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  1. LOL. That's the beauty of the versi-tip system. Can actually test which presentation method works best.
  2. I haven't tried the Titan but it should work similarly to what I've described with the older Versatip system. Assume that's an integrated line. 15ft tips are perfect for this application (given the depths of water you describe). IMO a 24ft or 30ft sink tip would foul more and not be much fun.
  3. If you can find one, an older version of the Rio Versi-tip line is very well...versatile for these situations. The sink tips that come with the line are 15ft long. Also the head floats very well, especially in saltwater. Used to be able to pick these up for under $80 a set. The advantage here is also that you get multiple sink tips, an int tip, and even a floater. Can easily switch out the 15ft tips to match conditions. The use of a longer leader might help as well when using the int or floating tip. With the heavier tips a 4ft leader is all you need. The downside of this is the loop to loop connection going through the guides, but at 15ft away, you can sweep the tip portion out of the way or into a short roll cast, keeping the main running line out of the rocks. The thin running line is actually one of my favorites on this older line. It holds up better than any of the newer Rio runners, IMO. But the running line will crack eventually. At that point, I simply create a new runner from an older weight forward line. These same 15ft tips can also be used on the Wulff Ambush lines or on Floating or Intermediate Skagit heads, but you have to do some basic math to figure out the balance. Wulff Ambush lines float really high, and are great because the head acts like a strike indicator. Need to use a stripping basket for the thin running lines these come with. The really thin runners are not as durable as the old version Rio Versatip runners.
  4. Google the common cents system - this is a method to evaluate a blank to determine what it's power, action and flex pattern are, and also to determine the approximate loading, i.e. grain weight range, that won't overload the blank. It's a scientific method that ends up with an approximation. Or if you want a decently (IMO) accurate rule of thumb, take the lower end the rod's weight range in oz (e.g. for a spinning rod you want to convert) and convert to grains (online conversion tool), then add and subtract around 10 to 15 percent. So a typical (10-11ft) 1-4 oz spinning rod can handle around ~440g +/- with an approximate range of around 375g to 500g. The top end of that could be for water loaded casting (single spey), and the lower for pure overhead casting with a distance line (like an Airflo 40+, with the grains measured at 30ft of the front) , and a lot of line out of the tip. I generally like an 11wt tarpon line for an easy match with a 10-11ft rod, rated at 1-4 or 1-5 oz. These rods tend to like around 425 to 465g head weight. For shorter range casting a 10wt or 11wt Rio OBS. YMMV.
  5. Thanks will send funds.
  6. Can't really see the patterns inside. Don't really need some of what I can see. Respectfully offer $60 shipped.
  7. Sorry to hear that.
  8. Can those come with a free boat ride somewhere to where the big-uns live? I'd never be able to justify otherwise... )(
  9. Sea robins, anyone? They seem plentiful. Hard to clean but tasty.
  10. Snapper nails it. Newer 8wt Predator (version 2) is right on the money, for those lines, IMO. You might also want to ask Brian (moderator here) about the Predators as I believe he is a fan of the 9ft versions, at least as back-ups to his high end Sage rods.
  11. The Predators are not high end rods. They are mid-priced rods. They are built with the idea that they are better at fighting fish than a similarly rated "flats" type rod. Most of the early Predators were also far too powerful for their rating. This was remedied to some extent in the newer versions. I think that if your lines are 9wt Outbound type lines then get a 9wt Predator. Outbound lines are already over-lined by at least two line weights. If your "nine" weight lines are more traditional (standard AFTMA) weight forward lines then consider getting an 8 weight Predator. YMMV.
  12. Agree - the Predator over the Crux. Bit heavy in 9wt but you look like you can handle it.
  13. That's a nice big, healthy looking perch.
  14. I might not be a linguist, or even play one on t.v., but I see progress. Good luck and may you continue your achievements and make a full recovery.
  15. Closing this up.