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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/13/05
 

We hit'em pretty hard yesterday while fishing the "MacMarle'n" hole on the north end of the Winyah Scarp.  The water temperature was a great 73.5 degrees and was clear blue.  We immediatelty went to work catching Yellowfin in the 20-35 pound range, catching them on ballyhoo, cedar plugs and splash bars.  At about 11am the wind shifted to the SE and picked up a bit and the Tuna shut down, but the Wahoo fired up.  I did laps around a commercial boat that was anchored and almost every pass we had a shot- we boated a 30 pounder and a 20 pounder and pulled the hooks on a bruiser that was an easy 50 RIGHT at the boat-- I mean right at- Roger was bending over to deliver the gaff shot when the hook flew over his left shoulder and the Wahoo swam off.  I moved my trolling efforts a little further to the south where the water temp dropped to 71.5 and the Blackfin Tuna were thick.  We only had an hour or so left but caught them as fast as we could get lines back in the water.  The day was action packed and a relief to see that the fish are finally here.  I'd say its open season from here on, so get down here and help us out.  Naturally the weather doesn't look too good this Saturday, but Sunday may be doable and Monday looks very good and we're scheduled to fish both days.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"It's Official- The Fish Are Here" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 04/12/05
 

I will include a quick rundown of the catches today and post a more detailed report tomorrow.

Capt. Dirk Parsons and Capt. York Pharr on the Ci Ya boat brought back a 43lb yellowfin and 36lb wahoo today.  They reported numerous yellowfin battles that ended with fish breaking free just before going in the boat.  They fished around the MacMarle'n hole to the south in 73 degree water. 

Capt. Forrest Taylor, Capt. Rube McMullan, Capt. David Hooks and soon to be Captains Sumo and Adam Taylor took the brand new 36' Yellowfin That's My Dog on her first fishing trip today.  They headed to the 100/400 area and found beautiful Gulf Stream water.  They reported action from yellowfin tuna as soon as they arrived and then were attacked by a double header blue marlin!  That's right blue marlin are here now.  One of the fish threw the hook after the strike, but the second was not so lucky.  After a 2 hour fight on 30lb test the estimated 400lb blue was defeated by the crew, brought alonside the boat for pictures and a clean release.  What a way to break in a new boat.  Other than that the action was fairly slow at the 100/400 except for a few other mystery strikes. 

Capt. Brant and Capt. Roger were aboard the Showtime today for the final boat heading to the stream.  They guided a party out to the MacMarle'n hole and a little south.  Brant reported steady action all day mostly single hookups.  He mentioned several monster wahoo that pulled the hooks right next to the boat.  In all the Showtime came back with a Carolina Slam.  The final tally was 1 dolphin, 2 wahoo, and 9 tuna. 

We now have proof the fish are out there.  If the weather will cooperate we should have good fishing for the next several months.  Come on down and help us catch all these hungry fish that have been on holiday all winter.  Congratulation to all three boats out today and special congrats to the That's My Dog team and Forrest Taylor for the first blue marlin of the year off Ocean Isle. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"MARLIN!!" | Capt. Hook | 04/12/05
 

