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  1. I think the ande backcountry is a very decent line. It's pretty tough and is a little softer with less memory than traditional ande pink and clear. Seems to be a good value for the money too.
  2. When the peanuts are around, I like slow swimming the smallest SS littleneck with an occasional gurgle or two. Not really popping it. The blue and white always seemed better to me. A white bucktail siwash off the rear with some added flash is a standard on my small SS's and seems to work well. When this bait is around that would be the largest lure I tend to use unless I feel larger fish are around. The mostly forgotten about creek chub striper strikes in 3/4 oz and 1/2 oz can work well in either chrome or white. These are very good casters too on light tackle. Small Kastmaster's and small Hopkins Shorty's are also good peanut imitators. The Fiord spoon by the Acme Kastmaster company is a killer in shallow water and I wouldn't rule out small Kroc's either. Tin is general is a very good lure especially when peanuts are around and somedays they want a certain tin in a certain size with a certain tail hook config. When you find that magic combo sometimes you can put on a catching clinic. I think tin gets largely overlooked very often. I always did well with small bucktails fished under the schools of bait with a small grub as a trailer. Just the grub on a lead head can be the flavor of the day at times. All jigs are small. 3/8 to maybe 3/4 tops. when the peanuts are around I like to fish light and small.
  3. Very large SS siwash with a feather. 9 or 10/0 is not out of the question. Thats a good plug for boulderfields. Not the best casting needles but high riding and leaves a nice wake on a slow retrieve. I always considered the wadd a niche type needle. Thats not a bad thing.
  4. Admittedly I don’t fish eels much anymore. Back when i did they were in a class of their own. Far better than lures as long as you can present them correctly. These days it is harder to get big eels. You can toss todays eels with a light spinning rod for the back bay. Not my idea of eeling. That was my primary reason for getting away from them. Not all eels are created equal. Bigger was always better and if I was to put the time in it was going to be with stout gear and big snakes. Not saying a small eel can’t bag a nice fish but bigger eels were hands down better and sadly a thing of the past.
  5. I would say a white gibbs pencil in 1.5 oz, a 1 oz and 1.5 oz kastmaster with a bucktail hook, and the bronze back mag darter in 1oz are plugs I would really not want to be without in eastern ct. I would also say a SS popper in 1.5 oz in white or blue/white would be another must have along with some minnow swimmers in different sizes like the SP. You can’t go wrong with an olive over pearl for a color imo. Sort of universal. There are no magic lures. All of the ones I mentioned will take fish if you can present them effectively. There in lies the key.
  6. I persoanlly like andrus rip splitters and mister twister 6 inch white grubs. I find the rubber works better than pork in most instances. The 6 inch is very trimmable to match nearly any size jig. Maybe not as durable as pork but very effective.
  7. In the northeast pink ande works well as leader with regard to color. Florida ? Crystal clear water?? I can’t say. When I started fishing some of the more clear water places in the cape and RI I found a purpose for floro. I would try something different if I was you especially if you are targeting line shy fish.
  8. The 7000 c3 is my favorite conv reel for chunking. Nice choice.
  9. Different perspective. For a 12 footer and bait I would go with the larger reel with the better capacity. It will have an edge in torque and cranking power too. I persoanlly feel in this case the smaller reel is a bit of a mismatch for the big rod too. Different stroke for different folks.
  10. That is a big plug! From the standpoint of tossing this for distance, it claims rear weighted and long casting however, that doesn’t necessarily mean wobble free. I seriously doubt it will best some other long range 3-3.5 oz plugs that are far less expensive and much more proven. Not trying to be a jilljoy but I have been burned before. If it was wobble free on the cast and perfectly balanced, you would need some stick to overcome the resistance of the big fat plug. Not to mention the strength of a gorilla. I would invest in The larger SS heavies before throwing down on this plug. I am an expert on wasting $ on plugs.
  11. Personally, I think you are fishing the very best lure already. From a boat metal lip plugs would be deep on my list of lures and probably only come out in shallow water over structure like a reef perhaps. Close in casting towards a rocky shore for instance. If I was throwing them I like them big and Mike’s custom plugs does big better than most. Look at his commander and big ben lures. If you are interested in other suggestions for lures , I would put my best efforts deeper under the school especially for the larger fish 90% of the time. Lures like big 10-12 inch shad baits on modestly weighted jig heads that sink the bait slowly make those bid shads look so real. Great lure. Big sinking Sebiles would be another bait I would be inclined to use too. I have seen then work very well under bunker schools especially when the live bait guys were the only ones connecting. Best of luck!
  12. I believe that hooks are not the culprit too but that goes hand in hand with the angler. I seldom reach for my pliers and can remove multiple trebles from a fished mouth with a little finesse and patience and return that fish pretty quickly. I have been stuck once or twice over the years but never had a hook buried in my hand. I'm just very comfortable removing hooks because I really don't fear getting stuck. Maybe I am just lucky. I have seen guys go to work on a fish with a plug in it's mouth ripping and tearing the hooks out while pinned down under a size 12 boot. Even if those fish swim away, I often think they are doomed. I guess if your really concerned about getting them back quickly and in best condition, learning how to rely on jigs and other single hooked lures can be a huge plus. Crushing the barbs on those jigs would even be better.
  13. I second that. Love the old jigmaster.
  14. I have not owned a Clash but wouldn't hesitate to use one of Penn's lesser reels like the Battle 2 in that size either. I don't think you can go wrong wit any of them. The new Conflict is the Penn reel that has most interested me. Their may be some weight savings over the Clash of the same size. Being for light tackle that may interest you.
  15. I am no stranger to back problems myself. I found a decent back support to work well. It's not a cure all but it helps support the back so your muscles don't get so fatigued. I also found that deep wading quiet flat waters and the back bays with light tackle to help a lot too. It puts you at the same level as the water as opposed to being perched on a high rock or on a jetty where you are fishing at a more downward angle which I find exhausting on my back muscles. Not sure if that makes sense.