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    Willow Beach AZ/NV Striped Bass and Trout?

    Hey guys, Planning on spending a night at Willow Beach AZ/NV in early October on the way back from the Grand Canyon. Was hoping to target stripers (and trout) either by shore or possibly float tube (I'm currently in the process of trying to add oars to an outcast super fat cat lcs float tube)...
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    Inflatable oars with "pinhole" and compatible oarlocks

    Hey all, Was curious but I've seen these pin style oarlocks intended for use on inflatables and was wondering what specific model oars would work with these: I can't seem to find many oars that have the pinhole to slide onto the pin in the pictured oarlock - or if they exist, they're pretty...
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    SOLD Shimano SLX Casting Rod 6'10 8-15lb SLXCX610M

    Shimano SLX Casting Rod 6'10 8-15lb - SLXCX610M for sale never used BRAND NEW WITH TAGS $SOLD
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    Garmin Chartplotter Routing (magenta line crossing land)

    Makes sense - haven't had much experience with boat GPSes but was thinking why couldn't they just make them 'smarter' in terms of navigating to avoid obstacles and such. But it sounds like this is just the nature of boat GPSes
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    SOLD Shimano SLXC75H Casting Rod 7'5 15-30lb

    Both still available. Just PMed you.
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    SOLD Shimano SLX XT 150HG 7.2:1 Right-handed Baitcaster

    Yes it is. Please PM me if interested
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    SOLD Shimano SLXC75H Casting Rod 7'5 15-30lb

    Brand new w/ tags unused Shimano SLXC75H Casting 1pc Rod Length: 7'5 Line rating: 15-30lb Lure Rating: 1/2-1 1/2oz Action: Fast Power: Heavy $SOLD$
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    SOLD Shimano SLX XT 150HG 7.2:1 Right-handed Baitcaster

    BRAND NEW IN BOX Shimano SLX XT 150HG 7.2:1 Right hand. This is not the standard SLX model... this is the XT model that comes with the advanced SVS Infinity Brake System for better cast control. $SOLD$
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    SOLD Shimano SLX DC 6.3:1 SLXDC150 Right-handed Baitcaster

    Brand New Unused Shimano SLX DC 150 6.3:1 gear ratio Right-handed baitcaster. This is NOT the standard SLX btw... it is the DC (Digital Control) model. $SOLD
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    Yellowtail tactics - anchoring and etiquette

    Heh, thanks. So I keep hearing and seeing "find good current" but I'm not exactly sure what that means... how do you determine whether current is good or not? I always thought it was based on how fast you're drifting if you go idle or cut off the engine. Is it something else?
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    Yellowtail tactics - anchoring and etiquette

    We were actually closer to one boat versus another. They were probably 300-400yds apart and we were in between. One guy was fighting a ray while we were trying to slip in between but he was in the boat that was further away. Anyway, trying to anchor in between boats while your boat is drifting...
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    Yellowtail tactics - anchoring and etiquette

    It might have been further than that - maybe I meant 100-200yds lol. I have a bad gauge of distance on the water. Anyway, what would be a far enough distance?
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    Yellowtail tactics - anchoring and etiquette

    Hey all, Curious about YT tactics as my friend and I are learning how to target them. Today we hit Catalina with no luck. Saw a few marks that looked like they could have been but it was tough figuring out the anchor situation with so many boats around. Actually, now that I think about it, I'm...
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    Garmin Chartplotter Routing (magenta line crossing land)

    Hey all, New to fishfinders/chartplotters in general and was curious if it's normal/expected behavior for a chartplotter to draw a route that passes across land while on the water. Last week my buddy and I observed this on the way to the Backside of Catalina - the line cut right through the...
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    Salas and Tady - straight braid, fluoro topshot, mono topshot?

    Hey guys, How do you rig your irons (for yellowtail, etc)? Do you fish them straight braid? With a fluoro topshot? Mono topshot? If with a topshot how long?
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    Retrofitting a rectangular livewell to make it oval? Other tips for keeping bait alive?

    Thanks guys! For the over the side bait bags, what's the max speed you can push with those? Other options to supplement in a pinch like 5gal buckets with a Bubble Box aerator? Or do we just tell the guy at the bait receiver to only put a couple scoops? Can you even ask for a kayak scoop...
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    Retrofitting a rectangular livewell to make it oval? Other tips for keeping bait alive?

    Hey all, Question on behalf of my friend who has a Robalo R200 - the 15gal livewell on it is rectangular which doesn't seem to do a great job keeping bait alive. I think I read that it's always better for any livewell to at least have rounded edges and that the more circular it is, the better...
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    Catalina Cellphone coverage on the water?

    Thanks!!! I thought I heard something like that. Shame that ATT doesn't work as well... looks like they have OK coverage when you're on the island but I guess the signal's not strong enough even a mile away or less on the water...
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    Catalina Cellphone coverage on the water?

    Hey all, Curious but what kind of coverage, if any, do you get around Catalina? I have ATT and definitely got zero coverage back side. I was more curious about how it looks on the front side though. Like if you're running up and down the front side north of Avalon or whatever.
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    Trolling live bait and lures together?

    Thanks for confirming!
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    Trolling live bait and lures together?

    Hey all, Just curious but is it OK or recommended to troll live bait and lures together? Or is it generally better to stick to one or the other rather than 'mix and match'?
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    Ebay Ringed Circle Hooks?

    The idea crossed my mind of using split rings - doesn't split rings impede the movement a bit more compared to the welded on rings?
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    Ebay Ringed Circle Hooks?

    Good tip - I need to rinse my hooks and dry them off after use. It's easy to disregard all that. I tend to keep my hooks in tackle boxes but I should probably start separating out new and used. If I take from a "new" compartment, I should probably store it in a separate smaller tackle box or bag...
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    Ebay Ringed Circle Hooks?

    What's a good price per hook for the Demons in your estimation? closer to 50 cents a piece?
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    Ebay Ringed Circle Hooks?

    Makes sense. Any suggestions on brands? I've only used Owner Ringed Circle hooks. I've used the Mustad Demon Circle hooks (regular non-ringed) and had really good experiences with those but that was a pack from years ago when I went for Albacore - really good quality hooks.
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    Ebay Ringed Circle Hooks?

    What's considered a "cheap" price? Ringed circle hooks are more expensive aren't they? Brand name ones end up coming out near a buck a piece for the smaller packs (and obviously that decreases with pro-packs but still like what 75 cents each? I guess that's worth it if you're planning to split...
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    Ebay Ringed Circle Hooks?

    Hey all Anyone have experience with or try using these no-name generic ringed circle hooks off ebay? https://www.ebay.com/itm/40-Ringed-Circle-Hooks-4x-Strong-5-0-Black-Nickel-40-Fishing-Hooks/173852223284?hash=item287a666734:g:YtAAAOSw8cNUTx27 I saw some old posts where I think guys have used...
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    SOLD Garmin Striker Plus 4CV CV20-TM + Extras. For Sale OR Trade

    Pretty much most 12v batteries - sealed lead acid, lithium ion, LiPO (for RC cars), Nocqua, etc. I've even seen people group multiple AAs together to power their fishfinders! Not sure if that would work too well with this one since the transducer is a bigger power drain. Most people use sealed...
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    SOLD Concept Z Reel 8.1:1 (right hand)

    Sorry - didn't see this or get notified. Ended up selling the reel though.
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    Did I screw this graphite rod over?

    Not the prettiest but I put a coat of flex coat on - it's not perfect but the tip of the rod should be covered at this point. Should I bother doing a second coat or just live with it?
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    Did I screw this graphite rod over?

    lol. You trying to convince me to give you this tainted rod?
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    Did I screw this graphite rod over?

    Ah ok. I have flex coat so would that be better to use instead of 2-part epoxy?
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    Did I screw this graphite rod over?

    Funny you mention that - I hooked up on a monster halibut on another rod I had done the same repair on (where the tip was broken in shipment and I glued a new tip at the break-off point) while float tubing in the harbor. Never brought it to color but knew it was a hali - dead weight then mean...
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    Did I screw this graphite rod over?

    That's what I was thinking. I guess I have to just hope that I don't hook up on a monster lol. I'm guessing if it breaks again it'll likely break at any given point where it was sanded, in which case I could just buy another tip and glue it in and continue using it hahaha. Anyway, just curious...
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    Did I screw this graphite rod over?

    Hey all, Bought a graphite rod (Tica) off Amazon and it arrived with a broken tip (a couple inches cleanly broken off with the rod tip still in the box as well as the second guide cleanly busted off. Amazon refunded me but said to not bother returning the rod, so I figured I'd try seeing if I...
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    SOLD Concept Z Reel 8.1:1 (right hand)

    Bump. 8.1:1 Still available
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    Sticky/bumpy drag when pulling line off BC

    Ah I see. I was actually pulling straight off the reel. I tested again last night and it's SOOO much better with the new drag stack. I compared it to another BC I have and yea if you button it down like crazy it'll feel kinda jerky but I think if you have to button the drag down that much you're...
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    SOLD Brand New G. Loomis E6X Casting Rod 853C JWR 7'1" MH XF 12-16lb

    G. Loomis E6X Rod 853C JWR 7'1" Medium Heavy Extra Fast 12-16lb Brand New Never Used $SOLD
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    Sticky/bumpy drag when pulling line off BC

    Yea exactly! I ended up changing out the drag stack (new Carbontex and metal washers [the Millionaire set of 4] from Smooothdrag) and it's much better now, although it would be nice if I could actually catch a fish on it to test lol.
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    Lucky Craft 110 Alternatives?

    I've heard the 115SP is good but when the surf is rougher the swim action on it isn't as ideal as with the 110? Have you noticed the same?
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    Lucky Craft 110 Alternatives?

    Hey all, I have a couple LCs and, as I understand it, they have very good swim action even in rough/heavy surf. I was curious to know what other lures or alternatives there are as I've heard other hardbaits (like the Breezes, 115s, etc) just don't have the correct action in those kinds of...
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    Sticky/bumpy drag when pulling line off BC

    Which bearings specifically? I believe I've checked all of them and they seem just fine to me. None are seized up or stuck from what I can tell.
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    Sticky/bumpy drag when pulling line off BC

    Hey guys, Have an older Daiwa Coastal 153H where when I pull line off the spool with the drag tightened it feels pretty bumpy and sticky. I had carbontex drags put in the reel years ago and haven't really fished it that much due to the bumpiness (I've wiped down and re-greased the drag stack...
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    Newport Beach Southwind Kayak Rental Center Launch?

    I think you're not supposed to fish from shore where Pearsons Port is but I've heard of people doing it anyway. The other side (Lower Castaways) is legal to fish from shore at. It looks like you can actually launch from Lower Castaways too, which probably is a better idea.
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    Newport Beach Southwind Kayak Rental Center Launch?

    Hey all, I was wondering if you are allowed to launch your own kayak, float tube, paddleboard, etc at the PCH Bridge where the Southwind Kayak Center is - I've rented a kayak from there before but that was years ago. I have a float tube and was wondering if I would be able to launch under the...
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    Scrombroid Food Poisoning?

    Good to know this. Thanks for the info
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    Scrombroid Food Poisoning?

    So I had consumed several portions *before* giving the fish to my buddy and experienced no issues at all. Otherwise, I surely wouldn't have given him any haha. That said, I'm still curious about why he wouldn't have encountered this eaten the collar from the same batch I gave him - the only...
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    SOLD Seeker American A270H-8' CT 20 (25) 30lb $130

    Rarely. Ended up just selling the rod earlier today though.
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    Scrombroid Food Poisoning?

    Thanks guys! Great tips and good to know about storing vacuum sealed fish in the fridge vs freezer - after vacuum sealing the fish that I was keeping in the fridge (they were kept in the original bags from the boat that they put the loins/bellies/etc in, but I drained as much blood/liquid as I...
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    Scrombroid Food Poisoning?

    LOL no he sent pics of what he cooked *before* he ate it presumably. At least, it looks like he had just cooked it all from the pics he took. It actually looks pretty good hahaha!
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    SOLD Concept Z Reel 8.1:1 (right hand)

    Bump. 7.3:1 reel sold. The 8.1:1 is still available
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    Scrombroid Food Poisoning?

    Yea I can't help but think it was his cooler, however I also gave him a collar in the same batch (where it all thawed overnight, etc) and he had consumed that (but he ate it I think the day or following day after getting back and didn't refreeze) and didn't report of any issues. Is scromboid...
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    Scrombroid Food Poisoning?

    Yea, that's true. Not sure if my friend really took a whiff or could discern. Not sure if scombroid is one of those things where you can tell based on smell but maybe? Unfortunately, I'm pretty good with my family members and in-laws at the moment but if anything changes I'll keep that in...
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    Scrombroid Food Poisoning?

    Is the 2-3 days in the fridge (after the initial catch) before being frozen too long? Ideally it would have been good to shorten that but it was a ton of work and hard to find the dedicated time to get through it all in one shot. BTW: we fished out of Oceanside - unfortunately no fish...
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    Scrombroid Food Poisoning?

    Hey guys, I have a friend who I gave some yellowfin tuna (belly and loins) back in November and he just ate the belly and ended up getting sick (says symptoms of Scrombroid food poisoning - diarrhea and hives all over his body). We caught a *ton* of yelllowfin on the trip in November so I...
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    SOLD Avet SX 6/4 2-Speed Silver

    I have some in the original post - are they not showing up for you? EDIT: crap... looks like they're not - I'll try to fix that.
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    SOLD Seeker American A270H-8' CT 20 (25) 30lb $130

    Sorry, should have mentioned above but no on the shipping. Can only do local pick-ups or meet-ups depending on where. I'll update with my location.
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    SOLD Fenwick World Class Fly Rod 9' 5wt 6pc WCFT905-6 $150

    Selling a brand new/unused Fenwick World Class Fly Rod 9' 5w 6pcs WCFT905-6 $$$SOLD$$$
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    SOLD Seeker American A270H-8' CT 20 (25) 30lb $130

    Selling one of my beloved Seekers - Seeker American A270H-8' CT 20 (25) 30lb. Many albacore, yellowfin, yellowtail, rockfish, and others have been landed with this rod. It's a great live bait rod but is also capable of light jigging/yoyo/irons too. I recently re-wrapped it with new cork tape...
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    SOLD Avet SX 6/4 2-Speed Silver

    Bump. Still available
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    Fishing near Leeds Utah - Quail Creek, Sand Hollow, etc? License fees?

    Hey all, Doing a big family/friends trip out to Leeds UT in mid August and was looking for leads/tips on fishing out there. There will be a bunch of kids ranging from toddler to middle school on the trip. I noticed on the Utah DWR site that there are non-resident permits but it looks like...
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    Komodo SS Power Knob - Upgrade-able ?

    Thanks. Ended up picking up a Gomexus 95mm handle and it actually feels just right for the 463. I think it'll work out great. I'm tired of fishing paddle handles when rockfishing LOL. Unfortunately, it's going to be a few more months before I can actually try this out for rockfish haha :(
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    Komodo SS Power Knob - Upgrade-able ?

    Nice, any complaints about the handle length? I know the paddle handle on the 4xx's are pretty long (like 130-140mm) versus the power handle from the 364 which is like 90-95mm. Is the power handle on the 4xx the same length as the 364 models anyway or is that one as long as the 4xx paddle...
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    Komodo SS Power Knob - Upgrade-able ?

    nice! is the shaft dimension also 8x5 on the 364 then?
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    Putting line on narrow spool reels?

    Ah, so you just don't 'ride-up' on the sides at all? Or, when you start you keep it as 'flat' as possible and just build it up 'outwards' as you stack the line? I'm having trouble starting the wind off because I don't know at what point to go back over the first 'row' without it digging in. I...
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    Putting line on narrow spool reels?

    Hey all, Was curious about spooling up narrow reel spools and if you're supposed to have the line 'ride up' the sides of the spool and how high up on the sides you're supposed to go initially starting out. When I've done it in the past I usually have it ride up but I never really know how far...
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    SOLD Concept Z Reel 8.1:1 (right hand)

    Concept Z Reels one in 7.3:1 gear ratio and the other in 8.1:1 gear ratio. These are right-handed reels. Both brand new and unused. SOLD
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    SOLD Avet SX 6/4 2-Speed Silver

    Selling my Avet SX 6/4 2 speed reel in silver (this is *not* the Magic Cast OR Raptor version btw). Reel is in excellent condition and loaded up with around 300yds or so of 50lb J-Braid x4 in hi-vis yellow. Has a little bit of rash but nothing major. I just cracked it up to wipe off some...
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    Transferring braid and topping off between reels?

