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  1. There is also an inshore striper fishery I forgot to mention. It is no-keep except for the Roanoke river at specific and limited times. Cape Fear, Neuse, Pamlico, Tar and Albermarle sound all have stripers but the fish are generally (a lot) smaller than migratory fish in the north east. Never heard of anyone doing really good from the bank either it's all boat fishing. The upside is being able to fish all year round down here. There is always something to fish for between building rods and now plugs and I mean with artificials - not baitin'and waitin'.
  2. Been here since '92. Cost of living is great and it's peaceful, fisheries management is as crooked as a New Jersey construction project. The kayak advice is sound, personally I skipped that and bought a flats boat when the surf fishing access on Camp Lejuene and for that matter OBX was eliminated or got more restrictive. You do not have to turn to exclusively bait fishing but the gear you're used to using there probably won't be as usable down here. There is a drum (redfish) bite down here in the winter - slot fish and over - when they school up and lay off some of the beaches near inlets. That's all gold spoons and soft plastics. My experience has been Emerald Isle to Figure 8. Sometimes you can reach them from the beach, some guys cast to them from behind the breakers in boats. In the spring and the fall take your lightest 8'er and walk the beach with smaller plugs than you use there for the drum and trout. If you get the light tackle to go with the kayak, the trout and the drum on topwater and other artificials will distract you from those bass temporarily but if it's in your blood, like me you'll never satisfy that jones without going back up there in the spring or the fall. I do it once a year.
  3. Agree. FWIW, Gen 4 has yielded great results for me.
  4. Greetings. I found these plugs today in my father's gear (He passed in '97 and left me a lot of gear) while looking for something else. I was just wondering if they are legitimate redfins? Some other questions; are they through wired like the belly swivel would suggest? How old are they? What's with the weep/drain hole near the tail? Any information at all would be appreciated. The value to me is purely sentimental. I intend to put fresh hooks on 'em and throw them at fish.
  5. Thanks for the replies, especially XBMX. I have one in the original packaging (I think my father bought it De.) marked $1.99 from a place called Drug Fair. Like the old Food Fair? I don't know. I know they're gonna get wet in May at IRI.
  6. Grew Up in New Jersey, Joined the Marine Corps at 20, in '77 Bought a home here in '92, Jacksonville/Onslow county near Camp Swampy(Lejeune) Retired in 2009. I wouldn't live anywhere else. Nobody retires and moves up north. My boat is on a trailer and can reach most New River boat ramps in 30 minutes or less. FWIW, this is way down on the list of considerations for moving/living here but Marine Fisheries Management is as crooked as a New Jersey construction project. Off shore/pelagic not so bad, but between indiscriminate inshore large mesh gill nets, (=1 slot puppy drum-redfish, 4 speckled trout and soon to be no flounder and -0- stripers except the upper Roanoke - a day) steel boats dragging 200' of head rope through the Pamlico and Albermarle sounds killing 4lbs of juvenile finfish for every pound of shrimp, expect to do a lot of catch and release. * and I didn't even mention floating oyster leases.... I Still hold to line 4 above. V/R, G H Mason
  7. I read a lot more than I post on this site and really appreciate the search function. I have a 9' Kennedy Fisher that desperately needs redone and a new BA3K86/12-25 that I am going to wrap before May. Great work by the OP on the rods and the tremendous idea on the reduction train to the runners. - I hate double foot guides. Thank you very much. G H Mason
  8. Yes these are surface lures that float. And you do twitch them - while retrieving them with a cadence. Freshwater bass guys call it "walkin' the dog". We use them for redfish, trout and stripers here in NC. I would use them in the inlet but in the back, on the north side by the marina or west of the end of the railing on the south side. Gray light in the morning and evening starting in May. Hope this link is not illegal: How To Catch Winter Stripers On Top Water Baits! - YouTube
  9. sorry stupid post should have done a lot more research. Moderator please delete
  10. Sorry only read down to the GSB and began researching. I couldn't find much on the 1147F model, I take it the "F" is fiberglass?
  11. Do you still have the Lami?
  12. All due respect, Maybe in some spots 10-20 feet but in other spots where guys are hooked up and fighting fish, - it is all made tighter quicker by the muggers who are driving up and down the beach and then get out of their vehicles and cast over the guys fighting fish when they see them. I was there Friday and Saturday. It is an exercise in turning the other cheek while focusing on your own cast and fighting the fish. Off the hook epic though, Legendary - Future Grandchildren will get told about the last three weeks.
