saxon59

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    Fished all my life.<br />Traveled quite a bit.<br />married 44 years,2 sons,3 grandsons.
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    Fishing, 60's music.<br />World news encompassing geography,politics,current news.<br />
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  1. Good work Killroy. That's good material you are using, without any sort of ceramic/oxide insert best hardness,temper/corrosion properties you will find,hope it holds up to braid. Without any welded joints you may see a slight flex in them when loading the rod to cast or playing a fish, ok you will not actually see it, but it could be good in that it creates less stress points especially at the point of the guide foot where blank damage frequently occurs due to high sticking. I use the same stuff in smaller gauges to make snaps, sinker slides,'hitchikers' for holding soft plastic, wiring plugs,inline spinners, non swiveling swivels etc.
  2. This correlates with my own findings. I don't think they see too good at the best of times. I find tautog feed better when the sun is shining. When fishing my local jetties, I always try fish on the side facing the sun and not the side in the shade. I also fish an attractor near my hook.
  3. I tie my own mackerel rigs. I use eagle Claw or Mustad gold plated Aberdeen hooks, #4 or #2. Gold plated seems to work better than bronze and does not rust as easily. Fine wire but plenty strong enough for mackerel.
  4. After a slightly slower start to the season, usual dinks and holdovers, last Friday connected with some healthy migrating schoolies, fat in the 24-27inch range, before the cold snap shut it down. A bit late but some bigger fish shouldn't be too far behind. So up to today, one week on from last Friday. On the water 5.30 am, middle of dropping tide, the rain just stopped, little wind, overcast gloom all around, perfect. Perfect conditions for where I was fishing, I was able to wade out and with no wind present was able to present my favorite unweighted 6 in sluggo into the rip. Expectations were high. What went wrong? Half hour later 1 dink and 1 follow. Switched over to 1/4 jig head with zoom 5 in flaptail, twenty minutes later 2 dinks. Moved to another spot which fishes better right after high water before it shallows up, thought something might still be hanging around, nada. back to the rip, 1 more dink on small topwater. I am posting this to show that sometimes, for whatever reason the fish just are not there or not in a feeding mood. As I said earlier my expectations were high, I would have put money on having a great light tackle session this morning. One thing this morning, no sign of any breaking fish or baitfish, no sign of wildlife, no fresh deer footprints, no squirrels, racoons, swans, gulls, even the male from the pair of nesting geese did not attack me. Was nature playing a trick on me ?
  5. Yes Bucko's has been closed for a while. Just an interesting note that Mike Buckos Father, Joe, who started the business recently celebrated his 100th birthday.
  6. Joe, I was addressing the question of what type of mainline on the reel. A leader for baitfishing is up for debate, depending on size of fish, surrounding structure as in rocks/ pier pilings/ or sand bottom etc. If you are targeting larger fish around rocks, I would definitely say "yes", small fish on sand, especially where you can 'beach' a fish "No". Many variables here, I plug back bays with 20/25 lb fluorocarbon leader, same size fish out front 40lb test leader. Bait fishing for tautog, much smaller fish, but because of their habitat I sometimes go 50lb test leader. Then you get into the question of 'Can fish see a heavy leader and hook length, and does it put them off biting?' These are questions you will answer yourself with experience and time on the waterside, but for now I would advise using a few feet of heavier line as leader.
  7. Joe, mainly bait fishing from rocks with the 8ft rod and 5000 reel I would stick with regular mono. Mono withstands scuffs from rocks better than braid, braid can create a real tangle around sinkers and swivels when rolling on the bottom, and when you get hung up and have to break off you will not be worried about cost. Trilene big game in 20lb test should be about right. a 1/4 lb spool will fill your reel twice and cost you about $8. Compared to braid you will loose a bit of distance on your casts especially with lighter lures, but the trade off is worth it when bait fishing around rocks.
  8. Good man Dan. Good luck on the re-location.
  9. This morning's water temps averaging 1-2 degrees less than last Saturday. Yesterdays cold rain and as foxfai pointed out, cold night time air temps put things in reverse.
  10. Although I prefer the fishfinder rig, 2 instances I will use a single hook Hi rig with lower breaking strain line to the sinker when fishing rock/weed bottoms, when hung up just loose the sinker with this set up. I will also use the hi rig when using live crab for tautog, keep the crab a few inch off the bottom stop it from burying itself in cracks and weed. If using half crab or pieces I will go FF.
  11. As of today we are running right about historical average for the date. Until late March we were way ahead in water temps, but a below average few weeks air temps slowed things down. Looks like the magic No 50 degrees will be pretty much all locations by month end, then things accelerate rapidly. Location Today 4/19 Month ago 3/21 Newport 42 39.4 Providence 47.5 44.1 Fall River 49.5 46 Woods Hole 47 43 Boston 45 43.5 New Haven 48 43 Example of early season fishing here, every year the Fall River temps are above the rest. Easy to see why and worth remembering if you are looking for an early season spot to fish in your area. Both incoming and outgoing tide, the huge volume of water coming through the narrow river mouth comes from vast areas of shallow water. On the down tide side we have maybe 20/25 sq miles of water, the shallow Mount Hope bay being pushed upriver by incoming tide from ocean, upstream large amount of shallow water/marsh being heated by sun flowing downstream on outgoing. Besides attracting fish to the warmer temps, the whole food chain getting an early start.
  12. Phil, 2nd & 3rd down, due to their bulk, amount of lead required, wide body drag in current, and lack of sensitivity, I gave up using them although they caught. Went back to slimmer profile hurley's and sluggos which sink quicker, more feel/sensitivity, less bulk/drag easier on the arm.
  13. Phil, I have several of the 2nd and 3rd down. I don't know their name. I bought them loose at a show from a vendor,he was selling all types of plastic loose any quantity you wished. Think he went under the name of "The worm bar'. I was using them on a leadhead jigging the canal.
  14. Going to check out access to a few locations later today. My Rhode Island spots are obviously a no go, also some MA spots which are in park areas may be shut off, or possibly a walk in. As for crabs, I'll be picking asians, and I am going to try the submerged bucket trap for fiddlers.I also use shrimp colored with food dye early season.
  15. After water temps going higher than historical averages during the first 3 weeks of March, due to recent below average air temps and not much sun we have slipped back to same as or slightly below average water temps for 1 to 15 April. All reporting stations are within 1 degree of what they were 3 weeks ago, March 21.