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"King bite on schedule" | Carolina Contender | 11/27/04
 

King bite went off yesterday as scheduled. Our charter fleet hit them hard at the Atlantic Ledge. Should be on again today as wind is laying out following this morning.

Early reports from Flounder/Trout tourney is they're catching.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin Tuna Time !" | Show Time | 11/27/04
 

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The Bluefin Tuna are beginning to make their showing and the Carolina Contender and ShowTime are headed north to Morhead City to meet them.  If you've ever dreamed of experiencing the most thrilling big-game fishing- Bluefin Tuna is it.  The Giant Bluefin range from 200-600 pounds and are taken by trolling some 10-25 miles offshore.  Sure its cold, but its not far to travel and once you hook up, you'll be tearing off layers of clothing. 
Nowhere else in the world can you go and catch the quantity and size of these fish.  The success rate is remarkable.
If you have interest in joining Capt. Brant, Capt. Barrett or Capt. Roger for one of these adventures, call (910) 575-3474 xt 3.  Charters will be run Dec 10-Feb 15 with peak time Dec 10-Jan 31. 
Check out the attached video clips and pictures for a sample of what you'll experience.
Also visit http://www.oifishingcenter.com/seasonal_specials.cfm
for further details.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"King Bite scheduled tomorrow" | Mac Marle'n | 11/26/04
 

This last weekend of "official" fishing season so don't miss out on the great king fishing. Weather getting better this afternoon and tomorow looks chamber of commerce. Wind going from north to south and when that happens usually lays out AND the kings should go crazy. They're at Atlantic ledge and 27 mile hole[Thanksgiving Hole]. Cigar minnows, live or dead will do the job. Our charter boats will be fishing this afternoon and tomorrow. Come on out and work off that Turkey by fighting fish.

If you get tired of Kings, grouper should also still be there. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"reminder" | Stori Teller | 11/25/04
 

Don't forget about the upcominng THANKSGIVING FLOUNDER AND TROUT CLASSIC coming up this weekend.Registation is friday between 2 and 9 p.m.Fishing will be saturday from 7 to 4.The weather is shaping up to be real nice on saturday with highs in the mid 60's and light southerly winds.Their will be a great dinner at the captains meeting which will be at 7 friday night .So their are no excuses for you not to come join in the fun.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"The Catch of a Lifetime" | Carolina Contender | 11/23/04
 

I’ve been fishing for a long time and had the privilege of catching most every sport fish that swims.  I’ve fished from Cape Hatteras to Costa Rica and all in between, but this past week I experienced the greatest catch of my life.  On Wednesday at 10:50pm my wife Capt. Amy gave birth to our first child; a baby girl name Carolina Grace McMullan.  Caroline was a citation size 7 pounds and 20 inches long.  She and Amy had a pretty tough day on Wednesday as Amy labored for 13 hours before finally introducing Caroline into her new life.  Upon birth Caroline looked like she had just come out of a 10 round fight, but in only 5 days she’s become the most beautiful thing in my life.  She’s an eating, sleeping and you know what machine that is wrapping this new daddy right around her finger.  And I’m not going to fight it either as I can surely say a new life is ahead for Caroline, Amy and myself.  I would also like to say thank you to my wife for bringing us such a beautiful baby.  The holidays are guaranteed to be full of pride and joy in the McMullan household.

