March 2020 Fishing Thread

While striped bass and shad start moving into Virginia's estuaries, bass are starting to get more active in the lakes and rivers. Post your fishing questions/comments and reports for March 2020 in this thread.

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Took my buddy's new to him boat Carolina Skiff 218 DLV out on the James last night. It ran pretty well. However didn't find any shad and the catfish refused some old frozen shad.

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Grafton Supply posted that they had fresh gizzard shad.

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As little as I enjoy fishing for stocked trout in a lake, I'm thinking of heading to the local trout pond this week because I can't stand to be shut up indoors any longer.

Anyone ever bass fish at Pandapas Pond? Thinking of trying that while waiting for the stockers to bite. What would be a good tactic this time of year for bass in a pond?

Also, with the one rod rule for stocked trout, would it be OK to use a second rod if obviously targeting bass? I'm thinking probably not, especially with the damn game warden who likes to hide in the woods with binoculars around that area.

I assume Pandapas is going to be much colder than what I have here in the 757. Right now slow rolling/bouncing jigs has been working here, but you may want to still be using jerkbaits if the water temp is still pretty frigid. If you get a super warm day (also a day hopefully Pandapas isn't packed), fish will move to shallow warmer water and you can use jigs more effectively then. I haven't fished there in a few years, but I had small successes.

One of my favorite catches was I went on a day that Pandapas had overflowed from quite a bit of rain. Good majority of it flowed into Poverty Creek and caught a 2lb bass 40-50 yards down the creek from where it connects to the pond.

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I think if it has the stocked trout waters sign, it is one rod only period.

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I'm not a game warden or an expert on VA's regs, but I'd think two lines in the water at the same time would earn some paperwork

Correct, will get you a ticket.

It is unlawful to fish in designated stocked trout waters after the daily creel limit of trout has been obtained or during the closed hours for taking trout. Once a trout is taken into possession by placing in the creel (basket, bucket, stringer, cooler, etc.) it becomes part of the daily creel limit and may not be released (culled). It is unlawful to feed, bait, or snag trout in designated stocked trout waters. It shall be unlawful for any person fishing in designated stocked trout waters to use more than one rod, one line, and one baited hook (a treble hook is considered one hook); however, any combination of artificial lures is allowed.

Thanks all. I figured that was the case. Guess I'll just have to catch 6 quickly then switch to bass tackle...

One other thing- if the game warden is following the letter of the regulation, once you possess a limit, you have to leave the water. Or, at least that is my interpretation.

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Ok, so one question I have always had - let's say I go to Panadapas and throw for bass/pickerel with lipless cranks, jerkabaits, etc. that have 2 treble hooks - am I violating the rules?

Also - I assume that I would need a trout stamp to fish there even though I am clearly not trout fishing? I understand the rule, but for places like Pandapas where the chain pickerel should be a good fish to target now, I have to buy a trout stamp to fish for them which seems silly.

browsing VA's regs, fishing in trout stocked waters (whatever those are) requires a trout license from Oct 1 to June 15. it is called a "trout fishing permit" and a "trout license" in the regs but the way it is written, it is actually a seasonal fishing permit, not a trout permit. a pickerel fishing trip in trout waters in trout season seemingly requires a trout license.

any combination of artificial lures is allowed...the regs define "artificial lures" as having "no limitation on the number of hooks or hook points". they do however also have a class of lures called "single point artificial lures" which precludes artificials with double/treble hooks. Shenandoah NP is one such place. so in most "trout stocked waters" it appears as though any artificial lure is legal, even a string of lures like a sabiki rig. however, some waters have additional restrictions.

Along the lines of artificial lure questions, is powerbait a legal bait in delayed harvest areas? I've had some people say don't use it in those areas, but I've also seen people using it in those areas. I've looked through the regs and have found nothing explicit.

Artificial lure shall include manufactured or handmade "flies, spinners, plugs, spoons, and facsimiles of live animals, but shall not be construed to include artificially-produced organic baits and fish eggs that are intended to be ingested.

Right from the 2020 regs. Still confusing though as I had never thought about it. I would interpret that to mean that dough and nugget Powerbait is considered bait and not an artificial lure.

Delayed Harvest Waters
From October 1 through May 31 fishing on the following
waters is permitted under specific regulations only:
1. Only artificial lures may be used.
2. No trout may be in possession (catch and release only) while fishing these waters.
3. No bait may be in possession while fishing these waters.
4. Trout license required October 1鈥揓une 15.
Note: During the period of June 1 through September 30 restrictions 1 through 3 above will not apply and these waters are like any other designated stocked trout water

Thanks, don't know where I missed that top part. Guess I'll keep throwing spinners and pass along the knowledge to those I see.

if it is the product I think it is, it is a "bait", not an "artificial lure". if artificials are required, power bait is not legal.

edit: could you put pro cure on an artificial? I'd ask first, but the way it is written, probably.

Went ice fishing on Pandapas back in the winter of '09/'10. That was a pretty fun and numbing experience...

Booked a 24 hr trip on Capt. Stacy out of Morehead City on April 4-5. Going after some AJ pullage and along with some bottom fish (snapper, triggers, groupers). Link if anyone else is interested https://captstacy.com/24-hour-overnight/

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That looks like a load of fun. If it weren't so close to my wife's bday I'd love to join you.

Side note - I saw this email from VDGIF today and thought of you - James River Catfishing Challenge.

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I'll let you know next time. You can catch a 2 day limit of fish. Enough to feed all your growing kids quite a few meals if they even like fish haha.

Yep, looks like fun. I've never fished a tournament before.

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LOL, yes and thanks! It would definitely be fun to do a trip like that w/ some of the folks here.

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Yep, as long as you take your dramimine so you don't get sea sick. It's a good time. Interesting characters there for sure. And you need to feel the hit of an AJ on a speed jig, it's awesome and then they fight like hell.

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AJ = Reef Donkey. There is a reason for this equivalency. An example:

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Those amberjacks look like a load of fun. Kind of curious now, what are people's favorite fish to catch and why?

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False Albacore put up one hellacious fight. I've never seen another fish pull line like they do.

Edit: redeyes on an ultralight are always a good time.

They are fun but they will pull harder than anything else you have caught. Also is different when it's a straight up and down fight.

My favorite fish to catch are speckled trout. I've caught them in a bunch of different areas and environment now. The thump on the bite is great. Not the strongest fighters but can readily catch them on artificials.

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Try 30 lb Jack Crevalle in a 2-3 knot current in a boat in Sebastian Inlet. That will be a 45 minute tussle with key boat maneuvering required.

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JC are up there for me watching them chase artificials on the surface is so fun you can't possibly reel too fast.

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Sounds really challenging but not something I want to do haha. It would be fun to get towed around in my kayak by some Jacks in general.

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It was worth it (my son with the fish - I did the boat maneuvering - which included going under the A1A bridge):

We caught 4 like this that day. We were so worked afterwards...

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Definitely can understand that. I still don't understand how French caught like 20 straight AJs one day.

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I tapped out. Luckily they were not huge. They were right beside the boat. Hook on a bunker, drop it and they hit it right on the surface. We landed them as fast as you could rebait for about 3 hours and I tapped. (Took my first break at 13 to "film my dad" and breathe.)

I also fought a bluefin on stand up for about 30 minutes until I have up and used the chair. That was brutal.

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Yeah hooking them when they are already a 100+ feet down is definitely a different game. The 30 lb blackfin I got on a popper was definitely easier because it was already on top. Still 3 hours of basically straight cranking is impressive. I'm upping my lifting to get in better shape for speed jigging. I can imagine that bluefin was brutal and the drag was pretty heavy.

