April-May 2018 Fishing Thread

Post your fishing reports and fishing questions here for April-May 2018.

Here was my biggest striped bass from Sandy Point yesterday. I should have started a new thread but forgot it was April 1.

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Tried for shad for a couple hours after work yesterday. Hooked one but had a weak hook set and got off on the jump. I saw a few other shad caught. Seemed slower than Thursday. Might have been cause I hit it during slack tide.

French, how much space do you have between your shad dart and your spoon on the double rig?

I went out of Osborne Landing in Richmond on Friday afternoon and didn't have any luck, though I was with the kids and we didn't drive up far enough to get to the better areas. The winds were tough but the water was still really cold (51 to 54 degrees), and there weren't many other boats on the water. Definitely seems like the run hasn't gotten hot yet.

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I saw people catching a good amount on Thursday. I've seen some other posts online where they did well. It is probably not at peak but there are enough around to catching some. I saw quite a few just jumping around my kayak last night to add to my frustration.

A friend of mine went out yesterday around downtown and caught 1 from the banks. He ran into another guy that said he saw them jumping everywhere but only caught a handful. They were both using white swim baits with a jig head. Do you have a picture of the double rig setup you are talking about?

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I tie a double uni knot to my main line. I tie my dart about 4 inches from the uni, and the spoon about 12-16 inches from the uni knot on the other end.

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Okay, I had it closer together to start last night but then broke off and tried with a longer leader to the spoon (2-3 feet) thinking that it would have some more action and ended up getting snagged more.

Uni to uni is by far my favorite knot for splicing two lines together. Fairly easy to tie and I don't know that I've ever had one fail at the knot. Works great for braid and a flouro or mono leader.

Took a client to a bass pond this morning. Guy has medical issues so he is very slow moving and only fishes spin gear. I put on a small Rapala and got a few hits, then realized I had a bag of Zoom lizards in the bottom of the box. (I may open my conventional tackle box once every two years.) Put on a Carolina rigged lizard and BAM, immediately catches a chunky two pounder. Landed two more over the next hour on it. Forgot from my much younger days how effective a lizard is in the spring for LMBs! Going to have to go to the vise and figure out a pattern for them.

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I don't fish for bass much, if at all anymore. When I did, my go to was a pumpkinseed zoom lizard with a pink fire tail rigged Texas-style. 99% of the largemouth bass I have caught has been on that inexpensive set up.

When I see Senkos, Ned Rigs, Whopper Ploppers, Alabama Rigs, etc etc etc, I just scratch my head. That seems like a lot of work and different rods to do all those presentations.

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And it doesn't need to be just a spring presentation. It works all summer. For me, all my life I heard people tell me about how slow you need to present it. Then I fished with them and they worked the lure much faster than I did. For me, small twitches and crawl it. If there are fish where you are fishing, you will get strikes on that lizard when nothing else will touch it.

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Good call.

Also, if anyone is located in Blacksburg you can catch a few decent largemouth at Pandapas Pond using lizards. The pond is full of the 4-6" salamanders and the bass love them. Nothing huge but definitely fun when nothing else around here is going on. Sounds crazy but I have had success using a slip bobber rig and unweighted lizards. It allows you to slowly draw the lizard up to the surface which mimics the behavior of the naturals somewhat as they come slurp oxygen before diving back down.

My last experience at Pandapas had a beaver chasing me the entire way around the pond. I started to fish and then he closed in. I packed up and moved a 100 yards or so, and five minutes later he came swimming up. He chased me the entire way around the pond. Very surreal.

that's what happens when you feed a beaver

...can't tell if you're serious or making a dirty joke. Either way, I like it.

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Ummm, I read it as "Yes"

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Here's the thing about skanky beavers, you can either shoot 'em or pass 'em on to the next guy. I like to shoot 'em.

- My crazy redneck friend when we were hunting beavers in a pond way back in high school

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Senkos are just as simple or even more simple than the lizard. Throwing them weightless is the most effective way I use and just jerk it a couple times and they cannot resist it when they are on beds. The movement and the colors they offer are second to none (especially to YUM Dingers) but they are 7-8 dollars a pack.........

"Fishing relaxes me. It's like yoga, except I still get to kill something." -Ron Swanson

I went to my first Virginia Tech bowl game while I was in the womb.

I hear you, it's so hard to get away from a senko, you can do so much with them.

Slight aside - my youngest has been pleading with me to make some lures together, so we finally made some time this evening, and this was the result. I did the dangerous stuff, but the rest was all his...not a bad hellgrammite for a 5 year old.

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that's really good!

That's smallmouth candy right there. Ive always wanted to get into making soft plastics, is it all that hard?

"Fishing relaxes me. It's like yoga, except I still get to kill something." -Ron Swanson

I went to my first Virginia Tech bowl game while I was in the womb.

It's not hard at all once you have the tools. Check out do-it molds, they have everything you need.

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How expensive is it to get into making your own baits?

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Realistically, you're looking at about $300-$400 if you're starting with nothing for making soft plastics, depending on how many molds you get upfront. Once you have all the base items, you'll be able to make a ton of baits with what you get, and the recurring costs aren't so bad. You'll pay video game money for new molds when you want them, and periodically, you'll need to spend $40 or $50 on more plastisol. If you're near Richmond, feel free to email me smcfaden (gmail) and you can borrow what I've got to see if you like it. I have exact replicas of the senko molds you can mess around with.

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I've heard injecting is more expensive than say just pouring but I'm new to all this I'll be doing some serious research to get an idea what I'm looking at I've molded plastic in the past before but my main stuff would be flukes senkos and tubes which is all I use anymore
I'm mostly interested in mixing my own concoctions and color glitter blends you just can't buy
Also how do you melt your plastic I see alot of people using microwaves but I see alot of warnings to go over 170 degrees and you burn the plastic

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I wouldn't waste your time hand pouring - I started with a couple like that, and the quality was terrible. As you learn more, you'll hand pour for a few tricks, but injecting is way better (fewer air bubbles and more consistency throughout the molds).

Flukes, senkos and tubes are pretty much all I use anymore either - this is perfect for that. I love my senkos (generally softer and I can inject my own scents, glitter, salt and density (to control sink rate)). I tried to do a benchmark two years ago and fished my senkos vs the store bought, and mine did 2x better. I'm sure there is some bias in that study, so take it for what it's worth.:) If you like senko fishing for smallies, you have to try these custom lures (images below), they're my go-to now in that situation over senkos almost every time.

A microwave is totally fine, and the easiest - that's what I would use, since you probably already have one. You need the plastisol to get to at least 350 degrees, but if you go over 385 or so, it's gonna burn, and that's bad (toxic, hard to clean and super smelly). There are some additives you can add to help with that, but the microwave allows you to easily add 10 more secs at a time to control how hot it gets quickly and easily. Get a digital thermometer and some gloves - 360 degree molten plastic on your skin is no joke.

Money Bait vs home made Senko:

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that looks super neat I was either gonna just use a microwave or just try and get a single burner junk thing to heat it to a constant temperature.
Also how do you do your tubes theyre the biggest thing im interested in and Ive seen lots of guides to dipping to make them but no injection guides. The one that looks reasonable is dipping a clump of long bolts to make tubes then cutting the frill end
Found these molds online is there a difference between using the plastic to aluminium molds?
http://stores.ebay.com/BUGMOLDS/_i.html?rt=nc&_pgn=2&_ipg=48

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I love the single burner idea - you'll have a lot less waste that way. Tubes are one thing I haven't tried. They are more difficult and time consuming, and since the mizmo's are so good, I have a hard time believing I can do anything better. That said, it would be fun to try. You can definitely inject them - you'll need a tub insert, a tube spline, and a mold (take a look here - https://store.do-itmolds.com/Tube-Molds_c_291.html).

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I started with plastic like molds and they were awful. Lots of bubbles/air pockets, and lots of hand trimming excess plastic when the mold was done. You'll hate it - when the plastics starts running out of the mold, you might as well throw it away. That said, I've seen similar ones to what you posted before and am curious. They appear to be higher quality than what I started with, and I'd totally give them a try. I've seen mixed reviews on them, but the main complaint was it took too long to get them shipped, which I wouldn't really care about. One suggestion - buy a multi-cavity mold. When you make a batch of plastic, it's always more than 1 lure's worth of plastic, so you'll have less waist; in addition, it's a lot more rewarding when you shoot a mold and get 3, 4, or 5 baits at once.

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Thanks for the advice I was thinking I'd just get a few aluminum molds to start since im not making a large variety of stuff to begin with. Thing is we got a cnc machine and a 3d printer at my work so maybe one day ill try making a template. I was thinking on making a multi mold one depending on price of course. Where do you buy your plastic and dye from? I've found a site that sells plastic for 50$ a gallon which is the most reasonable price I've found but dye is tricky to find unless you can just use any real dye?
Thanks for answering all my questions just alot of things to pick from

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Do you use softener or hardener? At the moment I've got a list of things I'd need
Plastisol
Mold
Injector
Dye
optional fleck
Worm oil
Heat Stabilizer? maybe?

Edit: also i'm assuming you use a respirator as well I've seen that posted alot that you need it for the fumes from cooking the plastisol?

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I'll save you tons of money. I've got my old creepy crawlers kit somewhere. All your lures would just have one side. Superglue two of them together... Voila!

Wow I literally was just thinking this when I was reading the thread!!! I got the commercial song stuck in my head and I thought that would be perfect. Great minds think alike!!! Creepy crawlers!

Sean

I like mine soft, so I do use a softener. You can wait on the heat stabilizer - it's not necessary upfront. I don't use a respirator, though I probably should. You'll also want some clamps for the molds. I ordered some from Amazon (Irwin quick grips), and they've been all I need. Other items include: a beaker, a small digital thermometer, and a good pair of gloves. I generally use the thermometer as my stir stick, but a spoon is too fat for me.

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Ahh okay I was gonna use a respirator since im paranoid on that stuff but I've got a digital thermometer thats non contact and all the other stuff is easy to get. On the heat stabilizer is that something youd used when recycling to prevent yellowing it seems so ill hold off on there. Currently debating double injector instead of using the lami plates. Thanks again for all the useful info I've finally got my list of stuff and am researching best prices and then going to start getting stuff to get started.

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When you read the past 2 posts from msfma and hokienator without knowledge of the context, it gets a


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Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

I'm still laughing at this. :)

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Re: Heat Stabilizer - yes, exactly.

Re: Double injector (*still chuckling from smitty's post*) - I thought the same thing and got the double injector upfront. Now I rarely use it, and opt for the lami plates most of the time. Feel free to come by and take a look, or just borrow some of this (I'm not planning on shooting anything in the near future). I'm in the west end of RIC, so it doesn't look like you're too far away. My email address is somewhere above, in this thread.

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Thanks for the offer I'm just gonna get a small amount of stuff to start out with just to make some senkos and flukes for now just one injector and such if I like it I'll go bigger, I found some interesting guides to making tubes that involve dipping I may try. Also found a very helpful form that Do-It has with piles of helpful recipes for senkos etc. Seeing alot of people using additives like glass beads instead of salt

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Senkos are unreal on smallmouth. Still trying to develop a fly to mimic it reasonably well

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I don't know what it is about them, especially on the New. I have tried YUM Dingers too and they won't even sniff them. Wacky, weightless, texas-weedless, it's crazy.

"Fishing relaxes me. It's like yoga, except I still get to kill something." -Ron Swanson

I went to my first Virginia Tech bowl game while I was in the womb.

I beg to differ. I have put thousands of New River smallmouth in my boat with YUM Dingers. I had a special way to rig them, and I will agree that Senkos are maybe a superior bait, due to their softness, but I made a living using Dingers.

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I thought the same thing when I first read his comment, I was so confused I read it again. I'm thinking he's saying they won't even sniff them, they just eat them?

I have tried so many times with Dingers and I cannot get them to bite it. I don't know if it is me or not but I just have so much confidence in Senkos I just stick with them. Any tips on dingers would be appreciated though because it will help my wallet!

"Fishing relaxes me. It's like yoga, except I still get to kill something." -Ron Swanson

I went to my first Virginia Tech bowl game while I was in the womb.

When I was guiding, I used a combination approach of Senkos, Dingers, and even occasional Bass Pro Stik-0s. The softness of the Senko was a plus, and I liked them, but the Dingers weren't as hard as the Stik-os, and they offered a myriad of colors, some not available in the Senko. I pretty much was color driven, but the cost was a consideration for sure, and the Senko was pretty expensive compared with the Dinger, and the BP offering was cheapest. The softness of the Senko made it less attractive when the fish were really biting because it would only catch a bass or three where the Dinger was good for more fish. I only used one or two colors of the Bass Pro worm. In muddy water or really early in the season, I'd prefer the Senko because we were fishing for fewer bites and the black Senkos were very good in colored water. When fishing for numbers in the summer, though, the Dinger was the mainstay, with the various pumpkin with different flakes being the best producers. My phone number is in the fishing threads as is my email if you want some specifics on the rigging I generally used. I pretty much guarantee you won't come up with it on your own, but it was solid gold for me.

Edit: Confidence is a big thing. I use Gulp reflexively for some of my saltwater fishing because I know it works, regardless of its expense and the stink of it all. I'm sure something else would work as well, but I have so much confidence in Gulp, I need someone to show me something else working better before I'm switching.

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That's some sweet stuff. Love the weedguard, too. Small conehead weights on the front of some? So simple.

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I tied some with dumbbell eyes as well. Some I struggle to throw with my 8WT and a light action spin rod could cast them a mile. Imagine a worm lure that you never had to worry about tearing off the hook or coming apart.

Thanks! I've actually been tying a version of this for awhile. It is a very good fly, but to get that exact replica of the action of a Senko is basically impossible. The density of the soft plastic in the water just has an unreal action to it.

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7-8 bucks for a bag of yum dingers?!?!?! Heres a tip go to the bass pro in Ashland theyre 2.99 a bag there

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I think he's saying $7-8 for the Senkos (which by his estimation are second to none, especially Yum Dingers). I may be wrong, however.