Forrest and Adam Taylor, Sumo, Rube, and myself headed to the bluewater for the shake down cruise of Forrest new 36 Yellowfin. It is powered by triple Mercury 275 Verados and it is one awsesome platform. I took the helm and headed to the 100-400 in a 4 foot sloppy sea and made 35 knots very comfortably and dry. Upon arrival we put lines out and trolled a short distance and bam we had 2 yellowfin on. We managed to get one in the boat and lost one. We went back over the mark and hooked up again, this fish was stronger. After about a 20 minute fight we had a mono separation and the fish was free. The line looked like it had been tooth cut. You guessed it we headed back over the mark and as we were all in deep conversation Rube shouted “ What a Marlin”, we turned around to see a big splash! Having no doubt he knew what he was talking about I joined him in the cockpit. Sure enough he billed up on our longline and was giving it a fit. I put the right rigger line in near free spool to let it fall back to where the action was and it went in to atomic meltdown. Rube looked over and asked have you got him? After a 3 second wait I pushed the lever up and set the Hook as I replied to Rube somebody has somebody!! Everyone started retrieving lines as Forrest turned the boat to make chase of the greyhounding beauty. The line on the spool of the 30 TW was only about ½ inch thick when the fish slowed down to jump again. He then made a mad dash straight at the boat and I reeled as fast as I could until my arm was about to fall off and I handed off to Forrest. Rube took the helm as Forrest regained the line to a full bent rod and the battle was on. Forrest, Adam, Sumo and myself all took turns on the rod as the fight neared the 90 minute mark. Rube stepped up and said I’ll go around with him. And let me tell you, a 400lb Marlin is no match for Capt’n Rube. He pumped the rod and the fish began moving again. At the 1 hour 45 minute mark Forrest was on the rod when the fish appeared!! Rube kept us positioned and as soon as I could I grabbed the leader and pulled the fish to where Sumo took him by the Bill!! It was a done deal. Adam managed a couple of pictures while the fish was at boatside. We cut a piece of mono for a measurement that ended up being 96 inches long. We worked the fish around to get a good flow of water across his gills and let him go with nothing hurt but his feelings. What a day!! People go to these exotic places to pursue Blue Marlin they ought to try the Gulfstream Waters off Ocean Isle Beach, NC!! Till next Time-----


- Capt. David Hooks
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"todays report" | Stori Teller | 04/11/05
 

This morning the fearless crew aboard the Stori Teller and myself left the fishing center with high hopes. The winds of yesterday had deminished to just barely a breeze so we decided to head out into the ocean and visit some of our nearshore reefs. Upon our arrival at the a.r 485 we immediately started marking mystery fish that eventually proved to be gray trout with a few bluefish mixed in. We were dropping  green sting silver jigs to the bottom and just jigging them vertically. This proved to be very effective on both species. The trout seemed to be positioned on the flats between the structures around the reef instead of right on top of it or just beside it as they usually are which made locating them a little tricky.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Stream Tomorrow" | Show Time | 04/11/05
 

Heading to the stream tomorrow.  Leaving from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at 6 am and likely headed towards blackjack/steeples.  Wind will be from fairly light from the north east.  We'll be on channel 11 if anyone wants to join. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"hot news" | Stori Teller | 04/10/05
 

Today was a good day for the Stori Teller not because of the red hot fishing but because we caught the first flounder of the season from the inshore waters.The bite ocurred this afternoon when the water temp finally hit that magical 65 degree mark that I have been so patiently waiting for.Flounder were taken by my boat as well as two others that I know of.We were all in different areas but they all had one thing in common.That was we were all fishing in about 4 to 6 feet of water where there was dark black muddy bottoms.In these areas the sun rays penetrate through the water therefore warming the dark bottom below which in turn warms the water in these places a degree or two more than  places with a light colored sandy bottom.with the water a little warmer the flounder are ready to start feeding.As far as tackle the old trusty carolina rig with mud minnows  for bait were doing the trick just fine.So get out the old minnow bucket and go and catch some of these spring flounder.One thing to be careful of is alot of these spring flounder can be kind of on the small side so be sure that they all are over the 14 inch minimum size limit.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"No Go" | Mac Marle'n | 04/09/05
 

This morning we loaded up the boats in anticipation of heading for the Gulf Stream on the MacMarle'n and Showtime.  Before we left we took one last look at the forecast, current conditions and radar.  Unfortunately the forecast had changed from bad getting better to bad getting worse.  A low pressure cell had formed up offshore with storms surrounding and the wind forecast had changed from 15-25 out of the north going to 10-15 in the afternoon to 15-25 out of the north going to 20-30 out of the southeast.  We made the call to wait for a better day for a Gulf Stream adventure.  We did take the MacMarlen out to look at the ocean and as predicted the conditions were worse than we had originally anticipated.  Our next scheduled Gulf Stream trip is this Tuesday.  The weather looks great for Monday and Tuesday and the water temperature chart looks as intriguing as I've seen in a while.  Two days ago a satelite shot showed a major temp break forming up over the Steeples.  Today due to the clouds we could only see the temps to the south and they showed a 68 to 73 degree break over the Georgetown hole.  The fishing conditions are prime, now we need the weather man to cooperate.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Gulf Stream bound" | Mac Marle'n | 04/08/05
 

Not a perfect weather forecast for tomorrow but the last water temp. report looked incredible.  We will attempt to slug it out tomorrow on the Showtime and MacMarle'n.  Departing the inlet at 6:00am and heading wherever the ocean lets us. 

