Fishing the Eastern Shore of Virginia – September

I don’t fish alone, at least not often. Fishing alone is a purely selfish endeavor.  There is no sharing – not of the hunt, the wind and water, the smells, the fish themselves.  No sharing of disappointments, the cracking of natures’ puzzles, or (if you’re lucky) the joys of success. Fishing with good friends is…

Fly Fishing the Eastern Shore of Virginia – June

After more than half a year, I joined my friend down on the ESVA, with fingers crossed for cobia and big houndfish on fly.  As usual, things did not work out exactly as hoped, but plenty of fun was had. Day 1 saw light morning winds and an outgoing tide at the creek we were…

Fly Fishing and Light Tackle on the ESVA

After having mixed success fishing the Eastern Shore of Virginia (ESVA) this year, I and my buddy (a local) gave it another go.  The weather this past weekend was favorable, and so I made the drive from DC with fly rods and spinning rods in tow, as well as a new fly…a secret weapon in…

Eastern Shore of Virginia

In July and early August, I fished the Eastern Shore of Virginia with the hope of finding fly-rod cobia. For the first go-round, I traveled down by car to the Cape Charles area, and headed out with my friend on his boat.  We caught shark after shark while chumming for cobia, eventually changing strategies to…

Cobia Fly Design: Hook Shape

Here’s a scenario:  You lay a beautiful cast in front of a cruising fish (snook, striper, cobia – the species doesn’t particularly matter).  Your fly lands in front of the fish, and as you strip once, then twice, the fish lights up and engulfs your fly.  You strip-strike (the sure fire way to sink a…

Chesapeake Cobia and Fly Design: What fly pattern works best?

I did not have a good year sight casting for cobia.  Over four days in July and August, I hunted these fish, armed with my 10 weight and a number of hand-tied flies.  I found small fish (24″-30″) on two of those days, and in those cases, I either could not get sighted fish to eat,…

Fishing Report – Eastern Shore of Virginia

Summer on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is what you make of it.  Want to float pin-fish for Tarpon?  Bottom fish for croaker?  Sight cast to cobia and red drum?  It’s all possible, and depending on the conditions, available to the angler with a little knowledge (hopefully of the local variety). I spent Thursday night…

Fishing Report – Patuxent River and Lower Chesapeake Bay

Another weekend in the books fishing the Chesapeake Bay by boat.  Saturday saw myself, a coworker, and his 10 year old fishing the Patuxent River, bottom fishing for croaker and spot near St. Leonard Creek and the mouth of Cuckhold Creek.  Fishing was surprisingly poor compared to past years, with only one caught spot and…

Fishing Report – Eastern Shore of Virginia

I spent the past weekend fishing the lower Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, operating out of a tiny creek north of Fisherman’s Island.  The target was cobia on fly, and I had the flies, gear, and strategy to make it happen.  Unfortunately it was not to be, as the winds whipped up out of…

Travel Fishing – Florida Everglades

In one week, I’ll be back fishing the 10,000 islands and the Everglades, south of Marco Island.  I’ve tied flies, read books, and dreamed of getting to tangle with ‘glades snook, red drum and tarpon again. Last time around, we fished on a small, shallow draft Dolphin Skiff, sliding into freshwater rivers far from the coast,…

Conservation Watch – Cobia

It seems the last few years have been hard on Cobia along the Eastern US.  In 2015 alone, recreational catches were more than double the allotted tonnage (for a total of 1,540,000 pounds!). The fish have become more popular, and in some areas, they are the premier inshore species (Virginia and North Carolina for example). …