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About stroftswank

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    fishing, hiking, camping, anything outdoors
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    Refrigeration and Hvac Mechanic
  1. Gman, Mike, everyone, thank you for your advice. I’ve narrowed choice down to two lines. Rio Direct Core Flats Pro with 6 ft clear intermediate or wulff lost tip with 12 foot clear tip. i have always been a big fan of wulff lines, but don’t know if I want 12 feet of sinking line for beach snook. I think that 6 feet of sinking line will probably be ideal for the depth and 12 feet will be a lot of additional surface tension on the pickup. With a six foot sink tip and 8-10 feet of leader, I’ll have roughly 15 feet of clear line. The Rio six foot sink tip is appealing because of the short length of sinking line for pickup. The advantage to the 12 ft is I’ll also be fishing canals for peacocks and may want the added depth, but I suppose I could just use a floating life with sinking Versi-leader for that application.
  2. This is exactly why I am looking for a line in the area of 230 grains for the first 30 feet, which is already half a line size over weight. Shopping for lines is dizzying. The floater I use on my 8 weight is a wulff triangle taper rated at 220 gr I believe. This is my perfect comfort range. I am a lower intermediate levelcaster and I can comfortably carry 40 feet of line and shoot another 30 feet with double haul in the wind with this line. i understand there will be passers by on the beach and I won’t be able to backcast 50 feet of line, but i don’t expect on the beach to have to make 75 foot casts to cruising fish. Am I wrong? In my mind I think with 20 feet of line out the rod plus an 8-10 ft leader, I should only need to shoot another 10 feet to be casting at fish. A 300-330 grain line for a 2-3 inch schminnow just sounds like overkill that will rob me of line speed and spook the fish as it lands on the water.
  3. Hi all, will be traveling to Southwest Florida in late April. I will be staying in Naples and making trips to Marco, Sanibel/Captiva and Fort Myers. I will be bringing two 8 weights with me, one with a floating line and the other a type 3 full sink. I have been reading a lot of intel that tells me my best bet for the beach is an intermediate. My mind is spinning looking at all the different line choices, and I’m not sure if I’m better off with a full intermediate, or an intermediate tip? Any snook sharpies our there who can advise me? Also, if you have a particular line to recommend, I’m all ears, but don’t really want to go much over 230 gr/30 head. That is my comfort zone for these rods. thank you!
  4. My first rod was an Orvis Clearwater 8 weight.. I bought the setup for about $320.00. It is a great rod for the money. I had many of the fishing aspirations of the original poster. Schoolie stripers, smallies, Pike, snook, and reds on one rod. If I were the OP, I would spend a few $ extra for a Clearwater setup over the Encounter. I would also personally stick with the 8 weight over the 9.
  5. Hi all, looking for advice on a sink tip line, necessary or unnecessary? Will primarily be be used to fish for smallmouth bass on the Upper Delaware, I usually fish between Narrowsburg and Ten Mile River. Will also sometimes fish nearer Port Jervis. Occasional trips to Susquehanna or Lehigh River. Typically throwing Shenks White streamer, hellgramite pattern, crayfish pattern, and clouser. 6 weight saltwater Orvis Recon. Questions... again, primarily UDR. 1) What length sink tip? 10 or 15 feet? 2) What sink rate? 3-4 or 5-6 3) Am I better off just using a versileader? I hate the way they hinge. Thank you
  6. BFD, prayers to you you for a speedy recovery. I know everyone here is pulling for you.
  7. I’m not from Mass and can’t help with your area, but get out and explore. I’d guess that 95% of rivers and streams in the Northeast hold smallmouth. When I first started targeting them, I was surprised that there were so many bodies of water within a short drive of my house, that held them. No one was advertising that these fish were in there, and they were abundant. Start by looking for areas of rocky bottom, either gravel or cobble size, with nearby current and riffles for feeding. Large boulders forming eddies, undercut banks, and outside bends are all good places to try. Stay away from silt bottoms and inside bends. You will generally be wasting your time. Good luck.
  8. In New Jersey you will need the bill of sale that shows you are the owner, such as a receipt from where ever you purchased the boat, or manufacturers certificate of origin. If you google NJ boat title, requirements from MVC are displayed quite clearly in the first official search result. Taking a chance with getting caught and receiving a summons, or causing property damage or personal injury to someone are two different things.
  9. River smallmouth, top to bottom topwater- sneaky pete just below the surface, shenks white streamer, tequeely streamer bottom bouncers, olive over root beer clouser, furry foam crayfish, mighty mike hellgramite.
  10. Exactly. I’m not well-to-do enough to own a drift boat or a framed raft, I have a canoe that I use on the Upper Delaware. Unless I have a really good fishing partner who can really control the boat, it is just an access tool. I can park and wade anywhere so long as I stay below the high water mark. Much more effective than floating in most circumstances.
  11. Thank you, Byron. The part I am unclear about is if there are any special regulations for the Lehigh, like wild trout, etc... I didn’t see any, but figured I’d double check.
  12. Hi all, do I need to buy a trout stamp in order to fish the Lehigh River? Not targeting or taking any trout. Targeting smallies. Thank you.
  13. Like said above, don’t worry so much about gear. Invest in lessons from the get go. I am self taught except for 1 hour long lesson I took after my first season of fly casting. My casting is sufficient and I can cast 70 feet regularly, sometimes 85 with a favorable wind at my back, but I am struggling to break bad casting habits that i taught myself. The easiest way to break a bad habit is to never start... On the flip side, I wouldn’t spend just 50 or 100 on a rod. I’d spend 250 on a Clearwater and have a rod I’d never need to upgrade.
  14. Thank you
  15. Silly question I’m going to install my transducer in hull on my canoe, at the bow. Which side should point forward, the square end or the round end?