October 15, 2020
Today I picked up Jason, Parks, and Gibson Fowler from Cookeville, TN. at Bald Head Island and we went fishing!!!
It was quite an interesting morning trip with the fish bite turning out the way it did
Live bait today only produced Ray's and some were quite a battle to get to the boat.
The best producing bait today was once again my favorite go to bait the trusty Betts1/4 ounce Green Tiger Halo Shad. The Halo Shad produced quite a few of the nearly extinct flounders from 10 inches all the way up to 16 inches with another pulling the hooks Just as we seen it, and it was the biggest flounder if the day, of course the season is closed so we released all the flounder, then another very nice fish that looked like a big Spanish Mackerel pounced on the Halo Shad and got in the prop before we could do anything with it and got away as well.
The Red Drum we wanted today threw us a curve and dodged our hooks this morning. These guys were all very accomplished fishermen and that helped a lot in catching what we did catch.
Another good and fun day on the water fishing with great folks that share the same love of the sport as I do!! Thanks for choosing us for your fishing trip, sure hope I didn't disappoint and met and exceeded your every expectations!!
October 13, 2020
Had a wonderful morning helping Tom Navaroli from Fuquay Varina, NC learn some new fishing spots behind Bald Head Island. The in slot Red Drum bite we had yesterday turned into under slot Red Drum bite today plus an endangered flounder we released because the season is closed plus it was too small to keep if the season wasn't closed!!
Once again I was reminded that it's not always about how many fish, how big they are, and sometimes it's just being out on the water and enjoying a day in Gods creation and sharing the experience with great people, that's the kind of morning I had today and I was thankful and honored to have been able to share the boat with such a fine gentleman and scholar.
Another great day on the water doing what we do, can't wait until our next trip Tom, really looking forward to it!! As Tom wrote in his comments, " Only way it could have been better was if Barbara joined us!!"
October 12, 2020
Fished the rain soaked backwaters today with a couple friends and hometown guys. Rusty Orrell, Churchland, NC and TJ Morrison from Winston-Salem, NC.
To say the water was dirty doesn't do it justice with all the rains we've had plus upstream, but we still found some Red Drum by staying on the move and covering water. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do to get the fish to bite and today that's exactly what we did.
Good day of fishing with some friends from home.
October 9, 2020
Hit the backwaters this morning with Sam Andrus, Richard Andrus, and Jamesion Andrus from Southport, NC. I wasn't too optimistic after yesterday's slow bite especially since the wind had shifted to that dreaded East direction.
All I can say is that sometimes the fish teach us that they have a mind of their own and it don't matter what we think, they going to do what they want to do when they want to do it and our theories are just that, theories!!! Even caught a couple small grouper in the backwater today and lost more fish than we caught!! Betts Halo Shads with Pro-cure inshore Saltwater Super Gel and mullet minnows were the fishes baits of choice today!!
The guys said they had a boat and wanted to learn some places to fish, I hope I delivered on their wishes as I truly love to help people learn how to catch more fish!!!
Thanks guys for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your trip and now becoming a part of our fishing family!!! God Bless you all!!!
I've cancelled both days this weekend due to inclement weather moving in. Hopefully I'll be back out again Monday morning if weather conditions clear up and things are settled back down!!
October 8, 2020
Went fishing today in the backwaters with Shane Stamey and his son Garrett from Hildebran, NC.
We worked hard and had opportunities for fish but seemed like everything we hooked up that would be legal to keep just pulled the hook before we could get it to the net. But everything we hooked up that you couldn't keep needed a pry bar to get the hook from its mouth. It was just one of those days you have sometimes when you fish every day, or at least I do occasionally!! Just have to shake it off and move on to the next fishing trip and hope your luck gets better.
Check out Garrett's 22" and 24" flounders he caught today and was a good sport about having to release them. I hope I got good video of the release, couldn't see very well with eyes full of tears.
October 6, 2020
Even though the catching was extra tough in today's conditions in the backwater we still caught a few but this post is mainly to tell you about the wonderful family I had the honor to meet today.
I'll start by saying that when I was told I would have a 3 year old little girl on the boat this morning I just automatically thought the worse. Well, here's to not " judging a book by it's cover" which we/I shouldn't do!!
