DanTheBassMan

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About DanTheBassMan

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  • Birthday 09/18/2001

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    Lost soul with a long pole.
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    1. Fishing
    2. Producing short films on fishing
    3. Thinking about fishing
  • What I do for a living:
    Fish when I can, busy making time for fishing the other couple hours of the day.

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  1. My best to date actually occurred just yesterday evening, actually. My friend invited me for an offshore trip for tunoids, although I had my own agenda of taking on a large shark on light spinning tackle (what most would consider light for largemouth) or on fly. We arrived to our grounds well before dawn and had our first encounters mid-morning. A decent shark went for the balloon closest to the boat and I made a few fly presentations to him before another rod went of. The shark I'd been casting to then went off and took another one of the baits. The double hookup was fun and both put up great fights for their size. After a few hours of good groundfish action, another two sharks came in quick succession, but neither took the bait on the light spinning setup. Then came long period without any action from the pelagics, although good company and action on truly ultralight tackle (specially designed, maybe half a pencil in diameter at the butt but they can take a lot of drag) kept up the fun. After the third slack tide, my friend gave the OK to dump almost 10 gallons of sun-baked bunker awfulness that probably shouldn't have been disturbed. We gave it our all as it was soon time to pack it in. Surprisingly, not a single shark came through the slick. However, as we were hauling up the anchor after stowing all the rods, we spotted a shark cruising on the surface and picking off the floating bunker, one by one. I grabbed a live mack and pitched it to him on one of the light rods. He turned towards it but doubled back and kicked off. We stalked him for another 50 yards and I made a second cast, landing almost on his head. He turned, munched, and I tightened down with everything my reel would give. The rod bent up to 90 degrees before the first guide as the drag was locked. He made a few runs and dogged hard, but I gave him no quarter and had all 8 feet him boatside in about 10 minutes, even after loosening the drag in case of another run. He'd spit up a few bunker and had some fresh battle scars, but was still a beautiful animal to be able to see and handle up close. Probably had more than a few pounds on me. A few quick photos and he was on his way to finish off the rest of those bunker. I've been hoping to get the opportunity to truly put one of these rods through its paces for a few years now, and I think it was a worthy test of tackle that looks more fitting to be used in the neighborhood pond. I'm still hoping for a shot this year at an especially angry 10+ footer on the same rod or on fly, which I think would just be awesome.
  2. Had as good a run of peanuts as I've ever seen (granted, I haven't been in the game more than a few years) last fall on the North Shore of MA in my area that brought hickory shad and schoolie blitzes to the beaches every day through October. 50-100 micros each morning/evening was the norm, but I never saw anything that even looked like it broke 20". It's been disappointing in that regard.
  3. @ginclear, Looking forward to meeting you at Pavillion. Glad to hear that you've found a good match for your Beulah. I've tried an older Beulah Surf 8/9---not the Opal. It didn't seem to have the guts to fling a truly large fly but it may have been for want of a different line. I'll bring my Pandion for some variety. 630gr @ 38' will send a 12" Beast over to PI as long as the winds aren't up. Dan
  4. Better. Video posted on the page "Greasy Beaks Flyfishing" on Facebook. It's short and doesn't give much for scale, but shape is well defined and size estimated around 9'.
  5. A friend of mine had a decent sized GW cruising under his boat in a few feet of water on the flats north of Cape Ann today. Not a far swim to Maine for a white shark.
