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  1. I always love your pictures and the research. Did you ever get an ID on the fish? My guess was an Atlantic Pomfret, but the only one I've ever seen was a mount. Bill
  2. Tuna are coming from the North, too! We got into a nice class of yellowfin in the Poorman's on Saturday, and a few boats got into some Bigeyes. It's on! Bill
  3. So I finally got my fishing stuff back from Air Tran. They sent it to BWI from Bermuda. Then BWI sent it back to Bermuda! It returned to BWI over the weekend. My wife was away, so I had to park and walk across the airport with my 2 year old and 3 year old in tow. When they took me to retrieve my package, the box was both smashed and open. TSA had opened it to inspect it and never re-sealed the box. My Avet 50w and Star Handcrafted rod were no longer wrapped in bubble wrap. Luckily, the only things missing were a handful of crimps. Their bags had also been opened and not re-sealed.
  4. I helped a friend sail his boat back from Bermuda to the Chesapeake Bay last week, trolling the whole way. This will be a long read, but we had a great adventure. Saturday July 6th- We arrived at about 3pm. After clearing the immigration line, I headed to baggage to get the only thing I checked-my fishing equipment. It turns out, Air Tran only does 1 flight there a day, so the Air Tran staff only works from 2-3pm. By the time I got there, they were long gone and my fishing stuff was locked in a secure area that nobody at the airport could access. Sunday July 7th- We departed at about 10am (without my fishing stuff) with light North winds. We were on the eastern side of the Bermuda high pressure system that has been controlling the weather here for a few weeks. We sailed out of St. George Harbour heading west along the south side of the island. Without my fishing gear, we had a medium action spinning rod and an old boat rod. The reel on the boat rod was a Penn Long Beach with a knob that fell off everytime you tried to crank it. We made 6 knots as we sailed over the reefs. The water was gorgeous. In 80', you could see your shadow on the bottom. The spinning rod went down. After being taken all the way down to the spool, we boated a 10lb Almaco Jack. He would join a couple triggers we caught in the harbor for dinner that night. Monday July 8th- The almaco jack provided the only action on our first day. The wind had died overnight. We were motoring west at about 5.5 knots. The water was flat calm. The only life we saw all day was flying fish and small scattered pieces of Sargasso. No fish for us. We found a nice swimming hole in about 3 miles of water. Tuesday July 9th- More light winds and motoring. We saw a pod of dolphins in the morning. We could still here Bermuda over the VHF about 200 miles away from the island. We probably passed about 50 Portuguese Man o' War. Good thing we got the swimming out of the way. No other life besides the flying fish. In the afternoon, we got far enough west to find the good South winds and we were making good speed under sail. Wednesday July 10th- Good south winds and calm seas. We made between 7-8 knots all day. We saw a pod of whales and 2 pods of dolphins. They didn't spend much time on the surface. They appeared to be feeding deep. Seas built as the day went on. Still no fish. Thursday July 11th- Good winds and building seas. No fish. We had set a course that would put us south of the Bay entrance anticipating the Gulfstream pushing us north. When we hit the stream, we were greeted with squalls. Blinding, stinging rain and 30-40 kt south winds. On the first squall, we broke a reef line. The captain climbed the mast in 10' seas to fix it. The next sqall blew out a seam in the main sail. We had to wait for it to pass before we could take it down and stitch it. We were heeled over too much to run the motor. We bobbed like a cork, taking an ass kicking most of the day. With the main repaired, we started making some progress. Overnight, we had 10-15' seas. Friday July 12th- We exited the Gulfstream 40 miles north of where we entered. We adjusted our course to take us to the north side of the Bay entrance. At over 100 miles off Virginia, the water had turned noticeably dirtier. At about 7:30am, we caught a bullet tuna. Finally a fish! We had a substandard sushi breakfast. We boxed a couple small Mahi, so we had dinner too. We sailed under the bridge tunnell at about 8pm. It was good to be back in the bay. Overnight, we dodged shipping traffic as we made our way north. Saturday July 13th- We were off of Reedville at about 5am. We made it to Point Lookout, trolling spoons at about 6 knots then both rods went down