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  1. Hate to tell ya, Hobie just jacked up all their prices.
  2. This is so true. On paper, I was dead set on a Hobie Compass. The day I demoed the Compass, Revo, and Outback, it became clear the Revo would be a better fit for me, personally. The Compass was a great boat, as was the Outback, but the Revo checked more boxes for what I needed. If you go with something like the Old Towns just make sure you have a good way to transport and store it. I helped a friend move their Predator PDL and that thing was a beast - all I know is I would not want to be moving something that heavy around regularly. The Topwater I guess is lighter but still probably not something you can just toss on top of your vehicle.
  3. Genius! I will have to try to rig something similar.
  4. Cool, thanks. I ended up doing some of what you're mentioning, like handlining and using the kayak to get a little more line out. I'll need to try stretching the line out., I definitely found that to be true. I thought about doing that when I was in shallow but I didn't have a stripping basket and there was too much current to try to use my kayak to strip line in to. Do you bring a basket with you?
  5. I had my second outing with my fly rod yesterday, and I decided to take it out in my kayak. I brought my usual tube & worm setup and spinning rod for tossing lures as a backup, but I was determined to stick to the fly rod for at least the early part of the morning. I have a Hobie Revo 13, and while it's plenty stable for what it is you're not going to be standing and casting from it. What it lacks in stability for standing, it makes up for in speed for chasing fast-moving bait schools, though. I lucked out and very shortly after launching I was surrounded by birds and bait. I managed about 10 schoolies with my pitifully short casts using a small sand eel pattern. This was a blast - definitely more challenging/rewarding than tossing small lures but it also came with some headaches. I was stripping line between by legs onto the center hatch which is nice and flat, and that worked out OK for the most part, but it was difficult to keep the line from looping on itself and tangling. Does the line need to break in? Or is there something I can do to help avoid this? The second issue I ran into was managing my 9' 8 weight rod. If I had to clear a tangle at the rod tip it was difficult to do without dunking the reel (I actually did dunk it really briefly, so made sure to take the spool off and thoroughly rinse it afterwards). Also getting the fish close the kayak without high-sticking was tough. Is a shorter rod recommended?
  6. Thanks! I bought a few tapered leaders on sale so I'm using those for now.I'm sure I will transition to just using mono/fluoro and that pre-looped tippet you mention sounds like what I'm looking for. There are very few bluefish most years around here so at least I don't have to worry about that. Most of my fishing will be back bays, inlets, etc. At this point I really need to get my casting in order. It was a somewhat windy but overall my distance was pretty pitiful, even casting with the wind. It's a hard habit to break trying to muscle the cast coming from spinning gear. I think I'm also ending the cast with the rod too low and it's causing my line and leader to pile up. I've been slacking in trying to schedule a lesson, which I had another thread on and got some good leads. Really? I don't plan on fishing beaches or really out front at all so there must be another way?
  7. I have a size 6000 Tsunami Guard for trade. I already had a Tsunami Shield 5000 so I don’t really have a need for this reel. I’m looking to trade for a smaller inshore reel around 3000-4000 size to go on a 7’ travel rod rated up to 1.5oz. I’d be especially interested in an Okuma Epixor, Daiwa BG, or either Tsunami mentioned. I’m open to other options including adding cash for a slightly nicer reel. I just want something in very good+ condition and not more than a couple years old. Thanks!
