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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. Nah, the sites a ghost ship, floating around out in the internet sea like one of those Japanese fishing boats washed out in the Pacific by the tsunami. Time for someone to sink it; maybe they could sell the domain name, and make some money off that. They could turn off their web hosting too and save them money on that. It was sure a nice site in it's day, though. Pity it was abandoned.
  2. Pete: This site died a couple of years ago. It was good about 5 or 10 years ago, but slowly died. Try Reel-Time.com or Striped-Bass.com for some current advice.
  3. I'm done for the year. And as for this site, I think it's about done too. Sorry it's dying, but it was pretty good for a while. See you guys over on Striped-Bass or Reel-time, and thanks for all the posts.
  4. I've usually had better luck working the shore side, on Crane or Pavilllion Beach. I think the cover is better for Stipers on that side; more rocks and stuff for them to hide in. I usually lose 3 or 4 hooks or sinkers over there, but the fishing is usually better.
  5. Yeah, the only part of this site recently that was really active was North Shore and Plum Island, and lately even those have faded. I think everybody is either over on Striped-Bass or Reel-time. Too bad; I kind of liked the fact that everything here was divided up into areas where you could just look at how your area was doing. Now, I have to look through 20 or 30 posts on Striped-Bass to see how things are going.
  6. Well, it has been for me, anyway. Went down today around low tide, had 3 stripers on using herring, got one in. This is usually a good area (near Little Neck) from shore at this time of year; highly recommend it.
  7. A 10' boat is kind of small, but if it's not too rough you can do it. You can launch at the ramp I think you're talking about; that's the best place to do it. The fish are definitely there; recently, they haven't been biting that well, but it's worth a try. There are some big ones out there, so come prepared for that possibility. I would try mackerel chunks and maybe sluggos right now; maybe someone else has some better ideas. Good luck!
  8. Fished southern end of P.I. and Joppa yesterday. Did southern end at 8:30-11:30 (incoming), saw about half a dozen other people out fishing, no one caught anything. Tried all sorts of stuff; seaworms, sand eels, bait, Berkeley gulp baits, no action. Fly guys weren't scoring either. Did Joppa in the P.M from kayak (high tide), not much action. Plenty of fish tailing, none biting (paddled through lots of swirls) One boat caught a blue, another guy in kayak reported catching some stripers using mackerel (the only thing I had but didn't use!). That's about it. Ten other boats out there, everyone else got skunked. Met a guy on the way in who thinks the fresh water from the rains has messed up the stripers feeding patterns and they're not hitting.
  9. I worked the Merrimac on Friday from shore. Tried Rocks Village, Amesbury, Newburyport, southern end of Plum Island. Had one decent hit, that's about it. I think most of the fish are dropping down to the mouth now; that's the area I'd look in. I'd go with herring chunks (remember to keep the frozen herring cool, otherwise it's useless!).
  10. Likewise Elm Street up on Route 110. They have cheap bait, and they also open at 5:30 A.M.
  11. Well, if you don't mind driving, Narragansett has plenty. I hit into a frenzy over on Barrington beach on Tuesday and did well - 5 lbers, as did everyone else there. There are some other places, down at Fogland or Sepowat where there may be fish, but you'd have to spend time driving around while the young 'uns are fidgeting. I'd say the best thing to do would be to go to Barrington as a family swimming trip - they have a nice beach and a safe, roped-off swimming area, and keep the bluefish plugs handy. Try to get down there, say, by about 1:30, take the family swimming, and then keep an eye on the east end for action. Once they come in, you'd have to move fast to get in it, but you could do it.
  12. Fished the last of the outgoing at Crane yesterday afternoon; picked up 4 schoolie stripers on mackerel chunks. This has always been a good shore spot at low tide. No sign of blues.
  13. Actually, believe it or not, frozen does work O.K.; but you've gotta keep it that way (or nearly so); otherwise, it's useless. Still, don't be afraid to try it.
  14. I used to fish the Lawrence dam a few years ago, and stopped. Basically, from a non-fish point of view, everything else about that location sucks. The location itself is very hard to fish and has few locations to fish from. You can't legally fish the pool under the bridges, the one place you really want to be. You can guarantee losing tackle on about every 3rd cast on the rocks. It's in an ugly area, there are parking (and safety) problems, and it's infested with immigrants who poach as many fish as they can (and some of them are ######***** too). Don't waste your time there; go down to the Chain Bridge or Plum Island.
  15. Tried it a couple of days ago, gave it a couple of hours on the outgoing off that horrible pier covered with trash in Lynn using B) shiners and squid strips. Nada. This is the third year I've tried fluke fishing in that area with no bites, and no sign that anyone else was catching anything. Is there really anything out there, or are the reports just exaggerated? :banana: