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  1. I also use the above pic on rigging for decades. I've fished next to guys with hackels, decievers, femlees and the rest. Red gills in my opinion always outfished them. If you can get them go for it. I rig with a 4/0 Oshannessy. Years ago they were tough to find but if you look you might find some deals? Last time I bought a hundred I rigged. This is for the 4 inch model. o
  2. Another thing to consider is where you drive. If you drive over something half buried like around jetties with rocks your rims will be toast or lose the bead!
  3. Brian the cops there use the plovers rightfully so as an excuse not to patrol or open to fisherman at night. There's so many animals driving that beach to control! Years ago we had so many foxes there I would count up to 8 at night leaving the Gunn. While bait fishing sitting on my tailgate they were under my feet? Well long ago the Super there told me on the QT that they had someone trapping the fox to protect the birds! It was never let out publicly cause of the animal rights people. HE said it was warranted to protect an endangered species.
  4. I too moved to NC 1 year ago but not for the fishing it was a family thing. I've really not fished the beaches as beach access is tough. I'm about 60 miles east of you. Having at least a dozen miles of beach to drive on Long Island is what I miss. Seems anywhere south of Cape Lookout surf fishing is bait only except on times too far between. I've sold a ton of big plugs but still have a bunch and a few rods knowing where I was going. There are drum red and black, specs, Spanish mackerel and here a spring run of Albies I'd love to connect on my flyrod. I tell folks here about what we had on Long Island as far as fish and acess for trucks and they can't believe what it's like. I'm still trying to figure this place out. Good luck to you.
  5. I only know of 3 things that could cause it. Line roller, cracked guide or spool lip on spinners. Checking guides is tough to do. As was mentioned the Q tip but doesn't always find it. I've heard of guys using nylon stockings? Mag glass works but be aware cracks can be very slight. It took me forever to find a crack on my flyrod!
  6. I'm thinking the spool shaft was stuck in the handle side bearing? That bearing should be suspect for corrosion I think. I have decades of experience with shimanos. Not your 700 but 400's and 200's and the 400te. That spool bearing handle side gets trashed from corrosion always first. Part of your regular maintinance is make sure you oil that bearing. Working on Shimanos is not for the average tinkerer unlike your Penns. Lots more parts! My 401te has half agian the parts of my regular 400's. make sure you check that bearing before assembly. Stick a pencil point in it rotate and if you feel any roughness it's shot. Good luck!
  7. Assembly problems aside. Most folks do grease drag washers whether factory recommended or not. Couple of reasons to do so is initial start up of the drag plus to protect washers from contamination. I've serviced my own reels for many decades. There are special greases made for this. First I was aware of was produced by Carl Newell then Shimano. They work great helping to protect from contamination and helping with start up but control slippage at the same time. Both greases have a high drag coefficient and are actually sticky to the touch. That said some reels reels are what they are? Fished and played with all kinds of abu's with not much improvement all my calcuttas it helped cept for my little 201 which like I said you can't make miracles.
  8. Fish calls work both ways my friend! Best day I ever had on the beach was a call from my buddy 7 miles away. Called to say something looks like it's going to happen! Well it did bass into the 30's in the wash all day long. After 8 hrs of a bass on every cast I quit. Sorry to hear you wouldn't call up a buddy to share. Yes times were different then, but we had many friends we'd share fish with.
  9. This brings back memories! Well it all depends if you have a bunch of buddies to keep in contact with? I've had the pleasure of fishing on the beach for over 4 decades had many friends to keep in touch with. With a dozen local miles to explore the cb worked well. If you came upon a school of fish just click and all your buddies heard it was fast and easy no one left out. When everyone went to cell phones easy became a problem. Your not going to call everyone? Try 13 that was widespread although we had our own channel
  10. Try to find a penn 970 or 980 mag if you can. Somewhat similar to a squidder with a spool tension on the axel of the spool instead of the bearings but has the mag adjustment. For bait and weight on a big rod it works fine.
  11. Never tried the gorilla braid. My first braid was that stren Kevlar stuff like you said Pete buck tailing an inlet was great! Next up was magicbraid. Both of these 2 you had to glue knots! Powerpro was very good cept in the lighter tests. Setteled on suffix 832.
  12. I'd second the Garcia? Looks like it's rewraped at sometime.
  13. Hi Brian! I've found for me on pencils the action was better with the treble on back. I think the extra resistance of it kept the back end more stationary to give you that classic pencil action? I crush all my barbs.
  14. I moved to North Carolina last year from New York. You would think with less population beaches would be open? They are all closed where I live to all!
  15. Word had it last summer it was to close? Heard it might be a deli! Gotta say a lot of locals will miss the place. Believe it or not I used to be a local but never patronized it. There are shops that are mom and pop that I did for 40 years. Internet priceing made most Try to compete a little