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About Shane_O

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  1. They started showing up here in the SC shores of RI in the mid 20” range around early to mid May last year. Looking forward to the action.
  2. Blurple SS Bottle plug. Some people might walk away from a heavy surf/high wind situation at night but if you’ve got one in your bag, you can capitalize on the situation (and the real estate opened up by people leaving).
  3. I’ve been reading his blog as part of my research, I think I’m just going to give it a shot going on instinct when it comes to local spots. There are some very slow moving winding sections of the Pawcatuck River that I’ve got my eye on.
  4. I’m a big fan of the Star Stellar Light Fast Taper rods, great sensitivity but the backbone kicks in when you need it if you wind up getting on a better fish with your light setup. I use my 8’ 1 piece for anything from trout to bones and schoolies. It’s a great little combo paired with a 2500 Spinfisher VI and 10-20# braid. And it won’t break the bank.
  5. I’m primarily a surfcaster now that I’ve been living in South County RI for about 7 years, but used to primarily fish for LMB and Pike growing up in the Northwest corner of CT. After seeing the Carp runs in the Housatonic River near Great Barrington MA and at Bartholemew’s Cobble (and being ill equipped to target them), I’ve always wanted to give carp fishing a real shot. But that’s a hike for me now and I’d like to start closer to my new home. Does anybody in South County RI or Eastern CT have some helpful local knowledge to help out a newcomer? I’ve pieced together what I think should be the appropriate gear from my surf setups, and have researched the rigs and tactics. But it seems like most carp fishermen in the area heavily focus on the very productive and well-known spots around Providence and Coventry. I’d rather keep it closer to home, not looking to catch any monsters, just learn the technique. There have to be some Carp-filled sections of the Pawcatuck River where it slows down and meanders down here. I’m also thinking that the slow river sections around the old mills in Norwich could be great areas for carp. Any guidance is much appreciated, I’m not looking for people to burn spots, just a decent heading on what to aim for and what tactics to use. I just think that it would be fun to learn a new approach to fishing while the stripers aren’t around. Obviously it’s a C&R effort and I’ll bring a big net and wetted towel to do that responsibly. Thanks!
  6. I loved my Smith Outliers with chromapop polarized lenses, perfect for cutting surface glare on the kayak, but the lenses scuffed pretty quickly (dropped them once and now they’re garbage). I wound up getting prescription Costa reeftons which are even better but am paranoid about the lenses scuffing or wearing due to salt spray since they’re way too expensive to replace (had to use hsa money for those). Might just get cheap polarized lense replacements for the smiths and only use the Costas in low wear situations.
  7. Will they be allowing any fishing there or kayak launches before it’s completed or will the whole road be blocked off? Anybody know what the worksite currently looks like?
  8. Tim, although I don’t know you personally, I am currently going through a similar situation with my grandfather (I know it’s different, but similar). After going through this experience with losing friends and family members multiple times, my main solace has always been that everything good about them has imprinted something on me in one way or another, and learning from both their triumphs and follies has made me a better person. And that gets passed on. I hope that you find some solace in that same sense with your father. Condolences.
  9. Thank you for being an honest person. I regularly fish Napatree Point, Watch Hill Light, Misquamicut, Weekapaug, and Quonny as a local (or honerary local if 6 years counts) and have run into many people that would take a setup, put it in their car, and be on their merry way without thinking twice (especially this time of year). It isn’t mine but I will ask around.
  10. I would be surfcasting my normal spots all night if I could (need to pay the bills). Last weekend was OK but there has been some very interesting bait activity lately that I suspect will lead to much better inshore reports. Photos from last weekend’s OK fishing, lots of schoolies and one barely 28” fish (all safely released).
  11. At the end of the day, people have been catching huge fish using line, rods, and reels that are far inferior to what we have available to us now. I’m not saying that you should be fishing a honey Lami with a 704 and mono (nothing wrong with that either, it works), Just saying that 8 strand vs 9 strand is really splitting hairs at this point.
  12. This is always a sensitive issue since it deals with the livelihoods of commercial fishermen as well as the health of a fishery that recreational guys hold close to home. In the end we’ll all have to figure out and agree on some way to restore and sustain this fishery for the good of both parties. In my opinion it can be done, but would require cooperation between states up and down the migration path, and at least making some effort to clean up major spawning grounds like the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware River. Taking a little hit for a year or two could pay off in spades in the long run, but cooperation between states and their respective environmental regulators would be necessary, which is easier said than done.
  13. Every once in a while I do a party boat for **** and giggles. I barely lost the pot, which I call BS on due to the seesaw scale on a rocking boat but no hard feelings. Mine’s on the left. I had 2 other decent fish that night and a few good fish later last week from shore as well.
  14. If you have no idea about the prevelant bait at the time: If it’s at night and the surf is under 3’ or so, blurple SP minnows until you zone in to where they are (I prefer white in daylight). Then adjust and try different presentations in the same strike zone. SP’s are my search baits 90% of the time, but if you start catching small to keeper-sized bass and suspect that larger fish are around, it pays to test the water with other baits in the same zone. If it’s heavy surf, bucktails and bottle swimmers. It’s all conditional at the end of the day. If you’ve tried everything that makes any sense (including trying to throw large plugs when the bait is small so that yours stands out) and it doesn’t work, know when to switch spots.
  15. Tack “locally caught on rod and reel” onto anything and the coastal part timers will open their wallets. I agree, not a great eating fish unless you treat it very carefully right after catching, cut off all red meat/bloodline, and it’s under 36” or so. I cringe at the fillets that I see at local fish shops.