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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 10/30/04
 

Well, we finally got a pretty weekend to fish and the fish coorporated better than expected.  King mackeral bit well from the 65 Foot Hole to the Jungle to the Atlantic Ledges and everywhere in between.  There was also a very good grouper bite at the Atlantic Ledges as we ended up with several over 15 pounds.  Cigar minnows are stacked on almost every ledge, live bottom, and wreck out past 10 miles.  (We jigged some very nice ones at the Barges this morning.)  Hopefully today is just a preview of the week to come!


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/27/04
 

I had my first plate of fried Spots last week, and they are just as good as I remember.  I haven’t gotten to the Oysters yet, but there’s no doubt Fall is in the air and such pleasures as fried Spots, Oyster on the half shell and great fishing a guarantee.  The fishing has continued to be great all along our coast for a variety of species.  The King Mackerel have been biting pretty consistently at the end of the Cape Fear Ship Channel, especially on days with light winds.  The big problem in fishing for the Kings is catching live Menhaden to use for bait.  Catching Menhaden has been problem all season long ever since the commercial Menhaden boats visited our area.  The problem is made much worse in the Fall when the Menhaden typically scatter out, get bigger and faster and are very hard to catch.  The fishermen that have the luck and do find a school of Menhaden to catch for bait are the ones who are having the luck catching the Kings.  For those that may not be particularly adept at cast netting live bait, I’ve actually been having great luck slow trolling dead Cigar Minnows as well as using a Sabiki rig to jig up live bait.  Spots such as the 390/390, Jungle and Shark Hole have been producing Kings with this method.  You can look for the King Mackerel action to continue good and even pick up through the next month as the fish will move offshore to the 60-75 foot depth ranges and school in large numbers as they feed on baitfish.  In other fishing, the Spots have begun to seriously make their run into our area.  Fishermen off Caswell Beach were filling up the coolers using nothing but rod and reel and a pack of bloodworms.  As I said earlier, there’s nothing tastier than a fried Spot, and by the way, don’t think that you and me are the only ones that like to eat Spots.  A King Mackerel will nail a Spot.  And then there are the Grouper.  Yes, I said Grouper.  Most folks don’t think too much about Grouper during the Fall because their attention is diverted towards all the other fishing going on.  This is actually the best time to Grouper fishing as they move inshore to the 50-70 foot depth ranges to spawn.  Normal King Mackerel and Sea Bass spots such as the 90/90, 410/510, Shark Hole, Jungle,  and Christina’s ledge are all covered in Grouper.  The trick is in catching them, and that requires the right tackle and location.  I wouldn’t recommend pursuing Grouper with anything less than 80 pound tackle for start.  The next important factor is to have a big, strong anchor with extra long chain to be sure you can anchor over an exact spot.  Then, I also prefer to use live bait so I’ll either cast net Menhaden or jig up a bunch of live Cigar Minnows and Pinfish.  I then find the spot I want to be, drop a marker buoy so I can know just where to stop and then throw the anchor.  Many times I will take a block a chum and put it on my downrigger to get fish’s attention.  The chum turns into a feeding frenzy and attracts the Grouper from a wide area.  Lastly, I’ll drop my live bait down to the bottom on a 8/0-10/0 circle hook and hang on.  When the Grouper bites, you’ll know it.  The key is in getting the first 10 feet as quickly as possible or you’ll find yourself hung in the rocks. 

That’s all for this week.  Good luck and good fishing.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Hot Grouper Bite!" | Carolina Contender | 10/26/04
 

Attention all fishermen! Now is the time; they're biting like bulldogs, chewing the bottom out of the boat; everything is biting.

Weather report for weekend looks perfect. From gulf stream to beach there's a fish for everyone. Last trip to stream saw continued good wahoo bite. Kings will be biting at 90/90 and normal 60 foot spots like Jungle/Shark Hole. Still some fish being caught in River Channel/Yaupon and Lighthouse Rocks.

