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"Spring Kickoff A Success" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 03/19/07
 

Thanks to all that attended the Spring Kickoff this weekend. We had a great crowd. Thanks also again to Berkley for their sponsorship of the line spooling promo and thanks to our many guest seminar speakers who imparted their fishing wisdom. Next year will work to improve the venue to make it more exciting and even more informative-- Pictures of the show
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gentlemen, Start Your Catfish" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 03/19/07
 

After Saturdays [hopefully] last strong winter blow, and a great day of fishing seminars here at OIFC, it's time to go fishing. The weather is good today tomorrow. We've got boats fishing today and tomorrow we're going to gulf stream, so standby for reports. Weather looks perfect starting Friday all thru next week. Maybe this is the week the yellowfin show up. Remembering last year, our best yellowfin action was last week of March. Come on down, we need help catching all these fish.Our boats will be fishing most days and you're welcome to follow us out or call our captains on channel 11 for on the water reports.


- Rube McMullan
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"Sea Bass Busting" | It Works- 27' | 03/16/07
 

On Tuesday Bryan Aycock, Chris Dew, Marshall Gentry, and myself left the dock on a sea bass mission. After making a few stops with very little action, we finally got on the right structure. In the next few hours we loaded up on sea bass, with a couple over three pounds, and one at 4.8 pounds. We also had a red grouper at just over ten pounds. Below is a picture of the grouper as well as a picture of the 72 lb. 'hoo that Capt. Roger and mate Chris Burrows had on their gulf stream charter. The fish are beginning to bite, so give us a call and come on and go fishing with us.


- Capt. Lyndon Carter
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"Free seminar tomorrow" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 03/16/07
 

You gotta love it when a plan works out. Tomorrow's forecast is "Ruff", which offers us all the perfect guilt free day to come to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center and spend the day talking fish, techniques, tackle/ect. We will be hosting a all day seminar covering all species beginning tomorrow at 10:00. All our Captains will be here to answer questions and demonstrate the how/where/when on all aspects of fishing. Also, some of the best know, most successful tournament fishermen in our area will also be here to offer you their "secrets". Come join us for a tune up to get all of us ready for the green flag which should be dropped any day officially opening the Spring 07 season. Bring your used tackle for trading to other fishermen,  line spooling for .01/yard[limit 6 reels/person] .We will be operating our off island free shuttle located beside the Citgo on the mainland side of the bridge.


- Rube McMullan
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"SPRING KICKOFF" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 03/16/07
 

Schedule of seminars
10-Grouper/Snapper
11-Trout/Redfish
12- LUNCH BREAK
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2-Flounder
3-Gulf Stream Trolling
4-Kite Fishing

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- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gulfstream Season Kickoff" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 03/13/07
 

The OIFC spring kickoff may be this Saturday, but Capt. Roger Gales and I got the Gulf Stream charter season started today as we went to the Black Jack and the 100/400 on the MacMarlen with Tom Wagner and his two daughters, Maggie and Lindsey. We set out lines around 9:00 and our number got called at 9:30 when a 72 pound wahoo ate a red and black Blue Water Candy head behind a sixteen ounce wahoo bomb. Not a bad way to start the day, or the season for that matter. We continued to troll, but were unable to connect on the rest of our bites, which came from deep in the water column. Not sure what the issue was there. We did not mark much bait at any one point, and we saw virtually no grass. The water was right around 72 degrees and looked just about the perfect color. I can't wait to get out there and try it again. The sea bass fishing remains excellent--we caught very large bass when we stopped on the way back in. Capt. Lyndon Carter and crew were at it hard all day on the sea bass as well, catching several monsters. One was just a hair short of five pounds! So, if you have the bug, come and see us this weekend at the Spring Kickoff. Bottom fishing, Gulf Stream, mackerel, kite fishing, and more is on the seminar schedule. Also, Jeff Martini and crew sent these pictures of his wahoos. Congratulations to those guys and David McKeithan on going out first and letting us know what they saw and did out there.
- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 03/03/07
 

