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#1 Sep-12-10 5:49PM

Ernie
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9-12, Fishin' in the Rain....Hampton Roads report

My colleague from work (CT), George Wachsmuth and I have a meeting in Chesapeake VA on Monday and Tuesday so we decided to get down here a little early and get in some fishing. We hired Matty-D Charters, run by Tommy Mattioli. I had met him a few times in the past.....he is an expert fly tier!

Tommy called me while I was on my way down and said the weather pretty much sucked....rain and fog until the evening. Well...George was already in the air and I was already at Pierce's so I said, "let's fish anyway". We had rain gear at the ready. He keeps his boat in Hampton so that's where we met and started our trip. By 12:45pm, we were underway.

The original plan was to fish the CBBT but the visibility was poor so we decided against that. So we fished the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel where George scored an undersized Flounder and a Speckled Trout. But things were slow so Tommy decided to hit the Thimble Shoals Light. We did a little better there as far as numbers of fish but they were all Toads plus one small Black Sea Bass.

All the while, we were getting wet from a very nice soaking rain. I know that the rain was welcomed by all but why on the day we picked to fish? The last time George and I fished together was in Florida at Mosquito Lagoon where the wind was blowing 30+!

Since the soup was getting thicker, we decided to get inside again and headed for the Merrimack/Monitor bride. They have a lot of bridges and tunnels in this area!

Here, we scored more Toads but that was getting old. Finally, George caught a Striper (his 1st ever!) and another Flounder. The Striper/Bluefish bite that we were hoping for never materialized so we called it a day at 5:30 and headed in.....looking forward to a nice dinner at the Surf Rider!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#2 Sep-12-10 8:45PM

redskinsfan360
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Re: 9-12, Fishin' in the Rain....Hampton Roads report

Your were in my neck of the woods!  There are big Stripers at the HRBT in the winter!

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#3 Sep-13-10 5:40AM

Ernie
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Re: 9-12, Fishin' in the Rain....Hampton Roads report

I should have called you, our 3rd guy backed out and we had an open seat. My bad....

Capt Tommy is a wealth of knowledge. As you said, there are plenty of stripers there without having to go to the zoo.


Time to go fishin' again!

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#4 Sep-13-10 9:19AM

redskinsfan360
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Re: 9-12, Fishin' in the Rain....Hampton Roads report

Pacemaker wrote:

I should have called you, our 3rd guy backed out and we had an open seat. My bad....

Capt Tommy is a wealth of knowledge. As you said, there are plenty of stripers there without having to go to the zoo.

I was in Lake Erie anyways...   Report to come once I get the time...

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#5 Sep-14-10 6:18AM

Curly
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Re: 9-12, Fishin' in the Rain....Hampton Roads report

redskinsfan360 wrote:

I was in Lake Erie anyways...   Report to come once I get the time...

So how did you do?


Hell or High Water...........I'm Fishin!!   big_smile

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#6 Sep-15-10 3:37PM

redskinsfan360
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Re: 9-12, Fishin' in the Rain....Hampton Roads report

Curly wrote:

redskinsfan360 wrote:

I was in Lake Erie anyways...   Report to come once I get the time...

So how did you do?

Just posted, didnt have time until now. 

I will be hitting HRBT this winter for stripers with guys here from yaks!

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#7 Sep-16-10 6:33AM

Redfish12
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Re: 9-12, Fishin' in the Rain....Hampton Roads report

"I will be hitting HRBT this winter for stripers with guys here from yaks!"

I would like to join you for that... So far my biggest is 34" and it came last weekend at the bay bridge. I'd love to break 40" in the kayak this year!

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#8 Sep-16-10 7:59AM

redskinsfan360
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Re: 9-12, Fishin' in the Rain....Hampton Roads report

Redfish12 wrote:

"I will be hitting HRBT this winter for stripers with guys here from yaks!"

I would like to join you for that... So far my biggest is 34" and it came last weekend at the bay bridge. I'd love to break 40" in the kayak this year!

Just shoot me a email when it winter and you can join us!  Since bass fishing pretty much sucks in the winter we will be trying to get some big stripers a lot!

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#9 Sep-16-10 8:03AM

Ernie
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Re: 9-12, Fishin' in the Rain....Hampton Roads report

Finally....some pictures!

George with a speck.....http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1493.jpg

Then with a flounder.....http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1494.jpg

Thimble Shoals light (privately owned)!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1496.jpg

One of my Oyster Toads....http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1497.jpg

Black Sea Bass......http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1498.jpg

A nice flounder caught by George!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1507.jpg

Hmmmm....look alike?

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1503.jpg

Our finest defense!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1500.jpg

Some nice Hampton boats....http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1512.jpg


Time to go fishin' again!

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#10 Sep-16-10 10:30AM

Ernie
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Re: 9-12, Fishin' in the Rain....Hampton Roads report

Redfish12 wrote:

So far my biggest is 34" and it came last weekend at the bay bridge.

Very impressive......

Redfish12 wrote:

I'd love to break 40" in the kayak this year!

Not sure if the big ones hang around the HRBT but I do know lots of guys who chase these convicts there.....


Time to go fishin' again!

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