BST Users
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About puppet

  • Rank
    Senior Member
  1. Although not the question asked...i agree completely. For jigging as well. For upper water column spinning is fine but for lower a small coventional is the way. I like the calcutta or luna.
  2. that stockpile is a little nuts. That one milk crate has 140 jars or about 1200 dollars worth of pigskin. hahahahhahaha. time for an intervention. I will take ten jars please.
  3. Jim, Anytime you want we can fish...so you can try before you buy. I fish almost every weekend through winter. I am the master of finding and catching the dumb less sophisticated trout. I will bring a rod to the next csa meeting so you can check it out.
  4. This time of year all the fish will be far less active unless we get a warm day and end up with a hatch. You might be better off waiting a couple months. Most town parks have small ponds and waterways that seem to hold a lot of bluegill. I have migrated to tenkara for all my freshwater pursuits. I used to be a spinning guy for fresh but got bored with it. Tenkara is a fixed line fly fishing method to target trout in mountain streamb, but the techniques can be applied everywhere. When my daughter was 3, I bought her a spinning outfit and taught her how to cast. She is decent, but requires open spaces. She also tends to get frustrated with the mechanics of it and getting snagged. Around that time I started up with tenkara and have since used that method fishing with her. It like cane pole fishing and very accessible to children. She can cast and catch fish on her own. She was probably 6 when she started using a tenkara rod. I think any 5 year old can be taught how to use one. Allowing them the freedom to do their own casting is a big thing. The shorter line makes it easier for supervision and picking a spot. Tip: when I fish with children I never bring my own rod...and do not fish. I just supervise and enjoy the day. Tenkara is a great way to catch bluegills and all kinds of fish including trout. Consider it ultra- utlra light. Its not just for kids either. I love fishing this way and have caught tons of fish, including trout to 18" and even striped bass using these rods. It is so much fun.
  5. what species are you targeting??? Yes...we would use gulp shrimp too for halibut. Its not that they had much action..the scent slick seemed to be the enticer....we would drop shot them. If you have not done it...dropshotting gulp and soft plastics in the salt can be deadly. The biggest advantage is working the presentation in place on structure instead of moving past it.
  6. I dig that pic in your avatar. that is awesome. Surf perch will eat anything. I targeted them for a while then only targeted halibut. Halibut is similar to striped bass in that they are an ambush predator. Where surf perch school around like bluegills and will strike anything that might be food. I feel that most gulp products to be way too weak to stand up to multiple fish. They would need to be thinner to have the same action as pork, but as you might know they make only them thicker so they can be more durable. Small curly tail mullets will rip apart on one fish. Sort of a perfect pyramid scheme...."we don't want our product to be too durable" The chamois I note in that thread is synthetic and much cheaper than other substitutes. Rabbit strips would work nicely, but I wonder what the saltwater would do with them
  7. I must admit. The first time I saw casters work a pencil....I thought to myself "what a bunch of weirdos" jerking a rod. Pretty perverted sight... The whole rod between the legs business goes far beyond just working topwaters. Its all about reducing fatigue, control both during you retrieve and landing a fish. The leverage landing a fish is one of many things Bill Wetzel has drilled into my tiny brain. It makes a huge difference in control. Keeping that rod between your legs in landing. This video shows his charter doing the right thing....although not as clean or fluid as it could be, is exactly the right technique. The only thing I will do different is turn sideways so a wave does not knock a fish into me. The second illustrates on how casting in the wind and rod placement makes a difference.
  8. I pair my vs100 with a a g1000 series Lamiglas steelhead blank. That series is the same as the gsb. I feel it is a better match up. I have it paired with a g1311 (discontinued). The modern equivalent is the lamiglas GP86MHS but they have a GP86HS that is a bit heavier. https://www.fishusa.com/product/Lamiglas-G1000-Pro-Salmon--Steelhead-Spinning-Rods Super light rod. From the shore I have taken fish to 15#, from the kayak 25#. It is equally fun catching fluke on that rod as it is striped bass.
  9. Nice of you to volunteer. You are now the official beta tester. hahahahaha. I have noticed that even the last runs of the OJ have not been very bluefish proof. Too soft... I did get one gorilla last fall with this setup without issue but that is not a good gauge. You are probably considering the cocktails or smaller. The interesting thing is that I have not run into blues much unless I go looking for them. forget about the blues and consider your wallet and how well they work. or just tie in this material permanently. That will prevent them pulling it off. It is not as tough as leather, but it probably could survive some chomping. 11 bucks to find out.
