Chief2

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  1. Yeah, Gizzard. I've had some gizzard this late. I've only had hickory in sept/Oct. On another note, Northern OC, 530-730, the minute I pulled up I saw bass breaking water. By the time I made it down to the water, they stopped boiling and I just saw a back-fin here or there which was promising. Threw the bag at 'em, not even a touch. Every single bird all morning heading north. At 8am further south saw 1 pod of presumably bunker, working about 500 yards off. Good sign, but nothing to the beach. Beautiful sunrise at least.
  2. Numbered and lettered streets not too far from amusement rides? Yeah, I mean are all these people new tho? Like, I haven't really been at it for 10 years or so, but they could me that clam or bunker was a guarantee, I'd never hit the surf in the fall with bait.
  3. OC 5-8 am. One strong bump with no teeth marks, but that was that. Same fleet of boats(different boats obviously) working a big pod of bunker offshore, but further off. Saw one dogfish come in from the bait guys. It's November, why is 90% of the beach bait sticks?
  4. Couldn't agree more with both statements. Millions of fluke are destroyed by dredges, regardless of size or target. I also think that keeping legal fish is completely legit. I wish I could keep more than 1 weakfish. Not to abuse it, but for me to spend the time to gear up and head out with my wife to get 2 fish sucks. If I could go once a month and take 10 fish I'd be much happier. I could theoretically take one every single day but that's just going to be prohibitive in costs, time, etc.
  5. I'd say 2 weeks ago they were everywhere in the boats. I wouldn't be surprised at all if you can find them with the rainfish, spearing, and peanut bunker pressed against the shoreline.
  6. Yeah, just bought a few from 24/7, but I think they're a bit longer than the ones I was originally looking for. I think the albies are the right size wooden section, but they're floaters/suspenders. The pocket rockets are sinkers but I think they were even smaller, but definitely the single stinger hook
  7. Been a long time looking for some new stuff, but I'm going to be getting my nephew started on a plugging setup and some must have lures. One of my biggest producers I can't seem to find. Hoping someone can identify. Basically it was a 2.5 or 3" needlefish with a rigged eel/grub on the end. It looks a lot like the one pictured but had hundreds of color combinations. I want to say they were like 3/4 to 1 oz, sinking. I'm personally thinking hogy, but not sure.
  8. Out in the boat this morning. Cleared Manasquan half hour before sunrise. Traveled south to seaside, then north to Belmar. There were no bunker below say Mantoloking. North of Mantoloking, you could walk on them. Saw 1 or 2 big bass quietly slurp a bunker off the top, but no real action.
  9. Zuke's also have a low speed mode, which is what you were experiencing. If it froze, you'd have stopped dead. My honest suggestion, brand new, bring it to the mechanic. You may have done all kinds of damage to the block, which may or may not be salvageable, and not worth saving $300 trying to do the impeller yourself, to not address the scored cylinders leading to a blown $3,000 engine block.
  10. Look into "Family Leave" insurance. My co-worker just went through his wife having a stroke, and was able to apply for Family Leave, and it includes a partner's illness. It should be available to all NJ Employed people, and the company cannot fire you for it, as far as i know. Just something to look into. Best of luck with all the stuff, as a cancer diagnosis is never an easy pill to swallow. Vent as needed, it helps.
  11. Throw a pound of lead on your line, open the bail and throw it like a shot-put. Just a guess?
  12. Nice looking project SB, but I would take really close care with the weight. It is possible other modifications were done being lighter. As such a shallow gunwhale boat, you are putting a LOT of un-intended weight well above the water-line, which is a recipe for a horribly unbalanced boat. Also, you are moving a LOT of weight forward with the windshield and battery moves, making it VERY bow heavy. It probably won't sit level, and/or like to porpoise under way because of the weight distribution. An easy test that shows how much distance means for weight. Take a 2 ft 2x4, fill a 32 oz. gatorade bottle with water, place the gatorade bottle about 5 inches in, and pick up with your hand between the bottle and the end(the 5 inch gap). Easy. now slide that same bottle to the end of the 2 ft stick. Much harder. I mean you can do it, but it's harder. Now think of putting the extra 100 lbs up top, and move it 5 ft further from the motor. These are HUGE deals on small boats. On a 25' boat, wouldn't make a bit of difference, because that much weight is like .0001% of the overall weight of the boat. But on a small hobie, it's probably 5-10% of the weight of the whole vessel, which is a big deal. Obviously, this is a HUGE difference from what you are doing, but a few un-educated people have moved lots of weight, to then see their boat capsize the minute it is floated, because of the re-distribution of weight. One of the most obvious being someone converted a fishing trawler into a yacht, he removed 100,000 lbs of refrigeration equipment from below-deck. Turned the main level into all living space, and put a tower on top of that main cabine, for driving the vessel. They did this while in the water. The boat was set to go on it's maiden voyage, they untied the boat, and it rolled right over next to the dock. You can't remove weight from below, or add to the top, without consideration to stability.
  13. nah, in their era, they were fine. The problem is they were all late 80's to early 90's motors. And having all gone out of business(I know mariner was a division of Merc), it is VERY difficult to get parts for, and have any service done. That's what I was referring to rather than reliability.
  14. well i'm gonna backpedal a BIT. There is ONE reason to replace a working motor with a 4-stroke. And that's if it's a Force, Chrysler, or Mariner. So good call. What's the rated capacity of the boat? Because I'll tell you right now, if the boat matches the motor in age, and it rates max power at 90, you SHOULD not replace it with a 90 4-stroke. The added weight will put added stress on the transom. I'd be looking for as light as possible 2-stroke as a replacement. I believe that Tohatsu is really light for their HP, and cheaper. Not sure if they go up to a 90 tho. If it's rated for a 90 hp 2-stroke at max, I'd look up 2-strokes of the era, and their weight. Look at johnson, yamaha, merc, etc. And come as close to that weight as possible even if needing to go down a bit in hp. good luck