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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 07/14/05
 

Much of this morning's half day trip was spent dodging showers at the 90/90's, however the fish didn't seem to mind the rain.  There was a pretty steady bite of king mackeral as well as large (4-5 lb.) spanish mackeral all morning.  We boated a couple of each species and lost at least another half dozen fish due to pulled hooks or cut offs.  There were some very small menhaden in the waterway this morning but none were spotted in the ocean.  We primarily used the live baits on double pogy rigs in order to create a little more disturbance and make up for their lack in size.  The fish didn't seem to have a preferance though between live pogies or dead cigar minnows.  I'm headed back to the 90/90's or the 410/510 in the morning on another half day trip so hopefully I'll have some more good results to post!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Catching Up" | Carolina Contender | 07/12/05
 

Sorry I haven't reported much lately.  The Summer goes by like a flash between running tournaments, fishing them and then charter fishing-- oh yeah and keeping up with Caroline- now 8 months old and highly mobile.  I'm going to posting my latest Brunswick Beacon article which pretty much sums up the state of the fishery today.  The King Mackerel and Mahi fishing has picked up alot this past week- they are biting much better in the 50-70 foot range.  Pogys have still be fairly scarce, but we are starting to see a few more schools than before-- most consistently off of Long Beach.  Hotspots have included- 90/90, Shark Hole, Christina's Ledge, 410/510, 70 foot hole, Altantic Ledge and 22 and 26 mile rocks.
I just concluded two live bait fishing schools and both went great as the 1st was held in conjuction with the Carolina Beach King tourney- we caught lots of Kings in the 15+ pound range and boated a respectable 28 that won 9th place.  On Monday's school we did the same, and although not in a tournament, boated a nice 26 pounder.  A big congratulations to Ocean Isle Fishing Center charter captian, David Hooks for winning 1st in the tournament.  Anyway fishing has been pretty good lately and we can't complain with the weather.  Hope to see you on the water.  I'm posting a few new school dates, so check out the fishing school link if you have interest-- I'm going to add a live bait, anchor fishing class which will focus particularly on fishing for Kings from the anchor.

Hot Weather and Hotter Fishing

by Capt. Brant McMullan

 

After weeks of hot, hot weather, the water temperatures off our coast have warmed to a steamy 85 degrees.  What this typically means is a lot of the inshore fish such as Flounder and Trout move into the ocean and hold on nearshore reefs and structure where they can find cooler temperatures at deeper depths.  The nearshore fish such as Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Cobia…. Typically either migrate north or move offshore to the 80+ foot depth range where they too can reside in cooler temperatures.  However, such is not the case.  As I mentioned, this is “typical”.  But what is typical in fishing?  Wind, tides, moon phase, barometric pressure, rainfall, lighting, hurricanes, swell size, water clarity….. on and on…… affect how fish react and where they choose to reside on any given day.  So, here’s my analysis on what is going on with our fishery, particularly as pertains to the King Mackerel fishing.  This Spring it was cooler than normal.  Into early June we had much cooler than normal water temperatures as they struggled to break the 70 degree mark.  As a result, the normal migration of fish (King Mackerel and Cobia in particular) from both offshore and from the south was affected.  The King Mackerel and Cobia bite in Georgia was incredible during this time while we were left waiting for the water to warm and hopefully allow the fish to migrate into our waters.  By mid June Summer arrived with a vengeance.  It was hot, hot, hot.  The water temperatures rose some 10 degress from the low 70s into the 80’s in only days.  However, the fish did not react with such speed.  The Cobia moved further north, but the majority of them passed by quickly as they headed for the annual Summering grounds in the Chesapeake Bay.  The Kings on the other hand have never caught up to the change and are stuck to our south, basically one month behind schedule.  Currently, the large group of 15+ pound Kings is holding off of the Georgetown, SC area.  Those fish typically come to that area in early June and provide great action.  Particularly well known is the hot bite from larger fish that often occurs along the tideline.  Well, that bite is happening right now.  And whereas those same fish normally move into our waters by early July, they are only trickling in at a very slow rate.  So in conclusion, there is no normal.  But, if there were, it would mean that our fishing is almost exactly one month behind and that for the next month, King Mackerel fishing should be getting great.  This week, the Kings have been biting better in the 50-65 foot depth range with many into the 20 pound range.  And while I’m on Kings, let me recognize this weeks King of Kings.  Capt. David Hooks and crew of the “Capt’n Hook”, a charter boat out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, won the annual Carolina Beach King Mackerel tournament this past weekend.  David and crew scaled an impressive 37.90 pound King Mackerel caught off the Georgetown tideline to win the tournament and take home over $30,000 in prize money.  The tournament hosted 190 boat entries.  Congratulation to the crew of the “Capt’n Hook”.  And while I’m handing out accolades, Capt. Kyle Hughes, also of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, won the Jimmy Price inshore Trout tournament this past weekend with a whopping 6 pound Trout.  Kyle and his father fished the Little River jetties and Kyle handled the catching duties while his father did the netting. Congratulations to Capt. Kyle and crew as well.  Also this past weekend, I hosted one of my live bait fishing schools.  As I’ve explained in the past, the schools consist of 2-3 hours of ground school on an evening where we discuss rig tying, net throwing and general fish understanding.  Then on the next day, the class joins me aboard the “Carolina Contender” so we can spend the day fishing and practicing what we have talked about.  As you know, there’s no experience like first hand experience.  As I do with many of my classes, I held this one in conjunction with the Carolina Beach King Mackerel tournament so that on our day of fishing, we would not only be practicing to be better fishermen, but we would also be competing to win big money.  We ran south off of Murrells Inlet and all the students put their newly learned cast netting skills to work as they loaded the livewells with fresh, live Pogys.  We then headed offshore and fished several spots from 50-60 feet of water.  We had great luck catching over a dozen King Mackerel from 15-28 pounds.  The 28 pounder we boated ended up a respectable 9th place overall which gave the students a chance to walk the tournament stage and collect some tournament winnings.  And then again on Monday I held another live bait class going through the same learning steps as mentioned above.  On this day, however, we chose to stay more local.  The students caught bait off of Long Beach and we fished such spots as the Shark Hole, 24 mile rocks and 65 foot hole.  At each spots the students caught a variety of King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Mahi, Amberjack and Barracuda.  They caught 10 Kings along with the other species including a nice size 26 pounder.  In all, the fishing this past weekend was very good.  Whether fishing close to the beach for Spanish or Flounder or a little further off for Kings etc… the fishing is getting good and should only be better through the next weeks.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 07/11/05
 

