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  2. so i have it in hand...initial impressions appears to be that it can cast 4 oz, but its at its limit. it could probably cast a 1 oz frog...but i would rather have a softer rod for most frogs unless im fishing in the thickest thickest stuff. on the other hand, this seems to be a very well made rod for the price and will see how the sensitive it is on monday when i bucktail with it in 80ft of water
  3. I HATE throwing away brand new line so I'm pretty OCD about maximizing it. I've come up with a system to minimize waste. It's a bit of a hassle but worth it to me. -I will first look at how many times a new spool of line should be able to fill my reels. I'll strip the reel down to the minimum amount of backing and then wind on the line with a line counter on the rod. If the reel will take 100 yards I know I can get 3 refills out of a 300 yard spool. If I have a 150 yard spool, I'll measure out 75 yards and add more backing to make up the difference. - Then as the line is consumed, I'll strip it off by hand winding it onto a spare spool and add more backing to keep it full and then wind the line back onto the reel. -When it gets too low I'll put on fresh line. There will always be some unused line getting thrown away but this is the best way I've found to minimize waste.
  4. Few more TM questions: Do you need to keep your feet on the steering pedals to keep the yak going in the same direction? Will the motor flop or turn randomly if you don't? Hmm thought I had a few more questions but can't remember now lol. When using reverse does the motor want to pivot up out of the water? I've seen fixes for this but wondering if it's really an issue. Probably depends on how you connect your steering cables. As for the yak itself, I'm liking it but am debating on getting a small cheap boat instead (or in addition to), which was my other plan. Gonna use this all summer then see how I really like it. I have a list of pros and cons about kayak fishing in general now that I've done it. It is very fun though.
  5. X2, @ike8120 and @A-Jay! Found this tribute to you. I like it because of the parachutes. I'll never call a Coast Guardsman a "Leg" after watching this. (That's what we called non jumpers in the Army) Again, hats off to you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZyFkEw22rg
  6. I believe the LT series are the new versions put out by Daiwa. They are definitely lighter in weight. But I'm not sure about tougher. The frames are lighter and seem to flex more, especially on the larger sizes. I dont have any of the Zion based reels. I hear they are still pretty rigid.
  7. Got mine at Bass Pro for $50 (BPS brand). Has a mesh top area and some pockets I will find a use for I suppose. All I keep in it is my multi-tool so far. https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/bass-pro-shops-tournament-mesh-fishing-life-vest It didn't look like the high backed ones would clear the back rest on my AirPro Max seat, and if it did I read about them riding up around people's necks. I find the full padded back just fine in my seat, and I have back issues. Also, the high-backs are 3 times the price, are not always very "high", and I don't see them being any safer in the water. I like that it has a zipper as well as buckles to hold it shut. Leaving the zipper open allows for more air flow. I don't even realize I'm wearing it.
  8. Considering they don't link to it on their own website I think it is safe to say it has been discontinued. You can still find the product page by googling: http://www.daiwa.com/us/contents/reels/rg-ab/index.html but I can't find an actual link to it anywhere on their website.
  9. I'll have one. I know that already....lol.
  10. I saw a boat like this at the lake a few days ago. Although they are supposedly almost impossible to tip it looked very uncomfortable in all but the stillest of waters. Those two people were bouncing around like bobbleheads just sitting at the dock. It was windy and rough that day. They seemed cool to me until I actually saw one on the water. I'd rather have a yak or a small aluminum boat, especially considering the weight of these things. However, on a still pond fishing solo it still looks pretty doable. But two people moving around in it? Not so sure.
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  12. I work in a cube farm during the work week. I’ve been at the same job for going on 33 years. What I’m seeing is a lot of entitlement with these young people coming straight out of college. It’s all about parking places, windows, and keurig coffee machines. When I was hired I thought I was lucky to be getting a job.
  13. Maybe she was all about equal rights. A-Jay
  14. Sure that's not part of the service? Here, Lunds/Byerlys have people specifically hired to haul and load your groceries for you...it's part of their standard service. The local Jubilee Foods puts your bags in bins, they go on a roller, and you drive up to the rollers outside and someone loads from the bins to your vehicle...also part of their standard service.
