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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 06/07/05
Great weather and great fishing. Today we had boats fishing nearshore for Spanish (they slaughtered them at Shallotte Inlet) and boats fishing near and far for Kings etc.. The King bite was decent at the Atlantic Ledge and Jungle as well as a few Amberjack. Capt. Roger fished the ShowTime and after catching a limit of Spanish, he snuck over the the 3 mile AR off Shallotte and caught a 35 pound Cobia. We didn't have any of our charter boats in the Gulf Stream but the Spivey family of Ocean Isle fished their boat "Daddy R" at the Black Jack hole and boated 5 nice gaffer size Mahi and released an estimated 400 pound Blue Marlin! Congratulations. Looks like fishing is really heating up-- come on down, the weather and fishing is awesome!
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Back In Action" | Capt. Hook | 06/06/05
We had a good trip today!! We fished the 27 mile area and did well with Kings and also pulled out a nice Mahi! The Mahi will be showing up closer and closer to shore as the water temp rises. The fish were hitting dead cigar minnows over live pinfish. Sumo and I just returned from Port Fourchon, La. fishing the second leg of the SKA pro division. We were fishing aboard the Thats My Dog/Team Furuno with Forrest and Bookie Taylor. We went down a day or so early and located a good stock of fish west of Fourchon in about 150 feet of water. They were hitting blue runners and ribbonfish. I bet we caught 20 Kings over 30 puonds in our stay. On game day 1 we scaled a 43.7, and on day 2 we scaled a 44.08 which put us in 13th place over all as the winnings were based on 2 day aggregate. Thats gettin it done!!
Capt. David Hooks
"Week's report" | Mac Marle'n | 06/06/05
This has been an unusually cool Spring and as a result, the fish are a bit behind in their normal patterns.
Whereas by this time we would see large numbers of Cobia and Kings moving inshore to the 50-65 foot depth ranges, the water has just been too cool.
However, things are changing quickly now as the weather has been stable and the waters are easily above the 70 degree mark.
We have been catching fair numbers of small, 6-10 pound school Kings at such locations the Jungle, 390/390 and Shark Hole, but they have not been there in big numbers and they have not been biting consistently.
Today, however I received the first big news that tells me it should only be a week, two at max before the biggers 12-15+ pound school Kings show up.
Huge pods of Cigar Minnows and Threadfin are moving into the 65 foot depth range and where there is food, the fish will follow.
Typically every year we see the bait move inshore and it takes a week or so for the Kings and other fish to fully respond and move into the bait.
Along with the Kings, we’ll see more Cobia, Amberjack, Barracuda and Mahi move closer inshore as well.
On Monday, the Capt. Hook
fishing out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center caught a nice 25 pound Mahi while live bait fishing near the Jungle.
We’ve weighed several Cobia in excess of 50 pounds, but the big numbers still have not shown.
Offshore in the Gulf Stream the action is spreading out as the warm water is moving further inshore and thus scattering the fish more.
The Mahi bite has still been strong, but you may not need to go all the way to the break in 150+ feet of water.
If you find weed or lots of flying fish in the 90-120 foot range, chances are you’ll find the Mahi as well.
