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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. Sounds like a canal outfit, Bob.
  2. Ya, I had trouble connecting so, I had to wash the squid blood and eel slime off mine.
  3. ccbay sucks Wasamatterwiththbay?
  4. What a difference a week makes. This morning, following a week or warm weather there are confirmed reports of fresh fish (mit lice) from at least three south side estuaries and one reliable one from CCBay. They are coming your way.
  5. This being mainly a New England site, the only advice I can give is that you should go to a saltwater bait and tackle shop in the area you are going to fish and tell them exactly what you said above. Most shops are run by good guys and they will help you get started and advise where to go without breaking the bank. Then, patronize that shop for your bait, gear etc. You can save a $ or 2 at a bigbox store but you will not get good local advice or service if you have a problem later.
  6. The manager at the Parker River Refuge is the best that's been there in many, many years. If you think otherwise either you haven't been around very long or you have had your eyes closed.
  7. You don't need expensive tackle to enjoy fishing.. However, you should try to match you tackle to the fish you are targeting. You're not going to be happy using a Medalist to take SBFT. etc.
  8. I'm with Mag. We fish out of Cotuit down toward So. Cape and Popponesset beaches as soon as I hear the squid boats talking at night on the horseshoe. Until then, it will be holdovers in Bass River. Saw a couple yesterday while raking quahogs. Once you get digging and sending out a mud cloud downstream, they will come right into that cloud looking for anything that moves.
  9. Zippy, Now that I've seen them up close I have to say they are one of the best I've seen and can't wait to try them out down here on the flats.
  10. I ended up spending both days there at The Hook-Up's booth and I thought Patrick and the guys from MSBA did a great job putting it on and that Gillett Stadium is a super venue. Great to see all of you folks from Surfcaster and the PI Surfcasters that I ran into along with Frank and Joyce Daignault. Bill
  11. Conn., RI and Mass. have all banned taking, possession and sale of Alewife/River Herring in fresh or salt waters. NH and Maine have not. Both states require a license and NH only licenses residents to take Alewife/River Herring boridemass3. If you have to have Herring, go to a commercial pier and buy Sea Herring. And if you use them as bait in CT,MA,RI; be sure you have a bill of sale for them with you when you use them. Burdon of proof as to where they came from is on you.
  12. What show are you going to ? MSBA ? or Saco Bay ? If your going to Foxboro, stop by The Hook-Up's booth and say hello I'll be working all day Saturday.
  13. Cape Cod Salties meet 3rd. Wed of each month. Inevitably, by the April meeting at least a dozen members have caught fish. There are holdovers now and I'm sure a few have been taken. But, it's been pretty miserable around the water so far. Couple weeks more...
  14. If I were going to use Sea Herring in Ct., MA or RI, I would be absolutely sure to have proof of purchase with me while fishing. The burdon of proof, if you are stopped, is with YOU.