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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"If Fu goes to 2 acc champ games in 4 years, I will never criticize him again." - dcwilson

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...

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

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 was talking to my cousin this weekend. He mentioned that it might be where the reel is placed that's leading to me feeling a little off balanced. I need to look and compare to the battalion

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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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"If Fu goes to 2 acc champ games in 4 years, I will never criticize him again." - dcwilson

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

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

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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.

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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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Coincidentally, the other day the soon-to-be mrs. and I were talking about how awful it is that we don't enjoy where we are as much as we should. I guess it's kind of human nature, but Thursday and Sunday (another gorgeous day, but no fishing) really opened my eyes to the fact that we live in a place that people pay alot of money to visit and we totally let it just pass on by like it's no big deal.

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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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I have had good luck on a group called "Flyfishing: Buy, Sell, Trade."

People are shitheads. Get all of the details worked out first.

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My wife would kill me if she knew how much stuff I have/had and what it cost, but with one exception, all of my now surplus fishing gear I have given away or traded off, and pretty much to folks I've met on TKP. While I can always use the money, it isn't worth the aggravation trying to sell the stuff and it's been pretty cool to just pass things along, but I also wasn't giving away stuff that would fetch anything game changing anyway. Also, the shift from my business back to a civilian and from river/lake fishing to Bay fishing left me with a lot of stuff I'll not be using, like the 20 lbs of soft plastics I sent to one TKP fellow, or the extra fly gear, but again, these weren't high dollar items and most were old enough that regardless of condition wouldn't fetch much these days anyway. Also, add in the fact that I'm almost 70 now, and I've accumulated a lot of stuff over the years. I will say that the only thing I've sold from online listing was my camper on Craig's List and I was pretty happy with how that went once I weeded out the lowball and bullshit inquiries.

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You are good people. I am real soured. I figured at that price I was doing someone a favor. It shows that I don't understand the market. The only person I know is buying about 4 pounds of lead (egg sinkers from back when I live baited off the piers more often) to make stirper jig heads.

Nobody must be able to sell anything, because when I go to marketplaces/craigslist/ebay everything used seems to be 20% or so less than retail.

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a friend of mine targets high (very high) quality offshore gear...his target is 1/3 of retail...and that is about what he averages

I have seen that your friend's approach seems to be the popular one. People are looking for a deal, deal, deal! They are not interested in a fair deal, they'll hold out for getting the advantage, and why not? It seems to work.

But still you wonder why it's so tough to get fair value online. One of my fishing clients several years ago was goaded by his "buddy" that day into admitting that his son made a living while in college by selling his "soiled" underwear online to perverts. I mean, if you can sell that shit...

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I was surprised...on more than one front. I've never dealt in used fishing gear and someone else's gear is probably the LAST thing I would trust. But there are also people who wind up with quality equipment they just can't/don't use. So if you hunt hard enough, you can find good stuff and if it is just sitting there, it can be had for a good price. My friend is also very personable/charismatic...he's great at building networks and contacts. If you watch American Pickers, he kind of comes across like Mike Wolfe...friendly, knowledgable, respectful, approachable... So often times, one deal will lead to another and sometimes he'll pay more than the target, and sometimes less. People will also call him..."hey, you bought this...would you be interested in buying that?" His offshore tackle repository looks like the store room of a tackle dealer. Everything looks new...and yet none of it is.

My buddy's wife in Birmingham makes 40k plus a year buying kids clothes at thrift stores and selling them on line. She took me to a thrift store down the street for the hell of it when my buddy was at work and lo and behold, I find a brand new Columbia PFG shirt for $6 on the rack. I may need to get into this game.

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That reel, for $50, I may as well keep it and use it for bottom fishing or something.

I have had wonderful luck buying second half stuff with one minor exception. Every time has been buying from someone I knew though. My Daiwa Ballistic sure has been wonderful, and I paid $375 and retail was $499. The 525 Mags were $150 new, and I paid $120. I have no idea what my Vega custom retails for, but I paid $150 and have been thrilled. I try to offer around 80% if I get to test it and 70% if not. Maybe I am just a damn sucker.

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Make sure you rate that buyer. Marketplace rating system is changing things for the better. It will bite them in the ass soon to where they can't use it anymore. I buy and sell weekly on there.

To hell with it. I am heading to Ocean City in the morning.

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This type of decision making is how I live my life, except I don't go to MD.

Remember when driving, shortcuts aren't easy, if they were, they would be called "The Way."

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Tog/stripers?

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Got another report today of endless specks/pups holding near surry discharge

Thank you

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Crushed the rockfish tonight- a top 5 day ever for me. More to come...

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Anyone ever bank fish around Kiawah Island? Down here for the weekend, armed with a spinning rod. Been scouting a few ponds, just seeing if anyone had any good intel.

Yes. Most of the ponds you'll find a mix of bass and inshore salt species. None are particularly better than the others. Idk how much beach walk park has changed but it used to be a decent place to fish the river. Still plenty of reds and trout in the area.

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It's kind of rainy but are they cool walking along the golf courses? I'm not saying I'll be out in the middle cutting fairways, was just wondering if it was a hey don't be a dick and we won't mind thing or a trespassing ticket. Wouldn't try it on a sunny day. Thanks for the response.

Let me rephrase I have an accessible side of a pond that borders a golf course.

I LOVE fishing golf courses, particularly a certain one back in northern Virginia that posts "No fishing" signs.

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Obviously my answer doesn't help you in this instance, but just thought I would give my two cents.

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You're probably fine, this time of the year the courses aren't nearly as busy. If they ask you to leave leave otherwise they don't care too much as long as you're being respectful.

You can always plead ignorance "oh sorry I can fish the course ponds where I'm from"

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Update, busted a red and a trout in some drainage ditches right near the park you suggested. Spent about an hour or so walking around. Z man Texas eye with deep creek Carolina shad. Beer time.

