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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/24/06
Stream continued good today- Capt. Roger joined fishing friends Yorke Pharr and son for a day-- they ended up with a half dozen Dolphin from 10-20 pounds, a 41lb Yellowfin and 2-25lb Wahoo-- another Slam. The fished the BlackJack area, and Roger reported better action in the AM.
Capt. Brant McMullan
Looking at the weather, its evolving on us a bit and not quite as a spectacular forecast as early in the week, but I think still very manageable. It looks as if a weak front will pass on Fri PM, which will bring SW winds all day Fri and probably pretty gusty on Fri PM for the Capt. Meeting- BUT DON'T GET SCARED OFF. The front will pass Fri PM and the winds will shift more to the West and lay to 10-15kts or so. Sat PM will be absolutely beautiful and Sun AM should be very nice as the winds shift to the North and light. I think either day will be fishable, Saturday being one of those days when you have to tough it out in the AM to get there, but then have a great ride home, Sunday maybe the opposite. I've got a big dinner planned for Friday at 6pm- steaks, baked potatoes, salad, bread....... Your entry includes a meal for up to 4, but if you have more, bring them and they can purchase a meal ticket for $15. It would be helpful to get an idea of how many people will be attending the dinner and plan to eat, so please RSVP reply to this email with the # you expect to feed-- thanks- Capt. Brant
Also, King bite was bit slow today. Capt. Shane caught a few at the 90/90, but it wasn't the bite of yesterday. We'll let you know if we find where they've gone- stand by.
"Far Out Shoot Out weather update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/24/06
For all you folks who have questioned my weather forecasting ability gained via my Wingate College Meterology course[yeah I made a "D", but that's passing]; I'm ready to step out on the limb again. FOSO forecast....Saturday morning a lite SW wind[10kts or less], falling out during the day so that the ride home should be almost flat. Sunday...you can skip a nickel all the way to Frying Pan Tower. Wind should come around to North with passage of weak front and should completely lay out during the day. Official forecast..Slight and Light. So with the weather issues settled, all that's left is to go kill some fish and they're biting at a frantic pace. This year should be a real challenge to see who can not only catch the Carolina Slam[which typically is the key to victory], but who can catch the biggest Carolina Slam stringer and claim the local bragging rights of the FAR OUT SHOOT OUT CHAMPION!
This is a great opportunity for all the new gulf stream fishermen to make the trip with a large group of area fishermen. And anyone that needs any "How to" help, all our Captains will be at the Capt meeting to help get you rigged and pointed in the right direction.
Last point, again, PLEASE everyone ride the free off island shuttle. It will be located beside Waves beside the Citgo. The parking issues we have had with the Town of OIB are legendary and we need your help by keeping tourney traffic off the island so our neighbors don't complain. The shuttle is free, no hassels looking for parking spaces, no tickets from Wildlife or the Town, plus you can win rods/reels just for riding the shuttle. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated. It will begin running noon Friday until 9:00pm and again Sunday for weighin and awards. Thanks again and come join the fun and festivities.
"Fishing Report- Far Out Shoot Out" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/24/06
Any of you coming down this weekend that might not plan to go to the Stream, the King Mackerel fishing is also hot. Capt. Roger hit'em hard yesterday AM at the 390/390, catching 15 Kings by 11am- most in the 24-30 inch range on dead cigar minnows.
You can leave from your choice of locations- no boundaries on this event. You register then adhere to the rules of lines-in no earlier than 8:30am and must be out by 4pm- You then have to be to the OIFC by 8pm in order to weigh-in .
Far Out Shoot Out crew matching-
My name is Lane Adams. I work for Coastal Development and Realty in Holden Beach. I saw your post on the fishing report for people who need crews. I just moved down here over the winter so I don?t know that many people in the area. I have always fished out of Morehead City and Hatteras. If anybody needs a crew member I will be around all weekend. I can rig baits and have a lot of my own tackle. I have fished in a couple of small tournaments onboard my friend?s boat, the Pik Pocket of Pine Knoll Shores. I attached a picture of us on that boat. I am the one in the straw hat. If anybody would like to talk to me I can be reached on my cell at 910-512-4026
Tim Garrett- 22' Grady White- Timg@callawaygolf.com or 704.564.1937 - needs crew to fish the tournament
Does anyone have need a crew member?? I would be interested either day.
