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"Far Out Shoot Out weathre/fish forecast" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/11/07
I know many of you out there have been waiting patiently for my tourney weather forecast and I know many of you out there have been dreading my tourney weather forecast. So here goes.....PERFECT[of course]. Today you could skip a nickle all the way to Frying Pan Tower. The wind has completely layed out and all that is left is a SE swell from the storm. Saturday, I can say with the full confidence of my weather knowledge gained by my one meteorillogical course at Wingate, will be flat calm. The "so called" official forecast from folks that actually get paid to do this, says 3-4 foot seas. Ain't true; the reference is to the left over swell and it will have little effect on our fishing grounds south of Frying Pan shoals. Sunday gets a little more tricky, but I'm sticking with my forecast that Sunday will be fine; flat in the morning and in the afternoon, as high pressure builds in with the passage of a cold front, the winds will go to the north/northeast and build to 20kts. I believe you can get your day in before the winds pick up and if you fish anywhere from 100/400 to Steeples, you can ride the trough back in. For those of you flexible enough[or smart enough] to ignore my Sunday forecast, this years FOSO gives you the option of fishing any 2 days thru next Saturday. If you choose that option and not to fish Sunday, it looks like after front passes, Tuesday/Wednesday will be good and next Saturday will be good. You make the call.
On fishing scene, nobody has been out in over a week. The fish should be VERY hungrey. Our boats are out today so we will have good intel this evening. Everything kicks off this evening around 5:00 so come on down and join us. One very important thing....PLEASE PLEASE ride our off island shuttle. It's free, easy, no hassel looking for parking spaces that don't exist, and it helps us in managing the event. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated. The lot is beside Citgo and Waves and will begin running at 5:00. Thanks!
"Fishing Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/10/07
Wind has FINALLY stopped blowing a gale-- we were supposed to have the ShowTime in the Stream today but made the call yesterday PM not to go based on forecast-- lesson learned AGAIN-- never rely on forecast-- Best thing to do is wake up and look at Frying Pan buoy- this AM- 9 knots. Lots of swell though, so it would have been a tough ride out. Anyway, we are finishing up some much needed maintenance on all the boats and we are running and gunning starting tomorrow-- AND BIG NEWS-- the MacMarle'n is back! She has had a heart transplant and is freshened up and ready to go. All you Shoot Out fishermen, watch out. The MacMarle'n has been in the winner's circle more times than she remembers and she's got that look again.
The Far Out Shoot Out is this weekend:
Fri, May 11th-
Outback dinner- 6pm
Capt. Meet and Auction- 7pm
Sat, May 12th-Sat, May 19th
Eligible fishing days
You must call (910) 575-3474 xt 3 or (910) 367-2945 by 6am of the fishing day to declare for you to be eligible to weigh fish that day
Sat, May 19th
Cookout and awards- 7-8pm
** Boundaries moved to include the Nipple and Gtown hole
** You cannot fish the same boat under more than one entry
** A person may only be registered as Capt. for one entry but a person may fish on any boat, at any time, as many days as desired.
** No billfish awards
** Fish from the second day can replace fish you caught the first day
** You keep all your fish weighed- donations for Awards cookout appreciated
Capt. Brant McMullan
"It's Far Out Shoot Out Tourney Time!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/10/07
Despite all Brant's efforts to outsmart the weather man by extending the FOSO over a 7 day window, it looks like the weather this weekend will be somewhere between perfect and very fishable. Saturday should be almost flat as wind moves to southerly quadrant and Sunday will start off that way with winds picking up late in the day as new front approaches. Both days look fine. However, if not what you're looking for, you have option of fishing any day through next Saturday thus providing ample opportunity to find the exact day you are looking for. So...come on down and join us for a great Capt meeting Friday evening. Here's the line up:
-Great comaradie with like minded blue water fishermen
-Great stories from Capt Woody who will be fishing the brand new "Birdman", a 27 World Cat.
-A steak dinner feast put on by Outback Steaks from North Myrtle. If you missed this last year, the dinner alone is worth the price of admission.
