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.
Music in the Sand…
It’s been sometime now…
Years ago, very often when going for a walk along our favorite beach, you would stumble upon someone with a guitar…a bongo…even a bagpipe!
This Sunday (26th), we are going to the 12 can, and making some music happen!
Totally unplugged/acoustic and open to all!
Bring a Bongo, Grab a Guitar, Haul a Harmonica,Carry your Clarinet, Tote a Tuba……. actually….bag the tuba, make it a tambourine!
Feel free to join us around 3pm when the sandbar clears, and let’s meet, mingle and make some music as we go!
Summer Jumpers Making A Splash…..
Risky or not….it’s a Summer time ritual for many!
First of all, let us say this…..the SpitDudes do NOT condone or promote the jumping off of any bridge. In fact, we are admitted wusses and aren’t comfortable jumping off a footstool, let alone a freekin bridge. With that said…….we do like watching kids scream bloody murder as they free fall 30 plus feet into some of the coldest water on earth.
There are several places you will find these lunatics, but here is the local list for the SpitDudes territory!
- Route 3A Bridge in Scituate/Marshfield – this one is always busy when the heat and humidity hits. There are signs up there saying no jumping, but it doesn’t seem to stop these thrill seekers.
- Sea Street Bridge in Hummarock – this is about the same type of jump and the route 3A bridge, with maybe a little less boat traffic. It’s also a little bit of work after you jump. It’s a long bridge, so prepare to do some walking after you get out of the water!
- Union Street Bridge in Norwell/Marshfield – This seems to be the bridge of choice for a few reasons. It’s a bit inland and appeals to folks in Norwell and Hanover…it also has minimal boat traffic, and the swim back to shore is easier than the others. You can get several jumps in, in a matter of minutes.
- Edward Foster Road Bridge in Scituate – this is the bridge that leads from the harbor village to 2nd cliff, and Peggoty Beach. This is more our speed if we were to jump. A managable drop into some warmer, yet not as clean water.
- Mill Bridge in Cohasset – This bridge has gotten some press over the years for all the wrong reasons. Of course, people who can’t swim shouldn’t be jumping of bridges. Duh!
Then there are always safer jumps……like these: