2019 Winter Fishing Report Discussion Thread II

After 600 comments the old thread stopped loading on my phone so I figured I'd go ahead and start a new on cause I had a fantastic day. Not fishing but in finding deals.

Academy has a sale going on right now. GO to it. Soft plastics for pennies, terminal tackle for pennies, deep cycle batteries for $20.

This haul cost me $98 after tax....

Also this showed up in the mail. It cost more than $98

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To clarify, that's $98 with the battery and the Kershaw which were $20 each.

Great haul! Too bad there aren't any in VA.

Ooops didn't realize that. So this is now a rub it in yall's face thread.

Well played heuplek. I was online searching like crazy for those deals on the Gulp and Gamakatsu's. :) I did stumble on a nice pair of replacement boots for the ones I had to retire yesterday, at least.

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Bought every pack of gamakatsu in the bin. $1 a pack for weighted keel 4/0, 5/0, 6/0, and 7/0

That Allen reel is beautiful what size did you get?

Girlfriend bought me an orvis fishing shirt that fits great can't wait to use it this year

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Size 3 7-9wt

Very nice definitely recommend the redfish line it used to be on sale at greentop a few weeks back.

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I have this reel and freaking love it

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Finally got an alpha 3, got a very lightly used one for 110$ so now I have one I can use and that way I can keep my sage in freshwater and use this for the rest

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Wow, that's a haul. I'd almost travel to find one of those stores for a decent deal on Gulp. Never on sale, never discounted less than Wallyworld sells it. Nice knife, too.

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Not many flip deals had a couple of the recharge containers but if like 2.5" kicker shads. I personally don't like fishing stuff that anal because then I have to change a while rig out... And pinfish

do you ever catch anything worth keeping when pinfish are around? If I'm in pinfish, I leave...which may be a mistake.

Occasionally is hard to keep and confidence though they absolutely destroy whatever you put in the water... If I'm around a lot of them I just cast net em for bait.

Naw, I have a buddy who'll fish the 3", but it's the 4'' swimming mullet for me. Shrimp-wise, I'll go to 3'' because of the bulk of the body, but if the fish are sizable, I go bigger with them as well.
I'd say screw pinfish, but one time in Fla with a rusty spike hole in my left foot, I was dock restricted for almost a week and the strangers I was staying with set me up for fishing behind their trailer. Pinfish was all there was, and I ended up eating them four or five times that week. I was poor as a church mouse and pissed off from the spiking. The folks I was staying with met me bloody on the road to find a doctor and just took me in for a while, and I felt like I needed to get my own grub. Oh well.

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so, what does a pinfish taste like...bloody/oily; or decent, just tiny?

edit: better or worse than McD's filet-o-fish

Guessing on appearance alone I'd take the under

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The only thing I have seen eat one was a turn around bluefish (as in nothing cool likes pinfish so I am going to take this bluefish that ate the pinfish and use it as my live bait.) However, I have heard they are money amberjack bait.

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I've heard they are good grouper bait too.

I've heard reds love them.

You know what really like them? Loons.

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Loons - not just a clever name

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Reds love them. Next to mullet I'm dumping pinfish in the live well.

Do you trim the dorsal fin off of them when using them for reds?

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Depends on their size, the bigger ones yes, the smaller ones I just clip the tail so they don't go swimming into an oyster bed.

I used to rig 6-8 inch mullet on a Carolina Rig in Charleston and clip the tail fin off. They hated being on the bottom and would really try to swim away fast and you could feel them shaking on your line. So could the giant redfish and I got several sleigh rides out of that tactic

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Oh yeah, I do that with every mullet, even if I have them rigged on a cork they go into full on panic mode. The only issue I have with it is the amount of blood that goes everywhere.

LOL sounds like you're cuttin' it awfully close. I do just the fin

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might be the best big trout bait there is

Still better than sandperch

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Naw, man. They're good to eat, just too small to be worth cleaning, usually. I didn't filet them, just cleaned, scaled and cut of the head, cornmeal and fried whole. Taste right along the same as most panfish like spot and whiting and the rest. I was poor as a church mouse, and they tasted damn good when I was hongry as a bar.

