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*APPLIES TO Yadkin River, High Rock Lake, Tuckertown, Badin Lake ONLY

336-309-5900

TRIP RATES

Maximum of 4 people per trip

Yadkin River, High Rock lake, Tuckertown Lake, Badin Lake

$200 for 1 Person

$250 for 2 People

$300 for 3 People

$400 for 4 People

Other lake options available are Lake Tillery, Lake Jordan, Lake Hickory, Lake Norman: Rates are higher due to my extra travel distance and preparation expenses. Call 336-309-5900 and talk with Barbara about any of our trips we have available.

$250 for 1 Person

$350 for 2 People

$400 for 3 People

$500 for 4 People

All trips are full day, 8AM - 3PM or 6AM-1PM (summer only). Your trip time starts at lines in the water and ends with lines in the water. And time spent catching bait with a cast net or riding to the first fishing spot will not be deducted from your fishing time and your fishing trip ends on the water, not at the dock. If you are on a time limit schedule please let me know the morning of your trip so I won't keep you out too long, I try extremely hard to give you a full and honest day of fishing and catching!!!

We furnish all bait, tackle and equipment! You furnish what you want to eat and drink and your freshwater fishing license, which can be purchased at Walmart or on-line at ncwildlife.org. All fish caught within legal limits will belong to the anglers. 

 

If you have questions, want additional information or to book a charter, please call Barbara at 336 309-5900. Please leave a message if no one answers since we sometimes fish areas with no service. Barbara will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

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Saturday, 8-13-22

This past spring I was able to get my neighbor and good friend Rusty Orrell away from crappie fishing long enough to take him catfishing. We had talked about going again sometime and today we finally got the stars and planets lined up and around 5:30 this morning we were headed to the high rock dam to see if we could improve his PB catfish of around 10 pounds.

With the water low and the limited areas we could go in a 24' pontoon with low water we had to take a 2nd row seat this morning with a boat already close to where I wanted to fish so we anchored up electronically and as we caught a few smaller fish we had enough for supper and now to see if we could get a bigger fish in the boat. With a little action this got the attention of other fishermen and the area started to get a little crowded so I made the decision to leave this area and move back downstream for a while.

As we were fishing below where we started the boat that was close enough to where I wanted to anchor but I wouldn't anchor out of professional courtesy and he was there first, was coming down stream and was leaving. Another boat I thought was moving into his place was actually leaving as well. This gave us the opportunity to move back up to the dam and get positioned properly on the edge of the swift water and deep hole between there and dam wall. We got the pontoon positioned just right and I hit the anchor mode on the 36volt Ulterra and as I was setting bait the first rod doubled over with a very strong fish that I thought had broken the line but it just came unhooked. I'm quite confident this fish was even bigger than the biggest one we got today. It was no joke and plenty of muscle!!!

Soon after this, we had a nice flat head on the IRT 800 series spinning reel with a Shakespeare Catfish rod and we got a photo and reset the lines. It wasn't long after this the rod doubled over over again and Rusty was hooked up with a catfish on the IRT 700 series spinning reel/Shakespeare rod combo that let him know very quickly he wasn't crappie fishing today. He worked it like a pro and finally got the 17 pound blue cat to the net. We got this one on the scales with the help from the Betts Tackle Hi Viz Fish Gripper to verify a new PB and another photo and release was in the books today.

As we were discussing that now we had a new PB we had to hunt down and beat that one now. It was starting to warm up and was around 11AM and the alarm sounded that they were going to start the generators/aerators so we decided since we needed to move until we seen exactly where we needed to go that we would just call it a day and come back again after this full moon is over.

Haven't figured out yet just who was hooked the most this morning, Rusty or his big catfish, but if I had to make a bet I'd have to say from the smile on his face, he want admit it, but he's getting "cat fever" he just doesn't realize it yet !!

Another good morning of fishing with a great friend. Rusty's more like family to Barbara and I and we love anytime he has time to go fishing with us. Okay Rusty, do some gym workouts and eat an extra bowl of wheaties one morning and when you get ready we'll see if we can get that big catfish that pulled the hooks this morning back on the hook again!!! Till next time , God Bless You All!!

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Saturday, 8-6-22

With the hot water slowing the crappie bite down for us we have been rescheduling our crappie trips until cooler weather and cooler water coming up in a few weeks from now. Now don't get me wrong there are crappies to be caught in High Rock lake still in the hot weather and hot water, but when I take my clients after crappies I want them to have at least a cooler full of filleting size crappies. Just like when I was doing offshore Charters at the coast, my clients there will tell you that you were guaranteed 300 pounds minimum of bottom fish or your trip was totally Free. And if you don't catch fish with us now in freshwater, your trip is free here as well, sometimes if you do catch fish and I don't think it's enough that trip will be free as well!! Just like the last trip I made... we caught 20 fairly nice crappies, this is not what I call a successful crappie fishing trip with 4 experienced fishermen on board, in fact I was so disappointed I wouldn't even charge for the trip. Find that kind of customer service anywhere else. We strive to be the best in the fishing charter business. Guess that's why we are hated so much by our competition, but being hated by your peers is the denominator you use in any business to know you are at a different level than your competition and I have been hated a loooong time and love it!! You know what they say haters gonna hate because of jealousy. And if you don't hear any derogatory remarks about you in a week or so then you need to work harder.

Anyway,, the catfish seem to like the warmer water conditions so we are taking advantage of this while it's hot weather outside.

Just ask Jon and LaJoyce Ingraham from High Springs Florida. We were scheduled to meet up early this morning to fish behind the High Rock lake dam but some unexpected delays got us on the water instead around 8:30 this morning. While we were waiting on Jon and LaJoyce we took advantage of the schooling white bass that were busting on top everywhere. No legal size keepers but still a load of fun to catch and release.

I figured there would be a plus side to the late start and that would be we wouldn't have to wait long for them to start up the turbines and make the fishing even better. We made our way up stream and got set up on the edge of the drop just off the area where a gate was cracked open for most likely a little aeration for the area waters since hot water will not hold much oxygen.

First line in and Jon said show me how it's done Captain. Never got the 2nd line in before Jon was hooked up with today's 1st catfish, a respectable blue cat. After this experience I was having trouble figuring out who was hooked the best, that blue cat or Jon. I do think Jon won that credit!!!

We kept waiting for the generators to turn on but we weren't too concerned because the catfish bite was generally steady all morning. Around noon the clouds had started building and with some thunder in the background we decided since we had the 150 qt. cooler full of enough catfish for several good social fish fry's we would call it a day. Just as we hit the dock we heard the alarm go off at the dam indicating that the generators and/or aerators we're going to turned on. Fortunately, we had all the catfish we needed and it was a great pleasure and honor to be able to take Jon and LaJoyce Ingraham catfishing today to help them have have a great and fun filled experience to help celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. You guys were awesome and we look forward to our next trip.

If a trip like this interest you just give Barbara a call @ 336-309-5900 for all information on these trips and any questions you may have of just visit our website @ yeahrightcharters.com

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Tuesday, 8-2-22

I had high hopes when I picked up Nick Corol from Archdale, NC., Ronnie (Fuzzy) Elwood from Kannapolis, NC. ,Mike Cazothers from Kannapolis, NC., and Bobby Sykes from Salisbury, NC. at Tamarac Marina to look for crappies today. We have been doing really well on the crappies filling up coolers this year so far but the last 2 trips have definitely made a statement that the "Dog days of summer" are here. Hot water doesn't hold oxygen very well and the 87+ degree water has started making the crappies lethargic in High Rock lake at least for me.

I fractured my brain trying to get the fish to bite, I was so stressed out I even used livescope, and yes, just as I figured they would be, the fish were there, but they didn't want to bite a minnow or a jig placed right in front of their face . Just to show you how unpredictable fish can be, 87 degree water in a part of the lake, Crane Creek, where the water was dingy from all the rains, we caught most of our fish on "a stick" in 10 feet of water

I know in fishing as real estate it's location, location, location, but today from past mid lake locations towards the dam, in all depth of water, to Abbotts Creek mouth, Dutch 2nd Creek to Crane Creek only one spot in 10 feet of water produced more than 1 fish. Now that's unpredictable fish!!

I know I can't always load the boat with fish, and we found the fish today, and the guys were extremely well seasoned crappie fishermen, so if we didn't load the boat it was because I didn't find fish that would bite. And they wouldn't bite jig or minnow!!

I was so embarrassed with my performance today I chose not to charge the guys anything for today's trip even though 18 decent crappies would make most happy but it didn't make me happy. They told me to charge full price for the trip. They had decided already to come back fishing with us again so I did what I thought was the moral and ethical thing for me to do. I only charged them half price for today and when they came back I'd only charge them have price for the next trip. That way if they can't make it back then they only paid half price and if they do make it back and another half price then they got one of the trips free.

I really care about my fishermen and making sure everyone has a safe, fair, ethical, and honest trip with them is my utmost priority. No, I can't always make the fish bite, but I can always give it 150% and if I can't make it happen then I can always conduct my business the way I want to, I have full control of that and also post true reports. I can only hope people respect me for being honest about the way things really are and for not "sugar coating" my reports because if it's a good or a not so good trip, you always get it the way it actually happens no matter how much I'm embarrassed with the results!!

Thanks for stopping by to get honest fishing reports, till next time, God Bless you all!!

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Thursday, 7-28-22

Today we went to High Rock lake in search of some crappies. We picked up Diana De La Torre from Kannapolis, NC around 7:30 this morning at the Southmont boat ramp off Hwy 8. The weather and the recent rains had thrown in a few challenges to make my job a little tougher with hot weather temperatures, fairly windy conditions, dingy water, and water in the high 80's today, but we took those lemons and made a little lemonade with it.

We fished structure in 15 to 20+ feet of water today and I was surprised when most of our fish came today from the shallower 15 to 16 foot range. I was really expecting them to be deeper but you have to be versatile when times are tough. We had a great day of fishing with Diana, lots of laughs and just good conversations. And, even though we only put 16 crappies in the boat today, they were mostly some nice filleting sized fish. We knew the fish were sluggish today because we had lots of short strikes and actually missed and lost more crappies than we caught from not biting aggressively at all.

We talked today about our next trip coming up and we look forward to fishing with this great lady again soon. People like this are what keeps me doing what I do. We called tomorrow's Crappie Charter and told them about he bite we had today so they could decided if they really wanted to go give it a try after it was slow. Tomorrow could be a 100% different day but I wanted to be as honest and straight up on how things were today as I can be. I was glad when they decided to put their trip off until this fall when the weather will be more comfortable and the Crappies will be biting better almost guaranteed, plus, I had 4 fishing tomorrow and if we only caught 16 crappies again that would only be 4 fish per person and I wouldn't even charge my fishermen for that trip!!! Fall and winter is one of the best times to crappie fish on High Rock lake. Right now, it's just HOT and HUMID and none of God's creatures and people can be comfortable in this, except for Bobo, he has his own personal fan and ice bed to lay on under the console, and he and I both love it for him!!!

