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My name is Ron, I'm 40, I'm from Lynn, MA. I used to fish most every night many years ago. It was a good way to forget about a crappy day at work and I USED to catch fish. I got out of it for awhile (10 years?) and took up hang gliding (big fun), which I still like to do. Anyway, I just bought myself a boat about a month ago. It's an 1987 18' Wellcraft, center console, w/a 90 Mercury OB, and I think a 45 gallon fuel tank. It runs great, is just the right size (for me), isn't bad on fuel at all, and is a lot of fun. I can use it for all my fishing needs or take it fresh water tubing with the family. It's easy to launch and load on/off the trailer. Funny thing is, I could've bought much larger boats (24'-26') in decent shape for the same or even less money, but, gas is an issue for me, as obviously it is to so many who are selling their bigger boats for fairly short money, and I trailer my boat, so launching, loading and driving are easier. I launch out of Lynn, fish usually anywhere from Nahant to Deer Island to Graves and over to Marblehead and Salem. Once I get my Garmin 545s installed I plan to start launching from Newburyport and Gloucester. I hear of great fishing at both those places, but the area is unfamiliar to me and I wouldn't feel very confident there at night without an electronic aid to navigation. Since I got my boat I've only caught a single striper. I'm catching lots of blues, and they are fun when you have guests on the boat who don't really fish, but I WANT stripers. I eat stripers. I've tried live eels, which I USED to do excellent with. Also, I've tried drifting mackeral chunks and select seaworms as well as sinking them to the bottom. I go to rocky shores and exposed rocks and toss the bait towards the rocks where the water is crashing, let it sit there a bit then reel in slowly, stopping every few, for a few. Other times I anchor up a little further away and let the bait sit on the bottom, but this usually leads to DOGS by the dozens. I almost always chum little bits of herring. I'm getting a bit frustrated. When I first got into striper fishing, keepers needed to be 36" and every night my buddy and I would normally catch at least a fish each, usually 32"-35.75", once in a while getting a keeper. We always tried to go 2 hours before till 2 hours after high tide. My largest striper ever was 38" and REALLY fat. Now, I get nothing and the keeper size is only 28". I'm hoping the Garmin 545s will help me out a little as far as reading the bottom goes and maybe that will put me on to some fish, but what I'm doing now USED to work for me.
Anyone have the 545s? I can't seem to find any reviews on it
Take Care, Ron