Humans are a fucking disgusting species. Way to shit where you eat. Nothing new, I know, just venting.

Dominion Power... I hate this company so much it isn't even funny

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Without getting into the politics of it all, I want to share an anecdote that highlights the ignorance that abounds. I recently "suffered" through 4 days without power due to that snowstorm. A curmudgeon in my office walks up the day power came back on and asks "how'd that hot shower feel this morning?" Then proceeds to spout venom towards all those opposed to the mountain valley pipeline. He was basically saying that a hot shower being available at all times is more important and of higher value to him than the protection of our native environment.

I am not educated enough to weigh in on the various pros and cons for the pipeline. I'm just somewhat put off by folks who won't even consider that something other than human comfort and convenience might be well placed higher on the collective priority list.

One of my best friends has a new 125' swath cut across his Giles County property, so I will admit to being biased, but the fact is that the pipeline will not be providing any energy of any kind to anyone in Giles, and isn't likely to provide any energy at all to anyone in Virginia. This is a money maker for Dominion and that's the bottom line. I'm all for eminent domain for necessary infrastructure, but this is a for profit project with absolutely no value for anyone but Dominion and a few small-time temporary jobs during the construction/destruction phase.

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While having no direct connection or reason to be, I'm equally biased. Shit like that just really grinds my gears. "I don't know why I get fightin mad, but for some ole redneck reason I do." Song lyrics aside, I'm going to leave it at this for fear of hitting on the anti politics policy of this community. The pipeline is wrong and I have a bad feeling at least one environmental issue will pop up due to its construction and operation.

If I'm your buddy I wouldn't have any of that equipment on my property without it being permanently disabled as soon as it touched my land.

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They came with cops. The pipeline swath crosses his driveway and is far too close to his house for comfort. Talk about screwing up property values. Dave fought the pipeline as hard as legally possible, and still is involved in the effort, but has little hope that anything he can, or is prepared to do, will have any effect on what is a "done deal". The money they offer for taking the land isn't enough to offset the ruination of a really cool place that he has essentially built and lived on since the late '60s.

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Unreal. It's a shame that in the US, Dominion can essentially act like terrorists and despite the thousands and thousands of people that oppose what they do, they "legally" can take someone's land for their profit.

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I'd love to talk to that asshole. Thanks to Dominion, I suffered through 9 days without A/C or power in early September several years ago when whatever hurricane it was blasted the east coast and knocked Richmond out of power. My cousin and I actually had power still on after the storm but noticed a tree leaning on our lines. We called Dominion, alerted them to the situation and they sent a crew out who didn't turn off our power but proceeded to cut the tree down, which ripped the lines off our house and set an electrical fire off on the side of our home, which my neighbor had to put out with fire extinguishers. We had black burns up and down the side of our house. The Dominion crew left afterwards without doing anything or even notifying us what happened. The neighbor watched the whole thing and told us what happened while we were at work. Power was restored to the neighborhood, except our house and we went days without it being turned back on. Dozens of phone calls later and Dominion still refused to take ownership of the mistake of not cutting off the power or attempting to properly remove the tree and charged us with hooking the power back up. The most insane bullshit I've ever been a part of. Talk about discomfort...

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Suck it up fly! We were out for 16 days! Finally got some ones generator and it came back like 4 hours later.

Year 3 is coming up!

That sucks. At least yours was storm damage and not caused by a big ass corporation.

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It's actually Dominion Energy now. And that company has (and has had) a gargantuan of Hokie alums there (from top to bottom).

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

I wish VT alums would take a better look at the company they get hired by and work for and what the company claims to value versus what it actually does before signing on the dotted line.

I have taken out numerous clients that work for Dominion and I hold back no feelings on who they work for and what Dominion does to the same river/environment they are paying me lots of money to try and catch a smallmouth in.

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Warnings such as these are nothing new for either river. Add to the New's problems the fact that the Radford Arsenal is the largest polluter in the state, and you have a cautionary tale. Lots of locals disregard the warnings, however, adding to any potential problems. They can't see it, they don't taste it, and they feel ok the next day after eating it, so it's just fine and the nabobs spouting sciencey warnings are dismissed. There are still a lot of folks who think that dilution is the solution, but things like Keypones stay around in the sediment for decades. In Giles Co., we (meaning a robust clean up committee called "Renew The New") did a great job of reducing obvious trash and dumping sites in and around the river, but the stuff you can't see will screw up the water just like baby diapers and old tires will. Watta world, watta world.

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Tech environmental classes were still teaching dilution is the solution to pollution in the mid 90's.

I can't remember if it was Renew the New or not but back when I was in school and working for Tangent we essentially shut down for a day and had an organization take a lot of our boats out to clean up the New. Some of us (guides) went along behind them making sure everyone was being safe, taking bigger items on the raft etc. It was incredible the amount of stuff they picked up: cans of all sorts, tires, bumpers, giant plastic drums, etc. I can't remember the exact float they did I want to say it was McCoy to Ripplemead, maybe Pem to Rip, but they did a hell of a job.

Nice to hear Tangent is finally involved in Renew The New. When we started the committee, and as long as I participated in the clean ups, Tangent was conspicuously absent from the effort.

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The owner is a great guy and incredible fisherman but very set in his ways. I know we did it at least twice while I worked there ( 2012-2015). To be fair to his business I can see why he might not want to donate the cost of us not only not operating for a day but also running company vehicles and equipment all day is a pretty extreme cost to a business that size. At the same time you really want to keep the resource your business is based around in top condition, which we always did our part just not to the extreme scale of those one off events and more of a clean up everything we can while we're out guiding.

I know him. Most of the other pros in the region were in on the cleanup, doing just what you described, investing the entire day and loads of resources to protect the resource. As I said, Tangent was conspicuous in their absence. I left the area, and resigned from the committee in 2012, and I know exactly why they weren't joining in. I used to work for them before I went independent and started my own business and I know how they roll. I will stop there because I have very strong feelings about things that are far enough in the past that I need to let go. As for daily cleaning up, I believe my clients cleaned up more trash at the ramps while I was running shuttle than Tangent cleaned up anytime I ever saw them. I will give them this, Tangent didn't add to the problem, they were just not involved in the larger solution, so while he was making money, we were cleaning up the river for his clients as well as for ourselves and our clients and everyone else out there using the river. Obviously, it still chafes a bit.

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Moved around my pond yesterday and noticed that male bass are starting to move into the shallows and fan out some beds. Mind you this is in a 2 acre pond that probably has warmer water than most larger lakes, but it's the first time I've noticed them there this spring. Weather here was sunny and 75 yesterday evening, and it appeared most activity had taken place since the weekend. A large cold front is supposed to move through this weekend that will likely shut things down for a bit, but just thought I'd pass along as an FYI as things will pick up quickly as soon as we get some stable weather.

Grand daughter's first bass. I held the rod and she did the crankin'.

Year 3 is coming up!

That's awesome. Way to get them outside and interested in the outdoors. I don't know where else I'd find such solace in my life if my family and friends hadn't introduced me to the outdoors at an early age. It's such an integral part of who I am and it teaches you so many things about the world around us. Congrats again, hope there's many more moments like that in her and your future.

really special moment!

I see she also got the good genes

Hey, I am looking for a new reel for my light fishing rod as the old one broke. I primarily use it for bass and trout fishing. Any recommendations. I am looking for a deal for a casual fisher. Reading some of the comments in these threads reminds me there are a lot more serious fishermen out there.

I've had good luck and see a lot of positive reviews on Pflueger President reels (I assume you're looking for a spinning reel). They come in several sizes to fit your needs and are fairly inexpensive given the quality. As stated below, buy the best reel you can afford. A cheap reel that has to be replaced every couple of years is not a bargain compared to one twice the price that will last 5 times as long. There's several sales going on right now and you can probably save a bit if you shop around.

Y'know, for a really casual amount of use, I'd recommend sticking with well known names and looking at their mid-priced offerings. I have had a lot of luck in the past with Daiwa, and a lot of folks like Shimano. There are a ton of other reels out there, though, so it may just come down to seeing last year's model on sale at your local Bass Pro or something. I think most brand names have similar degree of competence in their mid-range stuff, but most anglers will tell you that whatever they bought last is the best thing on the market, so good luck. In the end, spend what you feel you can afford and just know that the less you spend, the sooner you'll be in the market again.

Edit: Meant as reply to HokieAlum.

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Thanks, the reel I am having to replace came on a rod that my father in law made for me last Christmas. It didn't even last a season of casual use before literally the bale snapped. I have used Daiwa (have some old rods of theirs as well).

My collection of rods and reels is very eclectic ranging from the bamboo rods that I inherited from my grandfather, to rods that my dad built out of spare parts when he had no money.

I definitely don't have a problem spending money on a quality reel if it is going to last. I just wasn't sure if there were any reels to specifically target or avoid in today's market.

I'm a Shimano guy but regardless of brand there is one feature I require...and that is the ability to oil the reel without having to open up the body. Typically it's just a screw covering an oil port. Makes routine maintenance, and the likelihood you'll do it, much easier.

My $.02.

My rule for reels: I have to like how it feels. I don't care who it's made by. I give them a few turns and see how they balance in hand.

Some observations from the feel tests:
More bearings is generally helpful. I've had some 5-7 bearing reels just feel terrible though.
Store brand reels can be all over the place. Bass pro had reels that were everything from awesome to awful.
My ultralight combo felt great. I didn't buy it when I first handled it, but I knew it was the one I was going to buy. Was a Pflueger Trion GX7. Moral of this story: when you find one you like, bite the bullet then. Don't wait and end up having to go back.

I'm going to mention a reel many might not consider, and that is the Shimano Spirex. It's the "quickfire" model with the double paddle handle...front drag. I've used "quickfire" spinning reels since they came out and am quite comfortable with them. Not everyone is, and I get that. Some don't like that it doesn't have the anti-reverse feature until the bail centers. I get that, too.

I've owned 3 of them and bought them for fishing around and often under docks and piers in the lower St Johns River. That kind of fishing is basically quick casting, up on the front of the boat, bass fishing...except I fish for redfish.

They have a bunch of ball bearings and the drag holds up nice with reds up to 30". Under the cheap plastic rear cowling (which I remove and leave off) there is an oil port...easy oiling. Is it a much more expensive reel in disguise? No. Will it operate reliably for many years? With regular maintenance. Yes.

I'll share my experience with the caveat that I'm not suggesting 1 brand or another, b/c owning 1 of any brand isn't a fair sample size.

I've had 5 Shimano's and abused the heck out of 2 in particular, and they've all been excellent (their Sahara and Sedona lines are good an inexpensive). I've had 1 Pflueger + 1 Okuma, and neither operated or held up as well as the Shimano's (the Pflueger now grinds + I ended up tossing the Okuma). I used to have a quantum rod/reel setup that was excellent and inexpensive. That was probably the best value spinning reel I've ever had, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another at all.

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I went shad fishing on the James yesterday. I went to a new spot where there were less boats. Talked to one of the boats around me who was catching a decent amount. They said they caught 71 in 2 hours on Saturday upriver. They were fishing their lures a lot faster than I was, once I changed that I got some bites. I lost one shad at the boat. Caught a hickory and then a nice American and a smaller American. I kept the Hickory for cut bait for catfish. I move downriver some and put two rods down and was trying to drift with current but was caught in slack tide. I changed from one edge of the river channel to the other side. Pretty soon, I had my rod tip bouncing but I was preoccupied with retying my other rod which got snagged on the bottom and had to catch it. I check the rod in the water and no fish but still had bait. Dropped it back down and it got hit again. Something weird happened by the time I started reeling it in. I reel up and I have a catfish wrapped up in my line with a full shad in it's mouth not my bait. I thought it was foul hooked so I tried to get my line untangled. Once, I do the catfish realizes that it is hooked and takes off. It is eating drag and my kayak is getting pulled down river. I start gaining some line back and tighten the drag some but it makes another run or 2. I finally get it back to the surface and need to get it in my kayak. Took a few tries but I ended up grabbing the mouth and swinging my leg underneath like I've seen in some kayak fishing videos. My phone got wet so it took longer than I would like to get a photo but I was able to revive it. Based off rough measurements from the picture I took, it was around 40". Tried to drift some more since the current got moving again. I did get snagged in something weird, I thought it was a metal wire at first but it was just 1/4" rope that was extremely tight. It had enough give to get my rigs back but I'm confused on what it was. Overall, great night and got super lucky to catch a nice cat.

Great story, great fish - thanks for sharing!

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Damn. Gotta be careful this time of the year... if you fall out in that cold water it can be bad news trying to get back in. Well done!

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Thanks! I try to take the precautions with the chest waders, wading belt, waterproof top and a life jacket. Definitely have to be careful. I didn't feel the boat rock too much when landing the blue cat which is fortunate since that was my first big fish in the kayak.

Good to hear. I almost drown in the New in mid summer, can't recommend wearing at least one of those inflatable life jackets enough

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I have a decent life jacket (pfd type 3), I do like that it has a bunch of pockets on the front so I can keep my leatherman, braid scissors, and maybe a lure. In the future I will probably get one of those lighter weight paddling life jackets.

Woke up yesterday morning to an inch of snow on the raft and 26 degrees in Hillsville Virginia. I was down that way to practice rowing and guiding for my spring floats on the New above Claytor Lake with Mike Smith. Snow remained on the banks in upper elevation for the entire day, but it was sunny and got to be fairly pleasant weather wise. We had a solid day, hooking 7 smallmouth and landing 4, at 16", 15" and two 12" fish. The two big ones got away, estimated at 18 and 20 inches. Successful flies were 3 inch white streamers, large Hellgrammite patterns and my 6 inch chatterbait fly. All of the fish ate between 10 am -1 pm as the air temp rose. Water temp was around 50 we guessed. Each fish was hooked in slack water, 4-5 feet deep with boulders in it. I saw several schoolsof 1-2 inch long minnows swimming about, which surprised me. I'd say the season is officially underway...

