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» 30 April 2013 blogs.noreast.com/pdspeh69

MOON PHASES DIAGRAM ~~~~~~ 4-30-13

Moon phases




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Carolina Rig ~ 4-30-13

When to Use: Warm water is best for Carolina rigging, according to him. He uses the rig when the water is between 55 and 85 degrees. In water temps below 55 degrees, he goes to a jig. Referencing seasons, he uses the Carolina rig from mid-spawn through postspawn and until the water turns too cold.

Check the Fishing Forecast


Where to Use: Open water lends itself exceptionally well to this presentation, especially when the bottom is hard or covered with cover, as the rig allows the angler to "feel" the bottom. When fishing the Carolina rig, he keys in on points of all kinds, humps, creek channels and other underwater structure. He notes that the Carolina rig is best suited for loosely fishing structure, as it is hard to cast the rig accurately. He also uses it to find fish on large, shallow flats.

Tackle: the rod of choice is a 7-foot 2-inch American Rodsmiths Mag Strike Magnum Carolina Rig rod with a medium-heavy action and a fast tip. The action gives it good hook setting strength while the softer tip lets him cast the rig far. He likes a Revo 6.3:1 reel with 12- to 20-pound Trilene 100% fluorocarbon line. The abrasion resistance of fluorocarbon is a necessity when probing structure, according to Thliveros. Other pluses he cites are the refractive properties, low stretch and good sensitivity of the line.

Lures: this Carolina rig is pretty standard. He uses a Tru-Tungsten sinker followed by a Tru Tungsten Force Bead and a craft bead, then a No. 4 crane swivel. He will use anywhere from a 1/2- to 1-ounce Tru-Tungsten bullet weight, depending on current, depth and the density of the cover he's fishing. Thliveros prefers tungsten weights because they are denser, louder and translate the bottom structure better than lead. Thliveros' bait will be one of four Zoom products on a 3/0 offset shank hook: a Super Fluke, a Finesse Worm, a Trick Worm or a Baby Brush Hog.

Basics: Long casts help him cover water more effectively. He casts past his target, then employs a slow, steady, dragging retrieve while keeping the rod at the 10 o'clock position. When he feels a fish hit, he will quickly determine which direction it is headed, points his rod in the same direction, take in the slack with the reel, then set the hook with a horizontal sweeping motion.

One More Thing: he says the most common error fishermen make when fishing a Carolina rig is not having enough weight. This means the sinker may never hit bottom and stir debris up and make noise, effectively defeating the purpose of using the rig. He always errs on the heavier side if there's any uncertainty about how much weight to use.

pd

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» 27 April 2013

2 day Bass recon ~ 4-27/28-13

Forecasts for the coming weekend was phenomenal...
And accurate.. 1st really really nice weekend weather break through of 2013

Day 1

Sat 4-27-13

Met at the ramp @ 10:30 -- a little early
Could have launched later like noon or. Later but we wanted to get out on This perfect spring day

Made a new friend with a whaler @ the ramp.. gave him spring gift and Under way by 10:47

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Wind light - 4-5 N. Zero @ 3
Air 55-64
Water 46low 61high
High @ 130
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Beautiful morning - calm clear and warmer than many days before..
55 and rising..

Decided to poke around and run the boat at speed for awhile
4k - 26 mph under FLat conditions

A few more boats out this day than the freezing past weekend
Nice to run on day like this...makes you what to just keep going and going-

Hit a few spots .. checking each 48, 47, 46,48.. not promising at most
Spots---
Finally got serious n made a run looking for hot spots..

Took a few stops but had a temp of 54 --4 degrees better than last weekend
1st cast n Dave has a machine gun hit..
3-4 cast later we both had simultaneous follow n swipes
so excited @ the sight of fish rise

A few casts later had a keeper sized fish rise and turn away..
That's the largest We,d see all day.

Dave boated 2 fish before I even had a solid hit..

