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Brandon
04-03-2010, 12:50 PM
Hi

We had a bunch of requests lately to have a forum solely dedicated to saltwater light tackle fishing, so here it is:thumbup: Let's see what we can do. I would ask that we keep the fishing reports to the regional boards unless others disagree?

I will start with my introduction. Hi I am Brandon and I have been addicted to saltwater light tackle fishing since I was a kid. I grew up on a farm and we light tackle fished for Largemouth Bass, sunfish, catfish and anything else we could throw a lure at. Since I live on the Chesapeake Bay I mostly target striped bass in the salt, but have light tackle fished for bonefish, jacks, barracuda, black fin tuna, false albacore, white and yellow perch, croaker, redfish and trout. I am completely addicted to light tackle fishing with popper and will throw a popper at anything to get the blow up strike.

Brandon

jeffreyolrick
04-06-2010, 11:17 AM
hi, my name is jeffrey...and i am a light tackle fisherman. i just got my start saltwater fishing last year after i moved to newport news from charlottesville. same as brandon so far as the getting started bass fishing on farm ponds. my favorite bass fishing is to work the milfoil beds with a pop'r or tiny torpedo. for that reason, i am really looking forward to learning how to work the seagrass beds with topwaters for specs. if anybody has any tips, i'd greatly appreciate it. i intend to spend a good deal of time in the lower mobjack this summer (severn river and guinea island areas). last summer i focused on puppy drum with jigs and spinnerbaits in back river.

jamann4
04-06-2010, 03:17 PM
Hi, i'm Jamann4 and I'm a speckaholic. I primarily target specks in the backwaters with light spinning gear. I Like the stripers, flounder, and pups on light tackle too but the specks are really what get me going. I fish prmarily out of a kayak. I have way more light tackle gear, mirrolures, soft plastics, etc. than I need but it makes me happy and I guess that is all that counts. Looking forward to some more posts on this board.

WhitestoneCharlie
04-06-2010, 03:57 PM
I'm Charlie and I have been flyfishing since 1960 at age ten when my uncle taught me to cast with his 7.5 ft Shakespeare Wonder rod with automatic reel. I cut my teeth fishing farm ponds with him for Bream and Bass. I also attended summer camp in Goshen VA and waded the Maury and upper James for smallmouth, bream, redeye and pickeral. I have fished the Shenandoah Park for brookies while back packing. The Rose River was my favorite mountain stream. I love dry fly fishing with goofus bugs and terrestrials and casting white Marathon poppers to rising fish in rivers and spawning fish in ponds. I moved to White Stone VA five years ago and have fished the bay using fly tackle and light spinning tackle. We also chum, live bait and troll for Rock when appropriate. I began fishing this area out of Deltaville in the late 60's through when you could walk across the Bay on the backs of the the blue fish. Eight pound Gray trout were caught in those days at night off of Tangier usiing bottom rigs and and peeler crabs. Some of the Croaker we caught on those trips were a large as serving platters and must have weighed 4 lbs. I fish with my two sons who also love the sport. They now fish Offshore out of Wanchese with their 33 Bertram and have done well there. My oldest son lives in DC now but soon after graduating from UVA lived in Norfolk and we fished with him out of Little Creek. There we eeled the tubes and had a great time live baiting for rock, and flounder. I also hunt ducks and geese, doves, qual and grouse, turkey and deer. I guess you could say that I enjoy the outdoors and the rod and gun sports. I'm still working in the insurance and financial services business and have my office in Irvington, VA. Most of my clients are in Richmond which was my home until 2005 but I have clients all over the state and the East Coast. I currently live on Antipoison Creek and am lucky to be able to watch the sunrise over the water looking out of my front picture window. I look forward to meeting you guys and sharing experiences.

jamann4
04-06-2010, 04:54 PM
Jeffrey,

I seem to do best with the specks in the fall. Although most folks will say the spring is better. In my experience they are keying on different baits at both times. In the spring they are after the peeler crabs that start shedding around here in May. In the fall the shallows are loaded with finger mullet and peanut bunker and thats what they're after. Specks should be arriving on the shallows in about a month. Last year was a good one for me and I have high hopes for this one. Hopefully the fish kills from the winter freeze down in the carolinas won't affect the speck fishing here in the bay. Many specks died down there during the freeze. I am considering the fish tagging program this year as I release most of what I catch, occassionaly keeping one for dinner.

Fishman
04-06-2010, 05:02 PM
Hello I'm Rick from Norfolk Va. I fish the lower Chesapeake Bay. I'm a shore fisherman and I will fish on a boat when the opportunity comes around. The species that I like to target the most are Flounder, Speckled Trout and Puppy Drum.

bullisland
04-06-2010, 09:11 PM
Hello everyone, My name is Shayne. I live in Poquoson and do 80% of my fishing right here at home on the flats and in Back River. I am also a light tackle fisherman. I enjoy fishing for reds, specks and flounder mainly. Although the striper on the flats in the summer are fun also. Really started fishing light tackle last year. Byrd, a member here on TF pretty much got me addicted to the skinny water fishing. I fished as a child on the stern of my dads workboat as he would go clamming in the summer time. I would catch croakers, spot and the occasional flounder. He has since left the water enabling me to use his 218 DLX Carolina Skiff for my flats fishing. Excellent boat for that by the way. Reds are my kryptonite. If they are around, that's what I am going after. Though this year I certainly intend on speck fishing alot more. Looking forward to some great tips and alot of pullage. Good luck and tight lines everyone.

Shayne

jeffreyolrick
04-07-2010, 11:27 AM
Jeffrey,

I seem to do best with the specks in the fall. Although most folks will say the spring is better. In my experience they are keying on different baits at both times. In the spring they are after the peeler crabs that start shedding around here in May. In the fall the shallows are loaded with finger mullet and peanut bunker and thats what they're after. Specks should be arriving on the shallows in about a month. Last year was a good one for me and I have high hopes for this one. Hopefully the fish kills from the winter freeze down in the carolinas won't affect the speck fishing here in the bay. Many specks died down there during the freeze. I am considering the fish tagging program this year as I release most of what I catch, occassionaly keeping one for dinner.

jamann4--where do fish out of? would love to hook up if you're on the peninsula. btw, since the peelers are the target bait in the spring, what artificials do use to target them? high tide over the grass flats?

jamann4
04-08-2010, 08:30 AM
Jeffrey,

i sent you a PM

BILL H
04-20-2010, 03:20 PM
Hi, I'm Bill.
I cut my teeth fly fishing for trout in very small Pennsylvania streams, and did a lot of light-tackle spin fishing for smallmouths on the Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers. I used light gear on quite a few bluefish charters and sea trout charters on the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, and never could see the attraction of trolling with heavy rigs for striped bass in the Chesapeake. Looked so unappealing that even after I moved to this area, I couldn't really get excited about striper fishing.

These forums introduced me to the light-tackle angling for stripers in the Bay to the extent that I picked up a boat a number of years ago to do just that. Various things have kept me from doing a much of it as I would like, but now I have repowered the boat and am nearing retirement or at least semi-retirement, so I expect to have more opportunity to get out.

Because I don't trailer, I am sort of limited to the area from the Susquehanna Flats down to the Bay Bridge.