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  1. IMO, casting an FG knot through guides is NOT a valid concern. My setup is about 14 feet of 50# And Big Game "leader" to 40 or 50# PP. I fish 11' rods, and this places the knot roughly between the bail and first guide. My buddy prefers shorter. I do change this long leader often-- usually after a heavy casting session. How strong is it? Unfortunately, I have been snagged many a time on the bottom of the canal, and I part with money elsewhere than the knot.
  2. Thanks for your reply Mr. Flatwing re the Reverse A. build. I was wondering how to rewire a Reverse A. to bring the line out the "chin" between the rear hook hanger and the tail. And, I may add-- probably above my technical abilities. I found this amber Reverse A. up in Squibnockett at least 50 years ago. It was drilled out in the rear with two "water holes". Unfortunately, the plug wall fractured as a result. Hence my interest.
  3. 1. Anybody know what they are-- or were? 2. Anybody still use them? I think they are unique, especially late Spring this time of year when squid are in the water. Pics are a two weeks ago, MV, mid teens daybreak bass on a 50 plus year old amber Reverse Atom. I am trying to make another one. I ground off the metal lip plate from an old junk bin Atom 40. Not sure if I will put the clip on the tail, or the swivel where the original back hook attached. More to follow. **PS: Everything is old in that 3rd picture-- The Plug; The 706Z; The 25 plus year old GSB132 1M blank (rewrapped with updated components at least 3 different times in its long useful life); The 1979 CJ7 Buggy; AND finally the owner.
  4. If Mr. CW, you are at all serious about your last paragraph thought, then I will state that the legal commercial harvest and commerce of this striped bass resource cannot continue to be maintained, side by side, with an individuals based, "recreational", user group. We, the hook/line, individual, "recreational" user group of this resource, are more than willing to tolerate size restrictions, bag limits, gear limits (circle hooks!), even while often voluntarily and deliberately harvesting below our legal restrictions whatever they are. And, we, the "recreationals", seem to be doing a fair job of trying to self police. Now, throw in the $$ sign, and the potential for profit at the expense of this resource, and the entire business model of the commercial industry for striped bass, and and seemingly every other fisheries species that I am aware of.. by history... breaks down. Enforcement becomes impossible in the face of a for profit, harvest, commercial fishery. So, are we to conserve the fish; or, as you stated it..."conserve the other guys fish?" I have tried to be quite careful to deliberately stay from the "data", and all your "verifiable and objectively obtained facts" as you allude. Instead, I have relied on the histories of other fisheries and managements scenarios to frame my position and argument... what worked and what did not. Remember the striper moratorium of the 1980's? No harvest... individual or "recreational", or legal commercial sale. That worked.
  5. 5. New Jersey "bonus fish" style, to allow anglers to increase their kill. Even if the commercial fishery was completely eliminated, you've only reduced fishing mortality by about 10%, which won't be enough to rebuild the stock and keep it helthy in the long term. 6. A dead fish doesn't care who kills it, or why it was killed. Reducing overall mortality is the key to a healthy stock. My thoughts run differently: I submit that the existence of, and the, continued exposure of, this striped bass resource to the harvest, sale, and business commerce of the commercial fishing industry is entirely underestimated. Unfortunately, some of your above enumerated arguments protect and defend this status quo. 1. C&R is a fisheries management tool. We are not comparing species here. The tool works in our striper fishery also. Yes, I agree it can work better. I am certain that both you and I are catching ever more stripers with evidence that they have been caught before. 2. Yes. This is a significant disadvantage for striped bass management because of their edibility. But FL snook taste damned good also. When that fishery was going down the drain... how did the State reverse this demise? The legal commercial harvest, sale and commerce was eliminated. Why did this management tool work when nothing short of it did in this snook fishery? I submit that the key idea here is ENFORCEMENT. IF you do not take the dollar sign $$ off the backs of the striped bass resource, or any fishery, you will not rehabilitate it. The existence of a commercial fishing industry-- or legal business commerce for striped bass-- just leaves open too many temptations for profit and loopholes to do so. This is why Amendment 7 will fail. 3&5. I agree that recreational regulations cannot be relaxed. I am even in favor of more of such "recreational" regulations, and especially more ENFORCEMENT of same. I will turn your statement around: "Increasing recreational regulations, would, by itself, do nothing to protect the bass if commercial fishery regulations were even maintained". Amendment 7 will fail as currently written because it allows and maintains a commercial industry/harvest of this resource which, not only magnifies demand, but is unenforcable. 4. See 1. 6. Yessir: That is the theoretical plan. Regarding this C&R issue... let us decrease the number of hooks in the water. *Apply any and all of the fisheries management tools as necessary (closed seasons, bag limits, slot limits, gear restrictions, by catch management, etc.) *Education of the masses re the privilege and value of this striped bass public resource beyond the $$ dollar sign and its food value. *NO special user group carveouts for special access to the resource. We are all individuals. *ENFORCEMENT. *It is time for the commercial fishery of this resource to be eliminated.
