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"Free Gulf Stream Seminar Friday 7:30" | Show Time | 05/06/04
 

Just a reminder...don't forget our free seminar on Rigging/Fishing the Gulf Stream. We'll have the captains from the OIFC on hand to demonstrate how we make our rigs and how we use them to catch Tuna/Dolphin/Wahoo.Great opportunity to fine tune your techniques. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"ditto" | Carolina Contender | 05/05/04
 

Exact same report for me as Capt. Brant wrote below.  Today was my first ocean test on the new 36' Carolina Contender.  I was extremely impressed by the comfortable ride in a 3-4ft head sea.  No problem.  I could have sat back and read the newspaper if I had one.  Atlantic bonita fishing is good and lot of fun.  It's similar to yellowfin tuna fishing except the fish aren't quite as big and you dont have to make the long run.  It's good practice for the gulf stream fishing to figure out how these fish school and the way they move in relation to the birds, bait and water color. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 05/05/04
 

The Bonita fishing has been good the last couple of days.  We caught a dozen Bonita while trolling #1 Clark spoons on #1 planers.  The fish were holding just inshore of the 90/90.  They are also mixed in with small Kings, large Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish.  I ate a plate of Bonita last night for dinner and I promise you I'd put them up against any fish in the sea.  Great eating, hard fighting and within sight of land- go get'em.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Free seminar on Gulf Stream fishing/rigging" | Show Time | 05/05/04
 

This Friday at 7:30pm at Ocean Isle Fishing Center, our charter captains will put on a free seminar to show you how we do our rigging and fishing techniques for Gulf Stream fishing. Great opportunity to fine tune your fishing technique and get you ready for the Far Out Shoot Out coming Memorial Day weekend. Bring your rigs and we will "critique" them for you.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Atlantic bonita" | Mac Marle'n | 05/04/04
 

Capt. Roger and I spent a 5 hour trip this afternoon trolling #1 silver clark spoons on #1 and #2 planers in hopes of finding the elusive Atlantic bonita.  We were on the MacMarle'n and Capt. Brant had another crew on the Showtime and together we were able to round up some good marks of bait just inshore of the 90/90.  Each of us caught a handful of Atlantic bonita which was a ton of fun and now I can't wait for dinner tonite.  Also, surprisingly we each caught a fair number of spanish mackerel.  Most were in the 1-2 lb range but I did catch a couple 3+lbers.  It seems a little early to be seeing the spanish but I guess because the water temperature is all the way up to 68 degrees inshore and the glass minnows are thick, the fish don't seem to be on a particular calendar.  In addition to the spanish we also caught one juvenile throw back king mackerel on the clark spoons mixed in with the spanish.  Being able to tell the difference between a juvenile king and a spanish can be difficult.  The most signifcant feature difference is the lateral line that runs down the side of each fish.  On a spanish the line is straight and on a king it has a very apparent downward turn and then straightens back up.  Also, a king will be more slender than a spanish at that age.  Be careful when you start keeping spanish to make sure you don't mix in a king.  The DNR boys don't take to kindly to an "honest mistake" when dealing with size limits on fish.  Anyway, the Showtime and the Carolina Contender will be back after the bonita and spanish tomorrow morning and then hitting the stream on Thursday.  The weather was absolutely beautiful this afternoon.  The seas were nearly non-existent and the nearshore water is already clearing up.  I believe the fish, both inshore and offshore, will be nawing tomorrow and most likely the next day.  Let's go get em'!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Weathered Out" | Show Time | 05/02/04
 

Well, the plan was in place and expectations high, but somehow the weatherman's "scattered" storm forecast wasn't so scattered-- Sat AM brought torrential rain and gusty winds-- the rain I can handle, but add winds of 20+ kts and thats too much.  We had all 3 boats lined up for the Stream to cash in on the big catches of Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo coming from the Black Jack, but it wasn't to be.  Several boats from Calabash and other ports attempted it- the furthest anyone got out was 40 miles before they had to turn around due to increasingly large seas.  Thus I'm glad we made the right decision to sit it out, although I hate it.  The weather looks to get very nice by Wednesday and we'll be out there when it allows- stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gulf Stream Tip of the Week" | Show Time | 05/01/04
 

