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"FOSO" | Capt. Hook | 06/01/04
 

The Capt'n Hook crew elected to fish on Sunday and againist all previuos plans headed way South. We fished the Georgetown Hole and the Bubble rock with very little success. On the way in we saw a perfect rip/weed line about 2 miles from Winyah. We threw out on it and the deal was on. We worked on the Mahi until about 6 pm as fast as we could. They ranged from 15lbs to the high Twenties. We ended up having a super catch, that shows you never know!! We were too late to weigh in though. Oh well you can't have it all. How bout them boys on the Flashback 3 Sails hooked up at once, and got one to the boat for an official release!! Thats gettin it done. We will be steady running the end of the week so stay tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"TODAYS REPORT" | Show Time | 06/01/04
 

Capt Bryan and I embarked on a full day mission today. The first stop was the Christina Ledge, there was no action there although there was bait.  Our next stop was the Atlantic Ledge, where the Sharks were chewing the bottom out of the boat, after about an hour of nonstop action we decided to head a little further offshore, the next stop was the Gary Ennis, where we found steady action from Cobia, King Mackerel, and Sharks. Pogies were the bait of choice today, and a double pogie rig proved deadly on the kingfish.


- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 05/31/04
 

After a hectic weekend running the Far Out Shoot Out, I'm glad to get back on the water.  The tournament went well with good participation and decent weather.  The fishing was also not spectacular, but did provide moments of glamour that led to tournament winning catches.  Visit the tournament page and scroll to the Far Out Shoot Out results link for complete details.
Today I had a 7 hour trip on the Show Time.  The seas were 3-4 feet with a 15kt SW wind.  The Pogys were thick right in the mouth of Shallotte inlet and one cast led to a full well.  We started at the 90/90 where we had a couple of cutoffs from small Spanish.  Then moved to the Little River Offshore where I found a lot bait, but similar action.  Finally slugged our way offshore some 24 miles and got onto the Amberjack where we bent poles for the remaining 3 hours of the trip.  Double and Triple headers of 25-40 pound Jacks were the rule and although not the glamourous fish some fishermen seek, they certainly are a ball to catch and despite negative rumors, great table fare.  Anyway, the Kings are playing hard to get nearshore.  I know there are a lot of school fish holding in the 30-45 mile range, but I sure would like to see them closer.  Anyhow, back at them tomorrow--
Don't forget my live bait classes-- I've only got 3 spaces left for the June 11-12 class-- call (910) 367-2945 to reserve your spot.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing School Filling Up" | Carolina Contender | 05/30/04
 

Capt. Brant's hands-on live bait fishing school is filling up.  The June 25-26 class is sold out while the June 11-12 class still has 3 spots open.  Don't miss this one-on-one help in learning the ins and outs of live bait fishing and then actually going fishing and testing out your skills.  Call Capt. Brant at (910) 367-2945 to book a spot.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Far Out Shoot Out UPDATE" | Show Time | 05/30/04
 

Day 1- only 5 boats chose to fish today and of those, only 2 weighed in-- the Flying Colors weighed a 15 pound Mahi and the Traveller weighed a 17 pound Mahi and 14 pound Wahoo for the current lead.  The remaining 26 boats are out fishing today (Sunday) looking to bump these early leaders off the board.  The weigh-in will be today from 6-8pm at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center- stay tuned for final results.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"TODAYS REPORT" | Show Time | 05/29/04
 

After Catching a few Pogies right outside of Shalotte Inlet Capt. Bryan and my-self ventured out to the shark hole area where we had a few bites but decided to push on offshore, we ended up in the 30-35 mile range and found steady action from the amberjacks, cobia and king mackerel.  The ocean is slick clam and tomorrow is looking like a great day to go get em.


- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"Far Out Shoot Out UPDATE" | Carolina Contender | 05/29/04
 

Friday, May 28 we registered 31 boats for the tournament which is a new record and not too shabby for a bluewater tournament.  A handful have chosen to fish on Saturday with the majority fishing on Sunday.  Weigh-in will be at the OIFC from 6-8pm on Sat and Sun. with awards on Sun. evening.  Stay tuned for more weigh-in results.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"spanish" | Carolina Contender | 05/27/04
 

Fished a 3 hour trip this morning with perfect conditions.  The seas were less than 2 feet with a light southwest breeze.  The big pogies remained right in the mouth of Shallotte inlet and were very easy cast net.  I ended up spanish fishing most of the morning and let me tell you they were snapping.  I found mostly smaller fish in close in the brown water but was able to find larger 3lb spanish just offshore about a half mile on the green water tideline.  The spanish were jumping and feeding on glass minnows and the birds were there to point them out to the fishermen.  I had 100% of my bites on a #1 planer with a 0 or 00 gold Clark Spoon. 

