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  1. Sorry I took a while to return. When I first replied, I was duck hunting in Michigan with a great friend. I came home exhausted and had to jump on some issues at work. Funny, I've considered buying a Slammer III 10500 for guests and honestly, I'd like to use it myself. I keep talking myself off that ledge, though. A 2 speed reel cuts the fight time down substantially, so it's better for the fish. I still want that Slammer, though. It's not going to be the same as fighting sharks and rays in the open ocean. The river, particularly some of the narrower stretches with rapids and steep banks (canyon country), presents its own set of challenges. If you're fishing from shore you'll have to be able to follow a big fish once it leaves the hole and goes downstream (or upstream!...had that happen). With that Spinfisher, you should be fine with fish up to about 8 feet or so. A 10+ footer will be a problem if you can't follow it. A quick note on leaders and hooks. Keep your leader short. REALLY SHORT, like 3 to 5 inches. That will keep the fish from swallowing the hook AND you can also cast farther. I use 130 lb. Dacron leader. My favorite hook is Gamakatsu's Big River Bait Hook in 9/0 and 10/0, mostly 9/0. Washington, Idaho, and Oregon require a single barbless hook, so I mash the barbs and use a Dremel Tool to grind off what's left.
  2. I fish for sturgeon in the Snake River in Washington. You CANNOT use braid. Don't let anyone talk you into that. The Snake River has carved its way through a vast lava flat, so the bottom is covered with basalt rock. Basalt is extremely abrasive and cuts through the heaviest braids within seconds. Actually, it's worse than merely cutting the braid. Basalt shreds heavy braid while the fish runs. When the fish breaks off 10 seconds or so after hook-up the basalt will have ruined yards and yards of braid. I learned that lesson several years ago, losing a HUGE fish and having to trash over 100 yards of line. Stick to monofilament. I primarily use Momoi, because it's very abrasion resistant and has low memory (casts well). You need a reel that holds 300+ yards of 50 lb mono. Your best choice in reels is a castable lever-drag 2 speed like an Avet HXW, Penn Torque 60, Penn Fathom Lever Drag 60 2 speed, etc. If your Battalion's specs are accurate it will work, since you'll may need to cast 10 oz plus bait. If you'd like to discuss specific hooks, baits, types of sinkers, etc., we can do that. I'll check back in a few days....busy doing some things with friends I haven't seen in 15 years.
  3. I laughed off and on for 10 minutes. Hopefully, it'll take less time to unsee that visual.
  4. Yep. The only one I ever caught bit a plastic worm when I was fishing a South Carolina farm pond. Thank God it wasn't a big one AND the hook hadn't penetrated past the barb. The hook popped out as I was struggling to lift that thing (probably 20+ pounds) over the thick marsh grass at water's edge.
  5. I loved the gripping the steering wheel, violent shaking, and screaming like a 2 year old.
  6. Some lib losing it when she learns of Ginsburg's passing.
  7. I think I'm prohibited from providing the link, due to strong language. If you haven't seen and heard this woman's meltdown go to YouTube. Search for "Leftists LOSE Their Minds Over RGB".
  8. Uuuuh, well, he is now.....
  9. You left off young boy.
  10. Nancy "NO MASK" Pelosi (D) in a San Francisco hair salon. (D)o as I say, not as I do.
  11. Pound for pound, they're not the best fighters, but they make a great sturgeon bait. For casting, 4 to 6 inchers are great.
  12. On the Snake, too.
  13. Good luck with that shoulder. Hopefully it doesn't keep you sidelined for too long.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. Educate me on this. What's the advantage of using TIG rods?
  17. Also, I bought my molds online a few years ago from Bottom Dwellers Tackle. Currently $34.95 ea.
  18. 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.
  19. What rod and reel setup are you planning to use?
  20. 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.
  21. "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.
  22. 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.
  23. One the great heroes of the tolerant left.