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  1. What types of rigs and bait are you guys using around this time of the year (April-May) to effectively catch stripers and blues in the suds?
  2. Fished Dewey with my soon to be brother-in-law over a family vacation from Saturday to Monday. Didn't catch a tremendous amount of fish, as it was Will's first time surf fishing, so between helping him, tending to the Old Lady being pretty on the beach, and just getting back into the surf rhythm, I think we did alright and had a great time. Sunday morning was our best day, totals out of 4 two hour sessions on the came to 1 spot, 1 croaker, and 6 kingfish (one of which in the 13" range), all of which on Fishbites Bloodworms (man the fish love those things!)... don't let an open mind tempt you to buy Fishbites other products; I bought a pack of the Fishbites Squid and while Will fished with bloodworms, I tried the squid. NOT EVEN A BUMP! So don't second guess yourself on the FB Bloodworms, they rock. One thing I did notice was that when the fishing was on, it was ON. Sunday morning proved to be like this; Will and I had four kings in an hour, with bites and let goes every 5 minutes. But then as quick as it came, they shut off. Lost one decent fish right at the breakers, more than likely a big dogfish or a ray. Sunday night I had bunker out, hoping to run into my first toothy critter, but to no avail. I'm headed back down (had to come home for class and work) on Thursday night, so Nillie Willie and I are gonna hit the beach 2-3 more times, will pos pictures (nothing to brag about, but hey, fishing's fishing to me). Hope all who were down this weekend didn't get poured on Sunday night, would love to hear some other people hittin' the surf bite!
  3. I've been chumming the Love Point/Rock Hall area for close to 10 years now. I will start chummin' the week after the keeper season (because I'm fishing the Susquey) and I will usually do that until I start running into the crabs up on the Elk (where my place is) in late July. But I have heard of charter captains catching the stripers and bluefish well into August and Septembr. Firstly, the tide is EVERYTHING when fishing this area (from what I've found). I usually try to start about an hour before the dead high tide, and fish the outgoing hard. Unfortunately, tides change quickly throughout the months, but within the past few years, the early morning and late evening has been good for me, but never be afraid to stick it out. With that being said, also be conscious about moving, it doesn't hurt to, and it's a lot of water, so there's fish all over the place. Obviously for bait, take advantage of the bunker; it's the stinkiest, smelliest, most disgustingly stenching fish in the Atlantic, but all that oil and nutrients attracts the rockfish (who are trying to build up fats for their run back out the bay and into the drink), and is a damn good bait for any fish at that matter. You can also take squid and try at the mouth of or in the Chester River for croakers or perch. If you're not catching fish, it isn't a dumb idea to follow the charters... they're out there everyday and know what the deal is. Hope this was helpful and good luck.
  4. Fished a few miles off Love Point this past Sunday... started fishing around 7:30 AM. Only took about 20 min. till first hook up, lost that fish at the boat, but then hooked up again about 25 min. later with a two foot fish on a piece of cut bunker. Finished the day 2 hours after we started with 6 fish (between my dad, brother-in-law, and myself) all between 25" and 19", two throwbacks, and one that got away by the boat. Used bunker chunks and chum slick, water depth was anywhere from 25'-40' in some spots.
  5. I'm headed down to the IRI area on Friday night after work... got a wedding on Saturday but I've had the urge to try the surf for weeks now. I was gonna start at Keybox Rd., but sounds like 3 R's is the ticket. How's the surf fishing been at night the past few days?
