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by Jim Burch
January 12th, 2018, 1:28 pm
Forum: Striper Soup the Store
Topic: The Soup Tank hopefully coming out in 2018.
Replies: 11
Views: 440

Re: The Soup Tank hopefully coming out in 2018.

Just saw the Facebook post. Great looking tank. Roto-molding rocks!
by Jim Burch
January 8th, 2018, 4:09 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from NC
Replies: 9
Views: 98

Re: Hello from NC

I don't know how many people I hear asking if the BaitSpas are still around and available. I have a new one in the package that I'm hoarding still :) Mike, I used to catch a lot of bait off Nutbush Bridge on Buggs. They have a catwalk for castnetting there but won't let you stop a vehicle on the br...
by Jim Burch
January 8th, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from NC
Replies: 9
Views: 98

Re: Hello from NC

Welcome, Brad. Are you going to be selling the Bait Spas as well? They are great little items for the transport duty. Also work great for the in-hull tanks.

How's the striper population in High Rock doing? That was quite the hotspot in the early part of the 2000s.
by Jim Burch
December 27th, 2017, 11:25 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Christmas Eve Eve
Replies: 3
Views: 87

Christmas Eve Eve

Weather: Cool and blustery, falling barometer Air temps: 34 at start, 52 at lines in Wind: Southwest from 7 to 10 with some nasty gust to 15 Water: Stained with a little chop Water temps: 45 to 49 Times fished: 0700 to 1330 Presentation: Downlines and planers with split shot Bait: storebought shine...
by Jim Burch
December 22nd, 2017, 8:30 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: early Boxing Day trip
Replies: 4
Views: 102

Re: early Boxing Day trip

I'm planning on being up there tomorrow, Jay. Come on and go! I'll probably launch at Ivy Hill this time. Sounds like the water was warmer downlake. I did not even try to catch bait this time. Just bought what Bobcat's had, I think the XXL shiners were a pretty good substitute for herring. Most acti...
by Jim Burch
December 20th, 2017, 11:39 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: early Boxing Day trip
Replies: 4
Views: 102

early Boxing Day trip

Weather: Mostly sunny but chilly. Weatherman promised 62 but we never saw 52. Started out at a nippy 34* F, moving anywhere made it feel like 24F* Winds: Calm Water: Clear but stained Temp: right at 44 all day Time fished: 0800 to 1430 Presentation: Downlines, Itty bitty planers, and one flatline B...
by Jim Burch
November 28th, 2017, 3:18 pm
Forum: Striper Talk
Topic: 11-20-17 SOUND OFF
Replies: 40
Views: 693

Re: 11-20-17 SOUND OFF

Here. It's been a while. Actually came here today to see when dues are due. My dad had been sick a while and quite honestly, I have not felt much like fishing without him. Last time we fished together was back in July of 2015. I have only striper fished a few times without him. He passed away on 10/...
by Jim Burch
April 27th, 2016, 10:12 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Buggs 4/22/16
Replies: 10
Views: 439

Re: Buggs 4/22/16

Thanks, Mike. That's why I ordered the Battery Tender model, I saw your endorsement.

Yeah, I love the Kat. Ride is incredible. And only drafts 12". It should handle that Chesapeake Bay chop fairly well. And has 23 rodholders (not including the ones for my downlines!) :tupl:
by Jim Burch
April 27th, 2016, 7:26 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Buggs 4/23/16
Replies: 7
Views: 262

Re: Buggs 4/23/16

Thanks!
by Jim Burch
April 26th, 2016, 12:43 pm
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Buggs 4/23/16
Replies: 7
Views: 262

Re: Buggs 4/23/16

Shawn McNew wrote:What a report. Thanks for posting. Looks like a super duper time and good catching!
Thanks, Chef! :bow: :chef:

I wish you would open a Striper Soup franchise near us!
by Jim Burch
April 26th, 2016, 12:35 pm
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Buggs 4/23/16
Replies: 7
Views: 262

Buggs 4/23/16

Weather: Post-cold front, wind from North at 5-10 with gust to 15, mostly sunny Air temps: 60 early, around 75 at end of trip Water temp: low to mid-60s Bait: 3 to 4" Alewife with a few gizzard shad of the same size mixed in (caught on 4/22) Time fished: Late start. Lines in the water around 9, fis...
by Jim Burch
April 26th, 2016, 9:53 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Buggs 4/22/16
Replies: 10
Views: 439

