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  1. There was a returned Berkley TEC cutting/plastic welding tool on the counter at my local tackle shop. Has an element that gets red hot and cut/melts braid and mono like a champ. It was a whopping $9 cause the led light didn't work. I love this thing. Is it a toy? Yes... kinda... but my uni to uni looks so good without the frayed edges!
  2. At Taco Bell we say 'gran-day'.... at Boca, you say plain old 'grand'. And we'll know you're a tourist by the 'Boca Grande' shirt you're sporting.
  3. I'm not sure theres even a lure on that rod! Congrats... hopefully my wife will follow suit shortly.
  4. Being that I fish 2 OK's, I almost couldn't click the link fast enough! I love it. Very well thought out features, and if it were 400 bucks less.... I'd consider it. But my next purchase will definately be a boat with pedal power. Being a sight fisherman in a kayak and having to paddle just does not work. Thank you Ocean Kayak for listening, it's just 10 years too late. This of course is my opinion, and I know what they say about opinions.
  5. I just got my dream (for now) setup, and I need a little advice as per line. I got a different answer from everyone in my local shop, so I turn to the pros here for help. It's a Calcutta 201dc mounted on a Shimano Cumara 7'7". The reason for this setup was mainly because i wade and kayak fish predominantly, and I wanted maximum distance... Now, i have basically been told every single line you could think of, with Fireline Crystal coming up more than once. Keep in mind I'll be 95% chunking topwater in salt flats. Any advice is VERY appreciated at this point. I do have experience with baicasters, just not the DC, but I figured it would give me an advantage if I decided to go with braid. At this point I was thinking Fireline Crystal in 14 lb. test, cause the reel would hold around 200 yards of it. Again, any opinion welcome and appreciated!
  6. double post, sorry.
  7. Great advice guys, thanks. My preference is really mono. Just an old school thing really. Especially on the flats. If I'm gonna hit some docks, or rocks, I'll use a spinning outfit with braid and a flouro leader. But mono is just easier (and cheaper). I will predominantly be fishing for Redfish and Speckled Trout. There is the occasional chance of a Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Ladyfish, etc... But I do sight fish, so it's mostly Redfish in the 7-15 pound range. For the rest of the water column, there are always at least two other rods rigged and ready. I spooled it up with some 12# mono that I had half a spool left laying around. SpiderWire XXX. It's OK casting, but I can tell there's more distance to be had. I also have some 8# Sufix Elite, which is as low as I will dare go on the flats, cause you just never know when that 35 incher decides your topwater is his breakfast. And I HATE losing lures due to line failure. For now, the FL braid will stay in the package, in case I need to swap it out for something else. But it seems 14-15# braid would be a perfect choice diameter wise to really launch a plug, and still have the confidence to put pressure on the fish Thanks again guys. Tight Lines.
  8. Lets hear what ya got.. 'The Three Flamingos' 'All Hyped Up and No Place To Go', 'So much Money, So little Class' ... I got nothin'.... let em rip.
  9. Oh, that's cold. So cold. And it'd be RNWA (Rich-$)
  10. This is eerily familiar somehow... let me think.. hmm... ESPN played it up ad nauseum...endless commercials... the nicknames.... wait..... THE CELTICS! The thing about the Celtics, at least for me... (flame warning).. is I actually WANT the Celtics to win. I genuinely like the players. For some reason, this whole Miami thing rubs me the wrong way. It seems orchestrated. OH MAN.. new thread time...
  11. Amen to that. Panama City Beach is still perfect. Fishing closures are 20 miles out, so that leaves, oh about 3 million acres to fish. We are truly the stewards of our respective ecosystems, if big business or government would give our words, and opinions more credence, most of these type things could be avoided. 4 AM, time to hit the road to the launch! Tight lines.
  12. I actually lol'd at that. Man, you are one prepared fisherman. If only Tom Hanks had that in Cast Away....
  13. That's the truth, people in boats are way worse than wildlife. The only way you'd get in trouble with a gator is if you went looking for it. Where ya headed anyway?
  14. Oh yeah.... don't use 'auction sites' exclusively. The newspaper is always worth looking at, free 'trade publications' are good, ours is called the Thrifty Nickel. Cr***'s List is good, because just cause someone is asking a certain price, doesn't mean it's rock bottom. People love to haggle. And there's always forums. The hardest part is just finding somebody where you live. But if there is a dealer selling new ones, he's also selling used ones. Hope some of this rant helps ya, see you on the water!
  15. I see no reason at all to buy a 'new' kayak. It will be new to you anyway. Just do some research, maybe take a test drive or two... ask opinions here...you'll be fine. I've bought from people I know, so that made the back story a given. The main thing to look for is sun fade. If a yak is left in the sun it will get brittle. Outdoors is one thing, direct sunlight is quite another. I personally have an Ocean Kayak Scrambler, and a Scrambler XT at the moment. (I say 'at the moment' because my wife wants a Hobie she can pedal). The XT being my main fishing platform. I got it for $200, with a seat and paddle (an Aqua-Bound Sting Ray...BONUS!). And it's about 6 years old. Plenty of life left, and there are deals like that all over the place. Is it the best fishing platform? Heck no, but it fit my budget, it gets from A to B and back again, and it holds a good bit of gear. Rigged it for fishing very cheaply, you really don't need much to get on the water and fish.
  16. I know it's a long shot, but I really want to try one of these reels for some light tackle fishing. Keeping weight down is important, and the digital control is interesting. I may be interested in a 201 dc. Just let me know what you got. Thanks. And yes, the DC part matters. Cheers
  17. Allright, bought myself a Calcutta 201 DC. I will still consider offers if someone does have a 101DC they want to sell. Thanks.
  18. Sold! I am on my buddies iPhone at work, but if it's mechanically sound as you say. Done deal. Just let me get home to my computer so I can see how much I have in paypal.
  19. Very nice and simple. Where does the extra line sit when not out? And where does the anchor sit? I end up moving a LOT, but that is a great system. And i have all those pieces laying around. The ring I have is aluminum, but it'd work.
  20. interested! , price is close to what I wanted to pay. I would love to see pics. And the big question... fresh or salt? What sort of usage, etc... Thanks a bunch.
  21. What rod do you have the 100 on? And what line? Thanks for the input.
  22. Also, if anybody bought a Stradic ci4 and just hates it, I may take that off your hands too.
  23. I just gotta chime in, even though most of my fish are in the 8-15 pound range, not the monster stripers you are going for. My best all arounder is a Shimano Teramar 8' Med. action Mod/fast taper. It's a bit heavier than I'd like for all day fishing, but the TC4 composite construction is stellar. I fish mine with mono. There may be a rod in that lineup for you. Tight lines.
  24. This may be what the doctor ordered. The Skwoosh. I've got arthritis, and this made a world of difference. I'm sure there may be cheaper places to get it, this is just a link I had saved. Tight lines!