  6. I'd highly recommend bigger rods (I use an 11' and bring a 10' to throw plugs and catch smaller baitfish). A medium to heavy spinning reel is plenty for the surf if you are just out there to catch a fish. I would use 12-14 lb. test on your lightest reel, the 17 and 25 sounds good, but use a lighter line if you plan to throw lures. Make sure all your tackle is heavy! The Assateague surf can be rough, so use 3-6 oz. weights with heavy swivels (I try to stay away from snap swivels in the surf). Hook size really depends on what you wanna catch: the smaller the hook, the small the fish is that will be hooked on the end of your line and vice versa. I generally use smaller size hooks for spot, small dogfish, kingfish, croakers, and other little guys, while medium and larger sized hooks are a must for bluefish, stripers, flounder, large dogfish, and sharks. I wouldn't worry about having a limited selection of saltwater lures... the only times I really throw them is when I can physically see a blitz or feeding frenzy... if you're out with the kids, I'd just stick to throwing out bait and kickin' it back. The 5 gallon bucket, red wagon, and chairs are always an extremely good idea, and YES, you need need need sand spikes!!! Don't ever let your reels touch the sand and make sure that each time you're done fishing, you clean your reels with hot tap water to prevent the salt from building up/corroding the metal parts within the reel. I surf fish in Delaware mostly and know that it's required to have a fishing license to all 17-65 years of age when surf fishing, and I believe Maryland is the same, so I'd buy the license (better safe than sorry). The waders will likely be unneeded, but that's a personal choice. During September I usually still just wear shorts and flip flops, but you may decide that it's a bit chilly and the waders would work well. No net required: use the surf and waves to wash your fish in and you'll be fine. Heavy or even steel leaders are never a bad idea in September simply because it is when the bluefish run is in full force. Take caution though... bluefish have teeth and WILL bite you. If you begin have tear offs or the line becomes frayed near the hook, it is more than likely due to the mouths of blues. Make sure you use a needle nose pliers to remove a hook from a bluefish or any toothy fish for that matter. Mullet is fine to use for bait, but they really don't need to be live. Some of my favorite baits include mullet, bunker, freshly caught baitfish from the surf, clams (especially for stripers), Fishbites Articficial Bloodworms (good all around bait), and squid. Night fishing is one of the best times to fish! Assateague is notorious for the big toothy critters prowling the surf on those warm summer nights... yup, I'm talking about sharks. By September, the sharkin' has died down a little bit as more anglers focus on the blues and the upcoming striper season though, and the sharks move to deeper water. Always always always expect to catch skates and dogfish at night. If you do hook up with a skate, don't bother fighting it to get your hook back, when it comes up to the beach, cut the line a safe distance away from it and let the surf run it back out... they have a nasty, spiny tail that'll hurt like hell if you get nailed by it! Some other things to take into consideration are bringing a sperate cooler (with ice in it) from your food cooler to keep your bait in. If you plan to keep some of your catch, make sure you know the regulations, limits, sizes, and season on all fish. Check your bait every 20 minutes or so. Try not to "over shoot" the fish... this is especially true at night because many fish will come closer to the shoreline to feed when it is dark. The fish are often times just beyond the breakers, so manke sure you're out far enough that the surf doesn't bring your rig back into the beach, but also not too far as you can sometimes over cast the fish. Hopefully this has been helpful to you, please repost if you have any more questions. -Tyler
  7. I realize now that it's required to have a fishing license to fish tidal waters in DE. I'd like to begin fishing the DE Seashore State Park, but am not sure if there is a license required to fish from the surf on the park's beaches... can anyone help me out?