And lastly, let me finish with a record of a fish story. John McRainery of Fayetteville, NC was fishing solo on his 16 foot Jones Brothers skiff in the Shallotte River on Sunday. He was slow trolling mud minnows in 10 feet of water in hopes of catching a Flounder for supper. A fish picked up his bait and bent his pole double as it easily swam away under the minute pressure from the 14 pound test line. Typically anglers that encounter such a pull will find a Stingray or Skate on the end of their line, but not John, not today. Regardless of what it was, the fight is fun, so John held on as he fought the fish and drove the boat. The big fish would peal off 40 yards then stop and allow John to slowly bring it closer. Some ten minutes into the fight John brought the fish close enough to see through the murky water and tell that this was no Stingray or Skate. This was a big fish with a very big tale. According to John, “This was when I got really nervous.” He fought the monster another 30 minutes before it finally came close enough for him to net/wrestle into the boat. It was a huge Black Drum and worthy of immediate attention. John packed up and headed back to Sheffield’s Grocery on Ocean Isle where he weighed it at an awesome 98 pounds! John thought he may have a potential world record, and he knew that he needed the fish to be weighed at an IGFA certified weigh station. Unfortunately, he did not know the Ocean Isle Fishing Center had such a qualification, so he stuck it in the freezer and went back to Fayetteville to search the internet for a certified weigh station. He quickly found out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center’s status and came back to Ocean Isle where he took the fish to be reweighed. On Monday at 4pm the huge Black Drum weighed 91.25 pounds on the official and state certified scales at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. The current world record for the closest line class is 91 pounds. John’s fish is heavier, however the problem is that in order to win a world record outright, the fish must be at least ½ pound heavier than the previous record. Thus John’s record will be considered a tie under the 16 pound line class. The catch was absolutely incredible and it broke my heart, as I’m sure it did his, to see the weight just fall short of an outright record. However, there is still hope. If Sheffield’s will get their scale certified and find that it is in fact accurate, the first weight taken on Sunday of 98 pounds can be counted and John will easily beat the record. It’s a fish and fish story of incredible proportions and one in which you never thought would come out of the shallow waters of the Shallotte River. Congratulations to John McRainey for his pending IGFA 16 pound class world record. Next time you go to dip a minnow in the river, you never know what you might haul in!
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Today's Report" | Show Time | 06/03/05
The weather had been TOUGH here for the past few days. Yesterday offered a slight break and this AM looks decent, but there are lots of storms around and man was it nasty the couple of days before that. We have been fishing, however, and although the fish are turned off by the East winds, we have managed to bring back a few Kings while fishing the AR 460 area as well as the 390/390 area. The Spanish have also been cooperating outside of the inlets. And the big news is that the Cobia are starting to show up. Local fishermen, Danny Hicks, Phil Cheers and Jim Pate fished the "Miss Kathy" last week and boated a whopping 60 pound Cobia while fishing the 390/390. Danny and crew went fishing with Cobia in mind as they stopped by the Ocean Isle Fishing Center on their way offshore and purchased a few eels just in case a Cobia showed. And when that big brown monster showed itself, Danny simply flipped the live eel overboard and the rest was history. Since then we've weighed several Cobia up to 45 pounds and with some warmer weather we will see more fish soon. Stay tuned for more soon.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Far Out Shoot Out Results" | Mac Marle'n | 06/01/05
We had 38 boats participate. 5 boats chose to fish Saturday and after day 1, Crew's Missile was leading with 41 points. The remaining 33 boats fished under perfect conditions on Sunday, and the leaderboard was shuffled. The crew of Lee, Nathan and Andy Frick and Steve Stirewalt aboard the Island Time weighed the tournament's only Yellowfin Tuna at 25 pounds along with a 20 pound Mahi and 28 pound Wahoo for a 73 point total and the overall win. Jeremy and Jason Foster fished their boat Team Palmetto and landed the tournament's largest fish, a 43 pound Wahoo to win the meatfish TWT, largest Wahoo as well as 2nd overall with 59 points. The Crews Missile team held onto 3rd with 41 points 0and won the big Mahi with a 25 pounder. 4th place fell to offshore newcomer Steve Kjellbag aboard the Reel Wet who had a 38 point total.
The fishing was pretty consistent from the Steeple to the Winyah Scarp, however both the top 2 teams fished the Scarp area.
It was obvious that the Mahi have moved in strong as nearly every boat weiged a Mahi in the 20 pound range. Gulf Stream fishing looks strong for the next couple of weeks.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Great Fishing" | Carolina Contender | 05/26/05
They may be small, but they're kings and we caught 8 day before yesterday at the Jungle. We trolled dead Cigar Minnows behind Cape Lookout skirts and most of the fish bit on the downrigger at 50 feet.