  15. I'd throw one. Interesting for sure.
  16. Some of my more negative thoughts after kayak fishing 4 times now. Just bought a used WS Ride 115 that came with a nice AirPro Max seat. I debated for a long time between a yak and a 14 foot or so aluminum fishing boat. It's not that light - my kayak is 75 pounds empty. I'm 51. I have back issues that come and go as well as tendinitis. Sometimes putting the yak in my truck before and after fishing exacerbates these issues, even if just a little. I try to do it carefully, but it does take some strength. Coming up with a good technique is important. You also have to drag it around the ramp sometimes when it's full of gear. I feel that I miss out on a lot of fishing due to long paddling sessions, and due to the exertion while doing so. Depends where you fish though. Also constantly picking up the paddle to reposition the boat. I want to add a trolling motor, but now I think maybe I should just have a boat? I feel like I would change baits more often if I had a boat. It would just be more comfortable and easier to move and reach around in. I sometimes feel like I need to get out of the yak just to "get out". It's confining, obviously. It is a good idea to get out and stretch anyways. No escape from the hot sun. I spun around in my seat the other day and almost got tipped out of it. It's supposed to be stable but standing has been a little wobbly for me. I can, but I don't find myself doing it yet. It's generally more cumbersome. Grabbing a sandwich, getting into your milk crate and being stuck sitting in one spot can get frustrating. I do love kayak fishing. It's a great feeling and slipping into strange new areas in the trees is pretty cool. I'm just listing some negatives since there are so many positives in the thread already I may buy a cheap aluminum boat for next year and do a casting deck and all that. I only paid $500 for the yak with the seat so I will probably keep it, storage space permitting. Putting a trolling motor on the yak will require me to register it, and pay the same amount for inspection and launch fees as a boat. I don't find loading the yak in the truck any easier than hooking a trailer to my truck (opposite I'd say), so as for "more likely to get on the water with a yak than a boat" - eh, not too sure about that. Our electric-only lakes allow boats with gas motors as long as they are not used. I saw a full-on bass boat on the lake one day and asked about it. Was surprised. After using a yak 4 times I'm still not sure what I want. Both would be ideal! I'm still unsure as to what I will do. I need to use it more and I definitely will. I do love it, don't get me wrong, but now that I have one I see the good and bad about it, for me personally. I'm leaning towards getting the boat though. Haha many reviews I read when looking for a yak said something like, "I'm 5'10 and 350 pounds and this yak just isn't stable!" Being out of shape ain't stoppin' many people from kayaking
  17. I watched a grown man allow a young(ish) girl push his cart of groceries out to the parking lot and load them in his car at Publix tonight. I don't even know what to say. There could be more to the story, but he couldn't have been more than mid 40s and looked perfectly able bodied. Unreal. This area is full of people that gave up, or never had their man card, it sickens me. Rant over/ Sorry
  18. Congratulations! That is quite a monster!
  19. I have noticed our Cabelas store has gone downhill since BPS took over. They used to have several good brands and items they had to get rid of so BPS could fill the pegs with their own branded stuff.
  20. There are exceptions, but they are few and far between. Last fall, I needed some help pouring concrete for a 12 x 20 slab, using 80# bags of quickcrete. I live too far from major civilization to get ready mix delivered in small batches. Going to the hardware store, I saw to young high school boys cleaning up a yard. I stopped and asked them if they would be willing to work for me for four hours and I would give them $50 each. The jumped on it. It was hot and those boys busted their a** mixing (I had and electric mixer) but 100 bags of quickcrete, still had to be lifted and dumped in it two per batch, dumped and spread. We finished the job in three hours, I paid them their $50 each and gave them an additional $25 each for how hard they worked. They lived with their granddaddy about two blocks from me and they said they would be glad to help me anytime I needed them. A couple of months ago, I need some help and went to see if they wanted to work. There was an empty house with a for sale sign in the front yard. I got another teenager to help and he was absolutely useless. Everything I asked him to do. if it required much effort, it was either too hot, or he had some kind of a problem that kept him from being able to do it. After about 30 minutes, I gave him $10 and sent him on his way. As for splitting wood, fire places and fire wood was the only source of heat we had when I was growing up. I was 17 before my dad bought our first chainsaw. So, I am well acquainted with and ax and the art of splitting wood. That's why, when I built my wood fired oven a couple of years ago, I built me a 30 ton, hydraulic log splitter to go along with it.
  21. We(NYKBF) had a tournament there Saturday no one had a stellar day I fished for fun well scoring fish all day. I managed a few dink bass and a decent bowfin.
  22. This happened to me earlier this year. Got out to one of my spots, 3rd cast picked up a lazy mid 40’s muskie. 30 seconds in the line snapped. Should I have had a leader or heavier line? Probably. But it was still awesome. Good stuff so far, thanks everyone. I need to respool my baitcaster tomorrow.
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