From the monthly archives:

November 2009

November 29 – Outer Banks, NC

by Capitol Area Fishing on November 29, 2009

Gulls in Sanderling, NC

Gulls in Sanderling, NC

Two days after I returned from the Keys, my wife and I joined our friends Jacky and Bryan for Thanksgiving in Sanderling, near Duck, in the Outer Banks. Not ever having been to the area before, but knowing we had a house right on the beach, I  brought along my ultra light and light-tackle rods hoping to try out some shore fishing.

Unfortunately, even with mullet for bait, my equipment was no match for the riptides. To even approach fishing the Outer Banks from shore I would recommend a heavy 10 ft. surf rod with a large Penn spinning reel and 20 lb. test line.  I did manage to snag a large fan belt and tangle up most of my line! I’ll be better prepared next time!

I made another discovery while in OBX: when driving through Corolla, NC, I saw the Weeping Radish brewery. Karen, A former neighbor of ours used to make annual trips to the the Outer Banks just to pick up some of their unfiltered, unpasteurized beer. I don’t remember if I ever drank any back then, but this time we tried the Christmas Bock, Corolla Gold, Kolsch, and Fest. All are fantastic. Here’s the website. http://www.weepingradish.com/

More on my Marquesas Keys trip in a few days….

Shore Fishing the Outer Banks

Shore Fishing the Outer Banks

Vic Snags a Fan Belt

Vic Snags a Fan Belt

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November 20 – Boca Grande Key, Florida

by Capitol Area Fishing on November 20, 2009

On board the Dreamcatcher

On board the Dreamcatcher

Victor reports that after leaving Ballast Key on Thursday, the Dreamcatcher went around the Marquesas Key and anchored last night off the SE corner.

Today they motored in closer and fished in the channel catching snapper (for dinner tonight), barracuda, and tarpon.

Charlie and Victor were planning on taking a float this afternoon in the long boat with jigs and bait to try for jack and snapper. Victor said his braid line is a nightmare, and I’m sure he’ll elaborate more when he gets ashore and internet connected.

An interesting note: The Key West National Wildlife Refuge was once used by the US Navy as bombing practice. Victor was out in the water today free-diving down to one of the wrecks.

Tonight the guys are back at Boca Grande ready to make the final push into Key West tomorrow.

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November 18 – Ballast Key, Florida

by Capitol Area Fishing on November 19, 2009

First night out from Key West on the Dreamcatcher. We anchored at Ballast Key, a magnificent private island owned by Charlie’s uncle. Caught a barracuda from the pier, and yellow tail and  mutton snapper from the back of the boat. Yellow tail for breakfast this morning! Afterwards we’re pulling anchor and heading out to the Marquesas. We’ve been mulling over all sorts of fishing charter ideas using kayaks, the Dreamcatcher, and skiffs. More later on that. Let’s see what the fishing is like first!

Ballast Key

Ballast Key

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November 16 – and Beyond!

by Capitol Area Fishing on November 16, 2009

Tomorrow I’m flying to Florida to meet my old friends Capt. John Duke and Charles Greenfield for a trip out to the Marquesas Keys, 30 miles west of Key West. We’ll be aboard Capt. John’s schooner the Dreamcatcher (see link under “Vic’s Favorites) scouting out the light-tackle fishing potential for the area. Stop back for updates from the road…or the boat. We’re looking for tarpon, bonefish, tarpon, permit, barra, jack, and snapper. And, check out my new “Get Updates”  link where you can enter your email for automatic notification when I update the blog. It should be up and running in a day or two.

Marquesas Keys

Marquesas Keys

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November 11 – Nolands Ferry/MD/VA

November 11, 2009

Went to on the Noland’s Ferry a few days ago before the remnants of  Tropical Storm Ida bore down on the DC area. Noland’s Ferry is about 4 miles east of Point of Rocks on the Potomac; a national park with picnic tables, hiking trails, and a steep boat ramp where I threw a couple […]

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November 5 – Point of Rocks MD/VA

November 5, 2009

This is the time of year when most fishermen wrap up their tackle for next spring. But, the bass don’t know that! And, they are still biting and will be for another couple of weeks. So, today I took a drive out to Point of Rocks, Maryland to explore late fall fishing on the Potomac River. […]

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