Capt. Brant's Fishing Report
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"Still biting" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/30/07
Quick report from Capt Chris; they're still biting. Showtime had good catch of Dolphin south yesterday. Lost several smoker wahoos. Capt Lyndon said good bite on Spanish along beach. Capt Brant caught a Cobia while Grey Trout fishing[grey trout biting on inshore reefs/wrecks].
"Gulf Stream still hot!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/29/07
Capt Roger on Showtime and Capt Shane on Carolina Contender had another good day at the stream yesterday with good catch of dolphin/wahoo/and few tuna. Game still on. Also quite a few Blue Marlin being seen as there are a lot of small blackfin tuna in the water which they are feeding on. If you get your fill of dolphin/wahoo and catch a small blackfin, have a "King Mackerel" type live bait rig made[ 10 feet of 130lb flourcarbon with 12/0 circle or 10/0 J hook] or use 130lb wire as your leader in case Mr. Wahoo gets huingrey]. Slow troll the blackfin and I almost guaranty you, if you are around blackfin, big blue is in the same neighborhood and will find the your bait. Other option is to pull plastic lures [approx 9mph]. I like soft lures like Moldcraft[Red Bailey or black/purple]. These lures look like Blackfin to the Marlin.If you ever had hopes of catching the #1 glamor species in the sea, now is the time. The weather looks like another entire week of calm seas and perfect fishing conditions.
On close in waters, Kings showed at Jungle/Atlantic ledge and other 80-90 feet water locations. Spanish have not been co-operating but I did see school of Spadefish on 3 mile reef yesterday. I don't know where the Cobia are, but they should show up any day.
"Weekend Rundown" | Show Time- 34' | 05/28/07
The holiday weekend brought spectacular weather and even better fishing to the boats out of Ocean Isle. I'll let Capt. Rickey Beck tell the story himself:
This beautiful Memorial Day weekend afforded me the chance to go boating and fishing with my family. Friday was spent letting my 18 month old grandaughter, Camdyn, get used to boating while her daddy and the rest of my family explored fishing holes.
Saturday, my son Jeff, and I had the pleasure of fishing with Jeb Thomas, maker of JBT Custom Surf rods. We first fished the Jim Caudle Reef where we boated some flounder which ranged in the 16 to 17 inch range using a mud minnow on a white bucktail. While enroute to the reef we spotted some Spanish mackeral, and at the reef we has a kingfish follow one of our small catches to the boat before breaking off. Even though we were having fairly good luck at the Caudle Reef we decided to try a new hole at the Bonapart Creek. To our good fortune we boated somemore flounder, however some were "South Carolina legal" so they were released to fight another day. The bottom line is the inshore fishing is heating up. The weather is beautiful, the Spanish, King and Flounder are here, so come on down!!
On the offshore front, the Gulf Stream action continues. Steven and Axel Kjellberg, along with Buddy Harris sent these pictures of their catch from the Blackjack hole on Saturday. I got to fish the Dixie Chicken tournament with Capt. Drew Shytle, Stephen Hunter and Barry Gardner on Saturday, and while we got our Carolina Slam within an hour of setting lines out, we ended up fifth, behind (of course) Capt. Roger on the MacMarlen. We did pull baits in 600' of water offshore of the 100/400 and had a blue marlin in the spread. With the prevalence of billfish this early in the season, I'm tempted to go and pull Moldcrafts or large Ilander/ballyhoo combinations in that deep water. Maybe a spanish or two... Closer to the beach, the kings made a showing at the Jungle, the 390/390, and the Atlantic Ledge. Jamie Blue, also of the OIFC released a nice sail at the Jungle and said there were more out there. Looks like summer is here... Going offshore tomorrow with Capt. Roger. We'll let you know how it plays out.
