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  1. Looks like it was a surfer that got tagged. Lots of "clotting agents" used to stem blood loss. Report says hip area got the business. Probably one of their characteristic bite-then-fallback attacks they seem to do on seals a lot.
  2. _/\____\o/_ ---("help! shark!") ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ As if this wasn't expected at some point.... Big fan of Carcharodon carcharias... but we can only roll the dice so many times when playing in their hunting grounds, before a toothy shark/human interaction occurs. Hope the guy makes it.
  3. So the rule basically is, when you actually see fungus on a plant-- that part is done. There are no treatments to correct or kill fungus on a visibly diseased portion and return it to health. What fungicides do are wholly preventative: they attach to plant structures and block the spore from germinating in the first place. Best bet for prevention is to start weekly spraying regimens in early to mid July. Copper treatments provide fair at best protection from fungal infection, but for all intents and purposes.. it really is the only (semi-effective) option for organic growers. So folks go with what they have. Bonus side of using copper though is that it helps block bacterial-based rots. Which fungicides dont touch in the least. Thats why farmers often include copper alongside their powerful fungicide rotation series to combat disease. One thing with copper though is its propensity to "bronze" leaves a little bit with some minor kill damage after spraying.
  4. (Hi Steve! Def agree about anthracnose. Think that is the correct diagnosis. Here's the Cornell page on anthracnose and tomatoes: http://blogs.cornell.edu/livegpath/gallery/tomato/anthracnose-on-tomatoes/ It's been a very tough ripening season for gardens here in most of NEast. Extreme fungal pressure. Between weeks of 70-75°+ dewpoints and 2-300% normal rain?--all sorts of nastiness pressuring crops into early rot. And even if you keep the fungus and bacteria off the plants, the huge rain totals are splitiing fruit and diluting the homegrown flavors. Personally, I've had over 4" of rain on my plot in 4 days. Some areas of NEngland have seen 12+" in a month. Pennsylvania-> NC has seen 2+ feet in 2 months. Impossible to grow crops in that kind of swamp. In fact, most of the canteloupe crop from Georgia->north has been a complete and total loss this year. As in, many farmers lost 90-100% of crop. Fruit unsellable. Truthful description by canteloupe farmers was of "a rind filled with sloshing water inside." ...aaaannnd that's never good.
  5. Ive seen tents. And guys in sleeping bags right out in the open on the grassy slopes. Fwiw, back in the late 50s/early 60s, my dad and his brother used to sleep outside on cots at the RR bridge.. when they came down from Boston as kids to fish the canal. Then, using a wind-up alarm clock, they got up for the tide. So it's not exclusively a new thing
  6. Yikes. Geez..good point there. Forgot about that. Wasnt I just reading on the SandEelCity thread, some guy cut his finger on GW skin when it exploded/breached boatside?? Might have to start giving bass the ol albacore dart back into the water, instead of gentle cuddly boatside revives when deep in shark country. "Sorry bud! I'd like to walk ya back for a minute here... but I value my 2 hands a little more than your fishy as%..."
  7. Oh no doubt, the GW is an extremely impressive animal. Girth on those puppies is nuts. And their closing burst of speed during a strike/attack can be 35mph. Critical to have those sorts of top predators in a healthy marine (or terrestrial) ecosystem too! Just pointing out that since the population is back up, they're going to chomp through their share of a few thousand or whatever bass each summer. No big deal. Especially in comparison to humans on the northeast and mid Atlantic coast, who take a few million bass for the table each year. And sharks stealing fishermens' catches is common anywhere, on any coast, where sharks and humans hunt in proximity. Also agree they've been snatching bass from us forever. I remember a good handful of 90s-era photos of fish bitten in half off the outer Cape. A little more common nowadays though, vs say 10,20 yrs ago.
  8. Baloney news. Unless guys literally start getting shot and killed at night over fishing disputes, nothing is changing. Crowds and noise and trash are certainly annoying to other canal fishermen and a few local property owners, but to TPTB? Total yawner. Nonissue.
