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"Today's Report" | Stori Teller-22' | 04/11/07
 

I was back at it again today, despite the less than desireable conditions.  With a stiff SE breeze and a steady rain, it seemed like it would be a perfect day to stay indoors were it was warm and dry, but as the old saying goes, the fish are already wet, so we didn't let the wind or the rain stop us.  We fished the Sunset Bridge to Little River area, and managed a decent catch that included a few nice specks and 1 flounder.  Once again, artificial shrimp imitations were the baits of choice, with the 1/2 ounce DOA glow shrimp being the top producer.  Below is a photo of my crew for the day, with a couple of the larger trout we boated.  The fish are out there, so get on the water and go get'em, and don't forget about the Spring Inshore Classic, May 4th - 5th.  


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/11/07
 

The weather has been keeping us down a bit. We are looking at a break on Friday and a couple of the boats will be heading to the Stream-- come join us. Sat and Sun look pretty rough though. Capt. Lyndon had a full day yesterday and caught up a bunch of big bass and B-liners, a few Grouper and some jumbo Bluefish-- he fished near the Horseshoe area. Capt. Roger stayed close with the ShowTime and mopped up the Sea Bass-- come on down and see us--
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Wahoo Picture" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/08/07
 

Here is the picture of the 52 lb. hoo Robbie Dial caught with Capt. Roger and my self last Saturday.


- Capt. Lyndon Carter
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"Near Shore Sea Bass" | It Works- 27' | 04/08/07
 

I have run several charters in the last week, and the bass fishing has been great in the 4 to 15 mile range. We have caught tons of fish anywhere from under sized(remember that they have to be 11" now) up to 2 lbs. This is a very fast paced fishery, which makes up for the size of the fish, and is great for the kids. Also, we caught a nice flounder on Tuesday 4 miles from the beach. If monster sea bass, with the chance at some snapper and grouper are more your game, the bite has been great for the last couple of months in 85 to 115 feet of water. There have also been a few flounder in the same depths, but they may be on their closer to the beach. The spring fishing is heating up, so come on and go fishing with us.


- Capt. Lyndon Carter
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"Today's Report" | Stori Teller-22' | 04/08/07
 

I awoke Saturday morning to stiff 25 - 30kt. winds and chilly temperatures, which really concerned me considering the slow bite we had earlier in the week.  Myself and my crew for the day left the OIFC at around 10 a.m., and the pointed on the Stori Teller east towards Holden Beach.  We fished the creeks from Lockwood Folly to Southport, and I am happy to reported we were rewarded with a fine catch of trout considering the tough conditions.  We ended up with about 15 specks, 1 flounder, and 1 nice black drum - not too shabby at all.  Mud minnows suspended under a cork were very productive, as were artificial shrimp imitations such as the DOA and Gulp.  This time of year the trout are shrimp hungry eat virtually anything that resembles a shrimp.  Also, it is usually good to use larger artificals this time of year, such a the 4" Gulp shrimp, since the few shrimp that are around this time of year are usually very large.  So get on the water and catchem' up, and don't forget about the Spring Inshore Classic May 4th - 5th.  


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Today's Report" | Stori Teller-22' | 04/08/07
 

I awoke Saturday morning to stiff 25 - 30kt. winds and chilly temperatures, which really concerned me considering the slow bite we had earlier in the week.  Myself and my crew for the day left the OIFC at around 10 a.m., and the pointed on the Stori Teller east towards Holden Beach.  We fished the creeks from Lockwood Folly to Southport, and I am happy to reported we were rewarded with a fine catch of trout considering the tough conditions.  We ended up with about 15 specks, 1 flounder, and 1 nice black drum - not too shabby at all.  Mud minnows suspended under a cork were very productive, as were artificial shrimp imitations such as the DOA and Gulp.  This time of year the trout are shrimp hungry eat virtually anything that resembles a shrimp.  Also, it is usually good to use larger artificals this time of year, such a the 4" Gulp shrimp, since the few shrimp that are around this time of year are usually very large.  So get on the water and catchem' up, and don't forget about the Spring Inshore Classic May 4th - 5th.  


