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"Club Challenge Tourney Sept 1-2" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/24/06
 

I'm getting quite a bit of interest from Ocean Isle fishermen who are looking to bring the club challenge trophy back to Ocean Isle Beach.  I've got the entry form, and if you are interested in representing OIB and the OIFC, by fishing the annual Club Challenge on Sept 2nd, then email me and I'll reply back with an entry form as an attachment.  If you can't make the actual Capt. Meeting on Friday, Sept 1st, you can simply fill out, pay your entry $ and mail to - Capt. Brant, 65 Causeway Dr, Ocean Isle, NC  28469 --- and I'll take the entry to the Capt. Meeting for you.  If you are going to sign up, we'll have a "team" meeting/info sharing session next Thursday to get you primed to bring the trophy back to OIB.  Thanks for the interest- Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Reel repair now being offered" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/24/06
 

The OIFC is now offering reel cleaning and repair service through OIFC charter captain- Shane Hollar.  All you have to do is come by the OIFC and drop off your reels and Capt. Shane should have them working like new in a short time.  Even if your reels are not broken, keeping them serviced and clean internally is the key to maintaining their life- AND so you don't lose the big one at the wrong time.  Standard reel cleaning pricing-- smaller reels up to TLD 25 size range are $25 each and larger reels are $35 each.  Repairs will be addressed on an individual basis. 
I will personally vouch for Capt. Shane's expertise as he keeps our charter fleet reels in working order and catching the big ones. 
Call Capt. Shane at (910) 547-5547 -- all brands accepted- Shimano, Penn, Diawa........


- Capt. Shane Hollar
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/23/06
 

Charter fishing isn't all glitz and glamour- sometimes you are limited in your choices and you have to go with what's available-- We had lots of storms last night and it shut down the Mackerel bite.  I had some first timers, so Sea Bass fit the bill.  We fished 5 miles off the beach in 50' of water and they caught them til their arms were sore.  During the Summer you will typically have to catch approx 10 non keeps to 1 keep (+10 inches) and especailly later in the Summer after they've been hammered all season.  We brought home a couple dozen Sea Bass up to 16 inches and released a million more and also caught a few Sharks, Blues.......  It was fast action and reminder that what may be old hat and no fun to some, is a thrill of a lifetime to most.  Parents- keep this in mind when introducing your kids to fishing-- too many parents take their kids fishing for what the parent wants to catch, not the child.  Sea Bass, pinfish......it works, just keep the fish coming.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Join Team OIFC" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/22/06
 

After having fished tournaments all over the country for hundreds of thousands of dollar for the past decade, I think I've finally figured out that tournament fishing truly needs to be about the thrill of competition and the pride of accomplishment.  If you think you're going to get rich and be famous, you'll likely get more heartache and headache than you bargained for.  Thus, let's go tournament fishing for fun and help a good cause while we're at it!
The Long Bay Artificial Reef Association (LBARA)is a non-profit entity that is responsible for the creation and maintenance of all the artificial reefs off our area.  Yaupon reef, McGlammer reef, AR 460, 455, 445..... are all their doing.  You often read in the paper about their projects as they continue to supplement all ready productive reefs- All this to make our fishing better.  I am certainly thankful of their support.
Weekend after this weekend, September 1st & 2nd, the LBARA is hosting its annual club challenge.  The event has been going on for years and has created some healthy rivalry's between fishing clubs from Charlotte, Raleigh, Oak Island, Holden Beach and the such as they compete for the honor of  "Overall Club Winner".  There is an inshore and offshore division with tournament eligible species- Flounder and King Mackerel.  The overall club winner from each division is determined by the heaviest 5 (five) fish aggregate with only 3 (three) fish from one boat allowed to count towards the overall weight.  Thus, it is a "team" effort in that more than one boat must produce fish to contribute to the overall weight.  The tournament entry fee is $100 with optional TWT's and proceeds go directly the LBARA, which go directly to make our fishing better.
Thus, this is a call to action.  I am recruiting participants to fish on Team Ocean Isle Fishing Center for the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association's CLUB CHALLENGE next Sept 1st & 2nd (registration is Sept 1st and fishing is one day- Sept 2nd).  Let's show the reigning club champs from Charlotte that Ocean Isle fishermen are a force to be reckoned with. 
There will certainly be a decent amount of prize money available to win, but as I 've said in the past, there's no prize greater than bragging rights.  If you have interest in participating, please email me at captbrant@oifishingcenter.com and I'll send you an application. 
Come join Team OIFC for fun, bragging rights and contribution to a worthy cause.
Thanks, Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Hot Spanish Bite" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 08/19/06
 

Capt. Roger and I left early this morning on a half-day trip.  Running out of Shallotte Inlet, we ran straight up the beach looking for bait.  Though we saw plenty of pogies popping, they were all either too scattered or in too shallow for us to net.  We finally found some bigger schools off of Oak Island.  Filling the livewell, we made the short trip to Yaupon Reef and fished shoulder to shoulder with (what seemed like) most of the field of the weekend's FLW tournament.  An hour on the spot yielded no bites, so we headed back west and set out spanish mackerel trolling gear.  From that point on, we did not go more than a few moments without a bite.  The hot ticket was a gold, size 00 Clarkspoon behind a 5" bird.  By the end, however, we had caught spanish on planer lines, weighted lines, and on both silver and gold spoons, all while in sight of the big hill on Oak Island.  Not bad for a morning's work...

