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"Spring Kickoff a Success!" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 03/21/05
 

We, at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, would like to thank everyone who came out on Saturday to our first Spring Kickoff.  Though the weather man wasn't kind, a good time was had by all.  The highlights of the event included a tournament king mackerel seminar hosted by Capt. Brant, Angler of the Year Dean Spatholt, and Capt. Barrett.  Also there were several other seminars throughout the day, a used tackle swap, and pig picking.  We appreciate everyone who used the off island parking shuttle system, which dramatically reduced any sign of a  traffic problem.  Judging by the large turnout for this first year's event despite the less than perfect weather, hopefully we will be able to grow the event and turn it into a yearly event. 

Now that the season has officially started it's time to go fishing.  It's still early in the week but the long range forecast for this weekend is shaping up nicely.  Right now Friday's forecast is for light and variable winds.  It's Gulf Stream time!  Come on down for Easter weekend and help us round up the yellowfin tuna and wahoo that are probably about to starve waiting on us. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Shallotte Inlet buoys pulled by Coast Guard" | Carolina Contender | 03/21/05
 

The Coast Guard pulled our inlet buoys Friday afternoon/evening.To my knowledge there was no advance notice to the Town or anyone. I called them and asked definition as to what standard CG uses in making decision to pull the buoys. We use the inlet every day and other than low tide it is not a problem. Soon as we can find out what's what we'll be back to you.

They replaced buoys at Lockwood.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Seminar Parking Shuttle" | Carolina Contender | 03/18/05
 

It's sounding like we will have a large turn out for our Spring kick off tomorrow therefore it will be important for everyone to please use the free shuttle we will be running. Park at our new shopping center[behind Citgo at stoplight on mainland side] and our shuttle will bring you here to the OIFC. No hassel, no parking problem. Please help us out by using the shuttle as there will not be parking available here at the Fishing Center.

Come join the fun and camaradie. Free how to seminars, free pig pickin, free used tackle sale tables. Bring your retired equipment and give it a chance for a new life. Starts at 11:00am.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"At Least We Can Talk Fishing" | Carolina Contender | 03/17/05
 

Mother Nature is NOT being nice to us itchy fishermen.  Rain and wind are the rule and looks to continue for the next several days.  BUT, Saturday looks like a nice day for our Spring Kickoff and I've gotten alot of inquiries about the day.  I think we'll have a good crowd of fishermen there to enjoy the food, seminars, tackle trade/sell and SUFIX line spooling promo.  In case you missed it, here's what's on tap

OIFC- Saturday, March 19th- 11am-4pm
***PARKING*** The shuttle will be running from off-island to the OIFC- if there is no parking at OIFC, ride the shuttle- easy*****
-Used tackle swap/sale- bring your own tackle and
trade or sell it with other fishermen
- SUFIX line spooling promo- all line is $.01/yard.
-Free Pig Pickin' at 12pm
-Free Seminars
11am- Dean Spatholt, Capt. Brant & Capt. Barrett McMullan - Kingfishing Tactics
1pm- Capt. David Hooks- Flounder and Trout tactics
2pm- Capt. Barrett McMullan-  Yellowfin Tuna tactics
3pm- Capt. Brant McMullan- Grouper tactics
4pm- OIFC Staff- Castnet throwing lessons
 It's all free and best of all, an excuse to talk fishing.  Come on by.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"CCA Meeting" | Ocean Isle Fishing Center Team | 03/14/05
 

The Ocean Isle Fishing Center is pleased to host a organizational meeting for the Coastal Conservation Association[CCA] for the purpose of establishing a CCA chapter for Brunswick County. The CCA is a leader in dealing with fishing conservation issues throughout the US and North Carolina. Their web site is www.ccanc.org. The meeting will be held March 29 at 6:00pm here at the OIFC. Please come and here the CCA story.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"SAVE OUR POGIES" | Carolina Contender | 03/11/05
 

Thanks to our computer guru[who works for free], Brandon Sauls of Intercoastal Net Design, our www.saveourpogies.com web site is now set up so all you have to do is click on your legislator of choice and you can send him a email letter electronically.Simply now to let them hear from you regarding pogy deal. Let em have it will both barrels!


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"SAVE OUR POGIES" | Carolina Contender | 03/11/05
 

Thanks to our computer guru[who works for free], Brandon Sauls of Intercoastal Net Design, our www.saveourpogies.com web site is now set up so all you have to do is click on your legislator of choice and you can send him a email letter electronically.Simply now to let them hear from you regarding pogy deal. Let em have it will both barrels!


