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"Today's Bluefin" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/11/07
 

The bluefin bite today was decent.  It seems like after a big weather change it takes until the second day to really get the bite going.  I guess we'll find out tomorrow if that theory is true.  Today there were around 5 fish hooked.  A couple were less than 73", a couple were over and one was lost.  Dale McDowell of the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association and crew stayed on a hot streak today with this 76"er caught inshore of the knuckle buoy.  Dale reported he was away from the group of boats around good bait marks when he hooked up mid morning.  He also reported that when the stomach was removed from this fish they found 16 whole undigested menhaden and one 2 foot lizard fish in its belly.  These fish don't get as big as they are without eating.  Tomorrow should be a big fishing day.  There is a great weather report and its a Friday so I'm sure there will be plenty boats out looking.  We'll report back with our findings.  The OIFC fleet will be on the water and standing by on channel 11.  We just received our latest shipment of custom bluefin rods and are stocked up with everything you could need in the way of bluefin tackle.  Come by the Fishing Center if you need any supplies or are just looking for the latest info. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Winter Update" | Stori Teller-22' | 01/10/07
 

Hi folks, I know its been a while since you've had an inshore fishing update, and I'm pleased to report that there are still plenty of fish to be caught in the backwaters.  The speckled trout fishing has slowed a little from the hot bite we were experiencing a few weeks ago, as the fish are beginning to adopt more of a cold weather pattern (even thought the weather hasn't been that cold).  Places such as the Shallotte and Lockwood Folly rivers are good places to look, concentrating on the deep holes in the river bends.  If you can locate the fish, they will often be schooled up, and you sometimes wear them out, even in the winter.  This is also the time of year to take advantage of the unique (and somewaht unknown) redfish fishery that we have this time of year.  The reds will be schooled up in very shallow water (often 2 or less) way in the backs of small creeks and on mud flats.  These fish are very spooky and difficult to approach, but this is a very exciting way to fish for them.   Sight - casting with soft - plastic baits rigged with very light jig heads is the most effective way to catch them, if you can get close enough to them.  I know everyone, including myself, has their minds on bluefin tuna right now, but don't overlook the inshore fishing in you get tired on chasing bluefins.  Finally, the dates for our annual Spring Flounder and Trout Classic have been set for May 4 -5, so make plans to come and fish with us.      


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Winter Update" | Stori Teller-22' | 01/10/07
 

     


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Winter Update" | Stori Teller-22' | 01/10/07
 

     


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"Watch Out Bluefin" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/10/07
 

From the ring of our phone, sounds like the Bluefin will have their hands full the next few days.  The weather is finally turning cooler and that should mean good fishing-- we'll see-- We've got whatever you need to go fishing for the Giants, so stop by any time.  We're open from 7am to 7pm this weekend.

email I received-
I work with Barb Block and the Tag-A-Giant team.  We're running a blog this month with NC tagging reports, photos, etc., and it would be fabulous if you could link to it from your website.  Some of your site visitors would likely be interested in much of the blog content and may even want to post their own stories and photos.  The address is
http://tagagiant.blogspot.com/.  Our main website is www.tagagiant.org.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Big Tuna" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/07/07
 

Wade Long out of Little River, SC brought the monster pictured below by the Fishing Center today.  It was 95" long and would weigh around 500lbs.  Wade reported that he hooked up after 15 minutes of trolling this morning around the knuckle buoy at Frying Pan Shoals.  He fought the fish for just over 2 hours on a 50 wide reel spooled with 130lb test.  Capt. Roger and Capt. Jon are on the Showtime today but haven't lucked into a bite as of 2pm.  They said there were at least 4 or 5 hookups today around the knuckle. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefin Bounty" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/06/07
 

Our Bluefin Bounty prize award program is terminated as we gave away all the money we had. Thanks to our sponsors Ocean Isle Beach Realty, Resort Brokerage and Consulting, Williamson Realty, Cooke Realty, and Sloane Realty. If you will be visiting Ocean Isle this winter to Bluefin fish please visit these companies for your accomodation needs. And congrats to the winners who have helped put Ocean Isle Beach on the world map of Bluefin Tuna fishing [Brett Yauger, Brian Strickland, Dale McDowell, and Al Morris].

As the winter progresses, the bite should get better and better so don't miss the chance to come join us in this amazing gift mother nature has presented to us with this world class fishery right here in our home waters.


- Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/05/07
 

The old addage- you should have been here yesterday- played true today.  Yesterday there was a decent bite of BFT's at the Knuckle buoy that occured between 7am and 11am.  The water temp was 60 degrees and there was a ton of bait and birds- it looked fishy.  My father, Rube, cousin Brian and friend Greg Fulwood joined me aboard the Carolina Contender as we went out after'em.  We started at the 15 mile rocks, but found little activity.  At 7am I heard radio reports of a couple of fish hooked near the Knuckle.  An hour later another few fish were hooked and we made the call to run.  We dropped in at 9am and 15 minutes later hooked up on the long top rigger line.  The fish only pulled off a few yards and within minutes Greg had a Bluefin to boatside-- a small fish in the 62-68 inch range that I wired up, dehooked and released.  We reset and some 30 minutes later the downrigger rod bent over hard and the reel screamed, but just for a few seconds- not the big run we need to have from a big fish.  Greg again made short work and within minutes I had the wire in my hand and another cookie cutter 62-68 inch fish to boatside.  This fish was super hot and did not like me pulling on it and made a hard bolt nearly jerking me off my feet, luckily the leader popped and we were then back to fishing.  I was worried we had missed our chance as we had lost some time messing with those fish.  However, at 11am again our number got called as the long rigger again snapped and this time the sweet music of a screaming drag rang loudly- this was a keeper.  The fish made a killer first run of some 300 or so yards, headed straight toward a small outboard.  I made a call to the boat to turn off, but no response- a nightmare scenario.  As lines were being cleared I throttled the boat toward the boat coming too close to our fish to try to change the angle of the fish and to get the boat to notice us and turn off.  Fortunately, the tuna passed off the stern of the boat and then turned away as the small boat passed within 100 yards of our bow- fyi- be sure to monitor VHF 6 when fishing BFT as that seems to be the universal channel to communicate directions or info and you certainly don't want to cut someone's fish off- We recollected all the line and then set Greg up in the harness and believe it or not, the BFT made on pass by the boat before the leader popped up.  I grabbed it, fully expecting the fish to be green and take off, but it never did.  I brought the head to the surface where Rube made the gaff shot and I quickly stuck in the lip gaff and it was over in less than 15 minutes.  I guess the fish wore itself out on the strong first run.  Anyway, we boated an 80 incher and were glad to have such luck as the bite shut off for everyone immediately afterward.
Today, we tried it again and despite a bad forecast, it was pretty nice.  Unfortunately, the BFT's were nowhere to be found as the bait had disappeared and the water temps had risen to 62-66 degrees.  It blows my mind how quickly they show up and disappear and then how noone can seem to find them-- you know they are out there, but where?  The big question.  Anyway, we are going to try to slip in fishing on Sunday and then looks like it will be mid week before we go again.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/05/07
 

Fished with Brant yesterday. Put Greg Fulwood to work as we caught 3, biggest approx 80 inches. Bite was at the Knuckle. The big fish had 16 whole undisgested turbo pogies in his stomach. How he had room for his ballyhoo dessert is amazing. The fish are apparently feeding along the shoals where the pogies are piled up and then sliding back to the deeper water. We caught fish in 30 feet and 50 feet. Today Brant had a short fish, the only bite. Things much slower today as low pressure storm moves in. After the blow and high pressure moves in and stabalizes, hopefully the bite will be back on.


- Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/03/07
 

There were a few Bluefin hooked up and caught today- mostly around the Knuckle buoy- seas were tough, but tomorrow looks better.  Lots of bait, so hopefully the fish will show better-- stay tuned.  Al Morris landed this 75 incher to win the weekly Bounty at the OIFC- 6:15am inshore of the Knuckle  buoy


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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/29/06
 

More BFT's on the dock- we had 3 brought into the OIFC today.  1 was 78 inches, 1 was 80 inches and 1 was 65 inches.  There seemed to be a good number of fish hooked today, mostly in the 60-70 inch range.  The bites that occurred were between the Shark Hole and the Knuckle buoy.


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"Bluefin update 11:30am" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/29/06
 

Hot bite going on all along west side of Frying Pan Shoals from Lighthouse Rocks on out. 20 boats fishing, at least 10 fish caught and others lost.They're feeding on pogies piled up along the shoals. Bite also at Shark Hole. All you inlanders, take the winter cover off your boat and get down here. This is a historic event occuring in our Ocean Isle waters, truely a once in lifetime opportunity to catch a monster right here in your own backyard. Weather looks good thru weekend.
- Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/28/06
 

I hung at the dock today as I worked at the OIFC to get my wheels back on after vacation.  However, many fishermen were on the water after BFT's and they had relatively good luck.  Dale McDowell, Jason James and Hector Mendez brought in the first and only BFT to the OIFC- a nice 78 inch BFT that is boxed up and will be headed to market.  For their catch, they have won the weekly $500 Bounty sponsored by Sloane Realty, Resort Brokerage and Consulting, Cooke Realty, Ocean Isle Beach Realty and Williamson Realty.  Thanks to sponsors and congratulations to Dale and crew.  They were fishing aboard their 23 center console Dalee at Lighthouse Rocks when the fish bit the downrigger.  My estimate is there were around 6 fish caught to sell today and at least that many released that were under the 73 inch mark.  Bites occured at the Knuckle buoy, Shark Hole, 15 mile rocks and the Lighthouse Rocks.  Stay tuned for more.....


