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"CCA tourney weather/fish update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 09/12/07
 

An update to yesterdays fish/weather report forecast for the CCA tourney this weekend at OIFC. Looks like the front will come thru Saturday and high pressure will build in Sunday. Saturday looks lite out of the northwest; Sunday will see a fall northeast wind 10-15kts. The mullets will run with the Kings in hot pursuit. All next week high pressure will build in and weather will become very stable offerring great conditions all week for the offshore guys. Received a rumor Kings were seen yesterday heading toward the Jungle and Lighthouse Rocks. Standby for updates. Also heard a rumor, the CCA guys will have their "Atlanta models" conducting the CCA auction Friday following the Capt meeting. The auction is open to the public, whether fishing the tourney or not. Ever been to a Ducks Unlimited banquet?
- Rube McMullan
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"CCA Fishing Rodeo starts this weekend" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 09/11/07
 

Coastal Conservation Association's North Carolina Fishing Rodeo will begin this weekend with registration Friday at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. For full info on the tourney, click on our tourney page on our web site. On the fishing and weather scene, it's time for my official unofficial fearless forecast. Here is what I see looking thru my cloudy cristaless ball. The weather will be perfect; the fish will bite like bulldogs. Now for the science: After the tropical storm last week, the fish are beginning their journey back from the safety of the deep water which they run to when they sense a dropping barometer[low pressure storm]. They packed up their bags and left the gulf stream waters yesterday when Jim Cantorie gave them the all clear, and are working their way back to the Jungle/Shark Hole/Horeshoe as we speak. They are tired, hungrey, and ready for some exercise, so my forecast is a all out bite starting Saturday morning coninuing all thru next week. With the weather pattern shifiting to a fall flow with north and northeastly winds, our Carolina classic fall fishing is ready to begin and should arrive this weekend right on schedule. Although the above mentioned locations should be hot, don't overlook the closer in spots such as Lighthouse Rocks and the River Channel as the water has been full of mullets with the northly winds. As to the weather, a weak front is trying to come thru this weekend but will probably stall out leaving us 10kt or less winds Saturday and Sunday. Next week the weather stabalizes further and should be light southerly winds. So long as a hurricane doesn't jump up on us, the weather throughout the entire tourney period looks "perfect". So, come on down and join us in introducing CCA to Brunswick County and help us build a power base thru CCA to address various fishery conservation issues effecting our waters. Remember, the rodeo offers 3 different fishing venues; King Mackerel division, Flounder/Trout/Redfish division, and Tuna/Dolphin/Wahoo division. You can fish any division any 2 days beginning Sept 15 thru the following Saturday, Sept 22. Also don't forget the CCA auction at the Capt meeting which will feature fishing tackle and trips offered by the top fishermen in our area including Capt Brant, Capt Hooks, Capt Sauls, Capt Woody, SKA Angler of the Year Dean Spatholtz's Fishmeister; SKA National Champion Forrest Taylor's "That's My Dog", Spring Inshore champions Austin Aycock and Tripp Hooks, and others to be added. Bid on a trip with these experts and learn from the best of the best.All proceeds go to CCA-NC and are fully deductible as a non-profit. The auction is open to the public, whether you are fishing or not. Registration begins Friday at 3:00 and dinner/capt meeting/auction starts at 6:00-8:00. Our off island shuttle will be running so please ride the free shuttle as there is no tourney parking on the island. Thanks.
- Rube McMullan
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"CCA Fishing Rodeo September 14" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 09/06/07
 

