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"" | Carolina Contender | 11/15/05
 

The responses from the Mayor and Council members that some of you who have emailed or called demands a response and an explanation.  If they're being honest in their comments then they are ill-informed and apparently haven't been paying attention to how Brant's traffic management plans work and have worked for years. He spends thousands of $$'s operating a off island shuttle, donates thousands of $$'s to the police department each year[which they have gladly provided officers at the intersection for traffic control to get shuttle in and out of Causeway Drive]; in every publication,brochure,newspaper; he begs tourney participants to ride the off island shuttle so the island traffic can't be blamed on him.  And apparently, the elected officials aren't paying attention because THE SHUTTLE WORKS!!!  Using this past year on Saturday, he hired a company to video film the traffic turning into the OIFC tourney site coming off the bridge.  Virtually the only traffic turning left into the OIFC was the shuttle vans[3 of them].  In fact,on Saturdays, at all times there were vacant parking spaces at the OIFC.

At the tourneys the Mayor normally comes to give the Town welcome to the fishermen, and after the event the Mayor and Council members and Police Chief have been all smiles and complimentary about how smoothly the event went and what a great asset to the Town Brant's tourneys are.  And then suddenly, in the seconds it took the Town to vote against Brant, they destroyed all the hard work Brant has done for many years being the primary cheerleader for OIB fishing and putting OIB on the world map as a primary fishing destination in the Carolinas.

The excuse they are using is @#$%^%^^&*(* and if they are being honest in that justification they have not done their job to examine exactly what is the story with tourney related traffic.  The answer is THERE IS NO TOURNEY RELATED TRAFFIC which suggest they are responding to a small group of malcontents who have their own agenda.  The Chief knows there is no tourney traffic problem, the Mayor knows this, and if the Council had been paying attention they also would know this.  As a citizen I think we have a right to expect more from our elected officials, when making a decision of this importance to OIB and it's citizens and guests, that they would carefully study a problem before casting the vote  .Had they done so they wouldn't have taken the action they took.

The loosers in this situtation are the thousands of fishermen, their wives, and kids who enjoy the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl as the premier family oriented events they are intended to be.  The other loser is the Town Of Ocean Isle who now has "black balled" themselves with the sportfishing community for their poorly thought out decision.

For those of you who followed our approach on SAVE OUR POGIES; what we found is the "silent majority" can make a difference by stepping forward, and where we see a clear injustice, make noise.  Don't let these elected officials off the hook. The fact they have responded to your emails indicates concern on their part to try to defend their position, and the facts of the matter are the only defense they have is they have the power, not the honest facts.

Bottom line:  Keep the emails and calls to the elected officials coming also if possible try to be at the open forum meeting at OIB Town Hall next Monday at 6:00pm.  Thank you for your support.  Email addresses are below:

Mayor-
Debbie Smith
debbie@sloanerealty.com --
Commissioners-
Richard Donovan
rdonovan@mindspring.com
Dean Walters
dwaltersgroup@atmc.net
Suzie Wooten
suziew@2khiway.net
CD Blythe
cdblythe@atmc.net
Bill Benton
bbenton4@ec.rr.com



- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Jolly Mon/Fall Brawl Fishermen; Ocean Isle Town Me" | Carolina Contender | 11/15/05
 

Ocean Isle Beach will have a "open forum" Town meeting Monday, November 21, 6:00pm at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall. This is an opportunity for anyone to speak to the Mayor and Council on any matters of interest. This meeting offers a great opportunity for all the friends of the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl King Mackerel Tournaments to come to the meeting and express their views on the action of the Town Council to not allow the tournaments on their normal dates. The Council's stated reason is concerns about traffic associated with the tourneys on the island on the Saturdays of the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl. Those of you who fish the tourneys know there is no tourney traffic on the island on the Saturdays as you are on the water fishing and the small number of spectators who come to see the weigh in ride the off island shuttle. Either the Council is making totally uninformed decisions or the tourneys are being held hostage to some unspoken political agenda.

Please come and speak your mind. Thanks.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Voice your opinion" | Carolina Contender | 11/11/05
 

The poll has been taken down. . . . for some reason? A better way to communicate your feelings on this issue if it is of interest to you is to email the Ocean Isle Beach's elected officials that make the decisions. They responded to the few negative comments from the small group of locals who's sole objective is to negate any positive actions that come out of the OIFC. Hopefully now they'll listen to the other side which has traditionally been the silent majority (the people who stay out of other people's business). Below you will find the email addresses for each official. If you fished the tournaments you know traffic was not an issue this year due to precise scheduling and an efficient shuttle system. Please let your thoughts be heard.

