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"OIFC- March 19th- Spring Kickoff Get Together" | Carolina Contender | 03/07/05
 

OIFC- Saturday, March 19th- 11am-4pm
***PARKING*** The shuttle will be running from off-island to the OIFC- if there is no parking at OIFC, ride the shuttle- easy*****
-Used tackle swap/sale- bring your own tackle and trade or sell it with other fishermen
-Free Pig Pickin' at 12pm
-Free Seminars
     11am- Dean Spatholt (2004 SKA Angler of the Year), Capt. Brant & Capt. Barrett McMullan - Kingfishing Tactics
      1pm- Capt. David Hooks-
      2pm- Capt. Barrett McMullan-  Yellowfin Tuna Tactics
      3pm- Capt. Brant McMullan- Grouper Tactics
      4pm- OIFC Staff- Castnet throwing lessons
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Shrimp Advisory Committee Meeting" | Carolina Contender | 03/05/05
 

I serve on the Shrimp Advisory Committee which is mandated by the NC State Legislature to make reccomendations to the Marine Fisheries Commission as to how shrimp should be managed in our state waters. Next Tuesday we will be focusing on our Brunswick County waters and a meeting will be held at the Brunswick County Government complex in Bolivia at 6:00pm March 15. The hot issue is whether trawling in the intercoastal waterway and creeks should be stopped. On one side of the issue are the shrimpers who say they should be allowed to continue shrimping this area as they have for many years. On the other side are those who say the intercoastal waterway and creeks are estaurie area where junvenile fish are hatched and grow until they are large enough to travel to the ocean. To allow trawling in this very narrow water body decimates these junvenile fish including flounder, trout, redfish, grouper, red snapper, king mackerel, ect as they have no room to escape the trawls and nets.

If you have an opinion on this subject please come to the meeting as it is very important for the Committee to hear both sides of the issue.

Thanks. Rube McMullan


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Its Gettin Time" | Capt. Hook | 03/02/05
 

Its been a long winter and the past few days have reinterated that fact. But as you have noticed the days are getting longer which means Spring is coming. We start our Gulfstream trips this month and will run them until mid June or the water gets too warm for things to be productive. As the weather and water warms by mid April everything should be going off!! Bonita, Kings, Bottomfish, Yellowfin, Wahoo, Mahi to name a few. So its time to get your trip booked, or blow the dust of your reels and make sure your boat is ready to roll!!
See ya on the water!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"SAVE OUR POGIES" | Carolina Contender | 03/01/05
 

Please go to SAVE OUR POGIES  web site[www.saveourpogies.com] for update on our effort to ban commercial menhaden netting from our beaches. We need your help! 


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Weekend Outlook" | Carolina Contender | 02/25/05
 

The weather this weekend appears to shaping up.  I wouldn't call it a Chamber of Commerce type forecast but should be good enough for at least some black bass adventures.  Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning are forecasted for light winds and slight seas.  The shark hole and areas similar in 70+ feet of water will be the black bass hot holes.  For those who want to venture out further the monster blue head black bass and vermillion snapper are holding in 110 feet of water.  The gulf stream will continue to stay active with wahoo and as the weather continues to warm the yellowfin tuna get closer.  The MacMarle'n will be on the water tomorrow afternoon for a black bass trip so give Capt. Roger a call on channel 11 if you're out there- it gets lonely out there this time of year. 

For those not fishing this weekend but thinking about fishing check out our boats for sale link on our webpage or click here http://www.oifishingcenter.com/boats_for_sale.cfm.  There are a couple of super good deals of guys who are expecting new boats for the upcoming season and are selling there old ones.  The Capt. Hook boat, a proven fish catching machine is a 31' Contender with a cuddy cabin and is at the top of the list.  This boat has brand new power not a single hour on the engines.  Check it out, you may just find yourself a new ride for the upcoming season. 

