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"Hot Bluefin Tuna Bite" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/20/05
 

Today the tuna bite finally busted loose.  Most of the 200+ boat fleet at least had one shot at a giant tuna and many boats caught multiple fish.  As for the Fishing Center fleet, the Showtime and MacMarle'n shouldered the load.  Capt Roger, Henry and OIB fishing buddies Dirk Parsons and Dr. Kendall Suh rode the Showtime to a successful day.  The first fish they caught struck a trolled ballyhoo before 6am in the pitch black dark.  Dr. Suh did battle and defeated a 72" tuna, which had to be released because it was one inch too short.  At midday they bettered their first fish when Dirk, Roger and Henry heaved an 89" 375+lb tuna onboard.  The MacMarle'n was crewed by Capt. Jon, wife Amanda and Capt. Brant.  Capt. Jon held true to his promise of taking revenge out on the tunas.  Their first fish was too short to keep.  As things were looking dim at 3:30pm the MacMarle'n fell into a double hookup.  Both fish were captured.  One was 88" and the other 90" both approaching 400lbs.  Ryan and I ventured out in the Carolina Contender today and could only manage the "one that got away" story.  At 11:30am our deep line began screaming.  Within seconds 400 yards of line was gone from the reel with only 50 yards remaining.  We quickly turned the boat and began chasing down the beast.  Over an hour later Ryan had angled the fish to surface where we got a look at her.  Easily the biggest bluefin I have ever seen estimated at over 100" and more than 600lbs.  Everything was going smoothly.  The fish was tired out and we were about to seal the deal when just as I leadered the fish to the surface for a strike with the gaff the hook simply fell out of the corner of the fish's mouth.  A true heartbreaker.  Nevertheless, the tuna bite improved dramatically today and hopefully will continue.  We are fishing about 23 miles out of the inlet on a temperature break around structure and bait.  We'll be back at it tomorrow and the next day hoping for an early Christmas present.  I believe Dr. Suh may have some good pictures from today's action which we will post on the fishing report soon. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefin Adventures Update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/18/05
 

Ok at our last update the Fishing Center fleet was starting to make some progess as the Showtime sacked an 88" giant bluefin and the MacMarle'n lost a nice one at the boat.  Thursday and Friday of this past week were forecasted doom and despair weather and thus we returned home to Ocean Isle for a couple of lay days.  Of course though the weatherman missed the forecast and the few boats that did fish in the decent conditions caught fish.  The MacMarlen, Showtime and Carolina Contender went back to work yesterday, Saturday, hoping to find the fishing was still on the upswing.  We found the fishing had improved, but that there was about 200 other boats who were counting on the same thing.  With all the competition on the water catching a fish was a major accomplishment.  The main action occurred offshore of the Knuckle buoy in about 80 feet of water where there was a few small schools of pogies in the area.  Once the large schools of pogies arrive the tuna fishing will hit full stride.  The Showtime was the hot boat in the large fleet catching three giant tunas.  The Carolina Contender greased one 81" for the scales.  The MacMarle'n struck out but Capt. Jon promises revenge in the upcoming days.  Today, Sunday, the wind is howling and the ocean is angry.  We are sitting it out today, but it looks like we'll be back at it tomorrow and for the rest of the week.  The weather is forecasted to be fairly nice thru at least Thursday.  If you've never experienced this extreme sport of stand up fishing for giant bluefin tuna you need to give it a try.  We will run charters for the next month and a half and would love the opportunity to christen any angler in a battle against a 400lb solid mass of swimming muscle.  For those who are interested in giving it a shot in your own boat come by the Ocean Isle Fishing Center or give us a call at 910-575-FISH and we'll set you up with the exact tackle and gear you need to have success as well as tell you where the best action has been.  We'll be hard at it for the next few days but I'll try to sneak a report in and hopefully will have some pictures. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefin Bite Picking Up" | Show Time- 34' | 12/16/05
 

We boated an 88 inch Bluefin on Wednesday which weighed in the 350 pound class.  Capt. Jon on the MacMarle'n fought an equally large fish but unfortunately lost it to the rudder as the fish was right at the boat.  The action was taking place off the end of the Knuckle Buoy, some 20 miles out of Beaufort Inlet.  The schools of bait and birds have finally moved into the area and we hope this is the sign of the start of the awesome Winter Bluefin fishery.  The weather has been playing havoc with our schedule, but we look to be back at them on Saturday.  Stay tuned and give us a call at (910) 575-FISH if you'd like to join us on a charter for a shot at landing one of these monsters.


