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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  1. Talking about loosing access. Where I am standing where this photo was taken is one of the best Tautog spots around.After being kicked out a couple of times, 'No fishing' notices went up, Park manager said that trash and inconvenience to other park users was the reason.
  2. Rob, Shops in this area are charging $4 a quart, I would guess at $13/14 a gallon. I use asian picked at the canal,fittest toughest crabs around.
  3. I forgot about the ice. Ice is freshwater and all the junk in it. NO ice directly on crabs. Another container with ice, in with them is OK. I don't use baggies for ice, they try eat the bag.
  4. Phil, If you are using them same day or next day, bucket or container is OK. Longer than that couple of things to keep them in good shape. First temperature, this weather ok outside as long as no freeze, hot weather refridgerator, I put mine in the salad bin. I keep mine in a perforated 2 gall bucket, inside a 3 gall bucket. Holes in the bucket allow moisture which I think is their urine to drain out, this prolongs life and they stay firm and don't stink, which isn't good when they are on the hook anyway. When wading I also use a half gallon milk bottle with the neck cut out, but handle still intact, my belt goes through the handle, so I always have a few on me when away from bank. A bit of weed in the bucket, they can peck at it for a bit of hydration, keep them active. No tap water in or near the buckets or containers, chlorine and other crap in the water will make them sick. Keep them out of the sun, even when fishing, bucket in the shade. I sometimes freeze them when I know season is nearing end and supply might be difficult, not as good as live or fresh pieces but they still work. I can find asian crabs local in Fall River, but the ones from the canal are the best ever. They are larger, fitter stronger and stay alive longer.I think it's the tough environment they live in plus the clean water rushing through makes them so good.
  5. Picked a bunch of crabs on my way home from work tonight. Tomorrow, going to check out a tip from an old timer about a white chinner spot on the canal, then early afternoon up to East End for macs. Sat, family day, Grandchildren, movie or something. Sun, either canal again or local Fall River/ RI tautog spot.
  6. I had to pull over on 195 in Wareham around 5.30pm. Strong hail storm, nearly 1 inch dia., thought my windscreen was going to crack.
  7. Good luck, be safe Calvin.
  8. Well done Carl,.....every applaud deserved, not been mentioned, "Ditch Trolls, Carl our Spiritual leader".
  9. If one piece was not a problem, Batson rainshadow SW 1088 for light /med plugging, and sw 1089 for heavy jigging and bait. I use the sw1088 more in open water than the canal where you may need something heavier for the big girls. A quick look around, the Mudhole SU1088F-2-MHX rated 2-5 oz, a 2 piece with a weight rating that would put you right in the middle of plug/jig weights for the canal. So I would look across the blank manufacturers websites, if they are rated correctly, 2-4 plugging and 2-6 jig or bait. Also just saw on the mudhole listing, SW1085f-2-MHX, lighter than you need for the canal, but on sale for bargain $63, [tell me I don't need another rod] .
  10. I fish around the Fall River area for tautog every Fall. Every year it seems we loose access to good spots.Last year we got kicked off the boardwalk facing the battleship, now this year the dump called the City pier, which is being developed into some ritzy marina.Lots of shorts so far, bigger fish not far behind.
  11. Good article JimKu. As Southcoast Phil says it's tough having a relationship with Gooseberry, but we keep coming back for more. Overcoming the challenges there and occasionally winning a game makes it all worthwhile. Not as many quality fish around as there used to be 10/20 years ago making it a greater challenge. I'm sure it was that place that did my knees in, studded boots are a must, as somebody once described the terrain as "Walking on bowling balls made of ice". A few weeks back Phil and myself fished an early morning tide there, conditions were excellent, maybe just a little too calm, but the fish were elsewhere. After a few hours there, we leave that desolate place, de-stressed, oblivious to the outside world, an appetite for breakfast like a lion, and already planning our next trip.
  12. Some years in Rhode Island waters they come in mixed with snapper blues, some years no sign of them.
  13. Careful how you bend the hook. In manufacturing hooks are bent with steel in soft condition then heat treated. Straightening the bend now could cause fracture. I would clamp as far up the shank as possible and only put stress in the eye area, bending minimum amount so eye goes inside lead. Don't go the heat route, I've done it to long shank hooks making sure I had enough heat transfer out of the shank well away from the bend. With heat, the short shanks you are using could compromise the heat treatment in the bend area of the hook. Admittedly, there is not going to be the same stress on the eye in this application compared to tying to the eye, but something to watch out for. I would check a few after opening the bend making sure they are not at the point of fracture. Good luck.
  14. Swim shads are a good stand by, although I rarely fish them, I prefer a small flaptail on a 1/2 oz jighead. I've also seen rattletraps produce in these circumstances.
  15. With you coming from far away we would like to help you, but the rule is we don't post our spots, if you had 15 posts you could receive PM's. If you are bait fishing I would stay away from the Horseneck area,unless plugging, mainly shallow/rocky. Fish the calmer waters of the Sakonnet River, look for access starting in Tiverton and head south. Also as DZ says, over the bridge, Newport is a great option, Saltwater Edge tackle shop is a good starting point.