Recent content by Marc S

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    At San Clemente Island, and this happened...

    The fishing was wide open... if you like rock fishing. No biters on this trip from the Yellows or White Sea Bass, but we got lots or big Reds, Chuckleheads, Johnny Bass and I got one nice big Ling Cod on my last drop of the day. So no game fish on this trip but we had lots of fun anyways.
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    At San Clemente Island, and this happened...

    I was fishing at San Clemente Island this week on a private charter, and my friend shows me a brand new Phenix rod he’d just bought, along with a brand new Tranx 500 reel. We were trying for Yellowtail that were breezing by, and my friend quickly ties on a surface iron and let’s it fly...
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    Pulled some hooks on big Yellowtail at San Clemente

    We fished the Outrider out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro. I think they take Charter’s up to 12 people, but we went with 10. Good boat, good, hardworking captain and crew, and very comfortable bunks. We also like The Options (6 pack) out of the same landing. I got a 40 lb. Yellow on her a...
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    Pulled some hooks on big Yellowtail at San Clemente

    Hi Dan (Fishacquisition): In hindsight, I think you have the answer. We had great, large racehorse sardines for bait. I do think I was setting the hook too fast, and not letting these Yellows enough time to really swallow the big baits. We were all concerned about turning the fish and putting...
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    Pulled some hooks on big Yellowtail at San Clemente

    Thanks guys, I like all the suggestions. I’ll re-post after my next trip and let you know how it goes if we get into these fish again.
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    Pulled some hooks on big Yellowtail at San Clemente

    Thanks for the responses. I was fishing a new Phenix 809H with a Lexa 400HD, filled with 50lb. braid, and alternating between 30lb. and 40lb. top shots depending on how they were biting. One fish nearly spooled me on the 30 lb., and when I thumbed the drag to try to slow down the fish, I pulled...
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    Pulled some hooks on big Yellowtail at San Clemente

    Hi all: I fished a charter with some friends on The Outrider a couple of weeks ago (a good boat and nice, hard working crew). The weather was great and we fished the lee side of San Clemente Island. For bait we had big sardines and small live squid. All of the bait fish were taken on sardines...
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    Pulled hooks on big Yellwtalil

    Posted by mistake. Please see revised post above.
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    Fishing reel covers

    Thanks guys. I appreciate the responses. I’ll start at Bob Sands and go from there.
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    Fishing reel covers

    Hi all: Here’s a question I’ve never seen asked on BD before... I have a variety of reels from different manufacturers (Okuma, Shimano, Diawa, Penn, Accurate, etc.) and I’d like to buy some reel covers. Instead of buying individually from all the different brands, is there one brand you would...
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    4 pack/6 pack recommendations

    The Options out of Long Beach. Good boat, good crew, very knowledgeable about fishing the local islands. Lots of fun.
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    what bargains are hot at Fred Hall?

    I went to the show today. It was absolutely packed! Bought two Phenix Rods and got 10% off both, wasn’t charged sales tax, and was given a free $150 jacket. Also bought two reels at Turners (a Lexa 400HD and a Tranx 500). Got 10% off both, plus a free fill of braid on both (65 lb. J-Braid on the...
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    DIY knot Pulling dowels.

    I use PVC pipe, glue or screw a PVC cap on each end, and then wrap with tennis racquet grip. The grip has a sticky side so it won’t slip on the pipe, the line doesn’t cut through it, it feels good on your hands, it’s easy to replace the grip if needed, and it comes in different colors so you can...
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    Your first quality fishing rod ?

    Sabre Stroker, 7 foot, 10-25 lb. rated rod (honey colored blank with blue Hypalon grip), paired with a Newell 229. Used it to fish for bonito at the boil, by the mouth of King Harbor at the Redondo Beach Piers. That was a perfect Chovy outfit with a soft tip for flylining bait. I still have that...
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    Hi, I’ve been reading various posts about the Lexa 400 series reel and want to purchase one...

    Hi, I’ve been reading various posts about the Lexa 400 series reel and want to purchase one. They come in several different retrieve speeds (5.1, 6.1, 7.1). Can you tell me which model (speed) you prefer and why? I would likely be using it for a bait reel and likely a medium weight jig reel as...