Tin Boat

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About Tin Boat

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  • About Me:
    Caught my first striper in 1940. On staff at SALT WATER SPORTSMAN magazine 1956 - 1973. Also wrote for SALT WATER FLY FISHING and MARTHA'S VINEYARD MAGAZINE. Author of BRIGHT WATER, SHINING TIDES, - Reflections on a Lifetime of Fishing. Formerly held IGFA World Record for striped bass on 12# tippet, 42 lbs, 14 oz.
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    salt water sport fishing, XC skiing
  • What I do for a living:
    artist and author. Mostly retired.

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    the Vineyard

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  1. Found this in the mouth of a dead shark on the Vineyard in 1947. Landed my first plug-caught bass with it a couple of weeks later.
  2. Rod is for use on my boat. Need 2-piece for storage. Target species striped bass, albies, bonito, blues. Need to cast Sluggos, Hogies, metal, plugs up to 2 oz. Currently using 1-piece Shimano Terramar (sp.?) 7 1/2’, and old Loomis 7’. Both excellent. The Loomis can cast a Sluggo and land small bluefin tuna. It is my go-to rod, but I can’t store it under cover on my boat.
  3. Any suggestions for a 2-piece spinning rod with medium/heavy action?
  4. An acquaintance of mine released a 50" bass off the Vineyard last week and watched a great white devour it.
  5. Excellent large arbor workhorse. I bought another last year. With sensible maintenance it will last many years.
  6. I've had a BG 3000 for 3 years. No problems. Will buy another when needed. Caught a 19 pound striper on it yesterday. Excellent reel and short money. Recommended.
  7. Makes me cry.
  8. The message is that deer will eat fly lines that have salt on them. And, who knows, perhaps unsalted ones... I won't leave a fly line stretched at night again, although if I owned a deercam I'd sacrifice another old line for the sake of interesting footage.
  9. I think JK is right. I have examined the line with a magnifying glass, and there are indeed several mash marks that did not cut through the line. I had fished the line before stretching it; so there was certainly salt on it. Deer habitually visit my property and must have thought this was a salt lick treat for them. Glad it wasn't a brand new line!
  10. I had stretched the line earlier in the day and fished it. Luckily no hook-up.
  11. Last night I left an older Orvis clear intermediate 9 wt fly line stretched out about 4 feet above the ground, anchored at one end to a tree and the other end to the rod and reel on my car roof-top rack. This morning the line was on the ground cleanly cut in 3 pieces pieces. My first thought was that a deer had run into the line and broken it, but that didn't make sense because the reel drag would have released some line. Next thought was that a deer had bitten through the line. (My house is in the woods surrounded by deer.) That, too, seems unlikely. Anyone have an idea? The cuts were clean, like they were made with a knife.
  12. Found some trout flies that resemble crab zoeae, but couldn’t find the striper swirls. Light wind ruffled the surface sufficiently to hide them.
  13. Fascinating! I'll try to make a crab zoeae fly.
  14. Today my son and I encountered hundreds of small stripers, possibly thousands, rippling the water in several areas of Vineyard Sound. It was flat-ass calm, and we could see their noses barely breaking the surface. There were some gentle swirls, but no splashes, and no terns or gulls were present. The fish acted like they often do when feeding on krill, but we could not see any, nor other bait. We could not hook up on lures or flies, although we had a few follows on Sluggos. Water depth ranged from 10 to 40 feet. Any ideas about what was happening?