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About CaryGreene

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    I love the Canal!!
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    Fly Fishing and Tying, Saltwater & Freshwater Fishing, Boating and Jet Skis.
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    Director of North American Retail for Benjamin Moore Paints

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  1. In my experience, if the hook mounting point on the plug swivels, I use a trebble hook. Once you connect on a Striper & make your initial contact the striper shakes his head to get loose and often you are looking at a couple of 360s by the time you straighten him (or her) out. If you are mounting an in line hook to the same type of swiveling connection point on a plug there's a good chance your hook Point won't be facing in the correct direction on the initial take. The inline hook needs to ride forward on the belly and point up on the tail of a plug. If it's spinning all over the place during the retrieve it's very hard to get consistent hookups. rather it's kind of hit-or-miss. If you are mounting an inline hook to a fixed position mount, this will negate your ability to handle spin during the fight. the same is true of a treble hook. you will lose fish because you can't handle rotation. in this scenario the treble hook still has the advantage because the fish approaches from different directions and you have three potential hooks covering you from all sides. Sharpies who fish for bass a lot will rig the belly of a fixed position plug with two swivels not one. this gives them a little bit of protection when they have to deal with spin during a fight.. If you fish on top a lot with surface plugs, the problem of rotation during the take increases exponentially. that's why high-end plugs are fitted with recessed, heavy duty swivels. I have been experimenting a great deal with inline hooks for a number of years now. The bottom line is that they just do not connect as well as a trebble will. On any kind of connection point that swivels I will use a trebble. If I'm fishing for Stripers I will almost always remove the treble hook on the tail of theplug & run a flag tail which is tied from various materials like Bucktail, Synthetics and Flash. So I'm using one single treble hook in these instances. I'm doing this however because of the swiveling mounting point. I will use the in line hook on all sub surface belly mounts that are fixed position.. I will also use the in line hook on all tail mounts that are fixed position - unless I just opt to put on a flag tail & run the single in line hook on the belly. I will do that with Mambo minnows SP minnows bombers in that sort of mass-produced lure. I'll run a single in line tailhook on all epoxy jigs and Tins or Metals & eliminate the single Trebble all togther. When I'm using in line hooks I'm quite certain the hookup rate is a little worse. But it's far less messy in the plug bag and it's a heck of a lot better for the fish in terms of releasing. So I would suggest that this debate is less about the hook and more about whether the mounting point swivels or not. then we have to look at whether we're talking about surface baits or subsurface ones. On a heavier fast sinking Stick Shadd for example, two inline hooks work really well. This is because the mounting points are fixed location and the Stick Shadd is a deep running subsurface lure. If the bottom line goal was to catch more fish at all costs then you would want to run swiveling mounting points and trebbles when possible & when you're using fixed position mounting points you will want two split rings & a trebble for belly mounts. Is landing the fish at all costs the single most important goal? No way. You have to be able to release the fish successfully & in a way that it will live to fight someone else another day. So that's where in line hooks really come into play. we are using them because they work good enough in some applications. Most treble hooks on the tail can be replaced by an inline hook pointing upwards or a flag with no hook at all. With very large plugs like Danny Swimmers or Pikies, we might have two swiveling belly mounts - which are perfect for two trebbles & a flag on the tail. The goal really should be to reduce your use of trebbles when and where possible if it makes sense.
  2. But of course! Flutter these in pulses, rip them then steady, then rip them. Use your rod tip to haul them for short bursts. Run them parallel to jetties & structure if you have the opportunity. They will suspend just under the surface & avoid most snags. Cast them very tight to the structure. Also drag them slower under the cover of dark, but same basic principle just slower. Let the fish find the bait.
  3. Fast, slashing side to side bursts, followed by sharp stops. Then start again. = money!
  4. We are building a house down in Vigia Chico, my recommendation would be to enjoy the resort & forget about fishing. Travel is very iffy right now. Absolutely DO NOT take an Uber or a Taxi. Also, stay at the resort after dark.
  5. So a Skelton walks into a bar & orders a drink & a broom.
  6. Looks like we have to add another bait to our Herring thread. The Yozuri Hydro-Minnow. 6" & runs shallow but casts nice. Not bad! Also comes in a slightly larger size as well.
  7. This was bound to happen. Only a matter of time. When they subracted their total returns from their net profit on the company P&L, they were losing money. This left two choices. End the policy or continue it & go out of business. They will be wise to adopt a third party extreme protection plan for those shoppers who feel they need that. In otherwords: You pay for the piece of mind you want.
  8. Not saying I could ever DARE to do this. But...I have seen dudes with just one Striper Lure. They just throw a rusty $8.00 Atom Striper Swiper all damn year long. Sure, they get skunked plenty of times, but hey. They also catch fish here and there. If I HAD to pick the most minimal way to fish for Stripers all season long, I would grab a selection of Charlie Graves Tins to start with. Then, I might add a few key plugs & some teasers, maybe a few bucktails as well. A small plug bag & a pouch of Tins is all you really need. Of course, I can't do either of the above. I like to make it NICE and complicated. LOL
  9. Thank you Brian, I appreciate your kind words. The true heroes, besides everyone @ stripersonline who have given us a forum that we can work together in are the many legends of the sport who fished before us! Remember them always, each & every time you/we fish! We need to create a Tin-Heads club! Maybe this winter. Brian, one quick question for you - I have a Power-Point I'm working on that embodies the thread & also gets into Conventional reels. When I'm done with it , I'll be sending it your way for a first look okay. Can something like that be added to this thread, with all the graphic images? It's lbasically a super bad ass "Squidding" slide show that just goes on & on!
