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START 1) 45.60 - Clearly Hooked     2) 44.00 - Team Grip Flip     3) 43.05 - Fish Hard Gear     4) 43.00 - Outta Line     5) 42.10 - Reel Methods     6) 41.05 - Open Wide     7) 39.45 - Shockwave     8) 39.35 - Beeracuda     9) 37.80 - Conference Call     10) 37.30 - Wilm Auto/King Hunter     11) 37.10 - Karma Bites     12) 36.85 - Four Sons     13) 36.20 - Lil John/Reel em up     14) 36.00 - Sea P.A.     15) 35.50 - OIFC     16) 35.15 - O D Bank     17) 34.80 - Max'd Out     18) 34.55 - On Point     19) 34.35 - King Carnivore     20) 34.35 - All In/AM    FINISH

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"Today's AM Report" | Carolina Contender | 07/18/03
 

Burned the Kings up this morning at the Shark Hole- had 8 Kings between 12 and 20 pounds while fishing from 9am-11am.  Also had a nice Mahi at 20 pounds.  Menhaden were in the mouth of Shallotte Inlet and the seas were perfect.   A nice morning of fishing.



- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Intimidator | 07/17/03
 

We fished today at the Horseshoe, with a mixed bag of Dolphin, Kings, and Cudas.  Highlight of the day was a Sailfish release, the first for the Intimidator.  Will be back at it again tommorrow.
- Capt. Mike Wells
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"" | Carolina Contender | 07/17/03
 

A great day to be on the water.  Found plenty of veteran size pogies right at Shallotte inlet this morning then headed offshore to the 17 mile rock area.  There was not much holding in the area but we did manage to capture a stud king mackerel weighing around 25 lbs.  Good to know I can still catch one.  After that, we moved to a nearby wreck and battled amberjacks until my charter's arms could not move on their own.  Just as we were about to leave Mr. Cobia showed up and we were able to land a nice 20 lber.  Plenty of fun and action as usual live bait fishing on the Carolina Contender.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 07/16/03
 

Had an all day trip yesterday and traveled the high seas all the way to 38 miles out and had little luck. We caught one King early at the Jungle and the rest of the day only produced  one Barracuda and a few Dog Sharks.  Today we fished the Lighthouse Rocks and caught Kings and several 4 to 5 pound Spanish along with the multitude of Sharks!!. That was a welcome improvement. Bait has been a little tricky, yesterday we gave up on pogies and jigged our bait, today we caught it on the OIB side of Lockwood Folly Inlet. "KINGSIZED" MULLET ARE SHOWING UP HERE AND THERE BEWARE!! Till next time!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"" | Carolina Contender | 07/15/03
 

Today I fished a couple 7 hour trips in 15 to 25 mile range.  The kingfish didn't cooperate too good with only a few bites in the morning, but ended up doing alright on some good bottom fish and the amberjack provided some great battles.  On the afternoon trip, we hooked and fought for close to an hour on heavy tackle what I believe to be an enormous jack.  Unfortunately, the line finally broke as darkness was approaching.  The one that got away!  The big story of the day though was the sudden appearance of fall!  That's right, the silver mullet's were running yesterday morning right on the beach just outside of Shallotte inlet.  October is coming!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | Mac Marle'n | 07/13/03
 

today we fished in the 15-20 mile range, and had steady action all day, most of which came from sharks, with a few king's mixed in
- Capt. Brandon Sauls
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"Checking In" | Capt. Hook | 07/13/03
 

Boy, We have had some rough weather here lately!! I have not been on the water many times in the last week as my Contender is in for some TLC. I ran a couple of trips on the "Red Rider" which is my 2500 Hydra Sport which produced a few kings and a nice dolphin from the 7 mile boxcar area!! The Hydra Sport is now FOR SALE see boats for sale on the home page!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 07/10/03
 

Another great day on the water.  Picked on a few Sharks until 10am when the bite turned on for Kings in the 12-25 pound range.  Had 10 bites and caught 4 fish including a couple into the 20's- Caught the fish in 65 feet of water


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"Today Report" | Intimidator | 07/10/03
 

Fished today at 390/390, Cristina's Ledge, and Boxcars.  Caught a few Spanish Macks but no Kings.  Fish didn't seem to want to cooperate.  Hopefully they'll bite better tommorrow.


- Capt. Mike Wells
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"Today's Report" | Intimidator | 07/09/03
 

Fished 390/390, Christina's Ledge, and Boxcars.  Found them at Boxcars, bite was hot while it lasted.  Kings and Spanish rounded out the catch.
- Capt. Mike Wells
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 07/09/03
 

Fished the afternoon and did good on King Mackerel in the 6-12 pound class and a few Sharks to boot.  The seas were decent at 3 feet early but kicked up to 3-5 by late afternoon.  Still plenty of bait on the beach and plenty of Kings to catch.  Good fishing.


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"Today's Report" | Intimidator | 07/08/03
 

Fished today at 390's and Christina's Ledge.  Did well with the Kings, Spanish, and Dolphin.
- Capt. Mike Wells
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 07/06/03
 

Had a 3/4 day trip this morning and started at the 65 foot hole. It was covered up with bait theiving and bait cutting 3 to 5 pound KINGS!! Had to get out of there after one nice Mahi. Moved to Atlantic Ledge to find a good stock of 12 to 15 pound Kings that were willing to feed rather aggressively!! Had a great day overall!! Will be back out Tuesday!! Bait was on the east side of Shallotte Inlet and easy to get!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Tournament Report" | Capt. Hook | 07/05/03
 

