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"Last Bluefin of the Year" | Show Time | 12/31/03
 

According to Capt. Brant things were back to normal with the bluefin fishing again today after yesterday's big blow.  Today the wind was from the northeast around 15kts with 3-4 ft. seas.  Brant and Roger guided a husband and wife for the wife's first ever saltwater fishing trip.  She proved be a quick learner and with a little coaching was able to make her very first catch one that she will certainly always remember.  The Showtime was able to catch and release two giant bluefin this morning before 9:00am.  The fish were roughly 85 inches and 90 inches.  After 9:00am the bite was very slow with only a few boats hooking up.  Brant reported that more and more recreational fishermen are beginning to show up again in preparation of the two days of commercial fishing that are coming up Jan. 2-3.  Today was a great ending to the 2003 bluefin season.  Up to this point fishing could not have been better.  Every single charter trip taken this year has been successful and most of the time multiple fish are being caught.  There is no reason why this should change in the next few weeks as the conditions continue to hold steady.  The Showtime will be back on the water tomorrow, new year's day, to try and get 2004 off to a good start.  Happy new  year to all and let's hope the fishing remains as good in 2004 as it has been in 2003.

Correction on the available dates for bluefin charters:  Jan. 6-9 is the correct dates for openings to go bluefin fishing on either the Showtime or the Carolina Contender.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"ROUGH!!!" | Show Time | 12/30/03
 

Well, if it's too good to be true it probably is.  Finally, after several days of relatively good weather up in Morehead things deteriorated quickly this morning for Capt. Brant and Capt. Roger who were guiding the same group today that caught four giant bluefin tuna yesterday.  After visiting the main charter dock this morning and seeing that not a single boat was going to try their luck today Brant began to question going after the tuna today.  But, his crew was hardy and they were well aware of the challenge at hand and opted to go for it.  The wind was blowing about 25 kts out of the southwest which made crossing the Cape Lookout Shoals not exactly the most relaxing thing to do at 6 am.  Nevertheless they made it across and stopped about a mile short of the 30 minute rock to begin fishing in the heavy seas.  Just after getting the second line out it was on.  Fighting these giants when it is calm is hard enough but throw in 8-10 ft seas and now you are at the extreme end of any possible outdoor activity.  The crew battled the elements and succeeded in catching what Brant said was the biggest Bluefin he had ever caught measuring over 100 inches.  What an accomplishment considering the conditions.  The bite started fast, but surprisingly that was all the action the Showtime would see today.  Brant reported that things seemed to change today besides the weather.  There wasn't near the bait there has been being and the water temperature was way down, not to mention that they were the only boat out which made locating the fish more difficult.  Thankfully the weather is supposed to improve tomorrow so hopefully the fish will be located.  The Showtime will be fishing the next two days and I will be reporting in with the what they experience. 

Jan. 5-8 are still available on either the Showtime or Carolina Contender.  Call 910-279-4606 to book


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"More Bluefin" | Show Time | 12/29/03
 

Capt. Barrett reporting in for Capt Brant and Capt. Roger again.  More of the same type incredible bluefin action today.  Once again the fish were hanging near the 30 minute rock and indulging themselves on the schools of pogies.  Brant did report an unusual siting today, amongst a group of bluefin fishing boats all of a sudden about 50 giant tunas rose to the surface in a  feeding frenzy chasing shad out of the water.  He said it was amazing to see the fish feeding that way and that boats were actually backing up to the pod of balled bait within 10-15 feet and were tossing their own baits into the malay and hooking up.  I believe Brant has some good videos and pictures of this sequence of events that he will post when he gets a chance to come back to Ocean Isle.  All in all the Showtime had another great day going 4 out of 5 with the biggest fish in the 95 range weighing around 500lbs.  In addition to the feeding tuna Brant and Roger also encountered numerous whales, dolphins and frenzied gannet birds eating shad.  Sounds like an ideal bluefinnin' day off Morehead.  Just another reminder, due to some cancellations we have availability for bluefin charters between Jan. 4 and Jan. 8.  The fishing should remain outstanding for the next few weeks so don't miss out.   


