fmtuna

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  1. Anybody else running up (or down) to Surf City for the tourney Saturday? I am back on the judges list for another Spring opener and hoping to the surf gods that we get a little better break in weather, wind and current than we did last year for the first big tourney of the year. I measured the winning bluefish last year and really hope to see more stripes than devil-eyes on the sand. Great prizes, amazing auction items.... outstanding company :-). Both team and individuals so there is no excuse, come on out!
  2. I don't know how to say this without sounding like an aft-hole, but if you think that landing your fish is too easy, it is you and not the gear that has taken the sport out of it.. When you are catching for sport, especially when you are not keeping it, the thrill is the battle and the skill with a little looser drag and a little lighter line that make it a competition that sometimes you lose.... but it is more sporting. .... or maybe you're just catching smaller fish? I don't know anybody that has fought a 30#+ bass waist deep in the surf at night with a rippin current and a smart old girl on the end of the line.... burying her nose in the sand to lose the plug, running into the jetty rocks or barrel rolling in the wash to loosen a hook, that would call it easy no matter what class line they were strung up with.... Sure the gear is better, but I believe it is up to you whether you sucker punch your opponent, or box with her...
  3. I think they should have gone 6' years ago... but an 83" Mako is a shark that you most certainly don't want to be anywhere near no matter how tired it is, unless you have subdued it with a couple shots of lead in the head, and even then I'm on full defense unless it is gutted and has a bucket tied on it's head. Measure it up close and personal with a tape? I don't think so, and if you guess wrong by an inch you just tossed $10,000 over the transom. Nope, I actually believe that this is the beginning of the end for shark fishing. You keep it 83" for a couple years and most will not bother trying anymore, and then there will be much less pushback when they lock it down. We follow the rules we set, the rest of the world does not and we get to pick up the check... that's what happened here again. In the meantime, the Threshers will take a whoopin and they will shut them down too.... and they do not taste half as good IMHO anyway.
  4. Live bluefish in a slick....
  5. Hey..... sign me up! Although I question ANY club that would have me as a member...
  6. We don't keep bulk spools on the shelf but I am pretty sure we could order a wheel for you... call the 888-354-7335 and ask for JV... if anybody can find it for you, he can
  7. Might want to run over to Block... great place to party and the fishing in June is cranking up. Lots of charter options
  8. I bought two of these (Star Stella Lite)) to leave down in Pine Island at a friends house so I did not have to bring rods down when I visited... just toss a couple reels in the bag. For the money, hard pressed to beat them.
  9. Jumpin Minnow... have yet to see anthing work better in the world of small "walk the dog" lures. Have to switch out hooks and rings as mentioned above. Gags Grabber.. great little blooper... also needs hooks and rings. Smack-it... more convcave face than the Gags and really moves water. I like the hackle on the tail hook, but the hook sucks so whip a little white hackle on the replacement.. when it is just sitting on the water, the hackle looks like it breathes... Tac Anglers Crossover popper... Albert hit a home run with this one. The reverse gill cuts send out an entirly different splash than the cupped face, and it is thru wired. I still change tthe hooks.... I will tell you that the most effective way I have found to use a popper on a "miss" is to have a second rod rigged with a soft plastic ready to throw within easy reach. A blowup does not always necessarily mean you are going to get another one when you throw back, but a follow-up with a soft plastic after a blowup... boom!
  10. I've got a new itch, and I having too much fun scratching it. Have hunted since I was a little kid (back when the Flintstones were around) and shot my whole life.... but never owned or shot a handgun. My son-in-law was not a gun owner, but truly wanted to have some protection in the house, up in North Jersey, and had an interest in handguns so we got into it together...bought him a Gen4 Glock 9mm and I scouted for a while and got myself the new model S&W, the M&P 2.0... also a 9mm. Picked up 1000 rds in bulk last week. Having a blast at the range..... been down to Full Metal Jacket in Ocean Heights NJ and up to Shooters... truly looking forward to Range 129 opening in Absecon in the beginning of March... it is way closer than both spots and will have 100yd indoor lanes to let loose with my long rifles to boot. So far I have been able to try the Glock 9mm, Glock .10mm, Sig 9mm, Glock .45... I can see how this can get expensive.... but it is too cold to fish out. Going to file for a couple more permits this week. So what do you shoot?
  11. I lived that life for a couple winters too.... was a ski instructor/bartender at Glen Ellen in VT (now Sugarbush North).... best time of my youth without question.... The things that Miller would do to get a shot were nothing short of spectacular..... see if you can find a few of the behind the scenes clips...
  12. Something like this is used in studios where "how it looks" is important. Not so in radio stations, we use big ugly sealed studio doors.... http://www.iacacoustics.com/studio-packages.shtml BTW. injecting foam insulation into the walls may also be something you want to look at if sound penetration through the walls is more important than actual acoustics inside the rooms. That will significantly deaden the penetrating sound as there will be no airspace between the two sides of sheetrock for the sound to resonate in. Double sheetrock, injected foam, and just regular industrial carpet on the walls will make for one quite space..... we did this in an announcers "booth" in an office building years ago and it did a great job. We did spring for a single studio door..... This a telemarketing setup, or are you just looking to Dexter somebody??? LOL
  13. You need acoustic fabric wall panels. They are floor to ceiling soft fabric, padded panels that suck up sound. Used them when we were building the sound studios in the radio stations. They ain't cheap, but they work. Might look to someone that installs home theaters for some information.... ... although I always did like the Cone of Silence....
  14. Hello... Bore Snake for handguns?.....anyone?
  15. Great plugs, lousy hardware. Personally, I love having white hackle on the back hook because unlike bucktail, the hackle seems to "breathe" in the water when the plug is not moving. But not enough to leave the original hooks on there so if I am motivated I whip a little onto the replacement VMC's before I put them on. I like the yellow Jr......