Working hard .. I bloated the next 2 and that was it-- breeze died to a dead calm and the bites and follows stopped dead too

Called it a day @ 340



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Total:
Me - 2 Bass (22",23")
3-4 missed hits
6-7 follow & turn always

Dave - 2 bass (17", 22")
5-6 missed hits
10 fOllows

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- Osprey flying high
- big flock of migrated birds high as well
- lots or weeds n debris
- no bait spotted
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Day 2
Sunday 4-28-13

Forcast was for south winds near 9…which means it will more than likely be cranking out of the south..
yep - Strong south as I met Dave at 1130 @ the ramp -- 4 boats converged on the ramp @ the same time-- 2 other trailers already there

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Wind - s @ 15-20
Air 59-64
Water 48-57
High near 230
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Underway by 1140..
The wind was just stiff all day – we actually considered a Sunrise trip South & then afternoon North…but decided late last night to focus on one and just stay North..
Really good choice..as I just wasn’t ready for the ride back accross the GSB under stiff winds..
.Many places to hide under the wind today..

Had some time before High – so we zig zagged all around checking spots we missed or couldn’t get to or haven’t been to in years..
maybe to discover something new or change by SANDY or scout out for the future.. only a light windbreaker is all you needed today..
I love spring..

Had a nice hit @ a new spot we were checking…always a good sign..marked this in the memery banks for future stops...probally made too many drifts over it to try to get a second shot at the fish..

Hit few more old spots until it was time to try were we had fish the day before..hoping they’d still be there..
1st cast – Dave was on – 20” Bass ice breaker..then another..
I hooked up not to soon after..small 18”..
another 2 fish over the next ½ hr…so we moved away for ½-an hr to try another spot..and let it cool..

same thing 1-2 casts 20” fish on..3-4 schoolies..
move to a 3rd spot…
same thing 1-2 casts 18” fish on..2-3 schoolies..
repeat process… worked all day long..til it slowed down..

nailed a larger schoolie right near the end of the trip – 26”.. hit as soon as I hit the water and made a nice roll– ZZZZZZ- after hooking mostly 18” fish thought it was a keeper for a second –

Done @ 5;15pm – last one @ the ramp..
Did I mention how much I love spring?


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Me
14 school bass ( 16-26") most 18"
5-6 missed hits.. not many
1 follow

Dave
8 school bass ( 16-23")
5-6 missed hits
2-3 follow - one estimated 30" to the boat.....
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- High n low flying Osprey couple checking us out
- very cool rowing skiff on the way out..
- Got a crazy Glasses frame racing stripe sun-wind burn.. even though I was bundled up Buff and all.

Great Day = consistent action or the promise/ chance of it..

Pd


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» 26 April 2013

Late Bloomer ~ 4-26-13

All the other trees have bloomed White/pink and shed to nearly green already...very cool seeing the blosom snow on a eindy day last week.

the late bloomer bloomed 1/2 way today - Friday 4-26-13..Very Pink.

leaving work early to get my eyes dialated...precautions. ( nothing bad found - Pigment spotting & ...... cant remeber)

New Ad-Lib glasses with Cyzal lens are sweet...Clear.

pd

UPDATE:

Late FULL BLOOM - 4-30-13 - everything turning very green very quick.
Not that much rain for April...last time this happened May was a DOWN pour...
this tree seems to be the one to follow...when it blooms the fish are biting better..

pd



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» 22 April 2013

Mower - 1st mow + mailbox fix + 2013 Saros 3000FA ~~ 4-22-13

Started my modified work schedule this week -
434 home by 6:09 = MWF
604 gnome by 740 = Tues & Thurs

Home in time to get quit a few things done --
Box @ the door -- nice new saros 3000FA
I just purchased the new 2013 Saros 3000FA
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Dear shimano

Upon inspection and comparison my 2012 Stradic 3000FJ

I noticed the Saris drag knob is missing the hydro blocker rubber gasket on the back of the knob on the new saros

My QUESTION is , is this piece not included on the saros or is it truly missing?

I also noticed that no oil was provided in the box either-- was this also omitted? Or is it missing as well.

Thanks

Paul

Answer: Less than 12yrs to respond:
Paul,
The Saros drag knob does not have the gasket on the drag knob and yes Bantam oil is not included.However,we can send it if you call us (877)577-0600 .Thank you.


Well that's just bad-- 2012 Saros: spare spool, oil, Alum body, hydro blocker.. 2013- Plastic, no spare spool - no oil - no Hydro blocker.
hmmm...

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Pulled the mower out - started on the 6th try 6 pushes of the primer worked -one big puff of smoke and fast mowed the high grass in 15min - less than 1/4 tank used.

Inspected the mailbox as it looked like it was falling off-- it came of with a light pull--- completely chewed up by termites-- New wood & installed by 755..

