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"Jolly Mon parking" | Carolina Contender | 06/24/05
 

The Jolly Mon King Mackerel Tournament will be here July 1st weekend. Hope everyone is getting ready to join in our family fun event. From early indications it's looking like the Jolly Mon will be bigger than ever. I'm seeing more early entries than ever and what's interesting is the large number that are fishing the Jolly Mon for the first time. More boats, more money to give away, as you know we adjust the money upward if our minimum number of boats are met. Every year we have  exceeded the minimum.

 One very important request we need to make of you. There is no way we can handle the cars on our property therefore we run a off island shuttle to the tourney site here at the Ocean ISle Fishing Center. We will be running 4 shuttle buses starting at 3:00pm Friday. The lots will be before you cross the bridge and will be clearly marked. PLEASE ride the shuttle. It's free; no hassel; no fear of parking tickets. Also you will be given a ticket stub for a free drawing for those riding the shuttle; rods/reels/cast nets/ect.

Your help and co-operation is greatly appreciated in riding the shuttle


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Tournament Cancelled" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 06/23/05
 

Attention all king mackerel tournament fishermen.  The Greater Wilmington King Mackerel Tournament scheduled for this coming Saturday the 25th of June has been cancelled due to bad weather conditions forecasted.  The tournament has been rescheduled for July 29th-July 30th.  Capt. Meeting July 29th and fishing day July 30th.  See www.gwkmt.com for more info. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 06/23/05
 

We went off to the ledge today and caught a few Kings and boated a 51.95 Amberjack and boy did he put up a fight!! Things are looking pretty good with the fish as all species are showing up and biting fairly well. The Greater Wilmington Tournament has been cancelled and rescheduled for July 30. Stay Tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Locating the big fish for the Jolly Mon" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 06/23/05
 

Everybody wants to know where the big fish are and where they will likely be for the Jolly Mon. The second question is simple, just look at history as the tourney winner will come from the Jungle/Shark Hole/30:30/90:90/410:510/Lighthouse Rocks/River Channel or inlet mouths.

However I will be able to provide updated info as I will be fishing the Greater Wilmington King tourney this weekend and me along with a couple hundred others should be able to get a direct read on what's happening where which I will report back to you.

What we're seeing on our daily charters are lots of small fish and an increasing amount of bait appearing at the Jungle/410:510/65 Foot Hole area. Pogy's have been hard to find but when we are able to get them the size of fish we are catching increases dramatically. I beleive the big fish are there or are moving in as we speak and I expect the big schools of pogies to show in next couple of days. Once we have better bait to fish I think we will start to see the bigger tourney winning fish show. 

We'll know alot more after Wilmington tourney this weekend and all our charter boats are fishing everyday so we will have good info source to report on. Standby.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Week in Review" | Carolina Contender | 06/20/05
 

The fishing has been slowed a bit this week with the arrival of East winds.  We are still catching lots of 4-8 pounds Kings at just about every spot from 50-70 feet of water.  The Menhaden are slowy moving into the area, although they are still unreliable.  We are also starting to see the arrival of a few larger Kings and Capt. Roger and 1st mate Ryan boated a nice 31.55 pounder on Thursday.  The Cobia are still in the area and we're also starting to catch Mahi in as close as 10 miles.  The Spanish Mackerel fishing has continued good on the beach and the Barracuda have definitely moved onto the reefs. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Tournament Charter 6/25/05" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 06/18/05
 

The Greater Wilmington king mackerel tournament is one of the largest and most lucrative kingfish events in the Carolinas and is set for this Saturday, June 25th.  I have made the Carolina Wellcraft available for charter for this event and can take up to 4 people.  This is a great opportunity to experience king mackerel fishing at the highest level as well as have a chance to win serious $$$.  To set up date contact me direct at:
910-575-FISH ext.4, (www.captbarrett@oifishingcenter.com).


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 06/17/05
 

Had a real good day with the Kings today. They are slowly getting bigger!! We tried to fish the 90s but the grass was so bad we could'nt or didn't fight it. Just 2 miles offshore at the Little River Offshore is where it was on!! The big pogies were just east of the OIB Fishing Pier, but we had better luck on dead cigars. Got a reminder from the NC Wildlife Officer today make sure kids under 13 have a Life Jacket ON AT ALL TIMES when boating!!
Back at it Tomorrow!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Wow" | Mac Marle'n | 06/17/05
 

While the fishing today was spotty at best, fearless first mate Ryan and I brought back a nice 31.7lb. smoker to the dock, which was only one of a few bites. We also got some nice hits from big fish but they failed to tighten up.  There were several fish being caught around the 390/390 and the Bardges and also we also found pogies 300 yards East of the OIB pier in about 7 ft. of water.  If you are looking for bigger Kingfish the live bait is neccessary, however, the snakes are still hitting the dead cigar minnows good.  We also boated some decent Mahi about 20 miles offshore so summer fishing is definitely starting to pick up.   

