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  1. Lazy way out is to use a heavy popper. Take off the rear hook, or both. Tie the teaser to the rear. You could drill and insert a nail to hang the teaser hook if you want but it’s not necessary.
  2. Here’s the thing, they seem to work but I’ve never caught a striper on these whereas I have caught stripers on real bloodworms. So, I do buy them for reasons I already stated, but I really only use them on rare occasions.
  3. In short, First go with the braid around your target breaking strength (ABS) - not the line’s rated strength on the box. Then, pick the one with the best strength to weight ratio. Then, consider the FG knot strength if you use that or a PR. Some lines nail #1 and #2 but fail the knot strength.
  4. Pretty much same kind of use for me, mostly combined with real baits which had better results. (I also cut little squares for bait retention!) Wok, you probably had more success than I had with FB alone. I still use the FBBW alone for my kids on one hook of a high low. Biggest strength of FB is also the biggest annoyance: you can’t get that stuff off of the hook. Using scissors works best. Someone on SOL way back mentioned FB baits are better in moderate to warmer water temps and innefective in temps low 60s & under. I can’t confirm that observation but I have a feeling that there’s some truth to it.
  5. Four young kids & other stuff means very budget minded choices. I have a 7’ one piece penn spinning rod, allegiance or squadron maybe, rated roughly 1/4 or 3/8 up to either 3/4 or 1 ounce. I use a small 2000 reel on it. It was abou $35 or $40 and we had a gift card for Walmart. It’s nice for me. I also went out one night with my kids set up. It’s a cheap (but graphite not glass) Zebco $10 six foot spinning rod with 2000 granite outdoors (aka outdoor anglers, aka “el cheapo”) reel, light braid & cheap 30 lbs mono leader, throwing unweighted zoom flukes in a salt lagoon middle of the night. Fished well at that purpose for that price and an unplanned session. Pulled in a cow nosed ray on that junk. So, get the Duckett if you can (I would); or find a short MH cheapo and tempt fate!
  6. Same here except my standard braid switchover is at 30 lbs & up. The gap is around 20 lbs braid where I don’t have a choice I like. Your testing showed break strength of 38 lbs for Fireline Crystal in 14 lbs with pr knot. That’s exactly my fill in for 20 lbs braid. Made my own bobbin and everything. Not that I couldn’t have ordered one but I’m terrible with waiting for things in the mail!
  7. Warning: skip this if you’re one of those lazy people who hate thorough posts. ”Fireline original” is a dark colored line of four strands fused together. This was originally only in the dark “smoke” color. Berkeley eventually started making Fireline braided lines (like Tracer) which are standard style braid - not fused. I guess that’s the reason for “original fused” being specified in the name of the “fused superline” sharing the same name. Fireline crystal is also four strands fused into one line. (If it says crystal then it’s fused.) The different name and the “crystal” part is namely just the color, but some of the tests by Aquaholic here seem to indicate other differences than just the color. (I think Crystal tested out stronger in the some of the same pound tests, and I think he said Crystal is less likely to fray/split. Either way, I took his advice and primarily use Crystal if I’m using a thin line.) Whether it’s Fireline original “fused” or the Crystal, they both are four lines fused together unless it says “Ultra 8.” Both also have “Ultra 8” versions where the lines are made with 8 separate strands fused into one line. Eight “carrier” braided lines are all the rage in recent years because the weave can result in a smoother more round shape to the line. For fused Fireline, as opposed to other standard braids that I also use, I don’t care personally if it’s 4 or 8 strands. I use Fireline because it’s more wiry and resistant to wind knots, etc. This wiry nature is especially important in lower strength lines. Once you get up to the thickness of 30 or 40 lbs test standard braids, which is roughly equivalent to 20 lbs Fireline smoke/crystal, I like braided 8 carriers better than fused Fireline.
  8. I’m in. I’ll try to figure out something to keep it going.
  9. Looks like a genuinely good dude from those pictures and sounds even better from your kind words about him. All the best from my family to yours and here’s to Dan’s new “Trek.”
  10. I started mono main line to swivel to leader and pulled the swivel back out from my rod tip many times. Switched to braid, stuck with this approach for years with the same problem. Also, I noticed that the braid broke well below the rated strength. Eventually I switched to FG knot from braid to leader. No more swivel through the tip guide. Much greater strength. I even use braid > FG or PR > leader > swivel > and another section of leader if I really need a swivel for a teaser attachment or something else. As you pull harder, say turning around a fish (or for me usually pulling a snag free), A braid to swivel knot cinches down tighter until it eats through itself.
  11. I just heard that it was Nick Foles in CO to meet with the Broncos. He obviously beat that thing to death with his “third leg.” Big D;ck Nick!
  12. You or anyone else have a suggested “hammer” for the process you’re describing? I rarely chunk anymore, but if I do try sharking again (skunked only time before) I want to have my spike sufficiently sunk deep into the sand! i use an aluminum spike.
  13. I don’t know what’s cooler: the story itself, or the fact that I’m also from Philly and used to work 5 minutes from there. Nicely done DoorGunner.
  14. Beachglass i have 4 little kids and therefore little money! I use budget saltwater gear for me. For my kids, I use essentially (one season expected) under $20 reels. One of those reels ended up lasting at least 3 years and still going. It’s from “granite outdoor” size 2000 spinning reel I bought from Wally World. It was under $20, bunch of bearings inside, instant anti reverse roller bearing, and a ball bearing line roller. Couldn’t believe that last one. There’s no shielding on those bearings, but I did no maintenance the first year and it held up perfectly. I oiled or greased just about everything somewhere around 18 months in, but there were no obvious signs of impending failure at that stage. I use an identical reel for freshwater since logic says it’ll last ages if it lasted that long in the salt. Anyway, good luck and tight lines!
  15. I haven’t done this yet, but SOL NJ legend @MC55 (Mike) a professional fishing with live mole crabs, AKA sand crabs, aka “float some bugs.” Use a circle hook, slap a few on there, maybe some split shot up the line a bit to get some weight and keep the bugs on the bottom of the water column. Mike mc55 can clarify if needed, but I think best times are early summer, late summer, and maybe late fall if baitfish have disappeared. Gotta get you a “buggin’ rod.”