Archive for March, 2012
It’s March 21 2012 as I write this and the weather forecast is for record breaking WARM temperatures on Long Island reaching into the 80s. Truth be told, the weather for the entire winter has been very tolerable. There was none of the large snowstorms and bitter cold we experienced during the previous two winters. For me, personally, this is a GOOD thing. I guess if you are a skier, not so good.
Even with the extremely mild winter we had leading into the month of March I was hesitant to jump the gun of removing the boat’s winter cover. I’ve been burned in the past by a late season snowstorm hitting us AFTER taking the cover off so I was still skeptical.
When the thermometer hit 70 this past weekend I had seen enough and decided it was time. With the tugging of a couple of bungees cords, and the swift pull of the canvas, off the cover came. I was able to get some of the punch list items started and get the parts ordered for the motor’s.
Spring in here on Long Island and not a minute to soon as there are already bunker in the western bays, reports of stripers on schools of mackerel in the ocean and flounder being caught in the creeks. I am planning an early April launch. Another season on the beautiful Great South Bay is at hand.
I recently received two separate inquiries over on my Youtube channel asking for my opinion on some quality reels for striped bass fishing on my local waters. After considering my answer on this subject it became apparent that it was too lengthy of a discussion for the Youtube messaging feature. With this in mind, I decided to create the following video describing some of my favorite reels, both spinning and conventional, for my fishing on my local waters.
This video discusses Quantum’s Cabo line of spinning reels as well as the fancy (and expensive) Van Staal reels. The video offers alternative suggestions of some older spinning reel models that have served me well.
I also speak about some quality conventional reels, new and old, that are my go to choices for live baiting and casting large artificial lures. Shimano’s Tekota, Penn’s International series and Penn’s old 980 Mag are among my choices here.
Some of my other reels that did not get on the video but are very suitable for this type of fishing are Penn’s 525 Mag, Garcia Amabassdor series as well as the Daiwa Sealine SL-X30SHA.
The 2012 fishing season is rapidly approaching here on Long Island and I hope this video helps those who may be searching for that new reel for the upcoming season.