November 2019 Fishing Report Thread

The coast is experiencing amazing speckled trout fishing, with numerous 4-6 pound fish being caught daily when the water is fish-able. Drum season has been solid on Hatteras Island and great in the Bay, but pier fishermen have had limited success. Snakehead fishing in Maryland is winding down, as rockfish becomes more of the targeted species.

Post your reports here. Also, there tend to be some solid sales on tackle this time of year, especially on products getting ready to be discontinued (Tackle Direct still has some nice deals on the old Terez rods.) If you spot a good sale, please share. I am really intrigued by the new Fathom II's with the mags, especially after being very pleased with a used Penn 525 Mag I purchased and caught all three drum on this season.

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Okay we now have 2 of these.

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Well, since the last two threads went to over 500 posts, maybe we need three or more. We could spit the interests. One for sure for flyguy's trailer/boat woes, and who amongst us with boats don't have problems of this nature. I have a trailer tire I took too close to a local curb two years ago. Two fix-a-flats and a dozen air ups later, and I still have it, so there's a disaster sure to happen.
We could do a freshwater thread for the inland bass guys who probably feel left out. There's all those western trout enthusiasts. We could do a northern angler thing for the Musky Canada crowd, again, likely underrepresented so far. How about the offshore fellows and of course, the pier guys like our man French. My head is spinning.

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I'm trying to get out this weekend on Saturday for Offshore trip for AJs. Maybe Blackfins if they are around. Saturday looks rough. Might do a 24 hr headboat trip on Sunday which looks very fishable if it doesn't work. Maybe try to squeeze some trout fishing in on Monday.

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You know, that 24 hour headboat thing is really intriguing. We ought to start thinking about that as maybe a future gathering of we TKP fisherpersons. Think about it. Wouldn't that be a hoot? Big boat, room for all, food in the coolers and a chance to get to know each another even better. Maybe a long term plan, don't know the time to go for the best of conditions/fishing, don't know the cost, but I like the idea better than trying to get boats and folks together for a day somewhere in the middle. Talk to us, 3rd, and tell us what the deal is, please sir.

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Everything would be awesome except for French puking...

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Um, you mean as opposed to the fact that French is gonna puke on at least 80% of the trips that get more than a mile or two from the boat launch?

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I have been on one 24 hr trip so no expert here. Depending on the boat some people show up super early to get stern spots if you can't reserve them. I got there 2 hours before the boat left. I brought my jigging rod and a bait rod put them in a rod holder to secure our spots at the rail. Takes about 2.5-3 hours to get out so people try to sleep in anyway possible (chairs, air mattress). Bounce around spots in 90-130' of water. Squid is provided and a bait rod. Speed jigging works better during the daylight. You get a 2 day limit. Mostly catching vermillion snappers, grunts, AJs, some triggerfish, a handful of grouper, can catch kings and mahi (season dependent) drifting a cigar minnow near the surface (need to be on stern).

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I'm not proud; mods feel free to do as you wish with mine.

I am sorry. I totally didn't see it and thought the "Fall" was getting unmanageable.

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I threw an original fathom that got magged and it was butter. This guy takes apart all his reels and fixes them up to his liking.

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Dream scenario would be the Fathom 2 15 casting special, but the mag knob replaced by the dial.

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2003 Hewes Redfisher 18 is for sale. Serious inquiries only please

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My condolences for your loss and disappointment. I know how proud you were of it, and it's a pluperfect drag that it has treated you so shabbily.
Sooooo, whatchu gonna get next? Hopefully not a day job!

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I'm curious to hear as well! Best of luck with the boat search

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Also considering lighting it on fire instead of selling it. Will possibly buy a newer one that isn't cursed if and when this one goes.

There is absolutely no reason for this boat and trailer to break down once a week. I have never attempted to upkeep something so well in my life.

Real job may be needed.

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Well, you can't burn it now that you've left an e trail of intent. But if you do, maybe tie it up to Hokienator's sailboat and do both of you a favor. s/ of course, right?

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Hell I got two sailboats to sink we can lay it up on the sailboats like a pyre and set it free in the mobjack somewhere secret

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

Make our own private fishing reef

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Hell fellers, I'm thinkin' we might be onta sumthin' heah.

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I've got a house and a couple of old vehicles I'll throw in.

