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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/29/06
 

The wind blew a bit more today although it was much nicer within 20 miles of shore than offshore in the Stream.  The guys that fished the tournament today reported lots of Dolphin at most all spots.  The big news was the hot King Mackerel bite at the 390/390 and the arrival of the Cobia.  This AM Capt. Jon Tennant and his wife Amanda took their 12 year old nephew Cody Pyatte aboard the "Carolina Contender" for Cody's first fishing trip and a nice family outing.  They fished the 390/390 and caught plenty of small Kings before a school of 3 Cobia showed up right in the propwash- nosing the engines as they sniffed the drip of Menhaden oil Jon had set up from the boat.  Jon saw the Cobia, grabbed the jug of Menhaden oil and dumped a swig right on top of their head.  Jon said they went crazy as they circled and twirled looking for the food.  Jon then reached into the cooler where he had the secret weapon on ready-- he had purchased a few live eels from the OIFC that AM just in case and had them in the cooler, laying on ice. (For you who don't know, eels are super slimy, super creepy things.  You can't hold a livewell kept live one in your hands to save the world, and trying to hook it is absolutely impossible.  So what we do is keep them on ice in a cooler.  They can live out of the water all day and the ice makes them go dormat so you can handle them- but as soon as they hit the water, 2 seconds and their at 100%).  Jon had one ready along with a 20# class rod and single hook on 30# fluorcarbon leader.  He hooked the eel and put it in the water.  Jon said the Cobia were facing the other way and starting to head off when the eel woke up and took off like a snake in the grass.  The Cobia whipped around like it had eyes in the back of its head and sucked in the eel like it was his last meal.  Jon hooked up and handed the rod to 12 year old Cody and the fight was on.  Long story short, a 55lb Cobia was boated- NICE CATCH.  In the PM, Capt. Bryan Williams had a 31lb Cobia also from the 390's. 
Inshore, Capt. Brandon Sauls weighed a 5.1 lb Trout alive and released it alive at the OIFC docks- in addition, he won the Dixie Chicken inshore tournament over the weekend with a 6.5 lb Trout and 2lb Flounder--  The Flounder bite has been hot all around, with may citation fish coming from the Tubb's Inlet area.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Far Out Shoot Out-FINAL RESULTS" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/29/06
 

Congratulations to team "Mr. Happy", Capt. Bob Barbour who walked away with almost all the marbles- $10, 475 TOTAL -  They were one of only two boats that had the Carolina Slam of Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo-- They had a 49lb Tuna, 18lb Mahi and 26lb Wahoo for a 93 point total and 1st overall as well as largest Tuna and largest Wahoo.  2nd overall goes to "Team Outback/No Worries", Capt. Scott Childers who was the only other boat with a Carolina slam-- they had a 39lb Tuna, 21lb Mahi and 21 lb Wahoo for an 81 point total and 2nd overall.  3rd overall went to the "ShowTime"- Capt. Roger Gales who had the tournament's largest Mahi at 25.35lbs as well as a 46lb Tuna for a 71 point total and 3rd overall.
This year's Far Out Shoot Out went great with a record 41 boat entries.  Much thanks to our sponsors- Rampage Yachts- Gregory Poole CAT- the GPS Store- Outback Steakhouse, North Myrtle.  These sponsors value your business and contributed to make your sporting hobby more pleasureable- THANK YOU !
Thank you also to all the participants and their families for coming to the event and also for cooperating in riding the shuttle.
Thanks to all and we'll see you next year.  Next up- the Jolly Mon King Classic- June 23-25- hope to see you here.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Far Out Shoot Out- Today's results" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/28/06
 

35 out of 41  boats fished today.  The Dolphin bite was hot most anywhere you went, but the key to the Shoot Out is to catch the coveted Carolina Slam- Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo.  That was achieved by 2 boats today.  The current leader is Mr. Happy, Bob Barbour with a 49.0 Yellowfin Tuna, 18.10 Dolphin and 25.95 Wahoo = 93.05 TOTAL.  Current second place is Team Outback Steakhouse/No Worries- Scott Childers with a 39.0 Yellowfin Tuna, 21.25 Dolphin and 20.80 Wahoo= 81.05 TOTAL.  Third overall is ShowTime, Capt. Roger Gales with a 46 Yellowfin Tuna and 25.35 Dolphin= 71.35 TOTAL.  Current largest Wahoo- Mr. Happy- 25.95, largest Dolphin- ShowTime-25.35, largest Tuna- Mr. Happy- 49.0.
Tomorrow is the last day of competition as there are 6 boats elegible to fish and weigh-in. 
The weather was very nice today and the Dolphin bite was reported hot from the Winyah Scarp to the Steeples, with particular hotspots in the vicinity of the 100/400 and BlackJack. 
Tomorrow PM we are having our awards dinner and ceremony at 8pm at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  We will be grilling up some fresh fish and participants and their families are invited to attend.  Also, if you could bring a covered dish to add to the fish, we'll have a big feast for everyone.  Hope to see you here.
And don't forget to keep riding the shuttle- thanks- Capt. Brant