Sea Ya on the water....


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Cobia around" | Show Time | 06/15/05
 

While the king bite wasn't too hot offshore today we did end up bringing some nice cobia back to the dock, also a nice 4.5lb spanish and some assorted kings.  The conditions still continue to be a bit rough, hopefully  the swell will die down toward the end of the week, however, the fish are biting if you decide to venture out.  If you do go, be sure to take along some live eels and keep an open eye off the transom for the cobia, they seem to be showing up more and more and they provide an excellent fight as well as taste great on the table.   


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 06/14/05
 

There was a good bite this morning at the 390/390 mark, the Mac Marle'n and the ShowTime tackled it with pretty good results.  On the Mac Marle'n several small kings were caught and released, there was a king weighing in around 15lbs. that was kept as well as a 5.1lb. spanish mackeral in addition to some kings in the 24 inch range.  All fish were caught trolling dead cigar minnows. 


- Capt. Jon Tennant
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"Pogies" | Capt. Hook | 06/10/05
 

We caught nice 8 to 9 inch pogies west of the Sunset Beach Pier yesterday!! Sight for eyes they are!! The spainish and kings are still biting very well around the inlets and the 90's. I also picked up a couple at the bardges!! We lost a huge cobia on a reel malfunction but things happen! Stay Tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 06/10/05
 

Action, action, action...thats all there was to say about this morning. We started out around the Sea Bouy spanish mackeral fishing and couldn't keep the lines in the water long enough to sit down. Spoon color didn't matter this morning as they were biting gold just as good as the silver.  After catching almost our limits we headed out to the 90-90 to do some sea bass fishing. They were scattered but we ended up with 10 keepers and many throw backs.  So I think it's official now...the spanish are here for good this summer and in huge numbers so take a couple hours after work or this weekend to get out and catch you a very tasty dinner.


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 06/08/05
 

Once again we did real well on the Kings and Spanish. The spanish were west of the Shallotte Sea Buoy in about 20 feet of water and the Kings were at the 90's. The kings range from too short to about 10 pounds. Back at it again tomorrow!! Congrats to Mike Spivey and crew on the Monday Blue Marlin release at the Black Jack Hole, Way to go Daddy R!! Pictures to come. Mike also said there were some 25 pound plus Mahi hanging around there also!! There seems to be alot these Bills floating around these days!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"" | Show Time | 06/08/05
 

After about a week of inconsistant King Mackeral fishing in the area, the bite picked up drastically today.  Lines were difficult to keep in the water as a result of multiple hook-ups sometimes even as many of 3 and 4 fish on at a time.  The majority of kings caught lately have been in the 27''-33'' range, larger ones have been caught.  Trolling dead and live cigar minnows has proved very productive and the fish have been biting indiscriminaely concerning duster color.  A majority of the fish have been caught around the 390/390 mark.  Also, remember if a fish bites the bait but does not hook up, drop the like back a few feet, also when one fish is hooked, drop back other lures in the spread to possibly hook up other fish. 


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"" | Show Time | 06/08/05
 

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- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 06/07/05
 

We had an excellent day with the Spanish and Kings. We hit the Spanish just west of the Shallotte Sea Buoy in  18 to 25 feet of water. We moved to the 90's and caught several Kings in the 8 to 10 pound class. Things are starting to go off!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 06/07/05
 

Great weather and great fishing.  Today we had boats fishing nearshore for Spanish (they slaughtered them at Shallotte Inlet) and boats fishing near and far for Kings etc..  The King bite was decent at the Atlantic Ledge and Jungle as well as a few Amberjack.  Capt. Roger fished the ShowTime and after catching a limit of Spanish, he snuck over the the 3 mile AR off Shallotte and caught a 35 pound Cobia.  We didn't have any of our charter boats in the Gulf Stream but the Spivey family of Ocean Isle fished their boat "Daddy R" at the Black Jack hole and boated 5 nice gaffer size Mahi and released an estimated 400 pound Blue Marlin!  Congratulations.  Looks like fishing is really heating up-- come on down, the weather and fishing is awesome!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Back In Action" | Capt. Hook | 06/06/05
 

We had a good trip today!! We fished the 27 mile area and did well with Kings and also pulled out a nice Mahi! The Mahi will be showing up closer and closer to shore as the water temp rises. The fish were hitting dead cigar minnows over live pinfish. Sumo and I just returned from Port Fourchon, La. fishing the second leg of the SKA pro division. We were fishing aboard the Thats My Dog/Team Furuno with Forrest and Bookie Taylor. We went down a day or so early and located a good stock of fish west of Fourchon in about 150 feet of water. They were hitting blue runners and ribbonfish. I bet we caught 20 Kings over 30 puonds in our stay. On game day 1 we scaled a 43.7, and on day 2 we scaled a 44.08 which put us in 13th place over all as the winnings were based on 2 day aggregate. Thats gettin it done!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Week's report" | Mac Marle'n | 06/06/05
 

