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START 1) 45.60 - Clearly Hooked     2) 44.00 - Team Grip Flip     3) 43.05 - Fish Hard Gear     4) 43.00 - Outta Line     5) 42.10 - Reel Methods     6) 41.05 - Open Wide     7) 39.45 - Shockwave     8) 39.35 - Beeracuda     9) 37.80 - Conference Call     10) 37.30 - Wilm Auto/King Hunter     11) 37.10 - Karma Bites     12) 36.85 - Four Sons     13) 36.20 - Lil John/Reel em up     14) 36.00 - Sea P.A.     15) 35.50 - OIFC     16) 35.15 - O D Bank     17) 34.80 - Max'd Out     18) 34.55 - On Point     19) 34.35 - King Carnivore     20) 34.35 - All In/AM    FINISH

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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 06/11/04
 

Our half day trip this morning began with a stop at the Shallotte Inlet Sea Buoy to catch a few spanish mackeral.  We found the spanish unusually finicky so we set off to find some pogies and head offshore.  After running all the way to Tubbs Inlet without locating the bait, we went to Plan C which was to run to the barges and jig some bait with hopes of a king mackeral.  We were able to find both bait and the kings there, however the kings were not the wall hangers we were looking for.  Along with the kings, the barracudas were thick right over top of the wreck which made getting fish to the boat an interesting challenge.  The fish are definately here and moving farther inshore.  We'll be back at it in the morning so stay tuned! 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"catching up" | Carolina Contender | 06/09/04
 

Fishing has kicked into high gear with the arrival of summer.  After a week's vacation / work fishing in a kingfish tournament down in Venice, Louisiana I returned back to Ocean Isle to find the charter fishing fleet burning the candle at both ends.  For the past few days we have been mostly live bait fishing in the 10 to 40 mile range.  On Monday Capt. Roger and Capt. Grady fished the Raritan wreck and had a good catch of small kings, dolphin, amberjack and a rare African Pompano (check out the pic).  Yesterday Capt. Roger and Capt. Stacy fished the MM near a wreck about 30 miles out and had a big catch of 15+ amberjack including one at 50lbs, 2 cobia, 2 dolphin, and a boat load of b-liner snappers.  I fished the Carolina Contender over a few wrecks and rocky bottom in the 35-40 mile range and blistered the kingfish.  Though the fish weren't huge they are getting bigger now reaching the 10-12 range.  Also we found a few mahi and some barracudas.  Today I fished two half days both at the Sherman wreck about 10 miles from Shallotte inlet.  This morning we caught amberjack and cobia and a few spanish.  This afternoon we caught spanish and a bunch of throw back kings at the 410/510.  Capt. Grady also a good catch of kings, cobia and jacks this morning in the 20-25 mile range.  This afternoon I left Capt. Brant at the Sherman and he was working hard on the cobia and amberjack.  So, as you can see by this condensed fishing report we've been extremely busy and the fish are biting.  Keep an eye on the kingfish scene as I believe the fish as whole are getting a bigger and we should start seeing a good number of 15-20lbers at any time.  Bait has been right at shallotte inlet all this week but today it was between shallote inlet and the holden beach pier.  The catch of the day today was a 41 lb king mackerel brought in by a boat called the Northern Lights who caught their fish on a live pogy at the Sherman wreck this morning.  The cobia are making a resurgence and the kings are growing up.  There is plenty of action on the live bait trips so its time to put that gulf stream gear down for a couple months and dust off those speedmasters and penn 545's and start getting after all these fish. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"flounder pounding" | Stori Teller | 06/09/04
 

Started this morning drifting in tubbs inlet to no avail.while trolling to a nearby creek we had a triple header.We quickly dropped the anchor and began fan casting the area.On almost every cast for the next one and a half hours we caught a flounder.last count we had caught 27 flounder with six in the box.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"flounder bite is on" | Stori Teller | 06/08/04
 

We have been catching good numbers of flounder in and around Tubbs inlet.Even though some of our fish are still under the 14 inch size limit most are keepers.During the mornings,when the ocean allows I have been sneaking out the inlet to catch spanish mackeral.They are biting #00 clark spoons behind #1 planers.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"TODAYS REPORT" | Mac Marle'n | 06/05/04
 

Another day and another nice king fish on the docks, todays smoker was 27.5 putting the Mac Marle'n on the board for largest King Mackerel weighed in at the OIFC this year.  I hope this is a sign of what is coming.  Along with several king fish, we also had Amberjacks to 40lbs, and a nice mahi.  The hot hole today was the Horseshoe. We will be taking tomorrow off and back at it monday morning.


- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 06/04/04
 

Tough day on mother ocean.  The plan was to have a full day of serious bottomfishing for Snapper and Grouper.  We started off with a nice thunderstorm in the AM that we barely evaded as it hit the beach moments after we caught bait (at Holden Beach pier) and headed offshore.  We did miss the lightning but the wind picked up to 20-25kts and made the run offshore pretty tough.  We started at 27 miles and got on the ledge and were just starting to bottomfish when the Amberjack invaded.  I have never seen them so hungry as we absolutely could not get ANYthing to the bottom-- I mean I couldn't get a 1/2 cut dead Cigar Minnow down without the Jacks eating it.  So, we had fun playing with Jacks as they nearly cleared the water after baits.  We finally got a few baits down and caught a Grouper and a bunch of 12-14" B-liners before the anchor gave way to the building seas.  Upon pulling the anchor, it came up with a 45 degree bend on the shank and that was a big problem.  We attempted to anchor at another spot where we did catch another Grouper, but it was hopless getting on the ledge due to the anchor bend.  Anyway, the seas picked up to a nice 4-6 and made the ride home a joy.  Yes we did catch fish and certainly had a few nice meals, but we earned every fish.  The weather looks a little iffy for few days, but stay tuned for more action reports.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Streamin" | Capt. Hook | 06/03/04
 

The Capt'n Hook headed to the Stream again today!! We started at the Black Jack and caught one Mahi. I moved offshore of the 100\400 to 700 plus feet of water and started trolling back inshore. We ended up with a great catch of Mahi up to 30 pounds. We lost one I would estimate mid 40's at the gaff  but you will have to ask Sumo about that!! The fish seemed to be hanging around 450 feet 180 degrees off of the 100/400. We got awful close to a couple of those minature Hurricaines we call squalls. Oh well I guess its that time of year. Headed out for a 3/4 day tommorrow. Maybe we can find the kings.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 06/03/04
 

Capt. Grady's whopping 22.5 lb King Mackerel caught by Donald Callicut.  This is the first King over 20lb brought into the OIFC docks this season and hopefully a sign of many more to come.


- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 06/02/04
 

Had a great afternoon 3/4 day trip on the CC.  Caught Pogys off Shallotte Inlet then ran 27 miles offshore to 75 feet of water where we 1st caught all the Amberjack the guys could stand for a warm-up.  Then we went and anchored up on a nearby ledge and caught some very nice Grouper and Red Snapper as well as Mahi and Cobia.  The group was treated to an extraordinary 3/4 day trip as fishing action was non-stop and the meat they took home was top dollar. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 06/02/04
 

Had a great afternoon 3/4 day trip on the CC.  Caught Pogys off Shallotte Inlet then ran 27 miles offshore to 75 feet of water where we 1st caught all the Amberjack the guys could stand for a warm-up.  Then we went and anchored up on a nearby ledge and caught some very nice Grouper and Red Snapper as well as Mahi and Cobia.  The group was treated to an extraordinary 3/4 day trip as fishing action was non-stop and the meat they took home was top dollar. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 06/02/04
 

On a 3 hour charter this morning, Capt. Bryan and myself found a very good spanish mackeral bite at the Shallotte Inlet Sea Buoy.  The fish were smaller (14-17 inches) but fun none the less as we ended up with almost a dozen.  A #0 silver clark spoon fished behind a #1 planer seemed to produce the most strikes.  We'll be back at it again in the morning so stay tuned!


- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"FOSO" | Capt. Hook | 06/01/04
 

The Capt'n Hook crew elected to fish on Sunday and againist all previuos plans headed way South. We fished the Georgetown Hole and the Bubble rock with very little success. On the way in we saw a perfect rip/weed line about 2 miles from Winyah. We threw out on it and the deal was on. We worked on the Mahi until about 6 pm as fast as we could. They ranged from 15lbs to the high Twenties. We ended up having a super catch, that shows you never know!! We were too late to weigh in though. Oh well you can't have it all. How bout them boys on the Flashback 3 Sails hooked up at once, and got one to the boat for an official release!! Thats gettin it done. We will be steady running the end of the week so stay tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"TODAYS REPORT" | Show Time | 06/01/04
 

Capt Bryan and I embarked on a full day mission today. The first stop was the Christina Ledge, there was no action there although there was bait.  Our next stop was the Atlantic Ledge, where the Sharks were chewing the bottom out of the boat, after about an hour of nonstop action we decided to head a little further offshore, the next stop was the Gary Ennis, where we found steady action from Cobia, King Mackerel, and Sharks. Pogies were the bait of choice today, and a double pogie rig proved deadly on the kingfish.


- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 05/31/04
 

After a hectic weekend running the Far Out Shoot Out, I'm glad to get back on the water.  The tournament went well with good participation and decent weather.  The fishing was also not spectacular, but did provide moments of glamour that led to tournament winning catches.  Visit the tournament page and scroll to the Far Out Shoot Out results link for complete details.
Today I had a 7 hour trip on the Show Time.  The seas were 3-4 feet with a 15kt SW wind.  The Pogys were thick right in the mouth of Shallotte inlet and one cast led to a full well.  We started at the 90/90 where we had a couple of cutoffs from small Spanish.  Then moved to the Little River Offshore where I found a lot bait, but similar action.  Finally slugged our way offshore some 24 miles and got onto the Amberjack where we bent poles for the remaining 3 hours of the trip.  Double and Triple headers of 25-40 pound Jacks were the rule and although not the glamourous fish some fishermen seek, they certainly are a ball to catch and despite negative rumors, great table fare.  Anyway, the Kings are playing hard to get nearshore.  I know there are a lot of school fish holding in the 30-45 mile range, but I sure would like to see them closer.  Anyhow, back at them tomorrow--
Don't forget my live bait classes-- I've only got 3 spaces left for the June 11-12 class-- call (910) 367-2945 to reserve your spot.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing School Filling Up" | Carolina Contender | 05/30/04
 

Capt. Brant's hands-on live bait fishing school is filling up.  The June 25-26 class is sold out while the June 11-12 class still has 3 spots open.  Don't miss this one-on-one help in learning the ins and outs of live bait fishing and then actually going fishing and testing out your skills.  Call Capt. Brant at (910) 367-2945 to book a spot.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Far Out Shoot Out UPDATE" | Show Time | 05/30/04
 

Day 1- only 5 boats chose to fish today and of those, only 2 weighed in-- the Flying Colors weighed a 15 pound Mahi and the Traveller weighed a 17 pound Mahi and 14 pound Wahoo for the current lead.  The remaining 26 boats are out fishing today (Sunday) looking to bump these early leaders off the board.  The weigh-in will be today from 6-8pm at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center- stay tuned for final results.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"TODAYS REPORT" | Show Time | 05/29/04
 

After Catching a few Pogies right outside of Shalotte Inlet Capt. Bryan and my-self ventured out to the shark hole area where we had a few bites but decided to push on offshore, we ended up in the 30-35 mile range and found steady action from the amberjacks, cobia and king mackerel.  The ocean is slick clam and tomorrow is looking like a great day to go get em.


- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"Far Out Shoot Out UPDATE" | Carolina Contender | 05/29/04
 

Friday, May 28 we registered 31 boats for the tournament which is a new record and not too shabby for a bluewater tournament.  A handful have chosen to fish on Saturday with the majority fishing on Sunday.  Weigh-in will be at the OIFC from 6-8pm on Sat and Sun. with awards on Sun. evening.  Stay tuned for more weigh-in results.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"spanish" | Carolina Contender | 05/27/04
 

Fished a 3 hour trip this morning with perfect conditions.  The seas were less than 2 feet with a light southwest breeze.  The big pogies remained right in the mouth of Shallotte inlet and were very easy cast net.  I ended up spanish fishing most of the morning and let me tell you they were snapping.  I found mostly smaller fish in close in the brown water but was able to find larger 3lb spanish just offshore about a half mile on the green water tideline.  The spanish were jumping and feeding on glass minnows and the birds were there to point them out to the fishermen.  I had 100% of my bites on a #1 planer with a 0 or 00 gold Clark Spoon. 

We are all eagerly awaiting the Far Out Shoot Out this weekend.  We have been getting many calls asking how many boats have registered for the tournament already.  There is virtually no pre-registration for this event so we really can't answer that question.  Come by Friday evening to the Captains meeting and you be able to get a better idea.  With all the new boats fishing the stream this year and the good weather report we anticipate the 2004 Far Out ShootOut will have the largest turnout yet.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Far Out Shoot Out weather update" | Carolina Contender | 05/27/04
 

Since we got our Jim Cantorie Weather Channel forcast 2 days ago, NOAA has danced around with various forcast but now appears to have thrown in the towel and are going with the Cantorie model. Both days look great but Saturday may be flat enough to "skip a nickel all the way to Frying Pan Tower".

With the good forcast we are expecting a BIG turnout so we have decided to set up a offisland parking shuttle like we use in the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl tournaments for the Captains meeting Friday evening. The shutttles will begin running at 6:00pm until 10:00pm so PLEASE use the shuttle; it's free, no hassel, no fear of parking tickets, and it's going to be impossible to park at the tourney site anyway. Look for the signs along the mainland side of the Causeway Drive, can't miss it. Your co-operation is very much appreciated.

PLEASE RIDE THE SHUTTLE


- Capt. Rube
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