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  1. Maxima Ultragreen is my favorite.
  2. Look at my profile picture. That's my son. It's mostly about spending time with loving family, friends, and friends I haven't met yet. And sometimes to just be alone.
  3. Thanks for all the experience info folks. I am by no means a hard core surf angler, (I've had some spinal reconstructive surgeries in my neck, permanent nerve damage,....... etc....., so I'm kinda limited physically as to what I can do as far as fishing). I find myself using my rod as a cane for balance on the rocks and even on the sand. I do love fishing the back bays and flats. Wading to some of the bars I fish in big currents, sometimes 100-150yds from main land, can be tough especially at night. I'm realizing the last thing I want to worry about is my reel. I've been greasing my reels for years in order to make them as water repellent as possible, mainly for the big surf on the LI ocean beaches. But these days I find myself not able to fish the "big water", so I'm fishing the back bays where my reel constantly gets dunked, or I'm struggling to unhook a fish because I'm also trying to not dunk my reel. My buddy has been fishing VS for years. He has been telling me to get one for the reasons above, I can focus on safely releasing a fish while not endangering myself. I do somewhat enjoy maintaining my reels. But after my last big bass in fast current, waist high, I lost my balance trying not to dunk my reel. After reading the comments here I'm sold. A Van Staal it is, after all safety comes first right? Since I don't need a "bombproof" reel, just water proof and able to reel underwater I'd prefer a bailed reel. Are both models offered in a bailed model? I know my friend will be happy not having to help me as much if I don't have to worry about my reel going under. Now I just need to wait for a few birthday's, Christmas's, and Father's days gift cards to get one. Until then, I'll be greasing the heck out of the reels I have. Thanks, Matt
  4. Fishing with my buddy (very new angler) has a cast off the rocks into the inlet, get away from him. The bucktail lands in a boat and hooks onto the captains sons pants (we all learned afterwards). My buddy thinks he has a fish he's 30yds down the jetty I'm looking at him and his rod asking my other buddy that's between us, is he fighting a fish or a boat? Then the rod straightens out and I barely see his braid blowing in the wind. Within a minute a boat pulls up in front of him just off the jetty, a man and young boy are in this 18ish ft. Boston Whaler, the man throws the jig back to my buddy (who I don't really fish with any more), and says your jig caught my sons pants, I had to cut your line, I'm so sorry for getting in your way. The boater thought he was at fault for being in the way of a jetty anglers bucktail that caught his son's pants. Whatever that's worth related to this topic. P.S.: Makes me think of another topic I may start "Fishing buddies that you choose to no longer fish with and why? What did they do?" Best, Matt
  5. Simply. Reflection and Absorption of sunlight, by particles in the atmosphere. Best, Matt
  6. So I'm taking my morning walk to the end of the jetty with my rod, some bucktails, and some plugs. The first thing I notice is a man running towards me, and the parking lot, he was coming from the end of the jetty. I give my usual smile and a good morning when he eventually gets to me, he replies with a quick wave but keeps running. I think to myself, sweet, I have the end of the jetty to my self. This particular jetty has a light house base almost as wide as the jetty and about 4ft or so high, and the base sits about 8-10 yards from the end of the jetty. I don't see anyone as I approach the base of the light, then I walk to the left of the base to get around it and I notice the head of a little man. There is braided line coming from a rod leaning against the base and another pole stuck in the rocks with line out in the water. As I get on the solid footing on the other side of the base, I'm asking myself why this fella isn't moving any of his gear that's blocking the whole side of the jetty, and why is this guy blocking me from getting out there? I notice that he is looking down, I make my way through the maze of line and almost walk right into him as I kinda swing around the big base. I look at him, he looks scared, he directs me to his hand, I notice he has what looks like a 7/0-8/0 jig hook with a 2.5-3oz jig in his hand, still tide direct to braided line going to his rod. The hook was between the first and second knuckle deep in his thumb, and he had really small hands so it looked like he was gaffed. He was trying to pull it out gently, I asked if he crushed the barb he said no, I said STOP PULLING ON IT!. I cut the braid told him to walk with me back to my jeep where I have a big pair of Manley Pliers that can cut really big hooks. His cousin (the man running back to parking lot) was with us at this point. I cut the hook, and told him he needed to push the hook through and not pull it back, after some ooohs and ahhhhs, he popped the skin on the other side of his thumb with the hook. I told him to make it bleed (infection minimizing), I had some antibiotic ointment in my first aid kit, someone had some Listerine mouth wash they poured all over it. He bandaged it up and went back to the end of the jetty. Pretty basic stuff, it happens, I've experienced much worse emergency situations. I'm glad I've only had to use those Manley's 5-6 times, and none were for me or my fishing buddies, always some fellow angler. I'd love to hear some other emergency situations that have occurred while you were fishing and how you handled the situation. And maybe some thoughts on how it might have been prevented, or what you may do differently if in the same situation again. Best, Matt
  7. Love my TICA-TC2 Graphite. 8' 1pc. Gotta Spinfisher V 4500, 1 spool is spooled with 10lb Fireline. Feels like I can cast a potato chip 100 yards with that set up. So much fun catching Albies with that. I have a second spool with 15lb PP. I've seen rod for $100, I paid $120 I think. So good I bought my son one. I've landed lots of keeper bass and up to 12-13lb blues with that set up also.