Don't know if we going this weekend yet, we are supposed to and if we do we'll post what we do right here. Some don't mind hot weather and if they want to go after I let them know about the bite we have experienced, then we will go!!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my posts. Please know I'm not being negative about the bite, just honest, and I tried to catch fish at the best of my ability and experience, and I know I'm probably going to be bombarded with post that I don't know what I'm doing or I would have caught crappies, and yes, I HAVE LIVESCOPE. Only God can make the fish bite and I'm just a guide, not God!!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!

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Wednesday 7-20-22

Since no one wanted to go fishing today Barbara and I got up with the chickens this morning to try to get to High Rock lake at the break of day to Beat the heat. Well, let me mention that idea briefly. We headed down the road going to Buddle Creek Boat access on Abbotts Creek. We haven't fish that area since back in the winter and wanted to give it a shot thinking we might hit it on some of our crappie fishing charters we have coming up.

We stopped and got ice around 5:30 this morning and then stopped at Mimi's bait and tackle for drinks, snacks, and some minnows. Ran into a good friend there who was going to Tuckertown Catfishing, said the bite had been good there lately!! Ok, we will probably get to the ramp around 6AM.

As we approached Holloways Church Road they had road closed signs up, don't worry I said, Rusty and I came through here yesterday, it's not closed, I was right, the road wasn't closed, but the bridge was!!! Well now I've got to get turned around on this narrow road with a boat behind me, that didn't take too long, but after the detour, we got to the boat ramp at a little after 7AM. This was just another reason why I don't try to make plans because plans are just something that goes astray quite often!! We got up at 4AM and the normal time to make this trip is approximately 45 minutes, not 3 hours,!!

Now, about the fishing!! The crappies have been being pretty deep for me but the rains had cooled the water down a little and the crappies I was finding at 18+ feet had moved back up to around 15 feet. Took me about 30 minutes to realize something wasn't like normal for the heat we have had but wasn't thinking they would have moved up, but they had, but the heat we have coming will most likely push them back down by the weekend.

I left the deeper structure and moved along the edge of the Creek channel in some wood structure at 15 feet and it was here we found the crappies. Barbara had them on 3 at a time at one point while I just watched her masterfully land each one of the nice crappies, she's one of the best crappie fishing lady I've ever seen!!! Like the "Virginia slims" commercial used to say, "You've come a long way baby"!!!

After the bite slowed we moved to another brush and it didn't take long until we were on them again. At one point here, I had a double on nice Flathead Catfish and gave her one of the rods. She broke hers off, but we netted mine and got his picture and released him to grow bigger.

Even though we had obstacles that caused us to be 2 hours later than we had planned, we still got plenty of nice crappies for us and some friends before it got really hot and we were having lunch at Kentucky Fried Chicken on Hwy 8 before 11:30. I could get used to summer time fishing like this!!! Thanks to you all for stopping by. Be sure to like us on fb, and feel free to comment on our posts. Just give Barbara a call or text @ 336-309-5900 for any questions or information about our trips and our new lower rates!!!, Please check out our new website @ yeahrightcharters.com and have a Blessed day!! Till next time, Thank You and God Bless You All!!!

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Friday 7-15-22

When I got the boats all fixed up and maintenance done on them all today I actually had some free time of about 30 minutes before bed time on my hands. So, with a little time to sit down and think about things I told Barbara that I think we need to try the best we possibly can to get our rates where folks can better afford to do a freshwater fishing trip and I want to lower our prices to be more compatible with the cost of everything sky rocketing these days. Now, to those of you that are already on the books at the higher rates you will automatically be getting our lowest rate when you come to fish with us.

Barbara and I did a lot of figuring and thinking last night and we have actually got a few of our rates back at the $100.00 per person as we were earlier on the local lakes. We were able to do this with the 3 and 4 people on board, with the 1 and 2 people we figure around 10% of something is better than 100% of nothing!!!

And as always, once you are on the books and if we have to increase, your price will stay the same it was when you booked, but, on the other hand, if you are on the books when we lower our prices, you automatically get the lower rate. We are hoping we will not have to increase again and also hoping to be able to eventually move our rates even less if the economy can possibly ever recover!!

After starting to fish at 5 years old in Freshwater and Saltwater, and being in Saltwater fishing and Saltwater Charters for 30 years from Ocracoke all the way down the NC coast to Southport/Oak Island, NC, I was ready to return to my hometown of Lexington, NC and finish up my fishing career in my 1st love of Freshwater Fishing!!!! Freshwater Charters has been a learning curve for me as far as to the cost of operating and I thought it would be less expensive to run in freshwater, and it is a little, but boats and equipment have to be maintained and use gas, but the travel time is shorter and freshwater doesn't eat everything in the boat up like Saltwater does, but who would have ever guessed that with non ethanol gas for the boat and diesel for the tow truck we would be paying around 12 to 18 bucks a gallon for fuel, depending on where we are at, it's absolutely ridiculous!!

But, always remember, with Yeah Right Charters, if you don't catch fish then you don't pay a dime, "NO FISH-NO PAY Guarantee is available only on local lakes of High Rock lake, Tuckertown Lake, and Badin lake", so, thanks for the great reception we've had so far in our newest adventure in Freshwater and I hope our new prices can be more appealing to more people to be able to go fishing.

Our prices are for Catfish, Crappie, Stripers, Bream, Perch, etc. Trips are from 8AM to 3PM or 6AM to 1PM in Summer, your choice!!, Winter time trips well be 8AM to 3PM, with a maximum of 4 people on all trips!! We also do trips out of our area for a little more to cover the extra travel distance and expenses!!

I do think we are very competitive now with our rates and all trips are full day trips to be able to maximize your fish catching experience on one of our 4 boats available to you! I will decide which boat to use depending upon areas fished and number of people going. I've had 66 years of fishing experience this year and have fished everything from the Gulfstream, to the rivers and lakes in the piedmont, and several mountain lakes, even fished a while around Whidbey Island in the pacific North West.

Also, we use only the finest equipment and I don't fish with "junk" and neither will you. In Fact one example is our Catfish/Striper Spinning reels. These are IRT 400, 700, and 800 series reels. These reels are some of our "showcase" equipment, and we are very proud to put this kind of equipment in you hands to fish with. Ever fished with reels that carry a price tag of nearly $1,000.00 each, you will on our boats, like I said, we strive to use only the best equipment. Check out the 400, 700 and 800 series spinning reels from IRT Reels like we have on our boats @ irtreels.com you're going to love fishing with this kind of quality just as we do!!!! I hope to be able to pair these reels up with Mad Katz rods in the future for the optimum fishing experience!!!

All you will need is any personal items, rain gear in case a cloud comes up, dress for the weather and the season, sunglasses, sun screen, your food and drink, fishing license, and a big cooler left in your vehicle to take your catch home. EVERYTHING else we provide for you.

Give Barbara a call or text @ 336-309-5900 or you can email @ k1retired2004@yahoo.com to get all the information you need and want. You do not have to book a trip when you call, we are here for you to make everything painless and smooth as silk so you can decide in your own time under no pressure whatsoever if you want to book a fishing trip with us. Please check out our website @ yeahrightcharters.com to see our new rates and lots of information. And use your desk top computer to read our " GUESTBOOK " comments on our website from our past fishermen, these say it all. (For some reason we can't get our GUESTBOOK mobile friendly on our website, but we are still working on it and it could be operational any time, but will work fine on your laptop or desk top computer! Hope to see you soon and let go CATCHING!!!!Till next time, God Bless you all!!

July 11, 2022

 

Well, late again with posting but we had a special guest at our house this weekend. It was one of the best friends Barbara and I have ever had....Dr. Keith Morley DDS came to see us from Elizabethton, TN and we had the honor to show him around the Lexington, NC and Salisbury, NC area and even introduced him to one of our favorite restaurants in Spencer, NC "Hendrix BBQ" to enjoy their fabulous Friday night fried Flounder plate then went back Saturday for some of the best BBQ Chicken you'll find anywhere. After we left Hendrix BBQ, we went for dessert. I wanted to see the expression on his face when we went to the BBQ Center on North Main Street in Lexington and we ordered him one of their famous Banana splits. If you've never had one, then you can't even imagine it, they are HUGE!!! I took some pictures of it but those went to cyber space along with a few of our fishing pictures.

Then we had the honor to show him around the Yadkin River and High Rock lake to see if we could catch some catfish and crappies. The catfish bite was slower than normal for us and only caught a few channel cats and a blue, all just good eating size.

Then we switched it up and went for crappies. Had high hopes they would do better than the catfish but the passing cold front and all the rains had taken its toll here as well. We found a few decent crappies and another channel catfish and then it happened!!!

I mean we had "white out rain" move in. We were fishing a brush about 50 yards from shore and you couldn't  see the trees on the shoreline. Everyone was ready to head in when this came but we couldn't see good enough to leave. Then we got a break in the downpours good enough to see and not have to worry about running into anyone, so we made a B-line to Tamarac Marina before it got worse again.

What a great time and a pleasure to have Dr. Keith come see us and spend some time here in Linwood/Lexington, NC with us. He even left his NC fishing license here at the house so he wouldn't forget them when he comes back again. Sure hope the weather and the fish are more cooperative next time. Still we had a great time, plenty of laughs, lots of memories relived, and just good times with a great friend and even caught a few fish as well. Looking forward to the next time he can get away and come visit us. Got plenty more I want to show him about the great Lexington/Linwood, NC area we are so fortunate to be able to call Home!!

Till next time, God Bless you all!!

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Saturday, 7-1-22

Sorry I'm late with yesterday's fishing report but I worked and stressed so hard yesterday in the heat to get on a decent catfish bite that when I got home Saturday afternoon I just collapsed on the couch and I just woke up now at 5AM Sunday morning.

We met up with Mark Helms from Kernersville, NC to see if we could get some catfish to bite today behind High Rock lake dam. On our 1st stop we almost immediately put 2 good eating sized blues in the boat. We all thought this is going to be a good bite right here............well......for this stop, that was it.

I won't bore you with a long drug out report, we made many moves today and just could not get another bite. FINALLY, around noon we put another eating size channel in the boat and with enough now for a good meal I decided the best thing to do at this point was to give Mark a big price drop on today's trip and try again another day.

Now, when I got home I was looking at the catfish that were caught today in the same area we were fishing and at other areas and it was very obvious to me then that I was at the right place, but we got there just way to late to get on the bite. We try not to start too early so folks that are driving a long way to fish won't have to get up so early to make the drive, well, it's obvious that this time of year with the heat if you are wanting catfish, we are going to have to start being on the water right at day break. This way we will be able to at least catch the last part of the night time bite  before they go dormant after the sun gets high in the sky. I knew this already but after 30 years of strictly Saltwater Charters I had forgotten a few things about catching catfish. But they got me back on track this morning as I watched and didn't see anyone catching catfish  just as we were doing only to have them in their boats already before we ever got there. It will not happen again, I have to work too hard when they don't bite to not be able to charge for the trip enough to at least pay for fuel in these times we are in.

I know we say "no fish- no pay" on our website and even though we caught a few fish to qualify for a full price trip, I have to do the things I think are ethical and morally right with the people that fish with us. This way my conscience are clear, I have done the best I could do to be fair and honest with my fishermen, and we'll try again sometime under different circumstances after they realize that it truly is not just their money we are after.

Some people ridicule me and say they would be embarrassed to post a report like this, well yes, I'm embarrassed as well, but it is the truth, so what else could I post, you say well, not this, that wouldn't be right, no report is a lie as well!!! If you fish then you know the truth when you see it!!! When you fish with us you become family to us, and we want to keep you in our family, HAPPY!!!

Thanks everyone for stopping by, and hopefully next time I'll have more fish to show you, but you know with us, you get the truth, and nothing more!!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!

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Tuesday 6-28-22

This morning at 8AM I picked up Tony Harris, Chad Harris and his son Liam , and Karson Crouse from Thurmond, NC and Brent Harris from Chickamauga, GA. at the Southmont, NC boat access to go and see if we could find a few crappies.

The sky's were overcast most all of our trip making for some very comfortable fishing conditions and the breezy conditions made it that much more comfortable today. Only "fly in the ointment" today was the wind and me having to work extra hard to keep a 24' pontoon boat on top of the fish so the guys could catch them in the winds. Just about every place we hit we picked up a few fish and a couple spots did better than others. I was searching main channel drops mostly today and found some very impressive tree tops and lay downs and showed them to the guys on the Garmin 93 SV UHD Clear VU and I think I sold a couple units for Garmin today. All in all I marked around a dozen new good crappie structures for mid summer and mid winter conditions. Some fish on them now but by July and August they should be loaded as they are on the bottom of the channel drop in deep water.

Thanks guys for fishing with us today, you had lots of Charters to choose from and the fact you chose Yeah Right Charters humbled us and made us try hard to meet and hopefully exceed your every expectation!! We ended the trip with 44 nice fish in the cooler and some tired fishermen.

Tomorrow's Crappie Charter called and cancelled their trip ,so if no one calls 336-309-5900 and books a trip between now and 5AM Wednesday morning Barbara and I just might go fishing for some catfish upriver tomorrow or just might do nothing tomorrow, just not sure yet what we hope tomorrow brings. Might even just work on fishing tackle.

Thank you to all that come by to read our fishing reports and follow us on fb and like us on fb. If you don't follow Yeah Right Charters on fb or like us on fb you are cordially invited to do so and join our fb family!!! We really do thank you all for keeping us on top of the search engines. We couldn't do it without all of you and we really do appreciate you all!!!

Till next time, God Bless You All!!!!

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Saturday, 6-25-22

Let me start with today's fishermen, they were Troy and Brandon Chandler from Fayetteville, NC. Orville Cox, JR from Wade, NC, and Michael Bohannon from Linden, NC. These guys wanted to see how we get up river from the main lake on High Rock lake so I showed them the way I go up that way but after watching the depth screen on the Garmin 93SV , they promptly told me this was not an area they wanted to mess around in. It can be intimidating the first time!!!

Now let me start my day. We were to meet them at 8AM at Tamarac Marina so we put the pontoon in at 6AM to be sure to load the bait tank with plenty of live gizzard shad, in which we did!! We pulled out of Tamarac at 8AM and we made our first stop at a place where we catch a lot of catfish of all sizes and kinds. It wasn't long until we had a nice Channel Catfish in the boat. We proceeded to have a few more bites that couldn't get the circle hook to hook up and stay hooked up and I kept thinking about several "holes" up river where we had been hooking up with some big flatheads and releasing them. I couldn't take it any longer, I had live gizzard shad and live perch, it had to be just what they wanted, it just had to be!!!. After checking out several deep holes with no takers on the live baits and the bites and hard runs we had on cut shad just wouldn't stay hooked up. I was starting to get frustrated and embarrassed with my performance today to put fish in the boat. One more place I had to try, and same deal, no takers on the live bait and the hard runs on the cut baits even pulled drag on the 800 IRT Reels and still they came unhooked before we could get them to the boat. By now I remembered why I keep my hair cut real short, so I won't pull it out!!! I told the guys I'm going to swallow my pride and go back to where we first started this morning. I admitted I should have never left fish to look for other fish but I wanted them to hook up with some big catfish like we had been catching. Try as you might, you will be reminded sometimes the "grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence" but I had to go try. So after this disaster, we took off and We finished up the day at the place we started this morning. Although they weren't on fire here, they did bite better, we still lost several that just came unhooked before we could get them to the boat, but we also put a couple more in the boat at this place. I'll always believe if I had followed my first instincts and not left this place we might not have filled the fish box to the top, but we would have had more for the day that actually stayed hooked up and more opportunities to have more fish than the places we went looking for bigger fish.....Not real sure what was wrong today with the bite, but I did notice the river level had dropped several feet in the last few days and the water had muddied up some as well. That surely didn't help things I know!!!

If you know me and have fished with me then you know I do my best to be very ethical and fair to my fishermen, so I'm thinking another fishing trip for these guys in the near future at a half off rate would be just what I need to feel like I did all I could do for them. Now as for the way the fish bit today, I'm hoping next time they will feel bad also and make up for that as well!!

I know, it's called fishing, but I don't like fishing, I like catching!!! And the day I don't want my fishermen to catch plenty of fish will be the day I will need to get out of the Fishing Charter Business!!

Please like us on fb and like our fishing reports, it helps our ratings.... and check out our Customer comments on our " GUESTBOOK " on your lap top or desk top computer. For some reason, we can't get the "Guestbook" to be mobile compatible!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!

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Thursday, 6-23-22

Today I had a request to help show Tommy Cheek from Walnut Cove, NC how to catch crappies on Badin Lake. He told me he had been on the lake all week and still couldn't get a crappie to bite his hook. I got there a little early before time to pick him up so I did a little scouting with the clear vu on the Garmin 93SV and quickly found a piece of structure that looked really good.

I picked Tommy up at Scallywags at Forest lake Marina at 8AM and I told him about my newest discovery right there just outside the no wake area at the marina so we went over and got set up. First line in and before we could get the 2nd line set we were hooked up!!

We preceded to repeat this scenario at each place we went to and fished all day. After catching crappies quite steady today I happened to realize I was not going to have a cooler full of fish to take a photo of at the end of the day because today's trip was a catch and release trip, and I had only taken a few pictures all morning because we were fairly busy catching and keeping everything involved in fishing and catching going smoothly. So, I got maybe photos of about a third of what we had already caught today if that many. I don't mind being old, but, sometimes I really hate how things don't come to mind like they did 50 years ago. anyway we got some more pictures and Tommy promised to send me some pictures from his trip tomorrow when he goes back crappie fishing using the tips and techniques we showed him how to do today. He was really amazed at how easy it was and said he had never even thought of crappie fishing like we do, it's easy, and it works all year long!!!

Got some errands to get done tomorrow, then I'll be fishing the Yadkin River Saturday for catfish. Hope I have time to go catch some live shad tomorrow for Saturday's trip, if not I'll catch them Saturday morning and not deduct the time from the guys fishing trip. Our fishing trips start at lines in and ends on the fishing spot with lines in, we don't end our trips at the marina. It's just the way we do things. You book a 7 hour fishing trip, you get 7 hours of fishing!!! Yes, We set the bar high because we want to be the best in the freshwater charter fishing business we can be!!

One more thing, I have discovered that the customer comments on our "GUEST BOOK" on our website is NOT mobile friendly. I would really appreciate it if you would use your lap top or desk top computer to access these. We love for you to see what other fishermen and fisherwomen have to say about the service and great time we provide at Yeah Right Charters, we are very proud of the reputation we have earned in the last 30 years and please know we work harder every day to maintain that level of trust and honesty to all!!!

Thanks for stopping by and till next time, God Bless you all!!!

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Friday, 6-17-22

Back at Southmont, NC boat ramp this morning at 6AM to go crappie fishing with some good friends we have made though fishing who were Ryan and Anissa Huneycutt from Richfield, NC and Ryan's dad, Oron Huneycutt from Albemarle, NC.

 

The areas we have been catching the crappies at didn't seem to be a favorite place for them this morning.  I figured they had moved a little deeper than the 15 to 28 feet i had been catching them in so after a couple hours of just picking up a couple here and there I told everyone I need to make a move to deeper water so we reeled in and took off to another part of High Rock lake.

It was tough for me to get the 24' pontoon boat positioned the way I wanted to in the stiff south winds so I could fish some structure I located in 20 to 22 feet of water. After several attempts I got it all set up and we started having much better luck on the crappies than we had done the first one third of the day!! Here, not only was the bite better and more consistent, but the fish were bigger as well with several crappies weighing over a pound and the biggest we weighed at 1lb. 11oz.. We still didn't see any white bass schooling today except for one school that popped up and just as quick were gone, but the roughed up water from the winds would have made that hard to see unless they came up pretty close to the boat like those did.

Another great day on the water with Ryan and his family. Good fishing and Great people/friends make for a wonderful day on the water spending time together and making more memories to remember forever. Thanks Ryan, Anissa, and Oron for once again choosing Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip, we appreciate you guys very much!!!

If any of this interests you, it's very simple to get on one of our 4 boats for a day's fishing for your favorite kind of fish. Just call Barbara at 336-309-5900, that's it, she'll take care of the rest and make it a real easy process and you'll be on the way to being featured in one of our fishing reports!!! You can also check out our website at yeahrightcharters.com

Till next time, God Bless you all!!!

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Thursday, 6-16-22

Since the weather has heated up, we are starting our trips earlier if you want to beat some of the heat wave we are having now. We still offer the 8AM pick up for non morning folks, and a 6AM for the early birds!!

 

This morning we met David Jones from Lexington, NC and his son Eric Jones and his son Tyler from Allison Park, PA. at 6AM at the Southmont Boat ramp off Hwy 8 to chase some more crappies in the 85 degree water on High Rock lake.

The crappies keep easing into deeper water as it heats up and today the best bite for us came around 18 to 20 feet deep but we still picked a few off of brush around 15 feet deep that was VERY close to deeper water. Other 15 foot brush that was not real close to deeper water didn't produce very much for us today. The white bass have been schooling on top this week pretty well, but today we didn't see any schooling near us. The winds had the water rough enough to make it hard to see any schools unless you were fairly close to them. The bite was fast and furious at times and at other times it was like, well, where did they go?, but just like our trip with David a few weeks ago we still had a great day of fishing, fun, conversation, lots of laughs, and of course Crappies in the cooler for several fish fries.

We'll be after crappies again tomorrow. Sure hope all these storms we are having right now doesn't interfere with the bite, if we get some cooler water from the rain it just might help the bite. If you'd like to go fishing with us for just about anything that swims in the lakes and rivers here in NC just give Barbara a call at 336-309-5900 for information on our trips and you can also check our website @ yeahrightcharters.com. NO Obligation to call, and we would definitely love to add you to our family of fishing friends. Till next time, God Bless you all!!

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Tuesday, 6-14-22

Today we picked up Fred, Silvia, and Nate Pope from Newton, NC and Scott Pope from Nashville, TN / Petal, MS at the Southmont boat ramp and went looking for some Crappies this morning. We were all dreading the high heat forecast from the weather reports this morning but were actually Blessed with cloudy and cool conditions on the lake and all thunderstorms went around us as well!!

We started off on a brush in about 15 feet of water and first line in was immediately attacked by a very nice crappie. With this the bite continued for a bit until it slowed down and we made a move to another area and started the catching process all over again!!

This kept up until a storm passed to the west of us and the low pressure seemed to shut the bite off!! We hit several more places and marked plenty of fish in brush but they wouldn't bite anything, they had just quit biting!!!!!!!! I was thinking about a new attack plan and had everyone to reel in and I made a major move across the lake. It took me a bit to get dialed into the new area and before long the rods once again started doubling over with multiple fish on at once several times. We ended the morning with 39 Crappies in the cooler and 1 channel catfish. I don't know how many Crappies got off today but most likely about as many as we caught!! Another awesome day of sharing the boat with a great group that loves doing what we love doing, Crappie fish!!!!

When crappie fishing on the lake right now be sure to have a lite tackle rod rigged up with a small spoon, Panther Martin spinner, etc. because the White Bass are schooling on top and this can be a blast casting into them when they come on top chasing bait fish everywhere!!

Got to take Barbara to the Dr. tomorrow in Thomasville, NC. But will be back on the water the rest of the week after tomorrow looking for Crappies or catfish on Thursday and definitely Crappies on Friday.

Come on and go fishing with us, we have a good time and catch fish. Read our fishermen's comments about their trips on our "GUESTBOOK " page on our website @ yeahrightcharters.com these say it all!! And should we not catch fish your trip is FREE, and we still have fun. But I wouldn't expect to get a free trip, can't ever remember having to give a free trip for not catching fish!!! Just call Barbara at 336-309-5900 and she will make it easy to get you set up to go fishing.

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Saturday, 6-11-22

Sorry I'm late getting today's post on here but had to get some repairs done on the boats so I'll be ready to go again next week. Barbara said have 2 days open next week at this time if you want to go catch some fish and if you don't catch fish the trip will be FREE!!! Just call Barbara @ 336-309-5900 if your interested!!

OK, today I picked up Morgan and Sean Profitt, Greensboro, NC at Tamarac Marina and we headed up river to do some catfishing. Just like it has been lately we started off on a slow bite. We started getting a few bites and put several catfish in the boat and we took pictures and started releasing all the fish we were catching.

We were fishing another area and I was listening to the conversation and this is when I heard her say, this is my birthday fishing trip and I was hoping for a BIG Catfish. Ok, I didn't know this and just kept quiet while I immediately went to work catching some live perch and putting them in the bait tank. After I got a few I then asked, since we are releasing everything and it's your birthday would you like a chance at less fish but bigger fish. This was the question that made Morgan's eyes light up, so, we reeled in and I went to a place I remembered from many years ago.

1st line in and the Shakespeare MH Catfish Rod doubled over and Morgan was hooked up with her dream fish only to have it run into structure and break off. Well that was a bummer! I looked at the situation and repositioned the boat and hit the structure from a different angle to give us the advantage this time. We got set back up and it wasn't long at all until Morgan and Sean were hooked up with a double. Sean had a catfish around 12 pounds but Morgan's catfish weighed 18lb 4oz. It was a personal best fish for her and I was thrilled I was able to make her Birthday Dream fish come true for her today. Can't wait until we go after some crappies before long and hopefully we can get back up river sometime to see if we can increase the weight of her PB catfish.

Thanks Morgan and Sean for fishing with us today. Sure glad I overheard that conversation and knew what I had to try then. Love it when a plan comes together, Glory be to God for providing the right bait where I was at and for sharpening my memory to help me recognize an area I haven't seen in over 35 years!! And thank you all for stopping by and till next time, God Bless you all!

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Thursday, 6-10-22

Today we were fishing with Lee Danhauer and his three sons Evan, Ryan, and Grayson. The plan was to go see if we could put some catfish in the boat so I made the decision to try behind Tuckertown dam this morning instead of High Rock dam. I knew here if the bite was off like it has been lately for me, that we had much more options than we would have behind High Rock dam.

 

Trying as hard as I could, I could not get a catfish to touch anything I presented to it today while I was on anchor, and I stayed on the move and tried from shallow behind the dam to actually getting anchored on fish on the Clear vu but they wouldn't bite. I told the guys that I really think if we are going to get a catfish to bite today we are going to have to take it to them instead of waiting for one to come to us. I switched everything over to Santee rigs and slow trolled .5 mph or less along the river channel edge and some high spots and by doing this we managed to put a few fish in the boat.

The guys stuck it out even though it was really slow. If you know me and especially if you have fished with me then you know I want you to catch fish probably more than you do, and with just 3 catfish for the day I was so embarrassed and ashamed of my performance to produce fish today I gave them a much lower rate for today's trip and asked them to give me a chance to redeem myself and they assured me they had a great time anyway and would be back. Like I said before, I have the best fishermen in the world come fish with us here at Yeah Right Charters, the least I can do is treat you right and with respect.. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!

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Thursday, 6-9-22

I want to thank Michael Hendrix and Noah Holden for coming all the way up to High Rock lake from Wallace, SC to crappie fish with Yeah Right Charters today. I picked them up at the Southmont boat landing this morning at 8AM and we headed out in the light winds that were forecast this morning. My only comment I have for that forecast is "YEAH RIGHT"!!!

Had I known the winds were going to blow like they did I would have brought the deep vee and left that 24' Pontoon boat in the shed this morning. A pontoon boat that size in winds like we had today on High Rock lake will definitely test your fishing skills but we still made it happen!!!

Found the crappies today in brush and structure around 15 to 18 feet deep and the lake has dropped approximately another foot from yesterday and the water temps are still around the 80 degree mark. We tight lined minnows today and by the time we started fishing this morning the water was too rough for us to see the fish schooling today like we did yesterday. I'm sure they were but we were fishing in "white caps" making it nearly impossible to see schooling activity.

We had another great day of fishing, fun, and laughs. We ended the day with around 40 crappies and we lost several really nice fish close to the boat and missed a lot of hard bites as well. Had we hooked and boated all we had the opportunity to catch we would most likely would have had between 50 to 60 fish today, and we didn't count all the white perch and white bass we boated today and threw back all the white bass and kept the perch for catfish bait for tomorrow's catfish trip.

Thank you Michael and Noah for having the faith and confidence to choose us at Yeah Right Freshwater Charters for your trip to catch Crappies today at High Rock lake. We're already looking forward to our next trip chasing those Yadkin River Catfish!!

If any of this interests you just call Barbara at 336-309-5900 for any information or questions you may have. You don't have to book a trip to call and get information, you can even call to ask where the fish are biting with no obligations!!!

Thank everyone for coming by to check up on us and till next time, God Bless You All!!!!

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Wednesday, 6-8-22

Today Morgan Crosbie drove from Denver, NC and Nathan Collins drove from Clemmons, NC. to High Rock lake to go crappie fishing with us. We started off on some brush that was in 18 feet because that's where they were on Monday. After fishing here and not getting any takers I figured they might have come back up some since it was a bit cooler and overcast this morning, so we made a move to an area where the structure was around 15 feet but real close to substantially deeper water. Well, all I'll say is that we were very busy catching crappies at this place.

I just repeated this several more times until we called it a day with around 50 nice crappies for our efforts today. Water today was at 80.45 degrees and the main lake is looking good and cleaning up quite nicely. Largemouth bass, white bass, and some perch are schooling all over the lake now chasing bait to the surface and in some cases look like a school of piranhas throwing bait and churning water into a white froth. Throwing small crank baits, spinners, Spoons, and lip less baits can get you something pulling on your line right now casting into all this top water feeding activity!!

Also caught several catfish today so that is also promising that they are starting to feed again after a slower than normal time lately getting those to bite. As the water heats up more the fish will continue into their summer time habitats. We know where they go and have the knowledge and experience to get them on a hook for you when times get tough. And if we can't, you're trip is FREE!!!

Just give Barbara a call at the number below and let's go catching!!! Will be back out in the morning looking for more crappies and might even have to visit a few schools of feeding fish on top tomorrow. I'll have a 10 year old young man on the boat and if casting into schooling fish don't get him "hooked" then there's no hope for him.

I want to thank everyone that has made my transition from saltwater Charters to Freshwater Charters the success it is. It humbles me all the people that have fished with me in saltwater over the last 30 years and those that have found out about us since we made the transition, that have called to go fishing with us at Yeah Right Charters Freshwater. Thank you all and God Bless!!!!

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Monday, 6-6-22

Today we were doing a Crappie trip with a couple of guys that were both a real pleasure to spend a day fishing with. They were Ryan Rauschenberger from Mogadore,Ohio and Edgar Miller from Winston Salem, NC.

We started off where I had been catching them 2 weeks ago only to find what I had already expected. They have moved a little closer to their summer time deep holes to avoid most of the hot water that will be in shallower water. Last week they were holding around 25 feet deep but today we found them along main lake drops in 18 to 22 feet deep.

The guys caught on real fast to the way we have developed to catch crappies regularly all year long. It didn't take them long until they were pulling some nice slabs over the side of the boat. We ended the day with somewhere around 35 crappies for their fish fry. Talks already in the making about a future trip, can't wait to fish with these guys again, they were lots of fun and knew how to get the job done!!!!

Taking tomorrow off to get some errands run and will be back after more crappies on Wednesday and booked the rest of the week. Got a couple days open next week if you want to go catch a crappie or some catfish, Perch, stripers, etc, just call Barbara at the number below, it's just that simple!!

Till next time, thanks for coming by and God Bless you all!!!

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June 2, 2022

 

This morning I met Brett Hughes and his son Davis from Denton, NC at the Brinkle Ferry Boat Ramp to do some catfishing behind High Rock Lake dam. We made our way upstream in the 10,954 CFS flow and stopped just short of the "boil" created by the generators with 2 gates to the left open partially. It was running pretty hard and I baited the first IRT 800 series reel with a 6 ounce weight and cast into the strong current. As I reached for the next reel the first one I just placed in the rod holder doubled over. Looks like they are hungry this morning I heard come from behind me.

We got the rest of the rods baited and put out and we were just sorta looking at each other like, what the heck, that's when I asked, have you ever heard of the fishing "kiss of death", if not, you just experienced it. First cast and fish on is a bad thing in fishing. It wasn't the 1st time it has happened to me on a charter either!!! So after about 20 minutes we got another bite and we were able to put another good eating size channel catfish in the ice box. In about 10 minutes another good eating size catfish joined the others that were going to be the main attraction at a future fish fry. After another 30 minutes of pecks and nibbles I decided to make a move.

Long story short, we got Brett and Davis all they wanted for their fish fry and caught a few more that were bigger than the smaller ones we kept to eat and we released all of those.

We headed to the dock with enough catfish to fill their cooler to overflowing and as I was getting ready to leave I looked at the water and noticed it wasn't running as hard. I pulled up the discharge flow rate for High Rock lake dam and it had dropped from 10,954 CFS that I had fished all day to 6,367 CFS. Almost made me want to relaunch the 24' pontoon and fish till dark, but I came on home anyway!!

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May 30, 2022

 

Sorry I'm a little late with yesterday's fishing report. The heat and the stress of not being able to completely fill the 180 quart fish box with catfish for my clients took its toll on me yesterday and when I got home and sat down on the couch in the air-conditioning my lights went out.

We were fishing with Brad Johnson and Darren Nations' from East Bend, NC and Jack Ballard from Winston Salem, NC. We made the pick up at Badin Lake and headed up the lake behind the Tuckertown Lake dam. One gate was cracked open and the generators were "free wheeling" until later that evening before they started generating some.

The bite was very sporadic and fish seemed to be in every depth of water from very shallow to 30 feet but just weren't really interested in feeding. We had just about anything a catfish would like to have or at least I thought I did. I tried it all but fresh cut shad was the only thing I could catch a fish on today!!!!

These guys were a real help to me today being very experienced fishermen they would help with the duties of moving from spot to spot and breaking the hang ups loose. Barbara is also a great asset and extremely helpful in all the swift currents keeping the anchor line slack so I could pull anchor and keeping the 24' pontoon under power enough to maintain control of the vessel while I prepped to take over the helm. It takes an experienced crew to provide you a safe and comfortable fishing trip in these conditions and we have the boats, 4 in all, and Barbara has gained the experience to help me make this happen very safely. She has become a great asset to me and the Yeah Right Charters crew!!! We caught channel catfish and Blue catfish today, no really big catfish, but just good eating size fish.

The guys assured me they were very pleased with their catch but if you fish with me then you know it doesn't matter how many fish you catch I want you to have at least one more. Always have, and when I don't want you to have at least one more fish, then it will be time for me to hang up taking others fishing!!!!

Tomorrow's striper trip has been cancelled due to unexpected circumstances so Tomorrow's open if you would like to go catch some fish just call Barbara at 336-309-5900. We will be after catfish again Thursday, so check back soon and see if the bite has improved, or the same, or possibly worse. You have come to expect only the truth in reporting from Yeah Right Charters, and we will continue to deliver only the way it was for us, great, good, or bad bite!!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!

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Saturday, 5-28-22

Today we went to Tuckertown to catfish behind the High Rock Lake dam with Joe Pearce from Elon, NC and Kelly Howard from Cary, NC.

 

When we got there the flow was at 8,500 CFS with 2 gates cracked open and 2 generators operating. The bite started off slower than normal in these conditions but we were picking at a few channels and blues, nothing huge, but a really good fight in the current. We stayed  on the move and each new stop would provide bites and a few more catfish. Then the alarms went off at the dam and shortly after this the flow went to 13,958 CFS. We went downstream when the flow got to this stage finished the day catching some more blues and channels before we called it a day.

I had perch, chicken, mussels, Bream, and shad for bait today and shad was the only thing I could get a bite on. Be careful throwing your cast net in the strong currents behind the dam with the water flow we have now from all the rain but shad are thick there now. Tie it off to your boat, not to your wrist in these conditions, safety first, always!!!

Every catfish today was released to fight another day as this was a CPR trip. C= Catch P=Photo, R=release!!! Talks were we are going to do another trip with Joe's dad soon. Looking forward to this trip!!! If you go fishing behind the dams take no chances, respect the power the water can have in this area, and just think......no fish is worth your life!!! When I got home, I checked Cube Hydro and the output flow at 7PM was 24, 873, that's more than I want to fish in myself.

Thanks for stopping by and till next time, God Bless you all!!!!

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Friday, 5-27-22

Today my good friend, Rusty Orrell who lives just down the road from me here in Linwood, NC had the day off work so I called him and we went on a bait and catfish mission for tomorrow's catfish charter. Our plan was to go behind High Rock dam on Tuckertown Lake and give this area a try.

They were generating power and had 2 gates open and the water was muddy but usually this is a good scenario. I'm wondering if the catfish are still spawning or are they finished and moving back to deeper water since the water is heating up for the summer. Been a crazy year so far so that's why I have questions now about the catfish after the run around the crappies gave everyone all spring. Bait was plentiful behind the dam and maybe the catfish were full, the few we caught had bellies that looked stuffed.

 

Will be trying a different area on tomorrow's catfish charter since we only hooked up with 3 fish today and lost one and caught a couple in the net  getting bait. The fish seemed to be there, just not cooperating very well.

Tomorrow's another day with a different set of circumstances to figure out. We will figure it out or go down trying. And just like all our charter trips, tomorrow's clients will catch fish and if not, their trip will be Free of charge. It's just the way we do business!!!!

 

All fish today were released unharmed to fight another day. Stop by tomorrow evening and see if we find the biting catfish and till next time, God Bless you all!!!!

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Friday, 5-20-22

The crappie bite goes on!!! Today I met up with Dave and Esther Jones from Lexington, NC. and Carl and Serina Jones from Parkersburg, WV. Today's plan was to go for whatever was or has been biting lately and since the crappie bite had been good we decided to go see if we could find more crappies today.

We made a short run to an area that I figured would produce for us and we actually spent most of the morning with a fairly steady bite of different size crappies from pan size to over a pound fileters. Although everyone caught lots of nice crappies today Serina would pull the biggest crappie of the day from a brush pile around 15 feet deep in Dutch Second Creek.

Taking most of next week off to go help a friend in Tennessee with a few projects that are needing some attention before summer sets in full time. Barbara tells me we are booking freshwater trips very regular right now. Most that fish with us are having so much fun and catching so many fish they just go ahead and book their next trip at the end of the days trip as lots did when I ran Saltwater trips in Southport/Oak Island, NC. I am humbled by this and Thank you all so much.

IF YOU ARE ALREADY BOOKED YOU WILL STILL GET THE LOWER PRICE YOU BOOKED AT. WE NEVER GO BACK ON OUR WORD WITH THE BAIT AND SWITCH SCENERIO. AND, EVERYONE WILL STILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR OUR " NO FISH, NO PAY" GUARANTEE, DONT THINK MANY, IF ANY CHARTERS WILL GUARANTEE YOU WILL CATCH FISH OR IT'S FREE,BUT, WE DO HERE AT YEAH RIGHT CHARTERS!!!!

Please check out our website @ yeahrightcharters.com and be sure to call Barbara @ 336-309-5900 if you have ANY QUESTIONS!!! We look forward to fishing with you sometime and please like us on fb!!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!

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Thursday 5-18-22

Had a special treat today on the Yeah Right Freshwater Charter pontoon. My son Captain Chris came to see us and he went with me today to help Greg and Clark McKinney from Salisbury, NC find enough crappies to fillet and have a fish fry.

I made my decision on where I thought we needed to go and we took off and when we got there I explained how to fish the way we do and it was very soon the crappies started coming in the 24' pontoon. It was a fantastic day of great people, fun, laughs, and "ribbing" each other about their fish catching ability. But, in my opinion nobody's ability to catch fish today was lacking anything. We ended the trip at 3PM with more crappies than the guys said they had ever dreamed about catching. We had 64 on the clicker but at times we were catching so fast I know we missed some so I estimated around 70 today. To say they had a cooler full was an understatement for today's catch.

Got another crappie trip in the morning, sure hope we can do a repeat of today's trip. Whatever happens you can be assured we will have a good time and if by some chance we don't catch any crappies, their trip will be Free. We don't charge for boat rides!!!

 

Thanks for stopping by and till next time God Bless you all!!!

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Tuesday, 5-17-22

Today we were crappie fishing with Danny and Ruby Stevens from Kernersville, NC.

 

The fish were still holding around 15 feet in brush that was adjacent to deeper water. The bite was mainly on minnows today, I just couldn't get them to commit to a jig for some reason!!

Got a reminder today of what's in store real soon as it got pretty hot today on the water but Danny and Ruby stuck with it and we ended the day with several throw back fish and 30 nice filleting sized crappies. Had one today just 2 ounces shy of 2 pounds, according to my scales anyway. They had such a great time fishing with us today that they booked a striper trip for June before they ever got done fishing today. And we had such a great time fishing with them today that we are looking forward to spending another day fishing with them.

This is one of the reasons I can't completely stop doing fishing charters. It's all about the people we get to meet and fish with, the fish we catch are just an added bonus to our trips, but the fish are important too because with Yeah Right Charters, if you don't catch any fish your fishing trip is FREE!!

Till next time, God Bless you all!!

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Tuesday 5-9-22

When your friend and neighbor Rusty Orrell wants to take his son in law TJ Morrison from Winston Salem, NC crappie fishing for his birthday and you have had storms and rain for 2 days prior, then it turns winter again with a cold front that moves through, then on the morning of the trip you get told by the weather channel the winds are going to blow 20 mph, well I think they missed the wind forecast, it was more like 25+, what do you do knowing mother nature has thrown everything at you she has well the only thing I knew to do was to take TJ crappie fishing!!!!

I knew I had better be able to really think "like a fish (crappie) today. We started out and the first couple stops had me scratching my head as we didn't get a bite. So, I put my brain in gear and told Rusty we needed to go north into the wind, yep, it was a north wind on top of everything else, and find a drop off that went immediately from a flat into deep, 20 feet + water with bait and some kind of structure to hold everything together.

So, we took off and I knew some areas I had in mind and sure enough, even though they were biting slow, we ended the day with 28 very nice High Rock lake crappies and we even caught a bag of perch for catfish bait for my Saturday catfish charter. Another plan that God Blessed us with today!!!

Thanks Rusty for thinking of us and Yeah Right Charters for y 'all's trip today. I had my doubts with today's weather, but you both worked the rods like the seasoned fishermen you both are and that really makes it a lot easier to help with getting the fish in the boat!!

