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  1. Shimano Penn

    Lake Skinner advice

    No fishing advice but... Maybe 8-9 years ago I was camping there in late November, weather was cold and hardly anyone there. The coyotes moved in around sunset and even a mountain lion walked through one evening !!!! It was cool to see but I'm glad I didn't have kids or pets with me :eek:
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    Oceanside 95 2.5 day. 10/22-25 2 open spots

    Bump for a good group, I have fished with this group several times. Big tailgate party in the parking lot (there is always ample parking too) before boarding, spacious deck with tons of room for your gear. Food has always been good and generally do pretty well on the fishing. I have to work...
  3. Shimano Penn

    St. Crotch, USVI

    Stuart Loveland had these made many years ago.
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    Going to SCI, enough fuel?

    Pardon my bluntness but YOU ARE A FUCKING IDIOT :-) Okay I apologize but that was my first reaction. NO! Don't do it. I have been out there in a 24 WAC with PLENTY of fuel and realized it was a mistake (the second time). An 18 CC? Not me brother, you must have some BIG hairy balls :oops:
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    St. Crotch, USVI

    I lived there in the 90’s, St Thomas actually. There is a reason the VIGFC holds it’s annual wahoo tournament in November, they are thick this time of year 😎 As for YFT when I was there (over20 years ago) I never saw or heard of one over 85 pounds, now there are cows ??? Climate change? Oh...
  6. Shimano Penn

    Van / RV insurance ?

    Thank you I will look in to that.
  7. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Very clean Phenix/ 'gosa popping set up

    Bumpity bumpity bump. Around all weekend, have Monday off.
  8. Shimano Penn

    Van / RV insurance ?

    Really? Crickets? Nobody here has an insured RV ????? C'mon fellas, help a guy out :confused:
  9. Shimano Penn

    1.5 Light Load Tomahawk Tonight

    Stupid job :mad:
  10. Shimano Penn

    Hand held GPS recommendations?

    So for a long time I have thought about buying a hand held GPS just to toss into my bag and have for emergencies when fishing friends boats. Also I thought it would be fun (and a bit crafty) to track the voyage of party boats I fish :cool: Then weekend before last I found myself adrift on a...
  11. Shimano Penn

    What reel to use with this rod

    https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/blue-black-saltitst-40h-180-shipped.758152/
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    What reel to use with this rod

    Another vote for FTH25N or 30 LD2. Can't go wrong. I also have and love a Daiwa Saltist STTLD40-2SPD but I think the price point is little higher and it's harder to find a used one. Go with the Fathom.
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    Van / RV insurance ?

    A few years back I bought a 1994 dodge conversion van and added it to my existing AAA auto insurance policy. Then I made a camper out of it. It does not have running water but it does have a propane camp stove, a propane heater, solar panels and shore power with an inverter/ charger and a...
  14. Shimano Penn

    Morrow Bay Sunday Oct 11th, sold out?

    Looks like everything in MB and SB is booked :(
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    For Sale Very clean Phenix/ 'gosa popping set up

    This thing is immaculate with very little use and no fish ever. It's a style I tried but did not get into so it's just been sitting in the shop last two seasons. Phenix MPX-S 800H Megalodon spinner and Shimano Saragosa SW10000. Loaded with 80lb solid. Bought and spooled at Fisherman's so...
  16. Shimano Penn

    Morrow Bay Sunday Oct 11th, sold out?

    I got all excited because I just found out I have a three day weekend coming up and Saturday is my birthday, I finally have a chance to get back up to Morrow Bay and fish the Avenger or Endeavor. Bubble burst... both are sold out for Sunday. Is there another boat/ landing I might try?
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    Morrow Bay 5-6 and 5-8

    Well I FINALLY have an opportunity to go back, have a three day weekend coming up and Saturday is my birthday 8-) ! I haven't checked that landing website yet, I hope there is a trip for me on Sunday. Is this a good time of year? Expected conditions, weather?
  18. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Gold HXW Raptors like new with 100# J braid

    Yea well my bad, there were some adult beverages involved :ele:
  19. Shimano Penn

    Fighting Big wish on Walkaround

    Uh, yea, THIS !!!!!!!!!! Boat in gear, work the fish to about a 5 o'clock position so it's on the starboard side where the helmsman can see where it's going. Adjust the boat to keep it there. When/ if it goes deep back down on the f'ker to gain line, when it stops pulling ease forward to...
  20. Shimano Penn

    Creative ways to hide fishing related purchases

    What has worked for me in the past was divorce 👍
  21. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Gold HXW Raptors like new with 100# J braid

    Wow those pictures are really bad, I promise they look better than that 8-) I can take new photo's today after work.
  22. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Gold HXW Raptors like new with 100# J braid

    So back when I had the boat I bought 2 HXW Raptors thinking I would use them as trolling reels. Yea, right. Ever hear the clicker on these reels? Pretty weak, it's a bait reel, NOT a trolling reel :rolleyes: So they have been pretty much sitting in my shop for 3 years, occasionally going on...
  23. Shimano Penn

    Torque 60LD2 or VISX 16 ?

    :rolleyes: Thanks, I had not actually considered the harness lugs as an issue but again I will probably use the "old school" internationals for larger models. The smart thing to do is buy 2 more Fathoms... but I have been told I'm not very smart :rolleyes:
  24. Shimano Penn

    Does anyone know what this fish is???

    You had me at "gill net" :eek:
  25. Shimano Penn

    trailering my boat down to punta mita

    Well hell, my week in Barra hardly compares to your six years, I bow down to you sir. So we are maybe back to talking about La Cruz? 8-)
  26. Shimano Penn

    Torque 60LD2 or VISX 16 ?

    How is the Torque as a trolling reel? Is the clicker audible? I can see that both the 60LD2 and VISX16 are in many ways comparable reels but I do like the lighter weight of the Torque and the difference in gear ratios doesn't really matter to me. What about the physical size? Is the Torque...
  27. Shimano Penn

    SOLD Wind-On Supplies - Blackwater Jig, JB Hollow, etc

    Oh snap I got bumped to third in the time it took me to post ????
  28. Shimano Penn

    SOLD Wind-On Supplies - Blackwater Jig, JB Hollow, etc

    Wow that was quick, next in line if it falls through please :D
  29. Shimano Penn

    SOLD PENDING...Weber Performer Grill...great condition.

    I have cash and can come right now ! 😆
  30. Shimano Penn

    trailering my boat down to punta mita

    Going to take this thread a bit sideways but have the OP's best interest at heart. I spent six weeks along that coast last summer looking for a place to retire. The above statement is true, Banderas Bay is not a place for small boat in-shore or near shore fishing. If you are a big game hunter...
  31. Shimano Penn

    Wind on’s

    Exactly how I feel. I am new at it, bought all supplies from BHP and talked to Basil about it. Great guy. Still if I was fishing a tournament or going on a once a year trip I wouldn’t trust my own shit🙄 Not yet anyway😉
  32. Shimano Penn

    SOLD Diawa Proteus 76XH, 76H and 80H

    My bad, Chula Vista. I edited the original post.
  33. Shimano Penn

    SOLD Diawa Proteus 76XH, 76H and 80H

    I also have reels for these rods, not sold separately as I was planning to keep them but I would sell with the rod. Penn Fathoms blueprinted by Cal Sheets, not used since the service. (Like I said I don't fish these rigs). 25NLD2 tuned to 30 for the 80H 25NLD2 tuned to 40 for the 76H 30LD2...
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    SOLD Diawa Proteus 76XH, 76H and 80H

    I have settled on the rods I actually use and have no need for these. I have pretty much the entire line of Proteus rods, I do not believe there is a better rod for the price out there. Better rods maybe, but no better value. Do a search and you will see that it is generally agreed that these...
  35. Shimano Penn

    SOLD UC Centaur and Viper Blacked Out custom by M&M

    Actually looking at these pics I think they f'd up on the Viper, I believe it's rated 80-130. Right?????
  36. Shimano Penn

    SOLD UC Centaur and Viper Blacked Out custom by M&M

    Like most tackle ho's here I buy way too much stuff that never gets used. Such is the case with these two rods I had built in 2018. Thought I was gonna be a cow slayer, never happened. I have never used these and doubt I ever will, I do need some new trolling gear for Mexico so I'd like to...
  37. Shimano Penn

    1.5 Day 9/24, Big Dorado on the Popper

    Uhh... unless you were catching them in the dark the first night how does that work? :confused:
  38. Shimano Penn

    SOLD shimano tackle backpack medium

    Really? That has not been my experience. Had mine 6 years now and no issues with the straps. In fact the only reason I went to a rolling bag last year is that I made is SO heavy it was too hard to pick up and strap on :rolleyes:
  39. Shimano Penn

    trailering my boat down to punta mita

    Check out La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Really nice marina and as of last year had lots of space available.
  40. Shimano Penn

    Dorado still around?

    Didn't make it off the dock last weekend but trying again Saturday. Two weeks ago we saw plenty of dorado and last week there were plenty of reports here on BD. Pretty quiet this week, are they gone? How about those marlin they were seeing on 181-182 ridge? Edit: I can see the sport boats...
  41. Shimano Penn

    Thinking of doing Overnight trip for first time

    Jump straight to a 1.5, skip the "overnight" trips. Anything with a .5 means drive all night (you are sleeping) and fish all day into the evening. Drive home all night (you are sleeping) and arrive fresh in the morning for the drive home and clean up. 8-)
  42. Shimano Penn

    Portable solar panel

    Check out Renogy Solar, they have a portable unit they call a "suitcase" (I think), I believe it has a built in charge controller. Yes you will need a battery and possibly an inverter depending on your needs..
  43. Shimano Penn

    Best way to sell reels and rods

    Try listing it here and see what happens. Can't hurt.
  44. Shimano Penn

    First time using 25NLD2

    I don't think so. I have (2) 25NLD2's and in my view they are waaaay too much reel for 30, better fished at 40 and 50. At 50 I feel the 30LD2 is a better choice (same reel, wider spool = more line capacity) so really I see the 25 as a 40# reel. I went with a different brand single speed star...
  45. Shimano Penn

    Changing wind on leader

    Oh crap getting old sucks🙄. I used to do that 20 years ago but haven’t used loop to loop since. Thanks for the reminder 😎
  46. Shimano Penn

    Changing wind on leader

    Any tips or tricks for loosening a loop to loop connection to change wind ons? Toothpick? Wet line or dry line? I don’t want to damage either the main line or WO if I can help it🙄
  47. Shimano Penn

    Liberty dorado 9/8

    Can you find the hook?
  48. Shimano Penn

    Liberty dorado 9/8

    You gotta hold ‘em right 😎
  49. Shimano Penn

    WTB FTH 60LD2

    Bump. Any suggestions as to who might have one I can pick up today? Squidco, Anglers Choice and Fisherman’s are all out.
  50. Shimano Penn

    WTB FTH 60LD2

    New or like new- used. I’d just get one at Squidco but they don’t have it in stock. Before ordering online I thought I’d check here.
  51. Shimano Penn

    Jumbo's at the 43 9/9

    Next time you’ll be ready for yesterday🙄. I’m always prepared for my last trip 😆
  52. Shimano Penn

    If thinking of fishing in Morro Bay

    I’ve been dying to get up there all summer, just can’t seem to get away. I fished the Avenger and the Endeavor in 2018 and had a blast, loaded my freezer too.
  53. Shimano Penn

    “Life Jacket” flyer

    I rig mine with a tiny little epirb 😉
  54. Shimano Penn

    Need help with trolling lures...

    Kite fishing = spectator sport. The crew fishes, you finance it 🙄 Oh no did I just say that? 😆
  55. Shimano Penn

    Off Grid Solar Free Labor

    Hey folks, I was an electrician for over 40 years doing residential and commercial new construction and service. I spent about two years installing grid tied solar systems both small and large scale but that was 6-8 years ago and the tech has changed since then, I'm out of date. About two...
  56. Shimano Penn

    Leaving California? Where Do You Go ??

    I have lived in Florida and could do it again. Also St Thomas USVI but if you think So Cal is expensive you would be in for a shock. Hawaii? Probably can’t afford that either. I have been to Kauai a few times, have a friend there, it’s beautiful but the sea is rough, very rough. it’s going...
  57. Shimano Penn

    Kayak Fishing Leffingwell 8/13

    I did really well there a couple years back, really nice reds and lings. It was my first time ever in a kayak on the ocean. It was awesome. Then Mr White passed by, DFW said 18’ from reports and I didn’t question it. After changing my shorts I decided it was my last time ever in a kayak on...
  58. Shimano Penn

    Best Trolling Rod and Reel set-up

    I bought (2) HXW Raptors intended as trollers, used them once. Clickers are so lame I could not hear them over the outboard (yes 4 stroke).
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    SOLD ***FOR SALE: Pair of (2) Brand New Stainless Out-Rodder Type Rod Holders - Adjustable!***

    Damn, always a bridesmaid... been looking for this post for a year🙄. Anyway I call next in line if everybody flakes 😉
  60. Shimano Penn

    Need Dentist in Algodones

    Guys I need help. I am 62 and have serious dental issues, quoted $30-$60K here in San Diego. That is simply not an option. Have used dentists in TJ for minor stuff, looking for references to Algodones for major dental work.
  61. Shimano Penn

    DAMN BOAT TAX DUE

    And I might add that's it's a bitch to get rid of even after you sell a boat. My boat sold to a guy in NorCal so of course not re-registered in SD County soooo.... every year I'd get the tax bill. It took three years to straighten that out.
  62. Shimano Penn

    SOLD Penn Intl II 30SW 2-spd -Sold

    Sent PM and text. Can p/u early tomorrow if still available.
  63. Shimano Penn

    Inverter setup

    I have a 300w solar system on a converted camper van. After much research I went with Aims inverter/ charger ( also Aims charge controller) and 6 volt Interstate batteries from Costco. System installed December 2017 and no issues so far.
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    SOLD Black and Blue Daiwa saltist 20h & 35h

    Bump for great reels, I’m mostly a Fathom guy but the 20H has become my go to 15 and 20 lb live bait reel, buttery smooth and a joy to fish.
  65. Shimano Penn

    Fenders out

    I like to radio the boat ahead of me and tell him his port side fender is out. Wait a moment while the wife fumbles around and then call back and say “no, your other port side” 🙄
  66. Shimano Penn

    Rock fishing Channel Islands ?

    A couple years ago I took my little camper van to Morrow Bay and did some rockfish trips, really enjoyed it. It’s a hike though, 5-6 hour drive. Oxnard/ Channel Islands Sportfishing is a lot closer, same or similar experience? Better options? Looking at Cobra or Sea Jay for full day islands...
  67. Shimano Penn

    Low to mid budget rods

    Let me add one thing about Proteus, most people seem to agree that they are under rated, they fish towards the top of their stated range, not the lower end. Best to pull on one before buying, you might find yourself dropping down a model to get what you are looking for 🙄
  68. Shimano Penn

    Low to mid budget rods

    X2 for Proteus 😎
  69. Shimano Penn

    Upgrading trolling reels, what do you think?

    I have (4) older TLD30/2’s unused since last service and new line (last summer). I am headed to Zihuatanejo, Mexico for a couple months when things open up. 40-50 lb wahoo not uncommon. 1) Do you think it’s necessary to upgrade ? 2) If so do you think going to FTH60LD2 is enough jump...
  70. Shimano Penn

    First time offshore

    You should probably post up some details on your boat, 50 gal fuel capacity would indicate a rather small boat and smaller boats typically get better fuel economy than 1MPG (in fact that's terrible). Give details on make and model, LOA and motor. Also electronics and safety gear. Also I'd...
  71. Shimano Penn

    Do You Use your Slipped Boat More Than Your Trailer Boat?

    Absolutely. Loose the lines, turn the key. Done.
  72. Shimano Penn

    WTB Vintage Alluminum Uni Butts

    Not “vintage” but I have a couple all black AFTCO UB2’s I bought maybe 3 years ago and never used. PM if interested.
  73. Shimano Penn

    Amazing beautiful women, Encinitas protest 4/19

    It’s true everywhere, it’s because the gyms are closed 😉
  74. Shimano Penn

    Volaris 60% off right now?

    Thanks for the heads up 👍. I just booked round trip to Zihua with all the bells and whistles (upgrades) for under $120, could have been under $100 with standard seats and no checked bags. Awesome 😎
  75. Shimano Penn

    Looks like Rancho Leonero is for sale

    That HAS to be pesos, right 🤔
  76. Shimano Penn

    This is what you should be doing

    Very informative, I will study this closely to ensure I’m doing it properly. Thank you your service to the community 😎
  77. Shimano Penn

    SOLD 5 shimano tiagras 50wlrs

    interested in two of them, post photos please or text to 619-865-1295.
  78. Shimano Penn

    Morrow Bay in March (like next week)

    My bad, I was referring to the Cape San Martin trip which I signed up for but they said it was too rough to go.
  79. Shimano Penn

    Morrow Bay in March (like next week)

    I fished both boats (Avenger and Endeavor) in May 2018. Mid week, not crazy crowded. Too rough to go to the island. Awesome fishing; drop, hit bottom, start cranking. Fish on every drop that didn't get rocked. Big reds, some lings. After losing a handful of $$$$$ jigs I switched to shrimp...
  80. Shimano Penn

    Morrow Bay in March (like next week)

    Okay that sounds like a plan. And the salmon and chips sound great !
  81. Shimano Penn

    Morrow Bay in March (like next week)

    So in all likelihood I will receive confirmation later today that I am about to have a little unplanned time off. I am on a project at MCAS Miramar and someone sneezed yesterday so they sent us home and will likely shut down our jobsite :( If so I'm taking a road trip to visit a friend up...
  82. Shimano Penn

    WTB WTB 60lb rod for my Talica 16

    If you are still looking I saw a Proteus 70xxh on here recently for $140 iirc, good deal if it's still available. Under rated at 40-60, I have one and also a 76xxh and they are solid 60# class rods.
  83. Shimano Penn

    can ya feel it ?

    How the hell do you get that out ???? 🤔
  84. Shimano Penn

    Anyone used the cross border xpress?

    I used it twice last summer, once in July to PV and again in August to Zihua. It was awesome! I flew Volaris both trips and they have a full service counter there unlike some other airlines. The only drawback for me was the parking situation, they don't (or at least didn't then) have any true...
  85. Shimano Penn

    Anyone here a CHST ?

