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About yakscientist

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  • About Me:
    Chesapeake Bay Kayak Fisherman
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Fishing, Exploring, Eating
  • What I do for a living:
    Environmental Scientist

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    Carroll County, MD
  1. Instinct. I actually foresee some on the GOP side campaigning for Shapiro due to their extreme dislike of Mastriano. Could be wrong but we will see in Nov.
  2. Mastriano will lose to Shapiro for PA Gov in Nov, calling it now, and if Oz gets the nom, will lose to Fetterman for Senate seat.
  3. Looks like an 8% jump as per an article on The Hill (39 to 47% as per NPR-PBS Poll cited in article). Short-lived? Probably.
  4. Yeah I may want to have it serviced even though it feels just fine. I'll try to look for those musky rods, thank you. Ok I'll take a look, thank you
  5. I think I'd mainly (~85% of the time) use it for light tackle kayak trolling for blues, spanish, and stripers, and then the other ~15% would be a mix of bottom fishing with heavier rigs/jigs than about 2 or 3 oz for sheepshead, tautog, and other structure dwellers, also from the kayak. I don't use more weight than that with my spinning setups while bottom fishing from the kayak but occasionally I will troll some parachute jigheads that may weigh up to 4 oz, and very rarely I'll troll mini umbrella rigs or tandems that may weigh 5 or 6 oz but that's only a couple times a year. I do think heading down to the tackle shop where I got one of my favorite rods, a tsunami trophy series "slow pitch", might be a good approach. I'm just looking for one that's fairly sensitive, doesn't have to be super lightweight, but definitely don't want to spend over $150 as I don't think I'll be using it nearly as often as many of my spinning setups whose rods are rarely over $100. Thanks for the help!
  6. Looking for recs for a decent boat/kayak rod, not too heavy, in the 6-7 foot range, MH to H power, fast action (though moderate might not be bad either), to pair with an old Penn Special Senator 112H. I found an old US made one in really good condition at a local fishing expo and couldn't pass it up, super smooth given the age, clicker works fine. Any rod recs below $150 would be appreciated, and any other recs for spooling it too. I'm thinking about 50-75 yards of 30-40lb mono backing with 30-40lb braid on top? Thanks everyone.
  7. The tsunami trophy series "slow pitch" 6'6 jigging spinning rods are a great deal for around $100. I have one of the new spheros sw (really stradic FK-lite) 4000 on one, and on my kayak I use it all the time for light tackle trolling, jigging, casting, and it's really good for fishing baited jigs for sheepshead, tautog, etc. Very light rods with lots of backbone, though they do have a long butt for underarm leverage when jigging, you might want to see one in person first if possible.
  8. I really appreciate you guys even talking about this event. I went to my first one back in 2017 and had no idea what I was doing but was still able to catch some big (to me) blues and even a few fluke, and of course, plenty of sea robins. I went in 2018 even though the weather was horrible, and had to cut that trip short due to a family emergency, but was still happy to at least get a little fishing time in. Even if there is some sort of informal camping/get together this year, I'd probably join in if I can get time off.
  9. Plano Z Series tackle wrap might be more your style, you could just tie a foam float to it
  10. Yeah I love the black hornets, haven't tried the stinger but I'm certainly open to it. Got my first buck this past weekend, a little 5 pointer, again using the black hornet. I use the ser razor variation but I'm sure the standards work great too.
  11. Yes this was from a ground blind. In the future, I guess I should ideally aim a couple inches lower and further back. Do you think I only nicked 1 lung, if that, and mainly just hit a major artery? I was really nervous about not hitting lungs and/or heart so I wanted to shoot fairly far forward, and may have went too far. Either way this is only the second deer I've gotten, and my first full hunting season (got started mid Nov last season), so calming my nerves enough for accurate shots has been a real challenge. I will say though, that this shot was much more controlled than the shot I took on my first deer from last year (recovered that one too though thankfully).
  12. Couldn't make it out the first week of archery season, so I made up for it this past Saturday afternoon. Only got 1 deer last year, had a late start, so I've already tied my high score. Seemed like a great shot with the magnus black hornet, but she still ran several hundred yards, uphill for the last 100 or so. Tracking her gave me a lot of valuable experience, especially the last 20 minutes in full dark going drop by drop.
  13. Sounds like a great way to end the day! I'm usually only able to crab on weekends so I have to be very selective of where I go as lots of places fill up fast and hardly any kayak launching sites in MD open pre-dawn.
  14. That is pretty cool! I've been using that launch over the past 2 years whenever I want some good marsh access, but the areas down South are just as good, if not better, at times. I'm glad it'll be well maintained now and that's awesome that there's another kayak guiding outfit in town. I have fished with Mikey Sabadic before and he runs a great outfit, and I also fished with Missy (I think Outer Banks Kayak Fishing is her outfit, not sure though) and she was also great considering it was the hottest day of the year. I haven't fished with Rob who seems like he's been doing it the longest, but I'd like to. However, now that I've got a few good spots to catch good specks and drum, I feel like I would only really book a trip if we were chasing spanish mackerel, or maybe big drum, not sure if any of those outfits offer those options.
  15. I crab off my kayak in MD and run a full 600' trotline with anchors (10lb kettlebells), chains, floats, the works. It's a lot of prep to bait the snoods (lengths of bungie cinched with rubber) with chicken necks the night before, but I've had several days where I've caught the max amount allowed by a recreational crabbing license (1 bushel). Most days I'll get from 2-3 dozen which is more than worth it considering the price of crabs right now and especially since I can be a little more selective about the size I keep, rather than letting my budget dictate the size I can afford to buy. I keep a bushel basket behind my seat, and a culling basket/trashcan on the bow that holds the trotline initially as I deploy it. I've got a pvc prop stick that the trotline rope runs up and over, and I just net the crabs and dump them into the culling basket. Then I usually pedal to shore to cull the sub-legal ones and then sorted crabs get stored in the basket behind the seat. It's a chore to maximize space on the kayak and there are lots of possibilities for snags and tangles, but all in all, it works very well. The pedal kayaks, like my outback, do very well on a trotline, as you can control your speed and direction very easily and make very little noise to spook any flighty crabs. I applaud you for crabbing off the 9ft kayaks, not sure what state you are in but as you've discovered, crabbing can be very rewarding!