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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 01/11/05
 

Well, nobody else took me up on the available boat for Tuesday and you did miss out.  Capt. Barrett reported hooking up to 4 Giant Tuna and landing 2 between 11am and 1pm.  The fish had moved some 20 miles from the previous day, but they were again discovered and provided awesome action.  Tomorrow Barrett and I are going after the 20lb world record (248 lbs) and then the weather looks to go bad until the end of the weekend to early next week-- stay tuned.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Who Wants to Catch a Bluefin on Tuesday??" | Show Time | 01/09/05
 

The weather looks awesome for Tuesday (seas 1-3 feet) and I've got the ShowTime open and ready to deliver you to Giant Bluefin Tuna action.  The bite has been very good the past few days and should continue.  Give me a call (910) 575-3474 xt 3 to get set up-- $1050 for party of up to 4

Capt. Barrett did not end up going today due to the weather but will be back at them aboard the Carolina Contender on Monday- stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin Report" | Carolina Contender | 01/08/05
 

Capt. Brant again reporting for Capt. Barrett who reported today as one of the hotter Bluefin bites of the season thus far.  The fish have moved back closer to Beaufort inlet and were caught between the Shad Buoy and the Knuckle buoy some 12-16 miles out.  Capt. Barrett reported hooking up at around 7 am and then again around 9 am before the bite cooled down and the crew had enough action from the 250-350 pounders. 
The weather has been decent with seas avg. 2-4 feet and with it so warm, its like a walk in the park compared to often encountered freezing temps.  Anyway, the Bluefin holding on the West side of the Lookout shoals this time of year is a bit odd, but explains to me what I think has been a season that is a bit behind schedule.  Typically the Bluefin school up on the East side of the shoals during Jan as that is where the warm water eddies up- however this season its been warmer than normal with more stable weather than normal and thus the fish seem to be more scattered over a larger area- especially evidenced by yesterday where Barrett caught 2 Bluefin that were some 15 miles apart. 
Stay tuned for more reports as Barrett continues to fly the Fishing Center flag as he will again be back at them tomorrow--
If you're interested in booking a trip, contact Capt. Brant at (910) 575-3474 xt 3


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefin Report" | Carolina Contender | 01/07/05
 

This is Capt. Brant reporting for Capt. Barrett who is currently guiding a party out of Morehead City in search of Bluefin.  As of noon, Capt. Barrett reports releasing two Giants in the 300-450 pound range.  The first fish bit within minutes of setting the first line while fishing an area known as the Northwest Places.  Later that morning, Capt. Barrett moved to the east side of Cape Lookout Shoals near the "P" buoy where he and crew hooked and released a monster 450+ pounder.  According to Barrett there was good fish sign at both spots and he felt encouraged by what he had seen.  Capt. Barrett is back on the water with this group again on Saturday, so stay tuned for more updates.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"OIFC Year End Catch Tally" | Carolina Contender | 01/06/05
 

The following list includes the heaviest fish per specie weighed in on Ocean Isle Fishing Center scales and recorded on our catch board.  Congratulations to each of the anglers for outstanding catches and who are now recognized for having caught the biggest fish per specie in the year 2004 out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  The 2005 season is now underway so remember to come by and get an early start on the leaderboard that is displayed for the thousands of people that pass by each year.  In addition to being recognized on the record board also feel free to post your fishing report, good or bad, on the fishing report board located next to the record board in the upstairs main breeze way.  For those who weighed fish in 2004 for NC citations, typically the state will send them out in the Spring time.  The 2005 state citation program is now underway.  Here are the best catches of 2004 as they were reported to the OIFC.

King Mackerel- Northern Lights, Don Hansen, 6-9-04, 41.4 lbs 

Yellowfin Tuna- I Love Lucy, Jim Mclain & Rick Alexander, 3-27-04, 68.25lbs*

Dolphin- Show Time, Ronald Ellenbolt, 5-13-04, 37.15lbs

Wahoo- Show Time, Richard Haumann, 10-1-04, 75.9 *

Cobia- Capt. Hook, D. Monte, 5-13-04, 50.25lbs

Spanish Mackerel- James Herring III, 7-8-04, 6.7lbs

Flounder- Hookem Up, Jeff Beck, 9-15-04, 7.6lbs

Speckled Trout- Brent Banks, 12-5-04, 8.35lbs*

Black Sea Bass- D. Wachter, 4-7-04, 3.15lbs

Grouper- Carolina Contender, Dean Spatholt, 11-8-04, 21.2lbs

Blue Marlin- Happy Hour, Mack Washum, (release estimated 700lber)