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Shrimp Advisory Committee Meeting" | Carolina Contender | 03/11/05
 

I mentioned in previous post that the Shrimp Advisory Committee will be meeting Tuesday March 15 at Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia. The meeting will be held 6:00pm at the Commissioners Chambers, 75 Courthouse Drive.

The committee will be focusing on trawling in the intercoastal and creeks waters of Brunswick County and if you have an opinion on this issue I strongly encourage to attend the meeting. It is important all sides of this issue are heard. The shrimp trawlers have made it known they will be attending in numbers.

The Committee's role is to make recommendations to the Mraine Fisheries Commission as to how shrimp should be managed. Obviously this is a very important subject to our Brunswick County waters.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Blown out" | Mac Marle'n | 03/10/05
 

We had trips to the Stream on Fri and Sat but Mother Nature isn't going to let it happen- stay tuned for a report-- don't forget next Sat to come to OIFC for Spring Kickoff--
OIFC- Saturday, March 19th- 11am-4pm
***PARKING*** The shuttle will be running from off-island to the OIFC- if there is no parking at OIFC, ride the shuttle- easy*****
-Used tackle swap/sale- bring your own tackle and
trade or sell it with other fishermen
- SUFIX line spooling promo- all line is $.01/yard.
-Free Pig Pickin' at 12pm
-Free Seminars
11am- Dean Spatholt, Capt. Brant & Capt. Barrett McMullan - Kingfishing Tactics
1pm- Capt. David Hooks- Flounder and Trout tactics
2pm- Capt. Barrett McMullan-  Yellowfin Tuna tactics
3pm- Capt. Brant McMullan- Grouper tactics
4pm- OIFC Staff- Castnet throwing lessons


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Spring Kickoff- March 19th" | Carolina Contender | 03/08/05
 

OIFC- Saturday, March 19th- 11am-4pm
***PARKING*** The shuttle will be running from off-island to the OIFC- if there is no parking at OIFC, ride the shuttle- easy*****
-Used tackle swap/sale- bring your own tackle and
trade or sell it with other fishermen
- SUFIX line spooling promo- all line is $.01/yard.
-Free Pig Pickin' at 12pm
-Free Seminars
11am- Dean Spatholt, Capt. Brant & Capt. Barrett McMullan - Kingfishing Tactics
1pm- Capt. David Hooks- Flounder and Trout tactics
2pm- Capt. Barrett McMullan-  Yellowfin Tuna tactics
3pm- Capt. Brant McMullan- Grouper tactics
4pm- OIFC Staff- Castnet throwing lessons
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"OIFC- March 19th- Spring Kickoff Get Together" | Carolina Contender | 03/07/05
 

OIFC- Saturday, March 19th- 11am-4pm
***PARKING*** The shuttle will be running from off-island to the OIFC- if there is no parking at OIFC, ride the shuttle- easy*****
-Used tackle swap/sale- bring your own tackle and trade or sell it with other fishermen
-Free Pig Pickin' at 12pm
-Free Seminars
     11am- Dean Spatholt (2004 SKA Angler of the Year), Capt. Brant & Capt. Barrett McMullan - Kingfishing Tactics
      1pm- Capt. David Hooks-
      2pm- Capt. Barrett McMullan-  Yellowfin Tuna Tactics
      3pm- Capt. Brant McMullan- Grouper Tactics
      4pm- OIFC Staff- Castnet throwing lessons
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Shrimp Advisory Committee Meeting" | Carolina Contender | 03/05/05
 

I serve on the Shrimp Advisory Committee which is mandated by the NC State Legislature to make reccomendations to the Marine Fisheries Commission as to how shrimp should be managed in our state waters. Next Tuesday we will be focusing on our Brunswick County waters and a meeting will be held at the Brunswick County Government complex in Bolivia at 6:00pm March 15. The hot issue is whether trawling in the intercoastal waterway and creeks should be stopped. On one side of the issue are the shrimpers who say they should be allowed to continue shrimping this area as they have for many years. On the other side are those who say the intercoastal waterway and creeks are estaurie area where junvenile fish are hatched and grow until they are large enough to travel to the ocean. To allow trawling in this very narrow water body decimates these junvenile fish including flounder, trout, redfish, grouper, red snapper, king mackerel, ect as they have no room to escape the trawls and nets.