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"A Trip to Remember" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/23/06
 

I've dreamt it a hundred times and yesterday it played out just as I had envisioned.  Barrett and I left the OIFC aboard the Carolina Contender at 5:30am and headed offshore to the Shark Hole-- we had high hopes for Bluefin Tuna as I had landed an 84 incher there the day before and several other boats had bites.  We set out and lulled into a daze when at 8am the long top line went to screaming.  Barrett and I worked in tandem and within 20 minutes a 76 inch Bluefin tuna had been subdued.  At this point we were excited at the prospect for the rest of the morning- it was early and we were the only boat out there.  We reset and just knew they would bite- but they didn't.  We worked the Shark Hole area til 10am and then decided to go looking.  I pointed the bow to the West toward the 70' Hole.  We reached the hole by 11am and marked some good bait and there were birds, but no bites.  We decided we'd work to the North across the 65' hole area and then pick up and leave.-- still pleased with our catch.  At 11:30am Barrett starting bringing in the long line and I the downrigger when the other downrigger rod bent over and we were back on.  Again we played through our steps and 20 minutes later a second Bluefin- 80 inches- would come aboard the Carolina Contender.  We were both shocked and excited and knew we had done something great.  Of course, the limit being 3/day, we had to set back out again- vowing to only go for an hour.  I was cleaning the second fish on the deck of the boat when again the downrigger bait went off.  We looked at each other in disbelief- 2 fish in less than an hour.  I called back to land to my cousin Brian Aycock who jumped aboard the It Works with a couple of rods and rigs and headed out to us to give it a shot-- you don't get an opportunity like this very often.  Barrett and I did battle and this time we applied some pressure and I had the fish on the leader in 25 minutes.   I muscled him up and Barrett hit him with the gaff, which this fish was not willing to accept as the end.  The fish rolled straight up and put it in high gear, throwing Barrett to the rail- the first grip on the gaff slid up the gaff and luckily hung on the second grip.  The tuna turned under the boat and put a serious "offset" in the big gaff, but Barret hung on until I finally got the lip gaff in.  A third and final fish for the Carolina Contender- another nice 80 inch Bluefin and much fatter than the other two.  Meanwhile, as we were doing battle, Brian had set out and believe it or not, he hooked up too, in only a few minutes.  Barrett and I got the 80 incher on board then I pulled over the It Works where Barrett jumped across to help Brian with his fish.  30 minutes later after an intense battle, they boated a super nice 90 inch Bluefin-- Can you believe it!!!  By this time it was 2:30, the wind and seas were bigging big (5-7 foot) and we were slap wore out.  I plugged in Shallotte inlet and it was 17 miles away-- that is what I have been waiting for for over 10 years-- A world-class fishery right here in our back yard-- Not Morehead, not even Southport-- IT IS HERE! 
All Bluefin were caught on Horse Ballyhoo using either crystal colored skirts or pink colored skirts.
Anyway, my dream has been fulfilled and I'm very excited with the prospects for January.  Fortunately for us (I think) we didn't hook any of the super giants yesterday, but you've read the reports-- You might hook a 65 incher or you might hook a 110 incher, you just don't know.  By the way, I think it was reported but Brian Strickland and Bill Andrews brought in a 65 inch Bluefin to the OIFC on Tuesday to collect the "Bluefin Bounty"-- the Bounty will again start over on next Monday- thanks to sponsors of this $500 prize for the first Bluefin of the week to the OIFC- Sloane Realty, Resort Property Management, Cooke Realty, Ocean Isle Beach Realty and Williamson Realty-- If you are planning to visit Ocean Isle to try this fishery, these companies are ready with open arms.
So, that's my story, believe it or not.  These fish were caught on Dec 22nd- my birthday- and a fine gift it was and further proof that you just don't know.  These fish are on the move, but they are following bait.  Find the bait and you may well be near the fish.  By the way, the Bluefin were full of Grey Trout.  That means all your Grey Trout holes are prime time.  Lighthouse Rocks, 15 mile rocks, 390/390 and even closer inshore- we were fishing 59 degree water.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  I'll be off the water for a few days recouperating and working on a new dream to fulfill- although I've got to say my appetite has been satisfied.  What a day!
Also, not to leave Capt. Roger, Capt. Jon and Capt. Lyndon out-- they were covering the Morehead City scene on the ShowTime and landed an 78 incher- thus the fish are scattered up and down the coast-- you just got to get lucky!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Show Time- 34' | 12/22/06
 

