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Back to the Bay! 11/30-12/2

Post by Mike Ward » December 1st, 2012, 8:56 pm

(Full report now posted below)

Just a little tease for now..... Full report to come when my arms recover. Oh, and we've got one more day :mrgreen:

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Re: Back to the Bay! 11/30-12/2

Post by Randy Roy » December 1st, 2012, 9:17 pm

If I tie some big balloons on the corners of my skiff could I survive out there???? I have a trip planned up there late Dec with a relative but I want to go now.

That gentleman is a BIG WIN, Congrats!

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Post by Mike Ward » December 1st, 2012, 9:25 pm

Absolutely no way - you will sink - at least until Jan 1 then you are safe. 8-) Seriously, Today one of those 8 ft Bass Buggies would have done OK - probation even that guy with his Alabama chair rig - flatter than most days in the lake. Yesterday morning the 1 footers were a bit more like 2+. Your skiff would probably be OK as long as you catch the right days with 1-2' max seas.
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Post by Dirk Dial » December 1st, 2012, 11:07 pm

Those look like some real pigs Mike... Well done. Can't wait to hear the whole story.

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Post by Tyler Early » December 1st, 2012, 11:21 pm

Mwards snoring loudly.
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Post by Tyler Early » December 1st, 2012, 11:36 pm

Getting louder. Pretty good effort from him right at the moment. I may have to turn the video on again. .
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Post by chris merritt » December 2nd, 2012, 12:02 am

I was working in Eastville Va today. Crossed the Bay bridge at about 9 am this morning and could hear those big hogs calling me! Nice job guys!

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Post by John Trembley » December 2nd, 2012, 6:30 am

BloodDog wants me to sell my place in Tennessee and move there! Nice hogs.

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Post by Shawn McNew » December 2nd, 2012, 10:17 am

That is good stuff. Too bad shadnasty didn't enter this year. Those fish might go uncontested. I don't have enough time to go try chasing something that big. I live in the wrong part of the region. :(
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Post by Michael Hogue » December 2nd, 2012, 10:56 am

Thanks for the vote of confidence there Chef :lol: :lol:

Nice fish fellas!

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Post by Tyler Early » December 3rd, 2012, 1:55 am

No more trips with Mward. We tear shit up. Not only did we have to rebuild his Dollar General trailer this trip, but I nailed a deer at 50+mph on the way home tonight. Tore the front end of my truck up pretty good. Guess we made it home alive so that's the important thing. And I don't have to sleep in same room as the snoring elephant Mward!
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Post by John Trembley » December 3rd, 2012, 8:07 am

Tyler:

Glad to know you guys are OK...sorry to hear about the trailer and especially your truck front end...ouch!

BloodDog wants to know if you threw the deer carcass in the back of your truck..she is hungry and in need of blood and guts? If not hopefully you have some deer blood on your bumper so she can clean it...yum, yum.

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Post by Shawn McNew » December 3rd, 2012, 8:10 am

Yeah buddy! Bring that thing home with you it's already tenderized... Tell us about the trailer. Ward texted me and said it was somewhat horrific. Why does he buy his stuff at Dollar General? You'd think he would know better...
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Post by Tyler Early » December 3rd, 2012, 8:33 am

I knocked the deer so far, I couldn't find it or my front license tag, which I guess is permanently imprinted on its ass. There is a little blood on the bumper for Blooddog though.

Mward can tell the trailer story fully, but basically the winch strap exploded in my face after trying to winch the boat the 6" to the stop. Then we went to replace that and the whole winch stand buckled next and broke the welds. The boat decided it wasn't moving on the bunks I guess! Never seen one that impossible to move. Got a new winch stand at trailer shop and the guy buckled it right away too trying to move the boat, but we made it work as not as bad as first. Lathered the bunks with Dawn soap after launching that day and had no more troubles...

