Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fall Fishing off to good start.

Fall bite is upon Us

    The change in weather is always a welcome sight for fishing here in Tidewater. This is the time for the fish to fatten up for the winter ahead. I started my weekend fishing trips early on Thursday night. Four of us including myself planned our first striper trip of the year to the HRBT.We made an after work launch at 7 which played out to be the wrong time. To kill time while the tide turned we visited with other kayak anglers we ran into on the water. Including a visit from our local on the water police officers! Wow!! I can honestly say in all my years on the water that is the first time I have ever been checked by the Man.The worst part was he asked to see every safety item but not our fishing license. Asked if we had them but did not ask to see them. I wanted to show them off I have spent $55.00 on license and wanted to show them off. Well we moved on, the tide changed and still no fish. About 11:30 we decided to pull the plug and wouldn't you know it the fish turned on. Several schoolie stripers and even a Grey Trout kept me busy. Was a good way to finish a slow night on the water. Off the water at 1am and home to bed....

  I kept the fishing trend going by heading to Rudee Inlet with my friend William Ragulsky. William was entered in a local fishing tournament this weekend so I tagged along but kept my distance and fished for Trout this day.I made a plan and I stuck with it and that was to fish only one style of bait and make it work. That would be the Killa Squilla form Marsh Works. I worked the ledges and drop offs with the incoming tide. I had a lot of trout and all color variations worked on the Squilla that I tried. I love the on the water R&D part of my job...

 One more try on Sunday. Same plan as Saturday. Except I threw only one color and used the same retrieve and technique from the previous day. The bite was alot slower but I increased my species. Actual managed an Inshore slam. A couple of flounder one nice Redfish and that Trout I was hoping for, a keeper. A real nice 22inch Speckle Trout! Took my glory pictures with my first big trout of this fall and let him swim away. All in all fall is starting to look very promising.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fishing with Heroes

Had the honor of kayak fishing with 18 warriors from Project Healing Waters and the Marine Wounded Warrior Regiment. This trip was organized as part of the 6th Annual TKAA Charity Kayak Fishing Tournament. Each year the Heores On the Water or HOW, organizes volunteers and equipment to take these deserving indiviuals out for a day of kayak fishing.

We had both fly and conventional anglers and every one took to kayak fishing like it was second nature. For the rest of the day we were all kayak anglers.

Some took to the open water solo, while others found a spot with their brothers and enjoyed the day. These Marines found the hot spot of the day.

This particular Marine caught his first kayak fish today, and others even caught their first fish ever..on the kayak. I believe they might be hooked.

I take pride in being able to "give back" to these deserving indiviuals by sharing my passion. In one way or another I believe we are doing in a day, what it takes the government much longer to do. HOW continues to grow and chapters are organizing nationwide. If you want to volunteer or contribute to the Heroes on the Water, please check out their website at

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Lynnhaven Scouting trip.

Got an early start to scout out some spots in Lynnhaven Inlet. I was joined by Mark Lozier, Jay Kocan , and IFA competitor Scott Inge from Raleigh, NC.
Paddling into the sunrise.
Scott starts the morning with a nice sleighride.
He nets a nice redfish after a quick but hearty fight.
The fish ends up being a nice 28-inch multi spotted redfish. It hit a redfish magic spinnerbait.

It was not a gangbuster day but things seem to be picking up, we even managed a few trout this morning. We have lots of slots open for fall give us a call to get in on the action.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Well I guess I owe everyone an apology for not posting fishing reports and photos. I have been going through alot lately including a seperation. I wont go into depth but the dust is finally settling and I am ready to move on. I have also moved to Knotts Island, North Carolina, which is about 45minutes south of Virginia Beach. I have taken over the caretaking responsibility for private Hunting and Fishing Camp there and simply love it. Well have more about it soon.

Now a fishing report. First of all this year has been a slow one, everywhere in tidewater fishing has been slow, and the air temperature are sweltering. I did have an opportunity to fish with Jim (Arrow1) from TKAA on Saturday morning, and believe it or not we had a pretty good day getting small flounder in Rudee inlet. He also managed to land a small redfish, which are starting to show up more lately, but not like past years. I am confident that with the abundance of bait, the late summer and fall will be red hot.

We are steadily booking trips for September and october, so get wiht us soon so you wont miss a great trip. I am also offering freshwater trips out of the camp in Knotts Island for bass, bream, catfish, chain pickeral, and perch. Check out the website for more information.

See you on the water!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Snow in Virginia Beach

It has been 30-years since we have had a significant amount of snow in Virginia Beach.

The weatherman got it right and we reciveved about 8 inches of snow, as seen here on the avalanche.

The morning after the storm yielded some great images.

We are pretty locked in with winter, but we are still doing shows and are getting some great interest in trips this year, 2010 is going to be a killer year! See you on the water!