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"WEATHER NOTICE- Fall Brawl King Classic" | Carolina Contender | 10/14/04
 

IMPORTANT!!!

In an effort to be fair and practical to fishermen, the 2004 Fall Brawl is making an adjustment to its fishing day schedule.  Fishermen may fish EITHER Saturday or Sunday.  Fishermen that choose to fish Saturday must declare Saturday their fish day by 7am Saturday morning via telephone.  Fishermen should call the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at (910) 575-FISH to declare Saturday their fish day.  If you do not declare Saturday a fish day by 7am, Sunday will automatically become your designated day to fish
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The Capt. Meeting and registration will still take place on Friday from 2pm-8pm and weigh-in times will be the same as advertised except extend to include Sunday with the Awards and Oyster roast moved to Sunday evening at 8pm.

 

Again, you may choose to fish EITHER Saturday or Sunday but must declare Saturday via telephone by 7am on Saturday morning.  ALSO, registration will close Friday evening- you may not enter the tournament after Friday.

 

Call Capt. Brant at (910) 575-3474 with questions
-Capt. Brant McMullan


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl offsite parking" | Carolina Contender | 10/12/04
 

Fall Brawl Fishermen. Please make use of the offsite parking on the mainland side of the bridge. Our shuttle will begin running Friday at 4:00-10:00. There is NO PARKING available on the island so please use the shuttle. No hassel; no traffic. Thanks.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Updated weather forecast for Fall Brawl" | Carolina Contender | 10/12/04
 

That J. Cantorie guy is driving me crazy. First the cold front is coming thru and then it's not and now today he's changed opinion again and it is coming thru. So, cold front coming thru Friday. Winds will go to SW in front of front, then to west Friday evening and night, and Saturday to the northwest. The wind will be10-15 out of the north Saturday morning[therefore calm close to beach] and laying all day Saturday. You will be able to comfortably fish the River Channel/Yaupon/90/90 in morning and if you want to move off to Shark Hole/Jungle in afternoon, the wind and seas should lay on out to flat. As you've read on other reports, bite hot at River Channel. Also heard of 40+ coming off of Myrtle Beach Rocks. The water is full of greenie's and I think that's what's got the kings chewing.

Come on down and get into the action!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/12/04
 

Its classic Carolina King Mackerel fishing.  The Fall fishing is HOTT and the Kings are biting like bulldogs.  We've been having a ball fishing the end of the Cape Fear River Channel.  However, the bite is strong most anywhere from 40-60 feet of water.  Don't miss the Fall Brawl this weekend.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"River Channel report" | Carolina Contender | 10/11/04
 

Just got in from full day trip at River Channel. The hot bite continues. Classic fall King fishing. Mid teens to mid twenties fish. Several caught today in 30's at channel.Bait tuff this morning but plenty available this afternoon.Had probably 20 shots, lots of action.They're chewing; come on down and get in on the fun!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"River Channel report" | Carolina Contender | 10/11/04
 

Late yesterday afternoon bite of big fish developed at River Channel. Two fish in mid 40's, others high 30's.

On Fall Brawl weather lookout; as of today it looks like the cold front we were looking for is going to stall out and not make it here. Winds will shift to SW Wednesday/Thursday going to west Friday and I still think they will lay out Friday evening and be good for Saturday. Stay tuned.

Fishing River Channel today so we have new report this evening.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"River Channel on fire" | Carolina Contender | 10/10/04
 

Just returned from 1/2 day charter. Kings smoking at River Channel. Sky rocketing/multiple hookups. Bait difficult but better toward Oak Island.

Tomorrow have boats going to gulf stream. Standby for report from blue water.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl Weather Forecast" | Carolina Contender | 10/10/04
 

Hot off the press!Just concluded indepth interview with our inhouse weather guru[J.Cantorie] and here's what he sees.

This week should be fairly calm with front approaching on Wednesday. Winds will shift to southwest in front of the cold front that's coming on Thursday and blow 20kts. Front will come thru Thursday night shifting to our favorite fall northly wind and blow 20kts. Winds will blow approx 15-20 north/northwest Friday and will begin laying out Friday evening as high pressure system moves over top of our area. Saturday winds will start out north approx 10 kts and will lay out completely during day.

