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"Live Bait Fishing School" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/12/07
 

Had a great school last weekend as students and I caught several kings, dolphin, jacks and sharks. Everyone learned to tie rigs, throw a cast net, angle fish, use a downrigger..... A-Z, it was covered-- AND, believe it or not, we caught a 30 pound king and finished 7th out of 220 boats in the East Coast Got'em On King Classic. I have a couple more schools scheduled for this season. I am hosting 2 remaining classes on Thursday PM from 6-8pm for "ground school" and then fishing all day Friday. I currently have 2 openings for July 19-20 class and 4 openings for July 26-27 class. Call Capt. Brant at (910) 575-3474 xt3 to inquire.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Sailfish tournament idea gathers momentum" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 07/11/07
 

The seas were a bit sloppy this morning, but Capt. Roger and First Mate Matt Holt toughed it out with Dr. Allen Lish and his son Ryan.  They hooked up with this sail in the vicinity of Christina's ledge and got a great release on her, watching her swim away to fight again.  This is one of the larger sails caught this year, and the angler was one of the youngest, at ten years old.  So how about that!  After all, Ocean Isle Beach does have the North Carolina sailfish record, which is likely to stand,.  The 100 pounder was caught in 1987, before releasing them was as common as it was today.  I've already heard from some of you, but if you haven't emailed me yet, don't be shy.  I want to hear what you think about the idea of such an event for next year.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"He will not be denied!" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 07/11/07
 

Quite some time ago we realized that Matt Rogers is absolutely determined to become a better fisherman. Matt's family lives in Bladenboro, over an hour from the coast, and he does not have a boat, but that's not about to stop him. When he's not fishing, he's reading about fishing. If there's an event at the OIFC, he's there asking if he can help. This weekend, he got the opportunity to go to Capt. Brant's Live Bait 101, which was held in conjunction with the East Cost Got 'Em On Tournament out of Carolina Beach. This was Matt's first tournament and I'll let him tell you about it in his own words: "We boarded the Carolina Contender at 5:30am and started tying rigs and setting up our rods. Then we headed out of Shalotte Inlet around 6:15 to find some pogies and started to get our hands dirty by thowing the cast net. Bait was good but was scattered around the Holden Beach Pier there must have been 20 or more boats. After about 3 hours of cast netting everyone in the class got to net some pogies. With our baitwells full we headed out to 80 foot of water as we set lines. At this point everyone in the class was ready to start fishing. We hooked bait and slow trolled around over and over.At around 12 or 1 o'clock there was already one mid-teens king and dolphin in the box. We continued to set lines. At around 1:45 is when I set the downrigger and it wasn't 3 minutes before the drag started screaming! I rushed and got the rod while anonther class member got the downrigger up. We knew indeed it was a king. I fought the fish around I'd say 30 mins before I saw color and knew right then we were heading to the scales. By now it was after 2:00 and we had 2 dolphin, and a mid-teens class king and a 30 pounder in the bag, but we still didn't stop the day yet. We released a couple of small dog sharks,and a 40lb AJ and broke another one off at the boat. By now it was time to get the lines in and head off to the scales. We got to do alot of sight seeing of Bald Head Island and other remarkable land marks as we made our way thorugh the Cape Fear River on up to the docks where we got a photo or 2 of the fish and weighed it in. This was my biggest king mackerel yet weighing in at 30.55 lb which would get us 8th place in the Got'Em On. By that time I think everyone in the class was ready to call it a day we got to enjoy a nice ride back to the OIFC where we cleaned our catch and all thanked each other for the help and things we learned in the class.All the guys in the class Charles, Bob, Larry and myself and most of all Brant all made it happen everyone had there on part in getting us to the scales." We're all proud of Matt and wish him the best in his fishing endeavors. Hopefully the experience hasn't spoiled him--not everyone catches a 30+ mackerel in their first SKA tournament! Matt wanted to say thanks to Capt. Brant McMullan, Capt. Barrett McMullan, Capt. Amy McMullan, Capt. Roger Gales, Capt. Lyndon Carter, Capt. Kyle Hughes, Brian Aycock, Stephen Hunter (Fight'n Triton Fishing Team), and Ray Labonte (Plumb Crazy Fishing Team) for helping him. Keep it up Matt!
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"Weekend rundown" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 07/10/07
 

