ifsteve

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  1. Chevy vs Ford.
  2. Get a guide. A buddy of mine just spent a week there. He fished a lot. Caught one small bone. He had a blast and the place was gorgeous. The fishing ....well not so much.
  3. No the one I have is a Clear Creek and its about 4 inches square. I have not tried to put four larger rods in it but will be trying that today to see if it will work for my Seychelles trip. Not sure (in fact I think they won't fit) it will hold my 9, 10, and two 12s. If not then I am going to buy a piece of light plastic piping at Lowes. Cut it down to 34" length and maybe even drill holes in it to reduce weight since weight is going to be a major issue for this trip. Follow up: As expected, one 9, one 10, and two 12s don't fit.
  4. Unless you aren't checking any baggage I just don't see much advantage to not checking your rod tubes if they will fit into your checked bag. Not like you are saving any time or money and its a lot more convenient than having to carry them around airports. But IF you are going to try and carry them on then be smart and get to the airport way early just in case somebody in the check in chain says nope go back and check that.
  5. Depends on where I am flying. If I am within the US then I still carry on. I have a case that holds four - four piece rods. But if I am flying outside the country then I put my rods inside my checked bags. Its just too hit or miss outside the US as to carrying on stuff. In fact my last trip out of the country was to Argentina and they state right in their baggage rules that NO sporting equipment can be carried on.
  6. I just don't see much reason to have a two piece rod. If you like the performance of a certain rod then great but that is more about the material and taper of the rod per se than how many sections it has. If a guy leaves them on is skiff or can fit a 9ft rod in his SUV then there just isn't a reason to have a two piece vs a one piece. And if you travel then a four piece is just way easier to deal with even if you are checking rods. I can fit my four piece rods inside my checked bag thereby costing me one less piece of luggage. A two piece rod means a separate piece of luggage and more baggage charges.
  7. If you are using heavier braid for backing (say 50# and up....I use Jerry Brown solid in 80#) then there is zero need to use a bimini. A triple surgeons (six times through) is superb and I have never had one fail on tuna, tarpon, and hopefully GT in April. If you are worried about any braid cutting the loop on your fly line then simply sleeve the backing in a piece of 130# dacron before you make your loop.
  8. Dude in your other post you only talked about sailfish with a 12 weight. Tuna? You need a 14 if not a 16 wt. They will absolutely sound on you and you will kill yourself with a 12. I have landed a mess of small YFT up to 25# and they were a handful on a 14 wt.
  9. The only sail I caught was on a 12 wt. But here's the clincher. I also hooked a big black on that outfit and would have had zero chance. I mean zero. It turned out not to matter since it ran straight away and its dorsal cut the leader. A 12 is plenty fine for pacific sails. Like already said the issue is if a striped or blue show up. Conversely a 14 is also fine for sails and not too much. Sailfish tend to jump and jump and don't frequently sound (although they sometimes do). But marlin are much more likely to sound. If you hook any kind of a billfish and it sounds you will be sorry to only have a 12 in your hands. Just hope if that happens that the captain is able to plane the fish back up with the boat.
  10. I had a 10wt and it was a great rod for me. And if I was buying a rod for bull redfish it would be a 10 and not a 9....just to bust mightyrime a bit....lol. I think St. Croix Legend Elites are a really great line of rods. I actually have two six weights that I use extensively on lakes for big trout.
  11. Search online for BVK breakages. I would much prefer a mangrove if I was buying a TFO.
  12. Going to offer a different direction. I had reels with extra spools, lots of them, over the years, and have totally gone away from them. I now just have a reel rigged for each type of fishing I may encounter on the day and here's why. Heat of the battle - When I am fishing and a different scenario comes up then I want to grab the other rod and get firing. I don't want to spend time re rigging. To me this is by far the biggest need for a ready to go rig. Not heat of the battle change - If its not a need to make a quick change then you can use an Omni Spool quick changer almost as fast as switching reel spools maybe even faster since you don't have to re thread the line through the guides. And this is even cheaper than extra reel spools.
  13. Dive booties do not provide any ankle support. If all you do is short wades on sand or grass then they are fine. But they are not worth a crap for any kind of wading in coral. I have used dive booties on the coral flats in Belize. They can work. But a boot like the Simms Flat Sneaker or Orvis Andros Flats Hiker are much better. I am headed to the Seychelles in April and they insist you not use dive booties. My point is dive booties are fine for what they are intended for but why not just get the best tool. Never know when CI, Belize, Hawaii, etc may come calling.
  14. I would stongly suggest you get a good pair like the Simms Flats Sneakers and avoid the neoprene booty style. They are fine for a limited application but the better ones like the Flats Sneakers will do it all.
  15. IMO bluewater is an area where you get what you pay for....these fish are big and much much tougher on anglers and gear than inshore fish. I would look for a used high end reel such as Abel or Tibor.