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What is wrong here? My Rapala jerk bait lost it's rear hook. Now I have caught many fish with this and most of them big but it failed me this morning. I got the bass up to the rip rap and was reaching to lip her then this happened. I'm guessing 5-6 pounds. In a month she'll be 7-8. Spring is coming! Tight lines!

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I've never seen a Rapala do that. Did the wire pull out?

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Yes it did. I have had many Rapala lips fall off but never a hook! And BTW suspending Rapalas are not great at; well, suspending. And here is your most awesome image of the day.

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I've had this happen to a few of my rapala's, usually once they've been beat up some the wire eventually pulls through the seam. PS a lot of suspending baits will suspend in a certain water temp so during different times of the year you can have different results with how "suspending" a bait is.

Ive had the wire hooks fall out before. Most commonly on Rapala crankbaits the lips usually fall off after a few hard days of chucking them I have never had one last a full year of use.

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2 things that were definitely going to happen on a New small mouth trip with hard baits for me were: Losing one Rapala DT4/6 lip and breaking a KVD squarebill treble. I eventually decided to change those out right out of the package.

This is all news to me, I've never ever had a Rapala fail me in any way.

It's also been a LONG time since I fished one... maybe I'll rig one up on the 7 weight for the hell of it.

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Fishing in ponds I've never had one break but in the river they break alot it's aggravating to have that fail it alot before the hooks even dull to have the bill snap off

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You might be joking, but my favorite childhood Rapala tactic, cast-wait-pop-wait-pop-reel in fish, wouldn't be too hard to do with a fly rod. I think I'll try it this summer.

I wasn't really joking but I'm not sure I could live with myself. Black over gold Rapala with the same retrieve you mentioned caught more bass than I could count when I was a kid. Guess I need to make an exact fly replica

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Shoutout to IFish for the reel again, met up with him yesterday. Still an unbelievably nice gesture, it will be put to good use this spring!

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Thanks for coming by to get it. We were already in tailgate mode for the GT game and it was nice not to have to drive around to meet you. I do wish I could have had more time so we could have visited a bit and I'da boughten ya a brewski and told you way too many New River stories, but it is always good to put a face to a name, especially for the TKP fishing thread community. Many of us are gradually getting to know each other and it makes me feel good to have been able to pass along gear to you younger folks. Again BornHokie, it was my pleasure. Hope it serves you well, and contact me anytime you might have some questions about fishing the New that I may be able to answer. My 26 years fishing it taught me a ton.

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Girlfriend knows I'm not one for candy so got me a new orvis fishing shirt and an alpha 3 reel, I used to not like Valentine's but I'm warming to it now

Man I wish Allen would put alpha 3 logo on both sides of the rod hilt piece

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Sounds like I need a girlfriend

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Find one that loves fishing more than you and I garuntee life will be at it's best. Never thought I'd be in a relationship with someone who would drag me out of bead in the morning to go fishing every chance we get.

Now my 8 wt setup is complete time to get the 5/6 setup

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Haha I've dated 'em all man. Lots of "ones." Good one, bad one, fun one, boring one, crazy one, cool one, psycho one, lame one, freaky one, smart one, "the" one.... Several of them are now into fly fishing because of me and a few of them really love it. The most recent girl I seriously dated bought me a $700 Mauser fly rod. It was an incredible gift. The current one I've been talking to is @barbieonthefly on instagram. She sure as hell loves fly fishing more than me.

I'm too picky and too selfish and overall I'm just not too worried about it... one of these days I may settle down.

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one of these days I may settle down

I tell myself this regularly then realize all my friends that have gone that way don't have boats or near as much time as I do. Call it selfish but I like my time.

Totally agree!

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Now me, I have a different take on this subject. Having a life partner (going on 47 years for me) is one of the most important things in the world to me, no doubt, but one of the things that has kept us together for so long is the ability to have separate interests, loves and hobbies to pursue. Yes, we spend an awful lot of time together, but fishing is something she just doesn't have an interest in. I, for one, am glad of that. Now, my wife understands my need to fish as built in and of great importance to my well being, so that helps a lot. No, I don't have the boat I might have (nor the debt), and I don't take off for the Gulf every winter for reds, or to New Zealand for big trout, but if I need it, I get it, and if I really want to go, I go. But, the fact of the matter is, if you are going to get married, you HAVE to be willing to compromise, regardless of the issue, and for me, the association makes my life a lot better than the total freedom to do as I selfishly choose would do. Just me, though.

