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- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Last Updated - 10/15/2017 06:07:26 PM
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Fished 2 half day trips today with good success. The morning was beautiful as we trolled the AR 485 off LR to catch several Atlantic Bonito-we hooked up to one mystery fish that screemed off 200 yards of line before slowing down. We worked the fish for 15 minutes before finally getting it to leader, then fought it on the 20# leader for 5 mins before it finally go caught around the end of Capt. Roger's glove and broke the swivel- mystery fish???
In the afternoon the Bonito had quit biting so we went off 12 miles and caught a nice batch of Sea Bass to keep everyone busy.
Tomorrow the Carolina Contender and MacMarle'n both have 1/2 day trips in the AM returning at noon and the MacMarle'n with again depart at 12:30pm and return at 5:30pm- Tune into the web cam for live footage of dockside action.
It was a rough day and we were scheduled to fish the Gulf Stream but had to stay nearshore. We opted to troll for Atlantic Bonito and caught a few Bonito and Bluefish while trolling around the Jim Caudle reef. The bite was certainly not hot, but it is obvious the fish are there and will be biting soon.
Had a good day in the Stream, bringing back 2 Yellowfin tuna in the 50# class and 4 Mahi Mahi in the 5-15 pound class. The seas were beautiful and fishing was decent. We fished a 4 degree temperature break at the Steeples and there was a lot of bait. Very evident there were a lot of fish there, but not biting very good. The moon likely has them with lock jaw.
Beatiful day on the water. In the AM we started off hot catching several Atlantic Bonito right off the bat while fishing the 390/390 area. The action slowed and we went offshore for a few Sea Bass before coming in and making one last stab at the Bonito. It was very obvious the fish were there, they were not too willing to cooperate however.
In the PM we had a short 3 hour trip and trolled 3-4 miles out of Shallotte Inlet and caught a Bonito and a few Sea Bass and Bluefish. The water is clearing nearshore, and the Bonito should be moving in closer.
Tomorrow its to the Gulf Stream. Tune into the web cam 6pm-7pm for a live view of the day's catch.
The weather has straightened out for fishermen to get offshore to the Gulf Stream. Mixed catch reports of Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo. The majority of the catches were made toward the BlackJack Hole and Steeples.
Who say's you have to go to the Gulf Stream to have great fishing action in April? Today I fished a group from Ohio on a 7 hour trip aboard the "MacMarle'n". We started with a nice catch of Sea Bass and Gray Snapper while fishing in the 15 mile range. On the way back inshore, I ran across Capt. Buster Gillis on the "Sea Hawk" who informed me he was into the Atlantic Bonito. That was all I needed to hear as we deployed a spread of Clark Spoons on Planers and began hunting. Within minutes it was 3 and 4 at a time for the next hour. At one point I put the boat in neutral as we dropped Stingsilvers down and jigged with 12# tackle to catch the very tasty and hard fighting Atlantic Bonito. We fished just offshore of the 390/390 and caught the fish by either trolling #2 Silver Clark spoons on #1 or #2 planers or by casting/jigging 1 1/4 oz. Pink/white or Green/white Stingsilvers. If you're looking for a great time fishing but don't want to go all the way to the Gulf Stream, you've got to give this a shot. The season will last thru April. Call us at the new Ocean Isle Fishing Center- (910) 575-FISH ..
The weather is finally clearing out. It seemed like it will never quit raining, but finally the skies have cleared and its time to get back to business. Speaking of business, the Fishing Center is ready to open on Wednesday. So it looks like the fishing season is finally ready to begin. Stay tuned to future reports.
It was another beautiful day. The Bonito were out in full force but have proven very difficult to get to bite as they are boat shy and finicky. After chasing them around for a while we went for the guarantee and caught a bucket full of 10-15 inch Sea Bass for the dinner table.
Not only was the weather absolutely perfect today, the Sea Bass fishing action was great. We fished in the 10-15 mile range and caught plenty of great eating Sea Bass in the 1-3 pound range. We used fresh squid and cut bait on the bottom to catch the Sea Bass.