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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 05/13/04
 

While Capt. Barrett and Capt. Roger were off chasing glory in the Gulf Stream aboard the ShowTime, Capt. Bryan and I were hard at work with the meat and potatoes of our fishery-- ie.. live bait fishing.  The waters have warmed up to 75-77 degrees and I'd heard rumblings of Kings being caught around the Jungle and 65 foot hole.  We ran to the Little River Offshore Reef where we commenced to jig bait to live bait fish with.  However, before much could be done were were attacked by 3 Cobia- of which 1 30# ended up in the box and 1 50# ended up with a sore lip but another day to live.  We loaded the well with live baits and before heading offshore to hook our party up with hungry AJ's, did some slow trolling of dead Cigar Minnows at the LR Offshore reef and 65 foot hole and caught Kings at both places.  These were the typical 6-8 lb "Spring" Kings that we see this time of year.  Anyway, nearshore fishing is hot and I'm glad to see things coming together for all fishermen.  Come on down this weekend and join the fun.  The weather looks great and the fish sure are biting.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bull Time!" | Show Time | 05/13/04
 

Today's gulf stream fishing was a little more typical for this time of year.  I traveled to the 100/400 with the same crew from yesterday that caught the big wahoo of Mike and Ronny from Wisconsin.  We began catching dolphin as soon as we got there.  In the middle of catching a few chicken dolphins we were attacked by the stud in the picture below that weighed in at just over 37lbs!  A truly awesome fish.  The bite shut down after a couple of hours and we made the call to head offshore after getting a report from the Carolina lady that they were on a weed line and temp break about 8 miles offshore.  The conditions looked great offshore with plenty of flying fish and weed but the fish just didnt seem to be there.  So, we headed back to the 100/400 where a little bit of a tuna bite had turned on with a couple of the boats that remained there when we left.  We were able to pick up one tuna just before heading home.  Overall things looked to be improving.  There seemed to be more bait around on the surface and down deep than I've seen in the last few days.  The water temp was 78 degrees.  We'll be back out there tomorrow so stay tuned.  I heard the cobia bite fired off big time today inshore.  Capt. hook had a 50lber and Brant was battling with them when I talked to him earlier.  Come get in on the great spring fishing.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Hot off the press!!!" | Show Time | 05/12/04
 

Just found out they slaughtered the big Dolphin with a few Tuna and Billfish mixed in while fishing offshore of the 100/400.  Just goes to show how big the ocean is and how communication amongst boats is key.  So, put your boats in the right spot and you'll wear them out-- come on downt this weekend and help us find them.
Also heard there were Kings caught at the Jungle today- stay tuned for further.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Wahoo!" | Mac Marle'n | 05/12/04
 

It still isn't great, but we did make a day of it in the stream today.  We managed a couple small dolphin, a small yellowfin and a nice 45lb wahoo.  The fishing has been tough in the stream since last saturday.  Warm water has covered up most of the break from the Steeples past the Scarp.  However, today the water temps were back down to what I would consider normal for this time of year in the 74 degree range.  I fished the 550 line this morning where we caught the wahoo and then moved down to the Macmarlen ledges around mid-day.  The conditions looked great around the Macmarlen ledges.  There was a 3 degree temp break, a weed line, tons of bait, a water color change, birds and porpoises.  The fish should have been there but both the Showtime and the Macmarlen trolled the area for several hours with just a few smaller fish.  I believe we need a shot of bad weather to shake things up out there so we can get back on track.  But it is important to remember that when fishing the stream like we are now in 3 knots of current, new water is passing over the fishing ground every minute.  This means that at any time the new water could bring the fish back in.  We'll be back at it again for the next few days so stay tuned and I'll do my best give a detailed report.  On the bright side, the weather is absolutely gorgeous and the kings started biting good today inshore. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Report 5-8-04" | Capt. Hook | 05/09/04
 

We had a good trip today. We started at the Black Jack and had a double strike just after deploying lines. We boated a nice yellowfin and then things cooled off. We decided to run back toward Wahoo Rock which is in the 500's and found a little cooler water and some scattered weed. Needless to say the Mahi were snappin!! Stay tuned things are heating up!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Hot off the press!!!" | Stori Teller | 05/09/04
 

