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Canal Legend's you have fished with

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2 latter day Legends ? worth mentioning - "Huff",unofficial founder and leader

of the Lepers and Brad "Hawg Hunter" Poehler,creator of Hawg Hunter lures

and also a head Leper,both of whom I knew and fished with.

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3 hours ago, Angler #1 said:

Peter as you indicated striped bass was not the only fish we all once fished on here in the canal and many of those who fished it back then also fished for the other species as well. Including toutog, fluke, flounder , smelt and cod fish along with squid. Some of this type of fishing is still available today, you just have to know where.

Thanks for helping to keep some of the canal legends alive for we all reaped the benefits in some way

I have taken some big fluke, by chance, while fishing slack on the bottom.  I have been tempted to give it a go recently, wondering if I added a teaser then maybe, I could actually target them.  I fished bottom once this year and caught a couple of big scup as well. They may be the kivers of the sea, but we love them fresh with salt and pepper in a skillet with a touch of oil.  

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25 mins ago, troutworm said:

2 latter day Legends ? worth mentioning - "Huff",unofficial founder and leader

of the Lepers and Brad "Hawg Hunter" Poehler,creator of Hawg Hunter lures

and also a head Leper,both of whom I knew and fished with.

troutworm both names worth remembering as Canal Legends and giving the Canal its first official group of fishermen whom camped together as well as fishing together where no one knew the location off . Fished with Huff behind Play land for many years, before he passed.  He was one of the canals best protectors in keeping the canal better then you found it. He would always place a plastic bag on the steel fence to have every one put there trash.  Brads rough plugs made canal History as one of the best fish catchers bar non then any other plug of its time.

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10 hours ago, East Tide said:

This thread is humorous in so many ways. 

East Tide perhaps you might want to share what you find so humorous in this thread, I could use a good laugh on this gloomy day,:howdy:

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On 8/10/2018 at 10:21 AM, Angler #1 said:

To provide some incite as to what I have posted above, I am only speaking about those who are no longer with us that have passed on to King Neptune's Ream. Not those you may have heard about just those you fished with over the years . You might also include why you posted any legend name as to why in your opinion he or she may be a canal legend. Lets see if we can work up a list of names whom have become part of the Canal history that brought us all the heritage of this world wide bass mecca.

I will start with Frank Woolner, some one that not only wrote about the canal, but fished It hard as well. He wrote countless articles about fishing the canal during the early days, making it a place to come.

 

Mr. Bob Pond one of the original manufactures of wood plugs used in the canal and some one who used his profits to help save the Striped bass population

 

Stan Gibbs manufacture of Wood Plugs

 

Andy Limarty [spel]manufacturer of jigs and skin rigs in another time of many original designed. His son continues to this day manufacturing plugs

 

Dick Knorring designer of an original skin rig [one of the best to this day]

 

Mr. John [stan] Kuzia long time friend and one of the canals most innovated persons designing many types of Jig head, Plugs and lead weights along with showing how to cast for distance does not need to be hard as some may feel it is. Many of his designs have stood the test of time , still catching fish to day

 

Bob Black showed every one that if you put in the time you will have great success. His catch rates were among the best along the ditch during that time.

 

Peter Cochis my personal mentor during the formative years who set by example that you did not need to drink to become a good bass fishermen , he was a person of high integrity that his peers respected and shared the secrets with the selected few in passing on the traditions the right way.

 

Bunny Dipetro A small man that had the heart of a giant , made the tackle store Red Top known world wide. Took many well know sports figures fishing including[ teddy ball game] and introduced them to the ways of the Cape Cod Canal. The name Red Top was the name Bunny gave his first ice cream and tackle shop in Sandwich and when he was hired to manage a store in Bourne , the name went with it. To this day Red Top has become one of the premiere places to purchase tackle for the canal . Cape Cod Charlies is close for a whole lot of other reasons. 

