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"Yesterday!!" | Capt. Hook | 10/12/05
 

Well Sumo and Capt. John manned the Captn Hook yesterday on a Kingfish excursion. And as usual they had a brisk North East wind which kept them hung to the hill!! They fished around Lockwood Folly Inlet and pulled out a nice fish that tipped the scales at 26 and some change. We will be out there this afternoon to try it again. Once again we will be hung to the hill due to the wind!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Jim Can'ttorie weather update for Fall Brawl" | Carolina Contender | 10/11/05
 

Jim's sticking with his forcast for the weekend. High pressure will continue to build into our area throughout the week bringing us northly winds which are just what we need to electrify an all out beach bite for the tourney. There were a few fish caught along the beach at Long Beach and Yaupon yesterday in the FLW tourney fished out of Morehead. What's slowing down the bite is the water salinity that is off due to the 14 inches of rain we had last weekend. As the days progress and the water flow from the Cape Fear flushes out the fresh water, the salinity will return to normal. That, along with the north winds[that means mullets and spots running the beach] and the fact it's October!...should all come together for the Kings to go crazy at Shallotte and Lockwood Inlets, Yaupon, River Channel, and Lighthouse Rocks.

I note the marine forcast is calling for 3-5 foot seas toward the weekend. This is due to a low pressure system off of Bermuda which will create a swell. This is misleading for our waters as with a northly wind we are protected by the land and therefore an offshore swell will not effect us. It should be flat seas along the beach.

Standby for more updates.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Jim Can'ttorie's Fall Brawl weather forcast" | Carolina Contender | 10/08/05
 

Had to get Jim Can'ttorie to put on his longe range goggles to figure out this forcast for the Fall Brawl next weekend here at OIFC; but here goes..... a very light cold front passes thru our area Friday giving us bluebird skies and light north winds for Saturday. Sunday will also offer light winds moving from north to northeast during the day. Bottom line....weather looks perfect; slight and light. The mullets should run the beach on the north wind, the Kings should be in hot pursuit, and considering the disruption to their dining envirnoment this week they should be VERY hungrey. No doubt it should be a beach bite, classic coastal Carolina fall fishing. Come on down and win the $$$!!!

This week our charter fleet will finally be able to get back at it, so stand by for updates as to where the fish are at.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Getting lonesome down here" | Carolina Contender | 10/07/05
 

Yeah, it's blowing the shortning out of the biscuit down here and no reflief in sight for the weekend.....so , if it's too rough to fish, this is the time to talk about fishing. I've been telling the same stories to everyone here at the OIFC all week. Come on down and let's talk it up!

Also it's perfect time to get your stuff ready for when it does calm down because there has to be some very hungrey fish out there. After the blow, it's time for the spots to show, kings continue on the beach, and the gulf stream wahoo bite should get in gear.

Don't forget the Fall Brawl King Tournament here at the OIFC next weekend. With the water temps staying in the 70's the beach bite should be explosive; River Channel, Yaupon, Lockwood or Shallotte Inlet, Myrtle Beach Rocks...all spots within 3 miles of the beach. The tourney is one day fishing and you can choose to fish Saturday or Sunday. Capt meeting Friday evening at OIFC.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Lately" | Capt. Hook | 10/03/05
 

Well we just finished the SKA Pro Division on which I compete with Forrest and Bookie Taylor on the THAT’S MY DOG/Team Furuno. We were fishing out of Morehead City and chose to run all the way to Shallotte Inlet to fish on day one. We scaled a 20lb fish and decided, after viewing the leader board, that we should probably do the same on day two. On the second day we stopped inshore at the Cape Fear River Channel and ended up with one strike and one fish. The fish scaled a 22.5lbs which gave us enough for an 11th place finish, and pushed Bookie over the top for the senior angler of the year title.  We should be in or very near the top ten for the year also. This was a very good season and as always the competition is stiff!

Preston, Skip and Carter took the Capt’n Hook on the hunt for a US OPEN winner!! That is the whole crew minus ME!! They pulled their time in the River Channel also but just couldn’t find a hero!! The bite was fair but the big fish were few and far between. I hurried home from the touney to take a great group of ladies on a Charter in search of those so called “too small” Kings. Guess what!! The wind swung mainly out of the east and we didn’t get a strike. I even pulled Clark spoons to see if any Spanish were left hanging around which was also unsuccessful! The forecast is not favorable for the next couple of days so hang on and she will turn away from the East Soon!

My new boat is almost here, it made it from Florida to NC anyway!! It will be at Gore’s in Wilmington for a couple of weeks or so then we will be ready for a Maiden Voyage!! It is a Mercury Verado Powered 2006 model 31 open CONTENDER that is very similar to the present Boat without the Fwd. Cuddy. The not so old Capt’n Hook will be moving to Concord Street to take over the Daddy R dock!! I’ve heard roomers of a boat being tagged the “Black Pearl” moving into town!! There just may be a Captain nicknamed after a Famed Pirate at the helm!!