News flash!  The cobia have arrived.  That's right, just this morning Capt. Stan and wife Lori went out for a little spanish mackerel trolling on Stan's inshore fishing charter boat the Stori Teller.  They were fishing near the southeast rock bottoms just 3 miles outside of shallotte inlet amongst a school of spanish when Stan saw a cobia crusing along on the surface.  He quickly threw the closest lure he had in front of the fish's face and the Cobia immediately engulfed it.  Unfortunately the closest rig he had was a 12lb flounder fishing outfit with a gotcha plug tied on.  The fight was on.  Lori angled the fish to the boat and Stan sunk the gaff in.  The 30lb cobia proceeded to destroy anything and everything in its path on the boat including the gaff.  It's official.  The larger gamefish are moving inshore.  The water has warmed to 70+ degrees on the beach and the king mackerel, spanish mackerel, atlantic bonito, and now cobia are all biting.  There is plenty of live pogies and bluefish on the beach particularly in the direction of Oak Island.  The fish are here.  It's time to make up for a long cold winter and take advantage of this awesome time for fishing both inshore and offshore.  Great catch Lori and Stan!


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"What a difference a day makes" | Show Time | 05/08/04
 

Today was a totally different story than the past three weeks.  I guess it was a matter of time.  The fish had to win one of these days.  I fished the blackjack and a temp break and weed line inshore of the b-jack about 9 miles and basically did nothing.  Just a couple of bites this morning with only one dolphin to show for the entire day. It was a beautiful day on the water and there were a ton of boats fishing the Stream, it's just too bad the fish let everyone down.  Capt. David however, on the Capt. Hook redeemed the fishing center fleet with a good catch of dolphin and a tuna that he was able to find by running to the south around the 500 line this afternoon.  Im sure he'll post a more detailed report about what exactly he found.  I believe the influx of extremely warm water over the fishing grounds combined with the large number of boats is what shut the fish down.  Hopefully things will get back on track this week.  Stay tuned. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"More of the same" | Mac Marle'n | 05/07/04
 

Pretty much same report as yesterday.  Blackjack= tuna.  We're just getting off the boats now and will be back at it tomorrow on all three boats.  I'll give a more detailed report on our off day Sunday.  Go fish!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Gulf Stream hot!" | Show Time | 05/06/04
 

Brant's report was dead on.  We hammered the tuna and dolphin today around the blackjack area.  The water temp was 69 degrees and the bait was holding between 80 and 120ft of water.  The bite was not red hot but consistent most of the day.  We caught fish on pink outriders with ballyhoo by Islander, red and black swimming plug from mega bait fished 80 ft. down on the planer, a custom rigged spanish mackerel, and a chartreuse blue water candy head with ballyhoo.  I heard reports that fish were caught up and down the line from the Wynyah Scarp up to the 100/400 and all the way to Steeples.  Great fishing right now, we'll be back at them tomorrow and the next day.  Come join fun!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Up-to-minute" | Show Time | 05/06/04
 

Hot news-- VHF reception is clear and just talked to Barrett and Roger who are fishing the Stream today in the ShowTime.  They are at the BlackJack hole, fishing 70 degree water and have 6 Yellowfin 35-50lbs and 8 Mahi-- Barrett reports lots of bait and fish marks and action fairly consistent all day long.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Free Gulf Stream Seminar Friday 7:30" | Show Time | 05/06/04
 

Just a reminder...don't forget our free seminar on Rigging/Fishing the Gulf Stream. We'll have the captains from the OIFC on hand to demonstrate how we make our rigs and how we use them to catch Tuna/Dolphin/Wahoo.Great opportunity to fine tune your techniques. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"ditto" | Carolina Contender | 05/05/04
 

Exact same report for me as Capt. Brant wrote below.  Today was my first ocean test on the new 36' Carolina Contender.  I was extremely impressed by the comfortable ride in a 3-4ft head sea.  No problem.  I could have sat back and read the newspaper if I had one.  Atlantic bonita fishing is good and lot of fun.  It's similar to yellowfin tuna fishing except the fish aren't quite as big and you dont have to make the long run.  It's good practice for the gulf stream fishing to figure out how these fish school and the way they move in relation to the birds, bait and water color. 


