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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. Hey guys, thanks a lot for the info on this forum. I'm buddies with mwheatley, who posted here before our last trip two weeks ago. The info you guys have shared with us has proved to be a big help. Our first trip was a big success. Our first time out we caught two nice sharks, the largest being a 6 1/2 foot sand tiger. We went out again to <acronym title="Assateague Island"><acronym title="Assateague Island">AI</acronym></acronym> this last weekend Friday night/Saturday morning, a few miles down from our spot two weeks ago. This time we got skunked (except for a tiny 18 incher). If you don't mind, I've got a few questions. When we went two weeks ago there was no moon and the beach was full of sand fleas and crabs. They were everywhere. I can't help but think fish had come in to feed on these critters, and other fish came in to feed on those fish, etc., and sharks were more active. This time, it was nearly a full moon so there was plenty of light and no crabs/sand fleas. Plus there were no bigger sharks caught. (The moon did set about 4:00 am, and the crabs did come out then, and that's when we caught our small 18 incher.) So my first question is, have you guys seen any correlation between lunar cycles and shark catches (i.e., it's better with no moon, worse at full moon)? Or are other factors more significant, i.e. wind direction and water temp, more significant than the lunar cycle. (Last time we went (July 16/17), I didn't record the air or water temp, but there was a definite east wind, and the air seemed a bit cooler. This time, the wind was from the south-southwest, and it seemed generally warmer.) Second question is we're halving our bunker, casting out 1/2 pieces (5-6 inch head and tail). We did the same last time and caught some nice sharks with it. But if we were to cut the bunker into thirds, we could cast it further out. So there's trade offs with small bait (less blood trail, harder for sharks to find) cast out further or larger bait (more blood trail, easier to find) cast out not nearly as far. Are you guys halving your bunker or are you cutting it into smaller pieces and getting it further? What do you think yields more hits? Thanks in advance for the info. You guys have been a big help.
  3. thinking about running up to AI this weekend sat morning early. i plan on leaving my house around 3am which would put me up around AI around 530am....are there any tackle shops that open early enough for us to get fresh bunker?
  4. If you were looking for good fishing action, then it was a great week to fish the inlet and a bad week to be a rock fish. The week had a slow start but then around Thursday that all changed. Rock fish started showing up on Thursday at the mouth of the jetty and steadily moved in for this week-end. Over all the bite improved both day and night. Sometimes it didn't seem to matter if it was day or night or what tide you were fishing on. The night bite was great on Friday with some people refering to it as a "Frenzy" all along the inlet. This all happened between the beginning and the end of the tide with many fisherman catching there limits with an hour or two. Paul Cronshaw and John Quattlebaum caught their limits Friday night before the thunderstorms. Others said they fished after the storms around 3am and they were still landing fish off the rocks or by boat. Fisherman reported catching anywhere from the bridge to the Coast Guard Station on both the North and South sides of the Inlet. Most fisherman have been catching there keepers using white bucktails with white worms, some have been fishing with Tsunami and Storm Lures. 5" & 6" lures in colors that range from golden mullet, shad or blue back herring. Most of the fish have been reported from 30" up to 45". We have had several brought in to the fish cleaning table that ranged in weight from 13-24lbs. Not to be out done by the inlet the surf had a few rock fish on Friday evening, before sunset. A 19lber was brought to our southern store in South Bethany from the surf at Bethany Beach. It was caught on a finger mullet. So you better have finger mullet along with that tried and true bunker bait. Blue fish were also reportedly being caught in the inlet, but not in any large numbers yet. They were of the snapper variety and ranging from 12"-16". Along with the blue fish the shad are schooling out in the inlet too. Most are snagging these fish