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  1. Thanks for responding Tim. I'm not confident your model is serving the ends you describe. In my view it leaves the issue in the margins, where it boils up occasionally, then slides from sight again with no sustained presence. I don't take it as a good thing that I learned about the Guide Association through one member's post, and when this post subsides... who else will see it? Of course, I'm lazy to not find out myself, but that's the playing field we're dealing with. If we're all killing too many bass, how will having a catch and cook forum and not a conservation forum help enlist your average Joe to think about things a little differently? Thanks for hosting the debate. I agree it's a valuable thing.
  2. Mike - I think Oakman is making a strong point here; that a good organization exists and we need to support it by spreading the word. Can you and Tim check it out? If satisfied, why not use the whole SOL platform to promote the Association, encourage folks to sign up, get involved? A few pinned posts would be a start to let people know what exists. Actually, I just checked and there's no sub-forum here for striper conservation. That can't be right. We know the problem (disorganization) and have a solution (this forum). If we don't use it, I'm not sure we're doing much if anything to help.
  3. So, coming back to my question, Mike. What is a platform like SOL doing to join or mount a campaign to do something? Perhaps it already is, or has, and I'm unaware. Does it support or is it connected to specific groups? A start might be sharing the Association's web page across the different forums here, and taking a position on these issues (again, if it hasn't already done so).
  4. The evidence is persuasive Mike. As is your call to action. But we anglers aren't well organized, and never have been. Want to save a cormorant? RSPB or Audubon call on huge memberships and massive lobbying power. I never understood the disparity with anglers. Still don't. We can all sign petitions and make donations. Good. That's a start. But there needs to be a unifying platform, or at least connected platforms where numbers can grow along with political power. What's the relationship between SOL and the Association above, or Stripers Forever? (My ignorance.) This site is such a platform. Maybe a word with the bosses to see if they're up for a call to action? Maybe there would be willing helpers to pitch in to start a campaign? I agree. We can't just look away. Jon
  5. I went into the store interested in the Compass - a new, sub 2K price point for Hobie. I left with a new, previous year Outback. The main reason was the seat, which is more comfortable and more adjustable on the Outback. If you fish fresh water a higher seat position can be nice. The compromise? I'm not too pleased with the weight of the outback and the boat is starting to feel sluggish on the water. The grass is always greener! Good luck.
  6. No pic? Fake news!! Just kidding. Am intrigued to see how you did this. I'm looking again at my pic above, and the width of the OB filled almost all of the factory aero bars with no room to mount a J rack. If you did it, I just wasted best part of $400 on a new system! But a quick look online suggests the width of the factory bars is total 39". The OB is 34" I think. So how do you fit a J rack and kayak into 5" of space?
  7. At home I have the OB on a high wooden wheelie rack so it's a case of reversing car up to garage and pulling the OB onto the car (basically what I do here with my old Volvo: At fishing launches I use a thick rubber mat to sight the stern of the kayak, and lift/lever the bow down and onto a foam block next to the car (the block also helps me protect the side of the yak when it comes to fitting the scupper cart). I cover the back of the Sube with a door mat to protect the top of the trunk and the antennae. I haven't hit it....yet. But I think you're right to be concerned about the proximity of the antennae. That's another very annoying facet of the factory rails on the Sube - there's only two slots for towers, so you can't move the bars further back to create a better angle away from the top of the trunk. Real world problems! FWIW, I really, really like the car. (I just hate the factory racks. )
  8. At least, I couldn't get two up there, even one flat (the OB) and one on J rack (Perception Pescador, the old tarpon 120). Would be interested to see a pic of your set up! Jon
  9. Couldn't delete this.
  10. These are legit concerns for other cars. On my old Volvo I had these extended bars and brained myself twice, even with pool noodles. Ironically, the towers on the Subaru Outback are closer together, so the bars are well out of the way from the front seats. I know this because I haven't had a concussion...yet! The picture is misleading as the bars don't extend beyond the wing-mirrors. FWIW, the outback's factory bars will def not fit two SOT kayaks no matter the configuration, J bars or otherwise (which I'd never use on the highway with a Hobie Outback). The car's great, but the factory bars for a car that purports to be an all purpose outdoorsy car are just plain crap. So, this was the best solution, trailer cash aside.
  11. Hi Jeffrey, Thanks again for your advice. In the end I did as you suggested - Yakima landing pads and towers - and am very pleased with the result. I can now get two yaks nicely positioned. Actually, the extended bars (76" I recall) also help hauling timber and other junk, so a win win. Jon
  12. Hi Yosco. Crappy weather and camping aren't a great mix. We stay at Shady Knoll in Brewster. Solid camp ground. Quiet, good amenities, and well located for short drives to the bay or ocean points. We've been visiting the bayside flats for a few years now and haven't seen many seals at all.
  13. We've been heading to the upper Cape for the last couple years. This past week the weather was dicey - too much rain for our tents - and my back gave out the wrong side of Barnstable Harbor. But what the hell. It was still fun.
  14. Great stuff. We are lucky to have that area within striking distance. So beautiful.
  15. Congratulations! What an epic fish, and superbly played.