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  1. Well I wouldn't have expected spending $80-$90 on an aquaskinz bag and getting a lower end product but that is the boat I am in. They have a major issue with what you describe. Anyway, buy a tube of aquaseal and spread a thin layer with a popsicle stick over any areas that come in contact with hooks. It works well.
  2. I opened up a Fathom 15 for the first time. The amount of grease inside from the factory was excessive. Anyway, I have everything cleaned up and read to assemble with one question. There are 4 bearings in there, 2 spool bearings and two spindle bearings. Obviously the spool bearing get oil but should the spindle bearings get oil or grease? Thanks
  3. I opened up a Fathom 15 for the first time. The amount of grease inside from the factory was excessive. Anyway, I have everything cleaned up and read to assemble with one question. There are 4 bearings in there, 2 spool bearings and two spindle bearings. Obviously the spool bearing get oil but should the spindle bearings get oil or grease? Thanks
  4. How much weight were you throwing and were you using a shock leader?
  5. The better question is how the hell do you keep the plug and jig hooks from embedding in the material past the barb causing you to have to cut them out in the middle of the night while standing on a rock with a pounding surf? The answer is to buy a big tube of aquaseal when you buy the bag and before you ever use it smear it all over the inside of the bag anywhere near where a hook might come in contact. After holding this thing together with aquaseal I have gotten quite a few years out of mine by shear frustrating will power but there has to be better products, the design is good but the material construction is poor.
  6. IMO nothing beats the beauty of a small New England harbor. They sit at the cross section of coastal nature and local maritime industry. A great many of these harbors existed for centuries as "working harbors" where tough folks built many generations of their lives on what the sea had to offer. This one where I spent much of my youth has largely bent to the financial will power of posh boutique shops and gourmet restaurants. The surrounding coastal cliffs which once were filled with weather-worn shacks now possess mostly sleek sterile mansions. However if you care to look around the outer edges you can still see it clinging to its hard scrabble roots. Still LOVE this place.
  7. I was unclear. On the Delmarva I fish drum in September and October and there also happens to be a lot of small stuff around that makes good bait and keeps the kids occupied. by November most of that small stuff is gone and based on my recent experience there are also no stripers. YMMV
  8. For the original poster, you can see that many folks lament the horrible fall striper run that has transpired for 5-7 years. Back when things were decent I was a dedicated jetty fisherman and had many of my best nights in late November and early December. I have less of a pulse on the inlet bite than I used to, I assume that there is a better shot out of the inlets than off the Beach but It doesn't fit with my family obligations very well as it is no place for kids. One of the major issues I have with taking my kids fishing in November now that the shot at a good striper is slim is the lack of small panfish. When fishing for drum is typically slow they stay engaged having fun catching spot, kings, bluefish etc.
  9. Rainshadow used to make a 10' version of that rod, SW1208. Been discontinued foe some years now but if you call around to shops that have dealt with those blanks for a long time you might be able find one collecting dust.
  10. Sorry it didn't quite pan out how you wanted. I never thought I would see the day that they pumped sand on Hatteras island. It is such a destructive process that in some ways has irreversible side effects. The Delaware coast is forever ruined by them stripping the offshore shoals IMO. I was there part of the same week as you. We fished only nights up on North Beach. there were a number of nights when the big drum came into the beach and fishing was downright great but you had to be working the opposite schedule to catch. As far as bait, we spend the better part of the daylight hours chasing it down. It's a weird thing, while F&F might be cleaned out RDT might have 100s of pounds of fresh cobs. The next day it might be Frisco Rod and Gun, the next Hatteras Jacks. If you are not catching your own you need to chase it up and down the island. Also, those giant horse mullet have been so good to me that they can't be ignored. Lastly, Hatteras Jacks is flat out my favorite tackle shop. Ryan is always friendly and helpful with no BS and no attitude that I all to frequently encounter. If his bait sucks that day he will usually tell you straight up and the other info he provides is always good.
  11. I run 17 lb suffix tri on my Fathoms with a 50 lb big game shocker. I connect by doubling the main line with a spider hitch and attaching the shocker with a no-name to the loop.
  12. Agree with this. We catch big Drum and large sharks and rays as by catch all the time while throwing 8-12 oz on 15-17 lb mono. There is no way 80 lb braid with that capacity is needed for a striper (assuming that is what he is after) except maybe specialty applications. As far as reels, I have and like both the Fathom 15 and Saltist 20 with the Fathom getting the nod almost every time. If you feel you need more capacity as insurance go with the Saltist 30.
  13. Marcus, what did you do to get a good taper to wrap at the end of the cord on the fore grip? That has always been a tough spot for me when using cord. Nice looking rod.
  14. I have been fishing the Daiwa BG 20s for a few years. This year I bought a couple of Fathoms. The Fathoms are first up and I rotate to the BGs when I need to retie or respool on the beach. The BG is nice and indestructible but the Fathom just has that "something" that makes it oh so sweet. Put 17 lb on it not 20, neither of those reels are big on line capacity.
  15. Find a rod with the right length, rating and action that you want. Then for $5 and 15 min of your time put an x-flock grip on it if that is what you like. Those things are so cheap and easy to do yourself.