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  1. johndtuttle

    Most Durable Low Profile Reel for Shallow Water Rockfishing?

    No worries as tranx is a fine reel for sure used within its limits. But that SS gear of the Komodos will last as long as 4 tranx gears pushed hard. Or something like that anyways as it is hard to strictly quantify. Regardless the Komodo gearing is vastly tougher and an amazing value. Wahoo...
  2. johndtuttle

    For Sale Komodo SS 271

    Hey guys, gotta let this one go will never get to fish it. Okuma Komodo SS 271 bnib never spooled or used. SOLD.
  3. johndtuttle

    Most Durable Low Profile Reel for Shallow Water Rockfishing?

    Komodo is class of the bunch for toughness, imo, with the Lexa HD a close second. Revo Beast for all day casting. Tranx are over priced for sure. You do have to maintain them all or come to grief.
  4. johndtuttle

    SOLD Jig Lots for sale

    Daily bump, reasonable offers bois!!
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    SOLD Jig Lots for sale

    That's right, pretty sure not avail any more but deadly on 'Hoos.
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    SOLD Jig Lots for sale

    SOLD P1120679 by johndtuttle, on Flickr Second Lot of ~200-250gm jigs with one Seven Seas Hooker and an FCL Labo in there. The Hammered Wahoo jigs (Luhr Jensen) are a discontinued west coast legend (forget the name) and they are re-rigged with Mustad 7691S spendy hooks. ~20 proven catchers for...
  7. johndtuttle

    For Sale Big Game an Sail Trolling Lures

    GONE. Great batch of proven killer big game trolling lures over $350 retail as rigged and comes with the mesh case. All in excellent condition or as new. $175 shipped USPS Priority. Hi-5 25th Anniversary BigBees in Petrolero Pakula Sprocket in Dorado Zukers in Bleeding Dorado 2 Mold Craft Wide...
  8. johndtuttle

    Slammer 5500 or 4500

    What line are you going to fish? If 30# braid then go 4500 If 40# then go 5500 etc.
  9. johndtuttle

    PENN SSVi: First Look

    The Oscillation gear has a Nylon washer on it's backside: And is mounted on a Brass bushing: The Clutch pops out after quite a bit o' wiggling due to tight tolerances in it's housing: Some shots of the under the rotor slots that interlock with the slots on the bearing retainer...
  10. johndtuttle

    Tranx 400 vs Lexa HD 400

    Lexa HD is a substantially tougher reel with larger capacity. As above the Tranx 400 is more a swimbait reel (like the old Curado) rather than a real popping or surface iron go to beast. Just get what works for you, but that deal at Turner's above was not to be missed.
  11. johndtuttle

    PENN SSVi: First Look

    Yes, the sealing is a little better on the Slammer III than the SSVi and overall the Slammer III is a heavier reel, built heavier to hold up to the amazing drag. I would fish the SSVi for the Surf or Inshore, Offshore more of a light tackle paddy reel. The Slammer III is a true offshore reel...
  12. johndtuttle

    PENN SSVi: First Look

    PENN will have to chime in to be certain, but I believe so.
  13. johndtuttle

    PENN SSVi: First Look

    Heya Boyos, Well Looky here! Fresh off of ICAST 2018 PENN was gracious enough to send out an SSVi 4500 for our perusal and dissection: This is the replacement for the workhorse SSV introduced some 6 years as a long awaited revival of the Spinfisher series of reels that PENN has...
  14. johndtuttle

    For Sale Braid Harness, Sumo Harness, Big Game Lures, Iron

    Don't go crazy lowball fellers but make some offers. :)
  15. johndtuttle

    For Sale Braid Harness, Sumo Harness, Big Game Lures, Iron

    NEW LOT: Pakula Large mesh lure bag (~$65 retail, as new). Plus 8 plugs Proven colors for killing sails and mahi/dolphin (~$160 retail, all rigged and ready to fish with ~$60 hardware) P1120623 by johndtuttle, on Flickr P1120625 by johndtuttle, on Flickr P1120624 by johndtuttle, on Flickr...
  16. johndtuttle

    For Sale Braid Harness, Sumo Harness, Big Game Lures, Iron

    Bump for offers on plugs. Some quality proven killers there.
  17. johndtuttle

    For Sale Braid Harness, Sumo Harness, Big Game Lures, Iron

    **NEW LOT ADDED SEE BOTTOM** Hey there boyos some quality stuff to clean out. All sales shipped USPS priority and payment verified Paypal only. Some Surface Iron: 3 Tady 77, 2 Tady 45 and a Salas 7x. SOLD Great batch of proven killer big game trolling lures over $350 retail as rigged and comes...
  18. johndtuttle

    Penn torque star drag 2018

    Black didn't sell. Sorry guys, you had your chance. :P
  19. johndtuttle

    Alan Hawk review of Makaira Spinning Reel.

    Mag-sealed bearings are not serviceable by the individual user and are also substantially more expensive. Over-all, any "mag-sealed" reel is going to be factory service only and more costly in the long run. The benefits are sealing without the attendant friction of rubber seals, that add some...
  20. johndtuttle

    Shimano Tranx: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips

    Just go here for the repaired post: http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=17424.0 There is also a small extension for Chrome you can download and install that works around the Photobucket bs and will allow you to see any old posts that use them to host the images. Just do a google search for it.
  21. johndtuttle

    Penn Clash 5000 BNIB-SOLD

    Better late than never...SOLD to Jon. Confirm your address and I'll ship today. Thanks! --John
  22. johndtuttle

    Penn Clash 5000 BNIB-SOLD

    Still for sale. Never heard from Jon...
  23. johndtuttle

    Penn Clash 5000 BNIB-SOLD

    Daily bump. Here's a photo of the extra spool:
  24. johndtuttle

    Penn Clash 5000 BNIB-SOLD

    Bump for good reel and great deal. :)
  25. johndtuttle

    Okuma Tesoro 10s

    Sorry, but the Tesoro is just as capable as every other star drag you mentioned. :-) The Tesoro has one back up dog to the instant AR and that is totally adequate. There is nothing retrograde about it. All is in balance in the design, imo. But I can't emphasize enough, I don't need to...
  26. johndtuttle

    Okuma Tesoro 10s

    There are no meaningful losses. The older iteration of a star drag from Okuma may or may not have made more drag ultimately but it is inconsequential. What you are seeing is a more appropriate balance between drag and gear ratio that is effectively usable and an ideal balance between speed and...
  27. johndtuttle

    Penn Clash 5000 BNIB-SOLD

    Hey guys, gotta brand new Penn Clash 5000 with an extra spool filed with ~300 yards 50# Spiderwire Blue Camo for sale. Just can't get out taking care of my parents much. $150 shipped to first BD Brotha that wants it. Paypal only. Perfect for schoolie popping action. Thanks!
  28. johndtuttle

    Okuma Tesoro 10s

    If you liked the Cedros you will love the Tesoro. :)
  29. johndtuttle

    Okuma Tesoro 10s

    meh, I'm lucky. I don't have to convince you of anything. Tesoro or Torque or Trini...fish w/e floats your boat. :)
  30. johndtuttle

    Okuma Tesoro 10s

    The Tesoro has **plenty** of drag and has a dog backup for the instant anti-reverse. That plus stainless gears, longer handle and better free-spool and casting make it a solid improvement over the Cedros, imo.
  31. johndtuttle

    Daiwa Lexa 400HS-P: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips

    Go to Alan Tani's site. Photobucket started charging outrageous fees for hosting.
  32. johndtuttle

    Tuna Poppers?

    Big is fine, but use your judgment. Most importantly, the Skipjack is non-floating...and bigger hooks even more so. This is for better casting (its real). But you need a real popping rod with a stiff tip to get it to work...some live bait or jig blank with a noodle tip is gonna be a failure. glhf.
  33. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    All I can say to this is it **should** be fine with 3/4oz as long as it is a good casting lure (low wind resistance). When I cast them all side by side I use a 1oz popper with no hooks and it throws that just fine. :D
  34. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    https://www.okumafishing.com/en/product/Komodo-SS-Low-Profile-Baitcast-Reel/komodo-ss-baitcast-reel.html
  35. johndtuttle

    Fire Sale Penn Torque Spinning 7500

    P1120323 by johndtuttle, on Flickr SOLD :)
  36. johndtuttle

    Fire Sale Penn Torque Spinning 7500

    I could also put some PP 65# on there if you would prefer. :)
  37. johndtuttle

    Fire Sale Penn Torque Spinning 7500

    ~500 yards of Berkeley Pro Spec 50#...my favorite braid, thin and strong.
  38. johndtuttle

    Fire Sale Penn Torque Spinning 7500

    P1120346 by johndtuttle, on Flickr Offers welcome. Please no crazy low-balls. :) Willing to deal though :)
  39. johndtuttle

    Fire Sale Penn Torque Spinning 7500

    P1120320 by johndtuttle, on Flickr Must sell guys, please make an offer.
  40. johndtuttle

    Fire Sale Penn Torque Spinning 7500

    PRICE DROP Must sell, ongoing family health issues. Spooled and ready to fish, never seen salt. SOLD
  41. johndtuttle

    Okuma Makaira 8II What's it good for?

    Caveats: 1. Bigger reels do have more cranking power. May be needed. 2. I'd fish 60# hollow for some of those reef dwellers you are after. 3. But yea, you need about 30 yards more than what it takes to hit bottom in the Northern Cortez. The guys that stress about capacity are fishing big tuna...
  42. johndtuttle

    Okuma Tesoro 10: First Look

    Well (and I could be wrong) but I consider a Senator 112 to be a 3/0 and the capacity of it is only ~10% more than a Tesoro 12S...so, maybe a smallish 3/0 and just the right size :).
  43. johndtuttle

    Okuma Tesoro new size

    The composite system is a way of lightening internals that support the pinion bearing. All in all it is an integrated approach to having excellent bearing support of this critical component of every reel without undue weight penalty. As well, f the parts that formed the pinion support were metal...
  44. johndtuttle

    Of All the Penn Reels you own which is your Favorite

    Torque Star Drag 25N.
  45. johndtuttle

    Okuma Tesoro new size

    See this post: https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/okuma-tesoro-10-first-look.666995/ Sounds like they will be available in Nov. per Okuma. Unfortunately the 40N size, as good as it was for our specialized techniques in Southern CA (Wahoo, or other species fished fast on the surface) is...
  46. johndtuttle

    Need More Torque

    Fathom 2 speed is Best in Class for the money, imo. But an old Senator 2/0 is a 4:1 reel that will slay tonnage. Fish it with braid, with some mono backing but don't fill up the spool past 1/2 (more than enough line for Rockfish/Lings). It will have more cranking power towards the bottom of the...
  47. johndtuttle

    Okuma Tesoro 10: First Look

    I think you are reading it right, Jonathan. Ergonomics on the outside are "Trini-like" but with far, far stronger gears. We have to give tincture of time to see how the reels fair on the water of course. Torque is still best in class, imo. The Tesoro is significantly less $$$ however. best...
  48. johndtuttle

    Okuma Tesoro 10: First Look

    We'll wait for an update from Okuma, but October is what I have heard in the past. LOVE Berkeley Pro Spec. My favorite solid braid by far.
  49. johndtuttle

    Okuma Tesoro 10: First Look

    That may be about right for those lines, so a thicker 65# will be closer to ~350yds on the 10S as the 12S is wider.
  50. johndtuttle

    Okuma Tesoro 10: First Look

    The Tesoro 10 is the same as a Trini 16 and the Tesoro 12 a Trini 20 size I beleive :). Classic "narrow" 3/0 and regular 3/0 sized reels. The "12" is more for the guy that likes to spool with 40# mono for jig slinging or likes fishing heavier braid. But for true 40/50# live bait fishing I say...
  51. johndtuttle

    Okuma Tesoro 10: First Look

    Hey Guys, One of the more interesting introductions at ICAST 2017 was the new Tesoro Star Drag reel, a classic "3/0" general purpose reel for the Salt offered in two great sizes the narrow "10" and standard width "12". These are images of the Tesoro 10 mounted on an Okuma PCH Custom Rod...
  52. johndtuttle

    Problem with Penn Fathom 40NLD2

    1. Dunking your reels is a horrible idea. You are just as likely to get salt deeper into the reel where it will do it's worst as get it out. 2. You probably should take a look at the left side Thrust Bearing Assembly and make sure all of that is corrosion free and relubed. It doesn't do...
  53. johndtuttle

    Star drag vs. lever drag casting distance

    All you need for fishing 30# is a Fathom 15. Spool it with 275 yards of 50# braid. Anything that can take more than that you'll never land with 30# anyways. But you can use it for fishing 40# leader if they're chewing the paint of the boat.
  54. johndtuttle

    Star drag vs. lever drag casting distance

    Casting light baits there is no question that a star drag will cast farther. This is why Bass Pros do not use any lever drag reels of any kind and distance casters never use lever drags. But the weight of the spool in an LD is overcome casting Bombs and such generally....so guys make them work...
  55. johndtuttle

    Reel Gears

    No gears are indestructible but all things being equal SS is going to be far stronger when placed in an equivalent frame to resist twist under heavy load. Brass is used as it is lighter and softer which makes reels feel better in the store, or when you are catching smaller models (most of the...
  56. johndtuttle

    Stupid Salmon

    Go for it! Panama a few years back :).
  57. johndtuttle

    Stupid Salmon

    HMB or Santa Cruz, Crash?
  58. johndtuttle

    Okuma Kumodo 400 series

    This is a super simple fix if you feel comfortable opening your reel (not hard). There are two tiny belleville washers on the handle that got installed (( on some reels instead of opposed like (). This allows them to tip and bind on the main shaft locking the drag where its set.
  59. johndtuttle

    makaira 50 vs talica 50

    Or a great deal on a Penn VSX too (discontinued for the new model) :). A totally proven Cow reel. Or buy used as used reels like this are often bargains. People buy them and fish them far less than they hoped and move on to lighter tackle. Send them into Cal Sheets for a service and Blue...
  60. johndtuttle

    makaira 50 vs talica 50

    Ok, lets get something straight here :). Lightweight bike components does not mean for a second that a Talica is the be all and end all for fishing big game. A Talica 50 is a "super light" and "30" size reel, more appropriate for kite fishing Sails than true Cow reel. People do land big fish...
  61. johndtuttle

    Okuma Makraira Spinner: Okuma Goes Beast-Mode Preview

    A little bumpage for this thread. Great review by "Alan Hawk" is out: http://www.alanhawk.com/reviews/mks.html And Okuma introduced the smaller "10,000" size at this ICAST 2017.
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    Penn Warfare 20 & 30 reels

    These reels put the old Jigmasters to shame for similar coin. Yes, they are inexpensive. So are jigmasters that have slayed tonnage for decades. If you want the next step up a Squall Star or LD is very capable for the money. But you aren't going to find more for the money than a Warfare.
  63. johndtuttle

    Brand new Cortez reel- no freespool?

    Reels often come from the factory with too much grease, installed by over-zealous assembly techs trying to work fast but protect your reel. A 10 minute job to open the reel, wipe out the excess grease and oil the spool bearings and you will be gtg, in all likelihood.
  64. johndtuttle

    braided line for Stellas ?

    Its easy to cast, but hard on the finger is what everyone is trying to say. Gloves, or flex wrap etc for the finger.
  65. johndtuttle

    Just Keep Popping - YFT Report - 7/8

    How many times did that shit lord Garibaldi tell us poppers and spinners don't work? :slap: Keep the Faith, brother. :D
  66. johndtuttle

    Fathom 25NLD2 - 2 speed button falls off

    Yep, just tighten that dude down with some grease on the threads (use something to protect the finish) and you are good to go.
  67. johndtuttle

    Poppers/Stick Baits FS

    Hey guys, got a lot of Poppers and Stick Baits that are clogging things up. They are for sale as a lot only for SOLD shipped USPS Priority Paypal only. Comes with 5 Owner ST-66 2/0 and 5 3/0. I'll throw in some Owner ST-66 2/0 and 3/0 but otherwise are sold w/o hooks or split rings. Heru...
  68. johndtuttle

    Which reel for poppers

    Yep, the Slammer III has a beautiful one-way clutch but good to remind peeps that a back up mechanical dog system is present for fishing heavy drag.
  69. johndtuttle

    Which reel for poppers

    Slammer III 5500 (schoolies) or 6500 (to 150#) is probably the strongest choice in a spinner short of the $800++ super spinners. Go larger if you are really after beasts. :) More capacity and far more smooth drag than the large LP reels (as much fun as they are...) No rail with spinners (other...
  70. johndtuttle

    Magnum Divebait cast from boat?

    The first time you retrieve that lure you will have your answer. :)
  71. johndtuttle

    Alan Hawk review of Makaira Spinning Reel.

    There is no free lunch. :) But knowing that Stellas have and continue to fail if I was looking for a spinner for Cows I think we have our winner.
  72. johndtuttle

    Alan Hawk review of Makaira Spinning Reel.

    Alan usually is a good read and does have his (unconscious) biases but you can learn a tremendous amount reading his reviews, then translating them to your fishing. http://www.alanhawk.com/reviews/mks.html Here in the Okuma forum I also posted a preview of the proto-type...
  73. johndtuttle

    Komodo as a go to 30# reel

    You aren't going to land much on 30# leader that can legit spool your Komodo SS with 300 yards of 50# braid. Hammer the drag down and turn his head or break him off. Go back out with the same rolling the dice or go heavier. Not saying it can't be done, but you simply don't need more capacity...
  74. johndtuttle

    Popping Rods for sale

    Price Drop: Okuma Cruz $110 shipped.
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    Popping Rods for sale

    Offers welcome.
  76. johndtuttle

    Popping Rods for sale

    Price drop: Okuma Cruz: $120 shipped
  77. johndtuttle

    Popping Rods for sale

    OTI sold. evening bump, offers welcome! :D
  78. johndtuttle

    For Yellowtail ...

