RudyH2O

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  1. Thanks everyone for the great tips. I appreciate it! G8trwood, You're right. My technique needs improvement. I have not been cleaning a lot of fish, but plan to increase the number of fish I keep.
  2. Thank you for the tips on the Dexters. I didn't realize that carbon steel was still available in filet / boning knives. I thought everything had gone to stainless. I like carbon because you can get it sharp and then re-sharpen easily and quickly. I do have a short Dexter poultry knife (for fileting small fish), and like it. Too bad about the bubba blades. I handled one and really like the handle a lot. I may get one anyway just to try it. Another feature of the bubba blades is that they are less flexible than a lot of filet knives. That extreme springy flex in filet knives is a feature that I've never liked. Maybe the Dexters are more rigid than normal filet knives. 7 inch blades seem too small. I'm thinking 9" would be better. I have a 6" blade filet knife and it's too short for my taste, and it's the reason I want to update my equipment this year. My thinking about the 9" blades is that I can use the tip for delicate stuff, the middle for much fileting, and the blade near the handle if I need to apply pressure. My application is mostly sea trout (like weakfish, and I usually keep 1.5 to 2.5 pound fish), and redfish, which have heavy scales and big ribcages. I keep redfish in the 3 to 5 pound range. As far as taking my time, that's what I've always done. I am looking to increase my speed so that cleaning fish becomes less of a chore. My goal is fileting and skinning a fish in under 2 minutes with minimum mess. One of the big advantages I see for conventional knives instead of electrics is cleanup time and maintenance time. I expect to be able to keep conventional knives clean and sharp much easier than maintaining an electric knife. A few more questions: What has been your favorite blade length for a filet knife? Also, do you prefer a conventional steel or a diamond steel? (I tried the ceramic "steels" years ago and did not like them at all. It didn't seem to work.) Have you found a fileting glove that not only prevents cuts, but also stab wounds? (I've poked myself with my old 6" blade, and even blunted the tip of it to prevent future stab wounds.)
  3. Hello, I regularly keep a fish or two for my own meals. This year I've decided that I want to upgrade my fish cleaning gear. I've been using a short bladed filet knife, but am seriously considering a chordless electric filet knife or a bigger "bubba blade" filet knife. Both seem to have their advantages. If you clean fish regularly, what have you found to be the best system? I'm attracted to the higher quality electric knives like the Rapala chordless because very little pressure is needed with the hand. The knife does the work, and that means I can probably clean a fish or two in the kitchen without making a mess. The bubba blade 9" flexible filet knife is attractive because it has no moving parts, has a high quality steel blade, and has a good ergonomic handle. However, they probably do need to be used outside. This is not going to be for big batches, but is going to be for a fish or two at a time a few times per week. Fish will generally be on the small side, like a pound or two. Maybe the occasional 4 or 5 pound redfish. Your thoughts on fileting gloves and cutting boards is also much appreciated. RudyH2O
  4. I started fly fishing with 2 piece rods and always disliked them because of the bulky tubes that would not fit into the trunks of my cars. I much prefer the 4 piece rods because they are more portable. I see no disadvantages to the four piece rods.
  5. Kikoman, Since there are no other answers, I'll tell you my experiences with the 2 piece St. Croix Premier muskie bait casting rod that I own. It's rated for up to 3oz. St. Croix has a large product line for muskie rods, and some are rated for up to at least 8 ounces, and they will necessarily need to be able to handle that because of the size of some of the muskie plugs that are used. I love my rod. I do use it for pike and muskies, but use it primarily for larger inshore fish. It will handle even big tarpon. My recommendation is that you go to the St. Croix web site and send them a message to ask what they recommend for your particular application. I will say that the premier line is fantastic and I don't see any reason to spend more. I have asked their advice several times and have always gotten good recommendations, and always within a day or two. I don't know anything about their spinning muskie rods, and I wasn't aware that they even made any.
