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  1. Saragossa and slammer III’s go on sale on amazon for less than 200 from time to time. Got my Slammer III 6000 for like 175
  2. My spinfisher v mh and heavy boat combos have put up with some serious abuse and fish as good as new. The 7’ heavy fiberglass rod especially.
  3. Paired with the right rod, I definitely prefer the largest and heaviest size. On my lamiglass rated from 2-6 oz, it loads up and sends perfectly with my normal casting style, definitely further than the floaters. If I were using my 1-3 oz 11’, I would have to totally change my casting style to achieve the same result, but I wouldn’t fish the ccc with that rod anyway. They’re easy to swim, holds its action in heavy current, but takes some getting used to to achieve whatever desired popping cadence that you want.
  4. I like my 8’ Star Stellar Light fast taper but it’s more of an ultralight setup. The heavier version of the same rod might be worth a look. That or the 8’ Tica Samira medium weight
  5. The past couple of weeks have been pretty bleak for me fishing the RI south shore. The only keeper sized bass and larger blues I’ve had have been from the boat. And it hasnt been for lack of effort either. My guess is that most decent bass are following the bunker schools that have now shown up on the reefs and in the race. I’ve had a few all-nighters fishing both plugs and chunking just for a small handful of schoolies and bycatch. About a month ago I got into some 28-34” fish and big blues but that only lasted two nights and was the best fishing I’ve had all spring. No bueno
  6. I know that three way rigs post a problem when it comes to casting, but was thinking that using one during outgoing tide at a breachway might make a good presentation for a swim shad, sluggo, bucktail, or eel similar to how it works on a boat during a drift. Has anybody tried this?
  7. Good catch and release practices are a key part of what we do. Nobody wants to injure shorts, and safely releasing a good fish can put a bigger smile on my face than bringing it home and eating it. But I still enjoy eating a striper that I caught, processed, etc. from time to time. I’ve recently adopted a different mentality when it comes to keeping fish than I had in the past: I’m keeping a 28-36” fish if it’ll all be eaten fresh within 1-4 days. Give a fillet to a friend or family member to make that happen if you have to. It’s 100X better fresh than frozen, and I don’t want to disrespect the fish by letting it deteriorate in the freezer before eating it. Once you start stuffing your freezer with fish, you usually end up with more than you need, and some will go to waste. Just a thought, I found myself with a freezer full of fish last year even after passing out fillets to friends and family and ate fish for a month straight so it wouldn’t be wasted. To me, it should be an occasional treat enjoyed while it’s at its best, especially with big striper populations declining. What are your thoughts on catch and release/keeping stripers?
  8. I was describing how I kept too many last year, and after reflecting on that am changing my approach when it comes to keeping fish.
  9. I get a little freaky. Prepare one dish of whipped egg wash and one dish of dry ingredients (all purpose flour, allspice, coriander, chipotle chilli, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika to give it more color, salt, and pepper in proportions that I can’t disclose. Gut and scale the whole fish, then wash it and pat it dry. Get your favorite frying oil in a large skillet (about 1/4” deep) hot to the point that a drop of water makes it sizzle aggressively but not explosively and try to maintain that heat throughout the process. It takes adjusting based on the pan and the size of the fish. I prefer cast iron since once I get it up to temp, it’s relatively stable. Thoroughly coat the fish inside and out with egg wash, turning it around a bit to make sure it’s even, then thoroughly coat that with the dry ingredients, turning and lightly shaking off excess as needed. After that, you’re just frying a fish. Try to do it with as little movement in the pan as possible. One flip. Dinner time
  10. I bled, filleted, iced, and processed the fish quickly and saw no signs of parasites while slicing. Between the 5 friends and myself that ate it, we had zero issues. With that said, every fish is a little different so it’s always good to keep an eye out. Field dressing your catch ASAP after catching and bleeding is also a good precaution to avoid parasite issues and preserve the meat. Parasites abandon fish once they know it’s dead, which drives them into the meat. So gut it. Old school tip: If you’re far from your cooler or way out on a jetty and want to keep fishing, gather a bunch of fresh seaweed and find a shady area where waves and crabs won’t get it. Make a seaweed bed, put the fish on top, and cover it with the rest of the wet seaweed. It’s a hell of a lot better than nothing and worth not spoiling a good fish.
  11. I’m relatively young, so some of my plugs and methods don’t fit in this category. But one that might fit in is hiking streatches of rocky shorelines below the high tide line to find new rocks and spots to fish from and get away from the crowd.
  12. I’d love that recipe! I usually brine and smoke a few if I really get into them and have ice handy.
  13. I love my 8’ MH one piece Tica Samira rod, great for short-range plugging, fluke jigging, the kayak and the boat, but definitely not a chunker. If you want something that will be good for both chunking and plugging from shore, you’ll have to make some comromises. It won’t be great for either type of fishing but should get the job done. For instance, an 11’ MH Lamiglass Insane Surf will set you back 1-150$ and are rated for 2-6 oz. But I throw 1 oz jigs and plugs with no problem and it still retains some feel from the action on the plug. I can also throw a bunker head with 6 oz of lead ahead of it with no problems, you just have to adjust and slow your cast down so that it’s more of a lob that lets the weight do the work. If you’re only interested in chunking then there are far more experienced people that can chime in since I’m plugging 90% of the time.
  14. I’m reading this while actually eating bluefish ceviche, it’s stronger flavor goes well with the other strong flavors (lime, cilantro, hot pepper, red onion). However the texture is soft as expected. I’ll be cutting the fish into smaller dice-sized pieces next time to counter that.