It's hot right now, but don't let that keep you off the water. The heat didn't deter Jody Thompson this weekend as he caught this sail on the FishBonz. Also, Jeff on the Martini decided to switch it up a bit and ended up with these hog snapper and a giant spiny lobster. Steven Godbold got this sail while fishing the Got "Em on Tourney at the 30/30. It was his first. Any takers out there on the idea of a sailfish tourney? Get on the email and let me know.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Inshore Update" | Stori Teller-24' | 07/09/07
 

Well, summer is finally here.  With air temperatures soaring into the 90's,  it certainly makes for some hot days on the water.  But on the bright side, the fish are still biting pretty well.  I've been seeing good numbers of redfish, trout, and flounder, mostly from the usual hotspots around the area.  We've been catching reds of all sizes, from puppies to "over the slot" fish that have been running up to 10 pounds.  There have also been some nice trout around also, including a few gators up to 6 pounds.  on the flounder scene, the usual summertime spots like Tubbs and Shallotte Inlets have been producing well, and the have also been some nice fish on some of the nearshore wrecks/reefs also.  So don't let the heat stop you, get out there and go fishing.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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""Blue" Water Adventures" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 07/06/07
 

Check out the OIFC's own Jamie Blue, helping his sister release a sail from yesterday at the Raritan. This is the second sail caught by Jamie this year on his 21' center console. There's a ton of bait out there right now, and Lyndon reported hooking on and seeing a free jumper today. Maybe we need to start our own tournament down here...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Bite is on the way" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/05/07
 

Beeen kinda weird last few days with weather pattern we have had. The water is full of bait and fish should be biting, but Kings have been very spotty. What we are seeing are tons of spanish on offshore fishing grounds feeding on glass minnows. In the world of tourney fishing, this is the classic senario you look for, and if I were tourney fishing,  I would catch a live spanish and deploy him to serve as the special of the day to a 40lb King. They got to be there where the big schools of spanish are holding such as 90/90 and Jungle.

Cobia reappeared yesterday as a number were caught by the fleet. Weather is stabalizing and I expect fish to go on all out feeding frenzy as they must be hungrey by now.


- Rube McMullan
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"Fish/weather outlook" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 07/01/07
 

The incredible King/Dolphin fishing we have been experiencing last couple weeks slowed last couple days with the weather change. However, we're seeing tons of bait in the 65 foot area[cigars/sardines] and as is always the case, where there is bait there are predador fish. I think with the weather change they're just not biting as good as they were. High pressure is building in now for next couple days, and by mid week we should be back in another stable weather pattern, and on Wednesday they should go on an all out feeding frenzy lasting thru the weekend. In meantime, great opportunity to get a few brownie points, enjoy the cool northeast breeze we will have for next couple days, as this is probably last cool air we will have for the summer.

The jelly balls are here now and so are the spade fish on the near shore wrecks. This is great light tackle fun. Please remember these fish are very prone to over fishing so keep what you want for dinner and go to catch and release so they will be there for another day.


- Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/29/07
 

The King Mackerel are chewing hard. Most fish in the 10-15 pound class, but the occasional 20+. Yesterday the word from all the Capt. was more bait than they'd ever seen in their life at the 65 foot hole area. Spanish everywhere and Cigar Minnows everywhere. The bite was strong.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"King bite continues" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/27/07
 

The King bite that began with Jolly Mon has continued this week as our chartrer boats and private boats are catching limits of Kings at 90/90 and Christina. Good number of gaffer Dolphin mixed in along with Cobia. We are having the best King season I can remember in many years which I'm hoping has to do with the best abundance of pogy schools I can remember in many years. Think it's a simple equation; if you have a food source for predator fish, you will have predator fish. "SAVE OUR POGIES"!!!!!

Inshore, the Flounder bite is smoking. They're biting almost everywhere, especially Tubbs Inlet acording to local flounder expert Tripp Hooks. The mullet minnows have grown to perfect bait size and the Flounder are eating them.


- Rube McMullan
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"Jolly Mon Recap 07" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/25/07
 

