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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 03/23/04
 

THE WEATHER LOOKS AWESOME THIS WEEKEND!!  You haven't heard me say that many times.  Right now they're calling for light and variable on Saturday and that means its time to break out to the Gulf Stream to get those Tuna and Wahoo going.
Make plans to enjoy the weekend and don't forget to stop in the Ocean Isle Fishing Center for any of your supplies.
Every piece of tackle known to man, boat supplies and repair products, snacks, drinks, ice, Baitmasters Ballyhoo, gas- $1.86/gallon or diesel - $1.39/gallon.... you want it, we got it.
See you here- Capt. Brant



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"Wind!" | Mac Marle'n | 03/21/04
 

The temperatures have eased up on us a little bit here at the coast, but that stubborn wind is still hanging on.  We just can't seem to shake that 15-25 knot wind that has decided to take permanent residence at Ocean Isle Beach.  Capt. Brant and I were able to sneak out for a short 1/4 day trip yesterday, Saturday, for a little bit of black sea bass and shark fishing.  We guided a family of 4 kids under 10 years old and mom and dad to fun-filled day.  Despite the windy conditions the kids were able to catch plenty of fish including two sharks at one time by one young fellow within only 3 miles of the beach.  This is always the toughest time of the year for a fisherman.  We want to get out there so bad, but it's just not quite right yet.  The first chance that winter wind gives us though, we will be headed to the bluewater.  I looked at a temperature chart this past week and it appeared as if some of the warmer water pockets that have holding north and of the Steeples area is beginning to make its way toward the Steeples and in range for the Ocean Isle fleet.  If this warm water continues its track there should be a great yellowfin bite around the Steeples.  Also, I saw something even more interesting on the temp chart.  It looks like there is a pretty good warm water break forming just offshore of the MacMarle'n hole and the Winyah Scarp around the 550 line.  We just need some good weather now to go investigate.  I'm getting tired of fishing from my computer, but we got to hang in there and tell ourselves calmer days are coming.  For now its back to creating the latest and greatest wahoo or tuna rigs and making sure the boat is ready to go- soon enough we'll be back to the Stream

Remember these scenes?  No fear they are coming again-soon!


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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 03/19/04
 

Well, its been a long week, but we have successfully taken the MacMarle'n apart and put her back together again- not exactly, but with all the pain, sweat and busted knuckles, we might as well have.  Anyway, she's ready to go for the season and its downhill from here on out.  Tomorrow I've got a short 1/4 day Sea Bass trip with some kids and the weather looks nice.  It looks like a potentiall good day to go offshore and the best water looks to be just offshore of the MacMarle'n hole.  I'm nearly ready to go and will be there by April.  Stay tuned for more.


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"Costa Rica Pics" | Carolina Contender | 03/15/04
 

Here are a few scenes from Guanamar in Costa Rica.  Unreal fishing and even better relaxing atmosphere.  A must vacation for any offshore fishing enthusiast. 


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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 03/13/04
 

Well, I've been on hiatus for a couple of weeks swooshing the slopes of Colorado and then battling the Sailfish and Marlin off Costa Rica, but I'll tell you, there's no place like home.
And guess what, the fish are starting to show just as quickly as Spring is arriving.  I'm getting reports of Yellowfin Tuna off of Morehead City to the north and Charleston, SC to the south- naturally we're in the middle and thus the fish are out there.  We're still getting a lot of wind, but the temperatures are much warmer and I look for the weather to be slowing down and the fishing to be picking up over the coming weeks.  I've got just a bit more work to do on the boats and then we'll be 100%.  Stay tuned and get geared up.  It's nearly time.


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"Macks" | Capt. Hook | 03/05/04
 

While we watch the wind blow for the next couple days here's the latest fishing report to think about.  The king mackerel have finally made their annual winter / early spring appearance offshore.  Typically the smaller "spike" macks can found throughout the winter offshore in warm water pockets, but the abnormally cold winter combined with the turbulent winds have limited both the opportunities for fishermen to search for the macks and the warm water pockets that would hold these fish.  But with the arrival of the warm tranquil weather this past week fishermen were able to locate the large schools of mackerel in areas Northeast of Frying Pan Tower and Southwest of the tower.  Most of these fish are small, less than 10lbs.  but nevertheless it is a good sign to finally see some life starting to stir in our backyard.  In the Gulf Stream it is still sporadic at best.  Last weekend there was some action with yellowfin and wahoo north of the Steeples offshore of the Same Ol' hole.  On Monday Capt. Roger went on a recon mission with Kurt on the Bluewater to the Steeples but encountered no action.  He reported water temps in the low 70's, which is typically warm enough for the Yellowfin but he said there was no bait or any type of surface action.  For things to fire off out there something has to change.  It could be the arrival of baitfish, a temp. break, or change in current, anything out of the ordinary only stands to help the fishing.  At any moment the bite can turn on out there and it should be coming very soon.  Some of the best tuna action we see is in mid to late March so make sure you are ready to go when the conditions get right.  Capt. Brant and I will be heading down to Costa Rica this coming week to brush up on our billfish handling skills and get prepped for the Ocean Isle offshore fishing season.  Hopefully I'll have some good pics and stories to post next week. 