Mayor-
Debbie Smith debbie@sloanerealty.com --
Commissioners-
Richard Donovan rdonovan@mindspring.com
Dean Walters dwaltersgroup@atmc.net
Suzie Wooten suziew@2khiway.net
CD Blythe cdblythe@atmc.net
Bill Benton bbenton4@ec.rr.com


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Speak your opinion" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 11/10/05
 

It has been brought to our attention here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center that a poll is being held on the Brunswick Beacon website concerning the decision Ocean Isle Beach elected officials made to not approve the Jolly Mon or Fall Brawl tournaments for 2006.  It has also been brought to our attention that the most vocal party against the tournaments and the OIFC, Sheffield's, has made attempts to get the poll dropped from the website.  This is a chance for all interested parties to give their opinion by voting.  It is up to each and every one of us to vote so the decision makers will know the opinion of the affected citizens.  The website to cast your vote is: http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/

Please take this opportunity to voice your opinion.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl 2006" | Carolina Contender | 11/10/05
 

Some of you may have read the news in the most recent Brunswick Beacon.  If not, the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl tournaments have been denied permits by the Town of Ocean Isle Beach to be held on their normal dates next year.  The decision was based on the recommendation of Chief of Police Kurt Pritchard who stated that "no event should be permitted on the island between June 15-Aug 15 that occurs on a Saturday....  Saturday is tourist move in move out day and traffic is too congested on the island to add any special events."  Chief went on to say..." The Fall Brawl should not occur on the same Saturday as the Oyster Festival in October.  The Festival brings over 20,000 visitors to the island and the addition of the tournament just adds to traffic problems."  I was shocked to here this from the Chief as he has been the tournament's #1 proponent for many years, a past tournament winner and one of the main reasons the event permit has been approved by the board for the last 10 years.  Despite problems with traffic in the 2004 Jolly Mon which can be directly attributed to a religious festival that was held on the island with no parking/traffic plan, Chief Pritchard whole-heartedly gave his vote of confidence to authorize the 2005 events because of his confidence in Capt. Brant and knowing that the problems were not due to the tournament.  If you attended the 2005 Jolly Mon, you know parking and traffic were flawless.  It was the smoothest the event has ever run.  Yet the Chief still pulled a 180 on the events.  What has changed is the public complaints from a few select adversaries to the success of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center and Capt. Brant-- Sheffield's - Mrs. Sheffield attended the meeting and expressed in front of the board that "the tournaments took place when I (she) had enough business-- why not hold them when I (she) could make more money?"-  My response:  "the tournaments are for the fishermen and their families, not the benefit of Sheffield.  These are the times when the fishing is best and families have time to go fishing."-- the other vocal oponent- Jim Culpepper-- (who is Jim Culpepper?  He is the mouth piece for Sheffield's and  proponent of commercial fishermen.  He has been in the middle of all attempts by the Capt. Brant and the Ocean Isle Fishing Center to make any grounds against commercial fishing issues-- includeing banning Pogy boats off our beaches as well as shrimp trawling in the Intracoastal waterway.  Jim Culpepper is not a registered voter of Ocean Isle. He does not live on the island, but he screams the loudest and fights conservation and the interests of recreational fishermen in our area.  Culpeppers complaint "the tournament boats pollute the waters by running in the waterways while waiting for weigh-in."  I'm not even going to waste my time explaining this obsurdity-- you can see what a joke-- BUT, I've come to find that here in Ocean Isle, the squeeky wheel gets the grease.  Complaint #3 comes from Ray Harris, owner of  Sharky's, which too is a joke since it is a known fact that he will take every opportunity possible to throw a wrench into anything good or positive the OIFC is doing.  Sharky's has had a hell bent vendetta against the OIFC ever since my dad, Rube McMullan, bought their entire parking lot and then instead of using it for the OIFC and thus killing Sharky's, decided to sell it back to them because he didn't want to put them out of business and create ill sentiment-- talk about a backfire.  Again, the squeeky wheel gets the grease. 
These folks have been responsible for many editorial letters to the local newspaper which all were against the tournaments and the OIFC. 
In the interview I gave the Beacon concerning my feelings on the tournament, I stated that I felt the Police Chief's actions were politically motivated.  I was certain that he could not have been responsible for such a complete  change of philosophy on the events and that he must have recieved pressure from commissioner(s).  The Chief and I had a long conversation as we have been friends for years and he adamantly denied any political pressure.  Thus, I have nothing to work with but his word and must apologize to him and trust him when he says he's "not political."  However, what he did say is that his decision was based on pubic sentiment and thus we get back to the sword rattlers- Sheffield's and Sharky's.  These folks stirred up public sentiment amongst a small but vocal group, and the Chief heard the cries, felt pressure and thus acted-- the squeeky wheel gets the grease.  Beyond this, Chief says its a "common sense" thing-- too much traffic on Saturdays and your event just furthers the problem.  How many of you drove to the event on Saturday in your car?  If you did, were you already on the island or did you make a special trip to come to the site on Saturday?  I guarantee that slim to none of you can answer yes to both questions.  The events were changed this past year just to solve this very problem of inviting automobile traffic to the island on Saturday.  Sure, fishing happens on Saturday, but you can't weigh-in from your car.  And yes, the tournament does draw a large spectator crowd to watch the weigh-in, but again, how many of those people actually drove from distance to watch the event and were not all ready on the island?  And how many rode the free shuttle I provide?  The Captain's meeting happens Friday which Chief Pritchard has indicated is not a problem time and the awards are Sunday evening which Chief Pritchard has indicated is not a problem time. 
Bottom line- you and your families that enjoy the Jolly Mon and the Fall Brawl have been done a great injustice.  It angers me to see a few whiners with obvious alterior motives cause the downfall of the tournaments. 
If you have any thoughts on this, I invite you to let  local Ocean Isle commissioners know how you feel-
Mayor-
Debbie Smith debbie@sloanerealty.com  -- Commissioners-
Richard Donovan rdonovan@mindspring.com 
Dean Walters dwaltersgroup@atmc.net
Suzie Wooten suziew@2khiway.net
CD Blythe cdblythe@atmc.net
Bill Benton bbenton4@ec.rr.com
I don't fight for the sake of fighting and certainly not when I realize I may jeopordize my business at the hands of future decisions made by the commissioners and police chief- But, we, my fellow fishermen, lady anglers and jr. anglers have been wronged and thus I speak with a strong heart and clear mind.
My family and I are taking a vacation for a few days at which time I will consider alernatives for the future of the events.  I thank you for your continued support of the events.
Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"King fishing still awesome!" | Carolina Contender | 11/09/05
 

Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining some friends of mine aboard the Johnny Mike, a 26ft. Grady White for a day of king fishing.  We were greeted with a slick calm ocean and arrived at the Atlantic Ledge around 8:30 and for the next 3 hours we were only able to get at most 3 rods out at one time before we were hooked up.  Doubles and triples were the norm as we had fish exploding on our baits all morning.  All fish were between 8-12lbs and bit frozen cigar minnows as well as live cigars equally well.  (There are plenty of live cigars offshore.)  All throughout the day we had schools of glass minnows all around us with small false albacore crashing through them.  Let me add that if you've never caught these fish on small spinning gear, you are missing out.  They are one of the hardest fighting fish in the ocean and are a blast on this small gear.  The secret to catching them is "matching the hatch"---throw very small stingsilver type baits into the school and hang on!  The wind is supposed to blow pretty hard tomorrow, but Friday, Saturday, and Sunday look excellent and the fishing should be just the same so come join us for some of this red hot action!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Fish Report and a fish story" | Carolina Contender | 11/07/05
 

November Brings Awesome Fishing Action

by Capt. Brant McMullan

 

Over year’s past I’ve always preached on October as the best month of the year to fish from our area.  However, if you’ve followed my reports this past season, you might remember my account of the fish being a solid two to four weeks behind schedule.  I thought the fish had got back on schedule by August, but this Fall has further proven that in fact the fish never got their clocks reset and have been following their own timeline.  As such, our normal incredible October fishery was great, but short of incredible and now that November has arrived, the incredible fishing has begun.  Despite water temperatures cooling into the 66-68 degree range, the king mackerel have moved into the 60-70 foot depth ranges in large numbers.  Although they prefer waters a bit warmer, the main factor for kings and really any type of fish is the availability of food.  Schools of herring and cigar minnows have moved into this range and thus the kings are also there.  The grouper also love to eat these same baitfish and they too are concentrating in the 70-100 foot depth range.  Nearshore, schools of bluefish are thick on nearshore reefs and wrecks, and if you can get your bait past them, you will likely also find the grey trout are thick as well.  In the inshore waters the fishing for drum and trout has been great.  These fish have been holding along docks, drop offs and creek mouths and are certain to take a live shrimp drifting with the current.  For those of you who have written off the 2005 fishing season, let this serve as notice that you are missing the best we’ve had all year.  And to top it off, the fuel prices are actually getting tolerable again, which will hopefully make your next fishing trip a bit less painful. 

On the fishing story side, let me tell you about my weekend’s fishing adventure.  My brother, Capt. Barrett and I decided to fish the year’s last king mackerel tournament, which was hosted out of Morehead City, NC.  We had heard of a good bite of large kings off of Cape Hatteras, and the plan was to catch bluefish at the mouth of Beaufort inlet to use for bait, then make the 60 mile run north to try to locate this school of smoker kings.  You know how some fishing trips just go right and others go wrong from the get-go?  This was one of those “right” trips and everything went perfect.  We loaded the baitwell with 30 bluefish from 1-3 pounds and headed north.  We had lines in the water at 8:30am, and I think it took the kings about 5 minutes to figure out the buffet had opened.  The first king blasted the long line bait and headed for the horizon.  Moments later the short bluefish also met its end and that reel took off.  And I’m not talking about 10 or even 20 pound fish, these were monsters.  We boated Barrett’s fish, which was a meager 44 pounds and then released mine, which was a whimpy 38-40 pounds.  Again the baits were deployed and again monster kings.  We fished until 12:30 pm when Barrett set out our very last bait, which promptly resulted in the release of another 35+ pound king.  We were excited at the prospects of maybe winning the tournament, unfortunately as typically goes, if we catch nice fish, so do others.  We weighed in a 46 pound king but soon found a 53, 51, 48, 47….  had also been weighed.  I think we finished 5th or 6th, but regardless, we had a great time and the bite was incredible.  And so, all this leads me to the second part of the story.  Since the bite of 40+ pound fish was so consistent, my wife, Capt. Amy and I decided to take a shot at a couple of world-records for king mackerel.  Amy was shooting for the women’s 8 pound world record, which was 41 pounds, set in 1995, and I was shooting for the 4 pound world record, which was 38 pounds 12 ounces set in 1997.  I spooled up a reel with 4 pound Stren and another with 8 pound Stren and we set off on Sunday morning with the same plan as the previous day, except this time we’d be using the super light line.  We set the two rods out at the same spot we fished the day before and again the same results as monster kings blasted our baits.  This time however, Amy and I were left holding screaming reels with no ability to apply pressure.  And we soon found out just how light 4 and 8 pound test lines really are.  My fish broke off quickly, but Amy held tight to hers.  She fought the king for five minutes before the line broke.  We again deployed and again got bites only to have them break off.  It was quite the learning experience to find out what the lines could handle and just how fragile this light line becomes when hooked to 40+ pounds of kingfish.  We soon learned that by pointing the rod at the fish when it ran, the amount of tension on the line was greatly reduced.  Amy deployed her 8 pound outfit and within minutes a smoker king skyrocketed it right behind the boat.  I knew the fish was of good size, but I didn’t know if it was quite large enough to go 41 pounds.  Amy fought the king through several line smoking runs and got it to boat after a 45 minute fight.  Believe it or not the fish came up totally exhausted and just lay there for me to reach down and tail it by hand to bring it aboard.  It was no doubt a big king, but the question was if it would go 41 pounds.  We put her on ice and then began to focus on my attempt at the 4 pound record.  I fought several other fish to the boat including estimated 25 and 35 pound kings, but none were worthy of taking home to break the record.  Later that evening we weighed Amy’s king on the officially certified scales of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center where it went 41.4 pounds on the digital scales making it 41 pounds 6 ounces and eligible to break the existing 8 pound world record.  So as of now, I congratulate my wife, Capt. Amy McMullan for her unofficial breaking of the International Gamefish Association’s world record king mackerel on 8 pound test. 

That’s all for this week.  Hope you’ll come down to the coast and enjoy the great fishing action.

 

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Its Here" | Capt. Hook | 11/06/05
 

I have the new boat backed in what is left of my shop in Whiteville. I will be installing electronics and hope to hit the water the end of the week. Then it will be Catp'n Hook at the helm of the BLACK PEARL!  That sounds like a Pirate adventure to me! Pictures to come!
Stay Tuned


- Capt. David Hooks
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"King Bite Still On Fire!" | Carolina Contender | 11/06/05
 

Ocean Isle Fishing Center manger Rhett Dickson fished the Jungle this morning and reported catching all the kings he wanted in two hours.  After catching their limit they switched to 8lb. and 12lb. spinning gear and caught (and released) several more.  There's still plenty of bait to be jigged offshore however dead cigar minnows are working as good as anything.

On the inshore side, Capt. Stan reported catching blues and redfish around the Little River Jetties.  Capt. Roger and Capt. Jon set out on a speckled trout mission this morning and ended up catching a few specks as well as several redfish.  So whether your game is inshore or offshore----the weather is beautiful, the fish are biting.....wish you were here.


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Ft. Pierce Charts in stock for SKA Nationals" | Carolina Contender | 11/05/05
 

Just a reminder that we have in stock Profinder Charts for the SKA Nationals in Ft. Pierce, FL.  These charts are the best thing going and are absolutely necessary if you plan on fishing the Nationals.  They are 11"x17", completely waterproof and LOADED with waypoints (GPS as well as Loran coordinates listed on the back of each chart).

The hot kingfish bite that has been going on for the past few days continues today in the same 65-80ft. places---The Jungle, Atlantic Ledge, Shark hole, etc.  The weather is going to be beautiful for the next several days so come join us!


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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 11/03/05
 

The pictures say it all-- the weather is great, the fishing is great-- wish you were here.


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"Speckled Trout Report" | Carolina Contender | 11/02/05
 

After hearing all the good reports of speckled trout, Capt. Roger and myself loaded the jon boat up with live shrimp this morning in search of them.  We left around 7:15 this morning and found ourselves facing a stiff 15-20kt. NE wind.  We floated baits at the Ocean Isle Bridge, some docks along the waterway as well as in the Shallotte River with little success.  We did manage to put a couple fish in the boat, however it wasn't as hot as we had hoped for.  They should pick back up as soon as this wind lays down though.  I'll be back on the hunt again in the next few days so keep checking in for more reports!

Also, there has been a decent king bite offshore in the 65-80ft. range in places such as the 65ft. Hole, Jungle, Shark Hole, etc. on dead cigar minnows trolled on Hank Brown heads or Cape Lookout Skirts.  This weekend looks EXCELLENT to get out and have some fun with them so come join us!  (Also don't forget about the great wahoo fishing in the stream this time of the year!  Very few people have been to the stream recently so they've got to be starving out there!)


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"They're biting" | Carolina Contender | 11/01/05
 

Todays report. Kings at 65 foot hole; Jungle; Atlantic Ledge. Grouper at King spots in 85 feet of water.

Kings on dead cigars; grouper on live pinfish and chum[you can jig pinfish on inshore wrecks or use ringtails you catch on grouper spots].

Weather all week and WEEKEND looks great! Come on down.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"There Here" | Capt. Hook | 10/30/05
 

We had a real good day today at the Jungle. The school kings ranging from 8 to 15 lbs are definetly here. They are hitting dead cigars really well. This is good because livebait is getting tough! I will be out of the water until I get in the new boat, it should be very soon so stay tuned.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/30/05
 

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It is really starting to feel like Winter is on the doorstep.  The other morning I got on the boat with boots over two pairs of sock, thermal underwear, a sweatshirt, jeans, ski pants and a ski jacket.  Albeit by 10am I had shed most of my outer layers, it has been downright chilly.  But, the cool air has sparked the fish into a feeding frenzy as the spots, kings, grouper and wahoo congregate during this time of year before migrating to warmer climates.  Earlier this week I was searching for menhaden along Ocean Isle when I spotted I notice off in the distance what I thought were flying fish.  I ran further down the beach to find single, double and triple header spots being hoisted onto the pier at a high speed rate.  As fast as fishermen got their baits into the water, the spots were on.  This spot bite has been sporadic, but if you hit it right in the next week or so, you’ll have a cooler full in no time.  The kings are doing their normal late Fall thing as they congregate in the 65-75 foot depth range to feed on the schools of cigar minnows and herring.  The kings are running in the 6-12 pound range and are no problem to catch on either slow trolled dead cigar minnows.  Typically I’ll add a skirt to my dead bait rig and prefer a green, pink/pearl or pearl skirt from Cape Lookout Lures ahead of the dead cigar minnow to give added attraction to hungry kings.  These kings will be available through Thanksgiving and will slowly migrate into the 75-90 foot depth ranges as they follow the food and water temperatures of 68 degrees or higher.  The grouper fishing has been great this Fall, but it will soon be ending as they disperse and move back into deeper water.  I have been concentrating on fishing the 70-90 foot depth range while using live and dead bait.  By Thanksgiving these fish will have moved back into the 120 foot range and will hold offshore all Winter.  The wahoo too are congregating on the edge of the Gulf Stream as the schools of small tunas migrate and make for a wahoo’s favorite meal. I haven’t had the opportunity to get out to try them much, but they are there in good numbers and ready to bite.  My philosophy for October and November is if the weather is fishable, I’ll be on the water.  These are my two favorite months and I’m having a ball again this year.  I hope you’ll come down and join in the great fishing our area has to offer during the late Fall season.