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"Far Out Shoot Out" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/27/06
 

Great turnout- 41 boats registerd- A NEW RECORD- The weather this AM was tough, but by noon the winds at the Tower were less than 10kts and its perfect this PM.  The seas should be nice on Sun and Monday and we've got 35 or so boats fishing Sunday and 6 or so fishing Monday.  If you want to come watch the weigh-in, the boats will be back in at 6-8pm- *** Please remember to ride the shuttle to the site- no parking available at the OIFC***

For you guys fishing, attached is the most recent satellite sea temp chart.  What you can see is that the TRUE stream is just offshore of the 100/400 and Black Jack, with what looks like should be 73-75 degree water over these areas and the 77+ degree offshore 3-7 miles.  This tells me the best shot at wahoo and tuna should be in that 73-75 or so water and the big dolphin will be in the TRUE stream itself, or atleast along the edge-- there may well be a good temp break along this edge with a weed line, which could be a key.  If its not happening on the break, go offshore and find the edge of the water change.  Further south, the scenario is simlar off the Winyah and Gtown hole areas. 
It will mostly be a Dolphin affair, but focus your efforts on techniques to catch wahoo and tuna and stick with it-- that is what will bring you to the winner's circle.  Bird/Green Machine on shot gun for yellowfin and swimming plugs or big, dark skirted baits in the propwash for wahoo- or trolling weights or planers to get these baits deeper.  Good luck to all.  Awards Monday at 8pm.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Far Out Shoot Out- DINNER UPDATE" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/26/06
 

We are pleased to announce that OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE is providing the Capt. Meeting dinner tonight- steak, potato, salad and  bread, just like at the restaurant-- We've got the grill fired up and hope you and your family will come to enter the tournament and have a nice dinner--
Thanks again to OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE- North Myrtle Beach--

*** Shuttle is in operation- running til 10pm tonight- please ride***


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Far Out Shoot Out- CREW MATCHING" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/26/06
 

Many of you have boats and are looking for crew, some are looking to go, but have no boat- below are folks emailing me looking to fish tourney--Maybe you can contact these folks and make a crew.

  Im interest in fishing the tourney with a capt that has a baot will help with expenses if ok we will be filming the trip for outdoor program if interested call 704 807 3428 and ask for George Lepper georgelepper@yahoo.com George lepper

My name is Lane Adams.  I work for Coastal Development and Realty in Holden Beach.  I saw your post on the fishing report for people who need crews.  I just moved down here over the winter so I don?t know that many people in the area.  I have always fished out of Morehead City and Hatteras.  If anybody needs a crew member I will be around all weekend.  I can rig baits and have a lot of my own tackle.  I have fished in a couple of small tournaments onboard my friend?s boat, the Pik Pocket of Pine Knoll Shores.  I attached a picture of us on that boat.  I am the one in the straw hat.  If anybody would like to talk to me I can be reached on my cell at 910-512-4026

Tim Garrett- 22' Grady White- Timg@callawaygolf.com or 704.564.1937  - needs crew to fish the tournament

Does anyone have need a crew member??  I would be interested either day. 

Thanks,
Todd Esparza 
(540)533-6695 or
(540)667-6695

Hey captain Brandt, this is Alex Pipes again I spoke with you about a mates position a couple weeks ago. I just wanted to let you know I may help make up a crew as well. I am always looking to go out and help out.  I have good knowledge with king fishing and Gulf Stream fishing.. I have been a deckhand on a couple boats and would love to help anyone who needs it?let me know?thanks..Alex (828)-506-0029

 

Capt. Brant,
   I will be at OIB Friday nite thru Monday pm. I am interested in fishing the tourney as crew member with boat captain. I can be reached at 919-631-7280 or e-mail at tkcemc@aol.com. I just completed your Gulf stream 101 course this past weekend and had an absolute blast as well as Ray.
Hope to get on board,
Kay Carroll
Smithfield,N.C.

