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    Former Marine, married, no kids, one spoiled rescue dog
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    Saltwater fly fishing & tying
  • What I do for a living:
    retired -- was a heavy equipment rigger, a county sheriff's deputy, and a Marine Corps MP dog handler

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  1. Of course. You can use it for anything you want a 12 wt for. The short rod will fight fish more efficiently than a longer rod, imo, but you may want a 9' rod for wading around coral reefs etc. The longer rod may allow you to reach higher and get your line over & around some possible snags.
  2. I've done two two shotguns and both turned out great. I had a fair amount of experience with working on heavy equipment and some fabrication work, but I'm no machinist or gunsmith. Go for it and finish your project.
  3. It's legal in Iowa now too and I thought about getting one. My right shoulder is not great though and I had surgery on it last year and was worried about the recoil. You say the recoil is not bad? This year I hunted with a Marlin .44 Mag lever gun, which is fine, but the .450 BM has better ballistics past 100 yd for sure.
  4. I worried about that too, but switched to a 20 ga fifteen years ago to hunt Iowa with an old Marine Corps friend who farms out there. First couple years my 20 hammered deer and my friend, his brother and nephew were so impressed they bought 20's too. Now all four of us have 20's--screw that 12 ga recoil. I shoot a rifled 870 that is plenty accurate, but if I was buying a slug gun today, I would buy a Savage 220, especially for stand hunting. For walking and driving I do like the shorter, lighter pump.
  5. My father was not a fisherman, but he and my mother encouraged me when I got interested in fishing and got me a Johnson spin cast outfit when I was 7 or 8. My first fly rod was a 6wt Cortland beginners set up I got with S&H Green Stamps that my mother let me save from her grocery shopping, and I got a fly tying kit for Christmas that year--I was 9. I used to spend hours looking through McClane's Fishing Encyclopedia and trying to copy the flies I saw in there.... I still have that book, but not the fly rod.
  6. I know what you mean, RG. I left PA for Cape Cod 5 years ago--I recommend it And good luck with the club, TGS--great idea!
  7. A friend took this pic of me and my boat drifting off Tashmoo, MV waiting for bones to come up in Sept.
  8. My wife and I used to go to Frisco quite a bit. The last time we were there in May of 2013 the pier was a sad sight--today I am sure it is broken up even more. the Frisco Pier in 2013 I was just down around Cape Lookout fishing for false albacore and ran down Bogue Bank in the boat towards Emerald Isle and saw the damage just done to the Bogue Inlet Pier by Hurricane Florence. Hopefully this pier can be repaired. Bogue Inlet Pier Oct. 2018
  9. Great pics, Jari. It was definitely a tough year. I particularly like the second pic of the Echo glass rod getting a workout. Has that rod proven to be as tough as you want? Have fun down under--I'm looking forward to those pics for sure! And I hope to see you at Cape lookout next year.
  10. IMO, yes, but make sure you get a braided core line rated for the water temp you're fishing in. I have had pretty good luck with SciAnglers cold water and Rio cold water braided cores fishing around Cape Cod. JM.02
  11. For the fourth year in a row I was lucky enough to be able to trailer my boat down from home on Cape Cod, MA to Cape Lookout, NC to fish for false albacore, but with the recent hurricane this year was a little different. Normally my wife & I rent an oceanfront house "out west" in Emerald Isle and I fish a good bit at that west end of the area. This year hurricane Florence did enough damage to our rental house and others in Emerald Isla that we could not stay there and I had to hunt at the last minute for a place to stay. Generally speaking there was less damage from the hurricane to the east, so I contacted a friend on Harkers Island and he put me in touch with a woman who had a vacation house for rent and I was in business--thanks Brian! But my wife opted not to go since she enjoys the ocean view and beach walks etc., and the Harkers house did not really offer that. And I was also only able to get the house for three weeks instead of our usual four weeks, so on October 13th I crossed the bridge to Harkers towing my Parker 1801 solo. The house was great for my needs and only a mile from the Harkers Island Fishing Center where I planned to launch each morning. Over the weekend I met Rob Pasfield, who owns the Fishing Center, and also reconnected with Sarah Gardner & Brian Horsely who guide out of the Fishing Center for the fall season. Monday morning was the first fishing day and Brian was nice enough to let me follow him out of the Fishing Center and to the Hook--there are a couple tricky, shallow spots and you definitely want to have a good track and marks to get out. dawn at the fishing center Sarah's, Brian's & Rob's 23' JonesBros boats ready to go at sunrise Sunrise by the light & headed out The first week I explored west and found scattered fish all the way to Bogue Inlet and the Bogue Inlet Pier, which had suffered some damage from Florence--hopefully it can be repaired-- Around the pier I found very scattered fish chasing half-beaks and simply could not get on them with a fly rod, but a fast cast with spinning rod and a white spook-type surface lure got absolutely crushed. These were the first albies I had caught with a spin rod in a few years and I have to admit, on topwater like that they were kinda fun. The first week I also wound up offshore 3 or 4 miles where there was an incredible bite NOT happening on snot bait. I heard a couple people hooked up on fly, but I did not, and did not see anyone hook up either. But the damn fish would absolutely crush a pink AlbieSnax ripped on the surface with a spinning rod--what's that about? I'd try all kinds of stuff on the fly rod--tiny clear epoxies etc., little bunny things, and yes, creases flies and poppers, but the 'core did not care. But throw a pink AlbieSnax and I could not go three casts without getting hit, chased or hooked up. Very strange, but they are called "funny fish." Wednesday morning of that first week there were some fish in the Hook at dawn and they were much better behaved and I got a couple on the classic Tutti-Frutti Clouser They were there again on Thursday, but there were a lot more boats so I bagged that and went to where they had been offshore earlier in the week. It was really a littler too rough