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"to" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/15/06
 

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- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Jolly Mon long range weather and King report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/15/06
 

To put out a forecast for 10 days down the road is a stretch but with my meteorlogical education not a problem...so here goes. PERFECT!

After passing of Alberto, high pressure is building in and weather looks VERY stable thru next week. Hopefully it holds thru the Jolly Mon. My only concern is when it stays so good for so long, something has to change, but there is no indication that the weather will be anything but perfect.

On the King scene, an examination of highly secreative fiber optic science detects a mass migration of large smoker size mossy backs moving into our waters early next week. They will first appear in the Atlantic Ledge and Horeshoe areas and will move into the Jungle/Shark Hole/90/90 by Jolly Mon tourney day. The first indication of this mass migration will be the large schools of menhaden that will suddenly appear beginning next Monday.

So that's it; everything is coming together PERFECT. Better get out your heavier wire, 4x hooks, and 130lb spro swivels as normal tackle won't handle these fish that will be here for the Jolly Mon.

Come join us for a great tournament of fishing/fun/and camaradie; and stand by for weather updates[if necessary]. Our charter fleet is fishing at 100% capacity so stand by for updates as they come in.


- Rube McMullan
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"Back to the Sky" | The Flying Fish | 06/14/06
 

Greetings from "The Flying Fish" parasail team.  I will be chiming in occassionally on the fishing reports to update everyone on the conditions I observe while parasailing and any other interesting sights.  In the past month of parasailing I have learned there is far more life and activity in the near coastal waters than most are aware of.  From 500 feet above the water I have been able to see various types of marine animals that likely go unnoticed when traveling in a boat.  Through conversations with fellow fishermen it seem to be the general consensus that the pogies have not been present in the water surrounding Shallotte Inlet.  I can tell you for a fact that is not completely accurate.  I don't get to go up in the parachute every day but the three days I've been up in the past two weeks I've been able to spot the pogies.  The schools are much smaller than what we're used to and they seem to be hanging closer to the bottom rarely flipping their tales on the surface.  The pogies are there, they just aren't showing themselves well enough to catch yet.  One of the more interesting sites has been the abundance of stingrays present from just behind the breakers on out to a couple miles offshore.  On any given flight I might see a 100 or more.  This probably explains the abundance of cobia around this year because cobia and stingrays migrate together.  Another awesome site that seems to occur on a daily basis is leather back turtles.  These aren't your everyday sea turtle.  These creatures are enormous.  One likes to hang about a mile to the north of Shallote Inlet and the other right offshore of the water tower on Ocean Isle Beach.  They are about the size of a small compact car.  With water temperatures now up I'm looking forward to spotting schools of spanish mackerel, other baitfish and even sharks.  As Alberto continues to fizzle out today and beautiful weather forecasted for the next week we'll be back cruising the sky tomorrow.  If you're going fishing and want an update on water conditions or if I've spotted any bait just give us a call on VHF channel 11 "The Flying Fish". 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/12/06
 

Rube,  Here is a picture of a 57lb. Cobia I caught Friday afternoon at the 390/390.  He inhaled one of your frozen eels about 2:00. However, he did not agree to board my boat until 5:05.  For awhile I was unsure as to who caught whom.  It was quite an experience dealing with this brute on a 20' boat, by myself.
I appreciate the "coaching" that Capt. Hook has given me over the last year or so.  As always, your staff at OIFC are eager to give info or advice that really helps the fishermen that can't be at the beach everyday. And a special thanks to Capt. Roger for his assistance at the dock, helping me unload this fish and get him weighed for the citation paperwork.  He went over and beyond to help me when he had his own dock work to get done.  Good Job OIFC!
David Carter
"POGY QUEEN"

- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Week Review" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/12/06
 

