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"Yesterday's nearshore report" | Carolina Contender | 05/20/04
 

Yesterday I guided a couple of New Yorker's to a fun day of live bait fishing aboard the Carolina Contender.  We caught small pogies off the lighthouse at Oak Island then fished for a few minutes at Yaupon reef with no action.  We then headed off about 12 miles to the Dale Grissett hole and found some action with kings, amberjacks and cobia.  We hopped around to a couple more spots the rest of the day and found only a few more bites.  A decent day of fishing and a great day to be on the water.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"flounder" | Stori Teller | 05/19/04
 

What seemed to be a never ending redfish bite slowed dramatically today.In their place came a slow but steady flounder bite.we did manage a few keepers through the throw backs.The keeper ratio seems to be on the upswing.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Summin Up!!" | Capt. Hook | 05/18/04
 

In the past few days we have fished the stream and done real well with the Mahi and there is a scattered tuna and wahoo in the mix. We were also visited by a Blue Marlin for the old strike and miss routine!! The fish have been holding between the 100-400 and the 550's. On our first King trip we caught live bait in front of the lighthouse on Oak Island before venturing to the Sharkhole to catch teenage Kings and a Mahi. I am a sucker for the livebait fishing so I was glad to see it. The bait was good sized and plentiful just a long way down the beach. Hang in there its fixing to get crazy!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 05/18/04
 

Had a great day.  In the AM we ran a short 3 hour trip with a couple of kids (3 and 4) and their parents.  We caught plenty of Spanish while trolling #1 and #0 Clark Spoons just outside of Shallotte Inlet.  In the PM, we had a 5 hour trip and made a stop at AR 465 where we caught 3 Cobia of 25-35 pounds.  When we pulled up to the buoy, I dropped over the chum bag and the Cobia came running.  I tossed a live Pinfish and then a Pogy at them with not luck.  I then reached into my bag of tricks and hooked up a live Eel on a jig head and WHAM!  Instant hookup.  I then hooked on 2 more eels and hooked the other two Cobia for a total of three.  The group was only looking for fresh fish, so we boated the first fish and then released the other two Cobia to see another day.  We then ran offshore to the Shark Hole where we experienced a red hot King Mackerel bite with fish from 8-12 pounds.  The Kings were not finicky as they took slow trolled live and dead baits. 
There were Pogys today off the big hill on Long Beach and also Cigar Minnows at AR 460.  Go get'em.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"still biting" | Stori Teller | 05/18/04
 

Went  on another half day trip today to find the redfish still biting.Most of our fish were in the 18 to 24 inch range.After the bite slowed we moved and began catching flounder .Although they were fairly small they put a good bend in the rods.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Quality Over Quantity" | Show Time | 05/17/04
 

Though they did not chew it down today, the fish that did bite were quality.  Bryan Williams and I guided the Fitterer's from Ohio today to a memorable gulf stream adventure aboard the Showtime.  We traveled to the 100/400 and had baits in the water by 8:20am.  There was little surface activity in the 79 degree water but I was marking the fish down deep and also pods of baitfish.  These factors led me to stay in the area for a while to see if anything would start shaking.  After catching a couple of smaller mahi the long rigger with an Outrider Islander lure (the only bait in the spread rigged with wire) caught fire.  After a 25 minute battle Sandy Fitterer was able to boat a slab of a wahoo that would eventually weigh in at 53lbs.  This was truly an awesome fish to see in the water and a great trophy catch for Sandy.  After trolling for a couple more hours with little success, I opted to change over to cedar plugs and give the fish a little something different to look at.  It wasn't 2 minutes before the short rigger went into orbit and Steve Fitterer had his hands full.  The fight lasted around 40 minutes and for a while I wasn't sure who was winning.  Finally, we were able to coax the big 51lb yellowfin in gaffing range and Bryan held on for dear life as he buried the gaff in the fish's back.  Again, another great fish and great battle to go along with it.  The theme of the day was quality over quantity.  Congrats to the Fitterer's on a job well done! 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"half day" | Stori Teller | 05/16/04
 

started this morning at the sunset beach bridge where we found the redfish snapping.we caught our limit of reds there in about 15 minutes along with one keeper flounder.shortly afterwards we moved to the tubbs inlet area to find 8 or ten more flounders.The inshore bite is on


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"afternoon half day" | Carolina Contender | 05/15/04
 

