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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/29/04
 

After a very busy "Spring Break" season, we will be slowing down our charter fishing for a couple of weeks until the Summer fishermen start to show up.  That however does not mean that the fishing will be slowing down.  Actually, May is the hottest month in the Stream for Mahi and Tuna and the King Mackerel and Cobia will be showing up nearshore.  We have trips booked for Saturday, so we will be in the Stream if you are looking for company.  The weather looks fishable but not as nice as the past couple of weekends- Friday looks the best.  We're on VHF 11 if you want to give us a call.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gulf Stream tip of the week" | Carolina Contender | 04/27/04
 

We are seeing more Dolphin[Mahi Mahi] than normal for this early in the season and as time progresses we'll see a lot more on into mid to late June. Normally they will be around a floating object and all you have to do is troll past the object. Sometimes, if a lot of boats have been hitting on them they will become fininky and won't bite a trolled bait. A 100% guarantee of catching a load of dolphin is to carry some live pinfish with you on your trip. You can catch pinfish off your dock, or easier is to use a pinfish trap. I like pinfish because they are very hardy and can stand the long ride to the stream.

I f pinfish are not available, on the way out stop at any rock or ledge and bait up a heavier sabiki with small pieces of squid. Drop over and in just a couple of minutes you will have all the live bait you need. Doesn't matter what type of fish it is, just so it swims

When you find the dolphin, take a 5' piece of flourcarbon, 30lb test], a 4/0 live bait hook, and hang on. I don't think I've seen a dolphin turn down a live snack.


- Capt. Rube
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"Weekend Review" | Show Time | 04/26/04
 

We have been fishing like madmen for the past couple of weeks thanks to Mother Nature and anxious fishermen looking to get in on the action.  I can say with certainty that this is the best Gulf Stream season we've had in at least 2 years and this past couple week's stretch of fishing was the most consistent I can ever remember seeing.  Every day for some 10 days straight we headed to the Black Jack hole and every day we found it stacked with bait and fish that were not always willing to bite, but would eventually feed and allow you to get a good box of fish.  We caught the once elusive Carolina Slam (tuna, dolphin & wahoo) some 8 out of 10 days which is proof to the good fishing and mix of all species.  The bite last week started as hot in the early AM then dead by 11:30am then hot again by 3:00pm.  By the weekend, the fish seemed to do better by mid morning and later in the day than in the early AM.  But it goes to show that like most other types of fishing, just because you aren't catching them, it doesn't mean they aren't there.  Every day fishing the Black Jack hole I marked pods of suspended bait from 80-120 feet and often marked schools of single larger fish in the 60-100 foot range that I felt were Tuna.  And thus I hung around and every time it paid off.  So I say to you fishermen, don't ignore your bottom recorder and the reason why fish are where they are-- food!
Also of note-- the Mahi are really starting to move in.  This will bring the action to a faster pace and keep those lulls to a minimum.  We actually did some switching to Cedar Plugs and 8-10kt trolling speed over the weekend and did better, especially with the Dolphin.  Don't foget this deadly technique.  Its easy, quick and very effective for all species.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"King Mackerel Already?" | Mac Marle'n | 04/26/04
 

Capt. Brant and I took the MacMarle'n out yesterday afternoon on a 5 hour trip.  We began the trip looking for the elusive Atlantic Bonitos and although the bite was fairly good on Saturday for them inshore of the 90/90 and near the Sherman we did not have any success in hunting them up.  Hearing the same report that Capt. Hook did about the first king mackerel being caught at the 90/90 Brant and I couldn't resist giving it a try at the Little River Offshore reef.  Conditions looked great.  The water was a clear king green, the temperature was 68 degrees and the bait was stacked from top to bottom.  We gave it a try for about 20 minutes but could not get any takers.  Maybe its still a little early, but it surely won't be long.  The conditions are exactly what the king mackerel typically prefer.  From there we ended bottom fishing about 14 miles offshore and tore up the Black Bass.  We had a great time catching big blue head 2+lb bass, grey snapper, porgy's and sharks.  Bendin' rods and smilin' faces.  The wind is supposed to blow the next couple days but it again appears that things will shape up nicely for the weekend.  We are getting repaid for the awful winter and early spring weather.  I for one will continue to take advatage of every opportunity mother nature gives us.  Come join the fun!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Streamin" | Capt. Hook | 04/25/04
 

