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  1. Hi all, I'm relatively new here I just wanted to pop in and introduce myself. I've spent many hours searching this forum and reading posts from the past- your past and future contributions are appreciated. I grew up fishing creeks and ponds in Northern NCC DE and have most recently spent the past 3-4 seasons trying to teach myself the ropes of the IRI. Not an easy process, one I'm sure never ends, and by no means have I 'figured it out' but I catch fish occasionally which keeps my interest from wandering. (read- I'm hooked) I have to say, starting out was not easy. I had no resources as far as locals, friends, family... Basically just a tip from the bait shop and my own unwillingness to give up/fail. To all those that have been courteous enough down there to say hello, offer a tip, or even just a smile- thanks it goes a long way. I would say I hope to see some of you down there this year but I'm not sure how I am supposed to recognize anyone
  2. I'm in!!! Thanks for the chance!
  3. Ok I'm back up and running! I haven't made it out to my LMB spots yet this year, but a few of my friends have just recently started to pick them up. Thanks Bob and Rookie, I will say hi if I come across you guys. I currently drive a silver CR-V with roof runners that I attach a PVC pipe with my rods inside. I don't drive on the beach bc I'm afraid of only having AWD. I have only recently started my career and am hoping to be able to afford a Tacoma within the next couple years...
  4. I'm in!
  5. Quote: Originally Posted by Mtd35 Sbcbxmx112 (do i have too many "X"s??) Welcome to the Delmarva forum. We're a friendly bunch here, mostly helpful too. Quote: Originally Posted by Phil Allen My one big tip for you, Keep an eye out for Black Fords and Green Jeeps with PVC pipes that look like smoke stacks, them guys know how to fish!! Thanks for the replies and words of encouragement! Perhaps I should've chosen a different name but I guess I'm stuck now. Black Fords and Green Jeeps- got it.
  6. White clay also gets stocked fish. If you wait ~3-5 days after the stocking often the fish will get used to the stream and be a little more of a challenge to find. If you are willing to fish for something other than trout, smallmouth bass in the Brandywine Creek as well as White Clay Creek is great wild fish C&R action that lasts all summer long.
  7. +1 I always color a good number of my swimbaits for use at night. I have had success with this method and my personal best came on one completely colored in with black sharpie. I color them ~24 hrs ahead of time so it doesn't fade.
  8. Gotcha. Well have fun, and I'm interested to hear your report as I have not fished Newton's pond.
  9. Hmm I'm not familiar with Naamans pond. What part of the state?
  10. Hi All, I haven't been to NC or the Outer Banks since I was a kid, but a few of my buddies have been talking about driving down mid-March to check out Portsmouth Island and camp for a few days. I understand you need to schedule a ferry and you are allowed to camp, but I haven't been able to determine whether or not we will need a special plate or license for NC to drive our vehicle on the Island. On another note what types of fish, if any, would one expect to catch around the island that time of year? From what I've found on the internet it seems as if puppy drum start to show around then and are generally taken on bait. Thanks for your help!
  11. Per Delaware online fishing report: Opening day of 2015 downstate trout season has been postponed because ice on ponds has prevented adequate stocking. The season is now slated to open at 7 a.m. March 14. Being in Dover, I assume you'll be fishing tidbury pond as it is nearest to you- a pond which I have never fished. Having said that, what works for us up in New Castle County in the streams is ~4-8 lb mono, a ~24" 2-4lb vanishing leader tied directly to the mono, a small split shot (maybe try a slip sinker for the pond) and a piece of power bait, a meal worm, or a wax worm (or a minnow if they stock trophy sized) with a very tiny short shank hook. I can't think of the hook size off the top of my head but I can check my tackle box when I get home. Again, the majority of my DE trout fishing knowledge stems from the upstate streams.... but- If you are interested in coming upstate to check out the stream trout fishing shoot me a pm and I'd be glad to help out or meet up. Edit: Powerbait used to make a jar of what looked like wax worms, I was always told by a friend of mine (whom I trust) to use these baits in white. His reasoning was that they feed the trout food that looks similar at the farm, no idea if that is true but they seemed to work well. I tried to find the name for you but they don't seem to list it on their website. Don't forget you need a trout stamp in addition to the DE fishing license.
  12. Quote: Originally Posted by j0e c So... besides moving, traveling or skipping it, any other advice for freshwater trout in DE? Lol! Season starts up pretty soon. Are you in New Castle County (upstate) or southern DE?
  13. Thanks for the info! We might be changing the dates of our trip due to one friend dropping out.
  14. My goal is to become more proficient with bucktails... We'll see how long I stick to that goal once I become frustrated.
  15. I'm in
  16. I'm in Thanks!
  17. I'm not a huge fan of DE's stocked trout season. It tends to be crowded, and the stocked fish are not too bright. I've seen fishermen in the past dam up pools where they know trout will be stocked, its quite literally shooting fish in a barrel. They are mostly taken on powerbait, but if you wait a week or two for the crowds to dissipate you can find some that are a tad brighter. Depending on where you fish a variety of artificials can be effective from flies to small crankbaits or trout magnets. Minnows are a good bet once it starts to warm up. White clay creek has a 'fly only' section. In my opinion your time would be better spent traveling into PA to find wild trout. Occasionally wild trout that swim down from PA can be taken in DE but its not a reliable or long-term fishery. Hope this helps!
