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gifford88 posted 10-06-2003 12:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for gifford88   Send Email to gifford88  
Due to bad weather, we had to post-pone our ground fishing trip once again. We ARE going this Thursday 10/09/03 FINALLY - schedules are all set - weather looks to be great - Once again, we are leaving Portland Head at about 5:00am and headed to the northern end of Jeffrey's Ledge. Anyone interested in following us, please leave a message or email me.

As an aside, I just ordered a cover for the Montauk 170 from iboats - I went with the Sunbrella option - I should receive it in 3 weeks if anyone is interested in knowing how it goes - let me know.

I have alos had problems starting my 90h Merc 2 stroke - I read this morning about holding the primer ball vertically - I can't wait to try that to see if it help - thanks for the tip!!!

newt posted 10-06-2003 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
I will not be joining you, but would like to hear about the trip when you get back.

If you post your starting problem in the PERFORMANCE section you will get plenty of advice. Good luck.

gifford88 posted 10-08-2003 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for gifford88  Send Email to gifford88     
Well - THANKS again to this Forum - hold the primer vertically (or nearly so) and you are just a few pumps away from a rock hard primer bulb - engine starts in 1/5th the time - WOW

Fishing is ON for tommorow - looks like very few ground fish - people prefer the Striper fishing for some reason I may someday understand but to this day do not - We leave tomorrow morning around 5:00am... I'll post how the trip went...

gifford88 posted 10-10-2003 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for gifford88  Send Email to gifford88     
WOW - what a GREAT day it was - we left the slip at 5:15am - came around Portland Head at 5:30am and stayed on course at about 8 kts for the next hour as it was very dark. When the sun came up we were able to average about 14 kts for much of the trip - seas were generally 1-2 feet with swells that were about 3. The Montauk is a great little boat but it is a great LITTLE boat - up and down over every wave - no cutting though any of them - we got to Jeffrey's Ledge and were fishing shortly after 8:00am - the sinkers could not hit the bottom without hooking a fish - not for 10 seconds - we pulled up over 50 fish in the time were were there - many great cod, haddock, and a few keeper pollock - as usual, too many dogfish and cusks but what a great day. We started to head in at 3:00pm and made it back for 5:00pm - much smoother ride on the way back. We used a total of 20 gallons of gasoline and motored about 73 nautical miles. Just a GREAT day... I really see no need for a larger boat for the gear, gas, and goods that you need for 2 people to fish for a whole day but you sure do take a beating and this is where a larger boat would be a MUST for anyone over 40 (I'm lucky "only" 32)... I'd be happy to answer any questions. Happy boating... pass me another ibuprophen will ya?
newt posted 10-12-2003 08:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Sounds like a great trip. You guys are hardcore. 12 hours in a Montauk is a good stretch!

Gifford, how was the striper fishing this past year up in your neck of the woods? My family has a place in Scarborough, so I get up there several times a year. Next year I'll bring the Montauk up for a week or so. The problem is I don't know any fishing spots. Maybe you can help me out. I would be putting in at the Spurwink River, just south of Cape Elizebeth.

John O posted 10-13-2003 10:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
That sounds like a great trip. I grew up in Portland and now live in Gloucester, Ma. I plan on trailering up to Portland next summer and cruise Casco Bay.

What kind of riggs were you using?

gifford88 posted 10-13-2003 01:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for gifford88  Send Email to gifford88     
Thanks for the replys - it was a GREAT trip... As for Striper Fishing Spots, I really don't know - I see people fishing for them all the time from Spring Point to Ram Island when I go out and check my lobster traps. I have never Striper Fished from a boat - my interest in strickly in ground fishing for Cod and Haddock. We were using Clams 95% of the time - a little shrimp which we will not be doing again and some jigging with 17 1/2 ounce stainless jigs from Norway - that was productive too but with hits before or 1-10 seconds after the sinker hit the bottom, live bait proved to be the most productive - to the point we were taking time only to bait 1 of the 2 hooks on the Cod-Rigs and would be hooking them on either the baited hook or often on the unbaited - best drop produced 2 cods on each hook - amazing day. I'd love to go one more time this year but it's doubtful. Only thing I'd change would be to plan on leaving at around 6:00am and use the sunlight to do better speed-wise.
simonmeridew posted 10-13-2003 08:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
I'd be nervous going all the way to Jeffrey's Ledge in my gas tank is 20 gal, I think that's what you said you used, although my 70 hp Johnson might be a little better on gas, not enough to take a chance.
We head out of Newburyport and fish the various humps and bumps to about 8 miles offshore, most recently we tried football tuna fishing, no luck but a good time. Anyhow, do you think leaving from Newburyport might save us some gas if we went to Jeffrey's? It looks closer on the charts.
What were some GPS waypoints for where you caught fish? Boat's put away in the barn for the winter, but I like to dream about next summer.
John O posted 10-13-2003 11:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Sounds like a great place to meet next spring or summer.
gifford88 posted 10-14-2003 09:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for gifford88  Send Email to gifford88     
My 2003 Montauk has the standard 6.6 gallon tanks - we brought an additional three, 5 gallon plastic tanks with us. I do plan on upgrading to the Pate tanks over the winter. I have no idea about Newburyport but looking briefly at the maps, it does look a little closer - we were at the Northern most tip of Jefferey's (closest to Portland, ME) of course - which is directly off the coast of the Kennebunkport ME area. Even once I change tanks in the boat, I will still definately bring extra fuel along and always be doing the math when changing and filling tanks. As for meeting somewhere I have a slip in South Portland, ME - I have not towed the Montauk once yet and have no plans to do so other than to bring it home (8 miles) for the winters and back for the spring - I really don't have great towing vehicles - only 2 german cars...
John O posted 10-15-2003 11:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Where do you keep your boat in South Portland? I have been sailing with a friend out of Center Board Volunteer Club. I grew up over by Deering HS. (Went to Cheverus)

My sister and brother in law keep a 26' Pearson in Portland over by BIW near the light gauge train track.

gifford88 posted 10-16-2003 06:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for gifford88  Send Email to gifford88     
I have a slip at Port Harbor Marina - also known as Spring Point Marina.
John O posted 10-16-2003 04:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Spring Point Marina..nice spot. I used to visit the Griffin Club from time to time.

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