Sweet love when my advice can pay off.

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Nice work. I've been down there a couple times but didn't know much and didn't have any luck. We were there over new years. We stayed near where you fished

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There is a drainage ditch that leads to the river like a quarter mile from the park back the way you came you can see on google maps. It was there on the river side of the road. Lots of action, I didn't stay long, but I'm going back tomorrow when everyone is asleep.

Yeah I'm pretty we have walked over that bridge a bunch of times and knowing what I know now it makes sense that'd be fishy. Hope you get on another good bite tomorrow!

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Set Up: Omen Black MH 7'1 baitcaster with a Tatula, 15 pound power pro and about 2 feet of 30 pound Yozuri flurocarbon.

Bait: 1 1/2 or 1oz cannonball white jig head paired with a 7 inch white BKD during the day, and a pink 6 inch shad assassin at night

Keys:
No wind.
Dead low tide coincided with sunset
Fish bit most aggressively right as incoming started to trickle in.

When I got there, the tide was outgoing. Second cast, I got freight trained. That would become the theme for the trip- bring a bridge net French, you will pay for it with all the tackle you will avoid losing.

Anyway, Big Bird, inventor of "The Roy Rig" runs his boat up to about 40 meters to my right when he sees me lose a fish. He starts casting way up under the bridge, and catches 6 on 7 casts. Everyone one looks like a 26 inch class fish and fat as hell. I am thinking, man, they are eating. I should catch!

Well, it was slow going for awhile. I had a double jig similar to a Roy Rig on one rod, using a 1 1/2 oz jig with a Z-Man Diezel Pearl minnow on the short tag and a 1/4 oz jig with a 4 inch gulp on the trailer on my Carrot Stick, and a 1 1/2 oz cannonball jig head with a white 7 inch BKD on my baitcaster. After some experimenting with the drift, I found that using the baitcaster, I could get back under the bridge by jigging the bait up then disengaging the casting button to let out line. I got one very fat 23 incher to get on the board, and then got freight trained by a couple of fish which got so far back in the current that my braid rubbed on the bottom of the bridge. I never even turned them. Around 3:30, the tide was slowing a bit and I caught an 18 incher. I decided to grab something to eat and my extra sweat shirt.

I was back on the bridge by 4:15. And, let me tell you, death, taxes, and the tide chart for Ocean City being wrong are the only certainties in life. The outgoing lingered as I waited for the overhead lights to come on the bridge. 4:45 comes, and it is dark, no lights. I almost packed it up. Finally, around 5:10 the lights came on, and when the tide went completely slack, the fish started biting. Fish after fish after fish, all on the cannonball jig, this time with a pink 6 inch Shad Assassin. As the tide started to trickle in, the fish got even more aggressive. I landed around 24 more fish around the middle of the bridge, with the biggest being around a keeper (didn't have a tape, but it was between 26 and 29 inches) and the average being around 22 inches. Every one was fat and stuffed to the gills with small bait. With current not being a factor, I had a shot at some bigger fish. Around 6:00, I hooked a toad. There was nobody on my side of the bridge with a drop net. I screamed at a guy on the south side and I thought he yelled back that he didn't have one (I knew he did), so I tried to hand line it up. It turned out, he was telling me he was getting it. After cutting my pinky finger pretty badly on the braid, I got it up to about a foot from the leader knot and the braid broke. That fish was a 31-33 inch class fish and would have been my biggest bridge fish. I had a second that the hook straightened when I hand lined it, and two others where the braid broke. After running out of 30lb fluoro and almost exhausting my jig heads, I packed it up at 7:30 and started walking to the car.

Until, at the very last light before the west boat channel, I saw a mess of real nice sized stripers sitting in about 4 feet of water. My gear was all mangled, but I still had the Diezel minnow on my spinning rod that had not gotten any use for 2 hours. First cast, bang, a 20 incher. I figured I could be a little late. This was silly fishing, although the average size was a bit smaller. I got 10 fish on 17 casts, plus hooked another stud. This time, a guy who looked like Wallace Shawn from the Princess Bride with a mustache, comes with a drop net. Unfortunately, he dropped the net on top of my line and broke the line on what was a borderline keeper. With that, I smiled and left them biting for the three hour drive home.

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Hell of an evening there bud! Glad you got to enjoy some success, makes all the kicks in the ass you have to endure the majority of the time worth it.

Well done! Sounds like a great night. Are these fish accessible by boat?

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Yes, very easily especially during the day, although I am not 100 percent sure where people launch from Ocean City Fishing Center is less than a half mile from where I was fishing. I assume there is a ramp there for boats, but I have never fished a boat around Ocean City.

The boat guys usually anchor up current during the day and fish in the lanes between the pilings. The local expert is "Big Bird", an inshore guide who sells "Roy Rigs," usually fishes pearl colored shad bodies with red jig heads. He whacked them for about 30 minutes before he went off to chase trout while I was still figuring out what was going to work on the outgoing.

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Cool, thanks!

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Big Bird is all over Youtube and Facebook. If they are biting like last night, I imagine they would eat flies in a silver shad pattern if you can keep them down in the current. There is heavy current except during the low slack.

Here are the Roy Rigs that are the local favorite. I don't like the double rig though, and my preferred color is pink if the water is normal, white if it is clear, and motor oil/dark red/black if the water is real dingy.
https://fishinoc.com/product/roy-rig/

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Hobson's choice for you, fly guy. Good fishing vs crossing your oft stated self-imposed avoidance of the entire state of Maryland. And who knows? In these days of facial recognition and social media spying, they might just be waiting for you at the state line with who knows what kind of tortures and indignities. But do let us know if you go and we'll crowdfund your bail, won't we guys?

