Today we went back SW of Frying Pan Tower and the bottomfish and Grouper bite was nothing short of fantastic. We had with us today Todd Wilcox from Unicoy, TN., Chris Whaley from Cedar Bluff, VA., Danny Rasnake from Rosedale, VA., and Keith Jackson from Grundy, VA
I am back to the same place I was at yesterday afternoon, I don't know how to explain just how good the offshore bite is right now. Again Capt Chris used the PRO-CURE SQUID GELL to 'marinate' our squid in and again it wasn't long at all until it seemed like the fish were fighting over our baits.
Look at the picture and when you see all the fish remember that we only had one fisherman that fished the entire day without any interruptions. That is all I am going to say about why the other three took some time off for several hours today.
Got a couple 1/2 days tomorrow leaving from Bald Head Island. Hopefully the near shore bite will mirror the offshore bite. Check back tomorrow evening/night and see if we find the Spanish Mackerel again and who knows what else.
Thanks for stopping by and God Bless You!!!
Capt's. Butch & Chris Foster
PROVERBS 5:1-2 My Son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen to my words. Be careful to use good sense, and watch what you say.
What a difference a day can make, and this is especially true on the ocean. This AM we left South Harbour Marina on a full day bottom fishing trip with Jason & Angela White from Vass, NC., and Larry, Holden, & Heather Hall from Cameron, NC. We made our way back to where we had caught the fish on our last stop just the day before in a sea that had been so rough the day before was now about as calm as you ever see it.
The light winds and calm seas made for some very tough boat positioning and keeping on the fish. But fortunately, I have encountered these conditions many times in the past and know how to set my wind course against my current course and compensate for the two different headings and it wasn't long until the fish were coming in the boat.
As the day went the anchor course kept changing and we had to keep making adjustments in our position to keep over the fish so this is what we did, and we ended the day with a box full of fish and then enjoyed a comfortable, scenic ride home and at one time I had a school of Dolphins swimming and playing along side the boat for several miles.
Another beautiful day on the high seas catching fish and having fun and quality conversation with great people. I will be back out again making more lifetime memories on the Yeah Right II as soon as this front we have passes and things calm down again.
Till next time, be safe, take a kid fishing, and God Bless You All!!!!
Capt. Butch Foster & BoBo ( the furry fish dog)
PHILIPPIANS 4:19 My God will use his wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need.
4-10-14 PM Trip
We left the Marina with John H and his son John D Sweet from Cary, NC. Now, on the AM trip before we left to come back the bite had just shut down. But, knowing the fish were there earlier that morning and seeing that by the time I got back to the area the tide would have made a change, I headed back to the same area.
To say that the fish were biting would be a discredit to the evening bite. It was nothing short of amazing!!! John was the only one fishing as his dad was taking pictures and videoing the event. John said he would send me the video. I was going to do some video myself, but I didn't have time. John would actually drop to the bottom, count to three and crank up for the most part two Black Bass at a time and this went on for several hours. Again, I truly do believe the PRO-CURE Squid Gel was the triggering factor for the evening bite. The more I used it the more they bit and we were actually having small schools of Bass follow the others all the way to the top trying to get at the baits with the Gel on them!!! I'm telling you, this PRO-CURE BAIT SCENTS WORKS!!!!!!
John caught all he could stand to catch and an hour early into the trip said he couldn't catch any more he was give out. So, with sore arms and their limit of nice black Bass in the box we headed to South Harbour Marina to get the fished cleaned and then get the boat cleaned for two 1/2 day trips tomorrow. Got a call from a friend this evening telling me there was a good King Mackerel bite offshore today. Also got some friends that said they would call this evening to let me know what they did in the stream today, haven't heard from them at this report.
The water temp on the beach got up to 62 degrees today and the bait is showing up pretty good now. It won't be long until the Spanish Mackerel and Atlantic Bonito show up. Thanks for stopping by and reading the reports and God Bless You All!!!!
