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START 1) 45.60 - Clearly Hooked     2) 44.00 - Team Grip Flip     3) 43.05 - Fish Hard Gear     4) 43.00 - Outta Line     5) 42.10 - Reel Methods     6) 41.05 - Open Wide     7) 39.45 - Shockwave     8) 39.35 - Beeracuda     9) 37.80 - Conference Call     10) 37.30 - Wilm Auto/King Hunter     11) 37.10 - Karma Bites     12) 36.85 - Four Sons     13) 36.20 - Lil John/Reel em up     14) 36.00 - Sea P.A.     15) 35.50 - OIFC     16) 35.15 - O D Bank     17) 34.80 - Max'd Out     18) 34.55 - On Point     19) 34.35 - King Carnivore     20) 34.35 - All In/AM    FINISH

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"Getting Back on Track" | Carolina Contender | 09/16/05
 

We escaped with no damage.  We had lots of rain so the water is stained dark in the backwater and there's a heck of a tide line outside the inlets.  All the heavy wave action we've had for the past 10 days has left the waters very stirred with silt and that's the biggest problem.  With a few days of nice weather (which we're supposed to have) the water will settle over the weekend and certainly be very good by the following weekend.  Actually, we typically have much better fishing than normal the week after a storm.  Today is the first day it hasn't blown at least 20 kts and it feels funny-- I was busy on land attacking roof leaks, but the ocean was calling me.  There's a cold front coming this weekend, but it's supposed to be weak, and after a day or so of light north, I think the weather and fishing will be awesome by mid next week.  Stay tuned for bait and fish reports--


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing Emergency!!!" | Carolina Contender | 09/16/05
 

HELP! We need HELP! It's been so rough for the last 2 weeks that the fish haven't been able to eat. But now, we're back to typical summer time conditions. Lite southwest winds, 2 foot seas, and I guarantee you there must be some very hungry fish out there. The weather looks perfect throughout the weekend, the first of the week a weak cold front comes thru followed by lite north winds. Basically it looks perfect as far as I can see.

So come on down and HELP us catch these fish. We're scared to try it by ourselves as there is genuine danger they will eat the bottom out of our boat.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Live Hurricane report" | Carolina Contender | 09/14/05
 

Live! From Ocean Isle Beach...hurricane report. It's a full blown, bonafide MULLET BLOW! That's it, nothing severe for us as again, by some miracle we are on the weak side of the storm. I've lost 5 shingles, one screen door, and a dove bird nest[FEMA has been contacted for the now homeless doves]. North of us I think they will get smacked, but here at OIB, doesn't appear to be a problem. I have heard up on the east end there is severe erosion occurring with street damage and loss of additional beach. I will try to get up there later and report back on what's what.

When the wind calms down, we'll start our 2nd annual "So called Hurricane Founder Tourney". Last year during our last "so called hurricane, we had a HOT flounder bite. Tune in live via our web cam.

No problem here at OIB; wind has stayed out of the north so no storm surge.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Thanks for the kind words" | Carolina Contender | 09/08/05
 

Name: Garry Bickett

Comments: Thanks for keeping the gas prices down on your docks over Labor Day weekend.  Was surprised to pay less for boat gas than car gas. 

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I would like to thank Brian for helping my buddy and I out on our first
offshore fishing trip last Friday. He was the only one in the shop but
manged to spool 4 reels, help us choose rigs, planners, lures, and bait
that fit our budget. He also taught us some techniques on trolling and
downrigging and rigging our bait. We spent 3 hours in the shop.

Thanks to him, we filled a cooler full of  Spanish and Kings for dinner,
AND he also cleaned them for us on his break!!

Eric Graziano

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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 09/08/05
 

Wind, wind and more wind---- Noreaster' is a blowin' and it feels like Fall.  We haven't fished since last Saturday and it doesn't look like we'll be doing much any time soon.  I'll keep you posted on happenings--


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Please read SAVE OUR POGIES UPDATE" | Carolina Contender | 09/07/05
 

While the winds blowing, let's save some pogies. Please read the update on www.saveourpogies.com. We need everyone to get back on our horses and fire away at Preston Pate, Director of Marine Fisheries.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 09/06/05
 

It has felt like we’ve been stuck in the perfect storm for the past few days.  A strong high pressure system to our north with clockwise rotating winds is butting up against a strengthening low pressure system to our south with counterclockwise winds.  As a result, we are stuck in the middle of a tight pressure gradient, which is bringing the strong northeast winds that we’ve had since Saturday.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that all this northeast wind will help to get the Fall fishing under way.  I’m all ready seeing mullet along the beaches as well as schools of blues and spanish outside of the inlet mouths.  The water temperatures have dropped into the low 80’s and once they drop into the 70’s, Fall fishing will be officially here.