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"Far Out Shoot Out- WEATHER BULLETIN" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/26/06
 

WEATHER BULLETIN--  New fishing days-- choose- SATURDAY or SUNDAY or MONDAY-- Saturday's weather looks not so perfect, so we've decided to extend the possible fishing days to include Monday.  Right now Sunday's forecast looks good at N-NE winds of 10kts, seas 2-3 feet with the same or better forecast for Monday.  The conditions look like they will be very good, so don't let Friday and Saturday's weather scare you away. 
Along with registration and the Capt. Meeting tonight, we've got a great meal planned, so come by and join as we grill out steaks with all the trimmings- 6pm-7pm
Remember to please ride the shuttle- thanks
ALSO- DINNER TONIGHT FROM   OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE-- YEAH!!!!!!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time- 34' | 05/25/06
 

Nice day in the Stream today.  We caught 9 Dolphin 10-20lbs and a whopper King Mackerel- 30.9 lbs.  The water was a  bit cool at 72 degrees and was an off color.  It appears as if the Stream eddy we've been fishing has moved off the Black Jack-100/400 area.


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Yesterday's Gulf Stream Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/25/06
 

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of joining my OIFC co-worker Mike Edge, and his brother Bart on their 28 ft. Grady White, Kitchen Pass, for a day in the Gulf Stream.  We left their house at 5:30am and had lines in the water at the 100/400 a few minutes after 8:00.  The water was a bit cool at 72.5 and very green, but we didn't let it bother us since this water has been very productive all year.  It didn't take long before our first rigger clip of the morning popped and the first mahi was on the ice.  We continued to pick at them for the next couple of hours---catching one or two fish every 30 minutes or so.  It wasn't until around 12:00 that we got our first non-mahi bite as the shotgun line started to sing.  Bart eased the fish back to the boat on the 100 lb. mono leader and soon after a 30 lb. wahoo joined the mahi's for a cool down.  The mahi bited continued to turn off and on throughout the afternoon as we definately missed a lot more fish than we caught and ended the day with a final total of 12 mahi, and 1 wahoo.  The hot colors for the day was honestly anything that was in the water (pink/white, blue/white, purple/black, green/chart.), however a small pink/crystal Blue Water Candy seawitch was the hottest of the bunch.  Hopefully this great fishing will hang around for the tournament this weekend----it sure has been on fire as of late!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Far Out Shoot Out- WEATHER BULLETIN" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/25/06
 

We're all going to get together with BB guns and make Mr. Jim Cantt'arore drop his droors and turn around, becuase once again his weather forecast has missed the mark.  What was an absolutely pristine forecast, has molded itself into not so hot at all- particularly for Saturday.  SO, never fear, don't cancel your plans, the show will go on and I hope you still fish.  The plan is to extend the fishing days to include Monday.  This means you have the option to now fish 1 of 3 days.  The weather Saturday looks pretty bad and Sunday should be decent and then hopefully by Monday the High pressure will be settled in and it should be perfect.  This means the awards will be held on Monday at 8pm instead of Sunday at 8pm.  I hope you will not let this little glitch stop you from coming down and participating.  The Capt. Meeting and dinner will be held on schedule, Friday6-7pm, so please do come on  by. 
****And please, don't forget to ride the shuttle.  The lot is off-island next to Wings and when you ride the shuttle you'll get a raffle ticket to win free tackle.  Thanks for the cooperation.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Black Pearl- 31' | 05/25/06
 

Sorry it took so long to get updated, the past few weeks have been crazy, everyone wants to get their boat fixed or go fishing.  Just hitting the highlights, last friday we led a group on a full day that yeilded lots of nice sea bass and a 17lb gag grouper, with a king thrown in.  Sat. back to the stream where we faced stiff winds and squall lines for the most part of the morning.  We were however, able to pull (literally, he hit about the same time as the first bolt of lightning) a nice 42.5 wahoo out of the eye of the storm, as well as some nice mahi.  Mon. morning were back at it on a half day sea bass mission with an 8 year old who had a ball and caught some nice fish.  Finally, a half day yesterday yeilded a 10lb king and some sharks and bluefish. 


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/24/06
 

Stream continued good today- Capt. Roger joined fishing friends Yorke Pharr and son for a day-- they ended up with a half dozen Dolphin from 10-20 pounds, a 41lb Yellowfin and 2-25lb Wahoo-- another Slam.  The fished the BlackJack area, and Roger reported better action in the AM.

