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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 02/11/04
 
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We have officially retired from the Bluefin circuit.  We had a great run despite being beat up a bit the last part of January.  In all, we released over 85 Bluefin in 22 days of fishing not to mention the many more that were hooked and lost during battle.  In addition, and a fact I am most proud of, we had a 100% success rate in hooking up with Bluefin on our charters this season.  There were a couple of trips in which we did not get a fish to the leader, but every trip we hooked up and fought Bluefin. 
I'm testing a new audio report.  Give it a shot and email me your thoughts.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Wind and Seas Mark End of Bluefin Season" | Show Time | 02/06/04
 

The good news is the Bluefin Tuna are still out there.  The bad news is that the darn weather has been so tough for the past few weeks that we've been land locked much more than sea bound.  When we were able to go, we've had no less than 3 bites per trip which is proof of the continued fishery.  However, after cancelling this weekend with 30-35kt winds expected, I am throwing in the Bluefin towel for this season.  I will be bringing my boats back to Ocean Isle to prep them and get ready for the Spring Gulf Stream season.  For all those that did fish with us, we certainly hope you enjoyed the experience.  For those that tried but got blown out or just couldn't get it together, we'll sure be back at it next year and booking for December and January.  I will be taking reservations for December 15-January 1 and then from January 10-January 31.  If you wish to fish a weekend during that time, I suggest you make plans well in advance.
Anyway, we've got Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo and Mahi to look forward to.  I'm booking trips right now.  If you want to go with us, you should go ahead and start making plans.
Hey, check out this picture of a Black Marlin my father, Rube caught in Costa Rica last week.  Fish estimated at 350lbs.  Photo taken by Yorke Pharr.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin Report" | Show Time | 02/02/04
 

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Capt. Roger and I fished the 31st and 1st with good success aboard the Show Time.  The weather was actually forecast to be horrible the 31st, but after a short morning blow, it turned into one of the best weather days we've seen this year.  We seem to be in a fairly stable fishing pattern having gotten 3 bites each day during our last 3 trips.  This is not the red hot fishing that we had a couple of weeks ago, but it is good enough to give a strong dose of Giant Bluefin fishing.  Honestly, after a group holds onto 3 fish, that's usually when they call it quits and seek a hot bath and massage therapist.  Anyway, we're winding down the Bluefin season.  This will be my last weekend before I bring the boats back to Ocean Isle to get ready for the Spring season.


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"Bass Assasin'" | Mac Marle'n | 01/31/04
 

Alan and I guided a group from Charlotte and Virginia today on a bachelor party trip for a half day of black sea bass fishing out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  We opted to leave the dock around 10am due to the improving weather conditions expected for later in the day.  We tried a few reliable spots near shore but the water temperature was all the way down to 45 degrees and there were no bass to be found.  By 11:30 the weather had really shaped up nicely so we ran to a spot about 15 miles offshore and found where all the willy's were hiding out.  We ended up with a good mess of keeper black bass and even caught and released a few sharks.  It was definitely a little chilly out there this afternoon but we all had a good time and managed to bring home some of the best eating fish in the ocean for dinner.  Today was the first time I have been back on the water out of Ocean Isle in a while, and fortunately the fish have been waiting on us.  For the next month black bass is on the menu out of Ocean Isle so come on down and give it a shot on a good weather day.  Give us a call if you are looking to go on your own boat and need some inside info on where they were last caught. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"bluefin report" | Carolina Contender | 01/30/04
 

Yesterday Capt. Brant on the Carolina Contender and Capt. Roger on the Showtime ventured out in the less than pleasant conditions in search of the giant bluefin.  Brant reported the conditions were perfect on the west side of the Cape Lookout Shoals but as soon as you crossed over to the east side it got nasty.  Brant and Roger both had successful days relative to the rest of the fleet as a total of 7 fish were caught by 10 boats.  The Carolina Contender went 2 for 3 and the Showtime also went 2 for 3.  They fished near the Chicken Rock in 80-90ft of water.  Both boats were going to try and fish again today if they could sneak in a trip before the weather got bad.  I'll report in with their catch if they did make it out.  Tomorrow, weather permitting, I will be at the helm of the MacMarle'n back at home sweet home at Ocean Isle for a half day of Sea Bass fishing.  Hopefully I'll have a good report from that area as well.   


