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"good news" | Stori Teller | 05/10/05
 

I finally have the authority to say that the inshore flounder bite is on. The last couple of days I have been busy running trips on the Stori Teller so lets catch up.On Monday I left the fishing center confident that we could get on a grey trout bite out on the a.r 485. so thats where we started.Once we got there we immediately began dropping sting silver jigs on top of the structure where we had marked the fish on the finder.The second jig down was attacked by a hungry trout and it was on.We caught trout in the 1 to 4 pound range along with a few scattered bluefish until about 11 o'clock.Then we decided to head inshore to try and catch some flounder.We started in the back of a creek with a falling tide.In the next hour we boated 10 flounder with 4 being of legal size.Once the tide stopped moving the bite was over. 
   Then there was today.We left with intentions of going back to the trout bite we had yesterday but a 15 knot east wind changed our minds.So back to the creek we went with not so impressive results.In 4 hours we had 4 flounder with one being a keeper.You know what they say,when  the wind is out of the east the fish bite the least.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 05/10/05
 

We're off to the Save Our Pogies meeting in Raleigh today.  Wish us luck.  I hope you are going to be there to meet us- we need help!
Fishing was good yesterday and the weather was awesome.  I'm sure you saw Captn. Hook's post as he nailed the Wahoo.  I stayed a bit closer inshore and did some bottomfishing, hoping to find the Grouper had moved inshore- they really have not.  We caught a bunch of big Sea Bass and a whopping 20 pound Genuine Red Snapper along with a few Kings.  We caught the Kings at the Twin Cities wrecks (44 miles) and it was evident they would be moving into that area in numbers very soon.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"WAHOO!!" | Capt. Hook | 05/09/05
 

Wow what a day. I am just getting done cleaning fish and the boat from an awesome stream trip. We had a charter cancel late yesterday so I decided to take some guys I used to work with on a promised trip. We threw the lines out in the 650’s and just after all were deployed we had 4 Mahi on. We managed to get two in the box thanks to trying to sling gaffers in the boat. I actually sent one sliding across the top of the cabin that looked like Bo Duke hood sliding on the dukes of hazard!! BUT THEN we experienced the best Wahoo bite I have ever been a part of or heard of in this area of the world. We ended up with eleven!! 1 in the fifties, 2 in the forties, several in the thirties and a couple in the twenties. One time we had 3 or 4 circling the back of the boat like dolphin!! WOW hand feeding a Wahoo that was the first for me!! The bite is definitely on  so book your trip or fire the boat up!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Tomorrow is the day! - Save Our Pogies" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 05/09/05
 

Tomorrow is the day. Our hearing before the Envirnoment and Natural Resources Committee will be heard approx 1:00pm in Room 653 of the Legislative Office Building.

Our whole strategy has been to build a grass roots campaign based upon unanimous support from our beach communities and then support from sports fishermen throughout the state. This is why we have pounded on you guys to make contact with your elected Reps as what we hope is these Reps will make the decision to listen to you voters verses listening to the lobbyist efforts of Omega Protein/Beaufort Fisheries. I have no idea what to expect from the Committee but I feel like everyone all across the state has done an excellent job in communicating your concerns and desires to the elected Reps.

At the hearing it is now important to bring a large crowd to demonstrate to the committee our committment to the effort. Please try to make it to the hearing. We need you there!. Thanks. Rube McMullan


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Weather is here, wish you were beautiful." | Carolina Contender | 05/09/05
 

FINALLY!!!The weatherman has figured out it's almost summer. Saw on forecast our 2 favorite words for first time I can remember this spring...."light and variable". And it is.. you could skip a nickel all the way to Frying Pan Tower today and the weeks looks good.

Fishing yesterday was good and bad. We looked at temp charts and guessed 100/400 to Blackjack would be direction to go. Looked like a good temp break there verses warmer water down south. The only boat that had a good day between 100/400 and Steeples was Scott Quaintance's families brand new Carolina Bluewater, a beautiful 47 foot Cabo. On this, his innagural trip he and crew caught 3 citation Wahoo, 67,49, and 41. How's that for your first trip out in your brand new boat!

Closer in we are staring to pick up good grouper in the 80-100 foot depth.

Also a good bite on Atlantic Bonita yesterday at the Sherman.

On the SAVE OUR POGIES  effort, tomorrow is the day. We will have a bus leaving from the Ocean ISle Beach Town Hall at approx 7:00am. Please join us in Raleigh as the bill goes before Committee where we either live or die based upon how the committee votes. A strong demonstration of support from fishermen all over the state is what we need to get the Committte  to listen to their constituents verses the lobbyist from Omega Proteins that are pounding away at them. Please come to Raleith. The hearing will be approx 1:00pm in Room 653 of the Legislative Office Building. Look on www.saveourpogies.com for direction.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Flounder/Trout tournament underway today" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 05/07/05
 

40 boats signed up for the 2nd annual Flounder/Trout Classic here at the Ocean ISle Fishing Center sponsered by Clay Morphis's Shallow Water Boat sales featuring MAJEK BOATS. As fishermen signed up and paid their $75 entry they were served up the most amazing meal that could only have been prepared by the world famous "Pork Chop Kitchin". Ribs/BBQ/fried corn/fried corn paties....I'd happily paid my $75 for the dinner, forget the fishing. We'll post the results as we begin to hear what's happening and this should be the perfect start for the flounder/trout season as these fishermen will surely locate the fish.

Offshore, final;y it looks like the weather is going to recognize it's almost summer. Looks good for next week and we'll be back at the stream starting tomorrow. Stay tuned for what's happening where.

Also don't forget the Far Out Shoot Out is coming up Memorial weekend. The way the season is running late this year due to the cool weather, timing looks like it will be perfect for outstanding catches at the Shoot Out. Join us for good camaradie/fishing/food/instruction. The tourney is a one day event but you can fish Friday or Saturday, your option. Win some cash, but most importantly the bragging rights is what's it's all about. This is the perfect event for new comers to join with a large group of other boaters to make the trip to the stream. By tourney time, our charter fleet should have the fish dialed in so stay tuned to reports as where the best action is.

Also don't forget this Tuesday, May 10, our bill to SAVE OUR POGIES will be heard in the state legislature. Please try to attend the hearing to demonstrate to the committee the importance of this bill to our fishery. For more info go to www.saveourpogies.com. Thanks.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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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.


- Capt. Barrett 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.


- 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.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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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.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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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.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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