ToddyRocks

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About ToddyRocks

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  • Birthday 09/28/1985

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  1. No hostilities, and not trying to discuss pension politics, etc. But I think you should do a little more research into the state pension system and how that is calculated from salaries of civil servants. State pensions are based on top regular pay. Overtime, details, stipends and benefits compensation are not regular pay in pension calculation....Source : I pay into that very same pension system (I'm not an EPO/LEO). Also, your town paper reports gross income. The number at the bottom of your paystub that is significantly larger than your net income. Gross income reported includes Regular, overtime, details, stipends, and benefits compensation. That's also the number the gubmint snags at tax time. Sure, s/he made $150k last year. Just numbers for the sake of numbers, but not unrealistic : $15k of that was paid out in health and dental insurance, etc. $20k of that was earned as overtime - meaning this person is away from their family for that much extra time. $10k in details - more time away from home. $5k in stipends for taking classes, earning degrees or certifications - to be more experienced and capable in their duties. And a number of other ineligible pension payments, there is a very long list on the State of Massachusetts website. Again, not trying to argue, but most of the people you see with those types of numbers work their tails off for it.
  2. Hey guys, I did some searching with some pretty good results, but just looking for some fresh input. I'm heading out on a cruise to Bermuda at the end of this week. I'll be there for a few days. I have booked a charter with Jump Dem Bones to fish the flats for bones one of the days. I also am bringing my St. Croix Tidemaster 7'6" M travel rod with Spinfisher 4500, and packing some small metals, minnow plugs, jigheads with soft swimbaits, and some small bait hooks/weights. I also ambitiously purchased a few "bonefish jigs" without any idea how to use them. YouTube is surprisingly barren in that aspect. Basically, I'm more than happy to catch whatever is skulking around the docks and beaches, but would like to take a shot at some game fish. It will be my first time in Bermuda and I'm more excited to catch new fish than I am to do anything else on the island. I'm pretty unfamiliar with what is in the waters but have heard mostly bonefish and barracuda are the big names. I have read it's possible to wade fish the flats in certain areas, but most of the posts on this forum I have read are a few years old. Hoping access is easy, and looking for any pointers, tips, tricks, etc. Baits, tactics. Whatever anyone can offer. Thanks! Rob
  3. This! Any little nick or crack in those guides and you can kiss your line goodbye.
  4. Wow, I will definitely look into that reel. Thank you!
  5. Thanks, exactly what I'm looking for. I'd prefer to keep a classic round profile.
  6. Nice size cunner, get them all the time in lobster traps. Bait thieves! One day back when I was a sternman, the third guy asked the captain to drift for a minute, well he livelined one that had to be about that size or bigger. I kinda laughed at him for using such a large fish as bait. Well, that cunner went straight to the bottom (where they hang out) in 50 feet of water, and when it came back up it was inside the throat of a 40lb striper.
  7. Hey all, just looking for some advice on a good casting inshore conventional reel. Backstory ; I have had an Abu 6500C3 for years now that I got on a good deal, but didn't have an ideal rod for it, so I just tossed it on a St. Croix Triumph 7' MH F I had kicking around. Basically used it as a quick switch weapon when I'm out on the boat in a blitz or fishing light plugs from shore, picking it up instead of having to go digging in the bag and switching lure types. I feel the 6500 is overkill for the lighter stuff I was mainly using the setup for, and have recently put the reel on a beefier stick to fish small live bait, occasional lighter jigging, etc. I'd like to find a good casting reel for lighter plugs, up to 1.5 oz., maybe 2 max. I'm very familiar with the Ambassadeurs, have fished them for years and can basically strip one and reassemble blindfolded. I was thinking of a 5500 type reel without levelwind for better castability, but would like to hear input on other options, I haven't looked for any newer reels in some time. Doesn't need a tank of a drag system, mostly for catching bass in the 15-20lb mark but could always come across large. Some of the "inshore" reels I have searched, Shimano etc., have been a baitcast type reel with bodies that look like they're on the Bassmaster Classic. I'm not against using such a reel, I just have no experience with reels of that type. Thanks for any input. Rob
  8. Oh I am well aware. I didn’t count any of them.
  9. lol. I blurred the background for obvious reasons, and the faces because none of them are me, and unsure how my boat guests would feel having their faces on the net.
  10. There are some good fish around inside. Just be patient. This is some of the past two days. Boat fish, but all very close to shore.
  11. Oh they can see them, and feel them. Try darker colors at night. Not a hard and fast rule, but it seems the darker the sky, the darker lures produce better. Sounds backwards to us humans, but we’re not fish.
  12. I'd typically avoid fishing at exactly high tide. In a lot of spots there is a loss of tidal action about a half hour before and after each tide. That's "slack water" and can usually be disappointing for most (not all!) fishing. Believe me, the fish are there through all tides, and some spots might even be a "low tide spot". But a good rule of thumb is a little before/after the tide. Not slack water. A lot of times I'll show up 2 or 3 hours before a tide, high or low depending on spot, fish until slack water, then sit down and take a break at slack (unless the fish are still hitting, of course). Stick around and fish the other side of the tide before packing it in.
  13. They've been pretty thick in both the Boston and Graves Light area, drift the ledges with a couple cans of cat food for chum.
  14. If you just want to bend a rod, try to find some moving water on an outgoing tide, just after high for a couple hours after...early morning, late afternoon. Small minnow plugs across current or floating some seaworms down current is a go-to for some schoolie action. Might even get a nice fish as a surprise.
  15. Hey guys and gals, been lurking the forums off and on for awhile now, figured I'd join up. Dog Days got me trying to shake the skunk off of myself, and wash the skunk off the dog, who got it in the face the other night. It's been a pretty good fishing year for me so far, lots and lots of small - still waiting on a decent keeper. I mostly fish from the surf, but also fish the harbor and surrounding from the boat (I know, they don't count). I'm in the Boston Harbor and South Shore area. Looking forward to joining in the fun! Rob Frank the Farmer had a nagging wife. She made his life miserable. The only real peace he got was when he was out in the field ploughing. One day while in the field, Frank's wife brought him his lunch. Then while he quietly ate she berated him with a constant stream of nagging and complaining. Suddenly, Frank's old donkey kicked up his back legs, struck her in the head killing her instantly. At the funeral, the Priest noticed that when the women offered their sympathy, Frank would nod his head up and down. But when the men came up and spoke quietly to him, he would shake his head from side to side. After the mourners left, the Priest approached Frank and asked, "Why did you nod your head up and down to all the women and shook from side to side to all the men?" Well, Frank replied, "The women all said how nice she looked, and her dress was so pretty, so I agreed by nodding my head up and down. And all the men asked, "Is that donkey for sale?”