March 2018 Fishing Thread

This thread will serve as a catch all for:
A) March fishing reports
B) Questions
C) Tackle tips and tactics
D) Fishing potpourri

Catfish, Hickory Shad, and the first movements of spawning rockfish. Smallmouth and largemouth. What are you catching?

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Just got set up with a new fly fishing rig (I'm new to fly fishing). Excited to start working the trout waters here with it in the next couple of weeks!

Is it football season yet?

I'm sure you will soon be addicted to the sport. Where is "here"? I might be able to offer some tips.

"Here" is in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham county area (within 1 hour or so driving distance), where we supposedly have some really great spots!

I'm taking a trip with the guys from Mossy Creek (here in Harrisonburg) in April.

I got a 5wt to begin with, so I'll be good for trout... I'm hoping that I'll be able to do a little smallmouth fishing with it as well.

Is it football season yet?

If the water isn't high, go now. The trout bite has been solid since the warming trend started.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

5 wt will be a little big for some of the smaller Brookie streams in this area like the Dry River. You will like that size for the bigger streams like Mossy Creek and the Jackson River. It will do ok for smallmouths on the Shenandoah if you don't get something big like a Carp or Musky hooked up. The guys at Mossy are good and should help you out a lot.

Exactly my thoughts, on all accounts. You guys are lucky to live there. Blacksburg ain't bad either but for some reason I've always liked the Shenandoah system better than the New.

What did you get?

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Looking forward to the shad run starting up on the James and getting into some catfish action if I can catch some Hickory shad. Need to start getting my kayak rigged up this weekend.

When should things start getting heated up in RIC for shad?

Hokie fan | W&M grad

The Rich Times outdoor guy (Tee Clarkson) says he always starts fishing for them March 15th, by which time, according to him, big stripers are already moving as well.
I'm watching the wind blow the trees, waiting for the 7' waves to calm down and glad the Hokies are providing a roundball diversion whilst waiting for Spring to get sprung.

Edit: Sorry, did I say 7'? More like 10'. Power's out, generator is burning through my propane, Food Lion is closed...sheesh!

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You read my mind - I'd heard someone say once that the shad run is an excellent time to catch monster striper. I'm thinking I need to give that a try.

[Edit - having images of Tom looking like lieutenant Dan during the hurricane in Forest Gump. 😁]

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Also, for early shad, SLOW DOWN! Get your dart low in the water column. I can't give you a specific because everything is about depth and water flow. However, at my spots around Fletchers, I will start out counting to 10 before I start my retrieve, and I use a 1/2 oz dart with a small gold spoon trailer.

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That's extremely helpful, thanks!

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I'd heard someone say once that the shad run is an excellent time to catch monster striper.

This is true, but I've never done it so I've got no ideas on specifics other than using big lures/flies and getting them down. The fish should come all the up to 95.

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This is a great time to go for them, but it ain't gonna be that easy. I would suggest finding/catching/netting(?) some gizzard shad, cutting out the gizzard with attached entrails, keeping them on ice. Big, very sharp hook, and enough weight to get it to the bottom, with the hook through the gizzard. Toss it out near a seam near deep water. Put it in a sand spike and cast for shad with your shad darts while waiting for the biggun. You'll likely have to wade through some catfish to get a striper, but this will work.....if......you can come up with some fresh gizzard shad. Learned this approach from a guide in South Carolina. We didn't get the big fish, but we caught a bunch of stripers up to 15lbs along with a bunch of cats. And no, I have no idea where around Richmond one could go to get ahold of fresh gizzard shad.

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Earliest I have caught a hickory shad in DC was March 13. Everything depends on water levels and temperature.

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Saw this in a bass mag. Check it out. For you rod freaks!

Grips

Year 3 is coming up!

Caught this Largemouth Saturday.
Going for Smallmouth this Sunday.

Year 3 is coming up!

Fat & Happy Crappie, Is that in d*** inchs measurement?

Forgot the months changed so I'll re add this to the current discussion. Hope everyone safe indoors today I've got one big pine tree laying into a big oak I'm watching over my powerlines
Anybody here used the Crappie Maxx Baitcast reel BassPro came out with they got a new light weight one for jigging and trolling cranks for crappie I might get one just interested if anyone had tried one out?

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Got a medium cedar down that took some of my privacy fence with it. Whoopin' out there.

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Any lure suggestions for walleye on the New this time of year? Foster Falls area. I'll probably be out with a Shimano Clarus Medium spinning rod.

Well, sen, I used to fish there yearly and had a lot of luck, but not every time. I personally did my best just below the falls with a hand tied chartreuse feathered 1/4oz round head jig tipped with a medium sized shiner hooked in through the mouth and out the middle of the head just behind the eyes. I fished three or four places, just under the falls. Looked for deeper water with seams. When I ran out of shiners, I had some luck with swimshad types of baits. I used the Calcutta brand, again preferred something with chartreuse on it and not too big, but any kind should work. I would anchor up and fish cross current, mostly, bumping bottom. There's a good run on the left looking upriver, two across the middle that are smaller but hold fish, then a pretty good run on the far right above and down to where the river goes behind the big island across from the ramp. I also caught fish all down through there in the middle above the ramp with a suspending jerkbait. I preferred the old Smithwyck Rattlin' Rogue with brown or light green back. I saw others catch fish on twisty tailed grubs, including one fellow one day who put everyone to shame with a 3" pink curly tail. Lot of rocky hangups if using jigs, but the fish are on the bottom, largely, and that's where I fished for them mostly.
I have been there several times when the VDGIF guys were shocking them up for breeding, and it would freak me out to see how many fish there were in places I'd fished the hell out of without success. Sometimes there are more fishermen than fish, though, being the nature of a run, and it's tough boating because of fairly swift and shallow water.
Good luck, and please give us a report.

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I don't know about walleye fishing the New much but around here these things are ridiculously deadly jigs and I figured they'd be awesome river jigs http://www.doalures.com/category-s/1980.htm

Last year in Nebraska these things got hit about every drop/cast it was pretty unreal. I used the chart/silver glitter, smoke/silver glitter, and pearl with unlimited success.

Those things look really cool! Did you tip them with minnows or were you fishing over enough fish that you didn't need to?

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Nope no minnows. We'd either just bounce them back in suspended over the bottom or just bounce them all the way back on the bottom. The first day I used them the bite was on, we had my boat's limit in 15 minutes but this thing caught them all summer and I don't get that lucky when I go out fishing every time.

We dominated our friendly fishing tournament andw I just had everyone in my boat throw these caught walleye, white bass, whiper, LMB, and pike that day. I don't know what it is about how simple it looks and is but it catches fish.

Wow, you've got my curiosity. It really doesn't look like anything special at all - what's the magic to 'em, why do you think they work so well?

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I wish I could say I knew. I actually got the first set for free from a friend who was trying to convince me to try them for walleye. The thing that sets it apart from like a hair jig is the way its rigged in the plastic it stays really well balanced and seems to stay horizontal always in the water which I guess is more natural.

Just ordered................can't help myself!

Year 3 is coming up!

I'm about to jump on the bandwagon too. Couldn't hurt to buy some.

I hope you're not disappointed I ordered the big box after I was given a few for free last year its such a silly simple concept that works.

Really wish I had some warm sand a corona and a fishing rod in my hand tomorrow to get over that basketball game but instead I'll go freeze in a fabrication shop and keep dreaming over water temperatures getting into the lower 50s

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Spent the last week in Osa Peninsula Costa Rica with the family on our (nearly) annual jaunt down there. Of course, I took fishing gear, fly and spin. Osa Peninsula is a very remote part of the country on the southernmost portion of the Pacific side of CR. Tons of rainforests, surfing and fishing. Some of you may recognize Golfito, which has several fishing lodges for offshore fishing. We landed across Golfo Dulce, in the town of Puerto Jimenez, where Crocodile Bay Fishing Lodge is located. They've got 47 boats, one hell of an operation.

My family spent a week at El Remanso, an eco lodge an hour outside of town. Fishing is possible, but difficult to say the least off of the beach there. I fished two days off the beach. The surf is ridiculously strong and you'll likely drown if you try to swim in the 5-20 foot waves. At low tide there are some big rock sections that I was able to climb out onto and cast a Zara Spook from into the surf. One slip on these rocks and falling would really hurt. The waves are no joke when standing on them either. I got knocked down a few times. Fly fishing is barely possible, I only found two spots that I could do it. Landed one small big eye jack on fly and had some crazy ass blue and green jack looking fish about two feet long swipe at one of my flies, but not eat it. May have been a Bluefin Trevally.

On the spin rod, the rocks will just eat up your gear and it's easy to lose lots of lures. I used one jig, lost it in 5 casts and decided to use a Zara Spook from there on out. On the very first cast with the spook I had a very large snapper, I'd estimate 30 inches, crush it in the middle of a wave. He came full out of the water. No chance to set the hook, I had yards of slack line in the waves.

I did have a huge Houndfish aka Needlefish aka Marsh Marlin aka Guatemalan Sailfish eat the Spook. They fight like hell and jump like marlin, but the fight is generally short lived based on their size. He ended up being 5 feet long and had some crazy blue colors, including blue teeth.

Second to last day my father and I booked an inshore trip with a captain we went out with two years ago. My father is not a fisherman but loves boating and spending time on the water. He only likes to fish when the fishing is really good and thus has a very high catch rate per cast. We spent an hour catching sardines on sabiki rigs and then began trolling them for along Matapalo Beach, which is a world famous surf break. Ten minutes later the mate asked me if we only wanted to fish for Roosterfish or if we would be open to heading offshore a bit for other species. I asked him what was going on and he said there was a Yellowfin Tuna bite and pointed to four boats about a mile away. Hell yes!