Fishing Intrepretation. What we need to get fish chomping is a good cold front and it will be here Thursday night. Mullets will run, spots will go crazy and Kings should turn on after front stabilizes. This suggest Saturday[2 days after front passes] should be spectatular. Kings should bite River Channel/Yaupon/Lighthouse Rocks/90/90. All these spots are protected by the norht wind so there will be calm seas to fish.

Looks like classic case of all the elements coming together for extroadinary fall King fishing. Come on down and join the fun at the Fall Brawl King Classic. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 10/05/04
 

Absolutely killed the Kings this afternoon while fishing the 24 mile ledge.  Its an area of rocks just offshore of the Shark Hole and 18 mile rocks-- We didn't even try to find live bait as the Kings were more than happy to take the dead Cigar Minnows we were slow trolling.  In 4 hours of fishing we caught and released some 25 Kings between 10 and 18 pounds.  The Kings should be getting very good over the next so stand by-- Fall Brawl is just around the corner.


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 10/04/04
 

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The bite is on!  Let August and September be forgotten.  There are no tropical storms on the horizon, and the fish are biting.  As predicted, the great weather that our area has had over the past week has allowed the water to settle and the fish to get themselves back on schedule.  The King Mackerel fishing has been excellent since the weekend and the Wahoo fishing in the Gulf Stream is phenomenal.

Over the weekend the annual US Open King Mackerel tournament was held out of Southport, NC.  The area was just coming off all the bad weather, but the seas had begun to settle and it was almost a certainty that the Kings would be found.  Some 425 boats fished the event and scattered out from Morehead City to Georgetown.  The fishing on Friday was good and Saturday was even better as the wind shifted to the south.  Hotspots for action included the Cabbage Patch, Jungle, Shark Hole, 24 mile rocks, Frying Pan Tower, Topsail inlet, Georgetown tideline and Barton’s inlet tideline.  Dean Spatholt of Calabash fishing aboard the “Fish Meister” caught a 41.7 pound King on Saturday while fishing the Barton Inlet area and won the $40,000 first place prize.  The fact that the fish were spread over so many different areas leads me to believe the bite will get even stronger as the Kings should begin to move closer to the beach and concentrate particularly near the Cape Fear ship channel.  And then there’s the Gulf Stream.  I’ve been hearing reports of awesome Wahoo action all along the 180 foot break.  At the Ocean Isle Fishing Center we’ve weighed several citation Wahoo over the past week including a whopping 98 pounder.  On Monday, Capt. Roger and Capt. Charles took a group from Pittsburgh on a Gulf Stream adventure fishing aboard the “Show Time”.  I actually hadn’t been to the Stream in a while myself, so I decided to tag along as observer/photographer.  After running in flat calm seas, we arrived to the Blackjack hole at 9:30am.  The action started off slow as we picked up a couple of Blackfin Tuna.  We knew the Wahoo were there because we kept hooking up to monster, screamer fish that would tear off hundreds of yards of line then charge the boat and eventually throw the hook.  It was really very frustrating as we lost six big Wahoo before finally putting a 35 pounder in the boat.  The Wahoo bite was not red hot, but we would get a bite every 20 minutes or so along with several other Blackfin Tuna and a handful of small Mahi.  Throughout the day we never moved more than half a mile, fishing 180 feet of water.  It was getting toward the end of the day, and I was pretty frustrated at the number of quality fish we had lost.  We had just pulled the hooks on what I estimate to have been a 60 pound Mahi, when I called fifteen minutes to go.  No sooner did the words get out my mouth than all heck broke loose.  A fish boiled on the small pitch bait I had dangling next to the teaser then a 50+ pound Wahoo skied out of the water with my teaser in its mouth.  Then the downrigger went off, then the short flat line behind the teaser, then the long riggers and finally the shotgun.  It was pure chaos and pandemonium.  I’ve been in bites of Yellowfin Tuna like that, but never have I seen Wahoo attack a spread of baits like that.  The fish that hit the small, pitch bait immediately bit the mono leader, and the Wahoo that skied the teaser took it with him.  Otherwise, we were hooked up with six Wahoo and doing battle.  Every person on board manned a rod as my job became head director and line untangler.  What was so ironic was that despite trying so hard all day to catch fish of which they would usually get off, here we were with crossed lines and slack lines, yet none of the Wahoo were coming unhooked.  One by one we boated the Wahoo, and when all was said and done, we put five Wahoo in the boat with the smallest at 38 pounds and the biggest at 54 pounds.  It was a first for me and a heck of a fish story as we were truly attacked by a pack of hungry Wahoo.

