November 2021 Fishing Report/Thread

It is getting cooler, and in Virginia that means chasing the birds to catch rockfish. Light tackle and trolling will be the keys for success, while anglers will also find tautog on structure in the Bay.

Post your reports and questions in this thread. I will be in Ocean City Maryland on a dudes bridge fishing trip this weekend. Hopefully the rockfish and tautog will be biting.

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Good luck French.

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Rode around 112 miles yesterday in the ocean and inshore looking for fish. I found the clear water and bait balls. Not another guide or boat in sight. Few albies popped but would not stay up for my client. Locations X and XX had exactly two small spooked drum in them. First skunking of the whole year.

I took him to the dock lights last night as a redeemer and we hammered the reds to 25".

Today the albies showed early and he caught two. More wind the next 5-6 days. I'll likely have to cancel two more guide trips. I've lost out on at least 8 between covid and broken ribs. Ugh.

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The wind has been brutal this year. Good for pier drum fishing, bad for everything else.

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Will be at Bald Head Island this weekend. Hoping for a good trip. This time of the year has proven fruitful for us in the past.

Good luck. Should be plenty of reds around if they wind doesn't blow you off the beach.

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We drove from Richmond, down to Virginia Beach for dinner at A Bite Of Maine ($15 lobster rolls) and then back up the Eastern Shore to OCMD on Friday afternoon. My favorite tide for striper fishing at Rt. 50 is right before and after low tide, but the low tide was at 3:00AM each morning (thanks "fall back" for messing up our tide schedule in our heads on night 2.) After the long drive, I made the call not to go out at 3:00AM to fish Saturday morning, and I kicked myself the rest of the trip.

Susie and I went out at sunrise and immediately found fish on the middle of the rising tide. Susie got a schoolie mid-bridge on a tandem (1oz and 3/8oz) jig tipped with pink 6 inch BKDs. While I messed around with a big Tsunami Storm Shad, Susan got cut off on her third cast by a healthy sized bluefish (26-28 inch range). I re-tied her, but replaced her trailer bait with a paddle tail that was immediately bitten off by a cocktail bluefish. At that point, Fishbait and Katie were on the bridge. I had made Susan a large bet that she couldn't catch a keeper tog, so she went to join them for instruction.

I continued to work west on the bridge after changing from the Tsunami to a pink BKD. Around lightpost 5, I got a healthy 20 incher. Little did I know that would be my only striper of the trip. I worked all the way to the west channel, and then poor-man's trolled the BKD back to the high tide on the east end. There, I found a euphoric Fishbait, who informed me that Susie had caught a 17 inch tog and had been trying to call me to tell me she had to go back to the hotel to get some work done. Sure enough, I look at my phone and there around a half dozen calls and texts with pictures informing me of the keeper tog.

While I suck at togging, I decided to lend a hand to help the boys come closer to getting a limit. It was the best tog bite I have had in my limited experience. North side worked on the initial high slack into outgoing, then moving to the southside as the tide started to move out. I managed seven togs, all shorts with a 14.5 and 15.5 incher hitting the deck. As the bite subsided, I headed back to the hotel to check on Susan, with the hopes to come back to catch that magic low tide before dinner.

Unfortunately, I got my wires crossed with communication. When I walked back to the bridge, Fishbait was ready to head to dinner. I turned around and walked back and we went to Bonfire. When we got back, I went out and worked the bridge again on the second half of incoming. Despite promising bird action, there were no fish for me. Tuna got out there and managed to catch some schoolies, but despite having a 1 1/2 oz head instead of a 2oz like he was using, I was repeatedly snagging on underwater structure every time I tried to run a soft plastic parralel to the pilings. It was a frustrating night.

With a long drive (OCMD to Winchester via Frederick) for Sunday, I again had to skip that low tide at 3:00AM and overslept a bit. I was out on the bridge at 7AM and Fishbait and Tuna were already out there. I hiked the length of the bridge working pockets on the incoming, to no avail. It must have looked good though, because twice seagulls picked up my BKD when it shot into one of the current chutes coming through the bridge. It was much colder with a heavier wind with more NE in it. I rejoined the guys and managed one tog (14.5 inches) from a new spot before leaving to head to Winchester around lunchtime.

A word of warning to everyone- the street where the stairs embark on the east side of the bridge flooded badly on high tide both on Saturday and Sunday, despite the water not going over the banks of the Bay and no rain. Susan, Fishbait, Tuna, and I were all forced to wade through calves-deep water at different points over the weekend, and in the cold wind that was very unpleasant.