I think we need to stop here before we start adding wives, ex-wives and mothers-in-law. /s again...really...

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I mean I'm getting ready to demo a big concrete house and a few big trucks to throw in it would be cheaper than hauling them to the dump

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

Since I'm in a better mood now I'll give the final NOLA report...

Thursday was party time in NOLA for Halloween. Dressed as White Claws. Cold weather, 30 mph wind and no fishing.

Friday, Jarrod and I fished with my local friend Jessica. Windy as shit. Lots of laughs, white claws, me getting stuck knee deep in mud and plenty of wind. Numerous shots at skinny water pups. They wouldn't eat. Jarrod couldn't connect. Another guide at the gas station told me they got 3 reds up to 30 pounds and 7 black drum up to 60 pounds, all on fly that day. He said it was easy right now and fishing is on fire. I pried him for info but he wasn't giving in, per the usual. I just wanted some ideas, not spots. I know how he feels being on his end so I can't blame him.

Saturday we fished for 5 hours before taking Jarrod to the airport. Epic sunrise on the water. 150 plus trucks in the parking lot. Ended with Jarrod sticking a nice sheepshead on my Yellowstone Slider fly. No reds came to hand for him, but he got a tougher fish. The wind absolutely kicked my ass trying to pole in it.

Sunday we got on the water late. Totally forgot about the damn time change. I HATE it. Combine that with the lady friend taking her womanly time and I was a bit annoyed at the lack of foreseeable time on the water. It was windy as all hell. Tried to hide from it in the middle of the marsh. Saw several reds in puppy drum to slot sizes in super shallow creeks. They were so damn spooky. Couldn't get any of them to eat. Ended the day skunked and dead tired from trying to pole in that disaster. My boat is not made for technical poling and you can really feel it. The trolling motor helps but really spooks them. On the way back in came across a super old boat with three guys fishing in it. They were broken down. Ended up taking two hours towing them back at 6 mph. Jess and I had a dance party and pounded Naturdays and watched the sun go down to pass the time. Got back in pitch black and then went out to a dinner party.

Monday I got up early and got to the ramp. No wind. Talked to the marina owner, who is a super nice guy but an oddball and he told me for the big ones to go northeast to the islands. This guy must be fucking with me because he never answers a question I ask.

"So I'm not looking for specific spots but am I correct in thinking these bigger fish will be on the outer edges and islands of the marsh?"

Response: "they aren't around Venice." Well no shit, neither are we I was thinking to myself.

Him: "these islands have had fish caught on them over the years, go that direction and explore. Except some of them are sand, not mud."

Me: "great thanks, is there something particular about sand islands I should know? Do they like or avoid them?"

Him: "well ya know, they are French and we're really laid back around here."

Me: "Um ok."

Him: "By the way, don't park over there (points to where EVERYONE is parked, including me.) It pisses people off."

I thought you just said you guys were really laid back... or was that the fish?

Finally got on the water, and go to the spot we saw reds the day before. See another 6 of them, all spooky as shit. Head out to some islands. All of it looks good. Spot hop and fish various islands. Stumble across ones with two coyotes on it. I'm far as shit out. 25 miles plus. Crazy they were out this far. Continue island hopping and not getting anything. Go WAY out and find an oyster shell island. Looks super good. Fish all around it. Get a follow from a small puppy drum and finally stick two 20" trout on a gold spoon. Move again and find a really interesting island with some ponds and a long sandy edge. Sun is hidden and it is 2 pm. I poke up along the beach. Backs of redfish start popping up out of the shallow water. I make cast after cast and spook them. They don't like weighted flies. Finally I put on my Egyptian Mule Driver fly and land one. End up wade fishing and sticking a second one. Troll around the corner and stick the boat as far into a shallow pond as I can. It's a honey hole. Redfish with their backs out all over the place. Dozens of them. I couldn't get shots at any of them, they were too far away. Attempted for 30 minutes but no dice. Realized with the time change that I was about to be screwed getting back. 5 pm is sunset, not 6. I pack up and haul ass back. I stuck it on 38 MPH and make it back to the dock in 59 minutes, so I was 38 miles out to that island by my math. The sunset was epic. Returned in pitch black.