  9. More sharks picking off bass. Footage from yesterday. They're not dumb animals: Free & easy meals = happy sharks. The number of great whites summering off New England, and the Cape in particular, continues to increase. There's been a noticeable spike in shark->angler interactions over the past few years. Many of these sharks seem to be juveniles.. 6-11 feet or so. As juveniles they are almost exclusively fish eaters. And they seem to have a taste for bass: It's a nice-sized meal that's not overly fast, schools up for easier predation, and fills the stomach. Mature sharks, 12-16ft, mix it up in NE with bass and seals, but the slow-ish bass is still definitely up there on the menu for big girls here in NE. Over the winter I heard Greg Skomal give a talk on the GW population. He was hesitant to give early numbers on the 5yr population study, but from reading between the lines of his response.. it's clear many hundreds of Great Whites now come into the waters off the Cape each season. And while they're here they dont just eat seals-- they eat bass. Of course... man is by far, the biggest predator of bass. Not even close. After us though, seals take their share.. and now the sharks do as well.
  10. No. Not that one. It's 50yds upwind from the black rock. The one with the seaweed on it.
  11. Mostly true. imo. Identification of hobbyist fishing spots and current bites, online, is generally a big negative for those who already fish said spots.. ...and for those who first discover the bites and desire continued privacy and uncrowded fishing conditions. But on the flip side, there exists a truly massive demand for fishing information by the public. Spots and reports. Demand has always, always been there. It's just that today, the internet provides the capability for the public to learn about anything at any time, and at light speed. But the subtle gray area point here, is that spots and reports boost individual angler success -- however justified or earned. The result of this is an increase in the number of fishing hobbyists who then bolster the size of this interest group. Businesses who rely on fishermen for jobs and paychecks then benefit. Even tackle innovation is encouraged. If there were only three guys in the world who kept every spot and every report maniacally close to their vest, they would certainly be the big winners. Great times for them! But not for many others. Do I hate burning? Yep. Drives me absolutely crackers. Is it a 100% black & white issue? I dont think it is. Even though I swore at the crowds this weekend and then gunned off to dig out my own bass in solitude. Lastly: I doubt there is a solution. Certainly not one that would fall between the margins of your idealized fishing community nearly 2 decades into the 21st century. SOL can and probably should maintain a fairly strict policy on burning. But in all likelihood, it wont make any noticable difference on the water whatsoever. That horse is out of the barn and the barn crumbled to the ground. No barn to even go back to now. We're never going back to private anything. From cameras everywhere to advertisers mining your deep brain and life history from every website you click on. The only feasable "solution" to increased fishing pressure is to maintain the natural resource through stricter harvest limits that account for the pressures of a more populous and successful fishing community.
  12. Here's the perspective of random Joe Shore fisherman.. living somewhere along the northeast metroplex corridor(Portland to DC) "so.. you're tellin me I can punch in the #s to my GPS.. then hit the highway, kick back.. and in a few hours I'll be at a huge spot off 2 major highways where I can: • cast topwater for 25-50" bass right from shore • feet from my car • hotel rooms free parking free overnight parking • coffee food beer liquor gas • high grade tackle shops within 1 mile • regular bites on a lunar schedule, during the nicest weather of the year • can plan my trips years in advance • or can wait til bite verifies on social media then hop in car and go • if I want to show off my prowess as an outdoorsman? • grab some likebutton content for social media? • Impress my girlfriend, family pet, neighborhood stray cat, random fallen log, etc? >> Here you go. There will be heavy crowds from now until the fish no longer show on a regular basis. Other than that, theres zero inhibitory factors to dissuade people from coming here en masse.
  13. Photoshoped phakebook page bragging cow blitz on opposite end of ditch than me
  14. 1st dzn melons finally ready. The softball-sized ones are Sugar Cube. Not my favorite but still, they're nice personal size fruits. Also produce & store pretty well, and plants have solid disease resistance. Sugar content is pretty good, and the cut melon itself is a little more firm than soft. So good for fruit salad or whatever. The bigger boys are Ambrosia. Softer flesh but super sweet. Some say too sweet. Pfft. Theyre smoking crack. My favorite canteloupe.