  6. I got hit pretty good kayaking out of Ipswich this morning, and even better back on shore. I didn't take any chemical precautions and my shorts didn't help either. Not my typical stomping grounds so I can't gauge how bad it is, but it was fairly annoying when the wind wasn't more so. Dan
  7. I used to fish a 6-8' length of #20 mono but was taught some lessons by larger stripers. After blowing first albie hookup by breaking perfection loop in a #20 mono butt section, even though my tippet was only #10, I vowed never to use a less than 30lb butt section for the regular NE species because the perfection loop, which I used for the leader-line loop-to-loop connection, can be as little as a 50% strength knot, while the surgeon's knot I use to attach the tippet to the butt section and non-slip loop knot or clinch knot I use to attach the fly to the tippet are intrinsically much stronger. For tippet, I'll drop down to #10-15 fluoro for stripers on flats or albies on calm days. #20 mono for general use for stripers, where I fish from the rocks for the most part. Targeting big fish using big flies and my two-hander, I'll use tippet as large as #30 mono, but this is risky with sinking heads, and I've already broken off a Skagit head/sink tip at the running line this year. Leader length depends on a few factors, namely the situation I'm fishing in and the sink rate (or lack thereof) of my line and where I'd like to present the fly in the water column. The longer the leader, the more it lessens/slows down the effect of the line on the fly. With a floating line, a longer leader allows sinking flies to sink at a little faster and a little deeper, and stripping raises the fly less. The effect is reversed with a sinking line, where a shorter leaders allows the sinking line to sink the fly faster, deeper, and results in a more direct connection to the fly. My general purpose leader with a floating line is around 8-10', with a 2-4' butt suction of #30-60 and a 6-8' tippet of #15-30. On flats, my leaders will be from 10-15' with tippets up to 12' long, as I may frequently change flies and it shortens my tippet fairly quickly. With a sinking line, I'll rarely throw a leader longer than 8', maybe 10' or so on the flats, as any longer and it dampens the sinking line's effect. I still keep the tippet as long as possible, though, with butt sections as short as 1'. I don't believe longer or heavier butt sections have any meaningful positive impact on turnover and I don't believe the contrapositive to be true either, as I think the only purpose of the butt section is to provide extra strength for the weaker line-leader connection. As I retie the tippet/butt knot less frequently than fly/tippet, I can make the butt as short as I want and I'll still trash the butt section due to wear/kinking long before I cut it too short to be reasonably usable. My $0.02. Dan
  8. @FlyTyr203, Welcome to SOL! To answer your question: I think your best move is to check online auction sites and the BST (once you make enough posts) for a new head/line, which can be had for as little as $20. I also have the 13'9" 9wt Pandion, and I also have gone through the process of dialing in the line for various casts, weather conditions, and types of places I fish. I went into a detailed rundown of my setups towards the bottom of the first page: In short: Running Line: Airfo Miracle Braid Head: 23' 420gr Airflo Skagit Compact (unfortunately, discontinued) Sinking tip: Rio T-14, 15' (210 grains, head+tip is 630gr @ 38') Floating tip: Rio 15' Floating Tip 11wt (168 grains, head+tip is 588gr @ 38'. This tip is discontinued, but the 150gr 10wt tip is still available and should work just as well.) I typically use the Skagit/T-14 combo for dredging the rocks with huge Beast fleyes. This is my preferred combo for OH casting, especially when using big flies and casting in(to) the wind, and Skagit casting when I have no backcast room on the rocks. In calm conditions, 120' casts aren't uncommon with the larger flies. I would say 10mph of wind is my limit before I feel the rod is giving in and the rod can't be pushed anymore, and my casting distances drops drastically. The floating tip is fantastic for Spey-style casts in shallower locations using smaller/lighter flies, as it turns the entire head/tip into something like a Scandi taper. OH casting is fine as well in calmer conditions, but it shines with Spey in my experience. This might not be something that interests you at the moment in the salt, but it's a very useful tool to have in the quiver. Just the other day, I went down to the Cape to fish a mark I fished with Mike in the spring. There's a sand dune right at our backs, about 8-10' high and 30' behind if we waded up to our stripping baskets, which made OH casting with both single and two-handed rods a PITA and limiting to around 75'. That day is was calm and I was probably nipping at 100' without having to worry about angling my backcast or hitting anything behind me. Yesterday, we had 10mph winds from around 10 o'clock. OH casting directly into it was a struggle with the floater, but more likely down to my poor technique. Spey wasn't easy either, but I developed a combination of casts that helped me execute the drift I wanted to. After finished the swing downstream at 3:00, I made a snake roll to straighten my head to 10:30. Then, I made something like a Snap-T/Perry Poke hybrid (poke even sooner than with a Speed Poke) inline with my cast, which produced tighter and more stable loops that straightened around 80'. I couldn't do that casting OH. 750 grains is indeed too much for this rod, especially involving any kind of wind. 630gr is near the upper end of the recommended OH weight range, and works well for general purposes, though not in stronger winds. It also works well with the anchored casts, being at the lower end of the recommended weight spectrum. The floating tip is more delicate but allows for more technical casting, handling wind fairly well too. If I fished stronger headwinds and big out-front conditions more frequently, I would opt for a line around 500-550 grains. I learned this after fishing with Mike, having handled one of his lighter two-handers, as it was much more powerful than the Pandion but lined much lighter. I've learned that the Pandion is not an OH rod that can Spey cast but a Spey rod that can OH cast---a versatile two-hander appropriate for the salt when used for what it was designed for. If you're serious into out-front fly fishing and need an appropriate TH to handle most any conditions you dare to venture into, there are a number of threads covering such topics, such as this latest one. Additionally, here is the thread I started last fall when I was first figuring out how to line the Pandion, which stretched 5 pages of golden advice from many experienced members including Mike and Esa: Best of luck in your endeavor, and I think you picked the best forum you could to ask this question! Dan Edit: Agreed with SSPey below---the 440gr SA Skagit Third Coast on sale at Sierra should be on the money with your 150gr tip. I searched long and hard to find a replacement Airflo when I broke mine off, but it's probably just psychological.
