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"Tuna/Kingfish" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/30/06
 

With all the giant bluefin tuna hype in the air I just couldn't resist and headed out yesterday with Capt. Lyndon aboard the It Works.  We put our bluefin spread in the water just before daybreak at the knuckle buoy at Frying Pan Shoal which is about 25 miles from Shallotte Inlet.  After hearing of a couple hookups we picked up and ran to the east side of the shoals and fished from the Fairway buoy to Cucumber.  I never really found the bait but did end up on a good looking temperature and color change.  We had only heard of a couple bites by mid morning so we picked up our tuna mess and switched gears to king mackerel.  We ended up at Frying Pan tower where the bait was thick and so were the fish.  At dark we finally quit after going at it hard all day on the mackerels.  Radio chatter later in the day indicated there were several more tunas hooked and a few captured towards the afternoon.  I'm not sure exactly where that action was but I believe it was very close to shore towards Southport/Bald Head.  Bluefin fishing is unlike any sportfishing challenge out there.  Nevermind the actual angling of these beasts, but figuring out where they are going to be is like a game of chess.  They are constantly moving and constantly feeding.  Find the bait and you'll find the tuna.  The report so far from today is that a few more giants have been hooked.  The fish I know of today have been found at the Fairway Buoy and the Knuckle Buoy.  It looks like the weather is going to be a liitle tough tomorrow but might be fishable Saturday.  If you're not fishing Saturday be sure to come by the OIFC for the Bluefin Blitz.  Anything you ever wanted to know about bluefin will be the topic of the day.  We have planned several seminars and a lunch in between.  All of this is FREE and will provide a great opportunity to meet fellow tuna chasers and strategize for the season. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/29/06
 

Bluefin update.  Today there were approximately 30 or so boats hunting for the elusive Bluefin.  Of those, as best I can tell, 5 or so Bluefin were hooked.  I know a couple were released for being short and another was lost after a long fight- a big fish- and the others I'm not sure of.  The bite happened all in one small area just to the Southeast of the Fairway buoy.  Its hard to say exactly what is going to happen tomorrow.  Based on my experience, the best fishing typically takes place the first fishable day or two after a good North wind and then when the wind shifts to the South and it gets warm, the fishing slows.  I expect there will certainly be a few bites tomorrow, who knows, it may be a blitz.  That's the thing with Bluefin, you just never know.  They can be anywhere at anytime and its just a matter of having baits in the water so you have the opportunity.  I'll make a bold prediciton- before this Winter is done there will be Bluefin caught within 5 miles of Brunswick County beaches.  We'll see.  Until then, remember it is VERY early.  We likely have two months of opportunity ahead.  A great thing is happening for our area and as folks from out of town come in to try their luck, please remember to share the common courteousy you would hope to get if the situation were reversed.  This weekend is our Bluefin Blitz seminar and sale on everything Bluefin Tuna.  Funny how timing has worked out, but its always nice to strike when the iron is hot.  Come on down and join the fun as we work to establish this fishery in our area.
As for my fishing yesterday- We went out thinking Grouper and Kings, but a shout over the radio at 7am- HOOKED UP- DOUBLE!, quickly changed our plans.  We did carry the equipment and we were where the Bluefin were within minutes.  We saw several fished being fought and saw quite a few Bluefin actually jumping and busting bait- But, as often can be, our number did not get called.  To my knowledge, yesterday there were 7 fish hooked, 4 were from doubles and in all, 3 fish killed for sale.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin, Bluefin, Bluefin!!!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/28/06
 

THEY'RE HEEEERE!  Hot off the press.  At least 7 giant bluefin hooked today at the Fairway buoy off of Southport.  3 confirmed landings so far.  Just got off the phone with Capt. Brant who is in the middle of the action on the It Works.  He arrived to the bite a little bit late but has seen numerous fish jumping and a couple of hookups.  Wait no more, it is time to go to work!  These fish will likely scatter to the south of where the currently are in the coming days as more boats begin to fish.  Concentrate on temperature changes and bait marks.  Good spots to check include the shark hole, raritan wreck, and horseshoe.  Come on by if you need any supplies- horse ballyhoo, reel spooling, reels, rods, fish bags ect..


