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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/18/07
 

The Kings are biting! Fish anywhere from 20 feet on the beach out to 80+ feet and you'll find Kings. The trick is to find big ones, like this beauty Larry Sims caught with me while fishing on Saturday. It is Jolly Mon time-- come on down !!!!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Jolly Mon official weather/fish report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/17/07
 

Ok, looking thru my clouded crystal ball here is what I see in the weather/fishing for the Jolly Mon. All next week we will experience typical summer conditions which means a southwest wind 10-15. Typically that means calm in the morning and then picking up as day progresses with land effect. This will lead to good catches at the Jungle/Atlantic Ledge/Horeshoe/30/30 and get everyone thinking that is the where the winning fish will come from. However, Friday evening, I think a weak cold front will come through and winds will go back to north, and Yaupon Reef or Myrtle Beach Rocks will light up and that is where winning fish will be caught. Yaupon has been hot all spring, lots on bait on the beach, historically winning fish have come from Yaupon/Myrtle Beach Rocks, north wind; and that's all I got to say about that. Hope all you fishermen will join us at this years Jolly Mon next weekend. Standby as this forecast will be refined as week progresses and we get reports from our charter boats and others. UPDATE. Just spoke to Brant and said he had 6 fish over 30 yesterday around the 65foot Hole area. However, I'm sticking with my story, when front passes Friday evening, and wind goes to north, Yaupon will light up which is where the Jolly Mon winner will be caught.Said bait was difficult, but best towards Ocean Crest and scatterred small schools around Tubbs Inlet. Standby.
- Rube McMullan
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"Kings ready to lite it up!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/15/07
 

Last couple of days, with weather change, King action has slowed down, however wind will be shifting to south tomorrow and look for bite to kick off again. Last week had good action at 90/90 and 65 foot hole area. Brant had good 1/2 day fishing Yaupon catching 6 20-lbers on a kite. Saturday I threw my brand new Capt Brant's fast sinking cast net and caught all the pogies I needed plus a King that then skyrocketed thru the hole he put in my net. This was in approx 8 feet of water. The beach is full of pogies and this may be the year that the Jolly Mon winner comes from Yaupon or Lockwood Ledges. I think it was 1995 when me and Brant caught a 40 at Yaupon in the Jolly Mon and came in 2nd. Look for the big fish to move into our waters this week as the weather stabalizes. The Jolly Mon is next weekend[June 22] so the timing should be perfect. Standby for up to the minute reports as we are about to get into Jolly Mon mode. We've got live pogies, hand caught pristine ribbonfish and plenty of chum.
- Rube McMullan
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"Catching Up" | Stori Teller-24' | 06/13/07
 

First I must apologize for not giving you guys a report in a while, as I haven?t even used my computer in the past two weeks because I?ve been on the water nearly every day.  Thankfully, the fishing continues to be very consistent, with the flounder bite being the most prominent species right now.  The Tubbs Inlet area is still producing good numbers of fish up to 3lbs., while the Shallotte and Lockwood Folly Rivers have been producing some real doormats up to 8lbs.  The small ?peanut? menhaden have been difficult to locate lately, so I have been exclusively using mud minnows, which of course work great, but don?t usually produce the quality of fish that pogies or mullet will, so if you can get your hands on some of those larger baits, there is a good chance of catching a wall ? hanger right now.  There are also still a few trout around, with many being caught in the creeks and rivers by fishermen targeting flounder.  Live shrimp aren?t as much of a necessity to catch trout this time of year, as the will usually respond quite well to mud minnows, pogies or finger mullet.  Finally, on the redfish front, things have been a little harder to predict, as they will bite one day and then are impossible to locate for a week.  However, they should only become more plentiful in the coming weeks, as they will begin to move to their usual summertime haunts.  Most to the reds I?ve caught recently have been slot ? sized (18 ? 27in.) but I am beginning to see more of the larger over ? the ? slot size fish, which will become more prevalent later in the year.  With the fishing as good as it is, there is no excuse not to get on the water and give it a try, so everyone get out there and catchemup!

 - Below are a few photos of some the fish we?ve boated over the last few days.