The Southwester had the seas pretty kicked up. We managed to get bait and fish the 90\90 and 65 foot hole areas all on one engine!! I experienced difficulties with my port engine this morning but the boat performed great on one engine. We managed 20 knots without making a prop change and caught Kings, Sharks, Mahi and Cobia. Our Kings were teenagers and didn't get us a big fat check but we got an "A" for EFFORT!! We will be back out tommorow so stay tuned!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Intimidator | 07/04/03
 

Hot action today at Shark Hole. Dolphin and Kings on live bait.
- Capt. Mike Wells
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"Reports" | Capt. Hook | 07/03/03
 

I have not updated lately because things have been crazy!! We have been catching a lot of fish anywhere from 40 to 80 feet of water. The 90/90, Shark Hole, 24 Mile, and the 65 foot hole have been very productive. But now we are experiencing the reminants of a Tropical Storm which is hitting us with bunches of rain and a heavy Southwest Wind.As soon as it gets out of here we will hit the water again. Do not forget the Jolly Mon this weekend, it will have fun events for everyone and the comraderie around the new Fishing Center is Great. This is one of the best Tournaments in our area so come on out and see what all the fuss is about!! I would like to welcome Captain Stacy Peal to the Capt'n Hook team. He will be at the helm on some of our charters this year. He is an experienced fisherman in the area and a all around fun Guy!! This is it till next time!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"" | Carolina Contender | 07/01/03
 

Spent a 7 hour trip around the Dale Grisset hole or 15 mile rocks and steady action from the king mackerel all morning.  I used pogies for bait but Im sure cigar minnows would have worked.  Most of the fish were the schooly 8 to 12 lbers but there were a few 20+'s mixed in.  Here are a few pictures that I haven't put up over the past few days. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Jolly Mon King Classic This Weekend" | Carolina Contender | 07/01/03
 

It’s Jolly Mon time!  The annual Jolly Mon King Classic will be held from its new home at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center on Ocean Isle Beach this weekend.  We’ve got fun, food and lots of money in store for fishermen and guests, so come on out and enjoy the event.  For you fishermen out there, the Jolly Mon will pay the 31 largest King Mackerel weighed including special prizes for the largest Kings caught by Jr. and Lady anglers.  In addition, there are prizes for the largest Mahi and Cobia caught as well as a special $10,000 college scholarship drawing for all Jr. Anglers who weigh King Mackerel.  In all, the Jolly Mon will offer nearly $70,000 in cash prizes all for a minimal $195 entry fee.  And for you folks out there that are fishing fans but can’t participate in the event, I invite you to come out on Saturday from 3pm-6pm to watch the boats weigh-in their day’s catch.  And finally, for you unfortunate souls who are stuck inland or can’t make it to the tournament site, this year Intracoastal Net Designs of Ocean Isle Beach will be bringing the Jolly Mon King Classic to you live on the internet.  From the Capt. Meeting, to the weigh-in to the awards, you’ll be able to sit in the comfort of your own home and watch the Jolly Mon as if you were there.  I look forward to seeing all you fishermen and spectators at the event this year and encourage you to bring along your lady or Jr. angler to compete or at least join in watching the tournament.  Registration will be on July 4th from 12pm-9pm and fishing will be on July 5th from 6am-5pm.  For more information and to watch the tournament live on the internet, visit www.oifishingcenter.com .

And as for the fishing scene, there’s no better time to be a King Mackerel fisherman than right now.  We’ve been having awesome luck catching a lot King Mackerel in the 50-65 foot depth ranges.  Hotspots such as the 390/390, Christina’s Ledge, Jungle, 65 foot Hole, Shark Hole and the likes are producing good numbers of Kings with the occasional 20 or even 30+ pounder.  These spots are all covered with schools of live Cigar Minnows which are easy to jig on #6 R&R or Hayabusa jig rigs and make perfect King baits.  We’ve also been catching a lot of our Kings on dead Cigar Minnows as well as Ribbonfish.  And beyond that, there are tons of Menhaden up and down the beach which have been easy to catch with a cast net and also make a great bait for Kings.  As you can see, there are lots of options for the King Mackerel fisherman right now.  The Jolly Mon will be interesting because it appears to me that the winning fish could come from just about anywhere with no particular spot producing more than another.  And also, to throw a little more confusion in the pot, a few bigger Kings have been coming off Yaupon Reef and the Cape Fear tide line.  Big boat or small boat, it doesn’t matter with the Jolly Mon.  Everyone competes on a level playing field to win the $25,000+ first place prize.

In addition to the Kings, we’re still seeing quite a few Cobia.  Most of the 40+ pounders have moved north, but schools of 20-30 pounders have been frequent and make for a great fight and awesome table fare.  There have also been quite a few Mahi mixing in with the Kings as well, and I’ve even heard of a few Sailfish being caught.  The only area of our waters that have not been producing too good is the Gulf Stream.  The water temperatures have risen into the 80’s and as such most Gulf Stream species have either moved north or scattered out and mixed inshore with other species.  There still is the opportunity to have a great day in the Stream, but it is inconsistent at this time.

That’s all for this week.  The fishing has been great, and I hope to see you at the Jolly Mon this weekend.

If you have any questions or comments concerning this report or would like to submit a report of your own, contact Capt. Brant via email at captbrant@oifishingcenter.com
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Carolina Contender | 06/30/03
 

Today I fished a 7 hour trip around the Christina ledge and the Dale Grisset hole.  Found good action from smaller kings but was unable to find any hogs today.  Lots of bait at both locations and I look for the big fish to turn on any day now.  I'll be back at them tomorrow hunting up the big ones for the tournament this weekend. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 06/26/03
 

Things were pretty good this morning we had one Kingfish and then the Jacks moved in and broke us off about ten times before we got one to the boat to do the real release!! This afternoon we caught another big CUDA this one was about 5 feet long and took about 30 minutes to get to the boat!! We took pictures and released it unharmed!! We did get one King and one Mahi for the table.!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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