 


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/03/05
 

Well, the East wind has been wearing us out the last few days.  The kingfish bite along the beach was good Friday and Saturday early, but since then it has slowed dramatically under strong Easterly winds.  Hotspots for the beach king bite have been the Cape Fear River, Yaupon, off Ocean Crest pier, Lockwood inlet and Shallotte inlet.  Menhaden are very plentiful along all the beaches and as soon as the winds settles a bit or shifts to the south, the kings will back on track. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"US Open This Weekend" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 09/29/05
 

Fall is on the way.  Temperatures are supposed to dip down into the 50's this weekend as a cold front will cross the area.  The bad news is the front will bring strong winds, the good news is the wind will be from a northerly direction and thus the ocean will be flat along the beach.  This weekend's US Open king mackerel tournament should have your classic North Carolina fall time conditions.  Cool air, calm seas nearshore and hot fishing are expected.  Fishing has remained relatively unchanged from last weekends great nearshore action.  Pogies are plentiful from Long Beach Pier all the way to Jay Bird Shoals in the river channel.  The charter fleet here at the fishing center has been catching kingfish all week within a few miles of land.  The hot spots remain Yaupon reef and the end of the Cape Fear Shipping Channel.  Also a good number of fish are coming from even closer to the beach.  Yesterday Capt. Roger weighed a 27lber that he caught in 20 feet of water near the Ocean Crest Pier.  Daily the pier fishermen on Long Beach Pier and Ocean Crest are putting double digit kingfish days on the board.  If the bait is there, don't be afraid to fish close to shore.  I've heard of one king mackerel caught earlier this week just outside of the surfers.  The fish are on the beach just they are supposed to be this time of year.  Get out there and take advantage as it only happens one time of year.  The spots I've mentioned have certainly been consistently producing kingfish, but they may be holding in other areas that are not being fished hard as well.  It would be worth your while to check out any inlet including Lockwood, Shallotte, or Little River.  Also, Myrtle Beach rocks has the potential to fire off right now.  Go fish!

By the way, the big flounder are biting good right now as well.  Capt. Stan on the Stori Teller put an 8.5lber on the scales two days ago.  Several other reports verify the big flounder bite is on.   


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Weekend tourney outlook" | Carolina Contender | 09/26/05
 

The US Open and SKA Pro tourney operators must be smiling ear to ear as it appears this weekend will offer absolutely classic Carolina King Mackerel fishing. A strong cold front comes thru Thursday evening which will give us strong North winds Friday but front is moving fast therefore winds will begin laying late Friday and Saturday should see light northly winds before the day is done. It should be classic Cape Fear fall River Channel conditions as you can fish on the west side of the shoals in the River Channel and be sheltered from the northly winds. The mullets should run; there's a good supply of pogies; and the spots may also show with the north wind. My bet is the River Channel will be on fire! Bait of choice should be mullets. More info to follow as the week progresses.

For you anchor and chum fishermen we just got a new shipment of Capt Marks sardine chum.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"GAS PRICES HOLDING FIRM AT OIFC" | Carolina Contender | 09/25/05
 

In anticipation of Rita hitting Texas we have stocked up on fuel and plan to keep our prices the same as pre-storm fuel prices so long as we have stock.  Currently Regular gas at 2.94 and Diesel at 2.99.  Come by and see us!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Kings move inshore" | Carolina Contender | 09/25/05
 

The big kings are hitting the beach.  Fall fishing has started as Yaupon reef and Cape Fear ship channel have turned on with kings in the 12-30+ pound range.  Stay tuned for a couple months of awesome King Mackerel action off our coast.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"River Channel is on!" | Carolina Contender | 09/25/05
 

Just as anticipated, it happened yesterday at Yaupon and the River  Channel. The entire area around Yaupon/RC is covered with bait. Seemed Yaupon best early and RC heated up on outgoing tide. Will have full report of where best tourney action occurred yesterday for those fishing US Open next week. Standby.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"It's a beach bite" | Carolina Contender | 09/23/05
 

Ok, info is in...it's a bona fide hot beach bite! Yaupon/River Channel/Lighthouse Rocks. Had good reports from all those spots today. Also heard there was 20 kings caught at Ocean Crest Pier today!