The fellowship and tog fishing were A's. The striper fishing was disappointing, but I think Friday and Saturday would have been productive if I could have forced myself to go out there at the right tide.

I still have not heard the end of it that Susie got the big tog of the trip.

Rigs- striper fishing 1 1/2oz swim jig head (white) with a pink BKD or a 7 inch Tsunami swimbait. 30lb braid and 25 lb fluro leader on a 7'6 medium heavy 13 Fishing Omen with my Daiwa Tatula HD.

For togging, I used a friend's 8 foot baitcaster (I think it was a bass pro blank on an 8 foot heavy casting rod.) 100lb braid to 50lb mono with a single dropper loop hook (I believe it was a 2/0 octopus hook) and either a 6 or 8 oz bank sinker. You had to wench 12 inch fish out of the nooks and crannies in the structure below the bridge. Green crabs cut in half with the top shell and legs cut off were the bait. We went through 140 green crabs between 3-4 of us daily.

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Thanks for the report French. Over the years, how are your catches in terms of size and numbers? Are they trending down, up, otherwise? Just want to compare to the smaller and smaller fish I've been seeing.

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Honestly I am a pretty awful measuring stick. By all accounts, the big cow stripers that used to be at the power plant are MIA, while the bite seems to be more in the Potomac. OCMD is awful for any external data. The tide charts are never right and fishing reports are so boat centric that it is hard to tell what is right or wrong.

I had the best striper fishing of my life this weekend two years ago, because I was on the right tide. Last year sucked despite being on the right tide. This year I never was striper fishing when I wanted to be out there, but there was a wad of guys just sitting out there waiting for low tide when I walked off the bridge Saturday night, and to a man all of them said there were good numbers of keeper fish (28 inches) around, which is rare for the bridge. I take very light tackle for bridge fishing and no net, so a 28 inch fish is likely going to be a break off for me if they run under the bridge or if I have to hand line them up.

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Thanks French. Good info

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Sounds like a great trip overall, gotta say though oyster toads are the biggets PITA when tog fishing and I saw you snagged a few. Had a friend eat them once and actually they tasted not too bad when deep fried a bitch to clean though.

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

That was the only one fortunately. Usually the little sea bass are a pain but they were MIA too.

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Go tog fishing on the cell in the bay and its 2-3 oyster toads per tog its miserable and the little shits have nasty teeth to make unhooking miserable. That all said tautog meat is damn near the best table fare in the sea and well worth the risk of losing a finger to an oyster toad.

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

72 miles today and not an albie in sight. Went the wrong way, everyone else went wayyyy far west and found a few. Oh well.

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

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My dad and I are heading to Harker's the Monday before Thanksgiving to go out after albies. My first time, but he's been going with the same guide for the past 3-4 years and always has a blast.

Which guide? Hopefully the fishing is better by then!

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We're going out with Sarah Gardner.

Some guys on a Fly fishing forum I am on just went Albie fishing with Capt. Gardner. They were very complementary of her guiding.

My dad has gone out with her the last couple of years and has had nothing but success with her. I'm really looking forward to it.

You're going with the best. She's awesome. If you see a seafoam green Hewes Redfisher flats boat running around out there, it's me.

FYI fishing has sucked the past several days. Hopefully it gets better this week.

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

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Anyone interested in buying a Hardy Demon Salt seven weight fly rod? Great condition.

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

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

My buddy landed a 753 pound Bluefin last night. Cored out to 630. What a monster fish. I'll post a pic when his gf does. You can look at my story on instagram and see my hat in its mouth.

Fishing has been total crap here the last several days.

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

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I'm going to be down NC beaches near Wilmington with a FWD Thanksgiving.
Any advice on saltwater fishing then, other than wear warm clothes?

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Oyster bars and mud flats at low tide will tell your where the schools of reds are.

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

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

Fishing is a bout on ice for me now I'll go crappie slab catching for Thanksgiving as always but last two trip to the bay have resulted in little results but haven't had a good day line up for a weekend yet. Thursday would be a banner day to find some trout

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

Got back out today for the first time since May...17 trout (7 in the 15-16" range); 5 little reds; and a 15" flounder (season closed). It was a beautiful day and great to get back out. I'd post a pic of an undersized red but I seemed to have lost pic posting skill...can't figure out how to get a URL on Imgur.