If you have an opinion on this subject please come to the meeting as it is very important for the Committee to hear both sides of the issue.

Thanks. Rube McMullan


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Its Gettin Time" | Capt. Hook | 03/02/05
 

Its been a long winter and the past few days have reinterated that fact. But as you have noticed the days are getting longer which means Spring is coming. We start our Gulfstream trips this month and will run them until mid June or the water gets too warm for things to be productive. As the weather and water warms by mid April everything should be going off!! Bonita, Kings, Bottomfish, Yellowfin, Wahoo, Mahi to name a few. So its time to get your trip booked, or blow the dust of your reels and make sure your boat is ready to roll!!
See ya on the water!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"SAVE OUR POGIES" | Carolina Contender | 03/01/05
 

Please go to SAVE OUR POGIES  web site[www.saveourpogies.com] for update on our effort to ban commercial menhaden netting from our beaches. We need your help! 


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Weekend Outlook" | Carolina Contender | 02/25/05
 

The weather this weekend appears to shaping up.  I wouldn't call it a Chamber of Commerce type forecast but should be good enough for at least some black bass adventures.  Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning are forecasted for light winds and slight seas.  The shark hole and areas similar in 70+ feet of water will be the black bass hot holes.  For those who want to venture out further the monster blue head black bass and vermillion snapper are holding in 110 feet of water.  The gulf stream will continue to stay active with wahoo and as the weather continues to warm the yellowfin tuna get closer.  The MacMarle'n will be on the water tomorrow afternoon for a black bass trip so give Capt. Roger a call on channel 11 if you're out there- it gets lonely out there this time of year. 

For those not fishing this weekend but thinking about fishing check out our boats for sale link on our webpage or click here http://www.oifishingcenter.com/boats_for_sale.cfm.  There are a couple of super good deals of guys who are expecting new boats for the upcoming season and are selling there old ones.  The Capt. Hook boat, a proven fish catching machine is a 31' Contender with a cuddy cabin and is at the top of the list.  This boat has brand new power not a single hour on the engines.  Check it out, you may just find yourself a new ride for the upcoming season. 

The best news about the fishing this week is this is the last week of February.  That means March is here- game on!  Inshore black bass galore, wahoo central, tuna time, and even an offshore king mack attack might be in the cards.  Prep time is over, it's time to put that gear into action. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Cabin Fever Cured!" | Mac Marle'n | 02/21/05
 

Light and slight was the forecasted weather for yesterday so Saturday afternoon Capt. Rube, Capt. Brant and I dusted off the Gulf Stream gear and untangled a few lures from the "winter project" pile and loaded up the MacMarle'n for a Gulf Stream fishing adventure.  We departed Shallotte inlet just after 6am accompanied by the Captains Choice and Jimmy Powell who had the same gameplan in mind of heading to the blackjack hole.  Before leaving the dock I had checked out a satellite image of the break and there seemed to be a few degree temp break forming on the Steeples and running towards the Blackjack.  The ride out could'nt have been any smoother and just as the computer showed when we arrived to the blackjack hole we encountered a 3 degree temp change on the eastern side.  It wasn't the typical Gulf Stream blue water, but it was a clear blue/green and the temps were between 67 and 70 degrees.  The fishing action was fairly consistent starting at about 10:30 when we got our first flury of bites on swimming plugs and cedar plugs.  By 1:30pm we decided to make our way home to give us time to stop for some bottom fishing.  The Gulf Stream fishing yielded 10 strikes for the MacMarle'n with a poor batting average by only putting 2 of the 10 in the boat.  The big fish of the day was a 60lb wahoo followed by a 20lb blackfin tuna.  The bites we missed were most certainly wahoo strikes.  So, I am here to report the Gulf Stream is alive.  For the next month we can expect decent wahoo action with blackfin mixed in.  It is important we pick and choose the right weather days as well as pay close attention to the satellite images of water temperatures.  The bottom fishing scene was even more impressive than the Gulf Stream.  We stopped on the way in at the 150/350 bottoms in 100 to 115' and had a ball with the black sea bass and vermillion snapper.  The deeper water seems to be holding the bigger bass.  Yesterdays catch of bass was one of the best I've seen as far as quality fish goes.  Most of the fish were over 2.5lbs and were as big as 4lbs.  Now there is no more excuses for not giving it a go out there.  The fish are there now, but like always it's a matter of being in the right place when they are hungry. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Weekend looks fishable" | Carolina Contender | 02/17/05
 

Saturday looks like a seabass kind of day. Sunday looks like gulf stream material. Come on down and help us catch some of these fish.


