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  1. I was on the dock when one of the Karen Ann boats came screaming through the 'no wake' zone in our basin at high speed in spring 2017, smashing boats against the docks, while a couple of people on shore shouted at them to slow down - which they didn't. I personally will never be patronizing a company that shows such little regard for their fellow water users.
  2. In my limited experience: 1) 50lb is fine for the surf, I might go a bit lighter in the back bays, unless I knew there were big blue fish about. 2) 2ft is fine, I've used as short as 8 inches. 3) Never had any problems with the paper clip type, but I lost a keeper and my bucktail when it twisted a snap swivel open last year. Even the paperclip type can open a bit after a heavy fish.
  3. I worked out that I was taking off waaaay to much metal off with the hook sharpening stone I have. By barely touching the hook, with no downward pressure, I get a much sharper result than what I was doing before, whether I go from bend to point or vice versa.
  4. Hi Reelfire, if you reach out to the email address on the website, I'm sure they'll send some. Or send me a message on here, and I can give you a direct email address.
  5. Last year I signed up for the New York Striped Bass Cooperative Anglers Survey, and I'll definitely be doing it again this year. I've been a user of the online elog book for the last couple of years, but collecting scales was a first for me (there is definitely a knack!). The coolest bit about collecting scales is the DEC will send you back the information on your catch, so you get to see the ages of all the fish that you caught. For example I had 2 year old fish ranging from 12 - 20 inches, and 5 year old fish ranging from 21 - 30. Fascinating! It would be great to see more anglers involved, and the DEC are keen to increase participation. Not only are you doing your bit for conservation and research, but you get to see the age information too, as well receiving the newsletter highlighting the results of the survey. The bad news is that the recruitment for NY in 2016 wasn't very good, following slightly above average years in 2014, 2015. Most surprising was that only 24 people in the whole of new york sent in scale samples. Come on guys, we can do better than that! I also got to meet a couple of the DEC guys when they collected the head of the one striper I kept last year, a 7 year old, 32 incher. They were unbelievably nice, and so passionate about our shared resource. It really gave me hope. This website gives you details on the NY program if you're interested in signing up: Tight lines for 2017!
  6. ugly stik. I can cast almost as far with a 6.6 ugly stick 1-3 oz as most of the other people on the beach. < $40. There will be a day when I wish I had a rod that could cast a bit further, but it hasn't happened yet, and I've never had a day when I wished I spent an extra several hundred dollars on a rod.
  7. I have bought prescription sunglasses online before. Zenni optical wrap around sunnies with prescription lenses are under $100. At that price - it's not the end of the world if they're not that good/ fall in the ocean etc though my glasses have all been good from there. I've never had a pair of polaroids for more than $20 - I'd prefer to spend the extra $500 on an extra fishing trip. To my mind - you're better off going fishing twice with a cheap pair of glasses, than once with an expensive pair.
  8. I guess barbs were designed when fishing was a life or death pursuit, and at a time when fishers were using lines woven from horse hair or cat gut, and rods made from cane at best. Now we have glass/carbon rods, smooth drags and braided lines - we don't really need any extra advantage to catch the fish of a lifetime. And there is no doubt that returning (undersized) fish are less damaged when you don't have to pull a barbed hook out.
  9. Do you find the plug swims the same way with a single hook instead of a treble. I don't want to mess up the action...
  10. Hi All, Just wondering what techniques people use for sharping hooks - specifically point first, or last. There are numerous videos and written guides advocating one or the other. I would naturally have thought bend to point, but someone mentioned that point first creates a stronger, more durable point. What do you do? I'm particularly interested since you can't replace bucktail/fly hooks as easily as on a lure - and I mainly fish with those.
  11. I spent a windy morning recently casting into the wind with an unmodified brand new floating 6" tsunami talkin' popper. After an hour (no fish) the back treble had marked the plug body, and one of the points had been blunted in the process... What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance for any advice.
  12. I've actually just been fishing in a busier location, and found that gulp got outfished by real sand worms about 5:1
  13. I have also found that the gulp stubs make a very good porgy bait, as long as you change them for a 'fresh' one every 2-3 casts. Posted July 05 2016 - 6:20 AM fishymark, on 02 Jul 2016 - 08:28 AM, said: Put the stub on first and then add a cheapie twister tail. Works well
  14. I found my normal fluking bucktail and teaser rig very effective, but with a gulp without a tail on the bucktail (chum!) and a size 8 hook with a nub of gulp on the dropper - pretty much a fish every cast. Except when there's blowfish around - I have watched them carve a gulp off the size 8 hook without eating it. As someone else said, tighten up and then crawl the bucktail right along the bottom back to you - basically reeling just enough to keep tight.
  15. Does any one have any tips for avoiding fish biting off the curly tails in the first place? I've got a whole bucket full of Gulp stubs now.