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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 09/01/05
 

#1- we have gas- here and at all the gas stations on the road.  #2- the fish are biting.  Had good luck with Kings today at the 390/390.  The weather looks better Saturday than Sunday, so let's do the Grouper tournament on Saturday.  Sign up Friday at the Fishing Center and fish Saturday.  It's a plan-


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"No fuel crisis at OIFC" | Carolina Contender | 09/01/05
 

We refuse to have a fuel crisis here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. We have plenty of fuel. Also we are not going to adjust our prices to match the crazy panic market that's going on. We will sell our fuel at PRE-CRISIS prices as long as we have fuel left. When we have to re-order, our price will have to rise to reflect the current crisis condition. Our gas is $2.99/gallon. Come see us!

King bite good today at 90/90. We're Grouper fishing tomorrow and they're biting like bulldogs.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Grouper fishing; how you do it." | Carolina Contender | 08/30/05
 

Just a quick how to on how we grouper fish.

Any of the King Mackerel spots in 80 -100 feet are holding grouper. I prefer rocks and ledges over wrecks as it's hard to keep them out of the wreck. I start off by catching menhaden, the bigger the better[big bait/big fish]. Rarely do I catch grouper that don't measure by using large baits. I also like pinfish. I pull up to my spot, put boat in neutral and sit for few minutes to drift off the spot. I then motor back to the spot and determine my anchor course heading. I then drift back again and this time pull back to the spot following the heading I just determined. I go past the spot twice the depth of the water and drop the anchor. I then follow my gps guidance to drift back on the spot and tighten my anchor there. Another simplier way to do it is drop a buoy on the spot so that you have a visual reference. Once on the spot I put out a chum bag and drop it to the bottom on my downrigger. I then get my rigs ready which is approx 6 feet of 120lb test mono[or flourcarbon], a 3 way swivel with approx 8oz of weight, and a 9/0 circle hook. I hook the bait either thru the lips or in the tail, drop him over slowly so as not to tangle on the way down, put her in gear. You will feel your bait get nervous, the grouper will eat, don't jerk, but just reel down and when he comes tight get him off the bottom or he will get back into the rock. If you loose a fish by breaking him off, they will quit biting and you might as well move to another spot.

That's it, give it a try, and join us for the funament Sunday.I've got some grouper rigs here I made up just to give you a rigging guide.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weekend's Upcoming Events" | Carolina Contender | 08/30/05
 

First off- I am foregoing the Swordfish excursion for 1 main reason-- NE wind forecast.  I don't care that is supposed to be light, a NE wind is unpredictable once you get that far offshore and after spending a night last year in 3-4' pitch black darkness, I'm looking for variable or light south winds to get me back after the elusive Swordfish.  BUT, the Grouper tournament is on and the conditions look favorable.  The tournament will be held this Sunday.  You can register at the Fishing Center any time- $100 cash- This is strictly a funament with honor code rules.  100% of the entry fees will be paid to the boat that brings in the heaviest 3 Grouper aggregate weight- oh yeah, and of course once you weigh, you keep your fish.  We have all the details at the Fishing Center, but one other point of note is that you may weigh only between 6pm-6:30pm- and you can bring your fish to the scales via boat or vehicle.  Let's have fun with this one.  And just to prime the pump, I guided fishing friends Brad and Quinn Braun from Ohio aboard the "Carolina Contender" yesterday for a day of Grouper fishing.  The problem was, we made short work of getting our limit and struggled to find other things to keep us occupied the rest of the day.  Our biggest fish was 20.6 pounds and we posted a pre-tournament aggregate weight of 50+ pounds, which should give you potential entrants something to shoot for.  I have a charter scheduled for Sunday, but we will be entering the event, so come on down and test your metal against myself and the other self proclaimed Grouper experts.  See you at the scales- Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weekend's tournament" | Carolina Contender | 08/26/05
 

FYI --- South Brunswick tournament has been postponed to late September-


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Future Anglers" | Capt. Hook | 08/25/05
 

Last Sunday Preston, Eddie, and Myself all took our boys out spanish fishing, they had a blast and caught supper!! It is kinda gratifying to hear your 6 year old yelling "FISH ON".


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Latley" | Capt. Hook | 08/25/05
 

We had two trips yesterday and did fairly well considering the weather went south after mid-day. On the first trip we caught several kings and a huge Barracuda. The party elected to release all the fish but a couple to eat; this is great for conservation and insuring the future!!  On the afternoon trip we stumbled over a few Mahi, which turned it into a pretty productive day. They were 10 to 12 lbs. each. On the way home around 7:00 pm we met that front head on!! The last 6 miles were tough. The wind was blowing foam across the water and it was raining sideways. But we made it and if that’s what it took to cool things off a bit it may have been worth it!!  This morning we circled the buoy and decided to wait on a better day, it was 4 to 5 in a southeast swell and capping pretty good. Stay tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Your reports" | Carolina Contender | 08/24/05
 

I would like to say thanks to Roger Gales (Show Time) for the most fun we have had deep see fishing,we have been deep see fishing before not with you guys,but we had the most fun and enjoyable time and we will come back and fish with you guys again.Just would like to say thanks to OCEAN ISLE FISHING CENTER,Ritchie Boggs

- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Your reports" | Carolina Contender | 08/24/05
 