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Redfish. The shallow water stalking and they also get to 50 pounds

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Reds, inshore, light tackle. They'll readily hit a variety of artificials (incl. topwaters), fight great, and are delicious table fare. If I had access to snook I might change my mind...but I don't.

Beach Snook. Long, screaming runs, jumps most of the time (not tarpon jumps, but better than bass) and just the level of sniper-like stealth it takes to get them to eat most of the time.

And because I have yet to land a tarpon.

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Booked a trip with Fisch charters out of north captiva for the honeymoon anyone ever fish with him looks a good bet for what were looking for, grouper and snook.

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Looks good based off of his website. Hope you have a good trip!

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Yup were getting not too far away to the honeymoon need to load up on tackle in the next few weeks, still have the fly box rigged gotta stock up on the soft plastics and jig heads. Any good sites for getting some of the slayer swimbaits? Also gotta load up on the red eye jig heads

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That is probably a Dave question since they are located in his neck of the woods.

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eye strike website is best for bulk purchase of trout eyes https://eyestrikefishing.com/wordpress2016/store/#!/~/search/keyword=bulk

what Slayer colors do you want? they are available locally here from several vendors. if you are driving near Jax, Strike Zone is just off 295 (east side) at Beach Blvd. they are as well stocked as you'll find.

on line, best bet may be
https://slayerinc.com/products/#!/c/0/offset=0&sort=normal

the website also lists several locations in SW FL...incl. several Sunshine Ace Hardware stores. Back2VT would probably know who is best locally down there

Thanks for links, just thought Id grab some pilchard and electric chicken ones to use if the zman ones dont cut it as well as they did last year. Were going to be on north captiva so just gotta stock up so I can last the week. I usually use zman stuff but slayer stuff looks good as well I'm always looking to branch out and try new stuff what colors would you recommend for the surf?

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Up here, I like the "houdini" color (above) in green water and the "bounty hunter" (below) in tannin-stained water. I haven't fished them in the surf or super clear water

To anyone fishing SC waters that bottom color is proven dynamite on our muddy inshore waters. I've had people in the boat refuse to fish black/gold usually sticking to white or a chartreuse....they never catch as many fish. If you're in tannin/muddy water it will catch fish.

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yeah, if I can only have one color, that's probably it...like a much more effective gold spoon. can also add a glass rattle...

I really like that little bunker colored storm wild-eye and the two baits were tied on rods sitting side by side in the rack. I looked at them and started laughing...when you get down to it, they are pretty much the same color pattern.

I had so much success with zman's pilchard pattern but it seems thats become discontinued so I'll have to find something similar to try it was very natural baitfish looking since the water was pretty clear for the surf I went that pattern. Just gotta find some good big eye jigheads and something similar to run with but the houdini color looks very similar so I'll probably load up on that pattern. The gold flake one is new to me does it work for snook and jacks? Really going to try to spend more time on saltwater in the mobjack this year as well so the gold pattern intrigues me after learning to use white and chartreuse last year I'm curious if the gold would work.

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in my area, gold works on trout, reds, and flounder...no snook here.

zman has several patterns seemingly close to the nuke pilchard...smelt, smoky shad, bad shad, mulletron, "the deal"...

slayer's instagram page might give you some ideas.

Bounty Hunter looks like a northern pike. Do they make them in 6 or 8 inch?

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With any luck I'll be able to wet a line for the first time tomorrow. Fishing a pond loaded with cats (blues and flats) and carp. I can't take it anymore I've been in this damn house to long and turkey season seems forever away.

Well update on the trip, no cats. No carp. We did however manage 2 jumbo bucket mouths, both in the 5lb range, the larger one more than likely being 6 pounds. Go catfishing and catch personal best on bass, ill take it.

I'm going out today looking for the sows to come up. It's going to be 60 today and looking for a bit of wind.

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Where'd you end up going? I managed to sneak out to one of the Innsbrook ponds very briefly yesterday after getting back late from a soccer tournament in Arlington, and caught one on the same jig I was using at your place. I was surprised at how many people were there fishing - it was heavier than any day I've ever seen. People were throwing all sorts of stuff - rattle traps, worms, orange cranks, tiny blades, and no one was doing much of anything.

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I've had limited luck at innsbrook ponds. Haven't hit up any ponds around town this spring yet.

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Well, took the new to me kayak (thanks again daveinop!) out this morning, and made the rookiest of all mistakes- read the tides for Marco island but went out of estero... DOH! Ended up dragging the boat across a mudflats in about 3 inches of water and 4 of mud to actually get into the channel to start running.

Didn't get much, saw a bunch of redfish but just could not get them to eat ANYTHING. I did get a bunch of lady fish though, so not a total loss. It was more of a learning the new kayak trip.

Wife and kids gone for 3 days on a spring break trip while I stay home to work my ass off this week. Sounds like Tuesday might be the next decent weather day, so may venture out to Goodland and hit the grass flats that afternoon on a falling tide.

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Went out in a tributary off the Rapp yesterday, managed to find a bait ball that started getting busted on and boom hooked up after a couple twitches. It was feeling pretty heavy and with the fight it felt like a striper versus a trout. I was using a medium light rod with 10 lb braid so it was getting pushed. The fish took some drag but managed to get it close to the boat and got in a tug of war for a minute or two and finally got in the net. Measured it around 28" and got it back in the water for a clean release. Slow rest of the day, we chased the bait ball for a while but no more action and couldn't find trout.

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beauty!

Tank!

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Love it! Man, I bet that was fun on a ML rod. :)

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That thing was doubled over. I had switched up my rods and reels to try Dave's favorite HMG model to see if it would throw the lighter baits better which was kinda tough to tell in wide open water.

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I had switched up my rods and reels to try Dave's favorite HMG model

attaboy! (you'll probably never do that again, lol)

I had been thinking about trying it and finally got around to moving it. I had it setup on a 1000 series reel with mono for my dad for trout fishing. Swapped out to 2500 conflict II and was happy with it. I will keep trying it out. I usually use a star rod seagis medium power which is definitely a stiffer rod.

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Great looking fish, cheers!

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if it's my "trout rod" (6'9" ML), that's one hell of a mismatch with that fish...and a blast, no doubt

Somehow missed this comment. Yes, it was your trout rod. It was really a blast. Open water didn't have to worry about breaking it off. I've seen people put up videos of them trout fishing and hook up with 40+" red which you definitely are overmatched. I think I remember you catching some upper slots reds on yours which probably put up more of a fight and were in more structure (oysters) to break off.

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yeah, three oversize reds on that rod...it is a lot of fun.

knock on wood, I've not lost a fish on oysters. the more frequent challenge is a big fish getting under and around the boat in tight quarters and the current, with no one else to work the TM and/or net.

just takes patience

Yeah I can imagine that happening really easily. The struggles of fishing solo. Hope I run into some of those size reds this summer.

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more often than not, I'm by myself

If this was mentioned and I missed it, I apologize. Chuck Kraft passed away yesterday. Many of us have referred to him as a legend in the fly fishing world, and if memory serves at least a few of you guys were acquainted with him. Just thought I'd pass along the news.

I've only heard stories from IFish but definitely was an innovator and legend. Thanks for sharing.

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This sucks. I knew him, not particularly well, but we would talk at every fly show. Saw him twice in January and he was using a cane and didn't look great but got around well. I don't think he was particularly old.

His fly designs were incredibly practical and innovative. He created the Kreelex, which is used all over the country.
I learned a lot from him about flies and smallmouth fishing. His gravely voice always made me laugh and he was always happy to share information. Wish I could have gotten on the boat with him.

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Sitting at my grandmother's table in Sarasota, FL while she's out throwing lawn darts and shuffleboarding...

