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  1. Does anyone have a reference for the tides inside Rehoboth and Indian River Bay. The best I have right now is the inlet which will probably get me close but I am not sure how far it is off.
  2. There is a lot of great info in that paper. Thanks for posting. Essentially the 45+ inch fish we catch generally range from 20-50 years old. Amazing to think of catching a 50 yr old fish.
  3. The skinny guy wader dilemma. That is what I call it anyway. As your foot size goes up the chest size goes up exponentially. I just got a new pair and for a size 13' foot the chest size was 54. I can fit two of me in there and need to belt up real good to cinch them down. Anyway, short of buying a $700 pair of Simms there were few options in bootfoot. I ended up buying a pair of Froggs Toggs Hellbender bootfoot and was generally satisfied with them this fall. I actually had to size down the boot to a 12 because it ended up running big.
  4. In general these fish are managed properly. The large are protected so we have the benefit of catching big fish. Every time I hook into one of these fish feels like a blessing and I was lucky enough on one of my trips this year. However, in the few short years I have been chasing them I feel the fall Hurricane/storm cycle plays a big factor but that could be based on the fact that I have to plan ahead and can't just go whenever the weather windows show up. I do get concerned about how publicized the good fishing is as I feel it could turn the beach into a zoo in September and October. Maybe I am just paranoid.
  5. Good Luck
  6. I love the Fathom and am selling off all my Daiwa Saltist and replacing with it. But Treed is right. A lot of people are using the Fathom 15 to catch 40-50 lb Drum with 13 ft rods casting 8 oz and bait. I think you will find a Fathom 25 on a 10 ft rod for 1-4 oz is a very poorly matched set up.
  7. Thanks for the ideas. I will give a try and see what I can do.
  8. I have done tip removal a bunch of times before but this one had everything but the tube break off. Any ideas how I can get this off? I have given it a little heat but there is not much for me to grab onto. Thanks
  9. Thanks again for the ideas. I will tie some test samples then give it a shot.
  10. Thanks for your responses. I like this idea and might give it a try. So I am guessing it is 50 lb shocker to 80 lb terminal leader. What knot connections are you using?
  11. It seems like every time I get a run-off from a big fish that my sinker ends hanging way up on my main line making for an awkward and nervous fight. Therefore I often use a bead above the sinker slide. But there is a downside. I recently had a big red in the wash after an extended fight and had a rare break off in my main line just above the shocker. I hate the idea of that fish having to drag around 20 ft of line with a 7oz sinker on the end. So what do the pros say? Bead or no bead?
  12. You describe exactly what I have experienced on numerous occasions. I just received a 50 pack of eagle claw long shank j hooks, #4. Thanks for your input.
  13. 1/0 Maybe it was a fluke but 3 hrs getting picked clean with no hook ups. Then switched to whatever the kind gentleman gave me and hooks 6 bait size blues in 10 casts.
  14. Thanks. I am sure in a certain context that is really good info. But I am specifically talking about catching 8" blues (and spot, kingfish etc.) to use as bait.
  15. A little tackle talk here. For some years I had been faithful to using mutu lite circle hooks for panfish. Well there is something about a bluefish mouth or the way they take a small bait where those hooks are useless for me. I was fishing large whole finger mullet for drum and they couldn't stand up to the ravages of the small bluefish for 1 minute. I was getting panicked about my rapidly dwindling bait situation and decided the only thing that could last any amount of time against the bluefish was a bluefish head and I couldn't catch them. I ran down the beach and borrowed 4 small long shank j hooks from a nice stranger and proceeded to hook them consistently. Has anyone else experienced something similar? I would appreciate if you post up what small hooks you like for blues.