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Old 08-06-2004, 06:03 PM
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Question for the membership

I would like very frank and honest answers here because based upon what you guy's tell me will predicate my further posting. Be brutally honest and let fly with the criticism at will.

Do my posts of success with pictures smack of bragging? Do you believe that my posting has had an adverse affect upon the bass population? Has my posting in some way compromised someone elses fishing spots/area's?

I have once again received a large amount of hate mail in response to the last couple of postings with myself and Michelle. It seems there are some out in cyberworld that think that I am a nothing more than a bragging bass killing idiot who does not give a s**t about anyone or the fish???? Some of you have had the opportunity to get to know me a little and I am curious is it me or are these folks just trying to get a rise out of me??? I think I am a pretty responsible person and respect the environment and the fish implicitly, I go out of my way to make sure others are educated as to the best C&R techniques, and I do my level best to never kill any bass especially the bigger ones I have had the luck to fish for lately. I am also curious if maybe these people might just be a bit jealous or envious???? I don't know just throwing out ideas here and not really sure why the hostility? If I am to blame and I am doing something I should not be doing I am man enough to take the heat and will honestly listen to the folks here, I value your opinions and expertise and will welcome your observations as sometimes I am somewhat eyes wide shut so to speak..

Mike M.
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Old 08-06-2004, 06:19 PM
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Mike- I have no idea who has been sending you those messages; I suspect they are either not regulars on the FFF (i.e. visitors just looking to cause problems, including a group that Sean had to boot for spamming not long ago...) or some anti-fishing tofu-eaters. You should pass their handles on to the moderator for disciplinary action, or to Penguin for some SERIOUS disciplinary action....
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P.S.- I think your pics are way cool, IMHO.
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Old 08-06-2004, 06:20 PM
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Mike...I hope that your hate mail does not come from people on this board... to be brutally honest with you have good friends on this board.... and I am one of them.... Don't worry about it.
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Old 08-06-2004, 08:38 PM
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Mike, keep it up, I love'm!

Well, I'm on the Downeaster Alexa, and I'm cruisin' through Block Island Sound.
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Old 08-06-2004, 08:50 PM
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I sent you an email.
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Old 08-06-2004, 08:53 PM
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Mike -

You're the kind of sportsman I admire and am glad to know. Aside from giving something back to our community and the environment, celebration of the sport is what we're all about - and you do it very well.

However I do need to talk to you about kicking that live bait habit so you can get the monster bass on a fly JUST KIDDING! JUST KIDDING!!!

Thanks for your posts and inspiration to seek the upper echalon of the striper breed.

I hope we can get out again soon like last year.
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Old 08-06-2004, 09:33 PM
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Mike, as you well know, there are some very sick, sad people out there for whom the web has created a new home. God knows what they did to vent their frustrations before flaming on bbs and 'hate email'.

You are a true, "old school" fisherman with a good head and a good heart. You have a lot of friends here and I always look forward to seeing your posts.

Keep 'em coming!
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Old 08-06-2004, 11:26 PM
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Hi Mike,

Sorry to hear your receiving hate mail over your postings. I always enjoy reading them and have learned some things from you as well. Congrats by the way in getting the wife out for a great day of fishing too.

Unfortunately the web makes it much easier for people to be targeted by those wanting to do so.
Hopefully it won't escalate to anything more than yet another piece of spam.

Hope to see you on the water,
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Old 08-06-2004, 11:46 PM
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I am a sucker for some good fish porn so keep it coming. I might suggest taking your email off your signature. Let whomever these folks are bother someone else. I don't know a single fisherman who doesn't have a few pics of fish they show off every now and then. I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.

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Old 08-07-2004, 12:36 AM
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Mike, Don`t let a few dimwits get too ya! I love your post. You`re one of the most conscientious sportsmen around. And just the best I know at catching these fish.
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Old 08-07-2004, 05:16 AM
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It sounds as if you have been exposed to the bantering of some dunder heads...
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Mike...Keep your chin up and don't let the self appointed bozos get you down !
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Old 08-07-2004, 05:30 AM
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Thumbs up Mike keep it up

Mike, you can tell by the names that answered your post, which if you notice are the backbone of FFF, that guys here enjoy your post, and pictures of a knowing fisherman, that has served his time on the waters, and is willing to share his success story. It is too bad that you can't catch the big one on a fly. I suspect, that depth , and speed of the current have a lot to do with it. I know I have tried a lot of different methods using a flyrod without success while everyon else using other than a flyrod easily catch larger fish. Fishing BR eh!
Mike, It is a pleasure to know you. If I ever heal I would be happy to meet you on your home waters.
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Old 08-07-2004, 07:02 AM
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Mike you are not bragging. I know on another board that there was a post about bragging and the leader of that site started that post. I won't start a nasty war here but people know what I'm talking about. There is no one on this board who would send you such e-mail. I have gone fishing with you and you are the type of angler who wants to share his experiences with others. This board is comprised of anglers who like to share and are very helpful to others.
Keep the reports coming you have our support.
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Old 08-07-2004, 09:03 AM
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I appreciate your responses more than you will ever know and I knew I could count on the members here to shoot straight from the hip. To answer Juro and Art B. I have exhausted myself trying to catch one of these big fish on the fly, do you know what it is like to cast a 12 wt. w/650 gr. for hours on end without a touch . It is not for lack of trying I will assure you, I would much rather catch one of these fish on the fly than on live bait, and if I ever do the bragging will definitely be loud . But seriously I do not post for bragging rights if I did there would be no room for anyone else to post as I catch many more fish than what I post about it. I just think it is enjoyable to share big fish success with your peers and friends and if these were not posted I venture to guess some would never even see a fish of this size. It is unfortunate that some feel it is braggart-ly to post some pics for all to see, one of the complaints is that I posted to multiple websites, the only reason I did this is becuae I have an extended group of fishing friends who don't all visit the same websites that's all. In the future I will keep posting messages but feel that pictures will be reserved for email and PM's. This is only to keep the wild animals in their cages. One other thing about using the flyrod, believe me when I tell you I have tried all manner of technique and methods to target these fish on the fly, I am confident I am getting down to them as I have brought my share of bottom junk. I just think these fish are keyed in to real food at this time of the year and it would be a stroke of incredible luck to fool one one the fly. My friend who occassinally posts here is a phenominal fly-tier and has spun up some beautiful huge shad imitations that if not for the hook I might even eat myself. I will keep at it as I am not going to let a few malcontents ruin my limited free time. By the way just for the record I have caught a bunch of 30+ lb. fish this year, not as many as last year, but all except for one have been successfully released to fight another day. The fish my wife caught never left the water until after 30 min. of attempted revival we decided to bring it into the boat and use it for our own consumption. Which was awesome by the way, had it blackened the first night and then used it in my wifes fish chowder that is outa this world with the huge chinks of bonesless bass meat in it. The first and only bass taken by me for consumption this year. Thanks again all for the support, frankness, and humbling comments I can never tell you enough how much it has helped me to put this all in perspective. You guy's RULE!!!!

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Old 08-07-2004, 09:51 AM
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Hi Mike - I would like to hear more about your attempts to catch these fish on the fly even if you really haven't been that successful yet. Instead of just saying the flies didn't work and showing a picture of a big fish you caught on bait, I would be interested in what you are trying. Let us know about what fly patterns, equipment, retrieves, time of day, tides, etc. Maybe we can help figure out these fish or the info can help us here in our attempts to catch big stripers on the fly. Please don't take this post the wrong way. I'm not trying to criticize anything you are doing. I have a real love of flyfishing and I think the info you could provide us could help us all here.
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