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About crashq

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  1. So sad to hear of Steve's passing ...RIP Steve.
  2. You win...Uncle....lets get back to the photos.
  3. Whatever White-Tailed Kites really are, my point was that they hunt by hovering above their prey and dropping down on it, unlike most commonly seen hawks where I am (mainly Buteos, unless I am mistaken). I am really not interested in arguing over the taxonomy, or I would have specified the Latin name from the start. Lets get back to posting photos and admiring birds. Very nice photos N2VVin609 and Musician4Fishin.
  4. Actually, they are accipiters. From Wikipedia (read the last line),
  5. Need a little ID help. This is a coastal NC bird.
  6. I have an Outrage 18, but have experience with the 13. A friend of mine had a Whaler13 for decades. We also used them as chase boats on the rowing team. Very stable but firm ride. It will fish two guys, without large amounts of gear (no storage space). If you want to fish standing up, I would recommend getting bow rails in anything but the calmest water. Check all of the corners for cracks (as others have mentioned), especially the transom if it has a large motor. It will have a few gelcoat cracks but should have no fiberglass cracks underneath. One of the areas that sees a lot of wear is the bottom of the center chine. People shore land them or bang them up learning to load them on the trailer, and that rea takes the brunt of that abuse. Make sure their are no cracks in the fiberglass on this chine. You will likely have water in the hull, then. I had some in my outrage, which was cured by tilting it, drilling holes on the transom, and letting it drain for weeks/months. That works for boats with intact and mostly bonded foam, but if the boat is beat up and the foam is cracked/rushed/debonded to a great extent. move on. You can get some idea of debonding by tapping on the exterior of the hull (at or below the waterline) with a small firm mallet and listening for hollow sounds.
  7. Thanks, Mark! I cannot wait to view them.
  8. The shape of that fish is most certainly a function of its locale. Large parts of the Sierra Nevada consist largely of granite. At lower altitudes, it has broken down somewhat and when mixed with decaying vegetation has created soil that can support more vegetation and insect life. At higher elevations, including many lakes at or above the tree line, there is very little soil or other nutrients to support extensive insect (or other aquatic) life. A fair amount of the food supply in many of the higher lakes is from bugs blown up from lower elevations. Since brookies spawn in the lakes (rather than in streams like rainbows, cutthroat, or browns) they can quickly overpopulate these lakes. Many are infrequently visited and this lack of fishing pressure leads to fish population that outstrips its limited food supply. Judging by the head and jaw, that fish is likely several years old and would be much larger in a less sterile environment. I have fished several High Sierra lakes, where you could catch two dozen fish or more in an hour or two, but rarely anything over 7-8 inches. Flyfisherman rarely keep wild fish in an effort to conserve the resource, but I encourage everyone to keep a few brookies in these lakes to help balance the population with the food supply
  9. I am not a big believer in exact matches either for stripers. Having said that, I think that when fish are keying in on one bait, it helps if your fly is similar in size color and shape to the naturals. Being a little different can draw attention, if it is not too different. I think of things like red eyes or materials that impart a little extra motion. When the stripers at Montauk were keying in on tiny Bay Anchovies, the primary thing that turned off the stripers was any strips that were longer than a couple inches. At that slow of a retrieve, it is tough to distinguish you fly from the hundreds of naturals. I tied up two types of flies that worked. One had ostrich herl and the other had micro-fibers (Ice-wing, maybe), The idea was that even at a near standstill, the water currents would impart microscopic movement to these materials; making them seem more natural like fin/tail motion. It worked pretty well there and at Harkers Island for albies. I also tested it on bonefish in the Bahamas. The food species often freeze when bonefish are near, but the subtlest movement like an antenna can give their position away. My point is that there are triggers that fish key in on (like other posters have already said). It may be size, profile, color, movement, or location. Part of fishing is figuring out what these trigger(s) are. P.S. One of the triggers that I have observed sometimes when fish are feeding on spearing/silversides is that shiny stripe on their side. A well placed piece of saltwater Flashabou on the side of a white half-and-half seemed to work reasonably well.
  10. Not too many birds out here during the hot part of the summer (102F yesterday...cooled off to 99F today), but here are a few over the last mnth. Pied-billed Grebe juvenile Turkeys Some sort of Wren that I have not seen around here before
  11. Love that last shot, M4F! Looney, love all of the hummingbird photos. What lens and settings were you using on those last photos?
  12. Very Nice Looney!
  13. Thx Plug and Rocco.
  14. Cool birds!. Do you know the name of the one with the long head plumage?
  15. Welcome aboard, Jeffo. Sorry about your friend.