    Yea, maybe I should just buy a 300yd spool of multicolor jbraid in 65lb and call it a day. Thing is, I eventually want to fill several other large cap reels with 90-99% braid (at least two more). When the capacity exceeds 300yds it starts getting a lot more expensive.
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    Transferring braid and topping off between reels?

    true...good point on the mono. think I should just load the sald35 up with 80# powerpro then? I have a new spool of it stashed away. dunno what I'm gonna end up doing with the 65lb braid. maybe I can load it up onto one of my spinfisher v6500s that use for crab snaring :) unless I get another...
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    Transferring braid and topping off between reels?

    Yea, I was thinking that too. Maybe for the Saltiga I'll just pad the bottom with 40 or 50lb mono but not sure if that would be too light if I'm running the 65lb spectra on top of it. I like connecting using the FG knot as I've found it pretty solid overall. I think I've got 250yds of the 65lb...
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    Transferring braid and topping off between reels?

    it's prob OK for deep drop rockfishing and jigging heavier irons but definitely no bueno for fly lining. I'd rather have more braid for versatility. I suppose I could also swap the mono and braid around and put some mono under with the 65lb braid over. but I'm wondering too if I should just load...
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    Transferring braid and topping off between reels?

    BTW: I lean towards putting 8 carrier braid on the Komodo(s) but will 4 carrier be OK to put on? As I understand it, 8 carrier should cast much better/smoother but 4 carrier I'm thinking will be OK too especially if bottom fishing or doing straight drops and jigging. It might be irritating to...
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    Transferring braid and topping off between reels?

    lol, esp if you're fishing with a bunch of noobs who don't know what to do when the rail is hot!
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    Transferring braid and topping off between reels?

    Thanks guys... all this talk about splicing and also trying to figure out if I should bury the 50lb or put it on top of the 65lb is starting to make me want to start all over and just go straight braid. I initially put heavier use on this rod tuna fishing it (what a pain with a long mono topshot...
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    Transferring braid and topping off between reels?

    Hey guys, Obviously stripping line and re-spooling is most ideal but it starts getting expensive after a while or doing it in 'bulk' across multiple reels. So do any of you simply transfer braid between reels or top-off your braid rather than doing full re-spools? I have a SALD35-2 loaded with...
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    Okuma Komodo 450 SS & Tiburon Lexa 400 Reel Clamp...???

    Ahhh nice! Will have to look into that if I decide to ever put the 400 I'm getting soon on one of my deckhand rods. BTW: is there a 'compatible' clamp for the 364p Komodo?
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    Okuma Komodo 450 SS & Tiburon Lexa 400 Reel Clamp...???

    I Googled Durans super clamp and only came across this: https://duransfishingproducts.com/product-category/dfp-clamp/ Which looks nothing like that blue one you have pics of... the blue one looks 3D-printed. Where did you buy that from?
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    Ahi Assault Diamond Jig Glow lost it's glow?

    Will this 'revive' glows that have been 'dead' for a while? My parents don't have anything like that at their house so I improvised and tried to make one with 3-layer scotch tape and blue/blue/purple sharpies haha. It didn't seem to be that effective :(
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    Ahi Assault Diamond Jig Glow lost it's glow?

    Hey guys, Haven't owned many glow jigs but was curious if it's normal for them to lose their glow over time? I pulled out a 10oz glow jig I picked up a few years ago but barely ended up using (maybe used once or twice). I noticed the glow on it is super faint even after attempting to charge it...
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    Vacuum Sealing and portioning tuna loins

    Yea I made sure to put the not fully-frozen packs at the bottom of the cooler and the frozen blocks on top along with ice packs. I also duct taped the cooler around where the lid closes and that seemed to help keep things frozen well. Although, this is in relatively cool temperatures too. I...
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    Vacuum Sealing and portioning tuna loins

    Great idea. I totally would have had a 'processing party' with my buddy who I went out with but I think we still both would have needed our own friends to help. I think having someone there to cut and seal the bags would have been key. Or if the Foodsaver I have had the built-in roll...
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    Vacuum Sealing and portioning tuna loins

    I went ahead and just vacuum sealed them two per pack. I had 8 fish so that part didn't take too long at all... at least it didn't feel that way after processing 32 loins LOL I did wrap a few loin pieces (some that had gaff damage or butcher jobs by the less-experienced deckhand that was...
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    Vacuum Sealing and portioning tuna loins

    I ended up finishing processing the loins. I just portioned each loin into three pieces regardless of size and removed the bloodline (in no particular order)but left the skin on. Removing the bloodlines wasnt too bad but removing the skin was way too time consuming and I'm leaving for norcal...
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    1st time going down to B.O.L.A baja..any tackle/gear recommendations?

    Prob not of great help but as much as you can! Anywhere from 15-80lb outfits. There are spotties that you can fish off the jetty, at least there were when we went. The yellows pull hard too so 40 minimum and wind fast when fishing near the bottom after getting hooked up or you'll get reefed
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    Vacuum Sealing and portioning tuna loins

    BTW: is it better to attempt canning tuna that is fresh never frozen? Or is it OK to freeze everything and *can* as desired upon thawing?
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    Vacuum Sealing and portioning tuna loins

    Thanks guys, moving forward I'll clean off the excess blood. BTW: skin-on? In terms of helping to keep the fish from falling apart?
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    Vacuum Sealing and portioning tuna loins

    Oh, actually they cut the bloodlines out. I didn't clarify but the "bloodline" I was referring to is just the 'remnants' of the bloodline that was cut away. I'm guessing most people would want to trim these smaller areas of leftover bloodline. But if I were to vacuum seal with even these small...
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    Vacuum Sealing and portioning tuna loins

    I've heard leaving the skin on and bloodline w/ blood isn't detrimental to vacuum sealing and freezing (and actually can help preserve the flesh), assuming of course you trim all that stuff away after thawing the loin out. Is that incorrect? So far, I've just pat-dried several loins with a...
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    Vacuum Sealing and portioning tuna loins

    Hey all, Wondering what your preferred method(s) is for portioning tuna loins specifically for vacuum sealing. Do you just take an entire loin and vacuum seal it with the skin and blood on (no rinsing, only patting with a paper towel)? I've heard different things about skin vs no skin, so...
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    Fish Processing around Oceanside?

    Hey guys, Just curious if you know of any places that process fish in the Oceanside (or immediately surrounding) area?
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    Overnighter and fish processing?

    I was wondering if they would when the boat does really well. If we get nicer quality fish though, I don't know that I'd want that. But regardless, the bigger issue aside from processing is preserving the fish so that it will last as long as possible. Years ago I went out on the Legend when the...
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    Overnighter and fish processing?

    LOL I know! Can't win either way - if I end up pulling into the garage with hundreds of pounds of whole tuna at midnight, my wife will probably try to use the fillet knife on me!
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    What is this? (Sonar pic)

    Do you have a GoPro? Maybe next time drop it down and see what's around? ;)
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    Overnighter and fish processing?

    I called 5-star and they said they can hold the fish for up to a month. We plan to be back in La Jolla for a night in a couple weeks so that may work. What I may do, if we catch fish, is bring one or two smaller ones back to fillet myself (so that we can enjoy some of it as fresh as possible)...
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    What is this? (Sonar pic)

    Haha crazy! Curious but is it 'normal' for calicos stick around/not care and actively feed when the pelagics are running around in their territory? I would think they'd get scared off... not sure if tuna will chase bass to eat but wouldn't be surprised.
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    14 mile bank bluefin

    Curious but is it possible (but unlikely) to catch those anchovies with sabikis?
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    What is this? (Sonar pic)

    Nuts! I'm assuming live bait (sardines?) was part of the mix too?
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    Overnighter and fish processing?

    Hey guys, Planning to hit an overnighter out of SD next week. Hopefully the fish will still be biting! Just thinking ahead, logistically, and wondering how fish processing would work in the case that we do well. The boat is slated to return the next night at around 7-8pm or so. From what I've...
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    For Sale Promar Wood Handle Bait Scoop Net Brand New

    Brand New Promar Wood Handle Bait Scoop Net 7-Inch X 8-Inch X 24-Inch. This is a little sturdier than the white net model sold at Big 5. $10 firm.
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    SOLD Okuma PCH 741xxxh Rods brand new

    Bump. Still have some left.
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    SOLD All Star Coastal Special Casting Rod 7'6" 8-17lb

    Selling lightly used All Star Coastal Special Casting Rod. There's some minor rash around the grip and some scratches but in great condition otherwise. Length - 7'6" Line Rating - 8-17lb Lure Rating - 1/4oz-5/8oz Solid rod for fishing halis/spotties in the harbors and also halis from the surf...
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    SOLD Shimano Sedona 4000FD

    Selling my Shimano Sedona 4000FD. In great condition with some rash on the back of the reel foot and minor rash and scratches elsewhere. Very clean and operates smoothly. Rinsed with freshwater after fishing the salt every time. Loaded with 15lb braid (Kastking I think?) and has upgraded...
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    SOLD Shimano Sedona 2500FD

    Selling my Shimano Sedona 2500FD. Used but in very good condition. There's some rash on the back of the the reel foot and some light scratches here and there but the reel is perfectly functional. Rinsed with freshwater after fishing the salt every time. It is spooled up with 10lb braid (don't...
  105. J

    Stacking hollowcore

    How many of you stack hollowcore braid? https://accuratefishing.com/how-to-stack-braid-and-why/ Any reason not to particularly when hunting BFT?
  106. J

    lb test for wind-on leaders

    Thanks. I'll probably run 100lb on it. So you wouldn't recommend using 130lb braid for the wind-on material?
  107. J

    lb test for wind-on leaders

    Hey all, Been doing a little bit of research on hollowcore and wind-on leaders for my Mak20IISEa. I was planning to get some 100# Seaguar Threadlock to spool onto the reel and was curious what lb test wind-on leaders I should consider. I did see some videos of how to make your own wind-on...
  108. J

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

    It wasn't super far. I'd guess maybe around 10-15miles out from Dana Point, roughly halfway over to the 209. We didn't really hang around there for too long before making our way back towards the O-side reefs and making our way north. Forgot to mention - after getting back and loading our cars...
  109. J

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

    Thanks guys! We ended up hearing about the reports of local tuna, so made the run along the coast - no sign of them. Conditions were pretty nice but very few signs of life. Found some dolphin pods and tried trolling around one but no luck. We tried trolling a little around the spots that were...
  110. J

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

    Thanks - West End looks pretty rough tomorrow morning - 4' at 6 seconds. Seems around the front of Avalon is calmer but around the rest of the island choppier. Probably not great conditions to be fishing in a 20' boat huh?
  111. J

    Buddy Boat out of Dana Point tomorrow 9/11?

    Hey guys, My buddy and I are planning to head out somewhere tomorrow (9/11) and I'm interested to see if anyone else in the DP area was also planning to head out. We haven't quite figured out where to go - my buddy signed up for Fishdope and the marks yesterday don't look super-promising since...
  112. J

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

    I agree. Heh, I think I read one of your posts fishing with BillyK a while back ;) Go where the fish *are* right? My buddy has his boat slipped at Dana Point. Doubt he'll be willing to take it out and trailer it down to SD (he absolutely hates the idea and trouble of doing this, and I don't...
  113. J

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

    Hey all, Planning to hit the water with a buddy on his boat (20' Robalo) for a longer 3/4 to full day trip. We are considering Catalina but just curious what you guys might recommend for n00bs starting out. We've gotten pretty comfortable fishing the inshore kelp, etc. And my buddy has made the...
  114. J

    Suggested rigging for Penn Fathom 40NLD2 and 60NLD2

    I have a clean 300yd spool of 80lb Hi-Vis Power Pro as well - wondering if I should wind that onto the 40NLD2 in addition...
  115. J

    Suggested rigging for Penn Fathom 40NLD2 and 60NLD2

    Hey all, I have a 40NLD2 and 60NLD2 that I just never got around to rigging up completely. I transferred some spectra over from a couple old reels that I've upgraded from - currently have just barely under 300 yards of 80lb solid core spectra on the 40NLD2 with no topshot (goes there's about...
  116. J

    SOLD Okuma PCH 741xxxh Rods brand new

    I have some Okuma PCH Custom 741xxxh (80-130lb) rods for sale. Brand new never used never fished. $SOLD$. Willing to ship on your dime and PP FF Please PM.
  117. J

    Rigging up trolling setups w/ Rapalas - lb test, swivels, knots, etc?

    Thanks for the tips guys! As far as the setups, they will either have a long or short top shot of mono or fluoro for the most part. No straight spectra but we could if we wanted to; no hollow core though. Typically for drag, do you go 25% of breaking strength? Higher? Lower? I made the awful...
  118. J

    Rigging up trolling setups w/ Rapalas - lb test, swivels, knots, etc?

    Hey all, Never rigged up a trolling setup before (at least, properly LOL) so it's all new to territory for me. I bought a handful of Rapalas (Xrap Mag 15, 18, 30 and CD Mag 14 and 18s in various colors - purple mack, blue/silver mack, silver/chovy, dorado, bunker, firetiger/green mack) from a...
  119. J

    SOLD Penn Spinfisher V 3500

    Selling a lightly used Penn Spinfisher V 3500. Used a couple times and got some of the paint rubbed off on the back base area of the reel foot (I sharpie'd over it lol). Otherwise, in excellent condition. Spooled up with about 150yards of island blue 15lb J-Braid (I think x4) and with probably...
  120. J

    Power Handle for Concept Z3?

    In case anyone is interested. I contact 13Fishing and confirmed that the A3 Power Handle is compatible. Currently they do not have the power handles in stock though.
  121. J

    SOLD Shimano Curado 300DSV w/ 30lb PowerPro SOLD

    Sorry for the late response. I think it may be from 2006 or 2007, or around there. Tackletour did a review on it - http://www.tackletour.com/reviewshimanocurado300dhsv.html https://tackletour.net/viewtopic.php?t=14725 Gear ratio is 6.2:1
  122. J

    SOLD Fenwick HMG M/ML 4 piece travel spinning rod

    Selling a new/never used Fenwick HMG M/ML Travel Rod - 4 pieces (2 interchangeable tips - M and ML). No Longer Available
  123. J

    SOLD Penn Battle II 2500 Spinning Reel SOLD

    Selling a new/unused Penn Battle II 2500 Spinning Reel. Comes with original box, manual, schematic and spool spacing washers. SOLD
  124. J

    SOLD Okuma SST-S-1064M 4 piece travel spinning rod

    I have a gently used Okuma SST-S-1064M SST Travel Salmon/Steelhead Fishing Spinning Graphite Rod. Perfect for travel. Brought out ONCE. No fish caught on it. Plastic wrap still on the cork. Rod Length: 10'6 Action: Medium Line Rating: 8-17lb Lure Rating: 3/8-3/4oz Material: Graphite Number of...
  125. J

    SOLD Penn Pursuit II 6000 Reel (used)

    Selling my used Penn Pursuit II 6000 reel. Used maybe a handful of times for bait and wait striper/perch and Dungeness crab snaring in NorCal. Got my first keeper striper on this reel so it's a bit sentimental. But as it is, I have way too much gear and need to make room. There's a small amount...
  126. J

    Power Handle for Concept Z3?

    Hey all, Anyone know of any power handles that will work on the Concept Z3? I saw that they made/make one for the A3 so curious if that would work and if they sell that separately
  127. J

    SOLD Garmin Striker Plus 4CV CV20-TM + Extras. For Sale OR Trade

    Sorry for the late reply. Yea, still have it.
  128. J

    Rockfishing jigs and shrimp flies... fishing the bottom vs a few cranks?

