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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. Cod

    Fishing Alert !!!!!!!!!!!!! For anyone interested I have heard rumors of Cod being caught off the beach at Plum Island. I plan on trying it mid week. Will post results. I hope it's true :)
  2. Nice picture! I just can't get down as much as I would like with gas prices the way they are, but when the fish are in I'll bite the bullet get out there. Discs or no Discs!:)
  3. Hey Eelman I was in Salisbury Res. Sunday and took a few shots myself. 16 Discs ag1 I think we will be seeing these disc off and on for the next few years. According to Hookset they lost 8 to 10 million of them that they admit to. I am sure there are still hundreds of thousands of them slowly making their way down river. Even when we think we have seen the last of them maybe 5 years from now, I am sure 10 or 20 thousand that got caught up on the mucky bottom will break loose and end up on the shoreline. :(
  4. After reading and seeing reports about the plastic discs washing up all along the shore which were released from a sewerage treatment plant in Hookset NH I am rethinking my attendance at the Refuge Beach clean up scheduled for March 26th. Even if they reschedule I am reluctant to even visit the area. The people who run these towns and beaches will tell us it is safe no matter what, all they care about are their summer revenues not our health or welfare. You'll notice that they are insinuating it is only a short term problem. Yeah Right!!!!! Here are some articles about it. http://www.salemnews.com/local/x814635837/Flood-of-contaminated-disks-fouls-area-beaches http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/12003766614862/water-treatment-plant-disks-turn-up-on-shores/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APQFlrL-L7k
  5. Here is a copy of a post made by togue who fishes the Refuge quite a bit and use to post here a lot. He has some suggestions on answering the workbook questions. It might help keep us on the same page. From the Striped Bass.com forum All, thanks for getting the word out. What follows is a copy of the email I have been sending out on ths topic. I have added a list at the bottom that details the specific workbook survey questions of interest and suggested responses so it will be easier and quicker for folks to get it done. This is no joke, we need your help. Pass this on to anyone you know who has an interest in keeping fishing access open to the public. I realize not all of you are in to the ORV drive-on beach/surf fishing, but you are all seriously involved in fishing in one form or another. Drive-on beach access to fish the surf for migratory game species is an almost extinct tradition that was once a way of life all along the entire Atlantic coast, and is about to be killed forever. The only remaining access point north of Cape Cod is the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island Massachusetts, and in the current plan it will go away forever if concerned members of the fishing community do not act immediately. Why should you care? Because your access to the waters you want to fish is under attack on all fronts, and every step like this chisels away at the sport. The attack in relentless, whether by the super rich who just don't like to look out and see you out there spoiling their private views of the nature they own, or by the overzealous liberal conservatives who would just as soon ban all fishing as a cruel blood sport and who think it is their right to force you to stop eating anything but your vegetables. All forms of access are under attack. Many prime walk-on fishing access points in the Northeast have already been shut down in the past 2-3 seasons. Access restricted to "residents only" is becoming the rule rather than the exception. Access to public waters by boat is becoming increasingly difficult as land is bought through private sale and closed to the public. This seemingly small step may not affect you directly, but it is part of a bigger attack that will catch you eventually if not stopped. Liberal influenced public education has neglected to inform our youth that the basis for the foundation of the U.S. National Parks system, the first of its kind in the history of the world, was all because Theodore Roosevelt had the presence of mind to create a program that would put and keep access to wild game of all types open to the common man as a public resource, reversing the trend all the world over that fishing and hunting was a sport only for the enjoyment of the land-endowed wealthy and Royalty. The good public servants of the Parker River and Thacher Islands National Wildlife Refuge have started their long-term Comprehensive Conservation Planning (CCP), and will soon decide based on public input how they will manage Refuge use from this year forward. Their primary focus is on providing opportunities for bird-watching and hiking, and not for traditional surf fishing. For those of you who haven't experienced it, just let me say that while I have nothing personal against my fine feathered friends or those who enjoy watching them, I have had many bad exchanges with birdwatchers and other nature nuts who apparently don't like to see fisherman out and about on the shores. Take five minutes and take a stand. What actually happens will depend on PUBLIC FEEDBACK. Help out your fishing brothers and put your input on the public record. Fill out the survey information using the "Planning Newsletter and Issues Workbook" form at the link below. If you are not going to the RISAA or MSBA shows this month then you can return the completed workbook by U.S Postal Service (snail mail) using the address on the form. The MBBA (Massachusetts Beach Buggy Association) will have copies of this booklet at their booth at both the upcomming RISAA and MSBA Shows. You can stop by and get them there or print them