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Let's go to the Steeples" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 04/08/07
 

Just got the pictures of Capt. Roger's trip from last Tueday's trip to the Gulf Stream on the Carolina Contender. It looks like the yellowfin have finally showed up in numbers, creating the ultimate anglers paradox. Do we pull fluorocarbon for the tunas or wire for the wahoo that we know are around? It seems like a diverse spread is the way to go right now--the Sevenstrand Green Machine is catching a lot of fish behind a bird, the old standby ballyhoos are working on the riggers, and swimming plugs are hot on the flats, fished behind a planer or a wahoo bomb trolling weight. Tuesday looks like the best weather day this week to go out and give the Carolina Slam your best shot. We just opened up for the day, so if anyone wants to go fishing, give us a call!
- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"More pictures from last weekend" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 04/05/07
 

Just recieved these pictures from Randy Lingerfelt from last weekend's action at the 100/400.  It looks like we're going tomorrow, so I'll try and keep you posted.


- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"Today's Report" | Stori Teller-22' | 04/05/07
 

I had the opportunity of running the new Stori Teller for the first time yesterday, a while the boat did great, the fish just didn't seem to want to cooperate.  The good trout bite that has been going on slowed considerably,  and we only mangaed to boat a few throughout the course of the day.  The strong winds did prevent me from fishing a coupl of areas that I would have liked to, so thats what I'm blaming the slow bite on.  On the positive side, things can only get better from here, and as the warm continues to warm, the fishing should really take off.  The flounder bite should be the next thing to take off, and we should start seeing good numbers of them in the next couple of weeks.  Also, don't forget the Spring Inshore Classic, May 4th - 5th, so mark it on your calenders and be sure to come and fish with us.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"MacMarle'n is sick" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 04/05/07
 

the 32 Albemarle MacMarle'n took sick yesterday as she burnt a valve in her starboard engine, which means the engine will have to be rebuilt. As many of you know, I've been trying to sell this boat and this further increases my desire. My reason for selling has nothing to do with the boat as it is an excellent boat- solid, runs like a tank, catches fish and everything works (except of course for the stbd engine). Anyway, the majority of the fishing we do in our charter business is best suited for outboards, and thus the desire to move out of the MacMarle'n and into something else. SO, if anyone has interest in this fishing machine and you want to buy a boat at a wholesale price that you can repower with whatever you want, now is the time. I'm motivated- call Capt. Brant at (910) 367-2945
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gulf Stream really starting to heat up" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 04/01/07
 

With a great forecast for Saturday, just about everyone fished the Gulf Stream and we covered a lot of ground. Capt. Roger, Capt. Lyndon, and Robbie Dial worked the MacMarlen Ledge and the Winyah Scarp on the Carolina Contender and clocked yet another big wahoo (50+) and three gaffer dolphin. Larry Spainhour on the 7th Heaven got two nice hoos from the same area. I got join Stephen Hunter and Barry Gardner on the Fight'n Triton. With us was Capt. Drew Shytle, who usually runs the "Hospital Exit" out of Little River. We encountered one of the most bizzare sights ever, as a small wahoo we were bringing to the boat got cleaved in two by a massive wahoo. I've never even heard of this happening before, but I have three witnesses. The bigger 'hoo nailed him no more than fifteen feet from the boat. We got our heads clear, and despite a ton of bite-offs got several kings, jumped off a gaffer, and nearly managed to get spooled from another big wahoo. To the east, the yellowfin tuna have finally made an appearance. Mark Miller sent us these photos from offshore of the Blackjack, and at least five more came from around some floating debris at the 100/400. Finally, Capt. Kyle ran up towards the Same 'Ole and managed five gaffers and a nice wahoo. Folks, the fish are here and the forecast looks good! Pull ballyhoos and swimming plugs, but don't be afraid to pull out the cedar plugs.
- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"Jeff Martini and crew at it again" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 03/29/07
 

