natsgrampy

Not everyone at the canal is a jerk.

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I just spent a couple of days throwing plugs in the canal. I admittedly haven't a clue what I'm doing. I know how to fish, am able to cast, have the proper equipment, but, don't know enough about the canal to be an good. I did lose 1 striper just short of landing it, and landed my first albie.

 

Late this afternoon I was throwing a plug at MMA where I haven't fished since the mid 70's. When I was leaving and loading the gear into the car a gentlemen walked up to me and struck up a conversation that lasted about an hour. He gave me some tips and told me of a couple of other places to try. He showed me his plug bag and I do have a good representation of plugs.(although, some I didn't know the names of them). 

 

I appreciated the help as I am always willing to help others I meet fishing as much as I can.

 

His name was Dan and he says he's retired and fishes every day. Found out we are both originally from greater Boston and used to get all of our fishing stuff from Al Cappy's in Everett. Thanks Dan for your time.

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You met a nice guy AND you got a albie.

Better than many of us can say, at least as far as the albies go.

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Damn, I hunt them for 5 years and seen them probably 3 seasons within casting range and still haven't not gotten it. You were lucky and also meet a friend. 

 

I'd say all of them are friendly guys on this board too. They taught me a lot.

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Good to hear it. I'm at your same level, ran into some nasty fishermen at the canal, in a pretty crowded situation, very dark night, many fish being caught, one claimed I cast across his line, but he was 30 yards upstream, had arrived after me, and was fishing from a small inlet on the beach behind me...I was wading. I apologized but have my doubts. Anyway, a group of 3 guys on my right were likely poaching stripers, as one them left with 2 large stripers, and came back 20 minutes later, when I caught a 30 inch keeper and got the hell out of there...I couldn't say for sure that they kept more than one each...but one guy walked out with two, and the rules say you can't keep fishing after keeping one...haven't been back there since.

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I remember last year, I was fishing the beach area. A female walked towards me, and ask if it was OK to fish next to me. I informed her I did not own the beach. She proceeded to tell me, at a popular pole location, the people were not as inviting. They told her if she began fishing next to them, her line would continually be cut. I stopped fishing. And said if you like. I would escort you back there, and dare for someone to  intentionally cut the line. I have in the past, may this offer to other people as well. PEOPLE, NO INDIVIDUAL OWN THE CANAL!

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10 hours ago, natsgrampy said:

I just spent a couple of days throwing plugs in the canal. I admittedly haven't a clue what I'm doing. I know how to fish, am able to cast, have the proper equipment, but, don't know enough about the canal to be an good. I did lose 1 striper just short of landing it, and landed my first albie.

 

Late this afternoon I was throwing a plug at MMA where I haven't fished since the mid 70's. When I was leaving and loading the gear into the car a gentlemen walked up to me and struck up a conversation that lasted about an hour. He gave me some tips and told me of a couple of other places to try. He showed me his plug bag and I do have a good representation of plugs.(although, some I didn't know the names of them). 

 

I appreciated the help as I am always willing to help others I meet fishing as much as I can.

 

His name was Dan and he says he's retired and fishes every day. Found out we are both originally from greater Boston and used to get all of our fishing stuff from Al Cappy's in Everett. Thanks Dan for your time.

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Nice story and it shows that like you posted not every one is a jerk that fishes the canal . Occasionally, you have a mind altering experience that indeed we still have some around that share the experiences with class as many here on this site have done for years . If is the Dan I recall you met a true gentleman of the canal and any one who may have fished long enough to recall Al Cappy is an ok man in my opinion having fished with Al myself in another time frame. pass it on is this mornings lesson on canal fishing :howdy:

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IMO, I think that the actual number of bad experiences is far outnumbered by the neutral or good experiences ...it's just those bad ones are typically what stands out in your mind ... like sports talk radio with the really negative vocal minority owning the airwaves ...

