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"Back at it" | Carolina Contender | 01/13/04
 

Capt. Barrett reporting in for Capt. Brant and Capt. Roger again.  Today the Showtime with Capt. Roger manning the helm and the Carolina Contender with Capt. Brant at the wheel returned to bluefin fishing off Morehead. Both Brant and Roger were guiding experienced bluefin fishermen from Maine who came south to experience this world class fishery unique to North Carolina.  Fishing was just as they had left it last week- hot!  Brant reported a very hot bite first thing this morning and then it went dead for a while and picked up again at 11:30 and then at 1:30.  The Showtime went 3 for 3 this morning and the Carolina Contender went 2 for 3 with one this morning and then a double in the early afternoon.  Brant said the bite was mainly offshore of the Atlas Tanker on temperature breaks and schools of shad.  Both boats with the same crews will be back at it tomorrow if the weather will hold long enough.  All the positive conditions experienced today suggest the bluefin aren't going anywhere for a while. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"First Time" | Capt. Hook | 01/09/04
 

Well I have been at this sport for a fairly long time, but today was the first day I ever launched my boat to go fishings with snow flakes big as a silver dollars falling from the sky!!! As I walked out of my Motel in Morehead at a brisk 4:30am I saw the Capt'n Hook was covered in snow and it didn't look like it was letting up. Sumo and I met our party in the breakfast room and since the wind was laying pretty low we all decided to give it a shot. I pulled the throttles back on the east side and Sumo deployed the spread and the next thing you know---the deal was on!! The reel was sceaming and the harnesses were going on. About an hour later we had a 90 inch Bluefin Tuna by the leader posing for pictures at boatside. I don't know who was give out more the fish, Steve or Becky. Before the day was over we had dealt with rain, sleet, snow, 20 knot winds and 5 foot seas. Any way they were great sports and won a battle againist the best.  


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Back to the Bluefin" | Show Time | 01/09/04
 

After a few days of rest, recovery and tackle revamping, I'm just about ready to get back after the Bluefin.  Starting on Monday I am scheduled to fish pretty much every day thru the end of the month, so barring weather days, I hope to keep you updated with fresh fishing reports.  Speaking of weather, we've definitely had a change for the worse of the past week as last week's warm and mostly calm winds have been replaced with cold, blustery days.  Its a fact of life when Bluefin fishing that you will have to deal with elements.  The hardest part is leaving the dock and getting on the water, but for me, once I'm there the pain diminishes and the focus on catching fish takes over. And once that first clicker goes to screaming it can be 10 foot but you'd never feel it.  Anyway, stay tuned next week as we get back to work.  I do have open dates on both the Show Time and Carolina Contender sporadically thru the rest of January and into the second week of February.  Come give it a shot- call me at (910) 279-4606 if you have interest.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Going Again" | Capt. Hook | 01/08/04
 

Sumo and I will be heading to Morehead in search of the Giant Bluefin Tuna again this afternoon. We will, along with our party, be braving the elements as we cross the Cape Lookout Shoals to get to the fish. Maybe even a snow flurry???  We have sveral open dates for Bluefin trips starting on the 20th of January and running through the end of February. I will be in Dinsey World with my family for the next week beginning Saturday the 10th and running through Sunday the 18th. As I have breakfast with Mickey, Donald and the boys Sumo will be manning the phones, so if you would  like to book a trip call anytime. I'll update tomorrow after our adventure!! Hopefully it will be a good report.


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"More Fish Pics from last week" | Show Time | 01/05/04
 

 


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"The Week in Review" | Show Time | 01/05/04
 