  10. Just goes to show that if you make the fly correctly, they are durable enough to fish with in the North East & catch a few Blues. Nice job cgg!
  11. Boys, now that is exactly what I'm talking about. Dead Calm. The kind of dead calm that you really need to adjust to. We as humans just need to overcome a fear of the dark because there's really nothing happening other than Darkness and the nocturnal creatures that come out in the Darkness. There's nothing like the sound of a huge Striper pounding Herring in the darkness. If you latch onto a big bass and tight confines like that you will have yourself a true close - quarters brawl. If you get good at fly fishing imagine the fun you can have with some big Herring flies & your 8wt or 9wt. if you do go that route - a shorter Rod is a nice help to avoid the trees, just like a short surf rod is better for this type of fishing as well - 8 feet Max, preferably even shorter.
  12. I could certainly understand that depending on the type of Herring you're dealing with in your area, based on the time of year also. The pink and blue variety that show up in spots along the New England coast will be in the 7" to 9"+ size & all you need to do is shine a flashlight on them (in the middle of the night) to see the brilliant pink and blue. It's amazing - they swarm in spots that you never would suspect are absolute hot spots for spawning. There are all sorts of fun little Creeks that run into larger bodies of water & those are the spots you want to be this time of year. If you start hunting for spots like this don't be surprised if you see a tail the size of a kayak paddle if you stand there long enough with an infrared light and you are in a spot where Herring are teaming, fish with extremely large shoulders will be showing up around high tide and the Herring seem to know it. God forbid if you can find a direct Ocean-front location with a creek running down into it - WOWY! Typically you'll find a much larger Bay with a creek feeding into it at its point of origin, the transition area between when it's a creek and when it becomes a Bay or a Cove. There are Creeks that are deep enough that the large Stripers can really move up into them during high tide & the run and that's when you get bedlam happening. It can be absurd in middle of the nigt..Stripers will actually run into your legs and if you're not paying attention you could even get knocked over. What's most cool about this is that 2% of the Anglers out there even know that things like this are going on. What's even cooler is the spots that this is happening in are just absolute secrets. Trust me when I tell you to get a good light and get out there at night and start exploring in the spring. I have seen certain nights where a black Bomber does the trick & I have seen certain nights where you need the pink and blue and colors like Wonder Bread really are the dominant producers. For those of you that don't do a lot of night fishing, this is a great way to get started. I've been fishing late at night my entire life and have put in countless hours from Montauk to the Catskill Mountains (for trout, who love to forage in much the same way as striped bass do) to the Adirondacks... it does take a little courage to be out there at 2 a.m. when you have black bears running around so you arm yourself and you just go out and have fun, hopefully with a good buddy who is just about as crazy as you are. If you're after big fish this is what you need to do to get them. I can think of so many times when I was a teenager and I would be prowling around in the Catskills, walking through the fog, stalking very big trout. Nothing - and I mean nothing gets your blood going more than when you start to hear evidence that very large fish our present. I learned from the old timers. They would stand in areas where fish could come up out of the Rapids, where most big fish hold during the day in the summertime ( due to the aeration that the Rapids provides it helps them breathe. Big fish will also sit wherever Springs pop up in the bottom of the river bed, you would never even know that these Springs are present, but they are spots for large fish to hold during the day as well) they would swing extremely large wet flies on very heavy leaders, under the orangesture Catskill moon. Hunting for Stripers who are keyed in on Herring runs is just a terrific way to spend some time -the only thing is that you do get a little bit detached from reality because night fishing will do this to you if you start getting hooked.
  13. ...and one more thing & sorry for the delayed response (its only been about 8 months - LOL), birds have been hanging out deliberately just beyond our casting range (it seems) for years. Like they know its safe way out there. Well. I've got news for 'ya you messy seagulls who think you own the beach. It ain't safe out there any more. Our rods & reels are getting better & better, so our the distance lures. So if I wuz you, I'd move out a little further this year! (do I get post of the year for this one?)
  14. Thank you R.R., one thing about smaller tins is that they still mostly have decent weight. With Conventional reels, the lighter you go, the more you need to be careful. To me, when you're around 1 oz. to 1 1/2 oz. to 2 oz. or more and then on up, you're in business - depending on what you're doing. Windy days can affect lighter tins too, so you obviously need to consider that as you're not looking for a bird's nest. Albie fishing here in the northeast, which is pretty light tackle for saltwater, is generally done in the 3/8 oz. to 1 oz. range. Mostly (to me) that's spinning reels & rods with nice, soft tips or even softer flexes in general - right down into the middle of the blanks.