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"FALL BRAWL RESCHEDULED- NEXT WEEKEND- Nov 3-5" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/27/06
 

Despite my best efforts at trying to "cheerlead" a perfect weather forecast, I have failed. Due to a deteriating forcast for Sunday, we are rescheduling the FALL BRAWL until next weekend. Same schedule, all the same events, and you can register up till the Capt's meeting next Friday- November 3.

The Coast Guard requested we reschedule, the Town of Ocean Isle agreed to the request, and our own experience on knowing the effects on the seas [and the fish] after a blow like this, led us to conclude this is the best plan.  Please join us next weekend at the FALL BRAWL.

On the fish scene, we fished yesterday and I can assure you the fish are absolutley thick in 60 feet. As fast as you can put a bait in the water, they are chewing like bulldogs. Stay tuned as we fish next week and we will keep you informed.

Thanks for your understanding on the Fall Brawl reschedule and remember, the schedule will be exactly as is, just moved forward one week and you can register up until the Capt's meeting November 3.


- Rube McMullan
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"Fall Brawl Update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/26/06
 

Mr. NOAA at the weather forecast has a pretty doom and gloom opinion of the weather for Friday and especially Saturday.  What can you say?  It's a tournament and typical.  As relates to King Mackerel fishing, the report you want to watch is the Nearshore forecast as the offshore is irrelevant and goes over 100 miles offshore.  Apparently the front that is to pass is slowing as it is now forecast to pass the area on Saturday.  The forecast is for very strong SW winds in front of the front, with some heavy gusts that are likely associated with a squall line.  It is not a pretty picture.  However, our glimmer of hope comes in Sunday's forecast, which is calling for NW winds at 10kts and seas at 3 feet.  The front will apparently pass on Sat and then all will go quiet and peaceful in the world again. 
And such is the reason why we have gone to the 1 out of 2 day fishing format, pick your day.  Per the good forecast for Sunday, the show is going on as Sunday is certainly a fishing day option.  It isn't the perfect picture we had hoped for, but it is forecast to be fine weather for fishing Sunday PM and Oyster eating Sunday PM.  So, that is the state of the union.  Stand by for more.-- Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Latest update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/25/06
 

Good reports of King action today at Christina. We will be on the water tomorrow so stand by for update.

On weather, the marine forcast showing high winds Saturday morning then laying out. What they are refering to is the frontal line that will pass thru in a squall line. It should clear our area before daylight but remember, you have choice of fishing Saturday or Sunday and if you choose Saturday and get up Saturday morning and want to change you mind and fish Sunday you can do so by calling the OIFC[575FISH] by 5:00am.

We have plenty of super size pogies here at OIFC.


- Rube McMullan
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"Weather forecast coming together for Fall Brawl" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/25/06
 

I acknowledge on occasion my weather forecast have had a few "flaws" but remember, when you start putting out a forecast 10 days in advance, the error factor can be large. Not in this case, as it appears the weather is coming together just as I forecasted a week ago. Yes it is going to be rainy and windy on Friday; BUT Saturday looks good and Sunday looks even better[you have a choice to fish either Saturday or Sunday]. The front comes thru Friday evening and the wind Saturday morning will be west going to northwest about 10 kts from the 90/90 on in to the beach. The Jungle will be 15kts, still not bad as a west wind is not a bad wind and the sea conditions will be 2-3 feet. Sunday the wind will have moved to the northwest and heading toward the north. The land effect will lay the seas out flat and by afternoon the wind will have layed out as well.

So, bottom line, let it rain and blow Friday so it can be perfect for the weekend fishing.

On the fishing scene, just as I forcast the spots have attacked along with the mullets. Bluefish are at the inlets. Barrett reports big schools of pogies [flipping still] off the big hill at Long Beach. I beleive all this bait fish will lead to an all out bite at Lighthouse Rocks, 90/90, or Myrtle Beach Rocks. Nobody has fished this week so don't have any direct reports.

We will have live pogies and hand caught ribbonfish here at the OIFC. Come join the fun. 


