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"SAVE OUR POGIES MEETING DATE/TIME SET" | Carolina Contender | 05/03/05
 

Please go to www.saveourpogies.com. The meeting date is set for May 10, 12:00noon at Room 643, Legislative Office Building, Raleigh. We have a bus leaving from Ocean ISle. We need your help. Please join us at hearing and please continue to call the Committee members. Thanks for your help!


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Wahoo!" | Mac Marle'n | 05/03/05
 

Fished the 100/400 area yesterday aboard the MacMarle'n with charter.  Water temps ranged from 71.5 to 75.  A strong current brought in 75 degree water eventually and heavy current.  We caught each of our fish inshore of the 100/400 early in 73 degree water.  Our catch consisted mostly of wahoo and was highlighted by 42 and 47lb smokers.  Capt. Brant fished the Showtime at the Blackjack hole and also had a good day on the wahoo with a day's best 51lb stud.  He also found good size dolphin- the first of the year.  Most boats did not make it to the Stream today.  The Showtime and MacMarlen had short trips searching for Atlantic Bonito. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"New Boat" | Capt. Hook | 04/29/05
 

Sumo and I launched the new backwater/nearshore boat today and it is nothing less than awesome. The set up is a 2005 model 2200 Bay by Nautic Star, powered by a 2005 model Mercury 225 digital Optimax. We ran the waterway to Little River Inlet and decided to jump out into a 15 to 20 Knot Southwest wind for the true analysis. We ran all the way to Shallotte Inlet turning into the seas, side sea, quatering sea, and falling sea. The boat proved to be dry and stable. I believe top speed will be well above 60 mph after the break in and final wind tunnel testing is done. The boat has two 25 gallon livewells to keep the livebait fresh and frisky. We plan to use the boat for charter fishing the backwater creeks and inlets, hitting the nearshore wrecks, and trolling for spanish mackeral and bonita. Don't be surprised if it puts a Kingfish on the scales also. The T-Top and electronics will done soon so the pictures will follow with the finished product. 
Stay Tuned


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Atlantic Bonito!" | Mac Marle'n | 04/29/05
 

What a day of fishing!  For those who are unfamiliar with or are unclear on what an Atlantic Bonito is, let me tell you from first hand experience today, they are a hard fighting, fun to catch, excellent eating nearshore tuna.  It is not the bloody fish sometimes referred to as bonito that is actually a little tunny.  We catch atlantic bonito by trolling clark spoons behind planers around glass minnows within 15 miles of shore.  Below you will see a picture of an atlantic bonito.  They are a cross between a tuna and mackerel.  Basically a tuna with mackerel like teeth and white meat.  Today Capt. Brant guided a crew on the Showtime and I captained the MacMarle'n in search of the elusive Atlantic Bonito.  We found several schools as large as an acre just inshore of the 390/390 5 miles offshore of the high rise at Ocean Isle Beach.  Both boats caught as many fish as we had lines out before all the anglers we had were worn out.  The weather is supposed to go bad for a day or so, but expect the Atlantic Bonito to stay around for about a month.  If you are a nearshore or offshore fishermen and haven't tried these guys yet you're missing out.  From catching to eating they have to be one of the most enjoyable fish to target off our coast.  Atlantic Bonito fishing is a training ground for yellowfin tuna fishing.  The fish have very similar behavior patterns.  If you'd like to get rigged up for this style of fishing come by the Fishing Center and we'll set you up and point you in the right direction. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"SAVE OUR POGIES HEARING DATE CHANGED" | Carolina Contender | 04/29/05
 

Want to confirm word is out that our SAVE OUR POGIES hearing date at State Legislature has been changed to May 10. Apparently the lobbyist for Omega Proteins determined he was about to get his butt kicked so he went to the Rules Chairman and got him to put off the hearing for a week to give him more time to rally his troops. We need to understand the battle field is going to be expaned as I'm sure he will try to inlist all commercial fishing interest to fight our effort, whether they agree with Omega or not. We must likewise take it to the next notch and repond with greater committment. Please continue to contact the Reps by telephone as don't think emails are hitting the mark. Also imperative you come to hearing on May 10. We must show numbers to evidence to committe importance of the issue. Stay tuned to saveourpogies.com and read all the entries beginning April 25. Thanks.