and windy for that but I did not have anything else to do. When I got out there I regretted it--there were three and four footers and it was not pleasant. So I sat there thinking about my next move and I saw a couple fish come up 50 yds away! They did not show a lot and the wind was cranked up around 15+, but I threw an old Maria I had on the spin rod and managed to get 5 or 6 over the next hour or two. Around noon the wind started to lay down some and the fish started coming up better and were chasing small bay anchovies--thank goodness the snot bait wasn't around! For the next couple hours the spot lit up pretty good and I got a dozen on fly with the classic BobPop Deep Candy in dark tan with a gold tungsten bead up front--finally a solid day with the fly rod. Friday seemed a little too windy and I stayed in, but I wish I had gone, at least for the morning. There was a very good bite in the Hook and I missed it. Brian, Sarah and Rob hit it though, so I was happy for them--I guess that's why they're professionals and I am just a part-time amateur... Saturday the 27th was a blow day and Sunday and Monday might as well have been. A friend was down from Cape Cod and we tried to go out, but the Hook was dirty and had no fish and outside the Hook was too rough to do anything--very frustrating. Tuesday, October 30th we did manage to get out of the Hook and out to where fish had been the week before. Again it was rough and bouncy with N winds at 15+ but we found fish and wound up with 14 or 15 total--half spin and half fly. In the afternoon it laid down some and we moved further out and found more fish. Wednesday, the 31st was actually nice and we went about 10 miles SW of the Hook where we had left fish the afternoon before. At first I thought I had chosen poorly, but fish started to show on 'chovy bait balls and it just got better and better. Fish were up all over and biting well--if we got our little tan Surf Candies in 'em and stripped fast, we were on. We had fish for hours. There was a slight lull at slack tide in the late morning and then it started over. Fish up and raging and sometimes covering a couple acres and slowly moving south into the building S wind. I don't know how many times we doubled up. At one point we got into a school of bigger fish and my friend landed a 16#er, a 16 1/2#er, and an 18#er! I lost the two big ones I hooked, but one was right at the boat and easily 16# or more, so I counted it. My friend's 18#er I'll try and put in a couple phone videos of the action. It was amazing--the best eight hours of albie action I have ever had. We caught at least 50 fish, all on fly. By 4 o'clock we were 18 miles from the Hook and had to slog back in following seas as the South wind had come up to 10 to 15 kts. I was washing the boat and trailer in the dark that evening, but it was worth it. IMG_2157.TRIM 2.m4v IMG_2157.TRIM.m4v IMG_2158.TRIM.m4v The really amazing thing you may notice in the videos is the lack of other boats--we had these fish virtually to ourselves. I actually tried to call a couple friends but we were out of cell range and my VHF is poor--I may have to upgrade that this winter. Anyway, the good news was that I did not need to call my friends. While we had fish out west of the shoals, they had just as many fish east of the shoals, and the buoy chain outside Beaufort Inlet had fish too. It was a great day everywhere. And it was also the end of my fishing... For the next week it blew more and more and screwed up everything. Tried to go a couple times, but just found dirty water at the Hook and could not do anything else given the conditions. After that epic Wednesday I did not see a fish or make a cast for 5 days. I finally pulled the plug a couple days early and headed home to Cape Cod on Tuesday. So my trip to Cape Lookout was kind of "feast or famine" this year, but I still loved it and have already booked a house for four weeks for next year. The wind and conditions made it tough, but I still enjoyed being on Harkers and meeting Rob Pasfield--his Harkers Island Fishing Center is Albie Central this time of year and has a great ramp and small harbor with very reasonable launch & slip rates. And, of course, it was really nice to be around Sarah & Brian each morning--they could not have been nicer or more helpful. And I finally got to meet SOL's Jabster on dry land--he and "the Finns" were there and it was wonderful to hangout with them a little. They even invited me over for a great barbecue one evening--thanks a lot Jabster--I couldn't think of a nicer way to spend time on a blow day! So that's it for this albie season for me. I have had "better" trips to Cape Lookout, but this one was still well worth the time and effort. I saw old friends, made new friends, learned a lot of new stuff about the area and put over 100 'core in the boat (thanks largely to one epic day), so I am not complaining. But it would not hurt my feelings if the wind blew a little less next year..... sunset on Harkers
  12. I've been shooting a Beretta 30" 390 Trap Model for sporting clays since 1995--I have no idea how many thousands of rounds have been through it. I took some wood off the comb and made it parallel to the bore, had the trigger done by Cole up in Maine (at the time), and had Seminole overbore the barrel and put their chokes in it. It's been a great gun for me and has saved me thousands of dollars; it has shot so well for me for so long that I quit looking at fancier, expensive guns. In the 80's and 90's I shot a lot of trap and skeet and had numerous Berettas, Perazzis, and Ljutics and they were all great guns and a joy to shoot. But these days I only shoot a couple hundred sporting targets a year and my old 390 works great.
  13. Just curious--Which ramp did you use and how was it?
  14. That's Child's River, I believe, and I always heard it was a poor, shallow ramp, but I do not know. I also know there was talk of redoing it the last few years, but I do not know if anything has been done. Worth checking out, though.
  15. The Mashpee ramp is residents only through Labor Day. I don't know if they ticket folks, but it's a definite possibility on a holiday weekend. I'd go to Bass River if I was a nonresident of Mashpee or Barnstable. The Ockway Bay ramp is very shallow. I literally live two miles from there and never use it. Green Pond is a good ramp but terrible parking. Unless you get there at zero-dark-thirty and get one of the two or three decent spots you can get parked in or wind up with broken tail lights, etc. It sucks. Falmouth has a good ramp too, but I have never used it, only seen it. It's a tight little harbor, but I think there is a decent parking lot.