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About thermoklein

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  1. When I was a teen fishing Hazard, Newton and Bass Rock, they once put up nice throwable life rings with ropes in lovely white stands. The rings and ropes were stolen in a matter of weeks; the empty stands were destroyed soon after. This was the late 70’s. Can’t imagine them lasting even half that long today.
  2. Damn. Between the weather and Covid I have barely fished salt water this year. Lost the spring to shutdown but really looked forward to funny season. Yet every time my schedule and tides coincide these last three weeks, there's been snotty weather. I may not splash the yak this fall, at least while I've still got a shot at Albert.
  3. Pretty much all predatory fish will chase bait up top. I remember as a kid coming upon a helluva concentrated surface feed off the small beach inside the East Wall. Tried poppers, swimmers, everything. Nothing. Finally tried the little mackerel jig I kept for catching/live lining tinker macks and connected at last. The fish pushing the bait were tiny-mouth sand dabs in the 12” class!
  4. To Ambergris - My apologies if I seem “attacking” or overly judgmental. I’m always careful not to be personal on boards, especially when I have limited info. The camera angle makes it tough to see how far in your fingers are/were. I’ve dealt with a deep-hooked fish myself and it’s not always easy. I get that. So maybe I had this one wrong. Unfortunately I do see lots of examples of poor fish handling and if I think I see it I tend to call it out. Respect on the board. You have some cojones.
  5. As a kayaker myself, I sure do appreciate the guts of guys who are going out there with even less of a watercraft, because one unexpected squall and it could get real ugly. However, after that first guy had his fingers all up in that albie's gills for who knows how long before the camera even started, I'm not taking any bets on how long it survived. Unless you are planning to eat it, all fish deserve proper handling before release.
  6. Did a not-very-serious spot-hopping recon visit yesterday. Started at a popular western beach just after daybreak; nothing going on and slightly mungy surf. On to a nearby outlet. Also nothing, but slightly less mung. Continued east to another outlet. As soon as we could see the water, (which was cleaner) spotted the unmistakable splash/slash of Uncle Albert, but he was 200+ yards from the sand. It continued off and on for about 20 minutes, way out. Interestingly, the sharpies on the rocks paid no heed, though in their defense the fish were well out of their range too. Hung around for an hour+ hoping they might show within range, but no love. Continued east to another pile of rocks. It was now past 10am, so didn't expect much in the way of funniness and wasn't let down. Folks I chatted with said there'd been "decent" action around dawn but was sporadic as heck now. Cast blind for an hour, nothing. But saw a couple of tight groups of boats/birds well offshore. Looked darn funny to me. So, not a good catching day but the conclusion, combined with other reports above, seems indisputable: Albert is still in the building.
  7. Cool stuff. If you're into collecting that stuff, there's a weekly flea market held Sundays near me on Rt. 47 in Hadley MA where you can pick up those old B&D drills for literally $5 pretty much any time you swing by. Lots of old hand tools like shown here too. I think it runs April-November.
  8. Here's what I use in my kayak, a standard boat bumper, clipped to about 40' of floating nylon rope. I keep it at the ready in case I need to toss a line to a swimmer, or have something I can toss to a boat coming to assist ME. What I really like about it is another boat could easily clip/tie onto the other end to make a secure connection if need be. And in non-emergencies, I just bring it up on shore after I debark the yak and use it as a tie-line, or put a rock on it for those times ya gotta answer the call of nature and coffee mug won't get it done. It's compact and dense enough to toss 15 or so feet even in a good oncoming breeze. Let's hope I never <need> to use it for anything more than a comfort stop.
  9. This blows my mind. Roughly where?
  10. I will begin by saying that my first two years at UMass were spent as a fisheries/wildlife bio major, but I'm not going to cite any statistics, other than to say the problem with our fisheries is very, very simple: there are far too many humans on the planet, every single environmental problem is caused by that fact, and not much can be done about it, because humankind is not going to change its greedy ways. There it is. Never mind slot limits, menhaden biomass, moratoriums, or anything else. It's game over. I'm just glad I was born early enough to see and enjoy some of the good old days, and I'm still healthy enough to appreciate what's left.
  11. Love how you're getting the young'un deep into the sport. Also, I want that Wolverine jacket.
  12. Ray, I'm SO glad you weren't hurt. naturally we're disappointed our trip this week had to be cancelled but as has been said already here, everything can be replaced. All that matters is you got our of this unhurt. We'll give it another shot when the stars align.
  13. Hard -core. Outstanding.
  14. Good to see that young’un smiling with a bass. I wager the lad is well-hooked on fishing.
  15. The problem isn't the lack of bluefish. It's the number of humans.