We shot out to the spot and began trolling big plugs. The mate told me it would be possible to catch one on the spin rod and popper and to keep it ready. We saw a school of about 100 Pacific spotted dolphins and he said the yellowfin were in with the dolphin. It was very difficult to discern a dolphin breaching with a breaking Tuna. The Tuna would only come out of the water every few minutes. Out of sheer random luck I saw a Yellowfin launch itself out of the water off of the starboard about 100 feet away. I picked up my spin rod rigged with the spook and cast. Two jerks on the plug and it got absolutely massacred by a yellowfin. 15 minute fight and we ended up gaffing a 20 pound yellowfin. According to my good friend who is a commercial tuna fisherman, getting one on top is super rare and a bucketlist. We continued following the pod of dolphins for about two hours. The captain, mate, my dad and myself all threw poppers but nothing else ate. We had one solid shot at a group of breaching tuna, but I had a momentary lapse of judgement where I tried to switch last second to my fly rod setup and missed the chance. ALWAYS be ready. Later on, the mate said only 4 tuna were caught that day, the other 3 were twenty plus miles offshore. We were maybe 5.

We spent the rest of the day trolling the beach with the sardines. We landed 3 nice Crevalle Jacks, which have to be the hardest fighting fish pound for pound, and three Roosterfish. The biggest was 25 pounds, but I didn't get a good photo of it because it was deeply hooked and we got it back in the water quick.

I didn't end up fishing a well known lagoon for Pacific Snook. It's not easy to get to with an hour walk down a hot beach and lots of Crocs around. Hopefully next year. If you ever get the chance to go to Costa Rica, go. It's worth it just for how friendly the people are.

I hate that post image links no longer work here or else it would make my post look a lot prettier.

Link to the Houndfish. For scale, that's a 6 inch Super Spook and 5000 series Penn reel. It's a big damn fish. I could barely get my hand around it.

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

Link to the Yellowfin. Colors aren't great because this was after 20 minutes in the cooler.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf_QDEXgA2J/?taken-by=knotthereelworld

Link to the Rooster, the smaller one, probably 15 pounds.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf9VjEZA_Bd/?taken-by=knotthereelworld

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Welcome home and thanks for the report. Nice pictures, as usual. I hooked up with a 193lb jerk yesterday. Snagged my denim jacket on a musky lure I had hanging in the shed. C'mon spring...please hurry.

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Pretty Roosterfish. That sounds an awesome trip. You were close to Pavones, one of the most classic left points in the world!

I did a couple surf trips to the Costa Rica Pacific side and took a boat rod with me that fit in my surfboard bag. Did some beach fishing up in the Guanacaste area (we were surfing Playa Negra, Playa Grande, and Avellanas) and caught some Snook in the rivermouth and in the surf using plugs. That was fun!

Also, saw a kid with a handspool catch a 25 lb snook in the surf at the Tulin rivermouth a few miles South of Playa Hermosa (the surf was easily 10-15 ft that day). He had landed the fish and his hands were bloodied, but the smile on his face was priceless. That fish was really nice. That stretch of beach sometimes has crocs in it, so you have too keep your head on a swivel when surfing or fishing there.

Crevalle Jacks, which have to be the hardest fighting fish pound for pound

Can confirm, I've caught several in the 30+ pound range from my boat in Sebastian Inlet, FL when I lived there with my son and we had to do the "45 minute inlet boat maneuver dance" to land them - no simple task. Was a blast though!

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Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

Just got back from a business trip to Key West. What I would've given to be able to stay another day and fish. It sucks discussing work over lunch while watching 180lb tarpon swim around. Water looked great and weather was perfect. Hope some of you aren't watching it snow and can get some fish moving as spring approaches.

Not allowed to cast at those fish in the harbor. You can cast to the ones off of Mallory Square...

I love that town. Hope it is doing well post hurricane

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Yeah I kinda figured that given the amount of fish just milling around. Not that you could ever land one with all the traffic around. Saw a manatee too which was pretty cool.

It was my first time there and I loved it. It seemed to be thriving and I couldn't tell that there were any signs of hurricane fallout, but I was in meetings most of the day and had a drink in my hand most of the other times. FWIW it was spring break down there and I saw a TON of Hokies. Made me feel old.

Spring Break Key West.... oh man you just jogged A LOT of memories

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Spring break with FlyGuy ... I'm genuinely wondering if my imagination is as good as what really happened. :)

Hokie fan | W&M grad

Went to Key West for spring break three separate times. Twice in college and once post college. Yes, some seriously crazy shit happened. I also fished and caught some baby tarpon and a huge cuda.

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Self promoting post... I got canned yesterday from my boat sales job (don't worry, I'm happy) and will likely be focusing on full time guiding and tying at the moment, hopefully.

I'll be guiding on the New south of Blacksburg in April and May and around Richmond the rest of the summer. Since I need $$$, if anyone wants to do a fly fishing trip, I am willing to offer a 10% discount to any TKPers that book with me around some of the Richmond waters this summer. Happy to answer any questions about where we can fly fish.

www.knotthereelworld.com

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Sorry to hear about the boat sales job. I've been seriously thinking about selling the Scout and getting a more inshore friendly skiff and was hoping you'd do all the work for me. Just kidding, man. Well about you doing all the work, anyway.
Good luck with the guiding. Great job, but a tough way to make a living as well you know. With your guiding experience and great flies, though, you'll do well I'm sure. I can certainly vouch for your expertise and "good company" status. TKPers will be getting a good deal.

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I hate to hear that, flyguy. Just by your posts on here and from following you on IG - I think you will land on your feet.

I'm not trying to point you in any direction, but you might consider writing about your adventures or YouTubing them. Seems like a lot of people make a little (or a lot in some cases) of extra money from either. Your images are really nice on IG, and I really enjoy your write ups on here. Aren't you a COMM grad too? Just seems like a good match.

Whatever it is, I hope you get to continue doing what you (and all of us on this thread) love.

Thank you Fish and Beaver. Seriously, it is a good thing and I no longer have to stress over idiot boat people or the management scamming me. Working for a company that purposely and illegally takes money out of your commissions behind your back is not a good thing. I'm glad they fired me and I got some really good, choice words into the owners of the company before hanging up on them on the conference call.

I much appreciate the compliments! Yes, I have been posting on youtube. It is possible to make money there but takes quite awhile to build a following and get paid $$$ doing it.

I am a Comm major, going to get back into writing and focus on my blog. This also provides me plenty of time to get my online store up and running.

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My hat is off to you. Hopefully the guiding pans out better!

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Thanks French!

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Best of luck, flyguy. I look forward to hearing the stories from all guiding you will be doing.

Thank you!

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HokieFly, just sent you an email through your website. Look forward to hearing from you.

Girlfriend got me a sub service to postfly box orders so now we wait for the first box to see how it is!

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Let me know what they send you!

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I'll update with pictures when it gets here I'm trying the warm water fly box first then the fly tying box since I'm still new to tying figure the recipes they send look beginner friendly

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

I'm curious about the fly tying box in particular. Looking forward to your review.

Good to go Fly! Best of luck.

Year 3 is coming up!

Thanks!

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Anybody fished for Musky lately?

The smaller males should be super aggressive with spawn right around the corner

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I haven't been able to go. However, if my dad's procedure goes well in Charlottesville on Thursday, I am planning on throwing some VTIamFish tubes for smallmouths on the North Folk of the Holston and maybe slip up to Smith Mountain for striped bass next week. I am going on over 3 months without wetting a line and it is making me crazy.

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Hope all goes well, French.

And don't forget the jerk bait if you get to go!

Will be thinking of you and your family, and hope it all goes well enough that you get some fishing in.

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All packed up with tubes and senkos ready to go. I have some Rogues at my parents too. Hopefully the water is fishable after this snow.

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Don't know where on the river you plan on fishing, but the Holston looked awesome today in Weber City towards the TN line. If you still have some of this wind try slow rolling a spinnerbait in some of the slower water. I've also done really well on x-raps depending on the water temp. If the water is cooler I let them pause and suspend quite a bit as I'm working them. Be safe and good luck. Lots of good smallies in that river.

Thanks- starting Saltville area and then working my way south towards Mendota working shore access points.

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How did your dad fare yesterday?

Xraps are decent baits for early fishing, though I definitely prefer Luckycraft suspenders, and spinnerbaits, while a hit or miss kind of bait, are always worth a try as the water starts to warm. If they're on the spinnerbaits, hold on tight. The state record smallmouth fell to a spinnerbait in the spring, fished around rocks just as the water started to clear. That fish was caught from the shore, both times it was caught. Second time was on a minnow by a kid fishing the exact same spot, but the fish had lost an ounce. Just goes to show ya that bank fishermen can score big, especially in the spring when those fish are eyeing their spawning spots and feeding up in the holes, pockets and eddies. But French, I implore you to give those Teasers a really good chance and make sure you have a camera around.

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X2 on the early season spinnerbait. Unfortunately French, the water temp hasn't hit the magical 60 degrees and the weather doesn't look good for that to happen this week.

A few walleye were caught over the weekend though on the New. If they are in that river, you've got a chance there.

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Yep, we never even tried the spinnerbait out until the water was at least 55. Occasionally we'd get a few nice fish early, but usually needed like you said, 60 or so to get those few days that everything in the river is hitting them. Muskies are going to hit them, and in the upper New, big walleye will hit them. Great bait when they'll hit them. but usually a waste of time when they won't.

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Heading to Weber City tomorrow. Saltville area rolled snakeyes.

