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Fishing the Lower Bay and Beyond 2019

Old 01-01-2019, 11:48 AM
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Fishing the Lower Bay
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2018 is now in the books and 2019 is looking bright. 2018 wasn’t nearly as fish-filled as 2017 for me but it should set the stage for 2019. Many thanks to everyone who shared information with me, fished with me and kept this thread alive. My lack of reports was certainly upheld by the many great anglers who contributed to the thread in 2018. Thanks again to everyone who shares their reports!

Part of my lack of fishiness this year is due to being boat-less early on. I sold my beloved Proline 17 in June and took ownership of a 2000 model Grady 272 Sailfish soon after. I effectively lost 2 months of the peak season boat shopping and have been trying to “make her mine” since. I still have a laundry list of to-dos and look forward to knocking them out before spring.


As you may have noticed, I changed the name of this thread a tiny bit as many of my adventures will be pushed a little further East. That being said, I will still be putting a lot of time in and hopefully posting a lot of reports from the lower bay.


Without further ado, here is to wishing you guys a short winter and a warm spring.
I know my first mate can't wait to get back on the bow!



Some 2018 Saltwater Memories



2018 Fresh Water Memories


Hopefully 2019 brings everyone great fun, memories with family, and most importantly good health.

CHEERS Y'ALL!!!

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Old 01-01-2019, 05:44 PM
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To kick off the fishing banter.... Who is going to go looking for some of these BFT's that were "reported" to be off the coast? I hope we get another February sea bass season. That might make it worth a run out to look around.
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:39 AM
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Boat looks nice, if ya need any help getting her ready maybe I can help, restored my boat myself (except the exterior paint, that was done by a pro) and we appear to not be that far apart.

I saw a report from a day or two ago where boat went off and got one nice bigeye and come goldens. I've never deep dropped but have the gear to do it, I'd be up for a go at that on a nice day.
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Old 01-02-2019, 09:50 AM
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Thanks man! Right now priority is on nursing those HPDIs. I am doing filter changes and chasing a two stroke oil leak. They are running well for now, I just feel like they are ticking time bomb. Can't wait until I can afford some new 4strokes! As far as the boat goes, I think I am going to reseal the bow rail screws, cleats and maybe window caulking this winter. I am going to put a big list together and start amassing supplies. Overall the boat is in great shape to be almost 20 years old.

I to have never really "deep" dropped past 300 feet. I am thinking hard on buying one of the Tanacom electrics to put some meat in the box on slow days this summer. That is a lot of cranking without!
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:18 AM
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I haven't seen any tog reports recently? Anyone trying? Anyone have any tips for them between now and the end of February? I know it gets hot for them in April around the CBBT if I remember right.
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Doesn't seem like anyone is fishing... I got out Monday after the snow. Just warm enough not to have ice in the guides of the rods so it was show time! We fished three hours with constant action. Its that perchy time of the year again!







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Doesn't seem like anyone is fishing... I got out Monday after the snow. Just warm enough not to have ice in the guides of the rods so it was show time! We fished three hours with constant action. Its that perchy time of the year again!






Very nice and delish I am sure.
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Old 01-17-2019, 11:54 AM
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The breading on that last photo is on point. Nice work!
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:41 AM
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Good morning... Nice catching there Britt! Minnows or jigs? You look as though you're ready for some snowmobiling action... We are heading to the hills tomorrow to do some Brookie fishing. I imagine it will be pretty desolate with the inclement weather that's forecast; just the way I like it. Keep warm and Keep 'Em Bent!!

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Old 01-22-2019, 03:00 PM
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Curious if this is the kind of weather that results in fish kills. Is it the sudden fluctuation in weather like we just had or is it the length of time the freezing weather hangs around?
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I want to say sustained cold temps are necessary for fish kills. Water tends to retain energy (warmth) longer than the air. I could be wrong though, just a guess..

Went down to the boat today and ran the motors and fooled around with some electronics. Need to install new VHF, antennae and relocate GPS to the lower electronics box.

Looking forward to getting it right. May try to make a day out for sea bass if the weather corresponds. Getting pretty stir crazy!
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I hear you on that. I've been wondering what bites this time of year if the wind cooperates and I feel like braving the cold.
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Dam str8 on the crappie and yellows. I enjoy a bobber down as much as any kinda fishing I do.
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Amen on that.. Looking forward to getting out on my local ponds soon!

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Old 02-18-2019, 02:52 PM
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Went back to the Mattaponi River on Sunday. Didn't catch much. Tried using only jigs instead of spider rigging with live bait... I'm obviously not a jedi with the jigging pole. Beautiful morning to be out though.

Today I spend all day turning wrenches. Looking forward to getting everything back together and splashing soon. When is everyone de-winterizing?

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Plan to start getting on the water after crappie soon . have have a nice place for ringers nearby also. ( have small 1 man boat for TM ponds)
I'm getting older and body doesn't like under 35deg,, (ice) slick docks scare me , now
The grady may be awhile-- but have just about everything to start getting her ready! prepping for paint.. Started scraping bottom down some and thinking of moving transducers out of prop paths..
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Got a bunch of specks in the 757 yesterday, mostly little guys but some up to 19". All c&r.
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Got a bunch of specks in the 757 yesterday, mostly little guys but some up to 19". All c&r.
Great news! Figured the water was still a bit too cold after the front. We’re they shallow or deep?
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Great news! Figured the water was still a bit too cold after the front. We’re they shallow or deep?
4-8ft. Water temps were up to 58 degrees back in the coves and bays. Got them on plastics and mirrolures, they were aggressive and hitting hard.
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Very cool and thanks for the report.

I too set set out for some spring fishing. Unfortunately, it was only fishing and no catching. Fished the tubes and also hit Cape Henry wreck in search of togs. Put about 8 hours in on the water—Nothing!

Water temp 50 at cbbt 48 at CH. Still some seals around the islands.
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