And for all you fishermen out there, what can I say but that the fishing is off the hook.  The weather has been great the past several days and its provided fishermen with a chance to get offshore and fish anywhere they like.  In the Gulf Stream Capt. Roger fishing aboard the “ShowTime” had a decent catch of Wahoo and Blackfin Tuna.  It seems the fish have been much more scattered since the middle of October, however, you can still find action including some very nice Wahoo as Capt. Roger reported catching a 64 pounder on his outing.  And for you King Mackerel fishermen, it doesn’t get any hotter.  October is the month to catch big Kings, but November is by far the best month to catch the most Kings.  As I’ve reported over the past weeks, the Kings school up thick as they feed on Cigar Minnows and Sardines.  Last week they were at the 65 foot hole and Shark Hole, this week they were about 6-10 miles offshore of those spots at such places as the Horseshoe, 22 mile rock and Atlantic Ledge.  Live bait or dead bait, it doesn’t matter when the fish get schooled up like they are now.  Nearer to shore the Bluefish are thick at inshore reefs.  You can catch all you want by simply vertical jigging a Stingsilver over the structure.  Finally, the inshore fishing for Speckled Trout, Flounder and Drum has been great over the past week.  Capt. Stan Gurganus had an awesome catch of Trout over the weekend while drifting live shrimp along shell banks.  The Flounder have been holding in the backs of creeks and canals.  And although they are not as thick as earlier in the year, this is the time to catch the monsters.  And thus this leads me into reminding you that Capt. Stan will be hosting the Thanksgiving Flounder and Trout Classic this coming weekend out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  Registration will be on Friday with fishing and awards on Saturday.  I know everyone will be full of turkey and dressing and the tournament offers a great chance to get away from the dinner table and enjoy a great day of fishing with an added opportunity to win prize money and bragging rights.  I for one can’t wait to compete as challenges are flying around the Fishing Center as everyone stakes their claim as the top inshore fisherman. 

I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend and for those of you at the beach, stop by the Ocean Isle Fishing Center to enter the tournament or simply check out the weigh-in on Saturday afternoon.  From Caroline, Amy and myself, happy Thanksgiving.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Biolxi report" | Carolina Contender | 11/22/04
 

Just returning from big show in Biolxi. The North Carolina fishermen again showed their dominance in the world of King Mackerel fishing. Having already clinched the top 2 spots on the Pro Tour[Fish Meister and Direct Connect], the NC fishermen took 5 of the top 10 places in the big boat division and 2 of top 10 in 23 and under division.

Fishing this year was different than past years. Day one saw a hot bite in West Delta but day 2 West Delta completely shut down. Probably 75% of the boats went west and only a few abandoned the west and jumped to the east side where a good bite was occurring.Those that jumped were able to catch a fish to match with their Friday fish and that's how the leader board was filled out.

Congrats to everyone and especially to our NC top ten teams.
2nd-Line One
3rd-Water Fountain
6th-Reel Greedy
7th- Carolina Contender
9th- Sea Draggin

Under 23
4th- Second Catch
10th- Kings Ransom


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Weekend Summary" | Show Time | 11/20/04
 

The beautiful weather that we have had here all week continued through the weekend and the fishing was on fire just as expected.  Limits of 12-15lb king mackeral were boated at the Atlantic Ledges and the Jungle.  I'm sure, though, that almost any area in 70-80 feet of water will produce fish.  Bait (cigar minnows and greenies) was stacked up in these places and easily caught with a sabiki rig. Today we set off to the Gulf Stream and found a steady blackfin tuna bite at the Blackjack Hole.  There were also some king mackeral and scattered sailfish and wahoo thrown in for good measure.  We'll be back at it through the week this week so stay tuned for hopefully some more great reports!


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"it is time" | Stori Teller | 11/20/04
 

The crews aboard the Stori Teller have been enjoying some of the best inshore fishing that I have seen in the past couple of years.I don't know if the stars are aligned right or what but the fiish have been absolutely chewing.Friday morning we left the dock with intentions of going to get n on some of the great speckled trout fishing that has been going on.While along the way we realized how slick the ocean was and decided to head out there to drop some jigs on an artificial reef in 35 feet of water.Upon arrival the first jig in the water was attacked by angry chopper bluefish.For the next three hours we caught these 1 to 4 pounders on every drop.Today was a day off of work for me so I decided to do nothing else but go fishing.We started out the day out at the same reef as friday with the same results but with a few gray trout thrown in for good measure.After an hour or so of that we headed back inshore to do a little prefishing for the Thanksgiving Trout and Flounder Classic coming up next weekend.We went in search of a school of specks that I had heard of earlier in the week  and they were still there and willing to take our live shrimp on almost every cast.I was happy to see the fish bitiing in time for the tournament.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Capt Brant and Capt Amy land prize catch" | Carolina Contender | 11/18/04
 