We are booking daily now, just call Barbara at 336-309-5900 to book your fishing trip on various lakes and rivers in NC. Our rates and cancellation policy is what we feel is the most reasonable in the fishing business, you can check everything out at yeahrightcharters.com or just call Barbara and she will answer any questions you may have. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!

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Saturday, 5-6-22

With rain and storms threatening for the afternoon we decided to give it a try on High Rock lake again today for some more crappies thinking we would be done before the bad weather got here. I love it when a plan comes together!!! We met up with Scotty Pate from Eagle Springs, NC, Mark Atkins from West End, NC, Billy Chavis from Aberdeen, NC, and Benjamin Vazquez from Pine Bluff, NC at Tamarac Marina this morning and took off to find some crappies!!.

We got to our first stop and here the pick was slower than normal with the passing cold front and all the rain and storms last night didn't help either, but, we were getting some just enough to keep us there and some of the crappies were some really nice fish. We caught a bunch of white bass that we released and also several white perch!!

As always, fishing with these guys is always a lot of fun, conversation, and just knowing you are fishing with good people always makes for a great day on the water!!! Scotty said today that we would be doing a catfish trip soon. Can't wait to get these guys on some of the great catfishing we have here in the High Rock Lake area.

At this moment I have Monday open but will be back after more crappies Tuesday morning on High Rock lake and then I think Barbara said I had a catfish trip Wednesday, yeeeessss!!!! I've had several ask about our Freshwater fishing trips lately. Our trips are from 8AM till 3PM, we only do full days as this gives you the best trip for the money. And our rates are some of the best you'll find by a charter business that is fully insured and is operated by a Captain that is a USCG Licensed Merchant Marine Officer. We offer our trips for a maximum of 4 and as few as 1. The cost is $100.00 per person for local lakes and rivers. And $150.00 per person for lakes that are out of the local area, minimum of 2. Don't know how long these rates will last, the economy is making it hard for me to hold these prices but I will as long as I can. Just call Barbara at 336-309-5900 to get all the information, book a trip, or just chat with her about what we have available and the trips we offer. You DO NOT have to book a trip if you call and all information is free and gladly given. Oh yeah, did I mention, we also have a " NO FISH, NO PAY" policy!!! When you book a fishing trip with Yeah Right Charters you pay only for a fishing trip, you don't pay for boat rides if the fish just don't want to bite that day, you Don't pay!!! Give us a call and let's go fishing!!!

Till next time, God Bless You All

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Tuesday, 5-4-22

Today we were back at High Rock lake in search of more crappies. We picked up Bob and Deb Collins from Lexington,NC at the lake house on High Rock in Swearing Creek this morning and started our hunt for biting crappies today.

The first couple stops we made the fish were there and they would bite but you could tell they were just "slapping" at the bait and they really weren't interested in actually eating our offerings. With this information I regrouped, made some tackle adjustments, made a run to another area. We got set up here and it didn't take long until everyone was slinging nice crappies over the side of the 20' deep vee boat. It was a hot day and we all got a little sun burn but it was worth it as the quality of the crappies on High Rock lake seems to get better each time I go lately.

Another great day of catching fish with some fantastic people. Enjoyed the day, the conversations, the fun and laughs we had all the time while catching somewhere between 40 to 50 nice crappies today. If you would like to go do this or go catfishing, Bream/ Shell Cracker fishing, Striper fishing, etc; just call Barbara @ 336-309-5900 and she'll get you set up for a trip if we have any openings left!!!

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Tuesday 5-3-22

I finally got the 23' Riddick Bay Runner switched over to fish freshwater and we took it on this mornings trip to Badin lake with Alex Snowberger from Burlington, NC., his dad Lonnie Snowberger from Wabash, Indiana., and Jordan Hickle from Reynoldsberg, OH.

We found lots of fish today but after just coming off the spawn had them tired and sluggish but we wouldn't take "no" for an answer so we picked at them here and there until they just stopped biting when the winds picked up. When this happened I told the guys we had to make a major adjustment to our presentation and location. After we ran several miles looking for fish to no avail I made another run to another creek and here I found some fish that looked like they might want to bite by the way they were holding on the structure. I got the bay boat situated on top of them and we dropped the lines in and it was game on!!! For a spell we could hardly keep the lines in the water. We were running into everything in the boat, including each other, trying to get to rods with fish on them.

We had to work hard to find fish that weren't just too tired to bite our offerings and through patience and persistence we ended the day with a good mix of Crappie and Perch for our efforts. Looking forward to taking Alex soon to get him hooked up on some of those big catfish behind the dams. I know he will absolutely love this kind of catching, that is until his arms get too sore to crank another one in!!!

Thanks everyone for your great support for our Freshwater fishing charters. I didn't want to retire from Saltwater Charters but until you do that you can't possibly know the demands that Saltwater fishing puts on a captain when he finally reaches his 70's. Freshwater can be tough but it's much easier than Saltwater, and I was ready for something a little easier!! Just click on our link below to check out our website and call Barbara at the number below to book your trip!!!

Till next time, God Bless you all!!!

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Thursday 4-28-22

Well folks, I guess you could say today was the official start to Yeah Right Charters Freshwater Adventures. We have done a few in the past getting things organized and sorted out but today was actually our "Official Start" to our newest Charter Fishing business since I decided to retire from saltwater Charters all together!!!

And I don't think I could have asked for a better opener for what we been working hard to put together this year!!! We met up with Floyd Kyle from Salisbury, NC and Steve Yates front China Grove, NC to pursue some crappies on today's trip on High Rock lake. Again the winds picked up on us and I had to make adjustments to our presentation strategy to entice the fish to bite and bite they did. In fact we caught so many nice Crappies we cut the trip 2 hours short because the guys said they had more crappies than they knew what to do with, so at 1PM we called it a day with 50+ nice crappies and a couple of channel cats to go with them. Floyd had the "magic touch" today and he put a hurting on the really big crappies but Steve held his own pretty good as well and the guys and us had a great time on the water this morning with great conversation and a lot of good laughs.

Just a heads up, the catfishing behind the dams will keep getting better and better as the water warms. If you want to experience some of Freshwater's most exciting and hardest fighting fish then call Barbara at 336-309-5900 and book a trip for catfishing behind the dams. We limit these trips to smaller groups for safety reasons so get a couple buddies and for $100.00 each you can get in on this action (locally). And hey, if they don't bite, your trip is FREE!!!

Thank you to everyone that has welcomed us back home, it has meant a lot to us, and we're glad to be back home with all our friends and sharing fishing trips and knowledge with more folks in our new adventures. Till next time,

God Bless you all!!

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Wednesday, 4-6-22

Went to Southport/Oak Island, NC a few days and got back last night and I just knew the crappies would be holding a square dance in the backs of the coves today. We have one particular cove that has conditions and sun shine on it just right to generally be one of our first to have crappies on the banks, well, at least that was what I thought until after this morning.

We spent the whole morning in this cove and finally around 1pm I had to tell myself that they weren't there yet !!! After all the rain we have had lately about this time I was thinking "I knew I should have gone catfishing up the river this morning"!!! Especially since in this same cove I hooked a catfish that I fought for at least 20 minutes that slimed my 6 lb. test line about 3 feet and all I could do was let him take line and I would gain a few inches of line until finally the hook just pulled free. Barbara did catch a channel catfish that she got in the boat but not before it broke her micro lite rod!!

We made a move and found some crappies, full of eggs, blown up like a balloon, in 20+ feet of water, well you have to fish for them where they are when you find them. I do know some are shallow as I know some good fishermen that are catching some in the shallows, just not me, but I don't mind catching them deep at all!!!

We stayed with them and got our 30 qt. cooler FULL with 45 very nice crappies.

With more rain coming in tonight I've definitely got to make a catfishing trip real soon. The flats up river should be loaded with hungry catfish. You never had a fight on your hands like you can get from a big catfish that gets hooked up in shallow water. All he wants to do is get out of there and get to deep water and all you want to do is get him to the boat, most of the time you will win the fight but I've seen the times when you didn't have a chance!!!

If the weather holds half way stable I don't see how most of the crappies can help fill up the shallows in full spawn by the weeks end, but then, they are calling for another freeze Saturday night, so we will just have to go fishing and see what they want to do when we go. It's totally up to them where they will be at any given time and we just have to think like a fish to find them!!! 

Thanks for stopping by, remember to call Barbara and book your fishing trip. 336 309-5900

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Tuesday, 3-29-22

As I drove by the Southmont boat ramp this morning around 7:30AM on High Rock Lake I noticed there was not one boat trailer in the parking lot. Upon arriving at the Flat Swamp boat ramp on High Rock here too there was not a boat trailer in the parking lot. I then realized that the crappie bite must be tough right now on High Rock lake.

I knew I was in for a tough time today as I was loading the pontoon to take Scotty Pate and his 2 son's Ethan and Nathan from Eagle Springs, NC after crappies today. I told them I always like to "under promise and over deliver" but today was going to be quite the challenge with the weather conditions we have had this past week.

We started out and finding fish wasn't the problem I marked a lot of fish on the Garmin CV, but finding fish that wanted to bite was the hard part. We did get a small one to bite soon after we started that pulled the hook right at the surface. I thought that was encouraging and a little later one of the boys got hooked up with a big crappie that also came unhooked at the surface and just out of net range, it was a slab, most likely pushing 3 pounds or more, we'll never know for sure!!! All this was very encouraging, but, that encouraging feeling faded fast as we were snake bit a good bit after a quick beginning.!!!!

After this the bite went south as we marked lots of fish that kept me in this area longer than I normally hang out if fish aren't biting. Okay, enough is enough, let's move to an area where if I was a crappie I would be right now while waiting for the weather and temperatures to stabilize and warm so I could move shallow. We cranked in the rods and made about a 1 mile run.

Here, the bite was not fast and furious, In fact I had to pick through the perch to get the crappies, but still, the crappies were here and this was the best bite we had found today. We didn't "set the woods on fire" be we found enough to have a great day of fishing and catching. Scotty and his sons had fished the backwaters with me in Southport and we caught our limits of Red Drum and the boys had gotten citations from Yeah Right Charters for their Flounder releases last year. Scotty told me today that when he seen I was retiring from saltwater Charters and was going to do freshwater  Charters it was a "no brainer", he had to call and go with me again, and just like when we went after the Red Drum in the backwater last June, it was another great day filled with much laughter, fun, and even fish thrown in for good measure. It was a blast guys, can't wait until we go after catfish behind the dam or upriver!!!!

Tomorrow's trip had to cancel as an unexpected circumstance had come up. I need to work on installing a new onboard charger on the pontoon anyway and if I get done in time Barbara and I just might head up river after some catfish especially since the lake and river is high and muddy, that's perfect catfishing conditions!!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!!

