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"Bluefin Report" | Mac Marle'n- 32' | 12/27/05
 

My wife, Amanda and I have also been hard after the Bluefin on the MacMarle'n.  Capt. Roger has had the upper hand on us for a few days aboard the ShowTime, but we showed him we mean business as well by boating a double header 88 and 90 inch Bluefin bite on Tuesday.  We look forward to getting back after them this week- stay tuned for reports.


- Capt. Jon Tennant
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"Bluefin Report" | Show Time- 34' | 12/27/05
 

Hope everyone has had a great Christmas.  We've had an eventful last week as the Bluefin fishing was good.  The ShowTime had the hot hand as we landed several fish between Tues and Thurs.  Included are a few pictures of one of our trips.  Friends Dr. Kendal Suh and Dirk Parson joined me aboard the ShowTime and as you can see, had a blast. 


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Happy Holidays" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/26/05
 

As I type with a full belly, I hope everyone has had a great holiday.  This is the first Christmas in which my daughter Caroline, now 13 months, has really gotten into the spirit.  Although she hasn't gotten the Santa Clause bug yet, she definitely knows there is something very special and fun going on.  Her specialty seems to be in unwrapping presents- never mind the gift.  On the fishing scene, we've taken a few days away from the Bluefin season.  We've had good luck on them prior to the holiday and hope to be able to continue within the next few days.  Again, I hope everyone has a great holiday, and I look forward to seeing you in the coming New Year.  Capt. Brant-


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bluefin Bite On Fire!" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/21/05
 

Monday night, myself and Rhett made the 3 hour venture up to Morehead City for a bluefin tuna adventure on Tuesdsay.  Rhett joined Capt. Hook on his new boat, The Black Pearl, and I joined friends Lynn and Chad on Lynn's 29' Century since my crew had cancelled on me last minute.  The day started off as any other day----we left Harkers Island Fishing Center around 5am and headed out of Barden's Inlet (right beside the Cape Lookout Rock Jetty) and headed to the R14 bouy some 20 miles offshore.  The bite had be decent there the day before and upon arrival we discovered why.  Birds diving, bait all over the surface, and fish finders lighting up with huge bait balls.  Everything looked perfect except-----no bluefins.  Around 9:30 we heard of a bite about 5 miles to the west so we pointed the bow to 240 degrees and began trolling to that way.  As we were trolling boats were screaming past us headed in the same direction.  After some 15 boats came by us at full steam we reeled in our lines and fell in line at 35 kts.  We put our spread of Blue Water Candy lures and seawitches in front of horse ballyhoo out and once again began trolling.  This area too looked very fishy with oil slicks appearing everywhere from where the giant bluefins were feeding on the menhaden under the surface.  All around us boats were hooked up and fighting fish.  The radio chatter was intense as guys had fish "stretched out" everywhere behind their boats.  Just as we thought our time would never come, around 12:00 our deep bait began to scream and the chaos began.  Lynn was the first on the rod as myself and Chad cleared lines.  I pointed the bow toward the fish as he was steadily dumping line off the Tiagra 50WLRS under 25 lbs of drag.  I eased the boat up to him, steadily gaining line on the giant.  The 3 of us switched up on the brute to try and keep a fresh person in the harness at all times in the attempt to wear him down quickly.  After 45 minutes the fish surface some 30 feet from the boat and our eyes about popped out of our head.  At first glance I estimated the fish between 95" and 100" and some 550 lbs.  As we looked into the eyes of the giant and he glared back at us, he decided that we were apparently too ugly for him and he dove straight down 105 ft. all the way to the bottom.  This is where the real struggle began.  The fish kept his head down doing the "death circle" straight under the boat.  We could not budge him even under 30 lbs of drag.  He wore through each of us 2 more times before we FINALLY saw color again 45 minutes later some 25 feet below the boat.  As Lynn cranked him up for the final time, I leadered the giant up to the side of the boat completely exhausted and sank the gaff in his head.  It was then that I realized that the fish wasn't quite as long as I thought, but he was much fatter than most fish his size.  At the fish house, the fish measured 93" and dressed out (no head, no tail, and no guts) at 413 lbs!  (The fish was easily 525 lbs. while alive.)  After some quick pictures, he was sent on a plane to be sold in Japan.  So with aching backs, aching legs, and smiling faces, we headed the boat back to Harkers Island with one thing on our mind-----SLEEP.  This morning I felt as if somebody had literally beat me with a 2x4 after doing battle with this beast but it is a fish that I will not soon forget.
Overall the bite today was the best it has been all year and promises to be even better as we head in to January.  There was an estimated 100+ fish caught among the fleet yesterday with sevaral boats  boating two.  (This includes Capt. Brant and Capt. Jon on the MacMarle'n---their fish were around 90" each.)  Captain Roger on the Showtime also boated a very nice fish in the 90" range.
The bite is definately on so if you'd like to try your hand at these giants of the sea give us a call here at the Fishing Center and let us set you up!  I promise that doing battle with these fish will give you something to talk about for weeks to come!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Hot Bluefin Tuna Bite" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/20/05
 