Capt. Brant McMullan
Today, however we went for a full day of bottom fishing and had a great catch of Grouper. From the time the baits hit the bottom we caugth Grouper from 5-20 pounds. We also had a nice catch of B-liner Snapper and for big thrills we caught a half dozen Sand Tiger sharks between 6 and 8 feet. The ocean was at 3-4 feet from the NW-- tomorrow thru Sat looks the same and Sunday looks to be near calm-- see you at the Shoot Out this weekend-- Capt. Brant
"Far Out Shoot Out looking good" | Mac Marle'n | 05/25/05
Everything coming together for great for Far Out Shoot Out bluewater tourney. Effect of full moon is waning; weather systems passing so that we should end up with good sea conditions Saturday or Sunday. Either day looks fishable but Sunday may be a little better as a weak front will pass thru Saturday evening so wind should be light out of NW Sunday morning and going to SW during the day. Typically when wind goes around like that it will completely lay out during the day giving us flat seas. If you fish Saturday will have a west wind therefore that direction offers a perfect "trough" to go either toward Black Jack or Scarf.
Capt. Rube McMullan
So..come on down and join the fun and camaradie. Tell stories, eat well courtesy of the Sugar Shack Restaurant, win a little money; and most importantly, someone will win the coveted braggin rights for the year.
One very important point. please don't try to park here at the OIFC for the Captains meeting and dinner Friday evening. There just isn't any parking so please ride the free off island shuttle we will run Friday.
Look for the parking and shuttle signs before you cross the bridge to the island.
it's free, simple; no hassel looking for parking space that's not there; no parking ticket problems. Thanks for your co-operation .
"Far Out Shoot Out weather looks good" | Mac Marle'n | 05/22/05
Just got off the coconut telegraph with Jim Can'torie of WC and he reaffirmed his excellent weather forcast for the Far Out Shoot Out to be held this weekend at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. According to "Jim", high pressure will build in Wednesday/ Thursday with winds going from NW to light and variable. Saturday/Sunday looks like summer pattern with flat morning seas and afternoon SW sea breeze. Widely scatterred thunder showers Saturday afternoon.
Capt. Rube McMullan
So fishermen out there; "Game On!". Join us for this strictly fun event. Low entry fee includes dinner and tee shirts. Win some $$'s but everyone knows it's really about the local braggin rights, camardie, fish stories/ect.Going to the gulf stream with a large group of boats is the best way to go for the experienced or inexperienced fishermen.
As the tournament has grown it is necessary we use our off island parking and free shuttle system. Please don't try to park at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. There's just not enough parking there and we don't want anybody getting parking tickets. The shuttle is free, simple, no hassel. Look for the signs on the mainland side of Causeway Drive before you cross the intercoastal waterway.We need your help and co-operation in riding the shuttle to keep all the powers to be happy. Thanks.
"Far Out Shoot Out next weekend" | Show Time | 05/21/05
Just a reminder to everyone that next weekend is the annual quest for braggin rights a/k/a FAR OUT SHOOT OUT Blue Water Tourney to be held at the Ocean ISle Fishing Center. This is a great opportunity for newcomers as well as old hands at gulf stream fishing to join together for a fun action packed adventure to the gulf stream. It appears our blue water fishing is peaking as our trips this week were the best we've had this season.
Capt. Brant McMullan
The tourney is based on one point per pound for tuna/dolphin/wahoo with billfish releases adding 50 points. Traditionally, the teams that can catch all 3 of the meat fish are in great position to win. Come join the fun, food, camaradie, great fishing; win some money and most importantly shoot at the braggin rights which we all know is what's it's really all about.
Capt meeting/ dinner/free seminars will be at OIFC Friday evening with one fish day either Saturday or Sunday[captain choice]. I spoke to Jim Can'ttorie at WC and he promises as the high pressure system builds in Wed/Thurs, the weekend looks perfect.
Please note due to parking limitations, we will have our off island shuttle running Friday. Please don't try to park at OIFC, there won't be any parking available. Ride the free shuttle, avoid hassel/parking tickets/ect. It's easy; your help is appreciated. Look for shuttle signs along mainland side of Causeway Drive.
"Hot Hot Hot!" | Show Time | 05/20/05
This is the time of year when things really start shaking. We are in a transition period for fishing with our weather going from spring to summer. Because of this different species of fish are moving into our waters, some are leaving and some are just confused. Confused? Yes we had a report verified by 4 other witnesses that last Sunday a very unique catch was taken off of Ocean Isle Beach. Are you ready for this? Property values will surely skyrocket again once this report hits the air waves. A Charlotte man on vacation staying 4 houses from the end of Ocean Isle Beach on the West End towards Tubbs Inlet was surf fishing with a frozen cigar minnow when all of a sudden his rod doubled. The report is they could only see some oddly colored fish thrashing around in the surf as the angler pulled the fish towards the beach. Once landed the angler and witnesses were shocked to see a 7-8lb mahi mahi lay at their feet. This fish was surely lost as catching mahi off the beach would be like seeing a palm tree in Alaska. Or, who knows, maybe this is the start of a fishery the only place on the east coast where you can catch mahi off the beach. Beyond the mahi on the beach, the spanish mackerel have shown up in huge numbers and size along our beaches. The king mackerel are also on the beach doing their typical spring time brief showing. And to top it off cobia have also shown up on the beach. Spanish, kings, and cobia have all been caught off area piers in the last week. Right now the water temperature is warmer on the beach than it is in the 3 to 30 mile range. That is why the fish are so close. Once the water takes up its normal pattern and warms up in the mid range these fish will take their position on artificial reefs, live bottoms and other areas of structure. Capt. Stan on the Stori Teller has also hit high gear this past week with great catches of flounder and grey trout. The Gulf Stream is as hot right now as you will ever see. The last 5 times in a row that I've been to the stream we've came home with a Carolina Slam (tuna, dolphin, wahoo). I've been fishing more toward the 100/400 area and blackjack lately and finding tons of mahi, tons of wahoo and a few tuna. Yesterday the dolphin were so thick we were throwing them back and actually picked up our lines and ran from them to try and find other species. If you were going to pick one time of year to go fishing off our coast to capture a wide variety of species the best time would be without a doubt now. The weather continues to cooperate though today and tomorrow look iffy. Come on down and experience exactly what I'm talking about. Call 910-575-FISH to book a trip or bring your own boat and stop by and we'll do our best to point you in the right direction.
Capt. Barrett McMullan
Oh wait, I forgot to mention one other fishery that is hot right now. Grouper are on right now also. Capt. Brant guided a trip a few days ago and blistered the scamp and black grouper in 100' of water. He reported catching more than 30 groupers on live and dead bait. If you are going grouper or cobia fishing don't bother going unless you go with chum. We have a new sardine chum here that is the deal. It is the most effective, cleanest, hassle free and environmentally correct chum you will find. Ok, I think that covers everything.
"SAVE OUR POGIES UPDATE" | Carolina Contender | 05/19/05
Check out update on saveourpogies.com.
Capt. Rube McMullan
Can't get Brant/Barrett to slow down fishing long enough to put up report but they've been killing them; gulf stream best action of the season and excellent grouper fishing closer in. Standby.
"Beach King Mackerel Bite" | Carolina Contender | 05/15/05
Big news yesterday was from the "Giddyup Girl" who caught a 30 lb King couple hundred yards off from Sunset Beach pier. Philip Greene and Robt Clark reported they fished the 90/90 and caught couple snake kings and a bonita and were coming in and decided to throw out a dead cigar[left over from a 2 year old box of cigars] just off the Sunset pier. Bait hit the water and was immediately hit by the smoker who was off to the races. A great catch and maybe signals the beginning of the amazing beach bite that comes every year for a couple of weeks. It normally occurs the first week of May with best fishing off Yaupon and Long Beach. Cool water has had everything running couple weeks behind this year. Checked with piers and no Kings yet but I gave them our report and I know their fishermen are fired up in anticipation of the bite. Also lots of Spanish now showing around inlets.
