• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Posts posted by Caveman8

  1. My solution involves equipment I have from a previous life. 

    It serves nicely for lugging my "kitchen sink" load down the beach as many miles as I'm willing to go.

    This is a military pack by one of the high end packmakers who started serving that market after 911.

    With PAL webbing and lots of straps and attachment points you can configure it a lot of different ways.

    Given that the current series of conflicts have lasted 20 years I suspect you could find a lot of options like this on popular auction sites.




  2. Tried again Saturday at the same spot, similar time, outgoing tide. Tried plastics, bucktails, and topwater again without any joy. Did get flashed by one fish that got within about 3 feet of me, over the groin I was wading on, before it got spooked and turned.


    Tried again tonight at a different spot where a creek empties onto a flat. Got there as the tide turned outgoing.

    Waded out along a channel edge, tossing small spooks, bucktails, plastic eels and shad. No joy.

    Got pretty far as I discovered that the flats run out a few hundred yards.

    Was about to give up. Took a cast in the direction opposite the channel. 

    Something whacked my little spook as I started my retrieve. Much to my surprise it started stripping line off my reel on short runs.

    I fought it carefully and brought it in slowly. It was a decent schoolie,  about 24 inches. My first of 2021.

    That was the first of 5 fish, all on topwater plugs, the biggest 27".

    I did swap to a plastic swim tail at one point but that got hung up almost immediately - I spent 5 minutes wading in a circle to get an angle to free it.

    I went back to topwater plugs after that and got my last two fish of the evening.

    I might have been able to get a few more but just about then I noticed my feet were freezing. 

    Happy and tired I headed back to shore.

    Next time I'll wear heavier socks :-)




  3. This working from home thing has advantages. Toward the end of the day, between server reboots, I stuffed my pack with my waders, boots, and plug bag.

    At 5:30 PM I was out the door heading for the water. Tide wasn't perfect, but it was outgoing in the evening, worth a shot. I figured it would be an opportunity to test gear and lures if nothing else. 

    At just before 6 PM I got to an un-named state park in Fairfield county and hiked down to a breakwater. Put on my waders and boots, crawled out to the end and started tossing light topwater stuff.

    I started with a 5/8 Yozuri dog walker in bunkerish pattern. No joy.

    Tried a 3/4 ounce white pencil popper - also no joy.

    After a while I moved to a bigger breakwater, walked out carefully to the end. The outgoing tide had just exposed a lower section that doubled its length.

    Tried the popper again - no joy, but had fun throwing it after the winter layoff.

    Started tossing a heavier Yozuri "3D" dog walker. It had a nice action when it didn't pick up brown mung.

    The water was apparently spotted liberally with the stuff. Using anything other than topwater plugs would have been an exercise in seaweed harvesting.

    Around 6:45 or so, something whacked that puppy and tossed it up about 2 feet. I let it sit for a moment, resumed walking the dog, and picked up another lovely lump of brown muck, ending all interest in that retrieve.

    I was happy anyway - there are fish in western long Island sound again, and I'd just seen proof of that.

    Unfortunately there was also lots of brown-green muck floating in spots spread around the area. Every time one of my dog walkers hit a patch I watched that nice zig-zag action deteriorate to a straight weed towing operation.

    I figured I'd try some longer casts. I put on a 2 3/8 ounce SuperStrike popper in bone white and flung that out there. Oddly enough it seemed to pick up less weed than the Yozuri 3D.

    2nd or third cast and I had a fish on. Very nice, and very unexpected. It felt like a respectable schoolie. 

    I didn't get to find out for sure. My line picked up the biggest lump of seaweed of the night and I got to reel that in instead of the fish.

    I continued casting for about  20 minutes after that without any further hits.

    However I consider the outing a success. I had two close encounters with fish that were almost certainly stripped bass, my first of 2021. They're back, and I'm a happy camper.


  4. The USB adapter might be a problem.

    A USB "A" connector is rated to handle half an amp at 5VDC.

    Your application is probably using 12VDC at around 3/4 amp if the specs listed with the lamp are accurate. It might work, it might not.

    If you need a quick disconnect connector replace the alligator clips with a pair of molex connectors, or even a household light plug and plug cap.

    Otherwise just stick with the alligator clips and tape them in plastic bags.

    The battery isn't likely to be a problem (if you keep it dry).

    It is designed for jump starting, which would incur a much higher current load. 


  5. If breathability isn't an absolute requirement USIA waders are worth a look. 

    A quick search on this site will turn up a number of threads with users singing their praises.

    Made in US. Available with numerous custom features, including kevlar knee reinforcement.

    They will do custom sizing - you could probably have them taper the legs as required.

    Their sewing, seam taping, and overall construction are outstanding.

    But, not breathable. 



  6. I can vouch for Fisherman's Paradise in Devon/Milford. The owner is friendly, staff is composed of folks who seem to live to fish. Prices good, selection good. Not a huge store but they stock a nicely curated selection for local conditions and it seems they can order just about anything. I was in there once when two staff from nearby Bass Pro had stopped by. Older guy wanted to show younger staffer what a "real fishing store" was like.


    Fisherman's World in Norwalk is good. Large inventory, big store, long history in the area.


    I had a good experience ordering from Saltwater edge in RI. Ordered a rod and had it in two days despite pandemic problems. Beautifully packed in a heavy wall cardboard tube that I can't bring myself to throw away :-)



  7. If you want something durable and waterproof, SealLine makes a number of waterproof packs.

    They're designed to bounce around in the bottom of a canoe or kayak on extended expeditions.

    I've used their strapless sacks for years. The pack version should be about as tough and waterproof as anything out there.

    No boxes or other accessories - just a big sack with straps.

    They have a 65 liter bag for about 120$ 

  8. On 7/30/2020 at 1:41 PM, Great Egg said:

    Anti-Fly Outfit, top to bottom.  Solid crown Hat, 50 spf head/neck/face/ears Gaiter, 50 spf loose fitting, long sleeve over-size Shirt, 50 spf slightly-long Long Pants with rubber bands to cinch around ankles, laced Sneakers.  When clothed apply aerosol high DEET content repellent spray from very top to bottom including ankles to all over laced sneakers.  If you still get bitten, re-apply a spritz to that area.  Keep the can handy.  Upon returning home get a thorough shower.  Wash the clothing.

    If the clothing, pattern and colors clash . . all the better!:howdy:



    Permethrin works well. Spray down clothing and allow to dry. Should be good for a season. 

    Provides the added satisfaction of knowing you are killing any flies that land and linger long enough to pick up a dose.

  9. I apologize if this has been mentioned already but I haven't seen it in this thread.

    Anyone remotely interested in he history of the US bunker/menhaden fisheries should read "The Most Important Fish in the Sea" by H. Bruce Franklin.

    You can get the Kindle e book from Amazon for 15$.

    Well worth it.