The best news about the fishing this week is this is the last week of February.  That means March is here- game on!  Inshore black bass galore, wahoo central, tuna time, and even an offshore king mack attack might be in the cards.  Prep time is over, it's time to put that gear into action. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Cabin Fever Cured!" | Mac Marle'n | 02/21/05
 

Light and slight was the forecasted weather for yesterday so Saturday afternoon Capt. Rube, Capt. Brant and I dusted off the Gulf Stream gear and untangled a few lures from the "winter project" pile and loaded up the MacMarle'n for a Gulf Stream fishing adventure.  We departed Shallotte inlet just after 6am accompanied by the Captains Choice and Jimmy Powell who had the same gameplan in mind of heading to the blackjack hole.  Before leaving the dock I had checked out a satellite image of the break and there seemed to be a few degree temp break forming on the Steeples and running towards the Blackjack.  The ride out could'nt have been any smoother and just as the computer showed when we arrived to the blackjack hole we encountered a 3 degree temp change on the eastern side.  It wasn't the typical Gulf Stream blue water, but it was a clear blue/green and the temps were between 67 and 70 degrees.  The fishing action was fairly consistent starting at about 10:30 when we got our first flury of bites on swimming plugs and cedar plugs.  By 1:30pm we decided to make our way home to give us time to stop for some bottom fishing.  The Gulf Stream fishing yielded 10 strikes for the MacMarle'n with a poor batting average by only putting 2 of the 10 in the boat.  The big fish of the day was a 60lb wahoo followed by a 20lb blackfin tuna.  The bites we missed were most certainly wahoo strikes.  So, I am here to report the Gulf Stream is alive.  For the next month we can expect decent wahoo action with blackfin mixed in.  It is important we pick and choose the right weather days as well as pay close attention to the satellite images of water temperatures.  The bottom fishing scene was even more impressive than the Gulf Stream.  We stopped on the way in at the 150/350 bottoms in 100 to 115' and had a ball with the black sea bass and vermillion snapper.  The deeper water seems to be holding the bigger bass.  Yesterdays catch of bass was one of the best I've seen as far as quality fish goes.  Most of the fish were over 2.5lbs and were as big as 4lbs.  Now there is no more excuses for not giving it a go out there.  The fish are there now, but like always it's a matter of being in the right place when they are hungry. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Weekend looks fishable" | Carolina Contender | 02/17/05
 

Saturday looks like a seabass kind of day. Sunday looks like gulf stream material. Come on down and help us catch some of these fish.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 02/15/05
 

The weather has actually been decent over the past week or so, offering several days for fishermen to get offshore.  We ran a couple of 1/2 day trips and found plenty of 10-14" Sea Bass along with lots of Spiny Dog Sharks while fishing 60+ feet of water.  If you are looking for the bigger Bass, they're holding in 75-100' of water along with a variety of Snapper types-- the Grouper are mostly off in 130+ feet.  There were a few boats that made a Stream trip this weekend and reports were'nt the best but encouraging.  Those that fished the BlackJack had little luck other than a few Blackfin Tuna- the water was more green at 70.5 degrees-- The reported conditions looked good and there were lots of bait marks.  Another boat fished to the north off the Same Ole' and had a Blackfin, Yellowfin and Wahoo- the water was also green at 69.5 degrees.  It's still early yet, but if you can find a warm water eddy of 72+ degrees that kicks in over the 180' break, you can have a banner day this time of year- otherwise it's a bit early as we look to get going by early to mid March.
We'll keep you posted on the latest-- the weekend's weather looks nice, so pencil it in as a good fishing opportunity and we'll confirm on Thursday once we get a strong handle on what the weather is going to do.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 02/13/05
 

The good news is the weather man had it nailed.  It was an absolutely glorious day here at Ocean Isle with sunny skies, temps into the 60's and light winds.  The bad news is the fish weren't as excited about the weather as the fishermen were.  The boats that I am aware of that fished the Gulf Stream today came up empty handed.  Capt. Roger was on board one of the boats and reported marking what he though were tuna about 150 feet down.  He felt like they were there but just not feeding.  Not sure if they were bluefin or yellowfin.  I'll get a more detailed report from him tomorrow ie water temp, color, depth ect.  The nearshore action was a different story.  I captained the MacMarle'n for 1/2 day afternoon black sea bass mission and found plenty of them.  My first stop was offshore of the 7 mile boxcar in 55 feet of water, but found no immediate takers.  I opted to make the run on out to the Shark Hole where I joined several other boats on a bass whacking mission.  The action was hot and heavy between the nice sized bass and the spiny dog sharks.  In just a couple hours of fishing we had a limit of 1 to 3 lb bass and called it a day.  While the Gulf Stream fishing did not fire off today, that doesn't mean it couldn't happen any day now.  This is the time of year when we just have to take some gambles and give it a shot out there.  There is no telling when you're going to hit that warm pocket of water or concentration of bait and all 6 lines go to screaming.  Gulf Stream action will pick up steam in March and firing on all cylinders by April.  For now, we can take our shots as the weather allows and at the very least we can always get out there and put some fresh black bass on the dinner table. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Report coming" | Mac Marle'n | 02/12/05
 