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"Back for more bluefin" | Show Time | 01/28/04
 

Capt. Brant and Capt. Roger are headed back up to Morehead tonight to try and get in a few more bluefin tuna trips.  The weather has been unpredictable and not too pleasant lately here on the coast but there appears to be a slight break in the forecast for tomorrow and possibly a few more days the rest of this week.  The Showtime and the Carolina Contender will be at it weather permitting.  So far this season bluefin fishing has been extraordinary with success a near 100% success rate.  Hoepfully fishing will remain steady and the weather will be a little more cooperative.  I will be reporting in with details from each day's experiences. 

Also, due to a cancellation for Saturday, February the 7th, the Carolina Contender is available for charter. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefin Mania" | Show Time | 01/22/04
 

Just got off the phone with Capt. Brant on his way in from a bluefin trip this morning out of Morehead City.  He fished in the same place as where the fish have been holding for the past month, southwest of the Atlas Tanker.  He said the bite was on fire today as the Showtime crew managed to catch and release 6 fish.  He also said that the fish were much bigger today on the whole as compared to the last couple weeks.  Every fish was over 85 inches and the biggest fish were around 95 inches.  They had one double header and the rest were singles.  The fish are still there so if you haven't had a chance to go yet give us a call and we will set you up. 


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"bluefin pics" | Carolina Contender | 01/21/04
 

Here are some pics taken from onboard the Carolina Contender last Saturday.  Jim, Tony, Drew, and Rob from Charlotte did a great job to catch, release and tag two giant bluefin in the 80" range.  We had a great day on the water with a ton of action going 2 for 8 on the bluefin.  The action took place from 11am-2:45pm offshore of the Atlas Tanker in 120-130ft. of water. 


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"Week's report" | Show Time | 01/20/04
 

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The weather has been a real obstacle this past week or so.  There have been some decent, fishable days, but the forecast has been so unpredictable that many days are lost due to cancelling prematurely based on the forecast.  Anyway, the days we have been out the Bluefin fishing continues extremely consistent.  On Saturday the ShowTime had 3 Bluefin and the Carolina Contender had 2.  We look to be back on the water toward the end of the week.  If you haven't booked your trip yet, we still have openings.  Call (910) 575-3474 to get set up.


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"Winter Weather" | Carolina Contender | 01/16/04
 

The last few days the weather has taken on a more winter-like pattern with cold front after cold front bringing heavy winds followed by frigid temperatures.  The forecast for the upcoming weekend looks unpredictable at best, nevertheless Capt. Brant, Capt. Roger and I will be returning to Morehead to try and help a few anglers find the most extreme saltwater fishing thrill available.  Weather permitting we will be running both the Carolina Contender and the Showtime this weekend in search of the giant bluefin.  Keep your fingers crossed for good weather and I will be reporting in the results upon my return to civilization. 


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"Back at it" | Carolina Contender | 01/13/04
 

Capt. Barrett reporting in for Capt. Brant and Capt. Roger again.  Today the Showtime with Capt. Roger manning the helm and the Carolina Contender with Capt. Brant at the wheel returned to bluefin fishing off Morehead. Both Brant and Roger were guiding experienced bluefin fishermen from Maine who came south to experience this world class fishery unique to North Carolina.  Fishing was just as they had left it last week- hot!  Brant reported a very hot bite first thing this morning and then it went dead for a while and picked up again at 11:30 and then at 1:30.  The Showtime went 3 for 3 this morning and the Carolina Contender went 2 for 3 with one this morning and then a double in the early afternoon.  Brant said the bite was mainly offshore of the Atlas Tanker on temperature breaks and schools of shad.  Both boats with the same crews will be back at it tomorrow if the weather will hold long enough.  All the positive conditions experienced today suggest the bluefin aren't going anywhere for a while. 


