Thomas Salute

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  1. Thanks again for all the info guys, great forum as always. The idea for the 2 piece butt came from this rod: the shimano bx travel surf (it's 14ft) https://www.tumonart.com/images/beastmaster_bx_traveler444.png I have two of these rods and they are quite strong. Casting with the long butt, fighting with the short... I spend most of my 'big game surf fishing' (if you want to call it that way) on the Canary Islands, but would also like to use them in Florida and on Cape Verde. When I was fishing in Florida last year, I just used straight braid with shock leader and will continue to do so in the future since it gave me zero problems. In South Africa they use rods with the reel seat all the way down (even with spinning gear), but it would be a new style of casting for me. It is an option tough...
  2. Hi guys, sorry for the late feedback and thanks for all the replies. The rods have a stated cw of 600 - 800 grams. They come in 2 versions, one version with worthless flip-up guides and one with normal guides. I have the second version, but am still not happy about how the rod 'feels' and the used materials to finish it off. I do not intend to cast 800 grams by any means. 225 grams of lead and 100 grams of bait are about the max I intend to cast. The 90lbs topshot will vary, but will be approx 100 yards long at it's longest. I want a short butt-end for fighting the fish and a long to cast. I use only spinning gear for casting and due to line capacity, I use a Penn 10500 SSV. I am right handed and hold the reel with my right hand.
  3. Thanks guys. I did not find the building forum on first glance, sorry. ZAF, we'll talk further in that topic I guess, I'm sure your advice is what I'll need
  4. Hi all I recently bought a pair of Mitchell Avosea Africa surf rods. They have been for sale over here in Europe for many years and are tested and proven. The only downside is that the guides and reelseat are still items that would've been used in the early 90ies. The rods are 4 meters long (13ft4inches) and have a cw of around 20oz (yes, that much). I'd like to have them rebuild, but can't seem to be finding anyone over here in Europe who has dealt with these rods and/or who knows what components to use. The rod is a 3 (equal) pc with 6 guides. Set-up is for spinning, mated to a penn ssv 10500. What I'd like: - a 2 pc butt section (long for casting, short for fighting) OR removing and refitting the reel seat further back - durable guides that won't limit the casting distance drastically. I already use a 90lbs mono topshot, so not the easiest to cast far (80 yards needs to be possible) I am indeed talking about a topshot (I use between 50 and 100 yards because the beaches I fish are mostly volcanic: sharp rocks, abbrasive bars etc) - a durable reel seat (was thinking about the quality graphite fuji seat) What's your take on this? Thanks Thomas
  5. Hi all I recently bought a pair of Mitchell Avosea Africa surf rods. They have been for sale over here in Europe for many years and are tested and proven. The only downside is that the guides and reelseat are still items that would've been used in the early 90ies. The rods are 4 meters long (13ft4inches) and have a cw of around 20oz (yes, that much). I'd like to have them rebuild, but can't seem to be finding anyone over here in Europe who has dealt with these rods and/or who knows what components to use. The rod is a 3 (equal) pc with 6 guides. Set-up is for spinning, mated to a penn ssv 10500. What I'd like: - a 2 pc butt section (long for casting, short for fighting) OR removing and refitting the reel seat further back - durable guides that won't limit the casting distance drastically. I already use a 90lbs mono topshot, so not the easiest to cast far (80 yards needs to be possible) - a durable reel seat (was thinking about the quality graphite fuji seat) What's your take on this? Thanks Thomas
  6. It was recommended to and I've spooled it on most of my larger (spinning) reels. I've used the 100lbs yellow braid for wels catfish fishing and have caught them up to 120lbs with it. The drag on the FinNor Lethal was set at approx. 34LBS. It does loose it's color, but it didn't stain any of my gear. Up to now, I'm well pleased, esp. for that price. I'll see how it holds up in the surf when targeting sharks.
  7. My father gets seasick very quickly, must have gotten it from him . I'll be in the States between the 10th and 24th of July depening on flights, already had a small 'chat' with Zane and Chris, so i'm sure there will be some fishing. A SOL sounds great! As long as we don't turn it into a mega-meeting, I'm all in .