...until we got home... Had another problem too before Bamby stole my license tag. Mward can tell that.
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Post by Mike Ward » December 3rd, 2012, 8:39 am

The whole story will come later today or tomorrow when I can upload pics. . The only thing bought at Dollar General were a few wrenches. ;)

Epic trip of Wins and Fails. Really hate the trip ended on a deer becoming a hood ornament for Tyler's truck as he was on the way he from the lake. Glad it didn't happen with the boat on the hook - the way our luck was running, I'm surprised it didn't. :? Just glad you're OK Tyler - they can fix the truck. Oh, and I didn't snore last night - at least I didn't hear it ;)
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Post by Mike Ward » December 3rd, 2012, 4:21 pm

OK - "EPIC" report below ;)


Weather: morning starting in the mid/upper 30's rising to upper 50's / low 60's. Mix of sunny & partly-cloudy skies. Winds mostly southerly (SE/SW/S) from 0 - 10 knots.
Water: Salty; 48-49 degrees
Techniques: Eels on planer boards, floats (mix of free & light lines) & downlines (well, 1 downline). Usually flowing with the current, using trolling motor to control direction - but at times fighting the current, or making our own current during slack-tide.


We left a bit later than we wanted as I was sitting in NC waiting on UPS to deliver a couple of Ugly Stik Tiger Lite casting rods that I had ordered for this trip - that were going to be here in plenty of time, as e were going the week later, but some things changed last minute on Tyler's side that pushed us to this weekend. Rods showed up about 5, I got to the lake at 7, packed my stuff and was at Tyler's about 8 - and we rolled out around 8:30pm - not yet decided if we'd stop along the way or push through. As we passed Richmond we decided we should just plow through and get to the Bay vs. laying over and then facing Richmond and Hampton / VA Beach rush-hour traffic with a boat in tow.

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1:30ish AM on Friday - about to reach the finish line
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Tyler had a steady hand for so late in the evening....
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Day 1 - Nov 30
Arrived at the Sunset Resort & Hotel at Kiptopeke about 2am and got 4 and a half or 5 hours of sleep before heading out to face the Bay.

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Did not have a good bead on where to go as of yet - heard the fish were over deep water below the Plantation Light, and found the fleet looking as well. We fished there a while without marking many fish and not a lot of bait.
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Got a call from a fellow NC guy that fishes SML some and is spending each weekend in Dec at the Bay and he clued us in on some fish a little further out over the main shipping channel, so we made a run a couple of miles that way.

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Started marking fish and eventually we had the 1st of what would be 5 or 6 hits that I managed to miss the hook-sets on for the weekend. But, we did eventually hook up with our 1st fish (let Tyler grab the rod that time :? )
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Nice fish - 26 lbs - sure wish the calendar had read Dec 1 on these fish!
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Floating the shipping channel is fun as occasionally these bad boys come through. One decided we were not moving out of the way fast enough (we were reeling up and moving out in plenty of time), and decided to give us the three-horn finger
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We did that drift several times and were rewarded with another nice fish - Tyler was going to hand over the rod but something about ripping drag preventing him from being able to do so. :lol: Again - oh to be Dec 1!
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Nice end to our 1st day at the Bay - found a way to avoid the skunk and had to decent fish caught & released.
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Nice day - or so we thought...... got to the ramp and I went to drive the boat up onto the trailer - it went most of the way but stopped short about 8" and would not budge with the motor. Tyler clipped on the strap and started cranking....
.... then POW! Strap snapped almost in his face.
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The strap was a little sun faded so I though perhaps it was "dry-rotted" or something, even though it was only <3 years old. Managed to ease the boat up the ramp and got a ride with the local cop to the hardware store to get a come-along to secure the boat well enough to figure out what to do next - Needed a replacement strap - had to buy a whole $35 winch to get it :evil: - needed wrenches to get the old strap off, so we hit up the reliable Dollar General for China's best adjustable pliers and and got to work in the parking lot.

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Replaced the strap - easy enough. Tyler starts to crank the winch to pull the boat up. Pop, Pop, Pop - though the wench was slipping until we noticed this :evil:
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Day 2 - Dec 1
At this point we were starting to think about how to strap the boat to the trailer and limp home on Saturday morning. However, we had one hope - a trailer shop a $20 one-way toll on the other side of the Bay Bridge that opened at 8:30 Sat AM. Called them the next day and they said they had a used winch stand that might work, so off we went.

