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Just now, FryDog62 said:

Dang gravel lizards keep hitting my bass lures.. 

Well, fillet them up...that'll teach them.

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Finally got out for a salmon fish today. Took a buddy and his wife and daughter out, got three nice eater size salmon and three lake trout. I also finally got to burn last years gas out of the boat, now I’m working on burning up some fresh stuff?

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53 minutes ago, Way north bass guy said:

Finally got out for a salmon fish today. Took a buddy and his wife and daughter out, got three nice eater size salmon and three lake trout. I also finally got to burn last years gas out of the boat, now I’m working on burning up some fresh stuff?

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Nicely Done ~

Congrats

btw- killer looking cutlass . . . 

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Got my second ever pike today, had lots bite me off . Pretty crazy in swift water, in the neighborhood of 23”. Release video didn’t quite work out, he squirmed away. Also had bald eagles with us all day IMG-1183.jpg
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20 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

Got my second ever pike today, had lots bite me off . Pretty crazy in swift water, in the neighborhood of 23”

Snot rockets! Looks at the slime dripping off the tail. It’s like a bad sinus infection lol

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Super tough bite last night. Only managed three dink LM and this nice channel. It didn't roll up in the line like cats are apt to do. Just big headshakes and pulling hard for deep water. I thought I had either a giant eye or small muskie the whole way in until I saw it.

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Took a bit, but I found the bass in deep 10' - 14' milfoil after daybreak. All dinks. None over 1.5#. Then surprise surprise, I dropped my Zoom Mag II down into a clump in about 12' and stuck this 42". My first muskie in awhile. Got lucky and stuck it clear out in the tip of that toothy yap. Only had my little 22x32 net with me. It was quite the fiasco landing it, but got r done. 

 

 

 

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37 minutes ago, T-Billy said:

Super tough bite last night. Only managed three dink LM and this nice channel. It didn't roll up in the line like cats are apt to do. Just big headshakes and pulling hard for deep water. I thought I had either a giant eye or small muskie the whole way in until I saw it.

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Took a bit, but I found the bass in deep 10' - 14' milfoil after daybreak. All dinks. None over 1.5#. Then surprise surprise, I dropped my Zoom Mag II down into a clump in about 12' and stuck this 42". My first muskie in awhile. Got lucky and stuck it clear out in the tip of that toothy yap. Only had my little 22x32 net with me. It was quite the fiasco landing it, but got r done. 

 

 

 

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Nice Muskie but you're wearing the wrong hat ! 

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Got out early this morning again with another buddy to try for some salmon. Managed to get 4, all about 3-4lbs, and one laker about 6lbs. We also stopped at some shoals on the way back in from the deep water and hammered on a bunch of smallmouth, but nothing over about 3.5lbs. Was a pretty nice day to be on the water. 

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Despite having lived in Maryland for years, I had never caught a rockfish. I went on a few trips in past years to remedy that, but I had zero clue what I was doing so I always blanked. Now that I was headed south for college, it didn’t sit right with me that I, a Maryland native, had still not caught the state fish. Yesterday, I set out to change that. I found a park on an island facing the middle of the Bay and went to work.

 

The day started on a strip of beach. Without knowing where to begin, I found an inlet to a salt pond and walked into the water. I had a 5 inch white Kalins grub tied on and launched it out as far as I could (I did this on a M-F spinning rod spooled with 15lb braid and an 8lb test leader, which became problematic later on). I promptly snagged a peanut bunker. This would not be the first marine life-form I snagged that day. It occurred to me that I was set up on top of a large shoal of bunker, which seemed like a good place to be. After many casts, I moved further down the beach.IMG_2023-08-05-154319.thumb.jpeg.1398b9999a5159639b06afec4b29177a.jpeg

 

After moving down the sandy flats making a number of casts, I started to lose hope. I moved down until I found a small point with rocks along it. I made a few casts from shore, got snagged, broke off, and tied on another grub. An NRP officer spawned in out of nowhere and told me that most of the people catching fish were going far out into the water and casting into deeper water, where there were submerged concrete chunks. I took his advice and walked out.

 

I started snagging a bunch of jellyfish and found them wrapping along my legs. I found a new adversary that day. After more casting, I started feeling little bumps at the end of my line. I didn’t know what they were, but they didn’t feel like big fish. I made a few more casts where the taps were coming from, and felt my rod load up. I thought I was snagged until my reel started singing. To my disbelief, I finally had a fish on. After so many fruitless trips to the Bay, I was used to not catching anything. After so many times going for them, I finally pulled into a rockfish. He fought hard, but not as hard as the ones that would come after. I released him and caught another smaller one, about 10 inches long. IMG_2023-08-05-154301.thumb.jpeg.d1f34bb56ebb705c4ba7e617c2a13b85.jpeg
 

It didn’t take long before the jellyfish scared me out of the area. A crab (I assume) nipped the tail off of my grub, so I switched to a 4 inch Keitech Easy Shiner. I walked back into the sandy beach and casted past the schools of bunker. Nothing. The fish weren’t there, and still wouldn’t have bitten for the fact that my swimbait blended in with the other bunker too well. I figured that it was better to be too flashy than too natural when going for rockfish.