Just wanted to thank everyone at OIFC, you guys are great. Everyone is so helpful with fishing information. Me and my buddy, Barry Gardner, fished this past weekend Aug. 20 at the Jungle and caught this 31 lb King aboard the Fighton Triton. Fishing was slow that day, but our patience paid off. My biggest King so far. The fish was where Rube told us it would be. Thanks again for everything ya’ll do……


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"1st annual Labor Day Grouper tournament" | Carolina Contender | 08/23/05
 

No tournaments are occuring this year on Labor Day weekend so us guys need some sort of competition to keep our juices flowing.  How about a Grouper tournament?--  $100 per boat with a 100% payout to 1st place for the heaviest 3 fish grouper aggregate weight.  Fishing day will be Sunday, Sept. 4th with sign up any time until the eve of Saturday, Sept. 3rd.  Weigh-in will be from 5-5:30pm on Sunday-- You can bring your fish by boat or vehicle-- fun tournament mostly for bragging rights.  The OIFC will have all supplies needed for the day of fishing.  Standy by for more information.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Report" | Carolina Contender | 08/23/05
 

Weather is on the change- lots of storms around today-- King fishing picked up the last few days, mostly small fish but Capt. Bryan had a 26 pounder from the 65 foot hole mixed with the small fish.  We've been catching almost all our fish on dead cigar minnows.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"CUDA TIME!" | Carolina Contender | 08/19/05
 

When the king bite slows in the heat of the day, don't overlook our toothy friends. They are stacked up on all the artifical reefs and wrecks and seem to always be hungry. Here's a picture of one we caught on a live spanish this morning.


- Capt. Jon Tennant
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 08/19/05
 

Fishing has remained pretty steady over the past couple of days with action from king mackeral, spanish mackeral, and barracudas.  We caught several fish yesterday at the 90/90 which included a pair of 5 lb. spanish, a couple of 12-15 lb kings, and a very short glimpse of a sailfish which broke us off during his first series of jumps.  Today's action was much the same with fish coming from the 90's as well as AR455.  Frozen cigar minnows have been drawing a few more bites, however the larger fish have been coming off of pogies.  The live bait has continued to be easily caught just off of Holden Beach most every morning.  With summer winding down, come down and enjoy one last vacation and help us catch some of these fish.


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Kings & Cudas" | Mac Marle'n | 08/17/05
 

There was a good king bite this morning on the 90-90 Capt. Charles & myself lucked into. We found good sized pogies between shallotte inlet and the holden beach pier that we turned into a few good nibbles. The cudas seem to be everywhere right now with good numbers on all the AR's. Summer is almost gone, so get fishing & make the most of it!


- Capt. Jon Tennant
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"Yesterday's Report" | Show Time | 08/17/05
 

We released a Sailfish!-- Yeehah !  We fished the Atlantic Ledge area in the afternoon and caught several Amberjack and small kings as well as a Mahi and yes, released a 75 inch Sailfish.  The Pogys have been thick off Holden Beach and we haven't had alot of action inside of 70 feet of water-- seems as if fish may be moving off a bit.  Stand by ----


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 08/15/05
 

Fishing was a bit slow nearshore today.  We fished Spanish on the beach and later in the day got to the offshore hole where we caught a few kings and a nice 17 pound Mahi. 
Check out this king pictured-- 14 year olds Jordan David, Brad Walker and Nolan Newell caught this 40.5 pounder while light lining offshore while anchored and bottom fishing-- NICE FISH !


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 08/14/05
 

Kingfish action remained strong this weekend.  Both numbers and size of fish were large at the Jungle and the 65' hole.   Also of note was the bite taking place at Yaupon reef.  Numerous fish over 30lbs came from there on Friday, Saturday and a few on Sunday.  Pogies are still plentiful up and down the beach.  The weather looks great this week so we will be reporting in daily with what's biting where.  Come by and see us at the store to get set up on gear for the great kingfish bite happening right now.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 08/11/05
 

We had a ¼ day this morning and eased off to the 90/90, we managed one king about 8 lbs on dead cigars before moving into the inlet and hitting the Spanish pretty good. We had 3 mid teen girls who did a great rendition of “Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning at full volume running out”. The second trip proved interesting as we had 3 kids from 4 to 10 years of age who caught some kings and released one 30 plus. Then we had a million peanut Mahi come to the boat and everyone had a blast. Stay tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Grouper time." | Mac Marle'n | 08/11/05
 

While everyone is busy catching the BIG kings, the bottom is still very alive as well. First mate Ryan & myself spent 2 productive hours working on them today. We had a nice catch of large blackbass and beeliners as well as a couple nice Gag groupers with a few other breakoffs about 28 miles off in the 80' depth range. So if the bottom is your thing, go get'em!


- Capt. Jon Tennant
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"On Fire!" | Carolina Contender | 08/11/05
 

For the past 3 days the king mackeral bite has been on fire in the 65-70 foot depths.  Yesterday we caught a limit in just over an hour and today's story was much the same.  Fish have been averaging 12-15 lbs, however I heard of several larger fish (30-40 lbs) being caught today.  Our largest today was around 25 lbs caught on the downrigger with a dead cigar minnow.  Pogies have been very easy to catch just off of Holden Beach, outside of Shallotte Inlet, or off of Sunset Beach.  The fish haven't really showed much preferance between live pogies or dead cigar minnows.  We'll be back at it again tomorrow so keep checking in for hopefully more great news!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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