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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. Every Thursday night my wife has some of her friends over and they chat and paint, they call it Art Night. I jokingly call it Wine Drinking Night. Every now and then I subject them to what ever fish I happened catch that week and this week it was Tog. So here here is my pictorial of me cooking for the first time what I am calling "Tog Piccatta". I basically followed the recipe for Chicken Picatta and substituted Tog fillets and few other things. Here we go; First and most important thing is to run thirty miles offshore and catch one. Then Fillet and cut into three to four inch pieces. Season and flour your catch. I like House Autry. Heat and butter up the pan. Pan fry till golden brown on each side. Add a glass of cooking wine and cook it off. Get your sides cooking while all this is going on. Tonight was Meditrranean Couscous and Angel Hair Pasta because girls like to say "Couscous". Put it all on a platter shaped like a fish because, hey were eating fish, not chicken! Serve it up nicely to your wifes friends and listen to thier rave reviews.
  3. Sorry this is pretty off topic but i was on the dnr's website and supposedly there is a new law where alcohol is only allowed on certain parts of state parks?? would this pertain to assateague OSV, because i'm going down this weekend to do some fishing and i'm not exactly trying to get fined. just wondering if anyone knows anything about this, thanks
  4. Thursday afternoon of this week I'll be making yet another run down to AI in hopes of getting my first fish from the surf that is NOT a skate and I was wondering if anyone would be willing to have me pull up next to them and get some insight as to what I'm doing wrong. I've asked on here and gotten some great responses and tried everything I can but still not getting any luck. So if anyone is down there Thursday, probably starting around 5:30 pm, that wouldn't mind me setting up right next to them (just far enough not to cross lines) please let me know. Thanks. P.S.- As the old saying goes, give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day....teach a man to fish, he'll buy you beers after... *note- only valid for those of drinking age....ha
  5. Just got the ole Rock Solid back in town from fishing the Month in Destin Fla. Caught Redfish, Cobia, grouper and more get all caught up when pics come in. Ready to fish again in NC in a couple days. Thanks everyone for fishing, eating , and drinking hard! Aaron Capt. Aaron Kelly Rock Solid Fishing OBX, North Carolina
  6. Got all the stuff on the yak, X-Wing, Fishfinder/depthfinder, drag chute, anchor, drinking water, etc. Darn! Forgot the GPS!!! I was back in the Florida mangroves yesterday and explored an area I had never been. I hard-mounted a compass on the yak and glad I did. I was so turned around in there, that compass saved my bacon, it is a highly recommended piece of gear. I did a long write up here: http://www.atlanticanglers.com/florida/7800-kayak-fishing-key-largo-largo-sound.html#post49552
  7. The month of January has been interesting to say the least...With temperatures ranging from 25-80 degrees on the Mosquito Lagoon and the surrounding area.. This has a dramatic effect on how our inshore species will behave. Feeding aggressively in the shallows during the warmest parts of the day, to sluggish and lethargic on those extra cool mornings..Paying very close attention to water temperature is key when these winter COLD fronts move through..Starting your trip a little later in the morning can make all the difference.. Iʼll give you an example, the other day I fished a rather large school of redfish on the north end, these fish were a bit tricky to get to with the extremely low water, but with some determined poling we reached them at about ten in the morning..(The outside air temperature was a balmy 39 degrees) They were flashing and churning in a vast white sand spot with broken grass..My customers were able to catch a few fish casting Gulp Alive and live shrimp,letting the lure fall slowly and just dead-sticking it. Sometimes not moving the bait for 5-10 minutes Most of these fish were slot reds with a few 30” guys mixed in. After a dozen bites, not hook-ups mind you, we moved to another location..The fish were very slowly eating and some over-reactive hook-sets resulted in a few missed fish..Two hours of talking fishing, drinking coffee, and wishing for the sun we moved to another location after landing 4 nice slot reds. Two days later and 30 degrees warmer, I decided to check on those same slow and lethargic fish..After poling in I noticed very FEW fish in the big depression, however the were easily three or four dozen reds tailing in groups of 2-4 fish all over the grassy edge about a foot shallower than the sand spot...These fish were responsive to a shrimp and were eating with a fervor, sometimes slurping the shrimp off the surface as it was being retrieved back to the boat making for some incredible surface takes.!! We managed to boat 12 reds in less than an hour! The largest fish was right at 32”. It just goes to show that matching your presentation to the fish AS well as conditions and timing pays off! No matter what, life is short, GO FISHING! Tight Lines and Stretched Leaders.