This morning started out with a bang at Christina's Ledge as we began catching kings almost as soon as we had all the lines in the water.  The action continued to be consistant throughout the morning as we landed approximately 10 fish with several other cutoffs and short strikes.  Our biggest fish topped the scales around 20 lbs. with the average size fish being 10-12 lbs.  We were dragging a spread of live pogies as well as dead cigar minnows but the kings seemed to show no preferance for one over the other.  The two hot baits of the day though, seemed to be a double pogy rig fished very short in the prop wash and a dead cigar minnow behind a clear skirt fished very long.  I'll be back on the water in the morning with hopefully more good news to report tomorrow afternoon! 


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Winner" | Capt. Hook | 07/10/05
 

Well Skip Canipe, Andy Penninger, better known as “little SUMO”, and myself pulled the Capt’n Hook in the winners circle at the East Coast Got Em On King tournament yesterday!! It was held out of Carolina Beach. We trailered the boat to Murrell’s Inlet South Carolina and dumped it in the water to set out on our quest for the biggest king. The bait was right outside the Jetties so we picked it up there and headed toward Georgetown looking for the tideline. We deployed a spread of live Pogies and one ribbonfish deep. We caught a couple of low twenties and released them due to the length of the run we decided before the tourney we wouldn’t run anything less than a 25 the 100 or so miles to the scales. Then at 8:20 the long top line started into atomic melt down and I felt like we had a good one. The fish made its initial run on top straight through two other boats lines. As we made chase the Gracie Mae and the Knot at Work, realized we were tangled up in their top lines and cut them free for us as I backed the drag down to nothing while we untangled the four lines that were in our hooked up line. After all this the fish put up a tremendous fight and around 20 minutes later we managed to drive the gaff home and bag our trophy. We put back out and fished until 11:00 and released two more fish in the high 20’s before starting to the scales. The fish weighed 37.90 and was good enough to top the leader board. My hat is off to the boats that participate in our sport and display excellent sportsmanship and concern for the other competitors.  Wow the high is so much higher than the low!! Stay Tuned!! We will try to load a picture later today!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"King bit on again!" | Mac Marle'n | 07/09/05
 

After a slow start to the week, the king bite has really picked up again. Several kings as well as some large spanish were caught on the inshore reefs today. Fearless first mate Ryan also hand feed a nice cobia of about 36" in length this morning so be prepared because they're still around. Get on the water and catch some fish! Good luck & tight lines.

