August 2022 Fishing Thread

I just looked at the ten day forecast, and the light northeast breeze may finally hit the OBX. It has been a lost summer with so much miserable SW wind and thunderstorms. Hopefully I can hit the water and soak a live bait before serious time starts next month. Football, drum, and panfish, a beautiful trio.

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Got out yesterday and went hunting for some big drum, luckily we found a school and put it right in their face and got them to eat and doubled up. Slow the rest of the morning, one other yearling caught. Hadn't caught a big drum in a few years so it was fun to get on a big one and feel the power these fish have.

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Damn! Approx. Where?

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Chesapeake Bay

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At that size is it a keeper or a catch and release?

Those big drum are protected. Keepers are 17-28 inches if I remember correctly.

There are a lot of those big girls out there. I really hope the beach renourishment doesn't mess up fall drum season in the OBX, because there are going to be a lot of nice fish swimming down the coast.

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VA it is 18-26" 3 per day. NC 18-27" 1 per day.

Yea that's always funky. Feel like it shouldn't affect the pier as much as beach fishing but you know more than I do on that issue. Hope you get out to get on some big drum.

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Whoops! That is why I don't keep anything except bait!

Usually the storms push all the new sand out pretty quickly up there. But, king mackeral, cobia, and tarpon fishing was awesome down at Bogue Inlet Pier from 06-09. Then they did a substantive beach renourishment that made the water nearly 3-4 feet more shallow. The king fishing any time other than October and the cobia fishing completely vanished for a decade. After a couple of years, I stopped going.

I can't recall it messing up drum fishing *yet*, but with less structure on the beach, the fishing tends to trend downwards.

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Figures last drum I caught in HH, SC was 28".

Well in SC they have to be between 15 and 23".

Funny enough with the difference in fish regs by state. A guy I fish with tags flounder and caught a 14" here in SC which is 2" too short to keep. In 11 months it swam down to Florida and was caught and kept.

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Did they return the tag?

banana for scale?

Onward and upward

Haha somewhere in the 50" range

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Gotta love those bucktail/spoon presentations to a big school of slob red drum. Did the cobia ever make their presence known?

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Gotta love those bucktail/spoon fly presentations to a big school of slob red drum.

FTFY

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Given how I handle a fly rod, I will stick with my doofus gear :D

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We saw plenty of tower boats but didn't look for cobia very hard.

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Upper james is getting a bit on the warm side but still decent fishing. The grass is really getting thick this year which is a big boost to the smallmouth fishery hopefully it stays that way. Caught some decent fish the last two trips but mostly small 2-3 year old fish which hopefully might get to the nice 14-18 inch range in a few years.

Snagged a flathead cat accidentally on a senko went from thinking we had a 8 pound smallmouth to aw fuck within seconds of the whiskers showing up.

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I've struggled to find a good solution to bring all my soft plastics organized on my boat for awhile. My brother got me the zman baitlocker for my birthday, so simple and so much better than binders. Plenty of room for all my plastics and perfect sized top pockets for jig heads and hooks.

Just figured I'd let yall know it's worth it if you can't keep your tackle organized like me.

Here it is with about 50 or so bags of soft plastics. Still plenty of room for leader, my massive bag of texas eye jigs and some other isc goodies in the bottom. Then can fit smaller packs of hooks, jigs, ect in the top compartments. ultra handy

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I got their smaller binders and theyre great for the price. Allows me to keep my salt water and fresh water baits separate and neat and organized. Never mix Zman with other plastics.

I really like the plano bags the latest one has magnet stripping on the top to hold pliers, hooks whatever as well.
I havent seen the zman one here at the bass pro or greentop but I'll keep my eye out I'd like something like that for all my saltwater gear as right now its all in a backpack and hard to keep tidy.

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I love using those binders for terminal tackle. I have a binder for my tied drum rigs and the corresponding terminal components. Same for my cobia rigs (similar to drum, but octopus hooks instead of octopus circles and longer leaders) and bottom rigs (double dropper loops, add the hooks when I am ready to fish.)

They make life so much easier.

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Never mix Zman with other plastics.

That is a mistake that you make only once😂 bonus points if you (like I) hadn't heard or experienced that before, only fished ONE color, and had 13 bags combined.... Ah, the younger years....

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Thanks for the rec! I don't use soft plastics much anymore but if that changes I'll definitely get this. Topwaters, spoons, 27s for summer and a couple soft plastics in the winter along with mirrorlures.

