Have you been invited to the ClamJumper Sport Fishing Group yet?
For almost my entire adult life I have had a boat. For that same amount of time I have always tried on and off to go fishing with miserable results. When I lived in Savannah, Ga, I started to figure out inshore fishing thanks to my friend and neighbor Glen Hohnerlein. Then in 2001, I was commissioned in the US Navy! I was stationed in Virginia Beach and it was all downhill from there. I tried to use the techniques I had learned in Savannah, but with no success. I used to joke that my boat, SeaSection, was cursed. I never got in with a good local who knew the waters to show me what to do and when to do it. I all but gave up, occasionally spending bunches of money, just to be disappointed again and again.
Well now that I am in Sneads Ferry, NC, I am taking a different approach. For starters, I am reading about fishing in the area, talking to anyone I can to try and pick up some of the local knowledge. I even went to an all day fishing school in Wilmington, NC to learn all I can from the captains that were teaching the classes. I am watching many videos, I have even learned to tie proper fishing knots. I have downloaded multiple apps on my phone and am checking the fishing and weather reports regularly. I went to the Bass Pro Shop and got four solid trolling rod reel combos and four inshore rod reel combos. For Christmas, Naoma’s kids got me a really nice large tackle box, I am equipped and ready to go.
One of the biggest dilemmas of wanting to fish offshore is that you cannot do it alone. It really is a team sport, but I could not find people who wanted to join me, most of my friends are younger and have small kids and the responsibilities that go along with that. This is the reason for the creation of the ClamJumper Sport Fishing group on facebook. I am gathering a bunch of friends and local fisherman who would love to join me in this quest for palegics. My focus is going to be offshore and nearshore as the ClamJumper, a 24 foot Grady White, handles those waters very well. Trolling is going to be number one with structure bottom fishing as a backup. There has been a lot to learn and I have a long way to go, but I am definitely making progress. Hopefully this summer I’ll be filling everyone freezers with tasty fish. Another advantage to having this hobby is that I spend a lot of time alone while Naoma is in VA with the boys, so being on the water, enjoying good company and slaying big fish is a great way to make that time apart go faster.
So, if you are reading this post and are interested in being invited on on of our fishing excursions we have an exclusive page. Here is your invite : https://www.facebook.com/groups/ClamJumperSportFishing/