dave sharkman

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  1. I've been spooled several times especially by the toothy critters. Sandbars over 7ft you better pray you have enough line. I've landed a few but it took me running into the water and up and down the beach to keep what line I had. Finally when they do tire out you have a chance. That 55" red I had ran hard but nothing like a big toothy does. It gave one long run in the beginning then just refused to come in once it tired out. I'd gain line then it would take it back. I've had big blacktips dump my spool before. Usually you know you hooked them by them breaching. Huge Rays will run hard but wont usually give any tell tell signs of being a fish such as head shakes etc. So I believe you hooked into a big shark. And it's possible a sandtiger. Most of the year sandtigers dont run hard but late September October is mating season for them and they tend to become really aggressive and fight like real monsters lol
  2. Earlier
  3. Definitely tiger. He sent me the pic just after he caught it. Way cool catch.
  4. You can pm me if youd like rather not say
  5. Serious estimate I would say they were both in the 60 pound range. No way I was holding those fish with arms extended.
  6. Thanks guys, between how slick they are to begin with picking them up was a task that's for sure. Best part for me was walking them back out and releasing them. Some fish take a minute to come around and swim off, those beauties had no issues, in fact the biggest I was holding by the base of the tail and my other hand under its belly to release and revive until she was ready. I put her in the water, she slapped her tail across my open palm as if to say thanks see ya around and swam off strong.
  7. Caught the biggest 2 drum of my life over the last 2 weeks, the first pic is my pb 55" with a 33" girth. The second was 54" with a 30" girth. The first red had battle scars, dorsal was partially missing and top of its tail lobed off, the second red was the best looking drum I've ever seen. I've never been happier
  8. Beautiful fish guys
  9. Saturday morning
  10. I was starting to wonder about him
  11. Freddie, always a blast fishing with ya, nice catch bro
  12. The hoodie is a good luck thing. I only wear it during drum season. I caught my first red with it 18 years ago lol. If I dont wear it I dont catch. Out again anod managed another red.
  13. 49.5" one of the fattest reds I've ever seen. Second pic was 37"
  14. Cruised the osv Sunday, overall didnt take much damage. Flattened out a bit. The narrow sections could be an issue during higher than normal tides. Gotta admit, almost forgot what it felt like to ride on smooth sand. No more wash board I'm sure that'll change tho
  15. Out this eve and it seems the baby black drum have invaded the beach. 3 croaker a few kings and little black drum up to 15 " every cast.
  16. Trust me I was close lol brought 2 gallons of water with me and went through it all 3/4 of the way through the trip
  17. That's for sure, the heat alone with no wind was brutal, and honestly if you dont think and plan for the worst you'll be in a lot of trouble real quick
  18. Castnet, that trip isn't for the average joe that's for sure, lots of ground to cover to look for them. if you dont know the area or tide extremes dont go it's only asking for trouble. Time it wrong your staying a while. If you cant tolerate the assateague bugs you'll hate the trip. (Not directed at you, but those thinking about the trip) my advice is unless you know the area dont go. I have been down a few times and know the area ok. There are guides down there that will take you out if your really serious on going but definitely dont just toss a trip together and go its asking for disaster, those currents and tides are no joke and if you get stuck your on your own.
  19. Think of assateague on a west wind
  20. The only video footage I got was the wake they were leaving behind them swimming from one edge to the other. When my rod went i had to set the phone down so i didnt lose it lol. Figured I'd be able to get a few pics once it was next to the yak but that never came to fruition
  21. I was told by a few of the guys that discovered the fishery in the 70's that they are around from July thru August and high tide is the preferred because of the extreme tides in the area. What drew me to the area I found them was all the bait fish jumping along the grass lines, the channel I was in was roughly 50 yards wide with the first 5 yards against the grass lines being roughly 3 feet deep but near the middle of that channel it took all 25 feet of my anchor line before it hit bottom. So I decided to try to fish the edge of the drop point and toss my bait just on the slope of the drop off, that's where I seen the majority of them rolling attacking the baitfish on the grass edges then watching the wake they created until it disappeared roughly 7 to 10 feet in from the grass line. I was surprised not to see any toothies myself. But like the advice that was given to me, at peak high they were rolling around swimming back and forth across the channel. Seen at least 6 different tarpon, then as soon as the tide switched they slowly quit rolling and disappeared till nothing was hitting. I wish my depth finder was working it decided to crap out the day before I went out. But if you do go the tides are no joke there. The paddle out of the dock we left from we were in 7 feet of water I couldn't touch bottom with my paddle, when we got back an hour after peak low we were barely able to paddle the water was so shallow. I figured being in a kayak tides wouldn't be an issue I was wrong. We got stuck on a sandbar a mile from the launch and the mud was knee deep trying to walk wasnt an option, so we laid on the yaks until it was deep enough to make our way back. No wind all day. Water was glass, 93 degrees in the blazing sun all day. I went through 5 bottles of water and it still wasnt enough. Didnt help matters having to wear full body armor to fight off the flies and mosquitoes. But would I do it again.... definitely.
  22. I wont be forgetting it any time soon that's for sure.
  23. I anchored first because the channel I was near was deep and the current was moving to fast to drift fish, so when he first hit I was getting pulled against the current, didnt think of pulling the anchor, both hands were occupied loosening the drag a bit and supporting the rod, that's why my buddy paddled over to help. By the time he got to me the tarpon shot under the yak and it took all I had to keep upright lol, I told my buddy to just cut the line to the anchor but he was trying to cut it at a spot he could pull the anchor and hold onto it for me. As he was starting to cut the anchor rope it came up and rolled right of the front of the kayak I grabbed the leader and the line popped at the anchor line. The tarpon started to run and pulled the leader out of my hand.