Capt. Chris Burrows
"Gulf Stream action back in gear" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/27/07
We were afraid yesterdays scattered bite in gulf stream signaled end of super hot action but today Capt Roger on Carolina Contender and Capt Brant on Showtime dispelled that concern as they crushed them at Scarf. Big catch of Dolphin/Wahoo/few Tuna. Roger had a aolost 50lb wahoo.
Inside Kings bite early at Jungle and Atlantic Ledge.
"Update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/27/07
Fished Gulf Stream yesterday on Pharr Fishing Team and had decent catch of Dolphin[8 fifteen-thirty pounders] however the bite was nothing like it had been.Fished the Black Jack and I think bite was scattered with some boats doing ok and others not so great. Capt Roger on MacMarlen did pretty good at the 100/400 with 9 Dolphin and 1 Wahoo, and won the Lady Angler division at the Dixie Chicken. We had a Blue Marlin stalking us [he tailed us for an hour] but couldn't get him to eat.
Big news is the King Mackerel bite went off big time at the Jungle and Atlantic Ledge. Lots of fish on dead cigars. Also scattered Cobia showing. Closer in Capt Lyndon on "It Works" had a 17lb King at the 90/90 so fish definitely moving in closer. Weather looks PERFECT all next week!
"Inshore Update" | Stori Teller-24' | 05/23/07
Hi folks, sorry its been a while since my last report, I've been busy chasing fish from the backwater to the bluewater lately and have been a little slack on my reports. It is certain that summer is on its way, as the temps are becoming progessively warmer and the fish are moving into their typical late spring/early summer patterns. The water temps have risen into the mid - 70s recently and has really cranked up the flounder bite. Tubbs Inlet and the Cherry Grove/Hog Inlet area have benn producing good numbers of fish, including some nice fish in the 4 - 6 pound range. Mud minnows on a carolina rig have been the ticket to catching the flounder. The trout bite has slowed a little with the warmer water, as the fish become more focused on spawning rather than feeding, but there are still some to be caught. Finally, the redfish should begin making their move out of the creeks and toward the inlets, so watch for the redfishing to be the next fishing to really pick up. The weather looks great for this weekend, so get on the water and catchem'up!
Capt. Kyle Hughes
"Mr. Sparkle" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/23/07
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Had a great day fishing with Capt. Scott Hewitt on Monday on the MacMarlen. We fished the 100/400 area with a crew of Tom Rybski, Bill Weber, Mike Casale, Greg Gutman, and Dwight Tillis, who caught his first sailfish, a lit-up 66-incher. We did well on the dolphin, and caught a wahoo to go along with the sail. The hot bait was a Blue Water Candy 1 oz. "bling" head in a color called cotton candy. Capt. Roger and I named it Mr. Sparkle and I think that name will stick. I have been fishing Mr. Sparkle with a medium ballyhoo behind it for two weeks and we have absolutely slaughtered the dolphin and wahoos on it. I just ordered a few dozen more and don't expect them to last long. You can't beat a lure that catches everything that swims. Weather looks outstanding for the weekend, the south wind should really have those Gulf Stream fish chewing. Let's go do and it all again!
Capt. Chris Burrows
"Red Tide at Ocean Isle?" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/22/07
A team of scientist from the Dept of Agriculture, Aquaculture Divsion desended upon the Ocean Isle Fishing Center yesterday evening as a result of receving a report of potential red tide in the waters at the Fishing Center. Upon close examination, it was determined the cause of the "red tide" was not a algae bloom but was in fact the result of Capt Roger/Capt Shane/and Capt Scott catching and cleaning so many fish from yesterdays Gulf Stream trips on the MacMarlen/Showtime/Carolina Contender. It was a blood bath at the cleaning table as many Mahi/Tuna/Wahoo fell victim to the filet knives of the Captains and their Mates, leaving the canal water a deep blue water red color. In answer to the question asked following the slaughter at the Far Out Shoot Out......They're still there! The water is absolutely full of the top of the line gamefish we hunt for and for anyone sitting back inland, you are making a major league fishing mistake. The weather today is flat and looks real good for the weekend. All the Captains are saying the same thing...they've never seen the gulf stream fishing any better than this year. Come on down..we need help!
