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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. When do the reds show up at Assateague?
  2. You think that one is great, should see some of the wife's pics. I was using my old Galaxy S6 ...she stepped up to the new S9...think she got nicer pics. And every which way we turned on the hiking trails ....another great shot. Beautiful country up there...shame about the forest fire smoke though...really cast a haze some days.
  3. Ive caught stripers in the surf up to 16 lbs...red drum up to 33 lbs..some folks up north I know dismiss reds as nothing but a big carp...but once you've hooked and beached a big channel bass you come to realize they have a mystique all their own.
  4. What they said. From what I've read thru the years on this forum up north the beaches from Jersey on north sound like plug fishing, while down south on the OBX it's the reverse....bait and wait. When I started fishing the barrier islands of Md Va and NC back in the 80s it was possible to catch blues on artificials when they were schooled up and feeding aggressively, same for the stripers when they made their comeback after the moratorium in the 90s....but that was the exception. Nice thing about the OBX is the length of the fishing season....and the variety of fish.
  5. Yep....it did the job.
  6. It's a used Trail Manor, can't say how old. My bro-in-law out in Colorado Springs bought it. It's pretty efficient, perfect for two couples or a family of 4.... six if two kids don't mind sleeping on the dining area benches.
  7. It was warm when wife and I arrived in Calgary Friday the 10th, then a front came thru and the rain helped wash some of the smoke out of the air ( forest fires in neighboring British Columbia ). Most of the week was great for hiking and canoeing, but late in the week we did wake up one morning to 36 degrees...in August! Sundown wasn't until a little after 9pm each night. We were hoping to see the Perseid meteor shower Aug 11-12 and maybe even the Northern Lights but the nights were mostly overcast. Overall.... the in laws planned a spectacular itinerary...and we managed to hit them all. If you like the mountains and glacial lakes and waterfalls...you can't miss Banf and Jasper.
  8. Glad you could get something from them...Ive been out to the Colorado Rockies...and the Arches in Moab Utah...but these glacier carved peaks in Alberta and British Columbia have a unique character all their own. The drive along the Ice Fields Parkway up the center of Alberta from Banf to Jasper was staggering...and fortunately the air was clear...not hazy from smoke.
  9. Im back in my cubicle too...but my heads been in those mountains and waterfalls all day....
  10. Actually I hear it's because of the way the predominantly limestone particles ground up by the glacial ice bend and refract the light...absorbing the red and yellow orange end of the spectrum...and leaving the blue and green. Our guide on the Maligne Lake boat trip said she was OK with the hazy cloudy days as they seemed to give the water a rich blue green teal color as opposed to the bright turquoise jade color.
  11. Just got back from 10 days in the Canadian Rockies around Banf and Jasper. Gorgeous water up there.Next time I'm definitely bringing a fishing rod.
  12. The "Rock Flour" suspended in the glacial meltwater gives these lakes and rivers a beautiful teal turquoise color.....