Looking at the weather, its evolving on us a bit and not quite as a spectacular forecast as early in the week, but I think still very manageable.  It looks as if a weak front will pass on Fri PM, which will bring SW winds all day Fri and probably pretty gusty on Fri PM for the Capt. Meeting- BUT DON'T GET SCARED OFF.  The front will pass Fri PM and the winds will shift more to the West and lay to 10-15kts or so.  Sat PM will be absolutely beautiful and Sun AM should be very nice as the winds shift to the North and light.  I think either day will be fishable, Saturday being one of those days when you have to tough it out in the AM to get there, but then have a great ride home, Sunday maybe the opposite.  I've got a big dinner planned for Friday at 6pm- steaks, baked potatoes, salad,  bread.......  Your entry includes a meal for up to 4, but if you have more, bring them and they can purchase a meal ticket for $15.  It would be helpful to get an idea of how many people will be attending the dinner and plan to eat, so please RSVP reply to this email with the # you expect to feed-- thanks- Capt. Brant

Also, King bite was bit slow today.  Capt. Shane caught a few at the 90/90, but it wasn't the bite of yesterday.  We'll let you know if we find where they've gone- stand by.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Far Out Shoot Out weather update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/24/06
 

For all you folks who have questioned my weather forecasting ability gained via my Wingate College Meterology course[yeah I made a "D", but that's passing]; I'm ready to step out on the limb again. FOSO forecast....Saturday morning a lite SW wind[10kts or less], falling out during the day so that the ride home should be almost flat. Sunday...you can skip a nickel all the way to Frying Pan Tower. Wind should come around to North with passage of weak front and should completely lay out during the day. Official forecast..Slight and Light. So with the weather issues settled, all that's left is to go kill some fish and they're biting at a frantic pace. This year should be a real challenge to see who can not only catch the Carolina Slam[which typically is the key to victory], but who can catch the biggest Carolina Slam stringer and claim the local bragging rights of the FAR OUT SHOOT OUT  CHAMPION! 

This is a great opportunity for all the new gulf stream fishermen to make the trip with a large group of area fishermen. And anyone that needs any "How to" help, all our Captains will be at the Capt meeting to help get you rigged and pointed in the right direction.

Last point, again, PLEASE everyone ride the free off island shuttle. It will be located beside Waves beside the Citgo. The parking issues we have had with the Town of OIB are legendary and we need your help by keeping tourney traffic off the island so our neighbors don't complain. The shuttle is free, no hassels looking for parking spaces, no tickets from Wildlife or the Town, plus you can win rods/reels just for riding the shuttle. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated. It will begin running noon Friday until 9:00pm and again Sunday for weighin and awards. Thanks again and come join the fun and festivities.


- Rube McMullan
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"Fishing Report- Far Out Shoot Out" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/24/06
 

Any of you coming down this weekend that might not plan to go to the Stream, the King Mackerel fishing is also hot.  Capt. Roger hit'em hard yesterday AM at the 390/390, catching 15 Kings by 11am- most in the 24-30 inch range on dead cigar minnows.

FOSO note-
You can leave from your choice of locations- no boundaries on this event.  You register then adhere to the rules of lines-in no earlier than 8:30am and must be out by 4pm-  You then have to be to the OIFC by 8pm in order to weigh-in .

Far Out Shoot Out crew matching-

My name is Lane Adams.  I work for Coastal Development and Realty in Holden Beach.  I saw your post on the fishing report for people who need crews.  I just moved down here over the winter so I don?t know that many people in the area.  I have always fished out of Morehead City and Hatteras.  If anybody needs a crew member I will be around all weekend.  I can rig baits and have a lot of my own tackle.  I have fished in a couple of small tournaments onboard my friend?s boat, the Pik Pocket of Pine Knoll Shores.  I attached a picture of us on that boat.  I am the one in the straw hat.  If anybody would like to talk to me I can be reached on my cell at 910-512-4026

Tim Garrett- 22' Grady White- Timg@callawaygolf.com or 704.564.1937  - needs crew to fish the tournament

Does anyone have need a crew member??  I would be interested either day. 

Thanks,
Todd Esparza 
(540)533-6695 or
(540)667-6695

Hey captain Brandt, this is Alex Pipes again I spoke with you about a mates position a couple weeks ago. I just wanted to let you know I may help make up a crew as well. I am always looking to go out and help out.  I have good knowledge with king fishing and Gulf Stream fishing.. I have been a deckhand on a couple boats and would love to help anyone who needs it?let me know?thanks..Alex (828)-506-0029

 

Capt. Brant,
   I will be at OIB Friday nite thru Monday pm. I am interested in fishing the tourney as crew member with boat captain. I can be reached at 919-631-7280 or e-mail at tkcemc@aol.com. I just completed your Gulf stream 101 course this past weekend and had an absolute blast as well as Ray.
Hope to get on board,
Kay Carroll
Smithfield,N.C.

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"The kings are here and hungry" | Show Time- 34' | 05/23/06
 

Over the past two days, the king mackerel bite has been hot, and you don't have to go that far to get into a thick body of fish.  Yesterday, Capt. Roger Gales took myself, mate Hank Wractor, and a party of three from PA to the Shark Hole, where we enjoyed non-stop action on the juvenile kings on dead cigar minnows.  Trolling these baits behind skirts on Hank Brown Hookup rigs, we often had two or three fish hooked up at one time.  We had at least eight keeper fish out of the thirty or so we hooked, and pulled off a king of at least ten pounds off at the boat.  We then pushed offshore to the Atlantic Ledge for some grouper, but could not get clear of the sharks while we were there.  There are certainly some grouper down there, but dealt mainly with sharks until we went to cut bait, and managed to put some nice vermillion snapper in the boat.  Capt. Roger made a half-day trip to the 390/390 today and reported more of the same success on the kings, and was able to keep some larger fish.  This is a good time to go out and practice some of those king techniques as the size of these fish will certainly increase over the coming weeks.


- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"Far Out Shoot Out" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/23/06
 

Weather is still looking great-- I have quite a few entries and it looks like we'll have a good turn out. 
I'm getting a few calls from folks who have a boat and want to fish but are looking for crew to fish with them so they can join the tournament.  If you are in this position, you can give me an email- captbrant@oifishingcenter.com and I'll post your name and # to see if anyone wants to join you-


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"Far OUt Shoot Out long range weather forecast" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/23/06
 

Just got off coconut tele with Jim Can'ttorie and here is the official FOSO tourney forecast. SLIGHT AND LITE! [What did you expect?]. Early in the week weak cold front moving thru bringing high pressure. Later in the week, as high moves offshore, southerly flow will begin and by weekend will be typical summer time conditions. This means flat calm in the morning[or lite SW wind] and in the afternoon a decent SW tail wind to bring you home. There will be widely scattered thunder showers but they are not associated with a new front, so there should not be any squall line to deal with, just hit or miss scattered showers which can be easily dodged.

The Gulf Stream fishing is on fire with lots of dolphin and wahoo and mixed in yellowfin. No problem with the moon so fishing should be outstanding for the tourney. Please join in with us for a great time to go to the blue water with a large group of other boats. The Capt meeting will be  great camaradie, an excellent dinner[Brant's working on a special menu], free how to seminars, and hopefully amazing fishing for the #1 glamor species we fish for. This is the height of our Gulf Stream season so don't miss out.

As a reminder, PLEASE PLESE everyone ride the free off island shuttle. There will not be any parking at the OIFC or elsewhere on the island. The shuttle is free, no hassel looking for a parking space that doesn't exist, no parking ticket hassels from Wildlife or the Town, and all shuttle riders will be eligible for drawing for rods/reels/ ect. The only way we can have these tourneys is to use the shuttle so please help us out by riding it. The shuttle will begin running Friday around noon until 9:00pm and on Sunday from 4:00pm to 9:00pm for the weighin and awards ceremony. Thanks for your co-operation.


- Rube McMullan
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"Fishing Report" | Show Time- 34' | 05/22/06
 

Far Out Shoot Out this weekend- anyone looked at the forecast- 5kts- SW-- WOW!!- hope it holds- that is the 1st part of the equation- now onto the 2nd- the FISHING !-- Check out the shot of the Gulf Stream from the weekend, an absolute perfect finger eddy- and here's what we found.
Saturday- Capt. Roger and Jon fished the ShowTime (BlackJack) and Capt. Bryan (100/400) fished the Carolina Contender.  At 165 feet they hit a 3 degree edge from 71-74 degrees.  Baits went in and the bite was on.  The seas were a bit tough at 3-5 feet or so, but the action was non-stop.  Between 9:30 and 11:30 Roger and Jon boated 2 Yellowfin- 47 and 48lbs and 2 Wahoo- 25 and 35 pounds-- their crew had more meat than they could handle and couple weren't feeling so good, so they left the fish biting.  Bryan stayed at it and per his report, you can see he was in fish all day. 
Sunday- I held my land class for the Gulf Stream school on Sat PM and Sunday was our day to fish and get graduated from the real world of fishing- I had a diverse group of guys from NC, VA and MD (Ray and Kay Carroll, Shawn Becker, Joe Brogan, Dickie Brackin and Jared McCaskill) and they would all get LOTS of experience in Gulf Stream trolling.  We decided to run to the Black Jack due to the strong finger eddy and previous day's report.   We stopped and started setting lines 3 miles inshore of the BJ- we almost had the 4th line out when a wahoo took the flatline- in the boat.  We reset 2 lines and this time a Blackfin on the Green Machine/bird combo.  Dickie was dropping the flat lined Cape Lookout C-Jet into place when it was nailed- 30lb wahoo.  Lines started to go out again and then a Dolphin attack.  It was like this until noon when the guys finally got all 7 lines out- but that was only because I pulled off the temperature and offshore to look around the bottom structure to see if the wahoo or tuna might be holding on it.  We rested a bit, dealt with a couple of stray Dolphin, then I headed back inshore 1/2 mile and just as we were getting there the Green Machine/Bird combo was nailed and smoked off.  Ray did battle, Jared wired and Joe sunk the gaff- almost got pulled over- and landed a box topper 45lb Yellowfin.  The Dolphin were everywhere with most in the 12-20 pound range and there was a good mix of tuna and wahoo. Just to set the bar for the Far Out Shoot Out, our aggregate of tuna, dolphin and wahoo was 95 pounds.  All you guys who ever wanted to the fish the Stream or thought of fishing this tournament, now is the time.  The fishing is incredible, and reports from the south say the Dolphin have hardly even shown up yet, there's LOTS more coming.
Registration and Capt. Meeting are Friday at 6pm with fishing on EITHER Saturday or Sunday- you choose- Awards is Sunday PM.  Thanks again to our sponsors, RAMPAGE YACHTS, GREGORY POOLE CAT AND THE GPS STORE.  Hope I'll see you there.
On Friday and Saturday I did some Grouper fishing on the It Works and had a decent catch each day.  Friday I stayed in 75-90 feet of water and had some nice Gag Grouper up to 18 pounds and Saturday I fished 110 feet and had some nice Scamp Grouper.  The current was pretty bad, though, which made it tough, so hopefully that will slow down.
Stay tuned for more, hope to see you this weekend.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weekend Stream Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/22/06
 

Sorry for the delayed report, it's been a l-o-n-g weekend. The weather was not the best but the fish didn't seem to mind. With the warm water backflow pushing across the steeples, blackjack, & 100/400 areas it set the stage for some great fishing & we were not let down!

5-20-06

Saturday I mated for Capt. Roger onboard the Showtime. Leaving the dock at 5:00am with David Ray & family, facing less than favorible conditions, we knew we had our work cut out for us. We arrived at the blackjack a little before 9:00. Within five minutes we had the first stirke, a healthy wahoo that found its way around the planer & quickly found freedom. After that, we stayed pretty busy catching two other +20lbs wahoos, a 46lb & 47lb yellowfin as well as a couple more we pulled off. With the storms building and the sea conditions deteriorating, we called it a day at 12:00 & headed in. Not to bad for only three hours fishing time.

5-21-06

Sunday I captained the Carolina Contender on a solo mission to put Rocky Culbertson and friends on some fish. Knowing the bite was hot at the blackjack the day before, I wasted no time & headed back to resume the killing where Capt. Roger & myself left off. As we cleared the inlet I was supprised at how much the ocean had laid out overnight despite all the stormes that had came thru. While I just couldn't find a tuna bite the mahi-mahi were more than willing to cooperate. It was almost an hour after we arrived before I was able to get the full spread out. The fish were biting like bull dogs, just as fast as you could put baits in the water they were more than happy to remove them! The final tally for the day ended at 15 mahi-mahi with several being large bulls, One 20+ lb wahoo, & a mid 20lb king. I don't know how many short strikes and lost fish we had but it was all the fishing we could stand as we used up 5 dozen ballyhoo during the day.

If you have been itching to get out there, come on down and see us. Now is the time!


- Capt. Jon Tennant
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"Whack'n 'em and Stack'n 'em" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/21/06
 

I just called Capt. Jon on the Carolina Contender's boat phone and his exact words were---"Sorry man, I can't talk.  We're putting mahi's in the boat as fast as we can put lines out!"!  Sounds like it's another great day in the gulf stream today!  Stay tuned--I'm sure Jon will post a full report tonight!

--Capt. Squid


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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