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"Dolphin blitz" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/05/07
 

Capt Roger had boat load of dolphin in stream yesterday up to 30+lb. Fished 100/400 area; best action 200-250 feet. One Tuna, no wahoo, but said didn't fish the break as the dolphin were so thick a little deeper which made for happy charter. Brant out there today with his fish school.

Capt Kyle's trout tournament on today. Hopefully fish cooperate but if not, anyone who tried his families secret recipe fried turkey at Capt meeting last night needs to forget trying to get his secret fishing holes and concentrate on getting the turkey maranaide recipe. WOW! Standby for news from tourney.


- Rube McMullan
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"Ahead of schedule?" | Show Time- 34' | 05/03/07
 

Capt. Shane and I ran to the Winyah this morning on the ShowTime, hoping to capitalize on the warm water that has pushed inshore in the area. Things went according to plan quickly (after dealing with the mandatory barracuda bites) as we hooked a nice yellowfin and a dolphin. Shortly after, however, the wind died down and so did the bite. The fish did not bite again until late in the day, and we were never able to get another tuna bite. We finished up with the one yellowfin and five dolphin, up to 20 pounds. As pretty as the water was, there was little to no current and the grass had broken apart to a point that targeting a specific patch was nearly impossible. On a much more positive note, we did see tuna busting the surface on several occasions. Conditions made the day feel more like fishing at in mid-June than early May. Since the Gulf Stream is ahead of schedule, it might be an idea to try summer techniques to catch these tuna. Speaking of which, we now have the SFE Kite and Carolina Lures Yumee Fly'n Fish for sale at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Hint. Hint.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Mahi Mania" | Show Time- 34' | 05/02/07
 

Today, Capt. Roger & I had the Silver Coast Winery guys on board for a little gulf stream action. We headed for the 100/400, but found very little action there, so we trolled to the black jack, where we found a weed line begining to form. It's May, mid 70's water, weed line, you know what's coming. We had decent action on dolphin for the rest of the day. Total count was 15 dolphin and 2 mid-teens kings on ice, as well as 5 or 6 'cuda releases, and several more short strikes from dolphin. Suprisingly, we had no tuna or wahoo strikes at all, either on the weedline or on the strucure. All in all, not a bad day on the water. Capt.'s Shane and Chris will be back out there tommorow on the Showtime, so stay tuned. The fish are biting, the weather's warm, so come on down and go fishing.


- Capt. Lyndon Carter
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"Fishing School Opening" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/01/07
 

I've got one spot available for my Gulf Stream fishing school this weekend. We meet Fri at 6pm at the OIFC and spend 2-3 hrs covering A-Z and then spend all day Sat. fishing-- call (910) 575-3474 xt 3 to book. Capt. Shane is out on the Carolina Contender today terrorizing the Sea Bass and Capt. Roger will be to the Stream tomorrow- stay tuned- Weed line inshore of 100/400 moved to within 40 miles of shore is loaded with dolphin
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Stori Teller-24' | 04/30/07
 

First of all, I have to apologize for not keeping you guys updated of the fishing the past few days.  I?ve been the water the past four days, so I haven?t had the chance to post a report until now.  My focus has shifted slightly from trout fishing to flounder fishing, and I?ve been able to stay consistent and boat fish on every trip.  As is usually the case this time of year, most of the fish are on the small side, but there are some better ones (3+ lbs.) mixed in as well.  I had heard about/seen several fish in the 4-5 pound range the past few days, and I?m sure everyone has heard about the 9.5 pounder that was caught over the weekend by now.  Mud minnows on a carolina rig have been my top producer, but if you?re looking to catch a doormat, a peanut pogy or mullet would be the bait of choice.  As for the trout, they are still around and biting in all the normal spring spots, and I expect to see some monsters caught this weekend.  Don?t forget, the Spring Flounder and Trout Classic is THIS WEEKEND.  Registration/Dinner/Captain?s meeting is Friday evening, May 4th, with the fishing day May 5th, so make plans to come down this weekend and join in the fun.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Weekend Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/30/07
 

