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FRIDAY 10-7-05; The weather has not been good at all down here for fishing. We cancelled Thursday and Friday's trips. We thought we would be able to do Saturday's trip, but that has not materalized either. We had to cancel that one also. Hopefully things will settle down next week and we can get back out. If it doesn't quit raining so much we are going to have to restock the ocean with freshwater fish. When things do settle down and get back to normal all you spot fishermen and fisherwomen need to get ready. I don't think it will be much longer till the spots are here. There have already been a few caught off the piers, but the fall run is not happening yet, but it is time. The king Mackeral bite should be on in full swing. As long as the water temps. stay in the 70 degree range, the king bite should remain hot. It was getting started good then the wind shifted to the EAST, and that was the end of that. When the NNE winds return or other winds that are not out of the EAST, and not blowing 40+ knots is all it should take!!!! The Gulfstream bite should be good also, it is time!!! We did go out and mess around in the Cape Fear River Wednesday, all we managed was a few small croakers and pig fish and one nice grey trout. We looked at the ocean side and it was one of the few times I have ever seen the river water cleaner than the ocean. The winds have really got the water stirred up. Yes, I know, it is depressing, and I hate to report such negative results. But it is getting that time of year when things start to change in a hurry which means it can also settle down and clean up just as fast as it dirtyed up and most likely it will. I was going to say that you could fish the river and creeks but everything down here has flooded today, so, don't look for them to be very good fishing until all this flood water gets out of here. It sounds much worse than it really is. If these fronts get out of here, give it a couple days and the fishing will start up again. I am predicting things to be getting back on track by the middle of next week, hope I am right. Don't forget about the fishing school at VECTOR MARINE in Wilmington, NC on FEBRUARY 25th. If you haven't already, call Gary at(910)452-6378 or email [email protected] for more info. and get signed up. Capt. Chris and I will be there and would be honored to try to help you out if you have some areas you are not sure about. If we don't know the answer to some of your questions, there will be a host of captains there, I am sure one of them will be able to help out. Also, we will be teahing rigging techniques at rigging stations. You will be doing "hands on" rigging and will be able to keep the rigs you make!!! The PIG PICKIN' and just being able to talk fishing is worth the price of admission alone, but, don't wait, seating is limited and subject to fill up fast. Let's all try not to go insane until this weather lays out, and if I can help you out in any way, if you have a question, just want to talk fishing, or have a suggestion, be sure to give me a call or email me [email protected] Till next time, FISH ON!!! Capt. Butch Foster, Capt. Chris Foster, and Bodie (the fish dog) says HI.!!! YEAH RIGHT CHARTERS, SOUTHPORT, NC (910)845-2004. www.yeahrightcharters.com
 

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CAPT. BUTCH, there ain't nothing like a good honest report to build a man's reputation among those who have heard all kinds of misrepresentations in the name of a buck. A report that tells it like it is from someone in the buisneess is good, no matter how bad the fishing was. I was fishing on a pier at Nags Head around the last of March or early April back in the 70's. I had a severe case of cabin fever and just used a passing bad spell of weather as an excuse to catch the first drum of spring knowing it was loooong odds. I had braved the wind and rough water all morning with no results when I decided to reel in and go eat. To my suprise I had a 31/2 lb croaker on. I gave it to the pier operator and went to Sam and Omie's for lunch. When I returned he had it hanging on a scale over a table of ice. And low and behold there were people on the pier fishing. (I had been the only one that morning.) Before I could get thru the pier house the explanation came over the radio, " Yeah folks you need to hurry down to _______ pier . They are catching croaker to 3 1/2 pounds out there." I fished another 2 or 3 hours and there were about 25 people who had gotten suckered in and there were no more fish caught. Eating bar-b-que, talking fishing, and making up rigs sounds like a much better way to cure cabin fever than the above. It sounds like the right way to wind up a hibernation. Good luck with the weather. I think you are right about it clearing back up before long. AL
 
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