We are all eagerly awaiting the Far Out Shoot Out this weekend.  We have been getting many calls asking how many boats have registered for the tournament already.  There is virtually no pre-registration for this event so we really can't answer that question.  Come by Friday evening to the Captains meeting and you be able to get a better idea.  With all the new boats fishing the stream this year and the good weather report we anticipate the 2004 Far Out ShootOut will have the largest turnout yet.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Far Out Shoot Out weather update" | Carolina Contender | 05/27/04
 

Since we got our Jim Cantorie Weather Channel forcast 2 days ago, NOAA has danced around with various forcast but now appears to have thrown in the towel and are going with the Cantorie model. Both days look great but Saturday may be flat enough to "skip a nickel all the way to Frying Pan Tower".

With the good forcast we are expecting a BIG turnout so we have decided to set up a offisland parking shuttle like we use in the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl tournaments for the Captains meeting Friday evening. The shutttles will begin running at 6:00pm until 10:00pm so PLEASE use the shuttle; it's free, no hassel, no fear of parking tickets, and it's going to be impossible to park at the tourney site anyway. Look for the signs along the mainland side of the Causeway Drive, can't miss it. Your co-operation is very much appreciated.

PLEASE RIDE THE SHUTTLE


- Capt. Rube
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"Good Day" | Capt. Hook | 05/26/04
 

Capt'n Stacy and Sumo held the fort down today. They headed for the Sharkhole area on a 1/2 day trip. The livebait was at Shallotte inlet and fairly thick, so they said. They ended up cathing Kings, Amberjacks and a Mahi!! Sounds like they are trying to show off a bit huh!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 05/26/04
 

***NOTICE***  We are going to have an off-island parking lot for Far Out Shoot Out participants on Friday from 6pm-10pm.  Parking will be a problem and I urge you to use this off-island lot and shuttle to get to the tournament site.  Please take this seriously as we need your help- thanks, Capt. Brant.

Just wanted to touch base with all you fishermen out there to let you know that the fishing continues good.  We haven't had any Gulf Stream trips since the weekend's great fishing, but my hopes are the fish are still biting for all you Far Out Shoot Out fishermen planning to fish this weekend.  Right now the wind has started blowing from the SW and is supposed to blow 15-20 until Fri PM when it is supposed to settle to 10-15 for Sat and then 10 on Sunday.  If so, fishing looks good offshore for both days, but don't forget that you have a choice of fishing EITHER Saturday or Sunday- you choose 1 day.  I don't want to jinx the report, so I'm cautiously standing by, but it sounds great right now. 
As for the fishing, we loaded up the live well with big Pogys this AM in the mouth of Shallotte Inlet- 1st time this year they've been down our way.  Maybe we won't have to go all the way to Southport anymore to get bait- nice on time and especially fuel $$$.  The Kings have'nt been hot and heavy but we are catching a few around the Shark Hole, 18 mi rocks, 65 hole and Jungle.  There are plenty of Amberjacks around and we are catching quite a few Mahi mixed in, which is a nice surprise.  The Spanish are biting good, but the best bite has been offshore some 2-3 miles around structure or artificial reefs- AR460 - as the water near shore is pretty stirred up right now. 
Everything is on GO here at the Fishing Center for this weekend and we hope we can service all your fishing needs and more!!  AND don't forget- if you plan to attend the Capt. Meeting for the Shoot Out on Friday PM, please park at the off-site lot just across the bridge and ride the shuttle.  Parking will be a problem on Friday PM and we want to keep things as smooth as possible- thank you for your consideration- Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Far Out Shoot Out Weather" | Carolina Contender | 05/26/04
 

Having put out my Jim Cantorie Weather Channel forecast and noting almost immeditaley NOAA changing their forecast to match mine, one more tip on the weather. When checking weather from our web site click on nearshore, not offshore. The offshore NOAA report goes out 250 miles and doesn't give an accurate representation of our weather. Best guide is the new Frying Pan report.[Also sounds better].Weather sounds perfect for the Shoot Out.


