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"Another Carolina Slam!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/21/06
 

Yesterday morning, I left out of the OIFC in the Carolina Contender at 5:00am in hopes of finding an early yellowfin tuna bite in the gulf stream.  As I cleared the inlet an angry Mother Ocean greeted us with a sloppy 3-4 foot chop out of the Southwest so I pointed the bow 145 degrees and sat back for what turned out to be a much better ride than I had expected.  I set up shop just inshore of the 100/400 and as I was standing up to pull the 4th rod out of the rod holder to rig it, the long rigger snapped and the first fish of the day was on!  It didn't take long at all, though, for this wahoo to make short work of my 100 lb. leader and suddenly we were starting the day down 0-1.  Soon after, Capt. David on The Black Pearl and Capt. Larry Spainhour on the 7th Heaven joined me at the 100/400 and Capt. Roger on the Showtime put his lines in at the Blackjack.  Everyone reported slow action for the next hour until Roger lit up the radio-----"Back, back, back, back, back..." (Roger's unmistakable sign that he is hooked up).  "Got a triple on up here boys" came over the radio and everybody started to turn and troll his way.  Just as I turned it broke loose----Got him on!, There's another!, Three on!, Four on!, Five on! and suddenly I had my hands full as mahi's were jumping everywhere behind the boat.  We somehow managed to boat 4 of the 5 fish (3 being mahi's and the other being a kingfish) and pulled the last mahi off right beside the boat.  Almost as soon as I got lines back in the water, the long rigger exploded again and our first tuna of the day took off to the deep.  We got him directly under the boat and the hook fell out of his mouth when he took off for his last run.  It was about then that I looked back on the horizon and saw a storm brewing back behind us and heading our way.  As it approached, the wind went from 20 knots, to well over 50 knots with pouring down rain.  This only lasted a few minutes though and we were back to fishing.  During the middle of the rainstorm, Capt. Roger and Scott Allen at the Blackjack Hole both hooked up with very nice (45+ lb. yellowfins).  Just as this rainstorm passed, another was right behind it----this one, though had no wind in it, just some rain.  As it creeped up on us, our long line exploded into a scream that few fish could rival.  When it hit, I knew it was a yellowfin and 25 minutes this 45 lb. "yellow belly" was joining our mahi's on the bed of ice!  When the sun came back out after this storm, the mahi bite picked back up as we were hooked about every 20 minutes or so.  As the day was coming to an end and I thought that the slam would evade me, the flat line rod with a Braid Marauder swimming plug started to sing and I knew that this was the wahoo we needed to complete the slam and within five minutes we had done it.  Our final tally of the day was 10 mahi (to 20 lbs.), a 45 lb. yellowfin tuna, a 25 lb. wahoo, and a king mackerel, all coming from the 100/400 area.  (During the day we lost at least 8-10 more mahi, 1 more tuna, and 2 more wahoos simply due to the 5-6 foot sloppy ocean we faced in the stream.)

So needless to say that the mahi season is upon us and this is the best time of the year to go load the boat with them.  Don't forget to run some wire, though, because this is also an excellent time to load up on wahoo's!  Capt. Brant and Capt. Jon are both out in the stream again today so hopefully they will have more great reports tonight when they get back!  I took a few pictures yesterday as well and will put them up tonight when I get to my computer.

Just a reminder--don't forget about the Far Out Shootout going on here at the Fishing Center this coming weekend.  This is a great time to compete against other blue water fishermen for some really good money as well as bragging rights on the island for a year!

---Capt. Squid


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"Angry Seas and Hungry Fish" | Show Time- 34' | 05/18/06
 