Whewwwww!  That pretty much describes the past 7-9 days of Bluefin Tuna fishing that I've been doing.  Capt. Barrett has been keeping you updated of Capt. Roger's and my progress as we've been having excellent success catching Giant Bluefin Tuna.  I started Bluefin fishing some 5 years ago, and as I look back, I have to say that things have come a long way.  From constantly losing fish to inferior tackle to fighting fish for hours on end due to poor technique and equipment, I feel cofident we have come much closer to mastering the world of stand-up fishing for Giant Bluefin Tuna.  And nothing provides better knowledge than experience, and as this season is showing, we are getting lots of experience handling these fish.  Over the past 9 days fishing from the 27th-4th, we caught and released some 28 Giant Bluefin Tuna ranging from 250-500+ pounds.  We had a few days with 4, 5 and even 6 Bluefin and then on days when the weather went bad or when they opened the commercial season the numbers would drop to 1-2 shots a day.  Overall, however, the action is remarkably consistent considering the typical scarcity and intrigue with Giant Bluefin Tuna fishing. 
I will be returning back to Morehead to continue charter fishing on the 10th with many days in row and hopefully much more action.  I still have dates open on the "Carolina Contender" and the "Show Time", particularly after Jan 20th and would love to have you aboard.  Its fun, its thrilling and you've just got to see it to believe it. 
Here are some of the many pictures I've taken over the past week.  Come join the fun-
Here are a list of open dates that may interest you-
Carolina Contender- Jan 16,17,18,23,24,25
Show Time- Jan 16, 19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26
visit http://www.oifishingcenter.com/seasonal_specials.cfm for specific details on the trip


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"Bluefin Trip" | Capt. Hook | 01/04/04
 

Well we went for the last couple of commercial days and had some hard luck! On our first hookup the fish ran hard and since we were in the middle of the 300 boats Brant was talking about we opted for a little more drag and guess what--- The fish pulled the hook through the 250lb leader. We got the crimp back and part of the bait!! On strike two we were in the open and had Sumo and Preston get our line back after the amazing runs and then got Robert Byrd in the harness and working the fish. The fish came straigh up HARD and then went staright down HARD and this pulled the hook. In kingfishing I call a fish that makes moves like this a vetran since you can tell he has been hooked before and knows just what to do!! We will be charter fishing at the end of the week and hopefully will have some Bluefin stories with happy endings!!!!
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"Shwwwww" | Show Time | 01/03/04
 

Today was the last of the two days of commercial bluefin fishing and according to Capt. Brant it is a good thing.  He said it was nuts up there today with at least 300 boats trying to fish in the same area while trolling lines a long way behind their boats.  Fishing was hard enough and today catching was even harder.  Things slowed down dramatically today for the fleet probably due to the fact that the fish took such a pounding yesterday.  The Showtime had the same crew today as yesterday and did not have any luck at all.  Brant fished the Carolina Contender and had a double header first thing this morning but unfortunately luck was not with them and both the fish escaped.  That was all the action that our boats saw today but the fishing will most likely pick back up when the mosquito fleet goes back in for the winter and the 10-12 boat charter fleet is left to target the bluefin.  Capt. Brant has a trip tomorrow that he will try to run before the weather goes bad for a day or so.  Hopefully the fish will start biting again tomorrow, but if not it wont be long.  Our next open dates for charter fishing are Jan. 6-9. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Also successful" | Carolina Contender | 01/02/04
 

Capt. Brant took the Carolina Contender out this morning for the first of two days of commercial fishing.  He also found success early this morning in the same area the Showtime was fishing.  The first fish they caught was under the legal limit size which is 72", but no sooner did they put the lines back out did they hook up again and this fish would end going 80" and core out at 240 lbs.  Brant was done fishing by 7:30am and he said the fish were still biting hard when he left.  He described fishing today as an absolute circus with more than 300 boats out fishing the same area for these giant fish to try and take advantage of the commercial season.  However the outlook on prices for the sale of these fish does not look very positive.  Brant will be back at it again tomorrow for one more day of commercial fishing. 


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"Hot bite continues" | Show Time | 01/02/04
 

Capt. Barrett here continuing to report the news from Morehead.  I would love to be there but I'm currently fulfilling my list of holiday honey do's, but it won't be long before I'm back at it.  Anyways, today was the first of the two late season commercial fishing days for giant bluefins.  On the Showtime today was Capt. Roger, Capt. Grady and ringer Capt. Rube.  Capt. Rube reported a hot bite first thing this morning west of the Atlas Tanker.  He described it by comparing to Thanksgiving dinner- a lot of prepartion and anticipation and then before you really even knew what was happening it was over.  The Showtime had their fish on the deck by 6:30 am before the sun even rose.  The fish was a bit smaller than the average measuring around 78'' and dressed out it weighed 215 lbs.  The crew will be back at it tomorrow for the one more day of commercial fishing before the Showtime goes back to the charter fishing circuit.  Give us a call to book a trip next week.  910-279-6104


