Gulf Stream trips look good for tomorrow. We leave the dock at 6:00am. Anybody that wants to follow us out is welcome. Our charter fleet monitors channel 11 on vhf.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Today Capt. Brant and myself fished offshore of the 17 mile rock. We had an awesome catch of 13 inch plus Seabass and an occassional dog shark. Water is still a little than we would like. Hopefully in the next few weeks it will continue to warm up and bring Grouper and Snapper closer to shore.
Sumo and I ran two trips today. The ocean was fairly nice but worsened as the day went on. We ran all the way past the Sharkhole hunting Bonita to no avail!! We ended up having a good day with the Sea Bass and had some whoppers also. If you have not done so lately Take a KID Fishing!! We had a couple this afternoon that had a blast!!
Patience persistence and the unrelenting commitment to accomplishment of the objective. That is the quote of the day. All started well this morning with a light southwest wind for the first 20 miles then it hit the fan. The wind came around to the west and peaked out around 25kts. The seas worsened the further you got out and by the time we reached the blue water it was a steady 6-7 foot. We started around the 580 line about 15 miles east of the MacMarle'n hole and began trolling with the seas to the east. We fished all morning and into the early afternoon with only one false albacore to show. But at 2:00pm, our charter, a father-son team in their second day of gulf stream fishing in a row sprang into action when the shotgun and long rigger took off. By this time we had made our way to nearly the 100/400 and things started crackin'. For the next hour and a half we couldn't have been busier. With the rough sea conditions angling the fish was made much more difficult and staying on the spot was also a challenge. But, from 2:00pm when we got our first bite to 3:30 when we picked up we managed to boat 3 nice wahoo one of which was citation worthy at 40lbs and one yellowfin tuna. It was apparent that the fish had been there all along its just that they all of sudden started to bite. After redeeming our slow start we were pleased with final outcome and made tracks home in the rough weather. Luckily the seas improved dramatically once we got back in the green water and we had a comfortable ride in. Today's lesson- never give up and keep working hard. Changing baits, moving baits, changing the spread, speed, clothes -whatever it takes, sometimes just doing something different will help elicit a strike. I know one thing, I will sleep well tonite. Shwwwww what a day.
Well, every day can't be a glorious fishing experience and today was one of those. A forecast of light winds in the AM increasing later to 15-20 kts was sounding OK, but when it starts at 15-20 and goes to 20-25 with a current running into the wind, that's kind of sloppy. My crew put in a valiant effort and after putting lines in at 10am we made it til 12pm before we had all the fun we could stand. We had only a couple of knockdowns and no serious takers. So, we headed inshore some 30 miles where it was a much nicer 3-4 foot and absolutely slaughtered some of the biggest Sea Bass I have ever seen. I don't think we caught 1 in 10 that were too small to keep, although we only kept fish over 12 inches and had a couple that topped 4 pounds. We were fishing 90 feet of water over rocks and ledges. Anyway, the crew who had never been deep-sea fishing before were just as thrilled with Sea Bass as they would have been with Yellowfin Tuna, thus the trip was saved. I'm sure Capt. Barrett will post a report also as he was in the Stream on the MacMarle'n and stuck it out til 3pm, and they were rewarded.
Just as yesterday, the bite is occurring late due to the full moon so either get there early or stay late.
First Gulf Stream trip of the year was a success. The "Show Time" caught a Carolina Slam on her first ever trip to the Stream also- Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo. We had 2 Yellowfin of 45 pounds, 2 Wahoo of 30 pounds a Mahi, King Mackerel and 3 Blackfin Tuna. We caught a couple fish during the morning, but the bite after 1pm was the best of it. We fished the BlackJack hole and I marked very good bait and also bigger fish down 60-120 feet, but could rarely get them to come up and feed. I think the bright full moon has them feeding at night and a bit tougher to catch right now. We caught fish on Ballyhoo and Cedar Plugs today. The hot lure was the "Mega Bait" swimming fish and the black/purple cedar plug. I'm headed back out there tomorrow, so stay tuned.
Today the Christina Ledge, Rourke, and the BB Rock produced a lot of 1-2 pound sea bass. Tomorrow's agenda consists of Gulf Stream trips for the Mac Marle'N and the Showtime. We're looking for more of those great Gulf Stream fish like yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and mahi-mahi!
Headed to the Stream the next couple of days. Looks to be a good eddy near the BlackJack hole, but we'll see if it produces. Stay tuned.
Wind has been blowing but looks good next few days. We'll be Sea Bass fishing tomorrow and then Gulf Stream fishing on Wednesday. Stay tuned.
As we get ready to start our Gulf Stream season here's a tip that absolutely works.
Take a 5 gallon bucket of frozen chum[we have them here at OIFC] and tie a cement block to approx 100 feet of line[using ecologically acceptable materials] and drop the block at the place you plan to fish[like the Blackjack/Steeples/ect]. The chum will draw fish to that spot and rather than blindly trolling an area, fish where the fish are. Give the chum approx 15-30 minutes to start working. It will last for several hours.
