fmtuna

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  • About Me:
    28 years in major market radio broadcasting, now all in at the World's Premier Fishing Outfitter
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    I fish... that's it.
  • What I do for a living:
    VP of Sales and Operations at TackleDirect
    Owner Steelfin designs, die-cut sportfish decals/apparel.

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  1. Couple of very good suggestions on the reel here, most of which can do the job... I'd take the rod to a shop that has all these options (you know... like TackleDirect maybe if you are in Jersey :-)...) and strap them on it and see how it feels in your hand, ... maybe take a walk out in the parking lot and throw a little if they have a demo that is spooled....then pull the trigger on the one with the best balance.
  2. I have a set of Mustang bibs which are fabric.. part of a 2 piece float suit, and they are warm but bulky in comparision... I only mention because although they are waterproof, if you are cutting bunker at a bait table all day they do get slimy and don't hose off like the Grundens...
  3. Longs sleeve shirt and a fleece vest... you should be good to go....
  4. If you are just looking for pants, then you should go with a pair of bibs, there are a bunch out there from Grunden, Guy Cotton and my friends over at Stormr make some nice ones too... if you are looking for what I think is the best foul weather gear that keeps you warm as well, take a look at the Grunden Petrus pullover and waist pants (getting bibs off under a pullover is murder if you are in a rush from too much coffee to get to your... running gear...). I bought a set about 8 years ago and they are still my first line of weather beating apparel when the temps drop into the mid 50's and below. Grunden rubber on the outside with a thin felt lining on the inside. Keeps you bone dry, no shot of the wind getting in, with the drawstrings and zipper it keeps all the heat in, and even though I had to slap a repair patch on them last year... seriously 8 years of the way I fish and they are still solid. My only complaint is they only have one little breast pocket and one small rear hip pocket, but they both seal watertight... could use a muffler or a couple side pockets to stick my cold hands in...
  5. Let's see..... hahaha... well TackleDirect for me, but that being said the truth is I shop in almost every tackle shop I go into. Bait from local B&T's, and I almost never walk out with just the bait! An extra pack of Tac Angler clips, a bottle of Ring-free, an extra pack of Gulp, some local bucktails or t-shirt hat catches my eye. When I'm dropping off Steelfin decals or shirts at the shops Craig the Lurker and I sell, I almost never walk out without something... Gotta share the love a little.....
  6. Just identified as Ron Moore, 69 yo, of Union NJ. Prayers for his family.
  7. One report I read suggested his gear went in and he went chasing it. Area F....
  8. Every waders nightmare apparently happened yesterday and I did not hear a word about it on the news.... usually hear of tragedies like this off the rocks in RI or someplace more perilous, but it is a harsh reminder that we all are still dealing with the ocean and it is always dangerous territory.Rest in Peace a brother angler's soul..... very sad.http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2...andy_hook.html
  9. There is no need to spend all that on a Tandem. Off a 3-way you drop the Mojo straight down on a couple feet of 100# braid which cuts down on the blowback considerably, then just run a rigged Tsunami shad or anything else you want on 60# mono off the other loop on the 3-way which will swim straight back. About $30 out the door.....
  10. I have thrown the Lexa and actually ordered one over a year ago (lefty), but got a little pissed when the line capacity that was listed was nowhere near what I could actually get on the reel so I turned it back. Specs said it would take 300 yds of 55 braid on it and we could not pack 275 of 50 on there. This was before they came out with the Tranx 401 so I just went back to using my Avets. Then the 401 finally hit the market and I grabbed it.... could not possibly be happier. I got the AHG and it is greasy fast (7.6:1) but still has plenty of cranking power for bottom fishing and took the 275 yds of 50 that was listed on the specs. Have used it for flounder, seabass, tog, casted for Mahi off the pots and will use it for Reds and Grouper this winter. IMHO.... totally worth the coin...
  11. Like one of the other guys said, anytime the bluefish are not there.... There is always a sluggo or Fin-s in my top pocket and it gets switched out the minute I get a couple of tail-slaps or misses on one of my surface or near surface plugs. Using a soft plastic as a throwback on a plug miss is deadly.... try it and then PM me a thank you....
  12. 7" Loaded and unloaded, after switching out the hooks and rings, may be the best bang for your buck of any plug on the wall. In calm water, near a point or jetty, being swept sideways just a little with a moving tide, just slowly wobbling with a super slow retrieve on the surface...... with just the very occasional twitch..... I'm getting chills just thinking about it...
  13. Buddy was up at the Hook yesterday in a boat not far off the beach and it was all peanut bunker.....
  14. Very sad news today of the passing of Dave Colley, perhaps the most sincere, all around nicest gentleman I had the pleasure meeting in the fishing tackle industry. Dave's name was synonymous with the St. Croix brand throughout the country. He was never too busy to share his wealth of knowledge, and did so in a way that never left you doubting for a moment that he cared as much about you as the brand he so brilliantly, and proudly represented. A rare kind of sincerity, from a rare individual. He and I did countless St. Croix videos together at TackleDirect. It was an honor to know him. One of the posts on social media suggested that if you owned any kind of St. Croix rod in the last 20 years or so, Dave had something to do with it. That is for sure. I know I will add him to the short list of names I whisper with both warmth and respect when I am alone on the beach........
  15. Can anybody say..... Brewster flats ??? Dropping tide, tight belt, and at least one other guy... It is a crazy helpless feeling when you start to feel your legs float out from under you in waders....