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  1. I'm fortunate in that when my wife and I met, I was wild to say the least (broke her in good). For the most part, she's okay with me fishing, because at least I'm not drinking and carrying on like I did in the past. She knows it's my passion and I allow her to have her hobbies without any criticism, like: scrapbooking, mystery novels, etc.. She does enjoy the beach (when it's sunny and warm), we also enjoy alot of the same things like baseball, and musical interests. We have learned to give each other space and can really have trust. I do however, occasionally give a good long back rub (especially after neglecting household duties to go fishing). BTW, if you offer Wal-Mart instead of Dollar General, you can stock up for the next time you actually are allowed to go fishing! This is a great thread at a time of year when fishing should already be red hot, we're all chompin' at the bit for it to open up anyday now, and we're educating ourselves on not only fishing techniques, but ways in which to enhance (or at a minimum-not ruin) our relationships!
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  3. Might as well keep this thread going ith a big WOW, and Thank You! I've learned alot from this site, especially Poppy's posts, it's a wonderful thing that folk like you are willing to share your passion with the rest of us, who may even be equally passionate about fishing, although less in tune with surf fishing. I love my late night "study sessions" (obsession) on this forum, it's the next best thing to being there. I've been paying alot of dues this year, plan on hitting AI again next weekend, praying for the temp to drop!
  4. Sue and Co. at Oyster Bay are great, and Bev at Harbor Tackle is great plus she has the fresh bunker connection. The marina stores are expensive and cater to the high-dollar sportys, the stores that sell a bunch of other things don't really care if the bait is good or not, Skip's is no more, Delmarva Sporting Goods has changed hands/names and now caters to lotto winners or somethin'. Yeah- Sue or Bev.
  5. The state would have a say because those power lines have to come ashore somewhere, and I imagine a fairly large sub-station would come along with them.
  6. It seems like a decent idea, thinking along the lines of fish habitat and renewable energy. As far as navigation, it would be kind of hard to overlook such structures (someone should be present in a wheelhouse, awake, looking out and using radar at all times while underway). The main concern to me would be where does it end? From what I gather, the proposed field could supply energy to 100,000-200,000 homes, what about the other millions of homes within a couple hundred miles of OC? I'm for the renewable energy, and becoming less dependent on fossil fuels, but wouldn't this open up the doors to just littering our coast with these things? If this could be done in a way to severly limit future expansion off of Delmarva, then I say go. If nobody can promise some sort of cap, then lets re-think it. By the way, how much money will residential electric customers save? I doubt any, in fact it would not surprise me if the costs actually went up. It may sound archaic, but a new nuclear reactor in the Mid-Atlantic would be much more economical, and enviromentally friendly (barring a melt-down of course). Maryland gets more than 50% of it's electric from coal burning, anything would be better. Just one man's $.02
  7. I fished near the spot in question for a tide and a half 2 weeks ago. I was drawn there by a flock of Pelicans (could see them from 1/2 mi N), when I got near I could see a great looking outsuck, when I stopped there the place was marked by a board, when I got out of the truck I saw 2 dolphins working inside the breakers, I just knew the Fish Gods were smiling down on me. 1 smallish sandbar shark, 4 snapper blues and 1 short flattie. Nice ride, met a few nice people, fattened up the crabs that Big Red are going to fatten up on before someone else gets him. One of the great things about the beach is that it's constantly changing, I don't think I'll go to that same spot again for a while, there's lots of other really good looking spots for me feed the crabs. That day was really weird, the moon was rising where the sun does, just as the sun was going down (1st 2 pics). The next day, the sun went down, then the moon came up and lit things right back up (3rd pic). Sorry about the image quality, the wife had the 8.1 that weekend. Sorry about the late report, it's been super crazy since I had to come back to reality world. Thinking about coming this Saturday eve & Sunday morning.
  8. I feel blessed to be able to catch anything, a drum or striper sure would be nice, but I'm just blessed to be able to get a line wet once in a while. Any fish caught on a fishing trip, is a bonus!
  9. I was a head boat mate out of OC in the 1990's, the only good year was for Atlantic Mackeral was 1997 (late March-Mid April). There were days when we were literally filling trash cans, coolers, and buckets. Old timers remarked "this is the way it was in the 50''s and 60's," tips were great, the boat was full of slime, scales, and fish-s##t, the sides of my hands were all cut up from shaking the fish off the hooks. It only lasted a few weeks, but I'll never forget it. We ate smoked Mackeral into July.
  10. Several offshore reports of a couple weeks ago mentioned seeing large amounts of lumber. Sounds like a cargo ship probably lost some of its load.
  11. What's really cool, is when they are lactating, and the little lady gets in a warm shower, they will actually squirt without being touched.
