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Key Dreams, Mid-October 2021 Summary, Flounder, Big Red Drum, Puppy Drum, Ribbonfish, Bluefish, Seabass, Croaker,

The Big Star for the first half of October was the Big Red Drum with 4 more Virginia Big Fish Citation Awards for KeyDreams Anglers. The Co-Stars so far this month were the Puppy Drums, Spanish Mackerel, Ribbonfish, Bluefish and all the other stuff that bends our rods. On October 5th my First Mate and I got out on a Beautiful Day and Landed 5 Big Drum at 43, 43, 44, 47, 48, and 2 Puppy Drum at 24 and 28 inches giving us the 24 incher for the cooler. We also had some Crazy Fun with the Ribbonfish, Spanish and Blues all caught on small tackle casting. The bay is still cooling as the Fall weather pushes in with the more frequent North winds. The Flounder, Red Drum, Trout, Bluefish should be here till at least mid to late October. 2021 Virginia Big Fish Citation Award count so far; Red Drum-16, Flounder -1, Sheepshead-1

KeyDreams, October 2021 First Weekend, Red Drum Virginia Big Fish Citation Awards, and Nice Flounder

The Big Bull Red Drum action has taken center Stage for October. Hooking up with these Rod Bending Reel Screamers has been the norm for us on the KeyDreams, and we are expecting these Big Red Drum to be giving us this exciting action into early November. We had a couple Families get out with us this weekend and got 2 more Virginia Big Fish Citation Reward Trophies. Both of the citations were 48 inch Reds. The Big Bull Red Drums were released and swam off strong to fight another day. We also got Flounder, Grey Trout, Croaker, Bluefish, Seabass, Sharks, Lizardfish, Ribbonfish, Oyster Toads and such. Striped Bass Season starts 4 October. Lots of fun 2021 Virginia Big Fish Citation Award count so far; Red Drum-16, Flounder -1, Sheepshead-1

Key Dreams, September 2021 end of month report, Flounder, Spadefish, Big Red Drum, Puppy Drum, Bluefish, Ribbonfish

The second half of September was productive and shows the transition of species as the water cools. The Cobia Season is now closed but we still saw a couple small ones hanging around for catch and release. We are still getting some nice Flounder and expect a few more will be caught well into October. We managed Boat limits of Spadefish in the beginning of the second half of September but that waned into less and smaller Spadefish as the water cooled by the end of September and they are moving out and south. The Big Red Drum and Puppy Drum bite has definitely taken Center Stage. We have caught some keeper sized Puppy Drum for the cooler (18”-26”) and tackled over a dozen of the Big Red Drum Bulls ranging in the 43 to 52 inch range all released and Swam away strong. September caught us 5 more Virginia Big Fish Citation Award Trophies for Big Bull Red Drums. The Big Red Citations for September were 50, 47, 50, 48, 49 inches. October is looking Very Promising for the Big Red Drum Trophies. The Flounder, Red Drum, Trout, Bluefish should be here through October. 2021 Virginia Big Fish Citation Award count so far; Red Drum-14, Flounder -1, Sheepshead-1

Key Dreams, Mid-September 2021 Summary, Flounder, Spadefish, Big Red Drum, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish,

The first half of September was productive with nice catches of Big Flounder, Boat limits of Spadefish, Big Red Drum up to 50 inches which earned the Virginia Big Fish Citation Award, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and all the other stuff that bends our rods. The bay is starting to cool as the Fall weather pushes in with the more frequent North winds. The Spadefish, Spanish and Cobia are still here but are moving out quickly and we will be looking forward to their return next Summer. The Flounder, Red Drum, Trout, Bluefish should be here till at least mid to late October.

