OT-January 2021 Fishing Thread

Let's get the year Going! It is going to be fantastic! This is my first catch of 2021. A 19-20 inch Chain Pickerel.

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Anyone around VA have any recommendations for places that do reel repairs and maintenance? Tired of trying to fix my baitcasters and one spinning reel that's been messed up. I have one good spot but it's a bit away and with the mail all messed up I'm a bit hesitant to mail them

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

Just booked a trip to Alabama for May with my dad and brother-in-law. Been probably 17-18yrs since I've been down to Guntersville.

Amateur superstar and idiot extraordinaire.

Need a little advice/guidance

I'll be in Topsail for the entire month of June (May 29-June26) staying across the street from the beach in a small little community on the sound side with access to a dock...

I'd love to do some fishing while I'm there. I'll likely bring a 9wt flyrod (some advice on flies would be awesome) and another spinning reel.

What should I expect to be fishing for and do you fellas have advice on tackle, bait, etc.

Thanks in advance!

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Redfish, Specks, Flounder.

For spin gear, Johnson Silver Minnow in 1/2 ounce, gold color. Cast and burn for reds. Popping cork with DOA shrimp, unweighted for Specks. Chartreuse jighead with 4 inch white soft plastic for Flounder.

For flies, well, Clousers are standard saltwater fare. Are you looking to buy flies? I tie custom flies for everything under the sun and have several different patterns for fishing NC. I could name them here but you're not going to find them in any fly shops or Orvoid stores.

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Thanks!

I was planning to purchase flies... I would certainly rather spend the money with a fellow Hokie. Let me know the best way to make that happne!

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Can definitely get the right stuff in your hands. Shoot me an email if you don't mind, knotthereelworld@gmail.com - Chris

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Thanks!

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Nice pickerel! I am trying to figure out what to do to pass the time before the hickory shad show up in the James.

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You're in Mville, come on over. I sold my boat but you can bank fish. My personal best LMB was caught in February from my bank with a suspending jerk bait just like the one in the pic below. Different color though.

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Went out of Goodland today. The good news is that I saw a ton of redfish, snook, mullet and tarpon. The bad news is that I only saw them because they were floating. The red tide killed them all. I saw 3 living fish all day today, and 2 were mullet (the other was a baby goliath. Surprised he was still alive honestly)

We have to get serious about this down here. What I saw today rocked me hard. We cannot let this be this extreme every year.

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Reading this concerns me it was sounding in talking to those in the area the last few years had helped heal it but to hear it's back is sad. Going to be down on captiva in a few months and was hoping to run a guide for a day but I may check in to see how it is.

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

I was deciding between estero bay (my usual spots) and goodland, and decided on the latter because of the red tide rumors I heard about estero. It was as bad if not worse in goodland than what I had heard about points north. I should have gone down to chokoloskee, but have zero actionable knowledge of that area and would have spent all day paddling around (because my motor is F-d right now)

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not what I wanted to read...none of it.

It's bad Dave. One of those things that just hurts you right down to the soul, even if you aren't a fisherman or involved in the industry or those related to it.

On the bright side, the motor was just a connection issue at the switch in the control head, so that's fixed.

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well, very happy you fixed the motor...it's not an expensive one but it should have held up better than that.

red tide occurs naturally from time to time. but our situation is ridiculous...and the frequency and extent of what we are seeing is substantially avoidable.

frankly, there is no good excuse; a few conspicuous people need to be feeling some pretty intense heat.

well, very happy you fixed the motor...it's not an expensive one but it should have held up better than that.

It wasn't the stock connection. I threw a PWM between it and the battery, so rewired it a bit inside. It was one of my connections that was faulty. Just had to tighten her back down and put some loctite on the screw. Should be good now. Sucks to find that out on the water though!

I agree that some people need to be getting heat. I'm going to start getting more involved in the issue somehow.

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Damn man, that's brutal. Definitely change needs to happen.

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The water situation in Florida is just royally fucked. What a disaster. I'm not sure it will ever return to what it once was. Too much $$$, people and politics. Sorry it's happening in your back yard.

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Unfortunately, I could not agree with this more. If they don't do something to at least start to control it, I fear the worst in a relatively short amount of time.

Maybe I'm only noticing more lately since I spend more time in saltwater than I used to, but it seems to be getting worse every year. If what I experienced yesterday is any indication of what's to come, that moratorium on snook/trout/redfish will no doubt be extended in time and range this coming year.

Because of the times, I was forced by the Board to send one of my staff for a Covid test today because he was coughing so bad he could barely breathe.

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My wife and I fished an eastern Shenandoah stream on Saturday. Naturally, she picked up a few more brookies than I did and even caught a couple on a caddis dry which was awesome. She's got the hang of fly fishing now and enjoys it as much or more than I do. I think I'm finally getting the hang of tight-line nymphing which is good considering how many hours I've devoted to it with limited success. Nothing beats a brookie with pink spots.

