June 2022 Fishing Thread

I just realized, my cobia report was for June 1st, so we need a new thread. I went back to Buckroe on Friday (June 3) to try again. This time I got there earlier (around 3:45AM.) While trying to sibiki up bait, spanish were thick and decimated several of my sibiki rigs. I did manage to land a handful of 16-18 inch class spanish and give them to another angler.

The cobia were there, but I had the stink on me. I ran eels and threadfin from 4:00AM-1:00PM. My threadfin kept dying on me and the eels drew no interest. Meanwhile, fish were caught all around me. Around 25 cobia were landed. Most were rats (under 30 inches) or shorts (30-39 inches), but five fish were caught that would have kept, with the two biggest being 53 and 49 inches long. I never even got a bump. The crowd, especially for a weekday, was miserable. Around 25 people fishing, but lots of folks running 2 rods (some 3.) Almost every fish hookup after 10AM turned into a big mess.

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Guided yesterday on Mobjack Bay with repeat clients. The day before a friend of mine said he saw dozens of very spooky reds on some grass flats. Good sign. We saw absolutely zero. Client did manage a fat 20" striper that ate off of the back of a stingray.

Pro tip.... if you are flats fishing anywhere in the world and see a sting ray, cast to it! I did not see the striper behind it and there was a second as well that I noticed once the first was hooked. In the past year I have caught or had clients catch redfish, speckled trout and now striper on the backs of rays, all under 3 feet deep, in clear water. I have also seen bonefish and permit follow them in the keys. When the fish are on rays, they are the most willing to eat of any fish you see on the flat. Also, I have never seen fish follow batwing / cownose / eagle rays, which are all the same ray to me. I know cobia will follow or ride on them offshore however.

Back to my regularly scheduled report, the wind, which was supposed to be 7 to 8 knots out of the east, was west all morning and switched to north and boy did it switch hard. Standing waves and white caps in a matter of minutes. The buoy at Sting Ray point was registering gusts over 30. It was a wet ride back to the East River. We fished some docks, found some good bait but nothing else was around. Frustrating to say the least. I feel like the Bay is in really bad shape. There should be juvenile stripers on most docks and we haven't had that in years. What a disaster. I have another guide trip on the Bay on Thursday and will hit the Rapp. It better be better or that might be my last guide trip on the Bay, period. I'm over it.

Excited for Cape Lookout this weekend. I'll be back and forth to there and RVA all summer and fall, with a majority of the time spent at the Cape. Can't wait to see some reds on the flats.

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Sorry for the rough day. I always get spooked about fishing after a front goes through when the weather service claims a light east wind is coming.

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Thanks, that's a good tidbit on the wind!

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Thanks for the report. Are you still tying flies? Or do you just tie mostly earrings now? Looking for some proven redfish flies. Going down to obx later this month for a week and I'm looking to stock up. We found a school on the flats down there over Memorial Day weekend and I got my first experience of throwing a fly right in the middle of them. I'm hooked.

Hey Gigs, I still got the good stuff in the fly world, particularly the redfish flies. I tie earrings till I can't take it any more and then tie flies as a break. How many do you need? Shoot me an email, knotthereelworld (at) gmail.com.

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Awesome thanks. I'll send an email in a bit. I'll pick out a few off your website.

They are all marked as sold out I think. Let me know how many you'd like. You'll want some Wigglers, M4s, Crabs and Mule Drivers and you should be covered.

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Sounds good. Just sent you an email.

Managed to squeeze a couple nights of fishing in while I was down in Florida. Got a 40+" snook live baiting on a dock light and got a 15 pound or so Jack Crevalle swinging a flarehawk near a bridge.

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Where in FL were you? I'm new down here and wanting to start fishing more. Great fish by the way!

Thanks! I was in the Treasure Coast area. There's so many ways to fish down there and lots of fish wherever you are in Florida. Good luck!

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Jupiter Inlet? There are a LOT of Snook in there. And summer is the time to catch them (must be released, especially at that size!).
Or maybe Ft Pierce Inlet....

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The inlets were full of sargassum grass so we were mainly bridge fishing and tried around spillways. Fished from Sebastian to Stuart

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Sebastian is my old stomping grounds. Local knowledge there helps a ton. That Snook caught in Stuart? I see your in the water in the pic. Looks calm.