    I have been a construction Super/ QCM/ SSHO for the last 4-5 years, was an electrician/ electrical contractor for 40 years prior. I want to go for a CHST certification, not sure where to start, there are Soooo many study guides and courses offered on the interweb. Would appreciate some...
  86. Shimano Penn

    Mazatlan fishing recommendations

    Sad to hear. I had a similar experience farther South. Got into 25# class dorado at about 1:00 PM, boated 4 and the pangero says it’s time to go home. WTF? It’s not like I was taking the fish with me, I’d think he could sell as many as we could catch. Must be more to the story or something...
  87. Shimano Penn

    Which of these reels for jigstick ?

    Wow, not much debate going on here :rolleyes: X40 it shall be :D Thanks all.
  88. Shimano Penn

    Which of these reels for jigstick ?

    So a friend of mine who hasn't fished for years but was born and raised here (SD) is slowly reducing his collection. Today he gave ne a 9' stick that I'm sure is 20+ years old. It's a custom wrap and he is sure it's a Calstar but has no clue which blank. It seems to me to be a 30-40 rated...
  89. Shimano Penn

    SOLD 1991 F-250 4x4 XLT Lariat

    This was posted 40 minutes ago and it’s not sold yet ??????????
  90. Shimano Penn

    Pacific Coast Sportfishing Tackle, Boat, & Travel Show

    Website says $15 general admission, military and kids 12 and under free. $10 parking.
  91. Shimano Penn

    Shore Power Plug?

    If it is indeed a “male” connector then it sounds like you set up for shore power. Is there an on board battery charger? I’d follow the wiring to see where it goes before energizing anything 🙄. Maybe post a photo, You want to be sure. If it is set up correctly you just plug the female end of...
  92. Shimano Penn

    Question about IGFA rod rating

    Yup that was my plan :)
  93. Shimano Penn

    Rock Fishing Set up??

    Daiwa VIP rod and X40sha. Cheap and bulletproof.
  94. Shimano Penn

    Question about IGFA rod rating

    I have (4) older International 2 IGFA 50# rated stand up rods from the 90's. (2)IGFA1755ARA and (2)1760ARA. I have always wondered about the standard, is it "light" or "heavy" ? In other words are these considered to be more like a 30-50, 40-60 or 50-80? To me they are beasts, I'd say 50-80...
  95. Shimano Penn

    Nautical/Fishing Dog Names

    Smoothehound
  96. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Penn International VSX 16 w/ Line - NEW w/ Shimano Talus Rod - $550

    Yea I might be but unfamiliar with that rod. I’ll look it up and let you know.
  97. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 1996 trophy 2002

    Brace yourself, might be a question or two coming 🙄
  98. Shimano Penn

    AFTCO unibutt question

    I have four older Penn Int’l 2 IGFA 50# stand up trolling rods, I wanted to make two of them bent butt. I have determined the butts are UB-1, which apparently AFTCO does not offer in a bent version. Does anyone know if there is another manufacturer that makes a compatible product? Also AFTCO...
  99. Shimano Penn

    Cal Star 700L Spinner Set-up.

    Tasteful and elegant, I love it. I’ve had a few rods wrapped “blacked out” but this one is making me re-think how I might move forward 😎
  100. Shimano Penn

    SOLD Penn international 2 speed 30 sw

    Location? If local I’ll most likely take it.
  101. Shimano Penn

    Colonet Lings on Swimbaits

    Sand dabs 👍
  102. Shimano Penn

    Baby Sailfish.

    Oh hell no, that has to be some kind of video photoshop magic.
  103. Shimano Penn

    Bait tank plumbing - big boat

    That is what I told the owner :)
  104. Shimano Penn

    Bait tank plumbing - big boat

    Ahh... didn't even think of trying it with the generator on. Thanks guys.
  105. Shimano Penn

    Bait tank plumbing - big boat

    Yesterday we replaced a pump on my friends 48' Mikelson, in the process I learned a couple things. My experience so far has been only with much smaller boats so this stumps me. The pump I replaced was a Rule 17A, 3800 gph 12VDC pump. In following the plumbing and locating the seacock I...
  106. Shimano Penn

    New trip to PV - hotel, shore, charter recs please

    I spent a couple weeks there this summer and have been there a few times in the past, no expert on PV but here is my take. The coast is lined with nice hotels that offer panoramic views, pools and beach access with palapas and lounge chairs you can rent by the day. Let your wallet and a map be...
  107. Shimano Penn

    Vallarta area launch ramps?

    La Cruz de Huanacaxtle ? Much shorter run to get out of the bay.
  108. Shimano Penn

    Rod for Penn Fathom 30LD2

    I agree it’s a 50 lb reel and would be wasted on a 30 lb rod, total mismatch. Mine is on a Proteus 70xh, rated 30-60. 65# braid and 50# mono top shot.
  109. Shimano Penn

    Any groups that fish and camp Baja cost?

    Check out big waters edge, kayak site.
  110. Shimano Penn

    It is done

    Awesome, I used to dream about the 28TE. Bow thrusters?
  111. Shimano Penn

    SOLD still taking offer though...Xmas tree

    Would you consider partial trade plus cash? I have a mint 2018 Easter basket with like new green plastic grass , some colored eggs and one NIB chocolate bunny.
  112. Shimano Penn

    Caught a bandit ! What to do ?

    I should add that he is theoretically really BIG :eek:
  113. Shimano Penn

    Caught a bandit ! What to do ?

    So me and this masked bandit have been at war over my vegetable garden for almost a week now, then last night around 10:30 I heard him at war with some of the local domestic pets, it was quite disturbing. I'm sure there are laws about releasing wild animals wherever one feels like letting them...
  114. Shimano Penn

    FishID -- what is this around my hoopnet?

    Ocean whitefish?
  115. Shimano Penn

    Swordfish Deep Drop Rigging Question

    Many years ago fishing the old bridges in the Florida keys I used to tie a float to my sinker via a lifesaver candy. The current would carry it away from the bridge, the lifesaver would melt, and my bait would drop to the bottom. You could reverse this idea to get your bait to the desired...
  116. Shimano Penn

    For Sale House and or boat in Baja

    How about a car, truck or jeep in the deal? :D Sending PM, interested.
  117. Shimano Penn

    Zihuatanejo fishing going off

    Sounds awesome Greg! I just found out last night that my new job has been delayed until after the first of the year so today I'm looking at flights and hotels, if it's not stupidly expensive last minute in December I might head back for a week or 10 days.
  118. Shimano Penn

    FREE Portabote (folding boat)

    Stoked to read all the positive feedback on these boats. I have a camper van with solar on top and little room inside so kayak doesn't really work, was thinking about doing a modified SUP of some stripe because I could slide it inside between the bed and cabinets. Thought of buying one of...
  119. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 85 wellcraft 248 sportsman 07 250 Evinrude

    Bump for a great find here on the left coast. I used to have one of these, an '87. Great ride, fish killer. I had a 200 on a cut transom and was happy with the performance, a 250 on a bracket ? That was my dream upgrade! I even considered buying this one (Jolly Mon) when it was for sale...
  120. Shimano Penn

    FishyPedia

    Well others may see it differently but to me it indicates that someone has made a comment or statement that is at best highly controversial and at worst absolutely pointless. It is likely to inspire an endless list of conflicting personal opinions, none of which are actually "correct" or in any...
  121. Shimano Penn

    FishyPedia

    Don't forget to add what it means when a posters only response is "making popcorn" LOL
  122. Shimano Penn

    What scale for setting drags

    Oh crap, earlier this summer there was a similar thread and everyone was saying digital is the only way to go. I put it off, still using my trusty old Mustad spring scale. Ironically while doing some house cleaning I came across my 25+ year old Manley, it looks pretty bad. Now, with this...
  123. Shimano Penn

    Adventure 16 closing/ everything is on sale

    I went to A-16 today and found out they are closing. Too bad, I've always liked that place. Sort of like REI without the arrogance, more like a Mom and Pop shop. Anyway I thought since I didn't know maybe you didn't either, just a heads up. All merchandise is 20-55% off, looking around it...
  124. Shimano Penn

    TRADE got one done

    Maybe just put a price on the 30SW and sell it, then look for the reel you want ?
  125. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Two Penn 30SW and Seeker Combos

    Very fair price sir, most people ask $350 each for those reels. Wow is right !
  126. Shimano Penn

    Anchoring

    True story, you can NOT make this shit up :rolleyes: When we lived in St Thomas, USVI my wife worked for a bareboat charter company. They got a radio call one morning from a client who was livid, he was somewhere in the BVI demanding that they send the chase boat with another anchor. He was...
  127. Shimano Penn

    Anchoring

    True story, you can NOT make this shit up :rolleyes: When we lived in St Thomas, USVI my wife worked for a bareboat charter company. They got a radio call one morning from a client who was livid, he was somewhere in the BVI demanding that they send the chase boat with another anchor. He was...
  128. Shimano Penn

    Ex30 or hxw

    HXWR has a virtually inaudible clicker if you care about that. Not a great trolling reel IMO. I bought two of them for that purpose but was very disappointed and just use them as bait reels. I do believe the EX has a grown up, big boy clicker but I'd check before buying :rolleyes:.
  129. Shimano Penn

    Electrician in South OC

    I have been a licensed electrician for 40 years so kind of know what I'm talking about :rolleyes:. GFCI outlets fail, it's common. Even new out of the box sometimes. What do you expect for ~$8? I'd replace it and see what happens. Also, did this just start happening when all this hard rain...
  130. Shimano Penn

    Why is Santa so jolly?

    Because he knows where the naughty girls live :p
  131. Shimano Penn

    60 lb. ROD FOR A OLD GUY

    Budget conscious ?: Proteus 70XXH.
  132. Shimano Penn

    Who knows UC blanks?

    I suspect you are right and that I really won't notice the difference. However these are intended for larger grade tuna, dolfin and wahoo in Mexico, not local schoolie tunas.
  133. Shimano Penn

    FREE Coleman 4 person tent

    Sorry this is gone, thought I posted here already.
  134. Shimano Penn

    Anyone Ever Live on a Boat?

    That was my thought. I've seen it work for a few folks who bought an old beater trawler or blowboat, more living space than a SF. Just understand it will never leave the dock. I considered it 3 years ago but thought about groceries, looking for dock carts, rain, etc. I bought a travel...
  135. Shimano Penn

    Who knows UC blanks?

    Specifically CP (Platinum series) versus CX (Extreme Composite series). I am looking to buy or build a pair of 6' 50-80 or 50-100 trolling rods, most factory wrapped stand-up trollers come with RS/RT or all roller guides. I have plenty of those and want something different. I am looking at...
  136. Shimano Penn

    Daiwa Proteus WN or Phenix Black Diamond

    What he said. I have ONE Phenix and SEVEN Proteus. Just sayin’
  137. Shimano Penn

    Trying to move down south?

    I have to second these words on CV. I moved here 3-1/2 years ago mostly for price/ convenience and have found it to be a surprisingly awesome location/ value. It feels safe and comfortable and offers everything I need within a reasonable range, including sport fishing.
  138. Shimano Penn

    Best rod for 60 lb

    Here you go... https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/phoenix-axis-rod-72-rated-40-100.733179/ Edit: Sorry I was posting this before your last comment, probably not the right rod for you. Check out UC, more forgiving.
  139. Shimano Penn

    Best rod for 60 lb

    Budget conscious look at Proteus XXH, technically rated at 40-60 but it’s a solid 60. Fast action. If $ is not an issue how about those Phenix HaX rods?
  140. Shimano Penn

    Zihuat Questions

    Yea trolling in Zihua sucks
  141. Shimano Penn

    FREE Family Camping Tent

    Tent is gone.
  142. Shimano Penn

    Asking for recommendations for rod purchase for beginners

    I am a spinner fan and own several but I think in general if you look at the cost of two reels with equal performance levels you will find the spinner is much more expensive, as well as maybe bulkier and heavier. I do like them though and I do use them, they have their place.
  143. Shimano Penn

    San Blas Nayarit???

    If you mean La Cruz de Huanacaxtle that is a pretty good hike from San Blas :eek: Of course there are a lot of places in Mexico know as "la cruz" :D Junior, why San Blas? I did a lot of exploring over the summer and found Zihuatanejo to be pretty much the perfect spot. However I did not...
  144. Shimano Penn

    Asking for recommendations for rod purchase for beginners

    Look at Daiwa Proteus rods, most are under $200 OTD. I have 6 or 7 of them now, love 'em :D Pair them up with Penn Fathom reels and you have a high quality combo that does not break the bank.
  145. Shimano Penn

    Is this your hoop net?

    Yea but I'll bet he ate the lobster that were in it LOL
  146. Shimano Penn

    FREE Family Camping Tent

    That tri-fold mattress is up for grabs too.
  147. Shimano Penn

    FREE Family Camping Tent

    Not sure what size this is but pretty big, maybe 9 X 14 ? Haven't used it in years but it should be in good shape. IIRC it has a divider so two room tent. Chula Vista, come get it today or tomorrow before 5PM. No wise cracks about the third photo :rolleyes:
  148. Shimano Penn

    FREE Coleman 4 person tent

    Small tent is gone, big one still available.
  149. Shimano Penn

    FREE Coleman 4 person tent

    I also have a HUGE one, not sure the size but it's pretty big, maybe 10 X 14 ? I also think it has a room divider, two room tent. FREE come get it !
  150. Shimano Penn

    FREE Coleman 4 person tent

    9 X 7, I know the bag looks a little beat up but the tent itself is in good shape, only used it a few times. Chula Vista today and tomorrow before 5 PM.
  151. Shimano Penn

    Best On board fish handling??

    WTF? I am totally unfamiliar with this, can someone explain? Yea I know, search is my friend, on it now... ;) Edit: found it here https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/long-range-on-board-fish-handling.678791/
  152. Shimano Penn

    Hollow, I know nothing about Hollow, Splicing???

    Been there done that. F'ing latch needle... >:(
  153. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Dorm sized freezer $20

    Freezer is gone.
  154. Shimano Penn

    SOLD Cheap Calm Water Kayak $150

    Kayak is gone, thanks to all for your interest.
  155. Shimano Penn

    Hollow, I know nothing about Hollow, Splicing???

    I am just getting in to playing with hollow braid and it's actually (for me at least) a lot of fun :D Lots of good you tube videos out there, check out Northwest Topshots for good demo videos. Plenty of others too. BHP tackle website has all the tools you need as well as braid, I use the Daho...
  156. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Dorm sized freezer $20

    FREE, come get it.
  157. Shimano Penn

    Winter Storage - Reels

    My gear is all kept in a storage unit I am getting rid of, I need to stow everything away and have limited space. I got the rods figured out, the reels will probably get individually wrapped in towels and placed into something breathable like an old suitcase which will be kept in a closet. I'm...
  158. Shimano Penn

    Our boat sank in the Catalina channel-Cabo 216

    Sage advice. My Wellcraft 248 had a cut transom and I'd take a brutal uphill run over a nasty following sea any day, I was always more afraid of going down sea than up. :rolleyes:
  159. Shimano Penn

    WTB Older TLD 50 LRS

    There is at least one and I think maybe two on here for sale right now, search is your friend :D
  160. Shimano Penn

    TRADE Cal'd out FTH25NLD2 for stock 60LD2

    I decided to keep it for now and use my TLD's for trolling. Thanks for the offers.
  161. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Dorm sized freezer $20

    This is a freezer not a fridge. Get your bait out of your wife's refrigerator, happy wife = happy life :D 18 x 18 x 18. Not sure the capacity, 1.5 cu ft sound right?
  162. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Ryobi Table Saw with stand $75

    I bought this to do one project 2 years ago, has been collecting dust ever since. I'd say it's in excellent condition, no rust and the blade should be nice and sharp. Clearing out storage unit, it has to go. I think it was around $300 at HD.
  163. Shimano Penn

    FREE Contico Tuff Bin storage box

    Clearing out storage unit, this has to go. 36" x 23" x 21"H.
  164. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 120 quart Igloo cooler - beater - $20 or trade?

    Old and ghetto but gets the job done. 40" x 18" x 18". Clearing out storage unit, gotta go. $20 or trade for trolling lure(s).
  165. Shimano Penn

    SOLD Man Cave Art - Mermaid $20

    Bought this print years ago when I had a marine tropical fish hatchery, had it professionally mounted. It's nice, not tacky. I am clearing out a storage unit so it needs to go. 21" X 17". .
  166. Shimano Penn

    SOLD Cheap Calm Water Kayak $150

    ttt… I need this gone. Fun for the kids? $100?
  167. Shimano Penn

    Railrod vs harness

    Agree^^^^^ I am 6'-2", I hate rail rodding but on a crowded party boat I see how it makes sense. Over… under... over.... Harness really doesn't cut it especially if you have the rod strapped in.
  168. Shimano Penn

    Halibut tips please?

    Yea I thought it best to just leave that alone, was kind of hoping he was just having a bad day or something. In all honesty I believe I have contributed a ton of prime, high cost (hard earned) info and added considerable value to these forums. I try to contribute when I know what I'm talking...
  169. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Penn International ll 50sw

    A pic of the serial number will tell the year of manufacture. I believe it's the first two numbers. I don't think it really matters though, an Int'l II is an Int'l II as far as I know. Maybe there were some design changes along the way, I don't know. Bobby let us know if he doesn't buy it, I...
  170. Shimano Penn

    Zihuatanejo 10/19-10/26

    Nope, guess again. Or you can cheat and read here https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/believe-it-or-not-post-your-impossible-catch-stories-here.731049/
  171. Shimano Penn

    Zihuatanejo 10/19-10/26

    I met a guy who knows a guy... :rolleyes:
  172. Shimano Penn

    Zihuatanejo 10/19-10/26

    Zihua is awesome! I'm a little sorry I spent all of August in and around PV/ Sayulita & Barra, had I known about Zihuatanejo I'd have spent more time there. I plan to go back for sure. I only got out once for about 5 hours but slammed 4 really nice dorado and a couple small sharks that looked...
  173. Shimano Penn

    Balloon Question

    This is the problem with your idea. Are you even the slightest bit environmentally conscious? It doesn't "go away", it eventually lands somewhere. This is a bad thing. Plus, as others have mentioned, it's an expensive thing. Get a second rod for the balloon.
  174. Shimano Penn

    Smokers

    "Tailgater" model? Same here. When it works it's awesome but you can't rely on it. I can not in good faith recommend buying one. sgwill do you know about the auger speed switch you adjust with a paperclip? They don't really tell you about it but it's there. If you don't know what I'm...
  175. Shimano Penn

    Mono to mono connection using hollow core braid?

