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  2. "I use mostly 6's - feels very fast compared to the old Langley Lurecast's and Shakespeare tournament no level wind reels I started out with." That's the truth. I still have the two I started with back in the late '50s, early '60s.
  3. looks like a plastic jon boat at first. I've never seen a kayak with one row of scuppers
  4. I have a Javelin, and it's probably the most versatile of the Destroyers I have. It's very much in line with the new style EMTF, but is a touch faster in my opinion.
  5. I couldn't see any line in the picture, so I assumed it was a bad knot. I guess it was incorrect drag setting or worn line. Whatever it was, I'm sure that fish feels a lot better now.
  6. i'm still waiting for mine that I ordered from TW a month ago. Looks like it might be shipping out today. As far as I can tell they just changed some of the lengths and actions and added the rip-n-chatter model.
  7. I prefer 6.x:1 on all my reels. I think it's easier to get used to one gear ratio and adjust your retrieve speed as needed. It's easier for me to speed up than slow down with a faster reel
  8. we knew something was up when we saw a foot of line hanging out of his mouth
  9. Turned a deck extension into a storage compartment on my boat. Tried ordering a hatch latch from Ranger to match the key to my other hatches. When I got it the key didn't match... So I went with a Loc-R-Bar instead. Found it for unbelievably cheap from a guy that bought one he never installed for a bass boat that he sold. Also had domednumbers.com make me some replica "Ranger Sport R70" decals for my boat since the originals were looking pretty ragged.
  10. That's probably the first fish ever that was happy to be caught. Looks like a bad knot? I hooked the line on a rod and reel a few days ago. I've caught them before, so I know what it feels like. Unfortunately the fisherman that lost this rod didn't tie a decent knot when they spooled the line, because I could feel it easily come loose after I had already reeled in about 50 yards of their line.
  11. I'm glad I read this. I am a die hard Oakley guy but in the market for new glasses and was looking at Costas. Looks like I'll be sticking with Oakley now. Never had a fogging issue with the 4 pair of Oakley I own. I currently use the Batwolf frame and love them.
  12. Can anyone speak to the Regal? Is that much more value gained for 2x the price between the regal and either the fuego LT or Pflueger Supreme? I see the regal (vs the Fuego) has 3 additional bearings, more than 2x drag, and weighs just .2 oz more. For 1/2 the price. Both with 34.5" of line recovery per turn. Similar terminology is thrown around in their descriptions, "Rigid, lightweight true carbon frame" on the regal and "Lightweight, sturdy carbon-infused housing" on the fuego. Both state "Air Rotor with Air Bail system", however, on the Fuego, it's "Balanced". The Fuego description also includes "Magsealed technology protects the main shaft" and "DigiGear computer-driven gear design". The key specs that I, as a novice, would think to look for (line recovery, drag, # of bearings, weight) when making the comparison would seem to favor the reel that costs half the price - with both reels made from the same company. When an experienced angler and reel owner looks at these two reels, what trade-offs does he see when looking at the regal vs the fuego?
  13. I've found a number of places inaccessible by car to hand launch my 10' tinny and are only available by horse, walking or bicycle, no motorized vehicles. I have no horse, don't want to walk, and have a few bikes. I'm rigging my trail bike with a rod holder, and I'm wondering if anyone else is fishing places only available by bike?
  14. I have a Plano bag that holds 4 3700 boxes. I take one full of hard baits, one full of skirt baits, a slim with terminal tackle and a deep for soft plastics. I bring 4-5 rods and a small backpack that has my lifejacket, cull tags, weigh bag, drinks and food that normally I empty when I get to the ramp; wear the jacket, culls go in the livewell, drinks and food into the cooler, weigh bag lays in the floor under my tackle bag.
  15. One thing to take into account that I wish I knew when I first started fishing out of a boat is, remember when the fish bites it will run towards you. When bank fishing he will run away from you. It took me a few outings missing fish and losing fish to bad hooksets to realize what was wrong.
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  17. Its funny you bring this up. I was watching an interview with Tim Horton, I don't remember if it was youtube or his show on WFN, but anywho he said that the score tracker scares the anglers and instead of remaining calm and targeting the bigger fish the anglers get rattled and just try to get what they can in the boat and on the board. And honestly watching MLF and BPT he hit the nail on the head. I remember watching a Selects event where everyone started flipping docks and lay downs but Hunter Shryock who was slinging jerkbaits and buzzbaits along rip rap. As soon as Hunter started catching them everyone gave up on what they were doing, downsized their gear and targeted schools instead of the big ones. I think if anglers would just remain calm and realize it takes 20 1lbers to get a 20lb bag or 5 4lbers. Its still a weight system not a how many fish can you catch contest. I don't have a problem with the graphs, power poles, rods, reels, etc. I really think should be taken off boats is a Hydrowave. I watched a video with KVD where he was talking about his performance for an event and he said that he couldn't buy a bite until he turned on his hydrowave and it turned the bite on. I friend of mine has one and we were out fishing one day where the bite was tough and he turned his on and bam you could see the fish start moving towards the boat once that thing was one. If you're a pro you shouldn't need that kind of technology on the boat.
  18. I have caught several 8 pound or better bass in the Summer but it is much easier to catch them during October-April. The bass in the TrophyCatch program is a small percentage of the trophy bass that are caught every year in Florida. Many people do not submit catches and there have been many reliable reports in the past of people catching +18 pounders that they never submitted to the state for official state recognition. With that said 5 pounders are a dime a dozen even in South Florida and anyone can catch a bass of that size so it should be relatively easy for someone to catch 5-6 pounders in Florida on vacation.
  19. I'd have to say that this is my favorite quality of the Z-Man Evergreen Jackhammer . . . . A-Jay
  20. Looking for more of these 4.5" flipping tubes and some of the discounted colors. If you have a pile of them collecting dust contact me.
  21. About 7 years ago I bought a 7' medium Carrot Stick Wild at Gander on a close out for $70 even though I had only heard bad things about their rods (but $70?) and it has been an incredible rod with no problems. It is really, really light with the progressive smaller line guides to the tip. Turned out to be $70 well spent.
  22. If you're trying to get as close as possible, I don't think you can get much closer than the Savage gear craw, I think the color is even pretty spot on
  23. Will do. I have a crushing amount of work through this weekend, I will shoot you a PM monday/tuesdsy.
  24. Mississippi does have a state sale tax but my order from TW was not taxed.
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