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Chincoteague stripers

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is it the location because it just seems like there are daily reports from there with nice size rockfish being caught. just odd that not much is reported from AI compared to the southern part of the island. anyone has a clue to why?
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I think it's the location ... which explains why AI/MD fishermen seem to prefer the southern end below the bullpen. From what I've witnessed the southern end draws less fishermen, but that may be because a lot of the AI fishermen come from Delaware and MD and it's an extra hour to get to the Chincoteague access.

There is a lot less beach to fish at the southern end. I think it's only a couple miles or so from the ORV entrance to "the hook". Nice things about the Ai-VA side is that the sand bar is in a lot closer so you can cast over it easier, and that red drum are around a lot more often compared to further north.

One last thing ... If you have passengers that aren't as much into fishing, they can keep occupied with the scenery ... inlet, ocean, boats, etc. and the assortment of things on the beach ... floats from fishermens nets, conch shells, etc. Not that AI-MD isn't nice, but it's different.
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It's also like a parking lot..........but the fishing has been good there, i'm told.
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so i guess i know where ill be this weekend. an extra 45 minutes of driving for a much better chance at a 40 incher is well worth it to me! its all about the rock!
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Why do the 3 1/2 to 4 hour drive when you can drive to Delaware in 2 1/2? Especially if they're up there, unless you just like driving on the beach....just a question.
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Originally Posted by Fishbreath View Post
Why do the 3 1/2 to 4 hour drive when you can drive to Delaware in 2 1/2? Especially if they're up there, unless you just like driving on the beach....just a question.


well, you actually have to go around the long way, on the mainland. Once you get on the south side there's only about a mile or two of beach you can drive on.

for the opening post...

The south side has 1 (decent) tackle shop ( who is dilligent with their reports and internet content) serving 1.5 - 2 miles of beach ( plus the boaters, of course, they're a great shop ). The North side has something like 16 or so miles of beach, and any number of tackle shops serving it's fishermen.

Now the majority of fishermen catch fish, and don't say a word to anyone about it. not the shop. no posts on the internet, I've seen companions look passersby straight in the face and say we haven't caught anything, whilst 2 big linesiders lay guilty in the box. Point being... It's easier to report your catch on the south side, and there is no way they'll fit 145 vehicles on the beach there. So then it becomes how many people report per capita. you can do the math there.

so who knows whos catching what on the "north end"? Who knows!? thats why i like it there....BTW from what i can put togather MOST fish caught this fall on the MD side were north of you know where anyway.......a good 20 miles away from chincoteague.
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