June 2019 Fishing Thread

Cobia season is in full swing in the Bay. Summer patterns are starting to develop. Post your catch, reports or questions.

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I went out with some buddies yesterday to chum up some cobia on the Bay. Well we chummed up the two foot sharks for sure. Caught 5 of them. Other eels tails were bitten off. Saw a cobia swim right by our boat but didn't have a bucktail ready quick now to get a good shot. We jigged for flounder at the bridge, caught a short and a few grey trout. It was a pretty rough ride out but by the afternoon it was calm as it could be for the bay. Good introductory trip for them to chumming and an enjoyable day especially for the lack of nice fish.

I am glad you had a good day. I am trying to figure out how to get back on the water this coming weekend. It may end up being a pier day, but I can't sit around NOVA on a nice day again like this weekend.

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Were you in the Carolina Skiff?

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Yep, 4 dudes in a 17' carolina skiff with like 12 rods and gear all over the place.

I bet your knees hurt

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I didn't really notice my knees hurting. The usual soreness the next day from sitting on anchor for awhile. We didn't go that far from the boat ramp maybe 3 miles and we couldn't plane with all the gear and guys

Heading out tomorrow to get my great nephews on their first ever fish. I have a couple of cheapo combos I bought for my brother's two sons who never showed up to get them and then moved to the left coast, so the combos are brand new four year old rigs...they'll love 'em. Plan is to go to my croaker hole and get their first ones, then maybe head out to the Mobjack Reef to try to get them on some of 3rdGen's 2' sharks. That'll make for some good times for introduction to the salt, and hopefully keep the kids interested in the game. Never had any kids, and these guys are the first in the extended families to evince any sincere interest in fishing, so I'm looking forward to seeing if they'll actually get the bug.

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When all else fails throw a bottom rig on a ultralight and drop it by the #2 marker channel edge and let the croaker take over.

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I am looking forward to hearing about your day with the little ones on the water. Those croaker will give them a good time!

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NOTICE: 15-1/2' Shenandoah canoe, Royalex hull, Blue Hole rails and thwarts (replaced poplar and ash), FREE to good home. Well used, but not in a long time. Excellent singleton whitewater canoe and decent two person boat, but not sure how much abuse the old hull has left in it. I have skid plates on it, but not sure how much rockage it can take at this point. Oh did I mention that it's 40 years old? Downside: you gotta come to Mathews to get it. Stored out of the sun for many years so deterioration of the "sandwich" isn't terrible and for someone who just wants a canoe to have a canoe, it could be perfect. First dibs gets it.
Edit: Don't want to undersell this canoe's life. Just looked at it again and the hull seems sound. Not gonna break or anything, but I wouldn't do heavy rapids where you're likely to hit too many rocks too hard. While perfect for lake or pond, I'm not too sure I'd get in serious stuff in it.

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Headed out to the GW National Forest this week to find some brookies. We got a decent amount of rain here the last few days which should make for some good flow. The pictures my buddies have been sending me show some really nice brook trout in this area (just like last year).

Is it basketball season yet?

gheenoe project continues...

hull repainted; trailer shortened; bunks replaced and refitted; bearings and seals replaced

Test drove it with the Suzi 2.5 I bought for the Nucanoe last Fri...almost-almost planed it. Waiting on the Honda 6 to get back from the shop. Adding a 45# thrust saltwater TM and the original logos for the sides

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this is a taste of what I started with

somehow, this just wasn't "me"

Damn I like that!

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You have a A-10 Warthog!?

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

Fishing from the sky... OK:
This guy is Nuts!

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New River smallies are hungry right now. Caught 17 Saturday. All of them were between 12" and 19". Caught a 50" muskie as well while up to my nips in the water wading. I don't know about you guys but, that's sketchy when something that big with teeth is near your legs and pissed off.

Great to hear! What were they eating?

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Yum Dingers the whole time. Every time I tried something new the stopped. Immediately picked up again once I switched back. Mostly of the green varieties ;)

Cool, thank you. Is that what the musky ate?

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Oddly enough yes. It was definitely interesting with my Loomis fast action bass rod and 8lb leader.

That's a hell of a fight on that rod. My buddy got one in the high 30s a few years ago on light spin tackle. Well done on landing that fish. Hope you got a photo.

My friend swears by Senkos... white, then watermelon green with purple flakes and then bubble gum pink. They do indeed work well on the small mouth. I've also had success with clients using grey.

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Yum Dingers are an acceptable substitute for Senkos, and somedays work better, having several interesting colors that Senko doesn't do or do as well. I like the green pumpkin ones, purple flake some days, red flake other days, in clear water. Black with blue flake, or black with purple in stained water. Bumblebee swirl was good for a while, but quit working as well as time went by, at least for me. Same with bubble gum, it was a sort of a flash in the pan and seemed to die out after every fish in the river saw one for the zillionth time.
Senkos are a quality bait and are softer than Dingers, which in some cases is the ticket, and I'll admit that when I was guiding, I used Dingers when they were working because they cost so much less than Senkos, but I always had an assortment of Senkos in the bag as well.

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Just my two cents (which isn't worth much): Senkos are softer and have more "shimmy" on the way down, but they also sink faster due to all of the salt.

With the New being shallow, and many fish holding shallow, I prefer the dingers usually because of this (ok, cost does play some into this).

We did well on Dingers rigged every which way last weekend (Ned rig, Tom's style, and wacky) - but I want to experiment to see if a Senko or Dinger has more action on Tom's rig. Might even try the Missile 48 on it as one of the 48 ways to rig it is Tom's rig (made in Salem, VA too). Looks like fishing is out of the question for this weekend, but hopefully the storm changes direction.

Agreed. The softness is a plus, but the way I rigged them most of the time, the Dingers sank plenty quickly enough for where and how we fished them. I never noticed any real difference on the T worm rig between the two over time. Rigged otherwise, though, if given the choice and the right color, Senkos would be my choice.
As for the "Missile 48", never heard of them. Wonder who in Salem stole Chuck Kraft's creation (he gave it to me, and it wasn't too big a secret amongst the pros)? Guess I'll hit the googler here in a minute.

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Missile is who makes "The 48" which is a senko like worm, with a few slight differences.

The name "the 48" is from the idea that there is 48 ways to fish it- texas unweighted, texas weighted, wacky, wacky weighted, neko... and one that is close to chuck's rig. I won't give it away here, but you can see all 48 ways on their youtube channel. I was a little shocked to see Chuck's idea on there.

Well, back in the '80s, Bill Cochran fished with Chuck and wrote a pretty long article about it called "Chuck's Way" if I recall correctly, for the Roanoke Times. Along with a pretty good drawing of Chuck, and a drawing of the special rig, so it was out there at one time for all the fishing public to see. But like my walleye hole at Claytor that I had virtually to myself for twenty years, all secrets worth keeping eventually will get out. But seeing it on paper and learning the nuances that can make it such a go-to bait are a different kettle of fish. One of these days I'll make it down there and we'll be able to get out and whack a few, I hope.
As for the 48, I checked it out perfunctorily and got the gist. Looks like it's worth a try for sure.

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Good report. Yeah, sketchy is right. I've seen a couple of musky bites on hands and it ain't pretty.

Edit: Not sure if flayed or laid open would be the best description of those bites. Bone showing on one of them.

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I would rather be bitten by musky than being sliced by one of its gill plates!

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

Oh ya! If you slide your glove less hand up in there the wrong way. Bad day

I'll take a musky bite over getting a 10/0 hook to the leg that is still attached to a musky. That was always my biggest fear when wade fishing for them.

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Had two 13" rainbows attached to a 4" Rapala and myself sharing the back hook with the most active one. Jackson River float, and we knew we'd be catching a hundred trout so our barbs were mashed, but I needed help from my buddy in the canoe to extricate myself from some real pain. Don't @ me about the trebles, it was decades ago.

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Don't @ me about the trebles, it was decades ago.

LOL, I tie a fly with trebles in it. And no, I don't pinch the barbs. Gar fly

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It may be a pier weekend. NE winds will make for very comfortable air temps. However, they also tend to make for rough seas, especially on outgoing tide.

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Going to Delaware?

No. If I go it will be to the OBX. But, there are a ton of logistical challenges. I'd love to be chumming in the Bay in Friday but it will be real bumpy.

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Gotcha, are you gonna be live baiting off the pier/throwing gotcha plugs?

If I go, I will either live bait off the end, or pick up some eels and fish a live bait off the side out of the tee. I will have a gotcha rod and a bucktail rod by my side.

Right now it is a 50/50 proposition. Hotel costs are outrageous and I don't have a suicide run in me.

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So much for that. I just got the "we are going to my sister's to celebrate her birthday" text.

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Weatherman got it wrong. Sunday the wind was supposed to be 5-11 out of the north and then kick up to 15-20 out of the south yesterday and today on some of my redfish spots. 5-11 is the wheelhouse. I decided it wasn't worth a one day trip. Well as of this am, it still hasn't switch and is still under 10 out of the north.... I would have crushed them with the Hewes. At least I'm getting some housework done?