- Rube McMullan
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"Fall Brawl latest update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/24/06
 

Continuing to study the weather; guess work started to turn into fact. Here's what I see: Cold front passing thru today, winds lay tomorrow[we're fishing tomorrow so stand by for report]; a new front will approach on Friday and southwest winds will blow in front of the front. It will come through Friday evening and Saturday winds will go to west. Here's where I differ from the so called weather experts. Looking at the pressure gradient graph, I believe Saturday winds in our near shore waters will be 10kts. There 15kt forcast is out to 20 miles, and in our part of the world, a west wind is partially shielded by land thus we can expect lighter winds from the 65 foot hole back to shore.Additionally, the wind direction will be moving to the northwest from the west and the further it moves to the northwest, the more land shelter we pick up. Bottom line, Saturday is definitely fishable and probably will turn out to be nice. Sunday, it gets even better as the wind will definitley have moved to the northwest and will be moving further to the north. It will start out in the 10kt range however will lay as the day progress. Again, the land effect will make it flat from the beach out to the 90/90.

On the bait question, pogies are getting smart this time of year and are difficult to catch unless you have fast sinking net[like ours here at OIFC]. We will try to catch a bunch and will have them here at the OIFC. We also will try to catch live cigars. Additionally we have a shipment coming in Friday morning of hook and line caught, pristine ribbonfish as well as dead cigar minnows.

Remember to not miss the Captain's meeting as we have a confirmation there will be a "no holds barred grudge match" between a North Carolina King fisherman and a South Carolina King fisherman who intend to settle amoung themselves which state has the best King fishermen. Come early and get your ring side seat!!

Also, please everyone remember to ride the off island free shuttle. There is no parking here at OIFC or on the island. The shuttle is free, no hassel, no parking tickets, plus you can win rods/reels in raffle drawing limited to shuttle riders. Thanks for your co-operation and we look forward to seeing you at the FALL BRAWL KING MACKEREL CLASSIC!!!


- Rube McMullan
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"Fall Brawl weather update/fishing report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/23/06
 

Looking into my meterological crystal ball, the picture is getting clearer, and better by the minute. Here's what it looks like will happen:
A strong high pressure system is moving thru our area today. The cool air with the system will finally cool down the water [currently in the 70's] so that the spots and mullets will run the beach. The Kings, which are thick at the Jungle/65 foot hole/cucumber/ect will move back to the beach to feed on the spots and mullets as well as the blue fish which are thick at Shallotte Inlet. This opens up the opportunity for a repeat of last years Shallotte Inlet Fall Brawl HOT BITE!

As to the weather, the cold front comes thru early in the week, it stalls, turns into a warm front, moves backwards across us Thursday bringing showers with it as a new cold front passes Friday/Saturday. It is not a very strong front so winds will not be bad as they go from west Saturday to north on Sunday. Bottom line, anywhere from Shalltte Inlet to the Jungle/Cucumber will be wide open and happening.

The tourney will be a great entertainment event, excellent food[Betty's Downtown Shallotte Seafood Grille will be serving freah grouper and shrimp creole with a oyster roast at the awards ceremony featuring Shallotte River oysters], The Spotscar Racing Network will be putting on our annual spot races, a new event will be Capt Brian's vienna eating contest. And, it is rumored there may be a "confrontation" between a SC fishermen and a NC fisheremen at the Capt's meeting, so be sure to be here early to get you a front row "ring side" seat in this potential "smack down" as they try to decide who has the best King fishermen, North Carolina or South Carolina.

We invite everyone to come join us in this great fall tradition.


- Rube McMullan
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"Fall Brawl weather report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/21/06
 

Here is the official unofficial Fall Brawl weather report....PERFECT!!! Scientifically speaking from a meteorlogical perspective, here is what the long range crystal ball shows:

A strong high pressure system will move thru our area early in the week bringing north winds and high pressure. Following that point, there are no major weather systems coming. The winds will gradually move to the south/southeast/southwest, clouds will move in, and there will be a chance of scattered showers. With the absense of any major systems, the winds should be lite and as is typical under stable weather, the fish should go crazy on a feeding freenzy. The water temperature is still in the 70's, very warm for this time of the year. What may happen with the early week cold front, it may cool the water down enough to get the spots and mullets moving which will lead to a repeat of last year's super hot bite at Shallotte Inlet. If you remember last years Fall Brawl, 9 of the top 10 fish were caught at Shallotte Inlet.