Yesterday had a major Grouper bite[14 keepers 12-30lbs]. Fish are in shallow water[I think it's a spawning thing]. Try any of the King Mackerel rocks/ledges[Jungle/90/90/Shark Hole/ect. They were eating live pinfish. The way we fish for Grouper is with Penn Senator high speed 4/0[113HLW], Diawa 50H or comprable. We use 80-lb braided line[however in shallower water you can use mono]. Chum on downrigger works well to get fish to come to you. When we locate the rock we want to fish we use a marker buoy and then set our anchor to end up at buoy location. We use a 3-way swivel, approx 8oz of weight with a 8 foot leader[typically 80lb mono leader]. For hooks we use a 8/0circle hook and best bait is live pinfish that we catch in a pinfish trap.Then we hang on for the battle to come. If you're on right sspot bite comes quickly; if not will need to move to another spot, however if using chum give it little while to work. Put out lite line on surface wwhile waiting for Kings.

Come by Fishing Center and we'll help get you rigged up.

Inshore spots are biting and flounder doing good also.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/24/04
 

Fishing has continued good, although the weather has not been very friendly over the past week.  What days the weather does settle down, we're having great catches of Kings in the 40-60 foot depth ranges.  The Cape Fear River Channel continues to produce as well as other spots such as the 90/90, Lighthouse rocks and Jungle.  We haven't been back out to the Stream for the Wahoo, but I'm sure they're there.  Come on down and let's go fishing.


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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 10/23/04
 

Capt. Stacy and myself set out this morning on a halfday trip to find a rather sloppy ocean and a slow king mackeral bite at the 90/90.  After a couple of missed fish, we decided to come back inshore (where it was considerably calmer) and try some bottom fishing.  We found that the seabass were stacked on AR460 and provided nonstop action for a few hours.  This afternoon, we decided to run to Southeast Rock where the seabass were also stacked up and were mixed in with some bluefish, sharks, grunts, and a stray flounder.  We ended the day with a nice mess of seabass and sore arms for everybody from all the reeling.


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"trout bite" | Stori Teller | 10/20/04
 

I finally have some good news to report from the Stori Teller.I left the dock this morning with a full day charter with high expectations.The winds were light out of the northwest.With th is in mind I decided to point the Stori Teller out into the open ocean where we found a bit of a ground swell but it wasn't enough to alter our plan to get to the a.r. 485 where we hoped to find some gray trout.And find them we did.It took a little looking around on the fish finder but when they were spotted the bite was definitely on.We caaught as many as we wanted for a coouple of dinners and released a few others before heading back inshore to fish for some flounder.Our inshore expedition was not quite as sucessful but we did manage one keeper and a coupleof throwbacks.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Fall Brawl recap" | Carolina Contender | 10/19/04
 

As bad as Saturdays weather was, Sundays was absolutely perfect and app 200 of the 215 teams went to work. A hot bite went off at the River Channel both in the morning and again in the afternoon. Good bites were also reported at all the normal 60foot spots. The winning fish was caught at Topsail Inlet [where a good bite also occured as 15 Kings were caught off the Topsail pier Friday]. Almost all of the money fish came from the River Channel; I think one came from Jungle and one from 90/90.

We hope all you fishermen enjoyed the event and the excellent fishing Sunday and hats off to the brave guys who blazed a trail Saturday for the Sunday fishermen. Hope to see you at next years event and the Far Out Shoot Out[Memorial Day] and Jolly Mon.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Yesterday's Report" | Show Time | 10/19/04
 