It's been a busy last week here at the OIFC and myself and team have been hard at it on the water in search of glory and a big fish story.  The fishing has actually been quite good with more than usual catches of Dolphin and Cobia on even the shorter 1/2 and 3/4 day trips.  The dolphin fishing in particular has gone crazy in the 15-25 mile range with some boats catching more fish there than out in the Gulf Stream.  The kings have been a bit elusive and less consistent as one day they seem to bite at the 90/90 then the next at the Shark Hole then the next no where.  We're waiting on the big nearshore push of the 10-20 pound fish which I know are currently holding in the 90-110 depth range.  Any day they will be show up and the bite will be on.  Our technique for catching the kings, dolphin and cobia as of late has been to catch a net full of menhaden ( we're often using the small 3-5 inch menhaden in the waterway) and then mixing a few of these small live baits in with our spread of dead cigar minnows.  We also incorporate chumming into the mix and that is what often brings the dolphin and cobia right to the boat.  We typically drag a bag of Capt. Mark's chum and then also have a bottle of fish oil dripping over the side.  The cobia in particular go crazy and they'll magically just appear right behind the bait, normally eager to eat a live bait.  However, we always carry a few brown eels in case the cobia are finiky.  Lately we've been using dead brown eels on a 1/2 oz jig head and twitching it like a plastic worm.  As soon as you give that eel a twitch, the cobia jumps on it.  The dolphin typically don't seem to care, they just eat whatever is around.
I also hosted a bottom fishing school this past weekend with Morehead City fishermen Kent and Cameron Roberts and Ocean Isle fishermen Mike and Michael Kinnerly.  We started the day by going over a few rigs, discussing the whens and wheres of successful bottom fishing, breaking out how to target various species.  We then caught a baitwell full of 3-5" menhaden and headed offshore.  We fished the 90-110 foot depth range and found the current fairly lax and thus the fishing was pretty decent.  We boated quite a few Scamp grouper in the 5-10 pound range as well as some nice Sea Bass.  We then moved off to 100 feet and found a good little ledge with more activity and caught a few nice Gag grouper in the 12-15 pound class and got beat up pretty bad by the Amberjack.  The day was successful fishing and successful for the students who got to participate and see first hand how to have success bottom fishing.  My next botton school with an opening is July 2nd, and I have one spot left available- call (910) 575-FISH.
In the stream, we're still catching lots of dolphin and getting some wahoo bites as well.  The yellowfin have pretty much disappeared.  The spanish are biting around the inlet mouths.
I think we may get tomorrow's fishing in, but it looks as if Alberto will have land locked til the end of the week.  Stay tuned for more and make plans to come down next weekend to fish-- normally the calm after the storm and the fish will be very hungry from not being able to eat all our bait this week.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Hot cobia action continues" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 06/11/06
 

Congratulations to Will Callihan and Stephanie Britt of Lake Waccamaw, who just weighed in a 42.70 pound cobia they caught aboard the Stephanie Gray for their first citation of the year.  The cobia hit a naked, dead cigar minnow on a live bait rig at the offshore Little River reef.  The pair said that they had read about the cobia bite going on through the website and drove down for the day to give it a try.  They also reported catching another cobia and a few kings in the area.  Capts. Squid, Jon, and Shane should be back at the dock soon with their reports, so stay tuned!

Tight lines...


- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"todays report" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 06/10/06
 

It was another pretty day on the water today. The fishing continues to be good. If you've not been out lately you have been missing it! Here is a couple pictures of First Mate Chris Burrows in action at the atlantic ledge today.


- Capt. Jon Tennant
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"COBIA Bite Is ON!!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/09/06
 

