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"OIFC Welcomes New Fleet Addition" | World Cat- 33' | 08/28/07
 

With time, all things change. As such, the good ole' MacMarle'n has moved on and has been replaced with the new. Before I get to the new, just a few words on the MacMarle'n. She was and still is a great boat. A true workhorse that in my opinion, was at the forefront of establishing Ocean Isle Beach as a fishing destination. She pioneered the Spring yellowfin fishery and Fall wahoo fishery off our waters and has seen MANY a fish come across her gunnels. Heres to you old girl- may you live out your life on calm seas! And the new--- I have chose a World Cat 33. A catamaran? Yes, that is right. Many of you laugh or scoff, but I too had my doubts. However, if you can get past the unconventional looks, the boat is extremely functional, and thus my reason for choosing it as the fleet addition. My ambition for the World Cat 33 is for it to bring the best of both boating worlds-- the comfort, size and ammenities of a comparable sized diesel boat and the speed, agility and fishability of a center console. The boat has huge deckspace with plenty of seating and storeage. It has a forward cabin for catching a nap as well as a toilet for the women. The boat if fully walk around, has 2 standard live wells and on mine a third center console live well for serious live bait fishing. The cruising speed with twin F250's is a smooth 30mph with top speed at 42mph loaded. Not a speed boat by any stretch, but at 1.4mpg loaded and making over 30mph in sloppy seas, you won't find much better. And with the outboards, no more engine room nightmares and inboard problems. Outboard mechanics are available and the engines are certainly easier to access! And thus my reason for choosing the World Cat. However, I am very much in the testing - learning phase with this boat. I have not officially fished the boat and have only had it on a few ocean test drives. I plan on reporting to you my finding with the boat, good or bad, so stay tuned
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"YEEEEHAWWWW!!!" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 08/27/07
 

Okay, I'll admit that I was one of the skeptics, but I had the opportunity to fish one of Rube's yeehaw fish call devices last Thursday and was quite pleased with the result. It was in the water for about fifteen minutes with a dead cigar minnow behind it at the Atlantic Ledge and caught a sailfish. So now I am a believer. We also caught amberjack and mackerel that day, but a slower-than-normal prompted the "extreme measure," and hence the lure got put in the spread towards the end of the day. It will be used much more often now, of course. In other news, Michelle Evans of "The Law" fishing team reports a good bite in the area of the MacMarlen ledge. They were out there on Friday when Cody Childers caught his very first wahoo!!! Congratulations to Cody and the rest of the team, who also managed a couple of tuna. Good to know that they are around, just in time for the CCA deep water/shallow water tournament. Finally, the sails bit again, today down at the Jungle. The heat has broken (albeit just a little) and the winds are supposed to be reasonable for the rest of the week. What is everyone waiting for? There is success to be had out there.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Bank Fishing" | Stori Teller-24' | 08/24/07
 

Not often do anglers fishing from the surf, or banks of the Intracoastal provide us with fishing reports. However, Tuesday a lady came in the OIFC beaming with pride that her 12 year old son had caught two flounder from the bank at the end of Shallotte Ave. on the east end of OIB. Then today she and her husband stopped by the OIFC to buy tackle and I told her I'd do a report if her son was successful again. Later this afternoon, sure enough, they returned with their 12 year old son Josh Schlude all from Cary, N.C. to report that Josh had landed an 18 inch flattie. All total this week Josh caught a 15 1/2, 16, and 18 inch flounder using minnows he caught with his cast net while at OIB on vacation this week. Sounds like an angler with a future. This shows that people fishing from the banks can be very successful. Congratulations Josh from the team at OIFC!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"New Move Law" | Stori Teller-24' | 08/21/07
 

Most everyone is familiar with the North Carolina law which requires motorists to move over and slow down when passing a law enforcement vehicle with it's blue lights flashing on the highway. But how many of us anglers knew that this law also applies to boaters? I didn't!!!!! The law in general says that boaters approaching within 100 feet of a law enforcement vessel displaying flashing blue lights must slow down to no-wake speed and use caution in passing. In narrow channels, such as the Intracoastal Waterway in our area the distance becomes 50 feet. Violators are subject to fines up to $250. Just a little safety reminder as well as a money saving tip from the OIFC.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Panama Trip Filling Up" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/21/07
 