  12. Not positive, but looks more like a Sandbar than Dusky. Watch out for those Spiny Dogfish, they can thrash around and poke you with a horn, causing bacteria to get pretty deep into muscle tissue (happened to me working on a headboat, forearm was quite swollen for a week or so), and they DO have teeth, extremely sharp but hard to see. You can lip a regular Sandshark, but you better be sure that's what it is before you do.
  13. So, I spent the weekend at Green Ridge State Forest (primitive, remote camping). Stayed at a site on a steep ridge above Fifteen Mile Creek, hiked down and found some small pools containing plenty of eager Bluegills, a fair amount of Red Eye Bass, and a couple of Brown Trout (all small). The action was not exactly what I was used to, as I'm a Chesapeake Bay/Atlantic Ocean fisherman primarily. Although these fish were all small, this was a very nice outing, these fish were clean, fought hard, and were in one of the most picturesque settings one could imagine. We also attempted a portion of Town Creek, and found a few very small Bluegill and Red Eyes, along with some really big Suckerfish. We tried Orchard Pond and found nothing but bugs in the breif time we were there, I can only assume that the little pond is probably fished out within a week or so of being stocked. We headed to a different portion of Fifteen Mile Creek; and again had lots of action with really small Bluegill, Red Eyes, and 1 Brown Trout. On the last day, I made few casts into an un-named (as far as I know) pond, 2 Bluegill and a half-decent Smallmouth. The creeks were very low, almost a trickle in some spots, it took some moderate hiking to get to some of the pools we found. This was one of those cases where I can actually say that "getting there was half the fun." I can't wait to fish it next spring. We did alot of driving through the forest (there's around 46,000 acres of mountainous, mostly really rough dirt/rock roads). The views were spectacular along the high roads, and the driving was downright challenging; especiallly with several creek crossings on Lower Town Creek Road. You need not have a 4WD for some portions close to I68 and US 40, but I highly recommend one for venturing a mile or more into the forest. Visit the website, educate yourself, and buy a topographical map before making this trip. All in all, this was a wonderful trip, for a lifelong sea-level type guy, to the mountains of Western Maryland.
  14. It's not venom you have to worry about, it's bacteria.
  15. I was using mostly little spinners, and a Cabin Creek Pop-Eye (tiny jig w/feather).
  16. I'm looking for any information about fishing this week in Western MD or West Virginia (portion near MD). Does anyone have any idea about the flow in the creeks this week? Where can I have a chance of catching some fish near Green Ridge State Forest? Please help.
  17. There are some free areas to fish on the Chesapeake in MD, most are not going to be that productive. If you are trying to stay in the upper bay region this time of year, don't hold your breath waiting for a Striper, we never get Weakies or Blues this far up (Harford/Cecil counties). We do see some of the biggest stripers on the planet in the Spring. Right now, as said already in this thread, Perch and Catfish are the main fare.
  18. Here is an interesting article which may have you going to the Doctor tomorrow.
  19. (Allegany County, Maryland) Does anyone know what the flow is like in Fifteen Mile Creek right now? I've heard that it can be almost dry this time of year. How about Town Creek? What are the ponds like in Green Ridge SF this time of year? Any locals out there on line? Any info on Fishing near Green Ridge this week would be greatly appreciated.
  20. I'm a well seasoned fisherman of The Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, I know close to nothing about creek fishing in Western MD. I'm going to Green Ridge Forest in Allegany Co, MD this coming weekend. I'll be looking to fish primarily Fifteen Mile Creek. I don't fly fish, and was wondering what I should use as far as bait/tackle. I know there are also a couple of stocked ponds there, but I'd really like to check out the creek fishing. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  21. I know anything is possible, Mako Shark have tails and know how to wag 'em. I've seen lots of things in the ocean that I would not have believed, had I not been an eyewitness.
  22. I don't doubt 8', it's the Mako part that has me baffled. I've personally seen a 12' Thresher in Assawoman Bay, and a 10' plus Tiger just outside the breakers in front of the highrises in OC. I've also seen seals, dolphin, giant turtles, and Manta Ray in Assawoman Bay (all within 1 mile of the inlet). I've never seen a Mako within 5 miles of land, but I guess anything is possible, I did manage to help unbeach a Minke Whale from 31st St in OC, that totally blew my mind and opened me up to "anything is possible."