Stay tuned as we refine the forcast as the tourney approaches and we get a read on exactly where the fish are at.


- Rube McMullan
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"Stream Report" | Show Time- 34' | 10/20/06
 

Fished the Stream yesterday with a group from Fayetteville.  The weather was absolutely perfect as we made good time and had lines in at the 100/400 by 8:30am.  By 9:00am we had a 35 pound Wahoo in the boat and at 10:30 we got ravaged by a Sailfish that ate four baits but eluded every hook.  I had figured we might see a Sail so I was prepared (or thought I was), but the Sail never came onto my pitch bait and instead batted all my Wahoo lures around and stole me blind.  There is an art to catching Sails and Whites consistently-- occassionaly you get the comacazee who hooks up on the bite, but all those times you get a knock down and the bait is still there- you can figure a good many of those were Sails or Whites.  Anyway, that was the good part because the rest of the day we saw nothing at all.  At 2pm we ran inshore to the Shark Hole.  We stopped a few miles offshore on a pod of Cigar Minnows and put a couple dozen in the well.  When lines went back out this time the action was on as we quickly boated a half dozen Kings to finish off the day on a postive note and get home by 6pm.  The water we fished at the 100/400 and Black Jack was green and 83 degrees and there was no bait. 
Also, to confirm the hot King and Grouper bite, Capt. Lyndon fished the It Works at the Shark Hole and surrounding areas and had a great catch of Kings and Grouper.  We're land locked today from wind but will be back on the water on Saturday.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"hot bite" | Show Time- 34' | 10/19/06
 

just got an up-to-the minute update. capt lydon called and said he was getting hammered at the sharkhole.  at last count he had half a dozen grouper and about the same number of kings.  hot and heavy action continues on the southern north carolina coast.  it's time to go fishin'!  see 'ya soon.

capt. rog        


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Wishing You Well" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/18/06
 

A fellow fishermen needs to be kept in our thoughts.  Brandon Matthews of Southport had a serious accident and his physical health is not good.  Many of you may know Brandon as he and partner "Fish Whistle" Wally know their way around a fishing boat.  Good luck to Brandon in his recovery and please keep him in your thoughts.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/18/06
 

Here are some pictures taken by Mike Edge- OIFC store staffer-- He and his brother Bart and Lee Frick had a great catch of Grouper while fishing in 65 feet of water over rocky bottom- they were using live Pogys.  The bite at the 90/90 was good on Monday and the Pogys are still plentiful on the beach.  So far, the fishing is hanging in there-- I'm going to the Stream tomorrow and I'll let you know how it goes.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall for Grouper" | Show Time- 34' | 10/17/06
 

Last Friday Capt. Roger Gales and I headed to the Shark Hole on a half day charter that included Doug Wright of Gastonia, along with his son Chris, who is just about to join the U.S. Navy.  The Shark Hole had given up a good catch the day before, which we discovered when Bart and Mike Edge on the Kitchen Pass got back to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center the night before.  We anchored right on the ledge and set out king mackerel baits in addition to dropping a chum bag to the botton.  The kite would not fly due to the windless, slick calm conditions, but no matter.  The first hardtail we set out under a balloon was devoured by a 25# king in a matter of seconds.  Ten runs under the boat and twenty minutes later, we managed to gaff the fish and started grouper fishing.  The pinfish we had jigged earlier at the boxcars turned out to be the ticket as we filled the box with six gags between twelve and twenty pounds in about an hour, releasing several undersized grouper as well.  The kings continued to bite the enitre afternoon, and we ended up with an even six mackerel in addition to the gags.  Not bad for a half day...  Once again thanks to Bart and Mike Edge for steering us in the right direction. 

On the inshore news, check out this citation flounder caught in the ICW on Saturday by Cathy Dempsey of OIB.  The doormat weighed in at 5.75 pounds and was 23" long.  Congratulations to Cathy on her first citation.


- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/17/06
 

NEW TO OIFC- we have live Pogys and live Shrimp for sale

Pictured- Capt. Brant and Capt. Barrett McMullan with their 45.5 pound King that won this past weekend's Topsail Offshore King Mackerel tournament. 

BAIT:  Pogys are located off Ocean Isle, Holden and Long Beach, but they are starting to get scattered.  Look for mud balls and be prepared to throw on marks from you fish finder and not just flips.  This time of year a super fast sinking net will help alot.  Also, there are big schools of Cigar Minnows and Sardines holding on the AR's in 60 feet of water.

KINGS:  They have moved off a bit to the 50-65 foot range.  390/390, Christina's Ledge, Shark Hole, Jungle, 410/510 and similar places are where they are.  They are very plentiful and mixed in size from 10-30+ pounds.

GROUPER:  They are here, big time.  We've nailed them in the 65-90 foot depth range on any type of structure- ledges, rocks, wrecks....  We have been using either live Pogys or live Pinfish for bait. 

WAHOO:  They are holding along the break in 150-300 feet of water.

SPECKLED TROUT:  They are biting like crazy along shell banks from 2-6 feet of water.  The bite has been best on live Shrimp, but casting Berkley GULP jigs is also working.

TOURNAMENT WINNING FISH STORY:
You know how you read about the guy who was doing something he wasn?t supposed to and just decided to throw out a bait and he ends up winning the big tournament?  Well, that was pretty much our deal, good old fashion luck.  We had pinned up live Pogys the night before, only to find most of them dead on tournament morning.  By chance, we had run into a good fishing friend the evening before who was telling us about school of Bluefish off of Drum Inlet, above the Cape Lookout shoals.  We knew we needed fresh bait, so we decided to strike out in search of the Bluefish to use for bait.  Upon nearing the inlet we found a pod of birds working a school of Blues.  We pulled out the spin gear and Gotcha plugs and caught a dozen or so.  As Rube and Barrett were fishing the Blues off the bow, I couldn?t help but notice how clear and ?king green? the water looked.  The water temperature gauge read 73.1 and obviously the bait was there; what more could you ask?  I decided we ought to throw a few  baits in the water and work the spot for a while as conditions were just too good to leave.  Within minutes we boated a mid 20?s fish.  We continued fishing and hooked up to a double header which would produce an incredible 37 pound King and the tournament winning 45 pound King.  With that, we decided we had tested our luck enough and at 10:30am we were on our way to the scales.  It just goes to show that timing is everything and on this past Saturday, it was meant to be our day.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing Schools Coming Up" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/12/06
 

I've got openings for a live bait King Mackerel school on this Sunday PM with fishng all day Monday-15-16th .  This is a great time to learn as the bait is around and the Kings are too-- Learn secrets to catching more and bigger fish.  Also, the Grouper bite is turning on and I've got a bottom school on next Thursday-19th.  Call me at (910) 575-FISH xt 3 to get set up.
Weather for Sun/Mon class looks great.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Big Kings" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/08/06
 

Fish caught in the River Channel on Thurs- to say it was hot is an understatement


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"Bite is Hot!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/05/06
 

Fished the River Channel and Lighthouse Rocks and bite as hot as it can get. Caught MANY fish , several in the 30's. Today anchored and chummed; had them jumping in the boat.

For US Open, if winds kick up as forecasted, anchoring/chumming may be the way to go. End of River Channel/Lighthouse rocks/ Yaupon/Lockwood Inlet/Ledges/Shallotte Inlet. Should be a great show!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Shalotte Inlet/US Open" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/05/06
 

Have been in contact with the US OPen folks to see if they would agree to allow check out at Shallotte Inlet since the buoys are back in the inlet. They have used Shallotte Inlet in the past for check out. They said could not do at this late date. My suggestion was to announce at Capt meeting and we could certainly help to get the word out with our web site. No luck. They said they would consider for next year. It might help their decision process to hear from the Ocean Isle fishermen who will have to run to Lockwood in the dark that having Shallotte Inlet open is a good idea since the inlet is now buoyed.


- Rube McMullan
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"Slallotte Inlets Buoys installed!!!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/04/06
 

At this very moment the Shallotte Inlet buoys are being installed!!!. Yee Ha! Everyone please give a special THANK YOU to Gordon Myers at NC Wildlife and Representative Bonner Stiller[bonners@ncleg.net].