King hotspots- Jungle, Atlantic Ledge, Shark Hole, 22mile rocks, 18 mile rocks....


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bite is on ; everywhere!" | Carolina Contender | 10/30/05
 

Seas have finally calmed down enough for the fish to be located and the answer is...they are here!. Kings are biting at Jungle and 65 foot hole. Grouper are as good as I've ever seen in 75-100 feet. Trout are biting around docks inshore. Haven't heard from gulf stream but with water cooling down wahoo bite should be on. We need help. Too many choices. Need somebody to come down and help us catch all these fish.

More good news. Fuel prices are dropping.
Weather looks perfect Mon/Tues/Wed. We'll be fishing everyday so stand by.

Pogies are getting difficult but Kings biting on dead bait. Boston Mackerel should be here soon and thats when Kings go crazy. Grouper biting on pogies or pinsfish. Also on whole dead ballyhoo and dead boston mackerel. Trick to catching keeper size fish is big bait.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/25/05
 

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Wheeww its cold.  The wind is blowing and it looks like it will be a few days before it settles.  I reported earlier that the fishing was great-- and man is it.  Kings, Wahoo and Grouper are biting.  We've got at least another month of the year's best King, Wahoo and Grouper fishing we'll see here, so don't miss out.  This cold has got me thinking a bit about those Giant Bluefin-- the season is coming up soon--
Here are some pictures from last week I'm just now getting around to loading-- check out the video clip of Capt. Amy at work!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/21/05
 

Sorry I haven't been reporting every day as of late-- the weather has been so great the fishing equally as good that I'm worn out from fishing and catching. At last report I was looking forward to Grouper and Wahoo and I'm happy to report I got'em both.  We nailed the Grouper early in the week while fishing in the 75-90 foot depth range.  The Wahoo fishing wasn't quite as glamourous, but we did manage 3 on Wednesday including a 40 pounder as well as the release of a 72" Sailfish while fishing the BlackJack-100/400 area.  And while I've been off chasing these offshore fish, the King bite has finally gone off.  The Kings are chewing hard at the end of the Cape Fear channel as well as the 65' hole and Jungle areas.  There's been plenty of Pogies just to the West of Shallotte inlet and also off of Long Beach.  Look like Saturday will be the last great day until the middle to end of next week.  I think I'm going to hang inshore and maybe do a little Drum fishing with a buddy.  I'm worn out.  I'll rest up until next week and then be ready to get'em again. 


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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/18/05
 

After a great weekend of fishing for the Fall Brawl, the weather continues to hold and the fishing is only getting better.  Day by day the water clarity improves after last weeks 15 inch deluge of rain.  The Kings are biting right at Shallotte inlet and here's a typical example of the "day after" syndrome where you always catch the big one you needed for the tournament the day after the event.  Capt. Roger and Capt. Charles on the "Show Time" can vouch for that as they guided this group to a 1/2 day success with 3 Kings including one that tipped the scales to 29.9 pounds.    The weather looks great for this week and I've got Grouper on my mind as well as Wahoo.  I'm planning to do both, so stay tuned for the report. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"On the job!" | Capt. Hook | 10/16/05
 

The majority of the fish caught during Saturday's fishing came from the Shallotte inlet area.  The bite was early with scattered action reported throughout the day after 10am.  The leadering fish at 33 pounds caught by 8 year old Austin Allen on the Double Down came from the 90/90.

See below picture-- Capt. David Hooks hard at work on the docks during the Fall Brawl weigh-in.


- Capt. David Hooks
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