What do you do when it's raining buckets, the wind is howling out of the southwest and going fishing just isn't an option?  You talk about fishing of course!  The Showtime, the MacMarle'n and the Carolina Contender were all scheduled to fish the stream today but unfortunately the weather man missed the boat on the forecast today as we awoke to 20+kt winds and a terrential downpour this morning.  It's ashame we didn't get a shot at the fish as we were all chomping at the bit after the reports from the boats that did make it out all this week.  Each of the last three days all the boats that fished the Blackjack hole area were coming back with huge catches of tuna up to 15 fish on single boats, several wahoo and a few dolphin.  A temperature break has formed over that general area and seems to be consistently holding the baitfish and thus the gamefish.  Soon the water will be warming more and getting baits deeper will become very important.  Even now with the cool water, getting a bait down deep where the bait schools are hanging can produce strikes when there is no action on the surface trolled lines.  The challenge becomes getting a bait to troll at 6+ knots down deep.  A quick, easy and effective way to get a bait to troll anywhere from 5 feet under the surface to 20 feet under the surface is to simply use a diving trolling plug.  The Mega Bait's, Yozuri's and Mann's plugs in black/red, purple/black, pink, orange/black, and red/white have been hot so far this Spring for wahoo and tuna.  However, if you want to get more creative and fish a ballyhoo at any depth from 5 feet to 125 feet under the surface there is a way, it just requires a little more effort.  Materials needed: 
1. Downrigger
2. 130lb braided line spooled on downrigger
3. #4 or #5 Planer
4.  Large paper clip
5. 225lb Snap Swivel
6. #64 rubber band
7. Typical trolling rod and ballyhoo rig setup with a wire leader

How it works:
Spooling the downrigger with braided line is essential to keeping the planer down at the desired depth without too much blow back.  Blow back is the distance back from the boat the planer pulls as oppose to down.  It is best to have the planer as straight down from the boat as is possible when trolling at 6+ knots.  The braided line will cut through the water better than monofilament line yet doesn't make that high pitched ringing noise that wire line does.  Attach the end of the downrigger line to a 225lb snap swivel, which will then be connected to the #4 or #5 planer.  Now you are ready to drop the planer to the desired depth where you believe the fish are holding.  Next take your favorite ballyhoo rig with a wire leader and drop it back into your spread 100 to 150 feet.  Wrap the rubber band around the line coming out of the rod about three times and then run the rubber band through the paper clip.  Finally hook the paper clip to the braided downrigger line.  Bend the ends of the paper clip inwards so to prevent the unintentional release of the main line.  Now you are ready to send your bait down.  If you let your planer down 70 feet then you can let the line on your reel out an additional 70 feet after you hook it up with the rubber band to the braided line.  You can expect the depth of your trolled lure to be about half that of the depth showing on your downrigger.  For instance if you drop your planer and then ballyhoo down 70 feet it will be pulling somewhere around 35 feet deep.  When a fish strikes the ballyhoo the weight of the pulling fish will bend the paper clip out and cause the line to release from the planer.  This is a great tactic to use when the surface action has slowed or the water temperature is warmer making the fish more likely to hang deep.  Mostly you are looking to catch toothy critters with this approach such as wahoo and king mackerel, but any gamefish including tuna, mahi, and even blue marlin, as was the case two weeks ago, certainly will not hesitate to take a deep trolled bait. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"They're biting like bulldogs!" | Mac Marle'n | 04/30/04
 

Last 3 days boats have been coming into the Fishing Center loaded down with Yellowfin Tuna[including today]. If you can go tomorow..DO IT! All our boats will be going. Leaving OIFC @ 6:00am. Join us. Weather looks ok, not perfect, but ok[particuliarly if the fish are biting.]


