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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. Plum Island Surfcasters 50th Anniversary Celebration Saturday November 17, 2007 Elks Lodge Low Street Newburyport 6pm until 11pm Catered Italian Buffet Music and Raffle Table Tickets go on sale October 1, 2007 15.00 per person 40.00 per family Please contact Ruth Temperino 978-346-0123 for your tickets to the 50th Anniversary Dinner :lol: :banana: Vistit our Website http://plumisland.surfcaster.com
  2. Hi Folks: Got this picture of a beautiful 41", 30 lb striper caught on 9/30 by Eric with a little help from his dad, Peter, on eels near the south coast of Maine. Guess because the water is still warm, the fish are still all around us. Thanks for the picture. :banana: :lol:
  3. Well guys, You thought the picture of the big stripers caught in my last piece were big, here is another one for you. Charlie Crue mentioned it in his Merrimack River Fishing Report so I went and looked up the article in the Daily News. Here is a copy for your reading pleasure. A rare fish tale: Man catches 6-foot sturgeon By Stephen Tait THE DAILY NEWS (NEWBURYPORT, Mass.) NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — They grow to lengths of 15 feet, live for as long as six decades and are some of the most primitive animals in the waters of North America.Though resilient during their lives, Atlantic sturgeon are on the state’s endangered list, which makes Jeff Hajjar’s catch of a 6-footer about 50 yards from the north jetty at the mouth of the Merrimack River on Monday night ( Aug. 21st) all the more surprising. Hajjar, a Methuen, Mass., native who now lives in Idaho, caught the fish using a 6-inch Sluggo — which looks like a rubber eel — on a two-ounce lead head jig.“He was a big son of a gun,” he said. “We thought we caught some kind of giant shark at first.” Hajjar said he was fishing with his brother, “and that was the first cast of the night, and we bring in this sturgeon. I couldn’t believe it. ”Kristen Ferry, a biologist for the state Division of Marine Fisheries, is also surprised at the catch.“In my time working with sturgeon, I haven’t learned of anyone catching a sturgeon in the Merrimack,” she said. “It is not unheard of, but it is not at all common. ”Ferry said the Atlantic sturgeon is a migratory fish and moves up and down the East Coast of the United States. She said biologists will find a sturgeon that has originated from Southern states that has migrated to the bays and waterways of the Northeast. Because of that, she said there is an extensive tagging program for sturgeon to help biologists track their movements.“They are moving around all the time,” she said.At 7:30 p.m. Monday, an Atlantic sturgeon just happened to be moving around the mouth of the Merrimack. Hajjar said when he first hooked the fish, he thought he might have caught a really big striped bass, a popular and much more common catch for that part of the river.“But then he just made a run straight out to the ocean, and I never felt a striper make a run like that,” he said. “Then it was just like pulling in dead weight.”Reeling the fish in, he said, was a struggle. “It took us forever to get that fish to the boat,” Hajjar said. “We were going at it for 15 to 20 minutes. We didn’t know what it was. We didn’t have a clue of what was going on. So don't get discouraged the big fish are there, you just never know what you will pull out of the water. :lol:
  4. Well Martha sent me the pictures. Hopefully I can get them to post. Don't know what the size is of the other fish, but they sure are pretty.
  5. I just got off the phone with Surfland. I had heard through the grapevine that they had weighed in a REALLY BIG FISH. So I called to find out. Martha said she would try to email me a picture of the fish. A fellow by the name of Greg pulled a 54.5 pound striper from the river side on 9/1. I have to find out what he was using and where he was, But that is a BIG fish! So do not be discouraged, the fish are there we just have to try harder to catch them. :banana: :lol:
  6. A Special Plum Island Kayak Gift for Our Special Friends For every $50 Gift Certificate you purchase for someone else you'll receive a $15 Gift Certificate for yourself Call and order now …. give the Gift of Adventure! We'll send your Gifts the next day by US-mail, or if you're in a hurry we'll send your Gifts by email and you'll receive it the same day! Offer is valid only by calling Plum Island Kayak at (978) 462-5510 and make sure you mention this ad. Offer is good through January 1, 2007 Send this offer to a friend…why not let them get a gift too! Please visit our website for more information on our trips and services. Plum Island Kayak Website Happy Holidays, Ken & Carrie
  7. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2006 -Danvers, MA By unanimous vote at their most recent meeting, the League of Essex County Sportsmen’s Clubs voted to endorse the following candidates running in this year’s November elections. These endorsements were a result of an extensive review of the candidate’s positions regarding open space preservation, natural resource conservation, sportsmen’s access rights, sensible and effect gun regulations and their support of involving the sporting community and its users groups in the management process of our natural resources. The League of Essex County Sportsmen’s Clubs proudly makes the following political endorsements: For Governor and Lt. Governor – Kerry Healey and Reed Hillman For US Congress - Rick Barton For Attorney General - Larry Frisoli For US Senate - Kenneth Chase Join Sportsmen and Women across the state in their support of these candidates in the November 7th election !!! Most Importantly Please Get out and VOTE !!! :o ;) :bluefish: Please Visit our Website to learn more about our Sportsmen's Club Members League of Essex County Sportsmen's Clubs
  8. Attached is a letter to all fishermen and a thank you from our political supporters, Healey and Hillman. Please read their fine comments. A Letter of Support and Thanks Thanks for your attention to this letter.