  16. You may be a redneck if..... You have more major appliances on your front porch than in your house?
  17. Its Range 129... and it is opening in March sometime in Absecon NJ.... place is going to be amazing... BTW, had another question that I could use an answer to after spending a few hours gun cleaning this weekend. Anybody use a Bore Snake on you handguns? I have been using them on my shotguns for years, but I saw one in the shop for a 9mm and ondered if it was worth getting.....
  18. Well no comparison whatsoever between the Hydrasport/Robalo/Contender and the Maycraft. The Maycraft is a bay boat that you can go out front with if you want to get a bit beat up in relatively fair seas (anything over 2' short duration....oh, I own one ...2300CCX...) but is magnificient for working the bay. It has a shallow draft and a 15-16 degree deadrise, but has a nice flair in the bow so it will take the beating out front if you are willing to. I fished my first fall striper season with it out of GE Inlet here in NJ and had some amazing days, but some of the other days, my back and hips paid for it. BTW, no way to run this boat without tabs... they are as important as the steering wheel on this hull. Owned 3 Hydrasports Vectors and they are awesome hulls. I believe them to be the strongest non-custom, basic production boat that was being built for many years, although the guy that designed where they put the pumps in the bilge was either 7' tall and skinny as a stick or a sadist. I would absolutly buy a used HS, but not until I had every inch of it gone over because guys that own them know that they can beat them, and they do. Fished many Fall days that others did not in my boats. The Robalo and Contenders have similar deadrise and beam but not the weight of the HS. You won't be sneaking around in skinny water in any of them....
  19. I ran twin 250 HPDI's for 7 seasons.... got them with 200 hrs on them and put over 1000 almost problem free hours on them by taking care of the filters, running ring-free with every fillup, and using Yamalube for oil. Yes, I know I could have saved money by using other oil, a different addative.... but did I mention 1000 almost trouble free hours? Replaced the vsts a couple times, changed plugs every year, kept an eye on the bowl of the Racors, had one problem with throttle cable on one so replaced them both.... had a minor oil leak from the top of the sender that was corrected with 2 zipties. That was about it..... With a good report from a great mechanic, I'd buy them again....
  20. This has gotten me inspired... I think I'll crack the safe and have a gun cleaning party this weekend....
  21. It is clinically proven that labratory cages cause cancer in rats......
  22. Well I just put in for a couple more permits before "Murphy's Law" kicks in here in Jersey... this guy cannot be good for us... Went with the boys from RH Custom the other nite to Shooters.... got to shoot all their toys too.... Nick had a super sweet Kimber...
  23. I am 100% a 12ga guy for protection, but the kid never handled a gun in his life and did the research so this is his starter.... I got my 9mm just to plink holes in paper... he will graduate eventually but I wanted to get him started with something at the range. Besides... who ever heard of owning too many guns??
  24. Long before I moved to the shore and got involved in TackleDirect, I would take the trek to Robbinsville at least a couple times a year. Never walked out without bags full of plugs, lead, hooks, replacement Korker spikes, Powerbaits for fresh and big circles for the surf. Their guys behind the counter were all local fishermen and you could go long on any species from shad in the river to tuna offshore with almost all of them. And they ALL surf fished. Buy stuff, get educated, then drive to Mastori's for lunch. Got my first "expensive" conventional baitcasting reel there, a Calcutta 401 TE. I was stashing cash for that reel for two years. I screwed it up using it in the surf and they swapped it out for me without a blink. Still have the orange insulated jumpsuit I bought there for deer hunting. When my partner Craig & I got Steelfinangling (our Decal & Apparel brand) up and running years later, they were the second shop to agree to buy and carry our products (behind TD). We now have just under 60 stores but I will never forget that first order we got from them. They were our first real outside sale from a real shop. Lost another favorite of mine a little over a year ago when Capt Andy's in Margate locked the door for the last time... it had been the local B&T for 3 generations. Just like Effinger... just could not compete with the changes in the retail world. Right across the street from my house, and where I had my second cup of coffee every morning for 10 years. One of the previous posters mentioned "showrooming" above. It is truly the spike in the heart of traditional brick & mortar operations. You walk in, handle the goods, and then buy it on your phone from the cheapest source. In the next few years you will see Best Buy and just about every other major retailer maintain only showroom floor inventory on their floors to minimize their inventory cash exposure. You see it, you want it, they will deliver it, but no store will carry more than "one to show"... with maybe only one to go behind it. Empty on-site warehouses. Another side of what is killing these operations is the irresponsible and selfish actions of many of the major manufacturers. It used to be that you really needed to be a legit operation to get top brands, now many are selling direct to consumer themselves or they will set up almost anybody as a dealer and not police their MAP pricing Policy. How is a real business with real overhead and an investment in inventory supposed to compete on price when you are competing with a garage operation selling only online at half the regular industry margin? You can, but you can't do it for long.... So you can hang lots of it on technology, but you have to add in the greed too... the times, they are a changin'..... again..... and they call it progress?
  25. I do use the big 9" Tsunami shads for tandem dragging behind my Mojos when I'm trolling (which I hate to do), but will usually go to a leadhead with a shadbody before throwing one of the smaller ones. Shifting gears a little, my first choice is a Ron-Z head and sandeel tail, but one of the Tsunamis I have used alot, when there are lots of little schoolies around, is their sand eel. I lost count years ago of how many 18" bass I have caught and flipped back on these. But just like all these type baits, you have to constantly put a file to the hook and keep an eye for any rust.... not quality hooks at all.