Water off OIB inlet is "King Green" so don't be surprised to see fish come from Lockwood Inlet/Shallotte Inlet or Myrtle Beach Rocks. Weather looks perfect so everyone have a great day at it tomorrow and catch the big one.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Beach bite is on!" | Carolina Contender | 09/23/05
 

Over the years, I've noticed when we have a storm, it seems the first place the fish show back up is along the beach around Yaupon.I think that's because we seem to end up on the weak side of the storms and the land protects the close in waters from the north/northeast wind we get from the storms thus keeping it from getting too stirred up. Also the tidal flow from the Cape Fear river excellerates the cleaning process of the water. It's been mostly dead offshore this week however action is heating up around the Yaupon Reef area. There was a big catch of Kings last couple days at Ocean Crest Pier[right at Yaupon Reef]. There is lots of bait, both pogys and glass minnows. Expect Yaupon, McGlamery,  River Channel/Lighthouse Rocks to explode this weekend. Also worth considering is Myrtle Beach Rocks as the water seems to clear up quickly there also. Good luck to everyone and we'll keep you posted on what we find fishing today.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 09/21/05
 

First king hits the dock after Ophelia!  The fishing is looking up.  Since Ophelia we've had perfect weather with flat calm seas every day.  The water did get stirred up quite a bit, but it is settling quick and the fish will be back on by the weekend.  I caught this king with a group from up north yesterday while fishing Yaupon reef.  The action wasn't hot, but it showed promise as we caught the pictured 20lb king and a big spanish along with a 200+ pound Leopard Manta Ray and a citation sized Brown Pelican.  The pogys have been holding off of Oak Island near the hot hole.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gulf Stream report" | Mac Marle'n | 09/19/05
 

Capt Roger and Capt Charles back from the gulf stream on the MacMarlen. Fished the Black Jack; pretty gulf stream water. Couple good wahoo[1@39; 1@30], kings, amberjacks/ect/ect. Water started looking better approx 28 miles out; good schools of sardines.

Capt Brant fished inshore and did battle with Blacktip Sharks.

Noticing alot of bait in water inshore; pogies,glass minnows,mullets. Kings SHOULD lite up any time now.

Weather is perfect! Come on down.

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- Capt. Roger Gales
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"weekend report" | Carolina Contender | 09/19/05
 

The weekends fishing was pretty much what we could have guessed it would be. The ocean is "greenish milky", typical after a big storm, and it takes a few days to settle out. Didn't hear of much luck anywhere in the ocean however there was a good redfish bite at the Little River jetties[live mullet on the bottom at end of jetties] and also along the Craven Street intercoastal at OIB. The pogies are good right outside the inlet.

We have boats in the stream and king fishing today so hopefully this is the day the fish decide it's time to eat. They must be very hungrey by now. Standby for update this evening.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Getting Back on Track" | Carolina Contender | 09/16/05
 

We escaped with no damage.  We had lots of rain so the water is stained dark in the backwater and there's a heck of a tide line outside the inlets.  All the heavy wave action we've had for the past 10 days has left the waters very stirred with silt and that's the biggest problem.  With a few days of nice weather (which we're supposed to have) the water will settle over the weekend and certainly be very good by the following weekend.  Actually, we typically have much better fishing than normal the week after a storm.  Today is the first day it hasn't blown at least 20 kts and it feels funny-- I was busy on land attacking roof leaks, but the ocean was calling me.  There's a cold front coming this weekend, but it's supposed to be weak, and after a day or so of light north, I think the weather and fishing will be awesome by mid next week.  Stay tuned for bait and fish reports--


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing Emergency!!!" | Carolina Contender | 09/16/05
 

HELP! We need HELP! It's been so rough for the last 2 weeks that the fish haven't been able to eat. But now, we're back to typical summer time conditions. Lite southwest winds, 2 foot seas, and I guarantee you there must be some very hungry fish out there. The weather looks perfect throughout the weekend, the first of the week a weak cold front comes thru followed by lite north winds. Basically it looks perfect as far as I can see.

So come on down and HELP us catch these fish. We're scared to try it by ourselves as there is genuine danger they will eat the bottom out of our boat.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Live Hurricane report" | Carolina Contender | 09/14/05
 

Live! From Ocean Isle Beach...hurricane report. It's a full blown, bonafide MULLET BLOW! That's it, nothing severe for us as again, by some miracle we are on the weak side of the storm. I've lost 5 shingles, one screen door, and a dove bird nest[FEMA has been contacted for the now homeless doves]. North of us I think they will get smacked, but here at OIB, doesn't appear to be a problem. I have heard up on the east end there is severe erosion occurring with street damage and loss of additional beach. I will try to get up there later and report back on what's what.

When the wind calms down, we'll start our 2nd annual "So called Hurricane Founder Tourney". Last year during our last "so called hurricane, we had a HOT flounder bite. Tune in live via our web cam.

No problem here at OIB; wind has stayed out of the north so no storm surge.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Thanks for the kind words" | Carolina Contender | 09/08/05
 

Name: Garry Bickett

Comments: Thanks for keeping the gas prices down on your docks over Labor Day weekend.  Was surprised to pay less for boat gas than car gas. 

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I would like to thank Brian for helping my buddy and I out on our first
offshore fishing trip last Friday. He was the only one in the shop but
manged to spool 4 reels, help us choose rigs, planners, lures, and bait
that fit our budget. He also taught us some techniques on trolling and
downrigging and rigging our bait. We spent 3 hours in the shop.

Thanks to him, we filled a cooler full of  Spanish and Kings for dinner,
AND he also cleaned them for us on his break!!

Eric Graziano

- Capt. Brant McMullan
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