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START 1) 45.60 - Clearly Hooked     2) 44.00 - Team Grip Flip     3) 43.05 - Fish Hard Gear     4) 43.00 - Outta Line     5) 42.10 - Reel Methods     6) 41.05 - Open Wide     7) 39.45 - Shockwave     8) 39.35 - Beeracuda     9) 37.80 - Conference Call     10) 37.30 - Wilm Auto/King Hunter     11) 37.10 - Karma Bites     12) 36.85 - Four Sons     13) 36.20 - Lil John/Reel em up     14) 36.00 - Sea P.A.     15) 35.50 - OIFC     16) 35.15 - O D Bank     17) 34.80 - Max'd Out     18) 34.55 - On Point     19) 34.35 - King Carnivore     20) 34.35 - All In/AM    FINISH

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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 07/12/04
 

WOW!  The best King Mackerel bite have seen in years-- no secret-- the Jungle is on fire!!!  We had dozens of fish in a few short hours with the average fish at 18-22 pounds, several in the mid to upper 20's, a 30's and a 40 pounder.  These fish are not messing around-- reel smokers.  We've been catching the Kings on live Pogys which have been off Holden and Long Beach.  The bite has been best in the AM but we've caught fish throughout the day-- truly a remarkable bite-- I've got some pics from the past few days- come on down and enjoy the bite.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Catching Up" | Capt. Hook | 07/11/04
 

Well it has been a while since I have updated the report and I apologize. Busy, Busy, Busy!!! Captain Stacy, Sumo, and I have been holding down the Capt’n Hook and doing very well. The Kings have been fairly consistent along with the Jacks and an occasional Cobia and Cuda. We were chartered for the Jolly Mon King Tourney by the Stamey family and threw a slab of 31lbs on the dock to finish in 22nd place. This past weekend we did not do quite as well. We pulled to Georgetown and fished the tideline with a hero or zero attitude and ended up with a zero. That’s how it goes I often tell people---“Just as I have experienced the thrill of victory, so have I endured the agony of defeat.” The victory is much sweeter, and remember you can’t win it if your not in it!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Gulf Stream?" | Carolina Contender | 07/09/04
 

Sounds like the Gulf Stream may be turning back on.  Last weekend the Carolina Lady had a big catch of dolphin and wahoo near the 100/400.  The latest report comes from OIFC pro staff member Jeff Griffin on the Traveler- yesterday he too fished the 100/400 and had a big catch of dolphin including several topping the 30+lb mark.  It might not yet be time to put the big gear in the back of the closet.  This could be the run of big dolphin we waited for in June that never came.  We possibly may be headed to the blue water Sunday- so stay tuned. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 07/07/04
 

The Cobia are making another show as we've brought several to the dock from 20-45 pounds in the last week.  The Kings are still biting strong with most in the 12-15 pound range with the occasional 20+ pounder.  Pogys are hard to come by but today we caught bait off Cherry Grove.  Hotspots include the 90/90, 410/510 and Jungle -- FISHING IS HOTT!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"JOLLY MON RECAP" | Carolina Contender | 07/05/04
 

