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About Trainman327

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  1. I take many precautions, on a regular bases, and very rarely get sick. I can’t remember the last time I was sick. I have not changed my habits during this event, other than wearing a mask as required by the government. I use a commuter train and subway system to get to my office. I know these are rolling petri dishes. Especially the subway. While using public transportation: I never touch anything with my hands, I walk to the end of the platform and get on the first or last car because they are always far less crowded, If anyone sneezes or coughs I hold my breath as long as possible and move to the other end of the car then exit at the next station. I always use sanitizer after exiting public transportation. Additional things I do all the time: I never tough my face with my fingers unless my hands were just washed or sanitized. I never touch doorknobs, drawer handles or sink faucets in public areas without a paper towel of wipe in my hands to touch them with. I will not use sinks or air driers in public restrooms. I always carry wipes and sanitizer with me to clean my hands after I exit the restroom and they are in my pocket before I enter, ready to use, so I don’t have to touch my backpack to get to them. I avoid crowded spaces, I don’t enter an elevator with more than 3 people on it. I wipe down all the contact surfaces in my office frequently. If I suspect someone is sick, I will sit in the furthest chair in the conference room from them. I sanitize my cell phone frequently. I do all this without thinking, it has become habit. I also don’t seam to appear to be OCD about it because many coworkers always ask how I never get sick. I must mask it well. I can’t say I’m a complete germaphobe, while fishing I don’t worry about the stink on my hands from bait. In fact I frequently forget to clean my hands before grabbing food and eating it. I’m surprised I haven’t gotten sick from that.
  2. If I own property and pay property taxes I should have access to my property. If you want to deny me access, fine, then just like the renters, I should get a pro-rated refund on my property taxes for the time I'm denied access.
  3. Living in a small town, that has many businesses relying on visitors, we have a fair number of businesses shuttered. We have a higher than average number of restaurants, antique shops and specialty stores. However many have found temporary work with the essential businesses that needed the help. The grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores all took on new employees until this is over, just like seasonal workers. A neighbor, who is a bartender, took a job driving a 26 foot delivery truck for a local supply company. All of the essential businesses are also paying a higher salary, like hazard pay, and are not forcing employees to work if they don't want to or their risk it too high. I'm aware of the CVS having two teenagers who stopped working because of family risks in their home, and the store hired two local waitresses to fill the slots until they can switch back. There is some opportunity out there, if you look for it. I also have a friend that works for GM, that had a CDL license expire several years ago, is now driving a truck for a grocery store warehouse in Kentucky.
  4. My family is quite lucky. My wife is retired and my son and I both can fully work from home. My wife is a very high risk patient due to pulmonary issues (not related to smoking), so only I have ventured out, 3 times total, in the last 4 weeks. I live in a small town that is unlikely to suffer a significant number of cases in a county that currently only has 52 cases, but we are not taking any chances. I make 6 figures and can do my part to support the economy during this crisis. My stimulus check and more will be donated to my church for distribution to local families in need. Unfortunately, we trust nothing that enters our house, so takeout or delivery food service is not done. What we have done is provide food delivery to the local hospital and clinic. We have also included a 100% gratuity to the restaurants we have used for this delivery. All of the families on my street are either retired, working from home or are essential workers. We have been in communication with most in the neighborhood and have provided support and supplies when needed. In the spirit of the original post, we have done a number of things around the house. We have fully, and I mean fully cleaned, almost every room in the house. Inside the house we have painted two rooms, painted most of the doors and trim. Outside we have already completely removed all winter debris and trimmed most of the bushes and trees. This usually isn't done until late April. I will be cutting down two old cypress trees this coming weekend and the next project will be to completely remove all the stone garden borders and reset them straight and level (been putting this off for a few years). There is a lot of hardship and sorrow in these tough times, but there has also been some very positive things as well. The EXTREME division we have experienced in recent times has all but disappeared. At least in my area. We are all working together to help and support one another and our political, social and religious positions are not even considered because the are irrelevant right now. I pray that the division and decisiveness doesn't return after this is over.