hard. I pulled in the boat rod first. It was a 42" Red Drum! We took some pics, then revived and released her. The spinner took a little longer to get in. Just as we were about to lip gaff the second big Red, the hook broke. Oh well, she would have been released anyway. That was the last of the fishing action. Just after sunset, we passed the Bay Bridge and turned up the Magothy River. We reached the slip on Black Hole Creek at about 10pm. In summary, most of the ocean is a desert with very sparse life. We are lucky to live where we do, with structure and current that help concentrate it. The toughest thing about the fishing we did was finding lures that ran well in the sea conditions at the speeds were were making. I also kept the lures on the small side because we would be easily outgunned by any good sized pelagic. It's good to be home. Next year, maybe we'll hit the Azores. Bill
  5. New Virginia Summer Flounder Regs have been approved for 4 fish at 16.5". There were a lot of trips where that would have made a world of difference. Two years ago (18.5" limit), catching over 200 fish in a day with only one keeper, I wondered how many fish died after being thrown back. If it were 1 in 10, we would have killed 20 fish that we didn't get to eat. What a waste of the resource. This will also be a boost to the economies of Wachapreague and Chincoteague. Times have been pretty tough on the shore. For me it's a little over 3 hours to get there. The last few years I haven't bothered too many times, because if I wanted keepers, I would hit the wrecks off Ocean City. With this size limit, small boat backwater fishing will be a viable option again. Bill
  6. That works too. The benefit of stiff rigging was taught to me by a commercial hook & line tuna fishermen. He had many days on the water with many years of logs. It's a good technique, too.
  7. If you are using line that's too heavy to tie, you can get the same effect with a crimp if you go in through the point side of the hook eye, around the shank, and out from the back to the front. Same thing if you are using cable to make a stiff rig for a trolling bait. I might actually have a video demonstration of the experiment. I'll post it if I can find it. I've rigged a lot of different stuff for a lot of different people in a lot of different countries. If you have any questions, I am more than happy to help. Bill
  8. If you snell, tie from the side of the eye facing the hook point. This may make your hook turn a little upward. This is not a bad thing and may even increase your hookup ratio. Try this experiment: Snell a short shanked J hook on a 6-8' piece of leader, then tie that same type of hook with a clinch knot. Now hold the end of the leader and toss the hook into a bucket. Slowly pull the leader until the hook either catches the rim of the bucket or falls out. If you do it 10 times with each one, the snelled hook should beat the other one consistently. The bucket experiment doesn't work as well with circle hooks, but if you test by fishing, you should hook fish better with the snelled one. Bill
  9. Pay attention to the one about the license!
  10. That depends on which inlet you are fishing out of. 000's refers to the Loran line. Usually when one gives the loran line, they will also give the depth-100 fathoms, etc. A lot of charts still have the loran lines on them, otherwise you can set your chartplotter to show them or find a converter online. Bill
  11. Heading out of OCMD on monday. Last weekend everyone crushed school bluefin. That water has moved and blended since then so we might have to work to find 'em now. We may fish near the Washngton, but that's subject to change at this point. Good luck if you go, Bill
  12. RockStar2

    New favorite quote!

    Sign me up for some of that!
  13. RockStar2

    old school

    I agree with Bob. They're a great bait. I like them on the long rigger. I rig a bunch at a time and pack each one individually in a Food Saver pouch. That way if we don't use all the ones in the cooler, we can refreeze them. The ones I use are a foot long or so. Bill
  14. RockStar2

    Braid for Bluefin

    Well the Daiwa Saltiga Boat Braid can't be too bad. On Saturday, I set up a guy with a Shimano Trevala, a Torium 20 and the 70lb Daiwa braid with a flourocabon wind on. On Sunday he killed a 259lb Bluefin! Bill
  15. Those regs are good news. Last July our crew caught about 180 fish with only 1 keeper. If 1 in 10 of the throwbacks dies on average, then we killed 19 and only got to eat 1. That's very wasteful of the resource and very tough on towns like Wachapreague and local tackle retailers who cater to flounder fishermen. Bill