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I am having a terrible year! Worse than last and that's bad! Fished a club tournament on the Chick River last Saturday. The tides were perfect! Blast off delayed by lightening. It quit raining and we headed down stream into a complete and total downpour! My rain pants slipped down and my ass was soaked immediately. Swamp butt to come! Started in the pads with frog, brush hogs etc, nothing. Went to 5-7 ft with go to Bandits. Caught and got slimed by a 5 lb cat. Docks again nothing! That was it except for a 10" LMB. Winner was almost 15 lbs. Maybe I should start bowling. Is there a thread on here for that?

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

I could probably contribute more to that thread. I enjoy fishing but more to get away from life and try to decompress from everyday stress.

Looks like there was a Tarpon caught off Avon Pier today no idea on weight but all of 5 feet long. That would be something off a pier in particular.

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Yeah, there was one caught a Kure Beach and one down in SC too. I fought a big one from a boat getting dragged by the tarpon. Can't imagine it on a pier.

80Lbs...drug through the sand and held all sorts of wrong probably shark food now.

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Yeah the Facebook post by Avon Pier was a farce because the pier kept arguing it was properly released which was funny to see them defend it

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I just looked at that post. Man, there are some dumb people in this world defending the guy for treating that tarpon like that.

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Even the pier was saying it was a healthy release because it swam away like that's the important part, shit like that makes my blood boil all for a damned photo. I've always said if you have to defend your behavior with a fish you intend to release you're doing it wrong

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I hate people

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Speaking of other dumb moves, been at Corolla beach all week, and watched a guy throw in a line in the middle of the busiest part of the day and then walk away for over an hour (he did this almost every day). People kept walking into his fishing line, and I had to let families who were in the water know there were hooks right under them.

On a funny note, I watched another guy try to fly fish in the surf while smoking a cigar. I think he was drunk. He'd cast and get hit by a wave, and the line would wrap around him, and then he'd try again. He made it 10 mins before disappearing as suddenly as he appeared.

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Not sure if you guys saw this, but someone caught a 5lb 10oz brook trout on a fly rod just up the road from Harrisonburg in Page County.

Huge Brookie

Is it basketball season yet?

The hat says everything. Hold that fish like a bass and I read that he caught on a fly rod using live minnows. What a joke. That stocker fish should not be classified as the state record.

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Yup, you read that correctly...

Also, the guy is from Stanardsville, caught the fish in Page County, then rode out of the way (if he was headed back home) to Harrisonburg and had the fish weighed at Martins?

Is it basketball season yet?

I agree completely. Stocked trout shouldn't qualify for jack shit except the frying pan if you must. Certainly shouldn't put this poor excuse for a brook trout up against some of the wild specimens in the state.

It doesn't even have a tail!

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I wouldn't put that thing in any of my cooking pans. Those stocked fish taste like crap.

Well yeah, for sure. Especially this one.

Given the choice, I don't fish for stocked trout much. But if I do, the smaller stockers, 12-15", that have been in the stream a while aren't terrible fried, broiled, or smoked.

What a joke!

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That stream, Cub Run, is very small. Shocked they put that old breeder in that thing.

Even while holding a fish...pinkie out.

LOL!!!!!!!

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he caught on a fly rod using live minnows. What a joke. That stocker fish should not be classified as the state

The thing looks like it's been floating dead in the stream for a week.

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

lol, it kinda does doesn't it.

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Well, the kids are gone and I'm recovering. Our dogs are worn out, even the puppy, Pie, who we thought was inexhaustable. Kids are a kick! The boys are 10 and 12, so they weren't ready to start big, but their first evening here, I took them to a local wharf where they got the stink off of their new rods and caught the first fish of their lives. They got a nice spot, a dink whiting, and a couple of dink croakers, but they were happy to have finally scored. Next day we went to my croaker hole and we whacked a bunch of fish and learned to use the rods more. Using small hooks with bloodworm fishbites, they caught spot, croaker, sand perch and even got a 13" speckled trout. While out of the couple of dozen they caught there were only maybe four eating sized fish, they were perfect sized for cobia bait, but I wasn't about to go there with them yet. We did, though, head out into the Mobjack with bait in the well to try for a flounder or shark. Again, even with a depth finder and Navionics, we couldn't find the Mobjack Reef. Just not where it was supposed to be on the chart, confounding and pissing me off that the Federal Government guys in charge of buoys won't keep a buoy on the local reefs. Even The Cell, a pretty famous place in fishing circles, and a hazard to deep draft ships hasn't been marked for several years due to the indifference the Feds feel about such things, but yes, I do digress.
Anyway, we went to the Swash Channel near the York off of Guinea Marsh and tried to find something bigger with croaker strips and tiny live croaker on flounder rigs, but other than a couple of crabs and a likely hoard of really small bluefish that screwed up the baits but were too small for a flounder hook, we had no action. Didn't matter, the kids had a ball, first time in a motorboat, first times for many things, and while the fish were pretty small, with the exception of a big ray the younger guy hooked on a #6 bait hook and a tiny piece of fishbite, they still seemed to be making a lifetime memory. Reminded me of my guiding days, though, the good ones, and I enjoyed turning the youngsters on to a fun thing. Hopefully they'll be back and still avid. We lucked out on the weather, too. Yesterday was as calm a day as the Mobjack offers, and low humidity and temps in the 70s made for about as perfect a day as you can get in this neck of the woods this time of year.

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Ruining lives is fun!

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I took particular glee in it, too.

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Looks like we might avoid the impending showers and storms until 6ish or so. Hoping to slide out tonight for a few casts after work...let's see if this storm stirs up a few of the bigger bass in the pond.
Maybe something a little bigger than this bugger.
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Hitting the Potomac tomorrow. And as always a front came through!
Report to follow.+

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

On the Potomac. Aqula Creek.

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

And.....?

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Isn't that Snakehead central?

Yes

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A few buddies and I are hitting the Shenandoah River tomorrow, hopefully we'll catch a bunch of smallies. Any suggestions as far as what y'all have been having success on? I've been using a husky jerk and it's been doing pretty well for me. Prob gonna stick to soft plastics tomorrow

Whatever it is, throw white

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Whatever it is, throw green pumpkin

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They're off their beds and in a feeding frenzy at the moment would guess anything food like will do fine right now

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Regardless of bait or color, it won't catch dick sitting in the box. Time to get out there!

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Lol I'm glad u said white; just bought some Rage Tail single tail coffee scent grubs I'm amped to use. Bought some of their trailers too, can't wait to use them. Found some smaller DT Hula Skirt grubs too for the smallies. Amped as hell to get out there and let y'all know how it was.

Chevy any thoughts or feedback on this trip? The wifey just did a solid and booked a place in luray so I can go hit the Shenandoah tomorrow. I'll definitely have the ifish secret sauce on 1 rod, but would love to hear your report.

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MAAAJJOORR apologies for the tardiness in commenting back msmcfa. We actually havent floated the Shenandoah yet but have heard its been pretty slow this year. Weve been sticking mainly to the south river and husky jerks and single tails have been doing well. Single tails just on a simple jig head have been producing decent size smallies in proportion to the size of the river.

No worries and thanks for the intel! I'm probably going to head back out there in a couple weeks.

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South River is a fun place. You wading or floating.

We float. Typically it's a really fun float bc u can catch tonnsss of smallies; not a whole lot of size but still a good time. We're really wanting to do one that we can catch some biggins on so if anyone knows anything that would be a YUGE help. I know like the James, Potomac, northern parts of the Shenandoah produce good quality but as far as a get out point we're lost lol

Oh ye of little faith.

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*smiling* - we're planning a trip to the Shenandoah this fall, and Elijah is gonna have that special setup of yours tied on.

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We'll work on nuance while sitting around waiting for that cobia you're gonna catch to bite. He'll enjoy using it if we can get him tuned in on it. It's fun to fish and kids can do it well as long as they can cast 30 or 40 feet.

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Sounds like a plan to me!

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23 of us, 12.adults and 11 kids, are headed to Salvo for a week. Planned on leaving Friday at 5 am, but got about a 6 hour head start. Hoping to fish hard early and late, while just soaking bait and catching a buzz during the day on the beach with the kids. I'll post reports of activity as it occurs. Thanks to everyone for their tips, fingers crossed we have some luck.

Got to fish a few hours Friday. Midday was more beach with kids than fishing, and no one caught anything on bait or metal. In the evening one of the guys in our group caught a nice pompano about 400 yards north of Avon pier. No other activity.

This morning I caught a lizard fish on a 2 oz sting silver at the public access across from the museum on Hatteras. Guy who caught the pompano caught a single spot at Avon. No other activity.

Fishing seems slow again for us this year. Having fun of course but would be nice take a big step up the saltwater learning curve.

Fished from 545 to 930 this morning in Salvo, roughly over from the Blue Whale grocery. Surf was pretty rough most of the day. Sand fleas, Fish Bites, and a gold 2 oz Sting Silver. Nothing. Not a single bite the entire time. Spent the rest of the day building sand castles and pool time with the kids. Fishing seems slow, again.

If the mackerel are there gotta be out there early I've found and if there are small pompano and small pomp rig with fishbites right in the chop should do

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I don't know how to get out earlier than 545 am while on vacation lol. Wife's cousin is here this week (different group) and went to ramp 38 this morning after Spanish reports. Didn't do any good.

For Spanish, I was told to cast a 2 oz silver or gold Sting Silver as far as possible and reel in as fast as possible. Is that a decent strategy?

