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  1. As usual, I read through the many fishing reports and see the amazing pictures of anglers proudly posing with their catch. By the time I have finished looking at the photos for the fourth time, the “fishy” part of my brain is creating a new list of excuses that may convince my wife to let me go fishing. Once I have finished explaining how the tide will be perfect for the next few hours, the weather forecast could not get any better and the tackle shop just received fresh bait, she usually gives her approval. In a rush to get out the door before she changes her mind, I find myself quickly going through my mental list of surf fishing necessities. Before I know it, I am on the sand wishing I had spent a little more time on that mental list. Depending on where you fish, having to run back to your house or the nearest tackle shop may not be a big deal, however if you fish areas like the southern end of Assateague Island, having to admit to your fishing buddy how you managed to forget the bait knife is not a good feeling. Some anglers like to step out for an hour or two and they don’t need to take much with them. On the other hand, if you are like me and can’t help but fish until it hurts, there are many items you can bring that will ease the pain. First of all, make sure you know the license requirements, regulations and creel limits for the beach you will be fishing. It is also a good idea to keep a fish species reference guide with you to help identify your catch. If you are not sure what you have caught, safely remove the hook and get it back into the water as fast as possible. A good photo will last much longer than any fish you will catch, so don’t hesitate to snap a quick picture. You will need something to help carry your gear through the soft sand. A surf fishing cart can be a great investment for fishing spots such as the North end of Assateague Island. On some beaches, such as the federal side of Assateague Island, you are allowed to drive your vehicle on the beach. This is very convenient for longer fishing trips that require more fishing gear. Of course you will need your surf fishing rod and reel, sinkers, hooks, and other basic fishing tackle. Choosing the type of tackle needed always depends on the species of fish you will be targeting. There are numerous options when it comes to choosing your tackle, however don’t let it overwhelm you. Your best bet will be checking out the fishing reports on the Internet and spending some time talking to the folks at our local tackle shops. They will be able to help you get an idea which rigs are best for your tackle box. You are going to need a cooler with ice to keep your bait fresh. It does not take long for the sun and warm air to dry out even the freshest bait. In the spring, the most commonly used baits, such as bunker or peeler crabs are going to need to be cut into pieces, so having a strong, serrated knife and cutting board are essential. The springtime sun can feel very warm at home; however the ocean breeze can feel surprisingly cold! Make sure you dress appropriately and have a good idea of the weather forecast. Even on those cloudy days, you will get sunburned so don’t forget sunscreen. Having a hat and a pair of polarized sunglasses will not only help with the sun’s glare on the water, it will also keep you from getting the painful “squint eye” headache. Wearing a comfortable pair of waterproof waders will certainly help keep your legs warm and dry when that unexpected wave sneaks up on you right in the middle of your cast. After you have heaved your bait into the surf, you are going to need a sturdy sand spike to hold your rod. When choosing your sand spike, make sure the bottom of your rod easily fits into the sand spike. In my opinion, the longer the sand spike, the better. You will need to shove it down into the sand far enough to be able to put pressure against it without it falling over. As the tide comes in and the sand becomes soft, make sure you frequently check your sand spike to ensure it does not move easily. One of the most common critters you are likely to catch is the Clearnose skate. Trust me, having a quality pair of needle nose pliers and fishing gloves will come in very handy when removing the hook from these spine covered bottom dwellers, as well as many other fish. Being able to sit down and rest while you wait for that record fish to swim by will make your trip much more enjoyable. Although your cooler can also serve as a seat, I recommend a lightweight beach chair with a cup holder. It’s always a good idea to bring something to eat and plenty of fresh water for drinking and washing your hands. Most importantly, you must remember you will be in constant contact with things that can hurt you if you fail to respect them. Think about it, you are dealing with sharp hooks and lead weights that are being hurled at incredible speeds. Be aware of the power of the ocean and the heat of the sun. There is always the possibility that you will have to unhook many different types of critters and just about all of them have some sort of natural defense. Excitement and adrenaline can take over very quickly when surf fishing and you have to remember to stay focused. Always have a first-aid kit and cell phone, especially if you are fishing alone. Although it may not be on your list of surf fishing gear, being safe is without a doubt the last thing you want to forget. Whenever possible, bring a friend with you. Not only can they help you untangle that spiny dogfish from your line, but in my opinion, sharing a good day on the beach with a buddy is a reward in itself.
