rolm

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    I fish, therefore I am.
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    Um, fishing.
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    I trade services for currency, which I then use to purchase food and shelter.

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  1. Yea my choice at the time was "which kayak can I haul over the sand from the salt pond to the oceanfront." Once I was out there it didn't look too bad so I risked it. No, actually I think I said "I've hauled this damned thing this far, I might as well..."
  2. Word of warning: not really "you get what you pay for", but be careful with the cheaper kayaks labeled as 'fishing' kayaks. I sank a 10' fishing kayak last year in 2' chop because the rod holders leaked like mad. Admittedly, I'm 6' and ~230lb so I was close to maxing it out. But there were definite design flaws that contributed to the thing taking on water. Those cheap fishing kayaks are virtually all designed for calm pond conditions, not what you find in salt water.
  3. I can't help but think of the situation on typical summer prime-time days, with people parking to the right of (or in front of) the ramp because "free beach", and setting their beach chairs up on the ramp and acting all butt-hurt when you show up with a boat. If they're adding a dock I suspect people will mis-use that too. Not that I have a bad attitude about it or anything...
  4. lol surprised my kids aren't in those shots. They spend enough time there...
  5. Same as the last 2 years: put away the gear before thanksgiving (note 'put away', not 'stored'). Spent all the time up to new years dealing with all (well, most) of the big outdoor chores I had been ignoring all fall to fish. After new years is when work picks up for me. Now I'm looking at a heap of unwashed gear in the garage wondering where to start. I'm nowhere near ready for next season. But then again, I haven't been 'ready' for the start of the last two seasons and somehow that didn't matter. I haven't washed either the waders or the wetsuit in 2 years. Fished all year with 2-year-old hooks on everything except a handful of lures. Reels got re-built either when I got home that night or before I went out the next night. I haven't made a lure (other than tying from an old stock of bucktail jigs) in 4 years, I think. This spring will probably find me pulling gear out of the pile that I havent touched in 4 months. Same as last 2 years. One of these years I'll quit my job so I have time for winter maintenance. What could go wrong?
  6. I saw this happening as I drove across the bridges yesterday. That's about as close as I've come in the last week or so...
  7. Went out last night to hit the drop (it's only the 2nd time I said "last trip of the year". I'm usually good for 3-4 of those statements per season). I was targeting slack lag-tide at a breachway. Fished that all the way through alone about 60-90 minutes bucktail, plugs and teaser. Not a bump. Two other people showed up and I left the tip. Fished a few spots in the channel for a while, again without a touch. Moved far inside to look for forage in the eddies, saw only 1" white bait. Moved to an inshore spot with schoolies feeding heavily (slurp slurp pop slurp). Fished a large profile to avoid the smalls; lots of harassing tail-slaps and landed one fish around 30-31". Dropped one more that I suspect was actually the same fish. I debated moving deeper into the spot, but then decided that I'd rather feel semi-normal tomorrow and went home at 4am. This is a definite late-season pattern for me (zero action out front, backwater spots near holdover areas over-active). It's not to say the oceanfront is done, but for me it's a grind to catch fish out front from here on (and you're never absolutely sure when it's over or it just sucks so you just keep grinding). I don't really like beating up smalls and micros, so my trips to backwater spots will be limited to large-profile baits and just checking on the presence of fish from here on. Probably... All that being said, something could still happen. Or the diehards could just freeze their butts off for another month...
  8. I was all ready to pack it in except for the occasional daytime schoolie run, but someone got in my head... Fished last night, lower bay rocky shorelines. Surf was bigger and chaotic, but manageable. I fished end-of-incoming through beginning-of-drop, mostly with plugs and teasers but some bucktail and rubber shad. Saw some _really_ fishy waters, and birds working in artificial lights. Three different spots ranging about 1.5 miles. All I had to show for about 2-1/2 hours of grinding was a couple of light hits and two lost shad. Swung by a backwater spot on the way home just as the current started working there. First three fish were keeper-sized (largest 32") then it was schoolies for days. I probably landed 12-15 fish in about an hour, not including a handful that came unstuck. The fish were on a very narrow profile. If you weren't fishing a small, narrow profile you got nothing. At one point the curly-tail grub I was using got too beat up so I switched it out. I put on a larger grub and the hits stopped. Switched to a smaller grub and caught on the next cast. I left fish still biting hard because I started stumbling when I was wading. How the hell did I used to do back-to-back nights all season?
  9. Too bad no fish, but you've got the right idea: go when you can go. It's great to have enough time to pick which tides or weather windows to fish, but without that you just have to get out there. As long as you learn _something_ on the trip (even if it's "there are no fish today under these conditions") it's not a loss.
  10. Dammit Kook, I was all ready to start sleeping at night again and you gotta go and do this...
  11. I've been having a similar issue. Since I couldn't put the time in this year (and I've been mostly out of the scene for the last two years), I tried to go almost entirely off logs to choose when/where to fish. Patterns that were repeated 20 years ago and 5 years ago did not seem to get repeated this year. My time was limited to a couple of narrow windows. I wish I could have fished a whole lot more just to try and get a couple of decent patterns down. But life gets in the way... Stupid freakin fish.
  12. Part of me wants more people involved in fishing because there is power in numbers. The larger the collective group, the harder it will be to ignore our rights to the shoreline. The "whiny RI local" in me takes not-so-secret joy in crowded, fishless nights. Might make them think twice the next time someone gives them a "hot tip" about some RI backwater, or why they should pile into a van and drive across the border to gang-fish a "popular" spot. The worst part is the PR damage. Spots get trashed. People tromping through not-public access routes, leaving all kinds of evidence where I've traveled for years without leaving much of a trace. People hooting and hollering meters from private houses, when I've been fishing there silently without disturbing the residents. It's mostly through ignorance, but the damage still gets done. These thoughtless shenanigans are why shore fishermen get bad press and residents do things like mess with public access points And I agree, I saw lots of spincasters in places I would think are better suited for flycasting. Rant over.
  13. Fishing last night was... surreal. Three spots, two small fish. Again on the 1-1/2oz bucktail and curlytail. Beautiful calm night. Overcast skies, slight wind (NNE I think) Surf 1-2 rather than the forecasted 3-5. Again, the only bait I could see was small anchovies up to 2 - 3". Makes me think I should go back to teasers. The surreal part was the number of people I ran into. Admittedly I haven't been night-fishing more than a handful of evenings this year, but the numbers I feel were more like a warm September evening. Or a Ct state holiday, maybe.
  14. Four spots last night (two oceanfront, two backwater), one held fish. One decent one (about 34-35") and a couple of smalls. It was a pond spot that held fish. Large-profile presentations were ignored, fish were caught on a 1-1/2 oz bucktail and curlytail. The only bait I saw was 1" rainbait on both pond spots.
  15. It's happened like this in years past. A little dead time mid-fall, then you get another push of fish (timed with some late bait runs and the new moon) and the action lasts for anywhere from a week to several weeks, depending on the bait. Now it's about right-place-right-time when it happens. I've had some great outings after this time of year. And I've seen years where I've never hit it again after this kind of lull. Go figure. It's ok, it shakes off the casuals. Not that I'm not one of the casuals this year... but these 40deg morning kayak trips are starting to wear on me. No-fish certainly isn't helping. I'll keep it up until I don't wanna get up and do it anymore.