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Easily the most entertaining storyteller on the fishing thread, also will support anyone in pursuit of good fishing.

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Easily the most entertaining storyteller on the fishing thread

Now that is one hell of a compliment, thank you!

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I'll ditto it. We have chuckled at your exploits and travails more than once while I fished with fellow TKPers. To me, your extreme mobility is perhaps the thing that fascinates me the most. You go everydamnwhere! It's perhaps no wonder you have trailer problems, with the miles you routinely cover, but I envy your intrepidness. Heading into waters you don't know and far from home takes a desire I could only wish for the will and means to do, and you do it regularly.

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You're welcome! I enjoy reading all of your stories. I wish I got up and went more than I do now. There are a ton of different fisheries you target so that also keeps it interesting.

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We're already in the hole due to having to buy French a bridge net, but I think if we pick up some sponsors we'll be ok.

If I towed my boat and trailer into Maryland, something awful would happen to it for sure.

I could always run down to the bridges here in VA. No reason they shouldn't fish similarly.

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I don't know the nuance down there, but I imagine if there is a shadow line, there will be fish.

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There is used to be a fishery at the HRBT where there is a light line and schoolie stripers would hang on the edge. Just heard about it haven't fished it.

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I fished it several times in the mid 2000s. It was money, and we used light tackle and swim shad. Also where I found two 10 lb gray trout in three casts one night, also on storm swim shad in croaker color. We'd bait fish for drum on the incoming tide at night, then fish the light lines until we were too bleary-eyed to keep up, or just got tired of catching stripers, or just got tired. I don't ever recall them quitting before we did. The fish weren't big, but 18-26" fish were routine. This was also late spring. Haven't done it in the fall, but I'd be surprised if things were different.

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Yeah it's probably the same but I think it was on a little bit of a downfall nothing crazy but the theory was the water quality was better in the inlets around VB so stripers weren't just hanging out at the bridge. But right now with the water temp the stripers should be out in open water regardless. Also 10 lb gray trout is ridiculous!!

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It's night time fishing and lights are the attraction, not just the structure, but then again, where there are lights, there is structure. Chicken/egg? Yeah, those two trout were incredible, and there was a local dude anchored up in the most blocking way possible in the lights we were trying to fish. He gave us thumbs up when we were catching stripers, but when I got those two trout, he started yelling and cussing at us for "stealing his trout". We laughed at him, and I took a turn at the wheel to get my friend into position, it being a heavy tide, small boat kinda affair, and he started throwing towards the casts and tangled my friend up a couple of times, then said he was going to pull anchor and ram us. We decided to abscond to Little Creek and the friendly embrace of machine gun toting Navy personnel. Interesting night.

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Yeah it's definitely both of those things. Good story. He definitely "owned" those trout haha. Glad y'all made it out safe and caught some stud fish.

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I understand first come and all, but this guy was anchored up so as to obstruct anyone from even getting close to the productive structure. His anchoring was precarious, the tide and waves were pretty strong and to be honest, dangerous for anchoring up, but he blocked anyone from fishing the areas that folks usually powered in, cast and hooked up, then drifted back and let others take turns. Now, it was maybe 2:30 in the am and most folks had long since boogied, but I have learned with my limited experience of the fishery, that there are some really strange, worrisome and repugnant folks in that part of the world.

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A Maryland driver would wreck your boat and trailer and somehow, you would be deemed at fault is what would happen. Maybe wear a disguise?

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https://goo.gl/maps/RRF1RMmFVhAt31hPA This requires a slightly longer run, but it appears to be public and still wouldn't take 10 minutes to get to the bridge.

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Since it is too cold and too windy and the tides are crazy high...a quick view of why we pay attention to sea level rise in St Aug...this was Fri morning BEFORE the flood tides. I have no idea of how much freeboard they think they need...I've seen them run when it looks like the wheels are touching the water.

Saw photos that a loose barge crashed into Buckroe Pier and wiped it out right near the pier house. What an awful year for pier guys. Ugh.

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Damn I have a tremendous amount of respect for tug and pilot boat captains. The shit that they have to boat through is insane glad everyone made it out safe

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Anyone had any luck with specks since the water Temps dipped? I'm eyeing Friday pretty hard (high 63deg)... but didn't know if they'd be gone (except near surry) due to colder water

Got word they are thick on the Eastern Shore right now. Haven't heard anything more about this side of things

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Still biting at Morehead City

You up in our neck of the woods Dave or your brother-in-law catching some?

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Good deal. Glad he is getting on 'em. Will be down there in a week.

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I don't have details but unless he is in someone else's boat, whatever he's doing is likely easy access, anchor up or slow drift, live bait...in other words, the opposite of me (remote creek, constantly on TM, throwing weird plastic shit) lol.

Yeah I know the trout have been everywhere. Going to fish some creeks off Neuse or somewhere in area in my pedal drive kayak throwing plastics. You fish some cool spots for sure. I talked to a cousin this weekend who was getting trained to be a mechanic in Jacksonville for the past 6 months and was raving about the fishing down there.

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I don't think it's any better than most of what y'all have access to and certainly isn't as good as some. What we do have that maybe some don't is something going on (and nice weather to do it in) pretty much year 'round.

Have gotten lots of reports from MHC of tons of trout and really good sizes too on hard baits but as my good friend said, they are getting "dong walloped" by this Nor'easter

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Thanks for the report, looks like that's gonna change and work out for me.

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Not for nothing, but I ran across this quote today while reading. "Fishing-precision guesswork based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge." Henry Standing Bear (Craig Johnson, Land of Wolves)

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I love it Fish. Gonna write that one down. Very true

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Welcome. Seems like the trout are all over the place. I would imagine dock lights on the ICW should be freaking loaded and accessible via kayak. The islands near the Harkers Island public put in have some good oyster beds and I'd bet my bank account (very small amount of $$$) that there are trout around those islands, sod banks and oyster bars, all accessible via kayak. Plus there's a few green dock lights around there on the Harkers side of the bridge.