The weather has been a bit more settled over the past week. We've had 2 or 3 fishable days and Capt. Lyndon mounted a crew and expedition. Capt. Barrett and I joined him on one mission and Capt. Rube on the other and the days were all about Sea Bass slaying. We found the best Sea Bass holding in the 35-40 mile range, particularly in the 58-63 degree water. I definitely learned something as I've never payed attention to water temp when Bass fishing, but there is something to it- at least in the Winter. When we got over 63 we caught more Grunts and Pink Snapper, under 58 and more Sharks. One golden nugget we did stumble onto were the Flounder. Capt. Rube and Lyndon boated 7 up to 5 pounds while bottom fishing in 85 feet of water. And rumor has it that OIFC frequenter John McLaurin had 20 of similar size from 95 feet of water. That's a fishery worth exploring, and I'll keep you posted. Anyway, part of our mission was to explore and find new bottom to fish, and we found many good spots we did not have before. As we travel from our known spots, we keep the fish finder zoomed on the bottom and when we get a mark, we spin on it and check it out- I think we added 5 or 6 new spots that produced well for us- The key to this is a transducer that will read while running which requires a thru-hull mounting. Anyway, we named a couple fo those spots the 4 spot, 5 spot, 6 spot because every time we dropped down we caught, 4,5 or 6 big Bass at a time. We did explore offshore one of the trips to 150 feet where we caught a few Grouper and Triggerfish, but the action was pretty spotty out there. However, for trolling it seems like there may be some fish moving in. Jeff Martini of Martini's Restaurant (very good, very nice, highly recommended) in N. Myrtle went out and landed 34# and 57# Wahoos, and missed another nice one at the gaff, also boated a 20# Yellowfin Tuna-- THAT's RIGHT- and missed three other good strikes that pulled the hook. He said he had all his bites before 10am and not a thing after. Stay tuned to more reports.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Inshore Update" | Stori Teller-22' | 02/24/07
 

Hi folks, just thought I would check in and let you know that I'm still alive.  There is no doubt that this is the toughest time of year for fishermen.  It seems like it is always freezing cold and blowing a gale.  But don't fret, there is fantastic spring fishing right around the corner.  Once the water begins to warm a little, the big gator trout will begin to school up prior to spawning.  If this year is anything like last year, we should see some monster trout caught.  Until then, there are still some trout and redfish that can be caught, it just requires quite a bit of patience to find them and coax them into biting.  Look for the trout to be in the deeper holes in the creeks, while the best (and most exciting) way to target the redfish is to fish for them at low tide when they are in only a couple of feet of water.  Soft plastics rigged on a 1/8 - 1/4 jig head with a slow retrive should work well for both species.
Other than that, all I can recommend is to just be patient, because spring is right around the corner.  Don't forget to visit our Spring Kickoff on March 17.  Its provides a perfect excuse for getting together with friends and talking about the fishing that is to come.  Also, to all you inshore fishermen, don't forget about the annual Spring Flounder and Trout Classic that is to be held on May 4 - 5.  We have made a couple of changes this year that should make the tournament more excitng for everyone.  Check out the tournaments page for all updated info on the tournament.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 02/21/07
 

The weather continues unsettled here. It looked like we might get to slip out this Fri-Sat, but now the forecast is changing and maybe not. At this point, cabin fever is beginning to set in and any type of rod bend would be nice. We'll keep you posted on any movements on our end. In the mean time, we're cleaning and fixing and cleaning and fixing........ And, preparing to do some hiring for staff for the 2007 season. If any of you readers are interested in a job working at the OIFC as clerk, dock boy, mate, capt-- you need to email me at captbrant@oifishingcenter.com ASAP or call (910) 575-3474xt3 Also, we are getting set for our Spring Kickoff on March 17- used tackle forum (bring your own), line spooling promo from Berkley and seminars all day on Grouper, King, Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Gulf Stream and Kite Fishing. Stay tuned, we hope to start generating more excitement in the coming weeks
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Checking In" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 02/14/07
 