The Capt'n Hook headed for the big blue yesterday pulling the throttles back at the Black Jack hole. We fished around a while in 71.2 water and decided to troll the 8 miles to the Steeples. With about 4 miles to go three lines started smokin!! Yes it was yellowfin one which was in the 50 lb class. There were alot of mahi caught and a couple of wahoo and things still will get better as the water continues to warm up Heard a rumor of a KINGFISH caught at the 90-90 today. Better cock your gun its fixing to be on!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Carolina Slam x2" | Show Time | 04/24/04
 

Another great day spent trolling the pristine blue Gulf Stream waters aboard the Showtime.  Capt. Roger and I again headed back to the Blackjack hole today with around 40 other boats.  The seas were 1 to 3 feet and the fishing was good.  With so many boats out today we had to get creative to get the fish going.  The morning started out slow for us but picked up when we moved to the east of the Blackjack hole by a few miles.  We found our first action around 11:00 am when we were able to capture a wahoo and then a tuna.  Figuring that with so many boats fishing the same style in order to shake things up a little we would try something a little different.  We threw on our cedar plug and swimming plug spread and sped up to 9 kts trolling speed.  It didn't take 2 minutes before the change paid off.  The rest of the day we battled mahi, tuna and wahoo all on our high speed spread.  We ended up getting 10 mahi, 2 wahoo and 2 tuna to the boat, but like normal lost just as many as we caught.  The fish are there, sometimes you just have to out think them I guess.  On the inshore scene I heard the Atlantic Bonito were thick today inshore of the 90/90 and near the Sherman.  We'll be taking a break from the stream for the next couple days, but we'll be after the bonito.  Tight lines


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Carolina Slam!" | Show Time | 04/23/04
 

The fish are still there I am happy to report.  The Blackjack hole was the place to be again today.  Capt Roger and I slayed the tuna, dolphin, and wahoo today from about 11:00 am until 3:15.  No color in particular was hotter than the next.  They were biting so good it didn't really matter.  I will keep this is a short report as we are running around trying to get ready for tomorrow.  All boats at the Fishing Center will be heading back to the Stream tomorrow leaving around 6:00am. and will aim for the Blackjack hole.  We'll be on channel 11 don't hesistate to give us a call or follow us out the inlet.  The weather is here and the fish are too, don't miss out. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Flounder Pounding" | Carolina Contender | 04/22/04
 

In between Gulf Stream trips I found a little time to hit the backwaters yesterday evening with local flounder pounder guidesman Capt. Brandon Sauls.  We fished the Tubbs inlet are for about 2 hours in the evening time on a rising tide and hammered the flounder.  We were using minnows for bait and fished them from the bank and then also by slow trolling them.  We caught around 20 fish between us.  Most of the fish were just under the keeping size of 14 inches but there were several frying pan candidates mixed in.  According to Capt. Sauls the flounders started biting great last Sunday in Tubbs and have been at it since.  Come by the Fishing Center for your flounder tackle and bait and we'll also try to steer you in the right direction with the latest reports we have.  Also, don't forget about the Flounder / Trout Tournament coming up May 1st held out of the Fishing Center.  With the fish biting this good, it ought to be a great event. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"FLOUNDER / TROUT TOURNAMENT MAY1!!!" | Carolina Contender | 04/21/04
 

Inshore fishermen and fisherwomen, don't forget next weekend May 1st is the inaugural Spring Flounder / Trout fishing tournament being held out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  This event is sponsored by Clay Morphis's Shallow Water Boat Sales and the entry fee is $75.  The latest word I got on the inshore fishing came on Monday and the report is the flounder were nearly jumping in the boat around the Tubb's inlet area.  Apparently the water really warmed up over the weekend which brought the flounders out of hibernation just in time for the tournament.  Come join the fun, food, competition and camraderie at the 1st Annual Shallow Water Boat Sale's Flounder / Trout Spring Classic.  Check out this link for more information on the tournament-  http://www.oifishingcenter.com/tournaments.cfm