Tuesday I get up early, have the weird back and forth with the owner again over which shed I'm storing the boat and plan to head to the islands. Mitchell Island in the northeast corner of Drum Bay if you want to look it up and mark my top secret spot. Get it there at high tide and fish the pond. It's loaded. Must be 30 plus reds in there and I can only fish part of it due to depth, even at high. If I had a kayak.... oh man. I got eats from 8 reds, 4 hooked up and landed one. Pissed me off. Hook pulls, one cut line on oysters and generally missed sets because it is nearly impossible to get a good strip set while standing on the platform. Oh well.

I end up floating down the beach. Spook one belly crawler. Push out further and see multiple big sheepshead, several HUGE alligator gar. One spooks and gets pinned underneath my boat for a few seconds. I have shots at several and they ignore my fly. One was right on target too. Last time I was down here I hooked one on fly that came off boatside. Finally I fee vindicated because I spot two bull drum. One spooks. 40 inches plus. The other I put two perfect Grade A casts right across his fucking nose and he just ignores them. Sigh. Those were the shots of the trip. I float down the beach with the wind seeing more gar and sheeps. Float it again and the sun blocks out. Can't see any fish.

Decide to move to another island and check it out with better wind angles and a bit of light. Looks super fishy, as all of it does but I find zilch.

Go trim the motor down and start it up and it is sputtering and barely starts. Well this is weird. Finally get it going and head to another pond. More redfish but spooky. None come to hand. Engine won't start again and I notice gas sheen on the water. WTF.

Finally get it going and head to the beach so I can stand on hard bottom and look at it in shallow water. Find a spot where fuel is leaking, I think, but it is all over. Time to fire up and not return in the dark like the night before. Im pretty worried about the fuel. About to get in the boat and two more redfish backs appear on the bank. Spook one, catch the other, 19" on the Mule Driver.

Get in the boat, a few minutes of sputtering and it gets going. Stick on 36 mph and head back, leaving at 4:15. Catch up to another guide who I follow through a shortcut that is super helpful. Cuts several miles off of the trip. 5 miles from the marina engine stalls. I'm out of gas. I knew this would happen because I burned over half a tank before. No problem, I have the auxiliary tank I purchased in March with me, full. Hook it up, look at the engine and it fires right up. Ridiculous gas sheen on the water. I make it two more miles and the engine sputters and dies. Won't start. Guy in a John boat toss me most of the way back in before passing me off to a 26 foot center console. I thank both of them. The guys in the CC give me a much needed beer.

When I finally get back I fucking lose my mind. I'm so tired of this lemon of a boat. Complete and utter horse shit that it will not work, hence the reason for the for sale post last night.

Bitter taste in my mouth to end the trip with the boat. I'm frustrated I didn't get a bulk on fly, particularly with everyone I talk to saying they are easy right now and lots of IG posts to prove it. Try to remind myself I'm not an expert here. Happy that I found a really cool island to explore further. I learned a lot. Want to move here for a year just to redfish. My god that would be amazing.

Heading to Birmingham tomorrow. Will let you know what next bullshit befalls my trailer and boat on the way.

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Sorry about the rough luck man, at least you caught some fish and it sounds like you're having a fun time off the water as well. Boat issues suck.

The boat and trailer stories are unfortunate.
But, your fishing and travel stories are legit! You need to write a book with embedded pics.
God smiles on you, for sure. We all live vicariously through you. I always look forward to your stories.

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

I am looking to unload some extra tackle if anyone local to northern Virginia is looking. Mostly older reels. They aren't worth enough to justify the cost of shipping, but if anyone is interested:

Penn Conflict I (used once, then I got a Clash for a huge discount) $75

Lews Speedspool Baitcaster (I caught one rockfish at 47 inches, and I think as result it could use new drag washers) $20

Shimano Sahara 4000 (again, an older model with some wear) $25

Penn Captiva 4000 (very old and has caught a ton of spot, handle squeaks) $15

Penn Power Stick 8 foot rod two piece rated 1-2oz (slow action, ideal for light surf bottom fishing) $50

Penn Squall 15 $90

I have debated selling my Century Surf Machine Max (retails for $750, debating selling it for $450), an Oceanmaster OM12H spinning rod (rated 6-12 oz and used it to catch my first dozen big drum)- $75 and my Daiwa Saltiga Surf spinning reel ($200ish), but I haven't quite talked myself into it. I haven't used the surf spinner for anything but setting my anchor when I have live baited for about 3 years, and that seems like a waste. The Century is awesome, but for whatever reason, every drum I have hooked since I got it and my Ballistic have hit on the Ballistic. Since I am only getting to chase drum about 10 days a year max, three rods seem a bit redundant.

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Yeah it's more having extra reels in case you blow up than extra rods. Do you always throw 8 ounces off the pier?

I will take the sahara 4000.

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I have thrown 6 on west wind days. Holding the Sahara for you.

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Gotcha, I didn't know how it differed being so far out vs surf fishing. Usually when its drummy at the point 8 ounces is washing but people walk with it. If you can hold with 5 its not gonna be a good bite (Craig's theory).

Thanks I appreciate it.

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It is a good theory. All the drum I caught on this trip, I was using a three sided 8oz. The morning I got my first one, the day started with Jake throwing 14oz and we were throwing 10/12's with some drift.

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How do yall deal with drift on the pier?

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Use heavier sinkers and adjust the rods as needed. Generally, if 12 isn't holding, most pack it up.

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Yeah I guess it wouldn't be drifting as much. I've only thrown 8. I can't imagined trying to throw almost double that.

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Meant to ask, what surf rod did you end up settling on? Did you get a CTS?

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I have a ballistic 40 for throwing 8 but I don't enjoy throwing it that much. I threw a 35 with a magged fathom that was really nice the one cast I had. I actually like throwing my penn battalion 12 footer for 6. It's just a lighter rod and does load quite different. I'm not quite sure if I need to just get a 12' for 8 ounces or that the 40 just needs more weight to load.

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Really? I like the Century when I have not cast in awhile, and then move over to my Ballistic 40 once I get in a groove. By the end of the trip, I am bombing the 40 with 8.

Did you get one of the factory build reds or the RDT special?

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Factory built ones. I don't know if it's me being a smaller guy but it just seems cumbersome to me. I throw it fine, I still get good distance and can cast in the same range as most people.

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It is bulkier than the Century and less bulky than the CTS's I have played with that were rated around the same. My Oceanmaster conventional heavy was much bulkier and shattered after one year of use.

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Interesting, I'm considering getting a different rod but like you I only drum fish a week to two weeks a year. I have seen all the different custom rods that people have on the point but haven't gotten into too many conversations about it. Luis was talking up the Vega Rods when I was down there a couple weekends ago.

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I typically lean against the rail.

Got a report of plenty pups still around- guy sent me a picture of a two man limit of slots caught on the James.

Well, since I've yet to see a slot this year, I'd say they never quite made it up this far in any appreciable numbers this year. I caught several reds over the season, but nothing bigger than 15+ for me, and 3rdgen's 17 was the biggest in my boat. My trout neighbor, Hokie Paul, said the trout were slowing dramatically for he and his friends, the baby stripers were ramping up, and even with the cooling weather and cold nights, the water in the East yesterday was still at 61 degrees. Don't know what temps will run the reds out, but I suspect that metric approaches pretty quickly. Some of the reds in the James will likely winter around the Surry power plant's warm weather discharge, but the bulk should be packing their bags pdq.

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Don't know what temps will run the reds out

I've always heard a week of <64 water temp moves the reds out. Stayed true to what I noticed last year.

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I'd be willing to bet if pups were caught on the James, they were caught at the warm water discharge at Surry.

Solid chance there will be some there all winter.

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So, we think alike. I tried to get you to take me a couple of years ago, how 'bout some January day? I've heard things about trout there as well, but I think they and the reds aren't as ubiquitous as the catfish and maybe the stripers, but all I go on is hearsay.

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I'm down to take you there. January I may be in Florida for 3-4 weeks. We will have to see how the schedule shakes out.

I've never caught a trout there but have caught reds, a nice striper and hooked some monster catfish.

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Ahh, Jan, Feb, whenever it's been cold long enough to be Jonesin' for a tug. Catch a mildish day without too much wind. I'll hold you to it. If you still have a boat, that is.

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Sounds good!

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Lake St Clair!

This place used to be a shit hole! However MI has done a fantastic job of cleaning it up and restoring the "fatty" shad population. Fat food for fat Muskies!