I also noticed a couple boat related things that some of you might identify with: if an electrical contact is intermittent in May, it is also intermittent in November; also, saltwater is the best worker ever, it goes after cheap metal 24/7 and 365 days a year without complaining or having to be reminded to do it; and finally, it is much much easier to launch a boat if you unhook the winch strap first.

[And one thing of actual value, I've been putting a tiny bit of loctite gel on the jighad barbs to keep the plastic tails from slipping/tearing. I caught 12 trout, 3 reds, and the flounder on one Slayer tail today and it is still in service.]

Glad to hear you're feeling better and finally back at it, I'd imagine it feels pretty good to be out again.

Interesting stuff on the slayer tails I typically use all Zman but might try that trick on the bass assassins I like since they dont last long usually.

After my times doing electrical work I can say there is a very very good reason whenever I wire anything near or around saltwater stainless hardware is the only thing I will use. It wont last forever as saltwater is the bane of all but it will last the longest and resist corroding with the copper the longest. Also tinting exposed copper is a good way to add lifetime as well if you have a soldering iron handy. I pretty much crimp all connections in salt stuff and heat shring over every ounce of wire I can to make it last. I go overboard but I despise redoing anything ever.

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

even better day today...limited on trout (five fish) in an hour-ish...then went hunting for reds. took a couple more hours but finally found this one.

final fish count was 15 trout and 6 reds. almost all of the trout were 14-16 inches and the other 5 reds were very small.

lol, the Slayer tail caught 29 fish before it died

I got out Wednesday for a few albies. The ocean was completely slicked out. Hooked seven albies, landed four, then went back to the tying bench for more earrings after a few hours on the water. I'm probably done fishing down here till post Thanksgiving. Too many orders to do and the weather just looks funky again.

I am hoping to do a random fishing trip somewhere new soon.

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

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Tried to beat the weather change with a quick trip today; but there was more wind than I hoped and the "bite" lasted all of about 20 minutes. Scratched out a handful of trout before everything shut off. We'll see some night time temps in the 40's over the next week or two which should trigger the reds to school up.

Fished the surf in NE Florida Sunday morning and had the best 2 hours of surf action I think I've ever had. Landed 2 pompano (1 keeper), 4 catfish, a bonnet head, and 10 whiting (9 keepers). Home in time for a late breakfast, morning beers while fileting, and everything done and cleaned up by 11:30. Not a bad morning. Probably boring for some of you who target more epic species, but for someone who just likes to give my mom a good fish fry once or twice a year, I was happy with day #1. Hoping to hit it again Wednesday afternoon.

Pompano are no easy fish to catch. I am dying to get one on fly and need to dedicate some time to it. Mini permit!

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

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

fried fish is fried fish, nothign to scoff at and pompano are not only a blast to catch but to eat. Sounds like a solid morning!

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

Pompano are a legit target - what I could call an "epic species". When I lived in CFL, the winters were totally focused on them on the beach. They hit like a train wreck, when you catch one, be quick, they're a bunch more out there nearly the same size.
And, they are incredible table fare!!!
Largest I caught was 19" to the fork, and it fought like a junkyard dog.

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

No shame in pompano and whiting ever. They pull hard.

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I got out on Saturday to go look for some drum. Rode the long haul to location XX. Misjudged a channel, which may have moved due to the recent blow. Parked my boat right on a sandbar. It was sitting on the skeg with the motor trimmed down, the rest of the boat was floating. Not a problem there except my trim doesn't work. An hour and a half later, soaking wet, I had freed it. Got into the creek and saw a dozen drum hanging amongst huge mullet. The reds were spooky and wouldn't eat. Water temp was 64, much warmer than 58 I'd seen in other creeks further south. Good to know the fish are in there. Bad to see another boat come up in behind me. There are no secrets any more...

A finger off of the creek: https://www.instagram.com/p/CWkCfr1tdrC/

I'm done fishing for awhile. My earring business is on fire and I am swamped with orders, which is a great thing!

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I can vouch for how awesome the earrings are. Bought 2 pairs for the wife for xmas.

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

Thanks for the high praise!

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

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Visited my Mom for Thanksgiving in NE FL. We fished four different days for 3-5 hours each day, and had the best and most consistent surf fishing of my life. We don't chase anything too large or exotic, and are quite content to fill the cooler with whiting (sea mullet), small black drum, and pompano. Over the course of the week we kept 45 good sized whiting (14"-15"+), three black drum, and two pompano. We released probably 30 whiting, half dozen short pompano, probably 30 bluefish, several palometas, and untold hardhead catfish. I did all the fileting for the group and was happy to stock my Mom's freezer. We also did some in a beer batter and made whiting "po'boys", delicious.