This family from Wingate, NC was Andy, Kimberly, and their daughter Aubrey Medlin. Outstanding folks and outstanding parents to Aubrey. This little girl was totally awesome, never whined, cried, pitched a fit, and her manners were 2nd to no one. Andy and Kimberly, my hats off to you two, you both are raising a daughter to be very proud of and this young lady will go far in life because of the upbringing she is receiving.
Thanks for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your fishing trip, just hate the fish didn't understand why we were there, or maybe with the very windy East wind, they just didn't care why we were there. Yes, I know I put too much emphasis on catching fish, but getting you fish is my job and I pride myself in doing a great job and I probably want you to catch fish more than you want to catch fish and when I get to where I don't care will be the time for me to retire, again!!!
Andy and Kimberly, keep up the good work, thanks for everything, and God Bless all three of you guys!!!
October 5, 2020
After 2 fronts went through Sunday the bite was tough this morning out of Southport,NC in the backwater, or at least for me anyway and everyone else I talked with. I was fishing with Southport resident Mike Martin and Andy and Sheri Lock from St. Charles, MO.
Our first stop produced several bites that just came unhooked before we could get them to the boat, felt like good fish. But we'll never know. Next stop was Mike putting on a flounder show with the Betts 1/4 ounce Green Tiger Halo Shads he was casting on the 400 series IRT Reels. They were nice flounder, but, season is closed now so we had to take pictures and let them go. Several more fish that got away half way to the boat on the Halo Shads with Pro-Cure Inshore Saltwater Super Gel and live baits were being attacked by crabs almost as fast as I put them on a hook.
The hope of getting the Red Drum they wanted to catch was looking sorta dim at this point, but I was not going to give up. Made another move to an area a couple miles from where we were and there was a lot of bait and fish and Blue fish here was tough on our Halo shads and live mullet. As I took the last live mullet from the bait tank l said, " ok Lord, if it's meant to be this is it, and I thank you for the Red Drum this bait is going to get these guys, and if it doesn't then I'll know it wasn't in Your plan today." The bite on this bait looked like another crab bite, then the rod doubled over and Sheri was hooked up with a nice mid slot 22 inch Red Drum.
Thank you Lord for helping us out and Thank you Mike, Andy, and Sheri for choosing Yeah Right Charters for your fishing
September 26 and 27, 2020
I'm going to combine today's report since the same great people went both days.
I'll have to admit that I'm so glad I came out of retirement and decided to continue my backwater saltwater charters. I have the best people on planet earth book fishing trips with me.
Just spent some quality time fishing with some new friends I made through fishing and although the catching was tough the fishing was great all because of fine folks like Douglas Pugh from Pittsboro, NC. Phil Massey and Robert Hinshaw from Burlington, NC.
We caught a lot of under sized fish but we also did quite well on the legal sized fish as well. Once again the Betts Halo Shads in 1/4 oz. and 1/2 oz. Green Tiger and Chartreuse bettstackle.net with Pro-cure Inshore Saltwater Super Gel scent pro-cure.com got the fishes attention and then the IRT 400 series reels brought the fish to the net. irtreels.com As for live baits, mud minnows actually out fished mullet this time.
Taking tomorrow off to get my truck inspected and to do some tackle repair and will be back at it Tuesday morning. I'll just let the pictures tell the fish story!!!Thanks for dropping by and God Bless you all!!
September 25, 2020
Today I had the pleasure and honor to share the boat with Webster Swicegood from my home town of Lexington, NC and his friend Craig Pardue from Elkin, NC.
Webster has a 20' Bay Boat and fishes here when he gets a chance and I was happy to show him and Craig some good spots to help them catch more fish when they get to go, just like I do all my fishermen!!
We caught some nice Speckled Trout today on the Chartreuse 1/2 ounce Betts Halo Shads along with Black Drum, of course the biggest black Drum got away, and we lost count of the Red Drum we caught on mud minnows but just couldn't get anything in the slot. Lots of memories relived today with a fellow West Davidson High School friend on the Riddick Bay Runner with his friend Craig helping put fish in the boat.
September 24, 2020
Had a good day out today with Thomas, Amy and Jacey Braswell, Granite Falls, NC.
After not catching a lot yesterday. decided to go in the opposite direction. It was a good move. The Betts Halo Shad in 1/4 and 1/8 size with Pro-cure inshore Saltwater Super Gel along with mud minnows was the fishes baits of choice today!!! Mullet minnows were the bait of choice for numerous blue crabs!!As you may notice Capt Butch uses Betts Hi Viz fish Grippers for those toothy fish like flounder. He says they are the best grippers he's ever used and I can attest to that. Strong and hold tight.
Enjoyed it folks and look forward to seeing you again.
September 23, 2020
Usually I don't go on the charters, but today we had our friends Harold and Carol Mullenax from Liberty, NC aboard so I tagged along. Carol and I like to talk and I always learn more about her heritage each time.
Today we tried the reef first, nothing but toad fish, then some of the backwater creeks. While they fished for the GOOD STUFF, I used shrimp to catch croaker and silver trout. After Carol had caught a couple flounder, we headed to another spot catching a few here and there. Finally Carol hooked up a nice keeper flounder then she was ready to rest and just talk.
We had a great day. Not the most fish in the world but some wonderful fellowship with some wonderful people. Hope to see you again soon.
September 18, 2020
We would like to welcome Tom and Jen Sabala to the Southport, NC community. They just moved here and wanted to try their hand at fshing. I think Capt Butch said it best.
"After all this rain we have had the water I fished 2 days ago that looked pretty good then looked like burnt espresso coffee today. So I had to make a long run to cleaner waters. Still inundated with plenty of fresh water but it looked good for fishing or at least gave me more confidence in the area we were fishing.
As expected it was a slow morning but we still got enough fish for dinner. Already making plans for another trip with Tom and Jen in the near future, can't wait, great folks to spend the morning fishing with!!!"
Well that's the scoop and now the changing of seasons winds are howling. Not sure when we'll get back out, but have a busy week ahead so I hope it's soon. Till next time, FISH ON!
September 16, 2020
Strong East winds caused the fish to get closed mouth for Freddie Winebarger, Conover, NC and Kevin Morgan, Casar, NC, but Capt Butch continued to hunt for some fish that were willing to bite.
Although they caught quite a few fish most were to small and had to be released. Freddie and Kevin ended the day with 2 nice flounder and a trout. Hope you enjoyed the day and hope to see you again sometime.
September 15, 2020
Listening to the weather, we were not sure if today was going to happen, but Robert Bowen,Bessemer, NC and Brent Holt, Kings Mountain, NC wanted to give it a try so Capt Butch said let's go but we may be limited as to where we can fish.
Betts Halo Shad and mud minnows seem to be the bat of the day. They caught trout, rat red drums and small flounder throughout the day and ended the day with a couple of keeper Speckled Trout and an in-slot red drum.
Capt Butch was completely give out when he got home but he was happy. He had met and fished with some nice guys today and that is what he likes to do.
September 14, 2020
This morning Capt Butch headed to Bald Head Island to pick up Hank and Cassie Hortenstine, Richmond, VA.
Although the bull red drum were biting on the beach, Hank and Cassie preferred to catch flounder and since they didn't appear to be biting on the beach, Capt Butch headed to the backwaters around Southport and Bald Head. Even though they caught quite a few flounder, all were to small except for one. Hank might have wanted flounder but one over slot red drum made it's appearance and was released after the photo shoot.
Hope you guys had a good time, because Capt Butch certainly did. He wants everyone to catch, catch, catch, but today he was reminded that being out in nature and seeing God's handiwork is all you really need.
September 13, 2020
Today we took Joe and Tom Huggins, Southport, NC and Hal Huggins, Maiden, NC into the backwaters around Southport/Oak Island.
With an East Wind the fishing was tough but we kept on the move and by the end of the trip we had caught two keeper flounder and an in slot red drum. It was a good day and we made some new friends. You never know what the day will hold when it comes to fishing, but you always know you will meet new people and enjoy God's creations.
September 11, 2020
Today's charter was a make-up from Wednesday when the weatherman said it was going to rain, but it didn't. Mike and Betty Ann Borski, Yardly, PA and Kara Borski, Lafayette Hill, PA texted me and said even if it rained they wanted to go fishing. Well it turned out to be a nice day so Capt Butch picked them up at 8 am and off they went.
"The decision was made to hit the near shore structures and see what we could catch and we caught a variety of fish.
Let's see now, we caught a nice flounder, gray trout, blue fish, a big ole Ray, and a couple nice sharks. Had some more fish hooked up that we just couldn't keep hooked up long enough to get them to the net. Guess that's another reason it's called fishing and not catching.
It turned out to be a good day of fishing and fellowship with some really nice people. Thanks for choosing YEAH RIGHT CHARTERS.
