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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. :) :D That was great way to start the day.
  2. What Lefty said :ph34r:
  3. :banana: Enjoy!
  4. Nice fish!! Your smile say what fishing is all about, FUN!
  5. Nice fish! Looked like a fighter too.
  6. I've seen a sign in a tackle shop saying you CAN fish from Deer Island. I haven't tried it myself, so I couldn't recommend any spots. There's a small public parking lot at the start, and a long public walkway around the entire island. Round trip it's 2 or 3 miles, I think. Some areas on the ocean side have a large seawall, so I don't think you could fish those spots.
  7. I try to keep my tube as low as possible, sometimes bumping along the bottom. I've caught a starfish with this approach :D . I usually keep going unless the water gets really shallow. The downside to my approach so far is picking up seaweed. I'll hit a bar from different angles & see how it goes. Conventional thinking is to go with the current. Haven't used any surface plugs from the yak yet. Once again, conventional thinking is to go with the current. If I'm trolling, I'll go against it as needed. For casting from the side, I'll try casting up & let the lure swing down with ithe current as I retreive. You could paddle into it & drift down with it plugging as you go. I might also look for slower areas and try to work the lure into it with the current.
  8. I vote for Lefty's Leaper, joppa jumper was just a bad joke.
  9. I'm glad he is ok. Some food for thought: Most recreational sinks are too wide to do an eskimo roll easily. Add some gear on deck & it gets harder. Ever stick your fishing rod in the water & try to move it quickly? Multiply that by the number of rods you carry. No recreation type sik's that I'm aware of come with proper floatation, meaning floatation bags. When I purchased my last sink, they weren't even mentioned. I did buy a skirt, but that shouldn't be a replacement for anything that will displace water. I've read some people use a large dry bag & leave air in when they seal it, empty bleach bottles, pool noodles or anything that will trap some air and or displace water. A sealed bulkhead would be a plus, if it's really sealed, I had a leaky one. There's also an issue of securing your floatation inside the yak. Do whatever it takes. I had a vertical piece of foam towards the bow of my sink. I'm not sure how secure it was, but it might have worked. If not, I would thru bolt anything that I could tie my flotation to. With the yak swampings happening lately, I'm thinking of adding some flotation to my sot. Until recently, I never gave it much thought. How many of us sot'ers carry a pump or use extra flotation, just in case we get caught with a hatch not closed properly? I'm guilty, but I think that needs to change.
  10. Geez, you too?!? Happy Birthday! :wacko: How many fishing gemini's are there?
  11. Happy birthday :wacko:
  12. Lefty, I'm just waiting on the weather to break.
  13. I'm hoping to try Joppa this weekend.