SuperSix

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About SuperSix

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  • Birthday 06/01/1989

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  • About Me:
    My name is Mike Lelio. I've been fly fishing and tying for about 10 years.
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    False Albacore!!! as well as surfing, and keeping my ocean clean and healthy.
  • What I do for a living:
    TV and Fashion Production and camera work.

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  • Location
    Belleville, New Jersey

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  1. I agree with bonefish, if you’ve got a 9wt rod, You need a reel that’s rated for 9wt AT LEAST. I always go over sized with my reels, my 8wt TFO has a Nautilus CCF-X2 8/10, and my 9wt TFO has a Tibor Sig rated at 10wt. That way if you were ever to hook a fish that is too big to effectively fight with the rod in your hand, you at least have a larger reel with plenty of backing so the fish can run for miles and tire himself out without you having to try to wear him down with your rod beyond what it can handle, and risk possibly breaking it. And it happens. I can give you the perfect example, last summer I was fishing off a jetty for schoolie bass and blues with my aforementioned 8wt TFO, when out of nowhere a cow-nose ray ate my fly and decided to run half way to Africa. There was no stopping him with the 8wt rod in my hand, but luckily my oversized reel had plenty of backing to keep me from getting spooled ( which came close to happening anyway ). If I didn’t have the larger reel I might’ve broken my rod trying to stop him or lost my fly line when I got spooled. That was the hardest fight I’ve ever had on an 8wt rod, I landed him almost 2 hours later, But it never would’ve happened without the larger reel. You mentioned using a 5wt rod to fish for schoolie bass, which I think is awesome, but I would have a 7wt reel on it if I were you, which would greatly expand your capability, and keep you safe when the day comes that you hook a fish too big to stop with a 5wt (which could happen any time in the salt) Not to mention that I benefit from having the counter balancing weight of a larger reel when I’m casting. It helps with my casting style, anyway.
  2. I love my Nautilus CCF-X2. It’s like their middle priced reel, I think I got my 8/10 for around $400. Absolutely awesome reel, Very fast line pick up, and unlike Nautilus’s premium reels (the NV-G’s), The CCF-X2 has an incoming clicker. When I bought my CCF-X2, I had actually walked in the store with $900 in my pocket and every intention to buy an NV-G, But then I picked it up and realized that it did not have an incoming clicker, only outgoing, and that drove me absolutely crazy. Maybe I’m the only one, but I cannot stand that and I have no idea what the designers were thinking. But aside from all that, definitely take a close look at the Nautilus CCF-X2
  3. It would be beyond awesome! Like there’s always all these nature documentaries on TV about random animals on the other side of the world, but never anything about the species that we know, love and have right here, the species that actually matter in American’s lives. Like why do I learn more about lions in Africa than I do about striped bass, false albacore, deer or turkeys when I turn on Nat Geo or the Discovery channel? It gets me even more mad when I’m watching shows specifically about fish and sea life, and it’s all about species in Australia or some other far away place. Like make a show That’s going to be about the fish species that actually matter in our lives. I’ll tell you one thing for sure, whatever network airs a show like that, their ratings on the east coast will go through the roof!
  4. Don’t stop there. I’ve been thinking for years how amazing it would be if they took the “planet earth” and “blue planet” shows format and applied it just to gamefish species. Like with real cinematic value, scientific facts and observations, following fish from their lives as juveniles all the way through maturity, showing migration, spawning and feeding habits, and while they’re at it, go one step further and profile all the forage species alongside the gamefish who hunt them. I think it would be truly amazing, and it would go a long way to boost interest in the fishing industry and more importantly, in environmental protection and gamefish stocks preservations. Am I the only one who has dreamed about this since watching the “planet earth” and “Blue planet” series on TV?
  5. hey guys, I'm planning on fishing the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers in New Jersey from my kayak over the next couple days, and I was talking to some local guides that operate out of the Marina I work at, and a few (non fly fisherman) guys mentioned that the stripers in the rivers are currently feeding on shrimp and crabs. My question is when (times of year, times of day, conditions) and where ( flats? oyster bars? deep channels? sod banks?) it would be effective to target stripers with shrimp or crab flies as opposed to baitfish patterns? and what species of shrimp and crabs the fish are actually feeding on? Any specific pattern mentions would also be helpful, because I'm curious if I can have success with tried and true bonefish and permit patterns for stripers...?
