Friday, February 8, 2013
If you get the chance to go, be sure to stop by booth 221! I will also be speaking on that Friday at 7:30pm in the Workshop Area.
I'm looking forward to being apart of this amazing event and meeting anglers in my new location.
New England Saltwater Fishing Show
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Near the mouth of the river I didn't see any ice so I figured a few miles further up the where the fish are mainly targeted wouldn't be an issue either. Armed wearing a full set of cold water gear, I was more then ready, however when I showed up to launch the kayak I was mistaken big time. Ice was everywhere, but also noticed a nice water trail not far from the ramp going under a small bridge and out to the river, so I figured it was worth a shot.
Once I got to the small bridge I could see the entire river, and immediately noticed this water trail ended a few yards in front of me, so there was no way I was getting to the fishing spot. Can't say that I tried! Although my trip was cut short, seeing the river iced over certainly a sight to see and is something I've never seen before.
This means I have no choice but to wait until it warms up now.
Next weekend the National Saltwater Seminar will be held in Providence and I'll be there to check it out. Looking forward to it!
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Nearly everyone was using eels and drifting, but I took a different approach and decided to troll. Only once line started zipping off the reel for a couple seconds but there was no hookup. Later on, I decided to head to 4th island to see if I could have some light tackle fun with some schoolies but there were none to be found. Although I didn't catch anything, I had an absolute blast just being able to be back on the water and fish again.
Just a couple of birds working
I ran around quite a bit
Back at the ramp
Last night I was completely surprised (see http://www.tidalfish.com/forums/show...-Doo-quot-Dave). I was under the impression that my girlfriend's co-workers were setting up a going away party for her down near Yorktown Beach since were moving to CT soon, and I was coming along to attend. After that, my plan was to go pick up my newly rigged PWC from Albert of Albert Martin Custom Structures. She and I were walking around the Yorktown beach area, when I turned the corner and suddenly saw my newly rigged jet ski just sitting there alone. I was instantly confused, and even thought for a second that Albert just happened to be at the same place as we were by coincidence but as I walked in closer everyone popped out and surprised me.
I cannot express in words how much this meant to me, this is certainly a night I won't ever forget. I had never expected a home coming like this. I want to once again thank very much everyone that was involved, as well as all the local shops that were apart of making last night incredible, I was shocked.
Friday, February 24, 2012
After my last deployment in 2010, the random urge to want to go fishing for the first time since my childhood--I had not realized at the time--was just the beginning. I had no idea then that I would be as passionate about fishing as I am today.
I would have never discovered jet ski fishing if it weren't for Brian Lockwood. I started out fishing piers for some time, but wanted to get out on the water. I always wanted to own a jet ski instead of renting. When I saw someone combine these two things, I knew very quickly I wanted to do the same. Once I acquired a jet ski and start fishing on the water, my love for the sport grew even more.
Many people have helped me make the experience great. Of course Jet Ski Brian for being kind enough to help me out and letting me come out with him on a couple trips. Tony and Rory at Atlantic Bait and Tackle for always helping me out with answering my questions. I've met plenty of people from the kayaking community as well that have also helped me out, especially Kayak Kevin, Rob Choi and Justin Mayer. The countless people I've met and that gave me tips to better myself as an angler. I also can't forget my amazing girlfriend for being so supportive.
With my busy schedule with the Navy, I was fortunate enough to go out nearly 40 times since May. Caught many “firsts” and managed two citations in my first year on the water. I’m going to absolutely miss it. There’s just something about riding out on the water as the sun is rising and I’m headed towards one of the islands at over 45 mph. It's hard to explain it words, but there's nothing else like it.
Whether I’d be for Spanish Mackerel on a nice summer day in sandals and swimming trunks, or bundled up with survival gear for Stripers in the winter off the oceanfront, jet ski fishing is by far the most fun and rewarding thing I've ever involved myself in. This is a huge transformation for me, as a few years ago I didn’t really have an appreciation of the outdoors and probably would have stayed in and played video games instead.
Tight lines, good luck out there, stay safe, and see you out there later this year.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
I'm finally back after a 3 week underway with the Navy, so in an effort to get back into the action, I left Crab Creek as soon as the morning light began to show in search for some Rockfish. One of the calmest days on the water I've seen in awhile, I averaged around 45 miles per hour and had a smooth ride on the way to Cape Henry.
I stopped at a spot and immediately marked plenty of bait as well as fish but with no takers. After trolling for some time, I had some intel about a possible bite further South. Later on, I decided to run towards False Cape. Not a whole lot was going on over there, so I made my way back towards the Oceanfront and trolled North from the Ramada hotel all the way past the Cape Henry lighthouse. There were a decent amount of birds working and a few whales out there. Although it appeared to be great conditions to land a nice one, the chatter over the radio certainly confirmed otherwise.
I didn't catch anything but it was a great day to finally be back on the water again.