Re: Buggs 4/22/16

Thanks, problem was in the trolling motor receptacle. Looking at reviews of this model (Marinco), quite a few folks mention them getting hot. Only thing I did was take off the Motor Guide the boat came with and put on my Minn Kota, swapping the male ends on mine for the one off the boat. On my old b...
by Jim Burch
April 25th, 2016, 3:35 pm
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Buggs 4/22/16
Replies: 10
Views: 439

Buggs 4/22/16

Weather: Pre-cold front, wind from South at 10-15 with gust to 25, mostly sunny Air temps: 65 early, warming to around 75 at end of trip Water temp: low to mid-60s Bait: 3 to 4" Alewife with a few gizzard shad of the same size mixed in Time fished: Bait caught around 7AM, Fished from 8AM to 10AM Te...
by Jim Burch
June 5th, 2015, 10:51 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: 5/24/15
Replies: 8
Views: 396

Re: 5/24/15

Way to go, Jay! Various problems have kept me off the water but I am really glad to see some reports for good ol' Buggs Island on here. Hard to really pinpoint what happened to the fishery( probably a multitude of things) but it certainly seems to be improving. When Buggs Island Striper Club was sti...
by Jim Burch
January 23rd, 2015, 8:39 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Boxing day fishing Kerr/Buggs 12.26&27.2014
Replies: 13
Views: 595

Re: Boxing day fishing Kerr/Buggs 12.26&27.2014

Yep, that's me, SJV! Hopefully we can get a few more reports on here for Buggs. Lake definitely seems to be making a comeback. Not sure when I will get back out but hopefully soon. Still have a trim pump to repair. We've had decent luck with the bass minnows up until March, then they seem to prefer ...
by Jim Burch
January 21st, 2015, 9:26 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Boxing day fishing Kerr/Buggs 12.26&27.2014
Replies: 13
Views: 595

Re: Boxing day fishing Kerr/Buggs 12.26&27.2014

Yeah, Jay. Bait is sometimes hard. One reason I like it when they start hitting the jumbos. I'm actually planning on starting a home tank this year. I live in Durham and drive by Falls on the way to Buggs. Falls has a much better population of gizzards and threadfins and several "go to spots" that a...
by Jim Burch
December 31st, 2014, 3:32 pm
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Boxing day fishing Kerr/Buggs 12.26&27.2014
Replies: 13
Views: 595

Re: Boxing day fishing Kerr/Buggs 12.26&27.2014

Thanks, David and Will.

Yeah I think my son is afraid he will hurt his game controller finger! He did actually get a pretty nasty cut from it, bled for quite a while.

When we saltwater fish we usually grab fish under the gill plate, not a good idea with a thrashing striper...
by Jim Burch
December 31st, 2014, 11:25 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Boxing day fishing Kerr/Buggs 12.26&27.2014
Replies: 13
Views: 595

Re: Boxing day fishing Kerr/Buggs 12.26&27.2014

Thanks, Mike and Shawn. Yeah I saw that FB post. We've has some improvement but I don't think I would detour from your planned TN trip either. Chesapeake, that's a different story. Planning on going back there next year. Sorry about the sideways pictures, I corrected on Photobucket but still came ou...
by Jim Burch
December 31st, 2014, 11:10 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Boxing day fishing Kerr/Buggs 12.26&27.2014
Replies: 13
Views: 595

Boxing day fishing Kerr/Buggs 12.26&27.2014

Times fished: 9AM to 4PM 12.26.14 and 12.27.14 Weather: post frontal "Bluebird" conditions, cooler than the days before but very little wind Temps: Air-38 to 58 on 12.26.14, 48 to 61 on 12.27.14 Water: Stained and rising, we had an inch of rain on 12.24.14, water was at near full pool. Water Temps:...
by Jim Burch
December 29th, 2014, 11:53 am
Forum: Striper Talk
Topic: Riviera Planer Spread
Replies: 14
Views: 989

Re: Riviera Planer Spread

First starting fishing for stripers on Kerr/Buggs many years ago using a similar method. I'm guessing early '70s or so. My Dad made a set of the double boarded planer boards and cleated the leads off to roof of the boat's cabin. I think he used some sort of surveyor's twine for the main leads. He co...
by Jim Burch
May 29th, 2014, 3:54 pm
Forum: Random Whateverness
Topic: Old Photos
Replies: 6
Views: 355

Re: Old Photos

My apologies, Ezell. Unfortunately I have never met you nor Warren but I have heard Warren had a cast net throwing method that was very effective. I wrongly guessed he was pictured above. I do like that method shown, but have had a hard time doing it with my heavier nets. I usually do the "Cuban" st...
by Jim Burch
May 29th, 2014, 1:27 pm
Forum: Random Whateverness
Topic: Old Photos
Replies: 6
Views: 355

