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"UPDATE- Kingfish are here" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/10/06
 

Capt. Roger is offshore in the Stream, hopefully mopping them up, and I'm behind the desk (again)- BUT, just had a couple customers come that have been fishing the 390/390 area where they reported the kings were biting.  They saw schools of Spanish Mackerel and trolled to them where they landed several fish and reportedly lost one at boatside in the 30 pound class.  The fishing is ON!  and guess what??  The weather looks perfect this weekend, so don't miss it.  I'll have a Stream report tonight or tomorrow, but I'm looking for another strong day.  AGAIN- THE WEATHER LOOKS PERFECT THIS WEEKEND- DON'T MISS IT-


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Flounder / Trout Classic Results" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/09/06
 

Sorry I've been late on reporting the results- but I'm pleased to say the 3rd annual Spring Flounder & Trout Classic went off great, thanks to Clay Morphis and his cooking team with Shallow Water Boat Sales.  The tournament hosted 34 boat entries, and this year's catches were very impressive with large flounder and trout weighed in.  Thanks to all that participated and congratulations to the winners.  Also, thanks to Clay Morphis and crew for a great job.  If you missed the tournament this year, I hope you'll consider joining next year as the event only continues to get better.

Tournament Results:  OIFC SPRING FLOUNDER-TROUT CLASSIC

1st overall- Kyle Hughes- 8.55 Trout/1.8 flounder= 10.35
1st flounder- 5.75- Wyatt Pegram
2nd flounder- 4.25- Ricky Lefler
3rd flounder- 3.15- James Locey
4th flounder- 2.25- John Starnes
5th flounder- 1.80- Ronnie Trexler
1st Trout- 6.45- Brandon Sauls
2nd Trout- 5.85- Brent Banks
3rd Trout- 5.80- Matt Owens
4th Trout- 5.50- Tim Fletcher
5th Trout- 4.40- Ricky Kellum

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Hot Bite Offshore" | Show Time- 34' | 05/09/06
 

Capt. Larry Horowitz on the Voyager called in late this afternoon to report a lot of action on yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and dolphin in the area of the 100/400 and the Blackjack Hole today.  The computer is showing 74 degree water in that part of the world and 76 degrees towards the Winyah Scarp.  Capt. Roger Gales and I will be heading out to the Gulfstream in the morning so we are certainly hoping the bite continues.  Check back--we'll keep you posted.


- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"Streamin" | Black Pearl- 31' | 05/08/06
 

We rolled The Black Pearl to the steeples area on a stream trip Saturday. The water was cobalt blue, well defined rips we battling each other, flyers were present but the fish were hiding. I would say conditions were great and it kept me on the edge all day. We did manage to pull out a 50.50 pound Wahoo and a couple of Mahi!! This action should be heating up so stay tuned. We may go on a mission one day this week and check it out to the western around Winyah and etc.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Yesterday's Gulf Stream Report" | Show Time- 34' | 05/07/06
 

Yesterday, myself and the newest member of our OIFC Charter Fishing Staff, Capt. Shane headed to the Steeples for a day of gulf stream trolling.  When we got there, we couldn't believe what we saw----there was a huge rip directly on top of the structure.  On one side of the rip the temperature was 74.7 degrees and on the other side it was 76.7 with a beautiful weedline running right down the middle.  From the looks of things, it was going to be a slaughter and it didn't take long after putting baits in the water for us to hook up our first fish of the day---a 10 lb. gaffer mahi which ate a Blue Water Candy pink/crystal 1/2 oz. seawitch behind a small ballyhoo on the long rigger.  As we were putting our fish in the boat, Capt. Hook calls and reports that he has a 50 lb. wahoo laying on ice!  Not long after putting our baits back out, we hook up again on the exact same rod---this time a 20 lb. blackfin tuna met the end of my 8 ft. gaff and found himself buried in ice.  But just as quick as it all started for us, it all but ended---we trolled the rip up and down, from side to side, and only managed a good wahoo bite in which the fish bit us off above the wire and a few other short strikes.  The story was much the same from all the other boats working the area, although one did manage some real excitement and released a blue marlin!  (This is the first blue that I've heard of from our area this year.)  With the surprising slow action from such a beautiful looking stretch of water, we decided to make a move inshore to 100 feet of water and try our hand at some king fishing.  This turned out to be a very good move as our first down rigger bait, a cigar minnow on a Hank Brown Hookup jighead, didn't last more than 2 minutes before line was screaming off the reel.  The fish bit like a king but fought just like a shark and it wasn't till she surfaced behind the boat that we realized it was in fact a kingfish--and a solid 20 pounder at that.  As I was putting her in the boat, another rod went off with another solid king.  This nonstop action went on the entire time we were there and allowed us to fill the fishbox eventhough the gulf stream didn't live up to our expectations today.

