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"U.S. Open Tournament Report" | Carolina Contender | 09/30/03
 

This coming weekend is the U.S. Open king mackerel tournament out of Southport, NC- the granddaddy of them all.  This is when Fall Carolina fishing is usually in full swing and you can count on a lot of fish and a lot of big fish being caught within sight of land.  Last week and weekend we were in a transition period where the fish were holding offshore and they were beginning to make their way inshore.  I believe as of today this is still the case.  Under the right conditions the beach bite will fire off.  This bite will be more and more consistent will the cooling of the temperatures and clearing of the water.  An example of this was the decent to poor bite everyone experienced last Saturday in the HOOK tournament with the 15-20 knot east and southeast winds.  The next day the wind was light from the southeast and the bite was on fire.  8 fish were caught off Ocean Crest Pier in 2 hours of fishing if that gives you an idea of the caliber bite we're talking about here.  On Monday the good fishing continued close to the beach as Yaupon reef produced quite a few mossy back fatties.  Today however the wind kicked up a little and to the best of my knowledge the Yaupon bite shut off.  So, it seems that weather is once again the determining factor of where and when the bite will be.  Looking at the forecast it seems we will have some stout northerly wind on Thursday and improving conditions on Friday and then a switch to southerly winds on Saturday.  What this tells me, is that if in fact that wind does come around to the South you better tie a lot of rigs.  The fish ought to go balistic at the nearshore spots including Yaupon, the River Channel, Myrtle Beach Rocks and any other inlet.  Historically this tournament has always been a River Channel / Lighthouse Rocks dominated event.  I don't expect that to change taking into consideration the weather forecast.  I look for this weekend to be the break-out weekend for Fall beach kingfishing.  However, I also believe there will be fish holding in the 55 to 75 foot depth range as well at places like the Shark Hole, Jungle, and 390/390.  But, it's Fall the bait is here, the temperatures are here, the good weather is here, the good water is here, everything says to go to the hill to find the big boys.  There is plenty of live baits up and down the beaches of Ocean Isle, Holden Beach and Oak Island.  You can find pogies, mullet, spots, bluefish, and many other baitfish that the kingfish will be feeding on.  Also remember that when catching bait this time of year and later into the year that they will begin to be hard to catch as the water cools, the bait grows and they get faster, especially the pogies.  If you find you're having this problem you can combat this by having the right equipment for this time of year.  A custom made net that we have designed here at the Fishing Center is heavy enough and sinks fast enough that it will catch these bigger baits when others won't.  We only have a few in stock but I assure you they are an essential piece of equipment this time of year.  To recap if the weather man is correct I anticipate an awesome nearshore bite of big fish to take place especially on Saturday.  Taking into consideration history and the conditions predicted and what has taken place in the past week the Cape Fear River Channel area is sounding like potentially the place to be.  My sleeper spot for this weekend is Shallotte inlet and Milliken ledge just a couple miles off Shallotte inlet.  I've seen the winner for this event caught there before, but it seems to have become a forgotten spot.  I hope this report will be used as another piece of the puzzle to help you catch this weekend's smoker.  Good luck to all.  Next week locally is the Frantic Atlantic.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 09/29/03
 

Fall fishing is here.  Its cool here this AM and the wind is 15-20kts from the north and man does it feel like Fall.  Over the weekend we had good fishing for King Mackerel anywhere from just a mile or so offshore out to 30 miles.  We caught good numbers of school 10-15 pound Kings at the BP 25 out 30 miles and a mix of larger 20+ pounders with school fish in at the 410/510, Jungle, Shark Hole and 390/390.  The Kings are definitely moving inshore and I look for incredible action in the 30-55 foot depth range for the next several weeks.  There is plenty of live bait on the beach off Ocean Isle, Holden and Long beaches.  Don't miss the great fishing to come.  The US Open King Mackerel tournament is this weekend so stop by the Ocean Isle Fishing Center and get stocked up on supplies- Ribbonfish, Chum, rigs.....- WE HAVE IT at competitive prices--- Oh yeah, and check out this Grouper Amy caught on Saturday while Kingfishing.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Tournament Forecast" | Carolina Contender | 09/24/03
 

In an attempt to further service fishermen here at the OIFC we will be putting together a tournament forecast for the upcoming tournament weekend.  These forecasts are exactly that, only a forecast.  The employees and the captains at the OIFC will add their $0.02 each week and then a general consensus will be formed from the available information.  As a fisherman I will warn that what the conditions and expectations are today, they may completely change by tournament time.  We are simply attempting to offer one more source of credible information to help our customers put the puzzle together to catch that tournament winner.

