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  1. Empire is on Fox right? Surely they cant have him back for the next season. Any chance Fox drops the show if/when they write in his return? Roseanne got dumped for a racist tweet. Surely this guy wont get a break for faking a hate crime, right?
  2. Anybody have any experience with newer keypad style door locks? Are they a PITA or do they make your life easier? Any concerns with durability or safety? I was in HD today to get a couple door locks to replace the builder grade locks on our house. Good luck finding a keyed alike pair on the shelf in there. I went online to order a set and it seems there are more smart lock options than regular keyed locks. Made me reconsider that option. We live in a pretty safe place and I sleep pretty soundly. If someone really wanted in now they could probably get in. Just curious if anyone has any opinions?? CJ
  3. I have broken two Tsunami swivels when using them for sinker slides on fishfinders. I think they were 130#. Both broke on a cast with a bunch of people around. If I recall correctly one broke above the barrel (leaving just an eyelet) the other left the barrel and the eyelet below the barrel broke. have never broken a Spro or a Rosco/Sampo. They look very similar, but they are slightly different. I got rid of all the Tsumani swivels in my box.
  4. I used to fish a lot more up in Delaware and the Bay. I accumulated a bunch of stuff that I dont't use anymore. It has to go. Probably half and half between lures that have been fished and lures that have lived in the garage their whole life. Bombers, small Sebiles, Xraps, small Yozuris, one wooden lure that I think is a Choopy? Bucktails are mostly hand poured I tied or accumulated from folks on here. Black nickel hooks on the small ones. Couple rigged eels. Plastics are a mix of open and full bags. Trout killers, small bag of BKDs, some swim shad and split tails. Couple packs of hooks. Owner and Gamakatsu trebles. 9/0 VMC circles. Bag of swivels and those plastic sinker slide things that you can clip on and off without re-tying. $75 to your door in a flat rate box. Paypal please.
  5. Chased bluegills and small bass around a retention pond with my girls on a real warm February day. It was like guiding in the most prestigious bonefish tournament ever. Took a few tries, but we got a couple. She is 95% proud and 5% terrified.
  6. A real drum fisherman to test rods. Good work.
  7. When I fish Chesapeake pre-season, i buy a dozen bloodworms and 2 or 3 dozen night crawlers. Big circle of your choice then put a bloodworm on for scent and 2 or 3 nightcrawlers for a larger profile. Always worked pretty well for me. And saved money on bait.
  8. I read Fingerprints of the Gods a few years ago but only after watching Rogans podcasts with Graham Hancock and Randall Carlson. The claims in that book were dated at that point, but the theory is pretty interesting. If you go back and listen to those do it at a computer so you can see the pictures of the flood damage and graphics to support it. In my opinion, you cant listen objectively to the evidence they present and the problems with mainstream archaeology they discuss without finding a lot of it credible. After this announcement Rogan will probably have them back and that should be a good podcast.
  9. You got that right. I have never heard a drum fisherman even consider them. Casting videos are great and no doubt that guy can outcast (probably all of) us in the field, but in reality, guys like me just look at that video and say "That is great. Lets see that with a cob head and 8." Almost has the opposite of the desired effect and certainly doesn't make me need one. If you want to sell some, you need to find someone who fishes all year long and get them fishing one all year. Someone who catches a bunch of drum and can tag you on FB and all that BS. Some one with street cred who can provide constructive feedback through real world trial and error. Also for what it is worth, everyone is running 13 foot rods for drum. Well most everybody. I bet they say, "That rod is only 12 foot." with a dismissive tone and put it in the factory/introductory rod category. Don't get me wrong I am intrigued by some of the lighter rods you offer, but I am too satisfied with the heavers I have to try something new. I bet a lot of guys are in the same boat.
  10. I have seen a couple of casting videos for these rods now. I have been drum fishing since mid September. Have been on Sandbridge, Avalon, Jennettes, or Avon just about every weekend and I didn't see a Black Hole rod one time. They might be the best rods ever, but you need to get them in the hands of VA and OBX drum fishermen and get some exposure before guys are going to swap out their heavers for these.
  11. That is awesome.
  12. I got my degree in biology with the intent of working some kind of marine fisheries job. I worked a couple rounds of internships with Maryland shad and crab programs. Really cool work. Fished 12 days a month year round. Then a big consulting firm called and offered me a 100% raise to come do dirty environmental work and I have been on that side ever since. Never really looked back but my buddies who are still in hunt and fish a little more than I do. If you want to make any money you need to be federal and you need to have an advanced degree. You will spend many years working for nothing to get there.
  13. My experience is stockingfoots are WAY more comfortable. I like my LL Bean waders just fine. I am on my 3rd pair in about 10 years. One was replaced for free after 3 or 4 years for a crotch leak. The replacement leaked after first trip but got replaced no questions asked(wet pant leg after several hours of in and out of the surf and leg full after an hour of standing waist deep chasing mullets). Current pair is going into year 4 used surf fishing and duck hunting. I am 6'3" 245 size 13 feet and XL fits great. The bummer about stockingfoots is taking them on and off. Messing with wet sandy wading boots while the guys in bootfoots are fishing sucks.
  14. They interviewed the Chief Distribution Officer from Duke Energy on NPR today. He talked about their restoration plan, the issues other than downed trees/poles caused by these storms, and said they forecast that 25-75% of their 4 million plus customers will be out of service. At the end of the interview, the interviewer said "The Union of Concerned Scientist has reported that your nuclear plant at XYZ has inadequate flood barriers to prevent damage. Can you comment on that?" CDO - "We are implementing our emergency plan . . . complying with all NRC requirements . . . and making the plant safe for the storm." NPR Guy, more excited - "So have you repaired the barriers?" CDO - "We have implemented our plan and the site is safe." NPR Guy, super excited now - "I am just going to ask because this is a really important question . . . Are you saying that the barriers have been replaced? " CDO - "We have implemented our plan and are doing everything we can to make the site safe" NPR Guy thanks him and cuts to another story. Irritated me. That is an easy question to ask from the studio in NYU or wherever and kind of a blind side to the guy. But at the same time, it is a little concerning.
  15. Man I have a Rainshadow 1087 and that is my beach sitting rod. #4 mutus, wait for the line to slack up walk over real in your fish. Plenty light throws a stingsilver well enough. Great 2-3 oz bottom rig rod. But if it is rough or you are after bigger fish you might need heavier. I also have an Allstar 1418 (I think) and that goes from 3 to 6 pretty well. Fun rod to fight fish on but there are rods that throw further