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About Slappy

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  1. there are several different types of sculpin that we regularly catch inshore north of boston--sea ravens, short horn sculpin, and long horn sculpin. I have sampled all 3 as table fare. The sea ravens were gross to clean and I won't keep them anymore--if you get a bad one, it will be full of cod worms and some other little black parasites that are hard. Sea Ravens are the biggest of the sculpins that I've caught around here with 3-5# common.
  2. That's what many kayakers don't get when they buy one. In New England, what are you going to catch offshore? Why do you need to go way out, most of the best fisheries are within a mile of shore--many are only accessible by boat or kayak which is why we do it. Even when it was legal to fish cod here, I did it less than a mile from shore 90% of the time.
  3. I heard a biologist say the exact same thing...what makes us think that the cod will return? We've removed them from their niche and other species have filled it.
  4. The studies suggest that the issue for cod is locational: while they are abundant in some areas, in many others, they are non-existent. There are millions of cod out there and they are highly concentrated in spots; there's supposed to be billions of cod with a broader distribution. I used to catch many from my kayak in Boston harbor, in recent years there have been none, but they are abundant in-shore just 20 miles to the north.
  5. Warm water immersion: my 9 year old son was swimming in 84 degree water for hours, he's a biscuit away from 50# and after a few hours, his lips were blue and he was shaking like a leaf. He didn't even know he was hypothermic because it was 95 degrees out--"dad, I'm not cold." Needless to say he didn't go back in until he warmed all the way up again. That said, you should mitigate your risks so that you aren't in the water that long. It's pretty easy to get a kayak righted and get back in if you practice, but I see plenty of guys on the water that probably couldn't do that. A simple event like capsizing should be expected and not an emergency.
  6. Lever drags cast fine, but have much more drag on the spool when casting than a star drag reel. I use them from my kayak, and enjoyed my Siegler Reels lever drag, but surf fishing isn't the application for them. Lever drag reels never have a true free spool and won't cast the same as a star drag, they're great for when distance isn't a prime objective. The drags on LD reels are considerably better than most star drags.
  7. No way! If the haddock stocks suddenly decline, it is because of natural cycles not because they're the only legal fish left out there...
  8. We tend to fear things disproportionate to their probability. Never had an issue with a Great White, but more than once I've almost been rolled by waves or current. then again, as a kayaker, I'm ready to handle a flip or immersion. I'm not ready to be food for a sea creature.
  9. I'm not knowledgeable enough about electronics to give you advice but I fish with an engineer and he helped me figure it out. We measured the power draw from my fish finder at various settings so I would have a range of draw. it was between 1.4 and 2.1 amp hours, it is a 9" unit and requires considerable power. Multiply the amp hour usage by number of hours and compare that to your battery capacity. Batteries don't perform to full capacity so keep that in mind. I mostly fish at night with the usage around 1.5 ah, typical trip is 3-5 hours and I ruined a 15 ah lithium battery. Not sure what I did to ruin it though as I never drew it all the way down and for longer trips, I didn't use that battery.
  10. I don't go quite that far back on R-T, but frequented the site often.
  11. Last year I bumped up to the big screen TV fishfinder. It draws 1.5 to 2.2 amps depending on my settings. I was using the 8ah cabelas battery. I had an almost new battery and used it on 3 trips to test the new FF, apparently I drew it down too far and it died. Couldn't recharge it. I switched to a 15 ah bioenno alternating with a 28 ah bioenno lithium battery. the 15 ah was great, light and easy to carry but by October it wouldn't hold more than a 2 hour charge. The 28 ah battery still works great. bioenno is replacing the 15 ah battery. Not sure why it died, I never discharged it all the way and never used it for the long trips. bottom line is that a big FF is a hassle because of the batteries, wish I could get away with that 10 ah battery. the lithium batteries are nice because of the weight factor, especially when you put them in the front hatch.
  12. bait strips are a great addition to a bucktail and you can get it while you're fishing. Either bunker, bluefish, or sea robin will do and all will put fish in the boat.
  13. better hope he isn't a spot burner.
  14. I mostly fish a Revolution 16 because I fish so much in wind and current. It is a fun boat and works well for me in less than perfect conditions. Pedal power is king when the wind/current is strong, casting and pedaling keep me on the fish. Once you start pedaling, you realize how much wind resistance paddles create. If you're padding on windy days, technique makes all the difference, most of us aren't skilled enough paddlers to adjust though.
  15. I don't think that there is another fish more plentiful in MA. The size of the schools inshore is astounding, easy to get them 5 at a time on a sabiki rig, billions of the little ones everywhere. Makes you wonder why we don't see more large ones...