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  1. caught this peculiar looking creature at the CHSP pier about a week was 5-6 inches long...any idea what its called???
  2. As of Today, has been online for 5 years. We have 54,887 posts with 2,731 members. Ready for another 5 years?
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  4. " Wath day to have the Spring Fling "
  5. Did you vote for 2010 day ?... " Wath day to have the Spring Fling "
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  7. Carrie and I took the kids on a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas! We had a great time seeing all the Disney characters and the ship was amazing! I would highly recommend it to anyone. I have been longing to see the clear water since I was a kid. Just before this picture, I saw three barracuda within 3-4 feet of me.
  8. I'll post this here since its pretty close to the Delaware line. Took the girlfriend and her son and met up with a buddy to fish a pond at an orchard today. Been awhile since i fished for trout in a lake or pond. Pretty good day over all. Fishing for the trout started slow then turned on about an hour before we left. I ended the day with a nice 20 inch rainbow that went about 3.5#'s. Deffinatly good to get out and wet a line again and even better to see the kids catching fish.
  9. Okay, I just let my imagination go with this one. I wanted to create a header for another website and by using several images, I came up with one. The materials: The End Result (so far ).
  10. Fished this Little Is pier and Back Bay this past Sat. Pier in the a.m. and Back Bay the afternoon til dark then back to the pier for a couple of hours Sat eve. Conditions were excellent. No luck for myself, but did see at least 8 pups caught off the pier up close to the beach. Talked to a couple of guys leaving Back Bay at 3pm. No reds but two small black drum from the surf. Posted last week on the <acronym title="North Carolina">NC</acronym> page: Took a detour driving home to VB from <acronym title="North Carolina">NC</acronym> Monday night. Thought I would try to drive on the beach and fish the surf for a couple of hours. Stopped by the Nags Head pier to check out the action. As I got to the end of the pier there was a young lady fighting a monster bull drum, 47". Five minutes later another 45" was C&R'd. 8 citations were landed that evening between 6-10 pm. SE wind and the surf was heavy. Most were caught off a bar at about 11 o'clock off the pier and only the longest heavers could reach, but the largest (50") was landed with a 7' rod & spinner close to the pier by a guy wearing cammo house slippers! lol! Of course, I made a bee line to my truck for my gear and fished from 8-10pm. No hook ups, but it was quite a night. I'll be heading back soon. Gonna get me some of those cammo house slippers too... Here's a pic of a 45"er, best I could do with my cell phone at night.
  11. Took a detour driving home to VB from <acronym title="North Carolina"><acronym title="North Carolina"><acronym title="North Carolina"><acronym title="North Carolina"><acronym title="North Carolina"><acronym title="North Carolina">NC</acronym></acronym></acronym></acronym></acronym></acronym> Monday night. Thought I would try to drive on the beach and fish the surf for a couple of hours. Stopped by the Nags Head pier to check out the action. As I got to the end of the pier there was a young lady fighting a monster bull drum, 47". Five minutes later another 45" was C&R'd. 8 citations were landed that evening between 6-10 pm. SE wind and the surf was heavy. Most were caught off a bar at about 11 o'clock off the pier and only the longest heavers could reach, but the largest (50") was landed with a 7' rod & spinner close to the pier by a guy wearing cammo house slippers! lol! Of course, I made a bee line to my truck for my gear and fished from 8-10pm. No hook ups, but it was quite a night. I'll be heading back soon. Gonna get me some of those cammo house slippers too... Here's a pic of a 45"er, best I could do with my cell phone at night.
  12. Got out early this morning to get in a couple drifts before the crowds. Caught two with this guy just over 22". I used a 1/2 oz jig with 3" pearl white swimming mullet. Plenty of very nice Spot if you use small hooks with Fishbites bloodworm alternative.
  13. Well just got back from my first trip abroad. Daughter decided to get married on the beach at a resort in Mexico. To say I was skepitcal would be a nice way to put it. Well of course I was wrong, had the trip of a lifetime, and found a great fishing resort area to boot. My first fishing charter boat, and my first barracuda!! Anyone going to the cancun area I'd recommend checking out Puerto Aventuras. We used Capt. Rick's Sport Fishing. Reef is right offshore, no 1-2 hour run to fish. More like 5 minutes.......