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Wahoo Mania-- Capt. Roger and myself guided a local group from the Fishn' Fun Club including Chuck Olsen, Joe Forno, Jim Cutty, Rich Naumann, Don Haddock and Ray Petro aboard the ShowTime for a Gulf Stream adventure.  The weather was absolutely perfect.  We started at the BlackJack hole but there were allready a half dozen boats working the hole with only a few Wahoo caught.  I decided to pick up and run toward the Steeples.  After the move we hooked up within minutes and Rich Naumann boated the fish of a lifetime with a 75.9 pound Wahoo.  We again picked up the troll and just before time to go we had a triple hookup.  One fish immediately got off and Ray Petro's fish got off after a long battle but Chuck Olsen boated his Wahoo which would later go 57.6 pounds.  Having hit a hot spot I decided to give it just another couple of minutes and we immediately hooked up to Don Haddock's 49 pound Wahoo.  Although the action was not fast and the fish were scattered, the quality of these Wahoo made the trip all worth while.
We caught our Wahoo on black/purple and blue/pink Ilander Jrs and Ilander Trackers.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl update" | Carolina Contender | 10/17/04
 

19 brave teams made a shot at it yesterday hoping that "the big dog eats first" would pay off for them while the rest of the fleet hoped for better conditions Sunday. For the Saturday fishermen it was very tuff;hats off to the teams that gave it a shot. Today, finally the wind came around to the northwest, offering protection from  the land for near shore locations. The boats fishing yesterday reported alot of bait, but the fish were not co-operative. 200 teams are at it today and hopefully the fish will co-operate for them.


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"J. Cantorie weather report" | Carolina Contender | 10/15/04
 

Front coming thru right now; raining like spots and mullets. Bona fide "Mulllet Blow". HOWEVER: The good news. It's moving very fast. Tonight wind goes to west and begins to lay. Will move further to NW on Saturday and thus land will protect us so fishing inlets/River Channer/90/90 should be no problem. Should still be a little choppy left over from big blow today. Once wind goes to North, will lay down ocean quickly. Sunday is light and variable. Perfect conditions! Come on down and join in the Fall Brawl King Mackerel Classic.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"WEATHER NOTICE- Fall Brawl King Classic" | Carolina Contender | 10/14/04
 

IMPORTANT!!!

In an effort to be fair and practical to fishermen, the 2004 Fall Brawl is making an adjustment to its fishing day schedule.  Fishermen may fish EITHER Saturday or Sunday.  Fishermen that choose to fish Saturday must declare Saturday their fish day by 7am Saturday morning via telephone.  Fishermen should call the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at (910) 575-FISH to declare Saturday their fish day.  If you do not declare Saturday a fish day by 7am, Sunday will automatically become your designated day to fish
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The Capt. Meeting and registration will still take place on Friday from 2pm-8pm and weigh-in times will be the same as advertised except extend to include Sunday with the Awards and Oyster roast moved to Sunday evening at 8pm.

 

Again, you may choose to fish EITHER Saturday or Sunday but must declare Saturday via telephone by 7am on Saturday morning.  ALSO, registration will close Friday evening- you may not enter the tournament after Friday.

 

Call Capt. Brant at (910) 575-3474 with questions
-Capt. Brant McMullan


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl offsite parking" | Carolina Contender | 10/12/04
 

Fall Brawl Fishermen. Please make use of the offsite parking on the mainland side of the bridge. Our shuttle will begin running Friday at 4:00-10:00. There is NO PARKING available on the island so please use the shuttle. No hassel; no traffic. Thanks.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Updated weather forecast for Fall Brawl" | Carolina Contender | 10/12/04
 

That J. Cantorie guy is driving me crazy. First the cold front is coming thru and then it's not and now today he's changed opinion again and it is coming thru. So, cold front coming thru Friday. Winds will go to SW in front of front, then to west Friday evening and night, and Saturday to the northwest. The wind will be10-15 out of the north Saturday morning[therefore calm close to beach] and laying all day Saturday. You will be able to comfortably fish the River Channel/Yaupon/90/90 in morning and if you want to move off to Shark Hole/Jungle in afternoon, the wind and seas should lay on out to flat. As you've read on other reports, bite hot at River Channel. Also heard of 40+ coming off of Myrtle Beach Rocks. The water is full of greenie's and I think that's what's got the kings chewing.

