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  1. Well, it’s finally happening. We're making the move. As of Monday, December 4th we will be official residents of the great state of North Carolina's outer banks. My wife, then girlfriend, first brought me down to the OBX ten years ago. She had made her first trip down the previous year. Since then we've made the eight and a half hour drive from south central Pennsylvania close to thirty times. It started with one trip a year, then it was two, then three and the last few years it's been four or five. We've truly fallen in love with the place. More than once I've looked over at my wife while driving north on 12 going home to find her literally in tears because she had to leave. It's just in her blood. We’re at a good time in our lives to do it and we figured if we didn’t make it happen now we probably never would. At forty-three I’d like to think I’m still young enough to enjoy quite a few years here. So, after ten years of talking about it, five years of planning, six months of downsizing and three weeks of packing we're soon to be on our way. The final piece of the puzzle was finding full time, year round employment in our respective fields. This finally happened after attending some interviews we had set up during our last August trip. We've always stayed in the Buxton/Frisco/Hatteras area but unfortunately the jobs just aren't there so we've ended up in Nags Head, Whalebone specifically. It's only an hour to Buxton with plenty of good fishing to be had in the more immediate area as well. Our plan is to post up our camper south and be able to crash there on weekends and after fishing late into the night. I have to admit, it's a bit intimidating leaving everyone and everything you know behind. We have no friends or family anywhere close to be honest. That being said, If any of you local guys and gals would like to get together sometime for a chat, coffee, breakfast, lunch, whatever, just shoot me a PM. We'd love to find out a bit more about the area from someone who actually lives there. Just be prepared, my wife can be a bit chatty. Any of you coming this way can shoot me one too if you’re looking for some company to fish with. I plan on spending most of my off time with rod in hand and am really looking forward to being able to fish those stretches of good conditions I always seem to miss out on being too far away to make the drive. So, here goes everything…..wish me luck!
  2. I thought they raised the speed limits in all the villages during the winter months.....
  3. Skinning knives are made for just that, skinning. The blade shape doesn't lend well to many other chores. Many knives of different styles and sizes will work well for different jobs with some working better than others for certain chores. I use the three blade approach. A small fixed blade general purpose knife (Mora companion), a larger chopper (kukri) and a small folding saw. The Mora is the "BIC lighter" of camp knives, cheap yet well made. It will take some buttoning and they make a heavy duty which has a thicker blade but in my opinion detracts from the better qualities of the former. This knife can skin a deer, clean fish, make feather sticks, fire boards, etc. All of your general camp chores and if you brake it...what the hell, it was only 16 bucks. The kukri does double duty. A chopper, obviously, but it's also a great tool for clearing underbrush and trail blazing. Its even possible to make feather sticks with it if you know the technique. Something an axe or hatchet would have trouble with. The saw can't be beat when you need larger amounts of firewood or to build a heavier shelter. Even the small saw on a SAK is great for cutting notches in fire boards. Much easier than whittling them in with your fixed blade.
  4. I just picked up another old Daiwa BG20 off of an obscure online auction for 20 bucks. It was buried in a "grab bag" type lot of misc. fishing stuff and barely noticeable which is why nobody else bid on it. Anyway, it's in great shape with just a little surface ware and turns nice and smooth. I'm still going to tear it down and give it a deep clean anyway. My question, I was wondering if anybody knows roughly what year they changed from the ball type handle base to the flat style seen today? I have a few but non have this style handle. Just curious on the age of it. BG's, gold series, silver series......I'm a sucker for all of them and pick them up anytime I find a "deal".
  5. Good luck and keep us posted. Not many reports around lately.
  6. Catching fish is great but catching fish on your own hand made rigs makes it even sweeter. Jump in!
  7. Just caught a dozen with the net in a secret back creek in Frisco this afternoon, RDT just had 380 pounds delivered earlier this afternoon too. They've been selling the hell out of them with this tournament but there's still plenty around.
  8. Im in, may as well throw my hat in the ring. I think everyone else is safe though, I NEVER win anything.
  9. Very nice 101 Byron. This should be a sticky AND mandatory reading before posting any questions here. You really covered a lot of the bases.
  10. Is that a fresh one sanjuan or an old pic? What a hog!
  11. Yes, that's backwards. Ice the male end and heat the female end. This is one time in your life you want the female part larger than the male part.
  12. I had the same problem a couple months back and asked for help on another forum. I ended up wrapping an ice pack around the male side and hit the female side with a hair dryer. It came right apart. There was another method I was told that was given by a fellow who has more experience in his little finger than I can ever expect to have. If it works for you, you can just send out a thanks to Mr. Farmer. He posted this..... Go to the hardware store and buy a can of "spray air" used for keyboard cleaning. Shake it up, invert the can and spray the joint down with the aerosol propellant. Be careful with your fingers, VERY COLD!! Grip with a pair of industrial grip gloves and pull apart. Works on the toughest stuck rods.
  13. That's funny, I saw what looks to be that same reel this past weekend at a flea market. I picked it up and fiddled with that lever for a minute and couldn't move it, thought it was locked up. I never thought to flip it down!
  14. I'd take you up on that offer about the beer and lies but, unfortunately, we're arriving the day you're leaving. As far as bars go, the Pangea Tavern in Avon is pretty nice. Great food too. IMO, the best burgers are found at the The Point restaurant right across from the lighthouse road on 12. New ownership and the menu changed a bit but the burgers are still great. Best "greasy diner" style breakfast can be found at Diamond Shoals right up the street from there. I've never made it in, but I hear Pop's Raw Bar has some good food, too. My wife just can't get past the "raw bar" thing. Red Drum Tackle can fix you up with any gear or bait you need. If your lucky Dede will be in there. I can talk to her for hours. If you fish the point with braid you likely wont make many new friends. Its fine if you're not close to anyone but that braid will cut any mono it comes across if you hook up and the fish takes you down the beach like they often do. When in Rome, do as the Romans do and on the point the Romans use mono. Good luck and post up how you do!
  15. That's pretty neat. I can only surmise that it was bitten while very young and as it grew bigger the bite size grew with it. I just can't see a fish that size lose that much of its body and survive, especially belly side. Lucky.