"Far Out Shoot Out- FINAL RESULTS" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/20/07
2007 FINAL RESULTS
1st overal- Job Site- Jeremy and Jason Foster- 111.6 points (48.5 tuna, 41.8 dolphin, 21.3 wahoo)
2nd overall- 7th Heaven- Larry Spainhour- 111.7 points (40.55 tuna, 32.15 dolphin, 38.0 wahoo)
3rd overall- Fish Meister- Dean Spatholt- 105.35 points (51.45 tuna, 22.4 dolphin, 31.5 wahoo)
4th overall- No Problem- Skip Opalko-104.25 points (50.60 tuna, 19.8 dolphin, 33.85 wahoo)
5th overall- Frick'n Fish'n- Lee & Nathan Frick- 85.35 points (23.2 tuna, 25.25 dolphin, 36.9 wahoo)
1st tuna- Fish Meister- Dean Spatholt-51.45 , 2nd tuna- No Problem- Skip Opalko-50.6, 3rd tuna-Job Site- Jeremy & Jason Foster-48.5
1st dolphin- Bloodline- Tim Garrett-52.25, 2nd dolphin- Job Site- Jeremy & Jason Foster- 41.8, 3rd dolphin- Living Water- John Bird-36.2
1st wahoo- Living Water- John Bird- 47.4, 2nd wahoo- Dirty Dog- Bob Chinn-47.0, 3rd wahoo- Show Time- Roger Gales-46.65
Honorable Mentions of teams that achieved the coveted "Carolina Slam"- No Problem- Skip Opalko, Fishing Team- Yorke Pharr, Fish Meister- Dean Spatholt, Black Dog- Bob Newell, 7th Heaven- Larry Spainhour, Reel McCoy- Daniel Simmons, Job Site- Jeremy & Jason Foster, Frick'n Fish'n- Lee & Nathan Frick
Thanks to all for participating this year. We had a record 46 boat entries and the new fish 2 out of 8 possible days seemed to work well. Also thanks again to our important sponsors- Yamaha Marine, Gregory Poole CAT, The GPS Store, Sea Tow, Outback, Town Creek Marina/ Worldcat
Capt. Brant McMullan
"The view from the Quick Draw" | Show Time- 34' | 05/18/07
Yesterday I had the pleasure of fishing with Dan Ratley, Brian Aycock and his son Austin aboard Dan's boat Quick Draw. As part of the Far Out Shoot Out we fished the Steeples. The seas were somewhat rough, but the fishing was great!! We boated two tuna and eighteen dophin. This doesn't count the ones who got away to fight another day. We're also pretty sure we got cut off by a Wahoo.
Not only did I make great friends with two men, but I really enjoyed fishing with Austin. He is an excellent angler who will soon be a force to reckon with in the fishing world, but he is also a fine young man. The fishing is on fire here at Ocean Isle. Come down and take advantage of it. And for real satisfaction, as they say..take a kid fishing.......
Capt. Rickey Beck
Capt. Chris Burrows
"Far Out Standings" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/18/07
Thursday yielded 2 new Wahoo leaders and 1 new Dolphin leader--
John Bird on the Living Water bagged the leading wahoo at 47.4 pounds and 3rd dolphin at 36.2 pounds. Capt. Roger Gales on the ShowTime bagged the third place wahoo at 46.65 pounds.