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where are you? got a couple of us Floridians on the board

I'm in Ponte Vedra. I see you're in St. Augustine, so right nearby.

yup

if you need any tips on saltwater inshore, just let me know.

I'm fairly familiar with the area between Palm Valley and Vilano

edit: and if you like rock/pop music I play in a couple bands that play in the area...Borrillo's in St Augustine this Saturday eve (if it's not raining) 6:30-9:30 and Music by the Sea at the St Aug Beach Pier on Wed the 29th... 7-9pm

I'll stop by Borillo's on Saturday. I'll be the bald guy in the VA Tech t-shirt 😁.

Keep an eye on the weather today or call ahead to make sure. Borrillo's number is (904) 829-1133. The music venue is outside and the owner will close the beer/wine garden if it is raining.

Thanks - will do!

still on at the moment

we moved back our setup an hour to hopefully let the weather pass thru. IF we play we wont start before 7:15 or 7:30

canceled!

if you are interested, we play there again July 2 and the 6 piece 80's band plays Music by the Sea at the St Aug Pier pavilion on June 29

Thanks for the head's up! I may go out of town for 4th of July, but will probably try to make it to Music by the Sea.

If you can make it , I think you'll like it

Dude! Those are PIGS! Nice work, that is a really nice Snook! I caught a 41" one in Brevard County when I lived there. Awesome fish!

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Thanks man! It was somewhere in the 41-42" range. We didn't have a tape on us. They are really awesome fish but very selective when they eat. I saw so many other big snook but they didn't want to eat.

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beauty!

My god, those are both absolute studs. Congrats dude! Snook and crevalle at that size are the absolute best fights in my opinion. I'll bet that Jack ran a country mile before you even knew what happened!

Send some of that big snook juju this way, I got the day off tomorrow!😂

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Thanks man! Hope you get on some big snook tomorrow. Yeah the jack smoked some drag even on my Gosa 10K. The thump was incredible.

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Those jacks are the most underrated fish in the ocean. I miss when packs of 30 pounders would attack live baits at the end of the OBX piers. It has been awhile since I saw one, but they were so common in the late 90s early 2000s that the locals called them trash fish.

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That sounds awesome. It seems like they are generally regarded as trash fish as pretty aggressive feeders and not good table fare. Where as GTs are a premier sport fish.

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Love em both! Well done

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Public service announcement for all you fishermen on here. I've caught countless catfish in my life (a lot in Lake Gaston and my grandparents made a great catfish stew). I think almost all of them were in fresh water. I've gotten really good at holding them to avoid getting stuck by their spines. I recently went fishing in the Intracoastal down here in Florida and caught a small catfish. I was unhooking it like I've done countless times, and the little effer squirmed and I caught a spine deep through the meaty part of my hand (it went in and came out about an inch and a half in, then back out). What I did not know is that apparently catfish have toxins on the spines (well and some their slime is apparently toxic as well) and apparently the salt water ones are much more toxic usually (I'd never had an issue before despite being stuck a few times, granted never that deep). Let me tell you, that hurt REALLY EFFING BAD (and I've had some pretty painful stuff before, like kidney stones). And if you do get stuck and it hurts, apparently ice is the wrong way to go and you're supposed to run it under the hottest water you can until the pain subsides. It took about 45 minutes under the hot water and ibuprofen and Benadryl before it was bearable. So be careful handling catfish, especially the salt water ones! (Still not sure what I did wrong holding it for it to be able to get me so good).

Yes, salt water cats suck, they aren't edible, and their spines suck also. They just get in the way.

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the heat breaks down the poison. enzyme in A1 steak sauce or other meat tenderizer works as well

When i was a little kid my parents used to use Adolph's meat tenderizer on me amd my brother when we got stung by jellyfish in delaware.

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

Do you let it sit on there? Also not sure it would work since it went in deep. I have a picture of my hand - guess I should look up the instructions for posting pics on here.

honestly, no idea; fortunate to never need it. however, my Texas wadefishing buddies always had some in the car, boat, etc. in case someone stepped on a stingray

Yea they are not fun. Sorry you got nailed. I know some crusty old salts who say you can lick the head of a gaff topsail and it will get you high. I've always declined when they suggested it....

