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Everything posted by BJS

  1. Not from the surf, but from my sis' dock in Princess Anne Hills (Rainy Gut?) on the fly rod with chartreuse clouser 3 days ago - missed a 2nd after a brief fight. Both we're in ~5# range. Hope to find a few this evening at sunset. Merry Christmas to all! -b
  2. Gang, I'm rolling up to Chincoteague tomorrow with the family; it will be the first time with our new fishing craft in tow - Kaku Wahoo and Kaku Kahuna. Excited to get on the water with the fly rod and baitcasters and was curious if anyone has any recent reports? Captain Steve's reports are running light. Warm regards and a Happy 4th to all, Brad
  3. No luck today, nary a bite. Brother-in-law was using fish bite jigs; I was using cut mullet. Worked all along the jetty on the left side of the "Croatan Inlet" and all along the "metal channel" between the beach and the far rock jetty. At least the paddle boarders and surf boarders were all catching a good ride. Cheers, BJS -
  4. Hi gang, Fished under the bridge at Rudee inlet last evening from about 5PM - 8PM on the outgoing tide. Brother-in-law and I were using (poor) cut finger mullet - managed to land 4 puppy drum and broke a decent sized Stripper off raising up to the dock on a light spinning rod (pimp came out of nowhere demanding payment and we were credit card bound in a cash only society, the goods he summarily retrieved). Saw a kayaker head out to the jetty (I assume) for about an hour, curious how he fared. Looking for recommendations on where good bait can be bought in the Va Beach area - will be fishing on Black Friday as the ladies shop. Strong chance of headed into Seashore State Park to work the flies along the grass - saw some lovely aquatic terrain while running a memorial turkey trot there this morning...followed up with bloody marys, peppermint patties, and Capt. Morgan endorsed spiced rum. So the keyboard action is a little fast and loose this AM. Happy Thanksgiving and tight lines, Brad
  5. Was up at AI last weekend fishing the new cut by parking lot one with the surf rod and cut mullet; four of us managed to land about 15 redfish (2 keepers; rest were 1/4" short) from about 11 AM - 6 PM, best action for us was during the incoming tide. Guys 100 yards south of us were fishing a good pocket and catching everything beyond the break during slack tide leading up to incoming tide. They easily bested us. Park ranger said guys had been killing it with the redfish the previous day north of the cut. Due to Sandy closing part of the beach road, it was about a mile walk in - carried all on a wheelbarrow, but kept the competition minimal. Check the Assateague Island NWR site for latest access road updates. Hoping to work Croatan a bit during thanksgiving weekend (surf and fly rods). Tight lines, Brad
  6. Sorry to reply 5 months late, but I've had fun there with an 8 wt, fishing chartreuse clousers. Was up there last weekend fishing the new cut by parking lot one with the surf rod and the four of us managed to land about 15 redfish (2 keepers; rest were 1/4" short) - I was frustrated that I'd left the fly rod back at the cottage as the fish were close enough to the beach at high tide to have easily been working them with flies. Due to Sandy closing part of the beach road, it would have been a mile walk back to the truck to get back to the house, so I opted for "the fish in hand, rather than the fish in the bush". -brad
  7. South jetty; all parts reachable from the shore (surf casting) -brad
  8. Experienced Locals, What would be the expected general effects of tonight's and tomorrow's NW/N winds be on fishing the jetty around Rudee Inlet / Croatan? Looks like it'll blow consistently in the low to mid 20s tonight, dropping to the mid teens tomorrow. Would that normally bugger up the fishing, boost it, or who knows what? Will be opting for the surf rod over the fly rod until things hopefully calm a bit this wknd - will likely be hucking out bunker chunks. All advice welcome as I'll ponder it over a beer or two tonight. :-) Thanks, Brad
  9. All, Just back in and thawing fingers after fishing 3 hours of outgoing tide - was jazzed to land and release a 20" striper and an 18" red drum. Was tossing bunker and mullet. Looking forward to another evening of the same tomorrow. Going to try the back end of Rudee tomorrow AM with the fly rod. G'nite, Brad
  10. All, Headed for A.I. this evening with my dad and being joined by my brother and three high school buddies tomorrow. Four blissful days of beer and surf fishing on the Hook - I can't wait. Having grown up in the Shenandoah Valley, it's a ton of fun to share new adventures with guys you've been hanging with for 30+ years - it'll be the first taste of fly fishing in the surf for all of them and last year's trip was the first surf fishing as a whole for two of them. I'll likely not be able to post a report until Sunday evening late. If you catch yourself up in A.I. this weekend and down near the Hook, I'll have a cold beverage on ice to share - likely the only guy out there with the fly rod. Anyone interested in a little fishing over Turkey Day down at Va. Beach just let me know as I'll be down at the sister-in-law's place near the ocean front. Cheers, Brad
  11. Had a great time up on A.I. over the weekend playing in the surf with the fly rod and the surf rod. Only managed to land some rays on the surf rod, not a bite on the fly rod. Whole weekend was slow all around fish wise - I believe the leading fish on the tournament board on Saturday was an 11# Striper. My dad landed a schoolie and a small flounder. Maybe I'll have better luck this weekend in Croatan. Take care, Brad
  12. Stephen, I can toss out two places that are accessible to easy fly fishing - beneath Lesner Bridge and the Croatan side of Rudee Inlet. Access Lesner by taking Atlantic Ave north and it will turn into Shore Drive, this will then cross Lesner Bridge which drains Lynnhaven Bay (~8 miles from Va Beach boardwalk). Parking is on left (far side of bridge) and costs ~$5 (cash). Very strong current. For Croatan, take Croatan Road off of General Booth Blvd near Rudee Inlet, then left on Surfside Ave. There is free public parking on Surfside. Walk north to the tip of South Atlantic Ave. I've never seen the city property notice enforced as I walk thru the area to reach the ocean front (fishing the dock structure on the inlet side during day light hours may be a different story :-) I'm not local to Va. Beach, it is just stuff I've picked up over the years visiting the in-laws. Best luck to date has been with chartreuse clousers. Tight lines, Brad
