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START 1) 45.60 - Clearly Hooked     2) 44.00 - Team Grip Flip     3) 43.05 - Fish Hard Gear     4) 43.00 - Outta Line     5) 42.10 - Reel Methods     6) 41.05 - Open Wide     7) 39.45 - Shockwave     8) 39.35 - Beeracuda     9) 37.80 - Conference Call     10) 37.30 - Wilm Auto/King Hunter     11) 37.10 - Karma Bites     12) 36.85 - Four Sons     13) 36.20 - Lil John/Reel em up     14) 36.00 - Sea P.A.     15) 35.50 - OIFC     16) 35.15 - O D Bank     17) 34.80 - Max'd Out     18) 34.55 - On Point     19) 34.35 - King Carnivore     20) 34.35 - All In/AM    FINISH

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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 06/11/03
 

The Kingfish are here!!!  Like flipping a light switch, the Kings show up, and better than that, some real smokers.  We had a dozen Kings this morning while slow trolling dead Cigar Minnows on "Top Secret Rigs" dead bait lures- at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center- we fished a couple of spots from 55-65 feet of water over live bottom and ledges and fish at all spots.  The fishing should be great for this weekend's tournament and thru the Jolly Mon.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Todays Report" | Capt. Hook | 06/10/03
 

Had a good morning with the Kings and Amberjacks around the Atlantic Ledge area. Crewed up with a party from Germany on the 2nd half that spoke no ENGLISH.  I figured out a screaming reel breaks down all language barriers.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 06/10/03
 

Absolutely crushed the Mahi today- fished 900 feet of water offshore of the BlackJack hole and caught 20 Dolphin from 5-25 pounds.  I decided to run to deeper water as the water on the break was mixed blue/green and I thought there might be a weed line and a color change offshore- 10 miles later and there it was.  I called the "MacMarle'n" and "Magic Moment" to the area and they too crushed the fish, highlighted by the "MacMarle'n" jumping off 2 Blue Marlin and the "Magic Moment" jumping off a Blue Marlin and catching and weighing-in a 63 pound Dolphin!!! What a fish!!  The Gulf Stream action is awesome.  No sign of Yellowfin Tuna- 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Capt. Hook | 06/06/03
 

We stayed busy today!! We caught some NICE Pogies on the Ocean Isle side of the Holden Beach pier at 7:45 am. It was overcast so it took the a little while to show up. We ran to Atlantic Ledge and caught a 12 lb pound King on the first line out, circled and deployed again and caught a 20 lb King. This was a welcome sight as most of the Kings this year have been fairly small. After that we tussled Amberjacks for a couple of hours then bounced off the bottom to finish the day. We had a good trip with lots of action all around.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 06/06/03
 

Had a fun, relaxing day of fishing with my brother, Capt. Barrett and father, Capt. Rube aboard the "Carolina Contender".  Capt. Grady and Capt. Roger were the charter fishing team today, so we decided to have a little fun and do one type of fishing we like most and rarely get to do- go bottomfishing.  We particularly targeted Grouper and after leaving the dock at a very comfortable 9am-we ran 25 miles and fished until 3pm catching some 20+ Grouper in the 5-20 pound class.  We also had 4 Cobia hookups and landed 2- a 39 and a 44 pounder.  The seas were not too bad at 3-4 feet.  We used live Menhaden and dead Boston Mackerel for the Grouper and live Eels and grub jigs for the Cobia. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's AM Report" | Mac Marle'n | 06/05/03
 

The best of the morning was that we caught our first net full of Pogys- and they were mostly all good size with some over 6" --  The Pogys were holding just East of Shallotte Inlet and there were plenty to be had.  Unfortunately, we could not put them to good use as the fish are proving fairly elusive right now.  We hooked into a couple of Jacks that broke us off on the wrecks, but a valient effort to find a Cobia was for not and other than a couple of Sharks, we were left with a well full of beautiful baits and nothing to eat them.  The Kings are totally MIA and I sure hope they show up soon to relieve the nearshore slowdown we're experiencing. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 06/04/03
 

Rainy and windy day today.  We've been fishing nearshore the last couple of days and having good luck on Spanish, Sea Bass and Shark.  A bit further off, I've seen more Cobia lately but still can't find the King Mackerel?  We did make one trip to the Stream earlier in the week, but the fishing was off as the strong west winds had blown bad water over the fishing grounds.  We managed a few Blackfin, Dolphin and Jacks, but fishing was slow overall.  The recent south, east and north winds will push the good water back in.  Stay tuned.