KeyDreams, Tue. 31 Aug. 2021, Big Cobia, Boat limit of Spadefish, Flounder, Blues, Big Shark, Spanish Mackerel, Trout, Seabass,

Today we had a Group of friends get out fishing with us for some Spadefish and Flounder Fishing. It was beautiful today with light winds keeping it calm on the bay today. We started by trolling to our first flounder hole and put some Spanish in the box. The Flounder bight was fair catching 5 up to 19 inches and 3 for the box. While Flounder fishing we also hooked up a big shark around 50 inches giving them a real good fight and some pics, a keeper Seabass Trout, and blue. We shifted over to those Crazy Fighting Spadefish catching our Boat limit and releasing some more. We finished up our spade fishing with a small Cobia hook up on the light tackle. The Cobia was around 23 inches and gave a good fight for the little rod. We decided to finish the day messing with Cobia. We hooked up 5 Cobia today and landing 3. We kept a 47 inch Cobia for the cooler.

KeyDreams, Mon. 30 Aug. 2021, Boat Limit of Spadefish, Blues and Seabass

We had a Family Fun Fishing trip today with Grandpa and Grandkids having some great family time fishing with us on KeyDreams. It was a beautiful day with light winds and calm seas on the Chesapeake Bay. We got on the Flounder Hunt this morning catching a couple but they weren’t big enough for the cooler but we did get 3 keeper Seabass and some nice Bluefish. We then got on the Spadefish and landed our Boat Limit and caught and released some more. The kids had a Blast and it seemed obvious that Grandpa was pleased as well. Lots of Fun.

KeyDreams, Sat. 28 Aug. 2021 Nice Big Citation Flounder 7lb 5oz., Shark and a bunch of Spadefish

We had a group of Friends get out fishing with KeyDreams today. It was a beautiful day with light winds and calm seas on the Chesapeake Bay. We started out on the Flounder Hunt this morning and they were hungry this morning. We ended up catching 7 Flounder up to 27 inches and 4 for the cooler today. The Big Flounder weighed in at 7 pounds 5 ounces qualifying for the Virginia Big Fish Citation Award. We also hooked into some Big Sharks giving us some strong pullage and pics. Then we messed around with the Spadefish for a while and had some fun with them putting 16 nice ones in the box and Catch and releasing some. We also caught the normal other stuff like Blues, Seabass, Croaker, Oyster Toads and such. Lots of Fun.

KeyDreams, Fri. 27 Aug. 2021, Big 47” Cobia, Boat limit of Spadefish, Flounder, Blues and Spanish Mackerel

Today we had a Group of Friends and Family get out fishing with us for some Spadefish and Flounder Fishing. It was beautiful today with light winds keeping it calm on the bay today. We started with some bottom fishing and put a nice Flounder in the box. In short order we were on those Crazy Fighting Spadefish after catching our Boat limit. We switched over to Spanish and Blue trolling and got one Spanish and one bluefish then there was a Big Cobia cruising. A quick moment of mayhem getting lines out of the way and we hooked up and the big Cobia and the fight was on. It took a while to get the big Cobia in but it was worth every minute. We got the Cobia Surprise Today measuring in at 47 inches and some good reel screaming action and a big fish for the cooler.

KeyDreams, Thu. 26 Aug. 2021, Flounder, Spadefish Boat Limit, Spanish Mackerel and Blues

We had a newlywed Couple get out fishing with us this morning as part of their honeymoon. The Spadefish bite has been Awesome with Boat Limits almost every trip in August. It was a beautiful day on the Chesapeake Bay. We messed around with those Crazy Fighting Spadefish and ended up putting our boat limit in the cooler and Caught and Released a few more just for the Fun of it. We also Got a nice 20 inch Flounder and a Mess of Spanich Mackerel and some blues also got in the mix. We also caught the normal other stuff like Black Seabass, Oyster Toads and such. Lots of Fun and back to the dock for lunch.