Been noticing last few mornings that the Ganets are diving mile or so off the beach. Ganets do not dive on individual fish but dive on "balled" bait. When we Bluefin Tuna fish this is how we find the Bluefin's where the ganets are diving on the bait the Bluefin's have balled up. So either we've got Bluefin approx one mile off the beach or more likely it's the Atlantic Bonita working on glass minnows. In any event if the weather man would let us get to work I think we would find the Atlantic Bonitas are here for our spring fun. Looks like the weather improves starting Tuesday. Our charter boats will be fishing everyday so stand by for updates.
The good news for the weekend is if we could get to the gulf stream we could probably wear the Tuna/Wahoo out. The bad news is the forecast doesn't look like it is going to be possible. West to northwest winds 20+ throughout the weekend.
One possible glimmer of hope is when the wind shifts to the northwest we should be able to get after the Atlantic Bonita which should be here any time now. Fishermen friendly, these fish will be at 90/90/ Jim Caudle/ 3 mile or other close by wrecks or reefs.In somewhat rough conditions best bet will be use #1or #2 planners with #1 or #2 Clarkspoon.If you locate the fish by trolling drop a Sting Silver on spinning tackle to the bottom and jig it up fast.
We were doing a full day grouper trip tomorrow but charter just canceled; not a bad idea since we would have been fishing 40 miles off.
Remember, first Atlantic Bonita to Ocean Isle Fishing Center wins $20 gift certificate[plus bragging rights].
The Capt’n Hook headed to the stream for the first time last Saturday. I would have updated sooner but have had technical difficulties. Sumo, Captain Stacy, Wade Byrd, Darrell Garrett and myself put the compass on 152 and the throttles on 4 grand, which carried us to a temperature break, near the 500 line. We hit a rip with 70-degree water on one side and 73.5 to 74 on the other so I gave the call for lines out. In just a few minutes we had a nice Mahi on then another and another so tis the season. After that fire drill we threw back out to hook a 3 or 4-pound Mahi on the shotgun line, he could not even pull the drag. Darrell manned the reel and as he brought it down from the holder the line began smoking off the reel!! Realizing the Mahi had become bait I turned the boat and headed after the fish. About 20 minutes later we had him straight up and down and were working him or he was working Darrell. Then he made a mad dash for the surface and straight back down pulling the hook. This is how he became a mystery fish. A penny for my thoughts-- a large Yellowfin or a small Bluefin!! We proceeded to fish the rip and ended up with a good catch of Mahi in the 10 to 25 pound class and a solo Yellowfin!! So lets go get em!! There here!!
ShowTime is back at the dock and nearly ready to go fishing.
Just wanted you fishermen to know that this weekend we'll be offering a $20 gift certificate to the 1st boat to weigh in an Atlantic Bonito at OIFC.
Guys are back from the Stream and they had a great day. Up toward the Black Jack hole Billy Leonard on the "Billfish" had 4 Wahoo between 30 and 48 pounds and a Yellowfin and down toward the 500 line the "Capt. Hook" and a couple other boats had a box full of Mahi- yes Mahi- as well as a couple of Yellowfin with reports of losing some monster Yellowfin. The winner of the first Yellowfin to the dock was Rick Alexander on the "I Love Lucy" with a whopping 68 pounder. Most fishermen found a good temperature break from the low 70's to mid 70's and that's where they caught fish. Trolling Ballyhoo was the preferred technique.
Overall it was a great day and awesome start to the Gulf Stream fishing season which should only get better.
If you've been considering a charter, there's no need to hold back as the fishing is great.
SEA BASS, SEA BASS, SEA BASS. The MacMarle'n was working the nearshore waters and we're catching plenty of Sea Bass from 10-16 inches as well as quite a few Spiny Dog Sharks. The water temps have gotten to 60 so expect the Atlantic Bonito to be here VERY soon. Stay tuned for a Gulf Stream report this PM.
Sea Bass fishing has really picked up here in the past week. We've been doing very well fishing in the 60-65 foot depth range. Nearer shore in the 2-5 mile range the Spiny Dog Sharks are still thick and providing great fun with minimal effort. Squid is the bait of choice.
Report wasn't incredible today but there were a few Yellowfin and Wahoo caught and YES- Bluefin Tuna. They are out there mixed in with the Yellowfin and Wahoo and will suprise the heck out of you when they keep going, and going and going......... Tomorrow most fishermen are going to the Stream so I will have a better report.
As for myself, I'll be plowing the nearshore waters in search of the elusive Sea Bass and Dog Shark. Stay tuned.
1st Yellowfin put on the Ocean Isle Fishing Center dock gets a $20 gift certificate- see Capt. Brant or Capt. Rhett--
VALID thru Saturday, 3/26
Hot off the press. Schools of large Yellowfin in the 80-100+ pound class have been seen and caught north of the Steeples on the 59100 line and also north of the MacMarle'n hole on the 59500 line. Believe it or not, the fish on the 500 line were in 120 feet of water that was 69 degrees. Just goes to show you can't figure out a fish, particularly when they get BIG. Anyway, I'm telling you this is going to be THE weekend to catch Tuna. The weather is perfect and the water looks very good to catch fish. There are also reports of a lot of Wahoo around as well. Don't miss out this weekend.
If you need any supplies, we've got it. For those big Tuna you'll need 130# fluorocarbon leaders, medium or small 12 pk Ballyhoo and small, 1/4-1/2 oz lure heads. Go get'em!!