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  1. Nothing wrong with responsibly cooking fish of questionable mortality especially in this day and age of rampant runaway inflation.....especially proteins. Gasoline, too.
  2. Not the best choice under rough conditions, but it can be extremely effective and productive. All the naysayers will tell you not to do it, but ultimately the decision is yours to make. Don't discount it if you haven't tried it. If it floats your boat, do it.
  3. Many ways to rig slug-gos and flukes. Weightless and jig head are the most common. Just be sure to rig 'em straight. I've been Carolina rigging 'em and drifting them through the trough for years. I get a few "What a Googan" looks, but that's OK.
  4. With the 3" boot tail grub they weigh .55 oz even with the head bitten off. That 1/16-5/16 oz. rated IM6 Loomis probably groaned with every cast.
  5. Hi Mike--- Looking forward to checking it out. BTW, those jig heads of yourn average .45 oz.
  6. Will not buy Benchmade due to their political stance on firearms.
  7. Larger stones are more efficient tools. Small ones are more toy like. I use 10-12" DMT diamond plates in various grits.
  8. The surgeon's loop in braid is a very poor knot. Don't take my word for it. Just put it on a scale. Results will scare you.
  9. The season for a hearty bowl of perch fish ball & noodle soup is upon us.
  10. Hmmmmmmmmmm. Thought I was the only one using it in the suds. Only have 4 left. Load it to 1.35 oz. and it will still crawl on the surface. (salt water) I get rid of the tail hook and replace with a flag with saddle hackles.
  11. Congrats on the new rod. Looking forward to seeing it. 'bout time you gave that old Loomis a break. IIRC the bottom end on that thing is 1/16 oz. Been using an old 40 yr. old Kunnan with a 35 yr. old Quantum E7-2 and 6 lb braid myself. Inherited a 7.5' GWR 901S but those "groovy" Recoil guides aren't gonna last for squat. Gonna have to order some more appropriate guides and replace them.
  12. Never really cared much for 500 series reels with mono over 2lb.test. When I switched to 1 lb crystal Fireline (actual knot break strength of 3.3 lb.) it came into its own. It is a delightfully functional piece of equipment now. I have two Cetus 500's now. No coils to contend with and pretty decent distance. Nowadays there are lighter 500 series reels, but back in the day they were good values.
  13. I should get one to hang on the wall to remind me of a gentleman who was gracious enough to share some of his experience with me and shorten my learning curve. You can't put a price on that.
  14. Not a fan of feral cats. They terrorize koi ponds.
  15. Good advice on the rings. Swivels not needed for me with braid. Solid stainless medium rings are hard to find and I'm down to a few dozen. I actually use 3mm tippet rings on my lighter schoolie outfits.