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  1. I had an interesting conversation with someone who told me he doesn't worry about lure rating on rods that he uses for bottom fishing or vertical jigging. He claims that the lure rating is only if you are casting with the rod and it doesn't matter if you're dropping it off the side of the boat. He only worries about the rod power and if he has good feel even with 8-10oz sinkers. His bottom fishing rod is a MH rated 1-4oz and he uses 8oz sinkers with it out of Montauk. What do you guys think?
  2. If it was just me I'd love to head out there but convincing non-fishermen to wake up at dawn to drive an hour+ to try fishing for the first time might be a tall task. I will look into it though.
  3. Hey guys, looking to do a half-day party boat trip with some noobie anglers (my girlfriend's family). We live on Long Island so I'd prefer Captree. I have done the Northstar a few times via Groupon but it can be hit or miss. I'm sure all the trips are fluke trips but if they have seabass/porgy trips that would be best because they'd love the action. Any recommendations? Thanks guys!
  4. Went on a boat for fluke with some family friends and one older gentleman, an Italian fella named Leo, was there and was talking about how much he loves bluefish prepared the way they prepare certain fish in Italy. I don't eat bluefish but when I got on a big one I asked if he wanted it and he gaffed it and took it home. I wouldn't kill any fish if someone wasn't going to eat it but he obviously appreciated it so I don't see any harm in it.
  5. Captain Rod sounds like a good pick but I'll look into the others too. Thanks guys!
  6. I have been searching the web for used ski racks because they seem like the best low-dollar option. I used to use PVC pipes but I like the locking aspect of the ski racks
  7. Found a guy online who seems to be a Long Islander and makes pretty nice looking hi-lo fluke rigs at decent prices. I won't list the website here (don't know if it is against the rules or anything) but I was wondering if anybody has heard about or used them. They start at $4.00 but use quality material so I figured I'd give it a shot.
  8. I always seem to do better with fluke after Memorial Day. I haven't been on saltwater yet this year but hopefully that changes in the next week or two.
  9. Hey guys, comparing two similar reels with similar price points. Either one will be spooled with 20lbs braid and slapped onto a 6ft Tsunami Five Star TFSC-601MH rod. Gonna be used mostly in the bay, from a boat, for fluke, porgies, seabass, blues, and schoolie stripers. What do you guys think? Thanks for the help!
  10. I went last night and bought some of the John Skinner recommended bucktails and teasers so I'll be making some of his rigs but I am also going to order a couple of these. I'll report back on how well they do!
  11. I have been switching out all my treble hooks too (and I always crush the barbs on freshwater gear since I always catch and release in freshwater). Haven't noticed a ton of difference on how the lure moves but a lot less injuries to the fish and my fingers.
  12. Never fished from the beach but growing up I was always warned to watch for lobster pots in the boat because lobstermen will mess you up if you mess with their catch. Guess it happens on the water AND the beach...
  13. It is the first link if you google "doormat fluke rigs", as that is also the name of the dot com website.
  14. So, as the title says, I'm looking for an all-water reel in the 2500 range for approximately $50. I'm building a cheap(ish) backup rod for trout, small LMB, and bluegills but can also fish for snapper blues and whatever else may be biting on the dock/canal. My girlfriend will probably be the primary user but It'll stay in my trunk and get banged around more than my good rods so I'm not looking to spend a ton. I will be spooling it with 10# Powerpro because I have a whole bunch of it and slapping it on a ~6ft Ugly Stik or Shimano Stimula (but listening to recommendations on rods too). So far I have narrowed down my picks to the following: - Shimano Sienna FE - Okuma Ceymar - Pflueger Trion I know all three get pretty favorable reviews. Is this just a case of "pick one and go" or are there any stand outs in this range? I know I'm probably overthinking this but overthinking about gear is like 50% of fishing lmao. Thanks for the help!
  15. Yeah, that is true. I have never used a set up like that before but I am interested in trying it out.
  16. I had the Ugly Stik sitting in my garage collecting cobwebs so I figured I'd put it to use but I completely forgot about the Berkley rods, mainly the Lightning and Cherrywood rods, which I heard great things about. Going to continue shopping around but I think I'll end up with a Berkley rod.
  17. Both that Daiwa and the Penn look good. I might swing by a sporting goods store tonight and see how that Sienna feels because I have big hands and sometimes they get in the way of small spinners.
  18. I also have a Junkyard Dog II (among a drawer full of other knives ranging from $5 to $200+) and it is one of the most comfortable "hard working" knives I own but I have big mitts. I also ordered a custom deep carry clip for it and it made the knife 10x better. Kershaw also made what I would call, dollar for dollar, the best everyday carry knife ever: the Skyline. If you are someone that wants to carry a locking folder everyday but can't (or just don't want to) carry a giant slab of steel I highly recommend finding a Skyline. Excellent blade shape, excellent G10, perfect lock-up, small and light enough to carry in dress pants pockets, etc. I purchased mine many, many years ago at Wal-Mart for around $30. They are more expensive than that now but still a great value. Edit: Just checked out my Skyline and it has Aug 08 written on the blade. Over a decade old and still one of my go-to knives!
  19. Debates like this are as old as time and they always make me laugh. Personally, I only catch big fish, that need big hooks, while on a boat so I keep big tools on it (ie. cutters). I also keep a can of WD40 and maintain my tools the same way I maintain my rods and reels. When I'm fishing from land it is usually freshwater and I carry a pair of hemostats and I always have a leatherman in my pocket. I also crush the barbs on all my freshwater hooks. There is pretty much nothing that a more expensive tool can accomplish that those two don't. If I was splashing around in the salt all the time I'd be much more likely to INVEST in some expensive tools that are made for that job but for me it isn't worth it or neccesary. I think that is the answer to OP's question: Not every tool is the same for every job. Now if you REALLY want to get people riled up ask them about what knife they carry! You'll have the $10 Gerber guys and the $1,000 custom blade guys at each other's throat in no time lmao.
  20. Hey guys, I'm thinking about getting a little 3hp tender or dinghy to mess around with this summer near my house in Massapequa. I do most of my boating in Montauk where my grandfather lives and keeps his boat but I'd like something little to zip around the bays and coves and (hopefully) catch some fish. Anybody have any experience with a small boat in this area? I've seen a ton of kayakers out here so I assume even a 9ft boat should be fine. Any tips would be appreciated, thanks!
  21. Hopefully getting out there Sunday if the weather isn't atrocious. Ordered some new small Rat-L-Traps and I'm excited to see how they compare to the bigger guys.
  22. So, after careful consideration, I have decided that it would be reckless to go out in something so small. I do still want to get something towable and relatively inexpensive that I can putt around in and (hopefully) hook a few lips. I am currently leaning towards a 16ft tin boat, specifically one with a v-hull and high(er) freeboards, and probably a tiller motor. I figure I can stay close to the shore and in the flats, coves, and channels with less risk. It probably would never leave the great south bay area.The only reason I'm leaning towards the aluminum, instead of a similar sized fiberglass boat, is the price and towability with a 4cyl hatchback. Anybody have any experience with an aluminum boat in these areas? Thanks guy!
  23. Guess I'll have to shop around for something a little bigger haha. Thanks for the advice!
  24. That is a good point, it can be dangerous around there. I wonder what those kayakers think.