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yeah planos are still the go too for my top waters mirro lures and spoons

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Due to some unforeseen circumstances I couldn't go into work today. So I went fishing this afternoon. Left after lunch and got out to my spot. It was almost glass, slack high, and right away I spotted 3 reds. But they wouldn't even turn their heads. I was worried this would be one of those days. I drifted for a while and didn't see anything but one ray and hundreds of jellyfish. Motored back past where I started and picked up a slot red right away. Then the wind shifted completely. It was solid 15-20 from a new direction and white caps popped up everywhere. I was getting nervous in my small skiff. So I motored out to play the wind so it would push me back into shore. Nothing for a while and then I came up on a big school of reds. By the time I could throw at them they were gone (and I was blown too far the opposite way they were headed). A little while later I picked up an overslot red. Got him unhooked and released and made a few more casts and got another overslot. I repeated this a few times and got 3 more fish, 1 slot and 2 over. Then the wind died back down but the impending thunderstorm forced me back in. Made it back just in time. 3 hours of driving for 2 hours of fishing but it was worth it.

Fished a tournament Saturday (3 categories. flounder by weight, trout by weight, and 3+ spotted slot red by weight, calcutta most spots)

Put the boat in at 5am took off from the dock immediately realized I left my rain jacket in the truck but it was like a 15% chance any way. Happen to be going up the shipping channels to the first spot so they're well lit with good markers so I haul ass through the darkness.get out of the port lights and immediately hit a wall of torrential downpour. 0 vis soaking wet, cold, a little hung over. Eventually made it through that trusting my electronics. Get to my topwater trout hole a bit late, tides lower than I like it pull one 14" trout out and he goes back in the drink. The rest of the day was sloooowww just enough action to keep us out there. A spot we caught 40 reds at in the same tournament last year produced 2 very nice upper slot reds but both only had 2 spots. I caught what I believe to be a world record toad fish and that was pretty much it for the day hopped around grass flats as high tide approached and just couldn't get on fish caught a couple more shorts...didn't turn anything in skipped the banquet and slept.

In other news the Holy City Tarpon tournament was also this weekend and I'm for sure fishing that next year instead. If I'm not turning fish in I'm doing so because I'm tarpon fishing not because my reds don't have enough spots.

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I would have won that tourney with some of the upper slot, 3-10 spot reds I was catching on Monday. They were thick as hell.

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How it always works I caught a bunch of multi spot upper slot a few weeks before. No idea where they went when the money was on the line

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Sounds like a big temp cooldown is coming towards the end of the week. Hopefully that gets things going.

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Had what is seemingly an annual respect mother nature reminder today.

Weather has been spotty here but I had a rough morning. Worked my ass off all day and saw a window to get my little boat out at the end of the day. Dropped in ran about 3 miles to a creek fished up a creek. Immediately hooked a rat red. That was the last good part of the day. So here's a pic as a break before things go to shit.

Sooo here's where things went south. I made it up past that bend in the picture...got another fish on then suddenly my motor shut off. Lost the fish when trying to look at the motor whatever. Pull it no start. Immediately realize I'm screwed if I don't get out of this creek which I'm nearly 0.5 a mile up at this point. So I grab my push pole and pole/paddle against the wind and current out of the creek. I'm not on a real busy stretch but figured I'd see a boat which I do after a few minutes, flag em down they tell me they're headed out to to the sandbar but they're coming back before night fall so they'll grab me if I'm still out. Cool works for me its a nice day out I'll get my workout in and now that I'm out of the creek the tides working for me. Fast forward ~30 minutes. I've made good progress got to a shell bank walked the boat as far as I can but now I'm kinda stuck but whatever on dry land have a ride coming. I fish for a minute trying to burn time...turn around and out of no where there is an absolute mass storm coming at me and quick. A different boat is burning by thank god they stopped and towed me on a cast net line about 2.5 miles back to the landing. Would have been a nightmare if I was still out there. Here's a pic the initial people got of the weather from the sandbar. Glad I'm safe, have some safety equipment to add to little boat now. Turns out I've got about a gallon of water in my fuel too causing my original issue.

(no idea who to credit for this picture but its epic)

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glad you made it back!

love that little boat

Yeah gas and small engines with water in the tank don't mix and can be a bitch to ever repair once you run water in the fuel. Had a 7.5 Honda we let the fuel tank sit in the hull after forgetting to pull the plug in the boat before a rain. Enough water got into the fuel it destroyed it to the point we rebuilt it twice and never got it working.

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So I had time to go through it yesterday wasn't even water in the fuel. I've got 0 spark to the plugs right now. I think ym cdi just died. I'll put a new one in and see what happens but I have fuel and compression and no spark.

