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"SWS Seminar Series Tomorrow" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 02/02/07
 

Tomorrow's weather forecast doesn't look very conducive for a fishing trip, but if you just can't stand it come out to the Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series being held at Brunswick Community College in nearby Supply, NC.  Capt. Brant and various other fishing professionals from around the country will be hosting an entire day of "how  to" seminars on topics from flounder to bluefin tuna.  There are always plenty of give aways and good camraderie amongst the presenters and students.  I believe the festivities kickoff sometime around 9am so if you can't stand the thought of sitting around the house all day come to the highly acclaimed SWS national seminar series right here in our backyard and enjoy a fun filled day of talking fishing and learning from the best of the best in salt water fishing. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Time to build a fire" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/28/07
 

I know many of you folks get tired of hearing us pound on you to get off the couch and get on down to the coast to help us catch fish. Well, that's not the message today as it's COLD and the wind is blowing the shortening out of the biscuits and it looks like it's going to stay that way for awhile. It is definitely time to sit on the couch, build a fire, and think about all the great fishing experiences you had this past year. Thinking about the ones we caught, the ones we lost, the ones that we whooped and the ones that whooped us. Thinking about the great experiences being on the water with friends, turning new fishermen on to our great sport, introducing kids to fishing. Thinking about crazy new ideas to catch that tourney winning King, thinking about new rigging techniques, new baits, new ways to fish, and new fish to go after. Definitely a great time to "go to thinking",.... and while you folks are doing the thinking sitting close to the fire on the sofa, I'm gone to Costa Rica. See ya!
- Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/24/07
 

Bluefin scene was slow-- there were 8 or so boats working the knuckly buoy area and 1 fish was hooked and broke off. Offshore, Capt. Roger, Lyndon, Josh and Brian took the It Works to the break to try for Wahoo and then bottomfish. The Wahoo thing didn't pan out, so they went to the bottom where they didn't break any quantity records but they did have some nice fish including a Gag Grouper at 25 pounds and Capt. Lyndon single handedly boated an 81.3 pound Amberjack-- WOW ! Anyway, we're here, there's some fish to be caught, so come on down. The weekend weather doesn't look too bad, so come see us.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/23/07
 

OK- the winds look nice for tomorrow, although a little cold. I'm going to give it one more shot for the Bluefin. Capt. Lyndon and Roger are ready to bend rods, so they're going Wahoo and bottom fishing. I'll post a summary on Thursday.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Quiet on the waters" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/23/07
 

Not much action to report. Tuna bite has gotten very quiet. They're still here but apparently very scattered. Find the bait/gannets and you've found the Tuna. Heard of good wahoo action in stream. Had hot seabass bite just 3 miles out[up to 16inchers] Sunday. Same game best stratey; go for the glory with Bluefin and if strike out, convert to other species. Plenty of fish out there, need anglers.
- Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/17/07
 

BRRRRRRRR..... Wind and cold is finally here. For all the great weather we get you can count on equally as bad coming- and its here. Looks like we'll get to go again on Saturday on Sunday. Since my report of a hookup at the 390/390 I've gotten reports of fish caught off Murrells Inlet too. After this weather things will be shook up and hopefully the Bluefin fishery will be rejuvinated. Come on down and give us some help this weekend- dress warm.
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/15/07
 

Bluefin are hard to figure out. Here one day and gone the next. The bite was very slow Friday, decent on Saturday and then dead again on Sunday. The only thing I can say is hopefully it will get better again, but you just have to go to have a shot. I hesitate to mention this just because you might not believe me and I unforunately don't have fish for proof BUT- here's a good and tragic story rolled into 1. Friday- we had 3 boats fishing Bluefin and none were caught and signs were not good, so later in the day we opted to catch some Sea Bass for our parties. Capt. Jon on the It Works ended up at the 390/390 where he loaded the boat with Bass, but in the mean time noticed large bait marks and slicks on the water. The day was nearing an end at 4pm when John called lines up and suggested they throw in a couple of lines for Bluefin and make 2 passes over the bait. They made the passes, nothing. John pulled the throttles back and began bringing in lines when you know what-- the downrigger rod went off and they were hooked up- believe me or not-- 390/390. John and crew did battle for 30 minutes and had the fish 10 feet from the leader, yes and in clear sight for a verified species identification, when tragedy struck as the hook simply pulled right out of the fish. A heart break. Anyway, John tried until dark with nothing and then on Sunday we had a couple boats fish the area and despite marking a ton of bait, they did not get bites. This further fuels the concept of they can be anywhere and anyone can have a shot. Bluefin are truly a mystical and mysterious fish-- all I can say it put your baits in the water and go for it. We have lots of weather coming for this week, which hopefully will shake things up and rejuvinate the fishing. We'll keep you posted.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/13/07
 

