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"Don't Forget About The Seabass!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/29/06
 

Despite the 100+ boats in search of the giant bluefin tuna yesterday, most found the bite to be very slow.  I did hear of one fish boated as well as another hookup near the Horseshoe during the mid-afternoon.  The bottom fishing and king mackeral fishing yesterday, however was spectacular.  Capt. Roger on the Showtime came back with a load of 2-3 lb. seabass as well as a very nice 3 lb. flounder from the Atlantic Ledge and I heard many other reports with the same results.  The seabass this time of the year will school on any ledge or live bottom area from 50-100 ft. and are usually much larger than you will find in the summer months.  (Mixed in with the bass will also be spiny dogfish and if you've never encountered them before, be very careful of the needle-like spine on the top of their tail!)  The report from the guys that ventured to the gulf stream yesterday was that the water was cool (68-70 degrees) however the fishing wasn't too bad.  There were several wahoo caught at the 100/400 area in this cooler water around some pods of bait.  *NEWS FLASH* Just got a phone call here at the fishing center from another boat that went to the stream yesterday----Jody fished the Steeples and caught several YELLOWFINS as well as a couple of blackfin tuna.  He said that the fish were so thick that you could see them feeding on a ball of bait on the surface and as soon as you trolled your baits through them you'd hook up.  The fish were in the 10-20 lb. class and will make for the best table fare you'll ever eat.  This time of the year, it is not uncommon to catch several wahoo, blackfin tuna, and even some very early yellowfin tuna if you can catch a good weather day to venture out to the blue water.  Here's a quick tip--on your way out, if you run by the tower, stop and jig some of the cigar minnows or pinfish and take those along with you to the stream.  These schooling tuna can also be caught by slow trolling live baits around them on light rods.  Also out in the 100-120 foot range there was a good grouper bite with many fish over 25+ pounds being caught.  So when things are a bit slow on the trolling side, don't forget about our bottom feeding friends----you are already fishing on top of them so it doesn't take much time at all to drop a couple pieces of squid to the bottom......you may surprise yourself!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"OH WELL!!" | Capt. Hook- 31' | 01/29/06
 

Well so far Bluefin Tuna fishing  has proved to be nothing less than an adventure this year for The Black Pearl.We put in 18 days from Cape Hatteras to Charleston and never pulled one in the door. We had a couple of hook ups that didn't work out but it was mostly uneventful. We did however catch a 40 plus King Mackeral in 57 degree water which really puts my wheels turning. We caught several Bonita and a few other kings but the Tuna basically dodged us. Well my new boat will catch Kingfish. From our pre fishing in Ft. Pierce to Bluefin season there have been several large Kings take the bait. The Bluefin may still make a presence but it will not be long at all until we change colors and begin the quest for Yellowfin, Wahoo and Mahi. Gulfstream fishing is great off our coast and is just around the corner. I am attatching a picture of The Black Pearl which will handle the offshore charters under the Capt'n Hook flag this season. Stay Tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/26/06
 

Everything is still in line for the weekend.  Weather looks absolutely incredible for Saturday.  We'll be having our seminar on Friday at 6pm on catching and finding bluefin as well as the Tag-A-Giant scientists will be on hand to discuss their program and how we can help.  Cinelli's is bringing by some free pizza and Tomo Japanese is bringing by some free sushi appetizers-- we'll see you here. 
We just got a new shipment of horse ballyhoo and we're loaded with ice, terminal tackle, custom rod/reel outfits etc.. to cover what you need to catch a bluefin. 
See you there- Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/25/06
 

I was able to sneak out yesterday mid morning at 10am to go for bluefin.  I ran to the Raritan wreck area and began trolling there.  There was a hard temperature edge from 56 to 59 degrees right on top of the wreck and the area was loaded with bait and bird activity-- it felt fishy.  There were no other boats in sight, but I was able to get a few on the radio- there were some 6 boats fishing.  One bluefin had been caught that AM near the Fairway buoy.  At around noon a boat hooked up and landed a 78 inch bluefin within a mile of the Frying Pan tower.  I ran out there to check it out, but was unable to find the school.  I finished up the evening at the Horseshoe where I found 60 degree water and tons of bait and birds- it too looked very fishy.  6 boats fishing, 2 bluefin caught.  It wasn't an all out blitz of action, but there are still bluefin out there to be caught and you've got to put your lines in the water to have a shot.  I equate the current action to blue marlin fishing.   You've got to put your time in before your number gets called- and so long as someone is getting a bite, we know to have the confidence that our turn may be next.
This weekend's weather looks awesome.  In anticipation of many of you fishermen coming down to go for the bluefin, I will be giving another FREE seminar on where and how to catch bluefin as well as the safety aspects involved in the fishery.  We will also have SPECIAL GUESTS from the Tag-A-Giant program which is headed by renowned scientist Barbara Block-- they will be giving demonstration and information on their program and how we as fishermen can help them.  Its a very neat and interesting program and I encourage anyone interested in the fishery to attend.  Even if you know how to fish bluefin or aren't fishing, you will want to come by on Friday at 6pm to here what these folks have to say about the bluefin fishery and what these awesome fish are doing.
See you there, Friday, 6pm-- Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin Tuna Mania; Round 2" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/24/06
 

