October 13 2021
Today Bobo and I went on a half day morning fishing trip with Sam Vallini and Mark Oxentine from Hiddenite, NC. We started off not far from thr Marina and it didn't take long until we had a nice in slot Red Drum in the boat. Not long after this bite we had another nice Red Drum hooked up and we got it wore down and was bringing it to the net when just out of net range the hook just pulled free and all we could do was just watch it slowly swim away. That's fishing!!!
The bite slowed here and I checked the tide and we decided to head to another place. When we got to this spot there were baitfish everywhere and we had fish making themselves known rolling and busting in this bait. The bite was almost non stop here with something attacking our baits on nearly every cast. The guys were having a great time with all this action. This spot also finished up our limit with a upper slot Red Drum at 26 3/4"
Another great day in the backwater fishing with even greater folks!!!
Till next time, God Bless you all!!!!
October 12, 2021
Today Barbara was invited to go along with us on our fishing trip. So we picked up Watson M. Dufour from New London, NC. at the Marina and with the tide starting to rise I had a good idea where we needed to start fishing this morning so we made the run to our first stop.
Upon arriving, the waves of bait fish were coming through like they were in a parade. Soon we seen the fish starting to cut into the bait and it wasn't very long until the rods started bending over and the drags screaming under the pressure of feeding Red Drum. And yes, Bobo went nuts, he loves it!!! For quite a spell I was kept very busy netting fish, baiting hooks, and a couple times we had so much action I would wind up with all the rods involved. But, just as the bite started and as the tide advanced closer to being high the bite came to an end and we were once again on the move to find some more biting fish.
We ended our half day morning trip with the boats full limit of 3 mid to upper slot Red Drum, we released a 28 1/2" over slot and a 21" lower slot giving us a total of 5 Red Drum boated for the morning. Along with the Red Drum we also caught Trout, flounder (released), filleting sized Whiting, filleting sized Croakers, in slot Black Drum, and a couple nice Rays that gave a good fight. I promised Watson I wouldn't make him take pictures with his Rays and Lizard fish he caught.
It was a very enjoyable trip this morning with a very fine man that Barbara and I feel Honored and Blessed to have been able to share the boat with this morning while catching fish and having some very good conversations and laughs. Another great day enjoying all God has provided for us in his majestic outdoor kingdom and I'm very Blessed to be able to do it all again in the morning and just about every morning. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!!
October 11, 2021
The weather, rains and winds gave me a 4 day break in the backwater Charters and if you know me then you know I worked on the pontoon boat for 4 days. Just about got her finished and hope to break it in at a striper tournaments in early November at Buggs Island Lake.
But today was a fishable day and I was able to take Christina and Zach Thornburg from Gastonia, NC fishing. We tried several places today and one of those places gave us some good action on various species like Flounder, Red Drum, Trout, Blues, and a good fighting Ray around 30 pounds and I wasn't real sure for a while who was going to give out first, the Ray or Christina, but she stayed with it and brought it to boat side for a quick picture and a release. The Red Drum was a good and strong fish easily an upper slot and it fought really hard and when it got to the boat it made one final run to try to free itself from the hook and went under the boat and came up in the prop on the engine. Don't know if it was a stroke of bad luck for my clients or a smart fish, I'm thinking maybe both!!!
Be back at it again tomorrow, sure hope the wind lays a bit from what it was today. Thanks for checking In and reading my fishing reports. Hopefully tomorrow we'll have better luck and get the big ones to the net before they get off like most did today. But, as you know, you can't catch them all but you have to try before they can get away. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
October 3, 2021
Once again Barbara, Bobo and myself spent the day with a very dear friend, Dr. Keith Morley from Elizabethton, TN fishing in the backwaters around the Southport/Oak Island, NC area. And once again we loaded the boat with a lot of fish.
Today we caught the boats full limit of in slot Red Drum and released more for a catch of 5 total Red Drum. We also caught Bluefish, filleting sized Croakers, Grey Trout, puffer fish, Flounder, and Permit.
It was a low pressure day for me with a very good man Barbara and I have grown to know and love like he was family, as far as we are concerned, he is family to us. We hated to see him leave today but we will see him again soon!!!
Bobo and I will be in the backwaters again tomorrow taking some new clients in search of more fish. Just stop by tomorrow evening to see if we can put the puzzle together again.
Again, I want to thank you all for your continued support of our charter services and for taking the time to read my reports!!! Please check out our website by clicking the link below and leave a comment on our "GUESTBOOK" page if you have had a good experience while fishing with us. And be sure to like us on "Facebook ". Till next time, thank you and God Bless you all!!
October 2, 2021
Today Barbara, Bobo and myself went fishing with our good friend Dr. Keith Morley from Elizabethton, TN. We started off on the beach where we seen a couple Red Drum caught but the catch to boat ratio was not very impressive so after we gave it a good try we headed to another area where I figured the bite might be better but it was actually worse.
We fished at this spot until the incoming tide was at 1.3 feet and I told them I had another spot that the tide was right, so we headed there. When we got there the bait was there and the fish feeding activity in the bait looked promising. It didn't take long here until we were 6 for 6 on all in slot Red Drum. We kept our 3 person limit and photographed the other 3 and released them.
While Dr. Kieth and I were catching the Red Drum Barbara was catching some very nice Croakers that she wanted to filet for dinner, she loves croakers to both catch and to eat and I'll have to admit I do as well!!!!
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September 28, 2021
Today Bobo and I picked up Joe and Gail Martin from Monroe, NC. for a half day trip and I tried a spot this morning that I hadn't fished in a while.
When I got there the water looked like very strong tea. I gave it about 15 minutes and that was enough. I told them let's take a little trip to an area that the tide was right. When we got to this area there was bait everywhere and there was fish working the bait. The water was much clearer and the tide was keeping everything active. It started off slow but I felt like this was the right place and the right time and sure enough we were kept pretty busy on this spot until time to return to the marina.
We ended the morning trip with Joe catching a 26 1/2", then Gail got a 26" , and then a 22" Red Drum to get the boats full limit. Then while Gail was having a blast catching nice croakers, Joe put another over slot Red Drum in the net at 29 1/2" for a quick photo and release. As we were getting ready to head to the marina another rod doubled over and Gail found herself hooked up with another over slot Red Drum at 29" that was also quickly photoed and released.
As I reported yesterday, conditions are getting better with every tide change in the backwaters, and today's trip reflected those improvements. Thank you Joe and Gail for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip. Hope we met and possibly exceeded your every expectation!!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
September 27, 2021
After 12 inches of rain in a couple days last week things are slowly getting back to normal. The cooler weather has the water temperature dropping some and with every tide change we get more fresh water flushed out. The moon is waning gibbous and weather is stabilizing and the fishing/catching should keep getting better in the next few weeks for the fall species that swim in our local waters.
Today, Bobo and I picked up Ron and Carol Atkins from Wilmington, NC from Safe Harbor Marina and we were going to see if we could find a Red Drum this morning. I fished behind Bald Head Island Saturday and Sunday this weekend and we found a few small Reds, several Flounder we released, some nice Speckled Trout and a LOT of nice sized Croakers. With that scenario I was reluctant to fish there today but heading up the waterway I told myself that the cleanest water I've seen was there and today was a different day, so I went back.
Didn't take me long after the first couple stops to think to myself why did I come back here, but I kept on the move and convinced myself I was at the right place I just needed to work harder. It all came together on my 5th stop when a rod doubled over with a nice 23" in slot Red Drum. We ended the morning with a 22" and 23" Red Drum, a 16" Black Drum, some Flounder we released, some nice croakers, and a lizard fish. The reason I mentioned the lizard fish, was because it had to be a world record, I never knew that they got that big. It was enormous, it looked like a baseball bat with teeth, and I know, I didn't think about getting a picture of it until after we released it. But hey, I'm old and I forget things sometimes, sure hate I didn't get a picture though!!
Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate each and everyone of you that come by long enough to read my posts. You All are the best!!!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!!
September 20, 2021
I knew today with the 20 mph east winds, full moon tides, and a cold front coming through that Patrick Lally from New Windsor, NY and myself had our work cut out for us to find biting fish. It didn't take long to realize what we figured was a reality.
Several stops produced nothing, couldn't even get a croaker to bite shrimp on the bottom, now when you can't get a croaker to bite you better believe the bite is tough!! Finally hit a promising area and Patrick soon was hooked up with a 13 1/2" Speckled on a white Berkley Gulp Grub. Shortly after this Trout, Patrick put another Speckled Trout in the boat that would be a keeper at 16"
After feeding our mullet minnows to quite a few crabs, we had one of the Medium Heavy 7' Fenwick HMG Rods with a 400 series IRT Reel to double over and Bobo went nuts when the drag started screaming under the pressure of a very strong fish. Patrick fought the fish to the boat and about 10 feet from boat side and it rolled on top and we could see it was a very nice Red Drum. We were hoping it wasn't over slot but it looked and fought like it very well be. Then after the swirl on top it took off peeling drag once more, and once more Bobo came unglued just barely staying in the boat by hanging on to the gunnel by his toe nails, and sure enough, the circle hook just pulled free. We don't know who was the most disappointed, but I'd say Bobo, he just looked at us and turned and went under the front deck disgusted with us!! Well, now you know just how big fish sometimes just get bigger.
Little did we know at that time to get that Red Drum in the net and get a picture of it would have completed our Cape Fear Slam today because the next fish that came to the net was an 18" Flounder. Got a grip on his lip with the Betts Hi-Viz Fish Grippers to keep those sharp teeth at bay, got his picture, then we released him since the season closed last week.
We were met with tough conditions this morning but if you have fished with me then you know I hate to make excuses and I don't quit or give up on looking for fish that will bite plus I can't stand to take "no fish" for an answer. Yeah, I know it's called fishing and not catching, but that doesn't mean I have to like it!!!
Thank you Patrick for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip. You had any choices here in Southport/Oak Island, NC to choose from and we are Blessed and honored you chose us. My only hope is you had a great time and I possibly met and exceeded your every expectation. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
September 18 2021
Have had several folks concerned about me because I haven't posted a fishing report in th last few days. Well, let me just say that if you pick a fight with a side grinder with a cutting disc turning at 10,000 RPM, you are going to lose that fight, I know from experience. But, I'm OK now and today I went fishing with Chad Cunningham from Jacksonville,NC.
We took off from the marina this morning and went into the creeks behind Bald Head Island. I had great expectations for this morning as we were on a good tide but those expectations finally turned into "where are the fish " ? We have plenty of bait fish in the water, a good falling tide, but we can't get a bite on live bait or on Berkley Gulp. But, we were catching some nice croakers on shrimp, so where are the Red Drum, Black Drum, etc.
After hitting many different pieces of structures, oyster beds, creek mouths, and flats, all the while watching the tide progression on the Garmin 93CV. When it got right I told Chad I was going to put all my eggs into one basket and make a 3 Mile run to a spot that the tide was right for and if we were going to catch any fish this morning it would be there. So, off we went, now if I didn't produce fish here in the last hour of our trip, I was going to look like I didn't have a clue as to what I was doing!!
We arrived and got anchored with the Talons and Ulterra, and all I can say is" Thank you Lord for not letting me look like a fishing moron"!!! Here, we got thr boats limit of mid slot Red Drum, caught several Black Drum and managed 3 keepers, and of course a Flounder. And at one time we had a spell when we couldn't keep up with the bites that were almost non stop, and we had several hard fighting fish on that just pulled the hooks before we ever got to see them but we estimated to be big black drum or Red drum, but we'll never know for sure.
Chad, always a pleasure to fish with you and I'm already looking forward to our next trip. I truly hope that after pulling the proverbial "rabbit fish" out of the hat this morning I met and possibly exceeded your every expectation. And yes, sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, and that's just what I proved this morning!!
September 14, 2021
Today Bobo and I wrapped up the 2021 Flounder season by sharing a morning trip with Jim and Joan Summers from Woodleaf, NC. After I picked them up from the marina I told them we had about 30 minutes of falling tide left and we needed to hit a spot that should get us a Red Drum there. I love it when I'm right, but only happens when I'm not at home!!
We got a 22" Red Drum there and we also caught a few small ones and some small sheepsheads and short Black Drum. Then the tide went slack and and so did the bite so we headed north to where we still had some tide to fish in.
Our next stop behind Bald Head Island would be good enough for us today that we never moved until time to head back to the marina. It was a steady bite of Red Drum, Speckled Trout, and Flounder.
I have enjoyed this year's Flounder season and every day has seen our 23' Riddick Bay Runner backwater boat with great friends and folks to go chase some fish. In fact, my entire season has been like this. We have the best fishermen any Captain could ever hope for and today Bobo and I made some new friends with Jim and Joan who live just down the road from our home in Linwood, NC. During our conversation today we discovered we shared a friendship with one of the best friends I've ever had in my life who lived just below me in Linwood. We are already talking about some catfishing trips this winter in the Piedmont of NC. I would love for Barbara to meet these fine folks and show them how we catch catfish on the local lakes back home!!
Jim and Joan, you guy's were fantastic today. The fish kept us busy today and ya'll hung in there and just like me, I don't think you guys ever had time for a break until we moved from our 1st spot to the next spot then it was on like donkey Kong again!!! Great day, great fun, till next time, God Bless You All!!!
September 13, 2021
Bobo, the charter boat dog and I went to Safe Harbor Marina this morning to pick up Tom Braswell, his wife Amy and daughter Jacey from Hickory, NC. to go fishing with us. Before leaving I asked what they wanted to catch today and the response was they would like a few fish for dinner and just wanted to catch something, even croakers were fine. Now this is the kind of trip all backwater charter captains dream of!!!
Well, we took off and we had a good morning of catching Red Drum, Flounder, pinfish, lizard fish, small sting rays and a huge ray that Tom fought for a while before it finally broke the line and yes, croakers. The only keeper Flounder we seen today was a very nice Flounder that Jacey had hooked up and looked to be 4 to 5 lbs, maybe more, that pulled the hook before we could get it to the net. Like I said before, that's how big fish get bigger, and it's called fishing for a reason!!
It is always a great time fishing with this fine family and I'm looking forward to our yearly fishing trip next year. Baits today that caught the Flounder and some of the Red Drum was 3" Gulp jerk shads in white, Nuclear Chicken, and New Penny on 1/4 ounce jig heads. Mullet minnows caught a couple of the Red Drum while shrimp brought up the rear with the croakers.
Back at it again in the morning, come on back tomorrow evening and get it the way it really happens on our Charters, we report it good, bad, or ugly, and we post daily most all the time during our charter season. You don't have to wait weeks to get outdated reports. Yes, it's time consuming to report daily and takes a concerted effort when you are 70 years old and you put the boat in early and already have the days bait caught when you pick up your fishermen and their fishing trip time ends on the fishing grounds, not at the dock, makes an old Captain tired from a day's fishing. But we feel the extra effort is just one of the many features that helps keep us a step ahead and also helps keep fishermen a little dialed into what's happening in the backwaters!! Sure hope you all appreciate our extra efforts!!! Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to like us on fb and feel free to leave a comment on our post and on our website "Guestbook ". Till next time, God Bless You All!!!