FAR OUT SHOOT OUT- COMING SOON- MAY 11-19 REMEMBER, NO MORE WEATHER PROBLEMS- YOU CAN FISH 2 OUT OF 8 POSSIBLE DAYS, PICK YOUR DAYS. TAKE THE WEEK OFF AND COME GO FISHING- ITS HOT RIGHT NOW! This weekend's hot lures: Cape Lookout CJ 25 in pink or black/purple, Bluewater Candy 1/2 and 1 ounce sea witch style heads with hair/mylar or all mylar, green machine/pink bird combo and the squid daisy chain. Last week was the break out week for the 2007 Gulf Stream fishing season and this weekend was the season starting to hit its prime. Although the weather wasn?t exactly perfect on Saturday, it was fishable and man were the fish biting. I was hosting another one of my Gulf Stream fishing schools and my students were all from the Virginia and Washington DC area. They had recently bought larger boats and were looking to expand their fishing horizons to the Gulf Stream. My job, as is the case with all my fishing schools, is to teach them new tactics and refine their current skills all with the design for them to utilize what they learn on board their own boats. The wind blew like crazy on Friday out of the South, but the forecast for Saturday called for 10-15kt Northwest winds. We cleared the inlet and although the wind driven seas was small, there was a nasty swell from the South, which made the ride out a bit slow and bouncy. We managed and had lines in the water at the 100/400 area by 9:00am. 15 minutes into trolling the flat line, Bluewater Candy mylar skirted ballyhoo was crushed by a monster wahoo, and I mean monster. The fish smoked off line and then the long line went off. It was a 25 pound bull dolphin that headed for the horizon. And thus, the class was instantly christened to the world of Gulf Stream trolling. Unfortunately, after a 10 minute fight the wahoo bit through the 100# wire leader and was lost. The dolphin was not quite as savvy as it has found its way to a dinner plate by now. We put back out and started catching blackfin tuna in the 5-15 pound range. They were killing the green machine behind a pink bird on the long line, same one the dolphin hit. We boated a wahoo in the 35 pound range that took a Cape Lookout CJ25 lure and lost a few other very strong bites to hook pulls. We were running a squid teaser chain at 30 yards back and most of the big bites were coming on the flat lines next to the chain. A couple of times we had large wahoo and tuna crashing the teaser and actually pulled a bait and switch by winding in the teaser and moving the flat line over in the same position. There?s nothing like holding the rod and feeding it to a wahoo or yellowfin tuna. Which is what happened on the first yellowfin tuna we boated. It was a good fish that killed the teaser and then jumped on the flat line CJ25. A hard fought 20 minute battle lead to an ?on the scales? 49.8 pound yellowfin tuna, the new largest yellowfin of the season weighed at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. We redeployed and I shifted my spread a bit more ?tunaish? and shortly thereafter both flat lines and both long riggers were nailed and reels went to smoking. Two of the fish pulled hooks quickly, but two stayed tight as the battle ensued; another 49 pound yellowfin and a 44 pounder to boot. By this time, it was 2pm and time to go home. We decided to end on a high note and packed it in. The day?s fishing produced more bites from quality fish than I?ve had this year I know, and maybe in a few years. And thus when Sunday?s fishing trips heading out, we were brimming with confidence. The seas were much nicer, and apparently most fishermen waited until Sunday to go as there was no shortage of fishermen trolling for their big catch. Capt. Roger and Capt. Chris worked the ShowTime while I the Carolina Contender as we hung around the 100/400 area most of the day. Capt. Roger was hot on the wahoo as he boated 5 wahoo up to 30 pounds and mixed in a half dozen 15 pound dolphin to keep the day exciting. On board the Carolina Contender, we worked on the blackfin tuna early and the dolphin pretty steady through the day, boating a dozen dolphin from 10-30 pounds, but we just couldn?t get the wahoo bites that some of the other boats were getting. Nor did I see or hear any sign of the yellowfin action that I had the day before. However, the conditions from the previous day were the same and as the day progressed, I kept seeing more and more flying fish move into the area. At 3pm the boats started thinning out and by 3:30 I was the only boat within sight. I decided to hang until 4pm as the seas were so nice we?d easily be able to make it in within 2 hours. I?m not sure what it was, but call it intuition, call it years of experience or I?ll plainly call it luck, but I just felt like the yellowfin tuna were there and were going to bite at any second. I turned the boat down sea on the last pass and had the crew begin to bring in one line at a time. We got 2 out of the 6 lines in when the long rigger went down, then the flat line and then the mid rigger. The reels went into a high speed scream. I looked over beside the boat and saw two yellowfin crash flying fish beside the boat and knew we were in business. One of the fish pulled the hooks quickly, but the other two were boated after a good battle and both weighed in at 43 pounds. I threw lines back out again and we quickly hooked up and caught a blackfin tuna. It was time to go, but I?m confident the tuna were just about to get going. I?m not sure if it was the added boat traffic or the moon phase that kept the yellowfin down during the day, but it just goes to show that when the water is right and the bait is there, the fish will be there too. We certainly had a great weekend of fishing, but many other boats has great catches as well. Ocean Isle fishermen Lee and Nathan Frick fished the MacMarle?n hole on Sunday and boated five wahoo, the biggest a huge 85 pounds. Most boats that fished the weekend had plenty of dolphin with a good mix of wahoo and a few tuna. All of this is coming at the perfect time for next week?s Far Out Shoot Out tuna, dolphin and wahoo tournament. The tournament is held out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center and offers prizes for the largest of each species as well as an overall prize for the largest combined weight of the three species. This year?s tournament has a new format in that registration and the Capt. meeting are on Friday, May 11th and then fishermen can choose to fish any two days they want from May 12th thru the following Saturday, May 19th. The idea is that with so many available days to fish, the weather will certainly be good a few of those days and thus participants can be assured good fishing conditions. In tournament fishing the weather is always the big problem and with this format, it no longer is. For details on the Far Out Shoot Out, call (910) 575-FISH or visit www.oifishigncenter.com . Also on the fishing news, the inshore fishing for speckled trout has continued good and the flounder fishing is really picking up. Ricky and Teressa Lefler weighed in a 9.5 pound flounder on Saturday that was caught in the Lockwood?s Folly river. Ricky and Teressa were prefishing for this weekend?s Inshore Flounder and Trout Classic out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Ocean Isle Fishing Center inshore guide Kyle Hughes is directing this year?s event and there has been an added buzz about the tournament this year. We are looking for a lot of participation as inshore enthusiasts will compete for cash prizes and local bragging rights. If you?re and inshore fishermen and would like to participate, the Capt. meeting will be this Friday, May 4th at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at 6pm. Also, I know I?ve said a lot, but the beach water temperatures are reaching 68 degrees and the first spanish and king mackerel will be caught within the next week. Stay tuned and sharpen your hooks. There?s a lot of fish catching going on.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Tunas, dolphins, and wahoos" | Show Time- 34' | 04/29/07
 