with spec rigs of various sizes and colors. One man reported that he caught shad for almost 2 hours the other night. Flounder action has slowed a bit, but only more fisherman have turned their attention to fishing for the striper right now. A few flounder were brought in on Saturday. Minnows on plain hooks or bucktails, or Gulp "Pearl White Swimming Mullet" on a 1/2 oz jig head are still the ticket when fishing for the flatties. These fish are still being caught in the back bay around the same areas....Massey's Ditch and the VFW Slough. It is still is too early to see them out in the ocean. And while tog fishing is closed and black sea bass is still closed, ocean fishing is still in limbo. Only one week left until we can fish for those sea bass, we are counting down the days!!! Come on May 22nd. Until next time...keep casting, Mrs Bert (Deanna)
  5. What a beautiful week it has been. Hope everyone has gotten out and enjoyed it whether you are a fisherman or not. (Hopefully you are, but I won't hold it against you! Rock fish have still been hitting in the Indian River Inlet, but have admittedly it has slowed down some now that the water temperature is on the rise. You will probably see smaller ones being brought in than the larger ones now. But with that said, Bill Winkler, of Frankford, brought in a 42.9lber that he caught while in the Inlet and using a live hickory shad. For fishing the Inlet, Storm Lures and flies are the tackle that most are choosing, but if you are able to catch bunker, herring or even a shad (and keep them alive) you can use them to land a nice keeper as well. Rock fish are still in the surf, but word has it that the blues are starting to make it in to the shore too. Most are still using fresh bunker. Remember, the key to using bunker is to cut the head off about a 1/2" back from the gill and use that part. Use the remainder as chunks for the blue fish. Tautogs have slowed a bit in the Inlet. Most are reporting that they are catching much smaller ones now. Marcus Munday of Felton, De brought a 6.6lber in Thursday. He beat his father fishing, but we won't rub it in. REMEMBER: THE LAST DAY OF TOG FISHING IS MAY 11TH. SO GET THIS LAST WEEK-END IN!!!! Flounder are still being caught in the back bays, Debbie Roach , of Wilm., DE brought in a 4lb flounder on Sunday. She was fishing with her family (the only girl and the only one to catch a fish and on a pink rod) in the inlet. She was using a minnow on a bucktail. The bait of choice has now changed to minnows and squid. The tackle has been a variety of things...from plain bottom hooks to bucktails to green machines. I guess the fish are hungry and not too picky about color. Off-shore fishing has not started yet, but we can't wait to see the first yellow fin to hit the table. I have not heard of any blues being fished for out in the ocean…...let's hope that they will fill the void when tog closes and while we wait for sea bass to open. Let's all pray to the fishing gods to make something happen!! Until next time, keep fishing. Mrs. Bert (Deanna) Hook 'em & Cook 'em
  6. hit the beach early yesterday with my room mate. wind started off out of the south, then out of the west, then out of the east. got a little rain, nothing crazy, just a few sprinkles here and there.... we had almost everything for bait, fresh bunker, spot, mullet, squid, peelers, and crab. while we didn't catch anything big, we still caught a bunch of little things....we got about 6 or 7 puffer fish. they were fun to play with. 4 or 5 smooth dog fish and 4 clear nose skates. the puffers came off fishbites and squid. the smoothies were pretty much off anything, and the skates were only spot/bunker sandwhich. we were hoping for striper, or a drum, but still happy with the productive day.
  7. Hey guy, I've been wanting to add to my bait selection and Im thinkink this spring run may be the best time. Typically I use Bunker or BW's for fishing the DE surf. I have heard of people using Clams, Chab, etc... I would like to know by you die hards what baits you feel work best on the DE Surf... I would also like to know who you rig it. Are you using a fishfinded rig or something else. Thanks
  8. Wow, what great weather for the first weekend of April. I hope all of you are able to get out an wet a line or two. There has been a few keepers caught out of the suds. Most have been caught off Bloodworms, but some have been taken on Bunker as well. Feel free to post your reports here. Best of luck to everyone.