Come on down and get into the action!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/12/04
 

Its classic Carolina King Mackerel fishing.  The Fall fishing is HOTT and the Kings are biting like bulldogs.  We've been having a ball fishing the end of the Cape Fear River Channel.  However, the bite is strong most anywhere from 40-60 feet of water.  Don't miss the Fall Brawl this weekend.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"River Channel report" | Carolina Contender | 10/11/04
 

Just got in from full day trip at River Channel. The hot bite continues. Classic fall King fishing. Mid teens to mid twenties fish. Several caught today in 30's at channel.Bait tuff this morning but plenty available this afternoon.Had probably 20 shots, lots of action.They're chewing; come on down and get in on the fun!


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"River Channel report" | Carolina Contender | 10/11/04
 

Late yesterday afternoon bite of big fish developed at River Channel. Two fish in mid 40's, others high 30's.

On Fall Brawl weather lookout; as of today it looks like the cold front we were looking for is going to stall out and not make it here. Winds will shift to SW Wednesday/Thursday going to west Friday and I still think they will lay out Friday evening and be good for Saturday. Stay tuned.

Fishing River Channel today so we have new report this evening.


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"River Channel on fire" | Carolina Contender | 10/10/04
 

Just returned from 1/2 day charter. Kings smoking at River Channel. Sky rocketing/multiple hookups. Bait difficult but better toward Oak Island.

Tomorrow have boats going to gulf stream. Standby for report from blue water.


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"Fall Brawl Weather Forecast" | Carolina Contender | 10/10/04
 

Hot off the press!Just concluded indepth interview with our inhouse weather guru[J.Cantorie] and here's what he sees.

This week should be fairly calm with front approaching on Wednesday. Winds will shift to southwest in front of the cold front that's coming on Thursday and blow 20kts. Front will come thru Thursday night shifting to our favorite fall northly wind and blow 20kts. Winds will blow approx 15-20 north/northwest Friday and will begin laying out Friday evening as high pressure system moves over top of our area. Saturday winds will start out north approx 10 kts and will lay out completely during day.

Fishing Intrepretation. What we need to get fish chomping is a good cold front and it will be here Thursday night. Mullets will run, spots will go crazy and Kings should turn on after front stabilizes. This suggest Saturday[2 days after front passes] should be spectatular. Kings should bite River Channel/Yaupon/Lighthouse Rocks/90/90. All these spots are protected by the norht wind so there will be calm seas to fish.

Looks like classic case of all the elements coming together for extroadinary fall King fishing. Come on down and join the fun at the Fall Brawl King Classic. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 10/05/04
 

Absolutely killed the Kings this afternoon while fishing the 24 mile ledge.  Its an area of rocks just offshore of the Shark Hole and 18 mile rocks-- We didn't even try to find live bait as the Kings were more than happy to take the dead Cigar Minnows we were slow trolling.  In 4 hours of fishing we caught and released some 25 Kings between 10 and 18 pounds.  The Kings should be getting very good over the next so stand by-- Fall Brawl is just around the corner.


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 10/04/04
 

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The bite is on!  Let August and September be forgotten.  There are no tropical storms on the horizon, and the fish are biting.  As predicted, the great weather that our area has had over the past week has allowed the water to settle and the fish to get themselves back on schedule.  The King Mackerel fishing has been excellent since the weekend and the Wahoo fishing in the Gulf Stream is phenomenal.

