Saturday looks like a seabass kind of day. Sunday looks like gulf stream material. Come on down and help us catch some of these fish.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Saturday looks like a seabass kind of day. Sunday looks like gulf stream material. Come on down and help us catch some of these fish.
The weather has actually been decent over the past week or so, offering several days for fishermen to get offshore. We ran a couple of 1/2 day trips and found plenty of 10-14" Sea Bass along with lots of Spiny Dog Sharks while fishing 60+ feet of water. If you are looking for the bigger Bass, they're holding in 75-100' of water along with a variety of Snapper types-- the Grouper are mostly off in 130+ feet. There were a few boats that made a Stream trip this weekend and reports were'nt the best but encouraging. Those that fished the BlackJack had little luck other than a few Blackfin Tuna- the water was more green at 70.5 degrees-- The reported conditions looked good and there were lots of bait marks. Another boat fished to the north off the Same Ole' and had a Blackfin, Yellowfin and Wahoo- the water was also green at 69.5 degrees. It's still early yet, but if you can find a warm water eddy of 72+ degrees that kicks in over the 180' break, you can have a banner day this time of year- otherwise it's a bit early as we look to get going by early to mid March.
We'll keep you posted on the latest-- the weekend's weather looks nice, so pencil it in as a good fishing opportunity and we'll confirm on Thursday once we get a strong handle on what the weather is going to do.
The good news is the weather man had it nailed. It was an absolutely glorious day here at Ocean Isle with sunny skies, temps into the 60's and light winds. The bad news is the fish weren't as excited about the weather as the fishermen were. The boats that I am aware of that fished the Gulf Stream today came up empty handed. Capt. Roger was on board one of the boats and reported marking what he though were tuna about 150 feet down. He felt like they were there but just not feeding. Not sure if they were bluefin or yellowfin. I'll get a more detailed report from him tomorrow ie water temp, color, depth ect. The nearshore action was a different story. I captained the MacMarle'n for 1/2 day afternoon black sea bass mission and found plenty of them. My first stop was offshore of the 7 mile boxcar in 55 feet of water, but found no immediate takers. I opted to make the run on out to the Shark Hole where I joined several other boats on a bass whacking mission. The action was hot and heavy between the nice sized bass and the spiny dog sharks. In just a couple hours of fishing we had a limit of 1 to 3 lb bass and called it a day. While the Gulf Stream fishing did not fire off today, that doesn't mean it couldn't happen any day now. This is the time of year when we just have to take some gambles and give it a shot out there. There is no telling when you're going to hit that warm pocket of water or concentration of bait and all 6 lines go to screaming. Gulf Stream action will pick up steam in March and firing on all cylinders by April. For now, we can take our shots as the weather allows and at the very least we can always get out there and put some fresh black bass on the dinner table.
For everybody huddled up around the fire place who are probably seeing the first signs of cabin fever, no fear a fishing report is in the making. Today Capt. Brant and Capt. Roger took a 1/2 day afternoon trip for some sea bass yanking around the Little River offshore reef. Brant reported fairly steady action but believes the bigger fish are still holding offshore in more than 75 feet. Tomorrow the forecast is for light and variable winds, a rarity for the month of Febuary but a great invitation to check out the wahoo scene in the bluewater. Capt. Dirk Parsons on the C Ya' boat and Jimmy Powell on his Hydra Sports boat will be heading to the Gulf Stream in search of whatever gets into their way. This time of year the Gulf Stream can be magical or a desert. If they encounter pockets of warmer water they may be in for a fun filled day of catching. In past years we have caught yellowfin tuna sparingly during this time but the main action typically comes from hungry wahoo up to 100lbs. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if they run across a bluefin tuna somewhere along the way. The speculation will be hopefully be over tomorrow afternoon assuming the weather man has it called right. I will report back in with their findings tomorrow evening. I believe they are attempting to head in the direction of the Steeples and will be monitoring channel 11 for anyone who wants to give them a call. Stay tuned. Here are a few pics to from this past springs action just to give you a little taste of what's right around the corner.
Saturday the weather looks pretty decent with seas of 3-4 feet and Sunday looks AWESOME - we'll be fishing a 1/2 day on Saturday and then who knows what on Sunday-- the Wahoo are biting in the Stream - and somewhere out there the Bluefin Tuna are going mad-- and of course, there's always Sea Bass. You can catch plenty of big keepers in the 10-18" range while fishing 50-80 feet of water over structure. Stop by the Fishing Center to get set up on equipment and the latest info on where the big ones are biting.
