Couple of ways of looking at it. First the $70 (like I said, to me a bargain as I can and do get out at least two to four times a month, sometimes more, during the season), but if you break it down to the "good" months, March through May (sometimes early June, before bugs and tourists), so at least three months, then fall with September through December, another four months, it only breaks down at one trip a month to $10 bucks a trip (a movie or a couple of Mickey D's drive through meals a month) add an extra trip in a few of the months, early trips to "read the beach", and the occasional trips to alleaviate the withdrawal symptons, and to me it is not only an "entertainment value", but one of lifes simple pleasures.
Another way to look at it, wait around the south lot for one of us with a beach permit, and we'd be more than willing to give you a lift to the "promised land". After a few of those, the boss' 4x4 will end up with that ORV sticker. Just remember (especially in the warmer months) to find all unused bait, winter not bad until temps warm and you start smelling last year's bunker, and thinking, drugs or withdrawal, until you find December's bunker in April, and realize.
Disclosure statement, I am not paid by AI or compensated in any way financially, but as all know, I do get the "warm and fuzzies" there, even at temps in the 30's, a good nor'east and if the gods throw some sleet my way, so be it. I'm definately a fisherman (and someone who feels the need to get away from civilization), and even though I don't always get the pleasure of being a "catcherman", those here know how I feel about my "home away from home". Give it a try one year, and twenty percent of those out there may be as sick as me, and learn to love the cold, the wind, the solitude, the peace, the beach, and probably 80% will end up with that sticker.
I know I would love the ORV area; but with wife working most weekends (Real Estate Agent) and sometimes showing property on some back county road, she would need her 4x4. I will ask her about it.
I would like to go this weekend, but got to take the daughter back to college on Sunday and Saturday will be spent taking down the Xmas decoration. Like to keep them up until after the Eastern Orthodox Christmas, Jan. 07 am Ukrainian.
If not mistaken, and correct me if I am, but I think we use to call that one "little Christmas". Know all about weekends being married to a RE agent, the things us guys have to "suffer". Personally though, I prefer weekdays out on AI less people, and fortunately in my business weedays off are pretty easy to get.
To us PRCs, Epiphany. Been a long time, and forget most of the details, but I think it was around the first week af January, which meant trips to Baltimore to visit the grand parents and great grand folks, and less time playing with the new Christmas toys.
Most of the time, I'll drive straight to the Virginia fence line, while keeping an eye on the surf. See something I like, zero out the trip odometer and find a post marker, write it down for the trip back north. Sometimes there are two or three that look really nice, some times more and sometimes, it's looking back at previous years log and seeing I had some luck here, nothing is obvious and give it a shot. Waves and water is a big part, but watch for birds also, they are better at finding the fish than I am.
So when you exit onto the beach how far is the VA. fence from there,I'm trying to get an idea on where to go. I haven't fished that far down,maybe a few miles from the entrence to the beach,it's been awhile. Maybe one day I can follow in your foot steps and become a "SEMI-PRO" like you and your brother.lol
Not trying to give away spots but you are right I find that the striper fishing is actually better within the first 8 miles of the beach. As you get closer to the Va line the beach becomes more flat and there is a lot of rip rap and sandbars instead of a more defined slough and single sandbar. That is why I believe it is a better area for drum. Hope this brings back memories! See ya on the water!
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