Thomas Salute

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  1. Rays, sharks, big catfish. Funny thing is that before writing this down, I was going to put the LT up for sale...
  2. Hi all I'm clearing out my fishing gear, but want to keep the right gear. I have a pair of Penn SSM 950's and a pair of FinNor Lethal 100s and the short question is, what pair would you keep and why? I've used them for fishing for rays from the beach and wels catfish from the bank (wels catfish grow to approx 7-8ft and weigh around 150-200lbs). Altough I like Penn, I'm tempted to keep the FinNor. I must add that I also own a pair of 760 slammers and 10500 spinfishers, so the Lethal would fit right inbetween whereas the Penn will be closer to the 760s. Cheers Thomas
  3. Completely forgot about this. Still, thanks a lot for the effort. At least you can see it's s tiger Less blurr. Cheers, Mate !
  4. Thanks for all the info guys, it has giving me some ideas on what to do (and what not to do). For now, I'm sticking to a spinning setup and therefore, will have the mentioned rods rebuild with new grips, seat, guides etc. Actually, they are working on them right now. Will make sure to post the end result or even better, a fish caught on them .
  5. Hi all I have a request since I don't know anyone who can help me. 2 years ago I caught 'a fish of a lifetime'. In the hassle of trying to get the fish back into the water asap, there was no time for good quality pictures. Life of a shark is more important than any picture, isn't it. Is there anyone who could use the magic of photoshop and get the best out of this? It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Thomas
  6. Thanks guys, will give the photography forum a shot
  7. Hi all I have a request since I don't know anyone who can help me. 2 years ago I caught 'a fish of a lifetime'. In the hassle of trying to get the fish back into the water asap, there was no time for good quality pictures. Is there anyone who could use the magic of photoshop and get the best out of this? It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Thomas
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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 .
  15. I get seasick just looking at a boat, so that's not for me I'm afraid zcoker, dropped you a pm