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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 08/01/05
 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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"" | Capt. Hook | 07/25/05
 

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


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

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

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"Another firsherman's big catch-- keep them coming" | Carolina Contender | 07/24/05
 

I read your fishing reports frequently and recently saw the nice first king Mariah  caught.  Excellent fish. I took one of my assistants with me on her first 'offshore' trip and we had similar success.  She caught this trolling a ballyhoo on top at the Jungle.
I fish a lot, but it was her first trip offshore ever.  She caught it last Sunday July 17th, near the Jungle.  We were trolling Ballyhoo.  At about 11am, while still dropping the line back, it picked it up on top and smoked the reel.  Beginners luck, I guess.  I told her she might not win a tournament with this one, but she was definitely 'on the board'.  Thanks again for your website.


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"WOW! Nice first catch!" | Carolina Contender | 07/20/05
 

OK, OK-- everyone wants to know how big?? -- 51.3 pounds !!!!!

Hey, Brant.  Caught in the  Hole area thanks to your website recomendation to look for kings there.  Exact numbers are probably not important but remain a closely guarded secret as they are now recorded in my GPS as "Mariah's Spot".  Wouldn't have fished there if you hadn't mentioned it on your website.  We had planned to go to Horseshoe instead but changed our minds.  Caught on a dead cigar/downrigger/Penn 30 lb gear.  I know this is a life-time fish and was so pleased to watch Mariah catch this without help from me or her husband.  We did miss another smoker king just prior to this hook up.  We also caught another nice king 20+/- lbs that looked quite small by comparison.  Today I learned that Mariah's fish was apparently 1.8 lbs short of a women's world record.  We are definately on a high on the Lucky Lady and are looking forward to the Lady Angler's Tournament in a couple of weeks. 
Doug

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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 07/19/05
 

Despite a slightly choppy ocean this morning, myself, Tim Lesher, Bill Wood, and his two sons Patrick and Matt headed due south out of Shallotte Inlet 25 miles to the Atlantic Ledge.  I pulled the throttles back 0.25 miles from the numbers and before I got the second downrigger set we had a fish on.  For the next hour I was unable to get more than 3 baits in the water at once before hooking up.  When I finally got all the baits in the water I looked at the gps and we had trolled 1.5 miles past the structure and were still getting bites. The fish were of mixed sizes--mostly in the 12-18 lb class, however there were a few smaller (24-28 inch) fish mixed in with them.  Every kingfish bite we had today came on dead cigar minnows off the downrigger 35 feet down with a green skirt.  (We did not catch a single kingfish was caught on top all day.)  The final tally was close to a dozen kings--all off of one rod---and several other missed strikes and pulled hooks.  The excitement of the day, though definately occurred at 10:00am on the longline.  As I was turning a king loose to see another day, the top line started screaming.  I looked up to see Tim hooked in to what I thought at first to be a kingfish skying a bait but on second glance was a sailfish going ballistic.  He ran a couple hundred yards off the Speedmaster, jumping more than any sailfish I have ever seen.  As we got the sail beside the boat he decided to jump a few more times for us and almost came in the boat with us on more than one occassion.  We boated him, got some very quick pictures and a measurement, revived him, and turned him loose to make another angler just as happy as he made Tim.  We'll be back on the water in the morning so check in tomorrow for hopefully another great fishing report!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Weekend Adventure" | Carolina Contender | 07/18/05
 

I took a sort of "vacation" this past weekend as I went to Dauphin Island, AL to fish the Alabama Deep Sea Rodeo with a fishing friend.  The rodeo is a unique event in itself as basically any species with fins, scales or tails is legal to weigh-in and win something.  It's a concept I'd love to see in our area as the poor old King Mackerel are tired of being the only fish that get beat on in these tournaments.  Anyway, as I've written in the past, the northern Gulf fishery is incredible for lots of species, including the King Mackerel.  The guy I was fishing with was focused only on Kings due to his competing in the SKA division.  And to put it plainly, I'm sore from winding in so many fish.  We caught and caught and caught around numerous oil rigs off of Louisiana.  The average fish was 35 pounds and we released at least a dozen over 40 pounds and weighed a 44 pounder.  You'd think that was good, but 60 pounds won and we didn't place in the top 20.  Tons of fun though and very enjoyable.  Meanwhile, the OIFC fleet continued to trudge on in my absence.  They report good King fishing at spots from 50-65 feet such as the Christina's ledge, 410/510 and Shark Hole, especially in the AM.  The Pogys have been nearly non-existent, so we've been making due with either dead cigar minnows or jigging live cigar minnows etc.. 
This weekend I'm supposed to have a live bait school along with the King of the Cape tournament.  3 of the students have cancelled this past weekend leaving 3 spots open for anyone wanting to learn/hone their live bait fishing skills and compete in an area tournament for a chance to win $$$ and experience tournament fishing.  Call me at (910) 575-3474 xt 3 for info. on the school dates open.  -------  Capt. Brant