A reminder to everyone out there that CCA's North Carolina Fishing Rodeo will begin Sept 14 at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. There are 3 divisions; King Mackerel Division[SKA 9], Tuna/Dolphin/Wahoo Division, and Flounder/Trout/Redfish Division. You can fish any or all divisions and can fish any 2 days per division beginning Saturday Sept 15 thru Saturday Sept 22. This expanded time frame hopefully takes weather issues out of the equation plus offers the opportunity to fish multiple divisions. Registration begins Friday Sept 14 at 2:00, dinner at 6:30, capt meeting at 7:00, and at 7:30 CCA will have a benefit auction for a variety of fishing equipment, fishing trips/ect. The auction is open to the public, so whether you are fishing or not, please come join the auction. CCA state reps will be on hand to answer question regarding CCA and set forth their conservation political agenda for our Brunswick County waters. Our goal is to build a strong CCA chapter for Brunswick County that can be used as a vehicle for fighing various fishery issues effecting our waters. CCA will set out the plan at the tourney. Also, hopefully, our elected officials who got our pogy bill passed in the State Legislature will also be in attendance, a great opportunity for us to thank them for their efforts in getting this very important bill for Brunswick County passed. Please join us. Our off island shuttle will be running beginning Friday afternoon. Thanks. Rube McMullan
- Rube McMullan
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"Panama Trip- Still Taking Reservations" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 09/05/07
 

The mothership excursion to the remote Hannibal Banks off Panama in Central America is slated for Feb 8th-15th 2008.  Our objective is to fill this trip with OIFC "fishing friends" in order to keep control of the fishing agenda as well as be surrounded with a good group.  Currently 8 spots remain and will be filled first come first serve.  A deposit of $1,125 will guarantee your spot.  This exotic fishing expedition is nothing less than a trip of a lifetime.  We are likely to encounter Sailfish, Marlin, giant yellowfin tuna, huge grouper and snapper, roosterfish and much more.  In addition to incredible fishing and great camraderie, we will focus time each evening on specific big game tactics used in Panama that can be applied to our fishing in home waters. If you need additional information on the trip please check out http://www.oifishingcenter.com/traveling_fisherman.cfm or email captbarrett@oifishingcenter.com


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"World Cat report" | World Cat- 33' | 09/04/07
 

We've had a chance to run the new OIFC World Cat 33 and thus, far I am very pleased. As is the case with all boats, it is not perfect in every aspect, but as I had hoped, it has thus far proven a very good compromise between the big boat diesel feel and speed/fishability of a center console. Last week we had a lull in activity here at the OIFC and myself and father Rube, fishing friend Yorke Pharr and OIFC employee of the month Rickey Beck got together for a day of bottom fishing aboard the new OIFC World Cat 33. Winds were East at 10-15kts and seas were 2-3 feet. Hardly a hard core boat test, but conditions in which you get a feel for the boat and hope to be comfortable. We were not disappointed. The boat ran easily in a side see, cruising at 30 mph and burning 1.2mpg with the twin Yamaha F250's. We jigged bait around a nearshore AR and headed offshore some 30 miles to 90 feet of water. I set the TR-1 autopilot on course and we all set back. One of the better aspects of the boat and a reason why I chose the boat as a good option for our charter fleet, is all the seating. You can comfortable seat 6 people behind the console, out of any spray. And speaking of spray, we encountered no wind driven spray as the boat pushed the water down the side and not into the cockpit. However, we did get a little mist every once and while as a result of the air being forced between the hulls and pushing out forward-- called "sneezing" in the world of catamarans. It is a very light mist and the curtains caught all of it. Fishing was great. Tons of room to work and the boat anchored very easily. It was stable despite a side current that kept the boat cocked almost sideways to the seas. The boat handled the current fine, but the fish didn't. We worked hard to land a hand full of grouper and snapper, with the current fighting us all day. We called it an early day at 2pm and headed back. The wind had come around a bit more from the north, so we had a slight head sea. The boat ate it up at 30mph cruise as it gently rolled off the wave tops. We did experience a little sneezing, but other than that and having to fight to stay awake, the ride home was pleasant. First analysis. Very functional boat that should our operation as a charter boat due to its smooth, dry ride, fishability, stable drift, relative speed, bathroom and comfortable seating. The only negative that I can comment on thus far is having to learn how to deal with "sneezing" and "hull slap". Hull slap occurs when doing less than 15mph and heading directly into the sea. The center of the two hulls falls onto the sea and slaps, rattling the boat. I haven't played with it much, but my experimenting thus far shows that if you can keep the boat at at least 30 degrees or more off the sea while trolling, you will avoid this aggravating pitfall to catmarans. It will require slight adjustment, but I don't see it as a deal breaker. Stay tuned for more fishing reports and Cat reports. Also in fishing, the Kings are beginning to get the itch to head inshore. This North and East wind are getting the mullet running and the kings will sense the food opportunity. Look for the kings to move back into the 65 foot depth range over the next 2 weeks and be close to shore within 3 weeks. I can't wait !
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""the spanish are here!"" | Stori Teller-24' | 09/01/07
 

