April Fishing Thread

I know we're about halfway through April but we're out of winter and its about that time to start up the monthly threads. Wedding planning has taken a good portion of my time and I haven't been out much at all. I think my main goal is to go on a few sleigh rides in the 12' boat this spring.

In other trip news my father's idea of a bachelor party was pretty on point. Meeting with some other family and going on a full day trip with "Fish Witch" out of Carolina Beach https://fishwitch.com/

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So I am heading down to Destin, FL for a July Summer vacation with the family and we are planning on getting a fishing charter the week of the 4th. Has anybody gone on any charters down there and know of some good ones? Just looking for some suggestions.

I don't know any charters, but Navarre Pier is really nice.

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

Trout season just started up in here NJ and we are waiting for the floodwaters to die down from some recent rain. Anybody have solid trout lures they can recommend?

Where specifically are you fishing? Runoff is a great time to fish for trout because they will be less picky

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flooded rivers. There is a river merge at my house with a bridge, so I have it all. Flat wide and deep, quick rocky and shallow, cover under a bridge. Hope thats what you mean.

Can never go wrong with a squirmy worm (fly fishing) in that situation.

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So true! And in almost any situation.

Is coronavirus over yet?

Finally got around to looking at my Talon that I broke last year. Its not fixable at least by me or the Minn Kota shop so its in the garbage probably not going to replace it but look at a new trolling motor instead. Prices are absurd. I can literally build another boat with a motor for what a new trolling motor costs. $2500 for a 36v 72" iPilot

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Friend of mine got his new boat finally but needs a trolling motor and now wishes he had bought a boat that came with one so he doesnt have to try to get a good one now. Its amazing how much theyve gone up in 3 years.

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Absolute beginner here. I did some fishing with my family when I was young and want to carry on with my kids who are 4-6. I'm looking for advise on lures/ bait. What little I did when I was a kid was live bait. Trying to keep it simple for the kids. Obviously would help keep their attention if we caught something. I have a few lakes and freshwater rivers near me I'm targeting. Not even sure what kind of fish I'm most likely to encounter / target. Any suggestions on lures to use ( or any other advise, lol).

What state are you in I'm guessing SC? Cant ever go wrong with worms or crickets under a bobber for kids typically can get you enough fish like bluegill to keep the kids entertained and snag the occasional bass to make things even better.

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Fished in the Keys for 6 of 8 days on my recent trip down there. My friend and former boss from Aspen joined me
and we camped at Big Pine Lodge and the Sugarloaf KOA the whole time. We spent a majority of the time on the water around Big Pine Key. Slowly but surely, I am learning how to fish the flats down there. It is daunting and I've got a mental block that it's this impossible place, but I'm regularly finding fish and most of the time my presumptions are correct. For the second year in a row I stuck a bonefish on fly and we had shots at some very big permit. We played with monster Cuda on the flats as well and lots of baby 20-40 pound tarpon at the bridges in the evening. The bridge tarpon are a very fun bite and not very difficult. Between us on two evenings we had over 30 eats, a dozen fish jumped and six landed.. Could have been more but we kept getting hungry and thirsty and running the boat over to No Name Pub. To fish the bridges, anchor above the bridge on an outgoing tide and swing flies across the current like a trout stream. Get the fly right to the base of the bridge pilings. The poons are stacked up and will slam the fly right off of the surface. We did not try Bahia Honda bridge but that is supposedly where the 100-130 pounders are caught at night. I cannot imagine. Chasing the 40 pounders under the bridge was harrowing enough trying not to damage my boat.

We had one full day bar crawl in Key West. 15 bars in 14 hours. I remember most of it. The next day I was fairly useless, but it was a blow day anyways. The final day we fished in the Everglades out of Flamingo. Excellent weather but only one small Cuda came to hand. No clue as to why it was so slow. Jarrod told me he didn't want to leave the sunny weather and landed in Colorado with 17 inches of new snow falling. Quite the shock, though to go tarpon fishing one day and world class skiing the next would be pretty awesome. It was a long drive back to Virginia for me, but I turned around 3 days later and went to the Spring Game. My liver needs a break.

Already dying to get back down there again and learn more in the most difficult fishery in the world.

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Those are some pretty fish! We are working on a trip with friends to the keys for last week of August. Looking to get out for a few days for some fun (wives coming, but shopping when we fish). Any recommendations on a charter for 3-4?