  23. Here is a copy of a report I wrote for English 101. I got an A on the report, but remember, it was English 101, not Catching Fish 101! Surf fishing for the novice in Ocean city, MD Surf fishing (angling from a beach) combines relaxation along with excitement. The chance of fighting a monster striped bass, bluefish, drum, or shark can also be done on a shoestring budget. With a little preparation, a willingness to come home empty-handed, a few key pieces of equipment, and a little luck, one may find a whole new reason to visit Ocean City. Necessary equipment includes: a fish identification chart, tape measure, tide table (times of high and low tide), pliers, surf pole (rod), reel with line, sand spike (rod holder), terminal tackle and bait. A medium action, 9-12ft. rod and medium action reel spooled with 15-20lb. test monofilament line are sufficient for most situations the Ocean City surf angler may encounter. Great entry-level rod/reel combinations (some pre-spooled) can be found at some discount stores on the Eastern Shore for less than fifty dollars (especially Wal-Mart). All reputable tackle shops in and around Ocean City sell surf fishing gear and some even have rod/reel rentals. A rod holder is essential because it will keep the rod/reel out of the sand and free up the hands for other tasks. PVC sand spikes are inexpensive (usually less than six or seven dollars) and some tackle shops may include one with a rod rental. The best terminal tackles (hooks, floats, sinkers) for surf fishing are: bluefish rigs, kingfish rigs, or mullet rigs (all store bought) and three, four, or five ounce hurricane sinkers. Mullet (a popular baitfish around 3-6in.) and squid are the top choices for bait. Use small strips (1-2in.) of squid on a kingfish rig, larger strips (2-3in.) of squid or chunks of mullet on a blue fish rig. Use a whole finger sized mullet on a mullet rig. Seasons are a crucial element in the surf fishing world. Forget about fishing from the beach in winter because the fish are almost non-existent. Early spring brings stripers (a.k.a. rockfish or striped bass) in excess of twenty pounds. Mid to late spring can be very productive for bluefish and some relatively smaller rockfish. Summertime brings an assortment of species like: weakfish (sea trout), snapper (small) blues, hardhead (croaker), kingfish (northern whiting), Norfolk Spot, and sand sharks. Summer also brings crowds of people to the beach; so the best fishing will be at night. Early-fall is the best season for fishing Ocean City; surf included. The water temperature is warm, crowds are light, and many species of increasing size start to show up. Late fall (mid-October through early-December) is the time for big (five pound plus) weakfish, huge (thirty to fifty pound) red drum and humongous (fifteen to fifty plus pound) stripers. It is also when most other species disappear. Fishing the proper tide at the beach is essential and can make the difference between a skunked trip (no fish caught) and a banner experience. The flood (incoming) tide is the most productive. Sometimes the first hour or two of ebb (outgoing) can be good. Get a tide chart from a local tackle shop. Ask what the tidal difference is for the section of town you will be fishing (downtown, midtown, uptown) because tides can vary as much as two hours around Ocean City. Going at low tide and staying until and hour or two past high tide is the best bet. Fishing a trough (deep hole between a sand bar and beach) is preferred because that is where baitfish concentrate and predatory fish come to forage. To find a trough simply examine where the waves are breaking. If waves break far from the beach, then flatten out and break right at the beach again, there is probably a trough. A shore break (waves breaking right at the beach) indicates deep water right up to the beach and can be productive as well. Avoid an area where the waves break within a hundred feet or so of the beach and it seems to stay shallow the rest of the way in. Secure the sand spike and place the rod into it, tie a rig on, put a sinker on the rig (start with 3oz.), bait-up, pick up the rod and cast. Hold the rod while watching the line to get a feel for the surf"™s action on the rod versus a fish biting the bait. Rod and line movement should mimic that of the ocean. If the rig seems to be moving along the bottom due to current; add more weight. Fish biting the bait will generally feel like a fast tap, tap, tap. Sometimes smaller fish will bite without being noticed. Larger fish will sometimes "crash" bait (gulp and run). Hold the rod or let a well secured sand spike do the job to avoid losing a nice fish and possibly a fishing rod. Most tackle shop proprietors are willing to share local fishing knowledge (especially with those who are making a purchase), so ask questions. A fishing license is not required in Ocean City but some fish have size limits so pick up a free list of rules and regulations at the shop. There are many combinations of gear that could be utilized. Most items are for comfort; not for catching fish. Keep walking distance in mind while considering coolers, chairs and other bulky or heavy items. In fishing; patience, luck, and preparation all come into play. Remember that the sport is called "fishing" not "catching". Catching is a sweet reward that comes to those who practice patience. Sometimes the sweetest reward comes via a tiny fish landed after a long dry spell. Give it a shot. One never knows what"™s lurking beneath the surface!
  24. I hope you don't get blisters running away in your leather sandals, don't let the door hit you in the arse.
  25. Croaker will eat small pieces of cut croaker, use the belly, it stays on the hook good and you're not getting into your dinner. Most fisherman are happy to help out with a little extra bait, but I usually take 2 kinds of bait for whatever kind of fishing I think I'll be doing.