bmac

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About bmac

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    Retired Marine

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    Swansboro, NC
  1. I just finished Blood Meridian. One of the best books I've ever read, and perhaps the most disturbing.
  2. Not sure I understand what you're trying to say Slip, but he's built umpteen thousands of blanks and quite a few rods himself. Before he started GLoomis, he built rods out of his garage. A very long and interesting story how he got started in the business and how he got to where he is today. That is correct ZAFisher.
  3. Check out school supplies in the big box stores or art supplies in Michaels, Hobby Lobby etc. Some of the pencil boxes and brush boxes are the right dimensions, and they're cheap, though not particularly durable. Cut and glue some closed cell foam inserts, and you're in business.
  4. You have enriched my life with this knowledge. Nice set as I recall.
  5. Scarpa Rebel 4D by Kuiu. Break out your wallet. Recommended to me by a friend who is a former Force Reconnaissance Marine.
  6. I've only re-watched this scene about six or seven hundred times.
  7. You are definitely going down there well armed. I spent a week at Tropic Star a few years back. (I couldn't afford to go there then, but some of my friends chipped in as a retirement gift when I got out of the Marine Corps.) The Captains there weren't real keen on targeting tuna at the time because there were so many billfish being caught, but we managed to get our Capt to go after the yellowfin with topwaters one afternoon. Didn't have the optimum gear for it but we had a blast catching fish from 20 -40 lbs and a couple 50- 60 lbs mixed in pretty much non stop for a couple of hours. One of my favorite fishing memories of all time. I hope you have a great trip. After this, I think you will know exactly what those rods and reels are capable of. Let us know when you get back.
  8. It depends a lot what you're using the braid for, i.e. chunking, jigging, light tackle spinning etc. Plus there are differences between performance on conventional reels over spinning reels. Some brands are better at different line tests, and some of the batches come out of the factory bad. Some reels are more braid friendly than others, and how tightly the braid is wound on the spool matters a lot. So a lot of variables. The vast majority of fishing I do is light tackle spinning, so casting distance is my number one parameter followed by... let's call it line behavior--something that doesn't knot up all the time. (And yes, 90% of wind knots are probably angler error, either in spooling the line or handling it while fishing.) Daiwa Samurai has emerged as my clear favorite. Hate original Power Pro, hate J-Braid. I'll buy/use Power Pro Slick when I can't find Samurai. I've had good experiences with it. Very limited exposure to Suffix 832, but have heard very positive things about it from my fishing friends who use it. I've got a good friend who is a very accomplished, experienced angler who has started using Suffix 131. He swears by it. I'll give that a whirl next time I have to respool. Pretty expensive.
  9. FlyAngler: I do like your belt. I'd only add, "yep, you're an engineer." I fish the NC coast, mainly for redfish, so generally no need for storing larger plugs and topwaters. My requirements aren't as broad as yours, so an Orvis sling pack has served me well for many years. Sometimes we have to wade through some deeper sloughs to get to sand bars on low tide, so a belt isn't the best idea. One of my good friends and fishing partners found a company down in Texas, Coastal Fishing Gear, that markets a belt/suspenders combo that's pretty nice. They call it Wade Right. A little pricey, but it might give you some additional ideas. I own one, but just haven't used it because I just liked my sling. But take a look. Small tackle box and rod holder on the suspenders. Larger tackle box around the neck and plenty of molle style straps on the belt to hold pliers, knife, water bottle etc. The belt is pretty nice because it is very wide and gives you some lower back support. I do like your belt and appreciate all the thought that went into it.
  10. On or about Oct 21, 2022, Bay River, NC, not in the Atlantic. Gillnet marks all over them, tossed up on the bank. Happens frequently here.
  11. Right handed. Left hand on spinners, right hand on conventional, except I like a lefty baitcaster for fishing search baits like spoons, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits etc. No hand change. Just fire and reel. Right hand on the fly reel.
  12. North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission assumes 100 percent mortality for striped bass gillnet entanglement. Yet, the NC Division of Marine Fisheries (the pro commercial fishing advocacy arm for the state government) allows the least restrictive inshore gillnetting of any state. Result: Our striped bass fishery has tanked. Many of those adult stripers killed by gillnets in the Albemarle Sound would have spent their summers in the waters off of New Jersey and the Delaware Bay. Oh, and they might have spawned successfully in the Roanoke River. Last time that happened was 2016.
  13. Killjoy post. This guy is a consumate fly fisherman and sportsman. Look at his posts in this forum. Fly caught stripers have very low post catch mortality, especially in reasonable water temps when sound landing and C&R techniques are followed. I appreciate the concern for a stock that is in alarming decline, but unless you are actively fishing spawning fish in the sweetwater, I see no ethical issue at all for C&R striper fishing with a fly rod and single hooks.
  14. Great photos and congratulations. You are one hell of a fisherman.
  15. Skeezers?