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  1. A Redgill ahead of a swimmer or needlefish works great at night. Another option is to use a Deceiver Fly as the dropper. At times the fish will key in on a particular size or even color lure. You can tie these droppers in any size or color you wish. You can carry an entire selection in your shirt pocket. It allows you to walk the beach with a lighter tackle bag. The dropper does not have to be small. Sizes from 2" to 9" have a place in your arsenal. You don't have to be an expert flytier to tie these flies. Crudely tied flies work just as well as those tied by the pros.
  2. Not always! The knockoff Savage jig heads are far superior to the originals. They employ substantial hooks which are not prone to straightening or breaking. I've used the Sebile Magic Swimmer and Stick Shad knockoffs and they seem to perform comparably to the originals, but I do more often than not carry the real ones.
  3. If you keep it on the surface of the water during the retrieve then it is a "top water plug" regardless of its weight.
  4. Go to the big auction site and google "Double Jointed Magic Swimmer". The 228 size is $30 for 3 with $7 shipping. They seem to act pretty much like the real ones.
  5. We were in the vicinity of the Stone Church when the boats went past us. They were not going very fast. They were not even on plane. A little while after they were out of sight behind the trees on the bank their engines started really singing so I'm sure their speed picked up significantly.
  6. My wife and I saw them while walking yesterday. We were wondering what type of military craft they were. Thanks for the info.
  7. How many times have you heard the following conversation from fisherman near you? Fisherman 1: "Hey Joe why don't you keep that fish, it's only a quarter of an inch short and they are delicious!". Fisherman 2: "They sure are good to eat, but it's not worth $500 to me so I'm letting it go.". I have never heard this conversation in Massachusetts but heard it many times during my stay in Florida. Why? Because in Florida each finfish violation incurs a $500 fine. So if you keep a snook that's under the size limit, out of season and without a license, we are talking about $1500 in fines ($500 per violation). If you were to keep 3 snook that are undersized, out of season and have no license, you are considered a scofflaw and the ante gets upped to $1000 per violation or $9000 in this case. There are no wrist slaps down there. So in Florida fisherman become better stewards of the resource regardless of whether or not they speak English. Fear of the law is a great deterrent. There are no slaps on the wrist down there. If you want laws to be obeyed there must be consequences for not obeying them.
  8. I used these baits for many years while fishing in SW Florida. I always stored them in the original bags. I never had an issue with them melting even though I often left them in the car while fishing. They certainly are a lot tougher than any plastisol bait that I ever used. In the past (before storing them in their original bags) I have had them melt other plastic baits and even plastic lure boxes (Plano, etc). Some other paddletails are more flexible and will swim at slower speeds than the Z-man varieties.
  9. The softer action rods (like glass) are usually recommended for working PPs. The reason for this is that they sort of automatically introduce slack into the line which allows the PP to slide from one side to the other. You can use any action rod as long as you are jerking the rod on the slack line that you have created. It is tough to work a PP when you have a strong cross wind since the wind keeps the line taught. Flourocarbon leaders make using a PP more difficult. I have tried using a flouro leader and that was my experience. I've never tried a split ring on the nose of a PP, I'll have to give it a whirl. Over the past 60 years I have seen many different styles of working a PP. They range from almost working it like a bass bug on a fly rod (pops and pauses) to super fast retrieves that produce a plume of water reminiscent of the antenna of a submarine going through the water. Surprisingly (to me) they all seemed to work at one time or other. The flat bottomed "Canal Style" PPs seem to work better when the current is very fast. The round bottomed PPs seem to get a better bite and give off more splash. Good luck!
  10. I guess that's the reason why the loaded oil barges heading to Boston from NY always sit lower in the water column than the empty barges returning to NY. Sort of like a Redfin on a much grander scale.
  11. A couple of possibilities might be: Bass Pro Shop Pro Qualifier - 7' - medium heavy power - fast action - now on sale for $80 Bass Pro Shop Bionic Blade - 7' - mh power - fast action - now on sale for $60 I used both of these rods in FL for bass fishing in medium to heavy cover and for light SW for snook, redfish and seatrout. I used #20 Sufix Siege mono line for the most part. For real heavy weeds I used #50 braid usually Tuf Line. Just a few of the many options available.
  12. It looks like a Hurley jig head. It would probably help with sea lettuce or eel grass. I'm not sure it would help with mung. I never liked using them much to my regret but live eels have worked very well for friends in medium density munged areas. Sometimes the weeds are near the surface and other times near the bottom. Using lures with a running depth to match the conditions can be successful. If the mung isn't too thick often it would congregate on the swivel rather than the lure.
  13. This is from the New Striped Bass Conservation Regulations dated April 25, 2019 and should answer your question: Effective next year (2020), recreational anglers not fishing aboard for-hire vessels will be required to use inline circle hooks when fishing for striped bass with whole or cut natural baits. This will include fishing with whole or cut natural baits while in possession of striped bass as well. This circle hook mandate will not apply to natural baits attached to an artificial lure to be trolled, jigged, or casted and retrieved (e.g., tube and worm). Nor will the mandate apply to any natural bait affixed to a treble hook and fished using the snag and drop technique. A hook is considered to be an in-line circle hook only if it is manufactured so the barb of the hook is in-line with the shank and bend of the hook and is turned perpendicularly back to the shank to form a circular or oval shape (see image below).
  14. Well I guess you can look at a rod as being no more than a lever. Your hands are at the fulcrum. The more the rod bends (parabolic) the more it shortens the effective length of the lever. So if you have a parabolic rod and a fast action rod that are the same length, the fast action rod will have a longer effective length. So a fast action rod will cast further because it has a longer lever. But a parabolic action rod will have a shorter lever so the mechanical advantage is more in your favor. I guess that's why they don't make 13' rods for giant bluefin tuna fishing. That's the best I can do since my mathematical skills have dimmed with age.