March-April 2019 Fishing Thread

I am going to give vertical jigging for catch and release rockfish around the Bay channel edge a try tomorrow. Hopefully the weather cooperates. Plus the last thread was getting long enough to slow down my browser, so here is a fresh one!

Please post your fishing reports, photos, questions, and discussions for March and April here!

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I got the last spot on a offshore charter out of Wilmington with Living Water Guide Service, Rick Croson. Lots of jigging and hopefully some popping. Targeting Blackfin Tuna, African Pompano and AJs. First time going on a offshore charter other than headboat bottom fishing.

Barring any last minute craziness, I am driving to New Orleans to fish Biloxi Marsh all of next week. Swinging by Blacksburg to pick up my friend (her spring break) and heading south. Fishing 3-4 days and targeting reds and jacks and probably a day of playing in the city.

Been tying up a huge box of flies that look like this...

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuomHisjSgD/

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Nice! I hope to make that trip in the next couple of years. Which guide did you go with last time?

Brandon Keck. He's a young guy and pretty darn good. I'd fish with him again if I didn't have my own boat

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Thanks! I will keep that in mind for the future

Heading out Sunday for my week long trip in the Middle Keys kayak fishing trip. Looks like fishing has been on fire as the weather has been very warm. Just hope the wind wont be too much of a factor.

"Can't argue with that logic" - Rick Sanchez

I'm gonna sit home watchin' Roland Martin on tv. Good luck all you lucky people.

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Roland Martin the 1/2 hour late night infomercial?

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Well, it's either that or watching Bill Dance catch those same bass from his private lake behind his house...over and over and over again.

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Check out WaypointTV. Just search it on google and it is free to watch. They have some great shows on there to watch such as Into The Blue and Saltwater Experience (all seasons available).

"Can't argue with that logic" - Rick Sanchez

Yeah, I don't actually watch Roland or Bill anymore, but when I was young and satellite tv wasn't a thing yet, I watched any and all fishing shows. I quit watching the "aw shucks, SON" bunch when I discovered shows like The Walker's Cay Chronicles with Flip Pallet and Jose Wahebbe (may he RIP) and their enhanced filming and production values, not to mention their more interesting patter. If I do tune in these days, it's usually for the Experience and such shows, and I still like a good walleye show, but seldom watch. I also used to get all the major outdoor magazines, but I think I just tired of all that and would rather sit home and gripe about the shitty weather keeping me in, the emptiness of the Bay in winter, and my lack of funds to head south and fish for a month or so.

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Had the pleasure with fishing with Capt. Rush Maltz about 3 years ago, a best friend of Jose. Fantastic captain and person. He gave me a Spanish Fly shirt at the end of the trip, meant a lot!

"Can't argue with that logic" - Rick Sanchez

I was watching Jose with a client who was hooked up to a really big tarpon and it wrapped around a bridge piling. Jose stripped down to his skivvies and dove in and unwrapped the fish, climbed back on and they fought on. Cool enough, but as he was getting set to jump in, my wife walked by the tv and glanced at it, did a cartoonishly dramatic double take, and then stood there in front of the tv until he was back in the boat. Never seen her do anything like that before or since. I envy you your trip with Capt. Maltz and definitely envy you the shirt.

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He gave me a Spanish Fly shirt at the end of the trip

Now that's cool

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

One of my buddies managed one 23 incher out near the channel. We had some hits around the discharge pipe but no hook ups. It was a calm day in the water, and very damp air.

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

Ran into one of the local Marine POs at the auto parts store the other day and we were talking about winter fishing opportunities. He said that the Bay had plenty of bunker (like hook and line bunker fishing were even an option), but that one spot had produced pretty well all winter, that being a local "hot ditch" over on the York. He said the relatively warm winter hadn't chased all the fish south and reds and stripers with the occasional trout mixed in with the catfish were caught all winter. I've now wanted to fish it for two years and haven't gotten that done. Maybe next year?
As for the bunker, I know they're out there and saw the proof a couple of days ago in the back of a local waterman's pickup truck. He had a plastic basket and a tub full of medium sized menhaden he'd just netted. Won't be long, I keep telling myself...won't be freakin' long.

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Got the boat out for the first time since completely rewiring everything....and after letting it sit all winter without running it or winterizing it.

I was expecting pure doom but to my surprise everything worked. Engine turned over (eventually, I had drained all the gas out of the motor). Boat ran slooow, idk if it was bad gas or what but I topped out at 38.7mph which is about 12mph less than what I usually run. I'm still in break in mode and that gas sat for 6 months so I'm gonna take it out and run it until break in mode turns off (2 hours of run time over 3500 rpm) then see what happens with some fresh gas.

Gas gauge wasn't working then I realized I forgot to put a fuse on the positive to the fuel sender so that should be fixed now. (if anyone knows the draw of a fuel sender let me know. I went with a 3A fuse as a complete guess)

If its a 12 volt sender than youll be fine with 3A fuses it shouldnt need hardly any amperage of that to do what its doing

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That's what I figured I just went with the lowest amperage I had laying around.

Depending on the gauge wire a good practice is max 5 amps for a 12 volt wire if its around 18-16 gauge wire it shouldnt have anymore that 5 amps on it but if its just a sender 3 will be fine

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

5 amps seems seriously low. The ampacity of this wire is more than 20 amps. That being said none of my electronics are drawing much power. The only thing I have over fused over 5A is the dual USB charger which I have capped at 10A

Its all about the ampacity and size of the wire most stuff in boats isnt gonna go nuts unless you have some wild ass stuff or big pumps etc, just google ampacity charts if its a big wire otherwise small stuff is nice and easy to size.

If you ever want to know the exact value a quick use of an amp probe can give you the exact number if you just replace the fuse with the probe.

Nothing beats realizing my parents had bought a bunch of 6 volt batteries for their 48 volt golf cart thinking it was a 36 volt one. low voltage is a pain in the ass if you let it be

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

Oh the joys of boat ownership. Friend of mine never winterizes his boat or his gas. He just goes out religiously once a month and runs his boat for 15 or twenty minutes, brings her back in and flushes it out. Never had an issue.
I just fill my water/fuel separator filter with Sea Foam, run it until the motor feels the foam, then shut it down until spring, and never an issue. I do just use non-ethanol gas now as well with no additives, usually. Topping off the tank in the winter cuts down on tank area for condensation, keeping water to a minimum. This has saved me money, I'm convinced.

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Oh yeah, I need to change my water/fuel separator for sure, and running some sea foam through might not be a bad idea just to break down whatever gunk is in there. It just doesn't get cold enough here to justify winterizing it, I think we were below freezing for 7 continuous hours once all winter. Usually I'm taking it out at least monthly over the winter but it was an incredibly wet winter.

Need to do my lower unit fluid too but that's such a pita with how low this trailer sits.

The sea foam thing has been a miracle worker for me after initial trouble with fuel and neglect that occurred when I bought a boat from a lying SOB who misrepresented a few things, like the fact that the boat had sat for more than three years without being run, with gas in the tank. Took me five different trips to my boat guy before he finally got all the crap out of all the screens and filters in the motor. We were one step away from trying to drain the tank, but for whatever reason, didn't have to in the end. The water/fuel filter has never had any water in it, but I change it every winter at the end of the season because it's cheap and something I can actually do myself. The Sea Foam gets into the injectors on my Yamaha, and sitting there for three or four months, seems to clean them well. Since I started doing this, my motor starts immediately every spring and seems not to have lost power now for the last five years. I quit changing the oil and lower unit fluid because of all the mess and disposal issues, and my boat guy works for $65 per hour and it's quick work for him, so not worth it for me to invest in an oil pump, etc. My "winterization" is mainly done because I'm just too darned lazy to trailer to the ramp, run the boat, go home and flush the motor, etc., and that seems to have obviated the necessity. Plus, I do think there's value in cleaning those injectors and short of taking them out and spraying them with carb cleaner, this seems to be the best way to do it myself.

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Who is your boat guy?

804

My boat dude is named Kenneth Haywood. He lives here in Mathews near the East. Laid up right now due to some serious surgery and medical stuff, but he's been good as gold for me. Another guy who I have heard is comparable to Kenny in price and knowledge is Eddie Inge, in Port Haywood, but I personally haven't worked with him. If Kenny gets his medical stuff straightened out, I'll keep going there, if not, I'll likely try Eddie.

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Good to know. I'm in West Point so not too far.

804

I've been told by a couple of local fish and game cops that there is a good shad run somewhere near West Point, on the Mattaponi or Pamunkey, maybe? Any suggestions on launches and areas to target?

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I live on the river in West Point and I can't say that I know of a good shad run. They might have been talking about on the Chickahominy. I will ask around and see what I can dig up. We do have good runs of rockfish and always have good seasons for catfish/croaker/perch. I'm hoping if the rain slows down this year we will also get blues, drum and trout but it's been a few years since that's happened.

804

I'm hoping if the rain slows down this year

Im starting to wonder if we will ever see dust again

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

I've heard of people catching shad around West Point in something I read. Can't remember where I read it though

They will be catching shad in the James right at the I-95 bridge soon. My brother went fly fishing for them last year and is going again this year.

Yep, I'm going to try to get out soon for them. River is at a decent enough level right now.

I've heard this from Marine Police and from local VDGIF wardens. Must be something up there somewhere, but I didn't get specifics. I didn't get the impression that the Chick was involved. Again, though, watta I know?

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I asked a few people and they hadn't heard about it either. I'll start throwing out shad rigs these next few weeks and see if I can hook one. In either case, they would probably be harder to target around WP just because it's much bigger water than where you would typically fish for them in the James/Chick.

804

I've never caught shad that weren't constricted in some way by current and rocks, or in small tidal flows. I wouldn't think they'd be easy to find in the big water you have there. Looking at the map, first guess is that upstream in the 'Poni would be the place to look. Several boat ramps on the King and Queen side, but I don't know what the river's like up there. Intercepting them on their way to their spawning grounds would seem to me to be a lot tougher than finding them once they're there, so that's what I'd be looking for, or a seriously accessible constriction that would be a main travel artery to those grounds. Anyway, do ask around, I'll bet somebody knows something. I would also bet that the local indigenous folk netted and trapped them historically as they ran. The wardens seemed pretty sure of themselves, but I really do need to get more info if I can. My main experience with shad has been on the Rappahannock in Fred'sburg where they gang up at the first rapids, so while I've caught hundreds of them, I don't know much about finding them otherwise. I won't be chasing them on spec.

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Yeah they'd probably be closer to Walkerton where the fall line is. It's definitely fishable up there.

804

Thanks, makes sense. Good shad fishing can be a real treat.

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Waypoint TV!

Thanks!