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"Found Again" | Show Time | 01/01/04
 

Today Capt. Brant and Capt. Roger guided a crew up from Lousiana who were in search of the ultimate big game fishing thrill.  They found it big time in the form of the most awesome fish that swims inside of 200 ft.- the giant bluefin.  For the past two days the fish have not been as consistent with their feeding or locations and the charter fleet has been picking at the fish.  Today, was a different story as the Showtime and a few other of the charter boats found the big group of fish and bait again.  Brant said they found the fish hanging around a group of whales and shad.  The crew from Louisiana caught 4 fish today on what Brant described as a red-hot bite.  For the first time in a while Brant and Roger actually took a tape measurer to the biggest fish of the day and it went an amazing 98''.  The fish was well over 500lbs according to Brant.  Tomorrow and the next day the commercial season will be open for selling one bluefin per boat over 72''.  The Showtime and the Carolina Contender will be at it tomorrow to try to take advantage of this late season quota that marine fisheries has opened.  It most likely will be a zoo out there for these two days with boats coming from all over to try and get a piece of the action.  However, starting again on Sunday we will be back at the charter fishing and hope to continue to provide amazing angling experiences for customers.  Give us a call if you have interest in going bluefin hunting with us. 
910-279-4606


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"Last Bluefin of the Year" | Show Time | 12/31/03
 

According to Capt. Brant things were back to normal with the bluefin fishing again today after yesterday's big blow.  Today the wind was from the northeast around 15kts with 3-4 ft. seas.  Brant and Roger guided a husband and wife for the wife's first ever saltwater fishing trip.  She proved be a quick learner and with a little coaching was able to make her very first catch one that she will certainly always remember.  The Showtime was able to catch and release two giant bluefin this morning before 9:00am.  The fish were roughly 85 inches and 90 inches.  After 9:00am the bite was very slow with only a few boats hooking up.  Brant reported that more and more recreational fishermen are beginning to show up again in preparation of the two days of commercial fishing that are coming up Jan. 2-3.  Today was a great ending to the 2003 bluefin season.  Up to this point fishing could not have been better.  Every single charter trip taken this year has been successful and most of the time multiple fish are being caught.  There is no reason why this should change in the next few weeks as the conditions continue to hold steady.  The Showtime will be back on the water tomorrow, new year's day, to try and get 2004 off to a good start.  Happy new  year to all and let's hope the fishing remains as good in 2004 as it has been in 2003.

Correction on the available dates for bluefin charters:  Jan. 6-9 is the correct dates for openings to go bluefin fishing on either the Showtime or the Carolina Contender.


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"ROUGH!!!" | Show Time | 12/30/03
 

Well, if it's too good to be true it probably is.  Finally, after several days of relatively good weather up in Morehead things deteriorated quickly this morning for Capt. Brant and Capt. Roger who were guiding the same group today that caught four giant bluefin tuna yesterday.  After visiting the main charter dock this morning and seeing that not a single boat was going to try their luck today Brant began to question going after the tuna today.  But, his crew was hardy and they were well aware of the challenge at hand and opted to go for it.  The wind was blowing about 25 kts out of the southwest which made crossing the Cape Lookout Shoals not exactly the most relaxing thing to do at 6 am.  Nevertheless they made it across and stopped about a mile short of the 30 minute rock to begin fishing in the heavy seas.  Just after getting the second line out it was on.  Fighting these giants when it is calm is hard enough but throw in 8-10 ft seas and now you are at the extreme end of any possible outdoor activity.  The crew battled the elements and succeeded in catching what Brant said was the biggest Bluefin he had ever caught measuring over 100 inches.  What an accomplishment considering the conditions.  The bite started fast, but surprisingly that was all the action the Showtime would see today.  Brant reported that things seemed to change today besides the weather.  There wasn't near the bait there has been being and the water temperature was way down, not to mention that they were the only boat out which made locating the fish more difficult.  Thankfully the weather is supposed to improve tomorrow so hopefully the fish will be located.  The Showtime will be fishing the next two days and I will be reporting in with the what they experience. 