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People are catching damn near anything they want here right now. Snook on the beaches, reds and trout in the grass, tarpon anywhere, etc. I'm just hoping to get the green light from my shoulder doctor on Monday. As of today, it has officially been 5 months since I got any lines wet. I'm scared that my fly lines will need to be replaced.... I don't even want to know what those would cost right now...

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I thought of you driving past. One of these years I will come visit. Why would the lines need replacing? Let me know what sizes you need. I have stacks of them and can depending on what you need, can potentially cut a deal a little cheaper than what you pay MSRP.

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I've let them sit during my recovery and haven't been paying attention to them at all. I honestly don't even know if I conditioned them before I hung them up. I stupidly put them on the racks in the garage instead of bring them upstairs and hang them up.

Idk for sure if I do need to replace them. I'll find out soon though

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Unless they sat in the sun for 8 straight months, they will be fine. I do absolutely nothing to my lines when I pull them off the reels and they are all fine except for the abuse they take on the boat.

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Well that's promising. I hope to be able to try them next weekend, but God only knows what the doc says on Monday...

Edit: Doctors SUCK. Well, actually, getting older sucks, but I'm blaming the Doc😂. 4 more weeks of "no heavy lifting or other exercise like activities, with the exception of twice per week PT sessions"... it's almost like this dude just REALLY likes my insurance coverage.... Apparently my range of motion is great, but the stability in my rotator cuff isn't up to par yet... ugh.

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Planning to be in Mathews/Gwynn's Island area this weekend (4/23). Looking to get a line wet. Nothing out in the bay, only have a Jon Boat or Kayak. Appreciate any advice on spots or baits?

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Tough time of year. Better once summer patterns set in and fish are migrating up the bay. Jigging some plastics around points/structure could get you some stripers potentially.

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Agreed, hard time of the year. Could try the dock lights under the bridge to Gwynns. I've been told they hold stripers all year long

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I'm about 5 minutes from listing my boat for sale. Can't deal with this thing anymore. Went out Sunday for what was supposed to be an all day fishing trip. Trolling motor immediately didn't do anything. Sat at anchor and went through all the basics nothing worked. While sitting there a bit pissed off a threw a cast an immediately got hit by an 18" trout. Without my trolling motor and no power pole fishing is pretty much impossible inshore here minus a few shorelines I can drift on the perfect tide/wind. Decided to call it quits fishing and take my fiancee to her hobby and stopped off an hunted for some teeth, had a decent haul. To top my day off I smoked a shoal that has formed directly in the center of a narrowly marked channel. trout and teeth:

I've traced power on the trolling motor. I have 36v to the plug, 36v to the head, 36v to the foot. Magnet and aremture appear fine so I'm at a complete loss. I already wanted a new trolling motor but don't have $2,500 in the budget to swing right now, pocketing the $20k or so I can get out of the boat is starting to sound like an ideal situation gonna have some civiche and think this over.

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You sound like me... except only shark's tooth I've ever found was in a parking lot.

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After 2 days of tinkering with this motor I'm no closer to figuring out its issue. Headed to the shop tomorrow.

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Sounds alot like a blown component on the circuitry in the motor to me. I assume for the warranty you cant pop the covers and look inside of it?

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Its well out of warranty. I've popped the head off probed the wires in there made sure it had power. popped the foot open turned the switch and made sure power was getting to the foot. I did some basic tests on the armature and the brushes looked clean so I'm clearly missing something.

While doing all of this I found out that the casing on the head somehow broke before I disassembled it. I damaged the threads on the shaft because the prop was stuck so bad and the shear pin rusted both ends off and rusted itself inside the prop shaft.

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Well worked with a Minn Kota technician over the weekend. It needs a new foot assembly which is roughly $550. If the motor was working and I sold it I'd only get like $400 out of it so its essentially totaled. Sucked it up and have a 36v 112 60" Terrova with i-Pilot on the way here now. On one and I'm now $2300 more poor on the other, I shouldn't lose any more anchors at wrecks so if this thing can last me like 5 years it'll be a wash.

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There's a website that sells off brand parts for much cheaper than if you got the MK part. I cannot remember the name but they are located in Minnesota if I recall correctly. Might want to check and see if you can get something cheaper. They have a lot better customer service than MK

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Let me know if you think of the name. I've searched around but the only full assemblies I could find (even from sketchy ebay guys) were starting at $400ish unless I can cut that number in half its probably not worth it.