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Weekend Inshore Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/28/06
 

With temperatures supposed to be in the mid to high 60's over the weekend, I couldn't pass up an opportunity to try my hand at the year's best speckled trout fishing.  So I joined a few friends including Capt. Ryan Strickland on Saturday morning and set out for a full day of trout fishing.  Since none of us had a SC fishing license and couldn't fish the Little River Jetties, we decided to start off the day floating some live shrimp past the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge.  After close to an hour with no success, we made the move to go up the Shallotte River.  Again no success there as the water was VERY fresh.  (I actually tasted some and couldn't tell there was any salt in it!)  Of course this area was dead so we moved back out of the river and to Sasspan Creek.  It was now high tide and the perfect time for the trout to be there in full force.  Well this wasn't meant to be either.  There were a lot of fish caught there first thing in the morning and around 8:00 or 8:30 they had shut off for the day.  A classic case of being there an hour too late.  From there we moved back toward the Ocean Isle Bridge and I finally connected on our first trout for the day---a nice 2 pounder.  (I'm not telling exactly where we were because the pictures below will be a dead give-a-way.)  When the current started rolling, the fish quit biting there since our shrimp wasn't able to stay in the strike zone for more than just a few seconds.  Since we knew that the fish were there and it was simply a matter of time before the tide slowed and they started biting again, we took a short break to grab a sandwich and rest a bit.  About two hours before low tide, we anchored back in the exact same spot and our plan finally came together.  First shrimp---missed a fish.  Next shrimp---BAM!  Nice 3 pound trout.  Another shrimp---another trout!  Another shrimp---black drum.  With dusk closing in on us quickly (dead low tide was around 5 pm on Sat.) and enough fish in the bag for supper, we decided to call it a day as we got back to the dock at dark.  Although we didn't post an impressive catch like the guys fishing the Little River Jetties on Saturday, we were able to put a few fish in the bag and enjoyed a beautiful day on the water.  So don't put away the boat and rods for the winter---some of the best inshore fishing of the year is upon us.   (Check out Capt. Barrett's report from yesterday as well!)  Come down and join us in catching one of the most beautiful fish found in our inshore waters!

----Capt. Squid


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Bluefin Blitz- December 2nd" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/27/06
 

If you fishermen have ever dreamed of getting into a battle with a swimming freight train or maybe elephant hunting with a BB gun, you will have your chance this winter by taking part in the incredible Giant Bluefin Tuna fishery on our North Carolina coast. As you probably know, this fishery has been going on the past 10 years or so, primarily focused in the Outer Banks/Morehead City area. That all changed this past year as we successfully caught 2 Giants off Ocean Isle and brought them back here to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center for the world to see.  And thus, a new fishery has been found and proven just outside our front door. Already this year, we have been getting reports of King fishermen hooking up with unstopable monsters in the Horseshoe and Shark Hole areas and a couple have already been caught in Morehead. No doubt they are on the way and will be in our waters in catchable numbers in the next few weeks.

Obviously our catching the Bluefins at Ocean Isle last year generated a tremondous amount of excitement and many fishermen came to Ocean Isle to give this amazing battle a try. The facts are that there is much to learn about this type of fishing, and many anglers ended their first fight with a Giant Bluefin with only a tale to tell of the one that got away.

Well, here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, December 2, we intend to level out the playing field with these monsters by conducting a FREE all day seminars on the HOW TO's of the Giant Bluefin Tuna fishery. Our goal is to share with you fishermen everything we have learned from our 10 years experience of catching 100's of these incredible fish. So please plan on joining us. The seminars will start at 10am and end around 3pm.  We will tell stories, serve free lunch and hopefully have you educated so you can succeed in wining the battle against the most sought after fish in the sea. No reservations required; just show up. Hope to see you, and of course, as your Giant Bluefin Tuna headquarters, we have all the tackle/bait/equipment you need.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Hot Trout Action" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/27/06
 

To say the trout are biting would be an injustice to the type of action inshore fishermen have been experiencing over the past couple weeks.  The trout tournament held this past weekend at the OIFC brought impressive catches of trout by most all of the competitors.  Watching the weigh-in on Saturday peaked my interest so on Sunday afternoon I jumped on board the Double Trouble with Capt. Brian Aycock and Austin Aycock for an evening trout mission.  We opted to head for the Little River jetties armed with live shrimp and plastic jigs.  From the time the first bobber hit the water it was on.  For the next hour and a half we rotated jobs between net man, cooler opener and fish catcher.  We finally quit around dusk satisfied with our catch of around 20 trout ranging from 2lbs to just under 4lbs a piece.  If you're inshore fishermen around this area who slugs it out all summer now is the time to take redemption.  The fish are thick as fleas and they're hungry.  We have plenty of live shrimp here at the OIFC but we had equal success jigging gulp baits. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/21/06
 