Now on a more somber note. Each year on this date I think of Alan Jackson's song: "Where Were You, When the World Stopped Turning" I remember everything about that day, the fear, the quiet outside, no plane trails in the sky and wanting all my family together. Then a few days later we took our classes, I was teaching Kindergarten, out to the flagpole and sang with Lee Greenwood; "God Bless the USA". Let's never forget how we felt that day. I never want anything like that to happen to our country again, but I wish we could feel the same unity we felt then.
Please God, Take all this hatred away and
BLESS THE USA AGAIN!
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September 10, 2020
Each year we meet new folks from different areas of the country. Today it was Brian Rudy, Martinsburg, WV and Chris Loizos, Bunker Hill, WV. Normally the crew wants to catch flounder since it's in season but today's group wanted red drum. No problem, Capt Butch is prepared for anything.
1st stop put a keeper Speckled Trout in the boat and a small Red Drum. Next stop was another small Red Drum and an even bigger Speckled Trout. Then on the next stop we hit the right hole and got a upper slot Red Drum, then another small Red Drum, and then another lower slot Red Drum. The last stop for the morning was some more small Red Drum and another Red Drum that was a very nice fish that got on a piling and the barnacles made short work of the line and got away.
It was definitely a morning of catching. We ended the day with a couple of in slot red drum and a couple of keeper sized trout. Tomorrow's another day.
September 8, 2020
Today it was Bubba and Tina Thomas, Concord, NC that went out with Capt Butch.
Capt Butch kept an eye on the weather and with the cooler temperatures the duo ended up catching and quick releasing all morning. Capt Butch said he had never seen so many fish biting off hooks, breaking lines and pulling the hooks. With saying that, they did manage to land several ribbon fish, several small trout and a nice keeper and a 52 inch spinner shark that was released unharmed after the photo shoot. Hope you enjoy your fish fry!
The weather looks to be going downhill but if possible Capt Butch and Bobo will be headed out again in the morning.
September 6, 2020
Carrie Freedman, Rock Hill, SC called back in August wanting to book a date where she could take her father, Bob, Rock Hill, SC fishing. We set up the date and off they went on Sunday morning.
The 15 to 20 NE winds cooled the temperatures down to where it was finally a comfortable day to fish. They caught some nice flounder today, along with a lot of grey trout, kept 3 released the rest, several blue fish, and they got a hammerhead shark in the boat that was released unharmed after the photo shoot. They also hooked a lot of big fish that were never seen but Capt Butch felt were probably sharks, because of cut lines and maybe some Bull Red Drum, because of pulled hooks, since some are already being caught.
It was a great day of fishing and fellowship and we made some new friends and Bobo even came out of his cave in the front of the boat to enjoy the cooler weather.
Hope you have a great Labor Day!
September 4, 2020
To celebrate Aiden Howard's 15th birthday, Apex, NC, his grandfather, Richard Smith, White Oak, NC took Aiden and his father Kevin on a fishing trip with Captain Butch and Bobo.
To say they worked hard today is true, stayed on the move and threw everything they had at them this morning. Unlike yesterday, everything this morning came off mullet and mud minnows. Every day is different fishing around here!! They caught several under slot Red Drum, an under sized flounder and a very nice legal flounder finished the morning up for the crew.
Hope this heat is ready to leave and cooler weather takes it's place.
September 3, 2020
WOW! Have you seen that moon lately! It has been full and bright causing high tides and fast running currents.
Tommy Byers and Don Schacher from Oak Island, NC worked hard this morning but only got a small Red Drum and a nice flounder that turned its back on live bait and GULP! bait but CRUSHED the Betts Halo Shad with Pro-cure Inshore Saltwater Super Gel when it swam by. "It could resist the rest but couldn't resist the best!!!"
Tomorrow's another hot hot hot day, but we'll be out there trying to entice those fish to bite. Have a blessed day and drink plenty of fluids.
September 1, 2020
Today it was Stephen and Steve Clark, Charlotte, NC that went fishing with Capt Butch. After spending a couple of hours on the reef and not catching much, Capt Butch decided to make a move and it proved to be the right thing to do.