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Did some digging and found it. Northland Marine

www.northlandmarine.com

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Appreciate it, unfortunately doesn't look like they carry the 112 lower unit or the parts to rebuild it myself.

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I feel your pain, been rebuilding an older kubota and nothing makes me happier than paying 95 dollars for a 30 dollar head gasket just because of the name printed on the packaging. Love kubota motors but hate buying parts for them. Tried the chinese ebay route and that went very poorly.

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Well, been in Wilmington NC since October and haven't fished a lick. Hoping to get out at some point in May. I'm hearing reports of guys already catching spanish off the piers in the area (I thought it was early for that, but what do I know). Trout are hot atm as well from what I hear.

Anyone fish this area at all?

Is coronavirus over yet?

Lots of flats on the inside of the barrier islands off the ICW. Gotta be reds in there. I have casually fished around there but couldn't give you any specifics. Burn spoons around points and oyster bars. 1/2 ounce Johnson silver minnows. Spanish have showed up off the wrecks at Cape Lookout so no surprise that they are being caught in Wilmington.

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OK... one other question...

I have my fly gear with me (obviously), but it always seems a bit windy. I'm thinking about using my spinning reels mostly. What is your experience fly fishing in Eastern NC?

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What is your experience fly fishing in Eastern NC

I operate a guide business focusing primarily on Redfish, False Albacore and many other species on the fly and I'm on the water over 100 days a year either guiding or fishing myself.

It's going to be windy on some level, 95% of the time. But it's not the Florida Keys where 15 to 20 is normal. Being efficient and consistent in your casting stroke is the key to a good cast, especially in the wind.

What size fly rod do you have with you?

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I have my little 5wt that I used for the small streams in the national forrest in Va (I never anticipated using that here) and my 7wt that I used on the Shenandoah and places like Mossy Creek.

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Your 5 is too small. I throw a 7 pretty often in the salt. What rod and reel is it? Does it have a floating line?

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Its an Orvis Clearwater rod with a Lamson reel.

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That rod should be ok. It's a moderate action, meaning it flexes in the middle of the rod. Generally most rods I use for salt are fast action, flexing at the tip, because they do better at distance casting and in the wind. You can throw it out there. Try chartreuse and white clousers for searching

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Watch EliasV on youtube local wilmington guy. Gives you an idea of what's going on

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Headed back up to Lake of the Woods on August 4. Looking for more muskies walleye and norther pike. Maybe the smallies will cooperate. Next goal is the lodge record musky @ 56.5 inches!

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Hell yea!

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I could use some input on an offshore spinning rod/reel combo to use from a kayak. Just got the kayak but we are taking it to the breach in July and I want to paddle out and try my luck, I have a penn surf rod/reel. Looking for something more manageable on the yak. Thanks!

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Not sure of the current size one you have but I use a 3500 series reel with a 7 foot rod for many of my inshore trips. 20 pound braid down to a 30 pound flouro leader.

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Surf rod is 9ft. The reel took a beating the last time we were at the beach. I left it under the house and we had a nasty storm roll through one night. It blew a foot of sand over the dune under the house and loaded the gears of the reel with sand. I've been meaning to try and clean it up but haven't gotten around to it.

I was thinking something in the 7ft range with the line capacity you mentioned. Any brand recommendations?

I don't mind spending 150-200.

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It's a Penn Fierce 7000 with a 9ft rod. Pretty beefy reel. Just finished cleaning the reel.

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Yea 9 foot is far too long for a kayak. When I'm at the beach, I've learned to keep my rods up off of the ground during storage. Too much opportunity for sand to get in there with all of the wind. Others will need to chime in on brands. I'd buy a fast action rod that isn't expensive and the best reel I can get. Kunan has pretty good rods that won't break a bank. Shimano reel? I've got lots of Penns but eventually they get "sticky" and don't work so well.

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Oh it was upright and I thought in a fairly sheltered spot. The wind with that storm was just crazy. I spent some time last night cleaning it up and it seems to be alright after I got the sand and gummy salt residue out off it.

Shimano Cadence CS8 looks like good quality for a reasonable price. Thanks for the recommendation.

Also, lifting a 75lb kayak on the roof of a truck is not as easy at it looks. My back!