Hey captain Brandt, this is Alex Pipes again I spoke with you about a mates position a couple weeks ago. I just wanted to let you know I may help make up a crew as well. I am always looking to go out and help out. I have good knowledge with king fishing and Gulf Stream fishing.. I have been a deckhand on a couple boats and would love to help anyone who needs it?let me know?thanks..Alex (828)-506-0029
I will be at OIB Friday nite thru Monday pm. I am interested in fishing the tourney as crew member with boat captain. I can be reached at 919-631-7280 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
. I just completed your Gulf stream 101 course this past weekend and had an absolute blast as well as Ray.
Hope to get on board,
Capt. Brant McMullan
"The kings are here and hungry" | Show Time- 34' | 05/23/06
Over the past two days, the king mackerel bite has been hot, and you don't have to go that far to get into a thick body of fish. Yesterday, Capt. Roger Gales took myself, mate Hank Wractor, and a party of three from PA to the Shark Hole, where we enjoyed non-stop action on the juvenile kings on dead cigar minnows. Trolling these baits behind skirts on Hank Brown Hookup rigs, we often had two or three fish hooked up at one time. We had at least eight keeper fish out of the thirty or so we hooked, and pulled off a king of at least ten pounds off at the boat. We then pushed offshore to the Atlantic Ledge for some grouper, but could not get clear of the sharks while we were there. There are certainly some grouper down there, but dealt mainly with sharks until we went to cut bait, and managed to put some nice vermillion snapper in the boat. Capt. Roger made a half-day trip to the 390/390 today and reported more of the same success on the kings, and was able to keep some larger fish. This is a good time to go out and practice some of those king techniques as the size of these fish will certainly increase over the coming weeks.
First Mate- Chris Burrows
"Far Out Shoot Out" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/23/06
Weather is still looking great-- I have quite a few entries and it looks like we'll have a good turn out.
Capt. Brant McMullan
I'm getting a few calls from folks who have a boat and want to fish but are looking for crew to fish with them so they can join the tournament. If you are in this position, you can give me an email- email@example.com and I'll post your name and # to see if anyone wants to join you-
"Far OUt Shoot Out long range weather forecast" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/23/06
Just got off coconut tele with Jim Can'ttorie and here is the official FOSO tourney forecast. SLIGHT AND LITE! [What did you expect?]. Early in the week weak cold front moving thru bringing high pressure. Later in the week, as high moves offshore, southerly flow will begin and by weekend will be typical summer time conditions. This means flat calm in the morning[or lite SW wind] and in the afternoon a decent SW tail wind to bring you home. There will be widely scattered thunder showers but they are not associated with a new front, so there should not be any squall line to deal with, just hit or miss scattered showers which can be easily dodged.
The Gulf Stream fishing is on fire with lots of dolphin and wahoo and mixed in yellowfin. No problem with the moon so fishing should be outstanding for the tourney. Please join in with us for a great time to go to the blue water with a large group of other boats. The Capt meeting will be great camaradie, an excellent dinner[Brant's working on a special menu], free how to seminars, and hopefully amazing fishing for the #1 glamor species we fish for. This is the height of our Gulf Stream season so don't miss out.
As a reminder, PLEASE PLESE everyone ride the free off island shuttle. There will not be any parking at the OIFC or elsewhere on the island. The shuttle is free, no hassel looking for a parking space that doesn't exist, no parking ticket hassels from Wildlife or the Town, and all shuttle riders will be eligible for drawing for rods/reels/ ect. The only way we can have these tourneys is to use the shuttle so please help us out by riding it. The shuttle will begin running Friday around noon until 9:00pm and on Sunday from 4:00pm to 9:00pm for the weighin and awards ceremony. Thanks for your co-operation.
