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"Flounder Pounding" | Carolina Contender | 04/22/04
 

In between Gulf Stream trips I found a little time to hit the backwaters yesterday evening with local flounder pounder guidesman Capt. Brandon Sauls.  We fished the Tubbs inlet are for about 2 hours in the evening time on a rising tide and hammered the flounder.  We were using minnows for bait and fished them from the bank and then also by slow trolling them.  We caught around 20 fish between us.  Most of the fish were just under the keeping size of 14 inches but there were several frying pan candidates mixed in.  According to Capt. Sauls the flounders started biting great last Sunday in Tubbs and have been at it since.  Come by the Fishing Center for your flounder tackle and bait and we'll also try to steer you in the right direction with the latest reports we have.  Also, don't forget about the Flounder / Trout Tournament coming up May 1st held out of the Fishing Center.  With the fish biting this good, it ought to be a great event. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"FLOUNDER / TROUT TOURNAMENT MAY1!!!" | Carolina Contender | 04/21/04
 

Inshore fishermen and fisherwomen, don't forget next weekend May 1st is the inaugural Spring Flounder / Trout fishing tournament being held out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  This event is sponsored by Clay Morphis's Shallow Water Boat Sales and the entry fee is $75.  The latest word I got on the inshore fishing came on Monday and the report is the flounder were nearly jumping in the boat around the Tubb's inlet area.  Apparently the water really warmed up over the weekend which brought the flounders out of hibernation just in time for the tournament.  Come join the fun, food, competition and camraderie at the 1st Annual Shallow Water Boat Sale's Flounder / Trout Spring Classic.  Check out this link for more information on the tournament-  http://www.oifishingcenter.com/tournaments.cfm


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 04/20/04
 

Another day in the Gulf Stream, and although the weather wasn't quite as nice, the fish were still there and biting just as predictably as for the past week.  The nearshore winds were 10-15kts from SW, but once you crossed the 70 degree temp break, winds piped up to 20+ kts and seas built to 4-6 feet.  We again fished the Black Jack hole in 160-190 feet with water temps at 71 degrees.  We left a little earlier this morning in hopes of prolonging the morning bite which has abrutly shut off every day for the past week by 12pm.  We had lines in at 8:30am and just as soon as I pushed the drag up on the first line out, it was on.  Until 11:30am we caught Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo and King Mackerel as fast as we could.  Dolphin in the 5-12 pound range were the main find, as we encounterd a school of 10 or so fish and had fun on light tackle with them.  We did manage one Bull of about 20 pounds as well as Wahoo at 35 pounds and a Yellowfin at 30 pounds.  We lost 2 bigger fish that were either Wahoo or Tuna and that was pretty much the day.  We only had a party of 2, so at 1pm they had enough fun and were ready to pack it in.  Once again I marked the school of Tuna in the same spot and all the fish we caught had Flying Fish and squid in their stomachs.  I can't remember ever fishing so consistently in the same area and seeing the same thing every day and having pretty much the same results.  The fishing is red hot by all means, but the bite is done by noon.  Anyway, a well deserved day off awaits the MacMarle'n and ShowTime tomorrow, then we're back to the stream for Thurs------  The weather looks absolutely perfect for the weekend, so don't miss the chance.  I talked to a buddy who bottomfished the 390/390 area today for Sea Bass and he said the Atlantic Bonito were so thick they were nearly jumping in the boat.  With the seas so nice the weekend, they should be on top and taking lures cast on light tackle.  Stop into the OIFC for all you need for the Atlantic Bonito as well as to get the hot Gulf Stream lures-- today-- C&H alien in blue/chart, Ilander Outrider in blue/pink, Ilander Outride in pink/white and Ilander in blue/pink.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/19/04
 