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Personally my favorite setup for inshore is either a Diawa BG series reel or Shimano Nasci both around 95-100 bucks I prefer the Nasci for saltwater. Theyre both sized identically so a 2500 BG is same as the 2500 Nasci. Again I prefer the Nasci for salt it seems a bit better sealed for the elements.

For a rod I'm a St Croix addict. I love the Triumph family of rods for the bang for the buck side of things theyre in a nice spot price wise. They have a freshwater and an inshore saltwater variant I personally have always used the freshwater variant and never had issues with salt. There really isnt much difference as long as you always washed the rod and reel off entirely everytime you use it in saltwater. Always for saltwater I go with 7 foot and I really like a fast tip for anything saltwater. The medium heavy or just medium is up to your preference and fish size. If I know I'll be working drum I like the extra backbone of med-heavy but for specks the medium works great. Its all about preference really.

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All of my inshore reels are 2500's and while they have good drag systems, they don't have enough line capacity for nearshore if you hook a decent sized ray, close in king mackerel, modest shark, etc. So 3000 series at least if only for the line capacity. Get some type of sealed bearing system because that reel is going to get doused; it's unavoidable. There are plenty of acceptable 7 - 7.5' rods in a reasonable price range. I wouldn't want longer than that in a kayak. In terms of rod specs, match it to the lure wt. you'll be throwing or dragging...M or MH for nearshore?

Its all going to be down to preference I like a 3000 series on a 7 foot medium but thats for speckled trout and smaller drum for bigger fish I like a medium heavy 7 foot with a 3500 for more drag.

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I'll echo what everyone else is saying a 7 foot M or MH with a 3000-3500 series reel is a great all around set up that's light enough to throw artificial and beefy enough to hand most incidental catches when fishing bait.

As everyone knows I'm a big Diawa fan the BG series is their bulletproof budget option. Rod wise you can go 100 different directions I don't notice all that much difference in the rods from all of your major brands in similar price ranges - Penn, Daiwa, St Croix, G Loomis, Star, Shimano all have good rods at one price point or another.

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Fenwick as well.

Oh how could I forget fenwick...one of my favorite rods which I lost in a move. Might need to get a new one soon.

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Also one big thing on the reels. Do not buy the reels online from a warehouse like amazon get them from a dealer a la tackle shop or bass pro/cabelas. I've gone cheap a time or two on diawa BG series and gotten duds before that were faulty.

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Finally getting to use little boat for what its made for. Finished up work and got on the water for a few hours today. Really pushed its limits in a shallow creek catching some small blues, spooked a couple puppy drum. Came out to the creek mouth and ran into a frenzy sleigh ride after sleigh ride with upper slot reds, threw em back and just found the school again, rinse repeat.

Floating in the way back creek...scary number of rays get back there. This is as far as I could go I was still floating in about 3" of water.

This was the first real fish caught on little boat, caught a handful more all about this size....really wish I brought my fly rod for that - I suck at fly casting but it was a can't miss scenario.

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Now that looks like Lowcountry fishing

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and that boat is so cool. what motor did you wind up with?

An 8hp mariner/mercury 2 stroke pushes it like 22-25

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holy crap, that's scary great! must be like an outboard pushing a potato chip, lol

The plans rated it for a 5 the 8 gets it up on plane really nice but I can see why the plans had it at a 5, the pad on my boat its pretty much 100% flat (partially because of some slight build errors) with no chine so when I'm all the way up on pad I really can't turn I just kinda slide. Takes some getting used to driving its a fine line of biting responsive turn and sliding into the marsh at 20mph.

I've considered adding 2 strakes so the turning is a bit more consistent but I'm not a boat designer so I don't really know what I'd need I'd just be blindly adding them and hoping for the best.

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the very first Carolina skiffs were like that. I had something like a 12 or 14 footer (we lived in Houston at the time) that I bought used and overpowered w/ 30HP Suzi and it was always a semi controlled slide running up a winding creek. Had to keep the nose up and back off the throttle to get any kind of "bite".

I'm not a designer either but my guess is very little...like a 1" X strip on the centerline. It doesn't take much on a kayak or a pirogue to make paddling easier. Some of the stumpknocker type boats are like this...just a strip down the middle. Might help take some of the abuse as well.

Might call the folks who sold the plans

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nice!!!

About 90% sure my trip on Friday is going to get blown out. I'm not real familiar with the capabilities of sportys but no chance my boat would go out in those conditions - sure the sporty is 2.5x the size but I'd guess it'd still be uncomfortable. Guess its all wait and see what the captain thinks at this point.

