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- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Please go to www.saveourpogies.com web site. Our bill to ban commercial menhaden netting is coming before the Legislative Committee May 3. We need you help! Please see the info on the web site.
Whewwww! For those of you that may have tried to call, email, write, stop by or whatever in an attempt to get ahold of me- I'm sorry. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I was fishing the Gulf Stream aboard either the ShowTime or Carolina Contender, and thus this past week I've been more elusive than WALDO. For once, I was actually glad to see the wind blow for a day so that I could catch my breath. Here's the day by day report in detail:
Day 1: Monday- this was the 2nd half of my Gulf Stream fishing school which involves a full day a Gulf Stream trolling aboard the ShowTime with myself as the guide/instructor. The class of 6 had done the "ground school" portion a week before, but the weather kept us from being able to fish on schedule. In the ground school we covered fishing locations based on bottom contour, sea water temps, wind direction and history. We tied rigs, rigged ballyhoo and talked about what types of baits to use when and how to use them. The day of fishing was then putting into action all the things we talked about plus adding angling, boat driving, gaffing, fish preparation and fish cleaning into the mix. Anyway- forecast was 10-15kt W wind with 4-7 foot seas--- the actual was 5-10kt with 1-3 foot seas. We fished the BlackJack and Steeples area and boated 5 Yellowfin- encountering 72-73 degree water that was slightly milky.
Day 2: Tuesday- forecast was 10-15 SW, actual was 15-20 SW 3-4ft seas. Gary Caputi from Saltwater Sportsman magazine accompanied me aboard the Carolina Contender as we set out to make a good fishing story. The idea was to take south Florida style live bait chumming and light tackle fishing and cross it with northeast style chunking to see what would happen off our coast- the results were interesting. We first ran to Frying Pan Tower where we jigged up 1000's of Cigar Minnows and Sardines for the live well- the bait was thick. We then ran 20 miles offshore to the Steeples where I anchored the Carolina Contender inshore of the Steeples over an area of ledges in 220 feet of water. From there we began cutting up and chunking frozen Sardines, set out a chum bag and began tossing live baits out by the handful. We then rigged up a couple of 30# outfits with flurocarbon leaders and small circle hooks and free-lined baits or fished them under balloons. We continually added chunks to the chum spread and tossed out a handful of live baits every 30 minutes or so. The results were 4 Yellowfin Tuna, 2 Mahi and a horde of King Mackerel. Actually as the Tuna were just getting going the Kings showed up and basically shut us down as we could not get a live bait more than 20 feet from the boat. In addition, I brought a couple of my electric reels and we dropped to the bottom where we caught huge Amberjack, 1 small Grouper and a giant Shark of some sort. I didn't have the boat exactly anchored over the structure I wanted as on this day I was more focused on the opportunity for topwater action.
Day 3: Wednesday- Forecast was 10-15 SW, actual was 15-20 SW, seas 3-5 feet. Again Gary Caputi with Saltwater Sportsman joined me for one more go to continue to try to build the story. We had plenty of bait from the previous day so we headed straight to the BlackJack hole where we anchored over ledges in 220 feet. We again played out the same scenario, but on this day the seas were a bit sloppier and the water color was milkier. We did not encounter topwater action, but a drop to the bottom yielded a 15 pound Red Grouper and a couple of Amberjack before the anchor gave way under the seas. I picked up the anchor and decided to move to the inshore structure in 170 feet where we again anchored. This time I paid very close attention to getting set up right on top of the structure as I wanted to give the bottom fishing a serious shot. We set up on a good spot and again hoped for topwater action, but other than the Kings, it just wasn't happening. We shifted focus to the bottom and commenced a whooping on the Grouper-- Scamp and Gag grouper from 5-25 pounds bit one right after the next-- then big Mama hit and after a 20 second tug of war, I lost. I'll be retooling with heavier line next time ( I was using 130#). We boated 20 Grouper in a couple hours, releasing all but the biggest, and at 12:30pm with the seas picking up and the topwater action at nothing, we picked up and headed in.
Day 4: Thursday- forecast 10-15 SW, actually easy 15-20 with seas of 3-6 feet. This was another fishing school as we took care of the ground school on Wednesday evening and thus fished the next day to practice what I had preached. The theme of the day was that if you could fish in rough conditions, you could fish anytime. We ran the ShowTime to the 100/400 where the fishing started slow. At 10:30am we had our first opportunity and boated a Yellowfin. The bite picked up from there as the Wahoo started chewing- we boated 4 wahoo between 20 and 48 pounds and lost several more on the hookup. The seas actually subsided to 2-4 by the time we headed for home.