This weekend-- Capt. Stan's Thanksgiving Trout Tournament- register on Friday from 5-7pm with dinner at 7pm and fishing will be all day Saturday.  Visit http://www.oifishingcenter.com/tournaments.cfm for details or stop by on Friday to register.  Trout fishing has been very good and after this weather, it should be back on track-- WE WILL HAVE LIVE SHRIMP.
Wow- what a blow-- winds upwards of 30kts and rain.  This is really perfect weather for you aspiring Bluefin Tuna fishermen as it will help to push them into our area.  As of yesterday, the latest Bluefin reports include a half dozen Bluefin caught off Morehead City on Saturday and Sunday with several sighting and a couple of hookups off Southport near the Horseshoe and Knuckle buoy.  I expect the Bluefin to start showing in numbers within the next week or so.
Offshore, the Kings are still biting like crazy.  We caught them very good on Sat. and Sunday while fishing the Frying Pan Tower area as well as the Long Bay Terrace area.  We were using dead Cigar Minnows as well as live Cigar Minnows we were able to jig up.
Offshore, the Wahoo are biting pretty good along with alot of Blackfin Tuna-- the Black Jack and Steeples have been the hotspots.
DON'T FORGET-  December 2nd- Bluefin Blitz at the OIFC-- a full day of nothing but Bluefin.  We'll be offering seminars all day starting at 10am on how, when and where to catch Bluefin tuna.  In addition, the store is stocked to the gills with everything you could possibly need and we'll have all sorts of promotions in place to save you money on getting set up.  Mark your calendar.
*** Weather this Sat & Sun is looking pretty good.  I think we'll likely do some sort of offshore trip- Kings, Grouper, Wahoo- maybe Bluefin.  Don't miss a good weekend of fishing.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin Blitz- December 2nd" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/16/06
 

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Bluefin Blitz- December 2nd, OIFC-- 10am-2pm
Free seminars all day on everything to help you catch more Bluefin Tuna AND free food.
10am- Where to find Giant Bluefin Tuna
11am- Trolling for Giant Bluefin Tuna
11:30am- Live bait fishing for Giant Bluefin Tuna
12pm- Free Lunch
1pm- Inboard boat handling techniques
1:30pm- Outboard boat handling techniques
2pm- Landing and preparing your Bluefin Tuna

Here at the OIFC we are fully stocked for the Bluefin Blitz-- We've got great deals on our custom rods, custom rigs, reels.... you name it, we've got it all together in one place +++ We've just gotten our supply of Bait Masters jumbo horse ballyhoo.  Also, we've got prerigged baits ready to go-- simply snap them on and go fishing.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | It Works- 27' | 11/15/06
 

Had a fun day of fishing yesterday with Capt. Barrett, Bryan, Lyndon and Roger-- an all Captain- All-Star team-- The plan was to go Grouper fishing and be ready for topwater action-- We stopped at an AR 7 miles out and loaded up on Pinfish.  We then headed offshore and stopped at 25 miles where we caught several nice Grouper and AJ's and also were able to jig a livewell full of Cigar Minnows.  Hit another couple spots and caught a few more Grouper and the occasional King before hitting final spot near Horseshoe.  There we caught a few more Grouper and the King bite was red hot.  All in all, we had a good day of fishing with lots of action from Grouper, Kings and AJ's.  AND, a new OIFC Grouper record was nabbed by Capt. Barrett McMullan with a 22.5 pound Gag Grouper.
If you are into Kings, they are very prevalent in the 80-90 foot depth range.  The Horseshoe towards the Tower and the Long Bay Terrace straight off are good spots. 
If Grouper is your thing, they seem to still be inshore in the 65-80 foot depths.
*** BLUEFIN TUNA ALERT***
I've been getting rumors of sightings and myterious fish spooling king mackerel fishing reels.  Today, there was a Bluefin caught and boated at the Trawler buoy off Morehead City.  I've gotten reports from around the Horseshoe and the Frying Pan knuckly buoy of reports.  I'd guarantee by this time next week there will Bluefin to be caught-- and I think right here in our waters sooner than later.  Stand by!!!  Don't forget about our Bluefin Blitz seminar on Dec 2- a full day of nothing but Bluefin-- We are stocked to the gills with anything and everything you need to be successful at Bluefin fishing- including the knowledge and experience. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl final" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/08/06
 






