Written by D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
Thursday, 08 November 2012 15:12
Boaters After Sandy: Tips on Getting Salvage and Repairs Done Right
"This isn't the time to hire someone cruising the beach in a tow truck"
ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 2, 2012 – For many recreational boaters, getting the right salvage and repair help for a damaged boat after a hurricane is difficult. Some insurance programs like BoatUS will arrange and pay to have their insured’s boats salvaged and other insurers will at least provide some assistance, but those without insurance don’t have anyone to lean on. For those going it alone, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has some tips to find the right salvor and to help get the repairs done right.
Stay away from the inexperienced: “The decision to hire a salvage contractor or repairer should be based on skill and experience and not on a low-ball price,” said BoatUS Director of Damage Avoidance Bob Adriance. “Too often after a hurricane, fly-by-night operators come in and do more harm than good – this isn’t the time to hire someone cruising the beach in a tow truck. Ask them how long they have been doing business and for references – and call them.”
Check out the BoatUS complaint database: The free online BoatUS Consumer Protection Database at www.BoatUS.com/consumerdatabase is the only source of consumer complaints and safety information reported by boat owners, the US Coast Guard, manufacturers, marine surveyors and marine technicians. Before you hire someone, check to see if they made list.
It’s the “association”: There are some telltale indicators that show a business is in it for the long haul – which could ultimately be good for the consumer. One indicator is a company having professional membership in a trade association, acknowledging codes of ethics and embracing standards. Boat owners setting out for salvage and repairs can check out these websites to help find service providers in their area:
• American Boat & Yacht Council (www.abycinc.org): ABYC develops safety standards for the repair and maintenance of boats. Boat owners seeking hurricane repairs are strongly encouraged to take their business to shops that follow ABYC standards. • C-PORT, The Conference of Professional Operators for Response Towing (www.cport.us): C-PORT, whose members include salvage and on-the-water towing companies, establishes standards for professionalism, training and good business practices. • American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (www.abbra.org): ABBRA is the association for small boat building and repair shops dedicated to professional development, training and education. • Local Marine Trades organizations: Many regions have marine trade associations that have members - local businesses - offering a range of services.
Pro Recommends Deep Diving Plugs for Spring Stripers
Capt. Brian Rice uses light tackle to troll for early season striped bass - Here’s how he does it
Captain Brian Rice ran the Jersey Devil, a 29’ Yamaha-powered Contender®, from its slip in the Nevasink River down into Raritan Bay, a large embayment nestled between the tip of Sandy Hook, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York. He was headed toward the mouth of the Raritan River to an area of flats surrounding the main shipping channels. Upon reaching his destination, he slowed the boat, and the depth finder lit up with pods of striped bass hugging the bottom in 20-to-30-feet of water. This area is part of the larger estuary complex that is home to the Hudson River stock of striped bass, which also includes places such as Jamaica Bay and Western Long Island Sound. It is similar to other estuary complexes associated with the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay stocks of stripers, and they are all great places to fish for linesiders in the spring months.
Mate Jim “Peaches” Massimino, Jr. shows off a particularly large spring bass that could resist a Stretch plug.
The overwhelming majority of the East Coast striped bass population is comprised of cohorts from those three major spawning stocks. READ MORE HERE
If you've fished for any amount of time, you've probably heard someone
use phrases like, "You can use any color, as long as it's white." Or,
"If it ain't chartreuse, it ain't no use!" I know I've used expressions
like that from time to time.
For these expressions to be so widely used, there must be a great deal of truth to them. Right? Of course, they can't be true all the time. Can they? Or does color even matter at all? Is it just a confidence thing?
a long time now my favorite colors for fluke (and some other saltwater
fish) have been chartreuse, white and pink. I do try to match a color
to what I think will work best for the current conditions, e.g. stained
water, clear water, cloudy skies, rough water, etc. Having said that, I
admittedly, at times, use them somewhat randomly as well, e.g. "This
color looks cool! I think I'll try this one."
Does it matter?
on the Irish Ayes the other day, we had a pretty hot fluke bite going.
And when the bite is hot that's the time to experiment. What I learned
that day is that color definitely matters (at least sometimes). Let me share my experience.
My rig was set up as follows:
white 3 oz. Spro bucktail with a white bucktail teaser hook placed
about 12" above the Spro. I also had a stinger hook attached to the
Spro (see Rigging the Bucktail Stinger: 101).
bait on the Spro I had two Chartreuse 4" Gulp! Swimming Mullets (one on
the main hook and one on the stinger). On the teaser hook above I had a
Pearl White 4" Gulp! Swimming Mullet.
Using the rig like this, every
bite came on the Spro or the stinger attached to the Spro. After a
while I swapped out the white Gulp! on the teaser with a natural color
3" Gulp! Shrimp. Still, every bite was on the Spro or the stinger.
When the New York season opened a couple weeks ago, plenty of boats
and anglers targeted these flatfish despite the two fish limit at 21
inches per fish. "Fluke fishing out of Shinnecock Inlet was slow for
most" said Horst Klein. "After days of tough fishing, we opted to
target the plentiful striped bass."
New York and Long Island Sound
fishermen should start to see good fishing any day now. In years past,
the early season was always productive, especially for those that love
to fish bucktail jigs tipped with mackerel strips, squid or Berkley
Right now, shallow Back Bay areas of Absecon and Wildwood New Jersey is
producing lots of fluke with plenty of four to six pounders thrown in
for good measure. Water temperatures are at their warmest on shallow
mud flats and at the slack tide. "That is when we are finding the best
fluke fishing" according to Cathy Algard at Sterling Harbor Bait and
Tackle in Wildwood. Cathy went on to say, "Shop customers are targeting
drop offs and sod bank cuts, and fishing under sunny skies. Small
bucktail jig heads or New Penny Shrimp made by Berkley Gulp! have been
taking plenty of fish."
Fluke seek out eel grass and pilings for the
protection they offer, making Back Bay regions key haunts during certain
portions of the year. In the summer, small and medium sized adults
situate themselves on sandy or muddy bottoms of bays, harbors and along
the open coastline. Most of the larger fish are found in deeper water
(50 to 60 feet). As fall arrives, fluke migrate to the offshore waters
in depths from 150 to more than 500 feet.
Written by Capt. Chris Gatley - Ardent Angler Guide Service
Friday, 26 March 2010 19:00
The Striped Bass fishery along the east coast has rebounded
over the years. Pollution and commercial
fishing once caused a dramatic decrease in the total number of spawning fish
entering the fresh water river systems up and down the eastern seaboard.
Conservation efforts have allowed this fishery to explode.
Our local Delaware River is listed as one of the largest
spawning grounds on the east coast.
Every spring, cow females must enter fresh water river systems to
spawn. Stripers have been known to
release eggs as far north as Easton, Pennsylvania. However, much of the spawning process occurs
in the tidal sections of Trenton and Philadelphia. Female Stripers will release eggs into the
current. As the eggs flow freely
downriver, the males finish the process.
It is essential for stripers to reproduce in a clean, freshwater
environment. Pollution, high water and
muddy water can decrease chances for a successful reproduction.
The peak of the Striper run normally occurs during late
April and early May. However, good
numbers of large fish can be caught earlier as buck shad and herring run the
river to spawn. These alternate fish
runs provide the Striped Bass with an abundant food source. The Striper's aggressive nature drives them
to constantly eat. Plus, they need
nutrients, as they will expend energy during the spawning process..................