  2. tried fishing assateague island for the last time saturday night got skunked again as normal for the past 17 years . what am i missing other than fish . never see any thing other than small skates n shark smaller than 16'' . think i'll stick to fishing delaware's beaches , they are closer and more actual fish worth catching. WHAT AM I MISSING?!
  3. Part 1 - Reading the Water Why is this important? If what lies below the surf waters was thoroughly understood and embraced, the more success the surf fisherman would have at catching fish! Sounds simple, but truth is reading the water is difficult. So what is below the surf waters? Well, certainly there are fish, we already know this...and for many of us that is all that needs to be known... So, for those so inclined, I guess reading the water is not a prerequisite to successfully catching fish... And there is some truth in this...a surf fisherman can totally disregard what the water is telling him, make a cast, and put a fish on the beach...happens all the time. Why? Because the fisherman more than likely, but unknowingly, had put his offering into the surf where there happened to be a fish... The question though is why was that fish there? Was it by random chance that the fish happened to be swimming by at that exact moment? Well yes, maybe...but the fish may have very well been there for other of those reasons is what I will call the physical environment or "structure" of the surf waters or more precisely the structure of the sandy bottom of the surf waters that attracts game fish... I'll address bottom fishing w/ bait along the sandy beaches of the the DelMarVa coast. Fishing the inlets, rock groins, piers and backwaters of the DelMarVa peninsula is a subject unto itself and perhaps can be discussed in another thread... Our beaches for all intended purposes are typically very flat w/ a gentle incline. This beach structure is rather common up and down the east coast and is deceptively uninteresting at first glance. The following is a simplistic drawing of a cross section of the beach and surf... Note, there are "generally" 2 main sandbars that run parallel to the the drawing they are labeled the outer and near shore sandbars... Also, there are "generally" 2 main sloughs (troughs) that too run parallel to the beach... The location of sandbars is revealed above the surf waters where waves initially crest and rollover...these crashing waves are called "breakers." The outer sandbar of course has larger breakers, while the near shore sandbar breakers are smaller... The sloughs also are revealed above the waters where there are little to no breakers. The next image is a picture of a typical looking surf on the DelMarVa coast... The above picture I took not for the waves but something else...let's see if any of you sharpies can identify what is going on... Now that this basic surf structure is understood visually the next step is easy... Fish will frequent the sloughs in the surf, especially Stripers. They like to get as low as possible w/ their bellies virtually touching the sand as they cruise the is here they are most comfortable plus the slough gives them a certain degree of stealth as they move about looking for food... So, placing your offerings in the slough would be optimal as shown in the next image... A less viable option IMHO would be to place the offering on the sandbar...if the slough does not produce fish I would considered placing the offering on the sandbar...but only during high tide and not at all on the near shore sandbar at low tide...the water would just be too skinny at that time and location... Part 2 - Reading the Water Lets look at another surf structure that probably accounts for more "fishy activity" than any other—the out-suck aka rip current aka hole aka riptide aka break in the sandbar, etc. Here is a drawing that depicts an out-suck...for simplicity purposes only 1 sandbar is shown... Note, not all "breaks in the sandbar" are out-sucks... This picture shows a wide break in the outer sandbar on AI...but there was no out-suck. Remember, Stripers like moving water and they are masterful and powerful swimmers, using their broad tails to maneuver about in the surf... So the area around an out-suck from the feeders, through the neck (channel) and out into the head is prime Striper habitat... Why? Because at the out-suck water is swirling about, forming a current to and past the outer sandbar wherein small bait fish can get swept up or caught in the dynamics of the moving water and ending up as easy prey for the Striper. The place where Stripers will congregate the most at an out-suck of course is at the head or just outside the outer sandbar. Here they lie in wait to ambush their prey...sort of like a feeding station. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to place (cast) an offering beyond the outer sandbar as the distance is too great. However, the Stripers will come into the neck and even the near shore feeders of the out-suck when they are hungry (which is all the time) looking for prey... So optimally, you want to place (X) your offerings perhaps as follows...note, a very good area would be the ends of the sandbar which are sometimes called a shoulder... Out-sucks are hard to see at times, especially at water level... I'll climb a dune or stand on my truck to see better the water conditions. Also, out-sucks are more pronounce at or near low tide. Finally, here are some pic's of out-sucks... Standing on a beach they could look rather subtle and therefore easily overlooked... By: Rumble Fish aka Poppy on
  4. I'm new to this site as well as sa********************************er fishing. I have fished the public beaches and have gone out on the charters. I am interested in surf fishing for shark. Does anyone have any experience shark fishing Connecticut shores? Any advice would be appreciated. GranbyFisherman
  5. Dave, Are you getting another place? Please tell me you're not leaving us for good....
  6. 13' AFAW Beach (6-8oz) $175 + SHIPPING or find some place in Hampton roads area for delivery!
  7. For you guy's who like to fish with sand between your toes.[video=youtube;9u7-cy561nU]
  8. Herring have shown up in the last few days and so have the cows! 42 & 46 lb Stipers were caught today off of live Herring. Many smaller fish in the 12-18 lb range being caught as well. Its going to be a good year to fish!
  9. I know we have spring ahead of us but i want to get a early start preparing for summer shark fishing. I have done some research on how to make shark rigs but all of the schematics i find are for boat use rigs, or rigs you can take out with a kayak. I wasnt happy with he rigs i used last year(FF with store-bought wire leaders) i couldnt get the casting distance i wanted, so i want to make my own this year. I was thinking of a stationary weight vs. FF???... i know alot of you guys have experience making shark rigs and i would appreciate any advice you can give me...
  10. First post to the forum, my name is john, retired firefighter-crt. I live in salisbury, md. Started fishing ai back in the early 70's, got away when they imposed the vehicle limit. I try to go to buxton or ocracoke island now about 6 - 8 times a year for the drum run. Started back at ai last year, wow ! How the island has changed, and not for the better. I drive a black mazda xtra cab with a cap, and fire dept plates. If you see me on the beach, please stop by.
  11. First post. I check the fishing reports often, but I'm finally going to stop lurking and join in. New to surf fishing, last year made 3 trips- 2 in <acronym title="Outer Banks">OBX</acronym>, one in Maine. Had decent success with bunch of blues and small sharks, occasional flounder, and trout. This year spending much more time on the beach- 10 day trip to <acronym title="Outer Banks">OBX</acronym> and at least 4 weekend trips to <acronym title="Assateague Island">AI</acronym>. I've put significant time and money into this year, new quality rods and reels, new tackle, and specailized I know now I won't catch anything...hahaha. Originally from New England, I live in WV currently and me and a buddy are thinking of heading to <acronym title="Assateague Island">AI</acronym> the first week in April. I know it won't be great, but what will we be looking at? Should I even bother bringing the big stick for shark? Anything special we should know? We're looking to head back in May as well, then in August and September. This is going to be our gear test weekend, as my friend has no experience on the beach. We will not have 4x4 (probably not) but are willing to walk several miles from the NPS campsite.
  12. The weather looks SO unbelievable this weekend that I just may go to the beach Saturday and Sunday this weekend an/or next weekend. This will be my first time surf fishing since last year. What are the catch length/type requirements? Is there a guide I can find? Who will be down?
