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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/21/03
 

Incredible King Mackerel fishing!  Barrett and I went yesterday and caught fish until our backs hurt.  We released 2 over 30, the biggest at 35 pounds.  Pogys are thick on the beach and the Kings are sky rocketing all over the baits.  We caught fish at the Jungle, but there is also a good bite at the Cape Fear Sea buoy and Shark Hole. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl Update!!!" | Carolina Contender | 10/16/03
 

Hot off the press!!!  The bite is on.  Just had a few fish weighed in here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  Sounds like when the wind shifted from the east to the south the bite turned on.  This happened around 1:00 pm.  Pictured is Lee Frick and his 31.5 lb slab and Mark Stacy's and Kickin' Salt's 25 lber.  Mark reported a good bite at the 65' hole this afternoon and Lee's fish came from the 390/390.  Everything is shaping up for a great tournament.  Don't miss out.  By the way, the bite should be red hot tomorrow with the light south wind forecasted.  Bait is all over the beach as far as the eye can see. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Tournament Forecast" | Carolina Contender | 10/16/03
 

Here we go it's Fall Brawl Time!  It's mid-October, we have a north wind in the forecast, the spots are running the beach, and the kings are hot on their heels, what else could a tournament fisherman ask for? 

The Fall Brawl has got to be one of the easiest events to fish due simply to the fact that you can almost be guaranteed it will be wonfrom one of four spots either the Cape Fear Ship Channel, the Lighthouse Rocks, the 390/390 or the Myrtle Beach Rocks.  History for this tournament has been very consistent on where the majority of the big fish will come from.  Now the question is do you stick with history or do you try to invent a fish due to the unusual pattern the kingfish have been on thus far.  Once again weather is going to have a major role in determining where the fish will be and how they will bite.  The forecast right now is for it to be beautiful on Friday afternoon with a light south wind and then sometime Friday late night it will switch to the north at 15-20.  You can see how volatile the forecast is and with a little variation in the timing of this next system everything could change.  However, this is supposed to be a fishing forecast so I will base my expectations on the exact weather forecast as of now.  With the light south wind on Friday the fish ought to be chewing the bottom out of the boat at all the spots mentioned above and any others in the same depth range.  If the wind goes to the north things will change.  I believe the fish will stay close to the beach, but they won't bite nearly as well and it will be essential to use any tactics possible to stimulate a strike.  Heavy chumming might be very effective this weekend to try and draw the fish out of lock jaw.  The good thing is that the wind is forecasted to come from the north, which means the seas will be flat within a few miles of the beach regardless of how hard it blows because of the blocking effect the land will have.  So taking into consideration the time of year, the clear water close to shore, the north wind, and the abundance of spots, spanish, pogies, bluefish, grey trout and pogies along the beaches, the best spots to be will include anything within 5 miles of the beach in particularly the Cape Fear Ship Channel, Yaupon reef, and Myrtle Beach rocks.  If the wind does not do what is expected all of this changes of course.  As mentioned many types of baitfish are available right now along the beaches and in the intercoastal.  If you are planning to catch pogies the morning of the event or even the day before, I suggest you aquire the right equipment or else be ready to get aggrevated.  At the OIFC we have designed a special fast sinking cast net to catch pogies this time of year which often are more elusive than king mackerel.  Also, if you decide chumming will be the way to go to draw a strike this weekend, we are carrying an assortment of Lighthouse Chum Company products including pogy oil and milk, herring oil and milk, 7lb boxes of purely ground pogies with a 100% pogy oil additive and also my favorite, the 5-gallon bucket of frozen ground chum 100% pogy, which will easily last for half of a day of fishing. 