  9. Hi ! Everyone I hope all had a great winter. I'm glad to see some nice fish being caught. I hope one has my name on it lol !! I have made some major changes to the store and still more to come over the next month and a half. We will have subs and sandwiches and fried chicken again. All made to order for you to take to the beach. I do have fresh bunker, fresh shucked sea clams, live minnows, live bloodworms, and live night crawlers. Good Luck Fishing for our big Rockfish !!! Thank You Shanan
  10. Harbor Tackle, West Ocean City, Md. Fishing Report for April 16, 2010 Finally something to report, I thought I might have to turn my store into Harbor Tackle Candy Store and if for those who know me you know that I would soon eat all my profits. A few of my customers are starting to hook up some stripers at AI using fresh bunker. The Inlet is producing scattered stripers. The tog fishermen are catching fish at the usual places mostly using live green crabs along with frozen sand fleas and live chowder clams. Even though the flounder season does not open until April 17th, some flounder have shown up in the south bay behind Assateague and some stripers have been picked up too. Devon Fernandez picked up this 23 inch tog using live green crabs at 4th Street in Ocean City. Harbor Tackle has fresh bunker, live bloodworms, live green crabs, live eels, black saltys, live chowder clams, big live minnows.
  11. We left Wednesday around 10:00pm in the hopes of catching the 5:00am ferry but by Rodanthe it was obvious we'd miss by a hair so we slowed down and got some fresh supplies etc. My day had started at around 8:00 am the day before as I took a 6hr round trip to get the best bait possible with the winds we'd been having. I had a feeling there would be no bait on the islands until Thursday afternoon and I was right. I was a very popular guy on the beach with 100lbs of the hottest commodity going with the wind out of the South and made a bunch of new friends. We had lines in by 7:15 or so and we were out on the bar fishing in the crowds. Being a Delmarva meat dunker the scene just wasn't for me and I didn't have a ton of confidence in the location...although there was one real sweet spot to our left that some guys had staked out pretty good. After no sleep and getting beat around on the bar for 5 hours it was time to go, the water had climbed to 62 degrees and I figured we'd have just as good a shot putting out a Delmarva spread and fishing from shore at many of the overlooked breaks and fantastic locations on the way south. Around noon we moved with the expectation of fishing through the night. We found a very subtle spot quiet a bit north of the crowd and had no one around for 500 yds or so. We set up a 6 rod spread on the edges of the bars and hole and settled in. On this trip we fished all Barrier Island Magnum heavers that I've been working on for 18 months...they certainly tested out. For much of the trip 10oz was required in our location to stay on the edges and on the bite. I told Tyler that on the incoming we'd be in the fish, maybe not as many as the crowd south but we should find some away from the fray. Around 3:00 the doggies switched from spineys to smoothies (normally indicates warmer water and drum for me) and I knew we were close to being in the fish. Nearly exactly at the high tide mark a low rider rung spinner I was fishing bowed up in the spike and squealed off and I was in to the first drum of the trip. I have to say there is an added challenge as folks are riding by to keep a low profile with a 46" fish on but we did a pretty good job of keeping the info and location quiet save for a few folks that stopped to watch. After a long snowy winter,10 hours on the road, and being up for 34 hours it was a very gratifying fish especially in March. Tyler was Johnny on the spot with the camera as usual and no I wasn't trying to match my top and waders... There were high fives all around and some celebration beers for my first fish of the season and my first big drum on a spinning rod (which was key tossing big weights into a 20+ SE wind). About 2 hours later at dark there was a similar occurrence. By this time the water was looking real nice, the sun was low and we were tossing mongo bunker chunks thinking the fish would be in closer with the falling sun. That was indeed the case and a 48" fat and angry sansaspot drum took my bait and I enjoyed a fantastic fight at one point faking like I had tangled my lines as some fisherman drove past...can't trust a drum fisherman... As it got dark my confidence continued to climb and we lit up the rods for a long night of spring drummin'. It didn't take long for another screaming run and this time it was Tyler's turn to get in on the action on his first night fish fight. With all those lines, the wind, and the current it is almost as much work clearing the lines as it is fighting the fish but we got it done and released another March drum (about 47" this time). Reports from down the beach were sparse so we felt pretty good about moving from the mix and