capefish4231

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  1. Cape has been slow starting up, not quite blown wide open like last year.
  2. Nice! You on the Cape? Nothing more specific than that.
  3. I see lots of Crosstreks on the beach. But my vote is to run what you own. Like someone else said, it takes a lot of fuel to make up for the price of a new vehicle. Unless you were going to buy one anyway. But a 14 year old truck isn't that old, at least not to me. Are you talking about doing this every weekend in fall, or just sporadically? If infrequent then it makes even less sense to get a new (or new to you) vehicle. Hate to be the pragmatist and take the fun out of it but keep your money.
  4. I like the discussion when it stays intelligent like this, it's always good to hear other people's perspectives on it. I guess if I had to really drill down into why they won't allow a cull beyond the existing regulations it would probably boil down to what others have said - it would become a political discussion where more people view the seals as a 'neat' part of the local ecosystem rather than looking at it from a population control standpoint. I would like to think that we are nearing the flatting out of the seal population growth curve but I'm really just guessing now, I've about hit the upper limit of my knowledge on the subject. I think it will grow to its highest naturally sustainable level but I think it is worth bearing in mind that predators follow prey, not the other way around, so we will see the surge in seal population first, before it scales back due to the predators following them to the area (as we are seeing more and more each season). I hope the seal population growth curve would look like this, with the current state indicated by the red arrow.
  5. Skunks are a perfect example for my case. Sure, they are not explicitly protected, but we also do not cull their population by any large number. They are left to nature and their natural predators keep their populations in check, much like I am sure we will see with seals over time. I understand that the Marine Mammal Protection Act does not specify protection to endangered species in particular but historically grey seals were nearly extinct in the 1800's and early 1900's, whether classified as 'endangered' or not. The MMPA was enacted based on congressional findings that all marine mammals were at great risk of extinction or endangerment due to human activity. It will be highly unlikely that there will come a point in time when seals are present along the entire length of the outer Cape. There is a reason they congregate on isolated sandbars or more remote beaches - probably out of fear of humans and other mammals they may view as threats. You're not going to walk onto Marconi Beach one day and find that it is just full of seals. I'm a surf fisherman too and I've lived on the Cape since the day I was born and I too do not base my position on the effect of seals on fish or fishing, but on what makes sense for the overall health of the environment. The earth hasn't survived for as long as it has because man intervened and tried to control populations due to human inconvenience - it got this far because natural selection and the natural cycle of predator and prey relationships work.
  6. Blind cast. A lot of the time they won't be showing on the surface but they will still be close by. Just keep casting at all times and when they do show, try to anticipate their movement and get your fly out where you think they are headed next.
  7. You don't NEED deadrise to get through a chop. Ever wonder why you see so many lobsterman's skiffs/lumberyard skiffs/whatever you want to call them? Because they float in skinny water, are cheap to build and maintain, have a high freeboard, high payload, and sharp bow, and can run in just about anything. If I wanted a cheap, durable, economical boat for running all over, I would get or build one of these in a heartbeat.
  8. I agree with you here. There are more reasonable ways to assure the health of the striper fishery than culling a natural predator. At this point, why even bother entertaining the idea of culling seals? Clearly the increase in sharks in the area is a natural response to the 'overpopulation' of seals. The natural cycle will run its course just like it has for millennia - sharks will follow the seals in and reduce their numbers until the seal colony is forced to move elsewhere to avoid predation. If you don't think they have ever been threatened then you know nothing about their population history or their inclusion in the Marine Mammal Protection Act. And no, protecting a species is not simply about 'hitting a number' and then ceasing protective measures, it's about ensuring a sustainable population that can continue to reproduce. We're fishermen and outdoorsmen and have one of the best reasons and platforms for being environmental stewards and promoting conservation. This thread shows a lot of people's true colors.
  9. Maybe an o-ring if you seated the o-ring inside the spool groove that the reel 'frame' supports ride in. But as you are saying it, to place the o-ring against the frame rather than spool, I don't see how it would stay. I think he is trying to alleviate the issue of his line getting caught between the frame and spool. Which I will say, has never happened to me. I fish one open frame and one full frame reel. Neither have problems. I guess if I dunked the full frame in sandy water it may get crunchy but a revolution or two underwater would clear that out.
  10. I don't think it's so much emotion over reason as it is more of a greater difficulty in placing empirical value on something and quantifying that which can't necessarily be quantified with dollars and cents. How do you value a life, of anything, whether it be a seal or a great white or a human? But as others have said, it will never get on a MA ballot as they are federally protected. I'm sure many people would like to do the same for geese, but again, federally protected under the Migratory Bird Act.
  11. No way to launch at the boardwalk, and with the sand that has pushed up inside the Old Harbor this past winter it is barely navigable at anything other than high tide. I can launch at Scorton but has to be mid tide or above. No good options that are accessible at all tides. I went out of the Mashpee town ramp off Great Oak road this past weekend and it was great. One of my favorite ramps now that they have rebuilt it. The ramps are nice, not too steep or shallow, and the new dock is nice, plus plenty of parking if you get there early. Was a quick run out across Waquoit to fish the sound.
  12. As others have said, don't wait for fish to show before casting. Blind cast all the time as you would when striper fishing. That is how I've caught the majority of my albacore.
  13. For open cork drags, I was always told to lock the drag down tight and then rinse the reel, to prevent the cork from saturating. Then disassemble, let dry, and add a couple drops of SuperLube (recommended by Islander) or Neatsfoot oil (Tibor/Abel) to the cork.
  14. Don't feel bad. We ran from Green Pond to Poppy and back all morning on Saturday with not a single fish spotted or single bird working. Then I get home and see just a few hours later guys crushing it in BBay. It's all about timing your existence to be in the right place at the right time,
  15. I can't imagine getting spooled on my 7+. When that drag is cranked down, it feels like it could stop a truck or at the very least snap the fly line before really moving. The Islander on the other hand, I will say echoes what JCH said to an extent - it too is a cork drag reel with a large cork drag surface and even when locked down tight, it doesn't quite have the holding power of the Hatch.