I have heard some reports of a little bit better bite yesterday around the Winyah Scarp with some guys reporting mahi's and wahoo.  It looks like the weather is going to hold all week so let's hope that this weekend has been the breaking point for all the bad weather on the weekends and will allow us to make more trips to the stream to get the fish patterned out there.  We've got gulf stream trips planned for Wed., Thurs., Fri., and Sat., so be sure to check back for more reports and pictures!  (Sorry, I didn't get any pictures from yesterday---I was working the cockpit all day and forgot about my camera downstairs in the cabin.) 

Also, be sure to check my other report that I just posted---THE SPANISH ARE HERE!!!

---Capt. Squid


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Spanish Are Here!!" | It Works- 27' | 05/07/06
 

Just talked to Capt. Roger on the It Works and he is catching some spanish mackerel at the AR460 (3 Mile Reef).  Also just talked on the radio to Jody Thompson on the Fishbonz who is catching them at Little River Inlet.  Both report that they are on the small size, however they are legal.  So things are definately heating up and I'm sure it'll really go off this week!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Pogie Alert!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/05/06
 

Yesterday while doing some practice runs aboard The Flying Fish (parasailing) I spotted several dark pods of water coming out of Shallotte Inlet and heading south.  After landing back on the boat and pulling in the parachute I motored over to inspect what I had seen from 800' above.  Sure enough it was several large schools of big ocean pogies.  This is a sure sign the seasons are changing and the nearshore fishing is about to go off.  I'm already hearing reports of kingfish being caught around Ocean Crest Pier and Yaupon reef.  The bait is here and the water temps are getting close- let the games begin!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"The Bite Continues" | Show Time- 34' | 05/04/06
 

Fishing with Capt. Roger Gales on the Showtime, today was more of the same with excellent action on the black sea bass and vermillion snapper.  The morning started slowly as we began to work the structure around the Atlantic Edge.  The fish were certainly there, but were tentative biters for the first hour or so.  The fish that we did boat were, however, very large.  The bite slowly but surely picked up and by 11:00 we were absolutely destroying them.  The amazing thing was the size of nearly all the fish caught.  I have almost never seen vermillion snapper of close to 20" come into the boat at such a rate.  The kings may be absent from this area due to the water temperature, but if you are looking to fill a cooler with some of the tastiest fish in the sea, this would be the place to do it.  Dropping the anchor and using fresh cutbait will help you limit out on these vermillion, which were typically suspended 10 feet or so from the bottom.

Further on out in the Gulfstream on 7th Heaven, Larry Spainhour reported a Carolina Slam, highlighted by a 45 pound yellowfin.  He reported a consistent tuna bite, with one quadruple-header.  For those of you new to the sport or the state, a Carolina Slam consists of a yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and dolphin.  Congratulations to Larry and his crew.  Let's hope for seas similar to what we saw today through the weekend and a great weekend of fishing for the Spring Flounder-Trout Classic right here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.


