Jon I

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  1. Yep, big-time. I been catching a bunch of those little bonito too.. nothing big.
  2. I check hooks before getting on the water and sharpen or swap out if need be. I've occasionally sharpened on the water... usually jigs that I'd got stuck in rocks.
  3. I think 1" works if the finder is sitting right on top of the ball and everything is kinda vertical. But if the extender goes horizontal'ish from the base ball you'll be better off with a 1.5". It's more stable, and won't take nearly as much tightening to get it locked in.
  4. I dunno... i find the revo 13 and 16 way better than that pre '19 outback for spray. Even when going faster the hull shape shoots the water way more to the side vs old outback that sends water straight up when chop slaps that hull. I figured new outback would have some of these benefits, but I never been in one.
  5. The 30cm wheeleez makes things much easier vs the 24cm wheels in the sand if that's a concern. The trax 2-30 is $250, but if you go with the 24cm trax 2 it's about 50 bucks less. Nice carts, I think they're worth it. I prefer the cart below most trips. It works for all my yaks, I never have to flip the yak on the side to use it, and you can position these wheels in the center of the yak for an easier pull since your not having to bear the weight of the front half of your yak.
  6. Good one... I think he still coulda made it, though. My unprofessional critique... He was paddling backwards when he shoulda gone forward to avoid getting caught. And then once he was caught he held is paddle up instead of digging in to keep straight... and when he finally put his paddle in the water after getting caught, he stroked backwards instead of forward. That kind of surf is very brace-able. Basically no crunch zone, they just crumble and don't stand up.
  7. That's what I usually do, and then try to stick 'em on the second thump. With asians I usually put 'em on whole.
  8. yeah, looks like you're right... "Skinner, who writes control software..."
  9. The previous version outback was no slouch in the "getting sprayed category". Anyone that's used that boat in a bit of chop heading upwind knows what I'm talking about. I'll take the occasional chop over the side vs the spray machine any day.
  10. Yeah, in a PA I'd be VERY conservative too in the surf. Coming in backwards works, don't get me wrong. I've done it too in certain conditions... basically small surf that doesn't have much of chance to flip ya if you hit it head on. But I think if anyone wants to expand their surf launching horizon, then you need to deal with stuff that curls/tubes up and crushes stuff when it breaks... this surf is more common than the little stuff and coming in backwards is usually bad advice, at least for any kayak that can be paddled half way decently (unlike a PA).
  11. I always tie leader directly to main braid line. Not a bother.
  12. Alberto, uni... if we had a third I'd go with dropper loop.
  13. I got another thought related to the alberto here (which I primarily use)... I don't think you want to reel that knot through the tip guide under lots of pressure too many times. Years back when I first started using it I wouldn't shy away from 6+ foot leaders with it... on the second day of a really good bass bite, my leader broke millimeters below the knot. Figured it was weird, maybe it was knicked, so I continued with long leaders... a couple weeks later same exact thing happened. I think reeling that knot through the tip with a fish on the other end under pressure puts a good bend in the leader right below the knot, and you only get so many bends. At least with fluro, I'd imagine mono is much more forgiving. Now I mostly keep the knot outside of the guides, and when I do want long leaders (like now for albies) I'll just retie the alberto at the end of the day (if the bite was good).
  14. I use these hooks and a stand...
  15. I do this too... and before casting I always make sure the roller is in a position closest to the rod so it's just a bit of muscle memory now to add a little tension and feel that it's landed on the roller. It works for me. I don't know how all braid behave, but just this past weekend I was albie fishing with a tiny clark spoon tied to the end of a hookless diamond jig for a bit of extra weight. Had two ball bearing swivels both ends of the jig, but still twisted my line. At the end of the day I let about 150 yards of braid out and pumped the twists out in no time. This was with Samuri braid, real supple stuff that's probably prone to twisting, but I guess also prone to untwisting.