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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/09/06
 

We're on a full moon right now and just like clockwork, the Kings have gotten tough.  The good news is the bait is stacking up on the beach-- tons of menhaden and within a few miles of the beach school after school of glass minnows, with lots of Spanish in them- -the ocean is very fishy.  I talked to a guy today who caught a couple of kings around one of the schools of bait and the piers are catching some fish as well.  I bet that by mid week, there might be a pretty decent beach bite of kings around the bait pods- watch and see.  What is hot is the Barracuda bite-- they are everywhere and very hungry-- apprently they don't feed on the moon or they simply eat all the time.  Anyway, the current is also running strong offshore because of the full moon and that has made Grouper fishing tough as well-- I caught a few inshore of the current the other day in 70 feet of water, but once you got off of that it was almost unfishable.  Anyway, that is the state of the union.  I'll keep in touch- stay tuned


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Things are looking up!" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 08/06/06
 

Hot weather, hot water... we are are definately in the dog days of August. Well thank goodness the last couple of days the fishing has been hot too. Saturday first mate Chris Burrows & I lead a group SW of the tower and had a pretty busy day catching monster cudas, sand tiger sharks, A couple African Pompano, a pile of beeliners, kings from 16lb. to 26lbs as well as getting bit off by a ture smoker that almost spooled us before we could clear the lines & downrigger, & a grouper to boot. Today  Capt. Shane & Hank aboard the Showtime with myself & Will on the Mac Marlen done very well around the 70ft. hole with kings from 10lbs. to the high teens. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come in the nearshore waters. Get out on the water and don't let the heat get you down.


- Capt. Jon Tennant
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"Week in Review" | Stori Teller-22' | 08/06/06
 

I"ve been at it again everyday this past week and I'm happy to report that the fish are still around.  The redfishing at the jetties has slowed somewhat, but the docks and bridges along the ICW are still producing reds. The flounder have made a comeback and also bit well this week, and there are even a few stray trout hanging around.  The water temperatures are approaching 90 degrees, which makes the fishing tough, but the fish are still around, so put in your time and you should be rewarded.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Lately" | Black Pearl- 31' | 08/03/06
 

Well the heat has been on lately, and fish seem to be getting lazy just like us. The offshore bite was pretty good until Tuesday afternoon then it slowed a bit. The Live bait is still unpredictable but reachable somewhere between Shallotte Inlet and the Big Hill on the east side of Lockwood Folly Inlet. The kings we are catching are fair sized but not a lot of numbers. The Cudas are hanging around the wrecks just waiting to be tempted. On the near shore side we have been doing a little of everything from spade fishing to taking kids crabbing. On the near shore reefs we have caught bluefish, weakfish, dog sharks, and moving out to the Sherman the spadefish bite has been consistent. In the backwater we are catching a few specks, reds, bluefish and flounders. Some of the flounders are throwbacks but we hit a good one now and again. It will turn around soon so stay tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/03/06
 

Hot!  Other than the AC, the water has been the best escape from the heat.  Pogys have become very plentiful off Ocean Isle and Holden again.  Today and yesterday we actually caught big, ocean Pogys in the ICW just at the mouth of the Shallotte Inlet.  A couple of the other boats got them between the inlet and the HB pier.  Also, we've been seeing many schools of Spanish from 1-7 miles offshore as we head out in the AM.  The King was good this AM at the Atlantic Ledge area.  We started at the Shark Hole and caught a small fish and a dolphin, but after moving offshore the bite was better and the quality of  Kings was better too.  We had several fish in the 12-18 pound range and a couple in the low 20's.  Weather looks great for the weekend, come on down and join in the fishing and escape the landside heat.


- Capt. Shane Hollar
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"Shallotte Inlet buoy crisis: SUCCESS!!!!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/01/06
 

Just got the message that the Wildlife has approved the Shallotte Inlet buoy deal, the buoys have been ordered, and they will be installed soon as they come in. YEE HA!! You got to love it when a plan works out!

Congrats to our State Representative Bonner Stiller, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources[Gordon Myers, Chief Engineer], and on yeah, we're proud of our efforts here at the OIFC to figure this thing out and get it going. Now, on to the next mission!


- Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/31/06
 

It is HOTTTT !  The weather was steamy with a SW wind at 10-15kts and seas at 2-3' but still with a decent SW swell from weekend's blow.  We are finding the Spanish are moving in heavily on schools of glass minnows in the 40-55 foot depth range.  I ran to the 390/390 this AM and found a group of birds working a pod of Spanish.  I deployed #1 Silver Clark Spoons and trolled behind 1oz troll leds and caught quite a few within a short time.  I then headed off a few more miles and set anchor so my crew could do some bottom fishing- they wanted action.  They caught some keep Sea Bass and Grey Snapper.  I also set a drift line with a dead Cigar Minnow and no sooner did I get the words out that it was time to go than the Penn 560 spin reel took off-- We boated a 15 pound king to boot.  Our other charter boats mostly focused on King and the fishing was pretty tough.  Lydon caught a few at the 15 mile rocks, Roger caught a few at the Christina's and Shane caught a few at the Atlantic Ledge.  It wasn't red hot today, but I really feel like the conditions were'nt favorable for them to bite.  Thus the fact we did do fairly well tells me they are out there and should be turned on when the wind and heat disipate a bit.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Week in Review" | Stori Teller-22' | 07/28/06
 

Sorry I haven't posted a report recently, I have been on the water all day almost everyday.  However, I'm pleased to report that the fishing is still good, despite the extremely hot weaher.  Water temps have climbed into the mid to upper 80's, which has slowed the trout fishing a great deal, but I'm happy to report that the redfish bite has officially kicked off and they are biting well alomost everywhere.  The bridges and dockes along the ICW have been producing slot size reds in the 18-27 inch range.  The areas around the inlets are producing slightly larger fish in the 27-32 inch range.  Mud minnows and peanut pogies fished on the bottom with a carolina rig has been the ticket for these fish.  The flounder are still around, with many beiong caught in the same areas as the redfish, and the Tubbs inlet area is still producing a few fish. So get up early and beat the heat, because the fish are still ther to be caught.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Kings and Spades" | Black Pearl- 31' | 07/27/06
 

The fishing has been good both on the offshore and backwater/near shore trips! The Kings are biting consistently around the 70-foot mark and seem to be just as interested in dead cigars as live bait. Capt. Ryan and his crew brought a mid twenties to the docks yesterday off a dead cigar. I ran a trip or two earlier in the week and had a lady angler whip a Barracuda as big as they grow, I just couldn't handle the camera and the fish so no picture. I have been holding the backwater/near shore trips down and putting a whoopin on the spadefish. They are hanging around the Sherman, Yaupon Reef areas and the Jelly balls are easier to get about 2 miles offshore than on the beach. I have also caught a couple of Reds and a few flounder down at the Little River Jetties. Back at it tomorrow so stay tuned.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/27/06
 

Took some long time clients from Baltimore fishing yesterday.  We spent a little time Kingfishing and caught a couple 12 pounders, but its hard to impress guys you've taken in years past and caught 25-30's for before.  So, we headed offshore to the 80 foot range and set up for some Grouoper fishing.  I had some Pinfish I caught off the dock in the AM and we dropped down with 80# gear.  The current was running a bit and the bite wasn't red hot, but we caught our limit of Gag Grouper in the 12-20 pound range after fishing 3 different spots.  This is a good sign and I think within the next month we'll be seeing more Grouper come in from offshore and become a bit more concentrated in the 80-100 foot depths.  As for today, the King bite seems to be past peak and we are now on the downside of a cycle.  Over the past month its been interesting to watch the fishery as it builds, peaks and then lulls.  The entire cycle takes about 1 week-- thus confirming that fishing is all about timing.  We are catching Kings at the Shark Hole, 70' Hole, and Jungle with consistency and the Pogys are off of Long Beach.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing Report" | Black Pearl- 31' | 07/24/06
 

The King bite is steady and we are still snagging a Cobia and Mahi once in a while. The live bait is a little finicky but shows up on most days. On the backwater side the Reds are biting at the Little River Rocks and Flounders are here if we can find them in their air-conditioned holes. This hot water in the dog days seems to slow things a little but hopefully the bites will hang on!!

