Hikes run

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  1. This time it was shrimp on the menu although I'm sure fresh cob chunks would have worked too, there's just no finding any at the moment. Honestly, when there feeding I think they'll eat just about anything you put on the bottom. The trick is to be there the same time they are.
  2. The pup bite is still on when you can find breaks in the weather. I think I'm starting to get them figured out as far as when to fish and on what tide. Saturday morning was a bit of a waist as our bait was three days old. It was on ice, looked good and was firm but it just wasn't up to snuff. The guy right beside us was killing them with much fresher bait. After a quick trip for lunch and better bait our luck turned. We ended up with twelve between my wife and I. All 22-29". Nice and fat upper slot fish. Hopefully next weekend has decent weather.....we'll be after them again.
  3. We fished bait for the most part. I threw a grub for a bit but the rods kept going off so I kind of gave up on that. Yes, guys were catching them on artificials though. It took quite a few casts for them to get bit bit it was pretty steady. Cold.....yes.....but I figure if I can hunt in the cold there's no reason I can't fish in it!
  4. Found some pups last evening......Happy New Years everyone!
  5. I was playing around with the settings on my Galaxy S8 and caught the super moon rising over the ocean the other night. It's a little blurry as I was trying to steady it by holding against a railing but it's still kind of cool.
  6. Well, it’s finally happening. We're making the move. As of Monday, December 4th we will be official residents of the great state of North Carolina's outer banks. My wife, then girlfriend, first brought me down to the OBX ten years ago. She had made her first trip down the previous year. Since then we've made the eight and a half hour drive from south central Pennsylvania close to thirty times. It started with one trip a year, then it was two, then three and the last few years it's been four or five. We've truly fallen in love with the place. More than once I've looked over at my wife while driving north on 12 going home to find her literally in tears because she had to leave. It's just in her blood. We’re at a good time in our lives to do it and we figured if we didn’t make it happen now we probably never would. At forty-three I’d like to think I’m still young enough to enjoy quite a few years here. So, after ten years of talking about it, five years of planning, six months of downsizing and three weeks of packing we're soon to be on our way. The final piece of the puzzle was finding full time, year round employment in our respective fields. This finally happened after attending some interviews we had set up during our last August trip. We've always stayed in the Buxton/Frisco/Hatteras area but unfortunately the jobs just aren't there so we've ended up in Nags Head, Whalebone specifically. It's only an hour to Buxton with plenty of good fishing to be had in the more immediate area as well. Our plan is to post up our camper south and be able to crash there on weekends and after fishing late into the night. I have to admit, it's a bit intimidating leaving everyone and everything you know behind. We have no friends or family anywhere close to be honest. That being said, If any of you local guys and gals would like to get together sometime for a chat, coffee, breakfast, lunch, whatever, just shoot me a PM. We'd love to find out a bit more about the area from someone who actually lives there. Just be prepared, my wife can be a bit chatty. Any of you coming this way can shoot me one too if you’re looking for some company to fish with. I plan on spending most of my off time with rod in hand and am really looking forward to being able to fish those stretches of good conditions I always seem to miss out on being too far away to make the drive. So, here goes everything…..wish me luck!
  7. Merry Christmas guys.
  8. I thought they raised the speed limits in all the villages during the winter months.....
  9. Skinning knives are made for just that, skinning. The blade shape doesn't lend well to many other chores. Many knives of different styles and sizes will work well for different jobs with some working better than others for certain chores. I use the three blade approach. A small fixed blade general purpose knife (Mora companion), a larger chopper (kukri) and a small folding saw. The Mora is the "BIC lighter" of camp knives, cheap yet well made. It will take some buttoning and they make a heavy duty which has a thicker blade but in my opinion detracts from the better qualities of the former. This knife can skin a deer, clean fish, make feather sticks, fire boards, etc. All of your general camp chores and if you brake it...what the hell, it was only 16 bucks. The kukri does double duty. A chopper, obviously, but it's also a great tool for clearing underbrush and trail blazing. Its even possible to make feather sticks with it if you know the technique. Something an axe or hatchet would have trouble with. The saw can't be beat when you need larger amounts of firewood or to build a heavier shelter. Even the small saw on a SAK is great for cutting notches in fire boards. Much easier than whittling them in with your fixed blade.
