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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 10/04/04
 

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The bite is on!  Let August and September be forgotten.  There are no tropical storms on the horizon, and the fish are biting.  As predicted, the great weather that our area has had over the past week has allowed the water to settle and the fish to get themselves back on schedule.  The King Mackerel fishing has been excellent since the weekend and the Wahoo fishing in the Gulf Stream is phenomenal.

Over the weekend the annual US Open King Mackerel tournament was held out of Southport, NC.  The area was just coming off all the bad weather, but the seas had begun to settle and it was almost a certainty that the Kings would be found.  Some 425 boats fished the event and scattered out from Morehead City to Georgetown.  The fishing on Friday was good and Saturday was even better as the wind shifted to the south.  Hotspots for action included the Cabbage Patch, Jungle, Shark Hole, 24 mile rocks, Frying Pan Tower, Topsail inlet, Georgetown tideline and Barton’s inlet tideline.  Dean Spatholt of Calabash fishing aboard the “Fish Meister” caught a 41.7 pound King on Saturday while fishing the Barton Inlet area and won the $40,000 first place prize.  The fact that the fish were spread over so many different areas leads me to believe the bite will get even stronger as the Kings should begin to move closer to the beach and concentrate particularly near the Cape Fear ship channel.  And then there’s the Gulf Stream.  I’ve been hearing reports of awesome Wahoo action all along the 180 foot break.  At the Ocean Isle Fishing Center we’ve weighed several citation Wahoo over the past week including a whopping 98 pounder.  On Monday, Capt. Roger and Capt. Charles took a group from Pittsburgh on a Gulf Stream adventure fishing aboard the “Show Time”.  I actually hadn’t been to the Stream in a while myself, so I decided to tag along as observer/photographer.  After running in flat calm seas, we arrived to the Blackjack hole at 9:30am.  The action started off slow as we picked up a couple of Blackfin Tuna.  We knew the Wahoo were there because we kept hooking up to monster, screamer fish that would tear off hundreds of yards of line then charge the boat and eventually throw the hook.  It was really very frustrating as we lost six big Wahoo before finally putting a 35 pounder in the boat.  The Wahoo bite was not red hot, but we would get a bite every 20 minutes or so along with several other Blackfin Tuna and a handful of small Mahi.  Throughout the day we never moved more than half a mile, fishing 180 feet of water.  It was getting toward the end of the day, and I was pretty frustrated at the number of quality fish we had lost.  We had just pulled the hooks on what I estimate to have been a 60 pound Mahi, when I called fifteen minutes to go.  No sooner did the words get out my mouth than all heck broke loose.  A fish boiled on the small pitch bait I had dangling next to the teaser then a 50+ pound Wahoo skied out of the water with my teaser in its mouth.  Then the downrigger went off, then the short flat line behind the teaser, then the long riggers and finally the shotgun.  It was pure chaos and pandemonium.  I’ve been in bites of Yellowfin Tuna like that, but never have I seen Wahoo attack a spread of baits like that.  The fish that hit the small, pitch bait immediately bit the mono leader, and the Wahoo that skied the teaser took it with him.  Otherwise, we were hooked up with six Wahoo and doing battle.  Every person on board manned a rod as my job became head director and line untangler.  What was so ironic was that despite trying so hard all day to catch fish of which they would usually get off, here we were with crossed lines and slack lines, yet none of the Wahoo were coming unhooked.  One by one we boated the Wahoo, and when all was said and done, we put five Wahoo in the boat with the smallest at 38 pounds and the biggest at 54 pounds.  It was a first for me and a heck of a fish story as we were truly attacked by a pack of hungry Wahoo.

And for all you inshore fishermen, the Spots are on the way.  I was in the Morehead City area over the weekend, and they were starting to catch them very good.  The Flounder are continuing to bite pretty decent in the backwaters and over nearshore reefs and the Grey Trout have been biting good in the ocean at common Sea Bass rocks from 30-50 feet.  All in all the fishing is excellent and the Fall season looks to be bright.

And now that the fishing is back on track I’d like to remind all you fishermen out there that I’ll be again hosting the annual Fall Brawl King Classic tournament out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center on October 15-16.  Registration is on Friday, October 15th from 2pm-8pm with dinner, Capt. meeting and “Spotscar Racing” to follow.  Fishing is on Saturday from 7am-5pm with the weigh-in beginning at 2pm.  The awards will be at 8pm along with a good old Oyster cookout for all tournament participants and guests.  If you have any questions or would like information on the event, call (910) 575-FISH or visit www.oifishingcenter.com.  Good luck fishing and I’ll hope to see you there.

