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  1. Lol this one seems to be a recurring topic. I think it's safe to say that no one in this thread (including me) is a dedicated big bass hunter, but if you're spending half the season every year trying to land a DD...there may not be a more efficient way to do it than tying on a big swimbait. And if you're fishing ridiculously pressured waters, then spending the 2, 3, even 500 for a bait those bass haven't seen before, might just seem worth it. The guys spending that kind of money on swimbaits are fishing on a mission, and might go days/weeks without a bite. And for the most part, I don't see people throwing the Roman Mades in cover. It's mostly an open water thing, drawing bass out from cover in reservoirs with 25ft+ vis.
  2. Bc these baits have a track record of catching DDs in heavily pressured waters.
  3. There are a population of deep channel fish; those are the ones that get pounded in the middle of the summer by the fleet. Another chunk of fish will spread out on the flats, in 10-15ft...but you need a brisk wind to cover ground since they're not concentrated and there's little current. In my experience, the flats fish don't care about tide nearly as much as channel fish.
  4. Striped bass is also a species not regularly found on sushi menus because it spends part of its life cycle in freshwater. Re freezing, as gellfex's links pointed out, it's a function of temp and time, so home freezers (typically 0F) requires 7+ days. Restaurants use blast freezers that can get down to -30 or more and therefore the duration can be just a few hours. Dry well, vac pack, freeze and thaw with care. Some fish become more tender after proper freezing. My recent experiment with frozen raw fluke was a pleasant surprise. What an analogy gell! lmao!
  5. I'm more interested in that drive as a backup/freshwater drive for my hobie lol... But the hull on this one looks more interesting by far than the pelican with the v1 clone.
  6. You've only triggered the UL purists from 1990 lol
  7. Only avail on the pro anglers...
  8. Not sure if you're fishing from a boat, but if you can cast/pitch the jig up current you'll be saving a lot of weight going down. I've routinely fished 1oz jigs uptide when people dropping jigs vertically needed 6+ to "hold" bottom. Downside is you have a smaller window to jig once on the bottom, but often it can be (much) more effective to present a lighter jig down 80ft. Also, a big grub will dramatically increase drag, vs. something like the 6 or 7" jerk shad. I would use a chicken rig or something similar to determine if there's fish in that area first. If so, downsize and cast updrift for maximum fun!
  9. If that were the case, we could spin it in ANY direction no? I would love to force a drift sideways...might make the pedaling a bit awkward!
  10. Pretty sure he's talking about the pegs that the foot strap clips into, either side of the pedals. It's a line magnet, I should sand them off like bantis did. I took the straps off too, but every now and then I wish I had them just for one-legged pumps to adjust positioning while jigging lol. Someone on the ******** made ankle straps, your heel rests on these hanging straps vs foot going inside them.
  11. There are a ton of videos online (most in Japanese), and from what I see...you mark suspended fish, say 70-90 ft down. You drop the jig on metered braid to 100ft, then jig through 65ft, repeat. I've seen fish caught in 800ft doing this, deep drop slow pitching haha. The rod action is just a fine tuning of the method, with the perfect taper to work these jigs methodically and efficiently, like you said the tip recovery has to be part of the rod action they consider. The guys who are putting out videos from japan look like robots, mechanically walking the jigs up a specific water column. I'm sure they've dialed in exactly what they need in terms of tackle.
  12. Daiwa and MB does spinning grips correctly: a slim, contoured grip ahead of the reel stem!
  13. No one wrote him off, they're not going to send a team to examine his fish tank, nor are they going to take his word at face value that his tank is exactly the same as a wild environment. It's an interesting anecdotal piece of information he submitted, not a data point any biologist can use.
  14. The guy is giving you some perspective as a professional aquaculturist and fisheries biologist, and it didn't seem you read his post very closely. Discreet feeding alone can contribute to faster growth rate. What about the lack of tidal current? And do you really think hunting down netted prey in a 6'x2' tank is the same caloric expenditure as in the wild?
  15. I noticed it while jigging a slab rap for porgies the other day. The bait weighs 1/4oz, so it's not really that light...but I did need it to get down to 20 - 24ft in mild current. I'm a huge fan of J braid, to me it's the most user-friendly braid on the market: limp, consistent, wears well, cheap, widely available! Maybe for my specific application it's not the best. I might just bump up to 10lb and drop leader size.