Jan. 5-8 are still available on either the Showtime or Carolina Contender.  Call 910-279-4606 to book


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"More Bluefin" | Show Time | 12/29/03
 

Capt. Barrett reporting in for Capt Brant and Capt. Roger again.  More of the same type incredible bluefin action today.  Once again the fish were hanging near the 30 minute rock and indulging themselves on the schools of pogies.  Brant did report an unusual siting today, amongst a group of bluefin fishing boats all of a sudden about 50 giant tunas rose to the surface in a  feeding frenzy chasing shad out of the water.  He said it was amazing to see the fish feeding that way and that boats were actually backing up to the pod of balled bait within 10-15 feet and were tossing their own baits into the malay and hooking up.  I believe Brant has some good videos and pictures of this sequence of events that he will post when he gets a chance to come back to Ocean Isle.  All in all the Showtime had another great day going 4 out of 5 with the biggest fish in the 95 range weighing around 500lbs.  In addition to the feeding tuna Brant and Roger also encountered numerous whales, dolphins and frenzied gannet birds eating shad.  Sounds like an ideal bluefinnin' day off Morehead.  Just another reminder, due to some cancellations we have availability for bluefin charters between Jan. 4 and Jan. 8.  The fishing should remain outstanding for the next few weeks so don't miss out.   


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"" | Show Time | 12/28/03
 

Brant reported today that once again the bite was red hot.  Brant and Roger took a group of two men and three women to a full eventful day of bluefin hunting.  By 10am 3 of the anglers had successfully caught and released 3 giant bluefin all over 80 inches.  These bites came around the 30 mintute rock which continues to hold massive amounts shad.  At about 12:30 Brant took the Showtime closer to the shoals and found another good spot of bait and it wasn't long before they were hooked up again.  Two fish were caught and released in this area before the crew decided to call it a day.  Bluefin fishing over the past week has been as good as its ever been.  The good weather has been a bonus and the fish seem just to be waiting to test the fishermen.  Due to a cancellation of a charter, a few dates have opened up starting next week including Jan. 6, 7, 8, and 9th.  Give us a call to book a trip at 910-575-3474 or 910-279-4606. 


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"Bluefin Blitz" | Capt. Hook | 12/27/03
 

I have just returned from Morehead off of a Bluefin charter that proved pretty interesting. On our first hook up we got into another boats fish and ours was cut off. On our second hookup the braid was tangled on the reel and 130 lb snapped like wet cotton. On the third hookup we hit home with a release of a beautiful fish over 100 inches long. He whipped all four anglers and gave Sumo and myself a test of mating and boat handling 101. But we made a succesful release with the fish in good shape so I guess we passed!! On the fourth hookup the hook pulled ten minutes into the fight. On the fifth hookup, you guessed it we hit home again with a fish just over 80 inches long. On the sixth hookup our top shot pulled out. But as you can tell the bite was on!! We just had some hard luck with a little good luck mixed in!! All in all it was a great trip. In the pictures you can see the pressure these giants put on a rod. Also I got to snap one before I had to put the camera down and help out with the leader. I talked to Roger and Brant and I am sure you will see an awesome report posted from the Showtime.


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"WOW!!!" | Show Time | 12/27/03
 

Capt. Barrett reporting in for Capt. Brant again today.  Capt. Brant and Capt. Roger guided a group of three today aboard the Showtime in search of tangling with a giant bluefin.  The wind was from the north around 15-20 kts and the temperatures were in the 50's or so.  It didn't take long for the mission to be accomplished.  At 6:45 am the first hookup came near the 30 minute rock on the east side of Cape Lookout shoals about a 20 mile ride from the docks at Morehead City.  From 6:45 am until 11:00 am Capt Brant and Capt Roger kept their crew sweating as they managed to hook 6 bluefin catching and releasing 5 of them and breaking one off right at the boat.  The biggest fish seen today was again around  95 inches reaffirming the abnormally large size of the fish this year on average.  The crew did a great job battling all of these monsters and with the great memories and stories they now have, they also elected to mount the big fish of the day.  We have a mount of a giant bluefin at the OIFC and it is honestly one of the most impressive and beautiful mounts that you can get.  A true trophy.   Brant reported there were around two dozen boats fishing the area today and most found good success with the bluefin.  There is a large amount of bait hanging around the 30 minute rock area attracting the bluefin.  The weather is supposed to remain stable for the next few days so fishing should remain outstanding.  The Showtime will be fishing everyday for the next week but I believe there might be a few openings on the Carolina Contender.  Come take your shot at conquering a giant and take home a trophy of a lifetime.


