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"Sunday report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/23/07
 

WOW! After spending weeks and weeks trying to invent fish stories, the real deal is here. Yesterday I took my fish school south to MacMarlen Ledge and Scarf and found excellent action on deep side of the break for Tuna/Wahoo. We were fishing 180-220 feet. If you got up on top of break[160ft] the baracudas would eat you up. Further off in 300-350feet we found a weed line and loaded up on Dolphin[up to 35 lbs]. Capt Barrett and the Frickin Fishing Team had the same results as both our boats had multiple Carolina Slams. Capt Roger, fishing with Dirk Parson, found same weed line at 100/400 and also loaded up on Dolphin and Wahoo. Black Jack apparently didn't have the same water we had[74 degree] as reports I heard didn't sound that good. At Frying Pan Tower, the King bite is hot, right at the Tower and on off to southwest several miles. In 110 feet of water the Red Grouper are biting real good[Capt Lyndon on "It Works" smoked them] and in 125-140 feet the Scamps and Gags are there. Inshore, Capt Kyle has been blistering the trout[he had a 6.85 lb Saturday], redfish and flounder. He is using DOA shrimps, live shrimp when he can find them, and mud minnows. Bottom line, everything is chewing hard!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gulf Stream on fire" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/23/07
 

Gulf Stream on fire; standby for reports from Brant/Barrett. Also Grouper bite in 110 feet. Kings at Tower. Weather forecast this week showing southwest 10-20. I think that is the typical summer pattern as weather looks stable all week. Should be calm in morning with southwest sea breeze in afternoon. This allows a run in trough going out and coming home. Don't miss out on the best time of the year to fish the stream. Tuna/Dolphin/Wahoo are happening big time!


- Rube McMullan
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"Week in Review" | Stori Teller-24' | 04/21/07
 

Well folks, I finished up another week on the inshore rounds today, and I'm excited to report that the fishing has really turned on.  Earlier in the week, the cooler temperatures were still lingering, but we still managed to stay on the trout and manage a few each trip, with most averaging in the 2 -3 pound range.  Today however, the weather finally broke and the winds finally calmed and the temps came up a few degrees.  The fish took advantage of the better weather and decided to really chew.  We caught redfish, black drum, and trout today, but the really big news was that the flounder bite finally cranked up.  We boated around a dozen flounder today, with many being undersize, but with a few good keepers mixed in as well.  The hot bite was on mud minnows fished with a carolina rig and Bass Assassin Sea Shads on a 1/4 ounce jig head.  All of the local flounder spots should produce fish right now, so get out there abd give them a shot.  The weather looks to be great all week, so the fishing should only get better, just in time for the Spring Inshore Classic, May 4th - 5th, ao make sure your come and fish with us.  I'll should have some pictures of some of our big catches this week in a couple of days, so be sure to check back in and see them.     


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Stream Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/20/07
 

This weekend is looking good-- Saturday is going to be a bit sloppy in the AM, but should be OK by PM and Sunday and Monday are looking awesome. I've got a Stream fishing school this weekend and we'll be doing the ground class at the OIFC on Fri PM and then we've moved our fishing day to Sunday because it looks so good. Looking at Stream shot, alot of movement in Stream with all the wind we've had. What has happened is the very strong West winds have blown all the cool water up agains the Stream edge, making a hard temp break. Right now the edge has moved over the MacMarle'n hole and an eddy looks to be kicking back to the Steeples-- either one could be a winner-- The hard edge on the MacMarle'n is more likely to produce Dolphin I think and eddy may be Tuna, no science, just a hunch. Anyway, should be an interesting weekend. Come on down and join us.
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"SAVE OUR POGIES" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/18/07
 

As you know we were unsuccessful in getting a bill passed in the State Legislature last session to ban purse seine netting of menhaden off our Brunswick County beaches. However, what we did succeed in was getting a "handshake" agreement from Omega Proteins not to come into our Brunswick County waters. Omega honored that agreement, and I think we all have seen the tremendous impact of their not netting our waters. This past winter we saw large menhaden schools on our beaches during the winter, which I haven't seen since I was a kid[40-50 years ago]. We have seen the explosion of the Bluefin Tuna fishery in our waters, which we believe is directly connected to the menhaden we now have in the winter. Trout fishing seems better, our inshore King fishing seems better, all we believe connected to Omega not netting in our waters. For this Omega is to be commended.

You may also be aware our elected State Representative Bonner Stiller has re-introduced the menhaden bill to stop purse seining in our Brunswick County waters.  Yesterday, the bill passed the Envirnomental and Natural Resources Committee which is a very big step toward getting the bill passed by the Legislature. Bonnner's approach was to take a quiet approach and do some "good ole" politicing. In talking with Bonner, he feels that with there being no North Carolina based company in the business, this is the perfect time to try to get the bill passed. Also he is concerned that if a North Carolina based company returned to the business, it would be almost impossible to succeed with the bill. Looking out to the future, and the uncertainty of what the future could hold from many different perspectives, he felt it was best to give it a shot.

So...as relates to SAVE OUR POGIES; I think we need to trust in and folllow the lead of Bonner. He's "boots on the ground", has got his finger on the pulse, and obviously is in the best position to know where things stand politically. I have told him we need him to call the play, and we're ready to run the ball. His response is to stand by and he will get us some direction asap which we will of course pass on to everyone out there. Rep Stiller is to be commended for his hard work and effort on behalf of our sportfishing world and anything we can do to help his effort, we need to be ready to do so. Additionally, I am pleased to report the CCA has stepped in and provided much help to Bonner. This is exactly what I believe the CCA is intended to do, using their power politically to help advance important fishery issues. CCA is building a chapter in Brunswick County, and we all need to step forward and join and support our CCA. There is no question CCA offers the most effective vehicle for us to accomplish our interest in addressing fishery related issues. So everyone out, stay tuned, and as info develops we will keep you informed on this very important issue.


- Rube McMullan
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"Before the storm" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 04/16/07
 

Those that ventured out before Mother Nature unleashed her fury this weekend made out pretty well. Capt. Roger and I took a big gamble on Friday, and ran way down south past the Winyah but were unable to find any warm water. Those that went the other fared a bit better. Edwin and Bob Newell on the Black Dog fished the 100/400 next to Todd Schad on the Diggin It. Yellowfins and wahoos were the catch, as Edwin shows off below.  Also pictured is Kylie Schad, who caught this monster barracuda fishing with her dad.  She also had a 25 pound tuna to boot.  Towards the Frying Pan Tower, Jody Thompson went bottom fishing, and his efforts were rewarded with this hog snapper. East of the shoals, Ray Labonte and Rudy Spurlin on the Plumb Crazy encountered a wahoo that took him to the knot--on a Penn 80!!! The fish ate a Williamson Little Tunny, maybe we should be pulling more of these bigger artificials for these wahoo. Heading that same way, Dean Spatholt and Dennis Watson on the Fishmeister mugged the grouper, several of which weighed over 20 pounds. Can't wait for this weather to pass on by so we can get back out there. Dolphin will be here in numbers soon. Yummmm.... Time to sharpen some hooks and spool some reels.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Today's Report" | Stori Teller-22' | 04/14/07
 

Well, we finally got a break in the bad weather the last two days, and were rewarded with some warmer temperatures and light winds, which translated into biting fish.  We've done quite well the past couple of days, finding the trout biting well from Southport to Little River and all areas in between.  Once again, the shrimp imitations such as the DOA and Gulp have been th top producers.  There are some really nice trout around right now, with most fish averaging in the 2 - 3 pound range, with some larger 4+ pound gators mixed in.  Also, we've also managed to catch a few flounder to boot, and they should become more prevalent as the water continues to warm.  The redfish have been a little more elusive, at least for me anyway, but there are some being caught, and they should also become more prevalent in the coming weeks.  The fish are there to be caught, so get on the water and go get'em.  Don't forget the Spring Inshore Classic, May 4th - 5th.  


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Jolly Mon advertising opportunity" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/12/07
 

We are currently working hard on putting together the 2007 Jolly Mon King Classic tournament program. If you have any interest in participating as an advertiser in the program or prize sponsors, please contact Brian Aycock at (910) 398-2612 or email- brianaycock17@aol.com . The tournament offers your business exposure to thousands of potential customers. Your support and consideration is appreciated. The deadline for participation is coming soon, so if you have interest, please don't hesitate.
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"Today's Report" | Stori Teller-22' | 04/11/07
 

I was back at it again today, despite the less than desireable conditions.  With a stiff SE breeze and a steady rain, it seemed like it would be a perfect day to stay indoors were it was warm and dry, but as the old saying goes, the fish are already wet, so we didn't let the wind or the rain stop us.  We fished the Sunset Bridge to Little River area, and managed a decent catch that included a few nice specks and 1 flounder.  Once again, artificial shrimp imitations were the baits of choice, with the 1/2 ounce DOA glow shrimp being the top producer.  Below is a photo of my crew for the day, with a couple of the larger trout we boated.  The fish are out there, so get on the water and go get'em, and don't forget about the Spring Inshore Classic, May 4th - 5th.  


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/11/07
 

The weather has been keeping us down a bit. We are looking at a break on Friday and a couple of the boats will be heading to the Stream-- come join us. Sat and Sun look pretty rough though. Capt. Lyndon had a full day yesterday and caught up a bunch of big bass and B-liners, a few Grouper and some jumbo Bluefish-- he fished near the Horseshoe area. Capt. Roger stayed close with the ShowTime and mopped up the Sea Bass-- come on down and see us--
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Wahoo Picture" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/08/07
 

Here is the picture of the 52 lb. hoo Robbie Dial caught with Capt. Roger and my self last Saturday.


- Capt. Lyndon Carter
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"Near Shore Sea Bass" | It Works- 27' | 04/08/07
 

I have run several charters in the last week, and the bass fishing has been great in the 4 to 15 mile range. We have caught tons of fish anywhere from under sized(remember that they have to be 11" now) up to 2 lbs. This is a very fast paced fishery, which makes up for the size of the fish, and is great for the kids. Also, we caught a nice flounder on Tuesday 4 miles from the beach. If monster sea bass, with the chance at some snapper and grouper are more your game, the bite has been great for the last couple of months in 85 to 115 feet of water. There have also been a few flounder in the same depths, but they may be on their closer to the beach. The spring fishing is heating up, so come on and go fishing with us.


- Capt. Lyndon Carter
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"Today's Report" | Stori Teller-22' | 04/08/07
 

I awoke Saturday morning to stiff 25 - 30kt. winds and chilly temperatures, which really concerned me considering the slow bite we had earlier in the week.  Myself and my crew for the day left the OIFC at around 10 a.m., and the pointed on the Stori Teller east towards Holden Beach.  We fished the creeks from Lockwood Folly to Southport, and I am happy to reported we were rewarded with a fine catch of trout considering the tough conditions.  We ended up with about 15 specks, 1 flounder, and 1 nice black drum - not too shabby at all.  Mud minnows suspended under a cork were very productive, as were artificial shrimp imitations such as the DOA and Gulp.  This time of year the trout are shrimp hungry eat virtually anything that resembles a shrimp.  Also, it is usually good to use larger artificals this time of year, such a the 4" Gulp shrimp, since the few shrimp that are around this time of year are usually very large.  So get on the water and catchem' up, and don't forget about the Spring Inshore Classic May 4th - 5th.  


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Today's Report" | Stori Teller-22' | 04/08/07
 

I awoke Saturday morning to stiff 25 - 30kt. winds and chilly temperatures, which really concerned me considering the slow bite we had earlier in the week.  Myself and my crew for the day left the OIFC at around 10 a.m., and the pointed on the Stori Teller east towards Holden Beach.  We fished the creeks from Lockwood Folly to Southport, and I am happy to reported we were rewarded with a fine catch of trout considering the tough conditions.  We ended up with about 15 specks, 1 flounder, and 1 nice black drum - not too shabby at all.  Mud minnows suspended under a cork were very productive, as were artificial shrimp imitations such as the DOA and Gulp.  This time of year the trout are shrimp hungry eat virtually anything that resembles a shrimp.  Also, it is usually good to use larger artificals this time of year, such a the 4" Gulp shrimp, since the few shrimp that are around this time of year are usually very large.  So get on the water and catchem' up, and don't forget about the Spring Inshore Classic May 4th - 5th.  


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Let's go to the Steeples" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 04/08/07
 

Just got the pictures of Capt. Roger's trip from last Tueday's trip to the Gulf Stream on the Carolina Contender. It looks like the yellowfin have finally showed up in numbers, creating the ultimate anglers paradox. Do we pull fluorocarbon for the tunas or wire for the wahoo that we know are around? It seems like a diverse spread is the way to go right now--the Sevenstrand Green Machine is catching a lot of fish behind a bird, the old standby ballyhoos are working on the riggers, and swimming plugs are hot on the flats, fished behind a planer or a wahoo bomb trolling weight. Tuesday looks like the best weather day this week to go out and give the Carolina Slam your best shot. We just opened up for the day, so if anyone wants to go fishing, give us a call!
- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"More pictures from last weekend" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 04/05/07
 

Just recieved these pictures from Randy Lingerfelt from last weekend's action at the 100/400.  It looks like we're going tomorrow, so I'll try and keep you posted.


- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"Today's Report" | Stori Teller-22' | 04/05/07
 

I had the opportunity of running the new Stori Teller for the first time yesterday, a while the boat did great, the fish just didn't seem to want to cooperate.  The good trout bite that has been going on slowed considerably,  and we only mangaed to boat a few throughout the course of the day.  The strong winds did prevent me from fishing a coupl of areas that I would have liked to, so thats what I'm blaming the slow bite on.  On the positive side, things can only get better from here, and as the warm continues to warm, the fishing should really take off.  The flounder bite should be the next thing to take off, and we should start seeing good numbers of them in the next couple of weeks.  Also, don't forget the Spring Inshore Classic, May 4th - 5th, so mark it on your calenders and be sure to come and fish with us.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"MacMarle'n is sick" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 04/05/07
 

the 32 Albemarle MacMarle'n took sick yesterday as she burnt a valve in her starboard engine, which means the engine will have to be rebuilt. As many of you know, I've been trying to sell this boat and this further increases my desire. My reason for selling has nothing to do with the boat as it is an excellent boat- solid, runs like a tank, catches fish and everything works (except of course for the stbd engine). Anyway, the majority of the fishing we do in our charter business is best suited for outboards, and thus the desire to move out of the MacMarle'n and into something else. SO, if anyone has interest in this fishing machine and you want to buy a boat at a wholesale price that you can repower with whatever you want, now is the time. I'm motivated- call Capt. Brant at (910) 367-2945
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gulf Stream really starting to heat up" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 04/01/07
 

With a great forecast for Saturday, just about everyone fished the Gulf Stream and we covered a lot of ground. Capt. Roger, Capt. Lyndon, and Robbie Dial worked the MacMarlen Ledge and the Winyah Scarp on the Carolina Contender and clocked yet another big wahoo (50+) and three gaffer dolphin. Larry Spainhour on the 7th Heaven got two nice hoos from the same area. I got join Stephen Hunter and Barry Gardner on the Fight'n Triton. With us was Capt. Drew Shytle, who usually runs the "Hospital Exit" out of Little River. We encountered one of the most bizzare sights ever, as a small wahoo we were bringing to the boat got cleaved in two by a massive wahoo. I've never even heard of this happening before, but I have three witnesses. The bigger 'hoo nailed him no more than fifteen feet from the boat. We got our heads clear, and despite a ton of bite-offs got several kings, jumped off a gaffer, and nearly managed to get spooled from another big wahoo. To the east, the yellowfin tuna have finally made an appearance. Mark Miller sent us these photos from offshore of the Blackjack, and at least five more came from around some floating debris at the 100/400. Finally, Capt. Kyle ran up towards the Same 'Ole and managed five gaffers and a nice wahoo. Folks, the fish are here and the forecast looks good! Pull ballyhoos and swimming plugs, but don't be afraid to pull out the cedar plugs.
- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"Jeff Martini and crew at it again" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 03/29/07
 

The latest twist on the Martini: Jeff and crew did it again with 6 wahoos and a nice blackfin from the 100/400 area on Tuesday. The largest of the hoos was 65 pounds--another fine catch. Congratulations and keep up the good work!
- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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