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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 07/30/04
 

When the wind's from the East, the fish bite the least.  Its definitely from the East and today they didn't bite too good.  We had fair luck catching Spanish Mackerel and Barracuda at nearshore artificial reefs, but they truly were'nt biting as well as they have under different weather conditions.  The seas were 2-4 feet, rougher in the AM than PM.  Hopefully we'll get all this tropical weather behind us soon.  I bet that as soon as the weather settles and winds shift back to SW, the King bite will turn on-- you watch.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 07/29/04
 

Once again Kyle and I headed out yonder, in search of the big ones. Cudas were the quary for todays adventure and the action was hot around the AR455.  Pogies were easy to catch off of holden beach just a little to the west of the pier.


- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"todays report" | Stori Teller | 07/29/04
 

Had a tough day of flounder fishing today.I tryed absolutely everything I knew how to do and went everywhere I knew to go but just could not get on a bite of fish.Although , we did manage  to get on a red hot pinfish bite to keep the kids onboard interested.One thing that I have noticed the last few days is the mullet minnows we have been using for bait have gotten really small.The solution to catching them has been to switch to a cast net with a one quarter inch mesh.This catches them while not allowing them to gill in the webbing which damages them.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"REPORT FROM FELLOW AREA FISHERMAN PHILLIP SINK" | Show Time | 07/29/04
 

Hey fellas-

Just thought I would let you know that Ocean Isle boats can go up the beach and still fish pretty good.

The Magic Moment and the Confederate fished in the inaugural Treb Barta Boys and Girls Club Billfish tourney this past weekend in Beaufort, along with 103 other boats. We both did pretty well and while I hate to brag, it might be something for the fishing report if you need to fill some space.

Confederate with Captains Kirby and Michael Ward placed first in the amateur billfish division (no paid staff on the boat) and second in the overall billfish division with two Sailfish releases early, and they raised one heck of a lot of billfish pulling a dredge. The rules of the tourney dictated single hook dead bait only (no skirts/witches etc) and only six rods, and this being a new style of fishing I think they did real well. Beat all of the Morehead/Beaufort/Atlantic Beach charter boats and governers cup contenders with the exception of the Run-Off with Brian Harrington, the overall billfish winner.

The Magic Moment had the first place wahoo (50.85 lbs) and the third place dolphin (16.1 lbs) in overall catagories and won the overall aggregrate meatfish award. It's a big, obnoxious trophy that mom won't let us put in the house. We were pretty happy about that too, considering we were in foreign waters and pulling split-bills and spanish. We managed to miss a couple of billfish too, no surprise there :).

The wahoo bite was pretty good (6 of them in 2 days I think, and a bunch of 20 lb plus caught in the tournament) and most all of them were on naked horse ballyhoo on a planer.

The tourney wound up clearing around 100k for the Boys and Girls Club of coastal NC, and it is truely a GREAT event for kids. About half the billfish in the tournament were caught by kids 16 and under.

Hope the pogys aren't all gone. We docked at Hunter Chadwick's house- he used to run a pretty big pogy company and he is of the opinion that the guys today are cutting too close to the bone on the fish stock. Keep up your king mac wins also- congrats on that tourny a few weeks ago! Pretty work!

Phillip Sink

- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Carolina Contender | 07/28/04
 

baracuda are on fire.  i fished a few artificial reefs this afternoon in some 20+knot winds and had a great time catching 15-30lb cudas.  we used spanish mackerel and pogies for bait and watched the ocean acrabatics do their thing.  the effects of the pogy boat fishing a couple days ago is very evident.  whereas for the past few weeks the fishing was great and bait was easy to come by, now it is extremely difficult to catch.  there are still pogies around off of ocean isle, but catching them is a different story.  the pogies seem to be split up into small pods that are very finicky and are traveling fast.  you'll see one flip and then the next one will be 50 yards away.  they are acting very nervous of boat sound which i suppose is to be expected when thousands of fish are taken from the very same water only days before.  to catch bait now having a fast sinking net is paramount, but hopefully the stock will begin to recover soon and things will be back to normal.  let's just hope the fish destroyer does not come back through finish off what's left. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 07/28/04
 

Despite the morning storms Mother Nature tried to throw at us, we made it out this afternoon for a 1/2 day trip.  We caught bait about a half mile east of the Ocean Isle Pier and headed out to Christina's Ledge.  I marked plenty of bait, however was unable to produce a strike.  We then decided to move over to the 65' Hole and witnessed something pretty unusual......we encountered a barracuda who decided to eat a dead cigar minnow on the long line.  With that being the only strike there, I made a move inshore to the Barges where the spanish mackeral bite was on fire.  The only problem was that most of them were eaten by the resident cudas hanging around on top of the wreck since every spanish bite we had was almost on top of the wreck.  We'll be back at it again all day tomorrow so stay tuned for another report....