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Scattered Bluefin" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/13/05
 

The Ocean Isle Fishing Center fleet has arrived in Morehead City and the first fishing day in the 05-06' bluefin fishery took place yesterday.  The day before, Sunday, I made an attempt with fishing friends Scott, Austin, and Doug Allen but a strong 25 knot west wind kept us from crossing Cape Lookout Shoal so we opted to sit that day out.  Yesterday, the Showtime with Capt. Roger and Henry, the MacMarle'n with Capt. John and the Carolina Contender with Capt. Brant all departed Beaufort inlet on the first official bluefin hunt for our fleet.  With word of a decent bite last week to the north off Hatteras, Brant took off and made the 40 mile run.  The Showtime and MacMarle'n hung close and fished the west side of Cape Lookout around the Big 10 Little 10 and Shad buoy.  The weather had improved from the day before with 10-15 knot winds and 2-4 foot seas.  Brant reported a fair bite where he was, but never crossed paths with a hungry tuna.  There were about 30 boats fishing that area.  The MacMarle'n and Showtime fished amongst 100 or more boats on the west side of the shoals.  The MacMarle'n could only manage one king mackerel and no tuna bites.  The Showtime had a little more success with one bluefin tuna caught and released.  The fish measured 65", which is too short to keep commercially.  About an hour after their tuna encounter Capt. Roger and Henry had another reel start to scream off line.  This time they thought they had the monster bluefin they were looking for.  Unfortunately after about a 45 minute battle the strong fish surfaced only to reveal itself as 10+ foot thresher shark.  The huge shark was released.  The Capt. Hook also had an unsuccessful bluefin fishing day yesterday.  I believe they may have had a big king mackerel as bycatch.  Overall out of the entire fleet fishing on the west side of Cape Lookout there may have been 15 boats to catch keeper bluefin.  This morning the Showtime, MacMarle'n and Carolina Contender tried to make it out again.  A 20+ knot north wind made for extremely tough conditions.  I was fishing the Carolina Contender and decided to make it a short morning due to the rough seas.  The Showtime and MacMarle'n are still at it as we speak.  Hopefully they'll have a good report for us this evening.  For now, it seems like the major group of bluefin have not shown up yet in Morehead.  The weather is supposed to be poor for the rest of the week.  As soon as it improves we'll be back at them and hope to report a good bite. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"It's Bluefin Time" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/11/05
 

The Ocean Isle Fishing Center Giant Bluefin Tuna team left today for Morehead City and the Bluefin Tuna season which will occur for the next month or so. The fish are just starting to show so hopefully great fish stories will soon begin coming over the rail. Barrett is at it today although the weather looks tuff and doesn't look great all week. Stay tuned for updates.

We all read about world class fisheries around the world and to have available to us the Giant Bluefin fishery here in our back yard is an amazing thing.If you haven't tried it you should and if you need any help in" how to" contact Rhett/Bryan/Brant/Barrett at the Fishing Center and they will be happy to get you pointed toward success.

If you're interested in checking out our local Ocean Isle/Long Bay waters, there was a report of a giant bluefin being caught off Georgetown this week and last year there was a definite bite at Hilton Head. No doubt these fish are off our coast also. Best spots should be Horseshoe/Shark Hole/Atlantic Ledge[places where bait will hold]. Look for Ganets Birds diving. They dive on balled bait and if you see them diving there is a very good chance they are diving on bait balled by Bluefin.

This is NOT the time to be sitting around the fireplace! Give the Bluefin a shot; it's a true angling thrill.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/04/05
 

Sorry I haven't reported in a while.  Truthfully we've been tied up cleaning up, renovating..... for the 2006 season in hopes of getting most things settled before the giant bluefin tuna bite breaks out.  The tunas have been very late this season as they are normally in full swing by Thanksgiving.  But as has been the case with all fishing this year, they too are late.  I'd expect them any day and surely they should be in full swing by Dec 15th.  Here at Ocean Isle, if you didn't fish Saturday you missed a perfect day.  I had to be out of town and I hated to miss the day, but I know if I was here I would've been out after a grouper, king or wahoo --- the wahoo bite should be strong now for sure.  Anyway, if there's a good weather day and you can get down, you shouldn't miss the chance. 
And don't forget your Capt. Club points-- the sale ends Dec 31st, but this is the PERFECT chance to get your Christmas gifts at 50% OFF.  Its a no-brainer.  Thanks again for everyone's support in 2005 and we will work to make 2006 a  better year than 2005.  Happy holidays.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Trout Bite Still Going Strong" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/03/05
 