I admit it.  I had my doubts this morning as Capt. Roger guided us through the inlet into a nasty swell, pointing the bow of the Showtime towards the Blackjack Hole.  It wasn't the fastest trip offshore, but fishing with Chuck Ellis of Coastal Fastners of Myrtle Beach and his family, it proved to be one of the more enjoyable and fruitful.  Capt. Roger found a nice temperature break just offshore of the Blackjack, which led to a solid dolphin bite.  By the end of the day, we had six solid gaffers in the box and had pulled off three more.  Most effective on the dolphin fish was a pink and white Iland Outrider/ballyhoo combo.  The wahoo bite was a little more tricky.  We managed about a 10 pounder (weehoo?) on a black and red Yo-Zuri Bonita plug, and had two similar plugs bitten off.  We also had a massive knockdown on our shotgun bait (horse ballyhoo behind a bare Ilander head) towards the end of the day and reeled in a perfectly sheared bait.  So one for four on wahoo.  Not a great ratio, but nothing is ever perfect.  The real prize of the day came right around 11:00 a.m., when the right short rigger (another Iland Outrider/ballyhoo, this time blue and white) got abolutely smashed.  Nearly 45 minutes later we managed to sink a gaff into the largest yellowfin yet this year out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, five-hundredths of a pound shy of the 50# mark.  Another Carolina Slam completed.  The ride home was a tough one, fighting building seas, but well worth it.  It was a pleasure to have the Ellis family on board--they were a hard-working and determined crew.  Thanks to them and Capt. Roger.  I just can't wait to go and do it again.  I hope the fish hang around for the weekend.


- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"Fishing Report- Hot off the press" | Show Time- 34' | 05/18/06
 

Capt. Roger just called me-- he was on the way in- around the Horseshoe when he called- fished the Black Jack today and did well.  Based on the temperature charts, he thought he would have to fish offshore of to the 100 fathom curve.  However, he dropped lines in at 170 feet and the water was 71.5 degrees.  Roger made one lap of the area and the second time around he said the water had risen over 1.5 degrees and the bite was on-- I only talked to him a minute, but he said he had a dozen or so Dolphin a couple Wahoo and a big Yellowfin.  I'll try to give a more detailed report later-- He reported the seas at 3-5 feet most of the day-- The forecast looks pretty good for the weekend.  10-15kts on Sat. and Sunday looks like it might be a little better even.  Come on down and join us for some good fishing.  We'll be on the water all weekend-
I've still got a couple slots open for my Gulf Stream school on Sat/Sun if anyone has interstest- call (910) 575-3474-
Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing School Openings" | Show Time- 34' | 05/17/06
 

I have a Gulf Stream fishing school this Sat and Sun.  The land class will be from 6-8pm on Saturday and fish day on the ShowTime all day on Sunday.  I've got 4 spots open and the weather report right now is very good for the weekend.  If you want to hone your skills are get a quick start, I'm sure I can get you catching fish.  Call (910) 575-3474 to make a reservation.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing Report" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/15/06
 

No fishing today, blowing a gale, but some nice pictures from folks who did well this past weekend.  Thanks for all the emails and keep them coming.  We like to hear your reports and will try to post your pictures when possible.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Stream Again" | Black Pearl- 31' | 05/14/06
 

We ran to the stream Saturday and started fishing just short of Winyah. First lines out we had 4 Mahi hook ups and only managed one to the cooler. How?s that for averages. The first one to hit was a Raging Bull he looked like a real good one but the Gentleman on the rod brought the lever to free spool by accident and line blew up to the point of no return!! The water was a ?dusty? green blue and just not pretty so we headed east. We caught a couple of more Mahi but found nothing hot!! The water was definitely prettier in the 4 and 5 hundreds than further west. Stay Tuned its gonna happen. One thing worth noting is in the 30 to 35 mile range there were acres of cigar minnows or greenies on top. I didn?t stop to see for certain what they were but there were acres and acres of them in the five-mile stretch then it cut off. This may interest the King fisherman with a tournament just around the corner!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"More Pictures" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/14/06
 

Here are the pictures from yesterday's charter aboard the Carolina Contender.  (The other pictures were from Friday aboard the Showtime.)  Hope you enjoy them!

