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Welcome to 2012 and the Ma Forum

If you’re a saltwater fisherman, you have to consider yourself blessed to live in an area which has some of, if not the most prolific, productive striped bass waters on the planet. Right at our doorstep, we have seemingly endless bays, beaches, surf, harbors, estuaries, and blue water opportunities. Then there’s our most beloved venue, The Canal.
Fishermen from all over Massachusetts, as well the nation visit not only these waters, but SOL looking to share their experiences, and seek advice.
Angler #1 and I thought this would be the right time to go over a few long standing ground rules so that we all begin the new season on the same page.

If you’re new to SOL, it is imperative that you follow all of SOL rules. TimS has them posted on his homepage. In case you can’t find them, I’ve included the link: http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/faq.php

Angler #1 and I would also like to put some additional emphasis on a few points.


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  • Have fun. Here on SOL, we’re not looking to balance the nation debt or solve all the ills of health care reform. We’re looking to have fun. Pass on fishing information and knowledge to those less fortunate than ourselves, shorten the learning curve, and help all be more productive anglers and better sportsmen. If the only reason you come to this family site is to intimidate and not contribute in a positive manner, then perhaps this is not the place for you.
  • Sharing information is what places like this is all about. We all were rookies at some point. I’m sure we can all recall the frustration and exasperation associated with the steep learning curve. For someone new to saltwater fishing and the canal, posting a newbie question on a site such as this can be an intimidating process. While we understand it’s not always possible, please make ever effort to keep replies germane to the topic matter at hand. In other words, try not to hijack threads.
  • Opinions are welcome, agendas are not. Each spring around May 20, when the canal is full of large bass, someone invariably begins a thread “The internet and sites like this are ruining the canal.†That is an agenda. The authors of such threads can expect a swift and abrupt ‘time out.’

Everyone is entitled to express their opinions. Controversial topics are bound to come up, and providing they are discussed in a respectful manner, that’s cool. Be advised, in situations such as this, it’s fine to challenge someone’s opinion or viewpoint, but it’s not OK to attack the person himself. The term “ad hominem†means to attack the man. That, along with flaming and personal attacks will not be tolerated. In other words, be cool, or be gone. There are plenty of other places on the Internet where someone can go and behave like a jerk, but this is not one of them.
The best rule of thumb is, to just be respectful of your fellow man. Probably the same rules we all have in our homes. Humor, horse play, and tongue-in-cheek humor are great. Vulgarity, personal insults, crude remarks are not.


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  • In closing, the internet can be a faceless, impersonal venue. Sometimes we (me included) forget there’s a living, breathing human being sitting on the other end, with feelings just like yours. So, if you’ve just typed a vicious, scathing reply, before you hit the “submit†button, think how you’d feel being on the receiving end, for all to see?

So, that’s it kids. The bass will be here in a few short months, and God willing, massive numbers will find their way into our home waters, and especially the canal.
Put in your time, throw the right bait, at the right place, at the right time, and God willing you will be rewarded, and rewarded handsomely.
Angler #1 and I wish all a healthy and rewarding 2012.

post #2 of 28
Nicely said, guys.
post #3 of 28
Well said and written.

Cheers,
Scott
post #4 of 28
Bring on the fish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #5 of 28
so is may 20th the day the biggens will be back ?
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In closing, the internet can be a faceless, impersonal venue. Sometimes we (me included) forget there’s a living, breathing human being sitting on the other end, with feelings just like yours. So, if you’ve just typed a vicious, scathing reply, before you hit the “submit†button, think how you’d feel being on the receiving end, for all to see



Very good point bob.....post to have fun.......
post #7 of 28
Well written and to the point. Very well done, bob_G.

You talked about "newbies," to SOL, The Ditch, and Fishing.
I bet none of them know who the ^&%$ Carl is.
post #8 of 28
That is some beautiful prose.
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Her Majesty and I arrive at the Canal on May 22 for two weeks so keep some fish for me. Purchased a Ron Arra from SOL and a Daiwa 5500 from Mike T last Sept. Broke them in last year and I can hear them talking to me from the rack when I am playing with my lathe.

Anyway, awesome site, I am proud to be a small part of it. I appreciate all the hard work Tim S and his merry band of elves put into it. Well written post, keep up the good work!
Regards
Wayne
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I would like to order a thirty one pounder May twenty second at five forty five pm. Thank you
post #11 of 28
2 days till clocks spring ahead! 10 days till spring! Bass right around the corner.
post #12 of 28
i'm new as of today to this forum, or any other forum. any help/advice welcome.
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Seeing Osprey/Egrets in Maine - now where are they catching stripers? Any encouraging news is VERY welcome!!
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so is may 20th the day the biggens will be back ?



I hope so, I'm heading to the outer cape that day.
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post
I would like to order a thirty one pounder May twenty second at five forty five pm. Thank you


Any Luck, or should I say skill .
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