 

This is only a small list from my personal experiences with those i would give some sort of legend prominence too that have brought the Cape Cod Canal to the public's notice with there abilities of fame.     Charlie Murat,Edson Worcester, Floyd Roman, David Pickering, John Ferns, Steve Shiraka, Robert Samulson , Bill Thomas, among others who have also contributed to the legend tales of the Cape Cod Canal. More to come 

To those who read this please post your personal list of those legends you fished with and a little incite, that is one way to help keep there names alive for the future to know who they may have been.

 

 

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On 8/10/2018 at 6:20 PM, Angler #1 said:

  Brads rough plugs made canal History as one of the best fish catchers bar non then any other plug of its time.

Never actually finished with him but I used to buy a couple pencils when I would see him. Ran out a little while ago and recently picked 1 up on FB for old times sake.

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On ‎8‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 1:43 PM, peterk1234 said:

Well, I'm not sure others will know these guys but I will give it a go....

 

Both of these guys were cribbin specialists, jigging it with eel skins in the dead of night.  

 

Leo Narris - Boy, he had to be one of the original Canal Sportsman Club members.  He was in his eighties when I met him 18 years ago.  Strong as an ox.  He was one of my sponsors for the club and taught me how jig.  Conventional reel and dacron line, with homemade eel skin jigs.  He just beat on the cribbin night after night.  My favorite story was hooking to some monster bass, having to climb the rocks to the road, and follow the thing down current.  I think it straightened out his swivel, or he may have tackled it in the water and swam it in, not sure.  Man, what a true gentleman.  He was an open book about fishing that place.  He knew the canal inside and out, including where to catch tautog there.  Yup, I said tautog.  Sadly he passed a few years back.  

 

Mike Lombardi - Another eelskin and cribbin legend as far as I am concerned.  Always kept to himself, but he would show up at the club in the middle of the night to clean his fish.  He let me share a rock a couple of times.  Man knew how to fish that place.  

 

Mike may still be around but I believe he is unable to navigate the rocks these days.  I should look at the list to see if he is still a member at the club.  

 

 

Mike Lombardi was actually a very dear friend of mine. We met on the canal while we were both in college. We fished eel skins together for years. I had him in my boat a few times. We had some great times together.  I've been trying to connect with him for a few years. I heard he might not live in Brockton anymore, but lives in the family home in the Swift Beach area.

I'm surprised Andy Mamaty's brother Al hasn't been mentioned? Al and I fished together all the time. Really good eel skin guy, plus a lot of fun to fish with. Al was a stickler on terminal tackle. He's the one who taught me the importance of keeping leaders fresh, and cutting back old line and retying knots after each night. Stuff I still do to this day.

 

 

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Bob now you have mentioned some that you have have met along the way . In some locals those who have been mentioned were known only to a small band of brothers fishing the canal at that time and some were better known among the brethren of the deep

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On 8/10/2018 at 5:45 PM, troutworm said:

2 latter day Legends ? worth mentioning - "Huff",unofficial founder and leader

of the Lepers and Brad "Hawg Hunter" Poehler,creator of Hawg Hunter lures

and also a head Leper,both of whom I knew and fished with.

Trout

Is "Huff" Bob Langley, who was originally from Hyde Park. I grew up with a Bob Langley in Hyde Park who used to fish Houghton's Pond back in his elementary school days. Bob Langley had the nickname "Huff" way back in the 60's.

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31 mins ago, scott7980 said:

I carry a mirror with me,  so I am always fishing with a legend. 

Scotty that is a good one , however for this discussion we are speaking of those who passed into King Neptune Realm where only the spirits meet:howdy:

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1 hour ago, Jigster said:

Trout

Is "Huff" Bob Langley, who was originally from Hyde Park. I grew up with a Bob Langley in Hyde Park who used to fish Houghton's Pond back in his elementary school days. Bob Langley had the nickname "Huff" way back in the 60's.

Yes,you are correct,that's Huff,(Bob Langley),which means you probably know me

as well,I grew up in H.P.also.

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34 mins ago, troutworm said:

Yes,you are correct,that's Huff,(Bob Langley),which means you probably know me

as well,I grew up in H.P.also.

The world around is not as large as some may think :theman:

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