Pretty work! Was the stream running high from the rain this weekend?

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Thanks! It was high so we headed upstream until it looked more fishable. Flows were normal where we fished.

Well done. I need to do a Brookie trip. Chicks are much better anglers than guys so don't feel bad if she outfishes you

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There were a lot of bugs flying around for a January day and the fish really turned on late in the afternoon.
I'm completely used to it now. She's way more patient than I am and will cover nearly every inch of a pool before moving on and it pays off. I'm learning a thing or two.

Absolutely beautiful....................!

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Those fish are so pretty. I want to catch one so bad.

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You need to plan a longer weekend trip up for a game and it could happen.

Nice pickerel! A 20 incher is a good fish

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I tied a handful of cobia leaders and double dropper loop rigs last night.

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Never too early to prep!

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I tied four more cobia leaders and six more double dropper loops. Not much went right in 2020, but I used the double dropper loop instead of sabikis during drum season to catch my bait, and despite size 4 hooks, I caught just as many spot. And, it was killer on sea mullet. I will pop out the sabiki for threadfins, but if those sea mullet are around, I have no qualms looping on some size 4 or 2 hooks and a pyramid to do some work while we wait for cobia and drum to bite.

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Another one today but only ~16. The CPs are on the move and their guts are full.

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That blue over silver over orange Rapala style jerkbait is an absolute killer color combination on the White and Norfork Rivers in Arkansas. Crushes big brown trout. A guide told me to keep it a secret, but now you all know if you ever get to fish the White, which I highly recommend for fly or light spin. Best brown trout fishing in the U.S. for huge browns and lots of them. It caught my eye as I don't see that color combination very often.

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20.00 at Greentops. Wide selection of rod lenghts and weights. All spinning rods if you are in need.

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I bought two of them. I really like the fast action rod.

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clicked on this thread to get rid of the ad, and actually read through it. i have never gone fishing, and you guys are speaking a foreign language to me :-) but, my kids (3 & 5) have shown some interest, so i might have to learn how to fish sometime soon.

Let us know what water you are going to fish and what species you are thinking about targeting and I am sure between all of us you will get lots of help. With little kids, the key is to keep their attention span as best as possible, which can be very tough! Stocked trout ponds or well loaded bluegill filled ponds in parks are the best bet for initial success. Don't expect to fish much for yourself- lots of untangling re-tying and baiting hooks
, but you will cherish those moments.

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Where do you live wuzz?

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greenville, sc. my in-laws have a place on lake hartwell, not far from clemson. so i spend a lot of time down there in the summer.

I hadn't fished since the end of November and changed that today by heading south after an insane report of huge schools of drum and trout down in NC. One of my local friends has been out spreading gill nets (ugh) but they have found the fish. He told me to get down with the boat and bring fly rods because there are some massive schools of reds up to 9 pounds with 5-7 pound trout mixed in.

I woke up at 4 am and made the haul down. Met up with my buddy and hit the flat, fly rods ready, with a slight breeze and clear skies. Over the next 5 hours I saw one pack of 10 reds and one solitary fish. Two shots at them and refusals. There were a few small trout here and there. What there were tons of, and by tons I mean six, were commercial fishermen in their boats actively doing donuts across the entire couple square mile flat, rounding up schools of drum and trout and then netting them. It was pretty frustrating to watch. I did learn a lot from my buddy tell me about how its done. The good news is they can only keep 7 reds per day, per permit. They can keep 75 trout though. They toss the rest of the reds back, which is great. But they sure don't take much care to remove them very gingerly from the nets. I did not see any dead ones. We talked for a bit with one of the commercial guys and he was very nice and pointed me in the direction of where the bigger schools of drum have been hanging out. I'd like to go back down and look for them, but there is no way those fish feel comfortable there. It's gotta be like living in the middle of route 81 with incessant traffic. I'm not sure its worth for shell shocked fish.

After watching the boat antics for a few hours, I wanted to try super-duper secret creek, but the run was far too long for the one day trip. 9 plus hours of driving round trip for 6 hours of scouting and a skunking. You win some, you lose some. It was nice to be outside. Oh and not without boat issues! The trim seals, despite being brand new, are already leaking and basically worthless, and the trim tabs wouldn't work either. At least its winter and I've got a bit of time to fix them.

Back to tying earrings the rest of the week and weekend.

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That sucks ass man. Makes the times you get into them that much more memorable I suppose. Nose on the grindstone.

So my winter project is coming along.

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Hey Flyguy- how painful is this in the winter time? They are flycasting black marlin on the flats.

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Imagine being forced to eat a solid helping of cheese with every meal...

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We have started a mason jar to get back down there. It may take a couple of years, but we are going to try it.

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I've never been but I will go.

