Kent I

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  • About Me:
    Phil Ellis
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Kayaking, boating, fishing, crabbing,woodworking, plug building, bicycling, nature study, and so on.
  • What I do for a living:
    Retired product engineer

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    511 Talbot Rd Stevensville MD

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  1. Here's what I meant. I reviewed the article before I rigged this up and discovered that in fact the hook doesn't go through the line tie (although I can't see why it couldn' would just be sideways), but is tied to the line tie with multiple passes of rigging floss (overhand knot to secure the floss to the line tie, then multiple half hitches through the line tie and around the bend of the hook, in equal numbers toward the bend and the point. I've left the stock hooks on pending testing, after which I'll either remove them or clip the points off, depending on results. The inventor of this method, a tarpon guide named Bouncer Smith, claims a big increase in hookups. I'm looking forward to trying it on stripers.
  2. My iPhone 5c has recently lost the ability to post to SOL, and when I try to sign out, I get error message 2S119/1. Anybody have a fix? Thanks
  3. My wife uses these flexible, foam backed nail files and I've found that they work great on the convex parts of hand carves...sort of the same principle as an auto body file, only small. They come in a wide variety of grits, usually a different grit on each side. I mostly use the 100/150 and 220/400 types. They are cheap and are washable to remove sawdust. I got mine on Amazon in a ten pack.
  4. The attachment in this case is done by threading the hook throuch the line tie,then securing it with waxed thread or floss, so the plug is not lost.
  5. The idea is not to replace the stock hooks with circle hooks, but to attach the circle hook to the line tie...rather like hooking a live minnow through the nose...and clipping the points off the stock hooks or removing them altogether. The line is then tied to the circle hook, which pulls the plug through the water. Obviously, the balance of the plug has to be maintained. I plan to rig a few plugs this way and will post pics.
  6. There's been an ongoing discussion on SOL concerning the pros and cons of replacing trebles with inline hooks. I just read an article in Saltwater Sportsman that advocates attaching a circle hook to the line tie and removing or clipping the trebles. The author claim better hookup ratios and less damage to the fish. I'm going to give it a shot, and wonder if anyone else has tried it for stripers.
  7. Last fall I refurbed my wife's ancient DAM 110, and finally got around to putting line on it theis morning (Trilene 6 lb clear), only to find that the line lay is far from level. It's useable as is, but I'd like to get it leveled out. Is there a simple way (shims, etc) to adjust the line lay on this reel? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
  8. It's well known that many prey species, from butterflies to fish, exhibit false eye spots, presumably to fake out the predators, so apparently predators do notice eyes, or "eye-like"markings. How this relates to eyes on plugs is a good question, although one of our local rockfish gurus, known for catching big fish, and lots of 'em, recommends putting bigger eyes on your plugs. Assuming that eyes do something, are painted or decal eyes as effective as the reflective/holographic kind?
  9. I bought. A Penn Conflict 4000 for working poppers and spooks, and experienced broken gears multiple times. Replaced it with a 2500 BG and have had no problems. I won't be buying Penn products again...there's no excuse for selling such a crappy product, and there are plenty of other choices.
  10. A friend of mine hunts ducks from an 18" wide Greenland definitely have to pay attention which way you are shooting. Of course, Greenlanders do it routinely, as well as hunting seals and whatever is available.
  11. I yanked the transmission two weeks ago and had the seals replaced, so it shouldn't be a problem, but I welcome the opportunity to fish with other locals. My wife and I are headed out for a cross-country trek and won't be back until May, but I'll PM you when we're back and maybe we can get together.
  12. Actually, more like total nonsense. 15 miles is not an easy day in my Nordkapp, which is 21" wide and 17'10" long.
  13. I have 3 Ocean Kayak Scupper Pros, almost 16' long, with stickers proclaiming that they were designed by Tim Niemeyer. 3 mph over distance, yeah. Much more, you'd have to be extremely fit.
  14. It's good to see that there are a lot of options. Thanks for all the great feedback!