October 2021 Fishing Thread

Not a promising start. On Wednesday I started out at Buckroe Pier and managed 13 spots. Then I fished the east wind for two days at Jennettes while the Nags Head Surf Fishing Tournament was happening on the beaches. While the wind was E-15 and should have been drummy, the water was king green. I tried and managed a couple of atlantic sharpnose sharks and one ribbonfish. I got one bluefish out of my hours and hours of throwing stingsilvers and gotchas for big spanish and false albacore, which were popping up everywhere in rivers of glass minnows all around the pier. I didn't score, but a Hokies did (grad of 08 who plugged for hours and managed five spanish, with three 3-4 pound class 22-24 inch fish.) My friend Hampton got the only albacore.

I could have fished today, but the weather is the same. I bet they have another big run on Saturday when the bigger blow starts.

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Thanks French. Big blow coming down the coast over the weekend. 30s out of the North. I'm sure the drum will be chewing.

I finally went to the doctor yesterday for X-rays and have three broken ribs, 6, 7, and 8, in my back. She said they "splintered in a very interesting manner," like she hadn't seen them break like that before. I am bailing on the ND game and I am not happy about it. Probably the only one I could swing this fall. Lots of friends in town and I need at least two rails. She told me 8 weeks of recovery. No boating or guiding for me for at least another week and then I'm going to try.

Thanks for the well wishes. I don't recommend falling off of your boat 4 feet onto pavement.

On a positive note, I've officially done over $10,000 in earring sales this year. Crazy how this has blown up, and I only use fly tying materials. Pretty much done with the fly tying business and will be earrings from now on, the money is too good.

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Glad to hear you know what ya gotta do to heal up and hope ya have a fast recovery. Funny how the best lessons learned are usually learned the hard way.

I'm off to go get ya some pheasant feathers this weekend I'll let ya know how the haul looks by the end of the trip.

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

Funny how the best lessons learned are usually learned the hard way.

That is a painful truth in more ways than one.

Sounds good on the feathers!

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Hey man...sorry to hear about your injury, but glad to know your earring business is taking off! On that note, i promised I'd buy 2 sets for my wife and daughter for this xmas (or birthdays- they're both in december, my daughter the day after xmas). Can you help me out with a link to your site or email me at: cmahler - at - potterarchitects - dot- com? Also, do you have any ones specifically in Hokie colors? Thanks in advance buddy. Hope you feel better soon!

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

Thanks Topher, it's not the worst thing that has happened to me. I'll be better soon enough.

The website is www.prettyfly-designs.com I'm going to make a code for a discount for any TKPers. 25% with TKP25 at checkout. I'll probably have the code punched in tomorrow.

I can definitely do some in some muted Hokie colors, but I don't have any of those on the site right now. Maroon is a bit hard to find. If you don't like what you see on the website, most of my styles are on IG, @prettyflydesigns_ .

Thank you!

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

Order placed bro. Thanks!

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

Amelia Island on Monday. Amelia river and St. Mary River and adjacent marsh. Guide: Ben with Fire escape Giude service. Awesome time, caught some lady fish and whiting for bait. Great spot for keeper red (3) and then 3 bull red drum, found a great grass oyster bed line for some fun trout on shrimp and finished with 3 sharks. Best part was that on the monster drum as I was holding them I got to feel the drum thump, first time for me.

Will attempt to post pics later.

Felt the drum thump, you are ruined now!

#MakeVTFootballFunAgain

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

Congrats!

You have some serious tide there. I used to fish just south of Nassau Sound and have ventured into Georgia a couple times.

I'm kind of in the same boat as FlyGuy (pun somewhat intended). Was moving some of our stuff around in storage a couple weeks ago (to make room for more new house stuff that the Mrs. just HAD to order before we even got into our house) and felt a good pop and a ton of pain in my shoulder. Turns out my rotator cuff is torn (again) thanks to some hardware from my last surgery coming loose and getting stuck right where it could have done the most damage possible. So I'm done fishing for a solid 6+ months depending on when I decide to get that fixed.... This getting old stuff is for the birds. FlyGuy, I hope your recovery goes well, quickly!

Brewin has no idea how bad he's going to be jonesin for a red thump here in a few days! Good job gettin on em! Amelia is one of the places I really want to get to before long.

Warning- Filter lost.

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

Y'all are gonna have to invest in the rocket fishing rods that shoot the lures

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

Oof, sorry man. I hope the recovery is quicker than 6 months!

#MakeVTFootballFunAgain

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

Looking for folks around Richmond who can fix a guide. Not a big fix- just replacing an eyelet on a guide. But, it is on a Century so I don't want to do the whole do-it-yourself deal.

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I always send my stuff back to St Croix to get fixed as I suck at fixing an eyelet. Had the love bugs in Tampa strip off all the eyelets on a mojo and had them redo all of them for a reasonable price

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

Took the little boat out on the flats for a rising flood tide Sunday. Probably should have looked at the forecast before making that decision it was a little 12ft sailboat out on every flat I got on - immediately blown off the flat or into the grass. Tied off to my push pole and targeted a few areas but I certainly wasn't efficient in fishing.