- Capt. David Hooks
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"TODAYS REPORT" | Mac Marle'n | 07/28/04
 

Kyle and I embarked on a 1/4 day Sea Bass/ Pin fish extravaganza.  The action started as soon as the first squid hit the bottom and continued untill it was time to head back to the hill.  We will be back at it tomorrow so stay tuned.


- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"changes" | Stori Teller | 07/28/04
 

The inshore fishing has changed dramatically in the past couple of weeks.The main concentration of flounder have moved offshore to the artificial reefs in 35 to 40 feet of water.The hot baits out there have been mullet minnows fished directly on the bottom on carolina rigs.If the wind gets up where I cannot get into the ocean I have been concentrating my efforts in the deeper sections of backwater creeks where you can still pick off a few scattered fish.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 07/28/04
 

Fished a full day yesterday with a couple of regular customers.  We spent the morning from 9am-12pm slow trolling for Kings at the Jungle where we caught a few Kings in the 12-20 pound range as well as a nice Mahi.  We then headed offshore to 75 feet of water where we anchored up and did some Grouper fishing.  The current was running hard inshore and it made fishing a bit more difficult.  The Grouper did not want to bite very good either, but we did manage a half dozen from 10-22 pounds.  Of course the Amberjack were present as well as they provided interim excitement between Grouper bites.  Today its storming here at OIB and the boats have opted to stay in, at least for the AM.  Hopefully we'll be back in action tomorrow. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 07/27/04
 

The Pogy boats have not found all of the pogies yet, however this morning they were harder to get.  we did manage to find a few around the OIB pier.  After catching bait Capt. Barrett and my self were off in search of Kingfish.  As soon as the first bait was in the water at the Jungle the first fish was on.  The action was steady for the next two hours or so.  The bite was by no means red hot, but there were some fish there.  I also heard of some action around the shark hole. 
                   go get em'


- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"More Pogy info" | Carolina Contender | 07/27/04
 

Forgot to provide contact info for our State Representative Bonner Stiller:
bonners@ncleg.net

Also might be good idea to also communicate with his opponent in upcoming election, David Redwine. He held this seat until defeated by Bonner is last election but is going to run against him this year. When David was in office he agressively attacked this issue, introduced a bill, but never made it out of committee. edredwine@atmc.net

For both candidates [and other legislaturors around State] the way things get done is by these people hearing loud and clear how their voter base feels.In this example the pogy's belong to all the citizens of NC and for one commercial venture to be able to wipe out the total supply seems unfair.Their response is we will be putting their employees out of work. That's argueable but a bigger issue may be to place a economic value on the pogy and I bet if the $$'s spent by sportfishermen were added up it would be far greater economic benefit to the State of NC than the pennies/pound that is paid for the pogys. 


- Capt. Rube
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"Pogy Boats back" | Carolina Contender | 07/27/04
 

Captain Barrett reported yesterday the return of the commercial pogy boats to our waters. I called Beauford Fisheries [Wyndell Hunnings] and reminded him he had told me last year they were trying to stay out of our waters with their netting. He responded that coming to our waters was a last choice option as they were well aware of the "stink" that would develop of their return to our area. He said there are no pogies anywhere else on our coast now and that's why they're here. I asked him how long they would stay and he said as soon as they show up elsewhere they would leave. [Intrepretation]...They'll leave when they've caught all the fish.

I wonder if there is a connection with the extroadianry King Mackerel/Cobia fishing we have had this year with the fact they didn't net our waters last year? Now that they're back what will impact to our fishery be? We all know the answers to the question and we all know the solution. It's politics and what we must do is attack our elected representatives to solve the problem.What's required is 2 things. [1] We have to get our representative has to introduce legislation to ban boats off our beaches.[2] Our representative has to have the political power to get it passed.

These are issues that the OIFC Captains Club will be working on with our current representatives and candidates for the fall elections. Stay tuned to our page [political issues] and as events occur we will keep you updated. In the meantime the more you fishermen can bombard our representaives and candidates the more power we can build. 


- Capt. Rube
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"" | Show Time | 07/26/04
 


 Hello  Fishermen;

Today, Kyle and I fished the 18 mile rock with little action.
There was a slow but steady bite of king and spanish mackeral around the sharkhole area.  Bait was located just west of Shallotte inlet this morning.  Maybe things are looking up and the fish will begin to bite more aggressivly again.  Just be patient.