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"Todays Report" | Capt. Hook | 06/02/03
 

We took off for a cool crisp ride this morning! The temperature was in the high 50's in JUNE!! We ran a 1/4 day 3 hour trip and found some good sized Spanish willing to bite between the Ocean Isle Pier and Tubb's Inlet. Will be on the water again this weekend if not before!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"" | Mac Marle'n | 06/02/03
 

Today I fished the MacMarle'n hole and had slow to decent action.  Lots of busting tuna but had difficulty getting them to bite.  Ended up with two tuna, a dolphin, an amberjack and pulled off a few tunas and dolphin also.  The highlight of the day was a free jumping sailfish about 50ft from the boat while we were fighting a tuna. 
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 05/29/03
 

It was a pretty rough day on the water.  The seas were tough and the fish were not too cooperative.  We ended up hooking into a couple of Barracuda and a nice Cobia, but all were lost due mostly in part to the rough sea conditions.  The Spanish did not bite too good on the beach this AM either. 
I forgot to report yesterday, but we went to the Stream on the MacMarle'n and had 1 Blackfin Tuna, 2 Yellowfin, 4 Dolphin, 1 King and 1 Jack- The fishing was decent as we fished the Northern Winyah Scarp area.  I understand the fishing off the Blackjack area has gotten hot as of late.


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"Todays Report" | Capt. Hook | 05/29/03
 

Rough and tough!! The southwest wind really had the seas kicked up and choppy. There was alot of water flying to say the least. We had some real troopers on the boat so we trudged out to the 65 foot hole and jigged some big cigar minnows. The effort had little reward with only 2 sharks and one King coming to the boat. Stay tuned it will get better!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"" | Carolina Contender | 05/28/03
 

Today I reported back to duty aboard the Carolina Contender.  We fished on inshore wrecks and encountered amberjack, cobia, king mackerel, barracuda and sharks.  Quite a variety pack today.  Although we were unable to successfully land a cobia, I did see something today that I've never seen before.  I watched a 50lb Cobia literally scare the life out of a live grunt.  I brought in what was a lively grunt and found it to be frozen solid after it was sniffed by the large Cobia.  I'll be back at it again tomorrow aboard the Contender for a morning and afternoon live bait trip.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | Mac Marle'n | 05/27/03
 

Capt. Grady and I along with some folks from Charlotte and Michigan fished the MacMarle'n today around a few offshore wrecks and had good luck with the jacks, caught king mackerel, grouper and saw cobia on several occassions but was unable to capitalize.  Overall good day with good weather conditions.  Tomorrow I return to my comfort zone on the Carolina Contender for a 1/2 day trip so stay tuned to the webcam around noon. 
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | Mac Marle'n | 05/26/03
 

Here are the pics from Saturday's trip aboard the MacMarle'n.  Pictured is a 71lb amberjack and the total day's catch highlighted by a 50lb wahoo that ended up being the largest fish caught in the Far Out Shoot Out. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 05/26/03
 

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It was a beautiful, action filled day on the water.  We started by jigging live Pinfish and Cigar Minnows 12 miles out then went and did battle with Amberjack until the crew was near wore out.  Then a nice Cobia showed up (weighed in at 44.30 pounds) and he put on a show before we hooked him up and then it was off to catch a few Kings before heading in at 2pm.  A full days fishing in just over a half day for sure.  Lots of fun for all.  Check out videos.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Todays Report" | Capt. Hook | 05/25/03
 

Had another great day on the Kings at the Atlantic Ledge. We also caught some Sharks and a Bonita. We used dead Sardines and had all the action we could handle on a beautiful day on the Ocean. You can see what a Hard morning of fishing can do to you in the pictures below!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 05/25/03
 

What can you say except the Gulf Stream fishing has been phenominal and very consistent for the past several days.  The Mahi are showing up in great numbers with Wahoo encounters frequent and the occasional Yellowfin Tuna thrown in for spice.  The action should be great for a while, so don't miss out on the fun.  Mahi mania!!  Here are some pictures I've been meaning to put up of the last week's catches.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Mac Marle'n | 05/24/03
 

Yesterday I along with Captain Roger and Captain Grady took a charter for the Far Out ShootOut.  We fished from the Blackjack  hole north to the Steeples and found good action on the dolphin and wahoo.  We ended up weighing a 50lb wahoo and 20lb dolphin.  The day was highlighted though by what apparently was an enormous yellowfin tuna that turned into an even larger amberjack that ended up tipping the scale at 71lbs.
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"Todays Report" | Capt. Hook | 05/24/03
 

The weather man was wrong in our favor for a change. The seas had a rolling swell but made for a very pleasent ride. We had a good day on the Kings in the 8 to 12 lb range. The fish were hitting live and dead cigars at the Atlantic Ledge and Liberty Ship. There was also a lot of Jacks in the area that were following our Kings to the boat on occasion. We did catch a few SHARKS to add some variety!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"" | Mac Marle'n | 05/22/03
 

Captain Barrett and Captain Roger fished a charter aboard the MacMarle'n today around the MacMarle'n Hole in the Gulf Stream.  Had an excellent catch of Dolphin (Mahi) between 10 and 28lbs.  Found the tuna at the last minute but was unsuccessful on a triple header.  Color of choice today was hot pink and also chartreuse.  There was a lot of scattered weed and the water was full of flying fish.  We'll be back at it this weekend for the Far Out Shootout.  Things are shaping up for a great tournament. Sorry fogot the camera today
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