This morning's 1/2 day trip aboard the Carolina Contender was actually a reschedule from yesterday morning when we got blown out due to the strong Southwest winds.  I left this morning with Jesse Schwiers and Charlie Hanes aboard in search of kingfish and the elusive cobia.  We ran down the waterway and found some smaller hand-sized "poglets" flipping by the Sunset Bridge.  One throw of the net yielded 2 livewells SLAM full of pogies along with about 200 that were thrown back to see another day in the waterway.  So with more than enough bait, we headed out Little River Inlet and to the 90/90's.  We trolled around there for an hour with only one shark to show for it.  Thinking that last night's rain may have pushed the fish deeper, I moved offshore about 6 miles to the 65 Foot Hole.  After about 10 minutes of trolling the long line (naked "poglet") started to make that sweet music as the fish proceeded to dump nearly 200 yards off the reel.  It didn't run like a kingfish, but we couldn't get it stopped so I put Charlie up on the bow and made chase toward the fish.  As he fought it, the fish surfaced and made it clear that we had hooked Mr. Cobia.  As we were drifting and fighting this fish, I put out two more lines and it wasn't long before a loud splash turned my head toward them.  Line began ripping off the reel and our first mahi of the day took to the air.  This was not the "normal" inshore mahi----this was a nice 15 or so pounder!  So there we were....both of my anglers hooked up on the bow and loving life.  About 20 minutes later both fish surfaced almost simultaneously---the mahi was the first to lay on the ice and a nice 25+ lb. cobia was right behind him.  While fighting the fish, we drifted almost 0.75 miles so I told the guys to rest and grab a drink while we move back on top of the numbers.  Not long after setting lines back out another 25+ lb. cobia decided to attack us.  All 3 of us saw this one when he bit as he rolled on the short bait just like a tarpon when he ate it!  As Charlie grabbed the rod another cobia (this one around 35 lbs.) appeared beneath him and charged right for the boat and tried to eat the props off the motors!  In a frantic move, I grabbed a stiffer 30 lb. rod that I already had rigged with a #2 treble hook and fed this guy a pogy no more than 5 feet off the back of the boat!  Jesse took a hold of this one and we were once again doubled up!  It only took around 20 minutes to put both of these in the boat, eventhough the Jesse's fish decided to destroy my gaff when I put him in the box.  When the mayhem was finally over, it was time to call it a day---I know there were probably a LOT more cobias there waiting to be caught.  Be sure to ALWAYS carry some eels with you when you go offshore---recently we have found it easier to use them dead on a 1/2 oz. jighead rather than trying to deal with them squirming all around in your hands and the cobias love them just as much.  We're going to be at it all weekend so stay tuned for further reports and as always give us a shout on the water---VHF Channel 11.  The kingfish bite should be on fire this weekend with the steady weather from now till Sunday (last night's rain shut them down today)!  Places such as the 90/90's, Jungle, Atlantic Ledge, Shark Hole, Horseshoe, etc would be great places to try!

----Capt. Squid


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"the unexpected" | Show Time- 34' | 06/08/06
 

Heres the pic of the "twin city yellowfin" caught yesterday in 95' of water. it just goes to show you never know what that next bite might be. For all you mahi fisherman there has been steady action from 20 miles out all the way to the stream so stop by and get a couple packs of our small jigger ballyhoo & go tare them up!


- Capt. Jon Tennant
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 06/08/06
 

We didn't fish today- wind blew us out with 15-25kts from SW-- we've been spoiled the last week with light winds, so I don't so much mind.  The fishing has really picked up inshore as the Dolphin are moving inshore like crazy.  I caught one at the 390/390 on Mon that I know was at least 15lbs.  We've caught them at the Shark Hole, Horseshoe and Capt. Roger even had a Stream trip and went to the MacMarle'n hole and caught them there too-  The kings have been biting pretty decent as well, although most are still pretty small.  Cobia have been here in a big way.  On Monday we had 7 different charter trips leave and at least one Cobia was caught on every trip.  They all came from the 390/390.  We've been slow trolling dead cigar minnows to catch these fish and the action has been great.
The weather this weekend looks awesome, so come down and get in on the action.  We don't normally get to see Dolphin come inshore for that long, but if you want to catch one within 20 miles of the beach, now is the time.  Hot spots- 390/390, Shark Hole, Jungle, Atlantic Ledge, 65' Hole--
We're stocked and ready to get you whatever you need to catch the big ones.  Eels, chum, cigar minnows....  Also, you might want a good 20# spin outfit to cast to Cobia and Dolphin- we've got them here, ready to go.  Hope to see you this weekend.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Mixed Bag" | Show Time- 34' | 06/08/06
 