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If you can get your hands on a boat and trolling motor, the section of river above the bridge at Weber City is a great place to catch some smallies this time of year. There's a road on the northern bank that follows the river for about a half a mile that offers good access and has some real slow water. The pool just upstream of the bridge has gifted me several smallmouth over the years in excess of 18", and when I'm on a float trip this is the hole that usually produces on a tough day. I really like to throw xraps through this stretch, as you can cover a lot of water and they just seem to choke on them through there.

Bank fishing that stretch may be a bit harder, but it's doable. Another great place is across from the treatment plant at Yuma. If you're in Weber City headed south, take a right past the Burger King just in front of the cemetery. Head down this road a bit and take I believe the second left and after about a mile the road will turn and border the river. There's a hand launch site at the next intersection that will give you a place to pull over and fish some of the best water for this time of year. Very slow moving and holds a ton of fish. Try those tubes in here that you've been recommended. Once you get below that hole, the gradient picks up and it's shallow water to the TN border. Hope this helps - good luck and post pics.

We actually fished the spot at Yuma today. It looked really promising, but using tubes I was snagging up a bunch and depleted my jigheads quickly. With the flow there and structure, it looked like a spot where a crankbait or swimbait would have been money. But my kaitechs didn't produce when I switched. It was challenging to wade with a big drop off close to shore.

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Tough day. Things will hopefully pick up in the next few weeks if the weather will ever stabilize and bring the water temps up. It's still fairly early and conditions should only improve as we move into spring.

If you're ever back in that area late spring/early summer let me know and we'll plan a float trip. That stretch can be really good when the stars align, however you can usually count on a few quality fish regardless. A boat lets you cover a lot more water, however there's a few challenging riffles on those smaller rivers that require you to get out and wade (at least from a john boat) so the weather and water need to be pretty warm.

It is all good. I had restrictions. My dad just had an angioplasty so I wasn't rushing him. I also had to have him back by 2pm. We fished for about 40 minutes at the boat launch upriver from Weber City and then fished at Yuma for about an hour and a half. Finesse baits are a whole new world for me. My successful fishing in moving water has been a) cross current retrieve with lures like grubs and Shad darts b) top water c) drifting bait. This has been very different, and after a decade of almost exclusively saltwater fishing besides the Shad run, my feel is not good. It will come with more practice. I appreciate the offer and if I can get down there I will take you up on it. For what it is worth, we did not see a single other person fishing from shore or a boat all morning.

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I have seen some videos on other forums of guys catching some on flys here in VA in the past couple weeks but don't know where they are fishing.

Looking for 1 person to fill a spot on a musky / walleye / smb trip this August. Anyone interested?

Year 3 is coming up!

Where?

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Actually I believe 2 spots now. I am not quite sure yet. Depends on how the other guys split their trips up! It's first class all the way. It my one guilty pleasure I take each year.

Center Island South

Year 3 is coming up!

Looks like a nice trip. I guess it's time to play the lottery.

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I've already got a bird hunting trip out west this fall or I'd join I've been eyeing a trip to lake of the woods up for ages for smallmouth I'll be very interested to see how your trip goes

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

Just a heads up, Dick's has an offer that ends today, if you buy $100+ you get $20 off.

Why can't they ever be the other way around. :)

Hokie fan | W&M grad

Lefty Kreh, who is probably the most important person in the history of fly fishing, died today at 93. He had been in home care for the past five months. One of the best casters ever. It is UNREAL what he can do with half of a fly rod, let alone a full length one.

I met him very briefly 3 years ago and am really kicking myself for not engaging him in more conversation other than typical pleasantries. Many in the industry said he was very helpful and extremely cordial.

Fish, thank you for the book signed by him. If you ever want it back, let me know, it won't be going anywhere.

On a lighter note I gave a fly fishing for redfish presentation this evening to the Carolina Fly Fishing Club. It was a lot of fun and I was told I did pretty well. Excited to go fish for them next weekend in NC!

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Congrats on a presentation well done. Where are you going after them in NC?

Morehead. First trip with the Gheenoe

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Nice, will be looking forward to your report. I bet you are excited to get out and play with the Gheenoe. I might be going down there in a couple weeks.

Having spent a little time with Lefty when he visited the NRV to fish with my old friend Chuck Kraft, I can attest to him being a cordial and interesting guy. He could definitely cast a fly, even to the point of outcasting the ability to set the hook on a strike (yes, I witnessed just that). Right hand caster due to a war injury that took his left arm out of action for a while, he could cast well into his backing when he set his mind to it. Lefty was always teaching, and usually pretty entertaining (with a glaring exception I'll not mention here out of respect for the dead), and was a larger than life figure in the fly fishing industry.
As for the book, flyguy, I knew it was going to a good home when I gave it to you. Glad you have it.

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Thanks!

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Okay so I'm getting the itch so I'm gonna try and bide time with some fly tying this weekend any beginner tips also easy designs for smallmouth and bream? Open to any suggestions I have a fly tying dvd by Lefty I'll be using to get going

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I started with the same fly almost everyone else starts with, the woolly bugger. It's easy, fast, cheap, and catches the shit out of just about anything. There are better flies for specific circumstances, but in my opinion this fly is the best general all around freshwater fly when you don't have any better, more specific ideas on what to use. It can mimic just about anything you want depending on how you tie it (colors, sizes, weight distribution, etc). Leftys Deceiver and the Clouser Minnow also fall into the category of good all around flies, especially for bass.

For bluegill and other smaller pan fish, depends on the time of year. I've had a lot of fun with mini poppers and sliders, but I've also had luck using smaller nymphs and streamers on a long leader when fish are suspending deeper. Any terrestrial is worth a look in the late spring summer and fall.

Hope this helps. Hopefully our resident pro flyguy will weigh in also.

The stuff I have right now is for Leftys deciever and clouser so I was going to start with those atleast and go from there. The fly I've liked specificallyy for bream is the pink worm one with a mid weight to make it wiggle when it sinks but thats for another time.

Eventually one fly I want to try and fiddle with is the saltwater shrimp imitators people use for red drum but I'm curious if you switch color patterns a little shrink it down a hair if you couldnt make one like a crawdad with that design but then again green top sells those but theyre a bit pricey.

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You can't go wrong with those two patterns for bass.

I think you are probably right about the pattern modification. One of the most fun parts of the hobby is experimenting and customizing for your needs.

Good luck and have fun!

Klawdad is the fly you want to tie for crawdad imitations. Lucky for you, they are also very simple to tie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8CoanZZfx0

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Chuck's flies are famous for a reason, and the Klawdad is his creation of a jig and pig for the fly rod. It is, indeed, easy to tie if you have the tails, which are important to get it right.
For panfish, I agree with flyguy on the spider, but would also add that Chuck's nymph (I think it is his first important creation as a teenager chasing brook trout) the CK special is an absolute killer of crappie and bream. If you can get the male wood duck flank feathers for the tail, or a reasonable facsimile (which Chuck would say is substandard, but I've found will work well enough in a pinch) you have a nymph that can be upsized or downsized, weighted a little or a lot, to customize your approach to quarry and water.

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CK nymph works really well.

It also makes me mad as a hardcore tier. It's just one of those flies that looks like a 12 year old made it and no matter what it catches fish. I just want it to be more complex, but it doesn't need to be!

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It is an evocative fly, rather than an imitative fly, and I think that's the reason it works so well. It's the only fly I've used that seems to look to the fish like a caddis casing, but also seems to look like a host of aquatic insects, while it doesn't actually look like any of them. The reticulations of the wood duck flank feathers and the spiral of the barred hackle are a really cool combination. I have often said that Chuck Kraft is a genius of a fisherman and flyguy and have seen him do some incredible things over the years, in both areas. It's also interesting to see a guy who has fingers the size of hot dogs tying up these itty bitty little flies, essentially cranking them out so meticulously that they are all perfect, they are all exactly the same whether it was number 1 or number 144.
Part of the fun of getting to hunt and fish with Chuck was his passion for getting things tuned perfectly. I remember in our first outing that I had to promise Chuck every drake wood duck we shot for his CKs. He even quit a job he'd had for 7 years because they wouldn't let him off for three days of early duck season. Serious dude indeed.

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Good luck. Let me know if you have specific questions.

Top fly for bream is a Black spider. SUPER easy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9U-s-3kQq0

My best fly for smallmouth is top secret, but I'd recommend a Golden Retreiver, which is a conehead Bugger without the hackle. Again, very easy.

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Update
Tried a wooly bugger then a clouser minnow the wooly bugger I botched a bit used the wrong color wing so it had no specks just neon but the clouser was a bit trickier I couldn't get the nose amount of bucktail right so it ended a bit clumsy on the front but with time I hope to figure my cuts out better. The whip finish was a nightmare without a tool to do it and every video or instructional never used easy to see line so I could see what I was supposed to be doing but in the end I figured it out.

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the streamer on top with the eyes will catch speckled trout...lots of fun with a flyrod under the lights

I got Dad home from Charlottesville Friday afternoon. On Saturday we kept an eye on Dad and flew some kites. With him feeling well, I decided to slip out this morning.

I only had a small window, so I went to the North Fork of the Holston near Hayters Gap. The first spot (under the bridge) was a bit fast for my liking. I found a nice deep pool about a half mile upstream and waded the edge for about an hour. No takers, using a storm Shad swimbait (briefly) and a pumpkinseed tube. This was my first time using a tube, and I loved the action when retrieving from downstream. I had a bit of a tough time getting good feel when fishing cross current.

I am here in Abingdon for a week. If someone wants to join me and Re-teach me the ropes (I haven't tried this type of fishing in more than a decade) let me know.

