Fishjerk

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  1. Growing up in Pennsylvania, I used to fish for northern pike. I landed one once without a hook in him, one of the split rings was caught on one of his teeth and he refused to open his mouth the entire fight. I had to use pliars to force his mouth open and the ring fell right off his tooth.
  2. Having worked with my father doing 6 pack charters when I was younger, if you feel he did a good job and worked hard trying to make your trip enjoyable then you should definately tip him to show your appreciation. Generally 10-15% would be appropriate. It it really doesn't matter if he is the owner or not, he is the one working and deserves a tip. Put it this way, if you eat at a privately owned restaurant and the owner is acting as your waiter, would you not tip him just because he's the owner.
  3. Oops, you posted the Question twice. Here is the answer I posted in the other one. Many people recommend using hemostats to hold the jig by the eye and dipping. They will act as a heat sink and generally keep the powder coat from sticking to the eye. I didn't like this method myself, so I came up with an alternative that works for me. I bought a bag of shrink tubing sections from my local electronics store (sized appropiately to fit on my jig eyes). I nip them into small enough pieces to just cover the eye completely, then shrink them as I heat the lead over the gun. After dipping, allow the jig to cool for about 30-45 seconds (time is dependent on head size) and then peel off the tubing. You don't want it to cool so long that the tubing and powder coat are fully hardened or it becomes much more difficult to get the tubing off and definitely make sure to take it off prior to baking. This has allowed me to keep my eyes completely clean with no mess and little effort.
  4. Many people recommend using hemostats to hold the jig by the eye and dipping. They will act as a heat sink and generally keep the powder coat from sticking to the eye. I didn't like this method myself, so I came up with an alternative that works for me. I bought a bag of shrink tubing sections from my local electronics store (sized appropiately to fit on my jig eyes). I nip them into small enough pieces to just cover the eye completely, then shrink them as I heat the lead over the gun. After dipping, allow the jig to cool for about 30-45 seconds (time is dependent on head size) and then peel off the tubing. You don't want it to cool so long that the tubing and powder coat are fully hardened or it becomes much more difficult to get the tubing off and definitely make sure to take it off prior to baking. This has allowed me to keep my eyes completely clean with no mess and little effort.
  5. JD, I know this is quite a bit late from your post, but hopefully you may gain some insight for your next trip to left coast. Grunion spawn at night, and do so only on the highest night tides of the month. Thus the morning following predicted grunion runs are always the extreme low tides of the month. That's just the nature of the tides. The reason for fishing to be sometimes better are pretty simple, Predators follow and feed on the grunion before, during and after the spawn while they are concentrated in the surf zone. The following morning, there are sometimes holdover fish concentrated near shore. This can be especially true for Halibut, as they are more likely to stay put or remain in the nearest hole, pocket or cover near the beach. If you can find an area that has some sort of structure (holes, trenches etc) that will still be under water during the low tide, these can be very productive. As the tide drops, it will have the tendency to push fish out from the shore to the first pockets of cover. Grey light is typically a good time to hit these spots before the incoming tide and rising sun encourages the halibut to disperse. I can't give you any specific advise on the SD area though.
  6. What I got from their explanation is that whether fresh or salt water makes no difference as to the effectiveness of the seal. If fresh water is able to get past the seal, then so will saltwater and vice versa. And since saltwater is corrosive to the internals, and these are saltwater reels, any ingress of water into the reel is an automatic fail regardless if the reel is functional after the test since it would eventually fail due to corrosion. What would be interesting to hear, would be the preventative maintenance recommendations from Penn in order to maintain the seal. I.e., should all seals be replaced every year, 2 years, etc. Some sealed products require that the seals be replaced every time you crack open the product due to compression deformation of the seal over time and other seal degradation factors.