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Boat ramps have been empty around here lately. Something about that darned wind...

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The SC coast was pretty much un-fishable this weekend 9.6ft at 4 saturday and 8 at 5 sunday wind blowing 18-20kts. Today its back down to a managable 4.6 at 4

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My friend in Topsail said they had sustained mid forties and gusts up to 65. He went out on the pier and had to hold onto the rails to stay standing. Brutal, but then yesterday, things smoothed out and he ended up going surfing. Not bad for a 67 year old dude. Wish I still had it in me.

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In my boredom this off-season I want to try and rig up the bed of my truck to be better at hauling the kayak and gear in a organized fashion. Love the setups based on the midheight truck racks but damn they're expensive. Might borrow a welder and powder coat my own rack

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I'll have to find the rack I bought in college for my yaks I loved that thing.

Edit: TracRac that thing was sturdy as all. It wasnt cheap at about $500 but it keeps your bed wide open for gear and I just kept my yak on there all year round since I wasnt worried about it moving and I just cable locked it to the rack. Easily fit two on it which was nice when I had buds taking and needed to haul up to 4.

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None of the racks are cheap it seems but I'll keep an eye out on black friday to see if one comes along on a deal. With my Nucanoe being heavy I'll try to keep it in the bed of the truck and use the rack for my gear so its all not just crammed in the boat and in the corners. I really want to use a snowboard rack device on top to hold all my rods out of the way and then build a open cage box for my tackle to go in on the side. Would love to make a runner setup for the kayak in the bed but thats not the main goal right now. Got some poly strips I can throw on two by fours in the bed and put some tie down straps and all but thats something I gotta have time to figure out.

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I used smooth, bare trex lumber as trailer bunks on my jon boat for years. slides great. doesn't rot.

anyone Fished the shallows this week or plan to this weekend?

Haven't been out. Relegated to watching youtube videos. If I were going I'd go to Little Creek jetty and wade fish or fish one of the VA beach inlets

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I'm headed out that way first thing in the morning, will post report.

I just stocked up on my winter rockfish gear. I got a wide variety of 10 inch BKDs, refilled my 25 pound fluorocarbon stockpile, and resupplied on jig heads. Hopefully some big girls are around this winter.

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I hope you are able to get out after them. This time of year is a welcome slow down. I need to do some serious reel cleaning, both fly and spin. Just fixed a busted eye on a spin rod. Will be respooling fly and spin reels.

I am in the process of restocking my fly boxes. Lots of old flies getting chopped up or being donated. I've got The Fly Fishing Show in Edison and Atlanta at the end of January. Need to take 150 plus flies to both.... yikes. Lots of time behind the bench ahead of me.

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Got into some keeper striper today in back river... but the water temp has already dropped to 47.. friend of mine just fished there Tuesday and slayed the trout and it was 53. There were no trout in the normal holes. Cold.

Pretty work! Yep, with the water temp dropping that fast and into the 40's that makes sense the trout are moving out.

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Hey Flyguy!

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

Nice musky bug! I have yet to have a follow on Fire Tiger but many guys fish that color combo. Did you tie it?

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Fished the North River yesterday. One ~14" rockfish around low tide. Not much going on. Friends fished the York River and caught a 22" speck. They must still be hanging around.

I am going to be down in Nags Head all week. Open to any suggestions/advice on fishing if anyone has been hearing reports...French??

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Trout fish from the surf near the piers

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Agreed. Unless the water is too cold, white gulp on jigs just north of Avalon or Jennettes pier. If unproductive, head south to Hatteras.

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Red drum tackle has been posting trout and slot drum being caught pretty regularly now.

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That is consistent with what I have heard down south. Nags Head area has been slow when the trout aren't cooperating.

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I will let you know in a week how it is! Time to cast til my arm falls off.

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Managed boat and truck woes yesterday. Hooked her up to get to the lake. Went to trim my motor up and nothing. Battery reading 0.0v so that's a nice big paper weight. Hopped back in my pick up turned it over. No sound working, read up on it happens from a weak start so I either have a bad battery or starter there to.

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Haha, giving me anxiety

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Sounds like you should have gone to the game... On the boat, also check wiring by wiggling various connections near the battery. That's how I discovered a bunch of my shit wiring.

On the truck, take to O'Reilly's and get them to run a check on the alternator as well. Oreilly's is much better than Autozone and Advance. Been to all of them more times than I can count.

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I took the boat battery out and hooked up my voltage meter directly to the battery and got 0.0v. Tried to throw it on the tender and got connection errors so its 100% done.

I'll be hitting up one of those store to check the truck battery eventually.

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I'm a member of the 2020 Hobie Worlds fishing team, and compete nationally in the KBF and Hobie Bass Open Series as well as in local events in both Virginia and North Carolina.

Home water is The New River, but when I'm not competing, I'm generally fishing Briery Creek Lake. I fish for LMB,smallies, spots, musky, and I'm trying to figure out how to find and catch striped bass in impoundments and interior rivers.

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Happy for you to join us! Looking forward to reports of your future trips

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Man so many questions but what kayak do you primarily use?

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Currently fishing out of a 2018 Wildreness Radar 115 with the Helix Pedal Drive, but will be switching to a Hobie Outback or a Pro-Angler 12 with kick-up fins. The kick-up fins on their Mirage Drive solves the issue that the drive had of breaking fins/masts when rocks or wood is accidentally hit.