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I am a lucky guy. I would be luckier if I shut up enough while she fishes so she would enjoy going anymore. I fish for fun. She says "it's serious business."

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*thinking to myself* - I am a lucky guy. I still remember when I was dating my wife. Her favorite meal was a cheeseburger and a coke (low maintenance + drama), and we'd go down the James near Scottsville every other weekend. She didn't care for the fishing, but she enjoyed paddling the canoe around and reading her books, so it worked out perfectly - I fished and she enjoyed being out on the water and in nature. Twelve years later, we've got 3 awesome kids and a boat. I don't fish as much as I used to, for sure, but it's a darn good life.

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Well said, Scott.

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Gonna be sketching up and trying to build a boat rack for the truck bed for the upcoming year hoping to make it adjustable and stowable to some extent

This weekend is looking like a good weekend to make some soft plastics and tie a few flies even

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weather is beautiful here; so nice in fact that I'll spend ALL of it working on finishing the tile on the deck...grrrr

While I know politics and TKP don't mix, I know that flyguy and I have occasionally railed against Dominion and their power and actions to the detriment of our resources, I have to throw this in. While visiting my Hokie buds this week, I stayed with a friend whose entire property in Newport was bisected by the latest pipeline debacle. The destruction of a unique property was heartbreaking. Hundreds of trees he planted 50 years ago to buffer his place from the noise and traffic of 460 were taken out, leaving noise and unsightly views and passing just over a hundred feet from the barn he turned into a great house, also over the last 50 years. All of this eminent domain stealing of his land, against his will, for the profit of the company and no benefit to the public. To also see what they've run into with the steepness and rocky nature of those mountains should be criminal. Add in that a rupture and explosion of the line would obliterate his house and anyone in it... I could go on, but I'll end this rant here.

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What a shame.

I hate Dominion with ever fiber of my being. I've said some pretty terrible stuff about that company and I don't regret one word of it. I'll continue to blast them as much as I possibly can.

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Jesse, I sent you the tying videos via Instagram DM. Send me your phone number and I'll text the videos to you

Hopefully I can get them up on Youtube so I can share with everyone

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Thanks for the videos as always hopefully they'll be up on YouTube to help others the two humps of thread to hold the eyes was one that helped alot. Will add pictures when I'm done this evening
Edit: updated with photos

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Sure thing, looks great!

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Green top was out of #2 hooks which are probably what I should be using all I've got are streamer #8s, #4s, and the up to 2/0 long shanks but I need bigger eyes for the 2/0

I can definitely see why people tie their own materials are super cheap and by late last night I was down to 20-25 minutes per minnow

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Are you looking for #2 saltwater hooks or freshwater?

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I think freshwater? I was looking in the Allen hooks section they had run out of most of the long shanks streamer hooks guess j could've looked into the saltwater section. what sizes do you typically use for clousers and schminnows?

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For saltwater Clousers I use a 34007. You can get 100 packs only for pretty cheap. Schminnow is best on a longer shank, Mustad 34011, size 4.

For freshwater Clousers and pretty much any LMB or SMB fly, I recommend a Mustad 3366.

Both hooks are not expensive, and sometimes they need to be sharpened, but they get the job done and are much cheaper than all of these higher end hooks. I tied on them for years until I started selling flies. Still fish with 3366, 34007 and 34011 on occasion. The 34011 is the hook on my Redfish Wiggler.

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Thanks for the info as always I'll get some from online this week since green top was bout out of hooks, gonna tie some pink/white combos and then some brown with orange underside. What other colors would be good to add to the collection I got a bunch of chartreuse and white and a few whites with silver so far. Gonna get a whip finisher tool before I do more by hand it's tricky.

Been coating the heads with sealant glue I got with the kit to help hold it better

Also what size 34007s do you use for the clousers? 1/0 or 2/0 seems to be what I see from most people.

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Top saltwater color combos:

Chart/ white
Olive/ white
Tan / White
Pink / white
Pink / Chart
Black / Orange

I tie my salty clousers on a size 2 or 1 with medium lead eyes. I think Lefty said at one point you could catch any saltwater fish on a size 1 hook.

