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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 08/28/04
 

Today Capt. Bryan and myself fished in the Frantic Atlantic King Mackeral Tournament out of Little River, SC.  We found bait off of Long Beach and headed about 48 miles offshore to hopefully find some clearer water and a winning king mackeral.  Due to a ominous looking cloud offshore, we pulled up a little bit short and fished the Horseshoe for a bit.  The amberjacks were chewing the bottom of the boat out there so we caught a few and then headed back offshore to the Navy Wreck.  There we caught sharks, amberjacks, a jack crevelle, and missed a couple of king mackeral strikes.  The highlight, though, was the 22 lb. wahoo that we caught there on a naked pogy off the downrigger which one us first place in the wahoo division for the tournament.  We won't be fishing tomorrow due to the tropical storm right off the coast, but will be back at it as soon as the ocean calms back down a bit so stay tuned.


- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"" | Carolina Contender | 08/26/04
 

Here is a pic of the torpedo wahoo caught aboard the Hooligan last week on live bait gear down at the Brunswick Islands pro king mackerel tournament.  The fish stalked a double pogy rig before nailing it and stripping off several hundred yards of line in seconds. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | Carolina Contender | 08/25/04
 

King mackerel fishing continues to be tough.  A combination of the poor water conditions and the traditional late August- early September slump make finding a kingfish a real challenge.  There is still plenty of action to be had from the barracudas and amberjacks which are always fun to battle.  In addition I noticed more shrimp boats out than I can remember so I bet the blacktip shark fishing might be pretty good.  We'll be checking that out this week.  The brisk northerly winds we've had for a couple days and forecasted for the next couple days is keeping is closer to the beach.  The best bet for action on kings will be to get offshore into at least 100ft of water as soon as the weather allows.  I did hear of a good stream report from Sunday.  The Same Ol hole lit up pretty good for a one boat that I know of who had 7 wahoo and one 35-40 lb mahi.  Also, up north they are having a banner year on the white marlin so expect a decent run down this way a little later in the season probably late September or October.  There are still a few scattered schools of pogies around Shallotte inlet but they are a little tough to catch if they are hanging in the deeper water 20ft+.  The weather is looking a little better this weekend with forecasted wind to be calm out of the south.  Time to go deep.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | Carolina Contender | 08/24/04
 

Check "political issues" for pogy update.


- Capt. Rube
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"" | Carolina Contender | 08/23/04
 

This past weekend I had the opportunity to fish on the Hooligan, a 34' Yellowfin, in the Golden Isles pro king mackerel tournament down in Brunswick, GA.  Although we had high hopes of escaping our slow king mack bite up here, the same slow bite was found down there.  We fished for two days mostly in 115 ft of water and caught only 4 mackerels.  We did manage a stud 50lb wahoo on king mack gear which was a ton of fun. Our best fish on day one was 25lbs which put us in 12th after day one but we just couldn't back it up with anything on day two for the aggregate formatted tournament.  However a couple of local teams and OIFC pro team members did fair well in the event.  Forest Taylor on That's My Dog had a good event with a 6th place finish.  The big winner was Dean Spatholt, Greg Spatholt, and David Haines on the Fishmeister who caught a 45lb smoker on day one to win the local big fish tournament and take second in the aggregate pro event.  There are several Brunswick County teams that are doing well in the pro division. You can check out the standings at www.fishska.com


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 08/22/04
 

Today we started off looking for bait by going to the west.  This effort came up dry so it was off to the Barges to jig some cigar minnows.  From there we headed off to Atlantic Ledges where we found a very hot amberjack bite, and believe it or not a king mackeral.  This was the first king we have seen since Hurricane Charley so hopefully this is a good sign of things to come for the week.  On the 1/4 day trip this afternoon, we battled the rain to find a steady spanish mackeral bite along with plenty of barracudas.  Stay tuned as we have trips planned for everyday this week!


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Pogy update" | Carolina Contender | 08/21/04
 

Click on "political issues" page for pogy update


- Capt. Rube
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 08/18/04
 

I had a full day today aboard the CC and got a chance to get offshore and take a look around at the state of affairs.  The water is milky green all the way out to 35 miles which I think will keep the King Mackerel fishing slow-- Case in point-- not a boat in OIFC or any other fleet I heard of had a King Mackerel today-- The Amberjack have come on with a vengeance as they are everywhere and HUNGRY.  Did a good bit of bottomfishing from 75-90 feet and the bite was not hot at all- although we did manage a super catch with a 15 pound Genuine Red Snapper-- We had a couple of Grouper and more Jacks and that was it.  Anyway, it will take a little time for the water to clear, but patience and good weather from Mother Nature are the only cure.   Recognize the guys in the picture?  think Carolina basketball--


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"todays report" | Stori Teller | 08/17/04
 

Things are not looking as grim on the fishing scene as I expected .We left this morning with some concern about how the fishing was going to be after  we saw how dirty the inshore water was.With this in mind I decided to push the stori teller out into the slick calm ocean.We rode about nine miles to the a.r 485 where we found a descent bite of bluefish with one nice flounder of about four pounds thrown in for good measure.The water out there was definitly not clear but was alot better than it was inside the inlet.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Pogy Boats Strike Again!!" | Carolina Contender | 08/17/04
 

Here's an email that I got from a concerned area fisherman.   The problem will only get worse-- we are working to make a stand so be ready to be called to action.  This is serious--
Being concerned about the lack of bait coming down the beach. I went all the way to the mouth of the river and found the poggy boat catching poggies on the beach. I called the coast guard to have them report it DNR. The boat captain said that he was doing what he had been doing for years.In one of your reports you said that the boats were not allowed to get that close to the beach. 400 Yards I think is what you said.  let me know if that rule has changed. I would like to know if DNR ever got the measage. I waited around a couple of hours and noone showed.
I have been fishing these waters for 20 years aand I can see where this is headed if we dont start some noise about it. If they are breaking the rules it mighy help to get the word out.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Post Charlie" | Carolina Contender | 08/16/04
 

Just getting back our internet here at the Fishing Center after the storm.  We took the brunt of Charlie but the OIFC and fleet is still standing.  Top winds were around 85mph.  It gave me a new respect for the capability of nature.  85 mph is as much as we ever want to see here.  A cat 3 or more would be complete devestation on the island.  Thankfully we got lucky and dodged another one, let's hope for some good stable weather from here on out and look forward to a great Fall fishing season.  Here are a couple of pics Brant and I took at Shallotte Point during the peak of the storm. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Pogy update" | Carolina Contender | 08/16/04
 

Go to political page for progress report on pogy issue.


- Capt. Rube
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 08/14/04
 

This is Capt. Brant with a pre-hurricane report.  It's 9am and the winds have picked up to 30kts from the SSE.  We've battened down the hatches as best as possible taking into account our feel for the storm.  The storm will be hitting at low tide, so hopefully surge will not be a problem.  I've put an extra rope and bumper on the big boats, and taken the smaller, trailerable boats out of the water.  Hopefully the storm will speed by quickly and not hit us for too long.  Stay tuned for my next report as I'll post how things are going and what damage has been sustained.
Capt. Brant signing off-----  Don't forget the webcam will be on so long as there is power, so tune in for live footage of the storm.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Mac Marle'n | 08/12/04
 

Left this morning on a five hour trip attempting to dodge the beginnings of the thunderstorms.  Roger and I went to the east out of shallotte inlet looking for pogies but did not find any between the inlet and Holden beach pier.  From there we headed off to the 7 and 10 mile reefs where we found a hot spanish mackerel bite and also plenty of hungry barracuda.  It looks as if we may be on the hill for the next few days because of the storms.  Make sure to check in once in a while to the OIFC webcam to make sure we are still floating.  There may be a pre-storm flounder tournament on the docks tomorrow evening so stay tuned. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 08/11/04
 

This morning we headed back to the Atlantic Ledge area where we once again found steady action from amberjacks and barracudas.  As the bite slowed there we moved over to the York and found the jacks chewing the bottom of the boat out.  This afternoon, on a 1/4 day trip, we found a decent spanish bite at AR460 along with plenty of barracudas ready and willing to bite.  The bait this morning was once again just to the west side of Shallotte Inlet in about 10 feet of water.


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"they are back" | Stori Teller | 08/11/04
 

Finally after a week long period of east winds it finally switched to the south this morning.Along with this wind switch came a fairly good flounder bite along the marshes surrounding  the Sunset Beach area.We started this morning with a short bait hunt where we found several large schools of finger mullet.I had brought along some mud minnows which the flounder would not touch but they would gobble up the mullet.So it is fair to say ,at least for now,the flounder are back in the inshore waters.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Nice King Finally" | Capt. Hook | 08/10/04
 

There was no ferocious bite by any means but we did manage a nice King today. We were aiming for Cudas when the King in the mid twenties hit a mullet on top at the Sherman. The mullets have been hanging around the back of Shallotte Inlet and the Pogies just on the outside. The pogies are easy to get one time and skittish the next so be patient. Don't ride by those Mulletts they will get her done!! Till next ?????


- Capt. David Hooks
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"" | Carolina Contender | 08/10/04
 

Ok, yesterday I had a full day trip.  Found plenty of pogies just before the Little River Jetties and then headed offshore.  The wind was from the east at 15 knots and maybe a little more once you got further offshore.  Fishing was not good at all.  I found a few amberjacks and a cuda but we had to work hard for those.  The water color looked terrible and with the east wind blowing the fish just weren't around.  I fished the Jungle, the Hammer, and a few artificial structures but never found a good concentration of fish. 

Today was a different story.  The wind still had a slight east hint to it but it was drastically calmer, which I believe helped the fish to start feeding again.  Pogies were located just to the west of Shallote inlet this morning and there were also some mullet right at the inlet.  I started at the 65' hole where the water color is beginning to come around.  It still wasn't exactly right but it did look better.  We caught two king mackerel which was a sight for sore eyes.  The biggest was about 17lbs.  Next I headed offshore to check out the Atlantic ledge.  Again the water was clear but had a more blue tint to it than usual.  We caught amberjack until we were blue in the face and then amidst all that we got bit by a nice kingfish.  Unfortunately the whole fish didn't make it to the boat thanks to a hungry barracuda, but the mackerel would have weighed in the high twenties.  Supposedly we are to have some stable south wind for a day or so before it goes bad again so I expect the fish to bite good tomorrow.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 08/10/04
 

This morning we found bait just on the west side of Shallotte Inlet and pointed the bow towards the Atlantic Ledges.  There we found steady action from amberjacks, barracudas as well as a couple of sharks.  It looks as if the fishing is once again picking up so stay tuned because we'll be back at it in the morning.


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 08/10/04
 

The Kings made a bit of showing today as all of our boats caught a few Kings, albeit nice ones at 18-25 pounds, while fishing the 65' Hole and General Sherman wreck.  There were Mullet running the beach and plenty of Pogys at the LR jetties.  Funny how the 1st day the wind shifts to the south the Kings bite.  If we can get some stability in the weather, the bite will drastically improve over the next week- we'll see.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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