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"Emergency message from Rep Stiller" | Carolina Contender | 05/06/05
 

Please go to www.saveourpogies.com for important message from Rep Stiller. We need your help!


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Week Review" | Show Time | 05/05/05
 

Man is it nasty down here.  Guess what?  Its nearly the weekend, go figure!  Saturday's weather is not looking promiising, although you may be able to get out and do some Sea Bass or Bonito fishing.  Sunday actually looks pretty good, and with the special permission of mom, maybe you can join us for a Gulf Stream adventure as we're scheduled to be there.  Over last weekend and early week we stayed busy fishing and continued having good luck in the Stream- not so much with Tuna, but with Wahoo especially and more Dolphin.  Actually on my last outing on Tuesday the Gulf Stream had pushed inshore to 130 feet and it was 76 degree water with lots of current.  Not ideal for Tuna, but the Wahoo and Dolphin were happy with it.  I think you'll start to see our Gulf Stream pattern shift as we fish warmer and clearer water where you are more likely to find the Dolphin especially.  Inshore, we had about the best Atlantic Bonito fishing I've ever seen over the weekend as they were thick in the vicinity of the 390/390 and General Sherman.  They don't stay long, but they are a blast when you can find them schooling and cast light tackle to them-- not to mention they are hands down every bit as good as Yellowfin Tuna- NO LIE.  Anyway, the nearshore waters are into the mid 60's and we're catching a few Spanish Mackerel mixed in with the Bonito which is a sure sign of change.  It won't be long before they'll be on the beach and the Kings will be close behind-- then the Cobia....-- also the Grouper should be moving inshore to the 75-100 foot depth range which I very much look forward to.  Here are few pictures I collected over last week- sorry to be late in posting them.  Hope you'll still try to come down this weekend and maybe make special arrangements to stay and fish on Sunday or Monday as the weather looks really good.  Oh yeah, and on Saturday you can fish our Flounder and Trout tournament inshore for entertainment-- I think we'll have a good crowd as the fishing has been pretty decent.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"save our pogies red alert update" | Carolina Contender | 05/04/05
 

Please go to www.saveourpogies.com for important update. We need your help.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Go Fishing With Capt. Barrett in Venice, Louisiana" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 05/03/05
 

Capt. Barrett and the Team Carolina Wellcraft boat will be available for charter in Venice, Louisiana for June 5,6,7 & 8.  Venice, Louisiana is home to some of the best sportfishing in the United States.  Giant king mackerel, red snapper and yellowfin tuna just to name a few of the attractions.  Capt. Barrett has extensive experience fishing this area with numerous top ten king mackerel tournament finishes.  Call for more details- 910-575-3474 ext. 4


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"SAVE OUR POGIES MEETING DATE/TIME SET" | Carolina Contender | 05/03/05
 

Please go to www.saveourpogies.com. The meeting date is set for May 10, 12:00noon at Room 643, Legislative Office Building, Raleigh. We have a bus leaving from Ocean ISle. We need your help. Please join us at hearing and please continue to call the Committee members. Thanks for your help!


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Wahoo!" | Mac Marle'n | 05/03/05
 

Fished the 100/400 area yesterday aboard the MacMarle'n with charter.  Water temps ranged from 71.5 to 75.  A strong current brought in 75 degree water eventually and heavy current.  We caught each of our fish inshore of the 100/400 early in 73 degree water.  Our catch consisted mostly of wahoo and was highlighted by 42 and 47lb smokers.  Capt. Brant fished the Showtime at the Blackjack hole and also had a good day on the wahoo with a day's best 51lb stud.  He also found good size dolphin- the first of the year.  Most boats did not make it to the Stream today.  The Showtime and MacMarlen had short trips searching for Atlantic Bonito. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"New Boat" | Capt. Hook | 04/29/05
 

Sumo and I launched the new backwater/nearshore boat today and it is nothing less than awesome. The set up is a 2005 model 2200 Bay by Nautic Star, powered by a 2005 model Mercury 225 digital Optimax. We ran the waterway to Little River Inlet and decided to jump out into a 15 to 20 Knot Southwest wind for the true analysis. We ran all the way to Shallotte Inlet turning into the seas, side sea, quatering sea, and falling sea. The boat proved to be dry and stable. I believe top speed will be well above 60 mph after the break in and final wind tunnel testing is done. The boat has two 25 gallon livewells to keep the livebait fresh and frisky. We plan to use the boat for charter fishing the backwater creeks and inlets, hitting the nearshore wrecks, and trolling for spanish mackeral and bonita. Don't be surprised if it puts a Kingfish on the scales also. The T-Top and electronics will done soon so the pictures will follow with the finished product. 
Stay Tuned


