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'.
  14. SBM, shrink tubing idea is awesome! I'll be stealing that for sure! The only problem with the fence post ones that i have is that the bottoms ( the part in the sand) are starting to bend a bit, from setting them in stiff low tide sand. but for $4 a piece @ 6 spikes...still worth it. If i could secure them inside my jeep, and not bungee'd to the roof, I'd go aluminum angle like yours.
  15. Yeah, i keep my drags loosey goosey. when you get the rod in your hand, just tighten down a smidge, give a crank or two, and usually they're on.
  16. here's mine. I use the fence post, like what's been mentioned. I cut a 2" long by 2" diameter piece of PVC in half, and bolt it to the top of the fence post, with brass bolts and SS wing nuts. Makes taking up the rod a breeze, a length of velcro can keep the rod in check for those that are worried of them falling out on a hard hit, but more often than not the rod goes down, and STAYS down until you get to it. An end cap gets bolted to the bottom for the rod but, and is adjustable, using the same bolt/wing nut combo.
  17. I know how you feel. I'm going to give it another go on Friday. Looks to me like saturday night is really setting up nice....but I've been grounded, so friday in the daylight will have to do!
  18. Sure, It all depends on what you want to light. Once you determine what you want to light... Then you do a wattage calculation on the fixtures. Next you choose a transformer to do the job. IE.... Undercabinet lighting.... 5 watt bulbs spaced every 2 inches, over 5 feet. 5' = 60"...60"/2" = 30 fixtures 30 fixtures x 5 watts each = 150 total watts. This means you need, at least, a 150 watt transformer. You would be wise to buy a 300 watt transformer to do the job. Probably spend $40 more for it, but the peace of mind, and the ability to change them to 10 watt bulbs makes it worth it. If you choose to place a dimmer on the Secondary or LV side of your transformer, it'll need to a dimmer designed to do so. They cost about 100 smackers....so watch out for that. This is just an example to show the math. Most kitchens are wired with 600w transformers, with 300w on each leg. gives you a little wiggle room, and keeps the Secondary runs as short as possible. The main thing is to keep the run of wire from the transformer to the lights as short as possible, to prevent voltage drop. If you have a drop in voltage towards the end of your run, the lights there will be noticeably more dim than the ones before it. Using 12 or 10 gauge wire from the transformer to the fixtures is required to help carry your 12v further. Other LV fixtures have small electronic or iron core transformers in the fixtures themselves. These are the easiest to deal with, and are more common to LV Pendants, and LV Recessed cans. These types you just wire as per usual light fixtures, with a few extra things to consider, but pretty easy overall. If your out shopping for these at a supply house, you want a "low voltage fixture, that takes LINE VOLTAGE (120v)". They can be dimmed with a standard incandescent dimmer. For undercabinet lighting, I like Seagull. Easy to install, and easy to get. Transformers, i don't have a specific brand, most supply houses sell a "stock transformer" which will do just fine. They eventually need to be replaced. So you'll want them to be reasonably accessible, when you install them. For Recessed fixtures, i like the 4" MR16 size fixture from CONTRAST lighting. They have a swivel eye that is flush to the ceiling, so it doesn't stick way down from the ceiling plane. They are a little more hard to find, but do your diligence, and you'll find a place that offers them at a good price. The best advice is to research, and plan. if your looking to do a recessed lighting layout, be mindful of the spread at different elevations. For example, one light may have a 30" spread at 6' away from the fixture....which would be countertop height, if you have 9' ceilings......if you have 12' ceilings, it's much larger, and not as bright...... Lastly, i always Run anything over 300w to the panel. I also always have an electrician friend of mine connect it to the panel, and check over my work, before i call it for an inspection. Hope this helps, I'm a Carpenter by trade though, and not an electrician. So please check into this stuff thoroughly before you start! Wow, i really need fall to get here. in a baaaad way.
  19. Green kitchens is something i've been learning about. Unfortunately it's a hard sell. With the cost of a new kitchen equaling that of a luxury car, there usually ends up being a lot of "Cost engineering". The eco-friendly stuff is generally more expensive than the more readily available standard materials, and sadly is the first to get scratched. The last two that i've done, however, have both had extensive Low-Voltage lighting plans installed. which cuts the wattage draw considerably. They too are more than twice the cost of a standard lighting layout. I try to steer customers in the LV lighting direction, it makes the lower-end cabinets really pop. furthermore, the efficiency offsets the initial cost over time. I did a Beer bottle backsplash, on a basement wet-bar one time. It was pretty sweet. We had the bottoms of beer bottles shaved off, and set them in different color-tinted mortars. We used larger liquor and wine bottle bottoms as accent mosaics too. I wish i had a picture of it.
  20. This is a good thread! I'm Chris Schwartz, I've got a small General Contracting business that i just started in SE PA. Mostly doing high end Kitchens, and trim carpentry. I grew up in Newark, moved to Dewey Beach (where i learned to hand-line crabs....because i needed to eat), with friends, when i was 17, stayed a while and went to culinary school. since then I have bounced around MD, VA, and DC before settling in PA. The first Striped Bass I ever saw was caught by my mother on the Cape Henlopen Pier when i was 9 years old. My dad decided to take us to CH to fish and camp, we grabbed a bunch of fishing gear from my grandpa's garage and headed for the beach. She caught it on a Penn Mariner #49, and an old fiberglass honey colored boat road with a turned wood handle, and guide wraps that were coming unwound. Did I mention the 30 year old Dacron on the reel? It was a short bass, But i think all Stripers were throwbacks at the time. It made a serious impression on me.... I've been throwing bait into the atlantic ocean, from the beach, since I've had a driver's license. But in the last 4 years i've been actively surf fishing. Learning all i can about migrations, habits, lures, presentation, tides, wind, reading the waves, gear, location, light.....all the things that make it such an obsession. Winching in Cow Stripers in the chesapeake is a thing of the past for me. I used to do it alot, and I can pull a bucket of water in too, with a giant reel and a short stout rod. The only boat fishing I do anymore is Susky flats, there is no greater rush than a thrashing 30lb'er jumping clear of the 4' water, on a flyrod, or LT rod. I love AI, more often in the spring and fall, summers are more in DE. I've got a Red 4-door Wrangler, I'm happy to shoot the bull, or hand-off some unused bait on the way out, just wave me down!