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"AVAILABLE BLUEFIN CHARTERS" | Show Time | 12/24/03
 

As Capt. Barrett has reported for me the past few days, the Giant Bluefin Tuna fishing is as awesome as ever, with the added bonus of fish being larger than usual.  Our main charter season will begin immediately following Christmas.  Capt. Barrett, Capt. Roger and myself will be running the "Show Time" and "Carolina Contender" guiding fishermen from all over the country who seek to test their angling skills against the biggest and toughest sportfish in the ocean.

UPCOMING OPEN DATES:
Jan 1st & 2nd- Show Time
Jan 6,7,8 & 9 - Show Time and/or Carolina Contender
Many dates open after Jan 15th as we will charter thru February 10th-
Call Capt. Brant direct at (910) 279-4606 if you'd like to get a trip set up-

Also be aware that due to Federal Regulations, the Giant Bluefin fishery is strictly catch and release.  It is illegal to kill a Giant Bluefin Tuna, thus all fish must be released.  Its about the experience, not how much meat you can put in your freezer.  There are many other more desirable food fish in the ocean that are much less majestic and spectacular than the Giant Bluefin. 


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"Giants!!!" | Carolina Contender | 12/23/03
 

Once again updating you on bluefin tuna fishing via Capt. Brant.  The Carolina Contender produced yet again yesterday according to Brant who along with the same crew from the previous day released three more giants.  This charter crew managed to catch and release 6 giant bluefin in two day's of fishing, which they can attest to as being more than enough action to keep them busy as well as enough to give each of them some aching muscles.  Yesterday the fish were scattered but Brant chose to fish around structure, temperature breaks, and bait marks to find the fish.  Two fish were caught around the 30 minute rock area and the third fish was caught near the D-Wreck all on the east side of Cape Lookout.  Brant reported that the first fish they caught was at least as big as any bluefin he had ever caught measuring in the neighborhood of 100 inches and extremely fat.  The other two fish were no minnows either with one measuring 90 inches and the other at 85 inches.  All three fish were caught by trolling pristine horse ballyhoo behind skirts on the surface and down deep.  The action continues to remain consistent and the fish are bigger this year on the average than we can ever remember.  The next scheduled trips start on the 27th and run through the 4th so we should have an exact bead on the fish in the coming week.  If you want to come join the fun with us call to book a trip, or if you care to venture out in your own boat come by the fishing center and we'll help to rig you up and steer you in the right direction.  Happy holidays


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"Bluefin x3" | Carolina Contender | 12/21/03
 

I just got off the phone with Capt. Brant who is in Morehead City to pick back up on the giant bluefin tuna fishing.  We have now started the charter fishing season for these monsters and if you are interested in testing your mind and body against a 300+ lb animal made of solid muscle then give us a call to set up a trip.  If you can bear the cold conditions that Brant and his crew faced today then most likely you will see some serious bluefin action this time of year.  Today Capt. Brant guided his charter aboard the Carolina Contender to three successful hook-ups and releases of giant bluefin tuna.  He reported that the bite was hot and they were hooked up nearly the entire trip.  The bite happened about 15 miles from the dock near the P-buoy and also D wreck on the east side of Cape Lookout Shoals.  All three fish were released unharmed with the anglers gaining the satisfaction of beating these huge fish with pictures to prove it.  The first fish caught was the largest of the day measuring nearly 100 inches weighing in the neighborhood of  550 lbs.  The second fish was a baby measuring 65 inches, and the third was around 75 inches.  A very successful day despite the cold weather first thing this morning.  Tomorrow should be a post card day with flat seas and relatively warm temperatures into the 50's and maybe 60's.  The fishing should remain very consistent for at least the next month.  Don't miss out on this chance to tangle with a giant.  Until tomorrow . . .


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