All reports are that the spanish mackeral are here. I talked with two anglers today while manning the command center behind the counter of the OIFC who told me that they hit the spanish yesterday between the Shallotte Inlet and the Ocean Isle Fishing Pier. Later while pulling in Flounder behind Sunset Beach, which is another story, I talked with the McKinney's of Sunset Beach who were unloading several nice spanish from their boat. They said they made their catches near the Little River Jetties while pulling gold and silver clark spoons and crystal minnow Yo-Zures. They said their fish were full of glass minnows and were chasing glass minnows when caught. They further noted some Kings in the area. Back to the flounder. Jeff restocked our fishing tackle at the OIFC. His idea was to downsize all the terminal tackle in our flounder arsenal to make it less visable and more sensitive. We then carried out our attack in the finger canels behind Sunset Beach. His plan worked as we landed several "barely legal" fish, which we released so they could grow into more formidable foes. All told, after a rather slow and hot August it seems the fish are back in our area!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"CCA Tourney" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 09/01/07
 

Finally, it's September 1st and finally, the winds have moved to the north, and finally, the summer heat spell is broken, and finally, the fish will wake up and we can get back to catching instead of just fishing.

It's delightful this morning with a north/northeast wind. For past two days we have seen an excellent mullet run, another signal of our coming fall. The ocean and waterway has been full of mullets. Today the South Brunswick King Tourney is underway, and although all reports of King action during the previous weeks suggest deep water, I'm betting with the north wind and mullet run occurring, the winner may be at Yaupon or the River Channel. We'll see this evening.

Seeing the weather change and the signals of coming fall, timing is coming together for the Coastal Conservation Association[CCA] Fishing Rodeo to be held at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center September 14- September 22. By mid September, the first cold fronts will have passed, the waters will have cooled, the mullets will be migrating, the pogies will re-apear, and the Kings should be chewing at the traditional fall locations from the River Channel to the Jungle setting up a great tourney for the King Mackerel division. For the inshore division of trout/flounder/redfish, the cooling of the water will get the inshore fish moving, and all 3 species should be abundant. Remember, in the inshore division, there will be a 1 pound per species bonus added to the weight of each species you weigh if the fish is weighed alive and released alive at the weighin docks at OIFC. A great way to improve your score and support the conservation agenda of CCA. Offshore, same story; cooling water should lite up the wahoo/tuna/dolphin. We've had a great wahoo fishery all summer, but the fall is what really gets the gulf stream going, so great blue water fishing should be available to everyone fishing the offshore division.

Please everyone remember, the objective of this tourney is to introduce CCA to you fishermen and allow CCA to set forth their agenda for our Brunswick County waters. We have talked CCA into focusing their efforts on our part of the state with the hope that successes can be accomplished in our area that is so heavily dominated by conservation minded fishermen. By supporting the tourney, you endorse our efforts with CCA and justify their committment to our waters. Although our grass roots efforts certainly have been successful, looking toward the future, we need a "bigger stick", and the CCA, with their national organization, professional lobbyist, and political clout on a statewide and national basis,offers the perfect vehicle for us to use in the fight for other critical fishery conservation issues. Representaties from CCA will be at the tourney to explain their plans for Brunswick County and answer any and all questions regarding CCA and why your help and support is vital. Please join us at the tourney and demonstrate your committment to a fishery conservation agenda. Thanks and for tourney info, click on the tourney page on our web site[www.oifc.net]


- Rube McMullan
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"What did you expect?" | The Flying Fish | 08/30/07
 

Through an unfortunate set of circumstances I will be away for a few days, but just wanted to let all of you that target sails out there that I am watching you... Stewart Hamilton caught this one at the Jungle earlier this week and released it to fight again. I also want to thank each and every one of you who takes the time to revive and release your sails properly. This is a fantastic sportfishing resource just off of our coast and I honestly feel that the sky is the limit if we protect our fish and are considerate to our ocean. Don't forget, all you need is the length of the fish to come on in and get a North Carolina citation or a fiberglass replica mount made.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"OIFC Welcomes New Fleet Addition" | World Cat- 33' | 08/28/07
 

With time, all things change. As such, the good ole' MacMarle'n has moved on and has been replaced with the new. Before I get to the new, just a few words on the MacMarle'n. She was and still is a great boat. A true workhorse that in my opinion, was at the forefront of establishing Ocean Isle Beach as a fishing destination. She pioneered the Spring yellowfin fishery and Fall wahoo fishery off our waters and has seen MANY a fish come across her gunnels. Heres to you old girl- may you live out your life on calm seas! And the new--- I have chose a World Cat 33. A catamaran? Yes, that is right. Many of you laugh or scoff, but I too had my doubts. However, if you can get past the unconventional looks, the boat is extremely functional, and thus my reason for choosing it as the fleet addition. My ambition for the World Cat 33 is for it to bring the best of both boating worlds-- the comfort, size and ammenities of a comparable sized diesel boat and the speed, agility and fishability of a center console. The boat has huge deckspace with plenty of seating and storeage. It has a forward cabin for catching a nap as well as a toilet for the women. The boat if fully walk around, has 2 standard live wells and on mine a third center console live well for serious live bait fishing. The cruising speed with twin F250's is a smooth 30mph with top speed at 42mph loaded. Not a speed boat by any stretch, but at 1.4mpg loaded and making over 30mph in sloppy seas, you won't find much better. And with the outboards, no more engine room nightmares and inboard problems. Outboard mechanics are available and the engines are certainly easier to access! And thus my reason for choosing the World Cat. However, I am very much in the testing - learning phase with this boat. I have not officially fished the boat and have only had it on a few ocean test drives. I plan on reporting to you my finding with the boat, good or bad, so stay tuned
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"YEEEEHAWWWW!!!" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 08/27/07
 

Okay, I'll admit that I was one of the skeptics, but I had the opportunity to fish one of Rube's yeehaw fish call devices last Thursday and was quite pleased with the result. It was in the water for about fifteen minutes with a dead cigar minnow behind it at the Atlantic Ledge and caught a sailfish. So now I am a believer. We also caught amberjack and mackerel that day, but a slower-than-normal prompted the "extreme measure," and hence the lure got put in the spread towards the end of the day. It will be used much more often now, of course. In other news, Michelle Evans of "The Law" fishing team reports a good bite in the area of the MacMarlen ledge. They were out there on Friday when Cody Childers caught his very first wahoo!!! Congratulations to Cody and the rest of the team, who also managed a couple of tuna. Good to know that they are around, just in time for the CCA deep water/shallow water tournament. Finally, the sails bit again, today down at the Jungle. The heat has broken (albeit just a little) and the winds are supposed to be reasonable for the rest of the week. What is everyone waiting for? There is success to be had out there.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Bank Fishing" | Stori Teller-24' | 08/24/07
 

Not often do anglers fishing from the surf, or banks of the Intracoastal provide us with fishing reports. However, Tuesday a lady came in the OIFC beaming with pride that her 12 year old son had caught two flounder from the bank at the end of Shallotte Ave. on the east end of OIB. Then today she and her husband stopped by the OIFC to buy tackle and I told her I'd do a report if her son was successful again. Later this afternoon, sure enough, they returned with their 12 year old son Josh Schlude all from Cary, N.C. to report that Josh had landed an 18 inch flattie. All total this week Josh caught a 15 1/2, 16, and 18 inch flounder using minnows he caught with his cast net while at OIB on vacation this week. Sounds like an angler with a future. This shows that people fishing from the banks can be very successful. Congratulations Josh from the team at OIFC!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"New Move Law" | Stori Teller-24' | 08/21/07
 