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

So my buddy and I are gonna try to learn some brook trout fishing stuff next weekend with a trip into the shenandoah park and thanks to VTfish we have a good spot picked out on Big Run, question is Ive read dry fly fishing is picking up which I always thought was something that was for much warmer weather. Per Ifish were gonna have plenty of CK special nymphs from 20-12 size and variety of colors but which dry flies whould we have a few of incase that bite is hot?

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Caddis

Yep. The CK mimics caddis casings, amongst other evocations, and a caddis hatch can happen situationally in unexpected conditions. While I admit my predilection is almost always nymphing for production, I understand some are addicted to that topwater thing. I like the top, but trout-wise I'm going underwater and likely outfishing anything floating.

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Were definitely going to nymph most of the time but as first timers we figured the dry fly may be easier to get a hang of first and my try tying a nymph on below a dry fly as well. Going to need to get some leader for trout sized stuff need some small flouro looks like dont think my 15 pound mono is gonna work

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

Definitely do the dry-nymph dropper on size 5X or 6X tippet. Elk hair Caddis dry with a nymph on about a 18" - 24" dropper, length depends on the stream depth and water speed that you are fishing. Slow deep pools you need a longer dropper.

where do you tie the dropper to the dry fly exactly? as high up the curve as you can I'm guessing to allow a bite on the dry fly? Kinda want to learn the whole nymph and dry fly bugging stuff to see if I can finally get a pound bream one day

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

Youtube is my usual go to but I've found some good info on here from people in regards to fly fishing so I like asking around incase theres some unknown trick to things I my not find on the nets.

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

Popping bug for bream and dry fly fishing for trout are Venus and Mars. No relationship whatsoever.

Thing is, what you do depends, as suggested, on the water speed and depth. If you're fishing pools on a small creek, just don't junk things up. Those brookies weren't born yesterday, or brought in on the latest tide. They're wary and wise by necessity. Minimize your presence and keep a low profile.

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The small brookie streams I fish on, I am crouched or kneeling as much as standing.

My buddy is a giant dutch guy so hes gonna have fun trying to sneak around . Gonna suggest he wears dark colors and hides on the shore. Gonna pick up some sock end waist high wade pants to help with the cooler temps in the mountains.

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

Shouldn't have to wade Big Run. Maybe to cross it. Good luck, you guys.

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I used my Xmas Ebay gift card stash to get a 7'6" Heavy St. Croix Musky Mojo (which never go on sale) for 135.

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And here I was all proud I made it to a Tuesday without spending money on fishing stuff.

This past weekend, wife and I went to Gulf Breeze, FL to spend time with my brother and his family, celebrate his 55th Bday, and do some fishing. He has a new to him 2016 27 ft Cape Horn with twin 200 HP Yammies with plenty of bells and whistles. We had to christen her the right way.
Thursday eve we did a quick fish and happy hour inside Ft. Pickens and found a few of these (I got skunked - 2 hookups wrapped on structure and broken off - but my brother and his son caught a few). All released. I've never seen Red Snapper inshore like this (Brevard County, FL, was my old haunt) so this was a nice treat.

The next day, Friday we went offshore for the entire day. Left before 8AM and headed into 3-4 ft at 4 seconds mixed swells from the SE. Nasty ride out to 25 miles. Boat did great, we were dry and this became a shake down cruise (literally) for his boat (first serious offshore trip on his boat). After 3 hours getting out (we tested a few spots on the way) and getting beat to hell, we came across some structure finally and did a few drifts. Current was insane in 200 ft of water and we struck out. Headed to some other spots a few miles in, trolling on the way. No knockdowns but did see some Blackfin Tuna busting the surface and steered them into the setup with no luck. Started getting a bit discouraged and headed towards a wreck nearby and found structure covered with fish. It was 2:30 when we got to this spot, so it had been a long fruitless day so far. We did as many drifts as we could until 4 PM and headed back in. I think we did pretty good. Kept one legal trigger fish, released all the Red Snapper healthy and fine. I'm hoping to come back for the season. We've got some spots now. The last picture was the last drift double hook up for me and my nephew! Sweet!!
Wrapped up the weekend with a Zac Brown Band concert at The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach, AL. Great Venue, excellent show!

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

Awesome!!

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Great post, great pics, great snappers! Nice boat, too.

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Thanks. Yea, he's got a sweet ride. Cape Horn's have excellent hulls and are very dry. I had a Sea Ray center console when we lived in FL and it was very dry in rough seas as well.

Great trip. For his birthday party we did a Hippie Commune based murder mystery party. It was hysterical. The costumes and roles played by everyone was off the charts funny as heck. Partying with a bunch of ex-Navy pilots (most whom now fly for various airlines) is quite the crew - they party pretty high on the scale. Good trip.

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

Used to know a guy that fits that description to a T. His parties were legendary, complete with antique plane air show, way low, of course, and a fireworks fight that had to be seen to be believed. He's a fisherman, too.

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Anyone fished the Everglades before. Feeling like going on a trip, need a guide for tarpon for a say probably going to drag my boat down there too.

Yes, have fished the outside of it putting in at Flamingo. Lot's of good snook fishing in the mangroves

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

We got a guide for tarpon when we will be there in may, cant remember the name exactly but we figured we could get a guide to show us the ropes around naples and then work ourselves the rest of the week.

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That's kinda the idea I had. Thinking I might be a little late to the party booking someone though.

Not too late most likely just not going to get the top guide but someone still well qualified.