Capt. Jon Tennant


- Capt. Jon Tennant
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"Variety" | Capt. Hook | 07/07/05
 

I have had computer problems and could not update but am back at it now. Picts are still a problem but will follow soon. We fished the Jolly Mon and caught several small Kings but My five year old son Tripp made his first stab at it and put a Mahi on the scales. This is an accomplishment for all kids that were in the tourney pulling a 12 hour plus day in the blazing heat. We fished Frying Pan Tower first of the week and Caught Amberjack, African Pompano,Barracuda, King Mackeral, Mahi and Shark that was cool!! We have been catching Kings in the 15 to 20 pound range all week but not very many. The bait finally showed up off of Long Beach this morning and was plentiful. That is a welcome change. Lets keep an eye on the sky as these storms are moving through. Stay Tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"weekend outlook" | Carolina Contender | 07/07/05
 

For the weekend looks like we won't get any effects from gulf hurricane. Our weather looks to be stable, typical summer conditions with flat seas in the morning and afternoon seabreeze.

Kings are biting ok at all the normal spots in 65 feet of water; Jungle/Shark Hole/65 Foot Hole/ect. A lot of Cobia mixed in and seeing more and more Dolphin and scatterred Sailfish. African Pompano have showed up at the Frying Pan Tower.

Lots of big weed patches. Try pulling up to a big patch and if there are small fish under it[what we call a live patch] then pitch a live bait under it. Good chance a Dolphin hanging below it.

Menhaden are improving as there were big schools today at Long Beach and they should move on down the beach.

If you're not already here; come on down.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Next Available Tournament Charter" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 07/05/05
 

The King of the Cape king mackerel tournament out of Southport, NC is one of the fastest growing and most fishermen friendly events on the trail.  This is a one day event, and is set for Saturday, July 23rd.  I have made the Carolina Wellcraft available for charter for this event and can take up to 4 people.  This is a great opportunity to experience king mackerel fishing at the highest level as well as have a chance to win serious $$$.  To set up trip contact me direct at:
910-575-FISH ext.4, (www.captbarrett@oifishingcenter.com).


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Kings everywhere" | Carolina Contender | 07/04/05
 

WHEW! The Jolly Mon is done and now I can take a break [and go fishing]. Click on Jolly Mon report on our home page for all the results.

Kings are biting good everywhere. Best spots for numbers of fish were 410/510 ; Shark Hole and various spots around the Jungle. Bite should get even better as fish continue to move into the typical summer time 65 foot depth. Come on down and enjoy the fun with the rest of the world that is already here.

Thanks to everyone for using our off island shuttle system. It worked perfectly and there is no way anyone can [legimately] blame the tourney for island traffic this weekend. Thanks for your help.Hope to see you at the Fall Brawl.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"It's Jolly Mon Time!" | Carolina Contender | 07/01/05
 

GAME ON! IT'S SHOWTIME!!!

-weather: No wonder Jim Can'ttorie gets paid the big bucks...he nailed the weather forcast a wek ago. Both Saturday/Sunday looks perfect with lite winds; lite seas; couldn't be any better.

-Fishing: Nothing new; a few fish were caught yesterday at Jungle but still think they are holding in 80-90 feet verses normal 65 feet. Still some fish coming from piers so beach bite certainly is a possibility. Water color yesterday at Yaupon was not good but could have been a tide issue.

Hot spots may be 32 mile rock/ Atlantic Ledge/30/30 or other rocks/ledges in 80-90 feet. Anchoring and chumming should be best techniqque. Can jig up bee liners while at anchor and they should do the trick.

We got our delivery of ribbonfish yesterday from Folrida. They are perfect! 18-24 inches, hand caught 2 days ago, brined and vacume sealed. We are limiting everyone to 20 ribbons to insure everyone will be able to get them. Also we got shipment of 25 lb blocks of sardine chum[tourney special from Capt Mark's Chum of $12.95/25lb block]. 

Good luck to everyone. We will have updated info at capt meeting this evening from our charter fleet and others.

PLEASE RIDE THE FREE SHUTTLE!!!!!!! THANKS.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Todays Jolly Mon fishing report" | Carolina Contender | 06/30/05
 

-Weather continues to look perfect. Slight and lite. Only question is do you want to fish in front of the weak front coming or in back of it? Saturday will be lite SW winds, 2 foot[or less] seas. Front comes thru saturday night and wind will go to north and then to NE and finally East in the afternoon. Let's see......stable summer SW wind pattern suggest typical summer spots i.e. 65 feet water depth ;Jungle/65 foot hole ect/ect......then front comes thru and north wind suggests fall type wind pattern i.e. Yaupon. This is a tuff one; which is why I guess tournament fishing is such a great game. Somebody will get lucky.

