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I'm sure this will upset some of you, but I'm already over it. For the rest of you, please enjoy..........
posted on 6-Sep-2003 10:41:56 AM
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HOLA' MI AMIGOS!!!!! How the heck is everyone?! I managed to get out for some angling yesterday with Capt. Paul and Den. Bait was harder to come by, but we managed to gather some Wassomelons from the marina via castnet and then fueled up and were on our way. As we left the inlet around 7:15AM we were met by a steady NNW wind at 10-15 and a sloppy scene in the Bay. We made a left turn and headed up just off the Grandview pier and deployed our Clarks and Drones in pursuit of Seno'r Spaniard. We made a pass or 2 with not even a planer trip or a Bluefish for bait, so we eased Big Minnow back SE and ran to the ODU reef. Started our troll towards the LC jetties and after our 2nd pass, we nailed the first of several decent fish. The color of choice for the Spanish was gold and then it seemed to not matter. We ended up with several fish including 2 Blues and then headed back toward the reef. We tried a couple of Flattie drifts, but with no nibbles, decided to venture elsewhere. Our sites on the CBBT, we ran toward the 1st island. Our intentions were to skirt the span trying to stay out of the stiffening breeze and 3-4 footers. The water was ugly, so we slowed to trolling speed and were again targeting the tasty Silver Streak's. Well, the first gold spoon wasn't even all of the way out and WHAMO!!! Fish On!!! Den and I worked the rods in the pit, while Capt. Paul kept the boat masterfully in the perfect position against the outgoing tide and swirling breezes. It was CHAOS for about 2 hours. In fact, Den and I couldn't keep 4 rods in the water and then struggled with 3 as the bite was "ON"!!!! We fished the planer rod and had plenty of bites, but it was the trusty in-line set-up that out produced the other techniques today. We used a 6 oz. inline weight with 20-25 feet of 30lbs. leader and gold or silver spoons. We were pleased with our success as we lost few, if any fish, after the initial hook-up. All of the fish were fat, healthy specimens from 17" up to Den's whopper at 24"..... The fish were many and the bait was thick and showering. Surprisingly, there weren't many birds working the area. So after some fun, messy, and action packed hours, the bite slowed and we trolled on toward the 1st island. At one point we came across the world's largest chum slick... Evidently, one of the wonderful commercial boats had netted up THOUSANDS of 10" to foot long Menhaden; and for whatever the reason, returned them dead and rotting to the Bay. Their heads were all missing from being removed from the nets and they were in such a state that even the birds wouldn't touch them. Disgusting on ALL fronts!!! The tide was all but gone, and the conditions seemed to be worsening, so we decided to swing over to the Hampton Bar for some Flatties. When we arrived the current was starting it's flood and we were finally out of the wind. Our first drift from the Bay side over the tube produced a nice 21 1/2" fish for Den. We thought this was a great sign, but after an hour or so and only a couple of more nibbles, we decided to roll back to the Salt Pond's and clean our plethora of Spanish. The finally tally was 39 Spanish, 4 Blues, and 1 very lonely Flounder. I had a fantastic time and will be looking forward to Tuesday unless the weather has other intentions. THANKS Capt. Paul!!!!!!!
Fish On

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Hi Zigh.

Don't let a few bad apples with bad attitudes stop you from posting your excellent fishing reports. Personally I say you do an excellent job with colorfully worded reports - referring to me as a "fishing feind" or an "amigo" (yes, I am your friend, and yes I am a fishing feind).

Your reports are well received by 99.99% of the sportsmen who visit this site. IMHO what the other .01% think is irrelevent.

Haved fished for 35+ years. I am an avid surf, pier, and boat angler, and IMHO they cannot separate all three in my book. Fishing is fishing.

Keep up the good work.

BTW, if any of you beach-bound fisherpeople ever want a ride out to the fishing grounds just let me know.

Lou :D



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THANK YOU VERY MUCH LOU

My sincere THANX and good vibes to you Lou. That felt GOOD!!!!!

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Again, it must be said

you give a most excellent report. While fishing with my friend DD in NC we didn't have any luck trolling but had schools of Big spanish several times. Managed to land one about 19" on a sting silver and lost a 3-4#er at th boat cuz of user error. :( Birds busting on bait and saw several Large spanish busting through th bait. Oh well until next time. :D
 

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My deepest appreciation.....

I suppose everything has it's Ying and Yang. It's REALLY nice to have positive feedback from you folks.... I'm currently working on the design of a website dedicated solely to the Chesepeake region fisherfolks(shore and sea). The main emphasis will be on fishing news, reports, events, support, and seminars. As our community grows, so does the need for custom websites with real time information...... Not trying to knock P&S in any way, I LOVE IT; and YES, I need to become a P&S supporter...... I will always visit this site, but in time, the reports may find there way to a new venue. Meanwhile, THANK YOU for the positive responses. You guys ROCK!!!!:D

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Nice report Zigh! Looking forward to the the 20th. Will be getting in contact with you and capt paul real soon.:D
 
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