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Anyone out there have experience with powder coat. My first attempts came out "all globbed up". I'm doing spinner blades. Am I getting them too hot? Not knocking off the excess hard enough? I should be simple but that is the way it goes for me lately!

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I work for a company that does all sides of fab work so I've done powder coating on all kinds of metal parts. My guess is it's with the temps. How hot are you getting the blades? You need a thorough coat and we use a walk in oven to cook the powder on and bake the coat on for a smooth finish. I can't remember the temperature exactly I'll look it up tomorrow though.

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

So many colors! So little time!

Nothing compares to Flash in the water. I am going to start tying jigs with it.

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Nice.

I checked out Ancarrow's Landing and Mayo Island as potential Shad fishing spots this weekend, and landed a huge grilled shrimp po boy as a bonus. I have been told by a few locals that I will need to go heavier than my DC set up. Should be an interesting March.

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Are you planning on shad fishing from the bank or from a boat?

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Bank

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I park under the 95 bridge and walk down between that and the 14th st bridge and catch em no problem from the bank.

Yep, lots of shad fishermen on the river in that area down river of the I95 bridge. You can even catch them on a fly for some real fun.

A really good bank spot is below the Southern States building. There is a culvert flowing out that holds fish just below it. I fished there years ago, but no clue what the access is like now, though I see people fishing off of the bank there.

This snooty fly fisherman cringes at the thought of fishing the James below 95. I'm convinced the water eats the paint off of my boat. If you want to go shad fishing in a much prettier place, with bigger fish and no garbage, I'll take you. I'll need to do some scouting anyways for the guide trips.

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I'm convinced the water eats the paint off of my boat.

I have fished too many tournaments out of Osborn. Find anyone else that has retrieved not 1 but 2 condoms with their crankbait! Puke!

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The James is disgusting. I've seen condoms floating past me when I used to wade fish the river in town. You can actually tie some pretty cool flies out of condoms. I'm a sucker for picking up potential fly tying materials. I left those alone...

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Wade fishing the James.

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i laughed

LOL

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Jesus. I thought I was going nuts when I got onto my daughter for throwing her fuzzy boots away without letting me cut the fur off first (would've made a great substitute for dox tail or coyote fur, which I use a shit ton of).

But condoms? Into flies?? That's just.... an interesting thought....

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Cutting a condom into a very thin strip and then wrapping it on hook makes one hell of an awesome caddis imitation for trout.

I also saw a pike fly tied with a condom as the tail. He tied it in tip first at the bend of the hook with the open end at the rear. Said it had a pretty cool action in the water. Then again, pike will eat anything. There's a pic of a guy floating around on the internet who catches pike on lures he makes out of dildos. I can't find it. Be careful if you feel like searching....

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I used to fish ancarrows but that was sketchy so we use osborn's now and it's so much better. Usually catch more wood than fish but people love fishing under the 150 bridge for what I don't know

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

I may take you up on it, depending if I am vaccinated at that point. Can't be too careful with my dad's health.

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FYI- limit of 50 spot and/or croaker is set as VMRC tries to align with ASMFC requirements for Virginia.

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I tried to fish Monday morning at my bridge spot. Got 3 steps away from the vehicle (fly rod in hand) before FWC rolled up and started asking questions. I ended up having a good conversation with the guy about the red tide and fly fishing in general as he is an avid fly rodder as well, but was a pain to watch head wakes go by and not be able to throw at them.... Oh well. Probably better to be on his good side anyways.

Got a new Penn combo today as a replacement for a FinNor that lost multiple eyes. Got the sweet hookup from my business account rep at Ace Hardware who returned the FinNor for full price and only charged me tax on the new setup, including new line. So I guess I'll try it out in the morning

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Green Top's 20% off fishing sale starts tomorrow. You buy a plastic bucket for $7, everything that fits in it (fishing only, no electronics, some items excluded) will be 20% off.

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If you've never heard my awful voice, here's your chance. I was interviewed for the Articulate Fly podcast and talk all things fly fishing in VA and NC. The host mostly asked about my background and what it's like to be a guide. It was fun to do, although the way he mispronounces my last name makes my ears cringe. Not ground breaking entertainment, but certainly better than a Fuente press conference.

Listen to me talk on Youtube

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Yesterday's catch. ~21 inches and about 3-3.5 lbs. The fish here are clean and healthy. Can't wait until February boys and girls!

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That same Blue / silver / orange Husky Jerk. Are you a UVA fan now?

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My friends in Morehead City caught a MONSTER cobia today in 48 degree water while trolling for Bluefin.

Edit: It was 75 pounds.

Go figure.

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Holy crap that's a giant. Did they send any pictures?

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Here she is...

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They actually caught 2 of them. One was "normal sized" and the other 75 pounds.

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Oh my god that's a monster.