The raft on Saturday afternoon... it was definitely worse Sunday.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhScbb2nvDu/?taken-by=newriverflyfish

My fish:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhVKZXQAMnT/?taken-by=knotthereelworld

Mike's:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhUnh5eHxVf/?taken-by=newriverflyfish

Blane Chocklett has also been posting some huge smallmouth caught out of the James.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhP1BsdHi0D/?taken-by=blanechocklettfishing

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhU9PFtnMD4/?taken-by=blanechocklettfishing

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Love the pics and thanks for the details! Those last two images are frigging awesome smallmouth. Can wait to get out on the water again.

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First decent fish of the year. ~7 lbs. I put her right back.

Year 3 is coming up!

Your definition of a decent fish and mine differ slightly. That's a hog! Looks like she's full of eggs and chowing down before the spawn. What are water temps up your way? I may try to get out this weekend and fish in between chasing turkeys.

Damn nice bass! I haven't caught a largemouth that size in years!

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Spent a half day up Dragon Run out of the Piankatank. Looking for shad. Got one shad, but also got several largemouth up to two pounds, several dink white perch, and three stripers, up to 18". Beautiful tiny run, there were fish in the deeper holes, but the wind eventually made for a tough day.

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That is a very cool waterway but damn it is hard to get in there! Were you in a boat?

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Yes. My buddy lives in the last house on the right before the power lines at the top of the Piankatank, so Dragon Run is in his front yard, pretty much. He has a small Carolina Skiff with a 25hp gas motor and a nice trolling motor, and we really only had one place where we had to trim up and motor slowly. We could hear the traffic on the first bridge upstream, so we got pretty far up there, and we found some pretty deep holes way up the run. One of them was 24' deep. While it is still too early for the foliage, the cypress and such make for a really pretty stream, and as windy as it was yesterday, we were in calm water all morning...until we tried to get back to his house in a gale. Luckily, we just had to cross the river to get to his dock. He has had better days with the shad up there and has gotten several Americans the last couple of years, but we didn't see any yesterday.

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That's a pretty shad you caught!

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Well thanks for that! He jumped twice, clearing completely both times. Fun fish, but wish there'd been more of them. Oh yeah, while I'd been throwing darts and spoons, I had switched to a Southern Pro Hot Grub in Acid Rain colors on a 1/16 oz jighead trying for a crappie, and the shad hit that. Those grubs caught every fish we boated yesterday.

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Anybody fishing in the Oakley Big Bass Tour this weekend?

Looks interesting but I don't get the hourly weigh in thing. Are you talking Smith Mountain?

Year 3 is coming up!

Yes it was, not too much luck this weekend. Caught a 3.25 and a 1lber. Big weight was 8.32lbs

Fished the Nottoway today with a Hokie friend who was able to get away from real world work. I had never been out here prior but we brought my Gheenoe, beer, and three fly rods. We fished a solid 4 hours upstream of the 258 put in before we had to head back because his wife put a 6:30 p.m. curfew on our fun.

To this day, I still question why I would ever get married when I'm given a curfew for fishing when I know plenty of guys out at strip clubs instead.

We found an incredibly promising creek feeding into the Nottoway which produced nothing but a 25 inch copperhead swimming across it. I'm amazed how those snakes literally float on water.

The only fish ended up being a 24 inch citation chain pickerel that crushed a specialty fly I've been working on. I didn't invent it, deer hair guru Pat Cohen did, but my version has tricked two large fish in two trips the past week so far. I'll reveal it if Pat gives me the ok to publicly sell it on my website.

I'm surprised we didn't get a bass or bowfin, but my spin fishing loving, fly fishing hatin', bass tourney entering friend who suggested the Nottoway told me (this evening, after the trip) that the Nottoway is very spot specific in the spring for bass and the big bowfin are finicky early until they get really aggressive in hotter weather. Perhaps summer is when I'll get my big bowfin.

Here's the monster pickerel/mini muskie:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhhXSJbn4pt/?taken-by=knotthereelworld

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Some advice for you flyguy...don't get married. You aren't ready yet. I was once in the boat with two guys giving me holy hell because I couldn't fish the next day with them. They started up with all this marital advice about telling my wife what I was doing instead of asking, etc. Between the two of them, they'd had six wives. I've been married 45 years in June and I can tell you that I just laughed at them and their divorces and alimonies. I have fished more than most folks I know, happily married or not, but marriage is based on compromise, not lines in the sand. As for your buddies out at the strip clubs, what do you think their wives are doing while they're out spending the family money on cheap thrills? Get those ya-yas out first, and remember that if you're lucky enough to get old and gray, it ain't all bad to have someone getting there with you who actually cares enough about you to stick around and make things a little easier. While I'd love to travel more for fishing, I'll admit that my limitations are more financial than marital, which is my own lazy self's damn fault. Shoulda done more working and less fishing, I guess, but my wife was ok with that, so maybe I did well enough in the long run. I also must admit, though, that I envy you your fishing trips and travel, and get a little vicarious pleasure from reading your accounts and seeing your pictures.
Nice pickerel, by the way!

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I am not sure it has to do with how old you are as much as how well you match lifestyles. If one spouse wants to sit at home, and the other does not, someone is going to be unhappy. I've had as many friends get divorced over that as anything else. Mrs. Kville loves to play tennis, 3-4 times a week, and a couple of weekend trips a year, plus wine with her tennis friends whenever anyone has a birthday. Occasionally I come along. I have never said "don't go" even when I did not want her to. She has never given me grief over hunting, fishing, cigar and card night, getting drinks with friends, etc. (excluding either spending too much) Most of the friends we go out with are the same way, because those where one wanted the other to always stay home with them are not together anymore, or are both just sitting home. If either of you cares if the other is with you or not, whether home or out, you both better feel that way. Just my 2ยข.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

my life experience is that women and fishing are not mutually exclusive endeavors, and that a person's insecurity is seldom limited to one topic.

Saturday I took out fellow TKP member Hokiewriter for a fly fishing lesson and wade trip near Richmond. Andrew picked up the casting very quickly and we had a great day with a nice bass landed, some crappie and assorted other sunfish and trying to temp some giant suckers/carp into eating but they wouldn't have it. Great day overall. Thanks again for coming out Andrew!

Yesterday I picked up the lady friend from the airport with the boat in tow and hit the Chickahominy Reservoir looking for bass, pickerel and bowfin. If you have not heard of or ever fished the Chick, it is an out of this worldly place. It looks like southern Louisiana and it is 40 minutes east of Richmond. Eagles Landing or Ed Allen's campground are the two put ins. It's a nature lovers paradize... we saw multiple bald eagles, mating snapping turtles, tons of herons, talked back and forth with owls. The fishing can be really good or slow. Generally I like to fish it in April and May. It rained a bit on us yesterday afternoon, but we had a good time with two pickerel landed and several more fish missed.

On the flip side, I still have yet to get a bowfin and it is driving me nuts. I'm told they "are all over the place," but I cannot find one. It's like they don't exist when I'm fishing for them. One of these days I suppose...

The Chick:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhmyDtAHDoF/?taken-by=knotthereelworld

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhnPwFcnOKM/?taken-by=knotthereelworld

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Had a fantastic time with HokieFly Saturday. I recommend taking a trip or lesson to anyone interested in getting started. He is a great instructor. First fish on fly was about a 2 lb bass. Consider myself officially hooked thanks to HokieFly. Photos below courtesy of Hokiefly.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhkpwWYDu2y/?taken-by=andysharbel

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhkqBQDjUqq/?taken-by=andysharbel

Fished it once around 1980. We weren't doing much until we spied a couple of guys in a jonboat that were flat out slaying crappie on jigs. We anchored off a good ways and tried to do the same, but with no luck. Our luck turned when those guys finally had enough and moved on. We moved into their spot, anchored up and ended up doing almost as well as they had. Didn't have a depth finder or anything, so not sure why they were in that particular spot, but the hole was full of those specks. Concur on the bayou feel of the lake.

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Thanks for the report! I have will have to check that place out. I have always seen the reports in the time dispatch but haven't headed down that way.

I can't recommend it enough. It is still a bit early with this cooler spring weather. May is absolutely gorgeous and prime time. If you are going to paddle it in a kayak, definitely put in at Eagle's Landing, paddle across the main section and head right. Keep paddling and paddling. The further up you go, the more remote it gets. A boat will obviously let you cover the most water.

Weedless lures and flies are key. The pickerel love shallow running baits tossed right against the trees and quickly retrieved out. Yellow is my favorite color in the lake but also had solid luck on white.

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Thanks for the tips! I appreciate it. I will probably be in my kayak. I appreciate having solitude on the water. Just got some weedless hooks recently for reds on the flats so that works out nicely.

You may not have complete solitude. There's usually bass boats running around but you can pretty easily get up into shallow spots and creeks that they will not go into. Just be careful in the main channel areas because they absolutely haul ass and I'm always slightly nervous in my yak that one of them won't be paying attention.

Also, the put in at Eagle's Landing costs $8. Sucks, but the owner is nice and its worth it.

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Gotcha. That is a little scary. I appreciate you giving me the lay of the land. Are pickerels the best species to target in the shallow spots and creeks?

Concur on the pickerel. I have had a lot of luck with small buzzbaits in May for pickerel. You get bass, also, but the pickerel just love to smack them. I think the ones I've been using are 1/4 oz. Black, white and chartreuse seemed to work almost equally well, but my favorite is a white/chartreuse combo color with a short white trailer. We caught them without trailers, with a bit better hook up rate, but not as many bites, hence keeping the trailer short so they don't concentrate too much on it. Main thing with shallow water buzz baits, you have to have it going the second it hits the water (easier with the small buzzs than the big size) and you must remember not to set the hook until you actually feel the fish. They'll hit and miss, sometimes two or three times, throwing up a bodacious splash, but you just keep the bait moving apace and they'll quite often come back and hit and hook up.

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I went down to Beaufort, NC for a few days last week. First day, went out around Atlantic Beach in the morning. Didn't see much activity. Jigged a bit off the reef. Tried fishing the backwaters in the afternoon, had jumping mullet everywhere. No bites. Second day had light wind, headed to the Cape to try and find some Blues. Nothing was happening so headed out to the reef. Jigged stingsilvers and glass minnow jigs. Dad was moving the boat slightly and line started peeling off and wasn't slowing down. I palmed the reel and it instantly broke off. Dumb move, the reel was probably half full to start was confused at first cause I thought I was hung. This was about the third bite I had so far that day. I'm thinking it was a false albacore or bonito. Redeemed myself with a 24.5" red and 18" blue. Caught a bunch of sea bass, smaller blues and grunts. Still kicking myself over breaking that fish off. Fished the backwater the third day, big ole skunk. Rough winds made it tough. Glad to get down and catch some fish in the salt. Hopefully will run into the chopper blues in a week and half when I'm down at Hatteras surf fishing.

Ya'll gotta stop it with the reds, I only have so much time and money ... I don't need any more temptations/hobbies.

Seriously though, that's a beautiful fish!

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That is the good things about reds. Dont need fancy tackle to catch them and accessible by surf or boat. If you want to get your red addiction started. Take a charter out of Oriental, NC on the Neuse in August/September.

Thanks! They are truly beautiful.

The charter captain to go with out of Oriental is Capt. Gary Dubiel.

(Or you can hire this guy... www.knotthereelworld.com)

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want to meet down there this fall? Putting the hog island together.

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I never met a project that couldn't justify a new tool.

Sweet setup!

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Thanks. Have the trolling motor coming, and trying to find the scratch for a solix fishfinder.

Does anyone know how well SeaDeck or MarineMat hold up to dog claws? I need to cover the aluminum deck with something. Traction is ok with the powdercoat, but it gets hot enough to cook eggs.

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I never met a project that couldn't justify a new tool.

How big were the sea bass? If they are in season, large enough, and you get enough of them, they are pretty darn tasty.

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Biggest sea bass was around 13". Out of season right now. I haven't had sea bass in awhile. Seems like it would be good eating. Just gotta get through all the small ones to catch the keepers.

That is the perfect size light tackle red, and perfect size for table fare too!

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I agree. I usually look for table fare reds from barely legal to maybe 24". After that, they start to lose their appeal.

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I usually look for...barely legal to maybe 24. After that, they start to lose their appeal.

Sorry, couldn't resist...

I fully expected no less. I lob 'em up there...

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It was a solid fight as always and tasty! I haven't eaten any reds bigger than this.

I've eaten a handful over that size, and had a couple of decent meals with 26"ers, but also a couple of less than satisfactory ones with 25" fish and none of them were as tasty as the smaller reds I've eaten. Taste is so subjective, though, and a good chef can make a lot of magic happen, so I'm sure there are ways to enjoy the larger fish. I don't like a lot of fish that other folks seem to really love though, so I'm not much of a barometer on such things.

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I think on a previous thread seems like everyone has their different preferences. A good chef can definitely make the fish taste a lot better.

I've never had taste issues with a red under 28" and I've never kept one over that. The only think I can think of that would affect flavor in a slot fish would be if it had been in VERY low salinity water for awhile...or if you left too much of the red lateral line on it.

Yeah, I get the lateral line issue, but it is not just a change in flavor, it also involves a change in texture. Again, that's just me, and I have less experience with reds than you cats down in FLA. A friend of mine routinely fishes in LA and his guides seem to like about any size of red while he agrees with me on the changes in palatability as they grow. I'm not discounting the obvious issue of personal preference, though, hence my qualifications.

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i've noticed no diff in taste from reds in Tx (from Galveston Bay to Matagorda Is to the Lower Laguna Madre) and reds in FL (from Mosquito Lagoon to the lower St Johns River).

but I LOVE redfish (grilled, blackened, fried, pan broiled with shrimp and crab stuffing), so there is that...

