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    Weird hollow loop tag issue

    Hi Eric, The situation you noted is not really that unusual at all when using hollow Spectra splices and loops. It happens quite often especially when there is a lot of casting involved. Though I cannot give the definitive reason it happens my guess is that due to various factors, where...
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    What’s the Best Super Heavy Duty Split Ring Pliers?

    Texas Split ring pliers in the appropriate size.. Large or XL. They have a v splitter that can handle most any large split ring. And yes, You can split them apart too far where the split ring can take a permanent set.. We carry these at Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys.
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    LIMIT STYLE, GALLAGHER/EXCEL 10 DAY

    Yo NB, Actually a great question.. My own opinion, which is shared by many others is use heavy mono or flouro for Bombs and light wire to light line for bait.. My personal preferances are as follows: 100 pound Short casting type leader for Bombs with 25 - 30 pounds minium of drag.. Wind to...
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    LIMIT STYLE, GALLAGHER/EXCEL 10 DAY

    I forgot to mention Ralph Mikkelsen's (The Long Ranger) hand made beautful plaques and trophies that Ralph makes special and donates for our trips... Super cool pieces of Long Range history that are real treats for their recipients.. Thank You Ralph.. Hope to see you soon at the shop or on the...
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    LIMIT STYLE, GALLAGHER/EXCEL 10 DAY

    ROFLMAO at the Yenta's of this board.. Somehow, they wait, lurking, hoping to find a post to whine at.. But such is the nature of B.D. There are always a few...well, you know. Normally, I do not respond but in this case, I will. After all, the point you are making is correct and one of the...
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    Long Range photos, lets see them

    Some Photos from the last 2Years of the Gallgher/Excel Charter. This last trip was a 10 day.
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    LIMIT STYLE, GALLAGHER/EXCEL 10 DAY

    Yo JAM, Thank you for the nice words. When it comes to fishing bombs, everyone has their own way and best method for them.. I can only speak for myself.. I keep it simple.. We have been selling for many years a short insert, Served and Glued Casting leader. This is a roughly 9 inch insert of...
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    LIMIT STYLE, GALLAGHER/EXCEL 10 DAY

    Good Evening All, Another amazing Gallagher/Excel charter is in the books.. I believe this is our 19th year of the crazy, silly, absurd, disturbing, inane and otherwise phenomenal event.. Because of the rules of etiquette associated with Bloody Decks, I will leave out many of the more, shall we...
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    Spinner set-up for 'lupe

    Or you could use my older prototype advanced, Rods by Eddie" Advanced material setups for Tuna and Wahoo.. Bamboo Gaff end with electrical taped on guides and Taped on reel..A full 3.5 feet long or so. Talk about putting the wood to the fish... This was a gift from Eddie on the R.P...
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    $1000.00 discount on Excel/Gallagher 10 day

    Good afternoon all, Several of our anglers had to cancel their trips... We have been filling some of the slots trying to recoup some of their deposit monies but at this point we are offering a rare if ever discount of $1000.00 off the trip price... Their loss is your gain. There are a couple...
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    HOT NEW CALSTAR 7.5 FOOT BLANKS BACK IN STOCK

    WOW these are selling out fast.. We only have 1 H and 2 XH blanks left.. Don't wait.. Get yours now before they are gone.. It probably will take months to get more.. Jamie
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    Missoula Montant to Alberta Canada. WOW what a July

    I spent most of July fly fishing with some amazing friends in Missoula Montana and then in Canada.. Our annual trip with Blackfoot River Outfitters was one of our best yet.. So many trout of all types along with some great Pike fishing.... surrounded by such stunning beauty..Fish to 22 inches...
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    Black Hole Nano, UCSidewinder or ?

    Hi Almud, You are welcome to PM me. I will give you my phone number to discuss.. We carry all the brands you are asking about... I will be happy to go over the options with you. Jamie
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    RARE: EXCEL/GALLAGHER 10 DAY OPENINGS

    Please notice this is a limited load trip, thus the added cost.. It is so worth it. Jamie
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    RARE: EXCEL/GALLAGHER 10 DAY OPENINGS

    Good morning all, September 19th thru 29th. I believe this is our 19th year of the Gallagher Charter on the Big and Beautiful EXCEL. This charter is normally fully booked 2 years in advance. Without question, one of the most fun charters of the year. And one of the most productive as far as...
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    Most Useful Freebies?

    Jon, I know you keep coming back, all the way from Tenn., Just for the world famous Gallagher Charter Give aways and Swag. I am fairly certain, on both of those trips, you forgot your Midol and Worm Blowers at home...I am an Eagle Scout making sure everyone is prepared... For most anything that...
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    FLY FISHING THE FLATS OF CUBA

    Just Back this week from a fly fishing trip to the beautiful waters of Cienaga de Zapata, Cuba, targeting Permit, Tarpon, Snook and Bonefish.. Once again, Michael Caranci and the Fly Shop Redding handled the details. Cristian, The gentleman who is the creator and co-owner of this remote Cuban...
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    TARGETING G.T.'S AT FARQUAR ATOLL OFF THE SEYCHELLES CHAIN

    Hi Tyler, I only saw one permit though never got a shot at it. If you get a chance to go thru the Seychelles, please do yourself a favor and go for it... Make sure you bring your rods... It is one of the greatest locations for fisher-folks on the planet. I cannot wait to get back. Jamie
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    TARGETING G.T.'S AT FARQUAR ATOLL OFF THE SEYCHELLES CHAIN

    Another incredible adventure is in the books.. Farquar Atoll is the furthest island in the Seychelle chain.. Half way around the world in the Indian Ocean with Gin clear waters, coral and lava reefs with endless miles of pristine fly fishing flats. A living aquarium containing an entire array of...
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    BOB SANDS TACKLE FRED HALL MONSTER SALE 2019

    This booth is serious business. 20 folks setting up for 3 days..And still going at it... Come on by to see why any Huge Tackle shop would go through all this trouble... For our customers of course... What a great way to meet so many folks who have not saved money with Bob Sands Tackle Before...
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    United Composites Blank Sale At Fred Hall

    Fred Hall is getting real over here at Bob Sands Tackle... We have have a huge crew working from morning to evening, 3 days straight, to get our enormous sales areas ready to go... So many new items... You will have to come by to see for yourselves what the latest and greatest items are... Many...
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    BOB SANDS TACKLE FRED HALL MONSTER SALE 2019

    Fred Hall is getting real over here at Bob Sands Tackle... We have have a huge crew working from morning to evening, 3 days straight, to get our enormous sales areas ready to go... So many new items... You will have to come by to see for yourselves what the latest and greatest items are... Many...
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    6th ANNUAL JRI CUSTOM LURES SUPER BOWL GRID IRON MATCH!!!

    Jerry, Thank you so much... You made what was otherwise an unforgettable game memorable.. (Okay, great defense but still not very fun to watch). Super generous of you... Well done sir. Jamie
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    6th ANNUAL JRI CUSTOM LURES SUPER BOWL GRID IRON MATCH!!!

    9 and 4... Oh yeahh... Best of luck to everyone... This is totally CEWL.... Thank you Jerry. Jamie
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    6th ANNUAL JRI CUSTOM LURES SUPER BOWL GRID IRON MATCH!!!

    Pats 37 Rams 34, Maaan, I want that trolling lure. No, I need that trolling lure. I know what they can do to Wahoo and Tuna. Jamie
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    LAST DAY 15% - 40% OFF ROD AND 10% OFF REEL SALE HOLY COW

    Good evening all, The Sale has been amazing... So many Folks are super stoked with the pricing and huge inventory...They are even happier they do not have to deal with the show craziness or wait until March. Folks are getting replacing their Off Season Blues with Off Season smiles over their...
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    15% - 40% OFF ROD AND 10% OFF REEL SALE WOW

    Good evening all, The Sale has been amazing... So many Folks are super stoked with the pricing and huge inventory...They are even happier they do not have to deal with the show craziness or have to wait until March. Folks are replacing their Off Season Blues with off season smiles over their...
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    CalStar Lineup Help

    Hi Bill, The rod choices are going to depend on your targeted species and what kind of platform you are fishing from... You can always come see us at Bob Sands Tackle to compare all the rods from most every manufacturer including the Calstar rods you are discussing.. Choosing a rod is also...
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    Uc jigstick question

    Yo Grant, There have been some great suggestions For factory built UC rods so far on this thread. However you might also look at a couple of other U.C. sticks for fishing 40 -50 pound with Surface iron. Both the U.C. SIC version (Cork Tape, Deck Hand Model) and the Bob Sands version (With...
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    Black Hole CB 801MH or 801H?

    Good afternoon BBS., It has been a pleasure communicating with you by PM... Here is my opinion on the MH vs. the H version of the Blackhole Challenger 801 spinner... The MH is a great rod for throwing somewhat lighter artificial lures but for west coast, heavy platform work (Meaning not from...
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    Rail rod technology

    Good morning Johann, Happy New Year, Since you are in Toronto would it be a fair assessment that you do not have a knowledgeable Long Range Tackle shop near you?? You are welcome to send me a PM. I will respond with my Phone Number or you can include yours. I get calls regularly from folks...
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    United Composites 50-60 rod

    Yo Michael, You and all B.D. er's are welcome to P.M. me with your Phone Number and we can chat about any questions you have by phone.. We anglers are so fortunate that we have a large number of options for the Line category you are referring to.. With the huge selection of rigs At Bob Sands...
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    Wahoo Bombs.....Which do you prefer?

    Fantastic Jerry... I cannot wait to put these on the shelves along with the other great JRI colored Direct Tie, Hooicide bombs we have in stock... Those of us who have been fishing the Hot pink colors for years are going to love this color combination especially since there is nothing else on...
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    Wahoo Bombs.....Which do you prefer?

    Yo Kubby, Come on by Bob Sands Tackle if you have time.. We have in inventory most everyone's bombs and Wahoo jigs including the brand new JRI Direct Tie bombs.. We also Carry everyone's favorites Captain Jimmy, Lead-master and Catchy Tackle bombs and jigs.. Add in a huge selection of Raider...
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    I want to get into jigging

    Yo Adam, Come on by Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys. We have a complete selection of Blackhole Jigging and Popping rods you can play with... I am usually there on Saturdays to go over with you your options and perhaps give you some tips. You are more than welcome to PM me if you are interested...
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    JRI Jigs -The Breakdown

    Hi Steve, Yes, we can ship with a minimum buy.. You are welcome to PM me. Talk soon. Jamie
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    JRI Jigs -The Breakdown

    Yo Steve, Bob Sands has the Stinger lites in the color (s) you asked about (Canary Yellow and Wounded Canary). We try to keep an inventory of all of the JRI jigs throughout the year IN STOCK including our monster JRI jig sales times. Stay tuned for more information. Best of luck Jamie
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    JRI Jigs

    Check out Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys, California.. We have the largest selection, in stock. of JRI jigs of anyone on the planet... One stop shopping for jigs by most all of the West Coast jig manufacturers along with Poppers and stick-baits.. Stay tuned for more information on new JRI products...
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    JRI Jigs -The Breakdown

    Check out Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys, California.. We have the largest selection, in stock. of JRI jigs of anyone on the planet... One stop shopping for jigs by most all of the West Coast jig manufacturers along with Poppers and stick-baits.. Stay tuned for more information on new JRI products...
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    Bob Sands 10day

    Hey Brad, Phillip, Michael and I had dinner at Miguels.. Yuuum...Early night tonight then off on the R.P. in the morning... Hopefully the Wahoo, Tuna and other finned critters will be waiting for us... Willing and able... Jamie
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    Monster Arapaima from Pirarucu on the Fly

    Thank You Pete, Lots of Big fish but that one was beyond special.. Jamie
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    Monster Arapaima from Pirarucu on the Fly

    Crap, I tried uploading a slo mo version of these huge fish jumping near the boat but the file is too big... Anyone know how to reduce the image size??
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    Monster Arapaima from Pirarucu on the Fly

    Yup, Those are the flies... Awesome job Eric. The ones that got bit amazingly well are the top and bottom pics that Eric put up.. Thank you so much. Jamie
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    Back from Missoula Montana with BRO... AWESOME

    Hey Chris, If you are going back for Homecoming or special holiday book your hotel now.. Unless you want to stay in the dorm... LOL...
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    Back from Missoula Montana with BRO... AWESOME

    Hi Chris, The standard times that folks come from out of state are generally around June thru Sept but some of the greatest days will be in odd times of the year when the weather cooperates... Winter, Fall and Spring can be sick when the water conditions and weather outside allows for access to...
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    Monster Arapaima from Pirarucu on the Fly

    The funniest thing is the Natives and the other local folks think those of us who get in the water on purpose are totally Nuts also... LOL... There is always someone on lookout as those Caiman and other critters can get right up on you... However, this is the type of environment where I feel...
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    Monster Arapaima from Pirarucu on the Fly

    Good afternoon all, I returned from an amazing trip to Pirarucu in the Amazon a few days ago.. Another Epic Fly fishing trip with Untamed Angling and arranged by The Fly Shop. I cannot say enough great things about both of these operations as the days I experienced were undoubtedly record...
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    fighting a giant using popping rod without harness

    In my opinion, the term "High Sticking" really does not apply with many of today's great quality popping rods until the fish is more or less up and down. There are two places where it is easiest to apply maximum pressure and gather line on a fish regardless of the length of the rod... The first...
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    Swimbait rod for lingcod

    Yo William, When discussing amazing swim bait rods check out the United Composites Swim-bait Finatic. Folks who have not had a chance to play with the lineup of line specific rods are really missing out on an amazing rod... More than a swimbait rod, these can do so many things amazingly well...
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    Wahoo trollers

    The Original Hooker went 2 for 2 on my troll rotations a couple of weeks ago on Wahoo. Still the king of trolling lures... Start Saving your trolling lure pennies now. When these come out they will come out... Big League... Stay tuned. Jamie
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    Favorite Bay rod for bass and hali’s

    Yo Jake, Take a look at the UC Swim Bait rods.. 7'11" Finatic. There is also a UC bay bass rod to check out. However, those Finatics are Waaayyy Cool.. X rating depending on your line class choice.. You can look them up on the U.C. web site.. You are also welcome to contact me with any...
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    United Composites online

    Hi Damon, Yes, Up to 8 foot long.
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    United Composites online

    Damon, We carry almost the entire UC line up at Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys.. You are welcome to PM me with questions as I am very familiar with the line up. Jamie
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    Surface Iron Rod Shoot-out..!! UC vs. Calstar

    Yo Kyle, You might want to check out the US or RUS 85 Phantom (R designates a factory wrapped version).. Incredible 8.5 foot surface iron rod for fishing 40. You can also check out the US 85 Wahoo. .. U.C. makes the Wahoo in a SIC version which is a deck hand model while Bob Sands Tackle...
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    Golden Dorado and Pacu C/O Tsimane Bolivia

    Back from the Tsimane area of Bolivia.. Fly fishing for Golden Dorado with Untamed Angling...So many great Golden Dorado seen and landed.. I was very fortunate that I had Several Huge Dorado brought to leader but found their freedom before we could get them in front of the camera.. None the...
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    Rod recommendation for casting small sardines/anchovies

    Yo Gerry, You might want to check out the United Composites 8 or 9 foot RCE Mag for lighter line and Mega for 30 pound. Smaller diameter, less weight and fantastic design. The Mag is a Anchovy machine. Both will be awesome for the application you noted. Best of luck with your decisions...
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    BEST WAY TO SEND RODS & REELS TO GEORGIA

    Yo DR You will want to check out the newer requirements of UPS and USPS, etc. for shipping 8 foot plus rods in Tubes that are bigger diameters than their minimums. For example, an 8 foot by 16 inch circumference (approx. 5 inch diameter) is precluded from shipping using UPS or USPS. A 3 inch...
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    Just some bigger baitfish patterns.....

    Heck Eric, I should have you tie some of those for me on big heavy hooks.. I am leaving for Bolivia and Golden Dorado a week from Thursday and then back to the Amazon to fly fish for giant Arapaima in October... Those flies look great.. Jamie
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    Best place to buy a UC invictus

    Yo Jimmie, You can PM me about the Invictus 76. We have them in Stock at Bob Sands Tackle.. Along with the rest of the U.C. Line up. Jamie
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    Wigwam River, Fernie BC

    Yo SM, Beautiful fish... I love fishing out of Fernie for Bullies and Cuts. Try CBD lotion on your foot or you can try the newer Clove Based product from In-Spirt... May also be known as In-Motion.. Phenomenal for inflammation and or muscle paint... Probably too late for this trip... Have...
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    Best spinning rod to catch big tuna

    Hi Otto, For a Popping rod you will also need to take into consideration the weight of the popper you are casting... For covering a lot of territory and distance a longer rod is great but generally struggles throwing the big heavy guns and of course have less backbone for fish fighting... Two...
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    Best spinning rod to catch big tuna

    Yo Otto, How are you fishing this spinner?.. What kind of platform will you be fishing from (Large or smaller private boat, Commercial Sportfishing operation, etc.). Are you planning on fishing bait or artificial lures? Poppers, Stickbaits, subsurface jigs, Asian style or west coast Yo-Yo or...
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    JRI irons got some!

    For those interested, Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys, California has THE LARGEST SELECTION OF JRI LURES ON THE PLANET. One stop shopping for JRI 1, 2 in both Wahoo and Yellowtail setups, 3, 4, 6 in Yellowtail and Wahoo setups, 66, 7, 8, Stinger Heavy, Stinger Lite, K/O 6 in yellowtail and Wahoo...
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    Back from Missoula Montana with BRO... AWESOME

    Actually Bill, LOL...My elbows are most always bent at my side... I cannot speak for Kurt in the Guide Pic. LOL
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    Back from Missoula Montana with BRO... AWESOME

    Just Back from another amazing Week in Missoula..Fishing July 1 thru July 7. Most all the waters are now fishable in and around Missoula...Blackfoot River Outfitters, again, did an amazing job of putting me on fish... Big Fish.. Here are just a few of the many many fish landed. Of course many...
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    Surface Iron Rod Shoot-out..!! UC vs. Calstar

    Sounds great Josh, I will not be there as I will be in Montana fly fishing but I know you will enjoy the shop.. Give yourself plenty of time and call before you come to make sure the items you want are still in stock..We try and keep several of every model in inventory but the season has...
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    Surface Iron Rod Shoot-out..!! UC vs. Calstar

    Josh, Come on down to Bob Sands Tackle and I can show you anything you want to know about these amazing UC rods...Compare them Yourself to Calstar, Phenix, Okuma, Graphtech, Blackhole or ?? We carry them all.. You are welcome to PM me with questions if you wish.. I am back in Montana starting...
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    Back from Missoula Montana with BRO... AWESOME

    Hey Chris, Did you get your day in?? Hope your daughter loved the U.. Go Grizzz.
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    To the Tranx guys with the Long rods

    Come on by Bob Sands Tackle for most any sort of jig you are looking for or just to ask questions. We are one stop shopping for most every Jig manufacturer you have ever heard of and some you have never heard of. Huge selection of colors and sizes. Come on by and see what the fuss is about...
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    Back from Missoula Montana with BRO... AWESOME

    After returning from a wonderful Permit fly fishing Trip to Mexico the week before, 2 friends and I just returned from Missoula Montana and fishing with Blackfoot River Outfitters.. High waters are receding but they are very high.. None the Less, We traveled and found amazing water, beautiful...
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    Popping rod for Stella 18kHG

    Yo CT, Though the Challenger series are great rods I might suggest, from a Sport Boat platform, you opt for the Blackhole Cape Cod Popping series... Depending on the weight of the Poppers you are throwing I would look at the 76 Nano, 80 Nano and the 86 Nano. For that sort of platform these...
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    JRI JIGS LATEST AMAZING COLORS WOWWWWW!!!