Most everyone is familiar with the North Carolina law which requires motorists to move over and slow down when passing a law enforcement vehicle with it's blue lights flashing on the highway. But how many of us anglers knew that this law also applies to boaters? I didn't!!!!! The law in general says that boaters approaching within 100 feet of a law enforcement vessel displaying flashing blue lights must slow down to no-wake speed and use caution in passing. In narrow channels, such as the Intracoastal Waterway in our area the distance becomes 50 feet. Violators are subject to fines up to $250. Just a little safety reminder as well as a money saving tip from the OIFC.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Panama Trip Filling Up" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/21/07
 

In case you haven't tuned into the Traveling Fisherman link off our homepage here is an update on where the Panama trip aboard the Coral Star stands.  The trip is scheduled Feb. 8th, 2008- Feb. 15th, 2008.  All the details for this exotic fishing expedition can be seen at the following link http://www.oifishingcenter.com/traveling_fisherman.cfm.  We are hoping to fill all 12 available spots on this adventure with OIFC "fishing friends" so we will have control over the trip.  We have until Oct. 1 to get it done.  As of this morning we have 8 spaces remaining.  If you're interested in reserving a slot or need more information please contact me immediately.  My contact info is at the link above.  Thanks.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/20/07
 

How to Beat the Summer Heat by Capt. Brant McMullan Man is it hot. We are well past the dog days and now into some sort of oppressive heat days. However, the show must go on, and if you are a fisherman, you will agree that we rarely let a little heat stand in the way of fishing progress. The problem comes in achieving fishing success. The fish are hot too as the water temperatures from the shoreline all the way past the Gulf Stream are 86-88 degrees. As such, many of the fish that prefer to spend their days basking in the shallows or near the surface are forced to retreat to deeper water where they can find food and refuge from the heat. And thus, the answer right now is to go deep. Most of the kings are holding in the 80-100 foot depth range right now. They are feeding on an assortment of bottom fish and are often schooled up over your favorite snapper and grouper ledges. The dolphin, mahi and cobia have moved on for the most part, but it is certainly not unlikely to run across one or two, especially while fishing offshore. The one fishery that is typically most productive during the heat of Summer is bottom fishing. In particular, the vermillion snapper bite is very strong in 80-100 feet of water. These 1-4 pound snappers are very plentiful and incredibly tasty. There is a trick to catching them that will keep you from loading your hooks with grunts and other smaller ?trash? fish. I like to use a #14 Sabiki style rig and attach a 4 ounce weight to it. I then cut small, postage stamp size pieces of squid and tip the end of each hook. The next thing is to locate the vermillion snapper on you fish finder. They will be holding over structure and are the fish you mark 5-20 feet off the bottom. Stop over them and drop your rig down. Now it is important you not just drop to the bottom or the ?trash? fish will immediately catch wind that food is available and they?ll get stirred up like a hornets nest. The trick is to stop your rig at the top of snapper school so you can pick them off from the top while not disturbing all the other ?trash? fish below. Also, I typically find the large snapper in the school will hang toward the top of the school. Thus, as you drop your weight and rig, count in seconds and try stopping at 10 seconds, then 12, then 15?. As you reach each level, stop the rig and wait 30 seconds. If you get no bite, drop a little further. You will find the depth the snapper are holding and then you can wear them out. One other tip is to use a ?live bait? style rod. The flimsy tip will act as a shock absorber and keep the snapper from tearing out the relatively small hooks that are on the rig. Once you get the snapper going good, take a small one and put it on a grouper rig and send it down. Now you?ll be working on two of the best eating fish in our waters. And for further action, pitch out a small vermillion snapper or a dead cigar minnow on a top for kings, mahi, cobia or sailfish. Good luck and remember, October is now just around the corner. I can?t wait!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"update, lbara king and flounder tournament" | Stori Teller-24' | 08/15/07
 

