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  1. So far this year it's been a tough grind in Jamaica Bay and there abouts. Gulp has received few strikes and fewer "commitments" so even the shorts have been difficult to come by. Sea Robin strips have been productive and the old spearing and squid strips have also been out producing the plastic. I toughen up the spearing by soaking them in a strong brine solution on the boat. I am reluctant to use spearing, because i've always felt once the fluke hits the spearing and pulls it from the hook, you've lost your chance at the fish.On the other hand if it's the only way to get the hit, you've got to compromise. and take your chance. If the water ever warms up, hopefully the bite and size will improve. (P.S.Took me 3 trips to land my first keeper (22') this past saturday. My worst start in 5 years)
  2. You've been making me feel a tad guilty, but not enough to stop me from starting my season with a few flounder trips. Fishing has actually been pretty good and have put some nice post-spawn black backs in the box. Post spawn fillets are firm and excellent eating. I'll leave the impact of my "harvesting" on the stock to others. Hard to change a habit that started almost 65 years ago. But take heart, i've only got a few more seasons to catch my two fish limit.
  3. The regulations for Hogfish in Florida, had me scratching my head. East coast,Gulf coast, Monroe county? Last year caught some nice Hogfish on shrimp/jighead and fortunately took two home and ate them. One of the best fish i've eaten! This year, the regulations in the Keys (Monroe county) are all too clear, and the season was closed for the month I was there. Oh well.
  4. Funny (ironic) thing is that Thunderball was not originally written by Ian Fleming, but by my friends' father, Jack Whittingham and his partner Very large and lengthy lawsuit in Britain about Fleming "borrowing" the story. Thunderball is also my favorite, but maybe my 2 degrees of separation made it so.
  5. Ditto on the 5200 by 3M is a well known, tried and true sealant for below the waterline application on boats. it's a bit pricey, but it works. A lot of times the silicone won't bond to the Poly, but since it's in an obvious place you'll know if it doesn't work.
  6. On the Sheepshead Bay party boats, we used to call the pouts "Joey Browns" because of their large mouths. (That's a reference to an old time comic (1940's or there abouts) Still all the ocean pouts AKA Conger eels , you want at 17 Fathoms. The pouts , wrongly called Conger eels, have pretty much replaced the Blackfish and Cod. 17 is also a great place to catch endangered horned dog-fish. Gonna be like fishing in western europe where all the desirable fish are only old guy memories, and all the skates, dog-fish, sea robins etc become the "targeted species"!
  7. I also like to use a 3' leader connected to my braid. I've never broken the tip, but realize it is likely when the small swivel contacts the ceramic ring(either coming or going). I realize this is a bit fudgey, but before I palomar the swivel, I put a plastic bead larger than the tip I.D.on the braid. I use a tri-bead, that I used to use rigging off shore lures,but would imagine any bead would work. I never fouled or lost a lure because of it, and if your willing to put up with your friends abuse, it's worth a try. . It works for me.
  8. Just got in from a walk along a south shore beach. Saw a gull pecking on a fish, and of course went to take a look. I suspected a Herring, but it was a Bunker. Another 100 yds and another, very fresh Bunker. On the return trip, happened to look off shore,just in time to catch the back end of a whale breaching. Saw another half hearted breach, and a number of spouts. The bunker were probably the big guys' crumbs, that reached the surf. Spring really has begun to spring.
  9. My understanding of the methods used to determine pollutants in fish (mercury, PCB's etc.) is that the whole fish, internal organs,scales,skeletons etc are chopped up like chum, and that is what is analyzed. If all you eat are filleted fish, then the ppm of the nasty stuff would be significantly lower. I've been eating fish out of the NY Bight for 65 years, and so far nothing I really need has fallen off or glows in the dark.
  10. Have to say the Quincy flounder fishing was the best I ever experienced. Would bring my 5HP Evinrude there in the 1970's and catch as many Flounder and small (2-5lb) Cod as my greedy little heart could ask for. It was no problem to buy a flat of Sand worms, anchor in a likely spot and be back at Hurley's by 10AM to have the fish filleted at 10 cents a pop. .Over fishing? You bet!. What I didn't realize at the time was that Boston Harbor was one of the most polluted areas in the U.S and a poster child for a federal Super Fund grant. Partially treated or I suspect untreated sewage was dumped into the harbor until the Deer Island sewage treatment plant improved the water quality. I long suspect (and have been blasted by comments) that the sewage was feeding the eco system that supported the Flounders habitat. The fish I caught back in the day, had quite a bit of fin-rot and that seems to coincide with the pollution. There was plenty of corn floating around for the fish to eat. (Ugh) No wonder Spigola got rid of his fillets. Would like to make a return trip there from Queens, but that's a long way to go for a few Flounder. When younger anglers hear about the "good old days" they should realize that not all of the conditions were good.
  11. When toxic waste became big business, there was a good deal of illegal dumping in that area.People were paid off,and PCBs were buried. That I believe is the primary reason these landfills took so long to open. I would be reluctant to eat crabs or shellfish.from the area,but I guess fin fish are OK, but .I would try to touch base with the DEC to see their recommendations before eating anything caught near either dump site/park.. .
  12. Just got back from 5 weeks in the Keys. My wife and I spent almost every day fishing from local bridges. (from Long Key to No Name Key bridge. ) Fishing was good, but not great. As others have mentioned live shrimp is really the ticket. Without them you're fishing at an extreme disadvantage. On the other hand, those fishing with fresh cut Ballyhoo and live Pinfish caught the largest Shark, Jacks and Snapper. I went with live shrimp and did not regret it.I jumped a few large Tarpon, but since I fish light, there was little chance of more than a short,but sweet relationship. If you like, PM me, and I'll do my best to give you my suggestions on how to proceed.
  13. Similar situation in Key Colony Beach (Marathon area) that I just returned from. Used to fish a small jetty that was ideally located at a point where Tarpon, Jacks, Cuda (used to eat the jacks) and various other gamefish. were extremely cooperative. Was given various reasons "Bull Sharks would be attracted and eat wadding toddlers" and" undesirables out " the most popular. There are numerous other rules like no dogs, smoking, loud music, drinking etc. but it seemed that if you were not a guest, but an owner, you had a pass on any of the forbidden items. They used to call Fire Island the "Land of NO", but Key Colony Beach is a definite contender for that title.I vote with my wallet, and if I don't like the way a business is run, I go else where.
  14. I'd been thinking about bringing my gear to Bahia Honda State Park and new it got slammed by Irma. The flats on the ocean side towards the north end of the park looked especially fishy and as you walk north,there is a deep water cut that wants to be fished. Unfortunately their web site says that beach( Sandspur Beach) is still closed. Oh well. I'm sure there are other areas like it, but that's the one I was looking at.
  15. I've done quite a bit of fishing in the mid to lower Keys. First off, leave the heavy stuff home. They fish very light there. I would suggest a medium weight 7' spin rod and a 3-4000 sized reel with 12lb mono. Bring a good assortment of hooks from #4 to 3/0. Long key Bridge on the North end has been very good to me. I've stumbled into large Tarpon, keeper Hog snapper, and a long list of fish that are great to eat and fun to catch. Live shrimp is really the key to good fishing there. Without it you will have a very tough time. Small jig heads from 1/8-1/2 ounce are extremely effective and widely used for a reason, they work. I fish the Marathon Lady a number of times during my stay and always catch plenty of fish. And though i've rarely been asked for it, the Florida DEC requires a non-resident lic that ain't cheap. Good luck.