Hows the wilderness for a pedal drive system? One regret of getting my Nucanoe is the drive options are very limited unless I go full McGyver

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I would avoid it. If I were to get another yak that is prop driven then it would be a Native or a Jackson.

My big three complaints is Wilderness (Confluence) has some horrid customer service. The pedal arms are soft aluminum and the pedals are hardened steel, which results in bad things. Third, there are only two ways to raise the drive and it requires precisely lining up the prop. When the prop gets clogged in vegetation, this becomes a nightmare, particularly if you are already in difficult weather; Native and Jackson dont have this insane feature.

But, for the serious fishing that I do, I'm sold on the Hobie Mirage Drive.

Interesting stuff on the builds of the drives themselves its surprising as someone in fabrication how people try to mix metals and expect good results in stuff like that. Would love to one day get a hobie but the initial cost is a hug setback plus all we really fish are faster rivers so fins are a no go most of the time. Hell for what the new hobie goes for with the kick up fins I could put a decent motor on my twin vee skiff and have a power boat.

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The Hobies are tremendous river boats. People for some reason just up and declared them as no-go for rivers without actually trying them.

The Mirage Drive works amazingly well in moving water. Hobie has a video of a staffer taking a Pro Angler down Big Falls in the New River without paddling.

I can see them being great in moving water but don't you need to worry about hitting rocks with the drive? I took my pelican catch out on the Huguenot Flatwater on the James and bumped rocks with my drive. Didn't do any serious damage but would be concerned if I did that often.

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Having never actually used one are the fins easy to keep tucked up on the bottom of the boat or is it complete guess work? I would go grey worrying over the fins getting mashed or bent in a river with current like the new

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So yes, if you press the pedals and hold it, the fins will fold up along the hull of the yak, so if you're fishing and see shallow water, you just take your leg and press the fins up and hold it until you get back to more deeper water. The kick up fins largely solve his problem as long as the strike is head on and not on the side while drifting.

I use my Wilderness pedal drive all the time on the New with the exception of when I'm fishing for musky, in which case I leave the drive at home.

You do have to be careful and be switched on and mentally in the game to use a PD on a river.

I know the river so well that its largely not an issue for me. Normally I'll have my drive raised when coming up to shallow water, run the rapid, float a certain distance, then use the PD to slowly work my way back up stream in a controlled fashion.

Places along the river like the ledges in McCoy, I would not even try to use the PD, but up above closer to Whitehtorne, its invaluable.

Huh wonder how much they draw with the paddles up, might have to test one out sometime to see how it handles but I'm bad at buying stuff after a test drive so one day when I can float the buck I'll give one a go. Being on the water once or twice a week can warrant getting a decent rig but doing so much floating in the summer makes it tricky with low water alot of the time.

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Well, Mr. 'nator, I can solve your curiosity dilema. My wife has a destroyed right shoulder and cannot paddle a kayak, so we got her the Hobie Revolution 11 with mirage drive. The drive definitely pulls up flush, but I'd be wary of using it on moving rivers with rocks and I absolutely know the New River like the back of my hand. Bang up the drive, you're out nearly $500. Not worth even chancing it from my perspective, but not a problem where we live now. Also not a problem because my wife can't paddle anyway, and I ain't about to shrink my time on the water back to little boats. Been there done that, and I'll leave it to y'all yutes with better backs and knees. My Maravia spoiled me for river fishing, though a buddy with a jet boat had already pretty much done that. Issues of boat control, anchoring, and space play into it for me, as well as safety issues relating to cold water and chances of overturning when something goes hinkey, but all I know is once I had that boat control, I caught an awful lot more fish once I abandoned the little boat thing. I know, everyone's different, and kayaks are so portable, maneuverable and all, but that's not all I need from a fishing boat.
The Hobie itself is a nice kayak, and the drive pops right out if you don't want to use it, but there are cheaper kayaks that'll suffice. Her disability is the only reason we went the cost. Well, that and we couldn't find a used one that was a significant saving. Folks tend not to sell them.
So, as to your curiosity, come on over and we'll load her boat up and I'll take you to Put In Creek and you can try it out for yourself. It is an impressive drive, that mirage, with the fins mimicking the swimming motion of the penguin. The drive works extremely well when pedaling against wind and even strong tide, which my wife enjoys. Faster than most folks can paddle, and if it had a reverse function, it'd be perfect for her, but a short hand held thingee helps her if she needs reverse. Is it worth the money? For Lynn, yes, but she doesn't fish. The Revo might not be the thing for you, but you could at least get a taste of the Mirage drive without the temptation to take it home with you. C'mon anytime, I'll put you in.

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I'll have to take you up on that sometime when its warmer I'd like to see how the drive feels and controls to see if its worth even entertaining the thought. Its either I go that route to continue with inshore fishing or get a small skiff or power boat to aid exploration into bigger bodies of water. The hobies seem to just last which is a bonus I wont spend unless itll last.

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You'll love the hands free convenience, the pinball flipper directional control, and the speed that will be less effort than paddling if your legs are conditioned. I personally didn't love the too low in the water feeling while fishing, and while I'd get used to it, I'm certain, it was harder for me making dock casts for some reason. You'll find it a fun boat to pedal, whether you end up with one or another style or not. The Revo is not what I would choose for a fishing boat for me, regardless, because there are better fishing kayaks from Hobie, and if they're improving on the drive past the Mirage, I'd go that way if buying one if money wasn't an issue, but if that's the case, maybe used Mirage boats will start being around and cheaper. Anytime, just holler.

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Demo demo demo.

And if price is an issue, dont get it, particularly if you're a casual angler that doesn't fish more than a handful of times a year.

Fyi the seating in is higher in an Outback than the Compass, and its higher in a PA than an Outback.