  13. Thanks. Looking forward to it.
  14. I don't mean to hijack this thread but I did a search to find some updated information on the park and this was the most recent. At the risk of adding another person to the crowd with the additional questionable judgement of doing it on Thanksgiving wknd, I was wondering if some things are still true about the park? For the first time in a lot of years my wife and I are planning to come up and put together a large family Thanksgiving Day dinner in South Jersey and I have the itch to visit the old stomping grounds - the last time was when Jean & Art's was still open. -Is the $8.00 fee mentioned earlier in this thread still the same in the fall, or after Labor Day? -Can you still park at two-bit and walk the beach north and south? -Can you still park at "110" and walk down to the Gov's Mansion? -Would it be worth trying to get the weekend pass to drive on the beach? I'll be in this: -If so, when you get on at Gilikins, can you drive any further north or only south? Thanks in advance for any information at all. On the issue of rules enforcement, after 31 years in the Marine Corps I am all for government employees earning their paychecks but after what the "no enforcement" complaint has led to down here on the outer banks, sometimes the best thing is self policing the violators ourselves. If you bomb the park police with specifics and license plate numbers, they'll eventually get it. I don't mean to lecture and no, I don't know better but the easiest answer for any government agency to give at any level, is "no". After which no more work is required on their part and we are all out of access. Thanks again for any help. Tight Lines, George Mason Matt. 4:19
  15. On our wedding anniversary week in our usual spot, I came up empty on the striped fish I was fishing for. Now the weather is so foul our camper is rocking as if I took my flats boat off shore, with little hope of it letting up long enough to stand out in it and cast into the teeth of it between now and Monday. We did see a significant event in the changing of this State Park though and hopefully the beginning of a return to more of a campground and fishing retreat than the industrial area it has necessarily become. (not complaining cause the fish don't care - they just weren't here this week.) The lowering and removal of the south side form walker Friday night leaves a complete span across the inlet that now can be made ready for traffic and the removal of the old bridge. I worried that I wouldn't be able to hold my wife's nikon still enough for the slower shutter speeds but the shots came our all right. I resized them to upload quicker and display faster. [img= [img=] [img=]' alt='402'> Tight Lines G H Mason Matt. 4:19
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  17. SOL had absolutely nothing to do with the masses and carnage that has been IRI over the past week. I'm a native Sussex boy, i know the area well. When the bite first started last weekend, it was only a matter of hours before the place filled up, and considering most on here are hours away there is no way that many could have made it down that fast. You can thank the advent of communication technolgy as the primary culprit, cell phones, internet, texting,etc..... spreads the word fast, and the IRI is probably one of the most notable fishing spots on the Delmarva coastline, it's no longer anybody's secret and hasn't been for quite some time. Add to that Old Inlet B&T and Hookem & Cookem posting "BLITZ" reports on their websites, and you have a sure recipe for crowds. Even as a local, word of the bite spread through my workplace within a day, and about half my shift was there the following night, there is no way to keep word of a blitz like that from spreading, if just by word of mouth locally. In today's wave of communication technolgy it's the price you pay. I agree with all of the above. As early as Mother's Day night the 8th, on that south wall between the end of the railing, and gated properties, there were guys making phone calls about it "going off right now" and "dude you need to get here" as fish were being caught. Put that together with the local tackle shop reports (by phone) and you have the mess it was before anybody turns on a computer and comes to this site. And what has always been the case, going back to the '70's - as far as campers (like me) all it takes is one guy in one spot catching one fish and you'll have company on the next tide or the next day in that same spot. Glad we got we got out of there before the rest of the circus came to town, and well before Memorial day. Have a good summer, it'll be good to see the place again in September and October after school is back in. Semper Fidelis, George Mason Matt. 4:19
  18. Glad to see the bite stayed on in IRI through the full moon. I've gone for two weeks the last three years on the new moon in May and it has been very rewarding. This actually started on Mother's day, and for the rest of that week it was limits of 40 inch fish. I ran out of room for filets in the camper refer/freezer and had to rent freezer locker space at old inlet. I guess this actually belongs in the 1st through 15th reports but after two weeks in that campground, I have been catching up here at home in NC. Sorry it's so crowded now. Even that back wall on the south side is probably clobbered now. GH Mason Matt. 4:19
  19. I agree completely Jason B. That "thump" or "tick" (hard to describe in writing) hit that you get seems to transmit to your hand and arm unlike some other lures. A go-to favorite of mine at IRI for the rock and the puppy drum hit 'em down here the same way. ghmason
  20. Looking to get into fly fishing for the puppy drum here in eastern NC, did a search for "redfish" in this forum and this thread came up. Absolutely unbelievable, there aren't enough superlatives, the pictures of this fly made my mouth hang open...... Thanks for sharing