Re: Old Photos

Who's that throwing the cast net? (Warren Turner?) Looks like a right-handed version of "that other guy's" :chef: method. Actually tried Shawn's left-handed version when I was having shoulder issues and got pretty good at it. Definitely the fastest method for reloading.
by Jim Burch
February 19th, 2014, 8:39 am
Forum: Random Whateverness
Topic: Good Cat Nipple
Replies: 6
Views: 359

Re: Good Cat Nipple

Here's one for you, Captain Kirk :chef: :

http://charleston.craigslist.org/boa/4338818303.html

Can't believe he left out Paul Watson from Whale Whores :burp:
by Jim Burch
February 12th, 2014, 4:20 pm
Forum: The Weather
Topic: Feb 2014 winter storm warning
Replies: 20
Views: 1375

Re: Feb 2014 winter storm warning

Yeah, Mike, you left right on time. Duke turned everyone loose at 1PM. Complete gridlock. Got a BP and Firehouse subs right across the street, I'll be fine. :tupl:
by Jim Burch
February 12th, 2014, 4:02 pm
Forum: The Weather
Topic: Feb 2014 winter storm warning
Replies: 20
Views: 1375

Re: Feb 2014 winter storm warning

I'm stuck here at work. Was going home and cannot even get out of the parking deck. They can't blame it on Southern drivers because they're all Yankees here in the RTP. :flag: (We need a "Stars and Bars" smiley.)
by Jim Burch
February 12th, 2014, 8:47 am
Forum: Striper Talk
Topic: 74lbr caught and released
Replies: 11
Views: 777

Re: 74lbr caught and released

Whoa! I'm assuming that's in Chesapeake Bay as they said something in the post about the light tower, probably Chesapeake Light. Incredible fishery, hope the commercial boys don't screw it up.
by Jim Burch
February 10th, 2014, 1:22 pm
Forum: Random Whateverness
Topic: Guy in my yard fell from 50 feet up a poplar
Replies: 19
Views: 936

Re: Guy in my yard fell from 50 feet up a poplar

Yep, prayers sent for the young man and his family. I know it had to be pretty hard on you also, Shawn.
I imagine if I saw my son fall like that I'd be a little insane also.
Hope all turns out well.
by Jim Burch
February 6th, 2014, 2:43 pm
Forum: Random Whateverness
Topic: So, how long will you live?
Replies: 8
Views: 344

Re: So, how long will you live?

Someone on the other site (THT) posted the original link:

http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/tag/cli ... ne-clinic/

Best I could do was an 8 if I get up from a sitting position, but if I lay down and do a really fast sit-up type movement I can get a 9.
by Jim Burch
February 6th, 2014, 1:02 pm
Forum: Random Whateverness
Topic: So, how long will you live?
Replies: 8
Views: 344

So, how long will you live?

Heard this was on Dr. Oz but I actually saw it in an email from Men's Health. Posted this on another board and got some interesting responses, thought it would be fun to see how you guys do: "Sit on the floor. Good. Now, without worrying about the speed of the movement, stand up with as little assis...
by Jim Burch
February 5th, 2014, 9:07 am
Forum: Striper Talk
Topic: New North Carolina Record
Replies: 9
Views: 574

Re: New North Carolina Record

I have read a lot about eels being great bait for salt water stripers, has anyone tried eels in the lakes? A lot of folks who fish the bay have tried the eels in Kerr also. I know one guy who caught a nice 15 lb striper last winter using one he brought back from Kiptopeke, but most often you have t...
by Jim Burch
January 30th, 2014, 1:36 pm
Forum: The Weather
Topic: Georgia Snowmageddon Jan 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 653

Re: Georgia Snowmageddon Jan 2014

Guess who had to go to Atlanta for a CDC Symposium :wall: I stayed at the Crown Plaza and we had folks abandoning cars outside on Hammond Drive and coming in to sleep on the floors. Hotel ran out of food for guest. We had a similar thing happen here in the Triangle region about 10 years ago. DOT com...
by Jim Burch
December 27th, 2013, 11:02 am
Forum: Striper Talk
Topic: Night Stripers
Replies: 7
Views: 568

Re: Night Stripers

Best night fishing for stripers here on Kerr would be post striper spawn and during the herring spawn. Usually happens in late May and last until mid June. Technique usually involves a very buoyant lipped lure. Bombers and Cordell Redfins are top choices. You want to "wake" them by pulling as slow a...
by Jim Burch
December 26th, 2013, 3:17 pm
Forum: Off Species
Topic: Cherokee and Norris smallmouth
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Re: Cherokee and Norris smallmouth