  8. I get seasick just looking at a boat, so that's not for me I'm afraid zcoker, dropped you a pm
  9. TipUp and Poopdeck, thanks for the offer and PM sent. Tomkaz, if you'd like to fish together for a few days, drop me a PM. Josh's videos are what got me even more into shark fishing. I have no experience in catching sharks, but have done three fishing trips on the canary islands going after big stingray (biggest from shore around 150lbs). Me and my regular buddy had very harsh conditions on the last trip (high, hammering surf), but also a lot of takes. The last days we hooked into at least 2 or 3 sharks, probably hammers, but I was out of trace and fishing thick mono, so we got cut off once, and spooled AND cut off twice . I considered using a guide, but they are quite expensive (for European standards) and altough they can bring a lot of info, tips and tricks, I think I could handle this one myself. Gear I'm using are 13ft surf rods and penn ssm 950 / lethal 100 reels (altough I prefer the penn for it's loud clicker). I also have a few 50 and 80lbs travel rods and a penn 6/0 and 9/0, but those could only be used if I can go along with someone who has a kayak/kano to peddle it out.
  10. Hi all I'am Thomas, 28 years old and live in Belgium. Since I've been to the USA 5 years ago and seen the possibilities you guys have for beach based shark fishing, I've wanted to go back to have a serious go at it myself. I've fished for stingray up to 150 lbs from the shore and hooked numerous larger fish that my gear just couldn't handle. Now I'm planning a trip to Florida and fish for sharks. I'd use Orlando as a base camp and make daytrips to Daytona and Ormond Beach. I just don't want to do this kind of trip alone. I've done a few fishing trips by myself, and it's not the same as to when you have someone who is as passionate as you around. Just to chat, discuss tackle, go to the shop for tackle/bait, make decisions about trying a new spot etc... So, if anyone is interested to come along somewhere in July, please let me know. You can contact me directly on thomassalute at hotmail dot com or use that name to find me on facebook. Cheers Thomas
  11. Thanks for the heads-up guys, I have some nice movie footage, but still have to upload it. It is indeed a great fishing location, but can be dangerous at some times. We were lucky seeing waves between 3 and 8ft, the week before fishing was impossible due to waves up to 19ft rolling up into the beach. About the used line, I never (NEVER) used braid in my life since I didn't feel the need for it, until now... I've just always been told that nylon (mono) is way more abbrasion resistant than braid, it is this correct? I've been thinking about scaling up to a 110 yards 80lbs mono topshot and using 100lbs+ braid as backing. I should be able to get around 270 yards on the penn and a bit less on the fin nor... zcoker, that must've been great, one day I'm sure you'll find me somewhere on the US coast hunting after 'them big ones'. I was so bummed about the hammerheads I missed. Especially since I was the only one to blame not using trace as a leader . I'm sure I could've landed at least one... But, the big rays just took all my tackle into the Atlantic the days before.
  12. Just an update. My buddy and I fished for a whole week an the Canary Islands targetting rays and sharks from the beach. We caught approx 20 rays between 25 and 90lbs, and lost even more fish, including at least three hammerheads because I wasn't using trace (this was the last day and no shark had been spotted the days before). The weakest link was not the rod or the reel, but the line. We scaled up from 25lbs big game (45/100) without topshot to 30lbs berkley oyster line with a 70lbs topshot of 10, then 40 and finally 120 yards but the strong current and very shark volcanic rocks right behind the surf made us loose quite a few nice fish. Sometimes we didn't even had time to set the hook because the line had already been cut behind a rock. Even so, the penn spinfishers we used did a great job. When dunked in 'clear' water they continue doing their job, it's only when sand comes into play that they loose smoothness. This is caused by very fine (volcanic) sand that gets between the large drag washer on the underside of the spool. Just had to loosen the 3 screws, clean it and put it back together. Never missed a beat...
  13. Thanks for the tip, but it's a US only product, they don't seem to sell it over here in Europe . Berkley Oyster is also a nice line that I can still get, altough it seems to be discontinued.
  14. I know penn states a lower number, but here in Belgium, we use the thickness of the line. The reel can hold 477 meters (= 520 yards) of 0.45mm line (which is 32lbs when using Sufix and 25lbs when using Berkley Big Game).
  15. Thanks again for the info, guys! I'm not completely new to fishing for big fish from the shore/beach. I've caught some stingray (up to 120lbs) from piers, harbour walls and smaller ones from the beach (was not aiming for the big ones). BlacktipH (and many other youtube channels) provide lots of info on this, but I've learned over the past few years that you can have the best gear, rig and bait, but if you're fishing in the wrong place, it's no use... The reason I want a guide is to learn more about the local fishing and fishing spots... Right now, I'm in contact with a guide who offers a 2 day trip and afterwards I can just continue on my own.