Capt. Grady and I fished offshore in the 20to 40 mile range and found plenty of action with the AJ's. Also ran into a few kings, Barracuda and a huge shark of some flavor. Lots of action. Bendin rods and smilin faces.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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LOTS OF ACTION!! The amberjacks were biting so aggressively they were running into the boat! We pulled out some nice Kings one was 20 plus!! One Mahi and some throw back grouper kept us busy all day!!
THE FISH ARE BITING!!
Ran two half day trips today on a beautiful Ocean. Had much success on both trips with the Kings. We were at the 65 foot hole which is holding alot of cigar minnows on the top and bottom. The Kings are in the 8-14 lb class with most being caught on the downrigger in the 20 to 40 foot depth range. We also pulled out a nice spanish while catching the kings. A barracuda about 5 feet long came and hung out at boatside on the afternoon trip and ate a couple of Kings for us That is the food chain in action!!. Will be on a full day tomorrow and am planning to go a bit further offshore but who knows.
Had an enjoyable day fishing with Capt. Brant and Gary Caputi of Salt Water Sportsman in the Gulfstream. We fished 10 miles offshore of the Blackjack hole on a small weedline and slick. The water was a gorgeous purple color and was holding large numbers of good sized dophin fish. We fished for only a few hours before calling it a day after catching more than we needed for dinner. Today's highlight was Gary's great catch of a 35 lb dolphin (pictured) on a fly rod! Back at the king mackerel and cobia tomorrow. Stay tuned.
There was an awesome Kingfish Bite going on at the 65 foot hole today. We caught several nice Kings in 10 to 13 pound range. Lots of strikes makes it lots of fun. There was a lot of bait on the top and bottom is why I think these fish are holding in this area. Will be running two half days tomorrow if Mother Nature lets me so stay tuned!!
The Kings are biting great. We fished the 65 foot hole this morning and limited out on fish in the 8-12 pound range while fishing live and dead Cigar Minnows.
Another day of great Cobia action. Fished til 1pm and had 3 Cobia in the 30 pound range, a few Kings, Jacks and Sharks to boot. Awesome action nearshore.
Well here we go!! We fished the 65 to 80 feet of water again on the day after the 38.5 pounder was caught and caught another King in the high twenties. So we went into the tournament with high hopes and ran from Geogetown Jetties back to the home grounds but could only pull out a 21.34 which was not bad for a first day fish but then the second day we only found fish in the 14 lb range and smaller. But my buddy Cy Garber pulled out an Amberjack bigger than him, with a little help from dear old Dad. Today we fished the 65 foot hole area and caught several snake Kings. We will be fishing daily for the next week or so and will keep you posted!!
Had an exceptional day on the cobia. I have seen more cobia in our waters this year than I can ever remember. Caught all fish on live pogies while slow trolling. Found three at the Sherman and two at the 410/510. I believe a main ingredient to have success with the cobia is to have a drip bottle of pogy or threadfin herring oil from Lighthouse chum company. The smell really seems to draw the cobia to the boat.
It's COBIA madness! We've been very busy fishing the past several days and the Cobia have come in and are biting great. Most of the fish are averaging 25-30 pounds, but we've had several to top the 40 pound mark. In addition, the Kings are showing up in good numbers and are mixing in with Cobias as well as Amberjack, Barracuda and Mahi as well. Fishing is really great and you don't have to go too far either. Great action on the 3/4 day trip right now!
WHAT A KINGFISH!!! Had a party from Ohio and one fell to green monster so we made a run for the hill, dropped him off and returned to the ocean just in time to catch a 38.5lb King! We did all this on a 1/2 day trip!! Will be gone to fish the Tailwalker Tourney this weekend so I will be back Sunday!
The Kingfish are here!!! Like flipping a light switch, the Kings show up, and better than that, some real smokers. We had a dozen Kings this morning while slow trolling dead Cigar Minnows on "Top Secret Rigs" dead bait lures- at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center- we fished a couple of spots from 55-65 feet of water over live bottom and ledges and fish at all spots. The fishing should be great for this weekend's tournament and thru the Jolly Mon.
Had a good morning with the Kings and Amberjacks around the Atlantic Ledge area. Crewed up with a party from Germany on the 2nd half that spoke no ENGLISH. I figured out a screaming reel breaks down all language barriers.
Absolutely crushed the Mahi today- fished 900 feet of water offshore of the BlackJack hole and caught 20 Dolphin from 5-25 pounds. I decided to run to deeper water as the water on the break was mixed blue/green and I thought there might be a weed line and a color change offshore- 10 miles later and there it was. I called the "MacMarle'n" and "Magic Moment" to the area and they too crushed the fish, highlighted by the "MacMarle'n" jumping off 2 Blue Marlin and the "Magic Moment" jumping off a Blue Marlin and catching and weighing-in a 63 pound Dolphin!!! What a fish!! The Gulf Stream action is awesome. No sign of Yellowfin Tuna-
We stayed busy today!! We caught some NICE Pogies on the Ocean Isle side of the Holden Beach pier at 7:45 am. It was overcast so it took the a little while to show up. We ran to Atlantic Ledge and caught a 12 lb pound King on the first line out, circled and deployed again and caught a 20 lb King. This was a welcome sight as most of the Kings this year have been fairly small. After that we tussled Amberjacks for a couple of hours then bounced off the bottom to finish the day. We had a good trip with lots of action all around.
Had a fun, relaxing day of fishing with my brother, Capt. Barrett and father, Capt. Rube aboard the "Carolina Contender". Capt. Grady and Capt. Roger were the charter fishing team today, so we decided to have a little fun and do one type of fishing we like most and rarely get to do- go bottomfishing. We particularly targeted Grouper and after leaving the dock at a very comfortable 9am-we ran 25 miles and fished until 3pm catching some 20+ Grouper in the 5-20 pound class. We also had 4 Cobia hookups and landed 2- a 39 and a 44 pounder. The seas were not too bad at 3-4 feet. We used live Menhaden and dead Boston Mackerel for the Grouper and live Eels and grub jigs for the Cobia.
The best of the morning was that we caught our first net full of Pogys- and they were mostly all good size with some over 6" -- The Pogys were holding just East of Shallotte Inlet and there were plenty to be had. Unfortunately, we could not put them to good use as the fish are proving fairly elusive right now. We hooked into a couple of Jacks that broke us off on the wrecks, but a valient effort to find a Cobia was for not and other than a couple of Sharks, we were left with a well full of beautiful baits and nothing to eat them. The Kings are totally MIA and I sure hope they show up soon to relieve the nearshore slowdown we're experiencing.
Rainy and windy day today. We've been fishing nearshore the last couple of days and having good luck on Spanish, Sea Bass and Shark. A bit further off, I've seen more Cobia lately but still can't find the King Mackerel? We did make one trip to the Stream earlier in the week, but the fishing was off as the strong west winds had blown bad water over the fishing grounds. We managed a few Blackfin, Dolphin and Jacks, but fishing was slow overall. The recent south, east and north winds will push the good water back in. Stay tuned.
We took off for a cool crisp ride this morning! The temperature was in the high 50's in JUNE!! We ran a 1/4 day 3 hour trip and found some good sized Spanish willing to bite between the Ocean Isle Pier and Tubb's Inlet. Will be on the water again this weekend if not before!!