--Capt. Squid


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"Back To Back Carolina Slams!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/14/06
 

First off, let me apologize for the delayed report from the past couple of days---I was in the Gulf Stream on Friday and Saturday and have just now had time to sit down in front of a computer and write about it.
Friday morning started off much better than expected.  When I had left the Fishing Center Thursday night, the wind was howling and I was doubting whether or not we would even be able to fish on Friday, but when I got to the dock at 4:30 am Friday morning, the wind was still and when I looked at the conditions at the tower, the wind had switched 180 degrees and laid the ocean down nice.  So myself and Chris loaded up the Showtime and headed to the inlet.  All week I had planned on going to the Winyah Scarp area on Friday, but with the wind out of the Southwest all week, I didn't know if it was going to be possible.  When I turned the corner to come out of the inlet, there wasn't so swell present, so I pointed the bow due South and sat back for the 60 mile journey to the MacMarle'n Ledge.  We set lines in at 9:00am and as Chris was setting the 5th line I looked down from the tower and it looked like someone had set a bomb off on the left short rigger!  FISH ON!---but not for long.....the wahoo made short work of the mono leader and left us shaking our heads.  At the same time a mahi had found the other short rigger and began jumping but threw the hook on the second jump.  So within 5 minutes it was: Fish-2, Showtime-0.  This was soon changed when I saw a mahi cruising the top of the water from the tower.  I turned the boat hard right and told everyone to get ready.  When the fish saw our spread, he immediately darted to it and piled on our teaser---a squid daisy chain followed by a ilander/ballyhoo combo.  The idea was to crank in the teaser and drop back a naked ballyhoo, but this fish had other ideas.  We cranked the teaser all the way up beside the boat and this 25 lb. mahi would not come off of it---he followed it for what seemed like an eternity (but was really only about a minute), until he finally switched over to the naked bait and soon found himself in the box on ice.  At around 10:30, I started trolling to the Winyah Scarp, 3 miles away, and as soon as we crossed over the beginning of the structure we had another mahi on.  Iced him and picked back up trolling again and as soon as I put the boat in gear the short rigger popped and line began melting off the reel.  My first thoughts were wahoo as the line was stretched way out on top of the water but as the fish got closer I could tell from the tower that it wasn't a wahoo, but in fact a very chunky 40+ lb. yellowfin!  As the day progressed, the action stayed pretty steady picking up mahi's about every 30 minutes or so.  Then, at around 1:00 our planer rod finally connected and began screaming and within no time we had a very nice 37 lb. wahoo laying on the deck.  At 3:30 we called it quits and headed back home with a full box----final tally was 8 mahi (up to 25 lbs), 1 43 lb. yellowfin, 1 37 lb. wahoo, and 1 king mackerel with the hot baits being a pink/white Blue Water Candy Seawitch and a pink/white Cape Lookout Lures jet head lure in front of a med. ballyhoo.

Yesterday was much the same story as I ran the Carolina Contender back out to the stream.  With a good catch the day before, I started again at the MacMarle'n Ledge and had lines in the water at 8:15am.  As I was rigging the second bait, the first line started to scream and in no time a 20 lb. mahi was on the ice.  So the lines go back out and as I'm rigging the second bait this time, the first line again starts screaming.  We all started smiling and I found myself working like a dog trying to drive the boat, rig some baits, and put this fish in the boat since I didn't have a mate.  After this fish was in the box, we set out again, and once again, the same thing happens except we jump this one off beside the boat.  Put them back out and guess what----another fish on!  So within 30 minutes of arriving, we had 3 mahi's in the box and had jumped another one off beside the boat and I STILL haven't got more than 2 lines in the water!  This nonstop action quickly slowed after our 4th hookup and we went dry for an hour or so until the long line sang that beautiful song that we all know so well.  Line is dumping off the Tiagra 30 so I make a turn and put the angler up on the bow and set in for a great fight.  It took a good 20 minutes before we ever saw the fish under the boat and another 5 to bring him to the surface.  It was all well worth it as a 45 lb. yellowfin joined the mahi's on the ice!  After this excitement, we went dry again and trolled down to the Winyah Scarp.  We picked up a couple more mahi's there before trolling back to the MacMarle'n Ledge to finish out the day.  My first pass over the ledge yielded a double hookup.  I had almost all mono leaders out since there was only one wahoo reported all day.  This proved to be a bit of a mistake as one leader was quickly parted.  Our other hooked stayed solid and a 15 lb. wahoo was in the box to complete our second consecutive Carolina Slam!  Less than 20 minutes after putting lines back out, our long line once again began screaming.  As I looked back I could see a good 300 yards of line stretched out on top of the water and told the guys that this was going to be a nice wahoo.  I wasn't worried about anything at the time because I THOUGHT that the blue and white Jr. Ilander I was running was on wire.  It wasn't until we boated this 35 lb. wahoo that I remembered changing the wire leader out for a mono leader after the yellowfin destroyed my wire rig.  (I still have no idea how the 100 lb. mono held up to the jaws of this wahoo----especially after seeing how frayed it was after we got him in the boat!)  As we were setting lines back out and cleaning up the blood on the deck, the left rigger clip popped, the right rigger clip popped, and the flat line popped (the only 3 lines I had out at the time)----a triple header mahi!  We boated all 3 of them and soon after called it a day and cruised home with a nice following sea.  Final tally for yesterday was 8 mahi (up to 20 lbs.), 2 wahoo (up to 35 lbs.), and a 45 lb. yellowfin.  Hot colors for yesterday were definately a blue and white Jr. Ilander on the long line, Blue Water Candy pink/white seawitch, and a Blue Water Candy crystal seawitch.