Prior to all this wind, the fishing for king mackerel and grouper has been awesome.  The kings were biting great in the 50-70 foot depth ranges.  Many of the fish were in the 6-12 pound range, but on most days we’d manage a couple of fish in the 18-22 pound range.  The menhaden have mostly been holding off Long Beach, so unless we had a longer trip, we have been making due quite effectively by simply slow trolling dead cigar minnows.  I can honestly say that this season we’ve done more dead bait fishing than ever before.  The high fuel prices along with the inconsistent supply of live bait left little choice.  However, what we’ve found is that for shear numbers and action, the dead bait has produced just as good and possibly better than live bait.  That’s been an enlightening find as I’ve been diehard live bait fisherman.  I will say, however, that when it comes to grouper fishing, I am a live bait advocate.  We’ve been slaying the grouper over structure in the 70-120 foot depth range for the past couple of weeks and I look forward to the best action to come in the next month.  For those aspiring grouper fishermen, all we’re doing is anchoring over structure, dropping a bag of Capt. Mark’s sardine chum to the bottom via the downrigger and then fishing live menhaden or pinfish on 80# gear.  It’s not a difficult concept and what most fishermen don’t understand is that grouper are just about anywhere there’s bottom structure.  All your king mackerel, sea bass and snapper holes are also holding grouper. I find that once you get past 65 feet, anywhere that has structure will be holding grouper.  And during the months of September and October the shallower 65-90 foot depth ranges will be the most productive. 

That’s all for this week.  The kings are doing what they’re supposed to and will begin moving closer inshore as the water cools.  The spanish and blues are schooling outside the inlets and the grouper are within 40 miles.  It’s time to go fishing.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Savannah" | Capt. Hook | 09/05/05
 

Well I just returned from Savannah fishing the fourth leg of the SKA Pro circuit aboard the “That’s My Dog/Team Furuno”. Due to the fuel situation and all the massive destruction Katrina left on our fellow Americans in the Gulf States, the tourney went to a one-day format. They have always been two days with a two day aggregate but a decision was made to fish one day and way two fish and the aggregate format would still stand. I think this was a good choice as teams could conserve fuel. To me it is not a matter of if you can afford it, its more of a matter of someone may need it worse than we do!! So in the interest of the President on TV asking us to conserve fuel and the spirit of the show must go on we may see more of the same in the fall tourneys. With no pre-fishing we picked a number on the chart about 33 miles out of the Savannah River over some live bottom. We immediately saw fish being caught and patiently waited for our turn. It came several times and when we hit the dock we scaled two kings at 24 lbs and 28 lbs. This was good enough for a 4th place pro finish and a 4th place in the Savannah tourney. This puts us back in the game for the end of the year. It may be fourth down and 30 to go but it is reachable!! Stay Tuned.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 09/01/05
 

#1- we have gas- here and at all the gas stations on the road.  #2- the fish are biting.  Had good luck with Kings today at the 390/390.  The weather looks better Saturday than Sunday, so let's do the Grouper tournament on Saturday.  Sign up Friday at the Fishing Center and fish Saturday.  It's a plan-


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"No fuel crisis at OIFC" | Carolina Contender | 09/01/05
 

We refuse to have a fuel crisis here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. We have plenty of fuel. Also we are not going to adjust our prices to match the crazy panic market that's going on. We will sell our fuel at PRE-CRISIS prices as long as we have fuel left. When we have to re-order, our price will have to rise to reflect the current crisis condition. Our gas is $2.99/gallon. Come see us!

King bite good today at 90/90. We're Grouper fishing tomorrow and they're biting like bulldogs.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Grouper fishing; how you do it." | Carolina Contender | 08/30/05
 

Just a quick how to on how we grouper fish.

Any of the King Mackerel spots in 80 -100 feet are holding grouper. I prefer rocks and ledges over wrecks as it's hard to keep them out of the wreck. I start off by catching menhaden, the bigger the better[big bait/big fish]. Rarely do I catch grouper that don't measure by using large baits. I also like pinfish. I pull up to my spot, put boat in neutral and sit for few minutes to drift off the spot. I then motor back to the spot and determine my anchor course heading. I then drift back again and this time pull back to the spot following the heading I just determined. I go past the spot twice the depth of the water and drop the anchor. I then follow my gps guidance to drift back on the spot and tighten my anchor there. Another simplier way to do it is drop a buoy on the spot so that you have a visual reference. Once on the spot I put out a chum bag and drop it to the bottom on my downrigger. I then get my rigs ready which is approx 6 feet of 120lb test mono[or flourcarbon], a 3 way swivel with approx 8oz of weight, and a 9/0 circle hook. I hook the bait either thru the lips or in the tail, drop him over slowly so as not to tangle on the way down, put her in gear. You will feel your bait get nervous, the grouper will eat, don't jerk, but just reel down and when he comes tight get him off the bottom or he will get back into the rock. If you loose a fish by breaking him off, they will quit biting and you might as well move to another spot.

