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About dixiekraut

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  • About Me:
    Your typical post-WW II baby boomer Army Brat...heavily influenced by the early days of TV, Sci Fi, Hot Rod culture growing up in the Fifties. Was fortunate to live overseas a few years ( Rome Italy ) while in grade school, experiencing other cultures.
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Surf casting barrier Islands from Rehobeth DE to Assateague MD-VA. Try to get to the Outer Banks at least once a year.
    Even tried Laguna Madre TX once...sight casting jigs to a huge school of black drum. Also dabble in a little artwork and scale modeling in the winter months when I can't fish.
  • What I do for a living:
    Estimator Project Mgr - commercial Stone and Tile for 30 plus years. Contemplating where I want to live when I retire in 5 or 6 years as I write this....hopefully it will be near a nice body of water somewhere.

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  1. Looks like ol' Al....Capone.
  2. Sadly it's mostly bait fishing down where I am....threads like these make me appreciate the artistry of what you guys do up north...let alone the skill and dedication.
  3. Hope the owner isn't resting in peace at the bottom somewhere.
  4. Nice healthy looking fish.
  5. "...You and me Jimmy...we both know the wild things ....and the magic places...they're gone forever." Elmo Bliss A Flash of Green
  6. From my scrapbook... Raleigh N.C. native Lynn Pendleton's post of 1/11/04 on this very website in response to speculation about the story behind the famous photo.
  7. https://goo.gl/images/yEqip7
  8. Yep...those were the days....wonder if any of us will still be alive when and if they ever return. For my money a 14 or 15 lb bluefish will give you a fight unlike any other species. When I started surf fishing in '83 I cut my teeth on light rods throwing three and four ounces of lead with top and bottom rigs for summer flounder and spot and kingfish. The first bluefish I ever hooked and landed was only a one pounder but it definitely was a different kind of run...almost an electric feel to the erratic motion in comparison to the short quick pull of a flounder or king. Then that fall when the big blues started crashing the beaches I managed to tie into a 14+ chopper blue and the first couple of strong surges I was mesmerized by the strength of those initial runs...I knew I was attached to something akin to a wild animal...I was drawn into the surf in water up to my knees praying I could somehow coax it through the incoming waves and get it up on the sand. Turned out that first chopper blue had me hooked more than I had him. It was the start of three decades of pursuit of these gnarly tackle busting behemoths ...from the DelMarVa to the OBX. Since those days back in the late 80s early 90s I've managed to land red drum to 42 inchs and rockfish to 37 inchs...but nothing fights like a gator blue. I miss them.
  9. Sounds like an awesome fishing experience...something quite memorable compared to hours of standing on a beach watching your rods and seeing nothing. I have been at this game awhile and on only one occaision happened to see schools of baitfish being driven out of the water up onto the beach...it was a stretch of beach near the Hatteras inlet in the late 80s...I was given a tip at a sporting goods store in Md that if I was heading to Hatteras don't forget to go down to the Inlet...apparently a massive school of 1 to 3 lb blues was invading the shoreline every evening at dusk chasing mullet...was a regular event for a few days...was still going on when we got down there...those blues were hitting anything that moved and we threw every lure we had in the box...lot of cut offs in the frenzy...some guy even tied on an empty red and white Coke can and tossed it out into the melee and worked it back with a fast retrieve...you shouldve seen how mangled that thing was when it got back to the beach!
  10. Responders to this topic here and in another thread seem to be in disagreement over which aspect of the fishing world is taking the most striped bass...one poster claimed 2/3rds of the take is by recreational fishermen...meaning the guy with a rod and reel standing on the beach...plus all those party boat people trolling them up with umbrella rigs and what not...leaving the remaining third to gill netters, etc selling them on the market. Wondering if this is in fact the way it is.
  11. There's a guy who posts here that told me on the DelMarVa forum that 2/3rds of the striped bass are taken by recreational fisherman...the other third by commercial. So what is the reality?
  12. Proper handling of fish after catch is something many of us are on the learning curve about. I remember when I caught my first big red at Assateague many years ago...a 42 incher...it was standard procedure once beached to stick your hand under a gill plate and lift... pose for a picture and then release it into the surf. I saw it swim off but now I wonder if it survived the fight and landing...the procedure now is once beached you cradle the fish like a baby. Another thing many of us have thankfully learned is circle hooks. First bull red my buddy landed was a big 44 lb fish...unfortunately back in those days he was still using J-Hooks The fish swallowed the bait and was gut hooked...it did not survive the landing and release. Every fish I have caught since I started using circle hooks....no matter what the species.... has been hooked on the outside of the lower lip...and seemed pretty frisky when released.
  13. I wonder how things would go for the rod and reel fisherman if the mid Atlantic states got together and gave the striped bass game fish status...making it off limits to commercial harvesting.
  14. No big blues in the surf anymore...and fewer and fewer big rock fish. Based on my experiences of late the only truly healthy fishery seemed to be the red drum...of which good quantities of slot sized fish were caught last fall from November into December and even in January down on the OBX. This plus a decent run of big Reds in late Sept early Oct at A.I. from what I heard. Could the reason be because the big breeding fish are protected?