-Free "How To" instructions from our charter captains; rigging/technique/ect
-Free specialized bait rigging instructions for split tail mullets by Capt Nelson Applegate, our southern NC IGFA Representative, world renowed blue water fishermen, and holder of multiple IGFA world records. Come visit Capt Applegate and hear incredible stories from the early days of Blue Marlin fishing that he pioneered with the "greats" of fishing, all around the world.
Festivities start around 6:00 and we will have our off island shuttle running. The off island parking lot is located beside the Citgo. Hope you will join us.
"Spring Inshore Classic Results" | Stori Teller-24' | 05/08/07
Below are the final results for the Spring Inshore Classic. Once again, thanks to everyone who came and fished the tournament, as well as all the people who helped me along the way, I couldn't have made it happen without your support.
Overall Combined Weight (Combined Weight of 1 Trout and 1 Flounder)
1st - Brian Aycock - 8.55 (6.45 Trout & 2.10 Flounder)
2nd - Nathaniel Hughes - 5.85 (4.60 Trout & 1.25 Flounder)
3rd - Al Fulford - 4.80 (2.80 Trout & 2.00 Flounder)
1st - Brian Aycock - 6.45
2nd - Nathaniel Hughes - 4.60
3rd - Matt Owens - 3.35
4th - Brandon Sauls - 3.15
5th - Robert Hughes - 3.10
1st - Billy Lefler - 3.80
2nd - Ronnie Trexler - 3.30
3rd - Chuck Fonvielle - 3.15
4th - Webster Collett - 2.60
5th - Kenny Jacobs - 2.20
Top Lady Angler
Ola B. Lefler - 3.80 Flounder
Top Junior Anglers
Austin Aycock and Tripp Hooks - 6.45 Trout
Capt. Kyle Hughes
"Inshore Tourney" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/07/07
This past weekend Ocean Isle Fishing Center inshore guide Kyle Hughes hosted the Spring Flounder and Trout Classic. 30 boats competed in the event, but it was a local team of 8 year olds that stole the show. The Aycock family moved to the Ocean Isle area last Summer and father Brian and sons Austin and Brandon have made the area?s great fishing a priority family affair. For the tournament, Brian and his eight year old son Austin and Austin?s best fishing buddy Tripp Hooks teamed up to fish the tournament. According to Brian, they set up at the Little River jetties at 6:02am and by 7am they had caught nine trout, including the tournament winning 6.45 pounder, another at 6.25 and another at 5.95 pounds. Brian emphasized that he was only there to bait hooks and drive the boat as both Austin and Tripp did all the casting hooking and netting of fish. They later added a 2 pound flounder to win the first place largest trout and first place overall combined weight of largest trout and flounder. And for their efforts, the team won over $2000! What a great story. Congratulation to Austin and Tripp. Overall the tournament went off great with great food and friendship amongst strong competition.
Overall Combined Weight (Combined Weight of 1 Trout and 1 Flounder)
1st ? Brian Aycock, Austin Aycock, Tripp Hooks ? 8.55 (6.45 Trout & 2.10 Flounder)
2nd ? Nathaniel Hughes ? 5.85 (4.60 Trout & 1.25 Flounder)
3rd ? Al Fulford ? 4.80 (2.80 Trout & 2.00 Flounder)
1st ? Brian Aycock, Austin Aycock, Tripp Hooks ? 6.45
2nd ? Nathaniel Hughes ? 4.60
3rd ? Matt Owens ? 3.35
4th ? Brandon Sauls ? 3.15
5th ? Robert Hughes ? 3.10
1st ? Billy Lefler ? 3.80
2nd ? Ronnie Trexler ? 3.30
3rd ? Chuck Fonvielle ? 3.15
4th ? Webster Collett ? 2.60
5th ? Kenny Jacobs ? 2.20
Top Lady Angler
Ola B. Lefler ? 3.80 Flounder
Top Junior Anglers
Austin Aycock and Tripp Hooks ? 6.45 Trout
- Nathaniel Hughes of Nakina, N.C. won second place overall, and also had the second place trout. The trout was caught on a live shrimp in an undisclosed location, and the flounder was caught in the Tubbs Inlet area on a live mud minnow fished on a carolina rig.
- The third place trout was caught by Matt Owens on the ?Huckleberry? based out of Ocean Isle Beach. The fish was caught on a live shrimp at the Little River Jetties.