Were it not for her destroyed shoulder, we wouldn't have bought one either. Could afford it, obviously, but from a per trip perspective, it was an expensive purchase. For her to get on the water on her own and with other kayaking friends, though, it was well worth the expenditure. Hobie does make some nice stuff, though.

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1) loved fishing Briery Creek. It is a very tough lake, but very cool structure. I spent a year living in Farmville. Briery Creek was always a mystery I couldn't unlock, but I got access to a huge farm pond a couple of miles from BC near Meherrin and it was gold.

2) This time of year, fishing for stripers is all about finding birds working or finding them on your electronics. If you are marking them, you can't go wrong with a medium extra fast action bait caster and vertical jigging a 6 inch BKD/Shad assassin with quick snap twitches. The other option that I have had success with it his time of year is pulling love gizzard Shad behind planner boards. I qualify that by saying I was fishing with hosts who were VERY dialed in on the water temps that were holding fish, and I don't have that knowledge level in freshwater.

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All of the wood intimidates a lot of anglers on Briery.

They key is just ignoring the wood and focus on structure and also understand when and why fish are shallow (it's rare that they are on the shallow flats).

I tend to fish Briery better from the post spawn on into winter, but I struggle during the early pre-spawn and I will usually move over and fish Sandy River in March and April.

The hard part about striper fishing for me is that I'm doing it out of a pedal kayak so there is only so much water that I can cover at a time, which makes it hard (and thus more rewarding) to catch nomadic species like stripes and hybrids.

For all of my fishing knowledge, I know very little about fishing large lakes. It is daunting to me. Hopefully, I can learn a thing or two from you on here.

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How well versed would you say you are in understanding general seasonal patterns of bass?

Very.

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So, I have two sayings, one is "all things equal" the other is "what do you know?"

Those are things I say to myself that will assist me in figuring out the equation.

For example, when water raises and becomes that chocolate milk color, they will almost always go shallow and hang close to cover or the bank, regardless of the time of year.

In the spring, if I cant find fish I ask "what do you know?" Well, I know that they are moving and will hold up on secondary points or they will use creek channels and ditches to travel that might be more subtle. If they arent on secondaries then I start using side imaging to locate the channels and ditches.

Other tips to break down a big lake include eliminating water through trial and error. If you find that there are zero fish on a main lake point, and then go to another main lake point and still not find fish, then you can eliminate all other main lake points.

I had one tournament in July, in 88 degree water where, in practice, I hit every dock and secondary point along a 4 mile cove and found zero fish. At the back of the cove was a small perennial creek that fed that cove. I pulled 3 good fish on jigs in 3ft of water around that creek mouth. That location was not productive enough to give me the 5 fish I needed to be competitive, so I went to Google Earth and Navionics and searched for locations that were similar, but bigger that would hold more fish. Next day I went out and tested the spot and caught a 3 pounder on the first cast. In doing this, I eliminated 99% of the water on the lake.

So, before you hit the lake, do your map work and prepare a plan based on what you know for that time of year or condition, and if it pans out, start looking for areas that have the exact same set up, or, if they arent there, you can just eliminate that same type of spot.

Excellent response. I've heard it said that 90% of the fish are in 10-20% of the water, and are caught by about the same % of fishermen. You can't fish the whole lake, so the deal is to shrink the lake to suit your style of fishing, and keep shrinking it until you're honed in. Easier said than done, but sounds like you're tuned in and using the now available tech stuff to help the effort. Good luck in your tournaments and look forward to more of your informative posts.

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All valid points, thanks. I will employ this same type of strategy when fishing new saltwater, however there's more to it in salt with tide and you simply cannot eliminate everything due to the amount of water. So that makes me question myself when fishing other types of water. I just rarely fish big lakes but more time spent on them and I'm sure I could figure it out more.

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I've fished tidal water only once and used this same strategy for the KBF Chesapeake Bay tournament and it got me 11th out of 92. Obviously tidal brackish/fresh is different than tidal salt with different migration patterns and species and all, but fishing is fishing.

Well, the wind quit for a day and the tides behaved...oh, and I finally found some solid trout.

Kept my limit of six...17.5 (3), 16.5 (1), 15.5 (2)...also a 20" red.

Released some small trout, a couple 16" reds, and a bluefish...I hate bluefish.

Hot bait today was the little bunker colored storm; bouncing-on-the-bottom slooooow. The trout would bump it a couple times and then nail it. I was also fishing it with a small rattle insert for the first time. I think I'll do that again.

Needed Flyguy and a microskiff today...very little wind and some over slot reds were working the banks in a few inches of water. I just kept spooking them.

Pretty work Dave! Did you get a chance to cast at the reds or were they already spooked?

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No, I was doing the spooking.

First stop today was to check out my redfish hole from last winter. It was mid-tide and not ideal. But I took a red off the little drop off I like to fish. I could see a guy fishing in front of me so I decided to leave and spend some time exploring.

The creek where I caught all but one fish is a spot I'd gone into briefly once before, just to check water depth...I knew I could get back out at low tide and I like the signature of the aerial photo. I immediately picked up some small trout and the bluefish and decided just to stay there and see how far I could work my way to the back....whole thing is less than 1/2 mi. and with a limited watershed the current isn't nearly as strong as some. I kept getting hits until I got to kind of a crossroads...a cut on my left and oyster bar on my right. I took 5 slot trout and two undersized reds from that one spot. Also had a slot red halfway to the boat and it threw the bait (plastic likely doubled back over the hook). So it didn't take long to have a limit of trout, I already had a red for Mrs D, and at that point I just worked my way as far as I could go. When I hit really skinny water, I started spooking the reds. The way I fish, I'll need to hit it at higher tide or perhaps see how far I can fling a topwater...but I know where they are!

very little wind and some over slot reds were working the banks in a few inches of water.

Wet dream right there

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For all of us trailering boats, double check your winch strap. Mine has a cut in it. I am going to replace it after seeing this...