Another nice day in the Gulf Stream.  Winds were from the SW at 15kts and seas were 2-3 feet.  We fished the BlackJack hole area with scattered weed and water temps at 72.5.  Just as yesterday, I made a 1/2 mile lap all day long over bait and fish marks.  The action started right off the bat at 9:30am but picked up to a fevered pitch from 10am-11:30am as the Yellowfin came up to feed.  It was only a matter of how fast we could get baits out and back over the fish as to how many bites we got.  That's the good news, the bad news was that we didn't do too good getting them in the boat.  We had 15+/- bites and landed 3 Yellowfin from 25-40 pounds and a monster 57 pound Wahoo.  Hot lures are the blue/chart Alien, blue/pink Ilander and red/black Mega Bait swimming plug.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Catching up on Pictures" | Show Time | 04/18/04
 

My camera has been out of operation for a couple of weeks, but here are a few highlights of what we've been doing.  Fishing is excellent and so is the weather.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/18/04
 

It was another beautiful day in the Stream.  Today myself and mate Kyle Hughes guided a group of local fishermen in search for glory.  Seas were less than 3 feet and we fished the Black Jack hole.  Action was pretty hot right from the start and picked up to a fevered pitch by 10am.  We were getting double and triple Yellowfin bites with Dolphin and Wahoo mixed in.  The action slowed from 11am-2pm, but picked up a little again just before coming home.  All told, we had 5 Tuna, 2 Dolphin, and 1 Wahoo while fishing 160-190 feet of water.  We'll be back at it tomorrow.
The hot bait today were blue/white or blue/chart. C&H aliens, blue/pink Ilander Outriders or the MegaBait black/red swimming fish.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Pictures from 4/16" | Show Time | 04/18/04
 

Here are some pictures from the tuna fish caught aboard the Showtime on Friday 4/16/04.  Capt. Brant went to the stream again today.  I'm sure he'll post a report later this evening.

Yesterday I went to the stream around the Steeples area with Capt. Grady on the Showtime.  Although what we actually put on the dock wasn't too impressive with one yellowfin and two kings we certainly had our shots at glory.  After having a wahoo blitz 200 yards of line off a reel and then bite through 108lb wire first thing in the morning I should of known the fish gods wouldn't be with us.  Throughout the day we had 10 verified quality fish bites that ended with a poor result.  We broke lines, had wire bit, missed strikes and simply pulled hooks.  It was frustrating to say the least but we did have a good bit of action, which was highlighted by an early season blue marlin that we got to do battle with for about 10 minutes before he threw the hook.  The man in the blue suit took a trolled ballyhoo behind a purple and blue heavy lure 30 feet down on a planer.  He hit and turned a 25 TLD inside out jumping and running some 500 yards of line before we began to gain on him.  He finally shook his head one more time and out came the hook.  It certainly was exciting though for the charter crew as well as for me and Grady.  A blue marlin truly is the ultimate game fish.  We estimated this one around 200lbs.  There were numerous boats fishing the stream yesterday and everyone had some level of success.  The catch of the day was large wahoo followed closely by tuna.  Brandon and Charlie Harrell on their new 54' Viking out of Ocean Isle the Carolina Lady made their maden voyage yesterday and had a great day with a 59lb wahoo and a 66lb wahoo and two tuna.  They too also did battle with a blue marlin for a few minutes but the marlin managed to throw the hook like ours.  Things are really heating up in the stream and they should only get better for the next month.  Don't miss out.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Hook 4-17" | Capt. Hook | 04/18/04
 

We fished the stream today from the Same Ole to 20 miles offshore of the Same Ole and then  back to the Steeples. The warmest water we could find was 72.2. We did manage to get and 8 year old, "Quinn" his first Wahoo on his second stream trip. It takes a trooper at that age to manage back to back 12 hour stream trips. We also caught a nice King and saw a Sailfish show off a bit. This area should bust wide open any time so stay tuned.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/16/04
 

Just back in from the Stream and we had a successful day.  Capt. Barrett and I fished the Steeples area and boated 4 Yellowfin Tuna between 40 and 50 pounds and left many others with sore jaws.  We were catching our fish on blue/pink Islanders, chart/green aliens and the Yozuri Bonito in black/red.  The water temp was 72 and I did mark some decent baitfish in the area.  The warm water was moving west and by day end it had gone from 67 there to 71.5 which means I think that will be a good place for tomorrow.  We'll be back at it tomorrow, so stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"TOMORROW'S SCHEDULE" | Show Time | 04/15/04
 