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Thursday, July 1st--
We registered 29 boats and 75 Jr. anglers for the Jr. Jolly Mon King Classic
Friday, July 2nd--
WOW!  What a turn out for the Jolly Mon. Despite the torrential rains, we registered 337 boats for the 2004 Jolly Mon King Classic-- A NEW RECORD!  The Jr.'s had a good day on the water with a lot of Kings being caught-results: 1st King- Alan Barnes(14)-32.6, 1st Dolphin- Garrett Hays(11)-11.5, 1st Sea Bass- Zach Illing(13)- 1.70, 1st Grunt- Zach Illing (13)- 1.90-- Great job to all the participants of the Jr. Jolly Mon--- Then we had the Pogy Bobbing Contest and 8 year old Alexis Pugh dominated with a new record 4 second Pogy bob to outscore all the boys and take home the $100 1st place prize.
CAST NET CONTEST FINALISTS- Jr. division- Kyle Kusche, Montana Housand, Hunter Starnes & Zack Shackleton--- Adult Division-Brian Sealy, Mike Lundy, Kyle Hughes----
Senior division-James Demyan, Doug Rochelle, Scott Hewitt & Barry Kirkman--the cast net contest finals will be held Saturday at 8pm.  Thanks to all that have joined the event and stay tuned for the final results
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Saturday, July 3rd
It looks like Mother Nature will cooperate today as the skies have cleared and the winds are calm.  I'm predicting big catches today.--- And I was right!-- We had the most impressive leaderboard in the history of the tournament with 4 fish over 40 pounds and 28 pounds was 31st place.  Talkin' Trash won with a 46 pounder caught at the 30/30 while Saltwater Insanity finished 2nd with a 43 pounder taken from Masonboro inlet.  3rd place was caught by the Intimidator at the Jungle.  The majority of the placing fish came from the 30/30, Jungle and Georgetown tideline areas- **** Alan Barnes-age 14- won the $10,000 Magic-Tilt Jr. Angler scholarship drawing **** All Jr.'s who weigh fish are eligible.  This year we had 19 Jr's to weigh and make it to the awards.  The 19 Jr's from 19 envelopes and only 3 will proceed to the final round.  Alan was one of the 3 who then pulled 1 envelope from a stack of 100- with 1 envelope containing the $10,000 scholarship-- ALAN WON !!!!!
1st place POGY BOBBING-
Alexis Pugh (8) with a new record 4 second bob to blow away the boys and the adults
Cast Net Contest winners-
Jr division- Austin Heine, Adult division- Brian Sealy, Senior division- Doug Rochelle

The tournament was a huge success and a special thanks to the 340 boat entries and all the tournament sponsors-- don't miss the Fall Brawl this Fall


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Carolina Contender | 07/05/04
 

The Jolly Mon is complete! A whirlwind weekend.  King fishing was unbelievable- maybe the strongest leader board in the history of southeastern NC kingfish tournaments.  We are back on the water this week every day so we'll try to keep you posted on the fishing and conditions we see.  Live bait fishing is still as good as it gets for numerous types of species including kingfish, cobia, mahi, jacks, and barracuda, and I heard a report from the Carolina Lady team that the gulf stream action was hot for gaffer mahi and big wahoo this past Saturday offshore of the 100/400.  Once the chaos and confusion tempers a bit around here we will give a more detailed Jolly Mon report.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"still sizzling" | Carolina Contender | 07/01/04
 

The kingfish bite is still red hot.  Bait was just south of Little River inlet this morning.  I fished near the Jungle most all day and had steady action on 15-20lb kings all day and had a few that were nearing 30.  I saw several other boats at the Jungle catch 30+ lb kingfish.  If the conditions remain the same the Jolly Mon leaderboard will be stacked with monster kingfish.  In addition to the kings we also managed a couple of mahi and one small cobia.  Live bait fishing is as good as it gets right now. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Tourney Parking" | Carolina Contender | 07/01/04
 

Just another reminder; please do not attempt to park here at tourney site. There is no parking available and don't take chance of getting parking ticket from Wildlife. We have plenty of parking before you cross the bridge and 3 free shuttles that will be running continously starting friday afternoon. Look for signs before you cross the bridge. They'll deliver you to our front door; no hassel trying to find a parking space that won't exist, no ticketing problems. Your co-operation is appreciated.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Sunset Bridge" | Carolina Contender | 07/01/04
 

Sunset Bridge operator reports he expects to have to shut down bridge around 1:00pm due to low tide and expects to reopen shortly after 4:00pm. Don't get caught at bridge trying to make weighin!


