from the 60-85’ range. While in this depth range, our 6 and 8 hour trips have managed to find a few stray Mahi and cobia as well. Can’t beat it for hot summer fishing. Book your trip today - 910 575 3474


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Capt Brant fish report" | | 07/06/18
 

Fun day with Steve and Chris Thanhauser from Raleigh/Durham area. I really enjoy taking folks who are genuinely out for the experience and fresh to the experience. We had a great day catching a variety of species. We let all the fish go including a really nice King I'd love to see in competition. Fishing is great! Kings were caught in 65-80' on dead Cigar Minnows using OIFC dead bait rigs.
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"Monster hoo " | | 07/01/18
 

Service Call: Jeff and Jake Duggins, Mickey Burgess, Foster Cates, Katy Beaver and Greg Eudy combined efforts to catch this 87 pound Wahoo at the Steeples today!
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"Team OIFC report" | | 06/29/18
 

Brayden and I have teamed up with Capt Barrett to fish the two man + junior Tito's Redfish Tour event out of Slidell, LA. We've been doing a lot of riding around the past day and a half looking for fish to target on tournament day. We made a few stops to bend rods, and Brayden got in some practice spotting and casting to Redfish. He finally succeeded in spotting, casting, hooking and landing a Redfish start to finish, which is not easy to do. Tomorrow is the main event. The format allows 2 Redfish up to 28" and 1 up to 27" for the main event and then one additional fish for junior; but the junior fish must be caught start to finish by the junior. Job 1 is to win the event, job 2 is to take junior as well. Stay tuned.
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"Charter report" | | 06/29/18
 

Capt Brad says the Kings r still biting in 65'. David,jack,John,isaak Diroll from Indiana
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David Diroll 06/29/2018

Captain Brad and Ty showed the Diroll Boys a great day on the water. Lots of fun, memories and great King Macs! After our trip the awesome staff at the OIFC cooked us some of our catch and took great care of us. The Ocean Isle Fishing Company and all of their staff are “Off the Hook”! We’ll be back next year!





"" | N/A | 06/27/18
 

The FLOUNDER bite is ON!!!!!!!!


- Tiffany Aycock
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"Charter report" | | 06/26/18
 

The Dahlburg's from Asheville, NC enjoyed some King Mackerel action in 65’ today on the OIFC World Cat. After catching enough for a few dinners we went back to the beach for some shark action.
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Chris Miller 06/28/2018

Good looking fish

Patricia Dahlberg 06/27/2018

What a great looking bunch! Love, Grandma!





"Live bait school this weekend" | | 06/25/18
 

1 spot left. Friday land class from 5-7 and fishing all day Saturday. Call 910-575-3474 to take the last spot and up your live bait fishing efficiency .
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