I took my family fishing at a friend's place here in Texas over the weekend. A 17-acre spring-fed lake, surrounded by 400 acres of piney woods and seclusion. Using a top-water minnow, I was able to land my all-time personal best, a 5.5-6lb large mouth. It was great! I was so happy to share this with them. On the same trip, my 6-year old son landed his personal best, a 3+lb large mouth as well. What a day!

If it ain't orange, it better be maroon...and if it ain't maroon, it better be soon!

Congrats, that is a monster.

NICE TUB!

Oh I had walleye last night.....just sayin'

Year 3 is coming up!

Great stuff! God really did bless TX it seems. :)

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Anyone here from or live in MN?

Year 3 is coming up!

The rivers are all blown out across the state. Maybe another week before the New and James are even close to fishable after all of the rain earlier this week. That being said, the high mountain streams in the Parks are running very well and the trout are whacking dry flies with a vengeance.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhwUqGNHWPo/?taken-by=knotthereelworld

Also, this weekend is the South River Fly Fishing Expo in Waynesboro. I'll have a booth set up and be giving a presentation Saturday and Sunday on shallow water redfish techniques. There should be several good tiers and lots of good fly fishing info, plus some beer!

www.southriverexpo.org

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Good luck, flyguy. Hope the show goes well.
I'll also remind folks in the position to do so, that as soon as the water turns color from mud to dull green, the big fish will be in the eddies and shoreline pockets around rocks. Tube 'em and hang on.

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That's a good tip on the water color change, I didn't know that. Thanks!

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Yeah, they're there regardless, but when the water changes color, they start feeding normally again because of the increased visibility, and the fact that a lot of the bait is hanging out there with them. Biggest thing, though, is the proximity of the spawn and their need to fill up before the ordeal. Best of luck.

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Caught a decent (14-15") stocked brown trout today up near Woodstock. Only fished for about an hour using a white Rooster tail with a silver blade.

Can any of you guys recommend any decent public fishing within an hour or two of Staunton. I've been to Elkhorn and Brayley Pond. Never had any luck with lakes. I grew up on the Rappahanock above Fredericksburg, so I'm more of a river guy. But I'd rather waste a day fishing and catching nothing than practically anything else. If I can't watch the Hokies play ball.
Thanks.

North and south forks of the Shenandoah are definitely worth the drive. About 45 minutes up 81.

There's a bunch of good fishing in your area. The James isn't far away, there is a bunch of trout fishing off of the Skyline Drive, there's the Rockfish River in Nelson, trout streams over that way as well. Already mentioned is the Shenandoah, and down around Lexington, you have the Maury and Buffalo Creek. Mossy Creek up near Harrisonburg is a good destination, and the Rivanna near Charlottesville. There are some impoundments around as well. I used to catch a ton of crappie and occasionally a nice bass or two from the Rivanna Reservoir in my canoe, and there are other small lakes in the area. You can also head over the mountains to Highland and the Jackson River, the Bullpasture and the Cowpasture, and there's the trout in the South River around Waynesboro, as well.

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Solid advice. The trout stream in Waynesboro is the South River. There is a North River in that general area but it isn't the trout stream that the South is. South River Fly Shop is sweet. They'll hook you up with gear and advice for sure.

Yeah, my brain tickled me into remembering and I'd edited my post as you were posting. Thanks. The North further up the valley, holds some surprising smallmouth and redeye fishing if you can get on them. Slow water, but I've caught a few really big smallmouth in the North near New Hope. I moved away from that area back in '86 and fuzziness is more prevalent than clarity in my memories at this point.

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Didn't get to fish this weekend. Here are the rumors I heard this weekend:

1) Togs at the third island of the CBBT. However, most were shorts.
2) A friend found a pod of chopper bluefish on Fenwick Beach in Delaware. The bluefish were on a pod of bait and he was whacking them with an SP Minnow.
3) Big blues also showed up at Cape Point in Hatteras for the guys looking for red drum.

The rivers are close to unfishable around DC. Although I was told that shad and catfish were good bets down in Occoquan.

If the chopper blues show up in force, that is where I am heading this week when I get back from Dallas.

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Cape Lookout has the choppers too

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I've seen those reports from Cape Point as well. Going down there this upcoming weekend. So looks like my timing might be good.

How long are you in Dallas French? Would love to meet up with you if time would permit. I'm just to the east. How often do you come down?

If it ain't orange, it better be maroon...and if it ain't maroon, it better be soon!

I appreciate the offer, but it is a short turnaround trip. I head in tomorrow to support our CEO keynoting a chapter event, and then fly out Thursday evening.

I have made three trips to Dallas over the last couple of years.

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Roger that. If you are ever down this way, look me up, I'd love to go fishing. I drop in the water at least once a week, freshwater.

If it ain't orange, it better be maroon...and if it ain't maroon, it better be soon!

Will do!

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Fished the Rivanna East of Hooville today caught black crappie and a nice channel cat on a lure!

I'd show a picture but I don't know how to ๐Ÿ˜”

Sean

That water looked pretty off color going over the Rivanna on 64. Well done

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Thanks it was tough sledding for awhile before the cat bit

This black crappie was from last weekend same stretch of rivanna

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Sean

Oh well I tried to add the photos but it didn't work

Sean

FTFY. You were trying to use a web URL as an image. To use the image embed feature, you should make sure the web address actually points to the image file (extension .jpg, .png, etc) not the webpage that hosts the image. On Imgur, the direct image link can be used or just copy and paste the HTML in "for websites and blogs" (without using Joe's fancy buttons, literally just copy and paste from Imgur).

Has anyone ever fished Matagorda Bay in Texas? Going for a bachelor party in Austin in mid October and thinking of staying for an extra few days and renting kayaks or a boat and fishing the area. May get a guide for a day.

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I lived in Houston from 88-96. If I didn't know the area and was going to make a trip along the Texas Coast without a guide, I'd go all the way down to Port Mansfield. I used to do that a couple times a year with friends (rented a condo on the water with a lighted dock...town is completely dead...all you can do is drink and fish) and we consistently did very, very well. Our standing joke was that the definition of a "guide" in Port Mansfield was "anyone with a boat". But after all the hurricanes, I have no idea what is or is not left of the Lower Laguna and towns like Port M. But if you go, you do need a boat to get across the bay to fish the back side of Padre Island north of the Mansfield Cut. Used to be miles and miles and miles of grass flats and we often had it to ourselves.

If you want the lifetime great-place-that's-hard-to-get-to-trip (so much so that I never went there), find a guide that does Baffin Bay. Unlike much of the Tx coast which abuts public lands, Baffin Bay is a functional inholding in the large private ranches. If you want a reasonable shot at a trophy speckled trout, that's the place.

I've never used a guide many of my friends...federal F&W folks like me...fished and between us, we knew every spot in the Galveston Bay complex. But you won't have any problem finding one in Port O'Connor. Lots of good fishing and lots of guides. The guides also typically network with each other. You probably aren't going to find one that knows something no one else knows.

Kayak wise, there are probably places you can kayak to but the typical drill in Texas is to get in a boat, find "moving water" and or "nervous bait" on a protected shoreline and then get out and wade. Birds will also work schools of trout inshore in the fall and you can drift fish them. But look at a map and notice how many roads there AREN'T in the places you'd probably like to go. If you are in a kayak, you aren't going to get away from anyone. And the central and south Texas coast is notoriously windy. Corpus is a wind surfing mecca.

Thank you very much!!

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good luck!

October is a very good time of year to fish the Texas coast.

Well im back after months of fixing up our house for a wedding its done and I'm free again to fish and wander the rivers just in time for the spawn it seems. Got out this weekend the water was high but clear and just at pre spawn temps but we got there to discover theyre on their beds and not eating for nothin in the end got 9 smallies but their all hiding on the deep holes on beds so its not easy to hit em the few fish we got were on dingers drifting along the bottom but looks like ill be chasing turkeys in the woods the next few weekends till theyre off the beds. Found a nice deer skull atleast to bring some excitement to the day.

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Alright lizard users I have some beginner questions. I've always been a die hard texas rigged yum dinger user but I'm trying to best my biggest largemouth this year and i've heard piles of good stuff on lizards slow retrieve for fat largemouth so im willing to try them out but I genuinely have no idea on hook size weight size etc. Next few weekends i'll be spending on a couple really good private ponds for big largemouth so I've got time upcoming I want to try them out so any info will be helpful really. The ponds i'll be fishing all have lots of lilly pads and stick beds etc kindof clear water typically and deepest stretches are 10-12 feet at the deepest.

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Carolina Rigged large Zoom lizard in green/black fleck or purple/green fleck. I think I've used a 1/8 or 1/4 ounce bullet weight. 1/0 worm hook.

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My favorite color is pumpkinseed or pumpkinseed with a pink fire tail. Slow way down.

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black with blue tail (because that is my favorite freshwater color pattern of all time), and the lightest weight that will slowly take it to the bottom.

If you want to do something radical, try a lightly weighted suspension bait hook instead of the traditional plastic worm setup.

Seconding the lightest weight possible that you can still cast

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I strictly use medium light baitcasting rods for bucket mouths so I'll probably try 1/8 ounce weights with 1/0 work hook since that's my typical weight I throw for smallmouth with tubes anyway
Seems most colors will work but I've always been a fan or pumpkin with a hint of chartreuse for tail tips for works so I'll get a couple color paterns and mix it up

On the retrieve I'll go super super slow with a twitching retrieve to start then adapt from there

One quick after thought do you guys let the bullet weight move freely on the line or when I rig worms I usually slide a toothpick in the weight to make it stay in place right above the hook am I the only one who does this?

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I always let it go free in fresh and especially in salt

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Pegging the sinker helps avoid hangups when fishing heavy cover. It keeps the sinker and bait from falling on either side of a snag. If you're fishing lillies, you may want to keep it pegged or experiment a bit. A slow fall tends to work better so if you don't have to peg you may have more luck. Let the fish tell you what they want.

Always pegged the bullet, myself. Makes for a more contiguous presentation, and there's not enough weight to keep the fish from inhaling the offering. I like green pumpkin with flakes in clear to clearish water, black and blue in stained water or even on overcast days.

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Curious do you use a toothpick as well? I've always wondered if other people used other things to peg the weight I've been afraid of it with big fish but now I just use heavier line in hopes it won't break easier

Last summer I quit pegging weights for dead sticking tubes for late summer smalliesin fear of rupturing the line and found it worked better in presentation as well

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Yep, toothpick. For tubes, I always used in tube jigheads, unless I was using a Gitzit which I used with a Gene Larew Slider head to make for a Texas rigged tube. I don't like the notion of the weight being independent of the bait hook, and never had a breakoff because of pegging that I recall. Much more likely to break off because of a bad knot or unnoticed line fray or nick.

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Which brand jig heads for tubes did you use? I've always seen tube jigs but never used them always just used 1/16 or 1/8 bullet weights for texas rigging.

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I was hooked up with a couple of different sources for jig heads. For my big tubes, I used an outfit down in Alabama who custom made them for several Virginia smallmouth guides. Honestly, I can't remember the name off the top of my head, but I could dig it up if need be, I think. For my Mizmo Teaser tubes, I used, again, a custom made head made by the guy who runs the campground in Duncannon, PA that Ken Penrod fishes out of for the spring on the Susquehanna. Both jig heads have weedguards, since they're mainly used in high flow and stained water in the spring, and you gonna lose a bunch of them, but the guard seemed to help. Again, I've got Johnny's info at the campground if you want me to dig it up for you. While I can't imagine there aren't serviceable heads available on the interweb, I was fortunate enough not to have to scrounge for them, nor pour them myself. Both of those sources were reliably quick, and their products were unfailingly dependable. Remember, though, that I have now been out of the business for 5 and a half years, so things may have changed. I won't part with any of my Johnny made heads for Teasers, I do have a bunch of the big tube jigs in 1/8 and 1/4 oz I'd be willing to part with for a beer or two at the Southwind.

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Well, they aren't anything like I used, but would they work? Dunno. I would assume so, since they're selling them, but the ones I used were ball headed jigs with a single strand weed guard. The eye comes out of the head 90 degrees to the hook shank. A pain to rig, especially in the early spring cold, rain, sleet, snow, etc., but a great presentation and at least a modicum if not more of weedless help.

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Yeah, that's more like what I use, but with a weedguard. Owner makes a good hook, too.

Edit: I have company tonight, but will try to photo the ones I use and send them to someone who can post them. Tomorrow, ok?

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OK, I've sent a photo to someone computer literate who just texted me that he'd posted it. Yeah, a miracle I can use a phone camera, much less texting, but occasionally it does come in handy.

Anyway, here's the skinny. Top jig for Mizmo Teaser tubes is from John Cunningham at the Riverfront Campground in Duncannon, PA. Johnny's number is (717) 834-5252. If you call, please tell him Perch sent you and sends his regards. John actually does the pouring, and he's a prince of a fellow indeed. You can also get the Teaser tubes from him at a decent price. Believe me when I tell you, Ken Penrod knows tubes and he and Johnny have made a great team on this bait. I'd also make sure to ask if there is something new up there these days. If there is, Penrod will be using it and Johnny will know what it is and how to get it.

The other jigs are for the bigger tubes. The bigger is a "Virginia" style 5/16 oz head on a 3/0 VMC Barbarian hook. The smaller one is a 1/8 oz with the same hook.
These tubes are custom made by Tom Smith down in Alabammy. His number is/was (256) 766-8036. I don't know if he's still in biz, but when he was, he made a bunch of them when I was guiding and be sure to mention the Virginia style thing, he should remember the deal.

Hopefully this will be of use to someone out there, but remember, sometimes it's the little bit of extra effort to get things that pays off in the end. Yeah, it is sooooo much easier to push a button and get stuff, but a phone call shouldn't be a deterrent to getting something you might come to rely on, like I did when smallmouth were my world.

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Thanks gents!

