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  1. locvetter

    Gotta report a guy - - it is way good

    So nice to report something really positive. As most of you know, Mike Morris of BigFishTransport had a wonderfully successful double lung transplant at UCLA over a year ago. He is indulging his double passion of fishing and just being nice by returning to his work of simplifying trips for...
  2. locvetter

    Exceptionally strongly felt best wishes for a Happy New Year.

    To my Bloody Decks friends. Best wishes, and … I apologize for the evidence of melancholy in my last post. The last 4 ½ days of that 7 day trip were likely the best that could have been made of the circumstance and were thoroughly enjoyed by many on the boat. Roy and the crew were just plain...
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    RP 12-8 to 12-15 - a brief post with lessons learned.

    So a few notes from my long planned-for 7 day. 1) Better anglers are successful, not lucky. Illustrations: When walking from the Vagabond Inn to Fishermans early the day of departure I was looking at the stacks of fish from another boat just offloading. Stack #24 was really an outlier...
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    Yet another wooden box, a bit smaller this time, with adjustable height, and one hand access.

    I leave in three days for a 7 day on the RP, so I built another box. I wanted something smaller than the box that made an 18 day with me. Lessons learned - most importantly needed to be smaller, and, since it is the RP, no likely will not get a shelf spot, needs to have removable legs, so...
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    Yet another wooden box

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    RP December 8-14, 2020

    Just looking to chat with others on this trip.
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    Built another box.

    Yes, I got a lot of grief for the size the last box I built. Must say it worked well, and did not seem in the way for that 18 day trip. Recently lost a friend to CA. He had organized an annual little trip - just a day and a half. Many of the guys don't have a lot of gear. I built this and...
  8. locvetter

    3 Blue SEa II's and Custom UC Rod outfits

    My age and health is such that it makes no sense to hang on to these. For sale, as a package, all three outfits together: Mak SEa 30II Blue special edition, loaded with JB Line One 100lb Mak SEa 50II Blue Special edition, loaded with JB Line One 130lb Mak SEa 50WII Blue special edition, loaded...
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    So I guess I'll sell?

    Some might recall my long, sometimes tedious thread about re-gearing up from scratch. This culminated in acquiring what I still thing was as fine a collection of long range equipment that has been on a trip. Looks like I should sell it. The trip was enriching, but my health will preclude a...
  10. locvetter

    No Postings??? Help, please.

    Maybe I have shifted to a new reality, but I thought I had 500+ posts. When I search for my postings it says No Results Found, and when I click "Content" on my profile it says I have no content. I tried to post a question on the support section, and I think it is saying I have no right to use...
  11. locvetter

    The Natural History of Guadalupe

    I recognize that it will be a small subset of this grand group of anglers that would be interested in a scientific paper on the natural history of this island, particularly the birds, but here is one fresh from the press. (Literally, published yesterday.) Bill Everett is an Explorers Club level...
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    Looking for Terry Maas

    I was privileged to dive with Terry at Guadalupe in 1986. A friend, Bill Everett, that accompanied us on that trip, a naturalist and ornithologist, is doing a scientific paper on the natural history of the island. He asked me if I had any of the photos of the diving elements of that particular...
  13. locvetter

    Moving from strip to drag on VISX20

    Loved the size and function of my new VISX20 on my recent 18 day trip. This was the reel's first outing. I did love having the position "strip" on the lever, as so often I wanted easy access to more line with no risk of overrun/tangle. It was the case, however, that moving from strip to the...
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    RP Line One 18 day, 1-20 thru 2-7-19, 5th and final part: Non-lessons

    I know I have overdone this set of reports, but if for no reason other than to archive my memory I wanted to share a few other items. It may be that the only thing these have in common is that they are implausible. That is to say: If one believed that everything a fisherman said was true and...
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    RP Line One 18 day, 1-20 thru 2-7-19, Part 4, Lessons learned

    It is likely that I do not now know what-all I learned. Sometimes one does things differently, without cognizance of learning. I'd like to express extra special thanks to Joe, Angler One (AO),who is described in part 2 of this series, and Eddie Felarco, Joe and AO were great among greats...
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    RP Line One 18 day, 1-20 thru 2-7-19, Part 3, Birds on a fishing forum???