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gulf Stream Hot Bite" | Mac Marle'n | 10/03/04
 

They lit em up at Blackjack Hole today. Tuna and major Wahoo bite. Fish up to 100lbs! The fall gulf stream bite is on!


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"Kings Onfire!" | Carolina Contender | 10/03/04
 

Just like we expected with a better wind direction yesterday the fish went balistic. Hot bites occurred almost everywhere in the 60 foot range. 30/30; Shark Hole;Jungle.

For next weekends tourneys the same should continue however watch Lighthouse Rocks turn on and the River Channel as there is a cold front coming and temperatures are supposed to drop 10 degrees. The spots are thick up toward Morehead and as they move into our waters the River Channel/Lighthouse Rocks should turn on with big fish.

Good luck to all next week and we will update this week as our charter fleet will be fishing. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 10/02/04
 

Two words...bottomfish city!  Today we found the Gary Ennis and 32 Mile Rock loaded with seabass, triggerfish, silver snapper, vermillion snapper, grunts, as well as many others.  Along with all of the bottom feeders we managed a couple of kings, a mahi, and some amberjacks.  Even saw a very nice sailfish free jumping just off the side of the boat at the 32 Mile Rock.  All and all a very beautiful day to be on the water.  We're taking a day off tomorrow but will be back at it with our first gulf stream trip of the fall season on Monday so stay tuned for a report!


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"US Open report" | Carolina Contender | 10/01/04
 

Fish did better today than I expected. 130 fish weighed in. Decent bites reported at Jungle and Frying Pan Tower hard bottom. 41 leading, not sure where caught. Carolina Contender in 2nd with 34; caught at Morehead.Bait was very difficult but seems to be holding in deeper water[need fast sinking net]. Also mullet running beach this morning.

Tomorrow wind supposed to go south; full moon waning; fish should turn it on. Good luck to everyone.

More info as soon as we can get it.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"USOpen report" | Carolina Contender | 09/30/04
 

For all the USOpen fishermen: Don't get discouraged if they don't bite Friday. Here's the facts. None of the boats fishing from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center found the fish today. Boats fished all the way out to 32 mile rock. Nothing. Add to that bait was hard to get. So here's what I think[and hope]. The east winds got em. It's supposed to go to south Saturday so if we can survive Friday without committing suicide, Saturday may provide the answer. Bottom line; it's it tuff tomorrow,  don't get discouraged. Tee em up again Saturday and it may be a completely diferent story. Good luck to all!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""King Mackerel and the Blues are Runnin'"" | Carolina Contender | 09/30/04
 

"The tide rolls in, the tide rolls out. 
Summertime is just about gone. 
All that's left think about is the fishin' comin' on. 
Who's got the latest information?  Coast Guard or charter boat crews?  Could be the kid down at the filling station sayin' 'buddy have you heard the news, hey buddy have you heard the news'. 
King mackerel and the blues are runnin' all along the coast. 
Talk about fishin' you can't give the fish away.  Everybody's lucky.  October and the moon is comin' but the clouds won't give up the ghost.  Oh let the good weather hold one more day."

Good luck to all the U.S. Open fishing teams as well as anyone wetting a hook this weekend!  Tis' the season.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Now is the time!" | Carolina Contender | 09/29/04
 

Well everyone, here we go.  We are but two days from the most magical of all months on the Carolina coast- October.  The best news of all is the weather for the next several days is forecasted to be chamber of commerce type days.  Light winds, calm seas, sunny skies, moderate temps and October equals time to go fishing.  Whether you hunt flounder, spots, wahoo, king mackerel or billfish this time of year on our coast with the forecasted weather typically brings some of the best fishing we see all year.  It may take a day or two for the water to settle out after all the storms but that should be taking place as we speak and hopefully aligning a perfect fishing scenario for this weekend.  For the next month fishing will only get better so don't miss out on this special time of year.  If you are fortunate enough to make it down to the coast please don't hesitate to contact us either call, email or even better stop by and we'll provide to you the latest information on where the fish are being caught, how they are being caught and what you'll need to catch them.  We are eagerly anticipating the excellent Fall fishing and hope to share the experience with as many fishermen and fisherwomen as possible.  Come join the fun!