And for all you inshore fishermen, the Spots are on the way.  I was in the Morehead City area over the weekend, and they were starting to catch them very good.  The Flounder are continuing to bite pretty decent in the backwaters and over nearshore reefs and the Grey Trout have been biting good in the ocean at common Sea Bass rocks from 30-50 feet.  All in all the fishing is excellent and the Fall season looks to be bright.

And now that the fishing is back on track I’d like to remind all you fishermen out there that I’ll be again hosting the annual Fall Brawl King Classic tournament out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center on October 15-16.  Registration is on Friday, October 15th from 2pm-8pm with dinner, Capt. meeting and “Spotscar Racing” to follow.  Fishing is on Saturday from 7am-5pm with the weigh-in beginning at 2pm.  The awards will be at 8pm along with a good old Oyster cookout for all tournament participants and guests.  If you have any questions or would like information on the event, call (910) 575-FISH or visit www.oifishingcenter.com.  Good luck fishing and I’ll hope to see you there.

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gulf Stream Hot Bite" | Mac Marle'n | 10/03/04
 

They lit em up at Blackjack Hole today. Tuna and major Wahoo bite. Fish up to 100lbs! The fall gulf stream bite is on!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Kings Onfire!" | Carolina Contender | 10/03/04
 

Just like we expected with a better wind direction yesterday the fish went balistic. Hot bites occurred almost everywhere in the 60 foot range. 30/30; Shark Hole;Jungle.

For next weekends tourneys the same should continue however watch Lighthouse Rocks turn on and the River Channel as there is a cold front coming and temperatures are supposed to drop 10 degrees. The spots are thick up toward Morehead and as they move into our waters the River Channel/Lighthouse Rocks should turn on with big fish.

Good luck to all next week and we will update this week as our charter fleet will be fishing. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 10/02/04
 

Two words...bottomfish city!  Today we found the Gary Ennis and 32 Mile Rock loaded with seabass, triggerfish, silver snapper, vermillion snapper, grunts, as well as many others.  Along with all of the bottom feeders we managed a couple of kings, a mahi, and some amberjacks.  Even saw a very nice sailfish free jumping just off the side of the boat at the 32 Mile Rock.  All and all a very beautiful day to be on the water.  We're taking a day off tomorrow but will be back at it with our first gulf stream trip of the fall season on Monday so stay tuned for a report!


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"US Open report" | Carolina Contender | 10/01/04
 

Fish did better today than I expected. 130 fish weighed in. Decent bites reported at Jungle and Frying Pan Tower hard bottom. 41 leading, not sure where caught. Carolina Contender in 2nd with 34; caught at Morehead.Bait was very difficult but seems to be holding in deeper water[need fast sinking net]. Also mullet running beach this morning.

Tomorrow wind supposed to go south; full moon waning; fish should turn it on. Good luck to everyone.

More info as soon as we can get it.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"USOpen report" | Carolina Contender | 09/30/04
 

For all the USOpen fishermen: Don't get discouraged if they don't bite Friday. Here's the facts. None of the boats fishing from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center found the fish today. Boats fished all the way out to 32 mile rock. Nothing. Add to that bait was hard to get. So here's what I think[and hope]. The east winds got em. It's supposed to go to south Saturday so if we can survive Friday without committing suicide, Saturday may provide the answer. Bottom line; it's it tuff tomorrow,  don't get discouraged. Tee em up again Saturday and it may be a completely diferent story. Good luck to all!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""King Mackerel and the Blues are Runnin'"" | Carolina Contender | 09/30/04
 

"The tide rolls in, the tide rolls out. 
Summertime is just about gone. 
All that's left think about is the fishin' comin' on. 
Who's got the latest information?  Coast Guard or charter boat crews?  Could be the kid down at the filling station sayin' 'buddy have you heard the news, hey buddy have you heard the news'. 
King mackerel and the blues are runnin' all along the coast. 
Talk about fishin' you can't give the fish away.  Everybody's lucky.  October and the moon is comin' but the clouds won't give up the ghost.  Oh let the good weather hold one more day."