  14. A very simple recipe: Steam until the meat is white and breaks apart easily, (normally 15 minutes for a serving of four). Remove from steamer, place on plate, eat as you would lobster Unbelievable!!! I am not a big fan of eating fish, but Sam better get back down to VA soon. (I'm sure he is dreading that idea )
  15. Opinions on the 225s on the Wellcraft Coastal 270? How about room in the head, enough for a shower? Know of any used units for sale in the mid-Atlantic states?
  16. I was going to reply to erby in the other thread but it's a lot of work to lable everyone. Ya'll just post a pic of yourself and your real name and and your ride if you have one and we'll do it that way. Truck Sequoia with Reynolds Rack and FISH sticker on back window.
  17. Cobia (Rachycentron canadum) Cobia population levels have not been estimated in recent years. Management measures for cobia include gear restrictions, a minimum size limit, and a daily possession limit. Cobia is a good lowfat source of protein. It is high in riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, and potassium. For more on nutrition, see Nutrition Facts. (USDA) Cobia is a highly valued seafood species. While they are not caught commercially in large quantities, researchers have raised cobia in captivity and are working to make commercial aquaculture of the species environmentally and economically sustainable. Life History and Habitat Life history, including information on the habitat, growth, feeding, and reproduction of a species, is important because it affects how a fishery is managed. Geographic range: Cobia is found worldwide in tropical, subtropical, and temperate waters, except the Eastern Pacific. In the United States, they are found in the Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to the Florida Keys and in the Gulf of Mexico. Habitat: Cobia are a pelagic fish, living in the open ocean in tropical, subtropical, and temperate waters. They prefer to live near objects such as piers, buoys, boats, and platforms. Life span: Up to 12 years. Food: Cobia eat some fishes, although the bulk of their diet is crustaceans and other invertebrates. Growth rate: Rapid for the first two years then slows gradually. Maximum size: 6 feet and 100 pounds. Reaches reproductive maturity: Cobia mature early. Females mature at 36 inches long and 3 years of age; males reach sexual maturity at 24 inches long and 2 years of age. Reproduction: Cobia are batch spawners, meaning they spawn more than once during a spawning season. Females have from 377,000 to 1,980,500 eggs. Spawning season: From late June to mid-August along the southeastern United States and from late summer to early fall in the Gulf of Mexico. Spawning grounds: Coastal bays and estuaries. Migrations: Cobia migrate seasonally in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. In the spring in the Atlantic, cobia migrate north from wintering grounds in the Florida Keys to coastal Virginia and the Carolinas. In the Gulf of Mexico, cobia annually migrate north in early spring to spawning grounds in the northern Gulf of Mexico, returning to the Florida Keys by winter. Predators: Potential predators of young cobia include larger pelagic fishes. Commercial or recreational interest: Primarily of recreational interest but often retained as bycatch in commercial operations Distinguishing characteristics: Cobia look like sharks or remoras (shark suckers). Cobia are dark brown with a single dorsal fin Young cobia are colored conspicuously with alternating black and white horizontal stripes with splotches of bronze, orange, and green. Source: NOAA
  18. Atlantic Spiny Dogfish (Squalus acanthias) Life History and Habitat Life history, including information on the habitat, growth, feeding, and reproduction of a species, is important because it affects how a fishery is managed. Since sharks take many years to mature and only bear a small number of live young after a long gestation period, they are especially vulnerable to overfishing. Directed fisheries, which tend to catch mature females, appear to have had a significant impact on recruitment. Geographic range: In the western North Atlantic from Greenland to Argentina (but most abundant from Nova Scotia to Cape Hatteras); in the eastern