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Atlantic Bonito!" | Mac Marle'n | 04/29/05
 

What a day of fishing!  For those who are unfamiliar with or are unclear on what an Atlantic Bonito is, let me tell you from first hand experience today, they are a hard fighting, fun to catch, excellent eating nearshore tuna.  It is not the bloody fish sometimes referred to as bonito that is actually a little tunny.  We catch atlantic bonito by trolling clark spoons behind planers around glass minnows within 15 miles of shore.  Below you will see a picture of an atlantic bonito.  They are a cross between a tuna and mackerel.  Basically a tuna with mackerel like teeth and white meat.  Today Capt. Brant guided a crew on the Showtime and I captained the MacMarle'n in search of the elusive Atlantic Bonito.  We found several schools as large as an acre just inshore of the 390/390 5 miles offshore of the high rise at Ocean Isle Beach.  Both boats caught as many fish as we had lines out before all the anglers we had were worn out.  The weather is supposed to go bad for a day or so, but expect the Atlantic Bonito to stay around for about a month.  If you are a nearshore or offshore fishermen and haven't tried these guys yet you're missing out.  From catching to eating they have to be one of the most enjoyable fish to target off our coast.  Atlantic Bonito fishing is a training ground for yellowfin tuna fishing.  The fish have very similar behavior patterns.  If you'd like to get rigged up for this style of fishing come by the Fishing Center and we'll set you up and point you in the right direction. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"SAVE OUR POGIES HEARING DATE CHANGED" | Carolina Contender | 04/29/05
 

Want to confirm word is out that our SAVE OUR POGIES hearing date at State Legislature has been changed to May 10. Apparently the lobbyist for Omega Proteins determined he was about to get his butt kicked so he went to the Rules Chairman and got him to put off the hearing for a week to give him more time to rally his troops. We need to understand the battle field is going to be expaned as I'm sure he will try to inlist all commercial fishing interest to fight our effort, whether they agree with Omega or not. We must likewise take it to the next notch and repond with greater committment. Please continue to contact the Reps by telephone as don't think emails are hitting the mark. Also imperative you come to hearing on May 10. We must show numbers to evidence to committe importance of the issue. Stay tuned to saveourpogies.com and read all the entries beginning April 25. Thanks.

Just spoke to Capt Barrett offshore and he is smoking the Atlantic Bonita, the absolute best eating tuna out there[best as sushi].


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"" | Show Time | 04/28/05
 

Although most of our efforts are aimed at saving pogies right now, Capt. Charles and I hit the Gulf Stream today despite a stout 20knot north wind this morning.  Made out to the 100/400 to find 70-71 degree water.  Decent bite of tuna and wahoo among several boats.  We ended up with a Carolina slam -tuna/dolphin/wahoo.  Going after Atlantic Bonito tomorrow.  Good reports from today's AB fishing.  Will report more tomorrow pm.


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"" | Show Time | 04/28/05
 

Although most of our efforts are aimed at saving pogies right now, Capt. Charles and I hit the Gulf Stream today despite a stout 20knot north wind this morning.  Made out to the 100/400 to find 70-71 degree water.  Decent bite of tuna and wahoo among several boats.  We ended up with a Carolina slam -tuna/dolphin/wahoo.  Going after Atlantic Bonito tomorrow.  Good reports from today's AB fishing.  Will report more tomorrow pm.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Save Our Pogies meeting date changed" | Mac Marle'n | 04/28/05
 

Just got message that Jerry Shield, lobbyist for commercial fishing interest, appealed to House Rules Chairman to change the hearing date to May 10, same time, same place, and Chairman agreed to do so. Please adjust your calenders as this gives us more time to make contact with the committee members.

Additionally, I had call from President of Charlotte Offshore Fishing Club. He had talked to committee member McMahan who represents Mecklenburg county. He said Rob's call was the first call he had received and had planned to vote against the bill. However having heard from a constituent may help change his mind. Point is, apparently emails aren't working. We need to get everyone on the telephone calling these Reps direct. Everyone, please help out by making the calls. Thanks.


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"SAVE OUR POGIES MEETING TIME SET" | Carolina Contender | 04/27/05
 

The Legislative Committe of Envirnoment and Natural Resources that will vote on our bill to SAVE OUR POGIES will meet Tuesday May 3, 12:00 noon at Room 643, Legislative Office Building. Directions will be posted on www.saveourpogies.com. Please attend this hearing. We need to demonstrate to the Committe this is an important issue. The commercial netting interest will be there.


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"Check Out www.saveourpogies" | Carolina Contender | 04/27/05
 

Just a reminder for everyone to please check out our www.saveourpogies.com web site. Our bill to restrict commercial Menhaden netting will be heard May 3 and we need your help! NOW! Please read the April 25 and 26 updates. Thanks.


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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 04/26/05
 

Capt. Roger and Capt. Charles are in the Stream on the ShowTime- stand by for a report--
GREAT NEWS---- We fixed the web cam and we're back live!!
Also- be sure to check out www.saveourpogies.com as we have a new update.  It's time to mount our forces to better our fishery.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"SAVE OUR POGIES" | Carolina Contender | 04/26/05
 

A reminder to everyone to please stay tuned to our www.saveourpogies.com web site as we will be updating it daily as info comes in on our hearing May 3 in Raleigh before the Environment and Natural Resources Committee at State Legislature. We will have times/directions/ect late this afternoon when schedule is set and will post it asap. 

What's important at this point is to make contact with committee members letting them know of the importance of their support for the effort. Also we need to hear who can attend the hearing in Raleigh on May 3. If you are in our local area we will set up a car pool or if we have enough people we will get a bus. Please let us know thru the Ocean Isle Fishing Center email or contact me direct at Rubemc@att.net. Thanks.


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"SAVE OUR POGIES Important Update" | Carolina Contender | 04/25/05
 

Please go to www.saveourpogies.com web site. Our bill to ban commercial menhaden netting is coming before the Legislative Committee May 3. We need you help! Please see the info on the web site.


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"Week in Review" | Show Time | 04/24/05
 

Whewwww!  For those of you that may have tried to call, email, write, stop by or whatever in an attempt to get ahold of me- I'm sorry.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I was fishing the Gulf Stream aboard either the ShowTime or Carolina Contender, and thus this past week I've been more elusive than WALDO.  For once, I was actually glad to see the wind blow for a day so that I could catch my breath.  Here's the day by day report in detail:

Day 1: Monday- this was the 2nd half of my Gulf Stream fishing school which involves a full day a Gulf Stream trolling aboard the ShowTime with myself as the guide/instructor.  The class of 6 had done the "ground school" portion a week before, but the weather kept us from being able to fish on schedule.  In the ground school we covered fishing locations based on bottom contour, sea water temps, wind direction and history.  We tied rigs, rigged ballyhoo and talked about what types of baits to use when and how to use them.  The day of fishing was then putting into action all the things we talked about plus adding angling, boat driving, gaffing, fish preparation and fish cleaning into the mix.  Anyway- forecast was 10-15kt W wind with 4-7 foot seas--- the actual was 5-10kt with 1-3 foot seas.  We fished the BlackJack and Steeples area and boated 5 Yellowfin- encountering 72-73 degree water that was slightly milky.

Day 2: Tuesday- forecast was 10-15 SW, actual was 15-20 SW 3-4ft seas.  Gary Caputi from Saltwater Sportsman magazine accompanied me aboard the Carolina Contender as we set out to make a good fishing story.  The idea was to take south Florida style live bait chumming and light tackle fishing and cross it with northeast style chunking to see what would happen off our coast- the results were interesting.  We first ran to Frying Pan Tower where we jigged up 1000's of Cigar Minnows and Sardines for the live well- the bait was thick.  We then ran 20 miles offshore to the Steeples where I anchored the Carolina Contender inshore of the Steeples over an area of ledges in 220 feet of water.  From there we began cutting up and chunking frozen Sardines, set out a chum bag and began tossing live baits out by the handful.  We then rigged up a couple of 30# outfits with flurocarbon leaders and small circle hooks and free-lined baits or fished them under balloons.  We continually added chunks to the chum spread and tossed out a handful of live baits every 30 minutes or so.  The results were 4 Yellowfin Tuna, 2 Mahi and a horde of King Mackerel.  Actually as the Tuna were just getting going the Kings showed up and basically shut us down as we could not get a live bait more than 20 feet from the boat.  In addition, I brought a couple of my electric reels and we dropped to the bottom where we caught huge Amberjack, 1 small Grouper and a giant Shark of some sort.  I didn't have the boat exactly anchored over the structure I wanted as on this day I was more focused on the opportunity for topwater action.

Day 3: Wednesday- Forecast was 10-15 SW, actual was 15-20 SW, seas 3-5 feet.  Again Gary Caputi with Saltwater Sportsman joined me for one more go to continue to try to build the story.  We had plenty of bait from the previous day so we headed straight to the BlackJack hole where we anchored over ledges in 220 feet.  We again played out the same scenario, but on this day the seas were a bit sloppier and the water color was milkier.  We did not encounter topwater action, but a drop to the bottom yielded a 15 pound Red Grouper and a couple of Amberjack before the anchor gave way under the seas.  I picked up the anchor and decided to move to the inshore structure in 170 feet where we again anchored.  This time I paid very close attention to getting set up right on top of the structure as I wanted to give the bottom fishing a serious shot.  We set up on a good spot and again hoped for topwater action, but other than the Kings, it just wasn't happening.  We shifted focus to the bottom and commenced a whooping on the Grouper-- Scamp and Gag grouper from 5-25 pounds bit one right after the next-- then big Mama hit and after a 20 second tug of war, I lost.  I'll be retooling with heavier line next time ( I was using 130#).  We boated 20 Grouper in a couple hours, releasing all but the biggest, and at 12:30pm with the seas picking up and the topwater action at nothing, we picked up and headed in.

Day 4: Thursday- forecast 10-15 SW, actually easy 15-20 with seas of 3-6 feet.  This was another fishing school as we took care of the ground school on Wednesday evening and thus fished the next day to practice what I had preached.  The theme of the day was that if you could fish in rough conditions, you could fish anytime.  We ran the ShowTime to the 100/400 where the fishing started slow.  At 10:30am we had our first opportunity and boated a Yellowfin.  The bite picked up from there as the Wahoo started chewing- we boated 4 wahoo between 20 and 48 pounds and lost several more on the hookup.  The seas actually subsided to 2-4 by the time we headed for home. 

Day 5: Friday- Last day.  Forecast was 15-20 SW, seas 4-6 feet, actual was 10 kt, seas 1-3 feet.  We had a party of 9 book both the Show Time and MacMarle'n so I took a party of 5 on the ShowTime and Capt. Roger and Capt. Charles took the party of 4 on the MacMarle'n.  We started at the 100/400 but found the water a bit cool at 70.5 degrees.  I headed offshore a bit to 400 feet where the water warmed to 72, but still was not was I was looking for.  Roger and I started trolling toward the BlackJack hole and the temperature steady began to rise.  Roger picked up a Yellowfin on the south side of the 100/400 and a couple miles later I picked up a double Yellowfin.  The water temperature rose to 72.5 by the time we reached the BlackJack and Roger came over the radio-"they're busting right up here in front of me....... (15 second interval)... whoopps, got'em on!"  From there it was a fish fest as both the ShowTime and MacMarle'n swooped down upon the fish like a Hawk on a field mouse.  To add to the fun, the Wahoo fired off and you never knew what was coming next.  The bite started at 11:00am and ended at 2:00pm with a dozen Tuna and half dozen Wahoo between us and many more fish with sore lips.  It was the best bite I had seen all week.
And then finally the wind blew too much to get out there, so here I am downloading pictures and telling stories.  The fish are out there.  I know Mother Nature hasn't been kind to you weekend fishermen, but if you get the chance, the fishing is excellent. 
It looks like we'll back on the water Weds. or so, stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Tuna Time" | Show Time | 04/19/05
 

Quick report from the stream. Decent catch of Yellowfin at Blackjack yesterday. Caught 5, lost several more and also managed to lose 2 wahoo. Back at it today. Will give better report asap.


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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/17/05
 

Weather has finally settled-we're set to go for next several days-- we'll have boats running to the Stream Mon-Weds at least as well as boats fishing nearshore for Sea Bass- We leave the dock for the Stream at 6am if anyone wants to follow us out the inlet and we are now monitoring VHF 18 -- see you on the water.


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