    Agree above that Yellowtail like fast... To me the difference between the jig types is current. If its ripping then a Asian style Vertical Jig gets down faster and less likely to hang up on the bottom. In the zone better = more bites. It its slack then (with a high speed reel) a good 'ol...
  79. johndtuttle

    Popping Rods for sale

    Offers welcome. Please no super low-balls. :)
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    Popping Rods for sale

    Still available. :)
  81. johndtuttle

    Popping Rods for sale

    Evening bump please.
  82. johndtuttle

    Popping Rods for sale

    These are both 2-piece rods (ferrule in the handle) consistent with modern popping rod. Neither have even been fished, but there are some scuff marks on the grips from kicking around the man-cave. Perfect for tuners to about 50# or so throwing 1-3 oz poppers.
  83. johndtuttle

    Popping Rods for sale

    Hey guys, got a couple of popping rods for sale that are just sitting around collecting dust. Neither have ever been fished. Excellent for popping for schoolie models. OTI Ocean Extreme OTI-3106-710S 2- SOLD http://www.oceantackle.net/rods.html0-40 List is ~$240 yours for $210 shipped. Buyer...
  84. johndtuttle

    Tying a Leader with Swivel on Flat fall jigs?

    If you are fishing "serious biz" over Cows I would put some tubing over the nylon then crimp it. The jig is gonna abrade the nylon in the setup you have that would be fine for smaller models.
  85. johndtuttle

    Daiwa Lexa 400HS Anti-Reverse Bearing

    If the IAR bearing looked good when you were in there it is not the source nor is the grease, though I agree CX is better for it in general. Such "rumbles" typically are a bearing. Take a look at my tutorial and make sure you covered all the bases...
  86. johndtuttle

    Basic Differences Between a Popping and Jigging Rod?

    A Surface Iron rod traditionally is a fast action rod intended for use with a conventional reel. Surface Iron itself is (mostly) just fished with a straight grind with a tip soft enough to cast and to transmit the throb of the lure when it is "swimming" right. The fast action (gets stiff fast)...
  87. johndtuttle

    Basic Differences Between a Popping and Jigging Rod?

    If you think of "jigging" as being a surface iron versus a popper the rods are still very different, apples and oranges with completely different actions and applications intended to fish the lure and fight the fish totally differently. A Vertical Jigging rod versus a Popping rod is about as...
  88. johndtuttle

    Surface iron reels

    If 150 yards of 40# mono will get your target fish to the boat a Lexa 400 HD with 275 yards of 65# braid or Okuma Komodo/Revo Toro Beast with 275 yards of 50# braid will do it better, imo.
  89. johndtuttle

    Saltwater spinning gear

    Tell me more about this "high quality" spinning outfit...it wasn't a Fin Nor Lethal by chance? NVM, I see your answer above. :)
  90. johndtuttle

    lexa 300 hd vs curado 300ej

    Curado is discontinued, so you may be able to find a bargain out there. They certainly have caught their share. But the Lexa 300 HD with all stainless gears is a substantially tougher reel. Tranx 300 is certainly in the conversation, but has not much of a record so far.
  91. johndtuttle

    Why 2 piece popping rods?

    Guys that live where they fish love one piece rods. Most of the guys that pop (world wide) have to travel a long ways. Get an airline other than maybe Alaska or something to quote you a price on an 8' rod case....it can be hundreds of dollars extra. What is cool about the popping rods is that...
  92. johndtuttle

    Service of New Tranx

    Thanks very much for that Dan! Best to all at Shimano
  93. johndtuttle

    how far can you push the komodo

    All I can add to this is that its a very capable, but every reel choice has its trades. Casting lures, you are gonna love this thing. Bait, can do it, but a regular open faced star drag is still gonna be a little nicer to fish. A Komodo will cast a light bait exceptionally, but fishing the...
  94. johndtuttle

    Service of New Tranx

    Hi Shimano and Bantam1, We have seen the exciting new release of the Tranx 300/400 and the welcome addition of seals and new lubes to protect them from salt. Could you provide an "official position from Shimano" as to the advisability of self-service of the new reels? In the past, to my...
  95. johndtuttle

    Poppers Vs. Stickbaits? Floaters or Sinkers?

    Its a reasonable clone for reasonable money that will get bit but is not the incredibly high quality of the original Tackle House lure. Think of the difference between cheap Bass lures and Lucky Crafts + even better hardware.
  96. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    Yes, go up the Okuma forum and look there. Look for one of the Komodo threads and someone talks about the clamp.
  97. johndtuttle

    Line capacity recommendations for popping BF

    Solid info from Locke N Load. Start with the Slammer III Cubeye. It can handle anything you likely can and won't break the bank. :)
  98. johndtuttle

    Komodo Casting

    No clamps. Check the Okuma Forum there is a thread discussing this.
  99. johndtuttle

    Komodo 471 ss vs Lexa 400 HD xsp

    Toss up. Komodo may have a touch more cranking power, but its a touch more complicated inside to maintain (level wind mechanism bearings). But, being an engaged mechanism at all times its got more cranking power. Any of the reels from Abu, Daiwa, Okuma and Shimano are totally worthy.
  100. johndtuttle

    Best application: Lexa 400hd & avet mxj single speed

    Lexa is a reel for casting lures (poppers, iron, lipped hardbaits) rigged with braid and an 8-9' jig stick. The Avet is general duty bait or lite dropper loop style fishing (schoolie tuna or yellows on the surface, rockfish and WSB on the bottom). Need something with a little more oomph for...
  101. johndtuttle

    Fathom vs Touque

    40N excels at Wahoo Bombs or 80-100# bait/dropper/yo-yo.
  102. johndtuttle

    Best Popping stick for Stella 20000

    I prefer a little shorter rod when I can and that would be a Race Point between those 2 if I had to choose one. Either one are amazing rods. Truly have to be fished popping to appreciate.
  103. johndtuttle

    Popping for bluefin tuna.

    Heat and cold cycles (hot/cold packs) then the behind the legs trick using your knees to get it apart.
  104. johndtuttle

    Fathom vs Touque

    Maybe, but with a truly heavy fish on the difference is going to be performance. Fathom is very capable, but Torque is as capable as anything short of a VSX.
  105. johndtuttle

    Popping for bluefin tuna.

    If you are going to fish a spinning rod and reel for big tuna you do want the fulcrum as far away from the angler as possible. The closer you bring it to you the more control the fish has over you and the harder to lift the fish. Your arms should be straight and as high as possible just like...
  106. johndtuttle

    Best Popping stick for Stella 20000

    1. Stella 18K is a better choice for popping. The faster retrieve is very useful. 2. Shimano Ocea Plugger is a great all-around popping rod. 8' med with be my first choice. 3. There is a whole world outside of that but stick to people that really know popping like Black Hole, OTI and...
  107. johndtuttle

    Fathom vs Touque

    The Torque is a little stiffer framed and bodied. If you have the coin the Torque is the best all-around small LD made, not a doubt in my mind.
  108. johndtuttle

    Yoyo Iron VS Megabait VS Butterfly VS Diamond Style Jigs...?

    Most surface iron is big (mac sized) and fished slow. IF they are on Anchovies, then you will not get bit on something too big and too slow despite what others are posting. Also, there are many scenarios despite a wide open chew on the surface where no one can get bit, this is usually the fish...
  109. johndtuttle

    Yoyo Iron VS Megabait VS Butterfly VS Diamond Style Jigs...?

    Rather than focus on a particular type of iron focus on the size and presentation. All of them can be fished the same way and produce results but their action typically is best with their lure specific retrieve. Size matters because you need to get to the bottom when they are there or need to...
  110. johndtuttle

    Reels for slow pitch rods

    Use the heavy stuff for even local fish as big BFT will chew through 150#. Remember, this is a terminal connection that has to hold up for many fish.
  111. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo

    Schweet! :D
  112. johndtuttle

    Tranx 300/400/301/401

    Not really fair criticism jer dog. Vast majority of guys fishing this reel (like me) have no use for a reel clamp. best
  113. johndtuttle

    Tranx 300 vs Calcutta 400 round bait caster

    When the levelwind is synced to the line on the spool at all times there is less resistance when cranking under load (no friction from the angle being very sharp). Most of the modern large LP reels don't use this method as it does introduce resistance when casting (the friction of the mechanism...
  114. johndtuttle

    Tranx 300 vs Calcutta 400 round bait caster

    Just get an Okuma Komodo :).
  115. johndtuttle

    Tranx 300 vs Calcutta 400 round bait caster

    All of the above. The LP geometry with a smaller spool is a better caster, especially of light baits. The larger main gear allows a higher max drag, better power transmission and being stronger allows a longer handle (more cranking power for the same or higher gear ratio). A more narrow...
  116. johndtuttle

    How to Carry Your Poppers?

    Depends on luck and the fishing. One plano box like above is fine. I fished the Heru Skipjack in that box almost every fishing day on a 7 day and it has a dozen small tuna on it. So you might need only one :).
  117. johndtuttle

    How to Carry Your Poppers?

    Just haven't used the Ultras, sounds like I would love them. :)
  118. johndtuttle

    Tranx 300/400/301/401

    Thanks very much for that Dan.
  119. johndtuttle

    The correct setup (BlackHole, Maxel, Truth, Avet)

    For local vertical jigging/ yo-yo a 150gm CCS is a great place to start. Personally I hate the appearance of acid wrapped rods and the benefit is not enough for me. Local to Long Range and overseas 250 gm is very versatile but kinda dominates schoolie stuff. 350gm or heavier is a Cow rod, imo...
  120. johndtuttle

    How to Carry Your Poppers?

    Had the camera out so took a picture of one of my popper boxes: The one you are actively fishing will keep its hooks, but these others are waiting their turn. Much easier than hooks on all of them in combo with a box dedicated for hardware.
  121. johndtuttle

    Tranx 300/400/301/401

    Dan, saw a question on another site I would also like to know the answer to: Is the weight/size of the 300 and 400 the same?
  122. johndtuttle

    Komodo Casting

    Its a perfectly fine reel for surface iron and highly recommended unless you are putting it on an old school 10' Jig stick and want maximum casting distance. <<< this is really becoming a relic of the past. This type of reel put onto an 8' rod for all around use (bait, poppers, iron) is far more...
  123. johndtuttle

    Best Black Hole (or ?) blank for yo yo/vertical YT?

    I would take a BH 250 to Panama. It is a great all around rod for the possible brutes you will run into. Put a 2-speed conventional on it too. You can thank me later :).
  124. johndtuttle

    Best Black Hole (or ?) blank for yo yo/vertical YT?

    Flat Fall jigs are designed to be fished with Slow Pitch rods. These typically are about 6'6" with a semi-parabolic action. For instance, Shimano makes the Trevala-S for flat falls. Watch the videos of the fishing style and you'll see the long lifts and drops and twitches that rods specifically...
  125. johndtuttle

    Shimano Tranx 300 and 400

    There is not the slightest question that Stainless is a tougher gear material. BUT, there is some question whether it is needed in such light tackle reels. Brass is softer and so feels "smoother" but is gonna wear faster. As far as Komodo v Tranx goes no one that hasn't fished them side by...
  126. johndtuttle

    Shimano Tranx 300 and 400

    I don't think there is the slightest doubt that Shimano will have a terrific product in this hyper competitive segment. I will be interested in the size and strength of the gears and frame as compared to their competitors.
  127. johndtuttle

    Poppers Vs. Stickbaits? Floaters or Sinkers?

    2/0 Owner ST-66 with Hyper Wire split rings. Floating or Sinking, both are awesome.
  128. johndtuttle

    Poppers Vs. Stickbaits? Floaters or Sinkers?

    Stick baits are deadly effective and less tiring to work than poppers. If you can get bit on a stick bait it is my go to for all day fishing. Baby Runboh Daiwa Saltiga Slider Maria Loaded Yo Zuri Sashimi
  129. johndtuttle

    Tranx 300/400/301/401

    I'm really happy with the casting I get with 50#. I don't use Power Pro but surprised to hear it would not be fine. I'm sure you can find a line that casts great, and remember, 50# braid is strong stuff, plenty for fish that weigh the same.
  130. johndtuttle

    Tranx 300/400/301/401

    I would think that 275 yards of 50# is more than enough for local pelagics under 65# (majority of fish) and then 140 yards of 80# as a kelp cutter for Calicos. Daiwa rates the Lexa 400 for 300 yards of 55#. IF there is a real difference in capacity you aren't gonna notice it on a fish or if so...
  131. johndtuttle

    Shimano Tranx 300 and 400

    Sorry, not available in USA right now although some may have got one from Shimano NZ.
  132. johndtuttle

    Shimano Tranx 300 and 400

    Hey Dan, looking forward very much to the new offering and hope to do a write up for BD Outdoors looking at the new technical features like I have for Penn, Abu, Daiwa and Okuma. Let me know when they are available so we can share the guts with the guys. best
  133. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    I haven't fished it but that is mighty long for Tuna. Could be really fun on footballs, or lotta pain on larger models. 9' for smaller fish is the longest I have ever gone. 8' is my go to for all around popping.
  134. johndtuttle

    How to Carry Your Poppers?

    Do not store your poppers with hooks attached. Regular Plano boxes work fine. Most top quality poppers and stick baits are sold w/o hooks and you want Owner St-66 and Hyperwire split rings to rig them. So I have a completely separate hook box with all my needs in it. When you change poppers...
  135. johndtuttle

    Best Black Hole (or ?) blank for yo yo/vertical YT?

    The design of all of the Asian v West Coast jigging rods has to do with the style of lure used and how it is fished. They are both intended to minimize angler effort, but one is ideal for new tech (vertical jigs and 2-speed reels), the other is intended to fish old tech (ie Salas 6x and Star...
  136. johndtuttle

    Best Black Hole (or ?) blank for yo yo/vertical YT?

    BH Cape Cod Special 250gm with a 2-speed lever drag reel (ie Fathom 25N LD2) will slay any Yellow that ever swam better than anything "traditional west coast". Doesn't matter what platform you are on. Just load up the rod with the reel. When the rod relaxes (fish gives in to pressure), reel...
  137. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    Update: Upstream in the thread there was a report of a Komodo SS drag getting stuck and the update from Okuma was a simple answer. They have seen 2 reels so far that had the belleville washers in the drag stack oriented )) rather than the proper (). This allows the bellevilles to tip and...
  138. johndtuttle

    Can't decide which reel

    No worries, easy to do :).
  139. johndtuttle

    Can't decide which reel

    Penn Rates the 40N for 575 yards of 80#. Check the diameter of your 80# it sounds way over spec. The final capacity you get has a lot to do with the actual line diameter (go here: http://www.paulusjustfishing.com/4linetesting.htm) and pretty much nothing to do with what the line maker says...
  140. johndtuttle

    Hooks for Flatfall Jigs

    Use w/e works for you but the stickied thread explains why swivel and split ring is *generally* preferred. 1. Ease of changing jig weights/colors/style. 2. Less line twist (important for spinning set up esp). 3. Less cut offs. Assist hooks at the bottom or top doesn't matter mostly. Some...
  141. johndtuttle

    PENN Fierce 4000 - uneven line lay

    Penn has shims that are made for the Battle II that might work. They'll have to chime in though.
  142. johndtuttle

    Top rated spinning reel in the 2500-3000 size ...

    Define "3000"....as Daiwa, Shimano and Penn versions are all different sizes. As well, what is the intended use? Could change things rather a bit.
  143. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    SCHWEET. :D
  144. johndtuttle

    Can't decide which reel

    Nearly 600 of 80#..
  145. johndtuttle

    help matching a reel to a Hamachi 20 - 50 jig rod

    For jigging the reel you want is a Shimano Spheros. Nice low gear ratio for moving jigs. But fish heavier line and leader. 65# braid to a short heavy leader (ie 100#) for reef donkeys and roosters.
  146. johndtuttle

    Can't decide which reel

    You'll get a lot more use out of the 40N than a 60. So 40N all day with 80#. Best all around size in the Slammer III is the 6500 and about 300 yards of 65#.
  147. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    Yea, not to be a hater but I bet it tests the same as PP 65#....maybe more consistent but its not true 80#. No one to my knowledge has a secret way to make spectra lines stronger than anyone else, maybe just better quality control. Regardless, until that stuff is independently tested no one...
  148. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    You might be out of luck with a clamp just yet. But ask around, I don't know for sure.
  149. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    Schweet! :) I prefer 65# for all around (including live bait) or for tuna popping. 80# to me is a niche rig (kelp cutter).
  150. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    This is the same reel. Its a "400" or "450" depending on who you talk to. The first number in "471" is the size (400), the second two are the gear ratio (7:1). Its about the same size as a Lexa "400" and bigger than "350" reels. This sizing thing is all unofficial and based off of bass reels.
  151. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    Absolutely it will. Nice rods.
  152. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    Well, if you are fishing 80# as a kelp cutter rig it doesn't really matter but I got about 225-250 yards of 65# PP on there, so figure maybe 175 yards of 80# max...depends on how thick the line really is, not what the maker says.
  153. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    More or less, it has the same drag (mas o menos) as a Trini 20 in it so.... But I fish 65# braid and 100# shortie leader popping.
  154. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    I was stoked to fish the SCT Inshore 8' XH. Tuna to ~40# was fun.
  155. johndtuttle

    Drag issue on Fathom 25 NLD2

    They can be a little over greased from the factory, probably more that than heat I suspect. But, a cleaning of grease from the spool shaft and re-oiling with a fast oil will improve free spool.
  156. johndtuttle

    Drag issue on Fathom 25 NLD2

    Sorry about that. I fixed the link :).
  157. johndtuttle

    Drag issue on Fathom 25 NLD2

    What has likely happened is someone backed off the preset knob nearly all the way and the cam has jumped out of it's track. Simple fix by following my tutorial on the reel on Alan Tani's site. If the braid is not slipping it's a 2 minute fix. Use this tutorial for the preset knob and cam, its...
  158. johndtuttle

    Yellows on Abu Toro Beast 60HS

    The Beast uses an all brass gear train. The "idle" gears for the Line lay mechanism is plastic in all such reels to save ounces and is ideal for the task. Beast: Max Toro:
  159. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    Yep! Has clicker:
  160. johndtuttle

    Will NEW Daiwa Saltists Replace the Islas?

    The Saltist and the BG are identical other than mag-sealed bearings. A little more protection maybe, but no more performance on a fish.
  161. johndtuttle

    Will NEW Daiwa Saltists Replace the Islas?