Went to basement & swapped lines on 3 reels--
Not bad for after work,,,

Pd

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Shivering Shakedown Cruise ~ 4-21-13

Shivering Shakedown Cruise ~ 4-21-13

Freezing is more like it..BRRRR down

Every put together the day before + Bundled up 2 jackets, double socks etc.

To the Ramp @ 8am:
38 degrees with Wind NWW in the Face @ 20mph..nice morning if you’re a penguin.

Definetly the be the coldest spring launch on record.
For a split second I thought about just fixing the trailer rollers and calling it a day….
But Couldn’t wait to get a feel for 2 new rods built over the winter from the boat..

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Air = COLD 38-50 + Bright SUN.
Wind = COLD NNW 15-20 gusty
water = low 41.8 high 50.1
High @ 920ish
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Under way @ 8:30..took my time launching.
Nowhere to hide form the wind today.. white caps all over.

Motor shot some smoke out @ start up…weird. Usually only does that Once during the tune up…
Got her up on plane for a test nearly right away for just 30 seconds but ran very well.

Cool water 44 @ the ramp ( similar to 2011 : water - cool 45-48 ( 6 degrees colder than 4-24-10 ~ 2012: 50 @ the ramp AM...56-57 high )
Should be a slower start based on the temps alone.. we’ll see..


Putt putted around as the tide rose….casted out , un spooled and re spooled each rod while slowly underway…really gets all the kinks out and helps seat the New line perfectly.. a must each spring : 1.5-2 mph.

Hit a few spots on the way.. used the new SCIII – casted very well.. nice sensitivity just need a hook up to really test it..( never happened) changed tactics and had a few new experiments that I put together the week before.. New/old ideas are always fun to mix together.
It was just terrible conditions Wind against – white caps, bad quick drifts, muddy dirty coffee churned water, weeds ,grass..etc.
Took me awhile to find that right drift look/angle…but I got it..

Marked a few fish in one area….had a bump ..and 1+hrs later of throwing the bag…One of the new techs worked..picked up a MIcRO bass @ 13”…At least I wasn’t skunked..and I know which of the new looks is best.

4hrs in the wind and cold was enough..

past mid tide upon return and the channel to SB is MUCH lower than last year @ the same tide point 2.2 – 2.7 ft deep– I estimate 2ft lower – it’s also about 30-40’ east of where it was a few seasons ago when it was impassable @ low tide…


Back to the Ramp @ 12:40

Pulled the trailer into the ramp out of the wind and replaced the 2 bad Yellow rollers that broke after ONE season.. used a DEMO blade on the portable SAWZall and blasted through each in 20 seconds. Only took 30 mins. For both. ( last year it took me an hour for 2)

Home by 1:30 – should have got the mower running as the grass is creeping up fast..but ran outta steam..

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Total:
1 micro Bass 13"
2 Bumps
1 Maybe hit
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2 new RP-10 Trailer rollers ( replace crappy 2012 yellow rollers which failed)
2 new Brake LED trailer lights
1 New Front Side Marker
1 NEW wire Harness.
1 new Stern running light switch.
1 New Kidde Extinguisher
1 New Gas Line.

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-Chased a seagull with a Bunker in his mouth – he couldn’t fly away @ first and tried to drag it away from me as fast as he could.. I chased him in a circle for 5 min trying to get a pict.but he eluded me - until he got up enough courage to go for it and fly away..chased him to shore to get that pict,as he is hating on me...hilarious.
- 99% of bird grounded. Never a good sign
- Ospreys on the perch
- got the new WM rod bent on the mirco - new rods are always good luck for me.
- New Buff angler gloves are great..
- 2 blackhawks fly over is always cool.
- quite a few boats out 4 other trailers @ the ramp upon return.

Frozen but happy to be out again.

pd



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Shivering Shake down Cruise ~ 4-21-13

Freezing is more like it..brrrdown

38 in the Am with Wind NWW in the Face @ 20mph..nice morning if your a penguin.

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Air = COLD 38-50 + Bright SUN.
Wind = COLD NNW 15-20 gusty
water = low 42.8 high 50.1
High @ 920ish
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Total
1 mirco Bass 13"
2 Bumps
1 Maybe
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pd

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» 19 April 2013

Reel Maint 2013 ~ 4-18-13

Way Late on this - I should of done this months ago - like late 2012..
only got 3 reels done in 2hrs.. spent alot of time on the 2012 Stradics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kflr4kraG50




New Ardent cleaning kit - $14 @ Dicks
New Ardent Reel Gaurd $ 16 @ Dicks

New P-Line Aluminum pliers $30 on ebay - they cut Braided Line very well..the sheath is useless though.