Sailfish/ Yamaha Jolly Mon King Classic Sets New Participation Record with 360 Boat Entries by Capt. Brant McMullan This past weekend marked a milestone for the Jolly Mon King Classic as the past record of 340 boat entries was eclipsed on Friday evening when a very impressive 360 fishing teams from all over the southeast put their money on the table to compete for the over $100,000 in cash prizes. Aiding in the great turnout were Mother Nature and the king mackerel themselves. The weather could not have been any better on both Saturday and Sunday, and thus boats from 18? and up had no problem traveling to and from productive fishing grounds in complete comfort. In addition, the king mackerel fishing had been picking up all week prior to the tournament and even though every participant is gunning for the big one, the opportunity to catch lots of king mackerel, regardless of the size, certainly adds to the interest. On Thursday we took registrations for the Jr. Jolly Mon, which is a tournament just for young fishermen under 16 years old. The tournament offers prizes for king mackerel, cobia, dolphin and sea bass. This year we had 31 junior anglers competing. Results as follows: 1st king- Zack Shackleton- 15 years old- 22.9 lbs 2nd king- Jordan David- 16 years old- 16.8 lbs 3rd king- John Pugh- 7 years old- 15.1 lbs 1st dolphin- Jordan David- 16 years old- 33.6 lbs 2nd dolphin- John Pugh- 7 years old- 14.55 lbs 3rd dolphin- Vicky Kim- 15 years old- 13.0 lbs 1st cobia- Paul Arvidson- 5 years old- 28.25 lbs 2nd cobia- John Pugh- 7 years old- 22.6 lbs 1st sea bass- John Pugh- 7 years old- 1.05 lbs 2nd sea bass- Nicholas Seagroves- 9 years old- .8 lbs 3rd sea bass- Vicky Kim- 15 years old- .3 On Friday evening the festivities began with a great meal served compliments of Guy C. Lee of Shallotte, followed by the awards ceremony for the Jr. Jolly Mon, followed by the Capt. Meeting and finally wrapped up with some wholesome family entertainment in the form of the Pogy Bobbing contest. This year we had a total of 66 contestants; 49 in the under 13 year old class and 17 in the over 13 year old class. There were girls, boys, men and women who all competed to see who could catch a live Pogy from a tank using nothing but teeth. The winner of the under 13 class was 11 year old Adam Lapish who bobbed a Pogy in an impressive 3.9 seconds. Runner-up was 11 year old Errol McGillewie with a 10.02 second bob. In the over 13 class, the winner was 15 year old Julie Glass with a 7.6 second bob. Runner-up was 18 year old Wes ?Lock Jaws? Glass with a 15 second bob. As always, it was quite a sight to see. By evenings end, 360 fishing teams had registered their boats and it was time to get down to the business of winning some of the $100,000 + in available prize money. On Saturday, 278 fishing teams opted to fish. The weather was beautiful and reports indicated that live bait was easy to find. Teams spread out from Georgetown, SC up to Topsail Beach, NC looking for the big king. When the scales opened at 2pm a few boats began to trickle in with their catch. Roofing Contender showed up with a 32.65 to take the early lead, but was soon bumped by Zig Zag with a 33.95. Later Coon Dog would post a 36 to take the lead but by day end, it was Michael Kennedy of Winnabow on the Simply Storage boat who led with a 38.8 pound king mackerel. A total of 118 boats weighed their fish on day 1 and the 30th place fish was 20 pounds. On day 2, 82 teams fished to try to beat the previous day?s mark. Much of the leader board remained unchanged, however it was the No Alibi team that scaled a 37.55 pound king to shake things up. A total of 38 boats weighed in on day 2, but none could top Michael Kennedy?s 38.8. Your 2007, Yamaha/Sailfish Jolly Mon King Classic winner: Michael Kennedy and team from Winnabow, NC aboard the Simply Storage. I interviewed all the teams that placed on the leader board, and as were the indications prior to the tournament, the fishing was great all around, but no one location gave up more than a few leader board fish. Spots that produced top finishing fish included; Jungle (2nd