Tomorrow the Show Time is going to the Gulf Stream and the MacMarle'n has 2 half days.  Show Time will clear inlet 6:15am and MacMarle'n will clear at 7:15am.  Not exactly sure where we'll be fishing, but we're on VHF 11 and feel free to call or buddy up to find fish.  Stand by for report of day's catch.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/14/04
 

Wind, wind and more wind.  Thankfully though I think its just getting the bad out of the way for another good weekend of fishing.  It's been blowing 20-30kts for the past 3 days.  Today the front finally came through and winds have shifted to the north and there's a nip in the air.  Tomorrow I hope to get back on the water for at least our 1/2 day trips.  I don't think the Stream will be ready yet until Friday or more likely, Saturday. 
The Atlantic Bonito started biting last weekend, so no doubt they're out there.  I'm thinking by Saturday the seas will have settled and they should be going again.  The 390/390 is where they were.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Carolina Contender | 04/13/04
 

For most fishermen who have been at it a long time there is no greater thrill than turning on new fishermen to the thrills of our sport. All last week we had fishermen coming in to the OIFC who had never been to the Gulf Stream. It was fun getting them fixed up with gear and we sent them off in hopes of finding glory in the blue water.The comment I heard was it looked like a King Mackerel tournament out there as more boats than has ever fished the stream in our area made a good shot at it. Unfortunately mother nature spoiled our party and a light southeast wind turned out to be a solid 20+ and could best be described as "snotty". Additionally the water temperature was way to cool 68-70 degrees in most areas. The result is the fish did not bite and for all those first time fishermen who didn't have much luck I can assure you wern't the only ones. There were alot of well experienced fishermen who had the same results. So... don't give up. It will be extroadinary fishing out there soon as conditions improve a little. It's the right time of the year. The weather looks like it is going to finally break about Friday and the weekend looks great. Hopefully some better water will move in as well. We should have a good satalite shot later this week and we will post info on this page.

Any new gulf stream fishermen who would l;ike our charter captains to look at how you have your rigs made, come on down. Capt's Brant/Barrett/Roger/Hook/Grady will be more than happy to "critique" your rigs as well as your ballyhoo rigging.


- Capt. Rube
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/11/04
 

Well, as is often typical, the fish decided to take the weekend off.  We did fairly well all last week while fishing a warm water eddy at the Black Jack hole area, but just as the weekend arrived the eddy dissolved and so did most of the fish.  It wasn't an absolute washout as most every boat that went had at least 1 or 2 good fish, but the Tuna, Wahoo and Dolphin were scattered and few and far between.  Nearshore, the first big catches of the year for Atlantic Bonito were reported.  The 390/390 was the hot area and the fish were taking trolled Clark Spoons.  This is only the beginning for this fishery and it will only get better through the month. 
The weather looks sour for the early part of the week, but I'll get back mid week when it looks like we'll start fishing again.  For you weekend anglers, right now the forecast is shaping up great again for Friday and Saturday.  I've got scheduled Gulf Stream trips so if you're looking for company out there, don't be shy to hang with me as we head offshore.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Show Time | 04/09/04
 

Gulf Stream trips look good for tomorrow. We leave the dock at 6:00am. Anybody that wants to follow us out is welcome. Our charter fleet monitors channel 11 on vhf.



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"Sea Bass Sea Bass Sea Bass" | Mac Marle'n | 04/08/04
 

Today Capt. Brant and myself fished offshore of the 17 mile rock. We had an awesome catch of 13 inch plus Seabass and an occassional dog shark. Water is still a little than we would like. Hopefully in the next few weeks it will continue to warm up and bring Grouper and Snapper closer to shore. 


