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"Fall Brawl forecast" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/25/07
 

OK- weather picture is clearing. The rain will be past on Friday and Saturday will be a transition day. This should be good as I think it will lead to light winds as the forecast for SW winds at 10-15 then North winds later in the day. Typically you can't get both in the same day without the winds settling. Thus, I think the plan for the tournament will be to declare Saturday as your fish day. You have until 7am on Saturday AM to change this declaration. Thus if you wake up Saturday and front hasn't passed and storms or strong SW winds persist, then you change your fish day to Sunday, which is forecast for the standard Fall 15-20 north. In my opinion both days look decent, and at worst case Sunday will provide nice Fall conditions on the beach. There are still plenty of fish on the beach as the water temperatures persist in the mid 70's. I look for Shallotte inlet to be the spot- The show is ON! See you at the Capt. meeting!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl Update" | World Cat- 33' | 10/24/07
 

It is blowing, raining and crappy- BUT, if its gonna be that way, better to go ahead and get it done. Looks like front will settle through on Fri/Sat- Saturday right now looks decent at 10-15, but Sunday may be the best as the winds shifts to the North at 10-15-- I'm still holding onto a decent beach bite, especially for Sunday-- Shallotte ledges is my call-- stand by
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Red"Hot" Drum Bite" | Stori Teller-24' | 10/24/07
 

Short abd sweet.....the red fish bite is extremely hot along the docks on the intracoastal side of Craven St!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"It's Election time!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/23/07
 

November 6 is election day and in our world of "fish", it's important that "fishing friendly" candidates get our votes. Click on "Political" page on our web site.
- Rube McMullan
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"He's in the boat!" | World Cat- 33' | 10/23/07
 

Got this action sequence from at trip to the Steeples last weeks on Gene Norris' Grady, the Makin' Progress. Rudy Spurlin cranks in a nice fat 'hoo, and Ray Labonte sinks the gaff. The boys (which included Johnny and Gaines, who must be just a little camera shy) caught some nice blackfins as well. Fall wahoo fishing has been excellent, and that should last into winter, as the temperature offshore get more defined. Come on, let's go do it!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Fall Brawl weather/fishing update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/22/07
 

Was on the water yesterday looking for Grouper. Gave me a chance to see how waters were looking. The beach bite was off yesterday but was very good at Shark Hole and 24 mile rocks. Tons of cigars in those areas. Weather for tourney? Perfect! Cold front comes thru Thursday. Begins to weaken Friday; Saturday/Sunday north/northeast winds becoming light and variable. My fishing forecast? Cold front will get spots moving our way, pogys will appear on beach, mullets will run: All out bite at River Channel/Lighthouse Rocks/Shallotte Inlet. Water temp still in mid 70's which is amazing for this time of year so with cold front coming, setting up for one more beach bite blow out.

Yesterday pogies were prevalent, but are definitely getting "smart" as they are into that late fall deal where they are moving fast. Need fast sinking net.

Come join us for the Fall Brawl; conditions setting up for one last shot of great fall King fishing within a 9 iron of the beach.

Also, please remember to ride our off island shuttle as there is no tourney parking on the island. It's free, no hassel, and riders can win rods/reels/ect just for riding the shuttle.

Also, don't forget all the fun events at the Capt meeting including a great dinner, spot racing, mud minnow spiting contest, how to's from our Captains, and who knows what else we can come up with by Friday. Standby.


- Rube McMullan
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"Fall Brawl Weather/Fishing report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/20/07
 

It's Fall Brawl Time! And with the upcoming tourney it'
s time for my fearless, somewhat scientifically based long term weather/fishing report. Here's what I see thru my clouded crystal ball.