 


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"William Miller's first dolphin" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 06/12/07
 

It's a few days old, but I couldn't resist posting this picture of William Miller's first dolphin, caught last week on a trip with Capt. Roger Gales. There's nothing better than seeing a kid's face light up on their first offshore trip. It certainly makes the "What I did on my summer vacation" report much more interesting on the dreaded first day of school.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Gulf Stream is back!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/11/07
 

Excellent action today from gulf stream to kingfish grounds. Capt Shane on MacMarlen had big catch of dolphin/wahoo/blackfin at 100/400. Closer in Capt Lyndon on It Works had big catch of Kings and Dolphin at Gary Enis wreck. Closer in Capt Brant on Carolina Contender had big catch of Kings and a Sailfish just inshore of the 65 foot hole. Also good catches of Kings at 90/90 in the morning as well as cobia scattered at all the king spots. Some of the Kings are Jolly Mon material as Capt Brant reports several in the mid 20's and Capt Lyndon reporting smokers biting thru wire. Pogies were at Holden Beach pier this morning.


- Rube McMullan
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"King bite is on" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/10/07
 

Just as we forecasted, with weather stabalizing, King bite kicked into high gear today at 90's and Jungle. Also good reports of Cobia in same areas. Pogies are on the beach or we have some here at OIFC.

Offshore, the Crews Missle made their maiden voyage on their brand new 38 Rampage to the Black Jack and came back with good catch of wahoo, dolphin, and kings including a citation 41.65 wahoo. Congrats to the Crews Missle.

Still hearing reports of Blue Marlin sightings. We have some rigged spanish mackerel Capt Applegate made for us that is guranteed to lite up Mr. Blue if he is anywhere in the neighborhood. This is prime time to catch the #1 glamor fish in the sea.Mix a spanish into your spread and you might be a hero! 


- Rube McMullan
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"Gulf Steam cooling off, Kings heating up" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/10/07
 

Gulf Steam action yesterday slowed significantly for our boats that fished 100/400 however, as they moved closer in to the 120 foot range around wrecks found scatterred dolphin and kings. Big news was kings showed up pretty good at 90/90's. Most boats fishing dead cigars, however Capt Barrett reports from his 800 foot observation view aboard the Flying Fish Parasail, that pogies are up and down the beach from OIB to Holden. Also grouper starting to show in the 90-100 foot range. Weather looks perfect all thru next week and as weather continues to stabalize, King bite should gear up into high speed at the Jungle/Horeshoe/Shark Hole.

Correction: Just spoke to Capt Roger and he says it ain't so..."says he caught em in the stream and caught em in the shallower water; decent bite of dolphin with kings mixed in." Hot lure was Blue Water Candy Cotton Candy and C&H Blue Alien. 


- Rube McMullan
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"" | Black Pearl- 31' | 06/10/07
 

I'm sorry that it's been awhile since I've posted any inshore reports, but Captains Amy, Brant and Chris have had all of us at the OIFC stocking up on fishing supplies and bait for this upcomming busy season. We're keeping a good supply of mud minnows, DOA's and Gulp for us inshore folks. Which brings me to an update on my fishing. Thursday, after work, Jeff and I loaded up on OIFC mud minnows and headed out for our favorite prey...flounder. We arrived in Tubbs, on a falling tide, located a creek mouth with water flowing out and proceeded to drift. Within fifteen minutes we landed 2 fat flatties, each 16 and @ 17 inches respectively. A short time later when the tide ebbed the bite turned off. None the less we had enough flounder for a good supper. I've heard of good bites in the Shallotte River with an 8 pounder weighed in at the OIFC, and I know they are in Tubbs. I'll keep you posted.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"POGIES HERE !!!" | Show Time- 34' | 06/09/07
 

The POGIES have arrived off the beaches at the OIFC. We have fresh pogies that are now on sale for 18 dollers a dozen. A must have for Kings, Cobia, and Grouper.


- First Mate- Matt Holt
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"Perfect weather starting Sunday" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/09/07
 

Looks like another week of perfect fishing conditions starting Sunday. Today we have a little SW winds[15kts] in front of lite cold front that will pass thru tonight giving us stable high pressure into next week. We have boats in stream today so will have updated gulf stream report this evening. Thursday Roger  on Showtime had decent catch of Dolphin and Kings so action still good. Also Dolphin showing up in Atlantic Ledge area mixed in with Kings. Kings bite should gear up good this week as weather stabalizes. Cobia are appearing and will bite a cobia jig tipped with squid or live bait if you have it. Capt Barrett reports seeing pogies from his parasail viewpoint at Ocean Isle and Holden.


