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About snakebit95

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  • Birthday 01/22/1972


  • About Me:
    Mechanical Engineer, University Alabama Huntsville graduate working in the utilities industry.
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Avid fisherman (mostly freshwater), kayaker, boater — if it swims, I usually find a way to catch it!!
  • What I do for a living:
    Design automated high production equipment.

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  1. I have looked at and came close to buying a new Outback. Seeing all of the hull cracks during my research has kept me from spending the money. Based on the photos, the hull material in the area of failure looks awefully thin. It also looks to be point-loaded, which is a bad design choice with thin-walled plastics. The load bearing area needs to be increased and the chair-to-hull contact redesigned to be a uniformly distributed load instead of a small point load. Mixing dissimilar materials such as metal brackets has challenges as well; primarily due to thermal stresses induced by the differences in thermal expansion rates between plastcs and metals. With that said, I am glad to see Hobie is taking care of their customers. Personally, I would not want to own one of these hulls after the warranty runs out. If it was a $1000-$1500 kayak, my outlook would probably be different. High warranty costs on Hobie’s end results in routine price increases to cover it. This is the simple fact for all companies dealing with the cost of quality.
  2. I just started chasing big cats a few months ago. I still have not caught my 50# goal yet, but in the 20# plus club on blues and flatheads already. I went through a fast learning curve and found out that even my heavy bass gear was no match for these fish, so am slowly purchasing much heavier gear. The adrenaline when one of these fish slam a rod is something to be experienced!! I never knew how hard a flathead catfish could fight. Here are a couple pics from the past couple of weeks:
  3. Scooby, you are correct about the rubber disk. I took the screw out of the cam and realized there is a tiny roller on the backside of the arm. I could not see it in my poor lighting before. I believe I see the problem. The tiny roller appears to be staked to a shaft on the cam/arm. The roller is very "wobbly" as if the inside diameter of the roller is no-longer to-size or is deformed. This is allowing the roller to deflect under load and push off the backside of the ramp. The roller appears to ride on the very edge of the ramp, which does not make much sense. I thought there might be a shim missing under the cam/arm, but the diagram does not show one. Here is a photo of the cam / arm with the deformed roller attached. Now that I am looking at the backside photo (Cam_Arm1), there appears to be a crack in the cam/arm. Hard to believe a relatively new reel would have a part fail like this so soon. Thanks for the feedback on this so far!! It made me dig a little deeper.
  4. Geez.....the reel buzzards are circling already and the reel is not dead yet. Daiwa online diagrams show the 1000 size reel to have unique bail parts from the 2500 size. It is not just a spool size change, but the entire body is smaller. But if you want to give the bail parts a try, I would let you have the reel for a cool $200 shipped :-)
  5. Scooby, Definitely metal cam riding on the plastic housing on the 1000, unless something broke off since it was new. I will post some pics tonight when I get home. Will also look at the exploded reel diagram and see if something is missing. I love the feel and light weight of the Ballistics. I am hoping maybe a part broke off, which would be an easy fix if parts are available. Thanks again!! As for being a new member, I had been a frequent reader of the forums for a few years. Just recently decided to join so that I could contribute via posting. Branching out on my fishing a bit. Was always focused on spotted and LM bass. Recently started hunting trophy cats and starting some saltwater fishing.
  6. I guess it’s all about making a quick buck these days. It’s a shame product quality has gone that way.
  7. I had a feeling that might be the case. I do not think it is worth sending in for repair since it happened in such short order. Will just flip the bail manually I guess. It seems Daiwa skipped field testing or life cycle testing on the auto bail mechanism for these reels. It didn’t take long to find the premature failure point. A short test on their end would have showed the problem.
  8. I have one of the small Ballistic LT1000D reels on a light rod that I use for panfish. It has been used maybe a dozen trips and has developed a problem with automatically tripping the bail (stopped auto tripping). I removed the side cover and discovered that Daiwa is using a metal cam riding on the plastic housing (molded-in ramp) to actuate the bail trip shaft. With the minimal use, it appears that the plastic housing has worn down just enough that it allows the cam to slide by without tripping the bail. I know there have been quite a few members who are using the larger size reels on this forum. Has anybody else experienced this problem?? I do have a couple of the 6000 size Ballistics, but I am normally manually flipping those bails. The small reel is nice to use the auto bail trip feature since panfish sometimes hit the bait just as it hits the water. Thanks!!
  9. One other thing to consider when picking a sit-on-top or sit-in yak is the water condition / roughness. The EX123 will not be a dry ride in rough water. That probably applies to any sit-in style. I can fish all day in rough water in my SS107 and stay completely dry all day, other than a little splash when paddling. Fighting the wind in the SS107 is a pain though. A lot of reasons for having 2 yaks for different uses / conditions.
  10. Have never measured the draft. You are definitely low in the water since it’s a sit-in yak. If you want to stay above the water line, you need to be looking at sit-on-tops. For the few times I have had the EX123 in the river, I have not noticed any hull slap. I know it does much better in the wind too, mostly because it sits lower in the water.
  11. BTW, I own an SS107 as well. I was so impressed and happy with the SS107, I stayed with the Bonafide brand when buying the EX123. The SS107 paddles like a barge compared to the EX123. Couple of strokes and the EX123 is sailing!!
  12. The hulls are tough. When the SS series hulls were released, I remember seeing a video circulating of the owner dragging a hull down a paved road tied behind a truck. He pulled it for miles. Not a very scientific test, but certainly a torture test that is worse than we put the thing through on the boat ramps.
  13. I picked up an Bonafide EX123 for fishing the faster waters (rivers, creeks, etc). It is light enough to throw in the back of the truck and go. Like it a lot so far. Adding rod and paddle holders this week, which will make the fishing more enjoyable. No regrets on the EX123 so far. Oh, and the seat is like no other in the price range. Basically a lawn seat with great back support.
  14. I have a few Ballistic LT reels, and they have the same line lay shape that you are showing. Love these new Daiwa reels. Even the SV style baitcasters are really nice. They throw light lures a country mile.
  15. Is this a common problem with the 180 drives? I have noticed quite a few late model PA’s showing up in local classifieds and was wondering if they were having reliability issues. I am actually considering picking up a late model before next season if they are not plagued with problems. Glad you were able to make it back.