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  1. I did a late night to sunrise run as basically a drive by on my way somewhere else. Out on my favorite jetty, no one was around but there were signs somebody did well earlier with a bunch of blood on the rocks. Also several bait fish that looked coughed up. I could recognize anchovies and a couple mullet. I had a slow steady pick of the 20 inch cookie cutter bass by working what little whitewater there was. At sunrise a nice flurry of cartwheeling bass knocking my plug 2 feet into the air, hitting 5 or 6 times in one retrieve until one gets hooked. Can't help but love surface action although still all the same small size. Birds were working just out of reach and crap ton of bait but I had to leave. Nice to finally get out. Didn't get striper thumb but at least I got stinky fingers. Water nice and clean, lots of bait. Im still expecting albies to fill in before I return next weekend.
  2. You can worry about your responsibilities at home and still go on the jetty, you just dont do it in a hurricane. I think it comes with age, especially if you become a parent yourself. I remember lectures from my old man when I was a new father, out on the jetty burning the midnight oil. Back then I didn't listen. Now I know he was right. Sure, the family says they're glad he died doing something he loved. Maybe they even mean it. But deep deep down, maybe so deep they won't admit it, they are pissed. They are left behind to carry grief for the rest of their lives, all so he could have fun. All he had to do was surf somewhere else. So easy. He could still do what he loved, but instead of giving his mother a lifetime of grief, he could have given her grandkids.
  3. Only drawback besides cost, it's easy to binge, especially if you bake something yummy. Seems to me, being concentrated kicks up the brain chemistry disruption more inline with something more addictive. Can get really cravery if you do it too often. Crash and withdrawal much worse than smoking if you go cold turkey.
  4. Tablespoon? For real? I'd go 100% edible if I could. Much too low yield for the cost. My dream would something I could eat just a tablespoon, be totally satisfied, and have out of pocket $$$ not increase.
  5. Thanks. In my case I suspect my building is too close to the road, like 5 or 6 feet, with windows limiting room on the wall. I assume that's why it all went down cellar. Im more interested in my old house, aka mommy's house, where 2 of my kids still live. That regulator and prv must have been installed during the Reagan administration, before I bought the house. I never touched it for the 20 years I lived there, sure as **** she hasn't since. It looks nasty, can't even read the date code. Will Nat grid replace that on request? That's their gear right? No charge upgrade for safety?
  6. That's weird, Nat Grid put in all new services and split it off to separate meters (I was getting screwed on estimated billing). I was real happy to get my own meter, and now also happy to have new regulator and prv, but they moved the meters to the cellar, inside. That's not reassuring.
  7. On tv last night they said at least October.
  8. What's happening with Massachusetts recreational? Need some variety. Pretty much immune to what I got now. Same same too long = skyhigh tolerance.
  9. Back in the 90s when the bar was elbow to elbow, there was a guy used to bring a golden. Everytime he hooked a fish, the dog would jump in the river to retrieve the fish. The current would then instantly pull the dog downstream through five or six guys' lines before it could scramble ashore, shake sand and water on everyone and run up to do it again.
  10. I feel really bad for those grieving family members. That is what these hardcore surfers and boogyboarders should be thinking of. No one will be impressed with your rebellious bravado when they watch your mother cry on tv.
  11. It was different going back aways. Of the two I ever frequent, one has always been a rotation spot, probably before most of our times. When I did it late 80s early 90s, it was mostly older guys, regulars, some townies, some RV guys. It was like you describe. Respectful new guys were given a spot, even some tips. I luckily got introduced by a local so my learning curve was short. I never really saw people buck it. Seemed obvious that wouldn't fly. The other place I like didn t used to be so hardcore rotation spot. More the who ever got there first spot. That has changed and now on outgoing during peak times you got young guys doing the new version rotation with one guy casting and five guys watching like idiots. Makes no sense. Everyone could cast with a little cooperation. The other thing about the new guys, they come late, in groups and muscle their way to the tip and claim it in the name of the rotation. That never happened. The one difference between the two spots is on one, there's fewer options to avoid the rotation. The other one you can spread out. In the right conditions I can consistently catch without taking a spot in line but also stay out of their way. Not always, but enough.
  12. Here's some interesting research. I just found it. Only skimmed it, on my way to work. Looks like something a lot of us would like to know. They include speculation about white sharks. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/300370801_The_potential_role_of_spiny_dogfish_in_gray_and_harbor_seal_diets_in_the_Gulf_of_Maine
  13. There are interesting tourism numbers that can be tracked. I glanced at some stuff on google. No numbers for this year yet. Couple thing caught my eye; real estate occupancy rates have not changed. Rentals are as full as pre-shark, within a percent or less. Recorded visits to the national seashore are down. That might be shark related. I'm guessing casual swimmers look to the bay now. Really it's the post-fatality numbers that matter, and a few years to adjust to really know jow tourism is affected.
  14. Some good advice up there. Another lesson that comes out of this is how many smart and handy people have no idea of the how and why of natural gas. I knew a little from working utilities (water) but I learned a lot from this. Can only hope everyone has.
  15. The more I think about a rec hunt, the more I like it. In my opinion, regardless how the science shakes out, "Cull" is a dirty word that will cost too much bad press. Also a hard sell to wildlife management. For a cull you would need TOO MANY seals. That's hard to determine, might take years and millions and maybe makes them look bad. For a harvest you would only need just enough, not too many. Plus, generally speaking, wildlife management that produced surplus animals allowing a revenue generating recreation opportunity would look good. I'm sure it would be easier and quicker to sell the idea the herd can spare a few rather than the herd needs to be killed off. You'd have to drop the word cull, and somehow get the armchair biologists and idiot politicians to stop their shrill cries. And get the natives in on it somehow.