Yesterday our fleet saw much improved action in the Jungle area. Mass attack by cobia and some decent kings[20lb]. Much more bait seen there than in past days. Maybe we are finally moving toward what's supposed to be happening. We'll see what our charter fleet does today.

Remember the Jolly Mon Jr. Tournament is tomorrow with registration today. This is the perfect chance to take the littlist of the future fishermen/lady anglers out for a fun filled, not so serious, day of pre tourney fishing. Prizes for all.

Also..will be receiving today 600 hand caught, brined,vacume packed 18-24 inch ribbonfish that were caught the last 3 days. They ain't cheap but they are perfect; worthy of the tourney winning kingfish. Also got load of 25lb blocks of ground herring/sardine chum[only $12.95/25lb block tourney special].

Parking. Same story. Please use the free off island shuttle. Will begin Friday at 3:00pm. Thanks for you help.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Jolly Mon update" | Carolina Contender | 06/29/05
 

Here's where things stand.
-Weather: J. Can'ttorie is standing firm. Saturday looks like light SW winds. A cold front comes thru Saturday night and winds will shift to north and later to the east during day. This gives us the opportunity to experience a full sweep of the baramoter. Basic concept will be ..in the words of King Mackerel guru Wayne Hill..."if they don't chew today, they'll chew tomorrow".

-Fishing scene: Our charter boats still not finding fish where they are supposed to be this time of year[65 feet]. I think what's happening is everything seems to be running late this year therefore the fish seem to be hanging in the 80-90 feet water. Also the beach bite is still occurring with big fish coming off the piers at Long Beach.Capt Barrett reported the inside water was "King Green" and water further offshore wasn't as pretty. Pogy's are down toward Holden and Long Beach.

 Here's my fishing forcast. The top 9 places will come from the 32 mile Rock/Atlantic Ledge or other spots in the 80-90 foot water depth, best technique will be to anchor on a rock/ledge and chum/ chum/chum;  however... the winning fish will come from Yaupon.

- Parking: Again, please ride the free shuttle that will begin Friday at 3:00pm. Win free rods/reels/cast nets; just for riding the shuttle. There is no parking available at the OIFC. Thanks for you help.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Jolly Mon report" | Carolina Contender | 06/28/05
 

-Weather: Jim Can't torie still on the ball. weather looks perfect for Saturday or Sunday.

-Kings: Yesterday charter fleet reported murkey water and the fish wern't where they were supposed to be howver seeing alot of bait and most likely they wern't chewing do to water clarity. Seas have layed out and water should be clearing. We'll see what fleet has to report this evening. Menhaden are showing, yesterday toward Holden Beach. Standby.

-Ribbonfish: We've got shipment of 18-24inch, fresh hand caught, vacume wrapped Sebastian Inlet ribbonfish on the way. Will have by Thursday. Also we have blocks of Capt Mark's ground sardine chum. We've been using it and much more effective than menhaden[has shiny scales]

-Parking: Critically [politically] important that everyone please use our off island parking shuttle. It's free, no hassel, no parking tickets; free drawing for rods/reels/cast nets and there is just no parking available here at the OIFC. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated. Shutle will begin Friday at 3:00pm and will run Friday/Saturday/Sunday. Thanks for your help.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 06/27/05
 

We had a good day pulling out a King in the twenties, several smaller ones and a bunch of Amberjacks. The water is a little murky inside but clears up nice in about 70 feet of water. The grass willl still make you say a few choice words after you clean your baits about fifty times but maybe it will blow on out of here soon.
Stay Tuned


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Jolly Mon weather update" | Carolina Contender | 06/25/05
 

Just got off the coconut telegraph with Jim Can't torie and I now have the first unoffical forcast for the Jolly Mon. According to Jim:

After passage of our curent tropical wave a Bermuda High will build in returning our weather to a typical summer time pattern. This means rising temps, scattered thundershowers, and a wind pattern from the southwest. During the week the wind will move from east to south and then to southwest and will settle there. The weather pattern looks stable thru the period. By tourney time the wind should be light southwest in the morning with a afternoon sea breeze also from the southwest. Standby as our weather expert perfects his forecast.

On the fishing scene. Just like clockwork the big Kings began to show up the middle of this week. Our charter boats caught several in the 30's+. The fish were caught at the Jungle and Atlantic Ledge. I'm sure the big fish are at all the normal summer spots i.e. Shark Hole; 10/10; 90/90; 30/30. Our boats are blown out this weekend with the strom but Monday we will be on the water everyday leading up to the tourney and we will post what we're catching where each day.