A valient effort, but no contact. To my knowledge only my team aboard the "MacMarle'n" and the boat "Sea Ya" were on the hunt. We fished from the Raritan to the Horseshoe area and had good water temps but I saw little bait and was not encouraged. "Sea Ya" fished the Jungle area and did not get a strike, I haven't got word on what the conditions were. We did however manage a good catch of whopper Bluehead Sea Bass, so all was not lost.
Sorry for the late notice, but we wanted to make sure the weather was going to be right before we committed to a bluefin adventure out of Ocean Isle. The weather is beautiful today here on the coast and forecasted to be even better tomorrow. We will be clearing Shallotte inlet at 6 am tomorrow morning on our way to search for the elusive giant bluefin tuna. The more boats we have out looking for them the better the chance is they will be found. For anyone who is already down at the coast or for those who can get here in a hurry come join us for a bluefin rally and help locate these awesome creatures. Call 910-575-3474 ext. 3 for more details and to organize the boats for the best coverage. We'll be on channel 11 and channel 6 on the VHF.
Well, in case you didn't guess, the Bluefin Rally never happened. Mother Nature wasn't too friendly and I feel that if we are going to find the Bluefin we need good conditions so we can see surface action and have mobility. The weather doesn't look good for a while, but stay tuned in case of a break and I'll post our plans.
Also I'll be speaking at the Saltwater Sportsman Seminar this Sat at the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia. If we can't go fishing, we might as well talk about it. We will also be launching the Save Our Pogies campaign-- for tickets call 800 448-7360.
See you soon.
The original hope was to be able to fish on Saturday, but Mother Nature looks like she may offer the best conditions on Sunday in order for us to search for the Bluefin Tuna out of Ocean Isle-- If you can only fish on Saturday, the weather looks decent and please report back by calling (910 )575-FISH to let us know what you find-- As I've said in the past, Bluefin are very mysterious and can hold in water from 45-80 degrees- and that's a big area. However, favorable conditions in which we typically encounter them are where water temperatures are between 52 and 65 degrees and particularly where we find baitfish and birds working-- Local areas to consider are the Horseshoe, Raritan, Shark Hole/18 mi. rocks, 65' hole, Jungle, Atlantic Ledge and so forth-- I'd say from 60-120 feet is prime turf.
If you can join us on Sunday, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (910) 575-FISH so I can arrange who is going to be covering where so we can spread out most effectively.
Let's find those Bluefin that we know are out there and start a new fishery for our area.
Just wanted to let all you folks out there know that Miss Caroline is doing great. In just 2 months she's gained 6 pounds for respectable and almost leaderboard worthy weight of 13 pounds. The doc says she's in the 50th percentile for height and in the 95th percentile for weight-- apparently that means Caroline must just be too short-- most likely its the way she piles onto a bottle of warm milk like a Bluefin on a freelined Pogy. Anyhow, she's doing great and growing like a weed- smiling, laughing, cooing.
New Jolly Mon prize for 2005-- the fishermen who weighs a King Mackerel closest to Caroline's tournament day weight will win $500 --- I expect she'll be close to leaderboard size by tournament day.
I wish I had good news, but for now not. We fished 4 days straight Weds-Sat and I'm sad to say we did not get a single Bluefin bite during any of the days. Between a fleet of some 20 boats fishing per day, there were 3 Bluefin caught in 4 days amongst the entire fleet. So the question is-- did they leave for good or were the only temporarily missing to return soon? Typically we catch Bluefin consistently through mid February, but who knows. I'll be keeping touch with boats fishing the Morehead area to get word on the Bluefin bite, but for now I've brought my boats back to Ocean Isle so I can work on being the first fishermen to bring a Bluefin back to Ocean Isle-- I truly believe they may have moved this direction. Stay tuned.--
****Which brings me to my next announcement- It looks like the weather may be very good this Sat and Sun and thus I would like to start the 1st annual "Bluefin Rally" --- the key to finding these fish from our area is spreading out and covering ground and for that we need boats. I'll commit 2 of my boats but I need help-- the plan is to leave Sat AM at 6am and go searching. If there are others who are up to the challenge then please email me email@example.com or call (910) 575-3474 xt 3 so we can get a plan together of who's going to go where. Let's do this!!
