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Delmarva Fishin' Reports - August 2018

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Incredible!  No need for pics, I am sure it is imprinted in your mind. One question, did you drop off your anchor once you hooked up or were you fighting it anchored up the whole time and get fouled up in your anchor ball. 

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I anchored first because the channel I was near was deep and the current was moving to fast to drift fish, so when he first hit I was getting pulled against the current, didnt think of pulling the anchor, both hands were occupied loosening the drag a bit and supporting the rod, that's why my buddy paddled over to help. By the time he got to me the tarpon shot under the yak and it took all I had to keep upright lol, I told my buddy to just cut the line to the anchor but he was trying to cut it at a spot he could pull the anchor and hold onto it for me. As he was starting to cut the anchor rope it came up and rolled right of the front of the kayak I grabbed the leader and the line popped at the anchor line. The tarpon started to run and pulled the leader out of my hand.

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Great story.... I've long been interested in the southern ESVA tarpon bite. I've r ead the few articles and threads available. Tarpon, VA has a name for a reason I assume ;) Surprised you didn't end up with toothy critter on the cut bait. 

 

Question, ....one day I hope to try this exclusive fishery ... What made the area you choose look "fishy"?.... I assume some sort of combination of grass flat near deeper water? Hope you get your picture next time.... A GoPro video would of been awesome!!

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Fished Key Box and 3Rs a couple of nights this week. Spots and Whiting/Kingfish for the most part. A few skates and southern stingrays in the mix. We also saw a few small baitfish and  weakies washed up on the beach.  

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11 hours ago, h2oboss said:

Great story.... I've long been interested in the southern ESVA tarpon bite. I've r ead the few articles and threads available. Tarpon, VA has a name for a reason I assume ;) Surprised you didn't end up with toothy critter on the cut bait. 

 

Question, ....one day I hope to try this exclusive fishery ... What made the area you choose look "fishy"?.... I assume some sort of combination of grass flat near deeper water? Hope you get your picture next time.... A GoPro video would of been awesome!!

I was told by a few of the guys that discovered the fishery in the 70's that they are around from July thru August and high tide is the preferred because of the extreme tides in the area. What drew me to the area I found them was all the bait fish jumping along the grass lines, the channel I was in was roughly 50 yards wide with the first 5 yards against the grass lines being roughly 3 feet deep but near the middle of that channel it took all 25 feet of my anchor line before it hit bottom. So I decided to try to fish the edge of the drop point and toss my bait just on the slope of the drop off, that's where I seen the majority of them rolling attacking the baitfish on the grass edges then watching the wake they created until it disappeared roughly 7 to 10 feet in from the grass line. I was surprised not to see any toothies myself. But like the advice that was given to me, at peak high they were rolling around swimming back and forth across the channel. Seen at least 6 different tarpon, then as soon as the tide switched they slowly quit rolling and disappeared till nothing was hitting. I wish my depth finder was working it decided to crap out the day before I went out. But if you do go the tides are no joke there. The paddle out of the dock we left from we were in 7 feet of water I couldn't touch bottom with my paddle, when we got back an hour after peak low we were barely able to paddle the water was so shallow. I figured being in a kayak tides wouldn't be an issue I was wrong. We got stuck on a sandbar a mile from the launch and the mud was knee deep trying to walk wasnt an option, so we laid on the yaks until it was deep enough to make our way back. No wind all day. Water was glass, 93 degrees in the blazing sun all day. I went through 5 bottles of water and it still wasnt enough. Didnt help matters having to wear full body armor to fight off the flies and mosquitoes. But would I do it again.... definitely. 

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The only video footage I got was the wake they were leaving behind them swimming from one edge to the other. When my rod went i had to set the phone down so i didnt lose it lol. Figured I'd be able to get a few pics once it was next to the yak but that never came to fruition

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Found a nice incoming tide this morning with plenty of bait fish pods heading north.  One rod with bunker and one with squid.  Squid pole landed a black tip, 2 blues (18" max) and a kingfish.  I nearly lost the bunker rod to a shark.  Knocked the spike over and the rod was drug 15' before the shark turned back inshore.  Reel was choking on the sand it had picked up.  It was a big fish so I tried to back down the drag and only got one turn before it jammed with sand.  Fought the shark to the edge of the water before it took another run straight offshore breaking the line.  By the size of the tail, me and a guy who was watching estimated it to be 4'-4 1/2' long.  Most productive morning all season.  Now I regret sleeping in Saturday morning.

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Saturday near offshore, spotted some tuna at 150 feet of water, but couldn't make them move to surface, live mackerel didn't tease them either, i do blame 81F surface temps for this!

 

lots of boats were around didn't see any keeper either...

 

i tried the temperature transition zones as well. no luck...

 

DBS

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On 8/12/2018 at 2:12 AM, dave sharkman said:

I was told by a few of the guys that discovered the fishery in the 70's that they are around from July thru August and high tide is the preferred because of the extreme tides in the area. What drew me to the area I found them was all the bait fish jumping along the grass lines, the channel I was in was roughly 50 yards wide with the first 5 yards against the grass lines being roughly 3 feet deep but near the middle of that channel it took all 25 feet of my anchor line before it hit bottom. So I decided to try to fish the edge of the drop point and toss my bait just on the slope of the drop off, that's where I seen the majority of them rolling attacking the baitfish on the grass edges then watching the wake they created until it disappeared roughly 7 to 10 feet in from the grass line. I was surprised not to see any toothies myself. But like the advice that was given to me, at peak high they were rolling around swimming back and forth across the channel. Seen at least 6 different tarpon, then as soon as the tide switched they slowly quit rolling and disappeared till nothing was hitting. I wish my depth finder was working it decided to crap out the day before I went out. But if you do go the tides are no joke there. The paddle out of the dock we left from we were in 7 feet of water I couldn't touch bottom with my paddle, when we got back an hour after peak low we were barely able to paddle the water was so shallow. I figured being in a kayak tides wouldn't be an issue I was wrong. We got stuck on a sandbar a mile from the launch and the mud was knee deep trying to walk wasnt an option, so we laid on the yaks until it was deep enough to make our way back. No wind all day. Water was glass, 93 degrees in the blazing sun all day. I went through 5 bottles of water and it still wasnt enough. Didnt help matters having to wear full body armor to fight off the flies and mosquitoes. But would I do it again.... definitely. 

First rule of VA Tarpon Club? Don't talk about VA Tarpon Club! :beatin: ;)

 

All kidding aside, that is pretty awesome you hooked up on the kayak! Congrats! :hi5: Count this guy jealous, lol! I've been wanting to do this too. I tried twice last year in the kayak, but haven't had the time so far this summer. Or the weather wasn't good for a kayak when I was eyeing possible days I could go. Although, I did get in a tarpon trip on a buddies boat earlier this summer. I see them every time I go, but getting them to eat isn't always easy...

 

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Castnet, that trip isn't for the average joe that's for sure, lots of ground to cover to look for them. if you dont know the area or tide extremes dont go it's only asking for trouble. Time it wrong your staying a while. If you cant tolerate the assateague bugs you'll hate the trip. (Not directed at you, but those thinking about the trip) my advice is unless you know the area dont go. I have been down a few times and know the area ok. There are guides down there that will take you out if your really serious on going but definitely dont just toss a trip together and go its asking for disaster, those currents and tides are no joke and if you get stuck your on your own. 

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