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If it had row, I hope they took a picture and sent it to SAFMC so we can refute the "cobia only spawn when they come inshore in the spring" nonsense.

Offshore deep droppers and commercials guys catch a decent amount of cobia every winter off the Carolina capes.

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I see enough fising pics on instagram to usually not be surprised but I let out a Holy **** when I saw that. Crazy to catch it in 48 degree water too bad it was on a 130W

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Water skied it like a bluegill on a musky rod

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Water skied it like a bluegill on a musky rod

LMAO. That's funny I don't care who you are.

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Evening team, your resident Texas fisherman here. Wanted to share a quick report of some trout fishing I got into with my two youngest daughters from this past week.

Each winter the Texas Parks and Wildlife stocks rainbow trout all throughout the state as part of a "put and pull" program designed to encourage fishing in the colder months. The fish are purchased from state fisheries in Missouri, arrive around Thanksgiving, and last through early April. Each trout will range anywhere from 10-16". I have tried multiple bodies of water in deep East Texas with multiple methods, ranging from worms to artificial dough bait, and varying my depths to try and hit all areas of the water column. In all, my most affective method is using a chartreuse rooster tail, size 1, cruising on a medium retrieve in approximately 2' of water from the surface.

We arrived at this particular location and hit pay-dirt. Within 20 minutes we had limited out. It was a great feeling; I have had many days throughout my life where the fishing was tough sledding. I learned a long time ago when the conditions are right, and the fish are biting, just keep going.

I particularly enjoyed showing the kiddos the entire process from pond to plate. My youngest helped catch, my sons helped me clean, and then my oldest assisted in the cooking and serving. Multiple lessons in economics, animal harvesting and stewardship.

For those with children, I cannot express enough how enjoyable--and valuable these lessons are. Look around your area to see what programs and offerings your state fisheries can offer, there are bound to be similar opportunities in a city near you.

Cheers--


Bagged our limit of 10


3-year old learning to remove treble hooks


Cleaned and staged


Dinner is served; I baked the trout in foil, stuffed with olive oil, lemon slices and fresh dill weed

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what a great experience!

Way, way back in the day they made a solid orange (kind of safety orange) rooster tail body (I think I used 1/8) w/ a gold blade...crushed rainbows on it in Oregon...I see yours has a bit of an orange belly

Solid stringer. I am glad the kids had a great time.

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Two blonde girls? Good luck! I had 1 and I'm now bat shit crazy. My daughter has 3 and we've hidden all my SIL's ammo! Looks like a fun day.

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Thanks a bunch fellas, appreciate the kind words.

Yessir, four girls actually, 10, 7, 3, 1...all blonde.

Wish me luck! I've been working a speed bag in the mornings, I'll be ready.

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Nice report and sick belt buckle

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Custom, made in California. Took about 3 weeks from order to delivery. Solid piece. If anyone is interested, I can share a link or contact to the gentleman and his business. His main clientele are cowboys, rodeos, horse shows, etc.

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Yes please!

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I believe you can find the VT buckle under "photo gallery". He previously had made one with a smaller logo, however my wife asked for a larger emblem and this is now in his portfolio.

Hope this helps!

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The details:

Hand engraved sterling silver overlay with Jewelers gold college logo. Overlay is 25-30% veneer of solid sterling on German silver (for strength)

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I need one of these bad boys for the stockyards!!

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GTs is a fing zoo! No ammo unless you shoot 10 mil.

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A quick informal poll- what is your favorite lever drag reel in the 15-20 size (ballpark 250-350 yards of 30 mono)?

Some examples include the Shimano Speedmaster II 16 and TLD 15, the Penn Fathom LD 25, the Avett MXL, and (if you have cash falling from the sky) the Seigler LG or Accurate Boss 500.

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TLD 15. I had two of these when I lived in FL and went offshore in my 21 ft SeaRay CC. Used them as a flatline rod or surface trolling rod with mono. Caught many kings, mahi, and, unfortunately, sharks with them. They worked well, drag setting was smooth and maintenance was straightforward. Never had one fail.

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Thanks. I have been happy with the TLD (I have a 20 and a 15), especially the smoothness of the drag. I think my interest in exploring the market is around my desire to use lighter gear for boat fishing than I would use on a pier, and there are lighter models of LDs with more drag power for fish that can take 150-200 yards on a pier, but are VERY unlikely to make that kind of run on a boat. I may end up getting another 15 (it is the most price friendly option), but I want to get feedback before investing.

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Your welcome. I also had a couple TLD 25s which I used for trolling for larger species. Seems they might be a bit large for what your thinking. I had similar good experiences with them as well.
BTW, when offshore, as a best practice, I never used a lever drag for bottom fishing, used them trolling or flat lines only.

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Thanks to Hokienator for supplying me with some Ringneck Pheasants he downed. His wife got some earrings out of the deal and I get tons of bird feathers to redfish flies...