Good luck to all this weekend.  I hope this has added another piece to the puzzle when you are considering where that smoker is going to be hiding.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Rainy Day" | Capt. Hook | 10/14/03
 

We departed the Fishing Center this morning and caught bait fairly easy at Holden Beach Pier only to be hit with heavy rain about 15 miles out. After a couple of hours of worsening sea conditions, sideways rain showers, and only one KING strike we threw in the towel. We will be fishing, as time permits, the rest of the week preparing for the BRAWL!!
- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/13/03
 

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Took a very therapudic evening fishing trip with friends Roger Gales and Curtis Mallot.  The seas were flat and we caught bait just west of Shallotte Inlet at 2pm and were off to the 390/390.  We had lines in 5 minutes when we caught the Smoker shown below.  We fished until 6:30pm and had 10 bites and brought 5 to boatside with one in the mid 20's and the others 15-18 pounds.  There were also Kings caught today at the Shark Hole and the Cape Fear Ship Channel.  The bite is turning on good and after the Cold Front passes tomorrow, the Kings should be on fire for the weekend Fall Brawl.  See you there.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 10/12/03
 

SLOW!! Things have been real slow for the past couple of days. The weather was overcast and seas were rough yesterday. Today the weather started shaping up but we could only muster one KING on a 3/4 day trip. But let me tell you,  the Shark bite was on!! We will be back out Tuesday and then looking forward to the weekend and the  FALL BRAWL!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"TODAYS REPORT" | Mac Marle'n | 10/12/03
 

The weather was awesome today but the fishing was not near as good.  Fished the 410/510 with no Kings and a Shark.  We only had a 1/2 day so we decided to get the poles bending and went and pounded on the Sea Bass- you can always count on them.  There were a few Kings caught in the afternoon at the 390/390 and Cape Fear Seabuoy, but the action overall was slow.  I think they will bite great tomorrow with the wind shift to the south.  We'll see.  Cross your fingers for good weather next weekend for the Fall Brawl.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Carolina Contender | 10/12/03
 

The weather has been tough since last Monday, which seems to have driven the fish offshore.  Today the weather is much better with light winds out of the northwest.  A few boats are fishing out of Ocean Isle today so maybe we can get a good report and re-locate the kingfish.  Tuesday looks like the pretty day coming up.  The wind is supposed to be light and slight with a little southwest hint to it which spells major kingfish bite close to shore this time of year.  A cold front is supposed to come thru on Wednesday with high pressure building in behind so hopefully this report is accurate which should mean some great fall weather and fishing for the upcoming Fall Brawl king mackerel tournament held from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  This is a fun event for the whole family and usually has pretty awesome fishing.  Don't miss this oppurtunity to come fish the Carolina fall kingfish bite for big bucks!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 10/09/03
 

A little choppy from the east today and thus the Kings were'nt biting too good.  Fished the 390/390 and LR Offshore with no strikes then moved to the 410/510 and had 3 King bites, landing one 15 pounder and several strikes.  Plenty of Pogys off of Ocean Isle.  The River Channel has continued a good place for the Kings.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 10/06/03
 

Beautiful Fall day on the water and the Kings are biting.  Today was not red hot action, but steady with some very nice size fish.  This AM fished the Shark Hole with a couple of nice Kings and a 41lb Cobia and then in the PM caught 2 out of 4 Kings at the Cape Fear Sea Buoy.  The fish in the Cape Fear were mostly biting on the downrigger at 25-30 feet.  Pogys are holding all along Holden and Long Beach, but they are getting hard to catch as the water cools.  If you are having trouble, you need to get one of my custom nets- call (910) 575-3474 to order one- it will make a difference in your bait catching.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Carolina Contender | 10/05/03
 

It's On!  Fall king mackerel fishing came right on cue Saturday as the wind shifted light to the SW.  The report I've received from everyone I talked to was that they bit nearly everywhere.  The Cape Fear river channel was on fire like it was supposed to be, the lighthouse rocks were hot along with the shark hole, 18 mile rocks, Atlantic Ledge, 32 mile rocks, 390/390, 410/510, the Jungle and Christina's Ledge.  It really didn't seem to matter as long as you found live bait you probably caught multiple fish from 12 up to 30+ lbs.  Bait was difficult this weekend as the pogies took their normal Fall pattern as well.  They become quicker due to the colder water which makes cast netting difficult but possible if you get on the right pod of bait or have the right cast net (heavy).  Brant and our father Rube and I chose to head north and fish the Morehead City area on Saturday where we only managed one bite but it was a 26.5 lber just enough to get our names on the board and crack the top 40 of the U.S. Open.  On our way up the beach you could see the fishing piers stacked shoulder to shoulder with anglers wacking the spots.  It's a matter of days before they will be in full force along our beaches.  Providing we don't have any more dramatic weather look for the good kingfishing to continue close to shore.  If you're after the smokers stick close to the inlets as we are just at the beginning of this awesome time for fishing.  As for the U.S. Open, I believe there were in the neighborhood of 500 boats competing and a 43 lb fish was first and it took a 24 and some change to make the board which payed to 65th place.  The majority of the leader board fish were in the 27 to 30lb range and came from the Cape Fear Shipping Channel on Saturday.  If you have been waiting for a good time to come fishing around our area, don't wait any longer!  Now is the time.  It does not get any better.  We wait all year for this month and this migration of fish.  Take adavantage of this opportunity. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Fishing's Been Good" | Capt. Hook | 10/04/03
 

