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I al­ways en­joy read­ing opin­ions about fish­ing su­per­sti­tions (Sport­fish­ing; Septem­ber 2017) and I bet it gets a lot of cap­tains weigh­ing in. As one who has been ocean fish­ing for 40 years I thought I would offer in­sight.

I have owned a num­ber of boats, in­boards, out­boards—small and large— and have al­ways caught pelagic fish in all of them with good suc­cess. How­ever, I have one anec­dote to offer. I was re­turn­ing from fish­ing in the mid-ranges one day and as I came in­shore I was en­gulfed in heavy fog. I was also in the vicin­ity of huge schools of bunker and her­ring. I was in my 38-foot Bertram with twin Detroit diesels. I was able to run very close to these schools both at low and higher rpm. Not close enough to throw a cast net but close enough to cast and fish be­neath them.

Ev­ery once in a while, for no ap­par­ent rea­son the fish would all sound. Within a minute or so, I would hear the higher pitch sound of an out­board and then shortly an out­board boat would come into view. Af­ter it passed the school would come back up a lit­tle far­ther out and I would run up to them while they stayed just a lit­tle ahead of me. Shortly the process would be re­peated over and over with other out­boards. Could it be that out­boards scare bait­fish but not preda­tors? Preda­tors fol­low the bait as we all know.

It could be that sound in the wa­ter by out­boards trig­ger the same re­ac­tion by bait­fish as a preda­tor feed­ing on them and that is why some think that cer­tain hulls or en­gines raise fish. The low vi­bra­tion of diesels may not be get­ting the same re­ac­tion. It may help ex­plain why you can chase preda­tory fish with­out an is­sue in an out­board boat and hook them up but when the bait is con­cen­trated then maybe an out­board causes them to sound with the preda­tors fol­low­ing. I have chased schooled tuna with twin out­boards and had no prob­lem get­ting mul­ti­ple hookups, but I know what I saw over and over on that foggy day. —Michael Sav­age Edi­tor-in-Chief Dan Hard­ing’s Oc­to­ber Log­book about the mag­a­zine’s salty home port of Es­sex, Con­necti­cut rekin­dled many mem­o­ries born in this sleepy town.

There’s still time to nom­i­nate your favorite boating des­ti­na­tion for our 25 Best Towns fea­ture, com­ing in Jan­uary. Send us your favorite at in­box@pmy­mag.com.

I en­joyed your ar­ti­cle on Es­sex in this month’s Power & Mo­to­ry­acht. It seems the marine mag­a­zines are the only place where one can read some­thing up­beat and com­pli­men­tary these days. I have a sim­i­lar photo of the rail of our boat, Nerissa, in Es­sex (as well as the River Mu­seum in the back­ground). Keep up the good work!

—Gerald Dubey

I just got home af­ter a long tough day at work and picked up my new copy of Power & Mo­to­ry­acht and read your Log­book. Es­sex is one of my favorite des­ti­na­tions. I live on Western Long Is­land and keep our boat on the Great Pe­conic Bay on east­ern Long Is­land. We take lots of tran­sient trips around New Eng­land. Es­sex is and al­ways will be one of the most spe­cial nau­ti­cal ports to visit. We were just there a few weeks ago and en­joyed an­other mag­nif­i­cent week­end. The sun­rise and sun­set are amaz­ing, the sights and sounds on the river, wildlife and your beau­ti­ful town will never cease to amaze me. I have of­ten found my­self look­ing at lo­cal real es­tate list­ings! Thanks for the ar­ti­cle—it was a great way to end a busy day. See you at the Gris! Or maybe the Seal...

—Rob Arn­ing

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