Junior Angler Results
Standing Name Boat  Weight
1 Kyle Fisher Play N Hookie 19.75
2 Allen Barnes Hot Rod 19.25
3 Jackson Denny Capt N Dad 16
4 Galen Reding Linda Lee 13.6
5 Adam Taylor That's My Dog 12.75
6 Zeke Hazelwood Reel Labor 12.5
7 Taylor hinkle Total Chaos 12.15
8 Brayden Lineburger Whatever 12
9 Matt Conner Showtime 10.15
10 Michael Lewis Fishing For Play 9.75
11 Jake Godwin Rawhide 9.4
12 David Jackson Live Line 9.15
13 Dylie & Kara Sohad Diggin It 8.95
14 Rhett Vbunce Debradia 8.2
15 Matt Howard Miss Tina 5.95
Lady Angler Results
Standing Name Boat  Weight
1 Jessica Reiter Day Spring 13.55
2 Cheryl Davis Whatever 12
3 Amber Grooms Critter Gitter 11.5
4 Lisa DeForge Fish N 4 Play 9.75
5 Melissa Childress Big Time Baby 9
6 Amy Peebles It Works 7.1
Senior Angler Results
Standing Name Boat  Weight
1 Don Johnson Final Approach 24.3
2 Larry Spainhour Fishin Physician 17.05
3 Bruce Denny Capt. N Dad 16

Standing Weight Boat  Capt. State
1 24.75 ** $ Reel Pursuit Charly Fasssen NC
2 24.6 ** $ Twister Patrick Bryant NC
3 24.3 ** Final Approach James Demyan NC
4 23.45 $ Bank On It Craig Rabon SC
5 21.45 Reel Attitude Allen Wells NC
6 20.45 Fightn Triton Stephen Hunter
7 19.75 Play n Hookie Jay Robertson
8 19.25 Hot Rod Brett Barnes
9 18.8 Footloose Craig Lewis
10 17.45 All In Ken Strickland
11 17.05 Fishin Physician Kendall Suh
12 16.45 Casual Water Scott Quaintance
13 16 * # Capt N Dad Chris Denny
14 15.3 Intruso II Juan Medrano
15 15.25 Just Hook It Mike Kennerly
16 14.6 * # Reel Buzz Chip Nifong
17 14.3 Three Stooges & Cheryl Larry Warner
18 13.9 * # Wild Thing Dane Waggett
19 13.85 Corncake Gordan Davis
20 13.7 Job Site Jason Foster
21 13.6 My Time Danny Goodman
22 13.6 Linda Lee William Kish
23 13.55 Day Spring Odell Williamson Jr.
24 13.35 Reel Live Ricky Tatum
25 13 Rock Hound Warren Barton
26 12.75 That's My Dog Forrest Taylor
* = 23 division winners
** = TWT winners
$ = HRTWT winners
# = 23 TWT winners



Unfortunately, Sunday's weather was much like Saturday's in that it was rough and tough.  It wasn't quite as bad, but winds did blow in the AM around 15-20 kts, with seas 3-5 feet.  However, by 2pm or so, the winds layed and shifted around to the Southeast, which helped to make the rides home a bit better.  The fishing was good for boats that got out to the 65 foot depth range.  Albeit the Kings caught were all small, most boats had quite a few.  Surprisingly, no one toppled Charly Faassens 24.75 pounder, although Patrick Bryant- 2006 Jolly Mon winner- came close with a 24.6, good for second.
Thanks to all who participated as I know the conditions were not favorable.  I am proud of a 152 boat field under those conditions and it helps to motivate me for another year of tournament hosting from the OIFC.  My biggest goal this year in tournament planning will be to try to figure out some way to get around the weather problem.  It may take some creative thinking, but we'll try to get it done.
Next up is the Winter Bluefin tuna fishing season.  If you have interest in this new fishery from our area, you might want to come to the OIFC on Dec 2nd for seminars, tackle setup and any help you might need in learning how to deal with these awesome fish.
Until then, have a safe Winter and stay tuned for reports.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Good Weekend Coming Up" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/08/06
 

Well, finally the weather was bad all week and now it looks like its going to be very good for this weekend- imagine that- no tournament !  Friday and Saturday are both light south winds.  We haven't had any cold weather since last weekend, so expect the Kings to be biting very good at the Christina's ledge and 65 foot hole.  I wouldn't worry about spending any time looking for Pogys as there should be lots of live Cigar Minnows to jig up or dead Cigar Minnows or Ribbonfish will be just as effective.  Good luck and tight lines...


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl Day 1 results" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/04/06
 

To say it was a difficult day of fishing today is obviously a understatement. Light winds yesterday evening awoke to 15-20's north which moved to northeast and didn't lay out until weighin was over. Right now, it is perfect; tomorrow the forecast is again for northeast 15-20. We'll see.

Only 10 fish were weighed in out of the 50 boats that chose to fish today. 102 will fish tomorrow. The 2 top fish are 24.75 caught on the Reel Pursuit and 24.30 caught on the Final Approach. To say the game is still on the table is also a understatement.

We have live pogies and live mullets here at the Fishing Center as well as hand caught ribbonfish and dead cigars. We will open tomorrow morning at 5:00am.

Best of luck to tomorrows fishermen and don't forget, tomorrow evening starting around 7:00 we will have a free oyster roast for the tourney fishermen and their families along with the awards ceremony. The off island shuttle will begin running tomorrow at 3:00. Come join us.


- Rube McMullan
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"Fall Brawl Update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/04/06
 

Registration is complete.  152 boats have signed up to fish the Yamaha 2006 Fall Brawl King Classic.  Thanks to all the participants for their support despite the less than perfect weather.  Winds are forecast from North at 15-20kts diminishing to 10-15kts.  Pogys are on the beach off of Oceancreast Pier and south of the LR jetties.  Kings in the 65-80 foot depth range.  Stay tuned for results this PM


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl Update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/03/06
 

Bait-- Barrett and I made an evening run yesterday for bait and ran into a huge Mullet run off Ocean Isle.  We netted up 50-60 dozen of the prettiest Kingfish Mullets you can get- 8-12 inchers PERFECT.  We have them in our tank at the OIFC and they will be for sale through the tournament- We also have awesome hand caught Ribbonfish and frozen Cigar Minnows. 
The weather looks a little better-- calling now for 15-20 in the AM going to 10-15 in the PM on both Sat and Sunday-- it will be fishable, just not Chamber of Commerce perfect.  We've got a good dinner planned tonight with all sorts of entertainment- Spot Races, Mud Minnow spitting contests and who knows what else-- come on down-


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/02/06
 

We've been fielding a few calls inquiring if we were going to have the tourney this weekend based on the less than perfect forecast.  The answer is yes, the show will go on.   Beyond the forecast, in my professional opinion, I think the forecast is off.  The front came through Weds PM.  It is blowing light North today.  The wind will pick up this PM and it will blow strong tonight as the mass of cold air moves in and the forecast 15-20kt for Fri is likely.  However, if you look at the temperatues, Saturday is forecast to be the coldest day, and Sunday is forecast to be warmer than Saturday.  What this means is the High pressure should be closest on Saturday which indicates lighter winds and even lighter winds on Sunday as the temps warm, which to me means a southerly flow.  The current marine forecast for our area is 15-20- NE on Fri thru Sunday, seas 3-4 feet.  This is certainly not great, but fishable.  However, if you look at the marine forecast from Surf City to Cape Fear, its 10-15 on Sunday and from Little River to Santee, its 10-15 on Sunday, yet from Cape Fear to Little River its still 15-20 on Sunday.  I think that is a misprint, and I am supporting that by the rising temperatures forecast for Sunday.  Anyway, that is my hypothesis, not a "Capt. Rube" super-duper forecast, but I truly see it as reality, if not even better.  My official Fall Brawl forecast.  Saturday, winds NE 15-20 til the afternoon when they will die down to 10-15kts.  Seas at the fishing grounds of 3-5 ft in the AM and 2-4 in the PM.  Sunday AM the wind will blow 10-15 and seas 3-4' but by noon it will begin to lay quickly and be less than 3 feet by 1pm.  As I said, the show will go on and hopefully you'll be able to make it.
The Kings continue to bite strong in the 60-70 foot depth range.  Look for the Horseshoe, Shark Hole, and Jungle to be hot spots.
As for bait, the Pogys are scattered on the beach and will be very hard to get for the weekend.  I'd recommend stocking up on #6 jig rigs and being ready to jig live Cigar Minnows.  Also, take some dead bait- Cigar Minnows and Ribbonfish ** We have a new load of hand caught Ribbonfish available- they are pretty*** 
See you Friday PM at the Capt. Meeting-  Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weather forecast improving; Fall Brawl is ON!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/02/06
 

Obviously we have been closely watching the weather for this weekend and as we look at more and more weather forecasting models, we are convinced the forecast will be getting better rather than getting worse.