Not sure what you are using but I love Krazy Glue brushable super glue.

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I'm using wapsi fly head cement and I add it using a toothpick in small drops to coat it enough to hopefully help the thread stay put.

I'll check on what green top has I tied my stuff on number 4 Allen hooks so I'll do more this weekend on 1s or 2s whatever green top has for saltwater and keep tying a few more on 4s and 6s for bream and river fishing smallies. I'll try and have a bunch of each pattern to amass a collection.

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Its always more funner to catch fish on your own lures!

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Just got back from Giles and Blacksburg and saw some impressive musky pictures from the last few weeks. There seem to be a lot of people fishing for them these days, and several guides targeting them in the winter.

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Shannon has been killin it all fall and winter.

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Been talking with a buddy about maybe hitting Chickahominy Lake for early season crappie and yellow perch. Anyone out there have any helpful experience in such? I also know there's a good shad/herring run in the river, but don't know dick about it. I've fished the lake once decades ago and we did ok, but like I said...decades. I'm not into the bass fishing, mainly interested in the schooling fishes. Little help?

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I'm of no help to you there for the crappie unfortunately. I can tell you where a 6 pound largemouth lives though.

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I am resident on the river (right near James). I've always had luck with curly-tailed grubs and tiny blade-baits early season. Pretty standard if you ask me, but hey, it works.

EDIT: forgot about smaller jerkbaits too

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Greentop sells tube jigs for crappie that are rainbow colored. White skirt blue body, the pink is on the inside of the skirt. Really light jigs and just jig them all over till you hit them early season that color pattern is dynamite if the water is clear or muddy.

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Crappie and walleye are my puppy drum of fresh water. I only seem to catch crappie on accident. I even caught a monster that swallowed a zoom plastic lizard years back.

Historically Walkers Dam on the Chickihominy loads up with Shad. I don't know the access details.

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There are a ton of ways to catch them, and I have the baits and plenty of experience catching them, but it's the finding of 'em in unfamiliar waters I struggle with. Most of my favorite crappie spots were beaver lodges or blowdowns, or creek channels that I found over time, but I've done all the minnows, bobber and flies or jigs, blades, paddle tail grubs, doll flies and on and on, so I think I can catch them. I just need a head start on which arm or creek on the lake might be a good place to start, etc. You know, somebody do all the work and then tell me where to go so I can sore mouth a significant portion of the local stock for you in return. But while I jest, I'd appreciate it.

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I will ask around. I always wanted to fish Chickahominy. My dad would take his Sears Ted Williams boat there and fish with big plastic worms for bass in the early 70s and caught some bass in the 8 pound range. Mounted one that was 8 plus. If you figure it out, I may try to join you to check that box on my list.

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Check your email

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Anyone know when the red drum might show up in the bay if they show up this year? Now that I have the tackle and boat to tackle them Id like to give em a go just hoping they show up in bigger numbers this year since I know last year was a down year. Would love if theyd come back to the mobjack since thats a short paddle to the good spots from where I'm at.

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Well, I've now been here for 7 fall seasons. The reds were here for 1 of them. I know there were a few around the years before and after that season, but they weren't in like that one year. A trouter neighbor of mine said they got a handful late in the fall a couple of years ago when trout fishing, but I was a regular on the docks and other places we had gotten them that one year, and other than a few schools of rats so small it was child abuse to catch them, I didn't see a one worth catching. The year they were thick, they showed up in the early summer, and then schooled nicely by fall, with the most fun fishing for me in September when we found them in the North River in 6-12" of water and were getting them on 5-6" Gulp Jerk Shad on unweighted offset worm hooks. Blew out three prop sleeves doing that, but it was worth it. Most years for me, the chances of catching a big drum, 3' and over, were better than catching a 20" fish. Those big ones were accidental, though, and I couldn't tell you how to target them. Just hit the docks early in the year, and if they're there, it's on. That one year, I got my first ones from the Town Landing dock here in Mathews while checking out the croaker, and every decent dock had reds under it. Maybe global warming will help us out?

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The year they were here in droves was unreal I fished them all summer and had a blast chasing them inbetween the north and east on the grass flats. Hoping I have a reason to go fish the flats or oysterbeds this year Id like to get the nucanoe out there and fish the grass pockets and dont mind it for the croaker but I miss the drum being there like they were it made it alot of fun on light tackle. Still havent figured out dock fishing but in that year I learned how to find them in the grassy stuff.

