- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Fall Brawl 2016 Real Time Rankings
Last Updated - 10/15/2017 06:07:26 PM
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Red hot kingfish bite still going strong off Ocean Isle. Multiple fish in 40lb class caught this morning. Plenty of live pogies just outside of Shallotte inlet. With no major weather changes in sight fishing should remain on fire.
We hit the Spanish pretty hard this morning just east of the Shallotte Sea Buoy in 25 feet of water. This afternoon we set out for 7 mile box car in search of the elusive Barracuda. We put out dead cigars and caught about a 8lb King, rigged him up, deployed him and the rest is history!!
As you can see by Capt. David's report and this one, the bite has miraculously turned back on after taking a three day break over the weekend. It's funny how it can be so good and then suddenly the weather shifts and winds go north and east and it totally dies. You know the fish are there, but I guess they just go into total lockdown. Yesterday, the winds swung from the SE to the S and SW and there they were. Same places as last week and just as hungry and just as big. The bite of big fish I've been talking about for the past month that was overdue and running a month behind is here. It started last week around the 5th, which if you go by history, every year this body of fish shows up right around the Jolly Mon tournament (1st weekend in July), thus further support that indeed the Kings are moving one month behind almost to the date. I too was fishing at the 70 foot hole yesterday along with Capt. Hook and Capt. Roger and we had nonstop action from Kings including several in the 20's and one that was close to 30 pounds that lived to see another day. On that note, I'd like to recognize Capt. David and Alan for a great job in releasing the monster King they caught yesterday. I've always been advocate of releasing the big ones if you all you're looking for is a meal-- the big ones are not as good to eat and why kill it if you don't have to. Capt. David got a great picture and hopefully that fish will live to make many more Kings and maybe one day either die of old age or be at the top of a leaderboard. We caught Kings on live bait (Pogys off Holden Beach) and then when the action slowed due to storm clouds and wind, we switched to dead bait and although the fish weren't as big, the action was just as fast.
Be sure to check out my Swordfish Rally idea-- if I can get enough people interested, we'll go for it--
Man what a day. We left the Fishing Center and the skies were all but black. We headed down Holden beach and caught bait about halfway to the Pier. Then I looked at radar to try to come up with a game plan. The 90—90 area looked pretty good so that’s where we started. We caught a couple of Kings in the 8 to 10 pound range and decided to move to deeper water since the skies had cleared a bit. We threw our spread out in 68 to 70 feet of water and caught a released a couple of teenage fish and the bite was on pretty fair. Brant and Barrett were fishing the same area and we all were doing well. Then we had a fish hit a top line and come easing by, passed the boat and was heading offshore at a slow pace, I stepped up realizing the drag was very loose and gave the star a little spin for the gentleman and when the fish felt the pressure the race was on!! The fish made several blitzing runs and then began the up down stuff. When I first laid eyes on the fish I knew it was stud bolt. I told the guys on the radio it was over 40, but when Sumo got his hands on and lifted it in the boat for a picture I knew it was in the high forties and that is conservative!! This doesn’t happen everyday it was a beautiful King we released it to fight again. Stay Tuned!!
We have been catching some good sized Kings right before the tournaments!! Last week the bite was fairly good all week but great on Friday. Several big Kings were caught in 60 to 70 feet of water from the Shark hole all the way down to the Jungle. We had a mid to high twenties fish and felt good about the tourney the next day. After a struugle to get bait Saturday Morning we headed to the spot! We caught a couple of teenagers early and then the wind swung around to the eastern and the fish shutdown cold!! That shows you will never know!! Stay Tuned!
After a very hot couple of king fishing days on Thursday and Friday, things cooled off slightly for the weekend as soon as the wind switched to the East. Although the size and numbers were not as impressive as a few days ago, we were able to find fish willing to bite around the Christina's Ledge, Shark Hole, and the Jungle. The hot spot for this weekend's Frantic Atlantic tournament out of Little River, SC would have to be the Cape Fear River Channel with several fish over 30 lbs. being caught. The spanish mackeral and barracuda bite is still going on though, as we caught quite a few on this morning's 3 hour trip. We will be back out there again tomorrow with hopefully great things to report back at the dock!
On our afternoon trip today, Capt. Roger and myself had quite a bit of luck with the spanish bite, we also had some quite happy anglers as well. In 2hrs and 30 mins. we were able to limit out on the spanish and were able to catch and release some of the cuda's that inhabit the area as well. This all went down around the 3mi. artifical reefs so go out and catch you some.
It happened TODAY. The flood gates opened and the King Mackerel that have been on and off but never really here all season showed up and were very hungry. All of our charter boats had lots of Kings today ranging from 6-23 pounds with the average fish in the 12 pound range. There were also quite a few Mahi caught today as well. The hotspots--- Shark hole was on fire and so was the Jungle. Both spots were loaded with huge schools of red minnows and tons of Spanish and Bonito feeding on the minnows. The ocean was alive and as soon as you got around the red minnows it was Kingfish crazy action. Live bait or dead bait it didn't really matter (the Pogys were between Shallotte Inlet and the Holden Beach pier this AM). So, maybe this is the big break and the action will be super strong for weeks to come. I don't know for sure, but I can say today was a day I can say I enjoyed being a charter captain-- flat seas and screaming reels.
