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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


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  1. Hi, all. Very long time, no post. Haven't visited much either -- started a new job last year, and it has really screwed up my fishing. Plus the price of gas has kept me away even when I have had the time. But I did manage a trip last week, and again tonight. Last Thursday, I hit 6 of my favorite fall spots on Cape Ann, all with no luck -- no signs of bait in the water, no fish, no visible blitzes, no bird activity, etc. A number of guys I spoke with were bemoaning the lack of fish, saying the fall run must have bypassed Cape Ann. However, I noticed last week that the water was still quite warm, so I held out hope all week that maybe, just maybe, the fall run hadn't started yet. What a difference tonight -- the water is still warm, but probably a couple of degrees cooler than last week, and there was plenty of bait around (silversides primarily). Oh, yeah, and fish, too! :mellow: Not wild blitzes, to be sure, but encouraging, nonetheless. Almost like an end-of-summer / beginning-of-fall pattern, not yet a full-on fall run pattern. For my part, in 2 hours of fishing, I caught one enormous blue, and five decent stripers -- one well over keeper size, the rest in the mid-20's. My view, based on very limited data, is that the fall run is getting started perhaps a bit late this year, due to warmer than usual water temperatures, but I still think it is just getting going now, at least around Cape Ann. See ya in the surf, --EH
  2. Year round, baby, even when I have to drill holes in the water to drop a line! (Although I much prefer winter flats-fishing trips to Florida over sitting on a 5-gallon pail in freezing cold weather.) Cheers, --EH
  3. As Bob says, rinsing is key. Also, you can reverse the line on the spool every season or two to extend its useful life. Cheers, --EH
  4. Actually, all but one of those fish was caught in the surf, not from the kayak. The 34" fish was caught in the harbor from the yak, but all the rest were from the beaches, with the majority being caught at Good Harbor Beach. Waders and a dry-top cinched tight with 2 wading belts were a must -- I got the crap kicked out of me by the surf this week, but it was a helluva a lot of fun. Combat fly-fishing at its best. Just checked the marine weather report for Gloucester -- surf conditions are reported as "double overhead", which I have never seen before. Wave height supposed to be 14 feet. with an east wind at 32 mph. Yikes. I don't mind fishing when every third wave is breaking over my head, and I get a mouthful of water on just about every wave, but there is a big difference between standing in surf that is *just* head-high, and standing in breakers that are twice as tall as you. Even I am not crazy enough for that stuff. Unless you are lucky enough to find a small cove sheltered on enough sides that you can safely wade and cast, this looks like a good week to heave weight & bait from the relative safety of the beach. And kayaking is pretty much out of the question -- even if you find a spot protected from the waves, paddling against a 32 mph wind ain't no kind of fun at all. Cheers, --EH
  5. Had a good week fishing various beaches and from the kayak up in Gloucester -- got out five out of eight days, was into fish four of those days. 59 fish total, including one keeper of 34" / 18 lb., which was a great fight on the fly rod. Most of the fish were quite small, 16-20", but there were some mid-20's mixed in here and there. This past Sunday was the best day, with 30 fish, but Monday seemed like someone flipped a switch. Big fat skunk on Monday despite fishing two different beaches and paddling around half the harbor. Cheers, ---EH
  6. Uh, I mean, "personal best SMALLEST Large Mouth Bass". :wub: Cheers, --EH
  7. Drowned, unfortunately. Heard it on the radio this morning, although they said "canoe" not "kayak". --EH
  8. I was up in Casco Bay last week, fishing around Bailey & Orr's islands, and a blue over white deceiver with a bit of red tied in at the gills was just the ticket for stripers and blues. There were a ton of fish around, and a ton of bait, mostly mackerel and silversides, but it was easy enough to get the fish to take the fly, even in broad daylight. They were feeding close inshore -- right up along the rocks, and even caught a half-dozen from the dock behind the motel where we had our kayaks tied up. I tried the T&W the first day up there, but there was so much weed in the water it was a real pain. Fishing was much more fun and productive on the fly rod. FWIW, the water was 59-62 degrees while I was there. . . Cheers, --EH
