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    Big fish / maybe cow capable rods

    I bought a couple of Calstar rods 760H-AR-6 rated 50-130, and a 7460H-AR-6 rated 50-130 a few years ago from a gent named Laurens Rinhold (sp). Nice guy. Seems like he told me he had caught a cow on these rods. I cant remember. Old age kicking in. Are either of these rods cow capable. I would...
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    Cow Bell

    My cow bell came in with too long of a leader. I need to shorten it. The steel cable leader measures 1.45 mm. What size barrel crimp do I need and it needs to be a steel. What crimping/swaging tool do I need to make the crimp? Thanks Tex.
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    FTH 60LD2 Harness Lugs

    I'm going to be using this reel for trolling on my Excel 10 dayer in the fall. The lugs don't seem very robust. Are they robust enough to be hooked up to harness snaps on the back of the Excel dragging around a 2 pound Banshee Cowbell?
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    FTH 60LD2 Line Capacity

    Using it for my trolling rig this year. Reckon how much Izor 100# solid I can get on the bottom with 100 yards of Izor 100# mono first string on top? Tex
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    Travel Insurance

    I used Allianz last year. Anyone have any good/bad experience with them? Would you suggest another company? Thanks
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    Gil Marlin Sucks

    Scott that rod I bought from you didn't catch any fish on my 10 day trip. Its your fucking fault. You suck the big one. Tex
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    Rod for throwing iron and bombs

    What would be a good rod(s) for throwing iron at yellowtail and wahoo. I have a bunch of 700H's but cannot get the distance I want. I'm thinking 800H. Will be strapping on either a Baja or 40NLD2. I have several of both reels. Thanks Tex
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    Travel Insurance

    Going on a 10 dayer the last of Sept 2016. Who do you guys recommend?
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    Wahoo hooks

    Stupid question I know. Most all the jigs we use in the GOM for tuna have 3 way aka treble hooks on them. Can I use the same jigs for Wahoo or will I have to change them out to one way aka single hooks?
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    Ken's and Cal's

    In 2014 I had Cal and his gang hotrod and blueprint my 16VSX, and put line on my 30 and 50VSX. All 3 reels came back home as expected. Excellent work. This year I thought about checking Ken's out. Sent him 5 reels to put line on. All Penn reels needless to say. Fathom 25N, 2 each 40NLD2's, and...
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    Braid cutters / scissors

    Other than using a knife, what kind of cutters / scissors are pretty decent for cutting 50 - 130# braid? I use both solid and hollow core. Thank ya.
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    Wahoo. What length......

    Whether using single strand, multi strand, or K2K...what is the ideal length of your live bait wire leader? For hoo's i use Owner live bait or gorilla hooks. Thanks. God Bless the USA.
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    Stringing up

    I have 5 reels maybe 6 to get line put on them prior to my late Sept 2016 10 dayer on the XL. I dont wont to be rushed for time when i get to SD. Who do yawl recommend i ship them to and get them back to my house prior to me leaving Texas?
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    100, 130, 150, what knot or crimp

    10 day Excel trip late Sept. unless I'm too tired of fighting all the YT, YFT, Dodos, Hoo's, and all the other fish i hope to catch (God willing) i want to do some Grouper fishing at night. I will be toting my 30 and 50 VSX rigs with me. The leaders will be either 100, 130, or 150# , mono or...
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    Tac Glue, Sato, or both

    I want to try and get in some Grouper fishing at night on my 10 dayer in September. I have 100# JB hollow on one reel and 130 on another that I'm taking. I already have a Sato kit. Should I use the Sato method by itself? Or the Tacglue by itself? Or for insurance use both when splicing in my...
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    Floro or Mono for yellow tail

    Hi guys. I'm on the X again this year on a ten dayer leaving 9-25. I was using 40# floro on my fly lined rigs and 60# mono on my dropper loop rigs. I caught a lot of yellow tail using both setups. Do i need floro on my fly lined rigs with the understanding there could be some YFT around also...
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    Going on the Big X again, 10 dayer, late Sept-Early Oct this year (cant wait). Trying to lighten up my load of terminal tackle. What is the heaviest wire you need to pack?
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    Scored!!! Yay!!!

    Went into Roy's tackle shop here in Corpus Christi and they made me a deal on Penn Carnage rods. 25% off. I paid $134.99 for 3 each for 700H rods. Yay!! I also got a FTH25N for 15% off...$$186.99...but by the time i got out of there i blew a grand...dam San Diego long range fishing
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    Hay Steve about those new 2016 rods

    You quoted "If you can wait until the new 2016 models start to arrive in late September-early October, the new PENN CARBWII80200C70 is a nice match with that reel too". So will any of the 2016 rods be labeled 700, 700H, 700MH, etc? If not, can you provide a "crossover" list so we can match up...
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    SQL16VS or FTH60LD2

    I used a SQL16VS for one of my dropper loop rigs on a 10 dayer. Loved it. Looking at another 1 or 2 more reels for the same job. Cant have too many backups. Price wise they are close together. The SQL weights more. The FTH is metal. Which do yawl recommend and why for dropper looping?
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    My Penn's Rocked on the X

    I was on the Excel Phenix Rods 10 day trip and my Penn gear rocked. I took 11 rigs, with 9 reels being Penn’s, 2 Daiwa Saltists, 6 Penn rods, 1 Seeker, and 4 Calstars. I matched a Penn 700ML with a FTH25N. Dorado catching machine. Fly lined bait. Casts like a dream. 2 Penn 700H’s matched with...
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    Fishing with the Granddaughters

    Took my 2 oldest granddaughters (a 6 yo Lizzy and 11 yo Shorty) fishing yesterday. Prior to the fishing trip, I hooked them up with some kiddy poles and let them practice casting. I tied several rubber worms on for weights. Numerous trees in the front yard were caught as was the ceiling fan in...
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    Tackle boxes and the kitchen sink.

    I have a very bad habit. When I go hunting or fishing I take way too much shit. Quick examples. Used to go deer hunting 6 hours south of me. Took 4 rifles. Gotta have backups you know. If I need 2 rod and reels…I take 6…and the boat is listing to one side because of all the tackle I take. Yes. I...
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    Carl goes both ways...

    He said so. Check out the thread under Fishing Chit Chat. Thread "How do you pronounce "Tady". Post # 2. Carl your a nasty bastard.
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    How many #'s?

    I'm 54 years young. Been fishing since I could remember. I understand you can catch fish one day, and the next it sucks the big one. I've been out in the GOM on a 1.5 dayer and tore um up. Been on a 2.5 dayer and it sucked. And I'm not a hog. That being said...I'm on the X, a 10 dayer leaving...
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    Fishing/Tackle shops close to the Excel.

    I'm on a 10 dayer the latter part of Sept. I'm driving out. I'll stay in close proximity to the X. I understand there is a Holiday Inn and Best Western nearby. Is there any close fishing stores where I'll be staying? I know the boat has stuff to buy, but I'm getting there 2 days prior to the...
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    Transporting fish from So Cal to Texas

    I'm on a 10 dayer on the X the latter part of Sept into Oct. With the help of the long range vets and the crew helping out a newbie to So Cal long range fishing, I hope to bring some fish back to Texas. I plan on using the processing business that has the girls. How do you guys suggest I...
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    Dropper loop setup

    For 10 day trip late Sept into October. Big X. 80# braid. no leader / top shot 80# braid. mono leader / top shot. how long? 80# braid. floro leader / top shot. how long? Tell me something. Thanks Tex.
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    FTH 25N and Carn 700ML

    My 30# bait rig is a Fathom FTH 25N and Carnage 700 ML. I go on a 10 dayer the latter part of Sept. It's looking like the live bait will be mostly anchovies unless something changes. I'm not sure i can toss an anchovie without sending him to the wild blue younder. Should I think about a FTH 12...
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    Goin on the "X". Deck boots

