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About Topside2

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    fishing, hunting, maple sugaring, kayaking, coaching youth hockey & baseball
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    Orr's Island, ME & Lancaster, NH
  1. People can be taxed on what they own, earn or spend. Mainie already taxes all three. A recent study found that Maine ranked No. 4 in the U.S. for the highest portion of personal income going to state and local taxes as a portion of personal income. At the same time, Maine ranks a dismal 35th in per capita income. I am a non-resident and own a cottage in Harpswell where a whopping 34% of the 2020 town property tax revenues came from non-residents (who use very few services and contribute to dollars to the local economy in all sorts of ways). That seems like a lot. Is the solution really to ask non-residents to pay more? I do agree that revenue from rentals should be taxed. Conclusions? Well, I am reluctant to tell another state how to run their economy. You tell me?
  2. I spend a lot of time on Winnipesaukee and love to snorkel. We stay on a 47 acre island and it is amazing to see how many soft plastic lures litter the rocky bottom. They bleach out white and are super-easy to see. A group of us once snorkeled around the entire island and picked up about a gallon of soft plastic lures. I am not entirely sure what threat they pose, but it can't be great. I have a friend who is a fisheries biologist with NH Fish & Game and he says that they find a lot of soft plastics inside of all species...often poking out of the fish's vent. We have ditched all lead in NH fresh water and it was not a big deal to go with tungsten -- just a bit more expensive. I am hopeful that they can develop some biodegradable alternatives for soft plastics. For my freshwater jigs, I have gone mostly to deer hair with no noticeable reduction in catch rates. I still use other forms of soft plastics.
  3. How much gear do I have? More than I need, but not as much as I want...
  4. You are probably right and are definitely a better angler than me. A lot of you are probably better deer hunters than me too. I got skunked a few times last summer on stripers and only caught a couple of legal sized fish all season. I am sure of this though, the problem with hunting is that you can't shoot and release.
  5. Think of the difference between deer hunting in South Carolina vs Northern New England. In SC, the deer densities are so high that most hunters see dozens of deer daily. In Northern NE, one is lucky to see a dozen deer in a season. In SC folks shoot deer. Around here, we hunt deer. Say what you will about the difference, but there is no denying the rewarding feeling of catching stripers in Maine. Plus, I think it makes us better hunters and anglers.
  6. I have 3 reels that are out of commission with what appear to be simple fixes. Does anyone have any recommendations for reel repair shops?
  7. All this talk about circle hooks for tube-n-worm has me intrigued as I have never tried it. I would love to learn about the successful strategies for using this bait. I fish mostly from a boat or kayak in the Harpswell area - not so much out of the kayak after the shark attack last summer. Anyhow, there's lots to be learned on you tube videos, but I'd value local experienced advice much more. Some questions: Weighted tube or lead core? Live sandworms or gulp? What size tube? Color? How to troll them? What else? Thanks in advance for any pointers folks are willing to offer.
  8. This was exactly my first thought when I read "replace braid on my spin setup." You only have one? Hell, I don't even know how many rods and reels I have. You need a bait rig, a lightweight set-up, a medium-heavy rod, something longer for casting and shore fishing, maybe a boat rod? Of course, you need back-ups of each and you need to be prepared for guests too. There's much more...this is just for starters.
  9. "Just how late do folk fish?" On a daily basis, it depends. If my wife is around, then I usually have to come in way before I am ready for a meal or company coming over or some other social engagement. Her timing is usually pretty bad. I usually get the call just as the fishing is getting hot. If she's not around or is busy doing something else, then I fish as long as the mood strikes me and the snacks and beverages hold out. I often need the boat lights on my return to the mooring. You were really asking about how late in the season folks fish. I generally fish until hunting season opens. For me that means the annual September 15th archery opener in NH. However, I admittedly often miss some great fall striper fishing.