With that said here is the scoop as of Tuesday night.  This weekend is the HOOK kingfish tournament out of Southport and the Onslow Bay kingfish tournament.  I will focus on the HOOK tournament because of its closer location to us at Ocean Isle.  Fortunatley we missed the brunt of Isabelle, which in turn appears to have shaken up the waters and awakened the fish.  No more than a day passed before the waters cleared back up and rumblings of kingfish catches began to scatter around the beach.  Before the storm you couldn't find a kingfish.  Now, from what we've heard and seen a little of ourselves, they are nearly jumping in the boat.  The question this week is with Fall stirring in the air will the kings that are now reportedly forming ranks in the 50 to 70 foot water depths stay true to their historical migration patterns and head for the inlets and closer to shore hot spots?  Some reports this week include a good number of upper teen size fish at the 24 mile rock, lots of fish including 30+ size fish at and around the Jungle, and an unverified report of a few fish in the Cape Fear River.  If you were to follow history it would tell you to fish either the Cape Fear Ship Channel, Lighthouse rocks, or the Myrtle Beach rocks.  Once again, will the fish make it to these spots or continue to gather in the deep water for a little longer?  All the conditions are right for a beach bite to turn on, the water is clearing, tons of bait including menhaden, bluefish, spanish, Fall mullets and even a few spots are on the beach.  With the water continueing to cool even more this week, this also stands to favor a beach bite, but that's why you play the game, you never know.  If you do decide to fish offshore I suggest keeping an ear open on the radio to a possible beach bite because if it goes off at the river or one of the other beach spots you won't want to be anywhere else.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and for once this year there will be an impressive leaderboard.  There is plenty of livebait on the beaches and in the intercoastal or if you prefer ribbonfish we have plenty of pristine Biloxi hand caught ribbons here at the Fishing Center.  I hope this pre-tournament report will be useful and we will do it again next week for the U.S. Open.  Good luck to all.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 09/22/03
 

HOT KINGFISH ACTION.  Out of nowhere the Kings are suddenly showing up in big numbers and big sizes in the 55-70 foot depth range at most all the spots.  There's a ton of bait on the beach so I don't think it will be long before these fish will be at the inlet mouths for the annual Fall migration of baitfish.  No more excuses.  The Kings are ON!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Hewes Burger | 09/22/03
 

Yesterday I joined local OIFC inshore guidesman Capt. Brandon Sauls on the High Tide for a flounder pounding mission.  The weather was absolutely perfect for any type of fishing.  The wind was dead calm and the skies were clear with temperatures in the high 80's.  We started the mission by capturing some finger mullets and smaller pogies for bait.  The baits we used were anywhere from 3 to 6 inches in length.  After hearing the latest report on Saturday of numerous citation fish being taken from the Tubbs inlet area that is where we decided to begin.  Our first stop was the Kickin Salt/Mickey creek which had been producing but not today.  Next we moved to the Sunset beach docks and again not much shaking just one small fish.  There was a ton of bait though in that area.  At this time the tide changed from dead low to incoming.  We moved to some creeks behind Tubbs and found a few more small fish but still nothing red hot.  Next we moved behind the high rise on Ocean Isle and the bite turned on a little bit.  For the next hour we caught 5 fish including a 17', 18' and 20' inch fish.  After it slowed down there we fished Shallotte inlet for a little while with little action and finished up back at the concrete canals where I lost a doormat and caught one smaller one.  We ended up catching 10 or so fish and kept 5.  Not a red hot bite but enough to keep us busy.  Anglers that fished Saturday and Sunday said the difference in the two days was that the water was much cleaner on Saturday and thus they bit better.  Mike Cochran reported catching 17 fish out of one hole on Saturday in the Eastern Channel.  The inshore fishing is good right now.  Don't miss out on the flounder migration.  It should only get better for the next month or two.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Latest Report!!" | Capt. Hook | 09/21/03
 

Captain Stacy and Alan held down the Capt'n Hook for a 3/4 day yesterday and found some pretty healthy KINGFISH!! They found bait at the Inlet and fished the 18 mile rock to no avail. They moved to the 27 mile area and caught Kings, some in the high teens, and multiple AJ'S. Maybe Isabelle shook things up a bit and they are going to happen now!!
I will be at the helm for a 1/4 day this afternoon hoping to find some spanish so stay tuned.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"" | Carolina Contender | 09/19/03
 