With the beautiful weather today, many people took the opportunity to spend the day speckled trout fishing and most were well rewarded.  The hot spots today were the same as the past couple of weeks--Little River Jetties, Sunset Beach Bridge, Ocean Isle Beach Bridge, as well as the Shallotte River.  The bait of choice was definately live shrimp, however there were also plenty of fish caught on grubs.  Fish ranged in size from barely legal (12 inches) to 2+ pounds.  This nice weather is expected to continue with highs in the low 70's tomorrow and Monday so come join us for a couple of days away from the office!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Tournament Results" | Stori Teller | 12/01/05
 

2005 Thanksgiving Flounder/Trout Tournament Results

Overall Winner __ Mike Pridgen 1.6# flounder & 1.85# trout

Flounder Division
1st__ Mike Pridgen 1.60#
2nd__Kenny Jacobs 1.40#
3rd__Hunter Woodell 1.0#
 
Trout Division
1st__Ricky Kellum 5.85#
2nd__Chris Kimrey 4.75#
3rd___Tim Fletcher 3.35#
4th___Brent Banks 2.90#
5th___Clay Morphis 2.85#
 
Lady Angler___Kerri Patteron
JR.  angler___ Clay Morphis
 
Bradley Graham Award__ Michael Palmer
This is the award for the redfish with the most spots

- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Jolly Mon & Fall Brawl 06'" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/28/05
 

As you know by now, the Town of Ocean Isle did not grant a special event permit for the Jolly Mon or the Fall Brawl to occur on their normally scheduled dates.  The town sited traffic problems on Saturday as the reason and suggested the events either be moved before June 15th or after August 15th or if they stayed in the same time, they could not be run on Saturday.  Thus, this is where things stand.  The town council was bombarded with emails and calls from hundreds of tournament fishermen like yourselves, lending support for the events and requesting the town to reconsider its decision.  I fought tooth and nail against what I still believe is a very poor and ill-advised decision.  However, as we were shown in the "Save Our Pogies" campaign, the public can outnumber the opposition 10-1, but without the proper politics, you're lost.  However, all is not lost for the tournaments as they will continue.  I do not have an exact plan on when or where they will take place, but I am steadfast determined to continue them on or nearly on the same schedule.  The time of year each event is held is critical to the number of fishermen able to fish and to the success of the fishing itself-- as  July is our early season big fish run and mid October is our late season big fish run.  Who wants to go fishing when your chances of catching good fish are slim?  Thus, I thank you very much for all your support, I assure you it was not unnoticed.  I will keep you abreast of plans and hope that you will mark your calendars to fish both the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl in 06'.
Sincerely thanks
Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Pre-Tournament Report" | Carolina Contender | 11/23/05
 

With the Thanksgiving Flounder/Trout Tournament coming up this weekend, inshore fishing is peaking at just the right time.  Consistent double digit redfish days have been reported from all over the area including the Sunset Beach Bridge, Ocean Isle Beach Bridge, Little River Jetties, docks along the waterway, as well as the Shallotte River.  The speckled trout have been a little scattered but it seems that when you can find them you can really load up on them.  Look for the trout on the falling tide along creek mouths as well as oyster rocks and docks.  Live shrimp under a popping cork have been working well but many fish have also been caught on artificials.  With the redfish and trout fishing being so hot, not many people are fishing for flounder but they should be in the same areas as the other species so be sure to pack a few mud minnows to drag across the bottom for these critters. 
Don't forget that registration for the Thanksgiving Flounder/Trout Classic is on Friday, Nov. 25 from 4pm-8pm with a free dinner at 6pm.  Fishing is on Saturday from 7am-4pm with the awards at 6pm.  Entry fee is only $100 (plus an optional $50 largest flounder TWT and $50 largest trout TWT) with a first place prize of $1000 for the largest combined trout and flounder weight ($800 first place for EACH of the TWT's!)!  The weather looks great for the weekend, so come down and join us for some great fishing, food, and fun!!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Tournament opinion" | Carolina Contender | 11/21/05
 

It sounds like sour grapes from Sheffield's and Sharky's. As far as my business is concerned they have shot themselves in the foot. My name is Tracy Huggins, I am from NMB and I frequently take my family to OIB for little day trips.

We usually arrive around lunch time and do three things. We shop at OIB fishing center for tackle and clothing items for my wife and daughter. We like The food and atmosphere at Sharky's so we usually eat lunch there.  Before we leave I usually stop at Sheffield's for NC Sun Drop (it's a Sun Drop drinker's thing) to bring home, snacks for my daughter and sometimes I fill up w/gas. Several times a summer we take the boat up in the evening w/friends to eat dinner and go to the bar at Sharky's.