Finally left RVA last Monday morning at 2 a.m. Had rewired some sections of the boat and wanted to make sure nothing went wrong while down there, which of course took much longer than expected. Ended up napping in the truck multitple times and had a scare that resulted in a four hour mechanical inspection of an oil leak in the truck. Luckily it is only a leak. Got into Key West Tuesday morning at 9. We determined over frosty beverages on Duval that by Tuesday night I had only slept 6.5 hours, in the front seat of my truck, over the previous 64 hours.

We were on the water Tuesday in the mid-afternoon. Between myself, friend and his wife and their friend and wife, it was a lot for my boat. I quickly determined it would be much more pleasure cruise than fishing expedition. We fished anyways, chucking spin rods for cuda and snapper. Had some follows. Randomly drifted across a flat when I saw a black forked tail. Permit. Told everyone to zip it and sit down and I got out the 9 weight. A very well placed Strong Arm Crab five feet in front of the fish and he instantly spooked. Ten minutes later I saw another. 10 foot cast to the left, he too spooked. Oh well, I'll take legit shots at permit as a win, particularly when the boat is functioning as a party barge. We rode around some more and had sharks and cuda shots, no love. Did see three manatees, which the ladies loved.

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Wednesday just us guys hit the flats. Super windy. We found a little cove behind some mangroves and played with some baby cuda for awhile. Ended up finding some bigger flats we could drift across with proper light and wind. Saw several big cuda and sharks, but no love. Pulled up a ghost lobster pot. Those little guys are so cool! Had never seen them before. Gave me some great fly combo ideas. Ended up not catching much but pounded a lot of Claws. Partied hard on Duval Street that evening. Beginnings of Spring Break were in session.

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Thursday the weather was perfect, south wind at 7. The three of us guys rode out to Boca Grande and picked a random flat to float. Immediately Chase and Chaz both hooked up on huge Cuda. Chaz got his in. Man, I love those fish and have been dying to get a big one on fly but I couldn't entice them. We spent the day exploring flats in the area. I saw six more permit. They spooked so easily, couldn't get any shots off. I hooked a 3 foot shark on fly but he came unbuttoned. We had to head in early, despite PERFECT conditions, due to wife requests. And people wonder why I'm single...

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Friday my friends headed north and I stuck around an extra day. The wind kicked up out of the north and my hangover didn't sound appealing in 20 knot wind with bad light. I got some work done and cruised around Key West, exploring some back streets. They had a fly tying night at The Angling Company so I poked my head in there and learned about permit from local guides.

Saturday I headed to Flamingo. Got there mid day and immediately headed on the outside to my favorite creek, which held baby tarpon last year. I went WAY up in it with the trolling motor and finally found rolling 5-8 pounders. The creek was maybe 30 feet wide and it was tight with mangroves. I could see the tarpon sit behind and underneath logs like bass or trout. It was wild. They absolutely crushed a variety of my flies. Had at least 20 eats and ended up landing or leadering 8 baby tarpon and two snook at 21" and 24". I quickly realized the creek is loaded for 6-8 foot bull sharks. Had one tarpon almost get eaten right next to the boat as I was lifting him out of the water. The fish managed to escape with a few less scales but seemed ok. I came away with all of my fingers. The sharks would actively stalk the rolling baby tarpon, showing their dorsal fins, adipose and tails and lunging over logs shortly after a tarpon rolled. I coudn't get photos but it was a sight to see. I broke a fly rod high sticking the second snook into the boat as the shark was trying to eat it. I'm sure the snook was appreciative of not becoming dinner. The shark was not and promptly chomped down on my trolling motor, which was deployed to hold me in the current, though it suffered no damage. I can't wait to get back in there again.

Woke up Sunday morning to chilly Florida weather and super high winds. I fished inside up in Hells Bay to hide from the wind. Skunk was all I got. Everyone else had shit for action as well. The plan was to fish the outside again on the evening tide but after talking to two local guides about it, I bailed. The wind had blown all of the water out of Florida Bay and the night before I had barely made it back in at low tide. Would rather not be stuck out there for who knows how long but one guide did say, "Well if you do get stuck, at least the bugs won't be bad with all of this wind..."

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I packed up and headed to Sarasota where I have been the past day and a half with my grandmother. Tomorrow I go see an old friend in Orlando and then I hit Steinhatchee for the next several days looking for redfish.

Knock on wood, but so far the boat and trailer have performed admirably.

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I know I'm not the only one here hoping for work to call off for the next week or two for the coronavirus just so I can get some much needed river time just in time for the spawn.

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

We are getting setup to work remotely but it'd be nice to go down to the coast and fish after work. If not shad run should be kicking off anytime.

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I know being in the trades we wont be getting any leave from work unless we use our own vacation time so I'll work through it regardless but one can dream I guess. Smallmouth fishing is picking up nicely and I would really like to get back on the river in the next few weeks once I'm done moving into my new home.

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Yep, we gotta use vacation time if we take time off. I've seen some pictures of some nice smallies. Hope you get on 'em soon!

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Coronavirus canceled my bar crawl this weekend. Fishing all weekend instead. Got a nice 33" red on Tuesday after work, starting to slowly figure this river out.

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Dang, I saw it on your instagram story but didn't realize it was that big. Cut bait or on artificial?

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Artificial we ended up catching a few slots right before that one. But were losing bait after bait on oysters. So that big girl was sitting up on the back side of oysters and my bud just grabbed his last rod that had something tied on threw one in there and got slammed. 8lb test on a ML bass set up and trying to get that thing over and oyster bed was something else. Second good size red we caught in as many trips together my other in last months thread was somewhere in the 25" class

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Oh yeah that's a damn battle for sure. I never felt that worried about the striper I just caught but a red that's bigger with structure to break you off will get ya stressed as hell. That's awesome man. Glad you are figuring it out down there.

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what part(s) of the tide cycle are you finding productive?

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Honestly I've been going whenever I can and not caring about the tides. I've found that the river gains a lot of clarity when the water starts pushing back in so that big one was a few hours after low caught a couple more in that same time frame. The river is some 30ft in the middle and then a 15ft wide shelf of 5ft (hightide) then a hump up 1ft to the creeks. They hop on those shelves pretty much right when they get covered so on a 7ft tide swing they'll get up there an hour maybe 2 after dead low depending on the day.

The others have been at various slack tides just because when i have time to fish and the tides haven't lined up yet.

Also I've accepted any Instagram requests I've had, don't see any more.

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Turns out I was already in...nice pics!

Legs around! This is now the only legit thread on the site!

BTW, Bass have not come up yet in CVA.

Dead, even with the full moon.

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Hope you're fishing that pond of yours today - gotta figure something nice is biting w/ this beautiful weather right before a cold front comes through. I've been going out to a couple of small ponds close to the house and getting small ones here and there - the bites + size have been increasing this week, but still slow overall.

3rdGen - if you're reading this, I stopped by Wyndham recently and it was loaded with fresh 'posted' signs saying 'private property and violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent,' so I bailed. I know you said it's safe, but I didn't like the brand new look, and that they were posted every 30 yards or so.

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Thanks for the heads up. I had seen that on one sign entering the neighborhood but with them posted up a bunch maybe they are cracking down. I was thinking about fishing a pond with this front.

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I didn't get out today until just now from the banks. 14" hammer handle ate my jerk 5" from the rip rap.

I have seen zippo of bass coming up and snooping around. Hey I patched the boat!馃槀

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LOL, nice. Took the kids out today and let them throw a few in - we caught 1 small one on a jerk bait, and I hooked a toad that broke my 6lb leader; I'm still about 2 more pints away from letting that go.