On the parking scene: It is critically important we get EVERYONE to please use our off island free parking shuttle. We are dealing with political issues with the island traffic issues and the flames are being fanned by those who don't want the Jolly Mon to be part of the many families 4th of July weekend festivities[interestingly led by Sheffield's; see Beacon letter June 22 edition]. We have run this shuttle every year thus keeping our traffic off the island, but it's simple for our detractors to "point the finger at us", therefore we must be more diligent than ever to insure we are not adding to island traffic. The shuttle is simple, free, no parking hassels looking for a parking space that won't be there, no parking tickets....AND... we will be giving our drawing tickets for the shuttle riders for free rod/reels/cast nets/ect that will only be available to the shuttle riders. Again, please help us insure the Jolly Mon can continue to be part of your July 4th celebration at Ocean Isle Beach by using our parking shuttle. Thanks for your help.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 06/24/05
 

After a slow couple of king fishing days I am happy to report that we found a good bite today near the Atlantic Ledge.  The action was steady from 8-12 pounders, however the highlight of the trip came at around 10:00am when we boated a 36.35 lb kingfish---the biggest so far this season at the Fishing Center.  We caught all fish on dead cigar minnows, since pogies were hard to come by this morning.  (I did see a huge school just outside the inlet as I was coming back through this afternoon.)  In closer to the beach, the spanish mackeral bite has been pretty steady the past few days just off of the Holden Beach Pier in 25-30 feet of water as well as at the Little River jetties.  Just a reminder that there are still a lot of very small king mackeral mixed in with the spanish so be careful in identifying the two.  Remember that spanish have very little drop in their lateral line and a black spot on their dorsal fin; whereas kings have a large drop in their lateral line and a clear dorsal fin.  It looks as if the weather may keep us at the dock for the next day or so but we'll be sure to report again as soon as we get back on the water.


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Jolly Mon parking" | Carolina Contender | 06/24/05
 

The Jolly Mon King Mackerel Tournament will be here July 1st weekend. Hope everyone is getting ready to join in our family fun event. From early indications it's looking like the Jolly Mon will be bigger than ever. I'm seeing more early entries than ever and what's interesting is the large number that are fishing the Jolly Mon for the first time. More boats, more money to give away, as you know we adjust the money upward if our minimum number of boats are met. Every year we have  exceeded the minimum.

 One very important request we need to make of you. There is no way we can handle the cars on our property therefore we run a off island shuttle to the tourney site here at the Ocean ISle Fishing Center. We will be running 4 shuttle buses starting at 3:00pm Friday. The lots will be before you cross the bridge and will be clearly marked. PLEASE ride the shuttle. It's free; no hassel; no fear of parking tickets. Also you will be given a ticket stub for a free drawing for those riding the shuttle; rods/reels/cast nets/ect.

Your help and co-operation is greatly appreciated in riding the shuttle


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Tournament Cancelled" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 06/23/05
 

Attention all king mackerel tournament fishermen.  The Greater Wilmington King Mackerel Tournament scheduled for this coming Saturday the 25th of June has been cancelled due to bad weather conditions forecasted.  The tournament has been rescheduled for July 29th-July 30th.  Capt. Meeting July 29th and fishing day July 30th.  See www.gwkmt.com for more info. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 06/23/05
 

We went off to the ledge today and caught a few Kings and boated a 51.95 Amberjack and boy did he put up a fight!! Things are looking pretty good with the fish as all species are showing up and biting fairly well. The Greater Wilmington Tournament has been cancelled and rescheduled for July 30. Stay Tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Locating the big fish for the Jolly Mon" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 06/23/05
 

Everybody wants to know where the big fish are and where they will likely be for the Jolly Mon. The second question is simple, just look at history as the tourney winner will come from the Jungle/Shark Hole/30:30/90:90/410:510/Lighthouse Rocks/River Channel or inlet mouths.

However I will be able to provide updated info as I will be fishing the Greater Wilmington King tourney this weekend and me along with a couple hundred others should be able to get a direct read on what's happening where which I will report back to you.

What we're seeing on our daily charters are lots of small fish and an increasing amount of bait appearing at the Jungle/410:510/65 Foot Hole area. Pogy's have been hard to find but when we are able to get them the size of fish we are catching increases dramatically. I beleive the big fish are there or are moving in as we speak and I expect the big schools of pogies to show in next couple of days. Once we have better bait to fish I think we will start to see the bigger tourney winning fish show. 

We'll know alot more after Wilmington tourney this weekend and all our charter boats are fishing everyday so we will have good info source to report on. Standby.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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