scoring these private hole drum. We stuck it out until around 10:00 when our eyes and bodies couldn't take it any longer. I had set up the truck for napping on the beach but we heard they were kicking folks off the night before so we opted for a room at Blackbeard's and decided to sleep in arriving for the incoming tide again after a massive breakfast at Pony Island. We didn't hit the beach until 12:00 at just about dead low tide and decided to fish until the front hit the beach right around high tide. I made the call that we'd also be leaving early rather than sticking out the 35kt NE winds and waiting until Saturday night to get back out. After our success the day before we felt pretty good about the trip and content with our three nice fish. Friday was tough fishing with 10oz sliding quite a bit on the hard 25kt SW blow, you could only get about 8 minutes with your bait in the zone before you were washed into the hole and started to get sanded in. It was quite an orchestrated system re-baiting and casting 5 rods in specific sequence with all the current, wind, and line in the water...the dozen or so dogfish didn't help either. Around 3:00 we started to get smoothies rather than spineys and an hour later I was bowed up again right on que. A 44" fish hit the beach around 4:00 and our confidence climbed again thinking of a repeat. The pic doesn't do the water justice, it looked like we were offshore it was so blue, just a beautiful afternoon...for now... Not long after I landed this fish Tyler bowed up again but the current, tangles, and fish took us well down the beach away from the camera and we released our 5th big drum of the trip. Not long after we got back as we watched the front approach I commented to Ty that every time I've been on the beach when a front line hit I bowed up almost at the instant of the weather change, 3 for 3 is more than conicidence to me so we watched the rods and the front approach knowing that all hell was going to break loose weather wise in the next 10 minutes. Sure as the sun rises just before the temps dropped 17 degrees and the wind did a 180 and increased 15kts on top of the 20kts it was pushing prior a rod doubled over and Tyler was into his 3rd fish of the trip a cheating 40" with shoulders like I've never seen on a smaller fish and it put up one hell of a fight. It was old man and the sea style as the surf began to blow 20ft in the air and it turned dark and cold in an instant. I cleared the lines knowing that we'd be packing up and heading home after 3 nice fish a piece and getting it all right for a change. We got the days, the temps, the winds, the bait, the location and the gear all dialed in. There is some pretty interesting background shots in this series, check out the front. Now 4 for 4 when a front hits the beach. Ferry ride was fun too!
  12. I had to write a paper on a pelagic species for my Marine Biology class a semester ago. I usually enjoy writing papers, this one was special though because of the knowledge I stood to gain about a fish so many of us fisherman use. Thought I'd share for anyone interested. The Biggest Little Fish Joel Busbee University of Maryland University College A young man walks into the Oyster Bay Tackle Shop along Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Maryland. Just as he has done on similar summer days in the years past he asks the cashier if they have any fresh Menhaden. She affirms that they do and he makes his purchase of three whole menhaden; which he will soon be cutting into chunks, attaching to a hook on the end of his surf rod and throwing it as far as possible into the pelagic zone of the Atlantic Ocean in an attempt to catch something big, that fights well, and hopefully tastes good too. The previous is my story, I am that young man; and as countless the number of times are that I have cut up a Menhaden I never knew what its habitat is, what its reproductive and feeding behavior is, the fish’s role in the food chain, other uses we humans have for the menhaden, and finally how its species is susceptible to man’s uses for it. For me and the many other men and women who have a similar story of a trip to the bait shop, the following information on the Menhaden is a little over due. The Menhaden, pogy, or bunker as I call it, is considered a pelagic species. The word pelagic, from the Greek pelagikos is defined by Merriam-Webster (2009) as “of, relating to, or living or occurring in the open sea”. The ocean plays host to the Menhaden’s beginnings as it is the spawning ground of the species. The major spawning areas exist between New Jersey and the Carolinas. Spawning occurs primarily twenty to thirty miles offshore in the winter (Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation Inc. (CBEF), 2009). The eggs hatch at sea, and the larvae are carried into estuaries by the current where they reside for about a year. After reaching the average size of six inches long for a one year old Menhaden, the fish returns to the ocean where it forms large, near surface schools along the shore numbering