- The 1st place flounder was caught by Billy Lefler of Albemarle, N.C. on the ?Mud Bug.? The fish was caught in Shallotte River on a live mullet. Ola Lefler was on board and was the tournament?s top lady angler.
- 2nd place flounder went to Ronnie Trexler of Gold Hill, N.C. and Ricky Lefler of Albemarle. N.C. on the ?Pa Pa?s Toy.? The fish was caught on a live mullet in Lockwood Folly river.
- 3rd place flounder was caught by Chuck Fonvielle of Georgetown, S.C. The fish was caught in the Cherry Grove/Hog Inlet area.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Weekend Fishing School" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/07/07
Had another great school this weekend-- It was my last scheduled Gulf Stream school for the season- thanks to all for making every school a sell out success--
This past week was a great week for Brunswick County fishermen. The offshore Gulf Stream action was still in high gear, the inshore fishing for flounder and trout was awesome as evidenced by the weekend?s tournament and yes, the king and spanish mackerel showed up right on the beach.
I?ll start with the kings. As is the case every year, when the beach water temperatures reach the high 60?s, a group of king mackerel that migrates from the south moves up the beach and holds off the Long Beach and Oak Island areas. Baitfish such as bluefish and menhaden are captured in the ?bowl? of the Frying Pan shoals and as such, the kings move in and feed. Undoubtedly every year between April 15 and May 15 the first kings will be caught off of Ocean Crest pier, and last week several kings up to 30 pounds were caught by pier anglers. Jon and Amanda Tennant of Holden Beach decided to break out their king tackle on Saturday and try their luck with the beach kings. They fished aboard their 16? skiff and believe it or not caught a 28 pounder and 19 pounder while trolling dead cigar minnows between the Ocean Crest and Yaupon piers.
In the Gulf Stream, the fishing continued very strong for a variety of species, with the dolphin definitely taking most of the show. On Saturday I hosted one of my Gulf Stream fishing schools aboard the Carolina Contender. The weather looked like it may be tough, but we soon found sunny skies and light winds as we headed some 55 miles offshore to the fish the 100/400 area. The class, which has been schooled the previous evening on the fishing plan, set baits and set on ready. 20 minutes into the day a wahoo took the flat lined Bluewater Candy, black/purple mylar skirted ballyhoo and headed for the hills. The class sprung into action for some real life experience and a few minutes later a 30 pound wahoo was aboard. They set lines again and minutes later a 20 pound dolphin was captured. They were brimming with confidence, but as I explained, fish turn on and off during a day, and just like clockwork, they quit feeding. We fished for a couple of hours with only a couple of knockdowns before we smartened up. We just weren?t getting bites on the normal blue/white colors that typically prove effective, and we weren?t seeing many flying fish. I pulled out a black/blue skirted bait and slid it into the spread. Minutes later the rod bend and line started off slow before accelerating into a high speed run. There was no doubt from the bend on the rod and stubbornness of the fish that this was a nice fish. The class worked together and after a 30 minute fight an Ocean Isle Fishing Center season best 53.9 pound yellowfin tuna was boated and high fives all around. We set again and this time a dolphin, but again on the same lure. I quickly pulled out a couple more dark colors and set them in the spread. And like clockwork, the bite started as the dolphin fishing came to life. Doubles and triples were the norm with dolphin up to 30 pounds readily taking baits. The other piece to the puzzle was finding the fish and after spending much of the morning in 190-250 feet, we found the fish to be holding best in 150-160 feet. We finished up the day with a Carolina Slam including a 30 pound wahoo, 30 pound dolphin and 53.9 pound yellowfin along with many other dolphin from 10-30 pounds. For those of you considering fishing next weekend?s Yamaha Marine/ Gregory Poole CAT Far Out Shoot Out tuna, dolphin and wahoo tournament presented by the GPS Store, this combined days weight of over 100 pounds is exactly what you look for to win the big money. The overall winner is determined by the aggregate weight of one fish per species with additional prizes for the largest of each species. This year the tournament has a new format which allows fishermen to choose to fish any 2 out of 8 possible fishing days. They can wait until 5am the day of fishing to decide whether or not to make that one of their fishing days, and thus the problem of having to fish in bad weather during a tournament is no more. Registration and the Capt. Meeting will be held from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center on Friday, May 11 at 6pm. Fishing is absolutely spectacular and with this new format, you are guaranteed the option to fish under good weather conditions. For more information call (910) 575-FISH or visit www.oifishingcenter.com .
