DragonsLax48

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  1. Those last two pics are really cool! To the OP... being in the surf is all about facing the elements. You cant escape the darkness and you're at the mercy of the ocean. The full moon could ruin the bite, but the clowds could cover it up and fire up a crazy bite. You can predict the wind but it may say eff you, turn 180deg, and challenge your cast or stall the tide/current that you've been waiting all month for. I am picturing fish on the other side of my cast 100% of the time, but I wont catch them unless I play all of the above conditions in my favor.
  2. I believe this is a juvenile herring. I saw tons of them when I was up north of NJ
  3. they burried all of the jetties so itd be easier to land a 50#
  4. @Sudsy Every year that I fish the rip I have to figure out a completely new strategy. The rip moves on a week to week basis when storms blow through and change the sand pattern. Side note: check out the north beach point and how its become more defined over the years. I can picture the false hook filling in the hook and north beach becoming the new rip in the future.
  5. Ill be there with my tortillas, slaw, and guac
  6. its over
  7. Theres a .1% chance that you luck into a big striper on your trip. Due to the migration patterns, the majority of "gear testing" fish are north of jersey. You will have much more fun and better luck targeting fluke, tog, kings, snapper blues, sharks, rays. With that said, a 4k size reel paired with a 7 or 8 ft rod would do just fine! Fluke are an enjoyable summer time fish that you can target in the middle of the day while the family is at the beach (and its good table fair if you can find a keeper). 1/2 - 3/4 oz bucktail on the bottom with a dropper loop and 3/0 hook. Both tipped with berkeley gulp swimming mullet.
  8. Thanks for clarifying. I figured these fish would be from the potomac or another snakehead dense waterway in the chesapeake.
  9. Nobody "planted" those snakeheads at the conowingo. The entire bay and its tributaries are inundated with them. Based off of my personal experiences, I have not seen snakeheads completely decimate lakes or even ponds for that matter. They are an incredibly fun fish to target and if you're interested they taste very good as well. The bass are much more threatened by overnutrification from farm run off and toxic storm water runoff, or natural phenomenons than any predator in the ocean. .
  10. That and core creek were always a waste of time for me. Lots of other great ponds in the area as well as the few rivers and creeks that hold smallmouth.
  11. LAX RAT! Never stop practicing GBs
  12. I think you need to spend more time watching other guys at the Canal. Bike around and find the guys that are catching 3x as many fish as anyone else and take mental notes on gear, plugs, where they are casting, how fast theyre retrieving, etc. Your second comment about SP minnows being too small shows your inexperience, bc there are some Ditch Trolls that only throw bombers in the canal and will catch all day and all night long. I fish NJ, but whenever I go on a fishing trip (to the canal) I spend my first day scouting and observing conditions, bait, and technique. You can learn a lot from the guys that have already figured it out and have been fishing it for 3 days prior to your arrival or 30 years prior to your new hobby.
  13. Ive never had luck with big snakehead in FDR. Its really overfished IMO and they spook pretty easy. I havent tried in a year or two.
  14. Throw frogs around the slime and drains and youll find some snakehead and some big smallmouth. The creek in Tyler is severely overfished IMO. Good luck!
  15. Ill trade 2 nights at my place in Philthy for a new/used VS250L Ill even guide you on the hottest rock bass trip you could dream of edit** youll have to stay on the couch