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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 05/26/04
 

***NOTICE***  We are going to have an off-island parking lot for Far Out Shoot Out participants on Friday from 6pm-10pm.  Parking will be a problem and I urge you to use this off-island lot and shuttle to get to the tournament site.  Please take this seriously as we need your help- thanks, Capt. Brant.

Just wanted to touch base with all you fishermen out there to let you know that the fishing continues good.  We haven't had any Gulf Stream trips since the weekend's great fishing, but my hopes are the fish are still biting for all you Far Out Shoot Out fishermen planning to fish this weekend.  Right now the wind has started blowing from the SW and is supposed to blow 15-20 until Fri PM when it is supposed to settle to 10-15 for Sat and then 10 on Sunday.  If so, fishing looks good offshore for both days, but don't forget that you have a choice of fishing EITHER Saturday or Sunday- you choose 1 day.  I don't want to jinx the report, so I'm cautiously standing by, but it sounds great right now. 
As for the fishing, we loaded up the live well with big Pogys this AM in the mouth of Shallotte Inlet- 1st time this year they've been down our way.  Maybe we won't have to go all the way to Southport anymore to get bait- nice on time and especially fuel $$$.  The Kings have'nt been hot and heavy but we are catching a few around the Shark Hole, 18 mi rocks, 65 hole and Jungle.  There are plenty of Amberjacks around and we are catching quite a few Mahi mixed in, which is a nice surprise.  The Spanish are biting good, but the best bite has been offshore some 2-3 miles around structure or artificial reefs- AR460 - as the water near shore is pretty stirred up right now. 
Everything is on GO here at the Fishing Center for this weekend and we hope we can service all your fishing needs and more!!  AND don't forget- if you plan to attend the Capt. Meeting for the Shoot Out on Friday PM, please park at the off-site lot just across the bridge and ride the shuttle.  Parking will be a problem on Friday PM and we want to keep things as smooth as possible- thank you for your consideration- Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Far Out Shoot Out Weather" | Carolina Contender | 05/26/04
 

Having put out my Jim Cantorie Weather Channel forecast and noting almost immeditaley NOAA changing their forecast to match mine, one more tip on the weather. When checking weather from our web site click on nearshore, not offshore. The offshore NOAA report goes out 250 miles and doesn't give an accurate representation of our weather. Best guide is the new Frying Pan report.[Also sounds better].Weather sounds perfect for the Shoot Out.


- Capt. Rube
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"Weather update for Far Out Shoot Out" | Carolina Contender | 05/25/04
 

Considering the fact that the Weather Channel's office is approx 1 1/2 miles from my home in Marietta, Georgia, it's appropriate for me to consult with Jim Cantorie[my neighbor] and put out what I "think" the weather will be like this weekend for the FOSO.

A small cold front will cross our waters Friday evening shifting winds from summer pattern of Southwest 15 knots to a northwest direction for Saturday. The front will eventually stall and push back returning wind direction to southwest probably Saturday evening and staying southwest on Sunday. Therefore Saturday my forcast is NW 10 knots or less, seas 2 feet; Sunday SW 10-15 knots, seas 2-3 feet.Don't get much better than that[if I'm wrong don't shoot the messenger, go for Cantorie].


- Capt. Rube
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"Rough Again" | Capt. Hook | 05/24/04
 

We headed to the Black Jack hole once again bucking a 20 plus knot Southwest wind. The seas were sustained 4 to 6 foot with 10 percent whitewater. We managed about 20 knots so the ride was not too long!! The good thing is we caught fish!! We had several nice Mahi and a Wahoo!! The rough ride is never as long if you got your fish box stacked!! Supposed to be spanish Fishing in the morning, hope they will cooperate. Don't forget the Shootout coming this weekend!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Weekly Fishing Report" | Show Time | 05/24/04
 

