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  1. cityevader - I have tried very hard this year to accomplish what you are trying to do. I will try to stretch a nickel when i can, because I know I'll spend the savings on yet some other additional fun gear . So it makes sense to me to save money where I can. In my case I bass fish a lot and go through a lot of braid. What I wanted to do was backfill with mono, then have a topshot of 150 yards of braid. I know that over the course of a couple months 9sometimes weeks depending upon where I fish) that enough of that 150 yards will get broken off, or nicked and I cut off a few feet, etc. to eventually all I have to do is unspool whatever residual braid remains and all I need is another 150 yards of braid to go on top. There are a couple websites that will help you calculate the desired amount of mono backing and braid if you provide them the line diameter and spool capacity. It's just math but let the website do it. That gives you the amount of each you need to spool on. I tried to use the Berkley line counter that somebody above posted an image of, but I find that little gizmo is unreliable and gave me bad measurements such that I would get the initial mono backing amount incorrect, then I didn't have the desired room left for the amount of braid I wanted. Lots and lots of winding and unwinding and respooling have me ready to bash that crappy line counter with a hammer and stop fooling with trying to save a few bucks. Going forward I think I'm going to spool the whole thing with braid (maybe 5after 0 yards or so of mono backing), buying the larger bulk spools when they go on sale. If you ever find you have a reel with a lot of fresh looking braid that never gets used you can always backspool that onto another reel since braid will last a very long time if protected down under other line on the reel. I've also done football fields but again all that has aspects that are just a pain in the ass. I don't have a shop within 100 miles of me that spools line by the yard so that is never an option for me.
  2. Holy ****
  3. I have caught quite a few over the years so was always comfortable handling them. This one was not a large one. But it did some kind of crazy ninja jujitsu maneuver and reached around and stabbed me as intentionally as if it had a hand with a knife in it.
  4. Anybody else get 'stung' by a stingray? After 40 years of saltwater fishing I finally got nailed. It wasn't a sting, it was a stab by a spine, and it went deep into the knuckle joint of my thumb. That **** hurt...and kept getting worse. It hurt so bad I couldn't comprehend how the pain was related to what had occurred and it confused me and freaked me out. Finally learned the trick about hot water and that brought near immediate relief.
  5. Nothing but negative, frustrating experiences here with Tackle Direct customer service. Consistently poor, no need to go back.
  6. I like it a lot. I think I will get the spinning equivalent and relegate my 30 year old Ugly Stik 10’ surf rod to backup / loaner duty.
  7. Used the Battalion for several days here at the beach before I sunk a 9/0 circle hook in my big toe. Good times catching 2’ to 4’ black tip sharks. Rod did magnificent and the long butt did not feel as awkward as I expected. Don’t think I’ll be chopping it. .
  8. It has a cap that looks like it is just pressed on, so I gave it a tug to see if it would slip off. It seems on there pretty good. is it just a friction fit or is it possibly glued on? Good advice to fish with it first. I'll take my hacksaw with me just in case.
  9. This is my first and only conventional surf rod. Previously only used a surf spinning rod.
  10. conventional
  11. That sounds like an option too. I've never done any rod building or disassembly of butt sections, just repaired broken guides. How can I remove the reel seet? Do i take the butt apart and it slides off the core of the butt section?
  12. I bought the 11' Penn Battalion and taking it surf fishing for the first time next week. I can already tell the long butt is going to feel unwieldy as I've handled it in the driveway and just imagine retrieving under load is going to be weird. Someone in an unrelated post mentioned it is common to shorten the butt of a rod. How would I do that? Just take a hacksaw to it? Can I then reattach the rubber buttcap and make it look like a finished product?
  13. Hmmm, surprised I'm not seeing any love for the venerable Penn 704z. While my 704z still seems serviceable, it's 20+ years old and I'm contemplating something new so this is a good thread. I'm going to let some surf sharks test it this July
  14. any skin?
  15. I recently bought the Garmin Striker 4CV (with ClearVu) and all the accessories/parts to mount it in my hull with putty. At the last minute somebody on another forum shared that the 4CV transducer will not work with an in-hull putty mount, and I admit I was skeptical about whether this was something he did wrong or if it was true. I called Garmin and they confirmed this CV transducer will not work with a hull barrier. So at least I figured that out before I did my putty job and drilled a hole for the wires. Now I am shopping again. I'm leaning towards a cheaper Garmin Striker without the CV as I really like the tiny connectors that come on the cables. That will let me drill the smallest hole. I am open to a Lowrance Hook2 but still have memories of a bad experience with my last Lowrance. Of course the Lowrance before that was fine. Are there any known issues with a Hook2 transducer using the in-hull mount method? I think I'm talking about a transducer that does chirp/downscan and not anything fancier.