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Well, if you need a reason to fish the grass flats, look no further than the speckled trout. They live there.

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And they know my lures like it's a joke my luck with them is awful I usually can't get away from the croaker which is why I tend to not try for the specks in the grass. I have better luck finding grey trout on the oyster beds but specks have a way of sucking my soul out

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Ha. They generally get the better of me, too, but I'm learning. I've done pretty well in the NC surf when they're there, but in the bay, they're tougher for me.

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I've been in RVA going on 7 years now so I know I'll botch the years, but I'm pretty certain five summers ago the reds were in thick. My friend who has lived out there for 18 years and another friend of mine who fishes for them a ton both agree that the puppies seem to cycle in good numbers through the middle of the Bay and Middle Peninsula. I generally believe this, but have heard of varying reports that make me question it.

Back to the five years go, they were definitely in thick. I recall a hurricane came up the coast and they left after. Much like happened with the big drum this year in the Neuse. Two years ago was a good year as well. I got several on fly on a certain flat in IFish's back yard. My buddies tore them up with spin gear. I returned throughout September and caught fish there and my last day there saw several more Oct 3rd. I remember it because it was the day after Tom Petty died. Pretty sure another storm came up the coast and they were gone thereafter.

With the 3 year cycle, last year there were not many reds, this year there will be a good amount of smaller fish in the 8-12" range. Next year will be the good year for a lot of fish in the perfect light tackle /fly rod size.

Reasons I'm wrong... There's always SOME reds around. I heard this summer there were lots of the 18-25 inch fish on the east side of the Bay. Chris Newsome was also catching a bunch of 35-40" fish in a very well known and visible spot. He was chumming them up from deeper water and getting them on big jigs and some deep flies. I also received a very credible report from early summer that Monday Creek was loaded with reds, but they wouldn't eat. This was confirmed at least once.

If I were you, I'd find a place they are known to frequent, i.e. Monday Creek, and fish it over and over unless you get a really good report for a spot elsewhere. I may post redfish porn all summer long, but it has taken me days and days and days to figure out the patterns. Once you do, you can consistently catch fish and have some ridiculous days, like 15 on the fly from 22-28".

Your other option is go join the guys that are figuring out the huge bull drum run in April down around the Bay Bridge / Fisherman's Island. That looks intense.

Global warming will help us briefly till it acidifies the oceans so much that most of the fish die. If they don't choke on plastic before.

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My family's place is on the east right across the river from Ifishs place so it's nice to be able to paddle out to the mobjack just gotta figure out my tackle and when the warmer weather hits I'll be giving it a go this year if anything I can find a few willing Croaker's to eat a fly and on a 5/6 I'd imagine they make it fun at least if I can't find anything else. I had best luck finding reds on a full moon cycle and the stronger the tides the better the bite plus if I found drum you'd catch a speck or two as well. Hopefully they'll be around this year now it would give me an alternative when the rivers are all muddy for smallmouth

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If you want a shot at the big red drum on an artificial (fly included), I would trailer a boat over to Kiptopeke, cruise due west to the buoys to the Inner Middle Ground, and fish for cobia. The last few summers, a big school of giant red drum has cruised around that area most of the year. Now, you have to find them and it is a lot of water to cover. However, when you do, they can be caught on a fly or any variety of spinning gear. I'd suggest going cobia fishing, and just making sure you keep a gold Gator spoon rigged up. I will defer to the experts on the fly gear. However, when I ran into them with the spinning gear, the boat fishing another pod near us was using fly gear and was hooking up consistently.

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I like the reverse strategy for fishing trick is if I try cobia fishing all I ever find are sharks, so on so forth. Kiptopeke is a lovely ramp and I can't usually get past trolling for flounder in that part of the bay or chasing sheepshead on the rocks. Only trick is I no longer have a large boat my dingy little John boat won't do well unless it's a dead flat day. Biggest fish on the fly is a small striper so I'll maybe hold off till I've tried fighting a smaller one of the reel before I go after the big drum but thanks for the info I'll hold onto it incase I get over there soon

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French, did you see them there?

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Yes- I was due west of the Peake out near the channel markers.

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Wow

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There was a pod of about 200 that size. Everyone got one and then we left them for the charter boat guy (who took the photo) to keep working them as long as his clients had the strength. Gold spoons were a hook up after a crank. They were very shy on all our orange and pink colored bucktails but after a couple of casts everyone got one.

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Where can you catch reds this time of year?

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northeast florida...though if the warm weather continues, it'll be trout time soon.

SC has them. They're just in massive schools right now. If you put in the time and boat gas you'll find them eventually.

Thanks gentlemen!

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True about the reds on the eastern side of the Bay. Also true that a couple of years ago there were reds caught by the trouters later in the fall. I think it was five years ago on the red invasion, but I don't think that was a regular cyclical thing, just an outlier year. This according to several locals who said it happens occasionally. Again, after only 7 seasons, I haven't gotten the measure of all the movements and yearly differences, and a couple of years ago in the fall I was pretty focused on flounder in the deep water across the Bay, and the couple of times I tried to find reds in the fall fell flat for me. Newsome gets fish because he is a good guide with thousands of hours on the water, and if anyone is going to find them, it's him. I am also not willing to do the chumming/jigging thing unless I have a good lead on where to do it, so I guess I need to start shadowing Chris, huh? (just kidding)

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Yep. I wish I had intel to find out where the big ones hang on the west side of the Bay. I have only run into them over at the IMG.

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This well decorated sea captain knows where they hang out on the west side of the Bay.

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Any good recommendations on a solid 5/6 wt fly rod?

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Have you tried fiberglass rods? Much slower action than graphite rods. Many choices of rods but really depends on your preference of fast or slow action.

Never used one with a slow action, my 4 weight bug rods from TFO are flexible as can be which is great for intermediate range easier and softer presentations but I've always tended to go fast action graphite rods

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What do you plan on using it for? That's going to help you decide on whether to get a 5 or a 6 and what rod depending on what it's action is.

I can recommend 10 rods that are either a 5 or 6 weight and they all do different things and cast differently. How do you plan on using it?

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Gonna be for clousers and more of an all round rod for freshwater stuff for bass and bream etc this will be what I'd use on the rivers for smallmouth since I don't feel I need my 8wt unless I'm on the new if that makes sense.
Might use it in Florida as well for mangroves snapper and smaller fish when I'm not hunting for snook with the bigger rod. I've found my 8 can throw a clousers okay but wonder if it would help to use a lighter rod for popping bugs and streamers for bream as well.
I just got an allen kraken 5/6 reel when I traded a few days electrical side work to for the reel so I feel I need to have something decent to match the reel at least since I'd like to use that reel and my 4/5 weights I have are old and real flimsy more for panfish and trout

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Alrighty, if you're going to toss it at smallmouth, you're going to want a 6 weight then. I'd recommend fast action.

If you can find a Sage Bolt, they are discontinued, jump all over it. I saw one for sale around $200 in a fly shop and wanted it so badly but didn't need two.

Greentop often has random sales on their rods, you may be able to find a deal there. I don't know what they've got in there right now or if anything is on sale. Would be good to do some casting with it and you can tell me what you like and don't like and I may be able to find a better deal for you for a similar rod.

Colton has a big sale going on with their 6 weight. I love how these rods cast and you can't beat the price. The owner is the guy who picks up the phone and he is talkative but great customer service.

http://www.coltonfly.com/slipstream.php

I've always been partial to St. Croix, the Legend Elite saltwater is a great rod. Not cheap, but not as expensive as Sage.

TFO is good, but I find their rods to be either super fast or medium action and I think you'll want a fast action, which would be in between.

Recently I cast an Echo and man oh man they are nice. The owner is one of the best casters in the world. Nice price point too.

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I might give the colton rods a go they look good I've seen you mention them a bunch and the reviews I've read are good ones thus far, any real difference in the regular and the XS line?

Ive got an echo ION XL for my 8 wt and love it great weight, casts fantastic and was a big bang for the buck. My TFO 4 weights are super soft which is fine for panfish and trout but not much else. Tried it for smallmouth a few years back and it was alot of fun but that quickly turned to stress when I started hooking smallies watching that rod bend and bend until I thought it might break.

