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  1. The Little Harbour Charitable Foundation (LHCF) has a children's Striped Bass Tournament coming up on Sunday June 23rd. It's a fun event for kids.
  2. Fish around Boston and Lower Cape often. I am planning on going to the canal. Instead of going during the sunrise and low tide rush, I am planning on going at high tide in the evening. Never fished the canal before but hoping for some advice. Is the East End better at high tide? Planning on casting top-water plugs.
  3. Hey all, going down to OCMD this upcoming weekend 17th -19th and I’m looking to do a little saltwater fishing. Place we are staying at is right on the bay , but besides the obvious of fishing the bay I was wondering if anyone knew some areas to check out. Targeting any saltwater species from the shore/jetties/sods. Let me know!
  4. After years of fly fishing Rhode Island's East Bay, I am ready to share my knowledge with others in the form of a new blog: S.K.S Adventures. The blog is still in it's infancy, and I still have much to learn, but I hope that those who are interested in learning more about striped bass fly fishing will add the site to their regular rotation of online fly fishing content. There are posts about a whole range of fly fishing topics, with lots of content scheduled for the future. So far this blog has been a lot of fun for me. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do! Website: Facebook page: S.K.S Adventures
  5. Hey Everyone, Heading down to my house in Hyannis at the end of next week for a few days of fishing. Will probably be focused on the south side as that's close to my home. With that said wanted to start a thread to discuss GENERAL activity going on on the South Side of the cape. General areas where fish are found, best tides, lures being used and what the bait abundance looks like. Feel free to get as specific as you want, just not trying to get lit up for spot burning. If there is already one of these threads let me know and I will delete it. Best, Chad
  6. I went down to RI's south shore chasing holdovers in one of my brackish rivers and found a nice school of holdovers all in the 15-19" range but fun all the less, considering we were out there 40 minutes. Anyone else having luck here in Mass? Are the rising herring populations going to attract more early season fish? Just a thread to talk early season fishing, tight lines!
  7. I wanted to share this FaceBook post with the group. I have met Captain John and he gets the importance of a sustainable fishery for all. I suggest those of you that share these same views read the article below and email NY Senator Kaminsky. CALL TO ACTION: Looks like we need to get those letters written now to Senator Kaminsky. The NY Recreational & For-Hire Fishing Alliance is prodding their members to send letters to Senator Kaminsky seeking to have John McMurray removed as his proxy and inserting a proxy more beholden to the for-hire fleet. So now we need to have these emails show up in numbers – big numbers. Emails should be sent to Senator Todd Kaminsky at; his aide Haile Meyers should be copied on the email; her email address is Some points that you may want to reflect in your email - PLEASE PERSONALIZE YOUR LETTERS - they do not need to be long: 1. The email that you are writing is in response to an online posting by the NY Recreational & For-Hire Fishing Alliance (NYRHFHA) seeking John McMurray’s removal (BE SURE TO INCLUDE THIS FACT). 2. Fisheries Management must be based on the best available science – not unsubstantiated claims and anecdotal evidence. 3. The recent draft of the striped bass technical assessment reveals the striped bass fishery to be overfished with overfishing occurring. This is what the best available science has revealed and is consistent with what many in the recreational sector have been saying for years and in direct contrast to what the for-hire industry has been claiming. 4. The for-hire industry represents a minute fraction of the recreational fishing sector. Using the Vessel Trip Reports provided by the for-hire industry in 2018, there were less than 13,000 anglers on party boats where a striped bass was caught. These VTRs are required to be completed by the NY DEC. * 5. In contrast to the number of anglers on for-hire vessels, the NY Marine Fishing Registry has over 400,000 recreational anglers. * 6. There are over 8,100 recreational anglers in the NY Marine Fishing Registry that reside in Senator Kaminsky’s legislative district alone.* 7. Of the 515 for-hire permits issued in 2018 only 101 vessels submitted a Vessel Trip Report where a striped bass was caught.* 8. Only 8 of these vessels had more than 40 trips where striped bass were caught.* 9. The for-hire fleet continues to deny and discount the best available science with unsubstantiated claims about fish swimming in other parts of the ocean, effects of Hurricane Sandy, and more. None of these claims are backed by scientific research. 10. We have no interest in causing economic harm to the for-hire fleet. Our interest is in insuring a robust striped bass fishery that all segments of the recreational and commercial sectors can benefit from. We find the comments from the for-hire industry to be based primarily on their financial interests and they do not represent the great majority of conservation minded recreational anglers. 11. John McMurray has demonstrated an extraordinary grasp of fisheries management and marine science, not only for striped bass but all species he has been involved with on the ASMFC management boards. 12. We have not agreed with every comment that he has made or vote that he has cast but he has shown himself to be a fair representative of the overall recreational sector. *This data was provided by the DEC in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.
  8. Anyone familiar with best spots for fly fishing coastal Maine? As of now I'm thinking York, Kittery, Biddeford, Cape Porpoise areas but wanted to see if there are any secret gems out there that should be explored. Cheers!
