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  1. Geezum. If you've been looking for that long, your vice time over the years must be through the roof. Btw, your flies and photography are immaculate. Really do appreciate the work. Thanks for sharing.
  2. Yes getting old sucks. Try Oil of Olay on the thumb, Rob. Youth in a bottle
  3. In my younger and much stupider days, I often fished a jetty that had these thick iron posts with closed off "eyes" at their tops. This jetty regularly took greenwater over the rocks up to your knees(or worse) on either side of high. Had to constantly hold on to these posts during the overwash to keep my footing. Solution! Thought about rigging up a line from myself to a post.. you know, so if a huge wave blew me off the rocks and into the channel, I wouldn't get swept out to sea to become "crab buffet delite". How I never drowned as a youthful surfcaster is one of the great mysteries of our time.
  4. Towel. Visitors to the parking lots(tourists/walkers/riders/fishermen/everybody) have been moving all those cones off the parking spots and into the grass for at least the past week. Has little to do with fishermen, because 90% of the folks in some of these lots were there for non-fishing purposes. Plus, what were the cones really trying to accomplish? Cut the park visitors in half? There's 14 miles of access road along the canal. It's an enormous space. ACOE may have decided that if two adults could now sit indoors and breathe on each other for a half hour, for a haircut.. then allowing several hundred additional folks onto a spread out, airy, 14 mile course -- outside -- was basically a no brainer.
  5. If your jetty of choice has flat and dry rocks that you'll always be standing on, probably dont need spikes. On flat dry rocks, korkers can sometimes be less stable than a full contact sole. My experience is these magical flat dry jetties are somewhat few and far between. But if there's any rocks at all with slime on them, I'd always go for the cleats. Without steel spike into slimy rock, you're gambling, and essentially standing on slick lubricant.
  6. One problem is a bunch of these mistakes (forgotten bags/rods/rods unfixed to roof) happen when it's dark out or when you're exhausted from a night of fishing. Easy to drop the ball under those circumstances. I find screwups pretty regularly with my dumb mental checklist routine. Korkers left on ground, backpack not yet in trunk, rod not in vehicle, plugs on ground not put away. Should write my name on my hand so I don't forget that
  7. I just buy a 5pk of gorilla grip gloves maybe once a year. Cheap, protects fingers, protects hands, tactile, etc. Works for me.
  8. More than that, these loose lines often snag fishermen's jigs and plugs. Which, if enough people cut their lines at a popular spot, begin to make it completely unfishable. As far as breaking.. as soon as I know I'm snagged I first try to pop it back off with the tension/slack move. If lightly stuck on a rock, this dislodges the hook a fair bit. No dice? then I wrap a gloved hand or jacketed arm to take the pressure off the reel. I use 40# braid so this is still doable. Starts to feel more than a little snug on the body when popping 50 this way. Never tried it with 60.
  9. Sucks. Been there myself. Left a bag with some of my best plugs at a spot once and raced back within the hour. Gone. I've also smashed a rod that I forgot was leaning up against my car. After each disasterous episode(more happen every year..) I add yet another check to my routine. Nowadays I look like an OCD freak doing laps around my car and scanning the ground before I leave. Hopefully someone with a conscience has your bag and peeps on here. That would be cool of them. Moving fwd, maybe affix your cell number to call if lost & found. Could help tip the scales to honesty should you lose another one.
  10. Mike, Mass resident here. I looked it up the other day as I was wondering about CT and found that MA is reciprocal in NH, RI, CT, and even ME. Was very surprised about ME. Assuming this post is correct, as it's from Mass dot gov. Though with the "dot gov".. that's saying a lot :).
  11. Opens in a month.. and if the canal is going to be off limits, I'm not sure why they would delay releasing this fact if it is already established policy.
  12. I've had mixed results using a beaten up eel that's already taken fish. Sometimes they seem to want the thing regardless of the shape it's in, so you can keep catching on the same sad, half-dead, scraped up eel. Other times, after it's been blasted dead by a fish, or stunned by casting, the bite shuts off.. but all it takes is to reach into the bucket or bag for a fresh new lively one to immediately get bit again. In areas with current, I tend to favor lively eels that can still swim and get down. Once they're beat up, I change up. The window of productive fishing during a tide can be frustratingly short, and my feeling is I don't want to waste precious casts and tide time with an eel that's barely riding straight on the retrieve, or high in the water column, all while I have good baits chilling in the bucket. Spent eels of size are saved for "just in case I run out later", or riggies. As for size I do best with medium/largish. Shoestrings will catch just fine but are harder to cast. Jumbo snakes that are so big they make scary noises tend not to get hit as much, at least from my perspective. That said, if you're onto a pile of true cows, they'll gobble up those huge snakes right quick. But smaller to med bass may ignore those unnerving "skinning" eels. Calmer nights are eeling nights. Though there are some fairly vigorous rips I like where I drift my eel out over the drop and they get snatched up in very turbulent water. As for buying, my regular guy used to take care of me and would sort thru/handpick the size I wanted. So I took care of him. If it's some random shop? I politely request medium/larg-er eels. Not the strings. Not the giant snakes. And then I'll usually end up with 4-6 good ones, 4-6 smallish, and 1 or 2 snakes out of a dozen. In this case I try to work it so my good eels are getting thrown during the money time of the tide, and if I have any left over at the end of the night it's the crappier ones. Edit: beaten up eels that have a little life and tail curl, and still run straight, can actually work out best in calmer areas that have rocks. Fresh, lively eels will immediately break for the bottom and can get snagged up in seconds, whereas a scuffed up/slowed up eel can still be worked well, without the snags. There's a few areas I've fished that require a "practice" cast or two with a fresh eel to slow him down before I'll put him out on an actual retrieve. Some guys will skip that step and just whack the eel's head against a bucket from the get go, to stun him, though I tend not to do that.
  13. Pretty soon we'll be fishing the coast from rest areas on Rt 6. Maybe get a business in rocket-assisted fishing going. (3m21s)
  14. Might just be me, and/or the spots I'm fishing, but I saw far fewer mink last year than in years past. And this week I saw rats on consecutive nights, after not having seen them there for years.
  15. Question 1: what's the number of out of state boaters who visit mass ramps on the weekend? Question 2: what's the number of out of state workers who travel into Mass on a daily basis? The out of state plate statute is beyond ridiculous. As if boating and fishing (and maybe stopping for gas) were a huge transmission risk anyway. Meanwhile, thousands of folks from NH CT RI commute into Massachusetts on a daily basis for work. I just don't understand the logic here. At best, there's a handful fewer trucks on the ramps during a busy weekend.