  8. Happy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone is eating drinking and enjoying their families at home today. Thanks everyone for supporting us. Hope you like the latest video we hit these fish off Nags Head a couple days ago. The last few trips I have ran we have landed citation fish of 35lbs or better. Did have one afternoon trip where we went 0 for 2, sorry guys. As a whole it is a welcomed sign maybe with the cooler temps we can enjoy normal OBX striper fishing as well. Some of our guys have headed up to VA as well and they seem to be doing good as well. So book a trip we still have a few openings for trips and accommodations open. Thanks Aaron
  9. Sorry for the late Post. Well... Not much really to Report other than we Got Our tailends handed to us! Headed out Sat. around 3'ish and headed for the same spot in the Wilmington. Water looked like doo-doo, Temps were in the LOW 70's. Not Good. Went to spot #4 (on our GPS) and it was holding Bait along w/ lots and lots of FLIPPER!!! Managed to Release 2 Flippers We had 3 bites - They either did not come tight or broke off. We Released a Short 44" Sword Say around 4am - the wind Kicked up - We were drifting over 3 knts. Come 5:30 we were @ the S Hayes Canyon with 75 miles to go! Close 6' sea w/ a nice White Cap that would break over the bow only allowed us to run 10-11knts. Wasn't a fun ride.... 6.5 hrs later... We were Home! So... In Summary..... The trip really lousy. Not so much that we did not produce - It was: A. We should have been drinking beer on LAND somewhere B. We were a little Late. I think the warm water is gone from the Wilmington. Try to hunt for another spot before we put her away for the season. C. The tail Whoopin
  10. Randy, I just wanted to thank you again for that awesome Big Kahuna. I had the pleasure of a large sand tiger getting tangled in both of my lines which ended up causing serious problems at night. I ended up about 50 yards down the beach with little light and a snapping set of teeth. I had to put my rod down (reel facing up) and had a rouge wave wash up and nearly cover my whole reel in wet sand. That is the point when I just about lost it... I finally got the shark back into the water and my sandy gear back to the jeep. First thing I did was plug in my BK and was able to wash everything out and it was just about back to 100%. Normally, I would have dumped out my drinking water with no pressure and still had sand issues. After driving 11 miles down the beach in the pitch black of night with cooler full of fresh bait and plenty of fishing energy, the last thing I need is sandy conventional reels. (Bird's nest time) This may look like a sponsor plug, but guess what? IT IS! Gotta love that fresh water shower on Assateague Island.
  11. Feel free to come on out and help on Saturday, 9/29 at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, we could use all the help we can get!!! Here's the Press Release: PRESS RELEASE September 20, 2007 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: WaltTegge 757-721-2412 BACK BAY REFUGE TO HOST PUBLIC LANDS DAY EVENTS Virginia Beach, Virginia -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be holding two events as a part of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge’s Public Lands Day celebration on Saturday, September 29. The first event, a Refuge beach and trails cleanup, will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Groups or individuals interested in participating in the cleanup should sign up in advance by calling the Refuge at 757-721-2412. Those under 18 will need written parental permission. Volunteers should meet at the Refuge Visitor Contact Station at 8:45 a.m. on the morning of the event. Sturdy shoes, work gloves and long pants are recommended. Drinking water, insect repellent, and sun screen are also advisable. This is a great opportunity to help protect Back Bay, and to appreciate the wildlife values and natural beauty of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The second event is an introductory surf fishing workshop, for those interested in learning the basics of ocean surfcasting. Classroom instruction will be followed by a hands-on surf fishing lesson provided by members of Virginia Coastal Access Now. Loaner rods and bait/lures will be provided. The workshop will begin at Refuge headquarter at 2:00 p.m., with fishing to follow. The class is limited to 20 participants. Advance reservations are required, and can be had by calling the Refuge at 757-721-2412. A Virginia saltwater fishing license, or proof of exemption from same, is required. As a part of this National Public Lands Day celebration, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will also waive the usual entrance fee for all Refuge visitors on September 29. The Refuge is located in the Sandbridge area of southern Virginia Beach, and is open from dawn to dusk daily. - - FWS --