    Well you guys are right of course, I'm just bored and overthinking it. :rolleyes: I'm just gonna keep practicing my bimini until it's perfect :p
  176. Shimano Penn

    Mono to mono connection using hollow core braid?

    I'm upgrading my old trolling gear to take to Mexico and leave there. In the past I fished straight 50# mono with a bimini twist to either a snap swivel or a wind on. The problem is that the bimini is awkward passing through the rollers, it does work but it's tight. I don't really want to...
  177. Shimano Penn

    Roller guides and braid, your thoughts?

    Ding ding ding ! This is basically what motivates me to look into my alternatives. I have an old set of 50# trollers, there is nothing wrong with them, they are International II IGFA class rods and I like them a lot. They have standard sized AFTCO rollers. In the past I fished straight 50#...
  178. Shimano Penn

    Roller guides and braid, your thoughts?

    Roller guides are out of fashion, I get that. Yet still the vast majority of trolling rods manufactured feature them. I have read about braid getting caught between the roller and the guide frame but has anyone actually seen this happen? It's really hard to find a quality stand-up trolling...
  179. Shimano Penn

    Halibut tips please?

    Sorry. Not my place to invite someone to fish another guy's boat. :rolleyes:
  180. Shimano Penn

    Halibut tips please?

    Well I'm sorry to say that none of the sage advice here helped us, we suck. We are filling out our applications for the Sorry Ass Fisherman's Club today. We managed two shorts, a couple of sculpin and a whole mess of spotties. Oh and even a couple maceral. We mostly fished the harbor...
  181. Shimano Penn

    Please dont touch my drag

    I have been setting drags by scale for over 30 years. I'm no pro but I'm a pretty experienced angler and I have to admit I can't "feel" the difference between 14 and 16 lbs of drag and I'm pretty damned sure the 20 y/o deckie on a sportboat can't either. I go on the heavy side, 30-33% of line...
  182. Shimano Penn

    Clean rod wrapping

    Probably best to make yourself a helpful active member of the BD community before you start trying to sell something here. Add some insightful comment and help the newer anglers, get a reputation for being a decent, knowledgeable guy. When your first few posts are basically "for sale" you...
  183. Shimano Penn

    is bimini twist a 100% knot ?

    I'd have to agree with this. Spent 11 years trolling in the Caribbean, double line to snap swivel. Seen all kinds of failures (knots, crimps, swivels, hooks...) but never seen the bimini fail :cool: Edit: I should add that was all mono, can't speak to the bimini with braid.
  184. Shimano Penn

    Why So Many 2 Day Trips Instead of 2.5 Day Trips This Fall?!?

    I’m with you buddy, .5 trips for me. I like the full day fishing and getting in fresh in the morning to deal with driving, cutting fish and cleaning gear. No fun late at night when you’ve been up since 5AM drinking beer, uh, I mean fishing
  185. Shimano Penn

    Halibut tips please?

    Thank you, I forgot all about the three-way swivel thing ;)
  186. Shimano Penn

    Halibut tips please?

    A friend with a nice boat wants to take some people out to fish for halibut in the bay this week, I honestly know nothing about fishing for halibut and believe he knows even less :rolleyes:. I'm guessing 20-25# gear with Carolina rig and sardine? Look for flat sandy areas? Grass? Any...
  187. Shimano Penn

    TRADE Cal'd out FTH25NLD2 for stock 60LD2

    Cal Sheets blueprinted FTH25NLD 2 speed, I have two and don't need both. I want another 60LD2 for a trolling reel, don't care about braid but it's a plus. Needs to be in 10/10 condition. The 25 has 65# Daiwa J braid to 100 yard 30 mono t/s. Check out this freespool !
  188. Shimano Penn

    Any comments on the new daiwa saltists?

    Understatement of the year! Don't know how else to describe it though. Last year early in the season I bought a 40LD2, within weeks I had both a 20 and 30 star. The 20 was my go to reel all last season and this year for schoolie YFT and such. The 40LD I use for yo-yo and flat fall, got some...
  189. Shimano Penn

    Morro bay 1/2 or 3/4 boat recommendation

    Yea I was just about to talk about that. I was there in May and fished both Endeavor and Avenger. We fished deep in wicked current, 16oz was needed. No need for fancy $$$$ rockfish/ lingcod jigs, just shrimp flies and squid will do the same job and when you get rocked it's no loss. The fish...
  190. Shimano Penn

    Believe it or not! Post your impossible catch stories here.

    Just got these photos via whats app from Zihua, from the OP above ^^^^^^
  191. Shimano Penn

    Believe it or not! Post your impossible catch stories here.

    In another thread here... https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/2-fish-1-hook-and-a-gaff-gaffe-10-11.730260/ … there are some good stories of impossible catches. Well I have a fresh one from just last week... Last Tuesday I hired a panga to fish dorado in Mexico, we were trolling along and...
  192. Shimano Penn

    2 Fish, 1 Hook... and a Gaff Gaffe 10/11

    How about 1 fish, no hook? Again female angler, this one experienced. Yo-yo fishing at Colonett (Liberty maybe?). Woman brings a YT to gaff and when it hits the deck the crew starts laughing, it wasn't hooked at all! The jig had wrapped around the fish under the gillplate, the treble hook...
  193. Shimano Penn

    Rod for Fathom 40N and New Penn Torque Questions

    Bought one, hated it, sold it.
  194. Shimano Penn

    New To Crimping

    Tagging along on this thread I was hoping someone would talk about this. Any advice, photos or links would be greatly appreciated. All I have right now is a cheap Mustad spring scale, willing to upgrade but need some direction.
  195. Shimano Penn

    3/4 day out of Virg's Landing on 10-7-19

    I fished up there last summer and immediately removed one of the two hooks on my rig because I didn't want to limit out so quickly. Seriously, it's like that. Quality fish too.
  196. Shimano Penn

    Oct 10 How to gear up Overnight Aztec

    It is better to have it and not need it than not have it and need it. Take 'em all :D
  197. Shimano Penn

    Acid Wrap trolling rod problems

    Blotter, no question.
  198. Shimano Penn

    Deckhand jobs southern CA?

    You guys realize this thread is 3-1/2 years old, right? :p:
  199. Shimano Penn

    Cow BFT on boat, now what

    Next time you’re on the water take off your shirt and wrap yourself up in wet towel. Wait five minutes and tell us how you feel. Just sayin’...
  200. Shimano Penn

    How to legally sell charters in Mexico

    I'd like to bring some new life to a very old thread I found while searching the interweb for information on running a charter fishing operation out of Puerto Vallarta. It was pointed out above that most working class Americans are not willing to work for the wages associated with captain/ mate...
  201. Shimano Penn

    Zihuatanejo 10/19-10/26

    Hey thanks, I booked a room at Arena Suites on the beach with kitchen, I'll look at BLM while I'm there for next time. PM coming.
  202. Shimano Penn

    Zihuatanejo 10/19-10/26

    Greg, I will be in Zihua next week 10-14 to 10-21, our trips overlap. Would you be interested in splitting a trip? I'm more interested in dorado than sailfish but I'll go with whatever the better option is. Eric, any thoughts on hotel vs Airbnb? I'm thinking of going total low budget, it's...
  203. Shimano Penn

    octopus swim bait

    That was awesome, the guy is awesome, the bait is awesome. Thanks for sharing !
  204. Shimano Penn

    Hot rodding a 30sw

    After weighing the pros and cons of having Cal upgrade my old 30SW’s vs buying new versions I went with Cal. To me the weight difference just isn’t enough to justify the cost of new reels.
  205. Shimano Penn

    114H2 ?

    Thanks. That is the only info I could find online as well.
  206. Shimano Penn

    114H2 ?

    Was on a boat yesterday that had a 114H2, never heard of that one before. Can anyone tell me what the "2" signifies, what's different about it ?
  207. Shimano Penn

    Cambria Kayak Fishing For Lings and Rock Fish

    Yea that place is pretty awesome. Campground just North of there too so a nice little vacation for cheap with great fishing. The lings and reds up there make ours look like baitfish :D
  208. Shimano Penn

    Need 2 or 3 fishing Friday 10/4/19

    Mark I am usually available even short notice. Enjoyed fishing with you guys last week.
  209. Shimano Penn

    Smoking fish question.....

    I'm going to try that just to do something different. No complaints about the brine I've been using though, got it off Char Broil site (CB #1 I think): 4 cups water 1 cup soy sauce 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup kosher salt I add garlic powder and Jamaican Jerk seasoning. Sometimes add hoisin...
  210. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 215 Aquasport Explorer

    ^^^^^^^ … sigh... You KNOW what I meant :rolleyes:
  211. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Penn 2/0 Never Used $ 75.00

    Offering $25.49 ! :D Seriously I'd think it would be worth more than $75 to a collector but maybe there are lots of them out there?
  212. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 215 Aquasport Explorer

    Looks great! Can we get a couple more zoomed in, close up shots of the bow and that belly hoop up top? :D
  213. Shimano Penn

    Charter Masters; Cancelations? Coming up short?

    Responded. I was already looking at your thread. As I said above I'll be out Friday and doubtful I can make your trip. That is exactly what I'm looking for though, thanks for the offer.
  214. Shimano Penn

    Charter Masters; Cancelations? Coming up short?

    El Bumpo. Looking to fish this week or weekend or next week. Set for Thursday/ Friday but open around that. PB or sportie, ready to rock and roll.
  215. Shimano Penn

    Limit out or keep looking?

    Yea I know, personally I bounce as many as I can but I'm talking sporties with a lot of green anglers and deckies who just want to kill fish and load the numbers.
  216. Shimano Penn

    Need help with gunwale flush mount rod holders

    Most people here do not fight fish with the rod in the holder, that is more of a rough water technique. So Cal natives who have not traveled much may not realize that the sea conditions here, even on "rough" days, are actually pretty "mill pond" :rolleyes: In St Thomas I had bent butt rods that...
  217. Shimano Penn

    Limit out or keep looking?

    Standard practice on a private boat, I agree. But a sportie… the captain wants numbers and it's pretty tough to CnR a gaffed fish :(
  218. Shimano Penn

    Limit out or keep looking?

    What would you do if you were in charge? Recently on two separate 2 day trips I found myself and my fellow anglers killing it on a WFO bite of small grade 12-20lb YFT very early on the first day. Everyone was having a blast and no one was thinking about the "now what?" we were about to face...
  219. Shimano Penn

    I don't think she's coming back.

    My girlfriend left me, we had an argument about money. She told me we couldn't afford to buy beer anymore. Then I caught her buying some expensive makeup. I said "Hey, how come I can't have beer but you can buy makeup?" She said she needed the makeup to look pretty for me. I told her that's...
  220. Shimano Penn

    Another FMM question.

    A guy I know with a nice boat wants to go fish the Coronado's, he is asking each angler to obtain his own FMM online. I didn't think it worked that way, IME the captain gathers all the angler info and gets the FMM's. Does his way work? I recently visited Mexico by air and was able to set up...
  221. Shimano Penn

    One man's trashfish.....

    When I was a kid my dad used to take me trout fishing on the Kern river out of Lake Isabella. I'd look down and see these huge carp, asked him Can you eat those? His answer was... If you're hungry enough, yes. LOL
  222. Shimano Penn

    Logging in

    Same issue here on my PC. Frustrating. If I have to choose between porn and BD, well, it was nice knowing you guys :rolleyes:
  223. Shimano Penn

    One man's trashfish.....

    Well I'm one of those guys that always considered skipjack and bonita to be garbage but I changed my tune after buying a smoker and learning how to use it :D Now I still can't bring myself to simply toss a filet on the grill, sear it and eat up but smoked... I think it's awesome !
  224. Shimano Penn

    Need 1 for Friday 9/27

    Yea that Chapo guy must be a total noob to fishing, probably thinks they are going after yellow tail tuna. Still it’s always good to teach new people so someone should show a little mercy and take the poor guy out. Maybe beginners luck will show up?
  225. Shimano Penn

    Kite policy on sport boat

    Just saw that done on Pride last week. Fresh flyer barely alive hanging limply on a J hook, wings rigged out. No floats. Looked pathetic in the water. Head down, tail up. Bam! 150# fish on the boat :D
  226. Shimano Penn

    Plastic Swordfish??? WTF!

    Maybe they work like duck decoys :D I LOVE it except for the unnecessary trash in the ocean, hazard to navigation, waste of time and general childish nature of it all. Hmm... maybe I don't love it so much. :rolleyes:
  227. Shimano Penn

    Kite policy on sport boat

    Kite fishing on private boat, fun for everyone. Kite fishing on sportie, spectator sport. :rolleyes:
  228. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Large round fender $25

    Need to hear from you please, Chad wants it too.
  229. Shimano Penn

    Puerto Vallarta Inshore/Marina/Beach Fishing

    No joke, I was just there. Didn't find much in the way of good surf fishing but it was mid summer, should be getting better soon.
  230. Shimano Penn

    9/18 late report Pride 2 Day

    It's all true, I know… I was there :D Great captain, boat and crew, definitely on my go to list now. Personally I went 9 for 11 on YF and put a couple skippies on the boat too, can't complain. Thanks Adrian for putting the trip together and letting me tag along. How did you rig it so you...
  231. Shimano Penn

    Morro Bay Yakin this 9/28 9/29

    My first time EVER in a kayak in the ocean was at Leffingwell. Solo. When he came by (BIG boy too) I just thought "oh, so this is what kayak fishing is like". It wasn't until I got back to the beach where 50 people where gathered and DFG was there asking questions and taking statements that I...
  232. Shimano Penn

    Spooling Reels near landings, any recommendations?

    Do you mean Angler's Choice or is there someplace I don't know about? Not being funny, I'm serious.
  233. Shimano Penn

    Morro Bay Yakin this 9/28 9/29

    Cambria/ Leffingwell. Can't go wrong. Just watch out for Mr. White :eek: He's been known to break bad.
  234. Shimano Penn

    WTB Spinning combo

    Dude you should buy this, if he'll take your $200 it's a good deal. I fish that same combo. I know it's not close for you though, too bad.
  235. Shimano Penn

    Bluefin or yellowfin? I can’t tell...

    If it's over 200 lbs its probably a blue fin. :D Or look here https://www.onthewater.com/identifying-bluefin-vs-yellowfin-tuna
  236. Shimano Penn

    Replacing rod butts with gimble butts

    :D That is rich, I didn't even really look at his photos :rolleyes: Yep er, pull that sucker off of there :p
  237. Shimano Penn

    Replacing rod butts with gimble butts

    Depends on how busy they are. I usually expect to drop it off and come back in a day or two.
  238. Shimano Penn

    Replacing rod butts with gimble butts

    I have had Squidco put aluminum gimbals on 6 or 7 Proteus rods because they don't come with them. Usually around $10-$12 I think.
  239. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Large round fender $25

    It measures something like 28 X 22 but from looking at the Taylor list on West Marine I think it's a size 21.
  240. Shimano Penn

    SOLD Cheap Calm Water Kayak $150

    I bought this last summer when I was up in Shasta/ Trinity fishing lakes and wide, slow rivers, this is NOT for La Jolla. Maybe Mission Bay. It's a Lifetime Tamarac Angler, you can buy one brand new for ~$300 but this has many extras and upgrades. I think it's 10', forgot to check that...
  241. Shimano Penn

    First Custom Rod

    :D I went in for ONE rod. That was shortly before Day On The Docks and what I did not know is M&M entered my name in a drawing, which I won. $100 gift certificate, of course I had to order up another rod. Then a buddy traded me a blank I liked for something I had so … three rods wrapped. I...
  242. Shimano Penn

    Info on Fisherman's Paradise rods?