In case you haven't tuned into the Traveling Fisherman link off our homepage here is an update on where the Panama trip aboard the Coral Star stands.  The trip is scheduled Feb. 8th, 2008- Feb. 15th, 2008.  All the details for this exotic fishing expedition can be seen at the following link http://www.oifishingcenter.com/traveling_fisherman.cfm.  We are hoping to fill all 12 available spots on this adventure with OIFC "fishing friends" so we will have control over the trip.  We have until Oct. 1 to get it done.  As of this morning we have 8 spaces remaining.  If you're interested in reserving a slot or need more information please contact me immediately.  My contact info is at the link above.  Thanks.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/20/07
 

How to Beat the Summer Heat by Capt. Brant McMullan Man is it hot. We are well past the dog days and now into some sort of oppressive heat days. However, the show must go on, and if you are a fisherman, you will agree that we rarely let a little heat stand in the way of fishing progress. The problem comes in achieving fishing success. The fish are hot too as the water temperatures from the shoreline all the way past the Gulf Stream are 86-88 degrees. As such, many of the fish that prefer to spend their days basking in the shallows or near the surface are forced to retreat to deeper water where they can find food and refuge from the heat. And thus, the answer right now is to go deep. Most of the kings are holding in the 80-100 foot depth range right now. They are feeding on an assortment of bottom fish and are often schooled up over your favorite snapper and grouper ledges. The dolphin, mahi and cobia have moved on for the most part, but it is certainly not unlikely to run across one or two, especially while fishing offshore. The one fishery that is typically most productive during the heat of Summer is bottom fishing. In particular, the vermillion snapper bite is very strong in 80-100 feet of water. These 1-4 pound snappers are very plentiful and incredibly tasty. There is a trick to catching them that will keep you from loading your hooks with grunts and other smaller ?trash? fish. I like to use a #14 Sabiki style rig and attach a 4 ounce weight to it. I then cut small, postage stamp size pieces of squid and tip the end of each hook. The next thing is to locate the vermillion snapper on you fish finder. They will be holding over structure and are the fish you mark 5-20 feet off the bottom. Stop over them and drop your rig down. Now it is important you not just drop to the bottom or the ?trash? fish will immediately catch wind that food is available and they?ll get stirred up like a hornets nest. The trick is to stop your rig at the top of snapper school so you can pick them off from the top while not disturbing all the other ?trash? fish below. Also, I typically find the large snapper in the school will hang toward the top of the school. Thus, as you drop your weight and rig, count in seconds and try stopping at 10 seconds, then 12, then 15?. As you reach each level, stop the rig and wait 30 seconds. If you get no bite, drop a little further. You will find the depth the snapper are holding and then you can wear them out. One other tip is to use a ?live bait? style rod. The flimsy tip will act as a shock absorber and keep the snapper from tearing out the relatively small hooks that are on the rig. Once you get the snapper going good, take a small one and put it on a grouper rig and send it down. Now you?ll be working on two of the best eating fish in our waters. And for further action, pitch out a small vermillion snapper or a dead cigar minnow on a top for kings, mahi, cobia or sailfish. Good luck and remember, October is now just around the corner. I can?t wait!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"update, lbara king and flounder tournament" | Stori Teller-24' | 08/15/07
 

The week of September 14 through 22 will be a very important and exciting week for anglers who are interested in protecting and improving fishing in our region. The CCA Fishing Rodeo will take place September 14-22 and the LBARA King Mackeral and Flounder Tournament will be September 21-22. Rube is spearheading the CCA Rodeo and I'm incharge of pulling together Team OIFC for the LBARA Tournament. We encourage anglers to fish both and support two important organizations while having a blast and increasing your chances of winning the money! Those fishing the LBARA Tournament should contact Bob Black at 910-278-4137 for an application. You may send, your application along with shirt sizes for you and your crew and your check for the entry to me, at Ocean Isle Fishing Center, 65 Causeway Dr., Ocean Isle Beach, NC, 28469, attention Capt. Rick. I can be reached at the OIFC, or by phone 910-443-0531 or email sunset69@atmc,net. I encourage you to fish both tournaments, but if not both please fish one. GOOD LUCK!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Bottom Fish Monday" | It Works- 27' | 08/14/07
 