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French, this time of year, the tube isn't going to fish well in swift water. It is made to fish in dead ass calm eddies and pockets out of the current. Swimming it upstream will catch some fish in the summer, but this time of year you should be looking for slack water with some depth. I'd ignore all moving water, myself, and only fish it there. It should be fished flat out on the bottom, with short gentle hops and pauses on the way out. If you are more than a few inches off of the bottom for more than a short moment, you're not going to get the best results from it.
That said, it is good news about your father. Hope you guys get to go after the SML stripers this summer.

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I sure hope I can find water that meets that description. I haven't found it that slow yet.

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Trying Weber City area tomorrow.

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Caught the first decent fish of the year. A 4 maybe 4.5 largie. . The one swimming with it was maybe a 6 or 7. The upcoming weather will drive them back. March won't let up. 4" sus. rapala greenish with a orange tummy. Light jerk x 3 and pause for ~10 seconds. I am lucky I do some yard work then go down and fish some.

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Fished the James today, launched at Ancarrow Landing. Paddled upstream all the way to the 14th street bridge. Drifted down past the 95 bridge. Threw a shad dart with a purple head and pink tail. Didn't catch any shad. Will be out again to try probably next week after all the rain and wintery mix happens this upcoming week.

Haven't heard of much shad-wise in the rivers. Although I saw a photo of a nice American shad caught down south in the Tar River. Soon....

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Sounds right based off what I have heard. I haven't fished for them before so just wanted to get comfortable with the stretch of water.

Alright saltwater guys I need some help. I'm moving here soon to outside Columbia SC. I'm thinking about buying a flats boat once I get settled in. What are some things I need to look for in a boat? I'm looking at an 18' Mako (I get dealer invoice pricing on the Tracker brand) with a 115 Merc on it. I'm thinking keeping it smaller will make it easier for me to justify towing it ~2 hours to the coast every other weekend or so and its still small enough to get on the smaller lakes closer to where I live.

Also if anyone has some experience/advice on fishing Charleston, Santee, or around Hilton Head that'd be helpful I've only gone out inshore fishing a handful of times in my life almost all of those trips have been near Hilton Head so I know most or the water and target species there.

I know Flyguy has fished down there a decent amount. I have vacationed down there a couple time but not done much serious fishing. Inshore stuff is same in most areas so you should be able to apply your Hilton Head experiences to Charleston area. By inshore I'm assuming you are targeting reds, trout and flounder.

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All the info you need is in these message boards. Don't expect the folks on there to be super helpful with info for newbies though, Charleston locals keep their secrets tight to the vest. There's so many reports on there though that you wouldn't need to pose any questions. Nothing will replace experience though

Are you getting a Mako 18 Bay Boat? I think it's called an LTS

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Yeah that's the one I'm looking at.

https://www.makoboats.com/boat/?boat=4244
With the 115 ELPT basically this exact configuration https://www.makoboats.com/boat/gallery.cfm?boat=4244

I have no problem figuring out the flats on my own, that's actually how I like to fish, it's more rewarding to me. I've got some tackle shop connections down in Hilton Head that help me with bait selection and what's active. I'll probably just apply whatever they're doing their to the other inlets/bays and figure out what works. I'll check out the forum thank .

Sounds good. That's a Bay Boat so its not going to run as shallow as a flats boat, but they do build them now to run pretty darn shallow. It will take on rougher water, which you will want if you fish anything bigger. I'm actually in the market now for a boat myself and will be getting a Bay Boat.

Make sure you sit on one of those or take a ride before purchase. I find the leg room on that particular model to be awfully narrow up front.

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Yeah I'll look into it. I know its a bay boat but 8" of draft should get me as shallow as I've needed to be at least in HHI. Thanks for the heads up on the leg room I'll definitely check that out before I buy. I'm still 50/50 on if I want to buy a Mako or look for something a little better on the used market.

As a former boat broker for the past 5 years, I suggest used. If you start searching used, you're going to see a brokerage called POP Yachts - my former employer. You'll overpay with them and that's after you go through all of their BS.

Craiglist or facebook group called Trick My Skiff is good with a lot of boats for sale.

I'll never buy a new boat unless I win the lotto or know that I'll have it for 10 plus years. They decrease in value far too much.

Pathfinder mentioned below... great boats, but more costly. If you have any boat questions, I'd be happy to answer.

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Yeah my angle on the Mako was I could get the layout I want and it's at dealer invoice (I'm not ever sure how much I'd save) working in the outdoor industry has kinda helped my connections when it comes to getting a lot of shit to put on the boat (mainly electronics) which is why I'm hesitant to buy used cause most guys are basing their prices off of selling it with their electronics but I'd likely replace them immediately when I get the boat.

I'm super new to fiberglass flats/bay boats though I've owned a few duck boats and aluminum fishing boats through out the years all which I bought used but I'm not even sure what I should expect to be paying for a decent quality newer (2010+) 18-20ft boat with 100-150hp motor.

I'll start surfing through facebook pages I already looked at every boat on craigslist in Charleston there were a few
well within my price range there.

Are there any definite brands (hulls or motors) you would avoid entirely?

Stay away from the mako pro skiff with the cat hull....it's as wet a boat as I've been in.

Find a used 19' Pathfinder

Love my Ranger RP 190, looks pretty similar to what you're going for.

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Yeah I counted that one out immediately when I saw the video of it turning. I'll see what I can find for pathfinders.

Anything I should be aware of here - "when I saw the video of it turning" - I take my family out in this a lot ...

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he's talking about the Mako pro skiff with the catamaran hull. Cat hulls "bite" in the turn, they don't slide. Cornering takes some getting used to especially in tight quarters like a creek. Someone expecting it to slide a bit could get tossed to or over the side.

However, my biggest beef is that it is difficult to get the nose up when dealing with a decent sized wake. Pretty easy to take it right over the front. The live well is also a nice source of splash for whomever is sitting on it. And there really isn't a lot of space. It is easier to fish 3 in my jon boat with a side console than it is that particular Mako hull

Sheepshead in the winter using oysters or hermit crabs near bridge likings. The locals use carolina rigs. I think a dropper loop halfway above a one ounce sinker has better feel. Fish on the south side of structure during incoming tide and be prepared to go through a ton of bait. Late November-January is money.

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Friday I fished with Mike Smith on his private trout stream south of Blacksburg. Lots of caddis coming off, the fish were being finicky though with the bluebird day. Mike caught two on nymph rigs, I ended the day with an 18 inch holdover that ate a dry fly. It really made me miss guiding and fishing out in Colorado.

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I will be guiding on this stream until Memorial Day weekend (along with Smallmouth float trips on the New). It is stocked with 2-4 pound rainbows. If anyone has ever wanted to learn to fly fish for trout and have a shot at some really nice fish, the next month and a half would be a great option if you want to book a wade trip, guided by me. Sorry, but I can't do the TKP 10% off deal for this as it isn't my water. Let me know if anyone has questions. (This is the last self serving comment I'll make regarding guided trips.)

Back to personal reports, Saturday Mike and I were supposed to float the New for musky. Got to the boat ramp and heard some serious grinding out of the trailer wheel hub. Ruh Roh. Between shuffling around vehicles to get to my tools and driving 45 minutes each way for parts and then those parts not properly fitting, we never even got on the water and I ruined my VT sweatshirt by getting covered in grease. Sucks, but it was better than the bearings blowing up when we had a client. I was also nursing a major UMBC celebratory hangover, which I promptly got rid of Saturday afternoon and evening by visiting nearly every bar in Blacksburg.

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I saw those trout on Instagram. Pretty work!

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Thanks French!

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Been there, done that.

Did you ever get it fixed? My raft trailer threw the bearing and it put a burr in the spindle (maybe? whatever the hub slides on). Took a drill and a sanding bit to get it down. I went through all the sizes at Tractor Supply before I realized the issue and that I needed to grind it down. It also took a 2x4 and a hammer to get both on (which is not how they go on when you watch the instructions on YouTube lol).

I lost my shirt, shorts, and hat that first day due to the grease.

If you are going to be pulling a trailer like that a lot, I would suggest this jack - best 20 dollars I have ever spent (now shows $40 but it should go down soon). It easily fits under my truck seat and requires 15 seconds and 0 manual labor to get the trailer off the ground. I'm not sure it would work on boat trailers, but it works great on my utility trailer turned raft trailer.

Oh and BTW - nice 'Bow!

I did get it fixed, have done my boat trailer, dirt bikes, ATVs and truck bearings before so I've got a bit of experience. Trailer hubs are generally super easy, but then we had the issue of the seal on the back being too small. Finally got it fixed and back on there.

Thanks for the link to the jack! I actually often carry a floor jack with me, especially when I'm trailering my boat. Totally worth the pain to carry it around when you blow a tire out on the side of route 95. Mike didn't have any tools with him and my truck was at his house so we were a bit SOL till we were able to get my tools. Next time I'll def be more prepared.

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Trailer bearings were the bane of my existence in 2017. I overlooked them in my typical beginning of the year maintenance. Blew one about an hour from civilization on a dirt road, luckily there was a boat ramp near by, dropped the boat in, fished, got back unhooked the trailer then went to work on getting and installing a new hub. After that trip I resealed, repacked, and re-greased the other hub it appeared in fine shape but it blew out about a month later, luckily that one was <5 minutes from my house. On the plus side I'm going into this season with brand new bearing assemblies, on the negative side I'm moving and selling this boat and trailer.

My last three boats all had Bearing Buddies on them. As long as they're kept greased, they keep you rolling, at least in my case. When I was guiding, I put a lot of trips in for almost a decade without ever repacking my original bearings. Remembering to hit them with the grease gun was my biggest issue, but I never had a problem.

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Oh I hear ya, I grease the bearings on my truck, trailer and dirt bike at least once a year. Bearing Buddies are great. Not everyone does it though and sometimes they just crap out!

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While I've never had a BB crap out, I have always had one side or the other that needed more Zirk squirts than the other side, but I have always checked them out regularly and never had one get so low as to worry me. Guess I've been lucky so far, but I'd never run a trailer without them.

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I really don't know why I never installed them on my trailer. A typical trip out pulling the boat I'm driving at least an hour on rough dirt/sand roads, to the point that the stock dust covers really aren't worth shit, that lead to a bunch of cleaning and greasing of bearings which probably could have been avoided/reduced with bearing buddies.

Sounds like you could have used them all along. I have never understood why folks didn't use them, and perhaps there is a reason I just don't know about, but they're pretty easy to install and not very expensive. All you need then is a grease gun and good marine grade grease and you're good to go. Like I say, I've never had to pack bearings in all my boating years, so far at least.

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I didn't know who else to reply to so I'm putting this here.

I inherited an older but somewhat well kept jon boat with a trailer. About 5 years ago we had it road and water worthy and fished with it several times that summer.

It's been sitting in the backyard since. I only recently inherited the thing and having zero experience with boat ownership or maintenance, I have no idea where to begin. The boat itself is fine just needs cleaning up. The trailer though...

Both the trailer and the boat need to be rewired for lights. That seems pretty straightforward. But with regard to the trailers moving parts, I'm lost. Any suggestions on where to begin? I want to have it ready for the summer to take the kids fishing on Claytor lake. I should probably get started.

If the winch is in good shape it shouldn't need anything, check the strap and make sure its solid with no rot.

The bearings are always good to at least check once a year.
This is basic diagram of what a hub assembly looks like. At the very least pop the dust cover off (usually this can be done by prying it with a flat head screwdriver). Look at the condition of the grease that's on the inside. Normal factory grease is red nasty and all over the place, check for debris, obvious browning which would indicate rust/dirt.

If its bad I'd suggest pulling the cotter pin, and the slotted nut (castle nut) off cleaning up the old grease and load a grease gun with quality marine grade grease and replace it. If its really bad pull the whole assembly off and get it nice and greased up cleaning up any super excess.

Check for any rust or integrity damage on the hub itself. The entire assembly (with everything pictured in the diagram)costs about $80 and is easy to replace if need be.

Finally get bearing buddys and install them so you don't have to worry about it half as much.

Edit: Also check the spindle (that's the axle piece the hub mounts to). Make sure its not rusted to hell, though a little surface rust is expected depending on trailer age. If its bad take the hub off and knock off the built up rust.

Excellent. Thanks!

The Bearing Buddy didn't wear out. The bearing did!

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Really? Huh. If totally greased and under pressure, how the heck did that even happen? My raft trailer was built on a used chassis/axle, and has been in use for at least 16 years without ever having the bearings repacked or replaced. Just lucky, I guess.

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Sounds like you have some epic bearings! The way I see it, at some point all mechanical things fail. In this case it looked like water got in but Mike said the trailer is only 3 years old, so one may not expect it, but it didn't surprise me. Obviously, something went wrong.

Personally, I expect bears to need to be replaced every 3-4 years. (I play alot in the salt.) Trailer lights need to be fixed or at least messed with a minimum of three times per year and goddamn are they annoying.

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Yeah, water will kill them, and salt water is definitely the worst. Still, the trailer I have now is a 2005 with bearing buddies and still sports the original bearings, so I guess I'm luckier than most. The springs are so rusted I won't leave the county with my trailer, so I'm not making long runs with it, which certainly helps, bearing-wise. As I'm sure you know, the main purpose of the buddies is that if you keep them zirked up, water cannot penetrate to the bearings because of the pressure the grease is under, so I definitely keep them full. As for the lights, I have tried several different things over the years supposedly designed to minimize lighting problems, but as you said, at least three times a year I'm fooling around, re-grounding or replacing bulbs when I forget to unplug them before launching, etc. I can't tell you how many times I have practiced saying "Well officer, I can honestly tell you they were working when I left the house". The trick is in keeping a straight face and hoping the cop is a fisherman with a trailer of his own.

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Try these:

I had these on my trailer in FL (always salt water) and they never failed. The wires have to be carefully done, but your lights will be much more reliable.

EDIT: Try to have wires intact with no breaks in insulation through all parts which could be in water contact (basically one piece). If you have to cut them, use waterproof splices (they have built in heat shrink) - works like a champ!

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Good suggestion. I've seen them, and like the concept. Keeping as much of the working parts as possible out of the water in the first place is the deal. I have always used heat shrink connectors and splices whenever possible which helps as well.

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Waterproof splices are critical. I run mainly in freshwater but the water level changes so much at the lakes around here that I'm often driving 100 yards into the water to get deep enough to drop the boat. I haven't had to mess with my normal mounted lights since the day I installed the new LEDs.

The lights I had built into the poles like that were LEDs as well.

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I went with LEDs on my guide raft trailer, and never had it in anything but fresh water, used nothing but heat shrink connectors and splices, and still only got four years out of the LEDs before they started burning out. Still enough of the little lights working to get by when I sold it, but I had hoped for better service for the money. I did forget to unplug a few times when running too many bleary eyed mornings in a row, but usually did. My lights were submerged virtually every time I launched and recovered, using shoreline beach type launches most of the time.

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I took dad down to Mendota with hopes of fishing the Civil Road bridge. Unfortunately, it must have rained hard overnight. The river was very high and stained. After about 30 minutes we packed it up and got some lunch.

This big cold front is probably killing it for the week. I am a bummed out fisherman.

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I can sympathize with ya French. Still looking for my first fish of 2018.

We need to fix that. Beaverdam in a couple of weeks could be the cure. Let's talk soon.

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Sounds good fish. Always down to wet a line with ya.

Sorry to hear that, and sorry to have missed your calls. I'll give you a holler in a minnit. Shad season is just around the corner, and crappie and pickerel fishing here will be good as soon as the weather stabilizes. We need to organize a get well trip to put some fish in the boat and catch up.

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I'll second the pike fishing I've been itching like mad was hoping to go this weekend since I have to run to Michigan next weekend to get a puppy and once that's home I'll be too busy to fish a bunch

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Paging all fly fishing guys, I was looking at buying fly line for my new setup. I was looking at the Rio brand. Which grade of line do y'all use (InTouch, Premier, Avid, Main Stream)? Just trying to figure out what I should get as someone starting out.

Edit: Already know I need Weight Forward Floating just want to figure out which grade of line I should get.

I always used Scientific Anglers brand line until I got annual freebies from another company when I started guiding. I didn't like their lines as much, but won't dis a freebie. It wasn't one of the brands you mentioned.

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All good fish. Rio and Scientific Angler were the two flyguy mentioned and I just decided to look at Rio. Open to hear any opinions you had of Scientific Angler

Always served me well, reasonably priced. I've never been an "advanced" flyguy, while I've done a lot of fly fishing in my life, but for a moderate price, I felt like I got a good value with SA.

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SA makes good lines, I've got several

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most of the fly fishing I did back in the day was for panfish in freshwater. caught a gazillion bream and bass on small poppers and black gnats (with a fire tail) using sci anglers, which was about the only over the counter choice at that time.

they used to make tiny teardrop shaped slivers of translucent pork rind you could put on the hook of a sinking gnat...deadly. alternatively, i've used tiny bits of bacon

People skimp on lines. Don't. Get the best you can pay for and treat them well. It makes a huge difference in casting.

I buy a lot of last years models at discount online. Definitely do some searching for that.

Folks often ask my favorite line... Rio Redfish. It can be used in freshwater. I just love the taper

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I'm working on developing a crawdad pattern for use on the New and Shenandoah rivers this summer. Plenty of patterns out there, but what's the fun in that? These are the first two attempts. I like the claws and everything back but the body needs work. Not the right color or density. This will catch fish for sure but not quite the fly I want yet.

So first attempt at Imgur images. How do I resize them? They look fine on mobile but are HUGE on desktop...

Looks awesome - that will definitely catch some smallies!

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Thanks! I can't wait to be out there. A buddy of mine, who is similarly restrained by family obligations, like to wade fish the New for a few hours before work in the summer. Hoping this fly lands a decent bass or two. Here's the next stage of development:

Now you're onto something. Nice work.

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High praise, considering the source, and I appreciate it.

A beautiful grampas or crawfish imitation!

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Thanks! I am so tired of staring at the snow. Even tying isn't getting me through March in a decent state of mind.

Right there with you. Tempted to take a week off to do nothing but fish when the water temps get right. Been learning the baitcaster by practicing flipping in the bedroom, and now I'm itching to try it out on the water.

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I'm doing similarly. Probably won't be able to swing a week straight but planning on taking every Friday in April and May off to hunt turkeys and fish. 7-8 three day weekends straight will do me some good.

I was going to buy a bait caster but decided to get another fly rod. Still shopping around.

Ohhhh, so that's the Wild Turkey you reference in your handle ... I think I drink too much. :)

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Lol yeah. Probably a bit of both to be honest.

I like your style!

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I'm salt water guy but that looks really nice!

Thanks! I need to start researching some salt water patterns. For various reasons we're typically spending two weeks a year in Florida. I'd love to figure out a way to get some fly fishing in. I don't have access to a watercraft of any kind so I typically just dunk bait on the beach with a bunch of beer.

which beach?

Anywhere from St. Augustine to Daytona, but typically the Flagler area.

Not a lot of steady flyfishing to be had here...tidal amplitude makes for narrow windows and soft bottom makes for limited wading. There are some wadable sandbars on the ICW side of Matanzas Inlet

Thanks for the info. Would possession of a kayak change things?

YES.

Also, don't be scared to fish off the beach first thing in the morning or late evening. Fish will cruise right in the waves at those times.

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Absolutely. Off the top of my head...

You can launch into the ICW near Marineland. Right across the ICW there are a string of islands and cuts that separate the ICW from Pellicer Creek/Pellicer Bay. Look it up on Google Earth. Very good fishing in Pellicer which is very shallow and, relatively speaking, doesn't get a ton of boat traffic..

You can drop a kayak in on the west side of the 206 bridge and have access to some decent inshore fishing both north and south of the bridge.

A kayak is useful both in and below the reservoir at Guana just north of Vilano.

Thanks! Hoping to have one before our July trip.

July is a sucky time of year to fish inshore saltwater in NE FL. You will die in a kayak during the day. Gonna have to focus on very,very early or very,very late...or drink beer, watch the bikini girls, and fish in the surf.

if I was going to try flyfishing that time of year, I'd look for docks with lights.

Good call. Perhaps my November trip will prove better timing. Soaking shrimp and my liver is an excellent way to spend a week in July. Might just stick with that plan.

Nov is ideal for inshore with a kayak

Clousers and Deceivers will catch fish pretty much anywhere in the world. Both are easy to tie, timeless patterns and can be done in any color combo or size.

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Sounds like a winner. Just bought a bunch of material for these exact patterns. Should I get different hooks for tying for the salt?

Yes, you will want stainless steel or tin plated. Regular bronze will rust very very quickly

Mustad 34007 is a great hook to start out with. Not very expensive and they come in 100 packs. Size 2 for Clousers and 1/0 will be good for Deceivers.

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Looks like some flashabou on the craw!

Year 3 is coming up!

Close, Rusty Brown and Florescent Fire Orange Krystal Flash. Pretty much the same stuff, just thinner and stiffer.

That will definitely work.

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Instead of Polar chenille, (the body material on the top fly), use Estaz/ice chenille and tie some rubber legs in there. When I first started tying I had a very similar pattern that I use bucktail for the claws and estaz and legs as the body and I caught a ton of smallmouth on them. Rabbit will move better as the claws though

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Saying thanks here to all your replies. Appreciate all the advice!

Sure thing. Here's a tying video I have done and it links to others in Youtube. This fly is called an M4. It is one of my most productive patterns and catches everything in freshwater and everything inshore in saltwater.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNab4B4SEqc

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Ok somehow CIS has pissed me off. Changing the trip this year to Leech Lake MN or Hayward Flowage WI? Well, Leech has the spotted strain of musky....Hayward has the FRESHWATER FISHING HALL OF FAME. Any preference?

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Not feasible for me, but I hope you make it out there. Would love to see some pics. You ever make it back to LCR when the fish were biting?

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No but I will! Have to catch that VA walleye!+

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I'm in the market for a new setup, primarily for throwing topwater baits in brush and slop (mainly frogs and buzzbaits). I need a rod that has the backbone to drag the fish out of the cover, while having a sensitive enough tip to allow long precision casts to small pockets. I also need a reel that can handle those long casts, is stout enough to lock down and winch fish out of cover, and fast enough to work moving baits effectively. My line is typically 50lb braid.

I'm looking at a combination of a Cashion frog rod and a 13 Fishing Concept "A" reel in 8.1:1. I have no experience with either of these brands, however the reviews look promising, the warranties look good and the setup appears to be just what I'm looking for. Can anyone vouch for their experience with either of these brands/models? For what it's worth my current setup is a Lew's Speed Spool on a Shimano Clarus rod that has served well, but the reel is on the IR and the rod tip broke off at the end of the season last year.

13 Fishing is a good company and has come out with some really nice reels in the past couple years. A reel I would also consider is the Diawa Tatula SV. Those things are mean, can cast your lighter topwaters further, and are really really hard to backlash. I have a few SVs and they are pretty much on par with my my Lews Magnesium Pro for nearly $100 less.

PS if you haven't used these top waters give them a try they're all spin off of your common styles but all do something just a little better:
Z-Man Pop Shadz/Frogz
Grassburner
Buzzplug

Thanks for the info - I'll give the Diawa a look. I tend to over analyze things but it's difficult to know what you've got until you've got a lure tied on and hit the water with it. It's good to hear first hand accounts.

As for the lures you recommend - those all look promising and I'll have to give those a try. I live near a small (200 acre) municipal lake that is pretty isolated, but it gets a lot of fishing pressure. They raised the lake around 7 feet 10 years or so ago and left all the timber standing. I used to kill them up there on hollow body frogs, but now it seems that everyone has started throwing those and the bite is getting tougher. The frog works amazing for the simple fact that you can fish it back in the pockets of standing timber and laydowns without getting hung. Typically unless you wrap the line around a branch or reel between a fork you can do what you want. A buzzbait works well but you have to hit the ground running with it. As long as the hooks stay high, you're usually ok. It helps tremendously to have the ability to pause in a pocket, so I like what you recommended.

Have you had any experience with this lure? I bought one late last year but haven't tried it yet.

Double Plopper Buzzbait

Teckel Sprinker frog is what you need. Dick's now sells them and the one in X'burg has plenty (as of about 2 weekends ago).

Booyah has made a copycat, and River2Sea also makes a little plopper to attach to any hollow frog.

Don't buy the double plopper, a regular buzz or an actual Plopper would be better. I honestly have had real issues with the double plopper running correctly.

Yeah it works just as well as most buzzbaits, the props are nice because they get going faster due to buoyancy, which is the same reason I like the grassburner and the aborgast they don't sink like your typical buzzbait would.

I know a guy here in RIC that builds custom rods and his preference is always a Cashion blank. Great value for the money + great warranty. I tried one the other day, and the backbone for a hookset was great. One other thing to look at - I have the Dobyn's Fury 735C for those really heavy, whopper plopper style baits, and it's going to be hard to beat at that price point. If you're looking for something nicer, their Champion Series (http://dobynsrods.com/rods/champion/) looks amazing.

Also, another strong plus one on the Diawa Tatula SV recommendation.

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Spent the weekend in Morehead with the better half and took my Gheenoe on its second maiden voyage.

We hit the water early on Saturday to sunny skies and warm temps. With some local knowledge, I was able to find a large school of 200 redfish in 2 feet of gin clear water. They wouldn't eat. We threw 8 different flies at them. Frustrating, but that's the way it goes.

Sunday, we woke up to 40 degrees and pouring rain so we spent the day exploring the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll, which was very cool. Fly guide and friend John Mauser works there and gave us a full tour of the inner workings of the aquarium. It was incredible! Besides how all of these fish and animals are captured, bred and kept, transported and even traded between aquariums, I learned a ton about fish, turtles and some very surprising things about NC fish. As a hint, this aquarium only has fish found in NC in it. I was surprised to see snook and permit in their tanks. I already knew tarpon were there but this blew my mind to realize they are found in North Carolina. Guess I need to be on the lookout for permit on my favorite flats...

Hope to be back down again soon.

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Thanks for the report! Tough luck on the reds. I'm headed down in a couple weeks will hopefully get on them and the big blues if they move in like last year. I'm surprised about the snook especially. I thought they were only really where the mangroves started in Florida.

Amen on the bluefsh. My radar is on to run to the mouth of the Delaware when they show

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Missed the run last year when I was tied up with school stuff. So definitely hoping it works out timing wise. Do you use your heaver or are you casting plugs when you are going after the blues?

Last year I couldn't get them to touch metal or plugs. I used 7 foot spinners and fished cut bait off the pier when the others didn't work. Anything that can throw a 1-2 is bucktail should be fine.

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Back in the days when there were no stripers to speak of, big blues were common off the OBX and in the Chesapeake Bay. I have a lot of memories of them crashing the beaches on Hatteras, running big trout out of the water, and creating surf fishing mayhem. We did very well with Hopkins spoons, but then the Crocodile type spoon came out and that's all we ever used. Don't know how they act now, but those spoons were the trick. I have had times I had to quit catching them I got so tired out. Chasing them down the beach was a blast, and 10-15lb fish can be a challenge to land in the waves, even on fairly heavy surf gear. Definitely a technique to it. When the stripers came back, the monster blues definitely disappeared, at least from near shore and the Bay. Hope they come back.

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Catching them by casting to them in the surf would be pretty cool especially with the 10-15 pounders. Going to try the casting metal to them in the surf when I go to the beach this spring.

When I was going to Tech, my dad got re-stationed at Pax River and we lived on base in Officers Quarters, which was old houses with open yards on the bay. Really nice. This was 1981-2.

We would watch the blue frenzies coming down the Bay in front of our house. They were hammering alewives. We would throw spoons out into the frenzy and instant hookup. We caught blues to 20# this way (used some of them for crab trap bait and let most of them go). The crazy thing was we were standing in 6" water and the alewives are hiding behind our legs.

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I would take 15 pound blues over stripers any day

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You speak the truth. Stripers can be a lot of fun to catch, but chopper blues will change your religion.

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The snook surprised me too but John said he thinks the eggs get pushed in the current up here, then hatch. Rarely will those fish survive the season. Same with the permit, with a few exceptions according to him.

Those big ass 10-12 pound bluefish are ones that used to be around yearly but folks mostly see them every 10 years or so now from what I've been told. There can be some others around in the five pound range. Would be nice if those big ones showed up more often, but, humans have probably wiped most of them out.

Redfishing can be very good in April as the fish move back inshore from wintering out in the depths.

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I would perfectly happy catching some 5 pounders on light tackle. Yeah limits are still loose on blues.

Sounds good about the reds. Definitely want to keep working at getting better at targeting them. Need to hit some new spots I've been looking at on google maps.