    The priority on a San Diego long range fishing trip is fishing. There are some reasons to take in some other elements, like the birds. One of those reasons, to enjoy and even take interest in the birds is that, unfortunately, sometimes they foul our lines/hooks Here is Captain Roy Rose with...
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    RP Line One 18 day, 1-20 thru 2-7-19, Part 2, Pretty Tuna

    One truly exceptional angler, with whom I had several very nice conversations, never used the rail. He fished only for tuna, with sardines and a stand up harness. He got two cows, estimated at 230 and 260. They were not weighed because he practices catch and release. Asked why he was there on...
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    The real deal. RP Line One 18 day, 1-20 thru 2-7-19

    Others have already posted accurately on this one, but I thought I'd add my perspective. One can only learn so much sitting on the couch at home. So how about the a next step: Take an 18 day trip I'm 68. All but four were senior to me. All but one had more experience than me. I did not...
  19. locvetter

    Old friend, new friend, and Jerry Brown

    Who would write about their drive to the docks???? Same guy that did a video tour of his tackle box. But, gotta share one way to break up a long solo drive: Leisurly drive a couple hours down - stopped for breakfast with Chris Honse and Jake Waardenburg -- both of Glyde, OR, who had never met...
  20. locvetter

    Options for stressing - online weather and current data

    I vaguely recall having found somewhere, and I think it was a pay-to-use site, that showed all sorts of stuff like wind and current and chlorophyll and water temps. I am fully aware that I will not be able to do anything to influence any of those things, but in the spirit of "the more you worry...
  21. locvetter

    To Much Stuff! How do you cut it down?

    It was 9 months ago that I started preparing in earnest for my Jan 20, 2019 trip. I suspect I am not the first to over accumulate. Options clearly include: Taking only what you think you might use - or will find easier to carry aboard, or, I could take it all - I am on a trip where I will...
  22. locvetter

    Santa brought it, so I experimented on wife's engagement ring.

    I have been through a bit of the learning curve on welding rings. Am very happy with the strength of the little rings I silver soldered onto some new 5/0 Hybrid Mutu's. The flux residue and bit of char, well, not elegant. Santa brought an ultrasonic cleaner. Ooh. But was it safe? So I...
  23. locvetter

    The Dream 18

    Having just seen Wahoodad's neat report on a special trip, and with an 18dayer coming up for me, got me to thinking what would be a dream-come-true trip? Trying to keep it in a real world mode - (no Spiderman plucking us all after landing three super cows straight home with no four days up...
  24. locvetter

    Fantasy of Throwing Jigs without Wearing Myself Out

    Daydreams now float to floating big flyer sized lures - of which I now have several brands. These I could throw way out there, then, at a gentlemanly pace, rest and retrieve and pop, without depending on the color "fast". I'd use my Stella, but want to rail fish, and fishordie's Rube Goldberg...
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    If HB is very slow or dead, what will happen on an 18 day trip.

    So a group of us are scheduled to go on the RP for 18 days leaving Jan 20. Besides the recent reports from the Intrepid trip, how can we tell what is happening down there? Is there a site other than here and Sportfishing Reports to get info? If it stays dead, then what? Is the Lupe an...
  26. locvetter

    Who was Rizzuto?

    Doing breaks from trying to master the FG with Rizzuto finish the question of who was Rizzuto. I think I found it, but hope someone can confirm. It was NOT: Samantha Rizzuto, who come up on a website called "The Knot", where she details her wedding plans. Congratulations, Samantha. Phil...
  27. locvetter

    Knot numbers, Improving, Thanks to help from BD

    I posted my disappointing numbers from several knots tied in what turned out to be Seaguar Premier 130#. https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/knot-numbers-disappointing.704611/#post-4732946 Today there arrived in the mail a coil of Seaguar Blue 130#. I had some far less expensive Maxima...
  28. locvetter