As Capt. Brant reported earlier we are still here.  Although we did experience tropical storm like conditions, if you happened to tune into the OIFC web cam either the evening before the storm arrived or yesterday afternoon from the peak of the storm on into the evening then you would have seen the awesome flounder bite that took place on the OIFC docks.  After watching local flounder guru Mike Cochran and his wife catch and weigh an OIFC best bonifide 11.5 flounder at the main cut of the concrete canals on Wednesday afternoon the word spread fast among Ocean Isle's top flounder pounders and the competition was on dockside of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  The competitors in this event included myself, Brant, Brandon Sauls, Mark Stacy and Amy.  For the next two hours a hot bite persisted and at the end Captain Mark Stacy took top big fish prize with a 3.9lb stud.  I was able to take the aggregate category with 3 successful releases and one unintentional release.  Brant won the grouper division with two grouper releases.  Amy thought we were crazy and opted observe in a less harsh environment.  And Brandon, well somebody had to be responsible for turning the storm away from Ocean Isle.  Thanks to Brandon and his trusty Coconut Rum and Goombay Smash Ocean Isle saw minimal damage from the Izzy.  All in all Wednesday afternoon saw 8 flounder, 3 grouper, and 2 Jimmy Blue Crabs brought to the dock and the shortened Thursday evening competition consisting of myself, Brandon, Mark, and Rube saw 6 flounder, 1 red drum, 1 bluefish, and 1 grouper brought to the dock with Brandon taking top honors on this day.  As you can see all is well in Ocean Isle, and like usual the arrival of a tropical system turned the inshore flounder bite on and now hopefully it will do the same for the kingfish.  The OIFC docks have now made a name for themselves as the newest inshore hot hole.  Stay tuned for future OIFC dock tournament notifications. 

Our thoughts are with those who were more seriously affected by Isabelle


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 09/18/03
 

WE'RE STILL HERE!
 We were lucky and missed the worst of it as we saw winds in the 40 to maybe 60 knot range and not really all that much rain.  The "MacMarle'n" is holding down the docks while the "Carolina Contender" and the "ShowTime" are whethering the storm in a more protected location.  Tomorrow will be sunny and pretty and I think we'll be back on the water and fishing on Saturday.  The storm will likely impact the fishing making fishing within 10 miles of the beach tough for a few days due to the water being stirred up, but offshore I don't think it will take long for things to get back to normal.  Actually all the north wind should further push Fall fishing on its way as all the Spots and Mullets in the Chesapeake and Pamlico will likely be on their way after the storm pushes them out. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 09/10/03
 

Happy to report the "ShowTime" is here and ready to go fishing.  I picked it up from Gilliken Custom boat works in Harker's Island last Wednesday and ran it home- Left Beaufort Inlet and cruised to Masonboro inlet at 27kts and then ran ICW to Ocean Isle- avg speed 29 kts, total fuel burn- 108 gallons.  She looks good, but I will be putting her to the test this next weekend.  Stop by and see the new "ShowTime".  If you have interest in custom boats and potentially having one built, I'd be happy to discuss the process and get you pointed in the right direction.
As for fishing, there really hasn't been any.  Its been blowing 20+kts from the NE since last weekend.  I did fish the Atlantic Beach Kingfish tournament last weekend and although we only weighed a 20 pound King, due to the lack of fish and bad weather, it was good enough for 6th place.  We fished around the Frying Pan Tower and weeded thru tons of Dog Sharks to eventually catch the 20 pounder as well as another that may have gone a bit bigger but was eaten by a Cuda and 4 other Kings around 15 pounds.  It was rough, but fishable and we were willing to pay the price for what we felt like would be a good placing fish.
The good news about this weather is it spells Fall fishing.  I can't wait to see what happens this weekend when things settle down.  Its hard to say where the Kings will be exactly, but I imagine they won't be far from shore.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 09/03/03
 

Things were real slow today offshore. I fished the Tower, Horseshoe, Houston, and a couple of other places in this area and caught dog sharks and one big Spanish. NO KINGS!! We did hook a Billfish off of the Tower that I thought was another Sail after seeing his Bill but then he commenced to pulling line so fast I could'nt do anything fast enough to keep from getting spooled!! I know it was a Billfish maybe a baby BLUE!! Well who knows. Till next time.....


