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  1. I wonder if a "virtual" anchor using one of the new trolling motors that use GPS to keep you in place would be allowed? Probably not.
  2. I forgot to mention, I saw a grey seal off the Menemsha Beach this year. I've seen harbor seals there in the past but not grey seals.
  3. I would try reversing the bottom foam piece, running it all the way to the end of the blank, and then put the butt cap over the foam, trying for a friction fit. You might have to shave the foam down a little, and you can use electrical tape between the butt cap and the foam grip.
  4. I find the hooks and rings satisfactory, but I remove the middle hook and pinch down the barbs on the rear. The newer hooks don't hold up for rust very well over the winter compared to 10 years ago, even though I fresh water wash all my lures at the end of a week of fishing. I find myself replacing the rusty front hook with the new middle hook I took off the previous year.
  5. I've got a 10 year old Stradic 5000 (FG or FI) which I fish about 3 weeks a year with. Never had it apart, although I have to loosen up or replace the line roller bearing occasionally. It has developed some axial play in the shaft. Not really enough to affect the line lay or operation of the reel but the bail brushes the front of the spool occasionally when I flip it. Is this just normal wear? Or is there some adjustment on the inside that can be made? Appreciate suggestions. I've got a much newer Spheros 5000 but it is heavier and not as much fun to fish.
  6. Just returned from my yearly late season expedition on MV. I fish up island, from Menemsha all the around to Stonewall Point. Got there on the last Thursday of the Derby, and right away drove down to the jetties to see what was going on. I saw some albies breaking pretty far out, and a half dozen or so guys on the jetty casting or waiting. The beach on the Lobsterville side was a picket fence. Apparently someone had caught bones there the previous day or so and the word was out. THere were a couple of boats anchored off the jetties, no doubt causing some annoyance among the jetty denizens. I only gave a half-hearted try at albies from the beaches adjacent to the jetties, and never saw any breaking fish. After the derby there was very little activity on the jetties (people and probably fish, too). I was targeting stripers. The first few days I caught a half dozen or more a day almost all in the morning, but by the end of this week high tide was in the middle of the day and results suffered. I haven't had much luck fishing at night this time of year and didn't fish much past 7:30 any night. I caught one fish over 28", the first in 3 years this time of year. I originally figured it was my first legal fish in 3 years, but legal has jumped in size this year. I also caught one small bluefish and one bold squid which attacked a bomber. In the dark I almost grabbed the squid thinking it was weeds, but had second thoughts and used a flashlight. Most of the bass I caught were 14-24", but when they were biting they were eager. I mostly used surface lures, either a jumpin' minnow (but lost both I had in 15 minutes due to knot/leader problems) or a homemade yellow pencil. Its amazing how they chase a surface lure, and hit it 3 or 4 times, sometimes knocking it up in the air. I tried a small waxwing and caught a couple, but by then the activity had slacked off so I can't really comment on its effectiveness. I liked the way it cast and the action on the retrieve, however. One day I could hear the gulls screaming as I was getting out of the car 100 yards away from the beach. No terns this time of year, and the gulls were mostly the smaller, dark kind. That day the action was right in front of me when I emerged on the beach , but constantly moving into the incoming tide. The whole circus (birds, bait, fish, cormorants) moved to my left faster than I could walk. I kept up with them for a while on and off, ending nearly a mile from where I started. I caught about 15 that morning, some of them right at my feet. One day I saw several pods of adult bunker finning and flipping just a few yards off the beach, with absolutely nothing bothering them. I've only seen pods of adults from the beach one or two times in 25 years. The first time I saw it (15 years ago or so) they were far out,, and a very long cast with a large deadly dick got me my first 40" bass. The island was mobbed for this time of year. Kind of like a Covid Indian Summer. However, once the derby was over, there were few fishermen, and I had a mile of beach to myself most mornings. People (quite a few dog walkers) were pretty good with their masks. The catbirds and towhees are long gone, but I did see several ospreys and one eagle. Also several loons (I like the way the go along with their head underwater looking, looking) Cormorants just dive and then look. The yard where I stay is loaded with turkeys, as many as 15-20 at a time. There were two "bosses" which were displaying mostly to each other, although there were lots of girls around paying them no attention. The apple tree next door was a big draw for them. The carolina wrens were still very vocal, and I noted a surprising number of red-breasted nuthatches at the feeder. Overall, this year was a lot like the last two or three, although the weather was better. Small fish, but fairly plentiful. I only wish the tides were better, coinciding more with early morning or evening. I had to abandon my trip a day early due to a death in the family (expected) but honestly the fishing wasn't very good the last two days I was there. I didn't even get a splash the last morning before I cleaned the cottage, packed up and went to get in the standby line for a ferry. The weather was gorgeous, very little wind and warm temperatures most of this week. That's it until next June. Kind of discouraging what has happened to the larger fish in the past 10 years. My peak was 2010 and the larger fish have gotten rare since then.
  7. I'm curious as to what you guys pay for beef suet (not the cakes). Here in upstate NY the price is now $2.29 a pound. In the Hartford area, $.99 a pound. I'm convinced our local markets have colluded the price up. What's your experience?
  8. Build it long. You don't have to grip it at the very end if it doesn't feel right. A longer butt may also help the balance of the rod.
  9. Europeans eat carp for holidays like we eat turkey for Thanksgiving.
  10. I have a friend who catches several a day in a hav-a-heart trap. He submerges the whole trap in a cooler full of water for about a minute, then deposits the body in the woods. Not so much heart, but he does control the little bastids.
  11. I built a GSB1201L and have used it only a couple times in 10 years. For me, its too floppy (slow) and heavy. I built it with KW30,25,20 etc which I think contributes to the clunkiness of the rod, although it has a beautiful distribution of the line through the guides. If I were doing it again I would either use "low" riders or start with the KR25 (if I could persuade myself to pay the outrageous price). I mostly use a rod I built on a MHX blank (almost 10') single piece blank which goes KW25, 20, 12, although with the smaller fish around I find myself using one I built on a SSU1081L blank which has an older style guide (MN). I really like both these blanks and might have to rebuild with an improved guide layout someday. They both have a little line slap on a hard cast but are very light and much more fun to fish than the GSB1201L. The single piece 10' MHX blanks are no longer available but I bought one each in the 1-4 and 2-5 sizes when MH was closing them out under a different banner (CRB I think). The blanks are still in the basement, waiting for inspiration. I went through a rod building phase. I also built a Century S2 and a FSC Raptor 1266X and while they both cast very nicely they are a little too big for the conditions I fish and the fish I catch in the last few years.
  12. Zebco 33. First spinner was a Mitchell 300 from early 1960's (still have it). I also have an abu baitcaster 1967. When I first started surf fishing I used a fairly large Shakespeare spinner, was pretty crappy. I "upgraded" to a Penn 8500 and a large but very nice Daiwa, both of which were way too heavy. I now use 5000 sized reels, the lighter the better.
  13. Trouble with this is the headlamp is some distance behind the fish, so perspective will make the fish too big by this method. Better to measure his hands and then compare with the length of the fish. I carry a very small seamstress's tape and get a reasonably accurate measure of any decent fish.
  14. I've seen them in Menemsha Harbor.