    Knot Numbers, disappointing

    Summary statement: I am going with San Diego Jam, unless I really need stealth, then Spangler. Too long a story: So I promised somebody I would post these numbers. I wanted to look at numbers for my top four terminal knots, and I added the Erwin, as I had never played with it. These were to...
  29. locvetter

    FO8 v. Ring

    Recently I sort of wanted to get some of the new Hybrid Mutu hooks which are not yet released. My first thought was to have Guy at RingedHooks do it. T.O.T.W. shamed me into ringing them myself. I'd mostly ringed jigs -- bigger, and I had moved to bronze. Had to convince myself that little rings...
  30. locvetter

    Tipping - oh so awkward a topic! An offer to collate comments anonymously .

    Click my name, then click "Start a Conversation" If willing: Please send me you thoughts on tipping. I will, in one week, share results without attributing any responses. Examples: 1.5 day that costs $500 5 day trip costing $2500 18 day trip costing $7500 Formulas? How much per day or...
  31. locvetter

    What to do between noticing you are crossed and the arrival of a deckhand?

    Sometimes it happens. What is the best option when you first notice that your bait soaking line's been crossed by one with a hooked fish. What is the best action between noticing a problem and the arrival of a deckhand? Typically I have just done my best to figure out how we are crossed, and...
  32. locvetter

    Availability of Jumbo Squid

    Have boats been finding Jumbo squid to catch for bait? When and where have they been traditionally caught? I remember having great fun with them in my youth, but admit I did not know where we were at the time. The shop I once used to get some, to bring on a trip in 2016, can no longer get it...
  33. locvetter

    Those huge poppers and stick baits made for GT

    Does anyone have experience at the buffer zone or HB with any of these huge baits, designed for casting, mostly on big spinners (So I would not want to hook anything over 100 pounds on one)? There are videos of their actions that are enticing. Some float like a flier. They are prohibitively...
  34. locvetter

    UV Charging, One Hand and the Rail

    When keeping my glow lures glowing, discovered, when trying out various UV flashlights and home made UV charging options, (3700 boxes, various tube versions) that I did not like them because they were either awkward to hold or had me going back to my tackle box to use them. Not convenient. So...
  35. locvetter

    GloJRI8 or PL68 squid conversion??

    Have loved following Mooose29's flat fall thread, and Whaoodad's what you working on thread, but both have pleasantly wandered, and this one might have fit either, but neither perfectly, so: With all of the certainty of the completely unknown, I have decided that big tuna like squid better than...
  36. locvetter

    No San Diego Sport Fisher has enough ..........

    You are correct: Cup holders. I have certainly not ridden every boat, but extrapolating from quite a few, when the boat gets bit on the troll, and you have a soda in your hand that you just opened, damn. When I posted the video of my big tackle box that is, thankfully, now finished, one highly...
  37. locvetter

    Not all McMahon snaps are created equal

    My original post here had several important errors!!! The original post claimed to have identified a potentially important difference between two McMahon style snaps, that I though were both size 7. Atuna expressed some concern. Given his pretty famous attention to detail, I went and...
  38. locvetter

    Charities that want tackle???

    Does anyone know of a charity that might want extra hooks, jigs, snaps, or even not-quite-current rods and reels, etc.? My last trip to Clarion I did offload to the inspector's panga driver a rig and some stuff, but I had left at home a lot of gear that I wish I had brought just to give to...
  39. locvetter

    GlowHooks v. 1.0

    Some read the thread which started as My First Self-Customized Flat Fall. That thread evolved/meandered and on one of it's branches ZZZZZ, I think it was, said that my effort to make everything but the lure flat black was misguided. Someone should make GlowHooks, he opined. He even proposed...
  40. locvetter

    My 250th - Why I am here, on BD, perseverating

    Apologizing in advance, as this post does not strictly fit the forum topic. However, I certainly have enjoyed and learned from the many posts that are not strictly "reports." Comforted that there is the option to "like" posts, but no option to click a post as "I don't like this at all," so the...
  41. locvetter