    Right on Shon, Hope to see you soon. Jamie
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    United composite rods

    Yo DT, Come on by the shop in Van Nuys.. (Bob Sands Tackle) We carry most all of the UC factory wrapped rods and appropriate West Coast blanks.. Even though you have already purchased you can still come on by and check them out for future use.. Compare these amazing U.C.'s to our complete line...
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    UC invictus vs Calstar 770 xxxh

    Most everyone knows I firmly believe in UC rods for my style of fishing.. HOWEVER, there are a whole lot of folks who LOVE their Calstar Rods.. There is a reason we all know the Calstar name as they have represented and shown themselves in action to be Top of the line rods for decades. The key...
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    UC CP70XH

    Wow, Great Responses All, In the old days there were not many options for that 60 - 80 pound test range. The rods jumped rather rapidly to 80 pound. Rarely did any of us fish 60 pound at the Lupe as it was always known as a 40 pound test locale.. 50 pound was often used by those who seemed to...
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    United Composites CE Wahoo 800 for a popping rod?

    Yo Nate, Depending on the weight and size of the popper, along with the line test and targeted species you are looking to throw to.. There may be better options.. Additionally, I would want to know what reel you are matching this to along with your casting style to tell you what might work...
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    Spectra for surface iron

    Hi Josh, My opinion is that skinnier lines not only makes surface iron swim better but also most all swimming artificial baits as well as live finned baits. HOWEVER, there are several other considerations to make.. First: and easiest to understand is Line strength vs. size and species of the...
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    TGIF.. TARGETING PERMIT AT ESBL MID WINTER W/PICS

    Good Morning All, Just back this week from another trip to Espiritu Santo Bay Lodge (ESBL) where my main targeted species was Big Permit. The new lodge is super comfortable with AC in all the large rooms and a Chef that is off the chart great. The Customer Service provided by Chiara and Dane...
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    How Bad is Gold ?

    Yo Terry, I think it looks amazing.... but I cannot wait to hear how it fishes. Jamie
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    FRED HALL PRE-ORDER ROD SALE FROM BOB SANDS TACKLE

    Today is the last day of the sale. Thank you everyone who participated and congrats on getting the best prices of the year. Jamie
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    FRED HALL PRE-ORDER ROD SALE FROM BOB SANDS TACKLE HALL PRE-ORDER ROD SALE FROM BOB SANDS TACKLE

    Today is the last day of the sale. Thank you everyone who participated and congrats on getting the best prices of the year. Jamie
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    UNITED COMPOSITE'S NEWEST BIG FISH KILLER BLANK

    Today is the last day of the sale. Thank you everyone who participated and congrats on getting the best prices of the year. Jamie
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    ? 60/80 lb Moderate-Action Rail Rod Suggestions ?

    \ Hi David, Though I have wrapped pliers and such with Parachute chord, I have never done a fore or aft grip with that material... It is durable on pliers but riding the rail takes a fair amount more pressure and point to point contact as well as the potential for sliding the rod up and down...
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    UNITED COMPOSITE'S NEWEST BIG FISH KILLER BLANK

    Hi Greg, Though I am guessing this stick will fall between the Raptor and Centaur, the CX80 Raptor is a completely different bird, with different feathers, than any of the rods you have listed..What you are showing is a fantastic quiver that this stick will make a wonderful addition to rather...
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    UNITED COMPOSITE'S NEWEST BIG FISH KILLER BLANK

    Hi Matt, No, this is NOT a 76 Raptor before it is cut to size... This is pushing the Mandrel to it's Maximum capacity and figuring out how to wrap the extensions for maximum effect.. In my opinion, the 8 foot Raptor blank feels nothing like the 70 or 76 Raptor.. The 8 Foot has a faster Taper...
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    UNITED COMPOSITE'S NEWEST BIG FISH KILLER BLANK

    We also just received a few more of those stunning U.C. Friends and Family White Glow RCE 9 Foot Monster and RCE 9 Foot Wahoo along with a few 10 footers... These fly out quick so if you are interested get your order to me right away.. Have a great season. Jamie
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    UNITED COMPOSITE'S NEWEST BIG FISH KILLER BLANK

    We also just received a few more of those stunning U.C. Friends and Family White Glow RCE 9 Foot Monster and RCE 9 Foot Wahoo along with a few 10 footers... These fly out quick so if you are interested get your order to me right away.. Have a great season. Jamie
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    FRED HALL PRE-ORDER ROD SALE FROM BOB SANDS TACKLE

    Great response.. Keep em coming.. Jamie
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    FRED HALL PRE-ORDER ROD SALE FROM BOB SANDS TACKLE

    Fantastic response.. Keep em coming. Jamie
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    Reel Help for Black Hole Slow Pitch Spiral Wrapped B-581H3R rod

    If you are thinking Accurate consider looking at the smaller Valiant series.. Certainly worth looking at. Very best of luck on your decision. Jamie
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    Reel Help for Black Hole Slow Pitch Spiral Wrapped B-581H3R rod

    Happy New Year all, In my opinion the JX Raptor and the 600 Size Accurate are too big for that rod. Keep it small, light and compact. The MJX Raptor or even SX Raptor if line capacity is not a problem. Smaller Trini or Talica, smaller Penn Fathom, Smaller Accurate, smaller Torque, or go all...
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    Slow jigging ( important )

    Yo Ziad, Check out the Blackhole line of Jigging rods.. 150G and 250 G Cape Code Specials or Slow Pitch rods.. Top of the line rods for a reasonable price (Reasonable for this level of high end rod)... The weight of the jig will dictate the advanced tip action required to most effectively use...
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    Rod holes Black Friday shopping suggestions

    Yo James, My Opinion is to use the 700XXH as a spare 60 pound rod. Use the XXXH and Mak 16as your 80 pound rig. Purchase a Centaur for the second Mak 16. Purchase 2 UC Viper 76's for your Mak 20 and 30. As an option replace 1 Viper 76 for an UC invictus 76 to be matched to the Mak 30. However...
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    Need a Reel for UC CE 80 Monster

    Hi Jim, The Tranx 500 high speed is fantastic for your noted application. However, not really appropriate for tuna over 100 pounds for most anglers. This would be a great rig to throw surface iron, poppers, mid water jigs, etc. to Yellowtail and medium sized tuna..Though the CE is a bit...
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    8.0 ft Rods for 60-80lb. Topshots

    Yo Greg, Personally I would not consider any of the 8 foot UC rods you mentioned as 80 pound sticks unless you are using that gauge string for abrasion resistance only. I do not believe they have the balls to handle 25+ pounds of drag or more at the end game. Even the venerable UC CP80 HP...
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    Recommendation Jigging rod & reel.

    If you want an Asian style jigging rod for slow or fast pitch check out the Blackhole Series of Jigging rods.. West Coast rods are great for the type of YoYo jigs mostly used out here but they are not right for the majority of jigs we use for Asian Style... Though our Shimano or similar Flat...
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    What other set up or two should I get?

    Dave, You have lots of time to figure this out...should you find time, you might want to make an appointment with me to come out to Bob Sands Tackle (Van Nuys) on a Saturday or ??. We are right off the San Diego Fwy. I can show you all the rigs you have in mind and perhaps give you a...
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    HELP-advice on rods

    Hi Donna, The rod of choice will depend on your applications. Popping rods are different from rods that you might use towards bombs. Bait rods, surface iron, mid water iron, etc... Though spinners are more forgiving for the angler who typically does not fully load a conventional rod on a cast...
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    Swim baits for larger tuna

    Yes, Ron Z soft baits work great on big tuna... The best part of the rig is the way the company uses reel deal hooks in their bigger lead heads.. Make sure you get the heavy duty hooks. You will want to make sure you know how to put the replacement tails on as it is not as easy as it first...
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    Insane Wahoo on JRI Surface Iron

    Phillip, I am expecting another shipment by Jerry for Wahoo specific surface iron soon... These things have been selling out quickly. Jamie
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    Best rod for bass in SD Bay/PL kelp?

    Check out the Bay Bass series by United Composites. Incredible sticks
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    Daiwa Saltist 8000 WAHOO SLAYER

    Yo Nic, I chose the new Satlst 8000 for a couple of reasons... First and foremost was the line retrieval speed.. I absolutely believe retrieve speeds over 50 inches are a key in helping me hook more fish on Wahoo bombs. The 53 inches of line retrieval per crank sold me. The Second is I like...
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    Daiwa Saltist 8000 WAHOO SLAYER

    Hi Nic, You Which technique are you referring to? Jamie
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    Mak16 and HXRaptor ?

    Hi Terry, I think you saw my post on this on the other thread.. These are not remotely equal reels, even for the same line gauge, but each have a place in my and many anglers arsenals.. Jamie
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    Best Raptor for yo-yo: HX or HXJ?

    Hi Greg, Have you tried throwing bombs on your HX? I know your hands are big so the question is how comfortable you are throwing that big rig. Have you tried casting one of your smaller diameter reels to see which you prefer over a long period of time? Regardless of what your answers to the...
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    Insane Wahoo on JRI Surface Iron

    Phillip, Awesome post.. I know You, Bill and Al had a great time with the surface jigs... How fun it is using top water gear for the normal stuff like Tuna and Yellowtail but when it gets to Wahoo.... It's special... Too few folks have even tried it but maaan, it works. Having the right gear...
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    Tips(oh no, not another one of those) :D

    RIGHT ON TOM!!!! Talk soon. Jamie
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    Popping knot

    Hi Ed, I apologize in that I do not remember ever recommending odd amounts of wraps up and down on the Bob Sands knot (10 up and 25 down vs. 12 up and 12 down)... However, some of your mods are very interesting and cool. However, I am not sure I understand about using a nail knot on the FC end...
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    Best rod for bass in SD Bay/PL kelp?

    Depending on what pound test you are fishing check on the United Composites Bay bass and mega bass rods... They are AWESOME for that application !!! Jamie
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    Louisiana Fall Redfish Season

    Tom, We need the report... I am finishing off my medical treatments in a few weeks and I want to go.... I look forward to hearing the report. Jamie
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    Popping knot

    Yo Sam, I have not tied a Spectra to Plastic line knot in heavy line for years (60# and above) for my Popping or any other leader... We make pre-made, loop to loop, short casting leaders with short inserts (9 Inch) served and fully glued with the right glue.. It only takes a few minutes to...
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    ATD 30 w/ 130 Spectra rod match

    Yo Mike, Your ATD 30 is an amazing reel.. I have been fishing 3 of the 30's along with several 50's and an 80 for almost 14 years with dozens of cows, and probably 100's of smaller grade tuna caught on them. I too fish 100# Hollow spectra on the 30's from which I can fish 60 - 150 pound...
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    old school harness guy, trying to learn the rail

    Craig, If you are ever near Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys I can show you several ways to fish that Viper where you do not ever need to go to your knees or hurt your various body parts.. We have a mocked up rail plus the other techniques I can show you that are easier than the methods you will...
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    Daiwa Saltist 8000 WAHOO SLAYER

    Hi Greg, The Saltist will have the edge as a reel for Wahoo bombs but most anything else your Cabo will be equal and possibly better for fishing bait to large tuna. That Cabo is built for big fish work. However, both reels are great for the sub 100 pound tuna, Yellowtail, and Wahoo as double...
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    JIG SLINGERS EXTRAVAGANZA SALE

    Hi Steve, Yes, it started... Those looking for the best deals of the year on Factory wrapped Rods and Blanks from U.C., Cal Star and Seeker really need to check it out... Most folks who comes in looking for a top of the line rod has left with one.... along with a huge smile. Those whose wives...
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    Daiwa Saltist 8000 WAHOO SLAYER

    Hi Darin, Thank you for the kind words. I do not have a video though I am continually asked to make one.. However, if you are interested you are welcome to PM me here to discuss. Jamie
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    Daiwa Saltist 8000 WAHOO SLAYER

    Hi Greg, Other than pulling on a number of Rainshadow rods with Bill Haven (Saltydawg) some time ago (Several years now) I have zero experience with these rods. Popping specific rods have their own personalities and nuances. I matched this reel to multiple versions of the Blackhole Nano * 8...
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    Daiwa Saltist 8000 WAHOO SLAYER

    Hi Lance, Though the Proteus rods are fantastic values the rod you are noting might be just a bit light for this 8000 size Daiwa reel...However, I would have to feel it in my hands as I have never paired this duo. In my opinion, the Proteus rod you are noting will be okay for light surface...
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    Daiwa Saltist 8000 WAHOO SLAYER

    Good afternoon folks, In my on-going quest to find the ultimate fishing tools, for a variety of applications, at great prices....My latest reel to test is the Daiwa Saltist 8000 Spinning reel. At Bob Sands Tackle I am constantly being asked about spinning gear for Salt Water applications...
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    Daiwa Saltist 8000 WAHOO SLAYER

    Good afternoon folks, In my on-going quest to find the ultimate fishing tools, for a variety of applications, at great prices....My latest reel to test is the Daiwa Saltist 8000 Spinning reel. At Bob Sands Tackle I am constantly being asked about spinning gear for Salt Water applications...
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    Daiwa Saltist 8000 WAHOO SLAYER

    Good afternoon folks, In my on-going quest to find the ultimate fishing tools, for a variety of applications, at great prices....My latest reel to test is the Daiwa Saltist 8000 Spinning reel. At Bob Sands Tackle I am constantly being asked about spinning gear for Salt Water applications...
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    Daiwa Saltist 8000 WAHOO SLAYER

    Good afternoon folks, In my on-going quest to find the ultimate fishing tools, for a variety of applications, at great prices....My latest reel to test is the Daiwa Saltist 8000 Spinning reel. At Bob Sands Tackle I am constantly being asked about spinning gear for Salt Water applications...
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    JIG SLINGERS EXTRAVAGANZA SALE

    See you then Alex... Jamie
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    JIG STICKS

    Yo B, I highly suggest you go to your nearest Tackle shop that have a variety of United Composites sticks available to pull on. Bring your old jig sticks with you. When you get there, first pickup your old sticks and get a feel for the balance, weight along the entire rod, and how the...
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    bobs sands 9 day on the shogun.who is going?

    I am so sorry I am missing this Bob Sands Tackle/Shogun trip.. I had to cancel my spot for medical reasons..No doubt I would rather be with you all than where I am.. I have an IV drip in my arm as I type this. I know you guys will have a great trip with a wonderful skipper, crew and passenger...
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    favorite 40-50# bait stick

    Hi Conner, I know a great place to pickup the Tilefish 8 footer in stock...Those interested please PM me. Those who have already done so are super happy they did.. Jamie
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    United Composites Rods? Who uses them?

    For those of you who are out of state, PM me and lets see what we can do as far as shipping. Jamie
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    United Composites Rods? Who uses them?

    Hey Jam and Dustin, PM me and we can discuss what we can do for you as far as shipping. Jamie
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    SALE: HUGE INVENTORY ON HAND AT BOB SANDS TACKLE

    Hi Jay, 8 foot Predators are on back order and should be in with our next delivery, hopefully, within a week or two. We do have factory wrap 7'6" predators and most of the other UC 8 footers in stock. Wahoo, CP80HP, Tilefish, Monster all 8 footers in stock at this time. You can also PM me...
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    Eastern Sierras 9/25-9/27 (Pic Heavy)

    Nice Ray, Well done.. Often times fishing in solitude, without an agenda, can be the best remedy for curing the loneliness sometimes found in our normal city lives.... No matter how many wonderful folks are part of our family and and closest circle of friends, fly fishing feeds the soul and...
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    4+ turn surgeon's knot

    Hi Tim, Good news, there are lots of options for plastic to braided line knots.. Some easier and some more difficult to tie... Until you have practiced. But first, Pay 25 dollars or so and get a spring scale.. Find out for yourself where your knots break.. More importantly, you can practice...
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    Ideal 80lb UC rod for the Lupe?

    Yo Fran, There are several options for 80 pound work by U.C. My personal opinion is most all of the U.C. rods can fish a wide range of conditions.. However, not everyone is used to bending the rods fully enough to find their sweet spots. Yes, the Raptor is a bit too light of backbone for me...
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    Factory wrapped Calstar rods

    Bob Sands tackle in Van nuys. P.m. me for discount information
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    favorite 40-50# bait stick

    Bob Sands has UC 8 foot tile fish on sale as well as promo deals on most everything. Pm me for details if you are interested
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    Which UC Rods?

    Yo Jim, If you are interested, send me a PM or phone call and I can let you know about our great pricing on U.C. rods and most any other long range gear you might need at Bob Sands Tackle.. We have a great inventory with most everything you are looking for in stock. I look forward to hearing...
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    SALE: HUGE INVENTORY ON HAND AT BOB SANDS TACKLE

    Yo Blaine, Congrats on that smoking deal.. I am sorry I missed you but thank you so much for considering Bob Sands tackle for your fishing tackle needs.. New shipment of rods coming in regularly... Jamie
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    United composites CE 900 monster OR United composites CE 90 monster for throwing surface iron?

    Yo Brandon, Come on by Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys.. We usually have both models in stock. I believe we have a new shipment coming in today. If you want to PM me we can also discuss the differences along with methods to help anglers use the long rod in a manner that is both efficient and...
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    SALE: HUGE INVENTORY ON HAND AT BOB SANDS TACKLE

    My Pleasure Phillip, I know you are going to put on another fish catching clinic with those amazing jigs on your next trip. All the guys came out and swarmed those new jigs even while I was trying to inventory them.. LOL... Jerry is a rock star around these parts. Jamie
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    SALE: HUGE INVENTORY ON HAND AT BOB SANDS TACKLE

    Hi Blaine, Yes, we have the Del Mar 10 footer in stock but we also have a special Del Mar 10 foot, factory, that Randy made only for friends and family in a beautiful Glow version.. Only a few ever made. This just came in along with a few other versions of the glow factory wrapped friends and...
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    Long Range Advice

    Yo D, Come on by Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys. Very close to you. We can show you most everything you are looking for in Long Range or the latest in Big Fish gear and techniques. Take a look at the sponsor section of Bloody Decks to check out our latest Promo...
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    Suggestions for an 8' UC jigstick

    Alex, If you are near Van Nuys, Ca., come on in to Bob Sands Tackle and check out all the U.C. 8 footers that might meet your needs. There are more differences to the CE vs. the US models than just weight. Depending what pound test you are throwing the answer will be subject as to what feels...
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    ideal 50-60# bait rod for the 'Lupe

    Yo Tim, Come on by Bob Sands Tackle on Saturday and I can show you our new and on going shipments of U.C. CP70 HP and CP 70 XH, CP 80 HP, U.C. 76 Predator, 76 Raptor along with All the U.C. Rail and long range rods (These rods sell out quickly so hopefully everything will still be there should...
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    9/2 thru 9/10 Excel/Gallagher Fish Explosion

    Hey Mick, PM me as I think we may have some new Custom JRI's coming in to go along with our current huge inventory. Bob Sands Tackle has the largest selection of JRI custom and standard Lures in the world along with most every other West Coast Manufacturer's Jigs and artificial lures. Salas...
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    9/2 thru 9/10 Excel/Gallagher Fish Explosion

    Bill, Now you just lost your damn mind... Who ever heard of Bullfrogs on a long range boat.. Now Mice, Rats and Ducks... Those are now considered normal... maybe.. or not... On the other hand, the pre-curser to Dynema and Spectra were considered heretical as well so bullfrogs... Well, maybe I...
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    Reel Choice

    Hi Michael, Thats what I thought.. Top of the line stuff.. Check out the Jigging master line of reels. They are really sweet and designed for the jigging you are talking about.... though expensive they can take the abuse.. Smaller and more compact is what you are looking for depending on your...
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    Want to try popping

    Sung, I remember... You have beautiful spinning gear.. Those are great rigs you own. If you want to try something different I absolutely love my 10 foot Blackhole Surf II heavy for throwing poppers and surface iron. The 8K Stella might be a bit small for this powerful of a rod but your other...
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    9/2 thru 9/10 Excel/Gallagher Fish Explosion

    Steve M is a Wahoo master who shares some of his advanced techniques with us. In the process of using a rat pattern, Steve won a Marauder for his effort. On this trip, you just never know what might work. Jake on the right tuna gear showing years of experience in his advanced technique...
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    9/2 thru 9/10 Excel/Gallagher Fish Explosion

    This Long Ranging can age a man fast.. The guy in the beard got 2 wahoo on a cut off gaff end, bamboo jig tossing rod, with electrical tape used to tape on the guides, before he disappeared. The guy on the right is Pat the charter master with his grandson Thomas. No-one can guess where this...
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    Reel Choice

    Which Blackhole rod?? Is this a jigging specific rod? Makes a difference.. Great choice of rod manufacturer by the way. Jamie
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    Want to try popping

    Yo Sung, Make sure your big fish fighting technique is excellent before trying to tackle those big boys on the 16 day as fishing from a 100 ton long range boat makes life tougher.. Believe me, I have had my butt handed to me many times but I have also had many successes. But it is a blast to...
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    9/2 thru 9/10 Excel/Gallagher Fish Explosion

    Steve, Friggin Great picture.. You catching a wahoo on a rat pattern was a riot and an amazing effort.. Besides all the other wahoo and finned critters you always whack you are just a fantastic person to fish and hang with.. Thank you for being such an integral part of this charter. Now...
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    9/2 thru 9/10 Excel/Gallagher Fish Explosion

    Hi David, Your trip to Africa sounds amazing. Unfortunately I will not be on the Excel Thanksgiving trip but I am fairly sure Pat will be aboard. Not doubt you all will have an amazing time on the big boat. I would love to go but It looks like I need to go through another round of IV for the...
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    9/2 thru 9/10 Excel/Gallagher Fish Explosion

    I forgot to note we also got a whole bunch of Dorado as well... As if the trip was not great enough. Jamie
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    9/2 thru 9/10 Excel/Gallagher Fish Explosion

    Keith, Thank you for posting pictures. I am hoping there will be others coming for some of the other passengers.. Such a pleasure fishing with you. You really did put on a fish catching show with the long rod and JRI jigs. See you next year or hopefully sooner. And Yes, we all love this...
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    9/2 thru 9/10 Excel/Gallagher Fish Explosion

    Wire ranged from 27# thru 60#. Single strand, 7 strand and Titanium wire from what I saw. Most losses are due to something other than broken wire connections as most of our group knows to set their drags at a lower than normal setting for wahoo. Lots of bent wire due to those cross eyed...
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    9/2 thru 9/10 Excel/Gallagher Fish Explosion

    Dave, That UC. Monster 10 footer is one of our favorite rods for fishing conventional reels to these fish.. I know you will enjoy it. Jamie
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    9/2 thru 9/10 Excel/Gallagher Fish Explosion

    I believe this was our 18th year of this annual charter. Historically, this is one of the most successful and fun trips of the year. This year was no different as we almost plugged the big boat.... On an 8 day. I will make this a quick write up (Quick for me long for others) with a "What...
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    Wahoo moving in 13 days to go

    Actually, we ended up with 120+ Wahoo I believe.. On the Excel/Gallagher charter. Tom has the right of it on the Captain Jimmy bombs.. I will write up the trip shortly. Jamie
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    October? Wahoo?