place winner) , Shark Hole, Palm Tree Hole, Cucumber Rocks (1st place winner), 390/390 (3rd place winner), Shallotte sea buoy, Lighthouse Rocks, Topsail Ledge, Atlantic Ledge and Myrtle Beach Rocks. Final Results as listed below: 1 38.80 Simply Storage, Michael Kennedy -Winnabow, NC 2 37.55 No Alibi, Neal Loman -Greensboro, NC 3 36.00 Coon Dog, Samuel J Cernugel -Wilmington, NC 4 33.95 Zig Zag, Johnnie A Johnson -Wilmington, NC 5 32.65 Roofing Contender, Randy Wallace -Hickory, NC 6 30.35 Play'N Hookie, Jay Robertson -Pawleys Island, SC 7 29.60 Reel Action, Jeremy B Harrelson- Hope Mills, NC 8 29.55 Bird Man, Woody Wooten- Ocean Isle Beach, NC 9 29.50 Steel Fishing, K & R Fishing Inc- Southport, NC 10 29.40 Reel Time, Tim Lowry- Norwood, NC 11 29.25 Black Cat II, Jamey Stewart- Georgetown, SC 12 29.05 Liquidate, Kenny Clark- Matthews, NC 13 28.60 Total Chaos, Sid Cauble- Simpsonville, SC 14 27.20 White Collar Crime, Tor Swenson- Raleigh, NC 15 26.50 Sandpiper, Fred W Piper- Raleigh, NC 16 25.80 Mac Daddy, Wesley S Campbell- Elizabethtown, NC 17 25.75 Tall Tail, Ronald Foster- Trinity, NC 18 25.25 Billzfisher, Bill Welborn- Lexington, NC 19 25.20 Final Approach, James M Demyan_Jr- Southern Pines, NC 20 25.00 Trust Knot, Kenneth Howard_II- Southport, NC 21 24.65 Reel Commocean, Curtis Corney- Saint Pauls, NC 22 24.50 Nauti Girl, Andy Barringer- Mooresville, NC 23 24.35 Hot Rod, Brett A Barnes- Wilmington, NC 24 24.10 Gambler, D Allen Kinney- Oak Island, NC 25 23.80 Schneider Stone, Tommy Schneider- Asheboro, NC 26 23.65 Fairways and Greens, Bodie Watkins- Bethune, SC 27 23.60 Tale Chaser, Ted Johnson- Bolivia, NC 28 23.40 Liquid Fire, C Mark Henderson- Cape Carteret, NC 29 22.95 Wet Flash, Gary Pollard- Clover, SC 30 22.90 Let's Go, Wade Byrd- Clarkton, NC 31 22.90 Sweet R Tea, Joseph Stone- Wrightsville Beach, NC Jr. Angler Division 1 32.65 Roofing Contender, Jonathan Pugh- Hickory, NC 2 29.50 Steel Fishing, Travis Gunter- Southport, NC 3 28.60 Total Chaos, Taylor Henkel- Simpsonville, SC 4 23.40 Liquid Fire, Joshua & Crockett Henderson- Cape Carteret, NC 5 22.95 Wet Flash, Grant Pollard- Clover, SC 6 22.35 Team Mitch Craft, Shaun Benton- Whiteville, NC 7 21.75 Mining My Bidness, Charlie Permenter- Little River, SC 8 21.05 Punch List, Catherine Condon- Pawleys Island, SC 9 20.90 Live Line, David Jackson- Wilmington, NC 10 20.10 East Coast Sports, Cole Edens & Blain Gibson- Hampstead, NC 11 19.95 Logan's Run, D Logan II- Wrightsville Beach, NC 12 19.50 Double Down, Austin Allen- Asheboro, NC 13 19.50 Tee To Sea, Jackson Denny- Murrells Inlet, SC 14 18.65 Trac Attack, Eric Swart- Chatham, VA 15 17.90 Team King Hunter, Hunter Roberts- Shallotte, NC 16 17.90 Team Concept, Jacob Faircloth- Graham, NC 17 17.40 Maverick, Jake Godwin- Raleigh, NC 18 17.10 Black Cat, Hunter Harrelson- Georgetown, SC 19 15.55 Get You Chum, Zach White- Hope Mills, NC 20 15.30 Ms Louise, Zach Illing- Mocksville, NC Lady Angler Division 1 32.65 Roofing Contender, Amy Wallace- Hickory, NC 2 30.35 Play'N Hookie, Lisa Robertson- Pawleys Island, SC 3 27.20 White Collar Crime, Tisha Edwards & Carolyn Swenson- Raleigh, NC 4 25.75 Tall Tail, Summer Foster- Trinity, NC 5 24.65 Reel Commocean, Kelly Smith- Saint Pauls, NC 6 22.85 Cap't Choice, Amy Jordan- Ocean Isle Beach, NC 7 22.80 Taylor Made, Ashley Hines- Ocean Isle Beach, NC 8 21.40 Plumb Crazy, Karen Dees- Ayden, NC 9 21.15 Hooligan, Jackie Sgambati- Sunset Beach, NC 10 20.85 Wild Ride Fishing Team, Shayna Griffin- Hampstead, NC Sr. Angler Division 1 37.55 No Alibi, Donnie Ward & Neal Loman- Greensboro, NC 2 29.60 Reel Action, Ricky Long Sr- Hope Mills, NC 3 29.55 Bird Man, Woody Wooten- Ocean Isle Beach, NC Thanks to all who participated and thanks to all our very important sponsors and advertisers for making the 2007 Jolly Mon King Classic a great event. Stay tuned for more fishing reports as I wrap up final paperwork on the Jolly Mon and get back to the water for myself.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Billfish from a center console? You bet!" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 06/25/07
 

