Went yesterdayThinking about giving Spanish a try. Never trolled for them, if someone could give me a few tips,it would be greatly appreciated.
Great report. Where were the catches?? What was the average size?Went yesterday
. They were chewing . #1 planers or in-line sinkers. #00 spoons 18-20 foot leaders. Here is a pic of our 4 man linit.
Nice Charlie! I'd suggest a different approach (one I've used countless times) for those who like to donate blood :wink44:#1 tip!
When landing, hand line in till you have 4-5' of leader and flip the fish strait into a cooler with ice. Let him cool down a while before removing hook.
With body of fish in cooler, I pull line till its head is just out of cooler-- Then I clamp the fishes head down with cooler lid ,then remove hook. No BS-- Those teeth are small but will cut you BAD!
You can never have 2 many rigs ready..
Joe, He fishes further south and east than I but our areas overlap somewhat. one reason I moved down the bay was I found myself fishing here more often..Great report. Where were the catches?? What was the average size?
We had a horrible year for Spanish up in the Northern Neck last year. Been having big concerns they were going the way of the large grey trout (which disappeared about 15 years ago.
We've had three consecutive years of decline in the Spanish fishery up our way. mcvsticu, I hope you are bringing us good news.
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Believe me.. I understand the desire to get hooks in water!Nice Charlie! I'd suggest a different approach (one I've used countless times) for those who like to donate blood :wink44:
My excuse for shedding so much blood for the Spanish is my intense desire to get the rig that caught back in the water ASAP. I often find that one of my rigs is "hot", either because of the depth or the color. Sometimes it is due to the fact that it is perfectly fresh out of the plastic. For tournament days, I insist on always pulling a couple of new ones.
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Very interesting ... especially your point about moving "down the bay". That has seriously been on my mind lately.Joe, He fishes further south and east than I but our areas overlap somewhat. one reason I moved down the bay was I found myself fishing here more often..
Now that I got even bigger boat I plan to push out to nearshore waters!
The big grays and blues will not return till ALOT more forage is available. They have to have something to feed on in order to grow! ( don't see it happening in my lifetime.
Nice been since @ 2003-04 since I caught keeper gray. Last yr I caught a TON of small 6-7" ( just the size to fit thru nets) so they are around.. They just are not getting to any size... I believe there is not enough forage to support fishery.. Over-fished? Not 100% sure.. Miss Managed? Defiantly!Speaking of grey trout, we caught one Sunday jigging for flounder south of 3rd island. 19", biggest I've seen caught by rod n reel in quite a while