Fitzy

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  1. When you load them they seem to sit too low in the water and slow down the left/right walking action- they start acting like a pencil more than a spook. I think the 6 casts better than the 9 for me, but the 9 walks way better.
  2. I’m just starting to get mine too. It’s a great time of year!
  3. Here’s the link. It’s a non commercial site so should be fine. Just click on striped bass for any given year. Last year the commercial guys had about 25-30% by now. In 2016 they had about 50% https://www.mass.gov/service-details/historic-commercial-fishing-quotas-and-landings
  4. I’m hopeful Ma EPO will put something up on their FB page. They’re usually quick to post anytime they issue a citation- I wonder why they haven’t. Maybe no arrests and just a stern talking to???
  5. I used to use Killies when I was a kid. I’d use very long shanked flounder hooks like the one below. I’d run the hook down the mouth and out the lower side of the gills, then back up the lower side- either anus or just behind. The snappers always bit the killies in half and you’d hook them in the lip this way. I haven’t fished for snappers in about 30 years, but assume it still works just fine. Spearing never lived all that long so we never never used them.
  6. Because they can sell lobsters, crabs, whole fish, but not other shellfish. Here’s the link:: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/seafood-dealer-permits the dealer lookup isn’t great, but if there’s a boat or fisherman you want to buy from, you can see if it’s legit here: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/fishermen-and-vessels-permit-lookup
  7. It’s called being educated... if you don’t want ticks, wear cloths covered in permethrin when trudging through the woods, if you want to avoid flesh eating bacteria, try not to handle fish covered in red soars... etc. “back in the day” did you really know any better? If you want to roll the dice then it’s up to you. When I catch fish covered in soars, I grab the hook(s) with pliers and shake.
  8. I spent a month up in prince Williams sound for work in June 2004ish. The halibut fishing was great, but don’t overlook other bottom dwellers. Yellow eye rockfish, tiger rockfish and a handful of others are fun and will keep you busy between halibut bites. I mostly just bounced 3-6 oz jigs, but bait (frozen herring) worked equally well. I saw a few halibut caught by others that were ~ 200lbs, but my best few were around 125-150lbs. The best fish in my opinion were in the 80 lb class. They pulled hard but were easy to release.
  9. So it looks like I started my seeds way too early and the plants are running out of space in our little grow tent. How early is too early to harden tomatoes off? I’ll keep the peppers and eggplant inside for a couple more weeks, but the tomatoes are close to 2.5’ tall. I’m along the south shore. our peas and beans are starting to look good outside, and the kale from last year doesn’t look too bad either.
  10. The quota was just set back to the traditional annual quota. The 2018 quota was reduced because of an overage in 2017. Hopefully Mass will change size limits to minimize the number of fish killed by recreational guys like. Or maybe make a closed season...
  11. They only cancelled trophy season right? I think they still get to kill 2 baby bass in May/June.
  12. Cool thanks guys. I’ll start them in a couple weeks indoors and save a few seeds for out doors. I turned the beds and manure over today after work- time for lettuce and beans/peas this weekend. i love spring!
  13. This is the first year that we’re starting from seed. My in-laws gave us their old grow tent, and everything seems happy so far. I have to turn over the beds next weekend and put some lettuce in the ground and then beans and peas. I’m debating about starting the zucchini and cucumbers inside or outside- any thoughts?
  14. Here's a few cool ones from the west coast ~ 15 years ago. The first 3 are something in the Sebastes family (tiger rockfish, yellow-eye rockfish and something else..). The 3rd fish is a kelp greenling- a coworker got that one. They have blueish colored meat. The last one is an over grown flounder.
  15. I’m pretty sure that’s an adult banded rudder fish. I got one a year or 2 back on a jumpin minnow from the beach. cool bi-catch when Albie fishing. up in Alaska. I got some really cool reef fish I’ll see if I can dig up some old pics.