Headed to the Stream the next couple of days. Looks to be a good eddy near the BlackJack hole, but we'll see if it produces. Stay tuned.
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Headed to the Stream the next couple of days. Looks to be a good eddy near the BlackJack hole, but we'll see if it produces. Stay tuned.
Wind has been blowing but looks good next few days. We'll be Sea Bass fishing tomorrow and then Gulf Stream fishing on Wednesday. Stay tuned.
As we get ready to start our Gulf Stream season here's a tip that absolutely works.
Take a 5 gallon bucket of frozen chum[we have them here at OIFC] and tie a cement block to approx 100 feet of line[using ecologically acceptable materials] and drop the block at the place you plan to fish[like the Blackjack/Steeples/ect]. The chum will draw fish to that spot and rather than blindly trolling an area, fish where the fish are. Give the chum approx 15-30 minutes to start working. It will last for several hours.
Been noticing last few mornings that the Ganets are diving mile or so off the beach. Ganets do not dive on individual fish but dive on "balled" bait. When we Bluefin Tuna fish this is how we find the Bluefin's where the ganets are diving on the bait the Bluefin's have balled up. So either we've got Bluefin approx one mile off the beach or more likely it's the Atlantic Bonita working on glass minnows. In any event if the weather man would let us get to work I think we would find the Atlantic Bonitas are here for our spring fun. Looks like the weather improves starting Tuesday. Our charter boats will be fishing everyday so stand by for updates.
The good news for the weekend is if we could get to the gulf stream we could probably wear the Tuna/Wahoo out. The bad news is the forecast doesn't look like it is going to be possible. West to northwest winds 20+ throughout the weekend.
One possible glimmer of hope is when the wind shifts to the northwest we should be able to get after the Atlantic Bonita which should be here any time now. Fishermen friendly, these fish will be at 90/90/ Jim Caudle/ 3 mile or other close by wrecks or reefs.In somewhat rough conditions best bet will be use #1or #2 planners with #1 or #2 Clarkspoon.If you locate the fish by trolling drop a Sting Silver on spinning tackle to the bottom and jig it up fast.
We were doing a full day grouper trip tomorrow but charter just canceled; not a bad idea since we would have been fishing 40 miles off.
Remember, first Atlantic Bonita to Ocean Isle Fishing Center wins $20 gift certificate[plus bragging rights].
The Capt’n Hook headed to the stream for the first time last Saturday. I would have updated sooner but have had technical difficulties. Sumo, Captain Stacy, Wade Byrd, Darrell Garrett and myself put the compass on 152 and the throttles on 4 grand, which carried us to a temperature break, near the 500 line. We hit a rip with 70-degree water on one side and 73.5 to 74 on the other so I gave the call for lines out. In just a few minutes we had a nice Mahi on then another and another so tis the season. After that fire drill we threw back out to hook a 3 or 4-pound Mahi on the shotgun line, he could not even pull the drag. Darrell manned the reel and as he brought it down from the holder the line began smoking off the reel!! Realizing the Mahi had become bait I turned the boat and headed after the fish. About 20 minutes later we had him straight up and down and were working him or he was working Darrell. Then he made a mad dash for the surface and straight back down pulling the hook. This is how he became a mystery fish. A penny for my thoughts-- a large Yellowfin or a small Bluefin!! We proceeded to fish the rip and ended up with a good catch of Mahi in the 10 to 25 pound class and a solo Yellowfin!! So lets go get em!! There here!!
ShowTime is back at the dock and nearly ready to go fishing.
Just wanted you fishermen to know that this weekend we'll be offering a $20 gift certificate to the 1st boat to weigh in an Atlantic Bonito at OIFC.
Guys are back from the Stream and they had a great day. Up toward the Black Jack hole Billy Leonard on the "Billfish" had 4 Wahoo between 30 and 48 pounds and a Yellowfin and down toward the 500 line the "Capt. Hook" and a couple other boats had a box full of Mahi- yes Mahi- as well as a couple of Yellowfin with reports of losing some monster Yellowfin. The winner of the first Yellowfin to the dock was Rick Alexander on the "I Love Lucy" with a whopping 68 pounder. Most fishermen found a good temperature break from the low 70's to mid 70's and that's where they caught fish. Trolling Ballyhoo was the preferred technique.