A north wind is definitely fishable with 15-20 but every forecast is now calling for 10-15 except for the Cape Fear to Little River forecast. Haven't figured out that one yet, but I guess if you fish north of the Cape Fear or south of Little River, you've got 10 kt winds with 2-3 foot seas. Actually I think they just haven't updated the CF to LR forecast because obviously that doesn't make any sense. Another factor is the winds will actually be less once you get away from the land cooling effect therefore the waters of the Jungle/Shark Hole/90/90ect will be better than right on the beach.

Therefore GAME ON! Everything is on as planned. Please join us at the Capt meeting Friday and lets get it on!


- Rube McMullan
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"Fall Brawl weather/fish update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/01/06
 

Brant's out of town today so I am sneaking back onto the weather scene in his absence. My view of the weekend weather is quite a bit different that the report he put out. Here's what I see:

The cold front comes thru Thursday with strong north winds Thursday and Friday. Saturday things get much better and the marine forecast is calling for 10 kts winds and 2-3 foot seas increasing Sunday to 15kts. Interestingly there will be more wind close to shore due to the "cold air advection" on the east side of the high pressure system. This is the effect of the sudden change in air over land[which cools rapidly], interacting with the cold air mass associated with the front. Over the water, [away from land approximately 5 miles], in that the water does not cool down as rapidly as land, the "advection" issue is less pronounced. What this means is the wind and sea conditions at the 90/90, Jungle/65 Foot Hole/Shark Hole will be perfect; and interestingly enough, this is exactly where the fish are at.

As time has passed from last weekends blow, the water is clearing up, the bait pods are regrouping, and the hot King bite is returning in the same places it was before the blow. Bottom line; the tourney will be won at one of the spots mentioned above, all of which are either in sight of land or just a couple miles beyond. A north wind is a friendly wind, seas will thus not build up like they do on a south wind. The answer is everything is coming together for an all out King Mac attack with the winning fish coming from a easy to determine location. So come on and join us for all the fun and festivities at the Fall Brawl. Don't miss the Capt's meeting as I assure you it will be a really big show!


- Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/31/06
 

Weather Plays Havoc on Weekend?s Fishing

 

 

As most fishermen who fish tournaments will atest, the slightest mention of the word ?tournament? typically brings out the worst in the weather.  Take for instance this past week.  As many of you through my reports, I was prepping to host the annual Fall Brawl King Classic out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  The weather all week was perfect and the fish were jumping in the boat.  But as the weekend neared, the front that was supposed to pass on Thursday slowed and didn?t make it to the area until late Friday.  And it was not just any weather front.  It brought the darndest rain storm followed by a near named storm wind event.  Thus, on Friday morning, I made the call to postpone the tournament until the following weekend, Nov. 3-5.  In speaking with many fishermen, most were relieved, and most admitted they had planned not to attend due to the bad weather, but thought they would with the new dates.  Now take this week?s weather.  On Monday, one day after the tournament was originally scheduled, it was the prettiest day you have ever seen.  Tuesday and Wednesday the same, but then here comes a cold front for Thursday and the weekend.  Fortunately, this front is supposed to pass early Thursday with its worst winds dieing down by Saturday.  There is not a lot of rain forecast with this front either, but there will be some wind, thus apparently robbing tournament participants and weekend warriors of the perfect fishing weather we?ve been having all week.  Albeit the winds and seas are supposed to be up in the 3-4 foot range, it will certainly not be unfishable and the Fall Brawl will go on.  We?ll be continuing with our normal schedule of Capt. meeting and entertainment on Friday evening from 6-8pm with a change in the fishing schedule times to lines in at 6am and weigh-in line closing at 4pm.  This is one hour earlier than was scheduled last week, which is of course due to setting the clocks back.  If you would like to come watch the weigh-in, you should visit the tournament site on Saturday and Sunday between 2pm and 4pm.  Finally, on Sunday evening at 7pm we?ll be having the awards ceremony and the first annual Vienna Sausage eating contest.  As a reminder, if you plan to participate or come as a spectator, there will be a shuttle service running from an off-island parking lot located at the base of the Ocean Isle Beach bridge on the mainland side.  The shuttle is free and you will need to ride it to get to the event as there is no available on-site parking. 

