Sunday, November 3, 2013
On Halloween night I decided to hit the dock lights at night in hopes of finding a few stripers. I knew that with cooling temps, the fall feed, and some quality intel, that my chances would pretty good. I approached my first couple docks with no success, but I pushed on, hopping from dock to dock till I found some activity. Generally, I look for the ones that have surface activity i.e.. fish popping, fleeing bait etc. I also have found that for me the docks near the deeper water, and faster current seem to hold more striper. I like to keep my yak into the current, cast up current, and just let my lure drift back with the current like a normal baitfish presentation, just outside of the shadow of the light line. This particular evening I was using a Bass Assassin paddle tail on a 3/16 once weighted hook, but as most of you know when there feeding you can just about throw anything. As October comes to a close the striper bite will only get better thru November and December so go get LIMITED-OUT
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The last couple trips for me have been landmark trips, for both me and the wife. This particular friday mid-morning trip to the salt started off a bit slooooow. There were plenty of fish being seen on the flats, but none were wiling to play with our offerings. I had told the wife to work this dock while I tried a nearby rock point. I was on my third cast when I heard behind me, "Honey I got a nice one, " it's really pulling. I paddled over to find out that she had pulled up a purdy pup aka. redfish. This was her first redfish ever, and also her PB fish from the yak. She was really excited to finally catch something other than a croaker or spot.
Soon after the wife's release of her red, I slowly creeped back to the spot where she had fished to see if there were any others around that wanted to play. I soon heard a, NO SIR MISTER, GET OUT OF MY SPOT!!! I turned, and looked at the misses, smiled, and said sorry, thats just the fisherman in me LOL. Needless to say there were no more to be had at that spot. I decided to work the nearby grass flat near the channel edge, and that seemed to be where they were holding. The surface of the water was hectic with baitfish and the reds weren't far behind them. I was working weedless 4/O 1/8th ounce jig heads paired with Saltwater assassin paddle tails.
The following day me and the wife had volunteered to work a Heroes on the Water event in Smithfield. I have been doing some video work for HOW, and had recently completed a video project for them from past outings http://vimeo.com/72968462 so this time I volunteered to shoot some pictures for them, to showcase the days events. In the mean time while waiting for the vet to show up, we had some free time to kill, so what better way to spend it then fishing. Tom Vanderheiden the HOW chapter director brought along his fly rod and was doing a little bream fishing. I purchased a fly rod back in january myself but had yet to catch a fish with one yet, partly because I snapped the rod during rigging one day due to a nasty high stick LOL. Anyway after observing Tom catch a couple bream, I asked him if he'd mind if I gave it a whirl. My first couple cast yielded a snag in the surrounding brush, and a few ugly cast. I soon got the hang of it (sorta) and began to work a small trout fly near some underwater brush. I could see the little guys interest in the fly soon as it hit the water. A few short twitches later BOOM, fish on, a palm size bream. these little guys were small, but fun on the fly. This was my first ever fish on the fly and hopefully not my last.The rest of the day yielded a few more bream and time well spent with a wonderful organization like HOW
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
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Sunday, April 21, 2013
On this particular trip I was targeting Bass for the Pirates of Lynnhaven monthly club tourney, this tourney is CPR tourney, three biggest bass by length,wins it all!!! My plan of attack for this tourney was to target spawning bass on there beds, ie. the big females. I made my way in and around the shallows only to find a few unoccupied beds and a few angry dink bass. As the day worn on and the sun got high, I switched up my approach to the matted vegetation throwing a 1/4 to 1/2 ounce texas syle rigged Sinkos and worms, and that seemed to be the ticket for me, although the fish were not of much size, I was at least catching enough to put me on the board. I did in fact hook up with a couple quality fish doing this, only to lose them in the struggles of fishing in this thick matted vegetation, but I still managed to squeak out a 2nd place finish in the tourney with the few dinks I did manage to get to the boat, so all in all it wasn't so bad after all....