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#1 Apr-11-19 4:49PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
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4-11-19, "O"

John and I got on the water shortly after 8:30a and headed up to Hickory land.

On the way, we spotted 2 friends, Dave Antos and Ted Shaw. They had been catching a few.

The catching was a bit slow at 1st and finally, I connected.

https://i.imgur.com/4xOetxb.jpg

And a couple more....

https://i.imgur.com/OrxhdIE.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/eT7eCEe.jpg

Then John connected....

https://i.imgur.com/VctuA7O.jpg

And a bunch more...

https://i.imgur.com/7sMd9Qk.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/O2vgAw5.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/iNeMq0N.jpg

And then a double on my bait caster!

https://i.imgur.com/4xFW1H4.jpg

More catching!

https://i.imgur.com/0sIsJDV.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/SYVeE1P.jpg

We did much better in the morning than in the afternoon (stopped fishing at 2:30p).

Then I got hit by a channel cat!

https://i.imgur.com/geHYdmU.jpg

Nice tussle on the L spinning rod.

And back to the hicks....

https://i.imgur.com/v07t5Q3.jpg

Most of the fish were FAT and we had a bunch over 17. Over 50 hickories in total!

https://i.imgur.com/JEVKftf.jpg

Dave and Ted getting one...

https://i.imgur.com/zuZ2qpg.jpg

Even got one on a fly!

https://i.imgur.com/Q5h15DW.jpg

Back at it!

https://i.imgur.com/zKPqEDr.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/50qGiYh.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/o4GAdVy.jpg

Then, I get a different kind of hit and the drag is screaming! I am using an XLight bait caster.

The fish barely fit in the net...John did a great job hauling him in!

https://i.imgur.com/DsyGioi.jpg

We didn't measure or weight but at least 10lbs! He hit a shad spoon of all things...

And then...the freight train hit. I got hammered by something big! It hit one of George's crappie jigs. I was using my light spinning rod with a 1000 reel. At 1st, I thought I had the battle won. We saw a shadow and it was big. No way we are going to get this in the net so John got the boga grip out. After that fish got close, he started running down river and I had to chase him using the trolling motor. Finally, he just shook and as i was getting him near the surface, the hook popped out. The fight lasted 10 minutes and my forearm was screaming.

We did catch a couple more hicks after that and called it a day.

High tide was around noon and the SE winds kept it high even as we were leaving.

We commented that the fishing was a bit slow but 50 hickories and some cats ain't a bad way to spend 6 hours.


Time to go fishin' again!

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#2 Apr-11-19 5:37PM

drxfish
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Sterling
Registered: Jan-04-14
Posts: 1270

Re: 4-11-19, "O"

Ernie had the hot hand today, with 29 shad.  I dubbed him the catfish king after he hooked and fought the third one that put up a heck of a fight!  Good time and good fishing!


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#3 Apr-12-19 8:37AM

Bryan
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From: Bealeton, VA
Registered: Mar-18-11
Posts: 890

Re: 4-11-19, "O"

Great report. I think that's the fattest shad I've ever seen.


tight lines

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#4 Apr-12-19 8:37AM

hookup
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Registered: Jan-31-12
Posts: 981

Re: 4-11-19, "O"

Great job

Need anymore jigs let me know - I can do those pink/white ones

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#5 Apr-12-19 8:44AM

Junger
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From: Potomac, MD
Registered: Aug-14-17
Posts: 301

Re: 4-11-19, "O"

Nice fish, that blue on the light set up musta been real fun...what do you think you had on the last biggun that got away?

Also, what's your BC light set up?

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#6 Apr-12-19 8:54AM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
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Re: 4-11-19, "O"

Junger wrote:

Nice fish, that blue on the light set up musta been real fun...what do you think you had on the last biggun that got away?

I think it was huge blue but I will tell everyone it was a 40# striper!     lol

Junger wrote:

Also, what's your BC light set up?

It's an X Light Mod. St. Croix Legend Inshore Gulf Series. It's 6' 6". It was built for speckled trout fishing in the gulf.  Have it paired with a newer Revo SX and have it tuned in pretty well. Only a few backlashes throwing double darts...usually against the wind.

I use it for jerk baits as well. Throws like a cannon.


Time to go fishin' again!

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#7 Apr-12-19 8:56AM

Ernie
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Re: 4-11-19, "O"

hookup wrote:

Need anymore jigs let me know - I can do those pink/white ones

I can always use 'em for sure if you are making some. That's a great color. And chart/white. Or blue.

My blue/white dart with a white tail was the big winner yesterday. I had to change it out ( all the hair fell off) to another b/w but with chart tail. It did well too.


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#8 Apr-12-19 8:58AM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
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Re: 4-11-19, "O"

Bryan wrote:

I think that's the fattest shad I've ever seen.

For some reason, we have been getting lots of fatties up there. That's why we took so many pics. Fatness abound!


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#9 Apr-15-19 12:31PM

firemunkee
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Ashburn, VA
Registered: May-23-13
Posts: 1438

Re: 4-11-19, "O"

Thanks for the report! I'm planning to go shad fishing early Fri morning. I've been contemplating whether to go to Chain Bridge, which is my normal spot, or the O which I've never fished. I'm leaning towards the O and now I just need to figure out what the shore access is like. Any help will be much appreciated smile I hope they'll still be running on Friday.


Together we'll fight the long defeat.

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#10 Apr-15-19 1:09PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
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Re: 4-11-19, "O"

They are in full force right now but so is the water. Not sure Little Falls will be under 5' by Friday. And not sure about the "O's" condition after yesterday's T-Storms. Bob and I will find out Wednesday.

There a re only a few shore spots at the "O" but very limited at high tide which drowns most of the rocks.


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#11 Apr-16-19 10:39AM

firemunkee
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From: Ashburn, VA
Registered: May-23-13
Posts: 1438

Re: 4-11-19, "O"

Thanks Ernie. Looking forward to your Wednesday report!


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