  12. I haven't seen an Offshore Report on here for a While... So, here is one for Everyone. My buddy Tommy stole My Boat last week and did very well... So this is how the story goes....... We ran out to the Wilmington and started trolling it was just awesome out there lots of life and some weeds so we stayed busy we worked up to the 100 and hit a ball picked up a dolphin Worked that ball and picked up two more on spinners with squid We trolled some more and decided that we needed to be hero or zero so picked up and ran half way between the Spencer and Wilmington. Marked some bait on the 100 and started trolling again within minutes with had a bite turned out to be a nice long fin Talked to a great guy on the squid boat FLICKA out of cape may and told me he was holding fish so worked my way up to the Spencer. We did not get a bite there so kept going. Got up to the natural hundred and Dave saw some bait so I turned the boat and bam there it was two on and one more chewing the spreader bar Me just being crazy So I stuck Daves fish first which was also tied up the the long rigger but it was all good then Robb was next and I am talking bloody...it was every where but that is a good thing Just puked up a ton a squid too funny Robb with his 69 lbs So we cleaned up and I was like guys we gotta go punched in the number and we had 86 to the barn so I put the coals to it and we were off with 3 hours to kill love a 26knt boat Still with two hours to go headed due west love it We got in at 930 and took us a while to clean the boat so got to bed late. All in all we always have a great time even though I pulled a Jim Short a couple of times...too much drinking but if your gonna do it right do it Jim Short style. Did have chicken and beer so maybe that is the trick I don't know. All I can say is that banner day on the Not Right love the boat and can't wait to get out there with Jim and Ryan for one of our Tred Barta trips. Pretty Work Boys
  13. From another site: Owning your own boat can be as bad as owning a swimming pool. the best thing about a pool can be knowing someone who has one. When you have your own pool, you'll notice more friends and more friendly neighbors. If you've always had a boat or pool, you may not notice the difference, you may just think you're the most popular guy on the block. Typical scenario: It's a hot summer daywhen Dave says, "Hey John, let's go over to Sean's house." John says, "Why Sean's house, I don't really like that guy?" Dave replies, " Me either but he's got a pool." And off they go. They show up at Sean's and use his towels, drinks his soda, eats his food, and track water into the bathroom when they go inside to take a leak....unless the basturds just piss in your pool. The wife has to like the ones coming to the pool but not necessarily on your boat BUT then you have the ol lady's relatives who come out of the woodwork for "summer visits." Anyway, here's the POINT. Know what kind of "guest" you should be. Here's a perfect example of what NOT to do if you are guest...I've had them all at various times but a couple of weeks ago I had a fishing trip that while extreme is all true. Here goes... The husband of a friend of Judy's wanted to go fishing. We set a time(my time is LIMITED) and his arrival was 2+ hours late because he stayed up all night drinking.... He shows up with no tackle, no rods, and no damn money! Not even a frigging sandwich! But in his mind he came prepared for the occasion, he brought his beer! If this dumbass were an air traffic controller, 9-1-1 would be a daily occurence! If you're a boat owner, you probably know all too well what it's like to have to cater to those you bring along but this guy was a total misfit. The worst part is that I already knew this and still allowed him to board my vessel! I tried to convince myself that everything was going to be okay, he really can't be that bad. Yeah right! This jackass made my past experiences with morons seem like peaches and cream! Listed below is a list of things he did and/or didn't do-he's my official idiot poster child and you can imagine how my day went. 1. Don't even bother to get in your car and drive if your beer is more important than the fishing trip 2. Do not come without food 3. Do bring your Silstar combo to destroy instead of my St Croix 4. Don't bother coming if you cannot tell the difference between holding bottom and having a fish on the hook 5. Don't come if you cannot follow simple directions 6. Don't come wearing black sole shoes 7. Don't come if you don't know the difference between a cutting board and a cooler top 8. Don't come if you don't know to cut your own bait with simple directions 9. Don't come if you only want to fish for 1-2 hours(unless that's the boat owners' plan) 10. Don't come if you use a $40.00 Russell fillet knife like it's an ice pick 11. Don't come if you cannot keep track or your beer, if you can't keep it in your hand, a cup holder, or keep it from spilling all over the captains' dashboard 12. Don't come if you have to take a shit but can't shit in a bucket 13. Don't come if you can't untangle the simplest tangle 14. Don't come if youo KNOW you can catch more fish at a different location than the one you're fishing 15. Don't come if you can't afford to chip in for gas, food, bait, drinks. And whatever you do, DO NOT borrow money when you get in to go for a beer run! 16. Don't come if you are not willing and/or able to at least hold onto a frigging rope at the dock without saying, "I'm sorry, I relaxed, the rope slipped outta my hands" as your $40, 000.00 starts to go out with the tide. 17. Don't come if you are not giong to offer to help clean up the f***ing mess you made of the captains' boat. In a nutshell, that is how my day was spent fishing with "Too Tall, Do It All, Know It All" Paul! Things you should do: Have respect, common sense, offer to bring food and drinks, bring your own equipment(understandable if you don't have it if you don't fish often), listen to your captain, have the ability to help pay for the trip(gas, bait, food, whatever), offer to help clean the vessel, and be prepared to pay for any lost or broken equipment that you were responsible for breaking or losing. The captain will gladly invite you back and the fishing trip will be pleasurable for everyone