KeyDreams, Wed. 25 Aug. 2021, Big Shark, Spadefish Boat Limit, Grey Trigger, Spanish Mackerel

We had a Father and Son get out fishing with us again on Key Dreams this morning for a beautiful day on the Chesapeake Bay. Their fishing experience quickly earned them a boat limit of Spadefish for the Cooler and some surprise Grey Triggerfish joined in as well. We also got hooked up with a hard fighting Shark to add to the excitement. We also caught the other stuff like Toads, Seabass, and croaker. Lots of Fun

KeyDreams, Tue. 17 Aug. 2021, Flounder, Spadefish, Bluefish and a Surprise 47” Big Cobia

We had a family outing for Mom and Dad to get the kids and Grandkid out fishing with Key Dreams this morning. It was a beautiful day with light winds. We started by going after those Crazy Fighting Spadefish and ended up putting a bunch of nice sized Spadefish in the box. We shifted over to Flounder and put a couple big Flounder in the box along with some nice eating sized Bluefish. While we were relocating to another Flounder hole we came across a Big Cobia. Our First Mate quickly responded and got a bait ready for them and in what seemed like seconds they were hooked up. The Big Fat Cobia was Strong and fought hard not wanting to surrender. It was a battle between angler and fish. The battle had its tense moments and sometimes the fear of anxiety started to tease the angler to rush the fight, but he kept his cool knowing that a steady and sustained pressure will win this battle. I didn’t expect the cobia to swim into the net the first time it got close to the boat but I thought we had it on the second time it came close, Not. The third time the Big Cobia came to the boat it didn’t get close enough to net but did a roll over showing it was tired, then I also noticed with one look at the angler you could see the sweat on the brow and knew they were both getting tired. Who would win this battle between the Angler and the fish? Seeing that the Cobia was really getting tired I was certain we would get that Big Cobia in the net the next time it got close. Suddenly the Big Cobia seemed to have found more energy and peels more line off the reel with the same vigorous head shaking it had at the beginning of this battle. The angler held his own and kept his cool maintaining his steady pressure winning over this Big Cobia as the pressure was more than this big fish could handle and the Big Cobia began its surrender. Line gaining on the reel and the suspense is building to see that Cobia in the net, we knew shortly either the angler or the fish will win, it’s still any ones game, any number of things can go wrong this late in the fight and alongside the boat. The Big Cobia comes up next to the boat as to say I surrender then suddenly one more big head shake and a short pull away, but it turns rite around and comes back rite into the net as sweat is dripping off the Angler Brow he now know he has won this battle. Victory will be celebrated over the dinner table. We ended up catching 4 Flounder up to 20 inches and three for the box and a bunch of nice Spadefish and Bluefish. We also caught the normal other stuff like Seabass, Oyster Toads. Lots of Fun.

KeyDreams, August Mid-Month Summary 2021, Family Fishing Fun, Spadefish, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Bluefish, Trigger, Trout,

We are all about Family Fun Fishing Trips on KeyDreams on beautiful mornings on the Chesapeake Bay. We fished for Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Trout and the Spadefish for some of that Crazy Rod Bending Fight you can count on when a Spadefish hooks up. We usually catch our Boat Limit of Spadefish on most trips this time of year. Cobia and Big Red Drum Surprises happen suddenly and tend make that surprise experience more meaningful. We also catch other variety of fish like Oyster Toads, Skates, Sea bass, and Croaker. It’s Fun Fishing on Beautiful days on the Chesapeake Bay.

KeyDreams, Tue. 10 Aug. 2021, Big Flounder, Limit of Spadefish,

We had a Dad set up a Family Fun Fishing Trip for his family on Key Dreams. We had a Beautiful Day with calm seas and light winds on the Chesapeake Bay. The Flounder bite was a little picky as usual but they got the technique down and we got 9 Flounder up to 22 inches and 4 in the box. The little man did reel good today helping put some flounder on the dinner table. We had some of that Crazy Fighting Fish and Exciting Mayhem with the Spadefish and 28 and put 25 in the Cooler for dinner. We also caught a sharks and the normal other stuff like Seabass, Oyster Toads, and such. Lots of Fun.

KeyDreams, Mon. 9 Aug. 2021, Big Flounder, Spadefish Boat Limit plus

We had a Father and Son get out fishing with Key Dreams this morning for a beautiful day on the Chesapeake Bay. These experienced anglers quickly got the hang of the bite and got their boat limit of Spadefish for the Cooler and Caught and Released some too. We also got down with the Flounder again this morning which resulted in 12 nice Flounder up to 22 inches with 8 big enough for the cooler. We also caught the other stuff like Toads, Seabass, and croaker. Notice the father and son got the same smile. Lots of Fun.

KeyDreams, July Week 4 of 2021, Family Fun, Flounder and Boat Limits of Spades,

Key Dreams is about Family Fun Fishing on beautiful morning on the Chesapeake Bay. We fished for Flounder, and the Spadefish for some of that Crazy Rod Bending Fight you can count on when a Spadefish hooks up. We usually catch our Boat Limit of Spadefish on most trips this time of year. We also catch other variety of fish like Bluefish, Oyster Toads, Skates, Sea bass, and Croaker. It’s Fun Fishing on Beautiful days on the Chesapeake Bay.

KeyDreams, Fri. 23 July 2020, Big 52” Cobia, Flounder, Spanish Mack and a Boat Limit of Spadefish

We had a Friend and Family Fun Fishing Trip today on KeyDreams for this beautiful morning on the Chesapeake Bay. We fished for those Crazy Spadefish for some of that Crazy Rod Bending Fight you can count on when a Spadefish hooks up. We caught our Boat Limit of Spadefish then went looking for some Flounder putting a couple nice Founder up to 20 inches in the box. Then we went looking for Cobia while trolling for Spanish Mackerel. We hooked up on one big Cobia at 52 inches and he put up a reel good fight. It was a Fun and Beautiful day on the Chesapeake Bay today.

KeyDreams, July 3rd Week 2021, Family Fun, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Grey Trigger and Boat Limits of Spades

We had Family Fun Fishing Trips on KeyDreams on beautiful mornings on the Chesapeake Bay. We fished for Flounder, Spanish Mackerel and the Spadefish for some of that Crazy Rod Bending Fight you can count on when a Spadefish hooks up. We also caught a Big Grey Trigger fish while Spade fishing this week. We usually catch our Boat Limit of Spadefish on most trips this time of year. We also catch other variety of fish like Bluefish, Oyster Toads, Skates, Sea bass, and Croaker. It’s Fun Fishing on Beautiful days on the Chesapeake Bay.

KeyDreams, July 2nd Week 2021, Family Fun, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel and Boat Limits of Spades,

We are all about Family Fun Fishing Trips on KeyDreams on beautiful morning on the Chesapeake Bay. We fished for Flounder, Spanish Mackerel and the Spadefish for some of that Crazy Rod Bending Fight you can count on when a Spadefish hooks up. We usually catch our Boat Limit of Spadefish on most trips this time of year. We also catch other variety of fish like Bluefish, Oyster Toads, Skates, Sea bass, and Croaker. It’s Fun Fishing on Beautiful days on the Chesapeake Bay.

KeyDreams, Sunday 11 July 2021, Big Bull Red Drum Citation and bunch of Spanish Mackerel

Had beautiful day for my First Mate and I to get out for some Fun Fishing for us. Catching over 100 Croaker and a couple Trout. We were trolling for Spanish mackerel and looking for Cobia and saw a school of Big Red Drum. Hooked up as soon as the bait hit the water, the Big Red Drum measuring in at just over 48 inches, which is big enough for the State of Virginia Big Fish Citation Award. The Big Red Drum swam off strong when released. We went back to Trolling for Spanish mackerel and started bailing them.

KeyDreams, Sun. 4 July 2021, Nice Bunch of Spanish Mackerel and Flounder

We had a beautiful Family Fun Fishing Trips on KeyDreams on the Chesapeake Bay, The Spanish Mackerel were jumping first thing in the morning so we boxed 25 Big Spanish Mackerel while looking for Cobia. We also caught 6 flounder with one big one measuring in at 20 inches. They had plenty of fresh fillets to share. We also caught the other stuff like Skates, Oyster toads, Seabass, and Croaker. Lots of Fun.

