Capt Butch and I have been trying to figure out how to offer freshwater winter fishing trips affordable for many on his home lakes. Here is what we have decided to try for now.
Captain Butch and Barbara's Freshwater Charters
Crappie, Catfish, Striper
Up to 4 people
1/2 day- 8am-12pm - $350
full day - 8am-3pm - $550
High Rock and Various Surrounding Lakes
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.
Today we were fishing with Mark Pasino and his wife T.J. (Julie) from Holly Springs, NC. The fish seemed to be more scattered today, at least for me, and I did find out, today that a 24' Pontoon boat, which is a great platform to fish from, makes for a special kind of challenge when crappie fishing in winds over 10 mph.
But we still picked at them all day, plus a ton of largemouth bass we also caught and released them all. We had some nice crappies today but the smaller, under 8-9" seemed to be more prevalent for us
It was a great day of catching fish, great conversations, and great friends sharing the day and boat doing what we love to do together. There was talk today about a catfishing trip before much longer. Can't wait to get Mark and T.J. on some nice Blues, Flatheads, and Channel cats. I think a big catfish with T.J. trying to get him to the boat and the catfish trying to take T.J. home with him will push her over the top and she'll be completely "hooked" on fishing or should I say "catching"!!!
Thanks again Mark and TJ for going crappie fishing with us today. Conditions were not the best but we still made it happen!!! But, like you said, at least it wasn't 46 degrees and it was a plus it didn't rain as cloudy as it was!!
Today we went back to High Rock Lake in search of more crappies. With us today were Steve Griggs from Concord, NC., Terry Fisher from Stanley, NC., Willie Russell from Charlotte, NC., and Jerry Flanagan from Huntersville, NC.
The bite was slower than it had been lately but we slowly and steadily picked at them all morning. Then the bite went to a few here and then later a few more there until they just shut down on us. We made a move that didn't work out so we regrouped and made another move that would afford us to end the trip with 55 on the clicker. That's just an estimate of what we had today and I know that several didn't get on the clicker today because I was in charge of keeping count and I know for certain some were missed, just how many, I don't have a clue, but several!!!
Thanks guys for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip today. I only hope I met and possibly exceeded your every expectation!!! Tomorrow's trip had a unexpected mishap so they had to cancel their trip. If the weather holds and everything else goes as planned we will be back on High Rock lake again Wednesday looking for some more crappies. Thanks to all that have stopped by to read our blog about our fishing trips. God Bless you all!!!
Today Barbara and I spent our 49th wedding anniversary crappie fishing on High Rock Lake with Dennis Pless and Chris Payne from Concord, NC. The water has cooled considerably from what it was last week and coming off a full moon has been a game changer. You have to search a little more but when you find a school of feeding fish it's "show time" again. Minnows or jigs, they want to play when you find them.
The main goal today was not to necessarily catch fish but to show the guys just how we do it. They said they learned a lot that they had ever thought about doing, and the fact that we also caught some very nice fish made for a very successful day!!
One more day tomorrow chasing crappies and we'll be shutting down for Christmas and be cranking back up on Monday after Christmas going after more crappies. Those that didn't go today, and I almost didn't, because the weather man was predicting 10 to 15 mph winds gusting to 25 mph, well, that's just what it was, a prediction, and once again weather was beautiful.
I want to personally thank everyone that has helped to make our Freshwater Fishing Adventures get off to an unbelievable start. I appreciate you all and I can only hope I'm meeting and exceeding your every expectation.
Don't forget to call Barbara and discuss your desires for your fishing trip for Crappies, Stripers, Catfish, or anything might be possible, just call 336-309-5900 to get all the details about your trip. Thank you again, God Bless!!!
Today I was fishing on High Rock lake and once again we were in pursuit of Crappies. With me today was Howard Grindstaff and Chad Perry from Old Fort, NC. and Jeff Nicholson from Nebo, NC.
The bite started off slow this morning and picked up better after a little warm up. I kept trying different tactics until I found what I determined was the presentation they wanted today at that moment in time. It was a little tougher today than it has been, or at least it was for me, but I didn't give up and stayed on the move hitting spot after spot and adjusting presentation tactics until we got another good catch of some very nice crappies.
Another great day on the lake doing the only thing I know how to do and was Blessed to be able to share how do it today with some more fine folks that love to go fishing/catching almost as much as I do!!!
Today I was honored and humbled at the same time to have Keith and Kathie Green from Southport, NC to drive all the way to Lexington, NC so they could go crappie fishing with us. They wanted to catch enough crappies to have a big fish fry and to give family and friends some fish as well.
I met them this morning at the boat ramp on High Rock lake and after a short run to the fishing hole where I wanted to fish today, we got set up and in short order the reply came from Kathie, "FISH ON", after that we stayed steady at it the rest of the day. We didn't count how many we had today but we had a 48 quart cooler on the plus side of being over half full, nearly 3/4 full of nice filleting sized Crappies. Kathie later texted they had 70 crappies.
Keith and I have conversed many times on fb and today we finally got to meet in person and I'm proud to say that Keith and Kathie are going to be some very good friends from this point on, we have a lot in common and the most in common is the fact, "what you see is what you get" I like that in folks!!!
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Plans were to take a couple local boys crappie fishing today. I knew that coming off a 3 day warming trend and a strong cold front going through yesterday with barometric pressure and temperatures dropping like a rock kicked off a cliff and windy conditions, and it wasn't supposed to be windy, would present a little more challenge than normal. But the decision to go was still made!!!
So, Barbara, Bobo, and I met Jerry Smith and Randy Swicegood at the Flat Swamp boat ramp this morning at 9AM. There were still some crappies shallow from the warm spell but I found the one's that had retreated to some deeper water were a better class of crappies than what we were getting shallow.
For the deeper, 15 feet or so, and bigger crappies we had to slow our presentation way down and tight line minnows about 10 inches off the bottom and I was catching them on Red and Chartreuse jigs from Crankin Crazy Custom Jigs on minimal size structures. The bigger structures just didn't produce much for us today, so when I hit a "butter bean" size mark with a few fish marks on it, this is what produced for us. Sometimes we would have fish on 4 at a time.
Around 2PM Jerry and Randy both said they were good, they had plenty of fish in their coolers so we wrapped it up and I'll have to say it was a strange feeling to leave the lake, stop and eat supper, and get home and back the pontoon in the shed and do it all while it's still daylight, I think I could get used to this!!!
Looks like inclement weather the next couple days but we'll be back on the water as soon as the rains and winds get out of here. Might have to get our 1st Catfish trip in then!! Thanks for stopping by and thank you Jerry and Randy for fishing with us today. Conditions were not the best but you guys got the job done and in short order. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
October 22, 2021
Today Bobo and I were fishing with Keith Eggers and Laura Hankins from my hometown of Lexington, NC. It was a great day living past time memories from years gone by. I truly love it when hometown folks come fish with me and especially when they are the men and women from moms and dads I went to West Davidson High School with.
We kept on the move today and it paid off with a lot of fish coming in the backwater bay boat. We caught Red Drum, Trout, Black Drum, Flounder, ( released) and a whole lot of various fish from Croakers, Pinfish, lizard fish, Puffers, pigfish and a few we never seen before they got away.
I absolutely love what I do and always look forward to fishing with the great friends I've made over the years through our charter service. God has Blessed me well and he will you as well if you keep the faith and give him the opportunity!!! Till next time, God Bless You All!!!
October 21, 2021
Today Bobo was back on the boat with me and after we caught bait this morning we went to the marina and picked up Dennis Reynolds and his daughter Lauren from KY. We were on a mission to find some Red Drum this morning on our half day trip but if they didn't bite anything that wanted to bite would be fine.
