Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina—The McMullans, Brant, Barrett, and Rube, pulled off another great event, the Fall Brawl, enticing 192 teams to compete despite poor fishing that has plagued the southern coastline of North Carolina all season long. Brian Aycock led his all junior angler team of Austin Aycock, Edward Julian, and Alex Mercer to Top SKA Team, Top Junior Angler honors for the three juniors, second place in the tournament, top Small Boat Division, and top money winner. "The boys really wanted to qualify and we did," said the senior Aycock. "But it really created a problem in getting them out of school for the trip to Biloxi. I think we can pull it off."
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – The In 2 Deep, Kevin O'Neale's Yamaha powered Sailfish Boat would weigh a 31.70 pound kingfish to take home the top prize for the second year in a row at the 9th edition of the Little River Inlet Sportfishing Club's Rumble in the Jungle. Because Michelle Stroud, Kevin's outstanding lady angler and the brains behind the In 2 Deeps success over the past several years, was unable to fish the Rumble, their Sailfish Boat teammate, Preston Knight, the skipper of the Half Mine II, volunteered to spend the weekend in Little River with Capt. O'Neale.
Brunswick Islands, North Carolina—The McMullans, Barrett, Brant,
Rube, and six-year-old Caroline, won the Brunswick Islands Saltwater
Classic for the third time in a row. The Ocean Isles Fishing Center
team, fishing a Yamaha powered Yellowfin, ran forty-two miles offshore
and found a good color break.
“It was about one o’clock when she hit a naked pogy on a long line,” explained Brant. “We’ve had a lot of success on our fishing efforts over the years, but to win the same event three years in a row is truly an honor,” said Brant.
Carolina Beach, North Carolina—Brent and Randy Gainey took their Yamaha powered Fountain twenty-three miles offshore on the second day of the East Coast Got-Em-On either/or tournament and fished a ledge in ninety-two feet of water. “We worked hard but it wasn’t till 1:45 when we got a double hookup,” said a very excited Brent. “We broke off the one on the right side of the boat, which ate a pogy off the medium line on top.”
The Carolina Beach natives got her to the boat and thought, “this is not a bad fish.”
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina—Two big events that really start the North
Carolina tournament season are the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament and
the Jolly Mon King Classic. This story is about the 17th Annual Jolly
It’s an event conceived by Brant McMullan in ‘94 and has been steeped in family traditions, both for those who are fishing the family event and the McMullan family who produce the event from their Ocean Isle Fishing Center.
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