    Hey guys, I know rockfishing is probably one of the more straightforward ways to fish, in general, but I was wondering what your guys' preference is fishing directly off the bottom versus up a few cranks. I was fishing shrimp flies with 10-12oz weights yesterday and at some point was getting...
  129. J

    SOLD Ikea Black Leather Couch

    Has a rip in the middle cushion but might be able to patch it, or just throw a cover on the entire thing. Dimensions are about 79x36x30
  130. J

    SOLD Garmin Striker Plus 4CV CV20-TM + Extras. For Sale OR Trade

    Hey all, (Will get pics posted up shortly). Selling a lightly used Garmin Striker Plus 4CV setup w/ the CV20-TM transducer, protective cover and some extras (I'll throw in an Apache 1800 dry box I outfitted as the battery box with some connectors [I soldered/heatshrinked the power cable to fit...
  131. J

    Factoring waves, swells, periods and boat size

    This seems to be the case most places down here at least in terms of conditions being worse in the afternoon vs morning. Always ideal to leave as early as possible, weather/conditions permitting. Most people I've heard from would never prefer to head out far west if afternoon was the only...
  132. J

    Factoring waves, swells, periods and boat size

    Is this when the arrows on the wind map sort of form a 'swirl' ?
  133. J

    Factoring waves, swells, periods and boat size

    Thanks guys. BTW: I've noticed that different sites seem to forecast swells, waves and even wind differently or not very consistently across the board... what's that all about? I was looking at the BoatUS app for Dana Pt and then Windy and Ventusky. Seems currently the swells are around 3-4ft...
  134. J

    Factoring waves, swells, periods and boat size

    thanks! ive heard guys saying not to forget to add wave height in too though. so do 4ft waves and 3ft swells really mean 7ft swells?
  135. J

    Factoring waves, swells, periods and boat size

    Hey all, Just curious how you all decide what the threshold is for staying home versus going out (aside from the obvious NOAA warnings, storm alerts, etc haha). But for instance if you have a 20-22' length boat (with a 8 1/2' beam), and per Windy, waves are forecasted at 4', swell at 3', period...
  136. J

    DIY spooling hollow core on big reels

    Do most guys fill their spools up to the brim? I never quite understood advertised line capacities - I'm assuming they're estimates but sometimes it feels like there are pretty big discrepancies between advertised and actual line caps.
  137. J

    DIY spooling hollow core on big reels

    Thanks. Turners also sells 600yd spools of Seaguar Threadlock for $109.99 - I suppose I could always pick up a spool and pay to get it wound on at Longfin or another shop :) I guess the only problem doing that though would be in the case that I actually want more than 600 yards...heh. What...
  138. J

    DIY spooling hollow core on big reels

    Any reason on 16 strand over 12 strand? All the local tackle shops (including Longfin) are selling Izorline which is 12-strand and they're selling it for around $30 at most places (a couple places have it for $26 or less but they're further). The line diameter supposedly is the same between...
  139. J

    Lamiglas X11 LX106MLS

    Yea, I have a St Croix 7' that I like to fish the surf with pretty exclusively. It's rated 6-12lb line and 1/4oz-5/8oz lure weight. I've fished 3/4 and 1oz on it before but I think it's the lower end that also 'determines' the feel - 1/8oz is pretty light. I think this would make an awesome rod...
  140. J

    Lamiglas X11 LX106MLS

    Oh yea, good point with the counter balancing. I think the overall weight might be around 8oz. As far as the lure weight ratings, its 1/8oz to 5/8oz which seems to be a pretty decent range. I know on the Trifecta Lite 10' you don't want to be throwing more than 1/2oz even though it's rated up to...
  141. J

    Lamiglas X11 LX106MLS

    Hey all, Just curious if any of you have fished this particular rod before and how you like it: https://www.lamiglas.com/products/lx-106-mls-gh-steelhead-float I've seen guys talk about the 8'6 and 9'6 and they seem to like it but haven't seen much for the 10'6. Too long? I know a few guys...
  142. J

    DIY spooling hollow core on big reels

    Thanks guys! I'll probably just have it done somewhere. Any recommendations on brands (like PP Hollow Ace vs JB vs Seaguar Threadlock vs Izorline Hollow vs Momoi Diamond, etc)? The closest tackle shops to me are Turners and Longfin. Turners only does Seaguar but the pricing is reasonable. It...
  143. J

    DIY spooling hollow core on big reels

    Is it ok to mix and match brands of hollow core? For instance if I wanted to wind 500yds of 100lb Momoi Diamond Gen3 Hollow on and then do 100yds of PowerPro Hollow Ace followed by a loop to loop wind on leader (any recommended brand)?
  144. J

    DIY spooling hollow core on big reels

    Hey guys, Just wondering if most of you prefer to DIY spool braid (with no machine) onto your big reels (like Makairas, Talicas, etc) or if you usually just bring into a shop and have them do it for you instead. I like putting line on myself but have never deal with hollow core. It seems a bit...
  145. J

    Concept Z and Z3 Line Capacities?

    I just read another description from JandH that says the line cap is actually 12/110 - https://www.jandh.com/products/13-fishing-concept-z-baitcasting-reels.html I'd say this description seems more accurate if anything.
  146. J

    Concept Z and Z3 Line Capacities?

    Hey all, I see the advertised line caps on the Z and Z3 are 12/135 and 50/240, respectively. I'm assuming that's 12lb mono on the Z? Is that pretty accurate to spec in your guys' experience? I've been wanting to put either 20lb or 30lb baid on but am curious how much I could get onto the reel...
  147. J

    Makaira 20II Sea Line Suggestions for Bluefin

    Ah, interesting - that makes sense. Did they splice it the same way it's done here?: It seems most hollow core braids are 16 strand. My understanding is that the less strands, the more abrasion resistance generally. Type of hollow core 100# and 130# braid did you go with?
  148. J

    Makaira 20II Sea Line Suggestions for Bluefin

    What's the main reasoning behind spooling with 100# hollow core AND 130# hollow core versus just running straight 100# all the way? Does the 130# act as some sort of 'shock' leader to reduce the possibility of a break-off?
  149. J

    SOLD Penn Senator 113h Reel

    Bump. Uploaded new pics.
  150. J

    Makaira 20II Sea Line Suggestions for Bluefin

    The Grafighter appears to have the graphite seat but I'm not 100% sure - looks like graphite to me though.
  151. J

    Makaira 20II Sea Line Suggestions for Bluefin

    Dang... currently debating now between the Okuma PCH 741XXXH 7'4, Grafighter 770XXH used custom (7'), and SS OSP 2x4 custom built to my preference (7'6). The Grafighter would cost at least $50 less than the SS. Just wondering if that extra 6" would be beneficial in my case. Or even the extra 4"...
  152. J

    Makaira 20II Sea Line Suggestions for Bluefin

    Nice - about how much did it cost to spool up on your reel? Sounds like a nice rod and after reading around a bit more it seems like a good value that can get the job done. I've also seen Graftech rods but not sure how those are: https://www.meltontackle.com/graftech-railrods.html
  153. J

    Makaira 20II Sea Line Suggestions for Bluefin

    Sweet! Where do you get that braid from btw? How have you been like the Okuma PCH? I was thinking about getting one but haven't really heard that much about them. Proteus seems a little too light for the application - I'm assuming that's why you 'upgraded' to the PCH?
  154. J

    Makaira 20II Sea Line Suggestions for Bluefin

    Right on... I hear the main diff between Grafighters and SS'es are that SSes have a softer tip and are more parabolic but are also heavier than the Grafighters. I'm trying to figure out what my preference is... I have a few Seeker Americans and am used to fishing those a lot though.
  155. J

    Makaira 20II Sea Line Suggestions for Bluefin

    Thanks guys! What about a Grafighter 770XXH? Also, if I had to choose between a 7' and 7'6 rod, what would be better? I'm 5'5 if it makes a difference or is a factor...
  156. J

    SOLD Shimano Curado 300DSV w/ 30lb PowerPro SOLD

    For sure... dunno why I'm even bumping it LOL
  157. J

    WTB Super Seeker 2x4 7'+ used or lightly used

    Hey guys, Looking for a SS 2x4 anything 7' or longer to pair with my Mak 20II. Doesn't have to be in pristine condition - just something that isn't completely abused and will still get the job done.
  158. J

    Makaira 20II Sea Line Suggestions for Bluefin

    What would you guys pick between these for the same price ($400): a Super Seeker OSP 80-130lb 7'6 custom built (with base/basic components) or Phenix HAX 760 X3H?
  159. J

    Makaira 20II Sea Line Suggestions for Bluefin

    Nice! Were you fishing a flatfall?
  160. J

    Makaira 20II Sea Line Suggestions for Bluefin

    Hey all, Just picked up a Mak 20II Sea and was wondering what line you guys would run specifically for bluefin. I've seen a lot of guys putting either 100# or 130#. In any case, I'd want to make sure I'm rigged for any size fish. Suggestions on # test, brands, and topshot (flouro I'm...
  161. J

    SOLD Penn Senator 113h Reel

    Bump. Prices updated
  162. J

    Shore fishing Maui - gear advice

    Hey all, I'm planning to be out in Maui with family in mid-late August and we are hoping to stay on the west side around the Kaanapali/Kahana/Honokowai area. I've been there a few times in the past and brought some gear last time but was not that well prepared. Anyway, I was more curious...
  163. J

    Renting a boat and running to Cat no prior experience?

    How far out from the harbor will they allow you to take the boats, generally?
  164. J

    Renting a boat and running to Cat no prior experience?

    Great idea - thanks for reminding me. Is it pretty 'safe' taking the skiff around the island? Or are there certain areas to avoid? I'd be most concerned about being in one while swell/current is bad or if conditions turn bad and end up grounding us into a rocky area. Last time we went out to...
  165. J

    Renting a boat and running to Cat no prior experience?

    The open ocean freaks me out. Definitely wouldn't want to be *that* guy.
  166. J

    Renting a boat and running to Cat no prior experience?

    Thanks all for confirming this is a bad idea lol. I just had to check :) I just find it strange that some of the sites offering rentals don't make it more clear up-front that there is a certain level of experience *required* before being able to rent a boat. Skiffs in the harbor is one thing but...
  167. J

    Renting a boat and running to Cat no prior experience?

    Thanks for the feedback. Where would you suggest going with little to no experience and in a rental (center console)? Inshore/kelp paddies up and down the coast but no more than a half a mile or mile from shore?
  168. J

    Renting a boat and running to Cat no prior experience?

    Hey all, Just curious on advice for those of you who have rented boats or do it regularly and what kind of experience is needed. Is it pretty easy to make a trip over to Catalina Island without experience? Or is that something you'd definitely want to have someone who has good experience...
  169. J

    Has anyone gone on a Disney Cruise and snuck fishing gear on?

    wow, it hasn't even been a week and this thread has really taken a turn LOL anyway, thanks all for the input, experiences, and "other advice" - you never know what you're gonna get when you post in the chit chat forum!
  170. J

    SOLD Penn Senator 113h Reel

    Bump. Prices updated.
  171. J

    SOLD Shimano Curado 300DSV w/ 30lb PowerPro SOLD

    I have a Shimano Curado 300DSV (gear ratio 6.2:1) loaded with 30lb Dark Green/Moss PowerPro. In great condition - I have taken good care of the reel. Some very minor rash and that's it. This thing can absolutely *bomb* lures with the right rod. Cosmetic 8/10 Mechanical 9/10 (everything spins...
  172. J

    Thunderbird 3/26-3/27

    Hey guys, A buddy and I are wanting to check out the new boat and booked the trip leaving 3/26 fishing 3/27. Currently it looks like it's just the two of us. They need at least 8 confirmed to head out. Let's make it happen!
  173. J

    Has anyone gone on a Disney Cruise and snuck fishing gear on?

    My family/extended family has a trip planned mid-June in the Eastern Caribbean (stops in St Thomas and Tortola). On their official website "fishing gear" is banned (and no, I wasn't on planning to fish off any balconies LOL). I'm wondering if I could sneak on a travel or fly rod and reel (since...
  174. J

    SOLD Shimano Saragosa 8000SW (SRG8000SW)

    Selling a Shimano Saragosa 8000SW brand new in box (includes the manual and schematic/parts list). Taken out only to inspect and take pictures of. Never used and never spooled. Please PM me if interested otherwise I may not see any comments w/ interest on the thread *REEL HAS BEEN TRADED* Also...
  175. J

    WTB Avet HXW 5/2 Raptor and Phenix Axis or Black Diamond X3H

    Hey all, Looking for either of these or as a combo. Let me know what you have!
  176. J

    SOLD Penn Senator 113h Reel

    BUMP: prices updated.
  177. J

    St Thomas USVI shore/surf fishing?

    Hey all, Curious if anyone here has shore/surf fished St Thomas. I'm not really interested in a charter or guided trip at the moment and prefer to keep it low-key and DIY. The main thing is that I want to avoid crowds as I'll be in for a day off a cruise ship. Also, I obviously would want to...
  178. J

    Olympic 065GN (made in Korea)... Too far gone?

    Thanks all. Since I've already bought the lengths of grip I've sort of locked myself in in terms of length - in fact, I bought a 2" foregrip where originally it was 3-4" so the reel/reel seat is sitting up higher now afaik. I'm not sure how any of this will affect the casting distance and if I...
  179. J

    Olympic 065GN (made in Korea)... Too far gone?

    Also, how do you get rid of that stubborn foam residue? There's also a piece of adhesive cardboard/tape build-up where the reel seat was. I removed most of it but there's still some stuck on really well. I've tried GooGone and 91% isopropyl alcohol but neither are taking it off very easily.
  180. J

    Olympic 065GN (made in Korea)... Too far gone?

    So from what I can tell it's just one section at the bottom/grip/butt area. In any case, the damaged area looks to be about 2-3" in length - there are a couple major cracks extending that length up least: Should I saw off the end up to where the crack ends? I think I have some spare rod...
  181. J

    Olympic 065GN (made in Korea)... Too far gone?

    Thanks! I'll start stripping it down. It's actually a 2-pc rod. But it sounds like from what you're saying the grip/seat section might actually also be two parts epoxied. Anyway, I'll start removing the grips and seat to see how things look.
  182. J

    Olympic 065GN (made in Korea)... Too far gone?

    Hey all, So I was considering changing out the reel seat and grip on an old Korean made rod I've had for a long-time. It's more a sentimental thing that I've kept it all these years, as I've made so many memories with it. The problem with the reel seat is that it has these two metal retaining...
  183. J

    'Simple' tuna cord or paracord wrap on rod bottom portion

    Hey guys, Wanted to get some advice on what to use to fill the bottom half of my deckhand rod from the reel down. I rewrapped the cork tape, then added some Xwrap for where I plan to seat the reel. Also added Winn overwrap above on the foregrip. The bottom feels 'naked' so I was thinking maybe...
  184. J

    Deckhand rod reel position

    I know what you guys mean! It's hard to tell though when I'm not fishing with it. Guess I could take it to the park and test casting some lures before I put anything on. Or I could just allocate out a larger 12-15" length of X-wrap so I can reposition the reel whenever I want.
  185. J

    Deckhand rod reel position

    Hey all, I've heard the general rule of thumb for positioning reels on deckhand rods is to start with your elbow at rod butt (or an inch above the rod butt) and then cup your hand and the the reel should go wherever the cup of your hand is. Is this what most of you do? Or do you position your...
  186. J

    Winn grips overwrap to replace cork tape?

    Ah just re-read this. Sounds like this is the WTG then. I'll measure out where to put the X-wrap and then wrap the Winn above that after. How big of a section of X-wrap do you guys think I should portion out for the reel though? I figure most people use the "elbow from butt cap to hand"...
  187. J

    Winn grips overwrap to replace cork tape?

    Hey guys, quick update. I grabbed some cork tape from Longfin and just rewrapped the rod finally haha - I think it turned out pretty well and wasn't too difficult to apply. I also found a deal on 96" of 1.1mm Winn Grip a few months back so bought two at the time, thinking it would be cool to...
  188. J

    SOLD Penn Senator 113h Reel

    BUMP: All items pictured/listed above are still available.
  189. J

    SOLD Penn Senator 113h Reel

    Pending sale on the Saltist 40
  190. J

    Lobster hoop-netting inside Dana Pt Harbor from jetty or dock?

    Hey guys, Just curious but is it legal to hoop-net inside the harbor from the jetty or dock (like the one near Baby Beach)?
  191. J

    Limantour beach?

    Does anyone know if Limantour would be unsafe to fish right now up at Pt Reyes? I've heard great things about it and that the surf is generally calmer. With the current overall conditions of high surf in the Bay Area (as well as Pt Reyes), I'm just not sure though. I was thinking about taking...
  192. J

    SOLD Penn Senator 113h Reel

    Bump. Updated the original post and still got most items available.
  193. J

    Garmin 4CV Plus (on the float tube)

    Hey guys, I just picked up a Garmin 4CV Plus for my float tube. Probably overkill but it seemed like a pretty good deal that I got as I had a discount via Ebay. Anyway, I realize in most cases people typically power these fish finders with a 12v lead acid sealed battery. Since I'm on a float...
  194. J

    Keeping Dungeness Crabs alive

    Oh, and I would try to cook them up and refrigerate them but I'm not going to have access to a cooking source. I've heard some people clean their crabs (break the shell off) then snap them in half and throw them on ice and the meat will stay pretty fresh that way for a couple days. Not sure what...
  195. J

    Keeping Dungeness Crabs alive

    Hey all, Planning to do some crabbing up in NorCal in the next week or so. I'll be staying at a hotel for a couple nights near where I plan on crabbing and was hoping to keep the crabs alive for at least a couple days. The hotel has a mini-fridge but I'm likely not going to be keeping the crabs...
  196. J

    SOLD NEW Coleman Roadtrip X-Cursion Blue 20000-BTU Portable Gas Grill

    Still have a couple of these grills if anyone is interested or wants to make an offer
  197. J

    Uber/Lyft and fishing gear?

    LOL the other thing I didn't think about is what you guys do if you end up catching a lot of fish and need a ride back home.
  198. J

    Uber/Lyft and fishing gear?