It was a busy weekend at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. The seas were six and a half feet at the Frying Pan Tower Buoy at 5:00 yesterday morning, but Capt. Roger and I decided we were going anyway. The sixty-couple miles to the Steeples seemed to take forever, but we were rewarded with a double-header of large blackfin tunas about thirty minutes after we put lines in. We had a break after that, but managed to get a quad of wahoos on, getting all of them. We caught another wahoo and big king, and before we knew it we had to head back through the slop to make it home by dark. Capt. Brant was out there on the Contender, but I'll let him tell his own story. Today, the seas were much more reasonable, so we headed to the 100/400 area with Randy Baker and friends. Randy has had his last few trips blown out, so it was good that he and his crew finally caught a fishable day. Our first few bites came from a small blackfin and a seemingly never-ending string of barracudas, but after that the more sought after (and palatable) wahoo and dolphin gave us pretty steady action for the rest of the day. We ended up with four wahoos and seven gaffer dolphin. Stay tuned, Capt. Brant's analysis on the two days of fishing are coming. Also, check out this flounder caught by Teressa Lefler. It was her first weekend of fishing, and her first flounder weighed 9.5 pounds! She's planning on fishing Capt. Kyle's Trout and Flounder tournament--let's hope she's fishing for the Tarheels and not the Sandlappers! Weather is looking good for a few days, so get tuned up for the Far Out Shootout.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"BREAKING TOURNAMENT NEWS!!!!" | Stori Teller-24' | 04/26/07
 

Folks, I have big news that should make the Spring Inshore Classic very interesting. Today I was alerted about a post concerning the Spring Inshore Classic on a website frequented by many South Carolina anglers. As it turns out a friend of mine in Murrells Inlet was just alerting the anglers in his area about our upcoming tournament, and I thank him very much for doing so. However, there was also some chit-chat concerning my performance in a trout tournament in SC last year. I won't go into detail, but basically what was said was that I got my butt kicked and that this group of SC anglers should come to OIB and kick all of our butts during the Spring Inshore Classic. Well, this certainly sparked my interest and with a little thought I think I may have come up with an idea that has the potential to make things very interesting.

Therefore, let it be known that I am issuing a CHALLENGE to any South Carolina fisherman that wants to come to Ocean Isle and take our glory. As many of you know, the Fall Brawl has a NC vs. SC theme, which I would like to adopt for this tournament. So all you SC fishermen out there, come and represent your home state, because it is certain that the NC contingent is a force to be reckoned with.

And for you NC fishermen out there, don't take these guys too lightly, because there is no doubt that they know how to put big trout and flounder in the boat. So this is a call to arms for all of you guys also, come represent NC and show these other guys what big trout and flounder really look like!

There, the challenge has been issued, now it is up to you fishermen out there to come and fish the tournament. You now have to perfect excuse to take the weekend off and come to fish, because your image as a NC or SC fisherman is at stake here. However, I am not trying to start a mudslinging contest here, this is all in fun, and all there is at stake is pride and bragging rights, and of course there is the all the $$ at stake as well.

Don't forget, the tournament is right around the corner, May 4th - 5th, so mark it on your calenders to be here. There will be some great food, great fun, and hopefully great weather and fishing. It looks good right now, so keep your fingers crossed. The fish have been bitin' like bulldogs, so its up to you to come and catch them.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Grouper/Kings" | It Works- 27' | 04/24/07
 

Sunday, Brian Aycock, Rube, John Felton and myself headed to the tower area to do some king fishing. Upon arriving, we put a small king in the box pretty quick, but after that, the action was slow. We decided to head to the east side of the shoals to try for some grouper. We were able to put 15 nice red grouper in the box fishing ledges in the 95-115 ft. depths. We also  released 5-6 under sized reds and scamps in the same general area. I had being hearing reports of blue fin sightings off Wrightsville Beach for a couple of weeks, and low and behold, we had busting through a school of false albacore behing the boat. Wow!!  All in all, not a bad day. Fast foward 2 days. Today Mike and Bart Edge joined me to try for some of the same action. We stopped in at the 10 mile reef this morning to jig live pinfish for bait, and saw something out of the corner of our eyes. Believe it or not, it was yet another bluefin. That's right, two giant bluefin sightings in two trips. I couldn't tell what it chasing, but if you happen to get spooled while trolling for Atlantic Bonita or spanish, that may well be the culprit. After catching bait, we headed back to the tower were we put 6 kings in the box in the box in short order. Mike also put caught the largest false albacore that I have personally ever saw, a whopping 15 lbs. After this, we headed back to the east to try for some more grouper. The bite was much slower than on Sunday due to the roaring current, but we did put 4 nice red grouper in the box. The weather is warm, the fish are biting, so give us a call and come on down and go fishing with us.


- Capt. Lyndon Carter
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"Practice" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/24/07
 

I joined the Frickin' Fishin' team on Sunday for a fun fishing trip trolling the gulf stream  We headed south to the scarp and had lines in by 7:30am. But first, we actually stopped about 9 miles short of the break and dropped lines in when we came across hundreds of gannet birds dive bombing the water.  Along with the birds there were porpoises, a color change, temp break and small weed line.  All of these signs were great except that the water depth was only 100 feet.  Knowing that it was unlikely we'd find yellowfin or wahoo in the area the scene very much reminded me of what you look for when targeting giant bluefin tuna.  Occasionally during the early spring there will be a few giant tunas hooked offshore in our area.  We dropped the baits in hoping we may have stumbled across a hidden jewel but the only action we found was from a hungry kingfish. We fished that area for about 15 minutes and though we only encountered kingfish I feel very strongly that the bluefin tuna might have been there.  I heard later that several boats returning home on Sunday off of Wrightsville Beach saw the giant bluefins jumping repeatedly only 5 miles off the beach.  So I guess you just never know what you may run across out there, but be prepared for anything. 

Out on the break we found great conditions.  We started at the MacMarle'n hole where the water temp was 69-72 degrees which was a little cool.  We missed a good wahoo bite but overall it was slow.  Once we moved on down the break to the scarp the temperature reached 75 degrees and the small flying fish really began to show.  For the remainder of the day it was a dance between pulling wire or mono as we attempted to not be bitten off by teethy wahoo but still attract strikes from leader shy yellowfin.  There's no perfect method for this age old problem but by day's end we had captured 4 wahoo up to 30 lbs, 4 yellowfin tuna up to 40 lbs and 2 dolphin the biggest was 34 lbs.  The bite was never red hot for us but we picked at the fish steady all day, catching a few, missing a few and a few wahoo stealing our gear.  We fished until 5pm and the fish seemed to bite equally well in the afternoon as they did in the morning.  When it was all said and done the Frickin' Fishin' team composed of Lee, Nathan, and Andy Frick, Jeremy Foster, and I had posted a strong "pre" Far Out Shootout 3 fish aggregate of 104 lbs with one fish of each species.  I hope everyone who has a boat that can make the run to the stream will get in on the spectacular fishing that is happening right now.  For those tentative about making the trek to the stream the upcoming Far Out Shootout tournament is a great opportunity to come out and meet the other captains and crews who fish offshore.  Also during the week of the tournament it's a great chance to have the security of fishing with multiple boats far offshore. Now is the time to get out there.  Look for the flying fish to make an even greater showing in the coming weeks which means more dolphin, and larger tuna. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Big Dolphin" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 04/24/07
 

Check out this citation dolphin caught on Monday by Gary Sheaff on the Island Time. The fish weighed almost 40 pounds and came from the 100/400. The Island Time also missed the wahoo citation weight by less than half a pound. We did have a citation wahoo weighed at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center that came from the Winyah Scarp. Judy Brock was the angler who reeled in the fish, which tipped the scales at over 54 pounds.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Sunday's Gulf Stream school trip" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/24/07
 

As I reported, the fishing was great on Sunday and encouraging for the next few weeks-- Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo. These are some of the pics from the trip. I've got another gulf stream class this Saturday which is full, but I have one more planned for this season on May 4-5, which has some openings- call (910) 575-3474 x-3 to get a spot on board for a great learning opportunity and it looks like great fishing Hey, don't forget the Far Out Shoot Out's new dates this year. Capt. meeting is Fri, May 11 with fishing 2 out of 8 days, May 12-19-- mark it down, no excuse not to fish with that many possible days-- Just take the week off and come down and enjoy some great fishing.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Sunday report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/23/07
 

WOW! After spending weeks and weeks trying to invent fish stories, the real deal is here. Yesterday I took my fish school south to MacMarlen Ledge and Scarf and found excellent action on deep side of the break for Tuna/Wahoo. We were fishing 180-220 feet. If you got up on top of break[160ft] the baracudas would eat you up. Further off in 300-350feet we found a weed line and loaded up on Dolphin[up to 35 lbs]. Capt Barrett and the Frickin Fishing Team had the same results as both our boats had multiple Carolina Slams. Capt Roger, fishing with Dirk Parson, found same weed line at 100/400 and also loaded up on Dolphin and Wahoo. Black Jack apparently didn't have the same water we had[74 degree] as reports I heard didn't sound that good. At Frying Pan Tower, the King bite is hot, right at the Tower and on off to southwest several miles. In 110 feet of water the Red Grouper are biting real good[Capt Lyndon on "It Works" smoked them] and in 125-140 feet the Scamps and Gags are there. Inshore, Capt Kyle has been blistering the trout[he had a 6.85 lb Saturday], redfish and flounder. He is using DOA shrimps, live shrimp when he can find them, and mud minnows. Bottom line, everything is chewing hard!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gulf Stream on fire" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/23/07
 

Gulf Stream on fire; standby for reports from Brant/Barrett. Also Grouper bite in 110 feet. Kings at Tower. Weather forecast this week showing southwest 10-20. I think that is the typical summer pattern as weather looks stable all week. Should be calm in morning with southwest sea breeze in afternoon. This allows a run in trough going out and coming home. Don't miss out on the best time of the year to fish the stream. Tuna/Dolphin/Wahoo are happening big time!


- Rube McMullan
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"Week in Review" | Stori Teller-24' | 04/21/07
 

Well folks, I finished up another week on the inshore rounds today, and I'm excited to report that the fishing has really turned on.  Earlier in the week, the cooler temperatures were still lingering, but we still managed to stay on the trout and manage a few each trip, with most averaging in the 2 -3 pound range.  Today however, the weather finally broke and the winds finally calmed and the temps came up a few degrees.  The fish took advantage of the better weather and decided to really chew.  We caught redfish, black drum, and trout today, but the really big news was that the flounder bite finally cranked up.  We boated around a dozen flounder today, with many being undersize, but with a few good keepers mixed in as well.  The hot bite was on mud minnows fished with a carolina rig and Bass Assassin Sea Shads on a 1/4 ounce jig head.  All of the local flounder spots should produce fish right now, so get out there abd give them a shot.  The weather looks to be great all week, so the fishing should only get better, just in time for the Spring Inshore Classic, May 4th - 5th, ao make sure your come and fish with us.  I'll should have some pictures of some of our big catches this week in a couple of days, so be sure to check back in and see them.     


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Stream Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/20/07
 

This weekend is looking good-- Saturday is going to be a bit sloppy in the AM, but should be OK by PM and Sunday and Monday are looking awesome. I've got a Stream fishing school this weekend and we'll be doing the ground class at the OIFC on Fri PM and then we've moved our fishing day to Sunday because it looks so good. Looking at Stream shot, alot of movement in Stream with all the wind we've had. What has happened is the very strong West winds have blown all the cool water up agains the Stream edge, making a hard temp break. Right now the edge has moved over the MacMarle'n hole and an eddy looks to be kicking back to the Steeples-- either one could be a winner-- The hard edge on the MacMarle'n is more likely to produce Dolphin I think and eddy may be Tuna, no science, just a hunch. Anyway, should be an interesting weekend. Come on down and join us.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"SAVE OUR POGIES" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/18/07
 

As you know we were unsuccessful in getting a bill passed in the State Legislature last session to ban purse seine netting of menhaden off our Brunswick County beaches. However, what we did succeed in was getting a "handshake" agreement from Omega Proteins not to come into our Brunswick County waters. Omega honored that agreement, and I think we all have seen the tremendous impact of their not netting our waters. This past winter we saw large menhaden schools on our beaches during the winter, which I haven't seen since I was a kid[40-50 years ago]. We have seen the explosion of the Bluefin Tuna fishery in our waters, which we believe is directly connected to the menhaden we now have in the winter. Trout fishing seems better, our inshore King fishing seems better, all we believe connected to Omega not netting in our waters. For this Omega is to be commended.