Stay Tuned


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/24/06
 

I fished a 3/4 day today with the Springer family from OH who have been fishing with me for at least 5 years.  The seas laid out nicely and after catching some Pogys in the waterway, we headed offshore to the 70 foot hole to see if the Kings might have started biting again-- since they shut down for us on Sat and Sun.  I got two lines out and two fish on right off the bat.  I called in Capt. Roger on the "MacMarle'n" and Capt. Ryan on the "Black Pearl" and we commenced to catch quite a few kings in the 8-20 pound range.  While I was using mostly live bait, Roger and Ryan had no problem getting bites while fishing dead Cigar Minnows.  The bite wasn't red hot, but we picked a half dozen kings in a couple hours before deciding to head to the Jungle to see what was going on there.  We set lines and immediately a monster waterspout dropped down from a cloud less than a mile away and put on quite a show.  The crew was mesmorized, but I continued to set lines and within minutes we were hooked up.  These Kings were a bit larger, most in the 15-25 pound class and were chomping the downrigger at 40 feet.  We caught another half dozen at least within a couple hours before calling it a day.  Needless to say, the bite was on and the kings are certainly there.  Moving from spot to spot, the 55-80 foot depth range is absolutely loaded with pods of baitfish.  I'm not exactly sure what kind of bait, but the Kings are obviously keying on it.  Stay tuned for more.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing Report" | Black Pearl- 31' | 07/20/06
 

We have been doing well with the Kings in the 20 mile range. The livebait has been consistently easy to get off Ocean Isle Beach which is a welcome change. The Mahi have slowed down a bit but are still hanging around. I am loading a picture of a clients sons first crabbing trip aboard the easy now with Capt. Ryan. Speaking of Capt. Ryan ever wonder what he does when he is not fishing? Check this out!
Stay Tuned


- Capt. David Hooks
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"King Mack Attack!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/19/06
 

FINALLY!  They are here.  Last year I think we talked about the fish running behind schedule and I had hoped they were just behind this year, but I was kind of wondering if they just wouldn't show at all.  However, yesterday I defunct that notion as I spent a 3/4 day trip aboard the Carolina Contender with a group from High Point.  We pulled out of Shallotte Inlet and caught a bait well full of Pogys which were just a 1/4 mile West of Shallotte inlet.  We then ran to the Shark Hole and the action was on.  I started with mostly dead Cigar Minnows just to get more bites but after we quickly boated 5 or 6 fish, I switched to all live bait to try to increase the size of the fish were catching- mostly in the 8-12lb range.  Instantly the action picked up as the bigger kings came to life and the downrigger at 30 ft with a live, plain Pogy was the answer.  We caught at least a dozen Kings in the 15-25 pound range, just like its supposed to be in early July.  Last week I think I made mention of the fishing to come-- I just felt like with all the bait we were seeing move into the 50-70 foot depths and the fact that we were still having decent catches of kings while under a full moon and hard southwest wind;, when the conditions changed to more favorable, the fish should turn on- and they have!  So, for all you folks watching from land side to see when to come down- I'd say this is the time.
And for all you guys getting cranked up in the tournamnet circuit, you should see better catches-- and yes- WE HAVE CAPT. MARK'S CHUM on hand.
Stay tuned for more reports as we continue in search of the big ones.
Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"More Pictures Of Whitey" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 07/18/06
 

Just wanted to add a few more shots of today's catch.  It seems the boys had plenty of cameras on their boat today.  We can all thank them for that.


- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"White Marlin" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 07/18/06
 

Congratulations to Dan Mitchell, Steven Mitchell, Ben Mitchell, and Mark Mansfield from Alabama who caught their first billfish today, a fired-up white marlin at the Blackjack Hole.  The group left this morning at 5:00 with the OIFC's very own Jonathan Coleman.  The bite at the Horeshoe was slow, so they headed on offshore in hopes of teasing up a billfish.  As it happened, they never even got their teasers out.  As Jonathan was setting out the first bait (a dink ballyhoo on TLD-15) it was attacked by the white, who missed the bait on the inital strike.  The drop-back hooked the fish, and after nearly a two hour fight on 15# test, he was boated, de-hooked, and released.  The group was thrilled to see him swim away after a short revival period to fight again.  White marlin are not the most common catch in our Gulfstream fishery, so we are definitely pleased to see one reported, and even more pleased to see it released.  Of course, upon returning to the dock at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, Jonathan was promptly thrown in the water to commemorate his first billfish as a mate.


- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"Fishing Report" | Black Pearl- 31' | 07/17/06
 

Things were pretty slow for the first leg of the FLW Kingfish Tour NC Division. The field was full at 100 boats and there were only 38 fish weighed in from 28 down to 7 pounds. I am participating as a crewmember on Skip Canipe?s Soar Loser and Saturday evening we were just that! We left that morning in a fierce SW wind cooking around 20+ knots or so. We caught bait in the Yacht Basin at Carolina Beach and headed for the high seas. The 30/30 was our destination but at about the 5-mile mark we turned around and opted not to brave the conditions and fished Carolina Beach Inlet. We stayed there until lunchtime with not even a sniff. We decided to head back to the Yacht Basin, freshen our live well up and sit it out at Yaupon reef. Well this turned out to yield a zero also. In this fishing arena if you start out with a zero it will be extraordinarily hard to pull back up, but the Soar Loser team will give it a shot. On the charter side the kings bit good today. Capt. Ryan ran a full day and limited out on kings and released several more. There were no great big ones but this a welcome site. Last week I carried a couple of my out of town family members into the 35-mile range on our 21-foot Pursuit the easy now and had a great day with the Mahi and Kings. There is just something that makes you feel more accomplished when you whip them on a small boat!! Stay Tuned


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/14/06
 

Wind is blowing today- 15-20kts- SW- 3-5' nearshore and 4-6+ once you get 10+ miles out. 
Really sorry I haven't been on-line much as of late to keep the fishing report up for you.  I've been running 110% between fishing, managing the OIFC and keeping all the boats running. 
This past week the fishing has slowed down, much in part I think to the full moon we are having now.  We're catching a hand full of kings and dolphin on all our trips, but we're having to work hard for them.   Over the past few days we are seeing more and more bait move into the 55-75 foot depth range and thus I would expect more action from kings very soon.  My feeling is that once this bit of weather subsides the fish will start biting good again.  We are still seeing a good many dolphin fishing anywhere from 10-30+ miles out.  Some days we'll hit a school of peanuts and catch quite a few, but for the most part its singles or doubles of 10-15 pounders at random.  They make for a nice surprise.  Offshore in the 90-120 foot depth the Grouper are biting.
If you're looking for menhaden, they've been holding around Lockwood's Folly and the Cape Fear.
For any of you that may be fishing this weekend's FLW tournament or next week's King of the Cape, we just got in a new shipment of Capt. Mark's chum and have it available in 7lb boxes or 25# blocks.  In addition, we're stocked up with plenty of Cape Lookout skirts and other assorted brands to suite all you need to catch the big one.
Stay tuned for more- Capt. Brant-
Oh yeah, Capt. Roger and first mate Hank guided a crew to a Sailfish release the other day- pictures below.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Lately" | Black Pearl- 31' | 07/13/06
 

The kings and mahi have been steady on the offshore trips. We seem to get a little bigger fish on live bait when we can get it. The bait is still sketchy but seems to be holding off of Oak Island. The Jungle area has been pretty good but the best bite is a little further offshore around the Horseshoe, Atlantic Ledge areas. But at a lot of these holes you need a weed eater to cut the grass so you can get your lines out! The weed is a big factor in most of our favorite places but should be clearing up soon. Stay Tuned.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Pictures" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/12/06
 

Although not an official fishing report, I did want to post a couple more pictures of the sailfish that one of my charters, Rob Johnson, caught aboard the Carolina Contender on Monday, July 3. 
Tight Lines!

--Capt. Squid


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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