So far the cleaner works OK it leaves a sqeeky clean film on the exterior - but still not as good a Alcohol.
had to go back over the reels from missed spots.

Respooled line on 2 extra spools
and fixed the line slip on the Saros 2500.

looks Like I'll sell 2-3 older Saros for the New 2013 model.

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Going to try alot more Weedless looks this year with a slower sink rate - 1/16 - 1/8oz for still or shallow water..
KVD - Mustad Grip hooks 3/0 - $6 @ walmart

Scored on Mr Twister clearence:
20-25 differnt colors of RT SLug $1 a pack !
2x deliveries
60+ packs mostly pink and Black shad..

Exude Sandworm - 33 packs @ $1.20 as well..bought em out.



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Craziness in Boston - City in Lockdown.
Race Bombing..on monday.
and a manhunt for 4 days
now gun fights.. more bombs..
Crazy Crazy Violence & hate.

pd

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» 16 April 2013

Kiss The Water - FLy fishing film ~ 4-16-13

Kiss The Water
-directed by Eric Steel (USA, U.K.)
– World Premiere April 2013
-Documentary.
Travel to Scotland’s far northern highlands and explore the life and remarkable influence of Megan Boyd, fishing fly-maker extraordinaire. Self-taught in this enigmatic, artful craft, Boyd became an internationally renowned artisan and supplier to, among others, Prince Charles. Interviews, animations and images of the stunning Scottish countryside define Eric Steel’s lyrical tale of solitary celebrity and the joy of making your mark, even when it was the last thing you planned to do.

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Cherry Blossoms - FULL BLOOM ~ 4-16-13

ALL FULL and it took 16 days since I measured the 1st buds @ 1/8" of green..

the late bloomer holds out being about 10 days behind these,..

pd

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Bass Opener ~ Bloom ~ 1st Bass of 2013 ~ 4-15-13

Striped Bass Opener 2013

Nice to be back after a very cold long dragging out end to winter…
Cherry Blossoms in full Bloom now – took 2 weeks this year.

Got everything together late Sunday night…lucky me I found a brand new pair of wader hidden in the garage = no leak. Nice.
That’s a good way to start. $$ found pieces/parts of everything else laying around – didn’t need much since it would be a quick trip.

Asked to exit early - that extra ½ hr makes a big difference this time of year
To the water by 6:18pm
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Air 53
Water est. 53-54? cold
wind - 8-9 SSW
Low @ 9ish
sunset 7:30
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Clear, calm and cool – bright sun – Blue sky
In the water @ 630

In the past I have had very good luck beginning the season with a brand new rod.
So I Grabbed a rod I built over winter 1st – just to test it — SCIII blank. Didn’t want to push it because it’s not 100% complete. Performed very well -
4th cast in I had HIT!
..Nice surprise..
..just missed it.
Water felt so cold I wasn’t expecting anything.

Gave it a little while but the weeds were accumulating every cast.

Switched to another experimental winter new-old rod deal = 1st CAST – half way back in BAM ! a schoolie hammered it.
I had a feeling I would dupe a fish after that 1st hit earlier..just had to get the right look..

Switched things up a few more times but
Only managed one more bump. And I will take it..
I am usually skunked on the Opener , this make 2 yrs in a row with a fish on the opener.

Really nice to switch things up and get some fishing tests in I have been thinking about all winter… the fish be there was a bonus.

Done @ 8:15

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1st Bass of 2013 (18")
1 Missed hit
1 Bump
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- 2 screaming Ospreys fighting mid sky
- Bunker? Spotted? – definitely saw a tail slap.
- Water was CRYSTAL Clear
- Added a few fly drawings from the winter day dreaming.
- FROZen legs – breathable waders aren’t advisable in 50+ degree water for long..( but better than wet)


Have a great 2013 Season

pd



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» 14 April 2013

Boat Maint con,t ---- 4-14-13

Finished epoxy on 2rods

Finished up on the electrical
- liquid taped all spliced on trailer lights
- replaced carling switch - easy swap but I got 34-5 need 24-5
-- 6·75 amps need 6.25 amp trip
- wire insulation 1/2" for the transom nav light (11yrs old)
- wire insulated the jeeps plug wire
- tested the 937c still has the low volt alarm going on
- highest reading was 11v