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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 02/28/04
 

After miserable weather for a few days, we've done a 180 and its beautiful and supposed to be that way all week.  Of course, I'm going out of town tomorrow for a couple of weeks so that won't do me any good.  Anyway, I'm getting away to get this last bit of nervous energy out of me so I can come home refreshed and ready to get to fishing.  The season will kick off mid March, so ready or not, here we come.  There are actually a few boats talking about heading to the bluewater tomorrow, but I just looked at water temperatures and it really doesn't look very good right now as there is no water warmer than 65 degrees inside of the Steeples.  Anyway, bottomfishing will certainly be an option even if the trolling species don't show up.  Get your gear and your boats primed up these next couple of weeks.  We're steady spooling reels and getting folks geared up for the Gulf Stream season forthcoming.  I've got a new shipment of my custom Gulf Stream rods coming in, and you've got to lay hands on them.  We've got our braided line in and are getting 500 yards of 50# braid with another 150 yards of 50# mono topshot onto a TLD 25 !!  So much for these 50 wides-- from now on, its light tackle Gulf Stream fishing--- imagine fighting a fish with a rod and reel 1/4 the weight of a standard outfit.  Anyway, we've got rods, reels, nets, lures, hooks, terminal tackle.... you name it and all at competitive prices and all with advice and help if requested----
 Capt. Brant


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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 02/23/04
 
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 02/20/04
 

Went out this AM and pounded on a few Sea Bass.  We had plans to venture off 25-30 miles, but there was a pretty good sized SW swell and a 15kt breeze that turned what we hoped would be a glassy calm day into a bit more- not to say it still wasn't plenty nice and very fishable, but we weren't that enthusiastic so instead decided to stick with simply accomplishing our main task- catch Sea Bass for Amy's parents dinner.  We fished 2-3 miles out on rocky bottom and ledges off of Shallotte Inlet and although the fishing wasn't fast and furious, we managed a couple dozen bass 10"-18" and were back to the dock by noon.  The water temperature was still a chilly 48 but was a clear green.  Shame on all you fishermen who didn't come down to the beach this weekend.  It is beautful.  A great weekend to at least start getting the boat and gear prepped for the upcoming season. 
On that note- we are expanding our marine supply section here at the Fishing Center so we can carry more of what you need to be prepared.  See you soon.


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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 02/16/04
 
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 02/11/04
 
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We have officially retired from the Bluefin circuit.  We had a great run despite being beat up a bit the last part of January.  In all, we released over 85 Bluefin in 22 days of fishing not to mention the many more that were hooked and lost during battle.  In addition, and a fact I am most proud of, we had a 100% success rate in hooking up with Bluefin on our charters this season.  There were a couple of trips in which we did not get a fish to the leader, but every trip we hooked up and fought Bluefin. 
I'm testing a new audio report.  Give it a shot and email me your thoughts.


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"Wind and Seas Mark End of Bluefin Season" | Show Time | 02/06/04
 

The good news is the Bluefin Tuna are still out there.  The bad news is that the darn weather has been so tough for the past few weeks that we've been land locked much more than sea bound.  When we were able to go, we've had no less than 3 bites per trip which is proof of the continued fishery.  However, after cancelling this weekend with 30-35kt winds expected, I am throwing in the Bluefin towel for this season.  I will be bringing my boats back to Ocean Isle to prep them and get ready for the Spring Gulf Stream season.  For all those that did fish with us, we certainly hope you enjoyed the experience.  For those that tried but got blown out or just couldn't get it together, we'll sure be back at it next year and booking for December and January.  I will be taking reservations for December 15-January 1 and then from January 10-January 31.  If you wish to fish a weekend during that time, I suggest you make plans well in advance.
Anyway, we've got Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo and Mahi to look forward to.  I'm booking trips right now.  If you want to go with us, you should go ahead and start making plans.
Hey, check out this picture of a Black Marlin my father, Rube caught in Costa Rica last week.  Fish estimated at 350lbs.  Photo taken by Yorke Pharr.


