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Old 07-09-2015, 07:14 AM
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Yes, we partied heavily. I wish all my friends and supporters had a Joyce to travel with. She is 75 going on 30. We fished then spent the next day recovering. Then we played blackjack nearly around the clock, made a few bucks, lost them back, then won again. Free food, a marvelous 5-star casino hotel room. Laugh, I thought my pants would never dry! We barely took time to eat. We both giggled when saying that we are getting too old for this sh**. On the elevator we met a couple who claimed they had the same hotel room as we but they backed off when I told the woman that "I am the one her Momma was talking about."

Fishing is increasingly getting harder on us. Whereas hunting is more amenable because it is done during the day. My cardiologist has forbidden me from these all-nighters which he says if I don't stop them one will kill me. An all-nighter is what got me the last time. With a double by-pass and aortic valve from a cow I don't buy no green bananas. Doubling down on eleven seems to be the only thing they will let me do .... that and sex.
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:15 AM
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Good for you guys Frank!
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Old 07-11-2015, 02:16 PM
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Honestly since I moved away from the coast I feel like I have less and less to contribute. I've basically said everything I have to say and it's just repeating at this point. Some newbies need to step up.
Even though I haven't moved from the coast, just a more southern coast, I feel the same way. I haven't fished for stripers since I moved to SC (though I have thought about striper fishing in lakes which is popular down here). I used to post all the time, as I was fishing every day, and felt I had something to contribute. I fished just about every day when I was in NJ, and have surfcasted exactly once since I moved here. And that was basically to show my step son and daughter in law how to do it, as they are from the upstate and never tried it. Even though I still have the skills I had before, I guess I think people will see a post from me and say "What the hell does he know? He lives in Myrtle Beach, no stripers there!".
Having been here for awhile, I just think the site is going through one of it's cycles. People come and go, things change, yet stay the same.
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Old 07-11-2015, 09:57 PM
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Ragman you have plenty to contribute! I remember some good stories you shared about your son as well. Freshwater Stripers don't sound like the worst thing ever haha let us know if you go chasing them... How is the Italian food in S.C. ? I had some great biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast there and hush puppies with a fried fish dinner- also great! If I lived there full time I would miss some NY "Yankee" food for sure... happy you posted!
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Even though I haven't moved from the coast, just a more southern coast, I feel the same way. I haven't fished for stripers since I moved to SC (though I have thought about striper fishing in lakes which is popular down here). I used to post all the time, as I was fishing every day, and felt I had something to contribute. I fished just about every day when I was in NJ, and have surfcasted exactly once since I moved here. And that was basically to show my step son and daughter in law how to do it, as they are from the upstate and never tried it. Even though I still have the skills I had before, I guess I think people will see a post from me and say "What the hell does he know? He lives in Myrtle Beach, no stripers there!".
Having been here for awhile, I just think the site is going through one of it's cycles. People come and go, things change, yet stay the same.
RAG you've got some GREAT surf fishing in South Carolina, although they ain't up at Myrtle town; they are further South on the little islands that are accessable by boat. Big Drum too, not the babies. No crowds to worry about either. Got some surf fishin' friends that don't fish anywhere else anymore but there.
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Old 07-12-2015, 11:34 PM
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Honestly since I moved away from the coast I feel like I have less and less to contribute. I've basically said everything I have to say and it's just repeating at this point. Some newbies need to step up.
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We all start at zero. You have contributed a tremendous amount of information to this site, and for every hundred fishermen who have read it, there are a hundred more that didn't catch it the first time, so never worry about repeating. FRANK has repeated himself hundreds of times, and were read by some for the first time.
As a former teacher, I had to remind myself constantly that each new kid had not been born with what I taught in the past.
Take both BILL HUBARD, FRANK, and Lord knows how many more here, have moved, and because of age, responsibilities, etc., don't fish near as aggressively as they did years ago, but those age old teachings by them, to me anyhow, are far more helpful than all the new stuff put together.
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:23 AM
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Age really slows down people who fish the beach because shore fishing, especially at night, is hard. One night and I need the rest of the week to recover. When I was younger when I came home from the summer at the beach, I would lose 10/15 pounds and my mother would say, "Francis, you look awful. You might have cancer." I always put it back on in no time.
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Honestly since I moved away from the coast I feel like I have less and less to contribute. I've basically said everything I have to say and it's just repeating at this point. Some newbies need to step up.
Andrew, I thought about this when you posted it. I tend to repeat myself here and in life in general. One of my friends constantly repeats...everything!...and we all remember everything he says! Repetition is a basic teaching tool and a good reminder. Re-post more...I forget lots these days.
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Old 07-23-2015, 10:36 AM
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Repost? Wait until you have been here 16 years responding daily to each active thread, when you have had time to say it all at least twice. After a while you can't remember if you said it or just thought it. (Where were we?)
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Repost? Wait until you have been here 16 years responding daily to each active thread, when you have had time to say it all at least twice. After a while you can't remember if you said it or just thought it. (Where were we?)
That is OK with most of us...especially those of us who have the same problems. The older I get, the more I appreciate this Forum

The entire site has been slower lately. I think many posters ate fishing less and therefore posting less. It is not limited to your threads...actually, your threads have been busier that most of the others. There are a few really good fishermen who dominate the posts in the Reports thread and here which may intimidate some of the newer posters with "stupid questions" that they are afraid to ask. I must say that this is their problem...not sure what can be done about it, as this site has always been most receptive to newbies and helping educate everyone. I know...I learned to surf fish here I have a cardiac history, too...but my only restriction is "no snow shoveling" But it does slow us down on the beach

Keep up what you been doing!
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Old 07-30-2015, 07:16 AM
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Thanks, Bruce. When people don't ask questions we lose material which would otherwise inform and entertain other members. I am left with raising issues alone and one person could never bring up new surfcasting subjects continuously for years and years. Some of us have resorted to reviving old threads to keep steam rising from the subject pot and that is a nice alternative to repeating an old idea in a new thread. When I think of it I search a subject before opening a thread on it. A few weeks back I forgot to do the search and brought up "Match the Hatch" for the third set of threads. Mister Smarty was embarrassed because it was not a smart thing to do.
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:27 AM
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I wonder if vacations have anything to do with the slowdown. I'm going on one next week, and the notion of a week away from any and all computers seems marvelous. I can't wait.
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Here's a thought: could the slowdown be an indication of an overall decrease in interest in surfcasting due to the diminished bass population? I know that on this site and others there are often posts from new surfcasters who are having trouble catching fish. I remember when I was starting, in 2005, there were fish everywhere -- mostly schoolies -- but there were tons of fish around and it was enough to keep my confidence and interest high. I think there are way fewer fish now and it is harder to catch, especially for newcomers.
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Old 07-30-2015, 10:28 AM
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Given my lack of time with a rod in hand this year, I spent more time browsing and I would say the fishing related posts here are approximately the same as anywhere else... there is more offshore and non-fishing banter on some other sites, but not much actual discussion about fishing, surf fishing in particular.
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Old 07-30-2015, 12:32 PM
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I think all three of the above recent posts are valid explanation for our slowdown. Just to add, we may be evolving into a social site where we talk more and more about other things. Fishing, fishing, stripers, stripers! And it is worse for me because when I am not posting I am writing about fishing and stripers. Not killing myself but I do a lot of article writing. And once I stop writing about fishing, I can't write a ltr to my aunt.

Joyce and I keep reshooting old deer kills over cocktails every late afternoon; we go over the same fifty deer and two Russian boars, over and over, over and over. We play a lot of casino blackjack while waiting for hunting season, but that does not fill our action needs.
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