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  1. Chased bluegills and small bass around a retention pond with my girls on a real warm February day. It was like guiding in the most prestigious bonefish tournament ever. Took a few tries, but we got a couple. She is 95% proud and 5% terrified.
  2. A real drum fisherman to test rods. Good work.
  3. When I fish Chesapeake pre-season, i buy a dozen bloodworms and 2 or 3 dozen night crawlers. Big circle of your choice then put a bloodworm on for scent and 2 or 3 nightcrawlers for a larger profile. Always worked pretty well for me. And saved money on bait.
  4. I read Fingerprints of the Gods a few years ago but only after watching Rogans podcasts with Graham Hancock and Randall Carlson. The claims in that book were dated at that point, but the theory is pretty interesting. If you go back and listen to those do it at a computer so you can see the pictures of the flood damage and graphics to support it. In my opinion, you cant listen objectively to the evidence they present and the problems with mainstream archaeology they discuss without finding a lot of it credible. After this announcement Rogan will probably have them back and that should be a good podcast.
  5. You got that right. I have never heard a drum fisherman even consider them. Casting videos are great and no doubt that guy can outcast (probably all of) us in the field, but in reality, guys like me just look at that video and say "That is great. Lets see that with a cob head and 8." Almost has the opposite of the desired effect and certainly doesn't make me need one. If you want to sell some, you need to find someone who fishes all year long and get them fishing one all year. Someone who catches a bunch of drum and can tag you on FB and all that BS. Some one with street cred who can provide constructive feedback through real world trial and error. Also for what it is worth, everyone is running 13 foot rods for drum. Well most everybody. I bet they say, "That rod is only 12 foot." with a dismissive tone and put it in the factory/introductory rod category. Don't get me wrong I am intrigued by some of the lighter rods you offer, but I am too satisfied with the heavers I have to try something new. I bet a lot of guys are in the same boat.
  6. I have seen a couple of casting videos for these rods now. I have been drum fishing since mid September. Have been on Sandbridge, Avalon, Jennettes, or Avon just about every weekend and I didn't see a Black Hole rod one time. They might be the best rods ever, but you need to get them in the hands of VA and OBX drum fishermen and get some exposure before guys are going to swap out their heavers for these.
  7. That is awesome.
  8. I got my degree in biology with the intent of working some kind of marine fisheries job. I worked a couple rounds of internships with Maryland shad and crab programs. Really cool work. Fished 12 days a month year round. Then a big consulting firm called and offered me a 100% raise to come do dirty environmental work and I have been on that side ever since. Never really looked back but my buddies who are still in hunt and fish a little more than I do. If you want to make any money you need to be federal and you need to have an advanced degree. You will spend many years working for nothing to get there.
  9. My experience is stockingfoots are WAY more comfortable. I like my LL Bean waders just fine. I am on my 3rd pair in about 10 years. One was replaced for free after 3 or 4 years for a crotch leak. The replacement leaked after first trip but got replaced no questions asked(wet pant leg after several hours of in and out of the surf and leg full after an hour of standing waist deep chasing mullets). Current pair is going into year 4 used surf fishing and duck hunting. I am 6'3" 245 size 13 feet and XL fits great. The bummer about stockingfoots is taking them on and off. Messing with wet sandy wading boots while the guys in bootfoots are fishing sucks.
  10. They interviewed the Chief Distribution Officer from Duke Energy on NPR today. He talked about their restoration plan, the issues other than downed trees/poles caused by these storms, and said they forecast that 25-75% of their 4 million plus customers will be out of service. At the end of the interview, the interviewer said "The Union of Concerned Scientist has reported that your nuclear plant at XYZ has inadequate flood barriers to prevent damage. Can you comment on that?" CDO - "We are implementing our emergency plan . . . complying with all NRC requirements . . . and making the plant safe for the storm." NPR Guy, more excited - "So have you repaired the barriers?" CDO - "We have implemented our plan and the site is safe." NPR Guy, super excited now - "I am just going to ask because this is a really important question . . . Are you saying that the barriers have been replaced? " CDO - "We have implemented our plan and are doing everything we can to make the site safe" NPR Guy thanks him and cuts to another story. Irritated me. That is an easy question to ask from the studio in NYU or wherever and kind of a blind side to the guy. But at the same time, it is a little concerning.
  11. Man I have a Rainshadow 1087 and that is my beach sitting rod. #4 mutus, wait for the line to slack up walk over real in your fish. Plenty light throws a stingsilver well enough. Great 2-3 oz bottom rig rod. But if it is rough or you are after bigger fish you might need heavier. I also have an Allstar 1418 (I think) and that goes from 3 to 6 pretty well. Fun rod to fight fish on but there are rods that throw further
  12. I would not be real happy with that pot either. In VA the regs read "No size limits exist for adult female hard crabs (sooks)." No reason to have a size limit on sooks. That is as big as they will get. The next line gets me. "Dark sponge (brown through black coloration) crabs must be returned to the water alive and not altered or destroyed in any manner (so far so good . . . ) during the period of March 17 thru June 15; however a tolerance of 10 dark sponge crabs per bushel is allowed." (Go to blue crab dot info / spawning for a pretty good life cycle description. Changed my perspective a little bit. From 2 to 9 months from mating to spawn, ie this months maters will spawn in the spring.) So after June 15, the state is OK with losing those spawners to crabbers? Guess it is a participation thing. If you have to throw them all back you won't have any recs and the watermen won't stand for it. Hard for me to stomach a bushel basket of sponge crabs. I was on Lynnhaven Pier a few years ago and was watching guys fill buckets with sponge crabs in September. Tough to watch but legal. We never kept sooks growing up and we worshipped the very rare sponge we would see in the middle bay. But we kept every female peeler we caught so we have some guilt to share.
  13. Way back I worked for the DNR crab program. My experience was always the further up the Bay you got the fewer crabs you saw and the better quality those crabs were. Think the Wye, Miles, and Chester Rivers. Further south like Pocomoke, Crisfield, Smith Island you saw many more crabs but fewer big males. As a kid I fished the Choptank area all summer and that was a good middle ground. A bunch of good crabs but more #2/ keeper types. I think if you are looking for quality crabs you should be heading up the Bay to more brackish water. It seemed to me that the competition towards the mouth of the Bay was tougher and that caused crabs to grow more slowly and expend more energy fighting and running from predators. You would see a bunch of crabs dumped from pots missing one or both claws. It just seemed like a tougher life. If I were a crab I wpuld take my chances woth white perch over puppy drum. Lots more females also which I always thought was because those females mated then headed to deep water to fatten up and then shed eggs. We were on the Choptank this weekend and it was every bit of 25 to 1 males to sooks. Kind of a rant. All anecdotal. Hope you find them.
  14. That is pretty awesome. That kind of trip can make your season.
  15. I was walking around with my kids and their cousins last week chasing finger mullet. Throwing the little cast net and trying to teach them how to thrown one. We came across a little pod of mullet maybe 15-20. Bigger than cobs not quite roe mullet. I bet that is what you are seeing. I threw the net at them but there was no chance 20 feet away in 3 foot deep water with that 4' toy net. They swam away as it flew toward them and back to investigate as it sank.