  14. August 10, 2007 Inshore: It has been a wonderful week of warm weather and light winds. Watching the sun slowly rise over the mangrove islands truly a sight to behold. It's a fantastic time of year to get out on the water. Drink plenty of fluids and head out to your favorite fishing spot! Fishing slowed down the first part of the week, but picked back up the latter part. It looks like a great weekend ahead of us here on the Treasure Coast! Trout fishing picked back up by the last of this week and we had some really nice catches on both top water and live bait. Geoff Kahler topped off this weeks trout with a huge 29" gator trout on a top water lure. Rick Monterosso added a big 23" and Joe Vennarini added his share to the catch, too. Get out early for the best bite. Look to the usual trout spots like Round Island, Harbor Branch and the east shore to the south of Fort Pierce. With the heat and water temps much higher, the redfishing slowed down for us this week. Look the deeper water off the flats to find some hanging around. I believe once the water cools off some next month, we will find them back in their old haunts again. Eric Turgeon boated a very nice 27" redfish on a soft bait in three feet of water around the flats. Snook fishing has been an early bite and not many reports this month as they are still out of season. Joe Vennarini boated two snook this week with the largest at 26" on an early morning top water. They will continue patrolling the shallow flats before the sun rises for an early morning meal. The bridges and docks will also hold snook during the daytime. Live bait will be the best choice once the sun comes up. We had two huge fish lost around the docks this week. Todd Dziak and Rick Monterosso both had large fish hit a live pinfish and take off to parts unknown. From the way they fought, it was most likely a big grouper or black drum. Lots of snapper are still around the river along the channel edges and docks. We have still found some ladyfish and jacks around the river and some bluefish have continued to cut lines off. Get out there early! Tip of the Week: Keep cool out there on the water! Easier said than done I guess. Drinking lots of fluids, wearing a hat and getting out on a plane once in a while can all help. A lot of boats, like mine, don't offer shade or cover and keeping cool in 90 degree weather is very important. Wetting a towel in cool water and putting it around your neck can help keep you cooler. Getting on the water early and off the water before the worst of the days heat arrives can also help. The fishing is great this time of year, so keep your cool out there while you are fishing!! As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!! Good Fishing and Be Safe, Captain Charlie Conner
  15. WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Ireland is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been....Unfortunately I didn't get to fish. The commercial trawler I was supposed to go out on was in dry dock for repairs. I did get to see it and its a beautiful wooden boat built in 1947. I have pictures and will get some uploaded later. I'm attempting to build a slide show with some music and will hopefully get a link to that so its a little more enjoyable. So, back to the fishing....I was supposed to go out friday night 5pm-11pm with a guy who "pot" fishes. Basically baited pots you never know what you're going to get, fish, crabs, eels, lobster etc...however Gale force winds and VERY rough seas that day prevented that trip from happening. Ciara's Uncle John was going to take me out on sunday, but didn't realize that we were leaving that day.........Oh well, no such luck, guess it gives me a reason to go back again. We did plenty of Drinking, I swear I need to Detox for a month at least.....Every night but one we at least had a few drinks.....Most evenings were spent at the pub drinking Bulmers Cider. I Did try a Real Irish Guiness, however those just sit too heavy for me. The taste was good....just can't get enough pints in me with those The town we stayed in was Ballinskelligs, which is a small community on the southwest corner of the island. There was an Old Abby, Graveyard, Castle, Fishing house, abandonded coast guard station, working pier, an old abandoned pier the british built (against the warnings of the locals that said it would never work in that location) and all the NARROW DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE CAR ROADS you could ask for....Driving was definitely a challenge there. It was a really great trip and Ciara's family is absolutely wonderful.....they welcomed me like I'd been coming for years. I did have difficulty understanding some of them with the accent, but most of them slowed down enough so that I could catch what they were saying......Although it was a great trip, I'm glad to be home and can't wait to get out on the water again I may try and get out on monday since I'm off, but will definitely be down on lake anna with the kids and family doing some fishing, tubing etc etc etc while you all are at the beach for the summer fling!!!!!!!!!
