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  1. Nice job! That's fantastic, what a feeling that must have been. I just watched the video of it and I'M smiling like I caught it!! Ha...good work!!
  2. This is my first time listening to a meeting and it is concerning. I'm surprised at how many people tasked with making responsible decisions based on science sound unable to understand basic math.
  3. I'm listening, but they're at lunch now. I'd focus attention for updates on CWitek's thread just below this on the front page:
  4. I'm surprised by that feeling, too. I'm not the strongest guy out there, but I haven't had any major issues getting it to the water. I have the shoulder strap, which is OK, but worst case scenario I rest it on my head and make two trips. On the water I've appreciated every inch of length and width. What about it did you feel was beastly? Compared to which board did it stand out as being unwieldy? When I break out my 10" inflatable, I notice how much lighter it is, but then I get that on the water and I remember how efficiently the Bote paddles and want to go running back.
  5. Those are the weights for the gatorshell version. The pre-gatorshell HD12 is 32lbs. I can weight it tonight to double check, but those are #'s for the gatorshell. And I checked their site, it looks like they don't sell the non-gatorshell HD12 version any more...or make them new at least.
  6. If I had one choice, I'd stick with a hard board, no motor, under 35lbs, and at least 12ft, and more than 31" wide. To me, that gives me the stability of the platform and ease of use. My wife has the HD 10'6", which is 30" wide. Totally different experience for me (6' 175lbs, size 10.5 shoe), I did not feel stable on that board. I kneel a fair amount in open water because it can get sketchy with boat traffic, varying wave direction and currents. Sight fishing, I'm always standing. The chop on flats is rarely bad enough to make me kneel. Every once in a awhile in Brewster boaters will cruise and their wakes rise in the shallows and break. If that's coming, I'll kneel for a sec. Here are a couple of pics of sight fishing from the board, standing: That's the drift sock off the back. Overhead imagery doesn't do justice to the chop or glare, but it's there. I have zero problems getting off big casts from standing on flats, or in open water. There's a clip in the albie section of SIFF18 off the south Cape where I'm standing, rushing to get to a feeding school, then getting a decent cast out. Some days I would like a motor, but there are probably more days where having a more complex setup would be undesirable. There's a lot going on already, you've got line laying everywhere (you can be a line control master-demon, and it will still be an issue), a paddle to keep track of, an anchor if you're wise, a drift sock if you want to drift a flat slooooowly, and I'd just prefer not to have much else to think about.
  7. I haven't tried any of the LiveWaterSports offerings. At 51 lbs, though, it is 60% heavier than the Bote HD. Speaking only regarding weight, and thinking of where I tend to fish...not sure I could manage 51lbs of board, 15lbs of anchor, a paddle, rods, water, etc, etc, etc. and a MOTOR? The simplicity of it all is gone at that point, in my view. It's a balance of what you want to do and how you want to do it. Have there been times I've launched from north fork and wanted to sight fish an area on the south fork? Oh yeah. But I've also learned more about the spots I fish by being limited in how far and fast I can run away from them. The best times I've ever had on a board came from driving all around the albie haunts from the Cape to SOCO wihle not seeing anything, only to pull into a lot in the afternoon on a Tuesday, walk through the dunes, see no one on the water...then SPLASH...they're here!! Run back to the car, grab the board off the roof, slide the rod under the bungees, grab the paddle and anchor and launch in sometimes scary looking shore-break surf by holding the board and timing a jump in, then be hooked up in less than 1min. I'm not sure I could do that with 50+lbs of board. The L2Fish seems like a really nice platform, though. I have a sketch from 10+ years ago of a catamaran row boat for lakes I dreamed of building. I'd go to a shop and ask if I could carry it around for a few minutes even trying to switch hands...and ask them if they could have 20mph gusts try and blow it all around while I walk, too.
  8. I used an inflatable for a couple years before understanding a hard board was a far, far better option. The issue with the inflatable for me was it just doesn't go through anything but the calmest water effectively. I've used a Bote HD 12' for the last couple of years and I don't have much bad to say about it. Its design does very well in open water. I'm careful around rocks, but I've still bumped and scraped them by mistake without damaging the board. The fiberglass over foam design isn't bullet proof, but it's also stronger than most assume, and repairable. You'd have to really eff it up to ruin a board. One big consideration is the board weight, and how far you have to carry to the water. At about 33lbs, the HD12 is ok to carry for extended stretches, but at the end of the day it can be heavy when you're tired. One of the things I love about paddleboards vs. kayaks is the ability to get in the water pretty much anywhere with no extra devices, so weight is a concern...especially when you consider what else you might be bringing along. You also want to make sure there are embedded pins, or something like that to create lash points for bungees. These have been critical for using an anchor, using a drift sock, and securing rods for beach landings. This is my normal setup non-flats, but normally the stripping basket is not with me. The beach chair (Alite) is probably the best addition to the board. It goes under the bungees, creates a pretty perfect place to rest the rod for access, and to keep the tip away from waves while underway. If you get tired, you can anchor and sit against it. Happy to answer any other questions about SUP fishing. I've learned a lot from trial/error and it has been my favorite way to fish for a few years.
  9. Ok, thank you. PM sent!
  10. Hi - The USPS Priority rate is a little vague as the difference between the small and medium box is 2x. I'd like to buy this, but the shipping makes a difference. If you can do $100/shipped to CT, I'll take it.
  11. Wow. What a good example of the power of time, a plan, and will. When you first posted what the coming months would include, it was shocking. Now you have emerged at the end, and continue to look forward. You are very inspiring, thank you.
  12. Hi RJ - thanks for the kind words. I've enjoyed seeing you at the shows, too, and looking forward to being at the Edison show on Friday. Last year I bought 5 sandeel flies from Bill Murphy (got the sixth for free ), and one of them accounted for the biggest bass of my life, 46in in 3ft of water...ahhh, memories. I went to Edison looking for a sandeel pattern that could work for a specific area at a specific time of year, and Bill's were perfect. I've been tying one a night (almost) for the last two weeks, day dreaming of spring. That's why I enjoy the shows, seeing friendly faces, and picking the minds of great tyers. And I should mention my brother-in-law is the co-owner of Tom Morgan Rod smith's, based in Bozeman. He'll be at the show for a second year. I'll be hanging out with him quite a bit Friday.
  13. The pull went from typical albie run straight away from me with a bit of tail-thumping on the line, to no change in direction, no tail-thumping, no noticeable change in speed, just a consistent hard pull that I could not influence at all, even when pushing the drag past anywhere I've used for albies, and adding palming. It was like the albie had been running along side a train, but jumped on it and just kept going.