in the thousands, from early spring through early winter (CBEF, 2009). During the winter months adults and juveniles alike migrate south, as far as Florida, where they continue to feed by way of a refined system that attributes to the species’ success. Menhaden feed primarily on microscopic plants and on the smallest crustacea (Bigelow, H. B. & Schroeder, W. C. 2002). To do this the fish uses its mouth and pharyngeal sieve as a tow net capturing, says Bigelow et al (2002) “small annelid worms, various minute crustacea, schizopod and decapods larvae, rotifers … diatoms and peridinians”. By swimming with their mouth open, Menhaden are not only able to capture their food supply but also sift an estimated six to seven gallons of water a minute (Bigelow et al 2002). As I mentioned prior, quite an effective operation of feeding has produced a species that is unmatched in its utilization of the food supply around it. This isn’t to say that the species is untouchable. If the onslaught from predators like the bluefish, striped bass, loons and herons – just to name a few – are not enough, us humans harvest the fish for many different uses of our own, and as with everything, we have the capability to take too much. Since 1860 the Menhaden has been the United State’s largest fishery. The amount of Menhaden we harvest annually was put best by H. Bruce Franklin (2008), he wrote: “the annual haul of menhaden weighed more than the combined commercial catch of all other finned fish put together, including Atlantic and Pacific cod, tuna, salmon, halibut, pollock, herring, swordfish, had-dock, ocean perch, flounder, scup, striped bass, whiting, croaker, snapper, sardines, anchovies, dogfish, and mackerel.” Uses for the fish go beyond bait for surf fishermen like me. They are harvested for their oil which is used in cosmetics, linoleum, health food supplements, lubricants, margarine, soap, insecticide, and paints. The dried out carcasses are then mashed, and containerized for use as feed for domestic cats and dogs, farmed fish, and, most of all, pigs and poultry (Franklin 2008). The Menhaden’s role in our world is much bigger than makeup and chicken feed. As important as Menhaden are economically, they play an even bigger role in the natural world. You’ll notice that of all the uses for Menhaden, table fare was not on the list. Though we may never see them on our plates, they are the prey of the fish that we do commonly eat from the Atlantic. Without Menhaden, fisheries that we depend on for food would take a huge hit. The collapse would come from two separate factors. The most obvious would be that without Menhaden, the fish that we depend on for food would have less food themselves. The second would be deadly algal blooms. The Menhaden keep the growth of algae from the phytoplankton they eat in check. At the same time, they filter the water so more sunlight penetrates, which in turn promotes the growth of aquatic plants, which creates dissolved oxygen (Franklin 2008). Knowing what an important role Menhaden play in the operation of their ecosystem, it is easy to see why we must be stingy about how much of the species we harvest annually. I use to praise the Menhaden for merely providing countless fishing memories in the surf, including an appearance for my girlfriend in the Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources fishing report. Now I know it to be so much more than simply cut-bait. Menhaden is a source of food, economic gain, and plays such an enormous role in the balance of its ecosystem that little would survive in its absence. The Menhaden is truly the biggest little fish, bigger than you and me. It has been an absolute pleasure to learn and help spread the knowledge of what an amazing species it is. __________________________________________________________________ Works Cited pelagic. (2009). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Retrieved October 4, 2009, from Pelagic - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary Atlantic Menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus). (2009). Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation, Inc. Retrieved October 4, 2009, from Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation, Inc. Bigelow, H. B. & Scroeder, W. C. (2002). Menhaden. Fishes of the Gulf of Maine. Retrieved on October 7, 2009, from Menhaden H. Bruce Franklin. (2008). The Most Important Fish You’ve Never Heard of. Alternet. Retrieved October 8, 2009, from The Most Important Fish You've Never Heard of | Water | AlterNet
  13. Was on business, but had to get rods wet. Very good fresh mullet and bunker at the Red Drum near Cape Point. The water was a bit too cold (think around 55) but guy at Red Drum said water was a couple degrees warmer at Ocracroke and puppy drum were hittng. He suggested to go to Frisco and try(Ocracoke just too far) but I had to head North. I got some mullet, headed back to Nags Head around Walebone. Soaked it for an hour in a nice deep pocket. Not even a nibble. Should have used squid for regular bottom feeders.
