Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Delmarva--hot weather, warm water, and SLIME!!! :)

Through the years I've found that if you keep fishing long enough, and spend enough time in the field with your friends and family, every now and then you will experience some unforgettable moments that stay with you forever. This past weekend my nephew Bailey and I were fortunate enough to create some of those memories together...

Bailey and I had been trying to get out on the water for a while now. In fact, for a couple of years we had been attempting to plan a striper fishing trip together. Unfortunately things just hadn't worked out for us to go. Luckily this past weekend, in spite of my strange work hours and his demanding schedule as a high school athlete, we were finally able to piece together a couple of days to make a trip to the beach for some nighttime striper fishin' fun.

The weather was hot and humid (and if you live anywhere near the mid-Atlantic states you know what I'm talking about)... The water was very warm, and the bulk of the striper migration had passed by our area in Delmarva since back in mid-June. In all honesty, things weren't looking very good... I had a few tricks up my sleeve that I knew had produced nice summertime stripers for me in the past, but given the conditions I wasn't extremely hopeful.

Fortunately, it only took about an hour of fishing time for my doubts to be washed away on this trip... It was dark, the tide was slack, and I was tying an eel rig onto another rod when I heard the excitement in Bailey's voice as he said "Tobe, I got one on!" I turned around and saw his rod bent over with the drag screaming out. A couple moments passed as I scampered down the rocks to where Bailey was set up fighting his fish. By the time I made it down to him, the fish had finished peeling line off of his reel and was now busy thrashing around, throwing water on the surface of the inlet. By the size of the splashes and the deep sounding swirl of its tail we could tell it was a nice fish. A few minutes later, after a couple nice runs, a few nervous moments, and a lot of surface thrashing...Bailey's striper was up on the rocks. It was a beautiful, fat fish--measuring 34 inches long and weighing 15.5 pounds on my boga grip--not a bad way for a budding striper angler to start out. His first fish and it's a keeper... A nice one at that! We decided this fish would be a good one to keep for the dinner plate as it had swallowed the hook. And boy, were we right--Deeelicious! :)
Our trip continued on as we jumped around to a few different hotspots in Delmarva. Along the way we were fortunate to find stripers at every spot we fished. As always, we did experience a few heartbreaking losses... But they were more than made up for by a few more moments "in the ZONE." In fact, Bailey bested his first catch of the trip by putting a nice, long 37 incher up on the rocks at another spot. We snapped a few pics and watched as his second keeper swam back to the depths after some revival efforts.
All-in-all, it was a crazy awesome trip! Had we been "stripah" fishing in New England, it would have been a "wicked" awesome trip, lol... Bailey kicked my butt, caught all the big fish, and I wouldn't have had it any other way.

Until my next entry, thanks again for reading and I hope you guys and gals enjoy your time on the water as well.


  1. Way to go Bailey!!! Finally someone who can outfish Toby!!

  2. Hey! :) He did show me a thing or two on this trip... Much like my wife, Marianne--"the Flounder Pounder." She out fishes me all the time! ;-)