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"" | Carolina Contender | 07/26/04
 

Gathered plenty of large pogies this morning just outside of Shallotte inlet to the west.  However this might not be the case for the next few days or longer because of the arrival of the commercial pogy boat.  The commercial pogy boats from up north come south this time of year and take thousands of pounds of pogy from our waters which are then used in fertilizers and other products.  They use a large mother ship as the holding tank and then two smaller net boats that run a circle seine net around entire schools of pogies.  The only rules they must play by around here is that they stay at least 500 feet away from shore.  Not sure what kind of damage was done today, but I'm sure we will see the effects of it for days to come.  On a brighter note I had a fairly decent morning trip on the kings today.  Though we did not load the boat with them, we had an opportunity at 6 or 7 15-20lb kings at the Shark hole in a couple hours of fishing.  On our way in we stopped and caught a few monster barracuda and also got to witness the sinking of an old tugboat by the Artificial Reef Association at the 7 mile boxcars off Ocean Isle Beach.  That should improve that spot for fishing dramatically in the near future.  We'll be fishing the rest of the week on all boats so we'll report in the catches and hopefully the pogie devestation won't be too bad.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"This Past Week" | Capt. Hook | 07/25/04
 

We had a very exciting week of fishing!! The kings bit fair, the Jacks bit like bulldogs, and we managed an occasional Cobia. Bait has been plentiful along Ocean Isle. We jumped in the King Of The Cape tourney yesterday and caught several Kings in the mid twenties and put a 25.5 on the scales and released several others that looked pretty close. We were moving from one spot to another and saw a bunch of bait working on top so we stopped to fish and bam it was on!! So do not be scared to fish your surface bait, as well as bottom structure. Till next time---


- Capt. David Hooks
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"" | Carolina Contender | 07/20/04
 

Sorry we haven't reported in a while.  Its been non-stop fishing and catching like usual.  We are still catching a few kingfish though it is not nearly as hot as it was a couple weeks ago.  We are staying busy catching a.j.'s, barracuda, grouper, spanish macks, a few mahi, sharks and several other mixed in species.  There is plenty of bait on the east side of Shallotte inlet before you get to the Holden Beach pier.  The kings are somewhere around I just don't think they are feeding a whole lot right now.  I wouldn't be surprised to see the Cape Fear Ship Channel or the Lighthouse rocks heat up.  Here are a couple of pics from last week. 

ps. The Carolina Contender wins 1st in the Carteret County King Mackerel Tournament over the weekend with a 43.5 lber!  More details to come


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 07/18/04
 

For the past week the fishing here at Ocean Isle has been almost as hot as the weather.  On our 1/4 and 1/2 day trips, we have been loading up on spanish mackeral as well as small (18-22 inch) king mackeral which are mixed in with the spanish.  On these trips we have also been doing very well catching 20-35lb barracudas that are hanging around all of the artificial reefs, however the 7 mile, 10 mile, and Barges have been the consistant hot spots for all of these fish.  On the longer, 3/4 or full day trips we have been doing very well catching king mackeral, amberjacks, mahi mahi, and even still a stray cobia or two.  In the first part of the week we caught the kings out at the Jungle but as the week wore on we started picking up a few at spots such as the Christina's Ledge, 65 foot hole, and 70 foot hole.  The pogies have been pretty scattered out this week but for the most part have been either just on the west side of Shallotte Inlet or near the Ocean Isle Pier.  Everything looks great for the upcoming week so come on down and help us catch some of these fish!


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 07/15/04
 

No question the King Mackerel bite has dramatically slowed down.  I think the hot bite last week revolved around the the spawning, but now the fish are taking a rest as we are having to work very hard to catch a few Kings in the 8-15 pound range.  Pogys have become more plentiful around Shallotte Inlet as well as lots of Cigar Minnows are available to jig over hardbottom, reefs and ledges from 50-70 feet.  The Kings were are finding are at the Jungle, Shark Hole, 90/90 and 18 mile rocks.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"todays report" | Mac Marle'n | 07/14/04
 

This afternoon Kyle Hughes and my self went in search of the big ones.  And some big ones we did find.  After catching two nice cudas and some spanish, we latched on to a monster, after an hour fight, a massive amberjack was loaded into the boat to round off the day.  The sea look like they will subside for the weekend making it a perfect weekend for you to go get em.


- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"Weekend's Fishing School Report" | Carolina Contender | 07/12/04
 

This past weekend's fishing school was another great success as the four students learned how to tie rigs, throw cast nets and most fun of all, catch big King Mackerel-- and win $$$ doing it.  I've started running my school in concert with fishing tournaments to add more excitement to the fishing day.  After all the students had successfully netted live bait we headed offshore 12 miles where we caught a few small fish before making a move.  We found the Kings in a big way and caught and released some 10-15 Kings in the 20-28 pound range before landing a 31.5 pounder that would win us 10th place in the East Coast Got'em On King Classic held out of Carolina Beach.  The students had a blast as they did all the work and as I said, finished 10th out of a 240 boat field-- Oh yeah, and we caught and released a Sailfish in the middle of all that.  It was a great day of fishing and fun was had by all as well as good learning.  Next class is July 23-24 and there are open spots-- call Capt. Brant at (910) 575-3474 xt 3 to reserve a spot.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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