John P

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  1. I have 2 old style sustains 3000 FE, I have had zero trouble with these reels fishing for snook and reds in swfl. The reels are about 10yrs old. I haven't had a new version,so I can't comment,but don't believe all you read about products. If you're interested in the larger sizes they may be a different animal.
  2. Take a look at the st croix Green Water series. I have a 6'6" medium that is great for schoolies and most fresh water fishing. It isn't for serious stripers or blues. I use a Sustain 3000fe with the rod. It is a little over your price limit,but keep an eye out for one on SOLs buy/sell area.
  3. I found a product made by Shurhold called snap stick, It's a wax for zippers and snaps in a lip stick container. Works great and be carried in your pocket or plug bag. Any wax will do the job,this is just easy to carryaround.
  4. It would be interesting to see 20yrs and 25yrs. I have been fortunate to land a 52 in Bass many yrs ago. Hope it is still out there somewhere.
  5. "big bass" ,you have me looking to throw that plug more , I'm hooked on top water plugs,so I will now give this one a shot next season. Any advice on how you retreave the plug?
  6. I 2xs Costas RX glasses. I have had 2 pairs for 7yrs, great fishing glasses with excellent RX capabilities. They are EXPENSIVE,but if you need them they are worth it. I fish 12months a yr as a result of spending the winters in SWFL,so they are mandatory for me.
  7. If you are going to own your boat for a while get a canvas cover made up, may cost $1000 - 1500 ,but it will be good for 10yrs, Those good covers also breath which is a good thing. I'm sorry I didn't do mine 10 yrs ago. In my area it's 15 a foot to shrink wrap.
  8. There were large fish,BUT only in certain areas, in the past the bigger fish were distributed over a large area and over the whole summer. This yr you were screwed if you couldn't move to where they were. All in all it was a below average yr for all the areas I fished. Way different than 5 yrs ago.
  9. Take comfort that a whole bunch of great guys are pulling for you and your Dad. You're not alone in this.. I'm not a big prayer person ,but I will say one for you and family.
  10. I am so sad for "Q". remember we he brought "Scout" to the shop as a pup. They spent many hours on the water and in the field. Unfortunately dogs don't live as long as we and we have to see them go to often. I'm in FL,so I will call next week. RIP Scout.
  11. I'm going to guess if there are larger fish around you will have a better chance with the big one. Smaller fish are usually looking for something easily swallowed. It's why I always use large plugs. I'm catch /release so I'd rather not be catching the little guys and risk doing damage to under size fish.
  12. So many great things are said in this thread. I hope my children will have the same memories I had with my Dad yrs from now. I think they will as well as the grandchildren. You can't leave anything better than having wonderful times around the water with loved ones. Keep up the good work and fun.
  13. I personally would be more comfortable with an inflatable . Casting and moving on the boat is very easy with a horseshoe inflatable. If you are in a dangerous weather situation I'd go with a standard vest. I keep both on my boat.
  14. Make sure you get a high quality vest if you will go offshore. Either an auto inflate like Mustang /sospender or a high end non inflatable type that zips up and surrounds you . If you go in because the boat sinks you could be there for a while. You may also think about a emergency locator Epirb. Can't be too careful offshore.
  15. I have two Sargents and have had no issues with them at all. I will admit I do rinse all my gear after they are exposed to a lot of salt water. There are very few pieces of fishing gear that can be ignored when used in a heavily salt water environment. These pliers are amazing in there ability to cut serious hooks when they end up in your hand ,arm or any other body part. I don't go fishing without a .serious hook cutter on my person, been hooked and didn't llike it.