YOU WILL CATCH FISH OR YOU WILL NOT PAY
Maximum of 4 people per trip
Yadkin River, High Rock lake, Tuckertown Lake, Badin Lake
$250 for 1 Person
$350 for 2 People
$450 for 3 People
$550 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.
$300 for 1 Person
$450 for 2 People
$550 for 3 People
$650 for 4 People
All trips are full day, 8AM - 3PM. 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.
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!!
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!!!
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!!
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!!!
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
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!!!
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!!!
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!!
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
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!!!!
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!!!!
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!!!
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!!
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!!!
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!!!!
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!!!!
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!!!!
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!!!
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.
Rob and Gary, love you 2 like you are my brothers. My prayer for you both and your family is good health, love, and for y'all to be Blessed as Barbara and I have been Blessed!!!
Till next time, God Bless Everyone and your families that read this as well!!!!
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 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!!!