The latest twist on the Martini: Jeff and crew did it again with 6 wahoos and a nice blackfin from the 100/400 area on Tuesday. The largest of the hoos was 65 pounds--another fine catch. Congratulations and keep up the good work!
- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"It is Official- We Have A Celebrity in our Midst" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 03/27/07
 

Congratulations to Amy McMullan who has now been officially accepted by the IGFA as the NEW women's 8 pound line class world record holder for King Mackerel. On November 6, 2006 she and I went after the record and Amy landed a 44 pound King on Berkley Big-Game 8 pound test. Congratulations to Capt. Amy for a job well done. Pictures below- the first picture is of the 41 pound, 6 ounce King she caught in 2005 on a 6 pound line that was denied on a technicality. The second picture is the 44 pounder that left no questions-an official record catch
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"More Wahoos" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 03/26/07
 

Jeff from the Crews Missile Fishing Team sent in these pictures of their wahoos from the 100/400 and the Blackjack on Saturday. They are out there boys. Catch 'em up!
- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"Weekend Review" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 03/26/07
 

The weather was great on Saturday and fishable Sunday, so the Carolina Contender was in action and the Gulf Stream is where we were bound. Saturday I took the Schumacher brothers from FL, NY and NC fishing and we had a good time with Wahoo. We trolled the Steeples are all day and managed to boat 4 Wahoo from 20-46 pounds out of 6 solid hookups. As you may recall from last report, we had a horrible time actually boating the Wahoo, despite many good hookups, they would all shake the hook some time during their initial run. So the 4 for 6 was an improvement. We stayed patient all day and worked a 1 mile area over some ledges in 190-220 feet to get our bites. The hot colors were dark- black/red, black/purple and solid pink-- the Bluewater Candy Ilander style heavy heads and the Cape Lookout C25 lures were hot- Also the big Ilander in black/electric red with flash was good- and yes, the Wahoo Bomb got 3 out of the 6 bites- IT WORKS ! Sunday was a good day to practice your weather wits. Forecast was AM West 10knts switching to NW and then NE 15-25kts by afternoon. Scary, but not undoable. I ran way up the East to the Same Ole hole area north of the Steeples. We began fishing to the North and trolled with the current. I had the Hamricks from Florence, SC on board and we boat three Wahoo from 20-40 pounds in an hour of fishing. Then at 11:30 the wind started picking up and shifting and by 1pm it was blowing a solid 20-25kts from the NE- and even worse, the current was running 3 knots to the North, which really stacked up the seas. And to make it worse, the totally shut down. We kept at it, trolling with the seas and against the current to make the conditions fishable and at 2:30pm we boated another Wahoo and finished off with a 20 pound King Mackerel. It was pretty nasty, but due to planning, we had stayed way to the East and thus we had the sea behind us coming home. Albeit was a 4-6 foot sea and kind of wet, we didn't get beat to death and we made a respectable 25 knots all the way home. On this day we went 4 for 4 on Wahoo, further improving the catch ratio. Not sure, but I think I've figured out that you need to set the drags tighter to penetrate the bones in the Wahoo's mouth and keep the fish from being able to shake the hook easier. I've pushed the strike setting up to 12 pounds or so and so far, I think its working. Hot lures on Sunday were again the red/black Bluewater Candy, Cape Lookout C-25 and also the Braid swimming plug. All in all, the Wahoo seem to be the name of the game right now. I got a good report from someone fishing near the Winyah Scarp area on Wahoo Saturday, so we can now expand to include that area as a possible location. There were a very few Yellowfin caught, but I expect they'll show in a couple weeks or so.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Wahoo bite is on!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 03/26/07
 

Brant fished stream Saturday and Sunday and caught 4 wahoo each day and lost twice that many. Also cathcing small Blackfin Tuna on feathers, which is what Wahoo feeding on[somebody needs to try fishing them live King Mack style]. Fished Steeples Saturday and went further north on Sunday only to learn bite exploded at MacMarlen hole Sunday[580 line]. Reports of numerous Wahoo 50-70 lbs, reels stripped, drags burned into ashes/ect. Each year biggest wahoo of spring are caught in the 500's toward the Scarf. Sounds like it's right on schedule. Weather is definitely fishable all week. SE swell should disapate today leaving 10-15winds, 2-3 feet seas. Come on down for this once in a lifetimes year of the best wahoo fishing anywhere along the east coast. Tuna bomb and planner definitely doing the job. Closer in, Capt Lyndon on the "It Works" still smoking the big sea bass and flounder in 80-100 feet.
- Rube McMullan
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"Introducing Traveling Fisherman" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 03/24/07
 