  10. I just spoke with a fisheries biologist that is extremely familiar with Umbagog Lake and the Rapid River and the rhubarb over smallmouth introduction into the lake. The big fear was that bass would have a negative impact on the trout fisheries in both the Rapid and Magalloway Rivers, but that that is just not what they have found. The trout are apparently doing fine and he feels that any decline in the native trout is mostly due to extremely heavy angler pressure. Basically, if folks struggle to catch native trout and instead land a bass or two, then the conclusion is that bass have taken over. He claims that this is not the case and that there is still a healthy native trout population in both rivers. By-the-way, this biologist is a serious trout angler and has fished all over the country. He strongly disagrees that the Rapid River is "the best wild brook trout fishing in the lower 48" -- not even close, now or ever. FYI, there are now also largemouth in Umbagog Lake, but shocking and netting has yet to produce any Northerns.
  11. Well, I am no expert on trout and river fishing, so I'll take your word for it. I am sure that there is little doubt that bass have negative impacts on native trout. Unfortunately, illegal stocking continues and we can expect more of it. Right now, there are northern pike showing up everywhere and they'll likely be just as detrimental as bass on native trout -- maybe more? I don't know what can be done to stop it? I live in Coos County and work with NH Fish & Game folks on a regular basis. I am going to check in with a fisheries biologist to see what he has to say about this situation. By-the-way, he and I regularly fish Umbagog in my boat for smallies...he might be biased. Stay tuned.
  12. Exactly. Umbagog Lake is a terrific example. It falls on the ME/NH border and the states share it. There were no bass in that lake 35 years ago. However, somehow they were introduced - probably by a bucket biologist (illegal stocking) - and Maine, in particular, freaked out. Anglers were encourage to catch and kill as many bass a possible. The amazing thing is that it never was a very good cold water fishery being a very shallow lake. Now, it's a pretty terrific bass lake - but don't tell anyone.
  13. I'd post it in a heartbeat. I would probably post it and allow certain uses with written permission only. You shouldn't have to tip-toe around your own land and apologize for being a hunter. As a landowner, I a fully aware that some people are simply disrespectful and/or don't care. One day, I was hunting on one end of my family's 180 acre piece of land. A hunter came through and almost tripped over me. I told him that we welcomed hunters, but simply ask if you let us know when you're on our land. The very next night, the same guy was sneaking through the woods on the other end of our property where I was hunting - again. He never bothered to try to contact us. I told him he's not welcome any longer and reported him to the local warden. I would also familiarize yourself with the hunter harassment laws and if that clown shows up again, I'd prosecute. I have been a victim of hunter harassment twice and I reported it both times. Both times the people were completely uninformed, loud, and extremely rude. I remain calm, pleasant and respectful. And both times the wardens had visits with the individuals to educate them and the threat of prosecution seemed to make them more considerate. When I am hunting now, I typically set up my jacket so that my phone can be placed in a breast pocket to video any encounters I have with anti's. If it happens again, then I am definitely going to consider prosecuting. I will not apologize to anyone for being a lawful, licensed hunter.
  14. I would be interested to see a photo of this lure - maybe next to a ruler. I found some Gag's Schoolie Poppers via an internet search, but I am not sure if they are the "old school" ones referenced. I am a lure maker and always looking for ideas. I might be willing to share if I can make them. I am retiring in March and will have plenty of time to play.
  15. Hunting or fishing? I love them both and the short answer is: whatever I am doing at the time. I think that the anticipation is half of the fun and it’s great having a new season to look forward to. I honestly starting getting complacent after catching so many 22-26" stripers this summer. I put my boat away just after Labor Day and turned my attention to the NH bow season. I put a nice doe in the freezer very early and am holding out for a decent buck for my second tag. My real hunting passion is birds and we are having a decent year. Both of my sons come home to bird hunt which also makes it special. I camped out for 4 days in the Jackman area to help a friend scout and hunt moose — a great adventure. I have an any deer and a bonus deer tag in Maine so I am heading to our cottage in Maine to deer hunt on Sunday. Something to look forward to and hopefully to put more venison in the freezer. This will be urban hunting to me so we’ll see how it goes. I love living in a place with distinct and actual seasons. After hunting season, my attention will turn to my 250 tap maple sugaring operation. Plus, I am already thinking about new places to fish and new techniques to try next season. No time for boredom. Like I said, anticipation is half of the fun.