Yesterday found a variety of action on our half day, full day, and Gulfstream charters.  On the ShowTime, Capt. Jon Tennant and I found a school of amberjacks near the Atlantic Ledge and enjoyed steady action until arms were sore.  We then tried to anchor up and fish for grouper at the Twin Cities wreck, but were unable to stay clear of the sharks for more than a few minutes at a time.  As we eased away from the wreck, the ocean lit up with a school of dolphin chasing flying fish, so in came the bottom gear and out went a spread of naked ballyhoo.  The bite was furious as we iced dolphin as quickly as we could put baits in the water.  The big surprise of the day came when a 30 pound yellowfin tuna piled on one of the baits, which happened to be one of our 20 pound outfits.  About half an hour later he was in the box awaiting the sashimi knife.  Despite the sore forearms, everyone was pretty pleased with the day. YES, AND ALL THIS AT THE TWIN CITIES WRECK- what happens is as the water warms consistent with the Stream, those fish that haven't migrated north, move inshore chasing food, and thus you can catch Yellowfin in 90 feet of water along with Dolphin and Wahoo too-- there was an 85 pound Wahoo caught last week in 100 feet of water.  These fish are scattered much thinner than when they concentrate along the edge of the Gulf Stream in the Spring, but you never know when you'll come across one, so look out.

From the Gulfstream, Capt. Roger reports a fine class of dolphin from the MacMarlen ledge on the Carolina Contender, while Mike and Bart Edge on the Kitchen Pass report more of the same from the 100/400 and the Blackjack, in addition to seeing several sailfish.  A little closer to shore, Capt. Shane reports king and spanish mackerel on the It Works.  So the bottom line is, wherever you can get to, there will probably be something to catch.

Tight lines.


- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"Week In Review" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/07/06
 

My apologies for the lack of fishing reports lately...the truth is that I have been fishing almost every day and spend so much time back at the dock cleaning fish that I haven't had time to post anything.  The king mackerel bite continues to improve and the fish are slowly getting bigger.  In the past few days we have caught fish at the 90/90's, Jungle, Atlantic Ledge, and Bill Perry Reef.  The fish offshore have been bigger which means that they should continue to move inshore in weeks to come.  Fish from the inshore areas around the 90/90's and General Sherman range anywhere from throwback 22" fish to 15 lb. fish, while the offshore sizes have been mostly keepers up to 20 lbs.  Most of our fish have been caught on dead cigar minnows, however the past few days we have caught some smaller (hand sized) pogies in front of Pelican Point Marina and have been using them on our usual live bait rigs with great success.  The cobia bite also continues to improve with each of our charter boats catching at least one yesterday.  We managed a pair yesterday afternoon from the 90/90's.  Remember to ALWAYS keep a live bait (pogy, eel, pinfish, etc.) rigged and ready to throw at Mr. Cobia should he follow your king fish up to the boat or just appear in your chum slick.  Along with the kingfish and cobia, mahi-mahi are starting to show up in numbers in these same areas.  Most of the mahi's are small, but are always a lot of fun on live bait tackle.  Offshore in the gulf stream, mahi's are still the main catch with a couple of wahoo's usually thrown in for good measure.  (Capt. Roger is in the stream today so we'll have an updated report tonight.)  Inshore, Capt. Kyle has been doing very well on flounder and is still catching a few trout around the jetties.  Well I think that covers all the bases....we're starting to get really busy and are on the water every day now so as always, don't be afraid to give us a shout on VHF Channel 11 while you're out...we're always glad to help you out!

----Capt. Squid


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Today's Report" | Black Pearl- 31' | 06/06/06
 

The past few days the fishing has really seemed to be picking up, both, offshore and in the backwater.  I took the easy now on its maiden charter the other day and I had two young fellas aboard who did a fantastic job of catching and landing several fish including one boys first flounder. On a different day Capt?n Hook, his family, my grandfather and I took the Easy  Now on a flounder mission and had success with several founder and some bluefish.  On the off shore scene, we took The Black Pearl on a half day this morning and had several Mackeral bites and landed two nice Cobia in the 25lb. range. 

 

 

Capt. Ryan
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"Perfect weather forcast" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 06/04/06
 

Here's my offical weather forecast for THE ENTIRE WEEK....PERFECT!!! I think this is the first week of the spring that it appears we have an extended period of lite seas. Come on down and join us. The Kings are picking up, Cobia are showing more and more each day, grouper season is on, the gulf stream is still good with dolphin/wahoo, and the inshore flounder bite is getting better and better. Stay tuned as our charter boats are hard at it and we should have good daily info on whats happening where.