    Just got back today from an 8 day on the Big Excel... Awesome load of Wahoo. About 120 or more for the boat. Best haul of the year.. SO FAR....No doubt there will be more to come on future trips. Will the warmer water come further north again this year?? 8 days ago I saw a decent Wahoo laid...
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    Found These New Fishing Shoes Anyone Try Them

    Greg,, Glad you found them in the width you wanted.. Most all of the models come in extra wide it just depends if S.S. have them in stock or not. But they do have the extra wides on the Soft Science order forms for retailers. Enjoy Jamie
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    RUSSIA, I WILL LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

    I don't know Curtis... There just might be an Airstream and some beat up waders in my future.... After reading your title page it got me thinking.... LOL Jamie
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    Sage X rod. 8, 9 and 10 Wt. Review

    Mark, Don't do it... You will never recover... LOL..Just ask Eric B. Jamie
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    What makes a " good Wahoo set up"?

    HI Jim, Not really that much finesse with throwing artificial lures to Wahoo, especially bombs. Rarely does is the angler required to throw longer than perhaps about 60 yards as fish are closer to the boat than most folks think... once the chummed bait and or troll fish bring the pack towards...
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    UC rod for 80lb.

    Come on by the shop and see why these U.C rods sell out almost as soon as we get them. P.m. me if you want to reserve a specific rod or sign up in advance for the next delivery Jamie
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    Found These New Fishing Shoes Anyone Try Them

    Hi Greg, I wore the Soft Science Fin 2.0 for 4 days while working the Fred Hall Show. I have worn them regularly ever since. Additionally, I have been extensively using the Fin Boot for sandy and or gravelly Flats and River wading. These are all warm weather footwear as water flows through...
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    Which UC 7'-7.5' rod for 40# bait?

    Yo Ryan, There are several U.C. rods that fit your basic description but finding out a bit more about your casting style, boat platform you will be fishing from, targeted species, bait vs. Jigs vs. other artificial lures vs. all around, vs. personal fishing/casting technique and style is where...
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    Which Rod for an Avet HX Raptor?

    Hi Jason. You are welcome to PM me to set up a time to meet at Bob Sands tackle. Bring your reel in and we can mount it to several different manufactures of rods items that may work great or you want to check out I will probably show you the United composite CP 70XH at the softer side then...
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    Guadalupe Yoyo?

    80 pound minimum while 100# does not hurt. Lupe fish are notorious for their shear pulling power when near structure. Use a rod that does not have too much bend as a bendy rod will not pull the head of the fish up towards the boat quick enough. To the contrary, the amount of distance a fish...
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    Looking to get a Popping Rod/Spinning

    Hi Paul, The advantage you have with Blackhole is their Popping rods are specifically designed for "Popping" rather than a standard rod being called a popping rod. Very different. You are both welcome to PM me to discuss. Jamie
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    Lupe rod for tac 20

    Hi Scott, You are welcome to pm me and I will give you my phone number to discuss the issue We are located in Van Nuys California and have a huge inventory long-range products including most every manufactures rods We have the CP 70 XH factory wrap in stock as well as much of the UC...
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    New JRI Wahoo Jigs.

    Sorry I missed the chance to spend a long time chatting with you Bill.. I would have loved to catch up with all your adventures. You know how busy the shop gets... Sheeeshhh.. I love it though. Jamie
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    New JRI Wahoo Jigs.

    Jeff, You know I get excited talking about Wahoo fishing and my favorite artificial lures or bombs... I just cannot help myself.... I LOVE THIS SCHIDT... Jamie
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    New JRI Wahoo Jigs.

    Hi Greg, Yes, these style jigs have been used for years to catch those slimmy, skinny bastardo's..and are often secret weapons of great Wahoo anglers. Zinc based products have been loved for a while but the new JRI 6, in brass, will allow the angler to start their retrieve sooner, thus more...
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    New JRI Wahoo Jigs.

    Hi Bill, Bob Sands most popular surface Jigs for San Diego and South are the JRI 4 when bait in the water is larger. On the other end of the spectrum is the JRI 1 which is our hottest selling smaller surface iron bait. The hottest colors will be Solid Mint, Solid Mint/Gold, Solid...
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    New JRI Wahoo Jigs.

    Good evening folks, WAHOO SEASON IS HERE....Most everyone knows I love my Captain Jimmy bombs for fishing Wahoo. However, there many times I want to go to something different than everyone else on the boat... Jerry and I came up with the following ideas a bit ago and folks are loving them. Bob...
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    Intrepid's Kevin Osborne

    I am not sure that Captain Kevin and Owner Ken ever got the extreme high kudo's they deserved... even from those who never fished the operation. In my opinion, this Duo upped the Long range customer service game for the entire fleet more than most folks will ever know... Great memories of the...
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    Preferred rigging of Wahoo Bombs

    For those looking for a bomb that comes from the factory with wire then the JRI Hooicide bombs are fantastic..We sell a ton of them and folks love them. However, I am a no wire guy. Angler specific choice. Jamie
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    Preferred rigging of Wahoo Bombs

    I THINK it was more than 11 bombs that I fed those bastardos... Most ever lost but lots caught. Awesome Wahoo bite... As good as it gets. For this angler, I never wire my bombs as I have enough. No doubt in my mind I get bite way better on straight tie... However, for those who do not bring...
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    Preferred rigging of Wahoo Bombs

    100 pound mono or flouro top shot or pre-made wind on 3 feet long. All Spectra to plastic line connections outside the tip on the bomb side. Direct tie to bomb using favorite knot of choice... More importantly, with 100 pound Spectra and Mono the angler can keep the head of the Hoo pointed...
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    Just One More Reel is All I Need

    Jim, Just curious. What is the first rig you pick out when fishing at Clarion or Hurricane?? Is there one rig that you feel meets the majority of your live sardine bait needs of a normal "Pick" bite at those locales? I assume you have already mixed and matched to reach your current conclusions...
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    Intrepid - 8 Day - Ray Jarvis Memorial - 7/8-7/16 - Official Report

    Awesome job Conner, Always great to hear from Jig Fishermen... Love it. Jamie
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    YES. FROM 10 TO 3 OR SO

    YES. FROM 10 TO 3 OR SO
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    US80 monster.

    As of today, we had one at Bob Sands Tackle. Call the shop and check it out. We have a great selection of U.C. rods as well as most other manufacturers. However, U.C. rods come and go almost every day. Jamie
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    9'0 for big tuna and YT on the iron?

    Actually, I am showing guys how to use a 9 and 10 foot rod so it does not beat up the angler... We are selling a ton of the long rods to fish artificial lures with of all types and folks are stoked when I help them change their fighting style. The newer rods are much easier to fight fish on...
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    Best Use of Tallica 16ii and UC 70HP (50-80#)

    Hi Jim, I just sent you a PM.. Jamie
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    Looking for a tackle shop to call home

    Steve, You are welcome to PM me and I can give you some in-sight into what we do at Bob Sands Tackle or answer any questions you might have. As a note: Bringing Tito's up to the shop might earn the giving angler a discount..LOL... Heck, I know folks who will trade fishing gear for Tito's...
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    United composites rods: GUSA vs CPlatinum #40/50

    You guys might also look at the CP70XH for a lighter weight version of the Raptor. This is a great stick for fishing heavier line, bait fishing to 80# and will be really great for those long days dropper looping and dropping jigs for those Lupe sized Tuna and beasty structure Yellowtail. This...
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    United composites rods: GUSA vs CPlatinum #40/50

    Yo Jim, All the U.C. rods are fantastic but each has it's own personality.. C.E. vs. US. vs CP really needs a bit more explaining than I can place on this response.. Often times folks are a bit confused as to the difference. The C.P. line up are amazing sticks that few folks have actually had...
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    WAHOO GEAR

    I think this thread has been awesome in that it shows the wide variety of shapes, sizes and issues that affect the purchase of most any rod and reel combination. As I continue to note, my opinions are nothing more than opinions of what works for me. I never intend to demean anyone else's...
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    WAHOO GEAR

    Bill, that video is the new smaller Tranx (300 and 400) sizes... The original Tranx is the 500 version and the one I continue to highly recommend in the high speed model..Very different reels. I have had two of them since almost the day they came out, I have put them through heck and they...
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    UC Wahoo bomb and jig stick?

    Hi Eric, If you are interested, we, at Bob Sands Tackle, just got a new shipment of most all of the appropriate long range U.C. rods including the Great CP series. Compare the US76 Predator to the CP70HP and even the CP70XH. However, these CP's fly off the shelves so you might call first. We...
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    WAHOO GEAR

    YO B, You know I love throwing those Bamboo gaff cut offs, that Eddie and the guys on the R.P. gave me, with electrical taped on guides for Wahoo, Tuna, yellowtail and Dorado... I think I have a total of about 14 dollars of parts in each rod. Eddie thought he was playing a joke when he...
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    WAHOO GEAR

    Hi Joshua, In my Opinion, Wahoo Bomb or Jig rigs are not required to be as sophisticated as you might think..No doubt having a perfect tool for a specific task is great but not everyone can afford such luxuries. Casting Artificial lures for Skinnies usually weigh in somewhere between 4 and 7...
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    Espiritu Santo Bay Lodge.. Nirvana

    One of these days we'll go fishing together Eric
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    Espiritu Santo Bay Lodge.. Nirvana

    I have been going non stop for the last 1.5 months fly fishing (Fresh and Salt Water locales) but I wanted to post a few pics of ESBL before I write up this amazing Salt Water Flat Fly fishing destination. Phenomenal would be an understatement.. And almost no body else competing for the area...
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    Wahoo trolling harness

    Jon, I got you covered.. Just remind me before our trip. Jamie
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    Aaron no longer on Shogun?

    I will be with Captain Russ and the Shogun on the Bob Sands Tackle 9 day in October. This will be the third year in a row fishing with him. First trip Russ was the deck boss and Second Skipper and last year Russ was the skipper.. He put us on Tuna, Yellowtail and Wahoo... Big time.. The Wahoo...
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    action of Black Hole Cape Cod 150g for tuna

    If anyone wants to see for themselves and make some decisions about what they think of Blackhole rods, come on by Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys, Ca. We carry the whole line up, unless we are sold out.. These things come and go quickly but I keep some of my own personal rods at the shop to make...
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    What reel?

    Tranx 500. The original size.
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    Headed to Montana

    Erik, I am heading back to Missoula tomorrow. Call me and I will give you some ideas that might just blow your mind.. If you are interested, contact the folks at Blackfoot River Outfitters and book with them.. Check to see if one of the Herzer brothers is available. Tell them Jamie from...
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    Jig/Popper setups

    Hi Greg, I look forward to meeting you at the shop. Let me know when you are coming and I will try and be there. Casting conventional reels using poppers, any conventional reels, takes a whole lot of casting practice.. Most anglers simply cannot properly employ that gear.. It gets even...
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    Jig/Popper setups

    Hi Greg, I get to do a lot of Long Range Popper fishing with Spinners and have for a very long time.. Spinners are awesome for doing what you are asking but Technique is very important when considering working from a 100 ton, long range boat... All-together different from fishing from smaller...
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    Tuna Wars III

    Awesome Bev.. Such a amazing, great and worthwhile program. Everyone on the Friends of Rollo foundation and the folks who contribute time and or money are awesome. I am sorry I missed it this year.. Congrats on the win. Jamie
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    What ever happened to the "Hooker Intruder" reproduction lures?

    DAMN Jerry, I loved being the only one on the troll with one of those or maybe 1 or 2 when Tim was on.. Everyone who used my prototype hooker jig and I hooked up most every stop... on multiple trips, over several years, on multiple boats, no-body wanted to troll when the Hooker was out... It...
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    US 80 Predator?

    Hi Un, Depending on your fishing platform, I really like the bend pattern of the 7'6" Predator over the 7 foot model for that 50 - 60 pound work.. 22 pounds of drag is pushing that rod especially if you are rail rodding. If you are long ranging or want something just a bit stiffer in a 7 foot...
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    Sage X 6101 Ultimate Nymphing and ?? Rig

    Just back from my first of many weeks fishing out of Missoula, Montana with my favorite folks from Blackfoot River Outfitters. When my buddy and I arrived, most all of the waters near town were blown out with high and off color water. No big deal, as the BRO guides will drive where ever we need...
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    All purpose spinning rod

    Steve, I cannot recall if I showed you previously a possibly better way to use those rods and most any longer rod so they do not kick your ass on those sized fish?? Now, as the fish get real big (Giant Yellowfin tuna) the end game becomes a truly epic mano y mano battle from a long range boat...
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    All purpose spinning rod

    Hi Steve, Bob Sands Tackle just got their latest shipment of Blackhole rods... Challenger and Cape Cod Popping models. All the B.H. rods seem to sell out quickly so I keep some of my personal rods there, as well, for testing and pulling when we are out of inventory. Come on by and compare your...
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    goliath grouper with 8'6" Black Hole Cape Cod 86 Nano rod

    Holy cow... I continually say that 8'6" Cape Cod Nano Popping rod is one of my very favorite rods for slinging Poppers, surface iron and even bait... If one were so inclined... However, using that rod for that fish.... Oh My... What an amazing picture. Dennis is a monster fisherman and a great...
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    what is a good 8' rod for Stellas 14k & 18k for throwing poppers

    Hi Tom, You cannot go wrong with any of the Blackhole series of rods. In fact, I will be surprised if you are not absolutely delighted. If you want to come by Bob Sands Tackle, In Van Nuys, I can show you the benefits of each. I am usually there on Saturdays when I am not out fishing. There...
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    JRI CUSTOM LURES JUNE 7 DAYER INTRUDER GIVEAWAY!!!

    Man those guys on your trip are going to be Stoked.. Jamie
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    JRI CUSTOM LURES JUNE 7 DAYER INTRUDER GIVEAWAY!!!

    Man those guys on your trip are going to be Stoked.. Jamie
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    New 60lb rig??

    Yo LT, The CE series has some very serious applications especially for the majority of anglers who do not generate enough casting power to fully load up a US version or other manufacturer's stiffer rods. Just curious, which CE you are referring to for this 60 pound discussion? I love the CE...
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    UC rod for 80lb.

    Yo Terry, Just for a change of pace or for informational purposes, I highly recommend you try comparing the United Composites CP 70 XH to the Raptor 76 and then to the Centaur 76. If you dig 8 foot and are thinking about your Predator (Not typically considered an 80 pound stick regardless how...
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    New 60lb rig??

    I am going to be arranging an open invitation for folks to come by, pull on and discuss a variety of 60# rigs along with sessions and discussions on a series of long rods at Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys, Ca. You guys might be impressed with the results especially since we want you to contribute...
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    Fishing single vs Treble hooks on iron

    Yo Mike, Bob Sands Tackle, In Van Nuys, has had JRI Custom Lures make Glow drop jigs, With appropriately sized 7691 Tuna hooks in most all of the sizes and shapes. K/O 6J, Stinger heavy, JRI 6 and JRI 66 to go with the standard heavy drop JRI 8. Bob Sands also carries several sizes of Tady...
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    Ideal rod for tossing heavy jigs/bombs for wahoo

    Yo David, Depending on your application (what type of fishing platform you are fishing from and what, besides Wahoo, are you targeting) you might want to wait for my write up of the United Composites CP series of sticks, which might just be perfect for your applications, line gauge, etc. Jamie
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    Single or Double speed reel for speed jigging

    Hi Chris, Are you on a private boat or commercial sport fishing boat... It makes a big difference in deciding between a single or two speed. The Valliant is a great reel but you might also want to look at Jigging Master for a single speed to pair with that wonderful Blackhole.. Jamie
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    As requested, Okuma updates...

    David, I am about to write up the United Composite CP series of rods... The entire line up is special and will be fantastic for a multitude of applications for the Long and Short range scene.. Jamie
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    ONE OF KIND INTRUDER FOR JIM BOYLE (20 years later)

    The yet untold story of the birth, the death (at much too young of an age) and then the re-birth of these amazing products is going to be epic... Based on the story it seems a few more months of wait time is rather minor.. I have a feeling this will turn out better than the Star Wars series...
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    Hi Brad, Thank you for the order. We just placed it with Avet. They will let us know what the...

    Hi Brad, Thank you for the order. We just placed it with Avet. They will let us know what the delivery schedule will be.. I did want to make sure you knew there was a up-charge for the Dorado pattern. Talk soon. Jamie 818 943 1122
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    US 80 Predator?

    The 8 foot US Predator is a great 40 - 50 pound rod for those who like a bit more stiffness for railing, especially when the seas are calmer. For me, the 7'6" version of the Predator is a better 50 - 60 pound stick. As Chris noted both the 8 foot Tilefish and Monster are really worth looking...
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    Guadalupe rigs

    Have a great trip Jeff. However, your list is obviously incomplete. I do not see any line item for Cigars, Scotch or Bourbon. How could you have overlooked some of the basic and essential requirements for successfully fishing the Lupe... Especially if the fish are not on the chew. Jamie
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    JRI CUSTOM LURES JUNE 7 DAYER INTRUDER GIVEAWAY!!!

    Wow Jerry, How cool is that offer...If I were not planning on being away fly fishing I would be all over this trip... I love the boat and love the idea of a JRI sponsored trip. I know you guys will have a great time. Jamie
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    Red Shirts on the Back End?

