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  1. I just installed 265/50/20 Terra Grappler G2s on my jeep. I love them so far, but haven't had them on the beach yet. I'm guessing they'll do just fine. They're quiet on the road and handle way better than my stock tires.
  2. Not sure if I'm the only guy here who doesn't shuffle his feet while flats fishing, but the only thing that ever tagged me on the flats happened while I was doing the sting-ray-shuffle. This was in the Sarasota Fl. area, where I lived for 5 years or so, fishing 4-7 days a week (ah, I miss those days and that place). When I got hit it felt like someone hit me with a bat on the top of my foot. I froze thinking immediately it was a ray, then a few seconds later a big jack blitz erupted all around me. I was fine of course, and it was a cool experience, but it made me think if a jack mistakenly bum-rushed my foot while it was sliding through the eel-grass, hidden in a cloud of sand, what would stop a bull shark from doing the same? I saw a lot of sharks out there... especially in the warmer months. After that I stopped shuffling and started stepping... though I would step lightly when my foot first touched bottom, then put weight on it a few seconds later. I've stepped on hundreds of sting rays. Some days they were so thick on the flats, I'd step on a dozen just moving from one side of the flat to the other. Most of the time I would feel the bottom move, lift my foot and the ray would pick up and move a few yards, then I would continue. One bonus was I could cover more water walking over shuffling. I'm still surprised I never got tagged. Now manatees – thats a different story. I'm 0-1 against them. One got me while wading deeper water where he swam from behind me with his head perfectly positioned between my knees. I first felt the whiskers touch both of my calves.. then a few seconds later it was rodeo night on the flats. Needless to say the manatee won.
  3. I don't think there are any 4.0's in the WK2 GC editions (the years you've been looking at). There's the 3.6 penstar v6 and the 5.7 Hemi. I currently have the hemi, which has been getting better mpg than my last Grand Cherokee, which was the 4.7 V8. I wanted to stay with a V8 just for drivability, and mpg wasn't a big concern. The one nice thing about the GC is if you spend a lot of time on the highways or traveling, I've found they are a pleasure to drive. Other things I like about the GC (which are probably the same with a few other SUV options). I can fit my one-piece 10' sticks inside when parked for a while, the others stay locked on my roof. The back seats fold down flat, so I can stack my gear on one side and sleep on the other when I stay out for a few consecutive days. I'm 6'2" and fit fine. I've never been stuck before. I came close with my 05' CG on a few occasions, but the 4wheel low allowed me to crawl out every time without touching the gas pedal. They also clean up nice for road trips with the wife. Things I didn't like: The door hinges are a joke in hard winds. I bent both doors in my '05 fishing in a heavy North West blow. I parked with my back to the wind, and both me and my passenger lost our grip on the doors. They creaked until the day I traded it in. Lesson learned there was park into the wind if I could. The ground clearance wasn't great on my '05. I pushed a lot of sand sometimes, but never got stuck. My new GC has air shocks that raise it 2.5". I've heard they are reliable but who knows how they will perform in 5 years of use. My '05 also had electrical issues which is why I eventually got rid of it. I think that was a known issue with those year models. I also looked into 4Runners, but in the price range I wanted to stay, I couldn't find anything that didn't have high mileage. I know Toyota's never die but I couldn't pull the trigger on something with 80k on the dash. On the flip side I guess they hold their value very well. Good luck on your hunt!
  4. JD, try looking for a trail-rated Lorado. That should have the correct 4 wheel low I believe. I'm currently on my 4th grand cherokee – an '12 Overland. I just got it and only had it on the beach once a few weeks ago, but it was solid. I had an '05 Limited before this one and I never got stuck (I did plow sand from time to time when the tracks got deep).
  5. I agree with some of the above.. if you have a chance to hunt for some peacocks, definitely take advantage. I gave it a try for the first time last fall. I found residential canals on google maps, and drove around hitting any spot that had an outflow pipe or dam. I caught my first peacock within the first 10 minutes of fishing. I spent a few days jumping around, and caught multiple by the end of the trip, along with some nice largemouth. There are also snook and small tarpon. I threw a bunch of bushy colorful streamers (black & brown wooly buggers are said to work as well) on a 6 weight. I also caught a few on shiners (I had a spinning rod with me). I plan on getting back down this summer. I sketched this up in my fishing log on the way home how the fish stacked up: Good luck, -Mike
  6. From the album Miami Flies

  7. I would look for a rod in the 7' to 8' range that can throw lighter stuff.. say 1/2 oz to 2 oz. I lived in Sarasota for close to 5 years. My go-to rod there is a 7' tidemaster (I believe its rated to around an ounce) with a penn conquer 4000. I throw 6" hogy or sluggos on quarter-ounce lead head and spooks. May was always my favorite month. BIG snook out out in the flats. The stingray will be thick though, so step lightly;)
  8. One of my favorites from this past fall: Pic taken by Chubby Chaser…
  9. Great post! I'm heading down with the wife the 3rd week of May (It'll be the first time for both of us). I've been wanting to surfcast Cabo for 15 years. Once we finalize where we are staying I may look you up. -Mike
  10. Nothing more frustrating then lockjaw snook! When boat fishing, the only thing that worked for us was chumming them with live shiners (take a handful from the livewell, squeeze them lightly until they pop and toss). I don't remember a time that didn't work. Not much of an option flyrodding the surf though. Often I would move on and target different water, then check back to the lockjaw snook later in the day or at night. Shark's definitely won't hurt him (another hard thing to tell yourself when they are swimming around your feet). Just tell him NOT to shuffle his feet while wading (known as the sting-ray shuffle). Stepping very lightly will be totally safe with sting rays. I've stepped on hundreds of them. If the bottom of your foot moves, pick it up fast. Only time I ever got bit by something wading in sarasota was while shuffling my feet. Turned out to be a giant jack, probably thinking my foot was a snack sliding along the eel grass and sand. It only hurt for a few minutes. It would've been a different ball game if that jack was a bullshark. o
  11. Rocco, when I saw the feeding this is exactly the question it answered for me, which I sketched up in my log. Your plug was "tail slapped," but based on what I saw in the tank, it was accidental. I've had a few instances where my spook was slapped so hard it few a few feet through the air. Again, I want to keep stressing my diagram is based off of 2 minutes of a live-shiner/bass massacre in a confined space, but it's the closest I ever saw bass feed, other than looking down on them from the surf or boat. If BPS wasn't so damn far I'd go up for a few more feedings to do a few more diagrams. I have friend's who are biologists, but one study's salamanders and the other ticks. I still need to find a marine biologist;)
  12. Good point Ebb... To throw a wrench into the 'they don't miss' theory... there were multiple misses during the live feeding. One shiner alone survived for around 2 minutes because it kept getting missed by the bass in front of the tank. Again, this is a captured environment, but wild fish feeding among numerous competitors. If you throw current, sweep, wind, and the wild circle of life (such as the predator can become the prey to another fish in the area), I would think there's a lot more opportunity for a miss. Now, I'm no biologist... just an artist who obsesses with fish Good thread so far.