The week of September 14 through 22 will be a very important and exciting week for anglers who are interested in protecting and improving fishing in our region. The CCA Fishing Rodeo will take place September 14-22 and the LBARA King Mackeral and Flounder Tournament will be September 21-22. Rube is spearheading the CCA Rodeo and I'm incharge of pulling together Team OIFC for the LBARA Tournament. We encourage anglers to fish both and support two important organizations while having a blast and increasing your chances of winning the money! Those fishing the LBARA Tournament should contact Bob Black at 910-278-4137 for an application. You may send, your application along with shirt sizes for you and your crew and your check for the entry to me, at Ocean Isle Fishing Center, 65 Causeway Dr., Ocean Isle Beach, NC, 28469, attention Capt. Rick. I can be reached at the OIFC, or by phone 910-443-0531 or email sunset69@atmc,net. I encourage you to fish both tournaments, but if not both please fish one. GOOD LUCK!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Bottom Fish Monday" | It Works- 27' | 08/14/07
 

Monday I was fortunate enough to be invited to bottom fish with Captain Lyndon and Big Zack of the OIFC abord the "It Works". The day began with us netting our bait, pogies, off of Holden Beach just east of the pier. Loaded with pogies and northern mackeral we headed to several spots, in the 80-100 foot range that Capt. Lyndon has secreted in his electronics. Our first stop resulted in several groupers, and a false albacore which got drilled by a hungry barricuda which Lyndon estimated in the 70 lb. weight class. We made several stops a different ledges in the 95-100 depth range. Each stop resulted in grouper, but most exciting to me was when I hooked up with a 23 lb. American Red Snapper. It felt like I was trying to haul a VW into the boat! The weather was beautiful out at sea while the mainland was getting pounded by a thunderstorm. We put in a long, but enjoyable productive day locating and wrestling these massive fish up from the bottom and ended the day with a full fishbox. When booking trips, or planning bottom fishing, I suggest, based on my experience with a knowledgeable charter captain, that you plan a full day if you are interested in successful bottom fishing. Today me and my sunburned head were back working in the OIFC store. Captain Roger on the Showtime, had a half day charter which was extremely productive catching mackeral and spanish, so do not overlook these hot fish when thinking of a half day or longer trip. They are on fire and our seasonsed captains have the fishing knowledge and experience to put you on them.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Checking In" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/14/07
 

Hello OIFC fishing friends.  It's been a while since I've had any fishing news to report as the parasailing has kept me away from wetting any hooks lately.  Fall is just around the corner though and I'll be back on the fishing scene.  It can't get here quick enough.  I do have some fishing news to pass on though as I'm filling in as fishing report correspondent until Capt. Brant returns home.  Brant is onto a new game and fishing excursion at the Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament out of Oregon Inlet, NC.  He has teamed up with Capt. Trae Ross aboard Trae's 65' Blackwell for this prestigous billfish event.  It is mostly a white marlin tournament but a few blues and sails are mixed in.  Today was the first day of fishing and their team, the Re-Zoned, released 2 white marlin and 1 blue marlin and are currently in 2nd place.  It must be tough riding around in a 65' air conditioned mega yacht chasing billfish for big money!  That's ok we'll bring Capt. Brant back to blue collar dog shark and barracuda reality when he gets back home.  If you're interested in following the Re-Zoned's progress tomorrow and the day after I believe the event has a website.  Just try searching Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament.  If it's not updated I will update our fishing report tomorrow evening with any news.  Around OIB it seems like the kingfish bite is fairly steady again in the 60 to 70' range but most fish are smaller.  The sailfish are still more prevalent than usual with catches reported daily from just a few miles off the beach all the way to the gulf stream.  The wahoo bite in the stream remains hot and the deep water grouper bite has been consistent especially on the reds. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"CCA Fishing Rodeo September 14" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/10/07
 