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Friday, 3-4-22

Today we were catfishing with Ryan Huneycutt from Richfield, NC, Ed Huneycutt and Oron Huneycutt from Albemarle, NC. We left out of Tamarac Marina on High Rock lake in search of enough good eating sized Channel and Blue catfish to have fish fry.

We made a couple stops before heading up river to catch fresh shad that we were going to use for bait today. Again this morning the winds were blowing hard enough to make anchoring and catfishing from a 24' pontoon a rather hard to nearly impossible thing to do. I was however, eager and excited to try the new anchoring system I had made to hold the pontoon boat still and could position it in any direction and fish in any wind and current with no side to side or front to back movement of any kind. To say my anchor system that did not use anchor and rope or trolling motors was a raving success is an understatement since I was able to anchor it in the current with the transom into the current so we could fish out the front and not have to deal with trying to get fish in the boat over the engine was a plus and the fact that the winds were hitting us hard from the right side we still stayed anchored with no movement even from a vessel of this size in conditions that normally would make it be impossible to use. To say we/I were pleased is another understatement!!

Another innovative invention only from Captain Butch and Yeah Right Charters because I never stop trying to make your fishing trips the best you can experience!!!!!!

We ended the day giving the 700 and 800 IRT Reels another workout with 33 channel catfish and 1 nice blue catfish that will feed quite a few at the fish fry. And we probably missed and lost that many more as well. I was on a fishing trip today with  some great guys that made you feel like you have known them your whole life and they treated me like they had known me their whole life. Just great fishing and great fun with some great guys and I can't wait until we can do it again, I know I had a great time today!!!!

The weather forecast is calling for rain next week so I might take a few days to head to Watauga Lake in Tennessee to spend a few days on the houseboat before I have to do a few more Charters before heading back to Southport/Oak Island, NC to start the Saltwater Charter season May 1st. If you want to catch some catfish, crappies, etc. call Barbara at 336-309-5900 and see what she has left open between now and March 31st when we will be closing down the freshwater Charters for this season and heading to the Saltwater in Southport/Oak Island, NC!!

Thank you all for stopping by and reading my reports. Till next time, Fish on and God Bless you all!!!!

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Thursday 3-3-22

Don't know where to really begin today's report. But I can tell you this, I'm whooped!!! We made plans about a week ago for our son Master Captain Chris Foster to come by the house here in Linwood, NC and go with us to start off our transition from Crappie fishing Charters to catfishing charters!!

Today was a day we will never forget as from the 1st anchor until we pulled anchor this afternoon it was almost non stop action. We caught a lot of catfish today giving the IRT 700 and 800 series reels a workout. We kept 30 or so smaller Channel Cats to give some friends and neighbor fresh fillets that don't have a way to go fishing or are not able to go fishing. We do this every year for those less fortunate than we are and it's just the right thing to do and we are so Blessed to be able to do this for others!!! We released all the bigger catfish today over 10 pounds and released several smaller channel catfish as well!!

Barbara was talking to tomorrow's crappie charter and was telling them about today's trip and we are now going catfishing again tomorrow instead of crappie fishing. Barbara better hope they bite good tomorrow or it will definitely be her fault!!

It was such a Blessing to see our son Chris again. We don't get to see him much anymore as he travels all over the world now leading a crew in the world of Nuclear Energy Engineering. We are so proud of him, just wish we could see him more but that's the way life is sometimes.

Soooo, if you been waiting to book a trip with us to go catfishing, it is that time!!! They are biting good everywhere right now. If you don't like going behind the dams to fish, as they can be rather scary to the unexperienced, no problem, I have places where it's calm and very peaceful I've been Catfishing at my whole fishing life, and that's been a long time now, and we fished one of those calm serene places today!!!! But don't wait to call, when March is over I have to leave to go back to Southport/Oak Island, NC to get ready for the Saltwater fishing charter season!!!

Thank you to everyone that takes the time to read my posts and we hope that you can get on the water soon to do a little fishing and relaxing. Well, maybe fishing, today wasn't very relaxing. Days like today are work...........and we love it.....and we love you too Son, today was what your mom and I live for now!!!

Till next time, and like I heard my son say many times today, FISH ON, and God Bless you all!!!

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Tuesday 3-1-22

I had a Crappie fishing charter tomorrow on Wednesday the 2nd on High Rock lake and after all the rain we have had lately Barbara and I decided to go and see if we could locate some biting fish for tomorrow's trip since I knew that inclement weather in winter time can wreck a good crappie bite and make a good bite hard to find.

We started off up river in Dr. Cove, then to Crow Creek, over to Crane creek, so far everything pretty muddy. Came back down to Dutch 2nd creek, then to the Hwy 8 bridge in Flat Swamp, Flat Swamp had the cleanest water I found today but still not much of a bite. Came back out of Flat Swamp and headed to the Hwy 8 Bridge, did see a Crappie caught under the Hwy 8 bridge as I was going under it. I got under but only had maybe 3 inches between the top of my windshield to the bottom of the trestle. Went on up Abbotts Creek to the Holloway's bridge and then back to the Southmont boat ramp!!!

I ran more miles today and burned more fuel than I usually do fishing here all winter. After all this we only caught 8 crappies and a small blue catfish we kept for dinner tomorrow night. We had 2 nice Flathead Catfish we CPR'd and lost another nice catfish. We aren't fond of catfish but will keep a small one for ourselves once in a while to remind us why we aren't fond of catfish, crappies have us spoiled!!!

It was a tough day and I didn't want to take a fisherman out on a charter knowing that the bite is slow if I already know it is without making them aware of this. I talked to a couple buddy's fishing Jordan today and although the reports there were tougher than normal as well it sounded like the bite was a bit better than the bite at High Rock at this moment. So, I gave them the option to go to Jordan but they wanted to fish High Rock so we rescheduled tomorrow's trip for March 17th. Hoping the crappies will be on the banks by then!!!!!

The few we got today were decent fish, not slabs, but still decent, I think!!! And the Flatheads on the Shakespeare Micro lite combos had the rods bent like a horse shoe and was a blast to get to the net. Hopefully the weather will behave some now and give the lake water a chance settle and warm some to make the crappies get the urge to head to the shallows. Until it does get better for Crappie fishing it's about perfect for catfishing, and that's what we are going to concentrate on some at this time until the crappie bite improves again.

Sorry this report has been so long but we fished hard today and were in fish all day but just couldn't get the attention of only a few!!! That's fishing and it will get better and it will get worse and then better again and the cycle goes on and on and we fishermen keep going back, and that's just one of the things that makes the world go round!!!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings!! Till next time, we love you all and pray God Blesses you as He has Barbara and I!!

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Tuesday 2-22-22

Today's charter was afraid it was going to rain since it was cloudy so they cancelled. Clouds usually mean rain but not today. So, Barbara and I decided it would be a good day to get some things done we been needing to get done.

Then we decided we'll it's not raining and they are calling for rain tomorrow and tomorrow's charter might cancel also and we can get this stuff done then. What are you trying to say, I asked!!!

We hooked up to the deep vee and by 10:30AM we were launching at High Rock Lake . Had to use the 93sv in CV mode for a bit to find the crappies again as they had moved a little from yesterday as the lake was rising this morning.

Wasn't long until we were on them once again. We did have plans to attend a surprise party for my nephew Rev. Huey Turner and his new adopted daughter, Alaina, who is my niece, Ashley's daughter, in Thomasville, NC so I told Barbara we were leaving at 2PM regardless. Well, by 1PM we had 40 decent crappies and decided to call it a day.

We have moved tomorrow's crappie charter to next Wednesday and right now, Friday's and Saturdays trips are still scheduled. If you want to go crappie fishing with us before we have to go back to Southport/Oak Island, NC for the summer backwater Saltwater Charters you better call 336-309-5900 real quick. Only a couple more weeks of crappie fishing then we will be switching up to Catfishing Charters to finish out March then it's time to go get everything ready for the Saltwater season at the coast and that season opens May 1st. If you're thinking about one of the Saltwater trips don't wait too long there either as Barbara has been booking those trips ever since December. Only so many fishing days in a season and they book up faster every year!!!

Thank you all for stopping by to read our reports, liking us on fb, and commenting on our posts. I try to answer each and everyone but with our audience growing to where it has sometimes it gets hard to acknowledge over 20,000 weekly but we love each and everyone that takes the time from your busy day to acknowledge Barbara and I at Yeah Right Charters and on my personal fb page @ Butch Foster. Till next time, God Bless You All!!!

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Monday, 2-21-22

Today we had a Crappie fishing trip with Jerry Smith from the Tyro, NC area. Since I have been catching crappies in Abbotts Creek lately I was going to meet him at the Buddle Creek Boat Ramp in Southmont.

We headed out to the area where we had been doing really well lately and upon arriving everything looked really good on the Garmin 93sv like it should be. I know the fish were still there, I could see them on the CV, but they wouldn't bite. I kept searching until we picked up a decent eating size Flathead Catfish but still no crappies.

I called my buddy Rusty Orrell who had sent me a message and told me he was on High Rock Lake this morning and I told him about what I had found. He told me to come where he was at, he had a good bite going on so we headed his way. He had gotten their early this morning and we had waited for it to warm up some this morning and got to the lake around 10:30 and as I was pulling up he said I have all I want and getting ready to leave so just set up right here, so we took him up on his gracious offer and it proved to be the right thing to do.

Soon after we started fishing Jerry hooked into another very nice Flathead Catfish that he was very lucky, or very good, or both, to bring it to the net on the Micro lite spinning outfit on 4 lb. test line, but he got him. Then it became obvious I had him on the Crappies as he started putting them in the cooler.

He had brought a cooler to put his fish in but I thought it was his lunch cooler. Well, we filled it up with crappies pretty fast and then he almost filled the boats 120 qt. Cooler full with Crappies and catfish as well as we kept around 70 very nice crappies for his freezor.

 

It was another great fish catching trip mainly from the kindness of my buddy Rusty sharing his hot spot with me today.

I have Charters the rest of this week but it's going to be determined by the weather and rains from this point forward. Fishing in the rain in winter is no fun and it's cold and miserable!!! So, we'll have to see how it plays out day by day this week!!!

It's quite obvious the relaxed creel and size limit put on crappies in some piedmont lakes is starting to work very well. Most fish today were very nice sized and less and less small crappies are starting to show up in the daily catches now. This year's spawn will produce the next batch of small fish and this should be, in my opinion, because I'm not a marine biologist, but I'm thinking things are getting more of a balance now from the quality of crappies I'm seeing more and more!

Another great day of friends, catching fish, having fun, and just enjoying each other's company, conversations, and all made possible by the Grace and Blessings of our all mighty God!!!! Thanks for stopping by and till next time, God Bless You All!!!!