  5. The Penn Squall 30LD doesn't have mag breaks. Actually the Squall 30 star drag doesn't either. Only the 15 star drag does. Kind of odd, I think. Not sure why they have it that way. Practicing off the pier is great for playing with max distance, But I find that it doesn't always apply so much when actually fishing. If the beach has a steep slope, or the surf is ruff and I need to use 8 oz. or higher to hold bottom, my casting distance diminishes greatly. Actually, once I get past 8 oz. the issue becomes more about trying to keep the spool from slipping while loading the rod. In Florida and the Outer Banks the beach slope is usually flatter. Assateague and Ocean City can be quite steep, in my experience. Albeit, I don't have a 4x4 yet, so I don't know about down in the OSV zone.
  6. From a pier in my town, using a 12' Battalion rod, Squall 30LD reel and an 8 oz. eg sinker, I can cast 200 yards with little difficulty. I never thumb the line when I'm practice casting like that. But once I'm on the beach, casting weight & bait on a drum rig, with two piece unbalanced weight points and the angle of the rod to avoid the sand can make a big difference in casting distance. Mostly I thumb the line to place the bait where I want it in the slough. Many surfcasters cast too far. Most of the fish are within 60 yards of the beach. Only for the big Bull Reds do I find it necessary to try and clear the bar. And since I'm fishing for food, I rarely target them.
  7. I've been casting conventionals in the surf since I was a kid. I'm in my mid 50s now. Up until recently, I have been using my grandfathers reels. I decided to get a new Penn Squall and matched it to a 12' Penn Battalion rod. I must have looked like a googan the first time I used it. I made a mess of the thing. I had to learn all over again. The new reels are much smoother and the rods can be loaded up much better than the ones I've been using for so long. I decided to get a Squall 15 with the mag backlash brake to learn with. Took me one season to get to the point where I have it set to zero. I use 20# mono and need to fill the 15 up completely, or I get close to emptying the reel when casting 6 or 7 ounces, which is my sweat spot. Any more or less weight and my distance is less. My line reader says I load about 165 to 170 yards of 20# mono on the 15. As for thumb burning, I cut the fingers off of leather garden gloves and hand sew the ends where I cut the threads. It has to be the finger pieces, because if it's not tight on the thumb it will come right off when you put a little pressure on the spool.
  8. I friend of mine went down Tuesday and had no issues getting out there. He doesn't have a 4x4, just an National Park Annual Pass. He did notice there were no out of state tags on any of the vehicles. He didn't catch anything. The weather and wind wasn't good.
  9. I commute a long distance, utilizing a regional train and a metro subway system to get to the office. I spend 2 hours, each way, in the perti dish of public transportation. I also spend several trips a year traveling to other places. I almost never get sick and when I do, it can usually be attributed to someone else in my household, where I tend to drop my guard. Some simple habits significantly reduce risk. I always go to the end cars, where their are less riders. On the subway, if someone sneezes or coughs, I will hold my breath as long as possible and exit the car at the next station and if I need to take a breath I will cover my face with a rag I keep in my pocket, for just that purpose. I touch very little in public with my bare hands and if I do I wash or sanitize shortly after. I never touch my face with my bare hands, unless they have been washed. I use sanitizer and wipes everywhere. It's really not that tough if you make these things a habit. I don't do this to the point people think I'm a germaphobe. Most people ask me how I stay healthy and never catch the current office cold, so I know I'm not being OCD about it or people would notice. You just need to be smart, aware and make heathy habits become subconsciously adhered to.
  10. I don't think my fat ass, sitting on the beach fishing, will have one lick of effect on passing this virus on to others. And I think I have a better chance of a bacterial infection from touching my face after wiping my hands on my bait rag, than contracting COVID-19. Schools are closed and kids are playing basketball in the streets, the parks that are not able to be blocked off are full of people, the beaches near condos and other housing are full of people, and so on. Trying to coop up Americans in their homes will be all but impossible for extended periods of time. Our area is experiencing internet and cable issues due to reduced bandwidth. The younger you are, the harder it will be to cope with isolation. I can read books, for days on end. But that's not going to work for others. We will get through this, but we may end up hating those we have been cooped up with by the time it's over. Or there will be a baby boom in December and January.