- Rube McMullan
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"The bite of the wicked wahoo" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 06/05/07
 

First Mate Rudy Upton found out first hand on Saturday just how sharp the teeth of a wahoo are.  Rudy was fishing with Rudy Sr., on the "Double R" down at the Winyah Scarp when the citation wahoo bit yet another BWC Bling head (Mr. Sparkle strikes again!).  The seas were rough, and in the confusion of the fish coming into the boat, the business end somehow found a way to latch itself onto poor Rudy's leg.  Between the razor sharp teeth and the point of the gaff, the wound required double-digit stitches to close.  Thankfully, the fish's teeth missed the artery, but Rudy still had to hold his leg together for the 60 mile run home in building seas.  I guess there are worse scenarios, but please, please exercise caution when bringing a large wahoo into the boat.  By the way, the wahoo weighed 41.10 pounds.  His father said the certificate acted as a good anesthesia while the doctor was stitching him back together.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/05/07
 

Weather Finally Offers Fish a Break by Capt. Brant McMullan Well, it was a great run of great weather and great fishing we?ve had over the past couple of weeks, but you knew it couldn?t last forever. Tropical Storm Barry moved in from the South, and as is typical of almost every named storm, it passes within 100 miles of Brunswick County and thus affects us in some way. This time, the effects were not so negative as the rain we so badly needed was certainly nice to have. However, if you?re a fisherman, the wind and rain have kept you on the sidelines for the last few days. But who?s complaining? The weather was so perfect and the fishing so good for the last couple of weeks that I was getting worn out. Day after day with big catches of dolphin, wahoo, tuna, king mackerel, spanish mackerel, grouper, snapper and cobia. You name it, they were biting. In the Gulf Stream the action continues consistently good for dolphin and wahoo with occasional yellowfin tuna still being caught. Most of the dolphin are in the 10-20 pound range and the wahoo in the 20-40 pound range. Recently we?ve been mostly fishing the Stream to the south near the Winyah Scarp area and most of our better bites have been coming in the 180-220 foot range. We have found recently that ?popping? lure heads in blue/white over small ballyhoo have been the most effective. The waters are full of flying fish, and as such, this lure head and ballyhoo combination mimics a fleeing flying fish quite effectively. In addition, we?ve also had good luck with black and purple over larger ballyhoo for the wahoo and some of the large dolphin as many of the larger wahoo, tuna and dolphin consistently feed on small tunas, and this combination mimics the prey effectively as well. The action in the Stream has been consistent, but I look for it to start slowing down over the next couple of weeks as the dolphin and wahoo move inshore and scatter before migrating north. As such, further inshore in the 50-80 foot depth range, the dolphin are beginning to show up and offer near shore anglers a taste of what the Gulf Stream fishermen have been bragging about all Spring. In addition, one of the biggest stories over the past week has been the arrival of the king mackerel. King Mackerel in the 8-15 pound range bit good at the 390/390 over the last few days as well Yaupon Reef, the Horseshoe, Jungle and Atlantic Ledge. The kings will continue to move inshore to their normal haunts and provide for consistent action through July. This of course just in time for the annual Jolly Mon King Classic king mackerel tournament. This year?s tournament will be held from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center with registration on Friday, June 22nd and a Captain?s choice format allowing teams to choose to fish in the tournament on either Saturday, June 23rd or Sunday, June 24th. The team that catches the largest king mackerel will walk away with over $20,000 in cash. In addition, prizes will be paid to top finishing youth anglers, lady anglers, senior anglers, teams fishing in boats less than 23 feet and much much more. There are dozens of ways to win and it really pays to involve your family in your day of fishing. That?s pretty much a snapshot of the fishing that has been taking place from our area. The recent wind and rain will likely stir up the water for a few days, but the forecast is calling for more stable weather toward the end of the week, which should bring the fishing back on-line by the weekend. Stay tuned for more reports of great fishing.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing School Opening" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 06/05/07
 

I've got a few fishing school openings left for the Summer. This coming weekend I've got 3 spots open for Grouper fishing class- June 9. I've also got openings for July 20 and July 27 live bait king mackerel classes. Call me at (910) 575-3474 to make a reservation.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"STILL GETTIN' EM" | Stori Teller-24' | 06/03/07
 