Atlantic from Iceland and the northern Russian coast to South Africa, including the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Habitat: Dogfish prefer temperatures from 45 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. They are located inshore and offshore of the continental and insular shelf and upper slopes and are usually found near the bottom (but also in mid-water and at the surface). Dogfish are often found in enclosed bays and estuaries. Life span: Dogfish are long-lived - males live up to 35 years and females live up to 40 years. Food: Spiny dogfish eat a wide variety of prey. Herring, mackerel, squid, silver hake, and comb jellies constitute the major portion of their diets. Cod, haddock and flatfish are relatively uncommon by comparison. Spiny dogfish also prey on flatfishes, blennies, sculpins, jellyfish, polychaetes, sipunculids (group of marine worms), amphipods (small, shrimp-like crustaceans), shrimp, crab, snails, octopods, squids, and sea cucumbers. Growth rate: Slow; females grow larger then males Maximum size: Males grow up to 3.3 feet, and females grow up to 4 feet. Reaches reproductive maturity: Males reach maturity at 6 years and 23 inches; females reach maturity at 12 years and 30 inches. Reproduction: Females each have 2 to 12 eggs per season. They bear live young, after a gestation period of about 18 to 24 months, and typically produce 2 to 15 pups, with an average of 6. Spawning season: Winter Spawning grounds: Offshore waters Migrations: Related to water temperature. Dogfish are found in North Carolina and southern New England during spring and autumn but migrate northward to the Gulf of Maine-Georges Bank region and into Canadian waters in summer and southward in autumn and winter. Mature dogfish also school by size and sex. Predators: Predators of dogfish include a variety of shark species including sixgill, sevengill, leopard, and great white; a variety of larger fishes such as lancetfishes and some rockfish; and some marine mammals. Commercial or recreational interest: Both, although recreational only when preferred target species are unavailable Distinguishing characteristics: Dogfish are slim, with a narrow, pointed snout and characteristic white spots. They have two dorsal fins with ungrooved large spines and are colored grey above and white below. Spiny dogfish abundance is rising, and overfishing is no longer taking place. Dogfish are no longer overfished. There is currently no large-scale, directed commercial fishery for spiny dogfish in the U.S. Small-scale directed fishing is permitted in east coast state waters. In federal waters, dogfish are only landed in fisheries that are targeting other species of fish and through recreational fishing. Shark is a low-fat source of protein and is high in selenium and vitamins B6 and B12. Shark may contain amounts of methylmercury in excess of the FDA's recommended limit for moms, moms-to-be, and young children. Spiny dogfish is commonly used as the fish in "fish and chips" and is one of the world's most abundant species of shark.
  19. When: Saturday, May 30, 2009 Where: Assateague Island, <acronym title="Maryland"><acronym title="Maryland"><acronym title="Maryland">MD</acronym></acronym></acronym> (a little south of the bullpen) Time: Sometime in the morning until the last person leaves Please use this thread as a way for us to get a rough head count - all are welcome - if you want to come but don't have a 4 x 4 no biggy - just let us know and we'll help you get down the beach! For anyone who isn't familiar with the Spring Fling... The members of this site are all invited to get together in the spring to meet one another, talk and get to know each other a little better. Some great friendships and new fishing buddies have resulted from our annual gathering. Now it’s time for the Spring Fling of 2009. I'll be starting two different threads to help keep the information a little organized - one for who is coming and needs a ride down the beach (this thread) and one for who's bringing what. Don’t feel left out, not all that come fish, some come just to talk and socialize. So if you have any questions just ask... Thanks again and hope to see everyone out on the beach. Here is the link to signup to bring stuff we will need!