    Like so many things long range, We, the anglers, have lots of choices. We can choose various brands of rods, reels, lines, techniques, etc. We can choose the more or less expensive brand of boat along with the duration and cost of trip we can afford. We can also choose the fish processor who...
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    Soft Science Shoes - With Socks

    I started wearing the Soft Science Fin 2.0 before the L.B. show and have been wearing them off and on since..(Every day, morning till night, at the show and I walk a ton.) They are super comfortable and handle wet conditions or dry beautifully. Unfortunately, because I have a bad ankle injury...
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    Bob Sands Tackle (Vanuys)

    Right on Robert, See you at the shop. Looking forward to it. Jamie
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    Soft Science Shoes - With Socks

    Soft Science is a great fishing shoe and really amazing for those with wide feet. You can order them in the regular width and ultra wide widths. Their sandals, with the xtra cushion are supper comfortable as well. Then check out their Fin boot (wading boot) if you are doing river or ocean...
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    Bob Sands Tackle (Vanuys)

    Thank you Pete, The pleasure was mine.. Out customers are our best asset and we appreciate you all. I am so glad you were able to get in on this amazing deal.. You scored in spades. I love our special surface irons with the 7691 J hook for the tuna that have been showing themselves.. Top of the...
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    Bozeman/Yellowstone dream vaca for disabled - help!

    Hi Caroline, Consider flying or driving into Missoula rather than Bozeman. Stay at the Hilton Edgewater with a river view room if you do not mind spending a few extra bucks. Call Blackfoot River Outfitters for guide service. They will use hard float boats or rafts set up specifically for fly...
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    Tackle Shop Recommendation

    Yo Frank, Come on by Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys, ca. I will be there between 10 AM and 3 PM or so. We are one of the biggest and most complete tackle shops in the L.A. and San Fernando Valley areas. Jamie
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    Surface Iron Rod Shoot-out..!! UC vs. Calstar

    Yo Phillip, Great continuing and on-going thread.. We are selling more and more jig rods to more and more guys fishing the new long rods. I am stunned how many folks are now choosing to use the JRI jigs on rods from 8 to 10 feet... and they are loving it. One of the keys to the long rod and...
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    Upgrading my slowpitch setup

    Hi Chris, PM me for info. Jamie
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    Guadalupe Rod

    Yo JC, The 76 Predator is by far and away my favorite rod for fly lining a bait at the Lupe all day..Because of how well it works at the island it rapidly has become one of UC's best selling rods. Wonderfully light weight yet fantastic backbone for the job. Everyone I have sold one to comes...
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    Just bored and thought I'd share....

    Eric... You are sooo screwed... LOL.. Well done sir. Jamie
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    Replace HX Raptor with Penn Torque 30LD2 for #40-80

    Hi Robert, You know you are not going to get a short answer so here it is in my usual non-tweet sized format. Read at your own peril and or time constraints. The 30 is a great reel for casting fish to decent sized fish.. I continue to highly recommend the 40 sized version for fishing live...
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    Replace HX Raptor with Penn Torque 30LD2 for #40-80

    Yo 5-20, The Penn Torque LD2 is one of the finest reels ever made..It will be a true 60 pound reel with amazing free spool and drags. Great reel for fishing 60# top shots and under. However, it is not a true 80 pound reel.. Choosing a reel and rod for the application noted is very much...
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    Best Surface Iron Setup for YTs in Mexico?

    Hi all, There is a whole lot more to matching a specific use rod and reel to the individual angler than most folks realize.... Hand size and comfort level certainly plays a big part. It gets even more important as the rod gets longer. Understanding why an angler might choose a more parabolic...
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    Which Reel would you get for a Cow Trip.

    Yo Mike, I am not one to judge another "Man's" preferences, but you might want to correct your post here to prevent an illusion of something that may not be true. Or perhaps you wrote what you intended in order to insure you get a single room..LOL Jamie
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    MINIMUM COW QUIVER

    Hi John, Like Dems And Reps it is almost impossible to get 10 anglers to agree on what is the best rig for most any single circumstance.. In truth, the best gear is the one that works best for you or at least the angler believes it works best for them. However, if I were to bet on a rig that...
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    Best bang for the buck in a used 2 speed 80lb class reel

    Hi Tom, Though many of the reels recommended are great reels for fishing the lupe on 60# many of those are just not 80 pound reels.. Please make sure, if fishing 80# is your goal, that you purchase a reel designed for the task. There is a huge difference between a real and true max 60# reel vs...
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    Which Reel would you get for a Cow Trip.

    Hi Dave, If I were in your position I would purchase another Mak 20 SEA II + UC Viper 76. More than enough line, More than enough power and can serve multiple purpose from Live bait, big bait, chunking, drop jigs, etc.. this rig is great for any top shot from 80 - 150#. I put on 100 pound...
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    Black Hole C66RR "Rubber" jigging rod?

    If you are near Van Nuys Ca. you will be able to pull on Blackhole, Slow Pitch, rods as Bob Sands Tackle carry's them.. All the folks I know who have tried the Slow Pitch technique are loving it...The Angler becomes more involved in the process as the fisherman, Rod and jig each become one with...
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    NC bluefin on March 24, 25 and 26

    Right on Kil,, Sounds like Blackhole is very well represented and doing damage to those un-suspecting bluefin... 600 pound tuna... Maaan, I really need to be fishing. Thank you for the write up and pics. Jamie
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    Poppers Vs. Stickbaits? Floaters or Sinkers?

    Yo D, Stickbaits are generally better at getting bit than poppers but I love my poppers. Somehow feels different and is more Zen like to me.. That said, there are times when Poppers are the hot ticket. But that is just my personal feeling. The stick bait still gets worked in various forms...
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    Cousins or United Composites

    Hi Austin,, Is there a reason you are cutting off the length at 7 feet? Would you go up to 7'6"? How about 7'3"? Additionally, Have you ever fished a more parabolic rod to determine if you prefer those vs. faster taper rods??? If so, has anyone shown you or are you familiar with how to fight...
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    Calstar BT 90J

    Hi Steve, This rod is loaded with backbone as it loads further down the stick.. Randy rates this as an honest 30 - 60 pound stick. I am sold out but have more coming probably this week for you to sample if you are interested. This is one of those Jig sticks that will be the standard for years...
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    Calstar BT 90J

    Yo Steve, Take a look at the United Composites Del Mar RCE 900 to match with that reel.. You can fish 40 - 50 easily on that rod with surface irons and poppers. The parabolic nature of the rod allows for folks who do not cast quite as hard or have as fast a tip speed as the pros to still load...
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    Calstar 7470 Rail Rod Series

    Nice Score John. Those new Calstar series of rods are beasts.. Jamie
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    WTB - FLY RODS REELS GEAR

    Hamid, I may be a bit late. What size, what time of year, what technique and where are you fishing for trout? I can perhaps give you some help once you answer those questions. Jamie
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    Wahoo on the fly

    There are actually some really great heavy core fly lines on the market today.. I use both Rio Tropical Outbound short when I am not really buttoning down drags on bigger tuna while on bigger fish I use the heavier core Scientific Anglers Leviathan lines. Additionally S.A. has come out with a...
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    Hi Else, Please use the standard PM format as this one is does not really come up so I do not...

    Hi Else, Please use the standard PM format as this one is does not really come up so I do not usually know it is here. This comes more as an alert than a PM. Also, the surface irons we carry at the JRI 3, 4 and 7 only.. We do not really stock the 5. When you PM me, if you wish, I will send...
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    Thoughts on Phenix Axis HAX-720X3H

    Hi Eric, I hope you are not targeting Cows from a long range boat with that rod. As you know I sell these things and they are no where near a true 100 pound rod for long range work especially on the rail. Now, stand up from a smaller private boat.. No problem, but this is the long range board...
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    Wahoo on the fly

    WOW, that sounds amazing.. I might have to consider this trip as I love fishing with the entire crew of the Shogun... I fly fish most every trip on these long range adventures and am always the only one as others are fishing normal long range techniques.. and it can be awesome.. On those trips I...
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    Reels for slow pitch rods

    Kim, So great chatting with you at the show... I am so glad we had a chance to work together on your technique. You are going to love these Blackhole rods. Jamie
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    Reels for slow pitch rods

    Hi Jesus,, That would be me... LOL It was a pleasure showing you these techniques. So much more to properly fishing these rods than most folks know.. It's easy once you know. Jamie
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    trevala s for slow pitch

    There is so much more to a true Slow Pitch rod than just lifting and dropping a jig.. The light tip places a bouncing role in creating the action within a given zone. The angler definitely imparts additional action onto the jig using an entire array of techniques, short or long rod lifts...
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    show time at Fred Hall Show by Black Hole USA

    The new 10 foot surf rod is S I C K... We really put that rod through its paces yesterday. These things throw a popper or surface iron 100 -150 yards with no problem... Dennis throws these from shore and lands 200+ pound Yellowfin including the current world shore record.. Spinning reels rock...
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    show time at Fred Hall Show by Black Hole USA

    Awesome Kil, See you there. Jamie
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    Looking for feedback: Creating a conventional outfit for fishing poppers and flatfalls on 12+ days

    Hi Jonny, I love the Penn Torque 40 II lever drag two speed. However, I fish hundred pound minimum for what you are talking about on my Stellas and have never pushed the 40 Penn Torque to those maximum levels. I have been recommending it as the finest 2 speed reel in it's various classes since...
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    Looking for feedback: Creating a conventional outfit for fishing poppers and flatfalls on 12+ days

    Jonny, Look at the 7'6 inch version of the Black hole Cape Cod Popping rod if you are targeting giants on both larger poppers and your noted drop jigs. This would be perfect for your applications noted. If you really, really want longer, Look at the 8 foot Graphite version for the same...
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    Brand New JRI 66 Glow with Single Tuna hook

    Good evening all, Just wanted to let you all know this new item exists. For those who struggle with the larger model of PL68 or JRI 8 here is a new option for you to try.. Giant Yellowfin Tuna or other big bottom critters beware... More drops with less energy when the current is not so...
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    Okuma Makaira for popping?

    Yes, I do. With both the noted reels and rods. You can contact me by PM to discuss. Jamie
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    Kite Reel. 50 or bigger?

    Good evening all, Yardage on reels is a funny thing depending on the experience of the person doing the winding.. We at Bob Sands use a power winder with a Cal Sheets Braking system for the bulk Spool side of the equation. Over many years of winding line I have developed a bit of a different...
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    Makaira 10iiSEA - What rod to match it with

    Yo Todd, Common by the Bob Sands Tackle booth. You will be able to pull on the United Composites and Castars that have been mentioned. I am not sure if we are bringing the Proteus rods or not but if so, all our rods are at least 15% off with some Uber specials to 25% off. I look foward to...
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    2 openings on my Excel trip

    Maaaan David, Your killing me... I will be out of the country fly fishing or I would be all over this trip... Again... Fantastic group of folks, great charter master who loves to give up complete and elite level information on long range fishing to newbies and old timers alike and the entire...
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    JRI Stinger jig

    Yo Gary, Different JRI drop jigs for different conditions such as drift speed, current, size of food fish in the water as well as targeted species.. Hook size and shape will also apply to the size of the target species. JRI K/O 6J is the smaller drop version for lighter drift/current...
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    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 15 day Intrepid Report

    Awesome Craig. Looking forward to part 2. Long Range fishing is worse than Heroin... Once you've had a taste.... Well... You already know the rest... Jamie
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    Popping for bluefin tuna.

    Hot and cold packs can work but I always use a ferrule wax or unflavored chap stick when in a pinch prior to attaching the rod sections. However, two guys pulling and twisting in opposite directions, without bending the rod or pulling on the guides, works 99.9% of the time when you have a...
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    JRI Stinger jig

    Bob Sands Tackle will have most all of the JRI jigs and Bombs available at the biggest sale ever offered. However, these jigs sell out fast so come on by early and load up.. You will probably never see them priced this low again. Jamie
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    It is better to have loved and lost then stand all day at the rail -Fish Report RP

    Great write up Andre, Great to hear you got one on the FC Labo.. Tough trip having to drop down to small gear like you did but it sounds like you gave it your all... and maybe then some.. Each trip is unique and each trip may require the anglers to adjust to the conditions. Great to hear your...
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    UC Rods to Pull on at the Show (reels and applications included)

    Consider the 8 foot U.S. Mag for 25, U.S. Mega or Tile fish jr.(7'6") for 30 and U.S. Monster or 8 foot tile fish for 40. Come on by Bob Sands Tackle at the show and give them a test drive. Jamie
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    Seaguar flouro specials?

    Bob Sands Tackle will offer sales on Flouro.. Stay tuned for show special pricing. Jamie
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    RED Crab Heavy irons

    Hi Scott, You might want to look at JRI. Jerry makes the Stinger, JRI 6 and JRI 66 depending on current strength. The run on these jigs has been amazing.. For lighter current, use the K/O 6J. Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys still has stock on all the above including red crab. We all love...
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    Popping for bluefin tuna.

    Tim, There are very few Spinning reels designed to take on your noted task. Drag setting on Spinners rarely translate to actual on water use. If you are serious and have the money to tackle these giants stick with the Stella and Saltiga with the Stella having a large edge in my opinion. Daiwa...
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    Smokin' on the Excel

    Oh Hell Yeah. I cannot wait to have me some of dat....Jason's Ribs on the Smoker... Oh Hell Yeah.. Jamie
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    New Rods for the 'lupe...reel picking help.

    If I were to recommend one rod for the Lupe it would be the 7' 6" United Composites Predator... The Light weight design of this rod make it perfect for the application of massive amounts of rail time...fishing bait, casting, rail rod applicability, strong backbone to weight ratio, etc. I like it...
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    LOOP TO LOOP with SOID 100LB Spectra

    My Pleasure Jeff, Jamie
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    LOOP TO LOOP with SOID 100LB Spectra

    Johnnie, To the contrary I am very glad you posted it.. As Basil did 6 years ago, you may have saved a number of folks from learning how to make top shots or hollow loops incorrectly. Never fear asking questions on these sites. You may be surprised at how many folks may have the exact same...
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    LOOP TO LOOP with SOID 100LB Spectra

    Johnnie, This video is incorrect for use with hollow Spectra.. Amongst other things The gentleman in the video fails to properly re-bury the tag end when making a Hollow spectra loop. The Loop he shows will slip. There are other issues that are questionable, miss a few additional steps or are...
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    The correct setup (BlackHole, Maxel, Truth, Avet)

    Hi Chris, From a private boat the noted Blackhole Challenger 801H matched to the 10K Twin Power is a beautiful setup for Popping, Surface Iron, Bait and Non Asian Style drop jigs. However, because you have such a large casting deck, there is an argument to be made to fish my favorite Blackhole...
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    The correct setup (BlackHole, Maxel, Truth, Avet)

    Yo Chris, Are you Popping from a private boat, panga or fishing with on a commercial operation? If so, what size and type boat? It makes a difference in what I would recommend. You are asking very good questions. Jamie
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    What ever happened to the "Hooker Intruder" reproduction lures?

    The Single greatest Wahoo Trolling Jig ever created. I suspect they will be re-released into the market soon...I suggest everyone get 2 when they come out because I just hate to see grown men cry should their last Hooker-Intruder somehow accidentally get lost, bit off, sawed off or in some...
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    Best Black Hole (or ?) blank for yo yo/vertical YT?

    Any more Amazon trips planned? Eric (Eric's Tackle) is putting one together for 2018, possibly to the Rio Tomo in Colombia, I can't wait! Yo G, I Love fly fishing for Snook... Panama has so much to offer.. I should be back in the Amazon fly fishing this year but it may be for Arapaima but...
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    Popping Advice AND Rod Selection Opinion

    You Rev, No doubt you can throw heavier poppers than 180 but once you try out popping rods more appropriate for the heavier artificial lures you will very much notice the difference and feel. As you get to the upper range of the rod, as far as weight of lure goes, the rig will begin to feel...
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    Best Black Hole (or ?) blank for yo yo/vertical YT?

    Yo G, The 250 Cape Cod Jigging rod should be perfect for the job you are noting. Jigging for Tuna, Cubera Snapper Amberjack, etc. are great targeted species for these rigs in Panama. Please remember, unlike West Coast Rods, the stiffness or applicability of an Asian style rig may not feel as...
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    Popping Advice AND Rod Selection Opinion

    Yo D, As you probably know, I have been actively pushing the Black Hole Cape Cod Popping rod in the 8 foot 6 inch nano since I first used a prototype. I find it amazing and the best all around popping rod I have ever used so I own several. As much as I would love to see you purchase another...
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    Crimping 100lb & 130 Single barrel or Double

    Yo Richard, Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys sells the double barrel sleeves in 100 packs.. All sizes up to, I believe, 400# sleeves at very fair prices. I also use the Braid Crimp Ratchet type squeezer and find it very easy to use but there will be some in-between sizes of sleeves where the...
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    Being on the Road

    HOLLY COW... How cool is this post. Thank you Jamie
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    Owens River - Chasing "Snow Bows"

    Outstanding Eric... Well done on both the trip and Report... I realized at 1 AM, this morning of January 1, 2017 and after reading your report, that I have not fly-fished nearly enough in 2017. I am just going to have to fix that problem.. Jamie
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    XL Limited Load 12/27

    Best of Luck Basil, I look forward to a report.. Limited loads are awesome.. Jamie
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    Merry Christmas and happy New Year from Black Hole USA

    Happy Chanukah Kil. Have a wonderful Jersey New Year. I will see you in a few months. Jamie
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    Sage X rod. 8, 9 and 10 Wt. Review

    I just returned from the Amazon targeting world class Peacock Bass. Casting for a week straight using large streamers (6 - 9 inches) as well as big Poppers and Pole Dancers. I had just received my X rods prior to the trip so this would be a great chance to really give these rods a work-out...
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    Nov. 2016 Rio Marie. I return to the Amazon

    JERRY, of course you know the plane... Not at all a bad ride. I am looking forward to the new batch of bombs you are sending. Should be awesome. Jamie
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    Nov. 2016 Rio Marie. I return to the Amazon

    Another amazing adventure with Untamed Anglers, on the Rio Marie (Pronounce Marr E Yay) is in the books. I highly recommend each of you look up this amazing operations especially the basis of their operation which is to work with and in accordance with the indigenous tribes located at most all...
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    Onboard report from the XL/Pelagic 16 day

    Sounds fantastic Tim.. Night time big and small(?) drop jigs... Just another in a long line of Amazing, Annual Thanksgiving time, Excel Style, long range adventures. Damn, I am salivating. Jamie
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    Shogun 10/6-15. This dog is still waiting for his day.

    Yo B, Thank you so much for writing this up.. wonderful to meet and fish with you. Great job on the write up except I only brought 22 rigs including a bunch of Blackhole Challengers and Cape Cods that were for demo usage. The guys who used them loved them. Also the final number of bombs lost...
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    Twin Lakes 11/3-11/6

    Yo Eric, FANTASTIC MAN.. Are Those Scott Meridian rods?? I have heard they are fantastic... As far as nymphing goes... Being able to see the take is a wonderful benefit that you were treated to however, that may not always be the norm. As you start out you will begin with an appropriate...
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    best Trout water you've ever fished?