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Nator! I love me some pheasant!

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Nothing more fun to hunt and not much is tastier than fresh pheasant piccatta pan fried over rice.

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

See in the Instagram that you visited the Rose a few days ago. It has been awhile since I fished that one. You fish it way up high.

That's where I like to brookie fish it. We got skunked. I also have a few not so secret holes down low as well, but those didn't produce either.

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Glad to help a fellow hokie out and the earrings made the wife happy as well so its a win win!

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

Went down to NC this weekend and fished when it wasn't blowing a gale. Managed 6 trout over 20" over the two days. Biggest was 22.5". Pulled off a bigger trout early in my first trip. Probably was a citation. It felt heavy and was head shaking up top but I horsed it a bit. Caught some rat reds as well. Mainly used a MR27. Listened to FlyGuy podcast on the way back which I really enjoyed and made me want to look for some sightcasting reds down there.

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Thanks! Hope my voice doesn't drive you crazy like it does to me. Not sure where you have been fishing but I was given a local report, that there are stripers up to 10 pounds, 30 inch reds and 5 pound trout on some docks, being caught somewhere down there in the middle of the day. I confirmed it was middle of the day and not my docklight spots and was given the affirmative. My guess is it's somewhere in the Neuse. All fish being caught on Mirrolures. Throwing a plug under a dock and getting one of those three options sounds absolutely fantastic! If the wind report holds for the weekend I'll go down with the flats boat and my new truck to explore. Solid reports of redfish schools, which is what I'm really after.

Could someone explain to me how the hell Mirrolures defines the size of their plugs? I just spent several minutes on their website and I cannot figure it out for the life of me. I see 17MR 808, 18MR 292, 27 MR 78 and all sorts of numbers around MR. It's more confusing than listening to my buddy talk about his machine gun collection with just numbers and letters. I've got a box full of the old school Mirrolures where the line gets tied to the head, along with some of the newer Mirrodines and Mirrodine Heavys. I figure I'll tie one on and chuck it at some docks, but only if the wind kicks up too much and I can't get an eat on fly of course.

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You're welcome, it didn't drive me crazy haha. You aren't a smooth baseball announcer voice but nothing bad. If it is stripers I'd assume the neuse as well. The first number describes the size/model number the number behind describes the color pattern. It is confusing because of how people refer to them versus how the packaging is. Remember 17 and 27 sinks at 0.5 ft/sec, 18 sinks at 1 ft/sec. When you twitch the bait it goes up a foot. I've looked/bought a ton of mirrolures this year so I'm happy to talk more about it.

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Thank you for the run down. That makes a lot more sense.

If I was a baseball announcer, no doubt it would be Brockmire...

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I dont try and order stuff online from mirrorlure as their stuff seems to confuse me the same way so I just buy whatever I can find in person so I actually put the lure in hand before buying.

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You're welcome. It's been a learning curve for me this year figuring them out but they definitely tend to get a bigger class of fish versus soft plastic.

Love that show, it was one of my watches early in quarantine.

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808 is definitely a staple for a reason. I had some pretty clear water although it was tanin. I had 2-3 feet of visibility. I was using a custom color with a purple back and silver side and belly.

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the 808BG has the gold/hologram flash on the side instead of silver

Yep, i have one. I haven't caught a big one on 808BG yet but I got it cause you always hear about it.

On another note, I saw this CA Richardson bucktail video that made me think of you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVetCenwihA

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great video! I think bucktails are WAY underutilized in my part of the world.

Remember, here we've been transitioning from 99.99% live bait. Go back to the podcast you linked re: inshore fishing here in NEFL and he doesn't mention bucktails/jigs at all. There is very little here in the way of stripers, blues, and shad, species where jigs have some history. There NO fly fishing history here to speak of so no one tying lures. There is ONE person who makes jigs here commercially...ONE. And he just does a few.

I only think of bucktails with flounder fishing and usually tipped with gulp I haven't heard of any big trout guys using them not to say they wouldn't work. They are definitely intriguing and effective.

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I've picked up a few trout that way by accident when I'm targeting reds but I think they'd be great on school trout in the fall.

I'd agree that what you've doing with suspended baits and topwaters is probably the best way to target consistently larger trout. And even though I'm usually throwing plastic and gulp, my collection of cool looking hard baits continues to grow...just in case!

I'd agree I think they would work well. Similar to a paddletail in it's versatility.

Yep, suspending baits and topwaters rule. Can't wait for it to heat back up and I'm chucking topwaters. I'm getting quite a collection of mirrolures and paul browns. I need to slow down on the buying. Put too much of a hit on the wallet.

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lived in Houston (Clear Lake) when Corky's became all the rage (early 1990's?). I had 3 or 4 of them and I don't think I ever caught a single fish on one, lol

Gotcha, I have only caught a few on corky's so far. My other trout buddies have been doing well. I caught them well one day on a broken back corky made by Paul's son Steve. Did you trout fish more in texas or were you focused on the reds?