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | Show Time | 12/28/03
 

Brant reported today that once again the bite was red hot.  Brant and Roger took a group of two men and three women to a full eventful day of bluefin hunting.  By 10am 3 of the anglers had successfully caught and released 3 giant bluefin all over 80 inches.  These bites came around the 30 mintute rock which continues to hold massive amounts shad.  At about 12:30 Brant took the Showtime closer to the shoals and found another good spot of bait and it wasn't long before they were hooked up again.  Two fish were caught and released in this area before the crew decided to call it a day.  Bluefin fishing over the past week has been as good as its ever been.  The good weather has been a bonus and the fish seem just to be waiting to test the fishermen.  Due to a cancellation of a charter, a few dates have opened up starting next week including Jan. 6, 7, 8, and 9th.  Give us a call to book a trip at 910-575-3474 or 910-279-4606. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefin Blitz" | Capt. Hook | 12/27/03
 

I have just returned from Morehead off of a Bluefin charter that proved pretty interesting. On our first hook up we got into another boats fish and ours was cut off. On our second hookup the braid was tangled on the reel and 130 lb snapped like wet cotton. On the third hookup we hit home with a release of a beautiful fish over 100 inches long. He whipped all four anglers and gave Sumo and myself a test of mating and boat handling 101. But we made a succesful release with the fish in good shape so I guess we passed!! On the fourth hookup the hook pulled ten minutes into the fight. On the fifth hookup, you guessed it we hit home again with a fish just over 80 inches long. On the sixth hookup our top shot pulled out. But as you can tell the bite was on!! We just had some hard luck with a little good luck mixed in!! All in all it was a great trip. In the pictures you can see the pressure these giants put on a rod. Also I got to snap one before I had to put the camera down and help out with the leader. I talked to Roger and Brant and I am sure you will see an awesome report posted from the Showtime.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"WOW!!!" | Show Time | 12/27/03
 

Capt. Barrett reporting in for Capt. Brant again today.  Capt. Brant and Capt. Roger guided a group of three today aboard the Showtime in search of tangling with a giant bluefin.  The wind was from the north around 15-20 kts and the temperatures were in the 50's or so.  It didn't take long for the mission to be accomplished.  At 6:45 am the first hookup came near the 30 minute rock on the east side of Cape Lookout shoals about a 20 mile ride from the docks at Morehead City.  From 6:45 am until 11:00 am Capt Brant and Capt Roger kept their crew sweating as they managed to hook 6 bluefin catching and releasing 5 of them and breaking one off right at the boat.  The biggest fish seen today was again around  95 inches reaffirming the abnormally large size of the fish this year on average.  The crew did a great job battling all of these monsters and with the great memories and stories they now have, they also elected to mount the big fish of the day.  We have a mount of a giant bluefin at the OIFC and it is honestly one of the most impressive and beautiful mounts that you can get.  A true trophy.   Brant reported there were around two dozen boats fishing the area today and most found good success with the bluefin.  There is a large amount of bait hanging around the 30 minute rock area attracting the bluefin.  The weather is supposed to remain stable for the next few days so fishing should remain outstanding.  The Showtime will be fishing everyday for the next week but I believe there might be a few openings on the Carolina Contender.  Come take your shot at conquering a giant and take home a trophy of a lifetime.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"AVAILABLE BLUEFIN CHARTERS" | Show Time | 12/24/03
 

As Capt. Barrett has reported for me the past few days, the Giant Bluefin Tuna fishing is as awesome as ever, with the added bonus of fish being larger than usual.  Our main charter season will begin immediately following Christmas.  Capt. Barrett, Capt. Roger and myself will be running the "Show Time" and "Carolina Contender" guiding fishermen from all over the country who seek to test their angling skills against the biggest and toughest sportfish in the ocean.

UPCOMING OPEN DATES:
Jan 1st & 2nd- Show Time
Jan 6,7,8 & 9 - Show Time and/or Carolina Contender
Many dates open after Jan 15th as we will charter thru February 10th-
Call Capt. Brant direct at (910) 279-4606 if you'd like to get a trip set up-

Also be aware that due to Federal Regulations, the Giant Bluefin fishery is strictly catch and release.  It is illegal to kill a Giant Bluefin Tuna, thus all fish must be released.  Its about the experience, not how much meat you can put in your freezer.  There are many other more desirable food fish in the ocean that are much less majestic and spectacular than the Giant Bluefin. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Giants!!!" | Carolina Contender | 12/23/03
 

Once again updating you on bluefin tuna fishing via Capt. Brant.  The Carolina Contender produced yet again yesterday according to Brant who along with the same crew from the previous day released three more giants.  This charter crew managed to catch and release 6 giant bluefin in two day's of fishing, which they can attest to as being more than enough action to keep them busy as well as enough to give each of them some aching muscles.  Yesterday the fish were scattered but Brant chose to fish around structure, temperature breaks, and bait marks to find the fish.  Two fish were caught around the 30 minute rock area and the third fish was caught near the D-Wreck all on the east side of Cape Lookout.  Brant reported that the first fish they caught was at least as big as any bluefin he had ever caught measuring in the neighborhood of 100 inches and extremely fat.  The other two fish were no minnows either with one measuring 90 inches and the other at 85 inches.  All three fish were caught by trolling pristine horse ballyhoo behind skirts on the surface and down deep.  The action continues to remain consistent and the fish are bigger this year on the average than we can ever remember.  The next scheduled trips start on the 27th and run through the 4th so we should have an exact bead on the fish in the coming week.  If you want to come join the fun with us call to book a trip, or if you care to venture out in your own boat come by the fishing center and we'll help to rig you up and steer you in the right direction.  Happy holidays


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefin x3" | Carolina Contender | 12/21/03
 

I just got off the phone with Capt. Brant who is in Morehead City to pick back up on the giant bluefin tuna fishing.  We have now started the charter fishing season for these monsters and if you are interested in testing your mind and body against a 300+ lb animal made of solid muscle then give us a call to set up a trip.  If you can bear the cold conditions that Brant and his crew faced today then most likely you will see some serious bluefin action this time of year.  Today Capt. Brant guided his charter aboard the Carolina Contender to three successful hook-ups and releases of giant bluefin tuna.  He reported that the bite was hot and they were hooked up nearly the entire trip.  The bite happened about 15 miles from the dock near the P-buoy and also D wreck on the east side of Cape Lookout Shoals.  All three fish were released unharmed with the anglers gaining the satisfaction of beating these huge fish with pictures to prove it.  The first fish caught was the largest of the day measuring nearly 100 inches weighing in the neighborhood of  550 lbs.  The second fish was a baby measuring 65 inches, and the third was around 75 inches.  A very successful day despite the cold weather first thing this morning.  Tomorrow should be a post card day with flat seas and relatively warm temperatures into the 50's and maybe 60's.  The fishing should remain very consistent for at least the next month.  Don't miss out on this chance to tangle with a giant.  Until tomorrow . . .


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 12/18/03
 

After a week of rest and getting things in order for the holidays, its about time to head back to Morehead and get after the Bluefin.  I'll be charter fishing from the "Carolina Contender" on Sat-Tues, so stay tuned to the new reports and pictures that are hopefully soon to come.  I understand the Bluefin have pretty much had a free run of it, and I'm anxious to give them something to chew on.  All fishing will be done as catch and release.  The value is in the ultimate big-game fishing experience of a lifetime.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"LOOKING FOR 2- GIANT BLUEFIN CHARTER- DEC 23,26 or" | Show Time | 12/15/03
 

I have a couple of folks looking to add 2 more to their group to fish either Dec 23, 26 or 27 on the Show Time for Giant Bluefin Tuna.  The cost for the 2 people would be $475.  Call (910) 575-3474 if you have interest and ask for Capt. Brant.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin Season Kicks off with a BANG!" | Show Time | 12/12/03
 

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The bite has been as red hot as you could ever want it to be.  We fished three days in row, Mon-Weds and caught Bluefin ranging from 300-400 pounds every day.  The fish were holding off the end of the Knuckle buoy at the end of the end of the Cape Lookout Shoals from 40-80 feet of water along a temperature break from 58-70 degrees.  The shoals were covered in schools of giant Pogys and the combination of the plentiful bait and nearby temperature edge drove the Bluefin into a feeding frenzy.  Each morning the bite occured from daybreak until 9-10am and then fizzled by noon or sooner.  But whatever baits you could keep in the water during that time would not stay out very long.  The unusual thing this early season is that the Bluefin are abnormaly large.  Typical in December you get a mix of fish ranging from 65-80+ inches but this December we've caught and released some 15 Bluefin and none has been less than 80 inches in length.  For reference, an 80 inch fish is approximately 300-350 pounds.
December is typical considered the warm-up month for Bluefin fishing off the Carolina coast with January as the peak month.  If this is the case, I can't wait to see what January brings as I can only imagine just how many and how big these giants are going to get.
If you ever wanted to participate in a world class fishery catching the biggest of the big-game fish that swim the ocean, this is your best chance.  Its not like Blue Marlin fishing and waiting for hours to get a bite.  The success ratio is very high and you stand a great chance of encountering mulitiple fish in a day, often times multiples on at one time.
Check out some of the photos as well as the neat video clips I took.  The videos will take a little longer to load, but I think you'll like them.  For now, I will be taking a short break from the Bluefin fishing and get back to it around Christmas time and then hit it very hard by New Year through January.  My charter calendar still has openings, so if you have interest, give me a call at (910) 575-3474 and I can give you the details on the trip.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Catching Up" | Capt. Hook | 12/11/03
 

Well we have done everything from Bluefin Tuna fish to pulling the Capt'n Hook through the Columbus County Christmas Parade with The Red Hats aboard and throwing candy. The Bluefin have shown up in great numbers off Morehead and for the most part seem willing to bite! And let me tell you this is the ultimate test of man againist beast on stand up tackle. The Capt'n Hook is rigged out and loaded for bear to help you experience the fish of lifetime. Stay Tuned!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Stori Teller | 12/11/03
 

The Redfish are biting great- fish averaging 3-8 lbs on light tackle while casting artificial grubs- A must see fishery for the light tackle enthusiast- let's go fishing!


- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Blufins Biting Like Bulldogs" | Show Time | 12/08/03
 

I just hung up the phone with Capt. Brant.   Both crews of the Showtime and Carolina Contender were  lucky again today.  The Showtime boated a 84" fish and the Carolina Contender hauled one over right at the 82" mark.  These fish are running in the 300 - 350 lb class are one heck of a one on one battle!  Pictures will be updated when Capt. Brant returns to the OIFC.


- Capt. Brandon Sauls
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"Bluefin x 2" | Show Time | 12/05/03
 

Today the same all-star crew of Captain Roger, Captain Brant, Captain Barrett, Captain Stacy and court jester Captain Sumo once again fought the less than perfect conditons off of Morehead City in search the giant bluefin.  Conditions were 7-8ft. swells with a 3 ft. chop, a rather pleasant 50 degrees and overcast.  We left in the dark and fog but made our way to the area we caught our fish yesterday around the Beaufort sea buoy and had lines in just as you could begin to clearly see the cockpit.  After searching for a few hours we finally got in the right area where the fish were being caught about 18 miles out of Beaufort inlet.  The bait was thick and the bluefins were plentiful.  You could actually mark the individual fish on the depth finder.  It was a matter of time before the fish rose from the depths and began feeding in full force.  We finally saw our action around 11am when the long line and the deep trolled line both took off simultaneously.  After about 5 minutes one of the hookups spit the hook but the other was not so lucky.  After 45 minutes and several rounds of pulling for each member of the team the fish was beat.  The second bluefin of the year in as many trips for the Showtime- still batting .1000.  This fish measured 82 inches and weighed in the 300 lb range.  Back at it again tomorrow weather permitting.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefins are Here" | Show Time | 12/04/03
 

We braved the cold wind and rain today in search of a bluefin.  They are now here and starting to bite.  We caught a bluefin today 79"  - 300lbs.  Book a trip today.!  The fishing will on proceed to get better over the next couple of weeks.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 12/02/03
 

Well, its time for Bluefin Tuna season but the weather has been BRUTAL.  Strong winds persist although there are reports of some Bluefin being caught off of Morehead City.  I'm not diving head first into the season yet as I want to wait another few days until they become more abundant and hopefully the weather will settle a little- stay tuned.


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"TODAYS REPORT" | Carolina Contender | 11/28/03
 

It's windy and rough here.  No offshore fishing this weekend, but we are hosting our 1st annual inshore tournament and have 15 boats registered to compete to catch the largest Flounder and Trout.  Boats will scatter from Southport to Little River in search of the biggest fish.  The Trout have been biting good with many fish in the 2-3 pound range.  The Flounder fishing has been winding down, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a late season monster top the board as the biggest Flounders will stay inshore until the very latest in the season, getting fat on Mullet.  Stay tuned for results.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"SKA Nationals Report" | Carolina Contender | 11/26/03
 

In a word- WOW!  It was the best King Mackerel fishing ever experienced in the history of tournament fishing- no exageration.  Some 350 boats weighed 55 Kings over 50 pounds and 175 Kings over 40 pounds- and that's just fish that were weighed.  Aboard the "Carolina Contender" we had exceptional catches both Friday and Saturday with a 46 pounder on day 1 and a 50 pounder on day 2 for a 2 day aggregate of 96 pounds- that would have finished 2nd last year, but fortunate or unfortunate, depending- it put us in a respectable 23rd place in the tournament- And although it wasn't a top 3 finish, as long as you can place in the top 10% you've done well in my book.  Each day we caught and released some 30-50 King Mackerel ranging from 25-50 pounds.  We likely caught a dozen over 40 pounds with many in the upper 40's.  It was an incredible experience and a great way to cap off the 2003 season.  Here are a couple of pictures.
Locally the fishing is great for Kings and Grouper in the 25-35 mile range.  We will start our Giant Bluefin Tuna fishing season next week, so stay tuned.  Everything this season has been running behind, so we'll have to see if the Bluefin are on time or not


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