    Blackfoot River Montana... Incredible more often than not when the weather and cloud cover are aligned.. Jamie
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    EXCEL/PHENIX RODS 2016 10 DAY----"GRAZIE DIO"

    Thank you John, I am still under the weather and was going to write up our Bob Sands/Shogun 9 day but I think I will wait until the memory of your outstanding report fades... As always you made it clear, fishing on the Big X is a fantastic experience. Jamie
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    Quantum Cabo 80

    I have been fishing the 100 size which is a different and superior reel to the 80 size. It is an outstanding reel as far as the build goes... It does not feel as refined as the Saragossa 25K while cranking, possibly due to such a long crank arm on the Cabo...However, the feel of the components...
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    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    14K stella on that Blackhole 8'6' will be awesome...
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    First fly fishing trip.....Drift Boat on the Owens River

    Yo E, You are so screwed now... LOL... No doubt the wallet is about to go on a diet as I know you will be jumping in with both feet.. Welcome to my world my friend... Way to go on your first FF adventure...It was the first trip which will start a life time of trips and a life time spent on...
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    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Incredible Wahoo Fishing today.. Captain Russ made a great call and we all benefited.. Maaaan, I love Wahoo fishing but I hit my personal best.... or worst.. for fish lost..... Crap... Not a record I was hoping to achieve but Hey... Anything worth doing is worth doing well... LOL.. We are on...
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    RUSSIA, I WILL LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

    Yo T, Those White spotted char are called Kunja. Great fish though there are also Dollies. The biggest Kunja caught was 37 inches...my biggest was 35 inch..These are huge fish for the species. Two 32 + inche Char, in one day on the 13'6" 7 wt. Sage One Spey, with Rio Skagit, Rio Running line...
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    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I am guessing Miguel's around 6 PM or so Wednesday night. Please let me know if you want to attend at that time. Michael and I will be there. Jamie
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    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Michael, please PM you phone number.. My phone is being goofy Kil, Please call me when you get in. Jamie
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    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Any one interested, either on the trip or will be in S.D. PM me if you guys want to meet for dinner and or drinks on Wednesday night. I usually go to the Mexican food place just up the street and across from the Vagabond. Great food and Margaritas. I should be getting into S.D. around 4 PM...
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    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Holy Cow Kil, Maybe I will leave my demo rods at home.. When are you coming in? Jamie
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    ALL PRODUCT TESTING RESULTS FOR ARTIFICIAL LURES

    Gary, Please let me know how that works out for you. Jamie
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    ALL PRODUCT TESTING RESULTS FOR ARTIFICIAL LURES

    GARY, IT WAS MY PLEASURE. I AM STILL REGRETTING SELLING YOU MY SHOW ROD FOR FACTORY WRAPPED UNITED COMPOSITE US WAHOO 8 FOOT.... AS WE LITERALLY JUST GOT IT IN AND IT WAS THE FIRST ONELOL... I INTENDED IT AS A DEMO TO USE, AS I DID WITH YOU, TO SHOW A COMPARISON BETWEEN ALL THE U.C. LINE UP...
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    ALL PRODUCT TESTING RESULTS FOR ARTIFICIAL LURES

    BEST OF LUCK. YOU CAN ALWAYS PM ME WITH YOUR PHONE NUMBER IS YOU HAVE A BUNCH OF QUESTIONS. I AM ON THE PHONE OR IN THE SHOP WITH FOLKS ALMOST EVERY DAY AND I ENJOY IT. JAMIE
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    ALL PRODUCT TESTING RESULTS FOR ARTIFICIAL LURES

    I am sure there are times they will work but I have never seen them remotely compete with the Hooker Intruder or the Marauders on the Long Range boats when trolled together. Admittedly, the 190's are not used that often in these applications as they have a hard time staying on track and in the...
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    ALL PRODUCT TESTING RESULTS FOR ARTIFICIAL LURES

    Hi Gary, I will be there on Saturday between 10 AM and 3 PM. I can go over all the comparable rods with you. I may be there tomorrow or Thursday as well. I think you will be tickled with the U.C. Line up
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    United Composites Rods? Who uses them?

    We now have a series of United composite Factory wrapped rods for long range and long rods for surface iron or beach work at Bob Sands Tackle for those of you interested in pulling on these amazing rods. I highly recommend you come in to compare again all the other lines we carry. The colors...
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    ALL PRODUCT TESTING RESULTS FOR ARTIFICIAL LURES

    As many of you know my obvious love and passion for using spinners and artificial lures when fishing larger species of Ocean going finned critters has allowed me many opportunities to test both new and old products related to the tasks at hand. Poppers, stickballs, surface iron, mid water lures...
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    Testing 7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail rod for giant in PEI

    I will have one for folks to play with on our Bob Sands/Shogun 9 day in early October. Along with numerous other Blackhole rods for demo.
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    Rod rec

    The 869 Hybrid is a sick rod but will be just a bit softer in the tip. However, it is one of my favorites and I have two. But, not everyone is comfortable with the extra 6 inches... as silly as that sounds. I played around with the U.C. Factory wraps we received from U.C. and they are all...
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    Rod rec

    Jon, I am expecting an 8 foot factory wrap United Composites 8 foot predator. I believe this could be just the ticket to let you use more of the great drag potential of the Tranx for bombs and jigs but I will let you know once I pull on it.. I need to see if it will match, diameter wise, with...
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    Air Travel with an 8ft. Popping Rod?

    Talk to Jon (Outhouse) and others on this site who have traveled cross country for years. 8 foot is the max for most airlines but not as a carry on. You can check the rules and restrictions on line for each carrier. I usually recommend shipping by ground to the office of the long range...
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    One spot open on SHOGUN 9 day trip

    Wow Jim, I hope you get better soon. This is going to be an amazing trip. Jamie
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    Wahoo bait leader length?

    Yo Doug, Test your first few leaders to breaking just to make sure you have the hang of the knot 2 kinky material. Great stuff but usually takes some trial and error to get it right. Best to get the testing out of the way before you make an entire batch or bring it to the boat for leader...
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    Arm and hand cramps

    Hi David, Yup, a dear friend of mine, who is in amazing shape, went down this year while running a marathon. I think it was around mile 20 he just went out and woke up in the hospital. His heart stopped because he drank so much water, as it was a hot day, that his body could no longer...
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    Arm and hand cramps

    I travel to some of the most hot and humid climates on the planet. I use NUUN tablets. Fizzy wafer added to water as an electrolyte replenisher. This product saves my ass deep in the Amazon Jungle. The company now makes different versions of the product but I get the Energy tablets. I tend...
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    All Swivels ARE NOT Created Equal... or are they?

    The rated strength of these swivels is all fine and good but at the end of the day I do not worry about stealth as much as I worry about too thin a wire gauge of the swivel cutting into my mono or flouro. For those who might be using a crimp and protective sleeve connection to replace knots...
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    RUSSIA, I WILL LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

    Hi Charles... Hmm Now you got me thinking... LOL... In the old days I might have had the patience to make a split bamboo fly rod but now, I just make those custom jobs for Long Range... Besides, there is only so much electrical tape around to put guides on with.. LOL Using them for Wahoo and...
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    Black Hole Challengers - Game time!

    For those looking to test the incredible Blackhole rods on the Bob Sands/Shogun 9 day adventure bring both your appropriate spinners and conventional reels as we will have some of each type of rod for you to play with. It is one thing to test the rods with our reels but it is always good to...
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    Black Hole Challengers - Game time!

    The U.C. Tile fish is an awesome blank but not really perfect for pure popping. Popping rods are designed for... Popping exclusively and are not reworked from an existing blank or made to be an all around rod. However, I am sold on U.C. rods and blanks as an amazing West Coast long or short...
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    INCREDIBLE ROD RACKS FOR LONG RANGE

    It stays attached on the upper level rail not on the deck level rail. It is attached at the start of the trip and does not come off until the end. Super easy. Jamie
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    INCREDIBLE ROD RACKS FOR LONG RANGE

    Returned Thursday from another incredibly successful Gallaher/Excel 8 day adventure. I will write the trip up later but for now I have to show an amazing product I purchased from Jim Odlum of Atlas Sheet Metal located in Orange County California. This is a 12 rod piece of functional art. I...
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    PEI 2016 Video

    Incredible Basil. I have never seen anything like it.. However, so far, the best part of the video was Kenny's face when that big one missed the hook set. I can only imagine what Kenny was really thinking even though he was really cool on film.. LOL.. Awesome man. Just Awesome. I cannot...
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    RUSSIA, I WILL LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

    Wow Scott. Very cool.
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    RUSSIA, I WILL LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

    "The Fly Shop" in Redding California. Justin Miller and Michael C in the travel department have been amazing to work with both with my Amazon and Russia trips. Class A operation with a huge variety of fishing location options. I am hoping to go to Bolivia with them as well as return to the...
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    RUSSIA, I WILL LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

    Hi Chris, Truly an Epic place and possibly the greatest fly fishing destination on earth... I loved it. And yes, those guides there are not only super knowledgeable but incredibly in tune with nature... The weather is the only unknown and un-controllable issue. At the end of the day Mother...
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    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    As usual, I too will be bringing an entire array of Blackhole rods for folks to try out on the BoB Sands 9 Day. These rods, including the amazing Blackhole Tai Rod (Not for Demo), caught lots and lots of Wahoo, Tuna and even a huge Sailfish on the Tai Rod in less than 15 minutes. Mike Laust...
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    In Russia, the fish spear you!

    Maaan, thats messed up in so many ways...
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    RUSSIA, I WILL LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

    Hi Gerry, I believe 7 times a year only, Yucatia Airlines flies from Anchorage to Petrapovlosk (PK) on a once a week time frame. They do not take miles darn it and it is expensive. You miss the flight coming or going and you are screwed. However, this saves about a full day and night of...
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    RUSSIA, I WILL LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

    Yo JD, This particular trip should be at the top of the list...
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    RUSSIA, I WILL LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

    I got back late on August 15. I look forward to hearing how your friend did. This will not be a once in a life time adventure but I have other locales to get too soon.
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    RUSSIA, I WILL LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

    Hi Gary, The Vodka flowed like water... literally, but I had to be a bit more stingy on the Scotch. Laugavulin 16 is impossible to find in most countries... Cigars by the river or in the minerals springs tasted so much better.
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    Black Hole Challengers - Game time!

    Really fun as always Eric playing around with these Blackhole rods. They never cease to amaze. Today was really fantastic in that we were able to see just how staggeringly brilliant the acid wrapped, conventional C731HS (In this case S stands for Spiral wrap) is for heavy line YoYo type, jig...
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    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Hi All, Several of us from Bob Sands Tackle will be on this trip. Eric will be running the trip as charter master and I will be his trusty or maybe not so trusty assistant. So many wonderful customers and friends of the shop will also be aboard. Having Kil aboard is always a pleasure. This...
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    RUSSIA, I WILL LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

    Thank you Aren. It really was all I could have asked for. See you soon.
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    RUSSIA, I WILL LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

    LOL. Looks like a wonderful puppy Eric.
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    A Little Road Trip

    FANTASTIC!!! JAMIE
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    RUSSIA, I WILL LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

    LOL.. Bears are just a part of life in this section of Russia. The dogs are amazing in that they keep us safe. You have not seen anything until you see one of these 35 or 40 pound dogs take on a 700 pound bear and win every time. I even had one bear charge to the point where the dogs did...
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    RUSSIA, I WILL LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

    The Zhupanova River in Kamchatka, Russia.... The greatest fly fishing adventure of my life and I have had many.. I will figure out how to write this up later but for now I will let the Pics do the talking. So many great rainbows up to 35 inches... The same with the Kunja. Too many pictures so...
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    New Lo-An Report Aug. 12-14th. 2 Day

    Rob, I was never worried. After chatting with you before the trip I knew you had it wired... Sounds like Dom was a bit wired as well... LOL.. My greatest memories of fishing is when my dad started me out on the longer range boats at the same age as Dom. This is a gift you gave to the both of...
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    Internet on Red Rooster III

    On my charters we have started a policy of announcing over the speaker for everyone who is not using their cell phone or computers to turn off the internet connect/search function. We ask these be kept off until it is time for use and then turned off again when done. It is amazing how much...
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    Wind on leader ?

    I will be in Russia flyfishing until 8/16 and head out on the Excel.on 8/31. Then hopefully back to the amazon flyfishing before our Shogun trip. Poor sal is going to miss me Lol. I will probably be in to the shop in between
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    UC rod rating equivalents

    ERIC, If you come in on Saturday we can pull on all of the U.C.'s so you can feel for yourself how great these rods are..
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    Wind on leader ?

    Hi Alex, Yes, we put them out today... I asked Bob to make 60 pound and 100 pound short insert, short casting leaders. Call them windons or call them casting leaders, whatever name you wish to call them they are loop to loop connections with a served and and fully glued insert. We tested...
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    Wind on leader ?

    Basil's are fantastic and we sell short insert casting leaders at Bob Sands Tackle as well. Jamie
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    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    Hi Kil, Michael is a regular on our Shogun trip and loves to throw artificial stuff. We are going to have a blast on that 9 day.. We always do... Of course, I will be also be on our annual Gallagher 8 day on the Excel in Sept. throwing artificial lures most of the time. I love this Sh..t. Jamie
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    Am I ready for the Lupe

    Unfortunately the reel manufacturers are not giving real drag ratings. My Stellas at full drag only get about 40 pounds which is well under their rated amounts. These have been back to Shimano for service and they are as maxed as they can be. This is what they get... The Gossa 10K does not...
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    Popping for Blue Fin thoughts and needs

    Yo CJ, The length of leader is a short insert (9 - 12 inches) served and glued. I tend to use mono for artificial work as I see little befit with flouro conversely I see better strength characteristics with mono over flouro regarding the served and glued joint. I leave about 4 feet of line...
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    7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail Rod

    Hi Kil, As you know I am wrapping one right now and will have it for my next long range trip. Jamie
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    Went all in on Popping gear and got it done!

    Nick, I believe we (Bob Sands Tackle) still have one or two S801H rods left as we got another shipment last week. These rods sell almost as fast as we get them in but when I left the shop on Saturday we still had one or two left from last weeks shipment. If you are interested, contact the guys...
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    line reccomendation

    Yo Kinda, Come on up to Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys, Ca. and I will show you some amazing pairings for rods on that reel specifically for throwing poppers. I have been pushing that reel for a while for longer range trips and both Blackhole and Phoenix have some rods which will match amazingly...
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    Makairas

    Me too. Jamie
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    Wahoo wire preference

    Luke, Are you on the Bob Sands Tackle 9 day in October on the Shogun?
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    Clarity Through LR Fishing

    Just one of the reasons I spend most of my life fishing.... So much simpler this way. Jamie
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    Went all in on Popping gear and got it done!

    I spoke with Jeff at Cedros Tackle yesterday about the Mikros and other Strategic Angler lures. Thank you to Eric for recommending them... They are expensive but, as those of us who have been doing this along time in other parts of the world are aware, this is a very reasonable price for this...
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    Phenix 860h

    IMHO the 860H in the Black Diamond series is more of a bait stick than and artificial lure tosser. However, the Hybrid 869XH is a fantastic stick for most all size artificial lures but is much more expensive. It will also pair with most any reel from a 10K Saragossa to an 18 K Stella. It will...
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    SHOGUN - RICE BOWL CHARTERS 3 DAY JULY 14-17, 2016

    Thank you for the great pics and write up. Congratulations to Ryan... Great job getting bit on the right pound test line. No doubt that really made a difference in being able to sink a gaff into that cow... Jamie
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    Flylining with spinner setup

    Yo Chris, No problem at all closing the bail even with line streaming out full speed. This is the reason big fish reels do not have an auto close as a spring will not do the job but your hand will. Most every angler I know who is new to manual bails has a very short learning curve get used...
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    Black hole challenger bank 7'6" mh or 8'h

    Hi Chris I have most of the blackhole line up at Bab Sands tacle in van nuys. If you ever come down come on by and pull on them for yourself. Come and compare Jamie
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    Fishing the RonZ

    Hey Dan, They work really well out here. The tail kick, depending on retrieve speed is awesome and when fished like a bass lure gets bit at all levels of the water column. I do not use mine for Wahoo but they would work. Changing the tails, when using the big version of the hooks is a bit...
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    RP Knot

    Too many folks just straight pull against a scale or other set fixture to see if they get slippage or failures. I tend to pull in strong jerks and shakes along with a straight pull when testing out each lot of short insert windons. Long inserts require similar testing to insure the user is...
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    RP Knot

    Yo Bill, Hollow insert Windons fail and fail often only due to one thing... Creator error. Improperly made windons are almost always the home-made variety from folks who have not really perfected their line making skills, and rarely, if ever, the reputable pro-made versions... PROPERLY made...
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    Ray Jarvis Memorial Trip 10 Day Countdown

    Just one more dysfunctional family get together.. I know you guys will have a great trip with that bunch of hooligans, Desperados and degenerates. Great boat, great crew and then of course you guys. I sure wish I was going... Have a great time. Jamie
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    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    Just curious how peoples experience with these rigs has been. Always good to hear from folks who now have actual experience. I have been away fly fishing for a while and had heard the Blue fin fishing slowed down. Just curious to hear. Jamie
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    Lexa 400 or Tranx?

    Bigger fish, 50 pounds and over, use the Tranx. It will fish 20 - 50 pound string and thicker top shots when fishing for Wahoo with artificial lures. Bait with 30 to 40 the Lexa is fine for Yellowtail, White seabags and smaller tuna. I love the Lexa but not for bigger fish regardless what the...
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    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    Kil, that is awesome. Rods like these are showing the direction that rod development, which is and will be used for West Coast Long Range Applications, is going. I cannot wait to fish my Blackhole Tai rods and all the other Challenger/Cape Cod Specials, again, on my 8 day in August on the...
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    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    Fishy, in my world the word "brief" is only relevant when J.C. Penny refers to selling male's underwear. Oops forgot, you do not wear such things... LOL Free balling... wasn't there a song by Tom Petty.... Oh never mind... I agree.
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    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    They work. I have the Braid version which do not have any sort of velcro to keep the item in place. I have not used the harness in many years as I like the rail rod method but no doubt using the harness may have helped me when I was not in the best of fishing shape.. Hell, it might still help...
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    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    Good morning, When I sell rods, both conventional and especially spinners, I show beginners and experienced anglers alike, the techniques I have come up with over many decades of battling big fish. I have shown hundreds of folks how much easier it is to use the rock back or step back method...
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    Can a 2 Piece Rod be as Good as a 1 Piece??

    Yes, Two piece rods are fine for long range or short range though they can be a pain in the azz sometimes to take apart. I have never had a problem with breakage on any of my 2 piece spinners even though I use the full drag pressure put out by my Stellas. Unless I am traveling by plane I do not...
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    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    That my dear David will never happen.... LOL....
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    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    Hey guys, This is a wonderful thread. Please, Let's not force the Mods to close it. Based on the past, when this same sort of Spinner post or contentious threads broke down to name calling and loss of anger management we the readers all lost out when the Mods closed the thread. Hopefully, we...
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    Crew treats?

    I highly recommend supplying copious amounts of double smoked Moose sausage , back straps, loins and.... Oh wait, that is for me.... Costco jars of jelly bellies and red licorice is so yesterday.... Though I eat them by the handfuls as well.
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    Shimano Terez Spinner- Out of Place on LR?

    Yo DPDP, Your Catalina spinner is a wonderful beast of a reel and would match wonderfully with a Cape Cod Popping rod in the nano. If you specifically targeted only bigger fish or needed large amounts of drag for say bigger tuna then the Graphite version is fantastic but needs heavier weighted...
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    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    Same as noted on the JigNpop web site + shipping if required.
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    Blackhole Jigging and Popping rods now at Bob Sands Tackle

    Just to let everyone know, Bob Sands Tackle is now carrying Blackhole Popping and Jigging rods. They do not yet have our new inventory but our order should be to the store next week or the following. I put up for display and demo my personal series of rods and have already sold out the full...
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    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    Just to let everyone know, Bob Sands Tackle is now carrying Blackhole Popping and Jigging rods. We do not yet have our new inventory but our order should be to the store next week or the following. I put up for display and demo my personal series of rods and have already sold out our full order...
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    Popping for Blue Fin thoughts and needs

    A few other thoughts. I noticed some folks recommending the step down approach to having heavier hollow spectra on top with lighter spectra below. This approach certainly can work but I really would not want the step to be felt at any time during my best and longest cast. Some folks have...
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    Best drag setting and how to do it

    Hi Roy, In my opinion, drag setting is directly relatable to the situation and usage you are finding yourself in. Since this is a long range board, chances are you are looking at a variety of different critter species. More importantly you will be using a variety of technique and gear...
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    United Composites Rods? Who uses them?

    We generally have a great selection at Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys, Ca. along with most other brands. I loves me some U.C. big fish rods. However, please call first as often times these things fly off the shelves. Jamie
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    Braid for Popping

    I just had this discussion with a well accomplished popper fisherman who was also having some issues with wind knots. Here is what I wrote in response plus a bit more I thought about after the fact. Many times, these discussions help the both of us: Great to hear from you. I guess I am lucky...
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    New to Popping - got new reel and rod and a couple of questions

    As far as casting lines, Bob Perkins of Bob Sands Tackle makes my "Jig Strike" wind ons using 60, 80 and 100 pound XXX Mono. 9 inch insert, served and glued using Tac glue along the entire length of the inserted area. Bob slightly bullet heads the insertion area of glue. The hollow spectra loop...
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    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    I saw the same thing Kil. The couple of spinning rigs I saw being used were going to be a recipe for disaster should the anglers have hooked into anything above about 40 pounds. Casting and Landing a big fish really does require, for 99% of the angling population, a proper rig, both rod and...
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    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    A quick note: Just back from a B.F. Hunting (Not catching) expedition but I just want to warn folks that throwing a popper or lighter surface jig is not at all like throwing other jigs. We had some very experienced guys on the bow but with the boat coming up on schools of fish, much of the time...
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    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    A quick note: Just back from a B.F. Hunting (Not catching) expedition but I just want to warn folks that throwing a popper or lighter surface jig is not at all like throwing other jigs. We had some very experienced guys on the bow but with the boat coming up on schools of fish, much of the time...
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    Popping for Blue Fin thoughts and needs

    Hi All, I posted this as a response to a different thread but though I would post it in a few places. Good evening all, I have been getting tons of Emails and phone calls asking about this subject. I have several concerns about the answers some of the guys are giving on these sites. Since the...
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    rr3 trip report

    Nice Job Mike. Sounds like you earned whatever you got. That trip has some great folks on it. Jamie
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    New to Popping - got new reel and rod and a couple of questions

    Hi Dan, After years of testing I am finding the straight tie gets bit better than the crimp. It is weird and makes no sense to me but that is what I have found. I use a properly made 4 turn San Diego in 100 pound and I have never had an issue. Best of luck Jamie
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    New to fresh water Fly Fishing

    If you are going to get training ask the trainer if he or she has gear for you to try before purchasing. There is more to know about where you are fishing, what size flies, what size and type fish you are targeting as well as river size and weather conditions. Sure, you can go out and purchase...
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    New to Popping - got new reel and rod and a couple of questions

    Yo Dan, The Stella 14K is an amazing reel but I would rig it with minimum 80 pound spectra (I use 100 hollow) and I use a short leader of 100 pound Mono using a loop to loop pre-made top shot when targeting the big boys. Lots of folks use 65 pound solid or 60 hollow but I do not like the snap...
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    New to Popping - got new reel and rod and a couple of questions

    Yo Dan, The Stella 14K is an amazing reel and the Challenger rod is a beauty, but I would rig it with minimum 80 pound spectra (I use 100 hollow) and I use a short leader of 100 pound Mono using a loop to loop pre-made top shot. Lots of folks use 65 pound solid or 60 hollow but I do not like...
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    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    Good evening all, I have been getting tons of Emails and phone calls asking about this subject. I have several concerns about the answers some of the guys are giving on these sites. Since the OP did not note, or at least I did not see it, if he was fishing from a private boat or a larger...
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    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    I am sticking with what has always worked for me. Smaller poppers and perhaps stick baits on Spinners. I may not even bring a bait rig. Victor, are you on the Trib??? If so, I look forward to meeting you tomorrow. This should be really fun. A huge thank you to the guys at FRIENDS OF ROLLO...
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    Giant PEI on Sept 15 - 19, 2015

    Awesome Kil as always.
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    June Heat Report

    Well done Jesse. Great to hear you are having a blast. Jamie
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    Tuna Poppers?

    I love me some Heru
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    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    Who says you cannot rail a spinner?? Just turn it sideways, put the fore grip on the rail and have at it.... It works great. Jamie
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    Tuna Poppers?

    HI KIL, I am so glad you are coming out to throw poppers to West Coast B.F. The guys on your trip are going to be treated to some real insight into what poppers and specifically designed light weight rods can do. Those Blackhole Challenger rods are the real deal along with your Cape Cod...
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    Intrepid - Jarvis Memorial - 30 Days & Counting !!!

    David This 16 year old wanted to fish....amongst other things Have fun
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    Flylining with a Spinner

    G'day from Montana, I am taking the day off, or at least the morning off, from fly-fishing to catch up on Emails and such. I just saw this post and could not help but smile. Spinner discussions seem to bring out the best and worst in folks. However, it does appear, the ice is melting as more...
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    Amazing video of big BFT on the poppers.

    Outstanding. I talked with those guys when they came in. Fantastic. Jamie
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    Tuna Poppers?

    Interestingly enough I was down in S.D. today when some of the big blue fin were brought in. Poppers are working really well and better than bait but I cannot tell yet what is the appropriate size. The ones I heard about were bigger sized but as I listened to the stories I realized the guys...
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    Tuna Poppers?

    Heru Skipjack in 60 and 90, Heru Tuna 80 and 100, Halco Roostah in 135, Yozuri Bull Sashimi
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    JRI custom lures jigs

    Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys is now handling JRI for the San Fernando Valley. We have a great inventory that is shrinking as we speak but are expecting a ton more jigs soon. Come on by the store and see what all the fuss is about these amazing jigs but I suggest you get to the store soon as...
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    United Composite Viper and Invictus 7'6" Review

    By the way.. the hook set I note above (Post # 30) gives me a much better hook up ratio for Wahoo on my Bombs and Jigs as well as big tuna. Way better. However, new deck hands, who have not seen me do it before, always look a bit perturbed by the deal until they see it actually works...
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    United Composite Viper and Invictus 7'6" Review

    Hi Jim, I had never heard nor seen of anyone using the step back and wind forward technique rather I developed it for myself the first time I was introduced and actually used circle hooks (It seems like an eternity ago). Because I was told the circle hook was designed to set in the corner of a...
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    capt jimmy bombs?

    Yes, we sell them at Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys. Jamie
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    United Composite Viper and Invictus 7'6" Review

    Good afternoon, All to often a question is asked that is a bit open ended and needs a bit more of a definitive use description. I find this often when someone asks about an 80 pound stick. I believe Jim asked about why I rate the Viper 76 as 80 - 130 while he, Jim, considers it a prime 130...
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    amazing power of light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod for 100 lb yft

    These Blackhole Rods are really role models for future rod designs. Lighter, stronger, more recoil for the diameter and weight... I love these things and have for many years... Keep them coming please Kil. By the way, the Heru Poppers have been amazing for Tuna and Wahoo here on the West...
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    United Composite Viper and Invictus 7'6" Review

    Since I am affiliated with Bob Sands thus I am continually responsible for my recommendations of product to customers, I attempt to be as familiar as possible with as many products on the market regarding Long Range, Jigging, Popping, etc. as possible. With this task in mind I had our shop...
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    Heavy Rod Question

    If I were in the market for a new 100lb rod, though (and I'm not), I would either get a Raptor 76, or I would order a second Invictus 76 and move my Viper 76 down to 100lbs. Just my virtually random thoughts... Jim, Are you sure you meant the Raptor as a 100 pound rod for cows?? The Raptor...
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    Heavy Rod Question

    Hi Jeff, I have been sold on the SS 6463 XXXXH, custom built in its full length (About 6'9") since it first came out. I wrote about it then and still fish it. Great stick with a reasonably soft tip due to the fact the Graphite stops about 2/3's of the way up. If I am not mistaken, Randy...
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    Heavy Rod Question

    Yo David, I am about to do a write up on the newer United Composite 7 foot 6 inch long Viper and Invictus. These are two of the best rods I have ever used when matched to a Makaira 20 for rail use. I am recommending the Viper as the perfect 80 - 130 pound all around rod for bait on Long Range...
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    Blackhole Challenger and Cape Cod Special reviews

    Hi Kil, No doubt that very first trip to Panama, years ago, was a game changer for me. The extreme heat and humidity left my casting mono, on my conventional reels, ridiculously limp. Viagra was not going to bring that line back to proper casting form no matter how many times I changed it...
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    Blackhole Challenger and Cape Cod Special reviews

    Hi Kil, Man we had a good time on that trip. That Blackhole Magic Eye, super light weight spinning rod, was on fire, getting hooked up all the time, regardless who fished it. Though it was designed for much lighter work that rod really showed what the technology and strength of these...
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    Inexpensive Surface iron rod

    Bob Sands also carries the Daiwa Proteus boat rod series. Outstanding value in the price range you noted. Best of luck Jamie
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    Blackhole Challenger and Cape Cod Special reviews

    I recently returned from a 15 day on the wonderful Royal Polaris where I continued to have a chance to play with some very new Blackhole Challenger rods and to continue playing with some of my older B.H. Popping rods. It is rather interesting to note that with the latest influx of newer long...
  426. F

    Blackhole Challenger and Cape Cod Special Popping rods

    I recently returned from a 15 day on the wonderful Royal Polaris where I continued to have a chance to play with some very new Blackhole Challenger rods and to continue playing with some of my older B.H. Popping rods. It is rather interesting to note that with the latest influx of newer long...
  427. F

    Okuma Excel 15 day trip

    Great seeing you guys out there at Check in and outside the buffer zone. No doubt your wonderful group had a blast and I am sure my little buddy Pat created havoc where ever he went... David is the consummate charter master no doubt. See you soon. Jamie
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    Bob Sands 15 day - short report

    Doug, it was such a pleasure finally meeting and fishing with you. Like you said, it seems like we have known each other for decades. I can't wait to do it again. By the way, with the amount of video exposure you gave Dan he is now going to demand Tom Cruise money. Great Video.. especially...
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    Bob Sands Tackle/R.P. 15 Day returned 5/8/16 report

    Good morning all, Another incredibly successful Bob Sands Tackle charter is in the books. 26 passengers were treated to 15 days of hysterical laughter, inane antics, great cigars, a variety of cocktails and a whole lot of memorable fun times. We even figured out how to laugh and be fully...
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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSIE

    Happy b'day Rosie. I know you are having fun where you are.... Jamie
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    How bad are Sharks at the Bank & Buffer Zone.

    Doug and I were on the same trip. Looking on the bright side, cuz there is nothing I can do about the brown side, is the sharks force us to pull harder in order to even slightly up our odds of successfully landing a fish. Now the Porpoise have adapted to long range by growing hands, fingers...
  432. F

    Surface Iron Rod Shoot-out..!! UC vs. Calstar

    Yo Phillip, Excellent post. We could use more of these independent comparison tests on these sites. Comparing past legends to possible current legends..Well done sir. Jamie
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    Seeker Hercules rod or black hole ccs

    Hi John, I just returned from a 15 day on the Royal Polaris where I fished most of the range of the Black Hole Challenger and Cape Cod Popping rods using every technique from bait to jigs to bombs to popping and can tell you first hand these rods are incredible. The thin Diameter, light weight...
  434. F

    Short notice trip to Panama

    Oh Maaaan Kil, I would jump on that in a heartbeat if I were not out long ranging... Complete with new Blackhole Challenger rods. These are magnificent sticks. Damnnn. Timing is everything in this world. Anyone who has time to go really should go. This is an opportunity that does not come...
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    Spinner Question

    Hi Bill, Though I really like the Phenix rods for many tasks I really do not care for their popping series. Once you tell me how big a fish you are targeting, how many day trips and what time of year you are going on, etc. I can give you my recommendations for a long range specific rod. I do...
  436. F

    Spinner Question

    Yo Bill, My personal opinion would be to go for the Stella over the Pro for Long Range. The 10K is a great bait reel for Wahoo and small/medium tuna or Yellowtail. It can also be used super effectively for small poppers and will cast better for the under 90 Gram poppers with an appropriate...
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    rod testing trip to Panama

    I am sorry I am going to miss it but I will be testing new Blackhole Cow Special and Challengers on a 15 day with the R.P. I cannot wait to hear tales from the Mother ship in Panama. Very best of luck Kil. Jamie
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    Wahoo Reel.

    For Wahoo an angler does not need a Stella (Though they are really, really nice). I have been showing what a Daiwa Saltist 6500 filled with 80 or 100 # Spectra and a 100 Pound top shot to my artificial lures can do. Spinners are really tough to compete with when throwing the iron when one...
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    Bob Sands Tackle/R.P. 15 Day leaving 4-23-16

    Sounds good Howard. Looking forward to it Jamie
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    Excel Sportfishing, three day trip report and pictures

    Nice report Brad. For anyone who gets sea sick out there I always tell folks to start the patch or pills the night before you actually go out. This applies from one day to 21 day trips. The body takes a bit of time to get used to the stuff and adapt.... On the patches, do not go a full 3 days...
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    RP had an interesting trip

    Thank you Andre for posting but I want to know who the Ghost writer is... Well struck whomever you are. Jamie
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    Bob Sands Tackle/R.P. 15 Day leaving 4-23-16

    Hi Howard, Doug and I will both be down at the landing on Friday staying at the Vagabond. Please let me know if you guys want to do dinner. Roy is amazing and hilarious to fish with. Not doubt we will have a great group of passengers on the Bob Sands Tackle trip. I look forward to meeting...
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    Bob Sands Tackle/R.P. 15 Day leaving 4-23-16

    I look forward to chatting and fishing with you Mike.. even about the dodgers/giants. Jamie
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    Bob Sands Tackle/R.P. 15 Day leaving 4-23-16

    Very best of luck Steve. Have a great trip. Jamie
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    Bob Sands Tackle/R.P. 15 Day leaving 4-23-16

    I will begin with the following Hypothesis that Einstein was incorrect. His version of E=MC squared, though certainly appears to be correct on it's face, is, in fact, using incorrect variables and an improper use of the term "Squared", or four sided. In my version E = Enjoyment of life under...
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    Bob Sands Tackle/R.P. 15 Day leaving 4-23-16

    Hi David, Your charter is so much fun. I know I will be missing you and the gang but we have a wonderful group of folks as well. Yourself, Augie, Patrick, Tim, etc. are going to have an amazing time as you always do. Best of luck to all of us... jamie
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    Bob Sands Tackle/R.P. 15 Day leaving 4-23-16

    Good Evening all, Just began my Non-Last minute organizing for our Bob Sands Charter. We have some of our usuals from the shop, Sal, Al, Stan, Tony and myself. We also have representation from the North with Doug (Norcaltunaclub). I will be bringing (Not for give away) some great gear from...
  448. F

    Custom Rail Mount Rod Holder

    Count me in.... But I need one in before the 22cd of April... LOL. True story. I am also hoping the device can be used both on the Excel and R.P. Jamie
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    Spinning rod for casting 4oz Hogy epoxy jigs

    My Black hole Spinners are the first rods I take from the racks and the last rod that goes back. Be it for popping or other casting artificial lures, bait or Asian style jigging, I just love these amazingly light and brilliantly strong rods with shocking amounts of recoil. Amazing. Jamie
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    Selecting the right jig or artificial

    Thank you guys.. Please keep the input and information coming... Jamie
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    New Zealand on the Fly..Defies the imagination Part 2

    Just thought I would get your attention with this beast to be discussed in the Poronui section of this part 3.....Though you cannot see the rougher water up above this location,this fish took me running, floating, flying and boulder hopping, 250 yards down-stream, through rapids and giant...
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    Best 50 lb. bait rod?

    THANK YOU, to everyone who has contributed so far. Good or bad are all helpful. PLEASE KEEP THE SUGGESTIONS AND IDEAS COMING.. Also, for those of you who want to get more active in the artificial game what are your concerns, questions or what would you like to know more about before you walk...
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    Best 50 lb. bait rod?

    Kil, I never get tired of watching that Blackhole machine test these amazing rods. However, I would love to also see what the Plot map and bend pattern shows when the rod is held at the fore grip as it would in real life situations. No doubt, I love fishing those Blackhole Rods for both East...
  454. F

    Selecting the right jig or artificial

    Hi Kil: Is this one of your Super Sardine jigs?? If so which size and weight... Jamie
  455. F

    Selecting the proper Jig or artificial lure

    I am putting together an article regarding my thoughts on How to select the proper jigs when preparing for a fishing trip. Long or short range does not matter. I think it would be very interesting to hear how other, accomplished, artificial jig slingers go about determining what their...
  456. F

    Selecting the proper jig or artificial

    I am putting together an article regarding my thoughts on How to select the proper jigs when preparing for a fishing trip. Long or short range does not matter. I think it would be very interesting to hear how other, accomplished, artificial jig slingers go about determining what their...
  457. F

    Selecting the right jig or artificial

    I am putting together an article regarding my thoughts on How to select the proper jigs when preparing for a fishing trip. Long or short range does not matter. I think it would be very interesting to hear how other, accomplished, artificial jig slingers go about determining what their...
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    Power of 5.3 oz Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rod

    Hi Kil, Truly a great show made better by Blackhole being a participant. It is amazing to see the shocked looks on angler's faces when they first attempt to put a bend in these amazing rods. The grins resulting from those same angler's realizing what can be done in the way of phenomenal rods...
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    Best 50 lb. bait rod?

    Hi Jim, When We at Bob Sands got the exclusive San Fernando Valley United Composites distributorship I made it my business to get familiar with all of the U.C. line up starting with their Rail Rods for ultra long range, then their sticks more appropriate for Wahoo. I am still making my way...
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    Best 50 lb. bait rod?

    Yo Sage, Lots of great choices depending on your fishing style. Choices come from all of the suppliers and will depend on what you are looking for as far as cross section diameter and weight. Newer and stealthy lighter weight, small diameter, yet great backbone from United Composites, Black...
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    New Zealand on the Fly..Defies the imagination Part 1

    Good afternoon all, After 2 weeks in New Zealand and 5 days working the Long Beach Fred Hall show I finally get a chance to put pen to paper or keyboard to internet in order to share with you this amazing trip. While I have been so fortunate to have had many lifetimes of adventures, this trip...
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    Captain Jimmy Bombs and United Composites

    Hi Doug, What really blows me away with your Viper and Invictus 7'6" rail rods is the amount of recoil going side to side in addition to the up and down direction. Most folks really do not pay attention to such things but it is clear to me Randy hit the proverbial nail on the head as the way...
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    Captain Jimmy Bombs and United Composites

    The Captain Jimmy Bombs flew off the shelves... by the time I left on Saturday, early, we only had a few left... The word has been out for some time now how incredibly effective these Wahoo bombs are and folks were taking them by the handful.. Wow!! Great seeing so many old and new friends at...
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    Captain Jimmy Bombs and United Composites

    Doug, Great seeing you guys. The booth looked great and the rods are off the hook. Have a great rest of the show.. Jamie
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    Captain Jimmy Bombs and United Composites

    The show has been awesome with product flying off the shelves at the Bob Sands Tackle booth.. We just loaded up the last of our Captain Jimmy Bombs and United Composite Rods, so come on a get yours before they are gone. Check out the newest U.C. rail rods which are impossible to get and on...
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    Fred Hall Show

    As always David, I look forward to seeing both of you. I Will be at the Black Hole fishing rods booth on Thursday and at Bob Sands Tackle on Wed., Fri. and Saturday. I am not sure if I am staying down there or coming home each day but if not it would be great to catch up over dinner if I...
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    Rigging Rings

    G'day all, Be a bit careful with the Mason Rings.. I have found several lots which were not deburred correctly and would cut plastic lines... Also, if you are going to high drag settings check out the temper/hardness of each lot. Sometimes these Masons are a bit soft. Please note what species...
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    How did I get here?

    Incredible adventure so far. I will make a proper post when I return.. I am just getting ready to leave this amazing place known as Owens River Lodge located on South Island near Nelson. The fish were big and ticklish while the guides, owners and staff were simply amazing.. I am now on my...
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    How Did I get here?

    This place is Awesome and the fish are cows...... Brown Trout cows... I will write up this long range adventure when I get home. Hope to see most of you at the Fred Hall. I get back 2 or 3 days before the event... Jamie
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    How did I get here?

    So, there I was, minding my own business, near my home in Calabasas, having some Corner Bakery coffee, Egg Whites and a piece of toast and the next thing I know I am in Aukland N.Z. waiting for a plane to take me to Owens River lodge in Nelson New Zealand...and then Taupo N.Z. to fly fish at...
  471. F

    How Did I get here?

    So, there I was, minding my own business, near my home in Calabasas, having some Corner Bakery coffee, Egg Whites and a piece of toast and the next thing I know I am in Aukland N.Z. waiting for a plane to take me to Owens River lodge in Nelson New Zealand...and then Taupo N.Z. to fly fish at...
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    Fish Cutters, Who's Fastest?

    Yo Spanky, The great thing about making reservations with any of the processors is the outfit gets a good idea about how many cutters will be needed for "Same Day" service. As soon as you make your boat reservation immediately get on the phone with your processor of choice and make a...
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    2 Super Cows on EXCEL today...

    Big Fish James.... He gets out of his chair, with a stogie in his face, after a cocktail, grabs his rod, catches a 300+ pound fish... Goes back to the chair... complains for a bit...Then repeats the process when he feels like it... All the while noting: No big deal catching a 300 (And he has...
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    Hard question???? One rod for an 8.

    Hi Kil, The Black Hole Challenger rods really need to make an entry into the West Coast Market. Anglers need choices and Black Hole makes an amazing product. I look forward to seeing you at the show. Jamie
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    ULTIMATE BARN FIND!!!!

    I also loved the eggplant as well as the yelllow banana color from the originals.
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    ULTIMATE BARN FIND!!!!

    I'm pretty sure fishy will pay whatever the highest price ask on eBay is
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    ULTIMATE BARN FIND!!!!

    Wow Jerry, I am assuming you left behind the owner's cherry Plymouth Hemi-Cuda, A signed collection of Jerry Garcia's drug Paraphernalia, and the original signed lyrics to Stairway to heaven cuz you got the best stuff from that garage. For anyone not familiar with the old Hooker Jigs and with...
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    long range t-shirt question

    Jim, all that writing before your first scotch?? I miss you dude.... We gotta get on another trip together. Somehow, all of our previous fixes for the world and fishing have been forgotten and tossed out like yesterday's pig's feet...... Or is that Chicken Knuckles?? P.S. Jim.. I only lose...
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    Best Wahoo reel to buy

    Just curious why anyone would ever want to be in low gear on a Wahoo?? Having a 2 speed reel is great so the rig can be used for other species as well as Skinnies but actually going into low gear on Skin.... When would an angler actually want to do that?
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    Hard question???? One rod for an 8.

    You Johnny, Bob Sands Tackle just became a United Composites distributor and we are super excited at what we are seeing from these high end sticks. I highly suggest you check out the entire array of U.C. products many of which will be perfect for the applications you have noted your friend...
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    10 Day Advice

    Yo Tony, Early September thru mid October are my very favorite trips. Usually 8 - 10 day trips ( My favorites are 10 day) with a mixed bag result. Plenty of time to try new and different techniques or polish up your other existing skills. Also some overnight traveling where I can enjoy a...
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    a rod to match

    Yo Matt, We at Bob Sands Tackle are now carrying the United Composites line of Fishing rods and blanks. We should have a large selection to pull on at the shop soon. The amount of new design that has gone on and is on going by Randy is really impressive. I have spent the last few weeks...
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    long range t-shirt question

    Rich, right you are. I always fish, both long range and fly fishing, in SPF shirts. Long Sleeve, short sleeve, button down, etc. I really like the Under Armour Heatgear stuff for long and short sleeves T's. In truth, I live in the damn things. I have also been using a lot of Buffs and...
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    long range t-shirt question

    Yo Doug, Great question and one which I have rather strong feelings about but only as they apply to me and my approach to life and fishing. No doubt, your asking this question probably means you had a momentary inkling that perhaps there is a show of disrespect by wearing the competitor's logo...
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    American Angler 1/10-24

    Great report Steve, I liked the reference to trying the analytical approach regardless if the attempt did not result in a big hit. The fact you used all the means at your disposal on this trip and undoubtedly will do the same in the future gives you, the aware angler, the best shot at getting...
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    How I Plan to Rig and Fish...

    So.. Do not get yourself focused on what worked last trip. Think of changing your setup with conditions. Add another way to get bit on each trip. I might even try the bobber balloon on my next trip.[/QUOT Bill, considering a bobber balloon. There must be some sort of global freezing going on...
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    Tackle Recommendations

    Yo FR, Great question from which you received a variety of responses. If you stay on these boards long enough you will hear all sorts of clever replies such as "Friends do not let friends fish 80 pound test" or "No angler has ever wished they had lighter line when battling a giant fish". And...
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    Bob and Jamie's very preliminary Tac Glue testing

    Hi Bill, BSI Super Gold and Insta cure thin for different sections of the operation. Yes, we have only used the regular Tac glue as we have not used the gel nor ever tested it.
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    Bob and Jamie's very preliminary Tac Glue testing

    Hi Mick, Well, it has been about 1.5 years since I posted this and longer than that since Bob and I began our testing on short inserts. We still believe strongly in longer inserts but this gives a choice to the angler. I have now had a chance to a field test a ton of short insert top shots in...
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    Wooden Tackle Box Pictures and Builders

    I have seen Pat's (James) box in person. It is nothing short of stunning...
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    Is there a JRI Vagabond report?

    I am looking forward to it Jerry
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    Amazon... I am back... WOW

    Thank you guys for the comments. This really was and is something special. I am thinking about next year fishing a new section of the Amazon for 200+ pound Arapaima on the fly with Untamed Anglers. This is an amazing group.. Jamie
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    Getting Spectra Spooled

    Gary, I was hoping you would make your point and let this thing die but, alas, you are not so please allow me to interject some facts which might bring to light what is actually going on here. Perhaps Gary, as in past one on one discussions between You and I, regarding how you are perceived...
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    Another glove recommendation thread

    Yes, those are the ones.. We have sizes medium, large and XL so you can see which fits the best. Jamie
  495. F

    Another glove recommendation thread

    Sorry Steve, we do not have an on-line sales presence at this time... You can call to order and we will ship but that defeats the purpose of a brick and mortar store.. Plus you have to pay shipping.... We would rather see you walk in the door and be able to shoot the breeze about anything from...
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    Another glove recommendation thread

    Steve, We now sell the gloves I have used for years at Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys. They are a game changer. Jamier
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    Amazon... I am back... WOW

    Yo B.F. Spinner is just an insider joke with my friends. When the Fly fishing gets tough they pull out their spinning reels and rods while I stick with fly fishing. I only use the term spinner to mean any other form of fishing than fly-fishing. Jamie
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    Seeker 14- 12/2 to 16th

    Wow Bob, I you wrote more words in this report than you have in the last 70+ years... LOL. Fantastic and thank you. Good to have you back at the shop. Jamie
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    SANTA RETURNED FROM A 14 Dayer AND BROUGHT ME THIS!!!

    I hope to be dragging one old one and one new one on my April charter on the R.P. Bob Sands Tackle 15 dayer. But that will be up to Jerry... My JRI Hooker prototype has been rebuilt so many times it is looking a little Frankensteinish but it keeps nailing fish better than anything else on...
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    Amazon... I am back... WOW

    I wish I had taken some pics of the guys who had 50 - 100 bees that had landed on them while fishing... I must not have smelled that sweet as I never had a ton of bees land on me but swarming around the boat and my head/body was no problem at all for those little bastards..
  501. F

    Amazon... I am back... WOW

    I wish I had taken some pics of the guys who had 50 - 100 bees that had landed on them while fishing... I must not have smelled that sweet as I never had a ton of bees land on me. P.S. when in the Amazon never pee while wading in the water....... Most of you really do not want to know why....
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    Amazon... I am back... WOW

    There were a lot of beautiful big fish caught but I did not want to stop to take pictures. Some of the guys got Wolf Fish and big Piranha but I was limited to a variety of versions of Peacocks, Dog Fish and some Hybrid something or others. so These pics will have to suffice. The other good...
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    Amazon... I am back... WOW

    Good afternoon all, Got back a bit ago from undoubtedly one of my greatest fly fishing experiences ever... Yes, the fishing was off the hook as you will see but it was the actual project that was the most impactful... enough to have me looking into how I can help to further the project through...
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    Departing Sunday 1/10....

    Have a great trip Steve, Jamie
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    JIGNPOP/Black Hole USA year-end pary on the Island Current, RI

    I was so fortunate to be able to test out the new Black Hole Challenger rods this last season while Long Ranging, West Coast Style. The things are the next level in blank and rod technology. Most every other rod I have ever used fished best at the middle of its stated range. These Challenger...
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    Best rod for tranx

    Yo Mike, The rod will depend heavily on what size/weight poppers you plan on using, what line test and what size/weight fish you are targeting....that Tranx is an awesome reel with a lot of capabilities for artificial or bait but is dependent on the above inputs. I have lots of rods I have set...
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    Spinner for cow Tuna

    Hi Jack, If I can make a suggestion, Get rid of that harness when fishing for big fish... Conventional or Spinner. It is the wrong design for maximum sized fish...or even medium/large fish... I love my harness but I use one appropriate for the task. Oh my, now I am talking about using a pea...
  508. F

    Spinner for cow Tuna

    Hi Robert, Just curious what rod you matched to your 25K??? Jamie
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    Spinner for cow Tuna

    Good afternoon all and Happy holidays. This topic of conversation is always amazing to me as it often reveals the fears of a person. The questions was has there ever been a cow caught on a spinner and the answer is yes. Somehow the conversation got twisted into is it the right thing to do...
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    Royal Polaris - April 23rd 15 day (Bob Sands / sdlongrange.com)

    Yo Doug, I am looking forward to it. Sal and I as well as several regular's from the shop will be there. Hopefully, I will get a chance to try the newer U.C. rods as I am curious as to their performance. However it goes down, no doubt we will have a blast. Scotch and cigars on the upper...
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    Water wolf underwater wahoo and marlin

    Hi Aaron,, More really cool pics... Thank you..At first blush it looks like the middle hook never fully penetrated the jaw in order to get a straight alignment between the leader and hook. It appears as if the Wahoo jetting from directly behind actually induced some slack into the line which...
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    Yellowfin topwater strike at Clarion

    Andre, I am selling more and more spinners to Long Range guys who want the ease of use to fish poppers and other artificial lures. The popper thing is really taking off and, as you know well, it is the biggest rush in fishing. LOVE IT. Jamie
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    COOL WATER WOLF FRAME SHOTS!!

    Way cool Jerry. Well, cool for us.. not so much for the fish... Thank you Jamie
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    What do you think of this as a Wahoo Bomb?

    Yo John, I love the fact you are trying something new. A few folks, including me, have been trying different head weights (4.5 - 6 Oz) and longer overall lengths. It seems your head length is a bit longer than some with the mylar section being quite a bit longer to create the 8.5 overall...
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    Sashimi with Wahoo??

    Long story... Short version... My dad and I commercial fished tuna and long ranged from the time I was a kid. We ate fish 3 times a day, 7 days a week. MOM WAS AN AWEFUL COOK. She re-used, over and over again, fat from Chicken, Beef, etc. to fry the fish in for at least 10 years in a Yuban Can...
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    Sashimi with Wahoo??

    I don't eat fish but I throw big Sushi/Sashimi parties after my trips and I use Wahoo the same as tuna. Try a spicy wahoo mix just like spicy tuna... I am told it is amazing by those I serve it too..... Of course we also have various sections of Tuna and Wahoo raw as well. It would be...
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    THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

    Hi Donna, Actually, what we have here is a failure to communicate...... OOPS, wrong script. Looking at the ring it looks like the brazer may have been a bit over zealous. The section that broke appears to have been thinned on the side closest to the knot. If you look at many of your ringed...
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    Footwear recommendations

    Great boots but I forgot the name of them. It was a gay name but they are fantastic, light and uber comfortable. I should have bought more before they stopped making them as mine are beginning to show wear on the soles.
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    Footwear recommendations

    Regardless what boots or shoes you wear, other than flip flops, the greatest gift a long range fisherman can give themselves is some proper sports Orthotics, custom fit to the bottoms of your feet. I have always had flat feet and turned in ankles and pronation and who knows what else but the...
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    Casting Spectra

    Yo Abo, I use many different ones. Currently for Wahoo I use several Shimano Stella 18K's (Not necessary but nice), a few Daiwa Saltist 6500, and a Shimano new version of the Saragossa 25K. All have either 80 or 100 hollow and all use a 24 - 36 inch loop to loop, short insert, served and...
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    Pelagic Gear - 16 Day Limited Load leaving Friday

    Hi Tim, Pat just came by the house to pick up a few things. You guys are going to have a blast. Very best of luck on that trip. I would have loved to have gone with you guys but I will be fly fishing around the head waters of the Amazon with the Indians. Have a great time. Jamie
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    Casting Spectra

    Hi Steve, Having worked with literally thousands of anglers over the years one thing I can say for certain. 99.99% of the fishing world do not practice casting before they go on their trips. Casting Spectra on a larger conventional reel, such as your 600, is not for the majority of folks and...
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    Just a thought about Wahoo jigs

    Hi Bill, Wow, this goes back a bit. However, after I wrote this little piece I did go and oval out my rings. My first method was to polish up the existing ring on the jigs, where they were brazed, and then, keeping the brazed joint in the middle of the ring, I used a vice (With aluminum jaws)...
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    Intrepid 15 Day - Catchy Tackle - Being the only girl

    Well done and thank you. We never have enough videos. Jamie
  525. F

    Heading to Rio Marie (Amazon)

    Hi Greg, Thank you for the great info. Good stuff there and yes, you are right, my outfitter also noted the tannic acid or tannins in the water keep the mosquitos in this area to an absolute minimum or nonexistent so the Malaria stuff is not needed. I am getting my Y.F. shot tomorrow and do...
  526. F

    Heading to Rio Marie (Amazon)

    Good evening all, Lousy Laker game but having fun getting ready for my next bucket list item. Fly Fishing Peacock Bass deep in the Amazon at the end of the month. Looking for any in-sight, must have items, flies, etc. Advice on Shots though it looks like I just need Yellow Fever, however, I...
  527. F

    GF770XH rating?

    Going against the grain here I do not find any real use for the 770XH in most long range applications for 80 or 100 pound work. It is too soft for me. I constantly note, fishing 80 is not much different than fishing 100 pound. You are still going to fish high drag settings. You are not...
  528. F

    Reels Who likes what best?

    Yo Kurt, The good news is there is a setup or three for every persons wallet who has the wherewithal to even consider going on a long range trip. In the old days having a separate line class set up, as you noted, was almost a necessity. With the advancement in gear and the ability of proper...
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    Shogun/Bob Sands Tackle 8 day report

    WOOWOWO Buck!!!! That trip looks amazing.... Jamie
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    Shogun/Bob Sands Tackle 8 day report

    WOOWOWO Buck!!!! That trip looks amazing.... Jamie
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    Shogun/Bob Sands Tackle 8 day report

    Yo Phil, It was an absolute pleasure finally being able to fish with you after all these years. You, my friend, were and are born to be a jig slinger as you do, that hoo do, that you do, so well. I hope you are signed up for next years adventure. Jamie
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    New Wahoo lure

    Jerry, You are Psychologically attacking so many here. One of the symptoms of your HOOicide approach results in your readers drooling uncontrollably, like a young man lusting after the hottest girl in school, or in the case of some of the perverts on this forum an old dude lusting after...
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    Shogun/Bob Sands Tackle 8 day report

    Jerry, You have my complete attention with these beautiful lures. For those looking for a blown up pic of the lures hit the "View Attachment" line above. Jamie
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    Shogun/Bob Sands Tackle 8 day report

    Fishy, As I said, in a perfect world...... Fishy, you must have just got off your bicycle. In this case deaf is a metaphor..... But in some weird and left handed way, we are saying the same thing.... in a different language. Thus the reference to the next paragraph in my initial soliloquy...
  535. F

    Shogun/Bob Sands Tackle 8 day report

    Fishy, are you sure you do not want to re-read and then re-write your statement. In short you are stating that someone who does not hear a verbal warning has the responsibility to avoid the collision???? Isn't that like saying it was up to a deaf person to have heard you coming when there was...
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    Shogun/Bob Sands Tackle 8 day report

    Aren, Glad to hear you are finally going to "Git Sum". You know I will be at the shop any time you need help. Jamie
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    Shogun/Bob Sands Tackle 8 day report

    I FORGOT TO ADD SOMETHING I HAVE WANTED TO MENTION FOR A LONG TIME: LET OTHERS KNOW YOU ARE COMING ON A WAHOO OR ANY OTHER SPECIES: How many folks have found themselves just minding their own business, fishing or casting at the rail or ?? and suddenly there is the proverbial bull in the china...
  538. F

    Shogun/Bob Sands Tackle 8 day report

    Bob, Sal is not just thinking it I'll bet he buys two. Spinners really are getting a lot of play at the shop for both short and long range. Jamie
  539. F

    Shogun/Bob Sands Tackle 8 day report

    Hi Michael, The pleasure was all mine. Finding anyone with as much experience in the industry, who can chat about the old days, is a treat. No doubt we will be chatting and sharing a rail again soon. Please call the Shogun and get your name in for next year as you are a great addition to any...
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    Searcher 6 day Oct 10-16

    Thank you for the report Jamie
  541. F

    Shogun/Bob Sands Tackle 8 day report

    Gary, Thank you for the wonderful compliment. Jamie
  542. F

    Shogun/Bob Sands Tackle 8 day report

    Ken and Fishy, you are both low down, lying, two timing, lazy, good for nothing, fishermen who I really enjoy fishing with and talking to. What is wrong with me?? And you are Lazy readers with acute attention disorders as well.... LOL Jamie
  543. F

    Shogun/Bob Sands Tackle 8 day report

    Bill, It was great meeting you as well. Next time Maaan, You gots to go. Jamie
  544. F

    Shogun/Bob Sands Tackle 8 day report

    Hi Bruce, I think you will be very pleasantly surprised. The Shogun keeps getting better and better. Jamie
  545. F

    Best Reel for Black Hole CCS 150g

    Acid wrapping is a fantastic way to stabilize a conventional jigging rod. The only time I would recommend against is if the angler feels they might need to hand off the rod to a crew member to get around an anchor line or handing off due to a tangle... Say on a west coast long or short range...
  546. F

    Shogun/Bob Sands Tackle 8 day report

    G'day all, Once again, fair warning to those who have ADD, ADHD, some other form of attention defecit or anyone who does not like to read extended versions of this writer's thought processes. If the first sentence was too long for you... STOP READING NOW!!!!..... or read this novella over...
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    JRI 8 Day Vagabond

    Hi Jerry, Thank you for the great write up and pics. I will be posting the results of our Shogun trip in the next few days. We both were so fortunate to have the Stones to ourselves for long periods of time. That sure does not happen often. Also, the JRI trolling lure (Hooker style) is one...
  548. F

    Shogun 10/9

    Hi Michael, I was told by a third party (by wary of third party info) that the resolve is fairly simple and the boat should be available for our trip on Friday. However, until the Shogun owners or staff tell us definitively, this is all just hearsay. In this case no news will be good news as...
  549. F

    Water temp on the ridge

    Lets see, Jerry (JRI) is on an 8 day loaded to the eyeballs with artificial lures, I am on an 8 day loaded to the eyeballs with artificial lures, the boats will have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of scoops of bait (A dead bait still chums reasonably well for us artificial slingers but for...
  550. F

    JRI Vagabond 8 Day October

    Like all fishermen I know, Sometimes I am the hammer and some days I am the nail. However, if you ask any of my Ex-Girl friends they will just say if you call me an A-Hole you will always hit the nail on the head.. Maybe they are right... LOL Looking forward to seeing you on the boat. Jamie
  551. F

    JRI Vagabond 8 Day October

    No doubt you guys will have a blast especially playing with all those cool JRI jigs. I am leaving the day before you all on the 9th on the Bob Sands/Shogun 8 day. No doubt JRI will be representing on our trip as well. Perhaps we will see you guys out there. I hope so. Go rope some fish and...
  552. F

    Captain Jimmy’s Wahoo Bombs

    I happen to like crimping the plastic line to my jig because I use such short casting leaders on my spinners. I am also fairly anal about how long or how short that plastic portion of the line is in relation to my served and glued spectra to plastic connection. I believe I get bit better with...
  553. F

    2 Spots on Nov. 22'd Maximus trip..

    Jeff, Are you going with the same guys in the video?? Luke, Pat, Marathon Jon..... etc.???
  554. F

    The day that huge Wahoo attacked Benitos-Indy 7 day report

    Great Report and Pics Andre, Which poppers did you use and did you get any Wahoo on them?? Great to hear the Capt. Jimmys were hot as usual when straight tied to appropriate strength plastic line.. Thanks again. Jamie
  555. F

    Memory of Excel 8 day

    Wow Jon, I love that. Did you do it for both pics?? Heck.. Can you do it for every pic I own?? LOL Jamie
  556. F

    Memory of Excel 8 day

    This is one of the great memories Rene and Pat provided for me on this charter.... Just a wee bit of Zen for this angler. I normally do not like pictures of me but these I love as they take me back... Just a bit... Thank you Rene and Pat. Jamie
  557. F

    Wahoo Live Bait rigs

    Jon, That is not true... This one time.. In Band camp.... 1964.... I used bait for Wahoo... LOL
  558. F

    Wahoo Live Bait rigs

    I highly suggest each angler learns how to make a haywire twist.... I have yet to get a crimped connection on wire to break anywhere close to where a properly made twist breaks. Twist onto the hook and the ring. Make them at home rather than on the boat so you do not poke holes in your fingers...
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    Memory of Excel 8 day

    It was a particularly spectacular visual. Jamie
  560. F

    This Wahoo just did not make it to gaff

    Way cool picture David.. Thank you. Jamie
  561. F

    Word to the wise- First Aid

    I already wrote to Jon and wished him the best and gave him my info. Here are the gloves I am currently using. My criteria requires a very small amount of pattern on the grip surface to avoid slippage, nylon on the back and the Nitrile material on the abrasion resistant surfaces. I want these...
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    Excel/Gallagher 8 day strikes Gold, Pink, Silver, orange and black

    Returned home from this amazing trip yesterday. This trip saw amazing stops for wide open Wahoo, Yellowtail, Yellowfin and Dorado..... And Marlin.... Ughhhhh... sorry tourists. We added in a few nice grouper, 3 Black Seabass (All safely released) and some other bottom critters. For those who...
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    Excel/Gallagher 8 day strikes Gold, Pink, Silver, orange and black

    Hi Bob, As always your top shots worked flawlessly. The short insert and glued serve never had any sort of failure. The 6 inch insert, served and glued across the entire length of insert that Bob creates are perfect and what I always use for my Spinner and artificial work. I generally have...
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    Excel/Gallagher 8 day strikes Gold, Pink, Silver, orange and black

    Hi Andre, Other than some conventional testing work on the new Challenger Rods by Blackhole, using jigs, all of my fishing was done on Spinners and artificial lures. Stella 18K's, Saltist 6500's, Saragossa 10K's, and even my Saragossa 25K were all used with incredible results on Bombs, Raiders...
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    Excel/Gallagher 8 day strikes Gold, Pink, Silver, orange and black

    Hi Steve, The usual suspects seemed to work well along with a few darker colors. The smaller jigs worked best if you could get them to the bottom and the larger when the current or drift was quicker. Getting to the bottom without having a ton of scope out is key to choosing the size and...
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    Excel/Gallagher 8 day strikes Gold, Pink, Silver, orange and black

    Good morning all, Writing in from the Excel on day 5 of our 8 day Gallagher charter. Our trip is billed as a Rocks or Bust trip and Capt. Justin put us in a position to do just that. With a pressure system heading towards or sitting on the Rock pile making the choice somewhat difficult, Capt...
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    Black Hole Rods going Long with Excel and Shogun

    Hi Steve, That Expedition is a really nice reel. If Popping a light irons are the main use, then I would go with a popping rod over the challenger. The 8 foot Cape Cod Special Nano Popping rod, though not light enough in the tip to be considered a true bait rod, is a great cross over rig and...
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    Black Hole Rods going Long with Excel and Shogun

    Jon, You should have starred in "Southern Charm"...So you this afternoon or evening.
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    Black Hole Rods going Long with Excel and Shogun

    Hi Jeff, I believe Black hole is still deciding on price but we believe these will come in around $310 - $350 Retail. I believe these are made at the Black Hole factory in Korea which is HUGE, modern and extremely knowledgeable about high end blanks and rods. The first of these new...
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    Black Hole Rods going Long with Excel and Shogun

    Good morning all, I just received a package from Kilsong of JigNPop with a couple of more new Black Hole Challenger, once piece uber rods. These things appear to be awesome. I put a flex into each and found, unlike most rods out today, the noted line ratings appeared to be correct or even...
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    Neat addition to my gear

    Hi Jon, I prefer a proper sized clip on fan that goes on the side board of my bunk or the side of the sink/counter. With the clip, rocking and rolling does not change the direction or flip it over. I have now had to use mine 3 times in the last 2 years. Jamie
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    fly fishing Greenland and Iceland

    My Greenland/Iceland adventure has ended and Maaaan the memories are awesome. I will try and post a few pics others took of me but here is the run down. We thought we were to have 3 days in Greenland but it turned out the best we could do was 2.25 days. It took 2 full days to get to the...
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    Shogun

    Mike, you know I will be on it along with a bunch of great folks from the shop. Jamie
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    Captain Jimmy’s Wahoo Bombs

    Just to let you folks know, Bob Sands Tackle, in Van Nuys California, is now carrying Capt. Jimmy' Wahoo bombs and has them in stock.... At least for now. These incredible bombs fly off the shelves so if you need some or just want to see these things in person... common down. Jamie
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    fly fishing Greenland and Iceland

    It's about 2 AM in Iceland and I just got back from Greenland f fishing char. Will report when I get time. Warning, I suck taking pictures as I prefer to fish and not snap photos but I will report what I have learned. Just know the fish are thick as thieves and beautiful. Jamie
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    Ray Jarvis Memorial 2015 The Movie

    Wow!!!!!! Really well done.. Thank you Jamie
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    Intrepid - 8 Day - Ray Jarvis Memorial - 7/11-7/18 - Official Report

    Great Report, great charter, great boat/crew and sounds like a great group of passengers. Now the charter masters also sound great but I have a hard time believing Fishy is a great and generous charter master..... I am not saying it is not so, I am just having a hard time believing it..... Jamie
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    Cape Cod June 2015 BFT Season opening

    Very Cewl... Very....
  579. F

    American Angler 5 day, Salas Trip, 7/5-10

    Hi Steve, Seems to me keeping the same fish to use over and over for jackpot, and just painting the new stripes on the side to make it look like a different fish, should be illegal... Somehow you keep it looking fresh....LOL... sounds like fun, as usual. Thank you for a great write up. Jamie
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    Jarvis part four

    You know you guys will have a great time on that charter. Awesome. Loved the Gumba, Love the Gumba Lounge. Jamie
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    Advance Reservations for Fish Fish Processing ServicesServices

    All too often folks end up with more fish than they ever thought they needed. Keep what you need and release the rest. They days of stacking up tons of fish just to get the pictures or have bragging rights are becoming less and less for many of us. Do not get carried away with loading up on...
  582. F

    What is the best way to setup line on a surface iron rod and reel?

    Yo Aaron, I must be in hell.... I thought you loved your spinners for artificial work... and now you go buy a Penn 40 HS?? What am I missing here??? Those spinners you have been using for years are perfect for the applications noted. Running and gunning, shooting a lure into the wind, etc...
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    JRI CUSTOM LURES INTREPID 6 DAYER JUNE 14-20 2015

    Very cewl trip and report. JRI jigs rock in all sections of the water column. Jamie
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    Time to check in! Who's doing Long Range the Week that leads up to the Forth of July????

    I'll be traveling........ to Missoula, Montana, again for 8 days of fly-fishing, Between the 28th and the 5th of July. Does that count as Long Range?? Best of luck to everyone Jamie
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    Back to Missoula with Blackfoot River Outfitters

    "It's back to Missoula for our first of 5 separate 1 week guided stays for 2015 with BRO. This week saw us with Jed, Kurt and John. Each day gave us a new adventure in fly fishing as well as a chance to just meld with mother nature. Thanks to all 3 of the guides from BRO my buddy Simon upped his...
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    Help me pick a few rods

    Yo Taylor, I highly suggest you check out the Daiwa Proteus line of rods which fall right into that 200 dollar price range for the SX and JX. The HX is another story as I do not believe Daiwa has a Proteus for that range reel. Lots of choices for the HX Raptor depending on what you want to...
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    Best Flats FFing locations in Late Feb. or March

    Hi Guys, I fished out of Belize River Lodge. Probably the easiest of all the Fly fishing locales to get in and out of yet feels like it is in the middle of the jungle.. (It is) but is only 20 minutes or so from the Belize City airport. The owners are awesome folks and the food is first class...
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    IO Popper and yellow

    More and more folks are wanting to try and getting hooked on popper fishing. I even have folks buying stuff from us from other states. As you noted, Popper fishing is the whipped cream on top of the Hot Chocolate on our trips. Well.... you did't exactly say it that way but.....Glad to hear...
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    Okuma/Wahoodad/Excel 15 day recap

    Hi Danny, Our Annual Gallagher 8 day the first week of Sept. Jamie
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    Okuma/Wahoodad/Excel 15 day recap

    Good morning all, I transferred my previous introductory thread to this new spot. So here goes This was the fastest 15 day trip I have ever participated in. No, the fishing was just okay but certainly not off the hook. Check that, for one of the passengers/charter master, the catching was...
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    Hola from the Okuma/Wahoodad/Excel 15 day

    This was the fastest 15 day trip I have even participated in. No, the fishing was okay but certainly not off the hook. Check that, for one of the passengers/charter master, the catching was outstanding but I will save that for later in the tale. Without getting carried away with the same old...
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    Go to wahoo lure?

    Jerry's JRI hooker style trolling jig is un-believable. It has a swim pattern and thrum which is even better than the original hooker.Mine looks similar to the one in the picture from only one trip. I even had a chance to feel the thrum pattern between the original that Tim put out and...
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    Hola from the Okuma/Wahoodad/Excel 15 day

    I will write this thing up in a few days. I have some things to take care of. The Gist was WE ALL HAD A GREAT AND AMAZING TIME. The Skippers, Crew and Chefs were BEYOND, BEYOND. Choater Master.... No, that was not a typo though David was the Charter Master... SUPERB. The Passengers...
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    Being properly prepared for your First Long Range Trip

    Hi Adam, HP 18 is da sheet. Meaning really, really good. I always bring a bottle or two of Lagavulin, since it is my favorite, so anything you bring will be greatly enjoyed as long as we imbibe together. Thank you for the thought and I will see you at the shop. Jamie
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    Harnesses for big tuna revisited

    David, You certainly have the right of it. We had one guy in particular that just would not accept the advice and of course he was "That guy". Of course none of us really offered help more than once. No reason to push. We also had a bunch of guys in their 60's and 70's who loved the advice...
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    Harnesses for big tuna revisited

    David, You certainly have the right of it. We had one guy in particular that just would not accept the advice and of course he was "That guy". Of course none of us really offered help more than once. No reason to push. We also had a bunch of guys in their 60's and 70's who loved the advice...
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    Harnesses for big tuna revisited

    Hi Danny. I love hitting the trifecta and try to do it as often as possible. It also works great while waiting for the kite or bobber balloon to hit as long as you drink, smoke and harness/strap in responsibly. Jamie
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    Harnesses for big tuna revisited

    Hi Mikey. Right you are. Nothing better than having a Scotch and cigar on hand while relaxing your back against the Salon house while winding in a big fish. A stable fish makes this angler very happy. Jamie
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    Harnesses for big tuna revisited

    Correction: I meant to write I was happily winding in a triple digit tuna when the gentleman in question noted what he did. Jamie
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    Harnesses for big tuna revisited

    Correction: I meant to write I was happily winding in a triple digit tuna when the gentleman in question noted what he did. Jamie
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    Harnesses for big tuna revisited

    Something a fellow passenger noted to me, as I was happily strapped into my harness, easily reeling in a triple digit tuna prompted me to write this post. Tim Turis was right next to me and also overheard this gentleman's thoughtful statement. Tim fishes the same harness as I and has for...
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    Hola from the Okuma/Wahoodad/Excel 15 day

    I am not sure how many of these posts I will be able to make as the Internet is having a few issues. However, this trip has been a blast so far without really too much time for story telling. The very first day, David (Wahoodad) put together an amazing table and floor full of giveaways. I...
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    Salty Dawg/Okuma Excel 15 day trip

    AWESOME JERRY. You know those will be the first jigs I drop as they always are. Love the Excel Logo. Hopefully pictures to follow. Thank you as always JAMIE
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    Glove advice needed

    I have written many times before my favorite gloves, regardless of price, are the stretchy Titanium Nitrile or Nitrile gloves sold at Home Depot and a few other supply houses. These things are around 1 - 2 dollars a pair and sometimes less when on sale.. The palm side of the glove is the light...
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    FISHYBUZZ'S ANSWER TO HIS "SO CALLED MISSING JIGS"

    Wow Jerry, Unfortunately the missing Jigs Fishy claims are lost are actually ones he stole from me over the years..... Jamie
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    Tax glue top shots, Part XVXXI

    Yeah, Im like 2 similar polar magnets that repel each other....... LOL. I prefer to think of it as fish fear me so when they do not bite my hook they do so just to show respect...... Perception is everything......Down side of this event is a Scotch and Cigar on the upper deck. Sometimes I...
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    Tax glue top shots, Part XVXXI

    Hi Jon, My and Bob's testing showed the Threadlock with by far the worst penetration. For me personally, I would not use the Threadlock on any of my short insertion jobs or any length wind on of any kind. However, I love the stuff for my main line work including splices and loops. I also...
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    Salty Dawg/Okuma Excel 15 day trip

    MAAAAN David, I don't know who that guy is but I do know I signed up today... Or was it Yesterday... any way, I cannot wait for this trip. Yee Haaaawwwww. Getting back at it with Wahoodad and the gang from the Excel is a recipe for a great time. I don't know who cooked this trip up but Holy...
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    2 speed spin reels

    The problem I have encountered with a single speed spinning reel is most always the same on the really big tuna. End game, with 40 pounds of drag, It is really, really tough to get line onto the reel. I have bent most every crank I have ever owned trying. The fish actually has to stop laying...
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    Phenix rod for popping

    What reel are you going to use?? Have you purchased the poppers yet and if so what size/weight? Jamie
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    Guadalupe bluefin

    Back in the 60's there used to be resident bluefin that make the one in the picture look small. However, they were almost un-fishable as they would stay about 500 - 1500 yds or more off the boat. We would chase them trip after trip but we did not have the capacity in our reels back then to get...
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    Small reels vs big Reels

    Yo Pilav, Don't buy anything in expectation of a trip which may not come to pass for many years. Rather, set aside a Long Range Trust fund and keep building cash until a few months before your trip actually comes to pass. During the interim you can keep up with the latest trends in gear and...
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    2 speed spin reels

    Yo Jim, I actually had called that company some time ago to get more info on the 2 speed reel. I believe the problem was line capacity as I would have considered ordering one if it fit the bill. I also believe the person I spoke with noted a bit lower drag rating than 40 pounds in real life...
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    2 speed spin reels

    Yo Jim, I would love a two speed spinning reel, of reasonable size and weight with appropriate drags, for throwing poppers or bait to Giant or cow sized tuna. No problem getting the fish to the boat on the single speed but those last 50 feet, at death circle, trying to get line onto the reel...
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    left handed yoyo/jig reel options

    Since you are talking about 30 pound work consider the Daiwa Lexa 400 which comes in a left hand power handle. This might just be perfect for what you are looking for as it will feel amazing in your hands mounted to a proper stick. The JX and 500 Accurate seems like overkill for 30 pound work...
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    Popping for larger tuna?

    YO F.S. Welcome to the world of popping. Andre asked a valid question as to where you are going, however, I have no idea why folks are afraid of giving up the joy and ease of throwing poppers using a spinner caving to the "Fear" of hooking and having to fight a really big one. I still ask...
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    Best Reel for a Black Hole CCS 250G & Challenger 761MH

    If price were not an issue, I would recommend a Jigging Master reel in a size appropriate of the size and species of the target fish on the 250G. But not too many folks would be willing to spend that kind of monies on this size reel. I would need to know where and what length trip the angler...
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    Hooks for megabaits?

    Many of us, at Bob Sands, have been using the Owner size 7 split ring plus a Mustad ringed 5/0 Hoodlum unless the customer wants something different, all off the shelf items. We have done hundreds of these things for customers and they work great with fantastic results. I like the Hoodlum's...
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    Mak or Talica 10

    Yo Steve, As you can tell by the responses, there are a ton of great options available to every angler in your position. This last year on the West Coast, with the amazing variety of schoolies to giants located in 1/2 - 10 day range, anglers were made aware of what tricks mother nature has up...
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    Best Reel for a Black Hole CCS 250G & Challenger 761MH

    Ron has the right of it, The 250 G is a beast in a small, lightweight package. Please remember, in most cases when using Asian style jigs, the lure is acting like a frightened, hurt or swiming bait and will elicit strong and aggressive strikes from predator fish. Light line is not a...
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    Mak or Talica 10

    Penn Fathom LD2 25N. Amazing reel and priced right. Fish 15 - 50 pound test Best of luck with your decision.
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    Fred Hall and Fishing Insights from a Seller and Consumer's point of view

    Nice meeting you as well. I do hope to actually get some time to chat but these shows are absolutely nuts. Looking forward to the next time. Jamie
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    Fred Hall and Fishing Insights from a Seller and Consumer's point of view

    My pleasure. Eric seems like a wonderful young man. You are so fortunate to be able to fish together. Jamie
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    Fred Hall and Fishing Insights from a Seller and Consumer's point of view

    Steve, It was my pleasure. I do hope you try the popping thing as it is a blast. Great meeting you Jamie
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    Fred Hall and Fishing Insights from a Seller and Consumer's point of view

    Ken, It was great seeing you at the show. No worries about cigars as I had a travel humidor with me. Padrons Anniverario's, Opus and God of Fires. I would have offered you one... LOL Talk soon
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    Excel Yellowfin Videos II

    Garry, That is just ridiculously cool. Seeing what tuna really do, in such vivid detail, is really incredibly informative. Really interesting to see what an animal without hands tries to do to dislodge his new piercing. Then seeing how other tuna react is cool too. AWESOME Jamie
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    Super Sardine Jig

    The Jig skins are way cool and I have loved using the Super Sardine from JigNpop for most everything that swims. The 250 gram is one of my favorites. The one's at the show were to display what the Jig Skinz look like and how beautifully they can bring an old favorite beat up jig or even a new...
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    Best Reel for Black Hole CCS 150g

    Hi Victor, Please don't let that 150 G designation or light weight fool you. That rod can do serious damage to bigger fish. Acid wrapped, regular conventional wrap or set up for a spinner like mine that rod is much stronger than it looks or feels and is so comfortable to use. Try putting some...
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    I need help finding this fly

    Hi Nate, I contacted Jerry at So Cal. He is seeing what he can find. Thank you for the info. Dennis, I am at Fisherman's Spot quite often but they do not have this fly..... bummer Thank You Eric for your generous offer. I Thank you guys... Still looking Jamie
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    I need help finding this fly

    Thanks a bunch Chuck...Very informative.... LOL
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    Phenix Rod for Cows

    At Bob Sands Tackle I sell these rods for many different fishing techniques and styles and find them great sticks at a very reasonable price point. Though I love the concept of many of the Axis line of rods I have pulled on the 4X Axis. My first gut instincts for the rod was NICE...