- First Mate- Chris Burrows
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"Yesterday's Report" | Show Time- 34' | 05/04/06
 

Yesterday morning I was greeted at the dock with calm winds and hopes that the weather man had once again missed the forecast.  As I cleared Little River Inlet, I discovered that this was not the case and was faced with a sloppy 3-5 foot chop.  With thoughts of kingfish on our mind, we trudged on, slowly but surely, and put our lines in at the Bill Perry eventhough the water was a bit cool at 66 degrees.  We were marking a lot of cigar minnows along the bottom and no sooner than we put the downrigger down at 40', the clip popped---Fish on!  As we were fighting the first fish, another rod went off------the bad news is that the first was a shark and the second was a 5 lb. bluefish.  We played with the sharks for a little while there but soon moved on to the 32 mile rock to find the kingfish.  Again we found nothing but cool water and sharks, so it was on to Plan C.  I made a move inshore to the Atlantic Ledge and began marking tons of bottom fish, so out came the double hook rigs and the Berkley Gulp Cut Bait Squid.  On the first drops everybody hooked up on some very nice seabass and an otherwise slow day had just started to turn around.  (Not to mention the ocean laying down to a very nice 3 foot swell.)  As we drifted across the ledge, everybody was reeling up 14"-16" seabass----no throwbacks here!  When the tide went slack, the seabass bite slowed a bit (this is normal), however the vermillion snapper (B-liner) bite went off!  These were not your normal 10"-11" B-liners either----some of these were pushing 18"!  Easily the biggest I've caught all year!  Along with all these bass and B-liners, we even managed to pull a couple of nice flounder off the bottom which is always a nice surprise. 
The non-existant kingfish bite yesterday was surely caused by the cool water in my opinion, but as soon as the water warms back up to 69-70 degrees (should be by this weekend), you can once again expect to find them in the areas that we fished today.  Frozen cigar minnows will be the ticket slow trolled right over the structure.
We'll be in the stream for the next two days so be sure to check back for reports!  Fishing should be on fire out there this weekend!  There's good water up at the Steeples and the Blackjack Hole and with winds out of the West/Southwest, it's shaping up to be a great weekend to be on the water!

---Capt. Squid


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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 05/03/06
 

The wind hasn't been too kind to us, but we're finally getting out.  Capt. Bryan was on the water today, but I'll let him give his report.
I just wanted to let you interested fishermen know that this weekend will be the annual Ocean Isle Fishing Center Flounder & Trout Classic- Registration will be on Friday with the Capt. Meeting and dinner at 6pm.  Fishing will take place on Saturday.  Judging by the flounder we're catching off the OIFC docks, the bite should be good.  Come down and join us as Clay Morphis and family of Shallow Water Boat Sales presents a great tournament with good food and good fishing.
Also, I've rescheduled one of my Gulf Stream classes to May 20-21.  The evening "ground school" will take place from 6-8pm on Sat, May 20th with fishing aboard the "ShowTime" on Sun, May 21st.  Call me (910) 575-3474 xt 3 to sign up for one of the spots.
Stand by for more reports as we'll be nearshore again tomorrow then to the Stream on Fri and Sat.
The weather looks like it might actually be decent for the weekend.  So if you've let all the weekend wind keep you at home, come on down this weekend and join us. -- Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"they are here" | Stori Teller-22' | 05/01/06
 

After waiting for what seemed like forever for the flounder bite to go off it finally happened today.This morning started out like all the ones have for the last few days, with strong northeast winds and a slow fish bite.After checking a few holes with limited success I decided to point the Stori Teller toward some familiar flounder territory.Just as we arrived the tide had just began to fall at a fairly moderate pace so we decided to drift the creek bottom with 1/4 ounce white jigheads with 3 inch pogy trailer tails made by Berkely gulp(these things really do outfish live bait).Our first drift we connected with three  flounder and missed several more.This action continued until the tide began to slow.Along with our good flounder action we also were able to find a few speckled trout throughout the day.I expect the inshore bite to go off later in the week when the wind turns back around to the south and the water temps rise a couple more degrees.The spring fishing should be in its prime for this weekends inshore tournament.


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Fishing School Opening" | Show Time- 34' | 04/28/06
 

I have 1 spot open for Gulf Stream fishing school- land class on Sunday PM from 6-8pm and fishing on Monday.  The weather looks like its going to cooperate, so systems are on go.  If you want to touch up your skills, learn some new techniques or learn the skills necessary to do it on your own, this is a good opportunity.  Call me- (910) 575-3474 xt 3 to take the last spot.
As bad as the weather sounded for today, we predicted right and by noon it has calmed down to near nothing- a beautiful day.  The ShowTime is out on a full day and the It Works is out on a 3/4 day.  The Atlantic Bonito are biting right now East of the Sherman. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fellow Fisherman Needs Your Help" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/26/06
 

Captain James "Buster" Gunter, a fellow FLW member and Captain of The Sea Horse has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. If you would like to help contribute to the medical expenses we have set up a PayPal fund with Bank of America to accept the donations. It is under the James "Buster" Gunter Fund, account # 002374555373. You can make donations at any Bank of America in the country. If you do not have one convenient to you, you can mail it to Scott Buff  701 West West St. Southport, NC 28461. You may also contact Scott at the Southport Fishing Center for details. His numbers are 910-454-4000 and cell 910-294-1463. Thank you for your help and prayers for a fellow fisherman.

- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"One Man Show" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/25/06
 

This guy- David McKethan- fishes the Stream in 22' foot boat, by himself.  Not the safest, but he catches fish-- this Yellowfin from the Black Jack the other day


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"Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl 2006 update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/25/06
 

To all our Jolly Mon friends. Whew! It's been a battle but finally the Town Of Ocean Isle Beach relented and agreed to allow us to have the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. They made us change the dates to one week earlier for the Jolly Mon and one week later for the Fall Brawl. OK, we can live with that and now these great family fun events can live on.
 
My absolute goal is to make the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl the best they've ever been and thus show the Town of Ocean Isle how important the tourneys are to our island culture.  So how do we make the tourneys better than ever? Give away more money of course! We are pounding the pavement looking for businesses that recognize the marketing benefit of putting their name in bright lights as a sponsor of the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl. And so, this appeal to you: If you have interest in joining our sponsor group please get in touch with me. We have a variety of programs available from "Title Sponsorship" to brochure advertiser. Additionally, to continue our absolute committment to encouraging adults to get kids involved in our great sport of fishing, if you would like to sponsor a $100 junior angler prize; for every $100 we get we will add a $100 finishing place to the junior angler prize category. Our goal would be to get enough $100's that every junior that weighs in a fish will be a winner and be able to get up on the stage and be a hero.  Each $100 prize will be given in your name and you will also be recognized in the program.What we have learned about the junior anglers is that by making them feel special [either by giving them Jolly Mon/Fall Brawl medalians or $$'s]; that's all it takes for them to get hooked, and from then forward you won't be able to keep them off your boat.And we all know the key to the parenting thing is to get involved with the kids...thus mission accomplished.
 
Your help, support, encouragement and participation is graciously appreciated.

Please call or email me ASAP.  My deadline for committments is 5/5.
Capt. Brant McMullan
(910) 575-3474 or captbrant@oifishingcenter.com

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"Gulf Stream Report" | Show Time- 34' | 04/24/06
 