  9. Hello Everyone. Essentially, I am hoping to build "one rod to rule them all" to fish both the area surrounding my new address in Washington, and to be somewhat practical for fishing back here in Rhode Island. In order to carry it on flights, the rod will have to be built off a travel blank, 3 pieces and no longer than 8 ft. The weight rating will will have to be roughly 3/8 to 1 1/2 oz to handle small steelhead floats, spinners, medium SP Minnows, and 1.5 oz bucktails. Most guys out in Washington seem to use their steelhead rods for fishing species like rock fish and surf perch, and some even use them for ling cod. I'm hoping to build a rod that bridges the gap between a pure Steelhead float rod and a lighter surf rod you might find in a RI surfcaster's arsenal. That means I'll also need a blank with a moderate responsive backbone and a quick taper to a soft tip. Does a blank like this even exist? Has anyone built on a blank like this before? Suggestions are much appreciated. Preferred Blank Specs: Length: 8 ft Lure weight: 3/8 oz-1.5 oz Pieces: 3 Action: medium/fast Application: (Shore Fishing) Steelhead,Salmon, Lingcod, Cabezon, Halibut, Rockfish, Greenling, Surf Perch, Stripers, Bluefish, Tog, Albies, Bonito, my cousins left ear. Other Notes: -Pairing with Stradic 4k or Gosa 5k. Maybe a VR 50 or VSX 100 bailed if I ever get back to RI. -Most likely building With BKWAG stripper and first reduction guide followed by single foot alconites. It's also worth mentioning the nearest population of ocean dwelling stripers resides about a six hour drive south of my new address, so the rod will come along to help investigate at some point.
  10. I think it's time, a lot of the other forums on this site have's time for the Main Forum to have one Pictures of fishing, fish, fishing trips, lures, tackle, people fishing, etc, etc, etc - let's see them Couple guidelines - please don't post images that are water marked with promotional logos or URLs - please don't post promotional or commercial/advertising type images - and if you are posting pictures of girls fishing, please make sure they are appropriately attired I'll start I've got miles of pictures...I'm sure lots of you guys do - let's see some! TimS
  11. Selling lightly used Allen Kraken #3 in Dorado color. Only selling because I need to thin the herd! Reel is in great shape, nothing wrong with it, and is supposed to fit 7-9 wt rods but in my opinion it balances much nicer on 9-12 wts. It's just too much reel on a 7/8. It will come loaded with #30 orange dacron. Have plenty of fly lines from 8-10wt so let me know what you need and we can figure out the price. Selling reel with backing shipped to your door via Paypal (In lower 48) for $215. Mike
  12. From what I understand they are going to open the commercial harvest of striped bass two weeks earlier. I suggest you send her your comments if you do not think this is a good idea. NYSDEC will accept comments through April 15, 2019. You can direct comments and questions to Carol Hoffman at: 205 N Belle Mead Road, Suite 1, East Setauket, NY 11733 or Below is the email I sent her. Hi Carol, From what I understand they are opening the commercial harvest season for striped bass two weeks earlier. The population is in trouble but instead of addressing the immediate problem, we are going to allow more to be harvested. This makes absolutely no sense. The ASMFC has stated they are being overfished along with the steep decline I have been witnessing the past several years, I strongly urge you to reconsider. Please see the attached letters I have sent to Governor Cuomo and the members of the ASMFC. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. Thanks.
  13. I hesitate to start yet another thread about the current state of striped bass, but here is the unofficial summary of the 66th SAW/SARC meetings. SAW/SARC report
  14. WTS my backup new Custom Century Stealth S-2 1326 11’ - 2-5oz Rod built by Chris Abut. It was wrapped with Fuji’s best Torzite guides. The rod is super light and can handle big fish in big current. It’s a parabolic rod that takes less energy to cast compared to the Slingshot series. $485 Stella 3000 Reel 9.5 out of 10. It includes everything that originally came with. $375 I would consider trade for other quality fishing products.
  15. Hey everyone, Last year was the first year in a boat trolling tube n worm for stripers. Did very well in rivers where depths maxed out at 35' (all the way down to 4') using unweighted tubes with 40-50# braided fishing line. I am wondering if it would be beneficial to add an egg sinker (and what weight to add) for deeper water? Or would it be worth it to get a dedicated lead core setup? Ive seen many posts online that say the tube *needs* to be close to the bottom or close to where the stripers are, but clearly that isn't true from my experience. I'm just wondering if its worth the money to go lead core to get the tube down further, especially if it would help me catch bigger or more fish. Obviously adding a lead weight won't cost much and I'll definitely be trying it out this season. Also, I did not have any luck fishing the ocean (Long Island Sound, CT side) with the tube and worm. Would getting my tube down deeper help in this situation? Fished a few times near reefs and shoreline/structure with no luck. Thanks! Sharing your experiences or adding your input would be very beneficial.