We had zero issue finding guide with availability, we are going for a week though so we had a large time slot to work with. Also depends what type trip you want a skinny water mangroves trip or a spinning rod and live bait fishing the smaller water guys had pretty open schedules.

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

Looking like I'm going to the Tampa and/or Ft Myers area at the beginning of April with the Action Craft.

Anyone used a shimano sedona? Thoughts? I'm thinking of getting it putting 30 lb braid on a 4000 series for chopper bluefish mainly.

I have two. Great bang for you buck reels in my opinion, I use 30lb power pro with 20lb Seaguar leader!

"Can't argue with that logic" - Rick Sanchez

Awesome! Thanks for the input

right now there are exactly 1 million people in sleepy little St Augustine and most of them were either tying up traffic or anchored in my favorite fishing holes...bikers...spring breaks both near and far...and the TPC. [edit: word is we're now a hot spot for the spring break crowd with the panhandle still pretty beat up]

today's report...lots of boats, lots of wind, very few fish

daughter's boyfriend did a catch a Spanish...in 4 feet of water; maybe 13-14 miles from the nearest inlet...bizarre

hopefully a few of our guests will stagger into the bar where we're playing tonight and fall in love with our lead singer

Yer livin' the life.

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family of one of the players in the TPC is Air B&B-ing it across the street...which explains the TPC courtesy car I saw there Wednesday PM (black Lexus SUV).

Little known, Brice Garnett.

My wife chatted with them briefly yesterday when our cat tried to go visit them...cat thinks that is her house because the previous owners would let her in and give her treats...now anytime anyone pulls in, she's like, "George and Sue are back!"

Anyway, turns out they, and Brice, are from a tiny town (Gallatin) in nowhere Missouri with like 1700 people...and, get this, BOTH of my wife's parents AND her grandmother, grew up there!

Brice made the cut so we have a new favorite player for the weekend. I chatted with his dad this a.m. before they left for Ponte Vedra...very nice folks.

edit: he's cratering today so I suspect we should leave them alone...

Golf is a cruel mistress, and probably one of the reasons God invented fishing.

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Team! Thought I'd share some photos of me and my 6-year old son, on a recent fishing adventure. During spring break, we took a little drive down to Corpus Christi. Hitting the water at high noon with an impending cold front coming through, we were able to drop anchor in the Laguna Madre, near Baffin Bay. Sitting in only 5' water depth, we dropped our lines in the salty waters with hopes of catching anything with a big bite. Using both live and dead shrimp, we found ourselves surrounded by a school of black drum. In 3 hours time, my son and I, along with another father/son team landed 12...12! Of these sea monsters. Ranging anywhere from 36-42+" and the biggest ones tipping the scale at over 40 lbs...it was an epic day, one we will never forget. All in all we caught 20+ fish, 4 keepers. We fried, grilled and blackened over 4 lbs of meat. It was glorious!

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

Dude! PIGS!! That is awesome. Your boy has some stories now. Great stuff!!! Black drum is delicious!

Edit: I hope the glasses were for the pic... or are they ur lucky shades!

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

Bud, I'm about to have my 6th child under the age of 9...I have a dozen of these shades, in every color. Interchangeable with my little ones, they're inexpensive, hard to lose, and make for crazy fun pictures. Thanks a million! Black drum is deeeeelicious.

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

That's a day to remember for sure. I've only caught little (7 lbs and under) and a couple of 50-60 lb ones, but it looks like you guys hit the jackpot, for sure. I also admit to never having eaten one, despite the characterizations of their worth as groceries. I saw old pictures of guys scaling 90 pounders with a garden hoe in the olden days and the article mentioned their poor quality food-wise and also the presence of worms in the larger fish and that kinda turned me off. I should've been clued in years ago on Ocracoke where everyone around me was more than happy to take my drum when I was about the only one catching more than one or two. They were selling for 10 bucks a pound at the market, too, but I was stubbornly clueless. Sooo, my question to you is what size fish did you end up eating? How'd you fix it? Did your son like it, too?
Great day, great pictures, and thanks for the report!

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We kept four in the 22"-30" range. I'm not certain on the slot, but that seems about right.

Fried in buttermilk and bread crumbs
Blackened with various seasonings
Grilled with a little butter and Lawry's seasoning salt

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

Thanks zoom. I love 18-24" reds, but not much bigger, but I'll be sure to try the next small black drum that opens his mouth near my Gulp.

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Black drum from 18 to 30" are great fare. Big ribcage. Blackened black drum rivals blackened red in my book.

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

fantastic!

If you ever get a chance to fish the Lower Laguna at Port Mansfield, I highly recommend it

Nice black drum!

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

That is fantastic! A good friend of mine lives in Houston and I am hoping to get down there and fish with him soon. I am so glad your son got to experience that moment. It will be a memory that will last a lifetime.

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

If you are there in the fall, hit Trinity Bay.

this time of year it's hard to say...trout turn on when the surf hits 70

maybe East Matagorda?

I'll look into it, thx! September/October is high cotton, when the bull reds are abundant and running inshore. If ever there is a chance to hit the water that time of year, we'll tackle 'em. My distance to the ocean is equivalent to that of Blacksburg/Roanoke to Tidewater. Takes a little planning, a sizeable $ investment, and lots of caffeine to pull it off.

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

They are born mean!

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Hell any musky counts even the wee ones

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

Well, that one takes the cake (or pie, your choice)! I've caught four tiny ones on popping bugs, a real treat and they jumped like troopers every one, but they were still about twice the size of that one. Like 'nator says, they all count.