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Posting for Tom, and in case anyone else was interested, here are those jig heads for the tubes:

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Thank you sir. Contact info is up above in my last post. Hope this comes in handy for somebody.

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thanks for all the info will look into it to see what I can find. Thinking of trying to start making my own plastic baits so i've been busy researching that I hadnt seen this post till now!

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Hit the pond middle of the day on saturday and ended the mid day fishing trip with 64 bass most in the 1-2 pound range one fat female from her spawn bed that weighed 6 pounds but otherwise a nice day all around.
Gave lizards a try texas rigged with 1/16 ounce weight and 3/0 worm hook but only got one fish with it, dont think I had the right color for the water color I used pumpkin with chartreuse tail but my girlfriend got her 6 pounder on a black with chartreuse tail lizard.

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Man, small pond fishing ought to be killer this week; hope you can make it back out there. How as the water clarity - a bit on the dirty side?

Obligatory: 'where are the pics!' :)

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I'll be trying to get back out later this week, the water was surprisingly clear actually the water was high but clear enough to sight fish a bit in the shallow stuff even had a few good hits on the frog hopping through the pads, lost one very nice one cause I couldnt get him out of the pads quick enough. I dont have any pics of the 6 pounder as I wasnt in that boat sadly and me and my buddy didnt catch anything picture worthy plus we were mostly fixated on the bucket of bojangles oh well

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I went down to Hatteras for a long weekend. Fished the point all day Friday with nothing to show for it. One of the guys in the group got a 38" drum in the morning. A few small blues and sharks were caught. Friday night, it got super crowded with the wind picking up. Only a few drum were caught. More sharks were caught. Fished the point Saturday again. A ton of sharks were caught in the morning. I only had one hookup and an instant breakoff. I went up to a 100 lb leader cause at this point I just wanted to get something on the beach. I was able to get a couple of 3 foot bar sharks and a cow nose ray. I tried fishing Sunday but it was blowing 25. Ended up fishing for a couple hours then headed home. Always a fun time down there just got to keep going to get on a good bite down there.

Thanks for that report. I'll be going down to Nags Head next week and hoping for a trip to Hatteras for drum. Hope the wind and weather are good for us, otherwise I can see drunkenness ensuing.

My friend Jim said the mud from recent downpours has finally about cleared Claytor Lake and he'll be hitting the lower New this week. He got one good day between rain events and got 18 smallmouth, mostly on spinnerbaits and crankbaits.

I'll be after crappie this week and will report.

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You're welcome. Definitely drinking happening either way haha. Even if fish aren't biting just hanging and shooting the breeze is better than being home. Hope the winds line up good for you. SW blow supposed to happen later this week.

*SW = great for the Point and South Beach. Awful for everything north of Rodanthe!!!!

Also, I heard that a cobia or two was landed from the surf at Ramp 55. That is between me, TKP, and the light pole.

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A bunch of my buddies sneaked their way down to Ocracoke to get away from the Cape Point crowd. You and I are the opposites on leader. I run a 60lb bite leader in the hopes that the sharks will bite off my hook and save my sinker! Most of the time I am not that lucky.

I am hearing that big bluefish are showing spread out all the way from Wilmington to Jersey. Did you see any choppers caught?

We will do a drum off the pier trip this October.

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I completely understand that but I just wanted to put something on the beach. Since they were smaller sharks. I was able to get my hook and sinker back to. A little easier to deal with sharks on the beach versus the pier.

I didn't see any choppers caught. Only up to a couple pounds. People were saying the water clear enough on Saturday for the blues to be in but I didn't see any. I thought I would be able to get a couple blues on cut mullet or menhaden. I don't have plans to make another trip to get on them before the choppers move out. A little disappointed I didn't get on a few.

I was looking at getting a second heaver that loads better at 5-6 ounces. The guy I have been staying with at Hatteras recommended Tica brand for a good value rod. Do you have any experience with them?

That is probably a long conversation. I drum fish with rods rated 6-12 oz for drum from pier or surf to throw 8oz when needed.

I have not heard good things about Ticas or Airwaves. Penn Carnage II is the most inexpensive option that gets rated to throw 8nbait. A Breakway HDX is a little more expensive and rated a little light to throw 8nbait, mbira they are good rods.

I use a three piece Daiwa Ballistic 40-405 as my primary drum rod. I won a Century Surfmax 5-12 oz rod and use it as my backup. Most of the really good drum anglers I know use a Vega Intimidators, CTS All Stars, or Rainshadow 1509 blanks built by custom rod builders. And they will injure others to get their hands on a custom made All Star rod.

It is a crazy niche market.

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I got the Diawa Ballistic 40-405 based on reccomendations from one of the guys. Which definitely works for 8 n bait. But most of the time in the surf i could throw 6 ounces or lower and be fine. So thats why I was looking for one to throw 6 better. I probably could have gone with the 35 ballistic but at the moment I dont go enough to justify buying another one in that price range.

True. Are you looking for a conventional or a spinner? I was recommending based on assuming you were looking at a spinner.

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Yeah I should have specified. I'm looking for a conventional.

I will ask around and see what I hear. A Rainshadow 1509 is usually what I hear for those lighter ones. I will see what my buddies who surf fish more than me say.

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My buddy Travis is selling a nice Daiwa rated 3-10 oz. Here is the info if you want to reach out to him

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I will definitely look into that. Thanks French. I appreciate the help. Tough to figure out what rods are actually meant to be used for what we do. I've been looking through other rods and see some are made for casting lures but still rated for the amount weight I want. I saw Travis at the point on Friday. Fun to watch him cast.

He can fish his tail off.

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That's for sure. He gets after it.

picked up a small (145) used 2001 Scout today. Hull is sound and has a very low hours yammy 50 4 stroke. (I would prefer a lighter 40, but we'll see how it handles the weight)

will add trolling motor and rod holders; perhaps a bimini for Mrs. D.; and maybe a power pole or micro.

my old 16' all welded jon with 40 mariner will go up for sale within the month.

I had been circling around microskiffs last year and again this spring, but couldn't justify paying that much for a specialty boat. hopefully the scout be a little better for a long run in the icw, be more quiet and stable, and be more amenable for some local pleasure boating

Been looking at stick boats or something similar then in regard to the skiffs?
I was looking at a skiff boat for a while its a mini one but dangit they look fun
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I was considering the Ankona (16 and 18 Shadowcast) and SaltMarsh skiffs as well as the Gheenoe LT 25.

I don't live near significant poling territory...I mostly fish the creeks off the ICW north and south of St Augustine and don't do much flats fishing. So running in skinny water? Yes. Poling? No. I'd be paying for the poling aspect when in fact, I'd just put a trolling motor on the front of a boat otherwise somewhat impaired on windy days and those times of year when the really big boats are migrating north/south.

My jon boat is great to fish out of (it has a large front deck and wide rear seat, side console and open in the middle) but fish-wise, it's noisy; and it's not real family friendly for the wife...sitting on a boat cushion on a metal bench and getting bounced around in a chop is not really her thing.

Bought my Scout as a compromise with my wife. Bad move. She is in the boat a couple three times a year, I'm stuck with it the rest of the year. Scout 185 Dorado with a 115 Yamaha 4 stroke. Love the engine, and the boat is really a nice boat, but it ain't the fishing boat I'd have chosen.

Edit: Not dissing Scouts. Great boats, and I'd definitely buy a more skiff-like boat if I could. I bought too soon after moving to the Bay. Like so many things in life, I wish I had a mulligan.

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wife is innocent on this one...totally my move. i feel bad when she wants to go and the boat we have isn't really built for comfort; and selfishly, i think this will fish quieter

the potential drawback of the little 145 is it will draw more water than I want. but it weighs a tick less than a comparable carolina skiff JV and has a broader beam. i fish creeks and protected shorelines where it should fish similarly to a bass boat; or so i'm telling myself.

Fished a private pond for an annual crappie trip. I don't think we could have caught more crappie than we did. Nothing to brag about size wise, but dozens upon dozens upon dozens of crappie. A very few small bass and a handful of pickerel rounded out the day. As usual, 1/16 oz jigs with Southern Pro Acid Rain grubs.

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Thanks for the report fish! Glad to hear you wore them out.

Congrats! A well earned series of dinners!

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Also broke two rods today that I've had since 2004. Irreparable damage, unreplaceable rods...so it was a bittersweet day. My fault, but that don't help anything.

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Your lamiglas rods?

Yep. My 7'6" walleye rod that I use for almost everything inshore, and one of my Certified Pro bass rods. Lamiglas doesn't make either of them anymore, and they were 210 dollar rods 14 years ago. Sigh.
Old story and a cautionary tale on transport of valuable rods...just because you think something won't move under quick braking doesn't mean it won't. My bad, I totally blew it and will punish myself for a while over it, I suspect.
And when I say I broke them, I'm talking five pieces and nowhere near enough the tips to just retip them. Total loss of both rods.

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Sorry about that fish. My condolences for your loss. Hope you can find a worthy replacement.

Thanks. Finding suitable replacements isn't the issue. Affording them at this juncture of my fishing life is another matter. I've got several rods from my pre-guiding days, but I got used to a certain level of quality and don't really want to go back.
I have a Garmin marine grade GPS unit that was given me, and since it cost about 700 bucks new, I'm thinking about selling it. I saw one on ebay for a bit over 500, so I might be able to come out ok if I can figure out how to get this one sold. It would certainly open up my options, at any rate.
So I ask, is there anyone here on the fishing thread who can advise me of how to go about selling something on ebay. I've neither bought nor sold anything on ebay, and am absolutely ignorant of what to do.

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Given your closeness to fishing territory, you may find the process easier to sell it on Craigslist. You set your price and they bring the cash to you.

Thanks. That's a reasonable suggestion. This GPS is also a favorite of the motorcycling set due to its waterproof construction. It is loaded with about everything for land or sea navigation, so I have that going for me as well. I'll give it a shot when I'm out of mourning.

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And then I read this. Ouch.

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eeek!

Well, went to Beaverdam Reservoir in Gloucester yesterday with msmcfa in his fine boat. We were after crappie, yellow perch, pickerel, bass and bream, but the bite was way off my previous experiences there. I think we were a bit late, having finally gotten a day we could both go due to the extremely windy and chilly spring weather. The crappie were tough to find, and while we caught some, they were just medium sized and sparse, and the same went for the bass and pickerel, though we did catch a few of each. Msmc got a decent pickerel out of it all, though, and the yellow perch were almost as plentiful as usual, and we enjoyed the sunny day. Hopefully, we'll get a chance to go earlier next year. I figure we caught about 1/3 of the number of fish I had expected. There was a ton of floating algae that impeded our approach somewhat. Still and all, we did catch fish and managed to have a pretty good day.

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Was awesome weather out there and though we were definitely working for the bite, it was a blast. Caught my first ever yellow perch, got my annual sunburn outta the way, and caught 2.5 or 3lb pickerel on a pretty light setup. Capt. Perch (aka 'Ifish' / aka Tom), had some sort of magic voodoo on his lure, pretty sure he out fished me 3 to 1 while trolling. I'm gonna need a rematch on some reds. :)

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I went out on the James yesterday with one of my buddies after work. Didn't know what to expect but tried for shad ended up only catching a perch each. Maybe could have thrown some swimbaits for striper. I used my perch for cut bait. Anchored up and instantly had some taps on my line. Tried to give a little line to let the catfish eat it more. Tried to come tight on him and got him up to the surface but he just had gotten part of the bait in his mouth. Drop back down with the same bait and get a few taps and the rod bends over and get a solid run. When I start gaining some line back the catfish switches directions and takes off again goes under my kayak and my anchor rope. I had a couple chaotic moments of working my line around the anchor and another rod I had in the way. Somewhere I ended up losing my anchor when trying to get off of it. After another minute I was able to get the cat in the boat. Couple of taps the rest of the night but no more takers. Drifted our way back to the boat ramp. Really nice weather and enjoyable night on the river.

That's friggin' awesome! Great memories and a fun story to boot. :)

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That's for sure! Always an adventure! Gotta love it.

looks like a pretty good tug...congrats!

Did me some soft bait makin for the next few weeks and for a beginner with little clue thay turned out alright now to get them in some scented oil and ready for the weekend.

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Looks good, hope they work well for you.

Nice! Where are you heading this weekend to give them a try??

Side note - the family meet me at work today for some lunch, and right before they left, I realized I had my pole in the car, with Ifish's lucky Southern Pro hotgrub tied on. A couple of casts later, my youngest accidentally caught a little largemouth (and he proceeded to drop the rod and run up the hill once he realized something was on). :).

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good stuff!

Just got home from OBX. Three days on the beach. Weather was perfect, old Hokie buddies, etc. Fishing wasn't so darned good, though. First day at the point on Hatteras, we managed one six inch flounder, saw one nice bluefish caught down the beach, maybe 8 lbs or so, and heard of three others caught just before we arrived. Next day, we went north to ramp 25 (I think, near Rodanthe) and caught some sharks and skates, couple of tiny blues, and maybe 14 sea mullet. Problem was, there were cow nosed rays coming through and I had the misfortune to hook four of them. One is too many, but four? My arms are sore and I have a couple of bruises on my legs from duking it out with them. Seriously hard work, and no fun at all except when they were on a big run taking drag like a sportfish. They were all full growed and knew how to work the surf. Took forever. One buddy caught two as well. Then yesterday we stayed north of the inlet and fished the beach there and again, sharks, skates and a few sea mullet, but the grass was so bad, it wore us out dealing with it and we kept thinking it would abate but it didn't. Biggest fish of the trip was a 32" sandbar shark other than the rays. Oh well, maybe next year.
The whiting came mostly on bloodworm fishbites, everything else came on cut mullet.

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Thanks for the report. We're headed down to Duck June 2-9. I really hope to get on a decent whiting bite. The family loves to fry up a bunch on our trips down. We caught a ton of spot last year in Hatteras, keeping a dozen to try. I didn't care for them as much. We're a bunch of amateurs when it comes to the surf, so hooking into a big ray would probably make our week to be honest. Glad you got out and had some fun.

