charliestriper

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  1. Love the consistency in the reports. I suppose it will take a third opinion to break the tie.
  2. Seems like I read something similar in Kenny Abrame's "Striper Moon", and several other places, and nodding my head and thinking that sounds right. I guess "Great minds think alike." (Wish I had one.)
  3. Very innovative repair. My only concern is for this drive to break down again when you are further out than you'd like to be without the drive. (The new variation of "Up a creek without a paddle.")
  4. Sounds like you put in a lot of time, have a system, and it's nice you and your friends help each other out.
  5. So sorry about your Dad.
  6. Sounds like a better plan. Also consider swamping yourself on purpose in shallow water in a lake or protected bay and have practice pumping water out and climbing back into the kayak.
  7. I wouldn't take a small sit in kayak into the ocean. I certainly wouldn't go a half mile offshore. Get caught in a little current and its much harder to get back if wind or a sudden thunderstorm comes up. if you get swamped in an open kayak and the ocean chop keeps coming in over the sides you'll wish you never went out.
  8. Trident Fly Shop did a 2015 reel shootout, and had this to say about the Speedster: "When we first started reviewing fly reels, we thought that Lamson used roughly the same drag on all of their reels. We now know that's not the case. Unlike big brother Litespeed, the Speedster's drag was somewhat of a letdown. It tested at roughly 2lbs (ok, just below the bar), and had a massive amount of startup inertia, nearly 30% of the reel's drag." Now I know you are looking at a larger Speedster, but I would be worried about the Speedster drag if I caught a really nice fish.
  9. I would go ahead and use a small amount of WD40 at each buckle after rinsing them off with fresh water each time. Just dab with a finger or a small piece of cloth or paper towel. If by chance you have Corrosion X oil, probably even better, but not worth buying just for this. What do you have to lose?
  10. I second Kml's advice about checking for a discounted reel from one of the local fly shops. But with Covid, and more people fishing, these reels may be hard to find. If you are looking for a reel for schoolies and other smaller fish, a Lamson Litespeed 3 or 3.5 can usually be found on clearance with a Google search. Not a really strong drag for bigger fish or speedsters like albies. The Orvis Hydros is another relatively inexpensive option new. The most recent version supposedly has better seals, but I would still view this as a compromise with a few seasons use expected. The Colton Terrapin is probably the least expensive new reel that I would want as a bonefish or even Albie reel. It will run more than you mention, but is a favorite here, and may be a best bet if you can come up with the extra cash.
  11. Glad to see someone else switching to single inline hooks; they allow quicker releases. I like the VMC ILS Inline Single Coastal Black 4X Fishing Hooks. (VMC also sells a 1X hook which is not as strong.) If you look hard enough, you can find a place that sells a 25 pack for $6.99. (Against the rules to post the site.) The Diawa Salt Pro Minnow is a very popular "searching" lure. 2/0 replacement hooks work well on this lure and others the same size. Good luck!
  12. Could not help but be reminded of a tale by Hemingway in which an older fisherman catches a fish somewhat larger than a minnow: "But what a fish to pull like that. He must have his mouth shut tight on the wire. I wish I could see him. I wish I could see him only once to know what I have against me." "He came out unendingly and water poured from his sides. He was bright in the sun and his head and back were dark purple and in the sun the stripes on his sides showed wide and a light lavender. His sword was as long as a baseball bat and tapered like a rapier and he rose his full length from the water and then re-entered it, smoothly, like a diver and the old man saw the great scythe-blade of his tail go under and the line commenced to race out." "You are killing me, fish, the old man thought. But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother. Come on and kill me. I do not care who kills who." "Then the fish came alive, with his death in him, and rose high out of the water showing all his great length and width and all his power and his beauty."
  13. Another alternative is to just take a 2" piece of 30# mono, thread it through the swivel, and tie an overhand knot so about 1" of mono sticks out from both sides of the swivel. When small bits of vegetation move along the line, they will hit the mono and usually be shed as the little "propeller' spins through the water. This is obviously only good if there is relatively small amounts of matter in the water. Lots of seaweed - better off moving to another spot.
  14. In the Northeast many use a Spro swivel between the main line (usually braid) and the mono or fluoro leader. They come in different sizes depending on how heavy the fish you are targeting. And many who target striped bass and bluefish use a Tactical Anglers clip at the end of the leader to attach the soft plastic or plug so as to make changes easy. On the other hand, most who target sharp eyed false albacore tie direct. I know in Florida you will be targeting different species, so local advice will be best for you.