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This happened to me!

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

That makes me want to puke

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More word from my Hokie pal on Topsail. Trout and reds in the sloughs on the beach side. He's excited.

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Flagler beach Florida for Thanksgiving. Sunday fished an hour an caught three whiting, a catfish, and a black drum. This morning after about an hour I have three tiny permit caught and released, and a nice whiting for the frying pan. Hope to add a dozen more.

Last cast was a personal best pompano. 16" fork length, 19" overall. Heavy, thick fish. Headed for a brown butter sauce tomorrow evening. Lunch at Metro Diner then home for beers and relaxing. More fishing tomorrow.

A 19 inch pompano? That is a stud. I bet it hammered your bait.

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It absolutely did. I had my lighter surf rod and it put up a good fight. Didn't think I'd land it honestly. Can't wait to eat it tomorrow.

Pompano is one of my top 5 species.
1. They hit like a train
2. Delicious dense meat
3. No scales!
4. Great on the grill.
Enjoy! Great fish!

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Thanks! I agree on all counts. Great fight. Incredibly easy to clean and filet. And delicious on the table. We had it with my mom's shrimp fried rice. Great meal.

Not fishing, but my dad, who has been in very ill health, was able to harvest a doe yesterday. I was lucky enough to harvest one too after it stood in front of me for 45 minutes. Hunters for the Hungry got two donations so hopefully some families have a wonderful holiday dinner.

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Glad you got the time with your dad. Your doe needed harvesting if she was that dumb. Have a great holiday and hope we get out next month for some schoolies.

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Your doe needed harvesting if she was that dumb.

Exactly what I was thinking about the sorority girls listening to my bullshit about being a 25 year old super senior at Hokie House this past Saturday night....

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Got another one today and saw nine- all before I could even sit down at my stand. When I was 11, hunting was getting up at 4am, getting in a stand by 6, and being as still as possible until 5pm. It seems like there are exponentially more deer, and they are not nearly as skittish.

Dad got another one today too, as did my little brother, all between 2:00pm and now. I hear one is a buck but I am still dressing mine.

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Good Lord man sounds like you guys have a good place to hunt. I've been too busy building my house to hunt at all this year and it's been killing me seeing everyone out hunting. Congrats on getting one with the old man nothing beats hunting and fishing with the family.

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I fished on the Bay today with old friend / mentor / 8th grade English teacher who lives in Kilmarnock. He called me last night asking if I wanted to hit the water today. High of 65 and sunny with a south wind at 5. I debated it and said sure, then called my other buddy for a report. He caught over 100 stripers up to 28" this past weekend casting spin gear in the mouth of the Rapp. Jigging, casting and topwater, all under birds.

I got to the dock 20 minutes late due to two car accidents and road construction blocking two different ramps to 195 in Richmond. I'll tell you what, how people drive to work every day looking into that winter rising sun is beyond me. It is literally blinding. Another reason rush hour and the real world are awful....

Long story short, the fish were not there. We looked for over 40 miles. Lots of other boats, lots of jackwagons trolling around. Few diving birds with nothing underneath of them. Found one school of rainbait. Loons galore. We explored out of the mouth of the Rapp halfway across the Bay and as far as upriver as above Urbanna. Lots of boats up there. We had a few marks here and there over the course of the day. Not a single bite. I think the weather was just too nice. Water was gin clear.

At 4 hours, we called it. Didn't see a single fish caught and we had none to show for ourselves on random casting here and there. Oh well, was a gorgeous day weather wise on the water and Tom was entertaining as always getting angry at birds, other fishermen, other fly tiers, his wife, clouds, etc. His crankiness cracks me up. I got a bag of 100 oysters for Mom on the way out of town from Merrior. Probably all I will eat at Thanksgiving.

To note, Mill Creek ramp is completely filled in and is now basically a beach. Still accessible via kayak though and that might keep some people out of my spots in that area.

I am probably done fishing for the year unless I do a random freshwater trout trip before January. My boat needs to sit there in timeout and think about all of the times it has broken down. It was nice to show up to a dock and get on someone else's boat and not worry about a thing.

Fly tying time and dreaming of these in 6 months...

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When we can count on 'em, I'd be happy to host you for a schoolie trip. That goes for all here.

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Heard schoolie rockfish were around on the beaches in Nags Head.

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Now that is rare these days

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

A buddy and I picked up a couple slot reds and 4 trout yesterday...a decent day but fish not nearly as active as Monday...and it was a circus at the ramp.

So what is in this picture?

This is an example of things I look for when fishing tidal creeks. You are facing upstream into a dead end cut/trough...the creek channel hugs the far bank, left of the sand/mud bar. The dead end cut is deep enough to hold a couple feet of water even at low tide and the oyster bar on the right extends all the way down into the water (most oyster bars in our area do not...see the ones along the far bank in the background). Each of these attributes alone makes it worthy to fish; but the two together makes it exceptional. When it gets cold, reds will sit on the bottom protected from the current by the sandbar and next to the oysters. Contrary to what most locals do, I'll fish this spot in the first hour or so of outgoing tide when none of this is visible, casting a gulp or a small black bucktail into the cut past the oysters or onto the sand bar and then drag the bait over the edge.

Fished Varn Park yesterday for several hours. Managed one blue about 12". Hooked what I believe to be two extremely large rays. After about a ten minute battle, my leader broke off at the swivel. One time it broke the 20 lb fluoro and the other time it broke my 65 lb braid. Fun battling something that big but wish I could have landed one.

Skunked this morning.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

As someone who has alot experience catching big rays it's absolutely no fun landing them they're fun for a nice fight then hopefully they break off otherwise you're in for alot of pain

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

You're probably right. Having never landed one, what is the gist of the challenge when landing one?