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 04/20/04
 

Another day in the Gulf Stream, and although the weather wasn't quite as nice, the fish were still there and biting just as predictably as for the past week.  The nearshore winds were 10-15kts from SW, but once you crossed the 70 degree temp break, winds piped up to 20+ kts and seas built to 4-6 feet.  We again fished the Black Jack hole in 160-190 feet with water temps at 71 degrees.  We left a little earlier this morning in hopes of prolonging the morning bite which has abrutly shut off every day for the past week by 12pm.  We had lines in at 8:30am and just as soon as I pushed the drag up on the first line out, it was on.  Until 11:30am we caught Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo and King Mackerel as fast as we could.  Dolphin in the 5-12 pound range were the main find, as we encounterd a school of 10 or so fish and had fun on light tackle with them.  We did manage one Bull of about 20 pounds as well as Wahoo at 35 pounds and a Yellowfin at 30 pounds.  We lost 2 bigger fish that were either Wahoo or Tuna and that was pretty much the day.  We only had a party of 2, so at 1pm they had enough fun and were ready to pack it in.  Once again I marked the school of Tuna in the same spot and all the fish we caught had Flying Fish and squid in their stomachs.  I can't remember ever fishing so consistently in the same area and seeing the same thing every day and having pretty much the same results.  The fishing is red hot by all means, but the bite is done by noon.  Anyway, a well deserved day off awaits the MacMarle'n and ShowTime tomorrow, then we're back to the stream for Thurs------  The weather looks absolutely perfect for the weekend, so don't miss the chance.  I talked to a buddy who bottomfished the 390/390 area today for Sea Bass and he said the Atlantic Bonito were so thick they were nearly jumping in the boat.  With the seas so nice the weekend, they should be on top and taking lures cast on light tackle.  Stop into the OIFC for all you need for the Atlantic Bonito as well as to get the hot Gulf Stream lures-- today-- C&H alien in blue/chart, Ilander Outrider in blue/pink, Ilander Outride in pink/white and Ilander in blue/pink.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/19/04
 

Another nice day in the Gulf Stream.  Winds were from the SW at 15kts and seas were 2-3 feet.  We fished the BlackJack hole area with scattered weed and water temps at 72.5.  Just as yesterday, I made a 1/2 mile lap all day long over bait and fish marks.  The action started right off the bat at 9:30am but picked up to a fevered pitch from 10am-11:30am as the Yellowfin came up to feed.  It was only a matter of how fast we could get baits out and back over the fish as to how many bites we got.  That's the good news, the bad news was that we didn't do too good getting them in the boat.  We had 15+/- bites and landed 3 Yellowfin from 25-40 pounds and a monster 57 pound Wahoo.  Hot lures are the blue/chart Alien, blue/pink Ilander and red/black Mega Bait swimming plug.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Catching up on Pictures" | Show Time | 04/18/04
 

My camera has been out of operation for a couple of weeks, but here are a few highlights of what we've been doing.  Fishing is excellent and so is the weather.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/18/04
 

It was another beautiful day in the Stream.  Today myself and mate Kyle Hughes guided a group of local fishermen in search for glory.  Seas were less than 3 feet and we fished the Black Jack hole.  Action was pretty hot right from the start and picked up to a fevered pitch by 10am.  We were getting double and triple Yellowfin bites with Dolphin and Wahoo mixed in.  The action slowed from 11am-2pm, but picked up a little again just before coming home.  All told, we had 5 Tuna, 2 Dolphin, and 1 Wahoo while fishing 160-190 feet of water.  We'll be back at it tomorrow.
The hot bait today were blue/white or blue/chart. C&H aliens, blue/pink Ilander Outriders or the MegaBait black/red swimming fish.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Pictures from 4/16" | Show Time | 04/18/04
 

Here are some pictures from the tuna fish caught aboard the Showtime on Friday 4/16/04.  Capt. Brant went to the stream again today.  I'm sure he'll post a report later this evening.

Yesterday I went to the stream around the Steeples area with Capt. Grady on the Showtime.  Although what we actually put on the dock wasn't too impressive with one yellowfin and two kings we certainly had our shots at glory.  After having a wahoo blitz 200 yards of line off a reel and then bite through 108lb wire first thing in the morning I should of known the fish gods wouldn't be with us.  Throughout the day we had 10 verified quality fish bites that ended with a poor result.  We broke lines, had wire bit, missed strikes and simply pulled hooks.  It was frustrating to say the least but we did have a good bit of action, which was highlighted by an early season blue marlin that we got to do battle with for about 10 minutes before he threw the hook.  The man in the blue suit took a trolled ballyhoo behind a purple and blue heavy lure 30 feet down on a planer.  He hit and turned a 25 TLD inside out jumping and running some 500 yards of line before we began to gain on him.  He finally shook his head one more time and out came the hook.  It certainly was exciting though for the charter crew as well as for me and Grady.  A blue marlin truly is the ultimate game fish.  We estimated this one around 200lbs.  There were numerous boats fishing the stream yesterday and everyone had some level of success.  The catch of the day was large wahoo followed closely by tuna.  Brandon and Charlie Harrell on their new 54' Viking out of Ocean Isle the Carolina Lady made their maden voyage yesterday and had a great day with a 59lb wahoo and a 66lb wahoo and two tuna.  They too also did battle with a blue marlin for a few minutes but the marlin managed to throw the hook like ours.  Things are really heating up in the stream and they should only get better for the next month.  Don't miss out.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Hook 4-17" | Capt. Hook | 04/18/04
 