Disney World with Caroline was a blast- so neat to see her experience so many things for the first time. She's growing up fast. While I was away, Capt. Lyndon and Brian took a voyage on the It Works and had a nice catch of Grouper and a big Hog Snapper. They fished in the 110-150 foot depth range. Also, Lydon took a party out last weekend for Sea Bass and found the biggest fish and best concentration holding in 80 feet of water. As the water has gotten cold inshore, the Bass typically do move off to stay in the 55-60 degree water. Also, spoke with Jeff Martini of Little River who had a couple Mahi and a Wahoo from the 100/400 over the weekend in 68 degree water. Also, out of Morehead a boat caught 5 Bluefin Tuna last week- releasing 4 and taking 1. Of course the fish can no longer be sold, but for good practice and the shear thrill, they should be available here as well-- the Horseshoe area to the Frying Pan Tower is usually a good bet. Hope you are all having a good off-season. We're getting prepared for a big year and hope to be able to offer you lots of "fishy" entertainment. Also, I have mentioned before, but if any of you readers out there are looking for a Spring/Summer job- maybe while your out of school- I am now hiring for all positions. This is the time to get in touch with me at (910) 575-3474 xt 3 to discuss the opportunity. Thanks, Capt. Brant
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"Bon Voyage" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 02/03/07
 

Its cold, its windy and I'm outta here. Having completed the Bluefin season, February is a month to rejuvinate and get psyched back up to restart the fishing season again. Amidst the engine work, bottom paint..... a vacation or two may be in order. Thus, Disney World here I come with my wife and 2 year old daughter in tow. I can't wait to watch Caroline as she gets to see all the sights for the first time. So, warmer weather is in my future. I'll report back in a week or so, until then you stay warm. Local fishermen Ricky Beck submitted this report- Most of us are either watching fishing on TV, getting our tackle ready for the spring or working on our boats. But when you tire of that try something right under your nose that I've just discovered. Night fishing for black drum! The other night I drove to the Sunset Beach Bridge where I met Jeffrey Weeks, who writes a fishing report in the Brunswick Beacon. Jeff was very helpful and showed me how to night fish for black drum. The next night I returned with some cut shrimp, #2 hooks , a 2oz. weight at the end of a bottom rig and began slaying black drum right beside the bridge. They aren't big, but if you've got cabin feaver, bundle up, climb down the bank beside the bridge tenter house on the island side of the bridge and get r done!! Check out Mr. Weeks' website, asd he has a lot of good tips on inshore bank fishing , you'll find the web address in the Beacon. Happy fishing, Captain Rickey Bweck
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"Bon Voyage" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 02/03/07
 

Its cold, its windy and I'm outta here. Having completed the Bluefin season, February is a month to rejuvinate and get psyched back up to restart the fishing season again. Amidst the engine work, bottom paint..... a vacation or two may be in order. Thus, Disney World here I come with my wife and 2 year old daughter in tow. I can't wait to watch Caroline as she gets to see all the sights for the first time. So, warmer weather is in my future. I'll report back in a week or so, until then you stay warm. Local fishermen Ricky Beck submitted this report- Most of us are either watching fishing on TV, getting our tackle ready for the spring or working on our boats. But when you tire of that try something right under your nose that I've just discovered. Night fishing for black drum! The other night I drove to the Sunset Beach Bridge where I met Jeffrey Weeks, who writes a fishing report in the Brunswick Beacon. Jeff was very helpful and showed me how to night fish for black drum. The next night I returned with some cut shrimp, #2 hooks , a 2oz. weight at the end of a bottom rig and began slaying black drum right beside the bridge. They aren't big, but if you've got cabin feaver, bundle up, climb down the bank beside the bridge tenter house on the island side of the bridge and get r done!! Check out Mr. Weeks' website, asd he has a lot of good tips on inshore bank fishing , you'll find the web address in the Beacon. Happy fishing, Captain Rickey Bweck
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"SWS Seminar Series Tomorrow" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 02/02/07
 