  14. I'm from New Jersey and plan on re-locating to the Wilmington area when I retire soon. I've been surf fishing the Jersey shore for about 20 years now and would like to continue the sport I love on the beaches of <acronym title="North Carolina">NC</acronym> when I move down there. I've been using fresh Bunker and Clam for bait all these years on a high-low rig with two 7/0 circles hooks to catch Striped Bass. Are these baits used in <acronym title="North Carolina">NC</acronym> as well, and are they readily available in tackle shops? If not, what are the baits and rigs they DO use in <acronym title="North Carolina">NC</acronym>? Thanks in advance. TSC
  15. Hi Everyone!! I just wanted to post our first fish of the year caught by Mike Hastings of Berlin on New Years Day! which was a 29", 8 1/2lb Rockfish caught on frozen bunker in the surf and he also caught a Red Drum on 11/28/2009 that was 8 1/2lb and 26". I hope winter is going well for all. Thank you Shanan
  16. I had a great conversation last week about the Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout with ESPN writer Capt. Chris Gatley. My brother John and I fished in the tournament from my modified Yamaha PWC. He wrote about the tournament, the boat rescue and I am thrilled that he mentioned jet ski fishing as well. He even used a couple of the pictures I sent in. Here is the story. The Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout presented by Bass Pro Shops finished up last weekend in Virginia Beach, Va., with some trying conditions and even a rescue. With more than 170 boats, and one jet ski angler, battling for $140,000, sub-freezing temperatures hit the region and pushed large groups of striped bass offshore, past the three-mile line and into the closed waters of the EEZ. Courtesy: Brian Lockwood The first day of competition saw "wide open fishing," tournament director Mike Standing said. Some boats caught as many as 50 fish before they migrated east due to cold and making it more difficult to find fish on day two and three. Each winter, 90 percent of the striped bass, also called Rockfish, mass in a 25- to 35-square-mile portion of the Virginia coast. When air and water temperatures remain in the 50s, fish actively feed on a more northerly to southerly route along shoreline beaches, within three miles of land. However, when air temperatures plunge below the freezing mark for extended periods of time, schools of fish drop offshore and feed on a westerly to easterly pattern; ultimately pushing schools of striped bass into the protected waters of the EEZ as bait and fish seek warmer, more consistent water temperatures. The few fish that will remain in the frigid waters along the coast forced all competitors to get creative with their presentations as they hunted down fish, further separating the men from the boys. In recent years, fishing in the closed waters of the EEZ during this tournament has been such a problem that the tournament had to remedy. Each participating vessel was outfitted with Garmin hand-held GPS units. "This was the first year that Garmin supplied a hand-held GPS so that each participant could be tracked, ensuring that no one exceeded the three mile line," said Brian Lockwood, also known by locals as Jet Ski Brian. "Hopefully the GPS units will keep that from happening and eliminate any doubt." Standing thought the GPS units served their purpose. "I was very exciting to partner with Garmin," Standing said. "The use of this GPS device by each competitor leveled the playing field, and I am very happy with the acceptance by the competitors." Anglers still might have been tempted as there was shoreline ice and cold water temperatures inside the Chesapeake Bay and adjacent confluences, making conditions difficult. "Normal high air temperatures this time of year are typically 48 degrees," said Capt. Harry Svenson of Cheap Shot Fishing Charters, who took third place in the Open Division and finished first among Calcutta entrants. "This year, we have been lucky to break 32 degrees and today it is 19 degrees." "Water temperatures have been as low as 36 degrees, shutting down the eel bite and forcing us to troll Parachute Rigs (also called Mojo Rigs) south of Virginia Beach." Courtesy: Chris Gatley Parachute rigs got their