With a big ole' full moon last night, that's a "fly in the ointment" situation most of the time with the enhanced tides and currents. Our first stop turned out to be a "dud". As best I can remember we didn't get a bite here so after a bit we loaded up and made a major move.
On our next stop we finished the morning trip out with Lauren catching a nice 23 inch Flounder we released, then she caught a big Ray. After a little lull in the action Lauren found herself hooked up with what turned out to be a nice upper slot Red Drum at just over 25 inches. Shortly after this Lauren put a 19 1/2 inch Speckled Trout in the net. Then another rod doubled over and again Lauren was once again hooked up with another Flounder of 22 inches. Things slowed here after that and I made a move to reposition the boat to present our baits at a different angle on the same area and first bait in the water Lauren was hooked up with another in slot Red Drum at 22 inches before I could even get another hook baited and cast out.
After a regimen of bites and short runs with no hook-ups I made another short move and just before we headed back to the marina Dennis hooked up a nice 19 1/2 inch Speckled Trout to finish the morning trip off. I also want to add that all the while we were fishing I don't have a clue as to how many pan fish Lauren caught between all the Flounder, Red Drum, Speckled Trout, and Rays.
Another great morning on the water fishing with a mighty fine man and his fantastic daughter. Sometimes I wonder why I don't retire and why I keep doing fishing charters.......days like these remind me why I don't retire!!!! Thanks to everyone that takes the time to read my reports, you all are the best, till next time, God Bless you all!!!
October 19, 2021
Did a 4 hour trip this morning with Dylan and Chloe Wallace from Marshville, NC. Before leaving the marina I asked if they had a preference on what to catch and they said anything that would bite, big or small they liked to catch fish, any fish. This came in handy this morning with the Full moon tide we had today and stiff NE wind.
Our first stop kept them very busy catching croakers, sheepshead, blow fish, pig fish, lizard fish, rays, and enough pin fish to fill up a truck!!! We did get a short Red Drum and had another big Red Drum hooked up that when it rolled on the surface looked to be well over slot but we'll never know for sure because it worked Dillon hard to earn its freedom and it was successful just short of being in net range.
Moved to another area where we caught several Black Drum and again they were entertained by staying busy pulling in nice croakers, another truck load of pinfish, and sure would liked to have been able to get a picture of the huge Flounder Dillon had hooked up that pulled the hook before getting to the net.
I was honored and Blessed to have been able to share the backwater boat today with such a very fine young lady and young man. Thank you for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip, I only hope I met and possibly exceeded your every expectation!!!!
So many have been asking about how Bobo is doing and its been very hard to answer everyone even though Barbara and I try. He went back to the vet yesterday and had the drain removed from the surgery area and he has been released to go fishing again as soon as he feels like it and he behaves himself and not attack any fish. He still didn't want to go this morning but he was in much better spirits and was acting like he was starting to feel better when I got home this evening so he acts like we are on the back side of all the pain and suffering he's been through the last several days. I think he'll be back alerting us of fish on very soon!!! We sure hope so. Thank you all so much for all the kind words and comments for Barbara, myself, and Bobo!! Till next time, God Bless you all and know we couldn't and wouldn't want to do this without each and every one of you, you all are the best!!!!
October 18, 2021
Today I was fishing Jerry Suver, Rod Mitton, and Ron Koenig all from Southport, NC. Our first stop let us down this morning as the winds and tide currents made for some tough fishing/catching. So, after giving it a good chance I told the guys I could get us out if this wind and the tide won't be quite as bad at another place I wanted to try so we loaded up and took off to the next place.
Upon arriving the winds were much more manageable and so was the tide current. We caught a lot of fish at this spot but it was hard to get legal keeper size fish. Well, except for Flounder. We caught 2 that we measured at 17" and 21"and released, and Rod lost one at boat side that was bigger than those . We did get a couple legal over 14" Black Drum and a nice whiting but all the rest Black Drum were just short of the 14" size limit and all the Red Drum didn't make the in slot cut today.
Truthfully, with all the winds lately and the cold front that came through Saturday night, along with a full moon about to happen, the bite actually surprised me it was as good as it was. Never give up and keep working and looking for fish and nearly every time it will pay off in good results. Hope I can find some again tomorrow, we'll do our best to make it happen if we can!! Thanks for stopping by and till next time God Bless you all!!!
October 15, 2021
Sorry my report is late but what started off a great day almost ended in tragedy for me today, but the good first!!!
For the great start, I was fishing with Paul and Krystal Cooke from Concord, NC. We were in the backwaters today and our first stop started our search for some Red Drum with a nice 30" Red Drum that we released which was not a problem because it was a catch and release trip today anyway.
After a few Black Drum the tide went slack at this spot and so did the bite. We decided to head out the Beach to try for some of the bigger Bulls that have been biting there. After an hour without a big fish bite and watching around a dozen boats around us not hooking up either, we headed back to the backwater behind BHI.
On this stop we would end up finishing out our trip as we caught some more Red Drum, Black Drum, Trout, Whiting, Pompano, big croakers, and even a few rays. Another great day having fun and sharing stories with good conversations with more great people, I have been so blessed to have the best fishermen and fisherwomen to choose Yeah Right Charters for their fishing trips!!! And I'm also been Blessed that God has blessed me by letting my little buddy Bobo continue going with me on our fishing trips!!!
Here's the bad ending, not tragic, but close enough, for Barbara and myself. When Bobo and I get home from our fishing trips he has a shady place in our backyard he lays waiting for me to clean up everything so we can go in the house. Everything was going as normal when all of a sudden I heard and seen a terrible sight.
Our neighbors BIG, HUGE, AND MEAN dog got out of his fenced in back yard when his owner went out and left the gate open. Here he came like on a mission and grabbed Bobo as he went by, myself and his owner yelled at him and by the grace of God he dropped Bobo but enough damage was done that Barbara and I spent nearly all night at the Wilmington Emergency Veterinarian Hospital. He will have to stay home for a few weeks until he gets healed up and ready to watch our rods for us while we are fighting other fish and always ready to protect us from rays, sharks, and big fish. THANK YOU GOD FOR SAVING THE LIFE OF BARBARA AND MYSELFS FUR BABY AND FURRY BEST BUDDY!!!
Till next time Barbara, Bobo and I would appreciate your prayers to God for Bobo's complete recovery, you guys are the best, GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!
October 14, 2021
Today Bobo had to go get his hair cut so I went solo this morning to catch bait and then pick up Michael Yacapino from Oak Island, NC. Sylvia Garwood from Oak Island, NC. and Tom Bennis from Southport, NC. They we're disappointed as well that Bobo couldn't make it this morning!!!
After coming off a great bite yesterday this morning the struggle was real. I had a perfect tide, I thought, for my first stop but as it happens in fishing the fish thought different. Bait was thick there and there were some fish in the bait but they didn't want our offerings. I went through a lot of mullet this morning feeding the crabs and before we headed to my next place I had to refresh my bait supply of mullet minnows.
All I can say is that I pulled it off today but I worked my butt off keeping good looking baits in front of the fish, everyone baited, fish off, lines untangled, rigs tied, and all the necessities involved in a day of fishing!!! When we came down to the wire, I had got Tom and Sylvia their Red Drum, but was " snake bit" trying to get Michael his. Several times we had the bite only to be cut off on oyster rocks, or having a hook just pull free, even had one Red Drum almost to the boat and the line came up wrapped around an oyster about 2 feet above the fish. I no more than said that's not good right there, the fish ran and the oyster cut the line, It didn't look very promising at that point.