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"Weekend Outlook" | Carolina Contender | 09/28/04
 

OK- Jeanne is exiting the picture and this weekend's US Open King Mackerel tournament is coming up.  The weather is supposed to be great, so get down here and join the tournament or just go fishing- IT IS TIME!
For all you tournament fishermen, here is where things stand- week before last we crushed them at the Jungle when the wind turned to the south.  This weekend, despite the bad weather, there were good Kings caught at Yaupon Reef off Southport and also at the Dead Tree Hole out of Beaufort inlet.  The bite was not red hot, but I understand it did turn on at the tide change from high switching to falling.  There has been plenty of Pogys along all the area beaches.
My guess for this weekend is that Friday will be the feeling out day as the waters continue to settle out.  Saturday I think the Kings are going to light off as the winds should shift to the south and the water should be much more settled.  Yaupon reef and Lighthouse rocks should be the spots but don't rule out the Jungle, Shark Hole, 18 mile rocks or Cabbage Patch area-- good luck this weekend.
We've got all your tournament supplies at hand including chum, ribbonfish, premade custom rigs, Cape Lookout skirts... you name it, we've got it---
Also we're running some super specials on rod and reel combos--- Speedmaster and Star rod combo, spooles and ready to go for $159 !  If you're a Grouper fisherman, come check out my ULTIMATE Grouper getting outfit I just rigged up-- ready to go for $179 ---
We'll see you on the water this weekend-


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"US Open report" | Carolina Contender | 09/28/04
 

With US Open coming this weekend and tourneys every weekend for next month; and with weather finally improving, we're going to try to provide info as to what's being caught where and what we think will happen this week with weather that will effect where the fish are this weekend. Also our charter fleet will be fishing and we'll have good first hand info.

To begin, and we'll update this report as we get a better handle on what to expect: Last weeks tourneys fished in very tuff weather however there were some fish caught. A decent bite went off at Yaupon and a decent bite occurred at Barden Inlet and Dead Tree Hole up toward Morehead. The Yaupon bite is particuliarly encouraging as it's time for the River Channel to kick off for the fall. Stand by as I get more info.


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"" | Stori Teller | 09/24/04
 

A hot flounder bite went down yesterday for a charter aboard the Stori Teller in the Shallotte River.  Fishing was very slow until the tide changed from rising to falling.  We caught several very nice fish in a short period of time on live minnows and pogies.  Here a couple pics of one of the fish that went 6.50 lbs- a citation!


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Awesome weekend ahead" | Carolina Contender | 09/20/04
 

The weather is shaping up to be great this weekend.  We've had a massive cold front bring lots of north winds, but it will calm down toward Thursday and I GUARANTEE the bite will be hot this weekend-- Flounder, King Mackerel and Wahoo.  Make plans to be here-- stop by the Fishing Center as we're overstocked-- SALES galore!!!

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"More Details on Yesterday's Gulf Stream Adventure" | Carolina Contender | 09/17/04
 

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"Fishing is hot!" | Carolina Contender | 09/16/04
 

Today was a great day on the water.  Everything is lining up just perfect for great Fall fishing.  Too perfect maybe.  Just as everything is getting right we are being stared down by yet another hurricane.  We'll save that worry for another day.  For now let's talk about the awesome fishing Brant and I had with a buddy of ours Allen Ambrose up off the Same Ol hole today in the gulf stream.  I'll give you the short for now and Brant will provide a few more details and pics tomorrow. We had a banner Carolina day with 3 dolphin, 3 tuna, 5 wahoo, and a blue marlin!  Also heard the kings bit hard again down here off Ocean Isle today plenty of 15-25 lbers.  Lets all keep our fingers crossed now and hopefully we'll be spared by the next storm. 


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"FISH!" | Carolina Contender | 09/15/04
 

I believe Capt. Brant is going to have some exciting news later today about the fishing.  Like a light switch they turned on- or so I hear.  Big king mackerel and big flounder and lots of them.  A calm day of weather yielded big catches.  Fall fishing is here?  Stay tuned


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report- HOT BITE" | Mac Marle'n | 09/15/04
 

What are we doing???  The weather finally cleared a little today and WHAM-- the fish hit the dock!!!  Although our charter fleet did not fish (nobody's here to go fishing)  Yorke Pharr took fishing friends Mitchell and Nolan Newell and Brad Walker on the "Pharr Fishing Team" on a fun trip in search of Kings.  They caught bait easily just outside of Shallotte Inlet and went to the Jungle where they reported slow, but steady action until 2pm when it lit up and the Kings went crazy.  They ended up bringing 3, 20+ pound Kings back to the dock and reported losing plenty more.  Capt. Yorke indicated the area was alive with activity as schools of Spanish worked the surface-----
AND---
Jeff Beck and Jay Utley just pulled away from the dock after fishing the Jim Caudle reef off Little River.  They weighed a 7.4 pound Flounder and had a cooler full of 2-4 pounders.  Jeff reported too that the ocean was alive as Bluefin were everywhere. 