start along the Virginia coast many years ago. Now, they are used all along the striper coast.Boats targeting striped bass on the troll in Virginia and North Carolina must knife through heavy water currents when targeting deeper sloughs. Downriggers were formerly used for precise depth control situations but an unknown southern angler determined that a giant lead ball outfitted with a hook offered one more opportunity to catch that tournament winning fish. Now, this rig is commonplace. Svenson trolls several rods covering all sections of the water column. As fish attack his spread, he adjusts his rigs and color patterns accordingly. It is not uncommon for Svenson and others to troll a half-dozen Parachute Rigs at one time while using 50-pound class tuna gear and 150-pound braided line. Svenson's trolling spread consists of a 48-ounce Parachute with a three-way swivel up the line 5 feet from the Parachute lure itself. From the swivel, Svenson attaches 10 feet of heavy fluorocarbon leader and a bunker spoon. If Svenson feels that big bass are feeding on herring, he'll replace the spoon with a 9-12 inch swim shad. The two corner rods along the motor are the same rig but with slightly lighter Parachutes outfitted with different lure colors. The port rod is a 24-ounce Parachute with an umbrella rig outfitted with one lone 12-inch Swim Shad trailer off the rear of the umbrella rig. Once the deep lines are deployed, Svenson and his crew deploys a series of flat-line rods outfitted with lures including a Mann's Stretch 25, large Swim Shads and other large swimming plugs aimed at fish feeding near the surface. Courtesy: Brian Lockwood Anglers are then looking to troll 3-5 mph while targeting structure and open water fish feeding on bait balls.The event even included some high drama, but the team from Bass Pro Shops, which also sponsored the event, came to the rescue. "During the event, the Bass Pro Shops team boat was the first on the scene of a sinking, non-competing boat," Standing said. "The vessel was rapidly going down, but not before the crew of the Bass Pro Shops boat plucked the anglers from the water as rescue crews were in transit." "First class guys from a first-class operation." For more information on the 2011 Mid Atlantic Rockfish Shootout and to compete, please (757) 319-5146 or visit their Web site at
  17. Hello, I am new to this site and wanted to say hello and give a fish report. Hit <acronym title="Assateague Island">AI</acronym> Monday and Tuesday. Landed a 40 inch striper! A few shark and skate, 1 short flounder and boat load of spotted hake. I could not believe that these little fish were taking a number 7 hook and HUGE chunks of bunker. I saw that Poppy was catching stripers and blues like there was no tomorrow on plugs.
  18. Hi all. How does every body cut bunker for fishing the beach. It is a soft fish and I have trouble keeping it on the hook in casting. Does anyone scale it first? I have been told this helps attract the fish. What size hooks?
  19. Would like to know if there will be fresh bunker available after thanksgiving? Are the bass still on AI that time of year?
  20. Harbor Tackle Fishing Report November 10, 2009 Announcing the 4th Annual Assateague Striper Tournament, held on Assateague, with cash prizes, and scheduled for November 21-22, 2009 sponsored by Harbor Tackle. If anyone is interested call Harbor Tackle for more info. Harbor Tackle will be open Thanksgiving Day until 1:30 PM. Striper fishing is picking up. I weighted in a couple of nice big stripers taken from the beach on Sunday. Monday morning Ed Moore came in with a 43 ¼ striper from the bay behind Assateague using a lure for bait. Tog fishing is great. Off shore lots of big blues on top and under them are some stripers. Terry and I were in Hatteras last week. Terry and his team mates fished the Hatteras Anglers Club Tournament. His team finished 11th out of 120 teams. We had a great week. Maybe things are back to normal at my shop. Thanks to Mike for filling in for me while we were gone. Because of the wind and bad weather we have had good fresh bunker was hard to get last week, my source of bunker should now be more consistent. Harbor Tackle has fresh bunker, live green crabs, live eels, live chowder clams, and black saltys.