Tomorrow's weather forecast doesn't look very conducive for a fishing trip, but if you just can't stand it come out to the Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series being held at Brunswick Community College in nearby Supply, NC.  Capt. Brant and various other fishing professionals from around the country will be hosting an entire day of "how  to" seminars on topics from flounder to bluefin tuna.  There are always plenty of give aways and good camraderie amongst the presenters and students.  I believe the festivities kickoff sometime around 9am so if you can't stand the thought of sitting around the house all day come to the highly acclaimed SWS national seminar series right here in our backyard and enjoy a fun filled day of talking fishing and learning from the best of the best in salt water fishing. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Time to build a fire" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/28/07
 

I know many of you folks get tired of hearing us pound on you to get off the couch and get on down to the coast to help us catch fish. Well, that's not the message today as it's COLD and the wind is blowing the shortening out of the biscuits and it looks like it's going to stay that way for awhile. It is definitely time to sit on the couch, build a fire, and think about all the great fishing experiences you had this past year. Thinking about the ones we caught, the ones we lost, the ones that we whooped and the ones that whooped us. Thinking about the great experiences being on the water with friends, turning new fishermen on to our great sport, introducing kids to fishing. Thinking about crazy new ideas to catch that tourney winning King, thinking about new rigging techniques, new baits, new ways to fish, and new fish to go after. Definitely a great time to "go to thinking",.... and while you folks are doing the thinking sitting close to the fire on the sofa, I'm gone to Costa Rica. See ya!
- Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/24/07
 

Bluefin scene was slow-- there were 8 or so boats working the knuckly buoy area and 1 fish was hooked and broke off. Offshore, Capt. Roger, Lyndon, Josh and Brian took the It Works to the break to try for Wahoo and then bottomfish. The Wahoo thing didn't pan out, so they went to the bottom where they didn't break any quantity records but they did have some nice fish including a Gag Grouper at 25 pounds and Capt. Lyndon single handedly boated an 81.3 pound Amberjack-- WOW ! Anyway, we're here, there's some fish to be caught, so come on down. The weekend weather doesn't look too bad, so come see us.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/23/07
 

OK- the winds look nice for tomorrow, although a little cold. I'm going to give it one more shot for the Bluefin. Capt. Lyndon and Roger are ready to bend rods, so they're going Wahoo and bottom fishing. I'll post a summary on Thursday.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Quiet on the waters" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/23/07
 

Not much action to report. Tuna bite has gotten very quiet. They're still here but apparently very scattered. Find the bait/gannets and you've found the Tuna. Heard of good wahoo action in stream. Had hot seabass bite just 3 miles out[up to 16inchers] Sunday. Same game best stratey; go for the glory with Bluefin and if strike out, convert to other species. Plenty of fish out there, need anglers.
- Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/17/07
 

BRRRRRRRR..... Wind and cold is finally here. For all the great weather we get you can count on equally as bad coming- and its here. Looks like we'll get to go again on Saturday on Sunday. Since my report of a hookup at the 390/390 I've gotten reports of fish caught off Murrells Inlet too. After this weather things will be shook up and hopefully the Bluefin fishery will be rejuvinated. Come on down and give us some help this weekend- dress warm.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/15/07
 