And lastly the inshore fishing scene. This past weekend Ocean Isle Fishing Center inshore guide Kyle Hughes hosted the Spring Flounder and Trout Classic. 30 boats competed in the event, but it was a local team of 8 year olds that stole the show. The Aycock family moved to the Ocean Isle area last Summer and father Brian and sons Austin and Brandon have made the area?s great fishing a priority family affair. For the tournament, Brian and his eight year old son Austin and Austin?s best fishing buddy Tripp Hooks teamed up to fish the tournament. According to Brian, they set up at the Little River jetties at 6:02am and by 7am they had caught nine trout, including the tournament winning 6.45 pounder, another at 6.25 and another at 5.95 pounds. Brian emphasized that he was only there to bait hooks and drive the boat as both Austin and Tripp did all the casting hooking and netting of fish. They later added a 2 pound flounder to win the first place largest trout and first place overall combined weight of largest trout and flounder. And for their efforts, the team won over $2000! What a great story. Congratulation to Austin and Tripp. Overall the tournament went off great with great food and friendship amongst strong competition.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Hot offshore/hot inshore" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/06/07
Quick report which will be followed up by the Captains: Capt Brant on Carolina Contender and Capt Shane on MacMarlen smoked them in gulf stream yesterday. I saw Brant's catch which would have easily won the Far Out Shoot Out with what looked to be a 55lb Tuna/45 lb Wahoo/ 30lb Dolphin; plus many other 20-30lb dolphin.
Inshore Caot Kyle's Trout/Flounder tourney was won by 7 year old Austin Aycock and 7 year old Trip Hooks. They blew away all the local experts with a close to 7lb Trout.
Don't forget Far Out Shoot Out next Friday registration at OIFC. Looks like it's going to blow this week but hopefully will be perfect for Shoot Out.
"all smiles" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/05/07
TYPE FISHING REPORT HERE
Capt. Roger Gales
"Dolphin blitz" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/05/07
Capt Roger had boat load of dolphin in stream yesterday up to 30+lb. Fished 100/400 area; best action 200-250 feet. One Tuna, no wahoo, but said didn't fish the break as the dolphin were so thick a little deeper which made for happy charter. Brant out there today with his fish school.
Capt Kyle's trout tournament on today. Hopefully fish cooperate but if not, anyone who tried his families secret recipe fried turkey at Capt meeting last night needs to forget trying to get his secret fishing holes and concentrate on getting the turkey maranaide recipe. WOW! Standby for news from tourney.
"Ahead of schedule?" | Show Time- 34' | 05/03/07
Capt. Shane and I ran to the Winyah this morning on the ShowTime, hoping to capitalize on the warm water that has pushed inshore in the area. Things went according to plan quickly (after dealing with the mandatory barracuda bites) as we hooked a nice yellowfin and a dolphin. Shortly after, however, the wind died down and so did the bite. The fish did not bite again until late in the day, and we were never able to get another tuna bite. We finished up with the one yellowfin and five dolphin, up to 20 pounds. As pretty as the water was, there was little to no current and the grass had broken apart to a point that targeting a specific patch was nearly impossible. On a much more positive note, we did see tuna busting the surface on several occasions. Conditions made the day feel more like fishing at in mid-June than early May. Since the Gulf Stream is ahead of schedule, it might be an idea to try summer techniques to catch these tuna. Speaking of which, we now have the SFE Kite and Carolina Lures Yumee Fly'n Fish for sale at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Hint. Hint.
Capt. Chris Burrows
"Mahi Mania" | Show Time- 34' | 05/02/07
Today, Capt. Roger & I had the Silver Coast Winery guys on board for a little gulf stream action. We headed for the 100/400, but found very little action there, so we trolled to the black jack, where we found a weed line begining to form. It's May, mid 70's water, weed line, you know what's coming. We had decent action on dolphin for the rest of the day. Total count was 15 dolphin and 2 mid-teens kings on ice, as well as 5 or 6 'cuda releases, and several more short strikes from dolphin. Suprisingly, we had no tuna or wahoo strikes at all, either on the weedline or on the strucure. All in all, not a bad day on the water. Capt.'s Shane and Chris will be back out there tommorow on the Showtime, so stay tuned. The fish are biting, the weather's warm, so come on down and go fishing.