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"First Time" | Capt. Hook | 01/09/04
 

Well I have been at this sport for a fairly long time, but today was the first day I ever launched my boat to go fishings with snow flakes big as a silver dollars falling from the sky!!! As I walked out of my Motel in Morehead at a brisk 4:30am I saw the Capt'n Hook was covered in snow and it didn't look like it was letting up. Sumo and I met our party in the breakfast room and since the wind was laying pretty low we all decided to give it a shot. I pulled the throttles back on the east side and Sumo deployed the spread and the next thing you know---the deal was on!! The reel was sceaming and the harnesses were going on. About an hour later we had a 90 inch Bluefin Tuna by the leader posing for pictures at boatside. I don't know who was give out more the fish, Steve or Becky. Before the day was over we had dealt with rain, sleet, snow, 20 knot winds and 5 foot seas. Any way they were great sports and won a battle againist the best.  


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Back to the Bluefin" | Show Time | 01/09/04
 

After a few days of rest, recovery and tackle revamping, I'm just about ready to get back after the Bluefin.  Starting on Monday I am scheduled to fish pretty much every day thru the end of the month, so barring weather days, I hope to keep you updated with fresh fishing reports.  Speaking of weather, we've definitely had a change for the worse of the past week as last week's warm and mostly calm winds have been replaced with cold, blustery days.  Its a fact of life when Bluefin fishing that you will have to deal with elements.  The hardest part is leaving the dock and getting on the water, but for me, once I'm there the pain diminishes and the focus on catching fish takes over. And once that first clicker goes to screaming it can be 10 foot but you'd never feel it.  Anyway, stay tuned next week as we get back to work.  I do have open dates on both the Show Time and Carolina Contender sporadically thru the rest of January and into the second week of February.  Come give it a shot- call me at (910) 279-4606 if you have interest.


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"Going Again" | Capt. Hook | 01/08/04
 

Sumo and I will be heading to Morehead in search of the Giant Bluefin Tuna again this afternoon. We will, along with our party, be braving the elements as we cross the Cape Lookout Shoals to get to the fish. Maybe even a snow flurry???  We have sveral open dates for Bluefin trips starting on the 20th of January and running through the end of February. I will be in Dinsey World with my family for the next week beginning Saturday the 10th and running through Sunday the 18th. As I have breakfast with Mickey, Donald and the boys Sumo will be manning the phones, so if you would  like to book a trip call anytime. I'll update tomorrow after our adventure!! Hopefully it will be a good report.


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"More Fish Pics from last week" | Show Time | 01/05/04
 

 


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"The Week in Review" | Show Time | 01/05/04
 

Whewwwww!  That pretty much describes the past 7-9 days of Bluefin Tuna fishing that I've been doing.  Capt. Barrett has been keeping you updated of Capt. Roger's and my progress as we've been having excellent success catching Giant Bluefin Tuna.  I started Bluefin fishing some 5 years ago, and as I look back, I have to say that things have come a long way.  From constantly losing fish to inferior tackle to fighting fish for hours on end due to poor technique and equipment, I feel cofident we have come much closer to mastering the world of stand-up fishing for Giant Bluefin Tuna.  And nothing provides better knowledge than experience, and as this season is showing, we are getting lots of experience handling these fish.  Over the past 9 days fishing from the 27th-4th, we caught and released some 28 Giant Bluefin Tuna ranging from 250-500+ pounds.  We had a few days with 4, 5 and even 6 Bluefin and then on days when the weather went bad or when they opened the commercial season the numbers would drop to 1-2 shots a day.  Overall, however, the action is remarkably consistent considering the typical scarcity and intrigue with Giant Bluefin Tuna fishing. 
I will be returning back to Morehead to continue charter fishing on the 10th with many days in row and hopefully much more action.  I still have dates open on the "Carolina Contender" and the "Show Time", particularly after Jan 20th and would love to have you aboard.  Its fun, its thrilling and you've just got to see it to believe it. 
Here are some of the many pictures I've taken over the past week.  Come join the fun-
Here are a list of open dates that may interest you-
Carolina Contender- Jan 16,17,18,23,24,25
Show Time- Jan 16, 19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26
visit http://www.oifishingcenter.com/seasonal_specials.cfm for specific details on the trip


