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  1. Look to me a little like a fish that had its gills cut to bleed it out and was then abandoned.
  2. There have been a ton in Boston Harbor.
  3. Yep, that’s how I approach those trips.
  4. If you’re fishing the shoals, I think you need a beefier setup for when the current is ripping and you need 12+ ounces. With that much weight, you can’t really Skinner-style jig (it’s exhausting and you end up more flexing the tip of the rod than really bouncing your baits), but I do think a more slow-paced jig and drop adds helpful action as opposed to just deadsticking. For that, you want a more moderate action rod. I’ve used a Lami Triflex 7650 out there and been happy with it. I also use a beefier reel when I need that much lead. I have the same concerns as you allude to about baitcasters not standing up to the heavy and constant strain. Lots of good conventional bottom fishing reels out there, many of which are getting lighter and lighter. I like the Maxel Hybrids (which have a thumb bar) and the Tekotas.
  5. A Tekota 501HGA fits the bill. You could also look into a low profile reel (Tranx, Lexa, etc.) in the 301 or 401 size. For a beginner, I definitely recommend a levelwind.
  6. There was a good burst of fish in mid-January when just about every boat was catching good numbers of fish and there were even a few boat limits. I think it’s slowed down a little recently but they’re still picking some fish and it could pick up any day now.
  7. Key to Neptune: go an hour or two before you’re ready to eat. Put your name on the waitlist. Hang out nearby until they call you to let you know a table has opened up. Great shellfish there, but the cooked dishes might be even better.
  8. No name closed a few weeks ago. A shame, that was one of the old school places left.
  9. I’m on that trip as well. Should be a good one. Sold out in 20 minutes or so if I remember correctly. I don’t think jig head versus skirted hook makes a huge difference, but when the drift is fast (as is often the case on the shoals), I prefer the jig heads. I think the little bit of extra weight makes them have a little better action when you jig your rod in those conditions.
  10. I and many other prefer a star drag for bottom fishing. For most of the inshore species in the northeast, you don’t need to fiddle with the drag. The new Tekota comes in lefty and has a reputation for reliability. The 501 would be a good fit for bottom fishing and chunking/jigging stripers. For a non-level wind reel, look into the Toriums or Fathoms. If you wanted something lighter, I’ve been very happy with the Maxel Hybrid 20, or you can look into one of the low profile baitcasters (Lexa, Tranx, etc.).
  11. Most tangles happen towards the end of your rig. If you fish a longer mono topshot, that’ll solve most of the tangle issues with braid.
  12. Looks amazing and glad to hear it turned out well!
  13. I'd probably skip the marinade (or at least the wet parts of it) so that you can get a better sear, but you'd lose out on some flavor. Don't think you can really go wrong either way.
  14. I think I missed that they’re going to cook with the paella that long. Two hours at 275 should be more than enough. I’d taste as you go and take them out when tender.
  15. I might do the riblets the day before. That way, you can be sure that they’re the right texture (nice and tender), and it’ll make the day-of timing easier. Because of all that connective tissue, you can’t really overcook them and I’d give it an hour or two at a low simmer. I’d brown them in the pan first before adding the chicken stock and braising in the oven, and then add them along with leftover braising liquid after you’ve browned the other meats. Tough to reverse sear since you’d need to dry them off first and that seems like not worth the effort. Method otherwise sounded good to me. I think it’s going to come out really, really well.