Weather: Perfect!
Weather pattern continues to be very stable for this time of the year. Toward the end of the week, a "cool" front will approach bringing chance of showers Thurs/Friday maybe continuing thru early Saturday. Once the weak front passes, high pressure will build back in for Saturday/Sunday bringing northwest winds. The front is not very strong so winds shouldn't be very high, however with the very warm temps we are having, the water is very warm and it is doubtful the Kings will have moved off the beach to the 90's/Christina/Shark Hole/Jungle. Most likely the beach bite will continue, and with the passing of the lite cold front Friday, they should lite up at Shallotte Inlet like they did couple years ago, or maybe the River Channel.

That's initial picture, standby as I perfect the forecast as conditions change throughout the week.  


- Rube McMullan
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"" | It Works- 27' | 10/18/07
 

I went offshore with Captain Lyndon and Lee Frick Wednesday. Honestly, it wasn't the day we'd hoped for, I guess Neptune wasn't looking out for us. However we did end up with somewhat of a seafood buffett of kings, false albacore, and amberjack. My son, on the otherhand took our 17 ft Polar and went shallow water fishing. He netted some shrimp first thing, then headeed "up the creek", literly, and proceeded to catch and release ten trout. He said he ran out live shrimp and was just as successful using Berkley Gulp shrimp under a cork. As of this report he wouldn't 'fess up to exactly where he was fishing out of fear I'd put it on the report. I'll keep trying!! He went out again today, while I was stuck in the OIFC stocking up for this weekend's sale and for the Fall Brawl next weekend, and struck it rich again. This time he was using DOA shrimp. I received two more reports today. One was an uncomfirmed report of a monster king being caught at the Youpon Reef and the other was from Lee Frick who called me on his cell phone from Tubbs Inlet to report seven flounder he had hooked up with this afternoon. That's my report for today..ya'll come on down to beautiful Brunswick county and hook 'em up with us!! I'll be in the store for the next couple of days, but will keep you updated with the latest reports from our fishing world.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Grouper Trip" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/18/07
 

Yesterday enjoyed a nice liesurely day with brother Barrett and fishing friends Dean Spatholt and Dennis Watson. The mission was to find Gag Grouper and also to check out Dean's new ride- a 36 Yellowfin with tripple 350hp Yamahas! The Yellowfin hull is known for its speed and good ride at high speed. You definitely have to hang on, but the boat glues itself to the water and doesn't pound at all, despite speeds in excess of 60mph. In fact once you pass 60 and get onto 70mph, your head starts to hurt a bit and I swear I lost my breath a time or two-- and we were doing this in a 3 foot side sea. The fishing was not red hot as we worked from 65-90 feet. We did manage our limit of Gag Groupers, but we had to work hard. I landed the big fish of the day and a personal best for me- a 24.5 pounder and we had 3 others at 18 pounds and then 4 others at 10-12 pounds. We used live menhaden that we caught off Holden Beach and live Cigar Minnows that we jigged offshore while fishing. All in all it was a nice, laid back day with friends. Nice to fish without pressure.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"More GS action" | World Cat- 33' | 10/17/07
 

The weather blew up, so I'm sorry to report there's no tales of swordfish. But that is coming soon I hope. In the meantime, Bob Newell on the Black Dog sent me this photo from his Sunday trip to the 100/400 and the Blackjack. Robert Byrd, Wade Byrd, and Lee Forbis made up the crew and the group boated four 'hoos like this one and to dolphin as well. Again, blue/white and red/black Ilanders were the ticket.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"VICTORY" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/16/07
 

Capt. Barrett and I had an eventful weekend as we captured the crown at the annual Rumble in the Jungle kingfish tourney. We weighed a 40.43 and eaked out 1st by a mere .2 pounds. We've had victories in Morehead City at the CCSA kingfish tourney and Topsail Beach in the TOFC kingfish tourney, but this one is especially sweet as it was local. Not only that, the event was piggy backed by the SKA pro event and we got to show the pros that the local boys can hang with them. The day was fairly short and testiment that a win is a combination of right time and place with a minimum amount of skill to catch the fish. We were running north toward Barton's inlet near Morehead because we wanted to fish away from the crowd. A few miles short we came across an acre of top bait and decided it looked too good to be true. We threw out and caught a small fish to start then redeployed and shortly after bagged the 40 that won it for us. All those times you see good conditions but keep running to your spot, you just never know. Anyway, the Litle River Fishing Club hosted the event and did a great job with festivites, atmosphere and organization. This next weekend is the rescheduled Atlantic Beach tourney, so while we're riding high, we're going to try to ride the wave. Wish us luck.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"day off" | It Works- 27' | 10/16/07
 

