Braid with slider to snap swivel for heavy sturgeon leader was my last use
Yes bunching up with some looser loops is my problem
this helped a lot. Keeping the wraps tight and close together cinches down good with braid...
With mono it seems to lay up cleanly most of the time even if you're not as careful with the wraps. With braid, however, it bunches up when you...
I just looked this up. Couldn’t find a Spangler. YouTube John Collins springer knot! Very cool for heavy mono
When you snug at first do you pull the tag and mainline against the hardware
this was one of those AhhHa! Moments! I never really try to wrap...
Definitely cinches better for me. I wonder what the strength difference is. I think the double sd jam is hard to beat for strength
I like the sd jam. Probably just need practice. You double it through the eye? How many wraps for say 50 to 65 braid?
just wondering what knot in general you guys like for braid to swivel or snap knots. I’ve been using the orvis knot or uni with about 6 turns. I...
i guess the mystery continues...
does anyone know what the standards are on how they test max drag on reels? Do they do this with a full spool or empty or half?
Good to know about the salt x. I will most likely skip it then
This sounds easier
Awesome. I know you were happy! What surface iron did you use
Maybe just a spray bottle to mist it good with water
Badass YT in your avatar!
Lmao! I hope they don’t read this. They will get ideas!
Dammit. I always fall for gimmicks!
I wish PB but no it’ll be on sport boat.
Ok thanks a lot. TIP is only if private on boat right? What about these wristbands? What else I need? Export license to bring catch back? Maybe a...
Just wondering if anyone likes salt x for spraying reels while out? Or better alternatives? I have corrosion x for after just want a good spray to...
I have my passport, license, and ocean sport fishing enhancement. Now I’m hearing about a wristband that’s required. Can someone give me details...
Spike your own? What you using for spike?
Heat gun or lighter?
Ok thanks for clarifying that. It’s a beautiful build so I was hoping it was just something like that. It will liquify when heated? I’d be afraid...
Oh different southbay lol
I just got a rod that was done by a reputable builder. Ce900 mega. Upon closer inspection it looks as if there might have been troubles with the...
Oh southbay builders for uc? Thinking maybe close to me! Does he build as a business or just for friends?
Nice! Who’s building it?
I like your thinking!
How you liking the Tesoro? Ce Delmar is sweet. I bet that’s a slinger with the Tesoro
Trinidad sure seems to win the fan base over on here. I just got an Okuma Tesoro 12 for a different rod and must say I’m impressed
What Tranx? 500? I have a 400 Tranx but I’d worry about line capacity. Also have a lexa 400 and sx raptor
30 to 40 lb topshot with 50 to 65 braid backing. Smoothness of star drag is a plus. Trips from 1 to 3 day. Not real concerned about 2 speed for...
Just curious what you guys reel preference would be on these rods. Live bait and surface jigs
Wow that’s awesome! On the lexa 300 even! Good stuff. What surface iron?
Great info thank you
Yes upon closer inspection i think the screw bottomed out in the nut causing it to break. I think I need to either build up the handle more, cut...
I’m hoping it was just a bad one that I got. I get that there’s 1000’s of them being used but I’m just curious if it is in fact aluminum. I would...
I’ll try that tomorrow. Do you know if the okuma nuts are aluminum?
I just purchased an Okuma Tesoro 12 and while trying to tighten it to deckhand rod with cork puppy the nut snapped in half! Appears to be made of...
That’s interesting but I wouldn’t want line to overlap either
I am wondering about using drag washers. Do you have any pictures of how it’s set up? Do you use springs or just tighten against the drag washers?
Maybe a heavier spring. The one I used could only get a max drag of 5 lbs and the spring kept spinning with the spool causing tension to be jumpy...
These are suppose to be carbon fiber. Not bad price if their heat shrink is more durable which it probably is
Still better than cut up hands!
Some good ideas here. I like the bike grip idea.
I see surfaceiron sells some carbon fiber knot pullers for 10 bux.
I hear that stuff is pretty tough
Maybe I’ll strip off the shrink and put tape on them. Gorilla tape maybe. Does it grab good with electrical tape??
I had a spring on first but could only get about 5 lbs of tension. With the tennis ball I get a lot more tension! Kind of jerry rigged idea but...
today I made some knot pulling dowels in hopes that they would work well for pulling fg knots tight. I cut some 7/8 pvc pipe and put shrink tube...
From what I understand, Only the 50+ Lb yellowfins and 30 lb yellowtail will make way into SoCal to celebrate El Niño the smaller ones stay in Mexico.