Day 5: Friday- Last day. Forecast was 15-20 SW, seas 4-6 feet, actual was 10 kt, seas 1-3 feet. We had a party of 9 book both the Show Time and MacMarle'n so I took a party of 5 on the ShowTime and Capt. Roger and Capt. Charles took the party of 4 on the MacMarle'n. We started at the 100/400 but found the water a bit cool at 70.5 degrees. I headed offshore a bit to 400 feet where the water warmed to 72, but still was not was I was looking for. Roger and I started trolling toward the BlackJack hole and the temperature steady began to rise. Roger picked up a Yellowfin on the south side of the 100/400 and a couple miles later I picked up a double Yellowfin. The water temperature rose to 72.5 by the time we reached the BlackJack and Roger came over the radio-"they're busting right up here in front of me....... (15 second interval)... whoopps, got'em on!" From there it was a fish fest as both the ShowTime and MacMarle'n swooped down upon the fish like a Hawk on a field mouse. To add to the fun, the Wahoo fired off and you never knew what was coming next. The bite started at 11:00am and ended at 2:00pm with a dozen Tuna and half dozen Wahoo between us and many more fish with sore lips. It was the best bite I had seen all week.
And then finally the wind blew too much to get out there, so here I am downloading pictures and telling stories. The fish are out there. I know Mother Nature hasn't been kind to you weekend fishermen, but if you get the chance, the fishing is excellent.
It looks like we'll back on the water Weds. or so, stay tuned.
Quick report from the stream. Decent catch of Yellowfin at Blackjack yesterday. Caught 5, lost several more and also managed to lose 2 wahoo. Back at it today. Will give better report asap.
Weather has finally settled-we're set to go for next several days-- we'll have boats running to the Stream Mon-Weds at least as well as boats fishing nearshore for Sea Bass- We leave the dock for the Stream at 6am if anyone wants to follow us out the inlet and we are now monitoring VHF 18 -- see you on the water.
We hit'em pretty hard yesterday while fishing the "MacMarle'n" hole on the north end of the Winyah Scarp. The water temperature was a great 73.5 degrees and was clear blue. We immediatelty went to work catching Yellowfin in the 20-35 pound range, catching them on ballyhoo, cedar plugs and splash bars. At about 11am the wind shifted to the SE and picked up a bit and the Tuna shut down, but the Wahoo fired up. I did laps around a commercial boat that was anchored and almost every pass we had a shot- we boated a 30 pounder and a 20 pounder and pulled the hooks on a bruiser that was an easy 50 RIGHT at the boat-- I mean right at- Roger was bending over to deliver the gaff shot when the hook flew over his left shoulder and the Wahoo swam off. I moved my trolling efforts a little further to the south where the water temp dropped to 71.5 and the Blackfin Tuna were thick. We only had an hour or so left but caught them as fast as we could get lines back in the water. The day was action packed and a relief to see that the fish are finally here. I'd say its open season from here on, so get down here and help us out. Naturally the weather doesn't look too good this Saturday, but Sunday may be doable and Monday looks very good and we're scheduled to fish both days.
I will include a quick rundown of the catches today and post a more detailed report tomorrow.
Capt. Dirk Parsons and Capt. York Pharr on the Ci Ya boat brought back a 43lb yellowfin and 36lb wahoo today. They reported numerous yellowfin battles that ended with fish breaking free just before going in the boat. They fished around the MacMarle'n hole to the south in 73 degree water.
Capt. Forrest Taylor, Capt. Rube McMullan, Capt. David Hooks and soon to be Captains Sumo and Adam Taylor took the brand new 36' Yellowfin That's My Dog on her first fishing trip today. They headed to the 100/400 area and found beautiful Gulf Stream water. They reported action from yellowfin tuna as soon as they arrived and then were attacked by a double header blue marlin! That's right blue marlin are here now. One of the fish threw the hook after the strike, but the second was not so lucky. After a 2 hour fight on 30lb test the estimated 400lb blue was defeated by the crew, brought alonside the boat for pictures and a clean release. What a way to break in a new boat. Other than that the action was fairly slow at the 100/400 except for a few other mystery strikes.
Capt. Brant and Capt. Roger were aboard the Showtime today for the final boat heading to the stream. They guided a party out to the MacMarle'n hole and a little south. Brant reported steady action all day mostly single hookups. He mentioned several monster wahoo that pulled the hooks right next to the boat. In all the Showtime came back with a Carolina Slam. The final tally was 1 dolphin, 2 wahoo, and 9 tuna.
We now have proof the fish are out there. If the weather will cooperate we should have good fishing for the next several months. Come on down and help us catch all these hungry fish that have been on holiday all winter. Congratulation to all three boats out today and special congrats to the That's My Dog team and Forrest Taylor for the first blue marlin of the year off Ocean Isle.