Edit: Popped in an aftermarket cdi off Amazon for $50 and it's running like a top again

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it's running like a top again

I've never understood this saying. I was a boat broker for nearly six years and dealt with thousands of boat sellers. Whenever someone told me the motor "ran like a top," it was a giant piece of shit and wouldn't run. I'm not kidding, every single time. I can't hear that saying and think that it's a working motor.

And with all of the boat issues I've had, I've never, ever said that it runs like a top lol.

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Haha all fair assessments would probably think the same if anyone described a motor like that as they're trying to sell it but considering pretty much everything but the cylinders and the heads are now new in it...it should run pretty good.

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oh my gosh!

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I ate two lobster rolls and a bite of a rock crab roll from A Bite of Maine today. I feel like a happy fish.

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Where is BOM?

Edit: VB I see. Looks great!

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The Sarah Fulcher tourney last Saturday was certainly an interesting event. The wind blew East, hard, and Drum do not like that at all. I heard there were 900 entrants. There were over 100 boats on the spot I had picked out. You could smell the chum in the air. We instead ran to a nice little bottleneck contour on the bottom dropping from 14-18 feet deep. 4 other boats set up there. After 3 hours of dunking bait and sitting around drinking we had landed two little sharks. We moved to the "hot spot" and many of those boats had left. Another 30 minutes of soaking bait revealed nothing except a small blue, so we packed up and headed in as darkness fell. The mosquitos were certainly biting at the ramp. A kid ended up winning the $80,300 grand prize with a 51" Drum.

Last Monday was guide's day off. Lady friend and I made a long ride to secret location XX which of course is no longer secret. The wind was blowing but she insisted we go instead of cruising over to drink on the beach, my suggestion. Smart call. I kept us in the lee for the long ride and when we got there on the incoming, the reds were there, they were willing and they were big. It was one of those special days when it's just "on." I was not on my A game. I blew numerous hook sets, pulled the fly away from fish multiple times. Broke off two when the line wrapped around my trolling motor remote hanging from my neck. Overall, I landed 4 off of 12 legit eats. I should have had 10 in hand. My stomach is still in knots over missing so many fish. Shannon landed 5 on spoon. Nine total between us, the two smallest were 20 and 25 inches, the rest were 27-29. My best fish was my last, when I was fed up and she was ready to head back in. I couldn't not sight cast to the glowing copper fish cruising right under the surface. He couldn't refuse a crab fly and I set the hook correctly for some redemption. 29 inches on the tape with 5 spots.

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When the wind switched to the North on Saturday with this front coming down, I made the run back to the same flat and fished the morning incoming there. Usually a North wind on the OBX turns them on. Correct me if I'm wrong French. It was completely empty. The water temp had gone from 84 to 77 on the flat and I think that was too much of a change for the fish to handle. After an hour of searching, I moved on. The north wind did clear the water up and it looked very Bahamas like. Pics certainly wouldn't do it justice. I caught a 19.5" flounder on one of my flounder spots and found some willing 4-5 pound bluefish instead.

Fishing Wednesday through Saturday this week with an old friend and his dad. Forecast looks low wind and rainy.

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NE wind north of Oregon Inlet is money. Onshore wind with chop (with diminishing returns when it gets too strong) gets them going. Due north isn't as good, but is usually ok.

But, in places where the beach faces east or south, I don't think it has the same effect. For me, I think onshore wind gets them going as long as the water temperature is warm enough.

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Awesome, thanks

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I went back to Mobjack with VTFish this morning. Beautiful weather (overcast, 70 degrees, and very little wind.) Smaller pups were biting initially. Fish got 3 and I got 2 pretty quickly but they were 13-15 inch class fish, not the slot fish like last time. As the tide slacked and started to turn incoming, it was just pest fish (croakers, lizardfish, sandperch) tearing up our gulp.) It just doesn't seem to happen for us on incoming tide, and the bigger fish seem to have moved off the docks. But, it was great chatting up Fish and having a morning where I didn't sweat off a bunch of fluid.

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I have always done best on the falling tide up there. Guess he wasn't throwing my combo of a chartreuse jig head with albino ghost saltwater assassin...

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Pretty sure he was using a white and chart fluke or paddle tail, but I wasn't paying close attention. I was using a rootbeer colored gulp shrimp.

