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  1. Don’t be afraid to troll a tin! So often the crowds rush the schools on top and out the fish down. I can’t tell you how many Ive caught simply blind casting in the area where they were last seen and fishing deep. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they’re not there. I’ve never tried for them from the kayak. But typically in the boat we stay just outside of the crowds and blind cast. Obviously we cast at them when they come by on the surface, which works too. You’ll find you’ll likely ya e better luck if you patient and do not go chasing them.
  2. A quality fiberglass paddle, and beach wheels.
  3. I do it. I just pay close attention to the radar and stay close to home. And most of the spots I fish are close to a bridge so I can take shelter in a hurry if I need to. Luckily the storms are usually very spotty and don’t last long. I don’t mind getting wet, but when I see lightning, it’s time to go home.
  4. It’s just about time for tunies. I haven’t fished for them in years, but my buddy asked me to tie some for him. Let’s see your favorite fly. Here’s an old reliable one for me. Super simple. A little bit of craft fur and some shimmer fringe.
  5. Nice KnewBee! My lake up here in Yorktown is completely covered in green snot. I haven’t fished it since March. Was gonna go this afternoon, but it’s completely covered. Guess I’ll wait till December.
  6. I prefer to use rod wrapping thread for tying heavy jigs. It’s strong, durable, and it doesn’t cut into the bucktail fibers. Danville’s Big Game thread works well too. It’s a pretty heavy floss. Many guys also like to use Kevlar, which is grea too, but you need to be careful not to cut the hair with your thread wraps.
  7. Agreed! I hope they make their way closer to me. Right now I’m driving an hour+ to reach them.
  8. It’s not required to kill them, but it is highly encouraged. There is actually a small group of avid fishermen conducting some legitimate research on them. Turns out that the the native fish populations in these waters (bass, pickerel, etc) are already relying on the snakehead fry for forage. Even though the snakehead populations appear to be “overtaking” some of the rivers in the bay, the bass and other game fish stocks are doing just fine. There are no legitimate findings that snakehead are wiping out the native bass populations. None the less, they an absolute blast to fish for.
  9. Stanley Top Toad. It’s a soft rubber hollow body frog with swimming legs. It casts like a bomb, floats like a cork, super weedless even in the slimy stuff, and even though it’s soft plastic, it is very durable. You also get a replacement bait in the package. Very good hookup ratio and they’re cheap!
  10. VA I haven’t kept one yet. I’m very tempted but I have never had a freshwater fish that tasted good to me. Plus I don’t want to kill them because they are super fun to fish for lol
  11. Fill your bathtub with warm water and add a light amount of laundry detergent. Wash by hand in the tub and then take them outside to rinse with the hose. Hang dry. That’s what I do with my wetsuit and any other gorgext gear.
  12. Top Toad. Surprisingly they actually don’t get torn up too bad. But even when they do, they are cheap enough to replace.
  13. A snakehead from a few days ago. I just started fishing for them this summer and man I am addicted! They can be so aggressive, and the strikes are downright violent. I watched this fish move out of the cabbage about 50’ beyond my bait. He came waking behind my frog for about 20’ and then smashed it and missed. Made another cast and he came straight for it again. Man, these fish are fun!
  14. I should have added in my previous post that I prefer to fish in the mornings this time of year. Water temps on my local lake spike in the low-mid 90's throughout the summer. I like to be on the water a good hour before sunset. That last hour of darkness and first hour of daylight seem to be magic for me. Usually the temps are in the mid-upper 80's at that time. They don't call them the "dog days of summer" for nothing. It can get very tough. But if you can get dialed in on your water, you can have some spectacular days. July and August are my most productive months for numbers, and quality. I think the conditions create this pattern for me. Lots of matted grass and weeds, and the fish concentrate in it. There are only about three spot that are worth fishing on my local lake, but i can sit on one of those three spots all morning without ever having to move on many days. And don't be afraid to try something different too. Like a large craw on a weighted swimbait hook fished super slow. Or even a large soft-plastic swimbait on a lightly weight swimbait hook.
  15. I do a lot of LMB fishing here in VA. For slow summertime bass I go with an 8"-12" ribbon tail worm, on a EWG with either no weight or an 1/8oz bullet. Work the pads, holes in the weeds, etc. Fish slow. Cast and let it fall to the bottom, let it sit for about 5-10 seconds, slowly lift your rod to 11 o'clock, let it fall, repeat. It sounds boring, but honestly it is very effective for me. If fishing deeper (10'+), maybe use 1/4oz. Colors are simple; black, junebug, and plum. Zoom Ol' Monster and Rage ReCon are my favorites.