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      Surfcaster's 2016 Reboot!   09/21/2016

      Howdy, folks. I know this is way overdue, and the damage is probably already done, but after weeks of working with the database I've finally wiped out all of the spam posts and topics. This was no easy task, considering there were three-quarters of a million bogus posts and nearly three hundred thousand bogus topics. Once a hacker/spammer network finds a vulnerability, they send out automated programs that basically destroy a database like this. Over the past couple weeks I've migrated all of the good data into a more current, secure platform with the hopes that we can somehow rebuild. New member registration is tightened way up, and a third-party spam monitoring service is in place. I've also invested in an awesome new gallery extension,  allowing members to create, manage, and share image galleries. Please give it a try, and let me know if there are any issues. I'm still testing and working out the bugs. Surfcaster's forums were once an amazing resource for everyone to enjoy, and we're hoping it can once again build back up. The main site (non-forums) is pretty banged up, but once the forums are complete my next task is to re-invent that as well. Spread the word. Hope to see a lot of you back! Cheers, Andrew

Mike M.

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  1. Sounds like a great day. Thanks for the report. I'm hoping to get out one more time with the old man before the fishing in the river comes to an end.
  2. Way to go Eel Man! Glad to see that the site is going to get an upgrade. I don't have any input other than keep doing what your doing. I've just taken on another full time job by going to school at night so my fishing season is likely over and I don't have much time to check out the forums. I'm really happy to see the new changes already though and will look forward to checking in from time to time to see how things are going.
  3. Great point about buying your duck stamp. It's one of the best contributions you can make to conservation in America and gets you into any national wildlife refuge in America all for only 15.00 bucks a year. Since 1934 the sale of federal duck stamps have have generated 700 million dollars and secured the purchase or lease of 5.2 million acres of land protected by the US fish and wildlife service.
  4. I got out yesterday morning for the last half of the outgoing. The fishing was as slow as I've experienced all season. I was able to get my friend her first stripers ever which was great but boy did we have to work to get them. We caught 3 schoolies on worms near the bottom of the tide but that was it. It was a nice morning out there and great to see someone catch their first stripers and enjoy it. Sadly, my fishing season is about to come to an abrupt end as I am going back to school 3 nights a week starting tomorrow while working full time during the day. I'm not going to have much time for fishing but still would like to get my dad out one more time before the fish leave the river this fall.
  5. Howdy everybody. Haven't been fishing in about 3 weeks. going to go very early am taking out a newbie to hopefully catch their first striper. We will drift some worms in the usual spots.
  6. Give the tube a chance. It really does work and at times works very well. I don't know if the fish think it's an eel or a really big worm but it will work on bass and blues if given a chance. I don't kayak fish but can see where the tube and worm would be deadly under the stealthy power of the paddle. Be careful out there on the yak. Try to have light yourself up as much as possible so the boaters can see you. Sounds like you are having fun.
  7. The fishing has slowed down a lot for me compared to how good it was a couple of weeks ago. The last 2 trips out we have had to work hard to find fish. We are still getting fish but it's getting tougher. I was out monday for the late morning/early afternoon outgoing (not a very good time of day for me usually). It was slow but we still squeaked out 10 bass to 27'' in about 3 hours. This has been an excellent season so far for me so I'm not complaining at all. My boat has caught a lot of nice fish this year and I'm finding the average size bass a lot bigger than they were last year. Boat traffic is starting to become an issue for my style of fishing during the day. It's time to start fishing early and late. The fish are reminding me of the way they bite around the end of July. I don't know what the water temp is (don't have a fishfinder on my boat) but it feels pretty warm.
  8. I got out this morning 6/3 and my dad and I had a great morning. 20 bass caught with 4 keepers biggest going 14lbs. Fish were hitting small sand eels on the surface. sluggos did the trick on them. When fish were not busting on the surface we caught them drifting worms. All in all a great morning.
  9. Great report. Sounds like it was a nice day out there. I guess that was one of those days when lures worked better than the real thing.
  10. It is very sad indeed. When I was out there on friday it looked like loved ones of the missing girl were gaterhered by the sandbar while a helicopter and harbor master kept on the search. All the folks on the beach were dressed in black.
  11. Did you try using the macks you caught for bait?
  12. Thanks for the report. I got out on the river yesterday afternoon for the last 3 hours of the outgoing in down right rough conditions in the river (SE wind/outgoing tide). Fishing stunk until the tide got stronger than the wind and then my dad and I picked up a dozen bass to 26 inches on worms. I was out this evening just to relax by the water for a little bit and it was flat calm and beautiful out there. Saw a young man catch a nice keeper for supper on clams from shore.
  13. Nice fish Surf Rat.
  14. I got my first fish of the season yesterday morning on a worm.
  15. You migh consider getting a license before the bass show up. I've been out several times for trout in the NE region this year and the fish they've put out are nice ones and the meat on the fish have been pink like salmon. Lots of fish in the 15-16'' class with shoulders, fight like hell and great on the grill.