You gotta love it when a plan works out!!!


- Rube McMullan
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"Thanks Team OIFC" | It Works- 27' | 10/03/06
 

I would like to say thank you and congratulations to the fishermen that made up Team OIFC in this past weekend's Long Bay Artificial Reef Association's Club Challenge.  This is the first year the Ocean Isle Fishing Center has put a team into the challenge and we are very encouraged by the support and results for this event.  In our first year for this competition Team OIFC managed a third place finish in the flounder division and a second place finish in the king mackerel division.  This was a team event and everyone who participated on both sides helped eachother to achieve the main goal of catching the most and biggest fish.  The team concept is a new one for me in tournament competition but something I think we all really enjoyed.  The feeling of excitement was awesome when I'd get a phone call that one of our teammates just put a nice fish in the boat.  Usually you're competing against your buddy when fishing, but this time you were rooting for him.  Although we didn't win the Club Challenge Team OIFC certainly made their presence known and now with a little experience under our belts IT'S ON next year.  We are coming back with a vengence.  We ended up with 13 boats fishing for Team OIFC and most all weighed fish to help the team.  Those that didn't helped by providing information to other teammates.  On the flounder side representing Team OIFC were teams Babewatch, Bone Crusher, Team Pescador, Kyle Hughes and Hook Em Up' Fishing.  Bone Crusher captained by Brandon Sauls led the charge by weighing 3 of the 5 points fish.  In the kingfish division representing Team OIFC were teams Reel Action, Bloodline, Thomas Haseldon, Frickin' Fishin', It Works, Sandlapper, Bottom Feeder, and J.R. Davis.  Narrowly missing first place in the kingfish division Team OIFC was led by Jeremy Harrelson on Team Reel Action with a 28+ lb fish.  Congratulations again to those who competed, and for those who didn't and want in on the action next year we welcome your help.  We'll be hyping this event next year well ahead of the scheduled dates so come ready to take on the state's top fishing clubs and help put "Team OIFC" on the champions trophy. 

J.R. Davis- you won a jacket in a giveaway at the Captains meeting.  It is at the Fishing Center for you to pick up next time you're around.

Thomas Haseldon- you won an insulated fish bag at the Captains meeting.  It is also at the Fishing Center for you to pick up.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Weekend Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/03/06
 

Fishing and weather has really been great over the past week- so good in fact that its hard for me to sit here in front of this computer and not be on the water.  The weather has been just like you picture October- wake up to high 50's, low 60's, put on shorts and T-shirt still, but wear a light jacket- and by the afternoon, its mid 70's and perfect.  The Kings have been chewing it up right on the beach.  Shallotte inlet has been producing fish, Lockwood, River Channel, Yaupon and then a bit offshore- 390/390, Lighthouse rocks, Shark Hole..... pretty much everywhere, there are Kings.  I will say, we've found in the last couple of days with the moon building to full that the bite has been much better starting around 10-11am and not so much early.  As for bait, the Pogys are plentiful, but they are starting to do their Fall thing as they get very skittish and more scattered.  This is the time when it is a MUST to be able to throw a net very good- AND, most importantly have the right net- AND be able to throw it well away from the boat.  It is certainly an added level of difficulty.  We have a cast net here at the OIFC that we have custom built specifically for these Pogys.  It is HEAVY, but I guarantee it will catch bait when any other will not.  Come by the OIFC and let us show you the net AND give you lessons if you need help to throw the net- no charge for the lessons- net cost is $289 --
Of course we're geared up with everything you need to get ready for the weekend's US Open tournament- and we have just restocked with Capt. Mark's chum, so we are loaded and ready.  Come by and let us help you get going for the Fall--
Oh yeah- we've been catching the Grouper pretty good too while fishing in the 75-90 foot depth range.  It hasn't been as good as last year yet, but we've managed decent catches on most trips- We also ran into a big school of Cobia on one of the trips and could hardly Grouper fish for the Cobia taking our live baits off the bottom.  That is pretty unusual to see this time of year.  Anyway, fishing is great and I'm thrilled with the weather and fishing- come see us.
Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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