Cold kfc is always good
Bluefin don’t like El Niño? Do they go to far north and spread out
How is it holding up? Could you have left off the nut under the reel foot to keep it from bottoming out? Or maybe a thinner nut? Or sand 1/8 inch...
Do any of you seal the cord with epoxy or leave it alone? Will it generally loosen over time or stay secure
Nice! I see they make one even thinner at 1.18mm. Should I match the cork puppy to the exact diameter after the cord is installed or a little...
Good explanation thank you! Kinda like a rizuto finish. That with a cork puppy would probably work well together.
Tuna cord is just spiral cord glued on? Would one just wrap it over the cork tape?
What brand was the thinner stuff?
4” piece of cold shrink? What brand?
That’s 3.17 mm. The handle where I want reel is 24mm. I didn’t think it would add that much.
Anyone used it over cork tape to mount reel and clamp? Wondering how much this would increase the diameter compared to heat shrink?
What reel you have on it?
Thanks that’s the info I was lookin for!
with the tiburon Is there enough surface area to snug down tight without smashing corktape?
Nice! As long as I don’t have to hear that music on the boat lmao
Ok thank you
Now your talkin! I like that thanks!
Oh ok. No I haven’t tried one. Just wanting to hold secure and protect the cork from smashing but get a good lock down. It looks like the best...
It’s a factory wrapped RUS85 SIC. It’s a wahoo blank custom wrapped exclusive for surfaceiron company
does anyone have the UC rus 85 wahoo and know the handle diameter or size of cork puppy to fit correctly? Specifically the uc rus85 SIC to pair...
Damn! Maybe 6 pack boats a better option for Catalina?
I'm selling a pair of like new 15x45 Carl Zeiss Conquest binoculars with nylon case. Only used 2 seasons in Colorado. Very powerful and clear....
Oh ok thanks for clarifying
20$ wow! Good info thanks. I don’t want to target rats but I’ll be happy to catch any! Groupon still a good place to find deals?
Any recommendations on boats in so cal to chase yellowtail. 1 or 2 day? Thinking Catalina or San clemente islands. How often do you get a chance...
Im just a little more excited about it than you! Haha. 10 day?! Where at? $$$
Oh and I mean yellowfin
Ok. Goin to Cedros soon! Can’t wait!
Possibly. I can cast braid well on the sx and lexa400 with Phenix 808s I’ll have to experiment
Informative thanks a lot! If using 50 or 65 ppro spectra with just a short floro 30 or 40 leader what one you think best suited for the 90j if you...
The all glass 90j or the gg90j? Wondering the differences in diameter? Is the gg a lot thinner? I know it’s lighter right?
On another note, what would you guys pair with the Trinidad 20a 8-9 foot range in what line class?
All glass? Trinidad 20a maybe for surface?
Sorry just studyin Tranx500 maybe better with this rod?
If fished with 30 to 40lb topshot? Irons, and jiggin yellowtail yellowfin
That gusa still around?
I’m in! Patriots 32, rams 24
Lol upside down lol.
Nice what uc rod did you choose? Any action on that setup yet?
I just saw a brand new never fished rce800 monster deckhand for 250. I feel like that might be better paired with a jx or mxl. Your probably right...
Thanks for that advice. Do you think it could handle the monster rce800 30-50 being that it’s a raptor with drag at Strike: 17lb / Full: 26lb? Or...
Wondering what UC rods would make a good pair with the sx raptor as a medium light setup. Mostly be used ling and halibut jigging and live bait on...
Haven’t tried burning it. I’d be scarred to burn my braid. You use a torch lighter?
Wow! Eye candy!
That’s some good advice thanks a lot!
Did you cut the mono tag first or half hitches over the mono tag?
That’s a lot of half hitches! Looks good tho. That’s not going anywhere! I’ve been doing 2 half hitches then pulling super tight to lock it in...
Yeah I’d probably put enough mono so a good cast wouldn’t reach my FG. I can tie a pretty good fg but still don’t like the thought of it hitting...
Ok so casting mono topshot probably good idea
That’s good stuff! Any negatives besides cost?
I think I got that area covered with the abyss and black diamond 808’s.
Would you recommend 50 or 65lb maxcuarato? Power or capacity?
Thanks a lot. I love it but always wanting more lol. Not first trip. Only first for bf/yf.
Yeah I like what I see in that line! Thanks!
Thanks this is good to know
it will be used many more times :) I like using my own stuff.
Ok thanks for that info maybe I need to add one to the list. I’m not familiar with maxquatro/prospec. I’ll check it out
Going on my first yellowfin trip October 1st this year. Charter boat out of San Diego. Not completely sure but I think they use jigs and live bait...
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