- Capt. Rube
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"Weather update for Far Out Shoot Out" | Carolina Contender | 05/25/04
 

Considering the fact that the Weather Channel's office is approx 1 1/2 miles from my home in Marietta, Georgia, it's appropriate for me to consult with Jim Cantorie[my neighbor] and put out what I "think" the weather will be like this weekend for the FOSO.

A small cold front will cross our waters Friday evening shifting winds from summer pattern of Southwest 15 knots to a northwest direction for Saturday. The front will eventually stall and push back returning wind direction to southwest probably Saturday evening and staying southwest on Sunday. Therefore Saturday my forcast is NW 10 knots or less, seas 2 feet; Sunday SW 10-15 knots, seas 2-3 feet.Don't get much better than that[if I'm wrong don't shoot the messenger, go for Cantorie].


- Capt. Rube
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"Rough Again" | Capt. Hook | 05/24/04
 

We headed to the Black Jack hole once again bucking a 20 plus knot Southwest wind. The seas were sustained 4 to 6 foot with 10 percent whitewater. We managed about 20 knots so the ride was not too long!! The good thing is we caught fish!! We had several nice Mahi and a Wahoo!! The rough ride is never as long if you got your fish box stacked!! Supposed to be spanish Fishing in the morning, hope they will cooperate. Don't forget the Shootout coming this weekend!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Weekly Fishing Report" | Show Time | 05/24/04
 

It’s been one heck of a Spring fishing season.  The Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo have been the best I’ve seen in several years, the Kings and Cobia are all ready showing up and the Flounder fishing in the inlets has been hot.  And although each fishery experiences its ups and downs as the fish cycle in and out and turn on and off, I’m happy to report that right now the Gulf Stream is on an up cycle just in time for this weekend’s Far Out Shoot Out Bluewater rodeo.  For the past few weeks I’ve been talking up the event as I hope that all the new Gulf Stream fishermen I’ve seen on the water this season will take the chance to join in the local, friendly competition in an effort win major bragging rights and some decent cash money to boot.  We’ll be having the Capt. Meeting and dinner on Friday evening at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center from 6pm-7pm and fishing will be optional either for Saturday or Sunday:  You choose which day you think the weather and fishing will be best for you.  The awards will be held on Sunday evening at the Fishing Center at 8pm.  Right now the weather forecast looks fair with winds forecast at 15-20 knots, but conditions and the forecast are certainly apt to change by tournament time.  And although that may sound a bit rough for many of you smaller boaters out there, be sure to check out Capt. Barrett’s “Tip of the Week” on the next page which addresses fishing and traveling offshore in choppy conditions.  So be sure to come by on Friday evening to join the festivities, sign up and compete on either Saturday or Sunday.  We’ll have all our professional staff on hand to help in your rigging and prepping to win the tournament.  And of course, I’d be missing a major part of the equation if I didn’t mention the outstanding Gulf Stream fishing we’ve been experiencing since last weekend.  The winds picking up have actually helped the fishing greatly by pushing all the scattered weed together and forming weed lines which attract Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo and Billfish.  In addition, huge numbers of Flying Fish have been holding around the grass and are the main food forage for these game fish.  In a short, the bait and cover is there and so are the fish.  The hot spot has been the Black Jack hole, but I’m certain the fishing is excellent pretty much anywhere you want to fish up and down the break.  The Mahi we’ve been seeing are averaging around 15 pounds with many in the 20+ pound class.  There are still Yellowfin around, but they are getting bigger and more wary to fishermen.  It will be necessary to use fluorocarbon and super stealth tactics to fool these fish.  The biggest surprise has been a resurgence of Wahoo.  Typically their number dwindle in May, but over the weekend every boat had multiple Wahoo with most averaging 20-30 pounds but some upwards of 50+ pounds.  And finally, the Blue Marlin are making a showing as well as they are in hot pursuit of the Mahi which are one of their favorite meals.  All in all, a variety of action awaits you and the rest of the tournament fishermen this upcoming weekend. 