  8. You know I get into this issue with a lot myself. I have a place up on the Bohemia River and 90% of everything I do down there is in search of or in benefit of either rockfish or blue crabs. For us, a two foot fish is a good one, and despite what you hear about the Flats and the Susquehanna River during their spawning season, that fishing can be extremely hit or miss, you just gotta get real lucky to find a monster. Regardless of the overfishing ordeal on the stripers, because I myself keep legal fish for the enjoyment of my family, you have to look at another huge cause to the declining numbers; the food chain. Stripers, along with bluefish and anything else out in The Drink that likes a nice, oily, nutritious meal, is gonna eat a menhayden. Bunker numbers are and have been dropping drastically over the past decade and THAT is a result of commercially overfishing, which brings me to my main point: I do not believe the stripers are declining (on a major scale) because of an overfishing issue, but because of water quality in the Bay, pollution, and a declining number in good food sources for the fish to feed on. Now, before anyone hops on my back for what I just said, I will say this: Yes, the limit of fish is two per person per day, yippy skippy. The problem is the number of guys who kill fish commercially and on the charters... I believe that is a true problem the striper fishery faces. Luckily for where I am on the Bay, a good portion of a striper's diet consists of blueback herring, white perch, and yes, as stated before on this blog, blue crabs. But, we do see the effects of the drastic changes in the bunker numbers up as far as Turkey Point, and I'll specifically cite two examples. One; I make the one hour drive south to Rock Hall many times during the months of June and July to get stripers, using cut bunker as my primary bait. Problem is you can see the price for a slab of menhayden skyrocket when the commercial guys start bringing them in less frequently (you're all saying "Obviously, that's how the economy works."). But there are far less bunker than there were years ago, and you can see that the numbers are declining as the prices and demand increases for them at the same rate. The second example is during the summer months, I can walk from my house on the Bohemia River to the water's edge at high tide, throw a cast net, and expect to get at least a dozen "peanut bunker" on each throw. Problem there... a few years ago it woulda been at least 30-40 peanuts per cast. As far as the crabs vs. the rockfish go, I don't see a problem with the rockfish eating crabs... it's what they've done for hundreds of years. In my opinion, the problem with the declining crab numbers is the same as the one with the menhayden... overfishing. The Maryland DNR doesn't think it will make its 2007-2008 dredging quota for the crabs (if you don't know about it, check out this quarter's issue of the DNR's magazine, The Natural Resource), which means Maryland and Virginia will both have to figure something out for the them if they want to have a sturdy and natural blue crab fishery. We're all fisherman here, but it's those who decide to put conservation before fishing that will truly help out these issues we've ultimately brought ourselves into. I've heard my calling, and I'm now a freshman in college pursuing a career as an Environmental Specialist, with an emphasized focus on the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay areas. Sorry about the length of this... I was on a roll and needed to vent.... these two situations frustrate all outdoorsmen... crabbers and fisherman alike, trust me, I do both!
  9. Hittin' the surf for the first time this year next weekend. Prolly fishing Keybox Rd. or somewhere in that area.... anybody have any good reports of fishing or tips?
  10. I've heard from many people that when the red drum are blitzin', the fishing in the surf gets chaotic. Sounds fun... when's the best time to get them in the Lewes/Bethany Beaches area? I fish mostly out of Keybox Road, if that makes much of a difference. Also, what's best to use for them (rods, baits, etc...)?
  11. Just bought my first surf fishing rod (I only borrowed them before)... it's an 11ft Penn Spinfisher with an older (but in mint condition) Penn 5500 SS Spinning Reel on it. This sound like a good setup to anyone? Also, does anybody suggest using Power Pro braid in the surf. It works wonders when I fish the Chesapeake... any advantages of using it in the surf over mono?
  12. Absolutely ridiculous. I thought the wildlife services were supposed to protect them, not 'em. I'm a hunter and in no way am I into the whole "anti hunting" deal... but that's absurd. I'd shoot them officers right in the keester.
  13. Anybody been doin' any surf fishin' in the Lewes/Bethany Beaches area lately? And would anyone like to take a stab at what the surf fishin' forecast for this month is gonna look like?
  14. Anybody been fishing the Lewes/ Indian River/ Bethany Beach area lately (surf or at the inlet)?
  15. Alright now I've seen enough of these pictures of sharkin' and it's eating away at me. I haven't ever caught a shark (not including the countless dogfish).... I just wanted to get some feedback on what it's like. I've heard they're a great fight, but is it really possible for amateur surf fishermen to get 'em?
  16. I was reading some articles online about False Albacores and was wondering if anyone has any advice, tips, or general info about them and when to get em in the surf.
  17. I just started surf fishing last year by borrowing my uncle's gear. All I caught was a few spot, skates, and of course dogfish. I'm not really targeting any specific, but I'd like to be able to catch some croaker and blues.... Anybody have any suggestions (rods/ reels setups, baits, times of year, tips, etc...)