Good luck to all the U.S. Open fishing teams as well as anyone wetting a hook this weekend!  Tis' the season.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Now is the time!" | Carolina Contender | 09/29/04
 

Well everyone, here we go.  We are but two days from the most magical of all months on the Carolina coast- October.  The best news of all is the weather for the next several days is forecasted to be chamber of commerce type days.  Light winds, calm seas, sunny skies, moderate temps and October equals time to go fishing.  Whether you hunt flounder, spots, wahoo, king mackerel or billfish this time of year on our coast with the forecasted weather typically brings some of the best fishing we see all year.  It may take a day or two for the water to settle out after all the storms but that should be taking place as we speak and hopefully aligning a perfect fishing scenario for this weekend.  For the next month fishing will only get better so don't miss out on this special time of year.  If you are fortunate enough to make it down to the coast please don't hesitate to contact us either call, email or even better stop by and we'll provide to you the latest information on where the fish are being caught, how they are being caught and what you'll need to catch them.  We are eagerly anticipating the excellent Fall fishing and hope to share the experience with as many fishermen and fisherwomen as possible.  Come join the fun!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Weekend Outlook" | Carolina Contender | 09/28/04
 

OK- Jeanne is exiting the picture and this weekend's US Open King Mackerel tournament is coming up.  The weather is supposed to be great, so get down here and join the tournament or just go fishing- IT IS TIME!
For all you tournament fishermen, here is where things stand- week before last we crushed them at the Jungle when the wind turned to the south.  This weekend, despite the bad weather, there were good Kings caught at Yaupon Reef off Southport and also at the Dead Tree Hole out of Beaufort inlet.  The bite was not red hot, but I understand it did turn on at the tide change from high switching to falling.  There has been plenty of Pogys along all the area beaches.
My guess for this weekend is that Friday will be the feeling out day as the waters continue to settle out.  Saturday I think the Kings are going to light off as the winds should shift to the south and the water should be much more settled.  Yaupon reef and Lighthouse rocks should be the spots but don't rule out the Jungle, Shark Hole, 18 mile rocks or Cabbage Patch area-- good luck this weekend.
We've got all your tournament supplies at hand including chum, ribbonfish, premade custom rigs, Cape Lookout skirts... you name it, we've got it---
Also we're running some super specials on rod and reel combos--- Speedmaster and Star rod combo, spooles and ready to go for $159 !  If you're a Grouper fisherman, come check out my ULTIMATE Grouper getting outfit I just rigged up-- ready to go for $179 ---
We'll see you on the water this weekend-


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"US Open report" | Carolina Contender | 09/28/04
 

With US Open coming this weekend and tourneys every weekend for next month; and with weather finally improving, we're going to try to provide info as to what's being caught where and what we think will happen this week with weather that will effect where the fish are this weekend. Also our charter fleet will be fishing and we'll have good first hand info.

To begin, and we'll update this report as we get a better handle on what to expect: Last weeks tourneys fished in very tuff weather however there were some fish caught. A decent bite went off at Yaupon and a decent bite occurred at Barden Inlet and Dead Tree Hole up toward Morehead. The Yaupon bite is particuliarly encouraging as it's time for the River Channel to kick off for the fall. Stand by as I get more info.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Stori Teller | 09/24/04
 

A hot flounder bite went down yesterday for a charter aboard the Stori Teller in the Shallotte River.  Fishing was very slow until the tide changed from rising to falling.  We caught several very nice fish in a short period of time on live minnows and pogies.  Here a couple pics of one of the fish that went 6.50 lbs- a citation!


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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