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About thill

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    Family, dogs, boats, fishing, fishing, fishing.....
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    Builder, Kitchen and Bath Remodeler, Boat and outboard repair

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  1. For what it's worth, it is rare that I use swivels. Certain things require it, like deep dropping, rigs with sliding sinkers, and certain lures, but for the most part, I use a very clean presentation that I'm sure has increased the catch ratio. Especially offshore, I'm sure our catch is greatly enhanced when free lining baitfish to those sharp-eyed predators. There have been times when one person wasn't catching, and I looked at their rig, and found hardware. Cut it off, spliced in a leader, and they start catching like everyone else. I tie a LOT of 10x10's. Posting the video on YouTube was partly in self-defense, as everyone always wants me to tie their knots for them. Now, I can just tell them to look at the video at home, so they can practice it and get good at it. This will help me be able to fish more, and not be tying everyone's leaders on for them. A kid or first time guest, no problem, but not the guys who plan to fish with me often. I actually duck guys who constantly need me to baby them. I only have limited recreation time, and I need some of it for myself!
  2. I taught Hugh how to tie the knot. The drawing is drawn slightly incorrect. Follow the video. The line goes in where the tag end goes out. It will not be strong the other way.
  3. Ben! Hey, you're still around. How are you?
  4. Yes, it's similar to an Albright, a slim beauty, an FG knot and several others. The biggest difference is that this knot is very quick to tie. If you watch videos of the other knots, they are like basket weaving. They take forever by comparison. Not something I want to do when on the water or beach, especially in the wind. Looking back, I should have shown how fast this knot is to tie at normal speed. Most adherents of other knots will be jealous. (Alberto's knot is one that is similar in speed, once you learn it) ZAFisher - Anything with a Uni knot in it will be bulky and tough on your guides when you cast or retrieve, especially if you use finesse tackle with small guides, as I do. If using heavy surf gear, it may not matter. Even so, the simple lock knot probably still stronger and is definitely faster to tie. Years ago, there were lots of people testing and discussing knots, a few of them are still here on this forum, and those who learned this knot all agreed about it. That being said, Alberto's knot is much easier to teach, and it's pretty small too. Not quite as strong, but many are fishing much heavier line than the 10, 12 or 15 that I typically use, so it doesn't matter. 100% strength is not as important to some as it is to me. This may not be the knot for everyone, but almost everyone I have shown this to, from fly fishermen tying on tippet, to tying top shots of mono over braid, plugging, surf, live bait, and many others, all get addicted to this knot and usually thank me later. "The more time your hook spends in the strike zone, the more fish you will catch." The longer it takes to tie a good knot, the LESS time your lure spends in the strike zone. Faster, stronger knots equal more fish catching opportunities.
  5. Maybe this will come across better
  6. Wow, found this post by Hugh (plug) and made me think of fishing with him. He is missed. Here is a video of how to tie this knot quickly and properly. Hope this helps. 10x10 knot tutorial
  7. You fish in the surf, with white sand? If so, that makes sense. I fish in the Ches. Bay, where the water is pretty green, and I often fish at night. Even a little ambient light or a headlight shows up the line very clearly. You can't see moss green at all where I fish. Some guys around here use it to tie direct, but I always use a leader.
  8. I like floro yellow or white line, so I can see where my line is, and what it's doing, and so others can see my line and not cast over it. I also use about 6' of leader.
  9. I have a Mongoose that I bought when KMart was going out of business for about $200. It looks pretty identical to FBJ's Surly. What I did to modify mine for more comfort, was to put a set of Beach Cruiser handlebars and a padded, wide back seat with suspension. So instead of riding hunched forward like a mountain bike, it now has a more upright posture, and rides like beach cruiser, with a super comfortable seat, instead of the nut-crushers that most bikes seem to come with nowadays. Can ride all day without getting a sore crotch or shoulders. I don't have any pics, but I'll take some and post later
  10. Congrats on the great find, and thanks for sharing. Recently, I was looking for a finesse jigging rod for my nephew, who has the fishing bug bad. Found a 6'8" Lews that ticked all the boxes for $39. Like your rod, it wasn't the equal of my high end Loomis rods, but it was as nice or nicer than many of my others. Paired with a 2500 President and some 15# braid, is a long-casting, super-sensitive setup. Needless to say, he is one happy kid: It seems that with the advent of the new nano-graphite rods, everyone else has stepped up a notch. It seems that a cheap rod today can be as good or better than a really expensive rod 10 years ago.
  11. I wish that were true! I forgot to rinse one of mine, a new reel, and forgot about it for a while. A couple of months passed, and when I grabbed that rod, the handle had deep green/white corrosion. Broke during a cast not long afterward. I replaced the handle and the reel still works great, but MAN, I wish I could find a better handle to replace these with. All of mine look like the handles are years older than they really are.
  12. Rod.
  13. The presidents are very slick, smooth reels when new, but salt eats the handles off them. For the surf, I'd recommend a Daiwa BG also.
  14. Strange, but the pics I uploaded disappeared. Not sure why... Maybe it will come back later. Here is a youtube video of that fish being landed. Not sure if this is the right way to post it, but I'll try -TH
  15. Yes, there is a difference in taste, based on size, as their diet changes. The smaller fish mostly eat silversides, and their flavor is more neutral - many describe them as, "sweeter." The bigger fish eat bunker, an oily, smelly baitfish, and their flesh is definitely more oily. Some describe the bigger fish as having a more "meaty" taste, whereas others say the bigger fish taste "stronger" which is not a compliment. Very often, regardless of what kind of fillet I give people, I get the comment that it "was the best fish they have ever eaten." This has included snapper bluefish fillets, which many supposedly do not like. In fact, several people told me I was wrong, when I told them it was bluefish, "because they HATE the taste of bluefish!" That being said there is a trick to getting the best out of your fish. First, you must cut the fish's throat while still alive, and allow it to bleed out, then immediately get the fish iced down, and finally clean and package it the same day. The bleeding part is VERY important with "oily" fish, such as bluefish and mackerel. And it definitely improves the flavor of larger stripers. Makes the meat noticeably whiter when your fillet them, and most report a "cleaner" flavor, after trying this method. Are the bigger fish for everyone? Definitely not. Usually, I release fish over 40", as I would rather keep fish in the 28-30" range. But when I don't get to go often, I keep a couple, and let the rest go. -TH