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  1. Fish at night and throw eels. Best tides will depend on where you are fishing. If you are fishing the beach front low incoming is typically the best tide. Sam
  2. Pretty work, that one's a piggy. I did say that Newburyport was not a spot burn. I think that giving reasonably helpful info is a good thing. If you look back through my posts I will often give a general idea of where in MA I was and even what kind of spot (rocky, sandy beach, river etc...). sam
  3. Got 3 of them on sabikis when I was jigging macks in Ipswich Bay last weekend. sam
  4. It's a 3 hour drive from North Shore to the South Shore or bridges on a Friday afternoon, stay on the North Shore. You might want to think about trailing her for the first year and see where you end up fishing the most. sam
  5. There are some decent fish around. I fished from land on Friday night and the boat Sunday morning and got 4 or 5 fish in the mid to upper 30" range of which two that were 40". I also saw a 44" fish caught. All fish were on eels or macks. This was all North of Boston. Saying these fish were all caught North of Boston covers a very large and diverse area of water and is not a spot burn. A spot burn is when someone says X beach and I show up on a night I've had circled on my calendar for 6 months because I know it will fish and a pile of guys from the internet show up at the same time based on a report. I may very well know exactly how to fish it, or where that special rock pile is that holds fish and catch more than them, but, since they chased a report there and see my catching large, there is a good chance that next time I show up at 2am someone will be in my spot. And, it is my spot because I spent countless night skipping sleep, in the rain, burning gas, beating up gear... to find it. I truly believe that guys who bitch about spot burning never worked hard to figure out any spots on their own. Even my 10 year old daughter knows better than to talk about spots. I was on the phone with a fishing buddy/mentor and she started to give me the stink eye for talking about where we had been fishing the day before. (I did tell her there are certain people we tell, because it helps to have a crew.) If anyone cares I would not consider the report above that states Newburyport as a spot burn. Newburyports probably has 40+ miles of fishable shore line across a range of water (ocean beach, bay, river, marsh etc..). If the same was I fished the beach in Swampscott that would be different. There is very little shore line with access in Swampscott and it would take about 10 minutes of driving to figure out where people were fishing. sam
  6. PI is not that tough. There are some general areas, but, you pretty much want to walk and cast, walk and cast, walk and cast. You can fish just about any kind of plug, or even better go with eels. It doesn't hurt to hit a minus tide during the day and just walk the beach looking for transitions etc.. sam
  7. That fog was pretty gnarly. Tried to run through Quicks' to head back towards Mo Beach and it was like a wall on the BB side. Luckily things were a bit clearer down by Woods Hole. sam
  8. I'm a big fan of my Lami-Arra 1205. I do have a 1261MH factory spin that I would probably post if I saw a "WTB Lamiglass 1261MH" post in the BST section. Sam
  9. There is only so much of a tub you can fit on the boat. You need to stay a few inches above the running surface and there is limited height between the waterline and max depth for the tub. There is also a limit to how far outboard you can extend the tub across the beam. You can probably only go about 10" deep (average depth, tub is V'd on the bottom) and 3' wide. For a 18" long bracket this will give you 235lb of buoyancy, less than half the weight of a big 6cyl outboard. When you talk about buoyancy you are only talking about the static waterline. You also need to think about the dynamics of the vessel when it is running. On plane the tub is out of the water, so you have only the cantilevered weight of the engine acting on the balance of the vessel. You will need much more tab to put the bow down and let the hull do what it was designed to do. I think the bracket is a good idea, just need to be realistic about the pros and cons. Moving the tank forward will improve the balance at rest and underway. Sam
  10. The submerged section of the tub does not typically have enough volume to give sufficient buoyancy to fully counteract the weight of the engines. It will reduce the moment imparted by the engine being pushed further back, but, not eliminate it. sam
  11. If you have access to a ultra sonic cleaner that does the best job of getting all the ports cleaned out. sam
  12. The side vision is nice, but, tough to get used to. I am finally getting good at reading it when I fish shallow and tight to the beach. In deeper water I need to spend more time with it and get comfortable with how it marks fish, structure, etc.. I think adding a screen so that I can see the side imaging and as well as traditional fish finder and chart will be a big help. I don't have quote enough room on the 9" axiom to see all three of them well. sam
  13. The fleet was out in force this weekend. I did pretty well moving from spot to spot and looking for monsters that I did not find. I caught well over my limit of legals each trip and sent the vast majority of them back to make more sea bass. I did have the pleasure of talking to some clown in a giant center console with engines. He decided that the best place to anchor up was right in my drift. Apparently they get nervous when you drift really close to them. From the brief conversation I had with them the lack the understanding that before you pull into a fleet of boats and drop your anchor you take a few minutes to see what is going on and make sure that you play nice with everyone else. sam
  14. I'm pretty sure they just watch On The water TV. My family has a place within sight of that spot. I've never seen an 1/8th that many yaks in that spot. last year OTW did a yak show at that spot and this year 50+ yaks on opening morning. Not to mention they are in the middle of a channel that sees pretty high traffic. sam
  15. I think the Tekota is a good choice and I would probably get one more conventional set up and fish them for a while until you know what you do and don't like about those set ups. The you can spend a little more to get features you know you want, as opposed to what a bunch of other folks think you might like. As recommended earlier the Shimano charter special is a good option and will give you a level drag reel in your quiver to see how you like that vs the star drag Tekota. sam