Cooler consolidation:
- got all the gear paired down into one spring run gear
- put away weak gear ++
- got all of the lures n garbage out of the lean post

- fixed the motor cover with gel crazy glue

- ran motor to get the fuel through the new water sep

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Air 55
Wind 15-25¿ Windy
Partly cloudy . Wind made it cool

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Jill worked on the Side planting veggies and making planter boxes

After dinner went n got 2 rods together for the bass opener Tom
might go -- just ready to go just incase


Pd

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» 13 April 2013

New Trailer Lights 3... Success~ 4-13-13

SAT-
Had an House energy audit this am - pressure test to see where we a re losing heat/cold..

Our house is leaking air like an old barn..
Should be 500 cfm and it's 2400 - yikes
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Air 57 - partly cloudy
WInd 15-20 - NW - breezy
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Started @ 11am

-Fuel line
-Big zinc replaced

Lunch @ 1pm made plans with Dave


-Lights!

200-7:30
I struggled at points with bad grounds but I got all the light ship shape.. After all this running around the last week +
- it was one bad ground to the front side marker and the trucks 4 way flat is a little faulty...glad i figured it out-- had lights by 345 and could have stopped there..
== but I decided to swap out the old lights for the NEW LED tails + the 2 side markers --

Could of just fixed the grounds from the old wires but replaced
90%
- new led tail lights $ 32 + extra 25' harness
- new 20' harness $15
- new 25' harness $17
- new front side led $ 9
- new rear fender light $7 + custom bracket
- new misc connectors $13
- New Cheap HF grinder $12

Pd



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» 12 April 2013

CHERRY BLossoms~ 4-12-13

slow to bloom this season


pd

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» 10 April 2013

Rod Finishing ~ WARM DAYS !!! ~ 4-9-13

Seriously warm last 3 days
4-8 -13 = 65+
4-9 -13 = 80
4-10-13 = 70

Cherry blossoms are about to blow as the little pink is showing at the ends.

Nice and warm when I got home - so I finnaly got to put an epoxy coat on the new spring rods.

did em side by side with the new faster motor spinning @ twice the speed .. both worked well.

nice to be out side @ night - BBQ Hot dogs for dinner only seemd right,.

Gas $3.79
sunset @ 730

pd

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» 07 April 2013

DF90a Spring Tune UP + trailer rewire disaster~ 4-6/7-13

Sat 4-6
Fence early done by 2
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Air 47
wind - 10-15
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245 - 7

Trailer lights rewire disaster-- ran to Harbor freight to get a Fish Tape ( $Shades -- got it all hooked up -- and nothing works--- mad & confussed...

Waste o time - I should have just left it alone - it was working..I could have done a test run this weekend now I will be fighting with the lights..

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Sun·4-7
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Air 50
wind -
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Needed a win ,so I installed the garage door handles I made
1030 - 11:15

1130 - 545
Put the trailer lights on hold--
Spring Tune up

Battery in and she started right up - no smoke cloud this year
Oil changed
Changed the plugs - 19,5 lb ft felt hard so I did 18,5
I think I heard a crunch as I tighten the 1st plug with the new torque wrench -- so back it out n 're seat @ 18,5
10 micron inline water/
Fuel filter took an hour to get the bottom55 bowl r off but it did hand unscrew from its mount

Fuel line installed -- but wrong type

Zinc in the water intake installed


0rdered on ebay: right from boat side...modern tech is great for this..Saves me wasting time n $$ going to a store with higher prices and less choices:
- 3' of type A marine fuel line 5/16 $9 shipped
- reflective tape 11" for $ 2 shipped
- 25' trailer harness 4 way flat $16 shippedd
- carling switch 5amp for running lights $18 shipped

Pd


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» 04 April 2013

trailer lights 2 ******** 4-4-13

Freezing cold today

Air 29 am
41 pm + windy

Home by 6:44 -- got right to changing the 4way flat lights on the trailer -- cut off the old and realized that they were different --- back to AutoZone and found the right double wire but it's on a whole harness $14 - looks like I'll be rewiring the entire trailers main wires-- a 10 min swap just turned into a half day+ of work

Pd

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» 03 April 2013

DAY OFF ~ Glasses + minor Boat Maint. ~~ 4-2-13

Havent been to the eye doc in 3 years...only had a few days to get there as my voucher expires on the 9th ..