Capt. Butch Foster
EPHESIANS 5:17 . Do not be foolish but learn what the Lord wants you to do.
Finally, my schedule and the calm seas met each other on the same day and made it possible to head offshore fishing. Gary and I met up with Troy Ham, Randall Knapp, Greg Bacento from Fayetteville, NC. Bryan Dedeaux from Laurel, MD. and Kerwin Steele from Garner, NC. It was beautiful morning with calm winds and a flat ocean. We made our way South around forty miles where the water had warmed up from the low fiftys the high sixtys.
My first stop was on a ledge that was positioned right to present a current block from the very strong currents we had today. I got the boat set up to where when we dropped our baits they would fall just behind the ledge and immediately it was 'game on' the guys were putting the fish in the boat left and right. I do believe that the fast bite was due to soaking our baits overnight in PRO-CURE'S Squid oil. This added more scent into the water and it really turned the fish on, this is good stuff!!!
We caught some of the prettiest Vermillion Snappers I have seen in a while today, just too bad the season was closed on them and we had to let them go. But, they were replaced with some very large Black Sea Bass, Triggerfish, Grey Snappers, Silver Snappers, Calico Bass, Americam Red Snappers(released as well), and sharks.
We even got Phil in the picture today, Phil has been the man over the years that has professionally cleaned, bagged, and labeled our fisherman's fish for us. He's one of the most honest and careing people I have ever had to honor to know!!! Phil, yeah that's him holding up the two Black Bass!!
All in all it was a great start to the 2014 charter season and it should just get better and better as spring turns into summer. We are off and running now so get booked before all the fishing days for this year are all booked up, we don't have a lot left open..... Be safe on the water and God Bless You All!!!
Capt. Butch Foster
Proverbs 5:1-2 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen to my words. Be careful to use good sense, and watch what you say.
We have been busy here at Yeah Right Charters the past few days getting equipment prepared for the upcoming charter fishing season. There is a lot that goes into making sure that the equipment aboard the Yeah Right boats is in great working condition so that you guys can be guaranteed a safe and enjoyable fishing adventure!!! After working all day yesterday on the Yeah Right III we decided to take today to go fishing. You might have seen Capt. Butch's post on Facebook this morning detailing him trying to make the decision to go Trout fishing or Crappie fishing today; after much dileberation entailing the time the tide would be at key levels, water temps, the frontal boundary moving in tomorrow, the moon phase, etc... the decision was made to target some Crappies!
To make a long story short, the fishing was tough today. As we got to the Lake Waccamaw boat ramp every report from the fellow fishermen we talked to at the ramp (them taking their boat out) as we put ours it to the guys we talked to taking their boat out when we did this evening was the same: 'they just arn't biting!' As I am writing this report however, there are some nice Crappies on the grill from today!
The fishing was tough, and Capt. Butch and myself had to fish very hard to find the tricks that would make them bite today. First couple hours Capt. Butch put the baits in several fishes faces only to find short strikes and non-aggressive feeding nature. Then he put a couple in the boat. I continued to try different color and presentation methods (depth of baits, angle presented by altering the line angle on the hook...) finally the pieces of the puzzle came together and we were able to discern that today these fish wanted a specific color set-up of jig and they would only bite if fished utilizing one of Capt. Butch's custom techniques. It has been said before that Capt. Butch has a '6th sense' about where fish are located and what they are thinking. Today that theory was once again proven!
We are going to look at the weather tomorrow morning and decide then whether we will be going through the 4/0 Penns and 50 STW Gulf Stream reels so they will be in top-notch order for you guys fishing with us this season, or fishing for Speckled Trout, or looking for more Crappies! We look forward to seeing you on the water really soon!
Capt's Butch and Chris Foster
Today we decided to attempt to locate the Speckled Trout again and with the tide falling and approaching low tide near sunset this evening, Capt. Butch and myself hit the water with the 19' Carolina Skiff this afternoon with hopes of putting some fish in the boat for a photo shoot and then quick release to fight another day! Capt. Butch was trying a new bait today, a Berkley Powerbait Shrimp. 2nd cast! Capt. Butch set the hook on the new selection and his rod doubled over, FISH ON!!! Within minutes the Trout was in the boat, picture taken, and released!