We don't have many walleye in Ohio, but we do have plenty of sauger and saugeye. Yes it is very affective on sauger and saugeye. My buddy did catch a 5 lb walleye out of the Ohio River below Meldahl Dam a few years ago. That was a rare catch for our area. Got to love those tailrace fisheries! Belie...
by Jim Burch
December 26th, 2013, 2:55 pm
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: WTB-Cutco Fillet Knife
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: WTB-Cutco Fillet Knife

Thanks for the replies and the links. I looked at some of the reviews and most were favorable but a few dingers also. Same problem you mention, Shawn, with blade extending when not wanting and the lip gripper sheath being "gimmicky". If warranty on the ebay ones are transferrable it may be worth a l...
by Jim Burch
December 26th, 2013, 11:55 am
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: WTB-Cutco Fillet Knife
Replies: 8
Views: 455

WTB-Cutco Fillet Knife

Any of you guys have these? I've heard lots of praise for these but have never seen one in action or heard of a retailer. Some folks say they are only sold door to door-probably why I've never seen one as my old German Shepherd liked to eat sales people as snacks (FedEx and UPS park at the end of th...
by Jim Burch
December 26th, 2013, 11:39 am
Forum: Off Species
Topic: Cherokee and Norris smallmouth
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Re: Cherokee and Norris smallmouth

Very nice, my second favorite freshwater species! Fight kind of like a striper with the occasional jump. I'll have to try those Flitterbaits in our headwaters here. Ever get any walleye on those guys?
by Jim Burch
December 24th, 2013, 4:03 pm
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Had to kill a holiday fishing at Kerr 12/20/13
Replies: 8
Views: 536

Re: Had to kill a holiday fishing at Kerr/Buggs Island Lake

"Put a date in your subject and you got max cans! Awesome report detail, great read."
Done. :bow: :chef:
by Jim Burch
December 24th, 2013, 8:19 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Winter Solstice on Kerr/Buggs 12/21/13
Replies: 6
Views: 343

Re: Winter Solstice on Kerr/Buggs 12/21/13

Thanks for all the replies. Hoping to do a lot more striper fishing in 2014!
by Jim Burch
December 23rd, 2013, 11:55 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Had to kill a holiday fishing at Kerr 12/20/13
Replies: 8
Views: 536

Re: Had to kill a holiday fishing at Kerr/Buggs Island Lake

David and Ezell, The gulls pretty much just circled and dove. No tight formations. The fish did pen some bait against the bank and then the birds got so thick on them that you could not see the bank for the feathers! Bait I could see was only about an inch long. Did see a few gizzard flips in the ba...
by Jim Burch
December 23rd, 2013, 11:32 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Winter Solstice on Kerr/Buggs 12/21/13
Replies: 6
Views: 343

Winter Solstice on Kerr/Buggs 12/21/13

Times fished: 9 AM to 3PM 12/21/13 Weather: pre-frontal, partly sunny, SSW wind at a steady 10mph, gust to 12mph switching to SW at 12 with gust to 18mph. Temps: 9AM-45 degrees, 10-56 degrees, Noon-62 degrees, 2PM-67 degrees Water: Stained but good visibility down to about 4 foot, little choppy due...
by Jim Burch
December 23rd, 2013, 10:44 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Had to kill a holiday fishing at Kerr 12/20/13
Replies: 8
Views: 536

Had to kill a holiday fishing at Kerr 12/20/13

Times fished: 8 AM to 3PM 12/20/13 Weather: pre, pre-frontal SSW wind at a steady 8mph, gust to 12mph Temps: 8AM-43 degrees, 10-54 degrees, Noon-60 degrees, 2PM-63 degrees Water: Stained but good visibility down to about 4 foot, little choppy due to wind Temps: 47.2 to 47.7 Techniques: Live baiting...
by Jim Burch
December 13th, 2013, 11:54 am
Forum: Random Whateverness
Topic: smileys
Replies: 13
Views: 402

Re: smileys

Gotta admit when I saw the header I thought, how gay is that, who the heck needs more smileys? Then I saw them and they are good, especially the Marilyn one. And the Vets, and the Stooges...Thanks, Shawn.
by Jim Burch
December 13th, 2013, 11:49 am
Forum: Random Whateverness
Topic: Football today
Replies: 12
Views: 456

Re: Football today

Dook can go to hell.....that is all. X2 I can tell right away you are a good fella, Will. Duke ran an ad on our local radio station saying, "Not only are Duke students smarter than you, they can also play football.".... Cutcliffe is a good coach. I'm surprised he did not get an offer from Tennessee.
by Jim Burch
December 11th, 2013, 1:02 pm
Forum: Striper Soup the Store
Topic: Stopped by the Super Striper Soup Store
Replies: 6
Views: 361