  16. According to the US Commission on Ocean Policy the number of non-native species in US oceans has increased during the past two centuries and the rate is not tapering, and the effects are costing the US economy about $137 billion a year. They are commonly introduced by ballast water and hull fouling. It gets easier for invasive species to go from place to place because they tag along. This week on Cape Cod and in Boston Harbor, a form of red seaweed that has never been detected this far north. This leafy algae, probably from Japan, is known to take over and smother the habitat of native organisms, but it is too early to tell whether it is causing damage in New England. The red seaweed can replace other algae that snails and other invertebrates rely on for food during the winter. Researchers say there are usually one or two new invasive species each time they have done the study. The most aggressive genus, like Didemnum, are a group of sea squirts that cover the sea floor like a mat replacing the organisms that fish and shellfish eat. These colonies are able to morph into various shapes such as long rope or beard-like colonies hanging from docks, ship hulls and lines to the mat type with appendages that cover and drape rough sea-beds of pebbles, rocks etc. Didemnum are colonies of creamy yellow thick sponge-like masses that cover sea floors, and even their own colonies with flexible, irregular, long, flat, leaf, frond cylindrical branches forming gelatinous blankets. Drinking water plants are experiencing clogged intake pipes and native organisms have been replaced by the notorious invasion of the zebra mussels in fresh waters. Unlike invasive plants, there are about 1,600 species of sea squirts commonly known as sea grapes because of their tough outer skin are invertebrates that attach to pilings, oyster shells and stones near the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Surprisingly, Sea squirts are able to squirt a stream as far as two feet, when removed from the water. This common sea grape releases both eggs and sperm into the water and after several days sucking tadpole-like larvae attach themselves to objects and in several more days they develop gill slits, organism’s digestive, circulatory and reproductive organs including a nerve cord, brain, equilibrium and lens eye. How scary is this? ... An adult sea squirt can reproduce itself from only a fragment of a tiny blood vessel in less than a week. The USGS and NOAA are requesting help from fishermen. If they encounter the sea squirt in their catch or on their gear and can report the position, depth of the catch, habitat or sediment type, this would be very useful. If they have a digital photo of the sea squirt, please send it along with any information to pvalentine@usgs.gov.
  17. Someone emailed this to me,they must think I have it.:happy3: A. A. A. D. D. -- Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder I was just diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D. -- Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. This is how it manifests itself: ; I decide d to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I looked over at my car and decided my car needs washing. As I started toward the garage, I noticed that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier. &nbs p; I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. & nbsp; I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full. So I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first. ; But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garb age anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only 1 check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find a can of Coke that I had been drinking. &nb sp; I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. I see that the Coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold. & nbsp; As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need to be watered. &nb sp; I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning. Then I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers. ; I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers. &nb sp; I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spilled on the floor. So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill, then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do. ; At the end of the day: ----the car isn't washed, ----the bills aren 't paid, ----there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter, ----the flowers don't have enough water, ----there is still only 1 check in my checkbook, ----I can't find the remote, & nbsp; ----I can't find my glasses, ----and I don't remember what in the world I did with the car keys! &nb sp; Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled, because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired. I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail. &nbs p; Do me a favor, will you? Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don't remember to whom it has been sent. ; Don't laugh-- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!!! &nb sp; Growing older is mandatory. Growing up is optional. Laughing at yourself is therapeutic. ; PS - I just walked outside and SOMEONE LEFT THE WATER RUNNING IN THE DRIVEWAY! &nbs p;