"Fishing Report" | Show Time- 34' | 05/22/06
Far Out Shoot Out this weekend- anyone looked at the forecast- 5kts- SW-- WOW!!- hope it holds- that is the 1st part of the equation- now onto the 2nd- the FISHING !-- Check out the shot of the Gulf Stream from the weekend, an absolute perfect finger eddy- and here's what we found.
Capt. Brant McMullan
Saturday- Capt. Roger and Jon fished the ShowTime (BlackJack) and Capt. Bryan (100/400) fished the Carolina Contender. At 165 feet they hit a 3 degree edge from 71-74 degrees. Baits went in and the bite was on. The seas were a bit tough at 3-5 feet or so, but the action was non-stop. Between 9:30 and 11:30 Roger and Jon boated 2 Yellowfin- 47 and 48lbs and 2 Wahoo- 25 and 35 pounds-- their crew had more meat than they could handle and couple weren't feeling so good, so they left the fish biting. Bryan stayed at it and per his report, you can see he was in fish all day.
Sunday- I held my land class for the Gulf Stream school on Sat PM and Sunday was our day to fish and get graduated from the real world of fishing- I had a diverse group of guys from NC, VA and MD (Ray and Kay Carroll, Shawn Becker, Joe Brogan, Dickie Brackin and Jared McCaskill) and they would all get LOTS of experience in Gulf Stream trolling. We decided to run to the Black Jack due to the strong finger eddy and previous day's report. We stopped and started setting lines 3 miles inshore of the BJ- we almost had the 4th line out when a wahoo took the flatline- in the boat. We reset 2 lines and this time a Blackfin on the Green Machine/bird combo. Dickie was dropping the flat lined Cape Lookout C-Jet into place when it was nailed- 30lb wahoo. Lines started to go out again and then a Dolphin attack. It was like this until noon when the guys finally got all 7 lines out- but that was only because I pulled off the temperature and offshore to look around the bottom structure to see if the wahoo or tuna might be holding on it. We rested a bit, dealt with a couple of stray Dolphin, then I headed back inshore 1/2 mile and just as we were getting there the Green Machine/Bird combo was nailed and smoked off. Ray did battle, Jared wired and Joe sunk the gaff- almost got pulled over- and landed a box topper 45lb Yellowfin. The Dolphin were everywhere with most in the 12-20 pound range and there was a good mix of tuna and wahoo. Just to set the bar for the Far Out Shoot Out, our aggregate of tuna, dolphin and wahoo was 95 pounds. All you guys who ever wanted to the fish the Stream or thought of fishing this tournament, now is the time. The fishing is incredible, and reports from the south say the Dolphin have hardly even shown up yet, there's LOTS more coming.
Registration and Capt. Meeting are Friday at 6pm with fishing on EITHER Saturday or Sunday- you choose- Awards is Sunday PM. Thanks again to our sponsors, RAMPAGE YACHTS, GREGORY POOLE CAT AND THE GPS STORE. Hope I'll see you there.
On Friday and Saturday I did some Grouper fishing on the It Works and had a decent catch each day. Friday I stayed in 75-90 feet of water and had some nice Gag Grouper up to 18 pounds and Saturday I fished 110 feet and had some nice Scamp Grouper. The current was pretty bad, though, which made it tough, so hopefully that will slow down.
Stay tuned for more, hope to see you this weekend.
"Weekend Stream Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/22/06
Sorry for the delayed report, it's been a l-o-n-g weekend. The weather was not the best but the fish didn't seem to mind. With the warm water backflow pushing across the steeples, blackjack, & 100/400 areas it set the stage for some great fishing & we were not let down!