September 12, 2021
Today Bobo and I were fishing with Michael, Cody, and Shelby Huffman from Connelly Springs, NC.
The bite had picked up from yesterday and we caught several fish including Red Drum, Flounder, Grey Trout, Whiting, and Croakers. The Red Drum and Flounder were still under the legal size limits but at least the whiting and Grey Trout were legal and we also had some croakers big enough to fillet. At one time today Michael, Cody, and Shelby were hooked up at the same time with flounder and Red Drum!!!
The bite was good enough today that the discussion was brought up to make our 1/2 day a full day but after checking the Southport/Oak Island tide chart on the Garmin 93CV I had to be honest with and tell them that would be fine with me but the extra fishing time would be during the slack tide period and the bite would most likely be shut down during that time of slack tide. So we made the decision to just call it at a 1/2 day and I'm glad because I hated to keep them out knowing the bite was probably not going to pick back up until after we were done fishing and the tide turned again.
These guys are always a pleasure and a lot of fun to share the boat with and it was a real good time today except for when we had a really big Flounder just inches from the net and the hooks pulled. I made a lunge for it and had it halfway in the net but not far enough to keep the tide flow from taking it out of the net, and that my friends is how big fish get bigger!!!
As you know Flounder have some rather healthy teeth and can tear your hands and fingers up trying to get the hooks out and can make for really sore wounds. I have found the Betts HI Viz Fish Grippers to be a very useful tool to hold the fish with keeping your hands clear of those nasty bites you can get from Flounder when removing hooks and taking pictures.. If you haven't tried a pair of the HI Viz fish grippers you should give them a try, and you can thank me later!!
Thanks to everyone that continues to support us. Till next time, God Bless You All!!!
September 11, 2021
Today Bobo and I were once again fishing with good friends Nathan Young and Kasey Reece from Harmony, NC.
We started off on the near shore reefs and I know there were at least a couple Flounder out there because I seen a couple caught on other boats. With us drawing a blank on mullet minnows and bucktails with Gulp we headed to the backwaters to give it a go before heading in on out 1/2 day trip.
If you fish regular you know what I mean when I say it was just one of those days. I called tomorrow's charter and told them my problem and figuring the waning new moon and cold front was the best excuse I could come up with for my short fall today, but, they still wanted to give it a try tomorrow. Sure hope they bite tomorrow, don't know if my nerves can handle 2 days in a row like today!!!!
Thanks you Nathan and Kacey for knowing and understanding they don't always bite all the time for everybody. Love you both and your kind comments today were just what I needed on a day of fishing like I provided. You two are just great friends and people!!! Hope to see you again soon when we go crappie and catfishing!! Till next time, God Bless You All!!!
September 11, 2021
My day started off all wrong this morning, it's a good thing I got plenty of mullet minnows on my first cast, because on my second cast I had forgotten to take the motor out of gear and did you know that a 6' Betts Super Pro Mullet net will stop a 175 Suzuki from running when it gets sucked into the prop, yep, it will. I had to go swimming and cut it out. But things got better from that point forward!!
Bobo and I once again welcomed aboard some hometown guys Frank Martinez and Ty Comer from Lexington, NC and Tyler (TJ) Morrison from Winston Salem, NC. We fished hard today and we found the fish. We found Red Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Croakers, and flounder. A lot of the fish didn't meet the legal size limits to be kept but were still fun to catch. It's always a good time on the boat when these guys are in town to go fishing on the Yeah Right Charters backwater bay boat. Only 4 more days of Flounder season left and hopefully they will continue to bite for 4 more days. I'm sure after 4 days are gone they will bite real good!!
Sure hope the winds and the swells from hurricane Larry will let us get out on the Beach tomorrow to chase some Flounder. But if it's not safe to go we'll have to just keep chasing them down in the backwaters!!
Thanks guys for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip. You had many choices to choose from and Barbara, Bobo, and I are honored you chose us again for your fishing trip. I only hope I met and possibly exceeded your every expectation. Till next time, God Bless You All!!!
September 9, 2021
Today Bobo and I were fishing with Danny Prevette from Thurmond, NC and Bobby Prevette from Elkin, NC.
We fought the winds and dodged the rains all morning and we caught fish. We did get an in slot Red Drum at 20", a nice whiting, some nice croakers, a ribbon fish and a bunch of Flounder.
Speaking of Flounder, there should be plenty for next year, every one we caught today was around 14 inches and a little over but we couldn't ever get one 15 inches or better. We still had a good time and we were just reminded it's called fishing and not catching, but we still caught plenty, we just had to release most due to size limit restrictions. Looking forward to our next trip with you guys!!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!!
September 8, 2021
Today was one of the best days I've ever had in my life. When I got to the Marina this morning there stood two guys I used to work with over 50 years ago that I loved like family that had booked a trip with me and used an alias name to surprise me. I wouldn't call it surprised, it was more like shocked, stunned, surprised, and excited all rolled into one. They were Gary and Robert Turner from Trinity, NC.
It was a day of fishing and reliving a lot of memories from many years gone by. You can bet we have made plans to do a lot more together very soon since we finally were reunited today fishing for Red Drum and Flounder. The bite wasn't as good as yesterday's but we did get some Flounder to take home as well as an in slot Red Drum.
I'm still in a state of numbness from today's happening and I also have a inner feeling of gratitude and joy that's hard to explain knowing these guys thought enough of me to come to Southport NC to see me and go fishing with me. Love you both and we will terrorize the crappies and catfish real soon, God Bless You Both!!!!!
September 7, 2021
Today Bobo and I were honored to get to fish a half day with Bill and Sherry Sanders from Julian, NC. I asked them this morning what they would like to catch and I'm glad I did because I was surprised when they said that Flounder would be OK but we would rather have Red Drum!!
I told them that this would be different scenario for me since I've been after Flounder for over a week now and I have some good places for Red Drum and the tide will be perfect for Red Drum at my spots in around an hour. So until the tide was right we hit a couple places and picked up a couple of Trout, a Bluefish, and a few nice croakers. After this I told them it was time to go to after the Red Drum.
We got to the first place and got set up and it wasn't long until Sherry was hooked up with a nice in slot Red Drum. And not long after this she would also be hooked into the first legal Flounder of the morning. After this Bill would counter when he hooked into a 18" Flounder. Not to be outdone Bill also was soon hooked into a nice upper slot Red Drum at 26". Very soon after this Bill again hooked into another 23" Red Drum to fill the boats full limit on the Red Drum. Then Sherry was hooked into a upper limit Red Drum that was determined to not come to the boat but she showed it who was boss today. After I netted the fish she said, WOW, that got my heart to racing, yep, she's now the one that got hooked!! This Red Drum was also 26" but we handled it gently and released this one since we already had limited out. Shortly after this we moved to another spot and Sherry would wrap the trip up before the storms got here with another legal Flounder.
Sherry and Bill you guys had many choices of charter services to choose from here in Southport/Oak Island, NC. and we are honored and humbled you chose Yeah Right Charters for your Anniversary fishing trip and I only hope I met and possibly exceeded your every expectation!! Till next time, God Bless You All!!!
September 6, 2021
Today Bobo and I were fishing with Larry Caldwell from Denver, NC. and Neal Smith from Davidson, NC. We were looking for Flounder this morning and when the tide got right so did the Flounder bite. Just wish more would have been up to the 15" legal size limit but we did get a couple legal ones in the boat and even lost some right at the boat that would have been big enough to invite to dinner.......guess that's why it's called fishing.
Hopefully I'll be able to share this post, FB apparently didn't like what I said in yesterday's post and blocked me from sharing it on other groups I'm a member of. And some wonder what's wrong with the world today.
Update, nope, FB won't let me share!!!
Thanks Larry and Neil for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your trip today and looking forward to our next trip. Till next time, God Bless You All!!
September 5, 2021
Today Bobo and I were back in the backwaters with Mark Thomas from Durham, NC and Tommy Robinson from Mint Hill, NC.
We made a few stops with no fish getting to the net, lost a couple, but those don't count. I was starting to think I was going to have day 4 of not finding many keeper Flounder. Now, I never ask anyone for any help in finding or catching fish, always figured I could do this on my own and usually do. But after 3 days of a real struggle to put my fishermen on fish I gave in today and ask God to guide me to the place I needed to go today if it was his will and if I was worthy. I went back to scratching my head and then I had a strong urge to head to a place I haven't fished in a while, guess I need to say a Divine feeling!! I told the guys to wind in and let's go to another place. I thanked God for the help while on the way and thanked him for what we were about to receive.
We got there and got set up and immediately after putting in the first mullet minnow the rod doubled over with a Red Drum. From that point on, it was pandemonium!!! It took me an hour and a half to eat my 4 peanut butter and crackers today, now that was busy netting, baiting rigs, taking fish off, and keeping my guys fishing this morning. Then it was 12 noon and we wrapped it up for the day.
We kept 5 nice Flounder for a few fish dinners, lost some nice fish just out of net range from pulling hooks, and released quite a few 14 3/4" Flounder. The flounders bait of choice today was a 1/4 ounce jig head with a Berkley Gulp 4 " white Jerk Shad. Thanks for stopping by and reading my post, always give God the glory, and till next time, God Bless You All!!!
September 4, 2021
Once again Bobo and I were fishing with my brother from another mother Mark Pisano and his wife TJ from Holly Springs, NC. After spending 2 days fishing hard in the creeks behind BHI and off the intercoastal and catching a lot of short flounder I decided today to try the areas on the beach.
Here we caught a variety of fish including black bass, croakers, blue fish, hammerhead sharks, rays, black tip sharks and hooked a few fish we couldn't turn and had some pull the circle hooks and even had a couple break our lines. But, the Flounder we caught were NOT short this time, TJ caught the 1st one at 16 inches and Mark countered with one 18 inches.
What will tomorrow bring, I don't have a clue but once again I'll be back out there somewhere trying my best to put the pieces of the puzzle together. And rest assured, I'll report it the way it was even if I don't like the results myself. My honesty has earned me a lot of respect in the fishing world and a lot of hate. But your respect is something I cherish and work hard to keep!! The haters, let them hate, and continue to pray for them!!
It is always a good time with good friends when these guys are in town. Thanks Mark and TJ, it was so nice spending the day with ya'll again and I'm already looking forward to doing it again soon!!! Thanks everyone that takes the time to read my reports, God Bless You All!!!
September 3, 2021
Today I was in the backwaters fishing with Nick Barnes from Garland, NC. Keith Jackson from Wade, NC. and Jason Bullard from Roseboro, NC. The fish seemed a little lethargic after the rains and the passing cold front but we didn't give up.
We picked at fish all morning and Keith got his first "Cape Fear Slam" by boating a Red Drum, a Speckled Trout, and a Flounder. Collectively, we caught Red Drum, Black Drum, Flounder, and Speckled Trout. Got a 17" Flounder and a 16" Speckled Trout for dinner, all the Red Drum were under the 18" limit and the Black Drum was an inch short of the 14" limit. I can't remember catching so many Flounder in the past 2 days that are 14 1/2" to 14 3/4" and a few have been 14 7/8". Hopefully I'll find some bigger ones tomorrow.
Thanks guys for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip, I was honored to have Nick back onboard with his friends Keith and Jason. We had a fun filled morning with great conversation and fishing. Looking forward to the next time we can go again. Till next time,God Bless You All!!!!
September 2, 2021
Today Bobo and I picked up Cindy and Dave McKenzie from Mooresville, NC at Safe Harbor Marina and we went where most everyone else was looking for Red Drum and Flounder. Now let's start this off the way it really happened!!!
I asked Cindy if she fished much and found out she had never caught a fish. So, Dave showed her how to use a spinning outfit and I showed her how to work a live bait on a Carolina rig. She made her 1st cast and on that cast she hooked and boated her first fish ever, a Flounder, that missed being legal by less than a 1/4 inch. After that she never looked back.
Dave and I finally figured the situation out, she ganged up on us, as she caught dang near every fish we caught In fact Dave and I caught so few, we really couldn't think of what we did catch.
It was another great day on the water with great friends that we have made through fishing. Dave, there is hope for us now, you keep bringing Cindy back with you and surely she'll feel sorry for us sometime and show you and I her secrets of how to catch fish!! Thanks to everyone that takes the time to read my reports and till next time, God Bless You All!!!
August 31, 2021
Today Bobo and I were fishing another trip with Ryan Huneycutt, along with his daughter Marisa Poplin and her son Hayden all from Richfield, NC. It was a struggle to find biting fish for me today but I stayed on the move and picked up the puzzle pieces a few at each stop until we put it all together.
Hayden, at only 6 years old was quite the fisherman today. He basically caught all the fish including Red Drum, Black Drum, Flounder, and some nice sized croakers on his new spinning Rod and reel that Barbara and I purchased for him to use and keep after his fishing trip on the backwater bay boat.
We had 2 Red Drum in the cooler and needed Just 1 more to get today's limit. Well, you would know it, we hooked him up right at the time we had to head back to the marina. Ryan fought him diligently on the very lite tackle we were using to catch croakers. Almost got him to the net at boat-side but made one more run and on this run the hook just pulled free. What's the saying, "some days you get the bear, and some days the bear gets you" or maybe I should say "Fish" instead.
Good to see you again Ryan and to meet more of your family. It was another good day on the water sharing our love of fishing with great folks from Richfield, NC. Till next time thanks for stopping by and God Bless you all!!!!
August 30, 2021
First, thanks to those that have contacted me being concerned since I haven't posted a fishing report in almost a week, but I had taken some time off to work on other fishing related projects I had gotten behind on and a few I just wanted to get behind me. But this morning I was back on the water with Tim and Tyler Champion and Tyler's girlfriend Leea Wilson all from Burlington, NC.
I made a couple stops and we had plenty of bait in the area but the water color wasn't to my liking and there was not any feeding on the bait fish so after about 15 minutes at each area with no bites except for Crabs, Crabs always bite, I checked the tide chart on my Garmin 93CV for the local surrounding area and told them I had a spot a couple miles away that the tide was right for so we reeled everything in and took off.
Upon arriving we had bait fish and fish activity in the bait and better water conditions. Leea stuck the 1st fish here that was a Flounder that we released. Caught a few croakers we thought were small Red Drum until we got them in the boat. After this Leea caught the 1st Speckled Trout of the day. Then we had a spell with the Red Drum. We put a 22" Red Drum in the cooler and not long after this we had another rod double over and had another nice Red Drum hooked up but the hook pulled, we thought as hard as it was fighting the line broke, but no, the circle hook just came unhooked. Shortly after this, we played this scenario all over again with another nice Red Drum.
After this we had a round with several Black Drum and another Speckled Trout, just couldn't reach the 14" lower limit with any of them, but still fun to catch. By this time it was 12 noon and time to head back to the dock. I started bringing the rods in and they started to help and I said please just let me do this unless you are in a hurry. We have a Red Drum and lost 2 more. I have 2 minnows in that area and if you have time, let's give another one a few minutes more to ride back with us. After I brought a couple more rigs in and stored the rods, Tim said I don't think it's going to happen this time. Well, I said it ain't over until all the baits are out of the water. Tim just happened to be standing beside the last rod that was in the water, I told him, OK Tim, there he is, and with this rod doubled over, we put another 19" Red Drum on the guest of honor dinner list before heading back to the marina.
Sometimes things just work out, and sometimes they don't,but it's all in a day's fishing in the backwaters around Southport/Oak Island, NC!!
August 23, 2021
Today I was truly Blessed to be able to share a day of fishing with Paul and Karen Hamrick from Oak Island, NC.
We started off in the cleaner water that is available behind BHI hoping to find a better bite there.
We did find a good bite for the Red Drum but they were all short of the slot limit but made some pretty pictured. And of course we caught and had to release some very nice Flounder from the season being closed. I'm keeping a log book on all the Flounder and will revisit their hideouts starting September 1st. While we were fishing the conversation came up about sheepshead fishing and Karen said she had never caught one and would like too. There was some structure not too far away from where we were fishing and asked if she'd like to give it a try, sure, I'd love to, so off we went. Wasn't very long until she had her very 1st sheepshead in the boat. Sure wish she had said she wanted to catch a big one as the one she caught was short of the 10" limit. But she was tickled anyway, and that's what mattered!!!
All the time we were fishing I was watching the tide progression on the Garmin 93CV and when it was right I told them that if we were going to catch a in slot Red Drum today that the tide was right for a spot I have and if it's going to happen it will happen there. Of course I didn't put any pressure on me to now get them the Red Drum they were wanting for dinner, Yeah Right, no pun intended !!! We made the run to this spot and got set up and here we caught the boats limit of in slot Red Drum and even had to release several that were short of the slot and a upper slot but we had already killed a lower slot to fill our limit so to be ethical fishermen we took pictures of the upper slot and released him to go on and help produce more Red Drum for future fishing.
Paul and Karen, ya'll had many charter boats to choose from here in Southport/Oak Island, NC and we are honored you chose Yeah Right Charters. I only hope I succeeded in making your trip the best you ever had and possibly exceeded your every expectation. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!!
August 21, 2021
This morning Bobo and I went fishing with Matthew Metzler and his son Conner and daughter Lena from Pittsburgh, PA. I made a run to where I had been finding cleaner water to fish but when I got there my thoughts on the bad storms and torrential rains we had yesterday and last night had materialized and the water looked like burnt coffee and getting muddy on top of that on the incoming tide. I knew then I had my work cut out for me today to find fish that wanted to bite!!!
We still tried it a bit but to no avail. Made another run a couple miles in the other direction and this would be far enough downstream to be ahead of the nasty water that was coming. We caught several fish on this stop including Black Drum, Red Drum, Flounder, and Croakers. The croakers were above average size. Flounder season is closed until September 1st, and the Red Drum and Black Drum were all short of the slot and those had to be released also.
It was a tough day on the water but the kids had a lot of fun and had a great time catching all the fish and that was today's main goal anyway!!!
Hope all this fresh water influx will get on out of here in a few tide changes and we'll pray the hurricanes will spare us all this year. If you get a chance to go fishing by all means go, fishing in dirty water is better than fishing in no water, and besides, it's called fishing, not catching, so If you do catch some fish that's just an added bonus!!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
August 20, 2021
Finally after dealing with morning storms all week we were able to get out in the backwater with Oak Island locals Chris and Tammy Major. We headed to Bald Head Island to try our luck there but we weren't exactly welcomed at the places we tried. A small Speckled Trout and a small Flounder was all we could entice to bite our baits here.
I kept watching the tide on the Garmin 93CV and told them I had a place a couple miles from where we were at that the tide was right and we could fish it and still be alright with today's negative tide, off we went!!!
When we got there the water actually looked better than it did behind BHI. We baited up and set the rods with mullet minnows while Chris and Tammy was casting various artificial baits, would have most likely done better on the artificial baits but I'm out of my favorite bait of all time and if I can find some more of my green Betts Halo Shads the catching on artificial baits will definitely pick back up again!!!!
It didn't take long and Tammy would find herself hooked up with a very nice Red Drum. She was fighting it like a pro then the rod straightened out and the fish was gone. Wow, I said, that was a nice one and I was ready to eat humble pie when she wound in the line as I was expecting the leader to be broke, but the hook just pulled free. Unfortunately that happens in fishing sometimes also, but not often with the circle hooks I use!!!
Got everything back out and it was just a brief moment when 2 rods doubled over and Tammy and Chris were both hooked up with Red Drum. Tammy's would be a 19+ in slot and Chris's was too small to even bother with measuring. It was getting around 12 noon and with some dark clouds on the horizon we decided to turn our full day trip into a half day to get off the water before the storms hit and to be on the safe side. I started bringing in the rods slowly to give the mullet minnows a chance for their limit of Red Drum. It worked again today, had one more rod to go and before I got the other rod out away the rod bent over, the drag screamed, and Tammy and Bobo both came alive. Another 19+ Red Drum to fill their limit. Bobo was ready to get on his perch on the leaning post for the ride back to the marina, and we all made it off the water safely then the lightening show and rains came with a vengeance!!!
At it again in the AM weather permitting, stop by an see what happens. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
August 16, 2021
Today Bobo and I were fishing with long time time clients and friends Dean Jarrett and Coy Jarrett and Joshua Frazier from Trinity, NC. I made a run to my first place that I knew we had a good tide to fish this place but when I got there I observed the water conditions and water temperature and didn't like what I was seeing but we tried it a few minutes anyway since we were there, not a bite!!!
I made a decision after a few minutes to head north where I was thinking we would have better water quality and hopefully cooler temperatures. Our first stop at our new location proved to have better water color and a few degrees cooler than our 1st stop. Bite was not on this hole but we did pick up a nice Sheepshead. After several more moves with little to no action I was starting to scratch my head. Things didn't look too good for me right now and I was starting to get embarrassed. I couldn't get my guys the Red Drum they wanted to catch today.
Finally the Good Lord asked his father to help me out and directed me to our last stop before heading in and God is great all the time as this stop came alive for us and Joshua would put the 1st mid slot Red Drum in the boat. Then shortly after this Dean would catch a short Red Drum. After a few more huge croakers, the biggest ones I've ever seen in this area, well over a pound, maybe over 2 pounds, Coy would find himself hooked into another Red Drum that he couldn't keep out of the structure and the barnacles would end that fight prematurely. Then another rod bent over and Dean was hooked into a nice Red Drum that just came unbuttoned before we could get it to the net.
We were getting ready to wrap things up for the day and another rod bent over and Bobo alerted us when the drag started to let line peel off the reel. Coy was able to redeem himself by putting a nice upper slot Red Drum in the boat to end the trip with the best fish boated today. We had the opportunity to get the boats full Red Drum limit, but I was thankful for what we did get and had a blast fishing with these guys again!! Kristin, you and Coy would make a good team!!!
Well, today I let the weatherman with his drama talk me into canceling my trip. Hope he doesn't miss it again today, but that and radar, which didn't look good then, is all I have to go on, and I refuse to risk anything for a fish. Maybe tomorrow will look better!! Thanks for stopping by, be sure to join us on fb, like our pages and leave your comments on our post and on our "Guestbook" page on our website. Till next time, God Bless you all!!
August 13, 2021
Today I was fishing with Jimmy Jackson and his son Daniel from Angier, NC. and Shannon Powell from Apex, NC. We left the marina and I was going to fish a creek and seeing the 85 degree water this early in the morning I switched gears and headed out on the beach.
After about 30 minutes on the beach and water conditions and the absence of bait I decided to abort this plan and headed to the areas behind Bald Head Island once again.
The water was a couple degrees cooler here and at the temperatures we have had lately that can make a difference. Live bait was pretty much ignored most of the morning and artificial baits would catch a few Flounder and croakers on about all stops. I was trying to get Daniel his first Red Drum today and the rod doubled over and I thought I had him one, but instead it would be his first in slot Black Drum. After hitting several more places and catching more Flounder and croakers we were getting short on time left on our trip so I made a decision to go to a spot I felt that the tide was right to hopefully get Daniel his Red Drum. Here, I was loosing hope as well due to the slow bite and the last hour of high tide on my 93SV chart had only 6 minutes to go until slack tide. Then, just like it's supposed to be, the rod doubled over once again and it would be a 20 inch in slot Red Drum for Daniel.
It was a tough day on me because I wanted to get Daniel his targeted Red Drum probably more than he did, so I wouldn't give up and worked hard up to the very end and accomplished today's mission in the last few minutes of our trip. It doesn't take but a second to get the bite you are looking for so you just can't make excuses and give up. It ain't over until it's over!!
August, 12, 2021
This morning I went to Bald Head Island and picked up Dan Berger and his son Colby from Bethesda, MD. and Scott Chatterton from New Hill,NC. We left the marina and headed deep into the creeks behind BHI. It turned out to be a good decision as our 1st stop was the beginning of another great fishing trip with some even greater people.
I can truly say that Colby, who is in the 3rd grade at school can handle a spinning reel and catch a fish with the best of them. He is a fishing machine!!! He caught so many fish I lost count at 13 and he just kept on catching them. He did let his dad Dan and friend Scott catch a few .
Back in the backwater again in the morning, till next time, God Bless you all!!!
Wednesday 11, 2021
Today I was in the backwater fishing with Aaron Bell and his 2 sons Owen and Elliot from Huntersville,NC. It was a fun day fishing with these guys.
Our 1st stop this morning had bait and fish breaking water everywhere but the fish were dialed in on what they wanted and showed very little love for our artificial and live baits. But we did catch a few Red Drum and Black Drum and the boys had a ball catching croakers and Flounder on their new spinning Rod and Reels I got for them to use on today's trip, then at the end of the day I gave them to them to take home with them.
When you book your fishing trip with us and you have children 10 years and under please let us know as we do this for all our younger fishermen when we know in advance they will be onboard. But if you don't tell us when you book then we don't know!!!
Each stop we made we added a few fish to today's catch total but we didn't take pictures of them all. Already working on another trip with the guys in October, hope it works out so we can fish again!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
August 9 and 10, 2021
Yep, I'm behind again on fishing reports but at my age it's kinds expected once in a while.
Yesterday 8-9-21 I was fishing with Clinton Dickerson and his 2 sons Cade and Chace from Newport Beach, CA. and Richard Dickerson from Southport,NC.
We found some fish that wanted to bite and we caught some Flounder, bluefish, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, and Red Drum.
Today, 8-10-21 I was fishing with Jason Molden and his son Brinton along with Christopher Molden from Newtown, PA.
On this trip I found the bite a lot tougher than yesterday. Seemed like the bite was just shut down as I never got a bite today on live minnows or live crabs. Brinton switched over to shrimp and put all the fish in the boat we had to take home for dinner while artificial baits got us Flounder, and Speckled Trout.
Water is slowly cleaning up a little on each tide change. Sure hope the Tropical system headed towards the gulf coast doesn't add insult to injury next week.. If it does we just have to accept it and keep moving forward. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
August 8, 2021
We've had to cancel a lot of charters lately due to the storms going through our areas in the morning. Here's the newest charter trip.
Today I was fishing with Kelly Hillman from Denver,NC., and Lester Smith and Emily Poole from Oak Island, NC. I picked them up at Safe Harbor Marina and we made a trip behind Bald Head Island to find some cleaner dirty water.
Emily put on a show this morning by bringing 2 nice flounder to the boat. One went 23" and the other was 19". We got their picture and promptly released them hoping they will remain in the area until the season opens September 1st.
We finally hit an area where Kelly would hook up with a couple of Red Drum but they were Rat Reds so we released one after a photo and the other got off at the boat. Not to be out done, Lester would hook up with a nice 22" flounder for another photo and we released this one as well. At this same area we caught a couple of nice croakers around a pound each and Emily informed me that they really liked to eat croakers, (I thought Barbara and I were the only one's that liked fried croakers). I asked if they would like some and she said yes, definitely, so we ended the trip with around 30 very nice, some over a pound, filleting size croakers.
Thanks guys for fishing with me today and I'll be honest, when I saw the water this morning I'll have to say we caught a lot more fish today than I thought we were going to, you just can't give up, just keep searching until you find something!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
August 2, 2021
Today I had 6 people wanting to do a charter so we ran a morning trip with 3 and an afternoon trip with the other 3 and both groups agreed that 6 would have been really crowded and everyone was really happy with the way things worked out with plenty of room.
The morning trip was with Tyler and Jennifer Marriott from Pinehurst, NC and Nat Reeb from Granville, OH. After a couple hours in the backwater with no bites except for Crabs, croakers, and silver Trout we opted to go see if we could coax a shark into biting. Jennifer caught her 1st ever fish while she was catching bait for me to take shark fishing. Thanks Jennifer we couldn't have done it without you!!
Not long after getting the shark baits in the water Nat was hooked up with a nice spinner shark. After we took pictures and released the shark another rod doubled over and Tyler was hooked up with a nice ray that gave him a fight that was all he wanted for one day.
After this it was time to head to the marina to pick up the afternoon group and we went back shark fishing with John Reeb from Pinehurst, NC. and Kevin Johnson and his son Samuel from Gainesville, OH.
Once again it didn't take long and Samuel was hooked into a nice 38" Blacktip shark that we released and soon after that we were hooked up with another nice Ray that was determined it wasn't coming to the boat but we got him in and got his picture anyway with Samuel. Various other smaller sharks were caught including a small Hammer Head. After those we decided to call it a day and headed back to the marina and go find dinner.
Thanks to you all for trusting Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip. I only hope I met and possibly exceeded your every expectation. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
July 29, 2021 and July 30, 2021
A little behind on reports. The last part of July has been a tough one for me, let me explain a little bit. Got home from a charter trip around the 15th of the month to a sweltering house and a locked up compressor on our heat pump. I am on the schedule to have a new unit put in on August 3rd, and we're ready, its has been a hot one!!!
And then the rains came, I have a 3 acre lake behind my house that was around 4 feet low due to the dry weather then on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of last week it was filled to around a foot over full with local rains and then all the rains up north started coming down the Cape Fear River and made our waters look like burnt coffee to chocolate milk, and for some reason Saltwater fish aren't real fond of freshwater.
Of course I canceled my trips those 3 days due to all the storms but tried to find some biting fish on Thursday and Friday. It was a real struggle at the very best. But in our quest to be honest about our trips and the help you know what we find I post it all as I find it. Now I know the near shore fishing was probably better and even some lucked up in the backwater, but I wasn't one so lucky.........
Today I was fishing with Wayne, Delinda, and Logan Chilson from Salisbury, NC. We hit creek after creek and spot after spot from lower Dutchman and upper Dutchman creek, Elizabeth River, and all the way to areas behind Bald Head Island and with 5 live bait rods out and casting 2 rods with Berkley Gulp all we could come up with was a short endangered Flounder and a short Black Drum. We did switch up and tried another approach and got several bites from fish, and with this bite the fish were so big we couldn't stop or turn them before they broke the 30 pond test line. It just wasn't our day!!! We fished hard but just couldn't put the puzzle together. Thank you guys for understanding it's called fishing and not catching, but I still don't have to like it!!!
Also, Thank you Wayne for your words of encouragement you left us at the Southport/Oak Island Chamber of Commerce, God Bless you all!!!
