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  1. I was given this camera,lens,batteries and charger and a few other things including Manuals, carrier bag etc. It was too much camera for my kids and it is definitely too much for me. I put a card in it and all seems good, I'm asking $300 for all plus a few more accessories. Pick-up in Rockaway ,Queens.
  2. Sand has been forever migrating from east to west along the south shore of the Rockaway's and building up at the east side of the Breezy Point jetty. The Army Corp of Engineers pumped millions of cubic yards of sand after Sandy wiped out the area. The pumped sand seems to be lost at an ever faster rate. For the last year or so the Corp has been building stone jetties every 500' or so. to slow the sand loss. When the jetties are completed we will get another bazillion yards of sand pumped into the area. The jetties have already begun to slow and trap the sand, but if it ultimately does the intended is still up for grabs. So far, the new jetties have not improved my fishing, but i'm hopeful.
  3. How can you not like a fish called "Slippery Dick"? That blonde is holding a Sand Tile (I think) But I would not bet my Slippery Dick on it!
  4. I'm going to go with Bermuda Chub. Didn't know they came this far north. They surround chum bags while fishing for snapper in the Keys, fight like hell and then squirt fish poo on you as a thank you for releasing them. Never ate one, but may try this winter.
  5. . I ask people if there is anything that can be said about the way you feel, that would change your mind , then what's the point of talking about it? I'd rather talk about fishing.
  6. I've been using a surveyors field book for my log. These are designed to be used outdoors and are small and very sturdy. I put the hours run on the engine (never trusted the fuel gauge), what I caught and with what, tide etc. Your choice of what matters Always fun to see what happened, where it happened, tide etc. Every year is a new chapter.
  7. Final few days of drifting for fluke, when I thought I got hung-up. Thumbed the spool to break-off the rig, and felt it break free. Felt like a pair of horshoe crabs (I could feel a little wiggle) and netted this beast of a Northern Stargazer. Had to weigh 12lbs+, I have caught these before, but the largest had been about 3 lbs. Supposedly, they can give a nice jolt of electricity, so didn't want to take a chance of stopping my pump. and handled it carefully. Edible? I'm not going to find out.
  8. I could have been a contender. I had my one chance at immortality and let it swim away. DAMN
  9. I really like the 4500SS, it's a simple, easy to maintain and unlike more "modern" reels parts are still available. My one recommendation is to remove the bail trip mechanism, and use as a manual bail. The bail frequently closed at the worst possible time and cost me a few nice lures.
  10. Many moons ago I worked the deck with the owner of the Helen H. Joe "Huck" Huckemeyer has a passion for, and knowledge of fishing, and I believe you'll have a good day if you go with him. But, the uncertainty of the weather this time of year would keep me closer to shore, rather than an over nighter. Sea sickness can turn most people into trout fishermen.(Not that there is anything wrong with that)
  11. Has anyone mentioned the uni-sex porta-potti?
  12. Know someone who thought they could sneak in a few pilings to increase the size of their "dream house" deck. Eventually the y had to remove it and pay fines. 20 years ago it cost them about 75K. for their re-do
  13. Tried them and did not have a tap Tried using them in the Keys, but only had blowfish-puffer nibbles. I suppose on rare occasions they might get a reaction hit, but I'd stick to crabs,shrimp clams or conch.
  14. I hope the gel coat cracks are your worst problem. Lots of luck and enjoy the freedom and independence the boat will give.you and your family.
  15. . We were in the Hudson Anglers shark tournament and in spite of some dense fog, the tournament proceded with the likelihood of the fog burning off by late morning. I was on the bridge steering a 150 degree course, when a large sportfish cut across our bow within 50'. Two men were having a conversation on the boats bridge and did not look up, and certainly didn't see us. I almost crapped myself and realized how close we'd come to disaster. lLike CWitek said, "Not maintaining a proper lookout" Radar won't pickup a log, sheet of plywood, or kayak, a lookout would.