Today I definitely put too much faith in the weatherman.The forecast for today was for us to have steady rain with 30 knot winds, so after cancelling the morning trip based on this forecast I awoke to partly cloudy skies and light southerly breezes.With this new outlook on the days weather we decided to leave the dock at twelve and just see what happened.Our first stop was some docks where we have been catching some nice redfish.After 20 or so minutes with no luck we changed our position along with our target.We now had our sites set on flounder.We started in the back of a creek behind Ocean Isle and decided to drift our mud minnows along with current back out of the creek.We drifted the whole length of the creek,which took about thirty minutes with no luck.Our next plan of attack was to anchor the boat on the edge of the deeper areas of the creek and fan cast the area and retrieve the baits slowly back to the boat.The theory was to give the fish more than one look at the baits since they were not acting very aggressive this new tactic began to pay off very quickly.Within five minutes I was sliding the net underneath our first flounder.WE continued this through three or four more stops before it was time to point us back toward home.WE ended up with enough flounder for dinner and a trout or two for good measure
- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"STILL GETTIN' EM" | Stori Teller-24' | 06/03/07
 


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"I feel like a frog..." | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 06/03/07
 

The rain has finally let up here in Ocean Isle Beach but there may be more on the way. I'm finally starting to dry out from yesterday afternoon. I guess we need it here on land but the dolphin don't really seem to care one way or another. Fished with Capt. Scott yesterday at the 100/400 and we certainly had our share of bites. The rougher it got, the more the fish chewed. The only problem was that it go so bouncy we were losing them at the boat. Had one bull hooked up that was 40+ pounds that got off when the wind-on swivel hung inside a guide and ripped the guide out of the rod. Oh well. Capt. Shane and First Mate Macintosh did well down at the Winyah, they managed a larger class of fish than we did to the east. Had to end both trips early due to worsening conditions (when did it become a tropical storm!?!) but we got our share of dolphin. Wanted to share some pictures as well. Capt. Roger did well on the Carolina Contender on Thursday at the Winyah, and Capt. Drew Shytle out of Little River had this nice catch at the 100/400. Let's hope the fish get right back to biting when the wind dies down. It's mahi mania at Ocean Isle!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Hognose and more" | Show Time- 34' | 05/31/07
 

Drew Hager sent these pictures of his tuesday trip on the Showtime with Capt. Roger and myself. The dolphin fishing continues hot and heavy, but I sure would have liked to get the wahoo that ate our shotgun bait and took 300 yards of line. Also, Chris Edens caught this hog snapper on 10# test!!! The fish went 19 pounds. I won't tell you where he caught it, but I bet you can figure it out. According to Capt. Dick Blackmon out of Holden Beach, there are plenty of dolphin and amberjack in that area as well.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Same story" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/31/07
 

Sound like broken record, but weather continues stable and bite continues. Good catches of dolphin/wahoo with scattered tuna in stream. Lately best action at 100/400 and Scarf. Lot's of Blue Marlin being seen. Get tired of catching dolphin, slid off edge to 350 feet and pull large soft head Moldcrafts[big bait, big fish] or Islander/horse ballyhoo, [or fish live dolphin or blackfin King Mackerel style]. Now is the time of the year to catch the #1 glamor species that swims the sea. Weather looks good for stream thru Saturday so don't miss chance to particpate in the best bite of the year for the gulf stream. Inshore, Spanish are finally here in good numbers along beaches and around inlets and close in artificial reefs. More and more Cobia are showing. We have load of live eels arriving today which is guaranteed to generate a cobia bite. Best technique is to take a chum bag and run tight circles around articifial reef/buoys or wreck; stop the boat and free line a eel or pinfish or drop a cobia jig to bottom and jig up. Cobia will rise off bottom to your chum and try to climb into your boat.If nobody home, move on to next buoy or wreck. If you're slow trolling for Kings, drag chum or pogy oil dripper. Cobia are very sensitive to scent and will respond. Kings still best in 80-100 feet but will move in closer in good numbers in next couple weeks. Pogys are off Baldhead but we hope to have them available at OIFC soon. Hot update; just received report, Capt Lyndon on It Works reports Kings biting at 90/90.
- Rube McMullan
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"Pointy-nosed fish everywhere" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/30/07
 

Here is Billy Leonard's sail from the weekend. Also, Gene Norris caught one yesterday offshore of the 100/400. The billfish are out there and they're biting! Who wants to go pull Moldcrafts or four big Ilanders and a rigged Spanish on the flat line? Hang on!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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