Saturday I mated for Capt. Roger onboard the Showtime. Leaving the dock at 5:00am with David Ray & family, facing less than favorible conditions, we knew we had our work cut out for us. We arrived at the blackjack a little before 9:00. Within five minutes we had the first stirke, a healthy wahoo that found its way around the planer & quickly found freedom. After that, we stayed pretty busy catching two other +20lbs wahoos, a 46lb & 47lb yellowfin as well as a couple more we pulled off. With the storms building and the sea conditions deteriorating, we called it a day at 12:00 & headed in. Not to bad for only three hours fishing time.
Sunday I captained the Carolina Contender on a solo mission to put Rocky Culbertson and friends on some fish. Knowing the bite was hot at the blackjack the day before, I wasted no time & headed back to resume the killing where Capt. Roger & myself left off. As we cleared the inlet I was supprised at how much the ocean had laid out overnight despite all the stormes that had came thru. While I just couldn't find a tuna bite the mahi-mahi were more than willing to cooperate. It was almost an hour after we arrived before I was able to get the full spread out. The fish were biting like bull dogs, just as fast as you could put baits in the water they were more than happy to remove them! The final tally for the day ended at 15 mahi-mahi with several being large bulls, One 20+ lb wahoo, & a mid 20lb king. I don't know how many short strikes and lost fish we had but it was all the fishing we could stand as we used up 5 dozen ballyhoo during the day.
If you have been itching to get out there, come on down and see us. Now is the time!
Capt. Jon Tennant
"Whack'n 'em and Stack'n 'em" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/21/06
I just called Capt. Jon on the Carolina Contender's boat phone and his exact words were---"Sorry man, I can't talk. We're putting mahi's in the boat as fast as we can put lines out!"! Sounds like it's another great day in the gulf stream today! Stay tuned--I'm sure Jon will post a full report tonight!
Capt. Bryan Williams
"Another Carolina Slam!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/21/06
Yesterday morning, I left out of the OIFC in the Carolina Contender at 5:00am in hopes of finding an early yellowfin tuna bite in the gulf stream. As I cleared the inlet an angry Mother Ocean greeted us with a sloppy 3-4 foot chop out of the Southwest so I pointed the bow 145 degrees and sat back for what turned out to be a much better ride than I had expected. I set up shop just inshore of the 100/400 and as I was standing up to pull the 4th rod out of the rod holder to rig it, the long rigger snapped and the first fish of the day was on! It didn't take long at all, though, for this wahoo to make short work of my 100 lb. leader and suddenly we were starting the day down 0-1. Soon after, Capt. David on The Black Pearl and Capt. Larry Spainhour on the 7th Heaven joined me at the 100/400 and Capt. Roger on the Showtime put his lines in at the Blackjack. Everyone reported slow action for the next hour until Roger lit up the radio-----"Back, back, back, back, back..." (Roger's unmistakable sign that he is hooked up). "Got a triple on up here boys" came over the radio and everybody started to turn and troll his way. Just as I turned it broke loose----Got him on!, There's another!, Three on!, Four on!, Five on! and suddenly I had my hands full as mahi's were jumping everywhere behind the boat. We somehow managed to boat 4 of the 5 fish (3 being mahi's and the other being a kingfish) and pulled the last mahi off right beside the boat. Almost as soon as I got lines back in the water, the long rigger exploded again and our first tuna of the day took off to the deep. We got him directly under the boat and the hook fell out of his mouth when he took off for his last run. It was about then that I looked back on the horizon and saw a storm brewing back behind us and heading our way. As it approached, the wind went from 20 knots, to well over 50 knots with pouring down rain. This only lasted a few minutes though and we were back to fishing. During the middle of the rainstorm, Capt. Roger and Scott Allen at the Blackjack Hole both hooked up with very nice (45+ lb. yellowfins). Just as this rainstorm passed, another was right behind it----this one, though had no wind in it, just some rain. As it creeped up on us, our long line exploded into a scream that few fish could rival. When it hit, I knew it was a yellowfin and 25 minutes this 45 lb. "yellow belly" was joining our mahi's on the bed of ice! When the sun came back out after this storm, the mahi bite picked back up as we were hooked about every 20 minutes or so. As the day was coming to an end and I thought that the slam would evade me, the flat line rod with a Braid Marauder swimming plug started to sing and I knew that this was the wahoo we needed to complete the slam and within five minutes we had done it. Our final tally of the day was 10 mahi (to 20 lbs.), a 45 lb. yellowfin tuna, a 25 lb. wahoo, and a king mackerel, all coming from the 100/400 area. (During the day we lost at least 8-10 more mahi, 1 more tuna, and 2 more wahoos simply due to the 5-6 foot sloppy ocean we faced in the stream.)