With this strong front on the way, we thought that the bite was going to be on fire this afternoon; however, this was not the case and the fish decided they were going to make us work for our bites. Capt. Butch continued to work the Berkley Shrimp and I began to work through my 'confidence lure set' until I finally found a Speckled that was interested in my Chartreuse 1/4oz jig head with a smoke/metalflake curly-tail grub. Pictured and release. I continued to work this selection for awhile longer with no results. Capt. Butch had now switched over to a D.O.A. 1/4 oz Shrimp and it wasn't long til he had another Trout in the boat.
We began to work a new location and the water was a little more clear with the strong wind blowing down the creek we were in so I switched over to an oldie but proven selection; the Christmas tree curly tail with an orange 1/4 oz jig head. Bam! Another nice Trout in the boat and successfully released. Then came the short strikes, Capt. Butch had a couple as did I, then his rod doubled over again almost as if he were hung up but then the fish began to come to the surface..... A FLOUNDER! The bait that tricked him into biting, this new selection of Berkley Powerbait Shrimp! I can see this being a 'go-to' lure for us in the future! All baits used today were tipped with Pro-Cure Shrimp scent attractant, this stuff has proven itself time and time again! Baits and scents used are pictured below.
Capt. Butch and I discussed earlier today that this year we are going to begin to detail our lure selections and baits of choice when applicable in our reports this year, we hope this betters your catches and helps our followers out! Here at Yeah Right Charters we appreciate you guys and as always if you have any questions feel free to email, message us on Facebook, or call anytime and we will help if we can. If you haven't 'liked' us on Facebook yet, I would highly suggest it, Capt. Butch and I are posting on there nearly daily as well as others and we are hoping that this summer as more get to fishing the area that we will be able to share their pictures and fishing stories on our FB page, making it more of a fishing community page. We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully seeing you on the water soon!
til then, FISH ON!!!
Capt's Butch and Chris Foster
After the great bite that we experienced yesterday and the temperatures here in Southport, NC warming to near 70 degrees! We couldn't help but to try our luck again today with the Whitings. First stop and the bite was on once again! Nice sized Whitings (Virginia Mullet) were coming over the side of the Yeah Right III nearly as fast as we could get our lines in the water! Notice the Yeah Right III, that's right, after many requests Capt. Butch is bringing the Inshore/Backwater charters back again this year, for more information just check out the 'INSHORE BOAT' link on our website. After filling the cooler up with Whitings for the table, we decided to go in search of some Speckled Trout!
Once again Capt. Butch knew just where to go and his experience on the water and expertise with tackle selection and technique proved to be a deadly combination and it wasn't long until we were catching Speckled Trout literally Every Cast!!! In the last hour and a half before sunset he and I boated over 50 Specks and since we had a cooler full of Whitings from the couple hours fishing earlier, we decided to release the Trout and let them swim to bite another day! It was great fun and the fish were biting too!
Check out the pics below, just a few of the MANY Trout caught today!! We hope to see you on the water soon!
Til then, FISH ON!!!
Capts' Butch and Chris Foster
With the beautiful 70 degree and slightly overcast day planned ahead Capt. Butch and Barbara along with BoBo and myself decided to make a trip Whiting fishing. After fighting a little fog to get anchored up on our desired location, Capt. Butch had one in the boat before anyone else even had gotten their bait on! 'They're biting!' he sounded and soon we all 3 were bringing Whitings in the boat at a regular pace!
Several other boats in the area were catching them as well and the bait of choice seemed to be cut Shrimp today. As the tide began to go slack the bite slowed and with a cooler full of Whitings for dinner we decided to try our luck at a Speckled Trout. Working our way down a creek, it wasn't long until I had missed a nice Trout, simply pulled the hook. A few more strong hits were to follow but the Trout seemed to not be on the menu for tonight and with it getting dark we decided to head to the hill and get these cleaned up for a meal.