  18. I don't know how everybody else feels about it, but to me I think Hispanic people in this country, legally or illegally, made a huge public relations mistake with their recent demonstrations. I don't blame anybody in the world for wanting to come to the United States of America, as it is a truly wonderful place. But when the first thing you do is set foot illegally on American soil, it is flat out wrong and I don't care how many lala land left heads come out of the woodwork and start trying to give me sensitivity lessons. I don't need sensitivity lessons, in fact I don't have any-thing against Mexicans! I just have something against criminals and anybody who comes into this country illegally is a criminal and if you don't believe it, try coming into America from a foreign country without a passport and see how far you get. What disturbs me about the demonstrations is that it's tanta-mount to saying, "I am going to come into your country even if it means breaking your laws and there's nothing you can do about it." It's an "in your face" action and speaking just for me, I don't like it one little bit and if there were a half dozen pairs of gonads in Washington bigger than English peas it wouldn't be happening. Where are you, you bunch of lily livered, pantywaist, forked tongued, sorry excuses for defenders of The Constitution? Have you been drinking the water out of the Potomac again? And even if you pass a bill on immigration it will probably be so pork laden and watered down that it won't mean anything anyway Besides, what good is another law going to do when you won't enforce the ones on the books now? And what ever happened to the polls, guys? I thought you folks were the quintessential finger wetters. Well you sure ain't paying any attention to the polls this time because somewhere around eighty percent of Americans want some thing done about this mess, and mess it is and getting bigger everyday. This is no longer a problem, it is a dilemma and headed for being a tragedy. Do you honestly think that what happened in France with the Muslims can't happen here when the businesses who hire these people finally run out of jobs and a few million disillusioned Hispanics take to the streets? If you, Mr. President, Congressmen and Senators, knuckle under on this and refuse to do something meaningful it means that you care nothing for the kind of country your children and grand-children will inherit. But I guess that doesn't matter as long as you get re-elected. Shame on you. One of the big problems in America today is that if you have the nerve to say anything derogatory about any group of people (except Christians) you are going to be screamed at by the media and called a racist, a bigot and anything else they can think of to call you Well I've been pounded by the media before and I'm still rockin' and rollin' and when it comes to speaking the truth I fear not. And the truth is that the gutless, gonadless, milksop politicians are just about to sell out the United States of America because they don't have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to face reality. And reality is that we would never allow any other group of people to have 12 million illegal in this country and turn around and say, "Oh it's ok, ya'll can stay here if you'll just allow us to slap your wrist." And I know that some of you who read this column are saying "Well what's wrong with that?" I'll tell you what's wrong with it. These people could be from Mars as far as we know. We don't know who they are, where they are or what they're up to and the way the Congress is going we're not going to. Does this make sense? Labor force you say? We already subsidize corporate agriculture as it is, must we subsidize their labor as well? If these people were from Haiti would we be so fast to turn a blind eye to them or if they were from Somalia or Afghanistan ? I think not. All the media shows us are pictures of hard working Hispanics who have crossed the border just to try to better their life. They don't show you pictures of the Feds rounding up members of MS 13, the violent gang who came across the same way the decent folks did. They don't tell you about the living conditions of the Mexican illegal some fat cat hired to pick his crop. I want to make two predictions. No. 1: This situation is going to grow and fester until it erupts in violence on our streets while the wimps in Washington drag their toes in the dirt and try to figure how many tons of political hay they can make to the acre. No 2: Somebody is going to cross that border with some kind of weapon of mass destruction and set it off in a major American city after which there will be a backlash such as this country has never experienced and the Capitol building in Washington will probably tilt as Congressmen and Senators rush to the other side of the issue. I don't know about you but I would love to see just one major politician stand up and say, "I don't care who I make mad and I don't care how many votes I lose, this is a desperate situation and I'm going to lead the fight to get it straightened out." I don't blame anybody for wanting to come to America , but if you don't respect our immigration laws why should you respect any others? And by the way, this is America and our flag has stars and stripes Please get that other one out of my face. God Bless America Charlie Daniels This was sent to me and I just had to post it. Ron Paul is a conservative constitutionalist and should get the nod from the GOP. He has a real immigration plan too. Check out his stance on the issues. Issues