Capt. Bryan Williams
So needless to say that the mahi season is upon us and this is the best time of the year to go load the boat with them. Don't forget to run some wire, though, because this is also an excellent time to load up on wahoo's! Capt. Brant and Capt. Jon are both out in the stream again today so hopefully they will have more great reports tonight when they get back! I took a few pictures yesterday as well and will put them up tonight when I get to my computer.
Just a reminder--don't forget about the Far Out Shootout going on here at the Fishing Center this coming weekend. This is a great time to compete against other blue water fishermen for some really good money as well as bragging rights on the island for a year!
"Angry Seas and Hungry Fish" | Show Time- 34' | 05/18/06
I admit it. I had my doubts this morning as Capt. Roger guided us through the inlet into a nasty swell, pointing the bow of the Showtime towards the Blackjack Hole. It wasn't the fastest trip offshore, but fishing with Chuck Ellis of Coastal Fastners of Myrtle Beach and his family, it proved to be one of the more enjoyable and fruitful. Capt. Roger found a nice temperature break just offshore of the Blackjack, which led to a solid dolphin bite. By the end of the day, we had six solid gaffers in the box and had pulled off three more. Most effective on the dolphin fish was a pink and white Iland Outrider/ballyhoo combo. The wahoo bite was a little more tricky. We managed about a 10 pounder (weehoo?) on a black and red Yo-Zuri Bonita plug, and had two similar plugs bitten off. We also had a massive knockdown on our shotgun bait (horse ballyhoo behind a bare Ilander head) towards the end of the day and reeled in a perfectly sheared bait. So one for four on wahoo. Not a great ratio, but nothing is ever perfect. The real prize of the day came right around 11:00 a.m., when the right short rigger (another Iland Outrider/ballyhoo, this time blue and white) got abolutely smashed. Nearly 45 minutes later we managed to sink a gaff into the largest yellowfin yet this year out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, five-hundredths of a pound shy of the 50# mark. Another Carolina Slam completed. The ride home was a tough one, fighting building seas, but well worth it. It was a pleasure to have the Ellis family on board--they were a hard-working and determined crew. Thanks to them and Capt. Roger. I just can't wait to go and do it again. I hope the fish hang around for the weekend.
