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#1 Nov-04-11 3:58PM

Bryan
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Bealeton, VA
Registered: Mar-18-11
Posts: 867

Virginia Ocean Trout 11/3/11

Sticking with the Virginia trout theme. Only this time, instead of fishing for brook trout at high altitude, I went fishing for speckled trout down at sea level in the tidewater region of Virginia.

I got to the launch around 9:30pm.  Pushed off in my yak and started fishing just a few paddle strokes away from the ramp. It was pretty quiet for the first 30 minutes. No bites, and I didn't notice a lot of activity. Not many boats or yaks out there either.

I eventually ran into a pack of small specks near some marsh grass, and caught several on a Purple Demon mirrolure. Nothing within an inch of keeper size though. I probably had 2 or 3 bites for every fish I actually caught. I still haven't figured out how a fish can bite a lure with 3 treble hooks without getting stuck.
I stayed near the islands for a while and caught some more little guys. I used a Lucky Craft Sammy (topwater) quite a bit, and a paddletail bait too, but the mirrolure got the most bites by far.

So eventually I got bored with those little guys and headed to another promising area. I probably spent close to 3 hours fishing all over the place, and did not get a single bite. Not even the little spikes were over there. Conditions looked really good, but I have a feeling that that spot was hit pretty hard by other anglers earlier in the night.

I headed away from there, and started making some casts at a spot that's never produced for me before, and that's where I finally hooked into a decent speck. As luck (and mirrolures) would have it, that one got off. Boy did he do a lot of splashing.  A couple casts later I hooked up again, and managed to get the net under this one. He was around 19" and went on the stringer.

Well, within the next few minutes, I hooked up three more times and only managed to land one of them. I decided enough was enough with the mirrolure, and started throwing my trusty Old Bayside Mud Mino paddletail. That did the trick. I hooked up repeatedly after that, and landed every fish, which was a nice change of pace. Within about 25 minutes I had 9 keepers on the stringer. Nothing huge, but they were all solid fish. I had one more space to fill out my limit, but decided to just go C&R for the rest of the night.

So that's when I broke out my ultralight spinning setup spooled with 4lb mono. I caught 4 trout up to 17" on that gear, and that was a lot of fun. I'm really glad I decided to bring that combo along. I was using it with a 1/8oz rabbit hair jig that I had tied earlier in the week and they seemed to like it.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk271/BryanL857/Speckmouth.jpg

The bite in that spot dried up before long, and I went on my way back towards the ramp. I fished around the marsh some more and caught a couple more little spikes before heading in.

Here's my stringer:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk271/BryanL857/Stringer211-4-11.jpg

And here's what did the damage.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk271/BryanL857/Lures11-4-11.jpg

After loading everything up at 4:30am, I went over to the parking lot at the Crab Creek boat ramp, where I made some deluxe accomodations in the back of the truck. Sure, there was no running water, or electricity, or a real bed, but at least there was plenty of fish slime and treble hooks. Who needs a hotel.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk271/BryanL857/Accomodations.jpg

I slept for maybe an hour and a half, and got up ready to do some more fishing. Unfortunately the weather had changed drastically. There was now  steady rain with 20+ winds out of the North. So much for yakking Lynnhaven. Seems like every time I try to go back there the wind keeps me away.

When the rain let up a little, I made a brief stop at the rocks of Rudee inlet to do a little casting from shore. I didn't catch anything, but I saw some very small specks caught at the corner. After that, I was out of ideas. I hit Bass Pro Shops in Hampton and then left for home.

A short trip, but a sweet one!

Last edited by Bryan (Nov-06-11 4:15AM)


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#2 Nov-04-11 5:32PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 12462

Re: Virginia Ocean Trout 11/3/11

Very good work....pullage is always appreciated!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#3 Nov-06-11 4:17AM

Bryan
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Bealeton, VA
Registered: Mar-18-11
Posts: 867

Re: Virginia Ocean Trout 11/3/11

Yeah, it's especially appreciated when you have to make a 7hr round trip to get it!


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#4 Nov-06-11 7:03AM

Bass Hunter
Northern Snakehead
Registered: Oct-19-07
Posts: 662

Re: Virginia Ocean Trout 11/3/11

Great report Bryan. Thats a nice looking stringer of trout you made out with!

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