Nearer shore the King Mackerel action has slowed down a bit mostly due to the rougher conditions which are stirring up the water and moving the baitfish around.  The Shark Hole, 15 mile rocks, Lighthouse rocks, 65 foot hole and Jungle are all spots that have been holding baitfish and producing Kings.  We’ve been catching the Kings by trolling dead Cigar Minnows on weighted jig heads at 1-4 mph as well as jigging live Cigar Minnows and slow trolling them at 1-2 mph.  Most of the Kings are still averaging on the small side at 8-10 pounds, but I’m starting to see a few bigger ones mixing in. 

Even closer to shore the Spanish Mackerel fishing has been decent around the inlet mouths, but due to the rougher conditions they too have slowed down a bit.  Concentrate your fishing efforts on the edge of the dirty water and cleaner green water and you should have more success.

That’s all for this week.  I hope to see you at the Far Out Shoot Out this Friday evening and stay tuned for a report and final results.

 

 

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Rough and Tough" | Capt. Hook | 05/23/04
 

We had a tough crew today. When we rounded the Shallotte Sea Buoy the radio said the wind was SW @ 21 knots at the tower. And my friend I assure you it was!! We ran all the way to the Black Jack in the trough most of the way but getting rocked pretty good occasionally. When we arrived it was one of those "hold on" days.  As you moved around the boat you had to have a grasp on something. For our party it was reels loaded with Mahi providing balance. We ended up catching several nice Mahi scattered out through the day!!  Well the Capt'n Hook rides again-- we are scheduled for another stream trip tomorrow. These are some hard core anglers!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Gulf Stream report" | Carolina Contender | 05/23/04
 

Yesterday the MacMarlen and the Showtime battled the not so friendly weather conditions and made it to the Stream.  Fortunately, the trip was well worth it as the fish were biting.  They both fished the blackjack hole area all day and caught numerous dolphin and several wahoo each.  Although the ocean was rough both Capt. Roger and Capt. Grady reported that it wasn't really all that bad because they were able to run in the trough all the way out and all the way back.  That is the positive side to a southwest wind, you can always run somewhere in a southeasterly direction which puts you at the blackjack hole or the steeples.  In addition to our charter boats the Piedmont Offshore Fishing Club had their annual tournament out of the Fishing Center and several boats ventured to the gulf stream.  All boats fished the blackjack hole or the 100/400 and had good luck at both places.  Most everyone reported having trouble hooking up fish when they were getting strikes.  Sometimes this is the case when there is a lot of wind.  The wind will blow a bow in your line creating slack when the fish strikes thus not giving a chance for good hook set.  The winner of the tournament was the Crews Missle boat with a catch of tuna, dolphin and wahoo.  In second was the Seacret Weapon and third was the Hot Rod Marlin.  The boats that made it out there were rewarded for their effort.  Hopefully next weekend's weather will be a little more friendly for the highly anticipated Far Out Shoot Out offshore tournament. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | Show Time | 05/22/04
 

MacMarlen and Showtime had big catches of Dolphin[up to 40lbs] and Tuna[up to 50 lbs] yesterday.We both started at 100/400, and we went in opposite directions. We both called each other in to fish but we were both catching them where we were. A great day on the Stream. Also fish were caught in the 500's and 600's.Back at it today.

Kings at the Shark hole.
 


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"Kings" | Capt. Hook | 05/22/04
 

We had a good day with the Kings yesterday. They are good sized for spring Kings ranging from10 to 14 pounds. We had to run to the Lighthouse to get bait then we ventured to the 18 mile rock in 4 foot sloppy seas to get our reward of smokin reels and Kings making it happen. We will be out tomorrow and Monday so stay tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Gulf Stream" | Show Time | 05/20/04
 

Roger and I reported for duty today aboard the Showtime and Brant manned the Carolina Contender on two gulf stream trips.  The fishing was a bit slow today but we did manage a decent catch of dolphin.  We started at the 100/400 without much success then headed to the BlackJack where there was a decent weedline and a bunch of flyers.  We picked at the dolpin all afternoon up to about 20lbs.  The seas were about 3-4ft. making for a bumpy ride out but comfortable fishing.  Tomorrow we are headed back but I will start at the BlackJack in hopes of finding the same conditions I left today.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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