    Anyone with experience with VMC 8386PS circle hook

    Trolling around the internet for a strong, stealthy, sharp, yada yada hook, noticed these, which I had never seen in the flesh. Bought a few, and am impressed that they are significantly stronger than any light hook, or even such hooks as the Frenzy. Stronger than Mutu, not as strong as Super...
  42. locvetter

    My Break-It Machine

    There have been some questions on how and why I break things. The "why" piece might expose some pathology, so I will not go there, but here is a 1:16 video of a simple low cost (I think about $150, the way it is now configured), set up for pulling on terminal tackle in order to watch what...
  43. locvetter

    My First Self-Customized Flat Fall

    Since this topic falls between the wonderful recent threads on flat fall techniques and the iconic threads on welded rings, and not wanting to hijack either thread, I'm starting this new one. It is a bit long -- but there are pictures at the end, for those who prefer to fast forward to those...
  44. locvetter

    Shimano Talica 25II Reel Clamp Bolt length

    I just moved my Talica 25II to a new custom rod built on a UC Centaur blank. the Alps seat is significantly smaller than its prior home. Problem seems to be that the Reel clamp bolt - the part that keys into the base of the reel to hold the clamp, using the reel clamp nut. the bolt now comes...
  45. locvetter

    Swivels and swivel snaps

    In an ongoing process of overthinking: I am coming to realize, perhaps, that swivel snaps have only two roles on an 18 day trip: Kite rig and trolling. Swivels without snaps are only chunking, at either the hook or at the other end of a shortish fluoro leader; and, if preferred, tiny ones on...
  46. locvetter

    Suggestions for taking my new 7'6" Viper and Invictus on airplane

    My SKB tube goes to only 7'2". I have considered making an extension, or designing my own, but if others have had good experience with other options out there, I'd love to lear about it. I will have 8 rods to check, four of which are 7'6". Flying AlaskaAir, but future trips who knows. Thanks
  47. locvetter

    Height of rail in inches??

    With all the stuff I have learned from here on rail fishing, and with a directed search just completed, I realized, I do not know how high, in inches, most of the rails are. Does anyone happen to know the height of any of the fine boat's rails, especially in the stern corners. It is between my...
  48. locvetter

    Maybe this hook size lack of standard just adds interest????

    I'm the guy for whom re-gearing up from scratch is a work in progress. One of the things about trying to gear up from a place like Salem, Oregon, is that you can't pop into a local shop and find what you need for an 18 day trip for cow tuna. When I heard that both AlanTani's huge fish and...
  49. locvetter

    Hooks and baiting hooks for chunking

    Please: Chunking for big tuna is not yet part of my life experience. I see the picture in Jeff's book with the hook hidden and a swivel showing. I am laboring under the notion that a big circle hook needs to be exposed to be effective, yet get the notion from somewhere that hiding the hook...
  50. locvetter

    20/0 hooks

    So been looking for the info - but failing again to find what I need - so: to the source - you. According the the 2014 video from Jonathan Yamate on the RP, and others, it is reasonable to use 20/0 circle hooks for such things as big squid rigs and flyer rigs from the kite. For some years now...
  51. locvetter

    Breaking things

    Now that my humongous tackle box is basically done, I have turned my attention to breaking things. I have this rack, with a heavy duty web ratchet at one end and a new 150kg scale, that records peak values, at the other. They are mounted to a 42" length of 4" aluminum channel. I am not like...
  52. locvetter

    ???Video tour of a Tackle box??????

    This will be my 100th post. Coincidentally, it is weird. I mean really, a video of a tackle box??? My most sincere appreciation for all of the ideas provided along the way (yes I did put on a silicone seal around the opening), and the inspiration of such craftsmen as Mark Mayo. Having now...
  53. locvetter

    Attaching weights: Any photos?