I participate in both the Fall Brawl and the Jolly Mon and I have witnessed first hand the lengths to which OIBFC has gone to trying to ease the traffic situation. I think they have done a wonderful job. I have ridden the shuttle over every time. All of my OIB activities ( Lunch, Shopping, Dinner, Gas, and Night Life) can be done at OIBFC. From now on I will not spread the wealth on my trips to OIB but will deal exclusively w/OIBFC. If other OIB visitors follow my example then Sheffield's and Sharky's are hurting their own business.  How short sighted.

You are welcome to share this E-Mail w/anyone you wish.

 Tracy Huggins


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"State of the Union" | Carolina Contender | 11/18/05
 

Well, I'm back from a nice week's vacation in which my wife, daughter Caroline and myself took a roadtrip through Ocracoke, Hatteras and Nags Head.  I've fished from all the locations before, but always arrived via boat and had never actually explored these places.  Each place is unique and at each place fishing is an important way of life.  There wasn't much going on out of Ocracoke, but Hatteras had a few boats fishing each day and the King Mackerel bite was super hot-- lots of fish in the mid 20's+ and I saw several over 40 pounds to the dock.  Word was the Yellowfin bite had slowed a few days before.  Nags Head a.k.a. Oregon Inlet has more of a year round presence.  The charter fishing fleet out of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center is very impressive, but even more impressive were the fish they were catching.  10 or so boats fished the day I was there and every boat had their limit of Yellowfin Tuna from 25-60 pounds.  Word was that the bite had been like this for several weeks and they expected it to continue til Thanksgiving.  Anyway, besides checking out the fishing, we did the "touristy" things such as visiting the light houses and looking in the various shops.  It was nice to get away and visit similar tourist driven towns such as my own at Ocean Isle Beach.  If you've been following this last week's events, you may also figured that I got out of town just in time to escape the fire storm of public sentiment concerning the town's decision not to permit the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl for their normal dates.  But now I'm back, having collected my thoughts, and ready to move forward.
First, I thank my brother Barrett for doing an outstanding job in keeping you fishermen aware of what was transpiring with the tournaments and the town as he held the fort in my absence.  I instructed Barrett to let you fishermen know about what was going on as well as to feel free to post any emails he got from others on the topic.  In a few of the emails he posted, there were a few incorrect statements made which I should clear up- #1 - The statement "no traffic is created at all from the events on Saturday" is incorrect.  Less than 1% of the traffic experienced on the island on Saturday is from the event.  I was told that the three shuttles that bring fishermen to the event are added traffic, thus "zero" is not the correct term to use-- #2-- It was stated "the Chief knows there is no traffic problem".  We cannot speak for the Chief.  I trust he will use the facts to base his decision.  I think the concept is that we hope is acknowledged is YES, we do know there is traffic associated with the move-in/move-out, but we hope the Chief knows the tournament impact is extremely negligible.--- #3-- It was stated in an email "Either the Council is making a totally uninformed decision or the tourneys are being held hostage to some unspoken political agenda."  I hope the council is not making decisions based on a politcal agenda and I have no proof.  I do feel the Council was not totally informed and they did make a decision without considering the big picture and knowing all the facts.
For these misstatements which were published, I apologize.
HOWEVER, do not take my willingness to make an apology with me backing away from the issue.  I hold true 100% and believe with all certainty that the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl do not impact traffic on Saturday.  Furthermore, I believe the suggestions made by Chief Pritchard not to allow the events to occur on Saturday were not based on all the facts.  I understand his position, which he states is "common sense", but I hold firm that from an outside perspective, it may seem "common sense", but with a clear understanding of the tournament's schedule and with knowledge on how last year's traffic flow went, the decision made is incorrect.  Furthermore, and getting to the next big happening, I fear that a few uneducated local loudmouths at Sheffield's and Sharky's have screamed loud enough to get the Chief's and the Council's attention.  Meanwhile the quiet majority who minds their own business are left to pay for these few.  So, you've signed petitions, you've written emails to council members and now you have another chance.  This Monday at 6pm the town will have an open forum in which the public can express their views.  I will be there to hopefully have the opportunity to present the facts.  If any of you concerned tournament participants and your families are available and feel an unjust decision has been made, I encourage you to come to the meeting.  Sharky's has placed notice of the meeting on their marquee sign to "Stop the Madness.  Support the Mayor and Chief".  This is typical-- they are trying to turn the meeting into me vs. the Mayor and Chief when that is not at all what it is-- kindergarten, uneducated tactics.  Sheffield's crew has taken the same approach.  The meeting will no doubt be a show, and I look forward to the opportunity to speak on the facts and hope you will join me.  However, if you are unable to attend and would like your voice heard, please email your remarks, including where you are from and where your beach home is located.  That is enough from me at this time.  Again I say, I do not fight for the sake of fighting and do not question our town officials without due cause.  I will stick to the facts only and continue with what I think is a worthy fight.
Thank you,
Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Carolina Contender | 11/15/05
 