As for the fishing, it was awesome before last weekend?s horrible weather, and it recovered quickly this week to continue strong.  The Kings are very plentiful in the 60-75 foot depth range and are mixed in size from 10-30+ pounds.  We?ve been catching them on live and dead bait, but without a question, they are preferential to Cigar Minnows right now.  As such, the use of a Sabiki rig is paramount in fishing right now as it will allow you to jig up these live Cigar Minnows and turn them into a bite from a hungry King.  I recommend the R&R or Hayabusa brand and size 4 or 6 is best for catching the often finicky Cigar Minnows and scaled Sardines.  Also, when rigging these small and delicate live baits, it is recommended to use #6 trebles and instead of hooking the stinger treble into the bait, it should be left to hang.  This approach will allow the bait to swim better and be more active as they are small and very delicate.  Also, you can take a standard rig with two #4 trebles and put a live Cigar Minnow on each hook for a good double bait presentation.  This weekend, you can count on the Shark Hole, 65 foot hole and Jungle to produce Kings.  In other fishing, the offshore waters are also holding a variety of gamefish for those looking for a mixed bag.  On Monday, Capt. Roger Gales and first mate Chris Burrows of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center guided a group from the Silvercoast Winery aboard the ?MacMarle?n? for a full day of fishing.  Since the seas were so calm, Capt. Roger decided to head out some 30-35 miles to explore some new turf.  He anchored up on some structure and began an assault on Grouper, King Mackerel, Amberjack and even a very lost Dolphin.  Offshore even further in the Gulf Stream, the Wahoo are continuing to show, although they can be scattered and some times elusive.  During this time of year I typically find that you either find them and absolutely wear them out or you don?t and spend the day working hard for just a few bites.  I guess that goes under the risk equals reward category. 

All in all, fishing continues excellent from our area for a variety of species.  Some fishermen pack up their gear and store it for the Winter in November.  I?d consider that a major mistake as there?s still a solid month of great fishing to come.  I hope to see you at the Fall Brawl this weekend.  For information visit www.oifishingcenter.com or call (910) 575-FISH.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 10/30/06
 

Capt. Roger and first mate Chris made a full day trip today.  They decided to head out and fish the 30 mile range where they found a good mix of King, Dolphin, Amberjack and Grouper.  The Dolphin were a real surprise.  The Amberjack at center was a whopping 65 pounds.  pictured:  Danny Everhart, Dana Keeler, Albert Gomes and Sam Thorpe- all employees of the Silvercoast Winery

On a Fall Brawl note-- tourney is set for this weekend.  There is forecast to be a cold front pass on Thursday PM which will bring 15-20kt north winds for Fri and Sat- per the forecast.  Sunday should begin to moderate, hopefully to make for a great day, but we'll keep an eye on it.  *** Rule change ** due to daylight savings time, fishing time will be from 6am to 4pm-- all boats must be in weigh-in line by 4pm.


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Fall Brawl Weather Forecast" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/28/06
 

Ok, so Brant fired me as his offical tournament weather forecaster; BUT, just for the record, I forecast the front would clear our area by daybreak. It did. I forecast the wind Saturday morning would begin to move to the west and northwest, which it is doing at this moment. I forecast Sunday would be fishable with 10-15 northwest winds going to north. I bet I'm right on that one too. What I didn't connect on and what Brant did see with his years of experince of being on the water daily, is that the strong southwest wind would make a mess out of the water and stir it up so you would have to be several miles offshore just to have hope of netting a pogy. There is still a strong southwest swell coming in and I expect the inlet is dangerous on a outgoing tide and will be that way until the winds come around to the northwest and knock the swell down. So, bottom line, trust your Captain. Brant made the right call, next weekend looks much better, and with all the rain Friday evening, the anticipated "conflict" between a certain North Carolina King fisherman and a certain South Carolina King fisherman would have turned into a messy mud slinging event. Everything is rescheduled for next week so don't miss the Capt's meeting.

 We will be back on the water early next week so stay tuned and we will key you in on where the fish and bait are at. Hopefully the kings will stay in the 60 foot water as thick as they were before the blow.


- Rube McMullan
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