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"Bluefin Report" | Show Time | 02/02/04
 

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Capt. Roger and I fished the 31st and 1st with good success aboard the Show Time.  The weather was actually forecast to be horrible the 31st, but after a short morning blow, it turned into one of the best weather days we've seen this year.  We seem to be in a fairly stable fishing pattern having gotten 3 bites each day during our last 3 trips.  This is not the red hot fishing that we had a couple of weeks ago, but it is good enough to give a strong dose of Giant Bluefin fishing.  Honestly, after a group holds onto 3 fish, that's usually when they call it quits and seek a hot bath and massage therapist.  Anyway, we're winding down the Bluefin season.  This will be my last weekend before I bring the boats back to Ocean Isle to get ready for the Spring season.


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"Bass Assasin'" | Mac Marle'n | 01/31/04
 

Alan and I guided a group from Charlotte and Virginia today on a bachelor party trip for a half day of black sea bass fishing out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  We opted to leave the dock around 10am due to the improving weather conditions expected for later in the day.  We tried a few reliable spots near shore but the water temperature was all the way down to 45 degrees and there were no bass to be found.  By 11:30 the weather had really shaped up nicely so we ran to a spot about 15 miles offshore and found where all the willy's were hiding out.  We ended up with a good mess of keeper black bass and even caught and released a few sharks.  It was definitely a little chilly out there this afternoon but we all had a good time and managed to bring home some of the best eating fish in the ocean for dinner.  Today was the first time I have been back on the water out of Ocean Isle in a while, and fortunately the fish have been waiting on us.  For the next month black bass is on the menu out of Ocean Isle so come on down and give it a shot on a good weather day.  Give us a call if you are looking to go on your own boat and need some inside info on where they were last caught. 


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"bluefin report" | Carolina Contender | 01/30/04
 

Yesterday Capt. Brant on the Carolina Contender and Capt. Roger on the Showtime ventured out in the less than pleasant conditions in search of the giant bluefin.  Brant reported the conditions were perfect on the west side of the Cape Lookout Shoals but as soon as you crossed over to the east side it got nasty.  Brant and Roger both had successful days relative to the rest of the fleet as a total of 7 fish were caught by 10 boats.  The Carolina Contender went 2 for 3 and the Showtime also went 2 for 3.  They fished near the Chicken Rock in 80-90ft of water.  Both boats were going to try and fish again today if they could sneak in a trip before the weather got bad.  I'll report in with their catch if they did make it out.  Tomorrow, weather permitting, I will be at the helm of the MacMarle'n back at home sweet home at Ocean Isle for a half day of Sea Bass fishing.  Hopefully I'll have a good report from that area as well.   


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"Back for more bluefin" | Show Time | 01/28/04
 

Capt. Brant and Capt. Roger are headed back up to Morehead tonight to try and get in a few more bluefin tuna trips.  The weather has been unpredictable and not too pleasant lately here on the coast but there appears to be a slight break in the forecast for tomorrow and possibly a few more days the rest of this week.  The Showtime and the Carolina Contender will be at it weather permitting.  So far this season bluefin fishing has been extraordinary with success a near 100% success rate.  Hoepfully fishing will remain steady and the weather will be a little more cooperative.  I will be reporting in with details from each day's experiences. 

Also, due to a cancellation for Saturday, February the 7th, the Carolina Contender is available for charter. 


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"Bluefin Mania" | Show Time | 01/22/04
 

Just got off the phone with Capt. Brant on his way in from a bluefin trip this morning out of Morehead City.  He fished in the same place as where the fish have been holding for the past month, southwest of the Atlas Tanker.  He said the bite was on fire today as the Showtime crew managed to catch and release 6 fish.  He also said that the fish were much bigger today on the whole as compared to the last couple weeks.  Every fish was over 85 inches and the biggest fish were around 95 inches.  They had one double header and the rest were singles.  The fish are still there so if you haven't had a chance to go yet give us a call and we will set you up. 


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"bluefin pics" | Carolina Contender | 01/21/04
 

Here are some pics taken from onboard the Carolina Contender last Saturday.  Jim, Tony, Drew, and Rob from Charlotte did a great job to catch, release and tag two giant bluefin in the 80" range.  We had a great day on the water with a ton of action going 2 for 8 on the bluefin.  The action took place from 11am-2:45pm offshore of the Atlas Tanker in 120-130ft. of water. 


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"Week's report" | Show Time | 01/20/04
 

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The weather has been a real obstacle this past week or so.  There have been some decent, fishable days, but the forecast has been so unpredictable that many days are lost due to cancelling prematurely based on the forecast.  Anyway, the days we have been out the Bluefin fishing continues extremely consistent.  On Saturday the ShowTime had 3 Bluefin and the Carolina Contender had 2.  We look to be back on the water toward the end of the week.  If you haven't booked your trip yet, we still have openings.  Call (910) 575-3474 to get set up.


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