You may have noticed the latest menu item "Traveling Fisherman" on www.oifishingcenter.com.  The "Traveling Fisherman" is in its early stages of development, but the plan is for the Ocean Isle Fishing Center to serve as a platform to create a series of exotic fishing expeditions.  The expeditions we organize will include only those that we have experienced ourselves and can vouch for.  As each exotic fishing expedition is organized spaces will be made available through the OIFC.  We are introducing the "Traveling Fisherman" with a bang by posting the first exotic expedition, which will be fishing from the Coral Star mothership operation in Panama, Central America next winter.  Be sure to click the "Traveling Fisherman" link to see the Panama trip details.  It's not too early to make plans for this once in a lifetime trip. Spaces will go fast.  http://www.oifishingcenter.com/traveling_fisherman.cfm


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Red Alert! We need Help!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 03/23/07
 

This is a full blown double red alert panic. The weather is absolutely magnificent and anybody foolish enough to be planning a weekend of honey do's need to do some serious renegotiation. It's been this way last couple of days and looks to continue throughtout the weekend and on into next week. With the warming temps, the water is warming and all the fish from the bank to the break are awakening to the fact that spring is here and it's time to go on the feed. I absolutely expect and will almost guaranty that there will be big catches in the gulf stream this weekend. Forecast is 2 feet or less; just don't get no better than that so best advise is get down here and get to work killing some fish. The Tuna/Wahoo show should be on in high gear. Our boats will be fishing so give them a call on channel 11 or check with us here at OIFC.


- Rube McMullan
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"Pics from Monday" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 03/22/07
 

Below are a couple pictures taken of the Frick n Fishin' catch on Monday.  On board was Lee Frick, Jeremy Foster and Jason Foster.  The wahoos weighed 43, 63, and 74lbs.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Good News and Bad News" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 03/21/07
 

Yesterday Barrett, Rube, Amy and I decided to get together for a family fishing adventure aboard the Carolina Contender. We had some good reports of Wahoo action and we had plans of putting all our vast fishing experience together for a Wahoo catch of a lifetime. Well, that was the plan, but as I've heard before, there is such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. In short, the good news is that we had 6 solid hookups to legitimate smoker Wahoo. The bad news and proof that no matter how much experience you have, things can go wrong- we lost every single one. It was a myriad of problems from wire breaking to line breaking to split rings coming undone...... By day end, it was sort of comical. And these weren't just knock down bites. These were bonified hookups where the fish was smoking off line for at least 15-30 seconds and then gone. If it was mistakes that I could identify and pass on our lesson learned I would, but truly it was wierd stuff that is way out of the norm. Anyway, good news is that there are definitely Wahoo out there and many are very big. We did manage to boat 4 Blackfin Tuna, 3 small ones and one good size 20+ pounder. Our bites came on pink and red/black and several of them came off the deep planer rod. OIFC customers and friends, Jason and Jeremy Foster and Lee Frick went to the Stream on Monday and they brought back a Yellowfin and 3 Wahoo- 45,63 and 74 pounds! That should give you and idea of the Wahoo that are out there. They are BIG right now. Anyway, please don't let my day of missed fish discourage you. It should encourage you to the number of opportunities we had-- I am certainly encouraged, a bit baffled, but encouraged. THE WEATHER THIS WEEKEND LOOKS PERFECT! Dust off the boat and gear and come on down and go fishing. In other good news, Capt. Roger and Capt. Chris had a half day yesterday and they slaughtered the Sea Bass in the 5-15 mile range- meaning the warmer temps are pushing them inshore. See you this weekend- LETS GO FISHING
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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