Started late Friday morning because it was Fing cold. The WC projected that it would be in the mid 50s but the warmest I saw was 45 the whole weekend. With little sun! The guide paired me with a nice guy from WI who knew his shit. Roger was trowing a Jake imitator (Grandma) and I an Insane Anna. I had two follows but no commits then this happened!

Look at his toad! She ate it 20 yards from the boat! I have seen 3 50+ in my boat this year. Lord might take me!

Saturday we had 2 follows but no commits.

So I headed up to Port Huron for a salmon trip! I hate salmon! Trolling spoons I could not catch a keeper. but the others did!

St Cair is smokin!! Might hit it again on the way up or down from Lake of the Woods next year.

EDIT: That was not me with the musky! It was my fishing partner for the day. I struck out on hook ups but seeing the toad in the boat was fantastic!

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

Damn nice fish! You better go buy a lottery ticket with the luck you've been having on those 50" skis. I'm gonna make a few local trips this winter as soon as I get a chance. Keep up the good work.

Now, let's see a picture of YOU with one of those 50+ musky toads, eh? Great pics, thanks for the report.

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Killing it! Great pics!

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

That is a serious musky. Well done!

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Probably the nicest musky I have ever seen.

Went out on the James last night out of Ancarrow Landing. Hit a few different spots for catfish using cut bait and live eels. Caught a 15 pounds on cut bait and a pound or two catfish on a 12 inch eel. Didn't get rained on like forecasted and had a nice chill night on the river.

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Well, good on ya. Night fishing is challenging, glad you had a good night.

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Ancarrow Landing

at night! Glad to see you are still here!

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

I've gone out of there around 10 times mostly for the shad run and then catfish at night. Haven't had any issues. Maybe I naive but that's my experience. Nobody was there this time anyway.

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RE: Diawa BG drag.

I know one or two of you have the Diawa BG spinning reels.

As previously posted, I picked up the 2500 this past summer and was presently surprised by the smoothness and quality of the reel. My only criticism was the drag. I'm a Shimano guy and the smooth drag of their spinning reels stood out over the BG.

To try to improve the performance of the BG drag, I ordered some carbon tex replacement drag washers for like $12 on ebay. They arrived today and in less than 10 minutes I had the old washers out, grease wiped out, new washers greased, and new washers installed. Performance seems noticeably smoother. Yay!

But that is not the end of the story. Being a lazy ass, I had NOT looked at the original drag AT ALL before ordering the new washers. Upon their removal, the OEM washers appear to my novice eye to be carbon weave similar if not identical to the carbon tex. However, what is VERY different is the grease I used. The original grease seemed close to vaseline in texture...kind of sticks and stays put. The replacement grease I used was basic Quicksilver 2-4-C with PTFE (teflon). Much less viscous (though some may not like teflon).

So if anyone has a BG and thinks the drag could be better, my FIRST move would be to simply clean the OEM washers and switch grease to one of the lighter, less viscous formulations...reel butter grease and the like

Appreciate your update on this Dave. Good info to know

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Shew had quite the Saturday. Woke up winds were howling steady 18 out of the northeast, freezing damn cold on the water because I packed a gray VT polo instead of my gray base layer...I think the temp was around 40 when we launched felt freezing.

Had a plan to only go after big drums, the inshore stuff was washed away with a massive high tide anyway so this was going to work out well. Run down the river 30kts no problem, hit the sound, have to cut it back to about 20kts, get out of the sound....and now I'm going like 10knts getting thrown everywhere. It got a bit sketchy, we threw pfds on but pushed forward a bit more until we saw there were waves literally breaking on the spot I wanted to anchor. Decided to hike back to the sound and fish. I gained a lot of confidence in my boat and abilities in that shit it was awful. Wind was quartering the tide hard and it just made a washing machine coupled in with the fact that there are always 3-4ft standing waves in that area.

Anyways, escaped a bit wet but without incident. Fished a spot I'd been wanted to try on the sound. First fish was a solid Bull around 35 that had a loose hook in the mouth causing me to botch the landing. Touched the leader and fish we're counting that one. Black tips and dolphin showed up right as the open water outside the sound calmed down.