After an extremely hot week last week, these past few days of cooler weather have been a welcome change. I haven't noticed much of a difference in the fishing since last week, we are still catching the usual suspects, medium kings, huge spanish, and lots of barracuda. The live pogies have been around but I have found that cigar's, dead and alive, have produced the most kings. Try a blue and white skirt somewhere in your spread also.
We had a hard time finding bait this morning so we headed on without it. We fished in 70 feet of water and caught some nice kings on dead cigars. On the second trip we fished for spanish about a mile south of the Shallotte Sea Buoy and I thought they were going to chew the bottom of the boat out. They were all nice sized keepers!! Stay Tuned.
After a rather slow morning at the Jungle, we found a steady afternoon bite at the Bill Perry Reef. Kings ranged in size from 8-20 lbs, as well as a few 10 lb. mahi's thrown in for good measure. The fish bit live pogies, live cigar minnows, or dead cigar minnows equally as well. Bait was once again hard to find but we did manage a bunch of small pogies in front of Pelican Point Marina.
We did well with the Kings again today in about 70 feet of water and pulled a "grown" Barracuda off the 7 mile boxcar. Bait was at Shallotte Inlet and easy to get. Stay Tuned!!
We have been doing real well with the Kings. They are also getting a bit bigger and more aggressive! 50 to 70 feet of water seem to be the Magic Numbers!!
I read your fishing reports frequently and recently saw the nice first king Mariah caught. Excellent fish. I took one of my assistants with me on her first 'offshore' trip and we had similar success. She caught this trolling a ballyhoo on top at the Jungle.
I fish a lot, but it was her first trip offshore ever. She caught it last Sunday July 17th, near the Jungle. We were trolling Ballyhoo. At about 11am, while still dropping the line back, it picked it up on top and smoked the reel. Beginners luck, I guess. I told her she might not win a tournament with this one, but she was definitely 'on the board'. Thanks again for your website.
Despite a slightly choppy ocean this morning, myself, Tim Lesher, Bill Wood, and his two sons Patrick and Matt headed due south out of Shallotte Inlet 25 miles to the Atlantic Ledge. I pulled the throttles back 0.25 miles from the numbers and before I got the second downrigger set we had a fish on. For the next hour I was unable to get more than 3 baits in the water at once before hooking up. When I finally got all the baits in the water I looked at the gps and we had trolled 1.5 miles past the structure and were still getting bites. The fish were of mixed sizes--mostly in the 12-18 lb class, however there were a few smaller (24-28 inch) fish mixed in with them. Every kingfish bite we had today came on dead cigar minnows off the downrigger 35 feet down with a green skirt. (We did not catch a single kingfish was caught on top all day.) The final tally was close to a dozen kings--all off of one rod---and several other missed strikes and pulled hooks. The excitement of the day, though definately occurred at 10:00am on the longline. As I was turning a king loose to see another day, the top line started screaming. I looked up to see Tim hooked in to what I thought at first to be a kingfish skying a bait but on second glance was a sailfish going ballistic. He ran a couple hundred yards off the Speedmaster, jumping more than any sailfish I have ever seen. As we got the sail beside the boat he decided to jump a few more times for us and almost came in the boat with us on more than one occassion. We boated him, got some very quick pictures and a measurement, revived him, and turned him loose to make another angler just as happy as he made Tim. We'll be back on the water in the morning so check in tomorrow for hopefully another great fishing report!
I took a sort of "vacation" this past weekend as I went to Dauphin Island, AL to fish the Alabama Deep Sea Rodeo with a fishing friend. The rodeo is a unique event in itself as basically any species with fins, scales or tails is legal to weigh-in and win something. It's a concept I'd love to see in our area as the poor old King Mackerel are tired of being the only fish that get beat on in these tournaments. Anyway, as I've written in the past, the northern Gulf fishery is incredible for lots of species, including the King Mackerel. The guy I was fishing with was focused only on Kings due to his competing in the SKA division. And to put it plainly, I'm sore from winding in so many fish. We caught and caught and caught around numerous oil rigs off of Louisiana. The average fish was 35 pounds and we released at least a dozen over 40 pounds and weighed a 44 pounder. You'd think that was good, but 60 pounds won and we didn't place in the top 20. Tons of fun though and very enjoyable. Meanwhile, the OIFC fleet continued to trudge on in my absence. They report good King fishing at spots from 50-65 feet such as the Christina's ledge, 410/510 and Shark Hole, especially in the AM. The Pogys have been nearly non-existent, so we've been making due with either dead cigar minnows or jigging live cigar minnows etc..
This weekend I'm supposed to have a live bait school along with the King of the Cape tournament. 3 of the students have cancelled this past weekend leaving 3 spots open for anyone wanting to learn/hone their live bait fishing skills and compete in an area tournament for a chance to win $$$ and experience tournament fishing. Call me at (910) 575-3474 xt 3 for info. on the school dates open. ------- Capt. Brant