Overall it was a great day and awesome start to the Gulf Stream fishing season which should only get better.
If you've been considering a charter, there's no need to hold back as the fishing is great.
SEA BASS, SEA BASS, SEA BASS. The MacMarle'n was working the nearshore waters and we're catching plenty of Sea Bass from 10-16 inches as well as quite a few Spiny Dog Sharks. The water temps have gotten to 60 so expect the Atlantic Bonito to be here VERY soon. Stay tuned for a Gulf Stream report this PM.
Sea Bass fishing has really picked up here in the past week. We've been doing very well fishing in the 60-65 foot depth range. Nearer shore in the 2-5 mile range the Spiny Dog Sharks are still thick and providing great fun with minimal effort. Squid is the bait of choice.
Report wasn't incredible today but there were a few Yellowfin and Wahoo caught and YES- Bluefin Tuna. They are out there mixed in with the Yellowfin and Wahoo and will suprise the heck out of you when they keep going, and going and going......... Tomorrow most fishermen are going to the Stream so I will have a better report.
As for myself, I'll be plowing the nearshore waters in search of the elusive Sea Bass and Dog Shark. Stay tuned.
1st Yellowfin put on the Ocean Isle Fishing Center dock gets a $20 gift certificate- see Capt. Brant or Capt. Rhett--
VALID thru Saturday, 3/26
Hot off the press. Schools of large Yellowfin in the 80-100+ pound class have been seen and caught north of the Steeples on the 59100 line and also north of the MacMarle'n hole on the 59500 line. Believe it or not, the fish on the 500 line were in 120 feet of water that was 69 degrees. Just goes to show you can't figure out a fish, particularly when they get BIG. Anyway, I'm telling you this is going to be THE weekend to catch Tuna. The weather is perfect and the water looks very good to catch fish. There are also reports of a lot of Wahoo around as well. Don't miss out this weekend.
If you need any supplies, we've got it. For those big Tuna you'll need 130# fluorocarbon leaders, medium or small 12 pk Ballyhoo and small, 1/4-1/2 oz lure heads. Go get'em!!
THE WEATHER LOOKS AWESOME THIS WEEKEND!! You haven't heard me say that many times. Right now they're calling for light and variable on Saturday and that means its time to break out to the Gulf Stream to get those Tuna and Wahoo going.
Make plans to enjoy the weekend and don't forget to stop in the Ocean Isle Fishing Center for any of your supplies.
Every piece of tackle known to man, boat supplies and repair products, snacks, drinks, ice, Baitmasters Ballyhoo, gas- $1.86/gallon or diesel - $1.39/gallon.... you want it, we got it.
See you here- Capt. Brant
The temperatures have eased up on us a little bit here at the coast, but that stubborn wind is still hanging on. We just can't seem to shake that 15-25 knot wind that has decided to take permanent residence at Ocean Isle Beach. Capt. Brant and I were able to sneak out for a short 1/4 day trip yesterday, Saturday, for a little bit of black sea bass and shark fishing. We guided a family of 4 kids under 10 years old and mom and dad to fun-filled day. Despite the windy conditions the kids were able to catch plenty of fish including two sharks at one time by one young fellow within only 3 miles of the beach. This is always the toughest time of the year for a fisherman. We want to get out there so bad, but it's just not quite right yet. The first chance that winter wind gives us though, we will be headed to the bluewater. I looked at a temperature chart this past week and it appeared as if some of the warmer water pockets that have holding north and of the Steeples area is beginning to make its way toward the Steeples and in range for the Ocean Isle fleet. If this warm water continues its track there should be a great yellowfin bite around the Steeples. Also, I saw something even more interesting on the temp chart. It looks like there is a pretty good warm water break forming just offshore of the MacMarle'n hole and the Winyah Scarp around the 550 line. We just need some good weather now to go investigate. I'm getting tired of fishing from my computer, but we got to hang in there and tell ourselves calmer days are coming. For now its back to creating the latest and greatest wahoo or tuna rigs and making sure the boat is ready to go- soon enough we'll be back to the Stream
Remember these scenes? No fear they are coming again-soon!