Ok so it appears as if my 2nd day after the weather change theory has been defeated.  Yesterday the bluefin bite was extremely slow.  Out of the entire fleet fishing from the Shark Hole to Knuckle and everywhere in between, Capt. Roger on the Showtime had the only bite that I am aware of.  His fish dumped some line but quickly came unbuttoned.  There was a glimmer of hope though that arose late yesterday afternoon.  Capt. Jon Tennant on the It Works fished the morning bluefin style around the Knuckle with no luck.  His charter decided they needed to put something in the frying pan so they began working back inshore and to the west back towards Ocean Isle.  Eventually they ended up bouncing lead around the 390/390 just 6 miles off the beach and 8 miles from Shallotte Inlet.  For a couple hours they hammered the black bass and made dinner.  While drifting for the bass Capt. Jon noticed a tremendous amount of bait marks in the area, so before running for home he decided to throw the bluefin gear out one more time just for a few minutes.  Within 10 minutes and the second pass over the bait the top line went to screaming.  Yes, this was it!  The bait was there, the water temp was perfect, the color was perfect and there wasn't another boat in site and just minutes from the house to boot.  The crew battled the fish for 45 minutes before finally getting the monster in their circle.  Less than 30 feet from the boat and within plain site the mid 80" fish made one last gasp and spit the hook.  Needless to say the crew was heartbroke.  It was 4:30pm at this point and Jon called Brant who was back at the Fishing Center after a day of bluefinning around the Knuckle with no bites.  With Jon's location just a few minutes away Brant and I hopped in the Carolina Contender and within 15 minutes after leaving the Fishing Center we had baits in the water.  We fished for the next hour and half until dark but no more bites were to be had.  The bait marks were thick but the fish seemed to have gone to bed for the evening.  Oh well, still very cool to be able to have a reasonable chance at a world class fish just 15 minutes from the dock. 

Onto today's report.  The OIFC guys went right back to where Jon had hooked up the day before, but the conditions had changed and despite an all day effort by the Showtime and the It Works there were no bites in that area.  However, back toward the shoals around the Knuckle was a different story.  Here one day gone the next and back again.  The bite again was not great but there were between 5 and 10 bluefin hooked and several put on the dock out of around 50 boats.  The tuna pictured below was a true giant brought in by Jerry Helms and crew from Southport.  This fish measured 93" but was one the larger fish I've seen.  It likely was well into the 500lb range.  Jerry reported the bite came mid morning around the Knuckle buoy on a Bluewater Candy crystal colored Jag head trolled with a ballyhoo on top.  Despite the huge size of the fish, the crew was able to subdue it within an hour.  The final analysis for the last couple days is the fish are still around, but again be where the bait is and you give yourself the best shot.  Remember that bait can be anywhere as evidenced by Capt. Jon's experience on Friday.  Keep hunting, they're out there. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Bluefin" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/11/07
 

The bluefin bite today was decent.  It seems like after a big weather change it takes until the second day to really get the bite going.  I guess we'll find out tomorrow if that theory is true.  Today there were around 5 fish hooked.  A couple were less than 73", a couple were over and one was lost.  Dale McDowell of the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association and crew stayed on a hot streak today with this 76"er caught inshore of the knuckle buoy.  Dale reported he was away from the group of boats around good bait marks when he hooked up mid morning.  He also reported that when the stomach was removed from this fish they found 16 whole undigested menhaden and one 2 foot lizard fish in its belly.  These fish don't get as big as they are without eating.  Tomorrow should be a big fishing day.  There is a great weather report and its a Friday so I'm sure there will be plenty boats out looking.  We'll report back with our findings.  The OIFC fleet will be on the water and standing by on channel 11.  We just received our latest shipment of custom bluefin rods and are stocked up with everything you could need in the way of bluefin tackle.  Come by the Fishing Center if you need any supplies or are just looking for the latest info. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Winter Update" | Stori Teller-22' | 01/10/07
 