  20. Description: The Cownose ray is a cartilaginous fish and the most common ray found in the Chesapeake Bay. The Cownose ray is light to dark brown in color and sometimes with a hint of yellow. The ventral surface is white or creamy white with brownish pectoral outer corners or tips. Its eyes peek out from the sides of its broad head giving it a cow-like appearance. Some rays have marks that appear as obscure dark lines or bands that begin at the center of the disc and radiate outward. The Cownose ray has a set of remarkable teeth plates that are made for crushing clams and oyster shells. The Cownose ray has nine series of teeth in each jaw. The disc is 1.7 times as broad as it is long. The main portions of the pectorals arise from the sides of the head, close behind and below the eyes. The outer corners of the pectorals are pointed and become concave toward their posterior margins. The dorsal fin originates approximately opposite the rear ends of the bases of the pelvic fins and is rounded above. The tail, round to oval in cross-section, is moderately stout near the anterior spine, and tapers toward the rear to a lash-like tip. The length of the tail is about twice as long as the body and is measured from the center of the cloaca to the front of the head, but small specimens can be three times as long. There are one or two tail spines (commonly known as stingers). The first spine (posterior spine) is located directly behind the base of the dorsal fin. If present, the second spine (anterior spine) has a free portion that is about half as long as the anterior margin of the pelvic fin. The anterior spine varies in length from very short (tip hardly emerges from skin) to as long as the posterior spine. The spines contain marginal teeth with broad bases and sharp tips that curve rearward at a 45º angle. The number of teeth ranges from 22 to 45. The sharp spine processes toxins and mucous into its ventral grooves, which is produced from spongy venom glands located along the underside of the spine. It doesn't inflict serious damage, but can produce a nasty infection if not properly cleaned and cared for. The stinger is located close to the ray's body. The skin of the Cownose ray is smooth at all ages. Similar Fish: Bat rays, manta rays, stingrays, spotted eagle rays; Family: Myliobatidae Where Found: The Cownose ray is found along continental shelves in warm water and the tropical waters of the western Atlantic from southern New England to southern Brazil. This includes the coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the Caribbean. These rays have been known to be especially abundant in the Chesapeake Bay during the summer. The Cownose rays make mass school migrations determined by water temperature (below 22 degrees C). Cownose rays can be found at depths of 72 feet. Size: When mature the male disc width is 75 to 85 cm. The female disc width is 65-90 cm World Record: The maximum size that this species ordinarily grows is debated but an unsexed/male disc width of 84 inches has been recorded. Tactics to catch: Commercial netting. Recreational anglers aren't interested in this potentially dangerous fish because of the painful results of being struck by the barbed stinger.. It was reported that sailors have been known to dig a grave for the man who writhed in pain, as they were sure it was a death sentence. Climate (water temperature range): Between 15 and 29 C. Spawning habits: The mature females normally give birth to only one pup that is approximately 14 inches. The gestation time is 11 to 12 months if only one pup is born and 5-6 months if there are actually two lives births a year. It is not sure if the cownose ray gives birth once or twice in the span of a year. The breeding period is considered to be June through October. A large school of cownose rays of varying ages and sexes was spotted in the shallows of Delaware Bay by biologists from the NMFS Apex Predators Program in July of 2000. A female cownose ray was seen swimming with the edges of her pectoral fins sticking out of the water. There were as many as 6 male cownose rays were trying to grasp the pectoral fins to mate. Occasionally, there would be major splashing as the males tried jumping out of the water to grasp the pectoral fins with their mouths. It is thought that the female's having the pectoral fins out of the water might be mate avoidance behavior (not that you can blame them as often there are sharp teeth marks left on the pectoral fins). Development is ovoviviparous (producing eggs that develop within the maternal body and hatch within). The embryos lose the shell capsule in early August. It has been observed that by the third quarter term, the embryos are upright in the uterus with the rostrum facing forward, pectoral fins folded dorsally, and the tail with the heavily sheathed spine is bent forward along the dorsal side of the disc. Initially, nutrition is provided to the embryos is from the yolk, which gradually shrinks between August and October. After October, histotroph (a viscid yellowish secretion from the uterus), provides the remaining nutrition. It is assumed that the embryos receive this through their mouth, spiracles, and gill slits. Table food? The cownose ray is a tasty, low-fat, alternative to red meat and has no fishy taste at all. Its cartilages may also have medicinal properties. Try marinating wing-cut fillets in olive oil, wine vinegar, oregano and lime juice, then grilling them or maybe you will want to try barbecued ray wings. Consumption Concerns: Shigella may be acquired from eating cownose ray meat that has been contaminated with this bacteria. This bacteria causes shigellosis that results in dysentery, which include the symptoms of diarrhea, pain, fever, and possible dehydration. Feeding habits: The cownose ray has been known to use a very specific mechanism to obtain deep-burrowing prey. They locate food on the bottom substrate (benthos) through mechano- or electroreceptive detection. Once they suspect prey is there, they employ a combination of stirring motions of the pectorals while sucking/venting both water and sediment out through the gills and away from the area to create a central steep-sided cavity depression. The continued movement of the pectoral fins aids in dispersing the sediments released from the gills and increases the depth of the depression. Eventually, the food is seized and drawn into the mouth. Common prey items include nekton, zoobenthos, finfish, benthos crustaceans, mollusks, bony fish, crabs, lobsters, bivalves, and gastropods. Remarks: The Cownose rays are known for their long migrations in large schools. They are strong swimmers, able to cover long distances. In the Atlantic Ocean, their migration is northward in the late spring and southward in the late fall. The population in the Gulf of Mexico migrates in schools of as many as 10,000 rays, clockwise from western Florida to the Yucatan in Mexico. Even in large groups the Cownose ray is shy and not threatening. This ray is often mistaken for a shark because when it “flies” near the surface its wingtips break the surface and resemble a shark’s dorsal fin. References: Florida Museum of Natural History: Kimberly Kittle JSTOR by Estuarine Research Federation
  21. Our combined clubs, MSSA/ACC and the Ocean Pines Anglers, held their annual Flounder Frenzy on Thursday for members and guests. We had thirty-eight participants. With 95% of the captains reporting, 245 flounder were landed that included 45 legal fish. The winning fish was caught by Bill Walsh @ 26". Second place was Jim Giles @ 24 1/2" and third place was Dave Rippey @ 23 1/4". It seemed that fishing was great through the bay area as fish were caught at the Rt.90 bridge, the Thoroughfare, the Rt 50 bridge and at the airport area. Bill Walsh and his 26" Flounder If you are not a member of these two clubs you are invited to join as we work hard to protect the recreational fishery and ensure the health of the coastal bays and Atlantic Ocean.
  22. Boca Grande, <acronym title="Florida">Fl</acronym>. 20 May 2009 It's tarpon season in Florida. We concentrate on the silver king throughout the summer. The fish are in good numbers this year and are appearing in numerous places. Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbour and the beaches off Little Gasparilla Island are holding fish. It is not unusual to see 500 or more fish per day. Our success has been limited. Windy conditions and clear water require long casts that are very accurate. Refusals are common. Sometimes even perfect casts are turned down. Changing patterns often helps. But, each day we have had fish either take the fly or show a lot of interest. Today is the third day of cloudy, rainy conditions due to a small tropical system centered over Florida. This will soon pass and the fishing should get better this weekend. Our alternative species is snook. There are a lot of snook along our beaches and in the passes. Steve Gibson's design of the DT Special seems to be the right fly. The best patterns for tarpon have been the Puglisi Peanut Butter, Bill Bishop's Mouse and Death by Rabbit ( a black/purple design). It is important to remember that tarpon will eat what is easy for them regardless of the pattern. So... presentation is more important than the exact design or color. If you intend to tarpon fish you should practice casting a 12 wt. rod. You'll need to throw 60 feet of line quickly and accuartely. Do not assume you can do it if you don't practise. Handling a 12 wt. is much different from a 10 wt. Afterall, you wouldn't want to spoil opportunities after coming to tarpon country because you were over confident. Besides, it will make your guide's life much better if you can cast well. If you are going to fish for tarpon in the next few weeks, contact me for the latest info. Fish Hard,
  23. Looks like the boat will stay on the hill for a few days this week. We have a North Easter beating down on us for the next 4 days with winds from 25 to 40 knots. That’s too much wind even for inshore… <o:p></o:p> The big Reds in the creek are chewing crab baits at the lower end of the tide and there are plenty of nice Trout in the river also. We are catching several Flounder on each trip which means they are in for good. <o:p></o:p> That leads me to an awesome gigging trip I had last week. It was one of those tides that I love. Start at <st1:time hour="3" minute="0">3am</st1:time> and gig until day break. I am a firm believer that the longer it’s been dark the more comfortable the Flounder get to move up into the shallows. <o:p></o:p> I have always done better on an early morning tide than an early evening tide. We stuck our limit of Flounder in less than 3 hours and we were able to pick thru them to get the nicer fish. I bet we saw over 50 Flounder that morning. <o:p></o:p> It was one of those trips that don’t come along all the time. Every where I went that night was loaded with Flounder. The conditions were perfect I guess you could say.