As most of you know I was involved in a explosion last week which left me with a few burns and other injuries. After my hospital stay I am now at home and recovering fine. I have made it out of the house to ride around a little and am getting more adventurous everyday. I just want to thank everyone for the huge show of support from our Family, freinds, and fellow fisherman. The out flow of calls, cards, flowers, and visits makes things alot easier. One nurse commented the emergency room looked like Grand Central Station!! But most of all the prayers that were flowing gave me a warm feeling in my time of question. I know I have seen and or talked to most of our Fishing Center Freinds but for the ones I have not I want to say Thanks! I will be back in full force shortly as the time for the Capt'n Hook to sail draws near!!
Till next time!
Wind and cold have kept us in port for the last several days but we are set to hit the seas tomorrow and Thursday in search of the Bluefin-- Stay tuned for a report on Friday-
To everyone who shares concerns about protecting our pogy population and wants to help in the effort: What is critically important RIGHT NOW is to send out the letters we have indicated on our "Political Issues" page. Sample letters and addresses are included. Everyone must understand, for our effort to succeed we must flex the only muscle power we have which is simply, "the power of the people". We can't compete dollar wise with the commercial fishing lobby but we are the voters and if we make enough noise, our elected officials will support us in return for our suppor of them. If they don't hear from us they won't know the importance of the issue. Remember, the majority of the elected officials probably don't know the difference between a pogy and a menhaden but what they do know is without your votes they don't stay in office. Please send letters TODAY!!
Also, we now have a bank account set up at BBT [Save Our Pogies] account #5291404776. Contributions can be made to that account anywhere there is a BBT. If we can raise some money, we can send out sample letters to fishing enthusiasts all over the state that might not be reading the various web sites on our effort. Please make a contribution to this important effort. If you will fax or mail a copy of your deposit slip, we will send you 2 tee shirts and 2 bumper stickers[SAVE OUR POGIES] for each $100 contribution. Fax # is 910-5750792 or mail to:
Ocean Isle Fishing Center
65 Causeway Drive
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
Thanks for your help in this effort.
We now have the SAVE OUR POGIES bank account set up at BBT so that anyone, anywhere, can make a deposit to the account. The account # is 5291404776. Checks also can be made out to SAVE OUR POGIES and sent to Ocean Isle Fishing Center, 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469.
As soon as we raise some $$'s we'll hire attorney to set up as 301-C corporation so contributions will be tax deductable. This a 100% volunteer effort. 100% of all monies raised will be used for expenses associated with the effort such as mail outs/tee shirts/bumper stickers/ect. Your contribution is very important to our effort and greatly appreciated as we work toward protecting our fishery for now and the future.
The first fish of 2005 has been weighed in for the Ocean Isle Fishing Center's leaderboard. Edward Poduszczak weighed not only the biggest sea bass of 2005 thus far but also the Ocean Isle Fishing Center's largest sea bass ever brought to the scales at 4.1 lbs on January 4th, 2005. The 05' leaderboard is wide open so be sure to stop by and weigh your catch and receive the notoriety of accomplishing a great catch.
See our Political Issues page for most recent Save Our Pogies (SOP) updates.
Capt. Barrett here reporting back from home sweet home at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. The Fishing Center fleet and I have been hard at work on the bluefin scene for over a month now and things are really heating up now. For the past 6 days I've been guiding charters on bluefinning trips and finding very consistent action. There are two groups of fish I am aware of right now one on the west side of Cape Lookout shoals and one on the east side. Like most any fishing the key here seems to be to find the bait and the fish won't be far behind. Better yet find the bait first before any other boats find it and then you'll find yourself with your hands full. The weather has been outstanding but apparently that will end this weekend. Hopefully it will shape back up for next weeks so we can give some more charters a fishing thrill of a lifetime. If you ever wanted to catch a giant bluefin take my word for it now is as good as it gets. Here are a few pictures from commercial season and some through charter season thus far.
Capt. Barrett and I attempted to break the 20lb world record Bluefin Tuna -- currently 248 pounds- the bite was plenty hot, but we were not able to bring a fish to boatside despite several opportunities. We'll keep trying. The weather looks horrible for the next few days but we look to get back at them next week as we will be busy running charters.
Included is a picture of rare small Bluefin caught aboard the Carolina Contender early this week-- the fish weighed just under 100 pounds- good eating size!
Just a reminder for everyone to please click on our political page and read about plan to stop commerial netting of pogies. It's critically important to the effort that eveyone write letters/email/both to the elected officials. Instructions and addresses are on the report. The only way this effort succeeds is if we can demonstrate to the politicians we have numbers which can overpower the money the commercial lobby will use to fight our effort. We've got to use "people power" so please get on board and help the effort.