  9. Matt, I use my Pandion 13'9" 9wt with a 23' 420gr Skagit + 15' T-14 tip (630gr total) to dredge deep, near-shore ledges with 12-16" Beasts almost exclusively. This rod isn't suitable for gusty out-front conditions and would only be able to handle strong headwinds with a line in the 400-450gr range, at which point the TH loses its advantages over similarly-lined single-hander. I recognized that I don't fish those kinds of conditions often, so I instead lined it for this purpose and Spey-style casts when I have limited backcast room on the rocks. I can overhead cast flies in that size range up to 120' in calm conditions and can manage a light headwind as well with minimal effort---much less than I'd use with any single-hander. For comparison purposes, the Pandion is a little less powerful and quite a bit slower than RedGreen's DHi-1 and significantly less powerful than Mike's 12'9" Gen. 1, which I have cast with a 530gr line. I believe it could throw Beasts of similar size into strong headwinds better than my rod, but it requires more effort as higher line speeds is needed to compensate for the lighter line. I am working on increasing the line speed of my casts without widening my loops, which immediately kills a cast when chucking chickens, but I'm more than satisfied with the new options TH has opened for me, especially with larger flies. Dan
  10. Albacized, On the contrary, I believe it's due to the hard westerly blow we experienced Thursday afternoon through this morning that blew the warmer surface water well offshore. After a week of the mild S-NE winds we should get, it should bring the temperature back nearly to where it was—at least, that's what I'm counting on. If the forecast for the week after this coming week holds true, it'll probably drop the water temps a little again. It's cyclical, but usually not as extreme as the change over the last 72 hours. Small drops from temperatures exceeding stripers' preferred range can turn on a previously stagnant area, but drastic drops like this are probably hard on the fish themselves. The bait was still there after the temperature drop, but not a single fish. Dan
  11. Water temp drop from 74 on Wednesday to 70 on Thursday to 55 yesterday killed the action stone dead. Before that, since wrapping up school until September, I'd been fairly dialed in to the concentrated action: Sight-fished a potential world record [species] if it is in fact the species I think it is. Going to post some pics and/or get an ichthyologist's validation. Sight-fished some nice bass on fly as well as a PB on fly in a blitz Sight-casted to schools of stripers well past the 50" mark in less than 50" of water. Watched them nose my lures all the way to my rod tip and refuse. Super painful. Was in the presence of and/or caught keepers just about every trip with most fish 30"-40", a friend having caught some 40+"ers and lost a 48+" after a nice fight. Best fish I've heard of being landed in the last two weeks was 60". I'm not surprised at all. I don't think it's dangerous to talk about it now that it's over until a few days of favorable winds. Taking a day to recuperate from slogging it out 8-12 hours each day/night. Back to the grind soon.