I got back to my normal summer routine today with a 5 hr. live baiting trip this afternoon.  We were able to jig some pinfish and cigar minnows for bait at an artificial reef in hopes of going king mackerel fishing.  Before we could do that, the cobia came up to give us a close inspection.  We managed to hook and land one of three that we saw.  The one we boated was in the 30-35lb range- a heck of fighter.  After we finished with the cobia we headed offshore and were unsuccessful on the kingfish but we did catch a couple big spanish and saw one more 50+lb cobia that didn't hang around long enough for me to give him a good shot.   I won't be fishing again until the first of the week but I believe the MacMarlen is headed to the Stream again tomorrow so stay tuned for the next report.  Fishing is hot offshore, nearshore and inshore.  Come on down to the beach and help us catch all these fish!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Gulf Stream Report" | Show Time | 05/15/04
 

We fished around the 100/400 all the conditions were the same as yesterday although SW swell made the run a little tuffer  but overall fishing conditions were comfortable. Dolphin were plentiful in the 10 to 20 lb range, also three Yellowfin Tuna in the 35 to 50 lb range. Back again tomorrow.  


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Hot flounder Tip" | Mac Marle'n | 05/15/04
 

Just got in load of live eels for Cobia/Grouper fishing however heard of new application for live eels. Apparently Flounder fishermen at Carolina Beach having same problem with catching many small flounders. They have started using live eels and are catching much bigger flounders. Big bait/big fish. Makes sense.


- Capt. Rube
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 05/13/04
 

While Capt. Barrett and Capt. Roger were off chasing glory in the Gulf Stream aboard the ShowTime, Capt. Bryan and I were hard at work with the meat and potatoes of our fishery-- ie.. live bait fishing.  The waters have warmed up to 75-77 degrees and I'd heard rumblings of Kings being caught around the Jungle and 65 foot hole.  We ran to the Little River Offshore Reef where we commenced to jig bait to live bait fish with.  However, before much could be done were were attacked by 3 Cobia- of which 1 30# ended up in the box and 1 50# ended up with a sore lip but another day to live.  We loaded the well with live baits and before heading offshore to hook our party up with hungry AJ's, did some slow trolling of dead Cigar Minnows at the LR Offshore reef and 65 foot hole and caught Kings at both places.  These were the typical 6-8 lb "Spring" Kings that we see this time of year.  Anyway, nearshore fishing is hot and I'm glad to see things coming together for all fishermen.  Come on down this weekend and join the fun.  The weather looks great and the fish sure are biting.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bull Time!" | Show Time | 05/13/04
 

Today's gulf stream fishing was a little more typical for this time of year.  I traveled to the 100/400 with the same crew from yesterday that caught the big wahoo of Mike and Ronny from Wisconsin.  We began catching dolphin as soon as we got there.  In the middle of catching a few chicken dolphins we were attacked by the stud in the picture below that weighed in at just over 37lbs!  A truly awesome fish.  The bite shut down after a couple of hours and we made the call to head offshore after getting a report from the Carolina lady that they were on a weed line and temp break about 8 miles offshore.  The conditions looked great offshore with plenty of flying fish and weed but the fish just didnt seem to be there.  So, we headed back to the 100/400 where a little bit of a tuna bite had turned on with a couple of the boats that remained there when we left.  We were able to pick up one tuna just before heading home.  Overall things looked to be improving.  There seemed to be more bait around on the surface and down deep than I've seen in the last few days.  The water temp was 78 degrees.  We'll be back out there tomorrow so stay tuned.  I heard the cobia bite fired off big time today inshore.  Capt. hook had a 50lber and Brant was battling with them when I talked to him earlier.  Come get in on the great spring fishing.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Hot off the press!!!" | Show Time | 05/12/04
 

Just found out they slaughtered the big Dolphin with a few Tuna and Billfish mixed in while fishing offshore of the 100/400.  Just goes to show how big the ocean is and how communication amongst boats is key.  So, put your boats in the right spot and you'll wear them out-- come on downt this weekend and help us find them.
Also heard there were Kings caught at the Jungle today- stay tuned for further.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Wahoo!" | Mac Marle'n | 05/12/04
 

