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jlieu

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  1. If your luck is anything like mine, pikes seems to love brand new jackhammers! Otherwise, if it last a few bites; those used jackhammers last forever. New ones though? Pike candy.
  2. Looking to trade/sell two Daiwa Tatula SV TW 103H, 6.3:1 Gear Ratio (1 new, 1 lightly used / purchased March 2023) and an Abu Garcia REVO IKE, 8.0:1 Gear Ratio. Trade Preferred to left handed versions of the Tatula SV TW103H (6.3:1 or 7.1:1) if anyone's interested. [Used] Daiwa Tatula SV TW 103H, $150 shipped to lower 48. [Used] Abu Garcia REVO IKE (8.0:1), $160 shipped to lower 48. [NIB / New] Daiwa Tatula SV TW 103H, $180 shipped to lower 48.
  3. Agreed. When it's not busy, I'll use the ramp. Otherwise, the low bed (for me) is nice because I don't have to bend over when pulling the kayak back to hang off the trailer so I can attach the wheels and roll it to a place to put in at.
  4. I considered several options from the DIY Harbor Freight/Northern Tool kayaks to Malone (Build It Yourself) to the Triton Watercraft aluminum welded trailers. It kind of depends on your usage. If I just had a single kayak, I probably would have just kept using my truck bed or build off a used or cheaper frame (Harbor Freight/Northern Tool). Those convertible trailers are usually $500 new from those places and are either galvanized steel or aluminum, but the lights and wheels aren't generally rated to be submersible so you'll have to change those. For me, I usually have 2 fishing kayaks (70+ lbs each) and occasionally a 3rd or 4th! So I needed something that could carry a bit more, but I also wanted something low enough that I can just back up into the water when possible. The DIY route provided the greatest flexibility in adding on more supports/expansion and price, but required more work and I couldn't really lower it to my liking. Triton was the most expensive but had the highest weight capacity and has an aluminum frame (great for saltwater), but lacked expansion options. I did look at the Yakima as well, but the weight capacity was too low for my use-case. For reference: Malone MicroSport Height is 30" from ground Malone MicroSport LowBed Height is 22" from ground HF Trailer is 25.5" from ground (no cross bars, so adding cross bars would increase this #) Triton Personal Watercraft trailers Height is about 22" - 25" depending on models In the end, for my usage, I went with the Malone trailer. I debated between MicroSport and MegaSport, but I really didn't need the additional capacity or storage of the MegaSport....though if garage space wasn't an issue, I'd probably opt for it. Mine is a Malone MicroSport with the 2nd Tier Kit and Retractable Tongue upgrade. I'm mostly using the retractable tongue for winter storage in the garage so the family don't trip over it and kill themselves LOL... Similarly, if I went with the MegaSport, I'd probably look into an 3rd party fold-away tongue kit. In the future, I'm looking to add some 8" PVC on the 2nd Tier to carry some rods. If you're using it for saltwater, need the weight capacity, or looking for a ready-to-go package, I'd recommend looking at the Triton trailers. It's honestly not that much more expensive than a Malone trailer. If you're focused on price, you should be able to get a used or build off a Harbor Freight/Northern Tool trailer and have it ready to go for $300 - $700.
  5. Depends on your use case. Old Town Sportsman PDL 120 here and I am very interested in the Titan X after the reveal. If you're simply paddling (pedaling), I'd stick with the Hobie PA / Old Town PDL given its track record and general stock layout. If you're looking to rig it up with a motor(s), Power Poles, etc; the Titan X considerations to integrate these feature makes it a much more compelling platform to build from IMO. Sure you can do it with the PA too, but you may need to spend more time to make it "look nice" or accommodate everything. The Titan X have it configured and ready to add at any time. My wife said I should just go ahead and preorder it, haha. But given that it's coming out in September and I don't have much hands-on experience with the platform/hull design; I think I'll wait to see what the general feedback is. If I can find a place to trial it, it'll be even better. The only concern I had when I watched Greg's videos was the amount of water in the hull (supposedly it was because the scupper plugs were in); but he also did have it fully rigged.
  6. I’d go with Evergreen orVictory. I’ve only used the Evergreen glass rods, but I enjoy them for my applications. I’ve used both for ripping through grass as well (Chatterbait and crank baits) and they’ve worked well for that. In comparison, I’ve tried doing the same with the Daiwa Rebellion and it did not work as well—felt very soft.
