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"Grouper Madness" | Carolina Contender | 11/08/04
 

What can I say-- its awesome.  Capt. Barrett, local fishing hero and 2004 SKA Angler of the Year- Dean Spatholt and myself went on Sunday and had a blast.  The seas were running around 3' and we caught fish at every stop from 65-90 feet of water.  No doubt the biggest concentration of Gag Grouper is in the 60-80 foot depth range.  When we got deeper we ran into the Genuine Reds and Red Grouper.  We caught all our Grouper on live Pinfish and live Cigar Minnows.  I wouldn't recommend tangling with these fish with less than 80# tackle. 
If you're interested in getting into it, we have the exact same rod/reel setup I use and ready to go at the Fishing Center-- the combo is less than $180. 

When not harrasing the Grouper, we've been tearing up the Kings.  They are schooled up thick at the 65' hole and have nearly been jumping in the boat.  On Saturday I had a fish skyrocket a bait and actually hit the engine on its way down. 

Fishing is great right now and will continue.  As for me, I think Sunday was likely my last trip-- at least last trip that I won't be a dad.  Amy's due date is very close and she looks ready to go at any time.  Wish us luck and I'll post a report and pictures of our next big catch. 

Hey also don't forget Capt. Stan's Thanksgiving Flounder and Trout Classic-- registration is Friday, Nov 26th with fishing the 27th.  Fishing will be great and I assure you great food and fun are a guarantee.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bottom fishing bonanza" | Carolina Contender | 11/07/04
 

Absolutely awesome day on the water.  My hands and back are so sore from pulling on monster bottom fish all day I can hardly type.  Brant will post a more detailed report tomorrow with a couple of pictures.  In short, lots of grouper including citation size 20+ lbers and 3 great big genuine red snapper all citation size.  They were chomping today and I believe there were a whole bunch of boats that got in on the action.  The time is now to get after all these fish. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Grouper bite is on!" | Carolina Contender | 11/07/04
 

Just spoke to Brant on Carolina Contender. They're crushing the grouper at the Atlantic ledge. Live cigars and pinfish.Kings also biting at 65 foot hole.

Weather going bad for next couple of days but after front comes through should get good by Thursday. Don't miss out on the incredible bite that's going on right now. Should last couple more weeks.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"King bite" | Carolina Contender | 11/06/04
 

King bite still on today. Lot of boats fishing today and they're still chewing. Sunday looks good. Should start out flat in morning and by afternoon southwest wind will pick up to about 15 in front of next front to come Monday.

Come on down and join the fun.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Captain's Club Sale" | Carolina Contender | 11/05/04
 

Our Captain's Club Sale begins November 15 through December 31. Come join in the super savings. If you're not yet a member call 910575FISH and sign up and we'll throw in a $50 credit to your Captain Club account.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 11/04/04
 

We've been wearing out the Kings at the 65' hole- limits guaranteed.  Live bait, dead bait- it doesn't matter.  The simplest approach has been to slow troll dead Cigar Minnows on skirted King rigs at 2-3mph.  The bite is hot and will continue for the next couple of weeks.  Don't miss the fun. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bite still on" | Carolina Contender | 11/04/04
 

Just back from trip. They're still chewing; live bait, dead bait, shoe leather [even caught one on Woody's pork rind]. winds now picking up; will be out of action tomorrow but Saturday looks fishable getting better later in day; Sunday post card conditions. Come on down; I need some help. Now is when we get even with all the abuse the fish have hit us with all season. THE BITE IS ON!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"update" | Stori Teller | 11/03/04
 

The Stori Teller has a few bruises being tended to at Power Marine up in Sneeds Ferry but I do have an update for all  of the inshore fisherman.While the flounder bite has been kind of slow lately what has been missing in numbers has been made up for in size.Their has been several citation size fish caught in the past week.The fish seem to be scattered from way back in the creeks to the artificial reefs in 30 to 40 feet of water.Something we all look forward to this time of year is the speckled trout bite to begin and it has begun.Captains Brandon Sauls and Mark Stacy came home Sunday with an impressive catch of 2 to 4 pounders.Along with all this action the Redfish are also making a stong showing  All fish are biting mud minnows or finger mullet on carolina rigs.Now is the time to get out and catch that Carolna inshore slam.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"King attack" | Carolina Contender | 11/03/04
 

Carolina Contender and MacMarlen just returning from trips today and reporting the Kings are biting just as fast as you put a bait in the water. The 65 foot hole is full of bait; cigars, boston mackerel, sardines. You can jig them or the kings are eating dead cigars or ballyhoo. This is the time we look forward to every year where the Kings school up on the massive bait pods and go into a feeding freenzy. Come on down and join in the fun.