Even with this weekend's fantastic king bite, which continued today at the 390/390 (Capt. Lyndon had 20+ releases on a half day charter!!!) there was still time for local anglers to catch a pointy-nose or two. Matt Holt caught his first sail at the 70 foot hole, fishing with Capt. Drew Shytle on the Crowd Pleaser. Capt. Ryan Strickland had one on the Black Pearl, even closer in. Ryan said he could see the hotels on Cherry Grove as he was fighting his fish. Out in the Gulf Stream, Capt. Jimmy Lee Williams and Brian Wilson released this marlin, which bit in 350 feet, after a two and a half hour fight. All these fish were caught on outboard powered boats 31 feet long or less. Gotta love it... They're still around folks, and at the Ocean Isle Fishing center we have Moldcrafts already rigged and for sale, the classic Ilander rig, and Capt. Nelson Applegate's rigged spanish mackerel. Plenty of teasers, too. Better take advantage of this bite and go catch one when you're not wearing out the kings and dolphin inshore. The time is now!!! Addendum: John Gallo released this sail during the tournament at AR 420. Wow. Just got the picture. Matt Eisenberger's sail is pictured too. Catch 'em up guys...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"S. C. Fishing Regulations" | Stori Teller-24' | 06/24/07
 

Effective June 15th, S.C. put in place new fishing regulations for black drum, trout, saltwater catfish, red drum, flounder, black sea bass and dolphin. Of particular interest this time of year is flounder must be 14 inches. You may want to log onto www.dnr.sc.gov for further info.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon Registration Complete" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/22/07
 

At times it was intense, and I apologize for any inconvenience due to the crowds, but when it is all said and done, 361 boats have registered to fish the 2007 Jolly Mon King Classic.  Approx 60% are fishing on Sat and the rest on Sunday. The weather forecast looks great and the fish are biting.  Stay tuned tomorrow as we update the weigh-in as fish come in.  Thanks again and good luck on the water. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Jolly Mon; they're everywhere, they're everywhere" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/22/07
 

On weather scene, looks like so called weather experts are now folding their tents and adjusting their forecast to the one I put out over a week ago that forecasted PERFECT weather for the Jolly Mon. Sat/Sun both look excellent and only question is do you want to fish in front of the front, or behind the front; do you have first crack at the fish Saturday, or do you get a read on where they are at Saturday and fish Sunday. Here's what we know. Our charter fleet caught fish everywhere they tried yesterday including 65 foot hole, Jungle, 10/10, Christina. Also here there are good fish in Cape Fear shipping channel, loaded with glass minnows. It's a problem when weather is so good that certain options are eliminated so I'm throwing my hands up, I don't know where to go, the fish are EVERYWHERE!

We definitely have live pogies at OIFC, we're feeding them high torque formula., and by tomorrow morning they will be race horses ready to go. It is true that they build strength in our tank and are the best baits that swim. This morning there is bait at Ocean Isle pier but if you need/want insurance, we've got them. Also we have hand caught pristine 18 inch ribbons, the absolute best ribbons that exist anywhere, and of course dead cigars and ballyhoo for added insurance.

Anyone coming to tourney, Friday/Saturday or Sunday, PLEASE ride our off island shuttle and help us manage the event by keeping tourney traffic off the island. Shuttle is free, easy door to door, no hassel, and you can win free rods/reels in shuttle only raffle. Thanks for you co-operation and join us for a great event.


- Rube McMullan
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"Todays jolly Mon update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/21/07
 

On the weather scene: the pressure gradient that was forecasted to develop with the southern low and current high pressure didn't happen, therefore instead of strong east to northeast winds, we have lite northeast winds. The Saturday forecast is showing SW winds picking up in afternoon. Here is what will happen in our fishing area. Another cold front will approach on Saturday, thus the SW flow in front of the front, however what is being shown for later in the day as a 15kt SW wind is connected to the passage of the front, which will not occur until late on Saturday. This means, we will have closer to 10ktSW winds Saturday and the stronger winds won't occur until front passes late in the day. Sunday, the front will have passed; winds will go to north and then to southeast which means they will lay out completely thus offering flat conditions for Sunday.

On the King scene, our boats caught decent fish in the 65 foot area. Bait was much more prevelant however it is small. Time for your double pogy rigs and slow your speed to "0".