Sheepshead- Steve Prevette, 5-25-04, 5.15lbs

Red Snapper- Carolina Contender, Barrett McMullan, 11-8-04, 14.8lbs*

Sailfish (the following released anglers released sailfish):
Timberwolf, Chad Malone, 7-30-04
Team Triton/Sarah Jo, Charles Edens Jr., 7-3-04
Traveller, Jeff Griffin, 6-3-04
Hot Rod Marlin, Graham Bryde, 5-22-04

* - All time OIFC record


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefin Report" | Show Time | 01/05/05
 

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We've been out of town fishing under this awesome weather for eight days straight.  We started on the 28th but the fishing was not up to par.  I've always said that of all the fish I pursue, Bluefin are the most random and mysterious.  Most fish you can figure out where they are and why they are there within a short time.  However, with Bluefin they can be almost anywhere as their preferred temperature range is 52-70 degrees-- and that's a big area.  As such, they all but disappeared from the 28th-30th before showing up on the 31st.  Commercial season then came in on the 2nd and although the fishing was still not what it has been in December and certainly not years past, there were fish around to be caught.  When I left fishing on the 4th there was more bait around for the Bluefin to eat than I have ever seen.  The conditions were good and I feel like with the commercial season over, the Bluefin should be poised to show up and provide great charter fishing action.
Here are some photos of catches over the past week we've been fishing.  In 8 days of fishing we had 10 bites and caught 5 Bluefin between 250 and 450 pounds.


We have dates open to go Giant Tuna fishing still available--
Cost- $1050 for up to 4 people
Schedule- Fish from Portside Marina in Morehead City-- leave dock at 5:30am and return by 2pm
Available dates-
Jan- 9-14, 16, 17-19, 21-23
If you book more than 1 day to fish, I will block off an additional "weather day" on the calendar to offer the best chance to fish.
Call (910) 575-3474 xt 3 to book or get more info.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Frying Pan bite still on" | Carolina Contender | 01/04/05
 

Boats fishing today continue to report excellent fishing in the Frying Pan tower area. Kings thick, and some of the biggest sea bass I have seen-3-5lbers.

Weather looks perfect again this weekend. Small cold front coming through Thursday will give us light north winds Friday and Saturday going from Northeast to South which will usually lay out to flat. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the amazing weather and fishing we're having. Can't last forever.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Bluefin update" | Carolina Contender | 01/02/05
 

The Bluefin bite is back on after several unusual slow days. We hit them hard today, Capt's Brant/Roger/Barrett/Hooks all caught good fish. Back at them tomorrow for last 2 days of commercial season. From then on through February we will be charter fishing for these incredible fish. Come join us for an amazing angling experience as we fish for [and catch] monsters 500lbs +.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Frying Pan Tower bite is on" | Carolina Contender | 01/02/05
 

They're chewing the bottom out of the boats fishing the Frying Pan Tower area. Kings/Grouper/Seabass/Beeliners/Snapper/Triggerfish. Also reports of Blackfin. Water temperature 70degrees. Inshore look for the trout/redfish bite to crank back up as the water warms from the amazing weather we are experiencing.

There is a proper time to sit around the fireplace but this ain't it. The weather looks to contiunue summer this week so if you're not here my recomendation is to bribe your boss with the promise of fresh fish and come on down.We all know this weather pattern can't last so be sure to enjoy this amazing treat from mother nature while we have it. 


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Kings are back" | Capt. Hook | 12/31/04
 

Capt Hook fished today and happy to report we got em good at Frying Pan Tower and wrecks in general area. Kings bit like bulldogs on dead cigars. Also caught Amberjack and Grouper. water temperature 70degrees.

Also had report from Jimmy Powell that he caught Yellowfin and Albacore around Tower.

Forecast tomorrow SLIGHT AND LIGHT! 


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Report update" | Carolina Contender | 12/30/04
 

Just as the Bluefin mysteriously appear off Morehead each winter, for the last several days they have likewise mysteriously disappeared. Brant reports the entire Morehead charter fleet has drawn a blank last several days. Today a group of the fleet went down to Wrightsville thinking the fish may have moved south. No fish were reported. Best news came from Ocean Isle boats that reported excellent looking conditions at the Horeshoe/Raritan/Sharkhole area where bait and ganents were seen. One potential hookup was reported but the fish was lost on the strike. The weather looks perfect throughout the weekend so hopefully somebody will solve the mystery.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful" | Carolina Contender | 12/30/04
 

Amazing run of perfect weather for this time of year. Forecast throughout the weekend is SLIGHT AND LIGHT; the favorite words of all fishermen.All options are open. Capt Rhett reports 12-15 boats out today covering everthing from sea bass to Bluefin. Will update report of whats where this evening.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Start New Year off right" | Carolina Contender | 12/27/04
 

Allright all you fishermen sitting around the fireplace. Get up! Go fishing! The weather looks great for the weekend[starting Thursday] and I can't think of a better way to kick off the new year than by yanking on a fish of your choice. Here's what's on the menu board.

