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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. Fortunately, most of these States' executive orders are not, and cannot be enforced. They're unconstitutional. You'll see the occasional Barney Fife arrest a lone surfer for being on the water, or a father, mother, and child walking in an empty park be ticketed for a "stay-at-home" infraction. Monday, CT governor issued an executive order that you must wear a face mask in public spaces. I was in a CT Walmart today, and there were some people walking around without face masks. Can't be enforced. Here's an interesting quote from Judge Napolitano, April 13, 2020: “Basic human liberties are guaranteed in the Constitution. They can’t even be taken away by the vote of a legislature, much less the command of a governor or a mayor. These executive orders look like orders, and sound like orders. They’re just guidelines. They don’t have the force of law. There cannot be a criminal sanction for the failure to comply with them, because at their root is just the whim of those in power, intended to enhance their power. They’re not valid expressions of constitutional doctrine”.
  2. MakoMike, I don't know what information in my April 6th post is wrong. Those details came off a document posted at the marina. Here's the specific guidelines from the RI DEM site I copied this morning... COVID-19 Marina, Yacht Club and Harbor Master Guidance Due to Covid 19 and the Governors Executive Order, we are providing guidance for the operation of marinas, yacht clubs and harbor masters. This will allow for business operations, provide safety measures for your staff and ensure that we are all doing as much as we can to prevent the transmission and spread of this historic influenza. Any person coming to Rhode Island from another state for a non-work-related purpose must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. This quarantine restriction shall not apply to public health, public safety, or healthcare workers. As the summer season approaches, many of you have started placing docks, providing boat service to ready vessels to be placed in the water, and installation and preparation of mooring fields. Although these are non-essential and elective, these operations are an important part of our economy and way of life. We are asking that the following measures be utilized so that this work can continue. In response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, the State of Rhode Island urges operators of marinas and yacht clubs to adhere to the following parameters to match the health and safety guidance from the CDC: Yards at marinas and yacht clubs should remain secure so that admittance can be monitored by the owners / operators. In the event an owner or other persons wish to work on their vessel, they should be cautioned about social distancing and monitored to ensure no groups form. This is important to protect your employees as well. Any sales at your stores must be curbside pickup only. Limit use of facilities to seasonal slip holders only. Use of facilities by transients and out of state boaters should be prohibited. In the event that a vessel arrives at your facility, they must be provided with the Public Health documents being provided to all out of state travelers. They should also be directed to the RI Department of Health website site to fill out the required information. See attached link you can add to your web pages. https://health.ri.gov/covid/ Gloves must be worn while pumping out or fueling. Moorings may be installed and serviced per local harbor management plans. RI Executive Order 20-14... paragraph 5. "Any person coming to Rhode Island from another state for a non-work-related purpose must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. This quarantine restriction shall not apply to public health, public safety, or healthcare workers. Executive Order 20-12 entitled “Tenth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers from New York State” is hereby repealed in its entirety. " In Exec Order 20-20, Exec Order 20-14 was extended to May 8, and includes RIDOH civil penalties for any violations.
  3. RI has published a marinas, yacht clubs and harbor master guidance document, but I can't find a link to the document. A copy was posted at the marina. In short, it states you can work on and prep your boat, and yards are launching boats. Social distancing rules apply. Retail sales are curbside pickup only. Facilities are limited to seasonal slip holders. Transient boaters "should be prohibited". Transients are required to provide Public Health documents being provided to all out of state travelers (?? sounds like sailing into a third-world country). Gloves must be worn while pumping out or fueling up. Unless things change, and they probably will, places like Block Island , Newport, and Narragansett Bay will be essentially shut down, as will bordering states.
  4. Just got a call from my boatyard. I'm a CT resident, but a year-round tenant in a RI boatyard. I live and fish on a small trawler April to November. Boatyard said RI DEM is considering restricting all non-residents from coming into RI to prep boats for launch and use, unless they quarantine themselves for 14 days. No official RI policy as yet.
  5. I tried an FG knot for awhile, and it failed more often that not. PIA to tie. Rizzuto Finish? Melt you mono tag? Are you kiding? I've gone back to the Red Philips knot... small, easy to tie, and never fails. And what's with those long finger nails in the video (guitar player?).
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. While Paulie's is a downtown fixture, better off going to Star Island Ship's Store for gear and tackle.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.