Recently Capt Butch has been catching most of his fish on bucktails that he ties himself, but today the Betts Halo Shad proved to be the lure to use. This is a direct quote from Capt. Butch, "I tied a couple 1/4 ounce Green Tiger Halo Shads, coated then with Pro-cure Inshore Saltwater Super Gel, with a no slip loop knot onto 2 IRT 400 reels irtreels.com spooled with Berkley 17 lb test nanofil line with 12 lb 100% Berkley flourocarbon leader and very soon Steve was hooked up with a nice 18" Speckled Trout, several more under size speckled trout was caught between the two guys and after a short flounder Steve struck gold again and put a keeper flounder in the boat, yep, all on the Betts Halo Shad out fishing live baits once again!! On our next move the action picked up again with a bunch of Rat Reds and more short speckled trout."
Like someone said, Captain Butch, Bobo the fishing dog, Yeah Right Charters and Betts Halo Shads are back in town and on the water once again putting smiles on fishermen's faces and fish dinners on their family's tables.
"I love it, can't see me doing anything else!" Thanks to everyone for supporting us and welcoming Capt Butch back. Give us a call and let's go fishing! God Bless you all!!!
August 31, 2020
Rick Morgan, called wanting to book a trip where he could take his niece, Rylee Klinger fishing to catch some fish before she went back to school. So they came from Salisbury, NC and brought along Jim Morgan to make it a group. We usually prefer to take out just 2, but we were able to get to the reef and didn't have to do a lot of casting.
According to Capt Butch they had a lot of fun but he was kept busy baiting hooks, netting fish, taking fish off, taking pictures and re-tying tackle. Yes, it was a busy day, but Capt Butch said he loved every minute as they laughed, picked on each other, told stories, and just loved a day of catching fish together on a beautiful day God hath made.
Jim got a nice 30" over slot Red Drum today that Capt Butch took his picture and released to make more Red Drum. Today was also a lot of 1st for Rylee, her 1st big flounder, her 1st Red Drum, her 1st ribbon fish, her 1st toad fish, and her 1st 51" Lemon Shark that had her shaking so hard she just about couldn't hold it for a picture. We have a feeling there will be a lot more fishing in this young lady's future and we're glad we could be a part of it.
Rick, I'm glad everything came together. Thank you for choosing YEAH RIGHT CHARTERS.
August 27, 2020
Nathan Young, Harmony, NC called wanting to take his girlfriend, Kasey Reece, Statesville, NC out on a trip to catch her first saltwater fish. We talked alot about what they MIGHT catch, the reef and spanish fishing and I told him depending on the weather we would attempt the reef and Capt Butch would do his best. Well things finally came together, weather wise, and off to the reef they went.
As you can see by the pictures it was a successful trip. Nathan even told Capt Butch, Kasey was hoping they could come again in October. Glad you had a great time and we hope to see you again.
It's wonderful when everything works out like this, but I can assure Capt Butch will ALWAYS do his best to get you on fish and will continue to try until the last minute. He give 110% and cares about his customers catching and keeping.
August 26, 2020
Today Capt Butch had the privilege of taking Timothy and Lanola Bridges, Oak Island/Lexington, NC into the backwater.
They caught fish all day and got a couple very nice Speckled Trout for dinner. They also Caught quite a few flounder and Red Drum that fell short of the legal limit mark.
Good day with some great people. Headed out again tomorrow morning!
August 24, 2020
We have known Marcus Hester for several years and today Capt Butch was fortunate to take him and his friend Michael, owner of Michael's in Wilmington, NC into the backwater. After trying to get to the nearshore reef, it was to rough, Capt Butch fished behind Bald Head, the water way and creeks that feed into it. Although the small flounder and trout were biting, he large ones proved why they are big, by have lockjaw.
Maybe next time guys. Really enjoyed today and hope to get you on the big red drums later this year. Until then FISH ON!
Oh I meant to add that Marcus is a chef at Michael's. We're going to have to go eat there one evening since what he posts on FB look delicious and Butch said his roast beef with homemade honey mustard was wonderful!
August 23, 2020
Who would have thought Capt. Butch's retirement would be so short. Here we are fishing the nearshore reefs and backwaters of Southport/Oak Island. Thank you to everyone for the support and kind words. I assure you Capt. Butch will do his best to get you on the fish and we hope you have a good time while fishing with us. Please call me, Barbara at 336 309-5900 to book a trip.
Today we took Russell, Deana and Wyatt Stroupe, Iron Station, NC into the backwaters. It was a tough day, but a couple of small flounder and a small red drum made their presents known.
Sorry they weren't keepers but it felt good to be out fishing again and the fellowship couldn't be beat.