    Hey all, Wondering if any of you regularly use Uber or Lyft when going on open party (whether it's a 1/2 to multi-day). I'm considering alternative transportation to Davey's from Irvine as we are on one car right now. The wife would need the car and if I'm getting back say at 4-5am in the...
  199. J

    Anyone fishing Thunderbird 11/9 2 day???

    Thanks for the tips - was curious about tackle. The heaviest setup I have is a Phenix Black Diamond 700XH (30-80) paired with a Penn Fathom 60 2spd (loaded with I think 100lb spectra but it could even be 80lb and currently no topshot). Will that be sufficient for a trip like this? I'm...
  200. J

    Winn grips overwrap to replace cork tape?

    NP... Yea, I should probably find some cork tape and just do a full re-wrap then. I do have some X-wrap so I guess after the cork tape is on, I would cut a section of X-wrap just for the reel/clamp and then use Winn wrap all around that (and then Tuna cord too if I want)
  201. J

    Improved Blood Knot loop?

    Hey guys, Do any of you ever fish a hook or sinker on the loop that sticks out after tying an improved blood knot particularly in the case of if you're fishing shorter leaders (or even for fly fishing where you might attach an extra fly)? Is it strong enough if you do have a hook/fly and a get...
  202. J

    Winn grips overwrap to replace cork tape?

    Great idea with the 3m double-sided tape. Does it seem pretty durable though? That's the only thing I'd be concerned about - especially the area where I'd be clamping down the reel.
  203. J

    Winn grips overwrap to replace cork tape?

    Thanks! I'll have to check them out. I don't want to buy 100ft when all I have is two rods that need it. I ordered a couple 96" blue camo Winn overwraps on Amazon that were $12.99 each - that's the lowest price I've seen on these things. Figured I'd give them a shot since I'm planning to do a...
  204. J

    Winn grips overwrap to replace cork tape?

    Thanks! What about those 'other' cork tapes? In terms of thickness, the cork tape that was on the rod was pretty thin. In fact, I had previously tightened down the reel clamp so hard on it I was afraid I cracked it which prompted me to remove the tape to check. How thick is the Winn stuff? I...
  205. J

    Winn grips overwrap to replace cork tape?

    Hey all, Per my understanding, Winn overwraps appear to be *intended* to wrap *over* worn cork tape, etc. I was wondering though, as I already remove the cork tape from my deckhand rod, if it's advisable to just wrap the Winn overwrap straight on as-is right around the blank itself. Yay or nay...
  206. J

    Lamiglass Black Inshore Rods?

    Thanks for the feedback. So I'm guessing that with these kinds of rods, you should avoid bouncing larger but "bounceable" fish onto the deck? Say a 15lb bonito? EDIT: Just saw this post from sdfish on bouncing and avoiding high sticking "I was always told to lower your rod tip toward the...
  207. J

    Lamiglass Black Inshore Rods?

    I think some of the 'bad' experiences have been for the limited warranty models where someone bought one assuming it had a lifetime warranty when it didn't. Other than that, I read a thread here about several people who have high-sticked their Lamiglases and it didn't end too well... though I...
  208. J

    Lamiglass Black Inshore Rods?

    Hey guys, any of you tried out or use the Lamiglas Black Inshore rods? Was looking at this one possibly: https://www.tackledirect.com/lamiglas-b7650c-black-series-saltwater-conventional-rod.html 7'6 rated 25-50lb Need something to fill that range currently. I've heard mixed things about...
  209. J

    Best Ceviche ever!!!!! / Its a must try

    Do you guys have a preference on the type of citric acid to use particularly for ceviche? I know many people use a combination of lemon, lime and orange. Classically, it seems using only lime is 'standard' Have any of you tried only using lemon juice? Is that a bit too strong and lemony of a...
  210. J

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

    I ended up soaking it overnight in the fridge and removed like 99% of the salt LOL. The fish seems fine otherwise - I bet if I season and cook it up it'll probably be OK.
  211. J

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

    Welp, I just ruined a bunch of fish by following the recipe/directions here: https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2015/aug/29/fishing-report/ Not sure what I was thinking not cross-checking the brine ratio the guy said he uses. Either he's crazy or there's a typo somewhere here: "I use a brine...
  212. J

    Best Ceviche ever!!!!! / Its a must try

    Thanks! What's the *minimum* # of hours it's recommended to let the fish cook in the citrus juice before consuming btw?
  213. J

    Best Ceviche ever!!!!! / Its a must try

    Are onion absolutely necessary? Or is it a little weird having ceviche without them?
  214. J

    SOLD Penn Senator 113h Reel

    Have made some updates. Bump
  215. J

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

    I have one of the AMNPs pellet smokers with "pitmasters choice" pellets (some sort of mix of everything). Got this for my Mastbuilt MES 30 smoker. I think I've tried salmon in it but that was a while back and not with the pellet smoker either. I think I'll do a batch tonight or tomorrow...
  216. J

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

    Thanks guys. BTW: how do you prepare yours (brine, marinate, dry rub), what kind of wood do you use to smoke, what temp and for how long?
  217. J

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

    Hey guys, In my haste and excitement, I removed the skin from all the bonito filets from my catch without considering the fact that I wanted to smoke them (and didn't read up beforehand on HOW to smoke them). Now I have all these skinless loins in my fridge lol. Of course, I read *after* the...
  218. J

    Avet SX 5.1 Line capacity?

    yea... i transferred 300yds of 50lb hi vis yellow from my sx2 to the sx. And am in the process of moving 65lb white spectra from another reel onto the sx2. i was just confused with the line cap on the original sx, which is purportedly 650yds of 12lb mono - shouldn't that translate to 650yds of...
  219. J

    Avet SX 5.1 Line capacity?

    Hey all, I have an old Avet SX 5.1 (original model?) and also an Avet SX 6/4 2-spd reel. I never paid much attention to the line capacity on them as years ago when first acquiring them, I had previously had them spooled up with rough %s of spectra and mono. I'm currently going through and...
  220. J

    Apollo - 310 Rodworks overnight BFT report

    Crazy! Were all bites/fish on flatfalls and other jigs? Just flatfalls? Live bait at all?
  221. J

    Rod and reel for 200lb+ bluefin?

    One other question: since I'm assuming most of you guys bring multiple setups on any given overnighter+ trip, how do you decide what rig to start throwing with or when to change? Suppose everyone is fishing a 60# setup and then start hooking up on 100#+ lbers, is *that* when? Or do you usually...
  222. J

    Rod and reel for 200lb+ bluefin?

    LOL that's exactly who I'm looking to buy "used" gear off! BTW: I'm confused with all the various reel sizing on these big game reels - it seems the main ones referred to as 16/20 are the Penns right? What is the equivalent Makaira to a Penn VISX 20? MK502sea? I see the drag pressure on the...
  223. J

    Rod and reel for 200lb+ bluefin?

    Thanks guys - so you think the EXW 30 would be more than enough? Sounds like the rod I'd want would be something that's rated *starting* at 80lbs (so 80-130lb more or less and then whatever length is preferred - I'm assuming length isn't *as* big a deal but longer the better if the fish are far...
  224. J

    Rod and reel for 200lb+ bluefin?

    Thanks for the feedback! How would an Avet HX do in this case? I've heard great things about Makairas as well - I might consider one down the road... What other rods would be recommended for this? Like a 700xxh?
  225. J

    SOLD NEW Coleman Roadtrip X-Cursion Blue 20000-BTU Portable Gas Grill

    Coleman Roadtrip X-Cursion Blue 20000-BTU Portable Gas Grill I have two of these and they are new in box. Great grill to pack in the car and take camping, grill at the beach or backyard, tailgating at sports events and much more! - Standard Propane Canisters (it should work with a larger 20lb...
  226. J

    Rod and reel for 200lb+ bluefin?

    Hey all, I recently picked up a Phenix PSW 700xh and Penn Fathom 60LD2 combo. If I were to hookup on a 200lb+ bluefin, would I be outgunned? I recently saw a video of a guy on a private boat with a Talica 50 and not sure what rod on a 200+ BFT and it took over an hour for them to bring in. That...
  227. J

    SOLD Penn Senator 113h Reel

    Saltist 30T has been sold
  228. J

    SOLD Penn Senator 113h Reel

    Saltist 30T pending sale. Everything else still available and prices updated
  229. J

    Rod length/action recommendation for light line

    Thanks all, I went ahead and ordered the 8' to try out. This was part of a rod replacement program for a rod I have where I busted one of the guides. They were basically just offering a 45% discount on a new rod as it's outside warranty coverage. I'm planning to rewrap the guide for the one I...
  230. J

    Rod length/action recommendation for light line

    Thanks! Regarding casting further out, I thought that may not necessarily be true with longer rods as much as it is with rods that have slower 'whippy' action...? What one person told me was that they prefer the longer rod not due to the casting ability but because it tends to have more 'give'...
  231. J

    Rod length/action recommendation for light line

    Hey guys, Been targeting croakers as of late and was considering getting a longer rod with a little more bend in it. I have the opportunity to pickup either an 8' medium action and light power rod (rated for 1/16-3/8oz weight and 4-12lb line) or a 10' fast action and light power rod (also rated...
  232. J

    Identifying what type/style guide?

    Shining a flashlight on the foot I *think* I may see a partial remnant of a stamp but I'm guessing it was filed off right before installation. It sorta looks like a "12" too which would confirm what skrilla has
  233. J

    Identifying what type/style guide?

    I think you're right - it does look like a size 12
  234. J

    SOLD Penn Senator 113h Reel

    Sure, send me a PM for more details. Thanks
  235. J

    Identifying what type/style guide?

    I definitely see the "Fuji" stamp but I'm having trouble finding the size stamp - is it likely that if the edge of the foot was filed/sanded down, that they sanded the ring size right off?
  236. J

    Identifying what type/style guide?

    LOL thanks haha. I updated the pics - hopefully they work now? Would size 12s work as well I wonder?
  237. J

    WTB Fuji BNLG Guide (size 10)

    If anyone happens to have a BNLG Size 10 Guide, please let me know! Looking to replace the one where the ceramic eye popped out on mine.
  238. J

    Identifying what type/style guide?

    Do you guys generally try to replace with the original guides when possible? Or just use whatever's the cheapest and most readily/easily available? BTW: I'm pretty sure this is a size 10, right? The ceramic guide of course is missing and I don't have a caliper, so sorta just eyeballing.
  239. J

    What kind of thread do I need? Other questions...

    Hey all, Was wondering if you can tell what kind of threads these are or what I should buy to match the original? Unwound threads: Original: Also, was wondering if I need to completely clean off all the existing epoxy and varnish(?) leftover from the removal: I'm not sure if that's...
  240. J

    Identifying what type/style guide?

    I removed the guide and was curious when cleaning up the area after, it seems there's some very light epoxy leftover unless that's varnish - I used a popsicle stick, alcohol and a heat gun to remove as much residue as possible. Is it critical to remove *all* residue before thinking about...
  241. J

    Identifying what type/style guide?

    BTW: i just checked with a flashlight - it is in fact a Fuji guide as "Fuji" is printed on one of the supporting frame 'legs'
  242. J

    Identifying what type/style guide?

    I was just going based off the description of the rod from the product site, where it says they use Fuji guides. I could be wrong though since this is an older model (though same model #). Maybe they previously were not using Fuji and then switched. Where would the "Fuji" be stamped? On the...
  243. J

    Identifying what type/style guide?

    Unfortunately, I don't have a picture with the rod where it had the insert. I did post a picture of another guide with the grey colored insert though. I have a couple other same-brand rods that may use the same style guides so I can check those too. Are they Fuji guides? And do you know what...
  244. J

    Identifying what type/style guide?

    Seems like a size 10 Fuji N double-foot per the link I linked... the Academy site says "Hardloy" but with pics of the new model - I'm wondering if that was what they used on the older model I have since "Hardloy" doesn't seem to be a current type of guide that Fuji manufactures. Otherwise, per...
  245. J

    Identifying what type/style guide?

    Hey all, I'm considering removing and rewrapping a rod guide on my All Star rod. A couple years back I closed the garage door on it and while the rod didn't break it caught one of the guides, popped the ceramic ring out, and put a nice bend in the guide. It looks to be a double-footed guide...
  246. J

    SOLD Penn Senator 113h Reel

    Bump. Everything is still available
  247. J

    SOLD Penn Senator 113h Reel

    Sorry - the images are a bit all over the place but I tried to mostly organize them haha
  248. J

    SOLD Penn Senator 113h Reel

    Several rods/reels for sale - I strongly prefer to sell these as combos/pairs versus individually just to make it easier, so priced accordingly: - Penn Senator 113H Special - NO LINE - hardly ever used and not much rash at all. Has clamp and harness lugs/screw and. Reel cover included. $70 -...
  249. J

    Wilson River fishing?

    Hey all, I saw a friend on FB post about an upcoming stay at a riverfront cabin in the Tillamook area. That got me wondering about fishing lol. Completely unfamiliar with Oregon and the fishing there, other than hearing really great things about it. Anyone have more info on what you can expect...
  250. J

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

    Bump, included a couple more: Avet HX 2-spd and Phenix Black Diamond PSW 700XH.
  251. J

    Striper Fishing Ocean Beach?

    I got a 22" 6lber at OB on Memorial Day! Caught on a sandcrab. Used a fish finder rig as recommended with a 6oz pyramid weight. The side wash current was crazy with major line drift south, even with the 6ozs of weight! Met up with a local who showed me and his friend the ropes - his friend also...
  252. J

    No angles no tangles... what about "yo-yo"ing?

    Hey all, We've all heard it: "no angles no tangles" and "follow your line" or "don't let your line go slack" etc But are there *other* things people do that cause tangles? What about yo-yo-ing at the bottom? I'm not talking about true yo-yo fishing where you're cranking all crazy and letting...
  253. J

    Ocean Whitefish on the flattop?

    I cooked it up a couple weekends ago - did a quick marinade of lime juice and garlic and it turned out OK. Tasted a little fishy to me. Cooked up more fillets a couple days later salted/peppered, and then over butter and garlic with lemon juice sprinkled on - that was much better.
  254. J

    Striper Fishing Ocean Beach?

    Sounds like the current and wave action wasn't too bad either... enough to be able to work a carolina rig like that? Egg sinker?
  255. J

    Striper Fishing Ocean Beach?

    Wow that's awesome man! You were using the classic SoCal BSP setup lol :) What's that setup? A 4000 sized reel with 10lb test?
  256. J

    Striper Fishing Ocean Beach?

    Also, thoughts on J-hooks vs circle hooks for targeting this species via the surf?
  257. J

    Striper Fishing Ocean Beach?

    Hey all, I'm looking at possibly going out to Ocean Beach (SF) this coming Monday for striper fishing while up in the Bay Area for the week. Never done it before so no idea what to do other than by watching Youtube LOL. Any tips or advice? Will the crowds be pretty bad out there? I'd probably...
  258. J

    Split Ring Pliers sizes, etc (Texas Tackle)

    Hey all, I was looking/hoping to find a nice pair of 'all in one' pliers that have split ring, braid cutters, etc. It seems like those cheapo brands on Amazon may be OK but I've heard mixed-reviews about the split ring addition being a point of weakness in the plier tips, resulting in...
  259. J

    Ocean Whitefish on the flattop?

    I don't recall but it is kinda fattier than rockfish? Closer to cod?
  260. J

    Ocean Whitefish on the flattop?

    Hey all, Is whitefish good on the flattop? I have some fillets I was thinking about throwing on it but wasn't sure. How about rockfish? Not as good? I just got the flattop recently and haven't really used it much. And I haven't thrown much fish on any sort of grill for that matter. Closest...
  261. J

    WTB Daiwa Saltist BG 35 Frame

    Hey all, looking for a Daiwa Saltist BG 35 Frame (those of you who are into reel building/repairs/etc) anyone might be wanting to get rid of. Let me know
  262. J

    WTB Fathom 40NLDii

    Thanks... I saw this the other day - really tempting as well. Did you end up buying it?
  263. J

    Braid on a cheapo Pflueger Contender G30?

    Hey all, I have a cheapo Pflueger Contender G30 reel that was loaded with 20lb mono for the longest time. I finally peeled it all off and am planning to re-spool. I have some spectra backing on most of my other reels and got some new PowerPro. Wondering if I should transfer spectra from another...
  264. J

    Daiwa Coastal 153H drag feels 'bumpy'?