I have had some computer issue's lately not letting me keep the site updated as often as I would like. Here goes another try!! The kings in the 15 to 20 pound range have been biting good in 65 to 85 feet of water. They are also showing up in numbers closer to shore. We just finished the US Open Tourney where we caught several fish and just like last time no HERO!! Fish were caught from the beach all the way to the 40 mile area. The bait is getting in the cool weather flip and hide mode, so you have to allow a little more time to get the bait. I heard the Wahoo are biting offshore and plan on giving it try soon. Some are even being caught live baiting for KINGS! Thats fun!! We will be running a few trips this week so we will keep it posted if the old computer agrees!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 10/04/03
 

This weekend as many of you well know was the US Open King Mackerel tournament.  On day one we found ourselves  in sloppy seas, with fish that apparently had lock jaw.  We fished from the 90\90 all the way up to the River Channel, without even a cut-off.   What a difference a day makes, on day two we awoke to calm winds and a flat ocean.  We began our mission at the Christinas leadge and had action as soon as the first bait hit the water.  This pole poppin action continued untill around 11am when the fishing slowed.  With fish in the box we decided to go in search of a monster, however he was not to be found at the River Channel for us.  hopefuly the fish will continue to bite for the rest of the fall.


- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"U.S. Open Tournament Report" | Carolina Contender | 09/30/03
 

This coming weekend is the U.S. Open king mackerel tournament out of Southport, NC- the granddaddy of them all.  This is when Fall Carolina fishing is usually in full swing and you can count on a lot of fish and a lot of big fish being caught within sight of land.  Last week and weekend we were in a transition period where the fish were holding offshore and they were beginning to make their way inshore.  I believe as of today this is still the case.  Under the right conditions the beach bite will fire off.  This bite will be more and more consistent will the cooling of the temperatures and clearing of the water.  An example of this was the decent to poor bite everyone experienced last Saturday in the HOOK tournament with the 15-20 knot east and southeast winds.  The next day the wind was light from the southeast and the bite was on fire.  8 fish were caught off Ocean Crest Pier in 2 hours of fishing if that gives you an idea of the caliber bite we're talking about here.  On Monday the good fishing continued close to the beach as Yaupon reef produced quite a few mossy back fatties.  Today however the wind kicked up a little and to the best of my knowledge the Yaupon bite shut off.  So, it seems that weather is once again the determining factor of where and when the bite will be.  Looking at the forecast it seems we will have some stout northerly wind on Thursday and improving conditions on Friday and then a switch to southerly winds on Saturday.  What this tells me, is that if in fact that wind does come around to the South you better tie a lot of rigs.  The fish ought to go balistic at the nearshore spots including Yaupon, the River Channel, Myrtle Beach Rocks and any other inlet.  Historically this tournament has always been a River Channel / Lighthouse Rocks dominated event.  I don't expect that to change taking into consideration the weather forecast.  I look for this weekend to be the break-out weekend for Fall beach kingfishing.  However, I also believe there will be fish holding in the 55 to 75 foot depth range as well at places like the Shark Hole, Jungle, and 390/390.  But, it's Fall the bait is here, the temperatures are here, the good weather is here, the good water is here, everything says to go to the hill to find the big boys.  There is plenty of live baits up and down the beaches of Ocean Isle, Holden Beach and Oak Island.  You can find pogies, mullet, spots, bluefish, and many other baitfish that the kingfish will be feeding on.  Also remember that when catching bait this time of year and later into the year that they will begin to be hard to catch as the water cools, the bait grows and they get faster, especially the pogies.  If you find you're having this problem you can combat this by having the right equipment for this time of year.  A custom made net that we have designed here at the Fishing Center is heavy enough and sinks fast enough that it will catch these bigger baits when others won't.  We only have a few in stock but I assure you they are an essential piece of equipment this time of year.  To recap if the weather man is correct I anticipate an awesome nearshore bite of big fish to take place especially on Saturday.  Taking into consideration history and the conditions predicted and what has taken place in the past week the Cape Fear River Channel area is sounding like potentially the place to be.  My sleeper spot for this weekend is Shallotte inlet and Milliken ledge just a couple miles off Shallotte inlet.  I've seen the winner for this event caught there before, but it seems to have become a forgotten spot.  I hope this report will be used as another piece of the puzzle to help you catch this weekend's smoker.  Good luck to all.  Next week locally is the Frantic Atlantic.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 09/29/03
 

