surfers who fish.

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by Peajay4060, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    No bass yet this spring, but it's turning the corner. Blackfish closes in a few days... so I'm after them on Tuesday. Tide, wind and swell look doable. Just gotta hope we get decent viz. Asking for my limit might be asking for too much... but it sure would be nice to bring home fish for the freezer.

    Submitted my bonus tag application today. That kicks in 15 May so it opens up the bag a bit wider.
     
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  2. Peajay4060

    Peajay4060 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    No surf to be had so I've been fishing. Having a great spring. Freezer getting stocked with bass. Took 2 home already this week. If this flat spell continues I'll hit the bays looking for weakfish and I hear of fluke are around too.

    Anyway to stay salted....
     
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  3. The Lonesome Tractor

    The Lonesome Tractor Well-Known Member

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    Feb 13, 2012
    I've been fishing at my house for the past couple weeks whenever it looks fishy. Not the best place to fish but its certainly the easiest place to get a line wet.

    Not much luck yet this year, had a little baby bite Saturday night on a bottom rig, nothing wanting my swim baits yet either... Might have to pull the kayak out and venture around a little more to find them fishus.

    Starting to think I need to try throwing out some different lures/baits. Any pointers on getting striper/puppy drum/speckled trout in the shallows would be hugely appreciated.

    No problem finding spot and croaker in the summer with fish-bites though... which is also about the time cownose rays become a nuisance...

    Here is a google earth image of my fishing grounds. This spot is about 5 miles from where the river dumps into the Chesapeake Bay, and about 30 miles from where the bay dumps into the Atlantic. Seems like a really fishy spot without much pressure, so I feel like I'm doing something wrong...

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  4. Peajay4060

    Peajay4060 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    Looks fishy to me. Best bet is to look for bait birds etc and match the hatch. In the back bay try throwing a casting egg with a real light buck tail on a 3 ft leader. Sometimes by itself, sometimes with a gulp bait on it. Cast up current, keep in contact with the egg and let it work it way with the current. The egg will bob the buck tail around and if something is there it would hit it.

    Start with small presentations to see what's around.

    My 2 cents
     
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  5. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    I would sometimes get Specks in Cape May in the summer on plastics with a lead jig head. Try to find shrimp look-alikes or small paddle tails and bounce them off the bottom. Or if you want... live shrimp on a bobber. But we'd pick up a few every year while fluking, even though they weren't supposed to be there.
     
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  6. Peajay4060

    Peajay4060 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    Fish love shrimp! Google D.O.A deadly combo. It's a rubber shrimp on a snapper popper. You can do that with live shrimp or Gulp! Shrimp. Gulp! stuff is crazy the minnow and worms work too. Look for nuclear chicken color. Don't know why but fish dig it.
     
  7. CJsurf

    CJsurf Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2014
    If this wind would stop I'd really like to stock up on some white perch. Went last weekend but the water was too muddy for even catfish.......
     
  8. Peajay4060

    Peajay4060 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    Hey as the surf has been down I'm still keeping to an on the beach before dawn attitude and go almost everyday. Continue to catch with a couple of days where it was Bass after Bass at 1st light on plugs or a teaser before the big blow.

    Had a skunk streak during and after the storm but this week started to get them again. Some Bass with one in the slot and some long blues at an inlet on bucktails. I say long cause they were skinny. Fished into a heavy wind and a full moon ripping tide so used a fast action stiffer rod with a heavy 8500 to horse fish in against the rip. Still have some Uncle Josh trailers. That 8500 is no joke. Heavy duty for sure.
     
  9. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Viz has been bad to horrible the past few days. Best day since the storm was about 3-4'. But they're still hooking bass in the 30-50 lb range in the bays and rivers!

    Stopped for an old head at a crosswalk this morning on my way to work... he had a perfect "cocktail" blue in one hand, rod and reel in the other. People laugh at me when I say it, but a freshly caught bluefish, from snapper size up to about 3lbs, is about the best eating fish you'll ever have. Moist, meaty, and full of flavor. In fact... the little snappers make an excellent breakfast of fish and grits. A splash of hotsauce and a side of fruit. Yea, baby!
     
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  10. CJsurf

    CJsurf Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2014
    The best fish I have ever tasted was a 13 pound bluefish that a friend had prepared in a smoker. It was absolutely unbelievable.

    I took my kayak out last Sunday and fished for about an hour and got the skunk. Water was still muddy and the tide and wind were both going in the same direction so I was drifting 90 miles per hour and it was a real bitch fighting my way back up current to make the next drift.
     
  11. Peajay4060

    Peajay4060 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    I got the skunk this morning but didn't try very hard. Ride was ripping into low and I just couldn't get a bucktail working how I like it. Went up to 3 oz but it still ripped across and there were guys around so I couldn't let it swing too wide. Plus it was low tide and the beach was drained out.
    Saw an osprey pull a bunker out and the dolphin were out. Heck of a morning so I surfed some and while out I saw swirls and such. Just too far from shore. Was thinking it's time to change up tactics or a new spot or both. But where ever I go I'll be thinking about what is going on where I've been. It's a primo surf and fish spot for me. Maybe just switch to dusk instead.

    I like blues too. Only reason I didn't bring the any home when I caught the other day was I like to eat em same day. Usually a weekend works for me. This time of year any size will do even the gorillas. They not as gamey in spring. Breaded and fried in a old black frying pan for me. Great sandwich fair.

    Water quality got good up here LB. Maybe it will make its way to you.
     
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