Re: Stopped by the Super Striper Soup Store

I've got a conference in Atlanta in late January. Putting the SSSS on my list of must-see places. Debating on whether to fly down or drive....think I could put one of those Super Tanks in the overhead compartment? :lol:
by Jim Burch
September 20th, 2013, 11:35 am
Forum: Random Whateverness
Topic: WELCOME TO THE SOUP MEMES
Replies: 26
Views: 1187

Re: WELCOME TO THE SOUP MEMES

Please forgive my ignorance but I'm not sure what's happening in the first photo. Do the oil spots indicate a bump you want to avoid so you don't spill your bait tank or is it something else? I did notice at the end of every bridge I went over yesterday there were similar spots. Never noticed them b...
by Jim Burch
September 13th, 2013, 9:45 am
Forum: Random Whateverness
Topic: How much do you fish?
Replies: 22
Views: 1366

Re: How much do you fish?

I must admit that since I've turned 50, fishing is quickly overtaking all other subject matter... :lol:
Shawn McNew wrote:
kevinmays wrote:David said
I know that so that is why I'm pounding it why I can.
Hey you referring to fishing here or something else????? 8-)
i thought it but you said it
:lol: :lol: :lol:
by Jim Burch
September 13th, 2013, 9:12 am
Forum: Random Whateverness
Topic: How much do you fish?
Replies: 22
Views: 1366

Re: How much do you fish?

Mine's averaging about 2 trips a month but split between salt and fresh. Job, kids, and church are all worthy of my time but they sure do cut into the fishing opportunities. Will have an empty nest next year so I'm hoping that will equal more fishing. Dang, Mike, I'm envious of you. Seems like you m...
by Jim Burch
June 14th, 2013, 1:00 pm
Forum: Off Species
Topic: Apalachacola Fl 6/7-6/10
Replies: 11
Views: 945

Re: Apalachacola Fl 6/7-6/10

Nice cobia and I like the looks of that Cat. Someday in the future I'm planning on consolidating boats and a catamaran is worth a look. Glad to hear you say it was stable. One problem I've heard of with them is they are a rough drift in a beam sea, tend to pop up the lead sponson as the wave passes ...
by Jim Burch
June 7th, 2013, 1:11 pm
Forum: Off Species
Topic: Why I love living in NC! Coastal fishing 6/2 and 6/3
Replies: 3
Views: 589

Why I love living in NC! Coastal fishing 6/2 and 6/3

About a 3 hour drive from my striper lake you can catch these. Conditions: Winds from the SW at 10 to 15, water was steady at 77 degrees and very clear. 2 to 4s with some a little higher but faired off by mid day to mostly 2s Sorry for the late report but just got back to the 'puter. I guess this is...
by Jim Burch
May 30th, 2013, 2:21 pm
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Kerr/Buggs May 18, 2013
Replies: 9
Views: 601

Re: Kerr/Buggs May 18, 2013

Shoot, Troy. I thought you had died or something. Have not heard from you in so long. Any news on the Jordan fish? I'll be hitting the salt this weekend but hopefully I can get back to Buggs in a couple weeks. I have a brand new Riptide I-Pilot I have yet to get wet.... Someone caught a 16 pounder a...
by Jim Burch
May 24th, 2013, 1:09 pm
Forum: Tips, Tricks and Techniques
Topic: Look out pigtails here come quicklinks
Replies: 3
Views: 855

Re: Look out pigtails here come quicklinks

That is one heckuva deal! I've been buying the same thing for my bucktails fromTactical Anglers and they are quite a bit more expensive through them. A lot faster than a coastloc and easier on the thumbnails.
by Jim Burch
May 22nd, 2013, 12:03 pm
Forum: Tips, Tricks and Techniques
Topic: Short Leash U-Rig Device
Replies: 19
Views: 1941

Re: Short Leash U-Rig Device

I hate to troll but sometimes it's the best way to locate feeding fish. I have used u-rigs on downriggers and flatlines but my favorite way has been leadcore line. With a 27 pound leadcore at 2mph you can usually get about 4 foot per color. Double that when you add a 4oz total weight u-rig. Depth co...
by Jim Burch
May 22nd, 2013, 8:02 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Kerr/Buggs May 18, 2013
Replies: 9
Views: 601

Re: Kerr/Buggs May 18, 2013

Will, Not sure what has happened but it has been a steady decline since I first fished it over 40 years ago now. Gill maggots, nettings, blue cats, white perch are all blamed. Some folks even blame the Virginia Beach pipeline as that's about the time we started seeing a dramatic change in the popula...
by Jim Burch
May 20th, 2013, 11:55 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Kerr/Buggs May 18, 2013
Replies: 9
Views: 601