  7. bAppreciate all the comments and feedback on this post! Going through the same thing right now myself with an Old Town Sportsman PDL (unfortunately, no H-rail benefits!) and been playing around with positioning my (massive) Garmin 106sv before drilling holes for through hull kits. With the steering and paddle holder on the left, I decided the fish finder need to be on the right side. Unfortunately, when using a heavy water bottle (located on the right side), it'll make it a bit right-biased...unless I get some power poles/motor that can be positioned on the rear left side... Positioning the fish finder away from me, closer to the bow was a bit sketchy because that's where I usually cast towards. I did get used to it and it was easier to see when standing up; however, the higher chance of accidentally hitting it is always there. It would be a nice placement if I add livescope next to it though. Alternatively, when mounted on the right handle bar with a 9" RAM mount arm, the boat felt a bit more stable and less obstructive when casting yet provide flexibility in positioning. I don't think a 6" RAM mount arm would work as well for ergonomics. With that said, I agree with some comments here and believe closer to the seat/center of the yak may be the way to go.
  8. This is a great idea...may look into this so it saves me trying to plan with a buddy for drop-off and pick-up duties with two vehicles!
  9. You guys are slowly, but surely, convincing me...lol From what I hear, the only difference between JDM and US Zillion is that US has a larger handle and a brass gear? It's a bit odd that it's at least $100 difference between the two despite being nearly identical.
  10. Mostly size, but there are a few other things too. Daiwa should really work on their naming convention... From my understanding, the Tatula SV (Models TASV103) is the 2017 model that continued to stay in production after the 2020 model. It is built on a slightly bigger frame (maybe 150 size as JediAmoeba mentioned). But is also uses the traditional brake adjustment knob (instead of the "zero adjust" on the newer models) and utilizes anodized, color-coded accents to help identify each version by its gear ratio (red, gold, purple). Because it is on a different frame, the IPT will vary slightly as well despite identical gear ratios from the SV TW103. Similarly, the Coastal TW differs from the Coastal SV TW 150 in a similar manner as well with the following differences: a 200 size spool, 7CRBB + 1, EVA round ball knobs handles, and also utilizes the traditional brake adjustment knob.
  11. Hoping someone familiar with these models can clarify some things for me. I'm still learning the Daiwa brand...but these two seem fairly similar to me so I wanted to make sure I'm not missing anything. For reference, I am comparing the Coastal SV TW 150 to the Tatula SV TW103 released in 2020 (Model TTUSV103 not the TASV103 which I believe are the 2017 models). From my understanding, both these reels are based on the Tatula 100 frame and share the following features: 7(2CRBB) 5BB + 1 T-Wing System Magnetic Braking System Aluminum Body Zero Adjuster With that said, I believe the following are the only difference between the Coastal SV TW 150 to the SV TW103: 100mm Handle (compared to 90mm handle) 150 size Spool (compared to 100 size spool) Blue Finish (compared to the bluish-black finish) Thanks for any feedback/confirmation on this!
  12. Lmao. You know...after a decade of so doing this together. It really is a rarity! I don't think we know one couple that does tandem anything since their initial attempt besides us. To be fair, when my wife and I first started...there were some spats as well. We did even sink a canoe or two during that time... Cbump mostly covered the reasons. After trying several over the years, we've gravitated more towards kayaks than canoes personally as well. Honestly, if not kayaks, I would be open to a jon boat but at that point, you start getting into boat talks in general. Due to the winter seasons here, the lakes gets huge recreational boat traffic when the water is not hard. As such, kayaks made it a lot quicker and easier for us to just enter in without dealing with the ramps. Ha! You know what, I'm going to look into that...but that 17'--geez! My running joke with the wife is "Hey, you sure you don't want to just go solo?" so I can get a Pro Angler 14 with the 360 drive. Thanks for the write-up! I have a few buddies with the Old Town PDLs and they love them. If it was a solo kayaker consideration, it certainly would've been on my list to look at. I don't know if they'll ever get there soon due to the limited tandem market, but I think an Oasis with the newer 360 drive may just work. There is a hidden benefit for my situation though. Sometimes my wife just like to read while on the water but don't mind helping position the kayak when I'm fishing--built-in Spot Lock! ?
  13. I was quite surprised as I'm familiar with Midway for firearms purchases; but never had thought about fishing equipment until recently. To my surprise, every rod I've purchased has been well packaged (bubble wrap/packaging material inside tubes...and sometimes tubes are even inside boxes!). I've had 100% damage-free experiences with them so far. My experiences with Amazon and Walmart on the other hand...I think I've received more broken rods than in-tact ones.
  14. Looking for some suggestions/recommendations for pedal-powered tandem kayaks for fishing. Wife and I have been doing tandem fishing in the Crescent Crew kayak for a few years now, but we're looking into upgrading in the future with pedals and she prefer the tandem layout if possible. This narrows down the options a bit, but what comes to mind for me was the Hobie Mirage Compass Duo / Mirage Oasis; but I'm sure there are probably a few more options out there. So I figured I'd post on here in case anyone has knowledge/experience in this area. We typically just use it for lake fishing with the occasional river adventure. We try to minimal, but generally still carry 4-5 rods between us! I imagine minimizing the paddle needs would be a big quality of life upgrade in this area though.
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