In other news, Capt. Ryan on the Black Pearl reports a hot early kingfish bite while live-baiting at Cristina's Ledge.  Steady action was found there throughout the morning until the wind switched around to the east.  Stay posted for the next few days--it feels like good things are headed this way as far as the mackerel are concerned.


- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"today's update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/17/06
 

Pic of Capt. Jon's AM fish.  He left on the PM trip and I called at 2pm and he said he just had one hit the downrigger so hard it nearly bird nested the reel.  The fish smoked off 300yds of line and then tail cut the line- darn!  They are out there-- he is still out at 7pm, so I'm betting they are having too much fun to leave.  Any early season beach bite???


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/17/06
 

Hot off the press.  The wind is blowing NE at 15kts, its overcast and generally most would consider it pretty crappy- BUT- the charter boats are out and fishing the beach.  Capt. Jon on the Carolina Contender just put a King in the boat he said would go 40+ easy and Capt. Ryan on the Black Pearl put one in the mid 20's.  Not a red hot bite, but they are biting and there are some big fish to be caught.  Maybe this is the hot bite before the big storm- hope not.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/16/06
 

The bite for Spanish has continued strong around the Shallotte inlet sea buoy in the AM.  The bite slows by 9am, so be there early.  The small splash bird in front of a silver clark spoon is still hot as well as the Yozuri crystal minnows.  The Kings bite pretty good yesterday at the Jungle and Atlantic ledge, but shut down again today, at least closer in.  I'm hearing scattered reports of Kings from right on the beach on off to 110' of water which is common for this time of year.  Different spots will turn on and off for a while until we get some cooler air which will fire the kings up and get them all moving inshore.  The Pogys are still thick on all the beaches.  I'll keep you in tuned, but for now, we are in a stable pattern.  I'd expect the 90/90 to have some fish as well as Lighthouse rocks and the River Channel-- also of course the Shark Hole and Jungle-- but for the best chance look to the Horse Shoe, Atlantic Ledge and beyond.  Don't forget the Wahoo are biting in the stream.  I haven't gotten a first hand report lately and would like to hear a story. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Lately" | Black Pearl- 31' | 08/15/06
 

We have been fishing a lot lately both inshore and offshore. The bite has been good with some bigger Kings showing up in the deeper water. Capt. Ryan and myself had a group last Friday that opted to release one in the high thirties if not 40. That?s a big King. With the changes in the seasons coming shortly everything is beginning to pick up. The big Redfish have been biting well at the Jetties along with the Flounder and Gray Trout starting to fire up a little. The near shore wrecks are covered with 1 to 3 pound blues that are hitting aggressively. I have not been after the Spades lately but will hit on that soon. I had a couple of experts with me Monday check out the photo?s! This is what its all about.

Stay Tuned!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/14/06
 

Our fishing this past week for the most part has been a Barracuda frenzy with a few Kings mixed in. Before you turn up your nose at the idea of catching Barracuda, give it a try on a lite spinning rod rigged with a live pogy on a standard King rig. They go crazy, jumping like sailfish, and will put on a show that is memorable. They are a great fish to have fun with, but please remember to release them as they're not what we consider edible and should be allowed to live to fight another day.  King Mackerel are typically our normal target, but were under a full moon this past week and the King bite slows dramatically on the full moon cycle.  However, if you?ve been following my web reports, I?ve been posting daily of the great abundance of baitfish that have moved into the area.  Huge schools of glass minnows are everywhere from the inlet mouths out 5-8 miles.  These minnows are the #1 start to the Mackerel food chain as the Spanish Mackerel have moved in heavy with the Glass Minnows.  We?ve been killing the Spanish over the past week in the vicinity of the Shallotte sea buoy, AR 460 and the 390/390 bottom.  Our technique is involves the standard spread of #1 planers, but we?ve been catching most of our Spanish on top lines with either 1 ounce trolling leds or a small splashing bird set 10 feet in front of the #0 or #1 silver Clark Spoon.  Also, we?ve added a twist in that we?ve started fishing a 5? Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow which we fish off of a King Mackerel rod setup and run it way back behind everything.  Almost every trip we catch at least one jumbo Spanish or 6-12 pound King Mackerel while also catching numbers of 12-18? Spanish.  It has been very consistent and I anticipate should stay the same so long as the bait is available.  You may recall, in the past I?ve spoken to the diet of larger King Mackerel.  A large King Mackerel that lives along the near shore beaches considers a Spanish Mackerel the #1 food source.  Thus, if the Spanish are thick and feeding, it is only natural that large Kings would move into the area to pick off the Spanish.  This isn?t the type of bite where you?ll go out and get your limit.  Rather, if you find Spanish working bait and you troll live baits and even troll a live Spanish around the school, your chances of catching a 25+ pound King are good.  And now that we?ve got all this bait in the area and we?re coming off of the full moon, I fully expect the King bite to be strong this week, especially from larger fish.  Just this afternoon I weighed a 34 pound King caught by Jamie Blue of Carthage.  He reported catching live Menhaden outside of Shallotte inlet with ease and fishing the Jungle where he had immediate action which produced several nice Kings including the whopping 34 pounder that earned him a NC Citation Award certificate. 

In other offshore fishing, the Wahoo bite has picked up strong in the 180-300 foot depth range.  Along with Wahoo, there are quite a few Sailfish and White Marlin mixed in.  As we move into the September and October, the bite will only intensify as the baitfish stack up along the edge of the Gulf Stream.  Also, the Grouper are moving into the 70-90 foot depth ranges and have started to bite.  Over the next weeks, they too will really pick up.  All in all, there are lots of things going on offshore in our fishing world.  Make plans to go fishing and enjoy the great action
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/09/06
 

We're on a full moon right now and just like clockwork, the Kings have gotten tough.  The good news is the bait is stacking up on the beach-- tons of menhaden and within a few miles of the beach school after school of glass minnows, with lots of Spanish in them- -the ocean is very fishy.  I talked to a guy today who caught a couple of kings around one of the schools of bait and the piers are catching some fish as well.  I bet that by mid week, there might be a pretty decent beach bite of kings around the bait pods- watch and see.  What is hot is the Barracuda bite-- they are everywhere and very hungry-- apprently they don't feed on the moon or they simply eat all the time.  Anyway, the current is also running strong offshore because of the full moon and that has made Grouper fishing tough as well-- I caught a few inshore of the current the other day in 70 feet of water, but once you got off of that it was almost unfishable.  Anyway, that is the state of the union.  I'll keep in touch- stay tuned


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Things are looking up!" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 08/06/06
 

Hot weather, hot water... we are are definately in the dog days of August. Well thank goodness the last couple of days the fishing has been hot too. Saturday first mate Chris Burrows & I lead a group SW of the tower and had a pretty busy day catching monster cudas, sand tiger sharks, A couple African Pompano, a pile of beeliners, kings from 16lb. to 26lbs as well as getting bit off by a ture smoker that almost spooled us before we could clear the lines & downrigger, & a grouper to boot. Today  Capt. Shane & Hank aboard the Showtime with myself & Will on the Mac Marlen done very well around the 70ft. hole with kings from 10lbs. to the high teens. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come in the nearshore waters. Get out on the water and don't let the heat get you down.


- Capt. Jon Tennant
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"Week in Review" | Stori Teller-22' | 08/06/06
 

I"ve been at it again everyday this past week and I'm happy to report that the fish are still around.  The redfishing at the jetties has slowed somewhat, but the docks and bridges along the ICW are still producing reds. The flounder have made a comeback and also bit well this week, and there are even a few stray trout hanging around.  The water temperatures are approaching 90 degrees, which makes the fishing tough, but the fish are still around, so put in your time and you should be rewarded.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Lately" | Black Pearl- 31' | 08/03/06
 

Well the heat has been on lately, and fish seem to be getting lazy just like us. The offshore bite was pretty good until Tuesday afternoon then it slowed a bit. The Live bait is still unpredictable but reachable somewhere between Shallotte Inlet and the Big Hill on the east side of Lockwood Folly Inlet. The kings we are catching are fair sized but not a lot of numbers. The Cudas are hanging around the wrecks just waiting to be tempted. On the near shore side we have been doing a little of everything from spade fishing to taking kids crabbing. On the near shore reefs we have caught bluefish, weakfish, dog sharks, and moving out to the Sherman the spadefish bite has been consistent. In the backwater we are catching a few specks, reds, bluefish and flounders. Some of the flounders are throwbacks but we hit a good one now and again. It will turn around soon so stay tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/03/06
 

Hot!  Other than the AC, the water has been the best escape from the heat.  Pogys have become very plentiful off Ocean Isle and Holden again.  Today and yesterday we actually caught big, ocean Pogys in the ICW just at the mouth of the Shallotte Inlet.  A couple of the other boats got them between the inlet and the HB pier.  Also, we've been seeing many schools of Spanish from 1-7 miles offshore as we head out in the AM.  The King was good this AM at the Atlantic Ledge area.  We started at the Shark Hole and caught a small fish and a dolphin, but after moving offshore the bite was better and the quality of  Kings was better too.  We had several fish in the 12-18 pound range and a couple in the low 20's.  Weather looks great for the weekend, come on down and join in the fishing and escape the landside heat.


