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Last Updated - 10/15/2017 06:07:26 PM

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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"How about October?" | World Cat- 33' | 10/29/07
 

You can't beat fall on the North Carolina coast. The kings are right on the beach, a point that was reinforced yesterday by Scott Allen and his son Austin as they took top honors in the Fall Brawl. We fished Carolina Beach Inlet on Saturday and guess what? We ran too far! Should have stayed at home on our beach but oh well. That's fishing. The weather offshore will improve in a few days and it will be time to get back after the king's cousin, the wahoo. Here are some that Capt. Roger caught last week with a crew of Bob Lodgek, Gus Lodgek, Bo Warlick, and Logan Rogers. The trip was a celebration of Gus 21st birthday and he got a present with this nice class of fish. The Brawl is over, but the Fall continues...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Fall Brawl Final" | World Cat- 33' | 10/28/07
 

Team Double Down from Ocean Isle Beach wins. Scott Allen and 10 year old son Austin Allen and friend Derek McKee landed a 36.75 pound king to win 1st place. The team owns a 32 Wellcraft but since they are trying to sell the boat, opted to fish their 18 foot Nautic Star boat. All week Scott had been emailing me as to whether to fish or not. My advice- "trust me". My exact words "Even if you don't fish Saturday, you know it will be flat on Sunday on the beach and that is where the fish will be. All you have to do is drop in at Shallotte and that is where the winning fish will come." It seems I often give better to others than to myself as this was the exact case. At around 2:30 Scott, Austin and Derek boated their fish which ate a long lined Pogie behind the one and only YeeHaw Fish Call- red. The boated the fish and came straight to the scales. And that folks is what Fall tournament fishing is all about! This marks 3 diffent years the Fall Brawl has been won at Shallotte inlet. Go to the tournament page for final results.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"what about us?" | Stori Teller-24' | 10/27/07
 

With all the Fall Brawl goings on, what about us inshore anglers? Here's some of the scoop. Thursday when I did my National Weather Service test run out to the Caudle Reef in my 17ft. Polar during "small craft warnings" (that was a major error on the NWS's part) Jeff and I also fished the Sunset Bridge and Tubbs during a dead low tide. I was just killing time, jigging with a mullett minnow and caught 2 13-1/2 inch flounder, which I did release. Up in Tubbs I caught a blue and a trout, so they are around. I talked with Bob Niebauer today who told me that he had caught red drum around the docks on he intracoastal on mullett minnows and "any Berkley Gulp" he put out. We have an amply supply of Gulp at the OIFC, a little plug for the store. Bob was headed to the jetties today and hopefully will give me a report. The docks we are speaking of are across from Craven St. on the intracoastal where Woody Wooten has a World Cat for sale,another cheap plug on my part. The recent rain and resulting fresh water runnoff will probably change the complexion of our inshore fishery for a while, yet the front may bring in some cooler weather and really turn the bite on. For those interested, the reports from the piers are that the spot run has begun! For you novice anglers, or those with limited time, the OIFC has our own pre-tied spot, trout and flounder rigs. Also don't forget that we charter inshore fishing trips. Check us out for supplies, charters, up-to-date weather, or help with any salt water fishing needs you might have, another cheap commercial. As always be safe and hook 'em up.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl Report" | World Cat- 33' | 10/27/07
 

Despite bad weather on the Capt Meeting day which is always tough and a less than great forecast, a total of 155 teams registerd for 2007 Fall Brawl. I consider that a great success and would like to thank all the participants for their committment. The actual weather, has turned out pretty good for Saturday. As I noted earlier in the week, Saturday might be the best day, despite a poor forecast. It would depend on the timing of the front. The front passed this Sat at 7AM. It was raining a monsoon at 6am and dozens of folks called and changed their fishing day to Sunday. However, the front passed shortly after and now we have light North winds. Sunday will still be a good day too as the North winds will increase, but that will still work just fine for comfortable fishing close to the beach. Stay tuned for results from today and tomorrow. Representative from World Cat are on hand if anyone is intersted in a ride on one of their boats. I think you'd be surprised.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl underway" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/27/07
 

Thanks to the 150+ boats who entered the Fall Brawl. It was a little wet at the Capt meeting, but everyone had a great time, spot racing; mullet minnow spiting, and ate well courtesy of Amy and the Causeway Gormet's shrimp and grits. 