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New Orleans report...

I wish I had not gone on this trip. That is all.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Man, I was hoping for another of your lengthy and well written tales. Sorry it didn't work out. Any trout on the south to wash away the bad from NO?

Did not fish the South, simply stopped into the fly shop to see the guys and get a few tying materials.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Was it the fish? Was it the company? Was it the destination? N'awlins chew you up and spit you out? C'mon, spill. Inquiring minds want to know!

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If his weekend was anything like mine it was the "N'awlins chew you up and spit you out?" option. St Patrick got me good.

Here's a partial list... most of my time was spent fixing shit and not fishing.

Bolt fell out of truck brake caliper in nowhere Mississippi on the way down, 2 a.m.. Fucked up the rim on my truck and the caliper but I think they can still both be used. Slept in the truck overnight. Locals hooked me up with another one and a spare after a few hours of searching the next morning.

The gas cap on my boat is stuck. I cannot put gas in it. Don't ask how, it is from turning simply tightening it. No, no matter what I tried it will not come off. Spent over $300 at West Marine on parts and a spare plastic tank to be able to run the boat. Fuck that store and their exorbitant pricing. $15 for the little metal key to open the tank. It's $3 online. Just absurd. Again, F that store and their pricing. Hewes says I need to cut a hole on the interior of the boat to access the gas hose to disconnect so I can pull the old fill out and replace. Shit design.

I McGyvered the $138 (did I mention over-pricing) 12 gallon plastic gas tank to the back deck with the $69 separate hose hookup kit (thanks for raping me West Marine) and was able to use that to get us around. Only 12 gallons of gas to use proved to be the fatal flaw for the fishing part of the trip. It kept us closer than I wanted to be and unable to make the run to some outer rigs and islands that I was confident would hold fish this time of year based on a report I was given.

Forgot my spin rods. Had to buy another one that I really don't need and really can't afford. Of course, I wasn't going to buy some junk that wouldn't last me a year. Penn Battle 2 4000. Really wish I could have spent that money elsewhere.

The rope on my trolling motor broke so it was locked down in position. Not a big deal, but was a hassle. Able to fix on the water. By the end of the trip the trolling motor stopped working altogether despite me continuing to mess with it multiple times on the water. It is not getting consistent power. Something else to fix.

One of the shitty plastic fenders they put on trailers these days finally busted off. Just from using it to get off and on the boat. Very minor issue but just annoying to happen on this trip. Zip tied it twice and for some reason still wouldn't stay on so my boat is covered in road grime on that side from the drive home without it.

Thursday I was in a very bad mood and when putting the trailer onto the hitch, clearly didn't put it on all the way. Trailer fell off said hitch at 55 mph. I kept it on the road somehow and had minimal damage. Good heavy duty trailering chains are a must. Ground a bunch of shit off and cut the trailer wiring. Trailer wiring/lights were a giant pain the rest of the trip, especially on the way home.

Broke the tip on a $475 fly rod. Ugh.

I discovered I have some type of major leak in the boat. The guy I bought it from said there might be a minor one in the live well. This is not minor and it is in the bilge. Going to need to research how to proceed and fix from there.

On the final way back in the engine started making an odd noise. I have no clue, but it concerns me.

As for fishing.... when the weather was supposed to be good, it was bad (two days). When it was supposed to be bad, it was good (one day.) Found no reds. My trip partner said she had one follow and swipe at the Redfish Magic I had her use. Shocker that fish was on an outer island similar to what I was trying to get to, so my intel/hunch likely would have been correct. Everyone else I talked to at the ramp said fish were nowhere to be found in the usual spots around Hopedale and when they were found, they were sluggish and not interested in much. One fish was caught, a 9 inch speck. Glad I was able to guide her to another species off the list.

While in the city I got my truck booted in a public parking lot despite following the exact instructions on how to pay. $90 fee. The guy booting my truck claimed he was just doing his job and had no decision in it. Upon further research, he is the one who could have simply said, yes, you are correct, you did do it the right way and our system is messed up. No charge. So he lied to my face and that really pissed me off. I attempted to use the online appeal but the company website won't work correctly and now claim I'm two days past the appeal opportunity so I still get charged. Fuck that shit and the fucking scam they are running. I wish the worst for you, things I will not say on here.

The city... I love it, despite it being a shithole in a lot of parts and some really sketchy people. Saw a good friend of mine. I drank, but did not have a hangover on the trip. Lost weight actually. Down to 191 this am from 206 about a month and a half ago. Half-assing a keto diet works. I suppose not gaining weight when being in New Orleans is a good thing, so that was a positive.

The company... Sigh. Women are downright evil, just the worst. I wish her all the best.

All of the above are major first world problems, except for the girl. I'm alive, I have more than enough in life and all of this boat shit is part of being a boat owner. You all asked, I didn't want to rant, but there it is.

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Well that does sounds awful. While I avoid West Marine as much as possible they do price match any online price in store for future reference.

I didn't know that. Seems like they'd have to cut their prices in half to do that. How do you go about getting them to do that?

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Thanks, I'll check it out.

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west marine...preferably on sale...or not at all. sadly, they are convenient and carry a lot of stuff i can't otherwise get

Ouch. Just ouch.

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I grimaced reading all of this. Sorry you had to deal with all that. Hope things will be on the up and up for ya.

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My thoughts exactly. Sorry for the ordeal flyguy.

you should be able to write 2 or 3 good country songs from those experiences

"women are downright evil, I wish her all the best"; yeah, that'll work

Figure out how to work a dog in there somewhere and you'll have all the bases covered. I'll even start you off with the first line "Well, I fell outta love with you this mornin'...'cause of what you said to me last night." Take it away flyguy.......

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Just wanted to say thank you all for the "thoughts and prayers." Some trips are good and some are bad, this one just happened to be on the far end of the spectrum. It's just life, I'm fine. I really appreciate all of the responses.

I did notice that the metal portion of my trailer strap was rubbing against the gel coat on the boat on the way home, so I now have a new blemish on Pretty Fly. Oh well.

On a positive note, my father fabricated a homemade wrench for the gas cap and sent it to RVA yesterday. Being a Negative Nancy after this trip, I was convinced that damn cap wasn't moving. I torqued it hard and the bastard came out. Leverage is quite a thing. Something is definitely wrong with the cap though. I should have made my own wrench down there, I could have, but my frustration was clouding my thinking ability.

Anyways, a potential trip to NC and/or Florida end of this week through next week if I'm able to get some of the other repairs made. I need a rebound trip.

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don't bother with NE FL right now...it's transition time

Thank you!

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The window is Saturday afternoon - Monday Morning for lower winds in NC. Been constantly checking with my offshore trip happening this weekend.

After getting some promising reports from yesterday coupled with a decent wind forecast, we gave it a try fishing from noon to 6:30 at the power plant. The wind didn't follow the forecast, but initially we found hungry fish. The problem was we were fishing with 10 inch BKDs and 15 inch fish were smacking them. After lots of misses and foul hooked fish, I admitted defeat and downsized to a one ounce bucktail with a 7 inch BKD. I started hooking up consistently, including my biggest fish of the day.

Unfortunately, instead of slacking out of the west, the wind jumped to 20 kts out of the south. We started a strange drift through the outflow then bouncing jigs off the back of the boat. The bite completely died, although my buddy's other guest (using a black BKD) continued to get about one bite a drift. The two of them combined for about 30 fish. I got 7 and 3 were foul hooked.

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Good to see that there are schoolies hitting. I just turned my fishing light on a few weeks ago. I'm hoping they find their way up the York soon.

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Speaking of the York, I know you're way upstream, but have you fished the hot ditch down the way?

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I have fished it some, but not much lately. It's a good spot for spanish mackerel and spot when the seasons are in. It's also one of the best places to cast net for bunkers if you need bait. I tried fishing for rockfish there last winter and only caught one small one. I was getting marks on the fishfinder all over the place but they wouldn't get on the lines.

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People are limiting out on crappie in NE TN, especially Douglas and Cherokee Lakes. Unfortunately I'm stuck at home or work and worse can't get anyone to donate fillets to the hungry. This warm weather has things on the upturn. Hopefully everyone can get out and knock the rust off after a horribly wet winter.

Got in on some good crappie fishing at the top of Cherokee lake at Rogersville one spring. Wanted to fish the warm water discharge for walleye, but boat motor wouldn't work, so we went down and fished with the crowd from the bank. Good luck.

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Quick question on trout fishing, I'm going to fish streams in the shenandoah so I know I need the national parks stamp/permit to fish there but does my residential freshwater cover the rest or do I need the trout license as well? DGIF's app has zero clarity on the issue and the regs dont say anything that seems to clarify the issue.

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If it's stocked waters, you need the permit. June 16 - September 30, you don't need a permit.

Others here have you covered on the license requirements.

Good luck. Be prepared to fight through mountain laurel thickets to catch the most beautiful minnows you'll ever see.

Jokes aside, it's fun to chase natives about once a year for me. Then I'm ready to catch something longer than my hand.

Im excited, its been a long winter and I'm ready to catch my first native trout. Never been and figured I could add it to the list of things I can do to hopefully move on to bigger trout in the future. Just need something to keep me busy till turkey season shows up.

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As you should be. I didn't mean to disrespect the sport of fly fishing for natives or the natives themselves. It's hard work but rewarding. They are one of the most beautiful fish in the region IMHO. I too am waiting anxiously for turkey season. Damn if this winter isn't holding on forever.

I figure if I'm going to learn to trout fish I ought to start small and with a trout that may be easier to find in virginia and brookies seem to be the fish since most of the big rivers with trout see loads of pressure I figured I'd start out remote and where I have less competition.

The weather is just right if you ask me The colder it stays up to turkey season the better nothing worse than an early spring to get the hens all over the big tom by opening day. That all said seeing a gobbler breathing in a tree while he calls out on the roost with the frost on the ground gives me shivers every time.

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Watched a dozen hens feed in a field this afternoon while 3 gobblers watched above them. One strutted a few times but they didn't act very interested. I'm like you glad spring didn't come early. Numbers seem down my way but there's a few birds around. I'm ready.

They're getting ready but hopefully they hold off a few more weeks. Numbers are down statewide we definitely don't have as many in Essex anymore but still way more than the none we had when I was a kid. Probably going to start doing some predator control around turkey season

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I usually pop a coyote or two while turkey hunting. Last year I dropped one at 9 steps and if I'd waited another second it would've been in my lap. A few lip squeaks and it was on. Funny cause I never seem to be able to do that when I target them in the winter.

I'd say raccoons have just as bad an impact around here. Hardly any coon hunters left and they're hard on nests. Turkeys are on the low end of the totem pole.

