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About Jeepcreep

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  1. Fished Friday's low @ 1pm through saturday, and all day yesterday 8ish till 6. Rays, mobs of blues, a smoothie, a skate, Sandbars to 36, sunburn, and a mild case of monkey-butt from being wet. Yesterday, on two occasions, i saw little mini balls of mullet darting around in the wash as i was trudging back to a spike.
  2. Had some fun in Dewey, the week before last. Kings and small flounder every morning before breakfast. from the surf. Fishinzak, i had the same experience. As the tide moved later in the day thoughout the week, i found that it didn't matter. No fish after 8:30. Some, had to really be casted to as well. Rods in the first slough got zippy. They were almost all on the sloped bottom behind it, as far as my little 9'er would throw.
  3. sam, that fourth picture down is hilarious. I've made that face more times than i can remember standing on the beach.
  4. nice fish guys :blob1: I'm chomping at the bit to get out again soon. Lax, that sucks about the rod. I lost a sandspike last year, while i was picking through a reel...
  5. Scotch!?! How could i have forgotten that? I'd have to agree with Chark. I feel like the fish i catch in the dark, are cruising by the structure, and stop to poke around a few hours, then leave.
  6. I think the key is just sticking it out. When i'm committed to fishing the entire night, and leaving at daybreak, i catch fish....provided there are fish to catch. I'm no old fishing sage, or anything like that, but the best advice for night fishing i can offer is to stay comfortable. If your comfortable, you'll keep fishing, and increase your chances of catching. the most comfortable set up for me is ---breathable waders, with a non cotton underlayer...coldgear when it's cold, convertable pants when it's warm(er). Neoprene waders, for me, are a NO NO, for long stints. They keep your feet sweat on your socks, and you're feet will get cold...this is a killer, you'll be packing it in, or fishing a personal hell with frozen feet. ---long sleeve Non cotton top, same deal as pants. Bring and extra one too, to change it if you need. Tops get you at the sleeves, they get wet when you rinse off your hands in the surf...or if your releasing a fish. then it wicks up, and you catch a chill. -- Some kind of Shell. I don't have a dry-top but it's on the wish list. I use a North face ski shell, thats more than 10 years old. the sleeves strap shut, and it keeps the Moisture(thats in the late night air) off of your base layer. keeping your whole body temp regulated, meaning having the same layers on top as on bottom, is more comfy than having waders, and a tee-shirt, for instance. Unbalanced is bad, IMO -- try to be clean. THis is a personal thing, but i keep a few gallons of water at the ready to rinse hands, reels, make coffee, or whatever. then use some hand sanitizer. Over time, bunker caked hands wear me down. The reels get disgusting, and it adds to the discomfort. being overly gross, is just another nail in the coffin for packing it in. -- I fish conventional reels mostly, so i'll tighten down on the tension, or put the slower brakes in, to keep from blowing them up in the dark. When your sleepy, you're fishing gets sloppy. If I have gear problems in the wee hours, i get pretty frustrated, and am more likely to call it quits. So toning down the casts, and NOT WADING as much, makes for easier and safer fishing at night. -- Stay out of the wind. Orient your vehicle (as best you can) so that a tire will block the wind, then sit or stand out of the wind. I will take the 928374 more nightly steps to the bait cooler if needed, if i can do the vigil out of the wind. You will HEAR everything without the wind blowing past your ears. --when night really sets in, everything gets wet. Keeping the windows up, and the vehicle closed, is key a lot of times. If a storm or something passes over, you want your vehicle interior dry, for refuge. Also the papertowels, or TP, or extra clothes you brought will be soaked. this can be the icing on the cake to a bad night. It really sucks when you've got everything packed up and go to throw on some dry comfy clothing for the trip home, and its all wet. Lastly, I call it PUNTING> when you've just about had it fatigue-wise, put on all heads, move the rods closer to your chair, and zone out for a bit. hopefully the drags wake you up. This kind of 20 or 30 minute re-charge can work wonders, and i do it usually around 3am. wow this is long, sorry, but I've spent more than a few hellish nights out there getting skunked, because i was pre-occupied with how Cold/wet/irritated i was.
  7. Agreed, doesn't matter what length you leader is, if you've got a terd on the end of it. I shoot for every 15 - 20 minutes. The process takes me 15 minutes, then the clock starts again. Heads stay out longer, if they're holding up.
  8. Nice catching guys! 66Fisher, It's hilarious to me that your holding a dead fish up in front of an "odor control services" van. I know fresh fish doesn't stink, but it's funny just the same.. that picture is priceless
  9. Counting swivel, and crimped loop, I shoot for around 5"-6". It seems like everytime i try something else, it screws with my mojo.
  10. I was gawking at that when we went by, nice find! Thats what made me look twice, I wanted to see who had set up in it!
  11. I fish when i can. That being said, the way i use tide charts is to try to plan the trip ( as best i can) so that i can arrive on the beach at LOW. Low water will best show you where the holes, and cuts are. There is no telling when ( during the tide cycle) fish will bite, if you've picked a good spot to fish. It could potentially yield fish at any tide stage.
  12. thats a nice fish!, and i'll agree self portraits take some serious skill. No one is ever smiling, because they're concentrating so hard!
  13. I had an opportunity to take a newer friend of mine out for his first striper fishing trip. Got him acclimated to the Delmarva way....the 6 hour skunk, not a doggie or skate to be had. Things were looking grim. but at the top of the tide, the fish started showing up.. here's some shots of how he did! his first fish was about 38-40" or so. It was a seriously ill fish, rashes and very thin. He couldn't have been happier though! He baited, casted, hooked, and brought in this fish. Conventional no less! I'll spare you guys the broadside shot, it's not pretty. I released it, and showed him how. It swam away, but if this fish dies, it'll be better off. You could darn near see his little brain through the holes in his head Second fish for him was this lil' blue, on a 15/0 mustad! sometime after the moon came out we get a screamer, I was johnny on the spot so i pick up. I can tell its a nice fish, so i set up, and pass it off. This was a healthy fish, and had Mike in and out of the breakers a couple of times....he was so stoked. I'm just watching the show! I Went out and lipped it, passed it over for a picture, and we let her swim. I also got my personal best, a 45"er. But i had more fun watching him have a stellar first time out. We did take a 34" fish to split for the table:icon_porc: Hey Coop, nice fish! I thought i recognized you as we were coming down the beach, I gave a honk. There were alot of folks out, more than i'm used to when i sneak down during the week, so i was a little stressed about finding some decent, available water. Next time i hope to stop and meet cha. I was seriously jonesin' though so i had to keep on cruisin'.