  21. I fished the upper bay east of dover today. I had never been chunking before so I decided it was time to give it a try. The bay was flat calm as I headed east towards the fleet. I checked my chart and found a nice looking spot along a dropoff from 12 feet to 26'. I baited up four poles with bunker chunks and heads and began to periodically chum with bunker guts and mullet. Fishing was slow for about an hour until the tide started running hard. Fo r the next three hours I had pretty steady action. First a nice football shaped 24" fish, then a 27" er. Then one of my reels started screaming and I looked over to see it doubled over. I fought the fish for about ten minutes before loosing it at the side of the boat. I'd say it went about forty inches. I had another flurry of action with about ten more fish between 20 and 27". Right before I was ready to leave I finally got a keeper at 29". It was a beautiful day out on the water with lots of action to keep me busy.
  22. I have been searching all week for bunker and have had zero luck. I've got the next cuple of days off and I planned on going fishing-thestripers are calling my name! I FOUND SOME! I've never been there but I called the number at 10:00 tonight and the man who answered was the owner and he told me he's got it! I didnt relize it was so scarce around here because of the storms and winds weve had but he has it. He said he would have it bagged up and ready to go for me. Now idont know but this is the first time I have ever calle a bait shop and been helped so much. The man at CedarCreek Bait And Tackle has my respect and appreciation! I'g glad I found it and will let everyone know how many big fish I catch
  23. Harbor Tackle Fishing Report October 11, 2009 Announcing the 4th Annual Assateague Striper Tournament, held on Assateague, with cash prizes, and scheduled for November 21-22, 2009 sponsored by Harbor Tackle. If anyone is interested call Harbor Tackle for more info. I am sure everyone knows the results of our 8th Annual Red Drum Tournament held on September 25 thru 27, 2009 The official results are as follows: Tom Cahall – 45 ¼ inch Red Drum Largest Red Drum Most Red Drum Largest Red Drum Sunday Dave Swenson – 74 ¾ inch shark Largest Trash Fish Calvin Malone – 29 inch shark Largest Any Species by Child Dana Evans – Free entrance fees for 2010 The results of the 30th Mid-Atlantic Surf Fishing Tournament sponsored by the Ocean City Surf Anglers Club held on October 1 thru 3, 2009 are: 1st Place – MUQU – 215 points 2nd Place – Fish Hoggs – 127 points 3rd Place – Assawomen Anglers – 124 points Woman’s Top Team – Reel Women – 58 points Session Winners 1st Session – MUQU – 70 points 2nd Session – MUQU – 111 points 3rd Session – Fish Hogs – 27 points 4th Session – Team Harbor Tackle – 15 points (Harbor Tackle sponsored) Largest Fish – Male – Mike Zimmerman 30 inch striper Largest Fish – Female – Meg Meglesocky 16 ½ inch blue Most Fish – Male – Matt Mobley with 24 fish Most Fish – Female – Anita Chandler with 6 fish Largest Each Species Blue – Joe Oreb 18 inch Striper – Mike Zimmerman 30 inch King – Greg Cougret 14 inch There are plenty of snapper blues in the surf. Last week several red drum were taken. Nice flounder being caught although you may not keep them. Blues and stripers are at the Inlet and the Rt. 50 Bridge. Lots of tog being caught but most of them are undersized. Harbor Tackle has fresh bunker, fresh spot, fresh finger mullet, live eels, and live sand fleas.
  24. fished sandbridge just north of the condos friday night till about 830am saturday morning. three small sand bar sharks early in the evening. then nothing all night till it got light and then the ocean came to life, birds diving, bait jumping and lots of bluefish. borught home several to eat going to 2.5lbs. had one short quick run early in the evening but that was it. did have a great lightning show all night long. bait was fresh spot and not so fresh bunker.