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

The Bonita fishing has been good the last couple of days.  We caught a dozen Bonita while trolling #1 Clark spoons on #1 planers.  The fish were holding just inshore of the 90/90.  They are also mixed in with small Kings, large Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish.  I ate a plate of Bonita last night for dinner and I promise you I'd put them up against any fish in the sea.  Great eating, hard fighting and within sight of land- go get'em.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Free seminar on Gulf Stream fishing/rigging" | Show Time | 05/05/04
 

This Friday at 7:30pm at Ocean Isle Fishing Center, our charter captains will put on a free seminar to show you how we do our rigging and fishing techniques for Gulf Stream fishing. Great opportunity to fine tune your fishing technique and get you ready for the Far Out Shoot Out coming Memorial Day weekend. Bring your rigs and we will "critique" them for you.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Atlantic bonita" | Mac Marle'n | 05/04/04
 

Capt. Roger and I spent a 5 hour trip this afternoon trolling #1 silver clark spoons on #1 and #2 planers in hopes of finding the elusive Atlantic bonita.  We were on the MacMarle'n and Capt. Brant had another crew on the Showtime and together we were able to round up some good marks of bait just inshore of the 90/90.  Each of us caught a handful of Atlantic bonita which was a ton of fun and now I can't wait for dinner tonite.  Also, surprisingly we each caught a fair number of spanish mackerel.  Most were in the 1-2 lb range but I did catch a couple 3+lbers.  It seems a little early to be seeing the spanish but I guess because the water temperature is all the way up to 68 degrees inshore and the glass minnows are thick, the fish don't seem to be on a particular calendar.  In addition to the spanish we also caught one juvenile throw back king mackerel on the clark spoons mixed in with the spanish.  Being able to tell the difference between a juvenile king and a spanish can be difficult.  The most signifcant feature difference is the lateral line that runs down the side of each fish.  On a spanish the line is straight and on a king it has a very apparent downward turn and then straightens back up.  Also, a king will be more slender than a spanish at that age.  Be careful when you start keeping spanish to make sure you don't mix in a king.  The DNR boys don't take to kindly to an "honest mistake" when dealing with size limits on fish.  Anyway, the Showtime and the Carolina Contender will be back after the bonita and spanish tomorrow morning and then hitting the stream on Thursday.  The weather was absolutely beautiful this afternoon.  The seas were nearly non-existent and the nearshore water is already clearing up.  I believe the fish, both inshore and offshore, will be nawing tomorrow and most likely the next day.  Let's go get em'!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Weathered Out" | Show Time | 05/02/04
 

Well, the plan was in place and expectations high, but somehow the weatherman's "scattered" storm forecast wasn't so scattered-- Sat AM brought torrential rain and gusty winds-- the rain I can handle, but add winds of 20+ kts and thats too much.  We had all 3 boats lined up for the Stream to cash in on the big catches of Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo coming from the Black Jack, but it wasn't to be.  Several boats from Calabash and other ports attempted it- the furthest anyone got out was 40 miles before they had to turn around due to increasingly large seas.  Thus I'm glad we made the right decision to sit it out, although I hate it.  The weather looks to get very nice by Wednesday and we'll be out there when it allows- stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gulf Stream Tip of the Week" | Show Time | 05/01/04
 

