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About NewWaveDave

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  • About Me:
    Love fishing and camping. Love my family.
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    fishing, gardening, reading, hunting
  • What I do for a living:
    Mental Health Technician in a psychiatric hospital. Also trade stock, but nothing big.

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  1. went out front of cape may county this morning. Started off with a 4' smooth dogfish. Went down the beach and my wife fought a vulture for a 33" chopper (fork length) that was just washed up and was still twitching. Fat one, too. No idea what killed it. My wife wanted to take it home to eat it and I said no, that we had no idea why it died and we weren't that hungry anyway. She stated that it wasn't actually dead yet. I didn't budge. Did cut it up for bait and caught another nice smooth dogfish and a beautiful spiny dogfish. Now usually, when I catch a good sized dogfish, I hold it between my legs to stop it wiggling so I can remove the hook. When I tried this with the spiny, I learned why it is called a spiny dogfish. Owch!! Tried fishing sand fleas for black drum and damn if I didn't catch a 33" striper! Wasn't even fishing for stripers. Go figure. Wierd day...was hoping to catch some blues on the chunks of bluefish (never known bluefish to turn down a chunk of fresh bluefish) but the surf was chocolate milk looking and I couldn't cast out to the clear water. Saw lots of dolphins and seal, too.
  2. I find it amazing how many different names that fish has.
  3. is that photoshopped or is that a real pic?
  4. dang...rusty hooks and everything! How on earth did you do that?
  5. Nailed the perch good on grass shrimp. Had a kind fellow a few days ago demonstrate the proper way to hook them, now it's been fish galore. The bite on bloodworms for the perch has seemed to slow down a bit here in Cumberland, grass shrimp seem the key. Saw what I believe to be perch ripping through what I believe to be smelt at an inflow last night. Cool to watch.
  6. caught a 10" eel last night fishing for perch. Gonna save it and try to catch a striper with it. Any tips for fishing eels?
  7. I've been thinking about that. Even a knot as low profile as the bimini does provide friction and reduces casting distance when I am trying to hit sandbars or the outflow of cuts.
  8. Beautiful fish! I imagine the blues and stripers aren't far behind.
  9. i learned the bimini twist to tied a 25' mono shock leader to the braid. Some guys, esp people who fish in crowded areas, complain the braid cuts their mono when lines get tangled and the lines are under tension (like when there is a big fish on and the fish is running around.) To me, that's like complaining about people using rods because someone wants to use a handline. The biggest complaints I have heard about that come from the Hatteras Point.
  10. I really like longer rods for keeping bait above the wave action....but some people use 6' sand spikes so I guess that does the same thing. Something to think about, beyond the rod and reel, is the line you are going to use. I made the switch from mono to braid a couple years ago, and while there was a learning curve, I'm not going to go back. I like 20-30 lb braid cause it is super sensitive, not much wind/water resistance, and I can cast a country mile with it with a 4-5 oz sinker. That being said, I needed to learn to tie on a shock leader so I didn't cut my finger with that skinny line when casting heavy sinkers with a spinner reel. Some people, when they are new to large spinner outfits, get heavy mono then get upset when they can't cast far.
  11. No stripers today, but got a good sized bullhead (didn't know they got that big) and a decent channel cat and about a dozen perch on grass shrimp. Cumberland
  12. II'm gonna agree with fdhog. While I have a surf rod which can handle 6oz plus, that's because I'm pretty hard core and am willing to surf fish when most people won't. If you need more than 4 oz, it's probably too rough/windy for a beginner and will just lead to frustration. And another nice thing about surf rods is they are long enough to beat off seagulls when they try to get your bait.
  13. dang....nice catch!