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"YELLOWFIN MASSACRE" | Show Time | 04/29/04
 

UPDATE!!!!  The Slaughtered the Yellowfin at the BlackJack hole today.  2 boats came in to the OIFC this PM and both had their limits including a smattering of Wahoo and Mahi.  The bite was reportedly hot all day long and action was fast and furious.  They fished 150-220 feet of water.  The weather this weekend looks better and is sure to be a great weekend for Yellowfin fishing.  We've got plenty of premade rigs if you need a jump start and also plenty of Ballyhoo of all sizes by the pak or case.  We're here to help you catch more fish, so come on by.


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

After a very busy "Spring Break" season, we will be slowing down our charter fishing for a couple of weeks until the Summer fishermen start to show up.  That however does not mean that the fishing will be slowing down.  Actually, May is the hottest month in the Stream for Mahi and Tuna and the King Mackerel and Cobia will be showing up nearshore.  We have trips booked for Saturday, so we will be in the Stream if you are looking for company.  The weather looks fishable but not as nice as the past couple of weekends- Friday looks the best.  We're on VHF 11 if you want to give us a call.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gulf Stream tip of the week" | Carolina Contender | 04/27/04
 

We are seeing more Dolphin[Mahi Mahi] than normal for this early in the season and as time progresses we'll see a lot more on into mid to late June. Normally they will be around a floating object and all you have to do is troll past the object. Sometimes, if a lot of boats have been hitting on them they will become fininky and won't bite a trolled bait. A 100% guarantee of catching a load of dolphin is to carry some live pinfish with you on your trip. You can catch pinfish off your dock, or easier is to use a pinfish trap. I like pinfish because they are very hardy and can stand the long ride to the stream.

I f pinfish are not available, on the way out stop at any rock or ledge and bait up a heavier sabiki with small pieces of squid. Drop over and in just a couple of minutes you will have all the live bait you need. Doesn't matter what type of fish it is, just so it swims

When you find the dolphin, take a 5' piece of flourcarbon, 30lb test], a 4/0 live bait hook, and hang on. I don't think I've seen a dolphin turn down a live snack.


- Capt. Rube
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"Weekend Review" | Show Time | 04/26/04
 

We have been fishing like madmen for the past couple of weeks thanks to Mother Nature and anxious fishermen looking to get in on the action.  I can say with certainty that this is the best Gulf Stream season we've had in at least 2 years and this past couple week's stretch of fishing was the most consistent I can ever remember seeing.  Every day for some 10 days straight we headed to the Black Jack hole and every day we found it stacked with bait and fish that were not always willing to bite, but would eventually feed and allow you to get a good box of fish.  We caught the once elusive Carolina Slam (tuna, dolphin & wahoo) some 8 out of 10 days which is proof to the good fishing and mix of all species.  The bite last week started as hot in the early AM then dead by 11:30am then hot again by 3:00pm.  By the weekend, the fish seemed to do better by mid morning and later in the day than in the early AM.  But it goes to show that like most other types of fishing, just because you aren't catching them, it doesn't mean they aren't there.  Every day fishing the Black Jack hole I marked pods of suspended bait from 80-120 feet and often marked schools of single larger fish in the 60-100 foot range that I felt were Tuna.  And thus I hung around and every time it paid off.  So I say to you fishermen, don't ignore your bottom recorder and the reason why fish are where they are-- food!
Also of note-- the Mahi are really starting to move in.  This will bring the action to a faster pace and keep those lulls to a minimum.  We actually did some switching to Cedar Plugs and 8-10kt trolling speed over the weekend and did better, especially with the Dolphin.  Don't foget this deadly technique.  Its easy, quick and very effective for all species.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"King Mackerel Already?" | Mac Marle'n | 04/26/04
 