Where's the fun in patching it! Keeps it entertaining. :)

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The west coast of Florida above Tampa is FUCKING AWESOME. It doesn't have all of the bullshit of everywhere else and don't appear to be a lot of tourons. I fished the Crystal River today and missed an eat off of a very nice red and then hooked and lost a snook, both on my Bangarang fly, which would best be imitated conventionally by crossing a rattle trap with a fluke. The other snook and reds I saw were big but spooky. Going tomorrow out of Homosassa. My neighbor told me Richmond is "shutting down," and that I might as well stick around down here for awhile. We shall see. Maybe I can stay down here until that asteroid hits Earth on April 29th and just puts us all out of our misery.

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White bass (sand bass) spawning migration, Neches River. My son and I have been tracking their movement for three weeks now, both by canoe and by land. We struggled in our first outing, being skunked after 3 hours of different presentations and locations. It wasn't until our second hour on a muddy morning that we finally landed a healthy female. Below is that feeling you get when preparation + persistence + opportunity all aligns.

Our first ever catch of this beautiful species. Eureka!


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Awesome species. They used to be thick in South Holston and Claytor Lake but it seemed like they have vanished. I got a big one (about 16 inches) when I was a kid on a rattletrap in South Holston, none since.

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Used to catch them on South Holston as a kid as well in the early 80's.

I'm going to load up this weekend and hit up Briery Creek Lake for some bigmouths this weekend. I'm not sure if this weather has the fish in a frenzy or me in a frenzy. Either way I'm getting outside for a while.

I was late 80s and early 90s and never got them like I heard about in your window. I am envious. The walleye phenomenon started when I was in college, and I never felt warm and fuzzy about wading in the dark.

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I usually find that I'm the one in a frenzy!馃槀

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Awesome slab!

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Got a call from a friend mid-morning...invited me to go along on a late afternoon outing. He put me to shame...3 slot reds and a 40" bonnet head. I scratched out 2 undersize trout.

But the weather was great and we had a blast.

In inshore water??

yes, my usual haunts

Is that in the mobjack region? Can't remember. I usually fish poquoson up through there... but haven't had my boat out since fall... May take it out Friday if work shuts down

Believe you're thinking of iFish (he's all over the mobjack); Dave's got the good life down in FL.

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Dave is in St Augustine

Thanks guys- anyone fished inshore in the bay?

Took the Lure 10 and a couple rods out for a one hour paddle this a.m. to see how it fishes. It is very stable, very comfortable...should nicely fill the role I got it for which is to fish the intertidal backwaters near the house. And great for social distancing!

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Fished Steinhatchee the last three days. Have seen 50 plus reds and trout on the flats. They will not eat. Methinks they are feeding at night on the bigger tide. Fished a creek yesterday evening and finally caught a 26" red on my Rattling Deerhair Mullet fly. My first red on top. To say I am stoked would be an understatement.

This is just an incredible area. Dave, I'm surprised you have not fished over here. Do it. I am fishing again this afternoon and probably for the next several days. Doesn't appear to be a reason to go home. Just met a really nice guy in the Walmart parking lot who directed me to a favorite spot he caught 40 reds at yesterday. Will hit it this afternoon.

Plenty of TP and hand cleaner on the shelves here. It's pretty remote, so not a lot of concern over Covid-19 at this point. If I'm going to self quarantine, may as well do it from the bow of Pretty Fly.

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Damn wish work would give us the two weeks so I could quarantine in florida, the envy is real. Only 2 months till im back in florida though.

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there are good, and not good, reasons I haven't been there

it is on my list of places to hit.

Big Bend region has something like 1/3 of the SAV in the entire Gulf

enjoy!

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There are lots of other sales right now going on around the northeast, Tomo's Tackle, Tackleworld, and TackleDirect all have sales going on.

I am itching to buy one of the Hokies colored Avets, but I can't justify the expense given how little I may be fishing this year.

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What is an Avet?

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I have returned home. Could have stayed longer but felt it best to get back as I've got to figure out how to continue making $$$ during all of this quarantine. 18 days on the road, sleeping on an air mattress, couch, in front seat of my truck and in the back seat of it for the last 8 straight days also gets a bit uncomfortable... Ah the life of a vagabond.

Ended up landing my personal best trout at 24" on a spoon on Monday. Found 70 plus redfish within one hour of drifting Wednesday but they were super spooky. Got one 25" to take a fly. If those fish acted like NC fish I would have caught 30 on fly in no time. Spin fishing and topwater down there is awesome. You've got to cover the area. 2500 series reels and long light rods were what most guys were using. I, of course, had left my light spin rods at home but still had fun chunking topwater and spoons on the bigger stuff. I'm sure some of you guys on here would wreck some fish down there on spin. Incredible amount of redfish and trout down there in the Big Bend area. I can only imagine what North Carolina would be like if they got their shit together and banned gill nets. The downside of the area is there are rocks everywhere. Four feet is deep. My outboard got the skeg protector ripped off and the skeg is in really rough shape. It should be ok if I'm hoping if I put another protector on it. I am lucky I didn't damage the hull.

The fish of the trip was the redfish on topwater. Best day was the 8 tarpon and 2 snook evening in the Glades. I've been home for 12 hours and I'm already ready to get back on the road again...

The trout... https://www.instagram.com/p/B99HRMlhaH_/

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shallow rocks are one of the good reasons I haven't been; laziness is one of the not so good reasons

if you've not been to the lower laguna madre; the approach to fishing there is similar but with much more wind. and you can throw topwaters all day and be effective (can do that in galveston bay as well).

Well, the rocks can be avoided. I actually ended up fishing the rockiest area apparently. The two areas I found big schools of fish can be reached via kayak in 20-30 minutes. Steinhatchee has a lot less rocks than areas to the north. April and May are when it is best for redfish I was told.

Laguna Madre is on the list but that's a far damn drive, even for me.

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Texas Gator Trout fishing is high on my destination list. That would be the ultimate test of your trailer.

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Knock on wood the trailer is doing well since I replaced the axle.

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Shallow rocks scare me in fiberglass hulls. idk how bad your skeg is but might be worth having a section cut out and rewelded before you put the protector back on.

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Thanks, I'll look into it

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Thanks for the report! Always enjoy hearing about your travels. Sounds like a successful fishy trip.

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No boat rant? I'm impressed mustve been a relief to have it go off this time sounds like an awesome trip. The gator texas trout are high on everyones list

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My therapist tells me to "let it go." The sick feeling in my stomach was palpable when I hit the rocks with the outboard. It was indeed a good trip. Thanks!

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Went to a local pond last night with a micro popper on my 3wt. Picked off 3 bass and a bream. Warm weather seems to have the fish on.

Going to a remote stream tomorrow AM to hopefully find some nice native brookies!

Haven't launched the boat since corona virus but did get into some blue cats chunking sardines off my dock.

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I would love to be fishing. I am here with a car full of winter rockfishing tackle. All my other gear and rods are six hours away.

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29.75"

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28.5"

and a pair of 22-23's for the grill.

all in about 30 minutes; all on gulp shrimp

Hell yeah. I want to catch one so bad but unfortunately I don't live anywhere near where they do and when I visit places they do, I'm stuck surf fishing. Maybe one day.

Pretty work Dave! Redfishing machine

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ramp traffic was crazy, like a holiday.

Little after 9 a.m., Mrs. D comes back from her morning walk and says, "you ought to take the boat out, wind isn't blowing". I check the weather and sure enough, it isn't bad and low tide isn't til 1. So I think, why not?

Somehow, there wasn't anyone where I wanted to be and the fish were there and feeding.

Was out on the river here yesterday and it was a parking lot out there with the first day of spring feeling like summer. Caught a few cats but I'm really itching for some saltwater action. Major spring fever right now.