Current- 1st overall- Job Site- 111.6 2nd overall- 7th Heaven- 110.7 3rd overall- Fish Meister- 100.1 (1 day fishing left) 1st Dolphin- Bloodline- 52.25 2nd Dolphin- Job Site- 41.8 3rd Dolphin- Living Water- 36.20 1st Tuna- Fish Meister- 51.45 2nd Tuna- Job Site- 48.5 3rd Tuna- No Problem- 45.0 1st Wahoo- Living Water- 47.4 2nd Wahoo- Dirty Dog- 47.0 3rd Wahoo- Show Time- 46.6 1st largest meatfish TWT- Bloodline- 52.25 dolphin 1st High Rollers TWT- Job Site- 111.6 points
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Gulf Stream is smoking" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/17/07
For anyone who fishes or wants to fish the gulf stream: NOW IS THE TIME! It's as good as it gets. Our Far Out Shoot Out tourney fishermen are crushing them; Tuna/Dolphin/Wahoo. If you've ever wanted to make the trip, do it now. Come by the Fishing Center and we'll point you in right direction or follow our charter boats out. We're going almost every day. Call 575FISH or raise our Captains on VHF channel 11. Closer in watch out for the Cobia invasion; should occur any day on artifical reefs/wrecks from close in on out. It's a great time to have a rod and reel in your hand.Come on down and help us catch em up!
"Far Out Standings" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/17/07
1st overall- Job Site- 111.6
2nd overall- 7th Heaven- 110.7
3rd overall- Fish Meister- 100.1 (1 day fishing left)
1st Dolphin- Bloodline- 52.25
2nd Dolphin- Job Site- 41.8
3rd Dolphin- Crews Missile- 32.65
1st Tuna- Fish Meister- 51.45
2nd Tuna- Job Site- 48.5
3rd Tuna- No Problem- 45.0
1st Wahoo- Dirty Dog- 47.0
2nd Wahoo- Reelaxation- 41.9
3rd Wahoo- 7th Heaven- 38.0
1st largest meatfish TWT- Bloodline- 52.25 dolphin
1st High Rollers TWT- Job Site- 111.6 points
There are still many boats with many days of fishing remaining, so the event is very much still open. Both the Job Site and 7th Heaven have fished both of their days. Fishing has been absolutely phenomenal with Dolphin galore. Wednesday the Tuna bite picked up as many boats posted Carolina Slams. Stay tuned for more-- Saturday is the last available fish day.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"One more report from the weekend" | Show Time- 34' | 05/15/07
Sorry for the delay, but I just got the promised pictures from our Friday trip on the Showtime and wanted to show everyone just how hot the dolphin fishing was. Capt. Roger Gales, Mate Matt Holt and myself fished with a crew that consisted of Dana Walker, Phil Walker, and Mark Swisher. These guys have fished in the Gulf Stream on the Showtime since the year it was built (2003) and have done well each time. We're thrilled to have them and just wish that with their track record they could be down here more often. We ran to the 100/400 area, set out lines, and were pretty much covered up for most of the day. The dolphin ran from about ten to twenty five pounds and doubles were the norm rather than the exception. We also managed a thirty five pound wahoo that bit a pink C & H Alien, again on mono. Like I said, these three guys from Tennessee must be doing something right to land fish like these. A smaller wahoo came right in after that and we got back to the hot and heavy dolphin action. We were a little late getting back to the dock, but only because another gaffer dolphin bit as we were taking lines out! We ended up with more than two dozen dolphin and two wahoos. We filled the braggin' board on the docks and still had a big pile on the ground. I wish it was like that every day, but on the other hand I'm glad it happened for these guys.
