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About baldwin

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    fishing, camping, kayaking...
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    Teacher: marine biology, finfish aquaculture, genetics & biotechnology
  1. I've used the one with the red head with great success. I wouldn't worry about the color of the head very much if your'e popping it on the surface, they're not going to get that good of a look at it. Many old largemouth lures are white with a red head. Gotta be a reason for that. I love the heavy version (with the red eyes) for distance, wind and waves. It also swims nicely when cranked slowly. Put a skin on it.
  2. Yep. Losing marsh banks bit by bit. The pentagon is actually very concerned. Road to the naval base in Norfolk has been flooding much more frequently. They say it's actually affecting our national security by preventing traffic there during times of heavy flooding.
  3. Penn spinfisher bailess

    Bail wire and bail springs are weak links in your reel, most likely to break or bend when contacting rocks while surfcasting. Sometimes they snap shut and cost you an expensive plug. Bailless is easy to get used to, one more unnecessary moving part to worry about.
  4. A seven weight line will carry larger and more wind-resistant flies than a six weight line, but as for answering the question of whether you should overline your rod, that can only be answered by putting a seven weight line on your rod and casting it. Does the rod handle it well, or does it bog down the rod? Borrow a few lines and try it out. Not all rods act the same when overlined. If yours handles the line well, it'll help load the rod well for those short casts in that small marsh outlet.
  5. I've attended fisheries hearings, started letter-writing campaigns and petitions. It's sad to see that everyone complains about the fishing, but an extremely small percentage of fishermen will lift a finger to spend less than five minutes to send a letter to a representative. At our hearings at the CT DEEP we usually have 30 or fewer people show up from the entire state. At the last hearing, last month on bluefish, we had 8. Apathy is killing our fisheries.
  6. I haven't in the last several weeks, but have many times in the past. Night in estuaries, day on the bottom in boat channels and deeper spots. They like to hang on the downcurrent side of sandbars. Shrimp flies, Deceivers in yellow/red, chartreuse/pink and black/purple are my favorite offerings for them.
  7. Good tip, Steve!
  9. Sparsely tied white bucktail with a few strands of flash is the best recipe for the fly. Too much material lessens the inherent action of the bucktail. Store bought flies are usually way too heavily dressed for my tastes. Another great variation, and easy to tie, is the bunny fly. Tie in lead eyes as with the Clouser, but tie in about 3 hackle feathers for a tail and a collar of crosscut rabbit. It really breathes and moves in the water and catches anything predatory.
  10. Most of the disrespectful yahoos don't venture more than 100' from the parking lot. The farther out you walk the less aggravating and the more fulfilling your experience.
  11. $10 Scuba belt with plastic quick release buckle.
  12. This may sound stupid or too simple to work, but for the last 30 years I've used uni knots and sometimes a drop of superglue to attach both backing to line and line to a short 40# loop of mono to attach my butt section of leader. I haven't had them fail. I've caught dozens of false albacore, stripers to 36", a 30 or 40" salmon and many large bluefish. I'm not saying I'll never have one fail, but so far so good, for 3 decades.
  13. I had it happen a lot one night. I varied my retrieve, and also reeled in line. Reeling it in resulted in significantly more fish that night. I'd assume that's not always the case, but it was that night.
  14. If you live in Connecticut and fish, please read and post your name and town in a comment below. I'll be getting these out to CT Reps on Friday. Thanks, George Dear Representative Courtney, We write to you in reference to House and Senate proposals that would weaken the Magnuson-Stevens Act. As recreational fishermen of Connecticut, our voting habits are influenced by the issues that we care most about, including recreational fishing, the marine ecosystem, employment rates and the health of the economy. We believe that keeping a strong Magnuson-Stevens Act is the right move to support all four of these concerns, and that those seeking to undermine this law are sabotaging all four. The Act has a strong track record in preventing overfishing and restoring depleted fish populations that were once struggling, including bluefish and fluke. But bills in the House and Senate that would weaken science-based catch limits and accountability for our fisheries would put this all at risk. Connecticut fishermen care about the long-term sustainability of our fisheries. Please consider the points we make in this letter and make the right decision. Some have argued that the Act is unnecessarily restrictive on the fisheries and limits their income potential, but that is actually contrary to the reality of the situation. In reality, the Magnuson-Stevens Act set up a system that focuses on regional flexibility, and over the last 40 years Congress has built on that system to improve the science, data collection, and management tools to allow valuable fisheries to recover for long-term sustainability. History has shown that insufficient regulation of our fisheries has led to moratoriums on those fisheries (examples are the striped bass fishery collapse of the 1980s and the demise of the Gulf of Maine cod fishery) which put many fishermen out of business. Unemployed fishermen and mothballed vessels don’t contribute to the GNP. United States coastal fisheries were saved by the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which banished foreign fishing fleets from the 200 mile-wide Exclusive Economic Zone, protected fish habitat, mandated a stop to overfishing and rebuilding of depleted fish stocks. In other words, this act protects our fisheries, rather than restricts them. This is what the angling public of Connecticut values: plentiful fish in our local waters. Any profit increases from weakening the law would be short-term only, followed by drastic reductions. Weakening the Magnuson Stevens Act would be devastating to our recreational fisheries and, ultimately, our economy. Not only does recreational fishing provide healthy recreation and use of our public resources owned by all Americans, but its impact on the economy is significant. Our recreational fishermen contribute much to Connecticut’s economy through tackle and bait sales, restaurants, fuel, marinas, motels and many other supporting businesses. This provides many jobs, as well. In 2015, saltwater recreational fishing contributed $367 million in sales to the Connecticut economy and supported nearly 3,400 jobs. Nationwide, saltwater anglers drive our economy, supporting $63 billion in total sales impacts and 439,000 jobs in 2015. In summary we, the undersigned, urge you to continue using the good judgment and support for the people of Connecticut that you are known for, and oppose all efforts to weaken the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Please work, instead, to help preserve both the commercial and recreational fisheries enjoyed by the people of Connecticut. Let’s continue to improve our natural resources so they may be enjoyed by our citizens and their children of future generations. Thank you, Cc: The Honorable Senator Richard Blumenthal United States Senate 706 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Senator Chris Murphy United States Senate 136 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable John Larson U.S. House of Representatives 1501 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Joe Courtney U.S. House of Representatives 2348 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Rosa DeLauro U.S. House of Representatives 2413 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Jim Himes U.S. House of Representatives 1227 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Elizabeth Esty U.S. House of Representatives 221 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
  15. I"m 52 years old with a bad back for over 30 of those years. After a few long nights of fishing a surf rod I can't wait to get back to my 10wt.