  16. Read "Five Came Back" about a number of hollywood directors that served in WW2 One of the things I took away from the book was some of these guys had some major testicles. Bill Wilder (sp) flew on a number of B-17 raids over Germany when the Americans were flying daytime missions!. Much of the B-17 footage we see today was filmed by him. Was disappointed to hear that John Wayne did not serve in the military. Another of my boyhood heroes that chose to sit the "big one" out.
  17. I have 4 EGO tools (snow blower, mower etc) that run on 56Volt Li ion batteries, the batteries are crazy expensive and if they don't last a lot longer than 3 years, i'll re-consider my choosing the whole battery powered option and go nuclear or diesel.
  18. The 5500SS is still one of my favored mid size spinning reels. Parts are readily available and if you like the 4500SS as well, many of the parts are interchangeable. I have converted all my 5500 & 4500 reels to manual bail, and that cuts down on the crack sound of your lure sailing away, no longer attached to your line. The anti-reverse is kind of hokey, it uses a thin wire spring with a kink in it, that is very easy to install improperly. (Friction dog spring #230N-5500) and that is probably why you find these reels for sale with non functioning anti-reverse The 4500 & 5500 SS reels are always there as my back-up when less sturdy reels fail.
  19. The great equalizer is time. Take a year of healthy living off anyone rich or poor and yes it's 365 days. Retire earlier with a little less $, and enjoy your life. If your funds far exceed what you anticipate your needs are, give it to the family members that can use it, now. Not when you croak. Have known more than one person that got seduced to stay at their job,for a great deal of $ and regretted their choice because their, or one of their love ones , time ran out .I retired at 59 and that was ouch 16 years ago. I have never regretted my decision. On a lighter note, the Brits have one of the highest tax rates in the world, and retire in Spain or Portugal. Malta is not a bad choice either.
  20. These are the very same people that would rather fire bomb Dresden, than abuse a puppy. They ruled the world for hundreds of years, "The sun never sets on the British Empire" They lost hundreds of thousands of men in the World Wars, and gave us Monty Python. They are incredibly tough and resilient and frequently brilliant. However they are eccentric and I will continue to boil my lobsters, but think they are great!
  21. When I worked at Bernies(the originai one under the Palm Shores) in Sheepshead Bay, the pin hookers that ran their boats from next door at Bay End, complained that they were getting 15 cents a pound for the bass (this was the fall run and size limit was 16") They said they paid the shipper $5 a 100 lb box to market, . That means killing a ten pound bass for $1.No surprise the moratorium for bass followed. I guess we're slow learners.
  22. Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman drove elec Harley's from Tierra Del Fuego to L.A. (well kind of) Their support vehicles were Rivian pickups. Shlepped diesel generator along "just in case" Fun to watch and maybe some insights into elec vehicles. The show is called "Long way Up" (The duo also did "Long Way Round" and "Long Way Down." which are pretty good.
  23. I target fluke in the Rockaway surf, and in mid summer have watched small concentrations of Arctic Terns and gulls feeding near the lip.just outside the shore break. Seemed like a likely place to put my bucktail, but what I found were schools of Cow Nose rays feeding and turning up the bottom. I am very happy to avoid these creatures, but if I wanted to catch one, that's where i'd fish. I even cast a bunch of bucktails using light wire Aberdeen hooks, so I could cup the spool and straighten the hook. . If I wanted to test my tackle or get some exercise i'd be looking to hook one too. Good lluck.
  24. If your shark fishing experience is limited, I would suggest you take someone with you that has landed large sharks. It's great to have a plan, but that typically changes when unexpected things develop . It can go south VERY fast and bad things do happen.PS I have always "dispatched" sharks with a baseball bat after it has quieted down
  25. Please don't take "explode" literally, I was using hyperbole. When I worked on the Helen H in Sheepshead Bay,occasionally . a customer would try to use grandpa's bamboo rod for mid size bluefish.Because the rod had completely dried out the pressure of the fish would cause the rod to break. That's why I suggested hanging it on the wall. By the way, take a look at what an Orvis, Tonkin cane fly rod costs, It is sometimes very expensive to go "old school".