A cold front is coming through Thursday and it will be a little blowey Friday but Saturday gets better and should be fishable and Sunday looks perfect.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 11/02/04
 

We've been busy fishing to our heart's content.  Kings and Grouper are doing great.  It's unfortunate that we spend all Summer fishing 7 days a week, 14 hours a day- then when the fishing is best, hardly anyone takes advantage.  Well, we're here and the charter fleet is ready to go, so give us a call- (910) 575-3474

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  There’s no better place to be in the Fall than the Carolina coast.  October was a great month as the Kings, Wahoo and Grouper made a great showing, and November looks to be headed in the same direction as the fishing continues excellent.  The inshore fishing for Trout and Redfish has also been very good this past month, and although there aren’t as many numbers of Flounder being caught, this is the time to catch the big ones.  And that brings me to announce the annual Ocean Isle Fishing Center Thanksgiving Flounder & Trout Classic will be held November 26-27 out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  Capt. Stan Gurganus will he directing and heading up this year’s event, and he has made plans to provide fishermen and their guests with a great tournament atmosphere.  In addition to a well run event, November is a peak month for inshore fishing, so fishermen should expect a great day of fishing with the added potential to win prize money for their catch.  I invite and encourage all you inshore fishermen to join the event and cap off a great holiday weekend.  Registration will be on Friday, Nov. 26th from 3pm-9pm at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center and fishing will be all day on Saturday.  For additional information please visit
www.oifishingcenter.com.

As I mentioned, the King Mackerel fishing continues red hot from our area and will only get better through Thanksgiving.  The Kings are schooling in the 55-65 foot depth ranges and are eating holes in the boat.  Catching a limit of 10-15 pound Kings is as simple as slow trolling a spread of dead Cigar Minnows as action is as close to a guarantee as you can get.  The Wahoo fishing in the Gulf Stream is still good, however the fish do not seem as concentrated as they were in September and early October.  And then there’s the Grouper fishing.  The Fall is always a great time, and they are biting great right now.  Aboard the “Carolina Contender” we’ve been having good luck fishing 60-80 feet of water and using a variety of live baits including Pinfish, Cigar Minnows and Herring.  The trick is in marking your sport and anchoring and having the right tackle to beat the fish.  All in all, there’s no better time to go fishing than right now.  Come on down to the coast and let us hook you up.  Good luck and good fishing.

 

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 10/30/04
 

Well, we finally got a pretty weekend to fish and the fish coorporated better than expected.  King mackeral bit well from the 65 Foot Hole to the Jungle to the Atlantic Ledges and everywhere in between.  There was also a very good grouper bite at the Atlantic Ledges as we ended up with several over 15 pounds.  Cigar minnows are stacked on almost every ledge, live bottom, and wreck out past 10 miles.  (We jigged some very nice ones at the Barges this morning.)  Hopefully today is just a preview of the week to come!


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/27/04
 

I had my first plate of fried Spots last week, and they are just as good as I remember.  I haven’t gotten to the Oysters yet, but there’s no doubt Fall is in the air and such pleasures as fried Spots, Oyster on the half shell and great fishing a guarantee.  The fishing has continued to be great all along our coast for a variety of species.  The King Mackerel have been biting pretty consistently at the end of the Cape Fear Ship Channel, especially on days with light winds.  The big problem in fishing for the Kings is catching live Menhaden to use for bait.  Catching Menhaden has been problem all season long ever since the commercial Menhaden boats visited our area.  The problem is made much worse in the Fall when the Menhaden typically scatter out, get bigger and faster and are very hard to catch.  The fishermen that have the luck and do find a school of Menhaden to catch for bait are the ones who are having the luck catching the Kings.  For those that may not be particularly adept at cast netting live bait, I’ve actually been having great luck slow trolling dead Cigar Minnows as well as using a Sabiki rig to jig up live bait.  Spots such as the 390/390, Jungle and Shark Hole have been producing Kings with this method.  You can look for the King Mackerel action to continue good and even pick up through the next month as the fish will move offshore to the 60-75 foot depth ranges and school in large numbers as they feed on baitfish.  In other fishing, the Spots have begun to seriously make their run into our area.  Fishermen off Caswell Beach were filling up the coolers using nothing but rod and reel and a pack of bloodworms.  As I said earlier, there’s nothing tastier than a fried Spot, and by the way, don’t think that you and me are the only ones that like to eat Spots.  A King Mackerel will nail a Spot.  And then there are the Grouper.  Yes, I said Grouper.  Most folks don’t think too much about Grouper during the Fall because their attention is diverted towards all the other fishing going on.  This is actually the best time to Grouper fishing as they move inshore to the 50-70 foot depth ranges to spawn.  Normal King Mackerel and Sea Bass spots such as the 90/90, 410/510, Shark Hole, Jungle,  and Christina’s ledge are all covered in Grouper.  The trick is in catching them, and that requires the right tackle and location.  I wouldn’t recommend pursuing Grouper with anything less than 80 pound tackle for start.  The next important factor is to have a big, strong anchor with extra long chain to be sure you can anchor over an exact spot.  Then, I also prefer to use live bait so I’ll either cast net Menhaden or jig up a bunch of live Cigar Minnows and Pinfish.  I then find the spot I want to be, drop a marker buoy so I can know just where to stop and then throw the anchor.  Many times I will take a block a chum and put it on my downrigger to get fish’s attention.  The chum turns into a feeding frenzy and attracts the Grouper from a wide area.  Lastly, I’ll drop my live bait down to the bottom on a 8/0-10/0 circle hook and hang on.  When the Grouper bites, you’ll know it.  The key is in getting the first 10 feet as quickly as possible or you’ll find yourself hung in the rocks. 

That’s all for this week.  Good luck and good fishing.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Hot Grouper Bite!" | Carolina Contender | 10/26/04
 

Attention all fishermen! Now is the time; they're biting like bulldogs, chewing the bottom out of the boat; everything is biting.

Weather report for weekend looks perfect. From gulf stream to beach there's a fish for everyone. Last trip to stream saw continued good wahoo bite. Kings will be biting at 90/90 and normal 60 foot spots like Jungle/Shark Hole. Still some fish being caught in River Channel/Yaupon and Lighthouse Rocks.

Yesterday had a major Grouper bite[14 keepers 12-30lbs]. Fish are in shallow water[I think it's a spawning thing]. Try any of the King Mackerel rocks/ledges[Jungle/90/90/Shark Hole/ect. They were eating live pinfish. The way we fish for Grouper is with Penn Senator high speed 4/0[113HLW], Diawa 50H or comprable. We use 80-lb braided line[however in shallower water you can use mono]. Chum on downrigger works well to get fish to come to you. When we locate the rock we want to fish we use a marker buoy and then set our anchor to end up at buoy location. We use a 3-way swivel, approx 8oz of weight with a 8 foot leader[typically 80lb mono leader]. For hooks we use a 8/0circle hook and best bait is live pinfish that we catch in a pinfish trap.Then we hang on for the battle to come. If you're on right sspot bite comes quickly; if not will need to move to another spot, however if using chum give it little while to work. Put out lite line on surface wwhile waiting for Kings.

Come by Fishing Center and we'll help get you rigged up.