The responses from the Mayor and Council members that some of you who have emailed or called demands a response and an explanation.  If they're being honest in their comments then they are ill-informed and apparently haven't been paying attention to how Brant's traffic management plans work and have worked for years. He spends thousands of $$'s operating a off island shuttle, donates thousands of $$'s to the police department each year[which they have gladly provided officers at the intersection for traffic control to get shuttle in and out of Causeway Drive]; in every publication,brochure,newspaper; he begs tourney participants to ride the off island shuttle so the island traffic can't be blamed on him.  And apparently, the elected officials aren't paying attention because THE SHUTTLE WORKS!!!  Using this past year on Saturday, he hired a company to video film the traffic turning into the OIFC tourney site coming off the bridge.  Virtually the only traffic turning left into the OIFC was the shuttle vans[3 of them].  In fact,on Saturdays, at all times there were vacant parking spaces at the OIFC.

At the tourneys the Mayor normally comes to give the Town welcome to the fishermen, and after the event the Mayor and Council members and Police Chief have been all smiles and complimentary about how smoothly the event went and what a great asset to the Town Brant's tourneys are.  And then suddenly, in the seconds it took the Town to vote against Brant, they destroyed all the hard work Brant has done for many years being the primary cheerleader for OIB fishing and putting OIB on the world map as a primary fishing destination in the Carolinas.

The excuse they are using is @#$%^%^^&*(* and if they are being honest in that justification they have not done their job to examine exactly what is the story with tourney related traffic.  The answer is THERE IS NO TOURNEY RELATED TRAFFIC which suggest they are responding to a small group of malcontents who have their own agenda.  The Chief knows there is no tourney traffic problem, the Mayor knows this, and if the Council had been paying attention they also would know this.  As a citizen I think we have a right to expect more from our elected officials, when making a decision of this importance to OIB and it's citizens and guests, that they would carefully study a problem before casting the vote  .Had they done so they wouldn't have taken the action they took.

The loosers in this situtation are the thousands of fishermen, their wives, and kids who enjoy the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl as the premier family oriented events they are intended to be.  The other loser is the Town Of Ocean Isle who now has "black balled" themselves with the sportfishing community for their poorly thought out decision.

For those of you who followed our approach on SAVE OUR POGIES; what we found is the "silent majority" can make a difference by stepping forward, and where we see a clear injustice, make noise.  Don't let these elected officials off the hook. The fact they have responded to your emails indicates concern on their part to try to defend their position, and the facts of the matter are the only defense they have is they have the power, not the honest facts.

Bottom line:  Keep the emails and calls to the elected officials coming also if possible try to be at the open forum meeting at OIB Town Hall next Monday at 6:00pm.  Thank you for your support.  Email addresses are below:

Mayor-
Debbie Smith
debbie@sloanerealty.com --
Commissioners-
Richard Donovan
rdonovan@mindspring.com
Dean Walters
dwaltersgroup@atmc.net
Suzie Wooten
suziew@2khiway.net
CD Blythe
cdblythe@atmc.net
Bill Benton
bbenton4@ec.rr.com



- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Jolly Mon/Fall Brawl Fishermen; Ocean Isle Town Me" | Carolina Contender | 11/15/05
 

Ocean Isle Beach will have a "open forum" Town meeting Monday, November 21, 6:00pm at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall. This is an opportunity for anyone to speak to the Mayor and Council on any matters of interest. This meeting offers a great opportunity for all the friends of the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl King Mackerel Tournaments to come to the meeting and express their views on the action of the Town Council to not allow the tournaments on their normal dates. The Council's stated reason is concerns about traffic associated with the tourneys on the island on the Saturdays of the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl. Those of you who fish the tourneys know there is no tourney traffic on the island on the Saturdays as you are on the water fishing and the small number of spectators who come to see the weigh in ride the off island shuttle. Either the Council is making totally uninformed decisions or the tourneys are being held hostage to some unspoken political agenda.

