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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. I use Slug-O's and Fin-Ss cause they work for me.
  2. I've been involved one way or another with Surfcaster.com from nearly the beginning and have enjoyed my stay, for the most part. The Stripers have arrived here on the Cape and I start my Summer job tomorrow and time now becomes scarce and finding my first 50 becomes more and more important. It's time to move along but I want to thank Zebrina and everyone else on this board who has contributed to make it what it has become - one of the best. Bill
  3. Just push the report button and let Surfcaster know. That's what I did
  4. Most nights this time of year it's too cold for me, I do know that. Fished last evening, but couldn't take it once the sun was down and wind piping out of the west.
  5. I've always figured entomologists were similar to poets, and I couldn't find the poetry forum, so here's one for all you inland fly fishermen, now that Spring has sprung. And it probably fits here as well as elsewhere, as it's about insects... How to Get Hung UP and What to Do Once You Have Done It. Watch insect disappear in big slurp under rose hip bush. Cast expensive fly to that place. Miss. Hook rose hip bush. Gently jiggle rod tip. Make rose hip Blossoms tremble. Watch large panicked V of water under rose hip bush. Jerk rod in large walloping motions. Break tippet. Cross deep pool in waders to retrieve fly. Just as you feel hook against thumb, fall with fly in thumb. Fill waders. Gregg Keeler from the Epiphany At Goofy's Gas - Now, I'll paddle back to the Cape & Islands Forum, but leave my entomologist here with you guys..
  6. Expensive Fishing Trip Two redneck guys go on a fishing trip. They rent all the equipment: the reels, the rods, the wading suits, the rowboat, the car, and even a cabin in the woods. They spend a fortune. The first day they go fishing, but they don't catch anything. The same thing happens on the second day, and on the third day. It goes on like this until finally, on the last day of their vacation, one of the men catches a fish. As they're driving home they're really depressed. One guy turns to the other and says, "Do you realize that this one lousy fish we caught cost us fifteen hundred dollars?" The other guy says, "Wow! It's a good thing we didn't catch any more!"
  7. A flag is probably a good idea as is a kayak that can be seen against water when it is rough or foggy or? Too many blue, green, grey yaks are out there just asking to be run down. When I'm out there or when I flip over off shore, I want to be in a yak that is very visable to anyone ashore or near me afloat.
  8. When you have two neighboring states who share a common water boundary, who cannot agree on what the minimum size of a Lobster should be or the regulations for Striped Bass in the river that forms their boundary; how would you ever even hope they could agree on a joint license fee. Besides, if I want to fish in Main, NH and Vermont only, why should I contribute my license money to RI, Conn and Massaschusetts.
  9. We already have MPAs. I honestly do not think you can have a serious discussion on the pros and cons of a non-specific MPA. There are good and bad MPA's right now. There will be proposals in the future to create MPA's that will be good ones. Conversly, there will be proposals in the future for MPA's that will be poorly though out. Right now, we have an MPA on Georges Bank that prevents, or nearly prevents the commercial harvest of Cod. There is a small fishery allowed for Cod employing the use of hand lines but no nets, drags, trawls,etc. that might cause damage to the botom habitat. I happen to think that that is a good MPA and what the Marine Protected Area is designed to be. At the same time, I'm sure that the commercial fishermen who drag, trawl etc. do not think it is a good provision for the banks. An MPA will never be the same thing to all user groups. If you seriously want a discussion of the pros and cons of an MPA; you will have to choose a specific one that is now designated or an area where a new MPA is proposed. Unless we know what is being protected and why and by what means and from what or who it is being protected; how can we possibly comment on it's desirability ? No one who gives any serious thought to the matter could logically state that all MPAs are good or that all MPAs are bad. An MPA is just a conservation tool; like quotas, limits, DAS or other tools used to restrict or curb fishing effort.
  10. Sure, as said above, set it in a marshy area. Set it so it will be under water at low tide and check it daily. Any of those marshes off the Danvers River. baited with crushed mussels or dead fish will work. Don't worry if the bait stinks, the eels won't mind at all.
  11. Amen to that Mike. If we don't join together for the issues we care about, we risk losing many of our fishing privilages.
  12. Mark, Mid-May should be good again around Chatham - Hardings Beach/entrance to Stage Harbor and the "other side", Morris Island shoreling to Stage Harbor. It may be a little early for the Outside Beaches, like Ballstons, but, who knows? Herring are in all of the Cape runs as of yesterday and schoolies are starting to be taken with a few reports of fresh-run fish in Bass River,etc. Shoot me an email just before you head on out here and I'll give you an up-date.
  13. Herring are in the Eastham, Chatham (2), Harwich runs and Paine's Creek too.
  14. I have fireline on both spin and conventional reels and have had no problems at all - conventional for 3 years and spin all last season for plugging the backside beaches.
  15. Piscataqua is, I am told, the fastest river on the East Coast with currents up to 6mph. Problem you encounter around the piers at Saftmaster is that you can't anchor and you have to get right in near the dock to fish there. Chance of being swept into the pilings is real!