Whitings are great eating white meat fish, we prefer to grill ours with Old Bay seasoning, but they are great fried as well and we use House Autry Seafood breader for this. The seem to be biting strong if you catch the tide right and can get on the school moving through. Hope to see you out there soon!
Capt's Butch and Chris Foster
We had a full day offshore trip scheduled for today; however, Mother Nature had other plans for the crew of the Yeah Right II and we were forced by the NE winds to turn this into a nearshore trip in search of Grey Trout and the exceptionally large Red Drum that inhabit our waters this time of year! Joining us was James Leininger or Merritt, NC alongside Charley Finn of Chapel Hill, NC and Jim Leininger of Pittsburgh, PA alongside Brian Bomquist with his two sons, Nate and Charley from Washington, DC.
The water was much dirtier today than on Monday and the NE winds with the passing low pressure system had really done a number on the bite and the fish were wanting to be difficult to say the least. First stop there were some Croakers and Grunts to be boated but the Trout had seemed to shut down completly. Shortly Capt. Butch decided to make a move and look to another school of fish a little further offshore. The water was dirty here as well and the bite was slow but there were a few more fish to be caught. Even though the fish were not wanting to cooperate we were all having a great time and these guys were really enjoying just being on the water. Capt. Butch in his determination decided to try another spot.
This time with the winds having subsided slightly this afternoon, we pushed on offshore a bit further and this proved to be the move that made the difference in fish on the table or simply a fun day fishing. Soon after the lines were deployed a nice Grey Trout was boated, then another and then several more within a mixture of Black Sea Bass and more Grunts. Most of the Black Bass were missing the 13' size limit by a mere 1/8'!!! But these guys were able to pull out a few that were big enough to take home to the table!
Great times spent with a great group of guys aboard the Yeah Right II!
Capt. Butch, Barbara, myself, Bodie and BoBo would like to wish each and every one of you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!!!
Capt's Butch and Chris Foster
Even though the NE winds were blowing cold today we went fishing with Doug Secrest from Palmyra, VA., and his Dad, Bill Secrest from Greensboro,NC. We started off on the East side where we had been doing really good on the fish a few weeks ago. It didn't look the same as it had been, and the bite reflected this as well.
I made a move to another area, marked a lot of fish, and caught a lot of fish but still no Grey Trout or a Big Red Drum. After trying to get some Grey Trout and a Drum here for a bit, I made a call to try another spot a little farther offshore.
This was the place!!!! We still didn't catch a Big Red Drum, but, It wasn't a problem as we were catching Grey Trout, Bluefish, Black Bass, and Grunts as fast as we could go. We kept our limit of Grey Trout and released probably another 50 to 100. As for Blues, we released them all but we caught plenty. We finished the day with a good bunch of fillets for the table, had some good conversation with a couple of great guys and got to go fishin' before the storm hits they are calling for tomorrow!!!
Hope everyone has a very warm and Blessed Thanksgiving. Check back often to see if we get back out fishin'!!!!
Till next time, God Bless You All!!!!
Capt's Butch & Chris Foster
ECCLESIASTES 7:8-9 It is better to finish something than to start it. It is better to be patient than to be proud. Don't become angry quickly, because getting angry is foolish.
I couldn't believe it...... After a week of windy conditions I woke up Saturday morning with a NE wind of 4 knots and a 5 foot SE wave of 7 seconds. I knew our 34' Sportfisherman can eat these conditions for breakfast and never get indigestion!!!
So, we met up with David Bailey, Jesse Williamson, and Bo Ramsey from Fayetteville, NC. and after several years of having to cancel our scheduled trips due to rough seas we were finally going to be able to head offshore. As I had figured, we were greeted with a SE swell that was a real pleasure to ride out in, actually, making it hard to stay awake with the smoothe rolling ride!!!