You may also be aware our elected State Representative Bonner Stiller has re-introduced the menhaden bill to stop purse seining in our Brunswick County waters.  Yesterday, the bill passed the Envirnomental and Natural Resources Committee which is a very big step toward getting the bill passed by the Legislature. Bonnner's approach was to take a quiet approach and do some "good ole" politicing. In talking with Bonner, he feels that with there being no North Carolina based company in the business, this is the perfect time to try to get the bill passed. Also he is concerned that if a North Carolina based company returned to the business, it would be almost impossible to succeed with the bill. Looking out to the future, and the uncertainty of what the future could hold from many different perspectives, he felt it was best to give it a shot.

So...as relates to SAVE OUR POGIES; I think we need to trust in and folllow the lead of Bonner. He's "boots on the ground", has got his finger on the pulse, and obviously is in the best position to know where things stand politically. I have told him we need him to call the play, and we're ready to run the ball. His response is to stand by and he will get us some direction asap which we will of course pass on to everyone out there. Rep Stiller is to be commended for his hard work and effort on behalf of our sportfishing world and anything we can do to help his effort, we need to be ready to do so. Additionally, I am pleased to report the CCA has stepped in and provided much help to Bonner. This is exactly what I believe the CCA is intended to do, using their power politically to help advance important fishery issues. CCA is building a chapter in Brunswick County, and we all need to step forward and join and support our CCA. There is no question CCA offers the most effective vehicle for us to accomplish our interest in addressing fishery related issues. So everyone out, stay tuned, and as info develops we will keep you informed on this very important issue.


- Rube McMullan
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"Before the storm" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 04/16/07
 

Those that ventured out before Mother Nature unleashed her fury this weekend made out pretty well. Capt. Roger and I took a big gamble on Friday, and ran way down south past the Winyah but were unable to find any warm water. Those that went the other fared a bit better. Edwin and Bob Newell on the Black Dog fished the 100/400 next to Todd Schad on the Diggin It. Yellowfins and wahoos were the catch, as Edwin shows off below.  Also pictured is Kylie Schad, who caught this monster barracuda fishing with her dad.  She also had a 25 pound tuna to boot.  Towards the Frying Pan Tower, Jody Thompson went bottom fishing, and his efforts were rewarded with this hog snapper. East of the shoals, Ray Labonte and Rudy Spurlin on the Plumb Crazy encountered a wahoo that took him to the knot--on a Penn 80!!! The fish ate a Williamson Little Tunny, maybe we should be pulling more of these bigger artificials for these wahoo. Heading that same way, Dean Spatholt and Dennis Watson on the Fishmeister mugged the grouper, several of which weighed over 20 pounds. Can't wait for this weather to pass on by so we can get back out there. Dolphin will be here in numbers soon. Yummmm.... Time to sharpen some hooks and spool some reels.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Today's Report" | Stori Teller-22' | 04/14/07
 

Well, we finally got a break in the bad weather the last two days, and were rewarded with some warmer temperatures and light winds, which translated into biting fish.  We've done quite well the past couple of days, finding the trout biting well from Southport to Little River and all areas in between.  Once again, the shrimp imitations such as the DOA and Gulp have been th top producers.  There are some really nice trout around right now, with most fish averaging in the 2 - 3 pound range, with some larger 4+ pound gators mixed in.  Also, we've also managed to catch a few flounder to boot, and they should become more prevalent as the water continues to warm.  The redfish have been a little more elusive, at least for me anyway, but there are some being caught, and they should also become more prevalent in the coming weeks.  The fish are there to be caught, so get on the water and go get'em.  Don't forget the Spring Inshore Classic, May 4th - 5th.  


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Jolly Mon advertising opportunity" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/12/07
 

We are currently working hard on putting together the 2007 Jolly Mon King Classic tournament program. If you have any interest in participating as an advertiser in the program or prize sponsors, please contact Brian Aycock at (910) 398-2612 or email- brianaycock17@aol.com . The tournament offers your business exposure to thousands of potential customers. Your support and consideration is appreciated. The deadline for participation is coming soon, so if you have interest, please don't hesitate.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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