    No, not remotely close to the Islas. One is a budget $100 reel, the other is a $600 beast. http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/topic/665773-daiwa-bg-2016-saltwater-service-tutorial-and-first-look/
  162. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    Its very hard to say that one retrieval speed or another is better for one's individual fishing because there are so many styles and variables and one reel's 7:1 is not the same as another's due to different spool heights and handle lengths. So they may have the same IPT, but different effort...
  163. johndtuttle

    40 lb. set up

    Naw, easy choice because there is not a bad rec in the thread. You can't go wrong. Besides, no such thing as only one 40# rig. Penn Fathom/Torque 25N LD2, Calstar 700M (20-50) or 700H (30-60) your choice. That will land 95% of the fish caught from Alaska to Cabo be it fly lined bait, yo-yo or...
  164. johndtuttle

    go to surface iron set up

    Kinda tough to make a rec to someone working on the sport fleet but a lighter set up may get some use like a Phenix M1 82H and a Komodo SS 400. Long rods and old school reels are not always the ticket when something lighter and fun will be the ticket for schoolies.
  165. johndtuttle

    Tranx opinions

    The Aussies maintain that having the crank on the right is better and "more natural" lol. Like I said, it really is all in your head. If we fish spinners the way we do we could easily fish conventional reels "lefty" too and catch some fish. :)
  166. johndtuttle

    Tranx opinions

    Sorry, gotta go with Bantam on this one. Dan could have easily gone with a "canned" answer but instead he actually talked fishing with you and for that he should be commended. Righty vs lefty is all in your head. Down under they all fish spinning reels lefty because that is the convention there...
  167. johndtuttle

    Komodo 450

    For bassin' and such the Curado is still very good and adequate. Its when you want it to do more than that a Komodo is more reel.
  168. johndtuttle

    Makaira SEa VS Penn VSX

    The differences between the reels are very small, the Maks having a couple of changes that are apples to oranges differences. Those are the helical cut gears of the Mak that will mesh more quietly at the cost of some strength and efficiency. The other is the AR on the Maks which is silent at the...
  169. johndtuttle

    Pros/cons of 300vs400 size LP baitcasters?

    No worries, Todd. Great reel, go have fun. :)
  170. johndtuttle

    Pros/cons of 300vs400 size LP baitcasters?

    whoa there. He did not say that at all. The difference between the Abu reels is small. The difference between a Daiwa 300 v. 400 are very significant. The Abu reels are the same frame, just a different spool size. All internals are otherwise identical. The Daiwas use different *everything*...
  171. johndtuttle

    which reel?

    No worries, Mikey. But there is more to a new product than initial price, like a track record of service and support.
  172. johndtuttle

    which reel?

    The new Pro Gear reels have a lot to prove yet, like will they stay in business this time? @OP I would be skeptical that the above poster with 10 total posts on this site is a person you should be taking advice from...though I wish Pro Gear all the best.
  173. johndtuttle

    Penn Torque Free spool

    Take a look at my tutorial here: http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=9685.0 It very likely is simply a case of too much grease on the spool bits. A cleaning and oiling will improve free spool dramatically. But, free spool is over-rated. what you really should be concerned about is does the...
  174. johndtuttle

    Another "which reel" Thread...

    Yes, the Torque over the Trini. But, to be sure, we are debating the various merits of the best reels in the world. There isn't a dog in the bunch. :) The new Saltigas will use a mag-sealed bearing in the handle as far as I know (Daiwa USA).
  175. johndtuttle

    Daiwa BG 5000 Saltwater: First Look/Review (image heavy)

    I'd get the 4000 which is the same weight as the 3500 (17 oz) but has a little more capacity. It will hold ~300 yards of 30 lb.
  176. johndtuttle

    Daiwa BG 5000 Saltwater: First Look/Review (image heavy)

    Noooo, much much bigger. A Shimano 5k (11 oz) holds ~300 yards of 20 lb braid. This Daiwa 5K (~22 oz) holds ~300 yards of 65 lb braid. Daiwa site has the specs for the full range of sizes. There is a typo in the drag for the smallest ones, should be 4kg, not 4lbs.
  177. johndtuttle

    Another "which reel" Thread...

    All of these reels make plenty of drag. Its based on the size of the respective main gears. You can't have a small gear and high drag unless you pay other penalties. I would stay away from Maxel until they have a track record of service and support. Saltiga I am not in on the mag-sealed...
  178. johndtuttle

    Another "which reel" Thread...

    Are you talking the lever drag (only 2 abu style dogs) or the star drag (instant clutch plus 2 abu style back ups)?. The only complaint about the star drags I have ever heard is too much grease (in both actually) and trying to slam it in gear with the spool loaded (price you pay for better...
  179. johndtuttle

    Another "which reel" Thread...

    The 35 is a narrow 40 similar to how a Trini 16 is a narrow 20. Just a different convention for numbering it. If you aren't looking hard at a Penn Tor 25N you are missing the casting cream of the crop.
  180. johndtuttle

    Another "which reel" Thread...

    Define casting? Live bait reel? Penn Torque is arguably the best in the world. But any of the Trini/Saltiga family are excellent too. Surface iron? Cannot surpass a Revo Toro Beast. But Daiwa/Shimano/Okuma are right there too.
  181. johndtuttle

    Reel repair Dana point?

    Sorry you had the trouble Lone Shark. If I had to guess its too much grease. Penn tries to get the assembly techs to do a good job well greasing the reels at the factory and sometimes they go overboard.
  182. johndtuttle

    which reel?

    South of $300 (and closer to $200) you aren't going to do better than a Fathom 25N.
  183. johndtuttle

    BD Outdoors Tagline

    BD Outdoors: Be all you can Beiber Outdoors. BD Outdoors: where "that guy" has been shortened to "Carl". :) BD Outdoors: Its a Tuna Jihad/Special Olympics, depending on the day. BD Outdoors: If you don't know how, WA has a place for you. BD Outdoors: Get yer Slay on. LOL
  184. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    Oh, sorry man, that is very disappointing. I'm sure its something simple. Let us know what Okuma says. :(
  185. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    See this post if you have any needs about servicing your Lexa: http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/daiwa-lexa-400hs-p-service-tutorial-and-maintenance-tips.584655/ If the future I expect we'll see beefed up tank versions of the large LP reels with heavier frames etc. Any conventional reel...
  186. johndtuttle

    Daiwa saltiga 30t & 20

    Contact Daiwa through their website. You should have no trouble.
  187. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    Keep us posted as to the resolution please. :)
  188. johndtuttle

    Black Hole Challengers - Game time!

    I don't have any experience with the Tilefish.
  189. johndtuttle

    Black Hole Challengers - Game time!

    Very nicely. The skipjack is a non-floating popper (for density and casting into the wind) and a rod like the 80G is ideal to get it popping. Get a Skipjack moving right away after it splashes down.
  190. johndtuttle

    Black Hole Challengers - Game time!

    Action and number of pieces. The Challenger is an 8' one piece little bit of a moderate fast blank IIRC. Pretty sure this one uses the Nano construction. The 80G is a 2-piece pure graphite popping blank rated to 200gm lures. This will be the most responsive blank when moving lures. Action is...
  191. johndtuttle

    Bulletproof 30 size troller?

    Not a first choice given the power of 2-speed reels...but fact of the matter is Penn 6/0 have probably landed more big BFT than any reel ever made or ever will. You can slowly hot rod them too with upgrades and make a solid tank for trolling.
  192. johndtuttle

    Reel for Phenix SMX-82H

    Komodo just has a little more oomf for the larger models but is still very light and compact at 11 oz. The rod can handle more (like schoolie tuna and yellows) so that's why I suggested something a little more capable than a Lexa 300. The Komodo SS will have more drag and stronger gears. The...
  193. johndtuttle

    Komodo 450

    Yes, no, maybe.....can you repeat the....never mind.... For Popping where speed is at a premium the faster reels can be enormous effort savers over the day and you are scratching for bites. The dilemma is that what is ideal for "fishing" poppers will have about 15% less cranking power for...
  194. johndtuttle

    Komodo 450

    I don't know, thuy, we'll have to wait for Okuma.
  195. johndtuttle

    Reel for Phenix SMX-82H

    In that case any of the 300 size reels are fine.
  196. johndtuttle

    PAID MLPA LIARS HERE TO PROMOTE THE GOVERNMENT LIES?

    Um, guy....the Science you are referring to shows unequivocally that sea levels are rising world wide. The very links that you show make that perfectly clear. What is missing from your comprehension of what you are looking at is this thing called Plate Tectonics...the Plate that much of coastal...
  197. johndtuttle

    Reel for Phenix SMX-82H

    `what fishes are you targeting and what line class are you going to fish? Personally, I find the 300 sized reels pretty much confined to bassin', a 350 size reel much more versatile with more drag for a surprise yellow or tuna. Abu Revo Toro S or Komodo SS 364p are in a sweet spot right now.
  198. johndtuttle

    I need REEL advice

    The Penn Torque is quite a bit more reel than any of the reels mentioned in this thread and the best caster. Made in USA. http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=6494.0
  199. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    Did you crank the drag down to try and get it away from the shark? It sounds like the Clutch is grabbing the drag/ar sleeve and not releasing it. This can sometimes happen. East fix, but get it to Okuma or another repair shop.
  200. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    Sorry you had trouble. There is always the chance of getting a lemon. what trouble did you have? Cast control is twofold: 1. The spool tension knob should be adjusted so that what you are casting falls slowly to the ground. Not too slow and you can over do it, you will know. 2. The...
  201. johndtuttle

    Capt. Sam Moore at the helm on the Intrepid

    I'll tell you who the ideal poster is: Someone who doesn't jump into a thread to throw shade and just lets people be stoked. Any adult can do the translating and recognize the "homers" that love a particular boat and no one is immune to a little spraying after a good trip. Its all good. Just...
  202. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    The large low profile reels are replacing my old 3/0 sized star drags as my "do it all" reels with a little more emphasis on casting lures than older reels. Poppers? Check. Live Bait? Check. Surface Iron? Check. Yo-yo? Check. Swim Baits? Check. SP Minnows or Lucky Crafts? Check. Vertical...
  203. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    First off, I would say the thumb button on the Komodo SS is pretty narrow, more so than a Lexa or the older Abu Revo NaCl. So I don't anticipate the same sort of binding problems. That will have to withstand a greater test of time of course. Fully spooled at the top of the spool I got about 18...
  204. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    Yes, but only in the 6.3:1 ratio (34" IPT).
  205. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    welcome boss! :)
  206. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    Buncha rods for Cedros but you have to keep in mind you don't know if a Checker or a big yellow is gonna pick up your bait but an ideal swimbait rod is probably the ticket. I am hopeful that the Okuma SCTi XH would be one choice, but I don't have it in my hands yet to confirm. They are just...
  207. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    I don't have one on hand right now. The Lexa is a longer reel: The Komodo SS in 400 size is about the same width, but shorter (height) and not stretched as long: But that is the best I can do for you right now with two separate images. The Komodo is definitely smaller and a better fit in...
  208. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    Hey Gerry, the Komodo SS 471P ( "400" 16 oz) is a much smaller and lighter reel than a Tranx ("500" 22 oz) with a somewhat smaller capacity to match. It has about the same spool height of a Komodo 364 or Revo Toro Beast but is just a little little wider and stouter. Very similar to a Lexa 400 as...
  209. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    It depends on what you are gonna use it for Lou. I am gonna pair it with an Okuma SCTi inshore rod 801XH for small poppers and crank/stick baits. But any of the traditional jig sticks for surface iron would work too for that application. what do you have in mind?
  210. johndtuttle

    Another reason to hate Carl...

    FNG! LOL
  211. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    The Lexa 400 HD is very solid as well and the differences between the top offerings from Abu, Daiwa, Okuma and Shimano are not large enough to be deal breakers or makers necessarily. The Komodo SS has a "synced" levelwind mechanism that keeps it centered over the line coming off the spool at...
  212. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo SS 471P: First Look

    OK, another post giving a preview of another "new" reel introduced at ICAST 2016 and just coming into stock now at a fisho store near you etc. This is the Okuma Komodo SS a "400" sized LP baitcaster that uses an all stainless steel gear train and makes ~30 lbs of drag. I put "new" in...
  213. johndtuttle

    Lexa vs Curado cast control

    Don't stress and yes, the brakes are inside the left side. Very easy to pop open and adjust, usually done on the water so you can test and find the right number of them to click on. Don't drop the side plate in the water ha-ha. :) The idea is that different amounts of brake are needed on...
  214. johndtuttle

    Komodo 450

    The Yoke and Clutch Cam on all of these reels is typically a synthetic part, in other places they are used as bushings or housings etc. All very proven stuff. You can see plastic yokes in 30 year old Shimano Bantams and ABU 6500's (first baitcasters). Very proven. They are used in places where...
  215. johndtuttle

    Komodo 450

    Phenix M1 Inshore SMX 79H. I'd like to try one of the new Okuma SCT rods but I haven't seen one yet.
  216. johndtuttle

    Komodo 450

    More pics: All of these images have been from a Komodo 471P with the 120mm power handle: The Thumb Button opening into the body is well protected from splashes entering the reel: Titanium Nitride coating for the line guide. That's a little wax from spooling tightly with power pro...
  217. johndtuttle

    Komodo 450

    Here's a few pics. Got about ~250 yards of PP 65 lb on there: Next to a Revo Toro Rocket. It looks much bigger but its not. They are both about the same height. The Komodo SS is just a little wider: Flat Grey: Only ~16 oz. One of the improvements is a much simpler method of adjusting...
  218. johndtuttle

    Daiwa BG 5000 Saltwater: First Look/Review (image heavy)

    No worries. :) And this whole "mag-seal" business is a real worry for me too. The good news is that the latest versions of reels that use it have it staying put and working to prevent water intrusion, but there is no practical self service option yet :(.
  219. johndtuttle

    Daiwa BG 5000 Saltwater: First Look/Review (image heavy)

    Naw, nothing to worry about. I mean, I do appreciate your concern, but in application there are no worries the groove affecting your line. In either Penn's or Daiwa's case it has no effect. The groove on my reel is barely noticeable under a finger tip. I am waiting for Daiwa to confirm but...
  220. johndtuttle

    Daiwa BG 5000 Saltwater: First Look/Review (image heavy)

    This one has no mag sealing at all. Just traditional high tolerance bearings. which also means don't get it wet (ie dunk)! :D
  221. johndtuttle

    Komodo 450

    Stay tuned guys, I should have one to open up and share early next week. :)
  222. johndtuttle

    Went Tuna fishing 302 8-26

    Good eats and beats a skunk any day. :)
  223. johndtuttle

    Daiwa BG 5000 Saltwater: First Look/Review (image heavy)

    Hello there fishos. ;D This is a new offering from Daiwa just presented at ICAST 2016 and a more complete review by the esteemed "Alan Hawk" can be seen on his site: http://www.alanhawk.com where he does his usual fine job for those interested in a truly in depth review. This post is going to...
  224. johndtuttle

    Daiwa Lexa 400HS-P: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips

    If someone sent me one I would take a look but its not something I would track down. For the same coin or less the Abu Toro S or Okuma Komodo 364 are truly impossible to beat. And then there still is Daiwa and Shimano.
  225. johndtuttle

    Size? Stradic FK 5000 VS Daiwa Ballistic 4000

    Its a simple knob just like the one on your Tranx. Runs on two bearings and one screw to remove.
  226. johndtuttle

    Size? Stradic FK 5000 VS Daiwa Ballistic 4000

    Hey Gerry, the 5k and the 6k use the same handle, with a different size knob. All interchangeable. I love the 5k size. Very light but very capable. :)
  227. johndtuttle

    Need help with squeaky Curado 300EJ

    It goes back in from the inside. Be sure to orient it properly. Grease the receptacle before putting it back it to help keep it from seizing in there. Do not grease the bearing itself, but a lite oil is fine.
  228. johndtuttle

    Size? Stradic FK 5000 VS Daiwa Ballistic 4000

    No, see this post that confirms the capacity of the Clash 4000: http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/topic/661741-spool-capacities-of-clash-4k-5k-6k-and-8k-surprising-results/ It will hold 300 yards of Power Pro 30#. A Clash 5k holds as much as a Shimano 8/10K (but is still much lighter).
  229. johndtuttle

    Size? Stradic FK 5000 VS Daiwa Ballistic 4000

    Check out the Penn Clash 4000. Its very light and compact and has the capacity of a Shimano 6K. Same weight as a Stradic FK 5000 but more capacity and drag. Still has an all metal (alu) body. Not a huge fan of the Ballistic due to the all graphite body and mag seal of the pinion.
  230. johndtuttle

    Size? Stradic FK 5000 VS Daiwa Ballistic 4000

    Ballistic 4k is roughly the same as a Shimano 6k. Definitely more capacity and slightly larger reel overall than a Stradic.
  231. johndtuttle

    What would I use an Fathom 25nLD for?