Today the tuna bite finally busted loose.  Most of the 200+ boat fleet at least had one shot at a giant tuna and many boats caught multiple fish.  As for the Fishing Center fleet, the Showtime and MacMarle'n shouldered the load.  Capt Roger, Henry and OIB fishing buddies Dirk Parsons and Dr. Kendall Suh rode the Showtime to a successful day.  The first fish they caught struck a trolled ballyhoo before 6am in the pitch black dark.  Dr. Suh did battle and defeated a 72" tuna, which had to be released because it was one inch too short.  At midday they bettered their first fish when Dirk, Roger and Henry heaved an 89" 375+lb tuna onboard.  The MacMarle'n was crewed by Capt. Jon, wife Amanda and Capt. Brant.  Capt. Jon held true to his promise of taking revenge out on the tunas.  Their first fish was too short to keep.  As things were looking dim at 3:30pm the MacMarle'n fell into a double hookup.  Both fish were captured.  One was 88" and the other 90" both approaching 400lbs.  Ryan and I ventured out in the Carolina Contender today and could only manage the "one that got away" story.  At 11:30am our deep line began screaming.  Within seconds 400 yards of line was gone from the reel with only 50 yards remaining.  We quickly turned the boat and began chasing down the beast.  Over an hour later Ryan had angled the fish to surface where we got a look at her.  Easily the biggest bluefin I have ever seen estimated at over 100" and more than 600lbs.  Everything was going smoothly.  The fish was tired out and we were about to seal the deal when just as I leadered the fish to the surface for a strike with the gaff the hook simply fell out of the corner of the fish's mouth.  A true heartbreaker.  Nevertheless, the tuna bite improved dramatically today and hopefully will continue.  We are fishing about 23 miles out of the inlet on a temperature break around structure and bait.  We'll be back at it tomorrow and the next day hoping for an early Christmas present.  I believe Dr. Suh may have some good pictures from today's action which we will post on the fishing report soon. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefin Adventures Update" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/18/05
 

Ok at our last update the Fishing Center fleet was starting to make some progess as the Showtime sacked an 88" giant bluefin and the MacMarle'n lost a nice one at the boat.  Thursday and Friday of this past week were forecasted doom and despair weather and thus we returned home to Ocean Isle for a couple of lay days.  Of course though the weatherman missed the forecast and the few boats that did fish in the decent conditions caught fish.  The MacMarlen, Showtime and Carolina Contender went back to work yesterday, Saturday, hoping to find the fishing was still on the upswing.  We found the fishing had improved, but that there was about 200 other boats who were counting on the same thing.  With all the competition on the water catching a fish was a major accomplishment.  The main action occurred offshore of the Knuckle buoy in about 80 feet of water where there was a few small schools of pogies in the area.  Once the large schools of pogies arrive the tuna fishing will hit full stride.  The Showtime was the hot boat in the large fleet catching three giant tunas.  The Carolina Contender greased one 81" for the scales.  The MacMarle'n struck out but Capt. Jon promises revenge in the upcoming days.  Today, Sunday, the wind is howling and the ocean is angry.  We are sitting it out today, but it looks like we'll be back at it tomorrow and for the rest of the week.  The weather is forecasted to be fairly nice thru at least Thursday.  If you've never experienced this extreme sport of stand up fishing for giant bluefin tuna you need to give it a try.  We will run charters for the next month and a half and would love the opportunity to christen any angler in a battle against a 400lb solid mass of swimming muscle.  For those who are interested in giving it a shot in your own boat come by the Ocean Isle Fishing Center or give us a call at 910-575-FISH and we'll set you up with the exact tackle and gear you need to have success as well as tell you where the best action has been.  We'll be hard at it for the next few days but I'll try to sneak a report in and hopefully will have some pictures. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bluefin Bite Picking Up" | Show Time- 34' | 12/16/05
 

We boated an 88 inch Bluefin on Wednesday which weighed in the 350 pound class.  Capt. Jon on the MacMarle'n fought an equally large fish but unfortunately lost it to the rudder as the fish was right at the boat.  The action was taking place off the end of the Knuckle Buoy, some 20 miles out of Beaufort Inlet.  The schools of bait and birds have finally moved into the area and we hope this is the sign of the start of the awesome Winter Bluefin fishery.  The weather has been playing havoc with our schedule, but we look to be back at them on Saturday.  Stay tuned and give us a call at (910) 575-FISH if you'd like to join us on a charter for a shot at landing one of these monsters.


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Scattered Bluefin" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/13/05
 

The Ocean Isle Fishing Center fleet has arrived in Morehead City and the first fishing day in the 05-06' bluefin fishery took place yesterday.  The day before, Sunday, I made an attempt with fishing friends Scott, Austin, and Doug Allen but a strong 25 knot west wind kept us from crossing Cape Lookout Shoal so we opted to sit that day out.  Yesterday, the Showtime with Capt. Roger and Henry, the MacMarle'n with Capt. John and the Carolina Contender with Capt. Brant all departed Beaufort inlet on the first official bluefin hunt for our fleet.  With word of a decent bite last week to the north off Hatteras, Brant took off and made the 40 mile run.  The Showtime and MacMarle'n hung close and fished the west side of Cape Lookout around the Big 10 Little 10 and Shad buoy.  The weather had improved from the day before with 10-15 knot winds and 2-4 foot seas.  Brant reported a fair bite where he was, but never crossed paths with a hungry tuna.  There were about 30 boats fishing that area.  The MacMarle'n and Showtime fished amongst 100 or more boats on the west side of the shoals.  The MacMarle'n could only manage one king mackerel and no tuna bites.  The Showtime had a little more success with one bluefin tuna caught and released.  The fish measured 65", which is too short to keep commercially.  About an hour after their tuna encounter Capt. Roger and Henry had another reel start to scream off line.  This time they thought they had the monster bluefin they were looking for.  Unfortunately after about a 45 minute battle the strong fish surfaced only to reveal itself as 10+ foot thresher shark.  The huge shark was released.  The Capt. Hook also had an unsuccessful bluefin fishing day yesterday.  I believe they may have had a big king mackerel as bycatch.  Overall out of the entire fleet fishing on the west side of Cape Lookout there may have been 15 boats to catch keeper bluefin.  This morning the Showtime, MacMarle'n and Carolina Contender tried to make it out again.  A 20+ knot north wind made for extremely tough conditions.  I was fishing the Carolina Contender and decided to make it a short morning due to the rough seas.  The Showtime and MacMarle'n are still at it as we speak.  Hopefully they'll have a good report for us this evening.  For now, it seems like the major group of bluefin have not shown up yet in Morehead.  The weather is supposed to be poor for the rest of the week.  As soon as it improves we'll be back at them and hope to report a good bite. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"It's Bluefin Time" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/11/05
 

The Ocean Isle Fishing Center Giant Bluefin Tuna team left today for Morehead City and the Bluefin Tuna season which will occur for the next month or so. The fish are just starting to show so hopefully great fish stories will soon begin coming over the rail. Barrett is at it today although the weather looks tuff and doesn't look great all week. Stay tuned for updates.

We all read about world class fisheries around the world and to have available to us the Giant Bluefin fishery here in our back yard is an amazing thing.If you haven't tried it you should and if you need any help in" how to" contact Rhett/Bryan/Brant/Barrett at the Fishing Center and they will be happy to get you pointed toward success.

If you're interested in checking out our local Ocean Isle/Long Bay waters, there was a report of a giant bluefin being caught off Georgetown this week and last year there was a definite bite at Hilton Head. No doubt these fish are off our coast also. Best spots should be Horseshoe/Shark Hole/Atlantic Ledge[places where bait will hold]. Look for Ganets Birds diving. They dive on balled bait and if you see them diving there is a very good chance they are diving on bait balled by Bluefin.

This is NOT the time to be sitting around the fireplace! Give the Bluefin a shot; it's a true angling thrill.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/04/05
 

Sorry I haven't reported in a while.  Truthfully we've been tied up cleaning up, renovating..... for the 2006 season in hopes of getting most things settled before the giant bluefin tuna bite breaks out.  The tunas have been very late this season as they are normally in full swing by Thanksgiving.  But as has been the case with all fishing this year, they too are late.  I'd expect them any day and surely they should be in full swing by Dec 15th.  Here at Ocean Isle, if you didn't fish Saturday you missed a perfect day.  I had to be out of town and I hated to miss the day, but I know if I was here I would've been out after a grouper, king or wahoo --- the wahoo bite should be strong now for sure.  Anyway, if there's a good weather day and you can get down, you shouldn't miss the chance. 
And don't forget your Capt. Club points-- the sale ends Dec 31st, but this is the PERFECT chance to get your Christmas gifts at 50% OFF.  Its a no-brainer.  Thanks again for everyone's support in 2005 and we will work to make 2006 a  better year than 2005.  Happy holidays.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Trout Bite Still Going Strong" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 12/03/05
 

With the beautiful weather today, many people took the opportunity to spend the day speckled trout fishing and most were well rewarded.  The hot spots today were the same as the past couple of weeks--Little River Jetties, Sunset Beach Bridge, Ocean Isle Beach Bridge, as well as the Shallotte River.  The bait of choice was definately live shrimp, however there were also plenty of fish caught on grubs.  Fish ranged in size from barely legal (12 inches) to 2+ pounds.  This nice weather is expected to continue with highs in the low 70's tomorrow and Monday so come join us for a couple of days away from the office!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Tournament Results" | Stori Teller | 12/01/05
 

2005 Thanksgiving Flounder/Trout Tournament Results

Overall Winner __ Mike Pridgen 1.6# flounder & 1.85# trout

Flounder Division
1st__ Mike Pridgen 1.60#
2nd__Kenny Jacobs 1.40#
3rd__Hunter Woodell 1.0#
 
Trout Division
1st__Ricky Kellum 5.85#
2nd__Chris Kimrey 4.75#
3rd___Tim Fletcher 3.35#
4th___Brent Banks 2.90#
5th___Clay Morphis 2.85#
 
Lady Angler___Kerri Patteron
JR.  angler___ Clay Morphis
 
Bradley Graham Award__ Michael Palmer
This is the award for the redfish with the most spots

- Capt. Stan Gurganus
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"Jolly Mon & Fall Brawl 06'" | Carolina Contender- 36' | 11/28/05
 

As you know by now, the Town of Ocean Isle did not grant a special event permit for the Jolly Mon or the Fall Brawl to occur on their normally scheduled dates.  The town sited traffic problems on Saturday as the reason and suggested the events either be moved before June 15th or after August 15th or if they stayed in the same time, they could not be run on Saturday.  Thus, this is where things stand.  The town council was bombarded with emails and calls from hundreds of tournament fishermen like yourselves, lending support for the events and requesting the town to reconsider its decision.  I fought tooth and nail against what I still believe is a very poor and ill-advised decision.  However, as we were shown in the "Save Our Pogies" campaign, the public can outnumber the opposition 10-1, but without the proper politics, you're lost.  However, all is not lost for the tournaments as they will continue.  I do not have an exact plan on when or where they will take place, but I am steadfast determined to continue them on or nearly on the same schedule.  The time of year each event is held is critical to the number of fishermen able to fish and to the success of the fishing itself-- as  July is our early season big fish run and mid October is our late season big fish run.  Who wants to go fishing when your chances of catching good fish are slim?  Thus, I thank you very much for all your support, I assure you it was not unnoticed.  I will keep you abreast of plans and hope that you will mark your calendars to fish both the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl in 06'.
Sincerely thanks
Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Pre-Tournament Report" | Carolina Contender | 11/23/05
 

With the Thanksgiving Flounder/Trout Tournament coming up this weekend, inshore fishing is peaking at just the right time.  Consistent double digit redfish days have been reported from all over the area including the Sunset Beach Bridge, Ocean Isle Beach Bridge, Little River Jetties, docks along the waterway, as well as the Shallotte River.  The speckled trout have been a little scattered but it seems that when you can find them you can really load up on them.  Look for the trout on the falling tide along creek mouths as well as oyster rocks and docks.  Live shrimp under a popping cork have been working well but many fish have also been caught on artificials.  With the redfish and trout fishing being so hot, not many people are fishing for flounder but they should be in the same areas as the other species so be sure to pack a few mud minnows to drag across the bottom for these critters. 
Don't forget that registration for the Thanksgiving Flounder/Trout Classic is on Friday, Nov. 25 from 4pm-8pm with a free dinner at 6pm.  Fishing is on Saturday from 7am-4pm with the awards at 6pm.  Entry fee is only $100 (plus an optional $50 largest flounder TWT and $50 largest trout TWT) with a first place prize of $1000 for the largest combined trout and flounder weight ($800 first place for EACH of the TWT's!)!  The weather looks great for the weekend, so come down and join us for some great fishing, food, and fun!!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Tournament opinion" | Carolina Contender | 11/21/05
 

It sounds like sour grapes from Sheffield's and Sharky's. As far as my business is concerned they have shot themselves in the foot. My name is Tracy Huggins, I am from NMB and I frequently take my family to OIB for little day trips.

We usually arrive around lunch time and do three things. We shop at OIB fishing center for tackle and clothing items for my wife and daughter. We like The food and atmosphere at Sharky's so we usually eat lunch there.  Before we leave I usually stop at Sheffield's for NC Sun Drop (it's a Sun Drop drinker's thing) to bring home, snacks for my daughter and sometimes I fill up w/gas. Several times a summer we take the boat up in the evening w/friends to eat dinner and go to the bar at Sharky's.

I participate in both the Fall Brawl and the Jolly Mon and I have witnessed first hand the lengths to which OIBFC has gone to trying to ease the traffic situation. I think they have done a wonderful job. I have ridden the shuttle over every time. All of my OIB activities ( Lunch, Shopping, Dinner, Gas, and Night Life) can be done at OIBFC. From now on I will not spread the wealth on my trips to OIB but will deal exclusively w/OIBFC. If other OIB visitors follow my example then Sheffield's and Sharky's are hurting their own business.  How short sighted.

You are welcome to share this E-Mail w/anyone you wish.