I'm about fished out for a while and will likely stick to deer hunting, then turkey and small game hunting, through February.

Well done. I wish I had some time to go out and catch a good mess of whiting for my friends in Maryland.

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We only got to the beach on Friday but we reeled in 17 fish or so. I brought in my first puppy drum, a couple whiting, and a puffer. Should have kept the whitings for grilling up, but oh well. My son also brought in a puffer of his own!

.... this is the most perfectly written thing I've ever seen on this site
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Ended up not going out last Monday with Sarah. She called my old man and recommended that we cancel and shoot for a different day. Winds would have made finding and catching the albies difficult.

Aiming for next Friday/Saturday. Crossing my fingers they're still around.

Albie bite is flat out done at Cape Lookout. Every guide I know has called it quits for the season. Bluefin tuna fishing is on fire. I'd go but I have no interest in getting my ass kicked of boredom or awful weather when I can tie flies or earrings.

I'd get out and hit some of my trout holes but I'm stuck in the camper tying earrings, which is a good thing. Over $10,000 in sales for the Christmas rush. I feel like it's exam week staying up all night cramming for tests except I am tying like a madman. Stoked this is going so well and I hope it keeps up into next year. If it does, I'll be forced to give up guiding.

If anyone wants pairs for Christmas, order in the next few days. I promise your significant other will like them, seems every other woman I've sold a pair to does.

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Well, the weather was flat out epic, slick calm Monday through Friday. I laid in bed sick as a dog, with some sort of flu bug. It was all I could do to make it to the bathroom 15 feet away. Thursday I was able to halfway move around without feeling so woozy I'd fall over.

Thursday and Friday turned out to be days of epic proportions. The school of bull reds that hangs off of the beach rose to the occasion and mauled the schools of menhaden. Apparently they were up on the surface for hours on Thursday and over an hour on Friday. I would have been there as I had been planning to fish the second half of the week if I could physically muster it and where the Drum were is one of my go to locations...

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Friday I was feeling 50% but buried in feather earrings and I get a call from my buddy Luke who says "hey, if you're feeling ok, I need you to come get the girls off of my boat. We're stuck" Two hours later I picked up a pretty blonde and a pretty brunette and dropped off a 12 pack of Natty Light to Luke and his little brother Timmy at his 28 Contender that was parked on a sandbar in 8 inches of water. He clearly didn't pay attention to the channel at 30 mph. Dropped the girls off in town late that afternoon and went back to the camper to tie more earrings while the guys waited for the tide to come in.

At 9:30 p.m. Luke calls me back and says "come get me." Tide never came in enough. By 11:45 I had run out to him in the dark. Luckily the full moon was out and I could actually see and it was completely flat water. I left Timmy a sleeping bag and some "supplies" that included 3 beers, a slim jim, small can of beenie weenies, one shitty knockoff swiss army knife, a free newspaper, lollipop and a mousetrap.

By 7 am Luke had driven his flats boat back out there with this other brother and they had dug the Contender off the bar. What an adventure. Timmy was the only one who got any sleep and he was on the boat. I had a few restless hours of shut eye. Next time I'll just stick to delivering beer and commandeering the women.

Yesterday, desperate to get on the water and go find those drum, I took the pretty brunette and we searched and searched for them for hours. Found schools of bait for miles up the beach. Each was devoid of anything but sharks and we hooked two and leadered one around 6 feet long. Finally, we had ridden far enough north that we were close to Ocracoke, so we docked and walked into town and had a beer at 1718. The ride home was a spectacular sunset. Good day with a good friend all around, just no bull drum.

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I am way behind on the Christmas orders due to my sickness. Next year I'll have to prepare for the Christmas rush better. The success has been unexpected but amazing. If it keeps up, it could be a full time job. Here's a new Hokie pair I came up with...

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This first two posts are what my dreams are made of

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Hey Chris, Chris here. I sent a message to your website, but thought I could catch u here too. Any chance u have a pair laying around you could overnight to Texas?

Last minute thought, figured I'd give it a try.

Any design.

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

Looking for some advice. Heading down to Edisto and John's Island SC after Christmas on a last minute jaunt with the man-child. He's really interested in saltwater fishing, and all I've ever down is some fly fishing chasing narrow blue lines in WNC and SWVA.

