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Steve F
04-30-2010, 09:31 AM
Hey guys, as you can see my name is Steve and all I do is LTJ and have been for about 17 years. You can find me in the Patapsco River or at the Bay Bridge and points North to MOW. There’s nothing like jigging for stripers and I think it’s the most challenging way to fish. I have nothing against guys trolling and I know that they will catch the bigger fish than me but that’s OK. I usually only fish on Saturdays but do try and get off work every now and then during the week to get out. As you can see I build Custom Rods and I have built a lot for guys that are on this board. I personally use a 6’ M/H with a fast tip or my new rod that I have been building a 6' 2” M/H action with a fast tip and this rod is my favorite rod now. I wish everyone the best of luck this season and I’ll try to post some reports this year.

06-26-2010, 10:36 PM
Hi, I'm Joey
I'm living in Hawaii but have been fishing stripers for 30 years since I was a 12 years old growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've fished for stripers in San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Mead in Nevada and Lake Lanier in Georgia. My striper experience has included both salt water and fresh water fishing. I hope to expand my striper fishing experience to more areas. I started fishing for stripers using traditional tackle but for the past couple of years my tackle has gotten lighter and lighter. I just got back from the San Francisco Bay Area from a two week striper fishing trip with my 11 year old. We fished both salt and fresh water all on 3 and 4 pound gear using ultralight reels and rods. It was a blast to catch and release 72 stripers in 10 days ranging from 1 to 10 pounds all on 3lbs and 4lbs test lines. We caught the stripers while trolling, casting lures and dunking cut bait. We also used a 2wt fly rod and caught about 10 of the fish on a fly.

Now that's what I consider as light tackle. We also use light tackle for fishing in Hawaii. We regularly troll for small tuna using 10lb test line. Even though we live in Hawaii nothing beats fishing for stripers!!!

Dr Feelgood
09-21-2010, 02:48 PM
Hi My name is Gordon and I too am addicted. I fish around Fleets Bay area and love light tackle and fly fishing for specs and what ever else I can catch int he shallows. You may see me on a 17' Key West "Lil Dab" around the creeks, or in the Bay on the "SeaSetter" 23 WA Parker. I Live in Kilmarnock (Indian Creek) and work in Irvington. I have a beautiful and understanding wife and two great boys. My oldest earned his Junior Angler on Sunday. He too seems to be showing signs of the addiction. Lets get this board rolling.

12-22-2010, 10:31 PM
hi, i'm mark. I'm a little late,12/22/10. I fish ligt salt, middle bay, lower james down to CBBT. Fish for every thing, still trying to fine tune my light trolling, I mean LIGHT compared to other boats I've fished on. I will stay tuned to this site every time I log in from now on. Tight lines an happy holidays!!!!

12-23-2010, 08:33 AM
Dave Huz here. Pulling a 19' Sea-Pro skiff (yes, they made one in 2000-2001) out of the Magothy River/Sandy Point area and working light tackle stuff down on the Eastern Bay side down to Hooper's Is. and occasionally down to Chincoteague. Prev. ran a 16 CS in the same areas but with the bigger boat expect that I can spend more time on the water w/o putting myself in an uncomfortable sea state. Still have the trolling equipment that comes on board once in a while but like the running/gunning fishing when I can't get to the flats fishing in FL. Primarily a gLoomis rod user with my Penn 360s. Will be visiting this forum on a regular basis and hope to see some of the guys at the early shows and later out on the water.

05-19-2011, 06:19 PM
As a native Marylander, I have enjoyed the sport of fishing for over forty-five years. One of the first fishing trips I remember is catching striped bass and perch with my Dad under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. As teenagers, my friends and I would often rent a wooden rowboat out of Dundee Creek and fish for whatever we could catch including bass, bluegills, catfish and perch. Little did I know then, but I was already hooked on fishing.

In the mid-80s, I became involved in competitive bass fishing. My skills increased by fishing as often as I could and by reading every book, magazine and newspaper article about fishing I could find. I watched countless hours of fishing shows and attended numerous seminars. I fished with many accomplished anglers and well-known guides. During that time I owned a 1989 Ranger bass boat. I learned more about fishing the upper reaches of the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore Rivers and the lower Potomac River. Competing on the club level for over 10 years, I fished over 100 tournaments including two Mr. Bass and four State Qualifying Tournaments with the Maryland Bass Federation.

By the mid-90s, I focused my attention on striped bass. Since then I have pursued stripers from the Susquehanna Flats to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

In addition to exploring the Chesapeake Bay, I have traveled all over this country fishing for different species using different techniques. I have fished from the surf of Assateague Island to the offshore canyons many miles out of Ocean City, Maryland; from Maui, Hawaii for marlin and tuna to Homer, Alaska for salmon and halibut; from flipping lures in the shallow bayous of Louisiana for redfish and flounder to trolling spoons deep in Minnesota’s Lake Superior for lake trout and walleye; and from casting plugs to striped bass off of the rocky coast of Maine to fishing for tarpon in the Florida Keys.

I have visited all 50 states and fished in many of them. I have caught over 100 different species of fish including over 40 freshwater species and over 60 saltwater species.

My favorite technique is light tackle jigging but I like to fish a variety of ways. Among my most noteworthy catches are reeling in a 100 lb tarpon in Islamorada, Florida on 25 lb test line and landing a 40 lb striped bass in the lower Chesapeake Bay on 17 lb test line.

Conservation and protection of the environment are of paramount importance. Educating new anglers about ethical fishing practices is rewarding and sharing the sport with young people is key to the future of recreational fishing.

05-20-2011, 04:46 PM
Timbo it sounds like you an accomplished angler. Thanks for sharing looking forward to your shallow water and lite tackle reports.

05-20-2011, 10:36 PM
Fishman - thanks. I usually post most of my reports on the Chesapeake Angler - Original Board. I just happened to see Brandon had started this Light Tackle Angler forum and thought I'd add my introduction. Please see My Profile for more information and pictures.

05-26-2011, 06:59 PM
Guys my name is Luis, I grew up spearfishing and bottom fishing the reefs of Puerto Rico. I moved Annapolis 3 years ago and quickly caught the rockfish fever. After attending a seminar that Shawnkimbo gave at all tackle last year I went and caught 21 incher with a BKD under the bridge and the trolling rods have been collecting dust since. This year I had the privilege of discovering fly fishing on a trip to Montana for trout and have been obsessed with catching a Rockfish on my new fly rod. Im lucky enough to have a job that allows me to fish during the week and travel rods are part of my carry on all my work trips.

Ill take a moment to thank all of you that share your advice and knowledge so easily and help the guys like me get started, move foward and enjoy the sport we love.

09-09-2011, 08:03 PM
specks specks specks