The weather is shaping up perfectly for this weekend to give us another shot at the amazing gift mother nature has given us with the appearance of the Giant Bluefin Tuna to our waters. The northly winds will lay out by Thursday afternoon and the weekend looks slight and light. Winds are forcast to go to the south Saturday and I'm betting that's when the Bluefin light it up as the barometer changes with the wind change.

Brant is doing another free Bluefin seminar Friday evening. Come on down to the OIFC and share stories of what you caught/lost last weekend. We're hearing some amazing stories; the best ones from fish fought and lost. The Liar's Club at OIFC will be open!


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/23/06
 

The last report I gave on Saturday PM was a bit premature.  We left fishing at 2pm, but I came to find out that from 2-5pm a good bite occured in the vicinity of the Raritan wreck.  From talking to folks, I'd guestimate some 15-20 fish were hooked on Saturday, many in the late PM.  This report along with a trend I've seen lately has me thinking that I'll be shifting my pattern from fishing very early AM to focusing more in mid AM to late PM. 
This weekend looks to be great weather again, so we will for sure be back on the water after the bluefin.  We've got the store restocked with bait, tackle....... and we can service your needs.  Stay tuned to the site as I may try to slip out a few days this week to give it a shot.
I'll be doing another seminar on Friday at 6pm if you need help in learning about bluefin fishing-- see you then.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/21/06
 

I hate to say, but again we have struck out on the Bluefin tuna bite today.  There were not near as many boats fishing for them today, but it was obvious the tuna were not around in any numbers as well.  There were a few scattered bites from bluefin during the day, but it was very slow for most everyone.  The type of bite we've had the last few days is somewhat typical of the way the bluefin bite has been this past year.  After a big weather front, if the fish are found, they bite good.  Then over the next few days after the first day of the bite, the action will slowly dwindle to a near trickle.  We have another weather front moving in tonight, so hopefully the bluefin will regroup and we can restart the cycle.  We will be taking a few days off from bluefin fishing, but stay tuned for reports. 
Last night we hosted our bluefin tuna fishing seminar and I was pleased to see a nice crowd of 50 or more interested bluefin fishermen attend.  I hope the instruction will prove helpful in your search for a big bluefin.  Also special thanks to Cinelli's Italian Restaurant of Ocean Isle which donated pizza to all attendees of the seminar- thank you. 
Here at the Fishing Center we are regrouping and will have all your bluefin tuna fishing tackle on hand.  From fighting harnesses to fluorocarbon to bait, we have it.  Thanks to the many who have stopped in over the last few days and let us hope there will be more bluefin fishing to come.-- Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/20/06
 

You can't be a hero every day.  Today we struck out as the bluefin bite did not happen aboard the Carolina Contender.  There were some 5-10 bluefin hooked up, however, amidst the impressive 90+ boat crowd.  There is no doubt that the fishing pressure will scatter the fish, but they are still out there and there will be some lucky few who get their number called.  One analysis I think I can make is that this class of fish we seem to be dealing with is much larger than is normally seen out of Morehead City.  As such, I feel like these larger fish are likely swimming as singles or pairs as opposed to a large schooling group.  This would account for the more scattered and sporadic bite being encountered.  On the plus side, if you do hook up, you better hang on.  A boat fought a fish for 11 hours yesterday and was pulled 22 miles before the fish finally broke off.  The fish was brought to the leader and according to stories, it was estimated at 12 feet long!  Anyway, we'll be back at them tomorrow.  Maybe it will be my day, maybe yours.  Either way, you won't know  unless you go. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Final report for the day" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/19/06
 

