savfish

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  1. The Gamakatsu octopus circles are notorious for bending, breaking. I started using the 8/o in 2000 for red drum/Cobia and stripers. Excellent until about 2005, I had a collection of over 20 hooks that the tip bent or broke in one yr. Started using the eagle claw version and that was good for a few yrs. Started having the same problem with those. Around 2010 I went to the Gamakatsu 10/o J hook and have had zero issues. A friend of mine uses the Gamakatsu big cat circles, expensive but he catches on them.
  2. Duck to Hatteras drive is close to 2 hrs - seasonal speed limits will still be in effect. Duck to Oregon Inlet drive about 40 minutes. September gives you a great shot at a white Marlin if you go with a full day offshore trip. I highly recommend the Pelican/Arch Bracher out of Oregon Inlet or the Obsession/Jeff Ross out of Pirates Cove. That time of year you want to speak with the captains when booking and be clear if you want meat (tuna/mahi) or billfish releases. Another boat to look into for some near shore fishing would be the Rock Solid out of Oregon Inlet with Captain Aaron Kelly.
  3. I am sure it has been done but I have never seen anyone throw 8nbait with a level wind. I guess if you run straight 50 lb mono you could do it, otherwise the shock leader knot will get hung up. I have chunked a bunch with Penn 525s and fathoms, the squall line in general was pretty crappy imo.
  4. I moved to Kitty Hawk from Long Island in 2000. While I love Hatteras island, if you are dealing with health issues you do not want to live there. Check out Currituck County, it will put you 5 to 30 minutes from the beach and also less than one hour to Chesapeake general in Virginia and all of their specialty facilities. There is a hospital in Nags Head and a few urgent care and specialty doctors here on the Outer Banks also.
  5. Cts

    Search Facebook for Nick's Custom Rods. He is here on the outer banks and builds on a lot of CTS blanks.
  6. I have upgraded the handles of some of my 525s also. The only thing I can add is to use Cals drag grease on the 525's. It makes the drag a lot smoother. I also own a few fathom 15s that I fish. Flawless drag right out of the box and can be turned into just as good of a casting reel. Fighting big fish are not a problem on either one of these, I only use them fishing Bait from the beach.
  7. I have 2 1305's. I fish the beach 95% of the time with 8 oz. I have thrown 10 oz and bait with them and they do fine. Nick is a good friend and the one to talk to about the differences. Very happy with mine, fishing them about 4 yrs.
  8. Hard to tell from that pic. There is a good pic of one on Alan's site from 2011. I will try to find the Boca bearing part #, it might take a few days. In the past, Penn would not replace just that bearing, it had to be the whole frame. I still have 3 525's NIB and 6 in working condition. Excellent reel but I tend to reach for my fathom 15's the last few yrs.
  9. Just a somewhat educated guess but it is probably not the gears. There is a bearing that is stamped into the frame. I have had to replace that bearing on 4 of my 525's. It is a part you can get from Boca bearing.
  10. Yes, the Lami's used to be popular before I moved here in 2000. I know a few of the local rod builders and most of the guys that fish here regularly, it is a pretty small group LOL. Since then breakaway, WRI, century, ccp and CTS. I have even owned a few purglas blanks from South Africa. I really do not know of anyone who has had an 8n bait rod built on a Lami blank. Diawa even has a red and green blank you can get built custom or stock that more than a few guys use.
  11. I grew up and started fishing on Long Island in the late 80's. All of my custom spinning rods are Lami's. I have lived on the outer banks of NC since 2000. I do not know anyone who has considered a Lami for 8 n bait fishing this whole time. They have either ignored this market totally or have done a terrible job marketing to it. I know it is a very small market but they have lost it.
  12. That looks a lot like my old rod. I can't remember who I sold it to. If it is, it was built by Joe Mullet. Very versatile rod, I caught everything from sea mullet to big drum on it.
  13. When figuring capacity, you have to look at the size of the line not the pound test rating. The capacity for the 525 is 275 yards mono using a size of .016 inches. That is equal to the size of 17 lb suffix tritanium and 16 lb pro spec chrome mono. I have used 525's for years 8nbait fishing with those 2 mono lines, line capacity has never been an issue.
  14. 25 big game is thick, that will cut down on your distance and line capacity. 17 lb hi viz mono w a 50 lb mono shock leader is standard here.
  15. I use 525's and fathom 15 w straight 17 lb prospec. I have landed Cobia up to 77 lbs, red drum in the 50 + lb range, larger rays and sharks all from the beach. I have not come close to getting spooled by anything I want to catch. Very large sharks and 1 porpoise have emptied my spool. A friend of mine uses a fathom 12 w braid backing and has not had any issues. I am a better than average caster w bait, 140 yards w 8 n bait would put you in the top 1% of beach casters