Monday I was fortunate enough to be invited to bottom fish with Captain Lyndon and Big Zack of the OIFC abord the "It Works". The day began with us netting our bait, pogies, off of Holden Beach just east of the pier. Loaded with pogies and northern mackeral we headed to several spots, in the 80-100 foot range that Capt. Lyndon has secreted in his electronics. Our first stop resulted in several groupers, and a false albacore which got drilled by a hungry barricuda which Lyndon estimated in the 70 lb. weight class. We made several stops a different ledges in the 95-100 depth range. Each stop resulted in grouper, but most exciting to me was when I hooked up with a 23 lb. American Red Snapper. It felt like I was trying to haul a VW into the boat! The weather was beautiful out at sea while the mainland was getting pounded by a thunderstorm. We put in a long, but enjoyable productive day locating and wrestling these massive fish up from the bottom and ended the day with a full fishbox. When booking trips, or planning bottom fishing, I suggest, based on my experience with a knowledgeable charter captain, that you plan a full day if you are interested in successful bottom fishing. Today me and my sunburned head were back working in the OIFC store. Captain Roger on the Showtime, had a half day charter which was extremely productive catching mackeral and spanish, so do not overlook these hot fish when thinking of a half day or longer trip. They are on fire and our seasonsed captains have the fishing knowledge and experience to put you on them.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Checking In" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/14/07
 

Hello OIFC fishing friends.  It's been a while since I've had any fishing news to report as the parasailing has kept me away from wetting any hooks lately.  Fall is just around the corner though and I'll be back on the fishing scene.  It can't get here quick enough.  I do have some fishing news to pass on though as I'm filling in as fishing report correspondent until Capt. Brant returns home.  Brant is onto a new game and fishing excursion at the Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament out of Oregon Inlet, NC.  He has teamed up with Capt. Trae Ross aboard Trae's 65' Blackwell for this prestigous billfish event.  It is mostly a white marlin tournament but a few blues and sails are mixed in.  Today was the first day of fishing and their team, the Re-Zoned, released 2 white marlin and 1 blue marlin and are currently in 2nd place.  It must be tough riding around in a 65' air conditioned mega yacht chasing billfish for big money!  That's ok we'll bring Capt. Brant back to blue collar dog shark and barracuda reality when he gets back home.  If you're interested in following the Re-Zoned's progress tomorrow and the day after I believe the event has a website.  Just try searching Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament.  If it's not updated I will update our fishing report tomorrow evening with any news.  Around OIB it seems like the kingfish bite is fairly steady again in the 60 to 70' range but most fish are smaller.  The sailfish are still more prevalent than usual with catches reported daily from just a few miles off the beach all the way to the gulf stream.  The wahoo bite in the stream remains hot and the deep water grouper bite has been consistent especially on the reds. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"CCA Fishing Rodeo September 14" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/10/07
 

We are working with CCA to help pull together the CCA-NC Brunswick County Chapter Fishing Rodeo to be held September 14-Sept 22 at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. The tourney is a CCA[Coastal Conservation Association] benefit tourney. It is the hope and desire of CCA to use the tourney as a introduction to you fishermen of CCA and their interest in building a strong chapter in Brunswick County. This chapter then will focus, in concert with the OIFC, to address important fishery related issues effecting our waters. We will have the tourney brochure out in a week but the basic format is as follows: King Mackerel Division[SKA sanctioned division 9]. Entry is $235 which include a one year membership or renewal to CCA. Tourney will pay 20 places; first place $10,000 plus calcuttas[based on 150 entries]. Tuna/Dolphin/Wahoo Division. Entry fee is $335 which includes a one year membership or renewal to CCA. Winner based on combined weight of one fish each of eligible species. Pays 5 places plus big fish calcuttas for each species. Trout/Flounder/Redfish Division: Entry fee is $135 which includes a one year membership or renewal to CCA. Winner based on combined weight of one fish of each eligible species. Pays 5 places plus big fish calcuttas for each species. The Captain's meeting will be held Sept 14 at OIFC at 7:00; free dinner starting at 6:00, and a auction event featuring tackle/equipment from many of the major manufactures as well as fishing trips/schools from the best know Captain's in the area. All entry fees/auction items are 100% deductible to you as CCA is a nonprofit organization. The format of the tourney allows you to enter any or all of the divisions and fish any division any 2 days beginning September 15 thru September 22. You will declare your fishing days and scales will open 4:00 each day with 5:00 deadline to be in line. We will be running our off island free shuttle so please use it and help us manage the traffic from the event. There will be free raffle prizes only for shuttle riders. So; join us for this CCA Fishing Rodeo and help us build a strong voice as we continue to fight various fishery related issues effecting our waters. Thanks. Rube McMullan any questions can be directed to me at Rubemc@att.net
- Rube McMullan
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"LBARA Tournament" | Stori Teller-24' | 08/07/07
 