    I'm on the Excel for a 10 dayer the latter part of Sept. I have 2 pair of deck boots. Muck's and LaCross. Both are ankle hi. Are these hi enough to keep my feet dry...unless I get drownded by a scupper. Thanks, Tex.
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    Knot. Braid to mono/floro

    Hi guys. I'm coming to SD in Sept for the Excel Phenix Rods trip. I've been using the improved Albright knot for connecting my braid to mono/floro for GOM fishing. I've had good luck with it, however the largest fish i've caught may have been 30#'s. So from a 30-80# rig; jigging and throwing...
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    Crimp Set - Sato

    Go ahead and shoot me. I know practice, practice, practice...but in my case I dont have a lot of time to practice. I've been out in the GOM many a time...but i've never really had a reason to tie knots above 60#. I am on a 10 day trip this year on the Excel late Sept-Oct. I plan on crimping all...
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    Wahoo bombs and jigs

    I'm going to make my up some bombs and jigs for a Sept - Oct 10 dayer on the Excel this year. What type of hooks are the best / least expensive to use. Thanks
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    Info needed on Sept-Oct 10 dayer

    The following is part of a list off the Excel website for a late Sept – Oct 10 day trip. I am on the Phenix Rods trip. Is this list a good start on what I need to bring? 10-20 each 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1/0 Mustad 3X Ringed Sea Demo circle hooks or Owner Ringed Mutu. 10-20 each 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and...
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    Terminal tackle for Sept - Oct 10 dayer

    The following is part of a list off the Excel website for a late Sept – Oct 10 day trip. I am on the Phenix Rods trip. Is this list a good start on what I need to bring? 10-20 each 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1/0 Mustad 3X Ringed Sea Demo circle hooks or Owner Ringed Mutu. 10-20 each 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and...
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    Tackle boxes

    I have a 10 day trip Sept 28 - Oct 8 on the Excel next year. Thinking about making a run to Houston after the first of the year to pick up some more shit. One of which is a SKB 7100 with launchers. Do I need to glue a piece of 3/4 plywood on the bottom so I can open the front door without...
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    10 day trip heavy rigs 30&50VSX

    I'm on the Phenix rods 10 day trip Sept 28 - Oct 8, 2014. From what I've read for that time of year, a boat could run into some bigger size fish compared to a summer time trip. My two largest rigs are a 30VSX and 50VSX on Calstar's 760H and 7460H. If I was going on a cow trip I wouldn't...
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    Carnage CARBW765L

    Has anyone had any experience with this rod? 6'6". 30-80#. Big fish caught? Pros cons. What reel did you stick on it? Thanks
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    Can you read this?

    If you can read this you have a strong mind: 7H15 M3554G3 53RV35 7O PR0V3 H0W 0UR M1ND5 C4N D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5! 1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5! 1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG 17 WA5 H4RD BU7 N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3 Y0UR M1ND 1S R34D1NG 17 4U70M471C4LLY W17H 0U7 3V3N 7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17, B3 PROUD! 0NLY C3R741N P30PL3 C4N R3AD...
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    Jigging / Yoyoing...same thing?

    Down here in Texas we dont use the term yoyoing. We use the term jigging. When we jig, we drop our jigs down 2-300 feet, depending on where the capt sees the fish; and we pump the rod up and down taking line in on the down stroke. Is this what yawl call yoyoing out there? Also, nobody throws...
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    Carnage 760H

    Anyone had experience with the 760H rod, 6'er, 50-130# rating? If so how did it perform? Biggest fish caught. Pro's Con's? Thanks
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    Loading up on the boat questions

    Hi guys. How are yawl? How do you guys take your rods on the boat? I understand the boat has buggies that you put your stuff in...but do you tie your rods up in a bundle or do you use some type of protective case to prevent your poles from getting damaged? Do you put your reels on your rods...
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    When to use: Solid or Hollow

    Is their some rule of thumb or valid reasoning when to use solid and when to use hollow braid when spooling up a reel?
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    Sorry for the confusion. Please read my last post re 10 day trip.

