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"" | Black Pearl- 31' | 06/10/07
 

I'm sorry that it's been awhile since I've posted any inshore reports, but Captains Amy, Brant and Chris have had all of us at the OIFC stocking up on fishing supplies and bait for this upcomming busy season. We're keeping a good supply of mud minnows, DOA's and Gulp for us inshore folks. Which brings me to an update on my fishing. Thursday, after work, Jeff and I loaded up on OIFC mud minnows and headed out for our favorite prey...flounder. We arrived in Tubbs, on a falling tide, located a creek mouth with water flowing out and proceeded to drift. Within fifteen minutes we landed 2 fat flatties, each 16 and @ 17 inches respectively. A short time later when the tide ebbed the bite turned off. None the less we had enough flounder for a good supper. I've heard of good bites in the Shallotte River with an 8 pounder weighed in at the OIFC, and I know they are in Tubbs. I'll keep you posted.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"POGIES HERE !!!" | Show Time- 34' | 06/09/07
 

The POGIES have arrived off the beaches at the OIFC. We have fresh pogies that are now on sale for 18 dollers a dozen. A must have for Kings, Cobia, and Grouper.


- First Mate- Matt Holt
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"Perfect weather starting Sunday" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/09/07
 

Looks like another week of perfect fishing conditions starting Sunday. Today we have a little SW winds[15kts] in front of lite cold front that will pass thru tonight giving us stable high pressure into next week. We have boats in stream today so will have updated gulf stream report this evening. Thursday Roger  on Showtime had decent catch of Dolphin and Kings so action still good. Also Dolphin showing up in Atlantic Ledge area mixed in with Kings. Kings bite should gear up good this week as weather stabalizes. Cobia are appearing and will bite a cobia jig tipped with squid or live bait if you have it. Capt Barrett reports seeing pogies from his parasail viewpoint at Ocean Isle and Holden.


- Rube McMullan
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"The bite of the wicked wahoo" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 06/05/07
 

First Mate Rudy Upton found out first hand on Saturday just how sharp the teeth of a wahoo are.  Rudy was fishing with Rudy Sr., on the "Double R" down at the Winyah Scarp when the citation wahoo bit yet another BWC Bling head (Mr. Sparkle strikes again!).  The seas were rough, and in the confusion of the fish coming into the boat, the business end somehow found a way to latch itself onto poor Rudy's leg.  Between the razor sharp teeth and the point of the gaff, the wound required double-digit stitches to close.  Thankfully, the fish's teeth missed the artery, but Rudy still had to hold his leg together for the 60 mile run home in building seas.  I guess there are worse scenarios, but please, please exercise caution when bringing a large wahoo into the boat.  By the way, the wahoo weighed 41.10 pounds.  His father said the certificate acted as a good anesthesia while the doctor was stitching him back together.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/05/07
 

Weather Finally Offers Fish a Break by Capt. Brant McMullan Well, it was a great run of great weather and great fishing we?ve had over the past couple of weeks, but you knew it couldn?t last forever. Tropical Storm Barry moved in from the South, and as is typical of almost every named storm, it passes within 100 miles of Brunswick County and thus affects us in some way. This time, the effects were not so negative as the rain we so badly needed was certainly nice to have. However, if you?re a fisherman, the wind and rain have kept you on the sidelines for the last few days. But who?s complaining? The weather was so perfect and the fishing so good for the last couple of weeks that I was getting worn out. Day after day with big catches of dolphin, wahoo, tuna, king mackerel, spanish mackerel, grouper, snapper and cobia. You name it, they were biting. In the Gulf Stream the action continues consistently good for dolphin and wahoo with occasional yellowfin tuna still being caught. Most of the dolphin are in the 10-20 pound range and the wahoo in the 20-40 pound range. Recently we?ve been mostly fishing the Stream to the south near the Winyah Scarp area and most of our better bites have been coming in the 180-220 foot range. We have found recently that ?popping? lure heads in blue/white over small ballyhoo have been the most effective. The waters are full of flying fish, and as such, this lure head and ballyhoo combination mimics a fleeing flying fish quite effectively. In addition, we?ve also had good luck with black and purple over larger ballyhoo for the wahoo and some of the large dolphin as many of the larger wahoo, tuna and dolphin consistently feed on small tunas, and this combination mimics the prey effectively as well. The action in the Stream has been consistent, but I look for it to start slowing down over the next couple of weeks as the dolphin and wahoo move inshore and scatter before migrating north. As such, further inshore in the 50-80 foot depth range, the dolphin are beginning to show up and offer near shore anglers a taste of what the Gulf Stream fishermen have been bragging about all Spring. In addition, one of the biggest stories over the past week has been the arrival of the king mackerel. King Mackerel in the 8-15 pound range bit good at the 390/390 over the last few days as well Yaupon Reef, the Horseshoe, Jungle and Atlantic Ledge. The kings will continue to move inshore to their normal haunts and provide for consistent action through July. This of course just in time for the annual Jolly Mon King Classic king mackerel tournament. This year?s tournament will be held from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center with registration on Friday, June 22nd and a Captain?s choice format allowing teams to choose to fish in the tournament on either Saturday, June 23rd or Sunday, June 24th. The team that catches the largest king mackerel will walk away with over $20,000 in cash. In addition, prizes will be paid to top finishing youth anglers, lady anglers, senior anglers, teams fishing in boats less than 23 feet and much much more. There are dozens of ways to win and it really pays to involve your family in your day of fishing. That?s pretty much a snapshot of the fishing that has been taking place from our area. The recent wind and rain will likely stir up the water for a few days, but the forecast is calling for more stable weather toward the end of the week, which should bring the fishing back on-line by the weekend. Stay tuned for more reports of great fishing.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing School Opening" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/05/07
 

I've got a few fishing school openings left for the Summer. This coming weekend I've got 3 spots open for Grouper fishing class- June 9. I've also got openings for July 20 and July 27 live bait king mackerel classes. Call me at (910) 575-3474 to make a reservation.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"STILL GETTIN' EM" | Stori Teller-24' | 06/03/07
 

Today I definitely put too much faith in the weatherman.The forecast for today was for us to have steady rain with 30 knot winds, so after cancelling the morning trip based on this forecast I awoke to partly cloudy skies and light southerly breezes.With this new outlook on the days weather we decided to leave the dock at twelve and just see what happened.Our first stop was some docks where we have been catching some nice redfish.After 20 or so minutes with no luck we changed our position along with our target.We now had our sites set on flounder.We started in the back of a creek behind Ocean Isle and decided to drift our mud minnows along with current back out of the creek.We drifted the whole length of the creek,which took about thirty minutes with no luck.Our next plan of attack was to anchor the boat on the edge of the deeper areas of the creek and fan cast the area and retrieve the baits slowly back to the boat.The theory was to give the fish more than one look at the baits since they were not acting very aggressive this new tactic began to pay off very quickly.Within five minutes I was sliding the net underneath our first flounder.WE continued this through three or four more stops before it was time to point us back toward home.WE ended up with enough flounder for dinner and a trout or two for good measure
- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"STILL GETTIN' EM" | Stori Teller-24' | 06/03/07
 


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"I feel like a frog..." | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 06/03/07
 

The rain has finally let up here in Ocean Isle Beach but there may be more on the way. I'm finally starting to dry out from yesterday afternoon. I guess we need it here on land but the dolphin don't really seem to care one way or another. Fished with Capt. Scott yesterday at the 100/400 and we certainly had our share of bites. The rougher it got, the more the fish chewed. The only problem was that it go so bouncy we were losing them at the boat. Had one bull hooked up that was 40+ pounds that got off when the wind-on swivel hung inside a guide and ripped the guide out of the rod. Oh well. Capt. Shane and First Mate Macintosh did well down at the Winyah, they managed a larger class of fish than we did to the east. Had to end both trips early due to worsening conditions (when did it become a tropical storm!?!) but we got our share of dolphin. Wanted to share some pictures as well. Capt. Roger did well on the Carolina Contender on Thursday at the Winyah, and Capt. Drew Shytle out of Little River had this nice catch at the 100/400. Let's hope the fish get right back to biting when the wind dies down. It's mahi mania at Ocean Isle!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Hognose and more" | Show Time- 34' | 05/31/07
 

Drew Hager sent these pictures of his tuesday trip on the Showtime with Capt. Roger and myself. The dolphin fishing continues hot and heavy, but I sure would have liked to get the wahoo that ate our shotgun bait and took 300 yards of line. Also, Chris Edens caught this hog snapper on 10# test!!! The fish went 19 pounds. I won't tell you where he caught it, but I bet you can figure it out. According to Capt. Dick Blackmon out of Holden Beach, there are plenty of dolphin and amberjack in that area as well.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Same story" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/31/07
 

Sound like broken record, but weather continues stable and bite continues. Good catches of dolphin/wahoo with scattered tuna in stream. Lately best action at 100/400 and Scarf. Lot's of Blue Marlin being seen. Get tired of catching dolphin, slid off edge to 350 feet and pull large soft head Moldcrafts[big bait, big fish] or Islander/horse ballyhoo, [or fish live dolphin or blackfin King Mackerel style]. Now is the time of the year to catch the #1 glamor species that swims the sea. Weather looks good for stream thru Saturday so don't miss chance to particpate in the best bite of the year for the gulf stream. Inshore, Spanish are finally here in good numbers along beaches and around inlets and close in artificial reefs. More and more Cobia are showing. We have load of live eels arriving today which is guaranteed to generate a cobia bite. Best technique is to take a chum bag and run tight circles around articifial reef/buoys or wreck; stop the boat and free line a eel or pinfish or drop a cobia jig to bottom and jig up. Cobia will rise off bottom to your chum and try to climb into your boat.If nobody home, move on to next buoy or wreck. If you're slow trolling for Kings, drag chum or pogy oil dripper. Cobia are very sensitive to scent and will respond. Kings still best in 80-100 feet but will move in closer in good numbers in next couple weeks. Pogys are off Baldhead but we hope to have them available at OIFC soon. Hot update; just received report, Capt Lyndon on It Works reports Kings biting at 90/90.
- Rube McMullan
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"Pointy-nosed fish everywhere" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/30/07
 

Here is Billy Leonard's sail from the weekend. Also, Gene Norris caught one yesterday offshore of the 100/400. The billfish are out there and they're biting! Who wants to go pull Moldcrafts or four big Ilanders and a rigged Spanish on the flat line? Hang on!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Still biting" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/30/07
 

Quick report from Capt Chris; they're still biting. Showtime had good catch of Dolphin south yesterday. Lost several smoker wahoos. Capt Lyndon said good bite on Spanish along beach. Capt Brant caught a Cobia while Grey Trout fishing[grey trout biting on inshore reefs/wrecks].
- Rube McMullan
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"Gulf Stream still hot!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/29/07
 

Capt Roger on Showtime and Capt Shane on Carolina Contender had another good day at the stream yesterday with good catch of dolphin/wahoo/and few tuna. Game still on. Also quite a few Blue Marlin being seen as there are a lot of small blackfin tuna in the water which they are feeding on. If you get your fill of dolphin/wahoo and catch a small blackfin, have a "King Mackerel" type live bait rig made[ 10 feet of 130lb flourcarbon with 12/0 circle or 10/0 J hook] or use 130lb wire as your leader in case Mr. Wahoo gets huingrey]. Slow troll the blackfin and I almost guaranty you, if you are around blackfin, big blue is in the same neighborhood and will find the your bait. Other option is to pull plastic lures [approx 9mph]. I like soft lures like Moldcraft[Red Bailey or black/purple]. These lures look like Blackfin to the Marlin.If you ever had hopes of catching the #1 glamor species in the sea, now is the time. The weather looks like another entire week of calm seas and perfect fishing conditions.

On close in waters, Kings showed at Jungle/Atlantic ledge and other 80-90 feet water locations. Spanish have not been co-operating but I did see school of Spadefish on 3 mile reef yesterday. I don't know where the Cobia are, but they should show up any day.  


- Rube McMullan
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"Weekend Rundown" | Show Time- 34' | 05/28/07
 

The holiday weekend brought spectacular weather and even better fishing to the boats out of Ocean Isle. I'll let Capt. Rickey Beck tell the story himself: ----------------------------------------------------------- This beautiful Memorial Day weekend afforded me the chance to go boating and fishing with my family. Friday was spent letting my 18 month old grandaughter, Camdyn, get used to boating while her daddy and the rest of my family explored fishing holes. Saturday, my son Jeff, and I had the pleasure of fishing with Jeb Thomas, maker of JBT Custom Surf rods. We first fished the Jim Caudle Reef where we boated some flounder which ranged in the 16 to 17 inch range using a mud minnow on a white bucktail. While enroute to the reef we spotted some Spanish mackeral, and at the reef we has a kingfish follow one of our small catches to the boat before breaking off. Even though we were having fairly good luck at the Caudle Reef we decided to try a new hole at the Bonapart Creek. To our good fortune we boated somemore flounder, however some were "South Carolina legal" so they were released to fight another day. The bottom line is the inshore fishing is heating up. The weather is beautiful, the Spanish, King and Flounder are here, so come on down!! -Captain Rick ----------------------------------------------------------- On the offshore front, the Gulf Stream action continues. Steven and Axel Kjellberg, along with Buddy Harris sent these pictures of their catch from the Blackjack hole on Saturday. I got to fish the Dixie Chicken tournament with Capt. Drew Shytle, Stephen Hunter and Barry Gardner on Saturday, and while we got our Carolina Slam within an hour of setting lines out, we ended up fifth, behind (of course) Capt. Roger on the MacMarlen. We did pull baits in 600' of water offshore of the 100/400 and had a blue marlin in the spread. With the prevalence of billfish this early in the season, I'm tempted to go and pull Moldcrafts or large Ilander/ballyhoo combinations in that deep water. Maybe a spanish or two... Closer to the beach, the kings made a showing at the Jungle, the 390/390, and the Atlantic Ledge. Jamie Blue, also of the OIFC released a nice sail at the Jungle and said there were more out there. Looks like summer is here... Going offshore tomorrow with Capt. Roger. We'll let you know how it plays out.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Gulf Stream action back in gear" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/27/07
 

We were afraid yesterdays scattered bite in gulf stream signaled end of super hot action but today Capt Roger on Carolina Contender and Capt Brant on Showtime dispelled that concern as they crushed them at Scarf. Big catch of Dolphin/Wahoo/few Tuna. Roger had a aolost 50lb wahoo.

Inside Kings bite early at Jungle and Atlantic Ledge.


- Rube McMullan
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"Update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/27/07
 

Fished Gulf Stream yesterday on Pharr Fishing Team and had decent catch of Dolphin[8 fifteen-thirty pounders] however the bite was nothing like it had been.Fished the Black Jack and I think bite was scattered with some boats doing ok and others not so great. Capt Roger on MacMarlen did pretty good at the 100/400 with 9 Dolphin and 1 Wahoo, and won the Lady Angler division at the Dixie Chicken. We had a Blue Marlin stalking us [he tailed us for an hour] but couldn't get him to eat.

 Big news is the King Mackerel bite went off big time at the Jungle and Atlantic Ledge. Lots of fish on dead cigars. Also scattered Cobia showing. Closer in Capt Lyndon on "It Works" had a 17lb King at the 90/90 so fish definitely moving in closer. Weather looks PERFECT all next week!


- Rube McMullan
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"Inshore Update" | Stori Teller-24' | 05/23/07
 

Hi folks, sorry its been a while since my last report, I've been busy chasing fish from the backwater to the bluewater lately and have been a little slack on my reports.  It is certain that summer is on its way, as the temps are becoming progessively warmer and the fish are moving into their typical late spring/early summer patterns.  The water temps have risen into the mid - 70s recently and has really cranked up the flounder bite.  Tubbs Inlet and the Cherry Grove/Hog Inlet area have benn producing good numbers of fish, including some nice fish in the 4 - 6 pound range.  Mud minnows on a carolina rig have been the ticket to catching the flounder.  The trout bite has slowed a little with the warmer water, as the fish become more focused on spawning rather than feeding, but there are still some to be caught.  Finally, the redfish should begin making their move out of the creeks and toward the inlets, so watch for the redfishing to be the next fishing to really pick up.  The weather looks great for this weekend, so get on the water and catchem'up! 


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Mr. Sparkle" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/23/07
 

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Had a great day fishing with Capt. Scott Hewitt on Monday on the MacMarlen. We fished the 100/400 area with a crew of Tom Rybski, Bill Weber, Mike Casale, Greg Gutman, and Dwight Tillis, who caught his first sailfish, a lit-up 66-incher. We did well on the dolphin, and caught a wahoo to go along with the sail. The hot bait was a Blue Water Candy 1 oz. "bling" head in a color called cotton candy. Capt. Roger and I named it Mr. Sparkle and I think that name will stick. I have been fishing Mr. Sparkle with a medium ballyhoo behind it for two weeks and we have absolutely slaughtered the dolphin and wahoos on it. I just ordered a few dozen more and don't expect them to last long. You can't beat a lure that catches everything that swims. Weather looks outstanding for the weekend, the south wind should really have those Gulf Stream fish chewing. Let's go do and it all again!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Red Tide at Ocean Isle?" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/22/07
 

A team of scientist from the Dept of Agriculture, Aquaculture Divsion desended upon the Ocean Isle Fishing Center yesterday evening as a result of receving a report of potential red tide in the waters at the Fishing Center. Upon close examination, it was determined the cause of the "red tide" was not a algae bloom but was in fact the result of Capt Roger/Capt Shane/and Capt Scott catching and cleaning so many fish from yesterdays Gulf Stream trips on the MacMarlen/Showtime/Carolina Contender. It was a blood bath at the cleaning table as many Mahi/Tuna/Wahoo fell victim to the filet knives of the Captains and their Mates, leaving the canal water a deep blue water  red color. In answer to the question asked following the slaughter at the Far Out Shoot Out......They're still there! The water is absolutely full of the top of the line gamefish we hunt for and for anyone sitting back inland, you are making a major league fishing mistake. The weather today is flat and looks real good for the weekend. All the Captains are saying the same thing...they've never seen the gulf stream fishing any better than this year. Come on down..we need help! 


- Rube McMullan
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