John B

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  1. If you are landing in Vineyard Haven, your best bet is to bike over to the drawbridge between Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs and fish the jetty there (you will see it off the starboard side of the ferry as you come in to the docks). There has been bait and what looks to be false albacore or bonito chasing it in the channel there the past couple of days. If you are landing in Oak Bluffs, What Fun King said...
  2. I'll be there from the 15th to the 22nd, assuming this hurricane doesn't screw up my plans.
  3. I saw all-black swim shads once. I beleive they were made by calcutta. I have not seen them since. I did not buy them at the time because, well, white...
  4. I bet that works great on tarpon, who generally swallow their prey whole, and in one shot. For bluefish, i am pretty sure you would miss every hit on that setup. For bass, I would expect you would hook fish, since bass try to hit from the head. But since sometimes bass will grab a bait any way it can, and then turn it to swallow it headfirst, there is no guarantee a bass will get the hook in it's mouth before it realizes it grabbed something unnatural. I look forward to see the results of your experiment, but I suspect you will not get the increased hook ups promised with bass.
  5. Bonekracker. If you are looking for that hint of purple hue that is seen depending on the angle that you view the plug over a white paint, you need a purple interference paint, not a color shift paint. I don't believe Createx makes one, but Golden does. Go to a craft store and look for Golden Interference Violet (it will look white in the bottle). It's an acrylic paint you will need to thin the spray through an airbrush. Golden also makes an airbrush medium you can thin it with. I have never added a coat of epoxy between the base color and the interference paint. Doing say may add a little depth to the effect, but I don;t think it is necessary. If you are looking for a plug that looks like it changes color depending on the angle you are looking at, then you want a color shift paint. However, all of the colorshift paints I have found (or made myself) required you paint them over black.
  6. What are the issues you are having?
  7. The service station across the street from Betty & Nicks in Seaside Park does cooler rack installations.
  8. The lots by the wonderbar and across Ocean Ave from the Silverball Arcade were free.
  9. Choopy makes a couple of sizes of slow sink needles, my go-to when the Superstrikes are too heavy.
  10. Check your PMs
  11. Scoob, Great video. I have enjoyed what you have done on YouTube. One question about the issue you found with the Star reel. That gap being open to the shaft is a bad design, but when the reel is fully reassembled, does the rotor cap sit in that slot, essentially closing up that gap?
  12. lonellr, I found the video I referenced above:
  13. Great. Let me know how it works out for you.
  14. There is a technique you can use to make your own. You need a vacuum cleaner, a heat gun, some sort of container you can cut up, and some plastic sheets. The plastic sheets that worked for me are from Martha Stewart Crafts. They are "paintable plastic" clear sheets, 6 to a package and I found them at AC Moores by all pre-cut stencils. You can also find them on Amazon by searching "martha stewart crafts paintable plastic". There are probably other more cheaper versions of this plastic sheeting, but most of the other stuff I tried was too thin to hold a shape. So what you need to do is make an vacuum box with the container. I took an old, cheap psuedo tupperware type container and cut a hole big enough in the side to put the hose from my shop vac into. I then put a bunch of little holes in the top. Here is the technique. Lay the lure you want a stencil for on top of the container over the holes. Put a piece of the plastic sheet over the lure. Start heating it up with the heat gun. Here is the important part. Watch for when it starts to sag as it gets soft. When it does, switch on the shop vac. The vacuum will suck the softened plastic around the shape of the lure. Be careful, if you do too much heat the plastic material will tear. Once it cools off, you can pop the lure blank out of the plastic and you will now have a stencil blank. You can now cut into it any pattern you want. i found for cutting, it was easier to use a pointy wood burning tool to melt holes in the stencil than to try and cut it with a blade. The one used specifically is the Walnut Hollow Creative Versa Tool. You can find it on Amazon, but I got mine at AC Moore. A heated nail would work too, but for around $30 the Versa tool was much easier. After that, all you need to do is snap it onto your plug bodies, paint, and then snap it off. I think if you do a search on Youtube you can find a guy doing this technique on plastic freshwater crankbaits.
  15. Most places have similar equipment lists. There are some variations, however. For example, IBSP doesn't require certain size tires, but Cape Cod National Seashore does. Cape Cod National Seashore also requires your tire gauge be able to read as low as 5 PSI, while IBSP requires you to just have a tire gauge. For the most part, if you have all the equipment for IBSP, you are pretty close to the requirements of most other beaches that I have been to.