Wayne wrote..... " Great service, Knowledge, and Hospitality, Would definitely recommend to anyone "
Today I was fishing with Lindsey Williamson and Zachary Black from Aberdeen, NC. We started off on a place that the tide was right to get fish if they wanted to bite this morning. Again, it was as slow as it was on Thursday. We did get 2 small Flounder here but the fish were so lethargic that we never got a bite on artificial or live bait and the 2 flounder we caught were both on a minnow that we detected only when we went to see if crabs had cleaned the bait off the hooks.
Just didn't think I could handle another day like Thursday so I changed things up and we got out of the backwater and hit the open waters near shore. It wasn't long here and Zach found himself hooked up with a nice shark that wanted to play this morning. Don't know who was the most excited, my crew today or Bobo the fishing dog and myself, finally a good fight on the end of the line that stayed hooked up. Had a few more bites that didn't hook up and then Lindsey got the opportunity to show Zach girls can catch sharks also.
Another day of fishing with more great people that just love being outdoors and on the water. Any fish is just an added bonus. Thanks for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip and another heart felt Thank you for your humbling comment you sent to the Southport/Oak Island Chamber of Commerce about your trip. Like I've said many times, I have the best Fisher people you could possibly ask for. God Bless you all!!
Lindsey wrote......." Captain Butch and Bobo were wonderful. You can tell he genuinely cares and wants to to have a great time. Such a great captain and man!!! THANK YOU FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL CHARTER !"
July 22, 2021
Today I was fishing with Robbie Hooker and his son Blaine from Staley, NC and Marshall Oxendine from Mcleansville, NC. Bobo wasn't with us today. He had a groomer appointment and he was missed by all!!!
Now I know someone found a good bite somewhere today but I worked really hard and covered lots of water this morning from the river, to behind Bald Head Island, to the Elizabeth river, and Dutchman creek, and I just could not get on a good bite all morning. We caught a couple fish we had to release and had a good chance at what felt like a decent Red Drum but just couldn't keep him out of the pilings on a dock and the razor sharp barnacles made a quick release inevitable.
What do you do, you do the best you can and hope to find your fishermen some nice fish to take home for dinner, but, sometimes God will humble you and remind you He is still in control. Part of the experience of a fishing trip is the boat ride, the other part is catching fish that you can enjoy on the grill. So I did what I could do to find the fish but couldn't get them to bite, and since they got the boat ride half of the fishing trip this morning I only charged for that half and feel good knowing I did the right and ethical thing for my fishermen. Don't care who you are, it's going to happen sometimes no matter how hard you try.
Tomorrow's another day so we just have to pick ourselves up and remember that every day is different and pray that the bite will be better tomorrow, and if not, just do the right thing it will give you and your fishermen a good feeling!!
July 21, 2021
Today I was Blessed to fish again with Louis Gadrinab from Durham, NC. Louis has been fishing with me for over 20 years now and today was extra special as he had along with him his two Grandsons Colin and Cadel Henry, also from Durham, NC. This was the first time the boys had ever been on a boat fishing and they were naturals!!!
We had a great morning of fishing and catching and I wish I had all my pictures I took this morning. I'll make a long story short here. I was taking pictures and just before we caught our 1st Red Drum I took another picture of Caden's Black Drum, turned around and another rod was doubled over, picked it up and the rod butt flipped my brand new phone out of my shirt pocket and it went for a swim and drowned. So, I'm back on my old phone until my other new one comes in my water proof case for my new phone will be here tomorrow!! Was hoping my pictures would be saved in my gallery or photos, didn't get that lucky so I have the pictures Louis took after that fiasco!!
Back in business as I'm on the way home now from Verizon with my old phone reactivated.
Hope tomorrow's fishing and catching is as good as today's was, if so, everyone will be happy I do believe!! Thanks for stopping by and till next time God Bless you all!!!
July 20, 2021
I'll be honest, when I picked up Brent Craddock, David Craddock SR. from Danville,VA. and David Craddock JR from Ringgold,VA, I was worried that all the storms and rain yesterday was going to make the catching pretty tough this morning. Well, I love it when I'm wrong about things like this!!!
On our first stop this morning it wasn't long until the bite got to going and of course most every fish was a Flounder, some nice ones and some smaller ones. But regardless, they all had to be released due to season closure. We also caught some small sheepshead, Speckled Trout, lost a nice Black Drum right at the boat and got a Red Drum just shy of the 18" mark that we released.
After the tide went south I made a run to another area and here things didn't work out so with little time left on our trip I made the decision to go to a place behind Bald Head Island on the negative tide we had at that moment. This would prove to be the right decision for our fish for the day to invite to dinner as we managed two upper slot, a 26" and a 26 3/4, with tails pinched, Red Drum. As I've said before, you just can't give up, fight to the last minute and if you don't find them at least you'll know you did all you could do that day to put your fishermen on legal fish and that's all you can do, after all, we're just guides, not God!!!
Thanks for coming by and checking out our fishing/catching trips. We are booked nearly everyday so if weather permits, we will be posting daily trip reports!!! Till next time, be safe on the water and God Bless you all!!!
July 18, 2021
Today Bobo and I were blessed to be fishing with 3 young ladies from my hometown surrounding area near Lexington,NC. They were Kristin Bundy from Denton,NC ;Josie Holmes from Thomasville, NC; and Lucy Williams from Liberty,NC.
We left the marina this morning and when I got to my first stop the bite was dead. After a little thought I made a move to another spot and it was here that would produce all of today's fish.
The girls caught sharks, Black Drum, Red Drum, and Flounder. We kept enough Red and Black Drum for dinner and released everything else. Already looking forward to our next trip! You proved today that girls know how to fish and some are really good at it as you 3 were!!!
Till next time, God Bless you all!!!!
July 16, 2021
Today Bobo and I went to the Marina and picked up Dave Roberts and his son Ryan from Atlanta,GA. The mission today was to just catch some fish to fight, get a few to eat if possible, and just have a good morning on the water with a father and son spending quality time together in God's great creation together doing what they love to do, fishing!!!
We started out fishing a couple places that proved to be not the areas we needed to be in this morning so it wasn't long before we made a run behind Bald Head Island and here we found biting fish. It started off with a Speckled Trout and then a nice Virginia mullet and some good bites that didn't hook up and then it was flounder. If the flounder bite continues the flounder season this year, although a short 2 weeks should be spectacular!!!
It was just what the guys were looking for but if you know me I wanted them to have lots more fish than we got today as I want everyone that fishes with me to have more fish, but they were pleased and in the end that's what really matters. Thanks for stopping by and till next time God Bless you all!!
July 15, 2021
Today was a very special day for me as I was going to take 6 year old Aiden Osborne and 8 year old Layla Osborne and their mom Leslie Osbourne from Charlotte, NC and also Sam Rosen from Huntsville, NC. fishing. When I seen that 2 kids were to be on the Yeah Right Charter boat I made sure to have them both their very own special rod and reel to use and would be able to take them home with them at the end of the day. Don't do this every time just when Barbara knows they are going to be small children.
The objective today was to get them "hooked" even more on fishing and I think we accomplished this goal. They really wanted to catch a big shark. Now that's not the easiest thing to do in the backwater creeks, but with the hand of God helping me out on my mission today the first fish in the boat this morning was a nice bonnet head shark that absolutely thrilled the kids!!!
We then caught more smaller ones that just was the icing on the cake!!! We also caught a nice Speckled Trout and then they discovered croakers and from that point forward it was hard to keep the hooks baited fast enough. And oh yes, we caught a lot of flounders, some small and some nice ones. All flounder was released and we just kept enough other fish today for a good dinner.