This has been an unusually cool Spring and as a result, the fish are a bit behind in their normal patterns.  Whereas by this time we would see large numbers of Cobia and Kings moving inshore to the 50-65 foot depth ranges, the water has just been too cool.  However, things are changing quickly now as the weather has been stable and the waters are easily above the 70 degree mark.  We have been catching fair numbers of small, 6-10 pound school Kings at such locations the Jungle, 390/390 and Shark Hole, but they have not been there in big numbers and they have not been biting consistently.  Today, however I received the first big news that tells me it should only be a week, two at max before the biggers 12-15+ pound school Kings show up.  Huge pods of Cigar Minnows and Threadfin are moving into the 65 foot depth range and where there is food, the fish will follow.  Typically every year we see the bait move inshore and it takes a week or so for the Kings and other fish to fully respond and move into the bait.  Along with the Kings, we’ll see more Cobia, Amberjack, Barracuda and Mahi move closer inshore as well.  On Monday, the Capt. Hook fishing out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center caught a nice 25 pound Mahi while live bait fishing near the Jungle.  We’ve weighed several Cobia in excess of 50 pounds, but the big numbers still have not shown.  Offshore in the Gulf Stream the action is spreading out as the warm water is moving further inshore and thus scattering the fish more.  The Mahi bite has still been strong, but you may not need to go all the way to the break in 150+ feet of water.  If you find weed or lots of flying fish in the 90-120 foot range, chances are you’ll find the Mahi as well.

And lastly, let me finish with a record of a  fish story.  John McRainery of Fayetteville, NC was fishing solo on his 16 foot Jones Brothers skiff in the Shallotte River on Sunday.  He was slow trolling mud minnows in 10 feet of water in hopes of catching a Flounder for supper.  A fish picked up his bait and bent his pole double as it easily swam away under the minute pressure from the 14 pound test line.  Typically anglers that encounter such a pull will find a Stingray or Skate on the end of their line, but not John, not today.  Regardless of what it was, the fight is fun, so John held on as he fought the fish and drove the boat.  The big fish would peal off 40 yards then stop and allow John to slowly bring it closer.  Some ten minutes into the fight John brought the fish close enough to see through the murky water and tell that this was no Stingray or Skate.  This was a big fish with a very big tale.  According to John, “This was when I got really nervous.”  He fought the monster another 30 minutes before it finally came close enough for him to net/wrestle into the boat.  It was a huge Black Drum and worthy of immediate attention.  John packed up and headed back to Sheffield’s Grocery on Ocean Isle where he weighed it at an awesome 98 pounds!  John thought he may have a potential world record, and he knew that he needed the fish to be weighed at an IGFA certified weigh station.  Unfortunately, he did not know the Ocean Isle Fishing Center had such a qualification, so he stuck it in the freezer and went back to Fayetteville to search the internet for a certified weigh station.  He quickly found out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center’s status and came back to Ocean Isle where he took the fish to be reweighed.  On Monday at 4pm the huge Black Drum weighed 91.25 pounds on the official and state certified scales at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  The current world record for the closest line class is 91 pounds.  John’s fish is heavier, however the problem is that in order to win a world record outright, the fish must be at least ½ pound heavier than the previous record.  Thus John’s record will be considered a tie under the 16 pound line class.  The catch was absolutely incredible and it broke my heart, as I’m sure it did his, to see the weight just fall short of an outright record.  However, there is still hope.  If Sheffield’s will get their scale certified and find that it is in fact accurate, the first weight taken on Sunday of 98 pounds can be counted and John will easily beat the record.  It’s a fish and fish story of incredible proportions and one in which you never thought would come out of the shallow waters of the Shallotte River.  Congratulations to John McRainey for his pending IGFA 16 pound class world record.  Next time you go to dip a minnow in the river, you never know what you might haul in!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 06/03/05
 

The weather had been TOUGH here for the past few days.  Yesterday offered a slight break and this AM looks decent, but there are lots of storms around and man was it nasty the couple of days before that.  We have been fishing, however, and although the fish are turned off by the East winds, we have managed to bring back a few Kings while fishing the AR 460 area as well as the 390/390 area.  The Spanish have also been cooperating outside of the inlets.  And the big news is that the Cobia are starting to show up.  Local fishermen, Danny Hicks, Phil Cheers and Jim Pate fished the "Miss Kathy" last week and boated a whopping 60 pound Cobia while fishing the 390/390.  Danny and crew went fishing with Cobia in mind as they stopped by the Ocean Isle Fishing Center on their way offshore and purchased a few eels just in case a Cobia showed.  And when that big brown monster showed itself, Danny simply flipped the live eel overboard and the rest was history.  Since then we've weighed several Cobia up to 45 pounds and with some warmer weather we will see more fish soon.  Stay tuned for more soon. 
Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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