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  1. I headed down the peninsula again last Friday for reds. The weather, wind, and fish all lined up to make for a heck of a trip I certainly won't soon forget. It ended up being my personal best outing for bull reds - kayak or surf. Saturday we rode down to AI MD. It was a family outing, so not too hardcore, but we still fished most of the day. And aside from 2 dinky stripers, it was dead. Bait pickers were tough and I didn't see any other fish pulled in up or down the beach in the area we were setup. Plugged as bait soaked too - not a tap. I still had some bait left over from the weekend and gave AI VA a try Monday in the evening. Our luck wasn't much better. We landed one small ray and had a big, slow pull down at dark that popped the hook - it was likely a big ray. Plugging produced nothing more than a blue biting off a paddletail behind the hook like they are so good at. I heard a few fish were caught down the beach though.
  2. They aren't bad eating. I think the skin is tough to peel off. Videos on the interwebs make it look so easy though. You'll see them in the local seafood markets often under the name "stake fish". I saw it in a market off RT. 13 the other week. I seem to remember it being about $6/lb.
  3. ^^^ Ditto. I can see the specks from here! Did you take that from one of the science flights?
  4. I guess once you find out you're in the running for the most skates and could win a prize for it, you go all in at that point.
  5. I thought about fishing AIMD this past weekend, but ultimately decided to head to the southern end of the peninsula instead. Glad I did.
  6. As Salt Roach said, an anchor trolley and I use a brick shaped rock. I could care less if it gets stuck - I just break it off and leave it down there. You can certainly fish the ocean side of the south jetty but it takes more planning than fishing the inlet side. Try to time the current so you ride it out and back. Or portage over the beach as surf launch. Fighting the inlet current sucks. Any kind of swell off the shoal south of the inlet pushes up into the jetty from the ocean side though and can make it a little dicey at times. A swell and incoming current also makes the ocean side of the jetty tip wicked. Be careful. I’d suggest staying inside the inlet until you’re comfortable there or it’s perfect conditions. There are plenty of tog on the inside.
  7. I fish the OC Inlet for tog from a kayak and I know others that fish the inner and outer walls out of Cape too. Those are probably your two best bets.
  8. Revel. There is another fireplace still standing there and a handful of other brick foundations and old structures. I think I saw at the Barrier Island Center in Machipango once that it was the Revel Island Shooting Club? It's been a while since I read that though so I could be remembering that wrong. Have you ever been into the Barrier Island Center? I think you would enjoy it.
  9. Rt 90 has schoolies up to 25" all year round for the most part. Once you figure it out, you'll have a hard time not catching a fish. The fish are both shallow and deep along the entire span. Daytime is good. Nighttime is better. There are plenty of fish away from the bridge too along the marsh banks and small hidden holes you'll find on the flats. You don't have to stay tight to the structure to find them. I didn't fish the bridge, but that general area this past Sunday morning from about 4 - 730 am and the fish were feeding. And welcome to the pines!
  10. Time to bump this thread back up. One day you're a happy tree living in the woods. The next day the ocean is knocking at your door.
  11. I see fox tracks almost every time I cross the dunes onto the beach in OC, but I had never actually seen any of them before until I saw this guy. I was heading back in from an early morning fishing trip and the fox was all the way out at the end of the boat ramp walkway when I first saw it. Quite unexpected.
  12. Could have been shad. Likely bunker. I found a few whole bunker washed up on the beach the other week. Gulls were picking at a few of them. Gannets were diving like crazy around the OC Inlet this past weekend too so there must be plenty of bait around. As for a report, I tried the back bay for the first time the other night. Typical stuff - schoolie stripers between 12" - 24". It was just enough action to scratch the itch, but also to make the itch itchier.
  13. In late April, early May they are probably still Carolina crabs. Whenever I've gone in early May in the past to the shedding houses in Rumbley, Deal Island, or Saxis (same general area as Crisfield) to buy peelers, they've told me they are Carolina crabs they have shipped up to shed for soft crabs. They've told me that they don't usually start getting peelers locally until mid-May. I take for granted having soft shells available all summer into fall. I didn't realize they were so limited in availability up north. Enjoy them while you have them!
  14. Some random seals I came across lounging on the beach recently. After they realized I wasn't going to bother them, they went back to sleeping.
  15. There is plenty of structure around the inlet that still hold tog, so they'll still be in the area, and I'd bet you could probably still pick off a tog or two along that stretch. Although, it wouldn't be very high on my list of places to try. Even when the sand is gone though, whether naturally or mechanically, unfortunately all the mussels, barnacles, limpets, and other stuff that grows underwater on the rocks and is now covered in sand will be dead. That's the stuff that attracts and holds tog. 95% of the tog (and sheepshead) I've taken home and cleaned over the years are stuffed with mussels. That makes me think that even after the sand is gone that spot still won't be the best for a season or two until that stuff starts to grow back?