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Recent Reports" | Capt. Hook | 09/01/03
 

I guess through the extremely hot weather the fish have been a little lazy. The kings have been a few here and there but not concentrated in many areas short of the 32 mile range. We did catch a few small Kings and released a BIG Sailfish yesterday afternoon at the 24 mile hole. What a day for the camera to malfunction!! Today we targeted Blacktips to no avail. Fall is coming and things will pick up so just hang on. The good stuff will begin to happen any day now!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 08/28/03
 

Sorry I haven't reported lately, but we've been busy fishing every day under these beautiful weather conditions.  The fishing is good, so long as you can get to your target species.  Nearshore we're doing very good on 1-4 pound Spanish Mackerel at all area Artificial Reefs from 40-60 feet of water.  We're pulling #1 and #2 Silver Clark spoons on #1 planers.  The Kings and Mahi have moved offshore and if you can get to 80+ feet of water, you should be able to have luck.  The weather has certainly been nice enough to get just about anywhere.  There is plenty of bait on the beach and I'm still seeing the occasion King sky rocket thru the bait pods.  Check out this week's pics.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"TODAYS REPORT" | Mac Marle'n | 08/23/03
 

Capt. Roger and I went on a Spanish mackerel mission this afternoon.  We had steady action with better than average fish.  Most of the fish caught were in the 3-4 pound range.  A Gold clarkspoon behind a # 2 planer was the bait of choice, however silver was also effective.
- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"Stream Report" | Capt. Hook | 08/21/03
 

We ran out to the 100-400 and trolled for about an hour with no strikes. Then moved straight offshore to 1000-1500 feet of water looking for weed, birds, bait anything that looked fishy to no avail. We then ran to the Steeples and fished it Hard and had not even one strike. I decided to head to the Tower area to get something to tighten the line but in the middle of the run made a hard left and went to the Black Jack hole. We put out and had a big Wahoo skied the bait, ran the 100 yard dash and spit the hook. Then we put out again made a circle and the next one was not so lucky he ended up in the box. We saw a Sail out sunning, just lazing around on top of the water but he would'nt eat. A little later we hooked a Sail that got fouled in another line and he was behind the boat with his tail about a foot  out of the water going 900 miles an hour and when his tail caught traction he pulled all the hooks. Not a great report but not too shabby either!! Capt'n Stacy will be running the next couple of days so we will be reporting. Fall is just around the corner!!!!! 


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 08/19/03
 

Today I ran a 7 hr. trip aboard the Carolina Contender and fished the Horseshoe area.  The water was a dark green and looked decent, but not the typical bluish that is often seen this time of year.  We caught several decent sized Kings and a Mahi.  The action was very steady. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 08/18/03
 

Captain Stacy had a pretty slow day only managing to pull out one Mahi, some Sharks and a Barracuda. The weather was not very cooperative and he fished the 12 mile ledges. We are going to hang in there it will get better!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 08/18/03
 

We've been Cuda and Spanish crazy here for the past week or so.  The majority of our charters are 3 and 5 hour trips, thus we have to stay within 10-15 miles of the beach- and Barracuda and Spanish are what are biting in that range.  For those occasions when we have 7 or 9 hour trips, the Kings and Mahi are biting offshore in the 25-35 mile range.  Most of the fish are in the 10-12 pound range but we are catching quite a few into the 20's as well.  The weather was great today and I look forward to the cool breezes that I think we'll be getting this week.  Actually loaded the well with Silver Mullets running the waterway this AM.  A sign that Fall is just around the corner.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Last Few Days" | Capt. Hook | 08/17/03
 

We have had several fullday trips in the last few days along with a couple of shorter trips. The fish are biting well around the Tower. The kings are there along with Mahi, Barracuda, African Pompano, and Sailfish. There were 3 Sails released yesterday while I was in the Horeshoe area. We caught Kings 8 to 15 lbs fairly steady and then hit one 26.93 pounds. I heard there were sevral nice ones caught all around out there in 60 to 90 feet of water. The bait is still off Holden and easy to get!! Capt'n Stacy will be on the boat tomorrow for 2 half days so stay tuned!! 


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 08/15/03
 

Once again the ocean was perfect, I just wish the fish would have gotten the memo.  Although things were slow we did manage to catch one of the largest black tip sharks I have ever seen.  In addition to the shark, the spanish mackerels kept us busy most of the afternoon.
- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 08/14/03
 

We cut our stream trip back to a full day due to reports of "No Action There". We found lots of Dog Sharks at the 65 foot hole and moved on to the 24 and again, you guessed it, found Dog Sharks. I then moved to the 38 mile area and found a couple of Kings and all the Jacks! Lots of action today!! Bait is still holding off Holden Beach!! Back out on another full day tomorrow!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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