Ran out to a hole I'd fished before I landed a solid mid 30s fish and another balcktip. Waited a bit longer and turned on the Tech game. My bud landed the biggest of the day right at kick off. Caught a nice spinner there and then started getting massacred by big toadfish. At this point we really didn't care and were kinda content with just drinking beer and watching the game....until we looked up and saw a line of shipping containers coming into port. We're right outside the channel with our stern facing what was going to be some massive wake. Decided to scramble and pull anchor and call it a day and go catch the second half at the bar.

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Nice work!

Very nice!

I'm jealous...no one will ever see me in open water like that...motion is not my friend.

I'm not very sensitive to it but even I had a couple times that my stomach got really tight.

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Well, I'm jealous of how dialed in you are on creek fishing.

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And I'm jealous that you have fish like that in creeks you can get to without staying in motel rooms and driving a thousand miles and having your rig fall apart piece by piece on the interstate.

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Great day, great fish, great photos, and as French would say, "Pretty work"!

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I concur. That is mighty pretty work.

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Finally returned home yesterday morning after a 16 hour pit stop in a little place called Blacksburg, Virginia. Solid 14 day road trip. I was on pins and needles leaving Birmingham at 4 am and heading 8 hours northeast to catch a tailgate and kickoff. Stopped at a Walmart to buy two extra spare tires and wheels just to be on the safe side. Only one minor issue, the fancy metal fender started rattling off. I pulled over and ground the bolts off with the hand grinder and into the back of the truck it went. Fenderless, I made it to Blacksburg and then home early yesterday morning. The game was so fun and Blacksburg is just the best place ever.

Magic Tilt emailed me back and said that they will replace my hub and steel wheel for free. I had sent them photos of all 5 nuts sheared off and my new wrecked wheel. They said they had never seen a hub have all 5 nuts sheer off either and mildly suggested it was over tightened with an air gun. I didn't use an air gun and hand tightened them to 80 pounds, as they had suggested. Will be nice to at least get a replacement for some of this stuff.

This week I will try to figure out the cause of the fuel issue in my outboard and decide what I am going to do. There's a 2013 RF 18 in Florida I've got my eye on.

I'm told shallow water fishing in the mouth of the Rapp is dwindling. Fish should be moving to birds soon. Musky fishing should be switching on in the New and James. I had wanted to trout fish around BBurg but decided to hit the road instead and begin my recovery. Has anyone on here fished the Smith near Martinsville? I'd like to hit that this fall/winter. It's full of brown trout and has a glorious history, although apparently not the fishery it once was. Finally, the albies are showing up at Cape Lookout. Super late due to water temps but all of the fish posted are big boys, 10-20 pounders.

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Thanks for the report on the Albies. Will be there over Thanksgiving and hope to give that a shot one of the days. Trout fishing the rest of the time.

What's RF stand for?

I've heard the same thing about the Rapp.

I believe IFish has been on the Smith back in the day.

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Yeah, I've fished it close to the dam and in the town of Bassett. The wading is treacherous for sure (see below) and I almost had to ditch the rod and swim for it one time. I always caught fish, never saw the monsters the river used to hold and be known for, though. Guys were fishing at the dam with surf rigs and huge spoons there for a while, in order to reach the places they were laying to get the dam released dead/dying shad getting chewed up by the turbines. Those days are gone, but there are a ton of fish in the river. Through Bassett was surreal, though. Caught some nice browns up to maybe 16", but fishing the high banked river amongst the detritus of manufacturing and other factory "stuff" was a one and done thing for me. I didn't go there to fish that stretch, but was with a friend who had a work meeting in town and I was basically killing time while he met before we went up and fished a more amenable section. I probably caught more fish per hour in the town stretch, but this was also many, many moons ago and who knows, maybe they've cleaned it up?

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Thanks for your info. Mike Smith told me about the old "shad hatch" and how you could hook the monster browns on white marabou streamers.

My buddy fishes below the dam on occasion and says there's a million 8-11" browns to be caught on dries and nymphing but he has moved many bigger fish by swinging leech patterns through there. His favorite pattern is a good old black woolly bugger. This isn't the first time I've heard that technique of swinging leeches either.

I'd like to figure it out so I can maybe guide on it in the slow months. If anyone wants to join me in fishing it, welcome to join.