Appreciate the tips. What do you do if the beach you are fishing seems to be devoid of any significant structure? No cuts, rips, or runouts. Just wave after big ass wave. Where I fish in Florida there is always an easy to find runout with fish. Here on the OBX, I've had a difficult time finding the structure. I think I know what to look for, but I'm not finding it.

I don't know if they did any good today (I have been in Winchester), but if I want spanish, I hit the pier and use pink mylar gotchas.

Edit: There were some spanish north of you on the piers (NE is good for that) yesterday. Haven't seen any reports today but with three days of sustained onshore winds I am not shocked that the surf was rough.

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Thanks for the tips!

Oddly enough, Winchester is my home town. Don't know about you, but I prefer the OBX. I'll check out the reports north of here. At this point I just want to catch a fish....

I do as well. We were visiting my sister in law to celebrate her birthday at Mr. Noodle

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I was using a 1oz spoon and a guy on the beach told me to drop down to a half oz spoon; the next day I caught 16 off the beach. I've only used half oz since and usually at least get a few blues to hit. And yeah cast as far as you can (I usually use some sort of countdown method and let my line sink some to find where they're hitting in the water column) and reel in quickly.

Often the best strategy...drop down in size. Still need enough weight to get the lure out there a ways, and the countdown method is a good idea as well. As for speed of retrieve, the general rule for spanish is to move quickly, but you still want the lure to be acting like food, so you need it to be smooth as well. When trolling, the rule is that if you are catching bluefish, you're trolling too slowly for spanish, but not sure how that translates in the surf. Most of my spanish have some off of the pier over the years.

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For Spanish, I was told to cast a 2 oz silver or gold Sting Silver as far as possible and reel in as fast as possible. Is that a decent strategy?

I wouldn't say as fast as you can, but certainly want to do it quickly.

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Slow days on the beach seem to want to line up with vacation, huh? I'd be trying for blues in that heavy surf, myself, with a sputnik weight to hold bottom and bluefish hooks on bottom rigs baited with FRESH mullet chunks or strips. The floats on the bluefish hooks help attract fish in roiled water, and keep the bait off the bottom away from crabs. When we were there last month, that was all that there was to catch, so we got good at it by the last day. We had good luck at the semi-point at the southern end of where they'll let you drive north of Oregon Inlet. Rough water, but drum had been caught there earlier in the month, so we had hopes, but settled for the blues. Cue the harmonica solo...

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Family day today, no fishing until this evening. One guy in our group is slaying Spanish today down at the end of 12 in Hatteras somewhere. He said something hit his metal and took off screaming, eventually snapped his line when he tried to tighten the drag a little. He said either the biggest Spanish he's ever hooked, or something bigger. Hoping for similar luck myself this evening.

Caught a few whiting, a croaker, and a small shark in about an hour last night right before dark. Extremely windy from the S-SW and heavy surf. Lots of chocolate milk water.

Hoping to hit the sound this evening after the storms. Headed out with Mike from Albatross tomorrow for a half day near shore trip.

SW wind is bad on E facing beaches, and good on S facing beaches

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What wind is ideal for east facing beaches and for the sound? Thanks!

E wind for summer on E/ENE facing beaches like from Corolla to Oregon Inlet (especially bluefish, spanish, and cobia.) A prevailing SW, especially north of Oregon Inlet, creates an upwelling and makes the water ice cold on the beach.

I don't know the sound, but I have heard SW is good for the sound. But, you are going to get eaten up by bugs.

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Had a good half day inshore trip today with Captain Mike with the Albatross Fleet. Landed 55 Spanish and 6 blues. Good morning in spite of the rain.

Thanks for the report. Were you casting or trolling?

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Trolling exclusively. Seemed to hit quite a few Spanish east of Hatteras inlet closer to the coast. Picked up the blues south of the inlet on the way in. I'd love to go offshore for Mahi next year.

Well I quit! Another fish-less day on the Potomac. This has been a bad couple of weeks. Had a strong outgoing tide in the morning. Weeds had barely stared growing. Stopped at the mouth of Aquia looking for weeds but again none there. Went down to Nanjemoy Creek first thing and had never been and won't go back. It's has few features. Finally found some fish the main river about a mile down from Aquia. Funny chunk rock formations that were 10 yards wide and ran out 40-50' perpendicular to the VA shore. My partner picked up ring and white perch. 3 stinking cats and a decent LMB. Quite the variety. I don't think I had a bite all day and I threw everything but the kitchen sink. I lied about quitting....

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

Guided on the upper Rapp below 95 yesterday. Client my age who went to UVA, along with his 10 year old nephew. Nice guy, we had a lot of mutual friends.

Dude could cast very well, I taught him how to double haul. We had multiple shots at 5-20 pound carp. At least two eats and he missed them both unfortunately.

Sam the younger one hooked a largemouth, big gar and a foot long striped bass on a Rapala X-Rap. The fish wouldn't touch senkos in white, watermelon, pink or grey.

The smallmouth bass were nowhere to be found. Had one hit a carp fly, that's it. Super odd.

They ended up landing only two fish, but I hope to get them out on the water again.

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Man, is anyone have luck on freshwater in Eastern VA this year? The action seems down from most people I've talked to.

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Did some intel gathering and it sounds like outside of the elite few, cobia fishing has been a struggle as a breeding cycle and the bad weather kicked up. Heard talk about folks eager to fish Windmill & Stingray Point and Hole in the Wall, but have not heard about good numbers.

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Heard of some being caught at Windmill

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Me too... but my #sauces are not anywhere near as reliable up north of New Point Comfort.

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But big spades are being caught at the cell...at least as of a few days ago.

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Ugh, the Cell! Worse dive(s) of my life!

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Horrible place to dive. Can't imagine the attraction, especially since every nimrod in the Bay will be throwing hooks and weights all over the place and likely wouldn't take too kindly to "diver down" flags. As for the spades, they do hang out there and some of them are really big ones. I was jigging it for drum and rockfish one day and there were spades everywhere, we spotted schools of them. One boatload of dudes got pissed at seeing all these big spades while they couldn't get more than a two pounder on their baits. One had a bowfishing rig, and finally arrowed a nice 10 pounder. Pretty cool to see the fish and the bow strike. Between the rough structure, fishermen, and the almost always heavy tidal currents there, can't imagine a fun dive.

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Well, took my oldest son (6) out yesterday to the beach at Lover's Key state park to get some quality time in. Had a hard time finding any live bait of decent size in numbers, but did manage to get a couple pilchards. Let him cast by himself a couple times, and he grabbed a couple snapper and a monster sail cat. I somehow ended up with a good size crab in my cast net so threw him out on a 1/2 oz Carolina style rig. Threw his ass as far as I could into the pass, not 30 seconds later line screamed out. Passed him the rod and told him to just start reeling. Line went slack, he caught up to it and put tension on again, and then the thing started to run again. Figured it was a bull red until it came flying out of the water to reveal a decent tarpon. Got 2 jumps before the hook flew out. My heart sank, but the look of joy on his face was worth it. The day was made when we got home and he says "Dad, we're gonna get that thing tomorrow." Didnt get another bite the rest of the few hours we were there.

You know, about this whole working thing.....

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he says "Dad, we're gonna get that thing tomorrow."

That alone is worth the price of admission. He's hooked for life!! Great post!

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Seconded. That brought a tear to my eye.

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Hey folks. I'm moving to Norfolk in the beginning of July and looking forward to getting back into fishing...last time I fished the Chesapeake was back in '09 when I was an intern at Norfolk Naval Base. I've got a Hobie kayak and was looking for some advice on any good groups to join who would be able to help be get back into the swing of things. I was used to fishing the bridges and Lynnhaven when I was there.

I don't know groups, but there are some folks who catch cobia from yaks in late May off Buckroe

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Tidewater Kayak Angler Association is the one I've heard of. I think the same general patterns would apply.

Any of y'all pulling a baby blue Sportsman 227 with 200 Yammie up I-95 this a.m. toward Jax? White Ford 4x4 double cab with a VT logo (among several others) on the back glass.

Just got back from a week in the Bahamas. Went out on a charter Tuesday with Reel Dreams. We trolled for bigger fish to start the day and it started pretty slow. Captain found some birds on the radar and we worked our way towards them. Ended up picking up a small skipjack that was feeding below the birds before a rainstorm hit and sent the bait down. After that we trolled looking for some floating structure but didn't have much luck. We did pass right over a very large shark but couldn't find it when we circled back around.

We decided to play it easy and hit some reefs in search of yellowtail snapper. On the way there we picked up a female mahi trolling blind. It wasn't very large, maybe 25 lbs, but was our first and was absolutely gorgeous. We got her in the boat and worked our way to some reefs where we caught all sorts of stuff - mostly strawberry grouper and grunts. We did start to pick up some yellowtail after the chum bag soaked for a bit and also caught a few parrotfish and triggerfish. Those triggerfish really put up a fight and it was cool to see such an array of species. We were anchored in about 65' of water and you could make out structure on the bottom. Absolutely beutiful. Ended the day with a small barracuda cutting the line at the boat and a shark (I think) robbing a live bait drifting on the outrigger. Captain and mate were top notch and really worked hard to find fish. Couldn't have been happier even with a slowish day. They filleted the tuna and mahi for us back at the dock and recommended we walk it over to the Green Parrot restaurant across the marina. They fried and blackened it for us and it was by far the best fish I've ever had in my mouth. The seared tuna was just amazing and we were able to feed our whole group with the days catch. They had a Hokie flag over the bar which was awesome to see.

