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About dixiekraut

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  • About Me:
    Your typical post-WW II baby boomer Army Brat...heavily influenced by the early days of TV, Sci Fi, Hot Rod culture growing up in the Fifties. Was fortunate to live overseas a few years ( Rome Italy ) while in grade school, experiencing other cultures.
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Surf casting barrier Islands from Rehobeth DE to Assateague MD-VA. Try to get to the Outer Banks at least once a year.
    Even tried Laguna Madre TX once...sight casting jigs to a huge school of black drum. Also dabble in a little artwork and scale modeling in the winter months when I can't fish.
  • What I do for a living:
    Estimator Project Mgr - commercial Stone and Tile for 30 plus years. Contemplating where I want to live when I retire in 5 or 6 years as I write this....hopefully it will be near a nice body of water somewhere.

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  1. Heard of tiny mahi mahi caught sometimes off the end of a pier...but off the beach? I read in a North Carolina fishing guide book once that sailfish would sometimes swim through breakers...perhaps to rid themselves of sea lice? Who knows?
  2. "Frozen Bunker"...geez, does that even stay on the hook after it thaws? As for that joint in Reedville...I wish it was closed for good....word on the street that it is a job creator is an exaggeration...seasonal employer at best....
  3. They must all be heading your way cuz I fished Sat Sun at AI VA and beached two big rays but nothing else. Didn't see much else caught.
  4. Hey Dixie, wife wanted me to thank you for the thoughtful remarks about the family. thanks dude, likewise hope all is well with you and yours

    1. dixiekraut


      Back at ya. All is good. Did a quickie  trip out to AI VA couple of weekends ago during Mothers Day weekend, Lorry granted me weekend pass, she was busy being a granny. East wind caused some grass and a bit of a current but did manage one 23 inch blackie on peeler very close in. Overall it seemed kinda slow. Looks like you hit it just right.


  5. Pilotman- saw your Friday PM striper on that "Captains"website....looks like you might've held the lead until the horde showed up for the weekend! As for the nephew....didnt he hook and land a huge black drum at the ramp on Memorial Day weekend a few years back...waiting to get on the beach? That was the first time I met you....recognized you from your posts on Red Drum Tackle. Best Regards to you,wife, and family....leave one or two for me....Im bringing my bro in law from Colorado Springs next weekend....hope you and RocksnReds haven't caught them all.
  6. You know him better than I.....he actually mentioned your name in his last post....
  7. I would imagine early August would merit fishing at dawn or dusk with a concentration at night for anything big. Last week or two of the month some blue tails ( juvenile red drum ) might make a showing...depending on water temps. Daytime catches usually involve smaller stuff...spots, kings ( sea mullet ), maybe even some pompano...and lottsa bugs.
  8. Poppy signed off on Sept.01, 2013...with a heartfelt remembrance of the then recently passed Bill Klein and a word or two about the changes in surf fishing he had seen in his years ( plus an almost cautionary comment on the decline of the striped bass he had seen since its resurgence at the start of the millenium.) I guess the passing of certain individuals coupled with the loss of decent size and numbers of rockfish caused him to stop and think about life and maybe re- focus on how to use what time he has left.
  9. Tundra Tom and I fished two hours Sat at sunset and four hours today....and this was the only knock down we had....no skates....no dogfish....no stripers....just this one blackie.
  10. 2:14 pm Sunday....23 inch black drum on peeler....about an hour after dead low....bait was placed real close to shore.
  11. Magnificent catch! Surf at AIVA looked pretty nice yesterday....Tundra Tom and I tried a stretch of beach between the drive on and the CGS at the top of the tide - starting out for a couple of hours at sunset yesterday and ended up just feeding the crabs. Then the thunderstorms rolled in overnight.Hope it's manageable today...might be a bit windy.
  12. Soaked bait for 4 hrs .....to no avail?...then you toss an artificial and first cast...WHAM ! Just goes to show...you never know. Amazing.
  13. Release a couple for me....I may not be able to get out there for a couple of weeks!
  14. Looks like you have that OBX red drum thing down...in addition to striper fishing in VA!
  15. Welcome aboard. I've been fishing the barrier islands from Rehobeth down to Hatteras since the mid 80s....seen a lot of changes and some crazy things. You are getting into it on the tail end of a striper resurgence but fortunately red drum fishing has been pretty stable for a while now. Hoping the lunker blue fish stage a comeback sometime before I hang up my gear...those late fall big bluefish runs along the beaches back in the 80s were something to behold!