Capt. Lyndon Carter
"Fishing School Opening" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/01/07
I've got one spot available for my Gulf Stream fishing school this weekend. We meet Fri at 6pm at the OIFC and spend 2-3 hrs covering A-Z and then spend all day Sat. fishing-- call (910) 575-3474 xt 3 to book.
Capt. Shane is out on the Carolina Contender today terrorizing the Sea Bass and Capt. Roger will be to the Stream tomorrow- stay tuned-
Weed line inshore of 100/400 moved to within 40 miles of shore is loaded with dolphin
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Today's Report" | Stori Teller-24' | 04/30/07
First of all, I have to apologize for not keeping you guys updated of the fishing the past few days. I?ve been the water the past four days, so I haven?t had the chance to post a report until now. My focus has shifted slightly from trout fishing to flounder fishing, and I?ve been able to stay consistent and boat fish on every trip. As is usually the case this time of year, most of the fish are on the small side, but there are some better ones (3+ lbs.) mixed in as well. I had heard about/seen several fish in the 4-5 pound range the past few days, and I?m sure everyone has heard about the 9.5 pounder that was caught over the weekend by now. Mud minnows on a carolina rig have been my top producer, but if you?re looking to catch a doormat, a peanut pogy or mullet would be the bait of choice. As for the trout, they are still around and biting in all the normal spring spots, and I expect to see some monsters caught this weekend. Don?t forget, the Spring Flounder and Trout Classic is THIS WEEKEND. Registration/Dinner/Captain?s meeting is Friday evening, May 4th, with the fishing day May 5th, so make plans to come down this weekend and join in the fun.
Capt. Kyle Hughes
"Weekend Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/30/07
FAR OUT SHOOT OUT- COMING SOON-
REMEMBER, NO MORE WEATHER PROBLEMS- YOU CAN FISH 2 OUT OF 8 POSSIBLE DAYS, PICK YOUR DAYS. TAKE THE WEEK OFF AND COME GO FISHING- ITS HOT RIGHT NOW!
This weekend's hot lures:
Cape Lookout CJ 25 in pink or black/purple, Bluewater Candy 1/2 and 1 ounce sea witch style heads with hair/mylar or all mylar, green machine/pink bird combo and the squid daisy chain.
Last week was the break out week for the 2007 Gulf Stream fishing season and this weekend was the season starting to hit its prime. Although the weather wasn?t exactly perfect on Saturday, it was fishable and man were the fish biting. I was hosting another one of my Gulf Stream fishing schools and my students were all from the Virginia and Washington DC area. They had recently bought larger boats and were looking to expand their fishing horizons to the Gulf Stream. My job, as is the case with all my fishing schools, is to teach them new tactics and refine their current skills all with the design for them to utilize what they learn on board their own boats. The wind blew like crazy on Friday out of the South, but the forecast for Saturday called for 10-15kt Northwest winds. We cleared the inlet and although the wind driven seas was small, there was a nasty swell from the South, which made the ride out a bit slow and bouncy. We managed and had lines in the water at the 100/400 area by 9:00am. 15 minutes into trolling the flat line, Bluewater Candy mylar skirted ballyhoo was crushed by a monster wahoo, and I mean monster. The fish smoked off line and then the long line went off. It was a 25 pound bull dolphin that headed for the horizon. And thus, the class was instantly christened to the world of Gulf Stream trolling. Unfortunately, after a 10 minute fight the wahoo bit through the 100# wire leader and was lost. The dolphin was not quite as savvy as it has found its way to a dinner plate by now. We put back out and started catching blackfin tuna in the 5-15 pound range. They were killing the green machine behind a pink bird on the long line, same one the dolphin hit. We boated a wahoo in the 35 pound range that took a Cape Lookout CJ25 lure and lost a few other very strong bites to hook pulls. We were running a squid teaser chain at 30 yards back and most of the big bites were coming on the flat lines next to the chain. A couple of times we had large wahoo and tuna crashing the teaser and actually pulled a bait and switch by winding in the teaser and moving the flat line over in the same position. There?s nothing like holding the rod and feeding it to a wahoo or yellowfin tuna. Which is what happened on the first yellowfin tuna we boated. It was a good fish that killed the teaser and then jumped on the flat line CJ25. A hard fought 20 minute battle lead to an ?on the scales? 