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"Pogy update" | Carolina Contender | 08/21/04
 

Click on "political issues" page for pogy update


- Capt. Rube
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 08/18/04
 

I had a full day today aboard the CC and got a chance to get offshore and take a look around at the state of affairs.  The water is milky green all the way out to 35 miles which I think will keep the King Mackerel fishing slow-- Case in point-- not a boat in OIFC or any other fleet I heard of had a King Mackerel today-- The Amberjack have come on with a vengeance as they are everywhere and HUNGRY.  Did a good bit of bottomfishing from 75-90 feet and the bite was not hot at all- although we did manage a super catch with a 15 pound Genuine Red Snapper-- We had a couple of Grouper and more Jacks and that was it.  Anyway, it will take a little time for the water to clear, but patience and good weather from Mother Nature are the only cure.   Recognize the guys in the picture?  think Carolina basketball--


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"todays report" | Stori Teller | 08/17/04
 

Things are not looking as grim on the fishing scene as I expected .We left this morning with some concern about how the fishing was going to be after  we saw how dirty the inshore water was.With this in mind I decided to push the stori teller out into the slick calm ocean.We rode about nine miles to the a.r 485 where we found a descent bite of bluefish with one nice flounder of about four pounds thrown in for good measure.The water out there was definitly not clear but was alot better than it was inside the inlet.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Pogy Boats Strike Again!!" | Carolina Contender | 08/17/04
 

Here's an email that I got from a concerned area fisherman.   The problem will only get worse-- we are working to make a stand so be ready to be called to action.  This is serious--
Being concerned about the lack of bait coming down the beach. I went all the way to the mouth of the river and found the poggy boat catching poggies on the beach. I called the coast guard to have them report it DNR. The boat captain said that he was doing what he had been doing for years.In one of your reports you said that the boats were not allowed to get that close to the beach. 400 Yards I think is what you said.  let me know if that rule has changed. I would like to know if DNR ever got the measage. I waited around a couple of hours and noone showed.
I have been fishing these waters for 20 years aand I can see where this is headed if we dont start some noise about it. If they are breaking the rules it mighy help to get the word out.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Post Charlie" | Carolina Contender | 08/16/04
 

Just getting back our internet here at the Fishing Center after the storm.  We took the brunt of Charlie but the OIFC and fleet is still standing.  Top winds were around 85mph.  It gave me a new respect for the capability of nature.  85 mph is as much as we ever want to see here.  A cat 3 or more would be complete devestation on the island.  Thankfully we got lucky and dodged another one, let's hope for some good stable weather from here on out and look forward to a great Fall fishing season.  Here are a couple of pics Brant and I took at Shallotte Point during the peak of the storm. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Pogy update" | Carolina Contender | 08/16/04
 

Go to political page for progress report on pogy issue.


- Capt. Rube
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 08/14/04
 

This is Capt. Brant with a pre-hurricane report.  It's 9am and the winds have picked up to 30kts from the SSE.  We've battened down the hatches as best as possible taking into account our feel for the storm.  The storm will be hitting at low tide, so hopefully surge will not be a problem.  I've put an extra rope and bumper on the big boats, and taken the smaller, trailerable boats out of the water.  Hopefully the storm will speed by quickly and not hit us for too long.  Stay tuned for my next report as I'll post how things are going and what damage has been sustained.
Capt. Brant signing off-----  Don't forget the webcam will be on so long as there is power, so tune in for live footage of the storm.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Mac Marle'n | 08/12/04
 

Left this morning on a five hour trip attempting to dodge the beginnings of the thunderstorms.  Roger and I went to the east out of shallotte inlet looking for pogies but did not find any between the inlet and Holden beach pier.  From there we headed off to the 7 and 10 mile reefs where we found a hot spanish mackerel bite and also plenty of hungry barracuda.  It looks as if we may be on the hill for the next few days because of the storms.  Make sure to check in once in a while to the OIFC webcam to make sure we are still floating.  There may be a pre-storm flounder tournament on the docks tomorrow evening so stay tuned. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 08/11/04
 

This morning we headed back to the Atlantic Ledge area where we once again found steady action from amberjacks and barracudas.  As the bite slowed there we moved over to the York and found the jacks chewing the bottom of the boat out.  This afternoon, on a 1/4 day trip, we found a decent spanish bite at AR460 along with plenty of barracudas ready and willing to bite.  The bait this morning was once again just to the west side of Shallotte Inlet in about 10 feet of water.


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"they are back" | Stori Teller | 08/11/04
 

Finally after a week long period of east winds it finally switched to the south this morning.Along with this wind switch came a fairly good flounder bite along the marshes surrounding  the Sunset Beach area.We started this morning with a short bait hunt where we found several large schools of finger mullet.I had brought along some mud minnows which the flounder would not touch but they would gobble up the mullet.So it is fair to say ,at least for now,the flounder are back in the inshore waters.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Nice King Finally" | Capt. Hook | 08/10/04
 

There was no ferocious bite by any means but we did manage a nice King today. We were aiming for Cudas when the King in the mid twenties hit a mullet on top at the Sherman. The mullets have been hanging around the back of Shallotte Inlet and the Pogies just on the outside. The pogies are easy to get one time and skittish the next so be patient. Don't ride by those Mulletts they will get her done!! Till next ?????