Fall fishing is here.  Its cool here this AM and the wind is 15-20kts from the north and man does it feel like Fall.  Over the weekend we had good fishing for King Mackerel anywhere from just a mile or so offshore out to 30 miles.  We caught good numbers of school 10-15 pound Kings at the BP 25 out 30 miles and a mix of larger 20+ pounders with school fish in at the 410/510, Jungle, Shark Hole and 390/390.  The Kings are definitely moving inshore and I look for incredible action in the 30-55 foot depth range for the next several weeks.  There is plenty of live bait on the beach off Ocean Isle, Holden and Long beaches.  Don't miss the great fishing to come.  The US Open King Mackerel tournament is this weekend so stop by the Ocean Isle Fishing Center and get stocked up on supplies- Ribbonfish, Chum, rigs.....- WE HAVE IT at competitive prices--- Oh yeah, and check out this Grouper Amy caught on Saturday while Kingfishing.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Tournament Forecast" | Carolina Contender | 09/24/03
 

In an attempt to further service fishermen here at the OIFC we will be putting together a tournament forecast for the upcoming tournament weekend.  These forecasts are exactly that, only a forecast.  The employees and the captains at the OIFC will add their $0.02 each week and then a general consensus will be formed from the available information.  As a fisherman I will warn that what the conditions and expectations are today, they may completely change by tournament time.  We are simply attempting to offer one more source of credible information to help our customers put the puzzle together to catch that tournament winner.

With that said here is the scoop as of Tuesday night.  This weekend is the HOOK kingfish tournament out of Southport and the Onslow Bay kingfish tournament.  I will focus on the HOOK tournament because of its closer location to us at Ocean Isle.  Fortunatley we missed the brunt of Isabelle, which in turn appears to have shaken up the waters and awakened the fish.  No more than a day passed before the waters cleared back up and rumblings of kingfish catches began to scatter around the beach.  Before the storm you couldn't find a kingfish.  Now, from what we've heard and seen a little of ourselves, they are nearly jumping in the boat.  The question this week is with Fall stirring in the air will the kings that are now reportedly forming ranks in the 50 to 70 foot water depths stay true to their historical migration patterns and head for the inlets and closer to shore hot spots?  Some reports this week include a good number of upper teen size fish at the 24 mile rock, lots of fish including 30+ size fish at and around the Jungle, and an unverified report of a few fish in the Cape Fear River.  If you were to follow history it would tell you to fish either the Cape Fear Ship Channel, Lighthouse rocks, or the Myrtle Beach rocks.  Once again, will the fish make it to these spots or continue to gather in the deep water for a little longer?  All the conditions are right for a beach bite to turn on, the water is clearing, tons of bait including menhaden, bluefish, spanish, Fall mullets and even a few spots are on the beach.  With the water continueing to cool even more this week, this also stands to favor a beach bite, but that's why you play the game, you never know.  If you do decide to fish offshore I suggest keeping an ear open on the radio to a possible beach bite because if it goes off at the river or one of the other beach spots you won't want to be anywhere else.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and for once this year there will be an impressive leaderboard.  There is plenty of livebait on the beaches and in the intercoastal or if you prefer ribbonfish we have plenty of pristine Biloxi hand caught ribbons here at the Fishing Center.  I hope this pre-tournament report will be useful and we will do it again next week for the U.S. Open.  Good luck to all.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 09/22/03
 

