Archive for January, 2012
During the course of my fishing season here on Long Island I use several different models and sizes of hooks in the fishing rigs I use for targeting striped bass, bluefish, weakfish and fluke. Mustad, Gamakatsu and Owner are among the manufacturers I use.
I love fishing live baits for striped bass but at different times of the season a mix of cut and soft baits will be used for them as well. Live baits are also effective for me during the summer months when fluke and summer-run weakfish are the targets.
The hooks in the following video have worked well for me over the years and I hope those of you reading this find something of use for your saltwater fishing as well.
My goal was to broadcast live from the boat but quickly found the resources required just were not feasible on a boat in the marine environment. I’d need a laptop ($$$) with web-cam attached to go along with a wireless air-card (more $$$) to provide adequate bandwidth for the streaming video. I just could not justify the costs of the hardware and monthly service charge for the air-card.
Fast forward to today. The smart-phones of today with their 4g wireless Internet have upped their game and brought this idea back to the surface for me. Add to the fact that U-Stream has introduced an app (there’s an APP for that!!!) that enables their streaming service on the I-Phone and Droid devices. COOL!!! U-Stream also made it VERY easy to incorporate my video Channel on the Maybe Tonight Charters Facebook page as well as right here on my website.
So, I am VERY psyched to announce that I am going to give this live feed thing the old college try. Some initial tests I’ve done were pretty surprising at the quality of the video when sent from my phone. Hey, it’s surely not a Blu-Ray display but for what it is, it’s pretty neat!!!
With that said, I have plans to visit the Atlantic City Boat Show on Saturday Feb 4th and am going to have a go with the first LIVE event that morning while strolling the floor of the show. It remains to be seen what sort of cell service I will have while in the Convention Center but with any service at all I will be coming to you LIVE from the show.
If you’d like to catch the BETA trial run you can find the stream on the Maybe Tonight Charters Facebook page or right here on my website. The Facebook option offers the ability for commenting so if you’d like to see a particular boat at the show I’ll be watching the comments and will take a stroll past as many of the requests as I can before the battery in the phone dies!!!
I am very much looking forward to seeing how this all works. With any luck at all the next step will be LIVE from the Great South Bay !!!
Winter is moving along here on Long Island and with it so are my off-season tackle maintenance tasks. After the clean up chores on the rods and reels it’s time to get new fishing line back on the reels. Spooling all these reels is a chore and anything I can do to save some time is well worth it.
The following video represents the method I’ve used for tying my line to the spool of my spinning reels since I was a kid chasing sunnies down at the local ponds. I have tried many other methods I’ve seen over the years but always come back to this one. For connecting my monofilament and braided fishing line to my spinning reels this works best for me. I hope it helps someone out there.
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Happy New Year to EVERYONE!! After a pretty nice December where we had some historically warm weather, the New Year is off to a bad start here on Long Island. It is currently 15 degrees outside with a wind chill factor down around 5!! I’ve had enough of Winter already and we’ve only just started.
One upside to the Winter season are all of the Fishing and Boating shows that visit the Long Island area. I’m sure there are others that I have missed on the following calendar but these are the ones that I have always enjoyed attending and usually get to most of them every year. The next best thing to getting on the boat and fishing is checking out the new products from the boating and fishing industry at these shows. Have fun!!!
As in the past I would suggest you visit the websites included for each event below for further details.
January 4-8: New York National Boat Show at Jacob Javits Convention Center Manhattan New York www.nyboatshow.com
January 6-8: Long Island Recreational Fishing Expo at the North Amityville Firehouse, 601 North Broadway (Route 110) in Amityville
February 1-5 Atlantic City Boat Show at Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City New Jersey www.acboatshow.com
February 3-5: Long Island Recreational Fishing Expo at the Marriott Islandia. More details at www.lifishingexpo.com
February 3-5: Long Island Boat Show, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale NY
February 5: Rte 110 Fishing Flea Market, Camelot Hall 585 Broadhollow Road, Melville NY 9am-3pm
February 17-19: NY Sportfishing Federation Forum & Auction at the Freeport Recreation Center Freeport, NY – www.nysf.org
Feb 25-26: Suffolk County Boat & Sportfishing Show, Suffolk Community College Sports & Exhibition Center. Brentwood, NY
Feb. 26: East Meadow Fishing Flea Market, TEMPLE EMANU-EL, 123 MERRICK AVE, East Meadow NY. 9AM-4PM
March 1-4 World Fishing and Outdoor Exposition at Rockland Community College Suffern NY http://sportshows.com/suffern/
March 16-18 Somerset Saltwater Fishing Expo at the Garden State Exhibit Center Somerset, NJ http://sportshows.com/somerset/