With everyone on the boat using a lot of minnows I was starting to get low and I told Michael that it wasn't over till all the lines were in the boat trying to keep him hopeful although I was doubting the outcome to be good myself with the bait getting very low. I refused to give up and moved the boat up slightly so I could cast to a different area.. I put my last 2 mullet minnows on the hook and cast them to the grass line near some rolling current. In just a few minutes the rod doubled over and Michael was hooked up with the biggest Red Drum of the day. With this fish we had the boats full limit of Red Drum, we had caught and released several Flounder, released a 13" Black Drum, caught a nice Trout, a nice Pompano, several filleting size croakers, and Sylvia had brought to boat side a big Ray that we weren't sure she was going to win that fight, but she stayed with it and proved victorious, we still had an hour to go on our trip and I gave them the option to keep fishing or we could go in an hour early and I'd give them a discounted rate so with our mission accomplishe we headed to the marina.
Another great day making new friends and getting to show them a good time in the backwaters of Southport/Oak Island, NC catching fish the way we do it here. Already looking forward to our next trip and having more fun and laughs with these fine local folks while enjoying the beauty and bounty of our local waters. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!!
October 13 2021
Today Bobo and I went on a half day morning fishing trip with Sam Vallini and Mark Oxentine from Hiddenite, NC. We started off not far from thr Marina and it didn't take long until we had a nice in slot Red Drum in the boat. Not long after this bite we had another nice Red Drum hooked up and we got it wore down and was bringing it to the net when just out of net range the hook just pulled free and all we could do was just watch it slowly swim away. That's fishing!!!
The bite slowed here and I checked the tide and we decided to head to another place. When we got to this spot there were baitfish everywhere and we had fish making themselves known rolling and busting in this bait. The bite was almost non stop here with something attacking our baits on nearly every cast. The guys were having a great time with all this action. This spot also finished up our limit with a upper slot Red Drum at 26 3/4"
Another great day in the backwater fishing with even greater folks!!!
Till next time, God Bless you all!!!!
October 12, 2021
Today Barbara was invited to go along with us on our fishing trip. So we picked up Watson M. Dufour from New London, NC. at the Marina and with the tide starting to rise I had a good idea where we needed to start fishing this morning so we made the run to our first stop.
Upon arriving, the waves of bait fish were coming through like they were in a parade. Soon we seen the fish starting to cut into the bait and it wasn't very long until the rods started bending over and the drags screaming under the pressure of feeding Red Drum. And yes, Bobo went nuts, he loves it!!! For quite a spell I was kept very busy netting fish, baiting hooks, and a couple times we had so much action I would wind up with all the rods involved. But, just as the bite started and as the tide advanced closer to being high the bite came to an end and we were once again on the move to find some more biting fish.
We ended our half day morning trip with the boats full limit of 3 mid to upper slot Red Drum, we released a 28 1/2" over slot and a 21" lower slot giving us a total of 5 Red Drum boated for the morning. Along with the Red Drum we also caught Trout, flounder (released), filleting sized Whiting, filleting sized Croakers, in slot Black Drum, and a couple nice Rays that gave a good fight. I promised Watson I wouldn't make him take pictures with his Rays and Lizard fish he caught.
It was a very enjoyable trip this morning with a very fine man that Barbara and I feel Honored and Blessed to have been able to share the boat with this morning while catching fish and having some very good conversations and laughs. Another great day enjoying all God has provided for us in his majestic outdoor kingdom and I'm very Blessed to be able to do it all again in the morning and just about every morning. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!!
October 11, 2021
The weather, rains and winds gave me a 4 day break in the backwater Charters and if you know me then you know I worked on the pontoon boat for 4 days. Just about got her finished and hope to break it in at a striper tournaments in early November at Buggs Island Lake.
But today was a fishable day and I was able to take Christina and Zach Thornburg from Gastonia, NC fishing. We tried several places today and one of those places gave us some good action on various species like Flounder, Red Drum, Trout, Blues, and a good fighting Ray around 30 pounds and I wasn't real sure for a while who was going to give out first, the Ray or Christina, but she stayed with it and brought it to boat side for a quick picture and a release. The Red Drum was a good and strong fish easily an upper slot and it fought really hard and when it got to the boat it made one final run to try to free itself from the hook and went under the boat and came up in the prop on the engine. Don't know if it was a stroke of bad luck for my clients or a smart fish, I'm thinking maybe both!!!
Be back at it again tomorrow, sure hope the wind lays a bit from what it was today. Thanks for checking In and reading my fishing reports. Hopefully tomorrow we'll have better luck and get the big ones to the net before they get off like most did today. But, as you know, you can't catch them all but you have to try before they can get away. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
October 3, 2021
Once again Barbara, Bobo and myself spent the day with a very dear friend, Dr. Keith Morley from Elizabethton, TN fishing in the backwaters around the Southport/Oak Island, NC area. And once again we loaded the boat with a lot of fish.
Today we caught the boats full limit of in slot Red Drum and released more for a catch of 5 total Red Drum. We also caught Bluefish, filleting sized Croakers, Grey Trout, puffer fish, Flounder, and Permit.
It was a low pressure day for me with a very good man Barbara and I have grown to know and love like he was family, as far as we are concerned, he is family to us. We hated to see him leave today but we will see him again soon!!!
Bobo and I will be in the backwaters again tomorrow taking some new clients in search of more fish. Just stop by tomorrow evening to see if we can put the puzzle together again.
Again, I want to thank you all for your continued support of our charter services and for taking the time to read my reports!!! Please check out our website by clicking the link below and leave a comment on our "GUESTBOOK" page if you have had a good experience while fishing with us. And be sure to like us on "Facebook ". Till next time, thank you and God Bless you all!!
October 2, 2021
Today Barbara, Bobo and myself went fishing with our good friend Dr. Keith Morley from Elizabethton, TN. We started off on the beach where we seen a couple Red Drum caught but the catch to boat ratio was not very impressive so after we gave it a good try we headed to another area where I figured the bite might be better but it was actually worse.
We fished at this spot until the incoming tide was at 1.3 feet and I told them I had another spot that the tide was right, so we headed there. When we got there the bait was there and the fish feeding activity in the bait looked promising. It didn't take long here until we were 6 for 6 on all in slot Red Drum. We kept our 3 person limit and photographed the other 3 and released them.
While Dr. Kieth and I were catching the Red Drum Barbara was catching some very nice Croakers that she wanted to filet for dinner, she loves croakers to both catch and to eat and I'll have to admit I do as well!!!!
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September 28, 2021
Today Bobo and I picked up Joe and Gail Martin from Monroe, NC. for a half day trip and I tried a spot this morning that I hadn't fished in a while.
When I got there the water looked like very strong tea. I gave it about 15 minutes and that was enough. I told them let's take a little trip to an area that the tide was right. When we got to this area there was bait everywhere and there was fish working the bait. The water was much clearer and the tide was keeping everything active. It started off slow but I felt like this was the right place and the right time and sure enough we were kept pretty busy on this spot until time to return to the marina.
We ended the morning trip with Joe catching a 26 1/2", then Gail got a 26" , and then a 22" Red Drum to get the boats full limit. Then while Gail was having a blast catching nice croakers, Joe put another over slot Red Drum in the net at 29 1/2" for a quick photo and release. As we were getting ready to head to the marina another rod doubled over and Gail found herself hooked up with another over slot Red Drum at 29" that was also quickly photoed and released.
As I reported yesterday, conditions are getting better with every tide change in the backwaters, and today's trip reflected those improvements. Thank you Joe and Gail for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip. Hope we met and possibly exceeded your every expectation!!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
September 27, 2021
After 12 inches of rain in a couple days last week things are slowly getting back to normal. The cooler weather has the water temperature dropping some and with every tide change we get more fresh water flushed out. The moon is waning gibbous and weather is stabilizing and the fishing/catching should keep getting better in the next few weeks for the fall species that swim in our local waters.