  13. Hello, I'll be staying in Kitty Hawk the last week of April and was wondering if someone could fill me in on what is required for me to get my truck on the beach as far a s a permit. What about a fishing licence, does <acronym title="North Carolina">NC</acronym> require one to surf fish? I'll be coming down from <acronym title="Maryland">MD</acronym>. Any info is appreciated. Thanks in advance, Tim
  14. I hope to be down there this easter and i'm a nooby at surf/ jetty fishing...What's a good bait setup for me so I can walk up to the guy at the tackle shop to set me up with? This will get me started until I get familiar with this type of fishing...Oh yeah....Looking to hook some stripped bass....
  15. "ANNAPOLIS — The 2010 summer flounder season will likely run for seven months, a change from draft regulations released last week. Fish caught in the April to November season must be a minimum of 19 inches long and there is a three fish creel limit. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources originally proposed a four month fishery with a 18.5 inch size limit but coastal recreational boat captains complained that the season was too short and would damage their business. The current plan will be sent to the Maryland General Assembly for final approval." heres the link to the article MARLYAND: State settles on longer flounder season | | The Daily Times
  17. I've been using the small Avet SX 5.3:1 MC reel since last year......and I love how that thing casts.........I was thinking about stepping up in size this year to the Avet JX single speed MC model.....either 4.6 or 6.0 Is any one out there using the JX 4.6 or 6.0 MC single speed reels ? If so, how do you like them ??? Braid or Mono ? I'd probably be throwing a 12' rod rated to 8 ounces.... Thanks, Stan
  18. Has anyone heard or seen or caught any herring in the spill ways or rivers yet in Maryland or Delaware. I spoke to the owner of Taylored tackle up in seaford de and he told me the weather has pushed them back about a month. He's predicting them not to get into the spill ways until the 3rd week of march. He said they just did start moving into the rivers. Any news of them being close would be greatly appreciated. I'll post this in the Delaware board to.
  19. The weather is getting warm and hopefully will see a fish or two caught here towards the end of the month. Feel free to post your reports here, fish or no fish.
  20. Please let your local representatives know that you oppose Maryland HB894 and Maryland SB673. Those two above bills are for requiring a mandatory fee for all kayaks and non powered vessels in the state of Maryland. This is just another tax/money grab from the state. Kayak/canoe fee ill-advised | | The Daily Times
  21. This may be old news, but I wanted to make sure everyone did this so no one gets in trouble! It's free, and you just need to print off your National Saltwater Angler Registry card. Assateague Island is now requiring this.
  22. Can someone provide me with information on catch/release requirements, permits required (besides the OSV and NOAA, are there any others?), and some rules/regs for surf fishing on <acronym title="Assateague Island">AI</acronym>? I have been surf fishing on the Island for the past 4 years, but quite casual and with pretty few catches. I need to become more familiar as I make it out more this year. Thanks so much!
  23. I'm working to set the family camping trips for 2010, and I probable make one camping trip to A.I I never been on A.I state park, this will be the first time. I google the park for pictures, and I see the fishing are " FULL ", My concern... *This will be the typical fishing pier ?. ( only space for the " fishing masters " ). *Can I go and have a nice family fishign trip ? *The Best: Virginia or Maryland are ? Any information or experience will be important to ME. Any camping/Fishing trip is GREAT to me, but I wan to get the best time. Thanks, my Friends.
  24. :help:Try out the Manfrotto clamp,and make a video of yourself when there is nobody around to do it for you.This is how I have been making my YOUTUBE videos,the threads fit the tripod threads on most cameras.Dont miss any action.