No real "new" news. But I just talked with Bob Black and he has some real exciting things lined up. Brant is donating OIFC T shirts to participants of Team OIFC so get me the shirt sizes of the fishermen or ladies fishing your boat. We realize that this event will take place the same time as the CCA tournament, but as Bob said for this year it is what it is and we'll work things out next year. I've gotten committments from more area fishermen. The LBARA does some great things for the fisheries in our area so it is very important that we support them. Thanks
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"State of the union" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/06/07
 

The dog days of August Summer are upon us and man is it hot. And just like you and me, who prefer to stay in the comfort of AC, the fish too feel the affects of hot water. Currently the water in the ICW is 87 and the ocean water temperatures range from 84-86. That is hot water, wherever you go, and thus the fish are feeling discomfort. As such, you have to put yourself in the fish?s position. What would you do if it were blistering hot. If you stayed in the heat, you?d be lethargic and not very hungry, which is what some of the fish have done that have stayed near shore. However, if you were not interested in messing with the heat and you had an option to get cooler, you would. And thus, many of the fish that have been inhabiting the near shore depths of 40-60 feet have moved offshore to the 80-110 foot range where they can get into deeper water and thus cooler water. For those of you who cannot venture offshore to this 25+ mile range to get to deeper water, fishing early in the AM will likely produce the best action when the surface water is coolest. Also, fishing with downriggers and fishing very slow will also help your chances. For those of you who can get offshore, again, downriggers are deadly and slow presentation will further your chances. The king mackerel are spread all over this deeper range and while the majority are in the 10-15 pound class, there are larger fish mixed in. The good thing about kings offshore is that they feed heavily on cigar minnows, and thus if you can?t get live bait, a slow trolled dead cigar minnow is often just as effective. Also in this 80-110 foot range the snapper are especially biting good. Vermillion snapper in the 1-4 pound range are very prevalent and by simply using a two hook drop rig with a small piece of squid, you should be able to get your limit of these great eating fish without trouble. Also the red, scamp and gag grouper will be mixed in as well in this range. Further offshore, the wahoo bite has continued pretty good along the break in 140-250 feet of water. In addition, fishermen continue to see quite a few sailfish with the scattered dolphin and even tuna. That?s pretty much the state of the union right now. Fishing near shore is pretty tough, but that isn?t to say there aren?t fish to be caught. Offshore is where the big bite is happening, so if you get the chance, head on out. Good luck and good fishing.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"LBRA Turnament" | Stori Teller-24' | 08/04/07
 

ATTENTION ALL FISHERMEN!!!! Team OIFC is once again gearing up for the Long Bay Artifical Reef Asociation's annual tournament. I have just been informed that I will be spearheading the OIFC effort to get out team together. I've gotten commitments from some exellent local flounder fishermen already. This is an excellent opportunity for us to fish together as a team, representing Brunswick County,the OIFC, while helping our friends at the LBARA continue to improve our fisheries. The tournament is slated for Sept.21 and 22. We need "lines in the water" in order to be successful in bringing home the hardware. I'll keep you posted as I learn more. Visit www.lbara.com for further information. Contact me at the OIFC, or my cell 910-443-0531 or email sunset69@atmc.net. Let's bring home the gold!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Weekly Sails Report" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 08/04/07
 

There are two truths about billfishing I have discovered. (1) You are either a hero or a zero and (2) It ain't a long walk from the penthouse to the outhouse. Today I had the pleasure of getting to fish with long time friend Sonny Carter, his son J.D. (of NC/SC Governor's Cup fame), and several of Sonny's business associates who had heard of our recent successes and wanted to cash in. First Mate Rudy Upton ran the cockpit as we went back to one of the usual places, the good old Horseshoe. We got a late start, but were thrilled to see that even after this easterly blow (which lasted most of the week) the bait is still there. We skirted around bait pods all day and saw tons of flyers, but managed only one definite sailfish bite. Interestingly enough, all our bites (including mackerel and bonitas) came from our shotgun line, which I have started to fish when targeting sails. This bait is not as far back as a shotgun line would be when targeting tuna or dolphin, but it is well separated from the rest of the spread, at the edge of where you can see it. The fact that this is all the fish would hit makes me think that they are not feeding aggressively, right next to the boat (and the dredge, like they typically do. What I want to try next, when confronted with the same situation, is live bait under a kite. This will get everything back further away from the boat and hopefully get these fish feeding even when they are in a more timid mood. It works wonders in Florida, so why not here? On another note, I just got in the pictures from another sailfish encounter on the MacMarlen, taken earlier this week. Butch Armstrong, his son Jason, and Greg Crumpton went with Capt. Scott Hewett and myself and were able to catch this 74 inch beauty on a circle-hook rigged ballyhoo. These guys have fished around the world (especially Costa Rica) and are wanting to do some damage in the billfish record books. We were thrilled that Greg could check Atlantic Sailfish off from his list of species towards his Royal Grand Slam. I think he is up to four species total, so he is well on his way. Good luck to Greg and the rest of the crew--we'd love to have you back on board to chase some more of the elusive fish on your list.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"New King lure" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/03/07
 

I've been testing a new King lure last couple weeks. Actually, a friend in Minnesota turned me on to it where they use it for Walleye and Muskie fishing. I've used it on last 3 trips where I caught approx 20 Kings, several Dolphin, and 2 Sailfish. Of approx 25 fish, this lure accounted for 20 of them. It operates on a theory of generating hydro kinetic energy that is then transformed to your bait fish and thus attracts predator fish to you. Maybe thats what happens or maybe it scares your live bait so that he is putting out the hydro kinetic energy. I'm not a scientist, but I can tell you it works. Wire it inline on your King rig 3 inches above your bait or connected to swivel where you tie in to your line. We have them here at OIFC. Comes in red,green or clear and cost $9.99. Give it a try. We can ship them to wherever you're located. Give us a call at 910575FISH. Thanks. YEEHAW FISH CALL!!!!


- Rube McMullan
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"You guessed it..." | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 08/01/07
 

The brothers Newell struck again on Sunday, Bob and Edwin teaming catching a sail at the 100/400 for team Black Dog. You know we'll have to watch out for them in next years tournament. Hunter and Lyle got one on Tuesday at the Jungle. Everyone go ahead and get your practice in. Bear in mind, if this tournament is a go, it's going to reward dead bait trollers over live bait fisherment. Hint hint... Jamie Blue and Zach Faulkner said they are going to give it a try tomorrow on towards the Jungle so we'll see if the spindlebeaks are biting down that way. Stay tuned.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"'Cuda Fishing" | It Works- 27' | 07/31/07
 

Due to the north east wind today, the king mackerel bite was extremely slow, so on my pm trip, we decided to do a little 'cuda fishing. We managed to coax one on the line, a beauty at 43", and around 30 lbs. Contrary to what many people think, these fish are outstanding game fish, quite often skyrocketing out of the water when striking, really smoking off the line when they run, and even jumping during the fight. The best part of 'cuda fishing is that it is a catch and release fishery, which translates into a very sustainable, highly exiciting big game fishery. The best areas to 'cuda fish are any wreck or buoy from 30 feet of water on out. You start out by catching a spanish on a clark spoon, then rigging it live with 3-4 #1 or #2 trebles on #9 wire, making the rig just like your normal live bait king rigs. Put the spanish out in your spread in the propwash, then pull it around the buoy or over the wreck, and wait for the explosion. This is guaranteed to be one of the most breathtaking strikes you will ever witness. If you haven't tried 'cuda fishing before, give it a chance, you won't regret it. The weather is looking good for the next several days, and we happen to have some openings, so give us a call and let us show you what excitement is all about, be it king mackerel, wahoo in the gulf stream, or 'cuda fishing.  


- Capt. Lyndon Carter
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"Save our pogies SAVED!!!!!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/31/07
 

There's been a whole lot of politicing going on last couple weeks on the menhaden bill in the State Legislature. The bill cleared the House and was sent to the Senate. It was assigned to the Seafood and Agriculture committee where I think the plan was for it to die.HOWEVER, due to the effort of all you fishermen out there it did not die, and Saturday morning at 9:00am it passed the Senate with a resounding 38-5 majority. So what happened, and how did we go from the same failures we have endured in the past to victory! The credit goes to several:
[1] you fishermen for letting Senator Soles and Senator Albertson know how important this bill is.
[2] Representative Bonner Stiller for introducing the bill in the House and being it's champion throughout the process, never giving up, and continuing to fight the battle for us fishermen.
[2] Senator R.C Soles for understanding how important the bill is to us fishermen, and using his considerable influence to get it out of comittee and to the Senate floor where it passed by a overwhelming vote.

