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  1. I've used something similar to the lighting formula for fresh since I started but once I started saltwater fishing all the knots in the leader caught seaweed so I switched to a single piece of 20lb and reduced the amount of snagged weeds. The estuaries I fished were always loaded with weeds. I'm curious if anyone uses the knotted leaders in these conditions.
  2. This isnt the forum where the no lifers with 40,000 posts complain about everything.
  3. I'm gonna head out this weekend. Seeing these posts and the warm weather is getting me pumped! All the gear is still nicely packed away.
  4. How to you suppose an accurate data set for the harvest of striped bass is possible to practically collect? Comms dont accurately submit harvest data as is and recs are never going to consistently submit harvest data. Do we continue on the same path until the stock is completely depleted in search of accurate data that will never be obtained in order to make a decision?
  5. Both bad as well. The intent of my post was not to target one kind of energy as being bad if that's how you understood it. Again, the environmental and quality of life impacts of any energy production are easily written off until it's your water that's on fire or your favorite fishing spot that now has barges and wind turbines parked on it.
  6. Energy independence would be great. But it means cutting quarter mile wide swatches through the woods for hundreds of miles of pipeline, endless trucks and construction, loud compressor stations, wrecked roads from the trucks, environmental disasters, the list goes on. And it sucks when it's in your back yard and you have to live with it. That's what's nice about buying it from somewhere else. Wreck their land not ours. Energy independence done right if its well regulated would have less impact. Im sure the push is going to be cut regulations and speed upproduction. Put a couple oil rigs a halfmile off newport or the Hamptons and lay pipe through their town and see how wellthat goes over. Someone's always paying for it.
  7. Light spray and wipe down. Check drag and roller and MX when needed. Dont over do the MX adding tons of grease and oil wipe down is not necessary and probably impacts reliability.
  8. Groceries and anything service related has gone up.
  9. The fish have a lot stacked against them today. With modern tackle and the ease of learning (youtube, forums like this, etc) anyone can become a very effective fishermen/harvester faster than before. That coupled with more fishermen and regulations not appropriately addressing these factors is probably a reason why everything is being over harvested.
  10. Thank you for the info! I will try this in the spring.
  11. How do you zip tie them? Just zip tie the hook shank to prevent them from sliding off? Or zip the eel itself?
  12. I froze some leftover eels after live eel trip and took the frozen eels to some back water a couple weeks later. I observed that when the eels were hooked through the bottom of the mouth and out the eye socket and casted out they would suspend upright and stay upright on an very very slow retrieve but picking up speed they would flip over. I tested them under some dock lights to observe micro bass attacking them and for the several trips I went out there any bass in the area would come out like a lightning bolt to hit the upright eel but I caught few bass on the upside down eel. Fishing my other spots with waves and current I cant observe the eel to see if its upright but I assume its probably flipped upside down. When you mean dead eel do you mean fresh dead or frozen and later thawed out for use? Fresh dead I would imagine suspend upsidedown becasue of gas buildup like all dead thing. Thawed eels from my limited experience seem up stay upright. I'm curious about your thoughts.
  13. Fishermen taking personal responsibility to catch and release most fish and properly handle fish as well as use their moral compass in deciding how many fish to harvest would be the an impactful change. Saltwater fishermen in general are decades behind freshwater fishermen when it comes to these principles. The ocean is not limitless and an individual's actions do impact the biomass even if the impacts are not seen immediately.
  14. Time on the water and exploring is what will find fish because you become more intimate with your local water. Videos and reading can point you in the right direction but local knowledge is best. Your spots might be right for a different time of day or time of year.
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