Chuck Olson and 5 other members of the Fishin' Fun Club joined myself and Chris for a day of Gulf Stream trolling this morning.  We hit the inlet at first light around 6 am and were greeted by a rather sloppy ocean.  This didn't stop us though----we had tuna on the mind so we beat and banged all the way to the 100/400 and put lines in right at 9 am.  Capt. Roger on the MacMarle'n started at the Blackjack Hole and immediately upon putting lines in had a triple header wahoo bite of which he caught one (the other two bit through the mono).  I made a couple laps around the 100/400 to no avail---no bait, weeds, birds, or fish----and then headed off to join Roger at the Blackjack Hole.  The first pass over the numbers yielded a 30 lb. Yellowfin Tuna caught on my all time favorite center rigger (or shotgun) tuna bait-----a Green Machine 15 feet behind a pink bird.  As soon as I hooked up, Roger had another hookup on a wahoo and Capt. Larry on the Voyager out of Calabash also hooked up.  We all thought that things were really going to go off, but as soon as it started----it was over---at least for a little while anyway.  All through the day, it seemed like when one of the three of us hooked up, the other two would as well.  Our hot bait was definately the Blue/White Jr. Islander fished 100 ft. down on a planer, but our biggest fish---a 47 lb. wahoo came on a Black/Purple Jr. Islander on top.  We ended the day with what I'm going to call a Brunswick County Grand Slam----a Yellowfin Tuna, a Wahoo, a Mahi-Mahi, and a King Mackerel---while Capt. Roger bagged 3 Wahoo and 5 Mahi's.  With all these Mahi's around already, it's shaping up to be one heck of a good season when May rolls around and they really start to show up!  Eventhough it was a little bit rough all day, each boat managed a very nice catch that I would be proud of, even on the nicest of days.

---Capt. Squid


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Fellow Fisherman Needs Your Help" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/24/06
 

Many of you likely know Capt. Buster Gunther of Southport.  He fishes the 35' Wellcraft- "Sea Horse".  Buster has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and has been out of work for over a year.  He has to undergo major surgery when he regains his strength, but until then, he is left with bills and no way to make a living.  Thus, through an effort spearheaded by Scott Buff of the Southport Fishing Center (910) 294-1463, we are seeking donations to help Buster through this time of difficulty.  We fishermen are a fraturnity and we hope to be there when one of our brothers needs help, and such is the case.  Please call Scott and contribute. 
Good luck Buster.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Stream Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/23/06
 

I fished the Carolina Contender in the Stream on Friday with good fishing friends Bryan and Seth Strickland of Shallotte Point.  The weather was nice at 1-2 foot inshore and 3-4 foot offshore.  We started at the Black Jack and found good water conditions at 74.7 degrees and mixed blue color.  We hit a Blackfin right off the bat on the green machine behind the pink bird comb while fishing the offshore side of the ledge in 250 feet.  I then decided to make a swing over the shallow part of the ledge to see if Mr. Wahoo was home.  We crossed a ledge in 160 feet and a fish crashed my teaser- squid daisy chain with hookless rigged ballyhoo- I knew he hit the teaser and wouldn't get hooked, but I anxiously waited the seemingly endless 5 seconds before the fish dropped back to the long rigger and took the bait.  Bryan did battle after a scorching run and luckily landed the 44.5 pound wahoo caught on a blue/white C&H Alien on 100# flurocarbon leader- lucky no bite off on that!  For you who don't fish teasers, I won't go fishing without mine.  I like to fish a squid daisy chain with a skirted, rigged large ballyhoo- hookless of course.  Many times,  just like in this instance, the fish will strike the teaser.  BUT, 99% of the time, that same fish will quickly find another bait in your spread and take it and the hook.  The teaser is effective in 2 ways-- for tuna and wahoo, I usually don't get many of them actually hitting teaser, but my baits on my flat line is fished right beside and just behind the teaser and my rigger is fished 20-30 yards behind the teaser.  The tuna and wahoo are drawn to the commotion and visual presence of the teaser and they take a nearby bait.  OR- the teaser is really neat for billfish and especially dolphin.  I'd bet you that 85% of the dolphin over 25 pounds I've caught have first come to the teaser.  And when they do, you sure see them.  The difference is that billfish and dolphin come to the teaser and typically stay with it as they try to eat the bait.  2 things-- either you have your baits beside and behind the teaser and you simply wind up the teaser at which point the fish takes the nearby baits OR- you keep a pitch bait ( I like a 30# outfit rigged with 5' of 80# fluorcarbon and small, naked, rigged ballyhoo) and simply free line it next to the teaser and have another crew member wind up the teaser.  The fish turn on your bait immediately where you can free line to feed the fish, then set up on it-- NOW THAT'S FUN.  Anyway, teasers work.
After the wahoo, I decided to head back to the offshore side of the break and as we crossed the ledges in 250 feet where the long rigger was taken.  The fish smoked off line and dogged deep, but Seth handled the pressure and boated a 45.5 pound Yellowfin tuna which took a 1/2 oz. blue/pink Bluewater Candy witch with small ballyhoo.  From there, the action slowed a bit as we missed a couple of short strikes.  I began making my way towards the 100/400 and a mile from the spot we hit a wahoo which took a pink/white weighted head skirt with a large ballyhoo from right beside the teaser.  The fish screamed off and Bryan did battle for 10 minutes before the hook simply fell out of the fish- a hearbreak.  We reset and instantly a Barracuda.  Sure it wasn't a desired, but you have to think, 2 fish that close, there's some reason they are there.  A boat trolled within 100 yards of us and they boated a 45 pound wahoo.  We reset and worked the 100/400 area when again the flat line next to the teaser was nailed by a wahoo which Seth battled and boated- a twin at exactly 44.5 pounds.  While battling that fish, two other lines were taken.  One was a mono leader and the lure was bitten off and the other missed the hook- wahoo attack!  We fished a bit longer without success and pulled lines at 2pm to get Seth home for a baseball game that PM. 
In all, it was a good day of fishing.  We didn't load the boat with fish, but we caught quality fish and the action was cosistent all day with a bite an  hour.
We are set to hit the Stream again Monday, so stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Yesterday's Report" | It Works- 27' | 04/22/06
 

Yesterday morning, I hit the inlet at daybreak with high hopes of an Atlantic Bonita slaughter.  When I set lines out at the General Sherman (where the fish had been several days prior), I noticed that they were not on top busting the surface and jumping as in previous days, and there were no birds or bait in the area.  We set lines in anyway, and had 2 Bonitas in the boat within 30 minutes.  As we trolled around the bite slowed considerably as almost a dozen boats had moved in on the wreck so we headed back inshore a couple of miles to do some seabass fishing.  We found the seabass bite to be on fire as we caught upwards of 100 fish with a few being very nice 13-14 inch "knotheads" (larger sea bass).  All in all it was a beautiful flat day on the water and can't wait for the wind to die down so that we can get back out and chase down those Bonitas.  There was a lot of bait inshore near the 90/90 area so that may be a good place to look when the weather breaks.  Also, don't forget about the 7 Mile and 10 Mile Artificial Reefs (AR455 and AR445)---these are also very good areas to find these fish.

----Capt. Squid


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Stream Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 04/20/06
 

Word is they tore the tuna up again at the Black Jack today.  Capt. Roger will be on the ShowTime tomorrow and I'll be on the Carolina Contender tomorrow in the Stream to give it a go-- stand by for a report.  Inshore, Capt. John will be on the MacMarle'n for 2- 1/2 day Bonito trips and Capt. Squid will be on the It Works for a 1/2 day Bonito/Sea Bass trip.  Give any of us a call on VHF 11 and we'll do our best to help- or if you've got the fish hemmed up, give us a call to help us out-- thanks.
The Bonito are thick just inshore of the Sherman.  They're getting lots of pressure from boats, so think stealth.  Casting topwater lures- small- on light fluoro might do the trick.  Try to find schools away from the main group of boats- they've been busting all over the top and birds are on them.  There's a ton of bait at the 90's and inshore of it, so the Bonito will be working that way over the next week.  Stay tuned- Capt. Brant


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