Perusing Instagram 3 minutes ago and a post pops up from @raleighflyfishing about a float on the Smith. Guy is holding a very pretty brown trout about a foot long.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4qX-wYBQbF/

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I'd be interested in anywhere the small trout are plentiful to work on learning to trout set and learn more on the nymphing and dry fly fishing for trout the fiance is on me to take her this spring or summer I was looking at getting a cabin near douthat or campsite and fishing the surrounding brookie creeks but this place sounds promising

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It is a very humbling stream to wade fish for even experienced fisherman. In the upper section, the hatches vary and the water is usually cold year round because of the lake discharge.

Hm, I prefer forgiving bodies of water to humbling stretches but a challenge can help you learn and be more satisfying once you succeed

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

Let me know when you get a day off and we can drive down from RVA and swing flies

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day off

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If I can find some time I'll let ya know I'd love to learn some more on trout fishing on the fly in VA

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

If you float the deeper sections, there are some big fish in there. They shock up some brutes every year the DGIF does the survey. I have seen pictures of 20"+ fish.

hewes redfisher, i think

Ah figured he might steer away from another one after his problems with this one

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they are great boats

I'm on a committee with Skip Lyshon (Hewes, Maverick, Pathfinder)...I'd give him some shit but I need him a lot more than he needs me...like he doesn't need me at all, lol!

I love the hull. This whole rig just might be a lemon. Or maybe I just deserve it, who knows.

Trolling motor problems = Minn Kota

Trailer problems = My fault, Bad luck (a lot of it) and Magic Tilt

Engine problems = Yamaha

Only issues I'm having with the hull are minor and were expected.

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Yeah I know they are a nice boat. I think it was probably just a one off bad luck deal. Do you have the 18' currently and just getting the newer model? Hope you have better luck with the next one.

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RF is Redfisher.

Good luck with the albies. The trout fishing at Cape Lookout is on fire as well. Friend of mine caught 60 over the weekend in his boat, all 15"-22".

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Thanks. I've heard the trout fishing has been great. Was going to go a couple weeks ago but had some family issues come up. Kills me that I haven't been down there yet.

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Fished the Smith a couple times in the upper section below Philpott. Wading safe water levels are dictated by the release schedule which can vary greatly. Best advise is to call to double check before you travel. Number is on this page. https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/waterbody/smith-river/

Mostly small browns in the upper non-stocked section that you can access from the Bassett Mirror Plant.

Thanks for the intel. I've heard the mirror plant referenced before. Sounds like that is a good access point.

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Hoping for a better rockfish season this fall. There have been plenty of fish, but the size in recent years is just getting smaller and smaller in my local waters. Bigger fish show up periodically, but not often enough for googans like me to find. I won't be trolling, even though most of the bigger fish are caught that way. Just don't love the umbrella rigs, the monster mojo cannonballs, the heavy rigs and 6 rod spreads. I have had a few tremendous days out there in the fall, but not consistently. While birds and boats are usually relatively easy to find, they're so often on fish that barely bend my smallmouth rods. My best day out there yet was soon after I moved here and we had fish consistently 5-7lbs on light tackle vertical jigging them up all 'round the boat. You had to be sure your bait was out of the water while releasing fish or it would be grabbed from the top of the water. The fog was so heavy that day that we couldn't look for birds or boats, you just had to get lucky and we did. All day long. Foolishly, I thought I'd died and gone to fishing heaven, but that day still is the best I've had out here and it hasn't been even close to that good for me again. Maybe eventually the efforts to allow the replenishment of the stock will get things back to better. That and some move to increase pressure on lawmakers on behalf of the menhaden stock might improve the population. I honestly believe the political shift in VA might give us some inroads on that front, but it is too early to tell, and both sides have taken Omega money in the past. We'll see.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

We will have a working depth finder this season (hopefully) at least so we can maybe see bait schooled up lower in the water column if we don't have surface action.

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Yeah, maybe, but like my old buddy Cecil would say "Them damn fishfinders lie." Maybe if I could afford some really high dollar electronics I'd have more confidence...but, I can't. You are right, of course, and we saw some interesting stuff last trip out that turned into hoards of small trout, so maybe this year we'll get some help from the sonar.

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I do think it will be helpful for making the day more productive. We can troll with our lures behind us and just look to mark bait and drop jigs

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To quote the kickoff song, "we ready!"