    If they were built in Florida you could try contacting Captain Harry's Fishing Supply or Dru (Rods by Dru), one of them might be able to help you identify the builder and hence the blank. I have a rod (by Dru) that is so special to me I never take it out anymore for fear of damaging it :rolleyes:
  243. Shimano Penn

    First Custom Rod

    I'm no expert but have had three rods built by M&M in San Diego. At a minimum you should know what blank you want and what it will be used for. From there you can get all "type A" about the guides, reel seat, grip material, etc. If you are not that guy and will take advice just go to a...
  244. Shimano Penn

    For Sale All sold for now

    What I like is the buttery smooth retrieve, it's a joy. I use both a Cal'd out FTH25NLD2 and a Saltist 40LD2 for yo-yo/ 130g FF and the Saltist is my preference. I do believe the 25N is a better reel overall and if a larger grade fish picked me up I'd want it but the Saltist is just so much...
  245. Shimano Penn

    For Sale All sold for now

    Free bump. FWIW I bought three of the Daiwa Saltist last year, 20 and 30 star drag and 40LD2. I love them. I was fishing all Fathom LD2's but the Saltist 20 and 30 make great LB/ sardine reels and the 40LD2 is now my go to yo-yo reel for YT.
  246. Shimano Penn

    Cal Sheets

    Yea that's what I said :D I had him do (2) 25N's and a 30. Also (2) older International 30sw2's. When season ends I will send him a 40N. It takes time, they get really backed up. Don't do it until season ends.
  247. Shimano Penn

    Cal Sheets

    Cal'd FTH25NLD2 ...
  248. Shimano Penn

    Shimano Baitrunner question

    BTW, I am from SF and don't recall a big sardine bait fishery there. :rolleyes:
  249. Shimano Penn

    Shimano Baitrunner question

    I guess I forgot to mention I'm not an idiot :D Notice I said "even at the lightest setting" :rolleyes: But hey, thanks for all your help ! ;)
  250. Shimano Penn

    WTB Custom Rod Wrap

    I have used M&M in San Diego, very satisfied.
  251. Shimano Penn

    Fathom LD Size recommendation

    ^^^^^^ What he said :D One reel will not do both, 25N or 30 for 40-50, 40N for 50-60. General consensus is that the 40N is NOT an 80 lb reel. Bear in mind that 25N and 30 are the same reel, 30 is just a wider spool (more capacity). So... 25N for 40 and 30 for 50 is how I set them up :cool:
  252. Shimano Penn

    Shimano Baitrunner question

    Does anyone know if the selected drag setting on the reel affects the baitrunner drag? On my 6500 I have 40lb super slick to the brim and fish a short 30lb fluoro leader, I set the drag at 10#. Even at the lightest setting a sardine really can't pull so the BR function is useless. Would...
  253. Shimano Penn

    New spinner for wife, Saragosa or slammer

    I have Baitrunner 6500, Slammer 3 5500 and 'gosa 10K. Of the three I mostly use the Slammer. Any of them will catch schoolies (saragosa is overkill). However even at the lightest setting a sardine really can't pull the baitrunner, now a makeral... that is a different story :D The only thing...
  254. Shimano Penn

    WTB Seeker osp 1x3

    They were marked 60-100 iirc, what I really liked was they also gave a drag range rating (don't remember what is was though).
  255. Shimano Penn

    WTB Seeker osp 1x3

    I was eyeballing a couple of those on the Pride (boat gear) this week, I'm totally into black on black. Nice looking rods. I have custom wrapped blacked out Centaur and Viper but still those 1x3's looked tempting :rolleyes:
  256. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Tiagra 30W LRSA reel

    I dunno know man, I don't know what you know but he offered a super deal that I myself would have taken but I knew I was too far away, and I'm talking 95 miles. You are across the country. Did you expect him to turn down an immediate local cash sale for the hassle of e-payment and shipping...
  257. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Tiagra 30W LRSA reel

    Damn! I’d almost drive to Riverside for that deal :D
  258. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Pet - pair of Turtles and Aquarium

    Not sure if the laws have changed but if those are under 4", which they certainly look to be, they are pretty hard to find (legally at least). I'm surprised someone didn't snatch them up right away.
  259. Shimano Penn

    quick question bout pq

    Verizon has service at SCI :D
  260. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee - broken

    Motor blew up, mechanic says it's not worth fixing. ~170K miles on chasis. If you have one it may be of value to you. Leather seats, CD changer, K&N cold air intake, magnaflow exhaust, almost new set of BFG AT ko2's, sunroof etc etc, this is the Limited version and from what I can tell was top...
  261. Shimano Penn

    Small smoker for beginners

    Yes this, not sure if they tell you to but it’s what you do
  262. Shimano Penn

    9/16-9/18 Pride 2 day

    Thanks for the call, see you tomorrow :D
  263. Shimano Penn

    Marking braid with a sharpie?

    Good tip, thanks. I like that idea !
  264. Shimano Penn

    Charter Masters; Cancelations? Coming up short?

    I'm not working right now but a job could pop up any day so I'm trying to fish a lot while I can. Mostly interested in 1.5 or 2 day trips but will entertain anything. Short notice is okay too, even same day for evening departures. I am rigged and ready. Not tonight though, got some business...
  265. Shimano Penn

    Small smoker for beginners

    X3 for Little Chief, a classic. My dad had one when I was a kid and after I got married and bought a house he got tired of making jerky for me so he gave me one for Christmas :rolleyes: Now I have a Traeger 8-)
  266. Shimano Penn

    Marking braid with a sharpie?

    I have been making depth marks on mono with a sharpie for years, I'm convinced it does not affect the line. I'm assuming the same for braid but thought I'd ask if anyone knows differently.
  267. Shimano Penn

    9/16-9/18 Pride 2 day

    Sent text, waiting to hear from you. Will Mario's be open for drop off when the boat comes in? I've never been on that boat but have been looking at it. What is the bunk layout like?
  268. Shimano Penn

    Boat "Trailer" storage?

    Which KOA? That sounds pretty cheap!
  269. Shimano Penn

    25N, 30, 40N, 60 reel clamp cap screws

    Talking about the female threaded cap screws that hold the reel clamp. Are they the same for all models? Maybe there is a better (proper) term for them but you get the idea, right? Anyway I'm now in the habit of completely breaking down all my gear after fishing since the "new order" of...
  270. Shimano Penn

    WTB Car guys need advise

    Okay thanks guys, it was just a thought. Looking at Honda Elements, I have two friends with them and they both drank the koolaide, they both say it’s the best car they ever owned. Toyota? Highlander?
  271. Shimano Penn

    WTB Car guys need advise

    Is this a good deal? Do I want this?https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/cto/d/san-diego-audi-a3-great-car-for-anyone/6975329440.html My beloved Jeep Grand Cherokee died, it's beyond reasonable repair. Don't need AWD or 4WD necessarily. Was thjinking of going smaller and lighter than the big...
  272. Shimano Penn

    N00b tips for a 3/4 to full day trip...

    Not familiar with the area but suggesting you try to find a "buddy boat" for your first offshore explorations. Just someone to tag along with and keep in touch via radio. Lots of good folk here, shouldn't be that hard to find.
  273. Shimano Penn

    Tomahawk 2 Day 9/11-9/13

    FWIW I was on the Liberty 3/4 day yesterday and it was NOT hard to find fish. Our first stop was not productive so we moved on, second stop (maybe ~9am, I really didn't check) lasted pretty much all day, we were there until 2:00 with a constant steady bite going, 5-6 fish hanging at any given...
  274. Shimano Penn

    Liberty tuna report Friday 9/6

    I’m going out with them tomorrow, hoping for a similar day Thank for the after hours tip on 5 Star
  275. Shimano Penn

    carp 101

    Ditto on the canned corn, seems to work pretty well.
  276. Shimano Penn

    Tomahawk 2 Day 9/11-9/13

    Any thoughts about gear for this? I have been away for a month so not up to date, I'm guessing 20-40 as a focus and 50-80 "just in case" ? Yea I will be "that guy" with 7-8 rigs, don't hate :rolleyes:
  277. Shimano Penn

    SOLD D

    I so totally had to bite my tounge… just sooo tempting... but no, I'm staying out of it :rolleyes:
  278. Shimano Penn

    Fishing rod and tackle storage in garage options

    Set your priorities man, what is wrong with you? :confused: Get RID of any crap that interferes with access to your fishing gear ! And if you mean "across the rafters" like above them then no, too much work. Go to HD and buy some lag type J hooks, screw them into the rafters. Your rods...
  279. Shimano Penn

    Cheap Place To Stay In PVR

    I did stay 3 nights at Pepe's Sunset Bungalow, it was great. Perfect location, close enough to the beach and action but just far enough to be quiet at night. A/C helped. I did not fish except for the surf, there are no fish to be had right now. Very few if any boats going out and those that...
  280. Shimano Penn

    Screwed up, license expires 08-12 !!!!!!

    I am leaving in a couple hours for CBX-TIJ-PVR. Thought I had covered all my bases for a 4 week trip. Just realized my Mexican fishing license expires on Monday. Squidco doesn't open until 8:30 so I'm screwed. Does anyone know where in Puerto Vallarta I can renew my license tomorrow...
  281. Shimano Penn

    Cheap Place To Stay In PVR

    Flying in to PVR later today Juan, see you on Saturday. I just realized (last minute, no time to fix) that my Mexican fishing license expires on Monday, will I be able to get one (assuming I need it) in PV tomorrow?
  282. Shimano Penn

    Fish ID needed!

    Whatever it is it looks well fed! Look how small the head is compared to the body, are they all like that?
  283. Shimano Penn

    Boat ads: hours vrs years

    As much as I am trying to resist I look at all the ads for boats, owned a few already and try to say "never again" but then something comes along...:D Anyway I am always skeptical of 8-10 year old motors with 3-400 hours on them. Really? The boats I've owned suffered 100-200 hours a year...
  284. Shimano Penn

    What Lures do you run?

    I am an absolute believer in "right place, right time", all those beautiful colors and designs hanging on tackle store walls are for us, not them. Sales and marketing... not fishing. One of the most successful lures in history is the cedar plug, yea, fish will hit a block of wood. I lived/...
  285. Shimano Penn

    Tackle Shop Getting Closed Down By The City

    Don’t know the place but can imagine, seen lots of public pier bait shops. This is a real shame, any public hearings on the matter or is it strictly internal?
  286. Shimano Penn

    SOLD 20' Shamrock Cuddy Cabin

    Must... resist... damn...
  287. Shimano Penn

    Anything but Tuna!

    Fighting words to SD anglers I know... The thing is I miss my old life in St Thomas where we always caught mahi and often caught wahoo, king maceral, white marlin and blue marlin. In a couple other threads here I have talked about my impending trip to PV area and I'm still looking for advice/...
  288. Shimano Penn

    Haven't caught a white seabass in 20 years till now

    Don't know which I envy more, the fish itself or the mill pond conditions you were fishing in, I dream of days like that! :rolleyes:
  289. Shimano Penn

    Dorado 7/30

    Is it just me or does seeing a guy bundled up in jeans, a heavy jacket and a hoodie holding up a dolfin seem odd ?
  290. Shimano Penn

    Good Luck Rituals

    For PB fishing I like to have a magic chicken on board.
  291. Shimano Penn

    Tomahawk 2 Day 9/11-9/13

    I'm in, money sent. Lets go kill some fish! Tomahawk is an awesome boat, would have booked it several times this year if it hadn't moved. Seaforth rocks :cool:
  292. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Shimano Baitrunner 12000D $100

    Bump for a heck of a deal, I love my 8000.
  293. Shimano Penn

    Cheap Place To Stay In PVR

    Just booked 3 nights with Pepe, 8-10 through 8-13. Thanks for the "hookup" :cool:
  294. Shimano Penn

    PV area (Barra to Sayulita) 08-08 to 09-05

    Now THAT is the kind of intel a guy appreciates, thanks, I'll look him up :D
  295. Shimano Penn

    WTB BOAT HANDLING LESSONS

    What he said ^^^^^
  296. Shimano Penn

    PV area (Barra to Sayulita) 08-08 to 09-05

    I am going to spend 4 weeks in the area. Plan to do both surf fishing and panga fishing. Any one going in that time frame interested in splitting costs hit me up. Any intel on spots, techniques or pangeros please comment. Hotel in Sayulita? I have Barra and PV covered. Basically any and...
  297. Shimano Penn

    Liberty - 60 people at $160 ???

    Yea I’m feeling priced out now too. Last year I did 7 or 8 1.5’s, this year I booked 2 and a 4 week trip to Mexico. Probably spend less overall. Just too many people with money to burn, prices will continue to rise until they can’t fill the seats, just how it is.
  298. Shimano Penn

    Cheap Place To Stay In PVR

    Stickbass I'm sure there is a bus, that is my plan :cool: See my dates above, if you can swing it I'll split a panga with you :D
  299. Shimano Penn

    Cheap Place To Stay In PVR

    SOLD ! August 10 to August 13 or Sept 1 to Sept 4, you pick for me. I am in Barra 08/15 to 08/22 and PV 08/24 to 08/31. Have a few days before and after. Hook me up with a pangero or I have gas money for your boat :D
  300. Shimano Penn

    Surf fishing Mexico

    Curious to know if these "sierras" I read about are actually Cero mackerel, I lived in the Caribbean where this species got called both cereal and sierra :rolleyes:
  301. Shimano Penn

    Surf fishing Mexico

    PV and points North and South of there. Planning to explore from Punta Mita to Barra de Navidad, more or less. Barra for sure. 4 weeks, I’m calling it retirement research!
  302. Shimano Penn

    Surf fishing Mexico

    What lures should I take? I have some 2 and 3 oz kastmasters, what else? Have a 8'-9" travel rod and a Slammer 3 5500.
  303. Shimano Penn

    Need a place to leave my car for a month.

    I have two vehicles, parking for one. Can't leave it on the street over 72 hours. I am getting a ride to the border and doing that cross border bridge thing.
  304. Shimano Penn

    Need a place to leave my car for a month.

    Wasn't sure where to post this. I am going to Mexico for four weeks 08-08 to 09-05, I need a cheap or free (safe) place to leave my car. It's a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee, not a beater, not hard to look at. It won't bring down your property value :rolleyes: I live in Chula Vista so hoping to...
  305. Shimano Penn

    Cheap Place To Stay In PVR

    Booked my flights, August 8 to Sept 5. Will start another thread to see if anyone else wants to fish.
  306. Shimano Penn

    How did you pick your boat name and why?

    Two things you should never do: name your boat after your wife or get a tattoo referencing her ;) Both have a way of lasting longer than marriages:rolleyes: I named my first "real" boat after my (ex) wife, it was called "Patty's Permission". I thought it would make her feel like she had some...
  307. Shimano Penn

    Looking for a solid 60-80lb Rod

    I'm no expert on rods of that class but I notice you don't mention the action you are looking for. The rods listed above are all quality but you may want to ask about performance. The Phenix rods are possibly faster than the UC's, does that matter to you?
  308. Shimano Penn

    Where are all the single "fishing Chicks"?

    Mods close this thread … PLEASE !
  309. Shimano Penn

    Old guys: Stand Up vrs Rail

    I am the OP, had no idea this would get so lively :D What I believe I'm hearing here is that in general you guys think it's okay to go with what you enjoy and ignore the pressure to conform. Yes I will try to learn new tricks but I am an old dog and I know what's comfortable for me 8-)
  310. Shimano Penn

    WTB Torium or Fathom

    Not trying to be a d(u)ck but curious to know how you arrived at that comparison ???? FWIW I dumped the only two Toriums I ever owned and have 6 Fathoms, I really can't see mentioning them both in the same sentence. :rolleyes:
  311. Shimano Penn

    Which rod for Penn 40nld2?

    I am a big Daiwa Proteus fan, have my 40LD2 on a 70XXH and call it a solid 60. In all honesty I have not caught a fish with it yet :rolleyes:, my pairing is based on my other 6 Fathom/ Proteus combinations. In theory it should be good even as a "light" 80 :D
  312. Shimano Penn

    Stepping up in class (6 pack?)

    So let's just say for argument's sake that you are an experienced angler who has decided he can't afford to keep a boat but still wants a better experience than the cattle boat fleet has to offer. You have tried to find a "boat ho" niche but it's random and not reliable. You tried "charter...
  313. Shimano Penn

    Old guys: Stand Up vrs Rail

    So I'm having a really hard time adjusting to this "rail rod" thing, anyone else hear me? I'm 61 years old and 6'-2" tall. My flexibility is not great and that f'ing rail is at my knees. I came up offshore fishing on fast nimble boats so I get that being strapped into a harness on a barge at...
  314. Shimano Penn

    Fishing options in Kauai??

    When in Rome … In tourism based economies like you'll find in the Caribbean and Hawaii it is common for the fish to go to the boat. If you want the fish you need to establish that up front and possibly be willing to pay for it, that's just how it is. In places other than here there is a grey...
  315. Shimano Penn

    Where are all the single "fishing Chicks"?

    Uhh... While I do believe this thread is not politically correct it does inspire new insight into the often exclaimed fisherman's yell "HOOK UP !!!!!!!!" :rolleyes:
  316. Shimano Penn

    SOLD Selling All My Gear - All Sold - Thanks And God Bless

    Guys this is an insane deal! Huge discount on the reel with free JB 130 (very pretty too) and a free rod :eek:. Plus it looks in the photos like there is +/- $40 wind on leader in the deal o_O No tax either!!!!! What are you waiting for, a 200 lb tuna attached? :rolleyes: Fleet keep it as...
  317. Shimano Penn

    Slammer Three bail issues

    That's what I want to do, how do I do that?
  318. Shimano Penn

    Cheap Place To Stay In PVR

    I stay at Hotel Villa Del Mar (traditional). NOT the Gucci beachfront resort of the same name, this is an older hotel in the heart of the Romantic Zone; walk to shops, restaurants, Malecon and beaches. It's clean, safe and inexpensive and the décor/ ambiance is "old Mexico" which I happen to...
  319. Shimano Penn

    Slammer Three bail issues

    Last year I bought a Slammer 3 5500 and spooled it full with 40lb super slick, I usually fish a short 30lb fluoro leader and set the drag at ~9#. I mostly use it for tossing colt snipers, megabaits and that sort of thing, sometimes I'll flyline a dean with it. I also plan to take it to Mexico...
  320. Shimano Penn

    Rod nomenclature ?

    Hey rod geeks, are there words I want to learn for talking about fishing rods? Specifically I am wondering... if I am holding a conventional rod as if fighting a fish am I looking at the "top" side of the rod? The "front" side? The guide side???? Is it even reasonable to call it a "side" ...
  321. Shimano Penn

    Daiwa Proteus - Scam?

    Those are not Proteus, they are the WN versions. Is there an emoji for "finger down throat" ? :D
  322. Shimano Penn

    Seaforth Landing....RV Parking

    I have a conversion van/ camper I have parked in the lot 2 nights at a time with no issues. It’s no “stealth” van, it LOOKS like a DIY camper.
  323. Shimano Penn

    Just noticed - Full day prices up ???

    Okay I knew I'd take crap for that :rolleyes: You are right of course. I like to tell people (young people) that the most money I ever made was $10 per hour. When they balk I tell them I made $10 per hour in 1979 :D That was some serious scratch LOL
  324. Shimano Penn

    Gear for Fishing Monterey

    I was at my shop today so I checked the rods, they are 6' rated 25-60. I have 65 braid on the Sealines and I put 20' or so of 30# mono at the end for the terminal tackle, easier to break off when you get rocked, which you almost certainly will :rolleyes: Dropper loop, shrimp flies and squid...
  325. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Daiwa Proteus w/ Avet LX

    Lightweight rig ? Hardly, that's a serious combo and a super good price. The rod alone with tax OTD would cost a guy $200+!
  326. Shimano Penn

    Gear for Fishing Monterey

    I fished the Endeavor and the Avenger out of Morrow Bay, both fished very deep with 16oz weights, add a couple hefty reds or a fat ling on there and I would not want to be pulling it up with a tiny reel :eek: I don't like to use my expensive gear for rockfishing so I have a couple of Daiwa VIP...
  327. Shimano Penn

    Oceanside 95 1.5 Day Departs 7/12

    Jeff do we have a game plan for this trip? Organizing gear tomorrow. 15-20-25 or 60-80-130? Can I bring 12-15 rods? :D
  328. Shimano Penn

    Just noticed - Full day prices up ???

