Springer

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Good Luck
  5. 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.
  6. Thanks for the ideas. I will give a try and see what I can do.
  7. 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
  8. Thanks again for the ideas. I will tie some test samples then give it a shot.
  9. 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?
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. It's all situational so the following are generalities but it is not all about the bottom. Focus on seams and eddys. Jig the ones perpendicular to your cast plug the ones parallel to your cast. It's mullet season so focus on choke or trap points for the migrating bait. A nice swell and jetty backwash with white water is your friend in late September and early October.