Hi folks, I know its been a while since you've had an inshore fishing update, and I'm pleased to report that there are still plenty of fish to be caught in the backwaters.  The speckled trout fishing has slowed a little from the hot bite we were experiencing a few weeks ago, as the fish are beginning to adopt more of a cold weather pattern (even thought the weather hasn't been that cold).  Places such as the Shallotte and Lockwood Folly rivers are good places to look, concentrating on the deep holes in the river bends.  If you can locate the fish, they will often be schooled up, and you sometimes wear them out, even in the winter.  This is also the time of year to take advantage of the unique (and somewaht unknown) redfish fishery that we have this time of year.  The reds will be schooled up in very shallow water (often 2 or less) way in the backs of small creeks and on mud flats.  These fish are very spooky and difficult to approach, but this is a very exciting way to fish for them.   Sight - casting with soft - plastic baits rigged with very light jig heads is the most effective way to catch them, if you can get close enough to them.  I know everyone, including myself, has their minds on bluefin tuna right now, but don't overlook the inshore fishing in you get tired on chasing bluefins.  Finally, the dates for our annual Spring Flounder and Trout Classic have been set for May 4 -5, so make plans to come and fish with us.      


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Winter Update" | Stori Teller-22' | 01/10/07
 

     


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"Watch Out Bluefin" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/10/07
 

From the ring of our phone, sounds like the Bluefin will have their hands full the next few days.  The weather is finally turning cooler and that should mean good fishing-- we'll see-- We've got whatever you need to go fishing for the Giants, so stop by any time.  We're open from 7am to 7pm this weekend.

email I received-
I work with Barb Block and the Tag-A-Giant team.  We're running a blog this month with NC tagging reports, photos, etc., and it would be fabulous if you could link to it from your website.  Some of your site visitors would likely be interested in much of the blog content and may even want to post their own stories and photos.  The address is
http://tagagiant.blogspot.com/.  Our main website is www.tagagiant.org.


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"Big Tuna" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/07/07
 

Wade Long out of Little River, SC brought the monster pictured below by the Fishing Center today.  It was 95" long and would weigh around 500lbs.  Wade reported that he hooked up after 15 minutes of trolling this morning around the knuckle buoy at Frying Pan Shoals.  He fought the fish for just over 2 hours on a 50 wide reel spooled with 130lb test.  Capt. Roger and Capt. Jon are on the Showtime today but haven't lucked into a bite as of 2pm.  They said there were at least 4 or 5 hookups today around the knuckle. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefin Bounty" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/06/07
 

Our Bluefin Bounty prize award program is terminated as we gave away all the money we had. Thanks to our sponsors Ocean Isle Beach Realty, Resort Brokerage and Consulting, Williamson Realty, Cooke Realty, and Sloane Realty. If you will be visiting Ocean Isle this winter to Bluefin fish please visit these companies for your accomodation needs. And congrats to the winners who have helped put Ocean Isle Beach on the world map of Bluefin Tuna fishing [Brett Yauger, Brian Strickland, Dale McDowell, and Al Morris].

As the winter progresses, the bite should get better and better so don't miss the chance to come join us in this amazing gift mother nature has presented to us with this world class fishery right here in our home waters.


- Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/05/07
 

The old addage- you should have been here yesterday- played true today.  Yesterday there was a decent bite of BFT's at the Knuckle buoy that occured between 7am and 11am.  The water temp was 60 degrees and there was a ton of bait and birds- it looked fishy.  My father, Rube, cousin Brian and friend Greg Fulwood joined me aboard the Carolina Contender as we went out after'em.  We started at the 15 mile rocks, but found little activity.  At 7am I heard radio reports of a couple of fish hooked near the Knuckle.  An hour later another few fish were hooked and we made the call to run.  We dropped in at 9am and 15 minutes later hooked up on the long top rigger line.  The fish only pulled off a few yards and within minutes Greg had a Bluefin to boatside-- a small fish in the 62-68 inch range that I wired up, dehooked and released.  We reset and some 30 minutes later the downrigger rod bent over hard and the reel screamed, but just for a few seconds- not the big run we need to have from a big fish.  Greg again made short work and within minutes I had the wire in my hand and another cookie cutter 62-68 inch fish to boatside.  This fish was super hot and did not like me pulling on it and made a hard bolt nearly jerking me off my feet, luckily the leader popped and we were then back to fishing.  I was worried we had missed our chance as we had lost some time messing with those fish.  However, at 11am again our number got called as the long rigger again snapped and this time the sweet music of a screaming drag rang loudly- this was a keeper.  The fish made a killer first run of some 300 or so yards, headed straight toward a small outboard.  I made a call to the boat to turn off, but no response- a nightmare scenario.  As lines were being cleared I throttled the boat toward the boat coming too close to our fish to try to change the angle of the fish and to get the boat to notice us and turn off.  Fortunately, the tuna passed off the stern of the boat and then turned away as the small boat passed within 100 yards of our bow- fyi- be sure to monitor VHF 6 when fishing BFT as that seems to be the universal channel to communicate directions or info and you certainly don't want to cut someone's fish off- We recollected all the line and then set Greg up in the harness and believe it or not, the BFT made on pass by the boat before the leader popped up.  I grabbed it, fully expecting the fish to be green and take off, but it never did.  I brought the head to the surface where Rube made the gaff shot and I quickly stuck in the lip gaff and it was over in less than 15 minutes.  I guess the fish wore itself out on the strong first run.  Anyway, we boated an 80 incher and were glad to have such luck as the bite shut off for everyone immediately afterward.
Today, we tried it again and despite a bad forecast, it was pretty nice.  Unfortunately, the BFT's were nowhere to be found as the bait had disappeared and the water temps had risen to 62-66 degrees.  It blows my mind how quickly they show up and disappear and then how noone can seem to find them-- you know they are out there, but where?  The big question.  Anyway, we are going to try to slip in fishing on Sunday and then looks like it will be mid week before we go again.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/05/07
 

Fished with Brant yesterday. Put Greg Fulwood to work as we caught 3, biggest approx 80 inches. Bite was at the Knuckle. The big fish had 16 whole undisgested turbo pogies in his stomach. How he had room for his ballyhoo dessert is amazing. The fish are apparently feeding along the shoals where the pogies are piled up and then sliding back to the deeper water. We caught fish in 30 feet and 50 feet. Today Brant had a short fish, the only bite. Things much slower today as low pressure storm moves in. After the blow and high pressure moves in and stabalizes, hopefully the bite will be back on.


- Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 01/03/07
 

There were a few Bluefin hooked up and caught today- mostly around the Knuckle buoy- seas were tough, but tomorrow looks better.  Lots of bait, so hopefully the fish will show better-- stay tuned.  Al Morris landed this 75 incher to win the weekly Bounty at the OIFC- 6:15am inshore of the Knuckle  buoy


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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/29/06
 

More BFT's on the dock- we had 3 brought into the OIFC today.  1 was 78 inches, 1 was 80 inches and 1 was 65 inches.  There seemed to be a good number of fish hooked today, mostly in the 60-70 inch range.  The bites that occurred were between the Shark Hole and the Knuckle buoy.


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"Bluefin update 11:30am" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/29/06
 

Hot bite going on all along west side of Frying Pan Shoals from Lighthouse Rocks on out. 20 boats fishing, at least 10 fish caught and others lost.They're feeding on pogies piled up along the shoals. Bite also at Shark Hole. All you inlanders, take the winter cover off your boat and get down here. This is a historic event occuring in our Ocean Isle waters, truely a once in lifetime opportunity to catch a monster right here in your own backyard. Weather looks good thru weekend.
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