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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. Overall sounds like a fun trip. Thanks for the reporting.
  2. Nice catch Nano. I remember seeing you on the A.I.Va. beach one October evening a few years back during that epic puppy drum run, it was getting dark and Tundra Tom and I were almost making that left turn to drive off the beach when we saw you landing a slot size red. You packed it in as we stopped and set up some rods. I immediately hooked two puppy drum at a time on a hi lo rig , losting one of them. The other rod bent down in the sand spike and I landed another. Tom caught one too. All in the space of less than an hour. Thanks for sharing your fishing karma!
  3. So...you earned your Hammerhead merit badge! Cool.
  4. Speakin of RocksandReds...havent heard much from him lately....is he bonefishing in Florida?
  5. Not the smoothest start to a vacation, but glad you found your phone. Reminds me of my brothers first big drum catch at the Point many years ago....Nov '90...it was during the time the Oregon Inlet bridge was closed due to a barge getting loose and hitting the support structure. He and my youngest brother had to take a special ferry. Once settled in Buxton they discovered they were two of the few visitors on the Island...and the Point was pretty fishable. He hooked and landed his first big drum that evening, had taken a lot of pictures so far on this waterproofed camera. He was so excited with his catch he put the drum in his cooler...to get it weighed...but left the camera on the bumper....and took off for either Red Drum Tackle....or Dillons. Afterwards...not finding the camera in the truck and realizing he left the camera on the bumper he backtracked in the dark ...to no avail. There were supposedly some nice sunset shots on that film in addition to the big fish. Later on some of the sting was taken out when the Cape Pines motel mgr Keith Andre knocked on their door...and had a basket of free steamed crabs that a restaurant friend was giving away. Somehow he got a picture of himself and his first big drum ....on a different camera. ( see below ) All in all a memorable trip. What made it even more memorable was later on, fishing at sunrise tossing tiny Hopkins lures to a school of small blues that had invaded the beach near the old lighthouse jetty he came upon a a lone fisherman laughing as he pulled in blue after blue. Bro went up to the guy and started conversing as the sun rose over the breakers. After awhile he told the guy that he looked sort of familiar...was he a local? The guy said no...and introduced himself. It was Dave Deule...who 6 years earlier had caught the world record red drum at ramp 34 in Avon. When he asked Dave what he enjoyed so much about light tackle fishing for snapper blues, given he had the all tackle world record for a 94 lb red....he said " I don't care what anybody says...this is fun...and these fish you can eat!"
  6. No matter....if there's red drum around Pilotman will find them...even if it's an overwash puddle in the parking lot...he'll catch'em.
  7. My bro and I stopped to chat with that one armed dude last T'Giving during the speck run. Interesting fellow....think he told us he lost his arm in a coal mining accident. For now a lot of us will experience spring surf fishing vicariously through your posts.
  8. Keep us posted on your progress. I saw on the Island Free Press website that Hwy 12 experienced ocean overwash at Mirlo Beach and North Buxton. Ive lost count how many times this has ocurred since the end of last summer.
  9. I had a similar experience at A.I.-VA Saturday Sunday. It was an all you can eat salad buffet. All the kelp and sea grass you could ever want.
  10. Cut bait...the fresher the better. I've been spooled twice by what I believe to be huge sharks in the surf. Once was an evening near ramp 34 near Avon back in 1984. I got a good cast off out to the outer bar under a full moon in October and something came by and picked up the bait and it was like I had hooked a passing submarine...there was no stopping it. Cleaned a few hundred yards of 20 lb test off a Daiwa 7000...it didnt even know he was hooked. Second time was behind a rental house in Buxton in the spring just a few years ago. Wind shifted from south to easterly as a mist off the water started to roll in and something picked up the bait and headed south to the Point....no stopping it. I've beached 16 lb blue fish, 17 lb stripers , red drum to 33 lbs , 5 and 6 ft long sharks and rays with huge wingspans....nothing Ive latched onto in 30 plus years of surf fishing were like those two "clock cleaners."
  11. The classic pompano rigs that I recall were top and bottom rigs ( also called hi lo rigs ) with tiny gold hooks baited with bits of shrimp or tiny sand fleas. I bet those fish bites would work too, but when they get washed out they are tough to get off the hook for re baiting.
  12. Note that I didn't address the fishing from Corolla to the Oregon Inlet...the northern areas are too much like suburbia to me.
  13. If you want to stay away from crowds then the famous "Point" in Buxton would not be your choice, you have to fish a "conga line" there when the fish show up. Fortunately you have wheels for the beach, so that gives you a lot of options. Nothing like exploring the various ramps from Pea Island all the way down to the Hatteras Inlet and finding your own piece of beach to have all for yourself, and hopefully tangle with a few nice fish. My last few fall trips we stayed at a rental house near the motels at the entry to Buxton, parking is somewhat restricted to renters there so you tend to have a bit of beach to yourself, and fishing can be quite good...as long as beach replenishment isn't messing it up. Vehicles are not allowed on this stretch so you can actually grab a rod and walk all the way down to the old lighthouse location where there is a nice slough that periodically holds fish...but be advised...when word gets out that fish are there...you can find yourself standing shoulder to shoulder with 40 or 50 other guys casting into the surf ( they park in one of the lots at the new lighthouse lication )...like the run of speckled trout last November. I think of Sept around Labor Day as a transitional period between summer and fall fishing....depending on how long the heat built up and the water temp...you could find yourself fishing for little pompano close in, or an occasional run of spanish macs further out. Always pesky little bluefish which seem to peak in Sept Oct...be aware there's a bag limit on those now. But rest assured...depending on what the weather's been like and the prevailing winds...surf fishing the OBX is like that line in Forrest Gump..."its like a box of chocolates...you never know what youre gonna get."
  14. Mums the word. Hope to see you out there.
  15. Ahhh....but are there places to stay? I had heard from tackle shop in Chincoteague that only residents and day trippers were fishing A.I. Va.