We hope[plan] on having pogies available for tourney fishermen. Also have hand caught pristine ribbonfish. Join us for a great event and please help us manage the event by parking in our off island parking lots and riding the free shuttle. No parking hassels, front door delivery, and win fishing tackle in free raffle for shuttle riders only. There is no tourney parking on the island. Thanks for you co-operation.


- Rube McMullan
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"King Fish Bite" | It Works- 27' | 06/20/07
 

Sorry I haven't posted a report in awhile. As everyone else has reported, the kingfish bite has really turned on lately from the beach on out. Also, if you want a hard fight, the Amberjack are thick on the offshore wrecks and ledges. For the jacks, I prefer 4/0 or larger reels loaded with 60-80 lb. line. Put a live bait on an 8/0 or 10/0 circle hook with a 50 lb. fluorocarbon leader on a standard grouper rig, and drop it down. Have another rod ready with the same setup, but with a barrel swivel instead of a three way ready to free line a live pinfish or pogie to the jacks that show up on the surface. Jacks are extremely hard fighting fish, so be prepared to do battle. We were kingfishing at the Raritan Wreck last week, and had a double header of jacks on live bait rods with 20 lb. line. After about an hour fight, we put on 25 lb. and one 42 lbs. in the box. Below are some pictures of kings caught recently, as well as the jacks.  The fish are biting great, so come on down and go with us.


- Capt. Lyndon Carter
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"Jolly Mon forecast change" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/20/07
 

We have a weather forecast change. Believe it or not, it just got better. We are going from a PERFECT forecast to "MACRO" PERFECT forecast. What this means is not only are the sea conditions going to be excellent, but certain dynamics will play out the next couple of days that will make the fishing Saturday/Sunday amazing. Here is what will happen: A strong front will pass thru tonight and behind it will be strong north and then northeast winds that will develop due to a pressure gradient associated with the cold front[high pressure] and a low pressure system that will develop off the Georgia/SC coast. These conflicting systems will create the "perfect storm" scenario, but instead of heavy seas, it will interupt the feeding cycle of Kings beginning this afternoon, and will continue thru Thursday and into Friday morning when the wind will shift back to the south as the low pressure system moves further offshore. What this sets up is a south wind Saturday/Sunday, pent up hunger from the lockjaw the fish will incur Thurs/Friday, and thus flat seas and very hungrey fish for Saturday/Sunday. Thus, it is this "Macro" event that will set the stage for an all out bite for the tourney!

Update on fishing news, best bite yesterday was at the Jungle area. Capt Shane had couple mid 20's. Bait this morning is at Holden Beach pier. We will try to have live pogies at OIFC for tourney.


- Rube McMullan
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"jolly Mon weather/fish update today" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/19/07
 

Yesterday saw good King action at 70 foot hole, Jungle, and a few fish were caught at Yaupon. Pogies were at Lockwood inlet yesterday and seemed more abundant than previous days. On weather side of equation, looks like front will pass thru Thursday, winds go to north Friday and then to south for Saturday. What will happen is winds will blow pretty strong on Thursday night/Friday morning, laying out friday afternoon, and going flat Saturday as winds shift to south. This is a classic pattern for all out Kingfish bite and I'm sticking with my forecast that with a north wind, Yaupon will be the hot spot for the big fish. That said, with the stable weather Saturday/Sunday, fish should also explode in the 60-70 foot range, where they have been biting last couple of weeks. To be honest, with weather looking as good as it is, i am getting confused as to where to fish. I think they will bite everywhere, and as appropriate in the Jolly Mon, anyone can win this thing; who will get lucky and catch the hog out from underneath your buddies boat?

On bait scene, we will try very hard to have live pogies, and we will notify via this site. Also, we have the best hand caught prisitine ribbonfish that exist anywhere.


- Rube McMullan
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"Don't give up on the Gulf Stream just yet" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 06/18/07
 

I know king mackerel tournament season is upon us, but a great forecast for the weekend and the "Captain's Choice" format for the Jolly Mon provides a great opportunity for the weekend. Fish the tournament one day and run offshore the other and you might be able to have some of the same success the Newells and the Niebauers had at the 100/400 last Saturday on the Secret Weapon. In case you didn't hear, the crew released two large sails in the area, while Scott Ward cleaned up on the dolphin nearby. Both the sails ate Ilander/ballyhoo combos and were released to fight again. Anybody want to fish the Haneman sailfish tournament in July out of Wrightsville? I think we still have some dates open. I'm betting the Secret Weapon will contend in that one.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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