Capt. Rube McMullan
Offshore in gulf stream alot of boats fishing yesterday with fair to mixed results. Scattered tuna/dolphin/wahoo up and down line. Best action seemed to be Blackjack and Steeples. Capt Barrett had impressive catch of T/D/W at Steeples and Lee Frick had similar good catch at Blackjack. Down south dolphin definelty getting bigger.
Time to be getting ready for Far Out Shoot Out to be held here at Ocean ISle Fishing Center Memorial Day weekend. Registration is Friday and you can fish Saturday or Sunday. Great opportunity to go to stream with a large group of anglers and win a little money and a whole bunch of bragging rights. Come join in the fishing and camaradie.The stream fishing will only be getting better and I expect the bite to be red hot for the tourney.
"It's fishing time" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 05/14/05
Finally the weather has stabalized and we can actually go fishing. After the amazing wahoo bite the first of the week action slowed a little in the stream although there is better and better action occurring with dolphin along with some wahoo. Tuna have been scarace although a few have been caught[thanks for the tuna steaks Capt Woody on Birdman]. Doesn't seem to be concentration at any one spot, some going south , some north. A bunch of boats are out there today so we'll have a good report this evening.
Capt. Rube McMullan
First reports of Spanish at the inlets yesterday along with small Kings. At the Tower the King bite is explosive along with decent bottom fishing. Kings should move into the 30 mile range this week and then to Jungle and Shark Hole. Cobia should also show in the 30 mile range. Best bet fishing there is to anchor, chum, free line, and bottom fish. Kings and Cobia will come to chum. You can jig up live bait while bottom fishing to use on the Kings/Cobia. We've got some new sardine chum that we really like.
With stable weather fishing should really be torking up this week. Get on down here; we need help catching.
"OIFC Record Wahoo!" | Team Carolina Wellcraft | 05/11/05
Yesterday, May 10th, the "Hey Doc" out of Holden Beach, NC weighed in an all time record wahoo at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Capt. Ryan Kelly, angler of the monster wahoo Rick Kelly, John Broadnax, and Robbie Bryant fished their 26' Regulator around the Wynyah Scarp area to find the fish. On the North Carolina citation certified scales at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center the wahoo weighed an impressive 95.30lbs, which surprassed the previous wahoo OIFC record held by Capt. Brant's Showtime at 75lbs. Congratulations to the "Hey Doc" team on an incredible catch.
Capt. Barrett McMullan
"good news" | Stori Teller | 05/10/05
I finally have the authority to say that the inshore flounder bite is on. The last couple of days I have been busy running trips on the Stori Teller so lets catch up.On Monday I left the fishing center confident that we could get on a grey trout bite out on the a.r 485. so thats where we started.Once we got there we immediately began dropping sting silver jigs on top of the structure where we had marked the fish on the finder.The second jig down was attacked by a hungry trout and it was on.We caught trout in the 1 to 4 pound range along with a few scattered bluefish until about 11 o'clock.Then we decided to head inshore to try and catch some flounder.We started in the back of a creek with a falling tide.In the next hour we boated 10 flounder with 4 being of legal size.Once the tide stopped moving the bite was over.
Capt. Stan Gurganus
Then there was today.We left with intentions of going back to the trout bite we had yesterday but a 15 knot east wind changed our minds.So back to the creek we went with not so impressive results.In 4 hours we had 4 flounder with one being a keeper.You know what they say,when the wind is out of the east the fish bite the least.
"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 05/10/05
We're off to the Save Our Pogies meeting in Raleigh today. Wish us luck. I hope you are going to be there to meet us- we need help!
Capt. Brant McMullan
Fishing was good yesterday and the weather was awesome. I'm sure you saw Captn. Hook's post as he nailed the Wahoo. I stayed a bit closer inshore and did some bottomfishing, hoping to find the Grouper had moved inshore- they really have not. We caught a bunch of big Sea Bass and a whopping 20 pound Genuine Red Snapper along with a few Kings. We caught the Kings at the Twin Cities wrecks (44 miles) and it was evident they would be moving into that area in numbers very soon.