Crozzbow

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    I'm a classic "Fishaholic".
    Just can't get enough of it.
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  1. My bad. What I meant to say was "blade-bait not "buzz-bait" Sorry about that.
  2. Okay, I finally checked out the last two hot spots that treated me well last October. The first of those two spots are a small secluded cove with a rocky beach that gradually exposes itself as the tide goes from high to low. I fished the last two hours of yesterday morning’s dropping tide, in the pouring rain, and was awarded three striped bass measuring 21 to 23 inches long for my efforts. I was fishing from the beach and all three of the bass were caught using a Gulp Alive saltwater eel product threaded on a white 3/8-ounce jig head. I tried fishing some of the plugs and poppers I brought along but had too much trouble keeping the free-floating sea weed off them. On the other hand, once I got my jig/eel combo below the waters surface, I could usually reel it slowly back to me weed free. I visited my second hot spot this morning. Again, I fished the last two hours of the dropping tide and was awarded two striped bass, both measuring 24 inches in length, and a surprise pollock measuring 18 inches in length. I caught all three fish from a rocky section of shoreline that was lined with large boulders both in the water and along the bank of the shoreline. Both bass took the same jig/eel combo I used yesterday. The pollock slammed a large silver blade-bait that I had just tossed out into the water for the heck of it. I didn’t really expect to catch anything with it. I guess you never know what a fish will take until you give it a try and have success. I came close to bringing that pollock home for supper but ended up talking myself into releasing it in the end. Anyways, The success of the last two days will probably extend my striped bass season for another week or two. Maybe I'll be able too entice another pollock (or two) to bite on one of my silver blade-baits. BTW: For those of you who are wondering why I’m fishing from shore and not out on the water dragging a T&W rig behind my kayak??? I sort of messed up my left shoulder a bit when I took my kayak out for a four hour/four mile trek several weeks ago when I was checking out some of my other October hot spots in a “brisk” wind. Nothing serious, just need to rest it up some.
  3. You getting them from shore or out of your yak?
  4. I put in a couple hours of fishing yesterday tossing plugs and soft baits from shore. I only picked up one 27 inch fish for my efforts. It took a 4-1/2 inch soft bait, mackerel imitation, fished midway through the dropping tide. Not great, but not a skunk either. Still have a couple of more spots to check before I call it quits on the saltwater.
  5. My stats are very similar to yours but I blame the lower overall catch numbers on the fact that I put less hours on the water this year. I have a couple of more spots to check this weekend. If I don't catch anything there I'll probably move on to some late season freshwater fishing. I
  6. Good deal!! You fishing shallow water or deep water.?? What color tubes we're you catching them on ??
  7. For various reasons I couldn’t get out on the water and fish for most of this month. However, I did manage to squeeze in an afternoon of fishing today. Since I hadn’t been on the water for a while I planned to spend most of the afternoon checking out four of the fishing locations that were good to me at this time last year. The four locations are spaced out quite a bit, so I was looking at approximately four miles of paddling in a brisk wind that felt more like a gale force wind when it was blowing directly in my face. As I paddled my way to the first location I noticed a distinct lack of surface activity of any type. A big departure from what I saw at the end of last month when I was fishing with Chalkdust. When I reached the first location I trolled my T&W rigs through all the spots that produced fish for me last year with no success. It was essentially the same story for the next three locations. By the time I finished trolling my T&W rigs through the fourth and last location it was time to head back to the kayak launch point. To reach the launch point required paddling the kayak one mile across open water with the wind and tide working against me. I almost dumped the kayak when a rather large boat wake hit me from the side of the kayak when I was moving one of my fishing poles into a rod holder located behind my seat. I grabbed the paddle and held my breath as the kayak started rolling to within a fraction of a degree away from going turtle and dumping me and a portion of my gear in some very cold water. Fortunately for me it didn’t go turtle and the kayak righted itself. I don’t know how it happened but I not complaining. When I got close to the kayak launch point I started trolling my T&W rigs again. In short order I caught and released four striped bass measuring 24 inches then nothing more after that. While I thoroughly enjoyed spending my afternoon on the water fishing, I am a little disappointed with the results. I was hoping see some action at the same level as last year. I’m not ready to quit yet. I'll check out a few more areas that were good to me last October and If I don’t find any action then, I’ll probably call it a season.
  8. I did it on my Revo 13. No problem. Piece of cake when it is done side saddle with the buckets in the rear cargo area. Just out of curiosity, did you try putting just enough weight on your live line rigging to force your mackerel to swim deeper in the water column ?Big bass tend hang around bottom structure waiting for their meals to come to them.
  9. What I forgot to mention is that when you are on the water you should not try to lift the buckets with water in them. Empty and fill the no hole bucket in place using a bailer or hand pump. Slowly lift the bucket with holes to allow the water in it to comepletly drain out of the bucket before trying to lift out of the water.
  10. Here is an ultra simple (and inexpensive solution) Visit one of your local big box "hardware stores" (lowes, home depot, etc.) and buy two five gallon buckets. Make sure one bucket fits cleanly into the other and also be you get covers for both buckets. Take the buckets home and drill a bunch of half inch holes in the lower section of one of the buckets. Remove the wire handles on both buckets and replace them with home made rope handles. Fill the no hole bucket about half to three quarters of the way with water. Place the bucket with holes into the no hole bucket and verify there is enough water in the two bucket combo to keep a few mackerel alive. Assuming that there is. Then the two buckets can be used to keep mackerel alive. You simply use the two bucket combo filled with fresh salt water when moving point to point then place the bucket with the holes (and mackerel) in it, overboard when you reach your destination. When you want to move to a new destination dump out the stale saltwater and replace with fresh salt water before retrieving the bucket with holes (and remaining mackerel) in it, and placing it back into the bucket with no holes the move to the next destination. The only draw back to this solution is that you will probably need to sit side saddle on your kayak in relatively calm water to safely fill, empty, and move around the buckets. I would recommend practicing these activities in shallow water a few times before you try them in deep water. I used this two bucket approach to keeping bait alive prior to my current T&W fixation and it worked out quite well for me.
  11. I’m Back For those who are wondering where I’ve been for the last couple of weeks…... My activity coordinator (wife) and I made a trip out to Montana to visit my oldest son and his family. Probably goes without saying that one of the first things I did when we arrived was to spend fifty dollars on a two-day out of state Montana license. I then accompanied my 8-year-old grandson to a local pond stocked with bass and trout where I promptly helped him catch his first rainbow trout. That moment made the whole trip worthwhile. The next morning, we fished a local river with large pools, which I was told, typically held lots of hungry fish. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much luck. My son didn’t have the right gear for catching trout and the water levels were way down and we didn’t have much luck. My son didn’t have the right gear for catching. There were other areas we could have fished but it was late in the day when we quit, and It would have cost me another fifty dollars for the two-day license for a couple of more days of fishing. Instead, we spent the rest of the week exploring Glacier National Park. We did a lot of hiking in the park which abused my legs so much that I almost had to crawl down the gangway to the planes on the return trip home. The activity coordinator (wife) caught a bad cold while she was out there and on the way home, with the help of the planes closed air re-circulation system, she was able to share her cold with the rest of the plane passengers. Unfortunately, one of those passengers was me. I ended up catching her cold which promptly morphed into a nasty upper respiratory infection with a painful eye infection thrown in for good measure. I was miserable and had to sideline myself on the couch for week and a half. The worst of it is over now. I wanted to get out on the water yesterday, but the activity coordinator (wife) was insistent that the lawn needed mowing a lot more than I needed to go fishing. I tried to convince her that winter would take care of all the grass that was in the back yard, but, she wasn't buying it. Probably just as well as my poor 12 hp John Deere screamed like a banshee the whole time that I was mowing the foot and a half high grass that was back there. Another week or more and I would have needed a sharp machete and a bush hog to cut down what was out there. Today it is raining, and I have an appointments scheduled. Oh well, tomorrow is another day. Steve C
  12. What really galls me is this quote from the Maine Marine Patrol. "There was nothing illegal about what they did because the fish were released alive,” Then goes along and states the following... "It was the stress and exhaustion of being caught in a net and then released that likely caused the die-off" If they know that stress and exhaustion is killing (and wasting) large numbers of the netted fish why are the regulations allowing them to do it??
  13. After fuming on this for a while, I came up with this........ Why can't the regulations be changed to force the fishing boats to go out with smaller catch size nets that can't catch more than their daily catch limit? Then fine the crap out of them when they do exceed their limits. I don't buy the excuse that it will be too expensive for the fishing boats. Somebody is paying for the expense of cleaning all that wasted bait fish that fouls the beaches, harbors, and shoreline when it gets washed ashore. I sure wouldn't be surprised if the fishing boats aren't the ones who are reaching into their pockets to pay for that clean up.
  14. I'm interested in coming to the "fling" and your date / location works for me (so far). Put me on your " will be there list ". I may actually make it this year ??
  15. I must of come late for this one. Where you per chance referring to the next get together of the SOL Me/Nh stripper chasers ??