In my mind: Spot = bait, nothing else.

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I agree. But I read that some people eat them so we gave it a shot. I won't be doing it again.

Spot are a sought after fish in Virginia and NC waters, and tons of people fish for and eat them. I don't care for them anymore myself, but I've eaten hundreds of them in my youth. I don't like speckled trout or stripers either, among a bunch of fish that I don't care for but many swear by, it's just so subjective. I prefer croaker to whiting, while we're discussing it, and unless nicely smoked, I don't like salmon either.
Used to work in a pickle plant in Norfolk, and during the summer, it wasn't unusual for folks to come to work with a "spot sandwich", which was a fried spot (scaled, head and tail off) between two slices of Wonder Bread. There are some cultural factors, not unusual when discussing food, and our church fish fries used to depend on the men going to the pier in Lynnhaven and filling a trash can with spot and ice first.

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Thanks for the info. That's interesting. I have never had croaker, speckled trout, or striper. I tend not to like stronger tasting/more oily fish, I guess is how I'd describe it. Would I probably not enjoy these mentioned above? I'd definitely try them, just trying to figure out what to expect.

For me, with specks it is mostly the texture I don't care for. I like firmer flesh. With striper, the flavor just doesn't do it for me, not certain why. I agree with you on strong tasting oily fish, but I usually like them smoked with cream cheese, minced red onion and capers on a cracker. Folks here at the Chesapeake Bay swear by their rockfish, though so I guess I'm in the clear minority on stripers. I do love to catch trout and stripers, though.

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Fish:
Thanks for the historical references. I understand. I'm just not a fan of fish I use for bait when I fish salt water (croaker and spot). I agree with you on speckled trout and striper, I don't think they taste that great. Fun to catch for sure! In FL, the trout get worms quite often and they just look gnarly in the meat (they won't hurt you). Amberjack get them a lot as well.
My top tasting inshore saltwater fish are Snook, Redfish, Pompano, Black Drum, and Sheepshead. Spanish Mackeral is good if the fish are larger, smoked, and made into a fish dip.
Tight Lines too all!

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I also like small reds, have never had a snook and agree that Spanish are ok smoked. Croaker are basically little redfish, though, and I think they taste pretty much alike, so if I can't get reds or flounder (like now, early in the season) I'll keep a couple or three nice croakers for a fresh dinner. My wife is pickier about fish than I am, and she likes croaker as well. Cobia really tastes good from my limited experience, so I hope for more of them in the future.

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Cobia is great! I don't usually include them as a near shore fish. However, I've caught them from the beach in Central Florida before (once - and that was a long battle with much running up and down the beach and even scrambling over coquina reef just offshore).

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lol...not sure there is a category of food of greater debate than what species of fish tastes good/not good...maybe cheese?

I like speckled trout fried, pan broiled (a la meuniere), or baked (almondine); and i love redfish. Snook I've only had once but it was truly excellent. but i don't care for flounder, which many people love

offshore, i like mahi, tuna, amberjack, grouper, wahoo and even triggerfish. but i don't care for red snapper or cobia...favorites of many

I readily agree that a good chef with a good recipe can make a huge difference in what I like.

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Let me fix that for you.
Spot= tasty fillets perfect for fish frying
Croaker= Crab and fish bait and nothing more

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Thanks for the report fish! Rays will beat ya down for sure. Hopefully will be dealing with more cobias than sharks or rays this year

Team, my oldest son (6) and I had a whale of a morning sunrise fishing here in Texas. We were bank fishing...he was targeting blue gill and crappie, while I was looking for big bass.

I latched onto one big mamma early. Without even much of a tug, she snapped my crankbait right off, a 2" imitation shad with treble hooks on both ends. Later in the morning I was able to snag her again, got her to shore with a minnow, only to see her snap the line a second time. I am using a rod and reel with a 12 lb test.

We saw her jump clear out of the water 10 min later (30 yards out), likely with the crankbait still lodged. Feel terrible I didn't get her to shore, but even worse that I couldn't free her of the lure.

My son cleaned house, grabbing 14 fish in an hour's worth of play.

If it ain't orange, it better be maroon...and if it ain't maroon, it better be soon!

Well finally got out on the james around lynchburg on saturday and the smallies are still spawning half way some are some arent but theyre still not eating very ferociously as I like but ended a nice days float with 14 fish all on senkos some of my homemade ones and a few pumpkin dingers dead sinking did the trick mostly all big fish. couple in the 2 pound range, one 3 pounder, and one near 3.5 all healthy looking and some still had spawn eyes others looked past it.

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Great looking fish! Glad you got to get out and get a tug on your line.

Hokienator - Pretty fish. I was on the Shenandoah this weekend and it was a great weekend to be out! What are "spawn eyes", I've never heard that term before? Thanks!

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He's probably referring to the cherry red ring around the fish's vent denoting spawning activity in female smallmouth.

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Yep as VTFish said above me their eye color being really red is their in the spawn symbol makes it easier to know whats going on this time of year. It can be anything from a bright to dull red.

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Upper New above Claytor Lake guiding report:

Water levels are about perfect and now it is supposed to rain again this week. Damnit.

Wednesday - Wade exploratory trip for a few hours. Zilch.

Thursday - 15 fish caught, biggest at 18", nothing under 12. Big one came on a popper.

Friday - One know it all client and one guy who claimed to know nothing. Guess who was better?? 20 fish caught total, 2 at 17" and one at 18". They also didn't tip despite both bragging about their second and third homes. Sigh. Fun guys but that was frustrating.

Saturday - Client was a buddy of mine who used to be able to cast really well and strip set but somehow forgot it all. 9 fish landed, biggest at 18." Had eats from several monster fish, didn't properly strip set. He could have put 35 in the boat and multiple 18-20 with some solid fly fishing competence.

Saturday night in Blacksburg - One black and tan consumed at Rivermill, 3 gin and tonics and one beer at Tots, two beers at Rivermill, one beer at Underground, passed out at 1 a.m. in my buddy's Airstream off of Harding Ave. Did not secure any phone numbers, sorority girls or recent graduates' moms.

Sunday - Hung over, lunch with a former female companion, then hiked and fished halfway up Cascades. Water was high and slightly off color. Trout were not cooperating, brought one small bow to hand.

Today - Repeat client of mine from Richmond and his son who used spin gear. 4" Fluke in grey and white 4 inch Senko were on fire for him. 18.5" fish and 15 landed. Dad fly fished and caught a 15" and several 12-14" on poppers with 13 landed total. Great day on the water.

I officially have my base tan for the summer and my shoulders ache. Fishing again tomorrow, Friday, maybe over the weekend and next Monday. Will update with more photos.

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Thanks for the report! Love hearing the fishing news, especially to distract me from the Ford thread.

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Thanks for the update. I'm itching to hit the river bad. Damn, why'd I have to go and get a career? Who knows when I'll be able to get out.

Damn, why'd I have to go and get a career?

I ask this of literally every one of my close friends and I'm always told... "well that's the way it is."

No, it's not. So much money to be made non-traditionally that allows me to be a part-time fishing guide and nearly full-time fun haver.

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Advice on getting started on this alternative path you speak of?

Start with these three books:

1. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen
2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
3. The Four Hour Work Week

What is your email? I'll shoot you some more info

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Thanks!

I'll piggyback on this post, for the lower New.

Floated Celanese (Narrows) to just above Narrows Falls on Thursday with my dad. Caught about a dozen, with the best a 15" I caught on a Keitech Fat Impact knockoff (BPS). We caught them on a pop-r, spinnerbait, and squarebills as well.

Floated Ripp to Bluff on Saturday with my best friend and wife. That was my first time on that float - wow what a view. Tons of "fishy" areas. Caught a massive amount of dish rags, or as most call them rock bass. If you have ever caught one, or the next time you do, watch how they fight for about 3 seconds then just give up, allowing you to feel like you are reeling in a dish rag.

We caught 15-20 bass, the best a 16" fish that had a big appetite, hitting a giant Rapala sub walk. It seemed like the fish that were hungry were eating whatever we threw, from cranks, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, poppers, etc.

Looks like rain all this week, may try to get out on Sunday and hope that the river isn't resembling chocolate milk.

So, flyguy...no walleye?

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Nope!

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Tuesday Mike Smith and I did a scout float on Foster Falls. I took the front of the boat for the top section. 15 fish landed, biggest at 18". I did miss one big gulp of the popper. Fish was probably 16-18".

Mike got a few when I rowed. The big bedding spots were nearly empty and fishing was SLOW. Another guide friend of his had two spin fishing clients and they caught ONE fish over 7 miles. Clearly the last 6 miles above the lake where I had been guiding for a week was the place to be.

We were supposed to float again yesterday but thunderstorms kept us off the river. Heavy rains has the river turning brown above the lake. Canceled trip for Friday through Monday. When I drove over the river on 81 below Radford the creek upstream was rolling brown in the New. I assume this weather will also hit central VA and likely blow out the James, during the spawn for a 3rd straight year. That river cannot get a break and I do not expect it to get any better fishing the lower James near Richmond this summer.

Home in RVA for 24 hours and then off to Colorado for 3.5 days. Will be taking the fly rod and get on some water full of trout somewhere. Can't wait to smell the cottonwood trees while drifting nymphs to trout.

If anyone has the chance to go to the OBX for the next several weeks, the cobia have shown up THICK.

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Thanks for the report! That makes sense that with the river getting blown out with high flows screws up the spawn.
I've never thought about that. I've been seeing some of those reports on Cobia! I need to convince one of my buddies to go down there with me.

Headed to Outer Banks first week of June. Will have access to kayaks and the beach. Best bets for having some fun catching as big a fish as we can expect? Thanks for your reports, I live vicariously through them for most of the year.

Great questions. So much will depend on water temp and clarity. The cobia will be in close to the beaches when the water is over 70 degrees and relatively clear. North of Oregon Inlet, that means you need a light easterly wind (too much will make it too rough to be on a kayak. If you are getting south wind, drive down to Frisco/Hatteras and yak out on a south facing beach. But, be careful. Use breakaway float rigs with live bluefish, menhaden, or spot. Getting a cobia would be a rarer bonus. They are really hard to land from a yak. However, there should be plenty of sharks, including some big hammerheads, to keep you entertained.

If you want to book a yak guide, Rob Alderman is the guy, especially if you want to target big game. Tell him "French" sent you.

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Thanks French! Headed to Google now for a description of the rigs you speak of. I've only ever used bottom rigs with two dropper loops off the beach, and never been in a kayak in the salt. Should be interesting.

So, you will need four rods:

1) A bait rod. Tie on a cheap marathon sibiki with a 1-2 oz sinker on the bottom or a 1 oz gold sea striker casting jig. You can get threadfins or little bluefish on a naked sibiki, or you can tip the sibiki with small pieces of fishbites and make your bait. Please note, buy the sibikis from marathon that are on sale at Dicks up here in VA for herring, not the big ones they sell in tackle shops down in the OBX.

2) If you don't want to fool with bait, bring a couple of live eels. If you fish on the bottom (hard to do without anchoring on the yak and I wouldn't anchor in open water), use a fishfinder rig with a 37 inch bite leader and an 8/0 circle hook.

3) Fishing the float, you want a Redi Rig float https://www.tackledirect.com/redi-rig-w-2pkdp400-2pkt-release-floats-2pk... with about 37 inches between the float and the hook in NC (40 inches in VA, that way you can use your leader to see if the fish is a keeper.) Fish an eel or a spot/bluefish/croaker/herring live. If they are dead, it is no good for a cobia.

If you can stay relatively stationary, have a chum bag floating.

4) Have a rod with a 2 oz bright colorful bucktail or a RonZ. Don't be shocked if a cobia swims right up to you in the chum slick. Otherwise look for big rays or big leatherback turtles, the cobia will swim underneath them.

I will say, yak fishing is probably a little safer in the Bay. But a few guys (NKTG, an old PierandSurf posting legend) got a real nice kayak cobia in Kitty Hawk around 2007 on a day where I saw over 40 fish and couldn't get one to eat from the pier. The Lusk Brothers and Rob Choi are really good resources along with Rob.

Rob did this video from the CBBT- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z43jHKXf7gE

Also, this guy made a series of videos building to catching his first cobia. He anchored around Grandview and got lots of hookups, but his efforts to land fish were comedies of tragic errors. The Virginia no-gaff rule (which has been rescinded this year) didn't help matters.

I am so ready to go fishing! Every cobia guy will tell you, live eel is the best. I prefer a small bluefish.

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Definitely want to use French's guy Rob Alderman if you want to fishing in the ocean out of a kayak and be safe. What kind of kayak do you have? Sound side you would be fine by yourself but again Rob fishes the area everyday so he would definitely give you a better shot at getting on the fish.

Rob has been tearing them up! Between him and your buddy Jake Worthington, I've been getting my instagram lit up by all their catches. Eventually I want to go out with Rob on a kayak charter.

Ches Tyson (Outerbanksoutdoors on IG) has some nice footage from today too.

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Thanks French. My cobia fever is getting worse by the day.

Man, I am so ready to go. I could have gone this weekend but the weather is crap. They are still catching in the rain though.

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Same here, I thought I would be fine waiting til they came to the bay but following a bunch of guys getting after them in NC is getting me antsy. I saw a couple guys that were still getting them sightfishing in the overcast conditions today.

If you go, just keep the sun at your back when you are hunting. The fish are around Rodanthe, maybe just a bit south. Each year, they arrive further north. When I first got into it, you would have a huge group show up between the Point and Hatteras Inlet. The fishing would be amazing until the first cold front chased them off. Two years ago, the fish were moving north in 65 degree water. It was weird. This year, they just bypassed Hatteras.

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Thanks for the tips French! I appreciate all of the knowledge you share on here. I have only done sight fishing for cobia a couple of times around Cape Lookout.