For everybody huddled up around the fire place who are probably seeing the first signs of cabin fever, no fear a fishing report is in the making.  Today Capt. Brant and Capt. Roger took a 1/2 day afternoon trip for some sea bass yanking around the Little River offshore reef.  Brant reported fairly steady action but believes the bigger fish are still holding offshore in more than 75 feet.  Tomorrow the forecast is for light and variable winds, a rarity for the month of Febuary but a great invitation to check out the wahoo scene in the bluewater.  Capt. Dirk Parsons on the C Ya' boat and Jimmy Powell on his Hydra Sports boat will be heading to the Gulf Stream in search of whatever gets into their way.  This time of year the Gulf Stream can be magical or a desert.  If they encounter pockets of warmer water they may be in for a fun filled day of catching.  In past years we have caught yellowfin tuna sparingly during this time but the main action typically comes from hungry wahoo up to 100lbs.  Also, I wouldn't be surprised if they run across a bluefin tuna somewhere along the way.  The speculation will be hopefully be over tomorrow afternoon assuming the weather man has it called right.  I will report back in with their findings tomorrow evening.  I believe they are attempting to head in the direction of the Steeples and will be monitoring channel 11 for anyone who wants to give them a call.  Stay tuned.  Here are a few pics to from this past springs action just to give you a little taste of what's right around the corner.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Sat- Sun are Fishing days" | Carolina Contender | 02/10/05
 

Saturday the weather looks pretty decent with seas of 3-4 feet and Sunday looks AWESOME - we'll be fishing a 1/2 day on Saturday and then who knows what on Sunday-- the Wahoo are biting in the Stream - and somewhere out there the Bluefin Tuna are going mad-- and of course, there's always Sea Bass.  You can catch plenty of big keepers in the 10-18" range while fishing 50-80 feet of water over structure.  Stop by the Fishing Center to get set up on equipment and the latest info on where the big ones are biting.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin Rally report" | Mac Marle'n | 02/08/05
 

A valient effort, but no contact.  To my knowledge only my team aboard the "MacMarle'n" and the boat "Sea Ya" were on the hunt.  We fished from the Raritan to the Horseshoe area and had good water temps but I saw little bait and was not encouraged.  "Sea Ya" fished the Jungle area and did not get a strike, I haven't got word on what the conditions were.  We did however manage a good catch of whopper Bluehead Sea Bass, so all was not lost. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin Rally 2/7/04" | Mac Marle'n | 02/07/05
 

Sorry for the late notice, but we wanted to make sure the weather was going to be right before we committed to a bluefin adventure out of Ocean Isle.  The weather is beautiful today here on the coast and forecasted to be even better tomorrow.  We will be clearing Shallotte inlet at 6 am tomorrow morning on our way to search for the elusive giant bluefin tuna.  The more boats we have out looking for them the better the chance is they will be found.  For anyone who is already down at the coast or for those who can get here in a hurry come join us for a bluefin rally and help locate these awesome creatures.  Call 910-575-3474 ext. 3 for more details and to organize the boats for the best coverage.  We'll be on channel 11 and channel 6 on the VHF.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 02/01/05
 

Well, in case you didn't guess, the Bluefin Rally never happened.  Mother Nature wasn't too friendly and I feel that if we are going to find the Bluefin we need good conditions so we can see surface action and have mobility.  The weather doesn't look good for a while, but stay tuned in case of a break and I'll post our plans.

Also I'll be speaking at the Saltwater Sportsman Seminar this Sat at the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia.  If we can't go fishing, we might as well talk about it.  We will also be launching the Save Our Pogies campaign-- for tickets call 800 448-7360.
See you soon.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin Rally on Sunday" | Mac Marle'n | 01/27/05
 

The original hope was to be able to fish on Saturday, but Mother Nature looks like she may offer the best conditions on Sunday in order for us to search for the Bluefin Tuna out of Ocean Isle--  If you can only fish on Saturday, the weather looks decent and please report back by calling (910 )575-FISH to let us know what you find-- As I've said in the past, Bluefin are very mysterious and can hold in water from 45-80 degrees- and that's a big area.  However, favorable conditions in which we typically encounter them are where water temperatures are between 52 and 65 degrees and particularly where we find baitfish and birds working-- Local areas to consider are the Horseshoe, Raritan, Shark Hole/18 mi. rocks, 65' hole, Jungle, Atlantic Ledge and so forth-- I'd say from 60-120 feet is prime turf. 
If you can join us on Sunday, please email me at captbrant@oifishingcenter.com or call (910) 575-FISH so I can arrange who is going to be covering where so we can spread out most effectively.
Let's find those Bluefin that we know are out there and start a new fishery for our area.
Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Caroline's Report" | Carolina Contender | 01/24/05
 