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Bassin" | Capt. Hook | 04/07/04
 

Sumo and I ran two trips today. The ocean was fairly nice but worsened as the day went on. We ran all the way past the Sharkhole hunting Bonita to no avail!! We ended up having a good day with the Sea Bass and had some whoppers also. If you have not done so lately Take a KID Fishing!! We had a couple this afternoon that had a blast!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Patience-Persistence" | Mac Marle'n | 04/07/04
 

Patience persistence and the unrelenting commitment to accomplishment of the objective.  That is the quote of the day.  All started well this morning with a light southwest wind for the first 20 miles then it hit the fan.  The wind came around to the west and peaked out around 25kts.  The seas worsened the further you got out and by the time we reached the blue water it was a steady 6-7 foot.  We started around the 580 line about 15 miles east of the MacMarle'n hole and began trolling with the seas to the east.  We fished all morning and into the early afternoon with only one false albacore to show.  But at 2:00pm, our charter, a father-son team in their second day of gulf stream fishing in a row sprang into action when the shotgun and long rigger took off.  By this time we had made our way to nearly the 100/400 and things started crackin'.  For the next hour and a half we couldn't have been busier.  With the rough sea conditions angling the fish was made much more difficult and staying on the spot was also a challenge.  But, from 2:00pm when we got our first bite to 3:30 when we picked up we managed to boat 3 nice wahoo one of which was citation worthy at 40lbs and one yellowfin tuna.  It was apparent that the fish had been there all along its just that they all of sudden started to bite.  After redeeming our slow start we were pleased with final outcome and made tracks home in the rough weather.  Luckily the seas improved dramatically once we got back in the green water and we had a comfortable ride in.  Today's lesson- never give up and keep working hard.  Changing baits, moving baits, changing the spread, speed, clothes -whatever it takes, sometimes just doing something different will help elicit a strike.  I know one thing, I will sleep well tonite.  Shwwwww what a day. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/07/04
 

Well, every day can't be a glorious fishing experience and today was one of those.  A forecast of light winds in the AM increasing later to 15-20 kts was sounding OK, but when it starts at 15-20 and goes to 20-25 with a current running into the wind, that's kind of sloppy.  My crew put in a valiant effort and after putting lines in at 10am we made it til 12pm before we had all the fun we could stand.  We had only a couple of knockdowns and no serious takers.  So, we headed inshore some 30 miles where it was a much nicer 3-4 foot and absolutely slaughtered some of the biggest Sea Bass I have ever seen.  I don't think we caught 1 in 10 that were too small to keep, although we only kept fish over 12 inches and had a couple that topped 4 pounds.  We were fishing 90 feet of water over rocks and ledges.  Anyway, the crew who had never been deep-sea fishing before were just as thrilled with Sea Bass as they would have been with Yellowfin Tuna, thus the trip was saved.  I'm sure Capt. Barrett will post a report also as he was in the Stream on the MacMarle'n and stuck it out til 3pm, and they were rewarded.
Just as yesterday, the bite is occurring late due to the full moon so either get there early or stay late.


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

First Gulf Stream trip of the year was a success.  The "Show Time" caught a Carolina Slam on her first ever trip to the Stream also- Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo.  We had 2 Yellowfin of 45 pounds, 2 Wahoo of 30 pounds a Mahi, King Mackerel and 3 Blackfin Tuna.  We caught a couple fish during the morning, but the bite after 1pm was the best of it.  We fished the BlackJack hole and I marked very good bait and also bigger fish down 60-120 feet, but could rarely get them to come up and feed.  I think the bright full moon has them feeding at night and a bit tougher to catch right now.  We caught fish on Ballyhoo and Cedar Plugs today.  The hot lure was the "Mega Bait" swimming fish and the black/purple cedar plug.  I'm headed back out there tomorrow, so stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Mac Marle'n | 04/06/04
 

Today the Christina Ledge, Rourke, and the BB Rock produced a lot of 1-2 pound sea bass. Tomorrow's agenda consists of Gulf Stream trips for the Mac Marle'N and the Showtime. We're looking for more of those great Gulf Stream fish like yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and mahi-mahi!


- Capt. Roger Gales
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