- Capt. Rube
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"JOLLY MON KING BITE IS HOT" | Mac Marle'n | 07/01/04
 

The fishing is going off just in time for the weekend's tournament.  The weather forecast is perfect and all is on go.  The Pogys are plentiful from Southport to Myrtle Beach and the Kings are biting from right on the beach out to the Jungle-- hotspots include the Jungle, 65 foot hole, 18 mi rocks, Georgetown tideline...  if things hold like they are now, the leaderboard will be stacked with nice fish-- don't miss this tournament-- too much fun and too good of fishing.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Kingfish!" | Carolina Contender | 06/30/04
 

Great day of king mackerel fishing off Ocean Isle today.  Each of the charter boats out of the Fishing Center saw good action on live bait at any of the normal kingfish holes in 55 to 65ft of water.  There were several upper 20's, low 30's and even a 40lber caught today by Capt. Grady on the Carolina Contender.  The kings are here and with this stable weather we are experiencing and expecting to continue the fishing should remain great. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Jolly Mon Parking" | Carolina Contender | 06/30/04
 

Jolly Mon fishermen and spectators:

PLEASE PLEASE use the free shuttle we will be running Friday and Saturday for the tourney. There is no parking available on the island but there will be plenty available at our off island parking lot. Look for the signs on Causeway Drive before you cross the bridge. Free, no hassel, no parking tickets. Thanks for your co-operation.


- Capt. Rube
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"King's Biting" | Mac Marle'n | 06/29/04
 

It's like flipping a light switch- something has happened and the Kings have suddenly showed up.  There are good numbers of fish in the 8-12 pound range with quite a few that will push beyond the 20 pound mark.  Hot spots include the Jungle, 65' hole, Shark Hole, 18 mile rocks....-- 65' of water seems to be the key right now-- HOWEVER, there are a few loner monsters hanging outside the inlet mouths as a 42 pounder was taken outside Shallotte Inlet last week-- so big boat or small, the Jolly Mon is wide open to win--


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Carolina Contender | 06/28/04
 

Well it's Jolly Mon time again and right on cue the kingfish have arrived in force.  All last week the kingfishing was on the upswing with better catches almost every day.  Also mixed in with the kings were mahi, barracuda, big monster amberjacks, and still cobia were biting well.  The king fishing was improving but still wasn't great until Friday.  On Friday the water was on fire.  Brant and I fished the Wilmington tourney around the Jungle area and blistered the 15-20lb kings all day long.  Saturday was much rougher with 20+ knot winds but we still managed to make it out to the 65ft. hole where we found the same type action as the day before.  The pogies have continued to move around a lot but can be found almost everyday between Long Beach and Little River.  It's a good time to be fishing down here.  Now if the weather will just hold off for a few days so we can take advantage of all the action. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Jolly Mon Update" | Show Time | 06/28/04
 

Just wanted to let all you Jolly Mon fishermen out there know that the King Mackerel fishing has picked up 100%.  We had good catches at the Jungle and 65' hole over the weekend.  The forecast looks good and the fish are biting- see you here.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weekend's Fishing School Report" | Carolina Contender | 06/28/04
 

This past weekend Capt. Brant held his second live bait fishing school from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  The concept of the class was to offer fishermen looking to learn and hone their live baiting skills the opportunity to receive one on one attention from Capt. Brant and his crew of professional captains.  The classes are kept small with only four students to insure ample time is available to all students.  Friday evening the students met with Capt. Brant and staff at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center where they learned rig tying, knot tying, cast net throwing and general live bait fishing skills.  The evening class ran for about two hours after which the group departed and prepared to fish all day on Saturday aboard the “Carolina Contender” with Capt. Brant.  The good news was that the students picked up their on-land skills very quickly.  The bad news was that Saturday’s 20-25 kt Southwest winds would make applying those skills very difficult.

Capt. Brant said you can’t catch’em if you don’t go, so the students loaded up and off they went to defy the elements, practice their new found skills and extend their knowledge to actually catching and boating fish.  The hard southwest winds and seas in the 4-8 foot range made things very difficult.  The crew ran out of the Little River jetties and toward Myrtle Beach where they successfully located and cast netted live Pogys for the day of fishing.  Every student got to throw the net and every student caught Pogys before heading off to the next skill.  After bait was secured, Capt. Brant steered the boat offshore some 20 miles to the 65 foot hole.  It was apparent that slow trolling would be impossible in the large seas, so Capt. Brant threw the anchor and broke out the chum as the students learned the art of live bait fishing from anchor.  Baits were set out under balloons as well as free lined, and within minutes the first King Mackerel was hooked up.  It was a long day enduring the seas, but catching fish while being anchored made it more tolerable to all the students as well as the Captain.  In all, the class caught some 10 Kings from 12-22 pounds, and they did it all on their own.  Capt. Brant concluded the class with a final demonstration on cleaning King Mackerel as well as a note that if you can catch fish in bad conditions, you can catch fish under any conditions.  The students were tired and worn, but they went home with the confidence that they could handle most anything Mother Nature threw at them and still have success fishing.