The boy can drive a truck... :shock:
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The stand looked like it would work so they went about putting it on
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The guy gets it on, goes to winch up the boat and - POP - the new one buckles in the same way - this boat was NOT going to move. They bolted on some braces to strengthen it after sliding the stand on back to where the boat wanted to be - $40 later (was surprised - expected to be forking out $100 or more) and we were on our way finally, back to the back - back to the $20 toll booth. One good suggestion from the guy was to put some Dawn dish washing detergent on the bunks to lubricate them and make the boat slide on/off easier - he turned out to be right.
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So, Day 2 starts about 1:30 on the water - just before slack tide. Run into my NC buddy as they were taking out to get some more eels - the had loaded up on the fish that morning while we were playing trailer repair - and he clued us into another hot spot to which we promptly headed. We had our bucket full of eels and and half-assed fixed trailer, so we were going fishing
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Was slow for a while during slack tide until we had a planer go off - Tyler set the hook and handed the rod to me - I was reeling and the fish tangled in another planer - Tyler worked to get it untangled when the rod he was working with started peeling drag too. Had to land my own fish and then help get Tyler's in the boat

77 lbs of fish landed at the same time - now THAT is a double. We could have gone home right then and been happy - that double made the troubles of the previous 18 hours not even matter.

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Tyler's new personal best!
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I'll hold off on posting the lengths.... but we had a 34 lber and a 43 lber - Tyler's was heavier - that's all I'm sayin' 8-)

Released to fight another day
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Big Hammer eels = Big Hammer fish - and you can hook them up and fish them again - try that with a gizzard :lol:
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A dirty boat is a happy boat :D
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My NC buddy (for those NC guys on here - Will Carpenter) fishing not too far away - they got a triple about the time we doubled up
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We kept working that area till sun-set and we were rewarded with another fish each for the day
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Life is good!
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Oh - and the boat loaded right on on the trailer this time - a major win - decided we celebrate our double citation (Tyler's was a weight (uncertified) and length citation and mine was a length citation) with a 2nd big diner at Sting Rays
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Day 3 - Dec 2 - up at 5ish - I'm well rested - Tyler's posting on the Soup about my snoring - must've been the guys in the other room.... :?

On the water at 7 - I'll tell you, for me, this a morning on the water like this does more for me spiritually than sitting in any church....
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We headed back to where we left the fish the day before - fished the deeper water again but saw more marks when we moved a little more shallow (60 ft vs 120)

Found the bait
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Found some marks
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Finally found "A" fish - slow morning - don't worry guys - this was the baby of the trip..... no contender here - 21 lbs - 3...er something inches...
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We marked a lot of fish on Sunday, but they did not want to bite. Chatter on the VHF indicated the trollers in our area were catching, but we did not see much live-bait catching going on. Winds started to pick-up by mid-morning and it never got nasty but was less pleasant than the rest of the trip. We called it at 12:30 or so to head to the trailer and start trip home.

A couple more hairy tunnel rides, a stop at the car/boat wash and we were SML bound
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You can get decent sunsets even on the highway it turns out...
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Arrived at the ramp at SML about 9:30 to drop my boat back in to head to the slip - found a bunch of black fluid in the spashwell :shock: Turned out to be oil that drained out of the dipstick - We (I) left the motor in the top "chock" position - guess it should have been on the mid-way position, and it flopped over on its side during the ride - the side with the dipstick in the lowest point - guess vibration and other resulted in it working lose and spilling some oil - better that than crushing a hydraulic steering line. Learned several things on what was my 1st long-distance trip with the boat..... lessons sometimes and cheap and sometimes expensive.... Came out OK on these overall.

Ran the boat back up the lake to her home - and put her to bed safe and sound.
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Got things unpacked and was ready to call it a day when Tyler text me that he's hit a deer on the way back to Roanoke :shock: This trip keeps on giving.