Sitting in for Capt Brant here. Yesterday Capt Brant and Capt Amy boated a 7 1/2lb baby girl, Caroline Grace.It was a tremondous effort by all involved. She is a beauty!Congrats to the new Mom and Dad[as well as the new Grandpa].

On fishing scene. Weather looks beautiful for weekend. All our charter boats fishing all weekend. Gulf Stream trip Saturday. Kings should still be at 65 and 70 foot hole. If not should have moved off to Atlantic Ledge.

Carolina Contender in Biolxi with Capt Barrett. I'm heading that way in morning. Everyone crying blues about no fish; but watch what happens at weighin tomorrow. Somebody will find the fish and then....it's on! 


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"weekend report" | Stori Teller | 11/15/04
 

I have gotten the Stori Teller back in business and got to run a couple of trips over the weekend.Saturday we left the dock at 8 a.m with a stiff northeast wind bringing the windchill down to,well,cold.We decided to head up the Shallotte river to a little spot that was protected from the wind.Upon getting there I anchored the boat and tied on quarter ounce jigheads with a chartreuse grub tail in hopes of finding some redfish.And find them we did.For the next two hours we caught redfish on about every third cast.When that bite slowed down we moved back out toward the mouth of the river to catch a couple of flounder to end the trip.On sunday we started the morning with the same stiff breeze in our face as saturday.So we headed to the same protected spot and resumed our assault on the red.Just like saturday as soon as the tide began to fall the reds shut down.Instead of going flounder fishing this time we decided to go in search of trout in hopes of locating a school of fish for the upcoming THANKSGIVING FLOUNDER AND TROUT CLASSIC At the fishing center NOV 26 and 27  and we did.We stopped and began throwing Mirrolures to a shell bank and caught them fairly well on the falling tide.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"SKA National Championship" | Carolina Contender | 11/14/04
 

All eyes are focused on Biolxi and the SKA NAtional Championship which begins Friday. Looks like the weather gods are smiling on the area as it looks like it's going to be too rough for fishermen to pound on the fish prefishing before the event. May be able to get after them starting Wednesday but earlier than that looks bad. Last year the same thing happened and the result was the most unbelieveable king fishing that's ever occurred. Hopefully the early windy conditions will produce the same result.

The way the weather looks to me is the extreme pressure gradient will begin to fade by Wednesday and by Friday conditions should be perfect for the tourney Friday/Saturday. So for all the teams stuck at the dock in Biolxi, it may be working best not to be able to pound on the fish so hard prefishing which hopefully makes for better fishing on tourney days.

To all our Carolina teams participating...good luck, wear em out, and have a great time.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Grouper Madness" | Carolina Contender | 11/08/04
 

What can I say-- its awesome.  Capt. Barrett, local fishing hero and 2004 SKA Angler of the Year- Dean Spatholt and myself went on Sunday and had a blast.  The seas were running around 3' and we caught fish at every stop from 65-90 feet of water.  No doubt the biggest concentration of Gag Grouper is in the 60-80 foot depth range.  When we got deeper we ran into the Genuine Reds and Red Grouper.  We caught all our Grouper on live Pinfish and live Cigar Minnows.  I wouldn't recommend tangling with these fish with less than 80# tackle. 
If you're interested in getting into it, we have the exact same rod/reel setup I use and ready to go at the Fishing Center-- the combo is less than $180. 

When not harrasing the Grouper, we've been tearing up the Kings.  They are schooled up thick at the 65' hole and have nearly been jumping in the boat.  On Saturday I had a fish skyrocket a bait and actually hit the engine on its way down. 