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Not like you to turn down an adventure. I was hoping you had done this, lived to tell about it, and were going to share the story here.

Lol, thank you for the compliment. Nature has gotten me back a few times in the past decade so I'm a bit more respectful of her dangers. I've contracted a possible flesh eating virus, Louisiana Swamp Rash and West Virginia Beaver Measles over the years from water. I don't think I need whatever licking a catfish will give me. If I want to get high, I'll just have an edible!

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Hahaha are those real ailments? If so, jeez, glad I haven't been down those roads.

They are 100% real in the sense that yes, I caught them all and they all freaked me out so much that I sought out professional medical care. I rarely, if ever, go to a doctor. As for the names, well the flesh eating virus didn't have one. I suppose I should make one up. The ER doctor said they just guessed that's what it was and they were happy the drugs they pumped into me worked and it went away. I caught this kayaking for redfish in NC after being scraped on my thumb by a red I was attempting to land.

The Louisiana Swamp Rash is what my personal doctor called that ailment. I too asked him if that was an actual "disease." He said it was a name he made up, but the red bumps all over a certain part of my body that one definitely doesn't want to find dozens of red bumps, were definitely real and he didn't know what else to call them. It's quite an entertaining and embarrassing story but if you guys want to hear it I'm happy to write it up. You may correctly assume the Swamp Rash was of the Louisiana variety and from the water and / or women down there.

West Virginia Beaver Measles is a name I concocted for another questionable ailment that befell me from fourwheeling and swimming in a mud bog in WV. Another entertaining, albeit less embarrassing story, that landed me in a doctors' office with a very painful situation that had everyone scratching their heads and could have easily led to a bloody death according to one of the doctors. Nevertheless, I was in that same mud bog just this past Memorial Day and have been every year since I caught the Beaver Measles in 2011 and haven't gotten it again.

I do not recommend contracting any of them. This is why I won't lick a catfish to get high.

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West Virginia Beaver Measles

You sure that's not an STD? 😂

I think he was implying that was plausible for the Swamp Rash.

Yea, I should have read more closely. This is a thread I'm not vested in that much so I was perusing through new comments. I saw the name of "the condition" and chuckled.

Beaver Measles was a very painful cyst that appeared in my arm pit, the size of a baseball. The Swamp Rash appeared to be an STD. But it wasn't, fortunately!

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Sure you didnt mean beaver fever? I'll see myself out

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

The list of saltwater fish that can mess you up is longer than the list that can't. Glad to hear your doing fine those things are all over Florida and will eat mullet that are the same size as them. We caught quite a few live lining for tarpon while I was down there and if that isn't the most disappointing surprise idk what is.

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I stay away from cats for the spines anyway but this is why I never bottom fish in the Florida coastal waters those guys suck. They slime line and stink and suck

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We gotta get you one of those sweet ARC Dehookers. Works wonders for those suckers.

There's a guy that rents a unit every year at work. He's a serious country boy from somewhere near Warner-Robbins. He catches a ton of them things every year (on purpose) and actually does fry them up and eat 'em. He swears they taste just like snapper.

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fry them up and eat 'em

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Yep. Took alot of self control to not....

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I NEVER bring the snot rockets in the boat!

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

Same here in VA rivers we got creek chubs or I call them suckers they're nasty as crap and I keep a dehooker with my pliers so I can dehook them outside of the boat. They crap and piss everywhere if grabbed

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So my day off fishing adventure was just a clusterfuck of epic proportions. First, there was no TP OR paper towels in the launch bathroom.... Thank god for DudeWipes in the cargo pocket... Finally got on the water at 7:00. Forecast was winds calm, gusts to 7 knots until 11, then 5-10, 10% chance of rain all day.

Got to my favorite pair of small mangrove islands and was able to put a keeper mangrove snapper and 18ish inch snook in the hand, both on a thunderstruck minnow fly. Clouds start blowing in off the Gulf, and I get to fish until about 8:15, and then drip, drip, downpour. Oh, and thunder....

So I paddle my ass of back to launch, since I have an aluminum paddle in my hands (trolling motor is down). Pulled up the radar, and it doesn't look like its ending anytime soon, so I pack up. Get back to the house around 9:30. No shit, as soon as the kayak is off the car, the downpour totally stops. 15 minutes later there's not a cloud in the sky...

