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.
  • 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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  1. I have a 6 wt. Echo Ion XL. Love it! Using a floating Wulff Tropical Taper 7 wt. on it. Just ordered the 10 wt for heavy stuff. Haven't tried the Carbon XL.
  2. I started using convench in the 1930's with reels by Penn, Ocean City and Vom Hofe, eventually graduating to Abu 6500's and 7000's but always keeping the Penn Squidder and Ocean City 907M in my arsenal. The 907M had an aluminum spool and cast metal, big pencils, Reverse Atoms and Alou Cow Killers farther than any other reel if you could control the spool speed. Otherwise it was junk. Still use them all , but spinning has taken over most of my fishing although I prefer convench for fighting big fish, particularly the Penn 965's and 975's, which have great drags.
  3. I use a 3000 on a 7 1/2' rod. Have caught blues, bonito, albies and bass to 25 pounds. So far no need to go bigger. Love the reel!
  4. Average size around the Vineyard this year has been 3 to 5 pounds. In the 1990's we were catching them up to 12 pounds. Are there any big ones left? There won't be if we kill all the youngsters.
  5. I bought an Echo Ion XL earlier this year, and it has become my favorite, go-to rod. I prefer it to my Helios, Loomis and Sage rods that are far more expensive. And I think it is at least as well made as its pricier competitors.
  6. Those flies found my boat in the middle of Vineyard Sound yesterday.
  7. Last evening at dusk my son was casting for stripers from his anchored boat when he hooked the largest fish of his life. (He has caught 40's in the past). After a 12 minute brawl with a fully tightened drag he hadn't been able to gain any appreciable amount of line. Then the fish jumped towards him, shook its head and threw the hook. The jump was tarpon-like, with more than half the fish's body clearing the water at a 30 degree angle. It looked very silvery against the fading light. Has anybody ever heard of a striped bass acting like this? The soft plastic lure didn't have any teeth marks, and the hook was not straightened.
  8. I guess the only answer to your question about sustainability is to wait and see if the Derby starts to lose entrants and popularity as time goes on.
  9. The Derby is important to the Vineyard's economy, its character and to the many students who have received more than $500,000 in scholarships since 1986. It is a non-profit organization run by volunteers who do such a great job that attendance records are broken annually. More than 3500 anglers from all over the globe participated in 2017. The 73rd Derby will begin on Sunday, September 9, 2018 and end on Saturday, October 13.
  10. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/19/sports/maxine-mccormick.html
  11. And Tom McGuane's 92 In The Shade is a classic.
  12. Not fly fishing, but The Shining Tides by Win Brooks is arguably the best salt water fishing fiction ever.
  13. I'm lucky enough to still be fishing at age 85. Balance isn't what it once was, but a wading staff makes it possible to safely navigate water and terrain that would otherwise be off limits. The staff is like a third leg - gives solid purchase and confidence in rocky New England waters and southern flats. Highly recommended.
  14. F. One bite-off so far.
  15. Plenty of deja vu in this thread. For instance in the late 1860's after the Civil War had run its bloody course several famous bass clubs were established in Massachusetts. By the turn of the century all had gone out of business because striper stocks had collapsed, and it wasn't until the late 1920's and early 30's that anglers started to make a few scattered catches. Then in 1936 "huge schools of small stripers of the two- to three-pound class appeared during the early summer from the Virginia Capes through Maine and into Nova Scotian waters. It was the dawn of another golden age, but not one comparable to the tremendous, still-building boom in striper fishing that got under way immediately following World Way II." (Lyman and Woolner "Striped Bass Fishing", 1983). Then, as we know, there was yet another collapse of striped bass stocks in the 1980's that nearly wiped out the fishery -- which was saved when Congress passed the Emergency Striped Bass Bill requiring all states to adhere to Federal regulations including a 36 inch length limit. We have endured boom and bust cycles in the past, and many of the countless schoolies we see today will one day be 20, 30 and 40 pounders. In my lifetime I don't believe there has ever been such a huge, healthy population of small stripers. Yes, today's scarcity of big bass is frustrating, but the future of the fishery looks bright for my kids and grandchildren.