Just wanted to let all you folks out there know that Miss Caroline is doing great.  In just 2 months she's gained 6 pounds for respectable and almost leaderboard worthy weight of 13 pounds.  The doc says she's in the 50th percentile for height and in the 95th percentile for weight--  apparently that means Caroline must just be too short-- most likely its the way she piles onto a bottle of warm milk like a Bluefin on a freelined Pogy.  Anyhow, she's doing great and growing like a weed- smiling, laughing, cooing. 
New Jolly Mon prize for 2005-- the fishermen who weighs a King Mackerel closest to Caroline's tournament day weight will win $500 ---  I expect she'll be close to leaderboard size by tournament day.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin Report" | Show Time | 01/24/05
 

I wish I had good news, but for now not.  We fished 4 days straight Weds-Sat and I'm sad to say we did not get a single Bluefin bite during any of the days.  Between a fleet of some 20 boats fishing per day, there were 3 Bluefin caught in 4 days amongst the entire fleet.  So the question is-- did they leave for good or were the only temporarily missing to return soon?  Typically we catch Bluefin consistently through mid February, but who knows.  I'll be keeping touch with boats fishing the Morehead area to get word on the Bluefin bite, but for now I've brought my boats back to Ocean Isle so I can work on being the first fishermen to bring a Bluefin back to Ocean Isle-- I truly believe they may have moved this direction.  Stay tuned.--
****Which brings me to my next announcement-  It looks like the weather may be very good this Sat and Sun and thus I would like to start the 1st annual "Bluefin Rally" --- the key to finding these fish from our area is spreading out and covering ground and for that we need boats.  I'll commit 2 of my boats but I need help-- the plan is to leave Sat AM at 6am and go searching.  If there are others who are up to the challenge then please email me captbrant@oifishingcenter.com or call (910) 575-3474 xt 3 so we can get a plan together of who's going to go where.  Let's do this!!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Thanks" | Capt. Hook | 01/20/05
 

As most of you know I was involved in a explosion last week which left me with a few burns and other injuries. After my hospital stay I am now at home and recovering fine. I have made it out of the house to ride around a little and am getting more adventurous everyday. I just want to thank everyone for the huge show of support from our Family, freinds, and fellow fisherman. The out flow of calls, cards, flowers, and visits makes things alot easier. One nurse commented the emergency room looked like Grand Central Station!! But most of all the prayers that were flowing gave me a warm feeling in my time of question. I know I have seen and or talked to most of our Fishing Center Freinds but for the ones I have not I want to say Thanks! I will be back in full force shortly as the time for the Capt'n Hook to sail draws near!!
Till next time!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"COLD weather" | Carolina Contender | 01/18/05
 

Wind and cold have kept us in port for the last several days but we are set to hit the seas tomorrow and Thursday in search of the Bluefin-- Stay tuned for a report on Friday-


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"Pogy plan; need your heelp" | Carolina Contender | 01/17/05
 

To everyone who shares concerns about protecting our pogy population and wants to help in the effort: What is critically important RIGHT NOW is to send out the letters we have indicated on our "Political Issues" page. Sample letters and addresses are included. Everyone must understand, for our effort to succeed we must flex the only muscle power we have which is simply, "the power of the people". We can't compete dollar wise with the commercial fishing lobby but we are the voters and if we make enough noise, our elected officials will support us in return for our suppor of them. If they don't hear from us they won't know the importance of the issue. Remember, the majority of the elected officials probably don't know the difference between a pogy and a menhaden but what they do know is without your votes they don't stay in office. Please send letters TODAY!!

Also, we now have a bank account set up at BBT [Save Our Pogies] account #5291404776. Contributions can be made to that account anywhere there is a BBT. If we can raise some money, we can send out sample letters to fishing enthusiasts all over the state that might not be reading the various web sites on our effort. Please make a contribution to this important effort. If you will fax or mail a copy of your deposit slip, we will send you 2 tee shirts and 2 bumper stickers[SAVE OUR POGIES] for each $100 contribution. Fax # is 910-5750792 or mail to:
Ocean Isle Fishing Center
65 Causeway Drive
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
Thanks for your help in this effort.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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