  6. Oh I know exactly what you mean, because I actually work in TV Production as a cameraman/videographer so I spend every day lugging around camera gear and dealing with drones and all the gear complications, so I know better than most how much time and work goes into collecting enough usable footage to assemble an actionable amount of content. That’s half the reason I appreciate your video so very much, because besides the fishing, I know all too well about the HELL involved in filming. By the way, I’m sure this has been answered before in some previous post, but where was most of this footage filmed? - Mike L
  7. Well I certainly feel silly now lol! Admittedly I haven’t been cruising the forums here on SOL as much as I should, So I didn’t realize that I was late to the party discovering that amazing video, and when I did I was so excited that I overzealously decided to post it immediately, because naturally when one comes across something so amazing related to our sport, our first thought is to share it with the good people of SOL! But aside from making a fool of myself, this video is so amazing that it might’ve been worth it just to refresh its position on the list of forum topics, not to mention casting my recommendation for Ambergris to be considered for the Nobel Prize for selflessly advancing humanity with this footage and all the time, hard work and sacrifice it took to assemble it!
  8. You sir, are a revolutionary, the cinematography with the use of the drones is absolutely amazing. I actually reposted the 8 minutes of Albie footage because it was the most amazing footage I’ve ever seen of them attacking bait. All I can say is that the hardships you must have endured collecting all this footage was worth it. This video is a game changer, not only for fishing videos, but for wildlife photography as a whole. Using drones in that manner to get the unobstructed bird’s eye view of the fish’s movements is going to be the future of filming fish in the wild. All I can say is Bravo, Sir!!!
  9. So I just came across the most amazing video I have ever seen. Not just because it’s amazing shots of albie’s feeding, but also because the use of the drone in this manner has yielded absolutely revolutionary footage and this will be the future of filming fishing videos and nature documentaries. The perpendicular angle of pointing the camera straight down at the water from above the action totally defeats the surface glare, revealing amazing views of the action that is otherwise only reserved for the lucky birds we all rely upon to find our fish for us. All credit goes to Ambergris! Behold...
  10. Al, are you talking about Costa Rica or Nicaragua?
  11. Hey guys, so my pain in the ass girlfriend is trying to book a trip to visit the Pacific coast of either Costa Rica or Nicaragua in the end of November to early December, which I'm told is the transition from the wet to the dry season. Naturally, I told her that where we go is going to depend on the fishing opportunities there, but I know very little about these regions. So my question is, which area would anyone recommend, bearing in mind that I want to catch fish I can target without a boat, maybe some bonefish on the flats, or roosterfish would be very exciting too. I surf as well, so that's going to be a factor all the same. Does anyone have any advice or local knowledge to lend some good recommendations on where to go?
  12. I love Rio's Intermediate lines, they're mostly all i use for my striper and albie fishing. My absolute favorite is the Outbound Short, and I've recently had a lot of success with the new Coastal Quickshooter, both of which have 30 foot clear tips and high visibility running lines ( yellow on the outbound and an awesome purple on the coastal quickshooter ) and I do own an intermediate In Touch line as well, but for some reason i just haven't enjoyed using it. It has a very rough and rigid feel to it when casting compared to the traditional outbound lines I'm used to. I'm sure it has it's advantages, but its not my personal cup of tea.
  13. some visual aides for my epic tale... (not sure why these photos are so obnoxiously large, my apologies)
  14. Well it's nothing to write home about, but I did finally catch my first striper of the season this morning fishing off a jetty just North of Asbury Park, NJ. Just 2 small schoolie size fish at high tide. But it was nice to catch some fish on a fly that I tied the night before ( 5 inch olive over white deciever ) but I certainly didn't see any bait in the water, and said water was absolutely freezing
  15. so at this moment, when the water is still rather cold, and the striped bass are staying held up in the coastal rivers and bays ( where I imagine they're pursuing the slightly warmer water temperatures in the sun heated shallows )...., does this mean that they are behaving slow and sluggishly? and therefore foraging on food sources like crabs and shrimp that don't require much effort or energy to chase, as opposed to bait fish? If so, could we be fishing mud flats with crab and shrimp patterns with any success under these conditions?