Whew!!!-- Well, we did it.  The bluefin tuna are not a fluke, they are for real.  Today we were blessed with great weather and two hookups- we landed a 97 inch-450+/- pound bluefin and then after catching our breath, hooked up again and landed a 90 inche - 400+/- pound  bluefin.  Both were brought to the dock making them the first bluefin tuna to be landed and brought to Ocean Isle- to my knowledge anyway.  The weather looks very good for the next few days, so come on down and try to get in on the action.  We are set up at the Fishing Center to equip you.  And don't forget the FREE seminar I'll be giving tomorrow at 6PM on how to catch a bluefin.  Thanks for staying tuned and we hope you'll be down to see us soon-- Capt. Brant, signing off- tired but ready to go at them tomorrow.  I'll be leaving the dock on the Carolina Contender at 5:30am and be on VFH 11 -- anyone is welcome to follow me out Shallotte inlet if you like.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"UPDATE!" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 01/19/06
 

Number two is in the boat!  Well number two is caught but apparently it is too big to fit through the door but they're working on it.  He'll be at the marina around 2:00pm.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"IT IS ON" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 01/19/06
 

Hot off the press.  Capt. Brant and the Carolina Contender are on again!  They have a 97" in the boat and are hooked up on number 2.  Come on down to Ocean Isle and get in on this once in a lifetime fishery.  We have all the tackle, bait, ice, fuel you'll need.  Give us a call 910-575-FISH.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"He's in the boat!!!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/19/06
 

Hot off the coconut telegraph....just spoke to Brant. He just put a 97 incher in the Carolina Contender! Approx 500lbs+. Heading to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center with the fish. Caught it at the Horeshoe. Several other boats hooked up.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"9:00am Tuna bite" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/19/06
 

Just got off tele with Brant. He's at the Horeshoe; 2 boats are currently hooked up fighting Giant Bluefin Tuna. There are 10 boats fishing the area. Standby for updates. Folks, this deal is real! The fish are here. The weather looks perfect throughout the weekend. Although the focus seems to be on the Horeshoe, there may be fish at any of the King Mackerel spots. You're looking for temperature breaks at structure locations where bait will hold. If you see the Ganets diving, that's where the Tuna will be as the Ganets are diving on bait that's balled up; by the Tuna! Check with the Fishing Center[575-FISH] as Rhett/Brian can look on the satalite and locate the temp breaks.

Don't miss the opportunity to take advantage of mother nature smiling down on us and delivering us this incredible resource to our local waters.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 01/18/06
 

Captain Dale Britt on the fishing vessel Sensation will have Dr. Barbra Block's Tag-A-Giant tagging team on board fishing near Frying Pan Shoals this weekend. The program provides invaluable research to help protect the future of this fishery. The team uses satellite tags that track the migration and breeding patterns of these magnificent fish. You can learn more about the Tag-a-giant program at: www.tunaresearch.org  I encourage all fishermen to participate in tagging these tuna. It is a very unique experience and a great way to give something back. The tag boat Sensation will be monitoring channel 6 &11. If you hook a fish that you would like to transfer for tagging, call the tag boat and they will walk you through the rest.


- Capt. Jon Tennant
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"Bluefin madness" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/18/06
 

The entire area is in a frenzy.  The phone is ringing and people are talking Bluefin tuna.  The weather looks great starting tomorrow, so we'll be on the water on VHF 11 Thurs-Sunday.  Carolina Contender, Show Time and MacMarle'n.  Give us a call.  The area's I'm going to focus are Shark Hole, 24 mile hole over to Horseshoe area.  If anyone needs any gear to give it a go, we are set up to service your needs.  Bait, ice, tackle.....  give us a call (910) 575-FISH or stop by-- we're open 12pm-7pm daily.  If you've ever wanted a shot at these giant tuna but didn't want to travel too far from Ocean Isle, now is the time to give it a shot.  Our charter boats are operating daily and ready to hook you up.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin infrastructure in place" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/17/06
 