    Its for a variety trip, no a cow trip.
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    Just signed up for a 10 dayer.

    Just signed up for a 10 dayer on the Excel for the Sept 28 – Oct 8, 2014 Phenix Rods trip. Here is what I plan on taking for the trip. Some of the rods I have listed may seem a bit over kill, but I am planning to do Cow trips as well. In other words, some of the Cow rods I don’t have as of...
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    Cows and other big ass fish

    Bear with me guys and please don’t hammer me. I’m a newbie to SD LR fishing. I’m trying to get my ducks in a row. I currently own a Penn 16, 30 and 50 VSX. I really don’t want to have to send them to Cal’s for hotrodding. I want to spend that money I would have spent on some Mak Sea’s. Help...
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    Little Johnny was playing outside when he really had to go to the bathroom. He runs in and his grandma was about to take a shower. He looks at her crotch and says, “Whats that?” She says, “Well, it's a beaver, Johnny.” <o:p></o:p> The next day the same thing happens, only his mom is taking the...
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    Freudian Slip

    A guy goes to buy a train ticket, and the girl selling tickets has an incredible set of jugs. He says, "Give me two pickets to Titsburgh...umm...I mean, two tickets to Pittsburgh." <o:p></o:p> He's really embarrassed... The guy in line behind him says, "Relax, pal. We all make Freudian slips...
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    Just plain Fred.

    A cop stops a car for traveling faster than the posted speed limit. Since he's in a good mood that day he decides he might give the fellow a break and write him out a warning instead of a ticket. So, he asks the man his name. "Fred," he replies. "Fred what?" the officer asks. "Just Fred," the...
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    Have you ever danced?

    An old prospector shuffled into the town of El Indio , Texas leading an old tired mule. The old man headed straight for the only saloon in town, to clear his parched throat. He walked up to the saloon and tied his old mule to the hitch rail. As he stood there, brushing some of the dust...
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    Which Makira

    Need help form the pro's. This Texan is gearing up for some long range fishing enjoyment from 10 day trips to 15 day cow trips. I have a Penn 30VSX and 50VSX that will be sent to Cal's for hotrodding. They will be used for big baits, chunk, jigs, kite, and trolling. I need to purchase 2 reels...
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    Which Makira

    Need help from the pro's. This Texan is gearing up for some long range fishing enjoyment from 10 day trips to 15 day cow trips out of SD. I have a Penn 30VSX and 50VSX that will be sent to Cal's for hotrodding. They will be used for big baits, chunk, jigs, kite, and trolling. I need to purchase...
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    Rail Rods...which one?

    Hi guys. Need help here. I'm gearing up to do an 8 or 10 day trip in 2014. I want a variety trip under my belt before I do a 15 dayer...but I want to have the equip with me in case the boat runs into some cows on the 10 dayer. I already have the reels I need. One Penn 30 VSX and a 50 VSX. Dont...
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    Need help for 8-10 day trip

    I am slowly but shurly gearing up for a LR trip. Because of the variety of fish caught on an 8-10 day trip, that is what I want to do first. Then graduate up to 15 dayers. Need help tho. I have a slew of Penn reels, but I will only list the ones I think would be useful on an 8-10 i...
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    Stacking braids

    I'm looking at loading up a Penn 30VSX and 50VSX for cow fishing. Stacking braid or not stacking ? If stacking, what size of braid would you use for stacking and how much of each size; and would you use a mono or fluoro topshot? Thanks guys.
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    16 VSX clicking

    I have a 16 VSX that clicks all the time when reeling. The clicker is off. Its not a loud click, but enough that it gets the attention of other anglers around me and I'm sure they think i'm an idiot that has the clicker on. Is this normal, not that i'm an idiot, but the clicking sound? Regards.
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    How many yards

    I have a Penn 9/0 I want to load up with Cortland hollow core 130# dacron line for trolling. How many yards will it hold? Thanks, Tex.