HOT KINGFISH ACTION.  Out of nowhere the Kings are suddenly showing up in big numbers and big sizes in the 55-70 foot depth range at most all the spots.  There's a ton of bait on the beach so I don't think it will be long before these fish will be at the inlet mouths for the annual Fall migration of baitfish.  No more excuses.  The Kings are ON!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Hewes Burger | 09/22/03
 

Yesterday I joined local OIFC inshore guidesman Capt. Brandon Sauls on the High Tide for a flounder pounding mission.  The weather was absolutely perfect for any type of fishing.  The wind was dead calm and the skies were clear with temperatures in the high 80's.  We started the mission by capturing some finger mullets and smaller pogies for bait.  The baits we used were anywhere from 3 to 6 inches in length.  After hearing the latest report on Saturday of numerous citation fish being taken from the Tubbs inlet area that is where we decided to begin.  Our first stop was the Kickin Salt/Mickey creek which had been producing but not today.  Next we moved to the Sunset beach docks and again not much shaking just one small fish.  There was a ton of bait though in that area.  At this time the tide changed from dead low to incoming.  We moved to some creeks behind Tubbs and found a few more small fish but still nothing red hot.  Next we moved behind the high rise on Ocean Isle and the bite turned on a little bit.  For the next hour we caught 5 fish including a 17', 18' and 20' inch fish.  After it slowed down there we fished Shallotte inlet for a little while with little action and finished up back at the concrete canals where I lost a doormat and caught one smaller one.  We ended up catching 10 or so fish and kept 5.  Not a red hot bite but enough to keep us busy.  Anglers that fished Saturday and Sunday said the difference in the two days was that the water was much cleaner on Saturday and thus they bit better.  Mike Cochran reported catching 17 fish out of one hole on Saturday in the Eastern Channel.  The inshore fishing is good right now.  Don't miss out on the flounder migration.  It should only get better for the next month or two.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Latest Report!!" | Capt. Hook | 09/21/03
 

Captain Stacy and Alan held down the Capt'n Hook for a 3/4 day yesterday and found some pretty healthy KINGFISH!! They found bait at the Inlet and fished the 18 mile rock to no avail. They moved to the 27 mile area and caught Kings, some in the high teens, and multiple AJ'S. Maybe Isabelle shook things up a bit and they are going to happen now!!
I will be at the helm for a 1/4 day this afternoon hoping to find some spanish so stay tuned.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"" | Carolina Contender | 09/19/03
 

As Capt. Brant reported earlier we are still here.  Although we did experience tropical storm like conditions, if you happened to tune into the OIFC web cam either the evening before the storm arrived or yesterday afternoon from the peak of the storm on into the evening then you would have seen the awesome flounder bite that took place on the OIFC docks.  After watching local flounder guru Mike Cochran and his wife catch and weigh an OIFC best bonifide 11.5 flounder at the main cut of the concrete canals on Wednesday afternoon the word spread fast among Ocean Isle's top flounder pounders and the competition was on dockside of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  The competitors in this event included myself, Brant, Brandon Sauls, Mark Stacy and Amy.  For the next two hours a hot bite persisted and at the end Captain Mark Stacy took top big fish prize with a 3.9lb stud.  I was able to take the aggregate category with 3 successful releases and one unintentional release.  Brant won the grouper division with two grouper releases.  Amy thought we were crazy and opted observe in a less harsh environment.  And Brandon, well somebody had to be responsible for turning the storm away from Ocean Isle.  Thanks to Brandon and his trusty Coconut Rum and Goombay Smash Ocean Isle saw minimal damage from the Izzy.  All in all Wednesday afternoon saw 8 flounder, 3 grouper, and 2 Jimmy Blue Crabs brought to the dock and the shortened Thursday evening competition consisting of myself, Brandon, Mark, and Rube saw 6 flounder, 1 red drum, 1 bluefish, and 1 grouper brought to the dock with Brandon taking top honors on this day.  As you can see all is well in Ocean Isle, and like usual the arrival of a tropical system turned the inshore flounder bite on and now hopefully it will do the same for the kingfish.  The OIFC docks have now made a name for themselves as the newest inshore hot hole.  Stay tuned for future OIFC dock tournament notifications. 

Our thoughts are with those who were more seriously affected by Isabelle


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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