BernardtheGurnard

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  1. Thanks for the suggestions Steve and Plum. I’ll add them to the list to check them out!
  2. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good butcher shop near Milford, MA? The butcher shop stock up is becoming an annual holiday tradition as I live in an area without a dedicated butcher shop, my giant cooler isn’t in use for fishing and it’s nice to have some quiet time away from family hub-bub. I’m looking specifically for beef bones, veal bones, chicken parts, pork belly and all species shanks, not just steaks/stew meat kinda place. Want to stock up for stock, pho makings and other interesting bits. Last year we we went to Blood Farm in Groton, MA. It was a great market but I’d like to check out a new place, preferably not more than an hour-ish drive and not into Boston. All suggestions are appreciated!
  3. Having to leave because sleep/work is necessary. General non-tackle maintenance, etc. - making ice, cleaning coolers, wonky valve stems.
  4. Interesting, two people have now said it’s a felony. My understanding is that circle hooks reduce release mortality in striped bass. I can’t find a reference to use of a circle hook in a rigged eel being a felony, it seems that the opposite may be true as the MA DMF is requiring the use of circle hooks for 2020. If I am mistaken, and it is in fact a felony to use inline circle hooks in a rigged eel, could you kindly point me towards the relevant regulation as I am truly curious. I mostly posed my initial question because I had just read a release from the DMF about a reg change that recently went into effect in MA involving gaffing and circle hooks. It states in part, “Effective next year (2020), recreational anglers not fishing aboard for-hire vessels will be required to use inline circle hooks when fishing for striped bass with whole or cut natural baits. This will include fishing with whole or cut natural baits while in possession of striped bass as well. This circle hook mandate will not apply to natural baits attached to an artificial lure to be trolled, jigged, or casted and retrieved (e.g., tube and worm).” So, you can see how I assumed that mandated circle hook usage was upon us, including for rigging eels. As I said above, if this isn’t the case, please point me towards the proper information. I would generally prefer to not be a felon, or at least to not go down for something like the wrong hook in a fish. That could make for an awkward first day in prison.
  5. I read through the new MA circle hook requirements for 2020 and it seems that circle hooks will be required for rigging whole bait which would include eels. I’m just getting into using eels and I’m not finding much info on rigging them with circle hooks. Most of what I find is using Siwash hooks and the Dacron line. Would it even be much different of a process? I appreciate any suggestions that might be offered!
  6. Shock related question. FJ cruiser. 88k. Original shocks. Aired down to 15psi. I’ve been having issues with driving on sand ruts where the ruts are perpendicular to the path of travel and spaced out about every 3ft. It’s like a feedback loop where the bounce becomes intensified to the point that I have to stop. Also get a steering column shimmy from time to time. I drive over a bunch of speed bumps every day and it doesn’t continue to bounce after the bumps. No visible leaks from shocks. I suppose it’s shocks but it only does this on rutted sand. Wondering if it could be a spring/tie rod issue as well? I appreciate any thoughts as to how to get this sorted.
  7. A thought on jacks...a standard bottle jack or high-jack needs boards in the sand. I’ve found an air jack or “pumpkin jack” to be useful. It has a wide base that is useful in soft sand. A small board on top at the vehicle contact point is useful, but no need for wide boards when space may be at a premium. Some other thoughts, deflators are key to happiness! The time you save deflating gets you more time on the beach. I recommend checking with a gauge after deflating to confirm proper psi so you don’t bust a bead. Also, some people screw them in and drive which can result in disaster when your valve stem gets torn off by an unforeseen obstacle. Look into the difference between a tow strap and a recovery strap. They’re designed for different loads and forces. Also, some quality d-ring shackles are good to have as the straps aren’t really designed for looping and the wrap around chafing can cause issues in a high tension recovery situation. Mostly, be thoughtful, have fun and remember, you’re not in the middle of nowhere where help is days away so if something fails it becomes a survival situation. Bring extra water and sunscreen just in case and enjoy yourself! Good luck and happy motoring.
  8. As always, a thoughtful post, angler1. Got out for a few hours this morning. Nice to get in a few casts after a long winter. Lots of birds working the outer bar. Husband caught and released a little schoolie. Lovely rainy cloudy morning at the beach.
  9. Thanks for the warm welcome!
  10. Ha! I'm new here, not new to the Island. I'm an observant washashore who has spent countless hours out at the beach but never, until this season, felt particularly inclined to pick up a rod on the regular. I'd go out to the beach with my partner and while he fished, I'd hang with our dog and read and look for interesting rocks. I also shellfish a bunch and really like squidding so I'm pretty familiar with the environs up here. It's the addition of the surf casting that's the new part. I figured I should finally succumb to derby fever. I borrowed a small rod from my partner and decided to get a line wet. Got into my first real blitz about two weeks in. It was really exciting. Wound up buying my first rod the next day. Haven't put a lot of work into it yet, probably went out less than a dozen times since the beginning of September. Still haven't caught a damn thing, except seaweed. If there was a vegan tournament I would definitely be on the podium. Thanks for the welcome message!
  11. Post derby...I had Wasque to myself. I'm new to surfcasting so I am very conscious of not crowding people and intruding on their spot. It was so nice to see the waves stack up, to see the little slick developing towards the Leland side, to not be in the thick of things. And to not have the giant crew of people there. Don't get me wrong, I admire their moxie, it's just not my thing. I'm really into solitude. This morning, I hoped I'd catch and keep an oaf of a fish and thought how funny it would be to bring a podium fish into the Derby celebration. I don't like, that outside of albies, it is a pure kill tournament. I get that the albies get used for lobster bait. What concerns me is that the majority of the fish from the tournament go to Island elderly to supplement their food supply. I have grave concerns about the food safety of non-dressed fish being filleted and being released into the food supply for people who may be immunocompromised, especially given the timelines under which these non-cleaned fish are being weighed in. I heard a story once about a dad shark and a son shark. Father shark and son shark are swimming around and feeling peckish. They come across a beach full of people swimming. Father shark tells his son it is time to learn to eat humans. Son shark is very excited. Father says first thing you do is approach the human with your fin just jutting out of the water. Then you swim a few slow circles around the human. After that, you eat the person. The son shark asks why you have to swim circles first. Father says "they taste much better without the poop in them." Up next, squids.