 

Can't say that I've had a really bad time at the ditch; and I've met more than a handful of very helpful guys there. My trips are somewhat limited (1/2 dozen per year) so my sample size is smaller.

 

Most memorable was 3 years ago and 1st time I got into any fish ... pulled into the East End, and everyone, I mean everyone had a fish. Walked down the the jetty, and there was a guy with his 2 nephews in their 20s fishing at the beginning of the jetty ... invited me to fish next to them. I hooked up and the kids scrambled down the rip rap to unhook the fish for me ... being 58 at the time I appreciated that tremendously. Caught my 1st plus 20#s that day (four of them ...)

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The worst of the dbags, bullies, and cretins leave when the fishing gets the slightest bit challenging, i.e. returns to normal. If not instantly gratified by a suicidal cow per cast, they couldnt be bothered.

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I watch this dude on YouTube fishing the canal. He makes his own plugs and uses all high end gear. Gets into some good bass and says he lives in the area. And his name is Dan. But I don't think he's old enough to be retired. Could be the same guy though. He's always willing to help and loves when kids come by to check out his catch. 

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16 hours ago, Giantshand said:

Good to hear it. I'm at your same level, ran into some nasty fishermen at the canal, in a pretty crowded situation, very dark night, many fish being caught, one claimed I cast across his line, but he was 30 yards upstream, had arrived after me, and was fishing from a small inlet on the beach behind me...I was wading. I apologized but have my doubts. Anyway, a group of 3 guys on my right were likely poaching stripers, as one them left with 2 large stripers, and came back 20 minutes later, when I caught a 30 inch keeper and got the hell out of there...I couldn't say for sure that they kept more than one each...but one guy walked out with two, and the rules say you can't keep fishing after keeping one...haven't been back there since.

The rules say one fish in possession. 

22 hours ago, natsgrampy said:

I just spent a couple of days throwing plugs in the canal. I admittedly haven't a clue what I'm doing. I know how to fish, am able to cast, have the proper equipment, but, don't know enough about the canal to be an good. I did lose 1 striper just short of landing it, and landed my first albie.

 

Late this afternoon I was throwing a plug at MMA where I haven't fished since the mid 70's. When I was leaving and loading the gear into the car a gentlemen walked up to me and struck up a conversation that lasted about an hour. He gave me some tips and told me of a couple of other places to try. He showed me his plug bag and I do have a good representation of plugs.(although, some I didn't know the names of them). 

 

I appreciated the help as I am always willing to help others I meet fishing as much as I can.

 

His name was Dan and he says he's retired and fishes every day. Found out we are both originally from greater Boston and used to get all of our fishing stuff from Al Cappy's in Everett. Thanks Dan for your time.

Great story thanks for sharing. 

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4 hours ago, Nomad92 said:

I watch this dude on YouTube fishing the canal. He makes his own plugs and uses all high end gear. Gets into some good bass and says he lives in the area. And his name is Dan. But I don't think he's old enough to be retired. Could be the same guy though. He's always willing to help and loves when kids come by to check out his catch. 

No definitely not the same guy. Dan was telling me about the plugs he had and was showing me a "guppy" in crazy mackerel and several others he got at Canal Bait and Tackle that someone makes at home. He did say he still has a lamiglas 9' he bought f rom Al Cappy. I still have a pfluegger fly reel he gave me for a song, although the rod is no longer with me. 

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18 hours ago, Giantshand said:

and the rules say you can't keep fishing after keeping one

Really?

 

 

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11 mins ago, natsgrampy said:

No definitely not the same guy. Dan was telling me about the plugs he had and was showing me a "guppy" in crazy mackerel and several others he got at Canal Bait and Tackle that someone makes at home. He did say he still has a lamiglas 9' he bought f rom Al Cappy. I still have a pfluegger fly reel he gave me for a song, although the rod is no longer with me. 

This Dan guy sounds like a new canal legend in the making.

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