baldwin

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    fishing, camping, kayaking...
  • What I do for a living:
    Teacher: marine biology, finfish aquaculture, genetics & biotechnology
  1. Current, structure and proximity to deep water. And I know that many like calmer water, and I’ve gotten plenty of big fish in those conditions. But I prefer rough weather with the wind in my face. I find that it increases my odds of connecting with the very large ones.
  2. When the numbers of stripers are higher.
  3. That SeaPup is one of my all-time favorite daytime searching lures. I've been using it regularly since Tattoo (When Mike Dauphin made them) first started putting them out, years ago. Definitely a top-rate plug.
  4. Green eyed ones are the lightest and float, black eyed are heavier and swim well if cranked slowly (and cast further than metal lipped swimmers), red eyed are heaviest. Good for casting farthest or for heavy wind and waves. Will sit better when the wind grabs braid and skims your lures across the surface.
  5. Friend of mine studied aquaculture at UMaine Orono, now runs Chatham Shellfish. Just had some of his oysters tonight.
  6. Worked great off the Cape during Hurricane José. Red-eyed SuperStrike Littleneck Poppers. The only plug in my bag that would cast that day.
  7. Flatwing Deceivers in various color schemes. Some to match the bait, some to stand out and get attention. Bob's Bangers, to get attention on topwater and give the illusion of large bait. Clouser minnow to get down near bottom, navigate faster water and add a jigging action. Bunny Flies, like Clousers with additional "breathing action". Big flatwing Deceivers with spun deer hair heads (Tabory's snake flies, Angus,...). Because they push water and the hair vibrates in moving water to attract attention on dark nights and convince fish it's a living snack.
  8. Nice catch!!!
  9. I can’t seem to find black trumpets before they’re over the hill, either. I do find chanterelles, including cinnabar, lacteus, many species of boletes, oysters, hen of the woods, chicken of the woods, puffballs and giant puffballs. No hens last year, though.
  10. They seem to be more abundant (or at least not totally absent) in the northwestern part of the state. South central CT seems somewhat devoid of them. Possibly the soil type has something to do with it.
  11. I eat many different local species, well over a dozen, but don’t find any morels in CT.
  12. I got a tiny one last fall on the fly, fishing in waders.
  13. I caught one, too. Got pics.
  14. They're also in some ponds without ocean access.
  15. I talk about that all the time with my classes. Humans like making artificial "boxes" to facilitate our need to categorize everything while trying to understand them. Species and race are too examples I use when discussing that concept. We have our human definitions, but nature doesn't adhere to rules constructed by humans.