Seems like a damn good decision to go then! Mrs. D giving some solid advice. Those were some quality reds. Fishing the deeper holes since you were close to low tide?

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it's that spot I've described before...shallow shelf dropping off into a submerged dead end slough and an oyster bar that goes deeper than most. it's kind of mid-depth for around here. the bends in the creeks are much deeper.

I would do unspeakable things for my wife to actually TELL me to go fishing.....

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Fished Briery Creek Lake last Saturday from before sunrise to sunset. Hooked a very nice large jaw that was pulling my yak around and popped off. Never got another bite until about 6 hours later and it took me into a log. The locals were all having similar days. Seemed the fish were moving up into 8 ft of water or so but were pretty tight lipped that day.

Tomorrow I'm heading back home in SWVA to hit up the top secret lake to try to get some monster smallies moving up. Hopefully the wind stays down and this warm weather hangs in a bit.

Apparently I picked a good time to renew my fishing license. Dick's closed 2 days later.

Hoping to get out tomorrow after I pick up the money sink (boat) from the shop.

12" dink today. Jerk bait. Where are the big girls?

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This weekend was ridiculous. Apparently people think that if the beaches are closed its a good idea to go raft up and join hundreds of people on the sandbars. SC is going to be right behind the parts of FL that are closing their ramps.

I got out Sunday caught 10 Specks, kept a 2 for a little afternoon snack. Could not find the reds talked to a guy at the ramp that I saw all day, he managed 30 reds and 3 over 30 on the exact same z-man I was throwing....so I'm just gonna say that he caught every red.

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we're seeing levels of stupid that simply can't be taught

I've been calling for negative population growth for years but I get told I'm an idiot every time I mention it...

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Nice job on the specs. What zman were you using? Need a reason to spend more on fishing tackle haha.

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Scented padlerz in white or gold rush on texas eye jigs

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Nice. I already have the white scented padlerz and texas eye jigs. Have you used the diesel minnowz much? If so seen any difference?

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Yupp and i still use them frequently. I rotate through all the zman stuff but usually have the most luck with the paddlerz for whatever reason

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Gotcha, I've caught a 20" trout on the scented padlerz but haven't given it that much time. The swimming trout trick has been my go to but it doesn't fit on those Texas Eye so I've tried the Diesel Minnowz out last time.

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I usually throw the trout tricks on a keel waited extra wide gap. 1 or 2/0 really like those in the summer time when some smaller forage bait fish are plentiful.

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Good point. I might have to give that a shot. Also, I think I remember you being a Diawa guy. I just got a Fuego LT 3000 to upgrade one of my inshore reels. Haven't had a chance to use it yet.

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Yupp have 4 Fuegos. 2 3000 and 2 2500 best value reel on the market imo.

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Yep, that's what I got out of doing research on it. There's a couple others closer but with how light they are and I saw EliasV catch Tarpon and Jacks on em. I doubt hook into anything close to that size/power.

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original trick or the swimmer?

Both. Last year I caught a ridiculous amount of flounder on the original in Electric Chicken original.

Also on the topic of Z-Man last seminar I went to had multiple captains pushing the 3.75" Streakz on a ned rig head saying that it was the absolute best artificial for the summer bite when the fish are getting wary and spooky.

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I have the elec chicken original tied on a drop shot rig....haven't used it yet.

Interesting. Will have to keep that in mind.

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All these combos mentioned are making me think how basic I am with my bland presentations. No wonder I never see the big fish I gotta start rigging in new ways.

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I think it's mostly about getting your lure in front of those fish face. I think a standard jighead with a a paddletail will catch almost anything in inshore saltwater. We just like to think we need all this haha. You caught some nice reds this fall if I remember correctly so don't sell yourself short.

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A blind squirrel gets a nut every now and then, but definitely had fun getting a few ones I want to try and get into some bigger trout this year on lighter gear but I'm always looking for ways to differ from the typical bait in heavily fished areas to hopefully snag the odd old fish. In florida its hard to not throw red gotcha jighead with a zman swim bait in a baitfish pattern and in the mobjack the gotcha head and white gulp shrimp are dynamite but at the end of the summer I started throwing a bigger paddlerz in electric chicken and started to find bigger trout.

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I think it's mostly about getting your lure in front of those fish face. I think a standard jighead with a a paddletail will catch almost anything in inshore saltwater. We just like to think we need all this haha.

Bingo. This is correct about 60% of the time. The rest of it is figuring out patterns.

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This^^ I've fished a lot of new water in the past year. Finding fish is 100% the hardest part.

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I've never done squat in the heat of the summer except in the lower St Johns around the docks. But I've vowed to give it a try this year. Will take a look at the Ned approach. Most of those jigs are pretty light, think I could get away with a 1/4 oz in the current; or do I just need to stay out of the current?

So their big push was fishing an incoming tide here in SC because the water is significantly clearer than any other tide. A lot of time here we're fishing creeks in the summer when the water is pushing in there isn't much current. I've thrown it some in the past couple weeks with minimal success but I'm fishing structure on main channels and I'm sure it's because how light the jig is taking so long to get down in the stronger current. So I would say it's a low current deal.

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makes sense. don't see a lot of those conditions here, but there are some. it is worth a try.

my 5 gal bucket test shows original trout trick on a texas eye floats almost vertical...ned-ish presentation. i know texas eye is one of your go-to's. thoughts?

That's the biggest benefit I've always heard of zman stuff is that when you pause it on bottom the plastic is still having action because of the buoyant characteristics of the plastic.

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As 3rdGen said all of the baits should float like that it'll be exaggerated on the Texas eye more because that hook has free movement. The ned rig is just a smaller hook and works better on small profile baits, it also is usually much lighter I'm throwing the 1/6oz and 1/10z ones on calm days so it slows the fall quite a bit. I have no doubt you'd catch fish with the original on a texas eye though.

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I love the gold diezel minnow for trout and blues

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Caught these fish in SC? Congrats!

SC is going to be right behind the parts of FL that are closing their ramps.

Well this happened yesterday. Luckily we tied one boat up to the dock. Unfortunately its my roommates and not mine.

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if FL closes them I'm may violate a couple rules and anchor that old gheenoe I bought in the high marsh across the street. there is already a bit of a worn path there where the neighbor and I launch kayaks.

Yeah I just can't justify putting my boat in the water for an indefinite amount of time. It can only been in there for a few days before the build up starts and if it gets bad it'll start to ruin stuff that I don't have money to replace.

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yeah, you'd regret that for a long time.

People are limiting out on white bass and walleye in NE TN. Talked to a friend this weekend who said the big female whites were up at the Leadville ramp on Douglas and it's been chaos. I'm not going to be able to make it down there to fish but man that's some fun if you can time them right.

Spent 8 hours this Saturday in the yak. I had planned on hitting the secret lake back home but, word from there was that they were very tight lipped. I stayed local and caught a mix of 5 largemouth/spotted bass, bluegill, redeye. Missed several others. Largest was 17". They seem to be moving up shallow in between 3-8 foot of water. Water temp was 60 degrees which is insane this time of year.

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Also saw that Thorne Bros had a Tranx 400 with the power handle for 240.

Hope you all have better will power than me during this quarantine!

Snuck out on sunday to a private bass pond and with 5 fishing got 140 fish in 3 hours and my fiance snagged a toad citation. Theyre starting to sneak up to the shallows and a few even had eyes starting to redden. They were hammering anything moving in 3-5 feet of water and to say it was fun would undersell it. citation was 7 pounds 22.5 inches and if she had been on the bed wouldve been close to ten pounds judging by the head and mouth.