  12. Esa, I didn't know my Pandion could do that. Tried it out last night while fishing after watching your video and snapped two-three rod-lengths of backing tight to the reel after tuning in my cast. Can't say I could do that with the much slower, narrower stroke I was using before. Thank you very much for the great casting and demonstration! With these higher line speeds, how is it possible to prevent the head from dumping prematurely? I'm throwing a 420gr Skagit Short + 15' T-14 for a total of 630gr @ 38', which is very similar in dimensions as the head you're casting, but I would imagine it has a very different taper. I'm using ~80' Airflo Miracle Braid which is quite supple and shoots easily, so it's not causing excessive tension on the rod-end of the loop. Fly was fairly large, too---a 3/0 slider with extra large head---putting more tension on the top leg of the loop to slow down unrolling of the loop. Even so, in dead calm conditions, the head would straighten with only ~50' of running line out of the rod. The energy it still had carried the rest of the distance, but it wouldn't have any kind of headwind. By slowing down my stroke, I can still shoot the entire running line, just not much backing, with a loop carrying it all the way. More overhang caused it to take longer to unroll, but not before it became was becoming difficult to manage. Maybe it's due mostly to the decreasing diameter from back to front of the Skagit head, but is there anything else you can recommend to prevent this? Dan
  13. Mike, Thank you very, very much for taking @Gremlin and I out from sunrise to sunset. We had a fantastic experience and learned more than we could process on the types of marks we fished, fishing those marks, SH and TH rod performance and design, and casting both SH and especially TH rods. It was especially eye-opening to cast your two-hander and learn just what authority means in an out-front rod. Thank you, as well, for the praise in my casting, but I don't think it's deserved---I think you just happened to catch me on a good day. I will do my best to improve every chance I get as soon as school's out on Friday. After that, it's 2 months of 8-12 hour dusk through dawn sessions, parents permitting. I look forward to helping and learning from others sharing the same passion, as I have my sights set on guiding as soon as I can. I can't imagine doing anything else. Mike, I would love to meet up next time you're back from across the pond, and we could try to organize with RedGreen to kick off that team you're eager to get started. Now that we have idea of what you're up to on the Cape, it'd be great to leave the camera in the case and put some time in on the flip side of the clock. I also had a couple thoughts regarding looking for your first albie during the day, but that could prove to be a tall order unless we were to take a ride over to MV where chances aren't half bad. Still a little while to go and some time left to figure the details. Regardless, I know we would have a great time, as I feel like our first meet-up was as great a way to start my season as I could hope for. I'll cherish that trip as long as I hold a fly rod. RedGreen, I also wish we could've met, but we've got a great opportunity coming up and I'm entirely up for it. I'll be back in school (purgatory) by late August, but I bet I could make an entire weekend from a Friday night to Sunday night and have my parents call in dead on my behalf, need be. I think my swinging of the long rod is a sorrier sight than Mike makes it out to be, but it'd be great to diffuse some knowledge about each other's gear and methods and get to know another younger, like-minded TH enthusiast. I live in a town with fishing ingrained in its heritage, so I know a fair number of kids who say they like to fish, some who actually fish, several who've handled a fly rod, and a few who would think to take one to the surf, but the only person my age I've met who challenges me and pushes me, and who I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt is no less fervent in our pursuit is @Gremlin. It would be awesome to double that number. High school sucks in that it robs me of what I love, but I know how to work some angles; I drove my calculus teacher up the wall this year relating every lesson I could to rod bend/loops, and as I'm writing this message, I'm preparing a fly tying presentation that I convinced my English teacher, a former fly guy, to submit in place of a final exam PATroutGuy, I indeed have the 13'9" 9wt Pandion. Sorry to hear about your Redington and that your 8wt Pandion's not working for you yet. I'm also running Airflo Miracle Braid and head/tip combos on both ends of TFO's recommended OH grain weight window which is 580-640 for the 9wt. For a head, I use a discontinued Airflo Skagit Short 420gr @ 23' that I picked up on an online auction site for nickels and dimes. During the trip with Mike, we mostly fished very shallow water with no need to get down, so I added a Rio 15' 168gr (11wt model, discontinued, but they still produce a 15' 150gr) floating tip for a total of 588gr @ 38'. With the floating tip's weight and taper, the entire thing becomes more like a Scandi head in its delicacy, but it still has enough mass to