What do you do when it's raining buckets, the wind is howling out of the southwest and going fishing just isn't an option?  You talk about fishing of course!  The Showtime, the MacMarle'n and the Carolina Contender were all scheduled to fish the stream today but unfortunately the weather man missed the boat on the forecast today as we awoke to 20+kt winds and a terrential downpour this morning.  It's ashame we didn't get a shot at the fish as we were all chomping at the bit after the reports from the boats that did make it out all this week.  Each of the last three days all the boats that fished the Blackjack hole area were coming back with huge catches of tuna up to 15 fish on single boats, several wahoo and a few dolphin.  A temperature break has formed over that general area and seems to be consistently holding the baitfish and thus the gamefish.  Soon the water will be warming more and getting baits deeper will become very important.  Even now with the cool water, getting a bait down deep where the bait schools are hanging can produce strikes when there is no action on the surface trolled lines.  The challenge becomes getting a bait to troll at 6+ knots down deep.  A quick, easy and effective way to get a bait to troll anywhere from 5 feet under the surface to 20 feet under the surface is to simply use a diving trolling plug.  The Mega Bait's, Yozuri's and Mann's plugs in black/red, purple/black, pink, orange/black, and red/white have been hot so far this Spring for wahoo and tuna.  However, if you want to get more creative and fish a ballyhoo at any depth from 5 feet to 125 feet under the surface there is a way, it just requires a little more effort.  Materials needed: 
1. Downrigger
2. 130lb braided line spooled on downrigger
3. #4 or #5 Planer
4.  Large paper clip
5. 225lb Snap Swivel
6. #64 rubber band
7. Typical trolling rod and ballyhoo rig setup with a wire leader

How it works:
Spooling the downrigger with braided line is essential to keeping the planer down at the desired depth without too much blow back.  Blow back is the distance back from the boat the planer pulls as oppose to down.  It is best to have the planer as straight down from the boat as is possible when trolling at 6+ knots.  The braided line will cut through the water better than monofilament line yet doesn't make that high pitched ringing noise that wire line does.  Attach the end of the downrigger line to a 225lb snap swivel, which will then be connected to the #4 or #5 planer.  Now you are ready to drop the planer to the desired depth where you believe the fish are holding.  Next take your favorite ballyhoo rig with a wire leader and drop it back into your spread 100 to 150 feet.  Wrap the rubber band around the line coming out of the rod about three times and then run the rubber band through the paper clip.  Finally hook the paper clip to the braided downrigger line.  Bend the ends of the paper clip inwards so to prevent the unintentional release of the main line.  Now you are ready to send your bait down.  If you let your planer down 70 feet then you can let the line on your reel out an additional 70 feet after you hook it up with the rubber band to the braided line.  You can expect the depth of your trolled lure to be about half that of the depth showing on your downrigger.  For instance if you drop your planer and then ballyhoo down 70 feet it will be pulling somewhere around 35 feet deep.  When a fish strikes the ballyhoo the weight of the pulling fish will bend the paper clip out and cause the line to release from the planer.  This is a great tactic to use when the surface action has slowed or the water temperature is warmer making the fish more likely to hang deep.  Mostly you are looking to catch toothy critters with this approach such as wahoo and king mackerel, but any gamefish including tuna, mahi, and even blue marlin, as was the case two weeks ago, certainly will not hesitate to take a deep trolled bait. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"They're biting like bulldogs!" | Mac Marle'n | 04/30/04
 

Last 3 days boats have been coming into the Fishing Center loaded down with Yellowfin Tuna[including today]. If you can go tomorow..DO IT! All our boats will be going. Leaving OIFC @ 6:00am. Join us. Weather looks ok, not perfect, but ok[particuliarly if the fish are biting.]


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"YELLOWFIN MASSACRE" | Show Time | 04/29/04
 

UPDATE!!!!  The Slaughtered the Yellowfin at the BlackJack hole today.  2 boats came in to the OIFC this PM and both had their limits including a smattering of Wahoo and Mahi.  The bite was reportedly hot all day long and action was fast and furious.  They fished 150-220 feet of water.  The weather this weekend looks better and is sure to be a great weekend for Yellowfin fishing.  We've got plenty of premade rigs if you need a jump start and also plenty of Ballyhoo of all sizes by the pak or case.  We're here to help you catch more fish, so come on by.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/29/04
 

After a very busy "Spring Break" season, we will be slowing down our charter fishing for a couple of weeks until the Summer fishermen start to show up.  That however does not mean that the fishing will be slowing down.  Actually, May is the hottest month in the Stream for Mahi and Tuna and the King Mackerel and Cobia will be showing up nearshore.  We have trips booked for Saturday, so we will be in the Stream if you are looking for company.  The weather looks fishable but not as nice as the past couple of weekends- Friday looks the best.  We're on VHF 11 if you want to give us a call.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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