I didn't get to do any fishing from the surf but if I could've I know we would've caught some fish. There was constantly bait moving through and various smaller fishing working in and out. We snorkeled just a few yards from shore and saw several groups of grunt and other fish. Saw one large school of bonefish that looked to have 100 in it, all around 16" long or so, and swam right beside them. Also saw about a 48" barracuda just hanging out 90' from shore. Water was unbelievably clear and the whole family had a blast. If I ever go back I'm taking some surf fishing gear.

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Beautiful fish!

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Tank brown. Love their blue cheeks

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Nice! One of my biggest fish caught on fly was in Idaho on the North Fork of the Coeur D'alene

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People keep asking me, so here's how to tie the top fly for skinny water redfish in the link below. Man I hate my voice...

How to tie a Redfish Wiggler

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Sexy Fly! If I was a redfish, I'd hit that!

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Thank you

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Fished the Mattaponi today with Tiffany "Snookie" Risch. If anyone is in the bass world, you may know her. We've been talking about fishing together for years and finally made it happen. Cool chick, she knows her bass game. We landed four smaller fish, all a pound and a half. I had an eat from an estimated four pound largemouth. Saw the fish come up between some pads and inhale my fly. I strip set and it just didn't stick. Also had a big bowfin slam my fly. Again my set didn't stick. He shook hard, tail came out of the water, my fly came back to me.... it was a big damn fish. Almost broke my rod over my knee in frustration. Oh well... they are there and I'll get one at some point.

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If anyone is around RVA on Father's Day and likes beer, I'm giving free fly casting lessons at Hardywood West Creek all day.

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Put some new redfish line on my 7 wt and going out tomorrow with a friend for stripers around gwynns Island, kind of tempted to give the old 6 wt a go hearing how small they are right now but I think the 7 weight will do just fine with fresh line.

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

Well, it's tomorrow now and the wind is whipping up a gale out there. Hope you found some protected water. Or stayed home.

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Wind was brutal easily 30 knots sustained and with the temps mixed in it was cold for a june day. Still found some fish nothing big or keeper size but still found enough stripers to keep us entertained and even got a speck and a bluefish on the fly before I got tired of smacking myself with the fly in the back before I picked up a spinning rod.

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

I'm headed out to Canada for a fly in fishing trip on Sunday for what will be my 2nd vacation of the month (I have no idea what I was thinking when I planned this as work is killing me). We will drive across the border in International Falls and fly to Meggisi Lake, which is about 40 miles to the north. This is a pretty big fly in lake and we will primarily be targeting musky, though we'll pass some time catching pike and trolling for lake trout. A shout out to Beaver_Hokie for hooking me up with some jointed believers that I hope to return full of teeth marks. We've fished this lake once before and the musky were up shallow in the lilies which made fishing a bit tough with our limited gear. I hope they're out on the edges of the weeds and we can use more conventional baits this go around. We're gonna be chucking big baits regardless and hoping for a few 50"ers.

After 3.5 days at Meggisi we're being picked up and flown to Priam, which is about 30 miles west. Our main target there will be walleyes, though there are some bass present and I'm sure some pike. We've never fished this lake before but it's fairly small and fishable and reports from past fisherman seem very positive. We're hoping that we can fish hard on the first lake for some trophies and then just relax and load the boat with fish on the second lake. I also plan to gain about 10 pounds eating walleye and perch fillets (the Labatt's will have nothing to do with it). Weather is looking great for fishing, with generally overcast skies and highs in the low to mid 70's. I'll post a full report with plenty of pictures on my return.

I envy you. Sounds like one of my dream trips. Hope you travel well and catch them all.

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Thanks, we're gonna give em hell.

I love this whole fucking trip! Man I would of sent your an Insane Anna! Do you have a Jake or Grandma? the past 3 years muskies have been crushing Super Shad Raps on lake of the woods. I'm flying thru IF for the first time this year and then onto Warroad and Angle inlet. Have an awesome trip! We need to keep in touch! walleye0 at g mail!

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I've got way too much bait and am still stressing over what to pack and what to cull. I've got a few jakes including squirrelly tails ready to go. Have one super shad rap packed but more than a few super Cisco's which I think are a good cheap alternative but I've tend to fish the raps more. Basically same bait. Got some gliders a suick few believers couple topwater some cowgirls just in case. Like I said last trip they were shallow as shit in the weeds so I doubled up on silver minnows and tied some 7/0 chatterbaits to try. Also got some super flukes and big swim jigs and even looking at Texas rigging some ole monsters. I hope I've thought of everything it kills me to pack light.

As for walleye I hope they're hitting jigs with grubs. Got some gulp minnows and leeches as well as some swimbaits. Ready to drop shot if needed got some crawler rigs for trolling if it gets tough. Usually it's easy fishing but I'm ready to hunker down if needed.

I hope for good weather more follows than I can count and use up all the oil we brought and sharpen my fillet knife to a nub. Aside from that I'm good to go. I'll post a report with plenty of pictures. And yes, we need to hit the water together. Tell me when and where. I'm in the far southwest corner of the state but got a truck that runs and ready to wet a line.

Sounds like you are ready to rock! Bust a 50+!

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I just drove over the New River and it was the color of mushed avocados.

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Freshly mushed, or have they been exposed to air for more than 3 mins?

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Kind of off but mostly on topic- does anyone have experience with the Ascend 12t kayaks? Or the Feelfree lure series? Or even the 3 waters Big Fish series? I'm looking at all 3 just as an intro into fishing the flats from a yak. I used to float and fish the James when I lived back home, so I have a bit of experience in a kayak, but I'm sure the sit in vs sit on difference is probably pretty big

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Lure 10 is high on my wish list (stability to stand up, high seat, wheel in the keel) but I haven't tried one and I don't have to cover a lot of ground (tracking is not a big concern for me)...anxious to hear what you find out.

No experience with any of those but I can tell you with complete assurance, get a sit on top kayak, preferably one made to stand in.

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I fished a 12t for awhile it's a comfortable kayak. It's a slow kayak. Going against wind or a tide swing is bad. Both is a nightmare.

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Yeah that applies to all kayaks really. Doesn't matter which one you get.

There are plenty that track better and cut through water better than the 12t.

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True, my only point was paddling against the tide sucks. I haven't paddled the 12T. It's sorta similar to my pescador pro 12 which isn't fast either.

True. The Pescador was one of the easiest paddling SOTs I'd been on compared to the Ascends. Between the D10t, 12t, and the Pescador series that makes up about 90% of my paddle time split pretty evenly between them. Day and night difference. They could have changed some things up with the pescador, the last model I was in was the 2014 mold that was literally the 2013 WS Tarpon mold.

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Yeah I think it paddles fine but I don't have much seat time in other ones. I have paddled the Tarpon 100 and 160 a time or two but not enough to remember the difference. Mine is a couple inches wider. I got mine in 2017. I did take thru some rapids on the James this weekend which was fun. Also paddled upcurrent when the water level was at 6 feet because we went to an area that didn't have a portage around the dam. That was just as bad as paddling against the wind and tide. On another kayak note, I'm looking at getting the catch 130 which has a pedal drive that is basically copied hobies original pedal drive because they let the patent go. Its only 1500 for a pedal drive which is reasonable for that.

I have 2 of those hanging on the back of the house...for the kids or guests to use. They may hit the water 3 times a year. Sitting on the bottom more than 30 minutes kills my back.

wrens kinda like them

What would a wren not build a nest in? I currently have one in an oil funnel in my open garage and one in the vent for my kitchen stove. Slipped in through a really thin crack. They didn't build one in the cowl of my Yamaha this year for the first time in five years, though.

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had one mostly built under the canvas cover in the splash well on the scout when I found it. she was pissed but hadn't laid eggs yet

I won't wreck the nest if they have laid eggs unless it's in something important, like my boat motor, but I pay enough attention to the motor that they've so far not had time to lay before I rudely evict them. They can be persistent, though, little buggers.

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same

My wife doesn't have any trouble pedaling against the tide in her Hobie. Something about how the flippers work keeps her moving right along. But I can't imagine dealing with much of a breeze or tide with paddle in hand, and doing it on purpose. I'm so over paddling anything, though, so there's that.

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From what I've heard, the flipper design is the best compared to the propeller. Also not having to focus on the tide as much would be a huge plus fishing from a pedal drive

I'm not going that far from the launch that I have to worry much about going against the tide or wind a whole lot. The best redfish/snook/tarpon flat I've found is less than a mile from the launch I use when I borrow my buddy's kayak. And honestly, I mostly stand and pole around or use it much like a paddleboard. I'm mostly concerned about stability and storage since I bring a lot of stuff usually.

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This is the best way to kayak fish

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I would reccomend a nucanoe I have the F10 model thats almost 42 inches wide at the seat and its exceptional for standing and fishing, I specially like it for fly fishing out of with the stability I fly fish standing in rivers all the time. It may be a bit tricky in very windy spots since its a big hull kayak but its a great simple option if youre willing to rig your own storage.