  10. He guys, I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on a new front mount rod rack for the truck. I'm going with the CPI RRII. It's seems to be the best deal I can find by far. It's the larger 12 rod holder and I can have it to my door for $297.00. I've seen a lot of nice racks over the years with various accessories and add-ons. Some factory built and some homemade. So, I'm looking for some ideas. I already have a cutting board mounted to 1-1/2" PVC which should fit into one of the rod holders. I know they make bucket holders as well. What I'm really interested in is a way do add my aluminum angle sand spikes to the thing. I have the Fish-N-Mate 50" spikes. If I can figure out a way to mount them on there too I would really only have my tackle in the truck. Heck, it would be nice to have a small tackle box out front as well. So....lets see your rod rack bling! I'm looking for any and all ideas! Thanks, P
  11. I just picked up another old Daiwa BG20 off of an obscure online auction for 20 bucks. It was buried in a "grab bag" type lot of misc. fishing stuff and barely noticeable which is why nobody else bid on it. Anyway, it's in great shape with just a little surface ware and turns nice and smooth. I'm still going to tear it down and give it a deep clean anyway. My question, I was wondering if anybody knows roughly what year they changed from the ball type handle base to the flat style seen today? I have a few but non have this style handle. Just curious on the age of it. BG's, gold series, silver series......I'm a sucker for all of them and pick them up anytime I find a "deal".
  12. Good luck and keep us posted. Not many reports around lately.
  13. Catching fish is great but catching fish on your own hand made rigs makes it even sweeter. Jump in!
  14. Just caught a dozen with the net in a secret back creek in Frisco this afternoon, RDT just had 380 pounds delivered earlier this afternoon too. They've been selling the hell out of them with this tournament but there's still plenty around.
  15. Im in, may as well throw my hat in the ring. I think everyone else is safe though, I NEVER win anything.
  16. Very nice 101 Byron. This should be a sticky AND mandatory reading before posting any questions here. You really covered a lot of the bases.
  17. Is that a fresh one sanjuan or an old pic? What a hog!
  18. Yes, that's backwards. Ice the male end and heat the female end. This is one time in your life you want the female part larger than the male part.
  19. I had the same problem a couple months back and asked for help on another forum. I ended up wrapping an ice pack around the male side and hit the female side with a hair dryer. It came right apart. There was another method I was told that was given by a fellow who has more experience in his little finger than I can ever expect to have. If it works for you, you can just send out a thanks to Mr. Farmer. He posted this..... Go to the hardware store and buy a can of "spray air" used for keyboard cleaning. Shake it up, invert the can and spray the joint down with the aerosol propellant. Be careful with your fingers, VERY COLD!! Grip with a pair of industrial grip gloves and pull apart. Works on the toughest stuck rods.
  20. That's funny, I saw what looks to be that same reel this past weekend at a flea market. I picked it up and fiddled with that lever for a minute and couldn't move it, thought it was locked up. I never thought to flip it down!
  21. I'd take you up on that offer about the beer and lies but, unfortunately, we're arriving the day you're leaving. As far as bars go, the Pangea Tavern in Avon is pretty nice. Great food too. IMO, the best burgers are found at the The Point restaurant right across from the lighthouse road on 12. New ownership and the menu changed a bit but the burgers are still great. Best "greasy diner" style breakfast can be found at Diamond Shoals right up the street from there. I've never made it in, but I hear Pop's Raw Bar has some good food, too. My wife just can't get past the "raw bar" thing. Red Drum Tackle can fix you up with any gear or bait you need. If your lucky Dede will be in there. I can talk to her for hours. If you fish the point with braid you likely wont make many new friends. Its fine if you're not close to anyone but that braid will cut any mono it comes across if you hook up and the fish takes you down the beach like they often do. When in Rome, do as the Romans do and on the point the Romans use mono. Good luck and post up how you do!
  22. That's pretty neat. I can only surmise that it was bitten while very young and as it grew bigger the bite size grew with it. I just can't see a fish that size lose that much of its body and survive, especially belly side. Lucky.
  23. MikedNJ, that story isn't one that should be laughed at but I found myself chuckling after I reading it. I usually keep my feet planted in the sand but decided to venture out onto the rocks one time. Those green rocks are no joke more slippery than ice. As soon as I stepped on them it was over instantly. It was arms, legs and fishing gear going in all directions as I tried to keep from going down on the rocks. Long story short I walked, well limped, away with a badly bruised leg to go along with my badly bruised ego. If your going to go out there, be prepared because it can go bad in a matter of seconds.
  24. San Diego jam knot? Oh no, another one to research.
  25. I use the Hatteras Rig as shown in the pic. I change up a couple of the knots though. No-name for the shock to double 20# main line, nail knot for hook leader to swivel and 3 turn Uni for shock leader to swivel. I really like the crimps on sanjuan's hook leader, though. I might just have to pony up and get a good pair of crimpers. One things for sure, I'd look VERY closely at what sanjuan does. He's been known to catch a few fish.