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- Capt. Barrett McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Last Updated - 10/15/2017 06:07:26 PM
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Yesterday morning I guided a crew on the high seas to fun day of non-stop catching. After we netted pogies, we started the morning by catching blacknose sharks in the 20 to 55lb range behind the shrimp boats on freshly cut pogies. After having our fill of these hard pulling sharks we headed offshore to the 10 mile boxcars and spent the next couple of hours doing battle with some agressive barracudas. Light tackle sportfishing at its finest. If you are a trophy collector now is the time to come fishing. Both sharks and cudas are big fish with a ferocious look that make great mounts to go along with the stories.
Boy have we been riding some big waves!! The South Southwest winds have had the swells kicked up a bit but we still managed to catch a few fish. We have been catching Kings, a few Mahi, and a big Spanish every once in a while. The Shark Hole has been my preference and is holding fish but a lot of them are small. We did manage to pull a pretty good one off of it today. Will be in the Sneads Ferry Tourney for he next couple of days!! I hope lady luck will shine down!!
Although the King Mackerel and Mahi are thinning out, we're moving into our late Summer Barracuda and Shark fisheries as scheduled. I know some people may scoff at the thought of Cudas and Sharks, but pound for pound and for all out fighting ability, both are at the top of the list and within only a few miles of shore. The big news today was our first encounters with numbers of Blacktip Sharks. We caught some 15-20 Blacktip and Black Nose Sharks in the 30-75 pound range and lost one at boatside that had to go over 100 pounds. Blacktip are fast, they jump like Marlin and they are actually good to eat.
Boy how that wind can change everything in no time. The hard south west wind we have been experiencing for the past several days has set the kingfish bite on hold for the time being. Well, at least the big kingfish bite. However, this has given me an opportunity to shift focus to some of the other species hanging in our area. The barracuda bite the past several days has been awesome to say the least. Although they do not make good table fare, you will be hard pressed to find another gamefish that offers the kind of exciting angling opportunity this fish does. From the acrabatic strike to the line sizzling runs, they are a fun alternative to the king mackerel fishing. Here are some pictures from the past few trips.
Had a great trip today!! Fished the 12 mile ledges again and caught Kings, Mahi, Barracuda, and Cobia. It was an action filled day as the Cuda would have topped the 40lb mark and the Cobia, around 35 to 40 was foul hooked and took over 2 hours to get in!! The bait was again at Holden Beach Pier and easy to get!!
Ran two half day trips today and fished the 12 mile ledges on both trips. We caught Kings and Mahi and had pretty fair action. We lost a Bull Dolphin in the 30 pound range at the boat when he did a flip with a triple gainer and broke the wire. Oh well I guess thats one for the liars club!! We will be at it again tomorrow!! Bait seems to be holding at Holden Beach Pier!!
Today I fished near Christina's Ledge with live pogies on a 5 hour afternoon trip. We had a lot of action but also had a lot of fish get off the hook. That's why it's called fishing and not catching I guess.
Capt'n Stacy ran a pair of half days that yeilded a few Kings and some Amberjacks. He fished the 18 mile rock area and said the Kings are still a little slow to bite. Maybe they will turn back on soon. I will be out on the hunt Tomorrow and Saturday so stay tuned.
The seas have been a bit tough at 2-4 feet for the past few days, but the fish are biting. We've been doing good with a mixed bag of King Mackerel, Mahi-Mahi, Barracuda, Shark and Amberjack. We've been live bait fishing with Menhaden which are holding off of Holden Beach and fishing the 50-70 foot depth range.
Had a very slow morning only yeilding 2 dog Sharks. We worked hard and fished several places the fish have been such as the 12 mile, 65 foot hole, and the bardges but no luck. On the Afternoon trip we headed for the Shark Hole and found a few Kings. We had 4 keepers and a couple of throwbacks. The fish were from 6 to 12 pounds. At least they were there and willing to bite a little!! Bait was at Holden Beach Pier and easy to get. Captain Stacy will be on the boat tomorrow maybe the bite will be better!!
Today I fished near the Christina out to the York hole and back to the Shark hole. The kingfish seemed to be on strike today as I was only able to come up with one 12 lber. On the other hand the amberjack were chewing the bottom out of the boat. We caught as many as our arms would allow before giving out. A busy day on the water, but the question is where did the kingfish go.
We had a great day today!! We ran a full day trip and caught several nice fish. We picked up a King and a Mahi in the 20 - 25 pound range at the Shark Hole. After that it lived up to its name and the Dog Sharks took over. We did have a good fight with a Cuda before departing to the 24 mile hole. There we found Kings in abundance in the 10 - 12 pound range. Bait was at the Holden Beach Pier and fairly easy to get!! We will be back at it in the morning!
What can I say but that we've been so busy fishing and catching fish that I haven't been able to keep up the fishing report page like I'd like to. Incredible King Mackerel fishing has been taking place for the past week as we've been doing very well on fish in the 12-20 pound range while fishing spots such as the Jungle, 410/510, and 65 foot hole-- Over the weekend I carried a party to fish the "King of the Cape" King Mackerel tournament and we caught a 31 pounder that finished us 6th place overall- not bad. The weather has been pretty good with some days great and some OK, but mostly average for Summer conditions with seas ranging 2-5 feet. I still have a few tournaments left available for charter this August and September, so give us a call if you want to learn to fish like the pros!
We fished a couple of days last week and did real well on the Kings. They were nice fish in the 15-20 lb range and biting rather aggressively in 60 to 70 feet of water. The live bait has been a little tricky!! It is very scattered and mixed in size. If the weather levels out the bait situation might also!! Hope to be back out Tuesday!!
Awesome day of fishing today for everyone! As a tropical storm bears down on us the fish continue to chew. Reports of great king mackerel fishing up down the coast today were common. I found pogies this morning off Holden Beach and then headed to the 410/510 for the start of our fun. We were attacked by a school of Cobia first and managed this one 35 lber. Then we went to king mackerel slaying and ended up with several fish including one 25 lber. The word tournament hit the air today as boats including the Carolina Contender prepare for the King of the Capes kingfish tournament and as such the weather is predicted to go bad and most likely the fish will quit biting. At least that is the way it seems to always happen. Hopefully this time will be the exception. Kingfishing can't get much better than it is right now.
Before this wind started blowing yesterday the fish had really begun to turn it on. My last trip was day before yesterday and we had a great catch of big kings and spanish on a 5 hour morning trip. I went to the 390/390 and had 3 kings 2 of which were pushing 25lbs and 3 spanish between 3 and 6lbs. I used dead cigar minnows and live mullet for bait. Several other boats that were in the area also had good catches of big kingfish. Hopefully this hard southwest wind won't stop the great bite we have been experiencing for the past couple weeks.
What a day! Left out of Shallotte inlet this morning around 7am and were greeted with a school of fall silver mullets running the beach and flat calm seas. After loading up on both mullets and pogies we ran offshore to the York 24 mile hole and proceeded to blister the fish all day. After catching 8 large amberjacks 6 quality kingfish including one 25lber and jumping off one 30 lb Mahi we had had enough and headed back to hill. This fish are here it is just a matter of how the weather makes the fish react.