    Yea, I put Carbontex in these but I actually don't recall how it performed because I barely ever used it. Anyway, I tore it down and tried to wipe more grease off. Seems to have maybe helped a bit but the drag still feels kinda sticky when buttoned down.
  265. J

    WTB Fathom 40NLDii

    Thanks for this. Really tempting....
  266. J

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

    Nice... what time is it at? Not sure I'll be able to make it but we'll see. Or I could try to convince a friend who's out that way to look for something haha.
  267. J

    Penn fathom 2 speed

    Yea, wish I was looking for all this back when this thread was first started haha. Maybe there will be another deal. In any case if anyone is looking to sell a Fathom 40 for $180ish let me know! LOL
  268. J

    Penn fathom 2 speed

    Crap, wish I was researching this reel much earlier on here on BD. Could have scored a deal. The FTH40NLD2 is now listed at $331 at Woodbury!!! Even with the 20% it's down to $265 :( Closest I get get is $200 for it off Ebay from Woodbury (there's a 10% coupon applied at checkout).
  269. J

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

    UPDATE: Narrowed my search down to the following... Reel: Fathom FTH40NLD2 - looking for something $200 [spooled with braid] new, less if used. Avet HX 2-speed - looking for something $275 [spooled with 80#-100# braid] used. Rods - any of these (fine with used): Phenix PSW 700XH - looking for...
  270. J

    Bluefin and gear suggestions/upgrades

    I see... whoa, how long did it take you to get the 85#er in with your gear? What were you fishing that 30# on the Saltiga 40LD2? I should've gotten the 40LD2 as well when it was on sale at Westmarine... ah well.
  271. J

    Bluefin and gear suggestions/upgrades

    Nice. So as far as more suitable gear: 765L (calstar grafighter?) rod, HX 2-spd, and fathom 40nld have been recommended so far. Any other recommendations on scrappy gear that also won't burn too big of a hole? Also, for the overnighters and 1.5s (maybe even 2-3 days), what is the lightest...
  272. J

    Bluefin and gear suggestions/upgrades

    It's the 35 sized reel (narrow spool). Holds 360 yards of 50lb braid. I'm assuming I'd want to back with at least 65lb+ braid, which will use up more real estate. Is that gonna be enough for the larger BFT?
  273. J

    Knot in PowerPro apparently out of the box...warranty?

    For sure, I wonder how this would have gone down had I just mailed it all in. Possibly a rejection but who knows - maybe they would have called. I think going in in person may have made a difference though
  274. J

    Knot in PowerPro apparently out of the box...warranty?

    So my wife dropped the line off at Shimano HW in an envelope with the warranty return form and receipt. She called me because the guy wanted to talk to me about the line - he said normally people bring in the entire spool and asked who I spoke/talked to on the phone/email lol. I told him that...
  275. J

    Bluefin and gear suggestions/upgrades

    Thanks. That's what I was thinking especially for the rods. I've sorta been thinking I should probably get a new rod or maybe two. What would you recommend? I'm not looking for high-end stuff btw: just something affordable that will confidently hold up and get the job done when called on. So...
  276. J

    Bluefin and gear suggestions/upgrades

    Thanks. What about when they start showing up in the bigger ranges like 60-80 or even breaking 100lbs?
  277. J

    Bluefin and gear suggestions/upgrades

    Hey all, The only time I caught a BFT was down in Mexico and on the captain's trolling gear who we went out with. It was probably around 30lb but felt super-heavy. After reading up and also watching videos, I realize these are some of the hardest pulling fish out there. That said, I have some...
  278. J

    Monterey Kayak Rentals and Fishing?

    Hey all, Was interested in possibly shore fishing the Monterey area and renting a kayak to fish from if it makes sense. I'm assuming there's some shallow water rock-fishing to come by in the general area. Any tips or pointers on setups as well as where to rent a kayak, when to go out and...
  279. J

    Avet SX on deckhand rod (corkpuppy or trigger grip seat)?

    Where do you buy Backbone nylon clamps from? I plan on putting heatshrink over the cork tape on the entire handle, so I should be good I think. I dunno...maybe an extra few wraps of electric or athletic tape in case I want to pad it really well.
  280. J

    Knot in PowerPro apparently out of the box...warranty?

    The return would be a PITA. I got it at a pretty heavy discount from Gander Outdoors/Gander Mountain (online order). Shimano/PowerPro asked for 10 yards to send back. So I just cut off about that much and have it wrapped up on a business card that I was going to drop off. They say they will look...
  281. J

    Avet SX on deckhand rod (corkpuppy or trigger grip seat)?

    Thanks - I forgot to mention the rods I have. They're the Seeker American A270H-8 series. I just took a quick/rough measurement and it's around 25mm average across the length of the handle. Maybe 1-2mm short of that where I have mounted the rod in the past. I'm assuming the 25 is the diameter in...
  282. J

    Knot in PowerPro apparently out of the box...warranty?

    Hey all, Just curious what your experiences have been with PowerPro warranty if you've ever sent a sample of defective line back, etc? In my case, I noticed a really tight knot *after* winding brand new line on [manually] from a 300yd spool. It's only in the last 50-60 feet or so. I don't...
  283. J

    Avet SX on deckhand rod (corkpuppy or trigger grip seat)?

    Did you guys reinforce the reel seat area? And if so, with what/how?
  284. J

    Avet SX on deckhand rod (corkpuppy or trigger grip seat)?

    Hey all, Just curious, for those of you who are matching your SX(es) to a deckhand rod, how are you mounting them? included/default/factory clamp? Cork Puppy? Trigger Grip (like the one sold at Charkbait)? I was using the clamp that came with mine but don't like how tight I have to screw them...
  285. J

    Best shop for rod repair?

    Hey all Was looking for a local shop in OC (near irvine) that has a good reputation with rod repairs. Just need one or two eyes changed on a rod I stupidly shut the garage door on and another that I broke one of the supports/legs(?) on. This isn't the tiplet eye btw but one or two in the middle...
  286. J

    Fixing up/enhancing cork-tape on Seeker A270s

    Hey all, I have a couple A270s that I've used a good amount with standard reel clamps (Avets and Daiwas mostly). I was too cheap to buy cork puppies & trigger clamps so used sport to wrap before mounting the reels haha. It has generally worked but the cork is loosening up in the areas I've had...
  287. J

    Fishing by moon phases and types of fish

    Hey guys, Just curious as I've read, in general, that a lot of people like to fish by the moon phase and that fishing between a full and new moon are best. What is your guys' experience with this? Do you find moon phases seem to affect certain types of fish like pelagics or others that feed...
  288. J

    Trip cancelled due to bad weather (Thunderbird)?

    Ah I see it now. Thanks. What are "Swell 2" and "Swell 3" btw? And what's with the discrepancies between different maps/charts out there? Swellmaps seems to indicate even calmer waters/swells/wind versus what Windy.com shows.
  289. J

    Trip cancelled due to bad weather (Thunderbird)?

    Found a swell period forecast here - http://www.swellmap.com/forecast-maps/ Monday looks like it might be a good day.
  290. J

    Trip cancelled due to bad weather (Thunderbird)?

    Whoa that's a sweet chart. It seems Monday might be better if I want to try that day no? BTW: where do you see swell periods on that site?
  291. J

    Knots for sinker on a double-dropper rig

    Nice, I'll stick with an FG knot and tie a longer leader onto the braid... Maybe a 20-30' mono leader
  292. J

    Trip cancelled due to bad weather (Thunderbird)?

    Ah... thanks. Yea I obviously am a n00b at interpreting those charts lol. Were you referring to specific chart when getting those measurements btw? Or is there a separate site you go to for checking all that?
  293. J

    Trip cancelled due to bad weather (Thunderbird)?

    Ah I see here... I was looking at waves only. It looks like swell is the concern - 5ft~ swells? http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display4.cgi?a=scal_sea
  294. J

    Trip cancelled due to bad weather (Thunderbird)?

    Was anyone else planning to go out on the Tbird tonight to find the trip cancelled due to bad weather? I must be interpreting this wrong but do the darker blue areas mean less wave action? So anything 3 or less is better? I thought the numbers correspond to swell/wave height...
  295. J

    Knots for sinker on a double-dropper rig

    Thanks! That makes sense - didn't realize the part about cutting the loop initially. How deep is "deep" btw? Are we talking about 200-300ft+? I don't recall how deep they fish around Southern CA but presumably not as deep as compared to in Northern CA? If I recall, I think I would tend to see...
  296. J

    Busted spring thrust washer/spool spring washer?

    Hey all, I was trying to do some service/maintenance on my Avet SX 5.1 and ended up busting one of those really tiny washers that sits on both sides of the spool spring. (Part #16 here, known as the "spool spring washer" - http://schematics.mikesreelrepair.com/albums/avet/Avet_SX5-1.pdf) I...
  297. J

    Knots for sinker on a double-dropper rig

    Are you talking about 'reverse dropper' for big lings/yellows where you put the sinker on the loop and hook at the tag end??
  298. J

    Knots for sinker on a double-dropper rig

    Thanks guys. What knots do you use for your connections to the swivel?
  299. J

    Knots for sinker on a double-dropper rig

    Thanks guys. Just practiced tying up a rig - overhand knot loop at the bottom for quick changing the weight and then two 4-turn surgeons knot loops with everything spaced about 15" or so apart. I have maybe around 8'-10' or so from the the top loop to the tag end of the mono right now. Main...
  300. J

    Constitution and Legend

    Havent fished either in a while. Great memories on the Legend though. Always known for its salty crew and capt. The Constitution is a nice and newer boat - comfortable platform to fish off.
  301. J

    Knots for sinker on a double-dropper rig

    Hey all, Was curious how you guys attach your sinkers for double-dropper loop rigs when rockfishing, etc. I've seen some people attach swivels and use lighter line, where others will tie a double overhand knot to form a loop for quick changing of weights. I've always been used to just tying a...
  302. J

    Painting a reel (Daiwa Saltist) - aerosol?

    Hey guys Was interested in painting my beat-up Saltist 30T but wondering what the steps would be... I saw someone use Duracoat (https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/reel-finishes.406537/) and the reel came out looking really nice. Is this the stuff -...
  303. J

    Old swimbaits - use em or trash em?

    Thanks all. For a shorter-term fix, I just grabbed a Zippo and micro-jet torch and melted some of the surface rips/tears/holes back. I doubt it did much for the inside cavities of some of the swimbaits but most of them look better and I think can be reused now. It would be great picking up a...
  304. J

    Daiwa Coastal 153H drag feels 'bumpy'?

    I just realized that I *did* tear this reel down at replaced the drags with Carbontex drags - I ordered a set back in 2013 apparently, after checking email. I just checked the drags again and wiped off a little more grease and it feels *slightly* smoother. But yea, when buttoned down it feels...
  305. J

    Old swimbaits - use em or trash em?

    Thanks! Never heard of "Mend It" so will have to look into getting some... what about the colors on them? Some have completely faded so they just look either grayish or brownish with a hint of transparency.
  306. J

    Old swimbaits - use em or trash em?

    Hey guys, I have a bunch of old swimbaits I had used at one point (in the salt) or another and threw back into the tackle box after using. I didn't always rinse them off so some of the salt ended up contaminating some of the other new swimbaits. Some of the used ones are kinda ripped up around...
  307. J

    Daiwa Coastal 153H drag feels 'bumpy'?

    Hey all, I have an old Coastal 153H that I don't fish with much. It's been a while since I've opened it up too but I did have it serviced a while back and had the drags replaced supposedly with Carbontex/Smoothdrag Drags, or at least so I thought (back then I had no clue about rebuilds and DIY...
  308. J

    Rockfish Circle Hook and line types/setups, etc?

    When you say "pull until it opens up" what does that mean? Point the rod at it, button down the drag, and wind and pull as you would normally break anything else off? I'm assuming this would particularly work best when tying the jig straight to spectra/braid?
  309. J

    Rockfish Circle Hook and line types/setups, etc?

    Thanks for the hacksaw tip - the blade for the one I have just barely fit through the ring and I found it much easier working it from inside the ring vs trying to cut from a rounded edge. It broke in about 15 seconds :) I have a split ring on there with a size 6/0 aki J-hook...not sure if that's...
  310. J

    Rockfish Circle Hook and line types/setups, etc?

    Thanks! May break out the Dremel then. I have some rings - would adding an assist/stinger on the bottom and then one on top make any sense? EDIT: NM - the assists I have are linked pairs so I don't think they're intended to be split up... although, I suppose it's *possible* haha. I'm tempted to...
  311. J

    Rockfish Circle Hook and line types/setups, etc?

    Haha, I'm assuming this is a facetious comment. Though, if you mean that it's a horrible idea for salmon grouper, I'm definitely in ;) I ordered a couple 4-packs of the 6" grubs (one new penny and one electric chicken) for pickup from D!ck's. There's a 2 for $10 deal going on now + $5 mail-in...
  312. J

    Rockfish Circle Hook and line types/setups, etc?

    I just realized after looking at it that it's welded on. What's the best way to go about replacing that? Do I need to find or buy a MAPP torch?
  313. J

    Rockfish Circle Hook and line types/setups, etc?

    For you guys who exclusively fish jigs and what not, do you take the treble hooks off the bottom and use dual assist/stinger hooks instead (to prevent getting hung up on the bottom)? I picked up a glow in the dark ahi diamond assault jig (i think 10oz) for when I fished outta Morro Bay not that...
  314. J

    Rockfish Circle Hook and line types/setups, etc?

    Do you find the Gulp comes off a little too easily? Do you thread it on or just nose hook for that matter? Wow, 8/0 is *huge* but I guess that'll reduce the # of small guys right? Plus, aren't circle hooks in 8/0 a bit 'smaller' than standard 8/0 j-hooks?
  315. J

    Rockfish Circle Hook and line types/setups, etc?

    Anyone had good success fishing Gulp Alive with rockfish like the mullets? How do you guys normally rig them? Just nose hook on a standard double dropper?
  316. J

    Rockfish Circle Hook and line types/setups, etc?

    Thanks! This confirms my 'suspicions' lol. What's the real difference between inline and offset circle hooks and when to use either btw?
  317. J

    Rockfish Circle Hook and line types/setups, etc?

    Hey all, I've seen that for rockfishing, in general, most will use circle hooks when fishing mono and j hooks when fishing straight spectra. What about if fishing flouro? I'm assuming flouro is probably better used/saved for pelagics due to the line visibility though, and since rockfish...
  318. J

    SOLD Brand New Daiwa Saltiga 35 Lever Drag SALD35-2SPD!

    Friendly morning bump! Price lowered to $365 too
  319. J

    SOLD Brand New Daiwa Saltiga 35 Lever Drag SALD35-2SPD!

    Bump. I am considering best offers too.
  320. J

    SOLD Brand New Daiwa Saltiga 35 Lever Drag SALD35-2SPD!

    I've got a brand new in box/never used Daiwa Saltiga Lever Drag 35 (SALD35-2SPD) reel for sale. This is a 2-speed lever drag reel. No braid or line on it. I'm in Orange County and prefer a local pickup in the area. We head up to the San Fernando Valley area every now and then so we could...
  321. J

    12/30 O'95 year end bluefin trip

    Thanks for the review and congrats! How was it fishing with 21 in terms of space? I see max load is 34 so also curious, if anyone has gone when it's max load, what its like fishing with that many.
  322. J

    Crab Combo week before Christmas?

    Thanks guys. Decided against it.... just too much going on around here unfortunately. If anything, I was going to go down to Ocean Beach for crab snaring with a buddy but he's been sick. Will get em next time around :)
  323. J

    Crab Combo week before Christmas?