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Shenandoah was slow on the fish today but heavy on the people. We caught a few and christened a new Father's Day rod/reel gift from the fam nicely, but not what'd you'd typically expect for this river. Everything was on white soft plastic, but ripped hard with short pauses for a reaction bite.

Thought of flyguy at one point as we passed a guide trying his best to get his clients on fish (they were skunked), but I'm pretty sure his clients had never held a flyrod before today, and you could see the resignation in his eyes.

Big kudos to my amazing wife for setting this up; definitely my best catch.

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Glad you guys got out and caught a few. Weekends on popular rivers are just gonna be crowded, it's a worsening part of life in the out of doors, these days. I can empathise with the guide. I had a couple of regular clients who really wanted to fly fish for smallmouth in August. I told them to practice up at home before they came because neither had any experience with a fly rod. They caught a few bream at a local private pond and declared themselves ready to tackle the New. Not. Takes some experience and basic knowledge to fish a moving bait on a moving river from a moving boat and expect to get that big fish. They gave up before lunch and went back to spinning gear and had a decent day. Despite my attempts at instruction, they were discouraged by the experience and promised to bone up on it before the next year, but never came back. I had two other clients who would only fly fish but insisted on coming in the early spring when the water was usually high and fly fishing tough. They didn't do well, despite coming every year, and every year promised to come in the late summer/fall when the poppers were working, but still managed to just come in early spring, every year. Frustrating for me as a guide, for them as fishermen, but what can ya do?

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Best thing about retirement is having the flexibility to go when conditions are right. My friends who can only fish on weekends...or even certain narrow windows on weekends...are screwed if the tide cycles or the 7-day weather front interval lines up wrong. Such was the case this winter for a couple folks I like to take fishing. I was on reds for a good chunk of the winter...during the week. Meanwhile, they might have had one slot fish between them.

I went and fished it with a fly Saturday in Elkton. We caught a few smaller smallmouth but that's about it. We were wading and only went in the morning so not bad all things considered.

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Another unnecessary dead fish

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I mean if I had to concentrate my efforts of protecting the ocean I'd say tournament fishers are probably the last people I go after. Too many netters and long liners that are having more effect on the ecosystem than someone keeping a single marlin.

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Yeah. The big Billfish tournaments release over 95% of the fish hooked up.
Last years White Marlin saw 687 of 695 billfish (99.8%) released.
https://whitemarlinopen.com/recreational-fishing

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Did not know, that is great to hear. Thanks.

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I'll also add that almost every edible fish that ends up at the scales gets donated to the food bank that week as well. There's a lady that's been working the WMO for over a decade just cleaning the large fish right there on the spot. Around the Ocean City area, the majority of the tournaments push for sustainability and doing the right thing. And it gets pushed out there in many forms of media.

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I agree that there are far worse. The problem is the glorification of it and I realize I am a hypocrite saying that as I'm a huge fan of posting fish porn. Too many dumbasses out there that then suddenly want to kill something and hang it up on the wall just for the sake of it. Sort of like that last tarpon post.

I actually had a former commercial gill netter on my skiff yesterday and we had some good productive conversation and discussed a lot about conservation. I learned a lot from him. He's pretty anti-netting at this point.

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An OC boy on an OC boat down in NC. Nice little $1.3mil fish.

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So I guess 04hokie is in Ontario with its cool no humidity weather.. while I wash the house in 90 degree VA humidity.

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Yeah, I feel ya, Musky. I'm trying to prep and detail my A Liner camper for sale and it's too hot to do much more than gripe about having to do it. And it's only freakin' June!

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Actually I'm stuck in Minneapolis due to some plane trouble and it may cost me a day of fishing. All that glitters is not gold. Fish are gonna pay.

DELTA!! Doesn't ever leave the airport. They screwed us two years ago in MSP. Good luck!

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LOL! One reason I go is to land in Bemidji or this year Int Falls boom no humidity!

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Heading to Canada for work and losing out on another week of potential fishing. Any tips on how to retire at 41 without winning the lottery?

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Find a Delorean with a Flux Capacitor, go back about 12 years and buy $1,000 worth of Bitcoin. Then go to 2016 and sell it all.

I think I've got you covered.

Is it basketball season yet?

Ok, I've ignored the idea of "Bitcoin" long enough. How does one go about buying beer and eggs with a bitcoin. I've never seen one, never known anyone who had any...what's the deal?

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I know less about it than you do. That said, one of my nephews set up a series of computers to "mine" it; this was years ago when it first became something. The computers would run round the clock and create tiny fractions of Bitcoin. I have no idea how that turned out for him.

Depending on how long ago it could have turned out well. It's nearly impossible to turn a profit mining Bit Coin now even with your top of the line cards.

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Its a "Crypto Currency", meaning (among other things) that it really holds no true value since the value is solely based on how it is being traded.

However, two people I know in NC became multi millionaires (my age) because they spent a few $$ on it 10 years ago when it was less than $100 per bitcoin. They sold it when it got up around $20,000 per bitcoin.

Is it basketball season yet?

Which is exactly like cash except cash is more widely accepted, that's not at all what sets crypto apart. The value of cash is based solely on the belief that it holds value to other people.

Each coin (except for the balloon of shit coins that really didn't add anything) usually has something it does better than another. The whole market of BitCoin was super secure and anonymous transactions. You have ETH, which sped up transaction times, IOTA which gets rid of fees and is marketed for smaller transactions.

BitCoin has grown to the point that there are quite a few in person and online shops that will accept bitcoin.

My brother hit pretty big on crypto, still to this day kick myself for telling him I don't have any money to risk on a stupid coin and don't have any cpu to dedicate to mining....I will now not retire at 41 and he quit his job

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Which is the obvious reason that it is not exactly like cash. When the Food Lion or Sunoco station in Mathews starts taking it, I might bemoan missing out, but until then, what use is it for me? I'm not trying to bust balls here, I just truly don't get it. How does your brother pay his bills? Does the electric company take bitcoin? The phone company? The hardware store? Grocery store or gas station? Will the county/city take it for property taxes? On and on and on. Comes down to that, for me, and speculation in money has always been something only some folks win at anyway, so I guess I'll die without a bitcoin in my portfolio.

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My brother uses cash for those transactions. Most people right now don't have a use for it the idea is that it will be a better more secure way it is still missing wide scale adoption. The reason that they're so volatile is that it's all based on a premise, endless opportunities to improve on cash but right now 90%+ of the population doesn't have any use for it.

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I just figured that if he has been able to quit his job, he must have a source of something to pay the bills, but I am presuming way too much here, and apologize for that. I guess it'll just be a mystery to me and I'm ok with that.

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He does, though he's probably set for life or at least a long time at this point income wise. Crypto can still be traded kind of like stocks. So if you can project new projects or uses for a certain coin you can make a ton of money. The problem is that its extremely volatile.

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It's voodoo-atile to me.

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To a lot of people it is. The issue is its incredibly complicated to understand without knowing the tech which is why it's gone ~5 years in 'popular' light without much adoption. Your general person sees no benefit in it over using a Visa card.

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French! Can't find a lake in Canada?

The first time back in years we were flying across Ontario from Toronto to Winnipeg and I had forgotten how many lakes are up there. They all seemed interconnected from 30,000 feet.

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I did sleep next to a Bass Pro in the Toronto hinterlands

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Here is a good read. They mention Anna but I wonder if it has the amount of nutrients to support the new fish. Maybe the tigers take over the natives.

Tiger Bass

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We stocked our biggest pond thats 25 acres with them after we had to do serious work and drained it and I can attest the results have been fantastic and well worth it. There are still natural largemouth but most you catch are the tiger strain. Theyre very aggressive and feed and grow quicker. Does make it tricky with necessary culling otherwise they eat all the bait and go skinny as can be. Its been 15 years now and we have pulled a few around 7 lbs and above and plenty in the 5-7 range.

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Sounds like it would be a killer spot for a little TKP bass extravaganza....

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Barbie rods only. Speaking of which I forgot to enter the redfish barbie rod tournament here...shit.

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That would be fun. Hooking a 5 pounder on a dock demon....

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Mine is a Frozen rod. Acceptable?

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Absolutely. I think the only rules the tournaments I've seen have had was that you had to use the rod and reel. Most people put some sort of braid on, I've seen a couple power handles installed. I'm waiting for someone to go for a complete bearing upgrade.

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So I don't think the New River will ever be back to normal this year. As soon as it seems to be turning back to semi chocolate milk we get torrential downpours for 2 days straight. If we could all stop planning fishing/camping weekends I think it would keep the rain gods on their toes.

If any one wants to catch some giant stockers Crooked Creek in Carrol County is having an event and also Big Tumbling back home in Saltville.

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My oldest son and I, Crappie fishing in east Texas. Using live minnows, we dropped down over some brush piles in about 18' of water. Our largest on the day was 16-1/2"; we landed 16 keepers and (one) 3 lb bass using the same baiting method.

Freezer's full!

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Love it!!

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Nice work! Some good eating there.