So I drive to a bridge on the Golden gate canal system. Huge Nope-Rope (cottonmouth) laying across the walkway, and a gator laying on the bank where you cast from. Nuh uh, I can read those tea leaves.

Ended by driving to mom and dad's and throw some flies at largemouth on the golf course and bring 3 in, the largest at about 2 pounds. Such a frustrating day...

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That sucks but at least you stuck a few before the fishing gods shut you down. Makes the times you slam em all the better.

Huge Nope-Rope (cottonmouth) laying across the walkway, and a gator laying on the bank where you cast from. Nuh uh, I can read those tea leaves.

Good Call!

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

I know this story is about reduced fishing time. But, that is a pretty epic day that you'll remember forever. Have a beer over it.

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the funniest hunting and fishing stories are often the days gone wrong

Fishing here is pretty on fire. No idea where the trout at but everything else is hot. Managed a stud whiting this morning on a zman paddler - will soon be a sandwich.

Happened to run into a bunch of birds going off while I was waiting for the tide to flip. Tossed a topwater through trying to figure out what it was. Immediately caught a blue. Without my bigger rods to find out what was hanging out below them I went ahead and just had fun with them. Caught about 50 on a gold spoon then broke out the fly rod (RIP the slider fly guy tied for me a few years ago). Hardly and size a few good ones but mostly just 15" ones

Finished they day with a few solid reds.

Back on the GPS trolling motor game and it completely changes the way I fish have absolutely no idea how I survived with a tiller for do long.

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(RIP the slider fly guy tied for me a few years ago)

It died a good death

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Might have to hit you up for some more as fall rolls around, hitting summer spin tournament time so my fly rod is probably staying at home for the next two months.

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Let me know. Good luck!

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Was finally going to float tomorrow and get in some small mouth action and managed to tweak my back out working on the lawnmower. Damnit I'm not that old yet to feel like this!

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

Any have a recommendation for a guide in the Marathon/Keys area?

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Pat Bracher if you want inshore light tackle (bonefish or tarpon.) I doubt he has many openings though.

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We are booking well ahead for an October trip, so should(?) be able to get something. Thank you!

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Won't get Pat. His "summer vacation" is spending October and November in the Outer Banks drum fishing. Sorry. There are lots of other captains, but he is the only Keys guy I know personally. The only other names I know are guys with bad TV shows on the Sportsman Channel.

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Finally got back out in the kayak after a couple months and threw some topwater around. Slow for an hour or so but found a school of mid slot pups that were fired up and got 4 straight to eat a topwater, landed 3. They were ripping drag and even pulling me around some in the yak. Worked around the area more, got 3 more eats this time on the gold spoon. Broke one of them off, landed the other two. That size sure is fun. Still need a big trout in the mix to make it complete.

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Nice red!!!

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Epic day!

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Giving it a try on Friday. Hopefully it won't be a madhouse.

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Not me but I've been following the Big Rock Tournament pretty close and got a kick out of weigh ins yesterday. In a string of game fish weigh ins including 30lb class mahi, 100lb class wahoo, a boat weighed in a 2.9lb mahi. This tournament is like $30k base just to enter, not sure I'd waste a weigh in on that (if it was official very well could be a just for fun) but it looks hilarious on the scale.

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As someone who knows fishing ain't always catching we've all had days like that before. Not that kind of buy ins but we've all had those days.

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I know several of the participants and a few of the captains. My close friend is the captain of the Re-Lease. Jennifer Miller (hard to look at blonde) on the Bad Habit landed a 546 pound blue marlin yesterday. They are partying hard this week in town.

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Got to visit the Cape with the lady friend Friday through yesterday. Friday evening we rode around on a hard north wind and just cruised. I saw little fish activity.

Saturday we ran way up the Core Banks to one of my better flats over the years. Had two other boats buzzing around it. There are no secrets any more. We again cruised around not really fishing and I finally settled on a smaller flat away from the other two boats. An hour of drifting led to four singles spotted, one fish that ignored my fly and another one that I force fed. Turned out to be a 9 spot 24" beauty. Made my day. Raced back across the sound as the wind kicked into high gear and went for a sunset ride on a horse, something that is out of my comfort zone. I prefer my steeds to have throttles and brakes. It was fun regardless and she was happy.