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Friday, 2-18-22

If you fished on High Rock lake today please don't tell me. Let me just think you are a little more sound of mind than I am. It's too late for one fisherman/Guide, I seen him so I know there's no help for him either, you know who you are!!! !!!!

After last night's strong cold front that passed through, the rains from last night dirtying up the water, the lake dropping the last few days and still dropping today, along with the winds continuously howling from the NNW made for conditions and challenges about as tough as you can get with the cold 44 degree water!! I only seen 2 very small crappies caught today from other boats where I was, and that was all!!!!

Barry Kirkman from Charlotte, NC and Larry and Gordon Kirkman from Kannapolis, NC drove up this morning to learn how we catch crappies in really tough conditions like we had today. I even had doubts myself about today but told them I'd do my best!!!!

The bite was slow as expected but we kept adjusting our rigs as needed for the changing conditions and depths and we consistently picked at the crappies all morning. Most all were filleting size and a few were really nice fish. Gordon even picked up a 17" White Bass, and a 10-12 lb. Flathead Catfish which he fought like a seasoned pro on the Shakespeare Micro Lite tackle with 4 pound line.

It was a challenging day at the least. Been a very long time since I have run the batteries down on the Ulterra to the point it just shut off, but right before we were going to call it a day it just stopped, batteries dead as a hammer. Thankfully Minn Kota has built in a safety reserve in these units that will shut the motor off leaving enough power left to stow the motor so you don't have to do it manually, good thinking Minn Kota!!!

Was going to fish a catfish tournament in the morning but today wore me out physically and mentally and the 28 degree morning temperature doesn't exactly have me chomping at the bit to be on the water before daylight either. Unless I change my mind between now and 4AM, I'm going to let the younger guys fish this one without me and Barbara.

Crappies are still biting, fish slow, REAL SLOW, present your baits properly and precisely and be patient. This is not the time of year to be in a hurry if you want to catch fish. Had a guy tell me last week that we make it look easy. It is, you just have to hone your skills, and after 65+ years of fishing for just about everything, I've finally got mine honed, I believe!!!

For those that are wondering, no, I did not use live scope today, really don't care for it, didn't even have it on the boat today. I just used my Garmin 93sv in DV and CV and separated the fish from the bait and concentrated on that. Also, it is not UHD either, just an older echo map!!

Got a couple days open first of next week if you want to go crappie fishing before we switch over to catfishing before I have to head back to Southport/Oak Island, NC around the end of March to do a fishing school on Oak Island, NC in early April and get the bay boat ready for our May 1st opening day of Saltwater Fishing Charters!!

Thanks to everyone that continues to support us and read our post. You all are the best. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!!

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February 16, 2022

 

At the last weather forecast we had last night today looked like the only decent day until Saturday to go fishing sooooo, we went!!! Little did I know it would be quite an eventful day before we would get back inside the house tonight, Yeah, I said tonight!!!

We got to the boat ramp on High Rock Lake and something didn't look right but I couldn't place my finger on it so I just figured it was me. We launched and took off to where we had been fishing and when we got there we couldn't believe the water had dropped a good 5 to 7 feet, well that will make things a little difficult at best!!!.

We found the fish to be hiding quiet well, in fact, they were hiding so good that in about an hour we only had 2 fish in the boat. My good friend Rusty was there as well and he was experiencing the same results. He had heard that the fish were biting really good at the Hwy 8 bridge and why not, it's been hot all the way back to December, why wouldn't it be now, but, the crowds have been unbelievable every day. Rusty was the first to head that way and out of pure stubbornness I stayed where I was. But, it wasn't long until I followed him and the fish were biting there as reported!!

We stayed away from the crowd in respect of the " first one there gets the spot", I've never been able to let myself stop and fish real close to another fisherman, and only will occasionally in the right circumstances. Rusty invited us to join him where he was catching some crappies but there was so little room left and I would have been to close for my liking to others that were there first, that's just the way I've always been, and always will be!! Shucks, there's been times I've gone into a small cove and would leave because someone else was already there!!!

So, Barbara and I were on the hunt again. We made a couple stops to find the bite still non existent. Started to deploy the live scope although I have never used it to find and locate fish but was thinking today might be the day to use it. I'm still asking myself why I ever bought it. Guess I had a weak moment when I was at the wrong place.

I was easing along a drop off that I expected the fish would use as a quick access to deeper water, since the water had dropped so much.

Well, lookie here I told Barbara, what looked like a decent smallish brush on the traditional sonar as actually revealed on the Clear- Vu as a small piece of structure with a school of crappies around it. We got set up and in about an hour we were headed to the boat ramp with 50 nice crappies in the cooler and we left them biting!!!

I have rigged my live scope as portable with a 12V 10AMP lithium Ion battery to power the Garmin 74CV and a 12V 30AMP Lithium Ion battery to power the livescope box. This way I can use it on all my boats. It's all in a box and the transducer pole and box are all compact and very portable. I had big plans for it, but really, after 65+ years of perfecting the way I have learned to find and catch fish, I find I don't trust any other method. I might sell it, but I haven't made a decision on that just yet. If I decide to I'll take pictures of the cool way I have it set up and add my asking price in my fishing post. So, please, don't ask how much yet, because right now I'm just in the " thinking about it" mode!!

We finally made it to the house and thought we were going to be able to have a little normalcy now, naw, not yet, I backed the boat in the shed as I've done 10,900 times but this was the first time I did it and took the window out that's in our pantry. The way the day had gone since it started this morning I should feel good that it wasn't parked in the den instead of the pantry!!! Think after I post this report I'm going to bed and pull the covers over my head and just go into hiding for the rest of the night!!!

Thank you all that take time from your busy day to read my reports. If you all didn't read them there wouldn't be any use for me to post them, so for that reason I owe you all a BIG THANK YOU!!! The rest of the week and our Charter Friday will be governed by the weather's decision on what it's going to do. If we get to go fishing I'll post it here so that hopefully will help you find more fish when you go. Till next time, God Bless You All!!!!

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February 12, 2022

 

Today I was fishing with Captain Kevin Couick and his friend Jamey Helms from Monroe, NC. Kevin and I had talked in the past about getting together in the winter time and doing some crappie fishing and today that trip finally materialized.

Heading to our place to fish this morning and the area looked like a shopping center parking lot on a black Friday morning sale so I made way to a different area where we pretty much had to ourselves except for another friend that joined us there. We were greeted with trashy, dirty and heavily stained, almost muddy water, and the water was cold as well, low 40's. Not an ideal situation to catch crappies in when you have all these ingredients all at the same time.

I was honored to be able to show Captain Kevin and Jamie how Barbara and I have honed our cold water techniques to catch crappies in this type of scenario that involves an utmost attention to the little details. These guys picked up on it and learned fast, real fast!!!!

The bite started off slow but this time of year you have to be very patient and give them time and the right presentation. I think I'm one of the few crappie fishermen that doesn't use live scope today but after 65+ years of fine tuning my crappie techniques I just don't seem to need it. Yes, I have it, but it's not even on my boat, I just don't like the idea of staring at a screen while fishing. Not saying anything wrong with that and if you like it that's perfectly fine, it's just not for me!! Barbara tells me that I know what a Crappie is going to do and where it's going to be at any given time before the crappie knows itself, now I don't know about all that, but we do OK sometimes!!

At 1:15PM we called it a day, Barbara was the official clicker operator today and she said she had 90 on the clicker for the morning but she also said I'm expecting over a 100 as at times they were biting so fast I probably missed enough to put us over a 100. Well, we did have a 120 quart cooler nearly full of nice crappies to show for the mornings effort.

Thanks Captain Kevin and Jamie for coming up and fishing with us today. Now that you know just how we do it, I'm looking forward to some winter time pictures of limits of crappies.

I want to take a moment and let everyone know that Barbara and I appreciate all the support from You that continue to support us with our fishing Charters and fishing adventures. YOU, are the reason we put so much time and effort into all we do. Without you all, there would not be any need for what we do and we love you all and Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Till next time, God Bless you all and good fishing to you all as well!!!

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February  9, 2022

Sorry this post is a day late and also sorry it's so long but as you read you'll hopefully understand, but when I got home last night I sat down on the couch and that was "lights out" for me.

When I was much younger I had 2 very good friends I worked with at Miller TV in High Point, NC. As we all do we went our separate ways and sometimes you have to get older to start realizing just how important "old Friends" are and that the years have left an empty hole in your heart for them. Some can't or don't have the opportunity or just won't take the time to do something to close that "hole", well, I did and it was one of the best decisions I've made in my life!!!

After finding Gary on FB a few years ago and then learning later that Rob also lived in the Trinity area with Gary we stayed in touch and we went fishing in the backwaters out of Southport/Oak Island last summer and they booked under a fictional name and I was absolutely speechless when I picked them up that morning.

Barbara, Bobo, and I invited Robert "Rob" and Gary Turner to come fishing with us today on Jordan Lake. It was a day of old memories, laughs, fun, tangles, lost fish, and there was a glow around our boat with a true and heart felt feeling of love for each other even after all the years past as we have been busy just making a living in different parts of NC. I truly do think we  will have many more awesome trips in the near future and I truly hope so because yesterday I felt a feeling that had been absent from me for way to many years, I felt like I was finally back home again!!!

 Don't know about anyone else, but I about froze,  (that's what happens when you are 70 and loose a 100 pounds) and the bite was a little slow for Jordan standards where we were, but I did see a few find a "honey hole" but we never got on a real "hot spot" today, but we caught plenty and the company was absolutely great. I also had another treat yesterday, finally got to meet Mark Carmary, he is one of the good guys that helps keep fishermen in the know about crappie bites!!! Mark is a great guy, seen him move out of the way more than once when people would just crowd him out and never said a word. We need more fishermen like him and a few less like the ones that just ignored him and came in on top of him. I also got close to him once, not on top of him, but I was invited to come and fish where he was fishing, or else I would not have gotten as close as I did once!!!!

 We caught 25 really nice crappies, threw back a bunch of crappies under 10 inches, Barbara caught a nice Channel Catfish on the micro lite outfits and we threw back a bucket full of perch. As we were leaving the game warden was checking boats and we were in the parking lot unloading the boat and turned around and I guess he thought we were running from him.

We checked out just fine, he was a young warden, very nice, professional, courteous, and polite and wish I had gotten his name so I could praise him for doing a great job. I was impressed when he came to the ramp to check me!!! If we had more in the field like him folks would be a little less likely to break our game and fish laws that we have for a reason to protect us and the future of our game and fish.

Got another trip tomorrow on High Rock lake. Haven't fished High Rock in over a month so not really sure just yet where I'll go at this time. But, hopefully I'll make the right choice!! Hope you get to go fishing soon with some friends you haven't seen in many years gone by, it's such a blessing for the soul.</