  19. I've got a trip coming up and need to get into rigging up. I'd like to hear your stories about a small detail biting you in the . I have two off the top of my head. One is a 3 day trip this fall where I didn't get a sniff for 3 days until the final 2 hours. Around 3:00 my Tica clicker goes off about 3 feet hard rod tip and all and then NOTHING. I forgot to bring beads that trip and the entire time my FF slide was directly against the knot, I later realized that the FF was getting jammed into and on the knot during the cast so when a fish picked it up the FF was nullified. I still think that is why that fish dropped the bait that day, could have saved my trip for about a penny. All summer sharkin I had no bites, I had a couple of what I thought was my line getting stuck on a fin where it would slowly bend over, bounce once or twice and then release. My mistake that I realized halfway through the season was that I was tying my WHOLE brick directly to a swivel. Well I found out later the brick was getting sanded over so when I did pickup a bite even the chark couldn't pull the brick lose. My last charkin trip I switched to a 20 oz weight on a FF setup on the yakked bait, sure enough same thing happened, the rod bent then bounced and this time took off! Had it fixed but probably missed 4-5 charks last summer after 150+ hours because of it. So last year I picked up a few things that have made all the difference for me so far. Pay attention to the details and fish your tail off when you are out there. I learned the second on a day where there was at least 1000 rods in the first 4 miles of beach in November, saw only 2 fish caught that day by guys that never sat down, they checked every 10 minutes and pulled off untouched bait for fresh bloody and oily chunks. That was the only difference and it worked, I started fishing harder, not sitting down etc...sure enough the fish got hungrier. What is the difference between checking every 10 minutes and every 15 minutes on a day where you pulled in unmolested bait...2 36" stripers to be exact not 60 yards from where I was crammed in. My buddies all think that surf fishing is drinking and chilling on the beach, they're right. Surf catching is an exhausting rewarding day with a fish that you'll never forget...got lucky enough to figure that part out and bagged a few memories so far. Pay attention to the details and fish your arse off, try it...you'll like it when it works! These are just a few things I figured out last year, I still have no clue what I'm doing overall. Share your botched rig stories, or stupid breakoff/knot stories on this thread we've all got em. I don't want to repeat anything that could be avoided.
  20. World History - As it Really Happened Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter. The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups: Liberals and Conservatives. Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early human were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed. Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement. Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q's and doing the sewing, fetching and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement. Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. The rest became known as girliemen. Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy and group hugs and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided. Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass. Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare. Another interesting revolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn't fair to make the pitcher also bat. Conservatives drink domestic beer. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, athletes, Marines, and generally anyone who works productively. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living. Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America. They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get MORE for nothing. This ends today's lesson in world history: It should be noted that a Liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily respond to the above before forwarding it. A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other true believers, and to more liberals just to tick them off. :icon_salut:
  21. Ok, so the guys take a trip every year. Boy's weekend we call it. We put our canoes in at Kelly's Ford, just outside of Warrenton, VA. We camp just before the confluence of the Rappahannock and Rapidan about 13 miles into the trip and do the remaining 11 miles on sunday. We have a great time drinking beer, BSing down the river and catching more smallmouth than we know what to do with. I'll be doing this trip 8/12-13 this year and can't wait to get back with stories and pictures. Here are some pictures from last year's trip.....We can be an unruley bunch so I had to be careful which pictures to post but you can defenitely appreciate the fun and beauty of this trip. Oh without fail, within the first mile of the trip we ALWAYS see Bald Eagles flying down the river. This trip is not for the timid though as there are plenty of class II and III rapids. Don't let the picture of the confluence fool you, it is defenitely a Class III even though you can't see it in the picture......Once inside the confluence it was neccessary to paddle and control the canoe instead of taking pictures.