Today, Bobo and I picked up Ron and Carol Atkins from Wilmington, NC from Safe Harbor Marina and we were going to see if we could find a Red Drum this morning. I fished behind Bald Head Island Saturday and Sunday this weekend and we found a few small Reds, several Flounder we released, some nice Speckled Trout and a LOT of nice sized Croakers. With that scenario I was reluctant to fish there today but heading up the waterway I told myself that the cleanest water I've seen was there and today was a different day, so I went back.
Didn't take me long after the first couple stops to think to myself why did I come back here, but I kept on the move and convinced myself I was at the right place I just needed to work harder. It all came together on my 5th stop when a rod doubled over with a nice 23" in slot Red Drum. We ended the morning with a 22" and 23" Red Drum, a 16" Black Drum, some Flounder we released, some nice croakers, and a lizard fish. The reason I mentioned the lizard fish, was because it had to be a world record, I never knew that they got that big. It was enormous, it looked like a baseball bat with teeth, and I know, I didn't think about getting a picture of it until after we released it. But hey, I'm old and I forget things sometimes, sure hate I didn't get a picture though!!
Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate each and everyone of you that come by long enough to read my posts. You All are the best!!!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!!
September 20, 2021
I knew today with the 20 mph east winds, full moon tides, and a cold front coming through that Patrick Lally from New Windsor, NY and myself had our work cut out for us to find biting fish. It didn't take long to realize what we figured was a reality.
Several stops produced nothing, couldn't even get a croaker to bite shrimp on the bottom, now when you can't get a croaker to bite you better believe the bite is tough!! Finally hit a promising area and Patrick soon was hooked up with a 13 1/2" Speckled on a white Berkley Gulp Grub. Shortly after this Trout, Patrick put another Speckled Trout in the boat that would be a keeper at 16"
After feeding our mullet minnows to quite a few crabs, we had one of the Medium Heavy 7' Fenwick HMG Rods with a 400 series IRT Reel to double over and Bobo went nuts when the drag started screaming under the pressure of a very strong fish. Patrick fought the fish to the boat and about 10 feet from boat side and it rolled on top and we could see it was a very nice Red Drum. We were hoping it wasn't over slot but it looked and fought like it very well be. Then after the swirl on top it took off peeling drag once more, and once more Bobo came unglued just barely staying in the boat by hanging on to the gunnel by his toe nails, and sure enough, the circle hook just pulled free. We don't know who was the most disappointed, but I'd say Bobo, he just looked at us and turned and went under the front deck disgusted with us!! Well, now you know just how big fish sometimes just get bigger.
Little did we know at that time to get that Red Drum in the net and get a picture of it would have completed our Cape Fear Slam today because the next fish that came to the net was an 18" Flounder. Got a grip on his lip with the Betts Hi-Viz Fish Grippers to keep those sharp teeth at bay, got his picture, then we released him since the season closed last week.
We were met with tough conditions this morning but if you have fished with me then you know I hate to make excuses and I don't quit or give up on looking for fish that will bite plus I can't stand to take "no fish" for an answer. Yeah, I know it's called fishing and not catching, but that doesn't mean I have to like it!!!
Thank you Patrick for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip. You had any choices here in Southport/Oak Island, NC to choose from and we are Blessed and honored you chose us. My only hope is you had a great time and I possibly met and exceeded your every expectation. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
September 18 2021
Have had several folks concerned about me because I haven't posted a fishing report in th last few days. Well, let me just say that if you pick a fight with a side grinder with a cutting disc turning at 10,000 RPM, you are going to lose that fight, I know from experience. But, I'm OK now and today I went fishing with Chad Cunningham from Jacksonville,NC.
We took off from the marina this morning and went into the creeks behind Bald Head Island. I had great expectations for this morning as we were on a good tide but those expectations finally turned into "where are the fish " ? We have plenty of bait fish in the water, a good falling tide, but we can't get a bite on live bait or on Berkley Gulp. But, we were catching some nice croakers on shrimp, so where are the Red Drum, Black Drum, etc.
After hitting many different pieces of structures, oyster beds, creek mouths, and flats, all the while watching the tide progression on the Garmin 93CV. When it got right I told Chad I was going to put all my eggs into one basket and make a 3 Mile run to a spot that the tide was right for and if we were going to catch any fish this morning it would be there. So, off we went, now if I didn't produce fish here in the last hour of our trip, I was going to look like I didn't have a clue as to what I was doing!!
We arrived and got anchored with the Talons and Ulterra, and all I can say is" Thank you Lord for not letting me look like a fishing moron"!!! Here, we got thr boats limit of mid slot Red Drum, caught several Black Drum and managed 3 keepers, and of course a Flounder. And at one time we had a spell when we couldn't keep up with the bites that were almost non stop, and we had several hard fighting fish on that just pulled the hooks before we ever got to see them but we estimated to be big black drum or Red drum, but we'll never know for sure.
Chad, always a pleasure to fish with you and I'm already looking forward to our next trip. I truly hope that after pulling the proverbial "rabbit fish" out of the hat this morning I met and possibly exceeded your every expectation. And yes, sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, and that's just what I proved this morning!!
September 14, 2021
Today Bobo and I wrapped up the 2021 Flounder season by sharing a morning trip with Jim and Joan Summers from Woodleaf, NC. After I picked them up from the marina I told them we had about 30 minutes of falling tide left and we needed to hit a spot that should get us a Red Drum there. I love it when I'm right, but only happens when I'm not at home!!
We got a 22" Red Drum there and we also caught a few small ones and some small sheepsheads and short Black Drum. Then the tide went slack and and so did the bite so we headed north to where we still had some tide to fish in.
Our next stop behind Bald Head Island would be good enough for us today that we never moved until time to head back to the marina. It was a steady bite of Red Drum, Speckled Trout, and Flounder.
I have enjoyed this year's Flounder season and every day has seen our 23' Riddick Bay Runner backwater boat with great friends and folks to go chase some fish. In fact, my entire season has been like this. We have the best fishermen any Captain could ever hope for and today Bobo and I made some new friends with Jim and Joan who live just down the road from our home in Linwood, NC. During our conversation today we discovered we shared a friendship with one of the best friends I've ever had in my life who lived just below me in Linwood. We are already talking about some catfishing trips this winter in the Piedmont of NC. I would love for Barbara to meet these fine folks and show them how we catch catfish on the local lakes back home!!
Jim and Joan, you guy's were fantastic today. The fish kept us busy today and ya'll hung in there and just like me, I don't think you guys ever had time for a break until we moved from our 1st spot to the next spot then it was on like donkey Kong again!!! Great day, great fun, till next time, God Bless You All!!!
September 13, 2021
Bobo, the charter boat dog and I went to Safe Harbor Marina this morning to pick up Tom Braswell, his wife Amy and daughter Jacey from Hickory, NC. to go fishing with us. Before leaving I asked what they wanted to catch today and the response was they would like a few fish for dinner and just wanted to catch something, even croakers were fine. Now this is the kind of trip all backwater charter captains dream of!!!
Well, we took off and we had a good morning of catching Red Drum, Flounder, pinfish, lizard fish, small sting rays and a huge ray that Tom fought for a while before it finally broke the line and yes, croakers. The only keeper Flounder we seen today was a very nice Flounder that Jacey had hooked up and looked to be 4 to 5 lbs, maybe more, that pulled the hook before we could get it to the net. Like I said before, that's how big fish get bigger, and it's called fishing for a reason!!
It is always a great time fishing with this fine family and I'm looking forward to our yearly fishing trip next year. Baits today that caught the Flounder and some of the Red Drum was 3" Gulp jerk shads in white, Nuclear Chicken, and New Penny on 1/4 ounce jig heads. Mullet minnows caught a couple of the Red Drum while shrimp brought up the rear with the croakers.
Back at it again in the morning, come on back tomorrow evening and get it the way it really happens on our Charters, we report it good, bad, or ugly, and we post daily most all the time during our charter season. You don't have to wait weeks to get outdated reports. Yes, it's time consuming to report daily and takes a concerted effort when you are 70 years old and you put the boat in early and already have the days bait caught when you pick up your fishermen and their fishing trip time ends on the fishing grounds, not at the dock, makes an old Captain tired from a day's fishing. But we feel the extra effort is just one of the many features that helps keep us a step ahead and also helps keep fishermen a little dialed into what's happening in the backwaters!! Sure hope you all appreciate our extra efforts!!! Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to like us on fb and feel free to leave a comment on our post and on our website "Guestbook ". Till next time, God Bless You All!!!
September 12, 2021
Today Bobo and I were fishing with Michael, Cody, and Shelby Huffman from Connelly Springs, NC.
The bite had picked up from yesterday and we caught several fish including Red Drum, Flounder, Grey Trout, Whiting, and Croakers. The Red Drum and Flounder were still under the legal size limits but at least the whiting and Grey Trout were legal and we also had some croakers big enough to fillet. At one time today Michael, Cody, and Shelby were hooked up at the same time with flounder and Red Drum!!!
The bite was good enough today that the discussion was brought up to make our 1/2 day a full day but after checking the Southport/Oak Island tide chart on the Garmin 93CV I had to be honest with and tell them that would be fine with me but the extra fishing time would be during the slack tide period and the bite would most likely be shut down during that time of slack tide. So we made the decision to just call it at a 1/2 day and I'm glad because I hated to keep them out knowing the bite was probably not going to pick back up until after we were done fishing and the tide turned again.
These guys are always a pleasure and a lot of fun to share the boat with and it was a real good time today except for when we had a really big Flounder just inches from the net and the hooks pulled. I made a lunge for it and had it halfway in the net but not far enough to keep the tide flow from taking it out of the net, and that my friends is how big fish get bigger!!!
As you know Flounder have some rather healthy teeth and can tear your hands and fingers up trying to get the hooks out and can make for really sore wounds. I have found the Betts HI Viz Fish Grippers to be a very useful tool to hold the fish with keeping your hands clear of those nasty bites you can get from Flounder when removing hooks and taking pictures.. If you haven't tried a pair of the HI Viz fish grippers you should give them a try, and you can thank me later!!
Thanks to everyone that continues to support us. Till next time, God Bless You All!!!
September 11, 2021
Today Bobo and I were once again fishing with good friends Nathan Young and Kasey Reece from Harmony, NC.
We started off on the near shore reefs and I know there were at least a couple Flounder out there because I seen a couple caught on other boats. With us drawing a blank on mullet minnows and bucktails with Gulp we headed to the backwaters to give it a go before heading in on out 1/2 day trip.
If you fish regular you know what I mean when I say it was just one of those days. I called tomorrow's charter and told them my problem and figuring the waning new moon and cold front was the best excuse I could come up with for my short fall today, but, they still wanted to give it a try tomorrow. Sure hope they bite tomorrow, don't know if my nerves can handle 2 days in a row like today!!!!
Thanks you Nathan and Kacey for knowing and understanding they don't always bite all the time for everybody. Love you both and your kind comments today were just what I needed on a day of fishing like I provided. You two are just great friends and people!!! Hope to see you again soon when we go crappie and catfishing!! Till next time, God Bless You All!!!
September 11, 2021
My day started off all wrong this morning, it's a good thing I got plenty of mullet minnows on my first cast, because on my second cast I had forgotten to take the motor out of gear and did you know that a 6' Betts Super Pro Mullet net will stop a 175 Suzuki from running when it gets sucked into the prop, yep, it will. I had to go swimming and cut it out. But things got better from that point forward!!
Bobo and I once again welcomed aboard some hometown guys Frank Martinez and Ty Comer from Lexington, NC and Tyler (TJ) Morrison from Winston Salem, NC. We fished hard today and we found the fish. We found Red Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Croakers, and flounder. A lot of the fish didn't meet the legal size limits to be kept but were still fun to catch. It's always a good time on the boat when these guys are in town to go fishing on the Yeah Right Charters backwater bay boat. Only 4 more days of Flounder season left and hopefully they will continue to bite for 4 more days. I'm sure after 4 days are gone they will bite real good!!
Sure hope the winds and the swells from hurricane Larry will let us get out on the Beach tomorrow to chase some Flounder. But if it's not safe to go we'll have to just keep chasing them down in the backwaters!!
Thanks guys for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip. You had many choices to choose from and Barbara, Bobo, and I are honored you chose us again for your fishing trip. I only hope I met and possibly exceeded your every expectation. Till next time, God Bless You All!!!
September 9, 2021
Today Bobo and I were fishing with Danny Prevette from Thurmond, NC and Bobby Prevette from Elkin, NC.
We fought the winds and dodged the rains all morning and we caught fish. We did get an in slot Red Drum at 20", a nice whiting, some nice croakers, a ribbon fish and a bunch of Flounder.
Speaking of Flounder, there should be plenty for next year, every one we caught today was around 14 inches and a little over but we couldn't ever get one 15 inches or better. We still had a good time and we were just reminded it's called fishing and not catching, but we still caught plenty, we just had to release most due to size limit restrictions. Looking forward to our next trip with you guys!!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!!
September 8, 2021
Today was one of the best days I've ever had in my life. When I got to the Marina this morning there stood two guys I used to work with over 50 years ago that I loved like family that had booked a trip with me and used an alias name to surprise me. I wouldn't call it surprised, it was more like shocked, stunned, surprised, and excited all rolled into one. They were Gary and Robert Turner from Trinity, NC.
It was a day of fishing and reliving a lot of memories from many years gone by. You can bet we have made plans to do a lot more together very soon since we finally were reunited today fishing for Red Drum and Flounder. The bite wasn't as good as yesterday's but we did get some Flounder to take home as well as an in slot Red Drum.
I'm still in a state of numbness from today's happening and I also have a inner feeling of gratitude and joy that's hard to explain knowing these guys thought enough of me to come to Southport NC to see me and go fishing with me. Love you both and we will terrorize the crappies and catfish real soon, God Bless You Both!!!!!
September 7, 2021
Today Bobo and I were honored to get to fish a half day with Bill and Sherry Sanders from Julian, NC. I asked them this morning what they would like to catch and I'm glad I did because I was surprised when they said that Flounder would be OK but we would rather have Red Drum!!
I told them that this would be different scenario for me since I've been after Flounder for over a week now and I have some good places for Red Drum and the tide will be perfect for Red Drum at my spots in around an hour. So until the tide was right we hit a couple places and picked up a couple of Trout, a Bluefish, and a few nice croakers. After this I told them it was time to go to after the Red Drum.
We got to the first place and got set up and it wasn't long until Sherry was hooked up with a nice in slot Red Drum. And not long after this she would also be hooked into the first legal Flounder of the morning. After this Bill would counter when he hooked into a 18" Flounder. Not to be outdone Bill also was soon hooked into a nice upper slot Red Drum at 26". Very soon after this Bill again hooked into another 23" Red Drum to fill the boats full limit on the Red Drum. Then Sherry was hooked into a upper limit Red Drum that was determined to not come to the boat but she showed it who was boss today. After I netted the fish she said, WOW, that got my heart to racing, yep, she's now the one that got hooked!! This Red Drum was also 26" but we handled it gently and released this one since we already had limited out. Shortly after this we moved to another spot and Sherry would wrap the trip up before the storms got here with another legal Flounder.