  9. I started last year. Fishing is a progressive disease, you see -- it starts with fun in the salt once in a while, but quickly leads to obsessive/compulsive all-nighters on the beach and cars that smell like bait most of the year. In the advanced stages of the disease, you start sneaking out to local ponds at night just to feel something tug on your line. In the final stage, you may experience numbness, tingling, and pain in your hands, feet, and backside as you sit for hours in the freezing cold over a hole in the ice. Yeah, I'll be fishing the hardwater again this year. :banana: Cheers, --EH
  10. Congratulations, Zebrina! My wife and I had our first keeper in February, 2004, and he has introduced us to joy and love we never knew we could feel. It's something you can only understand once you have your own children, and I know you will feel the same. Expect to be busier, and more tired, than you could believe possible during the first few months. Somehow I suspect your fishing schedule may suffer a bit next spring. :-) Cheers, --EH
  11. Haven't been able to find much time to get out in the salt this year, but will be taking a brief 3-day trip to Bailey Island, ME in a couple of weeks. Bailey Island is one of the islands near Harpswell, which is about 10-15 miles from Brunswick down Route 123. Any advice on yak/shore fishing spots up that way? I will have my wife along, and she is a novice paddler, so I need to find some protected waters. . . Thanks! Cheers, --EH
  12. I used to think that way, too. Eventually, you'll just give up and start referring to your car as "the baitmobile". You will also learn to like the smell of bait, as it is evocative of good fishing memories. Remember, this is a progressive disease. It's only a matter of time until you ask your wife to start wearing Eau de Clam perfume. . . :lol: Cheers, --EH
  13. Took the fly rod up to the Mousam last night for the first couple of hours of the incoming. Twelve dinks in about an hour-and-a-half. Nothing over 14", but feisty and fun on the fly rod, anyway. Cheers, --EH
  14. Probably no surprise to those of you who have dealt with KFS before, but I was very impressed by a positive customer service experience I had with them today, and wanted to make sure people know that KFS is a good company to deal with. Long story short, I had a problem with a product I bought from them a while ago, got nowhere with the product manufacturer, and had basically given up, but since I was on the KFS website ordering something else today, I decided to submit a note through the customer service page, to see if KFS could help. Within 5 minutes of clicking "submit", my phone rings, and one of the owners of KFS, Joe, was on the line saying he would intercede with the product manufacturer to get the item replaced. As a business owner myself, I was quite happy to see another business owner going out of his way to treat his customers right, and I will definitely continue to buy from and recommend KFS to others. Cheers, --EH
  15. First piece of advice I would give him is to buy a used kayak instead of a new one. It ain't like they have a million moving parts that wear out, and you can save 1/2 to 2/3 the price by buying used. Plus, most used yaks, someone has already done you the favor of installing rod holders and a few other goodies. I have a Malibu Pro Explorer, for which I paid $500, and a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120, for which I paid $400. I am the third owner (of which I know) of that Pro Explorer, and the T-120 was a rental I bought a the year-end sale at Seacoast Kayak in Seabrook. Good deals on both boats, and they are as seaworthy as they day they left the factory. My only gripes about these boats are: 1. The plastic hull of the Pro Explorer is a bit on the thin side (to keep weight down), but on hot days it tends to get a wicked bad dent in the bottom of the hull from sitting on the rack on my truck (yeah, I know, some people would say I am strapping it down too tightly, but it gets that dent just from sitting there under its own weight, even if the straps are loose); also, the scupper hole in the seat pan of this yak pretty much has to be plugged all the time, or you will end up sitting in just enough water to get your clothes wet. 2. The T-120 is a nice light boat that paddles easily and tracks well, thanks to its pronounced keel, but it sure takes in a lot of water through the scuppers, even for relatively lightweight guys (even my dad, who weighs 175 lb., gets an inch of water in the footwells). I ended up plugging all but the two scupper holes in the tankwell, but the two holes at the lowest point of the boat (the footwell), are plugged with corks that I can easily pull out, in case I need to let water drain quickly. Oh, yeah, one more piece of advice: the style and COLOR of a kayak should be chosen based on where you expect to use the kayak. My T-120 is day-glo orange, which I really like for use in higher-traffic areas, like the Merrimac, Gloucester Harbor, etc. On the other hand, my Pro Explorer is a bit more stable, and has more below-deck storage, which I prefer for bigger waters, but since it is run-me-over-gray in color, I tend to stay away from the channels and high-traffic/high-speed boating areas when I am using this kayak. Just my $0.02. . . Cheers, --EH