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"" | Carolina Contender | 08/06/03
 

Boy how that wind can change everything in no time.  The hard south west wind we have been experiencing for the past several days has set the kingfish bite on hold for the time being.  Well, at least the big kingfish bite.  However, this has given me an opportunity to shift focus to some of the other species hanging in our area.  The barracuda bite the past several days has been awesome to say the least.  Although they do not make good table fare, you will be hard pressed to find another gamefish that offers the kind of exciting angling opportunity this fish does.  From the acrabatic strike to the line sizzling runs, they are a fun alternative to the king mackerel fishing.   Here are some pictures from the past few trips.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 08/05/03
 

The kings bite early  at the shark hole, however most of the fish were on the samll side.  As the day progressed the kings turned off and the shark bite was red hot. 
- Grady Gordon
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 08/02/03
 

Had a great trip today!! Fished the 12 mile ledges again and caught Kings, Mahi, Barracuda, and Cobia. It was an action filled day as the Cuda would have topped the 40lb mark and the Cobia, around 35 to 40 was foul hooked and took over 2 hours to get in!! The bait was again at Holden Beach Pier and easy to get!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 08/01/03
 

Ran two half day trips today and fished the 12 mile ledges on both trips. We caught Kings and Mahi and had pretty fair action. We lost a Bull Dolphin in the 30 pound range at the boat when he did a flip with a triple gainer and broke the wire. Oh well I guess thats one for the liars club!! We will be at it again tomorrow!! Bait seems to be holding at Holden Beach Pier!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"" | Carolina Contender | 07/31/03
 

Today I fished near Christina's Ledge with live pogies on a 5 hour afternoon trip.  We had a lot of action but also had a lot of fish get off the hook.  That's why it's called fishing and not catching I guess. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 07/31/03
 

Capt'n Stacy ran a pair of half days that yeilded a few Kings and some Amberjacks. He fished the 18 mile rock area and said the Kings are still a little slow to bite. Maybe they will turn back on soon. I will be out on the hunt Tomorrow and Saturday so stay tuned.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 07/31/03
 

The seas have been a bit tough at 2-4 feet for the past few days, but the fish are biting.  We've been doing good with a mixed bag of King Mackerel, Mahi-Mahi, Barracuda, Shark and Amberjack.  We've been live bait fishing with Menhaden which are holding off of Holden Beach and fishing the 50-70 foot depth range.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Todays Report" | Capt. Hook | 07/30/03
 

Had a very slow morning only yeilding 2 dog Sharks. We worked hard and fished several places the fish have been such as the 12 mile, 65 foot hole, and the bardges but no luck. On the Afternoon trip we headed for the Shark Hole and found a few Kings. We had 4 keepers and a couple of throwbacks. The fish were from 6 to 12 pounds. At least they were there and willing to bite a little!! Bait was at Holden Beach Pier and easy to get. Captain Stacy will be on the boat tomorrow maybe the bite will be better!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"" | Carolina Contender | 07/30/03
 

Today I fished near the Christina out to the York hole and back to the Shark hole.  The kingfish seemed to be on strike today as I was only able to come up with one 12 lber.  On the other hand the amberjack were chewing the bottom out of the boat.  We caught as many as our arms would allow before giving out.  A busy day on the water, but the question is where did the kingfish go.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 07/29/03
 

We had a great day today!! We ran a full day trip and caught several nice fish. We picked up a King and a Mahi in the 20 - 25 pound range at the Shark Hole. After that it lived up to its name and the Dog Sharks took over. We did have a good fight with a Cuda before departing to the 24 mile hole. There we found Kings in abundance in the 10 - 12 pound range.  Bait was at the Holden Beach Pier and fairly easy to get!! We will be back at it in the morning!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 07/28/03
 