I did some talking to some biologists and they're studies show the effect of coyotes isn't as bad as feared once since they do a serious bit to raccoons and other pest varmints as well which in turn also helps the turkeys out by ridding the nest raiders from the chain. Dunno if I fully agree they're hurting the numbers but also think the bag limits have gone a bit high.

This times the best to coyote hunting here cause of the turkeys and cause I think it's mating season. I never see them outside of spring turkey so I tend to hunt them this time of year

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Not only what the game guys are saying about their critter eating ways, but what long time biologists will tell you about how coyotes respond to predation by having more pups more often makes you wonder if it is worth killing them. Once they're there, they're there seems to be the consensus. They're an incredibly wary animal, and can be incredibly beautiful, as well. I'd kill a fox in my henhouse, but not in the woods, but if your woods is, in effect, your "henhouse", I get the urge to at least control the one in your sights.

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ecologically, they are essentially a more adaptable and efficient version of a red wolf and have effectively hybridized them out of existence in much of their range where the wolf populations have been diminished

They are incredibly beautiful fish, aren't they? When I lived in Afton, I lived in an old log cabin for a while, with a native stream right beside me with some good sized brookies. One winter, I got one, maybe 10", and kept it in an unheated room in a 30 gallon fish tank, aerated, filtered and complete with rocks from the stream. Fed it worms and minnows and let it go in the spring, no worse for the wear. It seemed to understand the limits quickly and never freaked the whole time I had it. I have some old pictures somewhere, this was around '80. I used to sit and stare at it like a great painting or something.

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Never seen one in person so I'm looking forward to seeing them in hand.

On a similar note I'm currently working on a aquaponics setup for my house so I can garden and grow fish year round off of each other and use solar power to run the pumps so I can do it all off grid with just fish food to feed the cycle. I really want to raise trout so I'm working on how to set it up so I can keep the water cool enough for them year round and now its looking like I'll be building a larger shed next to the garden where I can bury the tanks in the ground for insulation and may even look into some kind of chiller to keep them cooler in the summer when it gets hot. Issue is the more electrical stuff I add the more power I need and solar is tough to get it all done with.

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That sounds awesome. I had a natural aquarium as a kid, but warm water species only. Had a largemouth for a couple years and then let it go once it got too big for the tank. Fun stuff!

I also had warm water naturals for a good while. I also had a largemouth for about a year and a half until it decided to move rocks around in the spring, I guess in spawn prep, and broke the glass while I was on a week long fishing trip. That bass tamed quickly and would take food from my hand. Sometimes, when it would grab a worm, I'd grab it by the jaw and show it off to visitors. New aquarium lasted for many years, and always had bream, redeyes, and crappie, usually the size of half dollars, and a school of beautiful crimson sided dace minnows (Tenn dace?) to round out the tank. I changed the fish out yearly to curb aggression (bluegills are mean as shit!), and had some really cool rocks and plants for interest. Finally tired of the hard work of keeping a crystal clear, pristine tank (29 high) and refused to have any less than that for the fish and for observers.

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I too have had many warm water species.

Have always felt a bit conflicted about having a Brookie, though I've wanted one.

The coolest aquarium animals are by far snapping turtles.

As Fish said above, too much work for me at this point.

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If I cant keep water temps below 68-70 degrees constantly I'll have to go with a warm water species so probably bream of some kind since theyre tasty and easy to get plenty of.

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I agree with you on the brook trout. It was just something for that one winter and it didn't seem to faze him one bit for the three months or so I kept him. Of course, the fact that the stream by the house had plenty of natives in it and was well protected by its owner made it not that big of a deal to remove a trout. They taste pretty damn good, too. Again, though, long time ago.

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Th brookies are rising a bit in the warm weather. We had a good day last week with some dry flies west of Harrisonburg.

Good luck!

Is it basketball season yet?

Hoping for some luck to the north of Harrisonburg!

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Size 16 Yellow Elk Hair Caddis

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Thanks for the recommendation I'll give some a try I have a good collection of elk Caddis flies in small sizes I'll try out we're gonna give ourselves plenty of time to try nymphing and dry fly techniques

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Size 16 yellow CK Special.

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Freshwater license only needed unless you are fishing in designated stocked trout waters. Shenandoah National Park has no stocked streams and does not require another stamp. Fishing streams in the National Forest does require a stamp.

Thanks guys wish they had it clarified somewhere in the regs glad I can avoid the extra costs and all. Really like the map they have of all the streams with trout in them to help find places to go.

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Yeah the app is useless it seems the websites far better on the computer. Was wondering if they have most or all of the streams a marked on the map. Seems like whenever Im wandering out into Bath county and surrounding areas theres an awesome trout stream everywhwere I look.

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I'd give a front tooth to be independently wealthy with a 200 acre piece of land bordering national forest in bath County. Such beautiful country and so much good hunting and fishing.

For surf fishing guys, the first big red drum bite went off at Cape Point Monday. Oddly enough, it came on a north east wind. Usually a SW wind is needed in the spring to push warm water in, but the handful of people out there got one heck of a reward.

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I saw that. I will be down there sometime next month.

I need to sit down with you and go over wind and the beach bite, particularly around OBX.

I have it pretty locked in for Cape Lookout and how it affects the fishing there and how it affects my fishing on the backside of the OBX behind Pamlico, but it still amazes me to this day how wind makes fish eat a specific way off of the beach.

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Everything depends on where you are in the OBX (and admittedly I don't know the geography on Hatteras Island as well.) My experience, especially with red drum, is you want an onshore wind. In the early spring, S and SW wind pushes warmer water in on the beach, bringing drum close.

https://marine.rutgers.edu/cool/sat_data/show/?print=1&file=../../region...

