Fishjerk

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    Southern California Surf angler specializing in California Halibut and Calico bass.
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  1. Hopefully the paint issue is fluke. Alcohol may be a solvent, but there is no way it should be able to strip the paint that easily. It may be an incorrect formulation on the paint and may possibly explain the chipping issue as well. I’d be curious if Denny has seen the same issue since he’s been beating his up for a while now.
  2. Older ugly stick surf rods at least had ceramic guides. The newer ones have cheap metal guides that aren’t even that smooth. The only thing I would use the current models for would be garden stakes and even then a stick is better.
  3. I just realized you don't have enough posts to send or receive PM's and I can't post the sites on the forum.
  4. We call it fishing for brown trout down here in SoCal.
  5. Actually, shimano’s colt sniper Jerkbait weight transfer is pretty unique if you look at the details of it. It’s a spring loaded weight that is forced to the tail during the cast, then the spring forces it back after it lands so it doesn’t get stuck in the tail. Not sure if it really makes a difference, but is definately pretty unique. It’s also silent, no loose ball bearings to create a rattle.
  6. FYI, The new Spinfishers are now showing as in stock at many of the major online retailers. On your mark, Get set, Go!
  7. I live in SoCal. I can tell you right now, casting beyond 75yds on most of our beaches will not get you anymore leopard sharks, shovelnose etc. in fact it will probably get you a lot less. Most of our surf fish out here stay close in to the sand unless your hitting rock structure for surf calico Bass. PM me if your interested in a couple local forums on surf fishing SoCal.
  8. Not sure why manufactures do it, but if you are right handed, you should be reeling with your left hand IMO especially when using a spinning reel. Because your right hand has greater strength and dexterity, it is the one you should be casting and holding the rod with. Reeling does not take strength or dexterity and you will not need to switch your rod between hands to start reeling. Spinning reels are not designed for winching fish in and most of the fighting is done with the rod, so it makes sense to use your dominant hand. One andvantage to most spinning reels is the ability to swap the handle. I’m not sure where the issue lies, if you don’t like the handle on the left, it only takes seconds to switch it then your done.
  9. I think you are referring to the anti-reverse on/off lever. Many reel manufacturers no longer build this into their spinning reels. Especially for saltwater reels as this can be an intrusion point for saltwater. It used to be used a lot in freshwater for some that liked to reel backwards instead of using the drag. The biggest problem when used as you describe, is the uncontrolled nature of line release. If not controlled, it can cause the same issues as a birds nest on conventional and baitcaster reels, allowing the line to get tangled. Without a hand on the handle, once the rotor starts moving it builds momentum, and if the fish stops taking line, will continue to spin possibly creating a snark of allowing the line to get trapped/wrapped around something it shouldn’t.
  10. I would imagine, that if painting an entire jighead, the nail polish may react poorly with some plastics placed against it. Not all plastic baits have the same formulation and may have some unforeseen reactions.
  11. First, nail polish does act like a solvent while wet and depending on the lures paint composition etc, may react with the existing paint. As a side note, I have used red nail polish on many Jerkbaits/minnow plugs to add gill marks to the head with no problems. I have also used clear polish to clearcoat over stick on eyes on a lot of jigheads with no problems. Secondly, once fully dried, it is pretty much odorless. I don't feel as if I have ever been less successful with these baits.
  12. Almost all fish will hit lures with other than natural colors at times. I used to use a lot of weird and non-natural colored users charter fishing for salmon, steelhead, laketrout, Walleye and smallmouth bass. At times they would definitely out-fish more natural colored baits 2 or 3 times over.
  13. I saw an example of this, might be time to upgrade the phone.
  14. Then I think salmon and steelhead rods are your best bet. If you don’t want a typical moderate action one (whippy), I stand by recommendation of the daiwa northcoast series. I routinely throw 3/8 swimbait to 1 oz castmaster and sp minnows and everything in between. It’s handled everything up to 10lb white sea bass and ca halibut this year with no problem.
  15. I am not sure if you really meant 3/8 to 3 or 4 oz rod or 3/8 - 3/4 oz rod only because I don't think I've ever seen salmon/steelhead rods with that kind range unless they were downrigger/trolling rods. Speaking from the left coast here in SoCal, Where light tackle surf fishing with Salmon/Steelhead is the norm, Unless you are specifically looking at surfcasting rods, and the salmon/steelhead might still fit the bill for your purposes. I would look specifically at the newer Daiwa Northcoast series of SS rods. They have a lot more backbone than most and are not whippy at all. Bear in mind, IMHO the stated rod specs are under-rated. I use the 9 1/2 foot, 3/8-1oz model and have no problem power casting up to 1 1/2 oz plugs.They can also be found pretty reasonably for between $55 and $90 depending on where you shop, which I feel is a steal for what you get.