What can I say but that we've been so busy fishing and catching fish that I haven't been able to keep up the fishing report page like I'd like to.  Incredible King Mackerel fishing has been taking place for the past week as we've been doing very well on fish in the 12-20 pound range while fishing spots such as the Jungle, 410/510, and 65 foot hole-- Over the weekend I carried a party to fish the "King of the Cape" King Mackerel tournament and we caught a 31 pounder that finished us 6th place overall- not bad.  The weather has been pretty good with some days great and some OK, but mostly average for Summer conditions with seas ranging 2-5 feet.  I still have a few tournaments left available for charter this August and September, so give us a call if you want to learn to fish like the pros!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing Report" | Capt. Hook | 07/27/03
 

We fished a couple of days last week and did real well on the Kings. They were nice fish in the 15-20 lb range and biting rather aggressively in 60 to 70 feet of water. The live bait has been a little tricky!! It is very scattered and mixed in size. If the weather levels out the bait situation might also!! Hope to be back out Tuesday!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"" | Carolina Contender | 07/25/03
 

Awesome day of fishing today for everyone!  As a tropical storm bears down on us the fish continue to chew.  Reports of great king mackerel fishing up down the coast today were common.  I found pogies this morning off Holden Beach and then headed to the 410/510 for the start of our fun.  We were attacked by a school of Cobia first and managed this one 35 lber.  Then we went to king mackerel slaying and ended up with several fish including one 25 lber.  The word tournament hit the air today as boats including the Carolina Contender prepare for the King of the Capes kingfish tournament and as such the weather is predicted to go bad and most likely the fish will quit biting.  At least that is the way it seems to always happen.  Hopefully this time will be the exception.  Kingfishing can't get much better than it is right now. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | Carolina Contender | 07/23/03
 

Before this wind started blowing yesterday the fish had really begun to turn it on.  My last trip was day before yesterday and we had a great catch of big kings and spanish on a 5 hour morning trip.  I went to the 390/390 and had 3 kings 2 of which were pushing 25lbs and 3 spanish between 3 and 6lbs.  I used dead cigar minnows and live mullet for bait.  Several other boats that were in the area also had good catches of big kingfish.  Hopefully this hard southwest wind won't stop the great bite we have been experiencing for the past couple weeks.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Intimidator | 07/21/03
 

Fished at the 24 Mile Rock and caught Dolphin, Kings, and Sharks on Cigar Minnows.  Fishing was a bit slow today, hopefully it will be better tommorrow.
- Capt. Mike Wells
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"" | Carolina Contender | 07/20/03
 

What a day!  Left out of Shallotte inlet this morning around 7am and were greeted with a school of fall silver mullets running the beach and flat calm seas.  After loading up on both mullets and pogies we ran offshore to the York 24 mile hole and proceeded to blister the fish all day.  After catching 8 large amberjacks 6 quality kingfish including one 25lber and jumping off one 30 lb Mahi we had had enough and headed back to hill.  This fish are here it is just a matter of how the weather makes the fish react.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Intimidator | 07/20/03
 

Today's trip was a make-up from yesterdays early AM thunderstorms.  We had calm seas and lots of hot action at Christina's Ledge.  Good King bite with a few Spanish mixed in.
- Capt. Mike Wells
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"Today's Report" | Intimidator | 07/19/03
 

Fished this afternoon at the Christina, 65 foot hole, Little River Offshore Reef.  Had a couple of Kings and raised a Sailfish, but could not get him to eat.
- Capt. Mike Wells
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"PM report" | Carolina Contender | 07/18/03
 

I took over the helm this afternoon from Capt. Brant and guided a crew from Chapel Hill to an excellent live bait fishing adventure.  We fished just inshore of the Shark Hole and had 2 nice kings and 4 dolphin including one release.  Unfortunately we kept tradition going by having a story for the one that got away.  We were able to successfully bring a kingfish in the low 30's right to boatside before he opened his mouth, shook his head and sent the hooks flying.  Oh well, we got to see her and we would have cut her loose anyways. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | Stori Teller | 07/18/03
 

Capt. "cool daddy" Stan had a great day of flounder fishing in the backwaters today.  Small pogies were the hot bait today used on the drift and at anchor.  Ended up with 4 keepers with 2 around 3lbs each.  Check out the smile on this little guy's face.  Way to go!


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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