yourselves. They are also available at Surfland B & T. If you wish you can fill them out and drop them off at the MBBA show booth and Nancy Brown will gladly make sure they get hand-delivered to the Refuge. http://www.fws.gov/northeast/planning/Parker%20River/PDF/Newsletter8_Feb.pdf For more info on how this is being pitched to the general public, you can read the propaganda at: Parker River and Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge CCP - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Please remember to fill in the comment fields that your interest is in drive-on beach access to surf fish. You will note that there are plenty of boxes to check if you are intersted in hiking or birdwatching, but in many cases none at all for fishing and no mention whatsoever of drive-on access.To preserve our access you will need to fill in the following: Question 2: Check "Other (please specify)" and add comment that you want "ORV drive-on access to surf fish". Question 4: Write-in that you "most value the freedom to drive onto the beach to fish the surf" Question 5: Write-in that you consider "the most important issue facing the Parker RIver National Wildlife Refuge is the loss or any other restriction of my freedom to drive onto the beach to fish the surf" Question 11: Under the "Fishing opportunities" row, Circle "1" for does not meet your needs at all, and circle "A" for very important. Under the "Other services" row, write-in "ORV drive-on fishing access", then Circle "1" for does not meet your needs at all, and circle "A" for very important. Question 13: Check "Yes" and write-in "ORV drive-on fishing access" Question 16: Write-in "that fishing in general, and ORV drive-on fishing access in specific is much too restricted under the current system and should be increased and improved for the future" The MBBA (Massachusetts Beach Buggy Association) will have copies of this booklet at their booth at both the upcomming RISAA and MSBA Shows. You can stop by and get them there or print them yourselves. They are also available at Surfland B & T. If you wish you can drop them off at the MBBA show booth and Nancy Brown will gladly make sure they get hand-delivered to the Refuge. Thanks!
  6. Here are the meeting dates. Refuge Planning March 22, 2011 7- 9 p.m. The Crane Estate 290 Argilla Road Ipswich, MA 01938 March 23, 2011 7- 9 p.m. Newbury Fire Department Fireman’s Memorial Hall, 3 Morgan Ave. Newbury, MA 01951
  7. Remember the deadline for the worksheets is April 11,2011 mail to: Attn:CCP Parker River National Wildlife Refuge 6 Plum Island Turnpike Newburyport, Ma. 01950
  8. I did have trouble printing out the worksheet, not sure if it is a problem specific to my printer or a security setting in the pdf file itself. If anyone is having similar problems, I was able to print it one page at a time.:(
  9. The Refuge has a clean up scheduled for Sat. March 26, 2011 Meet at Lot 1 on the Refuge at 9:00 AM. Trash bags will be provided. You can come anytime during the day but will have to stop at the gatehouse for bags. Dress warm! Please make it if you can!
  10. Nancy Brown of the MBBA sent me this message. The CCP is here. We need help! Please fill out the workbook and make sure you WRITE in that you wish to use the refuge for ORV access and fishing (they completely and conveniently left this out of their plan) Our Political Action Committee is ALL over this and we have already gone above their heads to Washington. What we need is as much public input as we can get. So get your friends to fill these out too. If you need booklets I will mail them to you. We don't have much time at all. The MBBA will have a meeting soon either on PI or in Newbury or Salisbury and what we need is people there who use the beach to discuss what we want. Our Political Action Committee does not use PI so they need as much input as they can get. Keep your eyes on our messageboard and our Facebook page. We will continue to update regularly. PLEASE PASS THIS INFO ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW Nance
  11. Looks like the Parker River Refuge is in the "Scoping Phase" of developing their Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP). Go here to learn what a CCP is. It is very important if your interested in fishing the Refuge as a "walk on" or "drive on" permit holder. Even fishing during regular day hours are impacted by this plan. They have issued a newsletter with a worksheet for the public to make out so they can review public input. Conveniently they have left ORV access completely out of their worksheet and ask about fishing interest once at the very end of the sheet. Here is the PDF with the worksheet. I hear they are planning a public meeting to be held in the PI area. As soon as I know the time and location I will post it here for those interested in expressing their opinions on Refuge access. This is important that we get our opinions known because they will use these worksheets and attendance at public meetings to determine compatibility of our activity with future access to the Refuge.
  12. Hey guys I recently heard that the Salmon run in the Smith River area of Cal. and in fact the entire Northwest was great this year. It is now Steelhead season but I found this nice vid. Smith River Salmon On another note there have been a great number of mass animal die offs. The latest I have seen is this school of memhaden!!!! Yikes!!! Menhaden Die Off
  13. Hey ag1 I guess that makes you 1/2 geezer and makes me a wannabe geezer!!!!!!!!! :)
  14. Sadly this is the year. Cost 10.00 with a convenience fee of 1.82 :( Recreational Saltwater Fishing Permit
  15. Hey ag1 That bass was about 30 or so inches. But like all fish a bit camera shy!:) This was the first footage I took with my new camera and I was very surprised at the detail. I will post a larger file that will be even better since you didn't think that took too long to download.