    Yea yea, it's costs more to fish now than it used to. You should be earning more now that you used to so what's your point? Has anyone noticed parking at the Big Three is now $10 per day? Yea they put a piece of tape over the $8 sign and scribbled it in with a Crayola, gotta Love it LOL
  329. Shimano Penn

    Need Cheap Hotel In Ensenada

    Cheap? In town they have rooms by the hour! :D Okay had to get that out... I have stayed at Villa Fontana a few times, in town and a bit noisy if you get a room on the street side but reasonable and I always felt comfortable there. And safe.
  330. Shimano Penn

    Which rolling tackle bag?

    I looked at one at Walmart today, seems awkward and some of the bunks on these boats are pretty skinny, not sure but yea I am looking into that. Tomorrow I am going to cannibalize and old suitcase and see what I can come up with. I checked out the Calcutta Explorer in person today, that thing...
  331. Shimano Penn

    Have Never Caught A Fish

    Practice, patience and you tube videos, you will start catching fish :) I spent some time last summer trout fishing for the first time in 30 years, one thing I quickly learned is that while those power bait type baits do work almost every fish I caught with them was gut hooked and could not be...
  332. Shimano Penn

    WTB Cheap trolling rods (set of four) and gaff(s)

    A friend recently bought a boat that I will probably fish a few times but he is not a hard core fisherman and there isn't much gear on the boat. I will be carrying a ton of gear back and forth on each trip. I'm thinking I could save my back a little if I just put some basic stuff on the boat I...
  333. Shimano Penn

    Which rolling tackle bag?

    The backpack just keeps getting heavier as I get older, what's up with that? I want a rolling tackle bag. I only fish 1-3 day trips but I bring the kitchen sink so larger sizes preferred. Calcutta? Nomad? Some other? Likes? Dislikes? Pros and cons? Quality? Features? I figure there...
  334. Shimano Penn

    Oceanside 95 1.5 Day Departs 7/12

    Yea well last time I went with this group the parking lot “pot luck” left me a little slow in the morning, IF you know what I mean.
  335. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Calcutta Large Tackle Bag (rolling)

    Post is a year old but I am looking for one if anyone else has one to sell :D
  336. Shimano Penn

    WTB Trolling reel 12-50

    TLD 30/2’s pop up here pretty frequently, search this forum and you should find a couple. Good all around local water trolling reel IMO, I have four of them from the 90’s, no issues.
  337. Shimano Penn

    Life Span of Hooks

    I have a bunch of Mustad 3412 C’s I’ve had since the 90’s, still using them although we don’t really do that much trolling here.
  338. Shimano Penn

    New Lo-Ann late report

    Personally I’m not too concerned about where my rods and tackle go but being an older guy I do care about the bunk. Some boats (very few) allow you to reserve a bunk when you pay, they get most of my business. I don’t know why they all can’t do that, would certainly eliminate the fluster cluck...
  339. Shimano Penn

    Any Tribute or Aztec intel ?

    Now that Tomahawk is no longer at Seaforth I'm going to try Tribute and probably Aztec as well. Any tips ? Pros/ cons? Bunk selection? I mostly do 1.5's. I do fish Tomahawk, PQ, Liberty and occasionally Grande but sometimes I just don't want to deal with the parking/ congestion at Point...
  340. Shimano Penn

    Bft fishing- why wait to go?

    Well for me, mostly because it isn't dark, wet, windy and freezing-ass cold in July, August or even September. I go fishing to enjoy some time on the water, make some new friends and relax. The tally isn't really my goal.
  341. Shimano Penn

    Fishing the Tribute tonight missing one

    Why is life so cruel???? I just saw this (4:53 PM) and could make it if departure was 9pm like EVERY OTHER 1.5 on their schedule but this one leaves at 7:00 ????? Arrgghhh ......
  342. Shimano Penn

    Oceanside 95 1.5 Day Departs 7/12

    Bump for a great group. I am on this trip and another later in the year. Went out with these guys last year and had an awesome time. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!
  343. Shimano Penn

    Glue Starboard to Fiberglass..

    Anyone tried Lexel on starboard? Just curious, I guess if 5200 wont do nothing will
  344. Shimano Penn

    Big Fish? Penn Fathom 30 Star Drag

    Quick nimble private boat? Sky is the limit. Barge fishing with 25 other people who are waiting on you? Get a heavier rig for the larger models.
  345. Shimano Penn

    New rod belt

    I got mine fixed at 24 Hour Fitness ;)
  346. Shimano Penn

    Bachelor Party Locations?

    Never know what you might catch there. IMHO the water is cleaner at Adelita’s.
  347. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 24' Grady White Offshore

    That is exactly what I had (see avatar), was very happy with it. Very seaworthy boat. I did feel slightly under powered with the F225 and dreamed of a 250. This boat should be just about perfect.
  348. Shimano Penn

    1.5 day suggestions/recommendation

    I’m not so sure Tomahawk is a good choice for a first trip. You are setting the bar too high. Once you go out with them every other boat in the fleet ( with a few exceptions) is going to be disappointing;) Seriously, excellent choice, you will have a great time!
  349. Shimano Penn

    Fresno Ca. lakes to fish .... and fishing gear needed

    Lake Success has camping and bass, don’t know if there’s any trout in there. You could go look at Leffingwell Landing/ Cambria and try launching there, I’ve seen it done. Mostly a kayak launch but I’ve seen some small boats put in there. Awesome rockfish/ lingcod close to shore. Just beware...
  350. Shimano Penn

    Looking for the Penn Fathom of fishing rods

    Fathom/ Proteus is a hard to beat value and a very effective rig.
  351. Shimano Penn

    Single strand wire leader for BFT?

    “Old school”. Yea, that’s me. Been using ss wire for trolling forever. However I’d think it would seriously inhibit the action of a live bait ????
  352. Shimano Penn

    Sabiki PIA

    Everyone loves my sabiki rig :) I zip tied a length of clear 1" vinyl tubing on to the back side of a 7' spinning rod. I use a torpedo style weight so it fits inside the tube easily. The whole thing just slides down into the tube between uses, no more tangle and lots of action with the rod.
  353. Shimano Penn

    Caribbean line question

    Cool. Didn’t even know there was reef in the Bahama’s, thought it was all sand ;)
  354. Shimano Penn

    Caribbean line question

    I think you want something easy to break at the terminal end, rocks and coral will eat some sinkers :) Also depending on where you are you probably don’t want to eat any reef fish out there. Ciguatera.
  355. Shimano Penn

    Constant request for “My Location”

    Doesn’t matter if I say yes or no, keeps popping back up.
  356. Shimano Penn

    Hang a door

    PM me, I know a good door guy.
  357. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Stand up Rods or Trolling Rods

    Rollers or rings? Gimbal butts? Location? Price each? Photos? ... geez... Funny thing is I’m actually looking for a 80-100 stand up rod so this is extra frustrating;)
  358. Shimano Penn

    Top Gun 80 trip tips and bunk info request?

    Avoid the aft stateroom in the main quarters, I want to say it’s #9 but not positive about that. Very cramped. Also, “salty” is an understatement They do catch fish though
  359. Shimano Penn

    Proteus vs pch

    That is EXACTLY how mine is set up, fished at 50 with mono topshot and fluoro leader. No trouble thus far with BFT to 90lbs.
  360. Shimano Penn

    Proteus vs pch

    I know nothing about PCH rods but might be the biggest Proteus fan here on the boards. I have a LOT of them ;) Proteus is a fast action rod that shuts off in the upper third, not "stiff" just fast. Also most here agree that Proteus is underrated and fishes best at the mid to high point of the...
  361. Shimano Penn

    Any Insight on PQ’s or Tomahawks Layout?

    Both are top notch and that is a tough call. They are by far my top two local trip boats. Pick the one that fits your schedule and you'll be happy.
  362. Shimano Penn

    365 DAY, YEAR FROM PURCHASE LICENSE....Lets get this done!!

    Not trying to pick a fight, honestly curious. I’m in the “who cares?” boat, going to buy a license once a year and don’t give a hoot what month it is. What is the advantage of the 365 day license? They are pretty cheap, I’m not buying the idea that people will pass on sport fishing just...
  363. Shimano Penn

    WTB Size 4 Unibutt in silver

    I believe I have two of those in my storage somewhere but honestly haven’t seen them in a while. I’ll go look for them today. They are new with Ferrell’s, I was going to have some rods made but never did. Remind me in case I forget;)
  364. Shimano Penn

    fathom 30, rod and braid setup

    My FTH30LD2 ( 65# braid, 50# top shot and 50# fluoro) is on a Proteus 7’ xh and I’ve taken BFT to 90# with it however that was on a pb. Did get a 55# on the TG80 but it took some time
  365. Shimano Penn

    Rods??? How many

    Oh and don't forget to bring a spinner too! I love watching the haters feel stupid when I'm already hooked up at the paddy and they are still on their third bait trying to get one to swim away from the boat LOL
  366. Shimano Penn

    Rods??? How many

    Well I usually do bring “too many” but most times you don’t really know what you will need until the fish show up. What I do is rack the 2-3 I expect to use in a prime spot and put the rest as far out of everyone’s way as possible.
  367. Shimano Penn

    C- Hawk

    I lived in St Thomas and noticed that 1/2 or more of the local commercial fleet were C-hawks. Most popular boat out there among the trappers. Conditions are generally rougher there than here so I’d think they would make great local boats but rarely see one here.
  368. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Fenders, docklines and rope

    This items were stored on board as backup, emergency equipment so some wear but no actual use. (2) Taylor fenders 6.5" X 22" one new with tags the other like new. 100' X 3/8" three strand twisted nylon rope new in package. (2) 1/2" X 15' braided docklines with spliced eye loop at one end...
  369. Shimano Penn

    San Diego full day boats...

    Not sure I understand the “obvious reasons”. You are already fishing first class, why move down to coach?
  370. Shimano Penn

    Grande vs Liberty

    You're kidding right? If not in my view there is absolutely nothing wrong with the Grande, it's a fine boat and I would fish it again if I couldn't get a spot on the Liberty. 8-)
  371. Shimano Penn

    Tackle suggestions for overnight and 1.5 day

    Since you never know what you will get into I always bring something light and fun for schoolie size fish like a 20-25 lb rig.
  372. Shimano Penn

    WTB 8’ 30-60 rod proteus/pch rod

    Ah, I see you are correct sir, looks like they added several rods to the series since I last checked. Crap, now I have to buy more rods !
  373. Shimano Penn

    WTB 8’ 30-60 rod proteus/pch rod

    Diawa does not make an 8’ 30-60 Proteus, there is a 70xh and 76xh, both solid 50# rods. Also there is 70xxh seriously under rated at 40-60, it’s more like a 50-80 # stick.
  374. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Travel rod, cal star

    Nomad looks to be conventional in the photo, I’ll take it if we can arrange meeting.
  375. Shimano Penn

    Big Three Parking, Crazy Talk?

    Nor with the wealthy and influential residents on the hill who enjoy their view :cussing:
  376. Shimano Penn

    Big Three Parking, Crazy Talk?

    Come on man, I’m bored at work;)
  377. Shimano Penn

    Big Three Parking, Crazy Talk?

    Remote lot and shuttle during peak season? Or does that just make too much sense?
  378. Shimano Penn

    Overnight tuna trip

    Noooo, stay away from Tomahawk, you will hate it! Tell all your friends, NEVER book Tomahawk, it’s terrible. Make sure they always have plenty of open spots. I will suck it up and go out with them just so they can get by but I’m just that kind of guy.
  379. Shimano Penn

    Tomahawk has LIMITS of Bluefin

    In the other thread it says “I heard” 40-60.
  380. Shimano Penn

    Tomahawk has LIMITS of Bluefin

    Website says no passport required.
  381. Shimano Penn

    Tomahawk 4/16/19

    There here???? Where? There? Or here?
  382. Shimano Penn

    In between set up

    Same reel or 60ld2 with Proteus 70XXH.
  383. Shimano Penn

    WTB A device to keep bait alive

    Don’t use a high speed twist drill bit, they are for metal. Get a plastics bit (Ridout has them) or maybe burn the holes with a soldering iron or something.
  384. Shimano Penn

    For Sale NIB 12 AMP Dual Bank Marine Battery Charger

    Sunny weekend bump. Will be at DOTD tomorrow, will have it in the car.
  385. Shimano Penn

    Free fishing for 3 days

    I’ll bet the fishing is great, can you imagine the chum slick?
  386. Shimano Penn

    Blue Dorado

    Ditto that for St Thomas, lived there 11 years and probably saw 1000+ dolfin, don't recall ever seeing a blue one. Didn't even know they came that way until I moved here. Last season I caught three as "by-catch" on tuna trips, all 3 were blue females ~12-14 lbs. Three different trips.
  387. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 1993 Toyota Pickup

    Im surprised it didn’t sell within an hour of posting. I had to tie my own hands to stop myself from buying it. Don’t need it, have no place to park it, but... damn! I WANT it
  388. Shimano Penn

    San Diego Trailer Storage

    Call Champagne Lakes and see if they have a spot. It’s a hike but cheap.
  389. Shimano Penn

    For Sale NIB 12 AMP Dual Bank Marine Battery Charger

    Pro Mariner Pro Sport 12, they sell these at West Marine for $170 normally or $136 on sale. This one has been sitting in my garage for 2-1/2 or 3 years, I never installed it and sold the boat. Never been out of the box. $75 in Chula Vista or by other arrangement.
  390. Shimano Penn

    Daiwa Proteus 70xxh Capabilities

    The 70XXH is way under rated at 40-60, it’s a beast. Fast action (which I like) but may or may not be your thing.
  391. Shimano Penn

    WTB Wanted: 22-25 ft Pilothouse or walkaround fishing boat

    I’d go look at that 22 Cape Dory, that thing looks sweet
  392. Shimano Penn

    Bahia de Navida?

    Awesome, PM sent. If you have some time please respond.
  393. Shimano Penn

    Outrigger line attachement

    #64 rubber band
  394. Shimano Penn

    Bahia de Navida?

    Anyone fished or spent any time in Barra de Navidad? I'm planning an extended trip to PV later this year and that bay looks interesting, was thinking about going down there to check it out.
  395. Shimano Penn

    What reels?

    Best thing to do is put me on your boat . I have gear and lots of trolling experience, lived on St Thomas for 11 years .
  396. Shimano Penn

    Question about travel rods

    Figured you guys would know... is a travel rod made by taking a standard blank and cutting it up? If so is it reasonable to think I can take any rod I own and make it into a travel rod? Or is that just crazy talk? To be more specific I have some older Penn Int'l 2 trolling rods with Aftco...
  397. Shimano Penn

    Fathom reels

    On a budget go look at Proteus 70XXH, great match for that reel. Ignore the stated rating of 40-60, it’s way under rated. If not price sensitive go pull on some UC rods and pick one
  398. Shimano Penn

    Tomahawk out of Fisherman's Landing

    This is very sad news. I fished the T-hawk last fall and planned to make it my “go to” this season for a variety of reasons but the location was big on the list. Great boat, captain and crew but if they fish out of FL I’ll keep looking for another boat
  399. Shimano Penn

    Best travel rod?

    Thanks so much for all the replies. Most of these rods are less expensive than I thought they would be, and figuring that there would be "show special" sales going on over the weekend I stopped by Charkbait Saturday and pulled on the two Toro Tamer Surf Explorer rods they had in stock. For...
  400. Shimano Penn

    St John's/St Thomas

    I lived on St Thomas for 11 years back in the '90's; had a boat, fished a lot and was active in the VI Game Fishing Club. I'm sure a lot has changed but probably not the seasonality, March is a little late for prime wahoo fishing and a bit early for prime dolphin time. Don't get me wrong, any...
  401. Shimano Penn

    Found rod/reel - Dana Point 2/27

    Nice catch, I’d have it mounted and hung over the mantle.
  402. Shimano Penn

    liveaboard slip for a 50'

    Chula Vista
  403. Shimano Penn

    Best travel rod?

    Thanks for all the great suggestions, I’ll have time Saturday to check them out. I was sort of hoping to find something that will fit inside a suitcase rather than a separate bag to check so that will be a factor. Of course I could buy a bigger suitcase
  404. Shimano Penn

    Best travel rod?

    Any suggestions for a quality telescoping or 3-4 piece spinning rod for 15-20 # work? I’m not that price sensitive, willing to pay for quality. Would be used for surf/ bay fishing on a planned trip to Bahia de Navidad.
  405. Shimano Penn

    Retiring in Mexico/ Central/ South America?

    Couldn't figure out which forum would be best for this so I guess "personal news" will do ;) I have been doing some preliminary research online looking at low cost yet tropical retirement destinations. The two biggies for Americans seem to be Ecuador and Costa Rica. Cost of living...
  406. Shimano Penn

    PENN Senator Rod n Reels

    Wow that looks like some truly classic gear! The gimbal on the second rod actually looks like after market in the photo. Hoping TunaNorth will provide some info but meanwhile if it were me those rigs would be hanging up on display and probably never take another boat ride, ever If that’s not...
  407. Shimano Penn

    SOLD Daiwa Proteus Rod 70XHF 30-60 (70-120 braid)

    Super deal! I already own all three plus three other Proteus, no better rod for the money (at full retail) and at $120 each he is giving them away
  408. Shimano Penn

    Leopard shark fishing from shore LA

    Serf perch? Or leopard sharks?:eek:
  409. Shimano Penn

    FAVORITE LINGCOD JIG

    I doubt it really matters, more of a "right place, right time" thing :D I caught a nice one at Colonette while yo-yo fishing a red crab colored jig for YT. :rolleyes: Whenever I accidentally catch a sand dab down it goes and usually comes back in a ling's mouth. :cool:
  410. Shimano Penn

    Saltist 40ld vs Fathom 40

    In my view one is an apple, one is an orange. Just because the names are similar does not make them similar reels. I have both and love both but for me the Saltist is a dedicated yo-yo reel and the Fathom is for bait fishing tuna. I believe the long range guys like it as a wahoo reel too but...
  411. Shimano Penn

    Schoolie Rig

    I have not tried this but have read here that if you practice casting with a clothes pin clipped on to your line and are able to toss it out without it coming off you will be an anchovy casting Zen Master
  412. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Daiwa Proteus Rod 70XHF

    Funny how people’s preferences vary so much. I LOVE the fast action of Proteus so much I own six of them, including the 70XH. Bump for a great rod at a great price
  413. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 20' Seacraft

    Really glad to hear this, happy for you! I really wanted it but have no place to store it without paying $$$. My buddy had a 23 years ago and it was an awesome sled.
  414. Shimano Penn

    GMG V's Traeger

    I have the Traegar tailgater as well but my experience has not been so great. The first one really didn’t work at all, temp fluctuated wildly. CS sent me a new temp probe but no change so I returned it and got another. This one works great when it works but you have to constantly monitor it...
  415. Shimano Penn

    SOLD 16Ft Klamath 60Hp Mercury

    What do you guys think, enough boat to launch at Mission Bay and scoot up to La Jolla safely (decent weather of course)? I’m pretty salty but last two boats were 24 WAC’s so not used to smaller cc’s.
  416. Shimano Penn

    Reel Recommendation for 1 Day and Overnight SD Trips

    I am a HUGE fan of the FTH LD2 reels and own 5 of them 25N through 60 but in all honesty I disagree with the above posts recommending them for your application. They are overkill and lack the freespool I think you are looking for. Even the 25N is a 40lb reel at minimum IMHO. I am also a big...
  417. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 19 ft MAKO for sale

    Need more pics please (of the deckhand)
  418. Shimano Penn

    For Sale I love craigslist...

    Not a great deal... no trailer included. However the BBQ will be great for overnights at SCI !
  419. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 20' Seacraft

    Chapo from Tomahawk ????? Put me on the interest list, I'll start looking for a place to store it.
  420. Shimano Penn

    New bait store start up, Where to buy wholesale ?

    Just be aware that every tackle shop owner I've ever met laments the fact that they had to give up fishing to do it :eek:
  421. Shimano Penn

    Rod rating

    I wasn't even going to go there but OF COURSE !!!!! Last time I brought this up I got bashed for it, all the BD "know it all's" telling me the entire industry isn't going to change now :rolleyes: But yes, it seems to me an optimal drag rating for a rods performance would be more useful than a...
  422. Shimano Penn

    Rod rating

    Rod ratings are not consistent across manufacturers or product lines. As a general rule I figure the lower third of the rated range is about right but again product lines vary and only time and experience will aid you in selection. I think it's one reason people tend to be brand loyal, you get...
  423. Shimano Penn

    What happened to the Prowler?

    Very sad, how does this happen? I've never felt at risk out there in the dark or fog, they all have radar right? Now I may become some geek wearing an inflatable all day :rolleyes: I'm guessing a captain or two may be losing a liscense over this.
  424. Shimano Penn

    Recipe for Bonito or Skipjack

    I used to hate getting a fish to color only to see it was a bone or skippy. Then for about the same cost as a decent rod and reel I bought a Traeger pellet smoker. Now those “garbage” fish can make my day! Both are excellent smoked, better than YT in my view. Cuda too, I now look forward to...
  425. Shimano Penn

    How people get "hooked" on sportfishing :)

    So I was on the Tomahawk this past weekend, a 1.5. Was talking to a guy, maybe late 20's, early 30's, who has NEVER been offshore before but likes to fish. I dunno, maybe bass? Anyway we get into the most incredible WFO bite I have seen in a long time, total bloodbath mayhem for over an hour...
  426. Shimano Penn

    Anybody on Tomahawk 1.5 this Friday 10-19?

    Okay guys, DO NOT EVER book this boat!!!! You will hate it!!!! Stay away!!! Make sure there are always empty spots and they have to go out with minimal passengers. It's terrible... trust me :rolleyes: Not. Tamahawk is now at the very top of my "yes please" list :D The boat itself is...
  427. Shimano Penn

    San Diego Shops - Quick Ring Brazing Turnaround

    Squidco does it on the spot. Walk in, walk out with welded rings. At least in my experience but then I'm pretty much putting Joey's kids through college so that may be a factor. :rolleyes: YMMV
  428. Shimano Penn

    Infectious disease killing local sea lions!

    Report I heard on NPR said the "problem" is Central to Northern Cal, no mention of the epidemic in So Cal. It's cyclical, they say every 5-7 years. Nature's way of contolling the population? Damn GWS's obviously aren't doing their part :D
  429. Shimano Penn

    Anybody on Tomahawk 1.5 this Friday 10-19?

    This will be my first time on the T-hawk. Really looking forward to it, read so many good reports here. AND my first adventure at Seaforth, looking forward to easy parking. :D
  430. Shimano Penn

    No electronics....

    Probably more of a battery issue than an idling issue. If you have two batteries, "start" isolated from "house" then you should be good. Motor off- no charging. A single battery running the FF and radio while the motor is off could be a problem depending of course on the time duration and...
  431. Shimano Penn

    re-frozen fish

    Yes that's what I was counting on, processed professionally and vaccum sealed by Mario's.
  432. Shimano Penn

    Dolphin Motel closing Oct. 31...... It's the wrecking ball for Point Loma's Dolphin Motel

    I'm not deeply in to this but have been told that the somewhat wealthy and influential PL homeowners on the hill do not want a multi level parking structure devalueing their homes/ views. I get that, remains to be seen how much juice they have.
  433. Shimano Penn

    re-frozen fish

    As always Dan you are a true friend, always there for me when I need you.
  434. Shimano Penn

    re-frozen fish

    It was delicious, I can't say I really noticed any real difference. Maybe a tad less "tender". And I didn't wake up the middle of the night running to the bathroom :D
  435. Shimano Penn

    Big Red Rock Cod in San Diego

    Morro Bay, like shooting fish in a barrel
  436. Shimano Penn

    re-frozen fish

    I came home with a 1/4 share of a cow BFT processed at Mario's in August. I placed 8-10 big chunks into a "dorm sized" freezer I have. Came home from work last week to see the door seal had failed and everything was completely thawed yet still ice cold. I sealed up the door and re-froze the...
  437. Shimano Penn

    Possible theft at H&M Landing this morning.

    I'm gonna go out and look for a PINK duffle, tackle bag and reel bag now. Years ago working construction we had similar problems all the time. I spray painted all my stuff pink and never lost a tool bieber
  438. Shimano Penn

    Bonito for smoking - stupid me removed the skin...

    Is this it ? https://www.costco.com/Mr.-Yoshida's-Sauce-Original-Gourmet%2C-86-oz.product.100381601.html High Fructose Corn Syrup... no thanks. Or do I have the wrong product?
  439. Shimano Penn

    Bonito for smoking - stupid me removed the skin...

    If it's on the internet it must be true right? :D I did the exact same thing, totally ruined my first batch ever using that stupid "equal parts" recipe. What I did to save it is make a dip, diced it up and mixed with mayo, black peper, dill relish... Came out pretty good, just don't use salty...
  440. Shimano Penn

    Best way to secure rods when trolling

    For the light stuff that doesn't have harness lugs I zip tie a 'D' ring to the rod just above the grip. THREE zip ties.
  441. Shimano Penn

    10/12 Overnight this weekend tackle questions...

    Which boat? I'm on Liberty Overnight 10/12. My last two trips were all about the bait, nothing else really worked well. So every single swinging duck on the boat ends up in the corner, one fish takes out 7 lines :rolleyes: Spend most of the day untangling and retying. By the time you're...
  442. Shimano Penn

    Bonito for smoking - stupid me removed the skin...

    Ive tried both ways and prefer skin off but it doesn't really seem to make a huge difference. I use a pellet grill, Apple, 140-180 3 to 4 hours depending. Basic brine off the internet; water, soy sauce, brown sugar, kosher salt. (Char Broil #1). Then experiment with spices, garlic, hoisin...
  443. Shimano Penn

    1.5 DAY LIMITED TO 25. ONLY $225!

    This seems contradictory on a 1.5, can you explain? I'm just thinking the actual game plan might generate interest. Flat Fall at night and "hop" by day? Or "kite hell" in the aftrenoon after the hopping?
  444. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 7'6" Proteus MHF 15-30#, Okuma cz10csPENDING

    Yes, I picked it up this morning though. Hard to find now as most retailers have the "new" WM Proteus rods. If you can find one buy it, no better rod for the money out there... anywhere. I have UC, Phenix, Seeker and more. All excellent rods but not nearly the value of a Proteus that retails...
  445. Shimano Penn

    Solid vrs. Hollow

    An old thread I know but if I post a new one some wise arse is going to say "use the search function" so I did :D I just got two 30SW's back from Cal and he put 130 JB hollow on them and spiced in loops. Okay great, but I really don't see the big advantage to hollow??????? I can tie a bimini...
  446. Shimano Penn

    Anyone know the owner of this 23 Grady White for sale?

    Trolling, bait or yo-yo?:D
  447. Shimano Penn

    Jump on an Overnight Trip for YFT Now or Wait for a Better Grade of Fish

    Get out every chance you get. You will have great days, you will have disappointing days, you just can't predict them. :D If you don't simply enjoy the opportunity, enjoy a day on the water and enjoy the new friends you will make well... perhaps another hobby is the way to go. :rolleyes:
  448. Shimano Penn

    SOLD Sold proteus PRTB80HF $170

    uhh.. perhaps Daiwa Proteus? :D Awesome rods, I have 5 in the series.
  449. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 7'6" Proteus MHF 15-30#, Okuma cz10csPENDING

    I want the rod, just have to figure out how to connect. Sending PM.
  450. Shimano Penn

    Tomahawk Chop

    I just keep hearing (reading) so many good things, I am really looking forward to my 1.5 Oct 19th. Problem is I haven't even looked to see where this boat is docked. Seaforth? Oh and I'm now expecting to see some boobies on my trip too. Way to set the bar Tomahawk :D
  451. Shimano Penn

    Mustang/ Diawa Pacific/ Relentless

    Wow that was like 6-7 trips ago and I don't honestly remember any specifics. I do know I came away saying "next..." and put the boat on my "no thank you" list ( as opposed to my "never again" list). I honestly don't remember why, could be as simple as small, uncomfortable bunk or something...
  452. Shimano Penn

    Charter boat deck hand etiquette/behavior

    Yea I hear good things, want to try it. Which landing?
  453. Shimano Penn

    9/22 Lj with a plot twist

    Ding ding ding... I'll bet you're on to something there ;)
  454. Shimano Penn

    Dana Landing launch ramp lost wallet

    Awesome, still some good folks out there :D
  455. Shimano Penn

    First trip on a SD boat question ?

    Faced this problem a few times in the past 6-8 weeks. So many skips (or bonita) you can NOT give them away. I like to keep 2-3 for the smoker but that's it. I like to fish yo-yo. Changed out all the trebbles to single hooks, much easier to release. Wear a glove, if it's too big to bounce...
  456. Shimano Penn

    9/22 Lj with a plot twist

    Okay this doesn't really make sense. The boat would have been handling like a pig long before this, you didnt notice? Not dissin' you man, just curios how this could be?:eek: And yea your'e about to get slammed by everyone telling you how many primary and back up pumps they have :D
  457. Shimano Penn

    Rockfishing rod and reel under $300

    For rockfish I use Daiwa VIP rods and X-sha reels. Definately under $300. 40 class is suitable for everything they have to offer in Morrow Bay like big reds and lingcod, 30 class for local SoCal grade.
  458. Shimano Penn

    Constitution 9/20/18 Bittersweet 1.5 Day Trip

    That boat is at the very top of my "Never Again" list.
  459. Shimano Penn

    Weekend Warrior Once Again

    Well after 4 glorious months of freedom camping, hiking and fishing all summer long I am back in the hampster wheel doing the M-F thing. Got bills to pay ya know. Sucks but it's my life. For me the best way to maximize my fishing time at this point is to seek out 1.5 day trips that leave...
  460. Shimano Penn

    Charter boat deck hand etiquette/behavior

    Wow, I don't think it's nearly as extreme as the OP suggests. Yea sure some of those things are true on some boats some of the time but certainly not all, there are some great crews out there. I do agree about the fish cleaning, they do a pretty fast and crappy job because it's all about...
  461. Shimano Penn

    Love the Liberty...........

    Nice work son, however I’m a little pissed you didn’t invite me.
  462. Shimano Penn

    Love the Liberty...........

    Nice work son, however I’m a little pissed you didn’t invite me.
  463. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 4,800

    Congratulations
  464. Shimano Penn

    Kayaking la Jolla help?

    Oh and take a signal devise with you like an air horn.
  465. Shimano Penn

    Kayaking la Jolla help?

    It's been a few years but what I recall is that if you get there a bit before sunrise there are usually a few others setting up and getting ready to go. Most are pretty friendly, chat them up. You can probably paddle out with them and stay within sight, just don't crowd them.
  466. Shimano Penn

    Wednesday 9/5 La Jolla and out and in and back...

    Well at least you didn't run out of beer, right?
  467. Shimano Penn

    New to me 1988 15' Gregor

    Dig the "fins" :D
  468. Shimano Penn

    What’s Wrong With Shimano Rods

    I am and have always been a huge fan of Shimano reels, just look at my user name. I used to have a short little rod they called the "bullwhip", loved it, don't know why they stopped making it. But then I bought two rods, maybe Tallus don't recall, and one snapped about 12" from the tip on it's...
  469. Shimano Penn

    What rod length you using to yoyo with?

    My trenching tool is a Saltist LD40/2 on a 7' UC RCE 40-60. 65# braid, 10-12' of 40# fluoro. When it gets down to ~6' I change it ;) I like the red crab 7oz jigs. Been workin' for me :D
  470. Shimano Penn

    Rod and reel for 200lb+ bluefin?

    Nimble private boat yes, sportbarge fishing no.
  471. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 4,800

    At this point, depending on your tax situation, you might consider donating it. I did that with an older BMW I had, it had become a burden and donation turned out to be the smartest thing I could do with it. Just a thought.
  472. Shimano Penn

    Sport Boat Insurance??????

    Ahh... didn't think of that ! :rolleyes:
  473. Shimano Penn

    What rod length you using to yoyo with?

    In my view the rod is less important than the reel for the yo-yo. Fast reel, six to one or better. Yes you can crank like hell on a slower reel and it will work, just takes more effort. The strike is far less explosive than expected, at first I was hanging on for dear life thinking the strike...
  474. Shimano Penn

    Sport Boat Insurance??????

    Okay so it's about to become obvious that I am bored and my mind is wandering into some odd places. Was just thinking about all these trips I have been taking on the sport boat fleet, for me 3/4 to 4.5 day trips. Not working right now so fishing a lot. I got to thinking about the value of all...
  475. Shimano Penn

    O-95 Tuesdays fishing report

    Well I'm fishing that boat this weekend. I'm 61. I know I was in pretty good shape at 45 :D
  476. Shimano Penn

    How big is this fish

    That's some scary chit right there :eek: I hope the photo came from another boat and not a drone;)
  477. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 4,800

    Free bump. I'd buy it in a heartbeat but I have towing and storage issues. I think it's gonna be too heavy for me to pull with my Grand Cherokee (4.7 HO V8) and way too heavy to stop it quickly if I needed to. Plus I have no where to store it... for free anyway ;)
  478. Shimano Penn

    How big is this fish

    Serious question, how did you get it on board? With these things getting bigger by the day and everyone with anything that floats going after them I keep waiting to read the headline "Small boat capsizes boating big BFT". I mean three 200# guys go to the rail and pull on a 250# fish... From...
  479. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 4,800

    This is getting rediculous. Someone buy this thing before I drive up there. Must... resist. Don't... need... boat. Uh, just out of curiosity, do you know the total weight of boat and trailer and does the trailer have working breaks?
  480. Shimano Penn

    SoCal Trolling Reel

    I can relate, when I moved here I was used to trolling with 50SW's (Caribbean) but dropped down to a set of TLD30/2's mostly because I already had them. If I wanted something newer, lighter and reasonably priced I'd probably get a set of Fathom 30ld2's or even just the FTH30 star drag but I'm...
  481. Shimano Penn

    condolence to the mdr kayaker

    That is just terrible news. I actually used to get really nervous returing through SD Bay on a busy weekend afternoon with a billion boats buzzing around WOT and all those guys floating around on kayaks. Seemed to me like just a matter of time...
  482. Shimano Penn

    SOLD Penn Torque 12&15 (black)

    Are thse identical internally with just the spool width being the difference ?
  483. Shimano Penn

    Parking at Seaforth

    Okay thanks.
  484. Shimano Penn

    Overnight boat main deck bunks

    Constitution has a 3 rack stateroom directly across from the galley and right next to the head.
  485. Shimano Penn

    First 1.5 day trip on Tomahawk...any advice, suggestions, or tips

    Those are some sweet looking lures. Get them locally?
  486. Shimano Penn

    Fish cleaning; on board, at home or processor?

    What do you guys think? I've always had fish "filleted" on board because I know it's part of how the crew makes money. The thing is they do a pretty crappy job, I can do much better at home. I trim and cut with a stingy eye, they do it pretty fast and dirty so a lot of meat is lost. Then...
  487. Shimano Penn

    One open spot Oceanside 95 1.5 day Charter 9/7

    Me me me me me me me me me me me me :D
  488. Shimano Penn

    Parking at Seaforth

    So I understand that the parking at Seaforth is not a problem like it is at FL but I do have a question. I have a van I converted to a camper, I like to go down the night brfore an early AM departure and just chill, sleep in the van and not have to get up and drive at o-dark hundred. At FL...
  489. Shimano Penn

    Best rods for tossing iron?

    Yea it was pretty cool, we were the next two in rotation to fight fish and two went off at virtually the same time. Both fish went to the corner. The only thing that bothers me about that photo is the kid's rod seems stiffer than mine. ;)
  490. Shimano Penn

    No electronics....

    Might be an app for your phone you could use? The GPS in my phone always seems to work out there. If you think you will fish a lot on pb's you might want to invest in a handheld VHF as backup and maybe even a handheld gps if the phone can't be used.
  491. Shimano Penn

    First 1.5 day trip on Tomahawk...any advice, suggestions, or tips

    Theres a reason stairs on a boat are called ladders :rolleyes: Turn around and face the steps going down. Hold the handrails. I don't know that boat but just got off the Constitution and that's how it was.
  492. Shimano Penn

    Red rooster III rescues panga

    That is awesome, pure luck they were there at the right time.
  493. Shimano Penn

    Best rods for tossing iron?

    Nice photo son, hopefully you will grow up to be as handsome as that guy on your right. Yea I did the search thing and found your thread.
  494. Shimano Penn

    Best rods for tossing iron?

    No not new to conv Reels at all, have about 25 from little 20 stars to Int’l 50SW’s Definitely new to the jig thing though. Didn’t realize megabaits/ colts don’t count as “surface iron”. Fishing for 50+ years and always something new to learn
  495. Shimano Penn

    San Diego full day yellowtail

    Does the San Diego have bunks? I'm sick of the parking situation to get on the Liberty or Grande but really appreciate napping on the ride out and back :D
  496. Shimano Penn

    Best rods for tossing iron?

    Never really got into the surface iron thing until a few days ago when I was having a blast up on the bow tossing megabaits to football YFT. I was mostly using a spinning rig but also tried my RCE700 40-60 with a Saltist LD40/2, that did not work out so well. :rolleyes: I have an 8' Proteus...
  497. Shimano Penn

    Best 3/4 day boat

    In SD my first choice is always the Liberty but I recently tried the Grande and had an epic day. Nice boat with bunks for the ride out and back. Great crew too.
  498. Shimano Penn

    One open spot Oceanside 95 1.5 day Charter 9/7

    Spot still available? Sending PM now.
  499. Shimano Penn

    Just bought a Traeger but re-thinking.

    So the tech guy from Traeger sent me a new RTD (temp probe). I was doubtful that this simple mechanical component was the problem and suspected that the highly complicated digital electronic controll panel was more likely the issue. It took all of five minutes to swap out the probe so I gave...
  500. Shimano Penn

    Just bought a Traeger but re-thinking.

    He says not all models are the same so this may or may not apply to yours. See if there is a tiny hole to the right of the digital temp display, mine was covered by a little plastic dot. With the unit turned on and temp display showing a reading gently stick a paper clip into that hole, you...
  501. Shimano Penn

    WTB Blacked out stand up ~100

    Looking for a totally black on black 5'-6" stand up rod rated 80-130. Quality rods only. Can have one built but checking here first. All rollers, RS/T or all ring guides considered. Must have aluminum gimbal butt. Willing to pay a fair price, not looking to steal it.
  502. Shimano Penn

    Topgun80 - Historic 17 Cow BFTs 3.5 day report

    Maybe him, might be an EE. I'm just a lowly electrician recalling what I learned in high school at 16 or so:rolleyes:
  503. Shimano Penn

    Topgun80 - Historic 17 Cow BFTs 3.5 day report

    Interesting. I always thought the axiom was the lighter line will cut the heavier line. Old Wive's Tale? You can cut 4"pvc with a string but you can't cut a string with 4" pvc so it made sense to me.
  504. Shimano Penn

    Topgun80 - Historic 17 Cow BFTs 3.5 day report

    ...blue, violet, grey, white Bad Boys Rape Our Young Girls But Violet Gives Willingly. Easy ;) Awesome thread guys, I'm heading out there this week and already feeling like I need to up my game. Taking a 50SW with 130 solid to 100 fluoro wind on but maybe need a heavier leader?
  505. Shimano Penn

    Hxw raptor with 100lb braid

    Nimble private boat? Definately! Barge fishing... well I certainly hope so because I'll be doing just that later this week :confused:
  506. Shimano Penn

    Centaur and Viper reel decisions

    After endless hours of self debate and pestering you all for advice here is what I came up with for these rods custom built by M&M. I plan to fish 100 on the Viper and 80 on the Centaur and see how that goes. I was toying with buying two new 20 and 16 VISX or Mak. I already own an older Int'l...
  507. Shimano Penn

    Looking ahead to next year, 7/8 day suggestions?

    So I did a 4.5 last year and I'm doing two more this year. 08-22 and 10-07, both on the Constitution. I waited too long and this was all I could get. Next year I'd like to step it up a notch and try something more like 6-8 days. Open to suggestions. More interested in quantity and variety...
  508. Shimano Penn

    Anyone done a recent local multi day?

    I am heading out on the Constitution 4.5 this Wednesday, sure would like to know what the likely gameplan is. I know someone is going to say "call the landing", well I have never found the guys at H&M to be all that chatty. FL yes, but not HM. I will stop by there tomorrow and try. Hate to...
  509. Shimano Penn

    Just bought a Traeger but re-thinking.

    Traeger tech said 140-180. Mine seems to be pretty steady at right around 165. He had me change a factory setting on the auger on/ off cycle. Apparanetly I can raise or lower the temp by doing that.
  510. Shimano Penn

    Just bought a Traeger but re-thinking.

    Didn't seem to be working right, called tech support. The manual that comes with it is pure BS. Tech says "yea, they really to get around to updating that." Anyway seems to be fine now, changed the setting on the auger.
  511. Shimano Penn

    Going to Morro Bay 8/18

    I call BS without pics LOL
  512. Shimano Penn

    Sun dolphin kayaks

    A few years ago I progressed through 3 higher end yaks for ocean fishing working my way up to a Hobie Pro Angler 14 so I am speaking with some experience here :) I spent the summer up in the Shasta/ Trinity area and needed a cheap yak for lakes, after watching about 50-60 you tube videos it was...
  513. Shimano Penn

    Grande full day trip 8-17

    I have had guys over limit hand off a fish to me on my bad days so I try to do the same. After 6 I walked around talking to the kids on board to see how they were doing. Found a 14-15 y/o who was in skunk city so I told him to stick close and when I start yelling his name come running. He did;)
  514. Shimano Penn

    For Sale FS or Trade Masterbuilt Charcoal Smoker

    Oh yea baby, those are the ticket. I had to give one away on Friday because I fumbled a guys jig and dropped it overboard while cutting tangles. He was cool about it but I felt bad so I offered him any jig in my box. He was delighted to see the red one (I was crushing it with one) and I think...
  515. Shimano Penn

    For Sale FS or Trade Masterbuilt Charcoal Smoker

    This thing is no high end model, I think I paid around $100 for it at Walmart 2 years ago. It's a front load with two racks. My idea was to put a hot plate in it and make it an electric smoker. Yea, I can be kinda dumb sometimes. Needless to say that didn't work out so well. So basically I...
  516. Shimano Penn

    Just bought a Traeger but re-thinking.

    Thanks guys. If anyone is interested I'm posting up my old charcoal smoker I guess in Household Junk?
  517. Shimano Penn

    Just bought a Traeger but re-thinking.

    Okay well that's what I wanted to hear. Setting it up today. Must have 20+ pounds of YT fillets from yesterday on the Grande so first smoke will be fish even if that's not the best idea. Dan I know you have plenty of freezer space but I'm concerned about "inventory shrinkage":p You can be a...
  518. Shimano Penn

    Just bought a Traeger but re-thinking.

    So I just went out this morning a bought Traeger Tailgater Elite 20 at HD for $450. I have not yet unboxed it, I'm wondering if I want to. The reason is that I was watching you tube videos on smoking and one guy says that you need a "dedicated" smoker for fish as you will never get the fishy...
  519. Shimano Penn

    Grande full day trip 8-17

    On a whim I decided to go on a 3/4 day (now full day?) Coronado's trip, the only boat with open spots I found was the Grande out of H&M. Never fished it before. I can tell you I WILL fish it again :D Captain and crew were top notch. Food was great, beer was cold. Boat is comfortable and has...
  520. Shimano Penn

    Need advice on my gear.

    I have five Fathom/ Proteus combo's including exactly what you have. The 25N will fish 50 but the FTH 30ld2 (same mechanics) has a wider spool so more capacity. Pair that with a Proteus 70 or 76 XH (30-60) and you have a 40/50 class rig or bump up to a FTH40Nld2 and you are at 50/60. Some...
  521. Shimano Penn

    Sorry flip flops or ??

    I fished in flips a week or so ago only because I forgot my shoes, never again. Too hot for boots? Get a pair of deck shoes, Sperry Topsider or =. If they still make the "billfish" model it's a really nice shoe. Currently I'm fishing in a pair of Rockports. Side note... I had to cut a...
  522. Shimano Penn

    Role Call Constitution 4.5 this Wednesday 8/22

    Which October trip? I am on the 10/07-10/12 as well as this one next week.
  523. Shimano Penn

    Role Call Constitution 4.5 this Wednesday 8/22

    Anybody? I've never fished this boat before, heard good things though. I'm assuming it's going to be 4 days at SCI trying to boat the Big Boys. Wondering if I should even bother bringing 20-30-40-50 gear. Well definately a squid rod :cool:
  524. Shimano Penn

    Setting up HXW 5/2 Raptor for the big boys

    Thanks guys, they both have about 80% solid spectra with 100 +/- yards mono topshots, one 60 and one 80. I'm gonna leave the 80 as is and spool the other with 100 to the brim. Solid or hollow? If solid what is the best knot for loop to loop connection? Or is albright to 100 fluoro leader...
  525. Shimano Penn

    Setting up HXW 5/2 Raptor for the big boys

    Well after many threads and discussions, weighing all the opinions, looking at options... I'm NOT buying any new reels right now. I have two 4.5's coming up and I'm fishing the HXW Raptors I already own. I am however willing to strip them down and re-spool, so what would you recommend? My...
  526. Shimano Penn

    Never thought I'd whine about fish being too big.

    Oh definately talking about barge fishing. No problem on a nimble PB at all :D
  527. Shimano Penn

    New guy (hopefully not THAT guy) question

    Hmm... Kastmaster as a yo-yo jig, I like it, I'm gonna try it ;)
  528. Shimano Penn

    Never thought I'd whine about fish being too big.

    What's an albacore ?????? :shake:
  529. Shimano Penn

    Never thought I'd whine about fish being too big.

    Exactly why I'm reluctant to go out and buy a couple new big reels ;)
  530. Shimano Penn

    Never thought I'd whine about fish being too big.

    Geeesus man, how big are these things gonna get? I have always been perfectly comfortable fishing 50-80 lb stand up gear for larger models (yea I'm old and that's what I'm used to). Never been beaten by a fish, of course I've lost some but NOT from inadaquate gear or fatigue. But nooooooo...
  531. Shimano Penn

    For Sale AVET 50W/GFTR-755XXH

    I am interested as well. Let me know when you will be in SD.
  532. Shimano Penn

    Going to Morro Bay 8/18

    I was there in May, fished both the Endeavor and Avenger out of Morrow Bay Landing. Kicked butt both trips. One was supposed to be the 12 hour trip to CSM but the weather was up and we couldn't get there. Still, we were limited out on quality reds and lings and back on the dock by noon. As...
  533. Shimano Penn

    Best 20-30 star drag for local 8-15 lb YT/ Dodo ?

    Again these are small fish, they aren't going anywhere. I'm not really concerned about spool capacity, in fact I'm considering just going straight 20 mono on this one. Website says the FTH15 star holds 190 yds 20# mono, these guys will be lucky to get 190 feet out :D
  534. Shimano Penn

    Best 20-30 star drag for local 8-15 lb YT/ Dodo ?

    So I'm re-thinking my strategy here, these are small fish. I think most of my gear is too heavy for these small sardines we have been seeing and unnecessary for the grade of YT and dorado typically encountered. I have been using a FTH25nld2 for 30 lb, I think it's overkill. The deans can...
  535. Shimano Penn

    Seals are eating well

    Oh crap that video clip is hilarious !!!!!! If that dog ever needs a good home I will adopt him in a heartbeat :D
  536. Shimano Penn

    A shout out to those that helped my son today.

    I have been rescued and done the rescuing. Plucked a diver from the sea and chased down his drifting boat that pulled the hook. Found a 12 y/o kid offshore after dark, motor "fell off" his skiff. Miracle I saw him in the dark. I know Dan (Black is Back) has done his share. I was once...
  537. Shimano Penn

    For Sale 1997 17' Aquasport CC - Excellent Condition - 2nd Owner

    What is the total lenghth from prop tip with motor raised to tip of trailer tounge? I don't have a garage, got a double wide storage space though ;)
  538. Shimano Penn

    U.S. Limits (southern california)

    What I see is Lingcod min size is 22, not 24.
  539. Shimano Penn

    Need help choosing reel

    Daiwa x30 or x40 sha. Inexpensive, tough and reliable. Good rockfish reel.
  540. Shimano Penn

    General discussion BB Swivels

    Sampo was the Go To in St Thomas USVI years ago but maybe that has changed?
  541. Shimano Penn

    turn left or turn right

    Ah, no truer words have ever been spoken (or written). I didn't mean to imply that the experience is simply about the fish ;) Catching fish, now THAT is a different story :D
  542. Shimano Penn

    turn left or turn right

    I suspect, just suspicion mind you, that the guys favoring the "decompression time" of LR travel have a tad more disposable income than the "I just want to catch fish" guys. If a multi day fishing trip is not really a financial hardship for you and you can simply do it again if the fishing...
  543. Shimano Penn

    Another 100lb reel thread

    But it's sooo much fun to buy new toys :D
  544. Shimano Penn

    SOLD BNIB Avet Raptor 3 speed in silver

    Free bump, if it was gold or black I'd own it by now but silver's just not my thing :(
  545. Shimano Penn

    Another 100lb reel thread

    I've pretty much gone through all the threads I can find on this. So many opinions... I recently had two rods made "rail" style, a 76 Centaur and a 76 Viper. What I have is a couple of HXW 5/2 Raptors. They both have about 80% spool of solid spectra. I am convinced that they will be fine at...
  546. Shimano Penn

    Fishing the rail 101

    Recently I had two rods built at M&M, a UC 76 Centaur and a 76 Viper. My intention is to use the Centaur for 80 and the Viper for 100. I have never fished a "rail rod" before and never really paid any attention to anyone using one. I have watched a few you tube videos, that's it. My concern...
  547. Shimano Penn

    FTH 60: Can I trust the pop up harness lugs?

    Okay thanks for the reassurance. I have it set up as a 60 with 18lbs drag at strike. Should be fine? I have taken BFT to 100 lbs on my FTH30LD2 with 65 braid/ 50 topshot and 16lbs strike drag so this should be beefier :cool:
  548. Shimano Penn

    FTH 60: Can I trust the pop up harness lugs?

    Those things look sketchy to me. I was thinking about taking it as a troller on some local trips but the thought of it just hanging there on one of those sport boat rail straps scares me a bit. I could add a safety line I suppose but I think people would give me the stink eye. The only reason...
  549. Shimano Penn

    Mustang/ Diawa Pacific/ Relentless

    Well Relentless had one spot left this morning so I grabbed it. Hopefully you get what you pay for, it's the higher price of the three ;)
  550. Shimano Penn

    Mustang/ Diawa Pacific/ Relentless

    Hmmm... 2 votes for Relentless, one for each of the others and no complaints about any of them. I guess I'll see who still has space and pick one. Thanks guys!
  551. Shimano Penn

    Mustang/ Diawa Pacific/ Relentless

    Agreed but don't see any leaving tomorrow night. I have a couple 4.5's booked for later though. I want to be out all day Friday because there will be no power where I live. Not really into the 3/4 (now "full" ?) day Coronado trips, maybe if Liberty were going but they're not.
  552. Shimano Penn

    Mustang/ Diawa Pacific/ Relentless

    All three of these boats are running an overnight trip out of H&M Thurs-Fri and I need to pick one. I know nothing about any of them. They vary in max load and price with DP having the lowest load (18) and middle price ($245). Looking for opinions about Captains and crew, general fishyness...
  553. Shimano Penn

    Does A Longer Rod Always Mean A Longer Cast?

    Ive been doing fine with a short rod my entire life but the G/F made me read this because she think she thinks "cast" is slang for something else. :rolleyes:
  554. Shimano Penn

    Fresh water lakes; SOT or sit inside?

    I just got back from Shasta/ Trinity area in Norcal. My friend is buying a house there so I plan to visit often during the summer. I noticed that "sit inside" kayaks are by far the norm. In fact the only guy I saw that looked serious about fishing (most are just fooling around) with a SOT...
  555. Shimano Penn

    Camprgounds near Redding, CA ?

    WOW ! I just got back, was on a 16 day road trip Redding/ Shasta/ Trinity area. Not all camping and fishing, there was 4 days travel time and 4-5 days spent in Redding propper. But let me say I am impressed, never been to that area before. To have so much beauty and nature in such close...
  556. Shimano Penn

    Camprgounds near Redding, CA ?

    You guys are awesome, I will try to check out Trinity. The deal is a lifelong friend is buyin a house in Redding and I am going up to help him out. Figuered since I've never been to the area i'd check out the fishing and camping. Thanks all.
  557. Shimano Penn

    Understanding Lever Drags

    Well I'm leaving for ten days so can't go check mine now but off the top of my head that 40 seems just plain wrong. Hopefully someone else will chime in.
  558. Shimano Penn

    Camprgounds near Redding, CA ?

    Found a spot at Oak Bottom/ Whiskeytown Lake for $22 per night. It looks like it's just a parking lot :rolleyes: so I'll look for something better when I get up there, just wanted to have a security blanket as it will be a Holiday weekend and possibly packed. Now on to the more important part...
  559. Shimano Penn

    Transmission Work Needed

    Thank you.
  560. Shimano Penn

    Understanding Lever Drags

    That does not seem right to me. It's been a while since I played around with comparing strike, full and sunset on my Fathoms but as I recall there was about a 50% increase going from strike to full and only a small increase from full to sunset, like about 2-3 lbs when strike was set at ~12-14...
  561. Shimano Penn

    Shimano Fathom

    Poor guy, was probably reading my last post and my user name confused him LOL
  562. Shimano Penn

    Camprgounds near Redding, CA ?

    You guys gave me some good intel in my other post for BLM land. Now I have a reason to go up to Redding for a week or so and I'm looking for a campground or BLM area. All I can find on the internet is glitzy RV parks at $50 per night. Suggestions?
  563. Shimano Penn

    Coconut Oil Fish Fry

    What ????? I didn't even know there WAS such a thing! I'm all over it, is it easy to find? Big box grocery store?
  564. Shimano Penn

    Coconut Oil Fish Fry

    In all honesty I am probably far more health concious than the average guy. I eat a very healthy diet for the most part but I am a very good cook and LOVE good food. So I don't give a rats ass when I "cheat" :) I'm not advocating eating this way every day, just sayin' that if you are going to...
  565. Shimano Penn

    Coconut Oil Fish Fry

    So about ten days ago I was up in Morro Bay just killing it on Vermillions and Lings fishing the Avenger and the Endeavor. Was listening to some guys talking about cookin' up the fish and one guy says he uses coconut oil to fry fish. Sounded interesting so I tried it last night. Did the...
  566. Shimano Penn

    Transmission Work Needed

    Hey folks, I have a 1994 Dodge Ram 250 conversion van I have built out as a camper. I bought it cheap knowing it would need work, have already put a lot into it. The transmission has issues, can probably limp along for a while but eventually it's going to need to be repaired or replaced. I am...
  567. Shimano Penn

    NON - Smokers

    Have you guys considered the diesel exhaust your'e sucking into your lungs from the moment you leave the dock until the monent you get back? If health is your concern... just sayin'...
  568. Shimano Penn

    NON - Smokers

    Damn I thought this thread was gonnabe 'bout 4 strokes ! I am a "guilty conscience" smoker. I get it. I only smoke at the stern while under way between stops. If that's not good enough I think one might consdier finding a new hobby, I can't really visualize "smoke free" sportfishing...
  569. Shimano Penn

    Joe's Jigs ?

    Looking for a brick and mortar in SD or an online source for Joe's Jigs, specifically the octopus with the assist style hooks. Bought one at FH and want to get a couple more. Google turned up nothing. I did e-mail Joe but have not heard back. Any help?
  570. Shimano Penn

    Which Boat for the end of the month

    Only one of those boats I have fished is PQ and I have no reason to try any other. I simply can't imagine it gets any better.
  571. Shimano Penn

    Morrow Bay 5-6 and 5-8

    Well I just got back from a 7 day work/ camp/ fish trip to Central Cal. It was AWESOME ! Hats off to captains and crew of the two major sportboats out of Morrow Bay Landings, the Endeavor and the Avenger. I set up camp at El Chorro Regional State Park on Friday, couldn't get a ride for...
  572. Shimano Penn

    80lb gear: light vrs. heavy

    With all these BFT around there are a LOT of discussions on here about 80# gear. I consistently see people posting about "light" 80 and "heavy" 80 class rigs. Okay so I assume you guys are refering to the drag settings you use, maybe 20-22 for light and 25-27 for heavy. Is this what you...
  573. Shimano Penn

    Best penn spinning reel for salt water

    While the "coffee grinder" bias is still deeply ingrained in So Cal sportfishing culture it has become more and more acceptable over the past 18 years I have been here. Certainly the Great Popping Craze of 2016 helped that along. They are much more popular on the East Coast and in other parts...
  574. Shimano Penn

    Rod for 40NLD2

    You are forgiven Sir. I'm old too. Wait, what am I responding to?
  575. Shimano Penn

    Best penn spinning reel for salt water

    For example I just upgraded my 25-30# spinning outfit from a 8000D Baitrunner to a Slammer 3 5500. The two reels are nearly identical in size, weight and capacity but the Slammer has twice the max drag rating. So... 5500 > 8000 ?
  576. Shimano Penn

    Rod for 40NLD2

    Seriously? According to the Phenix website they don't offer a 780x3, x2 is the heaviest. There is a 720x3. Wouldn't be the first time a website was inaccurate, does that rod really exist? I bought my Proteus 70xxh about a year before it showed up on Diawa's website ;)
  577. Shimano Penn

    Overnight trips on personal fishing rigs

    One could write a book on this... Pros and Cons ... The first obvious question is how big is your baot, what is it's range/ fuel capacity and does it afford any creature comforts ( sleeping, head, galley). What does your ground tackle look like? Do you plan to anchor up or bob like a cork all...
  578. Shimano Penn

    Rod for 40NLD2

    I know this is the Penn forum but all my Fathoms are on Diawa Proteus rods. "Affordable". Look at the 70/76xh or the 70xxh for that 40N. $200, hard to beat.
  579. Shimano Penn

    SOLD Moving must sell 16.5' Wellcraft w 85 Mercury Outboard

    Wish this would sell so I could stop daydreaming about it. Just for kicks and giggles, if I was so inclined, do you know the transom rating? I'm thinking about a nice yammie 4 stroke on that hull :)
  580. Shimano Penn

    Your Most Embarasing Long Range Experience.

    Over 60? Never pass up an oportunity to use a bathroom and NEVER trust a fart.
  581. Shimano Penn

    Question about fish cleaning on Sporties

    How big is too big? Let’s say a 3/4 day boat has a stellar day and limits out on 40# class BFT. Do they cut them up? Do they notify a processor to meet at the dock? Those guys have minimum size requirements, right? Just curious about what happens with “mid grade” fish, especially if there...
  582. Shimano Penn

    How much line a 150# bluefin will take for the first run

    Me too, and I love to fish. THAT is why God made 24 Hour Fitness. $39 a month, a few hours of your time each week. Bring on the cows !!!!!!!!
  583. Shimano Penn

    WTB One or two BFT setups (Penn Fathom 40NLD2, Avet HX 5/2, Calstar and Phenix 700XH+)

    There is a Proteus 70xxh in the LA area in the classifieds for $170. Maybe $160, the ad is unclear. Go buy it. I would but for the cost of fuel to go get it. I have one with a FTH60LD2 and I have my 40 LD2 on a Proteus 76xh. You can't beat these combos for the price. Yes I have more...
  584. Shimano Penn

    Come join me on the Constitution August 2nd.

    Kevin I am so sorry they did this to you, it really is a shame. The dates on the 4.5 are 8/22-8/27, Katrina told me you can’t make that work. Hopefully you can find another trip.
  585. Shimano Penn

    Come join me on the Constitution August 2nd.

    Unbelievable, they are already irritated with me at work for rescheduling once... this sucks. The email I got says there is a 4.5 they will give us for the same price, anyone know the dates on that one? I will call to find out when I get the chance, hopefully later today. I sure hope it’s not...
  586. Shimano Penn

    Need recommendations

    I have a BTR8000D and love it. However I did just buy a Slammer 3 5500 as an "upgrade", not that I felt I really needed it, just being a tackle whore. The Penn feels more solid to me but lacks the baitrunner feature which I really like. Also have a 'gosa 10K but rarely use it, too heavy for...
  587. Shimano Penn

    How big of fish on 40# set up?

    oops triple post ?????
  588. Shimano Penn

    How big of fish on 40# set up?

    oops double post
  589. Shimano Penn

    How big of fish on 40# set up?

    Big difference between fishing on a private boat and a sporty. On small boats that 40 could take some really big fish, not so much when fishing off a barge. Then again, I was on a 3.5 day on TG80 two years ago, they guy that kicked everyone's ass (8 BFT up to 150) brought no gear, he was using...
  590. Shimano Penn

    How big of fish on 40# set up?

    Big difference between fishing on a private boat and a sporty. On small boats that 40 could take some really big fish, not so much when fishing off a barge. Then again, I was on a 3.5 day on TG80 two years ago, they guy that kicked everyone's ass (8 BFT up to 150) brought no gear, he was using...
  591. Shimano Penn

    Any words to the rookie?

    Take a salty ho with you a few times, should be easy to snag one off these boards.
  592. Shimano Penn

    Any BLM land in So Cal?

    Thanks, I will check that out. Are we talking somewhere downstream from Lake Isabella ?
  593. Shimano Penn

    Any BLM land in So Cal?

    Or other free places to camp? Been building out a camper van, got the solar on and hooked up this weekend. The idea is to be comfortable "off grid" and not pay for KOA or State/ County campgrounds, it's just gotten ridiculous. I camp a lot and didn't mind paying $25 a night or so in gov't or...
  594. Shimano Penn

    Educate me on low profile reels ?

    Thanks for the info guys. Am I correct that they are typically paired with those "trigger" type rods or does it not matter?
  595. Shimano Penn

    The Broken (fishing) Marrage.

    Oh you mean with asthma ?
  596. Shimano Penn

    All it needs is a tower......

    Outriggers?
  597. Shimano Penn

    Best beginning LR trip?

    I have noticed that some guys shower less often than others... pig:
  598. Shimano Penn

    Educate me on low profile reels ?

    Every trip I go on I see guys with Lexa or Tranx type reels, what's the deal? I have never owned or used one, am I missing out on something? They are usually on long whippy rods and tossing plastics, right? Trigger handle rods? Fill me in, maybe I'll try one. For 30# and under work I like...
  599. Shimano Penn

    Best beginning LR trip?

    IMHO a great budget set up for anything local (sub cow) is a FTH40NLD2 on a Proteus 76xh rod, under $500 for the combo brand new including tax and braid if you shop. Hard to beat. I have that and also a FTH60LD2 on a Proteus 70xxh, a few bucks more but still a lot of rig for the price.
  600. Shimano Penn

    The Broken (fishing) Marrage.

    Years ago in St Thomas I had a buddy who loved everything about fishing. He bought his first boat, a Trophy, and got his feelings hurt when people diss'd it so he sold it, asked advice, and then bought a beautiful Seacraft 23. It was the envy of the dock. I liked it better than my Wellcraft...
  601. Shimano Penn

    Reel Decisions for 80 and 100

    Thanks for the comments. Still on the fence here, for now it will be the HXW/ Centaur for 80 and no need for the 100 just yet. Knowing myself as both a tackle whore and a Penn loyalist it won't surprise me if I send the older SW's to Cal or there is a new set of VISX reels in my future :D
  602. Shimano Penn

    Get R Done

    Old spark plugs make better weights and safety pin hooks are the bomb! No kidding, I'd find that stuff all around the lake where I learned to fish when I was a kid.
  603. Shimano Penn

    Reel Decisions for 80 and 100

    I am having my first ever custom rods wrapped at M&M, a 7-6 Centaur and a 7-6 Viper intended to fish at 80 and 100 respectively. This is in anticipation of a real LR trip next year. The reels are an issue I am trying to work out. I have a couple of "like new" HXW Raptors, one has a single...
  604. Shimano Penn

    For Sale seeker and proteus

    Yea they normally go used on here for $160, if I was local and didn't already have 5 of them I'd be all over it ;)
  605. Shimano Penn

    For Sale seeker and proteus

    The Proteus for $100 is a steal, already own it so somebody grab it quick.
  606. Shimano Penn

    Come join me on the Constitution August 2nd.

    I'm all signed up, traded in my 2.5 on the Legend for this one :D
  607. Shimano Penn

    Los Cabos/ Cabos San Lucas ?

    Okay will do !
  608. Shimano Penn

    Los Cabos/ Cabos San Lucas ?

    Probably want to try both panga and cruiser, one day each, maybe two on the presumably less expensive panga. I assume cruiser supplies gear, what about panga? Do I need to lug rods and reels with me or is there decent gear included? Traveling alone and sort of a no-frills kind of guy, don't...
  609. Shimano Penn

    Los Cabos/ Cabos San Lucas ?

    I want to go, just don't know anything. I was planning to fly Volaris out of TJ, I see no flights to CSL, just to Los Cabos. Is there even and airport? Does it matter? Where to stay? Who to fish with? Best time of year? Basically any feedback at this point is helpful. It could be soon...
  610. Shimano Penn

    Local JB Hollow?

    Any tackle shops in SD have JB Hollow? I want to get a reel filled with 100lb and hopefully have someone teach me how to splice in a loop.
  611. Shimano Penn

    Marijuana on LR boats

    Sorry but I didn't read any of this, just the thread title and OP. Three words: State. Federal. International. Why was this even posted? Is there a US Citizen alive who does not know the difference? In my line of work we do Risk Analysis every day. Even when the the probability of an...
  612. Shimano Penn

    Come join me on the Constitution August 2nd.

    Is there Rum involved ??????? I'm IN !
  613. Shimano Penn

    Come join me on the Constitution August 2nd.

    I’ll see if I can trade in my 2.5 and join you, 3.5 sounds better :D
  614. Shimano Penn

    Constitution and Legend

    Oh please tell me it’s not as bad as TG80.
  615. Shimano Penn

    What equipment do you use to calibrate desired drag amount?

    Spring scale. I pull at the same angle my rod would be at strike as if in a holder trolling.
  616. Shimano Penn

    Constitution and Legend

    Well I waited too long and there isn't much left to choose from. I just booked a 2-1/2 day on the Legend August 25th and a 4-1/2 day on the Constitution Oct 7th. I'm sure I can pick up some overnight or day and a half trips as well. Looking ahead to next year, how far out can you book a trip...
  617. Shimano Penn

    Just Got a new 17' Trophy-need help w/storage ASAP (SD)

    Careful... lots of Bayliner Bashers on here :rolleyes: Check out the guy offering free storage in Oceanside, maybe he can help you.
  618. Shimano Penn

    Shamrock Pilot House CC, what do you think?

    When you consider that it has pretty much everything (no radar but Auto Helm is nice) and looks pretty good for it's age I'm not thinking "way" overpriced. And you know cash talks, probably negotiable. I'm not going to buy it but sure am tempted. I promised myself I'd go a full year fishing...
  619. Shimano Penn

    For Sale Daiwa proteus 70XXH -160

    $160 or $170? Location? I am in Chula Vista but headed up the 15 tomorrow (Barstow) afternoon.
  620. Shimano Penn

    Shamrock Pilot House CC, what do you think?

    I was thinking the same thing, bow thruster :D
  621. Shimano Penn

    Shamrock Pilot House CC, what do you think?

    I hope this link works, if not you can see it at Boat House of Anaheim website. I'm not in a rush to buy another boat but this looks pretty interesting to me. Anyone care to guess what the fuel burn might be on this puppy? Probably overpriced but then there isn't much to compare it too...
  622. Shimano Penn

    (Fishing is not a crime) Keep local fishing open in Temecula!!!

    This makes me sad. Pretty sure my first fish was in a city park pond, certainly have many memories of bluegill and catfish from those mud holes. I live in Chula Vista so probably can't help but if there is any kind of public support, petition, whatever, post up here. I'm sure most/ all of us...
  623. Shimano Penn

    Tiagra 16 worth

    It's practically worthless, sell it to me for $200 :D
  624. Shimano Penn

    Daiwa Proteus Rods

    Bump for a great product. I own and use 5 Proteus rods, if you have not tried one go to a shop and pull. If you like fast action rods with a lot of power and recoil you will love them. The action is like Phenix rods without the price tag. Not made in USA so I know a lot of you guys aren't...
  625. Shimano Penn

    FTH 60ld2 as a "local" 80 lb reel?

    Okay thanks, it was just a thought, I really like my (5) Fathoms and was hoping it would work. I have other reels I can use if I really feel like I need an 80, probably in the same class as the 16VISX so I was thinking of buying a 20VISX as a step up, would that be overkill as an 80 lb reel...
  626. Shimano Penn

    FTH 60ld2 as a "local" 80 lb reel?

    I don't anticipate going on any serious LR trips anytime soon. My fishing is restricted to local banks, Tanner, SCI ... 3-4 days max. Not exactly Cow Town. I have redundant 50 and 60lb gear that works just fine but would like the extra drag pressure of 80lb terminal tackle. What do you...
  627. Shimano Penn

    WTB: a few rods - Seeker CJBF100 or Calstar 90j, 9' Proteus or Teramar

    6-8 weeks ago I was working up in LA and killing time checking out tackle shops there. To my surprise I found a small shop that still had a brand new Proteus 9', standard retail price of ~$189 or whatever they were. If interested I can probably figure out which shop it was and you could call...
  628. Shimano Penn

    Rod Rating Rant

    In another thread I finally read someone post a thought I have had for years, WHY are rods rated by "line size" ? This is ludicrous, there are some very high end high $ rods out there with ratings like 40-100. Really? So this rod performs equally well if I'm a 25% guy fishing 40 or a 33% guy...
  629. Shimano Penn

    WTB Older Penn International 11 30T

    In excellent or very good condition only. Circa 1990's. I thought I saw one on here recently but can't find it now. SDTT probably has some but they are really inconvenient for me.
  630. Shimano Penn

    SOLD For sale Daiwa Proteus rod 76XHF

    If this is still available I would buy it if we can work out the exchange, I live in Chula Vista. I might be able to swing by Santa Anna or nearby mid Friday or Sunday afternoon subject to changes in work schedule ( work in Barstow ).
  631. Shimano Penn

    Fathom 40 2spd shift problem

    I had that same problem with a brand new 30ld2 a couple years ago when I hooked the first fish with it, a 54 BFT. Half way through the fight it cleared up and worked just fine. Kept telling myself to have it checked out but never did and the problem never came back. Not suggesting “wait and...
  632. Shimano Penn

    Upgrade Older Internationals?

    Thanks all, I'll mull this over and decide. The thing is I am unlikely to sell any of these reels, I sold my mint Tiagra 50LWLRS for a crappy $350 thinking I would never use it again and then the whole kite thing came up, have regretted it ever since. If I can convert one of these to a 100lb...
  633. Shimano Penn

    Upgrade Older Internationals?

    Aha, point taken. Thank you.
  634. Shimano Penn

    Upgrade Older Internationals?

    Website says $95 to blueprint a 30SW, +$25 for the "plus". Am I missing some fine print?
  635. Shimano Penn

    80 lb bait rod, 7 vrs. 7-6 ?

    So if I go 7'-6", HXW Raptor and my goal is 80lbs, Centaur or Raptor? I'm inclined to go with the heavier rod but open to opinions. Thanks!
  636. Shimano Penn

    80 lb bait rod, 7 vrs. 7-6 ?

    Ahh that makes sense, thanks. This would be specifically for sport boats. I grew up IGFA strapped in to a harness and have a real hard time touching the rod to anything much less the rail but I'm not getting any younger or stronger :( I think it's time to give up my purist ways.
  637. Shimano Penn

    Upgrade Older Internationals?

    So this "blueprinting" is a mystery to me and I want to understand it better. According to Cal's website: The reel is built for 25 to 30% of the breaking strength of the line at strike. The size of line to be used or drag tension at strike must be specified at the time of order. So does this...
  638. Shimano Penn

    80 lb bait rod, 7 vrs. 7-6 ?

    So I'm going to plunk down $500 or so on a new rod for 80lb, it will carry an HXW Raptor. Looking at Centaur my choice is 7 foot or 7-6. I am most comfortable with a 7 footer but see the longer rods are pretty popular. What are the pro's and con's to the 7-6 model? OR if go with Axis I guess...
  639. Shimano Penn

    100lb plus tuna on a Terez tzc70H with Torium 20hg?

    I have landed a couple 90 pounders with a 30ld2, no problem. I wouldn't think twice about 100. Easy. Pair it up with a Proteus PRTB 70xh and you're in business for under $500.