Just spoke to Capt Barrett offshore and he is smoking the Atlantic Bonita, the absolute best eating tuna out there[best as sushi].


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"" | Show Time | 04/28/05
 

Although most of our efforts are aimed at saving pogies right now, Capt. Charles and I hit the Gulf Stream today despite a stout 20knot north wind this morning.  Made out to the 100/400 to find 70-71 degree water.  Decent bite of tuna and wahoo among several boats.  We ended up with a Carolina slam -tuna/dolphin/wahoo.  Going after Atlantic Bonito tomorrow.  Good reports from today's AB fishing.  Will report more tomorrow pm.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | Show Time | 04/28/05
 

Although most of our efforts are aimed at saving pogies right now, Capt. Charles and I hit the Gulf Stream today despite a stout 20knot north wind this morning.  Made out to the 100/400 to find 70-71 degree water.  Decent bite of tuna and wahoo among several boats.  We ended up with a Carolina slam -tuna/dolphin/wahoo.  Going after Atlantic Bonito tomorrow.  Good reports from today's AB fishing.  Will report more tomorrow pm.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Save Our Pogies meeting date changed" | Mac Marle'n | 04/28/05
 

Just got message that Jerry Shield, lobbyist for commercial fishing interest, appealed to House Rules Chairman to change the hearing date to May 10, same time, same place, and Chairman agreed to do so. Please adjust your calenders as this gives us more time to make contact with the committee members.

Additionally, I had call from President of Charlotte Offshore Fishing Club. He had talked to committee member McMahan who represents Mecklenburg county. He said Rob's call was the first call he had received and had planned to vote against the bill. However having heard from a constituent may help change his mind. Point is, apparently emails aren't working. We need to get everyone on the telephone calling these Reps direct. Everyone, please help out by making the calls. Thanks.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"SAVE OUR POGIES MEETING TIME SET" | Carolina Contender | 04/27/05
 

The Legislative Committe of Envirnoment and Natural Resources that will vote on our bill to SAVE OUR POGIES will meet Tuesday May 3, 12:00 noon at Room 643, Legislative Office Building. Directions will be posted on www.saveourpogies.com. Please attend this hearing. We need to demonstrate to the Committe this is an important issue. The commercial netting interest will be there.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Check Out www.saveourpogies" | Carolina Contender | 04/27/05
 

Just a reminder for everyone to please check out our www.saveourpogies.com web site. Our bill to restrict commercial Menhaden netting will be heard May 3 and we need your help! NOW! Please read the April 25 and 26 updates. Thanks.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 04/26/05
 

Capt. Roger and Capt. Charles are in the Stream on the ShowTime- stand by for a report--
GREAT NEWS---- We fixed the web cam and we're back live!!
Also- be sure to check out www.saveourpogies.com as we have a new update.  It's time to mount our forces to better our fishery.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"SAVE OUR POGIES" | Carolina Contender | 04/26/05
 

A reminder to everyone to please stay tuned to our www.saveourpogies.com web site as we will be updating it daily as info comes in on our hearing May 3 in Raleigh before the Environment and Natural Resources Committee at State Legislature. We will have times/directions/ect late this afternoon when schedule is set and will post it asap. 

What's important at this point is to make contact with committee members letting them know of the importance of their support for the effort. Also we need to hear who can attend the hearing in Raleigh on May 3. If you are in our local area we will set up a car pool or if we have enough people we will get a bus. Please let us know thru the Ocean Isle Fishing Center email or contact me direct at Rubemc@att.net. Thanks.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"SAVE OUR POGIES Important Update" | Carolina Contender | 04/25/05
 

Please go to www.saveourpogies.com web site. Our bill to ban commercial menhaden netting is coming before the Legislative Committee May 3. We need you help! Please see the info on the web site.