We fished the stream today from the Same Ole to 20 miles offshore of the Same Ole and then  back to the Steeples. The warmest water we could find was 72.2. We did manage to get and 8 year old, "Quinn" his first Wahoo on his second stream trip. It takes a trooper at that age to manage back to back 12 hour stream trips. We also caught a nice King and saw a Sailfish show off a bit. This area should bust wide open any time so stay tuned.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/16/04
 

Just back in from the Stream and we had a successful day.  Capt. Barrett and I fished the Steeples area and boated 4 Yellowfin Tuna between 40 and 50 pounds and left many others with sore jaws.  We were catching our fish on blue/pink Islanders, chart/green aliens and the Yozuri Bonito in black/red.  The water temp was 72 and I did mark some decent baitfish in the area.  The warm water was moving west and by day end it had gone from 67 there to 71.5 which means I think that will be a good place for tomorrow.  We'll be back at it tomorrow, so stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"TOMORROW'S SCHEDULE" | Show Time | 04/15/04
 

Tomorrow the Show Time is going to the Gulf Stream and the MacMarle'n has 2 half days.  Show Time will clear inlet 6:15am and MacMarle'n will clear at 7:15am.  Not exactly sure where we'll be fishing, but we're on VHF 11 and feel free to call or buddy up to find fish.  Stand by for report of day's catch.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/14/04
 

Wind, wind and more wind.  Thankfully though I think its just getting the bad out of the way for another good weekend of fishing.  It's been blowing 20-30kts for the past 3 days.  Today the front finally came through and winds have shifted to the north and there's a nip in the air.  Tomorrow I hope to get back on the water for at least our 1/2 day trips.  I don't think the Stream will be ready yet until Friday or more likely, Saturday. 
The Atlantic Bonito started biting last weekend, so no doubt they're out there.  I'm thinking by Saturday the seas will have settled and they should be going again.  The 390/390 is where they were.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Carolina Contender | 04/13/04
 

For most fishermen who have been at it a long time there is no greater thrill than turning on new fishermen to the thrills of our sport. All last week we had fishermen coming in to the OIFC who had never been to the Gulf Stream. It was fun getting them fixed up with gear and we sent them off in hopes of finding glory in the blue water.The comment I heard was it looked like a King Mackerel tournament out there as more boats than has ever fished the stream in our area made a good shot at it. Unfortunately mother nature spoiled our party and a light southeast wind turned out to be a solid 20+ and could best be described as "snotty". Additionally the water temperature was way to cool 68-70 degrees in most areas. The result is the fish did not bite and for all those first time fishermen who didn't have much luck I can assure you wern't the only ones. There were alot of well experienced fishermen who had the same results. So... don't give up. It will be extroadinary fishing out there soon as conditions improve a little. It's the right time of the year. The weather looks like it is going to finally break about Friday and the weekend looks great. Hopefully some better water will move in as well. We should have a good satalite shot later this week and we will post info on this page.

Any new gulf stream fishermen who would l;ike our charter captains to look at how you have your rigs made, come on down. Capt's Brant/Barrett/Roger/Hook/Grady will be more than happy to "critique" your rigs as well as your ballyhoo rigging.


- Capt. Rube
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/11/04
 

Well, as is often typical, the fish decided to take the weekend off.  We did fairly well all last week while fishing a warm water eddy at the Black Jack hole area, but just as the weekend arrived the eddy dissolved and so did most of the fish.  It wasn't an absolute washout as most every boat that went had at least 1 or 2 good fish, but the Tuna, Wahoo and Dolphin were scattered and few and far between.  Nearshore, the first big catches of the year for Atlantic Bonito were reported.  The 390/390 was the hot area and the fish were taking trolled Clark Spoons.  This is only the beginning for this fishery and it will only get better through the month. 
The weather looks sour for the early part of the week, but I'll get back mid week when it looks like we'll start fishing again.  For you weekend anglers, right now the forecast is shaping up great again for Friday and Saturday.  I've got scheduled Gulf Stream trips so if you're looking for company out there, don't be shy to hang with me as we head offshore.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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