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About BarryW

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    Fishing, fishing, fishing. Sometimes sleeping and eating
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  1. The human condition is such that we must live with our failure to understand many things. Why do spring peepers freeze solid in the winter and then have the ability to come back to life when they thaw out? Why do people love certain animals and eat others? Lewis & Clark loved the taste of dog more than elk, and bartered for it at almost every native village they encountered. Why do we (on this site) love engaging with nature by actively tormenting fish, both to release them and to eat them? Only you can answer that, I can't. I don't believe in heaven or hell, which makes me feel more responsibility to try to do right in this world as best I can (ironically perhaps). For me, I try to educate myself about the fisheries I care about and donate time and money to preserve them for future generations. That is the penance I pay for loving fishing. We are all mindful killers it seems. I hope for every fish you catch, you do something positive to preserve the tradition. Enjoy your time on the water with your friends and family.
  2. White Albie Snax. That's about all you'll need for schoolies to keep the kids busy.
  3. Ok Willcodfish, McDonalds was a better story and I did laugh, out loud. I still like the thread title here better though.
  4. I think it's my favorite thread title for 2020 (so far).
  5. And John Cole's "Fishing Came First". And Hemingway's short story, "Big Two Hearted River" And Peter Kaminsky's "The Moon Pulled up an Acre of Bass" And Phil Schwind's "Cape Cod Fisherman",where he catches the first bass of the season fishing poppers on Brewster Flats. In the 40's and 50's.
  6. Golden likely has it right. I've been doing this for a while too. When you're new to this, the current bumper crop of schoolies seems like a gift... until you find out they morph into a new beast altogether if given the chance. Where are the 30" fish, never mind the 20-30lb range? Yes, logs say we are in the two week period when large should show, but the biomass is so depleted no old patterns seem to hold true. Sea Robins are forage for big bass- that's their highest purpose. We can eat cockroaches too, if it comes to that. Let's all see what happens by June 15th. If they are a no show, it's because we are waiting for ghosts to appear. We need fisheries managers who manage for brood stock over 35", not age classes under 28". Believe me, we are all missing the real show, its like giving a thirsty traveler a 6 oz cup of water.
  7. Seadogg! I'd like to see a picture of that. A 20 lb blue is a bit incredible. You do seem up to the task though.
  8. Don't get me wrong, I hope my predictions are way off and your logs are more accurate than mine. Mine show 30-40" fish should have filled in many of my usual spots. I've already been on Vineyard Sound, Buzzard's Bay, and CCB last weekend, all my usual haunts. Put 45 hours on the engine already and found no sign of fish over 27"- anywhere. Live Macs, flies on worm hatch... I'm glad Seadogg connected and sorry he didn't get to see it. Those are the fish that make us put in the time on our engines.
  9. I think the fisheries managers (lower case deserved) have done a PHENOMENAL job at managing this fishery for small fish. It's been wonderful. Day after day of 20-27.5" fish! On the surface, aggressive, and ready to go. I think by analogy, although under the current circumstances this may sound like poor form, it's like we as a society decided to kill anyone over the age 18. The young ones are having a field day. Let me re-frame this, more seriously. Having seen the highs and lows, we are screwed until we fire all the ASMFC folks, except the scientists, and begin making decisions based on stock sustainability. The big fish haven't shown because a) they don't exist, b) they're late due to temperature and delayed spawn, c) they all all off shore having a party on sand eels somewhere near Stellwagen but in the EEZ or d) we all suck as fishermen and others aren't experiencing these problems. Probably a combination but more weighted toward A. Look inward. If you like fishing your ass off for schoolies, get your camera and hero shots ready. If you think something is painfully amiss and the world is not as it should be, then start getting vocal. This year of Covid, when pressure should be less, is not adding up. Recs and Comms need to think about the Golden Goose they have collectively gutted. The next generation of anglers has been deprived of the true experience of bass fishing with a healthy population reflecting age classes. Pogies, sand eels, herring- the table is set. All the diners have been shot and left in the alley. Very depressing for some of us.
  10. Out today, sea bass off MV, slow pick, but one is on the grill. Looked at dead low off Cotuit and had a couple swirls to remind me there is life, just not a strong pulse. Like it used to be, on many Memorial Days past. Came back at high and they were in, quite localized, but aggressive and ornery and made my pulse quicken. Not on the surface but quick to respond to movement and sp minnows. Kept my three for the year for the smoker, because no one ever said they had too much bluefish pate. Have at 'em but be nice and release them and say thanks.