    Its a definite upgrade. More drag, more cranking power by far. Better for yo-yo or bait. This is the look at the innards you want. The above vid is of the star drag version, this one is of the 2-speed Lever Drag: http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=11570.0
  232. johndtuttle

    Best rust preventative for saltwater

    wd-40 is actually ok as a surface protector, as it dries it leaves a very protective film. It is absolutely terrible on moving parts as it wears away so fast and will remove any other lube present. Shimano knobs don't like it either. I am liking corrosion-x grease for the moving parts of stuff...
  233. johndtuttle

    Penn Warfare (help)

    Hey Mike, a couple of tips: 1. yes, wet line is good. 2. Educated Thumb: whatever you are casting will slow down sooner than the the spool is spinning, this leads to bird's nests. Your thumb has to be the brake that keeps the spool moving at the same speed as the lure you are casting...
  234. johndtuttle

    200 lber on the Flatfall - Eclipse Aug 13-14

    LOL probably goes closer to 225 LOL. Sorry for the misfortune...hope he got some fish!
  235. johndtuttle

    Yellows on Abu Toro Beast 60HS

    A couple of points of clarification: The Beast makes more drag (legit 25#) than a Torium 16/20 (listed as 24# but that is debatable), so it is far more capable than a Trini 14 (13#). If you want a less expensive version (around $199) there is always the Toro S. Just some of the extras of the...
  236. johndtuttle

    Tranx 500HG

    65# braid to short (3-4') 100# mono leader.
  237. johndtuttle

    Yellows on Abu Toro Beast 60HS

    *Very* different reel. The NaCl is old school LP reel that is wide and ergo has a level wind mechanism that must be synced to the spool when casting. Otherwise there is too much friction. Similarly to the Lexa, the Revo Toro does not sync the level wind when casting using a taller spool and a...
  238. johndtuttle

    Yellows on Abu Toro Beast 60HS

    For slow pitch jigging (flat falls) you could use a Shimano Trevala S For surface iron and popping a Phenix SMX 79H or SMX 82H would be perfect. Fish: Anything you think you can handle with 250 yards of 50# braid and 25# of drag ( ie tuna to 100#).
  239. johndtuttle

    Yellows on Abu Toro Beast 60HS

    No comparison. The Toro Beast has vastly more power than either of those. The Beast's main gear is 45mm and it comes with 3 handles. The longest power handle is 90 mm which makes it longer than the handle on a Tranx. Basically you are getting the cranking power of the the Tranx in a 13 oz reel...
  240. johndtuttle

    Yellows on Abu Toro Beast 60HS

    Thanks for that Gerry. Its the real deal. The Revo Toro Beast HS has a 6.2:1 ratio but still massive cranking power for a 13 oz reel and a verified 25# of drag max: At ICAST 2016 this year Abu also release the Toro Rocket which is an ideal popping (high speed) low profile reel with 42" IPT...
  241. johndtuttle

    San Q locals not happy with Long Range Fleet

    Yea, well the local cooperative doesn't sell the permits, the Mexican government does...and the LR fleet is fishing legally. I am sympathetic to all concerned. But the local cooperative doesn't make the law.
  242. johndtuttle

    Pacific Queen, 8/9

    Settle down. He probably posted the numbers trying to be a helpful nice guy, not burn anyone. But what he should learn from this thread is that the Sporties don't dig it. Its not remotely illegal, or even wrong necessarily. Someone paid a fare on the boat which was open to the public and...
  243. johndtuttle

    Jigmaster for yoyo option...?

    It can be tuned up to be a fine bait reel. Need to have the aluminum (not chrome over brass) spool (far lighter) and upgrade the bushings to bearings (simple) and it is a great 20-30# bait reel. Otherwise, anything close to the bottom has to be a modest puller (hali, lings, rockfish etc). A...
  244. johndtuttle

    Jigmaster for yoyo option...?

    Yo-yo for Yellows? Not enough drag or cranking power to be a strong choice. But if you can tolerate an ass kicking (getting yellow winched in...) or deal with getting corn-holed if the fish are on the bottom (broke off on the bottom) a jig master has caught a lot of fish over the years. About...
  245. johndtuttle

    LX Raptor Noisy Bearings after only 3 months

    Ceramic are worse than Stainless Steel for this application. They have LESS resistance to the crushing forces of the axial loads that lead to most bearing destruction in Avet reels (though salt can play a role too). Any reel can get in trouble in 3 mos if salt really did get inside, and any...
  246. johndtuttle

    Daiwa Lexa 400HD no freespool.

    Might have been an assembly issue letting the Pinion bite into the plastic yoke and getting things jammed up. Its about the only way I can think of where a brand new reel gets damaged enough to lead to the replacement of all those parts.
  247. johndtuttle

    Lexa 400hd cast control

    On the right side is the spool tension knob, this should be set so the jig falls with a little slowing from the tip with the thumb button depressed (reel out of gear). Then, the left side is a magnetic cast control This means that it brakes the same amount during the entire cast (good for heavy...
  248. johndtuttle

    Wow it looks like I am now Being threatend with violence lol

    That's not a Cow no matter what you told that girl you were trying to bang. LOL
  249. johndtuttle

    Komodo 450

    Speed for Wahoo and popping, cranking power for iron and jigging.
  250. johndtuttle

    Wind on leader ?

    Technically, that is correct. But a casting windon is sized so it doesn't go on the spool as there is too much memory left on heavy leader and it therefore won't go through the first guide well if it gets on the spool. It also uses a special and more compact serve to cast through the guides...
  251. johndtuttle

    Wind on leader ?

    what you want for serious business are Basil's casting windons. http://www.bhptackle.com/home.php?cat=215 For cheapo just tie your connections (I like Bob Sands knot) and use a short bite 3-4' leader.
  252. johndtuttle

    If it does not go 200 lbs its not a cow.

    You'll catch more flies (paying clients) with honey rather than vinegar. Let him be known as the captain who tells fish stories on the internet. Anyone with experience can see for himself. However, you don't want to be known on the internet for crying about stuff that has no effect on you or...
  253. johndtuttle

    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    Keep in mind that they are well aware of the danger they are in but it comes down to knowing the rod and their drag setting. If you high stick at lowish drag (for the rod) then the drag will save you, releasing enough to prevent breakage. If your drag is very high (for the rod) that is when you...
  254. johndtuttle

    JOINED THE TRANX PARTY---QUESTION

    80# would be for a kelp cutter rig for local Yellows or Cedros. 65# for Tuna/Wahoo offshore.
  255. johndtuttle

    Daiwa BG 2016 spinning. Reeld

    Not sure about the line roller. Not a deal maker or breaker regardless. Pinion is Brass, the crosswind gear is Alu/zinc.
  256. johndtuttle

    Popping for BFT, YT, YFT, etc. on Conventional Gear

    Just so stoked to see people out there doing it and the popularity of pretty much the most exciting fishing there is: Popping. The results speak for themselves. :) A+ for effort SoCal. A for results (it really was an epic year). But more anglers will do even better once they hone their skills...
  257. johndtuttle

    Limits of Ocea Plugger

    No formula, every rod is different. Remember, "High Sticking" is a rod position so all bets are off if the rod goes truly vertical and the fish is straight down. Any rod will break because the guide friction can add a lot of force so the drag won't necessarily save you when you ask the rod to...
  258. johndtuttle

    Limits of Ocea Plugger

    Ok, this is an old topic for experienced popping dudes but this image is a good example of "High Sticking" (credit to pametfisher a pro wind on maker): High Sticking is when the rod is straight up, but the fish is straight down and will break *ANY* rod. The idea is that if the rod is...
  259. johndtuttle

    Which reel - Stella or Daiwa Saltiga Dogfight

    As above: Stella 18k versus Saltiga 6500H are high speed popping reels. Stella 20k is preferred by some for the additional cranking power and slightly more capacity on the largest models, but the 18K is preferred for all day fishing over smaller models because the high speed retrieve saves...
  260. johndtuttle

    Limits of Ocea Plugger

    lol...that video is silly. :) 12kg (25#) at 70 degrees is pretty damn good and can nearly kill anything. Hang 25# off the end of an 8' rod and lift it. Its going to feel like 100#'s to the angler. 95% of the guys interested in popping are gonna want no part of that. What is actually needed is...
  261. johndtuttle

    Rod to go with Saltiga spinner

    The Race Point are perfect tuna popping rods, but best to talk to Sami or Paul. Just pick up the phone. :) I have been lusting after a Ripple Fisher Big Tuna though :D.
  262. johndtuttle

    Rod to go with Saltiga spinner

    Seriously, if you have a Saltiga 6500H then it deserves a real rod to go with it... Talk to Sami and Paul and saltywater tackle. They know more about popping for Tuna than anyone in the world. One of their Race Point specials would be perfect with the rod weight depending on just how big 'un...
  263. johndtuttle

    Am I ready for the Lupe

    A couple of caveats with JB 60. It's ABS is in the 80-90# range and so can be fished with 30#'s of drag at any time. However, it is exceptionally limp and is prone to "micro wind knots" these are so small I have only found them by feel. These may explain some mystery breakoffs on the hook set...
  264. johndtuttle

    Am I ready for the Lupe

    Its a different type of windon optimized for casting with a spinning reel that uses a very short leader. Only 10' and less than 15' total IIRC. I loved the 1/2 dozen I bought, but used them all up and sent one to Jamie.
  265. johndtuttle

    Am I ready for the Lupe

    I sure wish I knew what the actual breaking strength of maxcuatro was....:(
  266. johndtuttle

    Am I ready for the Lupe

    If you can get 300 yards of JB 60 you are gtg. :) Get some of Basil's casting windons for L2L....so dreamy....
  267. johndtuttle

    Need advice booking first ever LR trip!

    I think I wrote that poorly. I kinda mean the opposite of how it can be read. What I was trying to say was that if it IS safe for the boat to be at sea, it sails and if it is safe to be fishing then it fishes....That sea state may not be ideal for first timers going LR and can produce...
  268. johndtuttle

    Am I ready for the Lupe

    Saragosa 10K is a little small, but doubtful you will get spooled. Unfortunately Saragosa doesn't come in a "14K" size and that really is the perfect all around popping reel (~400 yards of 65#)....
  269. johndtuttle

    line reccomendation

    Saragosa 10k or Penn Clash 6k.
  270. johndtuttle

    Okuma Makraira Spinner: Okuma Goes Beast-Mode Preview

    OK, one of the more interesting things about the new Makaira is the powerful drag (~65# max per Okuma) that has some significant design and tech in it's construction. But I haven't been able to test it yet waiting for the 100# braid I will spool it with (and yes, that is what you need to test...
  271. johndtuttle

    Old Lexa 400 Vs. New Lexa 400HD Vs. Komodo 450

    The Komodo 450 only has to be the same reel as the Komodo 364 to be the best of the bunch in that size...which really only has the Lexa 400 as competition. The Lexa 400 HD has slightly tougher internals than the standard Lexa but is not deal maker or breaker one way or the other. They all need...
  272. johndtuttle

    New Shimano Reels

    More power to you guys Dan. You are absolutely right that Shimano leads in innovation and invented the Large LP reel as we know them today. When your next reel is right we look forward to seeing it. :)
  273. johndtuttle

    Okuma Makraira Spinner: Okuma Goes Beast-Mode Preview

    Under the Rotor is a dedicated housing for the Rotor Nut that screws off with a no-mar set of pliers: P1030958_zpsvgwov4xb by johndtuttle, on Flickr P1030960_zpsvgsipaet by johndtuttle, on Flickr The Rotor Nut itself houses a bearing for a true "floating shaft": P1030957_zpsbgt3lsus by...
  274. johndtuttle

    line reccomendation

    In a Terez the XH will have more nuts and better lift on the larger models. An Ocea Plugger 83H too, more likely to get the most out of that reel. For less expensive and very tough the OTI Ocean Extreme 60-80 is always a favorite or a Tuna Sniper. Just no sense in having a ton of capacity (for...
  275. johndtuttle

    line reccomendation

    Jerry Brown 100# Hollow. Loop to Loop to a casting windon at least 130#. You actually need more rod for that reel.
  276. johndtuttle

    Need advice booking first ever LR trip!

    Never take the fiance on a trip LR. Great way to ruin a romance unless she likes fishing *more* than you do and is a real trooper in the face of adversity.... Better bet would be staying at the Four Seasons Punta Mita and then doing day trips with Lora or Danny Osuna etc...If she gets sea sick...
  277. johndtuttle

    Okuma Makraira Spinner: Okuma Goes Beast-Mode Preview

    I have a short preview on another site that I'll move here soon. http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/topic/658609-okuma-metalloid-spinner-icast-sneak-peak-and-preview/
  278. johndtuttle

    Okuma Makraira Spinner: Okuma Goes Beast-Mode Preview

    Thanks Nate. More to come. :)
  279. johndtuttle

    Okuma Makraira Spinner: Okuma Goes Beast-Mode Preview

    Before moving on some notes about the Frame and Side Plates: Makira-Forged-Machined-Aluminum-Frame-262x300_zpscaoat1fn by johndtuttle, on Flickr P1120017_zpsmdeaqtgs by johndtuttle, on Flickr P1120015_zpslmheyzk8 by johndtuttle, on Flickr P1120004_zpsaqkcavy3 by johndtuttle, on Flickr...
  280. johndtuttle

    Okuma Makraira Spinner: Okuma Goes Beast-Mode Preview

    Hey Guys, Okuma had a number of notable introductions this ICAST 2016 and none more interesting for the future than the Makaira reel which will be their new top spinning reel. Typically Okuma uses their "Makaira" moniker to denote a flag ship product like their Makaira 2-speed conventional...
  281. johndtuttle

    Looking for budget jigging rod (don't laugh)

    Honestly, I am stoked that St. Croix is giving it a go and sees that vertical jigging is well worth pursuing. In that sense for Made in USA it is a very good thing and I really look forward to seeing the rods out there. But, one reason I have been happy to recommend the BH CCS rods is that...
  282. johndtuttle

    Looking for budget jigging rod (don't laugh)

    The Blank weighs 3 oz, not the total build. Probably closer to 10-12oz built (a guess). A Black Hole jigging rod totally built is like 8oz.
  283. johndtuttle

    Surface Iron/Popper Casting Distance

    700H is not going to be a long distance caster. Pretty hard to really get it to load with a conventional reel and stay in control due to its fast action. It will do it but be no record setter. The length of the 850M and the softer tip should help a lot but its pretty light for popping (20-40)...
  284. johndtuttle

    My first Cow Tuna Locally and a royal ass kicking.

    Great job, but get some real gear for them Cows like a Penn Torque 40N LD2 LOL. :D so jelly!
  285. johndtuttle

    Rig for a little kid..

    The large LP reels are super fun, but are a little lacking in cranking power for a newbie small person. You are going to have to lift and wind rather than set in on the rail and crank. That's why I went with the Squall 15.
  286. johndtuttle

    Bluefin 80 lbs 7 miles

    I call popper hax! :D
  287. johndtuttle

    Went all in on Popping gear and got it done!

    Looks like a Strategic Anglers stick bait. I don't own any SA lures but stick baits are deadly effective too. Less work to fish than poppers. @Eric: Nice fish! Yep, you have figured out that even though it is lightweight rods and reels it is not light line fishing and you can fish very, very...
  288. johndtuttle

    Hi's Tackle 7day on the Royal Polaris Trip Report

    Yep, them yellows on the Ridge will wear you out. :) Sore arms from Wahoo...life is rough! LOL Thanks for the report. ps Stupid Poppers! :D
  289. johndtuttle

    Rod and Reel Combo for Flat fall Jigs

    Because it is easier to tell when you get picked up on the first drop. If you are watching your line it immediately stops. With conventional your spool keeps spinning and you can more easily miss the pick up. Also, because the jig doesn't have to overcome the inertia of the spool to pull line...
  290. johndtuttle

    Rod and Reel Combo for Flat fall Jigs

    I know where you can find one at least! LOL
  291. johndtuttle

    BFT EVERYWHERE 7/13

    Yea, if you are gonna fish a long topshot on a conventional reel go 60#...and still add 3-4' of 100# of bite leader on the end. :)
  292. johndtuttle

    Rod and Reel Combo for Flat fall Jigs

    ROFL. You incredible bed wetter. I called Garibaldi a "motherfucker" after (you) threatened me via pm but you are not him LOL? You just outed yourself as the shit lord Internet Stalker you are coming back after repeated bans. Thanks for confirming your identity Garibaldi/Garry Hagen. Ali will...
  293. johndtuttle

    Rod and Reel Combo for Flat fall Jigs

    ROFL who the fuck is that? Yea, shit lord, I call people out that threaten other people and multiple BD Members with physical threats of violence over the internet because its a crime. You don't even have the balls to admit you are Garry Hagen three times banned, do you, Garibaldi? Now, kiss...
  294. johndtuttle

    Wowzers!!

    LOL good times!
  295. johndtuttle

    Rod and Reel Combo for Flat fall Jigs

    Well see this is just it Garry Hagen, you have all these fine tuned setups that you love for fishing iron but why do you not get that other just as capable guys have specific setups for their (different) jigs? I mean, yo-yo is about as basic as it gets and you have it down to a science for your...
  296. johndtuttle

    BFT EVERYWHERE 7/13

    Really nice fish :). But friends don't let friends fish 40# for big tuna, get some real line on there! :D
  297. johndtuttle

    Rig for a little kid..

    Looks like you got a little Slayer there. :) Check out the Penn Warfare. New solid and graphite framed reel you can find on flea bay for ~65$. Casts better than the old GT2, with or without LW. The issue is going to be casting, if you step up to a Squall 12 it has mag brakes that could make...
  298. johndtuttle

    ISLANDER hunts for Bluefin

    Thanks for the report Gary and sorry you didn't score! Pick bites are like that and sometimes they just don't see your hook first. :(
  299. johndtuttle

    Rod and Reel Combo for Flat fall Jigs

    w/e with a 7' rod rated 20-50 or 30-60 and a decent 3/0 sized star drag reel there is almost nothing commonly found in 7-8 day range that set up won't land in capable hands. You can fish anything with it...yo-yo, flat fall, bait, surface iron, poppers....have at it. The only person you have to...
  300. johndtuttle

    BFT Limits on the Pac Queen - 7/11

    No, if you have limits on board (technically there were a number of other species they could have been fishing for, but regardless) then you are over limits to keep fishing. This prevents people from "culling" to up their quality and dump dead fish over board.
  301. johndtuttle

    Rod and Reel Combo for Flat fall Jigs

    Nothing is *required* other than a 6.5-7' rod and reel to match. Standard yo-yo rig. But, rather than only winding the lure back to the boat a la yo-yo you are lifting the jig and dropping it, you are getting ~10' lift and darting flutter down over and over. This is going to put a premium on...
  302. johndtuttle

    Terminal tackle size for flat falls and poppers

    I would add that in addition to the SPRO for regular fishing I have some Sampo 500# swivels that I would use if I knew I was over Cows. Also, I would crimp 200# fluoro with a tubing sleeve protecting the loop (like I was rigging a trolling lure).
  303. johndtuttle

    Pig Bluefin ToadsToadsonly style

    Popper don't work! LOL Thanks for the post :D
  304. johndtuttle

    Royal Polaris

    No intent whatsoever to forget about Lee Palm and the RR, just that the RP was first in 1973 (?) I think it was...inb4 Dave corrects me :). Apologies to the memory of Bill Poole, never rode with him on the RP. It was always Frank or Roy.
  305. johndtuttle

    Royal Polaris

    I guess I am old too! :p :oops:
  306. johndtuttle

    Royal Polaris

    Frank, Roy, Jonathan....Darrell, Eddy....I know Billy is gone but pretty strong and experienced group... I think that young man Frank with his partner Dick Poole invented LR fishing as we know it if I recall. :)
  307. johndtuttle

    BFT Limits on the Pac Queen - 7/11

    You are always allowed to fish until boat limits are reached so that everyone gets to go home with fish.
  308. johndtuttle

    Terminal tackle size for flat falls and poppers

    Sami Ghandour (SamiG) of Saltywater Tackle knows more about popping for cows than anyone in the world. His best fish is a 442lb BFT....:). He uses swivel to split ring. See his rigging videos. Guys like him and GlennK taught me everything I know about it but there is no one clear answer...
  309. johndtuttle

    Terminal tackle size for flat falls and poppers

    I have had decent luck with SPRO. I use the 550# for 100 gm jigs and up, the 330# for 40-100 gm jigs when fishing over dinks. They are really pretty small for their rating.
  310. johndtuttle

    Terminal tackle size for flat falls and poppers

    No worries. Get out there and see how you like it. One thing I always do is test stuff in the pool at home before I make final decisions. Your rig will have a unique action, check it and see if it looks good to you. I like assist hooks (on the head) as I feel it has an action I like best. YMMV. :)
  311. johndtuttle

    Terminal tackle size for flat falls and poppers

    I think that is a good way to go but I would prefer a 3-500# SPRO swivel on that top split ring rather than tying to it. Tying to the split ring gives the jig a chance to bang on the knot. With a swivel it keeps the knot away from the jig and it might hold up better. It's all a balance between...
  312. johndtuttle

    Calstar popping rod

    Do you have a link to that vid Bill? I'd like to check it out.
  313. johndtuttle

    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    You don't know what the fuck you are talking about. There is nothing, not one thing, that fishing with modern quality spinning gear makes any different when fishing with others. There are no extra challenges, no burdens, nothing. You simply have to learn to do it. Right here in this thread is a...
  314. johndtuttle

    Calstar popping rod

    First and foremost, go fishing. But do not underestimate how much effort the ideal rod will save. Popping is very energy intensive.
  315. johndtuttle

    Giant Bluefin just weighed in Oceanside 262 #

    Beautiful strike! Congrats to all the anglers. :)
  316. johndtuttle

    3.5 day report on Sea Adventure 80

    Those FCL Labo SL are proven tuna killers (not cheap). Look at the knock offs on jiggingworld.com http://www.jiggingworld.com/jw-a069/ http://www.jiggingworld.com/jigging-world-jw-a141-jigs/
  317. johndtuttle

    Calstar popping rod

    Absolutely right Bill, with one caveat: A popping rod does have a much stiffer tip for the line class that it is designed to fish then is balanced to the weight poppers it will efficiently chug and cast. But after that it is "slower" to bend deeper to take some of the sting out of the fight...
  318. johndtuttle

    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    You have no idea what you are talking about. Just "blah blah blah" scratching for something relevant. When are you going to admit *you have been wrong about everything*???
  319. johndtuttle

    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    Tell her its a lot cheaper than boats! LOL
  320. johndtuttle

    3.5 day report on Sea Adventure 80

    Congrats on the beautiful fish. Top quality gear and the right attitude. :) Couple of tips: Many guys mark their spool with a sharpie and start off where you did about 15lbs (mark) but then know how many turns is 20lbs (mark) and then 25lbs (mark). The more you prepare the better off you will...
  321. johndtuttle

    Calstar popping rod

    It is not so much about casting distance but the effort saved working the popper and fighting the fish that is the real difference in a true popping blank.
  322. johndtuttle

    CRUZ popping rod for large BFT?

    That's plenty of capacity. Any fish that takes that much is enough fish for most men. :) Anything that needs more really needs the next class of spinner with higher grade internals.
  323. johndtuttle

    CRUZ popping rod for large BFT?

    Makaira is a heavier build and a little stronger blank, imo. Cruz is outstanding for the money, but a little less expensive build and blank.
  324. johndtuttle

    Reel for Super Seeker ULUA 93H (30-60lb)

    We'll have to ask Steve Carson (Tunanorth)...he'll know.
  325. johndtuttle

    Spining Rod Advise

    Ideal would be a 2-piece popping rod like an OTI Tuna Sniper or Ocean Extreme etc. Check out: http://www.oceantackle.net/
  326. johndtuttle

    SoCal Bluefin Leader lb test Recommendations

    No Bill, numerous members had the same experience with this character and that is why he was originally banned.
  327. johndtuttle

    SoCal Bluefin Leader lb test Recommendations

    Well Bill, that's the entire point. I have *zero* problem with anyone telling me to fuck off. I can take it just like I dish it out. What I have a problem with is people challenging others to a fight and trying to get them to meet privately "to settle things" and tell them they should "watch...
  328. johndtuttle

    SoCal Bluefin Leader lb test Recommendations

    Really? So I should just tolerate lies and attempts to libel me professionally from someone who like a coward has threatened me with violence? You know, threatening someone over the internet is a crime? Tolerating that is not going to happen. Nor should it. BD is a community that has...
  329. johndtuttle

    SoCal Bluefin Leader lb test Recommendations

    The point Steve, is that he is a banned poster that we have tolerated long enough. He was originally banned for threats of violence against numerous members. I think we all should take that seriously from a poster who has been banned numerous times and keeps coming back.
  330. johndtuttle

    SoCal Bluefin Leader lb test Recommendations

    Hey, Garry Hagen...Ali would like to know for certain if this account you have remade is that of "Garibaldi" and others previously banned on this site. Lets see if you have enough nuts to admit it.
  331. johndtuttle

    Lexa 400 or Tranx?

    Wahoo and bigger tooners = Tranx YT and schoolies on the surface = Lexa imo, the Lexa will get more use most years.
  332. johndtuttle

    Can a 2 Piece Rod be as Good as a 1 Piece??

    This way so that the ferrule is in the butt/foregrip section is very strong. Ferrules in the middle are a relic of the old days.
  333. johndtuttle

    Do colors really Matter?

    Because the boat and it's wake is the primary attractant to the fish. What and why they hit what they do after that is a mystery other than somethings resembling bait in the wake get bit. They aren't! I'm only human! LOL. But, I do have primarily darks and lights which I whole heartedly...
  334. johndtuttle

    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    Thanks for sharing with us Pauly and sorry for the lost fish and broken gear. It remains unclear if this is a "batch" issue for Fin Nor but more likely the reel needs a redesigned stem. Fin Nor probably needs to go back to the drawing board. There are no "bargains" in fishing reels for Tuna...
  335. johndtuttle

    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    Enjoy your 4th Ban. LOL
  336. johndtuttle

    Surf Fishing Tulum

    Look for youtube vids of Sian Ka'an and Boca Paila for some general idea. They are just south of Tulum. You've got the right idea plus some wire leader and tubes for 'Cudas. Maybe some gulp type grubs/crab imitations.
  337. johndtuttle

    Do colors really Matter?

    I don't think it is quite the same with trolled lures but it may be. Certainly even Moldcraft makes plungers and poppers and head shakers....but that is action (which is everything) as compared to Color, which no one has proven matters to any scientific standard of evidence...
  338. johndtuttle

    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    Kil, just ignore this incredible (three times banned Garibaldi) shit lord LOL. This bed pisser has been wrong about *everything* for the last 9 years since I have posted on BD Outdoors. The original sport boat "that guy" that represents he worst of the SoCal fishing community. Still has his...
  339. johndtuttle

    The Case for Spinning Gear

    On the glove :). Guys that are not used to gloves may not like it at first, but playing with lures filled with trebles all day has made me very thankful to wear them. Synthetic Mechanic's gloves available at just about any hardware store these days work just as well as my expensive Pelagic...
  340. johndtuttle

    Reel for Super Seeker ULUA 93H (30-60lb)

    If you are going to spend Talica money the Torque is a better caster and tougher reel by far (all SS internals). Saltist BG, Torium, Fathom star drag...gonna be some personal taste elements in there but the Fathom does have more cast control features and a little better casting.
  341. johndtuttle

    The Case for Spinning Gear

    What you have to get down is the timing for reeling and tugging with the rod. You'll figure it out when you get the right rhythm to pop then, as the rod slowly swings back reel at just the right pace to get the line on reasonably snug. After you figure it out it becomes instinctive and a regular...
  342. johndtuttle

    The Case for Spinning Gear

    Oh yea, real deal hucking a popper cuts through leather gloves in a day. I put a lengthwise wrap of duct tape over my casting finger too. That way when the tape wears through it can be replaced before the gloves get torn up. :)
  343. johndtuttle

    The Case for Spinning Gear

    It depends on the conditions and weight and design of the popper. Heavier non-floating poppers like the Heru Skip Jack can be worked vertically (ideal for party boat) but they also need a real popping rod (stiff tip) to work. Medium size and floating poppers and with big cups can be worked...
  344. johndtuttle

    The Case for Spinning Gear

    Its going to be tough to outcast a 9' jig stick with a 7'8" for pure distance downwind or on a blue bird day. Where spinning is going to dramatically out shine conventional is into the wind and on heavier swell days when it is harder to put equal tension loops on the reel. Also, when the boat is...
  345. johndtuttle

    hi guys would a lexa 400 be a good pair

    Lexa 400 is ~16 oz and the Tranx is ~22 oz. Look at the height of the spools, the Tranx is a much bigger reel. Not as ideal for most local fishing in a typical year, imo. More of a large Tuna/Wahoo reel.
  346. johndtuttle

    Another jumbo bluefin. PB.

    Thank for that Billy :). I love crimps but you gotta do your homework on them to make sure you are using the right sleeve and right pressure.
  347. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    Haven't used them. I am a fluoro guy for Wahoo.
  348. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    I am a shortie bite leader guy as I don't like the knot banging on the guides. Bob Sands is as compact as any and easy to tie. 3-4' bite leader. Start at 100# mono for dinks. 130# for larger models (I like mono for ease of tying, fluoro is slightly better for bite resistance). When I think of...
  349. johndtuttle

    Shimano Terez Spinner- Out of Place on LR?

    It will work just fine. The reverse guide in front is for less wind knots and better casting. They are now standard on most better rods. A Quality reel with 65# braid and you are good to go.
  350. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    Magalodon for sure if you must. But I would be more comfortable recommending an OTI Tuna Sniper or Ocean Extreme until I know more about the Megalodon.
  351. johndtuttle

    Bluefin Popping Rod

    Not that I have seen. Most of the big popping sources are online vendors. Melton (Anaheim) because they cater to the big boat guys has some stuff.
  352. johndtuttle

    Bluefin Popping Rod

    Can't go wrong there. SamiG knows more about popping for Tuna than anyone on Earth. :) Check with Melton or contact Bryce at OTI: http://www.oceantackle.net/home.html
  353. johndtuttle

    Giving New Pro Gear v50 more freespool

    Maybe your technique but you should get a little more out of a 90J. 40# mono topshot sounds good. I would just put a drop of Corrosion-X on the bearings and you are probably good to go. In a perfect world you remove the shields on the bearings (leave them off) and completely clean/degrease...
  354. johndtuttle

    Giving New Pro Gear v50 more freespool

    TSI 301 is great stuff but when you recommend it always mention that it is not plastic safe. TSI 321 is plastic safe and is pure lube without the solvent carrier. @OP Regardless, fast bearings will make the reel hard to handle. It may be a case of trying to cast stuff that is too light for...
  355. johndtuttle

    UC United Composite Medium Heavy Popping Rod

    I have been meaning to try out one of the Sidewinder blanks but have no experience with them yet. However, I would urge you to use one or another true popping blank. They have very different characteristics other than having moderate actions, typically having stiffer and more powerful tips to...
  356. johndtuttle

    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    You need at least 3 set ups LOL. Really, those 3 sizes are ideal for their own reasons. Something like this though of course, there are no hard and fast rules: 10k tooners to 75# 14K tooners to 125# 18K tooners to 175# 25K tooners to unlimited. But what that tells us is that the 14K is gonna...
  357. johndtuttle

    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    That would be an awesome set up. Penn Torque 7, Twin Power 14k or Saragosa 20K with an OTI Tuna Sniper 60-80.
  358. johndtuttle

    Avet SX VS Okuma Komodo

    I am more than a little familiar with the Komodo 364P and anyone should be proud to fish one. For more money, the Revo Toro Beast is just a little more reel. I have said it before and will say it again, between the Beast, Curado, Tranx, Komodo and Lexa there is little to differentiate them and...
  359. johndtuttle

    Avet SX VS Okuma Komodo

    The Revo Toro Beast has better accessories or uses better parts in a number of areas. It comes with 3 handles (paddle, power, and super power/jigging). It uses Titanium Nitride coatings on the worm and line guide (heavy baits tend to wear these out). It has better handle support with a bearing...
  360. johndtuttle

    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    Well, that's the thing, Kil, none of the old haters ever fished a proper rod and reel and line for these fish casting poppers and so really don't have a clue. It is light tackle (it is not International 80's after all...) but it is not light line fishing. Rods like the BH Challenger and reels...
  361. johndtuttle

    Braid capacity for Torque 40 NLD2

    There is some defined protocol for this but I don't know what it is...If you go to a site by a guy by the name of Paulus: http://www.paulusjustfishing.com/ He has an outstanding measuring and testing protocol that he uses for many lines to establish what is the ABS. Of course, it goes without...
  362. johndtuttle

    Popping gear for Tuna

    If casting conventional with a long fluoro top shot (say 50#) then for tying on a heavier bite leader or wire you can use Uni to Uni.
  363. johndtuttle

    Daiwa Sealine 20 vs Penn Squall 15

    Squall is gonna have a magnetic cast control on top of solid internals. Makes it a better all around reel, imo.
  364. johndtuttle

    Leader length suggestion for big blue

    Yea, 3-4' is fine (just a bite leader) BUT, make it 100# mono at the very least.
  365. johndtuttle

    Bluefin Popping Rod

    I haven't fished that rod. Major Craft is a JDM maker that specializes in budget rods. I have full faith that they know how to design a popping blank but the question will remain if that length (8' 6") rod is the right choice...Can be a painful experience. Honestly, more inclined to recommend...
  366. johndtuttle

    2 questions.

    There ya go. That's a powerful tool. :)
  367. johndtuttle

    I need sugestions for a BAJA trip in July...

    July in BOLA is like 120 degrees....:( San Quintin better call...YT, YFT, Lings, WSB....small Hali in the bay....cool mornings, nice afternoons. A taste of Baja without the epic heat.
  368. johndtuttle

    Tranx and Lexa 400 HD Drag - Backing Off When Fishing Poppers Hard

    That's what the clickers are for. The Tranx uses a secondary spring to help keep it tight, the Lexa uses a pretty weak clicker if I recall. All that popping motion naturally leads to a loosening of stuff. Just gotta hang wit' 'em.
  369. johndtuttle

    Do colors really Matter?

    A real scientific study would be 5 boats side by side for years. Then thousands of fish landed and the data compiled. FAR too much confirmation bias in fishing. Almost none of it meets scientific standards of data collection. Trout in hatch mode seem to have some sort of internal program for...
  370. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    What I would add to that is don't be afraid of 2-piece rods. Pretty much 2-piece is the world standard for popping as travel is a big part of it for tropical species. 8' rods are over most airlines basic checked luggage standard fees and size and cost extra. Even shipping 8' blanks is a pita...
  371. johndtuttle

    ? for you Steve. Spining reel/rod combo

    I haven't fished them. But most anything work fishing the smaller Halco Roostas and mini-Komodo/Wombats etc (~2oz and 5-6"). When you want to fish larger poppers or really are casting all day then a true popping blank is better and more ideal.
  372. johndtuttle

    Reel for Super Seeker ULUA 93H (30-60lb)

    The Penn Fathom/Torque 40 LD2 have been killing fish. This post has some vids of them casting: http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/im-ready-for-them-beast.628546/#post-4114025 I would give this strong consideration on a 9' rod.
  373. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    Small Ninja: http://www.sumotackle.com/products/belts/ninja/
  374. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    Cannot beat the Sumo Tackle belt for popping and for the money.
  375. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    The heavier rod (60-80) will have more oomph and is a great all-around choice. The 40-60 is my choice for schoolies to 50# or so, after that you want more rod.
  376. johndtuttle

    Which Manufacture makes the best freespooling reels

    Yea, the ultimate live bait reel will have the lightest spool and therefore lowest start-up inertia so the bait swims the best. All the rest will take care of itself after that. That also works for casting very light lures.... As above long freespool times don't mean all that much. Start up...
  377. johndtuttle

    booked a trip ?? fish cleaning?? my own where??

    All I can add to this is that you gotta do the math with some modifiers: If you have your limit of Yellowtail (10 x 20lbs), limit of Tuna (10 x 50lbs) and a handful of Wahoo and Dorado you easily are approaching 800lbs of fish and 30 BIG carcasses to deal with. 30 big carcs are the kind of...
  378. johndtuttle

    ? for you Steve. Spining reel/rod combo

    If you are dead set on 100# all you need still is the Torque 7. Properly spooled it will still get ~300 yards on there and any fish that can take that is gonna be more than a handlful. I would put either 65# or 80# solid on there and have at it. Save some weight and have something more...
  379. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    The Saragosa 10K is very strong and can land anything within it's capacity of ~300 yards of 65#....But of course a 20K that you can put 80-100# is going to be that much more capable...There is no right answer, it just depends on what you end up hooking. :) Most end up buying the bigger reel...
  380. johndtuttle

    I'm ready for them beast !

    Thanks for that. Looks like a whippin' stick! :D
  381. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    There is no question that there are good conventional reels (ie Toro Beast, Lexa etc) for casting very light baits too....but they still have a fraction of the capacity and drag of a Stella 18K that will cast as well in calm conditions or even better in windy ones. In so much of the SoCal scene...
  382. johndtuttle

    What is it about 40lb set ups?

    Keep in mind as well 40# is getting to be the upper range that your average good bait can easily pull....40# is pretty tough line, but the bait can still swim towing it pretty well... Obviously people fish sardines for Cows too when they have to and on much heavier leaders....but 40# is a sweet...
  383. johndtuttle

    Poppers

    If I was fishing over schoolie dinks I would say w/evs because you likely will catch plenty of fish regardless. But straight spectra to the popper on heavier fish is a recipe for disappointment, imo, as spectra has poor abrasion resistance. You need the bite resistance of heavy mono/fluoro for...
  384. johndtuttle

    Humbled. Grateful. Appreciative. Personal Best bluefin, twice.