We are working with CCA to help pull together the CCA-NC Brunswick County Chapter Fishing Rodeo to be held September 14-Sept 22 at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. The tourney is a CCA[Coastal Conservation Association] benefit tourney. It is the hope and desire of CCA to use the tourney as a introduction to you fishermen of CCA and their interest in building a strong chapter in Brunswick County. This chapter then will focus, in concert with the OIFC, to address important fishery related issues effecting our waters. We will have the tourney brochure out in a week but the basic format is as follows: King Mackerel Division[SKA sanctioned division 9]. Entry is $235 which include a one year membership or renewal to CCA. Tourney will pay 20 places; first place $10,000 plus calcuttas[based on 150 entries]. Tuna/Dolphin/Wahoo Division. Entry fee is $335 which includes a one year membership or renewal to CCA. Winner based on combined weight of one fish each of eligible species. Pays 5 places plus big fish calcuttas for each species. Trout/Flounder/Redfish Division: Entry fee is $135 which includes a one year membership or renewal to CCA. Winner based on combined weight of one fish of each eligible species. Pays 5 places plus big fish calcuttas for each species. The Captain's meeting will be held Sept 14 at OIFC at 7:00; free dinner starting at 6:00, and a auction event featuring tackle/equipment from many of the major manufactures as well as fishing trips/schools from the best know Captain's in the area. All entry fees/auction items are 100% deductible to you as CCA is a nonprofit organization. The format of the tourney allows you to enter any or all of the divisions and fish any division any 2 days beginning September 15 thru September 22. You will declare your fishing days and scales will open 4:00 each day with 5:00 deadline to be in line. We will be running our off island free shuttle so please use it and help us manage the traffic from the event. There will be free raffle prizes only for shuttle riders. So; join us for this CCA Fishing Rodeo and help us build a strong voice as we continue to fight various fishery related issues effecting our waters. Thanks. Rube McMullan any questions can be directed to me at Rubemc@att.net
- Rube McMullan
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"LBARA Tournament" | Stori Teller-24' | 08/07/07
 

No real "new" news. But I just talked with Bob Black and he has some real exciting things lined up. Brant is donating OIFC T shirts to participants of Team OIFC so get me the shirt sizes of the fishermen or ladies fishing your boat. We realize that this event will take place the same time as the CCA tournament, but as Bob said for this year it is what it is and we'll work things out next year. I've gotten committments from more area fishermen. The LBARA does some great things for the fisheries in our area so it is very important that we support them. Thanks
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"State of the union" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 08/06/07
 

The dog days of August Summer are upon us and man is it hot. And just like you and me, who prefer to stay in the comfort of AC, the fish too feel the affects of hot water. Currently the water in the ICW is 87 and the ocean water temperatures range from 84-86. That is hot water, wherever you go, and thus the fish are feeling discomfort. As such, you have to put yourself in the fish?s position. What would you do if it were blistering hot. If you stayed in the heat, you?d be lethargic and not very hungry, which is what some of the fish have done that have stayed near shore. However, if you were not interested in messing with the heat and you had an option to get cooler, you would. And thus, many of the fish that have been inhabiting the near shore depths of 40-60 feet have moved offshore to the 80-110 foot range where they can get into deeper water and thus cooler water. For those of you who cannot venture offshore to this 25+ mile range to get to deeper water, fishing early in the AM will likely produce the best action when the surface water is coolest. Also, fishing with downriggers and fishing very slow will also help your chances. For those of you who can get offshore, again, downriggers are deadly and slow presentation will further your chances. The king mackerel are spread all over this deeper range and while the majority are in the 10-15 pound class, there are larger fish mixed in. The good thing about kings offshore is that they feed heavily on cigar minnows, and thus if you can?t get live bait, a slow trolled dead cigar minnow is often just as effective. Also in this 80-110 foot range the snapper are especially biting good. Vermillion snapper in the 1-4 pound range are very prevalent and by simply using a two hook drop rig with a small piece of squid, you should be able to get your limit of these great eating fish without trouble. Also the red, scamp and gag grouper will be mixed in as well in this range. Further offshore, the wahoo bite has continued pretty good along the break in 140-250 feet of water. In addition, fishermen continue to see quite a few sailfish with the scattered dolphin and even tuna. That?s pretty much the state of the union right now. Fishing near shore is pretty tough, but that isn?t to say there aren?t fish to be caught. Offshore is where the big bite is happening, so if you get the chance, head on out. Good luck and good fishing.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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