49.8 pound yellowfin tuna, the new largest yellowfin of the season weighed at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. We redeployed and I shifted my spread a bit more ?tunaish? and shortly thereafter both flat lines and both long riggers were nailed and reels went to smoking. Two of the fish pulled hooks quickly, but two stayed tight as the battle ensued; another 49 pound yellowfin and a 44 pounder to boot. By this time, it was 2pm and time to go home. We decided to end on a high note and packed it in. The day?s fishing produced more bites from quality fish than I?ve had this year I know, and maybe in a few years. And thus when Sunday?s fishing trips heading out, we were brimming with confidence. The seas were much nicer, and apparently most fishermen waited until Sunday to go as there was no shortage of fishermen trolling for their big catch. Capt. Roger and Capt. Chris worked the ShowTime while I the Carolina Contender as we hung around the 100/400 area most of the day. Capt. Roger was hot on the wahoo as he boated 5 wahoo up to 30 pounds and mixed in a half dozen 15 pound dolphin to keep the day exciting. On board the Carolina Contender, we worked on the blackfin tuna early and the dolphin pretty steady through the day, boating a dozen dolphin from 10-30 pounds, but we just couldn?t get the wahoo bites that some of the other boats were getting. Nor did I see or hear any sign of the yellowfin action that I had the day before. However, the conditions from the previous day were the same and as the day progressed, I kept seeing more and more flying fish move into the area. At 3pm the boats started thinning out and by 3:30 I was the only boat within sight. I decided to hang until 4pm as the seas were so nice we?d easily be able to make it in within 2 hours. I?m not sure what it was, but call it intuition, call it years of experience or I?ll plainly call it luck, but I just felt like the yellowfin tuna were there and were going to bite at any second. I turned the boat down sea on the last pass and had the crew begin to bring in one line at a time. We got 2 out of the 6 lines in when the long rigger went down, then the flat line and then the mid rigger. The reels went into a high speed scream. I looked over beside the boat and saw two yellowfin crash flying fish beside the boat and knew we were in business. One of the fish pulled the hooks quickly, but the other two were boated after a good battle and both weighed in at 43 pounds. I threw lines back out again and we quickly hooked up and caught a blackfin tuna. It was time to go, but I?m confident the tuna were just about to get going. I?m not sure if it was the added boat traffic or the moon phase that kept the yellowfin down during the day, but it just goes to show that when the water is right and the bait is there, the fish will be there too. We certainly had a great weekend of fishing, but many other boats has great catches as well. Ocean Isle fishermen Lee and Nathan Frick fished the MacMarle?n hole on Sunday and boated five wahoo, the biggest a huge 85 pounds. Most boats that fished the weekend had plenty of dolphin with a good mix of wahoo and a few tuna. All of this is coming at the perfect time for next week?s Far Out Shoot Out tuna, dolphin and wahoo tournament. The tournament is held out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center and offers prizes for the largest of each species as well as an overall prize for the largest combined weight of the three species. This year?s tournament has a new format in that registration and the Capt. meeting are on Friday, May 11th and then fishermen can choose to fish any two days they want from May 12th thru the following Saturday, May 19th. The idea is that with so many available days to fish, the weather will certainly be good a few of those days and thus participants can be assured good fishing conditions. In tournament fishing the weather is always the big problem and with this format, it no longer is. For details on the Far Out Shoot Out, call (910) 575-FISH or visit www.oifishigncenter.com . Also on the fishing news, the inshore fishing for speckled trout has continued good and the flounder fishing is really picking up. Ricky and Teressa Lefler weighed in a 9.5 pound flounder on Saturday that was caught in the Lockwood?s Folly river. Ricky and Teressa were prefishing for this weekend?s Inshore Flounder and Trout Classic out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Ocean Isle Fishing Center inshore guide Kyle Hughes is directing this year?s event and there has been an added buzz about the tournament this year. We are looking for a lot of participation as inshore enthusiasts will compete for cash prizes and local bragging rights. If you?re and inshore fishermen and would like to participate, the Capt. meeting will be this Friday, May 4th at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at 6pm. Also, I know I?ve said a lot, but the beach water temperatures are reaching 68 degrees and the first spanish and king mackerel will be caught within the next week. Stay tuned and sharpen your hooks. There?s a lot of fish catching going on.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Tunas, dolphins, and wahoos" | Show Time- 34' | 04/29/07