Sunday we fished a flat at the Cape and they were on it as the tide fell. She caught two reds, a 19" fish and a nice 26 incher blind casting a gold spoon. I saw at least a dozen and got numerous refusals on the white Wiggler. Switched to a gold and pink one and on my next cast, the red launched himself through the water surface as soon as the fly hit the water. It was quite the take. We did some swimming at the beach and then headed in as the thunder boomers showed up.

My buddy texted an hour later and told me to get into town, the king tide was here and reds would be tailing. We hopped on his Hells Bay and dodged thunderstorms and showers to get to the creek. The tailers were there and I stuck two 20" reds on consecutive casts. Nothing like tailer fishing.

Back in RVA for the weekend and then off to Nashville for a bachelor party and earring sales trip. Back to the Cape at the end of the month for who knows how long...

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Well, if I want any more shorebound cobia this year, I guess I will need to head south. I went down to Buckroe this morning to fish the pier. Fished from 3:00AM to 10:00AM (most of the fish when I went before came during graylight and sunrise, so I got an early start to avoid the heat.) It wasn't happening today. I ran eels on one rod and threadfins on the other, and narry a bump during the end of outgoing and the begining of incoming. One pup cobia was caught (maybe 30 inches.) There was plenty of other life (I got a couple of blues and gray trout under the lights, spot and sea mullet when the sun came up, and schools of threadfin were bunched up like menhaden crusing around the pier) but no targeted species and no spanish. It sounded like it has been slow since around the 10th, so I am guessing the cobia have spread out on time even though they were a bit late coming in the Bay.

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For Richmond folks. Trying to unload some extra fishing gear (cash only, local pickup in Mechanicsville area only.) If you are interested let me know.

Wahoo Industries Dual Prong rod holders (retail $90, selling $70 a piece or $120 for the pair.)

Shimano GLF 6-6 medium fast spinning rod (rated for 1/4-5/8oz). Retail $89.99. Asking $70 (still has the tags on it)

GLoomis E6X Inshore 7-0 Heavy Fast (rated for 1/4-1oz) spinning rod. Retails for $219. Selling for $140.

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I'll bite on the Shimano GLF if its still up for sale, finally had my old lews I found in the shenandoah fall apart and need a new inshore medium rod.

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

I still have it. Shoot me a note at french60wasp at gmail and we can arrange a meet up. Some idiot's truck bedliner decided to fly out and hit me on I64 yesterday so the timing is solid.

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Day 1 of our week vacation down here in the outer banks. Wound up driving down way too late on Friday. So slept in and caught some sea mullet yesterday in the surf on sand fleas. Got a few nice ones in the 12"-16" range between my brother-in-law and some guys fishing next to us. Probably the most successful surf fishing day we've had in a long time. Wind is howling today but hoping to get out in the sound tomorrow or Tuesday.

Went out near Oregon inlet on Monday. Sun was bright and wind wasn't too bad but it was out of the north. Drifted across some flats on the incoming tide. We sight casted a few reds, but none would bite. Had one follow and that was it. It was my first time sighting reds off the bow so just glad I was able to spot some.
Yesterday, fished the bridge pilings for sheepshead and we had a day. Caught 17 keepers. So we'll be enjoying a nice fish fry tonight. It was nonstop action. And my other brother in law got his first 3 sheepshead which was awesome. He decided to join us again after we caught nothing the day before.
Hoping to get out at least one more time this week.

I prefer a north wind when floating across the flats actually, although it does depend somewhat on sun.

The bull drum usually eat well on a north wind. No reason the little ones wouldn't follow suit in my opinion.

