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Old 01-22-2003, 05:40 PM
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Ice out!

Remember folks that over 50 years of record keeping has shown that ice out has never occured later than March 23rd on the Charles River basin. That's 60 days away. Spring is on the way
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Old 01-22-2003, 06:35 PM
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A few more daze like today and...

You'll be able to drive to the FarSide (of the Canal) without the aid of those silly bridges!
The first flyfishingshow has come and gone...a sure harbinger of Spring!
The daze are getting longer!
I've been getting seed catalogues...
Next comes the WilmingtonShow and the casting clave...
Spring can't happen TOO SOON!
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Drove by Black's Creek on Quincy Bay and was greeted by the site of frozen ocean!!

That's when you know it's cold. The outflow from the estuary had managed to form a small break in the ice as the tide dropped. I'll take a picture tomorrow to post on the board. It just looked cold, cold, cold when I gazed across the wind driven white caps.
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Its going below zero here tonight and its coming your way!

High of 5 degrees tomorrows with wind chills well below zero.

Please no more spring messages for two months or so.

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I just love Chicago winters. It's nature's reality check.
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Maybe we can ice fish for stripers. Winter Clave?
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Old 01-23-2003, 06:16 AM
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It's gonna be nice and sun shiny today. Who wants to blow off work this afternoon and go down to Scortons and molest holdovers?
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Old 01-23-2003, 08:42 AM
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It's gonna be nice and sun shiny today. Who wants to blow off work this afternoon and go down to Scortons and molest holdovers?
Not without ECWCS issue gear, breathable insulated waders, and guarantee of Hazardous Duty pay
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Meet you at the LightHouse...

Don't be touchin' the flagpole at the CG station with you tongue!:hehe:
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Old 01-23-2003, 09:19 AM
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The Basin is a false-positive, IMO, where it faces West anyway, collects all that sun and surrounding reflected heat. It's just now frozen over at the train bridge and not by much at that. However, I'm rooting for spring, too !
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As a kid I remember seeing pictures from the turn of the last century of Quincy Bay and Boston Harbor completely frozen over. On the ice were horse drawn sleds with commercial fishermen ice fishing for Cod fish. Also there were sleds taking coal back and forth between Weymouth and Quincy so you know the ice was thick.

I'm not sure it was all that much colder then to have that happen more than it does now when you have a cold winter. Maybe all the dredging of channels that has taken place over the years helps keep the bays from freezing over like long ago.

Also the fact that they were fishing Cod tells you that things have changed. I remember fishing with my uncle just inside Hull Gut in February or early March jigging for Cod as they came in from deep water to Spawn. I wonder with the Cod situation as it is if any at all still come into the local bays to spawn.

With all this cold weather you East coasters are gettin Spring will look mighty fine. Before you know it the crocus will flower then those bright yellow daffodils and that means fish can't be far behind.

Dress warm and enjoy the sunshine that usually comes with cold, cold weather.
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Any takers?

Back in the dayz when I ran with a crowd that fished for largemouth bass and we had this much cold we ran off with our Rangers in tow for the 24 hour trip to chase those Florida strains. Anyone up for a trip to Elephant Butte Reservoir in New Mexico to chase some winter linesiders? Good Mexican food too!
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OC, give it a few more days as this news release from today says .

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The MBTA has suspended commuter ferry service between Boston's Long Wharf and the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy because of ice build-up under the Fore River Bridge.
Last night it was almost painfull to walk the dog. Wonder what tonight will be like.
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Yuck! We 'Soft Southern Oregonians' were at a toastie

65 degrees yesterday; 62 the day before. Showers predicted for today so only going to the upper 50's.

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John,

Thanks for the update. I always take the ferry from Logan to the ship yard when I come to visit. In summer it's always my way of spotting stripers very first thing. In winter it's a chance to check out the beauty and bleakness of the many Islands in the Bays and wonder how hard and cold life must of been when people did live year round on those Islands.

Guess if I have to come soon I'll just bring my skates, stick and a puck and hope for a NE wind to get me home.

By the way I had mentioned about those Cod fish near Hull in late winter and spring. I know we are all fly fishermen but I know some great places from shore at low tide in Quincy bay where they were once caught often. These fish hold at low tide in deep holes off of some points. Most would be in the 3 to 5 pound range but have watched some over 20 lbs caught. All you need is a surf rod, sinkers and sea clams. I remember it was a great way to spend a sunny weekend afternoon out on the mussel beds watching the migrotory birds fly by and just enjoying being out side. I'm sure there are still some Cod left that come into spawn. If anyone out your way wants some directions to those spots just PM me. My dad says he only sees a few of the old timers doing it anymore.
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