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Carolina Contender | 06/23/04
 

We are still battling the hard southwest winds on a daily basis here at Ocean Isle.  The wind direction is making it difficult for us to get to some of the better producing fishing grounds, but nonetheless we are still pounding our way out there and are finding pretty decent action.  The mahi, kingfish, jacks, cobia, and barracuda are still holding in the 10 to 25 mile range.  Getting out to these spots is a bear but once you're out there the fishing is very rewarding right now.  Still I have yet to see any consistent bite from the kings especially no big kings.  I feel like there are more and more fish showing up everyday and I anticipate that the next time we get a couple of calm weather days in a row they are going to start chewing.  Today I fished the Sherman, the Jungle and a couple of other structures and found a few 10-12lb mackerel, small cobia and great big amberjacks including one citation release over 50 inches.  The pogies are still plentiful along Holden and Ocean Isle Beach.  Let's hope this summer time southwest wind will give us a break for a couple days so the fish can start biting and my back and knees can recover. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"TODAYS REPORT" | Carolina Contender | 06/22/04
 

The past couple of days have been filled with North and East winds and King Mackerel that did not want to bite.  Today however, the Ole Summer time South West winds came back and so did the Kingfish bite.  They were biting from Christina ledge to the Jungle and everywhere in between.  There were plenty of fish to go around but most were on the small side.  This could prove to be interesting in a couple of weeks for the Jolly Mon.  Stay Tuned


- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"Weekend Review" | Mac Marle'n | 06/22/04
 

We've been fishing hard here at the Fishing Center and I'm happy to report things are going well.  The big story is the variety of gamefish available- King Mackerel, Amberjack, Mahi, Cobia, Shark, Barracuda, Grouper and Snapper are all plentiful and often we're catching them all on the same trip.  The Kings have been biting on live or dead bait so long as the Amberjack don't eat the live baits first.  Spots that are holding fish include the 18 mile rocks, 410/510, General Sherman, 26 mile rocks, Gary Ennis wreck and Atlantic Ledge.  The beaches are plentiful with Pogys so live bait shouldn't be a problem.  Below are some pics from the weekend.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"cobia! cobia! cobia!" | Carolina Contender | 06/20/04
 

Like I have been mentioning over the past week, it seems like the cobia are making a second late season migration through our area.  Yesterday verified my thought as the cobia bite was on fire.  I was able to catch plenty of live pogies just on the east side of Shallote inlet in 15ft of water.  We then headed off about 15 miles into a very annoying 5ft. swell.  There wasn't much wind involved but the seas were still a little sloppy left over from the blow the day before.  Fortunately the weather improved drastically throughout the day.  Our first stop proved not to be the answer as I still am not seeing the kind of bait pods I am used to seeing this time of year in the 65 ft depth of water.  Next we decided to go ahead and move another 10 miles off into 80ft over some structure.  The move was a good one.  Within ten minutes of arriving we had a double header cobia on.  After an hour of battling we landed one 40lber and had one throw the hooks.  For the next couple hours we fought 3 more cobia landing 2 out of the 3 with the escapee being a monster probably more than 60lbs.  We made one more pass over the structure before it was time to go home and this time we hooked into something with even more fight than the cobia we had been catching if you can imagine that.  For thirty minutes we pulled on this fish on heavy tackle sweating bullets in the hot sun before we finally got a glimpse.  After 45 minutes of fighting a beast of an amberjack was brought on board and the battle was over.  Back at the docks the scales read 56.65 lbs- a citation amberjack.  A great and exhausting day of fishing aboard the Carolina Contender.  The fishing is great right now so stay tuned to the reports or better yet come on down and join us on some of these adventures. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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