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XS has a slightly softer tip. It won't cast as far but I am super accurate with my Tradewinds XS for redfish.

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Looks like I'll probably be getting the XS since I ordered a regular but they might be out so if they are they're gonna send me an XS for the price of the regular so life is looking good. Customer service is awesome so far!

Update: looks like i'll be getting the XS as it was all they had left and after talking to customer service sounds like a better fit for me since my double haul isnt perfect yet. Rod should be here this weekend I might get it out and practice a little even.

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New fly shop coming to Lynchburg. Ethan Martin is a Liberty grad and decided to take his fly fishing talents to the brick and mortar and is opening a shop in Lynchburg. Super, super nice guy. I plan on swinging through at some point.

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FlyGuy/Everyone,

I'm looking to keep a really basic set of flys on my boat for reds to start out. What patterns/sizes should I keep with me at all times. Most of the time I'm getting into slot sizes, with the occasional super duper bull that I notice in the channel.

Spin fishing I'm generally using swim bait/jerk bait and shrimp imitations so I imagine I'll want to have a streamer or two and some shrimp patterns but knowing really nothing about flies I'm not sure where to start.

I'd imagine some clousers, for whatever is around some shrimp and crab patterns would be good as well

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black with some sparse gold or copper flash...in a clouser, slider, or deceiver

Wiggler will get the job done 90% of the time in 3 feet of water and less. Copper and Gold Colors. Black for winter.

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Heavily weighted crab or slider for tailers. Few bright, few natural. My favorite slider is a fly I call the Yellowstone Slider. I had 4 reds one day on that fly, all 27-30 inches. All tailing fish and they didn't want anything bright. I couldn't be happier with that fly.

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Suspending fly for spooky shallow water fish. Something like a saltwater Zonker. Mine is called The Egyptian Mule Driver. Also lightly weighted shrimp patterns, I throw a Coyote or Fox Shrimp.

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Searching patterns with light to medium weight... Clouser in size 2 with medium or light lead eyes. Chartreuse/white and black over orange are the only two colors you need. Deceiver in size 1/0 in grey or white to imitate a mullet. I like to fish an M4 fly for overcast searching as well in leiu of a Clouser. Same weight but sinks a little slower and better movement. You asked for basic so if you wanted basic, clouser and deceiver will catch them more often than not.

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Medium/heavy weight Chartruese / white or Grey Half and Half, size 2/0 for the bruiser in the channel.

Finally, a few Dupree spoon flies in orange and the darker brown color. All of them are gold on the inside. Best spoon fly I have found. I don't tie these but you can find them online in a bunch of different colors. I'm sure they all work, those are just the colors I'm partial to.

You could fish an entire summer with 2-3 each of those patterns in a box. If you need any tied up, let me know. I guarantee they work!

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you have an excellent sense for saltwater color patterns...let me know when you decide to tie some jigs.

While flyguy would undoubtedly produce some fine, professional looking jigs that I'm certain would fish well, tying jigs is not rocket science, and I'm sure you can do it. I am sloppy and the opposite of meticulous with most things requiring dexterity and exacting production, but I learned long ago that many of the jigs I needed weren't commercially available or were too expensive to be a realistic approach for me. Walleye did this to me when I needed to replicate, and slightly revise jigs made locally in Tennessee but unavailable to me in the NRV. While I started out buying pre-painted jig heads and just tying the tails, I still had trouble finding exactly what I needed. It really is a simple thing to pour jigs with a reasonably small investment, and painting them isn't hard with the heat, dip and dry method. Tying the tails is pie simple and can be done with a minimum of fly tying stuff. After that, it's just a matter of assembling your materials and color preferences, enabling you to create and use the imagination. While I still occasionally dabble in tying jigs, I haven't found it too necessary here in the Bay, since the type of jig I prefer (Spro, usually) is commercially available and so nicely painted and tied that I couldn't quite match the look and the price, while a bit high, is worth it for the small number I use and lose. I also have found them easy to refresh when the tails are getting sparse. Soft plastics, especially Gulp, have replaced the majority of the jigs I would likely use here, with the exception of schooling striper fishing, when I get right to the Spro and don't look back.

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Thank you! I can absolutely tie jigs and have done some orders of them. That giant bull drum, 30 plus pounds, I caught last fall was on my own hand tied jig. It sits retired on a picture frame along with a bunch of other retired flies, mostly redfish patterns.

I don't pour the heads or anything but I can buy them and tie the rest of it in any material and color combo.

As Ifish says below, it isn't hard, but I have found plenty of jigs that the bucktail comes out. There are some bucktail tricks that will really lock it in and I'd be happy to share them. See HokieNators flies above on his improvement from using my techniques after a few 7 minute videos.

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I can attest following flyguys tying can work wonders I'm not very knowledgeable on the subject but can do well enough to get by.
I do however mess with pouring plastics and have dabbles with making jig heads it's easy enough and a fun hobby to try and make you're own stuff.

Do It has alot of really handy stuff for making your own jigs all the way from hooks to paint they have it all for DIY tackle. They're who I get my molds from everything else I get wherever I can find it. Eventually I want to start building my own buzz baits the ones on the current market are all big for smallmouth and termination used to have the perfect size and no longer carries it so soon I'm gonna start doing my own to get that exact size back.

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I agree with you, many jigs aren't tied right and lose the bucktail with little provocation. Some aren't painted well enough and get chips and dings without earning them on rocks or docks. While I've been lucky with Spro, I know a guy who quit using them several years ago because of the tails not holding up. The one I used my last trip out with 3rdGen got the tail pecked out over the day's fishing, but that was because I was being absolutely eaten up with the dinkiest of the dinky schoolies out there, and they were grabbing my trailer and some tail, but weren't big enough fish to get to the hook. My sets were pulling the tail out and by day's end, it was in need of refreshment, to say the least. I'd like to view your tutorial on tying the bucktail, I'm interested in what you do there.

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Last time I tried to upload to Youtube it didn't work from my phone. I'll attempt again this weekend with the old school way I did last time.

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I'll be keeping an eye to see if the videos get up to YouTube the ones you sent me have timed out so keep us posted I was gonna tie some more this weekend now that I finally have a whip finisher thank the Lord

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I tied these a couple years ago (and have caught fish on them) when I couldn't find the colors I wanted; but I want a more professional look and I like some of your patterns.

Those look pretty good to me. Did you paint the heads, too?

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no, commercial heads i sometimes use for gulp.

it's a bit of a pain to nip the "barbs" designed to hold the plastic/gulp off to get the heads ready for tying.

i don't fish bucktails very much so it's hard to justify gearing up to do it when someone like Flyguy already has the material, knowledge, and skills to do it much better. I'd rather ship him some heads and have him work his magic on some color patterns.

edit: thinking about it, I probably tied those 6 years ago...time flies

edit 2: that orange over brown with the copper and teal flash (second from the bottom) would be even better in a white head with holographic red eyes and some glitter in the paint. bounced on old rangia shell bars in the lower St Johns its a killer...and the old guy who used to make something like that is long dead

I totally get it, and he is a pro at what he does. I bought a lead "nipper" for want of a better word, just for taking out the bait holding barb in order to tie onto pre-painted jig heads, and it wasn't too hard, just a pain getting the barb and the extra lead off the hook clear to the head. I also agree with you about gearing up for something seldom used. I have a lot of stuff left over from my guiding days that I can use, but I still prefer to buy the Spros for convenience and because I can't make them that well. My biggest issue when I was tying walleye jigs was getting the right size and style hook on the right size head, prompting me to pour and tie my own, but I guarantee if I could've just bought them, I certainly would have. Like you, though, now that I'm in the salt, I pretty much only use bucktails for schooling stripers, and adding a trailer is all I need to do.
Please show us what flyguy does for you. One thing for certain, they're gonna look really good. He's got the touch.

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Thanks for the advice, I'll hit you up on IG and work something out for you to tie me up some.

Don't put that kind of guarantee out there, you've never seen me fly fish....

Sounds good!

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9 lbs. 8 oz. Give her a couple more weeks and she's well over 10! Damn, I almost checked something off my bucket list. Should have gotten a pic of her maw. Totally inhaled a 6" jerk bait.

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That's some seriously thick fishing line

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Nice job, Musky. Your private pond?

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500# test Fly. I had to weigh big mama and the scale was in the garage. Took a boat line to use as a stringer.

Fish I am on a private lake. Really the only type of place you can catch BIG bass anymore.

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