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About Slappy

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  1. It's all about how you use them. Paddle tails are meant for swimming,, the faster you swim, the more action. Straight tails are good for slow presentations. Stripers gargle these things!
  2. The pro tails are one of the most popular baits, Riptide swears by them for big bass and my local shop said that they're very popular with the canal guys. They also make pro tail eels with a straight tail which are great for slower swimming.
  3. I fish around Boston, sometimes a little north, sometimes a little south. I do get big fish sometimes.
  4. I need to catch more big fish then, so I can start matching the chart!
  5. Depends where you live. I fished CT this season and agree that the charts matched the size of the fish I was catching, north of the cape around Boston? haven't seen it or maybe I need a new measure/scale!
  6. Depends on the season. When there's large around, I'm using big baits for them. If I'm getting blanked, I'll downsize. Beginning and ending of the season, I just want to fish and will chase whatever. Peak season, I'm not bringing any light rods with me and I usually stay focused on going big. I always catch some small fish trying to go large, but don't catch large fish too often fishing for smalls.
  7. I've never found those length to weight charts accurate. Probably because I fish around Boston where most years we don't have many pogies. The weights on the charts are always considerably higher than what I observe on the water. Boston fish average around the minimum values on that chart. once or twice a year I have a night where the fish are exceptionally fat, usually at the start of the season when some fish show up big. Fortunately they're stripers, a small striper is bigger than most of the other fish we could be catching, I'll take catching 20" to 35" fish any day.
  8. But wait, around Boston a 35" fish is typically 13-15#...a 38" is usually about 18#.
  9. Try some bigger baits, it's worth it. During the summer I rarely use smaller than a 10", you will still catch plenty of short fish, but the number of bigger fish goes way up. Bumping up to a 14" bait will drop the number of fish you catch but greatly increase your average size. Go large!
  10. I never weigh my fish. I don't kill the big ones and don't want to hang them, nobody cares how much a small dinner fish weights. And nobody really cares how much that forty-something inch fish that I just released was. I use the formula to get an approximate weight when I'm interested, but the bottom line is nobody should really care how much another guys fish weighs! (unless it's a tournament...)
  11. NIce Job! Looking forward to your Albie reports! the Hunter S Thompson of albies...
  12. I pretty much only fish plastic.
  13. 14" unweighted Hogy or if I need to get down, the 13" Hogy on a jig.
  14. From the kayak at night I'm targeting big fish, so I focus on the big fish lures: 14" unweighted black Hogy on a barbarian swimbait hook or a 13" blamber Hogy on a jig head. Occasionally I will drop to a 10", but not often, those big fish definitely prefer the big baits.
  15. Revo's are a great boat, I've been fishing one since they came out in 2007. I wouldn't add too much until you've had a chance to fish with it in different situations. I rig minimally and like the tracks so I can add a rod holder as needed, I rarely use them and don't want extra stuff like the ball mounts in the way. I wouldn't add another lifting handle until you're sure you need it. I'm not a big guy and find that the revos are easy for me to lift because they are narrow, with a little practice that yak goes right up and I'm now using the 16 which is 7# heavier than the 13.