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Question for you east coasters: my family and I just welcomed our 6th baby, and are embarking on a tour of Virginia to introduce our newest team member to the family-at-large. We'll be staying with some good friends in Va Beach around the 1st of July for just a couple of days, and would love to get a morning of fishing in. Can you advise on where to go, what to use? I would assume jetty or pier fishing is the same in VA as it is in TX. Would anyone with a boat, consider chartering your services for a nominal fee, for just a few hours close to shore? Just a crazy thought. If not, any suggestions for a dad fishing with a youngster or two? We are staying with a Hokie family, so your ideas would be super welcomed! Thx so much gang!

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Hope someone takes you out, but please note that it is illegal in Virginia to charter or guide in the salt without a captain's license. Easily worked around with a gas and bait "contribution" from your guests, but just a FWIW note.

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Thx Fish! I'll make note of that. Whereabouts are u located? Further up the bay? I always enjoy your posts, French and VTFlyguy to name a few.

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Yeah, I'm in Mathews, which is on the Middle Peninsula near Gloucester. Thanks a lot for the kind words, I do enjoy the TKP fishing threads, maybe a bit too much, but that's retirement.

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I second Zoom's take on thoroughly enjoying reading yours, VTFlys, and French's fishing posts. It's bc of y'all that I had a lot of success saltwater fishing in NC the last two years.

Thank you, glad to have helped

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My wife is from Gloucester. I visit out that way frequently. The in-laws come to Blacksburg frequently from out that way as well.

Well, if you're visiting in Gloucester, you know how close to Mathews you are. If you want to go fishing for a while when you are in town, lemme know. Or if they're fishing folk and have a boat, I'll gladly drive the 25 min. to get out somewhere different.

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Thanks for the invite.

Thank you. I would offer but I am freaking slammed.

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This is nice to hear. Hopefully, your new skiff is boosting your client list after all you went through to get that coveted and well earned Captain's license. Most folks don't know how difficult and time consuming (not to mention expensive) that particular piece of paper is to gain. Good on ya.

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So I got a new fly rod for Fathers day and have had it out both days since. Since I work on the beach, I just go in early and fish until I have to change for work. Anyways, landed 2 snook about 18 inches and jumped another yesterday morning on a green glass minnow fly while getting drenched (rain). Today was pretty choppy and drizzling but still managed a few Jack chevelle (edit: I meant crevalle) and lady fish, nothing of size though. Still fun as hell. I forgot how much I loved fly fishing...

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Marco island, FL. I manage a condo association on the beach. It has its perks to go along with the seasonal traffic

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Nice! I go down to that area once or twice a year. I may message you in the future for more specifics if you don't mind sharing. I would really like to get something on the fly down there.

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Yeah, absolutely. Shoot me an email whenever jonathan.schlehr@gmail.com

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Yall hiring?

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I need to. But itd only be for a maintenance guy making around $16/hr.

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Help! I'm a known and admitted Luddite, and I'm calling on all you dudes, subdudes, brains and membranes to help a poor old feller out. I'm selling my camper on Craigslist. I live in sorta the middle of nowhere, but with three markets close enough by to advertise in. I started in one by chance, but then found out that I couldn't put an ad in the other markets without the list banning me or something. All attempts to get clarification have failed. I am sure I've seen the same boats on more than one city's sites when I was looking in the past, but don't want to get in a tussle with CL.
Any and all elucidation would be welcome. Thanks in advance.

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For the most part with vehicles, especially in smaller markets, they will show the initial lists then at the end of the results it will say "other stuff nearby" or something.

They've updated it all so that if someone is to search for camper they can decide how far from a certain zip they want those results to show. If anyone is seriously looking for a camper advertising in one of the 3 nearby areas is enough.

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Thanks for your reply. As you say, I looked at those three cities when looking for a camper and a boat a few years ago, so it makes sense that if someone is looking, they'll find it. Hopefully this'll be moot soon, but I'm pretty apprehensive about trying to sell this thing, and my unfamiliarity with the process only increases my anxiety.
Again, thank you for the help.

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What kinda camper?

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2014 ALiner Ranger 12 folding A frame hard sided pop up. We reluctantly decided that between the increasingly. crowded camping conditions and my worsening arthritic knees, our camping days have come to an end. Age has also insinuated itself into the experience as well. Should have gotten it ready for listing a couple of months ago for the Spring season, but I just couldn't motivate myself to do the pictures, cleaning, detailing, etc. until now.
While the camper is well enough set up for off road non campground camping, we aren't so much anymore. We'll still travel, though, and hope to use the proceeds to finance a few car trips. We might try some cabins or yurts or something like that, we too po' to do motels.

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Damn I would have bought that thing in an instant a year ago. Perfect for some of the camping I did hunting out west. I'll check with some buddies that still do a bunch of camp hunting and see if they're interested.

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It is a pretty cool camper, but pretty expensive, too, for a pop up. The 8' height when set up, the one minute easy set up, the visibility from inside due to all the windows, and the lightweight, economical towing (less than 1500lbs) make it really nice for a small trailer. You can easily tow it with almost anything, and the hard sides are nice to have versus typical canvas walls. No mildew problems because the interior of the walls is a lightweight composite instead of wood or canvas.
While I didn't intend to try to sell it on TKP, I will say that the posting with pics and description should be available in the Norfolk/HR market. Anyone curious should first check out the ALiner website, then high thee to a bank.

Edit: Well, now I know it is posted because I just got my first scammer trying to get my real email. Sigh.

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You can usually list in multiple markets if you just change up the wording so each post is a bit different.

This is useful information, thank you. I have the camper listed in Norfolk/Hampton Roads area because that's where I started before I knew about the restrictions. I also want to list in Richmond and NOVA. My camper is in a niche in the market, and used ones like mine are not available often, but I'll most likely need to reach a ton of people before I'll sell it.
So I'll wait the 48 hours and try to rework the ad to post in one of the other markets and hope they don't ban me altogether! Thanks again.

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Tuesday's Florida Boating Advisory Council Meeting...no mention (positive or negative) at all about the redfish/trout restrictions in SWFL...and the meeting was in Bradenton. It's not a fishing-centric group (more about waterway use, safety, etc.) but most members have some link to fishing, or personally like to fish...not to mention a room full of FWC enforcement folks.

On that note, NC is finishing up a bill on closing flounder starting in August for a whole year. Another bill for 6 species (spot, kingfish (sea mullet), southern flounder, bluefish, croaker, striped mullet) that 75% of them need to reach spawning once. It will be interesting on how people will get drum bait.

Well I, for one, welcome NC finally owning up to their profligate past ways with harvest. Now if they'll just get the netters under control, I'll believe they really give a shit about conservation of saltwater fish. Any closures, though, are bound to improve Virginia's saltwater fishing as well. The flounder fishing in my part of the Bay has almost disappeared in just the past few years, and keeper sized croaker and spot are becoming alarmingly rare as well. Don't get the whiting ban, though. I've caught a bunch more of them the last couple of years than when I first moved here 7 years ago.

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Flounder will be closed for commercial harvest as well. The commercial season will stay open thru Oct./Nov. and then close. 2020, its about month of a season from mid Aug-mid. Sept. Commercial has a sept-oct/nov depending on the region.

Agreed 100% the bigger croaker are few and far between and from what I've heard flounder are all but a joke when I was younger a 21 incher was the required keeper size and you could catch a good number now I think its at what 16 inches and not many people are even finding those? As for the whiting and silver perch I used to never catch them and within the last 3 years theyre everywhere now and the croaker arent.

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is this a "bill" (state legislature crafting or changing a law) or agency rulemaking/reg change?

The let them spawn bill (75% of the species reaches spawning) is an actual bill. Flounder closure is from agency being forced to make reductions in catches for next two years.

Well, if they follow through on the 75% and actually achieve it, the catch and release fishing in NC will be nothing short of phenomenal for reds and trout.

When I see legislation like that, as opposed to an agency rule, it is often symptomatic of one part of the management framework being badly broken.

Reds and trout aren't included in this bill. Just spot, croaker, kingfish/sea mullet/whiting, bluefish, southern flounder, striped mullet. Management is bad and lots of finger pointing of rec vs. commercial.

I'm not a marine fish guy but 75% survival to reproduction in a natural population of saltwater fish seems really, really high...maybe unattainable; and the expense and difficulty in monitoring something like that with any kind of accuracy is probably prohibitive if you don't already have a system in place.

and if you do have it in place, why the hell don't the current management measures reflect some type of sustainable goal...the legislature is involved because the leadership lacks spine? really? how do you get more spineless than a state legislative body?

and North Carolina is not the worst state G&F department in SEAFWA (Bama makes everyone look good), but this kind of shit puts them in the running.

and...end of rant

Not to mention making it impossible to fish for drum or draw people to the pier to catch their fish fry in the fall.

It is a nightmare for law enforcement. Instead, set a 30 fish limit for spot, croaker, or sea mullet. Easier to count than measure a cooler full of fish and less catch and release mortality.

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lots of finger pointing of rec vs. commercial.

often about who, seldom about what

most days I'm glad I retired, but every once in awhile I wish I'd stuck around

Spent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday fishing Location X. I spent a total of 14 hours exploring some of my redfish flats. Saw a grand total of 6 and caught one (29") on the fly. It ate my blue crab slider. They are just not around. Talking to my local intel, everyone is saying the same thing... complete dearth of redfish for some reason.

