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  1. Notice how where the eyes go into the plug there is a filled space. That’s epoxy.
  2. A lot of those BI fish that didn’t pull the screw eyes out just straightened out the hooks. As a few other guys stated it’s not just the issue of pulling out the screw eyes but giving the fish leverage to bend the hooks. Just look at the hook rash on some favored plugs. I wish I had the skill to put a swivel on the belly hook of a RedFin. By the way Jack French didn’t use screw eyes, he epoxied in brass sinker eyes. Screw eyes work but swivels work better IMO.
  3. Interesting tidbit on the flats boots I bought. They were brand new with the Patagonia tag still on them. I paid what I considered a fair price. When I looked inside the boots I found a register receipt from the Salvation Army thrift store for $14.99. I guess you never know where a good piece of gear will turn up.
  4. Found a new pair of Marlwalkers in my size on flea bay. I’m back in my comfort zone. Thanks to all for your input. I’ll probably need help again in a few years when these wear out. I was going to get a pair of Simms Flats Sneakers but a few of you said they run narrow. I have a wide left foot and a wider right.
  5. This brings another dimension to what’s important in a pair of flats boots.
  6. I'm in the process of getting one, but it won't help me when I'm trying to pick out a specific weight while standing on a rock.
  7. If you want seclusion and mix with the locals, Landrail Point on Crooked Island offers reasonable small cottages, great guides, DIY small tarpon, bottom fishing and wonderful people. Downside is one restaurant, no bars, limited access to DIY flats. The restaurant is family style eating with real interesting conversations. Acklins Island has a good B and B, good DIY flats, limited pressure, local bars with local people, almost no tourism. Both Acklins and Crooked have only two flights there a week and require an overnight stay in Nassau to make the connection. Eleuthera has a variety of settlements, lots of vacationers, many accessible DIY flats with steady pressure on them. A lot of variation in lodging and eating including "take away" Long Island is similar to Eleuthera with a few more bonefish lodges and less accessible flats. Somewhere in the Bahamas there's something for most everyone.
  8. It's tackle clean up time and I'm trying to sort out what I have in leadheads, what needs to be replace etc. When I used traditional bucktails that I tied it was easier to tell what they weighed since they were similar shapes. Now I use more leadhead/ plastic tail combos with various shapes and manufacturers and I'm beside myself trying to tell a 1/2 oz from a 3/4 oz and so on. Seems that tackle manufacturers are coming out with all variations of sizes, shapes and colors of leadheads with no indication of size. Kalins at one time stamped the size on their leadheads but discontinued the practice. I'm appealing to tackle and mold manufacturers to somehow permanently mark the size on leadheads. Its been done on sinkers forever. more critical than shape and color of a leadhead is its weight. Does anyone else have this peeve? Are there any manufacturers who want to make their products better?
  9. Thanks for all the great input. I’m going to try to find a shop that has the Simms Intruder to examine close up. They look like they have all my bases covered, never even knew they existed without your input.
  10. I failed to mention on a braid to braid shocker that I also attach a 4-4 1/2 foot mono leader via a swivel. Most of the abrasion will be close to the terminal end. 80# braid wrapped around a rock holds up fairly well but not as well as mono but casts better. It’s a trade off I’m willing to take.
  11. Know your own backyard. Fish more and drive less.
  12. I’ve used 60-80 pound braid as a shocker with 30-50 pound braid as a running line. I took two wraps of the shocker around the spool. A uni to uni knot joined the lines. It worked as a shocker should when the knot held, probably do to my knotting skills. It gives a greater degree of abrasion resistance than the running line and a lot easier to land fish with it.
  13. Were the Flats Sneakers discontinued by Simms? I didn’t see them on their website.
  14. My last pair of Patagonia Marl Walkers finally broke apart. The rubber part of the uppers just cracked apart. They had about 30-40 days on the flats over 4 or 5 years and preformed well up to the last trip. Sadly Patagonia is out of the flats boot business. They had a good rigid sole, kept sand out well when used with gravel guards and were relatively light. I do all my bonefishing on foot mostly in the Bahamas frequently crossing long stretches of marl. I view my boots as the most critical piece of equipment. You can scrounge up a rod, reel and most anything else you need in the Bahamas except a spare pair of boots that will fit. I've seen Simms Flats Sneakers on line and they look similar to the Marl Walkers, any first hand opinions on those? Appreciate any other ideas or suggestions anyone out there has. Thanks.
  15. I think you got that quote wrong. Reels under SN 7000 series were made in US and covered under the lifetime warranty if it was serviced every year. Not sure of the transition to Chinese manufacturing, but think it was in the high teens.