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About FullThrottle

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  • Birthday 05/05/1949

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    Fishing, Boating, Beach, Swimming.
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    R207 (sold 6/2018)

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  1. FullThrottle


    It hit a clarkspoon I had on for the small fish. I was running a bucktail for cobia on a larger rod and a drone for cobia. I was rigging up an artificial eel at the time of the strike and getting the bucktail ready for casting. I had run around the 2nd island at dawn (beautiful sunrise Sunday) as I heard they'd been hitting there, but no luck and no signs of fish. Small bait balls on fishfinder. Headed over to Cape Henry and much more bait and the balls were larger and tighter, but nothing hit (was told spanish were biting on planners, so I had two out). When I saw the cobia sighting boats, I changed up lures (not the small one of course) and headed in their direction (about 2 miles offshore near the green can buoy). Again plenty of bait tightly packed. One of the 'issues' with having extra seating for the family cruises is that there isn't gunwale storage for rods. So, when I fish I have to take the rods onboard each time. With gunwale storage I always kept lighter tackle onboard and just brought the bigger rods. So, at 4am I only grabbed 3 rods and hadn't expected cobia, so it was two light weights and one medium rod. Guess I'm going to have to start packing for every possibility.
  2. Finally have the boat the way I tried to order it (had to accept what was available as I didn't want part of the summer without a boat). Added VHF radio, autopilot, radar, outriggers, windshield wiper, etc. I took this at a bad angle and the cockpit section is larger than it appears in this picture.
  3. FullThrottle


