zcoker

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About zcoker

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  • About Me:
    Easy going, carefree, always willing to help others, give advise to anything related to fishing, fishing locations, tackle and so forth. Florida is a fishing mecca and it's easy to get lost amid the fishing chaos. It's a big plus to know someone who is willing to share and share alike their own experiences in a friendly, knowledgeable way.
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    Fishing! I fish ALL the time ALL over the state of Florida for all kinds of fish. I tag sharks for NOAA's apex predator program. I work full time and have a wife who enjoys fishing as much as I do. I live a modest life and take the days as they come...or take the fish as they come LoL. I specialize in fishing for BIG sharks from the surf but enjoy other types of fishing as well, Snook, Tarpon, etc. I enjoy hooking up with others, going on fishing trips, doing whatever it takes to score the fish!
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  1. Good point here: I don't believe for one minute that Shimano USA will give people sugar coated feedback "over the phone" for a Stella purchased overseas. Why would they? LoL. Just send it in! I, too, know many guys who just send their reels in (purchased overseas or not) and don't have any issues with service. Seems to me that Shimano's stuck with it, so to speak, when they get a reel in the mail, and proceed with the service procedures, no matter where it came from. Never have had them squawk to me about the reels origin. Just comes back with a service card showing the parts replaced. Sure would love to put this BS to rest. In my opinion, to save hundreds of dollars, is worth the service confusion...or chances...or gamble.....however one wants to look at it.
  2. One thing I found that may make a difference (to service or not service) is to be sure to register your Stella with Shimano USA once it arrives. Unlike some here, ALL my so called JDM Stellas get serviced by Shimano USA with no issues whatsoever. Never a problem or negative report. Reels comes back as good as new. Very streamlined. So there must be some reason why other people get the boot when they send to California for service. Strange.
  3. Was just down there at Bahia Honda...it's all open now, all beaches. Can fish 24/7 on the other side of the old Flagler bridge. If you wanna fish inside the park off hours, gotta camp there.
  4. It’s pretty much cleaned up down there, back to normal for the most. The bridge parking is 24/7 and was never really affected. When I go down, whatever bridge I’m on is my hotel for the night(s) lol. Some of the campgrounds are closed, sections of them, at least. I do know that Bahia Honda recently opened its whole park (lot of it was fenced off). But I only use that place to shower and look at some of the female scenery strutting around lol. All in all, the Keys has recovered very well...as usual. Very resilient mentality down there.
  5. I fish either the long key bridge or the seven mile bridge (depending on tidal phases) with Bahia Honda thrown into the mix. The long key is closer to you. Fishing either end early AM produces. There's also the channel 2 bridge and the channel 5 bridge even closer. Same thing, either end early AM except for channel 5 or the seven mile (both east ends are closed on those bridges).
  6. Well, I wouldn’t recommend walking/wading out to the bar. I mean, sure, it’s doable....just puts your gear at risk. The troughs throughout Broward into Dade are quite deep, even during low tide. Might have to swim a little. Just fish the high tides/deeper water. They come up close in those conditions. Or just use a kayak. Lot safer compared to wading out there...IMHO.
  7. Pretty good idea here on how close blacktips get to shore during their annual migration into Palm Beach County. My calling bell LOL
  8. You're gonna have a much better chance off the northern beaches during their annual migration. Blacktips are very temperature dependent. They also stay close to shore off the northern beaches both for food AND to avoid the bigger predators chasing them. I've seen them practically off the sand. Just gotta hunt them down, get the tides right, get the weather right, find the bait....be in the right place at the right time. Not an easy feat shore-based, for sure. But it's doable. Best of luck to ya.
  9. New Years SOLO Hammer I don't usually go after these gals alone but sometimes it happens and just gotta deal with it. Late night new year with not a sole on the beach when she hit hard, locked down and gave me line screaming hell for 2 hours. Got her in, set the timer on the camera and then ran over to guide her back into the ocean. She never left the water. One of the new FWC rules with protected species. Nice view from the sand while on my back looking up at my 10' unlimited Gator Blank LoL Top-water lure action got me sharks, keeper snook and, of course, a cooler full of bait LoL Tarpon action is slow right now but still managed to get some inlet action before they split. Always better in the Keys LoL Friend and I testing out homemade portable bait cannon. Built on the cheap with 4" inch barrel no ice molds needed. Will fire off WHOLE bluefish or whatever you can cram into it 200-300 yards out! Works great when water is too rough to yak out baits...or when just plain lazy LoL. Aww, nothing starts the day better than a nice sunrise! Always after that bait lol Happy New Year to all
  10. South Florida top water blacktip shark action. Boom!!!! The little one hooked up on 10.6 mojo surf and Stella lol work it!!! One awesome sunrise Big hammers and poons Nothing like a big nurse lol Casting into the big blue Gotta luv Florida
  11. Star has an 11ft Stellar lite surf rod pretty cheap, think I paid $120 for mine. Very similar to the Paraflex. I have both Paraflex and the Star stellar lite surf rod, so I can give input on both. Next step up is the VPR. Now those look tempting LoL.
  12. I hear ya man. Life dishes out and we either eat it or spit it out.
  13. Depends a lot on the situation/location, etc. But, for the most, I run loose drag on the initial strike because the species that I target are reactive to pressure, very reactive. The more drag, the more they jump and go crazy, spinning like dizzy dolls. When tamed a bit, I hammer down. As for poundage, can't give you an accurate number but last year alone I tagged over 100 sharks for NOAA, lot of those on the high end spinning reels. Each shark 100 plus pounds (except for the monster hammers and tigers)....lotta poundage these reels have seen LoL.
  14. Whatever anyone says, there's no words to humble that gut wrenching feeling of total loss....can only imagine the sheer gravity of coming back home to behold only a slab. Ms Mother Nature can be a true beast when she wants to be.
  15. This is hard to imagine on a Saltiga used for bass. Probably why they didn't send your old parts back....because nothing really wrong with them??? Here in S. Florida I use my Stellas and Expedition plugging for blacktip sharks....line ripping, drag smoking monsters that can surpass 150lb and over 7ft and have yet to have a hint of gear issues. I would venture to say that the Saltiga gears are just as strong as the Stellas. I know my Expedition is brutally strong. Should be the same gear-set? Nothing wrong with it that I can tell. Seems as tight and as robust as the first day I fished it.