Sherry and Bill you guys had many choices of charter services to choose from here in Southport/Oak Island, NC. and we are honored and humbled you chose Yeah Right Charters for your Anniversary fishing trip and I only hope I met and possibly exceeded your every expectation!! Till next time, God Bless You All!!!
September 6, 2021
Today Bobo and I were fishing with Larry Caldwell from Denver, NC. and Neal Smith from Davidson, NC. We were looking for Flounder this morning and when the tide got right so did the Flounder bite. Just wish more would have been up to the 15" legal size limit but we did get a couple legal ones in the boat and even lost some right at the boat that would have been big enough to invite to dinner.......guess that's why it's called fishing.
Hopefully I'll be able to share this post, FB apparently didn't like what I said in yesterday's post and blocked me from sharing it on other groups I'm a member of. And some wonder what's wrong with the world today.
Update, nope, FB won't let me share!!!
Thanks Larry and Neil for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your trip today and looking forward to our next trip. Till next time, God Bless You All!!
September 5, 2021
Today Bobo and I were back in the backwaters with Mark Thomas from Durham, NC and Tommy Robinson from Mint Hill, NC.
We made a few stops with no fish getting to the net, lost a couple, but those don't count. I was starting to think I was going to have day 4 of not finding many keeper Flounder. Now, I never ask anyone for any help in finding or catching fish, always figured I could do this on my own and usually do. But after 3 days of a real struggle to put my fishermen on fish I gave in today and ask God to guide me to the place I needed to go today if it was his will and if I was worthy. I went back to scratching my head and then I had a strong urge to head to a place I haven't fished in a while, guess I need to say a Divine feeling!! I told the guys to wind in and let's go to another place. I thanked God for the help while on the way and thanked him for what we were about to receive.
We got there and got set up and immediately after putting in the first mullet minnow the rod doubled over with a Red Drum. From that point on, it was pandemonium!!! It took me an hour and a half to eat my 4 peanut butter and crackers today, now that was busy netting, baiting rigs, taking fish off, and keeping my guys fishing this morning. Then it was 12 noon and we wrapped it up for the day.
We kept 5 nice Flounder for a few fish dinners, lost some nice fish just out of net range from pulling hooks, and released quite a few 14 3/4" Flounder. The flounders bait of choice today was a 1/4 ounce jig head with a Berkley Gulp 4 " white Jerk Shad. Thanks for stopping by and reading my post, always give God the glory, and till next time, God Bless You All!!!
September 4, 2021
Once again Bobo and I were fishing with my brother from another mother Mark Pisano and his wife TJ from Holly Springs, NC. After spending 2 days fishing hard in the creeks behind BHI and off the intercoastal and catching a lot of short flounder I decided today to try the areas on the beach.
Here we caught a variety of fish including black bass, croakers, blue fish, hammerhead sharks, rays, black tip sharks and hooked a few fish we couldn't turn and had some pull the circle hooks and even had a couple break our lines. But, the Flounder we caught were NOT short this time, TJ caught the 1st one at 16 inches and Mark countered with one 18 inches.
What will tomorrow bring, I don't have a clue but once again I'll be back out there somewhere trying my best to put the pieces of the puzzle together. And rest assured, I'll report it the way it was even if I don't like the results myself. My honesty has earned me a lot of respect in the fishing world and a lot of hate. But your respect is something I cherish and work hard to keep!! The haters, let them hate, and continue to pray for them!!
It is always a good time with good friends when these guys are in town. Thanks Mark and TJ, it was so nice spending the day with ya'll again and I'm already looking forward to doing it again soon!!! Thanks everyone that takes the time to read my reports, God Bless You All!!!
September 3, 2021
Today I was in the backwaters fishing with Nick Barnes from Garland, NC. Keith Jackson from Wade, NC. and Jason Bullard from Roseboro, NC. The fish seemed a little lethargic after the rains and the passing cold front but we didn't give up.
We picked at fish all morning and Keith got his first "Cape Fear Slam" by boating a Red Drum, a Speckled Trout, and a Flounder. Collectively, we caught Red Drum, Black Drum, Flounder, and Speckled Trout. Got a 17" Flounder and a 16" Speckled Trout for dinner, all the Red Drum were under the 18" limit and the Black Drum was an inch short of the 14" limit. I can't remember catching so many Flounder in the past 2 days that are 14 1/2" to 14 3/4" and a few have been 14 7/8". Hopefully I'll find some bigger ones tomorrow.
Thanks guys for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip, I was honored to have Nick back onboard with his friends Keith and Jason. We had a fun filled morning with great conversation and fishing. Looking forward to the next time we can go again. Till next time,God Bless You All!!!!
September 2, 2021
Today Bobo and I picked up Cindy and Dave McKenzie from Mooresville, NC at Safe Harbor Marina and we went where most everyone else was looking for Red Drum and Flounder. Now let's start this off the way it really happened!!!
I asked Cindy if she fished much and found out she had never caught a fish. So, Dave showed her how to use a spinning outfit and I showed her how to work a live bait on a Carolina rig. She made her 1st cast and on that cast she hooked and boated her first fish ever, a Flounder, that missed being legal by less than a 1/4 inch. After that she never looked back.
Dave and I finally figured the situation out, she ganged up on us, as she caught dang near every fish we caught In fact Dave and I caught so few, we really couldn't think of what we did catch.
It was another great day on the water with great friends that we have made through fishing. Dave, there is hope for us now, you keep bringing Cindy back with you and surely she'll feel sorry for us sometime and show you and I her secrets of how to catch fish!! Thanks to everyone that takes the time to read my reports and till next time, God Bless You All!!!
August 31, 2021
Today Bobo and I were fishing another trip with Ryan Huneycutt, along with his daughter Marisa Poplin and her son Hayden all from Richfield, NC. It was a struggle to find biting fish for me today but I stayed on the move and picked up the puzzle pieces a few at each stop until we put it all together.
Hayden, at only 6 years old was quite the fisherman today. He basically caught all the fish including Red Drum, Black Drum, Flounder, and some nice sized croakers on his new spinning Rod and reel that Barbara and I purchased for him to use and keep after his fishing trip on the backwater bay boat.
We had 2 Red Drum in the cooler and needed Just 1 more to get today's limit. Well, you would know it, we hooked him up right at the time we had to head back to the marina. Ryan fought him diligently on the very lite tackle we were using to catch croakers. Almost got him to the net at boat-side but made one more run and on this run the hook just pulled free. What's the saying, "some days you get the bear, and some days the bear gets you" or maybe I should say "Fish" instead.
Good to see you again Ryan and to meet more of your family. It was another good day on the water sharing our love of fishing with great folks from Richfield, NC. Till next time thanks for stopping by and God Bless you all!!!!
August 30, 2021
First, thanks to those that have contacted me being concerned since I haven't posted a fishing report in almost a week, but I had taken some time off to work on other fishing related projects I had gotten behind on and a few I just wanted to get behind me. But this morning I was back on the water with Tim and Tyler Champion and Tyler's girlfriend Leea Wilson all from Burlington, NC.
I made a couple stops and we had plenty of bait in the area but the water color wasn't to my liking and there was not any feeding on the bait fish so after about 15 minutes at each area with no bites except for Crabs, Crabs always bite, I checked the tide chart on my Garmin 93CV for the local surrounding area and told them I had a spot a couple miles away that the tide was right for so we reeled everything in and took off.