Capt. Brant and I took the MacMarle'n out yesterday afternoon on a 5 hour trip.  We began the trip looking for the elusive Atlantic Bonitos and although the bite was fairly good on Saturday for them inshore of the 90/90 and near the Sherman we did not have any success in hunting them up.  Hearing the same report that Capt. Hook did about the first king mackerel being caught at the 90/90 Brant and I couldn't resist giving it a try at the Little River Offshore reef.  Conditions looked great.  The water was a clear king green, the temperature was 68 degrees and the bait was stacked from top to bottom.  We gave it a try for about 20 minutes but could not get any takers.  Maybe its still a little early, but it surely won't be long.  The conditions are exactly what the king mackerel typically prefer.  From there we ended bottom fishing about 14 miles offshore and tore up the Black Bass.  We had a great time catching big blue head 2+lb bass, grey snapper, porgy's and sharks.  Bendin' rods and smilin' faces.  The wind is supposed to blow the next couple days but it again appears that things will shape up nicely for the weekend.  We are getting repaid for the awful winter and early spring weather.  I for one will continue to take advatage of every opportunity mother nature gives us.  Come join the fun!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Streamin" | Capt. Hook | 04/25/04
 

The Capt'n Hook headed for the big blue yesterday pulling the throttles back at the Black Jack hole. We fished around a while in 71.2 water and decided to troll the 8 miles to the Steeples. With about 4 miles to go three lines started smokin!! Yes it was yellowfin one which was in the 50 lb class. There were alot of mahi caught and a couple of wahoo and things still will get better as the water continues to warm up Heard a rumor of a KINGFISH caught at the 90-90 today. Better cock your gun its fixing to be on!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Carolina Slam x2" | Show Time | 04/24/04
 

Another great day spent trolling the pristine blue Gulf Stream waters aboard the Showtime.  Capt. Roger and I again headed back to the Blackjack hole today with around 40 other boats.  The seas were 1 to 3 feet and the fishing was good.  With so many boats out today we had to get creative to get the fish going.  The morning started out slow for us but picked up when we moved to the east of the Blackjack hole by a few miles.  We found our first action around 11:00 am when we were able to capture a wahoo and then a tuna.  Figuring that with so many boats fishing the same style in order to shake things up a little we would try something a little different.  We threw on our cedar plug and swimming plug spread and sped up to 9 kts trolling speed.  It didn't take 2 minutes before the change paid off.  The rest of the day we battled mahi, tuna and wahoo all on our high speed spread.  We ended up getting 10 mahi, 2 wahoo and 2 tuna to the boat, but like normal lost just as many as we caught.  The fish are there, sometimes you just have to out think them I guess.  On the inshore scene I heard the Atlantic Bonito were thick today inshore of the 90/90 and near the Sherman.  We'll be taking a break from the stream for the next couple days, but we'll be after the bonito.  Tight lines


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Carolina Slam!" | Show Time | 04/23/04
 

The fish are still there I am happy to report.  The Blackjack hole was the place to be again today.  Capt Roger and I slayed the tuna, dolphin, and wahoo today from about 11:00 am until 3:15.  No color in particular was hotter than the next.  They were biting so good it didn't really matter.  I will keep this is a short report as we are running around trying to get ready for tomorrow.  All boats at the Fishing Center will be heading back to the Stream tomorrow leaving around 6:00am. and will aim for the Blackjack hole.  We'll be on channel 11 don't hesistate to give us a call or follow us out the inlet.  The weather is here and the fish are too, don't miss out. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Flounder Pounding" | Carolina Contender | 04/22/04
 

In between Gulf Stream trips I found a little time to hit the backwaters yesterday evening with local flounder pounder guidesman Capt. Brandon Sauls.  We fished the Tubbs inlet are for about 2 hours in the evening time on a rising tide and hammered the flounder.  We were using minnows for bait and fished them from the bank and then also by slow trolling them.  We caught around 20 fish between us.  Most of the fish were just under the keeping size of 14 inches but there were several frying pan candidates mixed in.  According to Capt. Sauls the flounders started biting great last Sunday in Tubbs and have been at it since.  Come by the Fishing Center for your flounder tackle and bait and we'll also try to steer you in the right direction with the latest reports we have.  Also, don't forget about the Flounder / Trout Tournament coming up May 1st held out of the Fishing Center.  With the fish biting this good, it ought to be a great event. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"FLOUNDER / TROUT TOURNAMENT MAY1!!!" | Carolina Contender | 04/21/04
 

