Get your fishing gear ready!
Even though the wind has been howling and Nor’easters keep trying to delay Spring, we have been thinking about getting our lines in the water as soon as the ice dissipates. Mother Nature keept extending this winter, but Father Time told us that the weather will warm up eventually – Well… finally – we get it! So, after we go around the yard to retrieve grill covers and inspect leaning fences our gaze turns longingly to the fishing poles in the garage.
We’ll be able to use them soon, we hope………
What if tomorrow were the day? What if Pete at Belsan’s Bait & Tackle said that the schoolies are all over the North River? That the trout stocking in the local brooks has begun? Would we be ready? This is a great time to check out your rigs. Are the knots good or should they be retied?
Now, we are by no means experts on fishing gear, knot tying, or catching keepers but we have accumulated some gear over the years and know that this is a good time to prepare. During a storm stuck in the house is a great time to inspect your line. Are there kinks, nicks, coils or knots that need to be fixed? Should you replace all the line? Here is an example of braided line that’s a few years old:
The line needs to be stripped and replaced. We use some mono backing to hold the braided line in place and then reel on some new braid:
Here is kids’ trout pole that has a “memory” issue from monofilament line. It has been on the reel too long so it instantly coils, which makes it hard to cast. This was replaced with brand new six pound test mono, tied off with a swivel:
And finally, if you are chunking bait, fishing macks at the mouth of the river, or chasing blues towards Labor Day, you’ll need to check your leader. Here is an example of a pre-tied leader with 40 pound test line, a barrel swivel on one end and a snap swivel on the other to quick change a hook or lure. These should get new knots each season:
So here we go. We are ready for schoolies, trout, bass, fluke, and whatever tugs on that line. It is the best feeling in the Spring when something grabs the end of your rig and the fight is on. Also, make sure your tackle box is on order as well. Are the hooks sharp, the connectors loose or did your favorite lure from last year rust during the Winter? Remember, you never know when the fish of a lifetime will be on the end of your rod, so you want to have the best possible chance of getting it on the boat/shore, snap a couple of pictures and send it back to fight another day.
The Untold Truth…. Beer is popular!
The anticipation was building for the grand opening of Untold Brewing in Scituate. Craft Breweries have been a growing business here in New England and it’s great to have a brand new spot here in our back yard.
We arrived to see a large brand new structure for the brewery and tap room. Attached to the front is an original Scituate school house that has been renovated into a beautiful tasting room. There is also a nice outdoor patio seating area.
The beers were excellent. It’s nice to see a new brewery with multiple options and not focusing on one specific type. We tried blonde ales, brown ales and IPA’s. My personal favorite was the straight Pale Ale.
Check out their website for hours. Untold Brewing also has some local restaurants offering food and you can bring in your own, too.
We spoke with one of the partners who grew up in Colorado and he was excited about bringing a wide range of craft brews to Scituate.
Check out Cape Ann!
There is another world beyond the South Shore that many of us may not be aware of. New Year’s Day we headed up to Cape Ann, the North Shore’s answer to our Cape Cod.
I will concede that Cape Ann is smaller and less touristy but it’s a cool spot with tons of history, beauty and charm.
We checked out the Fishermen’s Memorial in Gloucester and read several of the names on the plaques that surround the park where it resides. There are also several beaches and harbors that house the massive fishing fleet.
Up the road is Rockport, which is surprisingly similar to Provincetown on Cape Cod. There are small, tight streets lined with artsy shops and beautiful views of the Atlantic.
We also snapped some photos of Motif #1, one of the most often painted buildings in America. I wish we were able to spend more time there!