Upon arriving we had bait fish and fish activity in the bait and better water conditions. Leea stuck the 1st fish here that was a Flounder that we released. Caught a few croakers we thought were small Red Drum until we got them in the boat. After this Leea caught the 1st Speckled Trout of the day. Then we had a spell with the Red Drum. We put a 22" Red Drum in the cooler and not long after this we had another rod double over and had another nice Red Drum hooked up but the hook pulled, we thought as hard as it was fighting the line broke, but no, the circle hook just came unhooked. Shortly after this, we played this scenario all over again with another nice Red Drum.
After this we had a round with several Black Drum and another Speckled Trout, just couldn't reach the 14" lower limit with any of them, but still fun to catch. By this time it was 12 noon and time to head back to the dock. I started bringing the rods in and they started to help and I said please just let me do this unless you are in a hurry. We have a Red Drum and lost 2 more. I have 2 minnows in that area and if you have time, let's give another one a few minutes more to ride back with us. After I brought a couple more rigs in and stored the rods, Tim said I don't think it's going to happen this time. Well, I said it ain't over until all the baits are out of the water. Tim just happened to be standing beside the last rod that was in the water, I told him, OK Tim, there he is, and with this rod doubled over, we put another 19" Red Drum on the guest of honor dinner list before heading back to the marina.
Sometimes things just work out, and sometimes they don't,but it's all in a day's fishing in the backwaters around Southport/Oak Island, NC!!
August 23, 2021
Today I was truly Blessed to be able to share a day of fishing with Paul and Karen Hamrick from Oak Island, NC.
We started off in the cleaner water that is available behind BHI hoping to find a better bite there.
We did find a good bite for the Red Drum but they were all short of the slot limit but made some pretty pictured. And of course we caught and had to release some very nice Flounder from the season being closed. I'm keeping a log book on all the Flounder and will revisit their hideouts starting September 1st. While we were fishing the conversation came up about sheepshead fishing and Karen said she had never caught one and would like too. There was some structure not too far away from where we were fishing and asked if she'd like to give it a try, sure, I'd love to, so off we went. Wasn't very long until she had her very 1st sheepshead in the boat. Sure wish she had said she wanted to catch a big one as the one she caught was short of the 10" limit. But she was tickled anyway, and that's what mattered!!!
All the time we were fishing I was watching the tide progression on the Garmin 93CV and when it was right I told them that if we were going to catch a in slot Red Drum today that the tide was right for a spot I have and if it's going to happen it will happen there. Of course I didn't put any pressure on me to now get them the Red Drum they were wanting for dinner, Yeah Right, no pun intended !!! We made the run to this spot and got set up and here we caught the boats limit of in slot Red Drum and even had to release several that were short of the slot and a upper slot but we had already killed a lower slot to fill our limit so to be ethical fishermen we took pictures of the upper slot and released him to go on and help produce more Red Drum for future fishing.
Paul and Karen, ya'll had many charter boats to choose from here in Southport/Oak Island, NC and we are honored you chose Yeah Right Charters. I only hope I succeeded in making your trip the best you ever had and possibly exceeded your every expectation. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!!
August 21, 2021
This morning Bobo and I went fishing with Matthew Metzler and his son Conner and daughter Lena from Pittsburgh, PA. I made a run to where I had been finding cleaner water to fish but when I got there my thoughts on the bad storms and torrential rains we had yesterday and last night had materialized and the water looked like burnt coffee and getting muddy on top of that on the incoming tide. I knew then I had my work cut out for me today to find fish that wanted to bite!!!
We still tried it a bit but to no avail. Made another run a couple miles in the other direction and this would be far enough downstream to be ahead of the nasty water that was coming. We caught several fish on this stop including Black Drum, Red Drum, Flounder, and Croakers. The croakers were above average size. Flounder season is closed until September 1st, and the Red Drum and Black Drum were all short of the slot and those had to be released also.
It was a tough day on the water but the kids had a lot of fun and had a great time catching all the fish and that was today's main goal anyway!!!
Hope all this fresh water influx will get on out of here in a few tide changes and we'll pray the hurricanes will spare us all this year. If you get a chance to go fishing by all means go, fishing in dirty water is better than fishing in no water, and besides, it's called fishing, not catching, so If you do catch some fish that's just an added bonus!!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
August 20, 2021
Finally after dealing with morning storms all week we were able to get out in the backwater with Oak Island locals Chris and Tammy Major. We headed to Bald Head Island to try our luck there but we weren't exactly welcomed at the places we tried. A small Speckled Trout and a small Flounder was all we could entice to bite our baits here.
I kept watching the tide on the Garmin 93CV and told them I had a place a couple miles from where we were at that the tide was right and we could fish it and still be alright with today's negative tide, off we went!!!
When we got there the water actually looked better than it did behind BHI. We baited up and set the rods with mullet minnows while Chris and Tammy was casting various artificial baits, would have most likely done better on the artificial baits but I'm out of my favorite bait of all time and if I can find some more of my green Betts Halo Shads the catching on artificial baits will definitely pick back up again!!!!
It didn't take long and Tammy would find herself hooked up with a very nice Red Drum. She was fighting it like a pro then the rod straightened out and the fish was gone. Wow, I said, that was a nice one and I was ready to eat humble pie when she wound in the line as I was expecting the leader to be broke, but the hook just pulled free. Unfortunately that happens in fishing sometimes also, but not often with the circle hooks I use!!!
Got everything back out and it was just a brief moment when 2 rods doubled over and Tammy and Chris were both hooked up with Red Drum. Tammy's would be a 19+ in slot and Chris's was too small to even bother with measuring. It was getting around 12 noon and with some dark clouds on the horizon we decided to turn our full day trip into a half day to get off the water before the storms hit and to be on the safe side. I started bringing in the rods slowly to give the mullet minnows a chance for their limit of Red Drum. It worked again today, had one more rod to go and before I got the other rod out away the rod bent over, the drag screamed, and Tammy and Bobo both came alive. Another 19+ Red Drum to fill their limit. Bobo was ready to get on his perch on the leaning post for the ride back to the marina, and we all made it off the water safely then the lightening show and rains came with a vengeance!!!
At it again in the AM weather permitting, stop by an see what happens. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
August 16, 2021
Today Bobo and I were fishing with long time time clients and friends Dean Jarrett and Coy Jarrett and Joshua Frazier from Trinity, NC. I made a run to my first place that I knew we had a good tide to fish this place but when I got there I observed the water conditions and water temperature and didn't like what I was seeing but we tried it a few minutes anyway since we were there, not a bite!!!
I made a decision after a few minutes to head north where I was thinking we would have better water quality and hopefully cooler temperatures. Our first stop at our new location proved to have better water color and a few degrees cooler than our 1st stop. Bite was not on this hole but we did pick up a nice Sheepshead. After several more moves with little to no action I was starting to scratch my head. Things didn't look too good for me right now and I was starting to get embarrassed. I couldn't get my guys the Red Drum they wanted to catch today.
Finally the Good Lord asked his father to help me out and directed me to our last stop before heading in and God is great all the time as this stop came alive for us and Joshua would put the 1st mid slot Red Drum in the boat. Then shortly after this Dean would catch a short Red Drum. After a few more huge croakers, the biggest ones I've ever seen in this area, well over a pound, maybe over 2 pounds, Coy would find himself hooked into another Red Drum that he couldn't keep out of the structure and the barnacles would end that fight prematurely. Then another rod bent over and Dean was hooked into a nice Red Drum that just came unbuttoned before we could get it to the net.
We were getting ready to wrap things up for the day and another rod bent over and Bobo alerted us when the drag started to let line peel off the reel. Coy was able to redeem himself by putting a nice upper slot Red Drum in the boat to end the trip with the best fish boated today. We had the opportunity to get the boats full Red Drum limit, but I was thankful for what we did get and had a blast fishing with these guys again!! Kristin, you and Coy would make a good team!!!
Well, today I let the weatherman with his drama talk me into canceling my trip. Hope he doesn't miss it again today, but that and radar, which didn't look good then, is all I have to go on, and I refuse to risk anything for a fish. Maybe tomorrow will look better!! Thanks for stopping by, be sure to join us on fb, like our pages and leave your comments on our post and on our "Guestbook" page on our website. Till next time, God Bless you all!!
August 13, 2021
Today I was fishing with Jimmy Jackson and his son Daniel from Angier, NC. and Shannon Powell from Apex, NC. We left the marina and I was going to fish a creek and seeing the 85 degree water this early in the morning I switched gears and headed out on the beach.
After about 30 minutes on the beach and water conditions and the absence of bait I decided to abort this plan and headed to the areas behind Bald Head Island once again.
The water was a couple degrees cooler here and at the temperatures we have had lately that can make a difference. Live bait was pretty much ignored most of the morning and artificial baits would catch a few Flounder and croakers on about all stops. I was trying to get Daniel his first Red Drum today and the rod doubled over and I thought I had him one, but instead it would be his first in slot Black Drum. After hitting several more places and catching more Flounder and croakers we were getting short on time left on our trip so I made a decision to go to a spot I felt that the tide was right to hopefully get Daniel his Red Drum. Here, I was loosing hope as well due to the slow bite and the last hour of high tide on my 93SV chart had only 6 minutes to go until slack tide. Then, just like it's supposed to be, the rod doubled over once again and it would be a 20 inch in slot Red Drum for Daniel.
It was a tough day on me because I wanted to get Daniel his targeted Red Drum probably more than he did, so I wouldn't give up and worked hard up to the very end and accomplished today's mission in the last few minutes of our trip. It doesn't take but a second to get the bite you are looking for so you just can't make excuses and give up. It ain't over until it's over!!
August, 12, 2021
This morning I went to Bald Head Island and picked up Dan Berger and his son Colby from Bethesda, MD. and Scott Chatterton from New Hill,NC. We left the marina and headed deep into the creeks behind BHI. It turned out to be a good decision as our 1st stop was the beginning of another great fishing trip with some even greater people.
I can truly say that Colby, who is in the 3rd grade at school can handle a spinning reel and catch a fish with the best of them. He is a fishing machine!!! He caught so many fish I lost count at 13 and he just kept on catching them. He did let his dad Dan and friend Scott catch a few .
Back in the backwater again in the morning, till next time, God Bless you all!!!
Wednesday 11, 2021
Today I was in the backwater fishing with Aaron Bell and his 2 sons Owen and Elliot from Huntersville,NC. It was a fun day fishing with these guys.
Our 1st stop this morning had bait and fish breaking water everywhere but the fish were dialed in on what they wanted and showed very little love for our artificial and live baits. But we did catch a few Red Drum and Black Drum and the boys had a ball catching croakers and Flounder on their new spinning Rod and Reels I got for them to use on today's trip, then at the end of the day I gave them to them to take home with them.
When you book your fishing trip with us and you have children 10 years and under please let us know as we do this for all our younger fishermen when we know in advance they will be onboard. But if you don't tell us when you book then we don't know!!!
Each stop we made we added a few fish to today's catch total but we didn't take pictures of them all. Already working on another trip with the guys in October, hope it works out so we can fish again!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
August 9 and 10, 2021
Yep, I'm behind again on fishing reports but at my age it's kinds expected once in a while.
Yesterday 8-9-21 I was fishing with Clinton Dickerson and his 2 sons Cade and Chace from Newport Beach, CA. and Richard Dickerson from Southport,NC.
We found some fish that wanted to bite and we caught some Flounder, bluefish, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, and Red Drum.
Today, 8-10-21 I was fishing with Jason Molden and his son Brinton along with Christopher Molden from Newtown, PA.
On this trip I found the bite a lot tougher than yesterday. Seemed like the bite was just shut down as I never got a bite today on live minnows or live crabs. Brinton switched over to shrimp and put all the fish in the boat we had to take home for dinner while artificial baits got us Flounder, and Speckled Trout.
Water is slowly cleaning up a little on each tide change. Sure hope the Tropical system headed towards the gulf coast doesn't add insult to injury next week.. If it does we just have to accept it and keep moving forward. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
August 8, 2021
We've had to cancel a lot of charters lately due to the storms going through our areas in the morning. Here's the newest charter trip.
Today I was fishing with Kelly Hillman from Denver,NC., and Lester Smith and Emily Poole from Oak Island, NC. I picked them up at Safe Harbor Marina and we made a trip behind Bald Head Island to find some cleaner dirty water.
Emily put on a show this morning by bringing 2 nice flounder to the boat. One went 23" and the other was 19". We got their picture and promptly released them hoping they will remain in the area until the season opens September 1st.
We finally hit an area where Kelly would hook up with a couple of Red Drum but they were Rat Reds so we released one after a photo and the other got off at the boat. Not to be out done, Lester would hook up with a nice 22" flounder for another photo and we released this one as well. At this same area we caught a couple of nice croakers around a pound each and Emily informed me that they really liked to eat croakers, (I thought Barbara and I were the only one's that liked fried croakers). I asked if they would like some and she said yes, definitely, so we ended the trip with around 30 very nice, some over a pound, filleting size croakers.
Thanks guys for fishing with me today and I'll be honest, when I saw the water this morning I'll have to say we caught a lot more fish today than I thought we were going to, you just can't give up, just keep searching until you find something!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
August 2, 2021
Today I had 6 people wanting to do a charter so we ran a morning trip with 3 and an afternoon trip with the other 3 and both groups agreed that 6 would have been really crowded and everyone was really happy with the way things worked out with plenty of room.
The morning trip was with Tyler and Jennifer Marriott from Pinehurst, NC and Nat Reeb from Granville, OH. After a couple hours in the backwater with no bites except for Crabs, croakers, and silver Trout we opted to go see if we could coax a shark into biting. Jennifer caught her 1st ever fish while she was catching bait for me to take shark fishing. Thanks Jennifer we couldn't have done it without you!!
Not long after getting the shark baits in the water Nat was hooked up with a nice spinner shark. After we took pictures and released the shark another rod doubled over and Tyler was hooked up with a nice ray that gave him a fight that was all he wanted for one day.
After this it was time to head to the marina to pick up the afternoon group and we went back shark fishing with John Reeb from Pinehurst, NC. and Kevin Johnson and his son Samuel from Gainesville, OH.
Once again it didn't take long and Samuel was hooked into a nice 38" Blacktip shark that we released and soon after that we were hooked up with another nice Ray that was determined it wasn't coming to the boat but we got him in and got his picture anyway with Samuel. Various other smaller sharks were caught including a small Hammer Head. After those we decided to call it a day and headed back to the marina and go find dinner.
Thanks to you all for trusting Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip. I only hope I met and possibly exceeded your every expectation. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
July 29, 2021 and July 30, 2021
A little behind on reports. The last part of July has been a tough one for me, let me explain a little bit. Got home from a charter trip around the 15th of the month to a sweltering house and a locked up compressor on our heat pump. I am on the schedule to have a new unit put in on August 3rd, and we're ready, its has been a hot one!!!
And then the rains came, I have a 3 acre lake behind my house that was around 4 feet low due to the dry weather then on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of last week it was filled to around a foot over full with local rains and then all the rains up north started coming down the Cape Fear River and made our waters look like burnt coffee to chocolate milk, and for some reason Saltwater fish aren't real fond of freshwater.