We were on a Full Moon cycle and I was hoping the current wasn't too bad, well, it was, but the guys caught on real fast how to work your baits, and it wasn't long until the fish were coming into the boat. Jesse said he sure hoped we would catch some Trigger fish today, well, that was the first fish we put in the box today, but it surely wasn't the last!!!!
I set out a rod for some AJ's and that didn't take too long either to get a real nice fish hooked up. All three guys fought and boated at least one AJ in the 30+ pound class. Think they were suprised at the power these fish have, don't call 'em 'reef donkey's' for nothing!!! I know they will be suprised at how good they are on the grill after Phil, our professional fish cleaner at South Harbour Marina works his magic to make clean and very tasty fillets from each one!!
Also after todays trip we will be sending some very nice, frame worthy, 'Release Certificates' for several AJ's that were caught and released and for 2 very huge Sand Tiger Sharks that we photoed at boat side and then set free.
Along with the Release's today we had Vermillion Snappers, Jolt Head Snappers, Silver Snappers, Scup Snappers, Amber Jacks, Big Black Bass, Triggerfish, Almaco Jacks, Calico Bass, King Mackerel, Grey Snappers, Sharks, and a few fish we never seen that couldn't be turned!! I would like to be able to take all the credit for todays catch, but again, had the guys not worked the current properly it wouldn't have happened. Good fishermen make my job a lot easier, and make me look good!! It's all a team effort, great job all!!!
Fishing this time of year is just GREAT!!! when you can get out offshore. And if you can't get offshore, the backwater fishing is GREAT this time of year as well!! I even seen a school of Spanish Mackerel about 6 miles off Bald Head Island coming in, I know, the water on the beach is cold, But, I seen one jump, or I wouldn't have believed it either. Don't expect to see that again after this next front passes until next year though!!
Gulfstream last weekend produced Black Fin Tuna, Wahoo, and some Mahi mahi. Wahoo and some Blackfin should hang around all winter. Just be careful going out there this time of year, it can change really fast and it's a long ways offshore!!
Hope to be doing some fresh water Crappie trips this week along with some backwater trips for Speckled trout and Red Drum. Haven't been to the near shore reefs lately, but, I'll bet the Big Bull Red's and Grey Trout are still there. Jig up some Pinfish and or Pigfish, rig 'em on stout tackle 'carolina style' put them on the bottom and get ready to hold on!!! I jig up the trout with 'Stingsilver jigs' and expect an occasional Bull Red to pile on one of those from time to time. Got some more offshore trips booked next week, weather permitting, will have more to report on those soon!!
Whiting fishing in the river and beach front looks like a favorite sport at this time. I haven't heard any reports yet, but, If they aren't biting, plenty of fishermen are expecting them too. If I can work it in this week, I might slip out and try to get a 'hands on' report as my last years stock is running very low at this time.
I love letting you know about the fishing, especially this time of year, the big crowds are gone, the weather is cool and comfortable, and most of all, The Fish Are Biting!!!!! Sure hope you can find some time to get out and do some fishing this time of year, it's some of the best of the year!!!
More reports soon, Till next time, God Bless Everyone!!!!
Capt. Butch Foster
PSALM 1: 1-3 Happy are those who don't listen to the wicked, who don't go where sinners go, who don't do what evil people do. They love the LORD'S teachings, and they are strong, like a river planted tree. The tree produces fruit in season, it's leaves don't die, and they will succeed in everything they do.
We met Capt. Darnell Greenway and Henry Greenway from Baltimore, MD., along with James Anderson and Chappie Elliott from Windsor Mill, MD. and headed offshore again after more bottomfish. The seas were a little off beat from the forcast, but, the 34' Chris Craft's twin diesels made the trip a very comfortable ride at 19 knots.
When we reached the fishing grounds we were greeted with a very, very strong current that was 'jacked up' into the wind. This makes for tough fishing and a 'hair pulling' situation to get anchored up in. But, we got 'r' done and the guys fished the current perfectly. When you have good and experienced fishermen on board in these conditions it sure makes me look good. I just got them on the fish, they knew how to catch them, so, I can't take all the credit!!!