My sister and her husband moved to Morehead City a few months ago...I guess I should go visit.

You should definitely go visit. Good fishing most of the year, depends when you are going what is hot. Check out chasin tails bait shop for a solid fishing report and they have most anything you need.

It's better fishing than Charleston. (ducks)

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I'm in St Aug...no need to duck.

Well for some reason I always thought you were in Charleston

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what gheenoe rig did you get?

Bought a 1992, 13'4" back in December. Stuck a 5 horsepower outboard on it my dad had laying around. Engine needs a tune up, I hope it can run a little faster. Not going to be able to do a ton with it, but it will be an epic shallow water redfishing machine for a few specific spots I have in mind.

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at least once a year, I come close to getting rid of my jonboat (16' welded...wide back seat, big casting deck, no middle seat, side console, 40 hp) and replacing it with a microskiff.

I drive past the gheenoe "factory" exit at least once a month when I run back and forth to S. FL for work. Have been in and talked to them...nice folks. I'm just not convinced they can take a big wake (a requirement if you run the ICW for miles like I do) and the rap is that the hull can be a bit brittle. But I think a LT 25 with raised front and back decks and a 15 or 20 would be an amazing backwater fishing rig.

We took a wake on Saturday from a guy who didn't care to slow down and it was a bit sketchy. They are amazing fishing machines but I think they have a very specific purpose and rough water is not one of them.

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i think your 13 would be ideal for the tidal creek i live next to. no big boat traffic at all.

i bought a nucanoe frontier and a 2.5 horse and it has not worked out like i had hoped. the nucanoe, too, has a purpose...it is more stable and comfortable than a canoe...but it is not particularly efficient to paddle and it is unstable if you turn around to mess with the motor...so you aren't going to cover a lot of water. I'd say it's ideal for float trips where the current is doing most of the work, and small lakes and ponds where you don't paddle very far. i need to get off my butt and put the nucanoe on craigslist.

there is a 13' gheenoe nearby for $700 on craiglist. looks like it is in good shape. i already have the 2.5 and an extra trolling motor...very tempting.

I overpaid for this Gheenoe at $800. Dinged up and probably worth maybe $600, but it was only an hour from my house and the next closest one was NC, so I pulled the trigger. If and when I sell, I'll give it a makeover and get my money out of it.

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Cobia season in VA update:

VMRC approved the following

1 per angler/3 per boat
40 inch total length, only 1 over 50
June 1-Sept 30
Gaff is legal again (to allow Maryland and Delaware to copy VA regs as deminimas ASMFC States.)

The fish showed up before Mother's Day last year, so if you are a catch and release guy I bet there will be some tasty opportunities to catch the fish of a lifetime before they start getting pressured.

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Thank you for the update. Can you catch them in the bay?

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Yes, you can catch them all summer. At the shoals of the major rivers mouths there will be a ton of boats anchored up with chum to draw in bait and the cobias and some sort of live bait out. There are boats setup with towers to sight cast to cobias that are cruising around on top.

Thanks 3rdGen!

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If so, it'd be pretty cool to get a group together for a trip.

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Having the boat... that is the trick. It requires great boat positioning and line control and a lot of patience unless you have a tower boat.

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I see - I may not have the best boat for that then. Technically it's a bay boat, she's aluminum at her core, and light, which means the wind and current push her pretty easily.

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All depends on getting the lighter winds if you have a smaller boat. Lighter winds = smaller swells, which makes for a more comfortable time when sitting there for 6 hours. Without a tower, it is much more likely to catch a cobia anchored up. What is the model name of your bay boat?

RP 190. Here she is -

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It is all about stability, comfort, and safety. From a safety perspective, there is a huge difference between anchoring at New Point Comfort (where you can run into shelter pretty quickly) and anchoring on York Spit, which is a 30+ minute run to land in almost every direction. And it doesn't take much to get in trouble. Freak thunderstorms with summer humidity is tricky, and it can get bad even if a moderate wind blows against the tide.

Like others have said, the shoals are the key. York Spit and spots along the York Channel are top spots early in the season. Windmill Point is a great spot in late July and August.

If you would like, I can do a more detailed post. Cobia chumming is all about the logistics!

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You'll be just fine if you stake out in the proper spot

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You've got a great boat, but for the Bay, it isn't going to be the best bet most days out there, especially anchored up in the waves cobia fishing. Hokieflyguy is right, if you can find the right place to anchor, you can fish for cobia, but all too often, the waves will be more than you expect and can make for an uncomfortable day. I'll be glad to get you out in my boat for a try at them, but even in my Scout, I have to pick my days. Your boat would be really great for fishing docks and grass flats, though, and Mobjack Bay is a good place to do it. Trout, croaker and reds if they're around.

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VTFish speaks the truth. He and I were out on a wonderful day this summer. Then, the wind started to come out of the east on outgoing tide and suddenly, it felt like we were in a washing machine. We wore the sea mullet out in the choppy conditions. But, it didn't make for a fun day at the office if you discount the fish and the company!

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Yeah, I'll be honest, there's no way I'm going out there without one of you guys. I know enough to know it's dangerous. That said, I've never caught a red ... I think that needs to be remedied this year. :)

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I've never caught a red

You have not lived!

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So when are we going? ;)

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Summer is the best chance to catch them in Virginia

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Here are the basics of cobia chumming on the Bay:

1) Ideally, you will have two chum buckets. One bucket needs to be on the bottom, and you will get more bites right around that bucket than anywhere else.

2) Ideally, you have enough rod holders to fish five rods. Two will be live baits straight down (around your bucket.) Two will be live baits or chunks of bunker about 20-40 feet behind the boat in the slick. One rod will be in your rocket launcher with a live eel or spot/bluefish/bunker on top back behind the boat. This set up will lead to a bunch of sharks and rays. If you don't want to deal with those, fish a couple rods up top with eels or spot/small blues under RediRig floats. That will cut down your bites but it also means fewer cobia strikes. Also, have a rod handy with either a live eel or a bucktail so you can cast if you see a fish cruising on top.

3) You want the tide and the wind going in the same direction. The experts say you want the tide running from the shallow water to the deep water. However, the smaller fish VTF hooked on his bait rod last year struck us when the slick was running back to the structure.

4) Have a handful of eels (4-6) so you have some kind of bait. But generally, you can catch some live baits inshore before you go out. Also, if you sibiki in the chum slick, there will be threadfins most of the time. Cutting the threadfin into tiny chunks and floating it out on a gold hook rig will produce small bluefish (and hook up on houndfish to keep them away from your live baits- they will kill them.) Tipping your sibiki with bloodworm fishbites will produce sea mullet, spot, and croakers sometimes.

5) Have a lot of water and ice on the boat. It can get really hot on what feels like a moderate day really fast.

6) Have a good fishing buddy with you. It helps pass the time, and landing a cobia solo is just about impossible.

7) I never have figured out if the best policy is to let the fish make a long run or hit it quickly. Generally, when I have caught them, they hook themselves. However, snell your hooks! That will improve your hook up ratio.

8) Pay close attention. Those suckers will pop up out of nowhere. VTFish and I had six come up in our slick over the course of about an hour. I got a couple to chase, but couldn't get them to eat.

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Thanks for the info. As a kid from the western portion of the state and almost zero saltwater experience, I had never heard of this fish before TKP fishing threads. What is the attraction for chasing them? Good fight? Challenge? Tablefare? I honestly know nothing about it other than it sounds near impossible to catch one.

Yes, Yes, and Yes. Delicious eating, challenging and a magnificent fighter, especially since they run up to a hundred pounds. I think experienced and dedicated cobia fishermen score routinely, but we novices have to go through the "paying dues" phase before getting it right. We still find them and hook them and occasionally catch them, but the power of the big ones must be experienced to believe. I've caught a ton of fish in my life, more than my share for sure, but I struggle to get on top of these cobia. Serious fish, indeed.

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As usual, VTFish is correct on all accounts. There are a handful of hardcore chum fishermen holding on to the tradition. There is a growing community of tower boat guys who cruise around and sight cast to cruising fish and if you know where to go and how to run your boat, you will SEE a good number of fish. That doesn't mean you will get them to eat. You can also catch them from piers, but that is a "if I catch one keeper a year it was a good year" kind of sport.

Last year I caught three keeper cobia. My best year ever is 6 and 4 of those 6 came on charters. You put in a lot of hours for that one bite. But when you get it, it will change your religion.

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Thanks for the additional explanation. Religion changing fishing is rare indeed. Maybe I will have an opportunity for a charter sometime in my future.

You put in a lot of hours for that one bite. But when you get it, it will change your religion.

Musky fishing to the tee! But if they get somkin' 3 or 4 in a day does happen.

Year 3 is coming up!

Sounds fun. Probably not something I'll ever get into except on a charter but definitely something to keep in mind. Thanks for explaining the attraction of the sport.

Awesome detail (as always), thanks for sharing!

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Definitely a key is having those rods by the chum bag on the bottom. Those cobias are really curious. I caught two like that when I went last summer. Letting them run or not is a interesting debate. Charter captain I talked to who catches 30-50 cobias a season down in NC who mainly uses heavy spinning setups and has the drag set to fight when the cobia hits. I caught those 4 with my buddy last year and he lets them run and then puts in gear. I have heard you need to let the Cobia swallow the eel for at least a few seconds when sight casting an eel. Interested to hear what you did when sight casting with Salt Treated.

We let them eat on the eels. With a bucktail, we hammer them home. Before last year though, every cobia I got on bait was on a live bluefish and in all those cases the fish pretty much hooked themselves on the initial strike.

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This is awesome, thanks French!

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Fishing Report!