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I didn't target one over the other except that reds will hit topwater anytime of day much more so than trout (I love to fish topwaters while wading...which was the majority of my fishing there...SOT 'yaks weren't yet a thing) and trout are more likely to school up especially in the fall. I would chase whatever was biting best or whatever happened to be where I liked to fish...the exception being flounder. Our saying was "If you are catching flounder, you are fishing too slow", lol. I may have targeted flounder for a couple of hours 3 or 4 times in 8 years.

Compared to NEFL, there is a lot more overlap in trout/redfish habitat (it is much more homogenous and has much less tidal flux) than there is here, and there was a lot less hard structure where I fished (wading was on hard sand/mud bottom shorelines w/ more submerged aquatics as you moved south...). Salinity is also more variable/influential in TX. In the Galveston Bay complex the guides and more experienced fishermen know which areas are more likely to turn on at what times and under what conditions; and by the time we left, I was reasonably good at figuring the where part.

Who doesn't love catching fish on topwater, I can't blame you for that. I know the conditions are different in Texas with little tidal movement or more wind based. Based on my limited stuff I see on social media, I got the impression if you were a trout guy you'd be wading and more redfishing if you were on the boat.

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Mmmm...not really. If trout are under birds or slicks, you have to cover ground to get there and move to stay with them...and the water is likely to be deeper. But for me boat v. wading really depended on where I was fishing. There were a few bayous with soft bottom and that was boat territory exclusively. Sometimes the fish would be "deep" (like 6-8') in the middle of a bay (check out a nav chart for that area).

For me, if the water/bottom was wadable, I'd drift or slow cruise shorelines until I saw the kind of water/nervous bait I'd want to fish...and then get out of the boat. I did more of that than anything else. If I still lived there, I might have a skiff big enough to haul a SOT.

Look up Trinity Bay, Texas on Google Maps. Almost that entire east shoreline just down from the mouth of the Trinity River south to Smith Point and then around the corner to the first few miles of the north shoreline of East Bay is truly great wading territory.

Yeah that makes a lot of sense to drift/cruise til you see good water. Now that I think about it I've heard that in the speckled truth podcast.

I checked it out on google maps. Looks like an awesome area. I definitely want to make a trip down to texas and check it out.

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Ended up pairing a new TLD 15 with a TFO Larry Dahlberg 7'6 Big Fish rated 1-6oz. I figure that gives me a live baiting rod, and I could always get a Lexa or Tranx if I wanted to use it as a sight caster.

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Looking for recommendations. Where can I find unfinished weedless jigs. I have been to several sites without much luck. LPOL has some but they sell them in random styles / sizes like a grab bag.

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Chris Newsome was on Eastern currents fishing for anyone whos used him as a guide in the past its an interesting listen!
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Flyguy you oughta do a podcast with Eastern Current podcast now that you have some practice the guys doing that podcast are good and have a big audience now.

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Yep, really good interview. Confirms a lot of what I learned this year.

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Thanks Jesse. I'm small potatoes in the fly fishing world and it feels weird to ask to be on a podcast, although I did do that with Marvin Cash.

A few years ago, I met and hung out with Judson at his house, for well over an hour, talking fly fishing. Our next interaction led me to believe I didn't make any impression whatsoever on him, so I highly doubt he would have me on.

I'm eager to listen to Chris' interview.

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I may be VRBOing a house on the Rapp or North River in April (first week) on the water. Any dock fishing opportunities that early? (perch, rockfish, pups?)

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I've been told the Stripers hang around dock lights all winter long, but deeper. I've never put in the time to fish for them post October on dock lights.

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Todays catch. Fat as a pig and 17". They will spawn before the crappie and bass. I don't understand why they bulk up. All they do is swim around together and "shoot" stuff all over the place!

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On a warmer day like today I love throwing small spinners for them they love that stuff.

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That Blue / Silver / Orange plug again. Is that a Husky Jerk?

I'm going to my basement to tie up the fly version of this thing right now....

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Its a husky jerk I leave the same thing on all winter long. I putz around / work some then walk down to the bank and make a few casts. My actual go to color is black gold orange HJ but I lost it. Not like I snagged it on something and broke off; I mean I can't find it. In fact that and couple other jerks and super shad raps. SMH.

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I was a husky jerk man forever and still throw them a lot. Great bait with great action. Nothing like getting hit hard on a jerk bait and fish hit em year round. Lots of ways to work em I keep one tied on wherever I go.

Hey I should tie an Insane Anna in that color. Damn, I have every color of flash but orange.

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What's an Insane Anna?

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dunno but I feel like I probably went out her once upon a time

*Checks depth chart*

I'm not seeing an Insane Anna on my list, better fire up the 'ol Tinder app.

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Insane Anna in perch. My version of the original Double Cowgirl. I also build a 6" version with #4 blades.

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Looks like a Skittles and Two Starburst to me.

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Fished Cape Lookout Friday, Sunday and Monday.

Friday I got down around noon and in the water by 1. Hauled ass to The Creek. Explored it and another nearby the entire afternoon. Both were empty. Raced back to the boat ramp as the sun set. It was gorgeous but cold as hell.

Pounded way too much bourbon Friday night. Saturday it blew anyways. We took my friends Hells Bay out to try one protected area for reds. Halfway there the motor cuts off and he realizes he's been using his old gas tank, that likely has water in it. An hour later we were able to coax the outboard into running and we made it back to the put in. No fishing occured.

Sunday I was lucky enough to take a pretty girl fishing. Not a client but new friend. We fished some flats in search of reds and they were there but so damn spooky. A long ride northeast and we explored a creek I had marked in the summer and it paid off, despite my local friend telling me it sucks for fishing. She stuck her first speck on fly (black and orange Clouser) and I got a few puppy drum. A kayak angler filled in behind us and hooked a huge trout that he lost boatside on a small white grub. Nearly every fish was hooked at the mouth of 2-3 foot wide creeks / canals flowing into the bigger creek. Water must've only been a foot deep there. Water temp was 48-49.

Monday it was pouring rain and away we (the lady friend) and I went, checking out the creek at the top of the North. Everyone was saying it was loaded with big trout and reports of anglers catching 100 fish overall in a few hours, the previous two days. We got soaking wet over two hours and landed 6 small trout between us. Hers were on fly, I worked that Bob Brown Soft Dine the whole time as apparently, it is a big fish magnet and the big boys were there just the day before. At noon I called it and told her I was too cold and wet. She was more hardcore than me and said she could stay longer, but work was on the horizon anyways.

Unless I get a wild hair and do something crazy, I am done fishing until mid-late March. Even then, I don't want to shad fish, but I guess I will take the clients to do so.

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I am ashamed to admit, I clicked the links with this voice in my head.

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LOL.

Fly Fishing chick I'm dying to meet... Rebekka Redd

One of these days.

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She likes muskies too. Dibs! I've been trying to get Fly Gal (can't think or her name now) up to Ontario to fish musky for years now. Well I tried once.

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April Vokey actually hosted a women's clinic on the New a few years back. I tried my best to sneak in with a wig, but alas, the pleats gave me away.

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Thanks for the report. Paul Brown Soft dine does catch some big trout. A lot of friends prefer the bigger profile the XL. All depends the water depth you are working it in too. With them not being as active in the winter definitively can be on and off.

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Paul Brown, I got the name mixed up as Bob for some reason. Yes, most of the XLs were sold out, in particular the purple over chartreuse. I bought Purple / Chart regular and the XL sizes in 808 and Opening Night, which is the same color as the bass assassin that works so well. Had to have that one! Fished mostly the 808 per local recommendation.

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No worries, I knew what you meant and you aren't looking at conventional tackle that much. 808 is definitely a great color combo. I've never caught much on the color but it's in my tackle box. I love the mardi gras color combo. Gotta go with what you are confident in and what has worked in the past.

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Yep. 808 is a killer color in NC. My friend was getting all of her eats on a Halloween Clouser (Black / orange) slowly stripped on the bottom.

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Today at 10 Carter ANdrew visits Chesapeake bay to cobra fish. Outdoor channel. Comcast 864.

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Any recommendations for fishing sunglasses? The only nice pair I've owned were costa and I was really happy with them at first but then the rubber around the nose and lenses disintegrated. And recently they snapped in half so I don't think the warranty is an option. I've heard they aren't made as well as they used to be since they became more popular but I guess that's how it goes.
I want glass, polarized brown/copper lenses. I'd prefer to not break the bank but I really just want a solid pair that won't fall apart.

https://www.oakley.com/en-us/product/W0OO9102 I have these. The wood grain pattern, Prescription with polarized amber lenses. Had choices from the eye doctor for glass or polycarbonate. I didn't go with glass. You can get front and back coatings to eliminate glare. I'm not sure what your options are off the shelf. But this worked great for me.
This is my second pair, I dropped a computer bag on the first pair while they were unfolded and broke an arm. I superglued that pair back together and wore them for quite a while. They survived a big hunt in Georgia and a month or two of time before I replaced them.

Warranty is completely an option. Call them. Should cost you $12. I've had the rubber fall off enough times over the years that they started shipping me brand new pairs. I've snapped them twice as well and was sent new ones too.

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Thanks I'll give it a shot. I got frustrated because I got my wife a pair a few years ago and one of the lenses has now popped out 3 times. First time was free, second they made me pay $50.

First time was free, second they made me pay $50.

