Pendulauncher

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  1. Pound for pound, they're not the best fighters, but they make a great sturgeon bait. For casting, 4 to 6 inchers are great.
  2. On the Snake, too.
  3. Good luck with that shoulder. Hopefully it doesn't keep you sidelined for too long.
  4. I hadn't thought about corrosion, since we don't currently fish any of the tidal areas. Curious, are you fishing from the riverbank? The reason I ask is because I want wires that will eventually bend slightly (under heavy pressure) so I can pull free of the bottom when I reel up to change bait or start fighting a fish. I use about 18 inches of 50 lb. mono as a dropper that's tied to a slider. My 10 oz weights anchor well in heavy Spring/early Summer current because the wires won't bend until I pull hard. I'm headed out to fish. Tight lines, everybody!
  5. Hopefully everybody had a fun and safe Independence Day. I haven't handled or cast either of the Carnage II 12 footers, but they look pretty good on paper. Let us know how you like fighting fish with it. Did you get the "Heavy" model or the "Extra Heavy"? For shore fishing, you're going to need a larger reel, as you won't be able to use braid. The fish will cut you off on the rocks. Been there, done that. As a bear minimum, your reel should hold 300 yards of 40 lb. mono. Personally, I won't fish any reel that holds less than 300 yards of 50 lb. mono. 300 yards of 40 lb. mono is usually enough for fish up to 9 feet, but you're in an area where you can expect to eventually hook a super tanker. 10 footers are not uncommon and there are larger fish around. I have a friend who has a house in Kennewick. One of his family members came out last year and landed a 12 footer, but he was in a boat and could follow the fish. Back in the mid-'90's, a little way upstream from you, I met an older retired Air Force guy who fished a Daiwa Sealine 600 (the original Sealine) filled with over 300 yards of 60 lb. mono. It was mounted to a 1 pc, 14 foot Lamiglas rod. He had been spooled a few times. I know a married couple that landed an 11 footer with 40 lb gear, while fishing the Snake-----it took them 4 or 5 miles downstream. From camp, we watched them (eventually needing binoculars) until that little speck of a boat disappeared around the bend. If I were you, I'd seriously consider a two-speed for the extra cranking power. Avet's HXW, Penn's Torque 60 and Fathom 60, and others would work well. I use a discontinued Accurate two-speed that holds 300 yards of 60 lb. mono. I bought a Fathom 60 two-speed (300 yards of 60 lb mono) and a Fathom 60 level-wind (over 300 yards of 50 lb mono) as guest reels.
  6. Educate me on this. What's the advantage of using TIG rods?
  7. Also, I bought my molds online a few years ago from Bottom Dwellers Tackle. Currently $34.95 ea.
  8. You are in a prime location for targeting sturgeon on both the Columbia and the Snake. Lots of good water within a couple of hours. Hopefully, someone will chime in regarding the surf fishing opportunities. I know that some target king and coho salmon. A former coworker used to catch decent sized ling cod. Nothing huge, but 20 to 30 lb. is nice. I think he was fishing off the end of jetties.
  9. What rod and reel setup are you planning to use?
  10. If you're going to use lead it's best to mold your own claw sinkers, especially if you're only using 8 oz. Do-It makes two molds that I consider essential; one for 5 1/2 oz. and 8 oz. weights, the other for 9 and 10 oz. Those molds are designed for use with16 ga and 14 ga wire, which isn't strong enough----it bends too easily under load from heavy current. You'll have to modify them slightly with a Dremel Tool and power drill so they'll accept 12 ga wire. Use the Dremel to open up the channels that accept the wire eye/line tie. Clamp the mold in a vise and use the drill to open up the port that accepts the wire prongs. TAKE YOUR TIME, as it's easy to veer off course. Work gradually, with increasingly larger drill bits (I think we used 3 sizes). I use 4 prongs of 12 ga galvanized steel wire. Rather than using brass wire eyes, I bend a longer (maybe 10 in. or so) piece of 12 ga wire around the tip of some needle nose pliers to form a loop. The tips of that section of wire will serve as 2 of your 4 prongs. Cut 2 shorter sections of wired and bend them slightly at one end. Work the bent end into the mold alongside the other 2 prongs. The bend serves as an anchor and keeps the wire from spinning or pulling out.
  11. "Who the f--k do you think is working on the farms and feed lots, in the packing houses and processing plants at a time where we are struggling to feed ourselves? Who is in the kitchen? Who is picking, preparing, serving the food we eat and cleaning up afterwards?" "Beto" O'Rourke's "thoughts" on President Trump's executive order to suspend immigration.
  12. Just a quick observation. The .458 Lott is not an “Improved” cartridge. It boasts improved ballistics, for sure, but it’s not “Improved” in the firearms industry’s (Parker Ackley’s) sense of that term. The case shares the same gradual taper as .458 Win. Mag., but it’s a little longer. If you fire .458 Win. Mag. in a .458 Lott chamber the brass doesn’t deform (fireform to the chamber), as it would in an “Improved” chamber. Two good analogies we all know are .38 Spl. vs. .357 Magnum and .44 Spl. vs. .44 Magnum, where in either scenario you can safely use the former in a revolver chambered for the latter. The .450 Ackley is (obviously) an “Improved” .458 cartridge. It has just a hint of taper, plus a small shoulder, whereas the Lott and Win. Mag. taper all the way to the mouth.
  13. One the great heroes of the tolerant left.
  14. Perhaps it’s the subconscious. The sordid history regarding a certain blue dress has cast an enduring stain on our nation’s collective psyche.