 

After a lunch break, I came back to the point I was at earlier. I fished the opposite side of the point with the Easy Shiner, without any results. Rather than fall back on the grub, I decided to open up a box of plastics I got back in high school. It had a bunch of rigid saltwater swimbaits, which I didn’t care for. Coming from a world of Keitech and Yamamoto baits, I had it in my had that softer plastics were quality plastics, so I never bothered using them. Speaking of Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, I found within the box an old Zako that I picked up off the ground earlier that year. I figured, “why not?”, and threaded it onto the jighead. The jellyfish weren’t as dense this time around, so I marched out into the waves and bombed the Zako out. I worked it with a steady reel and an Alabama shake. It didn’t take long before a rockfish ate the Zako. This one fought *hard*. At first, I wasn’t fighting the fish as much as I was trying to hold onto my rod. It didn’t help that my reel was locking up. After a short fight, I wrestled the fish to hand. It was the biggest fish of the day.IMG_2023-08-05-154236.thumb.jpeg.4d8752017a69fb8baa6a5b751cac55f6.jpeg

 

The head of the Zako blew out after that fight, so I swapped it out for one of the swimbaits in my tackle box of assorted plastics. I believe it was a DOA CAL swimbait. I flung my lure out, started cranking it through the water, and pulled into another fish. This one popped my line clear off. I don’t know that I’ve had many, if any, fish break off from fighting pulling hard. I’ve had fish wrap me up in sticks, and I’ve had toothy critters slice through, but never a strong fish snap my line. I retied, this time with a Cocoahoe Minnow (I believe that’s what it was). I caught three more fish. I hooked into one last fish that evening, but he broke me off. I felt him go for a hard run and knew that something was going to give. After six rockfish, I felt that I had succeeded in my mission to catch a rockfish. I left for home and went to bed, a little more than satisfied. My parents, on the other hand, didn’t take too kindly to the fact that I didn’t bring any fish home.

 

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be in Florida for college. Though I only just got my first taste of the Bay, I know I’ll miss it while I’m away. On the bright side, there’s a lot to keep me occupied in the Sunshine State. Between Suwannee bass and tarpon, I’m sure I’ll have my hands full. (╹◡╹)

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On 8/5/2023 at 4:53 PM, Buzzbaiter said:

Despite having lived in Maryland for years, I had never caught a rockfish. I went on a few trips in past years to remedy that, but I had zero clue what I was doing so I always blanked. Now that I was headed south for college, it didn’t sit right with me that I, a Maryland native, had still not caught the state fish. Yesterday, I set out to change that. I found a park on an island facing the middle of the Bay and went to work.

 

The day started on a strip of beach. Without knowing where to begin, I found an inlet to a salt pond and walked into the water. I had a 5 inch white Kalins grub tied on and launched it out as far as I could (I did this on a M-F spinning rod spooled with 15lb braid and an 8lb test leader, which became problematic later on). I promptly snagged a peanut bunker. This would not be the first marine life-form I snagged that day. It occurred to me that I was set up on top of a large shoal of bunker, which seemed like a good place to be. After many casts, I moved further down the beach.IMG_2023-08-05-154319.thumb.jpeg.1398b9999a5159639b06afec4b29177a.jpeg

 

After moving down the sandy flats making a number of casts, I started to lose hope. I moved down until I found a small point with rocks along it. I made a few casts from shore, got snagged, broke off, and tied on another grub. An NRP officer spawned in out of nowhere and told me that most of the people catching fish were going far out into the water and casting into deeper water, where there were submerged concrete chunks. I took his advice and walked out.

 

I started snagging a bunch of jellyfish and found them wrapping along my legs. I found a new adversary that day. After more casting, I started feeling little bumps at the end of my line. I didn’t know what they were, but they didn’t feel like big fish. I made a few more casts where the taps were coming from, and felt my rod load up. I thought I was snagged until my reel started singing. To my disbelief, I finally had a fish on. After so many fruitless trips to the Bay, I was used to not catching anything. After so many times going for them, I finally pulled into a rockfish. He fought hard, but not as hard as the ones that would come after. I released him and caught another smaller one, about 10 inches long. IMG_2023-08-05-154301.thumb.jpeg.d1f34bb56ebb705c4ba7e617c2a13b85.jpeg
 

It didn’t take long before the jellyfish scared me out of the area. A crab (I assume) nipped the tail off of my grub, so I switched to a 4 inch Keitech Easy Shiner. I walked back into the sandy beach and casted past the schools of bunker. Nothing. The fish weren’t there, and still wouldn’t have bitten for the fact that my swimbait blended in with the other bunker too well. I figured that it was better to be too flashy than too natural when going for rockfish.