When I asked them this afternoon if they liked the rod and reels they used today and they told me yes, but for me the best part of the whole trip was when I got to see their faces light up and the big grins when I told them that those belonged to them to take home!!
After everything that happened yesterday, I needed today's trip to get me back on track and knowing that no matter what happens sometimes, better times are just on the horizon so just pray and keep the faith and keep moving forward, God will listen and make things right in your world once again!!
Thank you Leslie for letting me fish with Aiden and Layla today, this was just the therapy I needed to brighten my day, you all were great and I had a blast watching them get so excited over every fish. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
July 14, 2021
Starting the morning off I picked up John, Buffy, and Savannah Narcise from Oak Island,, NC at Safe Harbor marina for a mornings fishing. You may recognize John and his family, they own " Oak Island Inn".
We started off this morning where I caught fish yesterday and stuck it out until the tide was where it was the day before but the bite we had there yesterday didn't materialize this morning. We hit several more places and the bite was tough, all except for the crabs, they were so ferocious the fish didn't have a chance to find a bait without a crab having already demolished it.
Finally I hit a place and I even made the comment we might catch a fish here the crabs aren't that bad so far. and we did, we caught a variety of fishes that included sharks,Whiting, croakers, Black Drum, and a few nice Speckled Trout. Everything we caught today was released for another day!! After the tide slacked we decided to call it a day and head back to the marina.
Maybe the fish weren't biting a lot but the fellowship was the best. Thanks guys and hope you enjoyed my company as much as I enjoyed yours.
July 13, 2021
Today I was fishing with Jon, Kendra, and Conner Wooten from Clemmons, NC.
I made a run to a spot behind Bald Head Island that has been doing fairly good on the tide we had this morning, and Jon proceeded to deliver the fishing " kiss of death" technique. You know what I mean if you are a serious fisher person!! If you don't know fishing's "kiss of death" well here's how it happens......we got set up and Jon made his first cast, BAM!!! a nice 19" flounder boated on the first cast of the morning. That was it for this spot!!! We gave this spot a good working over because of the fish it has produced on this tide in the past, but that was it for this spot !!! We made a couple more moves and those produced nothing as well. Then I made the decision to make a move to an entirely different area!!
On this stop we found some fish that would cooperate for us. Kendra would deliver the first punch with a barely nonlegal Speckled Trout. Next a rod doubled over with a good fish and Conner was in line for this bite but the fish had us wrapped in the structure and I realized he was tight to whatever he was in so I knew that to try to pull him out was most likely a broken line so I just gave him slack and put the rod back in the rod holder, it has worked for me before, and it worked again this time !! With the fish out of the tangle Conner was hooked up with what I thought was a nice Red Drum, but in a bit I slid the net under a 6lb. 15oz. Sheepshead . Then another rod doubled over with another good fish and this time the hook just pulled free so we'll never know what we had to just swim free!!! Not to be out done Jon would follow up with another Speckled Trout right before it was time to head to the marina.
As the water warms more and summer progresses the fishing gets more unpredictable but please know we are doing all we can to stay on the move to try and find you biting fish. Mother Nature can be hard to figure out sometimes but we don't like to take no for an answer and I never give up!!
A good day on the water with some great people from a town just upstream from my hometown of Reeds Cross Roads just west of Lexington, NC. Thanks guys for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip, I hope I met and possibly exceeded your every expectations. Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
July 12, 2021
Today Bobo and I were fishing with Tom and Ann Gaudreaux from Southport, NC and their grandson Quinn Dooley from Oakland, CA.
Our 1st stop soon had Quinn hooked into a speckled Trout that would be just short of the 14" legal size to invite for dinner. Not long after this we would be hooked up with Black Drum, both keepers and shorts.
With the winds picking up and the current getting stronger to the point my 36 volt trolling motor, both Talons down and the 175 Suzuki engine in gear wouldn't hold us in position. Now that's some really tough conditions to try to fish in and I believe the fish had left the area also, so we did as well.
We ended our trip keeping a couple nice Black Drum for dinner and got back across the Cape Fear River before the tide started to fall into the stiff South West Winds. If you fish this area you know how nasty that river can get in those situations.
Thanks for stopping by and reading our reports, you all are the best!!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!
July 6, 2021
Today Bobo and I were fishing with Derek Mohr and his sons, Matt and Jack, from Cornelius, NC.
The bite was a little slow so after our 1st stop which didn't produce hardly any bites we kept on the move picking at them all morning. Our 2nd stop got us some Red Drum that were in slot, under slot, and a couple nice ones that pulled the hooks right at the boat. Also some nice flounder, small flounder, small Speckled Trout, and a couple Black Drum. Another major move would finish out the day with some more nice Black Drum and some nice Sheepsheads. Along with more flounder.
Looks like after tomorrow's trip "Elsa" the proclaimed hurricane remnants might put the screws to Thursday's trip. We know how the weather can change hourly here sometimes but it doesn't look good at the moment.
Thanks guys for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip. I only hope I met and possibly exceeded your every expectations. Thanks to everyone who continue to support us and recommend us to their friends and family. Please be sure to like us on Facebook and we welcome your comments on our posts and on our "Guestbook" page on our website!!
Till next time, God Bless you all!!
July 5, 2021
Today I picked up Tony, Louise, and Ari Marquette from St. Michael, MN at Bald Head Island and we went in search for dinner this evening. I checked the tide on the Garmin 93CV and knew just where to start.
Our first stop would prove to be our best for the day giving us a limit of lower slot Red Drum and a few smaller fish like Speckled Trout, Black Drum, and Tony's favorite a few croakers, sorry Tony, the devil made me do it!!
Tony's daughter Ari would put on a fish catching show today to prove there were fish at the areas we went to.
I got most of the pictures today after getting what was taken by everyone. That was the last straw for this phone, even after my daughter in law, Holly did some adjusting to it that helped me see and take better pictures but it's still not saving half of what I take so it's history asap!!
What will tomorrow bring, you never know as every day is different but we'll be back in the backwater tomorrow finding out. Be sure to stop by tomorrow evening and see what happens!!
Thanks to everyone that reads our posts and supports us here at Yeah Right Charters. We couldn't do it without you all. A special Thank you today goes to Tony, Louise ,and Ari for choosing us for your fishing trip, our fishermen are the best!!!
July 2, 2021
This morning Bobo and I were fishing with Joe Johnson and his daughter Cheyenne from Pleasant Garden, NC and Garin Appler from Liberty, NC.
On our first stop all we could get hooked up was a under slot Black Drum. Didn't hang around there too long and left for another area. There were fish at this spot but they were small Speckled Trout and some nice flounder that had to be released. Again, my phone camera was supposed to have been repaired but with only one flounder in my gallery when I got home it's obvious it isn't.
Time was getting short and I told my group I have another place about a mile away that the tide was right for and if we don't get any Red Drum there then I just can't figure them out today. We made the run and got set up and only got 2 baits in the water and a rod doubled over and Joe was hooked up with a nice mid slot Red Drum. Then just a few minutes later Cheyenne found herself hooked up with another Red Drum. She fought it like a pro and it would be just an inch short of the legal 18" lower slot. A few more minutes went by and Garin was hooked up with the 3rd Red Drum at this spot and it would be another mid slot Red Drum that was to be the guest of honor at tonight's dinner!!
I'll be honest, I was starting to think that I was going to go home today feeling ashamed of myself for not finding these guys any fish for dinner tonight, and the results of today's trip is why I never give up and fight all the way to the finish.
Joe, Cheyenne, and Garin you had a lot of charter boats to choose from and we are honored to have been chosen for your fishing trip. I only hope we met and exceeded your every expectation!!! Till next time, God Bless you all!!!!