The OIFC store was extremely busy this past weekend. Don and I were earning our keep helping out the SKA Rumble in the Jungle particapants with bait, tackle and respooling reels as well as assisting our regular anglers. Also with the beautiful fall like weather we had a great deal of tourist business. Thanks to all the customers who shop with us. The OIFC store has a lot to offer. Captain Lyndon of the It Works, felt sorry for Don and me so he took us king mackeral fishing Monday. As we pulled ino the Intracoastal from the OIFC an eight point buck swam across in front of us. I didn't know if we were going hunting or fishing. Lyndon exited the Shallotte Inlet using a channel the OIFC captains use often. It is deeper than the cannel most of us use. We headed off Holden Beach and found the pogies to be thick and perfect for king fishing. The only problem was that the porpoises were chasing them and keeping them spread out. After a couple of throws with Captain Brant's custom net we had more than enough to fish with. Lyndon headed out to about 50 ft. of water, about 4 miles off the beach. Right off, the starboard line fired off and I was hooked up to a good sized king. I tried to horse him to the boat and lost him almost right along side. While working that same hole we hooked up with a couple of spanish. When things slowed we moved on, which was our routine the rest of the trip. Odly enough, we also hooked up with 2 amberjacks while using king tackle. Don fought one for about 25 minutes and finally boated him. Don and I are not spring chickens so the amberjack almost whooped ole Don. Later the seas started kicking up so we headed back to port with a fish box full of 5 spanish, 5 kings and the 2 big jacks. All in all it was a great retreat for us. The Oyster Festival is this weekend, the fish are biting and the weather is supposed to be perfect so come visit us, check out the store and maybe charter a trip. Hook 'em up!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"I love October" | World Cat- 33' | 10/16/07
 

Fall is here, and just like clockwork, the fishing is excellent. Mark Miller on the Tina Louise mugged the wahoos on Saturday at the Blackjack while Capt. Brant and Capt. Barrett were busy beating the SKA pros at the Rumble in the Jungle (Little River Tourney). By the way, congratulations to Chuck Permenter, Patrick Bellamy, and the rest of the Minding My Bidness team for their victory in the Pro Division, which earned them SKA Angler of the Year honors. Back to the Gulf Stream, Mark said that blue and white Ilanders were the ticket, and that a triple-header gave them their limit at the end of the day. Wow! We're going to give the wahoos and swordfish a try tomorrow afternoon/night on Dan Ratley's "Quick Draw" so stay tuned. Don't wait to go fishing, the time is now!!!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Steeples" | World Cat- 33' | 10/08/07
 

Boy do I love fall. It keeps you busy, so busy to the point that I neglected to post these photos sent by good friend Ray Labonte, who fishes out of Oak Island on the Plumb Crazy. Before last week's hard blow, Ray, son Dave, and the rest of the crew ran to the Steeples where they found good action on wahoo and one late season dolphin. Couple that with the action reported by Ray Blanchette and John Schwenker at the Same Ole and all the boats to the south and you can see how this fall is shaping up. Cool air and warm water spell wahoo.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"ATTENTION SKA PROS" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/08/07
 

If you are tuning into our site to get insight on the area's fishing in prep for the weekend's event out of Little River, we welcome you! If you need anything, charts, bait (we have awesome hand-caught Ribbonfish), tackle, bait pumps.....and of course, local knowledge, we are here to help. Also, we are taking orders for live Bluefish. If you would like to have them for the tournament, we need to hear from you ASAP so we can get to catching to insure we can fill your order. Email captbrant@oifishingcenter.com or call (910) 367-2945 and we'll get set up. To find us from Little River, take HWY 17 N into North Carolina. Take a right on Ocean Isle Beach Rd, just past mm 10 and follow that road through one light and across the Ocean Isle Beach bridge. We'll be first thing on your left when you cross the bridge- can't miss us! 15 minutes from Little River.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl Programs in the Mail THIS WEEK" | World Cat- 33' | 10/08/07
 