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Nice work on the sheeps! It's something I've been meaning to get into the past couple years but haven't gotten around to it

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Long overdue, but not much to report on the rest of last week in the outer banks. We fished Friday and Saturday morning at first light hoping for some topwater trout and some reds. 12 hours later and we didn't get any. Had a couple blow-ups, one hookup on a swimbait by my brother in law that got off (pretty sure it was a nice trout), and a whole bunch of hound fish. Only spotted a single red the whole time. We did drift over a monster trout (way over 20") which was very cool to see and the highlight of both mornings for me. I'd never spotted one in the water before. But it was clear as day over a huge bed of grass. Semi-confident that we were fishing the right areas but frustrating not to catch any. We did pick up a sheepshead on the way in on the bridge on Saturday as a consolation.
On Saturday afternoon we did catch a ton of sea mullet off the beach after talking to a guy who was slaying them. He was very helpful and knowledgeable.
Sorry flyguy, no reds on the flies you tied. But hopefully that changes soon.
Heading up to lake Anna for the weekend. Hoping to do some striper fishing and maybe hit some dock lights.

Spent the day on the mobjack doing some fathers day work for the old man and got to wet a line at dusk for a little in my go to wading spot but no bites on topwater or swimbaits but it didnt matter it was too nice of a day not to fish a little.

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Anyone used any of the Daiwa MQ series? Need to replace all my Fuegos. Thinking of going with BG MQs and maybe throw in a Saltist MQ for my most used reel. Not sure if that BG MQ is worth the extra $ vs the standard BGs

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I got a Shimano Nasci and used it on those mid-slot pups. Smooth, more sturdy than the fuego (no handle flex). Haven't used the reels you mentioned. These for inshore?

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Yupp. I've used the Daiwa BG a lot and its one of my most trusted reels (currently have a few 4000, and 6000s for tarpon ect) but never used the MQ don't know if its worth the extra $80. Yeah the Fuegos are awesome value reels but that flex is terrifying when you get into a good red.

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Haven't tried one because I haven't been in the market, but on paper...

MQ should substantially outlast the BG...better drive gear and much, much better sealed against the elements. It seems to have the same drag as the Fuego, which is superior to the original BG drag (and is my only real beef with the original BG). And I think it weighs less, another big factor for me personally.

I've switched to Nasci from my BG days no big difference I just like the Nasci feel and same price for my more budget healthy builds. Can't go wrong upping to a better tier for longevity if it's in the budget though

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I'm just done with Shimano. Their stuff is nice out of the box but I've had longevity issues with the past couple reels I've had.

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Love Shimano's drag and weight and smoothness. But they've seriously lagged behind Diawa in keeping the guts of the reel protected.

Maybe I just have bad luck but most reels I have bought in the 100$ range have never lasted more than 2 seasons they alwyas get some bugaboo issue. My Lews baitcasters never get more than 2 years before the drag and other things crap out. I've got 3 of them on the shelf for parts. The last BG I got the spooling bit wont work right anymore and the spool locks up in a spot and wont run back and forth anymore.

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Yikes, these Fuegos are on year 4 and still work just fine. The only real difference I've found in my Daiwa $100 vs $300 reels is time spent on maintenance. I have to service my $100 reels probably twice a year after the first year to keep them working smooth. The top end ones I'll service if I drop them off the boat or run them over or something but they pretty much always work.

I had a ci4+ last about a year before it was toast and a freshwater sahara that went about a month in freshwater before it did too. Just bad luck I guess but my Daiwa stuff seems to last a bit longer in similar price tiers.

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My luck must suck but to be honest I dont like to pull reels apart as everytime I do I lose a piece or spring or something critical so I just oil from the outside and put grease where I can get to easily. Reels and my hands dont work well and I would love to find someone local I could take mine to to get serviced once a year.

My father in law uses nothing but BG's and loves them but fishing the rivers we do they get beat up a good deal.

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Haha I feel that. I need to do some youtube watching and learn a bit more. My fuego is squeaking and need to fix that.

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I really like the nasci I just got. Definitely a good choice over the BG with it being lighter.

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I have both a Fuego and a Ballistic. Can't recommend the Ballistic enough if you can tolerate the price point. I have a 3000 and a 5000 for lighter cobia fishing.

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Fished one morning early in my week in NE Florida (Flagler Beach area). Very slow. Two small whiting in 4 hours. Decided it isn't worth the heat and sun, and have focused my efforts this week on enjoying time with the family. Surf fishing just isn't my game in the heat of summer, I never do well.