  18. Sweet, sweet bucktails!
  19. Quote: Originally Posted by KOSS I'm a fellow at Temple. I'm mostly concerned with megakaryocytic differentiation and proplatelet/platelet production from megakaryocytes. I dabble in platelet signaling and thrombus formation as well. The goal of our work is to direct megakaryocytic differentiation and platelet production in the bone marrow of thrombocytopenic patients (low platelet count commonly associated with a variety of diseases and therapeutics). We're a long way from that, unfortunately. I took a very circuitous route, but I love what I do so am happy to have landed here. I am not a proctologist, though I am an ass-man. You? Like you I'm always interested to know how people got where they are. It's the first question I ask visiting PI's. Very interesting. Definitely a field in which I am not well-versed, but I picked up the gist with a little help from google. I have a background based in chemistry with some biochemistry and materials science sprinkled in. Currently I work in Immunoassay R&D developing reagents for an instrument that tests for everything from high cholesterol to thyroid cancer to HIV. One of the things I miss about the academic research setting is the motivation behind the work. I find the academic setting is more driven by the desire to help others, gain knowledge, and get it right. While the project I'm on will (hopefully) do those things along the way, it can be easy to feel frustrated/pressured by the bottom line ($-which is why I didn't give too many specifics regarding my actual project). As you alluded to- the route I took was rather bumpy at times, but I too am very happy to have landed where I am. Good luck with your projects!
  20. KOSS, if you don't mine me asking, what type of lab do you work in? I've had a couple Lab Tech jobs myself and currently work in an R&D Lab setting. Always interesting to know people's backgrounds and science backgrounds hit close to home.
  21. Quote: Originally Posted by Bob fishhead Sproul Good questions. I don't think they can digest hooks, but I'm not sure. There are regs in the Chesapeake about using hooks with a gap that is smaller than a certain size, so that means bigger is better in terms of being more "fish friendly" However I am no expert on gut hooking based on personal experience because I haven't gut hooked one in many years. There are likely others here that know, but I've always wondered if hooks really do "dissolve" via rusting from salt water and enzymes in the fish ... and if so, how long does it take? Maybe there's plenty of room for food to be ingested despite the hook being there, at least until it's dissolved? All the more reason to carry good long pliers to be able to have the best chance to quickly remove hooks. Now what about bleeding ... if the fish is bleeding from somewhere other than the gill area, is that a real bad sign, or is the bleeding likely to stop once the fish is back in the water? I'm no expert, but in the past I have caught fish that still had a hook in their gut from a previous angler and still seemed healthy. I know that saltwater will degrade metal faster than freshwater, but it would be highly variable based on hook thickness and material.
  22. Quote: Originally Posted by vaearl first welcome to the site. when this poped up back in 2011 on this site there where areal views of the amount of fish discarded , in NC the trollers when given afish quotes not poundage so they culled there catch to keep the biger ones, that's why the discard bigger fish bigger poundage = mo money . there many emails sent to the dnr. I for one thought that the rule should be changed to poundage ( haven't followed up on that ), when you ad the charters into the rec fishing humans , that is a lot of fishing humans so I can understand why the recs have more of a kill rate then coms , but for us beach dellers ,well we are included in the recs , or should I say land base fishing humans . my thought was to go buy poundage not catch , I would have to say inorder to control the catch recs have to have a slot , what will it be ( i'm not smart enough for that )an not where you can keep 3 fish a day , I personal slot my self to keep one fish in the spring an one in the fall ,like martz , an then I add into it 32" to 42", its just what I do . to me a slot is the key , an self discipline is more of the key to keeping the schools of any fish healthy IMHO Thanks for the welcome, I've been a daily reader for a while so it only made sense to begin to contribute. I am relatively new to striped bass fishing and as a (relatively) young man, the days of obliviousness to the dark side of human nature aren't that far behind me. I think that video just really shocked me, and despite the lack of years of SB fishing experience I have been fishing since I was a young child. The love of fishing combined with a good upbringing has helped me to see the virtue in properly releasing a fish, a trait which I suppose is not intrinsic to human nature.
  23. Quote: Originally Posted by Esoxhunter Yea I would argue that also! Quote: Originally Posted by KOSS Me. I'll argue that. So maybe I could've chosen my words better- what I was feeling at the time was something related to the sheer disregard for the species on such a large scale, but.... I neither came here looking for an argument nor am I going to stick around for one. The point of what I was feeling at the time wasn't to pin one v. the other as far as commercial and recreational fishermen are concerned. This type of wanton waste is inexcusable and the wording was simply a gut reaction to a rather disturbing video.
  24. Quote: Originally Posted by linesiderdemdnj Quite disturbing. No wonder there's hardly any stripers going to NC..... This is disgraceful. I'd like to see someone argue that recreational fisherman kill more SB annually than commercials after seeing something like this first-hand.
  25. Quote: Originally Posted by linesiderdemdnj During this past spring I was catching 18-20 inch blues and thought those were big. This past fall i cause a couple of 10+ lbers on topwaters in NJ and those were just behemoths. I've never seen blues caught that big on the beaches from OC to DE. Beach replenishment...... Possibly. It's a mass massacre of these fish from nets. That's what I'm thinking. Not many people keep big blues so how would they disappear so fast like the stripers? I think you're right for the most part. I think its a large synergistic effect from everything that mankind has done to both the fish and their habitats and food over the past hundred or more years. One doesn't have to look much farther than the decline in numbers of the species that these fish feed on. Everything from bunker netting for omega oils and bait, to bottom trawling for crustaceans, to commercial and recreational fishing is finally catching up with us. Beach replenishment probably sits somewhere in the hierarchy of "most to least harmful human influence on ocean habitats," the results of which are rearing their ugly head...