-The biggest sea bass of the year bite during the winter and can be found at any of the King Mackerel rocks/ledges from within 5 miles to on out.This is without doubt our best eating fish in the sea.
-The Kings are thick on the ledges sw and ne of the Tower. Look at temperature maps[we'll post info later this week] and if the water temp is 65 or up[which it normally is this time of the year], they will be there.Dead cigars is all you need.
-Gulf Stream normally has a few wahoo hanging around plus fairly dependable Blackfin tuna with possible Yellowfin as well.
-And then of course, there is the Bluefin Tuna quest. We're waiting for someone to come in to the OIFC with one caught in our waters. Look for the Ganents diving and if you see them, good chance the Bluefins are balling the bait the Ganents are diving on. All's needed is blue/pink islander or seawitch and you're in the game.Catch one and we're [along with the Chamber of Commerce] ready to make you a hero.

So no excuses, get on down here and enjoy this short term winter weather break.
 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Merry Chrismas from Caroline Grace and family" | Carolina Contender | 12/25/04
 

Merry Christmas and happy holidays.  Its a cold, rainy and dreery day at the beach- perefect for sleeping by the fire with dad while he watches football.  Mom and dad have been dressing me up like a Barbie doll in all my different Christmas outfits, but I guess I don't mind letting them have their fun.  I could hardly sleep last night waiting for Santa, then when it was finally time to open presents, I couldn't help myself and I fell sound asleep.  But then, I woke up and my mommy had opened all my presents.  She's kind of bad with presents.  She can't stand not to know what's in them.  Anyway, I got clothes, a CD boom box with some cool nursery songs (I'm hoping for Britney Spears CD's next year), a puppet duck that quacks, some books for my mom and dad to read me and all sorts of other neat things.  We're going over to visit my Grandma and Granddad Gales in a little while to continue our Christmas party. 
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night--  Thanks Santa
signed- Caroline Grace McMullan --
Here are some pictures of my first Christmas-- I'm a big girl you know-- 5 whole weeks!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Yesterday's Report" | Show Time | 12/23/04
 

Guided a party aboard the "ShowTime" for Bluefin. The seas were 2-4 feet with a north to east wind.  We set out southeast of the Knuckle buoy and before I could get the second bait out we had him on.  The fish was brought alongside the boat and released-- estimated 72 inches and 200 pounds.  I proceeded to again get the baits out and before I could get the 2nd line set we again had him on-- this fish was a bit bigger at some 85-90 inches and 300-350 pounds.  We began fishing again and this time got all the baits out.  The action slowed as the half dozen or so boats around us hooked up at random.  Finally at 12:30pm we got our last bite which proved to be a mean monster.  The Giant Bluefin took off some 400 yards and was fought for nearly 45 minutes before the hooks finally pulled as it was brought along boatside.  This Bluefin was large, at some 90-95 inches and 400+ pounds.  It was a good day of charter fishing and nice to be out there without 500 boats buzzing around chasing the same fish. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Giant Bluefin Adventues" | Carolina Contender | 12/21/04
 

Bluefin fishing out of Morehead City remained consistent over the weekend.  There are plenty of fish out there, but it becomes a challenge when there are between 200 and 400 boats chasing the same fish.  Nevertheless most boats found action at some point from Thursday thru Sunday.  The Ocean Isle Fishing Center fleet faired very well in our so-called outmatched center consoles as labeled by the northern big boat fleet.  Captains Hook, Grady, Stacy, Roger, Brant, Squid, Henry and Barrett all had catches of giant bluefins over the weekend.  Each of these captains and their crew have some pretty amazing fish stories to tell from Grady's 3 and 1/2 hour bout to Roger and Henry's 600 + lber that got away after a 2 and 1/2 hour battle to Brant and Barrett's defying Mother Ocean's wrath at the Cape Lookout Slough in a 30 knot SW wind.  These fish stories require more than a keyboard as I'm sure they will be told once or twice around the Fishing Center.  As for now the commercial season has ended until the beginning of January and the Fishing Center fleet will be running charters between now and New Year's and then again after the first part of January.  This past week the fish showed up on the east side of the shoals around the 1700 rocks and the D-wreck.  As the weekend progressed the fish moved closer to the shoals and eventually re-concentrated offshore of the knuckle buoy on schools of shad.  Here are a few pictures of the fish caught this week ranging from 200 to 500 lbs. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefin update" | Carolina Contender | 12/19/04
 

