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"Got ballyhoos?" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 07/29/07
 

Got the pictures from Jimmy Lee Williams and Capt. Drew Shytle today from their adventures in the Gulf Stream yesterday. They fished with Mr. and Ms. Gus and really mugged the wahoos. They ended up with thirteen, a few dolphin, a blackfin tuna, some king mackerel, and some rainbow runners. Drew said they quit fishing when they ran out of bait. Ilander Flashers were the hot item riding in front of their baits. I guess the weather has just been different this year--it feels like August on the beaches, June when you are 30 miles offshore, and October in the Gulf Stream! There is actually a band of cooler water as you move offshore, and that edge forming up against the Gulf Stream is causing the Winyah Scarp area to hold mucho bait. Anyone want to get out and try it? We've got a few scattered openings over the next two weeks. We can go offshore for the wahoos or do a full day to target sailfish. Let's go fishing!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Action everywhere" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 07/28/07
 

I think everyone fished today, and the results were pretty solid. Capt. Brant finished in the top 10 in the Greater Wilmington King Mackerel Tournament on the Carolina Contender, and while we couldn't replicate his success on the Fight'n Triton, we found the Horseshoe covered up with dolphin, mackerel, and once again, a sailfish. Just wish we could have caught a heavier king. Jamie Blue nailed a 39 pounder at the Jungle, where it seems like the bite finally heated up again. Too bad he wasn't in the tourney--I think that fish would have won. Capt. Drew Shytle on the Crowd Pleaser has been fishing the Gulf Stream hard this week down towards the Winyah Scarp and just called to say that they absolutely crushed the wahoos and the dolphins today. He promised to send me pictures of their catch tomorrow. It's getting to be that time to start heading offshore again, and I'm fired up about that. Finally, Gene Williams sent me these pictures of the giant redfish that he, James Hodge, and Brad Barbee have been targeting right off the beaches. It's good to know that this fishery, which were once thought to be exclusive to Cape Lookout and points north is thriving in this area. There will be much more to report with fair winds on the horizon, so I'll try to keep everyone posted. If anyone wants to go dead bait trolling for sails, I think we have an opening on Thursday...Results have been pretty good lately...910 575 FISH...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Capt. Brant's Fishing School" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/28/07
 

I am fairly good at inshore fishing but wanted to gain some knowledge at off shore angling, so my son Jeff and I signed up for Brant's school. As Brant can, and probably will, tell you I have a LOT to learn. Also attending were Butch (I apogize for not rembering his last name) and Gary Hurley, publisher of The Fisherman's Post. Brant covered in depth everything from determing where to fish for Kings to "his" very simple way to throw a Pogy Net in the land class Thursday. Friday was spent putting our knowledge to practical use. The seas were glassy and the weather perfect,ideal for the school. Sounds just like a Rube weather report doesn't it. First we located Pogies and after a spectacular throw by yours truely we had enough bait for the day. Brant let the others throw for the experience. Then we were off to catch Kings. We spent the rest of the day fishing the 50 to 70 foot range, boating six nice Kings for Gary and Butch to eat. We caught many more which were released with Brant showing the proper way. We fished several locations with positive results at each. We all signed up for the school to learn, which we did. But each had other motives as well. Butch wanted to become a better fisherman so he could teach his son. Gary was writing an article. I wanted to spend quality time with my son, as well as learn to become a better fisherman and to better help custumers at the OIFC. Jeff wanted to improve his off shore skills and give me this as my birthday present. All of us reached our goals plus more! A special thanks goes out to Brant for putting on an excellent school. I really recommend this school, even to the experienced King fisherman.........Thanks Brant
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/23/07
 

Fish & Fishermen Get Heat Relief by Capt. Brant McMullan It is so nice to wake up in the morning and not break a sweat between the front door and the car door. Over the weekend we had a welcome cool front pass through the and bring low humidity and temperatures in the 80?s. And although it also brought strong winds which made fishing offshore difficult, I am personally happy to sacrifice a day or two of getting beat up on the ocean for a few days of heat relief. All last week we fought aggravating southwest winds at 15-20 knots and seas in the 3-5 foot range. It was sloppy seas, but they were not bad enough not to go, but just bad enough to make many of our parties lose their lunches and keep everyone off balance and hanging on. The fishing was also a bit tougher as it seems that most of the kings, dolphin, cobia?. that have been holding in the 50-70 foot range have moved offshore to the 80-90 foot depth range. As such, we had to try to beat our way offshore to deeper water in order to have the best success. The good news is that when we were able to get there, the kings were biting quite well along with a mix of dolphin and quite few sailfish. On Saturday, I released two sailfish and caught a mahi and a bunch of kings aboard the Ocean Isle Fishing Center boat while fishing 85 feet of water. Capt. Roger released two sailfish last week as well aboard the ShowTime while fishing the Raritan. Hot spots have included the Atlantic Ledge, 22 mile rocks, 26 mile rocks, Raritan and Horseshoe. Due to last week?s rough seas, we weren?t able to find pogys for most of the week and caught most of our fish on dead cigar minnows. It is true that I preach and push live bait fishing whenever possible, but if you can?t get live bait or don?t want to take the time, a dead cigar minnows slow trolled behind a Cape Lookout skirt is hard to beat. Looking ahead to this week, I think the forecasted stable weather may likely bring more action back to the 50-70 foot depth range. We have started seeing the pogys again along Ocean Isle and Holden Beach, so live baiting is back in the picture. On the offshore fishing scene, I have gotten reports of a few guys still heading to the break and doing quite well on wahoo. If you?ve got the itch, don?t overlook this possibility. Good fishing and catch you next week.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/23/07
 

Finally! We have a gotten a weather change, and although it made the weekend a bit rough, this week looks very nice. The kings are still biting, but they are scattered in the 50-70 foot depth range. Once you get to the 80 foot depth they are more prevalent along with a mix of dolphin and quite a few Sailfish-- on Saturday I had 2 Sailfish, a mahi and a bunch of kings in this range. The Pogys have shown back up on the beach and have been holding off of Holden and Ocean Isle. Come on down and enjoy the great weather this week as the temps look to stay in the low 80's and the winds light-- the fishing should be excellent. Also, this weekend I am hosting another fishing school and currently have 2 spots open. This week's school has the ground school portion on Thursday PM from 6-8pm and the fishing will be all day on Friday. Call me at (910) 575-3474 xt 3 or email with interest. Capt. Brant
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Inshore Update" | Stori Teller-24' | 07/22/07
 

There is no doubt that the dogs days of summer are officially here, but thankfully the fishing has remained strong, despite air temperatures in the 90's and water temps soaring in the mid 80's.  The flounder bite has continued to be strong, with a couple of recent days producing exceptional numbers of fish.  I didn't see one over 4lbs this past week, but the numbers of fish made up for it.  The flounder are biting basically everywhere, from the creeks and inlets, out to the nearshore reefs in 35 - 40 feet of water.  There are still a few trout lurking around, most of which are nice ones, averaging from 2 - 4 pounds.  Finally, things on the redfish front have also been good, with plenty of reds being found in the creeks and in the ICW.  The key is to locate the baitfish (there are tons of finger mullet right now) and in most cases the reds and trout aren't far behind.  I've seen reds of all sizes this past week, from 12" puppies to big bulls pushing 40", so be prepared, you never know how big that drum is going to be when he bites.  So don't let the hot weather stop you, get out there on the water nad catch some fish. 


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Flounder Reort" | Stori Teller-24' | 07/21/07
 

Us inshore guys have been extremely pleased with the flounder action over the past few days. Captain Kyle of the Stori Teller reported to me that he had nine keeper flat fish and two trout in the four pound range Thursday. His charter was so happy with the day that she not only helped Kyle clean the fish, but helped him wash the boat. Now that's a happy customer!!! Today I went out with family and friends and nailed two flounder in the 16" range right off in the Shallotte Inlet. Big Zack of the OIFC had a great day with 12 in the 16"+ range. All were caught on a falling tides, at the beach side of the Shallotte Inlet. We were both using mullet which were easily caught in the concrete canals at OIB. Finally, a local fisherman advised he'd been netting shrimp around the fishing boats in the Calabash River. A lot of info., I know, but we at the OIFC are comitted to helping everone's fishing experience.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Menhaden bill" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/19/07
 

Ok, been digging deep into the political world and here is the deal on the menhaden bill that is stuck in Senator Albertson's committee. Long story, but here is what needs to happen. Senator RC Soles[a Democrate] is co-sponsor of bill with Stiller[a Republican]. Senator Soles represents Brunswick County. As a Democrate with years of service and great respect in the Senate, he has the power to get Sen Albertson[a Democrate] to move the bill out of committee. It's a question of how aggressive Sen Soles is willing to be to get the bill moved. He needs to hear loud and clear from his constituents that the bill must be moved out of Sen Albertson's committee so it can be voted on in the Senate. Senator Soles is the key so PLEASE contact him by tele at his office #910-6532015  and by email Rcsoles@ncleg.net. The telephone contact is most effective. This is a time critical matter. Thanks. Rube McMullan


- Rube McMullan
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"Fishing Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/17/07
 

It has been a bit since I've reported and sorry for that. We have been busy running fishing charters as we hit the middle of the Summer tourist season-- 1/2 day fishing trips galore. We are in a typical Summer pattern right now with SW winds between 10 and 20 knots-- typically lighter in the AM and then picking up by 2 or 3pm. The kings are scattered around, but for the most part, they have retreated back offshore to the 80-100 foot depth range. Spots such as the Atlantic Ledge and Horseshoe have been producing well. Also in this depth range we are seeing some Grouper and still the occasional Mahi and Cobia. We have also been seeing a lot of Sailfish in this range as well. Further offshore, I got a good report last Saturday of some good wahoo catches at the 100/400 and Winyah Scarp areas. There are plenty of Pogys on the beach for bait, so that has been nice and consistent. The fishing is not crazy good, but it is decent and to par with what late July normally offers. This coming weekend I have a fishing school and have 1 spot left if anyone is intersted. The ground school is Thurs. PM from 6-8pm with fishing all day on Saturday-- call me at (910) 575-3474 xt 3 if you have interest.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Sails pitch" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 07/15/07
 

Ok, the evidence is overwhelming. I had the priviledge of fishing today on Norris Buff's "Johnny Mike" with Norris and First Mate Rudy Upton. We ran in the slop out to the Raritan and pulled four naked ballyhoo on circle hooks along with two teasers, a squid chain trailed by a blue/white Ilander and a pink Moldcraft widerange. We dealt with a couple of peanut dolphin fish harassing our baits, but no doubt about it, after thirty minutes, a sail rose to our right rigger bait and sucked it right out of the pin. Rudy dropped it back and then cranked down to the fish, but nothing there. No worries. We reset and it wasn't fifteen minutes until the bait in the same position got hit again. Rudy freespooled the reel for what seemed like an eternity until the speed of the line changed and then he came tight. Bingo! The sailfish tailwaked through the rest of the spread as we gunned the boat and cranked in teasers to keep lines untangled. Norris fought the fish to nearly boatside, but the sail managed to jump one last time and free himself. No matter--we were going to let it go anyway--we'll just call that a sportsman's release. All this adds up to one thing--SAILFISH TOURNEY NEXT SUMMER! Expect a format that rewards trolling and circle hooks over live bait and traditional Js. Of course, all sails will be released and scored on the honor system, but you can count on dolphin being added to the points total. I am open to any and all input on this event, so keep those emails coming.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Menhaden bill stuck in Senate committee" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/13/07
 

Representative Stiller's bill on restricting commercial menhaden netting off Brunswick County was passed by the House and sent to the Senate. It is in the Seafood and Agriculture Committee chaired by Senator Albertson. We need everyone to contact Senator Albertson and encourage him to approve the bill and move it out of his committee so it can go to the Senate floor to be voted on. The message to Senator Albertson is that protecting menhaden is critical to the very important recreational fishery in Brunswick County and thus is very important to our tourist industry. There is no commercial conflict as there is no North Carolina company involved in the business. Protecting our tourism based recreationalfishing industry is critical to our Brunswick County economy. His email address is: charliea@ncleg.net Everyone please send a email, letter or tele call. Thanks.
- Rube McMullan
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"Post Storm Report" | Show Time- 34' | 07/13/07
 

We, inshore fisherman at the OIFC have been wondering what effect the recent turbulant weather would have on our fishing. Well, yesterday one of the "Fishing Center's" expert inshore fishermen Zack Faulkner, (for inshore advice, Zack works in the store) set out flounder fishing. First of all he netted some live shrimp in the waterway, a good sign. Then he proceeded to Tubbs inlet where he caught a 6.35 lb. citation flounder. Congrats to Zack!!! His trip indicates that the inshore bite is still on. The July 4th crowd has slacked off, so come down and "Get ya' some!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Live Bait Fishing School" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/12/07
 

Had a great school last weekend as students and I caught several kings, dolphin, jacks and sharks. Everyone learned to tie rigs, throw a cast net, angle fish, use a downrigger..... A-Z, it was covered-- AND, believe it or not, we caught a 30 pound king and finished 7th out of 220 boats in the East Coast Got'em On King Classic. I have a couple more schools scheduled for this season. I am hosting 2 remaining classes on Thursday PM from 6-8pm for "ground school" and then fishing all day Friday. I currently have 2 openings for July 19-20 class and 4 openings for July 26-27 class. Call Capt. Brant at (910) 575-3474 xt3 to inquire.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Sailfish tournament idea gathers momentum" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 07/11/07
 

The seas were a bit sloppy this morning, but Capt. Roger and First Mate Matt Holt toughed it out with Dr. Allen Lish and his son Ryan.  They hooked up with this sail in the vicinity of Christina's ledge and got a great release on her, watching her swim away to fight again.  This is one of the larger sails caught this year, and the angler was one of the youngest, at ten years old.  So how about that!  After all, Ocean Isle Beach does have the North Carolina sailfish record, which is likely to stand,.  The 100 pounder was caught in 1987, before releasing them was as common as it was today.  I've already heard from some of you, but if you haven't emailed me yet, don't be shy.  I want to hear what you think about the idea of such an event for next year.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"He will not be denied!" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 07/11/07
 

Quite some time ago we realized that Matt Rogers is absolutely determined to become a better fisherman. Matt's family lives in Bladenboro, over an hour from the coast, and he does not have a boat, but that's not about to stop him. When he's not fishing, he's reading about fishing. If there's an event at the OIFC, he's there asking if he can help. This weekend, he got the opportunity to go to Capt. Brant's Live Bait 101, which was held in conjunction with the East Cost Got 'Em On Tournament out of Carolina Beach. This was Matt's first tournament and I'll let him tell you about it in his own words: "We boarded the Carolina Contender at 5:30am and started tying rigs and setting up our rods. Then we headed out of Shalotte Inlet around 6:15 to find some pogies and started to get our hands dirty by thowing the cast net. Bait was good but was scattered around the Holden Beach Pier there must have been 20 or more boats. After about 3 hours of cast netting everyone in the class got to net some pogies. With our baitwells full we headed out to 80 foot of water as we set lines. At this point everyone in the class was ready to start fishing. We hooked bait and slow trolled around over and over.At around 12 or 1 o'clock there was already one mid-teens king and dolphin in the box. We continued to set lines. At around 1:45 is when I set the downrigger and it wasn't 3 minutes before the drag started screaming! I rushed and got the rod while anonther class member got the downrigger up. We knew indeed it was a king. I fought the fish around I'd say 30 mins before I saw color and knew right then we were heading to the scales. By now it was after 2:00 and we had 2 dolphin, and a mid-teens class king and a 30 pounder in the bag, but we still didn't stop the day yet. We released a couple of small dog sharks,and a 40lb AJ and broke another one off at the boat. By now it was time to get the lines in and head off to the scales. We got to do alot of sight seeing of Bald Head Island and other remarkable land marks as we made our way thorugh the Cape Fear River on up to the docks where we got a photo or 2 of the fish and weighed it in. This was my biggest king mackerel yet weighing in at 30.55 lb which would get us 8th place in the Got'Em On. By that time I think everyone in the class was ready to call it a day we got to enjoy a nice ride back to the OIFC where we cleaned our catch and all thanked each other for the help and things we learned in the class.All the guys in the class Charles, Bob, Larry and myself and most of all Brant all made it happen everyone had there on part in getting us to the scales." We're all proud of Matt and wish him the best in his fishing endeavors. Hopefully the experience hasn't spoiled him--not everyone catches a 30+ mackerel in their first SKA tournament! Matt wanted to say thanks to Capt. Brant McMullan, Capt. Barrett McMullan, Capt. Amy McMullan, Capt. Roger Gales, Capt. Lyndon Carter, Capt. Kyle Hughes, Brian Aycock, Stephen Hunter (Fight'n Triton Fishing Team), and Ray Labonte (Plumb Crazy Fishing Team) for helping him. Keep it up Matt!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Weekend rundown" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 07/10/07
 

It's hot right now, but don't let that keep you off the water. The heat didn't deter Jody Thompson this weekend as he caught this sail on the FishBonz. Also, Jeff on the Martini decided to switch it up a bit and ended up with these hog snapper and a giant spiny lobster. Steven Godbold got this sail while fishing the Got "Em on Tourney at the 30/30. It was his first. Any takers out there on the idea of a sailfish tourney? Get on the email and let me know.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Inshore Update" | Stori Teller-24' | 07/09/07
 

Well, summer is finally here.  With air temperatures soaring into the 90's,  it certainly makes for some hot days on the water.  But on the bright side, the fish are still biting pretty well.  I've been seeing good numbers of redfish, trout, and flounder, mostly from the usual hotspots around the area.  We've been catching reds of all sizes, from puppies to "over the slot" fish that have been running up to 10 pounds.  There have also been some nice trout around also, including a few gators up to 6 pounds.  on the flounder scene, the usual summertime spots like Tubbs and Shallotte Inlets have been producing well, and the have also been some nice fish on some of the nearshore wrecks/reefs also.  So don't let the heat stop you, get out there and go fishing.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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""Blue" Water Adventures" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 07/06/07
 

Check out the OIFC's own Jamie Blue, helping his sister release a sail from yesterday at the Raritan. This is the second sail caught by Jamie this year on his 21' center console. There's a ton of bait out there right now, and Lyndon reported hooking on and seeing a free jumper today. Maybe we need to start our own tournament down here...
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"Bite is on the way" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/05/07
 

Beeen kinda weird last few days with weather pattern we have had. The water is full of bait and fish should be biting, but Kings have been very spotty. What we are seeing are tons of spanish on offshore fishing grounds feeding on glass minnows. In the world of tourney fishing, this is the classic senario you look for, and if I were tourney fishing,  I would catch a live spanish and deploy him to serve as the special of the day to a 40lb King. They got to be there where the big schools of spanish are holding such as 90/90 and Jungle.

Cobia reappeared yesterday as a number were caught by the fleet. Weather is stabalizing and I expect fish to go on all out feeding frenzy as they must be hungrey by now.


- Rube McMullan
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"Fish/weather outlook" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/01/07
 

The incredible King/Dolphin fishing we have been experiencing last couple weeks slowed last couple days with the weather change. However, we're seeing tons of bait in the 65 foot area[cigars/sardines] and as is always the case, where there is bait there are predador fish. I think with the weather change they're just not biting as good as they were. High pressure is building in now for next couple days, and by mid week we should be back in another stable weather pattern, and on Wednesday they should go on an all out feeding frenzy lasting thru the weekend. In meantime, great opportunity to get a few brownie points, enjoy the cool northeast breeze we will have for next couple days, as this is probably last cool air we will have for the summer.

The jelly balls are here now and so are the spade fish on the near shore wrecks. This is great light tackle fun. Please remember these fish are very prone to over fishing so keep what you want for dinner and go to catch and release so they will be there for another day.


- Rube McMullan
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