We ended the day with near and limits of Black Bass, Grey Snappers, Vermillion Snappers, Silver Snappers, Barracuda, Triggerfish, Banded Rudder Fish, Joltheads, Amber Jacks, Grouper, Almaco Jacks, Ringtails and Calico Bass. The high light of the day had to be when Darnell hooked up and boated his very first African Pompano, and a nice one at that!! It was hard to believe we never caught a shark today with all the sharks we caught the day before, but, that's fishin'!!!
If you're ever up in the Baltimore, Maryland area, look up Darnell and book a Striper Trip with him. He fishes with us every year and I've got to get up there and fish with him sometime!! Sounds like a good road trip in the making for me and a couple more friends!!
Today we were supposed to head offshore with Chris Gravely and Drew Harrison from Charlotte, NC. but the NNE winds we have had lately made the seas offshore just too rough to have a good time trying to fish. So, we opted to stay on the beach and try for the Big Bull Red Drum we have near shore this time of year.
We started off at AR-425 and I just didn't like what I was seeing. Several more boats were there and after seeing only one Red Drum caught, I made a move to another place closer in. Here too I didn't like what I saw and made another move to an area that me, my son Chris and my wife used to fish in October years ago and we caught a lot of drum here.
I eased around the area until I spotted just what I weas looking for on the SI-TEX CVS-126 color scope. Here we got anchored up on the structure and as they say, The Rest Is Now History. Not only did we catch Grey Trout, and release Grey Trout, the guys were fighting Big Bull red Drum nearly non stop all evening.
When it was time to head back to South Harbour Marina the final count was Drew with 13 total Bull Red Drum and of those 13, 11 also qualified for the NC Citation Award.
Chris ended the day with 12 total Bull Red Drum and 7 of those qualified for the NC Citation Award. Of course, The guys will be getting 'Release Certificates' for all the Red Drum Caught and released today. Oh yeah, also Chris will be getting a 'Release Certificate' as well for the HUGE Sand Tiger Shark that he caught and released today that was estimated to be around 250 pounds and 9 to 10 feet long.
Today we were greeted with a ocean as calm as you will ever see. You had to be there to even believe that anything as wild and majestic can be as gentle as a new born lamb at times. Don't just take my word for it, as these local fisherman from Leland and another from NY. They were Bill Standwill, Anthony Errichette, Drew Montamo from Leland, NC., and Alex Naseef from East Northport, NY
What can I say, we went back to the 150's and 160's area today and again, we loaded the boat with a variety of great eating fish. I think the high light of the morning was when Bill boated the 20 pound Mahi Mahi on one of our 700 series IRT Reels.
Another good day on the ocean with Great guys and a cooler full of Grey Snappers, Mahi-Mahi, Black Bass, Amber Jacks, Joltheads, Triggerfish, Silver Snappers, Vermillion Snappers, Calico Bass, sharks(all released), and a few fish we couldn't do anything with that either got off or broke the 100 lb. test line like it was nothing!!!
The Fall fishing is really good now, and we are still booking everyday to go fishing. As long as you want to go fishing, we will keep booking mainly because it has been such a good fall season!!!
Till next time, God Bless You All!!!
Capt Butch Foster
PSALM 130:5 I wait for the Lord to help me, and I trust his word.
Finally the weather decided to cooperate with the fishermen today! The Yeah Right II broke the Cape Fear Inlet this morning in time to capture the true beauty of nature as the sun came up! Joining us were Jeff and Brandon Peacock of Kernersville, NC alongside Denver Compton of Rustburg, VA and Mike Neighbors of Goode, Va and Todd Willis of Lynchburg, VA on a Gulf Stream expedition! It was mentioned on the way out that Denver would love to catch a Mahi-Mahi, well, shortly after the high speed lures were deployed, wouldn't you know it! Denver put his first Mahi in the boat!!!