    Hey guys, You think it's worth going out on a crab combo trip out of Emeryville or Berkeley the week before Christmas? I have Friday off. Not sure I wanna be fishing elbow-to-elbow and would love to get at least half-limits but who knows. Last time I went I had fun but froze my a$$ off. I think...
  324. J

    Crab snaring (Dungeness) in Northern California - rod and reel

    Thanks! I didn't bring any swimbaits, etc so may use both rods for crabbing. I do have my 8wt fly setup and some flies maybe for perch but we'll see... depends if it's slow with the crabbing.
  325. J

    Crab snaring (Dungeness) in Northern California - rod and reel

    Thanks! I ended up buying a Penn Pursuit II size 6000 as I didn't want to try with my Sedona 4000 with the 10' rod I'll hopefully be borrowing. I probably should have just gone with the 8000 but oh well. Will probably load 40lb test on it and maybe get 40lb power pro? What kind of line and lb...
  326. J

    Crab snaring (Dungeness) in Northern California - rod and reel

    Hey guys, I'm planning on going crab snaring up north next week probably around Ocean Beach and maybe Pacifica Pier. The longest rod I have that I'd probably bring is an 8ft Shimano TDR trolling rod. I have several open face casting reels like Avets (SX) and Saltists (30 and 40) that I could...
  327. J

    Morro Bay - Virg's Landing Fiesta 1/2 Day

    For sure... 3/4 next time no doubt.
  328. J

    Morro Bay - Virg's Landing Fiesta 1/2 Day

    For sure - just made more fish tacos last night with the rest of the fillets I cut. I have two left in the freezer. I steamed the red, Chinese style, and that was nice - would have made great fish tacos too. How are grass rockfish btw? I don't think I've ever had one before... As far as the...
  329. J

    Morro Bay - Virg's Landing Fiesta 1/2 Day

    Tognazzinis? I heard a lot about it but didn't get the chance to check it out - will try next time. Their restaurant is the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant in Reseda.
  330. J

    Morro Bay - Virg's Landing Fiesta 1/2 Day

    Lol I cleaned up pretty well, and sharpened my filleting skills as a bonus. It's slightly therapeutic hahaha! Just wish there were more Vermillions in the bag but we had a nice fish taco late lunch. Those blue rockfsh are pretty tasty! I'm at my in-laws restaurant now waiting for a couple more...
  331. J

    Morro Bay - Virg's Landing Fiesta 1/2 Day

    So I went out on the 1/2 day Fiesta out of Virg's. Though I'm happy to report limits of rockfish, it was a bit of a letdown in terms of quality and variety of fish. My biggest was a 3lb~ Vermillion and the rest were primarily small blue rockfish with one grass rockfish in the mix. Official count...
  332. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    I just booked for the Fiesta 1/2 day tomorrow... I know it's not the 'preferred' or 'optimal' situation but I'll just have to deal with it. Hope to come back with a full bag + lings! I'll post up a report afterwards.
  333. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    BTW: the Fiesta seems pretty small (well, smaller than the Avenger at least) - is it shoulder-to-shoulder fishing if there are closer to 20 onboard? 17 spots left currently and I'm assuming a 35 max passenger count. If I sign up it'll make 19 at least (who knows with last-minute walk-ons too)...
  334. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    LOL... our kids are crazy. Originally 6am-12pm would have been perfect and a 3/4 day sounds even better but I can't do that to my wife - she'd be stuck in our tiny Airbnb rental for the entire time without a car and having to chase 1 kid while making sure the other doesn't roll off the bed or...
  335. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    Sucks... there aren't enough people signed up [yet] for the 1/2 Day on the Avenger tomorrow. Same deal for the Endeavor. If he doesn't get a minimum of 10 heads by 4pm today he's going to cancel the trips. He put me on the manifest in good faith and will contact me to update as to whether he...
  336. J

    Morro Bay 8/13/17

    Sweet, thanks! Isn't 4oz a bit light for fishing that deep? Or were you recommending that for fishing under 200' maybe? I would think the opposite in terms of throwing jigs in that you'd want them on the heavier rig (so as to not lose them with heavier setups, but I guess if you're gonna get...
  337. J

    Suggestion for Morro Bay Gear

    Very nice! I created several of these so hopefully will get to try at least one of them out. What size/oz did you use for the jig and the swimbait/leadhead? So far the ones I have are running anywhere between 8oz-10oz roughly. I called the landing asking about depths/weight and he mentioned to...
  338. J

    Suggestion for Morro Bay Gear

    I saw it on Youtube initially, and then found the one pictured after Googling around: http://www.scalzfishing.com/monster-lingcod-fishing-tips/ I have some irons and large swimbaits I may give this a try with - not sure it'll work or if I'll get scoffed and scorned but it seems interesting to...
  339. J

    Morro Bay 8/13/17

    Sweet. I'm bringing three setups - a 25lb Curado w/ 30lb backing, and 30lb and 40lb conventional setups. I may use the 40lb to target Lings + big jigs. Of course, this is a 1/2 day trip so I dunno how much time I'll have. What kind of jigs were the guys fishing who caught the lings? I ended up...
  340. J

    Morro Bay 8/13/17

    Thanks! Yea I was curious if I should fish straight braid//spectra or what. Did you use a swivel? Or did you just connect the mono to the braid directly via knot (double uni, etc)? And did you tag some strips of squid onto the grubs as well or fish them straight?
  341. J

    Morro Bay 8/13/17

    Thanks! Yea I was curious if I should fish straight braid//spectra or what. Did you use a swivel? Or did you just connect the mono to the braid directly via knot (double uni, etc)? And did you tag some strips of squid onto the grubs as well or fish them straight?
  342. J

    Suggestion for Morro Bay Gear

    This is great - was looking for the same tips. I plan on fishing the Avenger 1/2 day. Do you guys think 25lb mono (with 30lb Stren Microfuse backing) on a 7ft 12-25lb rod would be way too light for fishing that deep in the area? I plan on bringing my Avet SX (20-30ft of 40lb mono and 50lb...
  343. J

    Morro Bay 8/13/17

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing! I'm planning on heading out next week. What kind of setups were you fishing and what lb test and sinker size? 40lb and 16oz sinkers?
  344. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    BTW: what lb test should I run with? 30, 40, 50? And mono? I plan on bringing 3 setups - two conventional (Saltist and Avet SX) and a Shimano Curado baitcaster. The Avet SX I have 50 or 65lb spectra and probably 20-30ft of 40lb mono. The Saltist I've got 50-60lb spectra and maybe 50ft max of...
  345. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    Cool. Sounds like it'll be around my favorite temp then LOL. What about gear and tackle? I read they're dropping 1lb/16oz (torpedo) weights on shrimp flies tipped with squid? Or double dropper hi-lo rigs? I have some large pink grubs and heavy candy bars (chrome, red/white and sea rocks) to...
  346. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    BTW: what are the temps like out on the boat while fishing? Do I want to bring a heavy jacket and jeans? I just remember fishing out of the Bay on a crab combo in Oct/Nov a couple years back and it was freezing - I was wearing fleece-lined jeans and still froze my a$$ off. Guessing it won't be...
  347. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    I'd love to take my son along but I'm afraid he's way too young having just turned 2 lol. He'd be outta control haha. Maybe in a few years for him. Either way, I'm most likely going to give the Avenger a try
  348. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    Sounds like barred surf perch will typically be around in general. Not sure what else though....
  349. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    One other question: I'd like to do some surf fishing around Morro Bay and potentially with a fly rod. Is Morro Strand Beach (north of the rock) a good area to fish? And is the water too cold to wet wade this time of year?
  350. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    So you brought your own bait? What kind of bait did they have/provide on the boat? Or is it BYOB or fish artificials?
  351. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    Thanks guys. I would likely only be able to pull-off a half day trip since I'd be leaving my wife with the two little ones lol. A 3/4 is asking a lot with those few extra hours. At this point it seems the Avenger might be the only option so I may give them a shot if I even go.
  352. J

    Recommendations for pier fishing?

    lol... yea i think you may need one, as i can recall. it's not a pier, and there's a lot of controversy around fishing jetties without licenses from what i've read in general. i hear it's a nice place to get halibut especially if you have a boat or kayak since i'm guessing they probably hold...
  353. J

    Recommendations for pier fishing?

    Nice! Do you ever fish for (and have luck with) halis or stripers on artificials as well? Like grubs and or swimbaits?
  354. J

    Recommendations for pier fishing?

    Are certain times of day better to go than others?
  355. J

    Recommendations for pier fishing?

    What kind of setup for the Rockwall? I've tried without luck but was halfway out and with a hi lo rig I think... Probably using grass shrimp too which may not have been the best option. No license for the Rockwall right? When I went I think I had mine just on case so didn't know...
  356. J

    Recommendations for pier fishing?

    Good to know, thanks. I'll consider checking Sierra Point or Coyote Point. What size rod/reel/line for stripers and halibut? Is anything between 10-20lb a safe bet? Also, are licenses required for fishing any of these places?
  357. J

    Recommendations for pier fishing?

    BTW: if I decide I want to try somewhere but can't make it out to Pacifica midweek, what would be another good option to try out? I'm tempted to check out Berkeley pier again but have no idea what the latest reports are or if I'd just wasting my time....
  358. J

    Recommendations for pier fishing?

    Awesome! Yea I started looking it up and saw the "pacifica trolley" - I noticed there's no overhead casting or "inboard" casting on that pier though. Do guys usually under-hand? I'm not sure how far out I can get with an underhand cast and especially a conventional reel... maybe I'll try to go...
  359. J

    Recommendations for pier fishing?

    Thanks for the tip. We probably would only head there on Friday if anything, since we need to be in SF later that day. Would Friday be OK? Otherwise, Oyster Point might be best Friday at least. I would be tempted to head there on Tuesday or Wednesday... are they catching salmon right now or is...
  360. J

    Recommendations for pier fishing?

    Thanks for the tip on Oyster Point! I might give it a shot there... it's closer than Pacifica so that's a plus haha
  361. J

    Recommendations for pier fishing?

    Anything that could be caught off the pier - perch, mackerel, halibut, stripers etc... not sure what exactly what is in the Bay vs what's outside and in the context of fishing off piers. I tried fishing grass shrimp off Berkeley Pier a few years ago with absolutely zero luck. A couple years...
  362. J

    Recommendations for pier fishing?

    Hey all, Was interested in pier fishing around the Bay Area. Was considering Pacifica Pier but was curious if there are other/better piers to try at. I'll be in Alameda and have fished the Berkeley Pier before but with no luck. Any recommendations on where to head, setups/rigs, and bait? I'll...
  363. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    Nice! How many other lings were caught that day? I'm sure with a 3/4 or full day trip they can stay in the zone longer and cover more ground. What did you use to catch it? Bait? Artificial? Candy bar? It would be awesome catching some rockfish and cooking it up for dinner the same night after...
  364. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    I thought you were gonna say to dig for clams at first :) My kids aren't quite of the age where they can go free-hand with/without supervision. The oldest one will have just turned 2, so I'm not sure if I'd let him go around the tidepools unless it's not too slippery and rocky. He has the...
  365. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    I loved the crab combo trip - it was awesome seeing how they work the crab pots but I was freezing my rear off even with fleece-lined jeans. I should have worn long johns that day. Cayucos looks great but a bit spendy for us. We're likely going to base out of the immediate Morro Bay area and...
  366. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    Yea, I've seen some Dan Hernandez episodes where he fished out of Emeryville and was catching giant lings near the GG bridge and using sand dabs as bait. Pretty insane... they were at least 20-30lbs+ I dunno, maybe I'll pass on it all together if that's the case and just fly fish the surf while...
  367. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    Thanks Tifoso! I'm looking at the counts from last September and they look pretty similar - mostly close-to or maxing out on the rockfish and lings are a 'bonus' Seems it's standard to get easy limits on the rockfish but not so much on the lings. I wonder what the tactics are that work for...
  368. J

    Recommendations: Morro Bay in September

    Hey all, Probably the closest I've fished is Port Hueneme but no further north besides out of the SF Bay. That said, I'm planning a weeklong trip with my wife and 2 kids to Morro Bay in mid-September and am looking to get on a boat for just a half-day trip (maybe a 3/4 if my wife promises not...
  369. J

    Juneau fishing excursions - fly out or local shore?

    I was looking at some of those cabins and it seems pretty primitive in that you pretty much need to carry in your own water and are dependent on fire. No electricity though I suppose solar power if you really need it. Seems like quite a few of these are fly-in locations as well with no access...
  370. J

    Juneau fishing excursions - fly out or local shore?

    After reading around a bit, I think the future I may try to do something like this with some buddies: http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/buddies-find-inexpensive-way-to-fly-fish-northern-waters/article_360b7a45-4711-56c8-bc92-843b251736a3.html Sounds like a lot of fun on an even...
  371. J

    Juneau fishing excursions - fly out or local shore?

    BTW: has anyone heard of or tried fishing the Gold Creek area in Juneau at Basin Rd & the Perseverance Trail? Just looking at Google Maps, it seems like there's some possible opportunities there. And it's a fairly short hike/walk that comes out to be just over a mile from the cruise ship...
  372. J

    Juneau fishing excursions - fly out or local shore?

    Thanks for the heads-up. I'll check the regs. Unfortunately not, it's a 7 day cruise that only hits Juneau, Skagway and Victoria as the ports of call.
  373. J

    Juneau fishing excursions - fly out or local shore?

    I spoke on the phone with a local tour guide in Skagway who offered to lend me spinning gear when I arrive and also tell me where the fish are biting. Pullen Creek is the one within easy walking distance where salmon will sometimes run and spawn. You can also hike up to Lower Dewey lake and try...
  374. J

    Juneau fishing excursions - fly out or local shore?

    Was also wondering, are there any DIY opportunities near the Victoria BC cruise ship terminal area if I just want to get a line wet and have some fun? Probably not, and I'm thinking maybe I should let up on the whole wanting-to-fish thing during every port of call LOL.
  375. J

    Juneau fishing excursions - fly out or local shore?

    Thanks for the tips! I think with the guided local shore fishing tour, he'll take you to wherever he knows the fish are biting. If all that it ends up being is him taking you to the hatchery and fishing there, then it's probably not really worth while. Sounds like he has the local knowledge...
  376. J

    Juneau fishing excursions - fly out or local shore?

    Hi all, So my family and I will be cruising to Alaska in mid-July with stops in Juneau and Skagway. I'm tentatively signed up for a local shore fishing tour around Juneau (goes for 3-4hours including a brief tour at DIPAC) with Hooked on Juneau. It looks like a fun short tour and at a...
  377. J

    8/2-8/3 1.5er on the Outer Limits

    LOL, his first exposure is going to be strapped to me in an ergo while I fish the surf... at least, I really hope I can try doing this at least once!
  378. J

    Penn Senator 113h upgrades - fishing tuna

    Thanks... what's irritating is the guys at the shop sold me the wrong thickness metal washers for the sandwiched layers - I think there's only *one* of those thicker regular washers in the reel originally, so now I have like 3 extras. I guess I can try to return it but it's kind of a hassle...
  379. J

    Help me decide.... overnighter, 1.5 day, longer? Outta SD

    Thanks all. The trip was great on the Outer Limits. I just wrote up a report in the reports section. In short: no BFT chasing but we had a good time on the dodos, yellowtail, and some YFC. I brought home dorado limits and one nice sized YFT (my first too)
  380. J

    8/2-8/3 1.5er on the Outer Limits

    Decided to take a last hurrah/minute trip outta SD before our first baby comes in a few weeks... wasn't sure what boat to get on and it had been quite a while (at least a couple years) since being on a cattle boat but ended up on the Outer Limits. Went out with a charter group from Garfield HS -...
  381. J

    Tuna/YT fishing this wknd... lures? Spoons?

    Anybody? Should I just bring some tadys, salas and megabaits, and leave the other especially heavy stuff at home (e.g. chrome bar, 200 & 300g sea rock lures, 10oz irons, big 5-6oz krocs)?
  382. J

    Penn Senator 113h upgrades - fishing tuna

    I think they gave me the wrong metal washers. They sold me by the piece because they could find one eared washer but the other regular washers are too thick - they sold me 3 of the thicker washers which looks like the one that sits on top of all the other washers. Of course, I didn't notice this...
  383. J

    Penn Senator 113h upgrades - fishing tuna

    Crap... didn't follow the thread earlier and ended up buying the carbontex drags haha. I do have the HTs I'm pretty sure. Also the stainless washers they sold seem a bit thicker than the ones that came stock on the 113h... is it OK to install the thicker washers? Not sure they gave me the right...
  384. J

    Penn Senator 113h upgrades - fishing tuna

    Hey all, A coworker recommended I upgrade the drags to smooth drags/carbontex on the 113h before my trip tomorrow. I was planning to stop by a tackle shop to get them - the smooth drags would be the metal washers and then I'd also want to upgrade the fabric washers to carbontex right? And make...
  385. J

    Tuna/YT fishing this wknd... lures? Spoons?

    Now that you put it that way, I think I'm gonna go light and lose the weight :D
  386. J

    Tuna/YT fishing this wknd... lures? Spoons?

    Hey guys, I'm planning to bring my lure box - have some megabaits and mega-like-baits as well as Tadys and Salas irons. Also picked up a bunch of those huge metal spoons/krocs (meant for WSB down in Mexico). Couple of heavy Sea Rocks (200 and 300 too). Should I bring it all? It weighs a ton...
  387. J

    Heavier fluoro topshot over lighter mono?

