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3/22/03 WHO CAN GET THERE??? KINGS STACKED UP EAST OF FRYING PAN TOWER 45130 59180 NO CHANCE OF CATCHING THEM ALL WITH WINDS BLOWING LIKE ITS BEEN BUT THEY ARE STILL THERE GREAT CATCHES OF YELLOW FINS AN WAHOOS AT THE STEEPLES AN THE BLACK JACK HOLES IF YOUR BOAT IS BIG ENOUGH TOO GET THERE ON THE WEEK END SEEMS LIKE MONDAY THRU WEDNESDAYS HAS BEEN THE DAYS TO GO DOWN HERE WATERS WARMING UP TO 66 AT THE CABBAGE PATCH FISH SHOULD BE HERE CLOSE BY APRIL FOOLS DAY BONITIAS AN SPANISH 20 MILES OFF.
11/12/02 This is a report from waters off of Myrtle Beach, however these waters are very accessible from any southern NC locations. Fished a small club challenge tournament on Saturday, 11/9/02 based in Murrells Inlet, NC. Following is a recap of the results sent to me by the organizers.

Hi Captain John, Per your request for the results of our tournament on November 9, 2002. The Voyagers View Live Bait Fishing Club of Murrells Inlet, SC and the Little River Fishing Club of Little River, SC decided to have a Shoot-Out between the two clubs. The VVLBFC has existed since the year 1999. The LRFC began in 2002. The guys from both clubs have known each other for years and fished all of the area tournaments. The clubs decided to pay 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. They also purchased a trophy for the annual event. The trophy would go to the club with the most weight from 5 fish aggregate. VVLBFC hosted the First Annual King Mackerel Tournament and LRFC will be host for the next tournament. The tournament was scheduled for November 2, 2002, but had to be postponed due to weather The host club had 12 boats fishing and our guest only had 6. Both clubs had numerous boats, but after the postponement, some had other plans for the 9th of November. Little River had no worries with only 6 boats, they took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and also the trophy! The Little River Club President, Patrick Bellamy landed a whopping 51.55 King Mackerel.Their 2nd largest fish was caught by Darin Ratley weighing 32.20 with Captain John Quattlebaum on board. Third largest fish from Little River was 30.20 caught by Greg Holmes. Greg's fishing partner, Ronald Crowe received the "Good Trouper Award" Ronald received a 'hook to the hand' and did not want to come in because "the King bite was on".Greg and Ronald did only beat out Voyagers View member Jay Sims by .05. Voyagers View 's 2nd largest fish was caught by club members David Perry and Derrick Blanton weighing 29.10, and the 3rd was caught by Bill Dunaway with son Joseph, and club member Joe Lane. A great tournament!

Aboard the "Rat Pak" fishing with Darin Ratley, we fished waters about 20 miles north of Murrells Inlet within sight of land, 68.2 degree water, 65-70 foot depth. As soon as we started dropping back live cigar minnows we had jigged up, the bite started. Besides the 2 we weighed in, we had another 31 pounder in the cooler and through the day, released around 25 fish, several in the 30 pound range. The 51 pound heavy fish was caught within 2 miles of us. It was a fantastic day of fishing!! The weather is a bit nasty now but should be nice towards the weekend. Can't wait to get back out there. Come go with me!!
11/5/02- Winds picked up today. Stayed close in and went to Lighthouse Rock area with low expectations. To my surprise we boated 8 Kings in the 12 to 20 lb range! Unexpected good day! Since last Saturday have been going to the Horseshoe, Shark Hole, 65 ft Hole and Myrtle Beach Rocks and have HUGE catches of Kings, Wahoo, Dolphin, Blackfin and Jacks. It might be a little chilly at times folks but this is a GREAT time to be fishing!!! Looks like tomorrow might be a blow out, but the weather for the weekend is looking Fantastic. Lets go fishing!
10/22/02- A Cape Fear River SMOKER KING Wins another King Mackerel Tournament. The winning fish, as well as 2nd and 3rd place in the FALL BRAWL KMT came from the Lighthouse Rocks area. Congratulations to the crew of "Wild Ride" for the win with a 39.85 lb King.The "GET FRESH" fishing team anchored up on Lighthouse Rock and started to chum and chunk up a 1/2 mile slick. Our 21.20 didn't do much in tournament but several fish were caught just behind us around 3:00 PM that were over 30 lbs. Seems like we're always in right place, but my charters catch the Big Ones the day before or the day after a King Tournament!!! Have to work on our timing!!! The wind and rain we had last week moved the fish from right on beach to the rocks just offshore and out to 15 Mile Rock, with a great bite coming in the late afternoon The Horseshoe area gave up Blackfin Tuna, Dolphin, Kings, Sharks, plus alot of Bottom fish. AR425 and AR420 still hold very large Red Drum. Heard something about a 9lb 10 oz flounder too. The Spots are here, The Spots are here, so be careful coming in and going out the inlets !! Remember when King fishing gets slow, to anchor up and chum. It brings the fish to you. Balloons on 3 lines out behind. An egg sinker on main line above a barrel swivel works to get bait down in water. I also rig up open face reel to pitch a free swimmer out away from boat. Most baits are rigged up backwards so they swim away from boat. For more info or questions, Call or Email me. Later,CAPT "QB", GET FRESH CHARTERS
10/9/02- Fishing Report for the US Open weekend. Friday, What a Day! Fish chewing everywhere!!! Hard to know where the big ones where! Boats fishing from Morehead City- 2nd place,Cape Fear River-1st place. Boats fishing all the way to Georgetown, SC. Oak Island came out on top. Lots of very Big Kings caught up an down the beach from Lockwood Folly Inlet to Yaupon Reef to Capefear River.I would guess more big fish lost than caught. 505 boats fishing, alot more than that weighed in. Saturday showed a bit of wind and surf but the fish where found near the shoals and East of the Cape Fear River. Today we went offshore to The Horseshoe and overran the fish. Great reports of fish with in sight of land. You would know we would catch one bigger today than all weekend but thats fishing. Boys it just gets better till May!!! Sailfish caught at or just off of the Capefear Sea Bouy ,Cobia, Big Kings, Huge Spanish, just to name a few. Tomorrow is a new day, we'll see whats biting then. Later! Q B
9/30/02- what's up the blow we had confused fish for a day or two but things were back to normal sunday !! yaupon reef seem to be the place to go lots of nice kings an a few big puppy drum very large spanish as well bait of choice mullet or poges I think strong winds blew in large amounts of bait in long bay here comes the Queens an kings even small boats can get out to catch large fish watch inlets on falling tides they make be rough with southwest winds blowing got to go find the big ones for up coming U.S. OPEN THIS WEEK-END tight lines later Q B
9/26/02- top of the day to all didnt start till 12.30 to day living at beach spoilded I guess 5 KINGS missed that many or more!! my biggest was 24lbs called in my boys @ 8 boats in all rough as it was {not that bad for GET FRESH but I've fished in 20ft seas } about 30 fish caught by all from 14 lbs to 28 today bigger ones yesterday but not bad with the little blow we have just another day at the beach on oak island
9/23/02- Kings in surf at Lockwood Folly !!!! 15 kings just under 20lbs a few over 25lb caught afternoon on Sunday Yaupon Reef and Cape Fear seabouy still holding good fish too working tide lines is good way to find them too. Jack's, Cobia, Kings, Spanish, Blues, Albacore, Flounder, Drum all here this is what we waited for Oak Islands hottt..Got to go fishing, See ya!!

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