  11. I have been to Costa Rica a number of times. The wife and I go for three weeks every 3 years or so. Plan to spend 90 days a year there once we retire. I've never had any issue with fishing reels in my carry on. The only weird issue I've had is trying to bring a tub of Gulp Shrimp into the country. It's been confiscated two out of three times, not sure why. As for fishing, I have fished the shoreline from Quepos all the way up to Cuajiniquil near the Nicaraguan border. Had sporadic success. I have caught Roosters, a few Tuna and Jacks from shore and even a schoolie Dorado from the rocks near Playa Hermosa. I like fly fishing in the areas where the protected coves or bays are calm near the beach. I use the largest flies I can reasonably cast. For lures, I am most successful with 6" or larger surface plugs and poppers. I need to change retrieval speeds and tactics to get the strikes. Sometimes I need to go as fast as I can reel and other times a slow twitch and rest tactic and everything in between. Dusk and dawn are the only times I've been successful from shore. Charter fishing is always good. I have hit my personal best, a 500+ Black Marlin (see profile picture). Unfortunately the mate botched the release and they didn't get a chance to take a picture of it at the transom. I always do a full day, near shore charter, within the first two says in the country to fill the freezer with food. I get one of the guys on the beach to take me out and I specifically ask to target food fish. I usually end up with Dorado, Snapper, Grouper and Blackfin Tuna. I did catch a huge Cubera Snapper near Playa Del Coco once on an inshore chapter, jigging for snapper, I never did get the photo from the captain. I didn't have a camera on me, I usually don't. I had them release it. As soon as I have enough for food I ask to switch to Roosters and Jacks. I also take one offshore trip, the billfish and wahoo fishing it great. One thing I do insist on is not taking any fish that will be released out of the water, especially the larger catches. The charter captains look at me funny when I don't want a Sailfish or a huge Roosterfish or Jack removed from the water for a photo. I have caught so many over the years that the photo doesn't mean that much to me. If it's exceptionally huge I may take a shot at the transom. But I don't even do that much anymore. For me it's not about showing off, or proving I caught something, it's about providing food for my dinner table and the adrenaline rush of the catch, not a photo memory.
  12. Being a mate on my grandfather's boat, back in the 70s, we didn't allow customers to bring their own gear. With that said, I have found that many charter boats don't replace their line enough. I always take my own equipment and insist it be used. I have had way to many breakoffs due to bad line or leaders. Even when I travel internationally I take my stuff. I will check their reels for cloudy line and for nicks in the first 15 yards or so, if I see anything untoward I make sure they remove some line or not use it at a all. I also take a hook sharpener and check every hook. You would be surprised how many hooks get reused and are too dull for the job. Internationally the cost of fishing line can be extremely high. I always take a bulk spool of 50, 80 and/or 130lb Ande mono with me and give it to the charter Captain. They love the gift. I also take my own lures. I give them to the charter captain as well. I will usually book two or three days with the same boat, the gifts of line and new lure does wonders for their efforts to put me on fish. I still tip the mate, I don't consider these gifts as part of the gratuity. In Costa Rica, a frequent destination, I have a few captains that will discount their charter to get me to use them.
  13. Thanks Tony, that helps a lot.
  14. I live in an area where saltwater offshore equipment isn't stocked locally and I just can't find descriptions online that help me with my selection. I'm looking for a boat rod that doesn't have a roller tip. This rod will be used to mount my Squall SQL30VSW while jigging for big grouper, amberjack and other big fish while using huge baits. I'm looking for a 6' to 6'6", heavy power rod with a metal reel seat. I believe there are Ally models that meet this criteria but I can't figure out which ones online. I use the Ally rods for trolling and love them, but I don't like the roller rods while jigging.
  15. Each marriage has it's own set of rules and complications. We all have to negotiate for things we do in our marriage. Anyone that thinks differently is likely just oblivious to these negotiations. If I want to go fishing I can just say so and I go, but then I may have to compromise on something else. key word "may". Usually it's not a big deal but I may not want to go to the ballet. Sneaking just means I don't have to make payment. LOL Y'all on this forum are too serious sometimes. I made the same post on a facebook page and we have been having all kinds of fun with it. Net result there: I am a bad person. LOL