    Hey guys, I have spectra backing on all my reels (with powerpro on one as an exception). All around 50-65lb. On a couple of reels, I only filled spectra maybe 50-60% at most I think. I'm going tuna fishing on a 1.5er this Sunday and was wondering if I should just do a fluoro topshot directly on...
  388. J

    Help me decide.... overnighter, 1.5 day, longer? Outta SD

    Is San Diego Ice Co the closest place to get cheap ice? Or is there somewhere else close by that has ice for less? In case I bring home a catch, just thinking about getting a bag or two for the drive back.
  389. J

    Help me decide.... overnighter, 1.5 day, longer? Outta SD

    Thanks... I'm booked for the Outer Limits this Sunday (looks like Full Moon is tmrw night). This weekend is really the only weekend my wife feels the most comfortable with me going. LOL, I'll be back down in La Jolla for a night too for a friend's bachelor party.
  390. J

    Help me decide.... overnighter, 1.5 day, longer? Outta SD

    I ended up just booking the Outer Limits for this Sunday-Tuesday. Looking forward to it! I chose bunk R all the way in the back to myself LOL... not sure if that's the best place to pick in case I'm scared of getting seasick (never had the issue but it's always in the back of my mind).
  391. J

    Help me decide.... overnighter, 1.5 day, longer? Outta SD

    How's the Outer Limits? Now I'm getting pressure to just go this weekend LOL. I can either hit up the Prowler Sat-Mon or the Outer Limits Sun-Tues
  392. J

    Help me decide.... overnighter, 1.5 day, longer? Outta SD

    How's the bunks/bunk room and space on the boat? I'm thinkin about doing the Sun-Tue trip next wknd.
  393. J

    Help me decide.... overnighter, 1.5 day, longer? Outta SD

    2 day would be ideal for me as the 'next step' as the most I've fished is a 1.5. This was back in '08 outta SD on the Legend - they absolutely killed the albacore that day, and in terms of length of trip it seemed just about right considering that we drove down (the drive back up was a real PITA...
  394. J

    Help me decide.... overnighter, 1.5 day, longer? Outta SD

    Thing that concerns me is that it's an overnighter, not a 1.5er. I feel like if I'm gonna make the drive to SD, at minimum I should be going on a 1.5+ trip. Agh... I dunno. Wish they had some openings
  395. J

    Help me decide.... overnighter, 1.5 day, longer? Outta SD

    They have one leaving on the same date as the Condor too for 8/9-8/11. It's a slightly smaller load too. Haven't heard as much about it though - how are the bunks? Sounds like it's maybe a more comfortable platform to fish off of but is the capt crew just as fishy (and without attitude haha)?
  396. J

    Help me decide.... overnighter, 1.5 day, longer? Outta SD

    BTW: will any/all of this gear be OK in case we run into BFT? - Seeker American 8' (20-30lb) 270H Avet SX 50lb - Seeker American 6'6 (20-40lb) A665 Avet SX 2-speed 50lb 40lb fluoro - Seeker American 8' (15-30lb) 270H Daiwa Saltist 30T 50lb 30lb mono/20-25lb fluoro or 40lb fluoro - Penn Slammer...
  397. J

    Help me decide.... overnighter, 1.5 day, longer? Outta SD

    Sweet, looks like there's a 1.5er on the Condor next Sun (8/9) and I'll be in La Jolla that day anyway... I might do it. How's the Prowler? They also have a 1.5er going out with a lower max head ct (26 vs 37)
  398. J

    Help me decide.... overnighter, 1.5 day, longer? Outta SD

    Looks like the Condor and Maximus are the only [recommended] ones so far that still have 1.5 and 2 day availability. A Sun-Tues trip looks good, as do the Wed-Fri trips. Thoughts between the two? Better to jump on the Maximus with the limited load? Or get on the bigger Condor? I agree that an...
  399. J

    Help me decide.... overnighter, 1.5 day, longer? Outta SD

    Tribute is only running overnighters (but limited load) - still worth going on even though there are no 1.5ers?
  400. J

    Help me decide.... overnighter, 1.5 day, longer? Outta SD

    Thanks, sounds like a great boat. They've got an overnighter next Sun-Mon that looks appealing. $330 but looks to be all-inclusive w/ meals... still that seems pricey for just an overnighter but it sounds like it's light-load so super-comfy fishing. Agh... the tradeoffs..
  401. J

    Help me decide.... overnighter, 1.5 day, longer? Outta SD

    The First String outta H&M seems to be on the fish as of late. Wondering if I should risk it and go with an overnight this coming Sunday or Monday....?
  402. J

    Help me decide.... overnighter, 1.5 day, longer? Outta SD

    I *need* to get *something* in before our baby arrives later this month. My wife is pushing me to go ASAP (so probably before the middle of August). I keep seeing the following suggestions come up: Maximus, Condor, Grande, New Lo-An, or Pacific Quest... except New Lo-An looks solidly booked...
  403. J

    The Pride 2-day Trip 8/13 - 8/14/2015

    Have all the spots been taken?
  404. J

    Ride Sharing / Boat Ho List

    Name: Jeremy Age: 34 Location: Irvine/OC Availability: Weekends and at least 1-2 weeks advance notice for weekdays Contact Info: PM me or email [email protected] Smoke/Drink?: Don't smoke but don't care if others do (as long as you're not blowing it in my face LOL)/Drink occasionally but not...
  405. J

    I'm free 8/15-8/16... anyone need help?

    Pending an early delivery of our baby, I'm free 8/15 and or 8/16 for anyone looking for a boat ho. Trying to get *something* in as a last-chance opportunity before all fishing comes to a complete halt for me. This would be a virgin-ho experience LOL but I've been on a number of overnighters...
  406. J

    I'm free 8/15-8/16... anyone need help?

    Pending an early delivery of our baby, I'm free 8/15 and or 8/16 for anyone looking for a boat ho. Trying to get *something* in as a last-chance opportunity before all fishing comes to a complete halt for me. This would be a virgin-ho experience LOL but I've been on a number of overnighters...
  407. J

    Fish processing and shipping from Skagway or Juneau

    Was looking for some advice for 'lowest cost' methods for processing and shipping from Skagway or Juneau back to either Southern California or Seattle (if our family friend is able to and agrees to keep our catch until we pick it up). We are going on a cruise next July (2016) with Royal...
  408. J

    Fishing in Skagway or Juneau?

    Hey guys, Just planned for a big family cruise for next July (2016) on Royal Caribbean. Two of the ports of call are Skagway and Juneau and I was looking to get some fishing in. Whether it's salmon or halibut fishing offshore, or fly fishing lakes/streams/etc, I'm down for anything really. Any...
  409. J

    Hurricane Marie concerns?

    I'd be particularly concerned about beach launches (out of Camalu). According to this, it should have died down by Saturday and Sunday: http://www.swellinfo.com/surf-forecast/san-quintin-mexico
  410. J

    San Quintin Bait?

    True... hopefully there are freezers where we're at! Oh yea I was thinking you might have been referring to the seals/lions...jerks. hahahaha I really want to get a wrist rocket :D
  411. J

    San Quintin Bait?

    Thanks all for the tips - my buddy will pick up a few boxes of squid. About much do we need if it's 3 of us? Sorry I didn't pick up on "el lobo" ... :)
  412. J

    Hurricane Marie concerns?

    Hey guys, We'll be heading down this wknd and planning to fish the SQ area Sat and Sun. Should we be concerned about swells or what not? I see by that time the hurricane should have cleared out but am curious about any 'after effects' Has anyone hit the water so far this week?
  413. J

    San Quintin Bait?

    Hey guys, Any reports of what kind of live bait has been available or around in SQ? Heading down this upcoming weekend and trying to figure out if we should get some bigger hooks if it's mostly mackerel. I thought I heard it's kinda scarce down there right now...
  414. J

    Krocs and Swimbaits?

    Thanks! The 5oz fake krocs came with siwash hooks and I've already bent them onto the rings so no turning back unless I want to go through the trouble of unbending them haha. I had to unbend and re-do them on following this example (hopefully it's right): Was wondering though about lb test -...
  415. J

    Krocs and Swimbaits?

    Thanks! I'm still contemplating getting 3oz and 9oz but I think we might be okay with the 5s and 7s.... I'm wondering how the quality will be of these things. Might want to consider swapping the hooks out at least.
  416. J

    Krocs and Swimbaits?

    Thanks guys. I ended up just placing an order for these 5oz and 7oz knockoffs: Think I should go ahead and get some 3oz and even 9oz ones? I'm hoping to fish Socorro. If not, then we have Camalu as a backup. EDIT: agh I think Socorro may not be an option as my friend said he isn't inclined...
  417. J

    Gear for sale: Penn, Daiwa, Abu Garcia, AllStar, etc

    Hey guys, I have some gear that I'm trying to offload. Please PM me if you're interested. If you're looking for a combo, I've tried to list everything in such a way that the order corresponds with the match. Prices are pretty firm: Rods: - Penn GS Combo 0711 7' (shows decent signs of use but...
  418. J

    WTB: 20-25# spinning rod/reel setup

    Are you looking to fish off the jetty/pier or do long-rodding from shore? Or is this for boat fishing? I have a Daiwa DF100A and Berkley LSTSS802MH 8' 2pc spinning rod that's ready to go and spooled up (I think there's between 20-30# test on it if I recall). The reel is a bit bigger so...
  419. J

    Krocs and Swimbaits?

    Darn, I'm ordering my Mex licenses from Squidco but having them mailed... not in the SD area and we'll be passing through but probably before they open up.
  420. J

    Krocs and Swimbaits?

    Thanks guys! Next question: where are you getting these krocs/crocs/spoons from? Also, do you guys go with J-hooks on the end when targeting larger WSB? Or just stick with the treble hooks?
  421. J

    Krocs and Swimbaits?

    Hey guys, Planning to fish around SQ later in Aug/Sept and have read that Krocs and Swimbaits are a popular choice of lure esp for the WSB. What size (oz) would you recommend? 2oz and 3oz for Krocs? What about swimbait sizes? Also what colors for krocs and swimbaits? Chrome and Mackerel (blue...
  422. J

    Camalu Tips?

    Thanks! BTW is "Memo" short for Guillermo? Same guy? My buddy just called and they referred him to "Guillermo"
  423. J

    Camalu Tips?

    Thanks! Just PMed you a few. We'll probably end up in Camalu - El Socorro is a bit further down than we wanted to go (SQ was the furthest south we want to go).
  424. J

    ONLINE Mexican Fishing Licenses 2014

    So this is cheaper but it sounds like you have to do more legwork (e.g. go to Mexican bank *in* Mexico?) to get it. Doesn't seem like an easy option unless you're already in Mexico, no? Unless you can do the transaction online? It just doesn't seem very-well integrated though. I guess you're...
  425. J

    Camalu Tips?

    What about ice and freezers? Do they ice at the hotel or will we have to go find some? And do they have freezers where we could store our catch until we leave?
  426. J

    Camalu Tips?

    Thanks for the details! Hopefully there will still be some YT and WSB around in August. I'd imagine tuna are a bit out of reach for this area, and considering we're on a panga (even if it's a super-panga). Thanks! Super-helpful. Hopefully we'll give a shot at clam digging and then just buy a...
  427. J

    Camalu Tips?

    Thanks man - tons of good tips! Camalu is sounding more like the place to be. We were also considering Castro's Camp in Erendira but we want easy access to clams (either by digging or buying if it's too hard to dig haha). One of my buddies going was born in Argentina and is pretty fluent so we...
  428. J

    Camalu Tips?

    What do you mean all the "new names showing up on BD" ? PFD might be a good call... we'll have to see. Thanks for the tip! Are they pismo clams or smaller razor clams? Is the surf relatively calm down there at times? And pretty easy for surf fishing? Hotel California isn't too close to water...
  429. J

    Camalu Tips?

    Hey guys, I'm considering heading down to Camalu later in August and was wondering if anyone has tips or advice. Read that La Cueva Del Pirata is pretty much the place to stay and Lee Moreno is the guy to fish with. They launch head-on into the surf so I'm assuming we should all be able to swim...
  430. J

    Traffic over Labor Day?

    Is there anyway to get the passport card expedited?
  431. J

    Traffic over Labor Day?

    Hmm, sounds like we'd be chancing it and might end up not getting them before we leave. Ahh well, we'll probably just tough it out and wait or go through Otay
  432. J

    Tips for Lingcod?

    Cool. Are you just tying a loop on the end of the treble leader and then attaching it (ala hook to dropper loop) to the bend of the J-hook?
  433. J

    Tips for Lingcod?

    Nice idea on the trap/stinger - what kind/size treble do you use?
  434. J

    Traffic over Labor Day?

    Hmm, I'll throw the idea out to my buddies, but they may not like the idea of paying $55 for something they'll likely use sparsely though. Actually, is $55 if it's your first passport *card*? Or is if $55 if this is your first time getting a passport? It's kind of not clear on the site. I see...
  435. J

    Traffic over Labor Day?

    Wow I didn't know about the passport card - thanks for sharing that! Except, how does it work if you're traveling with 3 others in the car? Do we *all* need the passport card? Or is it just the driver who needs it?
  436. J

    Tips for Lingcod?

    I was fishing spectra or powerpro -> fluoro topshot so not much stretch at all. Maybe it's an issue with the rods - they aren't super slow but I wouldn't say they're very fast either. Maybe they're too slow for bottom fishing? These are the Seeker American series rods I was fishing on (A665 and...
  437. J

    Traffic over Labor Day?

    Wow that's crazy. I can't justify getting a Sentri pass since we go maybe once a year at most. I think going two years in a row was a doozy even at that lol. Last time we went was back in 2008 for BOLA (that was epic). Last year we went down to San Quintin and plan to head back again next month...
  438. J

    Tips for Lingcod?

    What's interesting is that we were fishing a pinnacles-like area, so quite rocky. But maybe I hit a patch of sand or something where there was a group of halibut. Is it pretty common of halis to be mixed in with lings?
  439. J

    Tips for Lingcod?

    But in the cases where the bait got completely ripped off (these were nose-hooked btw) - what would have done that?
  440. J

    Traffic over Labor Day?

    Cool. Yea last Sept (not Labor day though) we drove back and ended up taking the Otay Mesa route. I think we actually saved at least an hour vs waiting in line at SY. It didn't take too long to get there either. Just wondering if it's best to head straight to Otay Mesa either way the next time...
  441. J

    Traffic over Labor Day?

    Thanks! How long did you end up waiting at SY? Isn't that the worst crossing in California just because it's probably the most popular?
  442. J

    Tips for Lingcod?

    Hmmm you could be right - maybe it was a halibut then. I seem to recall reeling in once or twice and getting a chewed up bait back.
  443. J

    Traffic over Labor Day?

    Hey guys, Thinking about a trip down to Baja first wknd of Sept. And maybe coming back into the states on Labor Day Monday. Is that just asking for several hours of waiting at any of the borders (incl Otay)? Should I just avoid it at all costs? Hahaha
  444. J

    Tips for Lingcod?

    Hmm maybe I wasn't swinging hard enough? I was fishing with Seeker American A665 and 270H rods, which aren't exactly the stoutest rods ever. Maybe the action's too fast for a good set on a ling?
  445. J

    Tips for Lingcod?

    Hey guys, Kind of a noob question on lings, even though I've caught them before (but with limited success). How do you guys increase your hook-up rates on this fish? When I in Mexico last year, I would constantly get bit (on mostly smallish horse mackerel and sardines) and they would just rip...
  446. J

    Emeryville Sportfishing on the Sea Wolf - 11/30

    Fishing was good but the crabbing was a bit rough. We did make our limits (the crew didn't get full limits but I don't doubt they get more than their fair share in anyway) but had to go through 40 or so pots averaging 4 crabs a pot. Mostly olives and blues being brought it in - definitely not...
  447. J

    Emeryville Sportfishing Crab Combo advice?

    Thanks for the tips! Is double-dropper loop fishing popular at all? If so, what size hooks are recommended for that? I have 1/0-4/0 hooks (thought I had some 5/0 and 6/0s but I must have misplaced them). Also, question on the diamond jigs - what size oz do you guys normally go with? I have some...
  448. J

    Emeryville Sportfishing Crab Combo advice?

    Thanks guys for all the incredible tips and advice! Really looking forward to this trip. I guess I'll have to look for some more 12 and 16oz weights. I mostly have 10oz and under but I do have a few 12-16s. Do you guys know if the Sea Wolf sets the crab pots out the day before? Or do they set...
  449. J

    Emeryville Sportfishing Crab Combo advice?

    Thanks! I'll plan on bringing an assortment of gear then :) Was just interested to know how crazy the current gets up that way. I think the most I've ever had to use down here are 12oz and that was up at Channel Islands. RE: Sand dabs, are the standard sabiki rigs baited with squid/worms/etc...
  450. J

    Emeryville Sportfishing Crab Combo advice?

    So they'll hook you up with the weights, hooks, and leaders?! I'll probably bring 2-3 rods at most. My tackle bag too but was wondering what they like to use for size hooks and weights up there in general. Similar to the rockfishing down here? 4/0 or 5/0 hooks + 6-8oz sinkers double dropper loop...
  451. J

    Cozumel Fishing Charters?

    Thanks for the tips! Sent you a PM
  452. J

    Emeryville Sportfishing Crab Combo advice?

    Hey guys, I'm signed up for a crab combo trip out of Emeryville Sportfishing end of Nov. Just wanted to get some advice as far as what kind of rigs and tackle to bring (oz/types of sinkers, jigs, etc). I'm assuming they go out for rockfish but I thought I read somewhere that they'll go for sand...
  453. J

    Cozumel Fishing Charters?