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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 07/14/05
 

Much of this morning's half day trip was spent dodging showers at the 90/90's, however the fish didn't seem to mind the rain.  There was a pretty steady bite of king mackeral as well as large (4-5 lb.) spanish mackeral all morning.  We boated a couple of each species and lost at least another half dozen fish due to pulled hooks or cut offs.  There were some very small menhaden in the waterway this morning but none were spotted in the ocean.  We primarily used the live baits on double pogy rigs in order to create a little more disturbance and make up for their lack in size.  The fish didn't seem to have a preferance though between live pogies or dead cigar minnows.  I'm headed back to the 90/90's or the 410/510 in the morning on another half day trip so hopefully I'll have some more good results to post!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Catching Up" | Carolina Contender | 07/12/05
 

Sorry I haven't reported much lately.  The Summer goes by like a flash between running tournaments, fishing them and then charter fishing-- oh yeah and keeping up with Caroline- now 8 months old and highly mobile.  I'm going to posting my latest Brunswick Beacon article which pretty much sums up the state of the fishery today.  The King Mackerel and Mahi fishing has picked up alot this past week- they are biting much better in the 50-70 foot range.  Pogys have still be fairly scarce, but we are starting to see a few more schools than before-- most consistently off of Long Beach.  Hotspots have included- 90/90, Shark Hole, Christina's Ledge, 410/510, 70 foot hole, Altantic Ledge and 22 and 26 mile rocks.
I just concluded two live bait fishing schools and both went great as the 1st was held in conjuction with the Carolina Beach King tourney- we caught lots of Kings in the 15+ pound range and boated a respectable 28 that won 9th place.  On Monday's school we did the same, and although not in a tournament, boated a nice 26 pounder.  A big congratulations to Ocean Isle Fishing Center charter captian, David Hooks for winning 1st in the tournament.  Anyway fishing has been pretty good lately and we can't complain with the weather.  Hope to see you on the water.  I'm posting a few new school dates, so check out the fishing school link if you have interest-- I'm going to add a live bait, anchor fishing class which will focus particularly on fishing for Kings from the anchor.

Hot Weather and Hotter Fishing

by Capt. Brant McMullan

 

