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  1. I usually hate when picture posts are quoted with the pictures included, but I'm doing it this time! These pictures should be in every page of this thread. Congratulations man! This is an awesome fish. Really great catch! Well done!
  2. I have the TFO triangular multi rod tube. Holds 4 rods in their socks (probably depends a bit on the size of the fighting butts). I like that it won't roll off things.
  3. It's a super stable fishing platform. I fly fish and I've stood on top of a cooler for hours on the bow platform and it never felt tippy. It's also comfortable up on the poling platform. However, that was in relatively calm waters (back bay flats). We did start to get out into the open bay (fishing out of port o'connor, TX) on a very windy day (I think it was blowing steady 25-30 mph) and we turned around because the wave felt too big. But it was more than small chop. We were not the only small skiff that turned back. We fished sheltered spots all day but the ride back involved some chop and a headwind. For me as the passenger in the bow that was a rough ride. I just zipped up my jacket and concentrated on holding my beer level (unsuccessfully). I think that's when he's had the most trouble with it. Driving into the wind with not much weight up front especially when he's out on his own; the bow sticks up and bounces and catches a lot of wind. He's got a 25 HP on it. It feels to me that it would run better and flatten out more with more HP, but I don't have a lot to compare it to. He hasn't sustained any real damage to it aside from scrapes on rocks. Nothing that warrants a repair. I thought it was foam filled but it doesn't say that explicitly on the website. Buddy says he thinks foam filled. It's definitely not just air, because it's very quiet. He worried about the sun (he lives in the desert in West Texas). The company assured him that they have skiffs and driftboats in the sun and they can take it. After buying he lucked into some indoor storage near the lake so it's out of the sun for now. he's only had it about 1 year. As you mentioned there are pros and cons. Sometimes they are the same thing. The main complaint I have with it is that the deck is diamond plate and it's hard on bare feet. That said, it's not a problem to jump in with spikes or toss an anchor around. Also, my buddy screwed eyebolts into the bow to tie down his cooler and I kicked them multiple times with my bare toe and cursed him and his redneck tie downs. But... you can screw eyebolts into the deck. One of his oar lock sleeves broke during use and had to be rewelded. The welder at the southeast texas marina he took it to was not impressed with what he saw (the welds on the rowing frame, not the boat). The transom and poling platform seem very well built and sturdy. It's got a lot of capacity both volume and weight for a 16' boat.
  4. I've got a good buddy down in Texas who has one. I've poled it in gulf coast mangrove flats and fished out of it in lakes and rivers. I'll be going back down in 3 weeks for an annual weekend trip to fish the Devil's River and it will be our transport up river. If you've got specific questions, I can probably answer some or get answers for you. It's plastic but it's a tough SOB. My buddy picked the Hog Island over similarly priced/spec'd fiberglass and aluminum boats because of the durability. Where he fishes, there's a reasonable expectation of collision with underwater boulders.
  5. Hey BFD... I fixed it the way you described. I was hoping for a fix that didn't require removing the fly and pulling the line all the way back through the guides. If this happens again I'll try it Herb's way and see how it works. The good news is I'm almost sure that this happened because of reeling the leader back loose and not leaving a little sticking out of the reel. I'm going to stop doing that and hope it works as a preventative measure. Seems like the problem is common enough that people knew exactly what I was talking about so hopefully the tips will help other too! Thanks all for your responses!
  6. I did. I had a sneaking suspicion that this was my fact, when I reeled up this morning I put a quick perfection loop at the end of my leader and hooked it over the reel foot. now I need to go check the other reels. Thanks guys!
  7. Hi all...for some reason I’m struggling to find the words to describe this, but it’s happened more than a few times so maybe someone will know the fix. This is morning when I started to pull line off my reel to rig up my rod, the line was wrapped over itself kind of like an overhand knot. When pulling more line off the overlap would move until some point where it would bind up. I’ve had this happen occasionally with fly lines and also backing on reels. I have usually just pulled the line through to “untie” the knot but that might not be practical on a windy beach in the middle of a blitz. Is there an easier way to clear this problem? Is there a way to avoid it? here’s a sketch that might clarify my issue:
  8. Ok...I looked at Airflo’s site and this line isn’t there. I’m guessing that makes this the old version. However, based on the box (which does NOT say Sniper), this is the 30’ head that the other Sniper lines have. The alternative airflo coldwater line is the Ridge Striper line that has a 40’ head. Let me know if you’re still interested. Here’s the back of the box:
  9. I gave $50 shipped for it. How’s that sound? I’m assuming you saw that it’s an intermediate.
  10. Actually, this is what I have. It was new when I got it. I made a loop in the back with some nail knots to connect to backing. I've fished it once and cast it in the park once. But intermediate, not floating (just reread your post). Good luck with your search!
  11. I may have what you're looking for (10wt). I bought it on here a while back. What's the distinction between old and new versions? I'll look when I get home.
  12. I'll take the 10wt SA Mastery Tarpon. PM your paypal. Thanks!
  13. I agree with posts above that a boat and guide will greatly increase your chances. My brother and I fished 2 days with a guide and 1 partial day we did some DIY. There isn't really a good way to spot fish from a car, but there's some access points on South Padre that are easy to get to from town. One is a flat north of the convention center. We parked in the CC parking lot and walked over to the flat. I didn't see any fish there but it's good water. I did see lots of kite boarders. Also, the guys in the Quik Stop Bait Shop told us we better watch out for an alligator known to patrol that flat. I thought they were just messing with us, but google confirmed their warning. Another place we fished was around the mangrove island south of the bridge from Port Isabel. I got two juvi snook and a small barracuda just casting to the edge of mangroves. Something big came through there. I watched it's wake come toward me along the edge of the mangroves and made a few casts to it when it got close but no bite. Maybe it was a bigger snook. With the guide, we saw hundreds of redfish, sheepshead, and specks. We got several nice reds to the boat and had a shot at one big bull. We got an air BnB in Port Isabel. It's a beautiful place to fish.
  14. That looks like great fly. Will be replicating it soon. How is it a deceiver, though? Who is TK? I’m going over to google to investigate.