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"Week in Review" | Show Time | 04/24/05
 

Whewwww!  For those of you that may have tried to call, email, write, stop by or whatever in an attempt to get ahold of me- I'm sorry.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I was fishing the Gulf Stream aboard either the ShowTime or Carolina Contender, and thus this past week I've been more elusive than WALDO.  For once, I was actually glad to see the wind blow for a day so that I could catch my breath.  Here's the day by day report in detail:

Day 1: Monday- this was the 2nd half of my Gulf Stream fishing school which involves a full day a Gulf Stream trolling aboard the ShowTime with myself as the guide/instructor.  The class of 6 had done the "ground school" portion a week before, but the weather kept us from being able to fish on schedule.  In the ground school we covered fishing locations based on bottom contour, sea water temps, wind direction and history.  We tied rigs, rigged ballyhoo and talked about what types of baits to use when and how to use them.  The day of fishing was then putting into action all the things we talked about plus adding angling, boat driving, gaffing, fish preparation and fish cleaning into the mix.  Anyway- forecast was 10-15kt W wind with 4-7 foot seas--- the actual was 5-10kt with 1-3 foot seas.  We fished the BlackJack and Steeples area and boated 5 Yellowfin- encountering 72-73 degree water that was slightly milky.

Day 2: Tuesday- forecast was 10-15 SW, actual was 15-20 SW 3-4ft seas.  Gary Caputi from Saltwater Sportsman magazine accompanied me aboard the Carolina Contender as we set out to make a good fishing story.  The idea was to take south Florida style live bait chumming and light tackle fishing and cross it with northeast style chunking to see what would happen off our coast- the results were interesting.  We first ran to Frying Pan Tower where we jigged up 1000's of Cigar Minnows and Sardines for the live well- the bait was thick.  We then ran 20 miles offshore to the Steeples where I anchored the Carolina Contender inshore of the Steeples over an area of ledges in 220 feet of water.  From there we began cutting up and chunking frozen Sardines, set out a chum bag and began tossing live baits out by the handful.  We then rigged up a couple of 30# outfits with flurocarbon leaders and small circle hooks and free-lined baits or fished them under balloons.  We continually added chunks to the chum spread and tossed out a handful of live baits every 30 minutes or so.  The results were 4 Yellowfin Tuna, 2 Mahi and a horde of King Mackerel.  Actually as the Tuna were just getting going the Kings showed up and basically shut us down as we could not get a live bait more than 20 feet from the boat.  In addition, I brought a couple of my electric reels and we dropped to the bottom where we caught huge Amberjack, 1 small Grouper and a giant Shark of some sort.  I didn't have the boat exactly anchored over the structure I wanted as on this day I was more focused on the opportunity for topwater action.

Day 3: Wednesday- Forecast was 10-15 SW, actual was 15-20 SW, seas 3-5 feet.  Again Gary Caputi with Saltwater Sportsman joined me for one more go to continue to try to build the story.  We had plenty of bait from the previous day so we headed straight to the BlackJack hole where we anchored over ledges in 220 feet.  We again played out the same scenario, but on this day the seas were a bit sloppier and the water color was milkier.  We did not encounter topwater action, but a drop to the bottom yielded a 15 pound Red Grouper and a couple of Amberjack before the anchor gave way under the seas.  I picked up the anchor and decided to move to the inshore structure in 170 feet where we again anchored.  This time I paid very close attention to getting set up right on top of the structure as I wanted to give the bottom fishing a serious shot.  We set up on a good spot and again hoped for topwater action, but other than the Kings, it just wasn't happening.  We shifted focus to the bottom and commenced a whooping on the Grouper-- Scamp and Gag grouper from 5-25 pounds bit one right after the next-- then big Mama hit and after a 20 second tug of war, I lost.  I'll be retooling with heavier line next time ( I was using 130#).  We boated 20 Grouper in a couple hours, releasing all but the biggest, and at 12:30pm with the seas picking up and the topwater action at nothing, we picked up and headed in.

Day 4: Thursday- forecast 10-15 SW, actually easy 15-20 with seas of 3-6 feet.  This was another fishing school as we took care of the ground school on Wednesday evening and thus fished the next day to practice what I had preached.  The theme of the day was that if you could fish in rough conditions, you could fish anytime.  We ran the ShowTime to the 100/400 where the fishing started slow.  At 10:30am we had our first opportunity and boated a Yellowfin.  The bite picked up from there as the Wahoo started chewing- we boated 4 wahoo between 20 and 48 pounds and lost several more on the hookup.  The seas actually subsided to 2-4 by the time we headed for home. 