Forrest and Adam Taylor, Sumo, Rube, and myself headed to the bluewater for the shake down cruise of Forrest new 36 Yellowfin. It is powered by triple Mercury 275 Verados and it is one awsesome platform. I took the helm and headed to the 100-400 in a 4 foot sloppy sea and made 35 knots very comfortably and dry. Upon arrival we put lines out and trolled a short distance and bam we had 2 yellowfin on. We managed to get one in the boat and lost one. We went back over the mark and hooked up again, this fish was stronger. After about a 20 minute fight we had a mono separation and the fish was free. The line looked like it had been tooth cut. You guessed it we headed back over the mark and as we were all in deep conversation Rube shouted “ What a Marlin”, we turned around to see a big splash! Having no doubt he knew what he was talking about I joined him in the cockpit. Sure enough he billed up on our longline and was giving it a fit. I put the right rigger line in near free spool to let it fall back to where the action was and it went in to atomic meltdown. Rube looked over and asked have you got him? After a 3 second wait I pushed the lever up and set the Hook as I replied to Rube somebody has somebody!! Everyone started retrieving lines as Forrest turned the boat to make chase of the greyhounding beauty. The line on the spool of the 30 TW was only about ½ inch thick when the fish slowed down to jump again. He then made a mad dash straight at the boat and I reeled as fast as I could until my arm was about to fall off and I handed off to Forrest. Rube took the helm as Forrest regained the line to a full bent rod and the battle was on. Forrest, Adam, Sumo and myself all took turns on the rod as the fight neared the 90 minute mark. Rube stepped up and said I’ll go around with him. And let me tell you, a 400lb Marlin is no match for Capt’n Rube. He pumped the rod and the fish began moving again. At the 1 hour 45 minute mark Forrest was on the rod when the fish appeared!! Rube kept us positioned and as soon as I could I grabbed the leader and pulled the fish to where Sumo took him by the Bill!! It was a done deal. Adam managed a couple of pictures while the fish was at boatside. We cut a piece of mono for a measurement that ended up being 96 inches long. We worked the fish around to get a good flow of water across his gills and let him go with nothing hurt but his feelings. What a day!! People go to these exotic places to pursue Blue Marlin they ought to try the Gulfstream Waters off Ocean Isle Beach, NC!! Till next Time-----
This morning the fearless crew aboard the Stori Teller and myself left the fishing center with high hopes. The winds of yesterday had deminished to just barely a breeze so we decided to head out into the ocean and visit some of our nearshore reefs. Upon our arrival at the a.r 485 we immediately started marking mystery fish that eventually proved to be gray trout with a few bluefish mixed in. We were dropping green sting silver jigs to the bottom and just jigging them vertically. This proved to be very effective on both species. The trout seemed to be positioned on the flats between the structures around the reef instead of right on top of it or just beside it as they usually are which made locating them a little tricky.
Heading to the stream tomorrow. Leaving from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at 6 am and likely headed towards blackjack/steeples. Wind will be from fairly light from the north east. We'll be on channel 11 if anyone wants to join.
Today was a good day for the Stori Teller not because of the red hot fishing but because we caught the first flounder of the season from the inshore waters.The bite ocurred this afternoon when the water temp finally hit that magical 65 degree mark that I have been so patiently waiting for.Flounder were taken by my boat as well as two others that I know of.We were all in different areas but they all had one thing in common.That was we were all fishing in about 4 to 6 feet of water where there was dark black muddy bottoms.In these areas the sun rays penetrate through the water therefore warming the dark bottom below which in turn warms the water in these places a degree or two more than places with a light colored sandy bottom.with the water a little warmer the flounder are ready to start feeding.As far as tackle the old trusty carolina rig with mud minnows for bait were doing the trick just fine.So get out the old minnow bucket and go and catch some of these spring flounder.One thing to be careful of is alot of these spring flounder can be kind of on the small side so be sure that they all are over the 14 inch minimum size limit.
This morning we loaded up the boats in anticipation of heading for the Gulf Stream on the MacMarle'n and Showtime. Before we left we took one last look at the forecast, current conditions and radar. Unfortunately the forecast had changed from bad getting better to bad getting worse. A low pressure cell had formed up offshore with storms surrounding and the wind forecast had changed from 15-25 out of the north going to 10-15 in the afternoon to 15-25 out of the north going to 20-30 out of the southeast. We made the call to wait for a better day for a Gulf Stream adventure. We did take the MacMarlen out to look at the ocean and as predicted the conditions were worse than we had originally anticipated. Our next scheduled Gulf Stream trip is this Tuesday. The weather looks great for Monday and Tuesday and the water temperature chart looks as intriguing as I've seen in a while. Two days ago a satelite shot showed a major temp break forming up over the Steeples. Today due to the clouds we could only see the temps to the south and they showed a 68 to 73 degree break over the Georgetown hole. The fishing conditions are prime, now we need the weather man to cooperate.