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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 02/15/05
 

The weather has actually been decent over the past week or so, offering several days for fishermen to get offshore.  We ran a couple of 1/2 day trips and found plenty of 10-14" Sea Bass along with lots of Spiny Dog Sharks while fishing 60+ feet of water.  If you are looking for the bigger Bass, they're holding in 75-100' of water along with a variety of Snapper types-- the Grouper are mostly off in 130+ feet.  There were a few boats that made a Stream trip this weekend and reports were'nt the best but encouraging.  Those that fished the BlackJack had little luck other than a few Blackfin Tuna- the water was more green at 70.5 degrees-- The reported conditions looked good and there were lots of bait marks.  Another boat fished to the north off the Same Ole' and had a Blackfin, Yellowfin and Wahoo- the water was also green at 69.5 degrees.  It's still early yet, but if you can find a warm water eddy of 72+ degrees that kicks in over the 180' break, you can have a banner day this time of year- otherwise it's a bit early as we look to get going by early to mid March.
We'll keep you posted on the latest-- the weekend's weather looks nice, so pencil it in as a good fishing opportunity and we'll confirm on Thursday once we get a strong handle on what the weather is going to do.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 02/13/05
 

The good news is the weather man had it nailed.  It was an absolutely glorious day here at Ocean Isle with sunny skies, temps into the 60's and light winds.  The bad news is the fish weren't as excited about the weather as the fishermen were.  The boats that I am aware of that fished the Gulf Stream today came up empty handed.  Capt. Roger was on board one of the boats and reported marking what he though were tuna about 150 feet down.  He felt like they were there but just not feeding.  Not sure if they were bluefin or yellowfin.  I'll get a more detailed report from him tomorrow ie water temp, color, depth ect.  The nearshore action was a different story.  I captained the MacMarle'n for 1/2 day afternoon black sea bass mission and found plenty of them.  My first stop was offshore of the 7 mile boxcar in 55 feet of water, but found no immediate takers.  I opted to make the run on out to the Shark Hole where I joined several other boats on a bass whacking mission.  The action was hot and heavy between the nice sized bass and the spiny dog sharks.  In just a couple hours of fishing we had a limit of 1 to 3 lb bass and called it a day.  While the Gulf Stream fishing did not fire off today, that doesn't mean it couldn't happen any day now.  This is the time of year when we just have to take some gambles and give it a shot out there.  There is no telling when you're going to hit that warm pocket of water or concentration of bait and all 6 lines go to screaming.  Gulf Stream action will pick up steam in March and firing on all cylinders by April.  For now, we can take our shots as the weather allows and at the very least we can always get out there and put some fresh black bass on the dinner table. 


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"Report coming" | Mac Marle'n | 02/12/05
 

For everybody huddled up around the fire place who are probably seeing the first signs of cabin fever, no fear a fishing report is in the making.  Today Capt. Brant and Capt. Roger took a 1/2 day afternoon trip for some sea bass yanking around the Little River offshore reef.  Brant reported fairly steady action but believes the bigger fish are still holding offshore in more than 75 feet.  Tomorrow the forecast is for light and variable winds, a rarity for the month of Febuary but a great invitation to check out the wahoo scene in the bluewater.  Capt. Dirk Parsons on the C Ya' boat and Jimmy Powell on his Hydra Sports boat will be heading to the Gulf Stream in search of whatever gets into their way.  This time of year the Gulf Stream can be magical or a desert.  If they encounter pockets of warmer water they may be in for a fun filled day of catching.  In past years we have caught yellowfin tuna sparingly during this time but the main action typically comes from hungry wahoo up to 100lbs.  Also, I wouldn't be surprised if they run across a bluefin tuna somewhere along the way.  The speculation will be hopefully be over tomorrow afternoon assuming the weather man has it called right.  I will report back in with their findings tomorrow evening.  I believe they are attempting to head in the direction of the Steeples and will be monitoring channel 11 for anyone who wants to give them a call.  Stay tuned.  Here are a few pics to from this past springs action just to give you a little taste of what's right around the corner.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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