Day 5: Friday- Last day.  Forecast was 15-20 SW, seas 4-6 feet, actual was 10 kt, seas 1-3 feet.  We had a party of 9 book both the Show Time and MacMarle'n so I took a party of 5 on the ShowTime and Capt. Roger and Capt. Charles took the party of 4 on the MacMarle'n.  We started at the 100/400 but found the water a bit cool at 70.5 degrees.  I headed offshore a bit to 400 feet where the water warmed to 72, but still was not was I was looking for.  Roger and I started trolling toward the BlackJack hole and the temperature steady began to rise.  Roger picked up a Yellowfin on the south side of the 100/400 and a couple miles later I picked up a double Yellowfin.  The water temperature rose to 72.5 by the time we reached the BlackJack and Roger came over the radio-"they're busting right up here in front of me....... (15 second interval)... whoopps, got'em on!"  From there it was a fish fest as both the ShowTime and MacMarle'n swooped down upon the fish like a Hawk on a field mouse.  To add to the fun, the Wahoo fired off and you never knew what was coming next.  The bite started at 11:00am and ended at 2:00pm with a dozen Tuna and half dozen Wahoo between us and many more fish with sore lips.  It was the best bite I had seen all week.
And then finally the wind blew too much to get out there, so here I am downloading pictures and telling stories.  The fish are out there.  I know Mother Nature hasn't been kind to you weekend fishermen, but if you get the chance, the fishing is excellent. 
It looks like we'll back on the water Weds. or so, stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Tuna Time" | Show Time | 04/19/05
 

Quick report from the stream. Decent catch of Yellowfin at Blackjack yesterday. Caught 5, lost several more and also managed to lose 2 wahoo. Back at it today. Will give better report asap.


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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/17/05
 

Weather has finally settled-we're set to go for next several days-- we'll have boats running to the Stream Mon-Weds at least as well as boats fishing nearshore for Sea Bass- We leave the dock for the Stream at 6am if anyone wants to follow us out the inlet and we are now monitoring VHF 18 -- see you on the water.


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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 04/13/05
 

We hit'em pretty hard yesterday while fishing the "MacMarle'n" hole on the north end of the Winyah Scarp.  The water temperature was a great 73.5 degrees and was clear blue.  We immediatelty went to work catching Yellowfin in the 20-35 pound range, catching them on ballyhoo, cedar plugs and splash bars.  At about 11am the wind shifted to the SE and picked up a bit and the Tuna shut down, but the Wahoo fired up.  I did laps around a commercial boat that was anchored and almost every pass we had a shot- we boated a 30 pounder and a 20 pounder and pulled the hooks on a bruiser that was an easy 50 RIGHT at the boat-- I mean right at- Roger was bending over to deliver the gaff shot when the hook flew over his left shoulder and the Wahoo swam off.  I moved my trolling efforts a little further to the south where the water temp dropped to 71.5 and the Blackfin Tuna were thick.  We only had an hour or so left but caught them as fast as we could get lines back in the water.  The day was action packed and a relief to see that the fish are finally here.  I'd say its open season from here on, so get down here and help us out.  Naturally the weather doesn't look too good this Saturday, but Sunday may be doable and Monday looks very good and we're scheduled to fish both days.


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"It's Official- The Fish Are Here" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 04/12/05
 

I will include a quick rundown of the catches today and post a more detailed report tomorrow.

Capt. Dirk Parsons and Capt. York Pharr on the Ci Ya boat brought back a 43lb yellowfin and 36lb wahoo today.  They reported numerous yellowfin battles that ended with fish breaking free just before going in the boat.  They fished around the MacMarle'n hole to the south in 73 degree water. 

