steve maranto

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  1. Very cool. I love seeing reports of exotic species caught from our beaches. Looks like a juvenile tiger. There were a few caught in Delaware not too many years back. And of course the infamous bull shark from around 2011 or so.
  2. I use a couple of SXs and MXLs for surf casting, but the MXLs only come out for sharks. SX MC should be a good fit for how you plan to use it
  3. Red drum at 51 inches with pic below. Was also spooled a few days prior to this by what im guessing was a large dusky shark. Was catching them up to four feet or so before getting dumped. Had enough drag just not enough line.
  4. Like clock work same time every year give or take a week. Try snagging a bunker and putting it back out on a strong bait rod.
  5. I haven't fished the St Croix, but a 10 foot rod in that weight range should be perfect. I use a 10' CCP 1-4 and its still a fun fight with smaller fish. Not sure if you're spiking, but the extra length helps keep your line above waves and people walking under your lines.
  6. Didn't realize things were that far along already. I usually don't see the bunker schools in OC/DE until early July. Thanks for the heads up! Now if I could only find time to take the trip down.
  7. Based on water temps in the mid 60s and reports of rays, it seems like it's at that slow point right before spring fishing transitions to summer. The surf should be settling into the normal summer routine soon with whiting, spot, another summer regulars. Should start seeing the bunker schools passing right off the beach in the next couple weeks also. Can't comment on the inlets as I have no experience there, but fishing the beaches in July can be very entertaining with nice variety of fish including the larger ones we don't speak of.
  8. Subarus can handle the beach with aired down tires and common sense. I've got a year on mine without any problems. Just air down 15-20psi, turn off VDC, and go. And don't forget to enjoy 32mpg on the highway and about 26 on the beach! Their biggest weakness isn't the AWD system or engine size. The AWD system is well proven and they weigh around 1,000 pounds less than other 4WD trucks, which IMO, negates the need for a 6 cylinder engine. The one area you might feel lacking if coming from a truck is ground clearance. After tire squat and loading up, you'll have about 8.5" of clearance. Probably fine in most cases but might be a limiting factor if forced into deep ruts. I put a 1 inch lift on mine for $150 and am confident driving in the deeper ruts.
  9. There's always something better but it comes at a cost that often times provides little to no benefit in real world fishing applications. The current Avet design is robust and more than capable of being fished within their spec regardless of possible problems with a first run of reels a decade ago. How do i know this? Well over 100 large sharks and rays caught from the beach on my MXL and MXL raptor which are about 6 and 7 years old, respectively. Not one bearing replaced and virtually no maintenance beyond adding grease every couple years. These reels have been fished hard but always within the recommended drag settings. They are capable reels that have proven themselves time and time again with or without a thrust bearing.
  10. I can only speak to my experience on the Delmarva beaches which was overwhelmingly positive. Near the ramps is quite rutted but the people who didn't air down enough causing those deep ruts didn't make it too far down the beach. Within less than a mile, things flatten out nicely. Keep in mind the forester weighs significantly less than most trucks and therefore floats right over the soft sand when aired down. Nevertheless, good advice from other posters to know the vehicle's limits. To the OP, make sure to upgrade the spare donut to a full size tire and update the thread once you have a chance to get out on the beach.
  11. Have to disagree with you on this one. A properly aired down Subaru can hold its own in sand. Plenty out there to support this.
  12. Either should handle the beach fine, though you shouldn't need to go that low on tire pressure. 20 psi was the sweet spot on my 17 forester in soft sand. Try 20 and see if it's laboring, and if so, 15 should be plenty. Remember to turn off vdc too. As far as a choice between the two, I went with the forester since it was about 3k cheaper and shorter for better fit in my garage. V6 on the outback would have been nice, but the 2.5 on the forester is surprisingly quick.
  13. Only takes a few dumb kids to get shark fishing banned in towns, counties, and even states. Its bad for tourism when large sharks get pulled up onto crowded beaches. Tourism dollars talk louder than fisherman's, and we'll get the short end of the stick every time. Discretion is key to continuing enjoying the sport. Nothing wrong with Avets imo. While there may be advantages to the thrust bearing from an engineering standpoint, these reels function exceptionally under fishing conditions. I have 7 years and lots of big fish in my MXL and MXL raptor without bearing replacement. They're great reels when fished within their drag range.
  14. I went in January about 10 years ago and the fishing was pretty slow. The locals said it is generally a slow time of year until the bluefish, pompano, and spanish bite picks up later into winter. Water was also crystal clear which didn't help. That said I still caught a variety of fish mostly on a sabiki down by the pilings. Best fishing on that pier is about midway out after the sandbar but before the rocks and coral. Ive also had luck on the end when the midway point was too crowded.
  15. Very impressive that 6 and a bunker head are pushing 200 yards. Especially considering a lever drag reel designed for trolling and budget rod. I'm a believer that we are talking feet and not yards. Otherwise this guy would be the next world distance champ with a quality setup.