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About Scubachris

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  • Birthday 06/28/1958


  • About Me:
    Traveled the World diving and fishing.
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    Diver, Bowler, Billiards, Photography, Traveler, Lecturer, Videographer, Entrepreneur, .
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  1. I can send you a link but i'm sure the Admins won't like that even though i live on Oahu. What do you plan on doing? Surf casting, plugging, jigging, UL? I have a bunch of travel rods but it depends on what i plan on targeting. You're in luck that this year you can fish the Waikiki groin to Diamond Head. I can recommend what to bring but need more information. Best to rent a car and go around the island. Have you tried (or heard of) Hammer Bombs? Used a lot locally to fish reef areas. Do a YT search or i can give you info on the inventor. Here i'd use 9-11ft. I do. 9ft is all purpose, 11ft for bombing. On Oahu there's a reservoir up in Wahiawa for Tucs & Bass. You do need to purchase a fresh water lic but there's no salt water lic. I think even Walmart here still does this in local stores but i'd go online with DLNR.
  2. I agree. If you increase your line tension i'm pretty positive you'll be ok. That's why spoolers have built in line tensioners, well the better ones at least.
  3. Reel looks in very well kept condition sir.
  4. For a time i had 4 Daiwa Ballistics. The 35-40 13'3" lengths all had weighted screw-in butts. So one day the weight fell off one of the rods and i almost crashed the tip. I found the screw on weight and after putting it back it dawned on me that this weight might help balance the "fulcrum" affect of casting a surf rod when trying to "oof" it out. Would this be a correct assumption?
  5. I have 4 Cree headlamps for over 5yrs. Under $15ea. 8K lumen. 2 rechargeable 18650 batteries. All different configurations & light colors. Last all night. The red illuminates the whole area!
  6. Good video from Okuma on the Makaira Spinner.
  7. *Has 55lb max drag, same pre-set drag settings as in the 20K & 30K, 4.9:1 gear ratio, 40in line retrieval, weighs 28.2oz & can take 415yd of 50lb braid. Also a 5yr limited warranty. I heard a 15K is in the works. Other sizes are the 20K & 30K. The anglers that i know here both use the 20K from shore. Both agree it's stronger then a Stella though a comparable Stella is slightly lighter in weight. It's purely a matter of personal preference. I think it's important to look up where the nearest service Okuma and/or Shimano service center is. Hawk gave a very good review on the Makaira. I must admit in Hawaii the Shimanos are the most popular spinners, then comes the Penns. As long as you're happy with your unit it should be ok. Right now i'm slowly replacing all my Azores with the new Blues. Hard to beat for the money. And aesthetically speaking it matches well with all my blue Okuma rods.
  8. I haven’t used one yet. I know 2 who do. GTs from shore and that reel gives them no quarter! Should be good at the FADS jigging for tuna as well.
  9. I helped Okuma do the Fishing Expo here in Hawaii in Oct. we had one on display. What a beast! Might be coming out with a 15K for next year.
  10. Yes it is! Brought in a GT with it. 12' Ocean Master for spinners is what i used for that reel.
  11. Will do GoneCoastal. This reel was last offered back in 2014. I found field info on the Solterra Level Winds with the bars that jiggers use but not the Lever Drags that casters like. It was a interesting find to get this BNIB. Thinking of going 65lb braid backing to 40lb Big Game Trilene 40lb top shot for surf casting. Rated for 310yd of 30lb mono. But will open it up to grease & lube as well.
  12. I just got in a BNIB Okuma Solterra SLR-15CS. Has anyone ever used this reel before?
  13. I love my 10' & 12' Rockaways with a Azores 40.
  14. Some of the reels are quite good. The Azores Spinners with the dual drag stacks will be introducing their new high speed Azores line for 2019. Also will have Shimano type sizing now. The Makaiwa spinner will unveil their new 2019 size. The Tesoro Star Drags are really good & all the prices are down to Earth for the technology & materials used. Recently they have been vastly improving their products.
  15. Who here uses this line of spinners? Would like to know thoughts when stacked against other spinners like the Shimano Stella?