And as to my weather forecast, watch out for hurricane conditions by week end. 


- Rube McMullan
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"Week in Review" | Stori Teller-22' | 06/02/06
 

I'm sorry I haven't reported in the last fews days, I've been fishing nearly everyday and I'm glad to report the the fishing has been good all week.  The flounder bite in the Tubbs Inlet area has been very consistent, with most of the fish being keepers, and a several citation size doormats (5+lbs) have been landed there recently.  The key to catching the larger fish has been fishing with live pogies as opposed to mud minnows, and arftificals have also been producing some nice fish.  There are still a few nice trout hanging around, and the redfish have also been more active this week.  So come on down and lets go fishing, and the fishing should only get better in weeks to come.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 06/02/06
 

Its another pretty day on the coast-- we've had a great string of good weather.  Capt. Roger has a crew aboard the Carolina Contender for a full day and Capt. Bryan is departing for a 1/4 Spanish Mackerel mission in a few minutes.  This week we've fished the Stream a few days and it seems as if a lot of the Dolphin are moving inshore to the 80-120 depth range.  We've still caught them on the break, but the numbers are less.  Capt. Roger had a 45 pound Wahoo yesterday along with another 30lber and some Dolphin for the day.  We haven't run into the Cobia again since last weekend, but I bet Capt. Roger finds one today.  The weather Saturday will be fishable, but not the best.  Sunday looks better as a weak front passes and provides light north winds.  Hope to see you here.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Report from the Stream" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 06/01/06
 

Stream report: They're still there in good numbers. Fished the 100/400 yesterday with Capt Yorke of the Pharr Out Fishing Team. Gulf Stream water on top of the 100/400[78degrees, deep blue] many rips/ect. Good wahoo action, better dolphin were in cooler water inshore of 100/400 [140-160 feet]. Watch out for a Blue Marlin as he should be on top of the structure in the blue water[pull a horse ballyhoo on blue/white Islander way back long] 


- Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/31/06
 

Another beautiful day at the beach.  The Kings continue to bite at the 390/390-- about 50% are legal size to keep right now, but the action is pretty decent.  There are menhaden holding around Little River inlet and off Bald Head and in the Cape Fear.  Some nice Kings have come from Yaupon Reef this week.  The cobia are passing through right now and from right on the beach out to 30 miles, you are likely to have one come up on you at any time.  Have a rod and rig ready with something live to toss at them- a live eels is usually the best. 
This Saturday I've got a bottom fishing school and have 1 spot still left available.  If Grouper is something you'd like add to your fishing arsenal, give me a call at (910) 575-3474 and you can fill the last spot.
Also- Jolly Mon programs went out this week, so if you are looking for yours and don't get it by this week, email me and I'll send one out to you ASAP.
Picture is of Clay Moseley and Mark Poff who released this Sailfish at the Steeples on Sunday.  Not shown is Clay's dad, Phil who was also aboard for the day of fun.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"King and Cobia Attack!" | It Works- 27' | 05/30/06
 

Yesterday I fished the "It Works" on a pair of half day trips.  On the morning trip, I started at the 390/390 and before we could get all the baits in the water, we had king mackerel screaming line off the reels.  The fish were mixed in size from throwback 22" fish to nice 12 lb. fish.  On the second trip, I headed right back to the 390/390 and the hot king bite continued.  When the wind switched to the East, it cut off like a light switch, however as soon as it switched to the south they started feeding once again.  The highlight of the day, though, came late in the second trip when the long ling went to screaming.  Thinking it was a very nice king fish, I turned so that my angler, Robert, could fight the fish from the bow.  When we got closer to it, we realized that it wasn't a king mackerel but in fact was a very nice cobia.  An hour later he was on ice in the fish box and weighed 31.6 lbs. here at the dock.  So it's safe to say that IT'S ON here in OIB so you better come down and enjoy it!  The gulf stream fishing is on fire as well with very impressive catches of mahi-mahi coming in as well as scattered tuna and wahoo.  This is as good as it gets all year and the weather is going to be PERFECT all week for you to come down and enjoy it!  NO EXCUSES!!

---Capt. Squid


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