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Fortunately the boat was not in tow or it might have gotten messy - and most importantly, fortunately Tyler was not hurt.



7 fish and almost 200 lbs boated & released, two citations, and new PB for Tyler - not a bad trip! Overall a trip with WINS and FAILS - and learned a lot in the process - and had a lot of fun in the process. Tyler, thanks again for driving - better your steel nerves in the tunnels than mine. Enjoyed the trip, enjoyed sharing catching some pigs on the Bay!

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Post by Arnie Davis » December 3rd, 2012, 6:13 pm

This is like a 5 or 6 canner at least.
Nice catchin' guys and awesome pics!

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Post by Dirk Dial » December 3rd, 2012, 6:43 pm

Arnie Davis wrote:This is like a 5 or 6 canner at least.
Nice catchin' guys and awesome pics!
x2... Awesome report and amazing trip. Thought you had some minor calamities at least no one got hurt. Those fish are serious hogs and love the eels.

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3 cans but BAD juju

Post by Shawn McNew » December 3rd, 2012, 7:03 pm

wOW amaZING stuff. You guys had quite the epic couple of days! Enjoyed all the highs and lows of the trip, oh and give yourself 3 cans while you're at it! Way to go boys.

Not buying your Tiger Lites from the Soup = Broken trailers, spilled engine oil, missed hooksets and busted F-150's and overall BAD juju. Don't ask why because that's bad luck too. Just know for next time.... :twisted:
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Post by Keith Prather » December 3rd, 2012, 7:04 pm

Awesome. What more can I say!
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Post by Tim Edwards » December 3rd, 2012, 7:35 pm

Awesome report!! THX 4 sharing!!!

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Post by Mike Ward » December 3rd, 2012, 7:56 pm

Shawn - just need Souper free shipping on single rods and we'll all be getting good juju ;)

Just adjusted my trailer and loaded Tyler's skiff on it for him to come back this coming weekend. Not sure why I did that as he'll likely secure a better fish than me, but I figure it's good ju-ju and preps us for TN trips in the skiff :mrgreen:
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Post by Tyler Early » December 3rd, 2012, 8:15 pm

You're not getting that trailer back Mward. You do know this, right?!

Awesome trip other than all the bad shit that happened. Kinda stupid we tore up everything to catch a few pigs but I guess they're worth it!
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Post by David Powell » December 3rd, 2012, 9:32 pm

Awesome guys! Just Awesome! Makes me wish I had an ocean worthy boat. I would be headed that way right now.

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Post by Mike Werner » December 3rd, 2012, 10:28 pm

That is pretty cool. Thanks for the fun report.

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Post by Shawn Griffin » December 3rd, 2012, 11:05 pm

Awesome report! Tyler glad you are OK after hitting that deer.

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Post by chris merritt » December 4th, 2012, 1:19 am

That's killer. Got me jonesin I have to find a boat to jump around here. (Virginia Beach) and take a break from work.

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Post by Mike Ward » December 4th, 2012, 1:25 am

chris merritt wrote:That's killer. Got me jonesin I have to find a boat to jump around here. (Virginia Beach) and take a break from work.
Check out Rock Hound charters - we were going to fish with him two years ago until he had motor problems and had to cancel the trip (which turned out good as the temps had already plummeted and pushed the fish out of the Bay). He seems to generally be "on" fish based on reports on TidalFish and I think he goes out of VA Beach or Hampton - and he does Hop On's for singles in a mixed group, etc.
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Post by chris merritt » December 4th, 2012, 11:13 pm

Mike Ward wrote:
chris merritt wrote:That's killer. Got me jonesin I have to find a boat to jump around here. (Virginia Beach) and take a break from work.
Check out Rock Hound charters - we were going to fish with him two years ago until he had motor problems and had to cancel the trip (which turned out good as the temps had already plummeted and pushed the fish out of the Bay). He seems to generally be "on" fish based on reports on TidalFish and I think he goes out of VA Beach or Hampton - and he does Hop On's for singles in a mixed group, etc.

Thanks Mike. If I get a chance I will give them a call.

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