jsbergen

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  1. Hey folks, Looking for suggestions/tips on metal lips for mostly shallow sand beach. Which style has been best for you? How is the Surfster different from a Danny? My favorite is the CCW jetty swimmer. Thoughts?Thanks!
  2. Nothing about the bailess kit being included as well.
  3. Im going from what i read on all of the sites listing the reels for preorder. None of them say anything about a bailess kit being available. How they forgot to include that is confusing for sure.
  4. You will like the VR150 as it combos with the 9'6 rod nicely as well as the 9ft rods, which you will have many more options to choose. I have a vr150 on a 9ft ODM and love it. The VR is smooth for a sealed reel and offers the bailess kit option.
  5. I know I'm not the only one seeing the massive mistake Tsunami made on this new reel. This reel was designed for the surf casting market and it's already OBSOLETE to the masses. - No bailless kit/option? This is the deal braker for the thousands of guys fishing bailess. - The 6000 weighs 19.3. Another deal braker for alot of guys.
  6. Thanks for the input and the knowledge. Just learned something new about metal lips and the dive angle. Will help going forwards.
  7. Sweet blog man! Very, very bizarre. Forums wouldn’t exist if we all followed your rules.
  8. ODM rods are brilliant. I have the 9t Genesis and my brother has the 9ft DNA. I’ve used it several times and it’s nice. I feel confident in saying it’s the best value and quality on the market at that price point. It’s as nice as some of the expensive customs. Fits the VS150 great.
  9. I absolutely agree with you. Don’t think I would be willing to fish a vs100 or 150 at 20oz. For the majority of guys using the super light rods I have seen a few pass on the ZB. Stating that the 20oz didn’t match with their 9ft and the 22oz (25&27) with their 10 or 10’’6. I reserve my ZB for my heavier gear 11ft.
  10. I disagree that the current VS X Series and Zeebass ZX series are “ at best semi sealed”. I have had zero issues as my reels have all been sealed and water tight keeping all sand and salt out (vsx200 & zx22). For every 1 person who may have had a seal issue I hear about 10 who didn’t. If they were as average as you are implying they wouldn’t be backed by as many epic fisherman. It seems kind of evident that you have a hard on for VS.
  11. I included that in the post and It’s common knowledge that the VR models are the 2nd tier, more affordable reels. I’m speaking of the other VS and ZX Zeebass reels. VR’s removed, it’s clear that they ( and Stella’s) are indeed of the best quality on the market. The VR is at the top of the list when comparing non full sealed reels.
  12. One of the areas VS is inferior to Zeebass.
  13. Thread of the year right here folks. Some brilliant yet simple ideas. Thank you.
  14. The ODM rods are in a league of their own. The Genesis rods are right on the level of and better than most of the custom $500 rods. IMHO the GSB blanks are obsolete in comparison to the rods on the current market. I fish the 9ft genesis and it’s great. For $325 you are getting an excellent product.
  15. The most productive minnow plug for me is a loaded Redfin in “Baby Striper” color. They no longer make the “ Baby Striper” color. I was given a few still in the package from my uncle a few years ago. He told me he always had success with. Not sure what it is but it’s been my second most productive plug behind Sluggos.
  16. Both reels are of the best quality on the market. Both are completely sealed which is the biggest selling point. ( VR models are not fully sealed). Zeebass 20=VS 100. 22=VS150. 25=VS200. 27=VS250 in spool size. Zeebass has same body size on all reels and 4 different spool sizes. To me the Zeebass is a bulkier/heavier reel that borders on almost too bulky. Zeebass has a smoother retrieve than the VS reels. Zeebass is a bit more expensive new than the VS ( except the VR). Zeebass has a dual anti reverse clutch that gives it a solid feel you have to feel to believe. Zeebass are easier to service. Cant go wrong with either really. Head to head I would say Zeebass is a better reel and is made in the USA in CT.
  17. Hey folks , my current beach ride is an 18’ Wrangler. Couldn’t be happier with it. But I’m not thrilled on the beating it takes with the amount of fishing I do. Any suggestions or tips on a Suburban or Expedition approx year will be 2000-2006. Pro’ &. Con’s? The only thing pointing me more towards a Suburban is my father is GM employee and I receive 40% off parts. Thanks in advance! - Joe
  18. The SP is hands down one of the best mass produced plugs ever. It sits right up there with the best of them. Always have success when throwing an SP but the only CON I see is it really beats the **** out of the fish. I don’t know if it’s become of its slim profile or swim motion but it frequently gets swallowed.
  19. AWD’s are for soccer moms! Lol.
  20. 1- Depending on vehicle I would say average is 15-18 PSI. I run 15 PSI in my Wrangker. 2- I always run in 4WD Low so Traction Control is always off. Others may disagree but there is NO reason to not run in 4WD Low if staying under 15mph ( which I always do) Again, run the beach in the best possible gear setting available, dont wait to go to 4WD L from 4WD H when vehicle is struggling. 3- I try to Air back up as soon as I can. Dont Exceed 25-30mph with low psi and absolutely air up before hitting the highway. 4- ALWAYS air down BEFORE you hit the sand. Why even chance the aggravation of becoming stuck or needing to air down again and again. No brainer here, no1 has ever regretted airing down but same cant be said otherwise. P.S. If you start beach ridding often invest in a set of automatic deflaters.
  21. I apologize and stand corrected. Not sure why I thought that was the case. STILL, AWD vehicles are for soccer moms and hipster snowboard/skiier's.
  22. I know you were looking for ideas other than Jeeps but wanted to say one thing. The new Jk Wranglers are phenomenal ( as all jeeps are) for beach buggy/everyday use. Jeep prices have become super affordable as I picked up my 18’ for under 30k. The way the Wrangler handles the beach is simply incredible and I think if you are a frequent beach driver you can’t go wrong. No stock vehicle (beside Land-cruiser’s) can do what these cars do. It’s a great feeling having zero worries about ever gettin stuck again. Good luck pal.
  23. What exactly do you mean by a removable top buggy?
  24. It wasn’t that long ago when these big fish were way more common. Now it’s like hell froze over to see a 50. Yet, we keep doing The same crap that has lead us to the decline of striped bass.
  25. Plain and simple its the best option at that price point. I use the small for night fishing and rock hopping. Larger bag during day when usually fishing out of my buggy. Put the round tubes in large bag and like it more. They contain all the carrying options youll need for your plugs. Of course its not a $280 ODM bag but at $50-$70 it cant be beat. IMHO the Shimano's best function is the small bag for night or difficult treks.