So if you didn't make it down this weekend, you definately missed a great weekend!  The weather was beautiful and the fishing was also great!  I think it's supposed to blow for the next couple of days but check back and we'll try to keep you informed of what's going on!

I tried to take quite a few pictures of the past two days so I hope you enjoy them as well!  (The pictures seen here are from Friday's trip on the Showtime----the pictures from yesterday on the Carolina Contender can be found on the report labeled "More Pictures" located just underneath this report.)

---Capt. Squid


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"GREAT DAY OF FISHING- HOPE YOU WERE HERE" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/13/06
 

Hope you didn't miss out fishing today, it was great weather and pretty darn good fishing.  From kings, to grouper to stream tuna, dolphin and wahoo, the charter boats had a great day.  I fished with my good fishing friends anonymously known as the "dream team" captained by Dean Spatholt of Calabash.  Grouper were on the hit list and we did pretty good fishing 95-110 feet of water, SW of the Frying Pan tower.  We also caught the year's first Cobia and saw several more.  We actually started the day by catching live Pogies which were holding off Oak Island near the hot hole.  I'm sure the other Capt.s will elaborate on their trips, but in a short, the kings bit at the Shark Hole and the Stream was best at the Black Jack but also pretty good at the Winyah as well.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Yesterday's Gulf Stream Report" | Show Time- 34' | 05/12/06
 

Capt. Roger & myself took the Pitts family from Kernersville NC to the blackjack hole despite a less than favorable forecast. We arrived to find 74.4 degree water, lots of flying fish, and sloppy seas to say the least. The fishing was not on fire, but we did manage to pick at them through out the day. Our catch at the end of the day was Wahoos, Blackfin tuna, & Mahi Mahi. Congradulations to Jennifer Pitts on her 48.55lb NC citation Wahoo! Capt. Squid is at it again today so check back later for his report.


- Capt. Jon Tennant
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"Fishing Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/11/06
 

Here are some nice pics from the Stream the other day.  The Ward family fished their boat the "Confederate" at the 100/400 and Black Jack for this catch.  Come join us this weekend.  The weather is looking great.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Great Weekend Ahead!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/10/06
 

Alright folks, it seems like the weatherman has finally listened to all of our whining and complaining and has decided to turn off the fan for the weekend!  And what's more---the fish have begun to really turn on too!  We're getting reports already today of king mackerel being caught at the 390/390, and Yaupon Reef areas here nearshore as well as offshore in the warmer waters around the Atlantic Ledge, Jungle, and BP-25.  I spent all day yesterday nearshore with my brother and a couple of other friends catching some very nice spanish and bluefish trolling clark spoons up and down the beach in 20-25 feet of water.  We also stopped caught some spanish at the AR460 and some VERY nice (14+ inch) seabass at the Shallotte Ledge.  Inside, the flounder bite is sure to go off this weekend as well.  (We caught some two days ago at high tide in Tubbs Inlet.)  Mud minnows or the Berkley Gulp 4" Swimming Mullet on a Carolina Rig has been the ticket.  The usual spots--Tubbs Inlet, Sunset Bridge, the Shallotte River, etc.--should be great places to try.  The gulf stream fishing should also be on fire this weekend and with us having stream trips planned all the way through Saturday, we should have a very good idea on exactly where to go and what baits are hot so be sure to stop by before you head out!   We've also got nearshore king mackerel trips planned for the weekend and as always don't be afraid to give us a call on the radio----we'll be glad to help you out and hopefully put you on some fish!  We're always on Channel 11!