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The houndfish are all over the flat. This seems to happen every few years down here. Fight like hell and very underrated, I love them. Man they are pretty.

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There were several aggressive sheeps head but being Pamlico Permit, would not take a fly. Explored some new water with a new friend is a flounder addict and I stuck a 20" on fly. He was impressed. I can generally do pretty well with flounder on a slow sinking line and a chartreuse and white clouser. He got several small ones before finally getting an 18" fish at one of my holes on a light jighead with white Z-man grub. Looking forward to learning more from him hopefully soon.

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My boat performed admirably on the flat. When the reds show up, it is going to be game on.

It is blowing today, back home tonight to guide the next 6 days. Hope the rain doesn't screw me like it did last week when I had to cancel 5 straight wade trips...

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Nice. Thanks for the report. Houndfish are a different breed of fins, but like you said, they fight like few other fishes and are quite beautiful in their own toothy way.
Hope you get your rest, and your trips in. When I was guiding, I didn't pay much attention to the rain unless it was going to be a day long washout, but because I was pulling two 10' oars all day, the wind was the final arbiter of whether a trip was to be or not to be. There were several days over the years I'd have killed for a jet motor and bow mount troller. Killed, I say.

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FlyGuy: if I were to only have one morning, with a kid or two or three in tow, is there a go-to place that I can fish from shore? A jetty, perhaps in the Va Beach area?

I am familiar in fishing with shrimp, on an 12-18" leader with Khale hooks. I have a few artificial lures for salt, but all in all I am a freshwater bass fisherman who only dabbles in saltwater when I am nearby.

Any direction you could point me in would be appreciated.

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I know very little about fishing around VB. Personally, I don't like it down there. Too many people and jet noise all day. I'm a cranky old man at this point when it comes to my fishing backdrops.

I always liked squid strips growing up. Circle hooks are good to ensure a save hookup.

I know Rudee inlet has people fish off of one of the walls there.

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Small flounder are stacked up on the Rudee inlet jetties.

A safe bet is to go to Virginia Beach Pier and fish with bloodworm fishbites for spot, sea mullet, and croaker.

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This is likely the best bet all 'round. If the weather's bad, no temptation to defy it, and a pier gives you plenty of space and opportunity and is open and "safe" enough to have a few kids running around where you can keep an eye on them. Obviously, some safety rules apply, but piers are a big part of my saltwater memories and if the weather turns or the fishing sucks, you aren't far from the car and a trip to the water slide or ice cream parlor or something.

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Great tips, thx for all the feedback. I'll take a rod or two, see what kind of trouble we can get into.

Cheers!

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My old friend Will from Houston (RIP-way too young): "Dave, if you're catching flounder, you're fishing too slow".

My best flounder strategy is to forget about my gulp and let it sit on the bottom/move in the current.

my flounder strategy is usually to cast, drop the rod, go get a beer from the cooler, and then reel in the flounder.

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Nothing used to beat a white/pink or white/chartreuse flounder rig with a menhaden on it slow as hell drifting along but that was when there were flounder everywhere now a days I'm not sure how that would do. From what I've heard flounder are down in the bay at the moment.

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Haven't fished the bay for them since I was a kid, they're all over the place in SC.

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The key is having flounder to fish for, that's for sure. If I can find them, I can catch them. But I can't find them if they aren't there. Still haven't found a better way than a chartreuse gulp swimming mullet on a contrasting colored 1/4-3/8 oz jig head if the fish are in less than maybe 15' of water or so, but have caught a bunch drifting squid/mudminnow baits on a flounder rig around the Bay Bridge Tunnel, and 5-6" strips of fresh croaker dragged on serious flounder jewelry and heavy weights in 30-50' of water over near the Baltimore Channel. If they're there, that's the key and it seems right now that they aren't. Maybe the NC thing will help out and I'd be pleased to see something similar here in VA if it'll help boost the overall stock. I love to eat flounder, but I'd rather catch them than eat them for a while and I suspect there will still be plenty available at the fish market which is probably the most cost effective way to come up with a flounder meal for the family anyway.

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my strategy is not to intentionally catch one unless I know someone who wants one and, more importantly, is willing to clean it.

Man they're cake too clean easier than reds imo. Great eating and less sought after so I certainly feel less bad keeping them. As long as you can get by the fact that you're fighting a wet carpet that just attacked your dead sticked swim bait I love flounder

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if I liked to eat them, I'd keep them. I know lots of people who like them a lot; I'm just not on that list.

I have cleaning reds down pat.

Yeah, reds are easier to clean than flounder, which require taking two filets per side rather than one, and I do like eating redfish, but most of the folks I know prefer the flounder for the table and we feel that way here. If it were possible, I'd wish for more small reds (16-26") around here for the fun, and I'd like to see the flounder population restored for the fun I have targeting them as well as the excellent table fare they provide.

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You can take a side of flounder off in 1 piece, just treat it like a tiny halibut, jis saying. And yeah, they are great table fare.

Yeah, I know you can, but I never do. It's so easy to just do the two and flip. I also skin mine, but most of my friends don't, saying they enjoy the flavor. Either way, they aren't hard to clean at all, just not walleye easy.
Never cleaned a halibut, though I'd like to catch a few one of these days.

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You know, on six lb test and smallmouth gear, flounder put up a unique fight that I thoroughly enjoy. I don't dead stick anything, they are renowned for their ambush and will chase to the top in some cases. If my boat ain't movin', I'm not catching flounder where I fish. Now my friend Jack says they fight like a Walmart bag, and at first for the smaller fish in particular, that's true, but when they get close to the boat, they'll usually get pretty feisty and are tough to land without a net. No, they don't fight like reds, no doubt, but not many inshore fish do.

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Jack is pretty much right..."is it a clump of oysters? no, it's moving a little. oh it's a flounder!"

however, dealing with a 4-ish pounder with your butt in the bottom of a drifting SOT kayak and having no net is a different story altogether : ) that one did indeed make it to the grill

and yeah, they'll for sure smack a swim bait in 6" of water.

I've had multiple flounder follow my Gulp all the way to the surface out of 12' of water. Can honestly say I've never thought any flounder was a clump of oysters, maybe because I have excellent rods that detect movement quite well, or whatever, but I have had a few small ones I wasn't sure weren't crabs for 5 seconds or so. The configuration of the fish leads to a different fight, with the head shake being up and down instead of side to side, and they fight by turning their body against the pull, rather than making a run, again, due to their construction. While your opinion of them seems oddly low from my experiences, I acknowledge why you might feel that way, especially if you are encountering small ones. Big flounder are not easy to land, that's just a fact, but different strokes for different folks, I guess. Many folks make fun of the fight of walleye, but they don't usually catch big ones, and once they get bigger around than broomsticks, they fight just fine on light tackle. It's all about what you desire out of the fish you're after, and what you go after them with, tackle-wise. IMHO, of course.

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if i liked to eat them as much as most folks, i would no doubt target them and wouldn't criticize how much they fight...I don't make fun of croaker, whiting, or mangrove snapper, for example.

if you like flounder, then I'm the fishing partner you want to have along because you get to take home every one I catch.

And if it were all about the eating, I wouldn't argue with you. For me, I just like the breed, always have, always will. Same with crappie, bluegills on a flyrod and walleye in general. Yeah, there are fish that fight better and taste better, although with walleye, I'd be skeptical of most that are considered better, but it isn't that at all. If I could never eat another fish I would still fish for all of those species, and don't eat crappie and very few bluegill anyway. Now are these fish destination fish like smallmouth or muskies or pelagics? Not for most folks not looking to fill the freezer, and I acknowledge that. But, we all have the fish we like to catch and if I catch multiple keeper flounder, I still keep only one or two, depending on size, and other than cobia, you'll be hard pressed to find fish in my freezer. For an absolute fact, I can say that if keeping any caught fish were to be made illegal tomorrow, there would be fewer folks around happier than me, and I expect I'd be going fishing even more than I do now.
Edit: As for croaker, for their size they fight like the devil. They're just little reds, after all.

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For an absolute fact, I can say that if keeping any caught fish were to be made illegal tomorrow, there would be fewer folks around happier than me, and I expect I'd be going fishing even more than I do now.

oh man SC waterways would be desolate, I'd love it.

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How in the hell did you read all my drivel in that post, and then type your answer in, what, 17 seconds or something?

Edit: 14 seconds, but I'm sure by the time I hit post, you'll already have responded.
Edit redux: Just realized you did this while I was editing my post. I should think before typing, huh?

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It's Friday and I'm in the office refreshing TKP.

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same tho

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Gobbles, you should play midfield for the US soccer team. If you can cover the pitch like you do TKP, and deliver the same level of quality there as you do here ... yeah, that would amazing.

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If you can cover the pitch like you do TKP

i can't any more. i do play pickup regularly but i generally stick to defense when i play

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This guy says when he fishes by himself he takes a minute to retrieve in one cast.

I fish fairly slow with the fly for them and they hammer it.

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Yeah, you don't rip for the flounders, that's for sure. I fish the bottom with minimal, but regular hops from a drifting boat when in the shallower waters, but the thing that matters more than speed of the bait is contact with the bottom. Still, if there is no drift, I power troll to maintain enough speed to get a drift in until wind/tide help me out. Some folks here anchor up and toss minnows out and wait, but I ain't them folks.