Left eyee twitchin too..yikes - so I took the day to get it done..

3 hrs! and $450 later....done @ 1pm

too Cold out to be outside too long .. nice and sunny but 41 degrees and 30mph winds - no thanks..spent most of the day inside chillin
tooka nap..lame.

finally got motivated enough to get the Motor cover fixed - epoxied the new velco on - works great= hasn't closed in years..

also attempted to fix the one running light that;s out -- NG
2hrs of attempts - just couldn't get it to work.
Splicer not working..hands frozen..called it @ 7:30..

Best part of the day was McKenna playing on the boat while I worked - she just loves to help..

Cold cold weather in April sucks..

pd

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» 01 April 2013

April Fools ~ Trout & Flounder OPENER ~ 4-1-13

Why am I not fishing today???
Answer: Because i didnt take any days off this month..

normally I would be scurring around for items for my MD trip but since last was a bust - I didnt block out the DayS off ( 12/13/14/15)

dumb. downdown

now it's near 55 today and sunnny -- rain in the afternoon...
....

good job.

P/U Jill @ the Airport @ 7:45 ( Mom RETIRED FROM GTECH)

Pd

Freshwater Fishing Season Kicks off with April 1 Trout and Salmon Opener

Conditions Will Be Tough for Early Season Anglers in Most Areas of the State

Unlike last year when opening day trout anglers were greeted with relatively tranquil conditions, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) informs this winter's heavy snows and resultant high, cold stream conditions will not be friendly to early season trout anglers.

"After a long, cold and snowy winter, we know that anglers are anxious to hit the water," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. "Unfortunately, a good portion of the state remains covered with snow, which may restrict access to streams and cause very high stream flows making early season angling difficult."

Trout, lake trout and landlocked Atlantic salmon seasons all begin on April 1. Best fishing on opening day can be found on Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley where even in the toughest of springs, fishable water can be found.

DEC plans to stock over 2.3 million catchable-size brook, brown and rainbow trout in more than 300 lakes and ponds and roughly 3,000 miles of streams across the state. Spring stockings include 1.77 million brown trout, 390,000 rainbow trout and 147,000 brook trout. Approximately 97,000 two-year-old brown trout 12-13 inches in length will also be stocked across into lakes and streams across the state. Stocking of catchable-size trout generally commences in late March and early April in the lower Hudson Valley, Long Island, and western New York and then proceeds to the Catskills and Adirondacks as stream conditions permit.

More than 2.25 million yearling lake trout, steelhead, landlocked salmon, splake and coho salmon will be also be stocked by DEC this spring to provide exciting angling opportunities over the next several years. For those who prefer a quieter, more remote setting, 350,000 brook trout fingerlings will be stocked in 342 lakes and ponds this spring and fall, providing unique angling opportunities for future years. For a complete list of waters planned to be stocked with trout this spring, visit the DEC website.

Early season trout fishing recommendations by DEC staff in each region, including suggestions on where to find good opportunities to fish for wild trout can be found in the 2011 Coldwater Fishing Forecast on the DEC website. Anglers searching for publicly accessible streams can find maps of DEC public fishing rights holdings on the DEC website. The Bureau of Fisheries webpages are some of the most popular on the DEC website and contain a wealth of information that anglers will find helpful. Anglers are also encouraged to contact the DEC Regional Office in the region they plan on fishing for additional information.

In an effort to further refine its stream trout management program, the 2011 angling season will kick off a new study being conducted jointly by DEC and Cornell University to examine the fate of trout stocked in our waters. Creel surveys and trout population assessments are planned for seven stocked trout streams across the state as part of a three-year research project to check the performance of the Catch Rate Oriented Trout Stocking (CROTS) model used by the DEC to set stocking rates. Waters included in the study are the Carmans River, Esopus Creek, West Branch Delaware River, Oriskany Creek, Otselic Creek, Meads Creek, and East Koy Creek. Anglers fishing these waters can help by answering a few questions on their fishing trip if approached by a DEC creel clerk and by allowing the clerk to examine and measure any harvested fish.

Anglers 16 years of age and older must have a New York State fishing license available on the DEC website or by calling 1-86-NY-DECALS. Fishing licenses can also be purchased from the 1,500 license issuing agents located throughout the state (town and county clerks, some major discount stores and many tackle and sporting goods stores). An interactive map providing the locations of these agents is now available on line. By law, every dollar spent on a fishing license helps fund the DEC fish stocking program and other programs conducted by the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources. Please be sure to also purchase a Habitat/Access Stamp to help fund important access and habitat projects. For more information on the Habitat/Access Stamp Program, go to the DEC website.