Tried rolling through some tight creeks for some fish to avoid the wind. Was hardly any more effective fishing but got distracted just full throttle rolling through creeks in the little boat it was an absolute blast. Realized I was being a bit reckless when the boat didn't bite on a turn and I just slid at 20mph sideways into the marsh, caught at the last second and throttled down just in time to keep me from being ejected. Got back to the ramp and dropped my auto-inflate pfd in the water on accident didn't inflate so glad I didn't actually crash, time for a new pfd.

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Well, the first half of the week sucked due to weather but maybe things are turning around!

"Those who jump into the void owe no explanation to those who stand and watch."
--unknown

Nice puppy drum!

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I went down to Florida with a couple of buddies to target tarpon and snook from land. It was a slow first few days of fishing. Wind direction switched and pushed mullet to the beach more and fishing picked up. Jumped a half dozen tarpon. That first run of them just smoking drag is addicting. After a long night of fishing, casted into a school of mullet and an upper 30s snook ate my swimbait. That fish definitely made the trip for me and was the only fish I landed other than a random sailcat. The guy who has been going down there for years and has his technique dialed got an overslot snook, juvenile goliath grouper and managed to land 4 tarpon.

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That is an awesome snook

#MakeVTFootballFunAgain

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

Thanks man! Pretty stoked to get one in general and cherry on top that it was real nice fish. Can't wait to get back down there.

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The picture of that snook got some ohhhs and ahhhss on the end of the pier today. Man, what a horse that is. And is that Nick with the tarpon? I need to go down and wet a line with him again. Real nice dude.

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Thanks! It was a really nice thick fish for sure. It was a solid fight but tough to compare after getting those first runs from a tarpon are completely different. Yep that's Nick. He's the man. Crazy amount of knowledge and skill. Super nice guy learned a lot from him this year.

Can't spell DBU without Bud

He deserves every fish he catches. Works his tail off on technique, time, and scouting new locations. Good dude.

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

Fishing has apparently been in fire here the past two weeks. Massive spanish and tons of blues, with Albies mixed in. Bull reds were caught in the shoals. I have such bad cabin fever. Ribs are incrementally getting better, but certain movements are a sharp pain. This week I might try to hit some dock lights and see how it goes.

#MakeVTFootballFunAgain

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

Good to hear. I'll be down in a couple weeks. Camping on CALO

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So, after my last run south, I found that I had popped an acrylic eyelet out of my bottom guide on my Century Surf Machine. So, I tied together a trip to drop it off for repairs with a day off to get a three day weekend to do a little fishing. However, some very poor choices messed up the trip.

I left around 8AM on Saturday to drive from Richmond to Rodanthe. It was a SW light wind day, very hot, so I didn't expect much to go on. I hit up Hatteras Jack's to drop off the rod and I bought about 18 pounds of corn cob mullet. On my way back, I drove past Jennettes to avoid the Bluegrass Festival traffic. It didn't appear much was going on, so I went to the hotel to watch the Pitt game. When I got to the hotel, I realized that, while all my fishing gear, laptop, and outerwear had made the trip, I managed to leave without my suitcase. So, I rushed over to Belk and dropped $120 on two pairs of golf shorts, some ill-fitting tighty whiteys, and some socks to get through today. Strike one.

Strike two was going back to the hotel to watch the game. Strike three was not going to the pier in lieu of the game. While I settled in to watch three hours of offensive football so bad that one of my testicals attempted to reascend, there was a respectable drum bite going into the evening tide change. Whoops.

After watching the game, then finding a film copy and rewatching the game and writing my review, I wrapped up the film study around 11PM. I slept for about 4 hours, gerded my loins for the big weather change (it dropped about 20 degrees with a NW wind at around 20), and trounced my way down to the pier.

There was a slow pick of drum early after a wave of sunrise sand tiger sharks (what a pain in the ass!), and the spot cooperated before low tide, but I didn't get a run on my intended quarry. Several friends did. After a lull until around 1:00PM, a slow pick started to pick up pace into the afternoon and early evening, but fresh cob mullet head, spot heads, and mullet chunks produced nothing. After throwing 10oz pyramid sinkers every 20 minutes all day, I finally sat down around 7:00PM when my rod finally went off. It wasn't the biggest one of the year, but number 5 was defintely the most work.

I ended up fishing until closing. The bite really slowed down after the tide change. After six broken hours of sleep, I checked out of the hotel and got to the pier at 5:30AM (gates open at 6.) It was a much smaller crew, and sure enough the sunrise bite hit. There were six of us, and five decked a drum before 6:45. Of course, my spot heads were being decimated by small bluefish, so I had gone through three baits by the time the fish quite biting. Two more hit randomly between 10AM and 1PM, but I needed to get back home. I bet they had a good bite at dark tonight.

I hope to squeeze one more trip in (I have to go back to get my rod.) It is going to be tough to break my record (9), but I am going to give it my best effort.

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Oh, and saw my first pier tripletail this morning (in 62 degree water.) It wouldn't eat a zig jig.

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

Glad you got one to make your trip worth it. Good decision to get it done by Ryan White seems like a real good guy and does all the custom rod stuff.

Can't spell DBU without Bud