The Fishing Nerd

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  1. Did you have any doctors advising you that combining the gasoline and the matches is totally safe? I get personal responsibility - but there's a reason these people are paid good money to perform regulatory duties. When they started prescribing these things like water (and when the pharmas were compensating them to do so), they took on some responsibility too.
  2. Thanks Ben, that's very helpful. I did consider the picture framing, but the landing outside the door is very small, not sure it's worth all the extra effort to get it done. I didn't consider reinforcing the tread with pt lumber. The stringers are 16" apart and I know composite isn't known for it's load bearing abilities. I had considered just adding two stringers but it might be better to just lay some PT lumber under the composite.
  3. The problem with the search function is that it seems the past few years haven't been kind to waders and their manufacturers. Some stopped very generous return policies, others have had notable declines in quality, some waders just aren't produced at all anymore. Then, there's the subjective nature - some people get hot easily, others are a lot more sensitive to discomfort from the boots... At this point, I'm thinking there is one iron clad rule to any wader/boot purchase - make sure they offer a warranty, they stand behind it, and they have a good return policy.
  4. Call me when you have a laptop dedicated to running Yamaha's diagnostic software and the wiring harness.... I should have started a mobile marine business just to write off the tool expenses.
  5. Bigger picture, folks - the Sackler family that held the majority share in Purdue that benefitted the most sold their shares before this penalty. They're not going to walk away scot free, but they basically paid a parking ticket for their crimes. If nothing else, they should be forced to have a digital sign with the number of lives lost to the opioid crisis on their front lawn for the next 30 years.
  6. By the zip code I'm assuming Astoria, near the Hells Gate? If you're fishing anywhere near there - plenty of fish near the rocks but they're tough to catch. You can try a Zoom fluke on a leadhead of 1.5-2 oz (don't let it sink too far otherwise you're donating lead to the sea), or a cheap popper that you don't mind losing (there are a lot of snappers and I believe shad in that water that the bass will feed on from time to time). And try to fish closer to slack, when the current is running, especially near a full moon, you're asking for trouble.
  7. I actually think it was a good idea for them to have tried restricting access to NYC beaches to only NYC residents, but it's not practical. Too many residents inside of NYC don't have the requisite proof, and enforcement would be a nightmare (too easy to get there with public transportation, so it's not just shutting down parking lots/car access). What limited fishing waterfront we do have that is controlled is VERY tightly controlled, and well before COVID. Just try getting a 4x4 pass for Breezy - if you're one of the lucky 200-300 (if they haven't limited it further) who manage to get in there the first couple of days they're taking applications, you get access. Everyone else - if they qualify for access - can park at a lot and go for a good long walk. It does set a precedent, and I'm sure that we're going to see these restrictions until COVID is gone, if not beyond. As someone who's been on both sides of this fence, I can see them both. Before I owned a home here I paid for a guest pass and would take the drive just to fish. I would hate to have lost that access if I were still a guest. As a resident, I knew back in March this was going to be a problem, and starting in early May beaches that weren't traffic enforced were getting overwhelmed with visitors, who made the problem worse by being poorly behaved (trash was literally everywhere). As a resident, though I hate shutting people out, I pay taxes and own a home here basically for beach access, so having to contend with day trippers for limited resources wouldn't be good either. Part of the problem was that the visitors were absolute slobs. They left trash everywhere and made the entire place basically an outdoor bathroom. It wasn't all of them obviously, but the poorly behaved ones definitely brought the gate down crashing on the rest. All too often, that's how anyone loses access, when they can't treat a limited resource with respect.
  8. I swear out here on the North Fork it's minutes. I was out on an open beach one day, with one other car with rods attached to the roof. A third car pulls up, sees that the first guy picked up a fish, and about half an hour later the beach was swamped with people fishing. I've seen it happen at certain times (start or end of tides, around sunset, around 5/after work), but for a Thursday at 2 PM in the middle of the tide the only explanation I could find was that someone had posted it somewhere.
  9. Yeah, that's what I'm hoping for. Honestly, I didn't want to take on the project myself because it's structural in nature (I'm an engineer), and I don't like to play the 'close enough' game when there's safety involved. I also figured it'd be a good way of helping out the local economy, but I had a hard time finding anyone free to actually do the job for the past three months so I'm guessing that's not a factor. Thanks, I appreciate that. I was racking my brains trying to figure out why it was so expensive or why they thought it would take this long. Neither quotes suggested they were going to pour any footings or do any digging. One wasn't even replacing the stringers. For the life of me, I could understand why steps that are small (one 48" landing, 5 feet off the ground with 7 steps) would take so much time and effort. This is on the east end of LI, where things have a habit of being magically more expensive.
  10. Definitely not worth getting into an argument over it, especially when it seems some people have lost their damn minds lately. I was just curious because I do spend a lot of time by the water in Brooklyn, and I don't see enough people catching bass in the first place, let alone poaching. I've seen plenty of other fish go, though. I got mobbed once pre-COVID when I caught a fluke over in Gravesend and decided to throw it back (and it was a keeper). Would have considered giving it to someone if they weren't so obnoxious about it. Lately I'm fishing LI more, and I have the opposite problem. It seems like everyone is an amateur DEC agent. Caught a fish that took in a popper a little deeper than I could handle by hand, so I put it down for a minute while I reached for my pliers. Not even a minute later I turn around and there's a guy in my face reminding me that 'that's not a keeper'. This after I had returned about 5 fish to the water in the time I had been fishing there.
  11. I'm fine with woodworking, but as I mentioned I haven't done a lot of outdoor carpentry so I'm not sure where the nuances are, in particular where composite is involved. I do have to read up on the material, and I've already seen some debate on the best way to fasten the steps (I've read some people use clips, others drill straight through). I figure so long as I get the structural parts right, the worst case scenario is I'm replacing it in a few years because I botched it, so it's worth a go regardless.
  12. Exactly the same question I had - one told me he had to demo the steps entirely because he didn't want to build on old stringers, which I could at least respect. The other said he'd reuse the stringers and replace the steps, risers and railing. The latter said it was 3 days of work, the former said it needed a week. At first I thought maybe I was underestimating the wood costs, but when I ran the numbers I figured it to be mostly labor. Granted, I called in two contractors and not carpenters, but unless those guys were making more than the carpenter would the numbers still don't add up.
  13. Where are you seeing that many short bass caught in Brooklyn? I see plenty of people keeping shorts (or abusing limits), but it's almost always porgy or bluefish related.
  14. That's always my approach, which is why I usually have all the special tools anyone could need (I have a fully stocked marine mechanic shop in the garage that started with 'well, I'll buy this O2 sensor wrench this one time...)
  15. I know it's what nobody wants to hear, but in an unprecedented environment, the towns had to prioritize limited resources for their residents. I live in NYC but have a home on the North Fork, and I can sympathize with those who respect the waterfront who have lost access. It's easy to say I wouldn't be upset if I got locked out this way since I didn't, but these properties are maintained by the taxes paid by residents as well as the the permit fees collected. This year, due to the pandemic, the costs of enforcement have increased. A lot of the town costs have increased, and tax revenues are down. They had to do what they thought was necessary to limit traffic and the need for enforcement to reduce their costs and improve access for their constituents. I'm OK so long as restrictions are clearly market, which they are all over Southold. I took a couple of trips to Montauk and parked near Kirk Beach, and barring a couple of smaller signs I wouldn't have known that parking that was previously public had now been restricted to town residents if not for a couple of small signs. The good news is that there's still some accessible shoreline without the town permits accessible only to residents, like Orient Beach State Park.