    I only went out this morning early (4:30 am) to run the boat in the dark once before taking my bride out next weekend for a sunrise cruise. I did bring some rods, but I was only expecting small blues (did catch) or Spanish mackerel (nada). However, I saw a bunch of cobia sight fishing and decided to troll in that direction. In seconds my small rod and reel were singing, line just spinning out. I could see the cobia trying to throw the hook about 100 yards behind the boat. I applied some drag and POP, it was gone. Not sure what size, but it seemed to be fairly large. Wish I'd brought some larger equipment, but it was fun all the same. Within an hour everyone had left. It was over. For those in my area, it was a couple of miles offshore between Cape Henry and the Green Can. Since I didn't get the Cobia, no pictures, and of course it would have to be returned to the sea anyway since Cobia season isn't open here until June. However, while looking for Cobia I did get a good pic of the rays they hang with.
  4. I've got a PLB and a Garmin inReach. The inReach lets me get help for non-life threatening via Satellite texting (up to 10 minute delay due to satellite position) and the PLB for something much more urgent. When I had an EPIRB I tested it fairly regularly and replaced batteries when needed. My PLB still has a few years before replacement and I don't test it as often as I did the EPIRB, but I do test it a few times a season. I have the PLB hung on my inflatable. The inReach and a portable VHF are in my grab bag. My goal is to have lots of safety items and be happy they are never used.
  5. Got an email Tuesday from Virginia Marine Resources Commission: On April 23, 2019, the Marine Resources Commission will consider an emergency staff proposal to eliminate the Bay, Coastal and Potomac River Tributaries Spring Trophy-size Striped Bass Recreational Fisheries described in Chapter 4 VAC 20-252-10 et seq. Seems they finally realized that we have dropped 85% since 2010 in striper catches. And if you ask me, we dropped much more than that if you go back to 2008 when it was tough to not hook up a striper. Now, if they'd only consider a gill net elimination and menhaden moratorium in the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries we'd see a rapid increase in fish of all types. Unlikely, but I didn't expect them to consider the striper season eliminations - so here's to wishful thinking. Maybe we'll get a better season in a year or so due to the actions they are planing now.
  6. Waiting is always tough, but sounds like a really nice boat.
  7. You made me do some research. OXE lists 200HP at 771 pounds (350kg). If you go to the oxe-diesel.com site there is a lot of information including the fact they are aiming at commercial and government business - not the recreational market. I rather think this quote sums it up best: I suspect the engines (Diesel outboards) can have a big impact with outfits like the Coast Guard, in commercial applications or for recreational boaters who run the heck out of their boats. Weekend warriors will never make up the cost. Jeff Moser, Power and Motoryacht I'm also struck by the upper HP being 200. That works good for a lot of dual engine boats, but it wouldn't really work good as a replacement for my 250. I'd love to have the economy of a diesel, but the extra weight and lower horsepower (not to mention the initial cost) are real drawbacks. Let's hope this is a start in the right direction and future diesel technology will make this comparable to gasoline outboards.
  8. Sorry for the bad luck and hope the engine problem is minor. My son-in-law was out striper fishing a few days ago and was bringing in 20-24 inchers out near the container ships anchored near Cape Charles. Oh, real near... He said about 15 feet from the ships he saw water breaking and went over and there were striper. They were not taking the stretches, but 4 inch Livewire Swim Shad (he bought me some for Christmas). The large striper are few and far between and being caught off eels trolled on planers up near river entrances from the reports I've gotten. Son-in-law said he knows they were catching striper in another area near Cape Charles, but he saw over 100 boats there and started looking for other places to fish. Sure hope we don't over fish the striper before they start a good recovery and I agree with him not going where 100 boats are. Tough to fish in those conditions.
  9. Glad you're still among us! Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. We had a very good Christmas and are looking forward to New Year's. Planning to get out Saturday for striper fishing. Have to test out the new lures I got as presents.
  10. Planning on it happening again. Looked back at some of my striper pictures and it appears the latter 200x years were pretty good. Boat was in the shop during the winters of 2010 and 2011 so didn't catch any then, and it appears except for eeling off Cape Charles it's only been a stray striper here and there since. The reports on small striper are encouraging. Let's hope.....
  11. Glad you got out - and got fish! Due to some family health issues I only get out about once a month now. Went out a week ago and trolled by the CBBT high rise. Beautiful marks of bait balls, and what I guess were individual fish on the edges of the balls. Had mojo's and stretches out, but nothing. Tried every angle, in and out of gear, etc. Not even a knock down. Current was running so hard that the lines got tangled once when I took it out of gear. Only action I got (untangling the lines). Nice to know there are fish out there, I guess I was just in the wrong place for striper this time of year,. I was hoping to catch them rounding Smith Island like in years past, but it didn't happen.
  12. I got this off of a response to this article on the Sailfish site. Sure hope it leads to better striper catches and at the same time, I hope that there are some commercial and recreational limits to ensure the fish stock don't get severely impacted. Although all my efforts and the efforts of of a lot of other people have not impacted the menhaden limits yet, hoping that the Virginia legislature will at least use the ASMFC limits or even something more restrictive in the bay. Here's some good news on the front: The data are in and the results are official: Juvenile striped bass numbers are healthy in the Chesapeake Bay and its major tributaries. Virginia and Maryland say seine surveys conducted over the summer show young-of-year stripers – those spawned this past spring – top historic averages and signal good fishing for commercial and recreational anglers in a few years. Mary Fabrizio, who heads Virginia’s survey, said annual sampling has important economic and ecological value and helps in managing the species. “By estimating the relative number of young-of-year striped bass, our survey provides an important measure of annual and long-term trends in the bay’s striped bass population,” Fabrizio said. Fabrizio is with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, which conducts the survey for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. VMRC manages nearly all the state’s fisheries. David Blazer, director of Fishing and Boating Services at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, called their state’s results “encouraging” for their efforts to protect and maintain the striped bass fishery. “Consecutive years of healthy reproduction is a great sign for the future of this iconic species,” Blazer said. Virginia began monitoring striped bass in 1967, and Maryland in 1954. Researchers scoop up samples using 100-foot beach seine nets at designated sites, or index stations, several times throughout the summer. VIMS samples the James, York and Rappahannock river watersheds, while the Maryland DNR samples the Choptank, Potomac and Nanticoke river watersheds and the Upper Chesapeake Bay. This year, VIMS collected and measured 1,875 juveniles, logging a mean value or recruitment index of 10.72 fish per seine haul. This is greater than the historic average index of 7.7. Maryland’s DNR collected 1,951 juveniles, with an index of 14.8 – higher than the historic average of 11.8. At the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Foundation, senior regional ecosystem scientist Chris Moore called the resurgence of young striped bass a “promising sign.” “Hopefully, these fish will grow and thrive in the bay in the coming years as a result of the improving water quality we’re seeing under the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint,” said Moore. Striper abundance can ebb and flow dramatically from year to year depending on predation, fishing pressures, disease, weather and environmental factors. The bay stock hit historic lows in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but when Virginia, Maryland and Delaware enacted fishing bans in the ’80s, the population began to rebound. Today, it’s considered recovered. Striped bass are a top predator in the bay ecosystem and an important sport fish. They can live around 30 years, migrating in a vast range from the St. Lawrence River in Canada to the St. John’s River in Florida. Females mature around age 4 and males around age 2. Adults swim up coastal rivers to spawn, then their fertilized eggs drift downstream and hatch into larvae that rapidly grow into juveniles. Juveniles stay in nursery sites such as the Chesapeake for up to four years to mature, then swim to the Atlantic Ocean to join the migration. Read more: http://sailfishownersforum.proboards.com/thread/407/striper#ixzz5We2oHWsx
  13. Although I like to blame Omega for the lack of striper, this article in today's Virginian Pilot lists the other part of the problem. forecast fishing Lee Tolliver Illustrations courtesy of Duane Raver Fishing for striped bass has always been a fall tradition, even though catching the species the past few years has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride. Let’s face it: we were all spoiled by the days several years ago when stripers were big and thick in the lower Chesapeake Bay and along the coast. Catching them typically was as easy as getting on a boat and putting out some lures. Casting, trolling, it didn’t matter. The fish were so plentiful that it was rare to ever get skunked. About the only thing that took pressure off the massive schools of striper was bad weather. And it had to be some serious bad weather to stop us. Those big fish don’t come around legal waters inside of three miles of the coast much anymore. The fish that make northeastern waters now head straight south on their migration and end up around offshore wrecks and structures around the Chesapeake Light Tower. You’re not supposed to even practice catch-and-release out there. Bigger fish that make northern regions of the bay their home most of the year rarely make it to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. While some come close, the past couple of years, they’ve made it to points west of Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore. And the number of fish topping 25 pounds – you know, the ones we used to throw back – isn’t what it used to be. So what happened? How did a world-class fishery simply turn off? Look in the mirror. We crushed them and gave them little chance to keep their numbers high. Both recreational and commercial fishermen share equal blame – all those big breeding females taken for trophies and freezers full of meat. Only time will fix things. The rockfish have made a dramatic return once before. Hopefully, they will once again.
  14. Sounds like quite a project. Look forward to the pics.
  15. Looks good. Hopefully I'm years away from needing to coat the deck, but good to know information.
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