It was a busy weekend at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. The seas were six and a half feet at the Frying Pan Tower Buoy at 5:00 yesterday morning, but Capt. Roger and I decided we were going anyway. The sixty-couple miles to the Steeples seemed to take forever, but we were rewarded with a double-header of large blackfin tunas about thirty minutes after we put lines in. We had a break after that, but managed to get a quad of wahoos on, getting all of them. We caught another wahoo and big king, and before we knew it we had to head back through the slop to make it home by dark. Capt. Brant was out there on the Contender, but I'll let him tell his own story. Today, the seas were much more reasonable, so we headed to the 100/400 area with Randy Baker and friends. Randy has had his last few trips blown out, so it was good that he and his crew finally caught a fishable day. Our first few bites came from a small blackfin and a seemingly never-ending string of barracudas, but after that the more sought after (and palatable) wahoo and dolphin gave us pretty steady action for the rest of the day. We ended up with four wahoos and seven gaffer dolphin. Stay tuned, Capt. Brant's analysis on the two days of fishing are coming. Also, check out this flounder caught by Teressa Lefler. It was her first weekend of fishing, and her first flounder weighed 9.5 pounds! She's planning on fishing Capt. Kyle's Trout and Flounder tournament--let's hope she's fishing for the Tarheels and not the Sandlappers! Weather is looking good for a few days, so get tuned up for the Far Out Shootout.
Capt. Chris Burrows
"BREAKING TOURNAMENT NEWS!!!!" | Stori Teller-24' | 04/26/07
Folks, I have big news that should make the Spring Inshore Classic very interesting. Today I was alerted about a post concerning the Spring Inshore Classic on a website frequented by many South Carolina anglers. As it turns out a friend of mine in Murrells Inlet was just alerting the anglers in his area about our upcoming tournament, and I thank him very much for doing so. However, there was also some chit-chat concerning my performance in a trout tournament in SC last year. I won't go into detail, but basically what was said was that I got my butt kicked and that this group of SC anglers should come to OIB and kick all of our butts during the Spring Inshore Classic. Well, this certainly sparked my interest and with a little thought I think I may have come up with an idea that has the potential to make things very interesting.
Therefore, let it be known that I am issuing a CHALLENGE to any South Carolina fisherman that wants to come to Ocean Isle and take our glory. As many of you know, the Fall Brawl has a NC vs. SC theme, which I would like to adopt for this tournament. So all you SC fishermen out there, come and represent your home state, because it is certain that the NC contingent is a force to be reckoned with.
And for you NC fishermen out there, don't take these guys too lightly, because there is no doubt that they know how to put big trout and flounder in the boat. So this is a call to arms for all of you guys also, come represent NC and show these other guys what big trout and flounder really look like!
There, the challenge has been issued, now it is up to you fishermen out there to come and fish the tournament. You now have to perfect excuse to take the weekend off and come to fish, because your image as a NC or SC fisherman is at stake here. However, I am not trying to start a mudslinging contest here, this is all in fun, and all there is at stake is pride and bragging rights, and of course there is the all the $$ at stake as well.
Don't forget, the tournament is right around the corner, May 4th - 5th, so mark it on your calenders to be here. There will be some great food, great fun, and hopefully great weather and fishing. It looks good right now, so keep your fingers crossed. The fish have been bitin' like bulldogs, so its up to you to come and catch them.
