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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 wouldn't go in any boat without one!!!!!! (short of a row boat)......Especially if you are not carrying a cellphone. Basically with a hand held, if you can't see the person, you won't be able to speak with them. If you look online, you can find a VHF package (with antenna, etc) for well under $200.00
  2. Yeah, what he said!!! It is totally line of site. I put a 8 foot antenna on my t-top and I can speak to people on Stellwagon when I am fishing around salem. That being said, i have a Icom handheld as a back up....seams to work very well inshore, talkin to people in the same harbor, etc. Waterproof/resistant is a must! (just my two cents)
  3. I am always building as well. After the holidays I will step it up into "full production". As of right now I have about 4 dozen at various stages. I need to take some pics!
  4. You can't beat the international 50w's or Shimano Tiagra's....but they are pricey. The Shimano TLD is a GREAT reel for the sbft's........I have several TLD 25's loaded with 50 mono that have performed flawlessly....Pretty resonably priced!
  5. Nice! - I actually run a 178c as well........I suggested the 498 only because it comes loaded with bluecharts. I am sure you will be happy with it.
  6. Take a loook at the Garmin 498c, they are being replaced with a new model, so you can find them at a very reasonable price.
  7. Grampy, unfortunately that is what these tournaments are referred to in fishing circles . . I'm not making this stuff up . . . Of course TOURNAMENT sponsors like OTW don't want to call them KILL TOURNAMENTS, (much too messy sounding) but that is what they are called when the rules require you to KILL then weigh in a fish . . . don't know why you would have taken this as "resorting to some strong words" I'm just calling it what it is . . . sorry if this terminology offended you or others here, it is what it is. I too once felt as you do regarding tournaments being good healthy fun. Believe it or not, I can understand the excitement it can generate, but as I matured and as I started looking at fishing in a different way I stopped participating in Club tournaments ( even after placing and showing in a category or two over the years). But now, a good part of my excitement and experience and joy of fishing comes from seeing a 44" bass or a 30" 8lb bluefish swimming away after a good fight. On slow mornings, sometimes my love of fishing comes from watching a beautiful sunrise that maybe only 100 people in the entire world are witnessing at that moment. My excitement comes from helping others learn to fish or fish more successfully and seeing their excitement at catching their first keepah. Sometimes it comes from catching a fish on a plug I just finished making or a rod I just finished wrapping. The excitement at the chance at winning a tournament just pales in comparison for me, and as I think of it, my participation in tournaments over the past years is nothing I am either proud or happy about. I keep the few trophies I won in a corner of my den, and once in a while look at them, not with pride of accomplishment, but to remind myself of how it was and how much more fishing means to me now. I can hear the violin music playing in the back ground now!!!
  8. oh boy, here we go again........ So is Fishing in general "In the best interst of the fish"? Is it okay to kill cod / haddock, but not stripers? Should not eat fish any more?
  9. oh boy, here we go again........ So is Fishing in general "In the best interst of the fish"? Is it okay to kill cod / haddock, but not stripers? Should not eat fish any more?
  10. "try google next time" - gee thanks......
  11. What are the cod / haddock regs after April 1st? thx
  12. You can get all sorts of crazy rattle can colors at a Hobby store.....they are used for paining RC car/truck bodies....I have seen chartruese.......My only concern is how they would react with your typical rattle cans (krylon, etc). Airbrush is the way to go......MUCH better for you lungs as well.....
  13. Airbrushes are pretty cool. Super easy to use, super easy to clean up, and they don't put out the NASTY chemicals that spray cans do. They are expensive, but if you look around, you can find a deal. I started with spray cans (and they worked great), but the airbrush brings it to a new level. All that being said, I am well aware that plugs with "fancy" paint jobs catch more fisherman than fish......but hey, it's a hobby (or an obsesion). By the way, Saltydog, nice work on the plugs. Very impressive, especially without a lathe......