 Tracy Huggins


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"State of the Union" | Carolina Contender | 11/18/05
 

Well, I'm back from a nice week's vacation in which my wife, daughter Caroline and myself took a roadtrip through Ocracoke, Hatteras and Nags Head.  I've fished from all the locations before, but always arrived via boat and had never actually explored these places.  Each place is unique and at each place fishing is an important way of life.  There wasn't much going on out of Ocracoke, but Hatteras had a few boats fishing each day and the King Mackerel bite was super hot-- lots of fish in the mid 20's+ and I saw several over 40 pounds to the dock.  Word was the Yellowfin bite had slowed a few days before.  Nags Head a.k.a. Oregon Inlet has more of a year round presence.  The charter fishing fleet out of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center is very impressive, but even more impressive were the fish they were catching.  10 or so boats fished the day I was there and every boat had their limit of Yellowfin Tuna from 25-60 pounds.  Word was that the bite had been like this for several weeks and they expected it to continue til Thanksgiving.  Anyway, besides checking out the fishing, we did the "touristy" things such as visiting the light houses and looking in the various shops.  It was nice to get away and visit similar tourist driven towns such as my own at Ocean Isle Beach.  If you've been following this last week's events, you may also figured that I got out of town just in time to escape the fire storm of public sentiment concerning the town's decision not to permit the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl for their normal dates.  But now I'm back, having collected my thoughts, and ready to move forward.
First, I thank my brother Barrett for doing an outstanding job in keeping you fishermen aware of what was transpiring with the tournaments and the town as he held the fort in my absence.  I instructed Barrett to let you fishermen know about what was going on as well as to feel free to post any emails he got from others on the topic.  In a few of the emails he posted, there were a few incorrect statements made which I should clear up- #1 - The statement "no traffic is created at all from the events on Saturday" is incorrect.  Less than 1% of the traffic experienced on the island on Saturday is from the event.  I was told that the three shuttles that bring fishermen to the event are added traffic, thus "zero" is not the correct term to use-- #2-- It was stated "the Chief knows there is no traffic problem".  We cannot speak for the Chief.  I trust he will use the facts to base his decision.  I think the concept is that we hope is acknowledged is YES, we do know there is traffic associated with the move-in/move-out, but we hope the Chief knows the tournament impact is extremely negligible.--- #3-- It was stated in an email "Either the Council is making a totally uninformed decision or the tourneys are being held hostage to some unspoken political agenda."  I hope the council is not making decisions based on a politcal agenda and I have no proof.  I do feel the Council was not totally informed and they did make a decision without considering the big picture and knowing all the facts.
For these misstatements which were published, I apologize.
HOWEVER, do not take my willingness to make an apology with me backing away from the issue.  I hold true 100% and believe with all certainty that the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl do not impact traffic on Saturday.  Furthermore, I believe the suggestions made by Chief Pritchard not to allow the events to occur on Saturday were not based on all the facts.  I understand his position, which he states is "common sense", but I hold firm that from an outside perspective, it may seem "common sense", but with a clear understanding of the tournament's schedule and with knowledge on how last year's traffic flow went, the decision made is incorrect.  Furthermore, and getting to the next big happening, I fear that a few uneducated local loudmouths at Sheffield's and Sharky's have screamed loud enough to get the Chief's and the Council's attention.  Meanwhile the quiet majority who minds their own business are left to pay for these few.  So, you've signed petitions, you've written emails to council members and now you have another chance.  This Monday at 6pm the town will have an open forum in which the public can express their views.  I will be there to hopefully have the opportunity to present the facts.  If any of you concerned tournament participants and your families are available and feel an unjust decision has been made, I encourage you to come to the meeting.  Sharky's has placed notice of the meeting on their marquee sign to "Stop the Madness.  Support the Mayor and Chief".  This is typical-- they are trying to turn the meeting into me vs. the Mayor and Chief when that is not at all what it is-- kindergarten, uneducated tactics.  Sheffield's crew has taken the same approach.  The meeting will no doubt be a show, and I look forward to the opportunity to speak on the facts and hope you will join me.  However, if you are unable to attend and would like your voice heard, please email your remarks, including where you are from and where your beach home is located.  That is enough from me at this time.  Again I say, I do not fight for the sake of fighting and do not question our town officials without due cause.  I will stick to the facts only and continue with what I think is a worthy fight.
Thank you,
Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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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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