The Virginia guys expect the cobia in the Bay next week. South wind at their back and they are cruising north in a hurry.

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Kayaking in the sound. Depending on water temps, redfish and trout should be moving around back there. Believe there's a put in near/around Bodie Island Lighthouse. Definitely put in's available at Oregon Inlet, Avon and behind Hatteras. Find grass/pothole filled flats anywhere from 1-5 feet deep. I prefer early in the morning, high tide falling with winds 12 mph and under. You can catch them throughout the day however. Johnson Gold Spoon is all you need for reds unless they are being really weird, which would be super rare for June. If it's overcast, first thing in the am you can do searching with a topwater spook.

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Awesome! Thanks!

Any suggestions on tossing something with my 8 weight? Or should I stick with spinning gear?

Cannot go wrong with a Dupree Spoon fly. The fish you are looking for will be most likely cruising or milling around or following a big stingray. See a big stingray, immediately cast to it. You may find a tailer or two. Redfish Wiggler is my go to. I can cover the middle and bottom of the water column with it very easily. Redfish Toads work really well on the grass flats when you need a light presentation and to keep the fly up. I keep the Dupre as the ace in the sleeve if nothing else is working. Shrimpy flies that stay in the middle of the water column seem to work best. If there is grass, you don't want a heavy fly to sink into it and lose the fish. Tailers obviously require a fly that does get down however but I don't see them often. Can't ever really go wrong with a clouser but sometimes the fish want a slow moving fly and some clousers are just too heavy to move slowly. I've also done well on an EP Everglades minnow.

Also, being in a yak you can stand in is very helpful.

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Thanks for your reports, I live vicariously through them for most of the year.

You are welcome. I enjoy providing entertainment!

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Yep- I have had buddies that have run spotted over 100 fish in 3-4 hour trips since Saturday. Unfortunately, this weather is going to make things tough. The fish are between Rodanthe and Avon, so the Oregon Inlet boats are finding them much easier than the Hatteras boats.

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The croaker are back here in the East River and Mobjack Bay. I fished for all of ten minutes today in the rain and got a couple of bites on Gulp, but saw a fair number of croaker in buckets at Williams Wharf. Mixed size, but a great sign. They were hitting squid and fish bites. I guess I have to clean up my boat.

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my Scout project continues...

trolling motor and mount came in. mounting the "puck" for the quick release is the challenge...i have a 30" breaker bar to try to reach up there under the bow and do a bolt-thru mount rather than just use expansion nuts. taking the boat in next week to have the repair guys either adjust or (more likely) replace the steering cable, as well as move electrical connections/cranking battery from the back to under the console. local scout dealer referred me to a local who makes replacement cushions. have soy based paint stripper on order to remove bottom paint. cover came in.

i guess that's enough for now...maybe some day i'll actually use it to fish out of!

Pretty soon those croaker will be put to good use!

If it'll stop raining for a few hours here, I'll be putting a few croaker to good use this weekend...greasing my chin!

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Fait accompli. Mission accomplished. Took about a half hour. Winner winner croaker dinner.

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I've caught enough east river croaker to kill a man until the spot or drum arrive I'll leave em for everyone else.

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You can have all the spot the Mud Hole holds, and I don't hold my breath on the drum, so until I can get into something else, I'll catch a few for dinner and for cobia bait. It's my back yard, so I do what I have to for a bite.

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Cant blame you for years growing up I caught croaker for every meal for days and days and days as the fillet man I always prefer a flounder or a spot to a measily croaker

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Yeah, I filet all of my fish, and skin them as well. Even croaker and bluegills when I eat them. I also was raised on a lot of panfish, and we never had filets in those days, so as an adult, I prefer no bones, fins or skins. Of course, the little croaker aren't worth the trouble, but once they hit medium they'll suffice. When I catch bigger ones, I do appreciate the difference, though, and we can't tell them from redfish taste-wise.
That all said, I personally prefer flounder, won't eat another spot if I can help it (ate thousands as a kid), and will hope the reds come in and I get a small cobia for the table this season. I do miss my walleye from Claytor and the New, though. Still our favorite, hands down.

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If only the bigger croaker were more often I'd like to find some like the world record that got caught at new point a few years back that was 5 ish pounds. Flounder are a nice rarity but to me the best is a nice spanish mackerel its been too many years since I've gotten any of them in the bay.

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Thanks French and flyguy! Tons of great information. Let me digest it all and I'll come back if I have further questions. Really appreciate all the knowledge you guys drop here so frequently.

Hey French, heading down to Atlantic Beach tomorrow and I'm looking to do a near shore trip. Got anybody you'd recommend down there for such a event?

Are you looking for food fish, or just pullage? If you want a day of 20-40 pound fish as fast as you can catch them, buzz Brian Harrington at Extreme Measures/Run Off sportsfishing charters. He is one of the best billfish captains around. This time of the year, he usually is booking offshore. But he has some live bottom marks that nobody else knows about. I booked a half day amberjack trip with him. I caught so many 30 pound amberjacks in 3 hours that I had to beg to stop. It was still the single best half day of fishing I have ever experienced.

Here is Dad with one, while I take a break to film. I am sucking serious wind.

We have probably 50 of them up right beside of the boat. Put a live bait in, they eat it and then strip about 100 yards of line at about 20 pounds of drag right away.

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Doesn't matter honestly it's more of a present for my dad so reef donkeys sound good to me. Only thing I worry about is I'm going to have my wife with me and I know they can whip your ass just want to make sure she can have fun as well without getting worked over. But I appreciate the answer I'll check him out right now.

Good deal. Like I said, he is an incredibly on-demand billfish captain. But he had an open day and took us on his smaller boat (a 25 foot Contender) and that trip was amazing. If you prefer the big boat and he is open, he and Marty will put you on fish. The Run Off isn't the fanciest looking offshore boat in the fleet, but it is incredibly stable and his success in the big money billfish tournaments speaks to Captain Brian's diverse knowledge.

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Not charter related but first full morning of surf fish yielded a nice 29 inch redfish caught by myself and dad followed up with a 6lb Blue. Other than that surf looks like chocolate milk.

That's awesome, congrats!! I've got an itch to try French's amberjack guy so bad.

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That's solid! I heard of people catching some spanish at fort macon from the surf.

I'd love to tangle with some Spanish but I'll be honest I think we caught the only 2 fish in the ocean yesterday. Soaked bait for around 6 hours throughout the evening and only 1 bite and I'm positive it was a shark because my rod acted like I tied it to the ass end of a Mac truck. The surf seems to have calmed down quite a bit hopefully today is better. Either way I'm not at work.

Most of the time you are going to catch spanish in the surf by casting metal jigs (stingsilvers or something similar) so if you see birds dive bombing on bait. Try casting out and retrieving as fast as you can.

Definitely can get more consistent fishing with the amberjacks that hang around structure than cobia which is more hit or miss. Spanish Mackeral have showed up down there. There are bonita and bluefish around too. You should definitely be able to get some hot action with one of the nearshore species.

3rdGen- Jake got a 34 pound cobia on a bucktail off Avon Pier this AM.

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I saw that! Jake is the man. He's been killing it.

Ramp 38 and 44 has seen cobia getting caught by surfcasters.

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That is nuts. That would be super cool to catch a cobia of any size in the surf.

Dang, that is a solid cobia. Thanks for sharing. Super impressive. I can imagine he had to work his way down the beach a good ways fighting it.

Nice pomps also!

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And I went after croaker, yet again. No glitz, glam or drama, but a solid day's fishing. My buddy wanted dinner, so out we went into the East River. Caught them at will, but size was down to small-medium. Also picked up a barely legal flounder on Gulp from under a dock, the only legal flounder I've caught in the East. Caught a few short stripers as well, also on Gulp. Nice day, dodged a thunderstorm or two, but the boat ran (YAY!!!) well and it was good to be back on the water.
Almost time for cobia, huh?

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Glad to hear a good report Fish! So ready for shooting the breeze and getting after some cobia!

Very nice! Some cobia fell to a lime green bucktail in VA waters today. It is ON.

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A legal flounder in the East? I've gotten a few 8-9 inchers in my crab pots before but nothing that big!

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Dragged him out from under a dock at the mouth of Put In Creek on a chartreuse Gulp Swimming Mullet, 4", on a 1/4oz jig head, my usual flounder bait in shallow water, but I sure wasn't expecting flounder when it happened. Eatin' it tonight.

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Heading down to visit Savannah this week and might try to sneak in a charter if anything is available. I'm not looking to go deep sea, but just have fun pulling in some good sized fish. Any recommendations?

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Sorry, I have never fished south of Oak Island. Hopefully someone else has some recommendations. I would guess looking for big red drum will be the best bet if you don't want to run offshore.

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Savannah area should have lots of redfish. I know there are a few guides down there, but I do not know any or have any recos. Never fished Savannah though due to two of my worst hangovers ever post St Patrick's Day celebrations back to back years

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Thanks guys!

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Went to Ocracoke for the weekend and caught the most delectable fillet of fresh spanish mackerel I've had for a long time and some dang good Ocracoke clam fritters, first time down there without a rod which felt weird but just dindt have the time this round plus the weather wasnt great still got over to portsmouth Island to do some shelling and wandering. Getting much better at making my own soft plastics now I've swapped out salt and sand for round glass bead media as the sinking agent for my senkos and their far tougher while still having lots of flex in them. Been slow at work so I've been developing a prototype system for cutting tube skirts and now have a nice pneumatic press and a bank of blades for slice the tubes with so this weekend I'll be dipping some tubes for the dog days for smallmouth.

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Nothing like a white or grey Senko for smallmouth

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What colors are the far ones on the right?

Are you only making senkos?

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I think he should call it 'bacon' or 'bbq' colored. I mean there's nothing that won't eat those right?

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I can't tell the exact color but if its olive over pearl/white with black and red flecks it is called Chicken on a Chain which is the top color in the Bay

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The left ones are my own pumpkin color(mix of watermelon and brown and orange) and black and red flake then the right ones are pumpkin with black and red flake tops and a slight belly of grey/silver underside.
They were my first attempt at pouring a belly color, I'll be working on doing better jobs next time it got a bit sloppy trying to pour into a mold.
I'm only doing senkos for the mean time but I'm waiting on a pay check to get a few more molds, hoping to start doing twin tail bass grubs and flukes as well.
I'll be hand dipping some tubes this weekend as well to use with my tube guillotine, hoping to emulate the tubes cabin creek makes so thinner than most but theyre the ones we have so much success with. I'm also going to shorten them a bit and go with 3.75 inch full length to fit the hooks we use exactly.

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Well those ones on the right are PERFECT for the Bay. I'd be willing to buy some off of you and try out in the salt if you were interested in selling them.

This right here is by far and away the most ridiculously awesome soft plastic I've ever seen and used. It only comes in a few solid colors, may be something you want to experiment with.

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Huh well I will be doing some more experimenting this weekend to try and get my sink rate recipe just right then I'll do some bigger batches. At the moment I'm only making 4 inch senkos as well colors I can do most but honestly I dont mind sending free samples to let people try them first and to help me get feedback on how well they do etc. I've already got multiple people at work waiting on samples so once I get my gallons of plastic in this weekend I'll make some bigger batches to hand out. Also may eventually make my own personal molds that arent GY senko molds so I can have something unique.

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Your baits look real good. We caught a lot on that color on the left, but I still like green pumpkin with the various flakes a whole lot. Might try some of them. Cool to see you guys making your own plastics, and having success with them. After years of tying my own flies, pouring and making my own jig n pig and walleye jigs, I am amazed that pouring my own plastics never crossed my mind. The overwhelming majority of smallmouth in my boat my last ten years on the New came on plastics.

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Thats why I've started I guess needed a new hobby and the sheer amount of plastics my S/O and I use every weekend smallie fishing it just kind of made sense plus fishing public waters for smallmouth my theory is to try and throw something just a bit different from what the crowds throwing to give me a slight edge on a big old smallmouth it may or may not work out but its fun to do and extra satisfaction catching em on something you made. I'll be happy to share some around once I get my recipe just right! I may eventually get into lead molding but thats well in the future.

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Yeah, good luck with finding something the manufacturers aren't onto, but I wish you the best. That's why my special rigging of sinking worms worked out so well for me on the New. Nobody else was doing it. Some other guides who'd seen it didn't fish it because they thought it was not a "big fish bait", and the rank and file fisherman would never dream up the rig because of its counterintuitive nature. Thing is, that rigging caught small fish, for sure, but it also caught medium and big fish if you put it in front of them. In short, it caught all sizes of fish and kept my fishermen busy getting bit all day. It was my edge and I made a living on it. My clients caught a bunch of citations every year, and almost all of them not caught in early spring came in on that special rigging. Granted, in late summer and fall, popping bugs were the best bet for a citation fish if my clients were fly fishermen, but the sinking worm was the summer go-to for me. And in my 36 years of smallmouth fishing, the biggest smallmouth I ever saw caught or swimming hit one of those special rigs and if my client had been able to get the hook set properly, I'd be famous in Virginia smallmouth circles, as would my client, because that fish would have smashed the current record. Yeah, it's a fish story, and it still hurts me to remember that opportunity squandered, but hopefully someone down the line will have that chance again. Maybe it'll be you!

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I spent Saturday morning on the Gulf off the Florida coast with my Dad and two family friends. We had a ton of trigger fish hit and I caught the two snappers of the day. We also had a solid hour and half of straight amberjack and were absolutely exhausted after that. It was a beautiful day and I can't wait to get back down!

Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert advice.

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Sweet!

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Returned yesterday evening from a 3.5 day jaunt to Colorado at the expense of the lady friend, who demanded I fly out to see her Friday after the rest of my spring New River trips were canceled due to the rain.

Rain caused quite the flight delays getting out to Colorado Springs but finally made it late Friday night. Saturday we retrieved my bag and made our way to the fly shop, who told us that the Arkansas River, which is the longest gold medal trout river in the country at 30 plus miles, and runs right through town, was way too high and still rising due to runoff and dam releases.