It’s been one heck of a Spring fishing season.  The Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo have been the best I’ve seen in several years, the Kings and Cobia are all ready showing up and the Flounder fishing in the inlets has been hot.  And although each fishery experiences its ups and downs as the fish cycle in and out and turn on and off, I’m happy to report that right now the Gulf Stream is on an up cycle just in time for this weekend’s Far Out Shoot Out Bluewater rodeo.  For the past few weeks I’ve been talking up the event as I hope that all the new Gulf Stream fishermen I’ve seen on the water this season will take the chance to join in the local, friendly competition in an effort win major bragging rights and some decent cash money to boot.  We’ll be having the Capt. Meeting and dinner on Friday evening at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center from 6pm-7pm and fishing will be optional either for Saturday or Sunday:  You choose which day you think the weather and fishing will be best for you.  The awards will be held on Sunday evening at the Fishing Center at 8pm.  Right now the weather forecast looks fair with winds forecast at 15-20 knots, but conditions and the forecast are certainly apt to change by tournament time.  And although that may sound a bit rough for many of you smaller boaters out there, be sure to check out Capt. Barrett’s “Tip of the Week” on the next page which addresses fishing and traveling offshore in choppy conditions.  So be sure to come by on Friday evening to join the festivities, sign up and compete on either Saturday or Sunday.  We’ll have all our professional staff on hand to help in your rigging and prepping to win the tournament.  And of course, I’d be missing a major part of the equation if I didn’t mention the outstanding Gulf Stream fishing we’ve been experiencing since last weekend.  The winds picking up have actually helped the fishing greatly by pushing all the scattered weed together and forming weed lines which attract Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo and Billfish.  In addition, huge numbers of Flying Fish have been holding around the grass and are the main food forage for these game fish.  In a short, the bait and cover is there and so are the fish.  The hot spot has been the Black Jack hole, but I’m certain the fishing is excellent pretty much anywhere you want to fish up and down the break.  The Mahi we’ve been seeing are averaging around 15 pounds with many in the 20+ pound class.  There are still Yellowfin around, but they are getting bigger and more wary to fishermen.  It will be necessary to use fluorocarbon and super stealth tactics to fool these fish.  The biggest surprise has been a resurgence of Wahoo.  Typically their number dwindle in May, but over the weekend every boat had multiple Wahoo with most averaging 20-30 pounds but some upwards of 50+ pounds.  And finally, the Blue Marlin are making a showing as well as they are in hot pursuit of the Mahi which are one of their favorite meals.  All in all, a variety of action awaits you and the rest of the tournament fishermen this upcoming weekend. 

Nearer shore the King Mackerel action has slowed down a bit mostly due to the rougher conditions which are stirring up the water and moving the baitfish around.  The Shark Hole, 15 mile rocks, Lighthouse rocks, 65 foot hole and Jungle are all spots that have been holding baitfish and producing Kings.  We’ve been catching the Kings by trolling dead Cigar Minnows on weighted jig heads at 1-4 mph as well as jigging live Cigar Minnows and slow trolling them at 1-2 mph.  Most of the Kings are still averaging on the small side at 8-10 pounds, but I’m starting to see a few bigger ones mixing in. 

Even closer to shore the Spanish Mackerel fishing has been decent around the inlet mouths, but due to the rougher conditions they too have slowed down a bit.  Concentrate your fishing efforts on the edge of the dirty water and cleaner green water and you should have more success.

That’s all for this week.  I hope to see you at the Far Out Shoot Out this Friday evening and stay tuned for a report and final results.

 

 

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Rough and Tough" | Capt. Hook | 05/23/04
 

We had a tough crew today. When we rounded the Shallotte Sea Buoy the radio said the wind was SW @ 21 knots at the tower. And my friend I assure you it was!! We ran all the way to the Black Jack in the trough most of the way but getting rocked pretty good occasionally. When we arrived it was one of those "hold on" days.  As you moved around the boat you had to have a grasp on something. For our party it was reels loaded with Mahi providing balance. We ended up catching several nice Mahi scattered out through the day!!  Well the Capt'n Hook rides again-- we are scheduled for another stream trip tomorrow. These are some hard core anglers!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Gulf Stream report" | Carolina Contender | 05/23/04
 