  10. Hi Guys: I got this email and thought maybe someone would have a good answer for this fellow. July 4, 2006 Hello, I've been fishing the mouth of the Merrimac River at Plum Island for many years now but unfortunately as the years pass it's becoming more and more frustrating. The number of angler’s increases dramatically each year and especially during mid June to the end of August. This coupled with the fact that many of these anglers, (not all) are very inexperienced and also have no sense of fishing etiquette. When I find a spot and start fishing it for awhile these anglers will come along with their 12 foot tuna poles and set up camp right beside you, they leave discarded line on the beach, aren't careful when doing catch and release, and last they cast with bait so their line drifts right in front of you and let it sit there. This forces me to stop using bait and switch to light tackle. I enjoy the option of using either light tackle and bait and hate having to be forced into using only one. After many years of fishing only fresh water my son has now joined on these fishing safaris and enjoys the sport more than I do but he also echoes my comments. I could go on and on but here is what I'm asking, could you recommend to me a spot or fishing access that has less pressure in this area? I also fish Sandy Point at the far end of Plum Island but far less often. I've found this less productive but a lot less populated as well. Maybe I'm not in a good spot here? I clearly understand this is public access and we must share but a little courtesy would sure go a long way. I hate confrontations and as diplomatically as possible I ask if they could adjust their fishing techniques so it will not negatively impact other anglers. Sometimes this works, most of the time it doesn't. Thanks for any suggestions you may have. Please contact him with any answers at his e-mail: surfcaster@hotmail.com
  11. WELL IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE CATCHING THE BIG ONES ALREADY. HERE IS A SECTION OF OUR LOCAL FISHING REPORT FROM JOHN I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO SEE. "Paul Hogg of Crossroads Bait and Tackle in Salisbury said that the striper fishing was “unbelievable” -Paul’s shop had recently logged in bass of 40 and 42 inches. According to Paul, one angler fished the outgoing tide last Saturday and caught more than 100 stripers, among which were 2 keepers. Paul said that the bass were hitting lures: “Mr. Bills” and Storm Lures. Paul said that the mackerel were schooling offshore and that haddock could be caught fairly close to shore. Rene Vigneault of Bridge Bait and Tackle in Salisbury said “lotta stripers.” While Rene had not logged in a keeper yet, he had heard of 2 keepers being caught off of Ring’s Island. Rene said to try for bass with tried and true baits: herring, mackerel or clams; he cautioned boaters to watch for floating debris. Kay Moulton of Surfland weighed in a few keepers last week: stripers of 9, 14, and 16 lbs. Kay said that there was plenty of action at the south end of Plum Island, the Parker River, and Plum Island Sound. Kay suggested seaworms or clams off of the beach and said that “Chugga Bug” poppers and Sluggos were working too." LOOKS LIKE THE FISH ARE IN FOR KEEPS :banana: :P
  12. PLEASE CHECK OUT A NEW LINK FOR YOUR LOCAL FISHING REPORTS. THESE ARE REPORTED BY , John Altson, at 978-499-9972 who would love to hear from you about your news, recipes, and stories. Better yet; send them by e-mail to jaltson@comcast.net. His reports are posted weekly at LOCAL FISHING REPORTS Please feel free to visit the Plum Island Surfcasters often. :banana: :bluefish:
  13. Hi, sorry I did not get around to answering your posts. Yes that is a lazy jack and it worked fantastically. Sadly to say, we did sell our sweet baby. Before it even got in Soundings, I had an offer through the Cape Dory website. She left last Friday for the Cape and will be living down there from now on. She will be missed. I suppose that sounds dumb to say about a boat, but she was built for us in 83 and we raised a family on her for 23 years. Well we still have our fishing boat and I guess that will have to do. Speaking of fishing, any of you catching stripers yet?
  14. Please help us get the word out, sorry for the short notice, but please help if your able. And if you are available we would love to have you stop by, introduce yourself, we would love to thank you in person for all your support. Plum Island surfcaster website 3rd Annual Casting Clinic May 13, 2006 9 am to 12 noon At The Newbury Upper Green Route 1A, Newbury Ma Across from the Town Hall FREE and NO license required It’s a great opportunity to try your hand at something new or to work out the cobwebs, bring a picnic and the family and make a day of it. Children of all sizes are welcome. For more information contact: Kevin Moore @ 978-255-1028
  15. Fish Story A resident in the area saw a ball bouncing around kind of strange in a nearby pond and went to investigate. It turned out to be a flathead catfish who had obviously tried to swallow a child's basketball which became stuck in its mouth!! The fish was totally exhausted from trying to dive, but unable to because the ball would always bring him back up to the surface. The resident tried numerous times to get the ball out, but was unsuccessful. He finally had his wife cut the ball in order to deflate it and release the hungry catfish. You probably wouldn't have believed this, if you hadn't seen the following pictures... "Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle