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  1. dh515

    Accurate ATD 50T vs Makaira 50

    I have two Mak 50’s and they are great big fish reels. I’ve fished but do not own an ATD 50 but have smaller ones. The biggest difference to me is the maintenance required to keep an ATD in the game. Mine need service after every trip. Maks are much more forgiving in this respect and easier to...
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    Makira spinning.

    The point goes to the quality of the series of reels. I’m sure the OP realizes the 30k Mak is much bigger than what he was asking about. Hucklongfin already mentioned the 20000. There is also a smaller Makaira 10000. 4.9:1 gear ratio, 55 lbs. of drag, 40” per crank, 28.3 oz. Personally, I liked...
  3. dh515

    williamson lure for troll wahoo

    Potato Bank#10, lower right hand corner.
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    Makira spinning.

    Mak 30000 works pretty good for wahoo...:-)
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    Which 100lb Pink Fluorocarbon?

    I like and use pink in bright sunlight. I’ve seen it works better than clear at times and at other times it doesn’t seem to matter. I’ve had success with Diamond Presentation in 80 and 100. The 80 usually breaks in the low 90’s, the 100 at just under 130. Yo-zuri is also good with the Diamond...
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    Intrepid ?

    The longer the trip the more the amenities and people matter.
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    Intrepid ?

    They do charge for beer. There is a soda fountain so no charge for soda or water.
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    Don’t Buy RTIC Coolers

    I’ve got several of their coolers and cups and haven’t had any issues. That being said, if this had happened to me I’d be super pissed and expect them to make it right in a big way!
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    People who fish dark braid

    Yeah, I’m the Asian dude all right but I bet you’re the tool who stands at the rail all day fishing your hundred yards of mono with your dick in your hand wondering why he can’t get bit...
  10. dh515

    UC VIPER

    Are you Sir, referring to me or the thread in general? I just want to make sure before I respond. I would have PM’d but yours is shut off. Edit: If you were talking about Steve, I know him and he’s not that bad...:D
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    UC VIPER

    Ok Steve, I’ll give you that you did post something constructive. I was wrong about that. The rest still stands.
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    UC VIPER

    How would I know which rods you’ve fished? Because Steve, unless my memory is shit and I don’t think it is, you’ve posted that you have many of the sticks being discussed here, for sure about the Viper. As far as throwing barbs, isn’t that what you’re doing? Productive and constructive? You...
  13. dh515

    UC VIPER

    No Steve it is called sarcasm. We all know about your vast amounts of knowledge on long range fishing, tackle, rigging and every other subject on the planet! You are a f’n God and don’t let anybody tell you different. :worship: Why not just answer the man’s question instead of being a smart ass?
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    UC VIPER

    Actually, one of your better ideas Steve. He would have actual experience fishing this stick as opposed to having stayed at a Holiday Inn...
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    UC VIPER

    I have both rods and agree that the Centaur is an 80# stick. But I think the answer to your question is dependent on what size fish you’re talking about.
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    Makaira 20 lower Ridge

    The really big fish don’t usually show up down there until later in the year. You’ll be fine with that combo.
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    Makaira 20 lower Ridge

    I think you’ll be fine. You’ll just wish for a stouter rod if you hang a cow. :D When is your trip?
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    Makaira 20 lower Ridge

    What size fish are you planning on using that set up on? The reel, depending on how it is rigged is good for anything you’re likely to encounter. Is the rod the PHD 700X3H? If so, I had two and sold them both as they were too soft with not enough lift for cows. IMO, an 80# stick good for up...
  19. dh515

    SOLD or TRADE BNIB Penn Torque TRQ40NLD2

    X means extra narrow. The TRQ15NXLD2 just came out.
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    Black Friday heads up

    I ordered my replacement reel from John at Trophy Tackle this morning. I got immediate confirmation that what I wanted was in stock, a great price, and within two hours an emailed receipt and UPS tracking number. Apparently it isn’t that hard to do this the right way if you’re a legit tackle...
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    Black Friday heads up

    Yeah, so was I until I wasn’t. What pisses me off is being lied to and dicked around for three weeks.
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    Black Friday heads up

    Additional info on my dealings with these clowns. I’ve had two more conversations with them: 12/14 - Reel has been sent, Chris has the tracking number but is talking to another customer in the store. He said he’ll email the tracking number as soon as he’s done with the customer. 12/17 - They...
  23. dh515

    DTX hook experiments and Halco 220 trial

    About $6 for a Shout Kudako..:D
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    Black Friday heads up

    I’ve bought a few reels from them in the past with no issue but that was a couple of years ago. On 11/27/19 I placed an order for a Daiwa Saltiga 2 speed reel. I did not receive an emailed confirmation so I called to check on the order on 11/29. I specifically asked if the reel was in stock...
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    SOLD Makaira 30 SEa

    PM’s replied to.
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    SOLD Makaira 30 SEa

    Not fished since service at Okuma. No corrosion or rash, a couple of minor scratches and one small ding are the only flaws I see, visible in first pic. Great big fish bait reel or private boater kite reel. Includes box, reel clamp and plugs for the lugs on the reel. $375 shipped USPS Priority...
  27. dh515

    People who fish dark braid

    What a bunch of horseshit! :rofl:
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    SOLD Daiwa saltiga LD35hs. Price drop

    What is the gear ratio?
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    Andros 12sII A still worth it?

    FYI, it’s mainly the high speed model that had gear issues. The 12iia’s with 4.7 high gear have been solid.
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    SOLD Okuma A-12IIa Andros 2-Speed - $275

    Because I want to get something else.:) . There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Do you want to buy it?
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    SOLD Okuma A-12IIa Andros 2-Speed - $275

    It’s been on two boat rides, no fish caught. Excellent condition with a couple of very light scratches. This reel is light in weight, has the 4.7 / 2.1 gear ratio, excellent free spool and puts out 27 pounds of drag at strike, 34 at full. Perfect 40# west coast bluefin reel. Comes with box...
  32. dh515

    Coronado CDX Baitfeeder experience

    Yes. I’ve got one ordered but won’t get to fish it until July. Thanks for sharing your insight and experience on these reels.
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    Coronado CDX Baitfeeder experience

    How do you feel about carbon fiber as a frame material? It’s supposed to be stronger than graphite?
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    Brand new Spectra Pullers

    I just got the new version and also had a couple of sets of the older version too. I really like the newer version having just used them on some fg knots. These have a tougher material and I like the larger diameter. Great product!
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    Coronado CDX Baitfeeder experience

    I have not although a friend dropped his on the floor from chest height and broke the foot off. Not really the same as what would happen while fishing but tells something about the strength of the material. To their credit, Okuma replaced the frame at no cost. At the price of this reel it’s...
  36. dh515

    SOLD Tiburon SST 30 Limited Edition Silver $350

    Sold. Thanks for all the interest!
  37. dh515

    SOLD Tiburon SST 30 Limited Edition Silver $350

    At least 600 yards of 100 JB hollow. No thank you.
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    SOLD Tiburon SST 30 Limited Edition Silver $350

    I’ve got two, only need one. Like everybody else’s reels for sale, it’s been on one boat ride, no fish caught. :D Seriously, this is true, it’s like new with the exception of a small nick on the front crossbar. (Close up in pic 6). This is the Okuma made version so it is a little smoother and...
  39. dh515

    People who fish dark braid

    So braid somehow magically tangles more? Give me a break...:rofl: You do need to be able to see it. You also need to know how to fish it.
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    SOLD Okuma Komodo 364PLX (left hand) Reduced price.

    Sold pending funds to Shikari103.
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    SOLD Okuma Komodo 364PLX (left hand) Reduced price.

    Sent you my PayPal address. I’ll let you know if the sale falls through.
  42. dh515

    SOLD Okuma Komodo 364PLX (left hand) Reduced price.

    :) I thought my original price was a good deal as this retails for $239 and the lowest price I saw was $186. I tried this as an experiment on a slow pitch rod but I’m right handed and it felt weird.
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    Spinning setup

    X3.
  44. dh515

    Big cows off Clemente

    Cows on the lower banks can be huge, over 300 lbs. They are infrequent visitors these days it seems and you probably wouldn’t be fishing them on an 8 day. On the upper part of the ridge, tuna are much smaller. Schoolie size to 50 lbs. or so is common. On an 8 day, that rod/reel combo could be...
  45. dh515

    Need help for UC 40lb 50lb rod

    Interesting discussion but it really boils down to how you use the rod and what size fish. As I get older, I’m finding I’m less interested in the pump and wind and like to use the rail more, especially on tuna. Therefore, I like a rod with a little more balls.
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    Big cows off Clemente

    The reel is excellent but I’d look for another rod for cows. (I had two and sold them both). I have several Phenix rods including the 760X2H and 700X4H but they kind of missed the mark with the X3. The Phenix Hybrid 700X3H is an 80# stick at best or good for tuna up to about 150 or so. Trust me...
  47. dh515

    Best On board fish handling??

    Sounds like a temperature problem too. The crew has to get the right ratio of salt in there too. Man, that sounds nasty AF!
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    Good lexa 400 rod

    Love the UC Swimbait Finatic RUH711XH for this although I have a Komodo 471 on mine.
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    Best On board fish handling??

    Yes. It requires setting up another tank with clean water and chilling the water to the proper temperature. The nasty blood filled water is drained and replaced by the clean. Like someone mentioned, it’s a pain in the ass for the crew but the results are worth it.
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    Best On board fish handling??

    My last three trips were on the Spirit of Adventure, Intrepid and Rooster. All did a great job of spiking, bleeding and into RSW. The Intrepid has rubber mats for the fish to land on although they don’t always make it there. One of the most important and overlooked thing on a multi day trip is...
  51. dh515

    SOLD Okuma Komodo 364PLX (left hand) Reduced price.

    Palm Springs, thus the included shipping.
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    Coronado CDX Baitfeeder experience

    Between me, family and friends, we’ve got four Coronado 55’s. All of us have experienced this same frame flex issue. Ours are currently spooled with 30# braid fishing 8-10 lbs. of drag. Unfortunate as I’ve landed yellowtail to 31 lbs. on it, yellowfin to 34 lbs, and four wahoo to 37 lbs. The...
  53. dh515

    SOLD Okuma Komodo 364PLX (left hand) Reduced price.

    Price reduced. Used on one trip, like new condition. No box. Filled with 285 yards Fins 30# Windtamer spectra. $135 shipped USPS Priority Mail. Located in Palm Springs. I accept PayPal, F/F or you pay the 3%.
  54. dh515

    Small bait hooks

    What pound test line and size fish are you guys catching on the 4 and 6? Thanks!
  55. dh515

    Spinning Reels for Wahoo

    I think a lot of this depends on which spinning reel you’re throwing. The better ones for this are 53” per crank or better. I have a Mak 30000 I use for this and at 65” per crank, I can definitely tell it is faster. This is a very large and somewhat unwieldy reel though. I’ve caught several fish...
  56. dh515

    SOA 10/23-11/2

    Here’s Andy’s 74 lb. jackpot winner from the SOA website:
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    SOA 10/23-11/2

    Thanks for the report Justin, great observations and details. It was a pleasure meeting and fishing with you! Justin covered it all, hope he doesn’t mind a few more comments and pics: Boat: This was my first time on the Spirit of Adventure fishing with Captain Mike Keating. The boat was...
  58. dh515

    First time on the Intrepid, Dec. 10-20, 2019

    Here’s a fact for you guys. Although the Intrepid website says the bait capacity is 600 scoops, that is a very conservative estimate. It will in fact hold well over 700 scoops of bait when the below deck slammers and all above deck tanks are used. I witnessed this on a 15 day where Billy...
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    Intrepid 10 15 2020

    Rooms 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 have bunks that face bow to stern or parallel to the boat’s centerline. All the rest face side to side or perpendicular to the centerline. A small thing but on anchor in rough weather, I prefer perpendicular. I find it hard to sleep rolling side to side...
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    First time on the Intrepid, Dec. 10-20, 2019

    Thanks for the reply. A point of reference is helpful. Hopefully they continue with plans to install Seakeepers. I was on an 8 day in July and had Brian as chef. He’s as good as any they’ve ever had food wise and the best if you take attitude into consideration.
  61. dh515

    PCH 761 H or XH Spinning Rod?

    I just got the 761MH rated 40-60 that I bought as a 50lb. stick. While I haven’t fished it yet, I will on a 10 day next week. That being said, it feels soft to me. I can report on it when I return but my advice would be to go up a rating.
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    First time on the Intrepid, Dec. 10-20, 2019

    When were you last on the boat?
  63. dh515

    Excel Colonello trip

    I’m leaving on a SOA 10 day next week. This has probably been the hardest trip to prepare for yet experienced. Rocks, Ridge, Guadalupe and lower banks are all possibilities. While my preference would be variety (the CM sold me on this trip for the wahoo and I switched to this trip from a 15...
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    PCH Spinning Rod

    I’ve got a Coronado 55 on the PCHi-S-801H. Matches perfectly and balances right at the front of the reel seat. I’ve got a Coronado 65 on the PCHP-S-761MH.
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    PCH Spinning Rod

    I
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    New To Crimping

    Agree 100%! The data from Garry alone makes it worth the money.
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    New To Crimping

    One of the variables in consistent crimping and results is the crimps themselves. Jinkai crimps are the most consistent I’ve found. Other less expensive brands, not so much. Even the Jinkai crimps vary box to box in the same size.
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    Another connection

    X2. I’ve tried it a bunch of times with 50 Fins and 40 Momoi. Best result was 21 lbs. with a bunch lower than that in the teens no matter which way I put the tag through to finish. I must be doing something wrong.
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    Another connection

    Is the doubled line created with a Bimini? Thanks!
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    Another connection

    Tied the GT per the video using Fins 50 Windtamer (BS = 56.8) and 80 lb. Momoi mono (BS 109.8), just because that’s what the IGFA test referenced. Also tied an FG knot using the same materials. GT = 21.8 FG = 41.2 Repeated with Fins 50 Windtamer and 40 lb. Momoi mono (BS 58.0). GT = 22.2...
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    Quick change clip

    Ever had the problem of the line slipping off one with a fish on?
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    PCH Spinning Rod

    Haven’t had a chance to use either yet but will on a 10 day in two weeks. I’ll report back. Right now I’m sure either of the two I have will toss chovies or sardines just fine as both have light tips. I’m interested in how much real backbone they have on fish 30-40 lbs.
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    So you go on a 8 day trip

    Do the passengers disembark in Ensenada for a Guadalupe trip? (Idk, I have not been there yet). Or do officials come aboard like they used to do at Clarion? I think this matter as to whether it is considered an International voyage. It is a fact that some boats that have permits for Guadalupe...
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    So you go on a 8 day trip

    I did some research on SOLAS with several of the landings. SOLAS is not a requirement for obtaining a permit for Guadalupe. Not all of the boats that have permits to fish there now currently have SOLAS certification. As others have stated, SOLAS has some requirements that exceed USCG...
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    So you go on a 8 day trip

    So does every San Diego sport boat that goes to Guadalupe have this certification?
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    So you go on a 8 day trip

    Perhaps it’s a business decision and not necessary for the trips they choose to run. SOLAS certification is not a requirement on US flagged vessels. The USCG is the controlling agency for safety requirements, equipment and inspections.
  77. dh515

    Red rooster calstar 6-day trip report

    Thanks for the great report!
  78. dh515

    shears to cut braid?

    Are these shears serrated?
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    PCH Spinning Rod

    I picked up the PCH-S-761MH. No split grip, still a very nice rod.
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    PCH Spinning Rod

    I just bought the PCHi-S-801H, Inshore, rated 20-40. It has a regular butt. I ordered the PCH-S-761MH, rated 40-60. It is listed in the catalog as having a split grip handle. Page 63. Okuma 2020 Catalog https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2551/7764/files/2020_Okuma_Catalog-Web.pdf?486
  81. dh515

    Reel decisions for a longer trip....

    I’ve used mine with 130 leader but the spectra is 100.
  82. dh515

    New wahoo troller

    From what I’ve seen and done with my own Nomads, they are run much farther back than is typical for a Marauder or Intruder. Anybody try running one of these farther back to see what kind of depth they achieve?
  83. dh515

    Reel decisions for a longer trip....

    I like the Okuma idea. The 16 can easily fish 100. The 20 can do 130. I don’t own any Avets so can’t help there.
  84. dh515

    Ranta/Finnatic charter on the Polaris Supreme

    Really cool how its pink underneath!
  85. dh515

    Ranta/Finnatic charter on the Polaris Supreme

    Thanks for the report. I believe this is one of the hoo from your trip on the Intruder? Nice fish!
  86. dh515

    Fish processing prices?

    Thanks for the research!
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    Intrepid - Berutich 8 Day

    Congrats on the hoo! Biggest one I’ve seen in a long time.
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    Sea Adventure 80

    I was on this 2.5 day trip too with my son and three friends, where I met Andre for the first time. The area where we were catching small tuna was pretty far down south. The boat had another trip the next day, so we needed to be back on time. If I remember correctly, the bluefin were on the...
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    Sea Adventure 80

    I agree with Andre’s assessment of the boat but it’s really all about your frame of reference. If you’re used to any of the long range boats that typically run trips 5 days or longer, you might be disappointed. If you’re used to fishing 1/2 or 3/4 day trips, the SA 80 is a big step up from that...
  90. dh515

    Royal Star Trip Report

    You need to read post #4 again. Pretty sure you’ve got your parties mixed up here. The OP who liked his trip is the fireman.
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    Royal Star Trip Report

    Thanks for the fishing part of the report. Regarding other parts, you describe the Captain, deck crew and galley as being “stellar”. Gary describes a complete and utter shit show, no pun intended. What part of his report do you “disagree with and dispute?”
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    Maintaining Maks

    To add to my previous post, I serviced a Mak 20 for Fishybuzz on a trip that he said hadn’t been serviced in 5 years. This was a reel that was only used on long trips. I was amazed at how it look inside. The grease was a little dry in some spots but no corrosion. Usually when I open one of these...
  93. dh515

    Maintaining Maks

    They aren’t that hard to do yourself if you’ve got the time. https://alantani.com/index.php?topic=750.0
  94. dh515

    Refund for Trips Cancelled by Operator?

    Donna it’s unfortunate that you no longer enjoy the Intrepid. Perhaps the Rooster (Andy has a great operation) is a better fit? :). I’ve ridden the Intrepid many times since 2010 and like every boat, it has had its ups and downs with leadership, crew turnover and mechanical issues. That...
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    Refund for Trips Cancelled by Operator?

    Don’t worry if you book the Intrepid. A few years ago, I was booked on an 11 day that cancelled when the autopilot went out and couldn’t be repaired in time to run the trip. Besides booking passengers on other boats that were departing that day, the office offered three options: 1) Full refund...
  96. dh515

    basket of goodies

    I use mine for dropper loop and wahoo trolling.
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    For Sale Colt sniper style casting jigs

    Just back from an 8 day, where I saw Fishybuzz catch school size Yellowfin up to 20 pounds or so on these. They worked as good as anything else, including Colt Snipers as the action is very similar. The tuna were really snapping. I also have some of the exact same jigs in 200 gram that I got a...
  98. dh515

    Wahoo on Intrepid

    BS on the bomb without pics Jeff. At least Chris had a pic. :) Good fishing with you. See you next year!
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    Wahoo on Intrepid

    X2. I have the big one. It came nicely rigged but wouldn’t swim.
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    Intrepid - 8 Day - Ray Jarvis Memorial - 7/13 -7/20 - Official Report

    100 or 120 gram Coltsniper all day long. My son was catching them on Waxwings, Madscads and poppers too.
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    Intrepid - 8 Day - Ray Jarvis Memorial - 7/13 -7/20 - Official Report

    For those that might be going out soon, we had some tough conditions fishing for yellowtail on the Ridge that I’ve never seen before. Weak to no current at times and yellowtail that seemed line, hook and boat shy. Red crabs were everywhere and most of the time, the fish were not responding that...
  102. dh515

    Wahoo on Intrepid

    At least one on the large hammered gold. Redbeard with a 42+.
  103. dh515

    Wahoo on Intrepid

    Ok, I now know of one! :D
  104. dh515

    LOST MY LAST ORIGINAL RAIDER LURE

    The large Hopkins in silver and gold, smooth and hammered are still available by special order. https://hopkinslures.com/buildalure Charkbait also has a brass copy of the Raider called a wahoo ripper but don’t know if it’s any good. https://www.charkbait.com/cs/csRaider_jigs.htm
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    Wahoo on Intrepid

    The one 44# wahoo I went home with came on the troll. I used a purple and black Rapala Xrap 40 re-rigged with Owner ST-66 hooks (4/0 belly, 3/0 tail) on 6’ of 150 fluoro. Risky? Yeah, but I won this time. Others were having success with the Nomad DTX’s but as others have reported, some seemed to...
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    Crew Members Fishing

    I agree with you 100%. You aren’t paying that kind of $$ for an opportunity to combat fish with the crew. I also agree with Jigstrike in that their tip would have suffered, especially after talking to to Captain twice and nothing being done. Personally, I’d rather go home with no fish than to...
  107. dh515

    bluefin hook

    Definitely not the lights. They are not good for more than 5-6 lbs of drag before they open up.
  108. dh515

    Fishing lead ban

    Tungsten is used for pellets in shotgun shells but is pretty expensive. Used mainly for waterfowl and turkey where not a lot of shots are taken.
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    Best knot mono to fluorocarbon

    For sure this isn’t what you want for heavy fluoro to braid. I tied this up with 80 fluoro and 80 braid. It pulled apart at 24.6 lbs. In the same material, an FG averages in the mid 60’s and a PR averages in the low 80’s. Maybe it works better with lighter line but for that I’ll stick with the FG.
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    FG KNOT?

    I finish with a 5 turn Rizzuto and agree with Bill on the mechanics of how the knot works and breaks. In heavy line, I’ve found that doubling the line when tying the FG can add up to 10% to the breaking strength. Not needed on all lines but helps with some.
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    Threadlock spectra

    If you’re talking about 130, typically, it’s a little thinner than other 130’s so yes, you’ll get more of it on a reel. It also isn’t quite as strong as thicker lines but plenty strong enough. I use the 130 Threadlock on my 50’s.
  112. dh515

    How to avoid getting seasick?

    Thanks for the info. What brand did you use?
  113. dh515

    Smallest diameter braid?

    What pound test braid / application are you looking to fish? The answer to your question varies from line to line and no one brand is the best across the board.
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    How to solder solid rings

    Yeah, my bad. For bronze I would agree.
  115. dh515

    How to solder solid rings

    While I use the Smith at home, I also have this that I have in a portable kit. It works well with a thin enough tip to braze silver solder.
  116. dh515

    Eating Fish on LR Trips?

    I had a few wahoo from a September 8 day that were processed same day at 5 Star and frozen when I got home. It is fine. Perhaps the vacuum packing has something to do with it? Normally I do what you do on longer trips but didn’t feel like driving back down to SD.
  117. dh515

    Polarized sunglasses fishing

    I used afeyewear for my kid’s prescription Costas. They give a discount for military, LE and Fire. http://www.afeyewear.com/prescription-sunglasses/costa
  118. dh515

    Trip Report: Red Rooster, 3/1 - 3/16

    Thanks for the report. Mike was the cook on my first trip on the Rooster last September. Best food on a long range boat I’ve had in the last 5 years.
  119. dh515

    Seaguar Gold

    Not sure. The 30 looked even worse. Might be a different formulation to the line? I haven’t fished it but will give it a shot in July unless I can get out sooner.
  120. dh515

    Seaguar Gold

    I’m brazing some rings right now so easy for me to test mine. The three spools I have are the real deal.
  121. dh515

    Seaguar Gold

    I got two spools of Seaguar Gold in 40 and one of 30 at the show. I tested it on my homemade line tester that uses a digital scale with hold feature so take it for what it’s worth. For once, the diameters listed for the lines were consistent with what I measured. These were my results: 40 -...
  122. dh515

    What's your favorite Wahoo Bomb Rod?

    I do. I also have a 760x2H that might be even better for bait. Either is easily a legit 60lb. rod, maybe a light 80 depending on your style
  123. dh515

    What's your favorite Wahoo Bomb Rod?

    I use a short stiff rod, currently a Phenix 700x2H rated 40-100.
  124. dh515

    Production JRI Intruder Makes It's Debut

    I’m sure the 45-50 or so guys who scored one were happy Jerry was able to get some to the show. Would it have been better for Jerry to sit on production until he had enough to make everyone happy? :rolleyes: Oh yeah, congrats to Steel8 who scored an Intruder TODAY at Bob Sands at 11:15. They had...
  125. dh515

    Red Rooster tackle rack area, anyone have a photo?

    These are from September 2018. First two show the lower tackle station. The last one shows part of the upper rod rack in the background.
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    Solid to solid connection for 100 lb

    A legend in my own mind? Ok, if you say so. I just look at it as having an analytical mind and reading comprehension skills. I didn’t “select” the parts that suited me which was why I quoted exactly what he said. We obviously aren’t going to agree on this subject. Just because I don’t agree with...
  127. dh515

    Solid to solid connection for 100 lb

    Maybe you missed these points in that article so here they are again... “All monofilament lines were tested after a two-hour soak (the same soak time employed by the IGFA in its testing) to saturate them.“ I thought we were talking about braid. I didn’t read where the author said it was not...
  128. dh515

    Solid to solid connection for 100 lb

    I’m going to have Fishy buy one! :D
  129. dh515

    Solid to solid connection for 100 lb

    The various coatings and coloring agents used are another variable. Some lines are fused together which also effects breaking strength. That Berkley Fireline Tracer I mentioned is one of those.
  130. dh515

    Solid to solid connection for 100 lb

    Well, maybe I’m more talented with calipers than you. :D You ever see the data on Paulus’ website? Even a casual glance at the data shows serious discrepancies between manufacturers stated diameters and breaking strength (marketing) and real life. To think Paulus didn’t know what he was doing...
  131. dh515

    Production JRI Intruder Makes It's Debut

    Of course! Multiples of each. :D
  132. dh515

    Solid to solid connection for 100 lb

    Because the diameters and actual breaking strength don’t match what is stated on the label. It’s easy enough to be consistent in how much pressure I’m applying. While my results may not match yours, it tells me what I want to know and which line is going to give me more capacity. YMMV..
  133. dh515

    Solid to solid connection for 100 lb

    Checking solid with calipers is easy and results are repeatable. I find hollow to be difficult to get a consistent results because it compresses. I’m working on my own system to check abs. The key issue is how to hold the line without knots or loops. I should know if it’ll work in a couple days...
  134. dh515

    Solid to solid connection for 100 lb

    Another thing to consider when trying to squeeze max capacity out of a small reel is that a manufacturer’s stated breaking strength and diameter are seldom accurate.
  135. dh515

    Production JRI Intruder Makes It's Debut

    Mine isn’t as pretty...:)
  136. dh515

    Decent Spinner with baitfeeder

    Another vote for the Okuma Coronado. I’ve got the Cdx 55 filled with 30 lb. spectra. Good enough for school size tuna with a smooth drag. Bait runner system works great.
  137. dh515

    6th ANNUAL JRI CUSTOM LURES SUPER BOWL GRID IRON MATCH!!!

    Thanks for putting this on Jerry!
  138. dh515

    Splicing 100# Solid Braid to 130# Hollow Braid

    Put Tac glue or similar on nail knot.
  139. dh515

    New Wahoo Reel

    I’d fill it with 80 lb. Threadlock (smooth line, strong) and tie that to 3’ of 130 fluoro with an FG knot. My Penn Fathom 40LDHS and Mak 30000 spinner are both rigged that way.
  140. dh515

    6th ANNUAL JRI CUSTOM LURES SUPER BOWL GRID IRON MATCH!!!

    Me too! Patriots 27 Rams 24
  141. dh515

    hotels across from the big 3

    I edited my previous post. I was referring to the Ramada about allowing parking but wasn’t clear about it. Thanks.
  142. dh515

    hotels across from the big 3

    Vagabond and Ramada are very similar accommodations wise. As others have said, Ramada willl let you park in their relatively secure lot (well lit, cameras) during your trip for a fee.
  143. dh515

    For Sale Tiburon SST 6, 8, 12, 20 & 30

    Bump for a great seller. I’ve bought from Glenn in the past and bought the 30 he listed. It shipped the same day with tracking info. This is the second SST 30 I’ve owned. (Should of kept the first one). My first one I sold as it didn’t have enough drag as a cow reel. I started using my SST 16...
  144. dh515

    Excel Team Hoo Cow Hunt - 16 Day....Jan. 15-31 Roll Call

    Rest assured they feel the same way.
  145. dh515

    Excel Team Hoo Cow Hunt - 16 Day....Jan. 15-31 Roll Call

    Maybe they want to throw you a party. :p
  146. dh515

    Intrepid 8 day gear

    I think they call that sarcasm. Sorry if my liking the post raised your blood pressure. :rolleyes:
  147. dh515

    Roll Call Silent Jims Baja Extravaganza! 1-12-19 (Intrepid)

    Yawn...every fucking Intrepid post. We get it. They stopped to fish rockfish on your only trip and you don’t like the boat.
  148. dh515

    Pink and Purple Ds

    I guess they are but what I see from their data is that they troll best at 4-5 knots which would be a private boater thing. Anybody troll these on a San Diego sport boat? https://www.bombersaltwatergrade.com/bomber-cd-certified-depth-fishing-lure
  149. dh515

    Pink and Purple Ds

    Pretty sure the body is a Bomber CD (Certified Depth). https://www.tackledirect.com/bomber-certified-depth-lure.html
  150. dh515

    Mak 30/PCH 741 XXXH issue

    Call Okuma. Perhaps they can supply different nuts.
  151. dh515

    Bees Knees

    I just got this accessory for winding line on a spinning reel spool. It is made by Omega for their hydraulic winder but will also fit the HD 140 or Pro Power winders. It is adjustable and will fit most any spinning reel spool. With it, I was able to put line on this spool at 12 pounds of drag...
  152. dh515

    Intrepid 16 Day, Departing 2-17-2019

    What about scorpion fish? :)
  153. dh515

    Nomad DTX report

    I’ve caught exactly one hoo on a Nomad. The low count is from lack of opportunity/fish present, not because they don’t work. The 400# Momoi Xtra hard leader was knicked about 5” in front of the lure but didn’t break. I don’t use wire on these.
  154. dh515

    Wahoo Bombs.....Which do you prefer?

    Hard to make it work at $17 a head.
  155. dh515

    Nomad DTX report

    Good guess! 8/0 actually but maybe 7/0 would be a better match weight wise.
  156. dh515

    Nomad DTX report

    Post #8 https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/how-to-rig-for-trolling.692033/#post-4612845 Leader was 6’ 400 lb. Momoi Xtra Hard mono. 400# ball bearing swivel at other end, crimped.
  157. dh515

    Nomad DTX report

    Another variation I rigged was using the Owner 9/0 in line hooks. These weigh less than the original BKK hooks that come on a DTX. Probably doesn’t make much difference on the front hook but might on the back. An Owner 9/0 in line with a small ball bearing swivel weighs the same as an original...
  158. dh515

    Nomad DTX report

    This variation stayed in the water no problem. Unfortunately, by the time I got to troll it, we were out of the fish and nobody hooked any wahoo. While different hooks might effect the action of the lure, I think staying in the water has more to do with the leader and connection to the bill than...
  159. dh515

    Nomad DTX report

    Unfortunately, even the biggest 7/0 are pretty small and not big enough for a Nomad DTX 200. Owner 9/0 in lines were the biggest I could find and they are barely adequate.
  160. dh515

    Socks, what do you wear?

    I usually wear the LaCrosse Hampton short boots unless the weather is bad. The socks extend above the boot tops and moisture wicks away pretty well drawn up to the shafts of the sock. Seems to work even with ankle height socks but better with calf length. Even with 12” boots, there is enough...
  161. dh515

    Socks, what do you wear?

    I use and would suggest breathable socks like coolmax. 100% cotton socks suck because once wet they take forever to dry.
  162. dh515

    Recommendation for line for a visx 50

    My 50’s are set up this way using JB 100 and Threadlock 130. This should get you close to 900 yards.
  163. dh515

    what makaira do you have, and hows it rigged.

    Yes. Typically in that kind of weather I would be fishing a longer mono top shot for some stretch too.
  164. dh515

    what makaira do you have, and hows it rigged.

    I have that reel and have fished it on a Viper and a older 2x4. Both are great sticks for that reel. I usually prefer the Viper. It has a little faster action than the 2x4 and is lighter in weight. If the weather is up, I go with the 2x4.
  165. dh515

    FG knot test

    Have you guys tried UV Knot Sense? Beware as it will cure in sunlight. When set it is similar to Pliobond.
  166. dh515

    3 turn uni and Spangler knot test

    Because some of us are open minded and constantly seek innovation. :D
  167. dh515

    3 turn uni and Spangler knot test

    Especially if you use lots of them. If you do something to deserve one, you can have the next 9 for free too. And I like 10mm. And the 3 turn uni and FG. But am going to try the Spangler, just to keep this on track. :)
  168. dh515

    14 day trip report.....

    I can see this working in a business dealing with customers on a one on one environment. But this boat on a long trip has 24. What if you have a long time customer who is totally self absorbed. He demands and expects preferential treatment. His antics monopolize attention from both Captain and...
  169. dh515

    14 day trip report.....

    Thanks for a detailed analysis of current day operations on the boat. Clearly they have some issues to address.
  170. dh515

    14 day trip report.....

    double post..
  171. dh515

    14 day trip report.....

    Happy Thanksgiving Steve! No, I’m not on Jim’s trip. I’m doing the Jarvis / Fishy 8 day in July and a 10 day in October on the Spirit. Regarding the other, bring it if you want..:D
  172. dh515

    14 day trip report.....

    Or if your Captain is willing to park in someone else’s chum line so you can get a fish! :D
  173. dh515

    New American Tackle products

    Good point. It all depends what you’re trying to do. I’ve used the small size ones on to repair wahoo bombs.
  174. dh515

    New American Tackle products

    I’ve tried the glow jigskinz. Not even close to the glow paint Fishdog uses. The regular ones are nice and serve a purpose.
  175. dh515

    Penn 12 VISX

    How does the old compare to the new for fly lining a sardine?
  176. dh515

    Availability of Jumbo Squid

    I’ve mentioned this before but it bears repeating. Food grade squid is frequently sprayed with a bleach concoction to make it last longer in the display case. Last January we took a bunch from Ranch 99 with us on a 15 day. Nothing would touch it, not even sharks. Has anyone used Ranch 99 squid...
  177. dh515

    Penn 12 VISX

    Penn didn’t specify what broke. In the middle of fighting the fish, the reel lost low gear. When it crapped out, it felt like something sheared or gave way inside. When low was engaged, the handle would just spin around with no line coming on the spool. High gear seemed to be working normally...
  178. dh515

    Penn 12 VISX

    Mine shit the bed right out of the box, losing low gear on a 125 lb. yft. I haven’t fished it since I got it back from Penn but hope it’s ok now. Mine is filled with 80 Threadlock.
  179. dh515

    What's a hot bait?

    This doesn’t have anything to do with rigging or equipment but worth mentioning. Got anything on your hands, like sunscreen?
  180. dh515

    Installing Spectra on reel question?

    I have found 10 lbs to be my sweet spot. I wish line manufacturers would spool the line on their spools more tightly!
  181. dh515

    Wahoo bomb colors

    Astute analysis of the differences between the two types of reels there Kub. While I’m still trying to break myself of the Igor method of grinding, it can still be done. I have put swivels on my bombs in an effort to reduce line twist. Once the fish makes that first run, mainly you just need to...
  182. dh515

    DTX Minnows

    I posted this before back in June but have since tried it and it swims fine. Didn’t get bit but nothing was at the time I got to troll it. Shout Kudako 8/0 on left. Stock hook on right. A 13/0 VMC 7264 is about the same size And would work too. It has a bigger barb too. I intentionally did not...
  183. dh515

    Wahoo trollers

    Oops...wrong thread.
  184. dh515

    Wahoo bomb colors

    Yes. That’s why it get bit so well! :D
  185. dh515

    Wahoo bomb colors

    Those new direct tie bombs look great. I especially like the big eyes!
  186. dh515

    Wahoo bomb colors

    The Accurate BX-600 with the 6:1 gets 53” per crank. Penn Fathom 40 narrow HS with 7:1 gets 60”. Daiwa Saltist 8000 spinner gets 53”. Okuma Makaira 30000 spinner gets 65”.
  187. dh515

    DTX Minnows

    I just had Andy slow the boat down so I could get mine in. :D Obviously I’m joking. Can you imagine that scenario on the Rooster? I’m sure it would generate a classic Andy-ism!
  188. dh515

    Bees Knees

    Basil, any idea if the spinning reel adapters available with this unit will allow a spinning spool to be filled with braid at 15# of drag? Will the large fit a Makaira 30000 spool? Thanks!
  189. dh515

    Wahoo bomb colors

    https://www.seamar.com/products?pSearch=SKU%23%20SILGROMMET
  190. dh515

    How to solder solid rings

    I have both white and black flux for silver, preferring the black. There is a different white flux I also have for brass rods.
  191. dh515

    Wahoo bomb colors

    It is a brazed solid ring with a brass grommet. I haven’t tried 220 on bombs but don’t think it is too heavy. It is .17mm thicker than the 150. I have used the 220 on Flatfalls but no fish yet. I use the 3 turn uni and the 150 is easily tied in that. I crimped the 220 I used on the Flatfalls...
  192. dh515

    Wahoo bomb colors

    Green and Halloween worked well on my Rooster 8 day in early October. And the spinning reel experiment was a success. Makaira 30000 at 65” per crank with 80 lb. Threadlock to 3’ of 150 Momoi Xtra hard. 53 lb. jackpot fish.
  193. dh515

    DTX Minnows

    Interesting thread about the DTX, rigging it and the two different generations. Nomad indicated that gen 2 started in September of 2017. Also, yours is a Gen 2 if it has a split ring on the nose. https://www.thehulltruth.com/sportfishing-charters-forum/904408-nomad-dtx-minnow-9.html
  194. dh515

    How to Rig for Trolling

    Reporting back after an 8 day on the Rooster. The DTX’s I have swims fine rigged like this. I was trying a few different lures and it didn’t get bit, however I only used it on one rotation. I did replace the split ring on the front with a brazed ring.
  195. dh515

    DTX Minnows

    6’ of 400# Momoi Xtra hard mono. One wahoo so far.
  196. dh515

    Bluefin Techniques and Observations (what worked, what didn’t )

    Thanks for the report, great info! I’ve tried the Ranch 99 squid too for yft at Hurricane bank. With a lot of fish around, nothing would touch them. Not even sharks. Pretty sure they spray them with some kind of bleach spray preservative. I’ll try again but with bait squid from a tackle store or...
  197. dh515

    What was your first SD long range trip? Over 5 days to qualify!

    November 1983 10 day on the Vagabond with Captain Mike Lackey. We went to Alijos rocks. Trip cost $1000. I remember being stoked to see a place I had been reading and about in magazines. Caught my first wahoo, a troll fish that went airborne to pounce on a pink jet head I had made. I also saw a...
  198. dh515

    What angle are you working on?

    Birds can frequently damage line in places where they are thick and diving after bait.
  199. dh515

    Anyone know what these are just got 4 of them

    Not even remotely possible on this board!
  200. dh515

    Sourcing Willow Leaf Blades for Bombs

    https://www.jannsnetcraft.com/Search/Spinner%20blades.aspx https://www.barlowstackle.com/Search.aspx?k=Spinner+blades http://www.mudhole.com/search?keywords=Spinner%20blades
  201. dh515

    Royal Star 7 Day "The Bight" 10/7-10/13

    X2 on the video. Gotta love the crew’s immediate attention to prepping the fish on deck.
  202. dh515

    My First Self-Customized Flat Fall

    In response to an earlier question about clear finish, this stuff is money. https://www.kbs-coatings.com/DiamondFinish-Clear-Aerosol.html Also, this tape with a hole punch makes it easy to add dots to anything. Glow brightly and lasts pretty long.
  203. dh515

    My First Self-Customized Flat Fall

    Glow paint is much easier to use for sinkers. I’ve used this before with good results. Works best on white undercoat and takes a few coats. Paint.. Thirty fathoms epoxy system works well for glow dots and detail on jigs. Dots..
  204. dh515

    Smaller profile 2-3 oz jig ?

    60 gram / 2 oz. Shimano Colt Sniper or 80 gram / 3 oz.
  205. dh515

    024 050VIS Handle interchange

    Not sure if this helps but my VISX 12 handle arm fits my Torque 40NLD2 perfectly. It also fits my Fathom 40LDHS.
  206. dh515

    Help with Wahoo bomb repair

    I wouldn’t trust them for that although the 8/0 size is pretty beefy. Noticeably bigger wire than the 7/0.
  207. dh515

    Help with Wahoo bomb repair

    A great hook for this is the Gamakatsu siwash 10017 or 10018. Really sharp right out of the box. I’ve never had one break or bend. Trophy Tackle has them. http://www.tunafishtackle.com/gamakatsu-siwash-open-eye-hooks-493p/
  208. dh515

    Trolling rod for 15day, xxh or xxxh

    I can respect this if you are confident in their equipment. I’ve seen reels used not completely full and at other times fish lost because a leader was used for another rotation that should have been replaced and wasn’t. Crew gets busy and shit happens. I never get that busy. :) Funny, I’ve...
  209. dh515

    Trolling rod for 15day, xxh or xxxh

    I use my own trolling gear for the same reason I have my own kite gear. That way I know what is in the water, how it has been maintained, and troll what I want. Another vote for the 100# set up.
  210. dh515

    Tranx 300a rod suggestions?

    Two more rods to consider are the UC 711H Swimbait Finatic rated 30-40, 3-6 oz lures (they also have a light, medium, H & XH) and the Okuma Guide Select 711XH rated 15-40, 2-10 ounce lures. (They also have a H and an XXH). Don’t know how they come up with the rating on these. Both of these are...
  211. dh515

    Best Fish Eats

    Spotback Scorpionfish from Hurricane Bank.. Calico bass. Fresh Mahi. Wahoo. I’m pretty burned out on tuna but like it smoked, especially the bellies.
  212. dh515

    Portable Solder Kit

    This is what I use: http://weldfabulous.com/weldcote-metals-56-cadmium-free-silver-solder-1-32-1-troy-oz/
  213. dh515

    Portable Solder Kit

    If that torch will adjust down to a fine tip it should be fine. As far as materials, that’s what I use.
  214. dh515

    Portable Solder Kit

    I got this one back in June as I knocked my old one off the table and broke it. This one works fine, advertised to be good for 2500 degrees. I have a similar kit in a small plastic ammo box. The box measures 9.5”L x 7”H x 4.5”W. I carry some mini Knipex bolt cutters in a separate tool bag for...
  215. dh515

    Topgun80 - Historic 17 Cow BFTs 3.5 day report

    Agreed nail knot is small but easily felt on the line if tied with 100#. I’ve tried both Sharpie brand and Marks a Lot markers. Both bled but it might be the line I’m using which is MaxCuatro.
  216. dh515

    Topgun80 - Historic 17 Cow BFTs 3.5 day report

    I don’t have a bobbin but use nail knots to the same effect. I’ve also tried marking with a sharpie but that doesn’t last long as it comes off and then it bleeds all over the rest of the line.
  217. dh515

    Mile's and Kens Fall Classic / Open

    Not to mention the number of times where a wahoo clips off your jig without ever getting hooked. Like on the sink.
  218. dh515

    20# Class Reel

    https://www.mysticparts.com 4.8 to 1 gear: 1229007 4.8 to 1 pinion: 1229341
  219. dh515

    Okuma Komodo 400 size...

    My 471P p, filled with 65 lb. Maxcuatro is on a UC 711XH Swimbait Fanatic. Haven’t had it long but have caught a couple of 20 lb. yellowtail on yo-yo iron with it. It handled them easily.
  220. dh515

    Bluefin Fried My Mak

    Not trying to be a smart ass and no offense meant so my apologies if it came off that way. I was recently on a trip where the boat hooked a fish on the kite that ended up going 184. They fought this fish the whole time with hand set drag of about 15 lbs on a Mak 30 for close to an hour. I’m...
  221. dh515

    Bluefin Fried My Mak

    Out of curiosity, how was the drag initially set? By hand or with a scale?
  222. dh515

    Help me with FG knot please

    You should try the DH knot. It’s almost the same as the FG but I lick the line first. :D
  223. dh515

    topless 30

    Spot on. I have one also and it’s a great reel. Only downside to this reel is they are expensive especially when new and like others have said require more maintenance due to tight tolerances. Not that hard to service yourself and there are tutorials out there. This is not the reel to just rinse...
  224. dh515

    Best 80 -100 lb reel

    Another consideration perhaps. Makaira has a 5 year warranty during which they will service the reel for free. Accurate ATD and Valiant, 2 year warranty, includes service. Dauntless, 1 year. Avet, Penn and Daiwa, 1 year warranty. I don’t know if service is included but don’t think so. Someone...
  225. dh515

    Best 80 -100 lb reel

    In the lower zone, a 16 size reel is usually used as a finesse “pick bite” reel and about as small as you’d really want to go when giant yellowfin are swimming around. While the 16 can get it done, the answer is the 20 for general use. More line capacity, bigger drags and easier cranking.
  226. dh515

    Best 80 -100 lb reel

    Mak 16 for best right out of the box, add line, ready to fish reel.
  227. dh515

    Help me with FG knot please

    The 80 ProSpec solid I have broke at 114, measuring .46mm.
  228. dh515

    Height of rail in inches??

    Intrepid: Stern corners approximately 36” from deck to top of rail.
  229. dh515

    Spooling 12 VISX

    600 yards Berkley 80 Pro Spec solid. This is filled to the brim with room for a short leader.
  230. dh515

    Hooks and baiting hooks for chunking

    One thing that will shut off your chunk line right quick is another boat anchoring up right in it...:D Besides having the proper conditions,it takes a lot of dedication and attention from the crew to establish and maintain the chunk line. If they aren’t maintaining it, the fish won’t hang out...
  231. dh515

    Very cheap crimper

    Fishy’s pic..
  232. dh515

    Paulus website

    It’s been that way for at least a week. There was a lot of good info on that site, hope it isn’t gone. :(
  233. dh515

    wahoo fly?

    I caught my first wahoo on a 10 day Vagabond trip to the rocks in 1983. The fish came out of the water to grab a trolled jet head from above. Still one of my best fishing memories. While I don’t think they can alter course once they commit to a jump, they obviously have phenomenal eyesight. As...
  234. dh515

    Lexa tranx or ?

    I had a Tranx 500 Hg and sold it before I had a good understanding of how it would fit in with the rest of my gear. I wish I would have kept it. Great reel with a lot of things going for it. That being said, I now have a Komodo 471P and love it. It casts just as well, similar in size, tons of...
  235. dh515

    Looking for a new wahoo reel

    With his current fishing partners, he’d be trampled in a heartbeat. :D
  236. dh515

    Help me with FG knot please

    Are you wrapping fluoro around braid to do the wraps? If not it can be very easy to screw that part up and get an over wrap but difficult to see. My own failures in tying this have been when I’ve either cut the tag end of the fluoro too close and knicked the braid or when I’ve damaged the braid...
  237. dh515

    Looking for a new wahoo reel

    The Penn is on a Phenix 700x2H, 40-100 lb. The Mak 30000 is on a Stingofish 5’6” 500 gram jigging rod. Note, the Mak 30000 is a huge reel and really specialized for this application. I had to have a taller stripper guide installed. The short rod really helps when you need to maneuver around...
  238. dh515

    Okuma Komodo... 463 or 471

    I went 471. Used it for yo-yo on a 15 day when we fished coastal on the way home. I thought the speed was perfect for that. I caught two 20 lb yellows which were straight cranked to the boat. Plenty of torque. Love this reel!
  239. dh515

    Looking for a new wahoo reel

    Conventional reel, Penn 40NLDHS, 7:1 gear ratio. Speed is king and this reel kicks ass in that regard with 60” per crank. Spinner, Mak 30000, 65” per crank. :)
  240. dh515

    Need rod suggestion for avet jx raptor

    I’d look at the UC 76 Raptor. It’s suggested use is as an 80 lb. stick that can handle 27 lbs. of max drag. On a big fish the Centaur would be better but I don’t think it’s going to match up very well with the reel.
  241. dh515

    Where's the money ?

    Steve, of that I have no doubt. :)
  242. dh515

    Where's the money ?

    I guess your comprehension of what has been posted is different than mine.
  243. dh515

    Where's the money ?

    Jesus Steve. I just had to sit down. I think this is the only thing you’ve ever posted about the Intrepid that I agree with! :D
  244. dh515

    Where's the money ?

    Congrats on the retirement Bruce! In this particular case, the only option I am aware of was a refund or some guys rolled the money over to next year. So to everyone else that thinks the OP is out of line for wanting to know when he will get his money back, how long is it acceptable for the...
  245. dh515

    FG tested to failure

    :rolleyes: Having watched Fishy land big fish several times, experience and technique count for more than the drag numbers. However he’s doing it, it works for him and I’ve rarely seen him lose a fish once hooked. I’ve learned a lot from him (even if he usually only shares info on the ride...
  246. dh515

    How to Rig for Trolling

    Left to right: 13/0 VMC 7264 / Stock hook 11/0 BKK in-line / 8/0 Shout Kudako The VMC has a slightly bigger barb than the Shout while the hook is slightly smaller. I’ll let you know how it swims
  247. dh515

    How to Rig for Trolling

    Don’t know if it swims but will try it in two weeks: Shout Kudako 8/0. Same size as stock. A VMC 13/0 7264 would also be the same size. Both replacement hooks have bigger barbs. The Shout hooks can usually be found on eBay. John Nappo at Trophy Tackle has the VMC’s...
  248. dh515

    Boarding Policies

    Yeah, Steve. That shit happens on every boat in the fleet if allowed. Want to discuss some on the water ethics? :D
  249. dh515

    Boarding Policies

    Hasn’t happened to me in 12 trips on this boat. If you knew in advance, why wouldn’t you say something? Having said that, I get it. My first long trip was on another boat that guys on here just love. They dicked me around during the trip and I was one and done.
  250. dh515

    Man Bait Rig

    I think you’re set. I use a Phenix 700X4H and a Mak 50 for this. I’ve used that 12/0 Jobu. Only caught sharks on it which hurts, given the cost. IMO, it’s too big. A 10/0 or 11/0 7691 is plenty. Given what you’ve said, I’d do a 16 turn FG with the 150 or 200 fluoro. Not familiar with the...
  251. dh515

    Boarding Policies

    I think the veiled elephant in the room is that sometimes no matter what the policy, unscrupulous passengers will try and get over on their fellow passengers and skirt the policy. Sometimes this occurs with the knowledge and acquiescence of the charter master / Captain / office and sometimes...
  252. dh515

    Boarding Policies

    On Intrepid your boarding number and stateroom is assigned when 50% of your trip fare is paid. Scroll down to the bottom: https://intrepid.fishingreservations.net/sales/
  253. dh515

    Learning to work with hollow spectra

    About three years ago, Utah Tuna tested some Pena and FG knot connections for me and Fishy. We each sent him two of each tied with 80 lb. JB solid to 80 lb. Soft Steel. The Pena’s broke in the mid 60’s inside the knot where the spectra goes through the leader. The FG’s broke in the upper 80’s at...
  254. dh515

    Which Reel Would You Buy??

    I like the suggestion by a previous poster to hold both and see which one feels better to you. I truly do believe both are quality reels. Having said that, I have a Mak 16 which has been flawless in at least five 14-15 day trips. My son landed his first cow on it and the reel was easily up to...
  255. dh515

    Trip Decision

    If you’re looking for a decent shot at a cow, you need to go on a longer trip. Something in the 13-16 day range, from late November through February. IMO, it would be rare to get a cow on a 7 day as you don’t have the time to get to the fish. The ten day is marginal too but possible if you were...
  256. dh515

    SOLD BlackHole Cape Cod Special 450g Spinner

    I have a friend with that same stick. He uses a Stella 10000 on it. Fits fine.
  257. dh515

    Phenix PHD-700X4H, or UC Viper ?

    I have both sticks. I’d go Viper for the Mak 20. I put my 50’s on on the Phenix 4XH for big baits. I also had two 3XH’s and sold them. Too soft for my liking but ok on fish up about 140. Huge difference between a Phenix 3XH and the 4XH. JMO..
  258. dh515

    Longer handle for BV2 500N ?

    I’m getting a little over 94mm on my calipers, end to end.
  259. dh515

    Longer handle for BV2 500N ?

    I like the round knob. Thanks Will!
  260. dh515

    Longer handle for BV2 500N ?

    You’re welcome! I just got the same reel for slow pitch jigging and am going to get one too.
  261. dh515

    Longer handle for BV2 500N ?

    Jigging World or I guess it’s Tackle World has some: http://tackleworld.com/accurate-boss-valiant-series-power-handle/
  262. dh515

    Excel Okuma Trip Lessons

    Great write up Jim. You experienced the typical luck I enjoy on these trips! I would bet money you over crimped the failed connection. I too have that Nicopress crimper and was surprised that less pressure seems to be more if you know what I mean. I would also suspect abrasion of the spectra...
  263. dh515

    Best bang for the buck in a used 2 speed 80lb class reel

    I’ve seen it happen twice in ten trips. While the rolling technique you describe can be done, it’s just another thing to worry about. One mistake and it’s all over. Not to mention the casting issue on what likely would be a bait rod in application. Plenty of ringed rod bargains out there. I’d...
  264. dh515

    Best bang for the buck in a used 2 speed 80lb class reel

    Roller guides? I’m sure you’ve seen what happens when spectra gets off the roller and gets caught between the roller and frame with a good fish at color. :shake: In response to the Op’s question, Mak 16 is a great reel and will easily handle a 150 lb’er.
  265. dh515

    200 lb spectra and kite - weigh too much in light winds?

    Sources for ceramic rings: https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/tigress-trading-ceramic-kite-rings?hvarAID=shopping_googleproductextensions https://www.tackledirect.com/lewis-fishing-220s-ceramic-release-pin-rings.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI85nC1bjR2gIVgx6GCh29QgwlEAQYBSABEgIPoPD_BwE
  266. dh515

    200 lb spectra and kite - weigh too much in light winds?

    You’ve got the part about the crew controlling the height of the kite. From what I’ve seen, once set, it’s rarely changed until bit. The angler controls the height and action of the bait by either reeling in line or letting it out as needed to position or work the baits. Your spectra still goes...
  267. dh515

    200 lb spectra and kite - weigh too much in light winds?

    I always use a ceramic ring on my kite rig. The 130 spectra runs through the ring. The ring goes in the clip.
  268. dh515

    Length of 80 lb live bait stick

    Nope. Stock factory rod.
  269. dh515

    how much spectra is enough

    Hollow or solid? A lot of the 80# hollow is 16 strand. A lot of the 100 is 12 strand. 100 /12 strand is usually thinner than 80 /16 strand. Anyway, I’ve never used Izor in the bigger lines but Paulus listed 80 at .543mm and a breaking strength of 129.6. 100 was listed at .506mm, breaking at...
  270. dh515

    how much spectra is enough

    Using JB 100 should get you 100 yards more easily. Threadlock 100 is very thick line. A sample I sent to Paulus a while back broke at 140 but measured .619mm. JB 100 by his measurement was .533mm, breaking strength 112. 140 is nice but not needed on a Mak 16. Look at Tasline too for a thin and...
  271. dh515

    Okuma question

    The stock gold 50 non-SEa has a low gear of 1.3:1, 15.3” per crank. The SEa, either converted or stock SEa has a 1:1 low gear, 11.8” per crank.
  272. dh515

    Homemade Line Winder.

    Triangle has it: https://trianglesport.com/cms/index.php/product/a-7103a-hand-held-line-guide/
  273. dh515

    Long Range On Board Fish Handling

    They also land your gaffed fish on rubber mats. If they added the pithing, it would be darn near perfect.
  274. dh515

    SOLD Plier Sheath

    Hi Bill, PM sent.
  275. dh515

    Comment on Okuma Andros 12SII

    Could you guys that are not having problems with this specific reel state when your reel was purchased? To clarify my earlier comments, the guys I know that had problems had them with the early reels. If I remember correctly, the debut of this reel was delayed a couple of times as they were...
  276. dh515

    Best Knot for Braid to Floro or Mono?

    That looks right. The advantage of the Rizuto is that it supposedly pulls the opposite direction of the woven portion of the FG, locking the two together. Don’t know about that but for me, the knot comes out straight and clean using it. With half hitches, I always ended up with a little dog leg...
  277. dh515

    Best Knot for Braid to Floro or Mono?

    Hopefully this will make sense. What I do after completing a 16 wrap weave with the leader and spectra is lay the tag end of the spectra over the main spectra line and tag end of the leader, making a two inch loop. I wrap the tag end of the spectra through this loop and around the main spectra...
  278. dh515

    Comment on Okuma Andros 12SII

    I have ten Okuma reels including two Andros 5ii’s but not that reel and for a reason. Three of the guys I fish with have had gear problems. I have heard of the same problem through the grapevine on other reels. One of my friends had his repaired three times when they finally gave him a new reel...
  279. dh515

    Grundens for multi-day trips?

    My bad. Somehow thought you were talking about boots. I also have their hooded pull over. (Petus 762) Great when it’s cooler. Condensation builds up when it’s not. Again great quality.
  280. dh515

    Grundens for multi-day trips?

    Wore them on my Jan.15 day. Way better than Xtratuffs, not quite as comfortable as my LaCrosse Hamptons. They seem very durable.
  281. dh515

    14 Days To The Lower Zone (Jan 15 – Feb 8)

    I believe so as that is how it is commonly advertised and sold. I do remember reading a thread where someone said that it was not made by Momoi. In any case, its good line. https://www.tackledirect.com/momoi-diamond-presentation-fluorocarbon.html
  282. dh515

    14 Days To The Lower Zone (Jan 15 – Feb 8)

    Great report! Particularly like the facts and observations. I agree completely about pulling hard and pissing the fish off. I hate that head shaking! I tried the same thing a few trips back with the same result. I now think technique probably counts more than strength and smooth is better...
  283. dh515

    Kevin Osborn

    He retired due to a bad back injury. Currently rehabbing from surgery.
  284. dh515

    Intrepid - 15 day Soft Steel Trip report - Jan 27

    Great report! Thanks for taking the time. What method did you use to connect leader to spectra?
  285. dh515

    Trip scheduled changed - what are my rights?

    I would check the boat's website and see if this "you get screwed if we change your trip" policy is in writing. And please PM me with the name of the boat so I can add it to the list of operations I will never patronize.
  286. dh515

    80-100lb setup for up to 5 day trips

    A lot of choices in this category. For 60, I'd use the Penn Torque 40N two speed. For 80, I'd go with the Mak16, mainly because I have these two reels and they are solid. A Penn 12 VISX might be a good choice too. I also have one of those but it went tits up on the first fish I caught on it...
  287. dh515

    50 vs 30 size

    Perhaps this will be of interest. My opinion hasn’t changed. 50 all day long. https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/50-vs-30-cranking-test.486320/
  288. dh515

    Silent Jim Intrepid 15 Day Report

    Here are some more pics. Fishdoggary with his 241. It was either a big bait or chunk fish. I don’t recall. But typical of the difference between sardine fish and big bait/chunk fish. We hit some dodos on a kelp paddy on the way down.
  289. dh515

    Silent Jim Intrepid 15 Day Report

    Here is the report from the Intrepid website: “We returned from our Silent Jim 15 day trip and it was a success to say the least. We weighed up 24 cows at the top of the dock including quite a few in the 190# range. Chunking and Big Baits was the name of the game for us this trip. It is truely...
  290. dh515

    AA report

    Good luck on your trip! We’re two days behind you. I’ve had one great 3 AM jig bite there. Last two times there it was so sharky they were eating the jigs and you couldn’t even fish jigs. The sharks would back off when the sun came up and you could fish bait. None of the recent reports mention...
  291. dh515

    20VISX

    ATD 12...Don’t leave home without it. :) And Steve, if you hear screaming it’ll be Fishy...:D
  292. dh515

    20VISX

    I've got a 12 VISX that I'm trying on a 15 day that leaves in a week. It will be interesting to see how it does assuming I can get a good one on it. :)
  293. dh515

    20VISX

    More like a shark feeding frenzy. :D
  294. dh515

    Scale to calibrate you reels

    All of mine and every one I’ve seen of the spring type do.
  295. dh515

    Intrepid Silent Jim's Baja Extravaganza 15 day .... Jan. 12-27

    What! You mean I’m not getting that stuff? :D
  296. dh515

    Intrepid Silent Jim's Baja Extravaganza 15 day .... Jan. 12-27

    Here’s the real reason you don’t want to mess with that dude...:D
  297. dh515

    Last minute question

    Take it and some bungy cords. You can strap it to the lower rail upstairs on the starboard side behind the crane. Won’t be in anybody’s way at all.
  298. dh515

    I just ordered VISX 16

    I have both the 76 Centaur and Viper. While either rod will fish 100, I would base my choice on the size of fish I expected to encounter. Cow sized fish? Give me the Viper.
  299. dh515

    Jet Head Wahoo Bombs!!!!

    We are testing these on the Intrepid 15 day leaving on 1/12. If they work well, I might have a few for sale at the end of the month. Chrome plated brass jet head a little over an inch in diameter, 2.75" long, 6.75 ounces. The jets leave a pretty cool smoke trail and seem to reduce drag for high...
  300. dh515

    Jet Head Wahoo Bombs!!!!

    Nice rigging job John. And Fishy, for the 50th time... 6.75 ounces, 2.75” long. :D
  301. dh515

    Intrepid Silent Jim's Baja Extravaganza 15 day .... Jan. 12-27

    Merry Christmas to all! See you guys in 23 days..:)
  302. dh515

    Fresh frozen Squid ?

    I think you are better off getting squid from a bait company rather than a market. Last January, we took about 25 pounds of squid we bought at Ranch 99 on a 15 day. Nothing and I mean nothing, not even sharks would touch it. I read somewhere that squid intended for human consumption is sometimes...
  303. dh515

    Spectra-mono-fluoro or Spectra right to fluoro?

    The only time I use mono is when its rough and I'm looking for some stretch/shock absorption or heavy mono in the dark when the fish can't see it. Even then its only 15-30 feet or so. Otherwise its straight spectra to short top shot.
  304. dh515

    Time Limits on Kite Fishing

    Me too but haven't got to use it the last three trips as the rotation never made it to me. Not my favorite way to fish but since many times the bigger fish are caught on the kite it isn't a good idea to pass up your turn IMO. The boat's kite gear gets worked hard. Always a good idea to use your...
  305. dh515

    Reels that don’t but SHOULD exist

    Just got a Penn VISX 12. Mainly because Okuma doesn't make anything in that size.
  306. dh515

    Daiwa BG8000 quality

    I bought one from J&H over a year ago. Definitely did not look like that.
  307. dh515

    Who rebuild their own reels? Or do you send them off to a pro?

    I do my own with the exception of my Okuma’s under warranty. Since they have free service I take them over there. Early on though, I did send Alan Tani a couple of bags of reel parts for him to re-assemble.:D
  308. dh515

    Wahoo fishing with a Komodo KDS 471P

    Lunkercity.com https://lunkercity.com/products/slug-go-shaker?variant=33098760966 The green one in the pic is actually 3.5 oz. and probably better for wahoo.
  309. dh515

    Wahoo fishing with a Komodo KDS 471P

    I just got the 471P and have it on a UC 711XH Swimbait Finatic rated 25-60. The reel has 340 yards of 65# Max Cuatro on it. I’ve got a 15 day a little over a month away and won’t get to use it until then. I plan to tie three feet of 130# fluoro with an Fg knot and throw trap rigged swimbaits and...
  310. dh515

    Preventing Spectra Cuts

    McMaster Carr also has them and some others called finger cots. https://www.mcmaster.com/#finger-guards/=1agp69d
  311. dh515

    Preventing Spectra Cuts

    What kind of spectra? I was doing that on my wahoo reel and switched to a thicker smoother line, specifically 100# Threadlock. Probably too thick for what you were using it for but Threadlock is a smooth line. I would have suggested the obvious, gloves but can't stand to have one on my hand...
  312. dh515

    UC CX 76 Centaur

    I have that stick with a Mak 16 on it and have caught yellowfin up to about 140 on it. IMO, it’s good for tuna up to about 150. If they are bigger than that, I want the Viper. It is not too stiff and a better match for the Mak 20. The Centaur has more of a parabolic bend to it. The Viper shuts...
  313. dh515

    100lb. Threadlock capacity for VISX 20 & 30

    I don’t have the exact info you seek but awhile back I sent Paulus some 100 Threadlock for testing. Seaguar Threadlock in 100lb 16 strand was 0.619mm, abs 136.10 lb. Tufline hollow (diameter .0519mm) is very similar to JB hollow and is much thinner. You won’t get as much 100 Threadlock on any...
  314. dh515

    Komodo SS Power Knob - Upgrade-able ?

    I don’t. It was the original waffle ball knob. I see there is a next generation one on their website so I don’t think they make it anymore. Perhaps you can get one on eBay or there are several types on there that are similar.
  315. dh515

    Accurate Announces BV2-800 and BV2-800N

    Thank you! And from what I see on the Melton’s site, the 1000 intended for 100# rail fishing will have the same 2.2 low gear?
  316. dh515

    Accurate Announces BV2-800 and BV2-800N

    How long is the warranty and does it include service?
  317. dh515

    Reel bag

    Avet makes a large one that is nice too. I also have the Nomad which is also nice. http://www.anglerscenter.com/gamefishing-accessories/luggage-tackle-storage/avet-reel-cases?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_JODr4_a1wIVkmB-Ch3WEgmQEAQYASABEgJ20vD_BwE
  318. dh515

    Accurate Announces BV2-800 and BV2-800N

    Hi Will, What’s your opinion on the cranking power of this reel for bigger than Guadalupe sized tuna (150+) ? Seems like it would be great in the tuna pick bite application for fly lining a sardine. My concern would be the 2.2 gear ratio that seems a bit high on a big fish.
  319. dh515

    Reel covers?

    I use the mesh sleeves for my rods. eBay has them. Make sure you get a large or spinning reel cover as these will fit over the taller guides on an offshore rod. http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&toolid=10001&campid=5336488034&icep_item=112481478035 I like the Jaws...
  320. dh515

    Need a Reel for UC CE 80 Monster

    Hi Steve, With those part numbers, I was able to get both gears from Scott's Bait and Tackle. Thank you! As usual, above and beyond for Penn customers!
  321. dh515

    Need a Reel for UC CE 80 Monster

    Thank you. Greatly appreciated!
  322. dh515

    Need a Reel for UC CE 80 Monster

    I contacted Penn's main service department and was told you can not get the 4.8 gear set, individual gear or pinion gear as parts. They have been discontinued with no plans to bring them back. The customer service rep even checked with a distribution facility in Kansas City for me, trying to...
  323. dh515

    100% Crimped Connections

    All I can say is WOW! Thank you for sharing your results. The amount of work done here is incredible on both the crimper mods and immense amount of data. Just today I was testing some crimped leaders I had assembled for Skipjack with 150# Momoi Xtra hard mono. I was pretty happy when they held...
  324. dh515

    Great Words of Advice- The Scratch Bite.

    Great advice! It’s so easy to get locked into one method or technique and that’s fine when the fish are biting. The really skilled long ranger recognizes when conditions change or something is not working and adapts. Something I’m still working on...:)
  325. dh515

    Need a Reel for UC CE 80 Monster

    You’ll be hard pressed to find a reel that casts better than a TranX. I had the 500HG, sold it and wish I still had it. Being a level wind, it’s casting ability never made sense to me but it really does cast well. The Penn Torque 25N star drag is another great reel that is built like a tank...
  326. dh515

    Best Rod and Reel combo for 80lb & 100lb

    X2. I call mine the wobblemeister. My least favorite Mak but strangely I get bit every time I use it so I keep it.
  327. dh515

    Vacuum Sealer Machines

    I also have the Cabelas machine (5 or 6 years now) purchased after going through a couple of Foodsavers. Definitely pulls a stronger vacuum than previous Foodsavers and can use the same type bags. It is large, heavy and takes up a lot of counter space though. When I had my own boat and processed...
  328. dh515

    2017 Excel Merritt 10 Day

    Congrats on a couple of monsters! Strong work especially considering both were fly lined fish, not on the kite.
  329. dh515

    Any good deals on the new Internationals?

    Would’ve been cool though! I even added one to my cart and double checked prices elsewhere.
  330. dh515

    Any good deals on the new Internationals?

    Got that same email. It’s only selected reels, up to 20% off. Doesn’t look like the VISX is included.
  331. dh515

    Change out hooks on iron for long range?

    X2. I’ve lost some toad yellows to either broken factory rings (crappy weld) or bent hooks. I now do my own and know what is on there. Like Baller said, changing the hooks can change the action of the jig, usually not for the better. What has worked for me is to weigh the stock hook and make...
  332. dh515

    Intrepid weights in....

    Yes Indeed. Sam is one of the top young Captains in the fleet! Congratulations to Sam, crew and anglers! Way to go INTREPID!
  333. dh515

    Aftco 10 Day Independence 9/9-9/19

    I don’t see a way to do it. Under thread tools all I see is an option to add a poll. A moderator could do it for you.
  334. dh515

    Aftco 10 Day Independence 9/9-9/19

    Do you mean the December trip?
  335. dh515

    Any word on the lower banks?

    Just from idiots that don’t know him..:D
  336. dh515

    Let the Listing Begin

    But your planning sucks. I plan for 364 days...:D
  337. dh515

    Why don't we bridle our big baits and kite baits?

    Here’s a short video that shows bridling a bait through the back.
  338. dh515

    Why don't we bridle our big baits and kite baits?

    Not a bad idea. Although I’ve caught several sharks, I’ve had exactly one tuna bite on a skipjack. It came after a really long soak when the Skippy was really tired. I don’t know if a big yellowfin is going to go for a really lively Skippy. To hard to catch, too much energy expended. Would like...
  339. dh515

    16VISX vr MAK16SEa

    Thanks!
  340. dh515

    16VISX vr MAK16SEa

    Tough loss there. Was that top shot secured with nail knots, crimps or served?
  341. dh515

    Your "Go to" Cow Tuna Hooks and why?

    Quick rig has the black ringed 7/0 in stock although these look a bit large for sardines to me. Perfect for tubes. I also emailed them yesterday about the 6/0 that has been out of stock forever everywhere. They replied they should be available soon although didn’t say when...
  342. dh515

    16VISX vr MAK16SEa

    I think you made a good choice. The Pro Spec 100 solid I have measures .56 mm with an abs of 180. Capacity wise you would of been about the same.
  343. dh515

    flouro mono

    Wtf? Next you’ll be tying the FG knot...:D
  344. dh515

    Makaira reels

    I’ve got several Makairas (a 16 SEa, two 20 SEa’s, a 30 SEa, two 50’s and a new 30000 spinner I haven’t fished yet). Makairas have free service for 5 years and Okumas customer service is second to none. Not affiliated and own other reels but these are hard to beat especially for an out of the...
  345. dh515

    ATD 30 w/ 130 Spectra rod match

    I’d put the ATD 30 on the 2x4. I have both rods mentioned and the 2x4 has a lighter tip better for flipping a sardine but is capable of handling any tuna you would hook. For Guadalupe I’d consider putting 100# spectra on that reel. More capacity and the thinner line will do better fishing the...
  346. dh515

    Your "Go to" Cow Tuna Hooks and why?

    Rice works too. Fishy likes long grain but I prefer medium. :D
  347. dh515

    Trokar hooks on big tuna?

    How many wahoo have you caught on that? Is that the 8/0?
  348. dh515

    Spectra sizes for Guadalupe

    Don’t know about the sharks but how are you connecting the spectra to topshot? If inserting, 100# TT is not a good match with 60# fluoro. I like the rod/reel combos.
  349. dh515

    Changing Salas 6X trebles or making it a Single hook

    I’ve cut and braised Owner split rings together with a butane torch and silver solder to make a single ring when I ran out of a particular size I needed so I’m sure you could.
  350. dh515

    Swapping out a stock handle for a t-bar style

    While I have fished this reel for wahoo first with bombs and then with jigs, for me that is not its forte (too slow for me) and I have other reels for wahoo that are much faster. I plan on using it to fly line sardines. I think it would be ideal for 60#, great Guadalupe reel. I’m only doing one...
  351. dh515

    Swapping out a stock handle for a t-bar style

    It does have an angle to it..
  352. dh515

    Daiwa Saltist 8000 WAHOO SLAYER

    The Mak 30000 spinner gets a measured 62” per crank when filled with 80# Threadlock. Close enough. :D Fastest reel I have by a long margin.
  353. dh515

    Daiwa Saltist 8000 WAHOO SLAYER

    Hopefully Daiwa improved their shitty customer service along with the bail. I’m still pissed about their charges to fix a known problem on the 6500H I have that broke and had never caught a fish. As far as customer service goes, Shimano or Okuma they are not. That being said, I used the repaired...
  354. dh515

    Modern Rail Rod?

    Truer words were never spoken. I’ve found that pulling on rods in the store or even stringing one up and lifting a weight while much better than nothing, provides limited info. As an example, lifting a rod with say a 30 lb. dumb bell will give you a good idea if the rod can handle that amount of...
  355. dh515

    1st cow trip LR gear

    For your first long trip I think you’ve got it covered well. Much better equipped than I was my first time!
  356. dh515

    How to solder solid rings

    Do you still use oxygen with that set up?
  357. dh515

    Swapping out a stock handle for a t-bar style

    From what I remember it is not angled. I’ll post a pic when I get home on Tuesday.
  358. dh515

    How to solder solid rings

    Thanks for the suggestions. I am using silver but just got a Little Smith Torch set up which is much hotter and should be able to do bronze.
  359. dh515

    How to solder solid rings

    This stand works pretty good for Marauders too.
  360. dh515

    Does this Catch more fish or fisherman

    Andre I would in a heartbeat but got rid of them long ago. You are the only guy I’ve ever heard of that has had success with them. Good info on the rigging. Going to try it in January.
  361. dh515

    Does this Catch more fish or fisherman

    It belongs in here. Anybody can make a mistake. In my case x2. :D
  362. dh515

    How to solder solid rings

    I cut a gasket out of a thin sheet of rubber to line the inside of the lid. Flux doesn’t dry up now.
  363. dh515

    Does this Catch more fish or fisherman

    Really about the only one you need!
  364. dh515

    Does this Catch more fish or fisherman

    Had two and never got a bite. Got rid of them.
  365. dh515

    Packing clothes for a trip

    Sweet. You know me, it’ll be the last time you see it..:D
  366. dh515

    16VISX vr MAK16SEa

    Kindred spirit here. I’ve been eyeballing the Tac 25 for awhile, knowing that to suit my purpose it would have to go to Cal’s. I’ve got three ATD’s and all have been to him with two getting lower gears.
  367. dh515

    Packing clothes for a trip

    So for you guys that use the mesh bags, how do you keep that from reeking out your stateroom?
  368. dh515

    16VISX vr MAK16SEa

    Some additional info on these reels: Makaira 16 gear ratio 4.3:1 high, 1.3:1 low. Inches per crank 39.2/11.8” Penn Visx 16 gear ratio 4.6:1 high, 1.4:1 low. Inches per crank 40/14” Talica 25ii gear ratio 5.2:1 high, 2.3:1 low. Inches per crank 46/20”
  369. dh515

    16VISX vr MAK16SEa

    Jonathan, have you caught a cow on the Tac 25? If so, curious as to how the gear ratio worked out. As others have said, on a big fish the Mak 16’s lower low gear might be an advantage. On smaller fish perhaps not so much. I get what you are saying about spool weight which is why I prefer my ATD...
  370. dh515

    How to solder solid rings

    If you don’t want to make a ring holder, this works bitchin. Two clips will easily hold up a heavy jig. Base is heavy enough not to move or tip and has rubber feet. This is the gf’s kitchen table but she isn’t home. :D
  371. dh515

    Best Long Range Boat

    When I initially read your post and that you were still going on the trip regardless I assumed your fellow passengers hooked you up with the equipment necessary to fish. For the boat to do this is remarkable and says something special about their customer service and operation. I’ve not yet been...
  372. dh515

    SKB 7200

    Probably the Bees Knees... http://www.bustedfishing.com/#!/Bees-Knees-Reel-Spooler/p/37140281/category=7152160
  373. dh515

    favorite way to hook a sardine?

    Silent Jim is one of the very best tuna fisherman I’ve seen. He showed me how to do this several times last January but like Rodless said, chest hooking is finicky. Too deep and you kill the bait instantly. Not deep enough and it won’t stay on. Done right, bait takes off like a bat out of hell...
  374. dh515

    16VISX vr MAK16SEa

    Was that solid or hollow? Can you advise breaking strength and diameters on the Pro Spec? Thanks!
  375. dh515

    16VISX vr MAK16SEa

    SEa has Tuna on the side plate, open bearings lubed as you indicated, frame machined out a bit, different colors.
  376. dh515

    16VISX vr MAK16SEa

    Low gear on both models of Mak 16 is the same. 1.3:1.
  377. dh515

    United Composites Rods? Who uses them?

    That’s just the Asian spelling for Centaur... Like I said there is no such thing as a Wangtaur!!! Oh. I thought that was Asian for "Prototype one off only three exist in the whole world 7'6" Raptor tip Viper butt tuna killing machine that Randy won't make anymore of because it's too much of a...
  378. dh515

    130 lb floro to wahoo jig

    I start off with a crimp and if the line gets frayed cut and tie with a 3 turn Uni.
  379. dh515

    United Composites Rods? Who uses them?

    There is no such thing as a Wangtaur Hey Gary, is this like a unicorn then? :D You might recognize the location from the background.
  380. dh515

    Long Range FISHING Reports

    So are you suggesting that any other long range fishing info not be posted here and that this forum be for trip reports only? If so, there would be about 3 posts on this forum. How about the mods change the name of this forum to San Diego Long Range Fishing Info instead? I would agree with...
  381. dh515

    RP knot failure

    Interesting article on knot testing. https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/fishing-knots/?utm_source=Isoft&utm_medium=Email-broadcast&utm_campaign=Fishing-tip&utm_term=Check-out&utm_content=Best-knots-ranked&inf_contact_key=27eb7a10c4e14bd6fd35cf29def1c1f809401768a877bf536e57456128c3b5d0
  382. dh515

    welding rings on hooks

    Don't you still need bottles for fuel, oxygen and regulators on top of this kit? I'd like to upgrade from the butane set up I'm using but seems pricey for occasional use.
  383. dh515

    RP knot failure

    Bingo!
  384. dh515

    welding rings on hooks

    I got the 1/32" on Amazon. Also, the high heat black flux works much better than the white.
  385. dh515

    Rodless Again

    Sorry to hear this. Thieves suck.
  386. dh515

    Processing wahoo

    So Bruce, do you eat raw wahoo? Personally I'm not that much of a sashimi fan and the possibility of worms in the meat, even if they can't do me makes my guts churn. My son wanted to eat some the galley prepared (rsw overnight) last trip and I advised against it so if it's not harmful I do feel...
  387. dh515

    RP knot failure

    These look beautiful to me. Credit Steel8 for the knots. Seaguar 130 hollow to 130 fluoro.
  388. dh515

    RP knot failure

    Of course buying several hundred dollars worth of pre made top shots is an option too. :D Options are good. To each their own!
  389. dh515

    RP knot failure

    I think you're right on point with the "if tied correctly ". I initially looked at the FG knot because about half the time when I tied a Tony Pena, the knot would blow up under heavy pressure. Like Garry said a couple of posts above, it's all about confidence. I didn't have it with the TP knot...
  390. dh515

    Penn Torque

    Actual finished jet head ended up being 6.75 ounces, 2.75" in length, 1" in diameter.
  391. dh515

    RP knot failure

    For me and sardine fishing, yes. Much of what works at any given time depends on conditions but I like the bait presentation of solid spectra /FG knot/ short topshot. Certainly different than hollow spectra/ inserted topshot. Oh yeah.. No more making pre-made top shots either at home or on the...
  392. dh515

    RP knot failure

    Not necessarily. It can be tied just as well in hollow or solid. For me, hollow still has its place as you can get more of it on a reel than solid which is important on some reels. And like Bill noted, it can be easily repaired. Most of my reels have 100-150 yards of solid on them with the...
  393. dh515

    RP knot failure

    Me and a few others I know find this to help a lot with the FG. They have videos on you tube on how it is used but essentially it works like a third hand to hold the leader and spectra and helps make sure the wraps are tight and uniform. Edit: Here's the video. It is in Japanese with English...
  394. dh515

    Penn Torque

    He doesn't have any Avets. :D
  395. dh515

    Penn Torque

    I have the TRQ40NLD2 and agree with the great freespool and well built comments. For me, best use of this reel will be fishing bait on 60 for Guadalupe size tuna and perhaps yoyo which I haven't tried with it yet. I have tried it for wahoo with bombs and jigs and felt it was a tad bit too slow...
  396. dh515

    Processing wahoo

    I've never done anything but have them processed (Filleted and vacuum packed). The meat has always been dense and holds together great on the grill. I like the idea of steaking them though.
  397. dh515

    What makes a " good Wahoo set up"?

    Even though the Tranx is level wind, you still need to thumb the spool on the cast and thin and rough line like MaxC will fry your thumb easier than thicker stuff. I no longer have a Tranx and like MaxC for bait but on my Fathom 7:1 I'm using 100 Threadlock. Why? Because it is smooth and thick...
  398. dh515

    Gummy Worms For Wahoo

    I've got bit on the large 10" Ron Z a couple of times. On other trips, nothing so hot and cold for me. I think the trailer hook is a must especially on the larger bait. I would rig with wire on the smaller ones as they will come up from behind and suck down the whole thing. On the 10", they want...
  399. dh515

    Lacrosse fishing boots on sale.

    The code for the extra 20% was BOOTS. Not working now.
  400. dh515

    Royal Star 15/12 or Intrepid 16

    Do you know any of the people who will be fishing either trip you are considering? For me a lot of the trip is the friends I'll be fishing with.
  401. dh515

    Lacrosse fishing boots on sale.

    Thanks Jeff, ordered another pair.
  402. dh515

    Cedros Sickness!

    Disagree as Cedros was a mainstay destination for the long range fleet since I was a kid. I guarantee you the boats running 5-8 day trips wish it was still a part of their "long range" agenda. What purpose exactly would a boycott serve?
  403. dh515

    Cedros Sickness!

    7.5 lbs.
  404. dh515

    Targeting 300+ lb YFT

    I would agree. I've hooked two big tuna that I felt were in that category and lost them both. One on a tube was sawed off the other a sardine with a hook pull in rough weather. Both were fifty feet from the stern of the boat. Getting the timing right is the tricky part.
  405. dh515

    What makes a " good Wahoo set up"?

    Bill is right on the money here regarding SPEED. Next up in the wahoo experiment is this Mak 30000. 65" per crank, This thing is huge and built like a tank! Next to it is a Stella 10000 with a 20000 spool on it.
  406. dh515

    UC rod for 80lb.

    I think that most guys that opt for the longer rod do so for a little more tip that aids in flipping out a bait. A friend who went the other way did so because a 7'6" rod won't fit vertically in the rod rack. Personally I like the longer stick.
  407. dh515

    Blue hollow spectra/braid

    Until you hook a 300. And then it won't be...
  408. dh515

    What makes a " good Wahoo set up"?

    I've got the Tib 6, 8 and 16. I've kind of gotten away from using them for wahoo although they are fine for that with the auto two speed function. I just pulled out the 6 and 8 and noted what Jeff was talking about. Not the easiest handle to turn so if there is a fix for that I too am...
  409. dh515

    North California Albacore

    Dude that is a freakin mess. I know you don't even remember what 1/3 of them are. Time to unload with some great deals to the less fortunate! :D
  410. dh515

    Nicopress Crimping Tools

    Nice! That will work.
  411. dh515

    What makes a " good Wahoo set up"?

    I have to admit I'm not much of a coffee grinder (spinning reel) fan. Fishy has loaned his "spare" Stella 10000 to my son for wahoo jig and bomb fishing on our last three trips and instantly seduced him to the dark side. He initially tried it on an 8' Tilefish and found the rod to be too long...
  412. dh515

    Newbie question

    On a 14-15 day that usually goes to the Buffer zone or Hurricane Bank, four days each way. Sometimes there is some minor fishing of a couple of hours on the way down or way back. Fishing time seems short but that's what it takes to get to the big fish.
  413. dh515

    Blue hollow spectra/braid

    And I thought tying nail knots at 100, 200, and 300 feet was a pain in the ass..:D
  414. dh515

    What is your favorite 80-100# set up?

    For 80# and fish to 150 lbs. ATD 6 and UC Centaur. For 100# with cows around, ATD 12, UC Viper. My son likes the Mak 16 Wouldn't it be great to have a UC stick with say a Raptor tip and a Viper butt? That would be just about perfect!
  415. dh515

    Shogun 5 day-July 29-August 3.

    Great report and congrats to Griff for the jackpot yellow! Nothing better than fishing with your kid.
  416. dh515

    ATD12T What Line Do you suggest?

    Kind of depends on your application. I'm using mine to fish cows with sardines. I currently have 700 yards of 100 lb. Maxcuatro on it but will be changing that to hollow for my trip in January.
  417. dh515

    Solid to Hollow Spectra size

    I've had a friend who is a retired engineer test lines and connections for me. One he did recently was a five foot insertion of doubled 80 pound solid into 80 pound hollow. Two nail knots Tac glued as previously described. Here was his report to me: "At 40 pounds, the tip of the doubled solid...
  418. dh515

    Anyone hear any good reports from the long range fleet this week?

    Intrepid on a 7 day has good yellowtail and schoolie yellowfin. Trip before was also a 7 day had wahoo too I believe. http://www.fishintrepid.com/fishreports.php
  419. dh515

    Solid to Hollow Spectra size

    I put two nail knots on the hollow about an inch apart. One of the knots is on the hollow as close as I can put it to where the solid enters. I glue the knots and the spectra in between. Never had a problem doing it this way.
  420. dh515

    Intrepid's Kevin Osborne

    Very sorry to hear this and a huge loss for the Intrepid. Kevin will be leaving some very big shoes to fill. Back in 2010, I was on my second long range trip and first on the Intrepid. I was pretty green to fishing for big yellowfin with heavy tackle. I didn't really know how to fish the rail...
  421. dh515

    What's your favorite 30# fly line sardine set up?

    [ Black Diamond but I have both. Hybrid has a lot more balls. Man, I thought some 40-50 lb. wahoo were a work out on that stick. An 85 lb. tuna must of been a nut buster. :)
  422. dh515

    What's your favorite 30# fly line sardine set up?

    Andros 5ii with 50# spectra and a Phenix PSW 760H. Not sure how this rod gets a 60# rating on the high end but good with 30-40#.
  423. dh515

    Okuma Kumodo 400 series

    Thanks John. I just bought one and will check it today.
  424. dh515

    Flatfall leaders

    A little longer than the biggest tuna you could catch. You don't want the tail on spectra.
  425. dh515

    MAK OR TAC

    Another vote for Mak 30, although I too would go Mak 20 for 100 lb. I have the 30 but use it for 130. Also not crazy about the width that causes it to rock side to side in my hands. I do seem to be bit a lot on it so I keep fishing it. :D
  426. dh515

    Okuma Kumodo 400 series

    Also an Okuma fan with many. They should replace that reel with a new one, especially if you need it for an upcoming trip.
  427. dh515

    Intrepid - 8 Day - Ray Jarvis Memorial - 7/8-7/16 - Official Report

    Thanks for the great report Conner! It's nice to see so many folks I know having a great time. Congrats to John also for the Sportsman award. Hard to find a nicer guy to fish with than him!
  428. dh515

    Flourocarbon for YFT at Guadalupe

    I use and have had success with the pink in bright sun conditions and clear in low light or overcast conditions. I also use smoke blue and clear Jinkai mono. Just depends on conditions. YMMV..
  429. dh515

    How do you guys fish Shimano Flat Fall?

    Have you guys that have re-rigged with the ring and single hook caught tuna? I'm curious as to whether it changes the action of the jig. Thanks!
  430. dh515

    Komodo SS Power Knob - Upgrade-able ?

    Had the power handle. It was too small. This Accurate round knob is much better..
  431. dh515

    Excel or Intrepid??

    Yeah but do they have ice cream? :D
  432. dh515

    Brand new Costa Del Mar "bloke" 580 blue mirror lens

    Off Costa's website: FRAME SPECIFICATIONS FRAME FIT: X-Large Fit 1. Frame Width138mm 2. Bridge Width16mm 3. Lens Width61.2mm 4. Lens Height44.4mm 5. Temple Arm Length124mm
  433. dh515

    Jig/Popper setups

    John hit the nail on the head. For what it would cost for the Newell conversion, you could buy a new state of the art reel. Okuma Cortez and Penn Fathom comes to mind as relatively inexpensive quality reels. Parts availability for the Newell would be another reason not to dump any more money...
  434. dh515

    Tac12ii UC Raptor, Tac16ii UC Centaur

    Kind of, I pm'd you.
  435. dh515

    Tac12ii UC Raptor, Tac16ii UC Centaur

    Regarding the MaxC, Utahtuna tested several batches for me recently. The lightest I was using was 65. That broke at 70. The 80 broke at 98 and the 100 broke at 120. The tests on the 80 and 100 were from a couple of different spools that I purchased last year. HTH..
  436. dh515

    Ray Jarvis 8 day Intrepid roll call....

    No. Go in January instead..:D
  437. dh515

    Dynatrolls

    Please stop! He's hard enough to deal with as is for two weeks..:D
  438. dh515

    July 4th 4day trip on the Intrepid

    Five Star has met the boat at the landing on every trip I've been on. Fisherman's Processing has always been there too and Marios most of the time. The fish are offloaded into carts and passengers push them from the boat to the top of the dock where they are unloaded and sorted by passengers...
  439. dh515

    July 4th 4day trip on the Intrepid

    I just checked on the fish processing as I paid 85 cents a pound at Five Star in January. Apparently it is the same: http://www.fivestarfishprocessingservices.com/index.php/j-stuff.html Fisherman's Processing is 95 cents a pound: http://www.fishermansprocessing.com/services/rates.html I...
  440. dh515

    So you finally decide to pull the trigger on a LR trip....and then

    I guess I must be a little more confrontational than most because this would nut me right the hell up!
  441. dh515

    Nicopress Crimping Tools

    I believe the 1, 1L, and 2 are what you are looking for: http://www.tackledirect.com/american-fishing-wire-single-barrel-leader-sleeves.html
  442. dh515

    6 days @ the Lupe....less than 24 hours more like it! The REEL truth!

    I never looked at it that way before but you do have a point..:)
  443. dh515

    Sebile Knot versus John Collins vs ???? Fluoro / Mono to braid ?

    This is the tool and yes it can be used on the boat: While it is true the FG can be tied without a tool, using this especially when tying heavy fluoro like 100-130 makes it much easier. I also have the EZ knotter. I don't like it as well as the Knot Assist as it is difficult to get the...
  444. dh515

    Okuma Updating the Makaira Series?

    That would be cool. Tibs were great but not enough drag for big tuna except in the 50.
  445. dh515

    Newbie on a 14 day AA - what to bring?

    I have an ATD Super 12 and a Mak 16 SEa. Both are perfectly adequate for cow fishing depending on conditions. IMO, both are very similar reels in both application (finesse sardine fishing) and ability (enough line capacity, excellent freespool, lower gearing and sufficient drag). For me, these...
  446. dh515

    5 Star doesn't miss a beat

    I just returned from a 15 day on the 13th and had 5 Star process my fish as usual. As usual, excellent service and my fish was perfect. They also held it for me for two weeks until I could make it back down to get it. Also, their smoked fish is awesome!
  447. dh515

    The adventure begins

    Good luck. Hoping for good weather and better fishing for you. You know it's been tough for a few boats lately but that can change overnight. Fish hard, stay positive and good things will happen!
  448. dh515

    Nine Days and Counting...

    Looked to me like they were either on their way to or leaving after checking in...
  449. dh515

    Constitution: just got home from my trip, thanks for the advice

    Chris, glad you had a great time and trip. Do you guys think that it is possible that the owner of this boat read the previous lengthy discussion and made some operational changes?
  450. dh515

    Tony pena knot for 100lb fluro functional but not overkill

    For the heavy stuff you have to open the outward clamps and re-position them by spreading them out to get enough room to finish.
  451. dh515

    What ever happened to the "Hooker Intruder" reproduction lures?

    Stiny was hooked up when that happened. Not his fault, the guy that burned him off was hooked up to a big one he couldn't stop.
  452. dh515

    AA 14 Day Report

    Congrats on the cow! Gotta love it when things go right.
  453. dh515

    What ever happened to the "Hooker Intruder" reproduction lures?

    I like it and thought it looked very realistic. Gary takes great pride in his work and uses a very durable clear coat on top of his paint jobs. Of course when they start getting bit like the silver one, I suppose it doesn't matter that much. :D On our last trip, the wahoo were biting funny...
  454. dh515

    What ever happened to the "Hooker Intruder" reproduction lures?

    The wahoo seemed to like this JRI Hooker custom painted by Fishdog Gary just back from an Intrepid 15 day. It weighs 22 ounces and the pics don't do the paint job justice. In the sun it sparkles and changes color.
  455. dh515

    Intrepid Trip Report

    I was mostly fishing 80 pound Diamond pink fluoro with a diameter a little bigger than 100 Premier after the first day. In the late afternoon of the first day, I hooked a pretty good one on a 2x4, Mak 20, 15' of 130 lb. Jinkai mono and EC L2004 7/0 circle hook. An hour and a half later, it...
  456. dh515

    Intrepid Trip Report

    Paul pretty much summed it up but is being much too modest. He and Silent Jim were easily the two best fishermen on a trip with some pretty talented guys. He doesn't need to learn anything from us. This man can fish! Like he said, most of the successful guys were flylining sardines on 100. As...
  457. dh515

    1st 16 dayer what Terminal tackle is absoulutely nessary

    I would agree with the above and add some torpedo sinkers. You'll use these in fishing bait and making bait, from 2 oz. to 16 oz. a few of each with maybe a few extra 4 oz. and 16 oz.
  458. dh515

    free spool

    I go 600 yards of JB 100 hollow spliced to 150 yards of JB 100 solid. The solid is easily and inexpensively replaced if damaged by birds, rubbing, tangles etc. it gets changed out every trip.
  459. dh515

    LOOP TO LOOP with SOID 100LB Spectra

    Two keys to this knot. One is tightening the knot in the fluoro or mono very hard. The other is going the right way back through the loop with the tag end of the spectra. I feel your pain as I seem to be able to frequently get this wrong. Which is why I went to the FG knot.
  460. dh515

    LOOP TO LOOP with SOID 100LB Spectra

    John Collins / RP knot, same thing:
  461. dh515

    LOOP TO LOOP with SOID 100LB Spectra

    FG knot or if you have to go loop to loop then splice the solid onto the hollow loop.
  462. dh515

    First post! Hello Fishy, Soda Pop, Wahoodad and all you cool cats of West Coast fishing lore!

    Yep, that's the critter right there. I've noticed that Fishy always has several in his fish pile when we return so they must be good for something. A few trips ago, I watched my son get absolutely owned by a Chopa that had to go at least 20-25 pounds. It bit a jig he was fishing for wahoo on a...
  463. dh515

    What ever happened to the "Hooker Intruder" reproduction lures?

    Would be interesting for sure but never seen it happen. There has never been more than one Hooker on any troll rotation I've been on but it usually is the thing getting bit.
  464. dh515

    What ever happened to the "Hooker Intruder" reproduction lures?

    X3 guys. Had two and neither would stay down. I'll wait for Jerry's Hooker. And Fishy just pisses everybody off when that is the only jig that gets bit on the troll..:D
  465. dh515

    Trokar hooks on big tuna?

    Ok, thanks. Makes sense.
  466. dh515

    Trokar hooks on big tuna?

    Bruce, which model Trokars and in what application? Big bait, sardine, or?
  467. dh515

    Trokar hooks on big tuna?

    So you believe that once the hook is set and barb buried it can not/does not move when the fish changes direction and angles of pull change? Just asking a question, not try to be argumentative.
  468. dh515

    Trokar hooks on big tuna?

    On a Trokar or an Owner with a cutting point, it is not just the tip that is sharp. The sides of the hook tip are also sharp up to the barb. So I think the idea is that when the angle of pull on the hook changes, the hook can rotate and indeed cut and enlarge the hole. I don't use those type...
  469. dh515

    Trokar hooks on big tuna?

    Why don't they make a medium wire non offset circle hook? All I see are light and heavy wire in non offset. JMO but lIght wire isn't strong enough for tuna and heavy wire is too heavy for the bait to carry for fly lining sardines. I realize the existing line might work well for other...
  470. dh515

    Intrepid Jan. 29 soft steel 15 day ( sold out ) Roll Call

    I don't need any personally. But I do need you to bring 25 on the boat in each of those sizes so I don't have to bring mine. :D
  471. dh515

    Intrepid Jan. 29 soft steel 15 day ( sold out ) Roll Call

    Good idea. I'm not the inviter either but took care of it. Thanks
  472. dh515

    Someone posted red 6 hook bait jigs that worked good... i need your help

    Because you didn't have the magic red sabikis. :D
  473. dh515

    Someone posted red 6 hook bait jigs that worked good... i need your help

    Soda, don't sweat it if you can't find any locally. I've got 3 dozen Sabikis, 22 of which are the red Hayabusa ones. I'll hook you up. :)
  474. dh515

    Someone posted red 6 hook bait jigs that worked good... i need your help

    Check the link that Desotobound gave you for Kittery Trading Post on your post yesterday. They have what you want in stock for $3.99 each. John at Trophy Tackle might have them too. Note that the hook sizes listed are by Japanese sizing, not U.S. So a 14 is actually bigger than a 10.
  475. dh515

    Clarion Island and Hurricane Bank Info

    Thank you for the report!
  476. dh515

    Night fishing for the big guys

    So is the treble retrofit an action thing that gets bit better than the large single or a just a hook preference?
  477. dh515

    What satellite phones / hot-spots have worked for you on an LR trip?

    Not married and job isn't an issue so let me think about that for a second....nope, I'm going. Thanks for your concern though.
  478. dh515

    What satellite phones / hot-spots have worked for you on an LR trip?

    Yeah, unless it isn't, because you get shitcanned, the wife divorces you and you end up living out of a shopping cart on the street... :D
  479. dh515

    Crimping 100lb & 130 Single barrel or Double

    I like the double barrel long copper crimps but aluminum is ok too. Amazon has a kit by Catch All Tackle. I've used these crimps and they seem to be good quality. I also use and like the Nicopress crimps and crimpers. Very nice quality tool but works best with their specific crimps which I find...
  480. dh515

    What satellite phones / hot-spots have worked for you on an LR trip?

    JC, I have a friend that does a lot of international travel, used to fish long range and uses this stuff all the time. The phone he owns is the Iridium Extreme 9575 but they are about $1250 to buy. He recommends you rent what you need for the two weeks. He uses The Satellite Phone Store. Looks...
  481. dh515

    First post! Hello Fishy, Soda Pop, Wahoodad and all you cool cats of West Coast fishing lore!

    I certainly understand your point Steve and agree to some extent. A lot of this is dependent on the nut behind the wheel. There is no doubt that there is skill involved in getting bit on the kite. The crew encourages you to actively participate in monitoring and adjusting your bait as necessary...
  482. dh515

    Constitution Sportfishing Need advice

    I guess as no humor was intended. Sarcasm, yes. Humor, no. The first was a statement. The second was in response to your statement that no one had asked for the thread to be closed.
  483. dh515

    First post! Hello Fishy, Soda Pop, Wahoodad and all you cool cats of West Coast fishing lore!

    Indeed they do. This guy is in kite jail. He's really uncomfortable. The deckhand in the background is manipulating the kite rods.
  484. dh515

    First post! Hello Fishy, Soda Pop, Wahoodad and all you cool cats of West Coast fishing lore!

    X3. You can always rest your rod on the rail if you get tired of holding it.
  485. dh515

    First post! Hello Fishy, Soda Pop, Wahoodad and all you cool cats of West Coast fishing lore!

    One thing that sucks about these trips is that if someone gets onboard sick, everyone will likely get it too. One thing I always do is bring Lysol spray and Clorox wipes. My first act getting on the boat is to wipe and spray EVERYTHING in the stateroom before I put my crap in there. I also bring...
  486. dh515

    Constitution Sportfishing Need advice

    When any of these boats are selling the catch, they aren't going to be to wild about you releasing their $$ at the side of the boat! Also for Skipjackrobert, page 7, post 138...:D
  487. dh515

    First post! Hello Fishy, Soda Pop, Wahoodad and all you cool cats of West Coast fishing lore!

    You won't even hear the engines from 5. Rooms have AC with individual controls. Boat has a couple of reverse osmosis fresh water makers, two ice makers, coffee and a soda fountain. Drinking water is available through the soda fountain. Beer available too in the cooler.
  488. dh515

    Constitution Sportfishing Need advice

    Some glow pigments don't glow at all unless exposed to uv light. The violet color on the right is an example. The standard green stuff most glow jigs use seems to charge up faster and the glow lasts longer when exposed to uv light.
  489. dh515

    Constitution Sportfishing Need advice

    Just so you guys know, an 18650 battery is a rechargeable battery so you will need a charger too.
  490. dh515

    First post! Hello Fishy, Soda Pop, Wahoodad and all you cool cats of West Coast fishing lore!

    What do you have for footwear? Pretty important as you're on your feet all day. I like the LaCrosse Hampton short boots but when it is rough they get scupper f'd easily.
  491. dh515

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year from Black Hole USA

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Kil! Thanks for sharing your jigging and tackle insight!
  492. dh515

    Constitution Sportfishing Need advice

    Personally, no. But I'll take the word of five trusted friends who absolutely have on more than one occasion. Good enough for me.
  493. dh515

    Constitution Sportfishing Need advice

    And that guy in the truck that collects the fish uses that portable scale so everybody can measure exactly how "charitable" they are being, right?
  494. dh515

    First post! Hello Fishy, Soda Pop, Wahoodad and all you cool cats of West Coast fishing lore!

    John's advice is solid and Trophy Tackle is a great place to get what you need.
  495. dh515

    Constitution Sportfishing Need advice

    This is starting to remind me of an Intrepid thread. :D
  496. dh515

    Constitution Sportfishing Need advice

    I haven't been to PV and after this thread, have serious doubts about ever going. I get that for some, the time frame aspect of being able to catch a cow in less than a week has appeal. The night life in PV would also appeal to some. Costs? Maybe a bit less expensive than going San Diego long...
  497. dh515

    Zombie Rockfishing For Cows - part 3

    Thanks for the current info Jeff. Regarding bait, I hate dicking around half the night trying to make uncooperative bait. I found these: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&toolid=10001&campid=5336488034&icep_item=182158596078 and these although they don't look red...
  498. dh515

    What is an ideal arsenal for upcoming 15 day trip

    I've talked to two different buds, both back from recent trips. On one trip, It was a night bite on big fish. You needed a 50 on a 130 class set up and more than one was better. On the other trip, the fish were keyed on the dink sardines and weren't biting the bigger baits very well. There...
  499. dh515

    UC CX 76 Centaur

    Factory UC 76 Centaur, 30# dumb bell. Thought some of you guys would find this interesting.
  500. dh515

    Amazon goofed and sent me two Penn FTH40NLD2, keep or sell on ebay?

    Back to the original question, I'd sell one and get a Makaira. Or sell both and get a Torque 40N. Much higher quality reel that should last a lifetime with proper care but it should be for more than twice the price. As far the other nonsense goes, you have no legal obligation on the extra reel...
  501. dh515

    Smart and Efficient Long Range Packing

    Home Depot has a nice storage box that I use, very sturdy: http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-27-Gal-Storage-Tote-in-Black-5-Pack-HDX27GONLINE-5/206126311
  502. dh515

    Welcome back!

    Welcome back!
  503. dh515

    Spectra hollow to hollow connections

    Basil has a pretty nice tutorial on his website as well. http://www.bhptackle.com/pages.php?pageid=15
  504. dh515

    Intrepid Comfort Down Below

    7 & 9 have bunks that are parallel to the boat's keel if motion wise that makes a difference. The remaining bunks in the aft compartment are perpendicular to the keel. There are 5 staterooms in the forward compartment with a head and 7 staterooms in the rear with a head. So sometimes quicker...
  505. dh515

    what reel for a 6480 jig stick?

    You must still be drunk from Thanksgiving. :-) Not exactly an easy or cheap fix for most. My 80xh that I had converted was $60 but that was a good guy deal through Gary and I didn't pay for the reel seat.
  506. dh515

    Flatfalls and big tuna

    One thing I've noticed is that any change in rigging can drastically change the action of the jig. Size of hook and location, how it is rigged, pound test of leader all can make a difference. Best thing to do if you can is rig up the jig and test it in a pool so you can see what is happening...
  507. dh515

    Flatfalls and big tuna

    Stock hooks on those are totally inadequate for big tuna so yes! I would use a shorter shank hook than those mentioned on the Flatfalls like a VMC 7264 or even an Owner Gorilla. For me, the Flatfall has better action with a single hook rigged at the top. A 7691 10/0 would be good on the PL 68...
  508. dh515

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
  509. dh515

    Hole Tuna for Canned Trade

    I usually trade all of my frozen yellowfin to Fisherman's Processing for canned albacore. I'll have to check my receipt but I think it was 5:1 as of last January. I wasn't aware that they offered trades for anything else.
  510. dh515

    Attaching hoo bombs

    With 130, knot...3 turn uni.
  511. dh515

    Every Dog Has its Day - An Island Tale

    I feel for your bud's misfortune but obviously that wasn't the problem. I've been there too but not to that extent! Thanks for taking the time to write this. Great read and you've got a talent for it. Good on you and Dave for not unscrewing Seat Dude's head!
  512. dh515

    Every Dog Has its Day - An Island Tale

    Andre, are there birds at Guadalupe like at Clarion?
  513. dh515

    Accurate ATD Shaft Gets Stuck

    I'd like to borrow the 12 in January..:D
  514. dh515

    Not reels, Wahoo rods...

    Quite a few trips ago, I went 0 for 7 on wahoo with a 9' Graftech jig stick. I do much better with a shorter stiff stick, current favorite being a Phenix 700x2H, rated 40-100.
  515. dh515

    Wahoo Reel Choices

    I too used this reel for wahoo last January and agree with Connor. The speed definitely makes a difference in getting bit. Mine is spooled with 100# Threadlock and gets a measured 56" per crank. I hooked and landed five fish in a row with this reel so I'm reluctant to give it up but I shit you...
  516. dh515

    Wahoo Reel Choices

    The Trini or Torium 20 would be fine for bait. Other choices look spot on too.
  517. dh515

    Thoughts on line color

    Several of my reels have yellow and I have not noticed any disadvantage over white. You could take a black permanent marker and color the last ten or fifteen feet before the leader if you were concerned. I also tried that and it didn't seem to make a difference.
  518. dh515

    Can you I d a Cal Sheets intl by looking at it?

    And Cal will have the exact info on it by serial number. Call him...tel:626-357-4441
  519. dh515

    Ideal length to cast your bait from the boat

    The SS CJBF80XH is a great blank for tuna with a lot more nuts than you'd think. Perfect for Guadalupe size fish. The first pic is a 161 on this rod, Tib SST 8 reel. The second is a 203 my son got last January, Mak 16 reel. That one was a bit much for that rod but it eventually got the job done.
  520. dh515

    Best way to get ready for my first LR trip in August?

    Yellow isn't bad either as some great lines don't come in white which is also my first choice. Anything but dark green as the deck hands can't see it in tangles.
  521. dh515

    SOLID SPECTRA

    The reason is because 80 is 16 strand line and 100 is 12 strand.
  522. dh515

    a reminder about tape on the arbor of a spool

    Exactly what I do too. I've found corrosion under the flex wrap too but this was done by a local shop and no grease was under it. I coat my spools with Boeshield T9 and let it dry before spooling.
  523. dh515

    Penn Torque 12 Star Drag Set Up

    I put 390 yards of Torotamer 30 hollow on mine.
  524. dh515

    Are Billfish Protected on LR Trips?

    I hear they are great for chunks. :D Seriously though, what is so special about them?
  525. dh515

    Fishing the Ridge

    Cowbell...
  526. dh515

    spirit of adventure - october 6-14, 2006

    Thanks for the report Alan! Mike K certainly is a fish killing machine and a great guy to fish with but the real question is: Did Jim H. learn how to fish yet? :D
  527. dh515

    Best way to get ready for my first LR trip in August?

    Nic, Jeff Burroughs (Screamingreel) wrote a couple of books on long range fishing that are packed with info and money well spent. He covers it all. http://longrangesportfishingsandiegostyle.com/
  528. dh515

    Best way to get ready for my first LR trip in August?

    Excellent suggestion above. No comparison between a day boat and a 7 day, especially if the RP goes to Guadalupe. Big difference in equipment used and size of fish caught. Read some of the reports on the board. Many excellent trip recaps have been recently posted.
  529. dh515

    Seeker OSP 1x3 Or 2x4?

    Another vote for the 2x4. IMO a more versatile stick, especially if you end up on longer trip in the future with bigger fish.
  530. dh515

    Best Long Range Boat

    Added links for these two to my reply.
  531. dh515

    Best Long Range Boat

    Perhaps this will help. The list below has links to popular long range boats. Most of these websites have trip descriptions by length and tackle recommendations. You'll find proponents for every one of these operations on this site. It really boils down to personal preference...
  532. dh515

    UC RAIL RODS

    I've got the 76 Viper and got a 180 YFT on it last January. Definitely a capable 130 lb. rod but light in weight. Was not even close to bottoming out on this fish. Smaller ones were no contest. Liked it enough to try the Centaur next.
  533. dh515

    What will swim? retorical hahaha

    Rickberg, could you post a pic of the modification with the spinner blade? I've got a couple of Mauraders that turned into one fish wonders I'd like to try this on. Thanks!
  534. dh515

    Fishing the Ridge

    Top one is Ugly Betty...
  535. dh515

    Swapping out a stock handle for a t-bar style

    http://www.jiggingworld.com/shimano-talica-ii-eva-aluminum-t-bar-power-handle-talica-ii-12-25 This arm comes in two different lengths that are longer than stock for more torque. Also comes in EVA rubber handle that I have on my Penn Torque 40N. Very comfortable handle.
  536. dh515

    Wind-on's for 80-100lb

    The FG ties up a little smaller in diameter than the TP as there is no knot in the mono or fluoro. I have used both with no failures. For me, I can get much more breaking strength out of the FG but either breaks way above any drag pressure you could put on them with a reel. I've used the...
  537. dh515

    Wind-on's for 80-100lb

    Both the Pena and FG can be tied so the tag end of the spectra covers the tag end of the mono or fluoro. Trim the mono close and no more problem. You can also use a little Pliobond or UV Knot Sense on the tag end and do the same thing.
  538. dh515

    Yo-zuri Fluorocarbon ON SALE!

    I ordered some of the new stuff and will try it in January. Regarding the HD, I've used it for years and love the pink. No issues using mainly 80, 100 and 130 but did get a 161# YFT on 60.
  539. dh515

    Gaudalupe reel setup ?

    I do the same as Connor on reels where it might be a possibility of being spooled by a big fish and the boat's back up rig needing to be deployed. A lug on the right coupled with a reel clamp with a ring gives a place for the back up rig to be clipped on. Plug on the left allows you to palm...
  540. dh515

    Intrepid trip Sept 9-17

    Excellent info. Thanks for the report! Any preferred color on the Catchy spinner?
  541. dh515

    Wahoo bait leader length?

    What kind of hook Jeff? Thanks!
  542. dh515

    whats your game plann?

    Having the right equipment for whatever conditions are presented. Developing the skill to recognize those conditions and quickly adapt is something I'm still working on.
  543. dh515

    Capt. Sam Moore at the helm on the Intrepid

    So what makes your opinion more valid than that of the original poster? I'd ask the question "who the fuck are you?" but that would be impolite. Why come on a thread and piss on a guy's parade when you have absolutely nothing to contribute? Sounds like you are the one that needs some...
  544. dh515

    Capt. Sam Moore at the helm on the Intrepid

    Huge Sammy fan here. Got my son his first cow last January. I'm glad it's going good for him and he's learning from one of the best in the business...Capt. K.O. !
  545. dh515

    The soda has popped

    Soda, Listen to your Doc and let this heal up right. As you know, I had the same injury years ago. Good as before now. If you screw it up while it is healing, it might become permanently screwed..
  546. dh515

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    http://www.cabelas.com/product/Luna-Sea-Cush-It/1441816.uts?productVariantId=3365160&WT.tsrc=PPC&WT.mc_id=GoogleProductAds&WT.z_mc_id1=03606717&rid=20&gclid=COSTo_rg6s4CFZEvgQodz9ALzw&gclsrc=aw.ds
  547. dh515

    RR 3 Aug.21-26th 5 day

    Thanks for the report and nice job on the hook and hand!
  548. dh515

    Drag checking scales and technique

    I just use a 25 or 30 lb. dumbbell. Once on the boat, I used Fishy's scale to pull against when my son decided to tighten the "loose knob" on the end of my scale..:rolleyes:
  549. dh515

    Drag checking scales and technique

    I use Jeff's method but straight pull off the reel and Spinner's method to check connections. This is the scale I use: http://www.oldwillknottscales.com/weston-sportsmans-100.html They have a 50 pound one too. Both are inexpensive and accurate...
  550. dh515

    ATD 12T Drag at Strike

    I went with the works. Blueprint and sleeve, lower gear combo. And the handle change. Before I sent it, it got 20 seconds of freespool. Now it's almost two minutes. :)
  551. dh515

    ATD 12T Drag at Strike

    I just got off the phone with Cal, having some concern about this as I just got my Super 12 back from him, set up for 32 lbs. at strike. He said that he has gotten some reels back where the reel frame flexed after having a hard running fish on high drag. These reels have very close tolerances...
  552. dh515

    Accubraid 50

    Can anyone advise the diameter of this line? Thanks in advance!
  553. dh515

    Accurate ATD 12, Mod or Not

    I had him set it at 32 lbs. at strike.
  554. dh515

    Accurate ATD 12, Mod or Not

    Just got mine back. Send it especially if it's going to be used for fly lining sardines on big tuna. Consider having the ATD 30 arm installed too as its longer (more cranking power) and a handle upgrade. I had Cal install the rubber T bar handle off the larger Avet reels on mine as my hand was...
  555. dh515

    Recomendation on mono fishing line

    I like Soft Steel and Jinkai.
  556. dh515

    WTB Accurate Super ATD 12 T

    Super 12 T is an ATD 12 topless with ATD 30 gears. So instead of 5:1 and 2.3:1. you end up with 4:1 and 1.7:1. Usually obtained by having the stock reel custom converted by someone like Cal's 2-speed and coupled with other options like blueprinting, sleeve and bearings. Not sure if you can get...
  557. dh515

    Deal Alert

    Connor, will that 32 oz. fit in a car's cupholder? Thanks!
  558. dh515

    Nicopress Crimping Tools

    I have the P-line crimpers but bought the Nicopress a while back. While the P-line will work with a variety of sleeves including the Nicopress ones, it is much less precise. You better know the dimensions of the components you have, match the sleeves to them and know how to crimp correctly...
  559. dh515

    Best Rod and Reel combo for 80lb & 100lb

    Right on the money from a guy (Spinner) who knows whats up.
  560. dh515

    Best rust preventative for saltwater

    I use Eezox for rust prevention and Boshield T-9 on spools before I put line on them.
  561. dh515

    Need some input: MAK 50 or 30..........or 20

    In your situation on a private boat, I'd go with the Mak 30. I have both and it is a little easier to handle than the 50. Depending on line, the 30 will hold over 900 yards of line. (My 30 has 700 yards of JB 100 spliced to 225 yards of 100 solid). The 30 would also allow you to flyline a...
  562. dh515

    FG KNOT?

    Yes. I should have been clearer. It can also be used to help with the TP knot.
  563. dh515

    FG KNOT?

    My kid and I started using the FG knot on a 14 day last January. Eight tuna between 40-203 and several wahoo caught with no failures. The 203 in the pic caught by my son took over two hours to land on a SS 80XH and Mak-16. It is not a fast knot to tie but the tool pictured helps quite a bit...
  564. dh515

    Official Report - Intrepid – 8 Day – Ray Jarvis Memorial – 7/9-7/16

    Great report Connor. As the former report writer for our January trip, I appreciate the time and effort!
  565. dh515

    Fishing the RonZ

    Sent RonZ an email. The green glow color does actually glow after exposure to light.
  566. dh515

    Fishing the RonZ

    Didn't know they made a glow one. I have a green body that looks similar to the one they call green glow. It's green but doesn't glow.
  567. dh515

    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    Hi Kil, I used the Fins 40G last January for bait and jigging on conventional reels. I found it to be thin, smooth and strong but not particularly durable, especially after a couple good fish. I also found it has a tendency to kink. I would be interested to know how it performs on a spinning...
  568. dh515

    Favorite hook for flat-falls

    I like the VMC 7264 jigging assist hook. 7/0 is about right for a 250 gram Flat fall. They come smaller but hard to find. http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&toolid=10001&campid=5336488034&icep_item=311605169632
  569. dh515

    Fishing the RonZ

    I've used the 10" pink, 4 ounce head at the Buffer zone and gotten bites with a fast straight retrieve with a Tranx. Note I said bites, not landed fish. The first cast resulted in the hoo biting off the rubber. Replaced the tail and the next cast got bit off on the sink. All of mine now have...
  570. dh515

    catching skippies?

    Nope....
  571. dh515

    catching skippies?

    double post
  572. dh515

    catching skippies?

    I might not be doing this right but if you put the hook just above the pelvic fins (fins on bottom of fish just in back of gill plate), there is cartilage there and it is hard to pull the hook from this location. Go too high and you hit the heart and kill the bait. IMO, the advantage of...
  573. dh515

    What would be on your "wish list" from PENN?

    The 7:1 40HS Fathom in two speed with the lower gear being 3:1.
  574. dh515

    Fun rod holder project

    Nice work Bill!
  575. dh515

    Threadfin sculpin------NOT

    The world record for these is 2 lb. 6 oz. (George Bogen, Feb. 26, 2006, San Jose Del Cabo). My kid caught this one on a jig in the Buffer zone.
  576. dh515

    Threadfin sculpin------NOT

    Good info. Best eating fish to be caught on a long range trip!
  577. dh515

    Duffel Bag Suggestions

    I've used this one for the past three seasons. Very durable and more than enough room to hold gear for a 14 day. Has grab handles on each end but doesn't include a shoulder strap. I does however have grommets to attach one to.
  578. dh515

    Fish Report - Intrepid - 15 Day - Okuma/Soft Steel - 3/19-4/3

    Excellent report! Thanks for taking the time.
  579. dh515

    What trips are you taking in 2016?

    Already did Intrepid 14 day in January with my kid. Will do the Soft Steel Okuma 15 day, late January in 2017.
  580. dh515

    Hotel around fisherman's landing

    Pretty sure it has changed greatly. I know Soda Pop and a couple others on my January trip stay there. It was described to me as a family run place with small but clean rooms.
  581. dh515

    Hotel around fisherman's landing

    I stay at the Vagabond, it's a hundred yards down the street on the same side as Fisherman's Landing. When I was there in January, they let me park for the two weeks I was out for $7 a day. Parking is a crap shoot though as they don't always allow it depending on how busy they are...
  582. dh515

    Long Range Topshots

    This Blackwater video is a good one, using a nail knot. I'd use two and glue the knots and area in between. In the video, he uses an eight turn nail knot. I use a four turn but with at least 100# solid. You need to pull the knot really tight until it is translucent and it's hard to break 100#.
  583. dh515

    sato crimps or not

    Excellent question, the answer to which I didn't want to find out on a big fish. It was my own personal reason for going from crimps, which I started with, to nail knots and then nail knots with nub. I also didn't like the thought of the metal crimps going across my guides under pressure...
  584. dh515

    Hollow to flouro connection

    Bill nailed it. Most guys would fill a 20 or 30 size reel with 100 in 12 strand for economy and capacity. Easy to splice on whatever 16 strand you need for inserted connection. As far as abrasion resistance, I'm sure a 16 strand is better than 12 but spectra is bad at this. With the kind if...
  585. dh515

    sato crimps or not

    I use two nail knots with nub and glue on the bigger stuff. Never had a failure.
  586. dh515

    Hollow to flouro connection

    I think the failure of your wind on isn't related to whether it is 12 or 16 strand. The cause is that all of those lines, 60, 80 and 100 are much too small for the 135 Izor to get a proper grip. Are you using a needle to insert the leader? Try matching the spectra to the size leader you are...
  587. dh515

    Hollow to flouro connection

    Tests done? No Steve, no comparative tests on water resistance, bite ratio between the two methods etc. Empirical evidence? Plenty of that from other users. But how about just plain common sense? How much leader are you inserting? Many guys typically use 3 to 5 feet. That's 3 to 5 feet...
  588. dh515

    Hollow to flouro connection

    I also now use knots for sardine fishing. I've tried the Pena and have had good results with it. My last 14 day in January, I tried the FG knot and like it even better. It breaks at a higher strength and is smaller in profile than the Pena. For me, effort and time to tie the two are about the...
  589. dh515

    kite reel

    That is a really good idea Fishy! :)
  590. dh515

    2 speed reels

    Andros two speed would be a great choice. Very versatile reel.
  591. dh515

    Middle shelf tackle bag

    My bag is 16" tall.
  592. dh515

    Middle shelf tackle bag

    The ones under my bag have tackle in them, I don't know what was in the ones to the right and left. In front of the tackle rack out of this pic adjacent to the salon doors are two more tackle racks and this was a limited load trip of 19 so no problems. You are right though. Most guys put...
  593. dh515

    Middle shelf tackle bag

    With our WFO bags on the Intrepid middle rack, we tilt it forward to access the top. I just pull out a box in the middle to get to the bottom one. I prefer the middle to the top shelf.
  594. dh515

    Middle shelf tackle bag

    The area I use is on the starboard side of the boat, upper deck, in front of and under the davit. Easy enough to bungee your box to the lower rail. In looking at your box, if it were mine I would position it with the rod holders against the starboard side and put your rods in it between the...
  595. dh515

    PowerPro MaxCuattro-Results? Opinions?

    I asked the Fins reps at the Fred Hall show if they planned on making 40G in anything heavier than 85. The response was that it was impossible due to the size of the individual fibers used to make up the line. Didn't make sense to me but that was the response.
  596. dh515

    Middle shelf tackle bag

    That is exactly what I do.
  597. dh515

    Tac Glue... is there a shelve life?

    I've only seen smoke when there was moisture present.
  598. dh515

    Fins 40g

    I'm not sure how much 85 it would hold. My 16 has 600 yards of 70# Tasline hollow (breaks at 112) spliced to 150 yards of 85 Fins 40G. This was the reel my son used. On another note, I'm not sure the posted diameters for this line are accurate. I'm getting .43mm with my calipers for the 85...
  599. dh515

    Fins 40g

    Feels like thin spectra to me but is very smooth. I spooled the line at 10 lbs. of drag and had no issues with it digging in but like all spectra, needs to be spooled under significant tension to prevent digging in. My son was wearing a glove on his line guiding hand so no cuts but I can see...
  600. dh515

    Yo-Zuri HD 130lb Fluoro Diameter

    I've been using it for the last two years in pink. I think it is a little softer than Yo-zuri. It gets bit well and I like that it is available in 100 yard spools.
  601. dh515

    Fins 40g

    You're welcome. The line has 8 strands and is very smooth with a little stiffness to it. It fishes bait very well. I had the 65# on a small Maxel lever drag reel and was jigging for some bottom fish at Alijos where we stopped on the way home. I hooked what felt like a small rockfish and got...
  602. dh515

    Fins 40g

    Used the 85 on a January 14 day. My son caught this 203.5 on it. Although it took almost two and a half hours, the line held up fine. Rod was a Super Seeker 80xh, Okuma Mak 16 SEa reel, 15' of 80# Momoi Diamond fluoro, 6/0 VMC Dynamic hook. I also used it on my ATD 12 and lost two big fish to...
  603. dh515

    Straight tie fluoro

    For wahoo (gets bit better with some chance for not getting bit off) 130 is good.
  604. dh515

    3rd ANNUAL JRI CUSTOM LURES SUPERBOWL GRID IRON MATCH!!

    Count me in please. Panthers 30 Broncos 17
  605. dh515

    Trip Cancel

    Wicky Wicky, The office is giving passengers from the January trips the customary two weeks to re-book before posting the schedule. They will be up soon.
  606. dh515

    Best Wahoo reel to buy

    Would be cool if Penn would make it into a two speed. :)
  607. dh515

    Best Wahoo reel to buy

    Just got back from a 14 day where we had a pretty good wahoo bite. I ended up with 7 wahoo, 5 of which were caught on a Penn Fathom 40hs and bombs. This is the lever drag 7:1 gear ratio reel and gets 60" per crank. It can really move a bomb with the obvious trade off being cranking power. I...
  608. dh515

    Scott, if you haven't ordered shirts yet, coupon code flash20 gets you 20% off your order. :)

    Scott, if you haven't ordered shirts yet, coupon code flash20 gets you 20% off your order. :)
  609. dh515

    AA Calstar 14 day trip back early?

    Yeah, generator problem.. Beaten to death last week. http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/american-angler-cuts-trip-short.615068/
  610. dh515

    Length of 80 lb live bait stick

    Depending on size of fish, the Phenix 760x2H might suit your needs. The pic is my son with the rod and a 75-80 pounder if I remember correctly. Reel was a Tib 16. He caught others on it to 120 with no problems. The 760 is 7'6". I also have the 700xxh. Very similar action.
  611. dh515

    1st report after Christmas down below

    Yes he is! We're going down on Thursday to take care of some errands, staying at the Vagabond.
  612. dh515

    1st report after Christmas down below

    My guess would be the buffer zone..10 days and counting! :)
  613. dh515

    First 14 day on the Intrepid

    Welcome to BD! Good group of guys on that trip, I'm sure you'll have a great time.
  614. dh515

    possibly over booked

    Perhaps not but is enlightening as it has identified some boats I would never ride!
  615. dh515

    Makaira 30 spool width

    Approx. 61.75mm measured at top of spool filled to within 1/4" from top.
  616. dh515

    possibly over booked

    If I paid to go on a limited load trip I'd be bent if there were more people booked than stated. You pay more on a limited load trip to avoid just that and even on the bigger boats, a couple extra people make a big difference.
  617. dh515

    sardine fishing with mak 20/100lb. and which rod?

    X2. Have a couple 2x4's and trying the Viper 76 in less than two weeks. Definitely not the Phenix 700x3H...too soft for 100.
  618. dh515

    Talica 20ii or Makaira 20ii which casts a sardine best?

    I've got the EVA T-bar version of this one on mine: http://www.jiggingworld.com/jw-power-handles-for-penn-torque-lever-drag-reels/
  619. dh515

    Hook design for tuna

    Maybe he was using longer leaders. I was using 8-10" of wire last January and would engage drag as soon as I was bit. Worked about 40-50% of the time in putting a fish on the deck. When it didn't, it was the usual of getting bit off, reeling in a sardine head or butt, them stealing the bait...
  620. dh515

    Flat Fall, butterfly and knife jigs.

    Steve, whatever way you decide to go, you should test your creation in a pool if you've got access or dock at one of your nearby lakes before you go. Different hooks and your choice of where to mount it on the jig will change how it swims, sometimes killing the action entirely with the wrong...
  621. dh515

    Serve on hollow topshop slips

    If you aren't totally sold on serving, try two four or five turn nail knots using 100# spectra an inch apart. Pull until spectra turns translucent. I tie loops on the end of the spectra and use dowels to pull tight. Glue both knots and glue in between. I'd also more closely match size of...
  622. dh515

    Any Experience with Smooth Drag Handle Upgrade?

    I replaced the handles on three Torques with round knobs. On a Torque, the stock knob sits on a shaft that is riveted to the arm. You'll have to drill out the rivet to remove the shaft if keeping the stock arm or replace the arm and knob.
  623. dh515

    Hook design for tuna

    I started off using offset circles. After several unexplained hook pulls, some on some big fish, I switched to non-offset tournament style circles. My last 8 or so tuna have all been right in the corner. I think the offset variety can and often does end up in a location other than the corner...