Kerr/Buggs May 18, 2013

Temps: air temp 73 Water temps: 74 at bait catching location, 68 at fishing spot Water conditions Near flood stage with logs and other debris, muddy in spots, stained in others Weather: Unstable with overcast skies but very light winds, had to leave due to approaching thunderstorms Times fished 10:...
by Jim Burch
March 7th, 2013, 12:49 pm
Forum: Striper Talk
Topic: 70 lb freshwater striper record...Alabama?
Replies: 12
Views: 885

Re: 70 lb freshwater striper record...Alabama?

The report says a legnth of 45.5 and a girth of 37.75. Obviously that would fit the atypical category. By the fish weight estimation formula that fish would be 81 pounds! What a fish! I think we need to introduce some of those Gulf strain fry into Kerr/Buggs. I think they would give those dang bluec...
by Jim Burch
January 11th, 2013, 11:30 am
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: 20.5' Wellcraft fisherman $995.00
Replies: 11
Views: 1037

Re: 20.5' Wellcraft fisherman 200 mercury.

Marathon is a 1984 Walkaround with a I/O Mercruiser 165 HP set-up. Chevy straight 6 commercial grade motor. Has very high bow so I doubt any TM would work and I never used it as a striper boat. We only used it for offshore trolling. Caught lots of kings and dolphin off that boat! I'll give you the c...
by Jim Burch
January 11th, 2013, 10:09 am
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: 20.5' Wellcraft fisherman $995.00
Replies: 11
Views: 1037

Re: 20.5' Wellcraft fisherman 200 mercury.

Nice looking ride! Looks like my 18' Dixie on steroids! I also have a 1989 Wellcraft 250 Sportsman that I use offshore. Very good ride, decent on fuel. What legnth shaft trolling motor would it take to hit water from that bow? My Dixie requires 54" or longer. I'm trying to sell a 22 foot Marathon ot...
by Jim Burch
January 10th, 2013, 11:25 am
Forum: Tips, Tricks and Techniques
Topic: Jigging 101
Replies: 21
Views: 2902

Re: Jigging 101

Very nice. I remember some of this from the Shad Taxi site and have used it quite a bit to catch fish in Buggs. When I first saw it I bugged Todd quite a bit and bought about half his jighead inventory and a jigging combo. Very nice outfit for jigging and casting. Pflueger Trion and Co-Matrix I thin...
by Jim Burch
December 5th, 2012, 1:46 pm
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Kerr Lake 12-1-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 878

Re: Kerr Lake 12-1-2012

Yeah, Mike, money talks! It's going to get real interesting too because there's 8 BILLION dollars of uranium sitting idle in a mine near a main feeder to Kerr. It will be interesting to see how the Virginia Beach crowd will view "new and improved" safer mining operations that have been touted to reo...
by Jim Burch
December 5th, 2012, 12:06 pm
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Kerr Lake 12-1-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 878

Re: Kerr Lake 12-1-2012

I'd like to see the best done for the fishery. Make it substainable, also make it a worthwhile trip for someone looking for the occasional trophy catch. I guess you would call me a selective harvest angler. I want the pull but I also like a few striper nuggets occasionally. Kerr/ Buggs was once a gr...
by Jim Burch
December 4th, 2012, 8:23 am
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Kerr Lake 12-1-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 878

Re: Kerr Lake 12-1-2012

Dirk, that's a blue cat. Kerr produced the world record last year. 146 pounds so anything under 100 is "small"! We've caught several in the past few years with stripers up to 5 pounds hanging out of their gullets. Don'tknow if they actually catch the healthy fish or just eat the floaters? Our fish a...
by Jim Burch
December 3rd, 2012, 5:51 pm
Forum: Kerr/Buggs Island
Topic: Kerr Lake 12-1-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 878

Kerr Lake 12-1-2012

Water: Temps in main lake were 50 to 51. Creeks were 53 to 54. Water clarity: Stained with visibilty about 3 feet. Water is also very low. Most docks are out of the water and ramps are somewhat hazardous. Weather: Sunny, no wind, temps were about 45 at 8AM, 62 at noon, and 58 at 4PM. Pretty darn ni...
by Jim Burch
November 27th, 2012, 4:57 pm
Forum: Random Whateverness
Topic: The best fishing buddy? My dog is better than your dog!
Replies: 11
Views: 698

Re: The best fishing buddy? My dog is better than your dog!