  8. Just figured I would update this thread after my first real outing today. I started the season mostly from my kayak without using the fly rod. I guess the temptation to catch fish using familiar methods was too great at first. Today I had a couple of work appointments near the coast so I brought my waders and fly rod just in case. Luckily I was done with the appointments just in time for my lunch break and right before the bottom of the tide. I headed down to a pretty accessible spot where there’s a channel surrounded by flats on either side so I was able to cast to the edge of the channel. There was a decent breeze working the opposite direction of the current so I was having trouble figuring out what to do and how to get a cast out far enough (I have enough trouble with no breeze at all!). I settled on casting with the wind to about 10:00 and and letting the current take and straighten out my line to 2:00. After doing this for about 6 casts I was hooked up on my first striper! Certainly not a monster but I definitely see how this could be addictive. That was my only fish of the hour but it felt great to get on the board with the fly rod. I do have a few questions and I’d appreciate any advice; - I’d prefer to not bring fish up onto the sand/mud like I did here, but I was worried about high-sticking and breaking my rod. Probably not likely on this little fish, but how do you handle them once they’re in close? I’m used to using a shorter, stouter spinning rod both in my kayak and from shore. Do you just have to tire the fish out a little more and ease it in until you can grab the leader? - What’s the best way to attach flies other than just tying directly to the leader? I’d like to be able to swap them out without cutting down my leader every time. Is that where a tippet comes in? I use TA clips on my spinning rods for quick lure changes without having to cut and re-tie. Thanks for all the advice up to this point, it definitely helped start me off on the right foot!
  9. The other thing I just thought of - I have had the most success in this situation really making my lure imitate a wounded baitfish vs. making it swim normally. Let it drop a couple of times on your retrieve (especially on the initial fall) and twitch it back up. That should help your offering stand out from the bait school.
  10. I found myself in the middle of a frenzy on Sunday. I always wonder how people know what bait they're on because I can rarely tell, but I think based on what they were going for it was silversides or maybe sand eels. I couldn't get any hits on topwater, and I had to use the smallest baits I had. What worked for me were a Kastmaster XL (I think 3 1/2") and 3.5" YUM money minnow in pearl/black back on a 1/4oz jig head. I think the narrow profile of these lures definitely helped. That said, I was kicking myself for not trying to send something a little larger down deep below the frenzy in case some bigger fish were hanging out waiting for the scraps to fall.
  11. It is funny, you'd think sending all the report chasers to a spot with no fish would be welcome! But on the other hand consistency is needed and we can't expect the mods to make individual judgement calls on whether a certain spot can be burned or not. I definitely join you in thanking the mods. In the past few days I've seen a few favorite spots of mine burned on the local Facebook groups and it makes me appreciate the moderation here that much more.
  12. I’ve never used a GoPro but it sounds like the battery doesn’t last too long (maybe 1.5-2 hours?). The issue I have with the white and silver is the battery is not swappable. You could connect it to an external battery but then it’s not waterproof right? I’d be worried about splashes or the salty air corroding the connector while the cord is attached, or worst-case flipping the yak and frying it. I don’t imagine ~90 minutes of recording time cutting it for me personally.
  13. I can't think of any "bad" days I've had, luckily, just frustrating ones, usually involving high expectations and poor results. Last night, for example, I decided to head down to a freshwater spot near my house, which is full of bass, pickerel, crappie, etc. I only had a little more than an hour before dark and was shore fishing but figured I should be able to at least catch something. When I got there I found fish popping everywhere, and not just small sunfish or something, there were some truly large splashes. I also know there are some bass beds in close to where I was. I'm admittedly out of practice when it comes to FW but I threw just about the entire tackle box and had one missed strike to show for it. It shouldn't have bothered me, it's not like I was out there all day, but to see so much activity and not catch one fish really frustrates me. When it's dead, it's much easier for me to say, "well at least I gave it a shot." When it's like last night, all I can think is, "you suck!"
  14. I'm interested in this as well. I've toyed with getting a GoPro in the past but they're kind of expensive to get into. However, the Silver and Black are both $100 off on GoPro's site if you trade in any old digital camera (I'm sure I've got one collecting dust in a drawer somewhere). It seems like the Black, with the replaceable battery and better image stabilization, would be the way to go. They both have voice control so you can start and stop recording or take a picture hands-free. I would think a mast mount would work well on the Hobie and would keep it relatively out of the way.
  15. Have you called your dealer yet? They might have offered to ship you one in time for the weekend if it's too far of a drive. You never know unless you ask.