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That is one hell of a pretty LMB

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Yup the florida strain we stocked in this pond are paying off big time super aggressive and look the part, the fiance and I agree if we get a replica mount of any of the couple LMB citations in the queue this ones the first to get a mount made of it. The head was enormous for a 7 pound fish I may go back in a week or two to see if mama has fattened up a little bit more.

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looks like two citations in that top photo : )

That citation is a damn good fish no matter where you are. Nice catch!!

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The LMB is the one eluding me right now and in 3 years I've now been in the boat with her as shes caught 2 citations so far, one day I'm going to start getting her to sit in the back until I've finally broken my curse.

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Black and blue jig with a craw chunk. 60 percent of the time, it works every time!

No but for real, that was always my go-to bait when I needed a decent kicker fish in a tournament and it helped more often than not.

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They were creaming the natural coloured ultravibe craw made by zoom the other day that bait has slowly become a favorite for me for both ponds and especially rivers for smallmouth because its a sleeker craw bait that can get into the zone quicker and not need 1/4 ounce weight to do it like the fat ones.

The pig jig is something I've failed to get ahold of for years I've tried in whims but never can figure it out what weight do you typically pitch?

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Totally depends. In sparse grass or anything less than 6 ft deep I'll throw a 3/8 oz mostly, brush or grass over 6bft deep and I go 5/8 or 3/4. My absolute favorite is heavy mat grass with a 1oz and 65 lb braid with a foot or so of 50lb fluorocarbon leader to absorb the shock of a 7'6 heavy rod setting the hook.

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Got any prefered color schemes I've tried the blue black and green brown just blindly with no clue to the art of it so I tend to fish em like a tube somewhat.

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Passing along this information since I am isolated and can't fish without potentially putting my dad at risk.

1) A good friend caught a 48 inch striped bass at Sandy Point State Park on Friday using a bloodworm and a circle hook. He indicated that the blue catfish are thick despite fishing in Bay proper waters (the same thing happened last year, and by August spanish mackerel were being caught in the same areas.) A reminder- catch and release fishing for striped bass is banned in Maryland starting April 1.

2) For folks willing to drive to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the snakehead bite is hot in the Blackwater refuge. Live minnows under a bobber should pay off fast.

3) I am less than 20 minutes away from one of the best tailwaters (below South Holston Dam) for brown trout and the beautiful Whitetop Laurel. The North Fork of the Holston (at Hayters Gap) is about 10 minutes away. It is tantalizing and torturous.

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How long are you in the area? If conditions improve COVID-19 wise it would be a good reason to hit the North Fork of the Holston for some smallmouth.

For at least another week, but it all depends on how my dad is doing (and if the state locks down.)

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Is it weird to anyone else that the snakehead bite is hot this time of year?

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Yeah, I thought that was more of a summertime fishery from what I've heard.

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Getting them on minnows. The lure bite is not good.

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From my buddy on March 15- all on minnows at Blackwater

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That is impressive but who the hell buys Ken's BBQ sauce by the 5 gallon bucket??

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Never let a bucket go to waste.

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I've got six green Chik-Fil-A pickle buckets behind my shed.

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Too cold!

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Already biting in the North Fork and they are moving up in Laurel Bed

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Anybody own a Penn Slammer 3 reel? I'm considering either the 5500 or 6500 for shore jigging and targeting mahi, macks and yellowfin tuna, GT's, and other large predatory fish.

I picked one up on sale last year. No comment on performance, though, because I'm still looking for a reasonably priced rod to pair it with. I'm mostly looking for a cobia rod, but would also like to take it for smaller targets offshore.

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The Oceans East store in Nags Head has the Vega Interceptors in shop for $250. Given the current situation, a phone call may prompt a sale. Rod wise, they get my highest recommendation (20-40lb class, 7'6).

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(They do not sell it online)

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Thanks for the recommendation!

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Could you compare the differences in feel/performance of going with the Teramar vs. the interceptors or something that 100-150 range?

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Lighter and faster action, so much less effort to twitch the bucktail versus the Teramar or my custom built Mudhole rod. The faster tip is my biggest piece. Now, for throwing eels, I use that Teramar all day because it has a little softer tip.

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That make sense. I was wondering how much it would hurt me on hooksets to use my trevala mh since its a parabolic jigging rod to throw bucktails. I know they are better or eels/live bait. I might get some opportunities this summer to sight cast to them.

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No but one of the guys I go offshore with uses a Saragosa 6000 with 30 lb braid for Blackfin Tuna (up to 30 lbs). Depending on the class of Yellowfin and GTs might want a larger reel.

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Yeah, yellowfins are Stella country I would imagine. I saw a GT in Australia, and if they have the gumption of a jack crevalle at that size, whoa nelly.

I had a foul hooked jack crevalle almost dump a TLD20 off a pier back in 2007.

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From what I've read you could still go Saragosa but need to upgrade to the 20000 size. There's a big size range of yellowfins depending on your area (15-300+ lbs). GTs are supposed to be as mean as anything and can get really massive. That's pretty crazy about that jack.

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I love the Clash and you can get a 5000 for $139 right now. The Slammer is supposed to be close to the same, but water-sealed. Amazon had them for $199, well up in the $200s elsewhere.
Slammer https://www.amazon.com/Penn-1403984-Slammer-III-Spinning/dp/B01IDEP4G4/r...

Clash https://www.jandh.com/products/penn-clash-spinning-reels.html (they have an 8000 size)

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Guided on the Mattaponi today for Shad. We landed three with a few more hooked. Every other boat I talked to said it was slow as well. Happy to get on the water and make a little $$$, still looking for that next trip. Hopefully, they start coming in soon. I'd hate to waste a killer spring on not putting clients on fish due to CV-19

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Friend of mine just caught 3 17" puppies in the Mattaponi. Also nets are catching the big rocks up river in the Mattaponi and Pamunkey. Any advice you can give for the shad? I'd like to finally get my new boat wet this weekend but I've never really fished way up river, or even for shad at all.

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Puppers in the Mattaponi?? He must be down river near the mouth. How far up are these nets? Do you know of a nearby landmark? Striper will follow shad ALL the way up.

My suggest to fish the Mattaponi for shad... Saltwatertides.com and look up Walkerton or Aylett for the tides. Walkerton is aprrox 8 miles below Aylett. Put in at Aylett on the falling tide. Pink jigheads with chartreuse tail is the color for spin or flies for that matter. I don't know the size of the jig heads, think 1/16 ounce on super light spin rods. For fly I throw size 4 or 6 shad flies in variety of colors on 6 weights with a sink tip line. Leader is 14 pound flouro. I generally find fish on straighter parts of the river where it is narrow and solid current. Approx 3-5 feet deep. Plenty of old timers and rednecks catch them right off the bank at Aylett. Fish the falling tide floating or motoring down and randomly casting till you hook up. Anchor and fish there. There are holes in that river up to 18 feet deep, usually in the sharp bends. Definitely fish those for stripers and cats. Don't be surprised if you catch a bowfin or LMB or something else random as hell. Keep your eyes peeled for Bald Eagles if you like looking at birds. We had 11 sightings of adults and juveniles last week. Also tons of Ospreys, Herons, Kingfishers, Owls and more.

I prefer to put in at Walkerton and run all the way up to Aylett, but I also know the exact route to take and there is an exact route. Do not put in at Walkerton in the Spring if you have not run that river prior. You will hit something and/or get stuck. It can be learned in the summer when the lilly pads have grown in and you can see the channels much better.

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I appreciate the advice. I'll be coming from near West Point. I'll try to get up near Walkerton and start there. I don't think the rocks are that far up yet, but close to it. Probably around the Indian reservation right now. I'll check in on that and see if I can get an exact spot. They net daily so it's usually pretty accurate.