 

After a lunch break, I came back to the point I was at earlier. I fished the opposite side of the point with the Easy Shiner, without any results. Rather than fall back on the grub, I decided to open up a box of plastics I got back in high school. It had a bunch of rigid saltwater swimbaits, which I didn’t care for. Coming from a world of Keitech and Yamamoto baits, I had it in my had that softer plastics were quality plastics, so I never bothered using them. Speaking of Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, I found within the box an old Zako that I picked up off the ground earlier that year. I figured, “why not?”, and threaded it onto the jighead. The jellyfish weren’t as dense this time around, so I marched out into the waves and bombed the Zako out. I worked it with a steady reel and an Alabama shake. It didn’t take long before a rockfish ate the Zako. This one fought *hard*. At first, I wasn’t fighting the fish as much as I was trying to hold onto my rod. It didn’t help that my reel was locking up. After a short fight, I wrestled the fish to hand. It was the biggest fish of the day.IMG_2023-08-05-154236.thumb.jpeg.4d8752017a69fb8baa6a5b751cac55f6.jpeg

 

The head of the Zako blew out after that fight, so I swapped it out for one of the swimbaits in my tackle box of assorted plastics. I believe it was a DOA CAL swimbait. I flung my lure out, started cranking it through the water, and pulled into another fish. This one popped my line clear off. I don’t know that I’ve had many, if any, fish break off from fighting pulling hard. I’ve had fish wrap me up in sticks, and I’ve had toothy critters slice through, but never a strong fish snap my line. I retied, this time with a Cocoahoe Minnow (I believe that’s what it was). I caught three more fish. I hooked into one last fish that evening, but he broke me off. I felt him go for a hard run and knew that something was going to give. After six rockfish, I felt that I had succeeded in my mission to catch a rockfish. I left for home and went to bed, a little more than satisfied. My parents, on the other hand, didn’t take too kindly to the fact that I didn’t bring any fish home.

 

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be in Florida for college. Though I only just got my first taste of the Bay, I know I’ll miss it while I’m away. On the bright side, there’s a lot to keep me occupied in the Sunshine State. Between Suwannee bass and tarpon, I’m sure I’ll have my hands full. (╹◡╹)

I fish in that region quite a bit.   What park?

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Did some pier fishing for panfish this evening...just cause it's been a couple weeks since I could get out - hot weather and me do NOT get along. Spent more time pulling weeds off what ever lure I tossed than actual fishing...but didn't get skunked!

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1/32oz jig with a 2" Berkley Powerbait Ripple Shad in Orange/Pearl under a slip bobber set to 4'

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Couldn't find any big's but boated three today, and we had 13 more followers. Clear water and little wind have them spooky. They won't chase into the 8. They just leave when they see the boat. Unforunately the wife didn't hook up, but she raised 5. She just couldn't get the bait moving fast enough to trigger the bite. They wanted that thing MOVING. We were burning Llungen .22 shorts over submerged milfoil and coontail beds.

Didn't measure the dink, the other two were 33" and 36". Also caught a highly ambitious little LM. 

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The new RS Nets Muskie Mag is sweet, and worth every penny. Sure makes dealing with them boat side easier.

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6 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

@T-Billy, now that’s a fine hat!!!!!

Autographed by Bill even. I bought it from his website. I had a nice conversation with his daughter Pamela about how I'd been watching his show since I was a kid. Used to watch it after Saturday morning cartoons and before big time rastlin. LOL. She said she and her brothers used to do the same. Hat arrived a few days later with this written on it. It's my hot weather fishin hat.

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What a fun morning!!! 34-35-38 in the net. Lost a mid 30's while trying to net it, and had a 40ish come off just a few seconds after I hooked it in the 8. Had another dozen or so follows. Water temps are down a couple degrees, with some cooler weather on the way. Fish are really starting to move back into the bays.

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I've found a couple of spots where they're stacked up in milfoil and coontail in 10'-13' of water. I've been burning a Llungen Lures "Chad Shad" over the tops of this stuff. My guide buddy (who designed this crank) says this pattern is just getting started and will get hotter, and hold up clear through October. My fall bass numbers are going to suffer greatly. LOL. These slimers are highly addictive, and may well drive me to the poor house. I'll be slime covered, with aching elbows, wrists and hands, and grinning from ear to ear when I get there. 

 

Chad Shad in "Tiffany" color pattern. I like it, and the fish seem to as well. It's natural looking, but with all the glitter in it, it throws a ton of flash in the sunshine. 

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