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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. My 1st time back in about a year and looks good but of course a little slow in January ;-) How is Zabrina? I will check back on as spring gets closer. gbt
  2. Kinda sad as this was once a great site. A little ironic too as when it was in it's heyday there was lots of complaining and rants going on. I miss those days and still come by every now and then to check in.
  3. Except for a few hard core regulars this site has been dead for about 5 years now IMHO. Sad as it used to be great at one point. Now there are so many sites out there that have so much good info no one seems to post here, including me. This is probably still alive because some one is getting some click through revenue for links to other sponsor sites or maybe they paid there hosting fess for 5 years and forgot about it. ;-);-) Zebrina or "Z"used to be the "webmistress" but became a mom a while back so maybe that has something to do with it. I do recall some site update info coming from eelman also. http://www.surfcaster.com/forums/index.php...;hl=webmistress Most of my buds moved on because we were told to do so by some of the crusty old regulars who didn't like the "kayak guys taking over their website". I'd like to thank them for that as our new site is thriving. In the good ole days for me it was surfcaster and Pete's site from Pete's Bait in Salem. Pete has sold the shop and his site is dead and I lost track of whether he's even still with us. I know he had some serious health issues a few years back. I used to stop in every month or so but have to admit this is the 1st time this season for me. As far as reports, not much bait in Manchester Harbor yet but I did see some last night but nothing really pushing it. I hope to be catching soon. Best to all Guyton
  4. Already read a report of stripers with sea lice in Boston haba and reports of herring as well. Could be an early start this year last year was amazing for yak guys out on Joppa and hoping for a repeat this year.
  5. FYI, typically the rating for line and lure weight has more to do with the action of the rod blank and not the guide size or type. I like SIC or TiChrome for the rods I build for braid. The ceramics and SS guides seem to get grooves worn into them more quickly from the braid.
  6. HI Folks, This is a collection of online resources I got from many different fishing sites. I got tired of searching all the time and decided to combine them all into one post. Click on any of the links below and check some of these out. Good info for those do it yourselfers. ---------------------------- Abu schematics: Abu Amabassaduer: Avet SX: Abu general maintenance instruction: Articles on many reels; Penn 4/0, Avet SX, Daiwa Saltist, etc.. : Bloody Decks Reel Tutorials: Boca Bearings right click and "save link as" to download the .pdf Mike's Reel Repair: Newell 300's Schematics: Newell 200's: Penn 975 Star Drag: PENN Owners Manuals: Okuma Parts and Schematics: Reelschematic.com great site with warranty info as well Shimano reel maintenance instructions: Shimano Baitrunner Repair: Servicing Shimano Stradic and Spheros: Shimano TLD 15: Shimano TLD 20-25:
  7. They are designed to be lightweight for jigging all day with a constant action & with a lot of beef in the butt section to handle the big fish. A reel with fast retrieve (6.5:1 or better) is also suggested for the proper action of the jig. How much of this is recent Shimano Marketing is up to you to decide. I think they are on to something but also feel you can get a decent setup, rod/reel for less that what the Shimano's will run you. I build my own though ;-) With that said, Shimano has done a great job of providing a turnkey solution and done a really nice job of offering balanced setups that are specifically designed for this type of fishing. It's actually been around for years but recently plugged (sorry for the pun) big time in the US over the past few years. Shimano has a brochure for their "system" that also has a great DVD that really gives some good info on all aspects of their setups. If you are seriously looking into these it's definitely worth finding. Nat and Derek over at 1st Light in Rowley have some (Call to check though) and I'm sure plenty of other Shimano dealers have em too. I know Shimano is offering major incentives to their dealers on these. They've also been the latest craze for tuna in the past few years but I plan on seeing if any cow stripers might be interested this year. Your toughest choice will be spinning or conventional???
  8. Agreed!! 100% Bill, I think Surfcaster is a little slower (you know family/kids and all) these days with maintenance issues but still a great place. Don't leave us and keep the reports from down south coming. They are appreciated I still have your old antique plugs from a Surfcaster auction a while back and cherish these things, I may even fish one if I get the guts to do so. Guyton
  9. I got the same model with the deluxe chuck and love it. Here's a casting rod I made for my new Shimano Curado. I turned the grips on this machine as well. Definitely get the XL with the deluxe chuck. I tossed out the wing nuts they give you to assemble the base pieces and replaced them with nuts/bolts form the local hardware store since the wing nuts didn't make any sense. Aside from that I have no complaints. The bearings for the rollers could be a bit beefier but they have performed OK so far and I have put them through some pretty good stress turning grips. Some recent builds Made this cork handle too, still needs some sanding: That steehead blank with the Curado baitcaster will toss a 4" storm shad farther than any spinning setup you will find
  10. I have checked several times and it always come up with something smutty so the theme seems to be consistent. They are actually Amazon.com links and I'm pretty sure you can arrange things with Amazon and avoid this type of content if desired. Doesn't really bother me but I thought it was.....er....ah a little unique ;-)
  11. There's no rocks near Manchester and no fish either ;-);-);-);-)
  12. I've been saying WTF ever since I saw this site is now sponsored by porn sites whats up with that???
  13. Merry Xmas to all
  14. San Mateo is in the bay area about 1/2 was between San Fran and San Jose. Scoobe do you fish the bay side or head over to the coast. You should also look into a trip down to San Luis reservoir for fresh water stripers and big largemouth. I used to live in that area and spent a lot of time at Coyote Point and 3rd ave bridge.
  15. Saturday marine forecast: NE winds 30 to 40 kt with gusts up to 45 kt...becoming N 40 to 50 kt with gusts up to 65 kt in the late morning and afternoon. Seas 8 to 13 ft...building to 14 to 19 ft in the afternoon. Rain. Vsby 1 to 3 nm. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ With almost 19 foot seas it should be pretty interesting tomorrow. ;-O .