Just got back from Bluefinning. Ocean Isle fleet doing well. Capt's Brant/Roger/Barrett/Hooks/Grady/Stacy all had luck last couple days with fish over 500lbs. Capt Roger and first mate Henry fought one for 3 hours only to loose him at the gaft but drank some gator aid and couple hours later caught another monster 500lber. Today last day of fishing for commercial season so they're back at it today.

At Ocean Isle yesterday JR Davis on the Huckleberry went looking for the Bluefin in our waters. Reported seeing mass of Ganents diving 5 miles inside of Shark Hole on balled bait. Didn't get a hit but if the Ganents are there diving on balled bait.....well, what's out there that swims in mid 50 degree waters and is big enough to ball bait for the Ganents to be able to dive on? The Bluefin mystery is still waiting for a local hero to unlock it. Also reported good sea bass and grouper action.

Kings are thick at ledges sw and ne of Frying Pan. Pick your day and come on down and go fishing as amazingly some of our best fishing of the year is right now in the dead of winter.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"It's a Bluefin weekend" | Carolina Contender | 12/16/04
 

Weather for Friday/Saturday/Sunday looks perfect. Light northwest winds. The perfect condition for all you fishermen to get away from the fireplace and get down here and try to find the Bluefin off our waters.

If you want to try here's the basic down and dirty.

Your heavy gulfstream gear will work. Penn 50's or Tiagra 50's. A blue/white or blue/pink Islander or large Seawitch with a horse ballyhoo is what it takes. Run 2 lines up top and one down on a large planner with rubber band connection. Look for Ganents diving. This is a large bird that dives very deep[10-15 feet deep]. He dives on balled bait. Bluefin ball the bait hence find the Ganents and you've found the Bluefin. They have been reported to have been seen in the SharkHole area. 65 feet of water seems to be magic depth but they will be whereever the bait is.

The specific gear set up we use are Tiagra 30 with a custom made rod we had made for us by Versetec[we like lighter equipment as we fight fish standup] spooked with approx 500 yards of 130lb dacron with a 100 foot top shot of 130lb mono.Our lures are rigged with 15 feet 200lb flourcarbon. Since we fight standup you will need a harness and belt. We put approx 30-40lbs of drag[all that you, not the fish, can stand]. When you get the fish on fight him King Mackerel style i.e. angler to front of boat and chase the fish down. He will run several hundred yards on strike.

That will get you into the game. Refinements can come with experience. Be careful as these are VERY large fish. Don't get wrapped in leader or line when bringing fish to boat. If you need any help come by OIFC. Give us a report.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Back at the Bluefin" | Carolina Contender | 12/15/04
 

Winds laying out starting tomorrow and Capt's Brant/Barrett/Roger will be back at it working on the Giant Bluefin.Got word today of 3 Giants caught 20 miles off Murrells Inlet.Last week we had word of fish caught off Hilton Head. I'm telling you fishermen they are here off our waters! I'll offer $100 gift card to first boat to come to OIFC with a Bluefin caught in our waters. What we need is for bunch of boats to get out there and find the fish. The Murrells Inlet fish were caught in 65 feet of water. That's same depth we normally fish for them in Morehead. Most likely spots should be Shark Hole/ Dale Grissett/York Hole or wrecks that are close to Frying Pan Shoals. At Morehead they tend to hang close to Cape Lookout Shoals.

Weather looks good for next several days so come on guys; get down here and let's go to work.If you need help on getting set up come see us at OIFC.  


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Bluefin Report" | Show Time | 12/14/04
 

We've been grounded for the past couple of days waiting for the wind to settle down so we can get back after the Giant Bluefin.  To this point the commercial fishing season has been in full affect and the catches have been good.  However, the pressure on the fish is incredible and thus it makes it difficult to catch one, much less more than one fish in a day.  The commercial season will be ending on Dec 20 and that's when we'll really tear them up.  The recreational fishing season has been OK'd by the Marine Fisheries and you will be able to keep 1 fish per day less than 73 inches in length. 
If you're considering going, a great time to go would be between Dec 21 and Dec 31 as there will only be recreational fishing. 
Nonetheless, the bite is on and we'll be back after them on Thursday.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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