  6. Mr. ged: I should do this for the upcoming 2022 season, I think. I have been fishing my Z25 non stop for four straight seasons, doing no maintenance other than oiling the knob and the line rollers. Is it legal for you to put a service address and/or a phone number on this site? Thanks, SK
  7. Your above analogy, and defense of the impact of the "recreational" C&R mortality statistic is wrong by well documented observations of other fisheries. I will continue your analogy: I am a fish running around as hard as I can, my max effort. I am shocked and gassed. I am jerked out of my muddy, high temperature, low oxygen content environment, weighed, a marker ring jammed in my jaw and tossed in a live well. Now I am riding around all day in somebody's hi powered bass boat. At 5 PM, I am wrestled out and tossed in a plastic bag with 4 other fish (and some muddy low O2 water), and carried to where I stand in line to be weighed in. Then I am tossed back in the bag, and carried down to some strange bay, cove, or water, miles away from where I was thinking about nesting... and released. Yet, the freshwater LMB fishery is preserved in every lake, impoundment, mud puddle, and state where this species exists. Almost every tool of fisheries management DEPENDS ON the concept of C&R: size limits, slot limits, bag limits, gear restrictions, bycatch, etc. (The only fisheries management tool that does not depend on C&R is the tool of closed seasons or closed regions). The observation is that C&R really is an effective tool of fisheries preservation and management. C&R is NOT the impact and destruction of this striped bass fishery. It is the opposite. C&R certainly is successful for the freshwater LMB fishery. What is the sole difference between the preservation and success of the freshwater LMB fishery and the freshwater trout fishery nation wide, versus our threatened saltwater striped bass resource? Ans: There is no legal commercial harvest, commercial sale, or business commerce of the freshwater resource.
  8. True. On the flip side, I caught a 19" class brownie in the little back pond while hunting LMB's last Spring. It probably swam through the little feeder stream connection.
  9. Hi Dave. And a healthy, happy(ier) 2022 year to you and us. I was called over the Bridge to work Plymouth this AM. Perfect excuse to bail on the Mrs. and "Honey do" chores, and sneak in some trouting. The Hatchery truck was there. I was mildly entertained by the on-site peanut gallery there assembled. Notice the pic of one of the Bank M's already on the cell phone to broadcast the event. IMO: Human nature and a reminder of the canal in miniature. I never made a cast.
  10. I lost a very expensive pair of binoculars from under the front seat from the (Ford) dealership this way.
  11. Re Atom 40 rewirings: 1. Unwind the thru wire at back of the plug to straight out so it is simple and accessible to scratch/touch it to one of the battery terminals. 2. Place a vice grip on the loop nose wire on the head of the plug. 3. Scratch/touch momentarily the vice grip and back wire across the battery terminals. Expect a spark flash. No big deal. Immediately yank the vice grip and the wire should come out. Scratch touch again if your initial yank did not remove the wire. Important that you do not "over cook" the wire, or else the melt down will obliterate the thru hole channel from which you extracted the wire. Specific to the A40's, the thru hole channel is NOT exactly a drill hole straight line from nose to tail of the plug. Therefore, if you overheat and obliterate the channel with overheating, you will not be able to reinsert a new wire and drop in new swivels. The procedure using a car battery was originally detailed and illustrated in Lyman & Woolner's original book, Striped Bass Fishing circa my high school years 1966. I have needed to do this several times on old plugs where the thru wired barrel swivels needed replacement. These plugs are still my favorites for skin plugs.
  12. Agree, and will also add an irreverent post about this sunglasses topic: I went to our local Wal Mart. I made an appointment and had a complete eye exam-- as complete as any that I have had in my myopic lifetime dealing with ophthalmologists. I picked out some big aviator frames for some every day glasses. For my flats upgrade, I asked Wal-Mart if they would please use my Ocean Waves, bandana, tie-on frame that has been on the water with me for decades. Ocean Waves does not make this versatile frame anymore, probably because it looks not cool, basically ugly. Walmart is merely the front for a Lab, which basically does all the important work... just like any other optometry shop or ophthalmology office. I ordered a polarized, mirrored, and progressive lens for the Aviators. Polarized, mirrored, single vision Rx for my refurbished tie-on flats glasses.. Walmart did a great job. One post in this Thread said that color is not a real big deal; my experience is similar. Certainly polarization and light transmission is important, and maybe mirroring for additional eye protection. But another poster said that mirroring may scare bonefish on the flats; so, now I am spooked. I will use that as an excuse why I sucked so badly on our trip last December.
  13. Couldn't resist posting this Attach:
  14. Damned this winter hibernation time of year. 1. Rationalizing and hoping? I thought I was culling and hi grading. 2. Agree totally that those "missed bumps and hits" can quite often be an indicator of large fish. I have taken them 5 to 10 cranks later, or on an identical next cast. However, when I hook up, I will not be eye or gill hooking another fish and pulling it in sideways. 3. I reread my original post-- I do not believe the tone of it sunk to any level of myself-- the pot calling the kettle black.
  15. Per my interest in promoting more responsible "resource management" of this great fishery-- I should refute Mr. VS's frustration. These missed hits and bumps are most often precisely the smalls, dinks, and shorts, with which I do not even want to waste casting time. In shallow water conditions, fussing around with the ruckus of small fish can spook everything. I have adopted and adapted to fishing all my plugs, one single treble hook only. And I mean everything...Dannys; GRS; Atom skins; B-1 Needles. I usually super size the only remaining belly treble. The Attach is an 18 lb. class fish that so completely inhaled the plug that I could not see the plug until I opened its mouth. You can imagine the butchery nightmare of unhooking this fish if that popper had a rear treble, or even a hooked flag. Instead, the fish was so effortlessly unhooked that it had time to pose for a quick photo op before release. Bonds