Please come and speak your mind. Thanks.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Voice your opinion" | Carolina Contender | 11/11/05
 

The poll has been taken down. . . . for some reason? A better way to communicate your feelings on this issue if it is of interest to you is to email the Ocean Isle Beach's elected officials that make the decisions. They responded to the few negative comments from the small group of locals who's sole objective is to negate any positive actions that come out of the OIFC. Hopefully now they'll listen to the other side which has traditionally been the silent majority (the people who stay out of other people's business). Below you will find the email addresses for each official. If you fished the tournaments you know traffic was not an issue this year due to precise scheduling and an efficient shuttle system. Please let your thoughts be heard.

Mayor-
Debbie Smith debbie@sloanerealty.com --
Commissioners-
Richard Donovan rdonovan@mindspring.com
Dean Walters dwaltersgroup@atmc.net
Suzie Wooten suziew@2khiway.net
CD Blythe cdblythe@atmc.net
Bill Benton bbenton4@ec.rr.com


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Speak your opinion" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 11/10/05
 

It has been brought to our attention here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center that a poll is being held on the Brunswick Beacon website concerning the decision Ocean Isle Beach elected officials made to not approve the Jolly Mon or Fall Brawl tournaments for 2006.  It has also been brought to our attention that the most vocal party against the tournaments and the OIFC, Sheffield's, has made attempts to get the poll dropped from the website.  This is a chance for all interested parties to give their opinion by voting.  It is up to each and every one of us to vote so the decision makers will know the opinion of the affected citizens.  The website to cast your vote is: http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/

Please take this opportunity to voice your opinion.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl 2006" | Carolina Contender | 11/10/05
 

Some of you may have read the news in the most recent Brunswick Beacon.  If not, the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl tournaments have been denied permits by the Town of Ocean Isle Beach to be held on their normal dates next year.  The decision was based on the recommendation of Chief of Police Kurt Pritchard who stated that "no event should be permitted on the island between June 15-Aug 15 that occurs on a Saturday....  Saturday is tourist move in move out day and traffic is too congested on the island to add any special events."  Chief went on to say..." The Fall Brawl should not occur on the same Saturday as the Oyster Festival in October.  The Festival brings over 20,000 visitors to the island and the addition of the tournament just adds to traffic problems."  I was shocked to here this from the Chief as he has been the tournament's #1 proponent for many years, a past tournament winner and one of the main reasons the event permit has been approved by the board for the last 10 years.  Despite problems with traffic in the 2004 Jolly Mon which can be directly attributed to a religious festival that was held on the island with no parking/traffic plan, Chief Pritchard whole-heartedly gave his vote of confidence to authorize the 2005 events because of his confidence in Capt. Brant and knowing that the problems were not due to the tournament.  If you attended the 2005 Jolly Mon, you know parking and traffic were flawless.  It was the smoothest the event has ever run.  Yet the Chief still pulled a 180 on the events.  What has changed is the public complaints from a few select adversaries to the success of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center and Capt. Brant-- Sheffield's - Mrs. Sheffield attended the meeting and expressed in front of the board that "the tournaments took place when I (she) had enough business-- why not hold them when I (she) could make more money?"-  My response:  "the tournaments are for the fishermen and their families, not the benefit of Sheffield.  These are the times when the fishing is best and families have time to go fishing."-- the other vocal oponent- Jim Culpepper-- (who is Jim Culpepper?  He is the mouth piece for Sheffield's and  proponent of commercial fishermen.  He has been in the middle of all attempts by the Capt. Brant and the Ocean Isle Fishing Center to make any grounds against commercial fishing issues-- includeing banning Pogy boats off our beaches as well as shrimp trawling in the Intracoastal waterway.  Jim Culpepper is not a registered voter of Ocean Isle. He does not live on the island, but he screams the loudest and fights conservation and the interests of recreational fishermen in our area.  Culpeppers complaint "the tournament boats pollute the waters by running in the waterways while waiting for weigh-in."  I'm not even going to waste my time explaining this obsurdity-- you can see what a joke-- BUT, I've come to find that here in Ocean Isle, the squeeky wheel gets the grease.  Complaint #3 comes from Ray Harris, owner of  Sharky's, which too is a joke since it is a known fact that he will take every opportunity possible to throw a wrench into anything good or positive the OIFC is doing.  Sharky's has had a hell bent vendetta against the OIFC ever since my dad, Rube McMullan, bought their entire parking lot and then instead of using it for the OIFC and thus killing Sharky's, decided to sell it back to them because he didn't want to put them out of business and create ill sentiment-- talk about a backfire.  Again, the squeeky wheel gets the grease. 
These folks have been responsible for many editorial letters to the local newspaper which all were against the tournaments and the OIFC. 
In the interview I gave the Beacon concerning my feelings on the tournament, I stated that I felt the Police Chief's actions were politically motivated.  I was certain that he could not have been responsible for such a complete  change of philosophy on the events and that he must have recieved pressure from commissioner(s).  The Chief and I had a long conversation as we have been friends for years and he adamantly denied any political pressure.  Thus, I have nothing to work with but his word and must apologize to him and trust him when he says he's "not political."  However, what he did say is that his decision was based on pubic sentiment and thus we get back to the sword rattlers- Sheffield's and Sharky's.  These folks stirred up public sentiment amongst a small but vocal group, and the Chief heard the cries, felt pressure and thus acted-- the squeeky wheel gets the grease.  Beyond this, Chief says its a "common sense" thing-- too much traffic on Saturdays and your event just furthers the problem.  How many of you drove to the event on Saturday in your car?  If you did, were you already on the island or did you make a special trip to come to the site on Saturday?  I guarantee that slim to none of you can answer yes to both questions.  The events were changed this past year just to solve this very problem of inviting automobile traffic to the island on Saturday.  Sure, fishing happens on Saturday, but you can't weigh-in from your car.  And yes, the tournament does draw a large spectator crowd to watch the weigh-in, but again, how many of those people actually drove from distance to watch the event and were not all ready on the island?  And how many rode the free shuttle I provide?  The Captain's meeting happens Friday which Chief Pritchard has indicated is not a problem time and the awards are Sunday evening which Chief Pritchard has indicated is not a problem time. 
Bottom line- you and your families that enjoy the Jolly Mon and the Fall Brawl have been done a great injustice.  It angers me to see a few whiners with obvious alterior motives cause the downfall of the tournaments. 
If you have any thoughts on this, I invite you to let  local Ocean Isle commissioners know how you feel-
Mayor-
Debbie Smith debbie@sloanerealty.com  -- Commissioners-
Richard Donovan rdonovan@mindspring.com 
Dean Walters dwaltersgroup@atmc.net
Suzie Wooten suziew@2khiway.net
CD Blythe cdblythe@atmc.net
Bill Benton bbenton4@ec.rr.com
I don't fight for the sake of fighting and certainly not when I realize I may jeopordize my business at the hands of future decisions made by the commissioners and police chief- But, we, my fellow fishermen, lady anglers and jr. anglers have been wronged and thus I speak with a strong heart and clear mind.
My family and I are taking a vacation for a few days at which time I will consider alernatives for the future of the events.  I thank you for your continued support of the events.
Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"King fishing still awesome!" | Carolina Contender | 11/09/05
 

Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining some friends of mine aboard the Johnny Mike, a 26ft. Grady White for a day of king fishing.  We were greeted with a slick calm ocean and arrived at the Atlantic Ledge around 8:30 and for the next 3 hours we were only able to get at most 3 rods out at one time before we were hooked up.  Doubles and triples were the norm as we had fish exploding on our baits all morning.  All fish were between 8-12lbs and bit frozen cigar minnows as well as live cigars equally well.  (There are plenty of live cigars offshore.)  All throughout the day we had schools of glass minnows all around us with small false albacore crashing through them.  Let me add that if you've never caught these fish on small spinning gear, you are missing out.  They are one of the hardest fighting fish in the ocean and are a blast on this small gear.  The secret to catching them is "matching the hatch"---throw very small stingsilver type baits into the school and hang on!  The wind is supposed to blow pretty hard tomorrow, but Friday, Saturday, and Sunday look excellent and the fishing should be just the same so come join us for some of this red hot action!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Fish Report and a fish story" | Carolina Contender | 11/07/05
 

November Brings Awesome Fishing Action

by Capt. Brant McMullan

 

Over year’s past I’ve always preached on October as the best month of the year to fish from our area.  However, if you’ve followed my reports this past season, you might remember my account of the fish being a solid two to four weeks behind schedule.  I thought the fish had got back on schedule by August, but this Fall has further proven that in fact the fish never got their clocks reset and have been following their own timeline.  As such, our normal incredible October fishery was great, but short of incredible and now that November has arrived, the incredible fishing has begun.  Despite water temperatures cooling into the 66-68 degree range, the king mackerel have moved into the 60-70 foot depth ranges in large numbers.  Although they prefer waters a bit warmer, the main factor for kings and really any type of fish is the availability of food.  Schools of herring and cigar minnows have moved into this range and thus the kings are also there.  The grouper also love to eat these same baitfish and they too are concentrating in the 70-100 foot depth range.  Nearshore, schools of bluefish are thick on nearshore reefs and wrecks, and if you can get your bait past them, you will likely also find the grey trout are thick as well.  In the inshore waters the fishing for drum and trout has been great.  These fish have been holding along docks, drop offs and creek mouths and are certain to take a live shrimp drifting with the current.  For those of you who have written off the 2005 fishing season, let this serve as notice that you are missing the best we’ve had all year.  And to top it off, the fuel prices are actually getting tolerable again, which will hopefully make your next fishing trip a bit less painful. 