Yesterday the MacMarlen and the Showtime battled the not so friendly weather conditions and made it to the Stream.  Fortunately, the trip was well worth it as the fish were biting.  They both fished the blackjack hole area all day and caught numerous dolphin and several wahoo each.  Although the ocean was rough both Capt. Roger and Capt. Grady reported that it wasn't really all that bad because they were able to run in the trough all the way out and all the way back.  That is the positive side to a southwest wind, you can always run somewhere in a southeasterly direction which puts you at the blackjack hole or the steeples.  In addition to our charter boats the Piedmont Offshore Fishing Club had their annual tournament out of the Fishing Center and several boats ventured to the gulf stream.  All boats fished the blackjack hole or the 100/400 and had good luck at both places.  Most everyone reported having trouble hooking up fish when they were getting strikes.  Sometimes this is the case when there is a lot of wind.  The wind will blow a bow in your line creating slack when the fish strikes thus not giving a chance for good hook set.  The winner of the tournament was the Crews Missle boat with a catch of tuna, dolphin and wahoo.  In second was the Seacret Weapon and third was the Hot Rod Marlin.  The boats that made it out there were rewarded for their effort.  Hopefully next weekend's weather will be a little more friendly for the highly anticipated Far Out Shoot Out offshore tournament. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | Show Time | 05/22/04
 

MacMarlen and Showtime had big catches of Dolphin[up to 40lbs] and Tuna[up to 50 lbs] yesterday.We both started at 100/400, and we went in opposite directions. We both called each other in to fish but we were both catching them where we were. A great day on the Stream. Also fish were caught in the 500's and 600's.Back at it today.

Kings at the Shark hole.
 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Kings" | Capt. Hook | 05/22/04
 

We had a good day with the Kings yesterday. They are good sized for spring Kings ranging from10 to 14 pounds. We had to run to the Lighthouse to get bait then we ventured to the 18 mile rock in 4 foot sloppy seas to get our reward of smokin reels and Kings making it happen. We will be out tomorrow and Monday so stay tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Gulf Stream" | Show Time | 05/20/04
 

Roger and I reported for duty today aboard the Showtime and Brant manned the Carolina Contender on two gulf stream trips.  The fishing was a bit slow today but we did manage a decent catch of dolphin.  We started at the 100/400 without much success then headed to the BlackJack where there was a decent weedline and a bunch of flyers.  We picked at the dolpin all afternoon up to about 20lbs.  The seas were about 3-4ft. making for a bumpy ride out but comfortable fishing.  Tomorrow we are headed back but I will start at the BlackJack in hopes of finding the same conditions I left today.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Yesterday's nearshore report" | Carolina Contender | 05/20/04
 

Yesterday I guided a couple of New Yorker's to a fun day of live bait fishing aboard the Carolina Contender.  We caught small pogies off the lighthouse at Oak Island then fished for a few minutes at Yaupon reef with no action.  We then headed off about 12 miles to the Dale Grissett hole and found some action with kings, amberjacks and cobia.  We hopped around to a couple more spots the rest of the day and found only a few more bites.  A decent day of fishing and a great day to be on the water.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"flounder" | Stori Teller | 05/19/04
 

What seemed to be a never ending redfish bite slowed dramatically today.In their place came a slow but steady flounder bite.we did manage a few keepers through the throw backs.The keeper ratio seems to be on the upswing.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Summin Up!!" | Capt. Hook | 05/18/04
 

In the past few days we have fished the stream and done real well with the Mahi and there is a scattered tuna and wahoo in the mix. We were also visited by a Blue Marlin for the old strike and miss routine!! The fish have been holding between the 100-400 and the 550's. On our first King trip we caught live bait in front of the lighthouse on Oak Island before venturing to the Sharkhole to catch teenage Kings and a Mahi. I am a sucker for the livebait fishing so I was glad to see it. The bait was good sized and plentiful just a long way down the beach. Hang in there its fixing to get crazy!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 05/18/04
 