    Thanks for the fine post and sharing your stoke! :)
  385. johndtuttle

    Poppers

    What I would add to the above is to be sensitive to the boat's drift and setup and always plan for the first and next cast... What I mean is that if you run up on the fish and are still drifting towards them when you cast you have to wind fast to come tight on the popper but you may put on...
  386. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    Not at all and we all were newbies at some point. It wasn't so obvious to me until I started using true popping rods and also using the Heru Skipjack popper. The Skipjack casts particularly well into the wind due to it's long slim shape. But it also is non-floating so is a relatively dense and...
  387. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    There is no substitute for getting out there and going fishing. :)
  388. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    You're stoked and should be a great outfit. 50 or 65# your choice. 65# probably will get the most out of that rod.
  389. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    A good question that has been answered in many posts but will be hard to find so I will repeat the basics: A true popping blank is designed for efficiency casting and working big cupped lures and is effectively the *exact opposite* of a traditional conventional live bait blank. Typically, and...
  390. johndtuttle

    BFT Tuesday 6/15

    Paid your dues, now its money baby! :D
  391. johndtuttle

    beginner popper setup

    If you post this on the Jigging and Popping forum you usually get a ton of useful information but the problem is the mixed schools that have been out there. With a $2k setup you might dominate 50# fish or get your ass handed to you by a Cow. No guarantees with this type of light tackle fishing...
  392. johndtuttle

    Popping gear for Tuna

    Which one do you want the rod optimized for? Terez works fine, just a choice between the 78H and the 78XH etc.
  393. johndtuttle

    Advice on Torium 16 and 20

    Yea, it needs a full service and sounds like salt may be an issue in the spool bearings or (maybe) they can be rehabilitated but it needs some TLC. Overall the reel sounds very dry of lube and bearings may need to be replaced. As far as turn around at Shimano or other reel service spots you are...
  394. johndtuttle

    Quantum Cabo 80

    Too big (~500 yards of 65# braid which is ~the same size as the Cabo 120). Clash 6000 holds about 300 yards of 65# braid and that is more than enough to get you in the game. If you want a reel for 500 yards of 65# for a fish that needs it you should be looking at Torque/Saltiga/Stella class...
  395. johndtuttle

    "Foamers Everywhere!" - Monday 1.5d observations...

    Thanks for the report, Jim! :D Good times. LOL
  396. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    The BH rods are going to be somewhat unique but locally you may be able to find a Phenix Megalodon (some report they are decent) or Shimano Terez (get the heaviest one). Melton Tackle up in Anaheim has the OTI Tuna Snipers which are a proven popping rod or their own Melton label rods are rumored...
  397. johndtuttle

    Quantum Cabo 80

    The Cabo 80 uses lighter duty cast Aluminum Zinc gears. They will get you in the game but are not tough enough for consistent duty on Tuna. That's why I have been recommending the Penn Clash 6000. It is still a light and reasonably priced reel but uses top notch Marine Bronze gears. The Cabo...
  398. johndtuttle

    New to Popping - got new reel and rod and a couple of questions

    Nothing wrong with the Sufix, put at least 65# on the reel. 80-100# solid is an option too. For serious biz casting windons are ideal however, a short bite leader or 100# mono (3-4') tied with a Bob Sands knot will get you on the water. I like a 5 turn Uni in heavy mono.
  399. johndtuttle

    Another bft foamer video

    There is always one Donkey LOL.
  400. johndtuttle

    First BFT

    Always one Donkey in a thread...
  401. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    Well, that's the rub. It could be too big....or, it could be too small... For the most commonly found local popping its too big. For the bite that is going on, it could be too small if the right 200# fish boils on your popper. There simply is not one rig for popping just like any other...
  402. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    Points well taken Jamie and I completely agree with all your points and we don't want to see any fish lost with a mouth full of trebles as it is a precious resource that we have to respect. I hope you can appreciate also that every guy cant leave the dock with a $2K outfit to try popping for...
  403. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    Those older Saltigas are great reels.
  404. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    Yea, they will catch for sure...but I got tired of one lure for one fish before it was trashed :). There is a happy medium out there for every guy that he has to figure out for himself between indestructible lures that are very expensive and cheapo ones that last one fish. Take Orion lures for...
  405. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    Its complicated. With a proper rod not too likely. You have to realize that many pulled hooks are foul hooked fish in the side etc...very hard to say why any hook pulls.
  406. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    Saragosa makes *plenty* of drag. Don't worry about it. I haven't tried the new Ocea Jigger rods....but I would like to. The highest end Shimano jigging and popping rods have an excellent reputation. They take it very seriously. But, for that kind of money I would get a Saltywater Tackle Race...
  407. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    Twin Power is notoriously a poor value as it simply doesn't have the internals to justify the price. This does not mean it is not a very solid reel, simply that the price to performance ratio is a little off so I don't recommend it....Comparatively the Torque is an amazing value and a stronger...
  408. johndtuttle

    I'm ready for them beast !

    See for yourself ( :) ): http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=9685.0 All SS internals rather than Brass for the Talica. Far better casting reel. Best in class, imo.
  409. johndtuttle

    Andros 16ii No Freespool?

    Probably needs to go back. If you have backed off the preset all the way then the drag plate is not dis-engaging from the spool. Usually there is a spring to kick it off in other LD reels. But I have never been inside an Andros so not sure precisely what mechanism Okuma uses. It can also be...
  410. johndtuttle

    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    Smaller Kil. Like Daiwa Saltiga Pencil in the smallest size. Half the size of a Sardine or less.
  411. johndtuttle

    Okuma Spinning Reel

    Okuma has the Makaira under development but nothing yet in the class of the top spinners.
  412. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    I'd be sure to get that Baby Ruboh in the water. :)
  413. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    LOL LOL LOL LOL Its all my fault. No, actually I blame Kil for the madness LOL.
  414. johndtuttle

    Tranx for big BFT on poppers?

    There comes a point where anything that truly casts well is gonna be a grunt to catch big fish with. They don't make a reel that will do it all without a stout angler behind it be it star drag conventionals or top of the line spinners.
  415. johndtuttle

    Safina Pro spinner for the popper?

    Yep, break out the Safina for the schoolies later on. You need a quality heavy framed spinner for fish near 100# like people have been getting. :)
  416. johndtuttle

    Safina Pro spinner for the popper?

    Yea, you gotta step up to at least the Azores 65.
  417. johndtuttle

    BEST POPPERS FOR THE MONEY

    Its gonna depend on your rod and reel. I can say that a Heru Skipjack is the best relatively inexpensive popper but if you don't have a popping rod you will not be very happy as they need a true popping rod to be worked efficiently. Orion Lures are famously as tough or tougher than any lure...
  418. johndtuttle

    old man got a workout on the reds in san quintin

    Pinche Viejo LOL. Good times and eats. :)
  419. johndtuttle

    Best Penn Reel for Poppers

    The most all purpose set up for all conditions (ie windy or calm) is going to be an offshore capable heavy spinning set up. Just far easier to cast and work the poppers. They also have more capacity and drag with some caveats during the fight (ie cranking power etc). However, the large Low...
  420. johndtuttle

    Trophies only 6/8

    Sorry, I know I am sounding like a broken record on these things but countless heavy fish are being lost on 40-50-60# string for no reason. Later on the OP clarifies that he used an 80# fluoro topshot for his success and I am happy for him that he did and he could go even heavier to maximize his...
  421. johndtuttle

    Trophies only 6/8

    Ah, that's more like it. 100# fluoro is even mo' betta'! :D
  422. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    Poppers don't work LOL. You will never forget that fish :)
  423. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    You're stoked. That will catch 'em :)
  424. johndtuttle

    Trophies only 6/8

    1. Amberjack. Essentially a warmer water species of Yellowtail. Reportedly not quite as good eats. 2. Stop fishing light string! (get off my lawn alert :) ). Use 100# bite leaders on that grade of fish or more. Its popper fishing but that is not light line fishing :). Thanks for the post.
  425. johndtuttle

    Feels like prom night!! Just like in 83, No Tuna Pie

    No BFT, shit on by a whale...great day on the water! :D Thanks for the update LOL.
  426. johndtuttle

    TUNA FRENZY VIDEO, INSANE-CONDOR-THURS-6-9-16

    Jumpin' green Chinese crud, I got a Sabre up my ass! Fuck my life :(. Killing the Chovies.... :D Thanks for the report.
  427. johndtuttle

    6/8 Bft report

    Poppers don't work. :D LOL Thanks for the report.
  428. johndtuttle

    Catalina Mid-Week Report – PB 31 Pound Yellowtail

    hey man, you're sitting pretty from my seat! congrats on the PB Jeller! :D
  429. johndtuttle

    Okuma makaira popping rod?

    Absolutely will cast and work poppers and land fish. Just a little heavy as compared to the high end popping rods but impossible to beat for the coin.
  430. johndtuttle

    2 for 4 BFT 80#-90#; Some Nifty Angling

    We went round and round with this knot years ago with many claiming it was the shizzle and everyone was trying it. When challenged to test their ability to tie it correctly they ALL found that the knot they were tying was substandard. All of them quickly failed in a cycled load test...The mono...
  431. johndtuttle

    2 for 4 BFT 80#-90#; Some Nifty Angling

    For serious biz I use hollow braid and then a "casting windon" by Basil at BHP Tackle. These are built differently than standard windons because they use a much more compact serve that will cast through the guides. The leader section is shorter as well, as very heavy and stiff fluoro does like...
  432. johndtuttle

    Tuna Poppers?

    Yes, Owner ST-66. 2/0 for the 60 and 3/0 for the 90. Use Owner hyper wire split rings. Get a pair of Texas Tackle split ring pliers (blue handle). Heavy hooks like the ST-66 are hard to get split rings on and good split ring pliers are key. :)
  433. johndtuttle

    Tuna Poppers?

    I agree as it casts brilliantly in all conditions... BUT being a non-floater it really needs a true popping blank to work it (stiff tip but slow action for the cast and fight). Halco Roosta deserves mention as well as OTI Mini-Komodo and Mini-Wombat.
  434. johndtuttle

    2 for 4 BFT 80#-90#; Some Nifty Angling

    60# is light string! Only for dinks in a pinch :). This is the thing...a lot of the best tackle world wide has been developed for fishing poppers for Giant Trevally using spinning gear and people think "omg what a grunt" etc etc. BUT, those guys are using 130# Braid and 100# *doubled* twisted...
  435. johndtuttle

    2 for 4 BFT 80#-90#; Some Nifty Angling

    Ya, better off 100# Fluoro to the popper.
  436. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    Yep, the Black Hole rods are absolutely terrific and well worth considering too. :)
  437. johndtuttle

    Personal Best BFT on Flying Squirell 6/5

    You need the capacity of Braid but the Bite Protection of a heavier leader. Even heavy braid is pretty substandard against tuna teeth. I have never been impressed with the abrasion resistance of braid. When I fish a "350" size reel I fish 50# Braid (250 yards) to 100# 3-4' bite leader. If I...
  438. johndtuttle

    Personal Best BFT on Flying Squirell 6/5

    Thanks for the great report and pics :). very jelly up here in Norcal following this epic bite. :( But please please please use heavier cord for bite leaders. I have popped for over 10 years now and most with experience would tell you to start at 100# even for dinks let alone the fine grade...
  439. johndtuttle

    2 for 4 BFT 80#-90#; Some Nifty Angling

    Yea, really nice vid. Thanks for that. Stop using light leader on artificial lures! :)
  440. johndtuttle

    Looking to match reel with new rod

    Abu Revo Toro S or Daiwa Lexa 400 would be my rec. If you haven't tried the new large Low Profile reels you owe yourself checking them out.
  441. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    The beauty of the first set up is that you can use it for anything local all summer long. It will be a great solid set up to see what the hub-bub is all about. It can still handle serious fish. Around $400...and you will have it in your quiver for years for schoolie action. Second is closer to...
  442. johndtuttle

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    The grade has been widely varying with mixed schools so very hard to make one and only one recommendation. Something truly ideal for the over 150# fish out there is gonna be a serious set up and some coin. But you very likely will get by with other solid set ups for the standard model tooners we...
  443. johndtuttle

    Shimano Stella 6000FA

    He was referring to the Stella FA which is a discontinued reel that Shimano USA no longer has all parts for to my knowledge. Somewhere there is a list of reels that they will work on, and ones they won't. We'll have to wait and see if Shimano USA says they will work on an older Stella.
  444. johndtuttle

    bring your heavy gear, BFT at 302

    That's no dink! Strong work young man! :)
  445. johndtuttle

    And it keeps getting better.....big bluefin on the spinning reel.

    Thanks for the great post :). Gonna sound like a broken record here but bump up your leaders to 100#. It will make no difference in the frequency of the bites, but give you far better abrasion resistance. It may be "light tackle" fishing but no need whatsoever to use light leader. It will...
  446. johndtuttle

    Penn Clash vs. Penn Spinfisher

    50# should be fine for schoolies and is a great match particularly with a casting wind on that is knot-less and a connection that is not prone to cutting itself like a knot. But get 100# leaders for bite protection. They will land more fish and there is zero reason for stealth popping. The...
  447. johndtuttle

    Penn Clash vs. Penn Spinfisher

    Being non-floating you get them working right away as soon as they splash down before they get a chance to sink. But this is good advice for any popper. Its a reaction bite and the initial splash down will attract a couple of fish. If you get the popper working right away one will out-compete...
  448. johndtuttle

    Penn Clash vs. Penn Spinfisher

    Yep, great rod. Got one right here for schoolies. Being a true popping blank it will move great casting poppers like the Heru Skipjack 60 which is non-floating. You need the stiff tip (but slow action) of a true popping rod to pop them efficiently.
  449. johndtuttle

    What kinda poppers?

    Its hard to put a finger on it as really, most hooks that pull are a case of foul hooked fish, I believe. When a hook is fouled in the side of a fish there is more leverage to open it up than when it is hooked properly in the jaw. Well, I have landed a lot of foul hooked fish that got that way...
  450. johndtuttle

    hi guys would a lexa 400 be a good pair

    Don't make the mistake of going light leader to throw poppers. 100# bite leader on 50-65# braid will get bit if they will bite at all. Its a reaction bite, not a stealthy live bait presentation. If you also want a more balanced combo get the Lexa 400 HD in 7:1...the 8:1 is gonna be painful on a...
  451. johndtuttle

    5/29 Offshore Report - Stupid BFT Bite

    Thanks for the awesome report. :) There is ZERO need to fish poppers on anything less than 100# bite leader (3-4'). Fluoro if you want even more bite resistance but it is not a stealth thing. Trust me, if they will hit a popper they will hit it with 400# leader if you want. More than a little...
  452. johndtuttle

    Torium 20hg for surface iron

    100 yards of 40# is the easiest way to go for all day worry free casting.
  453. johndtuttle

    Penn Clash vs. Penn Spinfisher

    Yep, I feel ya' buddy. And I hope you are getting bit large. A Penn Clash 6000 will easily handle Tuna to 100# (albeit a spinner with cranking power issues like they all have) and the rods listed can all dead lift 20#'s...so yea, always the chance of getting corn-holed early season but those...
  454. johndtuttle

    Penn Clash vs. Penn Spinfisher

    For schoolies the Clash hands down. The lighter weight but tougher gears make it a terrific choice for light tackle offshore. Probably could get by with the "5000" size (300 yds of 50# braid) or if you must the "6000" (300 yards of 65#) will slay a lot of fish. Rods, Okuma Cruz and Makaira...
  455. johndtuttle

    Penn Battle 2 8000

    A Penn 8000 is a pretty big reel so put 65# on it. Otherwise you are gonna have like 650 yards of 50# and that is a crap ton of line.
  456. johndtuttle

    Avet SX VS Okuma Komodo

    Low Profile baitcaster hands down. Better caster of light baits with a cross section like a waxwing, popper or stick bait by far. My current fave for the coin is the Abu Revo Toro S but Komodo 350 is totally worthy as well. Both better than a Lexa or Curado, imo. Abu Revo Toro Beast if you...
  457. johndtuttle

    Has anyone tried these yet?

    Fishing "Skip Jigs" like the Roberts Ranger and GT Ice Cream are proven effective on Jacks and Roosters. No reason these won't be effective in any waters there are Needlefish or Flying Fish. For Tuna, in my experience, skip jigs work best in a WFO bite and are some of the most fun ways to get...
  458. johndtuttle

    Thoughts on fighting belts

    Sumo Tackle is my go to for light tackle. Still have an old Braid harness that has landed Cows...but if buying new I would take a look at the Black Magic harness. It handles a longer butt better than most.
  459. johndtuttle

    Quantum Cabo 60 ptse (Drag loosens on itself) Brand new reel

    Yea, the spring is to keep it tight when the reel is riding in the holder or between fish. Somehow it may have gotten jammed up and wasn't doing it's job or wasn't assembled right. The seal, if sticky, can stick to the spool and then tighten when fighting a fish at very light drag settings.
  460. johndtuttle

    Torium 16 Questions

    Gotcha. One way clutches can be finicky. And did the back up anti-reverse work? And did you land the fish? :)
  461. johndtuttle

    Quantum Cabo 60 ptse (Drag loosens on itself) Brand new reel

    Does it make good drag when you tighten it down? Usually there is a spring that helps keep it tight under the cap. Make sure its there by looking up inside it. Try greasing the seal on the drag cap so that it keeps out water but also slides well. They have to be kept moist to work right.
  462. johndtuttle

    Power fight !!! Low end table fare !!

