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Redbeard Cats is a fishing guide service for John H. Kerr Reservoir, which lies on the NC/VA border.  We specialize in catching catfish, but we also offer target striped bass, crappie, and white perch during certain times of the year.  This guide service is owned and operated by Wes “Redbeard” Jordan, a fully licensed and insured guide.  Scroll down to see the most recent fishing reports.  For more info, including rates and booking info, please use the menu at the top of the page or contact us.  We hope you find this page helpful and look forward to fishing with you soon!!!

September Report


September has shown good numbers of fish as well as a fair amount of citations. And with the weather finally showing signs of cooling down it should only be getting better over the next few weeks.  Give us a call and come get in on some of the action yourself!!!



July-August Report


As usual, the bite slowed down during July as the fish finished their spawning duties.  However things are picking back up now and we are enjoying some great drift fishing.  Night fishing is in full swing as well and is a great way to beat the heat.  Pictured above is repeat customer, James, shown with his new personal best 32 pound catfish!  The smile says it all 🙂

June Report

img_20170712_203216_258Fishing has remained good through June so far.  Usually the fishing has dropped off by now but late rains and cooler than normal water temps seem to have delayed the spawn by a couple of weeks, extending the pre-spawn action!  These repeat customers took advantage and loaded up their cooler for a fish fry 🙂

May Report


Well we finally got the rain we were hoping for…the only bad thing is that it all came in one giant storm surge!  Torrential downpours caused the Dan and Staunton rivers rise out of their banks.  Strong currents pushed trash and debris into the lake, making the upper end nearly unfishable.   The water clarity was nonexistent and most boat ramps were forced to close due to flooding.  However, for the few anglers that still managed to get on the water, the fishing was excellent if you knew where to look!  Click here to learn more about how to fish in these conditions or follow the link below.  Enjoy the pics from May!     http://www.pautzke.com/kerrlakecatshighwater/

April Report


IMG_20170320_172704_846The weather has been a bit strange for April.  We had a couple of cold fronts roll through, which dropped our night time temps below freezing.  This kept the water temps from staying where they normally are this time of year.  Furthermore, we hardly saw any rain in a month that the lake is normally over full pool.  This made the fishing a little less predictable than past years, but we tweaked our game plan a bit and were able to stay on some decent fish.  Hopefully we get some rain in the next few weeks and things get back on track!


March Report

IMG_20170217_154056_790As usual, March offered up some of the best fishing of the year. While we didn’t see as many citations as last year, the numbers of fish we caught were insane!  We had multiple days with 30+ fish days.  It seemed like fish were everywhere.  We caught fish drifting…we caught fish anchored….we caught some in 10 feet of water and some in 70 feet.  Double and triple hookups weren’t uncommon and we even tied my old record of having 7 fish on at one time! Let’s hope that this holds over and April is just as good 🙂 


Check us out in “In-Fisherman” magazine this month!  This has been one of my favorite magazines since I was a kid, so it is a dream come true to be mentioned in it 🙂  Thanks to everyone who has supported me the last few years and helped our business grow.  My guide service would not be possible without a great family, great friends, and great customers!!! Tight Lines

Record Breaking Fish!

dale141I would like to congratulate my friend Dale Lowe Jr. on this 141 pound blue catfish caught during the Ice Bowl fishing tournament on Kerr Lake!   This fish was just 2 pounds shy of the world record and is the largest fish to ever be weighed on certified scales and RELEASED ALIVE!  Dale was accompanied by his son Chase Lowe and teammate Stephen Faircloth.  The fish was kept alive, largely in part to our very own Austin Sartin.  As the owner of NC Marine Fabrication, Austin had a tank on his boat that he custom built to the specs of the 143 pound world record (caught on Kerr Lake in 2011).  The fish was kept in the tank for about 6 hours total, and was only taken out to be weighed and again to be released.  Much care was taken in the handling of this fish, to ensure that he swam away strong and healthy.  Click here to see a video of the fish being released!  It was very exciting to be a part of this fish tale, and I am glad to be a part of a group of guys who is so adamant about the catch and release of these trophy fish.  I truly believe this is why Kerr Lake continues to spit out record breaking fish, and I hope that we can preserve the fishery for our children and grandchildren to enjoy!


February Report


While charters usually slow down this time of year due to the cold weather, the fishing is still in full swing! Larger predatory fish like blue cats and striped bass prefer cooler water temps as it gives them an edge over forage fish like shad.  So don’t let the weather deter you! Both of our boats have partial enclosures and heaters to help keep you warm.  Or you can just keep an eye on the weather and pick your days like Roddy and Landon (above) did….they enjoyed some T-shirt weather in February!  Tight lines.

Pay it Forward


Cap’t. Redbeard here, reminding you to help somebody if you can!  
It is part of the fisherman’s creed…an unspoken rule.  You always help out a fellow angler in need!  I have certainly been on the other end of this rope and I know how much I appreciated a tow back to the boat ramp.  Besides….all good fisherman know that it pays to have a positive balance in your karma bank! It just might be the edge that helps you land that next world record. 😉