I got to Fletcher's Boathouse around 10:00am and hoofed it about 3/4 of a mile upstream. I fished until 2:00pm with a dead period for low slack tide. I ended up with around 20 or so hickory shad. All but 2 or 3 were giant breeding females (16+ inch fish full of roe.) You has to work and find small seams of fish. Most hit on a very slow retrieve and their bodies were very cold.

I posted several photos on Instagram French60wasp

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I just stalked you on instagram just for the pics. Beautiful fish and loved the videos! Can't wait to get back out on the water.

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Nice shad!

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Took off early from work and put in some time on the James for Shad, had two rookie moves. Not buying shad spoons and not bringing an anchor. Talked to some old timers who were catching shad pretty consistently near the spot I was fishing and they were using spoons. I paddled around and tried some more places. Wind was whipping, which made drifting hard. Finally had a bite when I got back to the first spot I was fishing. The rod got heavy and I put some pressure on him and line was ripping off. Had him go under the kayak a couple times. Tightened down on the drag a bit to get him controlled and pulled American Shad (I think) in the boat. A lot of fun on 2 lb test and 5' ultralight rod.

Nice! Were there a lot of people out there? Was that out of anne karrows?

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There was a decent amount of boats out probably around 10 boats that I could see. So it would be more crowded on a weekend. It was out of Ancarrow Landing.

I went crappie fishing yesterday at Beaverdam Reservoir in Gloucester. Borrowed my old lake boat from my neighbor who I sold it to. Slow morning, only a couple of crappie, one bass and a couple of pickerel, one of which was a decent sized one, maybe four pounds or so. Afternoon, the bite picked up (Southern Pro Hot Grub on 1/16 jig head) and I was able to get 10-12 more crappie, three more small bass another pickerel and a really big pumpkinseed. One of the crappies was a true slab. Not that long (15"), but fat and heavy with roe and maybe 1-3/4 lbs. That was fun. No pics, I was by myself and had left my little used emergency cell phone in the van so no camera. Bad thing is, on the way home, the trailer fell apart and I had to leave it 10 miles from home. Going back today to try to engineer some kind of fix to get the thing back here, but it looks like it won't be in service again this year. No harm to the boat, miraculously if you saw the failure, and I was lucky enough to be right by a place to pull off and was given permission to let it stay for a day or so. I feel really bad about it, though, and while he's being nice about it, I doubt my neighbor will be voting me "Neighbor of the Year" or anything. Good news, the crappie are biting!

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I have been thinking about fishing there since it's ~30 minutes from my house and I've heard it's great for crappie. Any general advice on going there? Does it get crowded? Do you think my 16' jon boat with a 25hp would be appropriate there or is it more of a kayak/trolling motor spot?

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Beaverdam is less than 700 acres, but it has a pretty robust population of fish. Crappie are definitely the target of many folks, especially in the winter and spring. This time of year, most of the action is at the top of the lake, accessible from the Fary's Mill Rd. boat launch. You don't need to remove the 25, but you'd have to have electric power as 3rdGen has stated. Your jon boat would fit right in with the "crowd". On weekends, I'd bet it would be crowded up there, but there are plenty of stretches that won't be as crowded as the obvious standing timber areas most folks would be fishing. I was there on a Thursday and there were maybe 8 or 9 other boats all working the same general area, and most were catching fish. As the water warms, more and more crappie are available, along with some really decent yellow perch, and they're more spread out up and down the big arm of the lake at the top, then eventually into the rest of the lake. Decent bass fishing if that's your thing, and the pickerel are usually pretty active as well, some of them of respectable size. I am certainly no expert on Beaverdam, but I've fished it enough to know some general shortcuts to catching fish. I'd be happy to share what I've learned. Call me at 725-2680 if you wish. You know the area code, I'm in Mathews. If you want a companion to show you around, I'd be happy to go with you.

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Thanks - great information! I will probably give you a call when I have some spare time. I am always interested in finding more local places to fish.

804

Happy to oblige. It is the only public freshwater fishing on the Middle Peninsula. Good place locally to help with the dead time on the salt before the croaker show up.

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Stuck 7 small largemouths in a farm pond yesterday afternoon on a streamer I've been working on for the past year. The fish are finally getting active

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Recommendations for a jet outboard for a jon boat? I'm looking to make a good river boat for me and the kids. Have a 14' jon boat, just thinking about motor options. I think I have asked this before here but couldn't find it. Thanks in advance.

1. Yamaha
2. Suzuki
3. Everything else

You're going to lose about half of your horsepower on a jet drive so the more the better. I would think a 25 would be plenty for you

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What flyguy said. Might want to look into the UHMW on the bottom too depending on your area.

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Thanks. Wasn't even aware of this practice but now I'm knee deep in research. Seems like it would definitely help with some of the rocks in the New and Shenandoah rivers.

Sounds like a fun project. Would love to see before and after pics when you're done. Plus obligatory pics with smallmouth from it. ☺

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Thanks! How do boats' horsepower ratings get applied when talking jet motors? Don't exceed the posted max or since apparently the effective horsepower is reduced can you go higher?

Frankly, I don't know. In 5 years being a boat broker nobody ever asked that question. You could pose that on www.thehulltruth.com and see what those guys say.

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I'd be wary of exceeding the posted max. There are also weight considerations, but I'd be willing to bet that while you'd be unlikely to be ticketed for so doing, you would likely be illegal. On a 14' boat, you don't need to be too muscled up, you just need to be able to buck normal flows and get up through most rapids. For fishing purposes, a good bow mount trolling motor will be your most important motor once you get to your fishing areas anyway.
Be careful, though. Like my old jet boat New River buddy Cecil would say: "Jets don't catch fish". It's what you do when you get there, and boat control is the main fishing issue. He ran a big Rhino with a tunnel and extra plates in places he'd found easily damaged in his older boats.

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Is it really illegal to have a larger motor than rated? My Gheenoe says it's rated for a 4 hp and I've got a 5 on it and I'm thinking it is underpowered. If I get a ticket for it I'm going to go ballistic. (And I would be one to get a ticket for it.)

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I will reach out to one of the game wardens, errr conservation police officers that I know and see what they allow. I would think that it is primarily a safety issue, but if you were involved in a serious accident or did something so stupid as to get insurance companies involved, it would absolutely be an issue, I would think. I will admit that I do think it is illegal, but my thinking it is worth about as much as a piece of gravel in my driveway, so I'll try to find out and get back @ you.

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Sounds good, thanks!

Seems so ridiculous to me. Car engines that are upgraded don't get you a ticket

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Reached out to two sources (large volume boat dealers) that both said it is illegal to exceed posted max hp and that yes, indeed, you can be ticketed for doing so. While you might get away with it during a routine license check, as you know, going ballistic with a game warden is a good way to get a ticket anyway for something, but I get your drift. Unless I hear differently from the game warden, I'll let this be my last word on it.

Edit: The issue is the transom. Weight and propulsion are all on the transom, so it does make sense.

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Well, THIS will be my last word. Confirmed by US Coast Guard that it is a violation of Virginia code and is a ticketable offense.

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Yes going ballistic would get me in trouble and a ticket, I'm sure. The first thing I thought of when you said its illegal is me getting stopped for it in a specific town where the park rangers think they can do whatever they want and write whatever tickets they want, even if they are false (which has happened to my family and I more than once.) So it just brought back some bad memories and probable foreshadowing. But if I were to get a ticket for over powering my Gheenoe, I would most definitely take the ticket to get my word in on how absurd of a law it is, particularly when they allow "poker races" up and down the coast with cigarette boats going 80-100 miles an hour down the coast and nothing is done about it. Now that's what I call dangerous.

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it is illegal in Florida...said someone who may be in position to know.

Well, to further confuse the issue, my CPO contact said it wasn't illegal unless the hp was "grossly exceeded" or if in an accident where the excess hp was the cause. What it sounds like is that if you don't go nuts or cause an accident, it is not likely that you'll be getting that ticket, unless you get a misinformed Coastie or piss off the coppers. Seems like the damn Coast Guard and a CPO should both be in position to know, doesn't it?

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What's interesting is I passed the Coast Guard captains license exam and there never was any discussion of breaking the law for overpowering vessels. I did however, need to know on the test what the fines were for cursing on the radio and for going under a bridge when the red light was on. Go figure.

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fwiw, the current 13' model is rated at 5 hp.

For a lot of boats, the transom has a maximum weight that it was designed to hold and thrust that it can handle. My uncle once replaced a 40 hp with a 120 hp on a 14 fiberglass boat. The boat took the weight but the transom cracked when under load. The rest of the family was pissed.

For a 4 hp rating with a 5 hp on it, I think a lot of warden might look the other way. That is a minimal increase over rated capacity in reality even if it is 25% over the legal limit.

Yeah, I agree. The transom is the issue and fudging up a little without putting undue stress on the integrity of the transom seems harmless. Like I said, it seems to be such a cloudy issue that you'd have to give them a good reason to even notice, or think to look at something that isn't so obvious as to be "grossly" excessive.

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Heading to Sandy Point to get some surf casting practice and kind of fish a bit pre-dawn. Report will come.

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Managed five striped bass on 8 n bloodworms and surfcasting gear at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis today. The biggest was 26 inches. It was very slow on the second half of the falling tide and the first half of the rising. Every other fish but one was under 20 inches.

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Fished Friday in winds that shouldn't have been fished. Caught one tiny bass. Lost two lures.

Fished Saturday for bass at a local municipal reservoir. Water was between 42 and 46 degrees and was gin clear. Needless to say fishing was tough, and the wind made for a short day. It was good to get out before things heated up as the winter has caused a number of issues with my setups that I need to get squared away. It's going to take a couple of weeks of nice weather to get things moving in my part of the state.