On the fishing story side, let me tell you about my weekend’s fishing adventure.  My brother, Capt. Barrett and I decided to fish the year’s last king mackerel tournament, which was hosted out of Morehead City, NC.  We had heard of a good bite of large kings off of Cape Hatteras, and the plan was to catch bluefish at the mouth of Beaufort inlet to use for bait, then make the 60 mile run north to try to locate this school of smoker kings.  You know how some fishing trips just go right and others go wrong from the get-go?  This was one of those “right” trips and everything went perfect.  We loaded the baitwell with 30 bluefish from 1-3 pounds and headed north.  We had lines in the water at 8:30am, and I think it took the kings about 5 minutes to figure out the buffet had opened.  The first king blasted the long line bait and headed for the horizon.  Moments later the short bluefish also met its end and that reel took off.  And I’m not talking about 10 or even 20 pound fish, these were monsters.  We boated Barrett’s fish, which was a meager 44 pounds and then released mine, which was a whimpy 38-40 pounds.  Again the baits were deployed and again monster kings.  We fished until 12:30 pm when Barrett set out our very last bait, which promptly resulted in the release of another 35+ pound king.  We were excited at the prospects of maybe winning the tournament, unfortunately as typically goes, if we catch nice fish, so do others.  We weighed in a 46 pound king but soon found a 53, 51, 48, 47….  had also been weighed.  I think we finished 5th or 6th, but regardless, we had a great time and the bite was incredible.  And so, all this leads me to the second part of the story.  Since the bite of 40+ pound fish was so consistent, my wife, Capt. Amy and I decided to take a shot at a couple of world-records for king mackerel.  Amy was shooting for the women’s 8 pound world record, which was 41 pounds, set in 1995, and I was shooting for the 4 pound world record, which was 38 pounds 12 ounces set in 1997.  I spooled up a reel with 4 pound Stren and another with 8 pound Stren and we set off on Sunday morning with the same plan as the previous day, except this time we’d be using the super light line.  We set the two rods out at the same spot we fished the day before and again the same results as monster kings blasted our baits.  This time however, Amy and I were left holding screaming reels with no ability to apply pressure.  And we soon found out just how light 4 and 8 pound test lines really are.  My fish broke off quickly, but Amy held tight to hers.  She fought the king for five minutes before the line broke.  We again deployed and again got bites only to have them break off.  It was quite the learning experience to find out what the lines could handle and just how fragile this light line becomes when hooked to 40+ pounds of kingfish.  We soon learned that by pointing the rod at the fish when it ran, the amount of tension on the line was greatly reduced.  Amy deployed her 8 pound outfit and within minutes a smoker king skyrocketed it right behind the boat.  I knew the fish was of good size, but I didn’t know if it was quite large enough to go 41 pounds.  Amy fought the king through several line smoking runs and got it to boat after a 45 minute fight.  Believe it or not the fish came up totally exhausted and just lay there for me to reach down and tail it by hand to bring it aboard.  It was no doubt a big king, but the question was if it would go 41 pounds.  We put her on ice and then began to focus on my attempt at the 4 pound record.  I fought several other fish to the boat including estimated 25 and 35 pound kings, but none were worthy of taking home to break the record.  Later that evening we weighed Amy’s king on the officially certified scales of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center where it went 41.4 pounds on the digital scales making it 41 pounds 6 ounces and eligible to break the existing 8 pound world record.  So as of now, I congratulate my wife, Capt. Amy McMullan for her unofficial breaking of the International Gamefish Association’s world record king mackerel on 8 pound test. 

That’s all for this week.  Hope you’ll come down to the coast and enjoy the great fishing action.

 

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Its Here" | Capt. Hook | 11/06/05
 

I have the new boat backed in what is left of my shop in Whiteville. I will be installing electronics and hope to hit the water the end of the week. Then it will be Catp'n Hook at the helm of the BLACK PEARL!  That sounds like a Pirate adventure to me! Pictures to come!
Stay Tuned


- Capt. David Hooks
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