  10. Chamois tails. Since the down turn of Uncle Josh and the termination of the striper strips. The last couple seasons have been a bummer. I love bucktailing and am a huge fan of the Uncle Josh products. The ones I still have ...I have been hoarding like a weirdo. Frankly, I do not like the synthetic strips. Yes, its nice to not have to take them off your hook, but they do not move like pork. I think its fair to say that I prefer pork strips over the synthetic, and lets face it, most of the time the natural is just better material. both for its action and it is a responsible material to use. Pork is biodegradable where plastic is not....well, at least in our lifetime. Two years ago, I thought of using pigskin as a substitute....but never bought any. I have also thought about making pork rind myself.... I am too lazy. I got into fly fishing and some guys use Chamois which is an automotive product. It is goat skin and some guys use it in strips for making worm patterns. Natural Chamois is too thin for dressing bucktails. So, I am poking around that material and notice this artificial chamois products. What??? It has the thickness and feel of pork strips. So, I buy some and fish it last fall, side by side with pork. The Fish didn't seem to care. Here is the deal: This stuff is made to absorb water,and when it does it gains the attributes of pork strips. The bouyancy...the movement....etc. It is sort of a commonly desirable attribute of lures...a neutral bouyancy, which is not an attribute all the synthetics share. Pork and this material seem to have it. Because most of its mass is water...it acts more like a living thing in the water. uncle josh #70 chamois tail look alike You can see in the video. They do not move exactly the same but pretty close. The synthetic chamois is a little stiffer and does not have the two tone so there is less visual motion. I have not done it yet, but you could soak/store the stuff in a scent. Because it was designed to be a chamois for drying cars...it is a pretty strong material. It also seems to have some sort of mesh reinforcement at its core. The the material I use is called "The Absorber"...hahahahaa. Perfect!!! They cost about 11 dollars. They come in a 27" X 17" sheet. You can make 170 - 5.25" x .5" strips out of the sheet....@ 6.5 cents per strip. You can call that a lifetime supply....for what a single jar would cost. No more dollar a tail. You can buy the thing on amazon, walmart, and just about every automotive chain around. Here is how I make them. The sheet comes in a container. Make sure you store the sheet in there. It is packaged with some light moisture that makes it easier to work with. When it dries out it is no longer soft it becomes rigid and you will need to wet it to cut it, which might be messy. I measure out and cut 5.25 x .5 inch strips. Of course you can make em however you want. I just use a utility knife on a cutting board that I can cut into. first cut out a 5.25 x 5 inch rectangle...and put the rest back in the container. then cut out half inch strips. When I taper them, I draw the knife to the tip of the tail. You will want to keep your straight edge on the mass of the strip so that it doesnt move around. I tried some with a pre-made hole and some where the end was dipped in glue to make it more rigid. My advise, skip both modifications and just push the bucktail hook point into the Chamois tail. The hole will not get bigger and it will stay in place better. You do not need to take them off, so it would take a while for the hole to get bigger on its own. Walmart and auto part stores seem to carry it. The strips come in a lot of bright colors. I have used red mostly, but bought the natural and aqua. I am looking for green and white but it seems hard to find. Red seemed the thickest, but that might be just variation in quality control. If you find white or green somewhere....help a brother out and grab some for me....hahahahaha. Its a game changer for me. If I can get pork I still prefer it. And there are a few new companies that are selling it. It is sort of liberating to find a synthetic product that is better and cheaper than the commercial synthetic strips.
  11. God Bless Mary Awesome!
  12. Uncle Josh used to sell strips that were soaking in bunker oil. I have a jar but have never used it. I am sure it works fine, but the thing with anything stewing in that type of sauce. It tends to stink and even may go rancid...accelerate decomposition or rot. The strips by themselves work great so I personally have never tinkered with it. Perhaps the gulp juice might be worth a try as it seems stable....as stinky as it may be.
  13. I serviced my 201 years ago. I hate shimano for all their parts. My first reassembly had the problem you describe. I had to take it apart and rebuild, then it was fine. From what I recall, you need to be a magician to get everything properly seated then reassembled. If there is just the slightest amount of pressure reduction on the parts they come unseated. I would not fish this reel in the surf. I fished mine from a kayak. The problem with the surf is sand. If you get one grain of sand in that thing...you could end up with problems you describe. Some people might argue it should be fine fishing such a reel in the surf. They can do what they wish, but shimanos are precision machines with a ton of mechanical parts. Too many points of failure for my liking.
  14. Gsb blanks are wonderful and hands down my favorite. I love my 1201L ...as a full 10'. That said they will never be as sensitive as a modern blank. For me the gsbs are softer and duller but i feel everything i need to with them. I also fee the softness provides more vocabulary for working plugs. If it was just sensitivity you are after. Perhaps a odm, century, cts, or fsc. There real shining point for me is in fighting fish. So forgiving and wonderful...the rod does all the work where with a modern rod I feel my arms do more work. I also feel that the gsb line are just beasts and are probably the most robust blanks around. I really like the 1201L and the 1321m. They are my perfect pair. I recently sold my cts vapor trail because i have not used it in years. I like my fiberstar maurader but not as much as the gsb blanks. That fiberstar is a beautiful rod but that 1201L is just much more fun. Good Luck.
  15. this is what I use for warmer weather, gortex Paclite... I mostly wetsuit, so even in the summer its handy to have a jacket. The marmot jacket is awesome. Pit zips!!!....you can regulate your heat even when its raining. I have been buying their jackets for years. The paclite...compresses down to a very compact volume. I like rain jackets the best as you can open the front to regulate heat....and really zip everything up and jam on the hood if it gets cold. https://www.sierratradingpost.com/marmot-optima-gore-tex-paclite-jacket-waterproof-for-men~p~3969d/ the only downside with most regular rain gear is the zippers are often not saltwater safe. I usually get a couple seasons out of them because I wetsuit. If you are dry up on the beach, it should not be an issue. This is paclite too. I like it for the material....but is not as versatile as the rain jacket style....but has no metal https://www.rei.com/product/832612/kokatat-paclite-paddling-jacket-mens