With the football Blackfin Tuna jumping all around the boat I quickly switched up to a ballyhoo spread and within minutes Capt. Butch had adjusted the speed perfectly to attract a few Blackfin into our spread! These were boated and lines reset, suddenly the Blue/White Laceration Lure on the prop-wash line began to scream! Todd jumped on the rod and it wasn't long til a nice 30lb Mahi found its way onto a gaff hook! I can tell you from experience, the lures from Laceration Lures really do work, they make a ballyhoo swim perfectly and keep the bait from washing out all the while leaving 5-8ft bubble trails when it surfaces! These lures are AWESOME!!!
A couple more strikes occurred and a few more small Blackfin Tuna were caught. Then the next Mahi hit peeling off the line lightning fast! Another hit and missed the Port outrigger line, as the nice sized Mahi neared the boat, Jeff had another slam a bait that he was reeling in helping clear the lines, then the gaffer was put in the boat only to see a couple more just like her were in the propwash! Very exciting to see! With several Tuna and Mahi in the boat the talk was 'where are the Wahoo?!' About 20 minutes later that question was answered with the line being peeled off the reel, Jeff sounded 'this is a NICE fish!' The Wahoo was a tough fight but no match for todays guys and the fish was put in the boat!
Till next time! FISH ON!!
Capt. Butch and myself started the day out with skepticism due to the persitent NE-E winds and the transitions in the weather and temperatures with the coming of fall!
We were joined today by Stephanie Woods, Stacy DeShields, and their brother, Blake Cogdill; alongside Jeremy Teague, Seth DeShields, and T.L. Owens in search of the 'Captains' Choice' as long as it was big fish that pulled hard and something to eat.
After much searching the south beach on Bald Head for some pogeys, the Mullet Minnows were abundant, we finally made our way almost to the shoals and in deeper water where we located the Pogeys and after one solid cast the livewell was full and the Yeah Right II was underway to the offshore grounds in search of big fish.
Thankfully our crew did not want any one particular type of fish and was able to leave it up to Capt. Butch because the reports indicated that the Spanish and King Mackerel were not biting AT ALL this morning. After anchoring up and beginning to chum the water for Amberjacks, soon the crew found themselves hooked into the 'ReefDonkeys' and trying to hold on to the rods for dear life as the line was ripped off them! They successfully boated 9 Amberjacks in the 25-40 pound range, we released 3 and the only bite on the lighline was a Remora.
Soon after we opted to try to catch some bottomfish. After trying for a couple hours and pulling out some Black Bass, a Pinky and a Triggerfish, Capt. Butch decided that it would be best to move back inside and try to find some Spanish Mackerel that would bite.
On the way to the beach Capt. spotted the schools of Spanish all over the top in the bait about 8 miles offshore of Bald Head Island, and the bite was fast and furious as long as we could stay in the schools of Spanish!
It was a great day on the water with a group of really great new-found friends!
Capt's. Butch and Chris Foster
Had two half day trips today and we decided to stay on the Oak Island beaches. After hearing that the Spanish were not wanting to show their faces on the beach, Capt. Butch decided to venture to new waters a little bit further offshore and soon we discovered the Spanish (and some nice ones) were there! Pink and Gold #00 Clarkspoons behind #1 planers seemed to be the colors of choice today and the cloud cover and rain seemed to help the bite as well. This morning we were joined by Capt. Jim Noel and his two sons, Jeremy and Jason of Madison, Conn. along with Neil Condon and his son, Seamus from Centerville, VA and John Collins of Davidson, NC. We were soon in search of a nice Shark after we had secured about 15-20 Spanish Mackerel in about 30 minutes. Not long after setting the lines we had a double hookup with a Lemon Shark of about 50 lbs and a small 25lb Blacktip Shark. Then Capt. Jim, Neil, and John found themselves hooked into a BIG 100+pound Stingray!~! This was a great crew and we enjoyed having them aboard,
On the second half of the day Capt. Butch and I were joined by Gary Carpenter and his son Kyle of State Road, NC along with Brandon Seal from Dobson, NC in search again for some Spanish Mackerel and a big Shark. We headed back out to the Spanish grounds and shortly had about 2 dozen in the box --a few nearing 3 pounds or better. We then decided to go find a big Shark. I deployed the baits and soon after the crew was hooked up on a 50-60 lb. Lemon Shark and several other hits and landings of smaller sharks. We hooked another 100lb Stingray and landed it. About 20 minutes later the day ended with the hooking and leadering of one last 100lb Stingray! The crew had a great time and I know we really enjoyed having Gary, Kyle, and Brandon's company on board today.