carry decent sized flies a good ways into wind, need be, and makes Spey maneuvers easier than should be allowed. The other tip I put on for fishing the deep, rocky ledges I target more often on the North Shore of MA is a 15' length of Rio T-14, amounts to 220gr and brings to head+tip total to 630 gr. I prefer this combo for OH casting, delivering large payloads with the rod doing all the work, and depth-charging from the cliffs. Since I don't yet often fish the kind of out-front conditions Mike takes on with his two-hander, and the Pandion doesn't have much of a place there anyways, I don't line it quite like Mike would for serious OH work. I like the heavier heads for what I usually do, which entails no to mild winds, massive flies (12-18" Beasts Fleyes for the most part this year), and Spey/Skagit style casts when the situation calls for it. Casting Mike's rod was comparatively a lot more action that needed to happen on my end to get the line move, but when it went, it went---with authority. The rod was in total control of the line, not the other way around. As I learned from Mike, that's an important quality in serious TH out-front rods, and not only when casting. Uplining the Pandion the way I do means that I can sit back and let the rod load when casting OH, and as long as my loops are crisp, it will fly. When the wind really picks, all bets are off. That's when Mike's rods and lining are the best way (and sometimes the only way) to go. The Pandion is a great commercial option that is relatively inexpensive. Another I've heard a bit about but have never cast or seen cast is the GLoomis CrossCurrent Specialized 11'3" 12wt, which they market as an OH beach rod capable of handling up to 550gr. Just what they mean by "handling" is in the grey. It's worth looking into, I think, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's not capable of "handling" 500+gr out-front. I think it would be valuable to you to check out the thread I started last fall that went 5 super long pages of pure gold from Mike, Esa, and other very knowledgeable members regarding TH rods and lining. There were conflicting opinions, but I held and I still hold Mike's word in the highest regard because he's been there. He's done it. He pioneered, failed, learned, succeeded, and continues to push the envelope. Here's the link to "Advice on First Saltwater Two-Hander": Feel free to PM me or start a new thread on the topic, it could prove educational. What I should've done more of, however, looking back on my approach, was not to get too caught up on online advice and just go out and cast. I used every chance I got last winter to hit the local pond, practice for a few hours in front of a high-speed camera, always trying something new, then going home to review the footage and draw conclusions on what was causing what. That was immensely helpful in learning mechanics. That doesn't replace learning to cast and fish out front, which is what I would do now not to lose the season. Finally, linked here is a video of Mike making a TH OH backcast and forward delivery after making a roll cast pickup, which I did not capture in this video. I missed focus but it should provide enough detail at 10 times slow-motion for you to get an idea of the technique. Be aware that Mike is using one of his very fast, powerful two-handers with a relatively light 530gr head. As a result, the rod's recovery is very quick and he has to cast at a fairly rapid tempo, also because of the dunes behind him. If this is too much of a spot burn and/or Mike doesn't want the video available, I'll take it down. I hope I didn't derail this thread too far. At the risk of sounding like a broken record player, thank you again, Mike, for a truly awakening experience. I'm still thinking back to and learning from the day, and I look forward to our next outing. We've got to meet up, too, RedGreen. PATroutGuy, best of luck figuring out your Pandion and TH applications in the salt. Sincerely, Dan
  14. Hi Brian, I've looked into every option I could find and settled on STABILicers Lite Walkers. They fit the crocs better and are lighter and less bulky. The straps and chains of other designs tend to slip unless the shoes have have firmer/more irregular surfaces and soles. I have a pair of Korkers Redsides and probably have a better chance of falling from rolling my ankles than slipping. I much prefer the mobility provided by the crocs/STABILicers, but thanks for the recommendation! Only thing that's questionable is durability, so I'll get to test that this year. Nice seeing you in Newburyport, and good to see you've broken the ice ! Dan GEntlemen! No commercial links, please. "Stabilicers Lite Walkers" as a product name is fine. As a link to a seller, no. House rules.
  15. Welcome to SOL G.dub366! Glad to hear you connected last night! Gave it a shot for a couple hours tonight. Swung around the two-hander for an hour and a half, almost taking my head off a couple times and caught squat. Picked up my surf rod out of desperation and had a dozen to hand up to low-twenties in the last half hour. There's a small white room out there reserved for folks who get a kick out of flinging patches of rabbit hide with 14' sticks into the ocean. Oh, and the fish are here.