It still isn't great, but we did make a day of it in the stream today.  We managed a couple small dolphin, a small yellowfin and a nice 45lb wahoo.  The fishing has been tough in the stream since last saturday.  Warm water has covered up most of the break from the Steeples past the Scarp.  However, today the water temps were back down to what I would consider normal for this time of year in the 74 degree range.  I fished the 550 line this morning where we caught the wahoo and then moved down to the Macmarlen ledges around mid-day.  The conditions looked great around the Macmarlen ledges.  There was a 3 degree temp break, a weed line, tons of bait, a water color change, birds and porpoises.  The fish should have been there but both the Showtime and the Macmarlen trolled the area for several hours with just a few smaller fish.  I believe we need a shot of bad weather to shake things up out there so we can get back on track.  But it is important to remember that when fishing the stream like we are now in 3 knots of current, new water is passing over the fishing ground every minute.  This means that at any time the new water could bring the fish back in.  We'll be back at it again for the next few days so stay tuned and I'll do my best give a detailed report.  On the bright side, the weather is absolutely gorgeous and the kings started biting good today inshore. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Report 5-8-04" | Capt. Hook | 05/09/04
 

We had a good trip today. We started at the Black Jack and had a double strike just after deploying lines. We boated a nice yellowfin and then things cooled off. We decided to run back toward Wahoo Rock which is in the 500's and found a little cooler water and some scattered weed. Needless to say the Mahi were snappin!! Stay tuned things are heating up!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Hot off the press!!!" | Stori Teller | 05/09/04
 

News flash!  The cobia have arrived.  That's right, just this morning Capt. Stan and wife Lori went out for a little spanish mackerel trolling on Stan's inshore fishing charter boat the Stori Teller.  They were fishing near the southeast rock bottoms just 3 miles outside of shallotte inlet amongst a school of spanish when Stan saw a cobia crusing along on the surface.  He quickly threw the closest lure he had in front of the fish's face and the Cobia immediately engulfed it.  Unfortunately the closest rig he had was a 12lb flounder fishing outfit with a gotcha plug tied on.  The fight was on.  Lori angled the fish to the boat and Stan sunk the gaff in.  The 30lb cobia proceeded to destroy anything and everything in its path on the boat including the gaff.  It's official.  The larger gamefish are moving inshore.  The water has warmed to 70+ degrees on the beach and the king mackerel, spanish mackerel, atlantic bonito, and now cobia are all biting.  There is plenty of live pogies and bluefish on the beach particularly in the direction of Oak Island.  The fish are here.  It's time to make up for a long cold winter and take advantage of this awesome time for fishing both inshore and offshore.  Great catch Lori and Stan!


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"What a difference a day makes" | Show Time | 05/08/04
 

Today was a totally different story than the past three weeks.  I guess it was a matter of time.  The fish had to win one of these days.  I fished the blackjack and a temp break and weed line inshore of the b-jack about 9 miles and basically did nothing.  Just a couple of bites this morning with only one dolphin to show for the entire day. It was a beautiful day on the water and there were a ton of boats fishing the Stream, it's just too bad the fish let everyone down.  Capt. David however, on the Capt. Hook redeemed the fishing center fleet with a good catch of dolphin and a tuna that he was able to find by running to the south around the 500 line this afternoon.  Im sure he'll post a more detailed report about what exactly he found.  I believe the influx of extremely warm water over the fishing grounds combined with the large number of boats is what shut the fish down.  Hopefully things will get back on track this week.  Stay tuned. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"More of the same" | Mac Marle'n | 05/07/04
 

Pretty much same report as yesterday.  Blackjack= tuna.  We're just getting off the boats now and will be back at it tomorrow on all three boats.  I'll give a more detailed report on our off day Sunday.  Go fish!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Gulf Stream hot!" | Show Time | 05/06/04
 

Brant's report was dead on.  We hammered the tuna and dolphin today around the blackjack area.  The water temp was 69 degrees and the bait was holding between 80 and 120ft of water.  The bite was not red hot but consistent most of the day.  We caught fish on pink outriders with ballyhoo by Islander, red and black swimming plug from mega bait fished 80 ft. down on the planer, a custom rigged spanish mackerel, and a chartreuse blue water candy head with ballyhoo.  I heard reports that fish were caught up and down the line from the Wynyah Scarp up to the 100/400 and all the way to Steeples.  Great fishing right now, we'll be back at them tomorrow and the next day.  Come join fun!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Up-to-minute" | Show Time | 05/06/04
 

Hot news-- VHF reception is clear and just talked to Barrett and Roger who are fishing the Stream today in the ShowTime.  They are at the BlackJack hole, fishing 70 degree water and have 6 Yellowfin 35-50lbs and 8 Mahi-- Barrett reports lots of bait and fish marks and action fairly consistent all day long.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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