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About vandenhooff

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  1. Stocking foot waders for me too. I buy good quality boots (Simms Guide). My thinking is they spend most of the their life under water,kicking rocks, stumps, etc. I bought Orvis waders, not their top of the line model, and have been very happy with them. I think they're 5 years old. We fish only rivers and are constantly log hopping, crossing streams, etc.
  2. got'cha
  3. Really? In all of Europe, Italians live the longest. I wonder how they do it with "compromised immune systems".
  4. There are plenty of sites out there with analysis; each has slightly different data. The graph below is a portion of what you can find using the link provided.
  5. Been to Mexico many times. For years I could take my travel rods with me on board as a carry-on item. Then about 4-5 years ago things changed. On the flights to Mexico, no problem, I can still take travel rods on as carry-on luggage. However, on the flight home Mexican authorities make you check it; and the airline is happy to charge a fee, of course. A number of years ago, after a Puerto Vallarta trip, baggage handlers lost my Orvis T3 travel fly rod. As when had a connecting flight in LAX we had to pickup and re-check our luggage. My Orvis travel rod was nowhere to be found. When we arrived in Vancouver, Canada at midnight I talked to customer service (Alaska Airlines). Behind her very tired looking, red eyes, the customer service rep said something like, "once LAX finds it, it'll be put on a later flight to Vancouver. Will you be home tomorrow because someone will call you and we'll deliver it." "Yah right" I thought. My rod is gone.... Nope. Alaska called the next day and the rod was delivered to my house. I was shocked but very happy! Lastly, I would like to note that some airlines count multiple pieces of fishing gear (2 rods and a tackle box) as one piece of regular luggage. I've checked a large duffel bag full of gear plus my large 6 foot homemade PVC tube with my surf rods inside for the cost of one piece of regular (not oversize) luggage. Take a minute to read your airlines baggage rules, look for the fine print or footnotes; often fishing baggage rules are listed under sporting equipment.
  6. How about the F165 Ghost Black Mag Darter and the Bull Pop for $25 shipped? If the Mag Darter is sold then I'll pass. Thanks
  7. Hi packetinternetgroper, in a previous thread you listed two Yo-Zuri bull poppers. Any interest in $25 shipped for the pair?
  8. I'll offer $35 paypal shipped.
  9. Been down about 20 times (PVR and SDJ), always felt safe, always brought surf fishing gear; and for the last few years I've been bringing my fly rod too. While I've never caught a trophy fish from shore, as we all know there's no better way to spend time. I'm no expert but here's a few things to note: No license is required for shore fishing For the last 3-4 years although I could bring my travel rods on as carry-on luggage flying down, returning home Mexican authorities made me check them. My solution has been to pack my travel rods inside my full size suitcase and check them for the flight home. Another option, depending on the carrier, some consider two rods plus a tackle box as one piece of "fishing gear". In this case they charge you for one piece of luggage, not three. I've taken advantage of this and two brought full size rods (i.e. two-piece 11' & 13" rods ) and a duffel bag chalk full of gear. For those trips I packed my rods inside a home made PVC tube as I found it more robust than the Plano rod carriers (which I also own). If he's going to be chunking from shore he should source some sputnik weights (the surfcaster dot com usually has them). They have little legs that dig into the sand and they hold. When you retrieve the legs disengage. Buy shrimp, squid or octopus from the market and use a treble to secure it well. I find shrimp is the least secure bait and falls off the easiest (or it's getting eaten and I don't feel the nibble ). After fishing he should rinse his gear right away; common sense but easily forgotten if drinking beer while fishing . Most resorts have a shower near the pool; that's where I rinse my gear. A small soft-side cooler will keep his cerveza frio while fishing The most important advice I can give him, which is also the easiest to learn - whether he catches or not, enjoy the vacation! We're going down in late April and can't wait. Cheers
  10. Would $25 shipped work? Zip code 98281
  11. Are you kidding me!?! Cool Thank tou PM on the way
  12. Saturday bump
  13. Nice work. I'm in. Thanks
  14. Looking to purchase a Daiwa Tatula 100HL or 100HSL Type R. A mint Type R 100HL sold on SOL yesterday for $80 shipped. I'm willing to pay same; thread can be viewed here. Please post pictures. Thanks
  15. I’ll take the reel for your asking price of $80 if first buyer is unable to or if you do not receive a reply in a reasonable amount of time.