Inshore fishermen and fisherwomen, don't forget next weekend May 1st is the inaugural Spring Flounder / Trout fishing tournament being held out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  This event is sponsored by Clay Morphis's Shallow Water Boat Sales and the entry fee is $75.  The latest word I got on the inshore fishing came on Monday and the report is the flounder were nearly jumping in the boat around the Tubb's inlet area.  Apparently the water really warmed up over the weekend which brought the flounders out of hibernation just in time for the tournament.  Come join the fun, food, competition and camraderie at the 1st Annual Shallow Water Boat Sale's Flounder / Trout Spring Classic.  Check out this link for more information on the tournament-  http://www.oifishingcenter.com/tournaments.cfm


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 04/20/04
 

Another day in the Gulf Stream, and although the weather wasn't quite as nice, the fish were still there and biting just as predictably as for the past week.  The nearshore winds were 10-15kts from SW, but once you crossed the 70 degree temp break, winds piped up to 20+ kts and seas built to 4-6 feet.  We again fished the Black Jack hole in 160-190 feet with water temps at 71 degrees.  We left a little earlier this morning in hopes of prolonging the morning bite which has abrutly shut off every day for the past week by 12pm.  We had lines in at 8:30am and just as soon as I pushed the drag up on the first line out, it was on.  Until 11:30am we caught Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo and King Mackerel as fast as we could.  Dolphin in the 5-12 pound range were the main find, as we encounterd a school of 10 or so fish and had fun on light tackle with them.  We did manage one Bull of about 20 pounds as well as Wahoo at 35 pounds and a Yellowfin at 30 pounds.  We lost 2 bigger fish that were either Wahoo or Tuna and that was pretty much the day.  We only had a party of 2, so at 1pm they had enough fun and were ready to pack it in.  Once again I marked the school of Tuna in the same spot and all the fish we caught had Flying Fish and squid in their stomachs.  I can't remember ever fishing so consistently in the same area and seeing the same thing every day and having pretty much the same results.  The fishing is red hot by all means, but the bite is done by noon.  Anyway, a well deserved day off awaits the MacMarle'n and ShowTime tomorrow, then we're back to the stream for Thurs------  The weather looks absolutely perfect for the weekend, so don't miss the chance.  I talked to a buddy who bottomfished the 390/390 area today for Sea Bass and he said the Atlantic Bonito were so thick they were nearly jumping in the boat.  With the seas so nice the weekend, they should be on top and taking lures cast on light tackle.  Stop into the OIFC for all you need for the Atlantic Bonito as well as to get the hot Gulf Stream lures-- today-- C&H alien in blue/chart, Ilander Outrider in blue/pink, Ilander Outride in pink/white and Ilander in blue/pink.


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

Another nice day in the Gulf Stream.  Winds were from the SW at 15kts and seas were 2-3 feet.  We fished the BlackJack hole area with scattered weed and water temps at 72.5.  Just as yesterday, I made a 1/2 mile lap all day long over bait and fish marks.  The action started right off the bat at 9:30am but picked up to a fevered pitch from 10am-11:30am as the Yellowfin came up to feed.  It was only a matter of how fast we could get baits out and back over the fish as to how many bites we got.  That's the good news, the bad news was that we didn't do too good getting them in the boat.  We had 15+/- bites and landed 3 Yellowfin from 25-40 pounds and a monster 57 pound Wahoo.  Hot lures are the blue/chart Alien, blue/pink Ilander and red/black Mega Bait swimming plug.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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