  8. So, this is something that I see sometimes, at least once a season, walking on the rocks at the inlet I like to go to. A group of anglers cutting up caught, short (1/2 the legal size) fluke for bait!!! 1. How do some of you react, what do you say/do (if anything?). 2. More important to me is what do you want to do or say, but don't?
  9. I know It's a little pricey, (most of my good gear is purchased with gift cards or gift cash) but my favorite "carries stuff" piece of equipment is my small Gear Up Belt Bag (their version of an Eel bag). It's the open one, (I also use the jig bag as well) with a small inside pocket. I shy away from shoulder packs because of some recent severe neck injuries. It holds on my belt solid. I use it for a lot of stuff and different targeted species, It's very versatile, bullet proof, and drains very well. I made home made plug tubes for it when I want to use it as a plug bag, holds everything I want to throw. If I'm fluke fishing it hold's my Gulp baits, lead, teasers, etc..... If I'm picking up garbage as I walk back it hols a lot of balloons. Oh, and it holds eels and other nasties that I don't usually fish with, but if I wanted to it would hold them well. Best, Matt
  10. What I said, what I wanted to say, and what I almost always say is, "Those little fish are sooooo little and way to little to not through back, to short." If I think English may not be first language, I'll make a hand gesture indicating to small. I'm in no way looking for a confrontation or being "aggressively confrontational", but I'm just compelled to say something. I don't make a judgment on there values or morals, I just state a fact as a teacher would. I've never had any one get in my face or come back at me so strong where I felt like I needed to defend my self. In fact I have had folks apologize and sincerely tell me they didn't know. I've also had anglers insincerely look at me and say they didn't know. I have had experiences when as I'm walking to the end of the jetty I've seen anglers scrambling to get there lines in before I get out there, weird but true. Maybe I look like Enforcement to some. Thanks for the replies folks.
  11. I've been using "Finish Line- Premium Grease for Bicycles w TEFLON fluoropolymer" for over 25yrs. I'm not sure how it compares to Van Staal grease (other than price), I've never used VS grease. I will say it repels water like no other grease I've used. I've used it in all my bike applications (mountain and road), all my fishing reels, countless outdoor applications, (door hinges, Locks, etc). I use it on tools, and my Jeep. It's like magic how a little amount repels water totally. The old stuff had a unique odor to it, but the new stuff is basically odorless. I love it!
  12. NOAA
  13. SHARK SPOTTED: A shark was spotted in shallow waters near the village of Quogue. Officials say the 10-12 foot shark was seen near Penniman Creek. ————————- My Friend and fishing buddy regularly wade waist high near that spot and other bay areas surrounding the area where the shark was spotted. Not sure if I should be concerned or head out there to fish, maybe the shark knows where the fish are? Gotta admit, It's got me a little rattled. Anyone else have similar experience?
  14. I grew up a competitive athlete in a bunch of team sports as well as fishing. I was just as competitive in my fishing as I was with my team mates, and opposing players. I always refereed to the catch and release fishing I did as sport fishing because it was fun and competitive. If you can do it and make money, have a score (lbs, in, girth, quantity), and stats, it makes sense to call it a sport. But when I had my son on the boat when he was little and caught his first few bass, that was precious time spent with my son. I'd say it's always been a blend of both, more leisure now. But I do still have a competitive edge to my fishing.
  15. BLACK DIAMOND-Bullet. It has been my favorite crag (rock climbing), fishing, boating, beach, hiking, mountain biking, baby stuff, city day pack, you name the activity and I've probably used my Bullet pack for it for the last 25+ years. Indestructible!! Just through it in the laundry to clean.
  16. I have a big smile on my face. I was at the inlet today talking to a few surfers and they told me it was a basking shark. Not rattled by a basking shark, rattled after hearing about and seeing an (at the time) unidentified shark. I guess most of us would agree its the unknown or the unseen that causes the mind to wonder. For some reason I'm longing to fish that area more now than ever. And I'll still fish there as usual.
  17. A friend of mine who has been a commercial fisherman for a long time suggested that a predator that big might be on it's final hunt. Meaning It can't handle the ocean because of it's time to die so it goes into the comfortable easy water of the bays. Again not stated as a fact, but he said it happens. Thoughts?
  18. I think I paid an additional $100 for the upgrade plus the $25 for shipping.
  19. Yeah man, no doubt. I guess I've always felt a little further away from the bigger predators in the Bay's. There hunting for the same big fish we're fishing for, right? Kinda thrilling!!!