  22. as reported in the Costal Fisherman, Monk Petit passed away on monday. I knew Monk well, we both started kicking around the marinas of OC at an early age, he even fish wth my dad and I when we had our boat at the old White Marlin Marina. Monk work as a mate and most recently work as a fish-cleaner at Sunset Marina. Monk buddy you'll be greatly missed:-( many a night we sat at Anglers drinking Rumrunners till we couldn't walk & talk straight:) I remember a dock party during the 1976 WMO in which dads mate Jimmy made some "purple Jesus" in a cooler and when we got down to the fruit, there were 3 Norfolk Spot in the bottom of the cooler mixxed in wth all that alcohol-laden fruit, it was Monk who snuck the fish in there when nobody was looking, we laughed all night about it and for a loooong time afterwards. RIP my friend and CSB bro':eusa_pray:
  23. Well after all the talking I figured I'd post a report on the chark/vacation trip we took. It was 5 couples 35 fishing rods that made the trip including my yak. We had a place on the beach so we just fished right there, day one ended up with some whiting kept for bait and me making a fool of myself with the cast net, almost pulled my teeth out. Day two I chased the tide down the beach for 2 hours...(brief beach lesson on Folly, from low to high the water will move up to 400 yards, it is a very shallow rise on this beach, the low tide will hold about 3 hours and the high does the same then it starts eating up beach. We really only had success on the low because on the high even out 300 yards you were in 10 ft of dirty water) after 3 hours of catching doggies and whiting my rod doubles over, my buddy grabs it for me and as I'm yelling no, no, no sets my circle hook with all his might...shark on luckily! Unfortunately on a 15 lb rod, this was the LOW tide and I had a bar to get him over with about 1 ft or water on it so I wasn't very confident. I played the shark for about 15 minutes before I surfed him over the bar on a wave and another 15 minutes in the gut while the crowd formed. In the gut I saw he was hooked in the left pec, the hookset must have yanked the circle out of his mouth but somehow after the drop caught him in the pec. The result was a "HAMMERHEAD" yell from people on the beach. It was a bonnethead shark nearly 5ft in length and 45-50 lbs, biggest the locals there had seen. It was about 15 minutes to get the thing revived after that fight and the fanfare all the while my buddies were hooking up in the shark blitz while I'm chest deep in the gut and they are fighting sharks right next to me. Sharpnose and bonnetheads about 6 landed in 2 hours and about 10 hooked. From what I know the Bonnethead would have been a state record but it was foul hooked and another person touched the rod...oh well would have been nice but I wouldn't have killed it with all those kids watching anyway. We hooked them consistently until the tide pushed us off our hole. Caught on shrimp, bunker, squid. the guy who caught and landed the most used a double bottom rig with 2 shrimp pieces and size 4 hooks with mono right out of the package!!! Remember we were fishing for whiting so we really weren't prepared with our big rods or steel. Went back out that evening on the low and had great action, if you haven't walked out 150 yards to cast in the dark you haven't lived...a little sketchy. Especially after the baits went out, we had a hookup on a whiting...big deal, bring him in, WHAM, line goes out, half a whiting comes in, cast out remainer and immediate hookup with a drop, cast out one from baitl and hook up and land all within 5 minutes...safe to say charky was feeding heavily and here we are walking through the gut to cast. We had another guy get clipped by a ST and lose his rig. This is what kayaks are for but I wasn't about to yak baits our for 6 rods with only shrimp on them, I'd never stop. Kept a sharpnose to try on the grill for lunch, steaked it with butter and old bay, I was shocked it was really good. That was it...one day hot and heavy and nary a fish or shark the rest of the trip, I underestimated the ability of our wives to keep us off the beach at night and we had 40 kt blows during the day that wouldn't hold 13 oz, it was fishable but with the people around we wanted out lines in front of us so they knew where we were. We didn't see a porpoise or pelican after day two. I woke up early day 4 after getting skunked on sharks on day 3 fishing identical conditions to day 2 to see the shrimpers about 1/4 mile off the breakers at 5:30...ruined the fishing for the trip. There were spots we could have went but talking about our shark blitz and drinking beer took precedent for some reason. Thanks for all the help Steve, we could have hooked up every day using your tips on a Stag trip, just not in the cards on this one to leave for 5 hours every day. It was disappointing but everyone caught a shark on spinning gear casting from the surf so that was cool. I've got them all hooked for AI charking now, I'm gonna need more beer and firewood.
  24. Homeless man A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner. The man took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?" "No, I had to stop drinking years ago," the homeless man replied. "Will you use it to go fishing instead of buying food?" the man asked. "No, I don't waste time fishing," the homeless man said. "I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive." "Will you spend this on greens fees at a golf course instead of food?" the man asked. "Are you NUTS!" replied the homeless man. "I haven't played golf in 20 years!" "Will you spend the money on a woman in the red light district instead of food?" the man asked. "What disease would I get for ten lousy bucks?" exclaimed the homeless man. "Well," said the man, "I'm not going to give you the money. Instead, I'm going to take you home for a terrific dinner cooked by my wife." The homeless man was astounded. "Won't your wife be furious with you for doing that? I know I'm dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting." The man replied, "That's okay. It's important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up beer, fishing, golf, and sex."