- Capt. Shane Hollar
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"Shallotte Inlet buoy crisis: SUCCESS!!!!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/01/06
 

Just got the message that the Wildlife has approved the Shallotte Inlet buoy deal, the buoys have been ordered, and they will be installed soon as they come in. YEE HA!! You got to love it when a plan works out!

Congrats to our State Representative Bonner Stiller, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources[Gordon Myers, Chief Engineer], and on yeah, we're proud of our efforts here at the OIFC to figure this thing out and get it going. Now, on to the next mission!


- Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/31/06
 

It is HOTTTT !  The weather was steamy with a SW wind at 10-15kts and seas at 2-3' but still with a decent SW swell from weekend's blow.  We are finding the Spanish are moving in heavily on schools of glass minnows in the 40-55 foot depth range.  I ran to the 390/390 this AM and found a group of birds working a pod of Spanish.  I deployed #1 Silver Clark Spoons and trolled behind 1oz troll leds and caught quite a few within a short time.  I then headed off a few more miles and set anchor so my crew could do some bottom fishing- they wanted action.  They caught some keep Sea Bass and Grey Snapper.  I also set a drift line with a dead Cigar Minnow and no sooner did I get the words out that it was time to go than the Penn 560 spin reel took off-- We boated a 15 pound king to boot.  Our other charter boats mostly focused on King and the fishing was pretty tough.  Lydon caught a few at the 15 mile rocks, Roger caught a few at the Christina's and Shane caught a few at the Atlantic Ledge.  It wasn't red hot today, but I really feel like the conditions were'nt favorable for them to bite.  Thus the fact we did do fairly well tells me they are out there and should be turned on when the wind and heat disipate a bit.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Week in Review" | Stori Teller-22' | 07/28/06
 

Sorry I haven't posted a report recently, I have been on the water all day almost everyday.  However, I'm pleased to report that the fishing is still good, despite the extremely hot weaher.  Water temps have climbed into the mid to upper 80's, which has slowed the trout fishing a great deal, but I'm happy to report that the redfish bite has officially kicked off and they are biting well alomost everywhere.  The bridges and dockes along the ICW have been producing slot size reds in the 18-27 inch range.  The areas around the inlets are producing slightly larger fish in the 27-32 inch range.  Mud minnows and peanut pogies fished on the bottom with a carolina rig has been the ticket for these fish.  The flounder are still around, with many beiong caught in the same areas as the redfish, and the Tubbs inlet area is still producing a few fish. So get up early and beat the heat, because the fish are still ther to be caught.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Kings and Spades" | Black Pearl- 31' | 07/27/06
 

The fishing has been good both on the offshore and backwater/near shore trips! The Kings are biting consistently around the 70-foot mark and seem to be just as interested in dead cigars as live bait. Capt. Ryan and his crew brought a mid twenties to the docks yesterday off a dead cigar. I ran a trip or two earlier in the week and had a lady angler whip a Barracuda as big as they grow, I just couldn't handle the camera and the fish so no picture. I have been holding the backwater/near shore trips down and putting a whoopin on the spadefish. They are hanging around the Sherman, Yaupon Reef areas and the Jelly balls are easier to get about 2 miles offshore than on the beach. I have also caught a couple of Reds and a few flounder down at the Little River Jetties. Back at it tomorrow so stay tuned.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/27/06
 

Took some long time clients from Baltimore fishing yesterday.  We spent a little time Kingfishing and caught a couple 12 pounders, but its hard to impress guys you've taken in years past and caught 25-30's for before.  So, we headed offshore to the 80 foot range and set up for some Grouoper fishing.  I had some Pinfish I caught off the dock in the AM and we dropped down with 80# gear.  The current was running a bit and the bite wasn't red hot, but we caught our limit of Gag Grouper in the 12-20 pound range after fishing 3 different spots.  This is a good sign and I think within the next month we'll be seeing more Grouper come in from offshore and become a bit more concentrated in the 80-100 foot depths.  As for today, the King bite seems to be past peak and we are now on the downside of a cycle.  Over the past month its been interesting to watch the fishery as it builds, peaks and then lulls.  The entire cycle takes about 1 week-- thus confirming that fishing is all about timing.  We are catching Kings at the Shark Hole, 70' Hole, and Jungle with consistency and the Pogys are off of Long Beach.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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