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  1. They're popular for tuna and giant trevally. I have them on some big tuna poppers. I haven't caught any fish on them yet though.
  2. If you actually show up, remain relatively sober, and do your job, you're a better deck hand than average. I should warn you that if you go out long lining you will work 18hrs+ every day you're hauling gear and it will almost certainly be the most exhausting job you've ever done. The crews are extremely rugged individuals and the boats are pretty rough. You'll be in really tight quarters with these people for 5-30+ days depending on the boat. How much time have you spent on boats? Have you done any tuna fishing? Over night? Have you ever been offshore in rough weather? I know every pelagic long line captain on the east coast. I also know some small draggers and gillnetters. If you're really actually serious about this, I can put you in contact with the next guy who complains to me about finding crew. The other option is literally just walk up to guys on the dock and say "Hey, do you know anyone looking for crew?" I would be surprised if you didn't at least get some leads the first day. Random people try to hire me to do stuff on their boats all the time.
  3. Went out front on Wednesday. Saw the chub mackerel doing their surface thing and picked one off on a hogy heavy jig when they came in range. Really big mackerel, a thicc Chubb. A blitz popped off as I was about to leave, turned out to be mostly shad with some small bass mixed in. On tiny peanut bunker(?) like the size of my thumb nail. I eventually hooked what I thought was going to be a really nice bass, but turned out to be a huge bluefish. Dipped out for a spot a little further up the coast when it got dark. Some small bass around, got hit plenty of times, but couldn't keep them pinned. Lots of other surfcasters out there. Stay off my rock!
  4. Hogy heavy jig. Casts like a rocket and does the business. Deadly dick is a close second.
  5. Finally made it offshore. We launched out of Point Judith, RI at 2:30am and ran south to outer butter fish hole. Sun came up and we saw... nothing! Total ghost town. Trolled around a bit, picked up the gear, ran a few miles east, reset on some bonito or something, trolled around, picked up the gear, ran east, rinse and repeat. After 3 hours of not seeing anything we headed north to the south west corner of the dump and saw another boat hooked up on a temp break from 74-72. Place looked like a desert, but we set the gear in the cooler water and hooked a yellowfin 10 minutes later. Still no visible life, few birds, no dolphins, no whales. There was a thick layer of something at 60ft on the sounder, though. We worked the west side of the dump and went 9 for 9 on yellowfin up to 50lbs and hit a 40lb bluefin on a naked ballyhoo. We ran into a huge dolphin/whale frenzy just north of the dump, but there was no fish on them. All the tuna were full of 3-4" squid and small hake(?). A zucchini chatter bar wide tracker caught most of the fish, we got hit on purple and rainbow once each. We tried jigging a few times, but didn't get hit.
  6. We were tuna fishing a 21ft Northcoast 30-50 miles offshore last year. If you have the right small boat and the right conditions anything is possible.
  7. I've seen them a bunch of times in and around the Merrimack river over the years when I was fishing up there. Never caught one.
  8. Got some bass out front at night a couple days ago. Also saw a lot of fish on the surface yesterday chasing 4-5" sandeels. They were extremely picky.
  9. Ya it ain't looking good for me unless the forecast improves significantly.
  10. We ended up kicking the can last week due to a lack of confidence. Might be going for a ride on a boat with canyon range this weekend if the forecast looks ok.
  11. My father caught a cod off the rocks in NH last week on a tin. Granted it was like 10" long, but an interesting catch anyways.
  12. Top to bottom: -Sinking stick bait, carved with a block plane, foiled, spray painted. Doesn't swim great, still catches fish for some reason. -Floating stick bait, same process as above. Swims pretty good, walks the dog pretty good. Catches fish pretty good. -"The Nemo Popper" made for me as a joke by a friend. Weighs 4oz, casts like a rocket, sinks and is kind of hard to plane out, exhausting to work. Absolutely destroys fish at the canal. Like, I cannot believe how well this thing works. They probably think it's a squid? Who knows.
  13. Thinking about checking out the midshore spots south of block island on Wednesday. I'm not really knowledgeable enough to know if this is a stupid plan though.
  14. I thought of that. The only thing getting hit was a mag darter worked real slow with a lot of twitches. Historically that has been the ticket to success in this spot at night.
  15. I only fish needles at night. Small super strike in blurple or lime green. Amazing how often this is the only plug that gets hit. Cast out and reel it in steady and slow. Super boring to fish, but it does the business.