You would have to have been in the middle of this thing  to understand the amazing dynamics of what happened. For the last week, I was advised repeatedly that it was a dead deal, however with the incredible support for the bill  that Senator Soles saw from his constituents, Senator Soles stepped in and saved the day. Where it appeared the bill would be a victim of "politics", in the end, our elected officials heard your voice and responded to the public rather than letting the bill be killed. The public prevailed and this is a great feeling to know that our government will be steered by the citizens if we make our voice loud enough and directed enough. For us residents of Brunswick County, we are blessed to have Bonner Stiller as our  representative in the House and Senator R.C. Soles as our senator in the Senate. These elected officials need and deserve our support. They both went way out on a limb to get the bill passed, and now we must reward them with our support.

What does this mean for our Brunswick County waters? After the Governor signs the bill[which I can't imagione he wouldn't with the strength of the vote], we have saved the pogies from commercial purse seine netting in our state waters. This will be "law" and cannot be changed unless a new bill is passed. That would be a stretch which we obviously would fight. Brunswick County will be put on the world stage as taking a strong step forward with fishery conservation matters and I believe our area will be viewed as a "fishing mecca" in North Carolina.

Congrats to everyone and please drop a email of thanks to bonners@ncleg.net and rcsoles@ncleg.net. Thanks again for your support. Rube McMullan


- Rube McMullan
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"King Fish" | It Works- 27' | 07/30/07
 

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. The king mackerel bite has been really consistent in 70+ feet depths, with a pretty consistent bite in 60+ feet the last week due to the fact that a cold front cooled the water down 3-4 degrees. There is still an above average sailfish bite in 70+ feet of water. Today, I took two groups out. On my am trip, we boated 6 kings, and released 9 more in 65 feet of water. The bite was nothing short of on fire. On the pm trip, the bite had slowed quite a bit, however, we pulled it out at the end before an incoming storm forced us back to the dock. The 2 kings weighed 26.05 lbs, and 32.65 lbs. I don't think anyone would complain about slow action with 2 smokers like this!! The weather has been great, the fishing world class, all that's missing is you! Come on down and go with us!!


- Capt. Lyndon Carter
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/30/07
 

Despite entering into the ?dog days? of Summer, offshore fishing has actually picked up over the past week. Often this time of year the high water temperatures cause the offshore fish to become lethargic and thus produce less fishing action. However, for whatever reason, the offshore bite for wahoo, sailfish, king mackerel, snapper and grouper has been very good over the past week. The biggest surprise has been the very good wahoo fishing that has been taking place along the edge of the break in 140-200 feet of water. The Winyah Scarp area has been producing the best action, but there has also been good action at the 100/400 and Black Jack hole area. The wahoo have been biting trolled ballyhoo behind skirts with blue/white and black/purple being the most productive skirt colors. In addition, there continue to be an above average number of sailfish being caught anywhere from 60 feet out to the 180+ foot depths. There are two ways that sailfish are most commonly caught in our area. The majority are caught by fishermen fishing for king mackerel, slow trolling either live or dead bait. In this instance, the sailfish are certainly welcome, but a totally incidental catch. The other technique involves actually targeting the sailfish by trolling with teaser chains and dredges in an attempt to draw the sailfish?s attention to the boat. Once the sailfish is in the spread focused on the teaser, you pitch a small rigged ballyhoo to them and pull the teaser away. The sailfish will see the bait and almost always attack it. This form of ?bait and switch? has been made famous in Central America and now the opportunity is presenting itself right here off our beaches. If you are serious about catching sailfish, this technique is deadly effective, however it takes a lot of practice and keen observation. Once you set your teasers, you must keep a very close watch so you can be ready when the sailfish shows up. The advantage to this style is that you get to actually see and feed the fish, which is fun and challenging, and you get to pick whatever size tackle you want to fight the fish on. In addition to the sailfish and wahoo, the grouper and especially snapper have been biting very good in the 90-110 foot depth range. Also, the king mackerel have been biting this week at the Jungle as well as most of the bottom fishing hot spots in 80-100 feet of water. A great day of fishing might include anchoring over good structure in 100 feet and catching grouper and snapper while drifting back live snapper on top and catching king mackerel. All in all, the fishing has been strong this past week, and I hope it continues. We are now in the last 1/3 of the Summer season and I?ve all ready got Fall on my mind: I can?t wait. *** Also- new school dates announced for October-- come join me- call (910) 575-3474 xt 3 to reserve a spot.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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