Anglers are reminded to be sure to disinfect their fishing equipment, including waders and boots before entering a new body of water. Since 2007, Didymo, an invasive algae species, has been discovered in the Battenkill and Kayderosseras Creek in DEC Region 5, Esopus Creek and Rondout Creek in Region 3 and the Little Delaware River, West Branch Delaware River and East Branch Delaware River in Region 4. Didymo can attach to waders, particularly felt soles, and this is believed to be the primary mechanism for its spread from its initial discovery location. Wading anglers are encouraged to use readily available alternatives to felt-soled waders and wading boots. All gear should be dried and/or disinfected before it is used in a new body of water. Methods to clean and disinfect fishing gear can be found on DEC's website.

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Suffolk County, DEC Region 1
Water Town Number Date Species Size (inches)
Argyle Lake Babylon 150 March Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
Argyle Lake Babylon 500 March Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Belmont Lake Babylon 150 March Brown Trout 8 - 9 inches
Belmont Lake Babylon 750 March Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Belmont Lake Babylon 100 March Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
Belmont Lake Babylon 150 April Brown Trout 8 - 9 inches
Belmont Lake Babylon 250 April Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
Belmont Lake Babylon 1000 April Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Carlls River Babylon 100 March Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
Carlls River Babylon 140 March Brown Trout 8 - 9 inches
Carlls River Babylon 400 March Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Carlls River Babylon 70 May Brown Trout 8 - 9 inches
Carmans River Brookhaven 650 March Rainbow Trout 8.5 - 9.5 inches
Carmans River Brookhaven 150 March Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Carmans River Brookhaven 150 March Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
Carmans River Brookhaven 210 March Brown Trout 8.5 - 9.5 inches
Carmans River Brookhaven 550 April Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Carmans River Brookhaven 350 April Rainbow Trout 8.5 - 9.5 inches
Carmans River Brookhaven 250 April Brown Trout 8.5 - 9.5 inches
Carmans River Brookhaven 100 April Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
Carmans River Brookhaven 370 May Brown Trout 8.5 - 9.5 inches
Connetquot River Islip 220 March Brown Trout 8 - 9 inches
Connetquot River Islip 600 March Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Connetquot River Islip 800 April Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Connetquot River Islip 730 April Brown Trout 8 - 9 inches
Connetquot River Islip 200 May Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Connetquot River Islip 150 May Brown Trout 8 - 9 inches
East Lake Brookhaven 220 April Brown Trout 8 - 9 inches
East Lake Brookhaven 500 April Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Hards Lake Brookhaven 700 March Rainbow Trout 8.5 - 9.5 inches
Hards Lake Brookhaven 350 March Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
Hards Lake Brookhaven 600 April Rainbow Trout 8.5 - 9.5 inches
Hards Lake Brookhaven 200 April Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
Hards Lake Brookhaven 510 May Brown Trout 8.5 - 9.5 inches
Hards Lake Brookhaven 100 May Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
Kahler Pond Brookhaven 500 March Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Laurel Lake Southold 300 April Rainbow Trout 8.5 - 9.5 inches
Laurel Lake Southold 220 April Brown Trout 8.5 - 9.5 inches
Nissequogue River Smithtown 200 March Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
Nissequogue River Smithtown 150 April Brown Trout 8 - 9 inches
Nissequogue River Smithtown 300 April Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Nissequogue River Smithtown 200 April Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
Randall Pond Brookhaven 50 March Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
Randall Pond Brookhaven 300 March Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Rattlesnake Creek Islip 200 May Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Southards Pond Babylon 150 March Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
Southards Pond Babylon 400 March Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Twin Pond Huntington 200 March Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
Twin Pond Huntington 150 March Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Upper Lake Brookhaven 400 March Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Upper Lake Brookhaven 250 March Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
Upper Lake Brookhaven 150 April Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
Upper Lake Brookhaven 400 April Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches
Upper Lake Brookhaven 220 May Brown Trout 8 - 9 inches
Upper Lake Brookhaven 50 May Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
West Lake Brookhaven 300 March Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
West Lake Brookhaven 200 April Brown Trout 12 -15 inches
West Lake Brookhaven 600 April Rainbow Trout 8 - 9 inches








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