First Mate- Chris Burrows
"Fishing Report- Hot off the press" | Show Time- 34' | 05/18/06
Capt. Roger just called me-- he was on the way in- around the Horseshoe when he called- fished the Black Jack today and did well. Based on the temperature charts, he thought he would have to fish offshore of to the 100 fathom curve. However, he dropped lines in at 170 feet and the water was 71.5 degrees. Roger made one lap of the area and the second time around he said the water had risen over 1.5 degrees and the bite was on-- I only talked to him a minute, but he said he had a dozen or so Dolphin a couple Wahoo and a big Yellowfin. I'll try to give a more detailed report later-- He reported the seas at 3-5 feet most of the day-- The forecast looks pretty good for the weekend. 10-15kts on Sat. and Sunday looks like it might be a little better even. Come on down and join us for some good fishing. We'll be on the water all weekend-
Capt. Brant McMullan
I've still got a couple slots open for my Gulf Stream school on Sat/Sun if anyone has interstest- call (910) 575-3474-
"Fishing School Openings" | Show Time- 34' | 05/17/06
I have a Gulf Stream fishing school this Sat and Sun. The land class will be from 6-8pm on Saturday and fish day on the ShowTime all day on Sunday. I've got 4 spots open and the weather report right now is very good for the weekend. If you want to hone your skills are get a quick start, I'm sure I can get you catching fish. Call (910) 575-3474 to make a reservation.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Fishing Report" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/15/06
No fishing today, blowing a gale, but some nice pictures from folks who did well this past weekend. Thanks for all the emails and keep them coming. We like to hear your reports and will try to post your pictures when possible.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Stream Again" | Black Pearl- 31' | 05/14/06
We ran to the stream Saturday and started fishing just short of Winyah. First lines out we had 4 Mahi hook ups and only managed one to the cooler. How?s that for averages. The first one to hit was a Raging Bull he looked like a real good one but the Gentleman on the rod brought the lever to free spool by accident and line blew up to the point of no return!! The water was a ?dusty? green blue and just not pretty so we headed east. We caught a couple of more Mahi but found nothing hot!! The water was definitely prettier in the 4 and 5 hundreds than further west. Stay Tuned its gonna happen. One thing worth noting is in the 30 to 35 mile range there were acres of cigar minnows or greenies on top. I didn?t stop to see for certain what they were but there were acres and acres of them in the five-mile stretch then it cut off. This may interest the King fisherman with a tournament just around the corner!!
Capt. David Hooks
"Back To Back Carolina Slams!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/14/06
First off, let me apologize for the delayed report from the past couple of days---I was in the Gulf Stream on Friday and Saturday and have just now had time to sit down in front of a computer and write about it.
Capt. Bryan Williams
Friday morning started off much better than expected. When I had left the Fishing Center Thursday night, the wind was howling and I was doubting whether or not we would even be able to fish on Friday, but when I got to the dock at 4:30 am Friday morning, the wind was still and when I looked at the conditions at the tower, the wind had switched 180 degrees and laid the ocean down nice. So myself and Chris loaded up the Showtime and headed to the inlet. All week I had planned on going to the Winyah Scarp area on Friday, but with the wind out of the Southwest all week, I didn't know if it was going to be possible. When I turned the corner to come out of the inlet, there wasn't so swell present, so I pointed the bow due South and sat back for the 60 mile journey to the MacMarle'n Ledge. We set lines in at 9:00am and as Chris was setting the 5th line I looked down from the tower and it looked like someone had set a bomb off on the left short rigger! FISH ON!---but not for long.....the wahoo made short work of the mono leader and left us shaking our heads. At the same time a mahi had found the other short rigger and began jumping but threw the hook on the second jump. So within 5 minutes it was: Fish-2, Showtime-0. This was soon changed when I saw a mahi cruising the top of the water from the tower. I turned the boat hard right and told everyone to get ready. When the fish saw our spread, he immediately darted to it and piled on our teaser---a squid daisy chain followed by a ilander/ballyhoo combo. The idea was to crank in the teaser and drop back a naked ballyhoo, but this fish had other ideas. We cranked the teaser all the way up beside the boat and this 25 lb. mahi would not come off of it---he followed it for what seemed like an eternity (but was really only about a minute), until he finally switched over to the naked bait and soon found himself in the box on ice. At around 10:30, I started trolling to the Winyah Scarp, 3 miles away, and as soon as we crossed over the beginning of the structure we had another mahi on. Iced him and picked back up trolling again and as soon as I put the boat in gear the short rigger popped and line began melting off the reel. My first thoughts were wahoo as the line was stretched way out on top of the water but as the fish got closer I could tell from the tower that it wasn't a wahoo, but in fact a very chunky 40+ lb. yellowfin! As the day progressed, the action stayed pretty steady picking up mahi's about every 30 minutes or so. Then, at around 1:00 our planer rod finally connected and began screaming and within no time we had a very nice 37 lb. wahoo laying on the deck. At 3:30 we called it quits and headed back home with a full box----final tally was 8 mahi (up to 25 lbs), 1 43 lb. yellowfin, 1 37 lb. wahoo, and 1 king mackerel with the hot baits being a pink/white Blue Water Candy Seawitch and a pink/white Cape Lookout Lures jet head lure in front of a med. ballyhoo.