Over the weekend the annual US Open King Mackerel tournament was held out of Southport, NC.  The area was just coming off all the bad weather, but the seas had begun to settle and it was almost a certainty that the Kings would be found.  Some 425 boats fished the event and scattered out from Morehead City to Georgetown.  The fishing on Friday was good and Saturday was even better as the wind shifted to the south.  Hotspots for action included the Cabbage Patch, Jungle, Shark Hole, 24 mile rocks, Frying Pan Tower, Topsail inlet, Georgetown tideline and Barton’s inlet tideline.  Dean Spatholt of Calabash fishing aboard the “Fish Meister” caught a 41.7 pound King on Saturday while fishing the Barton Inlet area and won the $40,000 first place prize.  The fact that the fish were spread over so many different areas leads me to believe the bite will get even stronger as the Kings should begin to move closer to the beach and concentrate particularly near the Cape Fear ship channel.  And then there’s the Gulf Stream.  I’ve been hearing reports of awesome Wahoo action all along the 180 foot break.  At the Ocean Isle Fishing Center we’ve weighed several citation Wahoo over the past week including a whopping 98 pounder.  On Monday, Capt. Roger and Capt. Charles took a group from Pittsburgh on a Gulf Stream adventure fishing aboard the “Show Time”.  I actually hadn’t been to the Stream in a while myself, so I decided to tag along as observer/photographer.  After running in flat calm seas, we arrived to the Blackjack hole at 9:30am.  The action started off slow as we picked up a couple of Blackfin Tuna.  We knew the Wahoo were there because we kept hooking up to monster, screamer fish that would tear off hundreds of yards of line then charge the boat and eventually throw the hook.  It was really very frustrating as we lost six big Wahoo before finally putting a 35 pounder in the boat.  The Wahoo bite was not red hot, but we would get a bite every 20 minutes or so along with several other Blackfin Tuna and a handful of small Mahi.  Throughout the day we never moved more than half a mile, fishing 180 feet of water.  It was getting toward the end of the day, and I was pretty frustrated at the number of quality fish we had lost.  We had just pulled the hooks on what I estimate to have been a 60 pound Mahi, when I called fifteen minutes to go.  No sooner did the words get out my mouth than all heck broke loose.  A fish boiled on the small pitch bait I had dangling next to the teaser then a 50+ pound Wahoo skied out of the water with my teaser in its mouth.  Then the downrigger went off, then the short flat line behind the teaser, then the long riggers and finally the shotgun.  It was pure chaos and pandemonium.  I’ve been in bites of Yellowfin Tuna like that, but never have I seen Wahoo attack a spread of baits like that.  The fish that hit the small, pitch bait immediately bit the mono leader, and the Wahoo that skied the teaser took it with him.  Otherwise, we were hooked up with six Wahoo and doing battle.  Every person on board manned a rod as my job became head director and line untangler.  What was so ironic was that despite trying so hard all day to catch fish of which they would usually get off, here we were with crossed lines and slack lines, yet none of the Wahoo were coming unhooked.  One by one we boated the Wahoo, and when all was said and done, we put five Wahoo in the boat with the smallest at 38 pounds and the biggest at 54 pounds.  It was a first for me and a heck of a fish story as we were truly attacked by a pack of hungry Wahoo.

And for all you inshore fishermen, the Spots are on the way.  I was in the Morehead City area over the weekend, and they were starting to catch them very good.  The Flounder are continuing to bite pretty decent in the backwaters and over nearshore reefs and the Grey Trout have been biting good in the ocean at common Sea Bass rocks from 30-50 feet.  All in all the fishing is excellent and the Fall season looks to be bright.

And now that the fishing is back on track I’d like to remind all you fishermen out there that I’ll be again hosting the annual Fall Brawl King Classic tournament out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center on October 15-16.  Registration is on Friday, October 15th from 2pm-8pm with dinner, Capt. meeting and “Spotscar Racing” to follow.  Fishing is on Saturday from 7am-5pm with the weigh-in beginning at 2pm.  The awards will be at 8pm along with a good old Oyster cookout for all tournament participants and guests.  If you have any questions or would like information on the event, call (910) 575-FISH or visit www.oifishingcenter.com.  Good luck fishing and I’ll hope to see you there.

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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