    I have searched, because I suspect it is on here somewhere, but I cannot find it: Does anyone have photos of how weights -- like the 16 oz torpedos, are attached for get deep at the HB or elsewhere? Would love to see photos of how the rubber band is done, or clips, or sliders, or however...
  54. locvetter

    Posted at risk of derision: Lastest version the unneeded UV'r

    I am fully aware that there will be some rolling of eyes. Others will be concerned about creating fish scaring devices = too bright - off-putting for tuna? In my dreams, just opening the box is done looking over one's shoulder, to watch out for supper cows crashing the deck. The boxes are 1/2...
  55. locvetter

    Frenzy hooks

    First yellowfin over 100# for me was on a blue Frenzy ringed hook. There is, for me, an appeal to the ?stealth of blue, and, of course, the bias created by success. Any experiences with these -- supportive or condemning? Don't want to be using while ignorant of other's bad experiences.
  56. locvetter

    RP 18 day JB Line One leaving 1-20-19.

    Would like, if possible, to chat with others signed up for this trip. Am gearing up carefully, but would love to at least exchange hello with fellow anglers. I'm 68, semi retired, originally from San Diego, now of Salem, Oregon. Loc
  57. locvetter

    Old fluorocarbon - throw it away??

    I have several coils of never used fluoro from Seguar, Yozuri, Maxima, etc. They are three years old (or will be when I go on my next big trip). I am hoping that several of you respond with: "No good, send it to me and I will dispose of it for you." But if anyone has had a bad experience...
  58. locvetter

    Drag adjustment knob removal on SEaII

    I suspect I just am not good at finding things, but: On my new 30 SEaII, I thought when I unscrewed the drag adjustment knob it would come off, allowing me to remove the spool. Mine does not. Removed the right side plate, along with the spool. What is next (besides sending it to to a pro)?
  59. locvetter

    Shelves on the RP

    Building a box for upcoming Royal Polaris trip. Does anyone know the distance between shelves - expecting not to get a top shelf. Am planning a box that is narrower than an SKB, and with a drawer instead of an opening top. Need to know how many Plano 3700's I can design for, limited by how...
  60. locvetter

    VMC 7360R hooks

    Anyone with experience with these? They are a ringed 4X heavy that someone mentioned was a choice for him. Only source I have found is from Italy. Hoping to find them in the Western Hemisphere. Not even found on the Rapala VMC distributor website. Bizzaar how I was only curious until I...
  61. locvetter

    Ceramic ring sizing

    Just a heads up. A kind contributor to my post about 200lb spectra for kite rig mentioned ceramic rings used to minimize wear in kite setups. So, I bought some. I wanted, I thought, the smaller 5/16" size. What arrived was marked 5/16", but measured about 1/2" ID. I wrote to the seller...
  62. locvetter

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

    Someone whose opinion is experienced based says that sometimes the winds are too light for a kite to support 200# spectra -- better off with just 130. I recall having to take a mono topshot off of a kite rig on a trip with calms winds. I was thinking of having 100 or 150 yds of 200# on top of my...
  63. locvetter

    Re-gearing up, from scratch.

    Prepping for Long Range, from Scratch – again Could have been a great trip, in February 2016. I was so looking forward to returning to Clarion, after 29 years away! Great bunch of Alaskans on the Intrepid. But … During the trip I felt bad. Could not quite say what it was, but my stamina was...
  64. locvetter

    Rail rod grips

    Getting Timmy D to build some rail rods for big trip. I have had the cold shrink based grips on past rods, and, yes, it is very durable, but I find it exceptionally ugly and hard on the hands. I was able to find some of the no-longer-made hypalon, in the full 16" fore grip length. Timmy says...
  65. locvetter

    Fresh Frozen Squid for Feb trip?

    Having read about all the recent reports--seems there are few if any large squid to be caught for bait on the long trips. I found, at a local Chinese market here in Salem, Oregon, some beautiful 12"+ fresh frozen squid at a reasonable price. It is about half of what they get for similar nice...
  66. locvetter

    Need step by step for my new Makaira 30II SEa

    Yesterday I got my new Makaira. Beautiful. The instructions for changing the plug to lug were for, probably, smaller versions, as it called for removal of only three screws - there are five, and I could not see the right side innards -- needed to remove the spool. I am reluctant to go...