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It's not rocks you're worried about. It's sunken logs and mud flats. Looks deep but it isn't. Run up on one at higher tide and you're pretty damn stuck. Good luck.

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*rockfish, but yes I am also worried about logs.

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Gotcha thanks. Fish up to 20 inches are being caught up at Aylett

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And once youre stuck on the mattaponi waiting on the tides the 4 foot tall mosquitos start picking you off one by one

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Had the yak out for 3 hours today...didn't get a sniff

Lots of finger mullet on the intertidal flats with seemingly no concern of being eaten

How is it that I can paddle upstream and then downstream and always be paddling into a stiff breeze?

How is it that I can paddle upstream and then downstream and always be paddling into a stiff breeze?

Did this all morning today. I'm so sore. I didnt bring the motor bc I figured I would stay somewhat close to the launch... I'll never make that mistake again.

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Going out in poquoson Sunday for specks, stripes, and reds (if I'm lucky)

Snuck out this morning and did some pond hopping with my pops. Bass weren't looking up at my popping bug much but I landed my PB 5lb 6oz LMB on the fly

Nice! That had to be a good fight on fly

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Had the yak out for a good 5 or 6 hours this morning. Whoever does the wind speed predictions for WeatherBug is an absolute jackass. It said 5-11mph for Marco (I went out of Goodland, so the back side of Marco). It was easily 15 plus.

Anyways, kind of had the same deal as Dave did yesterday. Fingermullet everywhere on the grass and mud flats with not a care in the world, and why should they when nothing is there to eat them??

Did manage to pick up a small mangrove snapper, too short to keep and then switched over to fly for the hell of it. Ended up landing 3 snook and jumping a juvie tarpon, all snook around 20". The first was an absolute clusterf*ck... hooked him and the breeze just HAD to gust while I was fighting him, so got punched into the mangroves because my anchor stood zero chance against the wind... then got the line tangled in the braches, then got the fish hung up on a root, and then when I got him into the net, got punched into the trees again, this time tangling up my spinning rods..

But all swam away alive and well. First time I've ever caught snook on a fly I tied myself, so that felt good.

Thanks to Dave for the sweet yak and FlyGuy for the line recommendation!

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I'm really glad you like it. When this crazy weather gives us a break, I think it will serve you well. Stay safe.

I would kill to throw flies at snook and juvie tarpon right now. Maybe I should sneak back down to the Everglades...

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This is such a great post. Not everything went perfect, and then some great catches are described. YOU CAN'T BEAT THAT!
Congrats! Thanks for the distraction from the BS were all dealing with these days.

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The worst days fishing are always better than the best days doing damn near anything else if ya ask me.

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What fly did you end up convincing the snook and tarpon to eat?

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The snook were all on an olive/white clouser with small lead eyes. All of them were up tight to the mangroves. And by tight I mean I was convinced the first one was a root.

The tarpon was on a fly called Gibby's DT Special (youtube learned me that one). Great beach snook fly and that's actually what I thought I was casting too when I threw it.

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Do the decievers work well in clear or cloudy water? I had issues getting eats in clearer water last summer and want to try and get better at it this year but dunno what I was doing wrong. Tried a bunch of fly guys flies and the only one that I figured out was the mule driver popping it off the bottom quickly seemed to be enough to lure em to bite. Otherwise I found slowing down or speeding up didnt seem to influence using baitfish patterns.

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If they are being picky, I generally downsize. The beautiful part about the Mule Driver is it can be fished pretty darn slow.

This newer version of a Deceiver, Called a Bulkhead Deceiver or the version I tie called a Hangtime, can be fished exceptionally slow and boy oh boy does it have some wiggle.

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Hmm might get one or two of em to try that all said my trip to florida in mid may looks to be in the trash unless things get better which sucks so may wait until we know when were gonna go this year after we reschedule the trip. When it got super clear I slowed the roll and tried some of the smaller shrimp but with all the baitfish they probably were more interested in something baitfishy maybe. Wish I had a few weeks a year I could do it to try and get the hang of it.

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Buddy went bowhunting last night and got six snakeheads from dragon run. Those bastards are unstoppable.

I was of the mindset that they weren't that big of a deal but since they are basically spreading through the salt water, this isn't good. Still not as bad as those damn catfish the state put in though...

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I think Dragon's run is considered the freshwater part of the 'Tank. I agree they are spreading pretty rapidly tho.

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It is freshwater. What I meant was that these fish are having to swim through salt or at least brackish water to get to the next spot, unless someone is transferring them. I find it hard to believe they walk on land to the next hole.

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Yeah I've read they can go over land for a short bit but don't think that it'd be enough to move to Dragon's Run. Who knows about whether they got moved or swam thru brackish stuff. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out with Snakeheads.

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I'm sure they were able to spread last few springs with all of the crazy rain we had and fresh water pouring into the Bay. So fresh, I heard an LMB was caught under route 3 bridge.

I think they are here to stay and will continue to spread

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Yep, I would agree with that. LMB under route 3 bridge is pretty crazy. Maybe sometime I will try for the snakehead. Definitely seem cool to target with all the topwater action.

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lookin' the part. zman streakz 3.75 and original trout trick (minus the first 6 ribs) on the weedless pro shroom head

we'll see how they fish when I can get the boat out

Nice test, I can usually find the original trout tricks in store easier than the streakz

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yup. stores here don't carry much in zman beyond the paddle tails. I know one place with trout tricks. I ordered a pack of gold rush streak z as well. the one in the photo is "redbone"...

Any luck on them imagine theyd do well to imitate a baitfish or a shrimp in certain patterns?

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haven't made a single cast with the Ned rig yet...this is my spring/summer experiment. I know some places it ought to work, but you never know...

I've had mixed results on the ned rig. It hasn't out performed the paddlerz yet but I've picked a couple trout up. If I could go a day where its not blowing 20kts I'd probably have fished it more that's my biggest complaint throwing such a light jig head here in the spring is tough need some of those miserably hot still SC summer days to come through, that's when I think its really going to shine.

I've been throwing it on a really light 7'6 medium light drop shot rod with a 2000 series 10lb braid with 7ft of 15lb fluoro leader....gonna be a fun go when I pick up a decent size red.

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No luck today in poquoson fellas. Looked like no signs of life

Friend of mine fished three different spots around Mathews and got skunked. It's far too early in my opinion

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I agree- I more or less was happy to get my boat out on the water on a pretty day. The fog didn't clear until like 11AM which was really strange.

There's some guys in VA beach that have been on fish all winter. Another guy has been on them on the rapp. Water temps were around 62 for me yesterday. If only I knew where they were fishing...

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Yeah I have seen social media posts of several People catching good trout, rat reds, and slot stripers on the Elizabeth river. Hopefully not for table fare lol

I doubt they are. They seem like catch and release guys. I figured the Elizabeth River might have been where they are fishing but sometimes there are woodlines in the pics which doesn't seem like much of there based on google maps.

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I know EXACTLY where one guy is catching 25" reds on the Elizabeth. I just can't get enough gumption to go chase them in that shit hole of a river.

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25" reds are intriguing enough for me. So where is it...

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Fished Estero Bay for four hours this morning. Went reeeeaaalll slow until about midway through, then decided to screw around the docks. Picked up a nice 21" snook with the 8 weight (same fly- olive and white clouser, small lead eyes) out of a seriously FUBAR situation. Could not believe I landed him. Went on to land 7 more snook out of the mangroves, but the biggest of those was 15 inches馃ぃ馃ぃ. Hella fun though. I tell you what- its fixin to be a seriously fire summer around here.