Well, its been a long week, but we have successfully taken the MacMarle'n apart and put her back together again- not exactly, but with all the pain, sweat and busted knuckles, we might as well have. Anyway, she's ready to go for the season and its downhill from here on out. Tomorrow I've got a short 1/4 day Sea Bass trip with some kids and the weather looks nice. It looks like a potentiall good day to go offshore and the best water looks to be just offshore of the MacMarle'n hole. I'm nearly ready to go and will be there by April. Stay tuned for more.
Here are a few scenes from Guanamar in Costa Rica. Unreal fishing and even better relaxing atmosphere. A must vacation for any offshore fishing enthusiast.
Well, I've been on hiatus for a couple of weeks swooshing the slopes of Colorado and then battling the Sailfish and Marlin off Costa Rica, but I'll tell you, there's no place like home.
And guess what, the fish are starting to show just as quickly as Spring is arriving. I'm getting reports of Yellowfin Tuna off of Morehead City to the north and Charleston, SC to the south- naturally we're in the middle and thus the fish are out there. We're still getting a lot of wind, but the temperatures are much warmer and I look for the weather to be slowing down and the fishing to be picking up over the coming weeks. I've got just a bit more work to do on the boats and then we'll be 100%. Stay tuned and get geared up. It's nearly time.
While we watch the wind blow for the next couple days here's the latest fishing report to think about. The king mackerel have finally made their annual winter / early spring appearance offshore. Typically the smaller "spike" macks can found throughout the winter offshore in warm water pockets, but the abnormally cold winter combined with the turbulent winds have limited both the opportunities for fishermen to search for the macks and the warm water pockets that would hold these fish. But with the arrival of the warm tranquil weather this past week fishermen were able to locate the large schools of mackerel in areas Northeast of Frying Pan Tower and Southwest of the tower. Most of these fish are small, less than 10lbs. but nevertheless it is a good sign to finally see some life starting to stir in our backyard. In the Gulf Stream it is still sporadic at best. Last weekend there was some action with yellowfin and wahoo north of the Steeples offshore of the Same Ol' hole. On Monday Capt. Roger went on a recon mission with Kurt on the Bluewater to the Steeples but encountered no action. He reported water temps in the low 70's, which is typically warm enough for the Yellowfin but he said there was no bait or any type of surface action. For things to fire off out there something has to change. It could be the arrival of baitfish, a temp. break, or change in current, anything out of the ordinary only stands to help the fishing. At any moment the bite can turn on out there and it should be coming very soon. Some of the best tuna action we see is in mid to late March so make sure you are ready to go when the conditions get right. Capt. Brant and I will be heading down to Costa Rica this coming week to brush up on our billfish handling skills and get prepped for the Ocean Isle offshore fishing season. Hopefully I'll have some good pics and stories to post next week.
After miserable weather for a few days, we've done a 180 and its beautiful and supposed to be that way all week. Of course, I'm going out of town tomorrow for a couple of weeks so that won't do me any good. Anyway, I'm getting away to get this last bit of nervous energy out of me so I can come home refreshed and ready to get to fishing. The season will kick off mid March, so ready or not, here we come. There are actually a few boats talking about heading to the bluewater tomorrow, but I just looked at water temperatures and it really doesn't look very good right now as there is no water warmer than 65 degrees inside of the Steeples. Anyway, bottomfishing will certainly be an option even if the trolling species don't show up. Get your gear and your boats primed up these next couple of weeks. We're steady spooling reels and getting folks geared up for the Gulf Stream season forthcoming. I've got a new shipment of my custom Gulf Stream rods coming in, and you've got to lay hands on them. We've got our braided line in and are getting 500 yards of 50# braid with another 150 yards of 50# mono topshot onto a TLD 25 !! So much for these 50 wides-- from now on, its light tackle Gulf Stream fishing--- imagine fighting a fish with a rod and reel 1/4 the weight of a standard outfit. Anyway, we've got rods, reels, nets, lures, hooks, terminal tackle.... you name it and all at competitive prices and all with advice and help if requested----