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- Capt. Rube McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Capt. Barrett here reporting back from home sweet home at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. The Fishing Center fleet and I have been hard at work on the bluefin scene for over a month now and things are really heating up now. For the past 6 days I've been guiding charters on bluefinning trips and finding very consistent action. There are two groups of fish I am aware of right now one on the west side of Cape Lookout shoals and one on the east side. Like most any fishing the key here seems to be to find the bait and the fish won't be far behind. Better yet find the bait first before any other boats find it and then you'll find yourself with your hands full. The weather has been outstanding but apparently that will end this weekend. Hopefully it will shape back up for next weeks so we can give some more charters a fishing thrill of a lifetime. If you ever wanted to catch a giant bluefin take my word for it now is as good as it gets. Here are a few pictures from commercial season and some through charter season thus far.
Capt. Barrett and I attempted to break the 20lb world record Bluefin Tuna -- currently 248 pounds- the bite was plenty hot, but we were not able to bring a fish to boatside despite several opportunities. We'll keep trying. The weather looks horrible for the next few days but we look to get back at them next week as we will be busy running charters.
Included is a picture of rare small Bluefin caught aboard the Carolina Contender early this week-- the fish weighed just under 100 pounds- good eating size!
Just a reminder for everyone to please click on our political page and read about plan to stop commerial netting of pogies. It's critically important to the effort that eveyone write letters/email/both to the elected officials. Instructions and addresses are on the report. The only way this effort succeeds is if we can demonstrate to the politicians we have numbers which can overpower the money the commercial lobby will use to fight our effort. We've got to use "people power" so please get on board and help the effort.
Just got report of 2 diferent boats fishing between Jungle and 65 foot hole trolling ballyhoo for Bonita and both hooked up to freight trains that they were not able to slow down. Both got stripped! Bluefin???!!!
Getting lots of email on pogy war[click on our "political issues" page] of everyone wanting to help in effort, which is great. #1 most critical issue at this point is to send letters to keep Rep Stiller on Seafood and Agriculture Committee. The committee assignments are being worked out NOW and they must hear from us loud and clear. Assignments will be given out the day they go back into session Jan 26 so time is critical. Please everyone send the letters on this issue via email and regular mail. Contacts and addresses are on our "political issues" page. Thanks.
I have not been able to post for a good while now but thanks to our local GURU Brandon, I think I am back in the game. We have had a great Bluefin season so far catching a number of fish in the 300 to 550lb class. These fish are awesome and test every strand of Crew and Equipment. I ran a trip to the Tower New Years Eve and the Kings were biting like Yellow flies. If you are unfimiliar with this term a Yellow fly is abouyt 1\4 inch long and can make a 2000 pound Bull roll around on the ground like and ball rolling down a hill. That means they were biting hard!! We also had a couple of Grouper to the top!!
Till Next Time!!
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Well, nobody else took me up on the available boat for Tuesday and you did miss out. Capt. Barrett reported hooking up to 4 Giant Tuna and landing 2 between 11am and 1pm. The fish had moved some 20 miles from the previous day, but they were again discovered and provided awesome action. Tomorrow Barrett and I are going after the 20lb world record (248 lbs) and then the weather looks to go bad until the end of the weekend to early next week-- stay tuned.
The weather looks awesome for Tuesday (seas 1-3 feet) and I've got the ShowTime open and ready to deliver you to Giant Bluefin Tuna action. The bite has been very good the past few days and should continue. Give me a call (910) 575-3474 xt 3 to get set up-- $1050 for party of up to 4
Capt. Barrett did not end up going today due to the weather but will be back at them aboard the Carolina Contender on Monday- stay tuned.
Capt. Brant again reporting for Capt. Barrett who reported today as one of the hotter Bluefin bites of the season thus far. The fish have moved back closer to Beaufort inlet and were caught between the Shad Buoy and the Knuckle buoy some 12-16 miles out. Capt. Barrett reported hooking up at around 7 am and then again around 9 am before the bite cooled down and the crew had enough action from the 250-350 pounders.
The weather has been decent with seas avg. 2-4 feet and with it so warm, its like a walk in the park compared to often encountered freezing temps. Anyway, the Bluefin holding on the West side of the Lookout shoals this time of year is a bit odd, but explains to me what I think has been a season that is a bit behind schedule. Typically the Bluefin school up on the East side of the shoals during Jan as that is where the warm water eddies up- however this season its been warmer than normal with more stable weather than normal and thus the fish seem to be more scattered over a larger area- especially evidenced by yesterday where Barrett caught 2 Bluefin that were some 15 miles apart.
Stay tuned for more reports as Barrett continues to fly the Fishing Center flag as he will again be back at them tomorrow--
If you're interested in booking a trip, contact Capt. Brant at (910) 575-3474 xt 3
This is Capt. Brant reporting for Capt. Barrett who is currently guiding a party out of Morehead City in search of Bluefin. As of noon, Capt. Barrett reports releasing two Giants in the 300-450 pound range. The first fish bit within minutes of setting the first line while fishing an area known as the Northwest Places. Later that morning, Capt. Barrett moved to the east side of Cape Lookout Shoals near the "P" buoy where he and crew hooked and released a monster 450+ pounder. According to Barrett there was good fish sign at both spots and he felt encouraged by what he had seen. Capt. Barrett is back on the water with this group again on Saturday, so stay tuned for more updates.