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Got in the yak yesterday on the Piankatank. 3 dink stripers on the troll with zman white paddlerz. Snagged a white perch with a mirrorlure. Fished hard but still trying to figure out the area. NC estuaries make a lot more sense to me.

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Bait is showing up here in SC quickly. Lots of Menhaden and Mullet pushing into the creeks now. Managed a couple trout and 25" red with a SCDNR reward tag in him

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What is everyone's favorite braid brand? Want to try something new after my recent strand of powerpro has had a bunch of wind knots recently.

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This has been my progression on braids --> Spiderwire Stealth --> Suffix 832 --> Phenix Hydra 8x. Too early to recommend the Phenix (I just put it on earlier this year), but I haven't had any issues with either of the other 2.

Not sure how full you keep your reel, but if you keep it about 75% of actual capacity, the wind knots will probably go away on their own.

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Second the Suffix 832. It's all I've used for about 5 years and I've never had any line related issues that I know of. I use it from 30lb - 60lb test for everything from flipping, frogs, to throwing 2 oz musky plugs. Love it. I use the green and it fades a little on the spool, however even after a couple of years on the reel I've never had it fail me like some other lines have.

That's an interesting point to bring up. I've been filling them all the way up recently and that's when I've had the issues.

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Power Pro Super Slick...no complaints at all

Plus one on super slick

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Boy I feel like I'm beating Daiwa's drum a lot but outside of Powerpro super slick I use Daiwa J Braid. Like both lines. Used to use Sufix, no issues with it I was always able to find the colors I wanted easier in the other brands though.

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I was going to give J Braid and 832 a shot but wanted to get some input. Hey what works for you is what matters. Just need to hashtag them in everything and post all the time and get sponsored enough to quit the day job and just fish. Also really enjoyed fishing the Fuego yesterday.

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Had both my Lews speed spools drag blow out on me within a week of each other guess thats gods way of telling me to go back to spinning rods for now till I have the money for better baitcasters. Tried to fix them but both drag assemblies are trashed. Anywhere ever fixed these type of issues?

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You can probably order the drag stacks for pretty cheap online. I did that with one of my conventionals. Unless I'm not understanding what you mean.

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I don't know about fixing them but I believe French offered a warning about this very issue with those reels when I was asking about it a month or so ago. Sorry you are dealing with the headache, but now I'm really convinced to go elsewhere for a reel brand when I decide to buy.

In my case I qualified it. First fish locked up the drag, but it was also a 50 pound class striped bass. But, it didn't take long and I didn't have anywhere close to the advertised max drag. I got a Tatula and while I have not caught any fish near that size, it has been fine on 30 inchers.

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I checked my rebuild and I put it all back correctly that said I'm going to redegrease the drag stack as it had some residue on it so that may be more of my issue than anything else I'm hoping at least. I'm hoping when I last oiled it that thats where the oil came from and that would be more the issue than anything else.

Honestly I'm about to go full diawa BG2500 and 3000 spinning gear anyway since it suits my finesse smallmouth stuff and doing the saltwater trout fishing better.

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Yeah degreasing it should help out some. The BGs are definitely a quality option.

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I probably got some on when putting reel butter on some other parts so I'm hoping that fixes it for now. Definitely love the BG reels, the price is right in my sweet spot and they simply work. Gonna need to add one more to the arsenal for this upcoming year probably go with a 2500 on a medium weight for smaller stuff since I have the 3000 now on a med heavy for most stuff. Also could use the lighter rod and reel for the specks in the bay the med heavy is slight overkill.

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Yep, medium (1/4-3/4 oz) or medium light (1/8-1/2 oz) is going be best for working and casting most things inshore.

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My medium heavy 7 foot St. Croix is awesome for river smallies but the trout in the salt its a bit overkill I was glad I had it for the red drum but gonna most likely get a medium light mojo bass and a 2500 to top off my setup for now and give me sweeping options to play with. Really hoping we see improved numbers on the speckled trout front again this year last summer was the best it had been in a long time in the Mobjack.

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It should be better with the mild winter but time will tell. Going out this evening, so I might have a better answer for you tomorrow. Also medium heavy bass rod is different than a medium heavy inshore rod generally. At least that was my impression based off looking at the st. croix website just now.

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So my son is home from college and we decide to go fishing, some father son bonding time, and we go out to the second island CBBT on Sunday and we catch 5 Tautog with keepers, which is pretty good for me considering they call me "Captain no fish Frank", and we were planning to go out again this weekend and I get an e-mail from our boatel that they are closed until April 14, 2020. No boat launches!!!

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I heard the tog bite had been hot. The ramp closure, while clinically the best thing to do, still bums me out.

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Rumors coming out that NC might close boat ramps soon. I'm all for taking safety precautions during this time but this is really stepping into a big pile of bullshit if it happens. I'm concerned if it does, VA will follow. Then I'm definitely going to lose it... especially since I quit drinking.

To keep my sanity I'm going to start doing a bunch of Instagram Lives and Youtube videos on fly tying. I'll let you guys know the next time I'm up if anyone wants to tune in and listen to my awful voice.

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If they do that right as smallmouth start the spawn I'll be doing alot of dropping boats off the side of bridges to skirt that shit nobody is gonna keep me from social distancing on the river this time of year. Was planning on floating the rivanna for the first time this weekend and if that happens I may blow a mental fuse.

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Where were you going to put in on the Rivanna?

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Debating still never done it before was thinking the stretch that hits the james at cartersville but still thinking about the james as well.

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If you want, shoot me a gmail to smcfaden and I can send you some additional details on that one.

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Send them to me too por favor. I've always wanted to float that stretch but I know it is a LONG one. I know pre-spawn smallies move up into the lower Rivanna out of the James.

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I stopped drinking several years ago. I missed it for a while; now I don't.

I'm only quitting drinking until I start drinking again. This just seems like a solid time to take a break for a few weeks, if I can make it that far.

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lol...

I figured I would make it a few weeks. I doubt I'll make it through the night...

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This is on par with RL Burnside's "I'm never gonna drink again, unless I'm by myself or with somebody."

Fly Fishing podcasts some might find interesting:

1. Millhouse with Andy and Nicky Mill. They interview a bunch of famous Florida captains and guides including Steve Huff and Flip Pallot.
2. Anchored by April Vokey. She's awesome and digs into a lot of different parts of fly fishing and outdoors in general.
3. Orvis Podcast with Tom Rosenbauer - Good one if you are a beginner and wanting to learn a lot. I can only take him for so long because he reminds me of my whacky uncle.

Feel free to share your favorite podcasts on the outdoors, I'm starting to run out of things to listen to while doing home improvement...

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Eastern Current - focuses on Inshore and NC fisheries.
Speckled Truth - focuses on Specs but is more about stories of the guest and not as much tactics compared to Eastern Current

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You guys are awesome gonna do some serious listening to these to refine my spec trout knowledge for the upcoming year.

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Yep, it's got really good info. I listen to them multiple times and pick up new info I missed the first time.

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Theres also askaboutflyfishing.com and their recordings of live episodes. Some of them are older, but have a ton of information. But that's where I learned a lot about snook and reds

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Charter fishing trips in VA now deemed non-essential and prohibited until June 10th due to risk of spreading coronvirus.

Complete and utter horse shit. I can walk into a gas station, Home Depot, Walmart, grocery store and come in contact with 200 other people who just bump right into you, yet me taking two people fishing on my boat is now illegal.

However, it is ok if myself and 9 other people going fishing together and maintain six feet, so long as we aren't paying someone to do it.

I called the VMRC and asked them about it and they had no answers and agreed with me that it makes no sense. I was told the commissioner will call me back tomorrow. I look forward to being my very logical self with him and hope he provides some reasonable answers.

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