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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. Good going, helping keep things clean even though you couldn't fish. I hike out trash whenever I can. I have to admit it pisses me off if I find bait bags, hook packages and other stuff that's obviously from fishermen. If we don't know better, then who the hell does? I would definitely not give up on Magnolia. I used to live up there, and the rocks and structure hold fish. The challenge is locating them, and also keeping your bait from the crabs and cunners...there are usually plenty of those around.
  2. I don't know what the Charlie Graves that I use most is called. It's not the butterfish, which I like but don't use as much. It's thinner, pewter (duller) finish, and it has kind of a keel aft that gives it a nice flutter motion in the water. Usually get 1 to 1 1/2 oz. size, with the bucktail hook, and I usually ask for a split ring on it. And they cast great. I pay attention to the condition of my leader when I'm throwing these, or they wind up someplace in the shipping lanes.
  3. An ocean sunfish can put the fear of god in you PDQ, until you realize what it is. Nothing like a fin sticking about 2 feet out of the water only a few hundred feet from your small boat to tighten you right up. But once you know what you're seeing it's interesting to go over and have a look. Anyhow, with those whites going for takeout seal dinners off of Chatham, I'd imagine we're going to be extra observant of anything big in the water for the next few...
  4. Cold Harpoon IPA; it's hotter than hell out there these days. Oh...you mean for the fish. Tube n' worm on the boat. From the surf, Charlie Graves, Sluggo's.
  5. I think herring often catches better than mackerel, especially if the herring is fresh-- lots of the macks available are frozen. But getting fresh herring to stay on the hook can be tough if you're casting with any force, so I often chunk with mackerel, just because it holds better. I get sick of feeding the gulls.
  6. My brother and I were recently given a bunch of old fishing gear, most of it coming from my uncle who's in his '80's and used to boat fish Long Island Sound. He gave us some funky antique boat rods that are probably more appropriate for the wall of a seafood restaurant than for actual use, but there were also a few cool-looking old reels. This ain't an ad: I don't want to sell these things, but I'd appreciate any info on them that anybody may want to share with me. Some of these, especially the Pfluegers, look like they're pretty nicely made-- I might even want to spool one up and fish it sometime. Here's the four of them. Anyone still using oldies like these? Were they considered good, back in the day? Pflueger Capitol Model 1989 Pflueger Oceanic Model 2178 Shakespear Marhoff Model 1964 Shakespear Wonderreel Model 2091
  7. Good stuff. The Rock Harbor fleet has always been a good bet for charters. I used to hang around there sometimes as a kid, way back when. As you know, that's a tidal harbor and so you pretty much knew when the boats would be coming in. Now and then they'd get big tuna or sharks and everyone would be crowding around to touch them or take pictures, but mostly I remember the stripers and bluefish. BTW, if it's still there the rescue boat at the end of the dock, near the jetty, is worth checking out.
  8. I'll probably catch some flak for saying so, but canoes don't impress me as a great way to go in salt water, even in bays: at least not the ones built for lake and river use. This is New England. There are all kinds of ways to get in trouble out there, even in a seagoing craft.
  9. Good post. I fish poppers for the dramatic effect of the strike. Nothing like actually seeing the striper hit your lure. Here's my 2 cents for those just getting into it: -- don't give up and reel in too quickly when you've worked the popper into the shallows or the heavy surf. Fish will follow a popper just about up to the beach, right into the suds. Keep working it, because you may get a hit very close in, closer than you think. -- think about replacing the trebles on your poppers with single hooks. Since some decent poppers come with cheap hooks it's a good idea to replace them anyway, and switching to a single hook saves unnecessary wear and tear on the fish. But be sure you're not screwing up the way the lure floats and moves: try for a hook that keeps it working as designed. And you might want to add a bucktail or feathered hook. Experiment. -- Storm Chug Bug is a good cheap popper that works pretty well for me, sometimes.
  10. Thanks for the report. Looks like I'll have to bring the fish stretcher when I get up to the island.
  11. I used to fish Chatham, Orleans, etc. on the Cape, and squid was one of our go-to baits. Now I live on the North Shore and it seems like almost nobody uses squid-- I don't see it much at bait shops. But to answer your question, I bet it would work just fine. Bass love to eat squid. I can't see any reason why they wouldn't go after it. Definitely worth a try. And btw, I've caught squid when fishing on Stellwagen. Squid are definitely in the waters up here.
  12. This sucks. I've put the number in my phone and will use it.
  13. Of course we lie. The alternative is to admit that once again you've been outwitted by a creature with a brain the size of a grape. You can tell you're getting better at this game when you start being a "downward" liar. I usually don't ask people how the fishing is unless I know them, because the BS quotient is apt to be pretty high. If another fisherman seems to know their stuff and keeps showing up in a certain area, I figure that something good must be happening there, no matter what they want to tell me.
  14. Water's just warming up a little slowly this year. Those 26" schoolies I released last year will be back soon, and I won't need to use the fish stretcher anymore. I think the posts will get more common as the weather improves and the fish show up...can't speak for you guys, but Mothers Day kind of limited my opportunities for fishing last weekend.
  15. Scoobe, how you doing? It's been a while. Last season was on and off for me, since I was traveling for work and it left me less fishing time. I don't want that to happen again. I fish Devereux a lot, since I live near it. It's a good beach if people want to get together around here since it's easy to park at and small enough so we can locate each other. Some evening around sunset within a couple hours either way of high tide would be my preference....not my favorite beach for low tide unless you want to wade way out and fish the bar.