March 3 5, 2006 My grandson, Doug, and I got back home late Sunday afternoon from my trip to the James. I was somewhat intimidated by the thought of fishing such a well-known producer of big blues, but I had plenty of tips and advice from several of the members that fish the area, most notably Gottafish and Fish Pimp, among others. I had the pleasure of meeting Gottafish and Fish Pimp, and some others from the area, and may have seen some others without knowing who you were. Thanks to everyone for making Doug and me feel right at home up there. A very special thanks to Scott for going out early and getting enough bait to last us for a week, if I had the time. A number of people provided some locations to try, and thanks again. Everyone we met up there was very friendly and offered advice, including one guide, some local fishermen, and the folks at Castway's Tackle shop. We started out fishing early Friday afternoon and fished until around 5 without landing any, but we did hang one that felt really big. That one was stripping line from the Penn 320gt2, but I forgot I had a gama octopus 10/0 instead of a circle, and forgot to set the hook. He got off after a minute or so, straightening the treble stinger hook, too. Saturday, we fished all day from early morning until around 5pm. I managed to land my biggest blue to date, and I was thrilled about that. It measured 40" long with a 30" girth, weighed 43# on a scale that I use for weighing deer up to 300#. Tried to use an electronic scale, but the hook straighteded out on it. The fish was caught on a 7'6" mh uglystik/penn 9M with 50# powerpro and a 50# mono leader/gama 9/0 circle and a 6 piece of shad gut pocket. After we took some pics and released the fish, it was time to try for another one for Doug. I was happy to have located my fish in a spot that I found on my own, so I think I have to say that I learned some things from everyone. We fished the rest of Saturday without any hookups, missed a few smaller fish that couldn't get the bait down. Sunday morning found us back out early for a few hours fishing before we had to head back home. The tide was just starting to fall, and we marked plenty of fish in deep water, around 38' - 42', but I don't think money could have bought a bite. A lot of the fish were below pods of baitfish; maybe they had their bellies full. LOL So, after 3 days of fishing and 825 miles of driving, we landed only one fish, which was a nice one by my standards. We marked quite a few fish, learned some new ways to fish (we don't have wing dams here, for instance), and overall we had a really enjoyable trip. Doug was disappointed that he didn't get into a big one, and that the icicles only melted out of his eyes about half way home , but he says he is ready to go back again...as long as it isn't 25 degrees when he does! The folks in Virginia were great! We enjoyed the area a lot, and I look forward to making another trip up there sometime in the not-so-distant future.