  16. I grew fishing in the 80s when the Striped Bass fishing was terrible. Thankfully, we had big Blues to fill in that void. That is no longer the case and hasn't been so for a number of years where I fish on the SS of LI. Just recently they gave the unused recs quota to the comms which made absolutely no sense to me. Does anyone know if there is a new stock assessment coming up or is anything being done to address this?
  17. Was looking through my log for the past 5-6 years or so and let me know if anyone has any thoughts on this theory: The near complete lack of bluefish the past two seasons has been detrimental to the fall run of striped bass from the surf. Bluefish blitzes used to push bait, adult bunker, peanuts, etc into the surf and bigger sized stripers would move either mixed in with the blues to clean up the mess or just after the blues moved on. Bass now have no incentive to clean up the scraps of the bluefish in the surf and stay offshore to feed on adult bunker schools. Now we are left with smaller bait in the surf, rain fish, spearing, pockets of sand eels and other small baits for schoolies to feed on. There are obviously more than one factor as to why the surf run hasn't been good for a while now such as beach replenishment, the recent storm patterns ect. But I'm a little alarmed by the considerable lack of blues for the second year in a row now. It's a real shame that slaughter happened 3-4 years ago around here. Tight Lines!
  18. Hi guys, as the striper season is weaning towards the end, I am going out to denver, colorado for a little 5 day vacation and the weather is going to be perfect to fish for stocked stripers and or wipers if possible, I will be out there with my plugs and soft plastics hoping to wake a few up, has anyone tried this before? Striper fishing in ponds and lakes can be wicked different than the surf and was wondering if you guys had any tips & or places to hit in denver for advice and etc. Just gonna snoop around not too far from denver so we may not travel too far out, thanks!
  19. So I’ve been tying the Murdich Minnow a ton lately, tied in a size 4 on a Gamagatsu B10S just smokes smallies here on the Connecticut in western MA. But my frustration is with the Hairline Ice Fur used in the original formula. The hank you receive is pitifully small and only is enough for 5-6 flies. I’ve seen guys using EP fibers on the internets but haven’t tried it. Has anybody used a substitute matierial that goes a little further?
  20. Newbie here. Started fishing about 4 years ago, aimlessly. Started understand species and species specific gear this year. I'm pretty happy with my fluke set ups, I'm looking to put together a tog set up with a saltiga 15. Will be fishing long island sound as well as montauk. Will at time need to use sinkers up to 16oz to hold bottom. I haven't done any striper fishing and if I do it might be once or twice this fall (probably using live eels), so my aim is a tog set up that may allow some striper fishing as well. I have a st croix premier musky 7'H 40-80lb. It's nice and light with plenty of strength. I would just rather put together a custom rod, shrink wrap handles, fuji guides, rod color, lightweight, etc... I'm looking at the st croix 2M70MHF as well as the blank from the rod I have. I also saw a custom Calstar GF700-M yesterday that was beautiful (would probably consider the 700-MH). I've also been told about the lamiglas CGBT861MH from the tri flex 7240 I believe. And I've seen some posts on the Seeker Hercules. I know the best way to go about this is to really hold and pull on each rod but there aren't too many places that have each blank in stock. It's a lot of info to take in. Need some advice on which is the best choice based on those parameters. Thanks
  21. Brand new, never used Cheeky Limitless 475 and spare spool. This is in the limited edition all black that is currently sold out on their site. Awesome 10-12wt reel. Has a fully sealed drag and tons of stopping power. Awesome for fly fishing for tarpon, bull reds, stripers, albies or offshore. Comes complete with boxes, pouch, etc. retail is $670 for the reel and spool, now asking $450. PM or call/text 508-735- zero two nine eight
  22. New to the Portland area and curious to hear some favorites from locals: 1. Tide/time of day? 2. Top water lure? 3. Swim/crank bait? 4. Colors? 5. Any local shops or people making good bucktails? So far I've been fishing the outgoing at dawn at a tidal river with moderately strong current. I've had some success using techniques that have worked for me in NYC/cape cod waters using white bucktails, bone sp minnow, tsunami swim shad and white/blue talkin popper, but I'm wondering if any locals have some experienced advice to offer. Thanks for any info, Ryan
  23. I'm 15, should i get a 12" tracker jon boat and a 6-7 hp outboard or a kayak for long island sound fishing? I like the idea of bringing others out on the boat and have fun/playing music etc. kayak is half the price, yet slower with only room for one, and even fishing kayaks seem awkward to fish from too me. No budget for a Hobie.
  24. What is the best reel for a 9wt fly rod for striped bass around $200?
  25. Today a little after noon striper madness began in the Saco river, the catalyst for this being a picture of a single schoolie at a now VERY popular fishing spot. Sadly I still have not landed one after seven outings this year but as usual I settled for a shad in order to end my skunking. I will probably be going after it every day until my first striper, may even be out somewhere on the river later tonight. Happy fishing to everyone and don't forget to release those cows safely .