Bluefin are hard to figure out. Here one day and gone the next. The bite was very slow Friday, decent on Saturday and then dead again on Sunday. The only thing I can say is hopefully it will get better again, but you just have to go to have a shot. I hesitate to mention this just because you might not believe me and I unforunately don't have fish for proof BUT- here's a good and tragic story rolled into 1. Friday- we had 3 boats fishing Bluefin and none were caught and signs were not good, so later in the day we opted to catch some Sea Bass for our parties. Capt. Jon on the It Works ended up at the 390/390 where he loaded the boat with Bass, but in the mean time noticed large bait marks and slicks on the water. The day was nearing an end at 4pm when John called lines up and suggested they throw in a couple of lines for Bluefin and make 2 passes over the bait. They made the passes, nothing. John pulled the throttles back and began bringing in lines when you know what-- the downrigger rod went off and they were hooked up- believe me or not-- 390/390. John and crew did battle for 30 minutes and had the fish 10 feet from the leader, yes and in clear sight for a verified species identification, when tragedy struck as the hook simply pulled right out of the fish. A heart break. Anyway, John tried until dark with nothing and then on Sunday we had a couple boats fish the area and despite marking a ton of bait, they did not get bites. This further fuels the concept of they can be anywhere and anyone can have a shot. Bluefin are truly a mystical and mysterious fish-- all I can say it put your baits in the water and go for it. We have lots of weather coming for this week, which hopefully will shake things up and rejuvinate the fishing. We'll keep you posted.
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"Bluefin report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/13/07
 

Ok so it appears as if my 2nd day after the weather change theory has been defeated.  Yesterday the bluefin bite was extremely slow.  Out of the entire fleet fishing from the Shark Hole to Knuckle and everywhere in between, Capt. Roger on the Showtime had the only bite that I am aware of.  His fish dumped some line but quickly came unbuttoned.  There was a glimmer of hope though that arose late yesterday afternoon.  Capt. Jon Tennant on the It Works fished the morning bluefin style around the Knuckle with no luck.  His charter decided they needed to put something in the frying pan so they began working back inshore and to the west back towards Ocean Isle.  Eventually they ended up bouncing lead around the 390/390 just 6 miles off the beach and 8 miles from Shallotte Inlet.  For a couple hours they hammered the black bass and made dinner.  While drifting for the bass Capt. Jon noticed a tremendous amount of bait marks in the area, so before running for home he decided to throw the bluefin gear out one more time just for a few minutes.  Within 10 minutes and the second pass over the bait the top line went to screaming.  Yes, this was it!  The bait was there, the water temp was perfect, the color was perfect and there wasn't another boat in site and just minutes from the house to boot.  The crew battled the fish for 45 minutes before finally getting the monster in their circle.  Less than 30 feet from the boat and within plain site the mid 80" fish made one last gasp and spit the hook.  Needless to say the crew was heartbroke.  It was 4:30pm at this point and Jon called Brant who was back at the Fishing Center after a day of bluefinning around the Knuckle with no bites.  With Jon's location just a few minutes away Brant and I hopped in the Carolina Contender and within 15 minutes after leaving the Fishing Center we had baits in the water.  We fished for the next hour and half until dark but no more bites were to be had.  The bait marks were thick but the fish seemed to have gone to bed for the evening.  Oh well, still very cool to be able to have a reasonable chance at a world class fish just 15 minutes from the dock. 

Onto today's report.  The OIFC guys went right back to where Jon had hooked up the day before, but the conditions had changed and despite an all day effort by the Showtime and the It Works there were no bites in that area.  However, back toward the shoals around the Knuckle was a different story.  Here one day gone the next and back again.  The bite again was not great but there were between 5 and 10 bluefin hooked and several put on the dock out of around 50 boats.  The tuna pictured below was a true giant brought in by Jerry Helms and crew from Southport.  This fish measured 93" but was one the larger fish I've seen.  It likely was well into the 500lb range.  Jerry reported the bite came mid morning around the Knuckle buoy on a Bluewater Candy crystal colored Jag head trolled with a ballyhoo on top.  Despite the huge size of the fish, the crew was able to subdue it within an hour.  The final analysis for the last couple days is the fish are still around, but again be where the bait is and you give yourself the best shot.  Remember that bait can be anywhere as evidenced by Capt. Jon's experience on Friday.  Keep hunting, they're out there. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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