So this is what we've all been asking for---a great weekend to be at the beach and on the water so come down and enjoy it! 

---Capt. Squid


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"UPDATE- Kingfish are here" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/10/06
 

Capt. Roger is offshore in the Stream, hopefully mopping them up, and I'm behind the desk (again)- BUT, just had a couple customers come that have been fishing the 390/390 area where they reported the kings were biting.  They saw schools of Spanish Mackerel and trolled to them where they landed several fish and reportedly lost one at boatside in the 30 pound class.  The fishing is ON!  and guess what??  The weather looks perfect this weekend, so don't miss it.  I'll have a Stream report tonight or tomorrow, but I'm looking for another strong day.  AGAIN- THE WEATHER LOOKS PERFECT THIS WEEKEND- DON'T MISS IT-


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Flounder / Trout Classic Results" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/09/06
 

Sorry I've been late on reporting the results- but I'm pleased to say the 3rd annual Spring Flounder & Trout Classic went off great, thanks to Clay Morphis and his cooking team with Shallow Water Boat Sales.  The tournament hosted 34 boat entries, and this year's catches were very impressive with large flounder and trout weighed in.  Thanks to all that participated and congratulations to the winners.  Also, thanks to Clay Morphis and crew for a great job.  If you missed the tournament this year, I hope you'll consider joining next year as the event only continues to get better.

Tournament Results:  OIFC SPRING FLOUNDER-TROUT CLASSIC

1st overall- Kyle Hughes- 8.55 Trout/1.8 flounder= 10.35
1st flounder- 5.75- Wyatt Pegram
2nd flounder- 4.25- Ricky Lefler
3rd flounder- 3.15- James Locey
4th flounder- 2.25- John Starnes
5th flounder- 1.80- Ronnie Trexler
1st Trout- 6.45- Brandon Sauls
2nd Trout- 5.85- Brent Banks
3rd Trout- 5.80- Matt Owens
4th Trout- 5.50- Tim Fletcher
5th Trout- 4.40- Ricky Kellum

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Hot Bite Offshore" | Show Time- 34' | 05/09/06
 

Capt. Larry Horowitz on the Voyager called in late this afternoon to report a lot of action on yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and dolphin in the area of the 100/400 and the Blackjack Hole today.  The computer is showing 74 degree water in that part of the world and 76 degrees towards the Winyah Scarp.  Capt. Roger Gales and I will be heading out to the Gulfstream in the morning so we are certainly hoping the bite continues.  Check back--we'll keep you posted.


- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"Streamin" | Black Pearl- 31' | 05/08/06
 

We rolled The Black Pearl to the steeples area on a stream trip Saturday. The water was cobalt blue, well defined rips we battling each other, flyers were present but the fish were hiding. I would say conditions were great and it kept me on the edge all day. We did manage to pull out a 50.50 pound Wahoo and a couple of Mahi!! This action should be heating up so stay tuned. We may go on a mission one day this week and check it out to the western around Winyah and etc.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Yesterday's Gulf Stream Report" | Show Time- 34' | 05/07/06
 