Yesterday was much the same story as I ran the Carolina Contender back out to the stream. With a good catch the day before, I started again at the MacMarle'n Ledge and had lines in the water at 8:15am. As I was rigging the second bait, the first line started to scream and in no time a 20 lb. mahi was on the ice. So the lines go back out and as I'm rigging the second bait this time, the first line again starts screaming. We all started smiling and I found myself working like a dog trying to drive the boat, rig some baits, and put this fish in the boat since I didn't have a mate. After this fish was in the box, we set out again, and once again, the same thing happens except we jump this one off beside the boat. Put them back out and guess what----another fish on! So within 30 minutes of arriving, we had 3 mahi's in the box and had jumped another one off beside the boat and I STILL haven't got more than 2 lines in the water! This nonstop action quickly slowed after our 4th hookup and we went dry for an hour or so until the long line sang that beautiful song that we all know so well. Line is dumping off the Tiagra 30 so I make a turn and put the angler up on the bow and set in for a great fight. It took a good 20 minutes before we ever saw the fish under the boat and another 5 to bring him to the surface. It was all well worth it as a 45 lb. yellowfin joined the mahi's on the ice! After this excitement, we went dry again and trolled down to the Winyah Scarp. We picked up a couple more mahi's there before trolling back to the MacMarle'n Ledge to finish out the day. My first pass over the ledge yielded a double hookup. I had almost all mono leaders out since there was only one wahoo reported all day. This proved to be a bit of a mistake as one leader was quickly parted. Our other hooked stayed solid and a 15 lb. wahoo was in the box to complete our second consecutive Carolina Slam! Less than 20 minutes after putting lines back out, our long line once again began screaming. As I looked back I could see a good 300 yards of line stretched out on top of the water and told the guys that this was going to be a nice wahoo. I wasn't worried about anything at the time because I THOUGHT that the blue and white Jr. Ilander I was running was on wire. It wasn't until we boated this 35 lb. wahoo that I remembered changing the wire leader out for a mono leader after the yellowfin destroyed my wire rig. (I still have no idea how the 100 lb. mono held up to the jaws of this wahoo----especially after seeing how frayed it was after we got him in the boat!) As we were setting lines back out and cleaning up the blood on the deck, the left rigger clip popped, the right rigger clip popped, and the flat line popped (the only 3 lines I had out at the time)----a triple header mahi! We boated all 3 of them and soon after called it a day and cruised home with a nice following sea. Final tally for yesterday was 8 mahi (up to 20 lbs.), 2 wahoo (up to 35 lbs.), and a 45 lb. yellowfin. Hot colors for yesterday were definately a blue and white Jr. Ilander on the long line, Blue Water Candy pink/white seawitch, and a Blue Water Candy crystal seawitch.
So if you didn't make it down this weekend, you definately missed a great weekend! The weather was beautiful and the fishing was also great! I think it's supposed to blow for the next couple of days but check back and we'll try to keep you informed of what's going on!
I tried to take quite a few pictures of the past two days so I hope you enjoy them as well! (The pictures seen here are from Friday's trip on the Showtime----the pictures from yesterday on the Carolina Contender can be found on the report labeled "More Pictures" located just underneath this report.)
"Yesterday's Gulf Stream Report" | Show Time- 34' | 05/12/06
Capt. Roger & myself took the Pitts family from Kernersville NC to the blackjack hole despite a less than favorable forecast. We arrived to find 74.4 degree water, lots of flying fish, and sloppy seas to say the least. The fishing was not on fire, but we did manage to pick at them through out the day. Our catch at the end of the day was Wahoos, Blackfin tuna, & Mahi Mahi. Congradulations to Jennifer Pitts on her 48.55lb NC citation Wahoo! Capt. Squid is at it again today so check back later for his report.
Capt. Jon Tennant