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Congradulations to Capt. Lyndon on his first Giant Bluefin Tuna. The 77" fish was caught out of Morehead City on 12/21 while fishing with Capt Roger and me. The bite didn't happen up there today & the weather is getting bad, so I guess we'll have a couple lay days just in time for the holiday festivities.  Merry Christmas to Everyone!


- Capt. Jon Tennant
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"State record tuna" | Show Time- 34' | 12/22/06
 

Stephen and Michelle Hunter of Asheville sent me this picture of last Sunday's 850 pound, state record bluefin tuna.  A big fish, no doubt, but the one Barrett hooked and broke off the same day down here would have eaten it like a sardine.  All I want for Christmas is a custom OIFC bluefin stand-up combo.  Happy holidays, everyone.


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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 12/21/06
 

Bluefin on the OIFC docks- boated an 84 incher this AM while trolling near the Shark Hole.  There were a few other bites scattered between there and the Knuckle buoy.  Weather looks tough for a few days and then holidays, but we'll be back at'em after the holidays.  I think the fishing is going to get cranked up for the Bluefin, so be sure to stop by to get geared up.  I've got in a new shipment of Bluewater Candy heads- Crystal, Pink and other hot colors-- horse ballyhoo, harnesess, gaffs, our custom rods (which are really doing great for many fishermen) and much more.  Have a happy holiday and good luck for the New Year.


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"Week Review" | Show Time- 34' | 12/20/06
 

OK folks- touching base.  I've been pretty hard at the fishing now for the past week or so-- all this pretty weather is too hard to pass up on.  Early in the week we would tuna fish in the AM and then head off to King or Grouper fish.  We smoked the Kings a mile or so off the Tower one day including many nice fish over 25 pounds.  Pictured below is Capt. Lyndon with an estimated 38 pounder he caught and released.  We jigged bait at the Tower and then moved off a bit and caught the Kings 4 at a time.  It was a good time and nice to hear a reel go off after trolling countless hours waiting for that one big Bluefin bite.  The next day Capt. Barrett and I decided to do a bit of R&D as we again jigged bait at the Tower and headed offshore to 200-250 feet where we anchored and bottom fished around the Black Jack hole area.  We had a decent catch of Grouper, Triggerfish and lots of AJ's.  It's a fishery worth further exploration, but electric reels are a must.  Then I headed out for a Bluefin excursion to Morehead to fish the ShowTime while Barrett and Roger held down the Ocean Isle side.  We fished Tuesday and hooked up at 8am on the long top line- crystal colored head on ballyhoo.  The fish smoked off a couple hundred yards as Henry Gales and Ricky Danford cleared lines.  I backed the boat hard to the fish while Ricky collected line and within 5 minutes we were on top of the fish.  We then suited Ricky up in his Braid harness and he went to work hoisting the Bluefin into submission.  Within 10 minutes of Ricky hoisting and me circling the fish, the leader cleared the water.  I grabbed the leader and brough the fish to boatside where Henry laid the steel and the deal was done.  I have to say, it was a bit melodramatic.  Either we're getting good, this fish was wimpy, Ricky was super tough or a combination of all-- Also, I had visions of 100 inch monsters and this fish didn't quite live up to it.  Anyway, the fish measured 84 inches and dressed out at 285 pounds, which is 80% of total weight of fish.  We reset lines, but did not get another Bluefin bite.  And now I'm back at OIB in the OIFC looking at a pile of paperwork and the such that I so don't want to get in to.  I've got a charter tomorrow for Bluefin out of OIB on the MacMarle'n, so I'll report on how that goes.  Stay tuned for more and have a happy holiday.-- Capt. Brant


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"Bounty Is Captured!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/19/06
 

I just got off the phone with Bryan Strickland of Guy C. Lee and he has captured an estimated 200-250lb bluefin tuna.  He will be at the OIFC docks around 2:30 to collect this week's bounty.  I'll report more details and pics as they come in. 


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"Just a few more...." | It Works- 27' | 12/19/06
 

And I just couldn't resist taking some sunset pictures over a slick calm ocean...

---Capt. Squid


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