When you look at the photo, note how there is a pocket of very cold water pressed up against the beach north of Rodanthe. While that isn't surprising this time of year, many fishermen are surprised when they see a similarly cold pocket against the beach in the summer. A prevailing SW (typical for the summer), will be an offshore wind up north even though it is an onshore wind on the southside of Cape Point. The offshore wind coupled with the Atlantic current creates the pocket of cold water (the locals call it "upwelling.") When that pocket is there, surf fishing on the beach or fishing off the piers for big predatory species is a waste of time during the summer.

By early fall, the temperature difference isn't as extreme after several months of being warmed. A SW isn't ideal, but a NW will produce lots of bluefish and trout, NE/E will produce drum because it brings warmer water in and chops it up.

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Very, very interesting. Thank you!

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Central Florida would get a similar upwelling from offshore winds in the middle of the summer as well. The water would get smelly and VERY cold. When your out surfing one day in 80 degree water and the next day its 68, you notice! Fishing bite would disappear on the beach and in the Indian River near Sebastian inlet, so we'd fish the Grant area for as much as a few weeks until it went away (or go well offshore where the temps were normal).

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On the OBX, I'll be down there early may anything I could catch in the surf on the fly or light spinning tackle?

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bluefish, especially around Avon. Sea mullet should be around too, maybe some trout.

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Me and some of my Hokie buds are gonna be there around that time also. I've got your number, maybe we can communicate if we coincide, sorta bros heppin bros and all. Last year, we saw very little worth seeing on our hooks. Had one good day with the whiting, but I wasn't too excited about them damn roundhead. The point at Hatteras sucked, with a hundred fishermen and two bluefish caught all morning, so we spent more time closer to Nags Head, but other than a couple of really little blues and some stupidly big and difficult to land cow nosed rays, it was more grass than fins for us. We could have done better fishing the causeway bridge, I think, but we were wedded to toes in the sand, beer, beach, beer, surf and sun and beer. We kept a couple dozen of the whiting for one of us to take home, but I don't like them any better than croaker which I can catch here, so I opted out. Anyway, we're going either the first or second week of May, weather depending.

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Headed to Gaston this weekend for a little tourney. Will send an update of what we don';t catch!

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Least catch a buzz if anything

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Good luck; looking forward to some pics!

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Anyone know what 33 and skyline drive look like north of harrisonburg? Saw they got some snow yesterday

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It was shutdown yesterday afternoon, several inches of snow. Back open now.
edit: I just looked at the VDOT camera up there and road is clear but 2-3 inches of snow on the ground.

Crab fly I concocted last night. My buddy Jonathan Kiley owns Flyskinz and does some cool stuff with legs and tails. Used his crab bitz on this one.

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Great looking fly.

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Thanks!

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I am suffering through a ridiculous cold, so my trip this weekend to Florida has been postponed several days. Also need to work on the boat and trailer. I will get down there by next weekend as I've got a wedding in Orlando. Fishing will be had.

Talked to my good friend in NC last night. He has been out on commercial trips trying to make some money. Apparently the albies are as thick as he has ever seen at Cape Lookout, with king mackerel mixed in. They boated 300 pounds of albies two days ago and another 200 pounds of king mackerel. His father was surfing off of Atlantic beach and said the albies were in the waves with him. Easily could have hooked up off the beach. I notified a friend of mine who is heading down tomorrow morning. Wind looks great for the weekend. I may try to hit it Monday if I can get my life in order.

If anyone can go, go!

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Damn! That sounds awesome. I might be able to make it down. What do they use the albies for?

My thought is catfood....

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He uses them for swordfish bait. Apparently, some restaurants and seafood dealers buy them though...

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some restaurants and seafood dealers buy them

I'd like to know which so I can avoid them.

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Gotcha, I'ved used them for shark/drum bait. Interesting that seafood people buy them.

Finalized my Florida trip. Headed down to the Ft Myers area the second weekend of April. Nixed the guide idea and I'm gonna go freelance it with a couple other hokie grads. Primary target is Tarpon and snook which I don't get a chance at too often in SC. If anyone's fished down that way before and has some advice let me know.

Yep...hire a guide. The best fishermen I know hire guides in unfamiliar waters. Seldom sorry. Yes, I'm biased.

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Should have clarified that the reason we nixed it is because we have the guidance of a local in that area, he can put us in the right areas, we just have to no be idiots and mess it up.

Nah, man, just bustin' balls. I'm the worst about not hiring a guide, but I'll mooch in on a guided trip if invited in a skinny minnit. Finances is my bugaboo, so if I had a local, I'd certainly use the money to eat out. Flyguy and I are obviously personally gonna promote the notion, and several of the locals I used to fish with turned out to be professional guides when they grew up. Used to be one of those locals myself. My best fishermen didn't need me to tell them what to fish, though they'd ask, or where to fish, though they let me choose the floats. Mostly, on the New, they needed my boat and ability to put them on the right water and use boat control to maximize their effectiveness. And yes, I'm already drinking in prep for the BBall game, so pardon my yakking tongue.
So hope you guys kick ass and have a great time. Still have never caught a snook over ten inches, or even sunk hook in a tarpon. Good luck.

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It all just depends on what you're lookin' for...

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keep your ladyfish for tarpon bait

should be prime time for snook...challenge is finding them, not catching them