We will take his spinner rod down and plan to look at fishing inshore style, find some tributaries. I've never done that kind of fishing. What setup generally speaking, should I aim for and what kind of expectations should we have this time of year? I know it's pretty general question, just look at it like taking it not too serious but for fun and maybe getting some action for the boy.

Thanks in advance!

Reds will be schooled up in shallow bays and creeks looking for warmth. Easiest to find them at low tide, which is also the hardest time to get into the spots they are at. You'll most likely need a kayak. Guide would be best, but I know we are expensive. Fishing can be feast or famine. They can get wildly spooky so fly presentation is really helpful. I'm sure they can be caught on spin rod. Go small and dark with whatever you're using.

For trout, find the deepest holes and toss a mirrolure.

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that's Heuplek's territory/wheelhouse.

I'm still fishing soft plastic swim baits here in St Augustine for trout and reds, slow retrieve, bouncing them on the bottom. I fish drop offs next to oyster bars and creek mouths/runouts. Fish will hold where they can get out of the current.
Slayer Bounty Hunter (gold flash with a black back) on a red trout eye jighead is my go to in our stained water. No idea what colors work up there. If you need to go weedless, try a 4" DOA C.A.L. jerkbait on an owner twistlock/mustad power lock style weighted hook. If it is colder, it's not a bad time for suspending mirrolure mirrodine like 3rd Gen does up in NC...not my cup of tea but easy to cast and fish for an inexperienced person...twitch-twitch-long pause...maybe even loooong pause.

edit: I'll add that gulp shrimp tails work all winter here...again fished slow on the bottom.

and following up on Flyguy's advice; if you have access to a boat or kayak and you are in the creeks, reds will cruise the shorelines on first part of the incoming tide to take advantage of the newly flooded warmer mud bottoms. They'll get really shallow...like right on the water/mud interface. You'll see the wakes coming and just throw the lure well in front and leave it til the fish get there. If you cast right at them they'll spook.

It does take some touch getting used to the mirrolures because it's not as easy to stay in contact as a jighead. You have to count it down to make sure it sinks to depth you want and then have to figure out the right speed to reel in slack so you stay in contact with the lure while you are paused. When you are in good contact with it, feeling that hard thump is addictive.

Can't spell DBU without Bud

Dave pretty much covered it.

Reds are starting to stack in creeks. They're very very wary this time of year so subtle presentations work better. You can easily go a whole day without a bite and rhen stumble into 100 of them.

Fly guy nailed the trout. Deep creek outlets and slowly twitch a mirrolure through.

You're gonna want a kayak at the very least and your best bet is a guide (this will take all of your guess work out cause they generally know where the reds have been stacked up) which I have quite a few recommendations out of folly not as many out of edisto.

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kinda semi-related...do you still use the Texas eye jigs?

I have several and can't bring myself to stick with them long enough to see if they impact the hookup rate; and would they be better than the twist-lock? Twist lock works pretty well for me; though I think if I cut a slot in the bottom of a plastic paddletail, it will allow more room for the hook on the Texas eye to move thru the back (and get a bigger gap) when a fish hits.

Yes I still use the Texas eye hooks. Most of the paddle tails I use already have the belly slot cut out

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thanks

Fished for three days at Mount Pleasant Pier, and only managed three sheepshead. Only two kept between 4 people in 3 days. I don't know what was going on, but the little sand perch decimated our oysters

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Probably time for a new thread but in the meantime...

I'm a sucker for colors and while there is a soft plastic swim tail in seemingly every color under the sun, I'm also looking for something special. Lately I got a package of various colors of tinsel glitter from a craft store and some mend-it and started messing around.

This is a Slayer Bounty Hunter color pattern (gold flash and a black back) with a little iridescent blue I added on the belly and tail.

Do you have any hacks you use on plastics or other baits...if so, care to share?

You are nerding out like I do with flies. Love it.

Someone needs to do a grub with grey over pearl with chartreuse tail. Black and pearl flecks. That color Clouser wrecks 'em for me.

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You are nerding out

yup...to the max...and unashamed

photo of said Clouser? maybe on your web page?

Somewhere but nowhere I'll find it quickly. Not on my website. I'll tie one up at the end of the week and post a pic

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thanks...and no rush, if you get to it at all. good luck at the show in a few weeks

I'll get one to you. Thanks!

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