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  1. When the albacore hit spreader bars and pull drag off the 50s, you know that they're getting big. Fun fish on light stuff, but have a habit of wrapping everything up when they grab one of the big rods and arc across the other lines because they can't pull enough line to head straight out,
  2. OK, thanks. I hear it from the BS brigade so often that I have a knee-jerk tendency to react. Because I am offshore--and the bluefish aren't.
  3. From what friends in the area told me, the water has come up about 6 feet in the past couple of weeks; I paddled up close to one island, planning to cast around shoreline deadfalls and such, and my GPS showed that I was on dry land even though I had 5 feet of water under the canoe. The bottom there was all rippled sand, with no vegetation at all,. The bass that we had were all caught either casting to shoreline jetties and riprap or casting blind over rock/gravel flats in three to six feet of water. People told me that they're starting to control the water level fluctuations a bit, and that they're starting to get more vegetation, but the lake is still mostly hard structure fishing rather than weeds. The water is still cold. We had temperatures ranging from 48 to 58, but caught most of our fish in 52-56. Both our guide, and a friend who lives near Gloversville and also guides on the lake, said that the pike could be anywhere right now, given the water temps; there should be fish warming up in the shallows, but as I said, we only ran into the one that bit off my wife's swimbait while she was bass fishing. The way our guide was suggesting that I stop trying to target a pike, I got the feeling that he didn't have too much faith that I'd do anything if I kept on--which was a mid-morning switch, as when we first got out he was pointing out places where pike might be likely to be, and encouraging my trying. I don't know how quickly conditions can change up there, and whether a few warm days and a stable water level might help, but our experience probably doesn't bode well for your trip.
  4. I usually just held the tip high and reeled slowly. Still do, when I go back to fish my old home waters.
  5. Just got back. Fished a couple of days on my own, just my wife and I in our canoe, and then had a morning with a local guide; some folks I knew also did guided trips while I was there. Wind blew the first day, so we fished Mayfield Lake. A little bit of life, though the canoe was blowing around badly. Largemouth on a big swimbait fished on a jig head with willow leaf spinner below. Then we fished Great Sacandaga with the canoe, out of the Broadalbin boat launch. I was throwing a spinnerbait for pike, my wife was fishing a 4" Gulp on a swimbait hook. I got exercise, she got smallmouth. Next morning we fished with a local guide. I started out throwning the spinnerbait and a surface plug, my wife cast a white Keitech swimbait. The pike were noticeably absent. Finally switched over to a swimbait just to feel something pull. We ended up catching 27 smallmouth; one pike bit off my wife's lure. Two different parties of folks we know went on guided trips for pike and walleye. Over all, they ended up with an aggregate of no pike, one short walleye. So it looks like, at least on Great Sacandaga, C&R smallmouth is about all that's going on right now.
  6. I've got a similar story. My family had a house that they bought before the Second World War. My grandfather was a professional gardener. Out of his kids, only my mother married, so when the last of my uncles died, it was my job to clean out the house. Did a pretty good job from attic to ground floor, but when I got to the cellar, among other things, I found a bunch of shelves in the corner with various bottles and jars containing noxious liquids in a wide array of colors, a few of which bore dried-out masking take labels with the barely legible word "POISON" written thereon. Did the only logical thing. Called Servicemaster and paid them to clean out the cellar. My problem liquids became their problem. Cost a few hundred, but given that I had to clean up the entire place before putting it on the market, it was money well spent.
  7. Really? Must be something about my boat that scares them, because I fish offshore from June into October, and haven't been seeing them. I shark fish during a lot of that time, and haven't had a single bluefish in my chum slick in about four years, even though I'm fishing in places where they used to line up behind the can like goldfish waiting to be fed. I troll for tuna, and haven't had a bluefish hit one of my lures, or my ballyhoo, outside of one day near the Coimbra three or four years ago. Even when I throw a deep-running plug or two into the spread to pick off mahi that won't come up to the surface lures, the bluefish leave me alone. Over the years, I've run into bluefish offshore, sometimes even out in the canyons, from time to time, but in recent years, they've been noticeably absent, I have no doubt that a few people might, on occasion, still run into some out there, but they seem very few and far apart these days. I'm curious where and when they're being found "by the millions."
  8. Redfin retrieved slowly with a high rod tip, so the plug swims on the surface and wakes. Years ago, on the Connecticut side of Long Island Sound, we sometimes used to heat the base of the lip and bend it back so the lure couldn't dive, although I could usually keep Redfins on top just by reeling slowly.
  9. Fishing mono, we use 20 turns on a Bimini. I tend to use an FG with braid, but read--in the old Sport Fishing magazine--that Biminis in braid are actually stronger with fewer turns. When they tested knots on a line testing machine, they found that 12 turns worked best. Never tried it myself, so I can't speak from personal experinece. But the Sport Fishing knot tests used to be carefully done.
  10. Doubt that you'll see it this year, although if the spawn is bad, things could get interesting in '22.
  11. As a practical matter, that's what the 35" option would have provided. This is where you start getting into management philosophy. Some people like the slot, saying that it would protect the larger spawners. But there is the practical consideration that, if fishing mortality on the slot fish is too high, not many will survive to make it to the protected over-slot size. Others (and I fall into this camp) support a large minimum size for just the reason you mention--it lets every fish spawn at least once, and others multiple times. It also has the advantage of letting you keep a big fish that looks like it won't survive release. In the end, the most important factor is probably keeping fishing mortality low enough that enough small fish live long enough to grow large, and enough older, larger fish remain uncaught. That's why the age/size structure language in the goals and objectives of the management plan mattered, ane why it's good that they won't be removed.
  12. About half, perhaps a few more, will spawn for the first time in six years. That was the basis for the 28-inch minimum size. If I recall correctly, 100% are mature by 34 inches, although that figure has changed over time. When Amendment 6 was adopted, they thought it was 36 inches; I've seen 32 and 33 inches, too. It seems that age at maturity is somewhat flexible, and can change as ocean conditions change.
  13. Definitely should have been done before this, but better to protect them in the middle of the slot than not at all. In a perfect world, they would have put the 35” minimum in place through 2024 or so, then gone to the current slot, so that the 2015s remained protected; once the Amendment 7 protections go in, the year class will already be seriously depleted. On the other hand, call me a cynic from doing this so long, but I don’t really believe that the NJ rep really cared about the 2915s; if he did, he could have suggested protecting them two years ago—something that he didn’t even come close to doing. I suspect that he raised his objection out of the hope that he might convince the rest of the Management Board that instead of pitting in protections too late, they shouldn’t adopt any protective measures at all.
  14. I don’t disagree; just saying that there are ways.