Best thing about my dog was he would always eat the red meat after the stripers were cleaned. No telling how many pounds of that stuff he inhaled. I had to put him down about a year ago due to cancer. Dang, I hope it wasn't the fish..... Those pigtails are great. I ordered extras from the Waterbugz ...
by Jim Burch
August 13th, 2012, 9:04 am
Forum: Striper Talk
Topic: Landlock record rejected by IGFA
Replies: 11
Views: 893

Re: Landlock record rejected by IGFA

So by this definition any stripers caught on the Mojo style rigs would be ineligible also? I think that's how the current Virginia saltwater record was caught: http://www.sportfishingmag.com/news/virginia-striped-bass-state-record-broken IGFA has some tough standards, not all state records have to c...
by Jim Burch
April 13th, 2012, 2:08 pm
Forum: Tips, Tricks and Techniques
Topic: Wake (transom) bait?
Replies: 15
Views: 2080

Re: Wake bait?

The first guy who figures out how to run 10 wake baits simultaneously wins. How about 2 outriggers with a 5-hook Alabama rig on each? :lol: I saltwater fish a lot and we often will put a bait in the propwash. Had a few scares when a toothy critter skyrockets the bait and comes close to coming onboa...
by Jim Burch
April 10th, 2012, 7:51 am
Forum: Striper Talk
Topic: New NC record striper-on a plastic worm!
Replies: 0
Views: 356

New NC record striper-on a plastic worm!

Hard to believe but this kid caught this on 10lb test, in a lake that is not even stocked.......Some guys have all the luck:

http://www.ncangler.com/forums/threads/ ... post332294
by Jim Burch
March 15th, 2012, 1:04 pm
Forum: Striper Soup the Store
Topic: Break out the Heavy Artillery
Replies: 3
Views: 518

Re: Break out the Heavy Artillery

Jigging rods would be nice, both spinning and casting. Shimano's light butterfly jigging version would be a good one to model. Ugly Stik makes some but they are too heavy in action (80 to 100lb) for most striper fisherman. Parabolic action, and need to handle 2 to 4 ounces of lead for either bucktai...
by Jim Burch
February 22nd, 2012, 9:40 am
Forum: Striper Soup the Store
Topic: Striper Soup Store
Replies: 117
Views: 10130

Re: Striper Soup Store

Mike, I like that idea also. 2 planers and a leader wheel with 6 leaders in a kit along with some eggs sinkers. I think the key to sucess will be offering something folks could not get elsewhere: expertise and a good supply of bait! If you are doing online I would suggest offering the same stuff Cor...
by Jim Burch
February 6th, 2012, 11:51 am
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: friend has bait/stock tank for sale-150 gallon $225
Replies: 0
Views: 382

friend has bait/stock tank for sale-150 gallon $225

This is a tank my friend Jim Burchette (yes we have a very similar name and he gets me in trouble all the time): I have a 150 gallon rubbermaid stock tank / bait tank with a 35 gallon 3-stage filter for sale. It has all plumbing and an external 1/3 hp pump. It would be perfect for keeping bait alive...
by Jim Burch
December 28th, 2011, 8:50 am
Forum: Virginia
Topic: Chesapeke Bay 12/16/2011
Replies: 6
Views: 972

Re: 2 Cans

Great report Jim - I assume that bit of PVC on the rods is your eel storage when running? Does it come off when fishing or it's attached to the rod? Mike, you're right. The pvc comes off after the run. It has a piece of wire at the top to attach to the rod and a rubber band on the bottom to attach ...
by Jim Burch
December 27th, 2011, 2:04 pm
Forum: Virginia
Topic: Chesapeke Bay 12/16/2011
Replies: 6
Views: 972

Re: Chesapeke Bay 12/16/2011

Thanks, Dirk. Normally I would have not fished those conditions but after such a long haul I decided to take the chance. The day started nice but you could actually see the front come through in the form of clouds and waves. Been fishing the ocean for decades and never saw conditions change so fast....
by Jim Burch
December 27th, 2011, 12:43 pm
Forum: Virginia
Topic: 12/22/11 - A rEELy good day!
Replies: 31
Views: 2628

Re: 12/22/11 - A rEELy good day!