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Finally found a honeymoon spot for me an the missus, Los Buzos Offshore Kayak Fishing Resort in Panama. Hoping the horseback rides by the same outfitter can help her be convinced.
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That place is sweet! I've been wanting to go there. I've watched a lot of the Robert Field youtube videos of his trips down there.

If she wont go for our honeymoon I'm gonna plan a trip in the future anyway she and I have roosterfish high on our list of fish to catch as well as the snapper plus the mahi and tuna and a chance at a sailfish aint bad either. I've been watching their feeds and stuff for a while and it just dawned on me while I was trying to come up with a place for our honeymoon with bucket list fish on it. ATM were down to Belize or anywhere we can check off some fish from the list tropical.

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Belize would be cool too. Since y'all are into fly fishing more now, bonefishing in belize is supposed to be great. My friend's parents stayed at a island resort that was 30 miles off the main land of belize. All sorts of snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, sailing you could want to do. Forget the name they told me.

I'd be interested in the name of the resort if you ever find it. She and I both prefer to get off the beaten path when it comes to fishing in particular the Los Buzos for a fully outfitted trip looks amazing for the price as well and has soared up the list solely because of that.

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Oh yeah the price is great and you get a fishery that only receives pressure from the resort. I asked my buddy it is Slick Rock Adventures. https://www.slickrock.com/

Heading out tomorrow to see if my cobia jinx still holds. Time for this thing to end.

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Impressed you're going out on a weekend! :) Hope you got 3rdGen and/or French with you, and a good camera!

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I wish I was along for the ride, but ran into a work buzzsaw after a week in Canada and Connecticut. We are going to join forces again a week from Monday if things pan out!

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Jinx is off my boat. 45", and 3rdGen, as usual, did the honors. Great fight, but I'll let him tell it and a picture should ensue as well.

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My friend caught one today at Windmill.

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YES!!!!!!!!!!

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Nice!!! Was that the only bite of the day?

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Yeah, last minute decision not made until yesterday afternoon. I haven't been out since the little outlaws were here and I'm Jonesing for a tug. Sunday ain't my usual, for sure, but we have cool-ish weather and calm winds and seas so I talked myself into it. Wifey is headed to her mom's this week and I'm on puppy duty, so this is the last chance I have to fish until week after next. Luckily, 3rdGen decided to forego a Nats/Braves game with his family to get out there with me and help me break this jinx. You're next, msmcfa, you're next! Now, I gotta hope there's room at the ramp. Yesterday was a mob scene here.
Edit: Lyin' already, msmc, French is next, then you're next.

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Looking for some tips here from the community. I got a invite last night from a buddy to go to a carp tournament today. Now I've caught a few but only by accident and they quickly broke off and in 1 case snapped my rod. I've got plenty of catfish gear so I should be good and prepared as far as tackle goes. I was thinking of using corn and night crawlers but if anyone has any tips or tricks I'd love to hear them, also it's fishing a pond. The pond has a mud flat and reeds on one end and a good amount of vegetation on the other.

Fly fish for them.

i've seen grass carp gorging themselves on fresh lawn clippings in high water...not sure how you put that on a hook

the interweb suggests cherry tomatoes

i bet fishbites or cut-up pieces of gulp would work...i used to use saltwater shrimp for freshwater catfish in the Atchafalaya basin...VERY effective

might try some type of saltwater, multi-hook rig with different menu options with a small chum box for a weight.

It was a SLLLLOOOOOOWWWWW day. Seen 4 caught in 6 hours. My buddy ended up hooking up 4 minutes before the time deadline. 13.14 is what it weighed. Good enough for second place and a good chunk of the purse. Seen fish everywhere just couldn't get a bite. Caught the fish out of the same hole I had soaked the same bait for over 5 hours, I move and he hooks up. Sometimes how it goes.

I got out for about 3 hours today. Hit Lovers Key state park/Big Carlos Pass. Got a few Jack and a couple small snapper. Had an all day pass, but y'all, its damn hot down here...

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I went out Saturday in the East river from Mathews and didn't have any luck besides a few small croaker. I went out around West Point Sunday and saw a few cownose rays. I also caught one ~16"-18" rockfish and tried to shoot a bow at some catfish with no luck.

I am going to take the boat over to Cape Charles this weekend. I'd like to get after something with a good fight or good to eat. I'm thinking cobia, spades or flounder. Would anybody have any suggestions over in that area? I was thinking about making a run to one of the CBBT islands or going north to the cell. I would most likely be chumming for the cobia and/or running clams for the spades if I can find them. Not sure what I should be using for flounder over there. Thanks in advance.

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Good flounder fishing at Wise Point Bridge. Use gulp shrimp or use another soft plastic and put procure on it. If you are getting too many small fish up size your plastic. Lattimer shoals is a cobia chumming hot spot. Spades are along the bridge pilings too. Had luck at Kiptopeke ships flounder fishing last year too.

If you are going to chum, I would recommend fishing uptide from the CBBT around the Baltimore Channel (around islands 3 and 4.) Find a hump.

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Went out yesterday with Ifish to go chum for cobia. Slow grind to make bait with croakers mainly due to a slack tide. Get out there set up in the usual spot. Start to use the sabiki rig to get some more bait. End up with a few live bluefish. The rest were threadfins. About 3 hours in at slack tide we finally get the first run of the day. I pick up the rod let it run for a good bit. It slows down slightly, throw the reel in gear, crank a few times and hook set. It comes tight and the cobia starts to make a run for the front of the boat. It jumps out of the water thrashing and takes more line. It takes multiple jumps which was super cool. Need to get some sorta cheap go pro alternative to start filming some of this. I work my way all around the boat back to the port side where I began. The struggle of getting the cobia close to the net and then it would make a charging run straight or towards the motor. We played tug of war like that for a few minutes and finally Ifish got him in the net. Got him in the boat and a few whacks to the head and it was over. That was only run of the day. Other baits got trashed by the tail getting split in half but nothing else ran with any of those baits. We made our one bite count which feel rewarding for a long day of fishing. It was the calmest I have ever seen the bay. We ran back to the dock around 30 mph through mobjack bay. Always a pleasure to be out with Ifish and glad to seal the deal with a cobia.

That's awesome!! Great story and so glad you got him in the boat.

Edit: What style hooks were you using?

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Awesome awesome awesome. I am glad that you guys got some use out of that rod holder too!

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Yep, it worked out nicely! Thanks French!

French, that rod holder worked perfectly for a float rig, and I had a rod that fit it perfectly. We had enough trouble keeping the two down baits from tangling up as the boat moved with the changing tide that putting a third bait on the bottom didn't seem prudent. It will come in handy often enough, I'd guess and I thank you.

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nice lemonfish! congrats to all y'all.

edit: Mrs. Dave's response to the ending of the jinx..."the progressed moon moved into a new sign". No, I don't know exactly what that means but it seems to be a good thing.

Hmm, I guess I don't know what that means either, but what do I know? There are more things in heaven and earth...

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Glad yall got a fish and glad Ifish has the jinx off I know its been troubling him for a bit the next few should come much easier.

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Thanks. I'll admit that it wasn't quite as troubling as I made it out to be, we'd had multiple chances at big fish the last three years, but it was, indeed, nice to experience the reward. Hell of a fight for a mid-sized cobia. Problem with figuring out how to boost production is having confidence enough to put all that effort out on spec. I've found a way that will produce a bite or two most of the time we go out, but haven't been learning much more. I'm a shameless imitator, but not a great innovator, so I usually rely on info or help from others to advance my game. Perhaps my greatest limitation as a fisherman and guide throughout the years. I was fortunate to meet the people I met in the smallmouth fishery that made a huge difference in my fishing life and I credit them as often as I can. The bite to hookup to landing thing is what we need most to solve.
All that said, the jinx is gone.

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Hot as hell N of St Aug this a.m. and runoff from the last couple weeks has the water stained pretty bad up there.

But it was a boat ride for the Mrs. more than a fishing trip (I cast around some oyster bars for about 30 minutes...no action). The boat ran great, we got close to some dolphins, and cruised around the Castillo.

Need the sea breeze to return, like right now.

Looking for Canadian report from 04!

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

My friend and I are planning a trip to fish the Black River in New York next year for pike. Any thoughts, opinions, intel, etc would be greatly appreciated

Pike are really fun.

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

If you're fishing for pike. I went fishing for largemouth with a bud once. We went all day. 1 largemouth, 112 pike. They ate everything. I went to a senko, got cut off by a pike, picked up my crankbait rod, threw a crankbait to the same spot, got my senko back out of the pike's mouth it was unreal. It was fun for the first like 30 minutes but literally could not escape them. I eventually started throwing for size which was also impossible seeing as they literally didn't care the size or shape of what they were hitting.

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And in Europe, the gilleys would fish for and kill the brutal pike to keep them from savaging their more genteel trout.
True enough, they can be willing biters and are actually pretty darned good to eat. Need 'em bigger than a snake to make it worth the cleaning, though.

Edit: Can imagine that 112 little pike would be a flyfisherman's dream.

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Edit: Can imagine that 112 little pike would be a flyfisherman's dream.

Oh I didn't mention the 20mph sustained wind and 50mph gust.

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Well, if your ears weren't already pierced...

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