Now that blows my mind. I'd ask them to explain why you're supposed to pay for fixing a defective product. Of course, I turn into an asshole when corporations treat me like crap. Maybe do it in a nicer way than I would.

You're not the first person to voice concerns over their customer service and getting bought out certainly doesn't help but I've never had issues. Maybe it's because I'm on their "pro staff" with 17,000 other wannabes.

Also, since you asked for recommendations, I haven't found anything that's as good as Costas 580 glass in copper with the green mirror finish. That's how I see all of my Redfish! To each his own though and as you well know, they aren't cheap... You might want to look on Sierra Trading Post. They have had some killer deals lately on all sorts of fishing equipment.

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I have the green mirror/copper lens as well in Costas. I've been pretty happy with them. Although I haven't done much sightcasting with them

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I'd understand if after a couple years of fishing one of the lenses popped out. But both times it was only a couple weeks of barely any use.
An old coworker/fishing buddy was in the fly fishing club at tech. He got a couple pairs with his sweet club discount right before they went south and when we go fishing he always brags how he's never had any issues after all these years.
The copper/green mirror is the pair I currently have. I'll report back on how it goes. I'm not getting my hopes up.
+1 for Sierra. Last year I picked up the previous year's SA fly line for my 5 wt. and a full sinking "8 wt" line to experiment with both for less than what I'd pay for a single new line anywhere else.

Try the warranty first, I love my costas and wouldn't trade them for much. I tried smith optics and liked them as well but the costas are just too good and I snagged a deal on eBay to save some green stuff.

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I switched to Smith last time I was due for new shades (prescription). I wish I had switched sooner. I absolutely love them. I got the "polarchromic" lenses in rose color. They adjust their tint with the light conditions, so I put them on first thing when I get on the water and never have to take them off, and the color is surprisingly good for sight fishing. They did run around $400, but honestly don't remember what they would've cost without the RX

I liked costa, but the Smiths just "sit" so much lighter it seems. I'm also hearing rave reviews about RCI Optics from the guys at my fly shop and some others around town, but don't know anything further about them.

Warning- Filter lost.

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

Appreciate the recommendations. I'm hesitant to get RX sunglasses because during low-light or dark conditions either driving or paddling to/from fishing, I'd still have to wear regular glasses. And that's one more thing to lose or break on the boat. I also don't enjoy contacts drying out on windy days though.
The RCIs look awesome. Small, American (made in Italy) company. If the warranty doesn't work out I'll look into them more. The light fit of the Smiths is also appealing.

For the sunglass shopping crew, or just fly fishing and fishing gear in general, Backcountry has a bunch of stuff on sale too, including Costas. Some of their fly lines are super cheap!

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Edit: This Simms shirt they have is the most comfortable fishing shirt I've ever worn. Plus, it can be worn out and about socially. I've got 3 of them, looks like I'll be ordering a 4th!

Simms Stone Cold Shirt

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good call on the shirts...mine just arrived...very nice!

If you're using Knot the Reel World / Hokieflyguy approved products, it's guaranteed to add 30 feet to your cast, 15 horsepower to your truck and I won't tell you what it will do in the bedroom. In this case, you'll be wearing a good looking shirt, so the last benefit should certainly apply.

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I need every advantage I can get!

LMAO!

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Anyone ever get their reels repaired locally in VA? I tried greentop years ago and they did more harm than good and just need to get a few reels touched up and one needs a decent repair. Going to try warranty with diawa but if no luck I'll need to find somewhere to get it fixed by someone who knows their stuff. I know of a place in PA that does it but trying to avoid shipping them if possible.

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My friend used to. I'll ask if he still does. All of my spin reels are junk at the moment and need to be cleaned. Whenever I do it, they don't seem to work any better.

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Thanks let me know what he says, greentop mangled my last one I brought them and I'm not going to bass pro or cabelas either. Wish I could fix the worm gear on my Diawa but I'll probably end up botching it plus it needs to be regreased and bearings might need work as well. Wish it had happened under warranty but my luck doesnt work that way with reels.

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There was a guy up in western hanover and I can't remember his name. He did good work for me. Let me think.

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Yes, he said he would do it. Depending on the reel, he estimates cost to be $18-$22.

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Awesome sauce thanks man, you can text me info if you want or email whichever is easiest.

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Thanks HH! What a tank! That is a clubber!

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I watched the net snap in half just as she came aboard.

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Musky, do u know Shannon Hill up here in the NRV?

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The only Shannon Hill I know of is up toward loluvaville. What is up?

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He's been out on the New the day of each of these last 2 snowstorms and scored 48" Musky's both times. I'll try to get one of his Facebook pics from my wife (I don't FB).
The Musky fishing guys up here are a tight group, thought you might know him.

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Funny I have fished for them in many states but I've never been on the New or James. I should get to know some of them. I met one guide up there and how should I say...he doesn't need to be in customer service.

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