Capt. Butch and I were blessed with 2 great crews and an ocean with fish that were willing to feed today! Everyday on the water is a great day! Come on let's go fishing!
Capt. Butch and Capt. Chris Foster
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7-22-09 We were joined today by Lou Duke of St. James and Greg White along with his son Garrett and daughter Tess, as well as Raymie Perfett, all from Mars, Pennsylvania. Capt. Butch went in search of the fish and we started out trolling some minnows for Kings and Mahi. We were blessed with a nice King Mackerel skillfully landed by Lou and then a Mahi hit and brought an entire school up under the boat with him. The crew ended up by bailing 4 more Mahi and Raymie found a hungry Remora to bring on board for pictures.
Shortly after the Kings and Mahi seemed to shut down and we decided to go after some bottom fish. The current was 'screaming' and it was nearly impossible to get a 16oz weight to the bottom but the crew ended up pulling about 100lbs of bottom fish up from the deep. Then Greg hooked into a 35lb Amberjack that stretched his arms!
Tess hooked into a Nurse Shark that nearly pulled her out of the boat; but after a tough fight the shark was brought aboard and the superb crystal white meat was harvested! A great trip with good fishing!
Capt's Butch and Chris Foster
07/04/09 Today we had a short day fishing with Pete Deluca from St. James, NC and his son, Darren from Bashing Ridge, NJ.
We went after the Kings because that was what was biting the best at the time.
We put the baits out and I was making a turn back to the bait I had marked in the water column when the down rigger rod went off.
It didn't run like a King Mackeral, so I was figuring a Sharp Nose shark.
Well, it wasn't either one, it was a Gag Grouper about 15 pounds. You never know what you will catch in the ocean, and it was a very welcomed surprise!!!
We limited out on the King Mackeral today and the Grouper was an added bonus.
Capt. Chris even got his limit of Kings today to put in the freezer, so he got in the picture as well.
Till next time, Ask God Daily For Your Favor, He Will Take You Places You Never Dreamed Of!!!
Capt's Butch & Chris Foster
Went out for a little variety fishing today with Michael and Frank Salinger and Doug Lufkin from Cleveland, Ohio.
This was the 4th time they had fished with us and Michael said that we nearly killed them with all the fish we had caught in the past, so today they wanted to catch some fish, but not as many in the past.
Ok, I can handle that!!!
We started off at the Horseshoe area where we caught some King Mackerel and Mahi Mahi.
After we got all the Kings we wanted we moved over to a wreck where the guys were absolutely surprised at the power and brute strength the AJ's had I put them on.
Everyone had a try at one, and with the kind of fight these 'reef donkeys' produce, one was enough!!!
From there we moved off to the SW and caught enough bottom fish for dinner, and then we called it a day and went in a little early.
It was a different style of fishing than I am used to doing, and I must admit, it was quite nice and we didn't come to the dock totally give out!!!
You don't come back with all the boxes full of fish, but like Michael said, all the fish we had caught in the past was more than they could eat before they freezer burnt.
So, if you would rather have a day like this, just let us know when we leave the dock in the mornings, and we will try to make it happen for you as well.
Of course, if you want to fill the freezer, just let us know that too, and we will do our best to accommodate you!!!!
Our goal is to be sure you have a trip you will remember good things about, have fun, and even catch some fish as well!!!
Till next time, May God Bless Everyone!!!
Capt's Butch & Chris Foster