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About ATH1089

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    Fishing, hiking, all kinds of shooting, baking, fossil collecting.
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    Merchandiser with Nestlé USA.

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    Jersey Shore, NJ, USA
  1. Next time I head out I will try to rememeber some heavier sinkers to see how it does with more weight. I do not have any plugs heavier than 2oz or so right now.
  2. What you are referencing is something called a disturbance regime. Forests naturally experience disturbances on all levels; fires, windblown trees, mudslides, you name it. All of these are both destructive and essential for biodiversity and overall forest health. The logging business royally screwed all of that up by halting these disturbances and throwing a wrench into the cogs that turn the forests' natural cycles. The situations you are talking about are using logging as a synthetic substitute for natural disturbances. Yes, they are still disturbances, but they are neither as efficient as natural ones or sustainable in the long term. The thinning you are doing is repairing some level of the damage caused by the interruptions of the logging industry. When logging was halted, we wound up with unbalanced and, in some instances, overpopulated forests, like the barrens. The trees in the barrens are overcrowded, and the area should look more like what we recognize as a savannah, with a lot more open land between the pines and oaks. Letting a few good burns through the whole thing would work wonders for the ecology of the area, but that is never going to happen.
  3. If they make a recommendation, it is an honest one. I never feel like they are trying to upsell me on anything.
  4. The barrens are classified as a pine-oak forest. That is, they are primarily occupied by different species of pine trees, with various oak species occupying the next level of dominance. The pines are very well adapted to the frequent fires that used to come through the area. The oaks are not as well adapted, and cannot survive frequent, intense fires. A lot of this has to do with the thick, armor-like bark the pines have, while the bark on oak trees is quite a bit thinner. In recent years, the oaks have been taking over more and more. This is because we have severely limited the amount of fires that go through the barrens. They are out competing a lot of the pines, but we have found that these things go in cycles. The pines will thrive for a while, then the oaks will take over, then the oaks will all burn and the cycle starts over again. The Pine Barrens are a hot mess (pardon the pun) right now due to the lack of burning. It is a tinderbox waiting for a spark to set it off, with decades of fuel on the ground in some places.
  5. I worked as a technician on a prescribed burn in college once. There is a lot that goes into a burn. It has to be the right temperature, the right humidity, the right air pressure, with the right winds, etc. Fire breaks have to be dug and disc'ed, and the surrounding area sprayed with water. And the forest service is constantly patrolling the burn area in their extremely badass trucks. The fires also do so much more than prevent uncontrollable fires. The burning returns nutrients to the soil, kills parasites, and controls carbon sequestration in the plant matter. There are also some trees that require fire to reproduce. They are mostly pine trees, and their cones are held closed by a resin that requires a particular temperature to be reached to open and distribute the seeds. This is called serotiny. Very, very interesting stuff. The logging industry and human encroachment have really screwed up the world's forests. Reintroducing fires does help a lot.
  6. Best tackle shop around. You will be happy working with them.
  7. You got, man. My little Harbor Freight scale says 11.37 ounces. It is usually pretty accurate, so give it a + or - of half an ounce or so.
  8. That seems to be the standard these days. TFO still offers a lifetime warranty, but even ODM is 1 year, at least on the DNA line.
  9. One year limited.
  10. Ran downstairs and took some crappy cell phone pictures. Best I can do at the moment. Rod sections, looking up the guides from the butt, first guide, rod tip.
  11. Frozen bunker has never been a problem for me in the past. Keeping it hidden from the girlfriend is a bit of a challenge though.
  12. Legitimate reason: Is there any reason not to grab the bunker that have washed up and freeze them for later?
  13. I thought that was strange as well. Seems like a smaller rod = less material = lower cost. Not sure what explains this one.
  14. That is where I got mine. Last I checked, they had the 9', 10', and 11' all for $149.99.
  15. Headed out front in southern OC this evening for a bit. Not a thing going on, though the water looked awfully fishy. Did not see anyone else trying.