Fishing is great right now and will continue.  As for me, I think Sunday was likely my last trip-- at least last trip that I won't be a dad.  Amy's due date is very close and she looks ready to go at any time.  Wish us luck and I'll post a report and pictures of our next big catch. 

Hey also don't forget Capt. Stan's Thanksgiving Flounder and Trout Classic-- registration is Friday, Nov 26th with fishing the 27th.  Fishing will be great and I assure you great food and fun are a guarantee.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bottom fishing bonanza" | Carolina Contender | 11/07/04
 

Absolutely awesome day on the water.  My hands and back are so sore from pulling on monster bottom fish all day I can hardly type.  Brant will post a more detailed report tomorrow with a couple of pictures.  In short, lots of grouper including citation size 20+ lbers and 3 great big genuine red snapper all citation size.  They were chomping today and I believe there were a whole bunch of boats that got in on the action.  The time is now to get after all these fish. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Grouper bite is on!" | Carolina Contender | 11/07/04
 

Just spoke to Brant on Carolina Contender. They're crushing the grouper at the Atlantic ledge. Live cigars and pinfish.Kings also biting at 65 foot hole.

Weather going bad for next couple of days but after front comes through should get good by Thursday. Don't miss out on the incredible bite that's going on right now. Should last couple more weeks.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"King bite" | Carolina Contender | 11/06/04
 

King bite still on today. Lot of boats fishing today and they're still chewing. Sunday looks good. Should start out flat in morning and by afternoon southwest wind will pick up to about 15 in front of next front to come Monday.

Come on down and join the fun.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Captain's Club Sale" | Carolina Contender | 11/05/04
 

Our Captain's Club Sale begins November 15 through December 31. Come join in the super savings. If you're not yet a member call 910575FISH and sign up and we'll throw in a $50 credit to your Captain Club account.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 11/04/04
 

We've been wearing out the Kings at the 65' hole- limits guaranteed.  Live bait, dead bait- it doesn't matter.  The simplest approach has been to slow troll dead Cigar Minnows on skirted King rigs at 2-3mph.  The bite is hot and will continue for the next couple of weeks.  Don't miss the fun. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bite still on" | Carolina Contender | 11/04/04
 

Just back from trip. They're still chewing; live bait, dead bait, shoe leather [even caught one on Woody's pork rind]. winds now picking up; will be out of action tomorrow but Saturday looks fishable getting better later in day; Sunday post card conditions. Come on down; I need some help. Now is when we get even with all the abuse the fish have hit us with all season. THE BITE IS ON!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"update" | Stori Teller | 11/03/04
 

The Stori Teller has a few bruises being tended to at Power Marine up in Sneeds Ferry but I do have an update for all  of the inshore fisherman.While the flounder bite has been kind of slow lately what has been missing in numbers has been made up for in size.Their has been several citation size fish caught in the past week.The fish seem to be scattered from way back in the creeks to the artificial reefs in 30 to 40 feet of water.Something we all look forward to this time of year is the speckled trout bite to begin and it has begun.Captains Brandon Sauls and Mark Stacy came home Sunday with an impressive catch of 2 to 4 pounders.Along with all this action the Redfish are also making a stong showing  All fish are biting mud minnows or finger mullet on carolina rigs.Now is the time to get out and catch that Carolna inshore slam.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"King attack" | Carolina Contender | 11/03/04
 

Carolina Contender and MacMarlen just returning from trips today and reporting the Kings are biting just as fast as you put a bait in the water. The 65 foot hole is full of bait; cigars, boston mackerel, sardines. You can jig them or the kings are eating dead cigars or ballyhoo. This is the time we look forward to every year where the Kings school up on the massive bait pods and go into a feeding freenzy. Come on down and join in the fun.

A cold front is coming through Thursday and it will be a little blowey Friday but Saturday gets better and should be fishable and Sunday looks perfect.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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