After weeks of hot, hot weather, the water temperatures off our coast have warmed to a steamy 85 degrees.  What this typically means is a lot of the inshore fish such as Flounder and Trout move into the ocean and hold on nearshore reefs and structure where they can find cooler temperatures at deeper depths.  The nearshore fish such as Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Cobia…. Typically either migrate north or move offshore to the 80+ foot depth range where they too can reside in cooler temperatures.  However, such is not the case.  As I mentioned, this is “typical”.  But what is typical in fishing?  Wind, tides, moon phase, barometric pressure, rainfall, lighting, hurricanes, swell size, water clarity….. on and on…… affect how fish react and where they choose to reside on any given day.  So, here’s my analysis on what is going on with our fishery, particularly as pertains to the King Mackerel fishing.  This Spring it was cooler than normal.  Into early June we had much cooler than normal water temperatures as they struggled to break the 70 degree mark.  As a result, the normal migration of fish (King Mackerel and Cobia in particular) from both offshore and from the south was affected.  The King Mackerel and Cobia bite in Georgia was incredible during this time while we were left waiting for the water to warm and hopefully allow the fish to migrate into our waters.  By mid June Summer arrived with a vengeance.  It was hot, hot, hot.  The water temperatures rose some 10 degress from the low 70s into the 80’s in only days.  However, the fish did not react with such speed.  The Cobia moved further north, but the majority of them passed by quickly as they headed for the annual Summering grounds in the Chesapeake Bay.  The Kings on the other hand have never caught up to the change and are stuck to our south, basically one month behind schedule.  Currently, the large group of 15+ pound Kings is holding off of the Georgetown, SC area.  Those fish typically come to that area in early June and provide great action.  Particularly well known is the hot bite from larger fish that often occurs along the tideline.  Well, that bite is happening right now.  And whereas those same fish normally move into our waters by early July, they are only trickling in at a very slow rate.  So in conclusion, there is no normal.  But, if there were, it would mean that our fishing is almost exactly one month behind and that for the next month, King Mackerel fishing should be getting great.  This week, the Kings have been biting better in the 50-65 foot depth range with many into the 20 pound range.  And while I’m on Kings, let me recognize this weeks King of Kings.  Capt. David Hooks and crew of the “Capt’n Hook”, a charter boat out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, won the annual Carolina Beach King Mackerel tournament this past weekend.  David and crew scaled an impressive 37.90 pound King Mackerel caught off the Georgetown tideline to win the tournament and take home over $30,000 in prize money.  The tournament hosted 190 boat entries.  Congratulation to the crew of the “Capt’n Hook”.  And while I’m handing out accolades, Capt. Kyle Hughes, also of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, won the Jimmy Price inshore Trout tournament this past weekend with a whopping 6 pound Trout.  Kyle and his father fished the Little River jetties and Kyle handled the catching duties while his father did the netting. Congratulations to Capt. Kyle and crew as well.  Also this past weekend, I hosted one of my live bait fishing schools.  As I’ve explained in the past, the schools consist of 2-3 hours of ground school on an evening where we discuss rig tying, net throwing and general fish understanding.  Then on the next day, the class joins me aboard the “Carolina Contender” so we can spend the day fishing and practicing what we have talked about.  As you know, there’s no experience like first hand experience.  As I do with many of my classes, I held this one in conjunction with the Carolina Beach King Mackerel tournament so that on our day of fishing, we would not only be practicing to be better fishermen, but we would also be competing to win big money.  We ran south off of Murrells Inlet and all the students put their newly learned cast netting skills to work as they loaded the livewells with fresh, live Pogys.  We then headed offshore and fished several spots from 50-60 feet of water.  We had great luck catching over a dozen King Mackerel from 15-28 pounds.  The 28 pounder we boated ended up a respectable 9th place overall which gave the students a chance to walk the tournament stage and collect some tournament winnings.  And then again on Monday I held another live bait class going through the same learning steps as mentioned above.  On this day, however, we chose to stay more local.  The students caught bait off of Long Beach and we fished such spots as the Shark Hole, 24 mile rocks and 65 foot hole.  At each spots the students caught a variety of King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Mahi, Amberjack and Barracuda.  They caught 10 Kings along with the other species including a nice size 26 pounder.  In all, the fishing this past weekend was very good.  Whether fishing close to the beach for Spanish or Flounder or a little further off for Kings etc… the fishing is getting good and should only be better through the next weeks.


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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 07/11/05
 

This morning started out with a bang at Christina's Ledge as we began catching kings almost as soon as we had all the lines in the water.  The action continued to be consistant throughout the morning as we landed approximately 10 fish with several other cutoffs and short strikes.  Our biggest fish topped the scales around 20 lbs. with the average size fish being 10-12 lbs.  We were dragging a spread of live pogies as well as dead cigar minnows but the kings seemed to show no preferance for one over the other.  The two hot baits of the day though, seemed to be a double pogy rig fished very short in the prop wash and a dead cigar minnow behind a clear skirt fished very long.  I'll be back on the water in the morning with hopefully more good news to report tomorrow afternoon! 


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Winner" | Capt. Hook | 07/10/05
 

Well Skip Canipe, Andy Penninger, better known as “little SUMO”, and myself pulled the Capt’n Hook in the winners circle at the East Coast Got Em On King tournament yesterday!! It was held out of Carolina Beach. We trailered the boat to Murrell’s Inlet South Carolina and dumped it in the water to set out on our quest for the biggest king. The bait was right outside the Jetties so we picked it up there and headed toward Georgetown looking for the tideline. We deployed a spread of live Pogies and one ribbonfish deep. We caught a couple of low twenties and released them due to the length of the run we decided before the tourney we wouldn’t run anything less than a 25 the 100 or so miles to the scales. Then at 8:20 the long top line started into atomic melt down and I felt like we had a good one. The fish made its initial run on top straight through two other boats lines. As we made chase the Gracie Mae and the Knot at Work, realized we were tangled up in their top lines and cut them free for us as I backed the drag down to nothing while we untangled the four lines that were in our hooked up line. After all this the fish put up a tremendous fight and around 20 minutes later we managed to drive the gaff home and bag our trophy. We put back out and fished until 11:00 and released two more fish in the high 20’s before starting to the scales. The fish weighed 37.90 and was good enough to top the leader board. My hat is off to the boats that participate in our sport and display excellent sportsmanship and concern for the other competitors.  Wow the high is so much higher than the low!! Stay Tuned!! We will try to load a picture later today!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"King bit on again!" | Mac Marle'n | 07/09/05
 

After a slow start to the week, the king bite has really picked up again. Several kings as well as some large spanish were caught on the inshore reefs today. Fearless first mate Ryan also hand feed a nice cobia of about 36" in length this morning so be prepared because they're still around. Get on the water and catch some fish! Good luck & tight lines.