KeyDreams, June 2021 Summary, Flounder, Cobia, Sheepshead and more

June was still a bit breezy but we took advantage of the nice days and got in some good fishing. July we are moving into our Summer pattern of beautiful calm mornings to fish and frequent afternoon or evening storms to cool down the day heat. The water temp is warming up nicely bringing us a larger variety of fish to chase around the Chesapeake Bay. June brought us the start of the seasons Flounder bite with our biggest Flounder for June measuring in at 24 inches, our biggest Sheepshead weighed in at 11.10lbs for a Virginia Big Fish Citation Award. Cobia Season opened June 15 increasing the suspense of a Cobia Surprise, The Spadefish and Spanish Mackerel have started showing up, and the large variety of other rod benders have been keeping us busy. July is showing much promise of big catches of Spadefish, nice Flounder and surprise Cobia as well as the other rod benders like Red and Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Seabass, Trout, Croaker, Oyster Toads, Skates and a variety of other fish.

KeyDreams, Sun 23 May 2021, Big Bull Red Drum, Cobia, plenty of bait

Tropical Storm Ana sent some large swells to the Virginia Coast as she passed us well offshore Saturday evening into Sunday morning. The large swells mess up the bottom as the swells roll deep to the bottom and stir up the sand making it hard to get a good bottom bite for ground fish, however there was plenty of marine life near the surface in the cleaner water. We had a scheduled trip for Sunday morning, so I explained to them the unique situation of the bay weather and current sea state and offered them a Drum sight fishing trip in the afternoon that would likely be all catch and release since the Drum are Too Big to keep. They decided to cancel since they wanted meat, CNR wasn’t an option. We couldn’t pass up the option to go have some more fun for ourselves, so we went out in the afternoon when the morning North wind laid down. We scouted around for a while and noticed there wasn’t near as many Cow Nosed Rays swimming around today in the areas we were looking. In less than an hour we found the first school of Big Reds Cruising. They are still hungry, soon as the bait hit the water “Fish On!!! We had a double hook up with lines a screaming and a wild head shaking fight. The swimming Red Drum pic was the one I had hooked up. I got mine to the boat first, no wonder with a quick measurement and it was only 43 inches, a quick pic and back in the water. “Only 43 inches” yea that’s still big, sounding a little spoiled. My First Mate’s fish is still making long runs but tiring out and she’s putting line back on the reel. Finally in the net, over the side, Measured in at 48 inches making it qualify for the State of Virginia Big Fish Citation Award. Got the pic and back in the water. I guess this was payback for the last trip where I got the biggest ones and my First Mate got the not as big ones. We circled back to find them again but they moved on, so we went hunting for another school of Big Reds. I saw a school at a short distance and I was closing in on them slowly so not to spook them and another boat ran full speed rite over them, Man! Wait, what’s that, the other boat may have run down the reds but they also scared a Big Cobia running strait at us like a torpedo and sounded under the bow of our boat. We tried to jig it up but no bight. Cobia Season Opens June 15 2021, so until then it’s just Catch and Release (CNR). Stayed in the same area and that school came back up, creeped over to them and boom! Double hook up. This was a bigger school with well over 50 big reds in it and they were fighting real scrappy. First Mate yells lost it, man! Oh got em again.  Lost it, Got em again, it came off again. I figure the first one fouled the hook so they weren’t actually getting hooked in the first place, they were just grabbing the bait and when they open their mouth you lose them. It’s still feels Crazy when it happens to you. I was still hooked up with a crazy fish darting all over, got him to the boat, in the net, over the side, measured in at 43 inches, another small one for me?!? What up with that? Circled around to find them again and there’s a Big Cobia swimming toward us, the eel got off the hook (it Happens) so we threw bucktails at her but she wasn’t impressed and sounded, would have been fun Catch and Release (CNR). Went back on the Hunt for Reds, found them smaller school of bigger fish. Yea!! Double Hook up again. This time my First Mate and I knew they were both big. We had to switch sided several times as they tried to cross us up, they would get close then take off like you just hooked them. Finally mine tired and in the net, over the side, measured in at 48 inches, Quick pic and back in the water. My First Mates Big Red was still Head Shaking, but finally was subdued by her masterful angling and the Big Red Drum came to the boat, in the net, over the side, measured in at 46 inches with big shoulders making is hers fight harder than mine, and she’s sticking to that story. Tally was 5 Big Red Drum with 3 Virginia State big Fish Citation Rewards today. All these Big Red Drum swam off strong when released. Another Fun Day on the Bay and back to the dock.