That's it, give it a try, and join us for the funament Sunday.I've got some grouper rigs here I made up just to give you a rigging guide.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weekend's Upcoming Events" | Carolina Contender | 08/30/05
 

First off- I am foregoing the Swordfish excursion for 1 main reason-- NE wind forecast.  I don't care that is supposed to be light, a NE wind is unpredictable once you get that far offshore and after spending a night last year in 3-4' pitch black darkness, I'm looking for variable or light south winds to get me back after the elusive Swordfish.  BUT, the Grouper tournament is on and the conditions look favorable.  The tournament will be held this Sunday.  You can register at the Fishing Center any time- $100 cash- This is strictly a funament with honor code rules.  100% of the entry fees will be paid to the boat that brings in the heaviest 3 Grouper aggregate weight- oh yeah, and of course once you weigh, you keep your fish.  We have all the details at the Fishing Center, but one other point of note is that you may weigh only between 6pm-6:30pm- and you can bring your fish to the scales via boat or vehicle.  Let's have fun with this one.  And just to prime the pump, I guided fishing friends Brad and Quinn Braun from Ohio aboard the "Carolina Contender" yesterday for a day of Grouper fishing.  The problem was, we made short work of getting our limit and struggled to find other things to keep us occupied the rest of the day.  Our biggest fish was 20.6 pounds and we posted a pre-tournament aggregate weight of 50+ pounds, which should give you potential entrants something to shoot for.  I have a charter scheduled for Sunday, but we will be entering the event, so come on down and test your metal against myself and the other self proclaimed Grouper experts.  See you at the scales- Capt. Brant


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"Weekend's tournament" | Carolina Contender | 08/26/05
 

FYI --- South Brunswick tournament has been postponed to late September-


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"Future Anglers" | Capt. Hook | 08/25/05
 

Last Sunday Preston, Eddie, and Myself all took our boys out spanish fishing, they had a blast and caught supper!! It is kinda gratifying to hear your 6 year old yelling "FISH ON".


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Latley" | Capt. Hook | 08/25/05
 

We had two trips yesterday and did fairly well considering the weather went south after mid-day. On the first trip we caught several kings and a huge Barracuda. The party elected to release all the fish but a couple to eat; this is great for conservation and insuring the future!!  On the afternoon trip we stumbled over a few Mahi, which turned it into a pretty productive day. They were 10 to 12 lbs. each. On the way home around 7:00 pm we met that front head on!! The last 6 miles were tough. The wind was blowing foam across the water and it was raining sideways. But we made it and if that’s what it took to cool things off a bit it may have been worth it!!  This morning we circled the buoy and decided to wait on a better day, it was 4 to 5 in a southeast swell and capping pretty good. Stay tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Your reports" | Carolina Contender | 08/24/05
 

I would like to say thanks to Roger Gales (Show Time) for the most fun we have had deep see fishing,we have been deep see fishing before not with you guys,but we had the most fun and enjoyable time and we will come back and fish with you guys again.Just would like to say thanks to OCEAN ISLE FISHING CENTER,Ritchie Boggs

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"Your reports" | Carolina Contender | 08/24/05
 

Just wanted to thank everyone at OIFC, you guys are great. Everyone is so helpful with fishing information. Me and my buddy, Barry Gardner, fished this past weekend Aug. 20 at the Jungle and caught this 31 lb King aboard the Fighton Triton. Fishing was slow that day, but our patience paid off. My biggest King so far. The fish was where Rube told us it would be. Thanks again for everything ya’ll do……


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"1st annual Labor Day Grouper tournament" | Carolina Contender | 08/23/05
 

No tournaments are occuring this year on Labor Day weekend so us guys need some sort of competition to keep our juices flowing.  How about a Grouper tournament?--  $100 per boat with a 100% payout to 1st place for the heaviest 3 fish grouper aggregate weight.  Fishing day will be Sunday, Sept. 4th with sign up any time until the eve of Saturday, Sept. 3rd.  Weigh-in will be from 5-5:30pm on Sunday-- You can bring your fish by boat or vehicle-- fun tournament mostly for bragging rights.  The OIFC will have all supplies needed for the day of fishing.  Standy by for more information.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Report" | Carolina Contender | 08/23/05
 

Weather is on the change- lots of storms around today-- King fishing picked up the last few days, mostly small fish but Capt. Bryan had a 26 pounder from the 65 foot hole mixed with the small fish.  We've been catching almost all our fish on dead cigar minnows.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"CUDA TIME!" | Carolina Contender | 08/19/05
 

When the king bite slows in the heat of the day, don't overlook our toothy friends. They are stacked up on all the artifical reefs and wrecks and seem to always be hungry. Here's a picture of one we caught on a live spanish this morning.


- Capt. Jon Tennant
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