So I have been lacking a bit lately. Fishing has been pretty good. A few warm days mixed in with the "cold" have produced some alright trips. I guess I will start to a few weeks back. Chased fish around Rudee inlet and froze my butt off. Ended up with a few drum just under the slot. The big winner that day was Tommy V scoring a few nice fat drum and one slot.
A few offshore nor'easter had been pushing the water in Rudee way up and even at Low tide it was pretty high. As we launched in the morning we had to paddle out of the parking lot. Don't know how it effected the fishing that day but I sure froze my butt off.
Its no big secret that there is trout in the Elizabeth River this time of year. Earlier this week I made another trip with my buddy Rob. It was Robs first time out on this section of the river. The day started out very warm and actually had to layer down. Fished along some grass beds and picked a 16 up pretty early in the day.
We tried the slow troll and didn't have much luck early on. Moved to another spot and fished it hard. First cast out and I hooked up. The fish was pulling drag so I knew it was a decent size fish. Much bigger then the 16-18 inch we had been catching. Rob was behind me and I heard a splash. In my mind I figured"oh sweet Rob just hooked too and that was the fish on top of the water.." I turned to look behind me and I see the underside of an orange Tarpon 120. Coolers tackle boxes and gloves floating in the river, and Rob once again taking a dip. He was able to stand and gather his stuff up. Once I knew he was okay I went back to the fish. One of the most nerve racking things I have found on the water is when you take a swipe at a nice sized fish with your net and miss... Once it was boated I stuck a tag in it and snapped a few pics. The fish was pretty fat and measured 22 1/4 inches. My biggest trout of the year. Still chasing that paper tho.
The rest of the day was cold and rainy. The front moved in at this point and it got cold. We had dropped a minnow trap earlier in the day and went back to retrieve it to try the cove out. That didn't last but ended up getting into smaller fish trolling around. In total 11 fish caught with all of them tagged and released A good day on the water. This week I'm looking forward to shifting my fishing a little and trying to get into a little something different. Striped Bass is in the sights for this week. 3 days off starting Monday and a trip to Kipto on Friday. A short video and some more pictures for your enjoyment.
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