  13. FishBum, I always enjoy tooling about on the south side of Rudee Inlet (Croatan). You can wade out near the jetty and there's various structure to fish about. Feel free to PM me for parking directions. Cheers, Brad
  14. http://hamptonroads.com/2010/01/norfolk-angler-lands-beast-flimsy-fly-rod?cid=srch
  15. Kudos to this guy: http://hamptonroads.com/2010/01/norfolk-an...-flimsy-fly-rod -Brad
  16. All, Headed up to Chincoteague for the next 5 days with the family, will look to toss about a fly (or maybe a small block of ice) during the nights as long as the circulation holds out. Will try to keep a daily posting, if possible. Happy New Year and tight Striper lines, Brad
  17. That chapstick is some handy advice...I had plenty of ice filling up the guides. No dice on any fish, did get in 2 outings at the first bridge out to AI and one at the park behind the Vietnamese restaurant. The full moon emptied the creek faster than I expected the first night, should have been there about 60-90 minutes earlier. Temp was cold at 24 and windy, could only pull off 90 minutes of fishing - fished a black deceiver the whole time. Tried incoming tide the next day, still windy and no action - fished chartreuse clousers, olive popper, and a deceiver. Did score some handy info on the lay beneath the second bridge to AI...nice little 2-3 foot drop off on the upper side of the bridge - will try floating flies across the lip next time on outgoing tide (will have to have the waders in tow to get at the good part of the water. Even though I missed out on the fish, the scenery was spectacular with the full moon and crisp nights. Guys fishing the surf said they have a real slow year; guy had one 30" striper that represented the only hit of the weekend for him...was sorta cursing the fish as he'd now have to stay until dark to keep fishing in hopes of catching more, he'd caught it 5 minutes prior to packing up at about 1pm on New Year's Day. Ahh, the addiction. LOL Tight lines. -Brad
  18. Went out for a bit last Sunday AM (11/29) beneath Lesner for the first time (note to self, arrive the first time with $4 for parking). The tide was outgoing...impressive volume and velocity rolling out of there, felt like I was back fly fishing in the Valley. No dice on fish, but fun walking about, watching a bit of the dredge / tugs, and exploring up the channel. Man to have a kayak to explore back through there along the grasses. Sunday PM, I took my daughter and 4 nephews / nieces over to Croatan to toss some mullet towards the jetty and enjoy the lovely 60 degree / sunny weather. One nephew caught a small flounder...he was really jazzed. Funny how all the kids wanted to then fish for the next 10 minutes before the attention spans waned; kids had a blast perusing the beach to find what that Noreaster had deposited. Cheers, Brad
  19. Gang, That time of year to revisit the in-laws...and quietly sneak out the back door to flip a few flies around Rudde / Croatan / Lynnhaven. If there's any interest, I'll probably head out late on 11/25, 11/26, or sometime during the day on 11/27 - 11/29. Happy Turkey Day, Brad
  20. Nice work man, glad to see your diligence being rewarded. Curious what depth you were fishing the bucktails at - I've got a handful of chartreuse Clousers I may try out at Lesnar this evening on the fly rod (first time fishing Lesnar) and looking to roll up with the right line already on the rod. Due to the volume / current combination, I was thinking the weighted line was likely the best bet to get the flies down a tad under the surface. Take care JK, Brad
  21. Picked up one speckled trout on my 3rd cast around 12:30 AM over in Croatan on an outgoing tide, was fishing a black Deceiver. My mom is down for the holiday and wanted to tag along out of curiosity - she'll be getting invites every time now. :-) I've been hard pressed to catch much of anything down this way on the fly rod, have had a little luck up in Chincoteague with some schoolie stripers. Headed up there over the Christmas holidays. Tight lines, Brad
  22. Hey gang, I'm headed down for a 4 day weekend starting Thursday to stay with the sis-in-law, she lives 2 blocks from Rudee. Curious if there is any action to speak of, I'm gonna wet some flies. -Brad
  23. Merry Christmas All! I tossed the clouser around Rudee Inlet yesterday for about 3 hours leading into the mid-day low tide using a weighted line. Played around the jetty, the rocks, and the backside City dock. No dice, but the wind kept it a workout (managed not to hook an ear) and got a little more experience on the backcast on a few areas of approach. Was able to take down some good info being that it was low tide and I could explore some of the landscape since I had my waders with me. Will head out this evening and see if Santa has left a trout or striper or two for me? Take care and tight lines, Brad
  24. Thanks for the location tip and big thanks on the safety tip - that'll be new territory to me. Is the Lesner Bridge the one near Crab Creek Outfitters? Thanks, Brad
  25. Fish On - I may try for some stripers this week up here in Richmond, I work along the fall line of the James, pretty convenient. I've had good luck with smallies on the 6 wt. rod there this summer. I've had good luck with the trout this year, too, up in the Shenandoah Valley - just getting skunked on the saltwater side of the house. Mega Bite - I really appreciate the pic of your fly box, I've got about 1/2 of them and will look to pick up the missing items to increase my options. Nice to have the flies that I do have validated. Having grown up in the mountains, the saltwater is a different beast so I'm doing my best to read up (I've found "Saltwater Fly Fishing" by Mike Starke handy), chat up veterans, and spend time on the water (wading is my preference) to build knowledge. Any recommended reads on species / seasons / bait preferences specific to Virginia would be greatly appreciated. Tight lines and a Happy New Year to you guys, Brad