Well, after realizing that there are fish in the ocean that can absolutely kick my butt, and after destroying two 50-100 pound class rods, I've licked my wounds and I'm ready to give it another try.  The Ocean Isle Fishing Center will now be open daily from 112-6pm to serve your  bluefin fishing needs.  We are stocked with rods, reels, line, lures, fluorocarbon and bait.  We've got it all and we're ready to help you catch a bluefin.  As reported, there was a  bite that occured at the Horseshoe, but by luck or fate, a boat ended with lines out between lighthouse rocks and the 15 mile rocks and hooked up and caught an 84 incher.  That opens up a whole new world to the fishery.  It is no longer a bigger boat, 25+ mile fishery.  At 9 miles off the beach, the bluefin are accessible to almost all boats.  And if they are that close inshore, why not the 390/390, Shark Hole, Jungle, 65 foot hole, Barges.....??????  The only reason the fish caught off lighthouse rocks was caught was because the guy who caught it ran out of gas and decided to throw out his lines.  That is the story of our bluefin fishery in a nutshell.  We sort of had an idea they were always here, but we never confirmed because we just weren't fishing for them.  And now, we thought we had to 25+ miles out, only to find that they are right off the beach.  This fishery needs a great deal of exploration.  A large group of charter and commercial boats are coming to the area from Morehead City, and I welcome them.  I don't see them as competition, but rather as helpful explorers in helping us to determine the viabilty of this fishery in our waters and just where the fish are.  We need the help.  So, for all of you guys coming to the area, feel free to stop by the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  We'll do our best to make you feel welcome and share our knowledge of the area's waters.  This weekend's weather looks gorgeous, and I invite and encourage all our area fishermen to come down and take part in the birth of the bluefin fishery. 
I will be hosting a Blufin Fishing 101 seminar on Friday evening at 7pm at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center where I promise to share all my knowledge on where to look for the fish, how to get them to bite and how to land them.  Having knowledge and experience to find and catch these fish is certainly important, but also remember that you may be dealing with a very big fish and safety is also critical.  Let me help you get prepared so  you can make the most of this opportunity.  The wind is supposed to blow tomorrow, but we plan to be fishing Thurs through the weekend.  We will be monitoring VHF 11 and typically leave the dock around 5am.
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- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"3:00pm Bluefin update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/16/06
 

Just got off tele with Brant. He was hyperventalating from excitement. Here's highlight and Brant will post full story this evening. Bite went off this morning early at the Horseshoe. He was late getting there but 3 boats hooked up. Al Morris on Sea Dragon hooked up at 8:00am, fought a fish for 5 hours and called Brant over to try to help him. Brant jumped on board, went to battle, and according to Brant, this was the biggest baddest fish he has ever encountered. Understand Brant knows his way around big Bluefin but he said he couldn't do anything to affect the fish. Finally he put the rod in the rod holder, tightened down the drag to full pressure on the 200lb test line on the rod; the rod broke; he spliced the broke rod's line to another reel; back at the battle, put that rod in the rod holder; the rod holder exploded and cut the line on the broken medal. Brant, speaking from experience said he is sure this was a 1000lb+ fish.

All the other fish were also lost exccept for John Quatlebaum who caught a 84 inch 3 miles offshore of Lighthouse Rocks.

Folks; this is our dream come true. The Giant Bluefin Tuna have come to Brunswick County waters. There were 6 boats fishing and 50% had a bite. The water is full of pogies, ganets, bonitas/ect. We had decided to close the Fishing Center to give everyone a break for January but Brant says store will be open for anyone who wants to get into the game; how to/where/equipment/ect. This is once in lifetime opportunity..Come join us!


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Bluefin bite is on!" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 01/16/06
 

Just got report 3 boats are hooked up to Bluefin at the Horseshoe. Will have fulll report when Brant returns this evening. Standby.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefin Tuna Rally IS ON - MONDAY" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/15/06
 

The Carolina Contender is in the water and ready to go.  I'll be leaving the OIFC at 5:30am and be standing by on VHF channel 11.  It will still be dark, so if there is anyone who wants to follow me out Shallotte Inlet, no problem.  I'll give a call on VHF 11 at 5:30 am so listen in and be ready to go.  I'll be heading toward the Horseshoe area, but will confirm details in the AM.  Hope to see you then.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"BLUEFIN TUNA! BLUEFIN TUNA! BLUEFIN TUNA!- HERE- O" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/14/06
 

Well, it is 100% confirmed and on.  The Bluefin are officially here.  For three days in a row Bluefin have been caught in a square from the Knuckle buoy to the Horseshoe across the shoal to WR-4 to the Fairway buoy.  From Ocean Isle its 27 miles to the Knuckle buoy and 32 to the Horseshoe.  Day before yesterday a single boat fished and caught a 72 inch Bluefin at the Horseshoe.  Yesterday a double Bluefin including an 84 incher was caught at WR-4 and a fish was broke off at the Raritan.  On all of these days, no more than 4 or 5 boats were fishing for the Bluefin.  Case in point, they are here and now is the time to go make this happen.  It looks like we can slip in a weather day on Monday, so I plan to be aboard the "Carolina Contender" after these tuna.  I'll be leaving the OIFC at 5:30am and heading out of Shallotte- anyone is welcome to follow.  I'll be on VHF 11 and 6.  Communication is key with this fishery as we must spread out.  I'd say that fishing from the Shark Hole back toward the Horseshoe will be the area we need to look at.  I hope you can join me on Monday- VHF 11 or 6- give me a call.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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