  15. Cocahoe minnow action on my 8’ ultralight setup a few weeks ago, (1/8-5/8 oz rated rod). I was able to get a handful of 20-24” blues on one before it was finally cut off. Not a bad little bait for 50 cents a pop.
  16. 4 keepers and many 18-27” bass and even a 29” blue this past weekend but I was fishing 8 pm - 6 am each night so it took some effort and moving around
  17. It was a good weekend, 4 fish 28-32”, one 34 leadered but not landed, a 29” blue and many other shorter bass and blues. Unfortunately the big blue bit through my leader while carrying it onto the jetty and stole my bomber magnum but I kept and smoked these 2 smaller ones.
  18. Star stellar light 8’ one piece. I have the fast taper version with a SSVI 2500 and mine is light enough for most freshwater applications and has enough backbone for decent sized stripers and blues. Caught a few 26-28” stripers on it this spring and it handled them like a champ. I think the non-fast taper one is slightly lighter. Great rod
  19. So, one of my main surfcasting reels for the past 2-3 years has been a Penn Spinfisher V 7500 Long Casting model. It’s been accidentally dunked, banged up on the rocks, etc. It easily has over 500 fish on it, and has some sentimental value to me. So after last year when the bail wire broke and lack of maintenance finally caught up to it, I decided to rebuild it instead of throwing it out and replacing it. I have better reels that will be used more often, but didn’t see why I should just give up on this one since parts were relatively cheap and I could use it as a backup or a loaner. First tear down: The grease inside the main housing was badly fouled by wear products from the main gear, which was all scraped up and causing grindiness while reeling. Everything was fouled up (first photo). All bearings were good. Brass worm gear was ok since it was being worn smooth by the main gear. I cleaned everything out and re-oiled bearings, re-greased gears, and noted everything needing replacement. After re-assembly it was still grindy because of the main gear (I knew it would be but needed to order parts and re-assembling is a sure fire way not to lose anything). Note: Be VERY careful while removing/re-installing the bearing covers on either side of the reel, the heads on the tiny Phillips screws easily get stripped out. Use the proper micro screwdrivers and apply firm pressure to avoid stripping out the screw heads. Parts came in, time for rebuilding. Parts replaced: main gear (see note below), all 6 bearing housing screws, main housing seal (just in case), bail wire assembly, line roller bearing, attempted to replace the worm gear bushing but the new one seemed too tight and caused excess resistance after re-assembly and testing, so I re-installed the old one and it was fine. In hindsight, over-tightening other screws may have put pressure on the main shaft bearing causing the resistance. Problem Areas: The bearing on the main gear is pressed on from the factory so I had to very carefully drill it out and remove it for re-use. If you need to replace the main gear, order the bearing too so that you don’t have to do this. The replacement gear didn’t require the bearing to be pressed on. The Anti-Reverse switch relies on a tiny spring and a lever to rotate a plastic housing (which is pinched between a main shaft bearing retainer and the plastic housing for the anti reverse bearings). If it’s pinched too tightly from screwing on the metal cover that covers the top of the whole metal housing, it won’t be actuated all the way into the locked position when you want the anti reverse engaged. The little spring doesn’t have enough force to fully engage it if there’s too much friction which is a real pain in the ass. I ended up making a retainer pin out of through-wiring material to keep it permanently locked in the “on” position (shown in one of the photos). If you’re going to try to keep the anti-reverse switch functionality, be very careful not to damage or lose the tiny spring. That sucker goes flying if you pry it off the wrong way. I also DIY’d a thin gasket for the metal cover that seals up the main shaft bearing + anti-reverse assembly so that I could get a decent tourque on those screws without pinching the main shaft bearing or the anti-reverse assembly too much. The whole thing was a pain in the ass but it works great now. I didn’t take photos of everything but if you’re working on one of these reels and have questions, feel free to PM me. There are some aspects that aren’t made obvious by the schematics. if the reel didn’t have sentimental value, I don’t think I’d do this again. But it was a fun little weekend project.
  20. I usually pick up whatever’s around and throw it into my truck bed if I’m at a spot where I’m close to it. Otherwise if I find line or smaller items, I stuff it into my pockets. Haven’t brought a bag with me yet but it’s not a bad idea, one can easily be stuffed into a bag. People should stop being so disrespectful in the first place. Say something if you see something, call people out when they’re walking off the jetty without their trash.
  21. So, every once in a while I take a look through Ebay to see if there are any good deals on custom plugs. I recently found a bunch of hand made/painted plugs from “WjS Custom Plugs” made by a guy in Arkansas. They all look like high quality work but I’m hesitant to drop beachmaster/rm Smith money on something from a plug builder that I can find virtually no information or reviews on, especially when it looks like they’re only sold on eBay. I’ve got one in mind that I really want to try but again... that’s 35$ that could be spent on a tried and proven plug. Has anybody tried these out before or know any info on the builder? I sent him a message on eBay for details and will update when I receive a response.
  22. Encouraging and informing people on good catch and release practices is probably the best thing we can do as fishermen. The thousands of schoolies that get mishandled and have a higher mortality rate when “released” make more of a dent than any slot limit would. I try not to be pushy on the rocks with anybody but there’s nothing wrong with spreading some knowledge and giving some “sturdy” suggestions.
  23. I’ve got to put some peg board up in my office and do this.
  24. I was eyeballing that popper too haha. Is it tail weighted?
  25. Unfortunately my local shops are closed and I’m waiting on hooks to come in via the inter webs so that I can get the right weight distribution on these... Videos of plug action soon to come.