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  1. In Mass I'd say next weekend. Ponds are open on the Cape but the cold front coming through will probably put things on hold for a few days. After that it should only get better all the way into June (longer if you are willing to hit northern Vermont or Maine). I think the stocking trucks have already started rolling!
  2. Top fish was around 26 lbs. There were 249 people entered, so taking a place was good going! Radio reports during the day frequently mentioned how finnicky the fish were -- pollack under balloons that got tail slapped but not eatern, run-offs that stopped, etc, etc -- but there were a few biters out there. Chunk herring seems to have been best.
  3. Not to change the subject, how do you get carp to bite? I was at Champlain last weekend and 4-6 carps swam by the dock. Whats the best thing to use? Iansaws, I use wonderbread and corn. Mix some up for chum, throw it out and wait a bit. For a rig I use a 4-foot leader of 8 lbs flurocarbon attached at one end to a size 2 or 4 bronze hook and at the other to the main line by way of a small swivel. No weight. Put 2 or 3 kernals of corn on the hook and then mold some of the wonderbread around the hook to get enough weight for a gentle cast. Prop the rod up, open the bail and watch the line. Single carp, especially big ones, can be finnicky. But smaller ones, in groups, usually get quite competative so you don't have to wait that long.
  4. Very sorry to hear about your son's day being ruined by that bonehead. It might be worth looking at some of the southern Maine beaches -- York, Ogunquit -- or taking a ride up to the Kennebec. Less people, and those that fish those places seem to have a much better attitude than the crew down at Plum Island. As for rekindling his interest, I've always found a day after carp usually does the trick. Big, interesting looking fish that fight well and aren't usually that fussy about biting.
  5. Chalk one up for the EPOs! They catch a lot of flack, but they do their best with pretty limited resources. Goes to show that it's always worth calling if you do see poaching: even if they can't respond then, it alerts them to patterns and "poaching hotspots" that they can target later.
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  7. It's duck hunting season, so I'm still on the water but with a different focus. I suspect that's true for quite a few Surfcaster.com members. Also, freshwater fishing is really good at the moment: big bass and trout are bulking up while they still can.
  8. It was cold! That seemed to affect the fish. The frequent blitzs and large bluefish my friend encountered early in the week were nowhere to be seen. We did find stripers in shallow water in the creeks hitting small bait. Some big fish there, but very spooky. A white sluggo twitched in was the most effective method. But it was the young and stupid fish that were biting. Lots of bait around, so I don't think the fall run is over yet.
  9. Excellent advice, to which I'd add one more thing: Don't be cheap when it comes to line. Sun, sand, stretch and reel twist all take their toll, so if you have to spend $10 twice a season to get your reel respooled with fresh line, do it. Otherwise, be prepared to hear that ugly snapping sound when (a) your putting some real zip into a cast aimed at getting your $10-$15 lure out where the fish are or (:ph34r: when you are attached to the best fish of the season.
  10. Went out with a friend Sunday morning from the Pamet River and went well north of Provincetown. Stopped along the way to admire an 8 foot shark doing its thing. Once out there, we did see a few tuna, but they were in very small groups and moving fast. They's come up once, then be gone for good. Trolled around without success, and tried drifting while live-lining small bunker. Sent some dead bunker to the bottom and was rewarded with a couple of hefty dogfish for my trouble. Back at the dock ran into some people who reported good success for stripers and bluefish at Race Point wire-lining jigs. One of these years....
  11. If you like bluefish in the 6-10lbs class, now is the time to go to the outer beaches/Race Point. Good dawn and dusk blitzs. Still a bit of mung, and the stripers have ceded a lot of places to the bluefish. Give a couple of the tackle stores down there a call. I've found that most of them give solid information.
  12. Have you ever been to the Anderscoggin River north of Berlin, NH. Road follows the river, and there are a number of turn-outs that you can camp in (at least, there were three years ago). The river has plenty of SM Bass and trout, and you are in striking distance of several hike-in trout ponds and the CT River. Or you can nip over the state line into Maine and fish the Rapid River. There's a good outdoor store in Errol, L.L. Cote, that can give you more advice. Nice country with plenty of moose and other wildlife.
  13. The MA and NH state pages on this site will give you a few names: http://www.waterfowler.com/inportal/index.php The Newburyport and Hampton Ducks Unlimited Chapters would also be a good place to start.
  14. Well done. It couldn't have happened to a more deserving fisherman. Your willingness to share experiences and tips is much appreciated.
  15. Yes, we did see each other. It was a good day.