What can I say but that the time is here.  The fish are here.  Get us past this weather and you can count on some awesome fishing.  You just wait.  Next early week looks decent and hopefully if we can keep Jeanne away, it will be good right on through.  I'm so excited I can't stand it.  Tomorrow I'm going to try to go fishing myself, whether it be Flounder or Blue Marlin, I'm going to do something.  Just thought all you folks that are down in the dumps should know--THERE IS HOPE!!!


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"No Rhyme or Reason to Hurricane Season" | Carolina Contender | 09/14/04
 

As I sit here trying to dream up an exciting fish story, all I can hear in my mind are different Jimmy Buffet song lines....."They’ve shut down the water slide"...."the coast is clear"..."the weather's here; I wish you were beautiful"....and finally the answer to this funk I think we're all in..."There’s no rhyme or reason to hurricane season". I cannot remember an August/ September like this where week after week, storm after storm, every weekend ends up rainy and windy. There's got to be an end to this, but as I sit here, we've got Ivan coming into the gulf probably curving across land to drench us and now Jeanie is forming east of the Bahamas, pointing at the east coast. Enough! I've had it and it's time we go on the offensive and change this weather pattern we seem to be stuck in. So here is a list of things we all need to do and maybe by all working together we can create our own pressure system that will cause the climatic change we need to get back on track.

[1] Email the weather channel and request [no, demand] they send Jim Cantorie on vacation to Nebraska, South Dakota or somewhere that he can't cause trouble.

[2] Build a campfire in your back yard [a BBQ grill will suffice] and dance backwards around the fire [concept is to create a counter rotation air flow that will unwind any developing low pressure systems.]

[3] Take a tray of ice cubes and throw them in the ocean.  [This will lower the water temperature, which deprives hurricanes of their power].

[4] Turn off your air conditioning. [This will reduce power demand and therefore CP&L will generate less energy and thus reduce their warm water discharge[hurricane energy source] from their power plant into the ocean off Yaupon Beach.

[5] Come up with your own ideas...try something. We need help!

 

Now that I've got that off my chest; fishing wise there are a few fishing reports that will breathe life back into your fishing spirit.  It is known that the Fall typically starts a good Wahoo and Billifsh bite in the Gulf Stream as evidenced by a recent report of a hot Wahoo bite while fishing the Winyah Scarp area last week.  In addition, the same boat hooked three Billfish including a Blue Marlin amongst the dozen or so Wahoo they caught.  Over the weekend and between Hurricanes, the Atlantic Beach King Mackerel tournament took place from the Morehead City area.  The weather was certainly not great, but some 400 boats participated and did have a fair catch of King Mackerel including a whopping 57 pound King that took first place.  In addition there were several fish over 40 pounds.  The bite was not good by any means, likely a result of the 15kt East winds,  but Kings were scattered all throughout the fishing area from 50 to 120 feet which is evidence that they are in fact out there.  I think that given stable conditions as well as southerly winds, the bite would be pretty good up and down our coast.   It's certainly time for our fall fishing to get kicked in gear and hopefully if we can fix the weather we can resume our normal lives soon.  Let’s all keep the folks in the path of Ivan in our thoughts and hopefully they will be spared the devastation that seems nearly imminent. 

 


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"Finally Back At It" | Mac Marle'n | 09/10/04
 

After what seemed like an eterninty of a weather delay, we finally hit the high seas again today and found a consistant bite of amberjacks and barracudas at the Barges on mullet.  It was a struggle at times to keep them out of the wreck but we did manage to land a few up to a citation size of 52.30 lbs.  We're back at it tomorrow with a 1/4 and full day trips so stay tuned for another report!


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 09/04/04
 

Well, tried to take the CC out today in the hopes of doing some Flounder and Drum fishing at one of the nearshore reefs-- BUT-- 6 foot breakers across Shallotte Inlet slowed that plan down.  The tide was mid and rising and the waves were breaking heavy all the way across the inlet due to the swell and I could just imagine trying to get back in on lower water with a falling tide.  I opted for the safer side and decided to save my fishing ambitions for another day.  I hope to have more to say soon-- stay tuned.  Be sure to check out the political page as we do have more updates as work on both the Pogy boat issue as well as the Shallotte Inlet dredging project.


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"" | Carolina Contender | 09/03/04
 

BIG NEWS on the Shallotte Inlet dredging program. Check out our "Political issues" page.


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