Yesterday, myself and the newest member of our OIFC Charter Fishing Staff, Capt. Shane headed to the Steeples for a day of gulf stream trolling.  When we got there, we couldn't believe what we saw----there was a huge rip directly on top of the structure.  On one side of the rip the temperature was 74.7 degrees and on the other side it was 76.7 with a beautiful weedline running right down the middle.  From the looks of things, it was going to be a slaughter and it didn't take long after putting baits in the water for us to hook up our first fish of the day---a 10 lb. gaffer mahi which ate a Blue Water Candy pink/crystal 1/2 oz. seawitch behind a small ballyhoo on the long rigger.  As we were putting our fish in the boat, Capt. Hook calls and reports that he has a 50 lb. wahoo laying on ice!  Not long after putting our baits back out, we hook up again on the exact same rod---this time a 20 lb. blackfin tuna met the end of my 8 ft. gaff and found himself buried in ice.  But just as quick as it all started for us, it all but ended---we trolled the rip up and down, from side to side, and only managed a good wahoo bite in which the fish bit us off above the wire and a few other short strikes.  The story was much the same from all the other boats working the area, although one did manage some real excitement and released a blue marlin!  (This is the first blue that I've heard of from our area this year.)  With the surprising slow action from such a beautiful looking stretch of water, we decided to make a move inshore to 100 feet of water and try our hand at some king fishing.  This turned out to be a very good move as our first down rigger bait, a cigar minnow on a Hank Brown Hookup jighead, didn't last more than 2 minutes before line was screaming off the reel.  The fish bit like a king but fought just like a shark and it wasn't till she surfaced behind the boat that we realized it was in fact a kingfish--and a solid 20 pounder at that.  As I was putting her in the boat, another rod went off with another solid king.  This nonstop action went on the entire time we were there and allowed us to fill the fishbox eventhough the gulf stream didn't live up to our expectations today.

I have heard some reports of a little bit better bite yesterday around the Winyah Scarp with some guys reporting mahi's and wahoo.  It looks like the weather is going to hold all week so let's hope that this weekend has been the breaking point for all the bad weather on the weekends and will allow us to make more trips to the stream to get the fish patterned out there.  We've got gulf stream trips planned for Wed., Thurs., Fri., and Sat., so be sure to check back for more reports and pictures!  (Sorry, I didn't get any pictures from yesterday---I was working the cockpit all day and forgot about my camera downstairs in the cabin.) 

Also, be sure to check my other report that I just posted---THE SPANISH ARE HERE!!!

---Capt. Squid


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Spanish Are Here!!" | It Works- 27' | 05/07/06
 

Just talked to Capt. Roger on the It Works and he is catching some spanish mackerel at the AR460 (3 Mile Reef).  Also just talked on the radio to Jody Thompson on the Fishbonz who is catching them at Little River Inlet.  Both report that they are on the small size, however they are legal.  So things are definately heating up and I'm sure it'll really go off this week!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Pogie Alert!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/05/06
 

Yesterday while doing some practice runs aboard The Flying Fish (parasailing) I spotted several dark pods of water coming out of Shallotte Inlet and heading south.  After landing back on the boat and pulling in the parachute I motored over to inspect what I had seen from 800' above.  Sure enough it was several large schools of big ocean pogies.  This is a sure sign the seasons are changing and the nearshore fishing is about to go off.  I'm already hearing reports of kingfish being caught around Ocean Crest Pier and Yaupon reef.  The bait is here and the water temps are getting close- let the games begin!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"The Bite Continues" | Show Time- 34' | 05/04/06
 

Fishing with Capt. Roger Gales on the Showtime, today was more of the same with excellent action on the black sea bass and vermillion snapper.  The morning started slowly as we began to work the structure around the Atlantic Edge.  The fish were certainly there, but were tentative biters for the first hour or so.  The fish that we did boat were, however, very large.  The bite slowly but surely picked up and by 11:00 we were absolutely destroying them.  The amazing thing was the size of nearly all the fish caught.  I have almost never seen vermillion snapper of close to 20" come into the boat at such a rate.  The kings may be absent from this area due to the water temperature, but if you are looking to fill a cooler with some of the tastiest fish in the sea, this would be the place to do it.  Dropping the anchor and using fresh cutbait will help you limit out on these vermillion, which were typically suspended 10 feet or so from the bottom.

Further on out in the Gulfstream on 7th Heaven, Larry Spainhour reported a Carolina Slam, highlighted by a 45 pound yellowfin.  He reported a consistent tuna bite, with one quadruple-header.  For those of you new to the sport or the state, a Carolina Slam consists of a yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and dolphin.  Congratulations to Larry and his crew.  Let's hope for seas similar to what we saw today through the weekend and a great weekend of fishing for the Spring Flounder-Trout Classic right here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.


- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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