  11. Boab- I tend to let the tide determine where I fish if I'm fishing from shore. It does have an impact when boating, but you have mobility and more choices. I'm assuming you're shore bound. A dead low is often viewed as a poor tide to fish, however, if you fish off the ledges and it's early morning it can work fine, and fishing ledges from low on up is when fish start coming in (true for flats as well). I have also heard that big fish like the slack tide (whether high or low) as they don't like current and actually set up to ambush other smaller predators (e.g. fluke) as they take up stations waiting for the current to turn on. Moving water around structure is the way to think of it. I prefer beaches at three hours before and after a high tide given how big our tides are. That said my preference is usually to fish the drop after a high (except when fishing flats as then fish come up with the tide to forage actively). The drop creates good flow and brings food to fish as they set up to ambush- this is certainly true in estuaries and pinch points. The main thing is to fish a number of locations and develop a circuit. Estuaries usually take longer to reach high and to drain than beaches and ledges. I actually had a loop for three locations to fish on a tide cycle. If I didn't find fish at one spot I knew where I was going next and what the tide should be doing. This is experience. You'll just need to get out and try different locations to learn them. I fish low or high; if I have a window of time that opens up, I'll try it out. If it was low at 7p tonight, I'd try to hit it at 4p and fish the last three hours of the drop in an estuary this time of year. My favorite tide in an estuary is a high at night that brings the fish in under cover of darkness, and you fish the early morning drop when they skedaddle to deeper water out front. Look for pinchpoints you can take up a station to fish as they must go past you on their way out. Right now thy need warmer water of estuaries so night doesn't matter as much. That will change soon.
  12. Fishing is an interesting obsession because we rely on the ability to get to the water, whether by foot or boat. Water is an "asset", whether water rights for agriculture or view shed. As our country continues to evolve into an oligarchic model, where we tolerant extreme wealth, the kind of wealth none of us on this forum have much practical knowledge of (of course I generalize), then the common man needs to be ever more conscious of the use of "property rights" as an excuse to prevent you from enjoying your defining pastime. I was a practicing attorney for twenty years, including real estate litigation involving boundary disputes, often involving five feet either way on a water body. I know a few things regarding the "preciousness" of real property to people. Interesting that the First People never understood the concept of private property or land ownership. They recognized the transitory nature of life and that "ownership" was really an awareness of how to provide for future generations by sharing information and protecting the natural world, not slopping more food into an already full stomach and placing barbed wire up. Careful about your esteem for private property rights. Are they important? Yes, but not when they impact a larger public interest. That's why the state can constitutionally "take" your property via Eminent Domain theories. Are you really willing to stop fishing because no access is granted by the state? What does it take to push back to promote a higher value?
  13. Bazel- I was talking about the state of Oregon, as opposed to a direct spot burn. I understand the confusion but the entire state of Oregon does not allow private beach ownership. I agree private roads should be subject to a separate standard based on owner permission. However the main issue to me is the state's obligation to allow public access to the ocean and the need to take it seriously and invest in it. That may include working with private landowners to partner in those efforts.
  14. I think this shore access issue transcends state residency, frankly. We all pay taxes and saltwater license fees. We need to have dedicated public parking, which contributes to the local economy just as definitely as the locals do. I don't begrudge anyone who wants to fish based on their driver's license, if they follow the rules and behave appropriately. Oregon has public beaches. No private ownership. Public parking lots spaced along the entire coastal route. They have it right. We have antiquated concepts of beachfront rights, notwithstanding the colonial ordinances. Property owners don't even understand you have a right to fish on their tidal lands as long as you accessed them from a public point. I agree private roads are a different issue. But people who want to fish should have access to the coast at regular intervals. The pigs should be policed, of course. But they should not be allowed to represent the vast majority of fishermen who treat access with respect. They are being used as an excuse to curtail our rights. You want to accept being defined by the bad apples? That's ridiculous. We all should push back on that concept. Enforcement seems to be an age old issue here but we all need to do our part. Call out people you see. Pick up trash. Thank people for the right to enjoy the sport you love. Share your knowledge. These are the values that should be allowed to prevail.
  15. I use three lures for blues this time of year and I agree they can be picky, very picky. My goto plug is pink pili popper; this is a killer at all times. Surface, moved fast with a rod twitch. Then large white pencil with a bucktail on a swish hook. Lastly ranger, which has to be one of the goofiest plugs ever made and can work great in any color but orange seems very effective when the squid are in. I only target them at this time of year after the spawn and they behave a bit differently. Water temp is cold, they are trying to sun themselves, and digest squid so they're not fired up killing machines like they often are.