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  1. LOL
  2. LI Fish, I remember the Eagle Claw Bronze Beak hook experiment well. He lost a few fish, but never mistook any of them for the "fish of a lifetime". The simply fact is that there are two primary causes for bent hooks; Too much drag and bottom fouling. If you happen to frequent areas with foul bottom such as weed covered boulder fields or mussel beds, Block Island and Cuttyhunk for example, you encounter the "Perfect Storm" of hook bending scenarios. That is, a large drag taking fish forces you to apply excess pressure to stop her from reaching the obstruction and your hook fails, or, the fish reaches the obstruction, rubs its head on the bottom and snags the trailing hooks in the weeds, mussels, etc. , eventually bending them and escaping. These are often very large fish, but not necessarily, as I have seen 20 pounders absolutely destroy a set of hooks and or a plug by fouling me in bubble weed or boulders. Had I not seen them, I would have expected the damage to be caused by a much larger fish. Every serious fisherman is haunted by lost fish and I am sure that a lot of the Block gangs hooks were wrecked by true giants, but , their size was not the main reason for their loss, except if too much drag was applied. The real culprit there was the bottom structure and / or the anglers effort to keep the fish clear of that bottom. P/S , Ask our mutual friend about the 38 lb. fish that he fought forever one night in the late 70's on Monomoy expecting the next world record slide up the beach after seeing a five foot long silhouette in the waves. That fish, it turned out, had swam into a floating industrial sized plastic trash bag during the fight and was in the current with the bag draped over its body and extending aft. Had he lost that fish, he would probably never gotten over the fact that it was of record proportions, even though it was , in fact, only half the expected size.
  3. I thought you meant 33 fish apiece, not 30 lbs apiece. My mistake, but as I said, 33 fish that size is believable for two anglers, and I do understand. Joe Bragen was a great fisherman , but, with all due respect many of the best have landed 500 plus pounds on a tide.
  4. That is my point. They are not willing to put the work in and will quit fishing when it becomes too difficult. Less pressure then allows stock rebuilding until fishing becomes easy again and recruits more fisherman back into the fishery . It is an age old pattern with all species.
  5. I want to meet the two guys that caught 33 fish each over 30 lbs on Block Island in one night. They would have had to enlist the Peace Corps to get them off of the beach for them over there. 33 fish that size for both of them combined under those conditions is a bit more believable , although still a Herculian task. To get back to Aaron's point, fishing is starting to suck for alot of guys who had it too easy for many years and many will drop out as they did in the late 80's. The crowds will thin and with a few good YOY indexes those still on the beach will experience some great fishing before it becomes all the rage for everyone again , as it has been for the past 20 years. 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2018 are all above average spawns so I would expect 2025 -2030 to be good .
  6. I will buy the first copy.
  7. You will still kill less fish than the guys fishing live mackeral all season!
  8. R.I.P Tony. We miss you.
  9. A winner too!
  10. Cooking tip. Roll her in flour first.
  11. I hope all is well. We miss you.
  12. Those originals with their thinner profile and no hole in the tail to foul your hook every third cast, were "magic" on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod for many years. The only other guy that I know who had direct access to them back then, was an old friend from off Cape who drove a big green Ford with a camper back stocked better than any shop on the Cape. I haven't seen him since the fall of 1982 but still have quite a few of his stash and hundreds of memories that they produced.
  13. I know the feeling. Louie was a good man, and, I stress the word man. He was as tough as they come, but a great guy. Cherish those days, we will never see them again.
  14. I was wondering the same thing? Louie Ding, aka, Louie Silva, was a legendary lobsterman/fisherman who passed many years ago now. His son Todd , still runs the Pam &Todd if I am not completely out of the loop by now. I don't think its too cool to disrespect him like that.