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Glad y'all got out! My brother in law and I were out there Sunday morning at first light. It was calm and cloudy so we fished topwater until 10. Caught a few each of trout, stripers and blues. He got a trout and a striper that were both over 20". All mine were just under. No redfish. So much bait everywhere (that's where we got most of the stripers and blues). We fished the same area where 3 weeks ago we caught lots of slot and overslot redfish and a couple trout. Water temp was way warmer then.
We tried fishing docks on the way back to the ramp as the tide was just starting to go back out but caught nothing. Lost tons of gulp though.

Yep. The pests were thick around the docks. I would imagine if you went in there with some hand tied bottom rigs and some bloodworm fishbites, you would have enough for a fish fry pretty quickly. The ones we actually landed were large for their species (other than the little croakers.)

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Got out in OBX and went wading while down there for a boys trip. Found some mullet jumping and kept working the topwater and finally got a nice trout to eat pretty close to me. Pulled off another nice one on the 27MR. Got a dink red and called it a morning. Felt good to get a nice trout again after pups all summer.

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Pretty trout

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Pretty fish. Great water in that image.

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Heading down to Hatteras this weekend for vacation; plan on doing a pile of fishing while down there. Whats the report look like? Were staying sound side.

I've seen reports of spanish in surf down there using casting metals. Wading the sound side you can get pups and trout (topwater, popping cork, gold spoons)

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Perfect! Thanks!

You're welcome! Find the bait find the fish. Fish early or late in the day.

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Yep- defintely have stingsilvers if you see bird activity in the surf. Like 3rd said, wading for pups and trout should be ok. I have heard there are a lot of bigger drum soundside around Oregon Inlet, but location and tide cycle are a bit of a mystery to me.

Ramp 44 for the Point is open for beach driving. Don't forget to have your permit if you drive on the beach.

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Yep, I've seen a few pictures of good spanish action on 44 and 55.

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What size/style stingsilvers do folks recommend for surf casting to spanish? I usually use the 2 ounce tube shaped one but never get any mackerel.

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I'd start with 2 oz to get distance and then keep downsizing all the way to 3/4 oz if you aren't getting bites and maybe scale down to 20 lb flouro

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Thanks guys! Great info, thanks again! i will try to post thru the week and keep yall posted

Was in Hilton Head last week for vacation and definitely didn't get what I was expecting when looking for Spanish from the boat. We hooked a 6' black tip. That was a fight and a half.

I've gone back and forth on the Costa versus Smith debate. I now own multiple pairs of both. I think the Costa lenses are slightly better, though both are pretty darn good. The Smith's are more comfortable.

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I have tried to catch sheepshead in the past but haven't been successful. So I went out on a charter with Southern Reels on Saturday to finally check that off and figure some technique things out. I managed to catch 4 sheepshead with the bigger 2 both being around 23". The other two guys managed probably 6 fish each themselves. Fun hard fighting fish just like I anticipated. Looking forward to getting some out of the yak.

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Nice sheepie

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Thanks! Not quite as cool as your big sheep on fly. One of the rods he has is a steelhead conventional rod that is 10'6" to reach the pilings easier and bends like a fly rod would.

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I know nothing of them from a bait fishing aspect other then folks use super heavy duty hooks and have been told you should chum for them by busting apart barnacles. I see tons of them on flats. I did come across some info along the way that a sheepshead will hammer a really small crankbait, like one of those Rebel Crawfish. I had one and tossed it on a flat but a Redfish hooked it and stole it. I should try it out again this fall.

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I know there were reports of way more than normal sheeps caught in the OBX surf this year. I am assuming folks using sand fleas for pups and bigger sea mullet caught them.

My rig for sheepshead is a 1/0 or 1 octopush on a dropper loop rig. I think the feel is better than the Carolina rig that most folks use. 15lb fluro to 15lb braid on the MPP, but you need to use a drop net on anything close to keeper size on that rig. I would imagine most folks go much heavier around the Bay and Oregon Inlet because of the current.

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Used a 1 ounce bottom sweeper in the eddy of the piling, slowly dropping it down the piling to mimic a crab. Maybe if they open up the pier at the first island that would a solid spot to go land based

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Nice work. I wish there were shore-accessible sheepshead spots in VA like Jennettes, the Bonner Bridge Pier in NC and MPP in Charleston. I would love to target them more often.

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Went rock hopping downtown Richmond on the flood wall side Saturday morning. Caught two smallies and 3 largemouth. Best fish was a 2.5lb LM and caught everything on a Texas rigged zoom craw. It's a lot of work hopping all over the rocks trying to find pockets of water you can reach to fish but still a pretty good time so long as you don't slip and fall any.

Pretty work, and not easy around those rocks. Stay safe.

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Glad to hear the bass fishing is getting better in downtown RVA.

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

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."