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"Bluefin Trip" | Capt. Hook | 01/04/04
 

Well we went for the last couple of commercial days and had some hard luck! On our first hookup the fish ran hard and since we were in the middle of the 300 boats Brant was talking about we opted for a little more drag and guess what--- The fish pulled the hook through the 250lb leader. We got the crimp back and part of the bait!! On strike two we were in the open and had Sumo and Preston get our line back after the amazing runs and then got Robert Byrd in the harness and working the fish. The fish came straigh up HARD and then went staright down HARD and this pulled the hook. In kingfishing I call a fish that makes moves like this a vetran since you can tell he has been hooked before and knows just what to do!! We will be charter fishing at the end of the week and hopefully will have some Bluefin stories with happy endings!!!!
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"Shwwwww" | Show Time | 01/03/04
 

Today was the last of the two days of commercial bluefin fishing and according to Capt. Brant it is a good thing.  He said it was nuts up there today with at least 300 boats trying to fish in the same area while trolling lines a long way behind their boats.  Fishing was hard enough and today catching was even harder.  Things slowed down dramatically today for the fleet probably due to the fact that the fish took such a pounding yesterday.  The Showtime had the same crew today as yesterday and did not have any luck at all.  Brant fished the Carolina Contender and had a double header first thing this morning but unfortunately luck was not with them and both the fish escaped.  That was all the action that our boats saw today but the fishing will most likely pick back up when the mosquito fleet goes back in for the winter and the 10-12 boat charter fleet is left to target the bluefin.  Capt. Brant has a trip tomorrow that he will try to run before the weather goes bad for a day or so.  Hopefully the fish will start biting again tomorrow, but if not it wont be long.  Our next open dates for charter fishing are Jan. 6-9. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Also successful" | Carolina Contender | 01/02/04
 

Capt. Brant took the Carolina Contender out this morning for the first of two days of commercial fishing.  He also found success early this morning in the same area the Showtime was fishing.  The first fish they caught was under the legal limit size which is 72", but no sooner did they put the lines back out did they hook up again and this fish would end going 80" and core out at 240 lbs.  Brant was done fishing by 7:30am and he said the fish were still biting hard when he left.  He described fishing today as an absolute circus with more than 300 boats out fishing the same area for these giant fish to try and take advantage of the commercial season.  However the outlook on prices for the sale of these fish does not look very positive.  Brant will be back at it again tomorrow for one more day of commercial fishing. 


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"Hot bite continues" | Show Time | 01/02/04
 

Capt. Barrett here continuing to report the news from Morehead.  I would love to be there but I'm currently fulfilling my list of holiday honey do's, but it won't be long before I'm back at it.  Anyways, today was the first of the two late season commercial fishing days for giant bluefins.  On the Showtime today was Capt. Roger, Capt. Grady and ringer Capt. Rube.  Capt. Rube reported a hot bite first thing this morning west of the Atlas Tanker.  He described it by comparing to Thanksgiving dinner- a lot of prepartion and anticipation and then before you really even knew what was happening it was over.  The Showtime had their fish on the deck by 6:30 am before the sun even rose.  The fish was a bit smaller than the average measuring around 78'' and dressed out it weighed 215 lbs.  The crew will be back at it tomorrow for the one more day of commercial fishing before the Showtime goes back to the charter fishing circuit.  Give us a call to book a trip next week.  910-279-6104


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