Capt. Forrest Taylor, Capt. Rube McMullan, Capt. David Hooks and soon to be Captains Sumo and Adam Taylor took the brand new 36' Yellowfin That's My Dog on her first fishing trip today.  They headed to the 100/400 area and found beautiful Gulf Stream water.  They reported action from yellowfin tuna as soon as they arrived and then were attacked by a double header blue marlin!  That's right blue marlin are here now.  One of the fish threw the hook after the strike, but the second was not so lucky.  After a 2 hour fight on 30lb test the estimated 400lb blue was defeated by the crew, brought alonside the boat for pictures and a clean release.  What a way to break in a new boat.  Other than that the action was fairly slow at the 100/400 except for a few other mystery strikes. 

Capt. Brant and Capt. Roger were aboard the Showtime today for the final boat heading to the stream.  They guided a party out to the MacMarle'n hole and a little south.  Brant reported steady action all day mostly single hookups.  He mentioned several monster wahoo that pulled the hooks right next to the boat.  In all the Showtime came back with a Carolina Slam.  The final tally was 1 dolphin, 2 wahoo, and 9 tuna. 

We now have proof the fish are out there.  If the weather will cooperate we should have good fishing for the next several months.  Come on down and help us catch all these hungry fish that have been on holiday all winter.  Congratulation to all three boats out today and special congrats to the That's My Dog team and Forrest Taylor for the first blue marlin of the year off Ocean Isle. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"MARLIN!!" | Capt. Hook | 04/12/05
 

Forrest and Adam Taylor, Sumo, Rube, and myself headed to the bluewater for the shake down cruise of Forrest new 36 Yellowfin. It is powered by triple Mercury 275 Verados and it is one awsesome platform. I took the helm and headed to the 100-400 in a 4 foot sloppy sea and made 35 knots very comfortably and dry. Upon arrival we put lines out and trolled a short distance and bam we had 2 yellowfin on. We managed to get one in the boat and lost one. We went back over the mark and hooked up again, this fish was stronger. After about a 20 minute fight we had a mono separation and the fish was free. The line looked like it had been tooth cut. You guessed it we headed back over the mark and as we were all in deep conversation Rube shouted “ What a Marlin”, we turned around to see a big splash! Having no doubt he knew what he was talking about I joined him in the cockpit. Sure enough he billed up on our longline and was giving it a fit. I put the right rigger line in near free spool to let it fall back to where the action was and it went in to atomic meltdown. Rube looked over and asked have you got him? After a 3 second wait I pushed the lever up and set the Hook as I replied to Rube somebody has somebody!! Everyone started retrieving lines as Forrest turned the boat to make chase of the greyhounding beauty. The line on the spool of the 30 TW was only about ½ inch thick when the fish slowed down to jump again. He then made a mad dash straight at the boat and I reeled as fast as I could until my arm was about to fall off and I handed off to Forrest. Rube took the helm as Forrest regained the line to a full bent rod and the battle was on. Forrest, Adam, Sumo and myself all took turns on the rod as the fight neared the 90 minute mark. Rube stepped up and said I’ll go around with him. And let me tell you, a 400lb Marlin is no match for Capt’n Rube. He pumped the rod and the fish began moving again. At the 1 hour 45 minute mark Forrest was on the rod when the fish appeared!! Rube kept us positioned and as soon as I could I grabbed the leader and pulled the fish to where Sumo took him by the Bill!! It was a done deal. Adam managed a couple of pictures while the fish was at boatside. We cut a piece of mono for a measurement that ended up being 96 inches long. We worked the fish around to get a good flow of water across his gills and let him go with nothing hurt but his feelings. What a day!! People go to these exotic places to pursue Blue Marlin they ought to try the Gulfstream Waters off Ocean Isle Beach, NC!! Till next Time-----


- Capt. David Hooks
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"todays report" | Stori Teller | 04/11/05
 

This morning the fearless crew aboard the Stori Teller and myself left the fishing center with high hopes. The winds of yesterday had deminished to just barely a breeze so we decided to head out into the ocean and visit some of our nearshore reefs. Upon our arrival at the a.r 485 we immediately started marking mystery fish that eventually proved to be gray trout with a few bluefish mixed in. We were dropping  green sting silver jigs to the bottom and just jigging them vertically. This proved to be very effective on both species. The trout seemed to be positioned on the flats between the structures around the reef instead of right on top of it or just beside it as they usually are which made locating them a little tricky.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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