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Rig up my sailboat fleet with some cannons and take the omega problem into our own hands? I know atleast one captain whod be ready to rock

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So I finally got out for a while before work last Thursday and then again today. I get about an hour/hour and a half of fishing before it's time to shower/change... Also got some time in the backwater at a local bridge on Saturday morning

Thursday was BEAUTIFUL. Clear skies, no wind, glass calm 82 degree water- perfect. Threw a Spook Jr in bone white for most of the day time and landed one each of spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, blue runner, ladyfish, speckled trout, and a little bonnet head shark, to go along with 3 snook all around 24 inches. Threw the fly when it got light enough, but by then I think the beach walkers spooked anything close to shore since I didn't see anything in the area that I caught the fish in earlier. The snook are definitely on the beach longer than normal this year.

Saturday was NASTY during that "cold" front that came through- 68 degrees, blowing like crazy, and raining just enough to be annoying. Threw a couple variations of shrimp; gulp, vudu, DOA, and live, and got nothing at all. Saw a couple smaller tarpon rolling through, but the dolphins were around so nothing came to play.

This morning wasn't bad really, just windier than I like blowing about 15-20. Still got some good slaps on the swim baits and a gulp shrimp on a jig head, but nothing at all to write about jumped on the hook. Seems like the water cooled just enough to scatter the snook into the back country and deeper inlets/offshore wrecks. Looking forward to the water hitting about 77/78 for those Pompano to start showing up in big numbers.

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Marco island for work, live in ft myers

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How often do the top water baits work in the surf like that I would love to figure that out for when we're on Captiva island next may

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It's really rare, but when it does, it frickin WORKS. I got about 50 minutes of decent topwater action that day, and it was started literally first light, which was like 6:05 or so that morning. After that, the birds got curious and I damn near hooked a pelican because he was stupid.

I cant accurately describe how flat the water was though. If I hadn't had an insurance renewal meeting that day, I would've just taken the rest of the day off.

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I've said it before and say it every time your post that you're fishing Marco. I would love nothing more than to fish there the rest of my life.

Yes Marco killed my old boat but being able to launch go fish the beaches for tarpon/snook. Cruising the channels for snook on lights. Taking the quick ride to everglade national park and catching a little bit of everything in the mangroves. I'm trying to make that an annual trip. I love fishing that damn place.

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no photo today; just a quick trip ahead of the front with the rest of the week looking like a blowout...bizarro tides and bizarro wind

I actually got to the ramp at 8 thinking I'd fish trout on the high...working my way from the airport north to check out some spots I've not fished since spring. Then coming back in I'd chase reds on the outgoing...but instead, I turned around and went home. Water was just about in the parking lot at Vilano; crazy high. It was a great Flyguy tide for poling or wading the high flats for tailing fish...but that is something I was not geared up to do.

so left the house again at 10:30 and launched in Palm Valley...just to be sure I'd have the wind on my trip home. Got to where I wanted to be but there were a couple guys in a nice flats rig (Spyder with a 150) fishing in "my" spot. Nevertheless, I caught a 21.5" red on about my 5th cast ("Bounty Hunter" colored Slayer...black back over gold flash...amber colored trout eye jig). Then immediately a cigar sized trout. Then nothing else...at all. Gave it a little over an hour and decided not to play games with the approaching weather and no clue on how much the tide would fall.

Mrs D says redfish a la meuniere tomorrow eve...and so it will be.

Bad experience with trying to sell fishing gear on Facebook. I posted my stuff there, minus the Shimano that 3rdEngineer said he wanted. Some douche kazoo from an inner circle (lots of mutual friends) said he was interested in the Squall. I sent him photos, told him that the clicker was loud but otherwise fine operationally. We agreed on everything and I drove to Fairfax to meet him. I get there, and he tells me he can only do $50, because it only retails for $150. I guess he thought I would negotiate. So I said sorry for the trouble and headed back home. I guess this is why eBay went in the crapper. I thought 45% depreciation as a price was a pretty decent deal. Otherwise, it is cheaper just to keep the damn things and put them on cheap boat rods.

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Yeah I gave up with selling my fishing stuff. I was trying to offload a lews Magnesium pro speed spool which retails for like 200 or so but i paid 50% of that through a pro deal. So this thing was new in box I just didnt use had it at 60% retail getting the absolutely most absurd offers for $20-30. When the first guy didnt show to buy it I said fuck it. Sold it to a bud for stupid cheap.

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