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About oceanspray

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  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Fishing and Cruising
  • What I do for a living:
    Waiting to go fishing and cruising.
  1. I bought one of those large Ego rubber nets a while back. On the boat, didn't like to use it because it was too heavy to one-hand a fish aboard. I took the net off the frame, ran a 1/4" poly rope through the net as a draw string. If fishing on the boat or kayak (I do both), and I want to keep a fish for meat, I'll throw it into the net bag and lash it overboard to keep the fish alive. Towards the end of the fishing trip, I'll cut through the gills, put the fish back in the net bag to bleed out overboard. Usually the fish will be cleaned and on ice within an hour or so of being bleed out.
  2. Article in today's Wall Street Journal claims over 40% of online purchases of goods from Amazon and Ebay coming out of China and Hong Kong are counterfeit. https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-has-a-plan-to-stop-fake-goods-11554246679?mod=itp_wsj&ru=yahoo
  3. There are only a couple of must-have things you need on a boat or kayak when on the water... a VHF radio, PFD's, and common sense. Any brand name handheld will work... Standard Horizen, Uniden, Cobra, Icom, to name a few. Prices for handhelds range from $100 up to $400, depending on features (floating, waterproof, GPS). A VHF radio is a critical safety device. Cells phones are fine, but who you gonna call? Boaters are generally monitoring channels 9 and 16, and there's always someone around to hail if you get in trouble. Now if only the bulk of boaters would get away from "radio check, radio check" on channels 9 and 16. Find your local automated radio checks channels amd use that, for example Seatows's channels 24 through 28.
  4. While Paulie's is a downtown fixture, better off going to Star Island Ship's Store for gear and tackle.
  5. Search YouTube for "coiled lanyard cord". Bunch of videos to make coiled lanyards from .095 Weedeater-type line. They can be sheathed with paracord sheathing, but not necessary.
  6. Has to do with the Earth's northern axis tilted away from the Sun at the Winter Solstice. http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~pogge/Ast161/Unit2/seasons.html
  7. Daiwa Exceler 100 HL on an MH Berkley Lightning cut down to 6'6", loaded with 30# SpiderWire. The left-hand reel eliminates switching hands. Since 2011, still my favorite rig for fluking, sea bass, scup, and sea robins. A little light for tog, but I've caught a few with it. Just ordered a power handle for it.
  8. Let's see... seal rescued in Maine, rehabbed at Mystic Aquarium, then released in Charlestown. OK, may have something to do with releasing a seal in the ocean, but why not back up in Maine, the Cape (with a huge seal population), or off Montauk? Probably because we've had a year-round seal population off Watch Hill for years. "Save the Bay" has been running seal watch tours on the "Elizabeth Morris" out of Westerly for at least the last 4 years. The cynic in me wonders if local seals are needed for seal watch tours. A little bit of climate change going on here with more seals coming South into warner waters for the Winter, and they're staying around. Regarding the "one seal barely visible" comment, couple of years ago, fishing off Fishers Island in my kayak, I caught a striper and had to yank it in quickly with a seal bearing down on it. The seal bobbed next to the yak waiting for me to release it. Had to paddle around with the fish in my lap before I could safely release it away from the seal. I see them out there all Summer. Not as bad as the Cape, but they're out there. Warming water is cutting down on the surf casting striper bite, but not so much if fishing in deeper, colder water off a boat. On the plus side, we're seeing more warm water species up here. From this week's Wall Street Journal... https://www.wsj.com/articles/climate-change-drives-fish-into-new-waters-remaking-an-industry-11545454860?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=2
  9. Been using Daiwa Exceler 100HL baitcaster for several years when bottom fishing for meat (fluke, scup, sea bass, robins). Don't have to switch hand with left hand model. A power handle would be nice but costs almost what I paid for the reel. I'll switch off to an Abu 6500 conventional for heavier pulling tog.
  10. It's my understanding that the points do not expire. Cabela's and Bass Pro will be consolidating their points program before year-end. Today points earned on a Cabela's card can be applied at Bass Pro Shops, and vice-versa. And don't forget your 5% military discount.
  11. Make it easy on yourself guys. Grab a bunch of those stick-on vinyl measuring tapes available at all the boat shows from Sea Tow, Boat US, et al. Cut just the measurement strip and apply. This has been on the yak for 3 years. I've had one of these strips in the cockpit of the big boat for 14 years.
  12. My rod and reel for shallow bottom fishing for fluke, scup, and sea bass is a Daiwa Exceler 100HL baitcaster, spooled with 30# Suffix hi-vis orange, on a 6.5' MH Berkley Lightning rod. Dropping the rig with the thumb clutch lever is easy. I prefer the left hand model so there's no need to switch hands. A power handle would be nice, but they cost almost as much as the reel.
  13. For fishing, I use the "trip anchor" method of attaching the chain or line to the crown of the anchor. Here's my setup, left to right for kayak (folding), dinghy (folding), and the "big boat" (22# Bruce), all using nylon wire ties. After using and losing anchors over rock piles, I always rig them up this way. Other option is to use a floating ball and line attached to the anchor crown, but that can be a hassle to retrieve anchor, ball, and trip line on a big boat, especially single-handed. When fishing off my 34' tug, the only time I anchor up is over a rock pile fishing for tog. In most cases, the anchor comes up "tripped", crown first, so you know it was hooked up in the rocks. Another anchor style to consider is a "wreck anchor", essentially a grappling anchor made from rebar. They're cheap, come in different sizes, and with flukes made of rebar, are designed to bend out of rocks or wrecks. You just bend them back into shape after a hook up. If you can weld, you can make them up yourself. Note that I only use the 22# Bruce for fishing on the tug. Regular tug anchor is 35# Delta, attached to 200' of chain, and hauled with a robust Lofrans Tigres windlass.
  14. There are stainless steel skeg covers available (West Marine, Cabelas, Defender, etc.) to deal with pitted or damaged skegs. Being stainless, they can be painted with any bottom paint.
  15. My fluke, scup, sea bass rig is a left-handed Daiwa EXCELER 100HL, spooled with 30" Suffix braid, on a medium-heavy Berkley Lightning 6'6" rod. The left-hand reel eliminates switching hands when reeling in.