Capt. Chris Burrows
"Far Out Shoot Out" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 05/14/07
Weigh-in to date-
Tues-Thurs look like fishable days- don't forget to declare your day!! Call (910) 367-2945 to declare
standings as follows- boat name, # days fished, tuna weight, dolphin weight, wahoo weight, overall total points
Crews Missile 0
Casual Water 0
Reel Fast 1
Top Shelf 0
Living Waters 0
Monkee Jon 1 16.55
Dirty Dog 1 17.55 47
Emma K 0
I Love Lucy II 0
No Problem 1 45 11.8
The Law 1 19.05
Quick Draw 1 12.8
Fishing Team 1 15.35
Fish Meister 0
Reel Commocean 1 16.8
Contend This 1 20.8
Reel Seanile 1 15
Mr. Happy 1 15.6 13.65
Black Dog 1 44.4 15.8 19.35 79.55
T's Time 1
7th Heaven 1 12.45
Captain's Choice 0
Family Tradition 1 14.15
Bar Whiskey 1 20.6 12.65
Dark:30 1 18.8 29.45
Reelaxation 1 11.2 41.9
Hot Rod Marlin 0
Black Pearl 1 26.6
Lazee Daze 0
Dirty Martini 0
Bloodline 1 11.5
Double R 0
Reel McCoy 1 36.5 17.15 24.05 77.7
Scott McClary 0
Schneider Stone 1
Lindsey Leigh 0
Carolina Contender 0
MacMarle'n 1 18.3
It Works 0
No Worries 0
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Dolphins and wahoos" | Show Time- 34' | 05/13/07
It was a busy weekend for the Showtime. We fished Friday, but I am still waiting on the pictures, so we'll get to that later. On Saturday, Capt. Shane Hollar, Mate Chris McIntyre and myself headed a few miles south of the 100/400 with the plan of filling the box up with dolphin. With us was an experienced group of anglers: Shane Wallace, Terrance Biddix, Joey Schenck, Joe Racanelli, and two brothers, Matt and Mike Solomon. These guys have fished all over, including Costa Rica, and we were very pleased to have them on board. We were setting out lines and had two baits swimming when the first dolphin, a 15 pound bull cartwheeled through the spread, hooked up to a pink C & H Alien. We got that one, and managed to get everything set back out except for the flat lines, when we hooked up with four wahoos. We went three for four on those fish (all on mono, believe it or not, the one that ate on a wire leader managed to shake off at the boat) then managed another 'hoo and two nice kings on our next pass over those numbers. The action remained hot and heavy on the dolphin until right around lunch, when the wind changed and the bite died off. The grass in the area made the fishing tough, but our crew did an excellent job of clearing lines and keeping the baits unfouled and swimming. The final fish count was about a dozen dolphin along with the four wahoos and two kings--I would venture to guess that we lost at least another dozen dolphin. The fish are definitely there and hungry! Hope to see those guys down here again as well. Good luck to all boats and crews still fishing the Far Out Shootout. It's a strong field, and it's still a wide open show.
Capt. Chris Burrows
"Far Out Shoot Out Day Results" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/13/07
Day 1 results:[unofficial]
Largest Dolphin: 26.60 Black Pearl
Largest Tuna: 45.00 No Problem
Largest Wahoo: 47.0 Dirty Dog
Largest Aggregate T/D/W 79.55 Black Dog
Nobody fishing today. Long range weather looks like Tues/Wed/Thur and Saturday best looking days for next week. Good luck to everyone. Game is still on the table!
"Mahi Mania....AGAIN!!!!!!" | It Works- 27' | 05/11/07
Today, my father, Dale Carter, and I decided to do a little fun fishing in the stream on board the It Works. We had a great ride out to the break, where we put in lines at 9:00, and it wasn't long until it was GAME ON!!!!! We had steady action all day on mid teens to mid twenty's dolphin, with douple, triple, and even a quadruple hook up. Total count for the day was 18 in the box, with the largest being approximately 25 lbs. We can't say it enough, the fishing is hot hot hot, the weather is great, so come on down and take a trip with us.
Capt. Lyndon Carter
"Far Out Shoot Out- It is ON!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/11/07
new record participation- 45 boat entries !! The Show Time and It Works sleighed the Dolphin and Wahoo in the Stream today- fishing looks awesome and tomorrow some 30+ boats will be fishing--
Rule change-- lines in at 8 and out at 4 as printed, but scales will stay open at OIFC until 8pm.
Don't forget to declare your fish day per the rules-- good luck and stay tuned for results
Capt. Brant McMullan