We found a little backcountry area called Grape Creek Wilderness and fished it for 3 hours, dodging major thunderstorms and lightning strikes. I landed the first trout, a little 8" brownie. The lady friend proceeded to whip my ass, landing 6 nice fish on this one specific size 16 caddis parachute pattern. I moved fish with a streamer but none would commit.

Sunday we kicked ideas back and forth on where to fish and finally settled on driving towards Salida after a quick call to the fly shop out there, plus looking at the weather showed there was sun in that direction. We made the gorgeous hour long drive from Canon City to Salida through Big Sheep Canyon (I think that's the name) and got a good report about the fish on the Arkansas were eating dry/droppers from the young guy running the shop there.

We fished the afternoon fishing downstream towards Canon City, again dodging thunderstorms. The highway runs right along the Arkansas so it is easy to hit various pullovers and fish. Watching your back cast in some spots is necessary, hooking an errant motorist with blow up a trout reel.

I hooked several fish and lost them all, for various reasons. One being that the fish would immediately take off into the strong water and twist till the fly comes out, the second being I decided to partake in a certain edible libation purchased from a "medical center" out there. Holy Hell that stuff is INSANELY potent. I could barely tie knots. Felt like we were out there for 12 hours and it ended up only being 4. I am someone who partakes maybe once every 6 months, but if I really needed to expand my mind again, I'd do another one of those.

GF ended up landing a few cookie cutter browns and sight casted a big ass rainbow that ate a Cat Poop stonefly pattern. It took off downstream and I began shouting instructions to chase it. I'm sure they came out awfully slow. We had the fish on for at least two minutes (according to her) I thought it was more like 10. It made the typical run into the fast water and then headed downstream and eventually got wrapped up in a root ball. I took the rod and was able to get it out and then it ran again. As I passed the rod back to her the surging fish popped off. It happens, but damn it was heart breaking. This is what big trout do. She saw it clearly and estimated it at 18". I was assured my current state wasn't part of the reason it came off.

Monday I dropped her off at work and then ran some errands and hit the lower section of the canyon again (sober). As the thunderstorms rolled through the fish would turn on, when it was clear they wouldn't eat. I hooked at least 14 cookie cutter browns on both dry and the big stonefly dropper. Many were able to shake the fly loose as they shot out into the current. I ended up landing 6 and lost one really nice big brown.

The trip made me really miss living and guiding in Colorado, which I did post college off and on for four years out in Vail and Aspen. The views, the trout, the gentle takes and finesse game but I think the thing I miss the most is smell of the cottonwood trees. Something about smelling those trees while standing in the river is incredibly cathartic. I can't recommend it enough.

Will be back to Colorado in July. Thursday morning I head to West By God Virginia for the annual Memorial Day camping trip, my favorite weekend of the year. The 30 acre lake is loaded with 2 pound largemouths and 10-12" bluegills of which are a blast on a 3 weight. Hopefully the water levels are fishable with all of this rain.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend folks!

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I had a friend that got back from Colorado give me a gummy at a golf tournament a while back. Jeeeeez. Potent is not the word.

Glad you had a good trip. I make it out to Wyoming every few years on a hunting trip and have to agree with you on the smell of cottonwoods. Something about stalking those creekbeds in those big open wooded bottoms just speaks to me. The west is truly a magnificent place.

Cotton woods are a nightmare in western Nebraska. I swear its the only tree out there.

1 ) when they bloom, your line will lay on it and get all fouled up in your spool, it'll be there until it gets cold out.

2) Any dammed lakes have full grown cotton woods just under the surface. The fish obviously like to hang out in the cover, however they're just soft enough to sink a hook into easily and flexible enough that you cannot break them off.

Yeah, it's the Easterner's out West thing, the cottonwoods, the aspens... I agree with you about the mess they make at times, but I will agree that the fragrance and just the appearance of cottonwoods just scream "WEST''.

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Ended up taking a trip this morning and bucked everything I initially wanted with near shore wreck fishing. Went out with On Point charters out of Swansboro chasing drum in the marshes. Within 10 mins of being on the boat we had pulled the hook on 1, broke 1 off, and I successfully landed one. After that we bounced from location to location and frankly fed the pinfish. Made a run to the backside of Camp Lejune and there it got interesting. Within 30ish minutes we caught roughly 20 reds all around the 25inch+ size. At 1 point we had 3 fish in the boat and a 4th on the line, truly a special place and trip. Glad I got to share it with my wife and dad.

Awesome! Glad you had a great time. Always fun catching puppy drum.

Did you all start out in the White Oak River and then switch gears over to Queen Creek?

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Honestly I couldn't tell ya. Know virtually nothing about the Swansboro area.

Quick report: Went flounderin' today near Gwynn's Island. Got three flounder, 15, 16.5, and 19". Also got a fat speckled trout, around 15", a couple of short stripers, and a dink white perch. All on Gulp.
Went out through the Hole in the Wall, and was surprised to see the changes in the area. Had to motor through a lot of 2' water, and even less, just to get out into the Bay. Seriously screwed up, and I feel for the people living up the creeks in that area.

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Posting on behalf of iFish. Too pretty not to share:

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Thanks, smc. That fish is destined for the cast iron skillet, some peanut and olive oil, and a parmesan and panko crust. Tonight.

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Pretty work!

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Did a little fishing in Savannah (Capt. Jack McGowan took us out - super nice gentleman!), and I caught my first ever red. Wow, for a smallmouth guy, that almost had me ready to give up freshwater fishing. Took us 20 mins to pull the big one in (31" + 10lbs). I'm hooked on those things.


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Tom, I'm hooked on Reds mate. Let me know if they make an appearance in the bay again this year, and let's plan a trip. We hooked into a couple large sea trout too that had the captain's eyes glowing. I would have liked to landed those.

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If they show, we go, I'll let, you know!

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Redfish are the $hit

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Catching one on a flyrod ... I didn't even think about that, but with the way they can fight, that's gotta be one of the most gratifying experiences you can have fishing around VA.

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If I had one day left to fish in my life I am spending in my kayak on my favorite flat looking for redfish with a 7 weight in my hand

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Some parrotfish from last week's spearfishing haul.

The upper one keeps looking at me.

I'm getting a little uncomfortable.

Eat it! Quickly!

What's the midday update French, any cobia sightings?

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Just read an email from him, they've sighted 8 and not one would chase. Hope the rest of the day improves, but at least they're seeing fish.

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We saw fish initially and tried to get them on the bucktail instead of throwing the eel. I went 0-2 along the south edge of the York River Channel. We ran a 40 mile loop in an effort to get out to the oceanfront (which is a looooong ride from Yorktown.) Unfortunately, we were in a doughnut hole of sunshine. There was a gullywasher over Virginia Beach so we turned around and worked our way northwest. As cloud cover increased, it became next to impossible to see fish. With the big storms moving in from the west, we packed it up at 1:00PM.

There are fish around, but I didn't see any over 45 inches. All the fish were solo, which makes them VERY skittish.

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Added issues: Check Engine Light came on on I64 on my way home. Fortunately, there was no drop in car performance. I got it home despite miserable traffic. I left at 1:30PM, got home at 6:30. Ugh.

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That's in your new car? Bummah!

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No. Susie has taken over the new ride because "it isn't fish stinky yet." This misadventure may lead to a change in that policy.

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An open bag of Gulp left under the seat for a couple of days...problem solved.

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Sorry to hear. This weather has been putrid for fishing. We got lucky in Savannah, it stormed all around us, and the winds kept us locked up inshore off the sharks (my son really wanted to catch one), but we managed to stay dry and watched it rain all around us.

Was that one of those super nice Bowed Up bucktails you were trying by chance?

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I was throwing a Bowed Up 2oz bucktail with a puffer pattern and an eel free-lined on a circle hook. Lime green has been the hot color though.

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Threw out an offer on this little guy yesterday and the buyer took it. 18' Action Craft Flats Master with a 135hp Merc. Time to get the hull freshend up and catch some fish!

Nice!!

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Man, that's a sweet set up. Well powered, too. Hell, go fishing first and freshen up the hull later!!! Hope you get years of enjoyment from it, and may many specs and reds come over the gunnels.

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Yeah I'll be waiting until winter to start the hull painting.

Sweet!

Installed the trolling motor on the Scout today. Debating whether to repaint the bottom, remove the paint altogether, or do some of both. I don't like the look of the paint.

I spent the past 5 days at my favorite West Virginia camping area that has a 30 acre lake loaded with 10-11 inch bluegills and cookie cutter 2 pound largemouths. On Saturday we deduced that the lake was up 23 feet. The lake was so flooded that it had swelled to probably 45 acres. I fished once briefly but the fish were very spread out up into the woods and they were super spooky. It was cool to float around in a flooded forest. The rest of the weekend was spent drinking beer, bourbon and moonshine, playing in the rain and riding dirt bikes with lifelong friends and telling the same stories we tell every year. This is the first year I can remember that I haven't caught a fish up there.

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Every other river I've seen in the state is blown out to all hell. I'm sure the smallmouth in the James will suffer another poor spawn. This just sucks for the health of the river.

The Bay is coming alive and stripers are beginning to be caught in their usual haunts off of docks, points and oyster bars. Some large trout are also being caught, but not in big numbers. Good to hear a few survived the bitter winter.

I've heard reports down in the Carolinas of redfish showing up on the flats. Summer tailers are here and I'm going after them in my spots in three weeks! Will be interesting to see the class of fish that are around after an epic run of puppy drum last summer and the really tough winter. I'd appreciate any reports anyone has from the brine.

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Nothing for ya on the puppy drum front. I will be down in Beaufort in 4 weeks. Will probably be a mix of fishing with some flats fishing and hopefully some reef fishing if winds cooperate. It seemed like some mahi came closer in during that time so might give that a shot while around some of the reefs.

There is a hole somewhere at the mouth of the James that is stacked deep with big red drum. However, I don't know exactly where it is. I have just seen video of the fish stacked up like trout freshly stocked in a deep cool pool.

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That sounds like a spot to kill for haha

I actually may know of that spot... I just don't really like fishing there

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I don't know it. But I just did a 35 mile loop around the Bay and didn't see any drum. If I had known where it was, I would have begged to go there.

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How come you don't like it? I can't wait to get back on the water and chase some reds, but I'm not much on humping my boat to the middle of a big city and fishing next to 300 other boats.

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Because it is ugly and difficult to fish due to current and basically impossible to fly fish and a ton of people know about it.

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Lol, bonus points for precision. If you ever want to give it a try by boat, let me know.

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Close to Ft Monroe?

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All I have been told is near the mouth of the James.

We fished the York Channel, worked outside the CBBT at the 3rd/4th islands, headed up the inner middle grounds, and then went back. 8 fish, all solos and all disinterested.

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I don't know if it is the same spot but Rob Choi, a kayak angler from Richmond caught a potential world record 52 pound red drum on FLY last week.

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Today he was out with a guy I know and that guy landed a 52 inch fish, that had to weigh 40 plus, again in a yak but on spin gear.

I'm doing my best to determine the location.

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Rob is one hell of a fisherman. I am not sure where Rob Alderman was today, but his group had some big drum out of the yak as well.

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In a kayak ... a 52lb bull drum. I think I'd be horrified it'd pull me out to the ocean!

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Here is Rob Choi's drum...

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Mercy! Fish of a lifetime right there.

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Not completely sure but based on reading Rob Choi's blog http://www.angling-addict.com/ and listening to Kayak Kevin's podcast. They usually paddle 15 miles around the eastern shore and sight cast for drum in the spring. Not sure where on eastern shore they launch/general paddling area.

Not 100 percent sure, but the only launch I know of is Kiptopeke. Then head south and fish around the bridge or Fisherman's Island on shoals.

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Yeah they definitely hit that area. I think they hit more of the ocean side. They hit the bridge and first island hard in the fall. Jigging gulp around pilings and live baiting around first island.

In years past, we've anchored up on the 9 foot shoals near the Eastern Shore side of the CBBT and on the ocean side. We'd soak cut bait and while we had bigger fish on a few times, we caught some reds up to 48". Also got a 50" cobia doing that one time.

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You guys have no idea how bad I'd like to be chumming on Friday. Anything but (insert everything I have to do over the next few weeks besides fish.)

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I hear ya French. I thought for sure you would get one other day.

Ditto.

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Wish I could oblige, French, but my Hokie visitors had first dibbies on my time this Friday. No fishing involved, but seafood will definitely be on the menu. We ate at the Southwind last night. Flash fried Rappahannock oysters and soft shell crabs. MMMMM MMMMM Good.

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I saw that! That was pretty hilarious.

That's an awesome fish!!

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Meanwhile I'm checking the weather and humming CCR's old tune - 'who'll stop the rain' - in my head.

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Chum on cloudy days. They are there. Was just told that Buckroe pier has been catching fish and keeping it quiet.

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Does an octopus report qualify? They're plentiful in the East China Sea these days...

Looks like a little alien...

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Cool! Definitely one of the most interesting creatures in the ocean

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You bet! Tight Work! Delicious!

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Well I've been shore stricken with all this rain the rivers have been soup and up 5-10 feet so no fishing but I've been sending friends baits and theyre doing well on the senkos I've made so far which is good to hear getting 5-7 fish on each so far for breaking rate. Got to go enjoy the high river and float through pony pasture, hollywood and the pipeline atleast to get some rafting in while its high atleast. Heres the latest scheme thats been hot money for people pond fishing.

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Nice! Never seen salt & pepper with a pink tail before.

Thanks theyve been fun to make thus far! Always killed it in ponds with white and black speck and on pink so i figured a combo could be perfect and so far the results from people using them is all positive. Especially effective when used with a swimbait hook and used in a jigging retrieve the tail wag gets the reluctant ones interested and with a nice shiny pink tail should help on hesitant biters. Trying to get a tail tip mold made so I can make more much faster.

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Summer thread time?

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Yes.