  7. Omg, are you really that obtuse to believe any manufacturer tests every individual item prior to selling. When any manufacturer gets a design certified to any standard, it is the design that that is getting certified. As in any manufacturing scenario, there are going to be variables in component quality, assembly quality etc, that may cause a certain # of items to fall below that certification standard. That is why company's provide warranty service etc, to take care of items that ultimately fail due to manufacturing defects. I for for one am glad to see that Penn has set a precedent in getting designs certified to some sort of standard instead of just making spurious unsubstantiated claims about their product. It is also important to keep in mind that a certification is a minimum standard, it is entirely possible that The spinfisher could have gotten a higher cerification but it is possible that it either could not pass a higher one or that Penn just chose not too. Unless Penn divulges that information, we will never know.
  8. It's possible to determine the gender of of surf perch by examining their anal fin. The female will have a continuous fin, while the male will have a prominent notch in the fin. I would recommend harvesting males, and releasing females as this is best way to maintain the adequate breeding populations. As previously mentioned, in late winter early spring, females will also develop a pronounced belly as they prepare for their live birth. This site has some great pics showing the fin difference between male and female. i removed the link and added the pictures as we do not allow links to other fishing sites here. Thanks - Surf Hunter
  9. Even with electronics etc, If the Model # on the package is identical from one store to the other, then the product is identical. Many big box stores will order customized products in order to meet a price point. To do so, they drop features not the quality of the components and the item will have a similar but different model # and UPC code. Think of it this way, Sony is not going to risk its brand reputation just to make an inferior manufactured product for Walmart. They would ultimately loose more than they would gain. Sony may drop certain features/options from a model to lower the price. Then again a slightly different model # does not always mean that the features are different either. When I used to work in retail, it has common place for HP to sell Identical model printers to different stores under slightly different model #'s. For example, model LJ14000xyz vs LJ14000abc. This was done to help reduce store competition and price matching as the store can claim that it is not the same model and not price match. And to set the record straight from "glennsav". Walmart "will NOT" accept returns from 3rd party retailers. Here is a quote from their Webpage regarding such. " If the item is from one of these sellers, you cannot return the item to a Walmart store or to Walmart.com. You must return the item to the Marketplace Seller in accordance with their returns policy. " I refuse to deal with Walmart's Marketplace Sellers. Unlike Amazon and Ebay, they offer no assurance or recourse for any crap that these less than scrupulous sellers (not all of them) do. I have heard some horror stories about purchases mad from them.
  10. I have bought both rods and reels from Walmart online. There are a few tips to make your life easier. First and most important: make sure the item is actually sold directly from Walmart and not a 3rd party vendor. If the item is sold directly returns etc will be no problem and can be done at your local store. (If the item can be "shipped to store" your golden.) Second, make sure you know exactly what you want and if at all possible make sure you have the exact model # of the item. Many time it may actually take adding the item to your "cart" before you can verify the model number. Third, If at all possible, Ship to Store and pick up the item. Always open the package and inspect the item condition and verify it is the correct product/model at the counter. I myself haven't had any issues and haven't had problems with returns either. I do prefer to shop local, and will pay a reasonable amount more at the local BT's but they don't always have what I am looking for.
  11. Penn guys, Any idea when the schematics might be available to peek at?
  12. So there won't be a model # change such as Shield 4000A. That will make ordering online a crapshoot as to which version you get. Will there be anyway to order direct from Tsunami? So as to guarantee the updated model. BTW, thanks for all the info you've been able to provide in this thread. It's been very useful.
  13. John, I know I asked this before, but never got an answer. When the new 3000/4000 shields become available, will there be a way to distinguish between the first gen, and the new gen, other than a physical examination? I am on the west coast and local tackle shops don't carry them, so I will need to order online and don't want to have to hassle with returning a first gen reel. Thanks.
  14. JohnYacht, Thanks for reposting the video on the guard reels. I have already seen it and looks interesting. You forgot to mention if there is a timeline on their release, as well as one for the upgraded shield 3k and 4K models.
  15. JohnYacht, Any info on the release date of the new Guard reel, and the updated (sealed) version of 3000/4000 Shield reel?