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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. Oh yeah, don't forget to get your Maine Saltwater License.
  2. Hey guys, Its been a long time. I'm looking forward to hitting my old stomping grounds in the Wells area. If anyone is looking or fishing in that area, chirp in. Tight lines...........
  3. Situation at Parsons has changed. Due to folks (tourists or locals, I'm not sure) the Parson family has shut down Parson's beach to all night fishing. Kennebunkport police will enforce the family request. A-holes (tourist or locals) have not respected the beaches by littering, having all night parties and bon fires and trashing the place. Another place in So. Maine now off limits. I am pretty bitter about this but.....probably not caused by fisherman from sites that respect the fishery. I suspect lurkers and tourists that just don't give a sheet about our state. I see it all the time. "Get out of my way, I'm on vacation". Fishermen that respect my state, get my respect. All others can stay home. I (we) don't need your tourist $. Hey Guyza, Sorry to here about Parsons! Was up there a couple of times last week. Didn't notice any signs regarding night fishing. I did notice a couple of "burnt out" campfires but not any (significant)litter. Never fished there past dusk. Again, no one had a bite (us or any other soul in sight). Moved to Drakes and got skunked there as well. It has just been dead and we gave up. Seven Rivers and the bait shop at Wells harbor echoed what we were finding. Very odd! Tight lines.
  4. When I've used them, I alway have the in water w/ a zip lock (in the cooler). When baiting them (on the beach), I place it on the sand. Using a rag to hold it, I hook it through one eye at the end of 2'-3' leader with a 1oz slider weight.
  5. Beautiful day at the beach Saturday. Still early in season and plenty of parking spaces in the "limited" parking area at Parson's. The water water was full of "baitfish" (2-3 inch skinny silver colored-I don't know what they're called) and something was chasing them, as "boils" would appear and move in different directions (mainly on the incoming). There were about 5 of us surfcasting and a few flyfishing and about five out in boats and yaks. And No one caught a thing!!! Was there 1 1/2 hr before and after the tide. Local told me he's been coming every few days and hasn't seen anything being reeled in. Thought the water temps may still be too cold. I think they're definitely there but where focused on the plentiful baitfish, not my plugs or clams.
  6. Happy Holidays everyone. Haven't been around much online. Brutal year for me to fish, out only a couple of times. Lurked here a few times, just to vicariously see what was happening. Went to Bass Pro Shops in Foxboro last week and drooled in the fishing department. I'll be back there. Happy New Year and Tight Lines!!
  7. Very nice Surf Rat. Great photos & music!
  8. Thanks for the report Sandman. The area is a nice place to fish, albeit no so productive, especially during the dog days of summer from shore. But while on vacation, with or without the kids, the area is a great place to relax. I'm sure you did so.
  9. Sandman, If your down by the Wells Beach Jetty (not the Drakes-across from Wells), you probably don't want to go to Drakes (15 min. to drive all the way around and the parking lot is now $15). If you want to give the old legs a break (off the rocks), scout out the area around the Wells parking lot at dead low tide. This will guide you to some nice deep spots. Also try casting near the first pole marker entering the river w/ that 12 ft rod of yours. Parsons Beach, on the way to Kennebunkport (RT 9), take right on Parsons Beach Rd (you'll see a sign for a "horse crossing" right before your at it. No parking fee's but very limited parking (25 cars maybe). Midweek, early morning should be no problem. About 70 yards before you get to river (left on beach), send it straight out. If you like to Flyfish, you can wade pretty out (you'll see them). The river has a strong current and you catch a lot of seaweed. If its not too crowded, it worth some plugging or tossing some bait out and let it float (got a fat 36"er that way). Good luck and have fun!