    Step up to something with strong gears like a Penn Clash or Shimano Spheros.
  463. johndtuttle

    Torium 16 Questions

    Strong work young man! :) Can you share with us what trouble you had with the Penn?
  464. johndtuttle

    111-pound bluefin tuna on PENN Fathom FTH25NLD2

    Strong work Angler and Penn! :D
  465. johndtuttle

    Need Help With Cedros Gear

    If I was gonna take only 2 setups to Cedros I would take a Penn Torque 25N LD2 for 50# dropper loop/yo-yo on a 7' 20-50lb stick and a "350" size LP reel like a Abu Revo Toro S or Lexa 400 HD. You aren't going to find those lacking.
  466. johndtuttle

    Very cool surface iron video

    Really well made vid fishing the Northern Sea of Cortez for Cabrillas:
  467. johndtuttle

    LEXA 300 vs 400 line cap

    Its hard to argue with a 300 but honestly, a "350" size reel like the Komodo 350 or Revo Toro S are the perfect size for local fishing and the islands. They are every bit the equal or better reels than the Daiwa. They have significantly more cranking power than a Lexa 3/400 too. Sure, a 300 for...
  468. johndtuttle

    Penn 25N star vs lever drag

    Generally speaking the advantages of the star drag are going to be lighter weight stuff and ease controlling the spool in adverse conditions. Basically your thumb can do more with a light spool rather than heavy however reels with relatively light lever drag assemblies like the Fathoms are not...
  469. johndtuttle

    amazing power of light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod for 100 lb yft

    Its not my product Tony. But I have fished Black Hole rods and until you do, with a proper reel etc then you can't believe how powerful a fish killing tool they are for a finished rod that is something like under 8oz. They are not a lingcod or rockfish jigging blank...those fish are too much...
  470. johndtuttle

    amazing power of light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod for 100 lb yft

    Being a Donkey and attacking Kil will generate that response. Its on you. You don't know anything about Slow Pitch jigging. The rod would be wasted on you. If you want to learn something no one is obligated to educate you at their expense.
  471. johndtuttle

    amazing power of light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod for 100 lb yft

    There is no need to be a Donkey. Phenix is not a "local" company any more than Black Hole. As well, Phenix does not make any slow pitch rods. If you don't know the difference then just move on.
  472. johndtuttle

    New 400 size Komod9

    Scored these off of Tackle Tour's site: Komodo 450 and new cosmetics: New Metaloid spinner with SS gear train:
  473. johndtuttle

    What Reel Would You Use For This Application

    This is a great call and a VERY useful addition to your quiver. It will get more use than you think. Perfect Troller. Perfect Dropper Loop. Perfect light Cow reel. There is nothing a Talica does that your Fathoms won't. But the heavier frame of the VSX is another class of reel for serious...
  474. johndtuttle

    Have you ever trolled a surface iron?

    Sorry, but I gotta chuckle out of this one LOL. Originally, "Surface Irons" were trolling jigs, and then people started casting them with "Jigmaster" reels....few tweeks and twirks and you have a Salas 7x. And we have now come full circle...:D
  475. johndtuttle

    Seeker Hercules rod or black hole ccs

    What I would say, is that if you are remotely interested in vertical jigging of any kind just pick up a CCS 250gm and go forth and hurt fish. Pair that with a Torque 25N LD2 and its almost not fair for anything within 8 day range. And I mean *anything*... The 350gm is a serious "Cow" level...
  476. johndtuttle

    8 day in June on Indy

    Nah, nothing worth worrying about. It's not rocket science. Trebles are better for foul hooking fish as they slash at the bait. This is good when you are catching and killing and can land some fish in a scratch bite. Inline singles like the OTI Raptor are better when you are releasing fish and...
  477. johndtuttle

    8 day in June on Indy

    Put 3/0 on those. I mostly fish the Skipjack 60 gm with 2/0.
  478. johndtuttle

    8 day in June on Indy

    There is no question skip jigs (Roberts Ranger or GT Ice Cream etc) will catch. But they require more active fish, in my experience, and the presence of flying fish is very helpful. Poppers will get bit in a pick bite as long as you are over fish, with the right presentation, any time a school...
  479. johndtuttle

    Gonzaga bay 5/2 fish report

    Strong work young man! :)
  480. johndtuttle

    8 day in June on Indy

    Owner Hyper Wire split rings (need some Texas Tackle split ring pliers). Trebles (Owner ST-66 in 2/0 for the smaller, 3/0 for the larger poppers) for catch and eat. OTI Raptor singles for catch and release. A quality popper comes without hooks, generally, OTI mini Wombat and mini Komodo are...
  481. johndtuttle

    8 day in June on Indy

    Heru Skipjack is very good but be advised that it is not a floating popper. This makes it cast extremely well but you need a real popping rod (stiff tip but slow action) to get it moving and make it pop. Other than that, it really is up to you. Get any popper around 6" (sardine size) moving as...
  482. johndtuttle

    Torium 20HG Drag Question/Issue?

    Not directly related to your question....but put 12lbs on the end of the same rod you want to use the Torium 20 with, lift it, and check out how that feels. In my experience most are pretty shocked what that really feels like. You will then stop caring that Shimano posts a misleading statistic...
  483. johndtuttle

    Lexa 300 PWR 5.1:1 gear disadvantage?

    If you have a power handle on a 5:1 reel you will notice it. :)
  484. johndtuttle

    Big smiles here

    Power Pro is ok, used plenty of it over the years. Daiwa Saltiga Boat Braid is excellent with very consistent quality control. Berkeley Pro Spec 50-65# is a favorite. Expect to get at least 500 yards of 65# on there if spooled properly tight. Put 65# at least on there. It is going to hold a...
  485. johndtuttle

    New Progear Reels

    Penn Fathom. :D The only way to get rid of the clicking from spring loaded dogs is a reel with instant AR clutch or multiple Abu type eared dogs.
  486. johndtuttle

    Lexa 300 PWR 5.1:1 gear disadvantage?

    Gear ratio is just one determinant of "cranking power". The key factors are spool height, handle length and gear ratio. Not necessarily in that order. To get the most out of any gear ratio you need as long a handles as is comfortable for your fishing. A short double paddle handle doesn't get...
  487. johndtuttle

    News from Panama

    Well, spearfishing is only "catch and kill" whereas hook and line fisherman can release much of what they catch. :) Even Panama does not have an endless supply of Pargo and Roosters etc. They should be released if possible to ensure a strong fishery.
  488. johndtuttle

    Spinning rod for poppers

    Okuma Cruz popping if you don't get a Stingo.
  489. johndtuttle

    Trying to catch the elusive Rockfish,,,Any suggestions?

    Are you fishing your own boat?
  490. johndtuttle

    Big smiles here

    You're stoked :D. Expect a full report. Be prepared for it to take more line than rated specs. I also filled my slightly past the "full" mark on the spool and have had no wind knots. best
  491. johndtuttle

    Komdo 364: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips Link

    I can only guess its because they are likely made in a different Okuma factory where all their other LP baitcasters are made. Greased drags are the exception rather than the rule in freshwater and the assembly techs may not have been given the Alan Tani pep talk just yet and a bucket of Cal's...
  492. johndtuttle

    maxcuatro actual breaking strength

    The most comprehensive testing of braid is done at a site by a very good guy by the name of Paulus: http://www.paulusjustfishing.com/ We got into this discussion a few years back and it turns out he has a really good testing lab and protocol for independent verification of Actual Breaking...
  493. johndtuttle

    Saltist free spool problem. Help

    1. This can be normal. There is a spring that keeps the Drag Plate off of the spool when in normal fishing position. When the reel is tilted to the right the spring can be compressed allowing the Spool to rest on the Plate. 2. Also, there may be excessive Drag Grease in there that makes this...
  494. johndtuttle

    Bonefish San Diego Bay 4-26 ( Video )

    Bonefish in SD Bay, wtfover? Never heard of them there before... Thanks for the vid! :)
  495. johndtuttle

    Shimano Tranx: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips

    Thanks for that. There really is nothing challenging about servicing this reel and anyone comfortable with a Penn Senator on up can manage it (in fact a Senator is about equally challenging). As well, Shimano is always there to service them as well as most any competent reel repair center. They...
  496. johndtuttle

    Best spinner $200-300 max Thinking 6500ish

    It actually holds nearly 500 yards. It is 7 oz lighter than the 20k Spheros.
  497. johndtuttle

    question on Penn Fathom FTH30LD2 speed lever.

    It depends on the fish you are over but (I didn't go over the whole thread to be sure...) I think I was referring to fishing a live bait on the surface for smaller models with smaller reels. That's when there is a big difference between a full reel and one down 1/3 on a long soak (may be bit of...
  498. johndtuttle

    Best spinner $200-300 max Thinking 6500ish

    Ok, we are on the same page here. :) Alan does fish the reels he reviews, but on fish that are a far cry from Kil's 60lb AJ or the 400lb+ BFT of SamiG. Major flaws *are* discover-able when testing a reel or can be completely missed. "Alan Hawk" got a bad early Stella to be sure, but then...
  499. johndtuttle

    Best spinner $200-300 max Thinking 6500ish

    No, my friend, the point that when *whoosh* over your head is that certain reel reviewers ignore true major design issues when they choose to and make mountains out of molehills when it suits them (for what ends I have no idea). The posts in this thread where someone impressionable was given the...
  500. johndtuttle

    Best spinner $200-300 max Thinking 6500ish

    No, that doesn't count. Clearly staged! LOL "Alan Hawk" should be so lucky as to fish as much as Kil.
  501. johndtuttle

    Best spinner $200-300 max Thinking 6500ish

    "Quantum" Cabo is a perfectly fine reel for the money but only has top quality gears in the largest (too big) reels. Clash and Spheros are the best of the bunch in a reel suited for most uses in our fishery. Daiwa Saltist if you must have speed.
  502. johndtuttle

    Best spinner $200-300 max Thinking 6500ish

    Well, that is pretty much the whole point, Jim. You took a biased review (by definition a review of one is always biased) and now are trying to apply it to a line up of 7 different sized reels with almost universally positive reviews by actual people fishing the reel and saying that they all...
  503. johndtuttle

    Tranx vs Calcutta 400D?

    Both! :) But what I would do is swap the Cal 400D for a "350" size baitcaster (Abu, Okuma ~$200) for half the price of the Calcutta and arguably more capable reels (more drag and cranking power). Then, bargain hunt up a Tranx for around $400 and go have a gas.
  504. johndtuttle

    19' Baja Bayrunner repower...

    Looks solid Scott! I'd be proud to drive that rig. :)
  505. johndtuttle

    Best spinner $200-300 max Thinking 6500ish

    That capper is that "Alan Hawk" intentionally choose the wrong size reels to compare to the Clash 8000. It holds about 500 yds of 65# Braid at 27oz and should have been compared weight wise to a Spheros 20K (500 yards of 65#) at 34oz....So he calls it a "heavy and more expensive reel" when in...
  506. johndtuttle

    Best spinner $200-300 max Thinking 6500ish

    Hey Jim, You gotta take the good with the bad with "Alan Hawk" an anonymous "Pen Name" and realize he is only one guy who also has made plenty of mistakes over the years. What you describe as "major flaws" in the Penn Clash are a line roller that needed a little tightening and a nylon washer a...
  507. johndtuttle

    New Radon 29 coming to Crackerjack for the summer of 2016

    I apologize to the dude in advance but it sounds like a Newbie question. Guys with no experience always think how a boat handles head seas are some kind of measure of performance. The Radon hull was specifically designed to get commercial fisherman home safely in the rough afternoon seas common...
  508. johndtuttle

    New Radon 29 coming to Crackerjack for the summer of 2016

    When a boat goes up swell great it never goes down swell safely when it gets big. Head seas are a pain, following seas kill. No boat (to my knowledge) handles following seas better than a Radon.
  509. johndtuttle

    Saragosa 5000 enough for Albacore jigging?

    I think it will be fine, 200 yards is a long way to run for any Albacore and the Saragosa has a nice drag to stop one. That said, the 6k is the same reel with a different spool so you might as well get that and get a little more room. In addition, there are other UFOs out there that will spool...
  510. johndtuttle

    Daiwa AIRD Coastal baitcaster

    I haven't seen one Mitch, but if you can service your own reels I think they would be just fine for the coin. The trick is one good pre-service to get it well greased (esp the under Drive Shaft Bearing) then regular oil on the rest of the bearings (esp the handle bearings). Other than that...
  511. johndtuttle

    Best spinner $200-300 max Thinking 6500ish

    Penn is making an after market gear set for them too and that will make this real a budget beast.
  512. johndtuttle

    Best spinner $200-300 max Thinking 6500ish

    Great choice, just at the upper limit price-wise even with bargain hunting. The extra speed on the retrieve makes this viable...but at almost twice the price of a Penn Clash. The Saragosa is more viable in the largest sizes where you might want the extra drag and need the capacity etc. But...
  513. johndtuttle

    Best spinner $200-300 max Thinking 6500ish

    Target species or number of days from San Diego are going to be key considerations. For most popping you can get by with much smaller reels within 7 day range...conversely if you are hard core for the largest models you might want one of the fastest and largest reels for the "Inches per Turn"...
  514. johndtuttle

    Azores Spinning Reels???

    Absolutely Gary, but inventing controversy to make one seem like an Elmer Gantry saving hapless and naive fishos from evil reel makers to create an aura of (false) objectivity seems to be the current "Alan Hawk" shtick. He ignores far larger issues in the Fin Nor Lethal 100 when it suits him...
  515. johndtuttle

    Azores Spinning Reels???

    See the above post. But we should keep in mind this is the Okuma forum and not use it to discuss Penn products out of respect for the forum sponsor.
  516. johndtuttle

    Azores Spinning Reels???

    If you know the Clash reel as well as I do you would know that "Alan Hawk's" review was his worst hack job yet. Sorry, there is just no way to sugar coat that. There are many deliberate distortions (like comparing the weight of the reel) to paint it in the very worst light he can manage. He...
  517. johndtuttle

    Local San Diego yellows from the shore.

    That is straight up awesome bro! Anything is possible once you start banning near shore gillnets! :)
  518. johndtuttle

    New to popping... do you change hooks on poppers?

    Texas Tackle for large Owner rings.
  519. johndtuttle

    New to popping... do you change hooks on poppers?

    Depending on the size of the fish you are over and how much it matters to you if you lose them :). Owner split rings and ST-66 hooks, 1/0-4/0 depending on the size of the popper. You also need some quality split ring pliers. Leave the hooks off the poppers for easier storage and put them on the...
  520. johndtuttle

    Level Wind Reel's Line Retrieval

    As above, Spinning is ideal for popping but I do use the large LP reels now too to break up the day (opposite muscle groups). Wind is the bane of conventional reels, in that sense even the best are going to be limited popping. However, the LP reels are a gas and I urge you to get out there and...
  521. johndtuttle

    Best overall trolling set up for SoCal

    Best "overall" is pretty broad but I would stay away from Talicas for this application. They will get it done but their dog system is a little suspect for full time trolling as well as the fact that their lighter build is less ideal over time. 1. Better off with spring loaded dogs. More...
  522. johndtuttle

    Looking for anchovy casting reel

    Yep, if I really wanted to cast an Anchovie on conventional gear on schoolie to maybe 60# tuna then a Lexa 300, Curado 300 EJ, Revo Toro S, Komodo 364 are gonna be the kings of light baits, imo. The spools are that much lighter than an old school (ie not made anymore) Newell 220.
  523. johndtuttle

    Where to buy poppers

    Thats the Calypso monster pencil.
  524. johndtuttle

    30 & 40 gram Micro Jigs, thoughts?

    Those will totally catch. I would really like to try the orange striped ones when the Tuna are on red crabs.
  525. johndtuttle

    New to Bay Area.. leave my rods at home?

    Oh, and keep an eye peeled on the Striper bite too. Stripers are fantastic eats. Its been years since I fished out of the Wharf so dunno who is good...but the boats are all decent. Start here for reports and boats: http://www.usafishing.com/SFBay.html
  526. johndtuttle

    New to Bay Area.. leave my rods at home?

    What you should do is hop on a Party Boat out of Fishermans Wharf for a shot at Salmon, Lings, Rockcod and guaranteed crab limits right now.
  527. johndtuttle

    Fish of a lifetime for the Local Knowledge team.

    A hell of a fish. Big Game Epic at it's finest. :) Yea, I am putting Sword's pound for pound pretty much at the top once they get a chance to wake up and get warm enough to really fight. Then you are in real trouble. :D
  528. johndtuttle

    Shimano Tranx: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips

    Oh hey Scott, thanks very much for that! :D
  529. johndtuttle

    Shimano Tranx: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips

    Thanks for all the kind words guys! :)
  530. johndtuttle

    Level Wind Reel's Line Retrieval

    Unfortunately there is no way (yet) to have your cake and eat it too, popping. You cannot have high Inches Per Turn (IPT) and cranking power. Generally for popping high rate of retrieve is king and any cranking power is willingly sacrificed to get more speed. Stella and Saltiga (over $1000)...
  531. johndtuttle

    Rod for Lexa 300 HD

    Phenix M1 Inshore SMX-82H. Nice light stick, very hard to break if you lean on it. Not too pricey either.
  532. johndtuttle

    Best surface iron reel ?

    This being the Shimano Forum out of respect for them and the OP I will presume he was wondering what the best Shimano reel would be for surface iron. I gotta go with the Curado 300 EJ. You simply don't need more capacity than that and it will handle a Tady 45 and poppers better than anything...
  533. johndtuttle

    Using 80lb braid for the weedless??

    Do not underestimate the power of a Revo Toro Beast. The 4.9:1 ratio may not move a ton of line per crank but it without question has the most power of any of the large LP reels. :) The 6.2:1 only has a little less power than that.
  534. johndtuttle

    Tranx Service Tutorial posted

    Hey guys and hello to our friends at Shimano, Down in the reel service tutorial I posted a thread on how to service your Tranx: http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/shimano-tranx-service-tutorial-and-maintenance-tips.621854/ Comments and questions are welcome. Shimano USA we welcome any...
  535. johndtuttle

    Shimano Tranx: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips

    Heya Fellers ;D, We have been through almost all of the "Large Low Profile" reels so far and no list of those would be complete without a look at the Shimano Tranx the grand-daddy of them all. The Tranx has been very popular in the West Coast fishery for it's mastery of casting straight braid...
  536. johndtuttle

    Power of 5.3 oz Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rod

    Kil, what is the gram rating for the Slow Pitch rods? On your site they seem like pretty heavy rods?
  537. johndtuttle

    Lingcod Heartbreak 0 for 3 on Big Lingcod ( Video )

    LOL bunch of rookies... :D Thanks for the video Corey and letting us lol at your expense. :)
  538. johndtuttle

    Penn Troque 200 or Fathom 40ld2?