This morning the fleet was greeted to clearing skies, north winds approx 10 kts, and for all the fishermen that sat this one out, [listening to weather forecasters who get paid to forecast]....when will you guys just listen to me? As "I" forecasted a week ago, the front came on thru, the winds shifted to the north thus providing flat conditions on the beach, high pressure is building in and thus the skies are clearing, and everyone will  have a great weather day on the water with similiar conditions for tomorrow. Standby as we update what goes on today.


- Rube McMullan
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"Big King! Wow!" | World Cat- 33' | 10/26/07
 

Jody Wicker sent in these pictures yesterday of a good day fishing out of Southport with one monster in the group.  He said his brother caught the big one, which weighed in at 55 pounds.  And just in time for the Fall Brawl.  I'm pretty certain that fish has a brother or a cousin hanging out near the beach.  We may get wet, but the fish are already.  Got get 'em.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Fall Brawl Registration Today" | World Cat- 33' | 10/26/07
 

Yes its raining, BUT, the wind is light and seas are slight. Forget this NOAA weather crap with 4+ foot seas... They are forecasting the swell and not the true wave height, which is wind driven. Further, I think the winds are going to be light South tomorrow, and I think the fish are going to bite. I know it doesn't look great, and it probably isn't going to be great, but I think the winds and seas are going to be good, at least much better than the majority of the tournaments I've fished this year. Great food, entertainment and fishing ahead. See you at the OIFC this evening.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Tourney conspiracy weather report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/26/07
 

I believe there is a possibility somehow the fish and the weather folks have hooked up to put out weather forecasts to try to scare the fishermen away from the tourney so the fish can survice the onslaught from the fishermen. I drove in from Atlanta today, and coming across the bridge, you could skip a nickel all the way to Frying Pan Tower. It was flat. Meanwhile the marine forecast say 4-6 foot seas. Where do they get that stuff from? For all you Fall Brawl fishermen, here is the real forecast.

There is a front trying to come thru and I think it will  make it during Saturday. That will offer southerly winds moving to southwest and eventually northwest during the day. My guess is when the wind shifts to the NW the bite will lite up. Sunday, the front has passed and we will have lite to moderate northly winds. It will be flat on the beaches due to the islands facing south, thus protected from the north wind. This will ignite a major bite at the inlets or River Channel. The water is full of bait, the spots have showed up, the water is 76 degrees! If you think you have to venture offshore, the furtherest you should go is the 90/90. This reminds me of 2005 when 19 out of the top 20 fish were caught at the Shallotte Sea Buoy.[20th was caught at the 90/90].
I'm thinking there should be a catagory for the team that can burn the least fuel.

Hope to see you at the Fall Brawl and please park at our off island parking lot and ride the free shuttle. There is no tourney parking on the island. By riding the shuttle you can win rods/reels/ect just for the shuttle riders. Brant has a great meal planned and then we will have our mud minnow spiting contest, spot races, free how to's, and whatever else our devious minds can conjure up tomorrow. Join us for the fun and comaradie.


- Rube McMullan
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"Live Weather" | Stori Teller-24' | 10/25/07
 

Whew!!!! I read Brant's report and I don't think I can match his forcast abilities.... can you say Jim Cantore? But I do know first hand what the current weather is. All day I was checking various reports, and they just didn't match up to what I was experiencing and what I was being told by anglers who were on the water. I would NEVER recommend that you ignore small craft advisories, but at 3:45 pm I was in the ocean in my 17 ft. skiff and could have skipped a rock across the surface it was so flat. There was no breeze...the "no see'ums" were eating me up while I was fishing in the intracoastal, (another fish story for later), which is a true sign of NO breeze in Brunswick County. The 70% chance of rain was just clouds. The bottom line is the weather reports were saying one thing and I was experiencing another. So, don't let the profets of doom keep you away this weekend. I'll make it my top priority to keep up with the real time weather and the pogy reports. I'll open the Fishing Center every day through Sunday at 6 a.m., PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL ME AT ANYTIME for pogy and actual weather reports, ANYTIME!!!! Come down this weekend and enjoy a great fishing tradition and some good family fun.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl forecast" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/25/07
 

OK- weather picture is clearing. The rain will be past on Friday and Saturday will be a transition day. This should be good as I think it will lead to light winds as the forecast for SW winds at 10-15 then North winds later in the day. Typically you can't get both in the same day without the winds settling. Thus, I think the plan for the tournament will be to declare Saturday as your fish day. You have until 7am on Saturday AM to change this declaration. Thus if you wake up Saturday and front hasn't passed and storms or strong SW winds persist, then you change your fish day to Sunday, which is forecast for the standard Fall 15-20 north. In my opinion both days look decent, and at worst case Sunday will provide nice Fall conditions on the beach. There are still plenty of fish on the beach as the water temperatures persist in the mid 70's. I look for Shallotte inlet to be the spot- The show is ON! See you at the Capt. meeting!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl Update" | World Cat- 33' | 10/24/07
 

It is blowing, raining and crappy- BUT, if its gonna be that way, better to go ahead and get it done. Looks like front will settle through on Fri/Sat- Saturday right now looks decent at 10-15, but Sunday may be the best as the winds shifts to the North at 10-15-- I'm still holding onto a decent beach bite, especially for Sunday-- Shallotte ledges is my call-- stand by
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Red"Hot" Drum Bite" | Stori Teller-24' | 10/24/07
 

Short abd sweet.....the red fish bite is extremely hot along the docks on the intracoastal side of Craven St!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"It's Election time!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/23/07
 

November 6 is election day and in our world of "fish", it's important that "fishing friendly" candidates get our votes. Click on "Political" page on our web site.
- Rube McMullan
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"He's in the boat!" | World Cat- 33' | 10/23/07
 

Got this action sequence from at trip to the Steeples last weeks on Gene Norris' Grady, the Makin' Progress. Rudy Spurlin cranks in a nice fat 'hoo, and Ray Labonte sinks the gaff. The boys (which included Johnny and Gaines, who must be just a little camera shy) caught some nice blackfins as well. Fall wahoo fishing has been excellent, and that should last into winter, as the temperature offshore get more defined. Come on, let's go do it!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Fall Brawl weather/fishing update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/22/07
 

Was on the water yesterday looking for Grouper. Gave me a chance to see how waters were looking. The beach bite was off yesterday but was very good at Shark Hole and 24 mile rocks. Tons of cigars in those areas. Weather for tourney? Perfect! Cold front comes thru Thursday. Begins to weaken Friday; Saturday/Sunday north/northeast winds becoming light and variable. My fishing forecast? Cold front will get spots moving our way, pogys will appear on beach, mullets will run: All out bite at River Channel/Lighthouse Rocks/Shallotte Inlet. Water temp still in mid 70's which is amazing for this time of year so with cold front coming, setting up for one more beach bite blow out.

Yesterday pogies were prevalent, but are definitely getting "smart" as they are into that late fall deal where they are moving fast. Need fast sinking net.

Come join us for the Fall Brawl; conditions setting up for one last shot of great fall King fishing within a 9 iron of the beach.

Also, please remember to ride our off island shuttle as there is no tourney parking on the island. It's free, no hassel, and riders can win rods/reels/ect just for riding the shuttle.

Also, don't forget all the fun events at the Capt meeting including a great dinner, spot racing, mud minnow spiting contest, how to's from our Captains, and who knows what else we can come up with by Friday. Standby.


- Rube McMullan
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"Fall Brawl Weather/Fishing report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/20/07
 

It's Fall Brawl Time! And with the upcoming tourney it'
s time for my fearless, somewhat scientifically based long term weather/fishing report. Here's what I see thru my clouded crystal ball.

Weather: Perfect!
Weather pattern continues to be very stable for this time of the year. Toward the end of the week, a "cool" front will approach bringing chance of showers Thurs/Friday maybe continuing thru early Saturday. Once the weak front passes, high pressure will build back in for Saturday/Sunday bringing northwest winds. The front is not very strong so winds shouldn't be very high, however with the very warm temps we are having, the water is very warm and it is doubtful the Kings will have moved off the beach to the 90's/Christina/Shark Hole/Jungle. Most likely the beach bite will continue, and with the passing of the lite cold front Friday, they should lite up at Shallotte Inlet like they did couple years ago, or maybe the River Channel.

That's initial picture, standby as I perfect the forecast as conditions change throughout the week.  


- Rube McMullan
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"" | It Works- 27' | 10/18/07
 

I went offshore with Captain Lyndon and Lee Frick Wednesday. Honestly, it wasn't the day we'd hoped for, I guess Neptune wasn't looking out for us. However we did end up with somewhat of a seafood buffett of kings, false albacore, and amberjack. My son, on the otherhand took our 17 ft Polar and went shallow water fishing. He netted some shrimp first thing, then headeed "up the creek", literly, and proceeded to catch and release ten trout. He said he ran out live shrimp and was just as successful using Berkley Gulp shrimp under a cork. As of this report he wouldn't 'fess up to exactly where he was fishing out of fear I'd put it on the report. I'll keep trying!! He went out again today, while I was stuck in the OIFC stocking up for this weekend's sale and for the Fall Brawl next weekend, and struck it rich again. This time he was using DOA shrimp. I received two more reports today. One was an uncomfirmed report of a monster king being caught at the Youpon Reef and the other was from Lee Frick who called me on his cell phone from Tubbs Inlet to report seven flounder he had hooked up with this afternoon. That's my report for today..ya'll come on down to beautiful Brunswick county and hook 'em up with us!! I'll be in the store for the next couple of days, but will keep you updated with the latest reports from our fishing world.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Grouper Trip" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/18/07
 

Yesterday enjoyed a nice liesurely day with brother Barrett and fishing friends Dean Spatholt and Dennis Watson. The mission was to find Gag Grouper and also to check out Dean's new ride- a 36 Yellowfin with tripple 350hp Yamahas! The Yellowfin hull is known for its speed and good ride at high speed. You definitely have to hang on, but the boat glues itself to the water and doesn't pound at all, despite speeds in excess of 60mph. In fact once you pass 60 and get onto 70mph, your head starts to hurt a bit and I swear I lost my breath a time or two-- and we were doing this in a 3 foot side sea. The fishing was not red hot as we worked from 65-90 feet. We did manage our limit of Gag Groupers, but we had to work hard. I landed the big fish of the day and a personal best for me- a 24.5 pounder and we had 3 others at 18 pounds and then 4 others at 10-12 pounds. We used live menhaden that we caught off Holden Beach and live Cigar Minnows that we jigged offshore while fishing. All in all it was a nice, laid back day with friends. Nice to fish without pressure.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"More GS action" | World Cat- 33' | 10/17/07
 

The weather blew up, so I'm sorry to report there's no tales of swordfish. But that is coming soon I hope. In the meantime, Bob Newell on the Black Dog sent me this photo from his Sunday trip to the 100/400 and the Blackjack. Robert Byrd, Wade Byrd, and Lee Forbis made up the crew and the group boated four 'hoos like this one and to dolphin as well. Again, blue/white and red/black Ilanders were the ticket.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"VICTORY" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 10/16/07
 

Capt. Barrett and I had an eventful weekend as we captured the crown at the annual Rumble in the Jungle kingfish tourney. We weighed a 40.43 and eaked out 1st by a mere .2 pounds. We've had victories in Morehead City at the CCSA kingfish tourney and Topsail Beach in the TOFC kingfish tourney, but this one is especially sweet as it was local. Not only that, the event was piggy backed by the SKA pro event and we got to show the pros that the local boys can hang with them. The day was fairly short and testiment that a win is a combination of right time and place with a minimum amount of skill to catch the fish. We were running north toward Barton's inlet near Morehead because we wanted to fish away from the crowd. A few miles short we came across an acre of top bait and decided it looked too good to be true. We threw out and caught a small fish to start then redeployed and shortly after bagged the 40 that won it for us. All those times you see good conditions but keep running to your spot, you just never know. Anyway, the Litle River Fishing Club hosted the event and did a great job with festivites, atmosphere and organization. This next weekend is the rescheduled Atlantic Beach tourney, so while we're riding high, we're going to try to ride the wave. Wish us luck.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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