  6. Call them first. Big Pine Key was devastated with one of last year's hurricanes.
  7. My input is the same as others advise: Don't put hooks and related tackle in carry-on luggage. Put it in your suitcase and check it in. This includes pliers, knives, and other fishing stuff. I have had notes from whoever inspects luggage saying something like "we inspected your bag", but have had no other issues with it. I do recommend always carrying delicate stuff like travel rods as carry-on luggage, and also reels. Cameras tool, or any other fragile thing.
  8. Joed5, Thank you for the offer! I have one already and have been tying snells with it and attaching hooks with it. Very nice so far, but am looking to expand use of the tool. Being able to tie reliable shock leaders would be a big advantage. It just occurred to me today that it might work for that purpose, but have not experimented with it yet.
  9. Hello, I've been practicing the FG knot for connecting 40# braid to 60# fluoro shock leader for my bait fishing surf rig. It's a good knot, but I'm trying to streamline my process for easy field use while wading. I have read on this forum that at least some people are using the Tie-Fast tool to connect braid to shock leader. Do you know anything about this? For example, how many wraps are needed? Are there any caveats for making it a reliable connection? I'm really interested in this tool because it supposedly does some things that are time consuming and sometimes difficult in the field. For example, tying a uni-to-uni knot to splice braid to braid for a line repair. The tie-fast tool has a way of doing line to line splices. I always assumed the tool was just for nail knots, which I don't use even for fly lines, but it looks like it has much more general application and quite a few fans. Thanks!
  10. I take good care of my equipment, for example, making sure everything is lubed and cleaned regularly, and also making sure that it's rinsed and dried after each outing. My equipment is better than average but not top dollar. Most of it is reliable and lasts a long time when taken care of. I fished with a man who does not care for his equipment. We were on his boat and I was using his tackle. One of the reels literally fell apart in my hands. The others were all rough and in bad shape. He's a savvy fisherman, but maintaining tackle is not a priority.
  11. I like the Lamson large arbor Speedster 3.5 HD model for fish about like stripers. The HD model differs from the standard model in that it has a full frame. Excellent saltwater reel. Super easy to maintain too. Great drag. Not cheap, but built to last. I didn't think that the large arbor reels would make as much of a difference as they do, but they are a very good thing. 3.5 model is about right for 9 weight line plus 200 yards of 20# backing.
  12. Stuu, I strongly recommend getting a subscription to Florida Sportsman magazine. It's an outstanding mag and you will learn a lot fast from it. Every issue is packed with good usable info. If you prefer digital magazines, they have an iPad app. I get mine that way, but they mail them in print form too. It's monthly. Seriously, if you don't have a subscription yet, you owe it to yourself to start one right away. RudyH2O
  13. I wasn't able to post a link to the article. But do a google search for florida sportsman Florida Panhandle Striped Bass Fishing. That should identify the article.
  14. RegDunlop, Fortunately there are some compensating factors. There are lots of good size fish, and it varies depending on where you are. Around my area, it's redfish and jack crevalle that roughly correspond to stripers and blues. Believe it or not, there are stripers in Florida, including some stragglers in salt water. Most, however, are in the reservoirs of the northern part of the state, and in some of the rivers. But it's not like the saltwater variants you're referring to. I'll try to post a link....
  15. Stuu, That gave me an adrenaline rush! Good for you! Congratulations! Best wishes for your new beginning! It's not just the fishing. It's being able to go out and do things most days of the year. No cabin fever. But consider this: You may want to take up something other than fishing. Lots of people do. When I moved from south to north, I gave up scuba and switched to fishing. Now I do fishing and snorkeling and hiking. Life goes on. I worked near Penn Station for a while and really cherish by NYC experiences and the people I met. There's no place else like it. I've made a similar north to south transition, so send me messages if you have questions about getting settled in. I may not be able to help, but you never know. (My time in Manhattan was bittersweet because it was during the 9/11 time. We could see the towers from our office. Just about everyone I worked with knew someone who was lost that day.) RudyH2O