  25. Obama moving to limit fishing access - ESPN The Obama administration has ended public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing some of the nation's oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters. Anglering for access united we fish rally capitol washington fishing AP/Luis M. AlvarezOne sign at the United We Fish rally at the Capital summed up the feelings of recreational and commercial fishermen. This announcement comes at the time when the situation supposedly still is "fluid" and the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force still hasn't issued its final report on zoning uses of these waters. Fishing industry insiders, who have negotiated for months with officials at the Council on Environmental Quality and bureaucrats on the task force, had grown concerned that the public input would not be taken into account. "When the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) completed their successful campaign to convince the Ontario government to end one of the best scientifically managed big-game hunts in North America (spring bear), the results of their agenda had severe economic impacts on small family businesses and the tourism economy of communities across northern and central Ontario," said Phil Morlock, director of environmental affairs for Shimano. "Now we see NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the administration planning the future of recreational fishing access in America based on a similar agenda of these same groups and other Big Green anti-use organizations, through an Executive Order by the President. The current U.S. direction with fishing is a direct parallel to what happened in Canada with hunting: The negative economic impacts on hard-working American families and small businesses are being ignored. "In spite of what we hear daily in the press about the President's concern for jobs and the economy and contrary to what he stated in the June order creating this process, we have seen no evidence from NOAA or the task force that recreational fishing and related jobs are receiving any priority." Unless more anglers speak up to their Congressional representatives so their input will be considered, it appears the task force will issue a final report for "marine spatial planning" by late March. President Barack Obama then could possibly issue an Executive Order to implement its recommendations. Led by NOAA's Jane Lubchenco, the task force has shown no overt dislike of recreational angling. As ESPN previously reported, WWF, Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, Pew Environment Group and others produced a document entitled "Transition Green" shortly after Obama was elected in 2008. What has happened since suggests that the task force has been in lockstep with that position paper, according to Morlock. In late summer, just after the administration created the task force, these groups produced "Recommendations for the Adoption and Implementation of an Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes National Policy." This document makes repeated references to "overfishing," but doesn't reference recreational angling, its importance, and its benefits, both to participants and the resource. Additionally, some of these same organizations have revealed their anti-fishing bias with their attempts to ban tackle containing lead in the United States and Canada. Also, recreational angling and commercial fishing have been lumped together as harmful to the resource, despite protests by the angling industry. Morlock's evidence of collusion -- the green groups began clamoring for an Executive Order to implement the task force's recommendations even before the public comment period ended in February. On Feb. 12, the New York Times reported on that "President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities." Anglering for access Click here for archive Morlock fears that "what we're seeing coming at us is an attempted dismantling of the science-based fish and wildlife model that has served us so well. There's no basis in science for the agendas of these groups who are trying to push the public out of being able to fish and recreate. "Conflicts (user) are overstated and problems are manufactured. It's all just an excuse to put us off the water." In the wake of the task force's framework document, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) and its partners in the U.S. Recreational Fishing & Boating Coalition again voiced their concerns to the administration. "Some of the potential policy implications of this interim framework have the potential to be a real threat to recreational anglers who not only contribute billions of dollars to the economy and millions of dollars in tax revenues to support fisheries conservation, but who are also the backbone of the American fish and wildlife conservation ethic," said CSF President Jeff Crane. Morlock, a member of the CSF board, added, "There are over one million jobs in America supported coast to coast by recreational fishing. The task force has not included any accountability requirements in their reports for evaluating or mitigating how the new policies they are drafting will impact the fishing industry or related economies. "Given that the scope of this process appears to include a new set of policies for all coastal and inland waters of the United States, the omission of economic considerations is inexcusable." This is not the only access issue threatening the public's right to fish, but it definitely is the most serious, according to Chris Horton, national conservation director for BASS. "With what's being created, the same principles could apply inland as apply to the oceans," he said. "Under the guise of 'marine spatial planning' entire watersheds could be shut down, even 2,000 miles up a river drainage from the ocean. "Every angler needs to be aware because if it's not happening in your backyard today or tomorrow, it will be eventually. "We have one of the largest voting blocks in the country and we need to use it. We must not sit idly by."