Capt. Jon Tennant


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"Variety" | Capt. Hook | 07/07/05
 

I have had computer problems and could not update but am back at it now. Picts are still a problem but will follow soon. We fished the Jolly Mon and caught several small Kings but My five year old son Tripp made his first stab at it and put a Mahi on the scales. This is an accomplishment for all kids that were in the tourney pulling a 12 hour plus day in the blazing heat. We fished Frying Pan Tower first of the week and Caught Amberjack, African Pompano,Barracuda, King Mackeral, Mahi and Shark that was cool!! We have been catching Kings in the 15 to 20 pound range all week but not very many. The bait finally showed up off of Long Beach this morning and was plentiful. That is a welcome change. Lets keep an eye on the sky as these storms are moving through. Stay Tuned!!


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"weekend outlook" | Carolina Contender | 07/07/05
 

For the weekend looks like we won't get any effects from gulf hurricane. Our weather looks to be stable, typical summer conditions with flat seas in the morning and afternoon seabreeze.

Kings are biting ok at all the normal spots in 65 feet of water; Jungle/Shark Hole/65 Foot Hole/ect. A lot of Cobia mixed in and seeing more and more Dolphin and scatterred Sailfish. African Pompano have showed up at the Frying Pan Tower.

Lots of big weed patches. Try pulling up to a big patch and if there are small fish under it[what we call a live patch] then pitch a live bait under it. Good chance a Dolphin hanging below it.

Menhaden are improving as there were big schools today at Long Beach and they should move on down the beach.

If you're not already here; come on down.


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"Next Available Tournament Charter" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 07/05/05
 

The King of the Cape king mackerel tournament out of Southport, NC is one of the fastest growing and most fishermen friendly events on the trail.  This is a one day event, and is set for Saturday, July 23rd.  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 trip contact me direct at:
910-575-FISH ext.4, (www.captbarrett@oifishingcenter.com).


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Kings everywhere" | Carolina Contender | 07/04/05
 

WHEW! The Jolly Mon is done and now I can take a break [and go fishing]. Click on Jolly Mon report on our home page for all the results.

Kings are biting good everywhere. Best spots for numbers of fish were 410/510 ; Shark Hole and various spots around the Jungle. Bite should get even better as fish continue to move into the typical summer time 65 foot depth. Come on down and enjoy the fun with the rest of the world that is already here.

Thanks to everyone for using our off island shuttle system. It worked perfectly and there is no way anyone can [legimately] blame the tourney for island traffic this weekend. Thanks for your help.Hope to see you at the Fall Brawl.


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"It's Jolly Mon Time!" | Carolina Contender | 07/01/05
 

GAME ON! IT'S SHOWTIME!!!

-weather: No wonder Jim Can'ttorie gets paid the big bucks...he nailed the weather forcast a wek ago. Both Saturday/Sunday looks perfect with lite winds; lite seas; couldn't be any better.

-Fishing: Nothing new; a few fish were caught yesterday at Jungle but still think they are holding in 80-90 feet verses normal 65 feet. Still some fish coming from piers so beach bite certainly is a possibility. Water color yesterday at Yaupon was not good but could have been a tide issue.

Hot spots may be 32 mile rock/ Atlantic Ledge/30/30 or other rocks/ledges in 80-90 feet. Anchoring and chumming should be best techniqque. Can jig up bee liners while at anchor and they should do the trick.

We got our delivery of ribbonfish yesterday from Folrida. They are perfect! 18-24 inches, hand caught 2 days ago, brined and vacume sealed. We are limiting everyone to 20 ribbons to insure everyone will be able to get them. Also we got shipment of 25 lb blocks of sardine chum[tourney special from Capt Mark's Chum of $12.95/25lb block]. 

Good luck to everyone. We will have updated info at capt meeting this evening from our charter fleet and others.

PLEASE RIDE THE FREE SHUTTLE!!!!!!! THANKS.


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