    Star drag for casting and ideal presentation of a live bait. LD2 for cranking (can cast Wahoo bombs) and bigger model fish.
  539. johndtuttle

    Want to add another jigging setup

    The lead guy in the Slow Jigging video is Numata Junichi who seems to be the lead pro at Palms Angler Republic who makes the Metal Witch series. They have been at the forefront of slow pitch jigging but I doubt there is anything special about them as compared to one of Kil's slow pitch rods by...
  540. johndtuttle

    Power of 5.3 oz Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rod

    Let me put this "diplomatically"... You're an idiot LOL. I could care less how you fish. But you don't know anything about the capabilities of these rods. Nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada. And I mean that exactly how it sounds :D.
  541. johndtuttle

    Want to add another jigging setup

    Dunno, haven't fished it. However, it is not a hard and fast rule, sometimes the fish will let you vary your retrieve with any jig and still bite one intended for the other technique. Any jig that looks enticing on the drop can be fished Slow Pitch style, same if it looks good ripped through...
  542. johndtuttle

    Want to add another jigging setup

    They are both jigging rods. Standard Vertical jigging is fast winding and strokes of the rod. The jigs tend to have most of their action on the retrieve (generally). Also rods generally not much longer than 5'6" or so. Think Butterfly jigs. A slow pitch rod is for fishing jigs that mostly have...
  543. johndtuttle

    Komdo 364: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips Link

    You're welcome :). The tricky bits are taking out the worm and (don't ever) messing with the Tension Knob clicker assembly. But they rarely need it and oil from the outside regularly takes care of them. All the rest is straight forward.
  544. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo 364: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips

    Might work! Might mess yo line lay though. :)
  545. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo 364: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips

    If it is getting hung up there is likely damage/wear to the pawl or worm or both. Sometimes there can be quirks in the linkages that might cause this (ie broken gear teeth causing a skip) perhaps. But typically they'll have to come out and be replaced. 1. Easiest place to start is remove the...
  546. johndtuttle

    Komdo 364: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips Link

    If you really need to tear down the reel to the bones there is a lot going on, I must admit :). Its remarkable what you get for the money in a Komodo. However, regular maintenance that will take you far is just some oil on each end of the worm and on the spool bearings, the pinion bearing under...
  547. johndtuttle

    Fishing in Belize advice

    Depends on where at in Belize. Mainland is well inside the Barrier Reef and is mangrove swamps for Tarpon Jacks and Snappers or flats for Bonefish and Permit. The run to the grounds outside the reef is far and expensive. Where and what did you have in mind?
  548. johndtuttle

    Komdo 364: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips Link

    Hey guys, Made this thread that I posted down in the Reel Tutorial section and thought I would put the link here to help some Okuma fans find it: http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/okuma-komodo-364-service-tutorial-and-maintenance-tips.621020/ Let me know if something can be added for...
  549. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo 364: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips

    Well fellas, this one has been a long time coming. Some of the first photos were on a laptop that took a header and took awhile to recover and other photos were added more recently to cover needed details but here it is at last! ;D The Okuma Komodo 350/364 represents their entry into a very...
  550. johndtuttle

    Tranx or lexa 400

    Its a beast! Eventually you will fill out the quiver with smaller and lighter stuff too :).
  551. johndtuttle

    Tranx or lexa 400

    Yes, and if you want something to throw smaller poppers then a Lexa is going to be a better choice too, imo. After using a Tranx a little more with light stuff (<2oz) that has a bit of cross section (so that it slows quickly) I feel it really is not that great with that sort of lure. Fine once...
  552. johndtuttle

    Smaller Star Drag

    Torque is Best in Class imo, best caster, best internals (all Stainless Steel), Made in USA.
  553. johndtuttle

    Power of 5.3 oz Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rod

    I think the medication begins with you, my friend. Calm down....LOL Nice fish Kil (is that Mikey?). Looks like about 100# BFT?
  554. johndtuttle

    Got a 25N

    Don't go too heavy on your initial drag setting (like 10# when fishing 40#) at strike as it is easier than other designs to bump up the drag as needed with no button to depress at Strike to go higher. You come to a hard stop at "Full" and that is your near-max (will be around 15#). Then you have...
  555. johndtuttle

    Any first hand review on Komodo 364p?

    The spool bearings are just part of the puzzle. 1. The bearings on the worm gear have to be oiled as well. 2. The pinion bearing under the spool tension cap as to be oiled (don't start taking out any parts under there, its a spot with some tiny stuff *guaranteed to get lost* if you start...
  556. johndtuttle

    Any first hand review on Komodo 364p?

    Hard to say as I haven't heard your reel. :) But, having cast a Lexa, Revo NaCl, Revo Toro Beast, Tranx, Curado and Komodo they all have some buzz.
  557. johndtuttle

    Any first hand review on Komodo 364p?

    Get some oil on the spool bearings, pinion bearing (under the cap) and the worm bearings and see if that helps. There normally is some buzz on the larger reels when casting.
  558. johndtuttle

    Makaira spinner

    Sounds really great Mike! Do you have an image you could share with us for Okuma Fans? best
  559. johndtuttle

    I want your Tranx to work on. FREE.

    Thanks for that, David. As well as can be expected given that about the only way I get to fish is play with reels LOL. best
  560. johndtuttle

    Want to add another jigging setup

    10K is fine. 300 yards of 65# is plenty. Or better put Saltiga Boat Braid 55# on there.
  561. johndtuttle

    I want your Tranx to work on. FREE.

    O thanks very much for that David. Gerry has sent his and its on the way. If there is any trouble I will take you up on that for sure to get a good tutorial of a well used reel. :)
  562. johndtuttle

    Curado 300e

    You slay 'em. :) The large baitcasters have very impressive catches to their credit. Within their capacity they are very capable on Yellows and schoolie Tuna.
  563. johndtuttle

    Want to add another jigging setup

    Spinning Jigging Reel get a PG (power gear). Effort saved on 200+gm jigs is real. Pure speed is less critical but some people do make high speed reels work fine for jigging. HG reels better for popping. As above great switch up for R/L muscle groups, spinning generally easier to "get jiggy wit...
  564. johndtuttle

    New 400 size Komod9

    Really, the only knock I have on the Komodo is the cosmetics too....Just not as sexy as it could be. Sure works though. :)
  565. johndtuttle

    New 400 size Komod9

    1. If the line is spooled right (tight) on the Revo Toro Beast/S not to worry. The "geometry" is stretched by moving the line guide away from the spool to reduce the angle from the line guide to the spool. It is never too acute that I have yet heard or found myself. When you do this the reel...
  566. johndtuttle

    New 400 size Komod9

    So, I of course have not cast the Komodo 400 but the Komodo 364 casts as well as a Lexa 400 and there is no reason to think the larger one won't as well if the bearings on the worm are taken care of properly. The Toro Beast is the best of them all by a small margin due to the "Infinii Spool"...
  567. johndtuttle

    Rod/Reel Help

    No worries then! I just recommend folks buying smaller and lighter when they can and then getting the capacity they need with braid but you are good to go! :)
  568. johndtuttle

    Makaira spinner

    Any sneak peek photos guys??? :) Alan Hawk has one poor quality one on his site...
  569. johndtuttle

    Rod/Reel Help

    I kinda jumped in the middle and lost the gist of the thread... But the spinning setup is really intended to be a 30# straight mono caster. If you want to fish 1-3 day range I would return it and get an SSV 6500, spool it with 65# braid and put it on a rod rated 30-60. Then you can use it...
  570. johndtuttle

    Rod/Reel Help

    You can fish any line class and drag you want on a spinning setup...the fundamental strength of the rod just limits how much you can actually lift... When the fish is running just drop the rod tip a little and let the drag do the work. When you need to lift the fish you just need to know from...
  571. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo 350

    It will hold up even better. All stainless steel internals with hardened SS pinion. A little better protected from salt intrusion around the thumb button than a Lexa, tougher inside than a Curado. Nothing not to like, just a little plain in the cosmetics. Lots of big fish to its credit (YFT and...
  572. johndtuttle

    Lexa 400HS-P

    Better off in the Classified Section where it will get more views :).
  573. johndtuttle

    I want your Tranx to work on. FREE.

    Sounds perfect Gerry! PM incoming.
  574. johndtuttle

    Daiwa Lexa 400HS-P: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips

    All of these low-profile baitcasters have mediocre free-spool at best but it is not a worry. The reason is their spools are so lightweight they cannot overcome the even marginal friction of the bearings very well or for very long. Conversely a well prepped lever drag with a very heavy spool can...
  575. johndtuttle

    I want your Tranx to work on. FREE.

    Hey guys, Fairly well known reel nerd around here that would like to do a Service Tutorial on a well used Shimano Tranx. All you have to do is ship the reel to me and I will do a complete service on the reel for free (but you must pay Shimano rate for any needed parts) and then I will return...
  576. johndtuttle

    Daiwa Lexa 400HS-P: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips

    You can doo eet! LOL They seem a little intimidating at first but there is nothing you can't handle! :)
  577. johndtuttle

    Tranx or lexa 400

    I'll take an Okuma over a Daiwa any day but still encourage anyone to just get one! The Lexa is still a great reel. If the Komodo 400 has slightly less capacity than a Lexa 400 it really doesn't matter. Anything that spools one is going to spool the other and the Komodo should be stronger with...
  578. johndtuttle

    Tranx or lexa 400

    Depends on the use. Locally in SoCal, probably Lexa 400 or Revo Toro S/Beast. Bassin', YT and schoolies. Komodo 364 totally in the conversation as well. 7-Day range, you will enjoy the Tranx on Wahoo more (faster reel) and on the larger model fish.
  579. johndtuttle

    Looking for anchovy casting reel

    LOL I wouldn't say "I'm right" more like "I have a good point". :) Too many guys have tons of success with the right conventional reel mated to a whippy 8' stick to ever say they are doing it "wrong". But, for the average guy with average skills spinning is easier for ultralight baits of any...
  580. johndtuttle

    Okuma Komodo 364 Screws

    Best bet when they are tight is a small slotted screwdriver. Once loose, then a Phillips head is best for not scratching the body. A Lutz or Irwin all-in-one screwdriver should take care of your needs.
  581. johndtuttle

    Went Looking 2-26 ( Video)

    Thanks for the "Greatest Sticks" video! ;)
  582. johndtuttle

    Surface Iron reel?

    Lexa 400 HD, Komodo 364P or Revo Toro Beast/S! Why not!? LOL
  583. johndtuttle

    Recommendation yo-yo reel that does not......

    And I will never understand why people will recommend reels no longer made with not at least saying "But its no longer made so you will have to buy used (if you can find one, ie Trini 40N) and there will be no parts or service support by the maker (ie Newell too) So I hope you enjoy working on...
  584. johndtuttle

    Poppers

    Chug Norris looks really good! Those Nomad guys know their business.
  585. johndtuttle

    Poppers

    Yea, they are pretty damn light so don't be afraid of the next bigger size the RP160, especially if casting with a conventional reel.
  586. johndtuttle

    Underwater video of yellowtsil in shallow water!

    Great post, thanks! :)
  587. johndtuttle

    Poppers

    Great lures that I always have with me, but more a skip jig than a popper. :)
  588. johndtuttle

    Poppers

    Target fish and conditions will determine the size and style: Schoolies: Halco Roosta to Heru Skipjack 60gm depending on wind conditions. The Heru is a non-floating popper that casts amazing in tough conditions. The Halco is very light and more suited to calm conditions. Mediums to 100#: Heru...
  589. johndtuttle

    What would you pay for the perfect Surface Iron???

    You shouldn't have to pay a dime more than the average cost of a Salas 7x for the perfect jig.
  590. johndtuttle

    what's the best diawa for throwing surface iron?

    Um, ROFL? That ain't my greased bearing dude. And it isn't a rubber shielded (sealed) one that has been packed with grease either. But you knew that right? The entire point that went *woosh* over your head is that a bearing with rubber seals can be serviced and packed with grease more easily...
  591. johndtuttle

    what's the best diawa for throwing surface iron?

    Meh, tempest in a teapot. :) BTW those are all good choices for a surface iron reel. Esp that 30T.
  592. johndtuttle

    limits of a Daiwa Lexa 400

    On a LR trip to 8 days it will likely handle anything you see....unless you get into the better grade of 'Lupe or Alijos Tuna which routinely go over 100#...and then you will really be pushing it. Best fish documented on the Lexa 400 is a 120# BFT...with it choking on a popper and 2 sets of...
  593. johndtuttle

    what's the best diawa for throwing surface iron?

    This is actually pretty funny LOL. I think you don't really: 1. Know what you are talking about. But that trip to Cabo LOL.... 2. Know that you are talking to someone that does have some insight into what they are talking about when it comes to reel engineering and function and how to keep...
  594. johndtuttle

    what's the best diawa for throwing surface iron?

    You don't know what you are talking about or have any clue what I am talking about. I never said the slightest thing about greased open bearings. Daiwa is selling fools like you a bill of goods that is going to cost you in the long run. Sealed (with rubber seals) bearings packed with grease...
  595. johndtuttle

    what's the best diawa for throwing surface iron?

    They don't like saltwater and they cannot be serviced by anyone other than Daiwa. A greased bearing is vastly superior corrosion protection and anyone can do it.
  596. johndtuttle

    what's the best diawa for throwing surface iron?

    There is nothing remarkable in a Daiwa Saltiga. The mag-sealed bearings are going to be a nightmare.
  597. johndtuttle

    what's the best diawa for throwing surface iron?

    This "20 HG" you have is that a Torium or Trini? If so, the only way you can beat that is with a Torque, Fathom or Squall depending on your budget for a little more casting distance. All of the Daiwa reels are good too. For Surface Iron. What I would say you need to add to your quiver is a...
  598. johndtuttle

    What should I do to maintain my Torium and Talica after a days fishing?

    This is a reel (real) dilemma. Any company's bearings that have gotten saltwater in them will be toast after a few months of neglect. Never put reels away for the season without at least a look inside to be sure nothing seems amiss. Ideally they would be completely serviced before long term...
  599. johndtuttle

    Saragosa vs Twin Power

    You could do one or the other. The 10K would give you a little more versatility if you go on a 7 day or something. An 8k is fine for schoolies.... but sometimes people get into larger models too locally. 10K is perfect best of all worlds and is marginally heavier than an 8k. best
  600. johndtuttle

    Saragosa vs Twin Power

    Saragosa is all you need for local schoolie Tuna. It uses a little simpler method of line lay but remains a go to reel with plenty of nuts. The Twinpower has a high speed version (14K) that is worth considering for a dedicated popping reel for bigger models and Roosters but the Saragosa is fast...
  601. johndtuttle

    Makaira spinner

    The "go to" among all the Rooster guys has been the Daiwa Saltist for an entry level high speed reel (53 IPT). Also a top recommendation for entry level popping. This despite the fact the AR is junk and the gears are junk. We've had to hold our noses and recommend it when cash is short. The...
  602. johndtuttle

    PENN Clash 5000: Pre-ICAST Sneak Peek

    I've had it out in Norcal for Salmon and Lings but nothing spectacular to report. I wasn't able to get out in Socal as all my rides fell through. Kil Song has been giving his Clash 6000 a good workout: http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/topic/622646-penn-clash-spinning-reel/
  603. johndtuttle

    daiwa.lexa 400 vs. shimano tranx 500

    Whoa, I would not say that at all. The Tranx is a big reel that weighs 20+ oz and is not very comfortable in the hand. It is also listed at $499. It is popular for larger models on the longer range trips and throwing wahoo bombs... But the smaller reels in the "350" to "400" sizes weigh in...
  604. johndtuttle

    GROW little yellowtail GROW!! video

    heheh like the way the go after the Sardine that is nearly as big as they are...LOL
  605. johndtuttle

    Dedicated popping setup for SoCal

    Its a little more complicated than that. A Stella, Torque, Saltiga or other high end spinner makes far more drag than a Tranx and can have far more capacity. The hand position with a spinner is more efficient for doing more things with more lures, imo and lastly, it is more capable on a windy...
  606. johndtuttle

    Abu Garcia Revo Toro Beast: Preview

    When you do, you will find the re-assembly just a little different than you are accustomed to due to the "Active Response Drag". The trick is getting the AR sleeve that is keyed to the shaft to line up with the key slots in the washers so that it seats properly so you can get the retaining clip...
  607. johndtuttle

    Abu Garcia Revo Toro Beast: Preview

    You should find the reel very well greased inside with a high grade silicon lube. However, Abu is one of those dry drag companies so you may want to open it and grease the drag. In the case of these reels, leave the reel out of gear (thumb button up) when rinsing and be careful not to use high...
  608. johndtuttle

    Diawa Lexa 300

    O yea, that will be fine :).
  609. johndtuttle

    Diawa Lexa 300

    Sweet rod for the coin. I like the XH for popping or surface iron. For swimbaits the H might be better for those.
  610. johndtuttle

    Beautiful 60-pound amberjack on PENN Clash 6000

    Nice reef Donkey. :)
  611. johndtuttle

    Abu Garcia Revo Toro Beast: Preview

    The long "throw" the thumb button has creates this dilemma. It gives you more leverage (makes the button easier to depress) but it opens up the sides. It is well greased from the factory inside but I like grease on my drag too (Abu is a dry drag). I would open the reel and grease the drags and...
  612. johndtuttle

    Abu Garcia Revo Toro Beast: Preview

    I blame Abu Garcia! :)
  613. johndtuttle

    Tackle Recommendations

    Honestly, it sounds like you should be fishing PV on your own charter. I will fish with Frank and Roy anytime, anywhere. Lemme guess, you used those macks the next day, didn't you?
  614. johndtuttle

    Asian jigging rods PE rating

    So, that is quite a mess that Phenix has on there but the basic idea is that the gram rating is for the jigs the rod action is designed to fish comfortably, the PE rating is the line thickness which for braided lines runs about 10x breaking strength ie PE 3-7 means it will handle 30-80 lb test...
  615. johndtuttle

    Rod for Spheros 8000 SW

    Maybe for surface iron and live bait.... For deep iron (yo-yo or vertical jigging) and dropper loop then a vertical jigging rod is a much better choice. Surface iron is definitely a different rod than for yo-yo. And for anything deep with a spinning reel you want a short rod. Nothing longer...
  616. johndtuttle

    Rod for Spheros 8000 SW

    The Trevalas I recall as pretty light rods. I fished a 58XXH and thought it was about a 200gm vertical jigging rod. I would go as heavy as possible, none of these rods are brooms by any means.