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About AlexT

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  1. Well I own a Parker and I am not going to disagree that Twin Vee makes a good performing cat but there are pros and cons to both lines. One of the scariest passages I have ever had through Barnegat inlet was on a Twin Vee 19'. It is a great boat in chop and in a head sea but God help you in 3'+ following sea. I'll take a 18' Parker any day of the week. But go out and sea trail it by all means. I think anyone on a budget looking for a 20' that buys new ought to be shot for stupidity. As soon as the boat rolls off the lot you just lost at least $3k. That is a full suite of top of the line electronics right there. You can get a lot more boat if you buy used, and your capitol investment will depreciate much more slowly. If you buy intelligently you can actually hold even or come out ahead. I have sold boats for more than I paid for them and know quite a few folks that have as well. But you need to buy a quality boat if you want to have a chance of that. If you have money to burn by all means go out and buy a new boat. It is a great feeling if you don't have to worry about the cost.
  2. Great products and technology. Right up there with Garmin and Furuno. Lowrence is the company name and the brand on their main line. The Eagle line is their economy line but is essentially exactly the same thing in lighter grey case for a cheaper price.
  3. Francis if you are talking about going above the falls in the Potomac, that might not be the ticket. The smallie population has down recently and is likely to remain so for awhile due to poor spawning conditions over the past few years. Last year finding quality fish in any numbers proved quite frustrating. If you're talking about the tidal areas, well that's a different story.
  4. Bob, just to be clear I wasn't saying YOU said mentioned that there are proponants of it out there and I was asking what their rational it was. For the life of me I can't figure out what it might be.
  5. I agree, sounds like a fuel flow issue. Also if you are running her out of the water on a hose don't run her at anything more than a bit above idle or you'll fry the impeller as it can't get enough water from the hose to keep up.
  6. Whether you put it all the way down or leave it up with the catch thrown, retract/lower your hydraulics *all* the way when leaving the boat for any extended period of time. That protects both the pistons and the seals.
  7. Wayne is right on. If you don't through-bolt it or use toggles if will come loose surprisingly quickly. When you drill the holes, also be sure to coat the exposed wood with thinned epoxy to prevent water penetration into the wood.
  8. Bobby, the idea that lighter line weights are for advanced fly fishermen is hogwash. If that were the case then only advanced fly fishermen could fish for bluegills. You CAN target stripers with your 6 weight. People here on the Chesapeake do it all the time, particularly in summer when the fish are smaller (15"-24"). But you'll be frustrated by two things; wind, and big bait. The real issue that limits a 6 weight in the salt is presentation (i.e. getting the fly where you want it to go). The bigger the rod and line, the bigger the fly you can cast, and the windier the conditions you can do it in, as it is the line that carries the fly to the target. Too light a line and a big, wind resistant fly will fall to the water in a tangle of line and leader far short of your target, as the line is not heavy enough to cast it. If the conditions are windy, a light line does not have the density to cut through wind for a successful cast. In some cases underlining (lighter line on a heavier rod) a fast rod will provide the perfect combination for wind as the smaller diameter line, if it has enough velocity, will cut through the wind better, but that demands precision casting technique to properly exploit. That may have been what the advice you received about lighter lines was really about.
  9. I'm with Johnny on how I select tackle...the wind, water, and local conditions and the flies I'm throwing dictate the rod and line I grab, particularly when targetting stripers and smaller blues. Here on the Chesapeake, I generally use a 9 wt. in spring and fall and a 7 wt. during the summer, except when fishing topwater with bigger poppers, when I use a 9. In the surf up and down the coast I use a 9 or 10, depending on conditions. I have found that the fish fighting ability of most 7 weights and 9 weights is actually pretty comparable. I don't know why, and maybe its my fish fighting style, but I don't find much advantage in the 9 except when there is a serious current. In those circumstances I'm probably using a 9 anyway. I rarely overline by more than 1 weight, but rods are so different that making any generalizations about the practice is kinda futile. Again it really comes down to what works for to achieve the casting feel and performance you are looking for. Bob, I was surprised when you said that there is some preaching going on about the virtues of going up 3 or 4 line weights, with the proposed benefit being higher line speeds. Surprised both because I haven't heard it (but then again I'm probably the last that would hear anyway) and because the whole rational strikes me as counter intuitive. For me the first thing that suffers with an overlined outfit, aside from general casting feel and control, is line speed and distance. Is the propsed benefit truly higher line speed, or just manageability for new casters?
  10. Tony, congrats on a great fish AND a well told story. Pete was amazed at the fish and from what I can tell he doesn't get amazed too easily.
  11. There are a number of factors to consider. First, 30 mph for that boat at WOT is slow. You should be close to 40 with the 150. If the reading is accurate then the engine might be tired and the previous owner under-propped it to compensate. As mentioned with a 4-stroke your hole shot is going to suffer but your top-end should be roughly comparable. Most folks that I know up their horsepower when they move to 4-stroke, but there are a couple of really good performers like the Suzuki 140 and the new Yamaha 150 that are closing the gap in terms of the horsepower-to-weight and torque advantages of 2-strokes. If I were you and looking to see if my engine was worth dumping money into I would have a compression test done and if it looked good, find a used TT assembly and bolt it on yourself. It is not a hard job. If the compression of your 150 is good then I'm a little mystified why you are only getting 30 mph on that rig. Is the 5500 rpm you're seeing at WOT? If so then you are propped correctly.
  12. Carp are tough. Getting them to take a fly is no easy matter. I agree that in still water a nymph is probably your best bet. They can go gaga over stonefly nymphs at times. In moving water, try a floating bug like a beetle, chernobyl ant, or hopper...basically a big fly with legs. Make it splat about 3-4' in front of a pod of fish. If you get all their attention at the same time you can induce a little bit of competitive behavior. If several of them rush your fly, you'll escape their usual close inspection and rejection of your offering. We had a blast down here in Maryland last month with the BroodX cicada hatch. The carp loved them and were freely taking flies off the surface for several weeks.
  13. PowerPro is fine on guides. Don't worry about it. Another nice thing about gel-spun (of which PowerPro is one brand) is that it does not degrade with age or exposure to UV. While it is expensive, it lasts a long time. Watch your fingers though. (Fast Fish)+(PowerPro)+(Touching the backing)=sliced fingers.
  14. I have a '91 18' with a Yamaha c115. The 115 is more than enough power...boat pops right up even fully loaded and tops out at @ 40 mph. They are incredibly seaworthy boats. This is in large part due to the fact that they are large displacement for their size and so very stable. I've been out in honest six footers in mine, and while it was no fun at all and it took me several exhausting hours to get back to port, I was never worried about the boat being able to handle it. The one main weakness, as stated, is that they are very short on storage. Some people like me don't mind that...I'd rather have the deck space. FYI, I know a number of people who have bought a Parker new and then sold it a few years later for close to what they paid. They really hold their value.
  15. Maybe you can steal this one... ry=63724 I for one would hold out and see if you can steal a late model boat like this one. Otherwise you're going to have an ancient boat, motor, and trailer and your cost will double in a matter of months. I spent my youth finding old boats and motors, putting them together and having a boat to use. Every year I would find a bigger boat and work on it through the summer while I fished out of the one I had fixed up the previous year. Old boats take either a lot of money or a lot of time and sometimes both.