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Monday 3-13-06: It looks as though the 2006 fishing season has kicked off here in Southport,NC. The water at the Tower was 68 degrees this past weekend and the King Mackeral were hungry. The weather was too nice for me to stay here at the house. So with Capt Chris gone to Lexington,NC to visit with his girlfriend Michelle, that left me to run a commercial trip by myself. If I had known before the last minute I was going I could have called and rounded up some help!! But as it is most of the time in the fishing business, you have to play the weather and most of the time you don't know if you will be able to go until the last minute and calling someone at 4:00AM to ask if they want to go fishing is probably not a good idea.
Now, I have recieved some comments from some other Captains saying that they think I should not be posting pictures from a commercial trip since I am a charter service. I don't understand the reason behind this. I am a Charter boat Captain, but I am also a commercial fisherman. I have purchased all the license and permits and fill out all the log books and reports on a by fishing trip and monthly basis, and by posting the commercial trips we run helps you know what is biting where and when. Sure, there have been some rude and critical remarks about all the fish we catch sometimes, and that's to be expected from people that don't understand how it works. There are quotas set, and when those are met, then a particular season will be closed to prevent over harvest, and when I am asked if we can do a commercial trip on a charter, the answer is no, it is illegal to combine a commercial trip with a charter trip. I fish for a living, so why not share the results with other fishermen. Good info. on fishing can be hard to find sometimes!! And as a lot of you already know, I do not have to know who you are, if you want to know where a particular fishing spot is or any kind of info. all you have to do is ask!!!
I will tell you one thing, spend a day on the water in the middle of a bunch of hungry King Mackeral by yourself, and if you are my age, they will tell you the next morning that you are not getting any younger!!!
This weekend as of this point doesn't sound as though it is going to be good for fishing. They are predicting it to be windy, but it is still a week away, and we all know how fast it can change. So let's all keep our fingers crossed that the front will either speed up or slow down and the winds won't be here Saturday as predicted now!! If you can get out to the Tower area, the Kings are "chewing down" on frozen cigar minnows or you can troll Drone spoons at about 5 knotts behind a #8 planer. Either one will work, but, if the spoons slow down, try going to the minnows, they will usually hit those when they won't hit the spoons.
The bottom fish are stacked up out there also. If you are interested in those just go out there and get anchored up and go at it. You may have to move though when the sharks find you!! The fishing season is under way, and remember, if you keep putting it off to go fishing, another year will pass you by, and you will still be wanting to go. Life is too short to not do some of the finer things in life, so give us a call and let's go catch some fish!!!Check out the picture on my site under the report, just click on "FISHING REPORTS & CATCH PHOTOS!! Till next time, FISH ON!!! Capt Butch Foster, Capt Chris Foster, and "Private Bodie" the fish dog, says HI!!!!!. YEAH RIGHT SPORTFISHING CHARTERS, Southport,NC (910)845-2004 www.yeahrightcharters.com
 

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Captain Butch,

Having grown up on the NC coast, and spending a good bit of my my grade school and high school summers on channel net boats out of salter path. I've seen the animosity that is held for a lot of commercial fisherman. Many folks have seen commercial outfits behave with total disregard for our favorite game fish that are classified by the commercial guys as "by-catch". The shrimpers I worked with were very responsible. They pulled in their tail nets often and promptly returned "by-catch" to the water and I'm sure most commercial outfits are that way. Unfortunately, one bad bad apple.......

I enjoy seeing your posts/pictures and I think it shows you know where the bite is. But some folks aren't ever going to want hear of or see the commercial crews catch fish, even when they buy them in the fish market or order it at the restaurant.
 

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Capt. Butch, like you said, folks dont "understand", I say post them pix up!!
Your definately right when it comes to a charter/recreational/commercial quota's and limit's, and it's apparent to me that the folks that "understand" least are the ones with the issues.

What's funny is, alot of folks that go fishing, and after a long day of it, dont even "want their fish!!!"... once they get home (all tired and all) realize, they dont want to clean them and all that..... That is somethin that jerks my nerve.

Good example, took two guys from work out to fish, they caught some nice mahi. After a week, I asked them, how'd that mahi grill up, they told me they ended throwing the fish in the garbage because they just never got around to cleaning the fish and wanted it out of their fridge.... Well let's just say they never went fishin with me again.

I've also had guys that were straight up with me and just gave me their fish... said they didnt either eat fish or wanted to mess with it, that I can live with and usually the angler that had the least caught for the day goes home with a mess of fish.

For all the ones that donate the fish to the cause for me, I save it up and we have a big ol fry/bbq every 4th of July for the family and friends and the rest of the season my neighbors get fish packs from trips that folks gave to me. (I gave 10 families fish last year and 8 families and a shop of 11 workers donated venison from our fishing and hunting). So to me, it's the guy or gal that keeps a fish and does nothing with it that jerks my nerve and folks would be suprised at just how wastefull some fisherman are.

Any time you need help on a commercial harvest, dont go it alone, give me a call and I'd be happy to help out (family/work permitting).
 
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