Re: Harkers Island Albie and Red Drum Video

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Posted by ko on 2009-11-09 16:17:38 in reply to Re: Harkers Island Albie and Red Drum Video posted by Peter Patricelli on 2009-11-09 16:00:49

I guess the answer is that it does not happen often but is happening more often than it used to. In Va and NC (our redfish stocks mix) once the fish become mature they move to the ocean. The ocean schools can be found anyplace from the barrier islands of the Virginia Eastern Shore through the Outer Banks. This time of year the fish are moving south in general for warmer water. But they also move out. Some VA fish with satellite tags were found to go way offshore which was not expected. Since both states have slot limits the big reds are off limits so numbers of them seem to be increasing. Finally, it is luck to run into school since they can be anyplace and tend to move quickly. I'm guessing the most reliable/consistent spot for the big reds is Ocracoke Inlet in NC. Odds of finding a school there are pretty good at certain times of the year.

While fishing with Horsley a few years ago out of Oregon Inlet we got a red on fly that went 56-pounds on a boga. That fish would have broken the current 20-pound IGFA record but it is illegal to keep big reds in VA and NC due to the slot limit. We would not have kept it anyway. Really!

There are some pics of bigger fish on Horsley's site here...

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