Imagine wrestling a large jellyfish with no real way to grab them unless they don't have the sticker but even then the tail is tough to grab. It's one of those awkward weight things that can get nasty quick

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

Cut the line

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I've landed several, on light tackle and on surf gear. One's enough for a lifetime. In the surf, however, they really hurt me. I caught and landed four in a little over an hour, all in the huge range, I guess maybe 25-35 lbs but not sure. They were full grown. The first two, I landed and got back my rig, toted them back to the water by their wings and sent them on their way. The last two, I just got close and pointed the rod at them and backed them out of the last of the surf until my line broke, then kicked them back in. I've got a long ago injured shoulder, and fighting them against the surf injured it again, a problem I'm still dealing with now almost two years later.
Hope I never have to see another one. Dehooking them can be a challenge at boatside where you don't want to land them, but in the surf you just flip them over and get out the pliers,.

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Some of the better Black Friday Deals. Most require being on their list serves:

Dicks Sporting Goods-25% off everything online and free shipping today and tomorrow

American Legacy Fishing- Daiwa Tatula 100's ($159.99) for $89.99 and Daiwa Fuego rods for $39.99, 20% off Dobyns Rods, and a Shimano SLX DC Combos for $229

J&H Tackle: 15% off the entire site

Mustad: 30% off everything on the site (Demon Circle hooks for $3.99 a 5 pack)

J&H and Tackle Direct 10% off Avet reels

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Fishbrain has the old Fathoms for $99

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St. Croix has 25% off their Musky Mojo rods.

Abu Garcia has their Revo Toro Rocket low profile baitcaster (retails for $399.00) for $200. They also have their Revo Inshore spinning reels marked way down.

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Last morning. NNE winds at 10-15 mph. 4 oz not holding. Caught a few small whiting and a tiny black drum. High tide around 10 or so. Any tips on surf fishing in such conditions? Would love to hammer a few decent whiting or pompano.

Use a sputnik style sinker, use braid and your longest rod. If 4 doesn't work, go up to 5 or 6. If they don't hold, g'home and get the beer flowing. The sputnik was invented long after I used to surf fish regularly, but now that I've discovered them, I won't be without them in heavy surf. Don't put your rod in a sand spike, hold it standing as close to the surf as you can comfortably stand. That's all I got.

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Report from last week at the mouth of the Rappahannock. Buddy from Deltaville found plenty of birds, and they caught several fish, but they were all in the 12-16" range. No keepers. Remains to be seen if the late season will develop as hoped, but the reduced limits hopefully will help the resource. I fear a total moratorium will be in order, and am all for it, but we need to address the menhaden problem aggressively as well. The time has come.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Went out with the topwater again for shits and giggles on Tuesday morning and had the scariest fishing experience of my life... caught a decent little snook- which surprised the hell out of me considering the water was 78 degrees and its freakin Thanksgiving week and I'm catching snook on the beach- anyways, grabbed the fish, held him upside down while I get the hook out. The damn fish flips out of my hand, hooks still in his mouth, and catches my gym shorts TWO FRICKIN INCHES from where the family name is kept alive.... I'm shocked, staring down at my crotch just contemplating what the fuck just happened and how lucky I am. Fish dangling from my shorts, I figure the only way to do this safely is to grab my knife and gently cut the hooks out of my shorts..

Stayed for another few minutes and caught a couple spanish mackerel and a lizard fish, and had to call it to get ready for work. Now the future Mrs. says she has a new favorite pair of gym shorts...

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"Look at this... This is just spectacular.... These people are losing their minds"

STICK IT IN HAS RETURNED!!!

Snook also have the sharpest gill plates. Glad those didn't get close as well!

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That's exactly why I was sitting there with the fish hanging from my shorts for a minute.... "how the hell do I do this against those gill plates...."

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Snook fishing requires fishin gloves. I learned that the hard way.

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File under "close but no cigar". Fish enough, and you'll be dealing with hooks in flesh sooner or later, but hopefully not that particular flesh. Makes a good case for debarbing hooks, eh?

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Yeah, I've dealt with a few when I was fishing bass tournaments... nothing like trying to grab a 6 pounder when the crankbait shakes loose....

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Lots of specks still being reported in lynnhaven and rudee

More Holiday fishing gear deals:

J&H Tackle (not sure if this is just for people on the list serv or not)
- Penn Clash 3000/4000 for $119.00/$129.00
- Shimano Twin Power 4000/5000 $328
- Penn Fierce (I don't recommend) $49.99

Tackle Direct
- Shimano SLX Combo $129
-Select SP Minnows $5.99

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Nice deals there. Greentop has 25 percent off all hard/soft plastics (online only-til midnight) as well as 50% off the penn fierce combos (as low as $50 for a combo)

I fished SML on Tuesday. Caught 4 dinks, that was it. Surface temps are mid 50s and thought I would find some shallow bigs on flats near bluff walls but the water seemed pretty desolate...no bigs and no baitballs anywhere except a few in the channel in 40ft of water.

Took this weekend off fishing, I'll likely be doing a musky trip this week assuming none of the rivers are muddy, if so, then I'll be on Briery.

Haven't had much luck in the creeks nearest the house but yesterday our daughter and her boyfriend came over for a delayed Thanksgiving. While she got some quality Mom time, the BF and I had a couple of hours free. So we launched in the neighborhood and tried a creek that I love the looks of, but have done next to nothing in.

Tide was far from ideal (middle of outgoing) but we scratched out two keeper trout, this 20" red, and released 3 smaller fish. All on slayer tails with the z-man trout eye head.

Dude! Well done! Excellent Happy Thanksgiving memory. Way to use that time effectively. Great tail color in that pic!

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Nice catches! That's a great thanksgiving meal there!!!