  20. No worries, now I know thanks. Can I post the video? If so, How?
  21. About 6 years ago I was doing some student teaching as part of my grad school EDU requirements. 2 days before I was to begin my student teaching I went fishing at some of the little lakes in the pine barrens around Manorville, walking down what felt like deer trails, with the bushes waist high. The next day, one day before I was to start my student teaching I woke up with chigger bites ON EVERY SQUARE INCH OF MY SKIN FROM MY BELT LINE TO THE BOTTOM OF MY SHORTS!!! My brother is an avid bow hunter has been in the woods more than he's not in the woods and has experienced chiggers at their full wrath. If any one has experienced chiggers I know you feel my pain, and might be reliving yours. He says I'll be right back, he goes to his truck, grabs a tube of something and gives it to me, and says "I'm not messing with you, use it, I promise you it works better than anything for the itch!"..................... VAGISIL- EXTRA STRENGTH!! I questioned his intent he looked at me and said use it!! The itch was like nothing else I've every felt, and I've been bit and stung by most things that bite and itch. It worked instantly, amazing! Then I had the concern if 9th grade HS students know what Vagisil smells like? I didn't care, I would have done anything to get rid of that itch. I used that whole tube and it worked until the bites basically dried up. I still have scars from some of my chigger bites. What is a chigger? Lone star tick larva, the enzyme they secreat to dissolve the proteins in flesh is what creates the unbearable itch. Yup, Vagisil.
  22. So, I've read some really scary, creepy stories about Montauk, in fact I've always wondered when my story night would happen. I don't fish there every day or even every week, but I'm there enough to experience a lot of what we experience fishing day and night at Montauk. I took the Jeep out to Shagwong with a buddy the other night. Worked out the tides and current and we were there to catch the out going, to fish some of those sweet rips over the bars that occur, figured get lines wet at around 6pm and fish till 11-11:30pm. My buddy had some business out there that ran a little longer than expected so we got to the point at around 8pm. There were a few 4x4's and anglers so we fished a little west of the spot I wanted, but I've had success with some decent fish there in the past, so I was happy to be out on the beach at Montauk with a good friend. I kept an eye on the point, slowly but surely the other anglers left, and by 10pm me and my buddy were alone to fish the rips, perfect. The Moon was behind us breaking through the clouds once in a while, and the sky over the water was really over cast and dark, we started getting some blow ups and hits. Around 10:30 I noticed a quick small light blink in the water on my left, to the left of my buddy. Hmmmm.... I thought, not unusual to me yet, but it didn't seem "natural" to me. Then I see the light blink again but now it was closer to my friend in front of him, and he noticed and freaked out a little, "What the hell was that?" he said. I said "I just saw it when it was next to you." We followed it as it went out in one of the rips, we saw the third blink when it was about 4 yards away from where we were wading about knee deep. The blinks were about 5-10 seconds apart. My first thought was a fish tag for sure, but then I talked myself out of that, because of all the tagged fish I've caught over the years none had a blinking light. My buddy mentioned maybe It's a headlamp, it looks like it's caught in the current. Then it blinks again about 6-8 yards away still in the little rip. I quickly talked us out of the headlamp theory. Then we saw it blink again, now its about 10-11 yards out. Now we're out of the water getting up a little higher to follow this blinking light. The next blink was now closer to us by half the distance from the last blink, "It has to be a fish or shark, It's going against the current" I said. So we did what any one would do in our situation, we tried to catch it. The weird thing was when we walked back towards the water (ankle deep) to try to catch it, the light blinked almost a rod length away, it got closer as we got into the water. And we waited for another blink and it didn't happen. We moved form the spot, it was getting late, we stopped and through the lines in a few more times as we drove back to the cut. No big fish, but a good time with a good friend, and arguably, a good story.
  23. No lightning bugs out at all out there, I know lightning bugs, plus it came at us into the same outgoing rip it went out on at first. I'm gonna go with my brothers suggestion of a submarine, they saw my friend and I and didn't what to mess with us and went away.
  24. AO Coolers-My favorite hands down, no doubt not even a question. I prefer the soft coolers. The first real test was years ago when i was in grad school. I was taking a whales of long island elective and went on one of the Vikings out of Montauk to observe Fin Whales and there dive times, dive depths, etc..... and i brought my son. Snacks were a must as well as drinks, and lunch, it was the beginning of August and in the mid 90's. Best (worst) of all, we had to keep our stuff on the top deck in the sun, we were on the water for over 6 hrs. The ice had really not melted at all, I was amazed and shared it with everyone i knew. I currently use my bigger AO cooler for salmon and steelhead fishing. I keep the fillets fresh in the crushed ice for days at a time with hardly any melting. Actually on occasion the ice would freeze into a block around the fillets inside the cooler. They are 100% leak proof and no condensation at all on the outside. The softness allows for flexibility and easy placements of whatever needs to be cold.
  25. Double Davy! I have tied this knot in fast moving rivers while shaking from the cold, wind ripping through my wet, numb hands, at my most frustrated and impatient. But I guess any knot that we practice would be our got to. The Double Davy is literally 4 moves after line is through the eye. And of course Pre-Tied Leaders!