Topwater morning trout is finally consistent. Figured it should have been weeks ago with water Temps as high as they are. Had 3 in the cooler by 630. Bite continues to about 8. Messed around with blues again for fun and cause the school hasn't moved in 2+ weeks. Lost a decent red and finished the day with a dink flounder on a paddler.

Also picked up a Saltist MQ 2500 today. Gonna give it a whirl tomorrow but it's blown me away first impression wise.

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Yeah worth every penny. Caught another handful of trout, a couple reds, and a bunch of flounder today. Most flounder I've seen around in awhile but all short. Reel was absolutely incredible of course I broke a rod on this trip so gotta find a new one.

Pics of my best red from the weekend and possibly my worst ever red and the 10 trout filets I walked away with

https://imgur.com/a/1zhD7bq

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very nice...I don't know why we don't have a summer bite like y'all

Do y'all have many grass flats?

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We have lots of emergent spartina (and even a few mangrove shorelines with warming temperatures the last couple of decades) but no submerged aquatics along our section of the coast. We have/had some eelgrass beds along the shore in the lower St Johns depending on salinity conditions. The St Johns between Jax and Green Cove Springs is decent redfish territory in the summer but its a little longer drive since we moved from Orange Park to St Aug. The older I get, the less driving I want to do, lol!

Yea that lower St. Johns would be your best bet. That's what they spawn on. Yea makes sense, only need to travel if you can't find what you are looking for in your small area.

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Got offshore out of Wilmington on Saturday with Capt. Rick Croson (Living Water Guide Service), chased around yellowfin and blackfin tuna that were busting on flyers. We'd go in the direction of blowups and they'd go down and pop up somewhere else. We bent a treble out on one and broke off another early. Got two yellowfins later in the afternoon in the mid 30 range. I had a small yellowfin get chopped in half by a cuda quickly. Bottom fished for a couple hours, got a handful of scamp groupers and a bunch of other bottom fish. Can't forget the jacks were fired up everywhere we went bottom fishing.

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Very nice fish. Hope I have as good luck in Hilton Head in August.

Do anybody recommend just offshore fishing there or go out further? Planning on hiring a captain and boat.

Heuplek would be the best to answer about that area. When I say offshore I mean we were on the edge of the gulf stream (60 mile run from Wilmington) from 170' to 315'.

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Most of your 'offshore' trips in HHI will be similar to above. Its about 60NM to the 150ft drop out of HHI and maybe another 10 gets your down to 300. There aren't as many sport boat options out of hilton head but Papa Bear Charters is the go to for bottom fishing/offshore. Its a pretty tight network so if he's booked I'd ask for a reference to who might have an opening. Should be able to target all of the same fish mentioned about in August though tuna in general are a bit harder to come by in SC and in August usually you'd have to make a full stream trip.

Expect to book at least an 8 hour trip to bottom fish for grouper with chances at kingfish/mahi/sailfish. 12-14 hours if you want to hit the stream for tuna/mahi/marlin

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We were figuring on full day. Thanks I will try to look him up.

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Man, if that tuna was on AJ gear.... oh baby. Sweet fight.

And you know I love me a good reef donkey. HEE HAW

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Yea it was on a 5500 slammer with a popping rod. It made a couple blistering runs but was able to get it in a few minutes. It also is a big difference catching them on top versus catching them jigging. Those AJs just dog the hell out of you. Definitely all the pullage I need. Don't know how the guys have caught triple digit AJs I'd be broken.

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Sweet mother of God production! Nice work!!
Is that an Almaco or just straight AJ? Almacos are sweeter tasting and less oily. They are typically smaller than straight AJs. Decent eating.
Reef donkeys will take you to your knees. Here's a 91 pounder my son and I caught back in 2014 (tag team).
This pic is when we pulled it off the boat. My son lifted it with a scale on it over his head so we could get the weight. He's in much better shape. Beast mode!
https://imgur.com/a/oG6UPlJ
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I think it was an almaco. I get them confused tbh. Yea 91 lbs is crazy and your son is pretty jacked. The captain has the state record AJ at 127 lbs. We kept some of the almacos. The pieces I got were pretty low on worms surprisingly.

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That looks like a regular AJ. The biggest almacos I have seen have been 15 pounds or so and have a bigger sloped head and a more distinct color change from brown to white.

My biggest AJ was around 45 pounds, and it kicked my ass.

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