The following list includes the heaviest fish per specie weighed in on Ocean Isle Fishing Center scales and recorded on our catch board. Congratulations to each of the anglers for outstanding catches and who are now recognized for having caught the biggest fish per specie in the year 2004 out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. The 2005 season is now underway so remember to come by and get an early start on the leaderboard that is displayed for the thousands of people that pass by each year. In addition to being recognized on the record board also feel free to post your fishing report, good or bad, on the fishing report board located next to the record board in the upstairs main breeze way. For those who weighed fish in 2004 for NC citations, typically the state will send them out in the Spring time. The 2005 state citation program is now underway. Here are the best catches of 2004 as they were reported to the OIFC.
King Mackerel- Northern Lights, Don Hansen, 6-9-04, 41.4 lbs
Yellowfin Tuna- I Love Lucy, Jim Mclain & Rick Alexander, 3-27-04, 68.25lbs*
Dolphin- Show Time, Ronald Ellenbolt, 5-13-04, 37.15lbs
Wahoo- Show Time, Richard Haumann, 10-1-04, 75.9 *
Cobia- Capt. Hook, D. Monte, 5-13-04, 50.25lbs
Spanish Mackerel- James Herring III, 7-8-04, 6.7lbs
Flounder- Hookem Up, Jeff Beck, 9-15-04, 7.6lbs
Speckled Trout- Brent Banks, 12-5-04, 8.35lbs*
Black Sea Bass- D. Wachter, 4-7-04, 3.15lbs
Grouper- Carolina Contender, Dean Spatholt, 11-8-04, 21.2lbs
Blue Marlin- Happy Hour, Mack Washum, (release estimated 700lber)
Sheepshead- Steve Prevette, 5-25-04, 5.15lbs
Red Snapper- Carolina Contender, Barrett McMullan, 11-8-04, 14.8lbs*
Sailfish (the following released anglers released sailfish):
Timberwolf, Chad Malone, 7-30-04
Team Triton/Sarah Jo, Charles Edens Jr., 7-3-04
Traveller, Jeff Griffin, 6-3-04
Hot Rod Marlin, Graham Bryde, 5-22-04
* - All time OIFC record
We've been out of town fishing under this awesome weather for eight days straight. We started on the 28th but the fishing was not up to par. I've always said that of all the fish I pursue, Bluefin are the most random and mysterious. Most fish you can figure out where they are and why they are there within a short time. However, with Bluefin they can be almost anywhere as their preferred temperature range is 52-70 degrees-- and that's a big area. As such, they all but disappeared from the 28th-30th before showing up on the 31st. Commercial season then came in on the 2nd and although the fishing was still not what it has been in December and certainly not years past, there were fish around to be caught. When I left fishing on the 4th there was more bait around for the Bluefin to eat than I have ever seen. The conditions were good and I feel like with the commercial season over, the Bluefin should be poised to show up and provide great charter fishing action.
Here are some photos of catches over the past week we've been fishing. In 8 days of fishing we had 10 bites and caught 5 Bluefin between 250 and 450 pounds.
We have dates open to go Giant Tuna fishing still available--
Cost- $1050 for up to 4 people
Schedule- Fish from Portside Marina in Morehead City-- leave dock at 5:30am and return by 2pm
Jan- 9-14, 16, 17-19, 21-23
If you book more than 1 day to fish, I will block off an additional "weather day" on the calendar to offer the best chance to fish.
Call (910) 575-3474 xt 3 to book or get more info.
Boats fishing today continue to report excellent fishing in the Frying Pan tower area. Kings thick, and some of the biggest sea bass I have seen-3-5lbers.
Weather looks perfect again this weekend. Small cold front coming through Thursday will give us light north winds Friday and Saturday going from Northeast to South which will usually lay out to flat. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the amazing weather and fishing we're having. Can't last forever.
The Bluefin bite is back on after several unusual slow days. We hit them hard today, Capt's Brant/Roger/Barrett/Hooks all caught good fish. Back at them tomorrow for last 2 days of commercial season. From then on through February we will be charter fishing for these incredible fish. Come join us for an amazing angling experience as we fish for [and catch] monsters 500lbs +.
They're chewing the bottom out of the boats fishing the Frying Pan Tower area. Kings/Grouper/Seabass/Beeliners/Snapper/Triggerfish. Also reports of Blackfin. Water temperature 70degrees. Inshore look for the trout/redfish bite to crank back up as the water warms from the amazing weather we are experiencing.
There is a proper time to sit around the fireplace but this ain't it. The weather looks to contiunue summer this week so if you're not here my recomendation is to bribe your boss with the promise of fresh fish and come on down.We all know this weather pattern can't last so be sure to enjoy this amazing treat from mother nature while we have it.
Capt Hook fished today and happy to report we got em good at Frying Pan Tower and wrecks in general area. Kings bit like bulldogs on dead cigars. Also caught Amberjack and Grouper. water temperature 70degrees.
Also had report from Jimmy Powell that he caught Yellowfin and Albacore around Tower.
Forecast tomorrow SLIGHT AND LIGHT!
Just as the Bluefin mysteriously appear off Morehead each winter, for the last several days they have likewise mysteriously disappeared. Brant reports the entire Morehead charter fleet has drawn a blank last several days. Today a group of the fleet went down to Wrightsville thinking the fish may have moved south. No fish were reported. Best news came from Ocean Isle boats that reported excellent looking conditions at the Horeshoe/Raritan/Sharkhole area where bait and ganents were seen. One potential hookup was reported but the fish was lost on the strike. The weather looks perfect throughout the weekend so hopefully somebody will solve the mystery.
Amazing run of perfect weather for this time of year. Forecast throughout the weekend is SLIGHT AND LIGHT; the favorite words of all fishermen.All options are open. Capt Rhett reports 12-15 boats out today covering everthing from sea bass to Bluefin. Will update report of whats where this evening.