The Fall Brawl King Classic is just around the corner, so sharpen your hooks and mark off the dates on your calendar. If things continue as they are going now, fishing will be nothing short of spectacular as the beach Kingfish bite has been strong. This week the official tournament programs will go in the mail. If you typically recieve Jolly Mon or Fall Brawl programs, you should recieve yours by the end of the week. If you are not on the mail list, email captbrant@oifishingcenter.com and I'll get your Fall Brawl program right out. This year's event will continue in the tradition of great food, great entertainment and great fishing. Stay tuned to www.oifc.net for the latest on the tournament and fishing reports. Fall Brawl Schedule: Friday, October 26- 2-9pm: Registration 5pm: Seminar on kite fishing for Kings 6pm: Dinner 7pm: Capt. Meeting 8pm: Spot Races Saturday, October 27th- (optional fishing day) 7am-5pm: Fishing 2-5pm: Weigh-in Sunday, October 28th- (optional fishing day) 7am-5pm: Fishing 2-5pm: Weigh-in 8pm: Awards You can get and entry form or REGISTER ON-LINE by visiting the tournaments page at www.oifc.net
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing Report" | World Cat- 33' | 10/07/07
 

I know I had wanted to put together a Swordfish trip this week, but I had totally forgotten about my fishing schools. Capt. Roger will be fishing the Stream for wahoo on Monday and there's a good chance I'll be fishing the Stream on Tuesday, so if anyone wants to head offshore to join us, call us on VHF 11 around 6:30am. The king beach bite continues good. Hotspots this past weekend for Lockwood inlet, Shallotte inlet and Little River inlet. Pogies are thick on the beach, especially off of Little River. Now is the time to go fishing. Weather looks great this week. Ditch work and school and get on the water- October only comes once a year and you never know how many more you may have-- see you on the water!!!!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"US Open report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/05/07
 

Early word from fishermen in US Open is all out King bite right on the beach from OIB to Southport. Bait has been run almost out of the water up on the beach by ravaging kings. It is classic Carolina fall fishing at it's finest. Hopefully the warm weather will keep the fish on the beach thru the Fall Brawl Oct 27.
- Rube McMullan
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"Overnight Swordfish trip in the cards" | World Cat- 33' | 10/04/07
 

I'd like to try a daytime wahoo trip and night time sword fish trip next Tues-Weds. Plan would be to leave the OIFC at around noon and catch the PM wahoo bite on the break. Then we'd head offshore to 800-1200 feet and set up for an all night Swordfish drift. And then we'd see how we felt in the AM as to whether to fish wahoo or just go home-- or maybe the fish box would be too full by then!! Anyway, it would be very nice from a safety standpoint and fish finding standpoint if there were other boats. If you have interest in joining this mission in your boat and tag teaming the fish, email me at captbrant@oifishingcenter.com so we can set up a game plan. Probably best if we all meet at OIFC on Tues as some time. Maybe the weather will work. Stay tuned to this page as I'll update my plans based on the weather.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Got Bait?" | World Cat- 33' | 10/02/07
 

In Captain Chris's fishing report on 9-30 he mentioned the firefighting plane touching down in front of the World Cat as they left the OIFC. Can imagine being in the center console in this picture? This sure beats throwing a cast net to get bait. Bet the forest fire smelled like a fish fry!!! Enough bad jokes, the fire fighters did a great job. We had a little rain and a serious blow, but the weather is supposed to be great very soon. We have charter dates open and the king bite is red hot near shore. If you really want to hook 'em up book with one of our expert captains and let them put you on some of these great fighting fish.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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