For anyone contemplating a stream trip, the beginning of next week is forecasted for great weather.  Give us a call if you'd like to book a trip or if you have your own boat come by and we'll figure out a plan of attack.  We will report in tomorrow PM with our findings. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Don't miss this weekend" | Show Time | 04/06/05
 

I know the weather doesn't look incredible this Sat/Sun, but at 10-15 NE it will be fishable and MAN- you have got to look at the water temperatures- http://www.sstcharts.com/
The Stream is setting up perfect with a big eddy kicking back over the Steeples, Black Jack and 100/400-- the guys to our north have had the fish the last few weeks, but they will be coming to our backyard now-- I GUARANTEE--  I'm very excited at how the water temps are setting up and can't wait til the weekend.  As long as Mother Nature will hold off a bit, I think we will have awesome catches of Tuna and Wahoo--


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bass are back" | Carolina Contender | 04/06/05
 

Yesterday I guided a half day trip aboard the Carolina Contender for some black sea bass fishing.  For the past few weeks the weather had been generally rough causing the bottom to stir up and dirty the water.  During this usually productive time period for black bass fishing we found they had all but disappeared.  Yesterday, the ocean was calm and the water began to return to the normal green color and black bass were back in action.  I fished several spots from 3 miles off the beach to 17 miles off the beach and found bass action at every stop.  They bit anything we dropped down and the average size was 12".  Also found a nice 3lb flounder mixed in.  Bass fishing should only get better over the next month or so as they will migrate to nearshore reefs and hard bottom.  The current yesterday was very strong and anchoring seemed to give us the best presentation.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"today's report" | Carolina Contender | 03/30/05
 

Nailed the Yellowfin Tuna today.  The bite was at the Same Ole spot which is 10 miles above the Steeples.  We boated 6 Yellowfin between 20 and 45 pounds and had 3 others eaten on the way in by Sharks.  Everyone that was fishing the area had good catches, especially from early morning action.  I fished as far as 3 miles south of the Same Ole and had a triple there but the water was getting cooler as I went toward the Steeples.  Tomorrow Capt. Roger is fishing the ShowTime in the Stream and will start at the Steeples and head north to see how far down Tuna are holding.  The action was good and consistent and bodes well for coming weeks' action.  Stand by for more.
Also Capt. Roger fished the MacMarle'n nearshore today and the Sea Bass bite was much improved as the water is clearing.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Yellowfin bite" | Carolina Contender | 03/30/05
 

The bite today was at the "Same Ole Hole". Hot hot bite. Good water should move back toward the Steeples but Same Ole was where it was at today.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Yellowfin bite is on" | Mac Marle'n | 03/30/05
 

Early reports from gulf stream today is they're killing the yellowfin. Will update where when they get in.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Save our Pogies Bill introduced this morning" | Mac Marle'n | 03/29/05
 

Go to www.saveourpogies.com web site. Our bill was introduced this morning by Representative Bonner Stiller.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Shallotte Inlet contact info" | Mac Marle'n | 03/28/05
 

I think we may be making a little progress[maybe] on getting our buoys put back. McIntyre is working hard at it and may have come up with a plan to offer a "crack in the door" with our CG friends. Let's see what happens over next couple of days before we comment here.

