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  1. Sometimes.. they'll surprise you with the extremes they'll tolerate if there's something they want more than temperature: A few years ago we had an unbelievably warm summer. Buzzards Bay shot up to 80/81 in late August and Jack/Tinker Dolphin were beaching themselves on the rocks in the West End. I remember telling someone on SOL, ima going down tonight...but there's simply NO WAY bass'll be on the feed on the east tide. Are you kidding me?? The water pouring out of Buzzards Bay is 80°! Those things will have long since hightailed it to CCB, and the depths therein, where at least the water is cooler. Wouldn't you know, I was totally wrong. (Never happened before...( ¬ _¬) Bass bit heavy on the 80° inflow from Buzzards Bay, after sunrise. Unreal
  2. Saw 72 last night, inshore NS, by the ramp. High 60s on the fishing grounds. 65-70 is the sweet spot for large. If they can get it. No they won't die if it gets cold, like subtropical species such as snook. But they definitely have strong temperature preferences. And that basically means 60—>low 70s for cows. Hell, they can live in near freezing holdover well as waay out by the offshore canyons..near warmwater eddies——100 miles offshore. They can rest in 18" of flats water, or down 100 or more feet..waaaay offshore. Can probably technically tolerate low 30s.. to brief forrays up to ~80-85°, in saltwater. But again, 60 to 70 is ideal for living, with some flexibility either side of those marks (high 50s to low 70s, generally)
  3. At least this is my understanding: High year to year spawning variability is characteristic of striped bass, because spawning success is closely linked to environmental conditions and weather around the time of spawn. There must be adequate water flow to keep the eggs suspended for the first cpl days; if not the eggs sink to the bottom and die. So cool wet springs foster better year classes than warm dry springs. So big year classes followed by thin ones are the norm. Problems occur when there aren't enough breeders around to take advantage of those optimal springs, and you begin to see a serious decline in overall species population health. Or something like that. *** There's also been some studies that relate cyclical (over decades) striped bass spawning success to larger and longer term climatic features, like the Atlantic Multidecadenal Oscillation...which impacts weather on the East it occurs over decades. Bottom line is, gotta have those breeders in place for the good weather years. If not, we start to see a long streak of super loser spawns in a row..and the population crashes, like it did in the late 70s/80s
  4. Last 3 spawns have been in the basement terrible. As have 4 of the past 7. So it's no surprise the rat and schoolie population is mia this year. The 2015s are now into the slot, and ripe for the pickin. The 2011s are now 11, and should be ~40 inch class. Perfect comm size. Hundy bucks a breeder
  5. I wish I was a well wisher. Regularly payin 25bucks a pound for primo wild-caught seven stripe is cuttin in to my coke money
  6. There definitely was some hefty groundswell around last night at the top of the tide. Sets rolled onshore with short periods, too. Didn't ease off until hours later and the tide was mostly down. But you'd still get a cracker of a set every couple minutes. Surf and swell forecast before heading out – every time. I'm guilty of skipping that part too..when the wind is low, then I get out there and hear the rumbling and booming breaks and it's oh crap. Groundswell will **ck your chit up good if not respected. It's what sweeps most guys off the rocks to instant trouble or doom. not wind-waves..imo
  7. That's pretty much it. And that statement can be applied to several geographic regions that have historically been popular with the comm crowd. I mean, whatdidya think was gonna happen when you off thousands of spawners from a single geographic group? Nothing good!
  8. lol Those are bluefin tuna prices. And the fuel, gear, boat, marina, and everything cost is about 20x more to tuna fish, vs ripping cows just off the beach from a trailered boat.. with 2 dozen eels ..or a gang of snagged bunker. (comm tuna is a losing proposition for 90% of all boats)
  9. Wind died off tonight but the damage had been done: Combination of chilly temperatures this weekend and some coastal upwelling from strong, cold NW flow, dropped water temps back into the lower to mid 50s along the North Shore (from mid 60s late last week). Predictably, bass took a hard leave of absence tonight in such chilly waters. Temps ranged from 53 to 58 on the sounder, though most water was stuck around 56. Not good for large. *** Temps upstairs in the atmosphere dipped to about as cold as it gets for this date: the freezing level came down to 4817ft..which is why Mt Washington saw winter weather this weekend. The Grey, ME sounding up at 850mb saw the coldest mark for the date during the period of sounding record (which is the past 30yrs)
  10. To his credit, and one reason I like him as a person and meteorologist, is that despite enormous professional pressure to be right all the time...he always follows the data like any solid scientist should. If the data suggests he's wrong on a topic—he's pretty good about quickly changing his position to fit the facts. Says a lot about a guy that can put ego aside—however begrudgingly—to stick to the facts. And that's why I respect him as a scientist. Decent regular guy too. Family man, loves Boston and New England, has a penchant for good beer, loves the natural world all around us, etc
  11. Macks have also reportedly been **somewhat hard to come by just north of the border— at least inshore.. at the usual locations. Can't speak to "offshore" schools in Deepwater & around typical tuna territory, because my friends and I haven't been out there yet. But 1st rod and reel tuna have been caught(80" class & skinny), so we'll be out there soon enough.
  12. Well, you certainly hit the lowlights of 2021! Memorial Day, and July 4th were well below average..with the 1st 3 weeks of July clocking in with near to record rainfall for that stretch. It was terrible for gardeners, as well as boaters! *** For those interested in other New England weather extremes, I'd like to recommend one book: "Mighty Storms of New England" By Eric Fisher Essentially, an excellent overview of ~ a centuries' worth of violent and destructive storms in the New England geographic region. It's an outstanding summary of what one might expect to encounter once or twice a lifetime, living in New England. All the bigguns are here. I've known him informally for a decade, and he worked very hard on this book. Worth the price of admission, and worthy for the bookshelf.
  13. Friend said it was a smidge rough & chilly out there today, and noted CC parties shivering and roller coastering in the late June gusty chill. Although protected from the elements, my pal also smacked a telephone pole-sized log today..likely loosened and set afloat upriver by the king tides this week. The combo of wind and chill isn't unique to coastal boating climes. Subfreezing temps, snow, and gusts to 100 atop the rockpile on Mt at the summer solstice
  14. After a entire families' slaughter/murder, the beach would be closed for several hours. Then it would reopen for business, next day! Meanwhile, a darwinian failure aka piping plover closes beaches for months if so much as a cat farts on them