Capt. Kyle Hughes
"Grouper/Kings" | It Works- 27' | 04/24/07
Sunday, Brian Aycock, Rube, John Felton and myself headed to the tower area to do some king fishing. Upon arriving, we put a small king in the box pretty quick, but after that, the action was slow. We decided to head to the east side of the shoals to try for some grouper. We were able to put 15 nice red grouper in the box fishing ledges in the 95-115 ft. depths. We also released 5-6 under sized reds and scamps in the same general area. I had being hearing reports of blue fin sightings off Wrightsville Beach for a couple of weeks, and low and behold, we had busting through a school of false albacore behing the boat. Wow!! All in all, not a bad day. Fast foward 2 days. Today Mike and Bart Edge joined me to try for some of the same action. We stopped in at the 10 mile reef this morning to jig live pinfish for bait, and saw something out of the corner of our eyes. Believe it or not, it was yet another bluefin. That's right, two giant bluefin sightings in two trips. I couldn't tell what it chasing, but if you happen to get spooled while trolling for Atlantic Bonita or spanish, that may well be the culprit. After catching bait, we headed back to the tower were we put 6 kings in the box in the box in short order. Mike also put caught the largest false albacore that I have personally ever saw, a whopping 15 lbs. After this, we headed back to the east to try for some more grouper. The bite was much slower than on Sunday due to the roaring current, but we did put 4 nice red grouper in the box. The weather is warm, the fish are biting, so give us a call and come on down and go fishing with us.
Capt. Lyndon Carter
"Practice" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/24/07
I joined the Frickin' Fishin' team on Sunday for a fun fishing trip trolling the gulf stream We headed south to the scarp and had lines in by 7:30am. But first, we actually stopped about 9 miles short of the break and dropped lines in when we came across hundreds of gannet birds dive bombing the water. Along with the birds there were porpoises, a color change, temp break and small weed line. All of these signs were great except that the water depth was only 100 feet. Knowing that it was unlikely we'd find yellowfin or wahoo in the area the scene very much reminded me of what you look for when targeting giant bluefin tuna. Occasionally during the early spring there will be a few giant tunas hooked offshore in our area. We dropped the baits in hoping we may have stumbled across a hidden jewel but the only action we found was from a hungry kingfish. We fished that area for about 15 minutes and though we only encountered kingfish I feel very strongly that the bluefin tuna might have been there. I heard later that several boats returning home on Sunday off of Wrightsville Beach saw the giant bluefins jumping repeatedly only 5 miles off the beach. So I guess you just never know what you may run across out there, but be prepared for anything.
Capt. Barrett McMullan
Out on the break we found great conditions. We started at the MacMarle'n hole where the water temp was 69-72 degrees which was a little cool. We missed a good wahoo bite but overall it was slow. Once we moved on down the break to the scarp the temperature reached 75 degrees and the small flying fish really began to show. For the remainder of the day it was a dance between pulling wire or mono as we attempted to not be bitten off by teethy wahoo but still attract strikes from leader shy yellowfin. There's no perfect method for this age old problem but by day's end we had captured 4 wahoo up to 30 lbs, 4 yellowfin tuna up to 40 lbs and 2 dolphin the biggest was 34 lbs. The bite was never red hot for us but we picked at the fish steady all day, catching a few, missing a few and a few wahoo stealing our gear. We fished until 5pm and the fish seemed to bite equally well in the afternoon as they did in the morning. When it was all said and done the Frickin' Fishin' team composed of Lee, Nathan, and Andy Frick, Jeremy Foster, and I had posted a strong "pre" Far Out Shootout 3 fish aggregate of 104 lbs with one fish of each species. I hope everyone who has a boat that can make the run to the stream will get in on the spectacular fishing that is happening right now. For those tentative about making the trek to the stream the upcoming Far Out Shootout tournament is a great opportunity to come out and meet the other captains and crews who fish offshore. Also during the week of the tournament it's a great chance to have the security of fishing with multiple boats far offshore. Now is the time to get out there. Look for the flying fish to make an even greater showing in the coming weeks which means more dolphin, and larger tuna.
"Big Dolphin" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 04/24/07
Check out this citation dolphin caught on Monday by Gary Sheaff on the Island Time. The fish weighed almost 40 pounds and came from the 100/400. The Island Time also missed the wahoo citation weight by less than half a pound. We did have a citation wahoo weighed at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center that came from the Winyah Scarp. Judy Brock was the angler who reeled in the fish, which tipped the scales at over 54 pounds.
Capt. Chris Burrows