Not a perfect weather forecast for tomorrow but the last water temp. report looked incredible. We will attempt to slug it out tomorrow on the Showtime and MacMarle'n. Departing the inlet at 6:00am and heading wherever the ocean lets us.
For anyone contemplating a stream trip, the beginning of next week is forecasted for great weather. Give us a call if you'd like to book a trip or if you have your own boat come by and we'll figure out a plan of attack. We will report in tomorrow PM with our findings.
I know the weather doesn't look incredible this Sat/Sun, but at 10-15 NE it will be fishable and MAN- you have got to look at the water temperatures- http://www.sstcharts.com/
The Stream is setting up perfect with a big eddy kicking back over the Steeples, Black Jack and 100/400-- the guys to our north have had the fish the last few weeks, but they will be coming to our backyard now-- I GUARANTEE-- I'm very excited at how the water temps are setting up and can't wait til the weekend. As long as Mother Nature will hold off a bit, I think we will have awesome catches of Tuna and Wahoo--
Yesterday I guided a half day trip aboard the Carolina Contender for some black sea bass fishing. For the past few weeks the weather had been generally rough causing the bottom to stir up and dirty the water. During this usually productive time period for black bass fishing we found they had all but disappeared. Yesterday, the ocean was calm and the water began to return to the normal green color and black bass were back in action. I fished several spots from 3 miles off the beach to 17 miles off the beach and found bass action at every stop. They bit anything we dropped down and the average size was 12". Also found a nice 3lb flounder mixed in. Bass fishing should only get better over the next month or so as they will migrate to nearshore reefs and hard bottom. The current yesterday was very strong and anchoring seemed to give us the best presentation.
Nailed the Yellowfin Tuna today. The bite was at the Same Ole spot which is 10 miles above the Steeples. We boated 6 Yellowfin between 20 and 45 pounds and had 3 others eaten on the way in by Sharks. Everyone that was fishing the area had good catches, especially from early morning action. I fished as far as 3 miles south of the Same Ole and had a triple there but the water was getting cooler as I went toward the Steeples. Tomorrow Capt. Roger is fishing the ShowTime in the Stream and will start at the Steeples and head north to see how far down Tuna are holding. The action was good and consistent and bodes well for coming weeks' action. Stand by for more.
Also Capt. Roger fished the MacMarle'n nearshore today and the Sea Bass bite was much improved as the water is clearing.
The bite today was at the "Same Ole Hole". Hot hot bite. Good water should move back toward the Steeples but Same Ole was where it was at today.
Early reports from gulf stream today is they're killing the yellowfin. Will update where when they get in.
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I think we may be making a little progress[maybe] on getting our buoys put back. McIntyre is working hard at it and may have come up with a plan to offer a "crack in the door" with our CG friends. Let's see what happens over next couple of days before we comment here.
In meantime, what's working is everyone pounding on our elected officials. Please keep it up. Our friends at www.fryingpantower.com have set up a direct link to US Congressional reps so you can click on "Save our Inlets" and then click on a name and send a letter like we have set up on www.saveourpogies.com. So everyone please use the fryingpantower.com site and let them hear from us.
If you're in the area, CCA is starting a Brunswick County chapter and the first meeting is Tues 3/29 at 6pm at the Fishing Center. This chapter is being set up as a result of our political efforts as the CCA wants to join and help us make our fishery stronger. Stop by to join the effort and show your support for the health of our sport fishery.
Fishing wasn't too hot this weekend. Our offshore Gulf Stream waters were in the 68-71 degree range with water color a milky green. We managed to catch a few Blackfin Tuna and Wahoo, but otherwise it was slow fishing. To the south, the fishing was similar but the to the north off Swansboro they are having good action from Yellowfin. This is a typical pattern as every year an early run of Yellowfin shows up to the north of us-- so don't fear. Easter was a bit early this season and thus the fish just aren't quite ready. Give it another week or two and it will be hot- any day now.
Inshore, the big mystery is the Sea Bass fishing. The waters are unusually cold and dirty and where we normally crush the Sea Bass while fishing 3-15 miles out, they are all but extinct. I'm not sure if they aren't there or not biting, but its not what it should be. We really need some warm, stable weather to get things on track.
Picture is of a very rare fish to our area- Haddock- caught while fishing 12 miles off Ocean Isle.