  10. I think the Pat's offence is key. Ball control, keep the "D" rested, score and keep the pressure on their rookie QB. And NO turnovers. If the Pats win, I think we got #4
  11. Guyza, more stuff from the old days and old neighborhood, One last time.........go back... way back Before the Internet or PC or the MAC....Before semi-automatics and crack......Before Playstation, SEGA, Super Nintendo, even before Atari... .Before cell phones, CD's, DVD's, voicemail and e-mail.... ...way.....way.....way back..... I'm talkin' bout hide and seek at dusk, A game That I think was call "Relieve-reo??, Red Rover....Red Rover, buck-buck..... Playing kickball, half-ball & "steps" until the first...no...second...no...third Streetlight came on. , London Bridge, Hot potato and YOU'RE IT!! Tray pizza at Umana's bakery at 5 cents a slice as were chips and candy bars. A 'spukie" cost a quarter. Returnable bottles were re-used and a "real score" if you had them. Double features (w/a short feature or two) at the Seville Theater cost $0.50. Wood Island Park was "our place". Parents stood on the front porch (or window) and yelled (or whistled) for you to come home - no pagers or cell phones. We had one phone on the wall in the kitchen (my old # was LOgan7-5960) and it was hardly used....if it rang after 8 p.m. , usually some relative was dead. Kids asked permission (politely) and always said please & thank you (or got a whack) if they didn't. Seeing shapes in the clouds, Endless summer days and hot summer nights (no A/C) with the windows open. No bottled water and the best tasting water on a summer day came out of a hose coming out of the side of a house or fire station. But Kool-Aid was the drink of the summer. Cereal boxes with that GREAT prize in the bottom. Cracker jacks with the same thing. Popsicles with 2 sticks you could break and share with a friend Watchin' Saturday Morning cartoons, when cartoons were GOOD. Watchin' Sunday morning oldies (Abbott & Costello, Three Stooges and the Little Rascals) Christmas morning was about getting everybody up (opening up "modest gifts), going to church and coming home to a house full of wonderful food smells and steamed up windows and then maybe playing one of the "board" games with one of your siblings. Your first day of school, Bedtime Prayers (even if you faked it). Climbing trees, Getting an ice Cream off the Frostie truck. A 13" black and white TV in your room meant you were RICH(no one I knew had one). Runnin' till you were out of breath, Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt , Being tired from PLAYING. Doing your chores liket taking out the garbage or doing the dishes. Giving your friends a ride on your handlebars, Wearing your new shoes (not sneakers) on the first day of school. When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there. When a quarter seemed like a fair allowance; and another quarter a MIRACLE .When ANY parent could discipline ANY kid, or feed him, or use him to carry groceries...And nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it. When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you at home. Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn't because of drive by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! And some of us are still afraid of em! Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo", Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!" ,Race issues" meant arguing about who ran the fastest. Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "monopoly" Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare". The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team. Water balloons were the ultimate, ultimate weapon. Older siblings were your worst tormentors, but also your fiercest protector. Those were my thoughts of 1965...........................Merry Christmas!
  12. Merry Christmas as well to you and all surfcasters.-com-er's. And have a Happy "Tight-Line" New Year! :(
  13. Yup, I remember the Beer cans flying, Bowzer went berzerk. Actually, some of the Areosmith guys stuck around after their set and was watching the next band. They were not the BIG local group at the time, it was the J. Geils Band (saw them about a dozen tries). Figured you were half lit at the zone (remember the zone colonge-was aramis), always a great place to stop for a "beer and a beat-in). If you ever want to go back in time (East Boston), the only place really left is Santarpio's. It was never redecorated. Same old grouchy waiters. Same menu-just pizza and barbecue lamb or sausage. Pretty much just Sinartra on the jukebox.
  14. Guyza, you turned on my "way back machine". :banana: I lived on a three decker on Princeton St. and watched the Chelsea fire at the top of the hill. We were afraid it may spread to the oil fuel tanks along the creek. I went to a ton of rock shows back too. I seen Aerosmith at the gym at BC with no stage, only a rope to seperate the band from the crowd. Saw them at Suffolk Downs too, they were the third group behind Savoy Brown and Sha Na Na. Back then we always had three groups to a show and the top ticket prices were five or six bucks. ;) I feel bad :( for the kids today, we could take the "T" ($0.10) to Fenway and and watch the Sox play for a dollar. World has changed bigtime. Used to rent a boat at Simpson's Pier at Revere Beach (took the "T"), $5 for a row boat and $8 if you wanted a motor (my father would get the row boat). Cod (big) all day (would throw them back and keep the haddock) :boat: . Would take my pole to Winthrop Bridge (via bicycle) and catch flounder all day :fish: . We played sports all year without supervision and never had a problem. We had one TV (family of seven) that got 6 channels and we never had a problem. Instead of playing video games, we played cards/board games, played sports and fished, we were only in the house if it rained (not snow) or it was dark. Shopping "downtown" was the best. There wasn't many malls and we couldn't get to them anyways. Downtown stinks now :D (Jordan Marsh, Kresces, Gilcrists, Raymonds (best fishing stuff store), Filenes, Kennedy's, Mickey Finns, R.H. Stearns, Woolworths, Grants, etc are all gone and we're left with lousy chain stores). It was truly exciting to be "downtown" at Xmas. Of course the Garden is replaced with an indoor stadium were you pay 60 bucks to see (w/binocullars) a lousy team. We use to see the Celts for 2 bucks and they were winning championships. But Bobby Orr and the Bruins were the hard tickets to get. My Aunt had season tickets and I went often. The Music Hall is there under a different name and the Orpheum is still there. The combat zone has been "de-fanged" and the quarries have been filled in. Were you "drinking" maybe when you thought those girls in the Combat Zone were pretty? We never "landed" there unless we were half drunk. Boston is now just for tourists, yuppies, college kids and poor unfortunates who are homeless. I work in the "Shiity" (as Kevin White would pronounce) and live in West Roxbury now. Rarely do I fish in the area or visit, shop or eat in "town" unless I have to. Everything changes I know but.............. I guess you left at a good time and I know you live in Maine so you're in a good place. Brockton, Oh yes .... Fuggetaboutit. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :( meter-
  15. Hey Guyza, I grew up in East Boston as well (left in 1975 after High School). Boy has it changed over there. Still a good place to get a "sang-wich" but other than that.......... fuggetaboutit.