In meantime, what's working is everyone pounding on our elected officials. Please keep it up. Our friends at www.fryingpantower.com have set up a direct link to US Congressional reps so you can  click on "Save our Inlets" and then click on a name and send a letter like we have set up on www.saveourpogies.com. So everyone please use the fryingpantower.com site and let them hear from us.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Weekend's Report" | Show Time | 03/28/05
 

If you're in the area, CCA is starting a Brunswick County chapter and the first meeting is Tues 3/29 at 6pm at the Fishing Center.  This chapter is being set up as a result of our political efforts as the CCA wants to join and help us make our fishery stronger.  Stop by to join the effort and show your support for the health of our sport fishery.

Fishing wasn't too hot this weekend.  Our offshore Gulf Stream waters were in the 68-71 degree range with water color a milky green.  We managed to catch a few Blackfin Tuna and Wahoo, but otherwise it was slow fishing.  To the south, the fishing was similar but the to the north off Swansboro they are having good action from Yellowfin.  This is a typical pattern as every year an early run of Yellowfin shows up to the north of us-- so don't fear.  Easter was a bit early this season and thus the fish just aren't quite ready.  Give it another week or two and it will be hot- any day now. 
Inshore, the big mystery is the Sea Bass fishing.  The waters are unusually cold and dirty and where we normally crush the Sea Bass while fishing 3-15 miles out, they are all but extinct.  I'm not sure if they aren't there or not biting, but its not what it should be.  We really need some warm, stable weather to get things on track.
 Picture is of a very rare fish to our area- Haddock- caught while fishing 12 miles off Ocean Isle.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Kinda Slow" | Capt. Hook | 03/27/05
 

We went to the stream Friday and it was kinda slow. We threw the lines out at Winyah in 68 degree water and immediatly missed a nice Wahoo. He skied on a purple and black Mega Bait and ended up taking the head, the tail and the whole---thing with him. We trolled out to 900 feet of water and never saw any temps warmer than 69.6. We ended up putting a nice wahoo in the boat and missing a couple of other strikes and that was pretty much it. I understand the bite was way North, on the northern side of the Same Ole.
Saturday we ran a 5 hour trip in the afternoon in search of Black Bass and they were in hiding also. We fished several places from the 65 foot hole to Christinas Ledge and could not get on them. We are supposed to return to the stream on Tuesday but Mother nature is not showing us any favortism.  But we will be back at it as soon as the weather breaks. Stay tuned it will get better!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Inlet update" | Mac Marle'n | 03/24/05
 

Mayor Debbie Smith is working hard as possible through Congressman McIntyre's office to try to get Coast Guard to use a little logic and common sense[and fair play] and put our inlet buoys back.I'm talking with my "friends" at CG but they are hardballing the deal. This is a tuff one as this is a Federal issue. If anybody out there is on a first name basis with George, this would be a good time to contact him.

In meantime Brant has mapped the route out the inlet and will have maps at the Fishing Center. You can use these to help you mark your own GPS chart.

The solution to this problem will occur this fall when the beach renourishment program is "supposed" to restart and the inlet will be dredged to make sand for the beach. This also is political so we must pound away on our US elected officials[McIntyre/Dole]. 


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Gulf Stream declared Open for Business" | Mac Marle'n | 03/23/05
 

Spoke with Jim Can'torie at WC and here's his official forecast.

Saturday you can skip a nickel all the way to Frying Pan Tower. Flat calm seas. On way in you will pick up a light southerly tail wind.

Sunday will be also good with light southwesterly wind in morning. Ride the trougff out to Black Jack/Steeples and ride it back in the afternoon when southwesterly wind will increase a little to 10-15.

Thaanks Jim.Thats what we've been waiting for. Let's go get em. Game on!


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Weekend Outlook" | Show Time | 03/22/05
 

Weather is looking good starting on Thursday.  We have a 1/2 day set for Thurs then plan to run to the Stream on Friday and Saturday.  Check in with the Fishing Center the evening before the trips to see what time we're leaving if you'd like to follow us out the inlet.

*** OTHER NOTE***
I'm putting together a ROFFERS satellite surface temperature group to get discounted rates-- if you sign up as a group you get 50% off-- 25 analysis per year $1160-- group rate- $580.  Call Capt. Brant (910) 575-3474 xt3 or email captbrant@oifishingcenter.com with your name and number if you want to be included in the group rate package.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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