Mike, I was there the week before you and a guy weighed in a 61 pound fish at Chris'. It is amazing how these fish can be so close in legnth but once they reach about 40 pounds and 45+ inches they start to get another layer and get that blocky look. That 61 pound fish was around 53 inches long. I wa...
by Jim Burch
December 27th, 2011, 11:15 am
Forum: Virginia
Topic: Chesapeke Bay 12/16/2011
Replies: 6
Views: 972

Chesapeke Bay 12/16/2011

Sorry for the lateness but after seeing Mike's similar report I thought I would add my experience at the Bay. Fished Friday 12/16 from 7am to 10am. Fished with one of my Buggs Island friends and his son who had been up there since mid-November. Weather : Started very nice but the weatherman had pred...
by Jim Burch
October 10th, 2011, 12:13 pm
Forum: Random Whateverness
Topic: Stupid people and guns
Replies: 2
Views: 453

Re: Stupid people and guns

Hey, at least he was wearing his Tennessee/hunter's safety orange vest, only problem he was the most dangerous thing in the woods to himself and anything within 100 yards. What the heck did he think he was going to see by looking down the barrel?
by Jim Burch
September 13th, 2011, 1:19 pm
Forum: Random Whateverness
Topic: Totally random EGR video for Diesel people
Replies: 3
Views: 536

Re: Totally random EGR video for Diesel people

First video reminded me of the movie Fargo.
Second video just supports evidence of no home training, dang shame. Now if they had done that to a tuner car blasting crap music, totally acceptable.
by Jim Burch
August 10th, 2011, 12:13 pm
Forum: The BIG one
Topic: World Record?
Replies: 36
Views: 4360

Re: World Record?

The fish sure does look rough, even in the pose on the boat right after he caught it.
Anyone else think this guy bears a strong resemblance to Shawn our chef?
by Jim Burch
June 7th, 2011, 2:08 pm
Forum: Other Lakes
Topic: Kerr, NC 6/4/2011
Replies: 3
Views: 894

Re: Kerr, NC 6/4/2011

Thanks. I sure hope I can get a lot more trips in this year. Danny, I've used the rubber bands and also the sequin trick but just forgot them for this trip. I usually don't have this problem with the herring or these type hooks but I think it was mainly dealing with the smaller fish having a hard ti...
by Jim Burch
June 6th, 2011, 3:56 pm
Forum: Other Lakes
Topic: Kerr, NC 6/4/2011
Replies: 3
Views: 894

Kerr, NC 6/4/2011

Fishing plan/Tactics . Live bait slowtrolled with electric. 6 Downlines set from 18 to 25 foot. One freeline with no weight added, 2 rigs with #7 splitshot behind Waterbugz planers. Weather conditions . Air temps ranged from 72 to 85 degrees. A few clouds but mostly sunny. Slight West wind at times...
by Jim Burch
June 6th, 2011, 3:04 pm
Forum: Other Lakes
Topic: Kerr, NC 6/3/2011
Replies: 1
Views: 719

Kerr, NC 6/3/2011

Bait gathering . Got up at 0200 to arrive at lake by 0400 to set out glow lights to attract some herring near the Island Creek pump station and dam. Much more wind than the weather man had predicted so herring were slow to arrive. Caught a few along with a couple hundred 3 inch bluegills (not legal...
by Jim Burch
June 2nd, 2011, 8:12 am
Forum: Random Whateverness
Topic: Rock and Roll or Silent and Stealthy?
Replies: 2
Views: 435

Rock and Roll or Silent and Stealthy?

I think this may have been a topic on the old Soup but wanted to see what you folks thought. Do you play the radio(music or talk) while you livebait? I fish alone quite a bit and sometimes the radio is the only escape I have until our striped friends show up to play. When I troll, I've tried on and ...
by Jim Burch
May 24th, 2011, 2:01 pm
Forum: Tips, Tricks and Techniques
Topic: Bait stopper trick
Replies: 4
Views: 1197

Re: Bait stopper trick

I've had the same problem with using shiners. My solution was to use those little sequins (craft area in Walmart has them) which are a shiny disc with a hole in the center. Slide one on the hook, bait up and then slide another on. Very similar to the rubber band method it bridles the bait in one spo...
by Jim Burch
April 20th, 2011, 8:06 am
Forum: Striper Sniper Lures
Topic: Snake Worms
Replies: 10
Views: 1973

Re: Snake Worms

The blue/pearl are killers on Buggs especially during the summer. Glad to see you got those molds. I was just about to run out until I got a few from the Raleigh show. Like the added scent too but you are right, it's hard to believe the swimming action. I usually break off the head and make it total...
by Jim Burch
April 12th, 2011, 8:03 am
Forum: Jordan
Topic: Jordan Lake 4/8/2011
Replies: 3
Views: 742

Jordan Lake 4/8/2011

First trip out in the boat this year (latest ever...). No good intel for finding bait so I set up for trolling: Downriggers with double swimbait rigs; leadcore with double bucktail rigs; and planer boards with Yozuri deep diving plugs. Later in the day I chucked some swimbaits in the Haw. Time fishe...

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