- Capt. David Hooks
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"" | Carolina Contender | 08/10/04
 

Ok, yesterday I had a full day trip.  Found plenty of pogies just before the Little River Jetties and then headed offshore.  The wind was from the east at 15 knots and maybe a little more once you got further offshore.  Fishing was not good at all.  I found a few amberjacks and a cuda but we had to work hard for those.  The water color looked terrible and with the east wind blowing the fish just weren't around.  I fished the Jungle, the Hammer, and a few artificial structures but never found a good concentration of fish. 

Today was a different story.  The wind still had a slight east hint to it but it was drastically calmer, which I believe helped the fish to start feeding again.  Pogies were located just to the west of Shallote inlet this morning and there were also some mullet right at the inlet.  I started at the 65' hole where the water color is beginning to come around.  It still wasn't exactly right but it did look better.  We caught two king mackerel which was a sight for sore eyes.  The biggest was about 17lbs.  Next I headed offshore to check out the Atlantic ledge.  Again the water was clear but had a more blue tint to it than usual.  We caught amberjack until we were blue in the face and then amidst all that we got bit by a nice kingfish.  Unfortunately the whole fish didn't make it to the boat thanks to a hungry barracuda, but the mackerel would have weighed in the high twenties.  Supposedly we are to have some stable south wind for a day or so before it goes bad again so I expect the fish to bite good tomorrow.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 08/10/04
 

This morning we found bait just on the west side of Shallotte Inlet and pointed the bow towards the Atlantic Ledges.  There we found steady action from amberjacks, barracudas as well as a couple of sharks.  It looks as if the fishing is once again picking up so stay tuned because we'll be back at it in the morning.


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 08/10/04
 

The Kings made a bit of showing today as all of our boats caught a few Kings, albeit nice ones at 18-25 pounds, while fishing the 65' Hole and General Sherman wreck.  There were Mullet running the beach and plenty of Pogys at the LR jetties.  Funny how the 1st day the wind shifts to the south the Kings bite.  If we can get some stability in the weather, the bite will drastically improve over the next week- we'll see.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 08/09/04
 

This morning Capt. Bryan and myself headed out for a 1/2 day trip this morning.  We found that the spanish mackeral bite has once again heated back up at the Barges, however the barracudas are still hanging around and waiting to cut the spanish off before you get them to the boat so you have to act fast.  We finished the morning off with about a half dozen spanish and three barracudas.  Barrett called in while we were out there and said that the bait was at the Little River jetties.  He is out on a full day trip today so stay tuned for another report later this afternoon. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"news flash" | Stori Teller | 08/09/04
 

The Stori Teller has been kind of struggling to find a bite of fish on the inshore waters.With the main concentration of fish offshore in 35 feet of  water and the brisk east winds I have not been able to reach them.we tryed to get there this morning but decided to try our luck around the little river jetties and for all you king mackeral fisherman I found a good bite of jumbo size ribbonfish there which provided alot bent rods and excitement for the anglers. 


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"" | Carolina Contender | 08/08/04
 

It's Fall time here on the Carolina Coast- well kind of.  This weekend we had our first real cold front of the year.  Morning time temps were in the 60's and the mullet were running the beach.  Unfortunately, the main difference between these Fall like conditions in August and the real Fall in October is that the fish just plain didn't bite at all this weekend.  Maybe its the leftovers of tropical storm Alex, maybe its the cold snap or maybe it's just the traditional August disappearing act that the fish have done in the past.  We fished a king mack tourney this weekend between the cape fear ship channel and 65ft hole and saw only one decent fish all weekend and even that fish wasn't very aggressive.  I did here a few rumblings that the Jungle may have turned on today but that's a second hand report.  I've got a full day trip tomorrow and will be heading in that direction so hopefully I'll be able to report some better news.  The pogies are back again in full force and as long as this wind stays out of the north in the mornings keep your eyes open for schools of silver mullet in the 10-14 inch range running the beach.  Though the mackerel didn't bite well for us today, we did manage to have a little fun on some grouper and flounder on light tackle before we came home.  While the mackerel are not biting its time to look for other species to target. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Kings are???" | Capt. Hook | 08/05/04
 

We fished today after chasing the elusive pogy for while. They were flipping on top like they were thick but it was one of those 3 a throw days!! They were all aound Shallotte Inlet. We fished the 27 mile area and managed a few good Jacks but no KINGS! They must have evacuated and not moved back in yet!! Tomorrow may be a little ugly but we will probably make a stab at it. Till next ????


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 08/05/04
 

Today we had a full day which gave me the opportunity to get offshore a little and hunt around.  I hate to say it, I hunted with King Mackerel in mind and didn't find anything encouraging, although we did bring a 12 pounder to the dock which is the biggest we've seen around here in a week.  The Amberjack and Barracuda were more than willing to cooperate, but something's not clicking with the Kings.  Hard to say whether its the storm or they're just doing their disappearing act-- not sure.  The big cold front coming tomorrow will again shake things up.  Not really sure what to say, but there is a King tournament this weekend out of Snead's Ferry and someone will win so hopefully I'll have a report of where the Kings are being caught.  Sorry for not a better report-- the best news is that it will be like October here this weekend with cool breezes and sunny skies-- I'm sure ready for that --


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"The funk!" | Mac Marle'n | 08/05/04
 

Today Capt Charles and I set out in search of cudas, and spanish, we did manage to find a few however it was by no means on fire.  on the bright side the pogies were just to the west of the inlet.maybe this front will change things for us.


- Capt. Grady Gordon
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