Thanks for making me a better fisherman
This is my first, and probably my last, post. I only want to thank a man I've never met, but learned so much from. For starters, I started fishing in the Mighty Mac for stripers at the age of 14. Back then, it was casting large spoons just below the Rocks Village Bridge every minute I wasn't in school. I used to sneak out of the house when my parents were asleep and hike 1/4 mile through the woods to fish the gravel bar that held so many big fish (thank God I never got caught, or worse, in a serious situation). When I was about 16, I fished commercially with one of my friends in the Parker River, Ipswich River, and a few assorted rock piles off the shores of Gloucester in a small 16' alluminum boat. Live pogies were our bait of choice. We always brought back dozens of fish (keepers were 36" back then) and plenty of stories. I quit commercial fishing when I was 18, but I've fished just as hard to this very day. I am now 35, and untill last year, I had only caught a handfull of fish that broke the 30 pound mark. Reading through the forums, yours seem to be the ones that ring true with me the most. Sometimes you come right out and say what's working for you, and other times you lead me in the right direction and make me put the pieces of the puzzle together--to me, that is half the fun. I've incorporated your advice, and have become a much better fisherman. Thank you. Your post on "Spots" is probably my favorite, it really hits home and you've put into words what I've felt for many years. I now only hunt and fish with a select few that truly understand how much time and effort (and skunkings) it really takes, and who are not just looking for a quick ride on your coattails. Please keep writing, I'm now looking for the elusive 50 pounder, and I need all the advice I can get!
Thank You Roccus.