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START 1) 45.60 - Clearly Hooked     2) 44.00 - Team Grip Flip     3) 43.05 - Fish Hard Gear     4) 43.00 - Outta Line     5) 42.10 - Reel Methods     6) 41.05 - Open Wide     7) 39.45 - Shockwave     8) 39.35 - Beeracuda     9) 37.80 - Conference Call     10) 37.30 - Wilm Auto/King Hunter     11) 37.10 - Karma Bites     12) 36.85 - Four Sons     13) 36.20 - Lil John/Reel em up     14) 36.00 - Sea P.A.     15) 35.50 - OIFC     16) 35.15 - O D Bank     17) 34.80 - Max'd Out     18) 34.55 - On Point     19) 34.35 - King Carnivore     20) 34.35 - All In/AM    FINISH

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"" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 08/14/05
 

Kingfish action remained strong this weekend.  Both numbers and size of fish were large at the Jungle and the 65' hole.   Also of note was the bite taking place at Yaupon reef.  Numerous fish over 30lbs came from there on Friday, Saturday and a few on Sunday.  Pogies are still plentiful up and down the beach.  The weather looks great this week so we will be reporting in daily with what's biting where.  Come by and see us at the store to get set up on gear for the great kingfish bite happening right now.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 08/11/05
 

We had a ¼ day this morning and eased off to the 90/90, we managed one king about 8 lbs on dead cigars before moving into the inlet and hitting the Spanish pretty good. We had 3 mid teen girls who did a great rendition of “Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning at full volume running out”. The second trip proved interesting as we had 3 kids from 4 to 10 years of age who caught some kings and released one 30 plus. Then we had a million peanut Mahi come to the boat and everyone had a blast. Stay tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Grouper time." | Mac Marle'n | 08/11/05
 

While everyone is busy catching the BIG kings, the bottom is still very alive as well. First mate Ryan & myself spent 2 productive hours working on them today. We had a nice catch of large blackbass and beeliners as well as a couple nice Gag groupers with a few other breakoffs about 28 miles off in the 80' depth range. So if the bottom is your thing, go get'em!


- Capt. Jon Tennant
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"On Fire!" | Carolina Contender | 08/11/05
 

For the past 3 days the king mackeral bite has been on fire in the 65-70 foot depths.  Yesterday we caught a limit in just over an hour and today's story was much the same.  Fish have been averaging 12-15 lbs, however I heard of several larger fish (30-40 lbs) being caught today.  Our largest today was around 25 lbs caught on the downrigger with a dead cigar minnow.  Pogies have been very easy to catch just off of Holden Beach, outside of Shallotte Inlet, or off of Sunset Beach.  The fish haven't really showed much preferance between live pogies or dead cigar minnows.  We'll be back at it again tomorrow so keep checking in for hopefully more great news!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Caroline" | Show Time | 08/11/05
 

Caroline update


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Hot King Bite Continues" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 08/11/05
 

Red hot kingfish bite still going strong off Ocean Isle.  Multiple fish in 40lb class caught this morning.  Plenty of live pogies just outside of Shallotte inlet.  With no major weather changes in sight fishing should remain on fire. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 08/10/05
 

We hit the Spanish pretty hard this morning just east of the Shallotte Sea Buoy in 25 feet of water. This afternoon we set out for 7 mile box car in search of the elusive Barracuda. We put out dead cigars and caught about a 8lb King, rigged him up, deployed him and the rest is history!!
Stay Tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Hot King Bite" | Carolina Contender | 08/10/05
 

As you can see by Capt. David's report and this one, the bite has miraculously turned back on after taking a three day break over the weekend.  It's funny how it can be so good and then suddenly the weather shifts and winds go north and east and it totally dies.  You know the fish are there, but I guess they just go into total lockdown.  Yesterday, the winds swung from the SE to the S and SW and there they were.  Same places as last week and just as hungry and just as big.  The bite of big fish I've been talking about for the past month that was overdue and running a month behind is here.  It started last week around the 5th, which if you go by history, every year this body of fish shows up right around the Jolly Mon tournament (1st weekend in July), thus further support that indeed the Kings are moving one month behind almost to the date.  I too was fishing at the 70 foot hole yesterday along with Capt. Hook and Capt. Roger and we had nonstop action from Kings including several in the 20's and one that was close to 30 pounds that lived to see another day.  On that note, I'd like to recognize Capt. David and Alan for a great job in releasing the monster King they caught yesterday.  I've always been advocate of releasing the big ones if you all you're looking for is a meal-- the big ones are not as good to eat and why kill it if you don't have to.  Capt. David got a great picture and hopefully that fish will live to make many more Kings and maybe one day either die of old age or be at the top of a leaderboard.  We caught Kings on live bait (Pogys off Holden Beach) and then when the action slowed due to storm clouds and wind, we switched to dead bait and although the fish weren't as big, the action was just as fast. 
Be sure to check out my Swordfish Rally idea-- if I can get enough people interested, we'll go for it--


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"What a King" | Capt. Hook | 08/09/05
 

Man what a day. We left the Fishing Center and the skies were all but black. We headed down Holden beach and caught bait about halfway to the Pier. Then I looked at radar to try to come up with a game plan. The 90—90 area looked pretty good so that’s where we started. We caught a couple of Kings in the 8 to 10 pound range and decided to move to deeper water since the skies had cleared a bit. We threw our spread out in 68 to 70 feet of water and caught a released a couple of teenage fish and the bite was on pretty fair. Brant and Barrett were fishing the same area and we all were doing well. Then we had a fish hit a top line and come easing by, passed the boat and was heading offshore at a slow pace, I stepped up realizing the drag was very loose and gave the star a little spin for the gentleman and when the fish felt the pressure the race was on!! The fish made several blitzing runs and then began the up down stuff. When I first laid eyes on the fish I knew it was stud bolt. I told the guys on the radio it was over 40, but when Sumo got his hands on and lifted it in the boat for a picture I knew it was in the high forties and that is conservative!! This doesn’t happen everyday it was a beautiful King we released it to fight again. Stay Tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Lately" | Capt. Hook | 08/08/05
 

We have been catching some good sized Kings right before the tournaments!! Last week the bite was fairly good all week but great on Friday. Several big Kings were caught in 60 to 70 feet of water from the Shark hole all the way down to the Jungle. We had a mid to high twenties fish and felt good about the tourney the next day. After a struugle to get bait Saturday Morning we headed to the spot! We caught a couple of teenagers early and then the wind swung around to the eastern and the fish shutdown cold!! That shows you will never know!! Stay Tuned!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Weekend Summary" | Show Time | 08/07/05
 

After a very hot couple of king fishing days on Thursday and Friday, things cooled off slightly for the weekend as soon as the wind switched to the East.  Although the size and numbers were not as impressive as a few days ago, we were able to find fish willing to bite around the Christina's Ledge, Shark Hole, and the Jungle.  The hot spot for this weekend's Frantic Atlantic tournament out of Little River, SC would have to be the Cape Fear River Channel with several fish over 30 lbs. being caught.  The spanish mackeral and barracuda bite is still going on though, as we caught quite a few on this morning's 3 hour trip.  We will be back out there again tomorrow with hopefully great things to report back at the dock!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"spanish around the 3mi." | Mac Marle'n | 08/05/05
 

On our afternoon trip today, Capt. Roger and myself had quite a bit of luck with the spanish bite, we also had some quite happy anglers as well.  In 2hrs and 30 mins. we were able to limit out on the spanish and were able to catch and release some of the cuda's that inhabit the area as well.  This all went down around the 3mi. artifical reefs so go out and catch you some.    


- First Mate- Ryan Strickland
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"Eurekkkkaaaaa !!!" | Show Time | 08/04/05
 

It happened TODAY.  The flood gates opened and the King Mackerel that have been on and off but never really here all season showed up and were very hungry.  All of our charter boats had lots of Kings today ranging from 6-23 pounds with the average fish in the 12 pound range.  There were also quite a few Mahi caught today as well.  The hotspots--- Shark hole was on fire and so was the Jungle.  Both spots were loaded with huge schools of red minnows and tons of Spanish and Bonito feeding on the minnows.  The ocean was alive and as soon as you got around the red minnows it was Kingfish crazy action.  Live bait or dead bait it didn't really matter (the Pogys were between Shallotte Inlet and the Holden Beach pier this AM).  So, maybe this is the big break and the action will be super strong for weeks to come.  I don't know for sure, but I can say today was a day I can say I enjoyed being a charter captain-- flat seas and screaming reels.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"summer fishing" | Mac Marle'n | 08/02/05
 

After an extremely hot week last week, these past few days of cooler weather have been a welcome change.  I haven't noticed much of a difference in the fishing since last week, we are still catching the usual suspects, medium kings, huge spanish, and lots of barracuda.  The live pogies have been around but I have found that cigar's, dead and alive, have produced the most kings.  Try a blue and white skirt somewhere in your spread also.    


- First Mate- Ryan Strickland
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 08/01/05
 

We had a hard time finding bait this morning so we headed on without it. We fished in 70 feet of water and caught some nice kings on dead cigars. On the second trip we fished for spanish about a mile south of the Shallotte Sea Buoy and I thought they were going to chew the bottom of the boat out. They were all nice sized keepers!! Stay Tuned.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 07/29/05
 

After a rather slow morning at the Jungle, we found a steady afternoon bite at the Bill Perry Reef.  Kings ranged in size from 8-20 lbs, as well as a few 10 lb. mahi's thrown in for good measure.  The fish bit live pogies, live cigar minnows, or dead cigar minnows equally as well.  Bait was once again hard to find but we did manage a bunch of small pogies in front of Pelican Point Marina.


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 07/26/05
 

We did well with the Kings again  today  in about 70 feet of water and pulled a "grown" Barracuda off the 7 mile boxcar. Bait was at Shallotte Inlet and easy to get. Stay Tuned!!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Another firsherman's big catch-- keep them coming-" | Carolina Contender | 07/26/05
 

Capt Brant,
This seems to be the week for exciting fish.  Fishing this past Saturday afternoon in the neighborhood of the 90/90 on board the Pharma Sea, anglers Bart Norwood and Lee Rogers had an unexpected thrill with this big Sail.  Lee's girlfriend Bridgette captured the great photography. Fish was caught using a dead cigar on top.
Thanks for a great website!
-Bart

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"" | Capt. Hook | 07/25/05
 

We have been doing real well with the Kings. They are also getting a bit bigger and more aggressive! 50 to 70 feet of water seem to be the Magic Numbers!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Another firsherman's big catch-- keep them coming" | Carolina Contender | 07/25/05
 

Thought you would like to see a picture of our good fortune this past Friday. We were on Chris Dawson's boat the MISS JANELLE fishing at the general sherman. We landed nine kings and one beautiful sailfish our first. The picture shows Chris on the left and Eric Barnes who fought the sail for about thirty minutes. He hit a live sardine minnow right behind the boat. Thanks for the web site and all the helpful info.

- Capt. Brant McMullan
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