    Hey guys, Just wanted to know if any of you have had experience with either of these: http://www.fishingcozumel.net/trips.htm http://reelactionsportfishingcozumel.com/priceinfo.html Aside from those, I'm also considering Albatros Charters (but they're a bit pricier) as well as Nacho Euan (for...
  454. J

    WFO!!! TUNA- K&M, Seasons Duane Mellor,Lil Ceez,Nick "Tuna Toker" Rekrut , Capt Kelly

    Shoot! Killed em! We were out w/ Kelly this past wknd and pulled in one 30lb BFT off the troll. Had a couple other bites that didn't stay on. It was super-scratchy and slow so we ended up looking for yellows but got lings and rockfish. Definitely wasn't a tuna slayfest like this was but at least...
  455. J

    KM Fishing and Gear?

    Hey guys, We're planning on heading down to SQ next wknd and have a trip planned with Kelly for Saturday. Originally we were going to go out on Sunday too but there was a change of plans and we most likely will have to head back early on Sunday (so no fishing :(). What I wanted to know is if...
  456. J

    Mexican One-day Fishing license - date change?

    So I guess that's a "no" - you guys could've just said that! lol
  457. J

    Mexican One-day Fishing license - date change?

    Hey guys, Just wanted to double-check but is it possible to change the dates on already-issued Mexican Fishing licenses? Had them issued a week ago for specific dates and my buddy said his boss made last minute changes and is requiring him to work the day we were gonna come back.
  458. J

    San Quintin and Dry Ice?

    Thanks for the feedback all! My biggest concern with bringing it is if it will even fit upright in my friends' Explorer. Based on what they're telling me, it sounds like it will be a *very* tight fit if fits at all. I guess we'll find out the night before we leave when we load up the car.
  459. J

    San Quintin and Dry Ice?

    Hey guys, so I ended up picking up a 7cu ft freezer (Idylis brand from Lowes) as I figured I wanted one for the garage anyway. I'm having doubts about fitting this in the back of an older Ford Explorer though. I want to avoid laying it on its side too. My other concern is if border patrol, etc...
  460. J

    Mexican Licenses in SoCal?

    Thanks! I think that website is for boat permits or something. All I'm looking for is the actual fishing license though. I'll try a few other places. The CONAPESCA office would be great but I'm a bit weary about sending a cashiers check/MO in. Don't have any friends down there who could pick...
  461. J

    Mexican Licenses in SoCal?

    One other question. Do we need to procure one of those tourist card visa things if we'll be in San Quintin? I know they're required for going anywhere south (e.g. we had to get them when going to BOLA). I'm just not sure how "south" is defined and where the cut-off is. Just don't want to get...
  462. J

    San Quintin 8/29 to 9/1

    Oh man, thanks for the report. We'll be down there end of the month and can't wait! Hopefully the tuna will still be around to play. The food looks awesome btw. - - - Updated - - - Oh man, thanks for the report. We'll be down there end of the month and can't wait! Hopefully the tuna will still...
  463. J

    Mexican Licenses in SoCal?

    Hey guys, Any tips on where to get Mexican licenses with low commission in SoCal (OC or San Diego)? I'm trying to procure them ahead of time either by mail ahead of time or local pickup on our way down (if there are any shops that are open early enough). Squidco seems to have decent pricing @...
  464. J

    San Quintin and Dry Ice?

    Hmmm, would you leave it plugged in before hauling down to SQ? Then plug it in wherever we're staying at? And so it's basically just unplugged (and sealed) whenever it's in the car, right?
  465. J

    San Quintin and Dry Ice?

    I'm not sure the chest freezer and generator will be a viable option for us. I don't think any of us own a chest freezer or generator, and we probably aren't going to buy one just for this purpose. Although, I guess I could conceivably convince my wife that we need a small generator for...
  466. J

    San Quintin and Dry Ice?

    What kind of inverter would you need to buy for a chest freezer btw? Would you basically just have it continuously plugged in (to the car while driving and at the hotel after arriving) the entire time from the beginning of the trip to the end?
  467. J

    San Quintin and Dry Ice?

    We'll be down Sept 27th-29th so we'll just have missed you :( Thanks for the offer though!! The chest freezer idea sounds awfully tempting...hmmm
  468. J

    San Quintin and Dry Ice?

    Nice! How big are the blocks that you put in there? They normally sell them in the 10"x10"x2" pieces right? In terms of how much fish you can put in there, is there a certain ratio of ice to fish?
  469. J

    San Quintin and Dry Ice?

    Hey guys, Just wondering if you think it's worth buying and bringing some dry ice down for a 3-day trip (actually 4 days factoring in the driving). I know they sell ice locally there, but we had a terrible experience when we went to BOLA where much of our ice melted after the first day in...
  470. J

    Bluefin (and others) around Ensenada or San Quintin?

    Hey guys, We're considering a trip down to San Quintin end of Sept. Was wondering if the BFT, YFT, Albies, etc ever get within good range of SQ or Ensenada. And if late-Sept might be too late or what not. If so, are there any charters/boats that would be good to go on for a tuna-chasing day trip?
  471. J

    Constitution 1.5 day 9/28-9/30

    Sweet. Looks like they're not running for the Saturday I'm planning to head down to SD (10/20). Any other good 1/2 or 3/4 day boats? I'm betting Saturdays will be pretty busy but that's all I'll have to go off of.
  472. J

    Constitution 1.5 day 9/28-9/30

    Yea man... lesson learned. It was actually $25 but +$10 for JP. From now on I'm *only* going to SD for the [ocean] tuna!
  473. J

    Constitution 1.5 day 9/28-9/30

    Nice... I'll actually be in SD in mid-late October so this could work out perfectly. What are some good 3/4 day boats to go out on down there? I've only been on the Legend and that was 1.5.
  474. J

    Constitution 1.5 day 9/28-9/30

    Yea, although "overnight boats caught more better quality..." seems to imply that you caught smaller models of a good variety. And did you catch any tuna? If it was me, I'd probably be happy enough picking off at least one or two even if they were smaller models haha. Oh well, I'm slowly...
  475. J

    Constitution 1.5 day 9/28-9/30

    Well said, maybe I can convince the wife to let me do one last *good* one out of SD for October. I sure hope it gets better for everyone. Who knows, maybe it was the FULL MOON that got the best of us yesterday....LOL! Actually, it sounds like plenty of other boats did really well yesterday...
  476. J

    Constitution 1.5 day 9/28-9/30

    Gave the Constitution a try out of Dana Wharf a couple nights ago. Left 9pm Fri and got back around 6-7am this morning. It was decided that we were heading into Mexican waters cause that's where all the bite was, so there was a $25 upcharge for fuel and permits. It was pretty disappointing, to...
  477. J

    1.5 on the Constitution out of Dana Wharf

    Hey guys, Are any of you signed up for the Constitution out of Dana Wharf this weekend? I'm planning on giving it a shot. I haven't been out on an overnighter+ for over 2 years now, so I'm excited about it and hope things work out. I have a question on my setups. Currently, I have five setups...
  478. J

    NEED 1 or 2: Cabo Fishing w/ Renegade Mike 4/15/11

    Hey there, The fishing was good. Crew was pretty on it for the most part. Haven't gotten around to posting an update, but in short, we came away with close to ten yellows and one sierra mack. All in the 10-15lb range. Pretty good fishing considering how close we were inshore. A couple got...
  479. J

    Fishing around Catalina?

    Thanks for the heads-up. We'll be anticipating the crowds :( I'm at a toss-up between renting a boat versus kayak but we'll see... I am leaning towards something more "simple" and economic so I think kayaking would probably be the way to go. What's the best time of day generally? Early morning...
  480. J

    Fishing around Catalina?

    Hey guys, Gonna be at Catalina for the first time during Memorial Day wknd. Any good tips on where to go? Should I even consider getting on a private/chartered boat or maybe renting kayaks or the small boats to zip around and look for fish? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
  481. J

    NEED 1 or 2: Cabo Fishing w/ Renegade Mike 4/15/11

    Hey guys, So after looking around and researching, I've decided to go with Renegade Mike during the week of the cruise I'll be on. We'll only have time to do a half-day (4-5 hours) for $450. We'll be arriving to port on 4/15 around 11:30am and will need to get back before 7pm at the latest...
  482. J

    Recommended PV charters (cruise ship)

    Haha... I have a 3-pc travel rod that I wouldn't mind bringing along. I actually brought it on my honeymoon to Tahiti! Caught a good-looking ulua off the overwater bungalow deck in Bora Bora too! Otherwise, I probably wouldn't be bringing more than just that single travel rod and a spinning...
  483. J

    Good 4-6 hour fishing excursion in PV (or Cabo)

    LOL... thanks guys. I almost forgot I posted this because I lost most interest when my brothers showed 100% non-interest in fishing! I am willing to go by myself and be the black sheep of my family. Yes, all for fishing. Hahaha! Anyway, I'm not necessarily looking for "big game" as Larry...
  484. J

    Accommodations and fishing in Costa Rica?

    Hey all, Considering a trip to Costa Rica over Christmas/New Years (Dec 21st-Jan 3rd possibly) 2011. Plane ticket prices look 'affordable' :) I am not familiar with CR at all and just wanted to get some tips and advice. Where are the best places to stay (notably if we're not looking to...
  485. J

    Good 4-6 hour fishing excursion in PV (or Cabo)

    Hi all, I'm looking for recommendations/advice on a shorter 4-6 hour fishing excursion. I generally get the vibe that, although Cabo is the 'sportfishing capital,' PV is well-respected (and generally less expensive) in it's own right. In any case, I'm looking for something that won't...
  486. J

    Legend 7/31-8/02 Albie Slayfest

    Ahhh that stinks. Sorry to hear of the poor results. I think the Legend went back out after coming in yesterday. So I'm wondering how they did. They should be out there right now. Seems the fish are real finicky these days.
  487. J

    Legend 7/31-8/02 Albie Slayfest

    Ehhh, beginner's luck ;) I think the dab of super glue on my blood knot with power pro and mono might have given it some extra life on the first two fish. My friend used it later and it got busted off or something when he fished it. And then he said someone's hook went right through the power...
  488. J

    Legend 7/31-8/02 Albie Slayfest

    Sorry for the delay on my pics guys. I was cutting out bloodlines off fillets all night and getting them prepped for the freezer. Had some sashimi (oh man it was good) and planning to make some handrolls with the lesser quality of the bunch as well as some ceviche. On that note: I had no idea...
  489. J

    Legend 7/31-8/02 Albie Slayfest

    Thanks for pointing it out... interesting. Yea, I guess some capts will go by the book on it. But then for the capts who say "1.5 day - 260 albacore for 26 anglers" - doesn't that only make the boat look much better? Of course, that would be pretty wild if that many people were catching (and...
  490. J

    Legend 7/31-8/02 Albie Slayfest

    Guess I could have kept the 6th fish but I felt for my buddy, so I handed it off. Technically, taking 10 fish would work but realistically, you won't be fishing Saturday night or Monday morning since that time will be spent driving. I guess you could say you caught 5 fish on the .5 day part of...
  491. J

    Legend 7/31-8/02 Albie Slayfest

    Hmm, I thought I overheard there was no crew JP. That makes sense then - it was the 'customer JP' I guess then. And now that I recall, the same guy who won the JP was the one who collected the $$$ for it...! I find this all to be a little odd. In any case, you didn't have a good experience when...
  492. J

    Legend 7/31-8/02 Albie Slayfest

    Report: My buddy and I decided to gamble and get on the Legend 1.5'er on Saturday-Monday. Fish counts haven't been looking too hot all month-long, but we felt the urge to go. Anyway, we headed down a little earlier and stopped at Squidco - got me some Xtratufs and geared up with last-minute...
  493. J

    Recommended PV charters (cruise ship)

    Hey guys, My family and I will be going on a 7-day cruise down to the Mexican Riviera. PV will be the first stop and it has been a highly recommended fishing spot vs Mazatlan or Cabo (which are the other two stops). In any case, I just wanted to get an idea of who the good guys are and if I'll...
  494. J

    Where to buy Megabaits/Luna?

    Hey guys, So I've heard megabaits is out of business for the most part but that some places carry them. Also that Luna is the newly branded "Megabait" So what local stores carry them around OC? I haven't hit up too many tackle shops but if I have it's been Anglers Center and The LongFin. Also...
  495. J

    Question: Mexico Cruise Fishing

    Thanks for the suggestions guys... what do you think about shore fishing? The several places we're stopping are: Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo.
  496. J

    Question: Mexico Cruise Fishing

    Nice... yea I was thinking to look around online. TripAdvisor is a great suggestion! Were you able to bring any of your catch back on the ship? Or did you eat it/give it all to the local guys who took you out? I just don't imagine the cruise ship being very willing to store your catch for you...
  497. J

    Question: Mexico Cruise Fishing

    Hi all, So my family and I are planning on a 7-day cruise next year that heads to the Mexican Riviera. I noticed there is a deep sea fishing excursion for 4.5 hours. About $200 per person after all is said and done, which I find pretty expensive... Has anyone here ever gone on one of these...
  498. J

    Abu Garcia Record 61HC and Shimano Curado 300dsv for tuna?

    Thanks guys. BTW: I'll be on an open party boat, not a private boat. Might be cool to test em out on private boats where there's more room, etc. But I have my reservations about using these kinds of reels on a crowded boat where more tangles are prone. After all is said and done I may just...
  499. J

    Pacific Queen, Aztec, Holiday, or New Lo-an?

    That's what I was thinking... I'm probably gonna move the SX down to 30# either way. There's a lot of backing on it to begin with so little room for topshot. The only thing is, I'll be sharing setups between myself and my buddy. I think 6 setups should be fine for us. I was thinking about the...
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    Pacific Queen, Aztec, Holiday, or New Lo-an?

    I've heard great things about the Indian... unfortunately, my buddy can't go during the weekdays. We're extremely limited with the options we have for what days we go. Pretty much only any boat that leaves on Friday night or Saturday night and is back by Monday morning latest... :(
  501. J

    Abu Garcia Record 61HC and Shimano Curado 300dsv for tuna?

    Hey guys, I have an Abu Garcia 61HC not loaded with anything on it right now and a Shimano Curado 300DSV. Wondering if one or both would fare well on a 1.5 day tuna/yt/etc trip. These would be meant as light-weight setups and we'd definitely be bringing heavier stuff. But just wanted to get an...
  502. J

    Pacific Queen, Aztec, Holiday, or New Lo-an?

    I think we're going to take our chances with the 1.5 day on the Legend. It's the only one going for that long that somewhat fits our busy schedules... and we feel that while a lot of the other boats might be good too, that an overnighter may not produce the best (unless the bite starts picking...
  503. J

    Pacific Queen, Aztec, Holiday, or New Lo-an?

    Thanks guys.... there's a 1.5 day trip on the Legend that fits the bill. Except, I've heard mixed reviews on the capt (not so much fishing ability, but more so attitude etc). Any thoughts on that?
  504. J

    Pacific Queen, Aztec, Holiday, or New Lo-an?

    Thanks guys... seems like it's gonna be a tough decision. I also noticed the Producer is heading out too during the timeslot we're looking at. How is the Producer? If there were a 1.5-day trip available, I'd consider it for sure, but I just don't see any sort of availability, unfortunately. And...
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    Pacific Queen, Aztec, Holiday, or New Lo-an?

    Hi all, My buddy and I are considering an overnighter on either the Pacific Queen (Fisherman's Landing), the Aztec (Seaforth), Holiday (Pt Loma) or New Lo-an (Pt Loma) but aren't sure which would be the better choice. We're on the hunt for tuna and YT and were looking towards the end of July...
  506. J

    Run & Gun, Baby Giants aboard the Horse,

    Thanks for the report! The Seahorse is great with an amazing crew! I caught my first yellow on it back in May at San Clemente. Had a great time out there.
  507. J

    Bay Area/Farallon Fishing?

    Hi all, Have any of you been out of Emeryville or Berkeley Marina sportfishing up there? I'm interested in going out of Emeryville (have heard great things about it). Not sure but what can you catch during the winter months up there? I'll be back during the Christmas holiday and wanted to...
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    I need 2 Fishing For Dodo,YT,YFT,Alby And Marlin For Sunday.

    Darn, a buddy and I are looking for anyone going out on Saturday or possibly a Friday night-Saturday thing. Sundays don't work for us. Have fun out there! BTW: What's the easiest way to get a Mexican permit?
  509. J

    Albie Hunting 28th 29th

    Hey UncleSurf! Check your PM! I can do Fri night-Saturday or just all day Saturday. Let me know if that would work! My friend and I are looking for anything at this point.
  510. J

    BD Official HO list 2007

    Name: Jeremy Days can fish: Saturdays (or Fri-Sat overnighter :D) and rarely a day or maybe two off during the week. Hi guys, I'm willing to pitch in and help with whatever (gas, bait, ice, beer [i don't drink a whole lot but still...], helping scrub and clean the boat/deck, helping with...