Had a great day.  In the AM we ran a short 3 hour trip with a couple of kids (3 and 4) and their parents.  We caught plenty of Spanish while trolling #1 and #0 Clark Spoons just outside of Shallotte Inlet.  In the PM, we had a 5 hour trip and made a stop at AR 465 where we caught 3 Cobia of 25-35 pounds.  When we pulled up to the buoy, I dropped over the chum bag and the Cobia came running.  I tossed a live Pinfish and then a Pogy at them with not luck.  I then reached into my bag of tricks and hooked up a live Eel on a jig head and WHAM!  Instant hookup.  I then hooked on 2 more eels and hooked the other two Cobia for a total of three.  The group was only looking for fresh fish, so we boated the first fish and then released the other two Cobia to see another day.  We then ran offshore to the Shark Hole where we experienced a red hot King Mackerel bite with fish from 8-12 pounds.  The Kings were not finicky as they took slow trolled live and dead baits. 
There were Pogys today off the big hill on Long Beach and also Cigar Minnows at AR 460.  Go get'em.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"still biting" | Stori Teller | 05/18/04
 

Went  on another half day trip today to find the redfish still biting.Most of our fish were in the 18 to 24 inch range.After the bite slowed we moved and began catching flounder .Although they were fairly small they put a good bend in the rods.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Quality Over Quantity" | Show Time | 05/17/04
 

Though they did not chew it down today, the fish that did bite were quality.  Bryan Williams and I guided the Fitterer's from Ohio today to a memorable gulf stream adventure aboard the Showtime.  We traveled to the 100/400 and had baits in the water by 8:20am.  There was little surface activity in the 79 degree water but I was marking the fish down deep and also pods of baitfish.  These factors led me to stay in the area for a while to see if anything would start shaking.  After catching a couple of smaller mahi the long rigger with an Outrider Islander lure (the only bait in the spread rigged with wire) caught fire.  After a 25 minute battle Sandy Fitterer was able to boat a slab of a wahoo that would eventually weigh in at 53lbs.  This was truly an awesome fish to see in the water and a great trophy catch for Sandy.  After trolling for a couple more hours with little success, I opted to change over to cedar plugs and give the fish a little something different to look at.  It wasn't 2 minutes before the short rigger went into orbit and Steve Fitterer had his hands full.  The fight lasted around 40 minutes and for a while I wasn't sure who was winning.  Finally, we were able to coax the big 51lb yellowfin in gaffing range and Bryan held on for dear life as he buried the gaff in the fish's back.  Again, another great fish and great battle to go along with it.  The theme of the day was quality over quantity.  Congrats to the Fitterer's on a job well done! 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"half day" | Stori Teller | 05/16/04
 

started this morning at the sunset beach bridge where we found the redfish snapping.we caught our limit of reds there in about 15 minutes along with one keeper flounder.shortly afterwards we moved to the tubbs inlet area to find 8 or ten more flounders.The inshore bite is on


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"afternoon half day" | Carolina Contender | 05/15/04
 

I got back to my normal summer routine today with a 5 hr. live baiting trip this afternoon.  We were able to jig some pinfish and cigar minnows for bait at an artificial reef in hopes of going king mackerel fishing.  Before we could do that, the cobia came up to give us a close inspection.  We managed to hook and land one of three that we saw.  The one we boated was in the 30-35lb range- a heck of fighter.  After we finished with the cobia we headed offshore and were unsuccessful on the kingfish but we did catch a couple big spanish and saw one more 50+lb cobia that didn't hang around long enough for me to give him a good shot.   I won't be fishing again until the first of the week but I believe the MacMarlen is headed to the Stream again tomorrow so stay tuned for the next report.  Fishing is hot offshore, nearshore and inshore.  Come on down to the beach and help us catch all these fish!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Gulf Stream Report" | Show Time | 05/15/04
 

We fished around the 100/400 all the conditions were the same as yesterday although SW swell made the run a little tuffer  but overall fishing conditions were comfortable. Dolphin were plentiful in the 10 to 20 lb range, also three Yellowfin Tuna in the 35 to 50 lb range. Back again tomorrow.  


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Hot flounder Tip" | Mac Marle'n | 05/15/04
 

Just got in load of live eels for Cobia/Grouper fishing however heard of new application for live eels. Apparently Flounder fishermen at Carolina Beach having same problem with catching many small flounders. They have started using live eels and are catching much bigger flounders. Big bait/big fish. Makes sense.


- Capt. Rube
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