Edit: by some miracle the forecast has improved quite a bit gonna be a little wavy but captain gave the green light today

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I feel you. Our first camping trip of the year this weekend to Delaware Seashore State Park. Looks like mostly a wash out, but hopefully I get some time to get a line in the water. Probably a more time inside the RV playing games and watching movies than out.

My trip down to Cape Lookout this week was a complete wash too...

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Yeah weather has been miserable. Even in Charleston it hasn't stopped blowing since this front passed over us Saturday night, haven't even gotten the new trolling motor out on the water yet.

I don't even care if it rains the entire 12 hour trip at this point, too many moving pieces to reschedule so might have to find some other activities in Wilmington instead.

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The forecast has tourettes right now for this week I've seen it change with big swings every day this week. I would imagine a lighter wood hull might be a bit scary in a big blow.

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Yeah to me this forecast still looks tough but we're going in a 42' Wilder Express with 2x 370 Volvo Diesels or a 48' Henriques with 2x 525 Cummins. I haven't ever fished out of an express style but after reading into this boat quite a bit I want one now.

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That express looks cool but with diesel prices right now the price for the boat would be the cheap part! They look super nice though.

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with diesel prices right now

Yeah...the charter is also running with a fuel surcharge right now and I can't blame them.

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Not surprising there, hell it cost me 30 bucks to put 5 gallons into my lawn mower last week.

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Headed to the New River with a buddy this weekend. The plan is to hit some nearby trout streams on Friday and float the New in a kayak on Saturday. Hoping the rain is more spotty and not a complete wash out.

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Got out before the rain last week and spent a few hours wandering upstream of the Hanover put in / take out on the Pamunkey River. No clue why I haven't discovered this spot until now after a decade of fishing around RVA. This should be a great summer fishery with lots of wadable stretches and sandy bottom upstream. Down it was more mud. Largemouths, smallmouths and spotted bass. Stripers are apparently running up in it right now following shad. I caught one little spot and missed a solid eat from something else.

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As someone whos fished the pamunkey a bunch enjoy it for the cooler times of the year but in the dog days of summer its a buggy. muddy hell hole. If levels are up its not too bad but anything below normal and its only good for wading you will be dragging your boat a ton on thos stretches if levels are low.

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Good to know, thanks man

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I am headed up to the Boundary Waters in a couple weeks to do some canoeing and fishing, presumably targeting walleye. Any recommendations for compact and/or telescoping rods that'd be good for a backpacking/canoe trip? Or really, any recommendations at all?

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

Damn they are just now experiencing ice out up there!

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Yeah, this spring has been unusually cold. We originally planned to go this weekend, and had to push it back.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

I've used both take-down and telescoping rods. The take-down ones feel better than the telescoping. But, it could be a brand to brand thing. I haven't gotten to try a bunch of brands.

Any fly rod is going to break down to a four piece that fits in a tube 30" long.

Bass Pro has some travel spinning rods that break down and fit in a similar size tube. I bought some of the saltwater ones, I think they are called Ocean Master, and they weren't half bad on my trip to Costa Rica. I think they were under $100. I'm sure they have something lighter for freshwater.

I would advise against the telescoping rods.

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What about smallmouth as well? Id second staying away from telescopic rods and get one that breaks into 2 pieces

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I just saw on Facebook that L.E. Rhodes died. Fuck. Super nice guy and great guide. He and I had chatted about swapping trips a few years back and I was going to invite him to go Redfishing this summer.

Did anyone on here ever fish with him?

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."

Trip went off basically without a hitch. The seas were rough and a few guys with us got seasick causing a bit of a chain reaction. Really only 2.5 of us fished and we ended up with 80 fish between ringtail, grey snapper, pink snapper, vermillion snapper, strawberry grouper, triggerfish. Also was able to pitch a live bait to a solid cobia and get him in the boat and had a almaco jack take one rigged on the bottom. Also hooked up with abou an 8-9foot sandbar shark. Pretty fun day we ended up fishing for a couple hours less than scheduled but would do it again in a heartbeat going to have fish for a bit.

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It's May 16

Even when you get skunked; fishing never lets you down. 🎣

Maybe we'll start the May one in June

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Welcome to the TKP Fishing thread, where the dates are made up and the points dont really matter!

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