Inshore spots are biting and flounder doing good also.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/24/04
 

Fishing has continued good, although the weather has not been very friendly over the past week.  What days the weather does settle down, we're having great catches of Kings in the 40-60 foot depth ranges.  The Cape Fear River Channel continues to produce as well as other spots such as the 90/90, Lighthouse rocks and Jungle.  We haven't been back out to the Stream for the Wahoo, but I'm sure they're there.  Come on down and let's go fishing.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 10/23/04
 

Capt. Stacy and myself set out this morning on a halfday trip to find a rather sloppy ocean and a slow king mackeral bite at the 90/90.  After a couple of missed fish, we decided to come back inshore (where it was considerably calmer) and try some bottom fishing.  We found that the seabass were stacked on AR460 and provided nonstop action for a few hours.  This afternoon, we decided to run to Southeast Rock where the seabass were also stacked up and were mixed in with some bluefish, sharks, grunts, and a stray flounder.  We ended the day with a nice mess of seabass and sore arms for everybody from all the reeling.


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"trout bite" | Stori Teller | 10/20/04
 

I finally have some good news to report from the Stori Teller.I left the dock this morning with a full day charter with high expectations.The winds were light out of the northwest.With th is in mind I decided to point the Stori Teller out into the open ocean where we found a bit of a ground swell but it wasn't enough to alter our plan to get to the a.r. 485 where we hoped to find some gray trout.And find them we did.It took a little looking around on the fish finder but when they were spotted the bite was definitely on.We caaught as many as we wanted for a coouple of dinners and released a few others before heading back inshore to fish for some flounder.Our inshore expedition was not quite as sucessful but we did manage one keeper and a coupleof throwbacks.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Fall Brawl recap" | Carolina Contender | 10/19/04
 

As bad as Saturdays weather was, Sundays was absolutely perfect and app 200 of the 215 teams went to work. A hot bite went off at the River Channel both in the morning and again in the afternoon. Good bites were also reported at all the normal 60foot spots. The winning fish was caught at Topsail Inlet [where a good bite also occured as 15 Kings were caught off the Topsail pier Friday]. Almost all of the money fish came from the River Channel; I think one came from Jungle and one from 90/90.

We hope all you fishermen enjoyed the event and the excellent fishing Sunday and hats off to the brave guys who blazed a trail Saturday for the Sunday fishermen. Hope to see you at next years event and the Far Out Shoot Out[Memorial Day] and Jolly Mon.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Yesterday's Report" | Show Time | 10/19/04
 

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Wahoo Mania-- Capt. Roger and myself guided a local group from the Fishn' Fun Club including Chuck Olsen, Joe Forno, Jim Cutty, Rich Naumann, Don Haddock and Ray Petro aboard the ShowTime for a Gulf Stream adventure.  The weather was absolutely perfect.  We started at the BlackJack hole but there were allready a half dozen boats working the hole with only a few Wahoo caught.  I decided to pick up and run toward the Steeples.  After the move we hooked up within minutes and Rich Naumann boated the fish of a lifetime with a 75.9 pound Wahoo.  We again picked up the troll and just before time to go we had a triple hookup.  One fish immediately got off and Ray Petro's fish got off after a long battle but Chuck Olsen boated his Wahoo which would later go 57.6 pounds.  Having hit a hot spot I decided to give it just another couple of minutes and we immediately hooked up to Don Haddock's 49 pound Wahoo.  Although the action was not fast and the fish were scattered, the quality of these Wahoo made the trip all worth while.
We caught our Wahoo on black/purple and blue/pink Ilander Jrs and Ilander Trackers.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl update" | Carolina Contender | 10/17/04
 

19 brave teams made a shot at it yesterday hoping that "the big dog eats first" would pay off for them while the rest of the fleet hoped for better conditions Sunday. For the Saturday fishermen it was very tuff;hats off to the teams that gave it a shot. Today, finally the wind came around to the northwest, offering protection from  the land for near shore locations. The boats fishing yesterday reported alot of bait, but the fish were not co-operative. 200 teams are at it today and hopefully the fish will co-operate for them.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"J. Cantorie weather report" | Carolina Contender | 10/15/04
 

Front coming thru right now; raining like spots and mullets. Bona fide "Mulllet Blow". HOWEVER: The good news. It's moving very fast. Tonight wind goes to west and begins to lay. Will move further to NW on Saturday and thus land will protect us so fishing inlets/River Channer/90/90 should be no problem. Should still be a little choppy left over from big blow today. Once wind goes to North, will lay down ocean quickly. Sunday is light and variable. Perfect conditions! Come on down and join in the Fall Brawl King Mackerel Classic.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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