KeyDreams, Wed 19 May 2021, Big Bull Red Drum, Cobia, Flounder, Croaker, Trout, and plenty of bait

Had another beautiful day for my First Mate and I to get out for some Flounder Hunting. The main goal was actually to load up on bait then Flounder Hunt. After catching over 100 Croaker and a couple Trout it was time to focus on our Flounder Recon. The first zone we hit produced Oyster Toads, Seabass, Skates, Hake, and 1 Flounder. We were in the process of changing fishing zones and saw hordes of Cow Nosed Rays everywhere so we grabbed a rod to get ready for a potential Cobia Release since Cobia Season is still closed till June 15 2021. In route to the next zone I saw a school of Big Red Drum. Hooked up as soon as the bait hit the water, they were hungry, Fish On!!! The up side was we had a Fish On, the tough side was the Big Red was hooked on our smaller class spinning rod thinking we would find Cobia. My First Mate worked the Big Red Drum like the Pro she is on that lite spinning rod and landed the first Big Red Drum measuring in at just over 46 inches, which is big enough for the State of Virginia Big Fish Citation Award. After my First Mate read me the riot act over the lite spinning rod we came about to get back on them for another round with the larger class spinning rods. We came across two Cobia cruising, one big and the other was average sized. We didn’t have eels with us and they weren’t interested in the bucktails. We found the Big Red Drum again and were both hooked up, what a blast, You’ll see in the pic of my First Mate holding her second Big Red of 44 inches that my rod bent over in the rod holder so I could net and take her pic and get the fish back in the water quickly. I landed my first Big Red measuring in at 50 inches, this Big Red Drum made massive long runs with crazy head shaking action. We came around for another round and started with another double hook up but my First Mates Drum threw the hook. I was still hooked up and this Big Red Drum was another screamer with long crazy head shaking runs. Finally I had most my line back on the reel and the fish was getting closer to the boat when my First Mate sees a Cobia, she flips a bait and hooks up the Big Cobia, but after a quick burst of power the Cobia broke off. I was still fighting my second Big Red Drum that finally came up to the surface of the water and another Big Cobia was following the Big Red Drum up for a moment, but it wouldn’t hit anything. We got my second Big Red Drum in the net, up for a pic measuring in at a huge 51 inches. Our arms were starting to feel like rubber, but we went back for another round anyway. We found the school again where I hooked up again. This Big Red came to the boat a little bit quicker but still felt like a ton since my arms were like rubber. My third Big Red went in the net, on the deck to measure in at 47 inches, then up for a pic and back in the water.  Tally was 5 Big Red Drum with 4 Virginia State big Fish Citation Rewards today.  All these Big Red Drum swam off strong when released. Tired arms and all we went back to catching bait getting over another 100 croaker to fill the barrel to finish the day.

KeyDreams, Tues 04 May 2021, Tautog, Croaker, Trout, and plenty of bait

Had a beautiful day for my First Mate and I to get out on the water. The main target was to catch plenty of live bait for the quickly approaching Summer Season. We caught well over a hundred croaker mostly small so far and some Grey Trout also on the small size. There was time for us to go catch some dinner so we went Tautaug (Tog) fishing. We noticed everywhere we went that there was plenty of small baits swimming around the boat and popping out in the open. Good to see that much life this early in the season as the water warms up. The Tog bite was slow and finicky but we still found our limit of nice fat hard fighting togs up to 20 inches. We also have seen the Dolphins out there on the last few outings.

 

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