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  1. Try drifting, keep in touch with the bottom, when you feel a tap, tap, bow to it then lift slow, feel the fish set hook and reel. Fishing in 5' to 20' feet of water. I feel high and start of out going tide works best. Sunny days flounder are sight feeders.
  2. Two off NH beach 1 little over 28" , 1 24" . Gotta love that white loaded red fin. Missed a few others on all on top water stuff.
  3. Caught a bunch of fish last night trolling tube and worm. Found fish all over . Moved around looking to find bigger fish to no avail. Beautiful sunset.
  4. I would concentrate on perfecting my stroke. Remember the work is done with your torso not your arms and shoulders. Sit up straight , feet on the pegs, knees slightly bent . Make a rectangle with your arms and the paddle, elbows with a slight bend do not lock elbows. We are now sitting and holding the paddle out in front of us, rotate your torso to the right until the paddle blade is even with your right foot, place the blade in the water and with pressure on the right foot rotate your body, when blade reaches your right hip it should be out of the water. Remember in at the toe out at the hip. Be patient this is the hardest stroke to learn. Have some one video you paddling and watch it to see how you are progressing. Remember to go slow and maintain the paddlers box and keep the angle low. Hope this helps.
  5. Alberto knot and palomar have worked for me. Quick and easy to tie even on the run.
  6. 7 floundah yesterday 4 keepahs real good fish, 1 nice 17 1/2 incher with nice shoulders. Took some work .
  7. Go to the ACA website and look for lessons and instructors in your area. Lesson best done by a certified instructor. Just a quick idea that may help; start with knees bent and feet on the pegs, then by rotating your body place the blade in at your toes. Start your rotation with a pust of the foot on blade side peg, and unwind you torso, paddle blade should come uot of the water at your hip. Opposite blade should be in position to place in water again at the opposite foot. If you are siting up higher in the boat you may need a slightly longer paddle to maintain a low angle stroke. Hope this is of help.
  8. Jumped the border again today same spot different wind direction. Got skunked. No birds no fish. Lonely day on the beach, but you still gotta love it.
  9. Another thought came to mind after I finished that last post. Have you tried perfecting your paddling stroke. Most of us have to work our whole paddling careers on perfecting the forward stroke it is one of the hardest stokes to learn. Legs and the torso do most of the work. When done efficiently it will alleviate stress on your shoulders and arms. Just a thought.
  10. That is correct you can purchase the paddle fathered or unfeathered. Having a paddle feathered creates more stress by the constant twisting of the wrist. If you use a paddle with a thinner blade ,with a low angle stroke, one piece shaft of a material with some flex, I believe you would be paddling with the least amount of stress. Having a paddle that is feathered to alleviate wind pressure is way over rated. I have paddled day after day in strong winds in the north with unfeathered paddles and never found myself at ant disadvantage. Again hope this helps. PS check out Mitchel Paddles Canaan NH
  11. Jumped the border to day into MA. Caught a few fish 18" to 22''. Large schools of breaking fish out of reach. I watched the birds and the fish for a couple of hours. May be three cast lengths away. Fortunate to catch a few strays, had to work for them.
  12. I have been paddling for a number of years and also have instructed paddling for a good portion of that time. Let me tell you that you are not the first person faced with this situation. In my experience there are more than one way to address this. You can paddle low angle style, which would require a somewhat longer paddle with thinner longer blades. Traditional style would give you a lighter paddle with less resistance and different approach. Both these styles would put less stress on ones body. Another way to approach this would be by using a one piece wooden paddle. With a one piece paddle the shaft has a bit of flex and reduces body stress. The same would be true for a one piece carbon shaft. Any weight you can afford to save will also help. Paddling stress is accumulative. Hope this helps.
  13. Kayaks with cock pits are not all created equal. Some are designed to be paddle in conditions one would find in the ocean. These boats have hulls that will still perform in wind, waves, current, they have bulkheads for and aft, and are designed to be skirted when paddled. The hull may very in shape, from rounded to some what v shaped. Hull shape is a matter of personal preference. Some hulls provide great initial stability , while others lean toward greater secondary stability. Some of the same principles ably to sit on tops when it comes to hull design. Some SOT are design for conditions one would find in the ocean fishing off shore others are designed to paddle in protected waters with calm conditions. The boat in the picture had no business being out where it was.
  14. All I can say is don't leave home with out them. I believe they put a little magic in the plastic when they make them.
  15. I used mine in Florida kayak fishing this winter. I paddle a performance boat not set up for fishing.The rod and reel ride under my deck bungies, it gets wet constantly and when I am edging the boat it is often submerged. So far I have only rinsed it when done fishing and is still works fine. Been using it for schoolies this spring and its ok. I hope that helps