  21. If this was done in the Pamlico sound in July August or September, with Old Drum it wouldn't have even been talked about this long before it was put to a screeching halt. Because it's "just" striped bass that happened to show up within easier reach of OI this year it's allowed to go on until tomorrow night. Untold sums of direct and indirect money help to sustain tournaments, guides, tackle shops, marinas - not to mention hotels, restaurants, and who knows what all else, for a fish that cannot be possessed in any substantial size or number here in NC - yet this is allowed and we are arguing about the way the commercial fishing rules are written?. This is the kind of rationalizing that will cause the striped bass to go the way of the gray trout. Thanks for posting the addresses to send the letters. GHM
  22. Here is one common sense observation: For the last 4 or 5 years,(maybe a little more) there have been no stripers to speak of south of VA/NC Border. During those seasons the Va Beach/Rudee inlet Charter Capts enjoyed a winter fishery and there weren't reports of this kind of waste or chaos. Now this winter, the fish show up within easier reach of Oregon Inlet and it's a mess. Fist fights at the ORI fishing center, miles of dead bass, poaching in the EEZ, and insult to injury for us surf guys, no fish in the wash. Here's the bottom line for me: I will put my money, vote, and volunteer time behind any organization that is willing to advocate or work towards atlantic striped bass having the same protections as the red drum in NC. Untold sums of direct and indirect money help to sustain tournaments, guides, tackle shops, marinas - not to mention hotels, restaurants, and who knows what all else, for a fish that cannot be possessed in any substantial size or number. If something isn't done the striped bass will go the way of the gray trout - soon. R/ ghmason
  23. Glad nobody has objected to this stroll down memory lane. Just spent from the 24th to the 30th camped at IRI and had three hits all week along my favorite spot (south wall from the end of the railing to the end of the state property). Even the long liners on the other side were having a slow pick. I know it was the week after the full moon but the last 3 or 4 fall seasons, the only thing worse than the weather has been the fishing. I was introduced to surf fishing by my father some 42 years ago in the late 60's soaking bloodworms at 12th street in Barnegat NJ. Spent my share of time at IBSP before discovering the beauty of lower slower Delaware, huge numbers of over 10lb trout and drifting fleas for summertime stripers. 31 years in the Marine Corps only allowed me to keep tabs on all these places sometimes long distance and sometimes with a fishing rod except for IRI. Since Y2K the wife and I manage to go back in May for the spring run and in the fall for the sentimental value and to celebrate our anniversary - we have been attached to the place through our 25 years of marriage either camping with my parents or since 2002 in our own RV. I know it is all about bait and water temps but the real question may be why don't the fish turn right anymore on their way down in the fall. This past spring I got 8 keepers over the course of ten days fishing the spot mentioned above (because it's gentleman's fishing). Most of them were over 15lbs and one night two 20's about an hour apart. If you take a look at what young John Bushell is documenting now and on a daily basis in Seaside Park, NJ and then consider the amount of fish caught December through Feb off of VA Beach, not only are you left to ponder the relationship between the resurgence of trophy bass and the disappearance of the gray trout but also whether the fall fishery off the the 12 miles of Delaware that border the Atlantic are a closely held local secret, or the fish run past it. Thanks to all who contribute to this thread regularly. We probably wont stop coming up despite the looks I get from folks when we say we're from North Carolina. If you're ever in North Carolina around Camp Lejeune, I'd be glad to take you speckled trout/drum fishing. Tight lines, George Mason Matt. 4:19
  24. Camped here in IR De. Questioning the wisdom of leaving eastern NC to come here and try to catch a rock fish. United States Marine Corps. 1977-2008. Fortunate enough not to have to work anymore at the age of 52. Give it to some one else less fortunate. Great thought on the thread though, thanks very much.
  25. I grew up in New Jersey, and thanks to the Marine Corps, have owned property, been a legal tax paying, registered to vote, state resident here in North Carolina since 1992. I had my first beach buggy and beach permit in New Jersey at Island Beach State Park. I have been watching and supporting the fight against this lawsuit and how it has deteriorated for us since it began . While I despise the fact that this judge is legislating from the bench, it almost seems as if he wants the NPS to implement the same kind of controls in place (at least used to be) at IBSP in order to drive on the beach. Given that the NPS hasn't implemented any control measures over the last 35 years that could be argued to be loosely or remotely in compliance with Nixon's order, I don't see how they (NPS) can get there by next week. Even if they could I doubt there there is the manpower to enforce it. Needless to say, these questions he now wants answers to should have been known requirements for the reg-neg process so they could have been part of the settlement/consent decree. I feel like I have lost and old friend and this whole thing feels like the end of Eastern Tides by Daignault where the surfcaster winds up riding in a boat instead of driving on the beach in search of fish. The only relavent question I have left is this: If he closes the beach to ORV access altogether, is it more ripe for an appeal than if he goes with some variation on the settlement? Respectfully, George Mason